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By Joe Koizumi
A female world title tripleheader will take place at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on September 22. It was announced today by Futur Promotions with four contestants in attendance. WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), a Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3), Thailand, over ten rounds in the main event. Newly crowned WBC 105-pound ruler Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs; amateur record 18-3, 10 stoppages), a Japanese hard-puncher, will risk her throne against official challenger and WBC silver titlist Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), a 21-year-old Thailander, in a ten-round semi-final. In a quest for the newly established WBA 102-pound championship named “Light Minimumweight” class will fight Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), a busy-punching Thailander, and Mari Ando (7-3, 4 KOs), a Japanese puncher, over ten. Supporting the tripleheader will be a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger against the WBC female 130-pound champ between veteran Japanese and current OPBF lightweight ruler Fujin Raika (22-6-1, 9 KOs) and ex-WBC champ Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs), a Canadian who once defeated Raika at her home turf four years ago. The winner will be supposed to have a mandatory shot at the victor of the next WBC title go between legitimate champ Frida Wallberg of Sweden and Olivia Gerula of Canada.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that former world champion Ricky Hatton is set to officially announce his retirement later today. He has not fought since being kayoed by Manny Pacquiao in 2009. He had planned a ring return last year, but it never came to fruition. Later he had some highly publicized personal problems and lost his boxing license. Hatton will now focus on his promotional company Hatton Promotions.
Later this year, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on US superstar & pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated showdown that has been a long time in the making. The fight will take place at one of Team Sauerland’s shows in Europe in September or October and will be promoted in association with Fresquez Productions. “We are thrilled to have finalised all the details for this mega fight,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “We have been working on this clash for a long, long time. It’s the two best female fighters out there battling it out. What more can you ask for? I am sure that Cecilia will cement her position as the world’s top female fighter with a spectacular victory. I can’t wait to see the two of them in the ring.” (more…)
Photo: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor
Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the HBO telecast in a scheduled 12-round bout, which also features WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Chris Arreola and Friday Ahunanya will also engage in a 10-Round Heavyweight bout and Jhonny Gonzalez will take on Tomas Villa in a 12-Round battle for the WBC Featherweight Championship. More Photos…
On July 16th, Carla Hill Promotions will present a championship card of professional boxing at Resorts in Atlantic City that will be highlighted by a USBA heavyweight title bout between Maurice Harris (24-15-2, 10 KOs) and Derrick Rossy (25-4, 14 KOs). Carla Hill Promotions is headed by Carla Hill, who is the wife of former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill. “I am excited about this card and starting my first show off with a championship fight of importance”, said Carla. Future Hall of Famer, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will be making an appearance ringside. Tickets are priced at $125; $100; $75; $55 and $40 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster; The Resorts Box Office or calling 609-453-7994
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Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Aside from some one-on-one, in-your-face jawing during a face-off for photographers, both Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios and Urbano Antillon were well-behaved and civil to each other during Wednesday’s final press conference for their highly anticipated world title fight this Saturday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Rios and Antillon had spent weeks jawing, and at one point the heated verbal exchanges nearly caused them to come to blows, but Wednesday at Wilshire Grand Los Angeles their focus solo was on Saturday when Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship against Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Bobby Qbix
The undefeated champion Tomoki Kameda and his challenger Pumar Dondee Singwancha met at a press conference this Wednesday at the New Otani hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. Kameda (19-0, 12 KOs) and Singwancha (8-1-3, 2 KOs) will meet for the WBC bantamweight World Youth Title which holds the Japanese Kameda, who has made his boxing career in Mexico. (more…)
Officials for the Lucian Bute – Jean Paul Mendy, July 9th IBF Super middleweight title bout in Bucharest Romania have been assigned.
The undefeated Mendy (29-0-1) gets a shot at the IBF title held by Bute (28-0) but perhaps with some concessions. For starters the match will be a homecoming for Bute held in his home court, Bucharest Romania. The referee will be Marlon Wright from Canada who has been the man in charge for seven of Bute’s 12 round title bouts. Most notably the October 24th 2008 bout when Bute had a good evening almost end in disaster. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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Bryant Pappas 161 1/4 vs. Allen Medina 157 1/4
Danny Valle 130 vs. Angel Torres 132
Stephon Owusu 145 vs. Angel Rios 147
Michael Ocasio 174 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Juan Perez 146 vs. Andrew Jones 147
Venue: 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Award winning manager Frank Espinoza announced to Fightnews today that fast rising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego, California has signed a promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Orozco, who’s compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts since turning professional three years ago in June of 2008 following a tremendous amateur career, signed the contract earlier this afternoon at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) who on Saturday night will fight undefeated Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) will headline HBO’s “Boxing after Dark” show from Atlantic City, but this Goossen Tutor and Golden Boy Promotions card promises at least a couple more July fireworks with undefeated and WBA #1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging Tokyo’s pride Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) for his WBA super bantamweight title, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) defends his belt against Tomas Villa (23-7-4, 14 KOs) and Cris Arreola (32-2, 28 KOs), WBC #2, IBF #4 and WBO #8 heavyweight contender, will fight his fourth bout this year versus Nigeria’s Friday “The 13” Ahunanya (24-7, 13 KOs). More photos…
By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the official announcement was made for “Cuentas Pendientes,” the rematch of that great battle between Jackie” The Aztec Princess” Nava and Anna Maria “The Warrior” Torres last April 16 in Veracruz, Mexico, which culminated in a draw. This time these beautiful Mexican ladies will face each other on July 30th at the Metropolitan Arena of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico in a historic battle for the first WBC women’s diamond belt in the bantamweight division. more photos
From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year. Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 10 KO’s) of San Diego will now face Jorge Pimentel (22-11 1NC, 17 KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Gesta was originally scheduled to face Francisco Lorenzo, but Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that Lorenzo had problems with obtaining a visa for this weekend. This will be the first time Gesta will fight under the Top Rank banner.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is 100% focused on defeating Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 20 but has not bothered to watch any film of “The Green Machine ” boxing. He will arrive two weeks prior to the fight in Sydney and is very confident he will be the next IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams also said that Green comes in with elbows and head and anything goes and that he is very primitive but throws a lot of punches with no defense. (more…)
Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked WBO #3 has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year.
“Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back,” said DeGale. “I’ve been hard in training since my last fight and I’m ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I’ll be in great shape. The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I’m a positive person and now I’m focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title.”
Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) will look to continue his winning ways on July 22nd, as he faces off against Mexican countryman Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in the 10 round main event of the hottest card of the summer of 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also featured on this seven bout card will be rising Colombian star Darley Perez (2-0, 16 KOs), local favorites Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Jonathan Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), and junior welterweight prospect Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs).
Inside and outside the ring, July will be a special month for WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck. The 26-year-old power puncher (32-1, 23 KOs) will make the seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KO´s) in Munich on July 16 before getting married two weeks later. “The next weeks will be huge for me,” he said. “Of course I want to get married as world champion. That´s why I have to take care of business against Garay.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/WBC two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is already training with trainer Freddie Roach. Linares arrived from Narita, Japan to begin his boxing preparation on U.S. soil in the renowned Wild Card Gym. “I will do my best, I’ve started a new change in my career and my personal life. For now my goal is a title shot,” Linares said. No fight scheduled yet although some sources had said August or September.
Note: Linares’ handlers want to make it clear that Jorge has not left Japan permanently. He simply moved his training camp to Los Angeles as he had a great opportunity to train with Freddie and get to work with some of the best sparring partners. He is still officially fighting out of Japan, still promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and this is just a new change for the fight camp.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mexican flyweight star Edgar Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) is confident that his promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia and his manager Jacques Deschamps will join efforts to bring WBC flyweight champion, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (81-3-1, 44 KOs) to Mexico now that the free negotiation period has started to organize the fight between both fighters. In the event no agreement is reached, there will be a purse bid. Edgar Sosa said he would work hard in the gym, as his promoters do the same to bring Pongsaklek to Mexico. “I’ll do a better preparation than I did to fight Brian Viloria. I think that fight can be won, he is a dangerous fighter, but I will be smarter than him,” Sosa commented. In the case that Sosa would have to go to Thailand against Wonjongkam, people around him think he would have to win by way of knockout because it would be almost impossible to remove the title from Pongsaklek by decision in his homeland.
After unifying the titles, WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko takes a look back at the Haye story.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Although they were kept apart and at opposite sides of the building, the bad blood and war of words between unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., continued during a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym. For more details and photos click here…
There’s no shortage of intensity when it comes to Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon! The anticipation continues to build as the two fighters go head-to-head in a heated exchange. Don’t miss a minute of the action on Saturday, July 9th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum met reporters at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood as Rios prepares for his upcoming world lightweight title fight against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon on Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Antillon was also on hand. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. more photos
British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) believes undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) is nothing more than a dreaming pretender, as they prepare to throw-down July 23 in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, airing live in the United States from Wembley Arena in London.
“Fury brings a dream, little else, into the ring,” Chisora said about his UK archrival’s chances in the 12-round main event. “He is a poor man’s version of (Wladimir) Klitschko – upright and robotic. He’s like a tall tree and, like a tree, if you chop away at the trunk the tree will fall.”
“The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times. (more…)
Photo and report Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC #5 ranked super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon and his manager Ricardo Maldonado Jr. visited WBC president Jose Sulaiman to express his desire to fight for the WBC crown against the current champion Takahiro Aoh. “I want people to know me, I’m ready for the championship,” said Jardon. “On July 29 I will fight in Mexico City, and on September 5th again in the Vive Cuervo Saloon.” Sulaiman told Jardon, “In one or two more fights you will be ready for the crown, you can count with the WBC support.”
Photos: Team Salita
In honor of 4th of July, unbeaten junior middleweight and West Point graduate Captain Boyd Melson and ranked Welterweight Boxer/Promoter Dmitriy Salita spent the day on Brighton Beach Boardwalk promoting “Brighton Shore Fights” to be debut on Wednesday, July 20 at the Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, NY.
In the main event, super middleweight Will “Power” Rosinsky is making his return to the ring as he takes on experienced and upset minded Willis Lockett of Maryland. The four time Golden Gloves champion is training hard at New Legend Boxing gym in Queens. In addition to his accomplished boxing career, Will saves lives as NYC Emergency Medical Service (EMS) worker. (more…)
Today at 13 Coins Ngamwongwan, OneSongchai Promotion held press conference for their promotion to be held on July 13 at Chang Yai, Bang Sai, Ayutthaya, Thailand- the main event of which is the WBO Oriental 115 Lb. championship between champion Kwanpichit 13 Coins Express and Panca Silaban of Indonesia. Puengloung Sor Sing-u, the WBO Youth Champion will have a non-title fight with Muangkumpee Sakchaichote, Si-pair Nongkipahayut meets Rozami Taiton, of Japan. Rounding out the card is Onechana Sitniwat against Tungmon Muangsima. Mr.Vittaya Pilpong, Pranakornsi-a-yuthaya province governor will be Chairman and Mr. Paitoon Suksomdao, Ratchakram Municipality Mayor will be the CEO Chairman together with Promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, Promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban be promoter of the even. This event will be televised live throughout Thailand on Channel 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Former Pakistan Olympian Kashif Mumtaz (8-24-1, 6 KOs) will clash with Manny Vlamis (8-2, 5 KOs) over eight rounds with the Victorian State light heavyweight title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Mumtaz caused a major upset in his most recent ring appearance when he stopped IBF #6 super middleweight Les Sherrington in round one on May 21. In 2011, former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe stopped Mumtaz in four rounds on March 19. Mumtaz has previously defeated Vlamis in 2008 via a six round majority decision. Vlamis was also defeated by current Australian middleweight champion Johannes Mwetupunga in 2009 by stoppage in six rounds. Also in action will be super middleweight Pradeep Singh (16-3-1, 8 KOs) who will punch it out with Amir Hossein Ranjdar (8-13, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. In other action former Australian welterweight champion Eddie Delic (17-9-2, 3 KOs) will clash with James J. Giltrow (12-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds for the vacant Victorian State light middleweight title. The promoter is Peter Maniatis (Peter Maniatis Events).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Garth Wood (10-2, 6 KOs) will be back in action on August 31 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia when he will clash over twelve rounds with Johannes Mwetupunga (11-2, 5 KOs) with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs on the undercard of IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale’s first defense of the championship against Eromosele Albert of Nigeria. In 2010, Wood caused one of the biggest upsets in Australian boxing history when he scored a KO in five rounds over the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. He also captured the Australian Contender super middleweight series in 2010 when he outscored WBO #8 Kariz Kariuki. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez performed a workout for the press in Mexico City in advance of Saturday’s defense at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City against Thomas “El Norteño” Villa. Trained by Ignacio Beristain, Gonzalez was in impressive physical condition. “I’m going for the knockout,” said Gonzalez. “It’s the first time I’m going to Atlantic City and I want to return. It’s a place rich in boxing history.” Trainer Beristain, who was recently inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, added, “Johnny is a top athlete. He’s a professional and since we’ve been together he has has shown me the discipline and desire to work. I think he will give a good fight. I don’t know if it’ll be by knockout or by decision, but he’ll win. I have no doubt.” Today Gonzalez is headed to Atlantic City with promoters Reginald and Oswaldo Kuchle, while “Nacho” Beristain will join the team on Thursday.
After his win against David Haye on Saturday night, unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has now turned his attentions to heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury. The Manchester-based undefeated 6’9 Fury, who has previously trained alongside Klitschko under Emanuel Steward, challenges the British and Commonwealth champion Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena on July 23rd. With limited options, Klitschko – who twice pulled out of voluntary defences against Dereck Chisora in the last eight months – is interested in the challenge the pair pose. Wladimir said: “I tell you something. There is another fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, two other British fighters that could be interesting for me.”
Sports fans in North America will also be able to watch the “The Big Brawl,” as the event will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95 and in Canada on the Super Channel network.
Gavin Rees has been forced to withdraw from his European Lightweight title defense against Derry Mathews on July 23 in Cardiff. Rees was due to defend the title against the English champion in the Motorpoint Arena venue where he won the belt against Andy Murray in June, but a damaged hand during training has forced the “gutted” Welshman out of the fight. Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the fight will be rescheduled later this year and hopes that a date in September or October can be fixed soon. Fans who purchased tickets for the show will receive a full refund from their point of purchase.
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