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The WBC has confirmed that all six fighters fighting for WBC belts in Las Vegas and Los Angeles have successfully made the weight for the WBC’s mandatory 30-day reweigh-in.
Victor Ortiz 157.4 vs Floyd Mayweather 149
WBC Welterweight Championship
30 Day Limit: 162 lbs.
Saul Alvarez 165.5 vs Alfonso Gomez 161
WBC Super Welterweight Championship
30 Day Limit: 169 lbs.
Erik Morales 153 vs Lucas Matthysse 147.5
WBC Super Lightweight Championship
30 Day Limit: 154 lbs.
The thirty-day preweigh-in rule, allows the fighters to monitor their weight in order to get to the fight well-hydrated and lower their weight gradually, avoiding risks.
Unbeaten super lightweight Jose Benavidez (12-0, 11 KOs) of Phoenix is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. On Monday, unbeaten lightweight Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (22-0-1, 12 KOs) will also begin working out at the Wild Card. He is trained by Vince Parra. Both fighters are on a Top Rank Live! boxing card slated for September 17 at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona. Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (11-0, 7 KOs) is also penciled in for that event.
Tickets are on sale for the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez world title fight on Saturday, October 1 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nishioka, from Tokyo, will defend his WBC Super Bantamweight title against Marquez of Mexico City in the Marquee Ballroom at the MGM Grand. This will be Nishioka’s sixth world title defense. He has a record of 38-4-3, 24 KOs. Marquez is 40-6, 36 KOs. Top Rank is promoting, in association with Teiken Promotions and Zanfer. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 and are available at the MGM Box Office. The first bout is scheduled for 4:15 pm.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Ivan Rivera, president of PR Best Boxing, confirmed Wednesday that former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez will return on October 1 against Mike Oliver. “We will offer a press conference on Thursday in the Braulio Castillo Theater in Bayamón, to announce a multi-event where Rocky Martinez and Jonathan Oquendo will also fight. The card will be called Triple Crown 3. We arrived on Monday at a financial arrangement with Oliver who will be present at the press conference, Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) is recovering not only from his loss to Orlando Salido but also a marital breakdown and is looking to earn a rematch with Salido for the first quarter of 2012.
Photos: Sauerland Event
WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) and mandatory challenger Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) faced off today at kick-off press conferences in both Berlin, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark. They collide at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium on November 5.
Robert Stieglitz: “As world champion I accept every challenge and am ready to get into the ring with every opponent. Mikkel Kessler is an opponent that needs to be taken very seriously. He will not take my crown away from me. It may be that he is a national hero in Denmark, such as Karoly Balzsay was in Hungary. The home advantage did not help him at all and it will not help Mikkel Kessler either.”
Mikkel Kessler: “I have a lot of respect for Robert Stieglitz. He has a very good record and he is a deserving world champion. But his reign will be over once we meet in the ring. Throughout my career, I have proven myself against the best fighters out there. I can’t wait to be world champion again. Winning the title for a fourth time will be special.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Mexican boxing legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales and top super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse held a media conference call today to discuss their upcoming fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight belt formerly held by Timothy Bradley. Morales will be seeking to become the first Mexican fighter to win a world title in four separate weight divisions. The bout will be part of the Mayweather-Ortiz pay-per-view card taking place Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Erik Morales: People always think they’re going to finish me, end my career, knock me out, and that gives me the hunger, the strength and the motivation to prove them wrong and go in there and win.
Comparing Matthysse to Marcos Maidana:
Maidana was very strong, very difficult, everything that they said was true, but I showed I can compete with them all…on paper Lucas Matthysse looks very good. He’s had tough opponents, he’s a very strong, very young fighter, but ask me at the end of the fight.
On fighting on Mexican Independence Weekend:
It’s very important, very motivating to be fighting on this date and for the title against a tough, strong rival like Lucas. It’s something I do because I love it. It’s in my heart, and come September 17 the Mexican people know Erik Morales. They know every time I step into that ring I step in 100%. I’m well prepared, I’m trained and I’m willing to give it all. I fight with my heart, dignity and love for the sport. And after the fight I’m ready to celebrate with Mexico.
Lucas Matthysse: It’s a great opportunity and we’re coming to win.
On returning to the USA after two controversial losses:
I know I won those fights. People know I won those fights, and when I was offered this opportunity I was very happy to come back to the U.S. and what better way than to fight for a world title?
On Morales, compared to Zab Judah and Devon Alexander:
Totally different styles and different fighters. They box and move backwards. Erik Morales boxes, but he moves forwards. He comes to fight.
By Phil Doherty
Long after boxing writers and fans wrote him off; long after heavyweight world title champions tested themselves against him, long after sellout crowds in Atlantic City, London and Las Vegas packed the house to see him fight– 46-year old former WBC world heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (55-11, 37 KOs) steps into a boxing ring to train for his next bout. Comebacks come easy for this unstoppable human tank born and raised on the mean streets of Chicago’s South Side…sustaining them don’t. His history of bizarre behavior, drug use and legal woes thwarted multiple prior attempts to resurrect the championship glory claimed with a single right hand in Wembley Stadium the night of September 24, 1994. Yet, much like the ring generalship he displays while fighting, McCall keeps moving forward. (more…)
Live world championship boxing returns to EPIX when undefeated 2004 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Alexander Povetkin and former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev square-off for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title, Saturday, August 27th. Wladimir Klitschko remains the WBA’s heavyweight “super” champion. The live broadcast will emanate from Erfurt, Germany, and will be televised live in the U.S. exclusively on EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service. EpixHD.com will stream the fight live as part of a free two-week trial offer. The live broadcast and the live stream on EPIX and EpixHD.com, respectively, will begin with the main event at 5PM ET/2PM PT. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
From his Twitter account, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has announced that the planned super flyweight championship bout between WBA champion Hugo “Incredible” Cazares (35-6-2, 25 KOs) and Japan’s Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9 KOs) on August 31 in Tokyo has not been approved because Cazares is due to fulfill his mandatory obligations. A reliable source near to Cazares states that are still awaiting approval. Cazares was recently in Mexico City to arrange his visa to Japan and visit his parents. Cazarez and his team are scheduled to travel to Tokyo on Sunday. The optional defense with Shimizu would be the champion’s fifth defense of the belt.
Former WBO Heavyweight Champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich is primed and set to challenge defending champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius for the WBO and WBA Inter-Continental titles, next Saturday (Aug. 27) in a 12-round bout airing live in the United States from Efurt, Germany on the EPIX cable network.
Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs), who lives in Arizona, departs this Saturday for Germany, where Helenius resides. An impressive victory against Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) — WBO #2, IBF #3, WBA #9, IBF #13 – will set the stage for a major showdown with either of the current world title holders, Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, takes the biggest step of his young professional career when he takes on steel-chinned Anges Adjaho, of Buffalo, NY, in a scheduled eight-round contest Friday evening, Sept. 9, at the Asylum Arena, 7 West Ritner Street.
The Cruz-Adjaho contest will serve as the semifinal to the 10-round main event which features King Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia, against Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, for the vacant Pennsylvania State junior middleweight championship. (more…)
WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) and his promoter, Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions, say they are aggravated and disgusted by former world champion Anthony Mundine’s claims that it was them who backed out of a proposed fight. Mundine recently announced a deal to face Rigoberto Alvarez on September 21 for the WBA interim championship.
“I don’t mind he ducked me to fight somebody else, but don’t go to the press and say it’s the other way around. At least let’s be honest if you don’t want to fight me,” said a still incredulous Trout. “Fight me or admit it’s you who doesn’t want to fight. Stop pretending. I’ll fight you any time.” (more…)
UFC Brings Two Title Fights To Houston In October – Tickets On Sale Starting Wed.: Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard complete the trilogy with a battle for the lightweight title, plus Jose Aldo defends the featherweight belt against Kenny Florian – UFC 136 Presented by Bud Light – Saturday, October 8 live at Toyota Center in Houston, TX. UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 10am CT – Join today for first access to tickets!
The Strikeforce World Grand Prix Continues, Plus The Middleweight Title On The Line – Tickets On Sale Now: Tickets on sale now starting at $35 – Saturday, September 10 live at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati
Tickets On Sale Now For UFC Fan Expo In Houston: October 7-8 at the George R. Brown Convention Center
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From Anderson and Royce to Wanderlei and Lyoto, “The Phenom” to “The King of The Streets,” the history of Brazilian fighters in the UFC is a rich one. With UFC RIO approaching on August 27th, let’s take a “by the numbers” look at the fighters who have made the Octagon a second home . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
On September 3 in San Luis Potosi (Mexico) Promociones del Puebo, Grupo Modelo and Comex will present a card featuring Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, the official challenger to WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. The bout will be a twelve-rounder for the WBC Latin title against Ghanaian Mohammed Akrong (13-3, 10 KOs).
That same night, super featherweight prospect Alejandro Sanabria (27-1-1, 21 KOs) will face rugged Alejandro Barrera (21-7, 14 KOs) and junior middleweight Michael Rosales (30-4, 25 KOs) meets Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia (43-4, 36 KOs). Both bouts are ten rounders.
The fights will take place in conjunction with the prestigious “Quien Pinta pra la Corona?” tournament with Mexican prospects Jose ‘Piston’ Lopez, Mauricio Pintor, Luis Vázquez and Edgar Monarrez among others.
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm has repeatedly claimed that a contract for a rematch has been sent to Matthew Macklin and he has accused his Irish rival of ducking out of a possible return bout. Sturm’s own promotional company even went so far as to design a poster for a proposed rematch in Cologne in November. However, Macklin’s team claims they have yet to see any contract for the rematch and believes that the whole exercise is a publicity stunt designed to make it look like Sturm is pursuing the rematch when in reality the German wants no part of it. (more…)
WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas, is in Srisaket, Thailand, where on Friday will defend his belt against local favorite Rungvisai Suriyan Sor. Rojas (36-12-1, 24 KOs) will make the third defense of his title in his second spell as world champion against Rungvisai (18-5-1, 7 KOs) at the Khunmuangsri Stadium in Muang.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel / WBC
WBC President Jose Suliaman, presented today in his weekly conference, the belt that accredits Salvador Sanchez II as the new WBC CARIBBEAN BOXING FEDERATION (CABOFE) champion. Sanchez (25-4-3, 14 KOs), who was accompanied by his manager, Grant Elvis Phillips, won a third round TKO over Adan Garcia (15-5-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant title on Saturday night at the Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla, Mexico.
Bantamweight contender Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (30-2-1, 17 KOs) has signed a three year agreement with Zanfer Promotions. Terrazas, a 28-year-old native of Guadalajara, is the reigning NABA titlist and the official challenger for WBA bantamweight champion Rico Ramos. Details of Terrazas’ debut under the Zanfer banner will be announced soon.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico City gets welcomed to Los Angeles Tuesday by WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios and world-ranked featherweight Mikey Garcia. Marquez was in town today to shoot the promotional assets for his upcoming world championship mega fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao vs Marquez will be held, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and televised live on HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
On Friday at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico, former WBO world title challenger Cesar Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs) will now face Jose Silveira (18-4, 4 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. Seda, Jr. was originlly slated to face Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs).
“I am pleased to see that the International Boxing Federation, the organization that sanctioned the world championship match between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares on Saturday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, took such swift action in ordering an immediate rematch. They wasted no time in determining that Russell Mora, the referee assigned to Agbeko vs. Mares, was in violation of their rules by displaying “inappropriate conduct” for ignoring repeated low blows against my fighter, Joseph Agbeko.
“I commend IBF President Daryl Peoples and IBF Championship Chariman Lindsey Tucker for confirming what everyone who witnessed the bout already knew. Too often, the first inclination when human frailty is exposed is to sweep it under the rug as though it never happened. It is to their credit that Mr. Peoples and Mr. Tucker confirmed that when obvious mistakes are made, it’s best to recognize them and attempt to immediately right the wrongs. (more…)
IBF President Daryl Peoples and IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker completed their review of the IBF Optional Bantamweight Championship bout that took place on August 13, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV, between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. Peoples and Tucker observed several low blow fouls committed by Abner Mares. While the referee, Russell Mora, issued numerous warnings for low blows during the course of the bout, he neglected to deduct points for these fouls. With 1:03 left in round eleven, Joseph Agbeko was hit with a low blow foul that forced him to the canvas. Mr. Mora determined that the blow landed by Mares was legal and began to count indicating that a knockdown had occurred.
Based upon their review of the bout, it has been determined by the IBF that inappropriate conduct by the referee affected the outcome of the fight. In accordance with IBF/USBA Rule 3.D., the IBF is ordering a rematch between Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares for the IBF Bantamweight title which must be held within the next 120 days or by December 14, 2011.
The WBA Championships Committee performed a purse bid this Tuesday morning, at World Boxing Association Office in Panama City, Panama. The purse bid was directed by WBA Executive Vice President, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The purse bid was for the WBA Featherweight title, between Jonathan Barros and Celestino Caballero. O.R. Promotions CEO Osvaldo Rivero, representing Barros, submitted an offer of $401,666.00. Promociones y Eventos del Istmo CEO Rogelio Espiño, representing Caballero, offered $305,000. Per WBA rules, the champion will received 75% of the purse and the challenger 25%. The minimum purse bid was set at $120,000 dollars. O.R. Promotions offered Mendoza, Argentina, Buenos Aires, Argentina and Panama as possible sites. The fight must be done in no less than 45 days and no more than 90 days.
By Graham Houston
Great fight, pity about the refereeing. Russell Mora, normally a sound official, had a bad night last night in his handling of the thrilling bantamweight title bout on Showtime that saw Abner Mares, aided by what appeared to be benevolent refereeing, defeat Joseph Agbeko by majority decision. There was no real argument about who had scored the greater number of points. The computer statistics showed that Mares had thrown and landed more punches and landed more power punches — a “power” punch being anything other than a jab.
The controversy, of course, comes from the number of low blows that Mares landed without penalty and specifically from the blatantly low left hook in the 11th round that had Agbeko sinking to the canvas and which was ruled a legitimate knockdown blow by the referee. The 11th round incident was crucial. Agbeko was coming on strongly, but the knockdown ruling switched a likely 10-9 round for Agbeko to a 10-8 round for Mares. While Mares might have won the bout in any case — and he fought and boxed well in the 12th — what would otherwise have been a tremendous victory over a very tough and worthy champion is now clouded in controversy. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will present another edition of “Friday Night Fights” in their Rollins Center arena this Friday. Three titles will be on the line, as Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (14-0, 11 KOs) takes a major step up in class when he tackles Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs) in the ten round heavyweight main event. They will battle for the WBO NABO Intercontinental heavyweight title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) takes on Omri Lowther (14-3, 10 KOs) in a ten round bout for the WBA NABA light welterweight title. The third title bout will feature “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (7-0, 1 KO) facing Ela “Bam Bam” Núñez (9-9-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant NABF super featherweight title. The packed card will feature five additional bouts. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
Word is MSC/RDS Boxing will be teaming up with Gary Shaw Productions on September 9th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, to make what was already an exciting local card into a national event as Showtime’s “Shobox: The New Generation” will be broadcasting live as #1 world ranked cruiserweight Lateef Kayode takes on Felix Cora Jr in the 10 rounder.
Latest info has the Kayodee fight as the co-main in support of a 140 lb fight featuring Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs) vs. Hector Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs).
Leading into the live television broadcast will be a huge Minnesota vs. Minnesota main event as Duluth’s Gary Eyer (8-1-1) battles Minneapolis’ Jeremy “Lights Out” McLaurin (8-2) in an 8 round featherweight bout.
Chicago’s David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) has his wife to Tonya to thank when he appears in the co-featured bout of the final episode of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” 2011 season, this Friday, August 19, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The Former WBC lightweight world champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian had all but retired from boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Purse Bid to determine the promoter of the rematch between the Argentinian world champion Jonathan Victor Barros and former WBA/IBF 122lb champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero of Panama will take place today at WBA Headquarters in Panama with WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presiding. The rematch was ordered due to the controversial split decision on July 2 in Mendoza, Argentina where Barros retained the featherweight crown in his second defense.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Last Saturday at the Convention Center in Acapulco, featherweight contender Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs) returned with an eighth round TKO over Pedro Navarrete (26-13-3, 15 KOs). It was Mtagwa’a first fight in more than a year-and-a-half after two world title attempts. In October 2009, he nearly defeated Juan Manual “Juanma” Lopez for the WBO featherweight title. He returned just three months later and taken out in two by Yuriorkas Gamboa for the WBA featherweight belt. “Since 2000, I’ve been in the USA,” said Mtagwa. “I have always had to face tough opponents. I’ve worked hard all these years. I hope to get a new opportunity for a world title. I’ve earned it with my efforts and when that fight arrives I’ll fight with all my strength.”
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