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Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is currently in Dubai as a special guest for an event titled “The Destiny in the Desert II” which will be held at the World Trade Centre today June 15th. The featured bout will be a rematch between Medhi Ramezani from Iran and Adnan Akilles from Sweden who drew in their bout back in February. Plans are being made for the early part of 2013 to have Briggs fight in Dubai at the 17,000 capacity Hamdan Swimming Complex for a belt which will be made of real diamonds and solid gold. No mention of an opponent as of yet but Briggs says if he had it his way it would be a rematch with WBC champ Vitali Klitschko.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (19-0, 14 KOs) will step in to face former IBF featherweight champion Cristobal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-13, 23 KOs) on July 6, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and televised live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. An injury to original main event participant Marvin Sonsona left an opening on the Sampson Boxing and Greg Cohen Promotions show entitled “The Moment of Truth”, which Fortuna and Cruz have eagerly jumped in to fill.
In the televised co-feature that night, Russian heavyweight power puncher Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov (14-0, 14 KOs) will defend his WBC United States (USNBC) Silver Heavyweight Championship in a 10-round battle against fellow up-and-coming heavyweight Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (13-1-1, 9 KOs), son of former pro boxer Lionel Byarm.
Headlining the undercard, popular heavyweight and current interim PABA Heavyweight Champion “Bronco” Billy Wright (37-4, 28 KOs) will continue his successful comeback in a 10-round bout. Also scheduled to fight six-round bouts are super middleweight Carlos De Leon Jr (21-3-2, 14 KOs), middleweight KO artist Bastie Samir (10-0-1, 10 KOs); and featherweight Rocco Santomauro (8-0).
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Former Olympic candidate Stan Martyniouk (11-1), coming off his only defeat, topped off a sweep by Sacramento area boxers by winning a fourth-round TKO over Dario Castillo (6-11-1) of Pittsburg, Calif. in the main event of Thursday night’s boxing card at the Woodlake Hotel. Castillo remained erect but a badly cut eye prevented him from answering the bell for the fifth.
In prelims, it was Max Becerra (6-0-1) over Danny Castillo (2-7-1), TKO-2, junior-welters; Mike Guy (4-0-1) over Ruben Mendosa (0-1), SD-4, super-middles; John Abella (1-0) over Johnny Mancilla (1-1-2), UD-4, super-bantams; and Rodney Hernandez (2-1) over Kourtney Boden (3-5), MD-4, heavyweights.
By Mariano A. Agmi and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Rich Hundley III
Light heavyweight Sean Monaghan stopped Romaro Johnson in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 round bout at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City, NY. Monaghan (14-0, 9 KOs) was the busier fighter of the two early on in the fight, landing the more effective combinations. Monaghan stunned Johnson in the fifth with a barrage of punches in the fifth, but backed off in the sixth to recuperate. Johnson was able to attack the body at times, but Monaghan came back in the eighth, stunning Johnson (11-7-1, 6 KOs) with a combination to the head. Johnson’s corner sent a New York Athletic Commission inspector to tell referee Eddie Cotton to stop the fight at 2:30.
Highly-regarded welterweight Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 12 KOs) was declared the winner at the beginning of the eighth round when Alberto Herrera was not able to continue. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but Herrera (8-7-1, 5 KOs) was taking vicious punches to the head. Herrera would attempt to fight back, but he did not have the firepower to keep Dulorme off of him. At the beginning of the eighth round, Herrera complained of ringing to his ears. Ringside physicians recommended to referee Harvey Dock to stop the fight.
Super middleweight Will Rosinsky won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Aaron Pryor Jr. Rosinsky (16-1, 9 KOs) was the aggressor throughout the fight, almost landing at will and not allowing Pryor (16-6, 11 KOs) to mount any rhythm. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Rosinsky, 79-73, 79-73, and 78-74. Fightnews.com scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Rosinsky. (more…)
David Quijano 114 vs. Juanito Rubillar 115
(WBO Latin jr bantamweight title)
Roger Rosa 137 vs. Cesar Cisneros 134
Federico Vega 143 vs. Efren Mejia 145
Angel Martinez 161 vs. Eddie Gates 161
Luis “Cuatito” Torres 151 vs. Frank Gedeon 152
Jesus Lule 128 vs. John Wampash 130
Jesse Francisco 145 vs. Darien Ford 148
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Photos: Larry Levanti
Tomasz Adamek: “I sparred close to 100 rounds in training camp which is a lot of rounds for me. I want to show Eddie some of the stuff I was working on for the last 3 weeks of our training camp. Eddie is saying how fast and untouchable he will be. I will be just as fast as him. I want to fight another two to three years and it’s easier to stay healthy when you are winning. I like the fact that my fights are being shown by both us (NBC Sports Network) and Polish TV. This proves alot of people still want to watch me and there is no reason to think about ending my career. Everybody is waiting for Saturday. I am ready 100%. We had a good camp. I will give a good show Saturday night. I know that Eddie is a very good fighter. He’s lost only 2 fights, like me, and this is why he took the risk fighting me, but it was a mistake.”
Eddie Chambers: “If you had the chance to see Fight Night 36 last night you’ll see I’m working extremely hard. Me and my team came together and decided that we really need to go up to Detroit, one of the tougher boxing areas in the country. We actually went to the legendary Kronk gym, where it’s like 150 degrees every day, like training in a sauna literally. But I think that’s the kind of thing we needed to do, we need to prepare that way because I am pretty sure Tomasz is going to bring a lot of heat inside the ring. I think that all the work we did was the perfect setting for what we are going to see in the main event on Saturday night.. It’s going to be a fun night. I think Tomasz has worked very hard, I know I have, you’ve seen it. My first thought was that I should not fight Adamek for my first fight back after 14 months off, but then I talked with my friends and trainers and we decided that this would be a good move for me. Show everyone right away that I am back and that I mean business.” (more…)
Fight fans will continue their Independence Day weekend fireworks on July 7 when Golden Boy Promotions presents a night of boxing featuring veteran favorites Jesus Soto Karass and Euri Gonzalez at The Hangar at the Orange County Fair & Event Center as part of a doubleheader televised live on FOX Sports Net and FOX Deportes. Soto Karass (25-7-3, 16 KOs) and Gonzalez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) will meet in a 10-round junior middleweight main event while a 10-round co-feature will see a junior lightweight clash between unbeaten Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (11-0-1, 9 KOs) and Puerto Rico’s Irving Torres (9-2, 7 KOs).
By Jesse Kelley
Jason Litzau will have another opponent in front of him on Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. 25 year old Tennessee native Ira Terry (24-8, 14 KO’s) is said to be stepping in after the fallout of Litzau’s latest replacement opponent Corey Alarcon. Litzau and his team were told last night that Alarcon had broken his foot while running on a treadmill. The following 24 hours were then a nightmare according to Litzau’s trainer Bob Van Syckle as another opponent was being sought. It appeared that 23 year old southpaw Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KO’s) of Buffalo, NY was going to step in to replace Alarcon. But Sanchez was unable to free himself up from his job to make the trip to Minnesota. After more opponent searching it now appears that Terry will be the man opposite Litzau on Saturday night as the MN boxing commission has given the greenlight for Terry to step in.
Fightnews reported on Tuesday that both Leon Bobo and Tyrone Harris were first to fall through before Alarcon.
Despite the late scratches, Litzau has remained focused and says he is ready for Terry. “I don’t care who I fight” said Litzau. “I am just happy to be facing a good fighter that has a decent record like Ira Terry on such short notice. Terry is a better fighter then the last guy and he just fought in April so I know he will be ready.”
The junior welterweight clash between former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Mauricio Herrera is now off. The fight was originally scheduled for July 7th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California and to be aired on HBO. The word is that Rios injured his shoulder in training yesterday evening. Herrera was reported to be in really good shape and training very hard for the fight. Upon receiving the news, to say Herrera was not pleased or convinced would be putting it mildly. “I dont believe he is injured at all. If he focused more on his training rather than traveling to all these fightcards all over the U.S. he wouldnt have to worry about his weight which has been a problem for him his last few fights. Hopefully Top Rank will still be able to get me on the show,” said Herrera.
Rodrick Ray scored a fifth round stoppage over John Lennox in a scheduled eight round heavyweight bout that highlighted a four bout card at the Robert Treat Hotel on Wednesday night. The bout was evenly contested through the first four rounds when Ray landed a vicious combination that sent Lennox down and the fight was stopped at 1:59 of round five. Ray of Jackson, TN is now 4-5-1 with two knockouts. Lennox of Carteret, NJ is now 10-2.
In the eight round co-feature, late replacement Fitzgerlad Johnson scored an eight round unanimous decision over Tommy Rainone in a Jr.Middleweight bout. Johnson landed the harder blows and beat Rainone throughout the bout. Scores were 79-73 on all cards for Johnson, who is now 3-6. Rainone is 17-5. (more…)
Video: Przemek Garczarczyk
Final press conference in Newark.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. does a television interview for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
WBC Silver world welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin held a press conference at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski hotel in Istanbul to talk about his July 28th world championship bout against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. “I have waited for three years for a big fight and I am very happy that I finally get the chance to show the world what I’m made of on July 28th”, said Aydin. “I always said that I would fight anybody. Unfortunately, that doesn’t count for a lot of fighters these days which is the main reason why I couldn’t get a big fight over the past years. I give props to Robert Guerrero for accepting to fight me. He is a three-division world champion and very obviously an excellent boxer. But he has just no idea what’s coming for him. He has never been in the ring with anybody as determined, powerful and heavy-handed as me. I will do what I have to do to take the world championship belt home to Turkey….I heard that Robert Guerrero already talks about possible fights with Juan Manuel Marquez and Floyd Mayweather. He can dream about all these big fights as long as he wants to – I will even help him by sending him to sleep so he can dream a little more. I respect Guerrero for all he has done and achieved so far but his way ends on July 28th in San Jose. I suggest he goes back to light- or featherweight and leaves the big guys to someone who can actually handle them.”
From Route 66 Casino Hotel west of Albuquerque for Friday night’s “The Reckoning” card promoted by Fresquez Productions:
Anne Sophie Mathis 145.2 vs. Holly Holm 146
* For the WBAN, IBA and WBF welterweight titles
Raymond Montes 116.8 vs. Jaime Gutierrez 116
Cristian Cabral 146.6 vs. Victor Silva 146
Eric Gonzales 125.8 vs. Gene Perez 126
John Herrera 134.2 vs. Bryan Garcia 129.6
Jose Luis Sanchez 151.2 vs. Guy Youell 151 (more…)
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
In 72 hours, heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) will fight in Prudential Center in Newark, one of the best American heavyweights, Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs). “We had an excellent camp, did everything what we wanted to accomplish. I’m ready to go and prove on Saturday how good I can be.” Adamek-Chambers is broadcasted live by NBC Sports Network this Saturday, June 16, starting at 9 PM EST.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight champion Omar Shaick (10-2, 6 KOs) will defend the title on Friday against Jeremy Allan (8-8-2, 3 KOs) over ten rounds at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in a nationally televised promotion. In other action light heavyweight Mark Flanagan (9-3, 5 KOs) will do battle with Tyrone Jones (9-1, 3 KOs) over eight rounds. Also light welterweight Mark Ramirez (3-2-1) will be in action against Waylon Law (5-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Promoter Angelo Di Carlo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fightnews.com contacted promoter Sampson Lewcowicz who updated us on the Caballero-Garcia situation:
“If I have not submitted contracts to the Nevada Boxing Commission, it’s because I don’t have signed contracts. I hope at this time that the representative of Caballero (Rogelio Espiño) will review and confirm that we have a date of September 7 with Showtime and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in the name of Sampson Boxing LLC. If there is no Caballero-Garcia fight, Sampson Boxing is going to evaluate a possible claim for any damages incurred because as ignorance is the source of the problem this is not acceptable to American laws. If we are unable to confirm the date of September 7 to present the Caballero-Garcia fight, we would lose the entire show and it would result in great economic losses. As of today there is still the possibility that the fight is on and there is still interest in making the fight and I have a hope to make the fight.”
Undefeated contenders Carlos Cuadras and Gilberto Ramirez will get the biggest tests of their respective young careers on Saturday at the Palaya Mamitas in Playa del Carmen, Mexico in separate fights that will be televised on FOX Deportes in the United States. In the 12-round main event, the vacant WBC-USNBC bantamweight title will be on the line when Cuadras (24-0, 20 KOs) battles countryman Javier “El Chivero” Franco (16-7-1, 8 KOs). In the 10-round middleweight co-feature, Ramirez (21-0, 18 KOs) takes on longtime-contender J.C. Candelo (32-11-4, 21 KOs).
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
Three-time world super middleweight champion Carl Froch performed the draw at Sky Sports studios as the eight contenders for Wednesday night’s Prizefighter International Heavyweights at the York Hall, Bethnal Green, London met for the first time at the promo shoot.
“The Cobra” picked Poland’s Albert Sosnowski out of the hat first and pitted the former World title challenger against American Maurice Harris. There’s a potential all-USA semi-final number one as Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson meets Moroccan Noureddine Meddoune in quarter-final two. Quarter-final three sees New Yorker Tor Hamer against Brazil’s Marcelo Luiz Nascimento with the winner facing the victor in the all-England clash between Tom Dallas and Tom Little in quarter-final four.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced more than 50 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® stars scheduled to appear at the UFC Fan Expo® on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. The largest collection of the sport’s biggest names ever assembled will be featured under one roof in July at the can’t-miss fan event of the year. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA World Championships Committee reported Thursday that it has voted against giving permission to WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones to fight in a non-title ten-rounder. The camp of WBA interim champion Denis Lebedev expressed dissatisfaction with Jones taking another fight and citing Lebedev’s mandatory challenger status asked for an direct fight between them. The situation was analyzed by the Championships Committee, which issued a resolution for Jones and Lebedev to begin negotiations immediately with a deadline of June 29. If no agreement is reached, the WBA will call a purse bid. Jones won his world title in September 2008 and since then has only made two mandatory defenses with his last being in October 2010. Lebedev became interim champion November 4, 2011, when he beat James Toney.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to sources who have spoken to Fightnews.com today, there is a possibility that the fight between WBA featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and mandatory challenger Miguel Angel “Mickey” Garcia slated for September 7 in Las Vegas could be in trouble. Caballero and Garcia were initially slated to collide July 28 in Indio, California after Sampson Boxing LLC won a purse bid in May. Then the date was then shifted to September 7 in Las Vegas, but now sources report a disagreement between the champion Caballero (who acts as his own manager) and Sampson Boxing.
However, other sources are claiming Caballero-Garcia is firm for September 7. There are also rumors floating around that Orlando Salido could be facing Micky Garcia in September. Another rumor is if Caballero doesn’t face Garcia, he’ll have to fight the highest available challenger, such as Nicolas Walter (Jamaica) or Javier Fortuna (Dominican Republic). The one thing that is certain is that there is a lot of confusion surrounding the fight.
Former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., from Puerto Rico, and Rafael Marquez, from Mexico, will collide on August 4 in the show “The War” to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer, to be televised on Pay Per View. Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 18 KOs), a former WBO super bantamweight champion, and Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs), former IBF bantamweight and WBC superbantemweight champion, will fight for the WBO International superbantamweight title. “It’s all set. On August 4 in Puerto Rico, Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez will face off for the WBO International title in Puerto Rico in another “war” between Puerto Rico and Mexico. Next week, we will have Marquez in Puerto Rico for a press conference and officially present the fight with the boxers,” PRBBP Vice-President Peter Rivera said.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA World Championships Committee has approved the grudge match between British heavyweights David Haye and Derek Chisora for the WBA Intercontinental Championship to be held July 14 in London. “The fight between Haye and Chisora has the WBA approval. The WBA Intercontinental title is in dispute and officially approved,” said Gilberto Mendoza Jr., WBA Executive Vice President.
The bout was condemned by the WBC, EBU and BBBofC after the two fighters engaged in a brawl at the press conference following the recent Klitschko-Chisora fight.
“The Reckoning” is here. Pound-for-pound champ of women’s boxing, Anne Sophie Mathis, and former queen, Holly Holm, met Wednesday at a final presser held for Friday’s long-awaited rematch at Route 66 west of Albuquerque. Both fighters showed respect for one another, though vowed they would come out ahead.
“Losing is not an option,” stated Holm. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican IBF lightweight champion Miguel “El Titere” Vazquez (30-3, 13 KOs) will fight this Saturday at the Sun Bowl on the event headlined by WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez against Andy Lee. Vasquez fight a non-title ten-rounder against Daniel Attah (26-10-1, 9 KOs). “I have a major commitment to face an experienced fighter,” said Vazquez. “Not being a title fight you’d want to say I’d relax in the ring. On the contrary, I’m going for another victory to keep me as a solid fighter ready to deal with anyone in this division.”
All the fighters for DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing card tomorrow night at Roseland Ballroom made weight at the NYS Athletic Commission’s office. Doors open at 6:00PM with the first bout scheduled for 7:00PM. Below is the complete bout sheet for tomorrow night’s show.
Seanie Monaghan 174 vs. Romaro Johnson 173.5
Thomas Dulorme 146 vs. Alberto Herrera 144.5
Will Rosinsky 168 vs. Aaron Pryor 168
Gabriel Bracero 141 vs. Jermaine White 141
Sonya Lamonakis 234 vs. Tiffany Woodard 198
Floriano Pagliara 132 vs. Rynell Griffin 132
Ivan Redkach 140 vs. Dedrick Bell 137
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hard Work” July will headline a Keystone Boxing Promotions card on Saturday, June 16 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. July, a native of St. Catherine, Jamaica (10-0-2, four KO’s) will take on Justin “The Lumberjack” Howes of Buckhannon, WVA in a six-round contest. July last fought on February 25 and scored a second-round TKO over Zeferino Albino in Millersville, MD. Howes (13-2, 11 KO’s) broke a two-bout losing streak in his last outing when he stopped Dan Shull in the third round on January 28 in Clarksburg, WVA. That was Howes’s first bout in a year. (more…)
Photos: Pat Lovell – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Undefeated WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Vicente “Chente” Escobedo pose in Cincinnati, Ohio at the press conference to officially announce their July 21, 2012 world title fight at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati which will be broadcast live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Adrien Broner: “July 21 is just another day in the ring for me. I’ll come in laughing and dancing. I like to have fun with it. He’s coming to my hometown and I’m excited. I don’t know him and I don’t want to know him. I’m in the hurt business and I’m gonna handle Escobedo. I’ve been in shape since 1989. When I was born and the doctor smacked me, I smacked him back.
Vicente Escobedo: “I’m going to take full advantage of this opportunity. I’m hungry and I’ve been hungry. People say that he [Broner] has talent, power and speed. I’ve got talent. I’ve got speed and I’ve got power too. I’m gonna shock the world. I guarantee it.” more photos
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In front of a packed room of television cameras, radio microphones and sports writers at Restaurant 9-4-10 within Montreal’s Bell Centre, undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), of Tallahassee, Fla., and popular hometown favorite and former WBC light heavyweight titleholder Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) held a press conference Wednesday to formally announce their upcoming world title showdown on August 11 at the Bell Centre. There was a respectful but intense atmosphere to announce what could potentially be the division’s best matchup in years between two young fighters in their prime. Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who promotes Cloud, waved Canadian flags while sporting his signature U.S. jean jacket throughout the press conference. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins/Sacramento Bee
Stan Martyniouk 138 vs. Dario Castillo 136, main event.
Mike Guy 167 3/4 vs. Ruben Mendosa 165
Rodney Hernandez 230 vs. Kourtney Boden 218
Max Becerra 144 vs. Danny Castillo 145
John Abella 122 vs. Johnny Mancilla 122
Date: Thursday (6-14-12)
Venue: Woodlake Hotel
Promoter: Nasser Niavaroni
Floyd Mayweather just got knocked out by a Nevada judge … who scoffed at the boxer’s claim he is withering away in jail … essentially ruling Mayweather is acting like a baby. Floyd had begged the court to let him finish out his sentence for domestic violence on house arrest … because he’s dehydrated and malnourished and it’s taking a toll on his body and putting his boxing career in jeopardy. But moments ago, a judge DENIED Mayweather’s request — ordering him to serve out the remainder of his 3-month sentence behind bars.
According to court docs obtained by TMZ, the judge called B.S. on Mayweather’s claim that he’s dehydrated behind bars — saying the boxer’s condition is “self-induced as water is made available to [Floyd] twenty-four hours a day.” As for Floyd’s gripe that he’s only consuming a fraction of the calories he needs — the judge says it’s because “[Floyd] chooses not to eat the food provided.” The judge also balked at Floyd’s complaint that he can’t train at a world class level while serving his time — saying, “While the training areas and times provided to Floyd may not be consistent with his prior regimen, he is indeed provided sufficient space and time for physical activity if he so chooses.” T.K.O.
On Saturday middleweight contender “Irish” Andy Lee (28-1, 20 KOs) will challenge Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1-1NC, 31 KOs), for the WBC middleweight championship, at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas. At today’s final press conference, Lee’s promoter Lou DiBella expressed supreme confidence in his fighter, but also called for fairness, in light of all the recent controversies that have afflicted boxing over the past few months. “In recent times, the sport of boxing has been plagued by inexplicable decisions, questionable judging and the appearance of possible impropriety,” said DiBella. “The greatest hope of Team Lee and DBE is that the fighter who truly wins on Saturday night gets his just rewards and not simply the consolation of a public that knows the truth. I fully believe that the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation shares this sentiment. We are confident that the athletic commission in Texas, the judges and the referee are fully aware and agree that the sport of boxing cannot take and does not deserve more unnecessary controversy.”
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland pose during the final press conference for their upcoming WBC world middleweight championship, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
By Andreas Hale
Dan Goossen: “I don’t like any promoter announcing a fight when they have another fight in front of them. We have a damn good fighter in Josesito Lopez and I thought it was very disrespectful for them to announce that Victor Ortiz will be Canelo’s next opponent. We’ll show them on June 23rd.”
Josesito Lopez: “I’m very upset at the announcement. They are jumping the gun. I find it very disrespectful. But that just adds to my motivation.”
Victor Ortiz: “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t disrespect anyone. I’m fighting a great fighter on June 23rd. I’ve been ignoring everyone about Canelo. I don’t care about Canelo right now. He’s in my position when I faced Berto last year. The difference is that I’m too hungry to let my chance go. If he wants to go to war, we’ll go to war. It’s in his hands. I know he’s ready and so am I.”
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