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Raymond Serrano 139 vs. Karim Mayfield 139
Jason Escalera 160 vs. Nick Brinson 160
Kevin Rooney Jr. 160 vs. Anthony Jones 161
Lekan Byfield 164 vs. Tony Brinson 164
David Telesco 178 vs. Vincent Miranda 180
Bryan Abrahm 142 vs. Kenny Abril 146
Venue: Times Union Center, Albany, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Saturday’s Telefutura telecast will not include the highly anticipated comeback of heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs). The six-time national Cuban amateur champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist last fought fourteen months ago in a challenge of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on March 19, 2011. That bout ended abruptly in the first round when a sudden knee injury forced Solis out of the fight almost before it began in the first round. Solis will face world-rated Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) in a twelve round bout.
Telefutura’s telecast of Saturday’s card at the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas, will feature an eight-rounder between lightweights Jerry Belmontes (15-0, 5 KOs) and Remesis Gil (7-3-5, 6 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Will “Wild Will” Tomlinson weighed 129.4 pounds and Daniel Ruiz weighed 129.8 pounds for Friday’s IBO world title bout in Melbourne Australia. Tomlinson (18-0, 12 KOs) will challenge for the vacant title against Mexico’s Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz (27-4-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds. Ruiz resides in Los Mochis Sinaloa, Mexico and Tomlinson resides in Sydney, Australia. Both boxers stand 5’7 and box from the orthodox stance.
Officials for the IBO title bout are referee Steve Smoger (USA) judges Gary Dean (Australia), Steve Scott (New Zealand), Glenn Feldman (USA) and supervisior Phil Austin (Australia). (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the speed bag Thursday at the Wildcard Boxing Club in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Franklin Lawrence 236 vs. Mike Mollo 230
(NABA Heavyweight Title)
Ronica Jeffrey 126 vs. Jackie Trivilino 126
(NABF Featherweight Title)
Venue: Dover Downs
1st Bell: 7:30
TV: Wealth TV
Golden Boy Promotions’ signing of current WBA interim super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (15-0-1, 12 KOs) and unbeaten former amateur standout Julian Ramirez (2-0, 2 KOs) to multi-year promotional agreements. “This is a big day for us and I’m proud to have these two boxers fighting for us now,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Boxing will never grow if we don’t keep cultivating new talent and in Johan and Julian, we’ve signed two fighters that you’re going to be hearing a lot about in the months and years to come.” Both fighters’ first fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be announced at a later date.
Footage of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, training plus interviews with both Junior, Senior and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Chavez, Jr. just started training in Las Vegas in preparation for his upcoming defense of his world middleweight championship vs. Andy Lee on June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Video courtesy of Top Rank.
WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and challenger Andy Lee, made the mandatory weight 30 days prior to their clash scheduled next June 16, marking 175 pounds the champion and 174 the challenger.
The WBC considers the weigh-ins taking place 30 and 7 days prior to the bout and the medical test 30 days before the bout to be of great importance and has decided to crack down on boxers and promoters that do not completely fulfill every mandatory aspect. Effective immediately the WBC will fine $300 to any person who doesn’t follow these rules in WBC regional championship bouts, and $1,000 for any failed act in the run up to a WBC world championship bout. There will be no exceptions.
Fast-rising heavyweight Lavar Johnson has accepted a UFC 146 showdown with Stefan Struve next Saturday, agreeing to replace an injured Mark Hunt on just nine days’ notice. The UFC 146 main card has completely morphed from when it was originally announced, but it remains the first ever all-heavyweight card in UFC history. (more…)
On Saturday night June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, Sadam “Worldkid” Ali will take on Franklin Gonzalez(15-9, 10 KOs) in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout that will be the main event of a big night of boxing that is promoted by Ali’s Worldkid Promotions. This will be the 2008 U.S. Olympian’s Promotional debut.
Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic has a record of 15-9 with ten knockouts. Gonzalez is coming off an impressive four round unanimous decision over the regarded Eddie Hyland (16-1) on January 28th in Atlantic City.
Three World title challengers are in the first four names announced for the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament on Wednesday June 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Albert Sosnowski and Kali Meehan have all stepped in the ring to fight for world titles and that trio are joined by Kent’s Tom Dallas in the 25th edition of the eight man, one night tournament gunning for the £32,000 winner’s cheque
Johnson and Sosnowski have both faced Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt, while Meehan fell the wrong side of a split decision to Lamon Brewster for the WBO strap. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Diego Morales
WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (27-1, 24KOs) and his challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-10-4, 18KOs) met face to face today before their upcoming twelve round championship bout set for Saturday, May 19th, at the Plaza Monumental de Toros de Don Antonio in Tepic, Mexico. The title fight will be the main event of the seven-bout fight card presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona”.
After Box Latino’s COO Carlos Mera thanked the media and local promoter, Antonio Echeverria, the main event fighters took the mic to state their case for this Saturday night.
“I am 100% ready, I’m expecting a tough fight since my opponent is a dangerous one,” Caro of Mexico City, Mexico, stated. Caro challenged for the world title two fights ago versus IBF belt holder Takalani Ndlovu in a war that Caro lost via a controversial split decision. “I am bringing everything and I know it is going to be a great fight.” (more…)
Unbeaten WBC Continental Americas middleweight beltholder George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) says he’s ready to step up his level of competition. “It’s time for me to face some big name fighters and show the world who I am,” said Tahdooahnippah, a member of the Comanche Nation who has fought all but two of his fights in Oklanhoma. “When I fought Jimmy Holmes for the WBC belt, I had a torn bicep and still stopped him in the opening round. Whoever has been in my way thus far, I’ve got them out of there and I don’t plan on changing that, regardless of who is standing across the ring!”
Atop his wish list is comebacking former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) who is 2-0 since returning from a two-year layoff. “Jermain Taylor also isn’t the same fighter he once was and recent upset wins by fellow Oklahomans Carson Jones and Grady Brewer truly inspired me. [Taylor’s last opponent Caleb Truax] wasn’t able to close the show and I know that I have more power than him. I’m a different fighter than Caleb. I’m hungrier and have a more fan-friendly style. If he can go ten rounds with Jermain and put him on his back and I know that I can get Jermain out of there!” (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event tomorrow on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. In the co-feature, undefeated middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (12-0, 11 KOs) will meet Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (9-1-1, 5 KOs).
Mayfield is trained by Virgil Hunter, who also trains super middleweight champion Andre Ward, and enters Friday’s fight having defeated former junior lightweight titlist Steve Forbes. Mayfield won a 10-round decision over two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in his last fight.
Serrano of Philadelphia is coming off a February 10-round decision win over Kenny Abril. “I’ve seen a few of Mayfield’s fights,” Serrano said. “I think both of us are going to try to see who lands first. I think he’s going to come out strong, but I’ve got a good game plan. I’m ready to go to war.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super lightweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana in Oxnard, California to begin training with his
new trainer Robert Garcia. Maidana may reappear in July in his native Argentina, then possibly return in September on one of the big Golden Boy Promotions events against the likes of Danny Garcia, Johan Perez, Humberto Soto, Michael Katsidis or Lucas Matthysse.
Courtesy: Team Trout
Austin “No Doubt” Trout, just two weeks from defending his title against mandatory challenger Delvin Rodriguez, is putting in his most intense training during this period of camp. Sparring with Austin is veteran J.C. Candelo, who fought “Winky” Wright for the IBF junior-middle weight world championship and who also held the NABF and WBC/USA titles. Joining the wrecking crew is 16-0 Abie Han, who’s getting ready himself for a big fight, on the undercard of Chavez/Lee at the Sunbowl. Rounding off the crew is amateur standout’s Siju Shabazz, Tim Meek and Zach Prieto.
Austin is expecting a tough fight against Rodriguez, who is 26-5-1 with 14 KOs, and who fought the fight of the year against Pawel Wolak last year. Rodriguez, a good fundamentalist and a student of boxing, is mechanically sound, quick and carries a good wallop in both hands. Rodriguez has been showcased many times on TV and 3 or 4 of his losses have been somewhat controversial. (more…)
In the biggest night for Philadelphia fighters in recent memory, three of them will appear as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card on June 9 at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy will challenge for world titles, while amateur star Jesse Hart, son of former Philadelphia middleweight legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, will make his pro debut. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) will face former Olympian Arturo Santos (11-1, 4 KOs) in a twelve round junior featherweight clash on June 9 at the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym in Chihuahua, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montiel.
The same night, former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (53-6-1, 46 KOs) will face Jorge “Demonio” Cota (12-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder at middleweight
Former WBA miniumweight world champion “Samy Guty” (31-7-2, 21 KOs) also sees action in a rematch against Armando Torres (18-9, 13 KOs) for the WBC light flyweight silver belt.
All Star Boxing will return with their successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday to the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa In Mexico City. In the main event undefeated 18 year old prospect Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor of Mexico City, Mexico (17-0-1-11 KO’s) nephew of Mexican Legend Lupe Pintor, will face the toughest test of his young career when he battles compatriot Ivan “Macanon” Cano (21-3-15 KO’s) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO and WBC Youth jr. welterweight world titles at stake. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Segundo Rivero/ Acquinity Sports
Acquinity Sports welcomed local media and fight fans to the spacious Paradise Live complex at the Seminole Hard Rock yesterday for the final press conference in advance of Friday’s “D Day II” Dominican Domination” card. Rising Dominican featherweight sensation Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (11-0, 9 KOs) squares off against Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero (26-9-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the ten-round main event.
Marrero’s unbeaten super-bantamweight compatriot Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (9-0, 5 KOs) looks to maintain his perfect record against Mexican veteran Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-8-1, 27 KOs) in their ten-round co-main event.
In other undercard action, light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (8-1, 6 KOs) tangles with former world champion Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (30-9, 28 KOs). Undefeated southpaw Dominican welterweight and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican Javier Perez (8-5, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Ticket prices are $34, $54, $74 and $104. VIP tables are still available for just $2,500. Doors open at 6:00, first fight at 6:30 PM.
Who is the Strikeforce success story?
Posed with this question, fight fans will scour their memories of the rich history of athletes who have made their mark in the promotion, and most will likely answer Nick Diaz followed by Cung Le. The former went 6-0 inside the Strikeforce cage, fought and won in two different weight divisions, and left the organization as the undefeated and three-time defending welterweight champion. The latter’s four-year stretch saw Le go 7-1, including winning the middleweight belt, having all his in-cage performances happen in the company’s home of San Jose, California, while his lone defeat against Scott Smith was avenged in Le’s final outing before joining the UFC. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. landed in Las Vegas to set up training camp at the Top Rank Gym in preparation of his next fight. On June 16, Chavez will headline “Viva Chávez!” on Saturday, June 16, at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, when he defends his WBC title against No. 2 world-rated contender Andy Lee, marking the first world championship fight to be held in the Sun Bowl Stadium since June 13, 1998 when Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Patrick Charpentier in the second round to retain his welterweight crown. The Chávez Jr. vs. Lee world championship rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. “Viva Chavez” is presented by the University of Texas at El Paso and Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, The City of El Paso, AT&T and Tecate. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (26-0-1, 14 KOs) outworked former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-12, 37 KOs) to win a ten round unanimous decision on Wednesday night at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. Pianeta was too young and fast for the ex-champ, who took the fight on late notice after Pianeta’s original foe Frans Botha pulled out with a training injury. The 47-year-old McCall was clearly the stronger fighter but was became very frustrated by his inability to finish Pianeta as he stormed around the ring and refused to fight for the last 30 seconds. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 99-91. McCall is currently on the U.S. national suspension list for an abnormal scan of the brain, although that list does not apply overseas.
A major upset in women’s boxing on the undercard as previously unbeaten WBO/WIBF/WBA world flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (29-1, 16 KOs) lost a majority ten round decision to unheralded American Melissa McMorrow (7-3, 0 KOs). McMorrow got off to a good start and the Killer Queen came on strong late. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. McMorrow won the WBO and WIBF belts.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (7-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Steve Krökel (16-19-2, 7 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54 on all cards.
Sergio Vartanov KO6 Ali Hassanzadeh (super welterweight)
Felix Lamm W6 Said Harkimov (super lightweight)
Danny Lehmann KO1 Zdenek Siroky (light heavyweight)
Although Manny Pacquiao says he disagrees with President Obama on same-sex marriage, Pacquiao has denied quoting Leviticus 20:13 which states gays should be put to death, during an interview with the National Conservative Examiner. The report has caused a firestorm in the press, but Pacman says his words are being twisted. “I didn’t say that, that’s a lie,” Pacquiao said in a statement reported by TMZ. “I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet. I’m not against gay people … I have a relative who is also gay. We can’t help it if they were born that way. What I’m critical of are actions that violate the word of God. I only gave out my opinion that same sex marriage is against the law of God.”
Power Punching super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz Jr (9-0, 8 KOs) of Palmdale, California will headline in his first main event on Saturday June 2nd. The 20-year-old Diaz Jr. will take on Puerto Rico born Guillermo Sanchez (13-6-1, 5 KOs) in a scheduled for ten round main event at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The card is promoted by Halquist Productions. Very good things were being said of Diaz Jr. leading up to his ShoBox debut this past January against fellow unbeaten Guy Robb. Dropped early in the bout, Diaz Jr. stormed back to drop Robb twice en route to a dazzling 7th TKO victory. In the few months that have passed since that fight, Diaz Jr. has squeezed in two more stoppage victories. The 23-year-old Sanchez has hit a recent losing slide but at one time was being touted as a promising prospect going unbeaten in his first 12 fights. Added to the mix is the classic boxing rivalry of a fighter of Mexican descent in Diaz versus one of Puerto Rican descent in Sanchez. Fightnews spoke with the always ready to fight Diaz as he finished a recent workout in preparation for the upcoming fight. (more…)
Exciting middleweight David Lemieux (25-2, 24 KOs) returns June 8 in the final edition of this year’s popular GYM Fast & Furious Boxing Series, at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. After two straight shock losses and a right hand injury, the 23-year-old Lemieux, who has fallen to WBC #23, takes on Jaudiel “Negro” Zepeda (12-5-1, 9 KOs). “With this fight I restart my career,” proclaimed Lemieux. “I know I have disappointed many of my supporters but I recently learned a lot and have matured. I cannot wait to reconnect with the action. Without looking too far ahead, of course, I dream of fighting rematches against (Marco Antonio) Rubio and (Joachim) Alcine in the near future.”
Undefeated NABO light heavyweight beltholder Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (8-0, 5 KOs) faces Shawn “The Sioux Warrior” Hawk (23-1, 19 KOs) in the main event.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Takashi Uchiyama (18-0, 15 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line against Filipino hard-punching southpaw Michael Farenas (34-3-3, 26 KOs) in Saitama (close to Tokyo), Japan, on July 16. Uchiyama, making his fifth defense, wishes to extend his KO streak to six in world title bouts since he dethroned Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth-round dramatic stoppage in January 2010. Also announced was the WBC flyweight mandatory title bout, where newly crowned Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 24 KOs), a free-swinging Filipino, will risk his belt against Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs) on the same bill. Jaro stunned the world by demolishing long-reigning champ Pongsaklek Wonjongkam by an unexpected sixth-round TKO in the defending titlist’s home turf Thailand. Igarashi, a former representative in Olympic Games in Athens, is a fast-punching southpaw dependent on speed and skills, while the champ Jaro is a power-puncher as he so impressively dispatched Pongsaklek. It will be a couple of confrontations between Japanese and Filipinos to be co-promoted by Watanabe and Teiken Promotions.
Despite opposition from the British and German boxing commissions and other influential people in boxing, a massive 71 per cent of the public say they would pay to watch David Haye’s big heavyweight showdown with Dereck Chisora, a poll held on the Daily Mail online revealed. The bitter rivals meet in the ring on Saturday 14th July at West Ham’s Boleyn Ground at Upton Park in one of boxing’s biggest ever grudge fights. Only 29 per cent didn’t want to watch the fight which has become a hot talking point. Since the pair met last week head-to-head for the first time to announce their fight, tickets have been selling fast with over 20,000 sold already.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Allan Green (31-1, 21 KOs) continued his war of words with Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) today at the final press conference in Copenhagen. Three days ahead of their WBC Light Heavyweight World Championship (Silver) clash at Denmark´s famous PARKEN Stadium, Green claimed that the Viking Warrior was a long way past his prime. “He used to be a joy to watch, a great fighter, but that was before he fought Calzaghe,” the 32-year-old American stated. “He has not been the same fighter since. I don´t know if it is mental or physical wear, but he’s just not been on the same level any more. Mikkel will not be worth a nickel when he will be in the ring with me. I will break his a** into two halves. I want him to be at his best on Saturday night, the best he can possibly be, and for his sake it better be enough!”
The Viking Warrior said he will be happy to prove that he can still deliver at the highest level – a level Green has never fought at. “Green just talks a lot,” Kessler said. “This is nothing unusual before a fight. He seems to be confident, which is good for him. He will need all his confidence on Saturday night. I´m in fantastic shape, I am ready to put on a great show. I know I can hurt Green and once I have hurt him, I will go for the KO. But I am not making any predictions about the outcome. I just know that I am going to win.” (more…)
Less than three weeks before Antonio Tarver steps into the ring to continue his campaign at cruiserweight by taking on the unbeaten power puncher Lateef Kayode, the “Magic Man” held an open workout on Tuesday before a packed house of his hometown media at Calta’s 24/7 Fitness. “This guy is predicting he’ll knock me out in the fifth round. If Kayode comes in with that type of recklessness, he can be out before that because he has never been hit by someone who can punch as hard as me,” said Tarver.
“And not just punching hard, I’m a sharpshooter. I punch organs. I target organs: liver, kidney, heart. I don’t just punch mass, I punch organs and I punch that chin. Remember that the chin is not a muscle so you can have all the muscles surrounding your neck and body, chest and abs, because if I touch that chin the right way, it’s lights out, baby. There are no more guys like myself. Shane Mosley lost. Bernard Hopkins lost. I’m the last Mohican. I’m the last guy who is 40-plus.” More Tarver comments…
If Korea needs an MMA superstar, they have found their man.
“The Korean Zombie,” as 25-year-old Chan Sung Jung is affectionately known in the sport, choked out Dustin Poirier in the fourth round Tuesday night to cap a thrilling UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Patriot Center that was certainly Fight of The Night and which stands a strong chance of being one of the most entertaining scraps of 2012.
“I want to thank all the Korean fans and the Korean community that came here to support me today,” the exhausted featherweight said after winning his third straight. “He had me in trouble at the beginning of the third round. The thought of giving up was in my head but I just kept going …” . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng has signed a three year agreement with Kiat Kreerin Promotion, CEO Jimmy Chaichotchaung and will make his professional debut Friday. Amnat Ruenroeng, who won a bronze medal as a junior flyweight at the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Chicago, began boxing while serving a fifteen-year prison sentence for robbery. In 2007, he won a Thai national title in the light-flyweight division, and was released from prison for good behaviour the following day. He subsequently qualified to represent Thailand at the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. Jimmy Chaichotchaung said “I am glad to welcome Amnat Ruenroeng to my stable of boxers. He has great credentials as he represented the Thai national team and will turn professional on undercard fight of the IBF Eliminator #1 Jr.Featherweight title bout on Friday which will feature Thangthong Kiattaweesuk vs Mctube Sinyabi at Nakornratchasima, Thailand. Ruenroeng will face Indonesian champion Rino Ukru. I will look for the opportunity for Amnat to fight for world title in super flyweight division, when he looks ready”. Jimmy Chaichotchuang was IBF Asian Promoter of the Year 2003 – 2011.
Top Rank announced today the signing of amateur sensation Toka Kahn-Clary, from Providence, Rhode Island. Kahn-Clary, 20, who boasts speed, power and a “pro style of fighting” is trained by Peter Manfredo Sr. and managed by Mike Criscio, who discovered and managed light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. Kahn-Cary will make his pro debut, as a junior lightweight, on Friday, June 8, at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, on a card headlined by the Kelly Pavlik vs. Scott Sigmon super middleweight bout.
“Everyone at Top Rank is excited and what a great way for Toka to start, fighting on the Kelly Pavlik card at the Hard Rock,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) will expose his IBF super flyweight world championship for the first time next Saturday at the Tecate Box Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco against experienced and former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (36-6, 27 KOs).
Sanchez surprised the boxing world last February in his hometown of Los Mochis, where by clear decision he dethroned Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero who was considered a solid world champion. Juan Carlos has been training in Los Mochis under the supervision of his father Juan Carlos “Zurdo” Sanchez, trainer Edgardo Lucero and Tiburcio Garcia.
Rosas won the four fights he was in on 2011, most recently beating South African Zolani Tete in an elimination bout to become the mandatory challenger.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
There’s been a last minute change in Dierry Jean’s (21-0 14KO) opponent for Saturday night in Montreal as the undefeated will be facing off against Lanardo Tyner (25-7-2 15KO) instead of the originally scheduled Cosme Rivera. Promoter Camille Estephan of Eye of the Tiger Promotions cited visa problems as what forced a change from former world title challenger Rivera to Tyner who has lost his last three, all to undefeated opponents including Canadian Kevin Bizier. Despite not having fought at 140 pounds for close to four years, the bout will still be for the vacant NABF light-welterweight title. “He is a very strong opponent,” promises the promoter. “He fought 12 rounds with Jessie Vargas last February and faced guys such as Lamont Peterson and Canelo Alvarez not that long ago.
“We were concerned about paperwork for Rivera for a while so he was on standby for quite some time. He fought at 147 for his last few fights yet apparently he is a natural 140. I’m told he’s the type of fighter who is always in the gym ready for opportunities.”
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