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Frank Warren today officially announced the long awaited showdown between bitter unbeaten British rivals WBO World light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew for Saturday 15th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena. The rivalry has been building up over the last couple of years and the pair almost fought in May at the O2 Arena when Cleverly was due to face then WBO World Champion Juergen Braehmer, but the German failed to arrive and Bellew stepped in at the last minute. They clashed at a heated press conference and had to be separated by security staff. Ultimately Bellew was beaten by the scales and Cleverly instead faced Aleksy Kuziemski and stopped him in four rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is set for Saturday’s “Veneno Puro” card at the Convention Center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which features WBC mandatory middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, along with Alejandro Sanabria and Michel Rosales in separate bouts. Rubio (51-5-1, 44 KOs) will face the Ghanaian Mohammed Akrong (23-3, 10 KOs) for the WBC Latino title; Sanabria (27-1-1, 21 KOs) meets Alejandro Barrera (21-7, 14 KOs) in a ten-round in super featherweight clash and Rosales (30-4, 25 KOs) goes against former hot prospect prospect Julio Cesar Garcia (43-4, 36 KOs). (more…)
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Unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, McJoe Arroyo and Carlos Negron will headline the 6th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” this Friday, September 2, at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promtions (PRBBP) in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised live on WAPA America, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
González (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title in a 10 round fight against Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs), from Rhode Island. The champion is actually is ranked #8 in the WBO lightweight division. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Tony Weeks talks to Fightnews about his career as one of the fightgame’s leading referees and also about when he was the third man in the ring for one of the greatest fights of all time, Corrales vs Castillo.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Former IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) and unbeaten Polish prospect Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) faced the media today during a press conference at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. They will collide in Neubrandenburg on October 1 with the vacant European Middleweight Title on the line. “I know that my name might not yet be known around the globe,” Proksa said. “But this will change on October 1. Everybody will know my name after I have defeated Sylvester.” Added his manager Krzysztof Zbarski: “Nobody wanted to fight against Proksa anymore. He is a southpaw, unbeaten, he is fast and he has made all of professional fights on the road. We were very surprised when we heard that Sylvester was brave enough to get in the ring with him.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) and IBF #1 rated Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) will meet for the vacant IBF super featherweight championship on September 10 at the Gudalajara University Olympic Coliseum topping an event promoted by HG Boxing. Also, IBF female light flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez and IBF female minimumweight champion Katia Guttierrez will defend their crowns on the same card.
WBA heavyweight “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin is expected to make his first defense on December 17 in Zurich against against ring legend Evander Holyfield, who will be 49 years old on fight night. Holyfield told the Berliner Morgenpost that he will be speaking with promoter Kalle Sauerland about the fight this week. Evander also mentioned a possible October 22 fight rematch in South Africa against Francois Botha.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, fresh from their stop in Manila, will kick off the North America portion of their 25,000-mile international media tour, for their mega world championship fight, with a New York City news conference on Tuesday September 6, in the The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 (23rd Street at the Hudson River, New York City1). The report time will be 9:30AM ET with the news conference beginning at 10AM ET. The news conference will be open to the public.
Opening the press conference will be international recording star Dan Hill who will join Pacquiao in a live performance of their Top-10 hit single “Sometimes When We Touch.” Joining Pacquiao and Marquez at Chelsea Piers will be their respective trainers, World-Famous Freddie Roach and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao and Marquez will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico on Friday, September 9 with a show being billed as “Clash of Titans” celebrating Mexico’s patriotic month “Viva Mexico”. The main event will feature two of the toughest jr. welterweights in Mexican Boxing as hard punching Antonio Pitalua (52-5, 43 KOs) of Mexico City by way of Monteria, Colombia faces Cosme “Chino” Rivera (32-14-2, 23 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds with the WBC Latin jr. welterweight title on the line. (more…)
Ola Afolabi, WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion, is scheduled to make his second title defense as the co-feature of the huge Vitali Klitschko vs Tomasz Adamek show September 10 in Wroclaw Poland. Afolabi is 17-2 and rated #2 in the WBO, #3 WBA, #7 WBC and #7 in the IBF. He was scheduled to fight undefeated Polish cruiserweight star Pawel Kolodziej, 28-0. “Everybody was excited about this fight,” stated Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, promotional company of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. “We signed Ola one year ago and he is now a completely different fighter since he has started working with Vitali’s trainer, Fritz Sdunek.” (more…)
European Super Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez has withdrawn from his fight with Carl Frampton on September 10 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Martinez’s father was taken ill during the young Spaniard’s training camp and has since had his leg amputated. The 25-year-old left his base to spend time with his father, and as a result has pulled out of the fight on the undercard of Paul McCloskey vs. Breidis Prescott. “Irish fight fans can be assured that Carl will remain on the bill,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “He has trained for a big fight and that’s exactly what we are going to deliver for him, and we hope to name his opponent within 48 hours.”
By Daniel Hiller/FIGO Sport
German International cruiserweight titlist Kai Kurzawa has a new opponent on September when he takes on Marko Angermann. “My trainer Oktay Urkal got me well prepared for our fight in Cuxhaven, so a late opponent change happening again in my career is not a problem,” said Kurzawa.
Meanwhile, promoter Erol Ceylan wants to lineup a showdown between Kurzawa and Danny Green, whom Kurzawa kicked out in the amateurs. “I broke his nose with my right hand , then knocked him out with a left uppercut,” remembers Kurzawa. Ceylan added, “Kai has already beaten him and Green might try to settle old scores. If the fight is made, we’ll fly to Australia. We’re ready.”
Photo: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
On Monday, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, held a press conference in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions to announce the main event in the September 23 edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” featuring former United States Olympians Vicente Escobedo (2004 games) and Rocky Juarez (2000 games) squaring off in a true crossroads fight.
Rocky Juarez (joined press conference via teleconference in Houston, TX): “My training is going great. I’ve stayed in the gym ever since my last fight. I learned in that fight to stay in the gym and stay ready because I know I was going to get calls for big fights like this one…I’m one never to give up and always give my best. I’m looking for bigger and better things.” (speaking about fighting Escobedo) “You always have to do your homework. This is a crossroads fight for me and for Escobedo. I’m staying positive and things are going great. I need a victory to get back to a world championship fight.”
Vicente Escobedo: (speaking about his trainer, Joel Diaz) “I needed someone who was constantly watching me. He really pushes me to be better and stick to the plan we’re on. I’ve been changing up my routine – running on trails, on sand out here in the Coachella Valley, mountain biking….I’m here and holding my ground and just like Rocky said, I’m here to fight, too. I know I can do it. It’s gonna be a battle.”
Congratulations to legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who celebrates his 90th birthday today.
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has announced Fight Club OC TV. For $4.99 fight fans can go to www.fightcluboc.com and receive not only Roy’s most recent five bout card, but all the entertainment and promotional elements that go into making the Fight Club OC shows.
Fisticuffs Promotions has announce the signing of female fighters Melissa “Hurracan” Hernandez (15-2-3, 5 KOs) and “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (8-0, 1 KO) to exclusive promotional contracts.
Dubai is on the short list to be the site of the WBC Convention in 2013.
Condolences for Main Events’ Jolene Mizzone and her family on the passing of Jolene’s father, John Mizzone, Jr., 63 years old, Monday morning.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced that the WBO will pay tribute all the WBO’s Puerto Rican champions during their Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico from October 24th to 29th. The names include Héctor “Macho” Camacho, José “Cheíto” Ruiz, John John Molina, José “Cagüitas” de Jesús, Orlando Fernández, Rafael del Valle, Josué “Dicky” Camacho, Daniel “La Cobra” Jiménez, Álex “El Nene” Sánchez, Samuel Fuentes, Daniel Santos, Nelson “Fueguete” Dieppa, Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón, Miguel Cotto, Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, Juan Manuel “Juanma” López, Román “Rocky” Martínez, José “Carita” López and Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Professional Nevada boxing judge Robert Hoyle talks about the big fights he’s worked.
Photo: OPI 2000
OPI 2000 prospects European Union lightweight champion Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (17-0, 17 KOs) and welterweight Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (12-0, 9 KOs) accompanied by their manager Christian Cherchi arrive today in Los Angeles to train and spar for three weeks at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.
By Ron Jackson
Flo Simba was just too fast for the grossly overweight Thamsanqa Dube of Zimbabwe before he knocked him out in the third round of a scheduled eight at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Monday night. A big over hand right sent Dube crashing to the canvas at 2 minutes 10 seconds into the third round where he was counted out by referee Phillip Durandt. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Promoter Gary Shaw currently in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia talks about October 15 showdown between his boxer Chad Dawson and WBC heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins. Shaw also talks about Vic Darchinyan’s bout on September 3rd against Evans Mbamba at Yereva, Armenia and his relationship with Vic.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Former WBA flyweight champion Daiki Kameda (21-2, 13 KOs) is preparing for his debut in Mexico on September 24 in Cozumel. In 2007, Kameda unsuccessfully challenged for the WBC flyweight title against Daisuke Naito, and two years later lost a close decision against WBA champion Denkaosan Kaovichit. Daiki then defeated Kaovichit in a rematch on February 7, 2010, to win his first world title. After two successful defenses, he gave up the crown citing a goal of winning the WBC bantamweight title. On September 24, Kameda will tentatively face WBC-ranked Eduardo “Bambino” Garcia.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3, 34 KOs) of Mexico if finishing up final preparations at the Maywood Boxing Club in Maywood, California as he is scheduled to face former WBA featherweight champion ‘El Ciclon de Guantanamo’ Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) of Cuba on Saturday September 10th on the latest installment of HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’ live from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey which is being presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Promoters Bob Arum and Richard Schaefer were asked today about working together on Gamboa-Ponce De Leon on September 10th, which will be first joint promotion between Top Rank and Golden Boy in ages. “I think the important thing is that through this effort we were able to make a very competitive, very good fight which is great for Gamboa and De Leon and its great for the public,” stated Arum. Schaefer added, “I totally agree with that and I hope it is the first of many match-ups which we can make. Bob and I have discussed some other fights so we will see what happens. I think between our two stables are some interesting match-ups and this one here being the first one. We have opened up our channels of communications and that’s a good thing.”
Both are playing it close to the vest as far as announcing future plans. “We have had meetings but until the fights are made it is silly to talk about them,” said Arum.
InterBox announced today that the much anticipated bout between Lucian Bute (29-0-0 24 KO) and Glen “the Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) will take place at the Pepsi Coliseum on November 5th. This Event will mark Lucian’s third bout in Quebec City, and second IBF World title defense bout at the Pepsi Coliseum. This will be Lucian’s 9th consecutive IBF title defense Bout since conquering the prestigious title in 2007 in devastating fashion against Alejandro Berrio. Showtime Championship Boxing will broadcast the Main Event, and the entire card will be shown live throughout Canada and other countries throughout the world. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The IBF officials appointed to work the IBF middleweight world title bout between champion Daniel Geale and Eromosele Albert on Wednesday in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia are referee Tony Weeks (Nevada), judges Robert Hoyle (Nevada), Ray Reed (Australia) and Somsak Sirianant (Thailand). IBF Supervisor is Ray Wheatley. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw and Bill Treacy.
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated former WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon commented on their September 10 showdown in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall
Gamboa: I think he’s a very good fighter, very good boxer. But I’m not here to just talk. We’ll show it on September 10th in the ring and we’ll go on from there.
On being stripped of his WBA belt: I feel sad that they took the belt away from me. When I fought Solis it was for the belt, and now I don’t have a belt but it’s not about the belt. It’s to see who is the best out there.
Ponce De Leon: I’m ready to fight at 126, 127, 135, whatever. I just want the big fights.
Lanky 6’1 welterweight Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), is confident that his extensive preparation will lead to victory when he faces Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) on September 9 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota. This fight will be a ten-rounder and is the main event of the SHOWTIME’s popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation. “This is a great opportunity to get a little closer to my goal to fight for a world title and I will not miss it,” said Sanchez. The two boxers were scheduled to face on June 11 at in New York City, but Garcia was injured in training.
The WBC has responded to claims by former super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas that he was threatened and forced by WBC President Jose Sulaiman to fight in Thailand Suriyan Por Chok Chai under very dubious conditions where he lost his title.
The attitude of Tomas “Gusano” Rojas is very regrettable
The World Boxing Council regrets that its former super flyweight world champion, Tomas “Gusano” Rojas, remarked some things regarding the WBC, due to the loss of his title, such as the fact that he was forced to go to Thailand, as the WBC does not force anybody to do anything that is not stated in the WBC Rules and Regulations; from former champion Rojas, the WBC did not even receive a thank you note for the numerous opportunities he was given as a challenger and as a champion. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
As first reported by Fightnews.com last week, lightweights Sharif Bogere and Francisco Contreras will square off in a battle of unbeaten lightweights. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez reached out to Fightnews.com late last week to announce that the date of the fight, which was originally scheduled for October 14th, has been moved to October 7th. Although a venue or city have not been announced, Gomez is holding out hope that the card will land somewhere in Southern California and will be most likely televised on “ShoBox: the New Generation.” In his last fight in May, Bogere (20-0, 12 KO’s) won a close and debatable 10 round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran. Contreras (16-0, 13 KO’s) was victorious in his last bout in March, a six round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros. Contreras is managed by Cameron Dunkin, Bogere is managed by Ralph Heredia and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
By Ricardo Conde
Fightnews.com sat down with Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, to talk to him about his upcoming fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) also of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, that takes place on Saturday September 17th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California as part of the split-site HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that features the return of arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs), here’s what he had to say:
In what has become a common story from rising Philadelphia fighters, 25-year-old Gabriel Rosado, like undefeated 28-year-old welterweight Mike Jones, credits ageless wonder Bernard Hopkins for being a helpful influence. Rosado, who boxes Keenan Collins, of Reading, PA, for the Pennsylvania State junior middleweight title Sept. 9 at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia, also has helped Hopkins, who became, at age 46, the oldest man to win a major boxing title, prepare for some of his fights.
“I’ve been a sparring partner for Bernard for four of his fights, including his last win,” (a 12-round decision over Jean Pascal in May), said Rosado, who turned pro in 2006 after just 17 amateur fights. “If Bernard sees potential in you, he takes the time to break things down for you. He shares his boxing techniques and old-school traits with you. He has improved my footwork and has shown me how to close the distance between myself and my opponents. He has made a big difference in my career and I’m impressed watching him fight at 46. He’s the coolest dude.” (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
As Grover Young dropped to the canvas from a left hook to the head, light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev thought that he had just racked up another victory. Instead of scoring his fifth consecutive knockout in a span of about five and a half months, Kovalev walked out of the ring in disgust that an unwarranted draw is on his record . . . Click here for more
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