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WBO featherweight world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will make his world title defense against Kenichi Yamagushi in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on Saturday July 23, after his original opponent Mike Oliver pulled out with an injury. The Salido-Yamagushi bout will be telecast by Fox Deportes on “Top Rank Live” and former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez is expected at ringside, the winner will meet Lopez later this year. In the co-main event local favorite Alex Valdez will take on the always tough Enrique Bernache in a 10 round featherweight bout. “Things like this happen in boxing all the time and I will be ready to take on Yamagushi on my first world title defense,” said Salido, today in Ciudad Obregon.
A bone chip in the middle finger of his right hand has forced junior middleweight Allen Conyers out of his scheduled 10-round main event with Gabriel Rosado on Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Stepping in to replace Conyers is Ayi Bruce, winner of five in a row and perhaps a tougher test for Rosado. Fighting at Bally’s will be no problem for Bruce, 25, who upset southpaw Shamone Alvarez last Dec. 4 in the same ring in the loser’s backyard. A pro since 2006, Bruce is 13-3, 7 K0s, and is 5-2 since coming to the United States from Accra, Ghana, in 2010. Once Bruce got acclimated after losses to a pair of unbeaten prospects, lefty Emmanuel Taylor and Ray Serrano (by majority decision), he has never looked back. Conyers sustained his knuckle injury over the weekend and notified Peltz Boxing on Tuesday evening he would be unable to fulfill his contract to fight Rosado.
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Undefeated Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz (10-0) hits the speed bag at Barry’s Boxing Center in preparation for his upcoming feature fight, Friday, July 15 on the 10th Anniversary show of SHOBOX: The New Generation at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Click here for more photos…
On July 22, at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cazabon, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Gary Shaw Productions will present Fight Night at Morongo Casino Resort, featuring WBC #4-rated contender Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (22-0, 19 KOs) taking on Kevin “Hitman” Engel (18-4, 15 KOs) in the 10-round super middleweight main event. The 26-year-old Dirrell is the brother of Olympic bronze medallist Andre. The televised co-feature will pit once-beaten Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs) against undefeated knockout artist Joseph Elegele (12-0, 10 KOs) in a welterweight 10-rounder.
Boxing judges Al Bennett, Donald Givens and Hilton Whitaker II have been suspended by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after their controversial scoring in the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara fight last Saturday in Atlantic City. The judges are suspended indefinitely and must undergo further training before being allowed to score another boxing match.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Five undefeated local boxers will headline a United Boxers card on Saturday, July 16 at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC.
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson will be in the six-round main event against “Neon” Keon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN. Alexander Johnson (11-0, four KO’s) is coming off his biggest career win to date — a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City, NJ. Keon Johnson (8-5, four KO’s) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak where he has been knocked out in all three bouts. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
A conference call was held today to discuss WBA/IBF super lightweight world championship unification fight between champions Zab Judah and Amir Khan, set for Saturday, July 23, 2011 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Judah promised Khan a new-and-improved Judah. Khan said that his opponent had taken the wrong fight:
Zab Judah: “A lot of things have changed over the years. I’m pretty pleased to see that Amir and Freddie to watch my old tapes to learn about the old Zab Judah. The new Judah is a monster who is 150% prepared for Khan. We’re prepared for July 23rd. We’re definitely going to take him to school. After Saturday night he’ll realize that Golden Boy and Freddie Roach set him up as a pawn. He’s a great fighter just a bit premature. Years down the line he’ll have the opportunity to tell other fighters what he learned on July 23rd. I have a different mentality now. I’m more focused on my career now and my family and the morals of life. I’m at a great place in life right now and I’m fully prepared for the situation.”
Amir Khan: “I’m ready for this fight. We come into this fight as favorites and I’m going to take those titles back home. He can say what he wants but I’m more than prepared for the 23rd. He won’t be able to take the pressure, the speed and the power. I think he’s taken the wrong fight. He can say what he wants but deep down he knows he took the wrong fight. We’ve got a plan ‘A’ and a plan ‘B.’ But to be honest with you we don’t see him getting past plan ‘A.'”
Freddie Roach: “Amir has Had some great southpaw sparring in this camp. I think he’s going to shine on Saturday the 23rd. Zab has bitten off more than he can chew for this one.”
Gary Shaw Productions has announced the signing of 35-year-old heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (15-2-2, 10 KOs), who according to a GSP press release “is undoubtedly the hottest heavyweight prospect in boxing.”
DiBella Entertainment has added middleweight contender Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs) to its stable of fighters. Vera, 29, is a straightforward brawler who has beaten both Andy Lee and Sergio Mora.
On Friday, Antonio Tarver will host a open public workout in advance of his IBO Cruiserweight Title against Danny Green at the City of Sydney PCYC Boxing Gym. Tarver will also be available for photos and autograph signing.
Fightnews.com send condolences to the Klitschko Brothers who are mourning the passing of their father Wladimir Klitschko Rodionovich, who passed away yesterday in Kiev at the age of 64 after a long bout with cancer. The senior Klitschko had been one of the commanders in charge of the cleanup after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He was able to see his son Wladimir Klitschko bring the final piece of the undisputed heavyweight title into the Klitschko family from a hospital bed in Hamburg. Both brothers were at his side until the last.
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WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) and hot-blooded challenger Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) needed to be restrained today following a heated press conference in Munich. After showing up late, Garay constantly mocked his opponent and even taunted the local journalists. Asked about his strange behavior, Garay stated he “had the….to be self-confident” and had come to Germany “to win the title.” Huck ignored most of the insults hurled at him. “Right now, Garay is laughing, but on Saturday night, he will be crying,” the 26-year-old stated. “His behavior is ridiculous. He cannot come here, insult the press and my team and expect to get away with it. I will make him pay in the ring. He will be crying for mercy once we collide on Saturday.”
When the two fighters posed for the face-to-face pictures, Garay tried to kiss Huck, which caused a brawl. Both needed to be restrained, with Garay shouting and making angry cut-throat gestures.
Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland was amazed by the Argentinian’s antics. “During the many years in boxing I have seen a lot of strange behavior from challengers,” he stated. “It is a clear sign that Garay is really scared. But then again, he has every reason to be afraid of Marco Huck. With his explosiveness and power, Marco will make another spectacular defence on Saturday night.”
Former world title challenger Antonio “Toño” Diaz (46-6-1, 29 KOs) will be going back to his roots when he faces fellow veteran Ernesto Zepeda (39-14-4, 34 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout on August 12 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The bout will be Diaz’ 17th fight at the venue and his first since 2001. To date he is 16-0 at Fantasy Springs. Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45 are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
WBO #8 super flyweight Juan Mercedes will headline 5th edition of the successful series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, on August 5 in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top RanK Inc. to be televised on WAPA America. Mercedes (25-3, 17 KOs), a Dominican who lives in Puerto Rico, will defend his 115lb WBO Latino title in a 10 round bout against a foe to be announced soon. In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight prospect Luis Joel González (7-0-1, 4 KOs) will be in a six-rounder against a rival to be announced. Tickets for this “A Puño Limpio” are available at Ticketcenter, www.tcpr.com, 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $12, $25 and $35.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban junior middleweight Erislandy Lara has a small facial fracture that will sideline him six to eight weeks according to a reliable source. Lara, who suffered the injury in a clash of heads with Paul Williams, was taken after the fight to a hospital to be checked and it appears that the fracture is not serious but Lara need rest and recovery time. He returned from Atlantic City to Miami by car on doctor’s orders. Many media have begun to project that Lara can be a strong opponent for the WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Other options are WBO Sergei Dzinziruk or a possible rematch with Williams, who won a controversial majority decision Saturday night.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #10 super middleweight Daniel “Condo Crusher” Pawsey (13-4,8KO’s) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with experienced Nader “Lionheart” Hamdan (42-9-1,18KO’s) over twelve rounds at the Orion Function Centre, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia in a nationally televised promotion. Pawsey is coming off an impressive seven round stoppage victory of former Australian champion Les Piper in April. In 2010 he scored wins over Sam Setu and Tim Kanofski. Hamdan is a former Australian champion and has clashed with the cream of the crop in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions including Arthur Abraham and Anthony Mundine. In 2010 – Hamdan, 37 years, was outscored by IBF #6 Les Sherrington and Junior Talipeau in a controversial split points loss. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs) will have some heavy hitters supporting him Saturday night – Hall of Famer Eder “Golden Bantam” Jofre and former world light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson – when he enters the ring against Dominican veteran Jose “Minguito” Soto (24-7-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC Latino championship. The bout will take place at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Oliveira was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. He will be fighting for the third time in Brazil as part of a six-fight, two-year deal with TV Global. General admission tickets to the event are free.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #15 Naoufel “Chocolata” Ben Rabah (33-3, 17 KOs) will clash with former IBF welterweight champion Isaac “The Angel” Hlatswayo (30-2-1, 10 KOs) of South Africa over twelve rounds on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO cruiserweight title bout on July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Two time world title challenger Ben Rabah trained and managed by Craig Christian in Perth, Western Australia has been in excellent form with regular sparring sessions with WBO rated welterweight Samuel Colomban. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that Romina Arroyo (Argentina) will be the referee for the fight between Mexican Janeth “Cuisilla” Perez and Colombian Yolis Marrugo for the vacant WBA female bantamweight world title to be held this Saturday in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Judges will be Carla Caiz (USA), Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) and Lynne Carter (USA). And the Supervisor is the Venezuelan Noryoli Gil. This is the first time in boxing history that all officials in a world title fight will be women.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A July 23 fight card at the Olympic Colisseum of the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico will feature featherweight Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo and female star Irma “Guerita” Sanchez in separate bouts. Escobedo (31-3, 22 KOs) will take on Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (22-3, 14 KOs) in the rematch. The bout will be for the IBF Latin championship and a title eliminator. Sanchez (19-5-1, 5 KOs) will meet Panamanian Carlota Santos (5-2-3, 4 KOs) at light flyweight. Prospect Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (7-1-2, 2 KOs), brother of WBC world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will also see action, as well as Rodolfo “Fofo” Hernandez, Giovanni “Ray” Vargas and Japan’s Shoki Sakai. The HG Boxing event will be televised in Mexico on Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” show.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez will travel to Mexico with Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing, on July 23 to witness the first defense of Orlando Salido, who snatched the previously undefeated Puerto Rican’s world title. “We’re going to go to Mexico to the Salido card and we’re going to be fighting the winner,” said JuanMa. “They asked us for an exemption to defend the title and he’s going to fight against Mike Oliver. We are scheduled to fight between October 1 and 15 with Salido or against Oliver if he wins. But I hope it’s Salido and I wouldn’t rule out a trilogy,” revealed the boxer with a record of 30-1, 27 KOs.
He added that if Salido isn’t available for October, November 5 is open. “We hope to make the trilogy depending how he exits the second fight. And a rematch with Rafael Marquez. I hope to do a few more fights at 126 pounds and no later than early 2012 will be at 130 pounds.”
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Local, national and international media were waiting for three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez who on Saturday Cancun’s Plaza de Toros will face Likar Ramos. Accompanied by his team led by experienced trainer Ignacio Beristain, ‘Juanma’ arrived in very good spirits, handing out autographs to people who asked for it and took the time to pose for photos with them. “I am very happy to be here and it’s a great feeling to receive such a reception. I’ve just arrived and the people greeted me and wished me luck for my fight on Saturday and I promised them I would leave with my fist raised,” said the current WBA/WBO lightweight champion. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Perennial top contender Shinya Nagase (19-3-2, 9 KOs), 140, finally made his dream come true and acquired the vacant Japanese national 140-pound belt as he eked out a split verdict (97-94, 96-95 and 94-96) over busy-punching but less powerful JBC#2 Kazuya Ito (11-4, 6 KOs), 139.75, over ten sizzling rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Photos by Chris Cozzone from Tuesday’s workouts at Barry’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Diego Magdaleno, Jessie Magdaleno, Anthony Lenk, Andy Ruiz and Juan Heraldez . . . Click here
The undercard has been announced for the pro boxing card, featuring WBA/IBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov in his third title defense, July 29 against two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago, on TeleFutura live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The co-feature between popular Las Vegas super featherweight Lonnie Smith (13-2-2, 9 KOs) and Minnesota-invader Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario (12-2, 9 KOs) is also scheduled to be shown on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast. (more…)
A conference call was held today to discuss the 12-Round IBF Super Lightweight Elimination bout between the Dominican Republic’s once-beaten IBF #3-rated Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) and Washington DC’s IBF #4-ranked Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) on Friday, July 29, in the Chelsea Ballroom at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Both fighters and their camps were very respectful to each other and both made their intentions clear should they win the high-stakes match-up: They both want WBA champ Amir Khan next, which could work out as Khan is fighting IBF beltholder Zab Judah in a unification next week.
Also scheduled for the July 29 fight night is a sensational 10-round light heavyweight showdown between Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) and Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez ended his training camp today in the Romanza Gym of Mexico City for his fight this Saturday against former WBA world champion Likar Ramos at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun. “I’m ready for this fight,” said Marquez. I had a good workout and I’m happy to fight in my own country. It fills us with joy and confidence to find the best conditions for the fight against Manny Pacquiao.”
Marquez traveled from Mexico City to Cancun with his Hall of Fame trainer “Nacho” Beristain, Raul de Anda and Jose Luis Zaragoza “All I have to say is I will win this fight and begin training for my next fight with Pacquiao. I have dreamed of this night for many years,” concluded Marquez.
Photo: Undefeated NABF Super Featherweight Champion Diego Magdaleno (right) works out with brother Jessie (left) today at Barry’s Boxing Center as he prepares to defend his title against Alejandro Perez Friday,July 15 ,live on the 10th Anniversary of SHOBOX : The New Generation. Stay tuned for more photos tonight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
photos: Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz “Góral” Adamek (44-1, 28 KO), the WBC’s #1 ranked heavyweight, who on September 10 in Wroclaw (Poland) will challenge WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) for his title is already training for this fight in friendly confines of Bushkill in the Poconos Mountains. “For me and my trainer Roger Bloodworth this fight has already started. This is the second part of our preparations. More intense, with sparring sessions and closed doors for the media. There’s a new, tough sheriff in Bushkill and the Adamek Team – his name is Roger Bloodworth…”
For the last couple of weeks, first Adamek’s manager Zyggi Rozalski and then Bloodworth started to shield their fighter from the media. “Everybody will have their access when a time comes. Now there’s hard work to be done and we don’t need distractions,” said Bloodworth. (more…)
Former World Middleweight Champion and the pride of Youngstown, Ohio, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik will headline a hometown fight card for the first time nearly two years when he takes on Darryl Cunningham in a 10-round super middleweight battle, Saturday, August 6, at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME on a special edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to Pavlik vs. Cunningham, priced at $150 (ringside), $100 (VIP), $50 (Gold), and $25 (Silver), plus $2 facility fee, go on sale This Friday! July 15, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com, and by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Covelli Centre box office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (more…)
Southern California boxing promoter Roy Englebrecht was named on July 1st to serve on the City of Newport Beach’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, as a PB&R Commissioner for a four year term. Englebrecht, a 38 year resident of Newport Beach will join the six other Commissioners in overseeing the miles of Newport coastline, the nearly 40 city parks, and the extensive city recreation program, advising the city council on all matters pertaining to these three specific areas. Englebrecht’s appointment was made by Newport Beach Mayor Michael Henn.
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