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- Serrano inks with Club 1957 Management
- Clash of Cruiserweights, WBC and WBA title fights from Moscow on September 27
- Wilson ready for national TV date with Mchunu
- WBO announces all-U.S. officiating crews for world title bouts in Argentina and Mexico
- Raymi ready to step in against WBC champ Gonzalez
- Abril-Tatli final press conference
- Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff
- Walsh-Sykes added to Fury-Chisora card
- Rigondeaux-Avalos purse bid on Friday
- Thompson-Solis rematch set for October 18
- Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I
By Joe Koizumi
In a furious encounter of southpaws, WBA#6/WBC#7 Nihito Arakawa (21-1-1, 14 KOs), 135, came off the canvas in round two, fought back hard and barely acquired the vacant OPBF lightweight belt by eking out a split decision over previously unbeaten Filipino champ Jay Solmiano (11-1-1, 7 KOs), 133, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: scoring referee Jaebong Kim (Korea) 115-114 and Akihiko Katsuragi (Japan) 115-113, both for busy-punching Arakawa, and Romeo Yulo (Philippines) 115-112 for Solmiano. Even among ringsiders there were different opinions as to which the victor was, but it’s true Arakawa showed his heart and Solmiano his power-punching. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA#2/WBC#6 OPBF light-flyweight champ Ryo Miyazaki (15-0-3, 9 KOs), 108, kept his regional belt as he displayed a one-punch knockout of top contender Jerson Mancio (13-2-3, 5 KOs), 108, Philippine national champ, at 0:26 of the fourth round in a scheduled twelve on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.
On the night of Japanese fight fans celebrating our national hero Toshiaki Nishioka defeating Rafael Marquez, shown live from Las Vegas, the 5’1” champ Miyazaki showed his devastating power despite his struggle to make the weight by shedding a pound and a half. He was too terribly fatigued with a quick reduction of weight to trip on the scale by himself. “I was very sorry for my mistake in making the weight.” Miyazaki, a stablemate of WBC 105-pound ruler Kazuto Ioka, is said by people in Osaka that he may be able to punch much harder than Ioka, which was proven in the quick demolition. His right hook was a haymaker in his third successful defense.
Promoter: Ioka Promotions.
Bantamweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has partnered with The Keep A Breast Foundation to raise breast cancer awareness as part of his October 22nd boxing showdown with Omar “El Huracan” Narvaez at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. Donaire will adorn his typically stylish trunks and warm-up with pink highlights to heighten awareness of The Keep A Breast Foundation’s year round work and help call attention to breast cancer awareness during October, the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
“It means a great deal to me to assist in this most worthy cause and to help raise awareness for young women about the importance of this issue. My wife Rachel and I discussed this and my upcoming fight is the perfect time to help The Keep A Breast Foundation,” said Donaire from his training camp in San Carlos, California. (more…)
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Report and photo by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Still with the scars on his facen but with great joy, the new WBC flyweight silver champion Samuel “Samy Guty” Gutierrez came this Tuesday to thank Dr. Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, president of the World Boxing Council, for the opportunity to fight for the title last Saturday in Puebla, Mexico, that he won by TKO in five rounds against Roilo Golez from the Philippines. “I appreciate all the support you gave me to win this important title. I won with the support of my people and now I want to defend it successfully,” said Samy, very excited in the traditional Sulaiman’s Tuesday Café. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It is possible that before the end of this year, Mexican prospect light flyweight Jose “El Torito” Rodriguez (26-0, 16 KOs) will face Thailand’s Nethra Sasiprapa (27-1, 13 KOs) for a WBA interim world title on a Canelo Promotions event that would include four championship fights. Sasiprapa is current PABA light flyweight champ while Rodriguez is a WBC Youth light flyweight champion. Sources say that Rodriguez has begun training for this possible bout.
It looks like former heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KOs) will take on Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs) of Poland for the WBC International heavyweight title. The bout would take place November 5th at the Mohegan Sun Casino, in Uncasville, Connecticut.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Leading Australian trainer Graham Shaw who trains IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, talks about Geale’s bouts with Roman Karmazin, Sebastian Sylvester and Eromosele Albert also last weekend’s Sergio Martinez vs Darren Barker bout.
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Miguel Cotto and his new trainer Pedro Luis Diaz.
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Photos: Dave Londres, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins spoke with members of the press Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during a media workout in preparation for his October 15 world title defense against Chad Dawson at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California which will be televised on pay-per-view. “I chose to continue to fight and defend what I worked so hard to get,” said B-Hop. “So why not get all of the benefits of what I’ve been doing for 20-something years and then walk away when it’s time? It really would be gratifying to me and happy for me to sit back in my 60′s and hear commentators say, ‘This guy is four fights away from beating Bernard Hopkins’ record’…There are a lot of people that are 46 and younger that feel lousy today that never took a punch. Well, change your lifestyle. Change what you do. I did it years ago, so I’m ahead of the game. I’m not feeling like I’m 26 every day. I always say if I have to put a number on myself, the way I feel today, I feel like I am 36. So if I’m 36 to 46, that means I’m 10 years ahead of the game.” (more…)
Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing returns Saturday, October 22nd to the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ with the inaugural broadcast of ‘Boxeo Azteca’ that will be televised on the Azteca America network.
Headlining the first ‘Boxeo Azteca’ telecast is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano (16-0, 8 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA taking on tough guy Angel Rios (9-7, 6 KOs) from the Bronx, NY in a ten-round bout. (more…)
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Cruiserweight Willie Herring (13-9-3, 4 KOs) shocked those in attendance Saturday night with an explosive 6th round TKO of former world title contender Ravea Springs (28-4, 22 KOs) at the Rising Star Casino Theater in Rising Sun, IN. Herring headlined “A Night of Execution” promoted by Nate Tubbs’ Events and Promotions.
With former world champions, light welterweight Aaron Pryor and heavyweight Tony Tubbs, both local products, and fellow heavyweight king and original Mike Tyson conqueror, James “Buster” Douglas in attendance, the main event began with both competitors feeling each other out. As the experienced Springs tried to shake out some of the rust from a three-year layoff by throwing the jab out, he attempted to confound his opponent with plenty of foot and hand movement. But, in seemingly an instant, a lead right hand from Herring found its mark and he followed with a blistering left hook to Springs’ liver and the former title contender trapped the glove of Herring against his body as he desperately tried to hang on and stay upright while both fighters stumbled across the ring. (more…)
Former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson spoke to the press after his workout Tuesday in Miami. Johnson is preparing to challenge undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) November 5th at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec city. The bout can be seen live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
By Ray Wheatley/World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
The management of IBF#8 Sam Soliman (39-11, 17KOs) and IBF#14 Eromosele Albert (24-4-1, 12KOs) are in negotiation for both 160 pounders to clash in an IBF Box Off to find a mandatory challenger for IBF champion Daniel Geale. The Nigerian born, Miami based Albert has replaced Peter Quillin as Soliman’s opponent after IBF#10 Peter Quillin (25-0, 19KOs) withdrew to box Craig McEwan (19-1, 10KOs) in Cancun, Mexico on November 5. IBF#6 Osumanu Adama will clash with former IBF champion IBF#7 Roman Karmazin on Saturday in an IBF Box Off. Soliman’s manager David Stanley said “We are pleased that Eromosele Albert has taken the fight with Sam in what should be an excellent contest.” Sam Soliman has defeated several world rated super middleweights and middleweights including Sakio Bika and shocked Winky Wright in 2005 when he dropped a controversial decision.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
For the first time in history, the city of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico will host a professional boxing card. This will happen Friday when former world champion Manny Siaca, and prospects McJoe Arroyo and Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez fight the headline bouts in the 7th Edition of the series A Puño Limpio, to be held at the Coliseo Rebekah Colberg in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Top Rank to be televised on WAPA America at 9PM. Former WBA super middleweight champion Siaca (22-7, 19 KOs) will headline fighting against Jhon Berrio (15-10, 11 KOs) for the WBA Latino Middleweight title. Also in the card, former Olympian McJoe Arroyo (8-0, 5 KOs) will face Shawn Nichol (5-6, 5 KOs) to six rounds in 115 pounds. The other TV bout will present unbeaten prospect “Bomba” González (5-0, 5 KOs) versus Mexican Manuel Galaviz (4-6, 1 KO) in a 112 pounds and six rounds.
Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions have teamed up once again, this time to ink unbeaten WBA #5, IBF #12, WBO #12 lightweight Darley Perez (23-0, 18 KOs).
Perez breezed past veteran Oscar Meza in his ShoBox: “The New Generation” debut last Friday. “I am excited to have signed with Thompson Boxing and Gary Shaw,” said Perez. They have successfully promoted the careers of promising young boxers like myself , I am confident they have the blueprint to bring me to get me to a fight for a championship belt. I will put in the work in the ring and make them proud.” (more…)
WBO Kids Drug Free and All Star Boxing joined forces once again for their 2nd annual scholarship program giveaway in the Osceola County School District of Kissimmee. Ten seniors from the district will receive $1,000 each as an immediate scholarship for college preparation to assist in college app fees, laptops or SAT prep course fee. The students will be selected through GPA and essay contest on the topic of “Success in education through sports”. “We have a commitment with the kids of Kissimmee, I promised it last year and we are following through this year and many more years to come, the children are a guiding light for our future and we must invest in that,” said WBO President Francisco “Paco” Varcarcel.
In the main event former IBA World champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (16-2-1-7 KO’s) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will face unbeaten Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (19-0-12 KO’s) of Riverside, CA in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the WBO Latin Featherweight Title at stake. (more…)
Photos by: Chris Hutty – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan and number one rated super lightweight contender Lamont Peterson pose on October 4, 2011 in London, England at a press conference to officially announce their December 10, 2011 Unified Super Lightweight World Championship Fight in Washington, DC which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing.
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Already a star in his native land of Uganda, current NABO lightweight champion Sharif “The Lion” Bogere is ready to make a name for himself in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas. The 22-year-old Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs), who beat Ray Beltran on ShoBox last May 13, takes on young prospect Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic in defense of his belt in a 10-round affair at the Dallas Events Center at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Oct. 7, LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Click here for more…
Mexican-American heavyweight knockout artist Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (33-2, 28 KOs) will be heading south to Leon, Guanajuato to make his highly anticipated Mexican debut at the grand arena “El Domo” on November 5, 2011 headlining an event promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. In his last fight this past July in Atlantic City, Arreola scored a unanimous decision over Friday Ahunanya, in one of only four fights to go the distance in his 35-fight career. Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Arreola has noticed a big payoff from his newfound dedication to training, having competed recently more than thirty pounds lighter than his showings in 2009 and 2010. Click here for more photos…
When the overwhelming demand for event tickets for UFC® 137: ST-PIERRE vs. CONDIT resulted in an immediate sellout, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Mandalay Bay needed to create the next best thing to being inside the Events Center. Thus, the companies announced today that they will host a closed circuit viewing event with large projection screens in the South Seas Ballroom at Mandalay Bay on Saturday, Oct. 29. (more…)
By Miguel Cotto
My dear fans:
Today I am very happy to announce that my trainer for my December 3rd fight in New York will be legendary Cuban boxing trainer and expert Pedro Luis Díaz Benítez. Pedro Luis is a Doctor in Pedagogical Sciences. He holds a Master’s degree in sports training and a Major in Physical Culture and Sports. He is also specialized in boxing training’s planning and control. He was a professor and investigator for the University of Sports in Cuba. He has also worked with and trained several Olympic Gold Medalists and professional world champions. Click here for more…
Promoter Ahmet Oner (ARENA) just signed a long-term promotional contract with red hot light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera. The 29 year old Cuban who lives and trains in Miami, Florida, is one of the fastest rising stars in boxing today. Barrera literally blew away all of his opponents since turning pro in August 2009. With his most recent KO-win over Frank Paines in June, Barrera collected two regional titles and secured himself a top 15 spot in the WBC and WBA ratings after only eight pro-fights. It was no other than Cuban superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa who introduced Barrera to Oner and initiated the promotional deal. Click here for more…
The IBF/USBA is pleased to announce that the organizations 29th Annual Convention, taking place from May 29 – June 2, 2012, will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii. This past May the organization celebrated its 28th convention in Las Vegas with great success. “I am looking forward to another excellent convention in 2012,” stated IBF President, Daryl Peoples. Adding, “This year, being that the location for the convention is in the Pacific and closer to Asia, we expect to see many newcomers and we look forward to this occasion.” Click here for more…
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