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By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda, a Japanese southpaw speedster, will defend his newly acquired belt against unbeaten top contender Rico Ramos in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, and he is the very first Japanese world champ that puts his belt on the line in the US mainland. Previously did Kuniaki Shibata, WBA 130-pound ruler, face ex-champ Ben Villaflor in a rematch in Honolulu only to be dethroned via first round knockout in 1973. Since then there have been no Japanese world champs that attempted to put the belts at stake in the US since Japan itself is a good market for smaller champs. Should Shimoda be victorious, he will make a hero’s return to Japan. Gambatte (Good luck in Japanese).
WBCBoxing.tv will present two championship boxing webcasts, free of charge, on Saturday, July 9. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico.
WBCBOXING.TV WEBCAST AT 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) CENTRAL TIME:
Scheduled for 12 rounds from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez, 48-7 with 42 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first title defense against Tomas “El Norteño” Villa, 23-7-4 with 14 knockouts, of Midland, Texas. (more…)
Photos: Sima Viorel
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy (29-1-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania. An crushing overhand left put Mendy down and out face first. Time was 2:48.
Highlight’s of this bout will be shown on tonight’s Rios-Antillon telecast on SHOWTIME. Click here for more photos…
“It won’t be an upset when he wins. It’ll be the better fighter finally getting his due,” says DeCubas Presents President Luis DeCubas about Chicago junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (18-4-2, 6 KOs).
Molina weighed in at 151.8 lbs for his fight tonight with former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and televised live on SHOWTIME network (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Molina vs. Cintron will serve as the main televised supporting bout to the WBA lightweight championship main event between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon.
“He’s in the shape of his life and ready for anything Cintron tries to throw at him,” continued DeCubas. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the cozy New Paladium in North Philadelphia PA, Wilkes Productions put on an entertaining four bout card of professional boxing in front of a couple of hundred fans. In the feature bout of the evening Fred Jenkins Jr (3-0, 1KO) captured a four round unanimous decision victory over winless super middleweight Stephen Franklin (0-6). (more…)
Proving that this generation Vargas is just as feroz as the last one, fast-rising unbeaten Vegas kid Jessie “The Next Generation” Vargas shook and cooked Walter Estrada in a round and change. One left hook was all it took to close the book on the usually durable Colombian.
The junior welterweight main event capped a four-bout card televised by Telefutura and promoted by Golden Boy, Mayweather Promotions and Englebrecht Promotions at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena 50 miles from the Las Vegas Strip in Primm, Nevada . . . Click here for more
Promoters Eliot Alvarado and Benny Collins of Panther Promotions launch their inaugural card “Change is Coming” tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (45-2, 32 KO), reigning cruiserweight WBC champion and former IBF world champion, is not impressed with Australia’s best, IBO champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KO). “Danny, you’re never fought anybody with the real punching power and I thought that Australians were tough and hard men. You fought 180 pound and 40 years old Roy Jones Junior; Paul Briggs who should never ever step into the ring and BJ Flores who can only talk about boxing on TV,” said Włodarczyk. “You are a businessman, not a fighter.” (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez , Carlos Valcárcel, Abner “Pin” Cotto and Miguel “El Loco” Robles participated today in an impressive media workout at San Patricio Plaza Mall in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as part of their “Electrifying” promotion of the upcoming Solo Boxeo Series on Telefutura, next July 15th at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum, in Cataño, Puerto Rico. “I feel ready to fight; I want to show everyone that I have the skills to defeat Carlos Valcárcel. We are only one week away, and “La Maravilla” is ready”, Vélez said. Meanwhile, his opponent, ex-Olympian Carlos Valcárcel said “What I only know is that I am ready; the work has been done. Now we only need to maintain the weight wait for Friday to fight. The only message that I can send to Jayson Vélez is that we will have a war above the ring”. Also present during the media workout, the top lightweight prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (10-0; 5KO) and super flyweight prospect Miguel “El Loco” Robles (8-1; 4KO). “Electrifying”: Vélez vs. Valcárcel is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto, Golden Boy Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Tickets are available in Ticketcenter by calling 787-792-5000 or visiting www.tcpr.com. Prices: $15, $25, and $50. For more “Electrifying” information visit www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Roilo Golez (reportedly 12-6,4KOs) successfully grabbed the WBC Asian 105lb title as he stopped WBC #31 Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo (reportedly 16-15,6KOs) on Friday at Ban Klongkratumban school in Samutsakorn, Thailand. Golez, a Filipino fighter from Mindanao island, dominated in the first five rounds with his efficient left hooks punctuated by vicious body attack. Although the Thai fighter did well from round six, it seemed that he was little by little exhausted from the Filipino’s bodyshots. Finally, the show was ended in round ten when Golez landed a big left body shot which dropped the now former champion, then the one-sided attack floored the Thailander two more times, forcing referee Tanawat Wongsasan to stop the action at 1:04.
In others action, WBA #7 light fly Nethra Sasiprapa (26-1,12KOs) destroyed Indonesian Louis Loemoli with a vicious right hook, scoring a KO at 2:12 of round two. WBC #23 superfly Petchbanborn Sor Tanapinyo (reportedly 11-5-1,5KOs) mostly controlled the show with his superior skills before he easily won a six round unanimous decision over Indonesian Alex Buckie (reportedly 12-23-6). Rachasak Kokietgym (7-0,4KOs) outpointed Filipino Armando Casa (9-8-3,3KOs) in a six round non-title bout. And Singpayak Kokietgym (3-1,3KOs) stopped Petch Or Wanghin in round two.
This event was promoted by Kokiet Panichyarom of Kokiet Group Promotion. More photos…
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 19KOs) and Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) both made weight Friday at the Holiday Inn, in Torrance California. First to step on the scale was Antillon, the pride of Maywood, and he came in at 134.75. The champion Brandon Rios stepped onto the scale registering at the limit of 135.
Shortly after, the two stood face to face and had to be restrained following one last heated verbal exchange.
Antillon: “You look drained.”
Rios: “You look the same way. You look dead too, MF (explicit).”
Antillon: “You are still barking.”
Rios: “MF (explicit), I will bark and bite you in the ring.”
They collide tonight live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hugo Cazarez 115 vs Arturo Badillo 115
No problem on the scale for WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cázarez, and his challenger Arturo Badillo. Both are ready to step into the ring Saturday at the Plaza de Toros Eduardo Fontanet in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Cázarez (34-6-2, 24 KOs) will making the fourth defense of his WBA crown while it’s the first title try for Badillo (20-1, 18 KOs). (more…)
Ringside results and photo by Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (16-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over veteran Walter Estrada (39-15-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. A left hook put Estrada down and out. Time was :33. In the co-main, in a clash of unbeaten middleweights Alfonso Blanco (6-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Celeven Ishe (3-1, 1 KO) over six one-sided rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
On the undercard: Los Angeles cruiserweight Billy Bailey (11-11, 4 KOs) battered away at Demark Scott (3-4,1, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas, to win a majority decision with scores of 38-38 and 39-37 twice; jr. welterweight Zhankosh Turarov (5-0, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas and Kazakhstan won by DQ at :16 of round three, over foul-bent New Mexican David Castillo (2-3); the four-round cruiser bout between Mitch Williams (3-2-1, 3 KOs) and Chad Davis (3-8-1) was cancelled when it was discovered that an ambulance was not available – the two assigned to the venue had transported Walter Estrada and Demark Scott for precautionary tests. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos: Bobby Qbix
Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda retained his WBC Bantamweight World Youth Championship by unanimous decision over Pumar Singwancha on Friday in the Kyuden Gym of Fukuoka, Japan. After ten rounds the score was as follows: 99-93, 99-93 and 98-93, all in favor of the undefeated Japanese fighter. Tomoki Kameda, who brought his record to 20-0, 12 KOs wins with 12 knockouts, made the first defense of the belt he won last August in Mexico. Meanwhile, former world champion Daiki Kameda (20-2, 12 KOs) ended with Chatchai Monthon in the second round of a bantamweight clash. more photos
The Klitchkos will own the undisputed heavyweight titles of the universe until August 27 when Ruslan Chagaev will face Alexander for the WBA’s “regular” heavyweight title at a site to be named in Germany. It appears that Povetkin will not be trained by Teddy Atlas for that fight, as Povetkin wants to train in Europe and Atlas has commitments to work ESPN2 boxing telecasts during that period. Klitschko will be the WBA heavyweight “super” champion.
Super middleweight Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over late sub Francisco Sierra (24-4-1, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the US Airway Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. The whole bout was a war. Gonzales dropped Sierra in round four, but Sierra came back to drop Gonzales in round five and both fighters were cut. Gonzales pulled away late. Scores were 117-109, 116-110, 115-111. With the win, Gonzales won the NABF title.
Unbeaten featherweight Yuandale Evans (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over a game Emmanuel Lucero (26-7-1, 14 KOs). Evans dropped Lucero with a right hand in round one. and with a left hand in round two. After two knockdowns in round six the bout was stopped. Time was 2:06.
Middleweight Janks Trotter (5-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a spectatular second round KO over Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 KOs). After scoring a knockdown in round one, Trotter landed a right hand sent Crespin to the deck face first at :25.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Denis Grachev 173.5 vs. Eddie Caminero 173.25
Elie Augustama 162.25 vs. Chad Trahan 159.5
Lamar Russ 162.5 vs. Marcus Upshaw 161.25
Yuniesky Gonzalez 191.25 vs. Grover Young 190.75
Cletus Seldin 147.5 vs. Wilson Feliciano 145.75
Jerrod Caldwell 168.5 vs. Randall Vercher 164.5
Frank Gedeon 151.75 vs. Antonio Infante 154.5
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Panther Promotions LLC
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Brandon Rios 135 vs. Urbano Antillon 134.75
Kermit Cintron 149.25 vs. Carlos Molina 151.75
Mercito Gesta 137 vs. Jorge Pimentel 138.25
Matt Korobov 160.5 vs. Lester Gonzalez 161.75
Mike Lee 177.25 vs. Michael Birthmark 178.5
Jose Roman 134 vs. Randy Arrellin 132.75
Paul Fleming 127.5 vs. Juan Jose Beltran 128.25
Quincy Wesby 124.5 vs. Gabino Saenz 123.5
Alonso Loeza 147.25 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 149.5
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: SHOWTIME more photos
Photos: Emily Harney
Paul Williams 153.5 vs. Erislandy Lara 153
Akifumi Shimoda 121.5 vs. Rico Ramos 122
Chris Arreola 236 vs. Friday Ahunanya 244.5
Jhonny Gonzalez 125.5 vs. Tomas Villa 125.5
Thomas Lamanna 150.5 vs. Reggie Jenkins 147.5 .
Cornelius White 175 vs. Dhafir Smith 172.5 .
Brandon Quarles 161 vs. Corey Preston ??
Denis Douglin 155 vs. Phillip Mccants 155
John Lenox 219 vs. Donnie Crawford 218
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sanchez II 125.85 Rodolfo Garay 127.20
Maria E. Villalobos 117.70 vs Rocio Castillo 124.00
(WBC female silver super bantamweight title)
Edgar RioValle 125.85 vs Juan Olvera 125.40
(Mexico national featherweight title)
Juan A. Rodriguez 130.50 vs Diego Ledezma 129.80
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala/Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia
Venue: Foro Polanco
TV: Cadena 3 Channel 28
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The Junior Middleweight bout between Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Bantamweight Championship bout between WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos and Akifumi Shimoda are just 24 hours away and the officials have been announced.
The assigned officials for Williams-Lara are Al Bennett of New Jersey, Hilton Whitaker of New Jersey and Don Givens of New Jersey and the assigned referee is Sam Viruet of New Jersey.
The assigned officials for the Ramos-Shimoda bout are Barbara Perez of New Jersey, George Hill of Pennsylvania, John Stewart of New Jersey and the referee is Benyji Esteves of New Jersey.
New York City’s longest running and most successful professional boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns July 30 to the Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. In the main event, the series’ mainstay Gabriel Bracero (16-0, 2 KOs) returns in the main event in the wake of his most impressive victory. Bracero will take on Danie “The White Lion” Van Staden (8-6, 2 KOs) of Key West, FL.
Those scheduled to see action on the undercard include several of the most popular and exciting pugilists that the New York fight scene has to offer, such as flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan, junior middleweight Delen Parsley, and light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. In addition, middleweight Jonathan Cepeda, Brooklyn heavyweight Travis Peterkin, 2-0 (2 KOs), and heavyweight Todd Brown, 32, 3-0 (2 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, will face opponents to be named, as well as cruiserweight Jay Rodriguez, of Queens, NY, making his pro debut.
The Brandon Rios vs. Urbano Antillon fight week activities have only furthered the bad blood between the two relentless lightweights. SHOWTIME analyst Al Bernstein is on site in Carson, Calif. with a news update on the impending slugfest. Televised live from The Home Depot Center on SHOWTIME®, beginning tomorrow at 10PM ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast), the broadcast will open with a 10-round junior middleweight rumble between former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron and Carlos Molina and feature highlights from Lucian Bute’s IBF super middleweight title defense against Jean-Paul Mendy from Romania.
After winning close to 40 fights in 15 years and capturing three world titles, Jose Antonio Rivera suddenly reached a point in his career he never thought he’d see three decades ago when he first put on a pair of gloves at 8 years old. “Boxing wasn’t fun anymore,” said the former three-time world champion from Worcester, Mass.
Weighed down by personal problems outside of the ring, Rivera hit the wall in 2007 when he lost his WBA light middleweight title to Travis Simms. He announced his retirement shortly thereafter, only to attempt a brief comeback 10 months later that left him with an injured hand. This time, it appeared Rivera (40-6-1, 24 KOs) was done for good, but the former welterweight and light middleweight title-holder proved you can’t keep a champion down for long, making his second comeback in May with a unanimous decision win over Luis Maysonet at the Palladium in Worcester.
Only three months removed from his 38th birthday, Rivera now has his sights set on a much bigger prize as he prepares to continue his comeback Friday, July 29th, 2011 on the undercard of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Heat Wave” show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (more…)
Reynaldo Ojeda 138 vs. Ramon Ellis 134
Luis Cream 147 vs. Jesse Crawford 146
Bo Latimer 156 vs. Allen Perkins 154
Fred Jenkins Jr. 163 vs. Stephen Franklin 158
Promoter: Wilkes Productions
Venue: The Palladium
1st Bell: 7:30 pm
Story by Ramon Aranda / 3 More Rounds
Photos by Laura De la Torre
On Thursday afternoon, Golden Boy Promotions was on hand at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, to officially announce the August 27 clash between former three-time champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, which will be televised by HBO.. . . click here for more
By Dave Spencer
Photos: Viorel Sima
Lucian Bute 167.7 vs. Jean Paul Mendy 166
(IBF super middleweight championship)
Venue: Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
Promoter: Interbox/Star Boxing
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The stage is set for this weekend’s Southern California showdown as WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) of Oxnard California defends against Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) of Maywood California. Antillon has been training at the Summit in Big Bear, California in preparation for his third world title fight. “This is my fourth training camp with Abel Sanchez and it went well, according to plan in terms of making weight, sparring. There was great energy,” Antillon told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Hennessy Sports invites Fightnews.com readers in the area to join them at the Mall Shopping centre in Luton, Bedfordshire, England on Monday 11th July from Midday to watch Tyson Fury train in an open workout session ahead of his British and Commonwealth Heavyweight title challenge against Champion Dereck Chisora. The event that is being billed as “The Big Brawl to Settle It All” is set to take place at Wembley Arena on Saturday 23rd July 2011. The fight will be shown live in the U.S. on pay-per-view. Tyson will also be joined in the ring by the GAA’s most successful manger Mickey Harte, who has led his Tyrone Gaelic football team Tyrone to three All-Ireland titles, three Ulster titles, one National League, and four Dr. McKenna cups to date. The festivities take place from 12PM to 2:30PM.
By talking to Jean-Paul Mendy (IBF #1), and seeing the confidence he possesses, you’d almost think that he was the champion defending his title on Saturday night, rather than the other way around. Few fighters, in his position would be able to possess such a calm and collective demeanor, but for Mendy his fight against IBF Super Middleweight titleist, Lucian Bute, in Bute’s home country of Romania, seems to be just another day in office. Mendy challenges Bute this Saturday night at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania. “Training camp was very good, I worked very hard for this fight, and I am ready to go Saturday night,” stated Mendy.
While Bute is considered by many to be the top super middleweight, and one of the top pound for pound fighters in the world, Mendy says he doesn’t see anything in particular that overly impresses him. (more…)
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