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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
WBC World Welterweight Champion Victor Ortiz is now the spokesman for an underwear site called Freshpair.com — and as part of the deal, the 24-year-old agreed to model some of his favorite undies. He let it all hang out in a SUPER-REVEALING underwear photo shoot … and TMZ has the pics.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Tijuana world ranked bantamweight David “Morita” De La Mora (23-0, 16KOs) offered a public work out last Friday in Tokyo, Japan, in anticipation of his challenge of hometown favorite Koki Kameda (25-1, 16KOs) for the WBA 118 lbs. title. The twelve-round championship fight will be mark Kameda’s second defense of the title he captured by defeating Alexander Muñoz via unanimous decision in December of 2010. He defended it for the first time last May with a knock out victory over Daniel Diaz in eleven rounds.
The bout will take place on Wednesday, August 31st, at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo and will support the WBA super flyweight defense of Mexican Hugo Cazarez (35-6-2, 25KOs) versus Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Unbeaten, Dominican-based Venezuelan jr middleweight WBA #12 Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing the sternest test of his young career when he battles Dominican national champion David Toribio (19-12,12 KOs) next Monday, Sept. 5th in Santo Domingo.
Toribio who lived for extended periods in the United States, has fought the likes of Sergio Martinez, James Kirkland and Marco Antonio Rubio. Returning to the Dominican Republic, he spoiled the unbeaten record of local prospect Melvin Betancourt (then 20-0) with an eighth round TKO in December of 2010. He can also claim a victory over prospect Ishmail Arvin who was 14-0 before their fight. Clearly relishing his spoiler status, the very confident Toribio says “Prada is going to be in a real fight for the first time in his life. I will be the teacher and he will be the student.” (more…)
Heavyweight Deontay Wilder moved to 18-0, 18 KOs after a second round stoppage of Dominique Alexander (20-12-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Water Oaks Farm Arena in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Wilder is the 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist, the only U.S. boxer to win a medal at the Beijing games.
Michael Gibbons D4 Mario Lacey (lightweight)
Gundrick King TKO3 Anthony Middlebrooks (jr middle)
Keandrae Leatherwood W4 Jeremie Parks (super middle)
Ray Ray Bryant TKO1 John Harcraw (jr lightweight)
Due to travel interruptions caused by Hurricane Irene, the press conference announcing the voluminous findings of a ten-month investigation into the death of boxing legend Arturo Gatti has been moved to Wednesday, September 7. Internationally renowned private investigators Paul Ciolino of Chicago and Joseph Moura of Boston have been hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch to investigate Gatti’s death. The three-time world champion Gatti was found dead in his rented vacation apartment in Brazil on July 11, 2009 at the age of 37. Brazilian police arrested Gatti’s wife Amanda Rodrigues, only to release her three weeks later. The Brazilian authorities have ruled Gatti’s death a suicide. A number of medical and scientific expert witnesses from across the country will also make brief presentations which organizers say will conclusively lay to rest the mystery surrounding Gatti’s cause of death
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, an accidental headbutt ended action at 1:31 of the second round of a cruiserweight contest between Sergey Kovalev (15-0-1) and Grocer Young (5-4-1). Young went down hard from the headbutt and was eventually carried out on a stretcher in front of a stunned capacity crowd at The Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills adjacent to Beverly Hills, California. The result was a technical draw.
In opening action, a scheduled four round super middleweight contest, William Brown (5-4) outworked debuting Blake Radio (0-1) to win a unanimous decision by scores of 40-35 on all three judges scorecards. more photos
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Junior featherweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (18-0, 14 KOs) will be fighting on September 10 against multi-time world title challenger Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (28-6, 13 KOs) on the undercard of Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Daniel Ponce de Leon to be held in Atlantic City. It will be the first fight for Cruz under the Top Rank banner after signing a four-year contract.
By Travis Landon
Coming off of a year-and-a-half layoff, McDermitt, NV’s Derek Hinkey (9-2, 8 KOs) overwhelmed Anthony Bartinelli (20-15, 13 KOs) in the second round of their six round middleweight main event in Fallon, NV. Hinkey came out and dominated from the beginning knocking Bartinelli down with a left hook midway through the first round. Bartinelli got up on shaky legs and made it through the round. In the second round Hinkey suffered a low blow that made him open up and land a barrage of punches that prompted referee Vic Drakulich to stop the bout at 1:41. Bartinelli argued with Drakulich afterwards and had to be restrained.
Also on the card, super middleweight Roger Romo (4-0-2) won a four round decision against Thomas Haines (5-7) by the scores of 40-36 on all cards. Romo is the younger brother of Fernando Vargas.
This was the fourth installment of Rural Rumble put on by the City of Fallon, NV and Lets Get It On Promotions.
After his brutal knockout loss to heavyweight contender Robert Helenius on Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany, former heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich was taken to a local emergency room in the early morning hours where a CT scan revealed that his nose had been broken in two places during the bout. Gasping for breath from early in the third round when the first fracture occurred, until the fight was stopped in the ninth by veteran referee Stanley Christodoulu, Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high up on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende & Winfried Mausolf
Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) is the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after clinching a unanimous points victory over Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs). The 2004 Olympic gold medal winner was ahead 117-113, 117-113 and 116-112 after twelve hard-fought rounds. “It was a very tough fight,” Povetkin said afterwards. “I am very happy that I won. This is for my father, who died last year and always wanted me to be world champion.” (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Heavyweight prospect “Vicious” Vincent Thompson dominated Japan’s number one heavyweight Mashataka Takehara over eight rounds Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Thompson put on a clinic in smart boxing that showcased his handspeed as he calmly outworked his opponent over the distance. Takehara helped Thompson look good by staying in a defensive shell for the whole fight and letting Thompson work. All judges and Fightnews scored it 80-72. Thompson went to 9-0 after the decision, and Takehara fell to 6-5-3.
Sometimes, scoring a knockdown is bad for a fighter. Such was the case in the co-main event, in which Light Welterweight Oscar Andrade (now 7-0) won an entertaining decision over Michael Lucero (12-17-2) over six rounds. Andrade had great reach for a 140 pounder and used it well early. Andrade also used the jab and uppercut more than the usual southpaw. An uppercut scored a knockdown in the second, and Andrade went wild looking for the knockout. For the two rounds after the knockdown, Andrade stopped using his jab and went uppercut crazy, which let Lucero recover and start to score by wading in after a misguided uppercut. Andrade finally settled down, regained his jab, and took control to win. Scores were 59-54 and 60-53 twice. Fightnews had it 58-55. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight prospect Christopher Perez (21-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision (96-94, 99-91, and 100-90) over Hector “Chocolate” Marquez (30-22, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Niños Héroes in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. In another battle, Sergio Villanueva @0-1-2, 13 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Jose Mendoza (7-4, 3 KOs). The event was organized by Promociones del Pueblo, Canelo Promotions and Grupo Modelo and broadcast by Cadena 3 Channel 28.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Unheralded Moisés Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) shockingly claimed the WBO minimumweight championship with a twelve round split decision over reigning world titleholder Raúl “Rayito” Garcia (30-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Benito Juárez in Guadalajara, Mexico. Fuentes went down at the end of round nine, but sufficiently recovered during the break. Scores were 114-112, 114-112 for Fuentes and 114-112 for Garcia.
In the main event, IBF jr flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solís (34-2, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jether Oliva (17-1-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 120-108, 118-110 and 119-109. Click here for more photos…
(Photo by Al Bello/Zuffa LLC/[Zuffa LLC via Getty Images) Numbers don’t even do him justice anymore. Yes, Anderson Silva added to his record number of title defenses (nine) and consecutive UFC wins (14) Saturday night at the HSBC Arena in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, but in stopping number one contender Yushin Okami in the second round of the UFC RIO main event, the 36-year old Silva isn’t getting older – he’s getting better.
What’s next? “My clone,” he laughed . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana “Le Barbie” Juarez (30-5-3, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Asami Shikasho (5-3, 3 KOs) in front of 6000+ the Plaza de Toros in Huamantla, Tlaxcala, Mexico. Juarez was simply faster and sharper as she punished the very game Shikasho in every round. Scores were 100-86, 100-90 and 100-89. Click here for more…
Super middleweight Librado Andrade (30-4, 23 KOs) scored an impressive third round stoppage of Matt O’Brien (18-3, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro De Espectaculos De La Feria Leon in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. In an exciting fight, a bloodied Andrade dropped O’Brien twice in round three to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas super middleweight title.
Andrade’s brother, light heavyweight Enrique Ornelas (32-7, 20 KOs), outpointed journeyman Alfredo Contreras (11-12-2, 5 KOs) over ten in the co-feature. It was the first time the brothers from Jesus del Monte, Guanajuato, have both fought on a pro card in Mexico.
Bantamweight Ivan Morales (11-0, 6 KOs), the younger brother of Mexican ring legend Erik Morales, scored a third round KO over Juan Velazquez (6-7, 4 KOs). Velaquez was down twice, the second time for the count.
Featherweight Roberto Manzanarez (13-0, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Edgar Martinez (6-1, 2 KOs) in a good action fight.
By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA titleholder Ruslan Chagaev (27-2-1, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Messehall in Erfurt, Germany. A very close fight over the first five rounds. Chagaev seemed to be coming on in the sixth and seventh. Povetkin had a strong round eight while Chagaev suddenly seemed to be fading as the bout progressed. Povetkin was in total command in rounds ten and eleven as Chagaev looked spent. Knowing he’s behind, Chagaev went on the attack in round twelve, but it was two little, too late. Scores were 117-113, 117-113, 116-112. Of course, Wladimir Klitschko remains the WBA heavyweight “super” champion. Rumor has it that Povetkin could make his first defense against Evender Holyfield, who was quite visible during fight week.
Unbeaten 6’6 heavyweight contender Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former WBO champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-4, 16 KOs). After a relatively quiet seven rounds, Helenius battered Liakhovich to a knee at the end of round eight. Helenius immediately attacked the still dazed Liakhovich in round nine with a barrage of hard shots and referee Stabley Christdodoulou stopped the fight as Liakhovich crumpled to the canvas. Time was :19. Helenius retains his WBA and WBO Inter-Continental belts. Liakhovich joins Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter as former heavyweight champions to be kayoed by the “Nordic Nightmare.” (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
On Friday night, Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties along with Shea Bailey Promotions delivered once again to the boxing starved fans of Atlanta with yet another exciting night of fights. In the main event Darnell “Deezol” Boone (19-17-3 8KO) only needed 40 seconds to dismantle and dismiss Marcus “The Terror” don Hall of Savannah, Ga. The first 20 seconds of the fight Hall circled as Boone pursued him around the ring. In the first heated exchange Boone wobbled Hall with a solid right that sent him to the canvas on all fours. Hall was able to barley beat the count, but it soon ended as Boone calmly setup another crushing right hand that sent his opponent into the ropes and out for good. At the :40 mark of round one referee Jim Korb mercifully stopped the fight. (more…)
One week after a shoulder injury forced Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s to withdraw from his August 27 world title challenge against WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana, it was recommended by Dr. Michael Dillingham that Guerrero have arthroscopic surgery to repair a tear in his left rotator cuff.
“After talking to Dr. Dillingham today, Robert will undergo an arthroscopic shoulder surgery procedure to take a closer look at the damage done to his rotator cuff,” said Guerrero’s manager Bob Santos. “Right now the MRI shows a slight tear, but Dillingham advised us that it would be in our best interest to scope the shoulder to check for other damage that an MRI can’t reveal. No definitive answer can be made as to when Robert Guerrero will return to the ring until after his surgery is completed next Tuesday. We are hoping he’ll be back in six months, God willing his surgery goes smoothly.” (more…)
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By Gary “Digital” Williams
Tonight’s Diva-Rize-N card featuring Henry Buchanan vs. Ariel Espinal at The DC Star Nightclub in Washington DC has been postponed because of the called State of Emergency by the Mayor of DC, Vincent Gray.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC’s mandatory middleweight world title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio has expressed amazement at the cancellation of the WBC world title defense of his compatriot Julio Cesar Chavez Jr against Ronald Hearns scheduled for September 17 in Mexico. “I heard that he suffered a laceration on his right hand and has an alleged injury,” said Rubio. “Personally I think it’s an excuse. I don’t think Chavez Jr. is in good condition or has had good training. I understood that it may be a weight problem. Julio is a man who likes to eat but he must understand that as a world champion he must dedicate more time to the gym because he has obligations to defend his world crown. There’s already a precedent in 2009 when he tested positive for the diuretic furosemide to lose weight in Las Vegas for the fight against Troy Rowland.” Rubio trains daily at the Gold Boxing Gym with trainer Jorge “Mapimi” Rodriguez in Torreon. On September 3 he will facing Mohammed Akrong from Ghana in San Luis Potosi at an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo.
By Ron Jackson
Flo Simba returns to action after his sixth round stoppage loss to former IBF heavyweight champion Fransie Botha in June this year when he takes on the rugged Thamsanqa Dube from Zimbabwe over eight rounds in a heavyweight contest at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Monday night. The 22-year-old Simba (10-1, 9 KOs) who was born in the Dominican Republic of the Congo but fights out of South Africa and suffered his first loss against the vastly experienced Botha, now hopes to get his career back on track. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a boxing webcast, free of charge, tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 10 two-minute rounds from the Plaza de Toros in Huamantla, Tlaxcala, Mexico – WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, 29-5-3 with 14 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make her third defense of the title against Asami Shikasho, 5-2 with 3 knockouts, of Tokyo. (more…)
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