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By Boxing Bob Newman
Fightnews has received a copy of the letter from WBC president Jose Sulaiman to promoters Ahmet Öner (Arena Box) and Chris Ganescu (Gankor Promotions) regarding the purse bids for the rematch between their respective charges Selcuk Aydin and Ionut “Jo Jo Dan” Ion. The WBC board of directors voted for a 65%-35% split in favor of WBC Silver champion Aydin, the winner of a controversial split decision in the pair’s first fight on June 5, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. A purse bid is scheduled for September 2nd at the WBC offices in Mexico City.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza delivered $15,000 collected from the XXIII KO Drugs Festival to officials in Costa Rica. Attending the ceremony were the Acting Mayor of San Jose Sandra García Pérez, other officials of the municipality, Costa Rican WBA #3 super featherweight Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez, his trainer and his representative Ezequiel Obando. The money will be a charitable donation to the “Casa Hogar” in San José, which works with people with addictions and homeless. According to Mendoza, cards like this help spread boxing and are able to assist those most in need and help deal with knockout scourges like drugs and poverty.
Happy birthday to former IBF jr middleweight world champion Raul Marquez (41-4-1, 29 KOs). “El Diamante” will spend his 40th birthday in Guadalajara, Mexico, doing the color commentary alongside Alejandro Luna on FOX Deportes’ “Top Rank Live” telecast featuring WBO miniumunweight champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia defending against Moises Fuentes. Garcia comes in with a record of 30-1-1, 18 KOs, while Fuentes is 13-1, 6 KOs.
By Pepe Rodriguez
Photo by Alma Montiel
WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez is ready to make the second defense of the green and gold belt. “It will be a war, I will knock her out in the eighth round and the belt will stay in Mexico,” said Mariana Thursday at the last press conference in the small but beautiful town of Huamantla, Mexico.
For her part, Asami Shikasho promised to give a great battle and connect the best shots to take the title to Japan. “I thank Mariana for this great opportunity, but in the ring it will be another story. I’ll make a great war and Mariana will be destroyed.”
Hard puncher José “Sugar” Salgado (26-1, 23 KOs) will fight in front of his public again after one year of absence in an international boxing event, full of world class fighters. This event is presented by Canelo Promotions and Cancun Boxing on September 24 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo. Salgado is the current WBC and WBA North American champion in the super flyweight division, and is working very hard to step into the ring against Isaac “Pretty Boy” Quaye (16-4-1, 9 KOs), who hails from Accra, Ghana. Also on the card are Jesús “Destroyer” Jiménez who is facing Carlos Tamara and Tomoki Kameda will trade punches versus Eduardo García.
Jose “Miau” Nieves 122 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 121
(WBO Latino jr featherweight title)
Hairon “El Maja” Socarras 123 vs. Eduardo Melendez 122
Philip Penson 162 vs. Angel Martinez 162
Alan Sanchez 154 vs. Frank Gedeon 152
Luis Torres 150 vs. Jordan Wisenfeld 146
Michael Mendez 151 vs. Ashanti Hendrickson 148
Danny Pastrana 156 vs. Luis Cruz 157
Amos “2 smooth” Cowart 137 vs. William Rodriquez 136
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Tickets now on sale: (407) 935-1412
During the telecast, the City of Kissimmee will honor Telemundo Network Exec Jorge Hidalgo. As Telemundo’s senior executive vice president of Network Sports, Hidalgo oversees the network sports department, all network sports programming, acquisitions and events. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago at the scale
Greg Barckhoff’s Sport Fan Properties along with Shea Bailey Promotions is all set to present the fourth installment of the Georgia Boxing Championship. The fights will be held on Friday night at the Buckhead theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Darnell Boone 168 vs. Marcus Don Hall 175
John Trigg 138 vs. Rohan Wilson 137
Jackie Breitenstein vs. Brenda Rodriquez 131
Justin Ledet 231 vs. Tobias Rice 213
Joshua Fountain 178 vs. Joseph Benjamin 172
Jesus Tavera 150 vs. Darrell Jones TBD
George Hayes 135 vs. Cesar Basurto 138
Tracy Johnson 191 vs. Terry Carter 189
By Francisco Salazar
In an all-out brawl, Juan Garcia won a hard-fought six round majority decision victory over Hector Serrano at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Garcia (15-3, 5 KO’s) started well in the opening rounds, even stunning Serrano in the second round. Serrano (13-3, 5 KO’s) came back in the middle rounds, doing good work to the body with both hands. However, Garcia finished strong, hurting Serrano with a vicious left hook to the body in the sixth round, following up with punches to the head and body. Although Garcia had Serrano hurt, he was not able to finish him off. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 58-56. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Former world title challengers Rocky Juarez and Vicente Escobedo will face off in a 10 round junior lightweight bout on September 23rd, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told Fightnews.com on Thursday evening. The bout will headline a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card at the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, CA. Escobedo (23-3, 14 KO’s) recently fought there in March, winning a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Walter Estrada. Although Juarez (28-8-1, 20 KO’s) is winless in his last five bouts, he has lost numerous bouts to world title holders or by very close decisions. In his last bout in February, Juarez lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Alejandro Sanabria in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Zuffa and Ubisoft jointly announce the resolution of an ongoing disagreement between the companies. Ubisoft released for sale to the public a mixed martial arts video game involving street fighting entitled “Fighters Uncaged.” (more…)
(L-R) UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva and opponent Yushin Okami face off at the UFC 134 pre-fight press conference at the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. (Right, L-R) UFC legend Royce Gracie and fighter Junior dos Santos pose for a photo in front of Cristo Redentor atop Corcovado Mountain. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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By Jeff Zimmerman
Three Fort Worth legends, former World Champions Paulie Ayala and Stevie Cruz alongside former Olympian Sergio Reyes, are teaming up this Saturday, August 27 at the 2nd Annual Antique/Custom Low-rider, Truck & Bike Show in Saginaw, Texas to support Dreaming The Cure, founded in 2010 to benefit Cook Children’s & Pediatric Brain Tumor Research. Dreaming The Cure seeks to find a cure for childhood brain tumors by supporting medical research. (more…)
Panther Promotions pounces on the Seminole Hard Rock once again with their refreshingly fan-friendly brand of boxing on September 23rd. Fresh on the heels of their inaugural Hard Rock debut in July, the “FUTURE SUPERSTARS” fight card brings together two former world title challengers in a ten-round battle. Nigerian-born lightweight Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) envisions fireworks against Florida resident Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (28-6-2, 16 KOs) in the main event. (more…)
Photos: Top Rank
Unbeaten super featherweight Diego Magdaleno today re-signed with Top Rank. He is 24, 20-0, a NABF Champion. Diego will next box Nov 11 on eve of Pacquiao vs Marquez at Mandalay Bay.
By Karl Freitag
Normally laid back former WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto bristled today when a reporter suggested that he risks becoming a forgotten fighter after losing his title to Victor Ortiz. “Is that what it is? You lose one fight you’re forgotten about? Fighters have shown for years and years they lose one fight then come back a whole lot bigger than they were before,” stated Berto. “Saying that kind of thing blows my mind about you reporters or just the sport in general sometimes. You have a kid who has a lot of hype and goes undefeated, he loses one fight, one CLOSE fight, and you act like you’re automatically gonna write him off, off one fight? (more…)
Without a doubt, putting in eight weeks of a grueling training camp to culminate in a one-on-one fight against a man of similar or superior skill is one of the toughest things a man (or woman) can do.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes it look easy. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
After a long and enjoyable summer, another edition of the Southern California Fight Scene updates fight fans on news and notes on boxers from Southern California and fight cards in the area.
Fight fans should enjoy tonight’s fight card at Club Nokia at L.A Live in downtown Los Angeles. In the main event, Juan Garcia (14-3, 5 KO’s) will face off against Hector Serrano (13-2, 5 KO’s) in a six round lightweight bout. Also on the card is a six round lightweight bout between East L.A.’s Ramon Valadez (9-1, 5 KO’s) and Noe Lopez (7-9, 4 KO’s). Tickets for tonight’s show start at $15. Doors open at 7PM, with first bell scheduled for 8PM. The card is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Adamek Team
“I hope Vitali will keep his word to make September 10 a wide open affair, because to have entertaining fight you need two fighters. I will do everything I can, as always, to do so” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) during the last days of his training camp before fighting Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) in Wrocław, Poland. Adamek speaks about the most important moments of his career and unusual experience of being part of an earthquake… (more…)
Photos: David Martin Warr
Little did Don King know, while he was celebrating his 80th birthday with a barbecue at his South Florida home attended by friends and family, that for a few hours on Saturday he was the No. 1 search topic in the world at Yahoo.com–ahead of Kim Kardashian, Christina Aguilera and Josh Groban! more + photos
In an unprecedented way top prospect from Miami Hairon “El Maja” Socarras moves fans by tidal waves. Hundreds of fans have hired shuttle buses from Miami to make the three hour journey to support their love child from South Florida when he takes on Eduardo Melendez from Puerto Rico this Friday at the Boxeo Telemundo event featuring the rematch between Jose “Miau” Nieves of Carolina Puerto Rico versus Cuauthemoc Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico from Kissimmee, Fla. (more…)
Hector Serrano 136.4 vs. Juan Garcia 136.6
Dion Savage 169.8 vs. Eddie Tigs 169.6
Ernesto Ocon 146.8 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 147
Ramon Valadez 131.8 vs. Noe Lopez Jr 132.6
Jose Sanchez 129 vs. Ricardo Garcia 128.6
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California, United States
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Francisco Salazar
An attractive welterweight bout has been added to the “Star Power” card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on September 17th. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com on Tuesday afternoon that contender Said Ouali (28-3 1 ND, 20 KO’s) will take on crafty veteran Carson Jones in a 10 round bout. Jones (31-8-2, 21 KO’s), who has won his last five bouts in a row by knockout, is currently in Big Bear, CA, where he is being used as a sparring partner for Saul Alvarez. He was victorious in his last bout in July, stopping former fringe contender Germaine Sanders in the sixth round.
Ouali, who fights under the Mayweather Promotions banner, stopped Dumont Welliver in his last bout in May. It was his first bout since the controversial second round no contest in December against Randall Bailey. In that bout, Ouali was injured after he fell over the top rope and onto a table after losing his balance when Bailey inadvertently lifted him onto the top rope following a clench. The Ouali-Jones bout will top the non-televised portion of the card.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel today announced the officials who will work the mini-flyweight title bout between champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia and #9 rated Moises Fuentes this Saturday at the Auditorio Benito Juarez of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. The referee will be Jose Maria Zavala Solis from Mexico. The judges are Alejandro Lopez-Cid, Victor Salomon and Alfredo Polanco, all from Mexico. WBO Supervisor will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
By Robert Hough
Carl Froch said Wednesday the loser of his fight with Andre Ward should get no money. “I’ll bet my purse against his, ” the Nottingham, England native and WBC super middleweight champion said moments before a press conference in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, Calif. “I’m serious. Anyone can say they’re confident. I mean it.”
Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) and Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), whose three-city media tour took them to London and New York on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, talked about the fight in an event that was open to the public and attracted about 150 fans. (more…)
Aaron Pryor Jr, son of International Hall of Famer, Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor will be following in his fathers footsteps when he fights for the IBO super middleweight world belt. Pryor Jr (16-3, 11 KOs) will go against unbeaten Thomas Oosthuizen (15-0, 11 KOs) on the September 3 undercard of Berto vs Zaveck in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On Saturday, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to Tropicana Showroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City with a seven bout card, featuring heavyweight fan favorite, Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) and local welterweight favorite Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs) in separate bouts. Just added to the card is Philadelphia’s heavyweight contender, Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20 KOs) who is set to square off against Ty Cobb (14-2, 8 KOs). (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has signed George Groves, the reigning British and Commonwealth Super-Middleweight Champion, to a promotional agreement. Groves, unbeaten in 13 fights with ten stoppages and ranked inside the top 15 with the WBC and IBF, has signed a three-year deal. Warren said, “I’m very happy that George has chosen to come under my promotional banner and we will now be involved in some big fights. He’s a good fighter and the last fight against James DeGale was the first time I had worked with him. Of course, everyone is asking about a return with James, who I represent, and it is an obvious fight that will definitely happen again. The last fight was very close and a few observers felt that it could have gone either way. One things for sure the public will want to see it again. It’s a big domestic rivalry that will become ever bigger.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Miniyakhe Sithyatha retained his South African junior bantamweight title for the first time when he stopped Mncedi Yokose in the eighth round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday. In a local match-up with both fighters from Mdantsane, Sityatha proved to be king of the hill as he dominated from the first bell against the number one contender before referee Lulama Mtya waved the fight off at 33 seconds into the eighth round. Sityatha improves his record to 12-2, 6 KOs and Yokose drops to 9-1, 5 KOs. The promoter was Ayanda Matiti.
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By Francisco Salazar
Sergio Diaz, the manager of Antonio Margarito, gave Fightnews.com an update on the current status of Margarito vs Cotto. Both sides have agreed to terms. The fight is December 3 at Madison Square Garden. New contracts are being drafted and should be signed by both sides by the end of the week.
By Leopoldo Gonzalez / Hesiquio Balderas
Canelo Promotions has announced the signing of WBC #4, WBA #7, WBO #5 and IBF #5 minimumweight Denver Cuello. The 24-year-old Cuello is a southpaw and current WBC International titleholder. Canelo Promotions is working on securing a fight against Ganigan López on Mexican soil, the fight could take place on October 15. Cuello, is well known by Mexican fans for to his outstanding victory over Juan “Churritos” Hernandez, he is currently on a winning streak consisting of six victories all of them by knockout, including one against former world champion Muhammad Rachman. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mandatory WBC middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio says Mohammed Akrong, will not be an obstacle in his campaign for a showdown with WBC champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Rubio faces Akrong on September 3 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and hopes to get an impressive victory to send a warning to Chavez Jr. “Every punch will give a message to Chavez Jr. You can run all you want, but sooner or later you will have to face me,” said Rubio.
In an entertaining 12 round light heavyweight main event, unbeaten Hany Atiyo (10-0, 7KOs) of Egypt won the vacant Egyptian title unanimously decisioning Mahmoud Suleiman. Only two judges were used for the bout with each favoring Atiyo 117-113 and 117-114. There were no knockdowns. The bout took place today at the Basaten Youth Center Maadi, in Cairo, Egypt with Richard Nwoba (Louaa Boxing Promotion) promoting.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl Froch concluded their three-city international press tour on Wednesday formally announcing The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. After stops in London on Monday and New York on Tuesday, the Super Six World Boxing Classic International Press Tour finale took place at Oakland City Hall Plaza and attended by Oakland Mayor Jean Quan. For more details and photos click here…
ESPN2 Boxing commentator Teddy Atlas had announced on national TV that he wouldn’t be training heavyweight Alexander Povetkin because Povetkin would not train in the USA. However, Atlas suddenly changed his mind and missed several “Friday Night Fights” assignments to train Povetkin in Russia for Saturday’s showdown with Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA “regular” heavyweight title.
Teddy explains why he relented. “What happened was it got to be about three weeks before the fight and the fighter himself [Povetkin] and the people asked me to come over and I found out that they had made no other arrangements and the fighter was waiting for me and I had a decision to make, more from a personal standpoint, I guess a moral standpoint where I didn’t – you know, do I stay away from it? Because we didn’t have the situation that was agreed to,. my brain told me that a little bit, but my heart told me, do I want to be thinking about the fighter being left alone? And I didn’t want to be thinking about that.” (more…)
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