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Cardiff, Wales will be the site of the WBC Night of Champions to be held July 29-31. The event is where the global boxing community unites to acknowledge lifetime achievements, unsung heroes, and boxing’s contribution to developing youth and the wider community. “The world of boxing is delighted to be returning to one of the great homes of our sport, to Wales, a country from which so many great champions and traditions have been nurtured,” WBC President Jose Sulaiman said. “Celebrating the WBC’s ‘Night of Champions’ in Cardiff will be something we will all remember for years to come.“
Amongst the more than 100 list of former and current world champions speculated to attend are current heavyweight champions of the world David Haye and Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko. Those three names alone assembled together should make for very interesting theatre. (more…)
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Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum takes in a few innings of the Yankees-Orioles game following a home plate ceremony with Miguel Cotto and Yuri Foreman. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former WBA/WBC world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares could be fighting Ricardo “Rocky” Juárez on July 31 in Las Vegas. Linares and Juarez both fight under the banner of Golden Boy Promotions and have been offered the fight, which would be a ten-rounder at 132lbs (between the super featherweight and lightweight divisions). The winner could get a title shot next. The fight would be the co-feature underneath Juan Manuel Márquez vs Juan Díaz for the WBA/WBO lightweight world titles.
By John Cannon
Golden Boy Promotions and Solo Boxeo will be bringing more heat to the Valley on June 18th at the McAllen Convention Center.
Anthony Cavazos, president of Cavazos Boxing, said that this fight card is hot and the fans that attend the event are definitely getting a treat. “This is an action packed fight card and Golden Boy Promotions will be bringing the heat come June 18th,” said Cavazos. “On that night fight fans will be able to see some of these young prospects who have the ability of becoming future world champions as well as some local favorites.” In the main event, Golden Boy prospects Luis Ramos Jr. and Jermell Charlo will highlight the card and Weslaco native Omar Figueroa, another Golden Boy fighter with a perfect 9-0 record, will face Mexico’s Julian Rodriguez (18-18) in the co-main event. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are junior middleweight champ Cory Spinks and Fightnews’ Managing Editor Flattop. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
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At the official weigh-in Aschersleben on Thursday afternoon there was a foretaste of the upcoming heavyweight fight on Friday. The opponent of Timo Hoffmann, Harry Duiven Jr. shoved the “German Oak” when posing in front of the photographers completely across the room. However, security guards intervened at once to subdue the worked up Dutchman. Hoffmann was completely surprised about the situation was “This is something I haven’t ever experienced,” he said. Big talk is common, but physical violence is new to me…now the atmosphere for the fight has heated up considerably.” Click here for more, plus photos.
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IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester is brimming with confidence ahead of his mandatory defence against Roman Karmazin. The 29-year-old German (30-3, 16 KOs) is under pressure to keep the belt for a very special reason. “I will get married this summer and I want to get married as world champion,” he said. “Karmazin will not spoil my wedding. He is a strong guy with a good left but we have carefully analysed him. I know I got what it takes to beat him. With the help of my fans in Neubrandenburg, I will defend my title for a second time and then get married as a world champion.” (more…)
Spike TV will telecast live undercard bouts from “UFC 116: Lesnar vs. Carwin” on Saturday, July 3 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. “UFC 116: Lesnar vs Carwin,” featuring the heavyweight unification bout between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will air on pay-per-view at 10:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM PT. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On August 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) will meet Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO) in a fight that has more subplots than a James Bond movie. First, in 1999 Michael Grant beat another Polish heavyweight hopeful Andrew Golota. Secondly, Grant will have Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in his corner, the same trainer who guided light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson to dealing Adamek his only professional defeat. Eddie has no doubt that history will repeat itself. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com
World middleweight contender Daniel Geale (23-1, 13 KOs) moved closer to a world title shot when he stopped former world super middleweight contender Kariz Kariuki (21-9-2,18 KOs) in eleven rounds on Wednesday to capture IBF Pan Pacific title at the Wollongong Entertainment Center, Wollongong, NSW, Australia. IBF #7,WBC #13 Geale, 5’10, controlled the action in most of the rounds as he boxed skillfully connecting with accurate combinations to the head and body of his 6’2 opponent. Kariuki, formerly of Kenya but now based in Australia, was hurt in rounds six and seven from solid combinations to the head. At 1:24 of round eleven referee Charlie Lucas crowned Geale the winner when Kariuki was in no condition to defend himself. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, Zanfer Promotions presents at the Municipal Auditorium of Tijuana, MX, the first stage of their bantamweight tournament “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)”. The winner of the eight man contest will be awarded $5,000 and immediate entry to the “Campeon Azteca” reality series broadcast nationally in Mexico by the Azteca channel later this year. (more…)
Officially, former light heavyweight champion Montell Griffin had to settle for a surprising draw in the quest for his 50th professional victory last Saturday against veteran Ross “The Boss” Thompson at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. However, Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz says there is more than meets the eye to this surprising outcome. “First of all, I commend Montell for even getting in the ring that night. Ross Thompson assured us he was in shape and ready to go all the way along until he showed up at the weigh-in so far over the contracted weight of 178 that he was at the heavyweight limit. We told him he would have to go lose some weight and then found him at the buffet with a big plate of food an hour later.” (more…)
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Members of the International Boxing Federation/United States Boxing Association arrived at the Wyndham Rio Mar Resort in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico on Tuesday, June 1, 2010 for the organization’s 27th Annual Convention. The following evening’s cocktail, a highly anticipated event each year, was an excellent start for this convention. In attendance were IBF Super-middleweight Champion Lucien Bute, IBF Light-Heavyweight Champion Tavoris Cloud and IBF Inter-Continental Middleweight Champion Benjamin Simon. President Daryl J. Peoples thanked the crowd of over two hundred people for attending this year’s convention and for their continued support adding that the organization looks forward to yet another successful convention. (Pictured above are Benjamin Simon, Lucien Bute and Daryl Peoples.) More to come… Click here for more photos
At the scales for “Fight Night at the Commerce 3,” promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, at the Commerce Casino:
Leo Santa Cruz, 116.5 vs. Jose Angel Cota, 120
Giovanni Lorenzo, 164 vs. Darryl Salmon, 163.25
Austroberto Juarez, 112 vs. Ernie Marquez, 114
Dmitry Chudinov, 162 vs. Nathan Bedwell, 161
Randy Caballero, 122, vs. Travis Bedwell, 122
Ray Craig, 170 vs. Mario Ortiz, 169
Steve Fierro, 280 vs. Tony Sanchez, 254
Alexander Flores,. 219 vs. Richard Hale, 226.5
Imad Ali, 198 vs. Valente Tinajero, 200
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Get into the rhythm with Allan Green as he prepares to challenge Andre Ward for the WBA Super Middleweight World Championship – Saturday, June 19, live on SHOWTIME – in Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. And, don’t miss tonight’s premiere of Episode #6 of the acclaimed Fight Camp 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic (SHO, 11p ET/PT). The complete list of re-air dates and times is below.
To view the full episode of FIGHT CAMP 360° or, find out more about the Super Six World Boxing Classic visit sports.sho.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It appears there is finally an agreement for Fernando Montiel to defend his WBC and WBO bantamweight world titles against former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael Conception on July 17 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. In the co-feature, super featherweight prospect Joksan Hernández is lined up to face Rogers Mtagwa. Also seeing action is Salvador Sanchez Jr. Montiel is already training for the bout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa. Sources report that an agreement was reached after the Concepcion had initially rejected the first offer.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that Mexican ring legend Érik Morales has suffered an injury to his right hand which will KO his scheduled fight against Vicente Escobedo on July 17 in Tijuana. Morales initially suffered the injury in his comeback fight against Jose Alfaro and reinjured it while training in Temoaya, Mexico.
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Today there was a press conference in Mexico City to announce the next fight of Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez, which will be against Luis “Principito” Cuello of Argentina. The Jalisco State Government will participate in the next bout of Alvarez to be held in Guadalajara on July 10, which will also feature some WBC world championships. (more…)
It may not be the Big Apple, but the bright lights will be shining on Worcester, Massachusetts June 24 when DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to Mechanics Hall. In the main event, Worcester’s own undefeated prodigy Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez(15-0, 11 KOs) coming off two nationally televised knockout wins, steps in with rugged veteran Gabriel Holguin (25-8, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight contest. In the co-feature, local favorite and undefeated junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (12-0, 3 KOs) takes on Shamir Reyes (18-6-2, 7 KOs). Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (7-0, 2 KOs), heavyweight Rashad Minor (3-1, 3 KOs) and light heavyweight Isiah Thomas (6-0, 4 KOs) will also see action.
Boxing promoter Don King was ecstatic after learning on Saturday of Miguel Acosta’s win over previously undefeated World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus Moses (25-1, 17 KOs) in Moses’ home country of Namibia. Acosta (27-9-2, 21 KOs), from Caracas, Venezuela, came in as the underdog WBA interim champion and scored a sixth-round knockout to leave as the outright WBA lightweight champion. King also noted press reports after the fight indicating Acosta’s father had said he believed his son was now a promotional free agent. “I don’t know who might be telling Oscar that his son’s contract with me has expired, but that is not the case. In fact, my contract with Miguel extends well into 2012.” (more…)
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Three time world champion Miguel Cotto, Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, New York Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost and undefeated WBA world super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman pose during the final press conference, Wednesday at the Yankee Stadium where Cotto and Foreman will fight for the world super welterweight championship, Saturday, June 5 on HBO Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Welterweights Antwone Smith, of Miami, FL, and Lanardo Tyner, of Houston, TX, will meet in a scheduled 10-round fight as on Friday evening, July 9, in the ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. Along with the main event featuring Mike Jones vs. Irving Garcia, this card will give boxing fans a chance to witness the progress of the two best United States-based welterweight prospects, Jones and Smith. Showtime will televise the two main fights as part of its popular ShoBox series, The New Generation. (more…)
Team Sauerland head coach Ulli Wegner today received the German Federal Cross of Merit. The 68-year-old, who has been voted German coach of the year seven straight times, was honored for his career accomplishments. He has led the likes of Marco Huck, Sven Ottke, Markus Beyer and Cecilia Braekhus to world titles and also guided ex-champion Arthur Abraham to international stardom. “This is a great honour,” Wegner said. “It really means a lot to me. Without my team and of course my athletes, this would have never been possible. I am deeply touched.”
Wegner is not the only member of Team Sauerland that has been awarded a prize this week. The European Boxing Union (EBU) honoured the Berlin-based boxing stable with the “2009 Promoter of the Year Award”, which will be officially presented at the EBU´s next General Assembly in Madrid on June 12. On the same weekend, Wilfried Sauerland will officially be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York during the annual Hall of Fame celebrations. (Pictured: Marco Huck, Ulli Wegner, Arthur Abraham, Sven Ottke)
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KO’s) will defend his title against fellow Australian Paul Briggs (26-3, 18 KO’s) on July 21st at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, New South Wales. The 37 year old Green will be making the third defence of the title he won in the US from Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez in August 2009 with a fifth round stoppage. (more…)
Matchroom Sport has announced six participants in the line-up for their next event “Prizefighter Super-Middleweights” at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday June 30. The latest installment of Barry Hearn’s eight-man, one night tournament includes Tony Dodson, Tony Quigley, Stevie McGuire, Daniel Cadman, Peter Federenko, and Eddie McIntosh gunning for the £32,000 prize live on Sky Sports. For the first time in the tournament’s history, the eighth competitor will be chosen by fight fans through the official Prizefighter website. Tickets for Prizefighter Super Middleweights are available now at £35, £60 and £100 – call 01277 359900.
Three days ahead of his IBF Cruiserweight Title fight against Troy Ross, Steve “USS” Cunningham today arrived in the East German city of Neubrandenburg. The first face-to-face meeting with his opponent is scheduled for tomorrow at the official press conference. “I am in great shape and ready to win back my former title,” Cunningham said. In the main fight of the night, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester will defend his title against mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin.
The International Boxing Federation junior middleweight championship scheduled for June 12 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis has been postponed. Don King Productions was promoting the event that planned to feature St. Louisan Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) defending his IBF 154-pound title against mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage (29-4, 17 KOs), from Detroit. A number of conflicting interests factored into the decision to move the bout to a future card. Don King Productions’ longtime radio partner in St. Louis, Hot 104.1 FM, concurrently announced their popular “Super Jam 3” concert would take place on the same day in the St. Louis suburb of Maryland Heights, and DKP will be announcing shortly that they will be presenting another world championship boxing event in St. Louis later this summer. Promoter Don King said he preferred to not compete with a radio station that already has a commitment to be somewhere else on June 12. In addition, with news leaking out about an August boxing event in St. Louis he will be announcing soon, King felt he may be competing with himself for limited entertainment dollars during the summer season. (more…)
Everlast, the global leader in fight sports and fitness announced today the launch of its philanthropic social movement campaign “What Do You Fight For?”.
“Every person in the world has a fight in life, regardless of how small or large, that drives them to be better, to do better,” said Everlast President Adam Geisler. “We want to empower those individuals to share their stories, challenge themselves, and motivate them to achieve their fight.” (more…)
The story is as old as the Marquess of Queensberry rules in boxing, young man from impoverished area of a third world nation, without any bright lights in his future, looks towards earning his riches in the sweet science.
When your homeland is the Philippines, the blueprint has been set in stone by one Manny Pacquiao, the most popular worldwide fighter at the moment. Although 22-year-old undefeated lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (17-0-1, 7 KOs) admires Pacquiao and all he has done, Gesta knows he has his own trail to blaze . . . Click here for more
Celebrate summer with the ‘sweet science’ as popular junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (31-4-2, 22 KOs) of Great Falls, VA headlines another exciting Ice Promotions boxing event on Saturday, July 10 at the Patriot Center. Dubbed “No Excuses” and presented by Valcourt Building Services, the event will showcase seven professional bouts featuring many of the region’s best fighters. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, including the Patriot Center box office, with prices starting at $35. (more…)
Mexico’s Gabriel “Rey” Martinez (24-1-1, 13 KOs), who suffered a severe injury in his fight with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-4-3, 16 KOs), last weekend in Chicago, says he is hoping for a rematch after his cut heals. In the fight, an accidental head butt in round one forced the ringside physician to call off the ten-round welterweight bout, resulting in a “no contest” ruling. Following the suturing of the cut, Martinez received instructions of no physical contact for 30 days.
“I would love to get the fight with Soto-Karass again,” says the disappointed Martinez. “I think that with that first round, the public was able to see that we were going to engage in a good fight. Of course I feel I would’ve won the fight and moved on to bigger things.”
The Official Weigh-In for “Stadium Slugfest” at Yankee Stadium will be open to the public and admission will be free. The gates to the Great Hall will open at 2:30 p.m. with the main event and co-main event stepping on the scale, beginning at 3:00 p.m., followed by the undercard. Concession stands selling food and fight merchandise will be open.
Three world titles in two different divisions isn’t the only legacy Miguel Cotto boasts. The Pride of Puerto Rico is also New York’s #1 box office attraction. Miguel’s six fights at Madison Square Garden, dating back to 2005, with many coming on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, have sold approximately 93,000 seats, easily making him New York’s most popular – and bankable – fighter for the past decade. On June 5, Miguel will become New York’s first and only fighter to have sold over 100,000 tickets in this millennium. The breakdown is as follows: Muhammad Abdullaev – 12,000 (June 11, 2005), Paulie Malignaggi – 15,000 (June 10, 2006), Zab Judah – 21,000, a complete sellout (June 9, 2007), Shane Mosley – 18,000 (November 10, 2007), Michael Jennings – 12,000 (February. 21, 2009) and Joshua Clottey – 15,000 (June 13, 2009). 30,000+ are expected Saturday at Yankee Stadium.
By Christian Schmidt
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
The Chavez last name is definitely no stranger to the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. It is there where Julio Cesar Chavez fought Pernell Whitaker to a controversial twelve round draw in front of more than 63,000 fight fans. To this day, that fight is one of the top five most attended boxing events in US history. One June 26th the Chavez name returns to the Alamodome. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (40-0-1) will take on what many consider to be his toughest opponent to date in John Duddy (28-1) from Ireland. At last Thursday’s press conference in the Alamodome, Fightnews got the chance to sit down with the son of whom many consider Mexico’s greatest pound for pound fighter to gather his thoughts on his opponent, what it is like working with new trainer Freddie Roach, and who he would like to call out of retirement and why? (more…)
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SES heavyweight contender Timo Hoffmann had chosen to prepare for upcoming fight in the rural atmosphere near his hometown of Aschersleben. This Friday the “German Oak” will return to the ring in Aschersleben after taking a year off as he took time to enjoy his fatherhood. It will be the first time that he will fight so close to his hometown. Therefore and without a question he is able to get in shape for the fight against Harry Duiven Jr. at home at the “Eichenhof” in Bösenburg. For more details and photos click here…
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