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Sunday’s UFC Live event in Pittsburgh is filled with intriguing storylines, fan-friendly matchups, and a handful of TUF alumni looking to keep the ship moving in the right direction. Casual fans may not recognize all the names, but if this is someone’s inaugural experience with the UFC, they are in for a real treat if the fights even come close to living up to their potential. Rather than focus my pre-fight breakdown on the main event, I thought it made sense to give a quick rundown of the three fights have the biggest potential for fireworks . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Matthew Macklin’s trainer Joe Gallagher wants his charge to adopt Marvelous Marvin Hagler’s mantra of “Mean, Moody, Magnificent” as he bids to upset long reigning WBA champion Sturm at a sold out Lanxess Arena in Cologne on Saturday. “I want Matthew to adopt the same attitude,” revealed Gallagher. “Matthew has watched tapes of Hagler when he came to London to rip the world title from Alan Minter in 3 rounds back in 1980 and were looking for a similar type of performance on Saturday night.” (more…)
Tickets are on sale NOW for All Star Boxing’s “Boxeo Telemundo” telecast on Friday featuring Jesus Pabon vs. Javier “La Zorra” Castro for Pabon’s WBO jr welterweight Latin title, plus Sullivan Barrera vs. Frank Paines for the vacant WBO Latin & WBA FEDELATIN light heavyweight titles at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. “This will be a great, an entertaining night of boxing. I am really looking forward to this duel , Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, always a classic, plus a great undercard!” said promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. Doors open 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00* Reserved Seating and there also VIP tables available. Call 305-547-5414.
Story by Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Pictures by Marianne Müller
In the week before an important world title fight, most boxers are not keen on being in public that much. They participated in the final press conference, an open workout and the weigh-in – but that’s about it. WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm made an exception to this rule yesterday. After attending the presser for his Saturday clash with Ireland’s Matthew Macklin, the 32-years old Sturm had another appointment. He made a stop at the charity project “Kids for Future” and visited a group of children at a boxing workout. The three-time middleweight champion took the time to explain the cause, did a little training routine with the kids, posed for pictures and wrote endless autographs. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Having been dethroned by Akifumi Shimoda in his initial defense, former WBA 122-pound champ Ryol-li Lee (AKA Retsuri Lee) will make a comeback against ex-national super-bantam ruler Rikiya Fukuhara (24-5-1, 18 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on August 6. Lee (17-2-1, 8 KOs), a legitimate featherweight as he had held the national belt at this weight, moved down to the 122-pound category and surprisingly captured the WBA throne by an upset verdict (115-113, 115-114 and 118-110) over Pongsaklek Kratingdaeng-Gym last October. After his forfeiture of the belt to Shimoda last January, Lee, suffered a pitiful passing of his manager/promoter Kazunori Miyakawa this May. Fukuhara is a slick-punching boxer-puncher who is never an easy trial horse for Lee, a lanky counterpuncher, who is gunning for a shot at a world feather belt in the future. On the same bill, once-beaten bantam prospect Ryosuke Iwasa (8-1, 6 KOs), ex-national high school champ, will also participate in a comebacking bout against Indonesian titlist Rasmanudin after his failure to win the national belt from world-rated Shinsuke Yamanaka in March.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The twelfth round knockout scored by the new idol of Mexican boxing Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on Saturday night at the Arena VFG, left the door open to catapult him to the fight of his dreams in his short career. There is already talk that his next opponent could be Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Angel Cotto, tentatively on September 15 somewhere in the United States. Cotto has been penciled in to fight Antonio Margarito in December, but that hasn’t stopped speculation of a possible showdown between the two 154lb champions. (more…)
Super middleweight Jaidon Codrington (20-2, 16 KOs) will face Alvaro Enriquez (11-8-2, 3 KOs) on July 15 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta. Codrington lost to Sakio Bika in the finals of the TV reality series “The Contender” in what many called the fight of the year for 2007. Now working for the Atlanta Police Dept., he has only fought twice since against marginal opposition. Also on the card is a clash of former IBF title challengers as Paul Delgado (25-10-1) meets Osrael “Pito” Cardona. Tickets atart at $25. Call 404-843-2825.
Photos by David Martin Warr
Twenty-four-year-old Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1, 13 KOs) walked into his St. Louis gym today for a media workout looking like a mature fighter who knows what is at stake in his 140-pound showdown against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse on Saturday at The Family Arena in nearby St. Charles (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) When asked about his first loss, suffered at the hands of Timothy Bradley in a pivotal match designed to help determine supremacy at the 140-pound weight limit, Alexander was resolute in his reply. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
After an intense preparation lasting seven weeks in his family’s gym in Los Mochis, the three time world champion, Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, reported himself to be ready to reappear this June 25 in the capital of Sinaloa. Today he’ll travel with his workout team to Culiacan. Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs) ended the intense phase of his training in the gym of the “Cochules” directed by his father, Manuel Montiel, and reported ready to return to ring in the Banorte Stadium in Culiacán, where he will face former world champion Nehomar Cermeno (20-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout scheduled for super bantamweight. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Bob Barton
Devon Alexander returned to the Marquette Recreation Center in St Louis for his media workout. Devon is happy to be back in his hometown gym after a training camp at high altitude in Monument Colorado. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Sal Sanchez II has been training hard for his next fight on July 9 in Mexico City, against and opponent to be named. Sanchez, who returned to Mexico in search of perfecting his skills, has shown much improvement and in his last fight showed the skills that have bus loads of fans flocking to his fights. “I am training often and without knowing who I’m going to be facing, I’m in a continuous phase of training and I take every day, every week, and every month very seriously, knowing that each fight brings me closer to my dream of winning the WBC featherweight title. To me this is a great challenge and a blessing to be the nephew of the greatest Mexican boxer in history and now being recognized as a strong candidate to win a world title,” said Sal Sanchez II.
Story by Rick Scharmberg
IBF #1-ranked contender and USBA light heavyweight champ Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (29-3-2, 17 KOs) will get his first world title shot when he challenges defending IBF champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (22-0, 18 KOs) next Saturday, June 25 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. The bout will be part of an HBO-televised doubleheader that will also feature Devon Alexander taking on Lucas Matthysse. Cloud will be making the third defense of his title, which he won with a decision over Clinton Woods in 2009 . . . Click here for more
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight kingpin Felix Sturm and former European champion Matthew Macklin came face-to-face for the first time since announcing their world title clash on Saturday today at the final press conference at the luxury Wasserturm hotel in Cologne, Germany. The championship bout will draw an 18.000 plus crowd at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne.
“We had a great camp and I believe I’m better than I was in my previous fights”, the champion told the assembled media. “I expect a great fight on Saturday night and I don’t believe it will last the distance.” His coach Fritz Sdunek added: “We will expose Macklin’s flaws. Even if our plan A won’t work, we have a plan B in place that will. Felix is really strong and ready. He will keep his WBA belt for sure.” Clive Salz, Sturm’s fitness and nutrition specialist, praised his protégés work ethic: “Camp is a tough time but he did a great job as always and will be a hundredth percent ready for Macklin.” (more…)
Gleason’s Gym owner Bruce Silverglade, NABF featherweight champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano and award-winning boxing artist Gabe Parillo, Jr. will be special guest speakers at this Tuesday’s night monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday at the Parque Andrés Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) faces Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) in defense of his world title. “I trained hard for this fight and I hope for the victory,” said Soto. “Fights between Mexicans and Japanese are interesting and I hope Sasaki is a great fighter. Sasaki is an aggressive fighter and strong and will surely come well prepared. We analyzed the video of one of his fights and in truth it won’t be easy, but I’m coming to do my thing.” Sasaki has already arrived in Cozumel. photos…
By Joe Koizumi
Highly anticipated is a forthcoming encounter of world-rated Japanese 115-pounders Ryo Akaho (16-0-2, 10 KOs) and Yota Sato (20-2, 12 KOs) with the former’s OPBF super-fly belt on the line in Tokyo, Japan, on August 4. Akaho lately acquired the vacant OPBF throne by halting Australian titlist Fred Mundraby via fifth round stoppage this May. The challenger Sato is a WBC#4/WBC#5 contender, holding his national belt which won’t be at stake this time. Sato, making his third defense, recently kept his Japanese title against world-rated veteran Kohei Kono to his credit. The unbeaten Akaho is fast and can punch, while Sato is more skillful and experienced. It will be a very important and competitive confontation of the near-future world challengers.
There’s a funny story. Masaru Yamada, of Yokohama Hikari Promotions that handles the defending OPBF ruler Akaho, took a plane from Thailand back to Tokyo, Japan, some weeks ago. He enjoyed a chat with a stewardess therein, saying he’s a boxing person. He boasted of his gym’s hot prospect Akaho and mentioned his next bout with the national champ Sato. She then replied, “The opponent Yota is my brother.” Yamada was greatly stunned by the coincidence. Good luck for both.
Photo and report by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Former world champion Daiki Kameda is currently sparring with the Japanese Olympic team which is composed of fighters with very good technique and quick hands. Daiki is sparring for a project that helps train amateur boxers. “I’m happy to help boys who are just beginning to practice the sport of boxing,” said Daiki Kameda. The left-handed boxer is preparing to enter the ring on July 8 at the Kyuden Gym in Fukuoka, Japan, where he will change blows with Chatchai Monthon, from Thailand over ten rounds. (more…)
Last night at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, Calif, Kaliesha West (13-1-3, 4 KOs) retained her WBO female bantamweight title with a draw against Ava Knight (6-1-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94 West and 96-94 Knight. (more…)
Report by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Sergei Kharitonov got company in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals, as Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett both moved closer to the tournament title with wins Saturday night at American Airlines Center. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF super-light champ Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs), a cagey veteran of Japan, left for Mexico yesterday (Saturday) to have an ambitious crack at the WBC lightweight belt against Humberto Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) this coming Saturday. Sasaki, 35, once experienced a shot at the WBA welter ruler Viacheslav Senchenko only to lose on points in Ukraine in September 2009. But the seasoned campaigner captured the OPBF 140-pound belt by dropping defending titlist Randy Suico en route to a split verdict in July of the previous year and kept it twice by halting Geisler AP and Pansoo Kim to his credit. WBC#12 Sasaki, who previously visited the fight place Cozumel as a traveler, seems willing to cause an upset and bring back the WBC green belt to Tokyo.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Harrington Raceway and Casino, Salisbury Maryland’s Alex Guerrero (7-0-1, 4KOs) took another step up the cruiserweight ladder with a one sided second round stoppage of thirty five fight veteran Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas (17-16-2, 14KOs) in the four round main event of the evening.
Guerrero, the older brother of Alex Guerrero seemed relaxed right from the opening moment, snapping sharp jabs which opened up several tight combinations. Thomas of Chicago, Illinois tried to step back and counter but the Salisbury natives’ defense was tight and he began to time his opponents advances. Guerrero timed one of those advances late, in the opening round and sent Thomas reeling to the ropes from an overhand right. Guerrero tried to end it and was battering him in the closing seconds, but the bell to end the round temporarily saved him. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former World Boxing Union featherweight champion Choi Tseveenpurev (31-5, 21 KOs) scored one of the best wins of his career when he defeated former world IBO featherweight champion Jackson “Action Jackson” Asiku (26-5-0) by ten round decision at York Hall, Benthal Green, London, United Kingdom on Saturday. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian cruiserweight Jamie “The Boss” Bogovic (5-1, 4 KOs) captured the WBF Asia Pacific cruiserweight title when he scored a knockout in one round over Fijian Temo Kolitapa (2-6, 1 KO) at the Danenong Netball Centre, Danenong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Bogavic is trained by Aussie great Jeff Fenech. Bogovic suffered his only defeat to Declan Trainor in 2010 and scored his best win in 2011 when he stopped 38 fight veteran Nick Taaumafi in two rounds. Bogavic is a former amateur champion Click here for more photos…
By Ahmed Santos
In a fight that was turning into a war veteran former champion Luis Ramón “Yori Boy” Campas controversially defeated young power puncher Rogelio “Porky” Medina, in the main event of the card held at the Explanada Tecate of Navojoa, Sonora, México. The result ended in a TKO victory for the local fighter, “Yori Boy” (98-15-1, 77 KOs), who put down “Porky” (25-2, 19 KOs) with a punched that seemed clearly under the beltline, but the referee ruled it as good and started applying the count, and due to that he had to get up, with difficulty, and right after Campas jumped all over him and the third man in the ring acted again –prematurely, to call a halt to the duel, which was scheduled for 10 rounds at middleweight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Pan Asian Boxing Association female super featherweight champion Diana “Dirty Di” Prazak (7-1, 5 KOs) scored a clear ten round decision over Bronwyn Wylie (3-2) of New Zealand at the Grand Star Receptions in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Prazak outworked Wylie in all the rounds and in round ten referee Chris Anderson put a count on Wylie after she was dropped by a solid combo. Scores Aneeka Williams 98-90, Henry Nissen 100-91, Andrew Campbell 98-91. Prazak is now scheduled to clash with Lindsay Garbatt (7-3-1, 3 KOs) on September 23 in Melbourne for the WIBA super featherweight title. (more…)
2008 Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KOs) kayoed 39-year-old veteran “Dangerous” Damon Reed (46-16, 32 KOs) in round two of their clash Saturday night at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Time was 1:59.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a one-sided affair, WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over WBC #3 rated Ryan Rhodes (45-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Vicente Fernandez in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alvarez punished Rhodes for the most part, dropping him in round four. Rhodes didn’t punch much as the bout progressed, allowing “Canelo” to compile a big lead. To his credit, Rhodes tried for the KO in the last round, but the bout was waved off by referee Hector Afu after Alvarez landed some good shots.
Unbeaten super featherweight Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) destroyed Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KOs) in the first round. Broner trapped Litzau in the corner and battered Litzau to the deck. Time was 2:58. With the win, Broner claimed the vacant USNBC title. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
DIAAB Entertainment put on an eight-bout pro-am card dubbed “Fight Night At The Flickinger” in downtown Buffalo, New York Saturday night. Headlining the the show was a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight title between Geneva, NY and Michael Walchuk of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Brinson bounced back from his lone loss in his last fight to pick up his first belt in an absolute war with Walchuk over eight rounds. In a tactical dog fight where each fighter gave no quarter, Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson and Kitchener, Ontario’s Michael Walchuk waged war for eight rounds to contest the New York State Middleweight title. Brinson was coming off a TKO7 loss back in November for the state Super Middle belt and was looking for redemption. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vázquez (29-3, 13 KOs) stopped Marlon “Rata” Aguilar (25-11-1, 18 KOs) with a body shot in round two of a non-title ten-rounder on Saturday night at the Musica Hall in Toluca, Estado de México. Time was 1:46.
WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) barely broke a sweat in annihilating Eddy Zuniga (7-6-1, 1 KO) in a non-title flyweight clash. Zuniga was down twice in the brief one round affair. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
After weathering a solid body attack in the early going Ali Nestor Charles (11-5-2) scored a knockout victory at the very end of round five, capturing the WBC middleweight Latino title over Mexico’s Edgar Ruiz (22-10-1) at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal, Quebec. Charles changed the course of the fight in the fourth round where he landed a left uppercut that put Ruiz down to his knees for a count of eight. Ruiz was clearly tiring in the fifth and Charles looked like he was about to score his second knockdown in the dying seconds when a flurry of punches with Ruiz against the ropes and about to go down Charles accidently pushed him down to the canvas. It looked like the mishap would save the Mexican fighter but with the ten second warning sounding Charles jumped right back in and let loose with a flurry that put Ruiz down to his knees for a full count of ten. (more…)
Youth defeated experience tonight as red-hot welterweight prospect Javier “El Chino” Flores extended his perfect record to 6-0 with six knockouts, stopping 30-fight veteran Shakha Moore in the seventh round of the main event on “The New Generation Boxing Series” card, presented by Bulldog Cartel Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Flores (6-0, 6 KOs), a southpaw from Puerto Rico now fighting out of Hartford, was dominant from the opening round. A game Moore was pounded but he didn’t go down until the seventh round, resulting from a devastating combination of lethal punches Flores, after which his corner threw in the towel. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated Featherweight top-rated contender Mikey Garcia, trainer Robert Garcia and Pedro Rodriguez (father of Gustavo Rodriguez) pose with the many fans that came out for their charity boxing function at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Ca. to benefit the family of amateur boxer Gustavo Rodriguez who was shot and killed last week. Rios is in deep training for his upcoming world title defense against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon, Maywood, Ca. on Saturday July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,Ca. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. For more details and photos click here…
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