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By Peter Lim
Now that former unified lightweight titleholder Juan Diaz has retired, Houston’s Savannah Boxing Club is looking to a new generation of boxers to fill his shoes. Junior welterweight Juan “Pancho” Copado and middleweight Demazo Tello, both amateur standouts long-time members at Savannah’s, will make their pro debuts as the headliners at the Rio Grande Event Center in Houston tonight. Dubbed Summer Heat Explosion, the card will be staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions. Copado, 22, won the Ringside 141-pound title last year, while Tello, 20, is a former Texas Golden Gloves champion. Other local prospects scheduled to fight on the card are welterweight Rogelio De La Torre, 5-0 (3 KOs), super flyweight Ashley Alvarado, 3-0 (2 KOs), light heavyweight Terrence Woods, 8-2 (6 KOs), and Luis Zarazua (debut).
Andre Berto, after losing his WBC welterweight title to Victor Ortiz during a “Fight of the Year” candidate earlier this year, is fighting IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck on September 3rd in the “Battle in Biloxi” at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Berto and Oritz fought a war back in April with both fighters going down several times. Ortiz dropped Berto with a left hook in round one but it ruled as a slip by referee Michael Ortega. Later in the round he floored Berto again and this one counted. Berto knocked down an off balance Ortiz in round two. Ortiz rocked Berto again in round three and continued to dominate as Berto spent considerable time on the ropes absorbing punishment. In round six, Berto stayed in the center of the ring and dropped Ortiz with a big right hand, but during Berto’s follow-up attack Ortiz floored him! The fight settled down after round six except for a point deduction from Ortiz in round ten for a punch behind the head. The final scores of 115-110, 114-112 and 114-111 did not reflect the high-drama of the contest. (more…)
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno has signed an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. A native of Miguelito, Panama, 26-year-old Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) is unbeaten since a split decision loss in his first year as a professional in 2002. Since then, he has defeated everyone in his path and in May of 2008, he won the WBA Bantamweight World Championship with a 12 round decision win over then-unbeaten Wladimir Sidorenko. Since then, the southpaw has defended his title seven times, including a rematch win over Sidorenko and a victory over Mahyar Monshipour in 2009. In his three most recent bouts, Moreno scored back-to-back wins over Nehomar Cermeno, and on June 16, he successfully defended his crown for the eighth time when he scored an eighth round knockout win over former World Champion Lorenzo Parra. A date and opponent for Moreno’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.
DiBella Entertainment has added Irish middleweight contender Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) to its ever-growing stable of fighters. Macklin, 29, is currently ranked #4 by the WBA, #7 by the WBO, and #12 by the IBO, and has nothing but big fights on his mind as he joins the same promotional roster as middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and middleweight contenders Andy Lee, Brian Vera, Ronald Hearns, Peter Manfredo, Jr., and Ishe Smith. Coming off a close loss to “Super” WBA middleweight titlist Felix Sturm, Macklin is looking for redemption under a new promotional banner, a deal to bring him to the United States that was facilitated by Brian Peters, his manager since 2005.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (45-3-2, 35 KOs) has been training for a possible fight with Nicaraguan prospect Orlando Rizo (13-2, 9 KOs) on August 20 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The source said that after Montiels’s victory over former WBA world champion Nehomar Cermeño, Montiel will seek the possibility to remain campaigning in super bantamweight in the search of a world title in a fourth weight division. Montiel is doing his workouts in the Montiel Family Gym, which recently opened in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and would travel to Ensenada a week before the fight.
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Erik Morales: “I heard from people that (Marcos) Maidana was going to kill me in my last fight. People think that I was crazy. The reality is, I am crazy, crazy for what I do. The thing is I believe in myself, so I took the fight. Lucas is a strong fighter. This is the fight people want to see.”
Josesito Lopez: “Me and Jessie (Vargas) are guaranteed action. We’re two top fighters who are at the top of our game. We’re coming into this fight well-prepared.”
Jesse Vargas: “It’s a pleasure to be on the same show as Morales. I’ve looked up to him, as I do to Mayweather. It’s a great opportunity. I feel I’m the better fighter. He’s training hard and I’m training hard. I will come out victorious on September 17th. (more…)
Mexico’s Michael Lozada will be stepping into the “lions den” when he comes to Australia to take on former two time WBO world champion Michael Katsidis on August 13th at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition centre. Lozada spoke for the first time today when he was asked questions on his upcoming fight with the HBO fight of the year winner. (more…)
On August 27, undefeated heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KOs) will fight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on the TV-opener for the clash between Marcos Maidana and Robert Guerrero title fight. Mitchell is scheduled to fight “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in a ten-round bout. “This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often,” said Mitchell. “I’m very focused and won’t let the spotlight overwhelm me. I’m having a great training camp and am definitely looking forward to fighting Mike Mollo. He comes to fight. I’m sure he’s looking forward to the fight and he’ll be ready. Again, I’m very excited and I am looking forward to putting on a good show for my fans on HBO. I plan on coming home with another victory.” (more…)
Light heavyweight slugger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-6, 29 KOs) has ripped Yordanis Despaigne (9-1, 4 KOs), who won their fight by disqualification last Friday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “I tapped Despaigne on the belt line and he fell down like he’d been shot. He’s not a fighter, he’s an actor and he was looking for a way out because he didn’t like the way the story was going to end,” said Miranda. “He got hit low a couple more times and cried on command and the fight was over. So for that performance, I am awarding him Best Actress in a Dramatic Role. He’s the new Million Dollar Baby.” Miranda says although Despaigne had some early success by “running around the ring”, by the time of referee Vic Drakulich’s disqualification, the tide had clearly turned. “He was out of gas. I let him punch me because it was like pillow fighting a girl. He knew he had to get out of there before the fight was half over because I was in amazing shape and coming on strong. If it had gone one or two more rounds, he was finished.”
In his biggest test to date Southern California’s Artemio ‘King’ Reyes (12-1, 10 KOs) will take on unbeaten Raul Carillo (8-0, 6 KOs) of Colorado. The bout will be fought at a contracted weight of 143 pounds and be for the WBC Fed Latino Welterweigt title. Site of the bout will be the Omega Products International, Corona, California. Reyes who trains out of the Capital Punishment Boxing Club in Riverside is riding an eleven-bout win streak.
For the past year, rugged Romanian welterweight Victor Lupo has unsuccessfully stalked undefeated WBC International welterweight beltholder Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco. His persistence will soon pay-off, though, as the WBC recently ordered promoters Hennessy Sports (Lupo) and OPI 2000 (Lo Greco) to negotiate an agreement or Lo Greco-Lupo will go to purse bid next month. (more…)
Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions announced today that Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse and Jessie Vargas vs. Josesito Lopez have been added to the September 17 PPV mega-event from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The night of boxing will kick-off with a super lightweight bout featuring undefeated rising star Vargas in his HBO Pay-Per-View debut against hard-hitting Lopez, followed by the first of the night’s three world title fights as Mexican boxing legend Morales will face power punching Argentine Matthysse for the WBC super lightweight world championship. The pay-per-view telecast will then go live to STAPLES Center in Los Angeles with Mexican boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez taking on Alfonso Gomez for the WBC super welterweight world championship, followed by the main event welterweight championship clash between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, live from Las Vegas.
By Brian Grammer
Photo: Ed Mulholland
Fightnews had the opportunity today to speak with Jack Loew, trainer for former middleweight world champion and WBC #1 super middleweight contender Kelly Pavlik. Pavlik shocked the boing world by walking away from a SHOWTIME-televised contest this Saturday night with Daryl Cunningham. Midday on Tuesday, August 2, Pavlik informed Top Rank that he would not be participating in their upcoming show on Saturday, August 6th, leaving his fans, promoter, the arena where the bout was to be held, Covelli Centre, and a huge national TV audience hanging. Loew, who has been Pavlik’s trainer for his entire career, agreed to an interview with Fightnews to give his perspective on the matter. (more…)
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Undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee (6-0, 4 KOs) will headline a fight card on September 16th at the Purcell Pavilion at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. The event takes place the night before the Fighting Irish football team takes the field against arch-rivals Michigan State is the first ever professional boxing event held at Notre Dame and Lee has pledged that all profits from the event will be donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. The 24-year-old Lee graduated from Notre Dame in 2009, earning a finance degree from the Mendoza School of Business while finishing at the top of his class. While at Notre Dame, Lee was a three-time Bengal Bouts school boxing champion and also won the Chicago Golden Gloves in 2009.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The finalists of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” tournament in Mexico will earn a purse of 500,000 pesos (about $42,000) for the Grand Final. The fourth of ten events will take place in Acapulco. Within the tournament and there are several outstanding prospects, among them: Jose ‘Piston’ Lopez, Romulo Koashisa and Mauricio Pintor. The award is presented with support Grupo Modelo, Grupo Comex, Promociones del Pueblo and the WBC will likely install the winners as contenders in their weight divisions. The “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” Tournament Grand Final is planned for November 26 in either Mexico City or Monterrey. There is also the possibility that WBA featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez will defend his belt that night.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials continued on Tuesday with the unbeaten boxers in the champions bracket receiving a well deserved rest, while those saddled with a loss contested the second round of the double elimination challengers bracket . . . Click here for more
Two weeks after his successful defense against Hugo Hernan Garay in Munich, Germany, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) married on Saturday in Serbia his fiancée Amina. In Tutin, near Novi Pazar, a registrar wedded the pair during a big ceremony with more than 1,000 guests. Manager Wilfried Sauerland with his wife Jochi and former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) visited the party. The 26-year-old Huck is now on his honeymoon with his new wife. More photos
The reality of being a rising star in the UFC began to set in for Rory MacDonald in his native province of British Columbia a little over a year ago, as he prepped for his UFC 115 bout with Carlos Condit.
“It was like a mob and I really didn’t expect it,” he said of the fan reaction to him in Vancouver. But things really hit home when strangers began calling him by the nickname his gym buddies had given him years earlier – “The Waterboy.”. . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to a reliable source, Hall of Fame promoter Don King has secured the support of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega for a possible IBF world championship fight in Nicaragua featuring Ricardo Mayoga against current IBF super welterweight champion Cornelius Bundrage. During a tour of Central America that also included a stop in Costa Rica, King visited Nicaragua to meet with Ortega. And at a Tuesday night event, Ortega has agreed to host the event on November 15 after the presidential election. The originally proposed date was October 29 but on November 6 the country has presidential elections. The event was attended by Nicaraguan champions Juan Palacios, Jose Alfaro, Adonis Rivas, Román Gonzalez and Luis Perez. The fight could be held in the National Stadium in Managua, Nicaragua.
By Robert Coster
What makes Chicago-born, San Diego-based jr Middleweight Chris Chatman (9-1-1, 4 KOs) stand apart from other young boxers looking for fame and fortune in the ring? Simply that, in times when “prospects” abound, with undefeated, padded records against hand-picked opposition, Chatman has been ready to fight anywhere and against anybody. Typically, the 27 year-old former navy man, will take a fight on short notice, coming into his opponent’s hometown. In his 11 bout career, Chatman can claim the scalp of three previously unbeaten boxers (Francisco Mora 3-0, Alberto Herrera 7-0 and Lester Gonzalez 11-0).
He lost on points to then 7-0 Demetrius Andrade but gave the touted Olympian all he could handle. The draw on Chris’ ledger was in his last fight, against unbeaten Charles Hartley 14-0, a 2007 national amateur welterweight champion. Chatman knocked him down in the last round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Middleweight Champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale will be attending the Port Club, Adelaide, South Australia Sunday It’s a “meet and greet” with fans along with local Cruiserweight prospect Mostyn “The Boss” Niemann, who is fighting on Geale’s undercard on August 31st. South Aussie fight fans are encouraged to come along and meet the champ. Plenty of opportunities to get an autograph if that takes your fancy and get a photo with Dan and his world title belt. There’s going to be a Q & A session with both boxers as well.
Date: Sunday, 7th of August.
Place: The Port Club, Queen Street, Alberton. (08) 8447 9902
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sylwek i Kasia Wosko, Mike Gladysz
Nobody in the right mind will compare just 22-year-old southpaw Artur Szpilka (7-0, 5 KO) to former Polish heavyweight contender Andrzej Gołota (41-8, 33 KO) and today’s boxing powerhouse Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO), but there’s no question that the popular fighter whose name means “The Needle” has an extraordinary talent. When he was an 18-year-old cruiserweight, his skills were recognized in the U.S. by legendary trainer Lou Duva, but nobody knew what kind of fighter would emerge after an 18-month prison sentence for soccer related, unfortunately not boxing sanctioned, fight.
“There was nothing more to do there for eighteen months other than lift weights and play chess. I did both all day,” said Szpilka, who weighed a healthy 222 pounds, when just two months after his prison release, in his first heavyweight bout, he destroyed previously unbeaten Ramiz Hadziaganovic (8-1, 7 KOs) in just 33 seconds. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
IBF Bantamweight Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko and undefeated rising star and World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver 118-pound Champion Abner Mares participated in a media conference call on Tuesday to discuss The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All taking place on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs), of Accra, Ghana, will defend his IBF title against the fast-rising, Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif. by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in the tournament final. Mares’ WBC Silver bantamweight belt will also be on the line. The world championship fight is promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and is sponsored by Corona. (more…)
Photo: HG BOXING
Focused on keeping her dominion over the flyweight division, Arely “Machine Gun” Muciño will defend her IBF 112 lbs. title against Mexico City’s Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez (8-5-1, 4KOs) on Saturday, August 20th in Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico in a fight card presented by the HG Boxing. The unbeaten Muciño (13-0-1, 8KOs) is coming off an electrifying performance last July 2nd in her hometown of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, where she knocked out the overmatched Soledad “Negra” Macedo of Uruguay in four rounds.
In the semi main event, Moreno Valley, CA’s Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (13-1-3, 4KOs) will defend her WBO bantamweight title for the second time in her first bout with her new promoter, HG Boxing against an opponent to be named. In her last bout, West fought to a hard earned draw versus Ava Knight. Knight is the owner of West’s only loss. Both fights will be televised live by Mexican mega channel Televisa.
By Francisco Salazar
Although numerous pundits rate Nonito Donaire as the number one fighter at 118 pounds, Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares agree that whoever wins their August 13th showdown at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV should be recognized at the legitimate top bantamweight of the world. In a teleconference on Tuesday afternoon, Agbeko (28-2, 22 KO’s) and Mares (21-0-1, 13 KO’s) spoke about the importance of winning SHOWTIME’s bantamweight tournament final and moving on from the postponement of the fight in April, due to Agbeko suffering from sciatica less than a week before the fight was to take place. Agbeko will be defending his world title belt that he won in his last fight against Yonnhy Perez in December 11th. Also on that evening, Mares won the right to face Agneko, defeating Vic Darchinyan by a 12 round split decision.
Joseph Agbeko: “This fight’s something I’ve been looking forward to. I’m ready for this fight. It means a lot to me.”
Abner Mares: “Winning the world title and the tournament final are both important. I want to achieve being the best 118-pounder in the world. I don’t want to get a draw or lose in my second opportunity for a world title.”
Tickets are on sale, starting at $25. The bout will headline a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don King Productions. SHOWTIME will televise the bout live at 10PM ET/ 7PM PT.
By Bob Ryder
Darryl Cunningham spoke to Fightnews.com shortly after the announcement of the cancellation of his scheduled contest with Kelly Pavlik on Saturday night.
What was your reaction when you heard the news?
It did not seem real. When Carlos Llinas (Cunningham’s promoter) called me I was hoping it was someone’s idea of a bad joke. I’m really disappointed.
Were you given an official reason for Pavlik’s pullout?
Was not told anything specific but then I started to hear about this Bute situation. Something about Kelly being upset that he was going to only get 1.5 million to fight Bute in his next fight. C’mon Kelly! I’d fight my own Grandma for 1.5 million and still say Yes Ma’am the next day to her! I have respect for Kelly but really, this is not good. Very un sportsmanlike on his part to do this.
What do you think is the reason he pulled out?
He knew he was going to get put to sleep! He and his people had started to check around and found out about me. They heard about what I can do. He thought I was going to lay down for him, he’d have an easy fight and then go on to Bute. When he started to realize he was in for a real fight, he wanted out. It’s a sad day for boxing and a shame for the boxing fans who wanted to see a good fight. (more…)
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno returned today to Pedro Alcazar Gym in Curundu, Panama, for the first time after his last title defense against Lorenzo Parra on June 17. Despite Moreno’s legal battle against his manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo started weeks ago, he decided to keep training with Celso Chavez who is a very close friend of Grimaldo and prepares all of his fighters from many years ago. “I never considered to part ways with Celso who has always been a very important contributor to my success” said Moreno, who weighed in at 140 pounds after his month and a half vacation time. “The judge let me negotiate my fights and sign contracts while a final decision is taken, so I decided to accept an offer to face Eric Morel on October 15,” added Moreno.
“Chemito used to start preparation weighing 145 to 148 pounds so I’m pleased about his current weight,” said Chavez.
Looks like Mexican ring legend Erik Morales could be facing Lucas Matthysse, and not Jorge Barrios, for the vacant WBC super lightweight championship on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Word out Argentina is that Golden Boy Promotions and Mario Arano, manager of Lucas Matthysse, reached an agreement today. Morales-Matthysse would take place on the undercard of the big Floyd Mayweather Jr vs. Víctor Ortiz extravaganza.
Morales, who is seeking to become the first Mexican fighter to win a world championship, was initially slated to face Jorge Barrios or Anthony Crolla, which caused some controversy in that neither fighter is currently ranked in the division. Matthysse is rated #7.
Report/photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at WBC headquarters it was announced that the long awaited showdown between WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and mandatory contender Edgar Sosa will take place in Thailand at the end of October within the annual celebrations of the enthronement of the King of Thailand. October 24, likely in Bangkok is the tentative date. Wonjongkam (89-3-1, 44 KOs) is a two-time WBC flyweight champion who has defended his title on 21 occasions and is one of the greatest champions in the history of Thailand. Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) previously held the WBC light flyweight title and made 10 title defenses losing his crown in a controversial manner against Rodel Mayol. “The WBC will name neutral judges to ensure the success of the event,” promised WBC President Jose Sulaiman. Further details will be announced.
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