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Officials for the Lucian Bute – Jean Paul Mendy, July 9th IBF Super middleweight title bout in Bucharest Romania have been assigned.
The undefeated Mendy (29-0-1) gets a shot at the IBF title held by Bute (28-0) but perhaps with some concessions. For starters the match will be a homecoming for Bute held in his home court, Bucharest Romania. The referee will be Marlon Wright from Canada who has been the man in charge for seven of Bute’s 12 round title bouts. Most notably the October 24th 2008 bout when Bute had a good evening almost end in disaster. (more…)
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Bryant Pappas 161 1/4 vs. Allen Medina 157 1/4
Danny Valle 130 vs. Angel Torres 132
Stephon Owusu 145 vs. Angel Rios 147
Michael Ocasio 174 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Juan Perez 146 vs. Andrew Jones 147
Venue: 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Award winning manager Frank Espinoza announced to Fightnews today that fast rising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego, California has signed a promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Orozco, who’s compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts since turning professional three years ago in June of 2008 following a tremendous amateur career, signed the contract earlier this afternoon at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) who on Saturday night will fight undefeated Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) will headline HBO’s “Boxing after Dark” show from Atlantic City, but this Goossen Tutor and Golden Boy Promotions card promises at least a couple more July fireworks with undefeated and WBA #1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging Tokyo’s pride Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) for his WBA super bantamweight title, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) defends his belt against Tomas Villa (23-7-4, 14 KOs) and Cris Arreola (32-2, 28 KOs), WBC #2, IBF #4 and WBO #8 heavyweight contender, will fight his fourth bout this year versus Nigeria’s Friday “The 13” Ahunanya (24-7, 13 KOs). More photos…
By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the official announcement was made for “Cuentas Pendientes,” the rematch of that great battle between Jackie” The Aztec Princess” Nava and Anna Maria “The Warrior” Torres last April 16 in Veracruz, Mexico, which culminated in a draw. This time these beautiful Mexican ladies will face each other on July 30th at the Metropolitan Arena of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico in a historic battle for the first WBC women’s diamond belt in the bantamweight division. more photos
From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year. Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 10 KO’s) of San Diego will now face Jorge Pimentel (22-11 1NC, 17 KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Gesta was originally scheduled to face Francisco Lorenzo, but Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that Lorenzo had problems with obtaining a visa for this weekend. This will be the first time Gesta will fight under the Top Rank banner.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is 100% focused on defeating Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 20 but has not bothered to watch any film of “The Green Machine ” boxing. He will arrive two weeks prior to the fight in Sydney and is very confident he will be the next IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams also said that Green comes in with elbows and head and anything goes and that he is very primitive but throws a lot of punches with no defense. (more…)
Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked WBO #3 has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year.
“Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back,” said DeGale. “I’ve been hard in training since my last fight and I’m ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I’ll be in great shape. The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I’m a positive person and now I’m focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title.”
Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) will look to continue his winning ways on July 22nd, as he faces off against Mexican countryman Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in the 10 round main event of the hottest card of the summer of 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also featured on this seven bout card will be rising Colombian star Darley Perez (2-0, 16 KOs), local favorites Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Jonathan Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), and junior welterweight prospect Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs).
Inside and outside the ring, July will be a special month for WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck. The 26-year-old power puncher (32-1, 23 KOs) will make the seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KO´s) in Munich on July 16 before getting married two weeks later. “The next weeks will be huge for me,” he said. “Of course I want to get married as world champion. That´s why I have to take care of business against Garay.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/WBC two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is already training with trainer Freddie Roach. Linares arrived from Narita, Japan to begin his boxing preparation on U.S. soil in the renowned Wild Card Gym. “I will do my best, I’ve started a new change in my career and my personal life. For now my goal is a title shot,” Linares said. No fight scheduled yet although some sources had said August or September.
Note: Linares’ handlers want to make it clear that Jorge has not left Japan permanently. He simply moved his training camp to Los Angeles as he had a great opportunity to train with Freddie and get to work with some of the best sparring partners. He is still officially fighting out of Japan, still promoted by Teiken Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions and this is just a new change for the fight camp.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mexican flyweight star Edgar Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) is confident that his promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia and his manager Jacques Deschamps will join efforts to bring WBC flyweight champion, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (81-3-1, 44 KOs) to Mexico now that the free negotiation period has started to organize the fight between both fighters. In the event no agreement is reached, there will be a purse bid. Edgar Sosa said he would work hard in the gym, as his promoters do the same to bring Pongsaklek to Mexico. “I’ll do a better preparation than I did to fight Brian Viloria. I think that fight can be won, he is a dangerous fighter, but I will be smarter than him,” Sosa commented. In the case that Sosa would have to go to Thailand against Wonjongkam, people around him think he would have to win by way of knockout because it would be almost impossible to remove the title from Pongsaklek by decision in his homeland.
After unifying the titles, WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko takes a look back at the Haye story.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Although they were kept apart and at opposite sides of the building, the bad blood and war of words between unbeaten World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., and two-time world title challenger Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., continued during a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym. For more details and photos click here…
There’s no shortage of intensity when it comes to Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon! The anticipation continues to build as the two fighters go head-to-head in a heated exchange. Don’t miss a minute of the action on Saturday, July 9th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum met reporters at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood as Rios prepares for his upcoming world lightweight title fight against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon on Saturday at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Antillon was also on hand. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. more photos
British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) believes undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) is nothing more than a dreaming pretender, as they prepare to throw-down July 23 in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, airing live in the United States from Wembley Arena in London.
“Fury brings a dream, little else, into the ring,” Chisora said about his UK archrival’s chances in the 12-round main event. “He is a poor man’s version of (Wladimir) Klitschko – upright and robotic. He’s like a tall tree and, like a tree, if you chop away at the trunk the tree will fall.”
“The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times. (more…)
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WBC #5 ranked super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon and his manager Ricardo Maldonado Jr. visited WBC president Jose Sulaiman to express his desire to fight for the WBC crown against the current champion Takahiro Aoh. “I want people to know me, I’m ready for the championship,” said Jardon. “On July 29 I will fight in Mexico City, and on September 5th again in the Vive Cuervo Saloon.” Sulaiman told Jardon, “In one or two more fights you will be ready for the crown, you can count with the WBC support.”
Photos: Team Salita
In honor of 4th of July, unbeaten junior middleweight and West Point graduate Captain Boyd Melson and ranked Welterweight Boxer/Promoter Dmitriy Salita spent the day on Brighton Beach Boardwalk promoting “Brighton Shore Fights” to be debut on Wednesday, July 20 at the Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, NY.
In the main event, super middleweight Will “Power” Rosinsky is making his return to the ring as he takes on experienced and upset minded Willis Lockett of Maryland. The four time Golden Gloves champion is training hard at New Legend Boxing gym in Queens. In addition to his accomplished boxing career, Will saves lives as NYC Emergency Medical Service (EMS) worker. (more…)
Today at 13 Coins Ngamwongwan, OneSongchai Promotion held press conference for their promotion to be held on July 13 at Chang Yai, Bang Sai, Ayutthaya, Thailand- the main event of which is the WBO Oriental 115 Lb. championship between champion Kwanpichit 13 Coins Express and Panca Silaban of Indonesia. Puengloung Sor Sing-u, the WBO Youth Champion will have a non-title fight with Muangkumpee Sakchaichote, Si-pair Nongkipahayut meets Rozami Taiton, of Japan. Rounding out the card is Onechana Sitniwat against Tungmon Muangsima. Mr.Vittaya Pilpong, Pranakornsi-a-yuthaya province governor will be Chairman and Mr. Paitoon Suksomdao, Ratchakram Municipality Mayor will be the CEO Chairman together with Promoter Songchai Ratanasuban, Promoter Pariyakorn Ratanasuban be promoter of the even. This event will be televised live throughout Thailand on Channel 7 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Admission is free. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Former Pakistan Olympian Kashif Mumtaz (8-24-1, 6 KOs) will clash with Manny Vlamis (8-2, 5 KOs) over eight rounds with the Victorian State light heavyweight title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Mumtaz caused a major upset in his most recent ring appearance when he stopped IBF #6 super middleweight Les Sherrington in round one on May 21. In 2011, former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe stopped Mumtaz in four rounds on March 19. Mumtaz has previously defeated Vlamis in 2008 via a six round majority decision. Vlamis was also defeated by current Australian middleweight champion Johannes Mwetupunga in 2009 by stoppage in six rounds. Also in action will be super middleweight Pradeep Singh (16-3-1, 8 KOs) who will punch it out with Amir Hossein Ranjdar (8-13, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. In other action former Australian welterweight champion Eddie Delic (17-9-2, 3 KOs) will clash with James J. Giltrow (12-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds for the vacant Victorian State light middleweight title. The promoter is Peter Maniatis (Peter Maniatis Events).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Garth Wood (10-2, 6 KOs) will be back in action on August 31 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia when he will clash over twelve rounds with Johannes Mwetupunga (11-2, 5 KOs) with the IBF Pan Pacific title up for grabs on the undercard of IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale’s first defense of the championship against Eromosele Albert of Nigeria. In 2010, Wood caused one of the biggest upsets in Australian boxing history when he scored a KO in five rounds over the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. He also captured the Australian Contender super middleweight series in 2010 when he outscored WBO #8 Kariz Kariuki. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez performed a workout for the press in Mexico City in advance of Saturday’s defense at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City against Thomas “El Norteño” Villa. Trained by Ignacio Beristain, Gonzalez was in impressive physical condition. “I’m going for the knockout,” said Gonzalez. “It’s the first time I’m going to Atlantic City and I want to return. It’s a place rich in boxing history.” Trainer Beristain, who was recently inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame, added, “Johnny is a top athlete. He’s a professional and since we’ve been together he has has shown me the discipline and desire to work. I think he will give a good fight. I don’t know if it’ll be by knockout or by decision, but he’ll win. I have no doubt.” Today Gonzalez is headed to Atlantic City with promoters Reginald and Oswaldo Kuchle, while “Nacho” Beristain will join the team on Thursday.
After his win against David Haye on Saturday night, unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has now turned his attentions to heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury. The Manchester-based undefeated 6’9 Fury, who has previously trained alongside Klitschko under Emanuel Steward, challenges the British and Commonwealth champion Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena on July 23rd. With limited options, Klitschko – who twice pulled out of voluntary defences against Dereck Chisora in the last eight months – is interested in the challenge the pair pose. Wladimir said: “I tell you something. There is another fight between Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury, two other British fighters that could be interesting for me.”
Sports fans in North America will also be able to watch the “The Big Brawl,” as the event will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of $24.95 and in Canada on the Super Channel network.
Gavin Rees has been forced to withdraw from his European Lightweight title defense against Derry Mathews on July 23 in Cardiff. Rees was due to defend the title against the English champion in the Motorpoint Arena venue where he won the belt against Andy Murray in June, but a damaged hand during training has forced the “gutted” Welshman out of the fight. Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed that the fight will be rescheduled later this year and hopes that a date in September or October can be fixed soon. Fans who purchased tickets for the show will receive a full refund from their point of purchase.
By Johnny B’
A promising boxing card comes to the outskirts of Chicago as Cynthia Tolaymat, CFC, Chicago Fight Club Promotions LLC, presents professional boxing, July 15th at ‘The Club’ in Burbank Illinois. Three title bouts share the spotlight. Cruiserweights Carl Davis (15-3, 11 KOs) takes on veteran Rob Calloway (71-12-2, 57 KOs) in a twelve round contest for the IBF Intercontinental belt. Another 12 round bout has Albert Mensah (23-3-1, 10 KOs) matched up against Andre Gorges (11-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant IBF International light welterweight title
The third title bout features veteran Lanardo Tyner (24-4-2, 15 KOs) going head to head against fellow veteran Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the IBO/USBO welterweight title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division former world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares will move his training camp from Narita, Japan to Los Angeles to begin working with famed trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym. After his fight in Mexico in May, Linares said he felt a strong desire to train in Los Angeles. “I have waited for this moment for a long time and I will do my best to win a third world title,” stated Linares. He hopes to land a world title shot by the end of the year.
By Graham Houston
After all the talk of dramatic destruction, what we got from David Haye against Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night was 12 rounds of hit-and-run boxing with one of the ingredients missing. Haye was disappointing, Klitschko was workmanlike and the much-anticipated heavyweight title fight turned out to be a dud. (“Wake me when the fight starts,” HBO sage Larry Merchant laconically commented in the eighth round.)
Over at Sky Sports, did I really hear the studio crew describing Haye’s performance as valiant? To me, valiant was Tommy Farr going 15 rounds with Joe Louis and making a fight of it, Don Cockell surviving brutal blows and taking Rocky Marciano into the ninth round, or Danny Williams picking himself off the canvas four times before being pulled out after eight one-sided rounds against Vitali Klitschko. Haye’s performance against the younger of the Klitschko brothers was more in the nature of Joe Bugner going 15 rounds with Muhammad Ali, except that Bugner heard the final bell by means of covering up behind a shell-like defence whereas Haye did so by getting on his bike. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Vélez and Valcárcel continue their big promotion around Puerto Rico, as the main event fighters Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (15-0, 12KOs) and Carlos Valcárcel (12-2-4, 5KOs) visited their hometown summer camps to sign autographs and give boxing clinics to children. “It was a great experience to visit my hometown kids. I believe that we have the power to teach them positive things about life. And if they follow their dreams they will come true,” Jayson Vélez said. “I told the kids of my beautiful hometown of Cataño that if they practice sports they will have a bright future. All achievements that I have accomplished in life have been through the sport of boxing. They can focus on boxing and stay out of drugs,” Carlos Valcárcel said Miguel “El Loco” Robles and Abner Cotto where present in the summer camp visit. Promoter and five time world champion Miguel Cotto added: “This fight has generated tremendous local interest. more + photos
WBC Statement: The World Boxing Council established communication twice with WBC Bantamweight world champion, Nonito Donaire, of The Philippines, by virtue of the fact that Donaire won his title by defeating “Cochulito” Montiel, of Mexico, on February 19th, 2011, and has not put his title on the line. From the previously mentioned date up to now, four months and 13 days have gone by; Donaire has held the title since then, but has not made any defense of it. Our rules and regulations obligate all champions to make a title defense every four months, as six months without doing so represent declaring the title vacant. Considering the aforementioned facts, Nonito Donaire is being notified in time that he must comply with his obligations as a champion, and so far, we have not received a reply from the Philippine fighter.
By Robert Coster
“It was highway robbery,” says Rogelio Espino, manager of featherweight contender Celestino Cabellero, after his boxer’s very controversial 12 round split decision loss to WBA champion Jonathan Victor Barros last Saturday in Mendoza, Argentina, hometown of the defending champion. The 35-year-old Panama-born Caballero scored two knockdowns against Barros and maintained the offensive throughout the fight. Yet judge Raul Caiz voted 114-112 for the Argentine boxer while judge Danny Nelson scored a ludicrous 116-110 in favor of the defending champion. Judge Cesar Ramos voted 115-111 for Caballero as did the Argentine commentators of the TYC Sports TV network. Arriving in Panama City, a dejected Caballero declared: “It is a crime to rob a boxer after he’s given it his all, as I did. If I am not able to get an automatic rematch, I will simply hang up the gloves!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The controversial split decision between former WBA super champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero and current WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros on Saturday in Argentina has prompted the WBA to review the video of the fight. The end result was 114-112 and 116-111 for Barros from judges Raul Caiz and Danny Nelson, while Cesar Ramos had Caballero ahead 115-111. Barros was down twice in the fight. Gilberto Mendoza, WBA Executive vice president, said the fight will be reviewed by a panel of judges to compare the scores and outcome. “The WBA reviews, analyzes and evaluates all world championship fights to upgrade the qualifications of the officials. Barros-Caballero will be studied and discussed and we will make a ruling on the matter,” said Mendoza.
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