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By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Wednesday afternoon, Arnie Morton’s Steakhouse in Burbank, California, was the site of the final press conference for the showdown between WBA Super World super middleweight champion, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, and former IBF middleweight chamion, “King” Arthur Abraham.
Emotions ran high, particularly from the Ward camp, at the press conference as there seemed to be some hostility regarding the Abraham camp’s insistence on neutral ringside officials. However, the Abraham camp responded that this was in the contract all along not only for this fight but for all Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament fights. Ward’s camp, however, chose to portray things differently, and not look it as a contractual issue as much as a matter of Abraham’s camp losing faith in their fighter and looking for any possible advantage. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Exciting WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) could be coming to SHOWTIME according to promoter Oswaldo Kuchle Reginaldo of Promociones del Pueblo. Kuchle says a proposed deal would include Gonzalez’ first title defense next July in Cancun or Campeche possibly against Roinet Caballero or former world champion Guty Espadas Jr., a September clash against a compatriot former champion like Rafael Marquez or Daniel Ponce de León, followed by a third bout in December.
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez Tadeo is back in the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, where he’s starting his preparations for his first title defense. “Tyson” (30-2-1, 23 KOs) will face a challenger who will be announced by Isthmus Promotions no later than next week, but more than likely it will be a fighter from Nicaragua, Panama or Peru. The bout will take place on July 2nd at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, the first world title fight in the building since 2001.
By Felipe Leon
For junior welterweight Julio Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) this Friday night might change his life. Granted the two-time lightweight champion has been on the eve of a career transforming bout but at the age of thirty-one, the stakes are higher for his ten round contest versus former champion Kendall Holt (26-4, 14 KOs) since the winner might be on the road to the always aspired “bigger and better” fights while the loser might have to consider his investments for life after boxing. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
English-born – Australian-based trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews about his boxer the new IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale and there plan and preparation before capturing the IBF title from Sebastian Sylvester last Saturday in Germany. Shaw also says that Daniel is proud to be IBF champion and he will fight the best middleweights in the world. (more…)
Welterweight Kell Brook says he will be the first fighter to stop tough Australian Lovemore N’dou when the pair fight in Brook’s hometown of Sheffield on June 25. Brook admits this is the ‘toughest test of his career so far’ but the 25 year-old is determined to put on a great show at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre and extend his unbeaten record to 24 fights. “N’dou been in with top, top names and never been stopped, he’s a tough and game champion,” said Brook. “It’s a great motivation for me as I want to be the first to stop him. It’s in Sheffield with my home fans roaring me on and I’m running past the venue every day thinking ‘on June 25 I’m going to have a sell-out show in there and I’m going to put on the best performance of my life’.”
By Ron Jackson
Junior lightweight Joey Stiglingh maintained his unbeaten record when he outpointed Kupula Mbonuama from the DRC over six entertaining rounds at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Tuesday night. Stiglingh from Colin Nathan’s Hotbox gym was in control throughout against the rugged Mbonuama who never stopped trying against the slick Stiglingh. (more…)
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz’s stirring April victory over Andre Berto not only earned him the WBC Welterweight World Championship, but it also showed the power of perseverance against all odds, and not just in the ring, but in life as well. As a result, Ortiz was honored yesterday with a proclamation signed by Kansas Governor Sam Brownback as well as with the declaration of May 10 being named “Victor Ortiz Day” in his home state. Ortiz also visited the Kansas House of Representatives and was honored with a standing ovation during the final legislative meeting of the term. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The final press conference for the kickoff of the Semifinals of the Super Six World Boxing Classic turned tense on Wednesday at Arnie Morton’s The Steakhouse in Burbank, Calif., just three days before tournament favorite Andre Ward defends his WBA super middleweight title against former world champion Arthur Abraham, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
In a detailed and lengthy speech, Ward’s trainer, Virgil Hunter, told Abraham that his trainer and promoters are displaying a lack of confidence in him to win on Saturday by demanding neutral judges and officials for the Semifinal showdown. Abraham’s promoter responded that they were trying to protect their fighter and claimed that the referee in the Ward-Mikkel Kessler Group Stage 1 bout did not fairly officiate the match. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Hard hitting featherweight and current interim WBC Youth featherweight champion Javier ‘El Abejon’ Fortuna (14-0, 11 KOs) of the Dominican Republic departed for Uruguay earlier this week having finished training camp at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California for his first title defense against Hugo ‘Polvorita’ Gomez (11-3, 1 KO) of Argentina that takes place this Friday, May 13th at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi/ Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Uruguay which is being presented by Sergio Marquez Promociones and Sampson Boxing. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Ed Diller
Mike Faragon 135 vs. Miguel Rodriguez 135
Kimdo Bethel 234 vs. Mujaheed Moore 259
Ray Velez 138 vs. Jemell Tyson 137
Roger Zapata 178 vs. Borngod Washington 175
Venue: Empire State Plaza Convention Center, Albany, New York
Promoter: Pugnacious Promotions
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On May 24 in Wroclaw, Poland and May 25 in Dresden, Germany, Polish light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) will meet for the first time the biggest challenge of his career – WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 39 KO). “It will be my first face to face with Vitali and our chance to officially announce the stadium in Wroclaw as the fight site for the September 10 event,” said Adamek. “I’m looking forward to both press conferences and to my training camp with Roger Bloodworth which will start in the middle of June. I’m feeling very confident about my chances and becoming a first fighter in our sport’s history who will have the light heavyweight, cruiserweight and heavyweight belts.”
Unbeaten welterweight contender Mike Jones makes his first start in his hometown of Philadelphia in more than two years when he takes on Raul Munoz, of Leon, Mexico in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening, June 25, at the South Philly Arena, 7 West Ritner Street. The Jones-Munoz fight is part of the Top Rank Live! series which will be promoted by Top Rank, Inc. and Peltz Boxing Promotions and will be televised live by Fox Sports Net beginning at 10 pm EST. First of six additional fights begins at 7:30 p.m. (more…)
The Oklahoma Athletic Commission reversed itself today and changed last Thursday night’s ruling in the Carson Jones vs Michael Clark USBA Welterweight Title fight from a ‘no contest’ to a TKO win for Carson Jones. The bout was initially announced as a ‘no contest’ when Michael Clark indicated he could not continue after being hit with an accidental low blow in the second round. The OAC conducted a review of the applicable rules and found that under both IBF and Oklahoma rules a fighter must continue after a five minute break or the opponent is declared the winner. Clark now 41-6 (18 KO’s) entered the ring wearing a football style cup instead of a boxing foul protector leaving most of his groin area unprotected. Jones won round one on all three judges’ scorecards and looked to be in control of the bout at the time of the stoppage. Jones record now improves to 30-8 (20 KOs), and with the win captures his third major regional title.
Christy Martin will go for her 50th pro win when she takes on Dakota Stone on the Sebastian Zbik vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr world title card at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, June 4. “First time I have ever fought in California,” said Christy. “I am going for my 50th win which is exciting. I have been on a lot of big cards with Julio Cesar Chavez and now I am on a Chavez Jr. world title card. It’s amazing, when you think of it.” Christy, the Coal Miner’s Daughter from Bluefield, West Virginia, is training with Miguel Diaz who is assisted by Richie Sandoval at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Christy will take on Dakota Stone of Mountain View, Calif., in a super welterweight bout. The two fought last Sept. 2 in Syracuse, N.Y. Christy won a 10-round majority decision. “It was a real tough fight,” Christy said.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Two time world champion Lovemore Ndou talks about scheduled June 25 bout with Kell Brook in London, England.
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Former world champion Arthur Abraham says he’s well prepared both mentally and physically to defeat reigning WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10PM ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
On being an overwhelming underdog:
This totally makes no difference to me. At the beginning of the tournament everybody picked Kessler. Then when I knocked out Jermain Taylor in the first round of the tournament all of a sudden I was the favorite to win the whole thing. Now it’s Ward’s time. But only until Saturday. Then the cards will be reshuffled! This is the beauty of boxing. One punch can change everything, in the most true sense of the word. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former WBC junior flyweight champion and WBC #1 flyweight contender Edgar Sosa( 42-6,25 KOs) will be stepping back into the ring on June 2nd to meet WBC #12 Julio “Matador” Paz (12-1, 4 KOs) of Uruguay in defense of his WBC International title. This fight, which is to be held in Mexico, constitutes Sosa’s last hurdle before challenging the formidable WBC Champion Pongsaklek Wonjonkam sometime in the fall. “I’m not looking past Julio Paz. I’ve heard he’s a good boxer and I can expect him to come fully prepared since the winner of this fight will meet Wonjonkam,” declared Sosa as he is getting ready to get back into training. Sosa’s Uruguayan opponent holds the WBC Latino title and will be fighting for the first time outside of his homeland.
Update: The EPIX broadcast of the Braehmer-Cleverly WBO light heavyweight championship will be presented exclusively to the U.S. via tape-delay on June 18, not live.
American premium cable channel Epix will televise promoter Frank Warren’s May 21st show at The O2 in London. The card features Juergen Braehmer defending his WBO light heavyweight title against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly, plus the highly-charged grudge match between rivals James DeGale and George Groves for the British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles. Also on the card is Britain’s only ever world amateur champion Frankie Gavin. Epix presented a live telecast of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko’s defense against Odlanier Solis in their boxing debut earlier this year.
No official numbers yet, but Top Rank expects the pay-per-view buys for Pacqiuiao-Mosley to surpass the 1.2 million buys for Pacquiao-Margarito.
Pacquiao’s next opponent could be Juan Manuel Marquez who has accepted a second proposal for a November 12 fight against Pacquiao in Las Vegas at a catchweight of 144lbs. Golden Boy has a right to match the $5 million offer and has signaled that they may put Marquez in with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz.
Ortiz has also been linked to a possible fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Dallas, but that is more of a rumor at this point.
Meanwhile, Mayweather’s legal woes continue to pile up. Last week a bouncer at a Vegas strip club sued Floyd alleging that Floyd’s bodyguard roughed him up. Floyd is also facing charges involving two separate incidents with security guards, as well as various felony charges involving the mother of his children.
Undefeated super featherweight prospect Jerry “The Kid” Belmontes (14-0, 5 KOs) has reached an agreement with manager Cameron Dunkin. Belmontes is co-managed by Adrian Clark.
No fights currently scheduled but undefeated Cuban featherweight prospect Luis “La Estrella” Franco (9-0 5 KOs) is currently training at SoMi Fitness in Miami with strength and conditioning coach Willie Del Sol and dietician Unni Greene. He is undergoing a fitness program specially designed to increase his punching power and stamina.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim miniumweight world champion Samuel Gutierrez is in the final stages of training for the second defense of his crown against former WBC world champion Juan Palacios on May 21 in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico. “Palacios is a big challenger, but I trained hard and the fight is on front of my people and I’ll be very inspired with this support. I struggled to become a world champion and will defend it with all my desire,” said Gutierrez. Palacios continued his training in Managua, Nicaragua, and hopes to travel on Sunday to Mexico.
Promociones del Pueblo company expects a “great boxing night” because in the semifinal WBC super flyweight silver champion Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra will defend against Juanito Rubillar in another great Mexico-Philippines matchup. Also Jorge “Maromero” Paez Jr., who in his last fight defeated former world champion Jose Luis Castillo, will face Jose “Piston” Lopez and lightweight Mauricio “Trompas” Pintor (son of Mexican ring great Lupe Pintor) will face TBA.
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman, of Golden Gloves Promotions, has announced an outstanding bill for the show at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on June 4, which will be headed by the clash between young Flo Simba and the veteran Frans Botha, who has fought Mike Tyson during his long career.
Ten champions or former champions will be in action in the tournament with a total of 58 rounds of boxing scheduled. The program adds up to one of the most exciting bills to be presented in South Africa in recent years. The 22-year-old Simba, the IBO Youth champion, gets an opportunity to make a statement in the heavyweight division when he faces 42-year-old Botha, a former IBF heavyweight champion. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Robert Hoyle will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo Ruiz (27-1, 25 KOs) defends against compatriot Francisco Arce (31-6-3, 22 KOs) at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Pasquale Procopio (Canada) , Jesus Cova (Venezuela) and Carlos Sucre (Venezuela). The fight Supervisor is Jose Graglia (Argentina). Fox Deportes will televise in the USA.
Promoter Greg Cohen has left The Empire Sports and Entertainment Inc. and formed Greg Cohen Promotions. He will continue to promote former heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (49-7-2, 40 KOs), WBA 154-pound champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (22-0,13 KOs), jr middleweight contender “Mean” Joe Greene (22-1, 14 KOs) lightweight prospect Mikey Faragon (14-0, 7 KOs), former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs), among others. GCP will also be working with FOX Sports Net on supplying them with boxing programming.
Rahman is also coming onboard as a partner in the company. Top trainer and former light heavyweight champion Eddie Mustafa Muhammad will serve as Vice President of Boxing Operations.
By Ron Jackson
Mzonke Fana has withdrawn from his IBF junior lightweight title defense against Argenis Mendez of the Dominican Republic scheduled for Carnival City, Brakpan, on June 11 because the champion from Khayelitsha near Cape Town, says he does not have a trainer and adequate training facilities to be ready in time for the mandatory defence. The IBF may strip Fana of his belt. Promoter Branco Milenkovic has announced that the fight will be replaced by an IBF junior featherweight eliminator between Jeffrey Mathebula and Oscar Chauke.
Hekkie Budler, who lost his IBO junior flyweight belt to Gideon Buthelezi on January 27, will return to action at the Orient Theatre in East London on May 29. After suffering his first defeat against Gideon Buthelezi in January this year, Budler will drop to strawweight to fight in an eight-rounder. Promoter Mzi Mnguni will announce his opponent shortly.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Miami based heavyweight Evans Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) will clash with Seth Mitchell (21-0-1,15 KOs) over ten rounds at Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada on Friday. Quinn is confident of victory and said, “I’ve been training hard in Nicaragua in preparation for this fight. I’ve had some good sparring and I’m ready to go the distance if necessary. My speed will win me the fight. I’m looking forward to putting on a great show for the fans. I fought Serhei Liakhovich on 9 days’ notice. I still should have won that fight despite just turning up and fighting. He (Seth Mitchell) can’t show me nothing I haven’t already seen. He is in a lot of trouble.” (more…)
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, today officially announced a new opponent for Joel Julio’s May 20th welterweight bout. Julio (36-4, 31KOs) will take on Anges Adjaho, of Cotonou, Benin (Africa), 17-5, 9KO’s. Antwone Smith was forced to withdraw from his fight against Joel Julio because of an elbow injury. For Julio this fight is particularly important because it will be his first test back at the 147 weight class.
Held in the intimate boxing club environment of Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion, Newark, New Jersey, the fight will be broadcast on ESPN 2, 9-11 pm EST. The Brick City Boxing Series fight is promoted by Main Events. (more…)
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Fightnews caught up with WBO Inter-Continental junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs) at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, California to talk to him about his upcoming fight with former WBC/IBF junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (21-1, 13 KOs) of Saint Louis, Missouri that takes place June 25th at The Family Arena in Saint Louis, Missouri, which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘Boxing After Dark’, his fight with current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah, and a lot more, here’s what he had to say… (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting junior welterweight Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (6-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas will step back into the ring this Thursday, May 12th against Robert ‘Hitman’ Hill (3-10, 1 KO) at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas which is being headlined by WBC USNBC junior middleweight champion Juan Carlos Candelo (31-10-4, 20 KOs) of Baytown, Texas by way of Colombia taking on Justin Flanagan (9-1, 5 KOs) of Charleston, Arkansas in a 12-round bout, the fight card is being presented by Steve Crosson Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins impressed the sports world last December when he challenged Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal in an attempt to break George Foreman’s record as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. After Hopkins’ December 18, 2010 fight with Pascal ended in a controversial draw decision, Hopkins is looking to make history again in a rematch with Pascal, but this time he will be 192 days older than Foreman was when he beat Michael Moorer for the Heavyweight World Championship on November 5, 1994.
“This [surpassing of George Foreman’s record] is a hell of a milestone. This is something that not any old fighter gets to do, or most athletes from any sport for that matter. I am glad to be able to represent that at this stage of my career. I have been able to reach this milestone because of things I have overcome [in my life] and I am motivated by the legacy I will leave.” (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory presents a card in June 4 at The Seminole Hard Rock Live with heavy-handed heavyweight Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (34-1, 26 KOs) his WBC Latino, IBF Inter-Continental and NABA crowns against TBA in the evening’s 10-round main event. Meanwhile, fast-rising light middleweight Domonique “3D” Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs) from the world-famous Kronk gym in Detroit looks to notch his first regional belt in a 10-round co-main event. (more…)
The Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., is training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. “Junior is working hard and getting prepared for his world title fight,” Roach said. “I am pleased as he is very focused.” Chavez Jr takes on undefeated world champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany in a WBC World Middleweight Championship bout at the STAPLES Center on June 4 in Los Angeles. “Zbik is solid, a champion who will be in top condition. That, I know,” Roach said. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr will be televised on HBO After Dark (10 pm et, 10 pm pt).
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese promoter Kazunori Miyakawa, 62, passed away of heat attack early on Saturday. He collapsed at the dormitory of his Yokohama Hikari Gym, and was urgently hospitalized by ambulance not to regain his consciousness. Miyakawa, a successful businessman, started to sponsor the gym managed by ex-Orient feather champ Mitsunori Seki in 1995 and serve as the promoter of his boxers since. As Seki passed away in 2008, Miyakawa became the club owner on his behalf and took the full responsibility of the gym and promotions. He handled WBA 130-pound/135-pound champ Takanori Hatakeyama, WBA minimum ruler Yutaka Niida and former WBA super-bantm kingpin Ryol-li Lee. Our boxing fraternity greatly missed the still young impresario, and a funeral service will take place in Kawasaki city tomorrow (Wednesday).
Zuffa, LLC, owner of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that nearly 350 UFC® and STRIKEFORCE® independent contractor athletes will now be eligible for customized accident insurance coverage. The coverage will be underwritten by Houston Casualty Insurance Company and complement existing event coverage the company already provides its athletes. Never before has a combat sports promoter provided coverage to nearly 350 athletes, and this unprecedented policy will cover accidental injuries suffered by athletes while training, as well as non-training incidents such as automobile accidents. (more…)
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