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Photo: While Amir “King” Khan (foreground, left) was talking to the press, Zab “Super” Judah (right) treated a crowd of 200 to several rounds on the mitts at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The two staged public workouts to hype their fight Saturday night. Stay tuned for more photos.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode could possibly fight for his first world title belt in his next bout, according to Gary Shaw, his promoter. Shaw told Fightnews.com that he is attempting to arrange a bout with the IBF’s top available contender in an elimination bout. GSP matchmaker John Beninati also told Fightnews that they are looking to arrange a bout against world title holder Guillermo Jones. Kayode (17-0, 14 KO’s) is the number one ranked contender for Jones’ belt and is ranked in the top five of the other sanctioning bodies. “We’re looking to get Lateef in the ring in the fall, sometime in October,” said Shaw. The Nigerian-born Kayode resides in Hollywood, CA and trains at the famed Wild Card Gym under Freddie Roach.
Former heavyweight boxer Eric Esch, more popularly known as Butterbean, barreled into the national ring in the ‘90s like a 400-pound wrecking ball clad in American flag shorts. Now, Butterbean is taking his hard-earned, tough guy reputation to the streets of his hometown: he’s been deputized by the Walker County Sheriff’s office, and he’s on a one-man mission to bring back a sense of community safety… no matter how many butts he has to kick. In his first-ever television series, Big Law: Deputy Butterbean chronicles the Reserve Deputy as he joins his partner and best friend, Deputy Adam Hadder, on the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in Jasper, Ala. Viewers follow the oversized deputy and get insider access to every training session, patrol ride and bad guy bust that Butterbean experiences, all in the hopes of making Jasper a safer and cleaner place for his kids and grandkids. Half-hour episodes will run back to back every Tuesday beginning August 9 at 10 and 10:30 PM (ET) on Investigation Discovery.
World middleweight contender Andy Lee (L) is in London supporting his cousin, undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs), who challenges British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in Saturday’s 12-round main event on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event, from Wembley Arena in London.
“The Big Brawl” event on PPV, distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media, will be available for live viewing in the U.S. 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 only $24.95. (Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese national lightweight title challenger Yoshitaka Kato (19-4-1, 5 KOs), 135, eked out a hairline but unanimous verdict (78-77, 77-75 and 78-75) over JBC#7 southpaw Nobuo Maruyama (13-5-1, 4 KOs), 134.5, over eight close rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a possibility that the sensational WBA light flyweight world champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (29-0, 24 KOs) could fight October 1 in Las Vegas on a card headlined by WBC super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka against former world champion Rafael Marquez. One source indicated Conzalez could face IBF light flyweight world champion Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) pr possibly former champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-2, 6 KOs) among others.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez could face former champ Elio Rojas, who gave up the title 2010 with an injury. Rojas was declared “champion in recess” and González went on to win the title on April 11 against Hozumi Hasegawa. Rojas has sent notification to the WBC seeking to exercise his right as a “champion in recess” to immediately fight for a WBC title. “I’m ready for Rojas and any other major rivals if there is good money,” says Gonzalez.
Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) outclassed IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KOs) and scored a ninth round TKO on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tarver was in command from the outset, dropping Green in round two. The fight was stopped after round nine with Green out on his feet.
In a clash of former world champions, Naoufel “Chocolata” Ben Rabah (34-3, 18 KOs) scored a third round KO over Isaac Hlatswayo (30-3-1, 10 KOs) in a welterweight bout.
Cruiserweight Shane Cameron (27-2, 21 KOs) scored an explosive 12th round KO over game Dominic Vea (13-3, 10 KOs). The bout featured good toe-toe action.
By Scott Ploof
Tickets are going extremely fast for CES Boxing’s “Heat Wave,” an eleven bout fight card at the Mohegan Sun Arena inside of the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Friday July 29th. Headlining in the twelve round main event will be a heavyweight battle for the vacant WBC International title between Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) as he takes on the undefeated hot prospect originally from Poland now fighting out of Bergen, NJ, Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs). The co-feature for the regional WBC USNBC middleweight belt is a ten round battle of two of Connecticut’s best fighters, New Haven’s Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs), who is a former world title challenger against former two time world champion and Hartford’s own Israel “Pito” Cardona (38-10, 28 KOs). An eight round special attraction as well is on the card featuring former three-time world welterweight and junior middleweight champion, Paxton Promotions own and the pride of Worcester, MA, Jose Antonio Rivera (40-6-1, 24 KOs). Do not miss this exciting event. Limited tickets ($105, $65, and $40) are still available now by calling (508) 769-5438.
Ring legend Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns has been confirmed for a meet & greet with fight fans inside the arena on August 12th during the Solo Boxeo fight card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Hearns’ nephew, Jonathan Jackson is on the Aug. 12th card taking on an opponent to be named.
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic will re-air the main event of July 15’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on July 20 and 22. The special will be the first non-regularly scheduled reair for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Bantamweight Teon Kennedy (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns August 13 at Bally’s Atlantic City when he boxes Alejandro Lopez (21-2, 7 KOs).
Several exciting matchups are scheduled for the FNF off-TV undercard on July 29 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Undefeated knockout artist Rances Barthelemy (12-0, 10 KOs) meets Gerardo Robles (14-9, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight matchup. Also undefeated light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (15-0, 13 KOs) faces Douglas Otieno (23-6, 12 KOs) for the NABA belt. The main event is an IBF super lightweight elimination bout between Victor Cayo and Lamont Peterson. Popular Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) will also see action.
Also July 29 on the undercard on the Telefutura card at the in South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, WBA #9 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs) faces Hector “The Hurricane” Munoz (19-5-1, 12 KOs) and WBA #2 light heavyweight Ahmedov (16-0-1, 12 KOs) takes on Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KOs) in another 10-rounder. The main event is WBA light heavyweight champ Beibut Shumenov against Danny Santiago.
Tickets on sale today at noon ET/9 AM PT for “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” featuring Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez defending his middleweight title vs. “Dazzling” Darren Barker on October 1 in Atlantic City.
WBC President says that boxing is going down in the United States and Mexico has begun to play the leading role. Sulaiman pointed out that Americans have a foreign idol in Filipino Manny Pacquiao and the fact that the heavyweight champion is not American shows the decline of boxing in the U.S. On the contrary, Sulaiman states that Mexico will stage many world title fights during the year and is on track to be the most active in boxing because it fills the arenas and audiences are at levels that equal or exceed those of soccer.
The WBC is also donating a statue on Rocky Marciano to the city of Brockton, Massachusetts. The unveiling is planned for Sept 1 2012, which would have been Rocky’s 89th birthday.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao took a slight dig on Juan Manuel Marquez’s tuneup victim, the hapless Colombian Likar Ramos, who lasted less than a round with the Mexican counter-puncher in their bout held over the weekend in Cancun, Mexico. “Hinipan lang eh (a light breeze did it),” Pacquiao told three Filipino fight scribes who have been covering his fights on US soil as he was relaxing at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila on Tuesday night. Marquez hardly worked out a sweat in knocking out Ramos, using his trademark right hand counter, in sending the South American flat on his back.
Pacquiao and Marquez are slugging it out for the third time on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Filipino assured his interviewers he won’t imitate what Ramos did.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said Mike Koncz remains as his adviser after reports circulated on the Internet starting Monday night that the Canadian has been given the pink slip. “Hindi totoo yan (those aren’t true),” said Pacquiao. Koncz is actually arriving in Manila after spending more than two months in the US Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the US). Even though Koncz has the full backing of Top Rank chief Bob Arum, a lot of Pacquiao associates want the head of Koncz to roll.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #7 super featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KOs) chopped down Geoffrey Munika (21-16-2, 12 KOs) of Kenya in ten rounds at Chumphon Buri, Surin, Thailand in a nationally televised scheduled twelve round bout on Friday. Munika boxed skillfully in round one to avoid the heavy handed punches of Sakkreerin by continually moving around the ring and keeping his left jab working but in round three the classy Thai found the range for a right hand power shot to the jaw that dropped the importation for a count of eight. Sakkreerin continued the assault and controlled the fight in all the following rounds but Munika proved to a courageous opponent. For more details and photos click here…
Word out of Brazil today is that Acelino “Popo” Freitas could come out of retirement later this year to fight Michael Oliveira in Brazil. He has reportedly verbally agreed in principal, TV Globo has agreed to broadcast, and details are to be negotiated so there’s no signed contract as of yet. Freitas supposedly said, “give me four months to train and I’ll show this kid what boxing is all about.” Team Oliveira believes with 4 months of training with new head coach Orlando Cueller (Glen Johnson’s trainer), Oliveira would be ready. The 36-year-old Freitas hasn’t fought in 4 1/2 years and the highest weight he’s fought at is 139. The weight will probably be a catch at whatever both agree to but probably in the 150s.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“I can promise you right now, I will not hold back. If you want to fight, I will be there to fight. It’s a promise,” said WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitchko (42-2, 39 KOs) seated across from his September 10 rival, former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs). Both fighters arrived at HBO headquarters in Manhattan for their only US appearance at special press conference and both promised that they will not just speak about a great fight – they will deliver. (more…)
Six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd “Money” Mayweather is inviting British boxing fans to one of his daily workouts at his Las Vegas gym as he prepares for his September 17 mega-fight against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. Mayweather, who will be joined by trainer Roger Mayweather, is eager to show his appreciation to his U.K. fan base by opening camp to the British invasion that will descend upon Las Vegas for the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah fight taking place this weekend and for those Brits who reside in the Las Vegas area.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy this opportunity to see Mayweather train on Thursday (July 21) at 3PM at the Mayweather Boxing Gym located at 4020 Schiff Dr. (In Chinatown just off corner of Spring Mountain Road and S. Wynn Drive).
Photo and report by Brett Bonetti
Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (36-3, 24 KOs) knows his fight against South Africa’s Virgil Kalakoda (25-6-2, 16 KOs) this Saturday night at the WA Italian Club in Perth Australia is “Do or Die”. Dawson will fight for the Pan Asian Boxing Association interim Light Middleweight title against Kalakoda. Kalakoda is a former IBC World Champion, hungry for the challenge to beat Dawson and move into world title contention. (more…)
Report and Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez announced today at “Tuesday of coffee with Sulaiman” that he is ready to fight September 15 in Las Vegas against one of the best in his division such as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Daniel Ponce de Leon or Roiner Caballero. “I found Helio Rojas in Atlantic City and he challenged me, of course I accepted whenever he wants” Jhonny said.
Also on hand was WBC #4 lightweight Daniel “El Tremendo” Estrada, who proclaimed his injured right hand is rehabilitated and he’s looking for an opportunity for the title vacated by Humberto Soto. WBC President Jose Sulaiman informed him that Tony DeMarco from Mexico and Jorge Linares from Venezuela will fight for the vacant crown while Daniel has to go to an elimination bout with another ranked contender and wait for an opportunity next year.
Chicagoland promoter Bobby Hitz announced that he has a co-promotional deal (along with Square Ring Promotions) with Chicago’s own former world heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 21 KOs). “There’s no question Fres is still an elite heavyweight,” asserted Hitz. “He’s had some bad luck fighting in other people’s hometowns, so Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Boxing are going to resurrect his fortunes and get him back on track for another title shot.”
Hitz also announced that he has signed promotional agreements with the Brothers Amidu, Yakubu (19-2-1, 17 KOs) and Abdullai (19-0, 17 KOs) and lightweight Chris Singleton (2-0, 2 KOs).
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport announced that Paul McCloskey will face Breidis Prescott in an official eliminator for the WBA Light-Welterweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 10. It marks a return to action for McCloskey after his World title challenge against Amir Khan in Manchester on April 16. The Khan loss is the sole blemish on McCloskey’s 23 fight record and the 31 year-old gets the perfect opponent to avenge that defeat – the only man to beat Khan, Breidis Prescott. “We’re going for the man that Amir couldn’t beat,” said McCloskey. “I could’ve gone for an easier fight but I don’t feel like a beaten fighter so why should I go for anything but the best.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the Orlando Salido’s first Featherweight title defense this Saturday, July 23, at the Centro de Usos Multiples at Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Salido (35-11-2, 23 KOs), who won his belt last April 16 when he beat former champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez by an eight round TKO in Puerto Rico, will defend his WBO 126lb title against Japanese Kenichi Yamaguchi (17-1-2, 4 KOs). The referee for this bout will be Roberto Ramirez Jr., from Puerto Rico. Meanwhile, the judges are Victor Salomon, from Mexico, William Lerch, from USA, and Hernando Steidel, from Puerto Rico. The WBO supervisor will be Rafael Lopez Santos.
Photos by Chris Cozzone: Amir “King” Khan and Zab “Super” Judah made their arrivals at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Saturday’s HBO-televised showdown. For more photos: (more…)
Italian/Spaniard Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (17-0, 17 KOs) won the vacant European Union lightweight title last Saturday at the Horse Country Resort in Arborea, Sardegna, Italy when Spaniard Ruddy Encarnacion retired on his stool at the end of round five.
Former World and European middleweight title challenger Domenico Spada (33-4, 17 KOs) won by TKO in round 4 against Lithuanian Kirilas Psonko.
Super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (20-1, 11 KOs) destroyed in two rounds Latvian Pavels Lotahs.
In a shocker of the night, Luciano Abis (31-2-1, 14 KOs) lost by TKO in round one against Latvian Semjons Moroseks (10-18-1, 3 KOs).
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it live in Italy.
Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) will clash for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany on August 27. In the co-featured main event, WBA & WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius will collide with Siarhei Liakhovich. “It is going to be a fantastic night of heavyweight boxing,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “This will be a great treat for boxing fans all around the world.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Argentina Justice Department has given special permission to former world champion Rodrigo “La Hiena” Barrios to travel to Las Vegas to compete a boxing match. Permission was granted by a court for Barrios leave the country between August 25 and September 19. Sources indicate that there is officially no fight scheduled Barrios at this time. Barrios is facing up to five years in prison on a manslaughter charge after causing a traffic accident which claimed the life of a young pregnant woman. Barrios had been barred from leaving the country.
By Jose Sulaiman/WBC President
I traveled To Culiacan, Mexico, to attend a party organized by J.C. Chávez Junior and the family, in honor of his father on occasion of his 49th birthday; it was a special time when the love, idolatry and admiration for this great boxer flowed all over the place. Just as great as he was in the ring, he has become a winner in life and an example for the youth of the world as, after falling in the depth of the cancer of modern society, he entered a rehab program more than a year ago to become also a champion in life, which is to me the brightest victory of his life.
After returning home, I watched on TV a film named TYSON, one other extraordinary champion with who I was so close during his career; it deeply caught my concentration and followed most of the script as it practically were facts and times that I witnessed and was somehow a part of it. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio has a message for current WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “Even if you hide and run, you will not escape me. Try to remember that I am the mandatory challenger and if you don’t want to fight me it’s because you are afraid,” said Rubio. “I won the final eliminator and that’s why you can’t escape. It’s only a matter of time before your time comes, I swear Julio.”
Oswaldo Kuchle, Rubio’s promoter added “As mandatory challenger, Rubio hopes to go against Chavez, but Chavez is now doing everything possible to avoid it, moving air, land and sea to evade him.” Promociones del Pueblo may next put Rubio in with Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr., Carlos Baldomir or Lovemore N’dou in the coming months.
Photos and weights by Brett Bonetti at the scale
Danny Green 199.7 vs Antonio Tarver 196.7
Noufel Ben Rabah 145.5 vs Isaac Hlastwago 146.2
Shane Cameron 198.2 vs Dominic Vea 189.4
Sam Ah See 151.2 vs John Akoula 151.5
Kerry Foley 184.7 vs Robert Berridge TBC
Michael O’Donnell 214.1 vs Peter Cronje 189.4
Promoter: Green Machine Boxing more photos
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