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BOB ARUM: Those who follow boxing know that the 122-pound division is chock full of superstars. We have a long list of guys who will be making tremendous fights. HBO has recognized this and will concentrate on bringing to the public the best of 122 pounds in a series of bouts. We start off with the No. 1 guy in the division, Nonito Donaire who will be fighting a title unification fight against Jeffry Mathebula of South Africa and also a world champion. Waiting out there is Guillermo Rigondeaux who has two Olympic Gold Medals to his credit and another world champion who will be fighting on the Chávez Jr-Martinez card on Sept. 15. Another champion out there is Jorge Arce. And sitting at ringside, as I understand it, on July 7, watching Nonito Donaire, will be another champion, Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. So these are really exciting times in the 122-pound division and it all kicks off on Saturday, July 7 with Nonito against Mathebula. (more…)
It has been a little over a month since Josh “Pitbull” Torres (7-1-1, 4 KO’s) tragically lost his head trainer, five-time world champion Johnny Tapia – but that hasn’t stopped one of New Mexico’s hottest prospects in trying to follow in his former mentor’s footsteps. This weekend, when Torres goes up against what he considers his toughest opponent to date in Longmont, Colorado’s Raul “El Chino” Carrillo (9-1, 6 KO’s), he vows to come home with a win in memory of “Mi Vida Loca.” (more…)
With the hunt for an opponent for WBC Junior Middleweight Champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas still apparently ongoing, WBA Junior Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) would like to send the following reminder to his fellow champion:
“Canelo, if you want my belt, come try and take it! After I beat your brother in your hometown to win my title, you came forward and stated you wanted to fight me to avenge your brother’s loss. Ever since I immediately accepted your challenge, you have disappeared. Now we have a chance to unify the titles and give the fans a fight between two young, undefeated world champions, but it seems as though you are more interested in taking on lesser-quality opposition and avoiding me again.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Super middleweight contender Maxim Vlasov recently signed a managerial contract with Cameron Dunkin. The Las Vegas-based manager sent an email to Fightnews.com late last night announcing the signing of Vlasov. Vlasov (23-1, 12 KOs), from Samara, Russia, is ranked number nine by the WBC and 12th by the WBO. He has won his last four bouts in a row since his only defeat at the hands of Isaac Chilemba last February. In that bout, Vlasov had Chilemba down twice in losing a close 10 round unanimous decision. His most notable victory was a third round knockout over former fringe contender Jerson Ravelo in June of 2010.
The 25 year old Vlasov is eager to move forward with Dunkin guiding his career. “Cameron Dunkin possessed unique knowledge, intense experience, (and) has very well deserved respect in sports and media circles and I’m so proud to work with him,” stated Vlasov in a written email. “I’m sincerely welcome our partnership and believe it would be long-term, honest and mutually beneficiary for both of us.” No word yet on when or whom Vlasov will fight next.
STRIKEFORCE® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey will make her highly-anticipated initial title defense against former champ Sarah Kaufman when STRIKEFORCE®: ROUSEY vs. KAUFMAN comes to Valley View Casino Center on Sports Arena Blvd. in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, August 18. The five-round bout will air live on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) while preliminary fights will be shown live on SHOWTIME EXTREME® at 8 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on West Coast). Additional bouts will be announced in the coming days. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout will not be accepted by the WBC as an opponent for WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for September 15 in Las Vegas. Trout had been mentioned as one of the possible candidates to replace Victor Ortiz. The WBC said Tuesday: “We do not accept unification, because if we agree we would be losing authority. We are not going to take away the exclusivity because we own the WBC brand.”
One interesting story line an Alvarez-Trout match would have is Trout won his title from Canelo’s brother. Another issue is that Trout has stated he’ll only do the fight if Canelo agrees to VADA testing. Other candidates named by the WBC are James Kirkland, Carlos Molina and Acelino Freitas.
UFC Fight Night on FX 4 saw ratings increases across the board vs. UFC on FX Fight Night 3, and combined with Iron Man, propelled FX to #1 for the night in Adults 18-34 and Men 18-34.
UFC on FX Fight Night 4, which saw Lightweight contender Gray Maynard defeat Clay Guida by split decision, was up in all key demos vs. UFC on FX Fight Night 3 (Johnson vs. McCall): +32% in Adults 18-49 (921 vs. 697), +47% in Men 18-49 (722 vs. 492) and +20% in Total Viewers (1,306 vs. 1,086). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBO jr featherweight champion Nonito Donaire will collide with IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula (26-3-2, 14 KOs) in a world title unification fight on July 7 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Mathebula, from South Africa, brings something to the ring that Nonito has never seen in any of his previous fights. “He’s a taller guy,” said Nonito. “I’ve never faced a taller guy and I know Cameron (manager Cameron Dunkin) is nervous right now, but I wanted this fight. I wanted something to motivate me, to keep me going, I wanted something to create that desire in me to train as hard as I did. Actually this is the first time I’m training really hard because I don’t know what to expect out there.”
There is one thing the Donaire camp does expect, however. Mathebula won’t be another Omar Narvaez. “The video we’ve seen on Mathebula shows he is a fighter that engages,” said promoter Bob Arum. “He comes to fight.” And, this is exactly the type of opponent that brings out the best in the exciting Donaire, so it should be a very good fight.
Promoter Oswaldo Kuchle has responded to the situation involving a proposed tuneup fight featuring WBC lightweight would champion Antonio DeMarco on July 28.
“Antonio Lozada and Erik Morales both asked me to give them the date of July 28th to partner up and put the bout between Antonio DeMarco and Daniel Estrada,” said Kuchle. “At first instance I thought it could be a good idea but we had to put Alejandro Sanabria instead of Daniel Estrada because Sanabria is represented by our company Promociones del Pueblo.
“We needed a letter from Gary Shaw accepting the bout but it took more than seven days so we winded up putting Edgar Sosa as a main event in Leon Guanajuato. Now if Mr. Shaw wants, we can do the DeMarco vs Sanabria fight on August 4th or after DeMarco fights Jhon Molina we can make it happen when Shaw wants.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2, 25 KOs) will next take a ten round fight against Filipino Fernando Lucamad (26-3, 11 KOs) at the Palenque de la Feria Ganadera in Culiacan, Sinaloa on July 14 in an event organized by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast by TV Azteca. That fight has been announced as super flyweight title eliminator. Meanwhile, the WBA has called off a purse bid for a fight between Marquez and WBA interim titleholder Juan Carlos Reveco and Hernan Marquez to unify the title. One source has indicated that there is the possibility that Marquez will renounce to WBA flyweight world title.
By Joseph Herron
On Saturday at La Villita’s Maverick Plaza in San Antonio, TX, Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. made his long awaited return to the ring and closed the show in dramatic fashion by stopping awkward southpaw fighter JD Charles in the first round of a scheduled eight round contest. The San Juan, Puerto Rico native sat down on his punches and delivered a devastating body shot to end the fight with one minute remaining in the first stanza. After the contest, the 16-year veteran issued a challenge to all of the top fighters in the junior middleweight division.
“You just saw the rededicated version of Camacho Junior,” proclaimed the son of legendary fighter Hector “Macho” Camacho. “I have the talent to give any of the top fighters at 154 pounds a difficult evening and I want to fight the best in the division. I want Canelo, Kirkland, Trout, Bundrage, Martirosyan, Lara…all of them.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Jhonny Gonzalez has responded to quotes by WBA featherweight titleholder Celestino Caballero in the Panamanian media calling him a coward and claiming Jhonny is afraid of him. “I recognize Indonesian Chris John as the true WBA featherweight champion,” said Gonzalez. “He’s the super champion and I would like to unify titles with a very prestigious world champion. My next fight is with Ponce De Leon who deserves all my respect for being a great fighter and I can’t make plans before this fight. I will not go into contradictions and drawing attention to this in the international press. My goal is to fight on September 15. I respect all the fighters and world champions but now I’m focusing on my training to do my best in the ring.” Gonzalez has been training for several weeks at the Romanza Gym with Nacho Beristain for his next fight with his compatriot Daniel Ponce de Leon on September 15 in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Mexican Independence Day on an event presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
Tickets On Sale This Week For Rousey vs Kaufman In San Diego: Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey returns to action in August to defend the title against Sarah Kaufman! Strikeforce: Rousey vs Kaufman Presented by MusclePharm – Saturday, August 18 – Live at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, CA – UFC Fight Club presale starts Wednesday, June 27
International Fight Week Comes To Las Vegas July 3-7: Celebrate the UFC over the Fourth of July in Las Vegas! Fans from across the globe will enjoy free concerts, exclusive pool parties hosted by Octagon Girls, open workouts, pub crawls, UFC Fan Expo, weigh-ins and amazing access to UFC fighters around the city. This all leads up to the ultimate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena! If you love the UFC, there is no better way to experience it than in Vegas.
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Raul “El Chino” Carrillo (9-1, 6 KOs) will not only get a chance to fight in front of his hometown of Longmont, Colo., this Saturday night at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, but he’ll be battling for major bragging rights for the right to be labeled top Southwest prospect, between Colorado and New Mexico.
Up against Carrillo is Josh “Pittbull” Torres (7-1-1, 4 KOs) of Albuquerque, who was, until recently, trained by the late Johnny Tapia. Carrillo and Torres will go six rounds at welter on “Warriors Conquest,” a card promoted by Muneco and Ghost Town Promotions.
Fightnews recently had a chance to catch up with “El Chino” . . . . (more…)
Reigning UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva and bitter rival and No1 contender Chael Sonnen have long been known as two of the most colorful characters in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization. But that has been taken to a whole new level in a special comic strip which will countdown to the UFC 148 main event between the two bitter rivals. (more…)
IBF junior middleweight world champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage and former undisputed welterweight world champion Cory “Next Generation” Spinks will host a media workout on Wednesday at noon at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino Events Center in Indio, California. Bundrage and Spinks, who collide Saturday for the world title, along with co-featured fighters Gary Russell Jr., Christopher Perez, Erislandy Lara and Freddy Hernandez, will also workout in preparation for their fights on the undercard. The fighter workouts are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC and fans are encouraged to arrive early!
Przemek Garczarczyk from Warszawa (Poland)
Roy Jones Jr (55-8, 40 KOs) proved again, that he’s not only a legendary fighter but also a great showman. During the face-to-face between four-time heavyweight contender Jameel McCline (41-11, 24 KOs) and Poland’s unbeaten Artur Szpilka (11-0, 9 KOs) at Warsaw’s Champions Sports Restaurant, there was a visible tension between the fighters. But Roy saved the day jumping between both big man and decided to resolve the situation with humor. “It was very close, you could tell that Szpilka wanted to provoke McCline, so I decided that there’s not enough people in this place to let those guys fight right now. Not waiting for their big time Saturday night in Lodz and I jumped right between them giving both guys my version of face-to-face,” laughed the four division champion, who still doesn’t know if he’ll be fighting WBC #4 ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki or his countryman WBC #8 ranked and still undefeated Pawel Glazewski (17-0, 4 KOs) this Saturday.
The latest news is that Kostecki (39-1, 28 KOs), who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison for running a prostitution ring, will know his fate possibly hours before Friday’s weigh-in in Lodz. Kostecki’s promoters are trying all legal avenues to give him a temporary, even three day, release to give him a chance to fight against his boxing idol.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been reported that the current WBA interim super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (15-1, 12 KOs) will defend his crown against Pablo Cesar Cano (24-1-1, 19 KOs) on July 21 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico on an event organized by Pepe Gomez and Golden Boy Promotions. Initially Perez was expected to face Manuel Perez.
It promises to be a hot summer in Puerto Rico this year, and things will start heating up at the Coliseo Roger Mendoza in Caguas on Saturday when lightweights Michael “The Artist” Perez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) and Eric Cruz (16-9-3, 13 KOs) collide on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” broadcast in the main event. The co-main event will also feature an All-Puerto Rico showdown as unbeaten Jeffrey Fontanez (7-0, 6 KOs) takes on Pedro “El Gago” Hernandez (6-5-1, 2 KOs) in a four round junior welterweight matchup. Plus, undefeated standout Eddie Gomez (8-0, 6 KOs) will compete against Joseph De Los Santos (11-8-3, 4 KOs) in an eight round non-televised fight.
Universal Promotions will present the boxing event “Night Of Champions”, to be held on August 31 at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina, Puerto Rico. For the main event, welterweight hometown prospect Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 12 KOs) will face Colombian fighter Iván Hernández (29-3, 23 KOs). “We are very happy with the fact that Thomas will be fighting in Carolina for his people, he has not fought in Puerto Rico in more than a year. Boxing fans will witness Dulorme’s incredible talent, more details about this boxing card will be available soon,” said Universal Promotion’s president Javier Bustillo.
The 22-year-old is very exited about the fight: “Without a doubt this is one of the great things to ever happen to me in boxing. Since I was a boy I’ve always wanted to fight in the town that saw me develop. This is a dream come true, I’m very grateful to Bustillo and the honorable mayor of Carolina for this opportunity.” said Dulorme who is represented promotionally by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment. (more…)
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