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Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Simphiwe Nongqayi 115 vs. Juan Alberto Rosas 115
Jorge Arce 120 vs. Martin Castillo 120
Alonso Lopez 114 vs. Pedro Rodriguez 113
Jesus Silvestre 108.2 vs. Moises Eb 109
Enrique Bernache 122 vs. Josimar Olivares 122
Jorge Pinzon 156 vs. Oscar Ventura 155
Luis Lugo 126 vs. Jorge Hernandez 127
Venue: Palenque De La Feria, Tepic
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Rank and Gobierno De Nayarit
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Tickets for Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ — Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido – on Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, July 31. Gamboa, the WBA featherweight champion, will take on Salido, the IBF featherweight champion, in the Pearl Concert Theater. Gamboa, a big puncher, has a record of 18-0, 15 KOs. He is a four-time Cuban national champion and a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist. Salido is the IBF featherweight champion. He has a record of 34-10-2, 22 KOs and is trained by former world champion Daniel Zaragoza. “This is an exciting matchup of champions – a real battle,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. (more…)
Tyson Fury says he’s ready for a massive domestic dust up – if either Derek Chisora or Sam Sexton pull out of their double title showdown. Chisora and Sexton go head to head in Birmingham on September 18 in a scrap that brings together the British and Commonwealth kings. Fury will face the winner after his ninth round knockout of John McDermott in a British title eliminator in June that secured the massive Manchester puncher his 11th straight win and ninth KO. (more…)
A Hamburg District Court has issued an injunction against Juan Carlos Gomez regarding statements against ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner. According to the judgment Gomez is not allowed to claim that Öner still owes him money or that he has been intimated by ARENA staff in order to sign a new promotional contract. “The court statement is very clear – Juan is a liar,“ says Öner. “We are suing him for libel and after the injunction I am pretty sure that we will win the case. Proof for all payments made to him are on file. Juan earned the highest purses of his career while fighting for ARENA. It’s sad that he needs to insult people to get some publicity because he’s just no good anymore. But to be honest – who cares about Gomez anyways?“
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live world championship webcast – free of charge – at 10PM ET/7PM PT on Saturday night. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in the Philippines. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines – WBC International super flyweight champion Silvester Lopez, 13-2-1 with 9 knockouts, of Parañaque City, Philippines, will make his second defense of the title against former WBC interim strawweight world champion Wandee Singwancha, 63-11-1 with 15 knockouts, of Udon Thani, Thailand. (more…)
Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli was on hand at the world premier of “Risen – The Howard Winstone Story,” last night at the Cardiff International Arena. Since “Macca” starred in the film, and is a big name on the Welsh boxing scene, it was only natural that the home grown son attend along with a who’s who of UK Fighters. Maccarinelli took time out to talk with Fightnews about his role in the film, as well as his upcoming Euro title tilt with undefeated Alexander Frenkel at LG Arena in Birmingham, England on September 18, 2010. (more…)
Photo by Jorge Garcia/Team Segura
One month before the biggest fight of his career, Giovani Segura is right on track to make the 108 pound limit for his unification bout against Ivan Calderon. Segura weighed in at 113 pounds today, nine pounds under the limit of 124. Segura will put his WBA junior flyweight world championship belt up against Calderon’s WBO junior flyweight championship belt on Saturday, August 28 at the Coliseum Mario Quijote Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, the hometown of the long time Puerto Rican champion. (more…)
Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Among the boxing luminaries enjoying their weekend in Cardiff, Wales at the WBC Night of Champions is former WBA heavyweight champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith. Smith has teamed up with the WBC and, along with WBC Executive Vice President Mauricio Sulaiman, gave Fightnews an exclusive on their upcoming venture. “We are starting a new event called ‘Fantasy Fight Night,’ chimed ‘Bonecrusher.’ Every other sport has a fantasy league-baseball, basketball, football, where regular people can compete against legends of their favorite sport. Boxing doesn’t have that. All of us fighters are getting old, we have creaky knees, we’re slow. We’ll be getting in the ring with fans and the money will go toward helping former fighters who have nothing left in terms of finances.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), a Japanese hard-puncher, will put his belt on the line against WBA#5 PABA and WBC international champ Roy Mukhlis (23-2-2, 18 KOs), Indonesia, at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama (near our capital Tokyo), on September 20 (our national holiday of Respect for the Aged). It was publicly announced at Watanabe Gym today (Friday).
Uchiyama impressively acquired the WBA throne by dispatching defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth and final round TKO last January, and kept it by demolishing elongated Venezuelan Angel Granados with a vicious right in the sixth this May. The unbeaten KO artist, having scored five consecutive wins, hopes to successfully defend his title by another stoppage. (more…)
(Second-day weigh-in for USBA Junior Middleweight Title)
Gabriel Rosado 159 vs Derek Ennis 160
Each fighter was 153 at Thursday’s Official Weigh-In
Dennis Hasson 167 vs Alberto Mercedes 165
Tony Petrantonio 172 vs Andre Hemphill 174
Anthony Flores 130 vs Gustavo Dailey late
Farah Ennis 169 vs Demetrius Davis 168
Sidell Blocker 132 vs Angel Ocasio 132
Bryant Jennings 222 vs Bernell Stewart 223 1/2
Garrett Wilson 182 1/2 vs Reshawn Scott 184 1/2
Venue: South Philly Arena
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The city of Cardiff, Wales continues to welcome the gathered champions at the WBC Night of Champions event on day two. This morning, champs and invited guests took an open top double decker bus tour around Cardiff, seeing such sights as Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Bay, along with a slew of contrasting modern and vintage architecture alike. Two bus loads handles the tour, as the guides explained the sights and even gave some impromptu lessons in the Welsh language, which predates the English language considerably. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Eroll Popova
Sebastian Zbik 159.3 vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland 158.9
(WBC middleweight championship)
Dimitri Sartison 167.1 vs. Khoren Gevor 167.7
(WBA super middleweight championship)
Alexander Dimitrenko 260.1 vs. Jaroslaw Zavorotny 245.8
Karoly Balzsay 169 vs. Aziz Daari 169.3
Juan Carlos Gomez 245.3 vs. Zack Page 208.3
Jack Culcay 155.4 vs. Ionut Trandafir Ilie 153.6
Arthur Matern 155.4 vs Semjos Moroseks 152.5
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Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
New York City prospects provided a packed BB Kings with an exciting night of “Broadway Boxing” on Wednesday as they thrilled an enthusiastic crowd with a bevy of concussive performances on a card promoted by DiBella Entertainment. In the main event, Brooklyn-based Dominican prospect Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) continued his ascent in the junior lightweight division, knocking Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs) down in round one and pounding out a one-sided 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 decision. (More)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
It has been an amazing and successful career for Juan Manuel Marquez throughout his 17 years as a professional prizefighter. A world title in three different weight classes, victories over future hall of fame fighters, and the respect of adoring fight fans are some of the accomplishments Marquez has achieved. Just last year, Marquez added more fans and respect in landing a picture perfect punch to Juan Diaz’ chin, dropping the young warrior and winning by a dramatic ninth round stoppage just 17 months ago.
While Marquez gets ready for his rematch against Diaz tomorrow night, the 36 year old fighter admitted that an injury as a teenager almost kept him out of the ring altogether. What could this injury have been that would jeopardize Marquez from becoming a household name in Mexico and to fight fans across the world? An eye injury during sparring? Tearing ligaments in his legs while running? (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Tyson Griffin is the hardest working fighter you don’t know.
The Las Vegas transplant, by way of California, has an impressive set of Octagon credentials. Of his ten UFC outings, Griffin (14-3, 7-3 UFC) has snared five Fight of the Night honors and one Submission of the Night. In addition, Griffin became the first fighter in the UFC (and just the second ever) to finish Hermes Franca at UFC 103. The TKO victory silenced critics who derided the Xtreme Couture fighter for not being able to finish fights. If the UFC credentials weren’t enough, Griffin defeated Urijah Faber in just his third pro fight (after the loss, Faber went undefeated for the next three years and tore through the WEC’s feather weight division) . . . Click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The second WBC Night of Champions kicked off yesterday in Cardiff, Wales with the official champions group photo at Cardiff Castle. Just as was the case at the inaugural event four years ago in Cancun, Mexico, the assembled champions gathered for a group shot, this time at this nearly two thousand year old site. Some of the local greats from Wales and England on hand were Terry Marsh (IBF 140 lbs.), Colin Jones (British, Commonwealth & European 147lbs.), Alan Rudkin (British, Commonwealth & European 118 lbs.), Alan Minter (World 160 lbs.), as well as international stars of the past Carlos Zarate, Alfonso Zamora, Yuri Arbachakov, Jeff Harding, George Chuvalo, and many more. (more…)
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IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed that he will defend his titles against Samuel Peter at Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany on September 11. Samuel Peter is 29 years old and #2 ranked in the IBF. After the IBF disqualified Alexander Povetkin for not following its rules, Peter is now the mandatory challenger of Klitschko. In 2005, Klitschko and Peter met in a dramatic fight in Atlantic City, USA. Klitschko was down three times during the fight but came back strong and nearly knocked out Peter in the 12th round. Klitschko won the fight by unanimous decision. (more…)
Final details have been announced as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “The Battle of York V” this Saturday night, July 31st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pennsylvania. A huge crowd is expected for the return of this unique summer evening of world class boxing at the baseball stadium. In the main event, The Fighting Pride of York, PA, Carney “Beeper” Bowman will square off against Union City, New Jersey veteran Robert Acevedo. (more…)
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Four dedicated, determined fighters with a combined 64 wins with 41 knockouts will be featured when ShoBox: The New Generation returns Friday, Aug. 6, on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In yet another ShoBox battle of unbeatens, world-ranked bantamweight Chris Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., by way of San Diego, will face California state featherweight and junior featherweight champion Chris “The San Diego Kid” Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs), of Chula Vista, Calif., in an excellent 10-round main event.
Undefeated, hard-hitting cruiserweight Lateef “Power’’ Kayode (12-0, 11 KOs), of Nigeria, will seek his 12th consecutive knockout when he makes his ShoBox debut against Puerto Rico’s Alfredo Escalera, Jr. (18-2-1, 12 KOs), the son and namesake of the former world champion, in the eight-round co-feature at Grand Casino Hinckley, in Hinckley, Minn. The doubleheader is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Prenice Brewer heads to Chicago, Illinois on Friday, August 6th to face Patrick Lopez in the eight round co-main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the UIC Pavilion. The 22 year old Brewer, born and raised in Cleveland, brings a record of 15-0-1 with six knockouts into battle against the Londonberry, New Hampshire native Lopez, 19-2-0 (11KO’s). Brewer is coming off a very successful ESPN2 appearance, looking terrific in a six round unanimous decision win over Christopher Fernandez on March 19th. (more…)
Derek Ennis 153 vs. Gabriel Rosado 153
(USBA Junior Middleweight Title Fight)
Bryant Jennings 222 vs. Felix Bernell Stewart 223.5
Garrett Wilson 182.2 vs. Reshawn Scott 184.5
(Rest of card weighs-in Friday morning)
Venue: The South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, PA
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Golden Boy will present two free undercard preview fights before the Marquez-Diaz II pay-per-view rematch be broadcast by select pay-per-view providers beginning at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT. Fans should check their guide listings for details. The two fights scheduled to be included on the “free-view” will feature “The Contender” Season Three champion and number four world rated super middleweight Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) against #11 rated super middleweight Jean Paul Mendy (28-0-1, 16 KOs) in a 12-round IBF super middleweight eliminator and Golden Boy Promotions’ rising star and number-one rated American amateur (prior to his pro debut) Frankie Gomez (4-0, 4 KOs) facing Ronald Peterson (2-2, 2 KOs) in a six round junior welterweight fight. The free broadcast will feature commentary by Dave Bontempo and Bob “The Colonel” Sheridan.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The Cardiff International Arena was the host this evening for the world premiere of “Risen – The Howard Winstone Story.” A standing room only arena of boxing champions, VIP guests and the cast took in the life story of Winstone, a Welsh boxer who in 1968, after a severe industrial accident in which he lost the tips of three fingers on his right hand, and three prior cracks at the world featherweight title, finally beat insurmountable odds and won the vacant WBC title with a ninth round TKO over Mitsunori Seki at Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, London, UK on January 28, 1968. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
After experiencing managerial problems, highly talented welterweight prospect Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (3-0, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday, August 14 against David Orozco of Mexico at the Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. In his last outing, the 19-year old Centeno defeated Mario Evangelista (3-7, 3 KOs) of Mexico on April 1st at the Marriot Hotel in Irvine, CA on Roy Englebrecht’s “Battle in the Ballroom” series. “I’m just very happy that all my problems are now in the past and I’m ready to get back in the ring. I’ve been training very hard and I can’t wait to get back in there,” said Hugo Centeno. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
The Nigerian Nightmare, heavyweight Sam Peter, today signed a contract to fight for the world heavyweight championship. Peter will take on IBF Champion Wladimir Klitschko on Sept. 11 in Frankfurt, Germany. Peter signed his contract in the Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas. Bob Arum made the announcement today.
Peter won an IBF Eliminator fight when he stopped Nagy Aguilera in Texas on March 12. Peter was impressive, charging after and stopping Aguilera with a series of hard right hands in the second round.
The fight against Wladimir Klitschko is a rematch. In 2005 in Atlantic City, NJ, Peter knocked down Klitschko three times — twice in the fifth round, another in the 10th round — but lost a decision. The scoring was 114-111 on all cards. (more…)
Joe Yerdon 158 vs. Ashantie Hendrickson 155
Eric Davidson 150 vs. Felix Rangel 154
Zach Smith 134 vs. Ryan Batt 134
Maureen Shea 125 vs. Liliana Martinez 121
Mike Faragon 136 vs. Eddie Soto 136
Venue: Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
Promoter: Pugnacious Promotions
Referee Ray Corona (USA) will be the third man in the ring when IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 7 KOs) defends Alberto “Topo” Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) on Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The three judges are Levi Martínez (USA), Alejandro López (Mexico) and Al Baqwana (South Africa). The IBF supervisor is Aaron Kizer.
Photo by Armando Angulo
Danny Garcia 143.4 vs. Jorge Romero 143
Gilberto Keb Bass 113 vs. Juan Esquer 113
Marco Antonio Periban 168 vs. Franco Sanchez 170
Romulo Kuasicha 127 vs. Alberto Cupido 126.5
Omri Lowther 134 vs. Isaac Bejarano 134
Nasif Castillo 118 vs. Miguel Garcia 118
Mauricio Perez 158 vs. Arturo Garduza 160
Jose Rubio 123 vs. Freddy Mercado 123
Venue: Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort, Cancun, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Delvin Rodriguez 147.7 vs. Ashley Theophane 147.5
Donovan George 167 vs. Francisco Sierra 170.5
Andy Lee 162 vs. James Cook 157.5
Jonathan Gonzalez 152.5 vs. Abel Perry 149
Yordenis Ugas 147 vs. Dejuan Jackson 149
Rances Barthelemy 133 vs. John Barnes TBA
Dannie Williams TBA vs. Steven Mincks TBA
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma
Promoter: Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing
According to heavyweight Shannon Briggs, he’ll take on WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on October 16 in Germany. “I got the contract,” the 38-year-old former WBO champion informed the BBC. No confirmation from the Klitschko camp yet, but it is known that the bout had been discussed. Briggs is promoted by Empire Sports and Entertainment, which recently signed on Klitschko advisor Shelly Finkel as their CEO.
Photos: (Above) Daniel Jacobs and Dmitry Pirog pose off at a press conference held today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (Below) Robert Guerrero and Joel Casmayor face off; Jorge Linares and Rocky Juarez pose off. On Saturday, all three sets of fighters will precede the Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II main event on the Golden Boy-promoted, HBO-PPV telecast from the Mandalay Bay.
IBF bantamweight champion Yhonny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia and former world champion Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 20 KOs) will meet again Nov 6. The bout was scheduled to go to purse bid today but Perez’ promoter Gary Shaw and Agbeko’s promoter Don King informed the IBF today that they reached an agreement. The two met Halloween night 2009 where Perez upset the then defending world champion Agbeko by unanimous decision in a exciting bout. The bout will be televised on Showtime’s championship boxing. No venue has been set as of yet.
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