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Devon Alexander ‘The Great’ (22-1, 13 KOs) returned to the winning track by defeating Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. on a card promoted by Don King.
Alexander, who survived the first knockdown of his career in the fourth, continued to move and counter, staying away from Matthysse’s power for the remainder of the contest . . . Click here for more
Denver’s Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) will risk his WBC Continental Americas super lightweight belt, undefeated record and top ten world rating when he takes on Gabriel Martinez (27-2-1, 14 KOs) in his first hometown clash in over two years on July 30 at Softball Country in Denver, Colorado. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Poor Boys Boxing and Delgado Promotions, remaining tickets to Alvarado vs. Martinez, priced at $75, $65, $50, $35 and $25, can be purchased at by calling (303) 450-9763. The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10PM ET. Alvarado is currently world-rated WBO #6 and WBC #8. The vacant IBF Latino junior welterweight title will also be at stake.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Marianne Müller
When middleweight champion Felix Sturm talked to FightNews a little over a week ago, he made a prediction for his bout against Matthew Macklin. He said: “This fight has the potential to be great and I believe it will be.” Sturm could not have been more right.
The defending WBA titlelist and his tough-as-nails challenger from Ireland indeed went to war on Saturday night in front of over 18.000 ecstatic fans inside the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Sturm, usually a fine technician, and Macklin, a brawler, stood toe-to-toe for the better part of their world title clash. They exchanged hard-shots, the momentum shifted back and forth. In the beginning, it was the relentless challenger who had the upper-hand. In the end, it was the more precise champion who landed the better punches. “This was one of the best fights I’ve seen in over 20 years of covering boxing,” said one journalist at ringside. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Anthony Dirrell doubles as promoter and main event performer this Saturday as boxing returns to Flint, Michigan’s Atwood Stadium for a rare outdoor show. The undefeated Dirrell will be making only his second hometown appearance of his career when he faces off with former Olympian Dante Craig of Cincinnati over 10 scheduled rounds under the banner of Team Dirrell Promotions.
In another 10 round feature attraction, Detroit heavyweights Johnathon Banks and Julius Long square off. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman said today that Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sergio Martinez will be allowed voluntary fights. “As per the WBC Rules and Regulations, a voluntary defense has been granted to the new champion [Chavez] to then proceed to fight the WBC Diamond champion Sergio Martinez, who will also make a voluntary defense on October the 15th. The WBC is very proud of both great champions and we wish them the best of luck.”
Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer
Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) participated today in the fight week press conference in Hamburg (Germany) to speak about their title unification fight on July 2. IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and WBA World Heavyweight Champion Haye will face off next Saturday at Imtech ARENA Hamburg, Germany. For more details and photos click here…
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From all of us at SHOWTIME Sports on the passing of Nick Charles:
For nearly 10 years Nick Charles served this network as host of the popular boxing series ShoBox: The New Generation. Nick infused every telecast with genuine intrigue and unfailing enthusiasm whether it take place at a parking lot in North Dakota or a historic boxing club in London. His unique ability as a storyteller also allowed viewers to connect with the athletes themselves, as he helped to dramatize what was at stake for the fighters that night and beyond. As ShoBox prepares to celebrate its 10th anniversary, SHOWTIME is preparing a special tribute to one of boxing’s most passionate fans—Nick Charles. He will be missed, but never forgotten by the men and women who televise ShoBox and the many viewers who have been entertained and enlightened by Nick’s insight over the years. To mention the ShoBox series is to remember a man who helped define it.
Salita Promotions presents “Brighton Shore Fights,” New York City’s newest monthly boxing series, in Brooklyn at the Oceana Theater in the Oceanside neighborhood of Brighton Beach. The first installment will take place on Wednesday, July 20th and will feature undefeated light heavyweight prospect and four-time Golden Gloves Champion Will Rosinsky (13-0). The co-feature will showcase US Olympic Alternate, four-time Army Champion and Jr. Middleweight prospect Boyd Melson (4-0). Tickets are available at WWW.DSALITA.COM , by calling 646-481-5558. Tickets are priced at $40 for General Admission; $80 Ringside and $125 VIP open bar.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Local favorite Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (12-0-1, 7 KOs) will risk her IBF female flyweight world crown against Uruguayan Soledad Macedo (10-6-1, 4 KOs), Yessica “Kika” Chavez (11-3-2, 2 KOs), defends her IBF female light flyweight belt against Colombian Mayerli Altamar (10-1-2 , 5 KOs) and Katia Gutierrez (12-3, 3 KOs) her IBF miniumweight belt against compatriot Ana “Bronca” Arrazola (20-6-3, 17 KOs) on Saturday at the Nuevo Leon Gym in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The card, billed as “Bellas y Peligrosas” is promoted by HG Boxing.
Story by Andreas Hale
“I renamed myself the international assassin,” Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) jokingly says to an intimate gathering of select journalists to discuss his upcoming July 23rd clash with Amir Khan. He’s referring to the fact that his past four opponents (Mabuza, Matthysse, Santa Cruz and Hernandez) hailed from different countries and Khan will represent the fifth foe of a different nationality that he’ll have to take out . . . click here for more
Heavyweight champions Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye went at it verbally at today’s press conference in Hamburg. Haye showed up 30 minutes late and refused to shake Wlad’s hand.
Klitschko: “I respect you as a boxer, but not as a person. I’m gonna knock you out in the ring and bring you back to reality. Then you will be a better person and have better manners.”
Haye: “It’s going to be fun watch this robot start malfunctioning, that’s what’s going to happen…real fast. I’m healthy, speed is ridiculous, punch power is there, I’m just in a really good place. I am so happy the fight is happening now and not a couple of years ago as I am a much better fighter now. I can’t wait to get in there and do what I am going to do.”
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Photo: Bob Barton
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source indicated that the possibility exists that the former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) could return July 29 in Argentina against an opponent to be determined. Barrios still facing legal problems stemming from a fatal car crash that is preventing him from leaving the country and could land him a lengthy prison sentence if found guilty.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association has announced that it has established a new category in women’s boxing: Light Minimumweight (102 pounds). The WBA insists on its commitment to women’s boxing world and provides this new category.
By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
For almost three weeks, IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs), did his best to prepare Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), IBF/WBO/IBO titleholder for upcoming heavyweight unification showdown with WBA champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs). “If I move to heavyweight division it will be not because I’m chasing my former fellow cruiserweight rivals Tomasz Adamek or David Haye – it will be to test what I can do there. It will be good for me, good for the sport. Both of them are fighting for the heavyweight titles, they did a great job, both landed mega fights. They put themselves in the great position for their future, their lives. Every fighter wants to do that,” said Cunningham. (more…)
Photos: Donna Freitag
A huge crowd was on hand to witness the induction of the 2011 Class at the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
Former world champions on hand were John “The Beast” Mugabi (who came all the way from Australia), Freddie Pendleton, Tyrone Booze and Elisha Obed. Trainers honored were Pete Fernandez, Alton Merkerson and Dwaine Simpson. Others included referee Eddie Eckert, fighter/manager/trainer Tommy Torino, IBO founder John Daddono, historian Ramiro Ortiz, Fightnews.com founder Karl Freitag and attorney Steve Yerrid. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Welterweight Dashon Johnson improved to (13-4-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pala Casino Resort in Pala, California with an 8-round unanimous decision over veteran Bernardo Guereca (16-11). The tone was set in the opening moments of the main event when Johnson threw a very short counter right hand over a lazy jab which put Guereca on the canvas. Johnson attempted to press the advantage throughout the remainder of the round but Guereca relied on his experience to survive the onslaught. (more…)
Results by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
The question leading up to Sunday’s heavyweight showdown between Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry was ‘who was the best pure striker?’ And for a while it looked like Barry, but it was Kongo who had the last word in the UFC Live main event with a crushing first round knockout victory that sent the crowd at the Consol Energy Center into a frenzy . . . Click here for more
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Bob Arum and Miguel Cotto will hold a press conference this Tuesday in Puerto Rico to announced that they will co-promote world ranked and undefeated prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz. “Everyone at Top Rank is excited about Luis Cruz. He is a very skilled, exciting fighter who has punching power – a future superstar.” said Arum.
“Luis Cruz is an excellent boxer and with this union we will be able to give him the exposure he needs to take his career to the next level,” said five time world champion Miguel Cotto.
“I am very excited to be able to be part of this great union. I am very happy where my career has been led by Miguel Cotto Promotions, but I also believe that this move will take to the next level and will bring me the big fights that I want so much,” said Cruz.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” returned to Club Nokia at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night. In the main event, lightweight Ramon Valadez of East Los Angeles knocked out Ramon Flores in the third round of a scheduled six round bout. The bout began as Valadez showed patience and boxed the wild-swinging Flores. In round two, the action picked up as both Valadez and Flores exchanged punches at the end of the round. However in the third round, Valadez scored a knockdown, Flores beat the count and continued to fight, but Valadez landed a solid right that knockdown the free-swinging Flores . Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout at 2:59. For more details and photos click here…
By Jeff Zimmerman at Ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
In dramatic fashion, Middleweight Brian Vera (19-5, 12KOs) kept some big money fights alive by knocking out the tough, gritty Eloy Suarez (11-12-1 5Kos) with a powerful left hook to the body at 30 seconds of the 8th and final round. Always a crowd pleaser because of his willingness to exchange blow for blow, Vera found the veteran Suarez to be one tough hombre. Vera was the aggressor throughout the fight and caught Suarez with some solid left hooks to the head, but Suarez countered throughout and even had his moments with solid left hooks of his own. For more details and photos click here…
Story and photo by Ahmed Santos
Undefeated Los Mochis, México prospect Mahonri “Russito” Montes passed his toughest test to date, beating tough and experienced Héctor Velázquez by unanimous decision, in the fight card that took place at the Banorte stadium of Culiacán, Sinaloa, México. “Russito” (22-0-1, 17 KOs) surprised everybody by fighting Velázquez (51-16-2, 35 KOs) toe to toe at short range, not using his advantages in height and reach, and in hard fought affair he landed the better shots, winning most rounds, closing the show with luster boxing at long distance the last couple of chapters of the 10 round fight at lightweight. With scores of 97-93, 96-93 and 97-94, the prospect promoted by Latin Sports made the jump to contender status, becoming worthy of keeping an eye on him from now on.
By Neil Dennis
Photos: Terri Degenaars/A-List Photography
On paper, a rematch between Jimmy Lange and Mike McFail didn’t seem to make sense. Lange already beat McFail, shutting him out on all three scorecards in his own turf of North Carolina. The only logical explanation seemed to be Lange wanting to pad his record following last year’s upset loss to Chase Shields. However, once the fight began, no one in the attendance doubted the logic of this nice bit of matchmaking. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Lightweight John Molina stated that he was not looking past Robert Frankel in their 10 round bout on Friday night. If Molina just happened to be looking past him, Frankel sure got his attention early on in the fight. Frankel came to fight, even outboxing Molina at times, before numerous cuts on Frankel’s face forced a referee’s stoppage after the fifth round at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. The bout headlined a six-bout card, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Thompson Boxing. Molina was coming off a third round knockout victory over Alejandro Rodriguez less than four weeks ago. He took the bout as a tune-up in preparation for the Frankel fight, since he had not fought since his come-from-behind knockout victory over Hank Lundy in July. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Star Boxing
Last night, former heavyweight title challenger, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11 KOs), added another win to his record, scoring a first round knockout over Harold Sconiers in the main event at the Elder Entertainment Center in Decatur, Georgia. It was the third consecutive win, and second by knockout, since Johnson’s decision loss in his first heavyweight championship opportunity against Vitali Klitschko. Johnson who has vowed to return to championship form, is slowly working his way back into the title contention, as he is now ranked #15 in the WBC.
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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III
Friday night at the South Philly Arena, welter weigh t contender Mike “The Machine Gun” Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) made a successful return to his hometown of Philadelphia PA with a beautiful second round stoppage of Raul “El Toro” Munoz (21-14-1 16 KOs), in the ten round main event of the eight bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing in association with Top Rank Boxing. The undercard featured several exciting fights, including a brutal first round knockout of super featherweight Anthony Flores by Osnel “Prince of Darkness” Charles. For more details and photos click here…
Welterweight Mark Melligen (21-2, 14 KOs) will now face Sebastian Andres Lujan (37-5-2 23 KOs) on Friday at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Melligan was slated to face Freddy Hernandez but Hernandez fell out due to a cut suffered during sparring. The fight can be seen on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame’s formal induction ceremony takes place Sunday morning at 11:30AM at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida. From 8:30AM to 10AM there will be a “Breakfast with the Inductees” event. Former world champs John “The Beast” Mugabi, and “Fearless” Freddie Pendleton headline FBHOF Class of 2011. Fightnews.com founder Karl Freitag is also among the 2011 inductees.
See the live webcast at http://www.goldstarstreaming.tv/
By Ron Jackson
Phumzile Matyhila retained his South African bantamweight title when he stopped Cleutus Mbele in the ninth round in East London on Saturday night. Making the second defence of his title, the 35-year-old champion produced a classy performance to beat a combative opponent. The bout ended two seconds before the end of the ninth round after an intriguing battle, Matyhile improving his record to 18-1-2, with 9 knockouts, and Mbele dropping to 10-3-2; 5. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Middleweight champion Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) will be back in action on August 31 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia to make the first defense of the IBF championship against Nigerian-born, Miami-based Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (24-4-1, 12 KOs). The 6′ Albert is coming off a eight round stoppage of Lester Gonzalez (11-2-1) in February in Miami. In 2009 Albert scored a ten round shutout over Germaine Sanders (27-6) in Miami and in 2008 boxed a twelve round draw with Ossie Duran in New York (23-6-1). In 2007 Albert scored the best win of his career when he stopped world rated 160 pounder Daniel Edouard (18-1-2) in Miami. Geale captured the championship in Germany in May when he defeated Sebastian Sylvester via twelve round points decision in Germany. (more…)
Photos and report by Peter Lim
Lightweight Bahodir Mamajanov, 2-0 (2 KOs), of Uzbekistan, did a pretty decent impersonation of Manny Pacquiao as he brutally stopped Jesus Mendez, 3-2-1 (2 KOs), in the second round at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center. But it was more the raw, free-swinging Pacman of five years ago that Mamajanov resembled rather than more polished and rounded version of today. For more details and photos click here…
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