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On August 19th, pro boxing returns to the luxurious “Venue” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana,for a live ESPN2 telecast. Featured in a ten-round lightweight bout between Chicagoland hero and former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) and Henry “Hank” Lundy (20-1-1 10 KOs). Also on tap is a 12-round rematch between Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1, 13 KOs). This will be the final “Friday Night Fights” telecast for 2011. (more…)
Report/photo by Peter Lim
Nobody can accuse super middleweight Cesar Martinez, 3-0 (1 KO), of taking the typically safe route of padding his record against journeymen with dismal records early in his career. Martinez, 31, takes on Emmanuel Sanchez, 2-0, of Laredo at the latest Savarese Boxing card at the Houston Club on Thursday. In his last bout, Martinez was matched against previously undefeated Ed Tigs, 1-1-1, and won a hard-fought four round decision. A former three-time Southeast Texas Golden Gloves champion, Martinez, 31, got off to a late start in his pro career due to combination of work commitments, family obligations and injury. To make up for lost time, he recently signed to fight eclusively under the Savarese banner. (more…)
Though the press conference held today at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was principally to discuss the high-stakes super lightweight showdown between IBF #3-rated Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) IBF #4-ranked Lamont Peterson for the right to challenge Amir Khan, it was the celebrity guests present and the antics of the always-colorful Edison “Pantera” Miranda that stole the show. Cayo and Peterson, who were respectful and succinct in their remarks at the podium, will meet in a 12-Round IBF Elimination bout that will serve as the main event on Friday. Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) and Cuba’s Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) will meet in a 10-round light heavyweight firefight to open the telecast.
With all-time-great champions “Iron” Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in the audience, Colombia’s Miranda used his turn at the podium to launch into a hilarious tirade against the fighting abilities of opponent Despaigne, his promoters and trainers for thinking Despaigne is talented and against Despaigne himself for daring to get in the ring. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former World Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, his trainer Jack Loew and Top Rank president Todd Duboef participated in an international media conference call to discuss Pavlik’s upcoming homecoming fight on ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday, Aug. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME®. Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, OH, will headline a hometown fight card for the first time in nearly two years when he takes on Darryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio, in a 10-round super middleweight bout. Cunningham is riding a three-year, 16-bout winning streak. The special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation is promoted by Top Rank and will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). What the participants had to say on Wednesday: For more details and photos click here….
By Francisco Salazar
Saul Alvarez has heard it all before. Fighters who have thought the 21 year old will wilt under the pressure in and out of the ring instead succumbed to the vicious shots by the fighter affectionately known as Canelo. Alfonso Gomez has proved detractors wrong in the past. With the exception of his knockout loss to Miguel Cotto, Gomez has found ways to win, based on his improved boxing skills and his sheer will to win.
One of those will give on September 17th when both will meet at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the same day as the Victor Ortiz world title defense against unbeaten challenger Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Both fights will headline a “Star Power” pay per view telecast that will emanate from different sites. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on Junior Middleweight Interim Title bout between Russian Zauerbek Baysangurov and Brazilian Mike Miranda this Saturday, July 30, at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine. The referee for this bout will be veteran Robert Byrd from United States of America. The judges for the fight are Manuel Oliver Palomo from Spain, Clark Sammartino from USA and Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary. WBO Supervisor will be Hungarian Istvan Kovacs.
The 154lb WBO champion is Serhiy Dzinziruk, but the division has been inactive due to Dzinziruk’s legal issues with his former promoter, and Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) and Miranda (34-3, 31 KOs) will fight for the interim belt this Saturday. Then, winner of Baysangurov-Miranda will face winner of Dzinziruk vs Lukas Konecny- initially scheduled for September 30- 90 days after September 30.
Mike Tyson and Roberto Duran showed up at the press conference at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas today.
Antonio Frenandez 139 vs Raul De Gracia 141
Leidys Martinez 109 vs Maribela Smith 110 1/4
Jalfi Jimenez 126 vs Kevin Gomez 129
Barnie Arguelles 138 vs Marcos Martinez 144
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Kenny Bayless (Nevada) will be the referee for Saturday’s showdown between Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) and Ana María Torres (25-3-3, 15 KOs) at the Arena Metropolitana in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Judges are Len Koivisto (Canada) Max DeLuca (California) and Oren Shellenberger (Texas). WBC supervisor is Ed Pearson.
One of the reasons former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) is fighting southpaw Darryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs) on August 6 is to prepare for a possible November showdown with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. “The big fights are key for me,” said Pavlik. “I don’t want to finish my career off fighting meaningless fights. I want to go in there to get a chance to get a title back and defend it a couple of times.”
The 10-round Pavlik-Cunningham super middleweight rumble will be televised live on SHOWTIME® on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
If you’ve had it with boxing’s overgroomed babies, meet undersold Beibut – Beibut Shumenov, that is.
With just a dozen fights and a quarter of the light-heavyweight championship tucked into his belt, Shumenov is on a mission to show the sport that years of coddling and a diet of fresh ducks will get you nowhere but stale.
Defending his WBA strap in his 13th bout, Shumenov, 11-1, 7 KOs, will be taking on former title challenger Danny “Bronx Bomber” Santiago, 31-4-1, 19 KOs, Friday night at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. The six-bout card is televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” and co-promoted by Shumenov’s KZ Event Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin . . . Click here for story and gallery
A last-minute change of plans has former world-title challenger Elvin Ayala preparing for a new – and perhaps more dangerous – opponent in Friday night’s co-feature at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Ayala’s original opponent, Israel “Pito” Cardona of Hartford, Conn., has been scratched from the lineup by the Mohegan Sun Athletic Department for unknown reasons, so Ayala will now take on veteran Derrick “Superman” Findley (18-5, 11 KOs) of Gary, Ind., in a 10-round bout for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Council middleweight title Friday, July 29, 2011 at “Heat Wave,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with Global Boxing Promotions.
Friday’s main event features Clones, Ireland (Dorchester, Mass.) veteran Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) – the last fighter to knock out Mike Tyson – facing undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) of Krakow, Poland (North Bergen, N.J.) in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Below is the official statement of the WBA on the Barros-Caballero matter:
The Board of the World Boxing Association, chaired by Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, have not yet made any decision on the request for a rematch of the featherweight title fight between Argentinian Jonathan Barros and Panamanian Celestino Caballero.
The WBA wishes to express that the final decision will be informed in due course and that it will be as objective as possible, seeking to maintain the good name of those involved.
During this time there have been some rumors and speculations that have been done in an irresponsible manner that say the World Boxing Association has the power to freely accept, reject, or announce any decision regarding any topic.
Under no circumstances or for any reason will the WBA accept pressure to rule in favor of a boxer, whatever his nationality and we are adamant about objectivity and neutrality when making a decision.
The Committee engaged in the evaluation is composed of trained people, as are all members of the WBA.
We appreciate that our work is respected as a free entity which continues to give its best for world boxing.
Veteran Mexican Luis “Titi” Maldonado will face super flyweight contender Juan Mercedes next Friday, August 5, in the 5th edition of the of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised on WAPA America. (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweight rising stars; Frankie Gomez (10-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, California and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados (6-0-1, 4 KOs) will clash in the eight round main event on Friday, August 26th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Just 19 years old, the heavy-handed former amateur standout Gomez has impressively won his first ten professional bouts, eight by knockout since turning professional in April of 2010. Granados, who has trained with legendary boxing brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez and their Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, has previously drawn huge crowds at the UIC Pavilion. The bout will be televised on Telefutura.
By Ron Jackson
Two of South Africa’s most talented fighters will be involved in important title fights in September. Evans Mbamba is scheduled to fight Vic Darchinyan for the Australia-based Armenian’s IBO bantamweight belt and Moruti Mthalane (pictured at right) will defend his IBF flyweight title against an Italian, Andrea Sarritzu.
Mbamba will take on Darchinyan, who has won five “world” titles, at the Karen Demirchyan Concerts Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 3.
The fight between Mthalane and Sarritzu will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia, on September 23. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The WBA has issued a press release in which it informs that no decision has been taken yet regarding the controversial verdict in the WBA featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jonathan Victor Barros and his challenger Celestino Caballero but confirms that such a decision will be rendered “in due time.” The title fight was held Barros’ hometown of Mendoza, Argentina on July 2nd. The champion was twice knocked down by Caballero and yet retained his title belt via a split decision that generated strong protest. In the press release signed by WBA President Gilbert Mendoza, the WBA stresses that the organization will take a decision on the matter with “total objectivity, not heeding to any kind of pressure and without partisanship.”
Matthew Hatton will start his campaign towards another world title assault in Blackpool next month when he faces unbeaten Andre Abramenka. The former European welterweight champion will be in action at the world famous Tower Circus on Friday 19th August. It will be Hatton’s first fight since going down on points in a WBC light-middleweight title challenge against Saul Alvarez in March. ‘Magic’ Matthew has returned to the 147lb welterweight division and hopeful of another world championship chance in the next few months. The vacant IBF International title will be on the line in the seaside town when he faces the Belarusian over 12 rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs), a Japanese southpaw making his seventh defense, will risk his belt against two-time world champ Rafael Marquez (40-6, 36 KOs), a hard-hitting Mexican, in Las Vegas on October 1. It was publicly announced by a leading cable television named WOWOW which has regularly shown world title bouts from all over the world for last twenty years. The Nishioka-Marquez confrontation will be broadcast live to Japan from the MGM Grand and attract our aficionados. Nishioka is expected to be the first Japanese boxer that will keep his world throne in the US. If victorious, Nishioka, 35, will also break the record of the oldest Japanese world champ defending his belt, surpassing ex-WBC flyweight kingpin Daisuke Naito’s thirty-four years.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This weekend’s rematch between WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres and WBC interim female super bantamweight beltholder Jackie Nava in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, will be for a WBC Diamond Belt. The winner will be part of an exclusive club that thus far includes only Manny Pacquiao and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, as well as being the only female diamond beltholder. Torres-Nava I ended in a ten round draw. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
The Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson light heavyweight title fight has been penciled to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on October 15th. However, there is a possibility that the bout could take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told a small group of reporters, including Fightnews.com, on Tuesday afternoon. Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) is scheduled to defend his world title belt against Dawson that he won from Jean Pascal in a rematch in May at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on the same card, Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s) won a 12 round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu. Schaefer admits that nothing has been officially signed and he would still need to negotiate with Gary Shaw, Dawson’s promoter, for the fight to be brought out to the west coast. Hopkins has fought at STAPLES Center before, winning a clear-cut 12 round unanimous decision over Howard Eastman in February of 2005.
On the 26th of August, former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay is attempting to become a champion again, clashing with Ukrainian talent Stanyslav Kashtanov to battle it out for the vacant WBA super middleweight title. Actually this title belongs to Balzsay’s Universum BoxPromotion stable mate Dimitri Sartison but he suffered a bad knee injury in preparation of his originally planned unification bout with WBO king Robert Stieglitz which is going to see him not stepping in the ring for a long time. Therefore, the WBA decided to make its world title vacant, having their #1 and #2 in the rankings, Kashtanov and Balzsay, fighting for it on August 26 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Heavyweight Gary “Pit Bull” Gomez (19-10-1) faces Tacoma’s Jonte Willis (8-1) on August 12th at the Silver Reef Casino & Spa in Ferndale, Washington. The bout will be for the Washington state heavyweight title. Gomez is coming off two impressive performances against Mike Mollo and Val Tinajero while Willis suffered the first loss of his pro career in June. Looks like an interesting boxer/puncher stylistic matchup with the bobbing and weaving inside attack of Gomez trying to get inside the speed and boxing ability of Willis. (more…)
Butch Lewis, legendary boxing promoter and manager, film and music producer, dealmaker and humanitarian, will be celebrated at his home-going service on Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront (815 Justison Street) in Wilmington, Delaware. The Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. Lewis, 65, died of natural causes at his home in Bethany Beach, Delaware on Saturday, July 23. Viewing and Repast 7AM to 10:30AM, Service 11AM. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly accepts donations to the Butch Lewis Foundation, 250 W. 57th Street, Suite 311, New York, NY 10107. Checks should be made payable to: Butch Lewis Scholarship Fund.
Photo: WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champ Beibut Shumenov puts in a workout at the Elite Fitness & Training Center in Henderson, Nev., Tuesday night in preparation of Friday’s Telefutura card at Las Vegas’ South Point Casino. Shumenov defends his belts against Danny Santiago. Stay tuned for more photos and a story tomorrow.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Not only did a warm Tuesday afternoon greet super welterweight world title holder Saul Alvarez at the outdoor plaza of the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, but an impromptu rap performance by Alfonso Gomez, whom he will face on September 17th. Both men will duke it out in Los Angeles on the same evening as the welterweight clash between world title holder Victor Ortiz and unbeaten challenger Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Both fights will co-headline the “Star Power” card that will be televised on HBO Pay Per View. Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) performed an English-Spanish rap performance at the press conference that drew mixed reactions from the media and fans in attendance, mainly because the fighter who resides in Buena Park, CA is usually soft-spoken. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) was not visibly happy during the performance as Gomez rapped about taking Alvarez’s title, his unique red hair, and not having faced the caliber of fighter that Gomez has during his career. For more details and photos click here…
Roberto Marroquin of Dallas gets back into action this weekend with a new trainer – Paul Reyes, who worked the corners of world champions Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry and Paulie Ayala – on a Top Rank Live! fight card in Denver, Colorado. Marroquin, coming off his first pro loss, is working with Reyes at his son’s gym in River Oaks, Texas. On Saturday night, Marroquin will take on Jose Beranza of Mexico City. “We’re ready to fight,” said Reyes. “Marroquin did everything we asked – starting with a lot of running which is what we did with our champions, Donald Curry and Paulie Ayala. “Marroquin is an outstanding boxer who can adapt to another fighter’s style,” Reyes said. “He is a good boxer with excellent hand speed. He needs this fight and he needs a win on Saturday night. I know he will win. I can feel it. “Marroquin reminds me a lot of Paulie who fought with a lot of heart,” Reyes said. “Marroquin has another great weapon – his uppercuts. He will firing off a few uppers on Saturday night.”
Marroquin vs. Beranza will open the Top Rank Live! telecast on FSN…..In the main event, big puncher Mike Alvarado of Denver takes on Gabriel Martinez of Mexico…..the fight card will be outdoors at the Softball Country in north Denver…
Report and photo by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Today at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City, Erik Morales visited president Jose Sulaiman and they spoke about Golden Boy’s request to sanction Erik “El Terrible” Morales vs. Jorge “The Hyena” Barrios for the absolute WBC super lightweight title. Because Timothy Bradley has more than 6 months of inactivity in the ring and Devon Alexander announced that he’ll go up to the welterweight division, the WBC sent a request to the Board of Governors, based on the rule that says: “a former champion has the right to contest the title,” to authorize Barrios against Morales for the super lightweight absolute title.
“I have made many changes in my life to return to boxing. I showed Maidana there is something called school and if you do good, technique is above all,” said Morales. He added, “this is a great opportunity, I’m on the right track, next year we’ll face the best in the world. I feel fully experienced strong and young.”
“Timothy Bradley will be a champion in recess, and most likely will rise to the welterweight division,” said Sulaiman.
Denver’s Mike Alvarado will risk his undefeated record and his Top-10 world rating when he takes on Gabriel Martinez in a homecoming rumble — his first in over two years — on Saturday at Softball Country in Denver. The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10 p.m. ET (blacked out locally.) (more…)
Former Cuban amateur star Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) is ready for battle in the televised supporting bout of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights against heavy-handed Colombian Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs). The 10-round light heavyweight battle will open the Friday’s telecast from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Despaigne suffered a setback against fellow top prospect Ismayl Sillakh in his last fight and says he is eager to get back to his winning ways against Miranda and knows exactly what to do. “He’s a very good fighter,” said Despaigne. “He’s fought a lot of great guys, but it’s my time. I’ll stick to the game plan and do what I have to do and I’ll win…I’ve been in against the hardest punchers in the world and never been knocked out. I was down last fight, but I got right back up. That’s shows what kind of chin I have. I have fought so many guys who have power that I don’t even worry about it.”
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