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Weights by Oscar Castillo
From the Camino Real, downtown El Paso for tomorrow night’s card at the County Coliseum:
Jhonny Gonzalez 125 vs. Rogers Mtagwa 124
Antonio Meza 136 vs. Mickey Roman 135
Antonio Escalante 133 vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr. 136
Promoter: Goossen-Tutor & Promociones del Pueblo
Televised on ESPN Deportes
Photo: Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Victor Ortiz face off at today’s final presser conference, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. More photos to come.
None of the eight fighters know yet who they will face. WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will perform the first ever live fight-night draw at tomorrow’s sold-out Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II tournament at London’s York Hall
Kris Agyei-Dua 155.25
JJ Bird 155.75
Wayne Goddard 156.25
Steve Harkin 153.25
Nick Quigley 155.5
Jeff Thomas 155.5
Peter Vaughan 156
Robert Lloyd-Taylor 156
Nathan Weise 153.25
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Former Undisputed World Heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame later this year. Rahman, who is still an active boxer (50-7-2, 41 KO’s), pulled off one of the great upsets in recent boxing history when he knocked out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round on April 22, 2001 in Gauteng, South Africa to win the undisputed title. The Baltimore-born boxer would later win a WBC title in August of 2005. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel confirmed today that former world champions Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (105 and 108 pounds) and Raul “Rayito” Garcia (105 pounds) will collide on October 29 in Puerto Rico as part of the WBO 24th Convention for the mini-flyweight interim title. Valcárcel was in Mexico last week and learned that Moises Fuentes, the WBO 105lb champion, hurt his nose in his win over Garcia last August 27, and “he can’t fight soon. Therefore, Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) and Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) will fight for the interim title headlining the card as part of the WBO Convention”.
Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions vice-president, said that they are working on a venue for the show, but it seems it will be the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo.
SHOWTIME® will televise yet another important super middleweight world championship bout when former world titlist Mikkel Kessler of Denmark returns to the ring to challenge WBO kingpin Robert Stieglitz of Germany on Saturday, Nov. 5, from renowned Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The WBO championship fight will be shown on same-day delay and precede the IBF super middleweight title fight between unbeaten defending champion Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson live on SHOWTIME from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The Nov. 5 doubleheader will take place just seven days after world champions Andre Ward (WBA) and Carl Froch (WBC) collide in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, Oct. 29 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
World Bantamweight Champion and Top-Five pound for pound fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will make his New York debut in an exciting title defense against undefeated two-division world champion Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez, Saturday, October 22, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Tickets to Donaire vs. Narvaez, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, including applicable service charges, go on sale Tomorrow! Thursday, September 15, at Noon ET, and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. (more…)
The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has named jr welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez as their professional “Fighter of the Year” recipient. Tremaine Williams is the “Fighter of the Year” for the amateur category. Don Trella has been awarded as the winner of the “Official of the Year” plus Peter Timothy has been selected for the Achievement Award.
The award presentations, as well as induction ceremonies, will be held at the seventh annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday, October 29th in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
This Wednesday night’s big card at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark just got bigger as a battle of young, undefeated heavyweights has been added to the event. John Lennox will take on former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko in a four round bout. (more…)
Firemen, like fighters, are cut from a different cloth than most of us. Shamar Bailey is both, and like his buddy and fellow Indianapolis firefighter Chris Lytle, he believes the danger inherent in both professions takes a backseat to the adrenalin rush of the job . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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In an interview with German newspaper “Die Welt” former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye dared WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to fight him. “I’ll knock him out, I’ll smash his chin if he holds it out like he did again Adamek,” said Haye. “But still I can not imagine that Vitali has the courage. If he does, I guarantee I’ll send him into retirement. He will never fight again and will be able to devote himself full time to politics.”
Haye also claimed that Wladimir Klitschko ran away from him or clinched and pulled him to the ground in their fight and that “I hit harder than the two brothers together. I am also much faster, more agile and much, much harder to hit.”
WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) is returning to the ring on October 22 at the Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. No opponent has been named yet. “Negotiations are nearing completion,” Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer reveals. “But I can already promise that the audience can look forward to an exciting world championship fight.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) is ready and confident in his preparation for getting into the ring to face Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs) on Thursday night in the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. “Mtagwa is a strong and dangerous fighter, but I’m ready to fight the best in my division,” said Gonzalez. “I’m reserved and quiet but above all I live to fight world title fights and I want to face the best.”
Mtagwa, originally from Tanzania and now a resident of Philadelphia, vowed to give a good performance. “Gonzalez is a good fighter,” he said, “I thank you for letting me fight for his world title but I’m prepared to give a good fight and win!” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/ringpolska.pl
“Last Saturday in Wroclaw, Vitali was untouchable for anyone. That night, after Vitali’s second round rocket punch, it was basically over,” said heavyweight title challenger Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) in his first interview after losing by TKO in the tenth round against WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) before 43,000 fight fans in Wroclaw, Poland. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns is about to announce he will vacate his belt and move to lightweight according to manager Alex Morrison. Burns is said to have a November 12 date lined up against Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight title at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.
Michael Torres 140 vs. Mark Alexander 140
(NJ State jr. welterweight title)
Thomas LaManna 156 vs. Josh Williams 156 ½ lbs
(BAM Youth Title)
Carlos Vinan 129 vs. Wanzell Ellison 129 ½
Joey Dawejko 234 vs. John Lennox 217
Tyabb Beale 233 vs. Taffo Asongwed 234 ½
Vinny O’Brien 146 vs. Carlos Velez 147
Jon Bolden 218 vs. Eric Newell 250
John Thompson 158 vs. Lee Snow 165
Venue: Robert Treat Hotel
Promoter: Vincent Ponte’s Gulfstream Boxing & Gabe LaConte
1st Bell: 7:30 pm EST.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#5 Japanese minimum champ Akira Yaegashi (14-2, 7 KOs) will have an ambitious crack at the WBA 105-pound throne against newly-crowned Thailander Pornsawan Porpramook (23-3-1, 16 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on October 24. The Thai veteran captured the belt by defeating Mohammad Rachman on points in Jakarta, Indonesia, this July. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
As it as reported earlier, former jr. flyweight world champion Giovani Segura has pulled out of the Thursday, September 15th Zanfer Promotions’ fight card in Rosarito, Mexico. Segura suffered an injury to his left wrist while hitting the mitts earlier Tuesday afternoon.
Segura (28-1, 24KOs) was slated to face Colombian Luis Carlos Leon (13-4, 11KOs) in a scheduled ten round flyweight tilt. The fight card is set to commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day celebrated the next day, September 16th.
“I am very sad and frustrated that I will not be able to perform in front of my people on such an important date,” Segura. “I have been training for the fight for five weeks.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring when boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather and WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz collide Saturday at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Cortez, as well as judges Adelaide Byrd, Glenn Trowbridge and Jerry Roth all hail from Nevada.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Only five days remain until Saturday night’s split site “Star Power” pay per view which will feature Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. “Vicious” Victor Ortiz from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That same night from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (37-0-1, 27KOs) will take on Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12KOs) in the Star Power Los Angeles main event.
The final press conference for Star Power Los Angeles took place Tuesday at ESPN Zone at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles. Opening the press conference was the Golden Boy, Oscar De la Hoya as he made the introductions for Saturday’s card at Staples Center. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican bantamweight prospect Felipe Orucuta (21-1, 17 KOs) will replace the injured former world champion Giovanni Segura on September 15 “At the “Ernesto Ruffo” Gym in Rosarito, Baja California. Orucuta will take on Deivis Pérez in a ten round co-feature. Moving up to main event status is former WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (35-6, 28 KOs) against Devis Perez (14-4-2, 8 KOs) in super flyweight ten rounder. Admission is free.
By Felipe Leon
According to the Zanfer Promotions’ twitter account, former jr. flyweight champ Giovani Segura (28-1, 24KOs) injured his left wrist and is out of the planned Thursday, September 15th fight card in Rosarito, Mexico. A new main event will be made and presented by either tonight or tomorrow morning.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s “Star Power” grand arrivals at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Jessie Vargas, Erik Morales and Pablo Cesar Cano . . . Click here to view
The Global Boxing Series, which was slated to mark the return of club show boxing to North Jersey, has been suspended due to a zoning issue with the town of North Bergen, NJ. The series was to take place at the Global Boxing Arena, which would be configured to fit a maximum of 500 people. The upcoming show on September 24 has been canceled, and all tickets can be returned for a full refund at Global Boxing Gym.
“We are very sorry that we have to cancel the show on such short notice, but we hope to resolve this issue with the town so we can bring high quality boxing entertainment to the fans in Hudson County,” said Global Boxing CEO Mariusz Kolodziej.
The ring officials for Alvarez vs. Gomez appointed by the WBC with mutual agreement with the boxing authorities of California are referee Wayne Hedgepath (California), Judges Alejandro Rochin (Mexico), Ray Corona (California) and Samuel Conde (Puerto Rico). WBC supervisor is Mike George (Rhode Island).
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Victor Ortiz made their grand arrivals today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for their “Star Power” showdown Saturday night on PPV. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi (12-2, 4 KOs) faces the toughest challenge of his career when he meets Mexican Adrian Hernandez for the WBC light flyweight belt on September 24 at Foro Polanco in Mexico City. Hernandez (21-1-1, 13 KOs) will be making the first defence of his belt that he won in April this year when he stopped Gilberto Keb Baas in the eleventh round. (more…)
British super flyweight champion Lee Haskins tops the bill for Prizefighter Super Flyweights at Liverpool Olympia on October 12. Five other fighters have been named so far including English bantamweight titlist Craig Lyon, English flyweight beltholder Ashley Sexton, Mike Robinson, Ryan Farrag and Nathan Reeve. The boxers taking the final two spots will be announced soon.
By Felipe Leon
It was just announced that Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions returns to Baja California this Thursday, September 15th, to commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day. Former world champions Giovani Segura and Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda top off the bill in Rosarito, Baja California, versus separate opponents. (more…)
It’s been sixteen long months since Floyd Mayweather, Jr. has stepped into the ring. The last time we saw the five-division champion in action resulted in a one-sided drubbing of “Sugar” Shane Mosley where Mayweather was criticized for facing a fighter well past his prime. Those complaints should grind to a halt when “Money” faces a fighter a decade his junior when he faces “Vicious” Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas on September 17th. Considering the age difference, Mayweather is confident that his experience and overall skill will be the difference maker on Saturday night. That little concept called ring rust is the furthest thing from his mind. (more…)
Last December, prior to The Ultimate Fighter 12 Finale, Jonathan Brookins mentioned he was preparing mentally and physically for both his opponent, Michael Johnson, as well as a long growing process in the UFC. Brookins was speaking about the journey of his own evolution as a professional fighter, one that wouldn’t peak at the finale, but that would be a nationally televised starting point for things to come. Some journeys are best mapped by clarifying the goal, then working backwards, and Brookins believes he has done just that . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Los Angeles Final Press Conference
(Canelo Alvarez vs. Alfonso Gomez)
1:00PM at the ESPN Zone at L.A. LIVE]
Las Vegas Fighter Grand Arrivals
Location: MGM Grand Hotel Lobby
1:00PM: Jessie Vargas
1:10PM: Erik Morales
1:25PM: Victor Ortiz
2:00PM: Floyd Mayweather
Report and photos by Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-4, 27 KO’s) held a press conference today in Perth Australia to announce he will challenge Poland’s Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 35 KO’s) on Wednesday November 30 at Challenge Stadium in Perth for the WBC World Cruiserweight Title.
The rematch between Green and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver has been put on hold because negotiations between both camps kept breaking down. (more…)
Former three time world champion and Brooklyn, New York based Joan Guzman (30-0-1, 17 KOs) of the Dominican Republic is set to fight on October 15th, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic against Mexican southpaw, Armando Robles (17-1, 9 KOs). The match was originally scheduled for October 1st but was pushed back 2 weeks due to local television comittments. The bout will be promoted by the Caribbean Casino and Gaming Corp., alongside with Guzman’s own promotional company, JG Promotions. (more…)
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