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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources inform on the possibility that legendary former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales could face former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios on September 17 in Las Vegas and that the fight could be for a title at super lightweight. In the coming days Morales will begin his training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the Mexico State. Barrios and Morales were originally to meet in December but due to a legal situation, Barrios could not travel to Mexico. Barrios recently won a legal opportunity to get out of Argentina. Barrios was originally slated to fight Friday in Tucuman, Argentina.
WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and challenger Alfonso Gomez will hold a press conference today at noon at the Central Public Library’s Outdoor Plaza in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their WBC super welterweight world championship fight which will be part of the “Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17.
There will be a second press conference at noon on Wednesday at the PlazAmericas Mall – Lower Level Stage Area (Inside the mall) in Houston, Texas.
Please note: Both events are open to the PUBLIC. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Shields Battles Ellenberger In The Big Easy – Tickets On Sale This Week: Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger go toe-to-toe in a welterweight battle, plus TUF11 winner Court McGee battles Dongi Yang – live on Saturday, September 17 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans – UFC Fight Club presale starts Thursday at 10am CT
The Strikeforce World Grand Prix Continues, Plus The Middleweight Title On The Line – Tickets On Sale This Week: Josh Barnett battles Sergei Kharitonov, and Antonio Silva takes on Daniel Cormier in the semifinals of the World Heavyweight Grand Prix – plus Jacare Souza defends the Strikeforce middleweight championship against Luke Rockhold – live Saturday, September 10 at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio – UFC Fight Club presale starts Thursday at 10am ET
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Ringside report & photos by David Greene
On a night when New Yorkers were dealing with the third night of a record breaking heatwave, a capacity crowd turned up at the unusual site of the Hunts Point Produce Market in the rough-and-tumble South Bronx, for Star Boxing’s, benefit “Knock Out Cancer,” card, held Friday, July 22 . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II (24-4-3, 13 KOs) reappears in the ring on August 13 in Mexico City against compatriot Adam Garcia (14-4-1, 10 KOs) on the eve of the 29th anniversary of the death of his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez. “I’m beginning to see the changes since my return to Mexico and the opponents are increasingly more demanding. Between each fight I’m just resting for a week and cycle back to my workouts because I have clear goals and my desire is to give my best in boxing. My responsibility is linked to my ambition to be world champion,” says Sanchez II. (more…)
Boxing’s most driven world champion is WBA and IBA light heavyweight king, Beibut Shumenov, who takes the next step on his mercurial rise in the sweet science Friday night (July 29) headlining “Fire & Fury” against two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago on TeleFutura’s telecast live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Fresh off a devastating loss to Anderson Silva in his last bout, former champion and global fighting star Vitor Belfort will attempt to take a major step toward reestablishing himself as a middleweight title contender when he faces Asian superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Back-to-back losses, by contrast, would set him well back in the 185-pound pack . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Irishman Brian Magee arrived on Monday night in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he will face local hero Jaime Barboza on Saturday for the WBA interim middleweight title on the WBA’s “KO to Drugs 2011” Festival. “It will be a good fight. I’m trained and I think Costa Rica is a nice country. I’ve acclimated in Panama and don my final work to win this world crown,” said Magee, who sparring with former WBA super featherweight beltholder Vicente Mosquera. Mageee is trained by Panamanian former boxer Bernardo Checa.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: K2 Promotion
On Saturday at the Palace of Sports in Odessa, Ukraine, the Klitschko brothers “K2 Promotions” will present a world championship boxing event. The main event of the evening will be a fight for the interim WBO junior middleweight title between IBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) and Brazilian puncher Mike Miranda (34-3-0, 31 KOs). Both fighters appeared at a Monday press conference.
Zaurbek Baysangurov: “I had excellent training before this fight. I have a serious opponent. I’m glad I’ll be boxing in Odessa, because here I have many friends. Of course, I would like to thank the President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov and his foundation for their support!”
Mike Miranda: “Baysangurov a very strong fighter, but I’m confident in my abilities. I’m an experienced puncher, this is my element. I’m sure that I will knock him out in the fourth round.” (more…)
Pre-fight press conference for the upcoming IBF featherweight world title fight between Billy Dib and Jorge Lacierva on Friday in Sydney, Australia.
World bantamweight champion and consensus top-three pound-for-pound fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank, Inc., announced today that they will move forward together in promoting Donaire’s stellar professional boxing career.
“I am very happy and pleased to announce a recent reconciliation between Top Rank, and myself, and I am also extremely excited to announce that I will be back in the ring this coming October,” said Donaire. “There were some details that required attention, and I feel confident now that my professional goals are being understood and respected by Top Rank. And we have likewise come to a mutual understanding and agreement as far as our common objectives in boxing and how we can work better together as a team. I was able to sit down and figure out the fight map, which both Top Rank and I could agree with. Having a shared goal now, and working together, I’m certain will only make for better fights, and better boxing, now and in the future. (more…)
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda is in his final days of training camp and will be on his way to Las Vegas tomorrow in preparation for his July 29th fight on ESPN2. Miranda is coming off his first light heavyweight fight and ready to step up the competition against a tough Cuban fighter by the name of Yordanis Despaigne. Despaigne showed a very promising armature career by defeating top names like Jean Pascal and Tomasz Adamek and fighting to a tough one point loss to Andre Direll. He was one of the top prospects at light heavyweight building a perfect 8-0 record until facing his first professional loss to another great prospect, Ismayl Sillakh. Despaigne has blamed severe cuts during this bout for his loss and wants to prove to the world that he has what it takes to compete with the best at 175lbs. (more…)
Two OPI 2000 fighters scored wins in the weekend.
On Saturday in Forlì, Italy, former WBC female flyweight champion Simona Galassi returned to the ring after a highly controversial decision of last March 11 in Mexico against Mariana Juarez with a six round decision against Bulgarian Svetla Taskova.
On Sunday in Civitavecchia, Italy, Italian lightweight champion Emiliano Marsili (23-0-1, 9 KOs) only need 24 seconds to retain his title and destroy Paolo Gassani (14-1, 6 KOs) in the first round.
IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham and number-one ranked welterweight Mike Jones have signed an endorsement deal with Cov Glove, a leather sleeve that covers the tape around the wrist. The Cov Glove protects the fighter from having his tape come loose as well as protecting his opponent from Tape scraping against his head and eyes and has all been certified by USA Boxing.
WBA/IBF Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan will guest this evening on “LOPEZ TONIGHT”, the award winning late night talk show hosted by George Lopez. Broadcast on TBS, the show will air tonight at 12 EST, 11pm CST. This will be Khan’s first late night talk show appearance in the United States and takes place just hours before he departs for his hometown of Bolton, England.
Former four-time world champion, Carina “La Reina” Moreno (21-3, 6 KO’s) returns to the ring when she faces Chantel “Georgous Babe” Cordova (8-2-1, 3 KO’s) August 27, 2011. The bout will go off on the Robert Guerrero vs. Marcos Maidana card, set to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source indicates that in the Dominican Republic business people and sports journalists are seeking the support of that country’s President for financial assistance so Elio Rojas can fight in the city of San Francisco de Macoris for the WBC championship against Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez. The WBC recently stated that Gonzalez must defend against Rojas. Other sources suggest the possibility that Rojas-Gonzalez could land on the September 17th Mayweather-Ortiz card in Las Vegas. Since July 2007 Rojas has only fought four times.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Rene Perez/Canelo Promotions
The Traditional Jalisco Arena will open its doors next Friday with a Canelo Promotions event called “New Blood, Debut Night” that will star featured prospects from Guadalajara, Mexico. In the star attraction, Moises “Gatti” Delgadillo will face José “Polvora” Mendoza in a 10-round fight in the lightweight division. Delgadillo has eight fights without defeat, while Mendoza will look for a win after two failures in the United States. (more…)
Super bantamweight prospect Carl Frampton will challenge Kiko Martinez for the European title on September 10 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The fight will be the chief support bout on the Paul McCloskey vs. Breidis Prescott WBA light welterweight world title eliminator, and Frampton is confident he can wrestle the title from the Spaniard in just his 11th pro contest. “I’ve wanted this fight for a long time and I believe 100 per cent that I will beat Kiko,” said Frampton. “He’s a dangerous fighter and a world class one but I believe that I am a world class fighter too and a massive hometown show is the perfect platform for me to prove it.”
Photos: Hennessy Sports
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury proved on Saturday night that he’s not only the new star of World boxing after winning the British and Commonwealth titles but also a major ratings puller for Channel 5 in the United Kingdom as well as a pay-per-view audience in North America. Channel 5 executives were left thrilled by 6ft 9′ Fury’s sensational performance in the victory over Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena which attracted a peak audience figure of 3m viewers – demonstrating once again the appeal of boxing to the public. British and Commonwealth champion Fury is now ready to become a global star with not only Channel 5 but American broadcasters eager to screen his future fights. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: CDL Promotions
WBA #10 Robbie Bryant (15-1-1, 7 KOs) outscored former Australian champion Les Piper (14-9-3, 3 KOs) to capture the IBF Australasian middleweight title via twelve round split decision at the Italian club, Perth, Western Australia on Saturday. (more…)
A night of boxing promoted by Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set for the South Philly Asylum Arena on Friday. Headlining the card is the comeback of former USBA junior middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh Ennis (22-3-1, 13KO’s) who is ready to make another run towards the elusive world title bout. He first must get by dangerous Mexican knockout artist Saul “Baby” Duran (38-18-2, 31KO’s) in the eight round main event of the evening. (more…)
Goossen Tutor Promotions has named Danny Brener, son of California Boxing Hall of Fame and public relations veteran Steve Brener, as its Vice President of Communications. The younger Brener has grown up surrounded by the sport of boxing and the skills needed to be a top publicist. Almost seven years ago to the day, Brener officially began working in boxing for his father’s famed sports public relations firm, Brener Zwikel & Associates. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source reported that the possibility exists that legendary promoter Don King” could travel to Costa Rica this week to attend the WBA’s “KO to Drugs” Festival. King, who turns 80 on August 20, could also hit Nicaragua to attempt to line up an IBF world title fight for former world champion Ricardo Mayorga who could fight the belt in his own country with the support of the Government. The Festival WBA “KO to Drugs” fight card will be held Saturday at the Costa Rica National Gym. In the main event, Costa Rican James “The Indian” Barboza will try to win the vacant WBA interim super middleweight world title against Irishman Brian Magee.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Ed Diller/Star Boxing
Junior middleweights Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak recently staged a memorable, violent ten round fight that is considered to be a candidate for Fight of the Year. The seesaw battle ended in a controversial majority draw. While Wolak did throw more punches, Rodriguez was credited with being more accurate and landing the cleaner shots, especially in the later portion of the fight. “I really felt I won that fight fair and square,” says Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) whose career has been marked, one could even say marred, by close, controversial decisions going against him. Fightnews sat down with Delvin Rodriguez to discuss the Wolak fight and its aftermath. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Fans had a winner and loser in Saturday’s big fights on each side of the pond— a rousing battle for the British heavyweight title that saw underdog Tyson Fury defeat Dereck Chisora and a big-fight flop in Las Vegas as Amir Khan ran right over a confused and intimidated Zab Judah in five rounds. As we now say, I’m taking nothing away from Khan, but Judah was a major disappointment: This was a fighter who declared himself “150% ready”; the “new” Zab Judah, he said, was a “monster.” Why do fighters come up with such ridiculous comments and then fail miserably to perform on the night? (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Last Friday night, Bobby D. Presents, in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Barron Entertainment Co., packed the house at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in sunny and warm San Diego, CA, in the latest installment of their San Diego Boxing Series.
In the main event, local favorite James “Chocolate” Parison (14-4, 4KOs) earned a hard fought decision over a very game Eddie Hunter (4-7-2, 2KOs) of Seattle, WA in a six round super middleweight contest in front of a enthusiastic hometown crowd. The fight was much closer than the 59-54 three times would indicate. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
In the Main Event of Western Alliance 5, Robbie Bryant (15-1-1, 7 KOs) retained his Pan Asian Middleweight title via split decision against game challenger Les Piper (13-9-3) at the WA Italian Club North Perth Australia last night. Judges scored the bout 115-113 for Bryant while the other card read 117-111 for Piper. Bryant suffered a gash to his forehead in round 3 which had to be examined by the ringside doctor on two separate occasions during the bout. For more details and photos click here…
At the Rafael Hernandez Coliseum in David, Panama, featherweight Nelson Guillen (7-3) scored his fourth victory in a row by outpointing Edgar Guillen (1-2) in four rounds on the main event of a local rising stars card. Bantamweight Edward Cordoba (4-4) scored a majority decision over Luis Caballero (2-3-2). Two fights of all debutants completed the show in which welterweight Alberto Delgado won at 2:59 of 3rd round over Nestor Becker by TKO as well as superfeather Johan Mosquera defeated Victor Caballero at 0:41 on the second.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
It is often recommended by adults, especially teachers, to never cram for an important test the day before or on the same day. Anthony Dirrell did not heed that advice in his preparation for Friday night’s fight against Kevin Engel. Rather than fail, Dirrell passed his “exam” against Engel with flying colors. “It was just today (Friday) that I saw videos (from his last fight) and he was just a sucker for a right hand,” said Dirrell after the fight. The right hands would slowly break Engel down, eventually leading to a questionable second round knockout victory at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. (more…)
At the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) took another step towards becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion as he scored a fifth round knockout over Zab Judah (41-7) to claim Judah’s IBF junior welterweight title to go along with his WBA Super junior welterweight title. The victory wasn’t without its fair share of controversy however. What was a borderline low blow sank Judah to his knees as referee Vic Drakulich began to count Judah out. Judah remained on the canvas as the count reached ten and immediately protested that the right hand landed on his cup. Replays show that the punch landed right on Judah’s belt line . . . Click here for more
There are shot lists and there are shot lists.
After last night’s suped-up demolishment of downed Zab “Super” Judah, Amir Khan will get to compile a shot list of who’s next. Beltless Judah, on the other hand, belted on the beltline and Khanquered for five rounds, may find himself on a shot list – a list with a different meaning . . . Click here for more
WBO #12 cruiserweight B.J. Flores moved to 25-1-1, 16 KOs after a fifth round TKO over Nick Iannuzzi (16-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the O’Reilly Center in Springfield, Missouri. Flores dropped Iannuzzi in round one and punished him for five rounds. Iannauzzi stayed on his stool after the fifth round. With the win, Flores picked up the vacant NABO interim and NABA USA belts.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Female flyweight Irma “Guerita” Sanchez became the first Mexican female fighter to be awarded world titles in two divisions after winning by TKO in the seventh round against Panamanian Carlota Santos on Saturday night at the Coliseum Olympic UDG Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
Featherweight Eduardo Escobedo impressively knocked out Joksan “Torito” Hernandez in the second round to win the IBF Latino championship. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (36-11-2, 24 KOs) battered outgunned challenger Kenichi “Machine Gun” Yamaguchi (17-2-2, 4 KOs) until referee Roberto Ramírez Jr. stopped the one-sided fight in round eleven on Saturday night at the CUM in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. Salido dropped Yamaguchi in round three and dominated all the way. Time was 2:50. Former champion Juan Manuel Lopez was in attendance cheering for Salido to win. They are expected to meet in a rematch this October. (more…)
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
After 10 very entertaining rounds, Joe Hanks (17-0, 12 KO) defeated (somewhat surprisingly all the judges gave Hanks all the rounds) Alfredo Escalera jr. (18-4, 12 KO). Fans of heavyweight boxing during the first annual “Knock Out Cancer” Joe DeGuardia open-air event in the Bronx Hunts Point Produce Market, saw more power exchanges in one round of this main event fight that in 12 rounds of many recent heavyweight bouts. “Alfredo was a very tough guy today. He was fearless, caught me with good shots but I have a good chin – now people know this for sure. I was happy with my performance. I sustained my effort through full ten rounds. I didn’t know Escalera’s name before, I know it now,” said new IBA International champion. (more…)
In a jr welterweight unification clash, WBA champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a dominating fifth round KO against IBF champion Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Khan was in command from the outset and finished Judah with a right hand to the belt line. Time was 2:47. Judah claimed the last punch was a low blow, but referee Vic Drakulich didn’t buy it and counted Judah out.
Unbeaten super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillen (25-0, 19 KOs) brutalized late replacement for the injured Tarvis Simms, Jason Lehoullier (21-6-1, 8 KOs) before the towel was mercifully thrown in round 5. Time of stoppage was 1:38
In a heavyweight rematch, Bryant Jennings (9-0) soundly thumped Theron Johnson (5-6) for 6 rounds and earned a unanimous decision victory. Scores were 60-53 (twice) and 59-54.
Undefeated featherweight Gary Russell Jr. continued his rise up the ranks with a one-sided unanimous decision over the game, but overmatched, Eric Estrada. Russell scored numerous combinations and dropped Estrada in the 7th. Scores were 80-71 across the board.
James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs) continued the road back to title contention as he starched Alexis Hloros (15-4-2) en route to a second round TKO victory. It was fun while it lasted as Hloros caught Kirkland with several right hands early. But “The Mandingo Warrior” was far too strong for his Mt. Clemens opponent and dropped Hloros twice in the first round and polished him off with a missile right hook in the opening moments of the second. Kirkland is now 2-0 with Ann Wolfe back in his corner and proves to still be an entertaining fighter to watch. Time of stoppage was :25.
Ronny Rios blitzed Noe Lopez, Jr. with a ruthless body attack and scored a 1st round TKO victory in a scheduled 8 round junior lightweight affair. Rios dropped Lopez with a straight right to the body seconds into the bout and sucked the fight out of Lopez. Another brutal body shot later and it was all she wrote. Time of stoppage was 1:12. (more…)
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