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One day, maybe Saturday, maybe 500 Saturdays from now, Roger Bowling will look at the man who made up nearly 30 percent of his first 11 prizefights and thank him. He may already be doing it now, with his third fight against Bobby Voelker coming up on Friday in Las Vegas. But the point is, he will eventually shake his opponent’s hand for the lesson that was taught to him last October . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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By Nick Giongco
Franklin Gacal, the Filipino lawyer of pound-for-pound star Manny Pacquiao, said on Thursday night that Canadian Mike Koncz’s role in Team Pacquiao will be drastically cut with the hands-on involvement of VisionQwest Accountancy Group of Los Angeles. Koncz is on his way to Manila from Los Angeles and is expected to arrive Friday morning.
When news came out Monday that he had been fired by Pacquiao, Koncz immediately contacted his boss and was assured that he remains part of the team. Interviewed by Filipino scribes one day after the Internet reports came out, Pacquiao said the report of Koncz’s alleged firing “is not true.” Even Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who is vacationing in the South of France, said Koncz will remain as Pacquiao’s adviser.
But MP8.ph website, said to be the official website of Pacquiao, said that’s no longer the case and that it was Pacquiao himself who decided on the matter. Koncz said “things like this happen whenever I am not with Manny in the Philippines.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Mathysse (28-2, 26 KOs) will return home to Argentina for his next bout, which could be in Madryn or Trelew on September 30 in an event broadcast by DirecTV Latin America. Mathysse lives and trains in Junin, Argentina and hopes to prepare during the next eight weeks with his trainer Cuty Barrera. According to a source Mathysse has strong desire to fight in Chubut. One possible opponent could be current Argentina welterweight champion Claudio “Pumita” Olmedo (22-3, 21 KOs), but there is also a possibility of lining up a world title eliminator or a showdown with a former world champion.
Report/Video by Przemek Garczarczyk
“This is one of our basic movement training methods. Depending on Tomek’s daily schedule, now when he is sparring, I usually use two sets of rubbers – 30 and 50 pounds of weight,” said Tyler Woodman, Tomasz Adamek’s conditioning and strength coach. “For some it may look funny, but this is very effective way of making Tomek’s ring movement a thing of beauty. Tomek sometimes does two 3-minute rounds, just doing shadow boxing like there’s nothing on his ankles. A normal, physically fit person would not be able even make one step with a 50-pound rubber.”
Because Adamek arrived from his training camp in the Poconos Mountains, to New York for an HBO presser with Vitali Klitschko, we were able to get a rare glimpse behind the Polish fighter’s training methods before his WBC heavyweight title fight on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland.
By Gabriel F. Corero
Argentinian welterweight prospect Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregú (29-1, 23 KOs) hopes to return August 12 in Delmi, Argentina against compatriot Walter “Bazooka” Diaz (26-8-1, 15 KOs), at welterweight. It would be Abregu’s first fight in over a year since suffering his only loss to WBC/WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. He suffered an injury to his right hand which required intensive treatment, but according to a source Abregu has been training well, hopes to return in good shape.
Prizefighter returns for a new season on September 15 with “Prizefighter: Light-Middleweights II” at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. No fighters have been announced yet for the 20th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament. For the first time in Prizefighter the draw will be made in the ring on the night before the eight Prizefighters battle for the title and the £32,000 winner’s cheque.
Various media are reporting that promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for rejecting a big payday against Amir Khan and choosing to wait for his contract to expire. The Bradley camp believes he is a free agent.
This week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast has been pushed back to 10PM/ET this week to allow a 9PM re-airing of last week’s barnburner between Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak, which will have live wraps from Brian Kenny, Joe Tessitore & Teddy Atlas with Delvin Rodriguez in studio.
Fightnews would like to offers its deepest condolences to Dr. Alex Constantinides of Colorado Springs, who lost his wife and three children yesterday in a tragic flooding accident in Wyoming. Dr. Constantinides worked as a ringside physician in Colorado for nearly every MMA and boxing event over the last several years and is held in the highest esteem throughout the Southwest. He is in our thoughts and prayers.
USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris’ often tumultuous boxing career is back in a good place, after he redeemed himself last Saturday in Atlantic City, when he stopped Derric “The Shaolin Fist” Rossy in the 12th round at Resorts Casino Hotel. Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) was coming off of a disappointing loss by third round to Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) in May, shown live on ESPN Friday Night Fights in their IBF Box-Off.
Rossy (25-5, 14 KOs), rated #15 by the IBF, served as a litmus test for Harris, a 35-year-old whose major claim to fame is winning the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament, defeating Thompson in the $100,000 finale, as well as defeating world champion Sergei Liakhovich. The New Jersey fighter found himself at the crossroads once again, facing possible retirement if he lost to Rossy, the former Boston College football standout who had previously defeated WBO champion and 1988 Olympic gold-medal winner Ray Mercer (DEC12) and world title challenger Carl David Drummond (DEC10). (more…)
Today at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge, under the sweltering Manhattan sun, middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and “Dazzling” Darren Barker, along with members of their respective camps and other boxing luminaries, gathered to announce “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” – or “Marvelous Night” – their October 1 clash emanating from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Below are comments from participants in today’s kick-off press conference:
Sergio Martinez, Middleweight World Champion: I want to thank HBO and DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Lewkowicz, my adviser. I also want to thank Darren and all of his team. I hope to see everyone on October 1.
Darren Barker, Challenger: It’s nice to see this New York sun keeping my belt warm. I am from London, my father was a boxer; I grew up around boxing. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport. I had over amateur 100 fights, fighting in hostile environments in other countries and coming away with medals. I live for that moment. There is a great series of movies, Rocky. They captured the mentality of the underdog. If the favorite always won in sport, it wouldn’t be any fun. I’m here to prove that the underdog can cause a massive upset. So, you may not know who I am now, but come October 1, you will know exactly who ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker is. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Dante “Crazy” Jardón will fight again in Mexico City, this time to defend his WBC super featherweight Youth title against Adrian Tellez, also from Mexico, this July 29 in the Jose Cuervo Saloon. Jardon, with 17 wins and 15 KOs, is looking to step into the WBC absolute title, against an opponent of experience, who has 11 wins and 8 KOs, to make it clear that he is ready for global opportunities. (more…)
All the shots from today’s public workouts with Amir “King” Khan and Zab “Super” Judah at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Click here
Former two time World Champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, will travel tomorrow to Mexico to watch the first title defense of WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, this Saturday, July 23, at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) will travel with Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) vice-president, also to talk about the potential rematch against Salido (35-11-2, 23 KOs), who defends his WBO 126lb belt versus Japanese Kenichi Yamaguchi (17-1-2, 4 KOs). Salido beat Lopez last April 16 by an eight round TKO at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to gain the Featherweight crown. “We are going to travel to Mexico to work on the rematch (Lopez-Salido) hoping for finalize all the details and schedule the fight,” Rivera said. October 1 and 15 are possibles dates for the Lopez-Salido fight that will apparently be held in Puerto Rico.
Report/Photo: Ahmed Santos
Mexican contender Gabriel “Rey” Martínez gets ready at full blast for what undoubtedly is his toughest test, and at the same time the best opportunity to date in his career, when on July 30th he faces impressive undefeated Mike Alvarado. Aware of the quality of his opponent, Martínez (27-2-1, 14 KOs) is having a unique training, especially in strength conditioning, in the red-hot desert of his hometown of Empalme, Sonora, and claims that he will be ready to shock everybody against the feared Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) in his backyard. (more…)
Photo: While Amir “King” Khan (foreground, left) was talking to the press, Zab “Super” Judah (right) treated a crowd of 200 to several rounds on the mitts at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The two staged public workouts to hype their fight Saturday night. Stay tuned for more photos.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode could possibly fight for his first world title belt in his next bout, according to Gary Shaw, his promoter. Shaw told Fightnews.com that he is attempting to arrange a bout with the IBF’s top available contender in an elimination bout. GSP matchmaker John Beninati also told Fightnews that they are looking to arrange a bout against world title holder Guillermo Jones. Kayode (17-0, 14 KO’s) is the number one ranked contender for Jones’ belt and is ranked in the top five of the other sanctioning bodies. “We’re looking to get Lateef in the ring in the fall, sometime in October,” said Shaw. The Nigerian-born Kayode resides in Hollywood, CA and trains at the famed Wild Card Gym under Freddie Roach.
Former heavyweight boxer Eric Esch, more popularly known as Butterbean, barreled into the national ring in the ‘90s like a 400-pound wrecking ball clad in American flag shorts. Now, Butterbean is taking his hard-earned, tough guy reputation to the streets of his hometown: he’s been deputized by the Walker County Sheriff’s office, and he’s on a one-man mission to bring back a sense of community safety… no matter how many butts he has to kick. In his first-ever television series, Big Law: Deputy Butterbean chronicles the Reserve Deputy as he joins his partner and best friend, Deputy Adam Hadder, on the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in Jasper, Ala. Viewers follow the oversized deputy and get insider access to every training session, patrol ride and bad guy bust that Butterbean experiences, all in the hopes of making Jasper a safer and cleaner place for his kids and grandkids. Half-hour episodes will run back to back every Tuesday beginning August 9 at 10 and 10:30 PM (ET) on Investigation Discovery.
World middleweight contender Andy Lee (L) is in London supporting his cousin, undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs), who challenges British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in Saturday’s 12-round main event on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event, from Wembley Arena in London.
“The Big Brawl” event on PPV, distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media, will be available for live viewing in the U.S. at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-Japanese national lightweight title challenger Yoshitaka Kato (19-4-1, 5 KOs), 135, eked out a hairline but unanimous verdict (78-77, 77-75 and 78-75) over JBC#7 southpaw Nobuo Maruyama (13-5-1, 4 KOs), 134.5, over eight close rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a possibility that the sensational WBA light flyweight world champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez (29-0, 24 KOs) could fight October 1 in Las Vegas on a card headlined by WBC super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka against former world champion Rafael Marquez. One source indicated Conzalez could face IBF light flyweight world champion Ulises ‘Archie’ Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) pr possibly former champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-2, 6 KOs) among others.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez could face former champ Elio Rojas, who gave up the title 2010 with an injury. Rojas was declared “champion in recess” and González went on to win the title on April 11 against Hozumi Hasegawa. Rojas has sent notification to the WBC seeking to exercise his right as a “champion in recess” to immediately fight for a WBC title. “I’m ready for Rojas and any other major rivals if there is good money,” says Gonzalez.
Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (29-6, 20 KOs) outclassed IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KOs) and scored a ninth round TKO on Wednesday night at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Tarver was in command from the outset, dropping Green in round two. The fight was stopped after round nine with Green out on his feet.
In a clash of former world champions, Naoufel “Chocolata” Ben Rabah (34-3, 18 KOs) scored a third round KO over Isaac Hlatswayo (30-3-1, 10 KOs) in a welterweight bout.
Cruiserweight Shane Cameron (27-2, 21 KOs) scored an explosive 12th round KO over game Dominic Vea (13-3, 10 KOs). The bout featured good toe-toe action.
By Scott Ploof
Tickets are going extremely fast for CES Boxing’s “Heat Wave,” an eleven bout fight card at the Mohegan Sun Arena inside of the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Friday July 29th. Headlining in the twelve round main event will be a heavyweight battle for the vacant WBC International title between Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) as he takes on the undefeated hot prospect originally from Poland now fighting out of Bergen, NJ, Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs). The co-feature for the regional WBC USNBC middleweight belt is a ten round battle of two of Connecticut’s best fighters, New Haven’s Elvin Ayala (23-5-1, 11 KOs), who is a former world title challenger against former two time world champion and Hartford’s own Israel “Pito” Cardona (38-10, 28 KOs). An eight round special attraction as well is on the card featuring former three-time world welterweight and junior middleweight champion, Paxton Promotions own and the pride of Worcester, MA, Jose Antonio Rivera (40-6-1, 24 KOs). Do not miss this exciting event. Limited tickets ($105, $65, and $40) are still available now by calling (508) 769-5438.
Ring legend Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns has been confirmed for a meet & greet with fight fans inside the arena on August 12th during the Solo Boxeo fight card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Hearns’ nephew, Jonathan Jackson is on the Aug. 12th card taking on an opponent to be named.
ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Classic will re-air the main event of July 15’s edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on July 20 and 22. The special will be the first non-regularly scheduled reair for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
Bantamweight Teon Kennedy (17-0-1, 7 KOs) returns August 13 at Bally’s Atlantic City when he boxes Alejandro Lopez (21-2, 7 KOs).
Several exciting matchups are scheduled for the FNF off-TV undercard on July 29 at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Undefeated knockout artist Rances Barthelemy (12-0, 10 KOs) meets Gerardo Robles (14-9, 6 KOs) in an eight-round super featherweight matchup. Also undefeated light heavyweight Sergey Kovalev (15-0, 13 KOs) faces Douglas Otieno (23-6, 12 KOs) for the NABA belt. The main event is an IBF super lightweight elimination bout between Victor Cayo and Lamont Peterson. Popular Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) will also see action.
Also July 29 on the undercard on the Telefutura card at the in South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, WBA #9 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (14-0, 12 KOs) faces Hector “The Hurricane” Munoz (19-5-1, 12 KOs) and WBA #2 light heavyweight Ahmedov (16-0-1, 12 KOs) takes on Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KOs) in another 10-rounder. The main event is WBA light heavyweight champ Beibut Shumenov against Danny Santiago.
Tickets on sale today at noon ET/9 AM PT for “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” featuring Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez defending his middleweight title vs. “Dazzling” Darren Barker on October 1 in Atlantic City.
WBC President says that boxing is going down in the United States and Mexico has begun to play the leading role. Sulaiman pointed out that Americans have a foreign idol in Filipino Manny Pacquiao and the fact that the heavyweight champion is not American shows the decline of boxing in the U.S. On the contrary, Sulaiman states that Mexico will stage many world title fights during the year and is on track to be the most active in boxing because it fills the arenas and audiences are at levels that equal or exceed those of soccer.
The WBC is also donating a statue on Rocky Marciano to the city of Brockton, Massachusetts. The unveiling is planned for Sept 1 2012, which would have been Rocky’s 89th birthday.
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao took a slight dig on Juan Manuel Marquez’s tuneup victim, the hapless Colombian Likar Ramos, who lasted less than a round with the Mexican counter-puncher in their bout held over the weekend in Cancun, Mexico. “Hinipan lang eh (a light breeze did it),” Pacquiao told three Filipino fight scribes who have been covering his fights on US soil as he was relaxing at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila on Tuesday night. Marquez hardly worked out a sweat in knocking out Ramos, using his trademark right hand counter, in sending the South American flat on his back.
Pacquiao and Marquez are slugging it out for the third time on Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Filipino assured his interviewers he won’t imitate what Ramos did.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said Mike Koncz remains as his adviser after reports circulated on the Internet starting Monday night that the Canadian has been given the pink slip. “Hindi totoo yan (those aren’t true),” said Pacquiao. Koncz is actually arriving in Manila after spending more than two months in the US Thursday morning (Wednesday night in the US). Even though Koncz has the full backing of Top Rank chief Bob Arum, a lot of Pacquiao associates want the head of Koncz to roll.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #7 super featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KOs) chopped down Geoffrey Munika (21-16-2, 12 KOs) of Kenya in ten rounds at Chumphon Buri, Surin, Thailand in a nationally televised scheduled twelve round bout on Friday. Munika boxed skillfully in round one to avoid the heavy handed punches of Sakkreerin by continually moving around the ring and keeping his left jab working but in round three the classy Thai found the range for a right hand power shot to the jaw that dropped the importation for a count of eight. Sakkreerin continued the assault and controlled the fight in all the following rounds but Munika proved to a courageous opponent. For more details and photos click here…
Word out of Brazil today is that Acelino “Popo” Freitas could come out of retirement later this year to fight Michael Oliveira in Brazil. He has reportedly verbally agreed in principal, TV Globo has agreed to broadcast, and details are to be negotiated so there’s no signed contract as of yet. Freitas supposedly said, “give me four months to train and I’ll show this kid what boxing is all about.” Team Oliveira believes with 4 months of training with new head coach Orlando Cueller (Glen Johnson’s trainer), Oliveira would be ready. The 36-year-old Freitas hasn’t fought in 4 1/2 years and the highest weight he’s fought at is 139. The weight will probably be a catch at whatever both agree to but probably in the 150s.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“I can promise you right now, I will not hold back. If you want to fight, I will be there to fight. It’s a promise,” said WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitchko (42-2, 39 KOs) seated across from his September 10 rival, former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs). Both fighters arrived at HBO headquarters in Manhattan for their only US appearance at special press conference and both promised that they will not just speak about a great fight – they will deliver. (more…)
Six-time world champion in five weight divisions Floyd “Money” Mayweather is inviting British boxing fans to one of his daily workouts at his Las Vegas gym as he prepares for his September 17 mega-fight against “Vicious” Victor Ortiz. Mayweather, who will be joined by trainer Roger Mayweather, is eager to show his appreciation to his U.K. fan base by opening camp to the British invasion that will descend upon Las Vegas for the Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah fight taking place this weekend and for those Brits who reside in the Las Vegas area.
Fans are encouraged to arrive early to enjoy this opportunity to see Mayweather train on Thursday (July 21) at 3PM at the Mayweather Boxing Gym located at 4020 Schiff Dr. (In Chinatown just off corner of Spring Mountain Road and S. Wynn Drive).
Photo and report by Brett Bonetti
Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (36-3, 24 KOs) knows his fight against South Africa’s Virgil Kalakoda (25-6-2, 16 KOs) this Saturday night at the WA Italian Club in Perth Australia is “Do or Die”. Dawson will fight for the Pan Asian Boxing Association interim Light Middleweight title against Kalakoda. Kalakoda is a former IBC World Champion, hungry for the challenge to beat Dawson and move into world title contention. (more…)
Report and Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez announced today at “Tuesday of coffee with Sulaiman” that he is ready to fight September 15 in Las Vegas against one of the best in his division such as Yuriorkis Gamboa, Daniel Ponce de Leon or Roiner Caballero. “I found Helio Rojas in Atlantic City and he challenged me, of course I accepted whenever he wants” Jhonny said.
Also on hand was WBC #4 lightweight Daniel “El Tremendo” Estrada, who proclaimed his injured right hand is rehabilitated and he’s looking for an opportunity for the title vacated by Humberto Soto. WBC President Jose Sulaiman informed him that Tony DeMarco from Mexico and Jorge Linares from Venezuela will fight for the vacant crown while Daniel has to go to an elimination bout with another ranked contender and wait for an opportunity next year.
Chicagoland promoter Bobby Hitz announced that he has a co-promotional deal (along with Square Ring Promotions) with Chicago’s own former world heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-7, 21 KOs). “There’s no question Fres is still an elite heavyweight,” asserted Hitz. “He’s had some bad luck fighting in other people’s hometowns, so Square Ring Promotions and Hitz Boxing are going to resurrect his fortunes and get him back on track for another title shot.”
Hitz also announced that he has signed promotional agreements with the Brothers Amidu, Yakubu (19-2-1, 17 KOs) and Abdullai (19-0, 17 KOs) and lightweight Chris Singleton (2-0, 2 KOs).
Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport announced that Paul McCloskey will face Breidis Prescott in an official eliminator for the WBA Light-Welterweight title at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland on September 10. It marks a return to action for McCloskey after his World title challenge against Amir Khan in Manchester on April 16. The Khan loss is the sole blemish on McCloskey’s 23 fight record and the 31 year-old gets the perfect opponent to avenge that defeat – the only man to beat Khan, Breidis Prescott. “We’re going for the man that Amir couldn’t beat,” said McCloskey. “I could’ve gone for an easier fight but I don’t feel like a beaten fighter so why should I go for anything but the best.
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