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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm is in the final stages of training camp for his tenth title defense on June 25 at the 18,000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, against the hard-hitting and dangerous Irishman Matthew Macklin. The defending champion engaged in a ten-round sparring session today against two different sparring partners, with one of them being the experienced former European champion Lolenga Mock–a regular in Sturm’s camp. For more details and photos click here…
Per Joe Dwyer NABF President: Effective immediately, any two (2) rated NABF boxers who engage in an elimination bout will see the winner elevated to # 1 rated in their division. The current NABF champion will then be obligated to defend against that boxer in their upcoming mandatory title defense. Failure to do so will result in the title being vacated. The NABF Executive Committee implemented this rule at their Atlantic City Convention, last week.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The bout for the WBA featherweight world title between former world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero and champion Jonathan Victor Barros scheduled for June 18 in Mendoza, Argentina has been postponed to a new date. The reason given is the travel situation to and from South America due to volcanic ash that have caused the cancellation of flights. Caballero had tried to leave Panama on Sunday and Monday, but both flights were cancelled. July 2 was given as a possible rescheduled date.
UPDATE: Teon Kennedy was released today on his own recognizance and did not have to post any bail. The victim has told people that he knows it was not Teon who shot him and Teon’s fight Aug. 13 at Bally’s is going forward as planned.
— J Russell Peltz, Teon’s promoter
Philadelphia based USBA jr featherweight champion Teon Kennedy (17-0-1, 7 KOs) is being held by authorities on a variety of charges including attempted murder. Other charges include aggravated assault, conspiracy to commit murder, carrying forearms without a license, carrying firearms in public, possession of an instrument of crime, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person. All the charges are stemming from an incident on May 30 and he has been in custody since awaiting a preliminary hearing. He was slated to fight in Atlantic City on August 13.
Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook (23-0, 16 KOs) says he will become the first man to stop veteran Lovemore N’dou (48-12-2, 31 KOs) on June 25 at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. “It’s a massive night for me and I plan to put on a dazzling show for those lucky enough to be there to watch it,” said Brook. “I know N’dou will be a real test but that’s what I want – an opponent who is going to take me to places I haven’t been so far. I’m training to go 12 rounds with him but I know that stopping him will send out a real message that I am ready to mix it with the very best and fight for a world title….there are big, big fights out there for me – but first things first, I need to see off N’dou and do it in style live on Sky Sports.”
Looks like middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will return in October against WBC #3 ranked Darren Barker from London, England. Contracts are yet to be signed but both camps are onboard for the fight. Barker is 23-0, 14 KOs and is the reigning British, Commonwealth and European titleholder.
In 2010, Bobby Voelker and Roger Bowling engaged in two of the most exciting contests of the year, splitting victories and leaving fans craving a third fight to settle the score. On July 22, the wait will come to an end as STRIKEFORCE® Challengers presents the rubber match at the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
NABA lightweight titleholder Logan Cotton McGuinness defends his belt for the first time June 24th in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz, headlining “Friday Night At The Fights,” at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The unbeaten McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs), rated #11 by the WBA, will be fighting at home where he won the NABA belt this past February, stopping veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5) in the fourth round. Ruiz (22-3-1, 16 KOs) will be fighting outside of his native Mexico for the first time. He is undefeated in his last five fights with four wins and a draw. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBC 105-pound champ Hiroki Ioka (7-0, 5 KOs) will defend his belt against official challenger Juan Hernandez (18-1, 13 KOs), Mexico, at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on August 10. For Ioka, 22, it will be his first defense since he impressively dethroned previously unbeaten Oleydong Sithsamerchai via fifth round stoppage last February.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#6/WBC#8 Japanese lightweight champ Nihito Arakawa (20-1-1, 14 KOs), 134.5, kept his national belt as he connected with good combinations with precision and finally dropped Masanori Shoda (14-8-1, 7 KOs), 135, with a solid southpaw left, prompting the referee Tsuchiya’s intervention at 2:09 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
In a national title twinbill, Makoto Fuchigami (16-6, 7 KOs), 159.25, made his second defense of the Japanese middleweight belt when he had Hidenori Tajima (13-8-1, 8 KOs), 160, retire on the stool because of his cornerman’s decision after the fifth session. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Ryo Miyazaki (14-0-3, 8 KOs), 108, successfully retained his OPBF light-flyweight belt by earning a unanimous decision (118-110, 119-110 and 117-111) over Filipino Donny Mabao (AKA Mabao D. Singwangcha; 17-19-1, 3 KOs), 107.75, on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Miyazaki, a stablemate of WBA 108-pound champ Kazuto Ioka, maintained the pressure with strong rights, piling up points steadily. Promoter: Ioka Promotions.
By Pepe Rodríguez/WBC
Photo: Quequi Newspaper of Quintana Roo
The current WBC lightweight champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2), entered the final stage of his preparation to defend the WBC crown against the Japan’s Motoki Sasaski (36-8,-1) on June 25 in Cozumel Mexico. Soto began on Monday what will be his last week in the mountains of Temoaya, Mexico, where he remained for the past six weeks, and is almost ready to defend his world championship for the fourth time.
The event will be called “Kamikases en Cozumel”, and will take place at the Quintana Roo park of the beautiful island of Cozumel, Mexico. “This will be a great fight because Sasaki, as a good Japanese fighter, will come to give a war in the ring,” said Romulo Quirarte Jr. (Soto’s trainer), who added that Humberto has acquired a physical and mental strength as never before. The young coach said that the speed will be the key at the time of battle, so he has placed special emphasis on Soto’s footwork. In the co-feature, unbeaten fighters Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada and Roberto “Massa” Ortiz meet for the WBC super lightweight silver championship.
Undefeated, highly-regarded junior featherweight Luis Rosa, Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) lead the New Haven Six into the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford this Saturday night, launching “The New Generation Boxing Series,” presented by Bulldog Cartel Promotions on Saturday night. “This new series is all about Connecticut boxers fighting at home,” said former pro boxer and new Bulldog Cartel promoter Craig Salamone. “There are a lot of talented, young boxers in this state and our goal is to get them fighting at home on a regular basis in order for them to build fan-bases. We have six New Haven-based fighters on this show and our plans call for us to promote our next show in New Haven later this summer.”
The eight-round main event features two veteran cruiserweights, Joshua “Juice” Harris (7-4-1, 5 KOs), of Providence, and Harvey “Candy Man” Jolly (11-17-1, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
By Robert Coster
“It’s a great gift to be performing in my homeland” says WBA #6, IBF #9, WBO #11 featherweight Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters as he is getting ready to fight in his native Jamaica for the first time as a pro on Thursday. Walters (17-0, 14 KOs), based in Panama, will be defending his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas(14-8-1, 7 KOs) of Mexico on a card that is marking the return of international boxing to the Caribbean island.
“I want to look impressive, declared the 25 year-old “Axe Man,” not only because I’m fighting in front of my home fans but because the bout will be televised nationally and it is important to have a great show to help boxing return to Jamaica.” (more…)
Trainer Freddie Roach is hopeful that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face his charge Vanes Martirosyan should Alvarez get past Ryan Rhodes on Saturday evening. “We want Vanes to fight Alvarez next and we know that Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC will do the right thing in the interest of boxing and its fans,” said Roach. In addition to winning the WBC silver belt, Martirosyan earned the #1 mandatory position to face Alvarez when he defeated Saul Roman via TKO on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Rey Sanchez
What do you do when you acquire a brand new “Mercedes? ” The obvious answer according to Dream Team Boxing Promotions–You take it on the road and bring it up to highway speed. That’s because the “Mercedes” in question is the 6-ft 4-in undefeated southpaw Cuban heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (10-0, 8 KOs). The Miami-based promotional company formed by Henry Rivalta and Carlos Rodriquez mapped out big plans for their big man this year. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Ricardo Conde
A grand opening and a meet and greet with today’s prospects highlighted an afternoon on Saturday in Santa Paula, CA. The Extreme Boxing Gym opened in an industrial area on the west side of town. Dozens of children and teenagers milled about the gym, as they envisioned hitting the heavy bag or shadow-boxing in the ring. Manager Frank Espinoza brought about his young stable of fighters, where they signed autographs and took pictures with fight fans, young and old. Espinoza was happy to lend his support to the gym’s opening. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Canastota, New York, affectionately known as “Title Town, USA,” held the 22nd annual International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions this weekend, witnessed by record crowds throughout the four-day event. Except for early morning showers on induction Sunday, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with mild temperatures, a mix of sun and clouds, making things for the fans and fighters a like, enjoyable as many of the events such as training sessions and the golf tournament are held outdoors. For more details and photos click here…
World cruiserweight contender Troy Ross has been added to the “Friday Night At The Fights” professional boxing card, June 24 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel. Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), #14 by the WBA, and #15 by the WBC. The two-time Canadian Olympian will face an opponent to be determined June 24 in a eight-round bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra is in Panama to fight for the WBA super bantamweight belt against champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno on Friday at the Roberto Duran Arena. “I’m in good shape for this fight. Moreno is a great champion but I am confident of victory. I have a commitment to Venezuela,” said Parra. A source indicated that Moreno could do his last rounds of sparring today or tomorrow depending on how he feels and then only do roadwork to maintain weight.
Just two weeks away from his next boxing match, junior welterweight Jose Reynoso (14-2-1, 2KOs) has signed with southern California-based Thompson Boxing Promotions.
“We are proud to add Jose Reynoso to our roster of future world champions,” said promoter Ken Thompson. “He is a determined, salacious southpaw, with amazing hand speed.” (more…)
Right after she registered her 30th career victory last night, promoter Lenny Fresquez announced that Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm will take on Anne Sophie Mathis — the top two pound-for-pound female boxers in the world — December 2 for “World Dominance,” at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque. (more…)
After suffering his first loss against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in March, WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) will now have to return to the 154lb division to defend his world title against mandatory contender and reigning European champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs). The WBO has called for a June 16 purse bid for that bout on June 16 at WBO Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with WBO President Francisco Valcarcel presiding. Minimum bid is $200,000. Dzinziruk won a controversial majority decision over Konecny in 2008.
Former world title challenger and current WBO #10 ranked cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (21-2, 19 KOs) made quick work of Damian Norris (16-7, 10 KOs), getting a second TKO on a Saturday night dinner/boxing event in Hamburg Germany. Alexeev claimed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific belt.
Also cruiserweight Kai Kurzawa (26-4, 18 KOs) avenged a 2008 TKO loss to Armin Dollinger (21-2, 8 KOs) with a third round stoppage. Kurzawa claimed the International German title with the win.
The card was presented by EC Boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Middleweight Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) is called “The Machine” for a reason – the undefeated Polish star won the WBO-NABO title in Southaven, Mississippi against overmatched Marcus Upshaw (13-6, 6 KO) with relentless attacks, knocking down Upshaw twice (in the fifth and sixth rounds) and winning comfortably 100-88, 100-89, 100-89 in DeSoto Civic Center, in Southaven (Mississippi).
“I liked this fight. I was very comfortable and calm. Must be experience,” said Majewski after the fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapai has targeted fellow Australian-based IBF #7, WBA #9 Kali Meehan to settle who is the best heavyweight ‘Down Under. Leapai said.” I respect Kali Meehan and what he has done in the ring at world class level in bouts in the USA. Kali challenged Lamont Brewster for the world heavyweight title and many thought he deserved the decision but he lost by split decision. Kali beat Evans Quinn in 2010 but lost to Ruslan Chagaev in a WBA eliminator. My wins over very good Americans Travis Walker, Owen Beck, Darell Wilson and also Peter Okhello from Uganda are more impressive than Kali’s recent victories. My manager Noel Thornberry has a promoter ready to stage the Leapai vs Meehan. I challenge Kali to fight me and settle the argument who is the best Australian heavyweight. It will be the first time two world rated Australian heavyweights have clashed in the ring.” (Leapai was born in Samoa and Meehan was born in Fiji but both are long time Australian citizens.)
By Boxing Bob Newman, photo: Boxing Bob Newman
The 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions saw the biggest crowds in years witness the greatest class in years this weekend in Canastoa, New York as crowds enjoyed mild temperatures and braved a last second bout of early morning showers on Induction Sunday. Living inductees Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, Kostya Tszyu, Joe Cortez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sylvester Stallone and Mike Tyson all received their induction certificates and IBHOF gold rings in front of an estimated crowd of well over 10,000 fans, media and fellow inductees and fighters past and present. The full weekend wrap up in words and pictures to come.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated featherweight Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (31-2, 23 KOs) of the Philippines scored the best win of his career when he won a seventh round technical decision over his former conqueror Heriberto Ruiz (46-11-2, 28 KOs) of Mexico at the world class venue at the Waterfront Casino & Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines on Saturday. Bautista and Ruiz exchanged bombs from the opening bell that seen both boxers on unsteady legs throughout the action packed contest that was scheduled for twelve rounds with IBF international 126 pounds title up for grabs. (more…)
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By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (16-1-1, 14 KO’s) is a very frustrated fighter. He stepped back in the ring tonight, but it was only to announce to his fans that his Heavyweight fight with Ghana’s Ibrahim Marshall (10-3, 8 KO’s) was off.
After yet another setback, de Mori who is in peak condition, apologized to everyone in attendance. From the middle of the ring he explained how the fight was called off.
de Mori’s fight was cancelled after opponent Ibrahim Marshall failed a medical test conducted by the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission. Following the weigh in yesterday, Marshall was refusing to take a blood test for more than 3 hours and after finally agreeing to take the test, de Mori was informed this morning that Marshall had failed his medical, and the fight was off. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Bongani Dlamini stopped Samkelo Fani in the third round of scheduled ten in a South African lightweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The younger Dlamini, 23, was just too strong and fast for the 33-year-old Fani as he dominated from the first bell to win the first the first two rounds with a two handed attack. In the third round it was the same pattern before Dlamini (61.18kg) caught Fani (61.04kg) with a swinging left to the jaw that sent him staggering back to touch the canvas with a glove. Dlamini never let him off the hook and backed Fani into a neutral corner where he battered him with lefts and rights before referee Phillip Durandt stepped in to wave the fight off at 1:34 into round three. Bongani improves his record to 12-2, 9 KOs and Fani drops to 10-5, 8 KOs. (more…)
“Rekindle” might be the wrong word to use when referring to wildfire-raged Arizona, but last night in Phoenix, boxing was able to rise from its ashes when hot prospect Jose Benavidez, Jr. staged his return.
Fighting in front of a home crowd for the first time in several years, Benavidez dropped and stopped overmatched Denver journeyman Corey Alarcon in round four on a card promoted by Showdown Promotions and Top Rank at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler . . . Click here for more
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Rene Perez Gutierrez/Canelo Promotions
After six weeks in Big Bear, Saul Alvarez arrived yesterday in Guadalajara. “I feel stronger than ever,” he said at the end of his last boxing session, supervised, as always by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. Alvarez changed blows with Fernando Castañeda (welterweight), for four rounds, both sheathed with mask and 16 ounces gloves. The undefeated WBC champion hit mitts, the bag, jumped rope and finished with three sets of abs to show his muscles for a few minutes to everyone in the Julian Magdaleno’s Gym in which everyone tasted the traditional “tortas ahogadas”. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
On a second consecutive night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, featherweight Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle’s rising star shined in a 10-round unanimous decision over Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen with scores of 99-91 three times. In the co-feature, Jonathan Gonzalez scored a convincing 10-round unanimous decision by the scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice in a junior middleweight matchup over Richard Gutierrez from Roseland Ballroom in New York City on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Del Valle (13-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., impressed the boisterous Boricua-based crowd and SHOWTIME announcers alike with his sharp shots and well-timed counter punches. Known for throwing a high volume of shots, Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs), a resident of Vero Beach, Fla., came out swinging but Del Valle anticipated Nguyen’s wide punches with crisp counters. (more…)
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