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- Clash of Cruiserweights, WBC and WBA title fights from Moscow on September 27
- Wilson ready for national TV date with Mchunu
- WBO announces all-U.S. officiating crews for world title bouts in Argentina and Mexico
- Raymi ready to step in against WBC champ Gonzalez
- Abril-Tatli final press conference
- Ishida defeats Frenchman Radeff
- Walsh-Sykes added to Fury-Chisora card
- Rigondeaux-Avalos purse bid on Friday
- Thompson-Solis rematch set for October 18
- Q&A: Johnathon Banks, Part I
- TUF Latin America - Episode 4 Preview
Photos: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) both weighed in at the contracted maximum 143 pounds while Lateef “Power” Coyote (17-0, 14 KOs) and Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (22-5-2, 12 KOs) both tipped the scales at an even 198 pounds one day before their ShoBox: The New Generation showdowns Friday, Sept. 9, at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) LIVE on SHOWTIME® from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. Both main event fighters said Thursday they respected one another but are each predicting victories for themselves.
The co-feature will highlight Kayode in his fifth ShoBox fight in the past 13 months. He debuted on ShoBox a little more than a year ago at this same venue, recording an eighth-round TKO over Alfredo Escalera, Jr., in Hinckley on Aug. 6. With an eye on fighting current WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones from Panama sometime in January, Kayode is trained by Hall of Famer Freddie Roach. Here are what the fighters had to say on Thursday:
The Dominican Argenis Mendez and the Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado are ready for the fight on Saturday for the vacant IBF super featherweight championship. Yessica “Kika” Chavez, IBF light flyweight champion will conduct her second defense of her title against her compatriot Yesenia Martinez. The Mexican Katia Gutierrez proclaims she will defend her IBF minumweght championship against the Colombian Olga “Mona” Julio. more photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Wroclaw
Photo: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
“I’m expecting Vitali to attack from the first round,” says Roger Bloodworth, trainer of world title challenger Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs). “I think that he’s taking Tomek lightly, probably hopes that he can just walk over him. He would like to get a quick KO and I will be surprised if Vitali would decide for controlled, technical fight against Adamek.” Bloodworth gives some interesting, behind the scenes insights into Saturday’s world heavyweight championship clash between his fighter and WBC heavyweight beltholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Bash Boxing
Raymundo Beltran 144 vs. Darien Ford 144.6
Anatoliy Dudchenko 193.2 vs. William Bailey 186.8
Javier Gallo 118.4 vs. Jason Rorie 118.8
Yolanda Ezell 129.8 vs. Celine Roman 127.6
Herbert Acevedo 140.8 vs. Kelly Wright 144
Eric Ruiz 119.6 vs. Troy Wohosky 123.8
Javier Garcia 135.6 vs. Cesar Garcia 136.8
Venue: Warner Center Marriott
Promoter: Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing
First bout: 7:30 pm
Tickets: (626) 388-8888 more photos
Former world champion James “Lights Out” Toney has announced that he is ready to take on #1 cruiserweight contender Denis Ledbedev, who recently knocked out one of his old-time rivals, Roy Jones Jr. “November 5, I’m going to invade Russia and show this punk what happens when he messes with the USA,” said Toney. “I’m calling it ‘Lights Out in Russia’ because he’s just the first one I’m going to whip. After I beat up this Ledbedev, I’m going back to heavyweight after the one too afraid to fight the Klitschko sisters, Povetkin, I’m kicking his ass too!” (more…)
On September 16th, 50-year-old former WBF welterweight titleholder Paul Nave continues his improbable comeback against an undefeated fighter less than half his age in former accomplished amateur Brandon Hoskins, outdoors at Albert Field Park in San Rafael, California. For Nave, a fighter that beat long odds to decision Greg Haugen for his title back in 1998, the fight marks a return to the familiar role of underdog. Nave (19-8-2, 8 KOs) of San Rafael has gone 4-0 since ending a nine-and-one-half year retirement and felt the time had come to step up the level competition. “The plan was to come back, fight a little more consistently and get in that top shape, get my timing down and then go for it,” says Nave, who will be just days shy of his 51st birthday on fight night. “I’ve had four fights and won all four against average fighters, but the problem is I haven’t been able to keep consistent because of some minor injuries at times.” (more…)
Hector Sanchez 143 vs Vincent Arroyo 143
Lateef Kayode 198 vs Felix Cora Jr. 198
(NABA Cruiserweight Championship)
Gary Eyer 124.5 vs Jeremy McLaurin 125
Harley Kilfian 172 vs Tim Taggart 175
Tony Lee 142.5 vs Hector Orozco 143
Al Sands 199.5 vs T J Gibson 197.5
Venue: Grand Casino Event Center
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
TV: ShoBox The New Generation
Photo: John Disanto
Gabriel Rosado 153 vs. Keenan Collins 152
(PA State junior middleweight title)
Ronald Cruz 146 vs. Christopher Fernandez 146
Bryant Jennings 223 vs. Alexis Mejias 227
Decarlo Perez 149 vs. Tolan Tascoe 150
Fred Jenkins Jr. 165.75 vs. Pete Yates 166
William Miranda 234 vs. Lonnie Kornegay 266.5
Tevin Farmer 126 vs. Joshua Arocho 126
Venue: Asylum Arena, South Philadelphia
First Bout: 7:30 PM
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Don Chargin Productions and Golden Boy Promotions
Tickets: $45 & $65
Unbeaten Notre Dame boxing champion and light heavyweight prospect Mike Lee (6-0, 4 KOs) will be featured on a Subway commercial at the 2:00 mark at the end of the first half of tonight’s NFL opener between the Packers and Saints on NBC. Lee will be back in the ring on Sept 16 at the Joyce Center located at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.
Undefeated jr. welterweight slugger Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KOs) has officially signed a contract to fight Patrick Lopez (20-4, 12 KOs). The ten round bout, promoted by Prize Fight and Mo Betta Entertainment, takes place at “Fitzgerald’s Casino and Hotel” in Tunica, Mississippi on October 1. On the line will be the vacant NABO jr. welterweight title.
Thompson Boxing Promotions has added two promising talents to their stable of fighters in super bantamweight Richard “El Terminador” Contreras (6-0, 5 KOs) and welterweight Aron Martinez (15-1, 3 KOs)
Female boxing icon Mia St. John will be one of the guest speakers along with First Lady Michelle Obama to talk about the need for more mental health programs on Monday Sept. 12 in Washington D.C.
Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Give Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) a brutally cold Buffalo winter day to train and he’s as happy as can be. The 24-year-old explained why and answered other questions just days before his 10-round welterweight fight against Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) on ShoBox: The New Generation, Friday, Sept. 9 LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentinian contender Lucas Matthysse will not be able to face three division world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales for the vacant WBC super lightweight title on September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the Mayweather-Ortiz undercard. Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) was in La Pampa completing his training, but a viral infection at the start of the week forced him to stop training according sources in Argentina.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
An amazing atmosphere today in Mexico City as a crowd 30,000 strong gathered at the Monumento Revolucion to catch a glimpse of boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Click here for more photos…
Opponents for El Paso’s Antonio Escalante and Mickey Roman, of Juarez, have been announced for Independence Showdown, Thursday, September 15th at the El Paso County Coliseum. The seven-bout fight card will feature 2-time world champion, Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, Mexico City) defending his WBC World Featherweight Championship against Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, Philadelphia).
The former #1 World Contender, Escalante (24-4, El Paso, TX), will take on Mexico’s Pipino Cuevas, Jr. (14-7, Mexico City) in a ten-round Lightweight co-Semi Main Event bout. Roman, the current Mexican Super Featherweight Champion, is slated to take on Antonio Meza (17-10-1, Mexicali) in the other co-Semi Main Event.
Added to the card are 2008 U.S. Olympian, Javier Molina (8-0, Norwalk, CA), female prospect Jennifer Han (3-1, El Paso) and undefeated El Paso prospects Carlos Villa and Joel Garcia, both 2-0). (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao waves to the reported 30,000 plus fans during his public press conference in Mexico City Thursday during the world tour to announce the third world Welterweight title mega-fight of the Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Marquez Boxing, Tecate and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Marquez III will take place, Saturday, Nov. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be produced and distributed by HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
Heavyweight Kimbo Slice a.k.a. Kevin Ferguson will return to the ring on October 15 at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. Slice, a former MMA star, is 1-0, 1 KO after making his boxing debut in August, scoring a 17-second KO. His opponent will be named. Tickets, starting at $19, go on sale September 15.
A little more than month after registering on national television the most significant victory of his young pro boxing career, undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (14-0, 9 KOs) returns Wednesday, September 21 to headline the 10th annual Fight To Educate at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. Andrade takes on 38-year-old former two-time world title challenger Saul “Baby” Duran (38-18-2, 31 KOs) in this year’s 10-round main event. Light welterweight Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs), who will face Jamal Del Cid (7-5, 3 KOs) in the six-round co-feature. Also, upset specialist Jose “Stinger” Medina (14-9-1, 6 KOs), from Tilton (NH), will also be in action versus an opponent to be determined in a six-round light middleweight bout. Medina is coming off a controversial eight-round draw against former world champion Joachim Alcine, in which most observers felt Medina deserved a victory. In January, Medina scored a shocking fourth-round knockout of 17-1 Isaac Rodrigues.
For the first high profile fight in Atlantic City since Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara, the New Jersey Athletic Control Board has assigned the officials Saturday night’s featherweight showdown between unbeaten former unified champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and ex-WBO 122lb titlist Daniel Ponce de Leon. Referee Alan Huggins will be the third man in the ring with judges Jule Lederman, Steve Weisfeld and Shafeeq Rashada handling the scoring.
Antonio Pitalua 140 vs Cosme Rivera 140
Ricardo Mercado 112 vs Carlos Barraza 112
Miguel Dominguez 108 vs Ariel Guzman 108
Luis Vidales 134 vs Angel Molina 134
Ivan Acosta 125 vs Emanuel Dominguez 124
Felipe Guiza 124 vs Brin Corles 124
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo (Antiguo Salon 21)
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Matchmaker: Jorge Gonzalez
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET) in HD (US)/Televisa Deportes Network @ 11:00 PM (CT) (Mexico and Central America)
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank Boxing
Team Gamboa poses for a group photo after the Gamboa vs. Ponce DeLeon Press Conference held at Caesars Atlantic City on Thursday September 8, 2011 in Atlantic City NJ. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
The AIBA, the association that governs international amateur boxing, has plans to get further involved in the professional side of the sport. The group recently has allowed boxers to be paid while retaining their amateur status while competing in their World Series boxing league. Now the AIBA President Wu Ching-Kuo is on the record in support of allowing professional fighters to compete at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. A plan called “Boxing 16″ lays out the AIBA plans to carry out “various revolutionary strategies in order to truly govern the sport of boxing at all levels.” (more…)
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (31-1, 21 KOs) is preparing for his next title defense against Michael Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs) in Hamburg on September 24. “Currently I’m training hard for my next fight on Sept 24,” said Dimitrenko. “I’m not underestimating the experienced Sprott and am preparing myself with my team at Universum as well as ever.
By Anthony Springer
It was one of the crazier days in recent UFC history.
One day ago, Nick Diaz was slated to face welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in a highly anticipated main event at UFC 137.
Carlos Condit was looking at a number-one contender bout with BJ Penn.
After Diaz pulled two no-shows to promote the bout, the Caesar Gracie protégé found himself scratched from the main event. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Former IBO cruiserweight world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green has warned Antonio Tarver that he will not “hang around forever” as negotiations between Green Machine Boxing and Tarver’s camp for a rematch continue to drag on. Green is willing to go to the US for the rematch, however Tarver recently suggested that a rematch would likely happen in Green’s hometown of Perth.
“I want to go and fight in America, and he’s saying how big a deal and how big a name he is there, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t want to,” Green said. “Unless he’s not much of a big deal back home?” “Maybe he’s talking it up and he really isn’t much of a big deal? But he said it, he said Showtime wants to do it, he’s talking about having a hometown fight in Orlando, so it makes sense,” Green said. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Pacquiao arrived about midnight last night at Toluca International Airport and then went with his entourage to a hotel located in the Paseo de la Reforma. In addition to his mega press conference with Juan Manuel Marquez today at the Monumento a la Revolución, Pacman plans to tour the city today and is expected to visit the Basilica of Guadalupe and Distrito Federal government offices where he will be proclaimed a distinguished visitor and receive the keys to the city from the Mayor Marcelo Ebrard. At the end of the day, Pacquiao will drop by TV Azteca, and then head back to the airport to return to the Philippines via Los Angeles.
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