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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Argentina Justice Department has given special permission to former world champion Rodrigo “La Hiena” Barrios to travel to Las Vegas to compete a boxing match. Permission was granted by a court for Barrios leave the country between August 25 and September 19. Sources indicate that there is officially no fight scheduled Barrios at this time. Barrios is facing up to five years in prison on a manslaughter charge after causing a traffic accident which claimed the life of a young pregnant woman. Barrios had been barred from leaving the country.
By Jose Sulaiman/WBC President
I traveled To Culiacan, Mexico, to attend a party organized by J.C. Chávez Junior and the family, in honor of his father on occasion of his 49th birthday; it was a special time when the love, idolatry and admiration for this great boxer flowed all over the place. Just as great as he was in the ring, he has become a winner in life and an example for the youth of the world as, after falling in the depth of the cancer of modern society, he entered a rehab program more than a year ago to become also a champion in life, which is to me the brightest victory of his life.
After returning home, I watched on TV a film named TYSON, one other extraordinary champion with who I was so close during his career; it deeply caught my concentration and followed most of the script as it practically were facts and times that I witnessed and was somehow a part of it. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio has a message for current WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “Even if you hide and run, you will not escape me. Try to remember that I am the mandatory challenger and if you don’t want to fight me it’s because you are afraid,” said Rubio. “I won the final eliminator and that’s why you can’t escape. It’s only a matter of time before your time comes, I swear Julio.”
Oswaldo Kuchle, Rubio’s promoter added “As mandatory challenger, Rubio hopes to go against Chavez, but Chavez is now doing everything possible to avoid it, moving air, land and sea to evade him.” Promociones del Pueblo may next put Rubio in with Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr., Carlos Baldomir or Lovemore N’dou in the coming months.
Photos and weights by Brett Bonetti at the scale
Danny Green 199.7 vs Antonio Tarver 196.7
Noufel Ben Rabah 145.5 vs Isaac Hlastwago 146.2
Shane Cameron 198.2 vs Dominic Vea 189.4
Sam Ah See 151.2 vs John Akoula 151.5
Kerry Foley 184.7 vs Robert Berridge TBC
Michael O’Donnell 214.1 vs Peter Cronje 189.4
Promoter: Green Machine Boxing more photos
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Rene Perez/Canelo Promotions
The two time former world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios, began training professional boxers Monday at the “Julian Magdaleno” Gym in Guadalajara, Mexico. Larios, who worked with undefeated Janeth “Cuisillos” Perez last weekend in Mazatlan, joined the team of Canelo Promotions which is headed by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. “I am very happy to return to the gym where I trained as a fighter,” said Larios, who reigned in the super bantamweight and featherweight divisions and compiled a record of 63-7-1 with 39 KOs. During his career, Larios fought the best of his time including Willie Jorrin, Israel Vazquez, Wayne McCullough, Takahiro Ao, Manny Pacquiao and Jorge Linares among others.
By Brett Bonetti
Photo: Brett Bonetti
Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (26-2, 20 KO’s) will face Dominic “The Dominator” Vea (13-2, 10 KO’s) on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO World Cruiserweight Title fight this Wednesday July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia. Cameron and Vea were welcomed during the Danny Green & Antonio Tarver final press conference. What Cameron and Vea have in common is that they both want to fight Danny Green for his IBO World Cruiserweight Title. (more…)
By Craig Watt
Photo: Team Dib
Australian featherweight Billy Dib (31-1, 19KOs) challenges Mexican Jorge Lacierva (39-7-6, 26KOs) for the vacant IBF Featherweight title at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Sydney on the 29th July and this week completes his sparring on the Gold Coast, Queensland with some of Australia’s brightest boxing talents. He has completed 126 rounds of sparring with fighters such as WBO#3 ranked super-featherweight Will Tomlinson, WBO#6 ranked 126 pounder Joel Brunker and top super-featherweight prospect Paul Fleming who is unbeaten with a record of 10-0. The 25 year old Dib told Fightnews he is on course to deliver the IBF 126 pound title to his Australian country. (more…)
Jones & Rampage Battle For the Light Heavyweight Title in Denver – Tickets on Sale Wed: 205-lb. champion Jon Jones returns to the Octagon to defend the title against former champion Rampage Jackson – plus, Hall of Famer Matt Hughes battles Diego Sanchez! UFC 135 Jones vs Rampage Presented by Gears of War 3 – Saturday, Sept. 24 live from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. UFC Fight Club presale starts this Wednesday at 10am MT
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Jr middleweight Gabriel Rosado is being held in Alantic City on four charges, including aggravated assault on a police officer, for an incident that took place in Bally’s Atlantic City Casino on Friday night, just hours after he defeated Ayi Bruce in the ring. Police say Rosado punched an officer in the face, while Rosado has maintained his innocence. He is being held on $200,000 bail.
Amir Khan and Zab Judah will make their “Grand Arrivals” on Tuesday morning at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Main Entrance. Judah will arrive at 11AM and Khan will get there at 11:30AM. A fan autograph session will take place starting at 11AM in the Main Lobby.
Today Antonio Tarver and Danny Green had their final press conference at the site of the fight, the Sydney Entertainment Center. Both fighters were very respectful to each other, but also very confident about victory. (more…)
Canada-based Romanian top-contender Ionut Dan Ion (28-1, 15 KOs), AKA Jo Jo Dan, will fight Floyd Trumpet (16-8-2, 9 KOs) for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ Inter-Continental Welterweight title on July 29 at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago. This has been confirmed by Floyd Trumpet Fight Productions, and Gancor Promotions on behalf of Dan, after Emilio Julio Julio from Columbia pulled out of the fight. The show, which also featured two female world title bouts, will be promoted in cooperation with Unified Boxing Promotions.
The firm Orobio & Orobio Attorneys at Law in representation of Dr. Roberto Grimaldo announced the legal moves against the lawsuit by WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno. Lawyer Victor Orobio showed the media the documents which he says proves that Moreno is the one who has been violating his contract by attempting to negotiate with Golden Boy Promotions through some other matchmakers but Grimaldo is Moreno’s one and only manager.
2004 United States Olympian, and professional heavyweight, Jason “Big Six” Estrada has been given a clean bill of health to begin full training following surgery to remove five bone chips from his elbow. Estrada, a promotional free agent, is hoping to get right back in the ring and erase the memories of his last bout, a tenth round TKO loss to Franklin Lawrence. (more…)
Unbeaten Flyweight prospect Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez will fight for the fourth time since his pro debut last April, when he headlines with Juan Mercedes and Luis Joel Gonzalez the 5th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on August 5 in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank to be televised on WAPA America.
“Bomba” Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs), a Gold Medalist in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games and in the 2008 Youth World Championships, will face a foe to be announced in the flyweight division, in one of the TV bouts. (more…)
The stakes couldn’t be higher, the drama more intense. On Saturday, Oct. 29, two confident reigning world champions–one from America, the other from Europe–will collide in the eagerly awaited Super Six World Boxing Classic Final, a World Championship Unification, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
When the Super Six began, neither undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) super middleweight champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., nor his World Boxing Council (WBC) counterpart, Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, were among the favorites.
But through career-defining fights and remarkable drama both in and out of the ring, Ward and Froch have persevered and emerged as prominent members of boxing’s exclusive Pound-for-Pound list and are now poised for global stardom. (more…)
After a big weekend of cruiserweight boxing in Germany, the newly crowned IBF international and PABA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (who scored a fifth round tko victory over Lubos Suda on Friday) called out WBO world champion Marco Huck (who stopped Hugo Hernan Garay in the tenth on Saturday). “I want to fight for a world title again”, said former WBA champ Arslan after his fight. “I don’t care which title or against whom. I will fight anybody as long as I get my hands on a belt. I know that I am already 40 years old but Bernard Hopkins just won in impressive fashion at age 46. So I still got some good years ahead of me. I still feel young and powerful and with my whole team and all the people supporting me I am sure that I can be world champion again.” (more…)
Undefeateds Filipino Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta ( (22-0-1, 12 KOs) and Jose Benavidez Jr. (12-0, 11 KOs) will headline “Battle at Bluewater 2”, a card presented by Showdown Promotions, in association with Top Rank Inc., and televised nationally by Fox Sports, on Sept. 17 in Parker, Ariz. Undefeated Tijuana sensation Hanzel “El Tornadito de Tijuana” Martinez (12-0, 10 KOs) and Phoenix prospect Juanito Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KO) will fight on the undercard. Opponents for Gesta and Benavidez will be announced as they are secured.
Let me know if you’ve heard this one before – hot welterweight prospect meets seasoned vet in a bout that may introduce the prospect to the ranks of contenders if he wins. But winning is a big “if” against this particular veteran. Yes folks, at UFC 133 in Philadelphia on August 6th, Mike Pyle will revisit the role of spoiler like he did against then-unbeaten John Hathaway last year. This time, the youngster he’ll be trying to pull off his wily tricks against is Canadian phenom Rory MacDonald, and this one has the makings of yet another intriguing battle on the upcoming Pay-Per-View event . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Face II Face Events will hold their second card this Friday, July 22, at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix. An all-local card has been nearly completed with super bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (8-1-1, 2 KOs) going six in the main event, opponent to be announced. In the co-main, Emilio “Milo Time” Garcia (2-1, 1 KO) will go four with unwon New Mexican Miguel “Monkey” Armendarez (0-5, 1 KO). The undercard features all four-rounders: At 140, Victor Castro (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Michael Salcido (0-1); Javier Loya (5-0, 4 KOs) takes on unwon New Mexican Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-9) at 140; Jr. middleweight Juan Gonzalez (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Omar Quevedo (0-1); super bantamweight Fernando Samaniego Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Michael Montalbo (debut); lightweight Arlo Argueta (3-0, 1 KO) takes on Jose Marrufo (0-1); and middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (4-0, 1 KO) fights Torrence King (1-8, 2 KOs), who’s dropped eight straight bouts. (more…)
Former world title challenger Cesar Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs) will face 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs) on August 19 at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be at a catch weight of 117 pounds. “It’s good to be able to confirm this fight,”said Seda. “Barthelemy is a great fighter, very experienced, who always gives everything in the ring. I know it’ll be a great fight!” Javier Bustillo, President of Universal Promotions, added “This is a great fight and another opportunity for Seda to show the world his quality.” Tickets can be purchased from Sears, La Gran Discoteca and Ticketcenter.
Chapter three of Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) erupts Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Tickets priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200, go on sale this Friday, July 22, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Pacquiao-Marquez III will be produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
By Miguel Maravilla
On Saturday, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will have the opportunity to fight on HBO for the first time as he takes on Jason LeHoullier (21-5-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah. The opportunity came when the original bout between Lamont Peterson and Victor Cayo in an IBF Elimination bout was moved the following week to headline ESPN Friday Night Fights. Now Quillin looks to make a statement for fight fans as he puts his undefeated record on the line on a big stage in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay.
“It’s like fighting in the Garden (Madison Square Garden) when I first fought there I had butterflies. Vegas is another step in the ladder to get me to the top,” Quillin told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions brings another night of professional boxing to the South Philly Arena in Philadelphia PA on Friday July 29th. Headlining the show is an eight round junior middleweight bout, featuring the return of former USBA title holder and nationally ranked junior middleweight sensation Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs). (more…)
An apologetic Tyson Fury has called on Dereck Chisora to “grow up” and start acting like a real man ahead of their British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight on Saturday night at Wembley Arena. Chisora was pulled out of Monday’s press conference by promoter Frank Warren because of the harsh comments Tyson made in the middle of a heated media call last week but challenger Tyson just sees that as a lame excuse.
“Chisora can’t speak for himself, he’s like a puppet – he needs a puppet master to do the talking for him because he hasn’t got the brains to talk for himself. They pulled out of our press conference because of what I said last week and yet James DeGale gave George Groves a relentless amount of abuse leading up to their fight and Groves never missed a press conference,” says Fury. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Alfredo Escalera Jr. was until know one of those fighters who could not grasp how good they can be – I truly hope this is behind us now,” says trainer Josue Aguilar, trainer of Escalera Jr. “He’s a cunning boxing showman, with many traps ready to catch the prey. We have some traps ready for Joe. And of course, we love the cause – being a main event during Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “KnockOut Cancer” benefit where all the money goes to American Cancer Society, makes you just want to fight, to give everything you’ve got!” Escalera Jr. (18-3, 12 KO), son of Puerto Rican world champion who will challenge undefeated Joe Hanks (16-0, 11 KO) during July 23 “Knock Out Cancer” event at the Hunts Point Produce Market in New York’s Bronx. (more…)
By Pete Balderas at ringside
Photos: Danny Castaneda
Brownsville’s Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales was able to shrug off some of the ring rust after a seven month lay-off and keep his undefeated streak alive as he defeated Colombian native Felipe Almanza via unanimous decision in the main event Saturday night at the “Night of Knockouts” show at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium.
The judges scored the fight 78-71, 77-72 and 76-73, all in favor of Perales. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that exciting young heavyweight prospect Flo Simba is set to return to action on his bumper bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on August 29. Simba suffered his first loss when he was stopped in the sixth round by 42-year-old Francois Botha at Emperors Palace in June. Simba meets Zimbabwean Thamsanqa Dube in a scheduled eight rounder and SA light-heavyweight champion Tshepang Mohale faces Ryno Liebenberg in the co-feature also over eight rounds. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photos: Brett Bonetti
IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver held their final press conference today ahead of this Wednesday’s world title fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia.
The Green machine walked into the presser to audio sounds of the cartoon “Captain Caveman” and holding two plastic clubs, banging them together as he walked passed Tarver.
This was in response to recent comments from Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams who had recently labelled Green “Primitive”.
Legendary trainer Williams said four time world light heavyweight champion Tarver was a technician compared to the rudimentary Green. “He has the will but he doesn’t have the skill,” Williams said. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey, a near sellout crowd witnessed Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (25-15-2, 11KO’s) retain his USBA heavyweight title belt, dropping Derric Rossy (25-5, 14KO’s) twice en-route to a convincing twelfth round knockout in the main event of the evening. The inaugural five bout card produced by Carla Hill Promotions also had several of the top prospects in the New York-New Jersey region spotlighted in competitive bouts. In The co-feature of the evening, Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (8-0, 3KO’s) captured a hard fought four round split decision victory over Hamid Abdul Mateen (2-2). (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez engaged in a “fight of the year” caliber battle on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” thrilling a packed Roseland Ballroom in New York City in a twelve round majority draw. The junior middleweight fight was a ‘can’t miss’ from the moment it was announced, as the underrated Dominican-born Rodriguez, of Danbury, Connecticut, was in a must-win situation against the highly ranked Wolak, a Polish fighter out of Rockaway, New Jersey, who is never in a dull fight. (more…)
Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports, told the New York Times that he is not renewing his contract with the network and claims he is not being fired as reported by some media. He has been under fire for losing Manny Pacquiao’s last fight to rival SHOWTIME. His decision to pass on many of the Klitschkos recent heavyweight championship fights has also been questioned. An official announcement is expected this week.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Promociones y Eventos Del Istmo
Rogelio Espino has been, for the past decade, Panama’s top promoter and manager. His company, Promociones y Eventos del Istmo, has guided the career of six world champions and promoted 40 title bouts. Espino accompanied his boxer Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero to Argentina to challenge WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Victor Barros on July 2nd, in Barros’ hometown of Mendoza. Barros retained his title via a very controversial split decision even though he was knocked down twice (in the first and ninth round) in spectacular fashion. “The verdict against Pelenchin was simply incomprehensible and bad judging is one of the biggest problems of boxing today,” says the measured and always courteous Espino. Fightnews sat down with Rogelio Espino to discuss the Caballero-Barros controversial fight and its aftermath. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
In the main event of the “Los Reyes de Neza” presented by Boxeo de Gala of Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia and broadcast by Cadena 3, Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz won a fierce ten round unanimous decision over Kandy Sandoval. The judges scored it 96-92, 97-91 and 96-92 for the WBC new silver world champion, Zulina Muñoz.
In other action, lightweight Fermin de los Santos retained his WBC Cabofe belt with a tight ten round split decision over Daniel “Coco” Hernandez. Two judges had it 115-113 for De los Santos, while the third saw Hernandez ahead 116-113. (more…)
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