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Photo: With co-promoter Don King in the middle, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko faces off with Abner Mares at a press conference held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Agbeko and Mares will fight in Showtime’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” on Saturday, August 13 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Stay tuned for more photos and a report.
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Joseph King Kong Agbeko has been cleared by his doctors and has resumed training to defend his IBF bantamweight championship against undefeated rising star and WBC Silver 118-pound titleholder Abner Mares, who will also defend his title,in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev.
The highly anticipated 12-round world title matchup between New York-based Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, and Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, was originally scheduled for April 23, but was postponed when Agbeko was injured moments after arrival at Los Angeles International Airport during fight week. Doctors at a nearby hospital diagnosed the champion with sudden onset sciatica, a back injury. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association continues to review information on the complaint lodged by representatives of former WBA super world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero against the outcome of his match with Jonathan Barros for the WBA featherweight world title last June 19 in Argentina in a controversial split decision in favor of hometown champion Barros.
“I repeat again the reason for waiting is to respect due process for both fighters. Each one has a right to defend their position, especially when the decision has a direct impact on the future career of the boxer. Besides when dealing with your own organization it’s necessary to clearly inform the judges of the code or penalties applicable,” said Mendoza Jr. today. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been revealed that former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 34 KOs) will face his compatriot Eduardo Becerril (12-7-2, 4 KOs) to replace the Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo (19-9-2, 7 KOs) in their fight on Saturday in the Plaza de Toros in Cancun at an event organized by Zanfer Promotions. Marquez could fight next for the WBC super bantamweight title against Japanese champion Toshiaki Nishioka in October or November.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World championship referee Jack Reiss has worked in more than 2000 professional boxing matches and 42 world title bouts including Julio Chavez Jr vs Sebastian Zbik, Danny Green vs Manny Siaca and Mikkel Kessler vs Andre Ward. Reiss talks to Fightnews and tells us about growing up in New York and how he moved the Los Angeles at 23 years of age and becoming a referee in 1998. (more…)
Here’s what we used to hear at ringside: “Diego Magdaleno’s fighting tonight? Krist, can you spell ‘distance?’ It’s ‘D-I-E-G-O.’”
Here’s what we hear now: “Diego’s fighting? Nice. Shoot quick.”
Before last year, no one expected to go home early on a card carrying the Las Vegas fancy dancer, who had just three kayos on a strong of 15 wins. But after four straight wins, cut short at the halfway mark, or less, the kid with the biggest local fan base in Sin City has earned himself a new nickname: “I’m a K.O.” . . . Click here for more
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Delvin Rodriguez (25-5, 14KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his career to date when he battles once defeated Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KOs) on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
Rodriguez, fighting out of Danbury, CT, is moving up from welterweight to junior middleweight for a fight he calls his “opportunity to shine” . . . Click here for more
Tyson Fury says once he knocks out British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora on July 23 at Wembley Arena he wants to do the same to David Haye before a showdown with World champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury was left bewildered by how David Haye flopped on the big stage against Klitschko in their World heavyweight title fight in Hamburg. “I’m the future of heavyweight boxing in Britain and the world,” says Fury. “When you looked at how Haye boxed against Klitschko, it’s not how a true heavyweight with a true heart should fight but the British fans shouldn’t worry because I’m the coming force and I’ll show that when I knock out Chisora. Then I want to knock out David Haye to prove to Wladimir that I’m the real deal.” (more…)
In a move announced Wednesday, the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board (“NJSACB”) placed all three judges who scored the Williams-Lara fight on an indefinite suspension. Click here to see the official paperwork
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez held a public workout today in Cancun where he will fight this Saturday night. In front of a big and enthusiastic crowd Marquez worked for about an hour and then took pictures with the fans and signed autographs.
“It has been 17 years since I fought in Mexico and I am looking forward to this fight Saturday night here in Cancun,” said Marquez. (more…)
Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
New York State’s capital district will be rocking this Friday, July 15th, as ARES Promotions presents “Fight Night V” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Albany, NY. Headlining the bill will be Schenectady’s Markus Williams, by way of Guyana, going in against Tilton, New Hampshire’s Jose Medina, by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Williams, 7-1, 1 KO, was looking to rematch former victim Troy Artis, but Artis fell out. Medina, 13-9, 6 KOs, has stepped in and is coming of the biggest win of his up-and-down career, a stunning upset over then 17-1 Isaac Rodrigues, via KO4 this past January. Co-headlining will be local boy Stephen Scott, 7-2, 1 KO, taking on Brooklyn’s Joe Crosby 6-1, 1 KO, for the vacant New York State junior middleweight title. Rounding out the card will be come backing Sarah Kuhn taking on Michelle Garland in a ladies welterweight 4 rounder, debuting Javy Martinez vs Calvin Pritchard (140 lbs.), Jamell Tyson vs. Corey White (135 lbs.), undefeated Brian Clookey 3-0, 2 KOs vs. Steve Tyner (175 lbs.), and Derrick Evans vs Zachary Swaller in a 168 lb. Clash. Tickets for this star-studded event begin at $40. VIP is also available. Doors open at 6p.m. First bout begins at 7 p.m.
Story and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
“I will defeat Zulina to win the vacant WBC silver bantamweight world title” said Kandy “La Rubia” Sandoval, in what will be the main event of the boxing match called “Los Reyes de Neza” to be held by the Mexican promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia in the “San Juan” Arena of Ciudad Nezahualcoyotl Mexico this Saturday July 16. Sandoval, who last January went to Tapachula, Chiapas, to defeat Patricia Jimenez by unanimous decision, knows that the fight against Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz will not be easy, but not every day you have the opportunity to go for a world crown, she said. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez celebrated his 49th birthday on Tuesday night at a big party in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Among those on hand were his mother Doña Isabel and his children Julio Cesar Jr., Omar, Chris and Nicole, as well as other relatives. Other notables included the Sinaloa Governor Mario López Valdez, WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Zanfer President Fernando Beltran, and four division champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce. More photos
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO featherweight world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will make his world title defense against Kenichi Yamagushi in his hometown of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on Saturday July 23, after his original opponent Mike Oliver pulled out with an injury. The Salido-Yamagushi bout will be telecast by Fox Deportes on “Top Rank Live” and former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez is expected at ringside, the winner will meet Lopez later this year. In the co-main event local favorite Alex Valdez will take on the always tough Enrique Bernache in a 10 round featherweight bout. “Things like this happen in boxing all the time and I will be ready to take on Yamagushi on my first world title defense,” said Salido, today in Ciudad Obregon.
A bone chip in the middle finger of his right hand has forced junior middleweight Allen Conyers out of his scheduled 10-round main event with Gabriel Rosado on Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Stepping in to replace Conyers is Ayi Bruce, winner of five in a row and perhaps a tougher test for Rosado. Fighting at Bally’s will be no problem for Bruce, 25, who upset southpaw Shamone Alvarez last Dec. 4 in the same ring in the loser’s backyard. A pro since 2006, Bruce is 13-3, 7 K0s, and is 5-2 since coming to the United States from Accra, Ghana, in 2010. Once Bruce got acclimated after losses to a pair of unbeaten prospects, lefty Emmanuel Taylor and Ray Serrano (by majority decision), he has never looked back. Conyers sustained his knuckle injury over the weekend and notified Peltz Boxing on Tuesday evening he would be unable to fulfill his contract to fight Rosado.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated Mexican heavyweight Andy Ruiz (10-0) hits the speed bag at Barry’s Boxing Center in preparation for his upcoming feature fight, Friday, July 15 on the 10th Anniversary show of SHOBOX: The New Generation at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Click here for more photos…
On July 22, at the Morongo Casino Resort in Cazabon, California, and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights, Gary Shaw Productions will present Fight Night at Morongo Casino Resort, featuring WBC #4-rated contender Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (22-0, 19 KOs) taking on Kevin “Hitman” Engel (18-4, 15 KOs) in the 10-round super middleweight main event. The 26-year-old Dirrell is the brother of Olympic bronze medallist Andre. The televised co-feature will pit once-beaten Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs) against undefeated knockout artist Joseph Elegele (12-0, 10 KOs) in a welterweight 10-rounder.
Boxing judges Al Bennett, Donald Givens and Hilton Whitaker II have been suspended by the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board after their controversial scoring in the Paul Williams-Erislandy Lara fight last Saturday in Atlantic City. The judges are suspended indefinitely and must undergo further training before being allowed to score another boxing match.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Five undefeated local boxers will headline a United Boxers card on Saturday, July 16 at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC.
Undefeated Oxon Hill, MD light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson will be in the six-round main event against “Neon” Keon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN. Alexander Johnson (11-0, four KO’s) is coming off his biggest career win to date — a 10-round majority decision over previously undefeated Farah Ennis on April 2 in Atlantic City, NJ. Keon Johnson (8-5, four KO’s) will be trying to break a three-bout losing streak where he has been knocked out in all three bouts. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
A conference call was held today to discuss WBA/IBF super lightweight world championship unification fight between champions Zab Judah and Amir Khan, set for Saturday, July 23, 2011 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. which will be televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Judah promised Khan a new-and-improved Judah. Khan said that his opponent had taken the wrong fight:
Zab Judah: “A lot of things have changed over the years. I’m pretty pleased to see that Amir and Freddie to watch my old tapes to learn about the old Zab Judah. The new Judah is a monster who is 150% prepared for Khan. We’re prepared for July 23rd. We’re definitely going to take him to school. After Saturday night he’ll realize that Golden Boy and Freddie Roach set him up as a pawn. He’s a great fighter just a bit premature. Years down the line he’ll have the opportunity to tell other fighters what he learned on July 23rd. I have a different mentality now. I’m more focused on my career now and my family and the morals of life. I’m at a great place in life right now and I’m fully prepared for the situation.”
Amir Khan: “I’m ready for this fight. We come into this fight as favorites and I’m going to take those titles back home. He can say what he wants but I’m more than prepared for the 23rd. He won’t be able to take the pressure, the speed and the power. I think he’s taken the wrong fight. He can say what he wants but deep down he knows he took the wrong fight. We’ve got a plan ‘A’ and a plan ‘B.’ But to be honest with you we don’t see him getting past plan ‘A.'”
Freddie Roach: “Amir has Had some great southpaw sparring in this camp. I think he’s going to shine on Saturday the 23rd. Zab has bitten off more than he can chew for this one.”
Gary Shaw Productions has announced the signing of 35-year-old heavyweight Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (15-2-2, 10 KOs), who according to a GSP press release “is undoubtedly the hottest heavyweight prospect in boxing.”
DiBella Entertainment has added middleweight contender Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs) to its stable of fighters. Vera, 29, is a straightforward brawler who has beaten both Andy Lee and Sergio Mora.
On Friday, Antonio Tarver will host a open public workout in advance of his IBO Cruiserweight Title against Danny Green at the City of Sydney PCYC Boxing Gym. Tarver will also be available for photos and autograph signing.
Fightnews.com send condolences to the Klitschko Brothers who are mourning the passing of their father Wladimir Klitschko Rodionovich, who passed away yesterday in Kiev at the age of 64 after a long bout with cancer. The senior Klitschko had been one of the commanders in charge of the cleanup after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He was able to see his son Wladimir Klitschko bring the final piece of the undisputed heavyweight title into the Klitschko family from a hospital bed in Hamburg. Both brothers were at his side until the last.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) and hot-blooded challenger Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) needed to be restrained today following a heated press conference in Munich. After showing up late, Garay constantly mocked his opponent and even taunted the local journalists. Asked about his strange behavior, Garay stated he “had the….to be self-confident” and had come to Germany “to win the title.” Huck ignored most of the insults hurled at him. “Right now, Garay is laughing, but on Saturday night, he will be crying,” the 26-year-old stated. “His behavior is ridiculous. He cannot come here, insult the press and my team and expect to get away with it. I will make him pay in the ring. He will be crying for mercy once we collide on Saturday.”
When the two fighters posed for the face-to-face pictures, Garay tried to kiss Huck, which caused a brawl. Both needed to be restrained, with Garay shouting and making angry cut-throat gestures.
Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland was amazed by the Argentinian’s antics. “During the many years in boxing I have seen a lot of strange behavior from challengers,” he stated. “It is a clear sign that Garay is really scared. But then again, he has every reason to be afraid of Marco Huck. With his explosiveness and power, Marco will make another spectacular defence on Saturday night.”
Former world title challenger Antonio “Toño” Diaz (46-6-1, 29 KOs) will be going back to his roots when he faces fellow veteran Ernesto Zepeda (39-14-4, 34 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout on August 12 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The bout will be Diaz’ 17th fight at the venue and his first since 2001. To date he is 16-0 at Fantasy Springs. Tickets, priced at $25, $35 and $45 are on sale now and available for purchase at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by calling (800) 827-2946 or online at www.fantasyspringsresort.com.
WBO #8 super flyweight Juan Mercedes will headline 5th edition of the successful 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 Inc. to be televised on WAPA America. Mercedes (25-3, 17 KOs), a Dominican who lives in Puerto Rico, will defend his 115lb WBO Latino title in a 10 round bout against a foe to be announced soon. In the co-feature, unbeaten lightweight prospect Luis Joel González (7-0-1, 4 KOs) will be in a six-rounder against a rival to be announced. Tickets for this “A Puño Limpio” are available at Ticketcenter, www.tcpr.com, 1 787 792-5000. Prices are $12, $25 and $35.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban junior middleweight Erislandy Lara has a small facial fracture that will sideline him six to eight weeks according to a reliable source. Lara, who suffered the injury in a clash of heads with Paul Williams, was taken after the fight to a hospital to be checked and it appears that the fracture is not serious but Lara need rest and recovery time. He returned from Atlantic City to Miami by car on doctor’s orders. Many media have begun to project that Lara can be a strong opponent for the WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Other options are WBO Sergei Dzinziruk or a possible rematch with Williams, who won a controversial majority decision Saturday night.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #10 super middleweight Daniel “Condo Crusher” Pawsey (13-4,8KO’s) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with experienced Nader “Lionheart” Hamdan (42-9-1,18KO’s) over twelve rounds at the Orion Function Centre, Campsie, New South Wales, Australia in a nationally televised promotion. Pawsey is coming off an impressive seven round stoppage victory of former Australian champion Les Piper in April. In 2010 he scored wins over Sam Setu and Tim Kanofski. Hamdan is a former Australian champion and has clashed with the cream of the crop in the middleweight and super middleweight divisions including Arthur Abraham and Anthony Mundine. In 2010 – Hamdan, 37 years, was outscored by IBF #6 Les Sherrington and Junior Talipeau in a controversial split points loss. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs) will have some heavy hitters supporting him Saturday night – Hall of Famer Eder “Golden Bantam” Jofre and former world light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson – when he enters the ring against Dominican veteran Jose “Minguito” Soto (24-7-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC Latino championship. The bout will take place at the Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Oliveira was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. He will be fighting for the third time in Brazil as part of a six-fight, two-year deal with TV Global. General admission tickets to the event are free.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #15 Naoufel “Chocolata” Ben Rabah (33-3, 17 KOs) will clash with former IBF welterweight champion Isaac “The Angel” Hlatswayo (30-2-1, 10 KOs) of South Africa over twelve rounds on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO cruiserweight title bout on July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Two time world title challenger Ben Rabah trained and managed by Craig Christian in Perth, Western Australia has been in excellent form with regular sparring sessions with WBO rated welterweight Samuel Colomban. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that Romina Arroyo (Argentina) will be the referee for the fight between Mexican Janeth “Cuisilla” Perez and Colombian Yolis Marrugo for the vacant WBA female bantamweight world title to be held this Saturday in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Judges will be Carla Caiz (USA), Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) and Lynne Carter (USA). And the Supervisor is the Venezuelan Noryoli Gil. This is the first time in boxing history that all officials in a world title fight will be women.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A July 23 fight card at the Olympic Colisseum of the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mexico will feature featherweight Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo and female star Irma “Guerita” Sanchez in separate bouts. Escobedo (31-3, 22 KOs) will take on Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (22-3, 14 KOs) in the rematch. The bout will be for the IBF Latin championship and a title eliminator. Sanchez (19-5-1, 5 KOs) will meet Panamanian Carlota Santos (5-2-3, 4 KOs) at light flyweight. Prospect Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (7-1-2, 2 KOs), brother of WBC world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will also see action, as well as Rodolfo “Fofo” Hernandez, Giovanni “Ray” Vargas and Japan’s Shoki Sakai. The HG Boxing event will be televised in Mexico on Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” show.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez will travel to Mexico with Peter Rivera, vice president of PR Best Boxing, on July 23 to witness the first defense of Orlando Salido, who snatched the previously undefeated Puerto Rican’s world title. “We’re going to go to Mexico to the Salido card and we’re going to be fighting the winner,” said JuanMa. “They asked us for an exemption to defend the title and he’s going to fight against Mike Oliver. We are scheduled to fight between October 1 and 15 with Salido or against Oliver if he wins. But I hope it’s Salido and I wouldn’t rule out a trilogy,” revealed the boxer with a record of 30-1, 27 KOs.
He added that if Salido isn’t available for October, November 5 is open. “We hope to make the trilogy depending how he exits the second fight. And a rematch with Rafael Marquez. I hope to do a few more fights at 126 pounds and no later than early 2012 will be at 130 pounds.”
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Local, national and international media were waiting for three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez who on Saturday Cancun’s Plaza de Toros will face Likar Ramos. Accompanied by his team led by experienced trainer Ignacio Beristain, ‘Juanma’ arrived in very good spirits, handing out autographs to people who asked for it and took the time to pose for photos with them. “I am very happy to be here and it’s a great feeling to receive such a reception. I’ve just arrived and the people greeted me and wished me luck for my fight on Saturday and I promised them I would leave with my fist raised,” said the current WBA/WBO lightweight champion. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Perennial top contender Shinya Nagase (19-3-2, 9 KOs), 140, finally made his dream come true and acquired the vacant Japanese national 140-pound belt as he eked out a split verdict (97-94, 96-95 and 94-96) over busy-punching but less powerful JBC#2 Kazuya Ito (11-4, 6 KOs), 139.75, over ten sizzling rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
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