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By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight Mark de Mori (18-1-2, 16 KOs) returns to action on Friday against American journeyman Troy “Country Boy” Weida (46-23-2, 33 KOs) over ten rounds at the St Marys Band Club, St Marys, NSW, Australia. The 6’2 de Mori is managed by Don King and is coming off a four round stoppage of Rob Calloway of the USA in March. Weida, 6’3, lost to Alex Leapai in 2011. Weida, 39 years of age, has been in action with several world class heavyweights including Ray Mercer, Orlin Norris and Brian Minto. In other action light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki (24-10-1, 19 KOs) will clash with Joel Bourke (14-22-2, 7 KOs) over six rounds. Also middleweight Kurt Bahram (10-3-1,4KO’s) will be in action against Mark Dalby (2-4,1KO) over six rounds. Promoter Daniel Sheridan and Brendon Bourke.
By Francisco Salazar
n a very intruiging matchup, former world title holder Miguel Acosta will take on Art Hovhannisyan in a scheduled 10 round bout on July 20th, promoter Gary Shaw confirmed to Fightnews.com on Friday afternoon.
The bout will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card and will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA.
George Bastmajyans, who trains Hovhannisyan, initially reached out to Fightnews.com on May 30th to confirm the Armenian-born fighter was to fight against Acosta. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach(L) arrive in El Paso,Texas late Monday night for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday,June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. wound up his training camp at The Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas today with Freddie Roach and will head to El Paso tonight for his fight Saturday against Andy Lee of Ireland. Chavez is defending his WBC Middleweight Title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Boxing is a mysterious game. A hero abruptly falls to the ground of obscurity without a crown after a single defeat. This is not to argue the controversial verdict but to point out Manny Pacquiao’s technical problem and suggest his necessity to regain his previous assets as a marvelous superstar. This observer has kept watching Manny Pacquiao since he was an eighteen-year-old flyweight novice training at the LM gym in Manila, Philippines. When I was a manager of the WBC featherweight champ Luisito Espinosa, Manny the Menace, then the flyweight titlist of the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation), appeared on the undercard of Espinosa’s title defense, demolishing Panomdej Ohyuthanakorn in the first round in Koronadal City in December 1997. I carefully watched Manny’s improvement in every fight to see him grow up to be a sensational knockout artist.
Having viewed Pacquiao training under the supervision of the late handler Pablo Leonardo and American trainer Rick Stucki, I realized that the skinny kid had a special talent in exploding his power at a pinpoint though he looked still raw, wild and rough-and-tumble. He then had a bad habit of having the left guard wide-open in throwing a southpaw jab—with his elbow far away from the side of the body. Pacquiao also had his right guard open in extending his southpaw left hand to the full extent. The hard-punching kid looked like a butterfly with his wings open and close. (more…)
Bob Arum, Chairman and CEO of Top Rank, said today that he has submitted a formal request to the Nevada Attorney General’s office for a full and complete inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the scoring of Saturday’s WBO welterweight championship fight between defending champion Manny Pacquiao and challenger Timothy Bradley. The Pacquiao-Bradley welterweight title fight took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
First it was Gary Jones, then it was David Adotey Alottey and now it will surely be once-beaten Aaron “Homicide” Mitchell that will take on Richard Pierson this Wednesday night at the Robert Treat Hotel.
The show is promoted by Gabe LaConte’s First Round Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer will make a special announcement tomorrow regarding the upcoming September 15 fight card in Las Vegas. The card is expected to be headlined by WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who is in need of an opponent after the accident of former world champion Paul Williams and developments with James Kirkland. Lately the names of the former world champions Carlos “El Indio” Quintana and “Vicious” Victor Ortiz have been prominently mentioned. A source indicates that Alvarez will begin training in July and will stay in the U.S. until the date of the fight.
It was originally thought that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. was just the son of the best boxer in the history of Mexican boxing and would never leave the shadow of his famous father, but in last 11 months Junior has become a world champion, has made two successful defenses and his popularity continues to grow as he builds his own legacy.
“I feel I’ve improved a lot these last few fights, but I know I have to improve even more and so I’ve continued to work hard in each training camp,” said Chavez in Las Vegas, before his team heads to El Paso where he’ll face what many consider to be his toughest challenge yet in Andy Lee on Saturday before hoards of adoring fans.
“On paper it looks like Andy Lee my strongest opponent. He’s left-handed, tall and very hungry to be champion and that makes him a very dangerous opponent for me…I know people pay good money to see me fight and I want my fans go home happy. For me it’s important to win, but I also want to the fans enjoy my matches.”
Andy ‘Irish’ Lee (28-1, 20KO’s) is a fighter on a mission as he prepares to challenge unbeaten middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) for his WBC championship green belt on June 16 at the outdoor Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas. The tall 6’2 Kronk fighter has just completed a 10 week training camp in preparation for his world title bout and is looking in great condition and extremely sharp in sparring. Lee has been trading punches at the Detroit Kronk Gym with aggressive sparring partners such as Mike Jimenez, Adonis Stevenson, Edwin Rodriguez, Don George and Brian Vera.
Lee presently ranked WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC #3 is in the best shape of his life and is in a positive and confident mood with only two things on his mind going into this fight; winning and winning impressively. He believes he has the boxing skills and power to beat Chavez Jr. and is very focused on the job he has to do. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Here it is. The complete 2012 IBHOF induction ceremony complete with speeches by all six living inductees as well as family members of the posthumous inductees.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1,15 KOs) and his trainer Graham Shaw talk to Fightnews.com about the September 1st unification showdown against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs). The Geale camp is confident that Daniel can score his second win in Germany by defeating Sturm after outscoring Sebstian Sylvester in 2011 to capture IBF title.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, says at this time there are no plans to discipline or review the Pacquiao-Bradley judges.
Timothy Bradley reportedly suffered a fractured left foot and a twisted right ankle in the fight.
Bradley’s win over Pacquiao brought an abrupt end to any notion of a fourth fight between Pacman and Juan Manuel Marquez. Word is a September 15 fight between Marquez and Erik Morales is now on the front burner.
Another notable person affected by Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight is Floyd Mayweather Jr., who so far has served 10 days of an 87-day sentence. You can send Floyd a letter at the following address:
Clark County Detention Center
330 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
As was the case at last year’s IBHOF induction Sunday, the rains came early. But unlike last year, the heat came late, drying up the rain, and drenching fans and inductees alike in perspiration. Just as in waiting on a decision at the end of a boxing match, one never knows what the weather will be like on induction day in the Central New York town of Canastota. There have been torrential downpours, temperatures dipping low enough to require the purchase of IBHOF sweatshirts and jackets and sweltering heat in the 90s. Today was the latter, with loads of water being downed and souvenir programs used as fans.
After the traditional parade of champions through the village, champions old and new took to the stage and fans to their seats or the grass, to honor the posthumous as well as six living inductees for their contribution to the Sweet Science. (more…)
The odds were against Timothy Bradley. The 14,206 fans in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas were against Timothy Bradley. Most boxing pundits and a vast majority of those who purchased the pay per view were against Timothy Bradley. But you know who wasn’t against “Desert Storm” on June 9th, 2012?
In what will be considered one of the most controversial decisions in a sport that is certainly in no need for anymore controversy, Timothy Bradley inexplicably upended Manny Pacquiao and claimed the Filipino’s WBO welterweight title with a split decision victory that has turned the boxing world upside down and inside out . . . Click here for more
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that there will be a new five-round main event at the upcoming sold out UFC® 149event, set to take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in Calgary, Alberta, on July 21. (more…)
By Barry Lindenman
Scoring Summary Analysis
- In only 6 of the 12 rounds, did all 3 judges agree on the winner of the round (rounds 3,4,6,7,10,12)
- There was disagreement on the part of the judges in 50% of the rounds (rounds 1,2,5,8,9 & 11)
- Judge C.J. Ross was the only judge during the fight who was never the “lone wolf” in scoring each round (i.e. score agreed with at least one of the other judges)
- Judge Ford was the “lone wolf” in 4 of the rounds (rounds 1,2,9 &11)
- Judge Roth was the “lone wolf” in 2 of the rounds (rounds 5 & 8)
- All 3 judges had Pacquiao ahead 39-37 after 4 rounds
- 2 of the judges (Ford & Ross) had the fight dead even after 8 rounds (76-76)
- All 3 judges scored 3 of the last 4 rounds for Bradley
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Saturday’s sessions of the 2012 edition of the IBHOF started out a tad dismal as the rains came down, but the skies cleared and the enthusiasm of the fans never waned. The celebrity golf outing, boxing collectors show, ringside lectures, V.I.P. Cocktail hour and gala banquet were all a success.
With several “rounds” going on at the same time, fans could choose which event they wanted to attend, or mill about between all of them. At the Canastota High School gymnasium, the collectors memorabilia show was its usual hit with fans looking for that treasure to add to their boxing collection. They could also stand in line for autographs as boxers came throughout the day to take their turns at the signing table. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rene Perez
Three-time world champion Fernando Montiel (48-4-2, 37 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over former Olympian Arturo Santos (11-2, 4 KOs) before 12,000 boxing fans in the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gymnasium UACH in Chihuahua. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 Montiel, 115-113 Santos.
In other action, Carlos Rodriguez (19-11-4, 9 KOs) surprised former world title challenger and WBC silver former world champion Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-7, 18 KOs) with a ninth round stoppage. Time was 2:08.
Middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes (24-1, 21 KOs) won by ten round unanimous decision over Octavio Castro (14-9-1, 9 KOs). Reyes punished Castro throughout the fight. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Fans filled the Rusty Rail restaurant for a “Heavyweight Bash” tribute to the sport’s memorable heavyweights of the past. Such notables as Chuck Wepner, Lamon Brewster, Michael Moorer, Gerry Cooney and Leon Spinks took to the podium after hilites of their fights were shown. Clips of Ali-Frazier #1 were shown with color commentary by a young Mike Tyson.
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