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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…)
Photos by Chris Cozzone from Tuesday’s workouts at Barry’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Diego Magdaleno, Jessie Magdaleno, Anthony Lenk, Andy Ruiz and Juan Heraldez . . . Click here
The undercard has been announced for the pro boxing card, featuring WBA/IBA light heavyweight world champion Beibut Shumenov in his third title defense, July 29 against two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago, on TeleFutura live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The co-feature between popular Las Vegas super featherweight Lonnie Smith (13-2-2, 9 KOs) and Minnesota-invader Wilton “Pretty Warrior” Hilario (12-2, 9 KOs) is also scheduled to be shown on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast. (more…)
A conference call was held today to discuss the 12-Round IBF Super Lightweight Elimination bout between the Dominican Republic’s once-beaten IBF #3-rated Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) and Washington DC’s IBF #4-ranked Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) on Friday, July 29, in the Chelsea Ballroom at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Both fighters and their camps were very respectful to each other and both made their intentions clear should they win the high-stakes match-up: They both want WBA champ Amir Khan next, which could work out as Khan is fighting IBF beltholder Zab Judah in a unification next week.
Also scheduled for the July 29 fight night is a sensational 10-round light heavyweight showdown between Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) and Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez ended his training camp today in the Romanza Gym of Mexico City for his fight this Saturday against former WBA world champion Likar Ramos at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun. “I’m ready for this fight,” said Marquez. I had a good workout and I’m happy to fight in my own country. It fills us with joy and confidence to find the best conditions for the fight against Manny Pacquiao.”
Marquez traveled from Mexico City to Cancun with his Hall of Fame trainer “Nacho” Beristain, Raul de Anda and Jose Luis Zaragoza “All I have to say is I will win this fight and begin training for my next fight with Pacquiao. I have dreamed of this night for many years,” concluded Marquez.
Photo: Undefeated NABF Super Featherweight Champion Diego Magdaleno (right) works out with brother Jessie (left) today at Barry’s Boxing Center as he prepares to defend his title against Alejandro Perez Friday,July 15 ,live on the 10th Anniversary of SHOBOX : The New Generation. Stay tuned for more photos tonight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
photos: Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz “Góral” Adamek (44-1, 28 KO), the WBC’s #1 ranked heavyweight, who on September 10 in Wroclaw (Poland) will challenge WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) for his title is already training for this fight in friendly confines of Bushkill in the Poconos Mountains. “For me and my trainer Roger Bloodworth this fight has already started. This is the second part of our preparations. More intense, with sparring sessions and closed doors for the media. There’s a new, tough sheriff in Bushkill and the Adamek Team – his name is Roger Bloodworth…”
For the last couple of weeks, first Adamek’s manager Zyggi Rozalski and then Bloodworth started to shield their fighter from the media. “Everybody will have their access when a time comes. Now there’s hard work to be done and we don’t need distractions,” said Bloodworth. (more…)
Former World Middleweight Champion and the pride of Youngstown, Ohio, Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik will headline a hometown fight card for the first time nearly two years when he takes on Darryl Cunningham in a 10-round super middleweight battle, Saturday, August 6, at the Covelli Centre in downtown Youngstown. The fight will be televised live on SHOWTIME on a special edition of ShoBox: The Next Generation, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets to Pavlik vs. Cunningham, priced at $150 (ringside), $100 (VIP), $50 (Gold), and $25 (Silver), plus $2 facility fee, go on sale This Friday! July 15, at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets can be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com, and by calling (800) 745-3000. Tickets can also be purchased at the Covelli Centre box office, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (more…)
Southern California boxing promoter Roy Englebrecht was named on July 1st to serve on the City of Newport Beach’s Parks, Beaches & Recreation Commission, as a PB&R Commissioner for a four year term. Englebrecht, a 38 year resident of Newport Beach will join the six other Commissioners in overseeing the miles of Newport coastline, the nearly 40 city parks, and the extensive city recreation program, advising the city council on all matters pertaining to these three specific areas. Englebrecht’s appointment was made by Newport Beach Mayor Michael Henn.
Russian-born Georgi Kevlishvili (8-2, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia will face unbeaten Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) of Austin, Texas., in the new co-feature this Friday, July 15, on the 10th anniversary telecast of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME® (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The 30-year-old Kevlishvili (pronounced kev-LISH-vuh-lee) stepped in after Joselito Collado withdrew from the eight-round junior lightweight bout late last week with the flu.
In the main event of a Top Rank-promoted event at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas, undefeated local favorite and world-ranked southpaw, Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs), of Las Vegas, will defend his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) junior lightweight title against Alejandro “Alacran’’ Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs), of Salinas, Calif. (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has refused to enter a dirty war of words with Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs). After today´s press training, the 30-year-old Argentinian challenger shocked the journalists by predicting to “kill” his opponent on Saturday night. Huck would not comment on Garay’s harsh words. “I don´t care about his remarks,” he stated. “I will give my answer in the ring. With the support of my fans, I will make another exciting title defence. The belt remains in Germany! I will get married as world champion on July 30.”
Garay’s public work-out session was a short one which only featured some light shadow boxing. “We already know everything there is to know about him,” Huck’s coach Ulli Wegner said. “We have studied the tapes of his fights for hours. He is a strong and a very active fighter, so Marco needs to be on alert. Marco needs to stick to our game plan. Then he will leave the ring as the winner.”
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the three World Title fights to be held this Saturday, July 16, in Germany, United Kingdom and Hawaii.
MARCO HUCK VS HUGO HERNÁN GARAY
At the Olympia-Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany, Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs), from Serbia, will defend for the seventh time his title against Argentinian Hugo Hernán Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) in a Sauerland Events presentation. For this bout the referee will be Luis Pabón from Puerto Rico, while the judges are Donald Trella and John Stewart from the USA and British, Mickey Vann. Supervisor will be Paco Valcárcel.
RICKY BURNS VS NICKY COOK
For the fight between British, Ricky Burns 31-2, 8 KOs) and former titlist Nicky Cook (30-2, 16 KOs) for the Burns’ Junior Lightweight Championship at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, United Kingdom, referee will be Phil Edwards, with the judges Dave Parris, Terry O’Connor and Richie Davies. WBO supervisor is Dennis Gilmartin for the bout presented by promtoter Frank Warren. This is the third title defense for Burns.
JULIO CÉSAR MIRANDA VS BRIAN VILORIA
Also, in a Promociones Zanfer presentation to be held at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, Flyweight Champion Julio César “Pingo” Miranda (35-5-1, 28 KOs), from Mexico, will defend for the fourth time his crown agains former champion Brian Viloria (28-3, 16 KOs). Referee will be veteran Joe Cortez, and judges are Robert Hoyle, Rubén García and Tamotsu Tomihara. WBO Supervisor is Leon Panoncillo Jr.
We’ve almost reached the end of the 2011 unofficial half-year awards season, and after counting down the upsets, knockouts, and submissions, it’s time to pick the fights that defined the first half of the year and made you say ‘this is why I’m a mixed martial arts fan.’ . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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“The most consistent launching pad for future champions for a full decade” ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary with a live match between top prospects Diego Magdaleno and Alejandro Perez. Watch highlights from today’s boxing stars who made their bones on ShoBox including Chad Dawson, Ricky Hatton, Robert Guerrero, Kelly Pavlik, Kermit Cintron, Joan Guzman, Victor Ortiz, Paul Williams, Timothy Bradley, Carl Froch, Nonito Donaire, Andre Ward, and more.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Edison Reynoso/Canelo Promotions
Three weeks after he successfully defended the WBC world championship, Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez is already back in the gym ready to prepare his next defense. With little overweight, he ran with his trainer Edison Reynoso, yesterday morning. “Saul Alvarez is a professional, and he’s back in the practice room to start working,” said Reynoso. Alvarez, gave one of his best battles last June 18 in Guadalajara, where thousands of people in the VFG Arena witnessed the beating he gave to the experienced British, Ryan Rhodes, who technically knocked out at the end of the fight. Now the king of the super welterweight division, will held an optional defense for the next September 17, and the name of his opponent, as well as the meeting place, will be announced shortly by his promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “The most likely is that Saul Alvarez will defend his crown in the United States against one of the WBC top ten ranked,” said Reynoso. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has a professional record of 37 wins, 27 knockouts and one draw.
Read what IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah has to say about camp just two weeks before his July 23 140lb world championship unification fight against WBA champion Amir Khan taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
Read what WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan has to say about camp just two weeks before his July 23 140lb world championship unification fight against IBF champion Zab Judah taking place at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
By John Cannon
Most people would assume that the title of Marines Promotions upcoming show “Night of Knockouts” was called that for the plain and simple reason that the fighters will produce quite a few knockout punches.
Well, part of that notion is true. “There are two reasons I called the show ‘Night of Knockouts’,” said Julio Marines, president of Marines Promotions. “First of all, I feel the fighters will provide a ton of knockouts on that night. However, the second reason I called it the ‘Night of Knockouts’ is because a couple of the Playboy playmates will be in the house. I feel it’s going to be an exciting night for local boxing fans and what a better way to showcase a great show than to have knockout fighters and beauties in the ring.” (more…)
A possible swing bout on this week’s ESPN’s Friday Night Fights telecast could showcase light heavyweight prospect Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson of Buffalo, NY. Thompson was a five-time New York State Golden Glove champion at 178 lbs and was ranked #2 by USA Boxing. While attending college the 25-year old started with a 4-0 record over a 17-month period beginning in 2009. A change in direction starting with a new trainer, Ross “The Boss” Thompson and an young upstart manager, Timothy Ziccardi, has lead Thompson (7-0, 5 KOs) going into his fourth fight in the last four months.
STRIKEFORCE® returns to Illinois for the first time since 2009 with one of its top fight cards of the year. Having already announced the heavyweight super fight main event between Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko and Dan “Hendo” Henderson, STRIKEFORCE officials today confirmed the remainder of the loaded main card, which will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Once-beaten Japanese feather champ Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs), 126, impressively kept his national belt as he quickly dropped game challenger Kazunori Takayama (19-8-4, 4 KOs), 126, with a vicious left uppercut to the face and battered him from all angles to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the second round in a scheduled ten on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hosono, making his third defense, who once failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt via unanimous decision to Poonsawat Kratindaeng-gym in January of the previous year, displayed his improvement in effectively scoring with short punches in the close quarter. Takayama, who couldn’t win the same 126-pound title by a close verdict to future WBA ruler Ryol-li Lee last year, attempted to land solid shots to the shorter champ from the long range, but absorbed the champ’s wicked combinations upstairs and downstairs. Hosono, handled by ex-WBA/WBC 105-pound champ Hideyuki Ohashi, is gunning for a shot at a world feather belt as he claims he’s a legitimate 126-pounder with his best speed and power. (more…)
The WBC Final Elimination bout between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah has been confirmed. The WBC informs that the final elimination bout for the mandatory position in the super lightweight division, between # 2 Ajose Olusegun, of Nigeria, and # 6 Ali Chebah, of France, has been confirmed to be held on Saturday August 13th, 2011, in California, and will be promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Hitz Boxing will return to the luxurious venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday, August 19 for a night of world-class boxing, featuring Chicago’s former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz in the main event. Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) won the world championship in 2006 against Jose Armando Santa Cruz and successfully defended against all-time-great Erik Morales via unanimous decision before falling short in a valiant stand against pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao in an exciting high-profile showdown in 2008. Diaz also has victories over former world champions Jesus Chavez and Ener Julio. (more…)
No sooner had new WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos had his arm raised victoriously after his seventh-round knockout of defending champion Akishumni Shimoda last Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBA Interim titlist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux issued an instant challenge to the 24-year-old Ramos for a supreme 122-pound showdown.
The Shimoda-Ramos fight was on the verge of being called off when Rigondeaux’ Irish manager, Gary Hyde, through renown boxing lawyer Patrick English, lodged an objection to the WBA. The action resulted in the promoters for both Shimoda and Ramos being instructed to make a deal with Team Rigondeaux or their fight wouldn’t be sanctioned. (more…)
Long-time welterweight contender, and former world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez, will step up in weight to face jr. middleweight Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in the main event bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The bout, which will take place at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and is scheduled for ten rounds.
“This is my opportunity to erase everything bad that has happened the past few years, and put myself right back into the spotlight,” stated Rodriguez. “I can’t change what happened in the past, that’s something that I don’t have any control over and honestly I’m tired of talking about it. What I do have control over though is the fight on July 15th. A win against Pawel, who is coming off the biggest win of his career, and is rated in all of the four sanctioning bodies, puts me right back into the mix, and there is no way that I am letting that opportunity pass me by.” (more…)
After the controversial decision handed down in Atlantic City on Saturday night, Erislandy Lara and his team are hoping to get a rematch against former world champion Paul Williams. “It was a good fight, but I don’t know what the judges saw,” said Lara. “I definitely want the rematch with Williams.” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer added “We hope that Williams and his promoter Dan Goossen will give Lara a much-deserved rematch to settle the controversy that has erupted since Saturday night’s decision. If Williams chooses not to fight Lara again, Erislandy is ready to fight anyone, anywhere and at any time and we will make sure they he gets the opportunities he deserves in the wake of his spectacular performance in Atlantic City.”
Lara, who suffered a small facial fracture in the bout which caused noticeable swelling during the bout, will not be able to train for six to eight weeks.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has arrived in Munich where he will put his belt on the line against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday. “It will be an exciting week,” Huck promised. “I can promise my fans another spectacular performance and an exciting victory. Let’s get it on.”
By Benny Ricardo
The pipes were clear; the energy through the roof and the main event took place right where he likes it, in his kill zone area. The Colonel, Bob Sheridan, was back on the air calling another championship fight that is rapidly nearing the thousand mark. Top Rank’s Director of TV production, Marty Corwin told the Colonel “You were in mid-season form, it was like you never left.” (more…)
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