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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a crowded press conference, the main protagonists of the feature called “Pure Dynamite” stood before a large group of media gathered in the main hall of Temptation Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo. With the presence of Fernando Beltran, head of Zanfer, as well as Harren Villases, special events coordinator of the Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo, in a great atmosphere ahead of the cut function to present such international developer with the support of government of this entity in the Plaza de Toros, the main actors of the evening boxing, Juan Manuel Marquez and Likar Ramos, no friend exchanged glances, hoping no more time to climb into the ring and prove who is the best. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Markus Williams 158 vs. Jose Medina 159
Stephen Scott 152 vs. Joe Crosby 154
(New York State Jr. Middleweight Title)
Sarah Kuhn 146 vs. Michelle Garland 145
Javier Martinez 142 vs. Calvin Pritchard 140
Brian Clookey 177 vs. Steve Tyner 176
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downtown Albany, NY
Promoter: ARES Promotions
Delvin Rodriguez 153 vs. Pawel Wolak 153.5
Raymond Serrano 141.2 vs. Daniel Sostre 141.2
Reggie Lacrete 175 .5 vs. Lionell Thompson 177
Steven Gamache 154 vs. Rogelio Sanchez 155
Kevin Rooney Jr. 155 vs. Elmer Vera 151 .5
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing
Gabriel Rosado 155 vs. Ayi Bruce154
Anthony Ferrante 177 vs. Andre Hemphill 176
Eberto Medina 155 vs. Jamaal Davis155
Korey Sloane 140 vs. Naim Nelson 138
Tyrone Luckey 131 vs. Bryne Green 132
Keane Davis 145 vs. DeCarlo Perez 147
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Photos: Sauerland Event
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel gave Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck a diamond ring for his successful five title defenses. Huck (32-1, 23 KOs), who will defend for the seventh time his belt this Saturday, July 16, against Argentinian Hugo Hernán Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) at the Olympia-Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany, got his ring from Valcarcel in a ceremony held at the Novotel Hotel in Munich today. Valcarcel is in Germany to work as supervisor in the Huck-Garay bout. For more details and photos click here…
On Monday and Tuesday, July 18 and 19, WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins will be in the F/X Department at the world headquarters of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Orlando to begin the tedious task of having a full body wax casting made as the first step in having a wax figure created of himself. Hopkins became the oldest fighter at 46-years old in boxing history to win a major world championship with his unanimous decision victory over 28-year-old Jean Pascal on May 21.
The figure will be unveiled to the public at a press conference during fight week activities for Hopkins’ next fight, which will be against Chad Dawson on Saturday, October 15. An official announcement with more details about the fight and the figure unveiling will be forthcoming.
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
When Gordon Hall was selected 10 years ago to be the executive producer of a new boxing series on SHOWTIME dedicated to giving young prospects a place to display their skills and start what would ultimately become the first steps to winning a world title, there was no way he could envision the success the series would attain. This week, the popular ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 15, at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas. Hall said he is excited for the fight-week festivities and the Top Rank-promoted doubleheader which will feature a night of junior lightweight action with undefeated Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs) and Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) taking on Georgi Kevlishvili (8-2, 3 KOs). (more…)
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez risks his revenge rematch against professional nemesis and boxing’s #1 pound for pound fighter Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao when he battles former world champion Likar Ramos in a 10-round junior welterweight rumble This Saturday! July 16. Marquez-Ramos will headline a three-bout broadcast, which will be streamed live from Plaza de Toros in Cancún, México, via www.toprank.tv, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Colonel Bob Sheridan and Raul Marquez will be calling the fight from ringside. Produced and distributed by Top Rank, the free livestream will be available exclusively to the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
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.
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