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World cruiserweight title challenger Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) finds himself at the crossroads of his professional career, preparing for his June 10 10-round main event throw-down against undefeated, ultra-hyped Nigerian knockout artist Lateef “Power” Kayode for the vacant NABA title, live on ShoBox from Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
After being stopped for the first time in his career last August, when he unsuccessfully challenged World Boxing Organization champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck in Germany, Godfrey was somewhat lost and confused as a promotional free agent. Matt put full trust in his manager, Brett Hallenbeck, who negotiated the fight against Kayode, switched Matt’s head trainer, and guided the Providence fighter into signing a contract with Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. has heard the comments all too often throughout his career. Comments that are critically constructive or just very critical from fight fans and even members of the media. Despite unanimous decisions or knockout victories, the aforementioned people do not think that Chavez is or will be a legitimate contender and have gone as far as saying that the 25-year-old has benefitted from questionable decisions in bouts in Mexico. With Chavez hearing those comments, they roll off of him like the sweat off his body when he trains at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA. (more…)
Only one man will advance to the Finals! Jimmy Lennon Jr. reports the latest news on the Super Six World Boxing Classic before Froch vs. Johnson, this Saturday at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Undefeated junior middleweight sensation Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (29-0, 18 KOs) is just days away from facing Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, in a WBC elimination bout for the right to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fighter of Armenian descent calls nearby Glendale, CA, home and looks forward to fighting in his backyard. It has been over two years since Martirosyan last fought in California and over three years since he last fought in Los Angeles in front of his hometown fans. (more…)
Andre Ward will join the SHOWTIME® broadcast team for the live telecast this Saturday, June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) that features a Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal fight between WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch and Glen Johnson. The undefeated Ward, the WBA 168-pound champion and last Olympic Games gold medalist from the United States, will face the winner of Saturday’s Froch-Johnson high stakes scrap from Atlantic City in the Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will sit ringside with SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announcers Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver.
TeleFutura returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Friday with two former world champions facing unbeaten prospects. In the main event, unbeaten Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) looks to keep his “0” intact against former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KO’s) in an eight rounder. The televised co-feature pits another undefeated prospect, in junior welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (18-0, 8 KO’s) against former WBC Interim titleholder Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (36-9, 16 KO’s) in another eight. Local fan-favorite Randy Caballero (10-0, 6 KO’s) will square off in a six round junior featherweight match against Sergio Cristobal (3-1). Also unbeaten junior welterweight Jose Vargas (5-0-2) who will meet Javier Loya (4-0, 3 KO’s) in a six round contest.
Carl Froch is the heavy favorite to defeat Glen Johnson Saturday in Atlantic City live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), but Super Six World Boxing Classic Finalist Andre Ward believes there’s a decent chance that “The Road Warrior” can upset “The Cobra” to claim the WBC Super Middleweight title and advance to the tournament Final.
“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Ward said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Carl Froch dominated Glen Johnson and I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson pulled the upset.”
Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the Froch-Johnson winner in the Final of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s #1 168-pound fighter.
“Mentally, I’m prepared to fight either guy,” Ward said. “The fans want to see Ward and Froch but it is Froch’s job to take care of his business and uphold his end of the bargain and Glen Johnson will have something to say about that on June 4.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
By Boxing Bob Newman
The public is invited to today’s official weigh-in for Friday’s “War at Woodland Hills IV” which will be held at 5pm at the T.G.I Friday’s on 5919 Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills, CA. Come and meet the fighters!
Lightweight prospect Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan has been forced to withdraw from the co-main event. Gabe Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) from nearby Glendale will step in to fight Juan Antonio Suazo (7-4-2, 5 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout. (more…)
He’s left the crosses, prayer books, and holy water at home, but Clay Guida still has some demons to exorcise this weekend in Las Vegas.
Entering the Octagon at The Palms for the third time, he must not only address his opponent, former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, but the ghosts that inhabit the Pearl Theater, where he has engaged in two of the most dramatic fights in UFC history, but also walked away with defeats in both. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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“Locked N’ Loaded” opens up with a slew of young Thompson Boxing Promotion gunslingers once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, June 24.
Rising Super Bantamweight Efrain Esquivias, a hard-fighting sharpshooter out of Carson, California steps up once again and faces a bomber from Brownsville, Texas by the name of Felipe Cordova in a scheduled eight round collision. (more…)
ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to the popular A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, FL for the first time since March 2007 as Fight Night Productions and Warriors Boxing present the second installment of the “Winghouse Fight Night” series.
The main event will feature Cuban sensation and jr middleweight contender Yudel Johnson (10-0, 7 KOs) against the hard-hitting Jose Miguel Torres (24-4, 19 KOs) from Columbia in a ten round bout. Johnson – currently the #10 ranked contender by the WBC – is best known for winning the silver medal in the jr welterweight division in the 2004 Olympic Games. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The 28th annual IBF convention continued today at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas with a gala cocktail reception held in the Versailles Room. A host of IBF affiliated referees and judges from around the world, as well as many of the top promoters in the game attended. Don King draw the most attention as is often the case, attracting photo bugs eager to get a snapshot with the 79 year old impresario. Fellow promoters and or representatives from Top Rank, Golden Boy, Sauerland Events, Arena Box, Final Forum, Eva Rolle, Sampson Lewkowicz, and more gathered for a groups photos with IBF president Daryl Peoples, who just completed his first year as president of the organization.
IBF representative and Fightnews’ own Ray Wheatley accepted the IBF middleweight championship belt for newly crowned champ and fellow Aussie Daniel Geale who won a hard fought decision over former champ Sebastian Sylvester in Neibrandenburg, Germany last May 7th. Wheatley will present the bet to Geale upon returning to Sydney, Australia after the conclusion of the convention.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Both the current WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and the WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight champion Antonio Lozada Jr (23-0, 20 KOs) find themselves in the mountains of Temoaya, Mex, during the most intense stage of their respective preparation for their June 25th match ups in Cozumel, Mex, and broadcast live by Mexican mega network Televisa and presented by Tijuana promoter Baja Boxing. Soto of Los Mochis, Mex, will defend his title for the fourth time against Japanese Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) while Tijuana, Mex’s Lozada Jr. will battle for the vacant WBC Silver 140 lbs. title versus Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (19-0-1, 17 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Pete Susens
IBF President Darryl Peoples and Hall of Fame promoter Don King enjoying the goings on at the IBF Convention at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Nevada.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Canelo Promotions
“Alvarez is a good fighter, but the title was given to him too quickly. I am sure that the WBC belt will go to England,” said Ryan Rhodes. Arriving tonight at Guadalajara, Mexico, the south-paw, from England continued: “I came with two weeks in advance to adapt myself. My preparation is already closed. I only need to stay physically fit and mark the weight on the scale”. Rhodes will continue his training in the Arena Coliseo’s Gym of Guadalajara City and said he is very excited by this new opportunity he has, because there have already been two times that he disputed a world title without success. For more details and photos click here…
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Philadelphia this summer with a loaded card sure to leave the City of Brotherly Love buzzing. On Saturday, Aug. 6 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, former UFC® light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans takes on rising star and former Penn State wrestling standout Phil Davis. (more…)
Katsidis “The Great” Promotions in association with Smithy’s Gym have announced that a rematch between two-time world champion Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl has been verbally agreed to. At 2am this morning Katsidis’ Manager Brendon Smith finalized details with Graham Earl’s camp to have a fight down under. Earl and his team have been chasing the Katsidis’ camp for close to four years now on the promise of a rematch after their epic five round World title battle at Wembley Arena in London in 2007. In a fight that was full of action, Katsidis not only came out the victor, but this battle was awarded the coveted round and fight of the year. (more…)
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and former World Champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and their respective camps held their final press conference Wednesday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City to discuss their Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Both fighters were respectful to each other, but they are predicting radically different outcomes of Saturday’s highly anticipated fight. Froch feels he will dominate every round, while Johnson and his team feel that Froch is in way over his head with a lighter, faster Glen Johnson.
The following are quote highlights made by all the speakers on Wednesday: (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Manager Rolando Arellano has released an exclusive statement to FightNews.com in response to Andre Berto’s statements on Twitter that Victor Ortiz allegedly used performance enhancement drugs leading up to their April 16th welterweight showdown:
“Victor has never in the past or present taken any performance enhancement drugs. We will take any test from any commission or world anti-doping organization before or after any fight. We will even take a test during training or on vacation.” In one of the best fights of 2011 thus far, Ortiz captured the WBC welterweight title when he won a twelve-round unanimous decision over Berto. Arellano concluded: “Victor beat Andre at 70 percent of his full capacity. I wonder what Andre would complain about if Victor beats him at 100 percent. We respectfully ask that he cease and desist immediately of making any more accusations as it hurts Victor’s reputation.”
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After ten fights, eight fighters and two years, Showtime’s innovative “Super Six” round-robin tournament will be boiled down to two fighters and one fight. After Saturday night, that is.
The tournament, featuring the top super middleweights in the world (and one of the former top light heavyweights) will enter the second stage of the semi-finals this weekend at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom of Atlantic City New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall when current WBC title-holder Carl Froch fights former 175-pound champ Glen Johnson.
The winner will face rising star Andre Ward, who secured his berth last month with a lopsided decision win against Arthur Abraham. (more…)
Explosive details from the biggest night of boxing revealed by the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports. Watch the thrilling epilogue of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley on Saturday, June 4th at 8:45pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia has a new opponent for his 10 round bout on Saturday night. Garcia will now face hard-hitting Mexican contender Rafael Guzman at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Top Rank Vice President of Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com. The bout will be the opening televised bout on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.” Garcia was originally scheduled to take on Miguel Beltran Jr., but Beltran suffered an injury to his hand during training over the weekend. “It turned out to be a fracture and he (Beltran) tried to see if it would heal,” said Moretti. “The doctors looked at it yesterday and they did not approve of Beltran to fight.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Earlier today Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum introduced both Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1 30KOs) and Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10KOs), as they met for the final press conference held at the Golden State Ballroom at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in Los Angeles.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will be fighting in Los Angeles for the first time in six years. His first bout in Los Angeles was on the undercard of his father Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Ivan Robinson. On that night Junior knocked out Adam Wynant in one round. With only three days away from his first world title shot, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 32KO’s) looks focused and determined on becoming the next WBC Middleweight Champion.
“I have prepared well for this fight, I know I have a tough fight I am going up against the champ, but I have prepared myself to win” Chavez Jr. addressed the media. (more…)
Photos: Maxwell Brown/City of Philadelphia and Swanson Communications
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored newly crowned WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins today for his championship win over Jean Pascal which took place May 21. The mayor presented Hopkins with a Liberty Bell replica and made a proclamation saluting Hopkins and acknowledging his history making accomplishment of becoming the oldest world champion in the history of boxing. (more…)
Photos: Marco Perez/MPS Sport Images
At a press conference today, promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Pugilistic Promotions and Deportes Telemundo announced the return of the popular series “Boxeo Telemundo”, to the City of Miami on June 24 where they will present a show at the Miami Dade County Auditorium which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary with a double championship twinbill.
In the main event WBO Latin jr. welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (17-1-11 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his title against former WBA International Champion Javier “El Zorro” Castro (24-4-19 KOs) in a battle scheduled for 12 Rounds.
The co-feature will pit unbeaten former amateur world champion Sullivan Barrera (7-0-5 KOs) of Guantanamo, Cuba who will face Frank Paines (11-1-10 KOs) of St. Marteen via Colombia in a fight schedule for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino and WBA FEDELATIN light heavyweight titles. (more…)
Photo: Lars Ronbog, Sportsagency.dk
Team Bouadla is convinced that the 14-month layoff has made WBC super middleweight world champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler rusty. On Saturday night, the Viking Warrior (43-2, 32 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time since his epic points victory over then-WBC Champion Carl Froch, taking on WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs). “In life, it’s all about timing, and now is the time to beat Kessler,” Boudla’s promoter Bernard Roos said at today’s final press conference at PARKEN Stadium. “Kessler is a great champion and in six months he would beat everybody, including Ward and Froch, but now after his long break Mehdi “The Bull” Bouadla will rise to the occasion and defeat him.” (more…)
Undefeated New York State super middleweight Lennox “2 Sharpe” Allen (15-0-1, 9 KOs) returned home to Georgetown, Guyana for an Independence Day showdown last Saturday night, in which he thoroughly dominated Kwesi Jones (7-2, 4 KOs) en route to a 12-round unanimous decision (120-108, 119-109, 118-110) for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title.
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