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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican featherweight prospect Sal Sanchez II today expressed his desire to win the WBC silver championship this summer and seek a world title 2012. “I learned a lot with Rudy Perez, I’ll demonstrate. I’m well prepared and in my corner is my agent Elvis Grant, who also has extensive experience in the corner.” Sánchez II (23-4-3, 12 KOs) takes on Rodolfo “El Chapulín” Garay (29-19-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
In other action, María Elena Villalobos (7-5-1, 3 KOs) meets Rocío Castillo (3-2, 1 KO) in a ten rounder for the vacant WBC female super bantamweight silver title. Also, Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (30-12-1, 20 KOs) faces Juan Olvera (14-8, 11 KOs) in a twelve rounder for the Mexico Featherweight belt. The card is promoted by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia’s Boxeo de Gala. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Ben Keilty
WBA #10 middleweight Robbie Bryant (14-1-1, 7 KOs) will clash with former Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (13-8-3, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia on July 23 with the IBF Australasian title up for grabs. Promoter Ty Colman said, “Robbie Bryant has shown world class skills in recent fights but Les Piper comes to the ring with excellent credentials.” Colman continued, “There are several world class middleweights in Australia including Sam Soliman and Garth Wood with Daniel Geale recently capturing the IBF world title in Germany. Robbie boxed Daniel as an amateur and had him on the canvas before losing a close decision.” Colman concluded, “Team Bryant is interested in boxing the best middleweights in Australia including world IBF champion Daniel Geale but would also consider a world title opportunity against WBA champion Felix Sturm.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #11, 130 pounder Fahsai “Mountain Boy” Sakkreerin (34-2, 19 KOs) will be back in action against Geoffrey “The Tiger” Munika (21-15-2, 12 KOs) of Kenya on July 19 in Bangkok, Thailand. Sakkreein has been active by boxing every month and is focused on the IBF world title shot said promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. “Munika will be a good test for Sakkreerin who has been impressive in recent fights. Munika defeated Ryan Barrett in London, England in June by KO in six rounds so he has had recent activity. Barrett had a good record winning 23 fights losing 8 with 2 draws.” (more…)
By Matt Richardson
I wasn’t particularly close with George Kimball. I’m sure there are others in the boxing community who could share more stories and tell more jokes than I can about him. But while I wasn’t a close friend or family member, I did spend countless hours at ringside with George in close, tight proximity. Frequently sharing the same, cramped desk and a power strip that always seemed to turn off when our laptops needed the juice most, I covered boxing with George for years. (more…)
On Saturday, July 23, before Amir Khan meets Zab Judah in their 140 lb. World Championship Unification Fight, another rising star will meet a still dangerous veteran when unbeaten middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin faces Tarvis Simms, who has lost only once is his professional career, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. in a 10 round non-televised bout with significant implications on the future of the 160-pound weight class.
“I’m training to destroy him,” said Quillin. “I’m never in a comfortable situation because, in boxing, you can always lose. I figure, why put in anything less than maximum effort in training? I’m trying to prove that I’m an elite, top-10 fighter and even when I win a world title, I’m always going to be a hungry fighter because of where I come from.”
Photos: EMC Events
Dan Goossen hosts the final press conference in New York on Wednesday, July 6, 2011. Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the July 11, 2011 Boardwalk Hall event which HBO will broadcast. WBA No. 1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) will challenge World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Heavyweight Chris Arreola is also on the card.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Team Klitschko
Ukrainian heavyweight kings, WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBC champion Vitali Klitschko held a press conference today in Kiev, Ukraine.
Vitali Klitschko: “We aimed for this dream for a very long time – 15 years. We now have a new goal (to defend the heavyweight title in Ukraine) that we will discover in the near future. The most important thing is that I along with my brother have won all the championship belts.”
Wladimir Klitschko: “We are very pleased to now be in our hometown, Kiev. What happened July 2 is very important to us. For two years everyone was talking, there will be Klitschko vs. Haye. David was moving very quickly and ran away from me. Ran away very quickly. I’m sure I brought him back to reality. Now he’s back to reality.” More photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
About 75 miles separate the cities of Oxnard and Maywood in Southern California. To fight fans in the area, both cities have become synonymous with the fighters and gyms located in their respected cities.
While both cities are geographically away from one another, they will share center stage on Saturday night as Brandon Rios of Oxnard defends his lightweight title belt against Maywood’s Urbano Antillon at the Home Depot Center in Carson.
At Wednesday’s press conference in Los Angeles, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum likened the fight to “a neighborhood war,” a throwback type of fight symbolic from years past. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
ABCO strawweight title holder Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo and Filipino challenger Roilo Golez both passed the weigh-in at the 105lb limit today (Thursday) at the Bangpo hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. This WBC regional championship bout will take place tomorrow at Banklong school, in Kratumban, Samutsakorn and will be televised by Channel 7 during 15:00-17:00 throughout Thailand. (more…)
Heavyweight David Rodriguez did get the top ten rating he thought he’d get by winning the WBC Fecombox belt last month, but he moved up to No. 18 in the WBC’s heavyweight division. The win over Owen Beck has Rodriguez calling out the Klitschko brothers: “I want either one,” says Rodriguez. “No disrespect for any of the fighters they have fought, but let’s be real they’ve been on a safe tour. I’m 6’5”, 250 pounds of heavyweight that has size and power to knock these Klitschko’s out!”
“Peleando por Juarez” set for El Paso July 16: The July 16 all-pro boxing Fighter Physique card at the Convention Center now has a complete lineup. In the main event, former reality TV fighter Rene Armijo (5-3, 1 KO) will double up as promoter and main eventer in an eight-rounder against Corey Washington (3-4-1, 1 KO), of Fort Worth, Tex., at middleweight. It will be Armijo’s first fight in five years. Five four-rounders are scheduled: (more…)
On Friday July 15th, at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC, Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO’s) squares off against Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in a must see ten round jr. middleweight showdown. The bout, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, will be the feature bout on that week’s edition of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. Before Rodriguez and Wolak step inside the ring, Kevin “Kid” Rooney, the son of world renowned trainer, Kevin Rooney, and Star Boxing’s own publicist, will look to improve to 2-0 when he takes on Queen’s Elmer Vera in a four round jr. middleweight match-up. (more…)
South Side Promotions in association with Mark Vaz Boxing returns for the second time this year to the Dorchester National Guard Armory in Dorchester, Massachusetts on July 16th with former “Contender” competitor Tim Flamos going toe-to-toe with veteran Darren Whitley for the vacant state cruiserweight title. (more…)
Trans-Atlantic boxer Ashley “Treasure” Theophane defends his British Boxing Board of Control (“BBB of C”) light welterweight title July 23 in the 12-round co-feature against Welsh champion Jason “The Power” Cook on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View Event, live from Wembley Arena in London.
“The Big Brawl” features undefeated Irishman Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) challenging British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in the 12 round main event . . . click here for more
Tyson Fury admits he’s been shocked by bad-boy Dereck Chisora before this month’s heavyweight grudge fight. Fury challenges for Chisora’s British and Commonwealth belts at Wembley Arena on Saturday, July 23 – and Tyson admits he can’t believe ‘Del Boy’ is actually going through with the fight being screened live on Pay-Per-View in the United States.
Tyson said: “I’ve been expecting a phone call to say Chisora has broken a toe nail and has had to pull out of the fight. I genuinely believe he’s a bully and we all know what happens when you stand up to a bully. I am surprised he hasn’t found a way to get out of fighting me. I think he would rather fight anyone in the world rather than me. This fight is personal. I don’t like him and want to take away his titles. I saw the way he kissed Carl Baker before they boxed and I want him to know that he’s not my type!” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan is out of hospital after nearly six months after complications from a pacemaker he had installed in 2010 and contacted Fightnews to say he is now getting stronger by the day and ready to call the “Big Fights” very soon. “I have been in hospital for nearly six months,” said the Colonel. “I am out now and hope to be back at work in 2 to 3 weeks.”
The Colonel has called a record 900+ world title bouts around the Globe including the “Rumble in The Jungle “- Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman from Zaire and the “Thrilla in Manila” Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier from the Philippines. The Colonel has been a regular visitor to Australia over several years where he has called fights featuring Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, Robbie Peden and Shannan Taylor. The Colonel was a special guest at the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2009 in Melbourne.
By Joe Koizumi
A female world title tripleheader will take place at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on September 22. It was announced today by Futur Promotions with four contestants in attendance. WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), a Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound titlist Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3), Thailand, over ten rounds in the main event. Newly crowned WBC 105-pound ruler Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs; amateur record 18-3, 10 stoppages), a Japanese hard-puncher, will risk her throne against official challenger and WBC silver titlist Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), a 21-year-old Thailander, in a ten-round semi-final. In a quest for the newly established WBA 102-pound championship named “Light Minimumweight” class will fight Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), a busy-punching Thailander, and Mari Ando (7-3, 4 KOs), a Japanese puncher, over ten. Supporting the tripleheader will be a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger against the WBC female 130-pound champ between veteran Japanese and current OPBF lightweight ruler Fujin Raika (22-6-1, 9 KOs) and ex-WBC champ Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs), a Canadian who once defeated Raika at her home turf four years ago. The winner will be supposed to have a mandatory shot at the victor of the next WBC title go between legitimate champ Frida Wallberg of Sweden and Olivia Gerula of Canada.
The Manchester Evening News has reported that former world champion Ricky Hatton is set to officially announce his retirement later today. He has not fought since being kayoed by Manny Pacquiao in 2009. He had planned a ring return last year, but it never came to fruition. Later he had some highly publicized personal problems and lost his boxing license. Hatton will now focus on his promotional company Hatton Promotions.
Later this year, WBA, WBC & WBO Female Welterweight Champion Cecilia Braekhus (18-0, 4 KOs) will take on US superstar & pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) in a hotly-anticipated showdown that has been a long time in the making. The fight will take place at one of Team Sauerland’s shows in Europe in September or October and will be promoted in association with Fresquez Productions. “We are thrilled to have finalised all the details for this mega fight,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “We have been working on this clash for a long, long time. It’s the two best female fighters out there battling it out. What more can you ask for? I am sure that Cecilia will cement her position as the world’s top female fighter with a spectacular victory. I can’t wait to see the two of them in the ring.” (more…)
Photo: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor
Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to make statement against unbeaten and world ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) in a battle of southpaws. Williams-Lara headlines the HBO telecast in a scheduled 12-round bout, which also features WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging World Champion, Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in a 12-round bout for the Tokyo native’s WBA Super Bantamweight Championship. Chris Arreola and Friday Ahunanya will also engage in a 10-Round Heavyweight bout and Jhonny Gonzalez will take on Tomas Villa in a 12-Round battle for the WBC Featherweight Championship. More Photos…
On July 16th, Carla Hill Promotions will present a championship card of professional boxing at Resorts in Atlantic City that will be highlighted by a USBA heavyweight title bout between Maurice Harris (24-15-2, 10 KOs) and Derrick Rossy (25-4, 14 KOs). Carla Hill Promotions is headed by Carla Hill, who is the wife of former Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill. “I am excited about this card and starting my first show off with a championship fight of importance”, said Carla. Future Hall of Famer, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield will be making an appearance ringside. Tickets are priced at $125; $100; $75; $55 and $40 and can be purchased via Ticketmaster; The Resorts Box Office or calling 609-453-7994
The Doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30
Photos by: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Aside from some one-on-one, in-your-face jawing during a face-off for photographers, both Brandon “Bam Bam’’ Rios and Urbano Antillon were well-behaved and civil to each other during Wednesday’s final press conference for their highly anticipated world title fight this Saturday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Rios and Antillon had spent weeks jawing, and at one point the heated verbal exchanges nearly caused them to come to blows, but Wednesday at Wilshire Grand Los Angeles their focus solo was on Saturday when Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., defends his World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight championship against Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos by Bobby Qbix
The undefeated champion Tomoki Kameda and his challenger Pumar Dondee Singwancha met at a press conference this Wednesday at the New Otani hotel in Fukuoka, Japan. Kameda (19-0, 12 KOs) and Singwancha (8-1-3, 2 KOs) will meet for the WBC bantamweight World Youth Title which holds the Japanese Kameda, who has made his boxing career in Mexico. (more…)
Officials for the Lucian Bute – Jean Paul Mendy, July 9th IBF Super middleweight title bout in Bucharest Romania have been assigned.
The undefeated Mendy (29-0-1) gets a shot at the IBF title held by Bute (28-0) but perhaps with some concessions. For starters the match will be a homecoming for Bute held in his home court, Bucharest Romania. The referee will be Marlon Wright from Canada who has been the man in charge for seven of Bute’s 12 round title bouts. Most notably the October 24th 2008 bout when Bute had a good evening almost end in disaster. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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Bryant Pappas 161 1/4 vs. Allen Medina 157 1/4
Danny Valle 130 vs. Angel Torres 132
Stephon Owusu 145 vs. Angel Rios 147
Michael Ocasio 174 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Juan Perez 146 vs. Andrew Jones 147
Venue: 2403 Grand Concourse in the Bronx, NY
Promoter: Star Boxing
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA Lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and top-rated contender Urbano Antillon pose during the final press conference for their upcoming world Lightweight title fight on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo: Espinoza Boxing Club
Award winning manager Frank Espinoza announced to Fightnews today that fast rising junior welterweight Antonio Orozco of San Diego, California has signed a promotional agreement with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Orozco, who’s compiled an undefeated record of 11-0 with 8 knockouts since turning professional three years ago in June of 2008 following a tremendous amateur career, signed the contract earlier this afternoon at the Golden Boy Promotions headquarters in Los Angeles, California. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Three time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) who on Saturday night will fight undefeated Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) will headline HBO’s “Boxing after Dark” show from Atlantic City, but this Goossen Tutor and Golden Boy Promotions card promises at least a couple more July fireworks with undefeated and WBA #1 ranked Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging Tokyo’s pride Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) for his WBA super bantamweight title, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) defends his belt against Tomas Villa (23-7-4, 14 KOs) and Cris Arreola (32-2, 28 KOs), WBC #2, IBF #4 and WBO #8 heavyweight contender, will fight his fourth bout this year versus Nigeria’s Friday “The 13” Ahunanya (24-7, 13 KOs). More photos…
By Paulina Brindis/WBC
Photos Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today at a press conference in Mexico City, the official announcement was made for “Cuentas Pendientes,” the rematch of that great battle between Jackie” The Aztec Princess” Nava and Anna Maria “The Warrior” Torres last April 16 in Veracruz, Mexico, which culminated in a draw. This time these beautiful Mexican ladies will face each other on July 30th at the Metropolitan Arena of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico in a historic battle for the first WBC women’s diamond belt in the bantamweight division. more photos
From the mean streets of Grand Rapids to living in New York and now Hollywood, undefeated middleweight prospect Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin is on the verge of boxing greatness, and is being talked about in boxing circles as being a fighter ready for a high-profile world title fight within a year. Coming off of an explosive third-round destruction of former world title challenger Jesse Brinkley this past April for the USBO super middleweight title, Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will return to compete in his natural middleweight division in an old fashioned throw-down with veteran “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (27-1-1, 11 KOs) in 10-round bout on the July 23 Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah undercard at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta (21-0-1, 10 KO’s) of San Diego will now face Jorge Pimentel (22-11 1NC, 17 KO’s) in an eight round bout on the undercard of the Brandon Rios-Urbano Antillon fight on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson. Gesta was originally scheduled to face Francisco Lorenzo, but Top Rank Vice President of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com that Lorenzo had problems with obtaining a visa for this weekend. This will be the first time Gesta will fight under the Top Rank banner.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver is 100% focused on defeating Danny Green at the Sydney Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 20 but has not bothered to watch any film of “The Green Machine ” boxing. He will arrive two weeks prior to the fight in Sydney and is very confident he will be the next IBO cruiserweight champion. Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams also said that Green comes in with elbows and head and anything goes and that he is very primitive but throws a lot of punches with no defense. (more…)
Former British Super-Middleweight Champion James DeGale will challenge for the European title in September against the champion Piotr Wilczewski from Poland. The Londoner is raring to get back into the ring following his contentious points loss to George Groves in May when he lost his British title. Wilczeski, who is ranked WBO #3 has lost only once in 30 fights and he captured the vacant European and WBO Intercontinental titles with a an eleventh round stoppage of Amin Asikainen in March this year.
“Challenging for the European title is a fantastic opportunity to get myself back in the big picture in my first fight back,” said DeGale. “I’ve been hard in training since my last fight and I’m ready to box tomorrow if I need to, come September I’ll be in great shape. The fight with Groves is in the past, I still believe I beat him, but I’m a positive person and now I’m focused on the future and a win will put me in a great position for a world title.”
Featherweight contender Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) will look to continue his winning ways on July 22nd, as he faces off against Mexican countryman Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in the 10 round main event of the hottest card of the summer of 2011, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ “PATH to GLORY” at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Also featured on this seven bout card will be rising Colombian star Darley Perez (2-0, 16 KOs), local favorites Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) and Jonathan Arellano (8-0-1, 1 KO), and junior welterweight prospect Jhon Ortega (5-0-1, 5 KOs).
Inside and outside the ring, July will be a special month for WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck. The 26-year-old power puncher (32-1, 23 KOs) will make the seventh defence of his title against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KO´s) in Munich on July 16 before getting married two weeks later. “The next weeks will be huge for me,” he said. “Of course I want to get married as world champion. That´s why I have to take care of business against Garay.” (more…)
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