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The IBF/USBA 28th Annual Convention gets underway today, May 31 at the Paris Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas, NV. “I expect this to be a successful convention,” stated IBF President Daryl Peoples. “We have a great number of attendees for this convention with representatives from all over the world attending. I believe we will have an excellent turnout overall.” (more…)
Back-to-back three-fight telecasts. On opposite coasts. Twelve top-flight boxers with a combined record of 181-11-2 and 111 KOs in six exciting fights. All on the one and only ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Weeks before it celebrates its 10th anniversary, there will be an unprecedented double airing of ShoBox — with three-fight telecasts on SHOWTIME on consecutive evenings — Friday, June 10 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in Central California and a special Saturday edition on June 11 (10:35 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in New York City.
It is the first time the popular, critically acclaimed boxing series which has spawned 42 world champions will go two nights in a row – much less with fistic tripleheaders on each and 3,000 miles apart.
In the June 10 main event, hard-hitting Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) will risk his unblemished record against the more experienced Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) of Providence, R.I., in a 10-round cruiserweight bout at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Other bouts on a Gary Shaw Productions-promoted event: Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif., faces undefeated Khabir “Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Chelybinsk, Russia in a 10-round super bantamweight match and Archie Ray Marquez (12-0, 8 KOs), of Albuquerque, N.M., and Armenian-born Art “Lionheart” Hovanessian (13-0, 7 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., clash in an eight-round battle of unbeaten lightweights.
The June 11 show features four Puerto Rican fighters on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. In the featured attraction, Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), of Santuce, P.R., will be opposed by Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs), of Rio Piedras, P.R. in a 10-round junior welterweight scrap at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The card co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions will include a 10-round featherweight affair between promising Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., and his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, and an eight-rounder pitting 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, power-punching Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), of Rio Piedras, against Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs), of Miami ,in a middleweight match. (more…)
Steve Arintok, strength and conditioning coach for Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson, says despite dropping down a weight class, the ageless fighter will be stronger than ever when he enters the ring this Saturday. Johnson will meet WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the 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).
In recent interviews, opponent Froch has said he expects Johnson to be drained somewhat because of the weight loss in going from 175 lbs to 168 for this fight. Arintok, who is also the owner of Thump Boxing Gym where Johnson trains, disagrees strongly, explaining Johnson has made full use of modern training techniques to drop down properly. (more…)
Junior middleweights Harry Joe Yorgey (23-1-1, 11 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9 KOs) meet in a scheduled 10-round contest on July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. No titles are at stake, but this is for bragging rights in the area and is a fight that has been talked about in the gyms for quite some time. Tickets priced at $50 and $75.
This Thursday at Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, fans will get to enjoy a first for the fight business in the last 20 years, a cigar lounge where you can purchase a cigar, smoke it right then, and watch all the action of the pro show. The inaugural Fight Club OC Cigar Lounge will be located right outside the giant Hangar Doors, which will be opened so that cigar aficionados can enjoy a good cigar and not miss one punch. Roy Englebrecht Promotions matchmakers Whit Haydon and Mel Valenzuela have put together a bout card headlined by undefeated prospect 9-0 Antonio Orozco against Bahamas Olympian Hensley Strachan.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: Team Erdei
During his preparations for Saturday’s clash against former world champion Byron Mitchell, unbeaten former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) has trained at two famous Philadelphia boxing gyms, the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and the James Shuler Memorial Gym.
Erdei usually used the Joe Hand Gym for his morning exercises focusing on his fitness and coordination workouts. The gym is managed and supervised by Danny Davis, who also helps with the preparation of Bernard Hopkins. “I have heard that Bernard Hopkins visits this gym regularly, the last time was yesterday.” said Erdei. “I have seen the fight and the deserved win for Hopkins in a sports bar here in Philadelphia. Unfortunately we have missed each other last week here in the gym. The two gyms that I’m using for my preparation are the best ones that you can find. There is a great boxing atmosphere and you can feel the traditional American boxing scene.” (more…)
Unbeaten British and European lightweight champion John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) from Manchester takes on world rated London rival Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on July 9th at London’s ExCeL Arena. The vacant WBO Intercontinental crown will be on the line and there is a potential world title shot for the winner.
“With Ricky Hatton retiring, we need a world class fighter because Manchester is the best fight city in the country,” said Murray. (more…)
Popular Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee will return to the ring, making his Southern California debut on July 9th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, just outside of Los Angeles. The 23 year old Lee will be featured on the off-TV undercard to the SHOWTIME broadcasted WBA lightweight championship bout between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon. Under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, Lee is currently undefeated with a record of 5-0 with 3 KOs knockouts. A huge crowd of Notre Dame Alums and Chicagoland Supporters is expected.
Cruiserweight Eric “Danger” Fields (17-1, 14 KOs) and lightweight Noah Zuhdi (14-2, 11 KOs) will share top billing on the July 17 Catbox Entertainment show at the Cox Center in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Fields’ bout is an eight-rounder and Zudhi is scheduled to go six. Opponents will be named. The undercard features heavyweight Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (11-2-1, 11 KOs). For tickets call call 866.966.1777.
Cruiserweight Rico Hoye (23-3, 15 KOs) is returning to the ring on July 22nd at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the 36-year-old Hoye’s first fight in two years. He is best known for appearing on the fourth season of The Contender. Hoye will headline the second show presented by Phoenix promoter Michelle Rosado’s Face II Face Events.
Former world, European, Commonwealth and British super featherweight champion Alex Arthur (29-3, 20 KOs) is aiming to bring big-time boxing back to Edinburgh after applying to the British Boxing Board of Control for a promoter’s license. Should the UK governing body approve his application, he hopes to promote his first event in his home city’s Meadowbank Sports Centre in August. However, Arthur has no thoughts of hanging up his gloves and intends to headline his own promotion while creating the opportunity for his fellow boxers from Scotland’s capital to kick-start their careers under the AAA Promotions banner, derived from his ring moniker ‘Amazing’ Alex Arthur. (more…)
Team Puerto Rico Boxing
In a short celebration today, Team Puerto Rico Boxing visited the home of three-time world champion and Puerto Rican hero Wilfred “The Radar” Benitez and awarded him the rank of Honorary Captain of the professional boxing team. They also made a donation to his care of $2000. In an atmosphere of camaraderie and appreciation “El Radar” graciously accepted the honor from Team Puerto Rico in front of his sister Yvonne Benítez, his nephews and immediate family. Benitez was world boxing champion in three different weight divisions and the youngest world champion in boxing history.
“Being able to help a boxing hero such as Benítez is not only an honor, but a duty for all the joy he provided to this island. To be in his presence and be able to help him is something I will never forget,” said Javier Bustillo, president of Universal Promotions.
Because of a decline in his health, family have taken over the daily care of this great fighter. For more details and photos click here…
Join Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Rocky Statue located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at noon on Wednesday (June 1) as the city honors newly crowned WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins in celebration of Hopkins’ age-defying victory over Jean Pascal which made him the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title. The event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Arthur Abraham says he plans to resume his career despite a string of three straight defeats in the Super Six tournament. “Life goes on,” said Abraham. “I won’t give up. I will absolutely still be world champion at super middleweight.”
Next up for welterweight “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez could be another “Son of a Legend in Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (27-4-1, 17 KOs).
While attending a fight card over the weekend in Mazatlan, Mexican ring legend Erik Morales said he would welcome a clash against either WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan or IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez. He also wants a rematch with Marcos Maidana.
Thomas Pütz has been unanimously elected for the third time as president of the German Boxing Federation (BDB). Two previous elections were invalidated by court order. He will be in office until 2015.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBC Super-Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) and WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) participated in a media work-out today in Copenhagen, Denmark. On Saturday, the two fighters will come face-to-face at renowned PARKEN Stadium. It will be the Viking Warrior´s first fight since an eye injury forced him to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I have really missed the action in the ring,” the Danish national hero told reporters after today’s session with coach Jimmy Montoya. “I am in great shape and I am thrilled to be back. I have been working hard with Jimmy. He has pushed me through a lot of demanding sparring sessions. I’m ready for Bouadla. He is a tough guy who will be coming at me from the first bell, but I am well prepared.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC President Jose Sulaiman today celebrates his 80th birthday. Sulaiman will spend the day with his family, friends, managers, trainers, promoters, boxing champions and former world champions. In 1968 he joined the WBC, and on December 5, 1975 in Tunesia he was unanimously elected president of the organization. He is recognized as an advocate for boxers’ rights and has been behind many safety reforms in the sport. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota on June 10, 2006.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: German Villasenor Team Molina/Showdown Promotions
John ”the Gladiator” Molina (22-1, 18KOs) won the vacant WBC USNBC Lightweight belt in front an outdoor setting and very lively crowd in three heats of action on Saturday night at the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona. Molina, now (22-1, 18 KOs) dropped his game challenger, Guadalajara, Mexico’s Alejandro Rodriguez (12-3, 6 KOs) three times, once at the end of the first round, and twice more in the third round, with Rodriguez’ corner calling for the stoppage, with the referee calling the action off at 1:45 of the round.
“We got the ring rust off and I’m ready to go for the next fight. This fight was exactly what it was, a good fight! I got my timing back, lets get it on! My jab worked best for me tonight but I still got to work out a few more things. Now it’s time to go to work. I want that 135lb division title, I want to go to work for it!” (more…)
By Robert Coster
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz says he’s getting ready to turn the page on his three-year relationship with Russian boxing promotional powerhouse German Titov Box Promotions. “I’m very disappointed and frustrated with my promoter because they have promised me good fights and they haven’t lived up to their part of their bargain,” says the 27-year-old Diaz( 9-0, 6 KOs). “I have been very inactive and I don’t feel I’m going forward.” (more…)
Omar Chavez vs Genaro Trazancos from Saturday night in Mexicali.
The Heavyweight Factory’s June 4th premiere of “Hollywood Fight Night” boxing just added a strong supporting cast to the undercard. IBF #14-ranked super featherweight Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (25-7-1, 9 KOs) returns to the ring in an 8-round contest. The 34-year old Nigerian-born Virginia resident seeks to regain his winning form after a controversial loss to Filipino Michael Farenas (30-3-3, 26 KOs) in California on May 21st. Prior to that decision, Attah destroyed Mexican southpaw Marvin Quintero (22-3, 18 KOs) by second-round knockout on the undercard of the Rafael Marquez-Juan Manuel Lopez superfight in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Oliver Duetschler
Former Croatian WBC International champion Asmir “Aske” Vojnovic (28-10-1, 15 KOs) lost his comeback after a three year layoff dropping a four round decision to Swiss prosepct Agron Dzila (10-1-0, 6 KOs) on Friday night at Kampfsportzentrum Schmid in downtown Leinfelden-Oberaichen, Germany. The judges scored the fight 40:39, 40:38, 39:37 in favor of Dzila.
By Ron Jackson
Matima Molefe stopped Simphiwe Tom in the second round in East London on Sunday to win the vacant SA featherweight title. The fight at the Orient Theatre ended 1 minute 40 seconds into the second round after Molefe (56.75 kg) had come out firing at the first bell. He immediately took control against an opponent who appeared to be over-confident. In the second round Molefe carefully backed up Tom (56.75 kg) and set him up for a straight right to the jaw that dropped him flat on his face. Tom beat the count but was clearly unable to continue and referee Siya Vabaza called it over. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Carlos Nin
Giovanni Lorenzo 164.5 vs. Jaison Palomeque 170
Jenifel Vicente 121.5 vs. Luis Zenbrano 122
Eudy Bernardo 134.2 vs. John Nolasco 133.5
Jean Carlos Prada 154 vs. Alex Hernandez 153.5
Venue: Carlos-Teo-Cruz Coliseum Santo Domingo
Promoter: Shuan Promotions
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Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
With most of the post-UFC 130 attention on the next moves of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, you may have some stories not related to the main or co-main event. But in a sport where anything can happen at any time, stars were born and others solidified. Here’s a recap . . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson didn’t take to kindly to Matt Hamill‘s vow to break his will in the main event of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But it would be Rampage who appeared to break the will of “The Hammer” as he landed the more telling strikes and sapped the fight from Hamill in a relatively lackluster unanimous decision victory . . . Click here for more
The replacement for Frankie Archuleta has been named for five-time world champion Johnny Tapia for his June 4th career finale at Hard Rock of Albuquerque. Taking the fight on a week notice will be former champ Mauricio Pastrana (35-15-2, 15 Kos) of Colombia. Though he has lost five in a row, Pastrana is a former IBF light flyweight, interim WBA flyweight and IBO champion.
Postfight report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
At the post-fight press conference Dana White stated that “Rampage” was the next in line for Jon Jones’ UFC title but also revealed that the fracture could remove him from the opportunity should it be severely damaged.
“If he’s okay,” White responded when asked if he’s guaranteed the next fight against Jones considering that Rashad Evans is tied up with Phil Davis this Summer. Rampage entered the room and heard the UFC president’s comments and perked up immediately . . . Click here for more
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Son of the legend and undefeated #1 Contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs Florida Marlins baseball game Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming first world title fight against unbeaten WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany. Zbik vs Chavez Jr. will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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