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Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

Giant WBO 2014 Convention Day Three Report

By David Finger Photos: Joel A. Colon/WBO The third and final day of the 27th annual WBO Convention kicked off yesterday morning, and as ...

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Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

Fonfara-Ngumbu/Kameda-Hernandez presser

By Craig Wick Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME The luxurious "W Chicago Lakeshore Hotel" was the scene Thursday afternoon for the final press conference ahead of ...

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O’Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

O'Connor punishes Farmer; Bogere destroys Garcia

Photos: Emily Harney In the main event, welterweight Danny O'Connor (24-2, 8 KOs) scored a TKO over Andrew Farmer (18-3, 8 KOs) ...

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Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn’t respect me, then I don’t respect him

Sergey Kovalev: If my opponent doesn't respect me, then I don't respect him

Photos: Denis Bancroft / Main Events Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev opened up his camp to the media today in preparation for his Nov. 8 ...

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Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Valdez, Ramirez, Abregu update

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (13-0, 11 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico ...

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Boxing News

Update: Caballero-TBA Nov. 27

Photo by Robert Redd

Former IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) of Panama and trainer Jeff Mayweather do a mit-hitting drill in Las Vegas where they are holding their training camp. Caballero may make his second consecutive appearance on HBO on November 27th in a televised featherweight co-feature at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Caballero is a very hungry fighter at this stage of his career and it shows in his work ethic. Caballero arrived in Las Vegas from Panama two months ago to begin training even though he did not have an official fight scheduled. “Celestino is looking very strong, sharp, and extremely fit. We are more than two months out for the fight and he is not far off of the fight weight already,” said Mayweather. The main event will feature WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) defending his titles against interim WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (27-2, 22 KOs).



September 10th, 2010



Photo Gallery

Media Day 2 @ Top Rank Gym

Photo slideshow by photographer Chris Cozzone of five media workouts today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Orlando Salida, Brandon Rios, Anthony Peterson, Mike Lee and Jose Benavidez. Click here



September 9th, 2010


Boxing News

Michael Dallas Jr. public workout


Photo: Craig Goossen/Goossen Tutor Promotions

Undefeated Junior Welterweight, Michael Dallas Jr. held an open workout in his hometown of Bakersfield, California. Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) will square off in the main event against Miami, Florida’s Lenin “Volcano” Arroyo (20-13-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday, October 7 at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino.



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Meet Willie Limond

Saturday Night 9PM ET/6PM PT on PPV

Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Up to now, Scottish boxer Willie Limond (33-2, 8 KOs) has been flying under the worldwide boxing radar, so to speak, fighting exclusively at home in Scotland, excluding two bouts in nearby London. Limond will have his coming out party on the world stage on Saturday night on the hallowed grounds of the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City against Mexican ring legend Erik Morales in a pay-per-view showdown. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Feature Story

Camera Clicks from Las Vegas

Top Rank Gym, Thursday, Sept 9

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido and legendary former world champion Daniel Zaragoza, now a trainer, worked out during media day Thursday for their upcoming world title fight against WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’, on Saturday night at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Gamboa vs Salido will be televised on HBO. Also on hand were Anthony Peterson and Brandon Rios who meet in a twelve round lightweight title eliminator, and Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee, who will also be seeing action on the card. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Scale Watch

Weights from Argentina


WBC female light welterweight champion Mónica “La Gata” Acosta of Argentina known as “the cat” came dressed as catwoman for her official weigh-in today in Argentina. The unbeaten champion Acosta will be making the third defense of her title against challenger Lely Luz “La Roca” Florez of colombia. Acosta weighed in at 139.6 while Florez weighed in at 137.8. The bout will take place Friday in Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina where Acosta was born and resides.



September 9th, 2010

Exclusive

Maidana calls Khan liar, coward

Asks WBA for immediate purse bid

By Team Maidana

After Amir Khan’s ridiculous demands have frustrated all the efforts to reach an agreement and especially since he is tired of all the lies that Khan himself and his team have told to the media and boxing fans in the last few weeks, last night Marcos Maidana requested the World Boxing Association (WBA) to immediately call the fight to a Purse Bid.

“I got fed up with this Twitter-star. He is the biggest liar and coward I’ve ever seen. He said I was asking too much money for the fight. False. But if he has a problem with the money, I challenge him to make a winner-takes-it-all bout. But that’s not his real problem. You wanna hear the latest news from him? Now he says I’m not his mandatory! So his lawyers are trying to get a way out of the fight with me,” Maidana said.

“I’ve asked my team to proceed with the request for the WBA to call the fight to a Purse Bid. Once the Purse Bid has a winner the fight has to be made. Then we’ll see who is lying here. Let’s see for real who wants to fight and who does not. Trust me, Amir Con would relinquish his title rather than face me, “El Chino” added.



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Team Rios speaks

Story and photos by Ricardo Conde

With only a couple days left until “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) takes on Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) we caught up with Team Rios as they help prepare Brandon for his upcoming bout on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a 12 round lightweight title eliminator on the co-feature of HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” which is being headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs); here’s what they had to say: more + photos



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Bute-Brinkley Undercard

Dan, Gaudet and Gauthier added

InterBox has added five quality undercard bouts to its Friday, October 15th 2010 boxing card that will take place at the Montreal Bell Centre. These bouts will be in addition to the IBF World Super Middleweight title bout featuring champion Lucian Bute (26-0-0, 21 KO) vs. Jesse Brinkley (35-5-0, 22 KO) and the co-feature, pitting former WBC Light Heavyweight champion Adrian “The Shark” Diaconu (26-2-0, 15 KO) against former World title contender Omar Sheika (30-9-0, 21 KO). The Main Event is presented in association with Let’s Get It On Promotions LLC and Star Boxing. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Feature Story

Jones-Santiago Update

Syllakh, Oquendo, Gainer, McGirt too

Photos by Scott Foster

Legendary eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones Jr. returns home for only the second time in 11 years to battle Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago for the vacant North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight championship on Thursday, Oct. 7 at the Pensacola Civic Center. The star-studded card also features two additional NABF championship matches. The event is being promoted by Square Ring Promotions in association with the Pensacola Civic Center. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Photo

Salido primed & ready for Gamboa

Photo by Chris Cozzone

Photo: Hall of Famer Daniel Zaragoza eyes his pupil, IBF featherweight world champion Orlando Salido, as he shadowboxes a few rounds for the media today at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) will defend his belt in a unification bout with WBA champ Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) at The Palms Casino Resort. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery of today’s workouts, featuring Salido, Brando Rios, Anthony Peterson and Jose Benavidez.



September 9th, 2010

Feature Story

Weights from London

Friday on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT

Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Once-beaten John O’Donnell, one of the top welterweight prospects in the UK, weighed in at 146.9 pounds and 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Terrence “Heat” Cauthen tipped the scales at 147.1 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the historic York Hall in London, England. The two will square off in the 12-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) from York Hall in London, England.

Undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Tyson Fury measured 263 pounds and unbeaten American Rich Power weighed in at 221.5 pounds for the eight-round heavyweight co-feature.

Britain’s John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking. Consensus from boxing experts across the pond is that both boxers possess the ability to become world champions. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Whitaker-Lawrence in Riverside

MEZ Sports brings its Pandemonium fight series to the Riverside Convention Center, for the first fight card ever in the city of Riverside on Saturday when “Mount” Lance Whitaker (35-6-2, 28 KOs) meets Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs) in a 12 round bout for the vacant IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. This fight replaces the original main event where Javier Mora was going to face Damian Wills for the IBO belt, however last week Mora was deemed unable to fight due to unexpected medical reasons and Wills declined to fight Whitaker as a replacement fighter. Both Whitaker and Lawrence eagerly stepped in to the main event. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Peter camp confident

Power-punching heavyweight title challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter remained calm during the press conference and the open training sessions for his Saturday rematch against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko – even when normally reserved Klitschko taunted him with his championship belts and his antagonistic remarks. “I hear and see what they’re trying to do, I just hope he comes to fight and not wrestle” said Peter. But Peter’s manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, says Klitschko’s unusually belligerent demeanor at the conference is a sure sign. “He’s definetely uptight. I’ve known Wladimir for 15 years and he’s starting to realize who will be in the other corner come Saturday night. That’s why he’s not himself this week. He’s already having cold and sweaty Nigerian nightmares!” Peter vs. Klitschko II will be held Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany at the Commerzbank Arena.



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Morales fast, fit and strong

"Mexican Fiesta" live on PPV Sept. 11!

At the final press conference before he fights for the WBC Super Diamond Lightweight Championship, legendary Mexican fighter Erik “Terrible” Morales declared himself strong, fast and fit. Taking questions from the mostly Mexican press corps, Morales complimented his opponent, Scotsman Willie Limond. “He looks strong, well-trained.” But Morales cautioned anyone who thinks that he might be at a disadvantage to his younger opponent. Continued »



September 9th, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Antonio Orozco

Photo by Espinoza Boxing Club

San Diego based junior welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) made some waves after his impressive unanimous decision win over tough veteran Humberto Tapia on The Telefutura Network. The twenty-two year old answered some questions regarding his career and future goals. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Omotoso targets Zaveck

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin

Australian based and Nigerian born world welterweight contender Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) has targeted IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) who recently defended the crown successfully by clearly outpointing the only boxer to hold a win over him as a professional, Rafal Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KOs). Omotoso’s manager, Murray Thomson, is confident his charge can defeat Zaveck, “Jan Zaveck is a strong champion but I think Wale Omotoso has the style to defeat him.” (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC

Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and Willie Limond face off during a press conference on Wednesday for Saturday’s “Gala boxistica de la ciudad de Mexico” at the Hotel Imperial of Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Morales will be going for his 50th career win in the 12-round main event on “Mexican Fiesta” against WBU lightweight champion Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Scotland, for the vacant WBC Diamond super lightweight Championship. The bout can be seen live in the USA on pay-per-view from the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT

“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Grupo Empresarial Matiz, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $29.95.



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Arthur Abraham Speaks

On the October 2nd, King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch fight in the Chapiteau de Fontvieille, the world-famous circus tent in Monaco in the Super Six semi-final. Abraham spoke about the fight. “I’m not one who talks big, but I know what’s at stake,” he stated. “It’s about everything. It’s my dream to win the Super Six tournament. This is my drive, my motivation, my life. And that’s exactly why I will defeat Carl Froch!” Regarding Froch, Abraham stated, “He has very long, very good left jab and a strong right uppercut. He is a fighter and a puncher, just like me.” About his Super Six fight with Andre Dirrell he commented, “It’s an awful feeling to lose. I never want to feel this feeling again. We’ve analyzed the fight and have learned from the defeat. I simply must box more cleverly. Now it’s the time to defeat Carl Froch!”



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Euro title fights in Dublin

A European title doubleheader is set for Saturday at the National Stadium in Dublin when Brian Magee makes the first defense of his European super middleweight title against Roman Aramian and super bantamweight Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez returns to Dublin in a bid to reclaim his old European 122lb crown against Arsen Martyrosian. A third title bout will see Dubliners Anthony Fitzgerald and Robbie Long square off as they look to complete a trilogy for Fitzgerald’s Irish super middleweight belt. The unbeaten Cuban duo of Alexei Acosta and Luis Garcia will also see action.



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Diva Matchmaker Renee Aiken

By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos courtesy Renee Aiken

There are very few female matchmakers in the boxing business and if “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken has her way, there won’t be anybody – male or female – that will do the job any better. The native of Brooklyn, New Yorker will have her matchmaking skills on display in Baltimore on the Bang Time Boxing card Saturday, September 10 at Du Burns Arena. Aiken began her boxing career as the personal assistant to heavyweight contender Monte Barrett but it was her family relationship to former world champion Zab Judah that enabled Aiken to wear a lot of hats in the business. For more details and photos click here…



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

New foe for Sosnowski

www.boxingnews.pl

Looks like recent world title challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) will now take on former “Prizefighter” participant Paul Butlin (12-11, 3 KOs) on September 25. Fight will take place at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England and is scheduled for eight rounds.



September 9th, 2010

Feature Story

Geale-Karmazin on Oct 31

Ray Wheatley

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world IBF 154 pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin ( 40-3-2, 26 KOs) will travel to Sydney, Australia to clash with Daniel Geale ( 23-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF eliminator on October 31. The victor will challenge the winner of IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester vs Mahir Oral, also in October. In June Karmazin boxed a twelve round draw against Sylvester in Germany. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Melindo-Tamara Nov 28

Unbeaten and world ranked Milan Melindo (20-0, 7 KOs) of the Philippines will meet his biggest test to date when he takes on former world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place November 28th at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Contracted maximum weight for the bout will be 112 pounds and it will be scheduled for 10 rounds. ALA Boxing will promote the event.



September 9th, 2010

Feature Story

Soto, Arce Culiacán Presser

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Jorge “Travieso” Arce share the same dream and goal: To be champion in four different divisions, something that so far no Mexican boxer has accomplished in all of history. The two Sinaloans from Los Mochis, along with hometown hero Omar “Businessman” Chavez highlight a great evening of boxing on September 18 will be held at the Dorados football stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico and will be aired on TV all over Mexico on TV Azteca, as well as Fox Sports in the United States. (more…)



September 9th, 2010

Boxing News

Mora, Ponce De Leon workout

Photos by Big Joe Miranda

Former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, who will face Five-Time World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley and former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, who will face top-rated contender Antonio Escalante on September 18 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles hosted a media workout today at the Montebello PAL Gym. (more…)



September 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Gamboa-Salido officials

Referee Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring for the IBF/WBA featherweight championship clash between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido on Saturday night at The Palms in Las Vegas. The three judges are Dick Houck, Robert Hoyle and Paul Smith.
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For the WBA lightweight eliminator between Brandon Rios and Anthony Peterson, the referee will be Russell Mora. Judges are Duane Ford, Dave Moretti and CJ Ross.



September 8th, 2010

Boxing News

One goal for Bito: KO Sosa!

"Mexican Fiesta" live on PPV Sept. 11!

Boxer Ryan Bito did not come all the way to Mexico City from the Philippines to see the pyramids, eat enchiladas or learn about Mexican history during the bicentennial celebration this weekend. For the Filipino challenger, those are just distractions. Bito has one focus — surprise the world with a championship performance against Edgar Sosa on Saturday September 11, at the Plaza Monumental of Mexico on the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-per-view card. Just a few days away from getting his first shot at defending his WBC International super flyweight title, Bito is confident he will return to his country wearing a title belt signifying him as the ruler of the flyweight division. Continued »



September 8th, 2010

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September 8th, 2010

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September 8th, 2010

Exclusive

Maidana’s letter to the WBA

Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 8, 2010

Dr. Gilberto Mendoza
WBA President
Mr. Gilberto Jesús Mendoza
WBA Executive Vice-President
Vía e-mail

Dear Dr. and Mr. Mendoza,

Trust this letter finds you and your families very well.

The reason I am contacting you guys is to request the World Boxing Association (WBA) to ratify my status of mandatory challenger of the current WBA Super Lightweight Regular champion, Amir Khan, as I am the current WBA Super Lightweight Interim champion.

I make this request in the light that Mr. Khan has systematically refused to fight with me for the last 10 months, even though he was well aware of his obligation of facing the Interim champion. And now, apparently he is questioning such obligation, so I would like the WBA to remind him. (more…)



September 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Gamboa-Salido Quick Quotes

By Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank

Wednesday’s final press conference at The Palms for Top Rank’s “Battle of the Champions” event featuring WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido took place this afternoon in Las Vegas.

Yuriorkas Gamboa: I’ve come fully prepared and did everything necessary to fight.

Orlando Salido: I know I’m capable of winning this fight. That’s why I’m here.

Brandon Rios: I’m ready to get it on….I am not going home a loser and that’s a guarantee.

Anthony Peterson: I’m just ready. Come Saturday night you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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September 8th, 2010

Boxing News

Soliman returns Sept 23

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin

Former world title challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) will be back in action on September 23 when he will clash with Pradeep Singh (15-2-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Atrium Room, in the Flemington Racecourse at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman holds wins over several world rated middleweights and super middleweights including Sakio Bika and Enrique Ornelas and is best remembered for giving Winky Wright the fight of his life in 2005 when the fight stats had the Aussie out working the classy American on the punch count. “I am looking forward to my fight on September 23 against Pradeep Singh,” said Soliman. “It will move me closer to a shot at the IBF middleweight championship.” (more…)



September 8th, 2010

Feature Story

Morales-Limond Presser

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero

All the main participants for Saturday’s “Gala Boxistica de Mexico: pay-per-view event attended the final press conference today at the Imperial Hotel in the most beautiful part of the Paseo la Reforma in the Mexican capital. (more…)



September 8th, 2010

Interview

Q&A: Tyson Fury

Photo: Chris Royle

Current English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs) is eagerly anticipating his SHOWTIME debut when he takes on unbeaten southpaw Rich Super Power (12-0, 9 KOs) in what is sure to be an exciting night of fights from London’s York Hall on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Sept. 10, on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). Born prematurely at one pound, Fury has grown into his six-foot-nine frame and status as one of Britain’s most talked about heavyweights.
In the main event, former Commonwealth champion John O’Donnell (23-1, 11 KOs) takes on his toughest opponent to date in a 12-round battle against New Jersey’s Terrence Heat Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs), a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist. more + photos



September 8th, 2010




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