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Matchroom Sport is shelling out the big bucks to bring American Hall of Fame ring announcer Michael Buffer over to Scotland to introduce Ricky Burns and Raymundo Beltran when the pair clash for Burns’ WBO world lightweight crown on September 7 at the SECC in Glasgow, live on Wealth TV and www.wealthtv.com.
“When Eddie Hearn reached out to me for this event, I jumped at the chance,” said Buffer. “I was originally booked in Los Angeles for JC Chavez’s fight which was cancelled and postponed. Eddie asked if I was now free to come to Glasgow for ‘Rickster’s’ title defense I couldn’t say no – Ricky has unbelievable fans!” (more…)
WBA, WBC and WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (22-0, 6 KOs) will defend her titles against WBO Female light middleweight champion Oxandia Castillo (12-0-2, 9 KOs) at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn on September 7. Here is the latest from the First Lady prior to the clash of champions.
Q: It´s not long until the fight, how has the training been going?
CB: “Everything is going fine. We are training twice a day at the Max-Schmeling-Gym, normal training in the morning and then sparring in the afternoon. That´s very exhausting but just what I need to be in top shape. I need to be at my very best to beat an opponent like Oxandia.” (more…)
Story and photos by Joe Koizumi
Japanese challenger Atsushi Kakutani (13-3-1, 6 KOs) left Osaka for Mexico city today (Monday) to have an ambitious crack at the WBC light-flyweight belt against Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez (27-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Gimnasio San Juan de la Barrera on this coming Saturday. Kakutani was accompanied by his manager Hideo Kanazawa (ex-OPBF junior middleweight champ) and his trainer Jinduk Kim. There was a bad rumor that Kakutani had suffered such an injury that he wouldn’t be able to fight Hernandez some a couple of weeks ago, but it wasn’t true as the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) promptly sent its medical certificate to the WBC and the Mexican promoter, saying that Kakutani should be well-conditioned without any injury. Then, the title bout goes back on as slated. Even though Kakutani is an apparent underdog, he is hoped to do his best and show his utmost performance to the Mexican aficionados.
Interesting piece on Oscar De La Hoya and his ongoing struggle against alcoholism in the LA Times. More
To battle his Parkinson’s, 61 year old Bruce Hamberlin attends former world champion Paulie Ayala’s twice-weekly “Punching out Parkinson’s” training classes at the Hard Knocks Gym in Fort Worth: More
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By Billy “Loops” Luppert at Ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Promoter/boxer Chris Traietti of Granite Chin Promotions returned Saturday to The SportZone in Derry, NH with a seven-bout card showcasing jr middleweight prospect Danny O’Connor in a scheduled eight-round contest with 58-fight veteran Ruben Galvan. In one of the oddest endings to a bout that this reporter has ever witnessed, O’Connor was awarded the contest after Galvan was disqualified at 2:05 of the 4th round for profane language directed at the referee. O’Connor dominated from the opening bell. O’Connor was first to the punch in almost every exchange as he moved Galvan around the ring with ease. O’Connor made particularly good work with his jab and body punching for which Galvan simply had no answer. In round four, things took a strange turn as Galvan was hit with an unintentional low blow while next to his corner. Instead of being given the usual five minutes to recover, the fight was waived off, puzzling everybody at ringside. It was only after O’Connor was announced as the winner by disqualification did things get more confusing as Galvan didn’t appear to do anything that would warrant a disqualification. More…
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former WBC Middleweight champion and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. makes a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show with hosts: his dad Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and David Faitelson at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Chavez is in town to announce his upcoming fight against No. 1 contender Bryan Vera at a press conference Thursday, August 29 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Chávez vs. Vera will take place ,Saturday, September 28, under the stars, at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions and Tecate, remaining tickets to Chávez vs. Vera, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $20 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the StubHub Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. photos
The Countdown to UFC 164 Begins Tonight: Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis prepare for their championship showdown this Saturday night, plus Josh Barnett gets ready for his return to the Octagon to face Frank Mir! Countdown to UFC 164 premieres tonight at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on FOX Sports 1
Great Seats Available For UFC 164 In Milwaukee: Benson Henderson defends the lightweight title against former WEC 155-pound champ Anthony Pettis this Saturday night! Plus, check out these upcoming events: Condit vs Kampmann 2 – Wed. Aug. 28 – Indianapolis; St-Pierre vs Hendricks – Sat. Nov. 16 – Las Vegas
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By Felipe Leon
All is set for this Friday night’s next installment of “San Diego Fights” brought to “America’s Finest City” San Diego by California state hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis on Friday, August 30th, at the only home for professional boxing in the city, the Four Points by Sheraton hotel in Kearny Mesa. It was announced that the night would be a special one since it would mark the return of San Diego’s favorite fighting female Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana (6-1-2, 1KO) was all ready to make her way back to the ring after a more than a year hiatus. Unfortunately a freak accident in which Quintana suffered a cut to her left hand will have to postpone her much awaited comeback to a bit later this year.
Despite the setback, a night of fireworks is still expected when undefeated light welterweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (8-0-1, 3KOs) of San Diego puts his undefeated record on the line against the much more experienced Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (22-32-2, 10KOs) in a six round tilt. The Robles vs Landeros match up will be the second time these two warriors meet. Earlier this year, Robles took a unanimous decision over Landeros in a much closer fight than the scores reflected. The tough Landeros of Mexico City has always been a tough out for anybody including Guy Robb, former champion Jhonatan Romero and Efrain Esquivias among others. (more…)
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to it’s Long Island home on Saturday, September 14 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, with the tenth installment of it’s acclaimed series of world class professional boxing, “Rockin Fights”.
“It’s always special to promote at The Paramount, truly one of the premier venue for professional boxing in the country. This is the tenth “Rockin Fights” event we’ve held there, the first nine selling out, and we’re thrilled to showcase Huntington’s favorite son, undefeated Chris Algieri and former world champion Joshua Clottey in separate bouts” said DeGuardia. “Also, knowing that September 14 is such a big night in boxing, we will broadcast LIVE from Las Vegas, the Mayweather/Canelo world title clash on the big screen ( multiple viewing areas) at The Paramount following the action in the ring.”
Algieri (17-0, 7 KOs) with be making the third start of his 2013 campaign, clashing with Nicaraguan veteran Wilfredo “EL Zurdo” Acuna (14-12, 11 KOs) in the main event. Now competing in the middleweight and jr middleweight divisions, former world champion Clottey (36-4, 22 KOs) will face Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson (14-12-3, 5 KOs).
By David Finger
The 26th annual WBO Congress kicked off tonight in Budapest, Hungary as WBO Vice President Istvan “Koko” Kovacs welcomed boxing insiders to the Hungarian capital. After the 16th annual golf tournament kicked off in the morning, a welcome cocktail held at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Danube allowed boxing insiders to discuss some of the major developments in the sport.
The evening concluded at the Kárpátia Restaurant where a Latin Guitar show coupled with Hungarian cuisine delighted guests. The convention kicks off tomorrow at 8AM with the opening ceremonies at the Intercontinental Hotel.
With undefeated WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin still in search of an opponent for his upcoming title defense October 26 in Atlantic City, former WBC junior middleweight champion and current world-rated middleweight contender Sergio Mora says that he would be honored to step in to face the champ. “Peter Quillin is a really strong, big, and avoided middleweight champion. He is annihilating everyone that he steps in against and because of that, not many people are jumping at the chance to face him. I have never been afraid to face any fighter in my entire career though and the same goes for Peter,” stated Mora. “The Latin Snake” (24-3-2, 7KOs), the original Contender Champion is coming off a unanimous 10-round decision victory over Grzegorz Proksa on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights on June 28 of this year. He is currently rated #7 by the WBA and #14 by the IBF.
After several postponements the next session of Fight Promoter University will finally happen and will feature two Fight Club OC shows and a new Online Course Curriculum it was announced today by FPU founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht. Fight Promoter University IX the only fight promotions teaching seminar of its kind anywhere, and that has already seen over 150 future fight promoters attend from all over the world, is now definitely set for December 4-7, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County Airport in Irvine, California. Plus all students attending FPU IX will get to work not one, but two Fight Club OC shows.
“I have finally selected early December of 2013 as our next FPU session so that those people wanting to attend would have enough lead time to make proper arrangements,” said Englebrecht. “Plus, with our December Fight Club OC shows at The Hangar, all students will now get to observe, experience, and work not one, but two shows. I think with adding an extra show that these four days and two shows will deliver the best opportunity for people attending to be ready to decide if the fight promotions profession is what they want to invest and get involved in.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez triumphantly arrived on Sunday in Monterrey, Mexico to meet hisnewly born daughter Dulce, who entered the world a month ago while Jhonny was in Mexico City preparing for his fight last Saturday against Abner Mares.
“I want to fight the best and if I have a rematch with Mares, I’m ready,” said Jhonny. “I am going to relax and enjoy my family. But I hope to have opportunities to face Nonito Donaire, Mickey Garcia and Guillermo Rigondeaux among others. I again have the belt of the World Boxing Council and it’s a great privilege to face the best.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-time former world champion Shane Mosley has confirmed that his next fight will against former world titlist Anthony Mundine on October 23 in Australia, probably in Sydney.
Mosley was in Panama last week with his mother who is receiving medical treatment. While he was there, Mosley popped into a local boxing gym and did some sightseeing at the Panama Canal before dropping by World Boxing Association Headquarters. WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presented black and gold WBA belts to Mosley and Panamanian bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno. (more…)
The meeting was arranged in a back room of a Gold’s Gym in Bellingham, Washington, shortly after Ryan Couture decided he was fed up with his current state of life. It was a few years earlier when Couture’s athletic career had reached its peak. After failing to qualify for States as a junior, Couture topped off his senior year by placing third in the Washington State 4A wrestling championship. The future was brighter than Einstein’s IQ for the son of a famous father crafting his legend in mixed martial arts. After all, wrestling was in the family genes and Couture was destined for great things upon his acceptance to Western Washington University . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez 10-1 2 KO’s of Irving returned after a hand injury that required surgery to win the Texas State Super Welterweight Title over Larry “Slomoshun” Smith 10-17 7 KO’s of Dallas Saturday night in Arlington. The excitement started with elaborate entrances from both. Smith came to the ring with a local rapper while the lights went off and returned with a mariachi band for Vazquez. The contest started out as a feel-out process between both fighters until straight right hands from Smith found their mark in the second. Vazquez turned it on in the third with dazzling multiple punch combinations that took Smith out of his rhythm. A game Smith hung in there but the rest of the fight looked the same. In the end two of the judges scored the bout 80-72 while the third had it 79-73. (more…)
Report & photos: Rocco Morales
“This is the single greatest moment of my life” said newly crowned WBC featherweight champion, Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47KO) after his shocking first round knockout over the heavily favored three division champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KO). With the victory, Gonzalez was able to win back the very belt that he lost by way of technical decision last September to Daniel Ponce De Leon.
After two wins over softer competition earlier this year, Gonzales earned the title shot against Ponce De Leon conqueror, Abner Mares, who was coming off a career best performance against Ponce De Leon just three and a half months ago. With Mares seemingly peaking and Gonzales seemingly at the end of his career, few, if any, gave Gonzalez much chance to make it to the final bell, yet less to win the fight by way of first round knockout.
According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaeffer, “19 boxing experts were asked about their opinion of Mares vs. Gonzalez and all 19 picked Abner Mares. That’s why we love boxing because you never know what is going to happen.” (more…)
By Darren Barcomb
The past 17 years have been a roller-coaster ride for former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs). After allegedly being diagnosed with HIV in 1996 and barred from the sport, Morrison began an improbable comeback in 2007 and has been able to fight sporadically since then. So, where is Tommy Morrison today? Rumors continue to swirl on internet message boards that the Duke has died; all based on hearsay and lies. No, Morrison is still alive, and fighting a health battle, but against Miller Fisher Syndrome/Guillain Barre Syndrome and not HIV/AIDS as most pundits assume. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
MMA star Xavier “X Man” Lucas (6-1-1, 4KO’s) and undefeated Andrew “Widow Maker” Green (10-0-1, 5 KO’s) will clash for the vacant Western Australian State Light Heavyweight Title on Friday night at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome III at Metro City Perth, Australia. Both Fighters are coming off Draws against the same fighter, Jeremy “War Machine” Van Diemen (4-0-2, 3 KO’s). Friendship was put aside last month, as ‘mates’ Green and Van Diemen battled to a split decision draw. Lucas and Van Diemen battled to a controversial draw in March this year. (more…)
Chavez-Haugen attendance record shattered? Promoter says more than 200,000 fans watched boxing match in Volgograd
According to various sources, Mexico City holds the record for most fans watching a boxing match. Reportedly 136,274 boxing aficionados showed up in 1993 to see Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen in the famous Azteca Stadium, but this number was apparently eclipsed last Saturday in the Russian city of Volgograd. According to well-known Russian manager and promoter Vladimir Hrunov, more than 200,000 people turned out to see a WBA International title fight between 26-year-old middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (10-0, 7 KO) and Jorge Navarro (12-2, 10 KO). Chudinov, in a dominant performance, won by second round KO, but the huge crowd and special circumstances of the night in Volgograd were the story. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and John Disanto at ringside
Photos: Kathryn Warburton
Junior lightweight contender Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (19-2-2, 7KOs) was put to the test by Joselito Collado (13-3, 3KOs) and suffered a possible broken jaw before escaping with a grueling ten round unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at Bally’s AC in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the co-feature of the eight-bout card promoted Peltz Boxing Promotions, junior middleweight prospect DeCarlo Perez (11-2-1, 4KOs) survived a few rocky moments in the early on in capturing a hard fought eight round unanimous decision victory over Jamar Freeman (9-2-2, 5KOs). (more…)
Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
In his first defense of his WBC featherweight championship, Abner Mares (26-1, 14 KOs), Guadalajara, Mexico, fell to Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. Gonzalez, a veteran of over 60 fights, scored a shocking first round knockout over the previously unbeaten Mares.
The round opened with the fighters jabbing away. Later in the round, Gonzalez caught Mares with a solid right. Moments later, Gonzalez tagged him with a flush left hook to the chin that sat Mares down to the canvas. Mares staggered as he got up. Gonzalez continued his assault, connecting with a straight right that knocked down Mares again. Referee Jack Reiss began a ten-count but then stopped the action at 2:05 . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten twenty-year-old boy Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3 KOs), 108, captured the Japanese national light-flyweight belt in his fourth pro bout when he made good use of his versatile left hand and quick combinations en route to a unanimous decision (98-93, 98-92 and 97-94) over WBA#3 ranked defending champ Ryoichi Taguchi (18-2-1, 8 KOs), 108, over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Zama, Japan. Inoue failed to extend his knockout streak, but displayed his superior skills and excellent speed in whipping the 26-year-old defending champ.
Inoue was in command by taking the leadoff from the outset, but Taguchi occasionally attempted to score right crosses over Inoue’s busy and accurate jabs. Inoue’s left hand, however, was faster and more effective all the way.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Olympic middleweight gold medalist in London, Japan’s Ryota Murata, 161, impressively decked his professional debut as he dropped OPBF 160-pound champ Akio Shibata (21-8-1, 9 KOs), also 161, in the opening session and quickly halted him with his furious follow-up at 2:24 of the second round in a scheduled six-rounder on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Murata, physically stronger and more powerful, took the leadoff with his opening attack to have the compatriot circling or retreating from pillar to post. In the closing seconds of the round, Murata’s long right caught Shibata, who badly hit the deck and barely beat the count. He had a very narrow escape.
It was a matter of time how soon Murata would finish the affair as Shibata was apparently overwhelmed and overpowered by the ex-Olympic winner. The second witnessed Murata swarm over the fading foe with a flurry of punches that had him staggering to the ropes, which prompted referee Fukuchi to declare a well-received halt. Murata, five years his junior at 27, simply looked too pugnacious and powerful for the crestfallen loser. (more…)
The beast of the East Sasha Yengoyan needed only 2 rounds to stop Bulgarian champion Stiliyan Kostov. After a quite even first round in which both boxers showed a lot of respect for eachother local Yengoyan increased his workrate and mid the 2nd round dropped the visitor with a left-right combination. Kostov beat the count but was seemingly disturbed. Yengoyan tried to finish it in the follow up attack but instead pushed his opponent in the neck with his right while throwing a left to the body. The ref did not pick up the count. Yengoyan, who showed a lot of technical improvement and patience, went back to work. Moments later Kostov was caught again with a left, followed by a right to the chin and he went down again. When Yengoyan saw that his opponent was not fully recoved he unleashed a vicious left to the body and Kostov was down for the 3rd time in the same round and it was under Belgian rules automatically waved off at that point. (more…)
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