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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar “Pingo Miranda 114 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 113
Felipe “Gallito” Orocuta 118 vs. Deivys Perez 118
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs. Francisco Piña 123
Jonas Salvatierra 116.6 vs. Angel Rodriguez 116.6
Martin Romario 165 vs. Oscar Diaz 166
Francisco Rodriguez 106.7 vs. Artemio Garcia 107.8
Gregorio Ronquillo 117.7 vs. Jose Luis Caravantes 120.3
When: Thursday, September 15th, 4:00pm
Where: Ernesto Ruffo Apel Gymnasium, Rosarito, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: Canal Azteca (Mexico) more photos
From today’s press conference at the MGM:
Floyd Mayweather: “Come Saturday night it’s going to be the same Floyd Mayweather. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the same Victor Ortiz. But the difference between me and you is my ability to adjust and adapt. I’m versatile. I’m a good finisher too. You’re trainer said I was dirty, but when I hit you and hurt you, don’t grab me. I’m going to finish you off.”
Victor Ortiz: “Forty one of those fighters that couldn’t beat you weren’t me. Forty one of those couldn’t win it like me. On Saturday night I will put my hands up and I’m going to put you on your ass!”
Danny Garcia (Ortiz’s trainer): “(Floyd Mayweather) was one of the best fighters. He was pound for pound champion. But now its our time. We’re here to beat him. Victor is ready to do everything he can to take the victory. He trained very hard. He’s here to takeover his place. He’s going to be the number one pound for pound fighter for sure.”
Alfonso Gomez (via Internet feed): It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to fight Saul Alvarez; especially because this weekend is Mexican Independence Day. I want to showcase my talents to the millions of viewers. It’s a dream come true. I consider this the most important fight of my career because of what’s at stake. Winning this fight will change my life.
Saul Alvarez (via Internet feed): “I’m very happy to be in the main event at Staples Center. I never dreamed I’d be a champion at this age but it’s an honor to be in this position.”
Erik Morales: “It will be a great fight. We’re here and I hope to be the one winning. I say I hope because it’s never written. It’s Gods will. But I’m very confident that I will come out with my hand raised.”
Pablo Cesar Gano: “I’m very excited. My whole life has been about challenges. This is a big challenge but I’m ready and looking forward to it. I know it’s not going to be an easy task fighting a legend like Erik Morales. But I’m a great fighter. I’m here because I will win on Saturday night.”
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM in Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Oscar De La Hoya, Jessie Vargas, Erik Morales and more . . . Click here for more
Jack Nolan, the voice of Notre Dame basketball for three decades, and former boxing champion Harold Brazier of South Bend, Ind. will call the ‘Fight Like A Champion’ broadcast on Toprank.tv featuring undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee at Notre Dame on Friday, September 16. Lee, a Notre Dame graduate who majored in finance, will take on Jacob Stiers of Kansas City in the main event. ‘Fight Like A Champion’ will be at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in South Bend on the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game. Lee has pledged that all profits will be donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. Top Rank and the Mike Lee Foundation are promoting. There are seven bouts on the card. The Toprank.tv broadcast will get underway at 9 pm eastern, 6 pm pacific.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Jhonny Gonzalez 125 vs. Rogers Mtagwa 124.5
(WBC featherweight world title)
Antonio Escalante 133 vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr. 136
Mickey Roman 135 vs. Antonio Meza 136
Javier Molina 148 vs. John Revish 146.75
Joel Garcia 111.75 vs. Ricky Lacefield 111
Jennifer Han 128.75 vs. Kerri Hill 130
Javier Nunez 141.5 vs. Carlos Villa 144
Venue: County Colisseum El Paso, Texas
Promoter: Goossen Tutor and Promociones del Pueblo
TV: ESPN Deportes
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Australian light middleweight champion Tyrone “The Cyclone” Tongia (16-2, 8 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will defend the championship against James “The Goondiwindi Gun” Giltrow (12-2, 7 KOs) over ten rounds at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queesnland, Australia. Tongia captured the national 154 pound title in 2010 by outpointing Andrew Godsen in a closely contested bout and was impressive in stopping Pat Rullo in eight rounds of a title defense in 2011. James Giltrow scored his best win over tough Jason Kanofski in 2010 but was outscored over ten by classy Victor Chermous in Australian welterweight title bout in 2010. (more…)
Weights by Oscar Castillo
From the Camino Real, downtown El Paso for tomorrow night’s card at the County Coliseum:
Jhonny Gonzalez 125 vs. Rogers Mtagwa 124
Antonio Meza 136 vs. Mickey Roman 135
Antonio Escalante 133 vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr. 136
Promoter: Goossen-Tutor & Promociones del Pueblo
Televised on ESPN Deportes
Photo: Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Victor Ortiz face off at today’s final presser conference, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. More photos to come.
None of the eight fighters know yet who they will face. WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch will perform the first ever live fight-night draw at tomorrow’s sold-out Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II tournament at London’s York Hall
Kris Agyei-Dua 155.25
JJ Bird 155.75
Wayne Goddard 156.25
Steve Harkin 153.25
Nick Quigley 155.5
Jeff Thomas 155.5
Peter Vaughan 156
Robert Lloyd-Taylor 156
Nathan Weise 153.25
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Former Undisputed World Heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame later this year. Rahman, who is still an active boxer (50-7-2, 41 KO’s), pulled off one of the great upsets in recent boxing history when he knocked out Lennox Lewis in the fifth round on April 22, 2001 in Gauteng, South Africa to win the undisputed title. The Baltimore-born boxer would later win a WBC title in August of 2005. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel confirmed today that former world champions Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (105 and 108 pounds) and Raul “Rayito” Garcia (105 pounds) will collide on October 29 in Puerto Rico as part of the WBO 24th Convention for the mini-flyweight interim title. Valcárcel was in Mexico last week and learned that Moises Fuentes, the WBO 105lb champion, hurt his nose in his win over Garcia last August 27, and “he can’t fight soon. Therefore, Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) and Garcia (30-2-1, 18 KOs) will fight for the interim title headlining the card as part of the WBO Convention”.
Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions vice-president, said that they are working on a venue for the show, but it seems it will be the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo.
SHOWTIME® will televise yet another important super middleweight world championship bout when former world titlist Mikkel Kessler of Denmark returns to the ring to challenge WBO kingpin Robert Stieglitz of Germany on Saturday, Nov. 5, from renowned Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. The WBO championship fight will be shown on same-day delay and precede the IBF super middleweight title fight between unbeaten defending champion Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson live on SHOWTIME from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The Nov. 5 doubleheader will take place just seven days after world champions Andre Ward (WBA) and Carl Froch (WBC) collide in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, Oct. 29 live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
World Bantamweight Champion and Top-Five pound for pound fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire will make his New York debut in an exciting title defense against undefeated two-division world champion Omar “El Huracán” Narvaez, Saturday, October 22, in the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Boxing. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Madison Square Garden, the Donaire-Narvaez world title tilt will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Tickets to Donaire vs. Narvaez, priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25, including applicable service charges, go on sale Tomorrow! Thursday, September 15, at Noon ET, and can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden box office, online at www.thegarden.com, and all Ticketmaster outlets. (more…)
The Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (CBHOF) has named jr welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez as their professional “Fighter of the Year” recipient. Tremaine Williams is the “Fighter of the Year” for the amateur category. Don Trella has been awarded as the winner of the “Official of the Year” plus Peter Timothy has been selected for the Achievement Award.
The award presentations, as well as induction ceremonies, will be held at the seventh annual CBHOF Gala Induction Dinner on Saturday, October 29th in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
This Wednesday night’s big card at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark just got bigger as a battle of young, undefeated heavyweights has been added to the event. John Lennox will take on former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko in a four round bout. (more…)
Firemen, like fighters, are cut from a different cloth than most of us. Shamar Bailey is both, and like his buddy and fellow Indianapolis firefighter Chris Lytle, he believes the danger inherent in both professions takes a backseat to the adrenalin rush of the job . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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In an interview with German newspaper “Die Welt” former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye dared WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to fight him. “I’ll knock him out, I’ll smash his chin if he holds it out like he did again Adamek,” said Haye. “But still I can not imagine that Vitali has the courage. If he does, I guarantee I’ll send him into retirement. He will never fight again and will be able to devote himself full time to politics.”
Haye also claimed that Wladimir Klitschko ran away from him or clinched and pulled him to the ground in their fight and that “I hit harder than the two brothers together. I am also much faster, more agile and much, much harder to hit.”
WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) is returning to the ring on October 22 at the Arena Ludwigsburg in Ludwigsburg, Germany. No opponent has been named yet. “Negotiations are nearing completion,” Sauerland Event managing director Chris Meyer reveals. “But I can already promise that the audience can look forward to an exciting world championship fight.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) is ready and confident in his preparation for getting into the ring to face Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs) on Thursday night in the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. “Mtagwa is a strong and dangerous fighter, but I’m ready to fight the best in my division,” said Gonzalez. “I’m reserved and quiet but above all I live to fight world title fights and I want to face the best.”
Mtagwa, originally from Tanzania and now a resident of Philadelphia, vowed to give a good performance. “Gonzalez is a good fighter,” he said, “I thank you for letting me fight for his world title but I’m prepared to give a good fight and win!” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Piotr Duszczyk/ringpolska.pl
“Last Saturday in Wroclaw, Vitali was untouchable for anyone. That night, after Vitali’s second round rocket punch, it was basically over,” said heavyweight title challenger Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) in his first interview after losing by TKO in the tenth round against WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO) before 43,000 fight fans in Wroclaw, Poland. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns is about to announce he will vacate his belt and move to lightweight according to manager Alex Morrison. Burns is said to have a November 12 date lined up against Michael Katsidis for the interim WBO lightweight title at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland.
Michael Torres 140 vs. Mark Alexander 140
(NJ State jr. welterweight title)
Thomas LaManna 156 vs. Josh Williams 156 ½ lbs
(BAM Youth Title)
Carlos Vinan 129 vs. Wanzell Ellison 129 ½
Joey Dawejko 234 vs. John Lennox 217
Tyabb Beale 233 vs. Taffo Asongwed 234 ½
Vinny O’Brien 146 vs. Carlos Velez 147
Jon Bolden 218 vs. Eric Newell 250
John Thompson 158 vs. Lee Snow 165
Venue: Robert Treat Hotel
Promoter: Vincent Ponte’s Gulfstream Boxing & Gabe LaConte
1st Bell: 7:30 pm EST.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#5 Japanese minimum champ Akira Yaegashi (14-2, 7 KOs) will have an ambitious crack at the WBA 105-pound throne against newly-crowned Thailander Pornsawan Porpramook (23-3-1, 16 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on October 24. The Thai veteran captured the belt by defeating Mohammad Rachman on points in Jakarta, Indonesia, this July. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
As it as reported earlier, former jr. flyweight world champion Giovani Segura has pulled out of the Thursday, September 15th Zanfer Promotions’ fight card in Rosarito, Mexico. Segura suffered an injury to his left wrist while hitting the mitts earlier Tuesday afternoon.
Segura (28-1, 24KOs) was slated to face Colombian Luis Carlos Leon (13-4, 11KOs) in a scheduled ten round flyweight tilt. The fight card is set to commemorate Mexico’s Independence Day celebrated the next day, September 16th.
“I am very sad and frustrated that I will not be able to perform in front of my people on such an important date,” Segura. “I have been training for the fight for five weeks.” (more…)
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