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Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing and Pitbull Boxing, present “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series Friday at the Warner Center Marriott, with the 12-round main event featuring Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5KOs) vs. Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (30-11-1, 6KOs) for the vacant USBA and Frankel’s WBC USNBC light welter welterweight titles.
Pendarvis, out of Los Angeles, rated # 1 by USBA/IBF, is a slick southpaw who has been in with several big name camps including Delahoya, Mosley, and Antonio Margarito. Pendarvis has been in the ring with the likes of 1996 US Olympian, Terrence Cauthen and world ranked jr. welter prospect, Mauricio Herrera.
Frankel, from Denver, Colorado, has beaten the likes of Bobby Pacquaio and Ricardo Dominguez while facing world class fighters Lamont Peterson, John Molina, and David Diaz, to name a few. (more…)
Among chants of “Animo, Fantasma! (Courage, Ghost!)” from more than the 6,500 hometown fans in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, WBC USNBC super bantamweight Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (28-1, 25 KOs) stopped former world title challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-11-4, 18 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, in nine rounds last Saturday night. The world title bout headlined a multi fight card held at the Monumental bull ring of Tepic and presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and broadcast live on Mexico’s mega channel Televisa. (more…)
See all 10 heavyweight fighters at the UFC 146 pre-fight press conference streaming live from Las Vegas on Thursday, May 24 at 2 pm ET/11 am PT. More
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By Mark Vaz
In front of a sellout crowd, undefeated New England welterweight champion Derek Silveira (7-0, 3 KOs) of Salem, MA successfully defended his title with a fourth round knockout over veteran Shakha Moore of Connecticut in the main event of this past Saturday’s “MAYhem in Dorchester” card Dorchester National Guard Armory in Dorchester, MA. Bringing 31 professional fights worth of experience into the bout, Moore found himself outboxed from the opening round by the quick-handed Silveira, who consistently worked behind a sharp and accurate jab, eventually landing a four punch combination in the neutral corner, finishing the show with the last punch, a chopping right to the chin. Moore beat the count but still looked visibly hurt, prompting referee Bob Benoit to halt the action. (more…)
Distraught isn’t the right word, so let’s just say that upon learning that his opponent this weekend at UFC 146, Dave Herman, wasn’t using the nickname “Pee Wee” anymore, Roy Nelson simply went into denial . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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After the controversial draw in the European cruiserweight championship match between Alexander Alekseev (24-2, 20 KOs) and Firat Arslan (32-6-1, 21 KOs), the European Boxing Union (EBU) has ordered a rematch. Promoters Erol Ceylan (EC Box Promotion and Waldemar Kluch (Universum Box-Promotion) have until June 23 to arrange the bout. In the event both parties can’t reach a deal, a purse bid will be held at EBU headquarters in Rome. Initial discussions have already taken place between the two promoters, so a purse bid is unlikely.
Danny O’Connor 142.5 vs. Daniel Sostre 142.5
Ryan Kielczweski 129 vs. Ira Terry 128.5
Delen Parsley 157 (2 lbs over) vs. Dustin Reinhold 153
Luis Rosa 122.5 vs. Victor Valenzuela 122.5
Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes 149 vs. Lyneisha Jefferson 154
Emmanuel Medina 159 vs. Dan Bonnell 160.5
Venue: Boston House of Blues
Vladine Biosse 168 vs. Joey “K.O. Kid” Spina 167.5
Thomas Falowo 163 vs. Samuel Clarkson 163
Richard Starnino 175 vs. Paul Gonsalves 174
Kevin Cobbs 179 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 180.5
Alex Amparo 167.5 vs. Luis Felix 167
Terrance Smith Jr. 183.5 vs. Rich Gingras 183
Joseph Rabotte 205 vs. Mike Wilson 201
Carmen Cruz 116 vs. Shelito Vincent 120.5
Joe Gardner 164 vs. Julio Garcia 162
Alan Beeman 133.5 vs. Zack Ramsey 135
Venue: Twin River Casino, in Lincoln, Rhode Island
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield Classic Entertainment & Sports
When Gabriel Rosado learned he was fighting Sechew Powell instead of Joel Julio on June 1, he and trainer Billy Briscoe booked themselves a trip to California for three weeks of training at Freddie Roach’s famed Wild Card gym in Hollywood. “It’s just what I needed,” said Rosado (left), who meets Powell for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Junior Middleweight Title at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
“At first I wasn’t crazy about fighting a lefty, but the junior middleweight division is full of them so it all turned out for the better. I’m talking about Paul Williams, James Kirkland, Erislandy Lara. These are guys I need to get in there with so fighting Sechew Powell is another step down that road. I’m getting plenty of good work at the Wild Card and I feel good and I’m looking forward to proving myself again. I know a lot of people are skeptical, saying that the last guy I beat (Jesus Soto-Karass) was made to order for me. We’ll see if they right or wrong after June 1.” (more…)
Former K-1 champion Mark Hunt isn’t just the striker of the moment, he’s one who is likely to go down in the history books as one of the hardest punchers mixed martial arts has ever seen. So the man who was supposed to fight him this Saturday at UFC 146, Stefan Struve, knew what he was facing and what he was getting himself into with “The Super Samoan” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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The official press conference for Saturday’s anticipated clash between IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute and former WBC world champion Carl Froch took place today at the Albert Hall in Nottingham, England.
Lucian Bute: “I’ve worked very hard for this fight. I know it’s not an easy fight for me but I came here to win. I’m a winner.”
Carl Froch: “If Bute thinks he can come here to my home and best me he’s wrong. I know what it’s like to fight against the crowd, I did it in Denmark. To come to my backyard insults me, I’m gonna punish him. I’m gonna enjoy it. Thanks to him for coming over but he’s making a big mistake.”
Photo: Rocco Morales
It was officially announced today that popular contender Josesito Lopez, of Riverside, Calif., has been tapped to meet “Vicious” Victor Ortiz in the main event on Saturday, June 23, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. for the vacant WBC silver welterweight title. Lopez, who had been training for a June 22 bout that was canceled days ago, replaces Andre Berto following Berto’s failed pre-fight drug test which was revealed last Friday.
Ortiz vs. Lopez will headline a three-fight telecast that now will include top rated heavyweight Chris Arreola in a 10-round bout against an opponent to be determined and the previously announced 12-round bout between Humberto Soto and Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC Continental Americas Super Lightweight title.
By Przemek Garczarczyk in Warsaw, Poland
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejewski
“It was like dream coming true, Christmas in June – fighting with the man who was and still is my idol. I always wanted to meet Roy and now we are together in Poland, announcing our fight. It’s unreal,” said #4 WBC ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (39-1, 25 KO) today in downtown Warsaw’s Marriott Hotel.
“I know that David is a good fighter, tough and I’m sure he did see all my tricks watching my tapes. This is why I will prepare something special for June 30. It’s a great feeling to know that all the blood, sweat and tears I did put into my style did not waste,” – said four-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KO) who arrived in Warsaw to announce his PPV fight promoted by Square Ring Promotions and Knockout Promotions.
And just after six hours in Poland he was back on the plane to US. (more…)
Report and Photos: Francisco Salazar
For heavyweight Javier Torres, winning your professional debut is one thing. Winning your professional debut in front of legendary Sugar Ray Leonard could be off the charts for the young fighter. Torres won a hard-fought four round majority decision over Kourtney Boden Tuesday night on the Santa Monica Pier in Santa Monica, CA. The bout headlined a four-bout “Big Fighters, Big Cause” card, presented by Sugar Ray Leonard and B. Riley and Company. The card, in its third year, benefitted the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation and raised funds for research and awareness towards a cure for juvenile diabetes. (more…)
The only fight promotions “how to” manual is now available for purchase, and it has been updated and is bigger than ever.
Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht announced today that he has updated the current Fight Promoter University Manual and is now making it available to the public at a cost of only cost $199.
“In preparing for the FPU VIII session June 5-8, I wanted to update the FPU Manual that is given to each student, so I thought why not now make it available to those who cannot attend,” said Englebrecht. “This updated version is now 320 pages and includes separate sections on Ticket Sales, Sponsorships, Promotions, Show Operations, our Fight Club OC and Battle In The Ballroom shows procedures, and other Venues and Shows Agreement. It is really the only “soup to nuts” and “one of a kind” manual for new or current fight promoters, that will prove invaluable as you build a fight promotions business.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao holds bible study with spiritual advisor Pastor Jeric Soriano Tuesday night after training in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Top Rank will promote a card on June 30 in the Mandalay Bay Events Center at the Mandalay Bay Hotel to be shown on HBO featuring Brandon Rios and Nonito Donaire in seperate bouts.
The proposed July 14 PPV extravaganza at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez is a no-go after no opponent could be agreed on for Marquez, who is aiming at a rematch with Manny Pacquiao later this year. Marquez may fight in Mexico during the summer.
Word is WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson is headed down to 168lbs to fight WBC/WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward on September 8th at a site to be determined.
Former WBA/IBF super lightweight Amir Khan has announced that he will be facing WBC super lightweight champ Danny Garcia on July 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Khan is also trying to be reinstated as WBA/IBF champion following Lamont Peterson’s failed drug test that led to their rematch being cancelled.
With only a couple of weeks before his first world-title opportunity, undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, has the look and mindset of a champion as he prepares to meet the hard-hitting former champion Randall Bailey, of Miami, FL, in one of the co-feature fights on the June 9 Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. “It is a lifelong dream to fight for the title,” said Jones, the IBF #1 rated welterweight. “All I know is I’m 100% confident in myself and my abilities. I come to win and I will not lose.”
Jones’ confident demeanor extends to his attitude about expectations as well. “I never get too high or too low,” stated Jones, 29, whose record is 26-0, 19 K0s. “I never need acceptance from anybody, whether I score a knockout or get a decision win. I stay true to myself. I believe in God and I believe in myself. That’s what matters to me.” (more…)
Coon Rapids, Minnesota’s Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs) will be looking to pull off an upset when he takes on the more experienced two-time heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship in the 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, this Friday. Abell became part of boxing infamy when reeling from punches he was kissed by top contender Chris Arreola moments before he was TKO’d by Arreola. “He’s a prick like that. That’s part of his thing; he’s the bad guy,” explained Abell of Arreola’s public persona. “Afterwards, he apologized, but I don’t understand people like him. I’ll never really completely get over that. He’s the kind of person that doesn’t care what he does. He’s could say something and completely wreck somebody’s self-esteem and not care. If I accidentally say something that might hurt someone’s feelings, I can’t live with myself.” (more…)
Former lightweight title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) will meet undefeated 2000 Uzbekistan Olympian Alisher “Ali” Rahimov (23-0, 12 KOs) in the 10-round main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. Friday’s co-feature will pit Heavyweights “Vicious” Vince Thompson (10-0, 2 KOs) against Joell “Joe Slick” Godfrey (14-6-1, 6 KOs).
Kim’s co-manager Paul Lee said, “Rahimov is a good technician and has a lot of experience. He’s 36 years old, but he is still strong. However, Ji-Hoon has taller height and longer arms. He has a physical advantage and he’s going to use it.”
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