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By Robert Coster
An enthusiastic crowd packed the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday night to watch native son and WBA #6 rated featherweight Nicholas Walters defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas of Mexico. Walters (18-0, 15 KOs), who fights out of Panama, was making his debut in his native land and displayed superb form with a two round TKO over Salinas. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) returns to the ring on August 20 for a farewell fight in his native Brazil. The fight would be a six-round super welterweight clash against an opponent to be determined and the event would be in Brasilia. Now 35, Freitas is a federal deputy in his home state of Bahia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the third man in the ring when WBA Middleweight champion Genaady Golovkin from Kazakhstan (20-0, 17 KOs) defends against former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma from Uganda (27-7-1, 17 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City Today. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico) , Raul Caiz Sr. (USA) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight Supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBC welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will hit the road to officially announce their Mexican Independence Day welterweight mega-fight taking place September 17. The tour will begin Tuesday, June 28, in New York City and continue the next night in Los Angeles.
Cruiserweight contender Troy Ross is experiencing abdominal pains and has been hospitalized in Toronto, where he is undergoing precautionary tests. He has been forced to withdraw from fighting June 24 on the “Friday Night At The Fights” show at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), a two-time Canadian Olympian, is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated). He is expected to return to the ring in late August.
NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs), rated #11 by the WBA, defends his title for the first time June 24 in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz. “Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
World rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (34-2) scored a ninth round knockout over Randy Megrino Singwancha (10-8-2) of the Philippines at the Krirk University in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. IBF #11, 130 pounder Sakkreerin started the fight in top gear and in round two hurt the Filipino with a left rip, left hook combo. Simgwancha came to fight but was outworked in all of the rounds by the hard hitting Thai. In round seven, Singwancha was dropped by a low blow and was given necessary time to recover by referee Somsak Sirianant. A perfectly delivered right hand left hook to the head dropped the Filipino who was on unsteady legs as the bell sounded to end round seven. Round eight had Sakkreerin hooking off the jab effectively and in round nine a right hand bomb dropped Singwancha for the full ten count. For more details and photos click here…
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has promised his fans another exciting victory on July 16 when he faces Argentinian ex-champion Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) at Munich’s Olympic Park. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 26-year-old German ahead of what will already be his seventh title defense. (more…)
Graham Earl is out, Michael Lozada is in, and Erik Morales is next as Katsidis and his team lock in the Gold Coast Convention Centre as the venue for “the great’s” next fight. Katsidis’s manager/trainer Brendon Smith today revealed that after a breakdown in contract negotiations with Graham Earl, Katsidis will now face 27-year-old Mexican Michael Lozada (38-8, 30 KOs). “We had a verbal agreement with Earl, which broke down when it came to the contractual agreement, we have now signed Lozada to come to Australia and we are excited to have it at the Gold Coast. The Convention Centre is a fantastic venue for a fight like this, and it gives us the opportunity to let all the country fans, and fans from all over Australia spend the weekend on the beautiful Gold Coast.” (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
For Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (13-1-2, 4 KOs) the culmination of over 13 years of lacing up the gloves came last September when she stopped Angel Gladney for the vacant WBO female bantamweight title on the undercard of Mosley-Mora held at the Staples Center.
Now she will defend the title for the first time against the only fighter to defeat her, Chico, CA’s Ava Knight (6-1-2, 3 KOs), Saturday night at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena . . . Click here for more
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Three-time middleweight champion and current WBA middleweight super world champion Felix Sturm wrapped up sparring for his upcoming fight against the dangerous Irishman Matthew Macklin on June 25 at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, today. Preparing for his tenth title defense, Sturm engaged in an intense sparring session and finished his workout at the heavy bag afterwards. The champion seemed to be focused and ready and was in good spirits when Fightnews conducted an exclusive interview with him. For more details and photos click here…
On July 29, “Fight Nights at The Cosmopolitan” returns to The Chelsea Ballroom with a card airing live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights.” In the night’s main event, former world title challenger, power puncher Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) of Colombia will face former Cuban Olympian Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown. In a 10-round super lightweight battle, former three-time world champion Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) will face Bronx, New York’s Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs).
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the birthplace of mixed martial arts, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday, Aug. 27, as one of the country’s most recognizable superstars defends his title against the division’s nearly unstoppable number one contender. Live from the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba’s Anderson “The Spider” Silva puts the middleweight title on the line when he meets Japanese star Yushin Okami, the only man to hold a victory over Silva in the last five years. (more…)
Omar Figueroa 135.7 vs. Eric Cruz 135.2
Gary Russell Jr 126.7 vs. Antonio Meza 127.7
Jermell Charlo 153.2 vs. Larry Smith 151.5
Oscar Tovar 123.7 vs. Roberto Perez 124
Angel Hernandez 135 vs. Juan Reyna 136.2
Venue: State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Team Golovkin
Lorenzo Parra 118 vs. Anselmo Moreno 118
(WBA super bantamweight championship)
Kassi Ouma 160 vs. Gennady Golovkin 158
(WBA middleweight championship)
Johan Perez 140 vs. Alberto Mosquera 140
Luis Pineda 200 vs. Luis Ortiz 234
Pablo Vasquez 150 vs. Segundo Herrera 149
Vicente Mosquera 147 vs. Jose Miranda 147
Venue: Roberto Duran Arena
Promoter: Promociones/Eventos del Istmo
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Abraham “Marvin” Rodríguez 129.58 vs. Oliver Flores 128.48
Rómulo Koasisha 125.84 vs. Iván Saracho 122.54
Jose “Piston” Lopez 142.90 vs. Roger Acosta 141.90
Odilon “Olimpico” Zaleta 111.76 vs. Julian “Chicano” Rivera 111.76
Martin Casilla 117.70 vs. Gonzalo Garcia 116.60
Jorge Urias 134.20 vs. Fabian Ramirez 134.64
Venue: Palacio de Los Deportes, Mexico City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo, Televisa & WBC
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Story and Photos Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today in the latest Alvarez-Rhodes press conference that took place at the Pan American Volley ball Stadium in Guadalajara Mexico, “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) and Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KOs) exchanged some fiery words. “When I fought Hatton things were different, now I come with the best preparation of my life, and I’m sure that the WBC crown will stay in Mexico,” said Alvarez. Meanwhile, Rhodes said “This Saturday Alvarez will find someone in the same condition, I will end this fight by way of KO.”
Alvarez vs Rhodes will be broadcast on HBO this Saturday, June 18 at 10:30 PM ET. more photos
Today, Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied an Emergency Motion filed by Floyd Maywather Jr. and ordered Mayweather to give sworn testimony under oath, beginning tomorrow, June 17. Mayweather is being sued by pound-for-pound champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao based on Mayweather’s defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran celebrates his 60th birthday today. Roberto Carlos Duran Samaniego was born on June 16, 1951 in Panama City and went to win world titles in the lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight divisions with 22 world title fights. His exploits in the ring gave pride to a small country, which celebrated his victories and mourned his losses. Duran fought in the five decades, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000. He was immortalized in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY in 2007. Truly great fighters are only born once in a while and one of them is Roberto Duran…Happy Birthday!
Photo: EMC Events
On Day 2 in St Louis, Don King is on “The King’s Court” at Kokomo’s restaurant with hosts Ashley “Real World” Feldman and Kevin “The King” Slaten. The show is broadcast on 590 KFNS The Fan in St. Louis. Don King is in St. Louis and will remain until fight night January 25 promoting Alexander vs Matthysse plus 4 world title fights at The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.
By Bob Trieger
Photo: Chris Royle/CRPhotos.com.uk
Undefeated challenger Tyson Fury believes his July 23 showdown in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event against defending British & Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora, airing live from Wembley Arena in London, is merely the first step on his chosen journey. “The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times. (more…)
Hard-hitting jr middleweight Allen Conyers steps in for the injured Harry Joe Yorgey when he takes on Gabriel Rosado in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Yorgey sustained a shoulder injury in training Monday evening and will be out of action for three months. Conyers, 35, has derailed the careers of several promising fighters including James De La Rosa and Derek Ennis. By comparison, Rosado lost a 12-round decision to Ennis last summer for the USBA junior middleweight title.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Safi James
WBA Fedelatin Champion and WBA #6 contender Nicholas ” Axe Man” Walters of Jamaica and his challenger Argel Salinas of Mexico both scaled the weight at 125 lbs. Walters and Salinas headline a 4 match card dubbed ” Hands of Gold” to be held tonight at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at the University of Jamaica in Kingston. more photos
Fernando Guerrero 152.75 vs. Grady Brewer 153.75
(NABF super welterweight title)
Karim Mayfield 146.5 vs. Steve Forbes 149
Gilbert Vera 146 vs. Calvin Pitts 146
Javontae Starks 147.75 vs. Antonio Gamez 150
Maurice Byarm 244 vs. Homero Fonseca 279
Zach Brinones 145 vs. Cory Yett 144
Venue: Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas
Promoter: Prize Fight
The International Boxing Organization has reached a verbal sanctioning agreement to fill its light heavyweight championship, which was declared vacant in May after champion Jean Pascal was dethroned by Bernard Hopkins and Hopkins didn’t pay the sanctioning fee. IBO President Ed Levine said the organization “has been engaged in final negotiations with a qualified and highly-respected fighter” in the division and anticipates a deal being finalized soon. A fight to crown a new champion is planned for the fall. “We very much appreciate the volume of inquiries we received during the process,” Levine said, “but we are not accepting further sanction requests at this time for this title.” Due to the confidentiality of the negotiations, a further announcement naming the fighters will not be made until consummation of the agreement.
On Tuesday there was a media conference call to discuss promoter Don King’s history making “Show Me Something Great…in the ‘Show Me’ State” event that will showcase—for the first time in Missouri history—four world championships on the same card on June 25 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Former WBC/IBF super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” and Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse, IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud and IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Yusaf “Mack were on hand to answer questions about their respective fights. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Carlos Negron will fight in the co-feature in the fourth installment of “A Puño Limpio” to be held July 1st, at the Tomas Dones Coliseum in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in place of former Olympian McJoe Arroyo, who is recovering from a mouth injury suffered in a bout in January. The event, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions and to be televised on WAPA America, will have now have amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (8-1, 7 KOs) headlining the night in a flyweight four round bout, with Negron (12-0, 8KOs) in a six-rounder, and super bantamweight Camilo Perez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a four-rounder in the TV bouts. “It’s possible we’ll put McJoe in an event in August,” said promoter Ivan Rivera.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Sr. will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) defends against Venezuelan former WBA world champion Lorenzo Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena on Friday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Tom Miller (U.S.) and Glenn Fledman (U.S). The fight Supervisor is Jose Emilio Graglia (Argentina).
Legendary promoter Don King was in St. Louis Wednesday promoting his June 25 fight card at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., where he appeared with Voltron, the star of a St. Louis-based animated series premiering June 16 on Nicktoons as a 90-minute commercial-free movie event.
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“God has a plan for us all and I truly believe this is my time. Broner is going to have to wait another day for his.”
Those were the last words Jason Litzau spoke to Fightnews last week following one of his final sparring sessions prior to leaving for Guadalajara, Mexico for this Saturday nights showdown with Adrien “The Problem” Broner . . . Click here for more
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day with Don King promoting a prizefight? Click on the attached You Tube link and you, too, can tag along with Don during today’s first press day in St. Louis promoting his history-making June 25 world championship fight card at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., featuring the main event of Devon Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse and four world championship fights:
Former CNN sports anchor Nick Charles says he was the happiest he’s ever been, building a new life, with his wife and a new daughter, when he learned he had advanced bladder cancer. Doctors tell him he’s on borrowed time, but Nick is determined to live fully in every remaining moment. With wisdom and grace, Charles talks to CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about making peace with old regrets, saying goodbye to friends and preparing his family – most of all his young daughter, Giovanna – for life without him in a special edition of SANJAY GUPTA MD that will air over Fathers’ Day Weekend, Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 a.m. ET.
A legendary sports anchor Charles perhaps best beloved by fans for his anchoring talents during boxing matches, in this moving and revealing excerpt, Charles meets with another legend from the world of boxing – his friend Mike Tyson, to talk about some of the lessons he’s still learning about living during this fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan female super bantamweight Alys “La China” Sanchez plans to return to professional boxing later this year. “I have waited a long time for this,” said Sanchez (5-0, 1 KO). For various reasons I had to leave boxing but now I’m back. I have months of training and I think it’s time to try and return. Still not exactly where I’ll do it, Panama, Mexico or a third country, but I’m just waiting for the opportunity. I have a lot to contribute to women’s boxing and I will do my best to achieve my goal of being world champion.” Sanchez, a native of Maracay, Venezuela, is the mother of a 3-year-old child and a management student at the Universidad Politecnica Territorial de Aragua.
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
World champion and boxing promoter Miguel Cotto, together with Héctor Soto from H2 Entertainment today announced a July 15 fight card billed as “Electrifying” Vélez vs. Valcárcel, to take place at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Top super bantamweight prospect and WBO #10 Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (15-0, 12 KOs) is ready to take the biggest challenge of his career when he steps into the ring with former top veteran contender Carlos Valcárcel (12-2-4,5 KOs) for the WBO Latino super bantamweight title and the WBC’s FECARBOX title. The fight will be televised on Telefutura’s weekly “Solo Boxeo” show. more + photos
Legendary boxing icon Don King is soon turning 80, and he hasn’t slowed down a bit. The world’s greatest promoter has gone digital and this week unveiled his first iPhone app. The free-to-download “Don King” app features Don King Productions’ company history and Don’s flamboyant profile, including memorable photos of King and the prizefighters he represents. The app features an exclusive ringtone of King belting his signature catchphrase “Only in America.” You can download it with your iPhone from the Apple App Store.
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