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From the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” televised on Showtime and promoted by Don King & Golden Boy:
Joseph Agbeko 118.2 vs. Abner Mares 117.5*
* Agbeko was .2 over and is expected to make weight on second attempt.
Eric Morel 118 vs. Daniel Quevedo 117.5*
* Morel was .5 over at first.
Eric Molina 229 vs. Warren Browning 222
Angelo Santana 139 vs. Ramzan Adaev 148*
* Adaev is a last-minute sub and is six pounds over.
Carlos Molina 143 vs. Juan Manuel Montiel 137
Stay tuned for photos.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sanchez II 126 vs Adam Garcia 126
(WBC Cabofe featherweight title)
Ibeth Zamora 108 vs Yackzury Gordon (Panama) 108
(WBC Youth light flyweight world title)
In an emotional weigh-in at the Plaza Santiago Tianguistengo where a statue of the late Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sanchez is located, fighters for the card billed as “Orgullo Mexiquense” tipped the scale for Saturday’s Boxeo de Gala event. Click for more photos
WBC welterweight world champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will spend day-off from training by holding a special autograph signing for fans in Baldwin Park, California, as he helps kick-off a four-week promotion leading up to his mega-fight against Floyd “Money” Mayweather on September 17. Ortiz will be on hand Sunday from 12:30PM to 2PM at the Baldwin Park Food 4 Less (3000 Baldwin Park Blvd, between the 10 FWY and Francisquito Ave).
Former world champion and current top super middleweight contender Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) has rejected an offer from the promoters of IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. While not disclosing the exact offer, Team Johnson states it is “significantly more than a million dollars less than the $1.35 million offer made to first potential opponent, Kelly Pavlik.” Johnson believes the Bute camp is not serious about fighting him. “I believe that they’re low-balling me very badly, mainly because they don’t want the fight to happen. So, a way to get out is to try to low-ball where they think we won’t accept it, instead of saying ‘we don’t want to fight Glen Johnson.’ I’ve been around long enough to know when somebody’s serious about an offer and I believe the fighter himself wants to compete but the promoter is afraid of stepping him up a level. They want to keep him safe. They don’t have the confidence in him they should have. He’s a good fighter. He should have a great fight and maybe he wins and maybe he loses, but he’s ready for that fight.”
Part of the problem, says Johnson, is that Bute’s team remembers how it went when the two sparred in training previously. “Bute knows the competition coming his way. I know he can compete well and he knows I can. We know each other and both of us know it’s not an easy fight. I think the promoter has to have a little more courage with their fighter. Don’t try to keep me from accepting by low-balling me.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Both WBA minimuweight interim world champion Juan Palacios and challenger Armando Torres declared themselves ready at the final presser for their clash Saturday at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, organized by Promociones del Pueblo. In the co-feature, featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Román meets ‘Marvin’ Rodriguez for the WBC Fecombox. Also Rodgers Mtagwa meets Pedro “Vaquero” Navarrete.
A full house is expected at the Convention Center. (more…)
German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (6-0, 4 KOs) is currently in training camp with WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin in Hamburg to get in shape for his next fights. Promoter Ahmet Oner will take his “rough diamond“ to the USA for two more fights in August and September: “Erkan will fight on August 26th in Kissimmee, Florida. If he wins that bout and doesn’t get injured we will do another fight in September.” Oner wants his fighter to stay as busy as possible – and Erkan himself likes the idea of taking the fast track to the top. “I have no problems fighting every three or four weeks”, states Teper. “As an amateur I fought every weekend plus four or five times in one week at the big tournaments. Of course, professional boxing is a completely different thing and you can’t compare the efforts to the amateurs. Still I want to make as many fights as possible to gain experience. Fighting is something you only learn when you’re actually doing it.”
New main event for Roy Englebrecht Promotions’ Fight Club OC show this coming Thursday, August 18th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. “Received a call yesterday morning that undefeated 9-0 heavyweight Lionel Davis has pulled out of the bout with Andre Carthron, deciding he didn’t want to fight Carthron, in what would have been an excellent match up,” promoter Roy Englebracht informed Fightnews. Matchmaker Whit Haydon immediately went to work and Thursday afternoon lined up a six rounder that will feature Ukraine prospect David Tabatadze (7-1, 1 KO) now training in Southern California facing always tough Lester Gonzalez (12-4-2, 6 KOs) out of San Diego. The matchup will be fought at 163 pounds.
Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko has one thing on his mind when he faces undefeated Abner Mares in the finals of Showtime’s bantamweight tournament – to kill Mares dreams.
It might sound worse than what it is but the Ghana born fighter, who carries the torch of great Ghanaian fighters like Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey, has no interest in seeing Abner Mares’ dreams of being the bantamweight champion come to fruition. Especially if the Mexican’s dreams get in the way of his own. . . . click here for full story
Ben Henderson has been down the road to a title shot before. It feels like yesterday, yet it was 32 months ago, when a lanky 5-foot-9, 25-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., with long, flowing hair that when put in a bun is called “Benson Bunnies” by his MMA Lab teammates, debuted in the WEC with a 42-second guillotine choke submission of Anthony Njokuani .. . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com
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Despite the fact that two of the arguably best bantamweights declined to enter, Showtime’s bantamweight tournament has featured some great fights and will conclude on Saturday with an exceptional matchup between undefeated Abner Mares and the tough as nails Joseph Agbeko. If you had any complaints before the tournament started due to a lack of star power, the finale will likely silence all of the haters as a new star in the bantamweight division will be born . . . click here for full story
Former heavyweight contender Scott LeDoux has passed away at the age of 62 after a long battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. LeDoux fought a who’s who of his era’s top heavyweights including George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, Mike Weaver and Greg Page among others and was later a popular commentator for ESPN and the head of the Minnesota Boxing Commission. The Fightnews.com staff sends our condolences to the LeDoux family.
WBC #2 super welterweight Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) is finally ready to come off the shelf after over a year of inactivity. After reaching a settlement with his prior promoter Gary Shaw Productions, Angulo has now signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “I believe Golden Boy Promotions is the right company to further my career and achieve my goals in boxing,” said Angulo. “I can’t wait to become Golden Boy’s next world champion.” A date and opponent for Angulo’s Golden Boy debut will be announced shortly, but he will fight a tune-up fight next Saturday in Mexicali, Mexico.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former two-division world champion Ivan Calderon is dropping weight slowly and says that on October 28 he expects to regain the WBO 105lb title against reigning monarch Raul Garcia in a bout that will take place during the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. “I’m working now to easily reach that weight,” said Calderon. “And I am training to fight Garcia or anyone in that division. We’ll show that I still have.” Calderon, 34-2-1 and only six knockouts, said the rest after his second loss to Giovanni Segura has suited him both physically, as well as for motivation. “I still feel like the world champion in Puerto Rico that took the 105 and 108 titles. Last week I was at 127, now I’m at 122.5 and at the end of the month will be on 118 and in the remaining two months I’ll safely arrive at 105 pounds.”
After spending four years in the USA, Michael Katsidis “The Great” will return to fight in Australia against Mexican Michael Lozada at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday. Katsidis, the two time lightweight world champion, will move up to junior welterweight for this bout in preparation for a potential fight with Mexican superstar and multiple world title winner Erik Morales later in the year.
Michael Katsidis 140 vs. Michael Lozada 140
Nestor Rocha 126 vs. Jack Asis 125.25
Jarrod Fletcher 160 vs. Arnel Tinampay: 156
Israel Kani 170.25 vs. Chris Fox 174.5
Knox Mohenoa 207 vs. Brett Peters 204
Ron Bradford 183.5 vs. James Chan 183.5
Braydon Smith 125.25 vs. David Smith 121.75
Mick Shaw 136.25 vs. Brett Smith 137.5
Venue: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
Promoter: Brendon Smith
Al Bernstein of SHOWTIME Sports reports from Las Vegas where Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares are prepared to crucial final match of The Bantamweight Tournament. Live on SHOWTIME Saturday August 13th at 10pm ET/PT.
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like the proposed Jhonny Gonzalez world title defense against Roinet Caballero will not take place at the Convention Center in Ontario, CA as originally planned, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. The fight will still occur on September 15th, but will instead take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, TX. Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola was also scheduled to fight on the card in Ontario, which is near his hometown of Riverside. However, according to Goossen, he is no longer fighting on that date. “We are looking to bring Chris back later this year and attempt to have him fight for a world title in 2012,” said the head of Goossen Tutor Promotions. ESPN Deportes is rumored to televise the fight.
Antonio Diaz 150 vs. Ernesto Zepeda 150.4
Andrew Cancio 135.6 vs. Lowell Brownfield 134.6
Jose Antonio Vargas 133.8 vs. Manuel Sarabia 134.8
Humberto Zatarain 125.8 vs. Rocco Espinoza 125
Angel Osuna 152.6 vs. Raul Rodriguez 154
Kenny Williams 139 vs. Marcos Rojas 139.8
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Craig Walker
Antwone Smith 148.8 vs. Kermit Cintron 149.5
Dannie Williams 135.5 vs. Antonio Cervantes 135.5
Dean McBaine 141.5 vs. Troy White 148
Alonzo Toney 230 vs. Todd Brown 203
Tim Franklin 157 vs. Nate Kempa 153.5
Bryan Dailey 185 vs. Shawn Hammack 180.5
Lawrence Hughes 142.5 vs.Keandre Gibson 143
Ricky Lacefield 115 vs. Stephon Young 114
Venue: Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, MO
Promoter: Rumble Time Promotions
TV: ESPN2 another photo
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Ed Paredes 147 vs. Juliano Ramos 146.25
Carlos Buitrago 104.25 vs. Felipe Rivas 106.5
Luis Ortiz 229 vs. Aaron Lyons 237.75
Richard Abril 135 vs. Sergio Rivera 139.25
Yoandris Salinas 123 vs. Felipe Almanza 121.75
Yoelvis Gamboa 140.5 vs. Larry Yanez 139
Trevis Hall 123.5 vs. Sergio Aguilar 124
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Live
Promoter: Dream Team Boxing (more…)
All the shots from today’s final press conference for Showtime’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” headlining Joseph King Kong Agbeko vs. Abner Mares . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is ready for the “Orgullo Mexicano” card on Saturday at the Sports Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State. The featured fighters Ibeth Zamora, Yacksury Gordon, Salvador Sanchez II, Adam Garcia and Carlos Zarate Jr. were in the company of the promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia at today’s press conference. (more…)
The wait for the much-anticipated third fight between UFC® lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and unbeaten top contender Gray Maynard is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that Edgar and Maynard will settle the score when the organization returns to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 8. If one major title fight wasn’t enough, UFC officials also confirmed that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his crown against the always-dangerous Kenny Florian. (more…)
With a great preparation and a firm conviction that he can defeat Koki Kameda, David “Morita” De La Mora of Tijuana, Mex, called a press conference earlier today at his alma mater of the University Center of Tijuana and where he stated to the amassed media that he would travel to Japan and bring back the world title because, “it would be a great gift for Tijuana.”
“Morita” (23-0, 16KOs) will challenge Kameda (25-1, 16KOs) for the WBA bantamweight title on Wednesday, August 31st, in his first opportunity for a world title while Kameda will be defending the title for the second time. The bout will take place at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
“I am very motivated because not only is it a dream for me to become a world champion, it is a dream for my whole family,” De La Mora stated. (more…)
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce: Gurgel vs. Duarte, airing Friday, August 12 at 11 pm ET/PT on Showtime.
Jorge Gurgel (154) vs. Joe Duarte (155)
Danillo Villefort (186) vs. Nate James (185)
Pat Healy (155) vs. Eric Wisely (156)
Ronda Rousey (146) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (146)
Roy Jones (204) vs. Derrick Mehmen (205)
Gian Villante (205) vs. Keith Berry (204)
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. Lukasz Lez (169)
Mike Bronzoulis (169) vs. Chad Leonhardt (171)
Sterling Ford (156) vs. Milton Viera (155)
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For more on Strikeforce, or this Friday’s card on Showtime, visit Strikeforce.com
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos will not be allowed to fight against David Rodela on Saturday night, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. Ramos and Rodela were scheduled to fight in a 10 round bout on the undercard of the Joseph Agbeko-Abner Mares world title bout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. However, according to Espinoza, Ramos was assaulted on Tuesday afternoon by three young men while jogging along the Santa Ana River near his hometown of Santa Ana, CA. Ramos (19-0, 8 KO’s) had his iPod and identification stolen and was apparently scratched by one of the assailants with a box cutter along with getting punched to the head. A physician ran tests on Ramos, which included a CT scan, and concluded that Ramos suffered a mild concussion. “Luis is very disappointed that he is not going to fight on Saturday,” said Espinoza, who also manages Mares. “However, when a doctor recommends for Luis not to fight, we have to error on the side of caution. We would love to fight David on a Telefutura show down the line, but we’ll wait and see.” No word yet from Golden Boy, who promotes Ramos, if an opponent is being sought for Rodela (15-4-3, 6 KO’s). Ramos is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over former world title holder Francisco Lorenzo in June.
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Photo: Joseph King Kong Agbeko stares down unbeaten Abner Mares at today’s press conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On Saturday, live on SHOWTIME, Mares and Agbeko will fight in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All. Stay tuned for more photos from today’s presser.
Agbeko: “It feels so good to be back. The Hard Rock Hotel is like my home and the place where I made my U.S. debut. This is my second home. Abner Mares has a dream to be world champion. I have a dream to by #1 pound for pound in the world. My dream isn’t just to be champion. Losing this fight would not give me that opportunity. I have no choice but to win. Mares has a dream but ‘King Kong’ is here to kill that dream.”
Mares: “I’m at the finals and I’m very happy to be here. My last fight against Vic Darchinyan was tough. Now I’m facing Joseph Agbeko and this fight will be tough as well. I’m not nervous though. I’m excited. I’m ready to make my dream come true for me and my family. I cannot lose on August 13th and there is no defeat in my mind right now. This Mexican is ready for war!”
Upon reading recent interviews with popular slugger Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak and his new manager, Cameron Dunkin, WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) has the following message: “I’ll fight you.” Trout says he’d be happy to accommodate Wolak and company’s desire to fight for a title. “I’ll put my belt up against him. He’s not winning it, but I’ll put it on the line so he can say he fought for a title.” (more…)
Omar “Businessman” Chávez is training at the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, for his next fight on September 3. Chavez (26-0-1 with 19 KOs) will be headlining the show. Possible opponents include Luciano Cuello and Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr.
The undercard has been announced for this Saturday’s (August 13) boxing event at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, featuring the long-awaited professional boxing debut of legendary street brawler Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
The four-round heavyweight battle between Slice and Saint Charles, Missouri’s James Wade (0-1) will be supported by the return of former super middleweight contender Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-3, 20 KO’s) against Harrisburg, Arkansas’ Craig Gandy (7-4-1, 6 KOs) in a cruiserweight eight rounder. (more…)
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