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By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF awards banquet took place Friday night as the end of the organization’s 28th annual convention neared. The Champagne Room at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas played host to the event, which according to many IBF members was the largest in years. After the opening cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, the annual awards were presented, but not limited to:
Eva Rolle- IBF International Promoter of the Year
Jimmy Chotchaichuang- IBF Pan Asian Promoter of the Year
Branco Promotions- IBF Promoter of the Year
Peltz Promotions- Most Active USBA Promoter of the Year
Daniel Geale vs Kariz Kariuki- IBF Pan Pacific Fight of the Year
Danielle Smith vs. Jennifer Retzke- IBF Female Fight of the Year
Araceli Martinez-Rose- Special Recognition for “The Business of Pain”
Fahsai Skreerin- Most title defense IBF Pan Pacific
Lucian Bute- Jerse Joe Walcott “Good Guy” Award
Newly re-crowned IBF Light Flyweight champion Ulises “Archi” Solis was presented with his second belt after winning his former title back in Argentina on April 30 in his rematch with champion Luis Lazarte. Also on hand were current IBF champions Zab Judah (140 lbs.) and Cristian Mijares (115 lbs.). A huge round of applause went to to a man who never won a title, but came within a hair as described by the IBF’s Lindsey Tucker- Earnie Shavers.
IBF Treasurer announced to the crowd that after much work and cost analysis, it looks like the 2012 convention site will be Honolulu, Hawaii.
Two former world champions went down to defeat against unbeaten prospects on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
In the main event, unbeaten bantamweight Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) kept his “0” intact with an impressive fifth round KO against former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-10-2, 32 KOs). The bout was waved off by referee Tony Crebs just as a Santa Cruz barrage battered Lopez to the canvas.
Undefeated junior welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs) outpointed former WBC Interim titleholder Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (36-10, 16 KOs) over eight rounds in a close bout. Scores were 77-75, 77-75 and a less realistic 79-73 for Ramos Jr.
Local junior featherweight favorite Randy Caballero (11-0, 7 KOs) stopped Sergio Cristobal (3-2) in round four. Caballero dropped Cristobal in rounds one and four. Time was 2:06.
A rematch and official IBF junior featherweight eliminator between IBF #8 Jeffrey “The Mongoose” Mathebula (24-3-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #12 Oscar “Golden Boy” Chauke (27-5-2, 10 KOs) has been added to the June 11 Branco Milenkovic show at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in Brakpan, South Africa. The Mathebula-Chauke showdown will be a scrap for the official IBF number two rating. The title is held by fellow South African Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu. Mathebula previously beat Chauke over six rounds in 2005
By Chris Cook at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
2004 Olympic silver medalist unbeaten WBC #10 jr middleweight contender Yudel Jhonson (11-0, 7 KOs) outclassed Jose Miguel Torres (24-5, 19 KOs) over ten mostly uneventful rounds on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Jhonson outboxed Torres all night, content to pile up points. Scores were 96-92, 96-92, 97-91. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Unbeaten lightweight José González (16-0, 12 KOs) was victorious when son of the legend José G. “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (14-7, 12 KOs) failed to come out for round six on Friday night at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. From the third round on, González dealt Cuevas a one-sided beating.
WBO #2 featherweight Jonathan Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) annihilated Adolfo Landeros (21-20-1, 10 KOs) in round one. A barrage of punches finished Landeros. Time was 1:47.
Unbeaten super flyweight prospect Jonathan González (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of Ivan Moxey (2-4, 1 KO). Time was :20. Click here for more photos…
Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at the scales
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas:
Main Event – TUF 13 Final
Tony Ferguson 169 vs. Ramsey Nijem 170
Anthony Pettis 155 vs. Clay Guida 155
Tim Credeur 185 vs. Ed Herman 186
Fabio Maldonado 203 vs. Kyle Kingsbury 206
Chris Cope 170 vs. Chuck O’Neil 170
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Jeremy Stephens 156 vs. Danny Downes 155
George Roop 146 vs. Josh Grispi 145
Shamar Bailey 171 vs. Ryan McGillivray 169
Justin Edwards 170 vs. Clay Harvison 171
Ken Stone 136 vs. Scott Jorgensen 135
Francisco Rivera 136 vs Reuben Duran 136
more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 28th annual IBF convention was full of specialty presentations both on and off site of the host Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The morning session was a referees seminar at the H.I.T. Factory Gym conducted by long-time referees Robert Byrd and Jack Reiss. The afternoon sessions included the medical seminar headed up by IBF Medical Chairman Dr. William Lathan, with talks by Drs. Paul Wallace, Richard Weinstein and Anthony Curreri, as well as the judges seminar. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Cedric Boswell 231.7 vs. Kertson Manswell 255.2
Domonique Dolton 159.7 vs. Donatas Bondorevas 159.2
ONeil Bell TBA vs. Richard Hall 191
Daniel Attah 131.7 vs. John Trigg 134
Dieuly Aristilde 215.2 vs. Darrick Allen 213
Tracy Rollins 162 vs. Eddie Gates 163.5
Erik Leander 255 vs. David Saulsbury 297
Yasmany Consuegra 239.7 vs. Ronny Hale 241.7
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Heavyweight Factory
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Vincent Thompson 243 vs. Kelsey Arnold 237.5
Jonte Willis 215.5 vs. Shane Andreesen 226
Sylvestor Barron 239.5 vs.. Ija Flappingeagle 253.5
Rob Diezel 133 vs. Aaron Schupp 134.5
Nate Serrano Jr. 147 vs.. Randell Corpus 146
Gerald Fisher 140 vs.. Nicholaus Brannies 141
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In Atlantic City, WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (left, in photos) tipped the scale at 167.5 pounds while former world titleholder Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson weighed 166.5 pounds. Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend against Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) in an eagerly awaited Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
Carl Froch 167.5 vs. Glen Johnson 166.5
(WBC middleweight title/Super Six Semifinal)
Zsolt Erdei 174 vs. Byron Mitchell 178
Edison Miranda 182.5 vs. Rayco Saunders 178.5
Ivan Redkach 136.5 vs. Alberto Amaro 134.5
J’Leon Love 160 vs. Lamar Harris 162
Badou Jack 174.5 vs. Hajro Sujak 173
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will get his long awaited shot at WBO Flyweight champion Cesar “Pingo” Miranda on July 16th, 2011 in Honolulu, Hawaii. The deal was just finalized moments ago between teams Viloria and Miranda. Possible sights are the Neil S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, site of Viloria’s successful IBF title defense against Jesus Iribe in August of 2009.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany and #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Culiacan, Mexico pose during today’s weigh-in (Zbik 158.8 lb, Chavez Jr 160 lb) at Staples Center in Los Angeles for their upcoming WBC title fight. Zbik vs Chavez Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Universum Media Network, Tecate and Staples Center and will take place on Saturday at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Mikey Garcia 127 vs. Rafael Guzman 125.8
Saul Roman 153 vs Vanes Martirosyan 153.4
Dakota Stone 149 vs Christy Martin 149.8
On June 10, Golden Boy Promotions’ undefeated lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. (10-0, 9 KOs) returns home to fight Eddie Ramirez (6-7-1, 3 KOs) in a six round homecoming fight on the TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo” broadcast from the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The televised 10-round main event will feature two female fighters taking center stage as Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm (29-1-3, 9 KOs) meets Victoria “La Reina de la Guerra” Cisneros (5-11-2, 1 KO) in a rematch of their 2009 battle.
Guida Battles Pettis, Plus Ramsey vs Tony For The TUF Crown: Lightweight star Clay Guida takes on the last WEC lightweight champion, Anthony Pettis, and Team Dos Santos’ Ramsey Nijem goes toe-to-toe with Team Lesnar’s Tony Ferguson to see who will become the next Ultimate Fighter! Live at 9pm ET/PT on SPIKE (and in Canada on Rogers Sportsnet)
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For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Gavin Rees and Andy Murray comfortably made the weight ahead of their European lightweight title clash at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff on Saturday night. Rees, Murray and the majority of the undercard for the show weighed in at Cardiff City Hall ahead of a great Saturday Fight Night on Sky Sports for British boxing fans, starting at 10.30pm in the Welsh capital before moving over to Atlantic City in America where Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch puts his WBC super middleweight belt on the line in the Super Six semi-final, with the winner facing Andre Ward in the final later this year. (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
WBC Super Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler weighed in at 166.4 for his SHOWTIME-televised clash on Saturday night in Copenhagen against Mehdi Bouadla, who weighed 166. Middleweights Patrick Nielsen and Joe Rea both weighed 159.8.
By Francisco Salazar
Brief news and notes of fighters and events in Southern California:
Two unbeaten fighters will be showcased tonight from Southern California against formidable opposition. Unbeaten Luis Ramos (18-0, 8 KO’s) from Santa Ana will take on Francisco Lorenzo in an eight round junior welterweight fight at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. “This is a step up for him,” manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com recently about his young charge. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Araceli Martinez-Rose is an award winning journalist from Mexico and author “El Negocio Del Dolor” or “The Business Of Pain.” The Spanish version out now, and the English version will hit the shelves in July. Martinez-Rose interviewed over fifty fighters and world champions to gain their perspective of not only their battles in the ring, but more importantly those battles waged in life. Knowing virtually nothing about the “Sweet Science” before embarking on her own journey in penning this book, Martinez-Rose sees the tome as having the potential to hook not only current boxing enthusiasts, but making new fans of the sport as well. Araceli Martinez-Rose will be at the International Boxing Hall of Fame next week in Canastota as well to promote the book.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
“The Ghanaian Gladiator” Ossie Duran (25-8-2, 9 KOs) battles Latif Mundy (10-2, 4 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA on Wednesday, June 22nd for the vacant USBA middleweight at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ.
Duran, now residing in Paterson, NJ by way of Ghana, has faced the very elite of the jr middleweight and middleweight division including contenders Matt Vanda, James Kirkland, Eromosele Albert and Fernando Guerrero. Duran has a new promoter – Jersey City based Gulfstream Group, headed by promoter Vincent M. Ponte – and he feels rejuvenated. (more…)
The Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA will host the June 24 ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” doubleheader presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. In the main event, reigning WBC USNBC Lightweight Champion John Molina, Jr. (21-1, 17 KOs), from Covina, CA, will square off with Denver, CO tough veteran Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (28-10-1, 5 KOs). The semi-main event will feature Bakersfield, CA junior welterweight Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas, Jr. (17-1-1, 7 KOs) battling Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (17-1, 7 KOs), of Lake Elsinore, CA in an evenly matched bout on paper and a toss-up in the ring for the IBF North American Light Welterweight title. The Dallas-Herrera bout will be promoted in association with Thompson Boxing. Both bouts are scheduled for 10-rounds. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Before the final two episodes of TUF 13, there was no clear cut villain in the house. That was until Tony Ferguson’s drunken tirade resulted in the entire house – and likely every viewer at home – turning their back on him. And just like that, the TUF finale at The Palms in Las Vegas has your good guy vs. bad guy story when Tony Ferguson takes on Ramsey Nijem for a UFC contract. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio César Chávez, Jr., knows that on Saturday, June 4 he has the opportunity to change history. César, the son of legendary Julio César Chavez, might become the first middleweight world champion in the history of Mexican boxing. A few hours before his long-awaited battle, Julio César said he can already feel the adrenaline because his dream is beginning to come true. With much preparation and sacrifice, he is ready to arrive in good condition to face against the current WBC middleweight champ, Sebastian Zbik. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated #1 lightweight contender Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Calif. worked out Thursday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood during final preparations for his upcoming feature fight against Rafael Guzman of Mexico, Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the undercard of Sebastian Zbik vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two division world champion Jorge ¨Niño de Oro¨ Linares plans to relocate to Los Angeles for training and to seek a new cultural experience. “I have much desire to live in Los Angeles,” said Linares. “I don’t believe that I have to do anything else in Japan. I’m going to LA and live in that city. I need experience. This lightweight is very demanding. I want to train with good sparring that requires me to test my strength.” One source said the possibility exists that Linares could train with renowned trainer Freddie Roach. He will continue to work with current trainer Sendai Tanaka and cutman Ruddy Hernandez. A reliable source reported that he will return to the ring August 6th and plans are to try to land a world title fight by the end of 2011.
By Francisco Salazar at the scale
Anatoliy Dudchecko 195.4 vs. Michael Simms 206
Gabriel Tolmajyan 134.6 vs. Juan Suazo 134
Ivan Castaneda 120.8 vs. Gustavo Rojas 121.4
Ilshat Khusnulgatin 172.2 vs. Harry Gopaul 173.6
Hugo Centeno 149.8 vs. Kelly Wright 144.4
Erik Ruiz 122.2 vs. Shaun Solomon 123.4
Medzhid Bektemirov 183.4 vs. Joe Broken Rope 180.4
Andres Reyes 136.2 vs. Edher Arvizu 135.8
Venue: Wanner Center, Woodland Hills, CA
– After deliberating about the wide disparity of weight between Dudchenko and Simms, the fight was signed off by the CSAC.
– Centeno originally weighed in at 150.2, but later weighed in at 149.8.
– Co-promoter Steven Bash told Fightnews.com that tickets are still on sale for $100, $75, and $50. Doors open at 7PM, with first bell scheduled for 7:30PM.
– Current lightweight titleholder Brandon Rios will be signing autographs at the Warner Center between 7 and 8PM on Friday night
– A lucha libre tag team match will also take place on the card.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight world champion Austin Trout is ready for his first defense against longtime contender David “The Destroyer” Lopez, who hasn’t lost a fight in six years. Trout is a solid camp with sparring partners Cecil McCalla, Maxell Taylor, Edward Hernandez and Siju Shabazz. Austin went twelve intense rounds on Saturday and Tuesday. The date and location have been finalized. The bout will take place on June 11th in San Luis Potosi, Mexico and presented by HG Boxing. A big thank you to trainer Louie Burke for the update.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
José G. “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. 135 vs. José González 135
Adolfo Landeros ?? vs. Jonathan Oquendo 126.5
Ivan Moxey 112 vs. Jonathan González 114
Keivy Arce 141.5 vs. Luis Joel González 140
José Collazo ?? vs. Antonio Sánchez 142
Radamés Vélez 140 vs. Ken Álvarez 137
Jonathan González ?? vs. Jonel Nieves 115
Fernando Ramos 134 vs. Francisco Ocasio 136.5
Venue: Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: WAPA AMERICA
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mandatory middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (50-5-1, 43 KOs) is rooting for his countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. to become the new WBC champion on Saturday against Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. Rubio will not attend the fight, remaining at the Jordan Nueo Gym in Mexico City training for for his fight the same night against Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (11-3-1, 7 KOs). Rubio, who knocked out previously unbeaten David Lemieux in seven rounds last April 8 in Quebec, stated that if Chavez Jr. wins, he wants to face him in the new stadium in Torreon, Coahuila, But first he needs to get past Ramallo on Saturday at the Forum Polanco in Mexico City.
A special guest at Wednesday’s press conference in Miami was former world champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor, pictured here with promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr and Miami boxing manager/attorney Tony Gonzalez. Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) is slated to face Jorge Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs) on July 29 in a Las Vegas bout to be televised on ESPN2.
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