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Cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) is remarkably honest about his upcoming fight. The Providence, Rhode Island, native will face the formidable Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) on June 10 in the 10-round main event at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Why, does Godfrey think, would Kayode’s team choose him as an opponent, coming off what some called a disappointing performance against Nick Iannuzzi in which he was taken the distance for the first time. “They have a lot invested in him,” he explains. “They have a lot of confidence in him and they have to move him along. They can’t put him in with guys who are going to fall down. They’re taking a huge step up in facing me and I applaud them for it.” (more…)
Junior dos Santos has to be wondering what fate has in store for him.
The Brazilian bomber was originally scheduled to be the first man to challenge Cain Velasquez for his newly won heavyweight crown last year. Dos Santos was undoubtedly thrilled with the opportunity, even though it appeared to be the toughest test of his mixed martial arts career to date.h. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Canelo Promotions.
This coming week the undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will end his preparations in Big Bear, California, with an open workout scheduled on Friday at the Westside Gym in Los Angeles. The WBC super welterweight world champion reached the California mountains on the first week of May, accompanied by his trainers José “Chepo” Reynoso and Edison Reynoso, who claim that “El Canelo” made one of the best preparations in his successful boxing career. In Big Bear, the undefeated fighter managed to avoid altitude sickness, had adequate sparring partners and mainly worked in an excellent environment.
This week Alvarez starts speed stage, as he has finished the stage of strength and endurance as was planned. He will train only with left-handed sparring for four rounds on average. The brand new world champion and his team are scheduled to arrive in Guadalajara on Saturday and continue preparations on the same day at 1:00 PM in the “Julian Magdaleno” Gym. So, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is virtually ready to defend his WBC superwelter belt against the British southpaw Ryan Rhodes, on June 18 at Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
After proudly watching his son and namesake win the WBC middleweight championship in Los Angeles on Saturday night, “El Gran Campeón” Julio Cesar Chavez will be back in the spotlight as he makes his way to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum in Canastota, NY, for induction weekend. After that he plans to be part of Junior’s training camp for his first title defense. “Yes, I will be joining their training,” Chavez told ESTO. “Freddie Roach is good, but he doesn’t know more than me. Now comes the first defense against Miguel Cotto (October 1 or 8) and he must be better.” (more…)
WBC International super welterweight champion Emanuele Della Rosa (27-1, 8 KOs) retained his belt last Friday in Pomezia, Italy by unanimous decision over 12 rounds against brave Polish Daniel Urbanski (20-6-3, 5 KOs).
Local hero Vittorio Oi (15-1-1, 3 KOs) won the European Union super lightweight championship against Finnish Ville Piispanen (15-2-3, 6 KOs) by technical decision in round seven.
Undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (15-0, 3 KOs) won a six round decision against Sandor Ramocsa (10-14, 4 KOs).
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with SPORTITALIA televising it.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Colombian referee Uriel Aguilera will be the third man in the ring when Venezuelan WBA interim flyweight world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) defends against the Argentine former light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (26-1, 15 KOs) at Vicente Polimeni Stadium in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina on Friday. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) , Ruben Garcia (USA) and Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australia’s Sam Soliman looks destined to clash with former IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2011 in a box-off to find the mandatory contender for current IBF champ Daniel Geale. Also in the box-off is Roman Karmazin who was stopped by Geale in twelve rounds in 2010. Soliman was originally scheduled to fight Benjamin Simon on July 15 but the German pulled out with a hand injury. (more…)
The WBC 49th Annual World Convention will be held definitely at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas from December 11th-17th. The 2012 Convention will be held in Mexico. “I am very happy to let you know about it, as I believe that the 49th and the 50th Annual WBC Conventions should be organized in the United States and Mexico, which were the two first countries, with Europe to start the WBC back in February of 1963,” stated WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
By Craig Watt
Photos: Team Dib
Australian featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) will match up with Jorge Lacierva (39-7-6, 26 KOs) for the vacant IBF 126 pound title on July 29th in Sydney, Australia. This bout was announced in Sydney today pitching the experienced 32 year old Mexican Lacierva, who is ranked IBF#2 at featherweight with the 25 year old Dibb who occupies the IBF#3 slot. The fight will be held at the State Sports Centre which is part of the impressive Olympic Centre at Homebush in Sydney that was used for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. For more details and photos click here…
Welterweight contender and successful New York promoter Dmitriy Salita came out to show his support for State of Israel on June 5th in Manhattan. Over 30,000 participants marched up Fifth Ave. from 57th St. to 74th St. cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
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By Matt Richardson
It was the type of tidbit writer’s love.
Just as the post-fight press conference for Carl Froch’s win over Glen Johnson began to wind down on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the WBC super middleweight title-holder revealed a gut feeling he said he has had for years.
“I had a premonition,” Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) said of the final fight of the Super Six tournament.
While the final of the tournament wasn’t officially set until Froch heard scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 read in his favor, Froch said he always knew who he’d be facing in the end.
When the tournament was first announced in the summer of 2009, Froch said he had a boxing glove signed by all of the original participants… except for two boxers: Froch and Andre Ward. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside;
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the ageless wonder and former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) by majority decision in a thriller at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night. The victory earned Froch a spot in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who was ringside for the occasion. In the non-televised co-feature, two-time world title challenger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Rayco “War” Saunders (20-14-2, 8 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainment and televised by SHOWTIME. Click here to read the full report and view the action-packed photogallery.
By Francisco Salazar
How does a fighter go from winning a title decisively against Kelly Pavlik to watching from ringside while two fighters battle for that same title? Ask Sergio Martinez. While Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sebastian Zbik were battling in the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night for that title, Sergio Martinez watched the fight from ringside. No one bothered him or advisor Sampson Lewkowicz as the action in the ring was exciting and appealing to the pro-Chavez crowd in attendance.
Martinez is not going to ask questions, as neither are the media and astute fight fans who know “the game” of boxing politics very well. Zbik, elevated from interim world titleholder, made his first defense of the full title and lost the belt to Chavez by majority decision. Although Martinez was disappointed that he was labeled the “WBC Emeritus middleweight champion,” essentially paving the way for Chavez and Zbik to fight for his title, he has moved on and is focusing on his next fight against a variety of possible opponents. His next bout will be scheduled for October 1 in Connecticut, Atlantic City, or the Los Angeles-area, not far from his new home in Oxnard. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former middleweight contender Coert Fourie has died in Johannesburg at the age of 69. Fourie, who fought in the 1970s, died of a heart attack at Panorama Estates south of Johannesburg last Friday. Fourie and Kosie Smith were debutants when they fought at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg on February 5, 1968. Fourie was knocked out in the fourth round. Smith went on to win the SA light-heavyweight title and challenged Victor Galindez for the WBA belt. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
The newly opened Extreme Boxing Gym will be having its Grand Opening and will also be hosting a boxing meet and greet this Saturday June 11th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The event will include an amateur boxing exhibition, an autograph signing session so fans can have an opportunity to take pictures with boxing superstars and get autographs, a car show, food, live music, a children’s play area, and everyone in attendance will be able to enter into a drawing for boxing memorabilia and much more. Some of the guests in attendance at this free event will be rising stars lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs), junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs), lightweight Carlos Molina (11-0, 7 KOs), super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs), super featherweight Ronny Rios (14-0, 6 KOs), welterweight Hugo Centeno (8-0, 6 KOs), featherweight Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs), as well as award winning and California Boxing Hall of Fame inductee boxing manager Frank Espinoza Sr., and many other fighters. Extreme Boxing Gym is located at 957 Faulkner Rd. Unit 211, Santa Paula, CA 93060.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Andres Narvaez (34-0-2, 19 KOs) will defend against Colombian William Urina (17-1, 14 KOs) at Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For Narvaez will be his third defense in less than six months. Narvaez was originally slated to face young Mexican Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr., who pulled out.
On the same card, WBA/WBO female light flyweight titlist Yésica “La Piba de Oro” Bopp (15-0, 6 KOs) faces Yesenia Martinez (9-6, 8 KOs) and current Argentina welterweight champion Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (37-2, 30 KOs) takes on Brazilian Carmelito De Jesus (14-2, 11 KOs).
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Kevin McIntyre 149 vs John-Wayne Hibbert 149
Junior Witter 148.125 vs Nathan Graham 149
Colin Lynes 148.125 vs Bobby Gladman 148.125
Yassine El Maachi 149 vs Peter McDonagh 148.4
Reserves: Chas Symonds 149, James Flinn 148.4
Venue: York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz has re-signed a long-term deal with Cameron Dunkin, the long-time manager announced to Fightnews.com early Monday morning. Santa Cruz, (16-0, 8 KO’s) from Lincoln Heights, CA, was impressive in stopping former world title holder Jose “Carita” Lopez in the fifth round at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA on Friday night. Two months ago, Santa Cruz was impressive in knocking out Stephane Jamoye in the sixth round in Veracruz, Mexico to win a regional title. Santa Cruz has displayed his punching power in his most recent fights. He has stopped his last six opponents in a row after fighting to six consecutive decision victories. Santa Cruz has recently fought on Golden Boy Promotion cards.
By Ron Jackson
Luzuko Siyo won the vacant South African junior flyweight title when he knocked Monwabisi Ngundwana in the eighth round of a scheduled twelve at the Port Alfred Community Hall in the Eastern Cape on Friday night. The title became vacant when Sizwe Sinyabi relinquished it. Siyo from Mdantsane who is ranked at number four in the latest Boxing SA rankings was just too strong for the number one ranked Ngundwana of Port Elizabeth before the knock out in round eight. Siyo improves his record 9-0; 7 and Ngundwana drops 9-4; 6. (more…)
Trainer Freddie Roach would like to see WBC junior middleweight silver titlist Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KOs) face WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in his next fight. “Everybody is talking about how great he (Alvarez) is. I think Vanes would knock him out in one round. Vanes won the eliminator to face him. Lets see how good ‘Canelo’ really is,” Roach stated. Alvarez faces Ryan Rhodes on June 18th. If Alvarez gets past Rhodes, Martirosyan would love to face him in the fall. “I want Canelo next!,” demanded Martirosyan. “I did my part and won the eliminator for the right to face him. Hopefully he does the honorable thing and fights me next.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Adamek Team
Polish and German boxing fans are ready for the WBC heavyweight championship fight between titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) and top contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland – just minutes after first batch of tickets (starting for about $30 to $130) became available, they were gone. Overall, 44,000 tickets will be available in the brand new Wroclaw stadium with highest prices for regular tickets approaching $800 and a special 500-seat VIP section for $2,400. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Clay Guida’s surge up the lightweight rankings has flown under the radar for far too long. His three straight victories by submission were all impressive, but it was number four that will have Dana White and matchmaker Joe Silva doing a triple take. Maybe now people will take notice of Guida’s prowess after Captain Caveman derailed the prospect of Anthony “Showtime” Pettis and the winner of Frankie Edgar vs. Gray Maynard unifying the WEC and UFC titles. It was an impressive unanimous decision performance that showcased the Greg Jackson pupil’s rough and rugged wrestling prowess at The Ultimate Fighter Finale in Las Vegas. With that being said, it’s Guida’s time to shine and anybody standing in his way will likely get mauled. As he mentioned “Wrestling wins championships.” (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
As it played out on television, Tony Ferguson was the most hated man in MMA. After an altercation with a housemate, Ferguson found himself an outcast in the Ultimate Fighter house among both Team Lesnar and Team dos Santos. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Ramsey Nijem and Tony Ferguson fought through six long weeks of competition and household drama to reach the finals of The Ultimate Fighter. The two welterweights stood on the shoulders of current giants and fellow TUF winners like former champs Rashad Evans, Forrest Griffin and Matt Serra. While both men are likely to be seen in the UFCfollowing the season, there can only be one Ultimate Fighter. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
A rematch between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido and former champion Juan Manuel Lopez has been in negotiations for several weeks and all indications are that it will be August 20 or in September. “We are working on that and the date is uncertain. We’re trying to get it in Puerto Rico but September is when we celebrate the Independence of Mexico and that could be a very attractive fight for Top Rank to make in Las Vegas. This is a business and still no date,” said Pedro Hernandez Alvarado, a lawyer for Orlando Piñero, manager of Lopez. It is expected that in the coming weeks they will reach agreement and make an official announcement.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican companies Comex and Corona have joined the World Boxing Council, Promociones del Pueblo and Triple A Luche Libre in search of for heroes in the two sports.
WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman and Reginald Kuchle from Promociones del Pueblo represented boxing when the organizations announced a new project called, “Quien Pinta la Corona?” where the goal is to promote the sport and seeking new idols for boxing and wrestling. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon
It was still anyone’s fight entering round ten of Saturday’s WBC super middleweight championship fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. Judge Steve Morrow had Zbik up by 87-84, Raul Caiz Jr. had Zbik ahead 86-85, and John Keane had Chavez ahead 86-85. The “Son of the Legend” swept the last three rounds on all cards to pull it out by majority decision to claim his own WBC green belt and begin his own championship legend. (more…)
By Graham Houston
No one’s pretending that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the best middleweight in the world, but the son of Mexico’s most celebrated fighter showed guts, determination and stamina in his hard-working and deserved majority decision win over Sebastian Zbik to capture the WBC middleweight title on Saturday night in Los Angeles. It was a fight that saw Zbik having success in the early rounds while Chavez finished strongly. Some of the middle rounds were open to debate, but rounds 10, 11 and 12 were all Chavez.
Chavez showed improvement under trainer Freddie Roach. The Chavez of pre-Roach days might have blown the fight, but Junior dug in and showed the heart and desire of a real fighter. He threw combinations more impressively than I have ever seen him throw them, letting his hands go in a way that impresses the judges. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) was presented with the IBF world championship belt at the Grange Gymnasium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Monday. Geale performed a boxing clinic to outscore Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany on May 7 to capture the IBF 160 pound championship. Geale said, “I am very proud to be the IBF middleweight world champion. I want to thank the IBF President Daryl Peoples also the Chairman of the Championship Committee Lindsey Tucker for giving me the opportunity to challenge for the title. Sebastian Sylvester was a very good world champion and he showed great sportsmanship when he congratulated me after the fight.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Diario Libre
In 2008, Felix Diaz won the gold medal in the 139 lb class at the Olympic Games in Beijing. He thus became a national hero in his native Dominican Republic. In the pro ranks, however, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the 27-year-old welterweight who spots (9-0, 6 KOs) record. “I consider that, as a former Olympic champion, I should be way more advanced in my career. I have only fought once in the last six months.” Last week, Diaz announced that he was parting ways with German Titov Promotions and would not renew his contact with the Russian promotional company. Fightnews sat down with Felix to talk about his present situation and plans for the future. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Southpaw ex-Olympian, WBC#4/WBA#4 flyweight Toshiyuki Igarashi (14-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, kept his Japanese national 112-pound belt as he was awarded a majority technical decision (78-77 twice and 76-76) over ex-titlist Kenji Yoshida (17-10-1, 5 KOs), 111.75, at 1:14 into the eighth session of a scheduled ten-rounder on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshida kept boring in from the head, which caused plenty of head-collisions, producing a gash over the right optic of Igarashi in the second and then a very nasty laceration on the forehead of himself. Yoshida collapsed from a pain of the last head-butt, which finally terminated the foul-studded contest for the referee to take a technical decision.
Ranked #12 both by the WBC and the WBA, unbeaten 140-pound prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai (18-0, 16 KOs), 145.75, scored a one-punch knockout of Filipino Joel dela Cruz (15-11-2, 6 KOs), 142.25, at 2:05 of the second session in a supporting ten. The hard-hitting Japanese knocked him out of the ropes with a single left hook, but dela Cruz wasn’t a Jack Dempsey that would come back into the ring to finish a Luis Angel Firpo. He was counted out then and there.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: THF/Katty Peraza
June marks the beginning of hurricane season and graduation ceremonies in South Florida. Last night at The Seminole Hard Rock Live, a healthy crowd of vocal fans witnessed the pugilistic equivalent of both. The Heavyweight Factory promoted an 8-bout card titled: “Hollywood Fight Night” featuring a rising star, two veterans in search of an elusive world title and two former world champs seeking to regain former glory. The exceptionally-matched fights highlighted a herculean effort from under appreciated boxing matchmaker Johnny Bos. Bos, a member of the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, worked tirelessly through Friday and into Saturday to secure the right fighters for the right fights. Click here for more photos…
“I did enough to win without taking too many risks,” said WBC super middleweight champion/Super Six finalist Carl Froch after his win over Glen Johnson in from of 2,286 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Johnson stated, “I will just go home and put more effort into it and see what I can bring next time.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
No one could have summed up Saturday night better than Top Rank’s Bob Arum as Vanes Martirosyan, “Mikey” Garcia and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. all remained undefeated and took big steps in their respective careers in front of a respectable crowd at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Super welterweight Martirosyan (30-0, 19KOs) of nearby Glendale, CA, struggled early but was able to stop the tough Saul Roman (34-9, 29KOs) to position himself as the #1 WBC contender to recently crowned Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and captured the WBC Silver belt while Oxnard, CA’s “Mikey” Garcia (26-0, 22KOs) cruised to a fourth round knock out of late sub Rafael “Chocho” Guzman (28-3, 20KOs) in the featherweight co-main event broadcast live by HBO in his charge towards a world title. In the main event, twenty-five year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30KOs) of Culiacan, MX, captured his first title and became the first Mexican-born middleweight champion when he was awarded a majority decision over Germany’s Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10KOs) to strap on the WBC gold and green belt around his waist. Scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112.
“It was a great night for Top Rank,” Arum said to begin the post fight press conference held in the Chick Hearn press room in the bowels of the arena. “Three young stars, Vanes Martirosyan, Mickey Garcia and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., looked spectacular. It is wonderful for me that Julio won the title in LA where his dad won the first title. It just shows the continuity of boxing.” (more…)
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