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By Ron Jackson
Cassius Baloyi returns to action for the first time since April this year when he faces Roberto Arrieta of Argentina on Friday night at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on a Branco Sports Productions bill. Baloyi ranked at number five and Arrieta at number thirteen will be fighting in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator to meet the winner between Mzonke Fana and the champion Robert Guerrero. Baloyi (36-4-1, 19 KOs) who will be 35-years-old on November 5 will be hoping to get his career back on track after losing his IBF belt on a seventh round stoppage against Malcolm Klassen, who was subsequently dethroned by Guerrero. (more…)
Louisiana promoter Les Bonano has announced the signing of Big Fred Kassi (13-1, 7 KOs) to a promotional agreement. Kassi, who is originally from Douala, Cameroon, is a six-foot 240-pounder whose only loss came by a split decision to experienced Lionel Butler in September. “I believe that Big Fred has the natural ability and is willing and eager to learn the things to become a champion,” said Bonano, who plans to develop Kassi into a draw in the South before challenging rated fighters in 2010.
By Emily Harney
Fightnews.com sat down with middleweight prospect David “Gatti of the Rockies” Medina (20-2, 10 KOs), who takes on the toughest opponent of his career when he steps into the ring against former star of ESPN’s 2007 season of “The Contender” Miguel Hernandez (20-9, 10 KOs). The fight takes place Friday on the Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son! pay-per-view card, presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
The November 21 “Universum Champions Night” at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany, will feature one of the year’s absolute boxing highlights when long-standing WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (30-0, 17 KOs) moves up a division to challenge WBC cruiserweight world champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs). The 40-year-old OPI 2000 fighter Fragomeni will be making the second defense of his world title against the unbeaten Universum star Erdei, who is five years younger. In this Boxing.de interview, he speaks about the upcoming collision of champions and much more. (more…)
Growing up in Colombia, Yonnhy Perez would go as a chef on Halloween, “or maybe Dracula,” he said, “because where I’m from Halloween is called the Day of the Witch.” But, when the unbeaten, #1-ranked Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., by way of Colombia, challenges IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) of Bronx, N.Y., by way of Accra, Ghana, this Saturday in the main event at Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), he says he’ll “come dressed as a world champion.” (more…)
Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr and Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas visited Fort Bliss, the home to the US Army Air Defense Artillery School and four combat ADA brigades in El Paso, Texas today. Camacho Jr. and Campas face off this Friday in the main event of the “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son!” pay-per-view, presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
“LATIN INVASION 2″ is live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Unbeaten boxers and former junior national roommates Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and Lamont Peterson met the media on Tuesday to discuss their World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title mega-matchup Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). “We’ve traveled together and are friends and know each other pretty well but it’s part of the business,” said Bradley from the ballroom at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where he grew up in North Palm Springs. “I had to take this fight. I didn’t really want to take this fight but I had to. Once we get in the ring our friendship is out the door.” (more…)
Hector “Machito” Camacho, current WBC Caribbean Light Middleweight champion and son of former 4-time world champion, Hector “Macho Man” Camacho, is very bothered as he moves into the final preparation for his upcoming first defense of his title, which will take place on Friday, October 30 live on pay-per-view from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, TX. at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2: REVENGE OF THE SON” is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV and DISH Network, TVN Entertainment and Viewer’s Choice Canada beginning at 6pm PST/9pm EST at the affordable price of $24.95! Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster (including online) or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office (915-747-5234).
Former world light heavyweight champion Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle views his 10-round main event fight Saturday evening, headlining the “Fright Night At The Sun” pro boxing card against world rated Joey “KO Kid” Spina, as a golden opportunity to get back into the big picture.
“Fright Night At The Sun,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), will be taped live at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and air on NESN at a date and time to be announced. (more…)
No Freddy Kruegers, Jasons or even Frankensteins are fighting on October 30th (Halloween Eve) pro boxing card at the Yonkers Armory, but “Halloween Havoc” will feature some of New York’s most promising and entertaining young boxers. O’Shea Brothers Boxing Promotion is bringing old-school boxing back to the fans, showcasing hungry fighters in action-packed, competitive bouts. (more…)
The Iron Heats Boxing Club has announced a special appearance of former world champion Fernando “El Feroz” Vargas in El Paso. Vargas will be holding a meet and greet at Pavo Real Rec Center located at 9301 Alemeda Ave, Wednesday October 28, at 6:00 p.m. The Iron Hearts Boxing Club will be presenting the former champ with an award for his continued service to amateur boxing and youth enrichment.
Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King will present a five-fight pay-per-view telecast of undercard fights from Saturday’s card at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The $5.99 webcast begins at 6PM ET/3PM PT at www.DonKingTV.com. The show will feature heavyweights Ray Austin against DaVarryl ‘Touch of Sleep’ Williamson, plus rising heavyweight knockout artist Bermane ‘B-Ware’ Stiverne and undefeated fighters ‘King’ James De La Rosa and Nelson Linares.
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame has officially announced the Class of 2009 inaugural induction weekend for November 13, 14, 15 in Tampa, Florida. Inductees include heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, three division world champion Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., longtime middleweight contender Florentino Fernandez, trainer/managers Angelo Dundee, Steve Canton, and Jimmy Williams, promoter Tuto Zabala Sr., referees Brian Garry and Max Parker Jr., and in the non-participant category, Mark Beiro, Johnny Bos, Bobby Goodman, Rick Folstad, Dr. Allan Fields, and Dr. Ferdie Pacheco. Posthumous inductees include world champions Luis Manuel Rodriguez, Ralph Dupas, and Willie Pastrano, historians Hank Kaplan and Irv Abramson, promoter Chris Dundee, and Marty Cohen, in the non-participant category. (more…)
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley and undefeated interim champion Lamont Peterson announce their upcoming world title fight at Agua Caliente Casino Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME. Click here for more photos…
Story by David L. Hudson
Hector Camacho Jr. relishes the opportunity to fight former junior middleweight world champion Yory Boy Campos on October 30th in El Paso, Texas. Not only does the fight present a battle between a Puerto Rican (Camacho) against a proud Mexican warrior (Campos), but also it pits Camacho the speedier boxer against Campos the more powerful puncher. To make matters even juicier for fight fans, Campos’ last fight – earlier this year – was against Camacho’s famous father – Hector Camacho Sr. In May 2009, Campos and the elder Camacho battled to an eight-round draw . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2″ will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
Former world title challenger Peter Manfredo Jr., “The Fighting Pride of Providence, Rhode Island”, will return to the ring on Thursday, November 5th against New Orleans based veteran Ronald “The Cobra” Weaver in the main event at the Fourth Annual Jonathan Ogden Foundation Charity Boxing Event at Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland . . . Click here for more
Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor will receive the keys to the city of his hometown of Johnstown, Pennsylvania from Mayor Thomas Trigona in a noontime ceremony this Wednesday, October 28th in the city’s Central Park Commons area . . . Click here for more
Goossen Tutor Promotions has inked WBO #7 junior middleweight Charles Whittaker (34-12-2, 22 KO) to a promotional contract. Although 35 years old, it has been more than five years since Whittaker’s last loss as he has rattled off a string of 10 consecutive wins – seven via knockout. “There are some bigger fights out there for Charles and we will have an announcement of his first bout under the Goossen Tutor Promotions banner shortly,” stated Goossen Tutor chief Dan Goossen.
By Uwe Betker
Last Saturday, Arena Box Promotion presented a boxing event in Cuxhaven, Germany and showed an entertaining and attractive mostly heavyweight program for boxing fans. Konstantin Airich met Cisse Salif in the main event. Click here for more + photos
British welterweight champion Kell Brook has suffered his first KO defeat – at the hands of a viral infection that will keep him out of his British welterweight title defence on Friday night in Liverpool. The Lonsdale belt holder was due to meet Michael Jennings at the Echo Arena in a mouth-watering domestic clash, but has had to pull out because of his illness. The fight will be rescheduled as soon as possible, while Jennings will feature in an eight rounder on action-packed card which is now topped by a British super middleweight title fight between beltholder Tony Quigley and challenger Paul Smith.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Rico Ramos (13-0, 8 KOs) will put his unblemished record on the line when he faces fellow prospect Alejandro Perez (14-1-1, 9 KOs) November 28th in an intriguing 122lb matchup. The bout, which is scheduled for eight rounds, will air as the semi-main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. The fights will take place at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Goossen Tutor will promote the event, which is headlined by unbeaten lightweight John Molina (18-0, 14 KOs) against Martin Honorio (26-4-1, 14 KOs).
By Emily Harney
Hector Camacho Jr., sat down with Fightnews.com for an exclusive interview before his fight this Friday night against Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas in the main event on Latin Invasion 2, presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions. The fight will be held at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas and distributed live on pay per view by MultiVision Media, Inc.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Possibilities exist that Mexican WBA super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (21-0-1, 15 KOs), who scored an explosive first round KO over previously unbeaten and highly regarded two-division world champion Jorge Linares earlier this month in Tokyo, will return to Japan for his first defense. WBA #3 Takashi Uchiyama (13-0, 10 KOs) has been mentioned as a possible challenger for Salgado late this year or at the beginning of 2010.
Videographer: Emily Harney
Middleweight contender Randy “The Gentleman” Griffin (24-2-3, 12 KOs), who recently signed a promotional agreement with Zeferino Entertainment, will make his debut under the Zeferino banner on the undercard of Friday’s “Latin Invasion 2″ PPV event. Here’s what he had to say…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBC bantamweight world champion Hozumi Hasegawa will not be defending against former world champion Eric Morel, whose prior legal troubles are causing problems in obtaining a visa. Hasegawa’s new challenger is WBC #12 rated Álvaro Pérez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) and the bout is planned for December 18 in Kobe, Japan. Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs) won the title in April 2005 against legendary Veeraphol Sahaprom and already has carried out nine defenses, the last four not going beyond two rounds. Perez is a member of the Nicaraguan PRODESA stable and is training in Managua, Nicaragua.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Surprising news that WBA 108lb interim champion Juan Reveco will not be defending his WBA crown on November 20 in Mendoza, Argentina against Juan Landaeta. Apparently, there were problems with the proposed sponsor of the event and, in addition, Reveco has had a kidney ailment reoccur. More hard luck for Landaeta who has recently seen fights against Juan Lazarte, Carlos Tamara and Cesar Canchila fall through for various reasons.
Former WBC and IBO heavyweight boxing champion Pinklon Thomas formally launched Project P.I.N.K. (Pride In Neighborhood Kids) with an appearance at the Jupiter Boxing Club in Jupiter, FL. Thomas who is the founder of Project P.I.N.K. is on a mission to provide today’s youth with opportunities and mentorship similar to what he received as a young man.
Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr arrived Monday afternoon in El Paso, TX for his showdown with Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas this Friday in the main event of the “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son!” pay-per-view, presented by Zeferino Entertainment in association with Golden Boy Promotions at the UTEP Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Camacho (49-3-1, 27 KOs) defends his WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation light middleweight title against the hard-hitting veteran Campas (92-14-1, 74 KOs) in the headliner of the “LATIN INVASION 2″ ppv while WBA #1 super bantamweight contender Antonio Escalante (21-2, 13 KOs) battles Carlos Fulgencio (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in the co-main event. “Latin Invasion 2″ is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV and DISH Network, TVN Entertainment and Viewer’s Choice Canada beginning at 6pm PST/9pm EST at the affordable price of $24.95! Tickets are still available at Ticketmaster (including online) or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office (915-747-5234).
Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao worked out Monday with chief trainer Freddie Roach at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood during his first day training since arriving in the United States on Saturday. Pacquiao is preparing for his upcoming “FIREPOWER” welterweight championship fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Cotto Promotions, MGM Grand and Tecate, and will take place November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It will also be available on pay per view.
The WBF heavyweight title fight between Francois Botha and Pedro Carrion in Dessau, Germany actually ended in a draw last Saturday night. There was some confusion about the result after the bout and only Botha’s hand was raised. Scores were actually Matteo Fratini 115-115, Tonio Tiberi 114-114, Jean-Marcel Nartz 115-114. Botha retains the title. It was also confirmed that Botha broke the metacarpal bones in his hand in the fight.
It’s “Back to Business” for former world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs). It will be officially announced on Wednesday that Wright will face “Contender: Season Two” winner Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (26-11, 15 KOs) on December 11th at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico in San Juan. The event also marks the return of former world champion Alex “el Nene” Sanchez (31-7-1, 21 KOs). The undercard includes separate bouts featuring the highly regarded Velazquez twins, Juan Carlos (9-1, 5 KOs) and Carlos Ivan (11-0-1, 9 KOs). Tickets are available starting today at www.TicketPop.com. It will also be available on PPV for $29.95. The event is promoted by San Juan City Knockout in conjunction with Winky Wright Promotions and Knockout Entertainment Inc.
On December 3 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York, promoter Nick Garone’s X-Cel Worldwide, in association with Bob Arum’s Top Rank, will feature former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (45-7-2, 36 KOs) in the main event, with former #1 heavyweight contender and world title challenger “Big” Michael Grant (45-3, 33 KOs) in the chief supporting bout. Rochester-based fighters are also well represented, as super lightweights Kenny Abril and Darnell Jiles Jr., as well as super welterweight Russell Jordan are all slated for action. Undefeated Albany, New York, heavyweight Kimdo Bethel is also scheduled to appear. Tickets are available at the Blue Cross Arena, Ticketmaster, the Mt. Hope Family Diner and all Chester Check Cashing locations. They are priced at $25, $35, $50 and $100 ringside.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
In his continued quest to regain the World Boxing Council heavyweight title, No. 2 ranked Oleg Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) is scheduled to face Nagy Aguilera (14-2, 9 KOs), a young prospect out of New York by way of the Dominican Republic, in a 10-round main event at Sacramento’s Memorial Auditorium on Dec. 11. The fight, near Maskaev’s newly adopted hometown of West Sacramento, just over the bridge from California’s state capitol, will be his third since losing the WBC belt on a sixth-round TKO to Samuel Peter last year. (more…)
Hard-hitting Raul Pinzon, of Miami via Colombia, steps in for the injured Richard Gutierrez and will challenge unbeaten Mike Jones, of North Philadelphia, for Jones’ NABA welterweight title in the scheduled 10-round main event on Nov. 7, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Gutierrez injured his back last Thursday (Oct. 22) during a sparring session in Miami and when it did not respond to treatment by Saturday, he was forced to withdraw, according to manager Luis DeCubas, Jr. (more…)
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