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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Will “Wild Will” Tomlinson weighed 129.4 pounds and Daniel Ruiz weighed 129.8 pounds for Friday’s IBO world title bout in Melbourne Australia. Tomlinson (18-0, 12 KOs) will challenge for the vacant title against Mexico’s Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz (27-4-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds. Ruiz resides in Los Mochis Sinaloa, Mexico and Tomlinson resides in Sydney, Australia. Both boxers stand 5’7 and box from the orthodox stance.
Officials for the IBO title bout are referee Steve Smoger (USA) judges Gary Dean (Australia), Steve Scott (New Zealand), Glenn Feldman (USA) and supervisior Phil Austin (Australia). (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the speed bag Thursday at the Wildcard Boxing Club in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr.. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
Franklin Lawrence 236 vs. Mike Mollo 230
(NABA Heavyweight Title)
Ronica Jeffrey 126 vs. Jackie Trivilino 126
(NABF Featherweight Title)
Venue: Dover Downs
1st Bell: 7:30
TV: Wealth TV
Golden Boy Promotions’ signing of current WBA interim super lightweight world champion Johan Perez (15-0-1, 12 KOs) and unbeaten former amateur standout Julian Ramirez (2-0, 2 KOs) to multi-year promotional agreements. “This is a big day for us and I’m proud to have these two boxers fighting for us now,” said Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions. “Boxing will never grow if we don’t keep cultivating new talent and in Johan and Julian, we’ve signed two fighters that you’re going to be hearing a lot about in the months and years to come.” Both fighters’ first fights under the Golden Boy Promotions banner will be announced at a later date.
Footage of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, training plus interviews with both Junior, Senior and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. Chavez, Jr. just started training in Las Vegas in preparation for his upcoming defense of his world middleweight championship vs. Andy Lee on June 16 at the Sun Bowl in El Paso. Video courtesy of Top Rank.
WBC middleweight champion, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and challenger Andy Lee, made the mandatory weight 30 days prior to their clash scheduled next June 16, marking 175 pounds the champion and 174 the challenger.
The WBC considers the weigh-ins taking place 30 and 7 days prior to the bout and the medical test 30 days before the bout to be of great importance and has decided to crack down on boxers and promoters that do not completely fulfill every mandatory aspect. Effective immediately the WBC will fine $300 to any person who doesn’t follow these rules in WBC regional championship bouts, and $1,000 for any failed act in the run up to a WBC world championship bout. There will be no exceptions.
Fast-rising heavyweight Lavar Johnson has accepted a UFC 146 showdown with Stefan Struve next Saturday, agreeing to replace an injured Mark Hunt on just nine days’ notice. The UFC 146 main card has completely morphed from when it was originally announced, but it remains the first ever all-heavyweight card in UFC history. (more…)
On Saturday night June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, Sadam “Worldkid” Ali will take on Franklin Gonzalez(15-9, 10 KOs) in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout that will be the main event of a big night of boxing that is promoted by Ali’s Worldkid Promotions. This will be the 2008 U.S. Olympian’s Promotional debut.
Gonzalez of the Dominican Republic has a record of 15-9 with ten knockouts. Gonzalez is coming off an impressive four round unanimous decision over the regarded Eddie Hyland (16-1) on January 28th in Atlantic City.
Three World title challengers are in the first four names announced for the Betfair Prizefighter International Heavyweights tournament on Wednesday June 20 at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson, Albert Sosnowski and Kali Meehan have all stepped in the ring to fight for world titles and that trio are joined by Kent’s Tom Dallas in the 25th edition of the eight man, one night tournament gunning for the £32,000 winner’s cheque
Johnson and Sosnowski have both faced Vitali Klitschko for the WBC belt, while Meehan fell the wrong side of a split decision to Lamon Brewster for the WBO strap. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Diego Morales
WBC USNBC super bantamweight champion Oscar “Fantasma” Gonzalez (27-1, 24KOs) and his challenger Giovanni “Ruso” Caro (23-10-4, 18KOs) met face to face today before their upcoming twelve round championship bout set for Saturday, May 19th, at the Plaza Monumental de Toros de Don Antonio in Tepic, Mexico. The title fight will be the main event of the seven-bout fight card presented by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona”.
After Box Latino’s COO Carlos Mera thanked the media and local promoter, Antonio Echeverria, the main event fighters took the mic to state their case for this Saturday night.
“I am 100% ready, I’m expecting a tough fight since my opponent is a dangerous one,” Caro of Mexico City, Mexico, stated. Caro challenged for the world title two fights ago versus IBF belt holder Takalani Ndlovu in a war that Caro lost via a controversial split decision. “I am bringing everything and I know it is going to be a great fight.” (more…)
Unbeaten WBC Continental Americas middleweight beltholder George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (30-0-1, 22 KOs) says he’s ready to step up his level of competition. “It’s time for me to face some big name fighters and show the world who I am,” said Tahdooahnippah, a member of the Comanche Nation who has fought all but two of his fights in Oklanhoma. “When I fought Jimmy Holmes for the WBC belt, I had a torn bicep and still stopped him in the opening round. Whoever has been in my way thus far, I’ve got them out of there and I don’t plan on changing that, regardless of who is standing across the ring!”
Atop his wish list is comebacking former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (30-4-1, 18 KOs) who is 2-0 since returning from a two-year layoff. “Jermain Taylor also isn’t the same fighter he once was and recent upset wins by fellow Oklahomans Carson Jones and Grady Brewer truly inspired me. [Taylor’s last opponent Caleb Truax] wasn’t able to close the show and I know that I have more power than him. I’m a different fighter than Caleb. I’m hungrier and have a more fan-friendly style. If he can go ten rounds with Jermain and put him on his back and I know that I can get Jermain out of there!” (more…)
Undefeated junior welterweights Raymond “Tito” Serrano (18-0, 8 KOs) and Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (15-0-1, 9 KOs) will meet in the 10-round main event tomorrow on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. In the co-feature, undefeated middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (12-0, 11 KOs) will meet Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (9-1-1, 5 KOs).
Mayfield is trained by Virgil Hunter, who also trains super middleweight champion Andre Ward, and enters Friday’s fight having defeated former junior lightweight titlist Steve Forbes. Mayfield won a 10-round decision over two-time Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez in his last fight.
Serrano of Philadelphia is coming off a February 10-round decision win over Kenny Abril. “I’ve seen a few of Mayfield’s fights,” Serrano said. “I think both of us are going to try to see who lands first. I think he’s going to come out strong, but I’ve got a good game plan. I’m ready to go to war.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super lightweight world champion Marcos “Chino” Maidana in Oxnard, California to begin training with his
new trainer Robert Garcia. Maidana may reappear in July in his native Argentina, then possibly return in September on one of the big Golden Boy Promotions events against the likes of Danny Garcia, Johan Perez, Humberto Soto, Michael Katsidis or Lucas Matthysse.
Courtesy: Team Trout
Austin “No Doubt” Trout, just two weeks from defending his title against mandatory challenger Delvin Rodriguez, is putting in his most intense training during this period of camp. Sparring with Austin is veteran J.C. Candelo, who fought “Winky” Wright for the IBF junior-middle weight world championship and who also held the NABF and WBC/USA titles. Joining the wrecking crew is 16-0 Abie Han, who’s getting ready himself for a big fight, on the undercard of Chavez/Lee at the Sunbowl. Rounding off the crew is amateur standout’s Siju Shabazz, Tim Meek and Zach Prieto.
Austin is expecting a tough fight against Rodriguez, who is 26-5-1 with 14 KOs, and who fought the fight of the year against Pawel Wolak last year. Rodriguez, a good fundamentalist and a student of boxing, is mechanically sound, quick and carries a good wallop in both hands. Rodriguez has been showcased many times on TV and 3 or 4 of his losses have been somewhat controversial. (more…)
In the biggest night for Philadelphia fighters in recent memory, three of them will appear as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card on June 9 at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, NV. Mike Jones and Teon Kennedy will challenge for world titles, while amateur star Jesse Hart, son of former Philadelphia middleweight legend Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, will make his pro debut. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) will face former Olympian Arturo Santos (11-1, 4 KOs) in a twelve round junior featherweight clash on June 9 at the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym in Chihuahua, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montiel.
The same night, former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (53-6-1, 46 KOs) will face Jorge “Demonio” Cota (12-0, 11 KOs) in a 10-rounder at middleweight
Former WBA miniumweight world champion “Samy Guty” (31-7-2, 21 KOs) also sees action in a rematch against Armando Torres (18-9, 13 KOs) for the WBC light flyweight silver belt.
All Star Boxing will return with their successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday to the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa In Mexico City. In the main event undefeated 18 year old prospect Mauricio “El Trompas” Pintor of Mexico City, Mexico (17-0-1-11 KO’s) nephew of Mexican Legend Lupe Pintor, will face the toughest test of his young career when he battles compatriot Ivan “Macanon” Cano (21-3-15 KO’s) in a fight scheduled for 10 rounds with the vacant WBO and WBC Youth jr. welterweight world titles at stake. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Segundo Rivero/ Acquinity Sports
Acquinity Sports welcomed local media and fight fans to the spacious Paradise Live complex at the Seminole Hard Rock yesterday for the final press conference in advance of Friday’s “D Day II” Dominican Domination” card. Rising Dominican featherweight sensation Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (11-0, 9 KOs) squares off against Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero (26-9-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico in the ten-round main event.
Marrero’s unbeaten super-bantamweight compatriot Juan Carlos “Baby Pacquiao” Payano (9-0, 5 KOs) looks to maintain his perfect record against Mexican veteran Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-8-1, 27 KOs) in their ten-round co-main event.
In other undercard action, light heavyweight Humberto Savigne (8-1, 6 KOs) tangles with former world champion Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (30-9, 28 KOs). Undefeated southpaw Dominican welterweight and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican Javier Perez (8-5, 5 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Ticket prices are $34, $54, $74 and $104. VIP tables are still available for just $2,500. Doors open at 6:00, first fight at 6:30 PM.
Who is the Strikeforce success story?
Posed with this question, fight fans will scour their memories of the rich history of athletes who have made their mark in the promotion, and most will likely answer Nick Diaz followed by Cung Le. The former went 6-0 inside the Strikeforce cage, fought and won in two different weight divisions, and left the organization as the undefeated and three-time defending welterweight champion. The latter’s four-year stretch saw Le go 7-1, including winning the middleweight belt, having all his in-cage performances happen in the company’s home of San Jose, California, while his lone defeat against Scott Smith was avenged in Le’s final outing before joining the UFC. . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Undefeated World Middleweight Champion and the Son of the Legend, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. landed in Las Vegas to set up training camp at the Top Rank Gym in preparation of his next fight. On June 16, Chavez will headline “Viva Chávez!” on Saturday, June 16, at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas, when he defends his WBC title against No. 2 world-rated contender Andy Lee, marking the first world championship fight to be held in the Sun Bowl Stadium since June 13, 1998 when Oscar De La Hoya knocked out Patrick Charpentier in the second round to retain his welterweight crown. The Chávez Jr. vs. Lee world championship rumble will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing®, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET. “Viva Chavez” is presented by the University of Texas at El Paso and Promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, The City of El Paso, AT&T and Tecate. (more…)
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