Kyoguchi keeps OPBF 105lb belt; Unbeaten Inoue wins vacant Japanese 154lb title

Kyoguchi keeps OPBF 105lb belt; Unbeaten Inoue wins vacant Japanese 154lb title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten prospect, WBC#10 Hiroto Kyoguchi (7-0, 6 KOs), 105, successfully retained his OPBF minimumweight belt, but his ...

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Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Aguiniga comeback continues

By Francisco Salazar

Boxing returns to Ventura County for the second time this year with a former world title contender hoping to return to prominence more than seven years ago. Unbeaten Jose Aguiniga will fight Eduardo Arcos in a scheduled 10 round super featherweight bout on Saturday night at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA. The bout will headline an eight-bout “Commotion by the Ocean” card, presented by El Dorado Entertainment.

Aguiniga (32-0, 14 KOs) returned from a five-year hiatus from the ring on February 25th, when he won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz. Aguiniga, who resides in nearby Oxnard, stepped away from boxing in 2007 to deal with economic issues outside of the ring and weight issues. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Boxing returns to Ventura County for the second time this year with a former world title contender …


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Calderon-Fuentes on August 4

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former WBO 105lb champion Iván Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs) has confirmed that on August 4 he will be challenging for the crown he held for many years against reigning champion Moisés Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs) at the Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, however prior to that Fuentes will have an optional June 2 defense against Mexican countryman Julio César Félix (17-3, 7 KOs) in Tijuana. “The only danger is Fuentes fights on June 2 and I hope he doesn’t stumble,” said Calderon. “This fight has been postponed several times. Not because of the boxers but rather for several promotional obstacles and logistics.” (more…)

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Former WBO 105lb champion Iván Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs) has confirmed that on August …



Feature Story

Pendarvis overcomes obstacles

By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Bash Boxing

If one were to look at the personal life of Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis, one would think that he should be locked up or in jail. Maybe even dead. A product of the foster system, a younger brother who was killed, and his birth mother paralyzed were challenges that forced Pendarvis to become mentally strong at an early age. Add to that an upbringing in South Central Los Angeles, where he was surrounded by drugs and violence while he was growing up.

Yet, he was able to find solace and refuge in a boxing ring when he was 10 years old. It is the sport that he has given so much to and hopes that it will give him something in return at this stage in his career. Pendarvis will fight Robert Frankel in a 12 round junior welterweight bout tonight at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. Both fighters will be vying for two regional title belts. The clash will headline a six-bout “War at Woodland Hills 8” card, presented by Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Photo: Bash Boxing If one were to look at the personal life of Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis, one …


Scale Watch

Photos: Bute, Froch make weight

Photos: Herby Whyne

IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.75 for Saturday’s showdown with former WBC champion Carl Froch in Nottingham, England. Froch scaled in at 167.3. Less than 100 tickets remain for the fight – they will be available to purchase at the Capital FM Arena Box Office tomorrow.

Other weights:
Carl Frampton 121.5 vs. Raul Hirales 121.4
Pier-Oliver Cote 142.25 vs. Mark Lloyd 143.6
Erick Ochieng 152.6 vs. AA Lowe 152.5
John Ryder 160.25 vs. Luke Robinson 162.5
Ryan Aston 161.8 vs. Paul Samuels 158.1
Adnan Amar 158.25 vs. Terry Carruthers 157.4
More photos…

Photos: Herby Whyne IBF super middleweight world champion Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.75 for Saturday’s showdown with former WBC …




UFC

UFC Champ Makes Kid’s Dream Come True

Reigning UFC® heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos may be wrapped in UFC gold now, but there was a time where he was just another poor kid from Brazil, dreaming of one day becoming a fighter and making a better life for himself. (more…)

Reigning UFC® heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos may be wrapped in UFC gold now, but there was a time where …


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Worldkid Promotional Debut in Brooklyn

By Mike Bernier

At the Yeman Café in downtown Brooklyn local boxer, Sadam ‘Worldkid’ Ali (14-0, 8 KO’s) held his first press conference for his promotion company, Worldkid Promotions, to announce his card on Saturday, June 2nd at the Aviator Sports Complex. Ali is currently a free agent and not signed to any major promotion company. For now he is promoting his own headlining card and showcasing other local boxers.

Ali who was a 2008 US Olympian and a two-time NYC Golden Gloves champion will defend his undefeated record in an 8 round Welterweight WBU title bout. Battle tested, Franklin Gonzalez (15-9, 10 KO’s) of Dominican Republic has been announced as his opponent. Gonzalez has experience in his pro career with fights against names like Dmitriy Salita (Lost UD), David Estrada (Lost KO in 5th), and Luis Collazo (Lost TKO in 3rd). Gonzalez is a handpicked opponent for Ali but sometimes in this sport experience is all you need to beat an undefeated up and coming prospect. This will be the biggest test of Ali’s young career. “I haven’t fought since September and I’m excited for the fight,” said Ali. (more…)

By Mike Bernier At the Yeman Café in downtown Brooklyn local boxer, Sadam ‘Worldkid’ Ali (14-0, 8 KO’s) held his …


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Froch: Bute is probably brave and stupid

Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch said IBF champion Lucian Bute is making a big mistake to face him on his home turf. “He’s probably brave and stupid, a bit of both, to come here,” Froch said at today’s weigh-in. “He’s looking at my last fight against Ward and is thinking ‘maybe Froch is finished, he’s coming off the back of a loss.’ I don’t know what he’s thinking in his mind but I just think he’s got the safety net of a rematch clause and he’s stepping up now to this level. Does he know he can do it or not? I’m not so sure if he’s convinced. He’ll be feeling the nerves and the pressure. He’s got a lot to prove and he’s got it all to do on Saturday against me in my hometown. It’s going to be very difficult for him to get a win in Nottingham.”

Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch said IBF champion Lucian Bute is making a big mistake to face him …


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Hasson-Armenta headline in Atlantic City

Dee Lee Promotions presents unbeaten super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (13-0, 5 KOs) against George “The Rooster” Armenta (14-8, 11 KOs) in a ten-rounder on June 1 at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. The eight-round co-main event features super bantamweight “Pretty Boy” Coy Evans (10-1-1, 2 KOs) vs. TBA. On the undercard, heavyweight Joey “The Polish Thunder” Dawejko (6-0-1, 2 KOs) faces Edwin Ranquillo (2-1, 1 KO), light heavyweight Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone (9-2, 2 KOs) meets Keandre Leatherwood (9-1, 6 KOs), super middleweight Isiah Seldon (6-0, 3 KOs), son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, takes on Lekan Byfield (2-1). Also seeing action are Anthony “The Bull” Smith (13-0, 10 KOs) and Mike Tiberi (19-1, 7 KOs) in separate bouts. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., with the first bout slated for 8:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at $40, $55, $65 and $100 and can be purchased at the Tropicana Box Office or Ticketmaster (1.800.745.3000).

Dee Lee Promotions presents unbeaten super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (13-0, 5 KOs) against George “The Rooster” Armenta (14-8, …



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Leo Santa Cruz Ready for First World Title Fight

By Miguel Maravilla

Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) is ready for his first world title fight against IBF #1 contender South Africa’s Vusi Malinga (20-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF Bantamweight title as he gets set to open the Showtime quadruple header next Saturday, June 2 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.

“I have been training like never before I am training really hard to win this title,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com
It was another day at work for the 23 year old Santa Cruz as he worked out for the media at the Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood California. He began the day shadow boxing for cameras before hitting heavy bag. In his closing workout, Santa Cruz worked on his timing hitting the double end bag. Santa Cruz is trained by his father Jose Santa Cruz training out of the Who’s Next Gym in Industry California and began working with strength and conditioning coach Daniel Garcia for his upcoming fight with Vusi Malinga. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (19-0-1, 11 KOs) is ready for his first world title fight against IBF …


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Sirb: You are just very lucky that Mr. McCall came through this fight without any further serious medical issues

Please let me try to educate you once again – BoxRec only shows you the Boxers record – it does NOT show you any “medical” suspensions – Also you MUST understand that when the fight is in Germany it is YOUR responsibility to verify this Boxers’ win/loss record and medical/administrative suspensions just as if any German boxer that would fight on US soil – it would be that US Boxing Commission’s JOB to determine this Boxers ability to be licensed. I really feel you are trying to place the blame on others when this fight happened in YOUR COUNTRY under YOUR supervision

I would hope that you and your countrymen can learn from this mistake – you are just very lucky that Mr. McCall came through this fight without any further serious medical issues.

Gregory P. Sirb
PA. State Athletic Commission

Please let me try to educate you once again – BoxRec only shows you the Boxers record – it does …


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Pütz responds to Sirb on McCall suspension issue

Dear Mr. Sirb,

Thank you very much for your clarification and your support. It is deeply appreciated although I don’t understand why we are exchanging messages via Fightnews rather than just talking on the phone or exchanging e-mails. I hope on your understanding that this will be my last public response to your comments because I think it’s ridiculous that we share our conversation with the boxing world. I will be more than happy to discuss with you directly all pending issues and open questions and I hope that the same counts for you.

When I read your statement I was wondering why you hadn’t tried to reach out to me when you obviously knew about the letter I received from Florida and you were also aware of medical issues which I didn’t know about. You find my contact details on the official BDB website (www.boxen-bdb.de) and I am always thankful for any remarks made in respect to BDB events or fighters competing on BDB shows. Obviously, we misinterpreted the letter from Florida as approval and confirmation. I apologize for this misunderstanding and misinterpretation. But I was convinced that a fighter suspended by a boxing of athletic commission in any US state will automatically be suspended in any State as per the ABC. (more…)

Dear Mr. Sirb, Thank you very much for your clarification and your support. It is deeply appreciated although I don’t …



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Austrian Federation weighs in on Brewster

It got mentioned the statement on numerous internet platforms that Lamon Brewster fought under the supervision of the FVA, the Austrian Boxing Federation, in 2009 and 2012. As a matter of fact, the FVA sanctioned 3 bouts of Lamon Brewster in 2009 and 2010 that were held in Germany and promoted by Sauerland Event, but Mr. Brewster was not suspended according to the fight fax report regarding Mr. Brewster. His last suspension prior to 2009 got lifted on 10th October 2007.

Best regards,
Marion Palatin
Vice-President
Faustkämpferverband Austria
(Austrian Boxing Federation)

It got mentioned the statement on numerous internet platforms that Lamon Brewster fought under the supervision of the FVA, the …


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Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live


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Velasquez ready for Silva

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

On what was supposed to be the biggest card in UFC history, Cain Velasquez was slated to face Frank Mir in a co-main event, title eliminator bout. When Mir got moved up to the main event—and the title shot that accompanied it—the former champion remained in the co-main event slot, though it’s unclear whether the bout is a title eliminator. (more…)

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. On what was supposed to be the biggest card in UFC history, Cain Velasquez was …


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Spinks hard at work

Photos: Team Spinks

Former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) is training hard for is upcoming rematch against current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs). “I am training tremendously hard for my upcoming fight. I can’t wait until June 30 for my fans to see me put on an awesome show. I am excited because that night I will be the new junior middleweight champion of the world and a world champion for the 6th time,” said Spinks. Spinks-Bundrage is scheduled for June 30th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California with Showtime being said to air the bout. More photos

Photos: Team Spinks Former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) is training hard for is upcoming rematch against …



Boxing Result

Concepcion stops Zaleta

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA flyweight world champion Luis ¨Nica” Concepcion (25-3, 19 KOs) of Panama won by technical knockout at 1:14 of the second round against young Mexican boxer Odilon Zaleta (14-2, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City. Concepcion is world ranked by all associations at flyweight.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former WBA flyweight world champion Luis ¨Nica” Concepcion (25-3, 19 KOs) of Panama won by technical …


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“Lights, Camera, Kimmel”

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives backstage at the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ABC television show for his appearance Thursday night from Hollywood,Ca. Pacquiao prepares 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.

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao arrives backstage at the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” ABC television show for his …


Boxing Result

Biosse beats Spina

Facing the toughest test of his career, Vladine Biosse (13-1-1) fought what might’ve been his best fight, out-slugging and out-working veteran Joey Spina (26-3-2) in a 78-74, 78-74, 79-73 unanimous decision win Thursday night in front of a sold-out crowd at Twin River Casino to retain his New England super middleweight title.

Nicknamed “Mr. Providence,” Biosse won by landing the cleaner, harder punches and beating the “K.O. Kid” at his own game. Spina’s power – he entered the fight with 18 knockouts in 26 victories – was supposed to be the decided factor, but it was Biosse, arguably the more athletic of the two, who looked every bit like the knockout artist. (more…)

Facing the toughest test of his career, Vladine Biosse (13-1-1) fought what might’ve been his best fight, out-slugging and out-working …


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Bute ready to spoil Froch party

By Dave Spencer

While Carl Froch is promising to greet visitor Lucian Bute who makes the tenth defense of his IBF super-middleweight with a decibel hell this weekend in Nottingham England, the champion to plans crash the home-coming party for the former two-time world champion. “This is Carl Froch’s organized home-coming party,” says Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche, “We’ve decided to come, we’re not welcome, but we know what role we have to play. The positive energy won’t be there, we know that when we’re in there, it’s going to be a maximum amount of effort for a minimum amount of reward and the opposite is true for your opponent, that for a minimum amount of efficiency, he’ll get a maximum amount of reward.”

Larouche who has had decisions go the wrong way before when fighting on the road has done everything he can to set the table for his fighter, but knows no matter what the preparation, it is still going to an arduous task for his fighter who will be out of his comfort zone come Saturday night, Bute’s first time as a professional going into truly hostile territory. “You can’t force things” advises the trainer who was at the wrong end of a controversial decision years ago in Germany that cost his fighter Eric Lucas his world title. “You have to trust the system unfortunately but most of the time the system is right. But you have to realize when you’re not at home, you have to give that little bit more. I told Lucian and he feels the same way that once he walks to the ring he’ll be putting the belt down and it will become vacant and he’ll have to work a little harder to gain it back.” continue reading

By Dave Spencer While Carl Froch is promising to greet visitor Lucian Bute who makes the tenth defense of his …


Scale Watch

Weights from Hammond, Indiana

Fres Oquendo 219.5 vs. Joey Abell 240
WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Title
Donatas Bondorovas 160 vs. Ramon Valenzuela Jr. 159
Mike Jimenez 168.5 vs. Adrian Hermann 176
David Martin III 224 vs. Tim Washington 275
Elijah McCall 221 vs. Stan Allen 238
Phillip Triantafillo 237 vs. Emerson Chasing Bear 226
Meegal Harper 156.5 vs. Aaron Lucky NA
Nick Ramirez 144.5 vs. Larenzo Wilson 146.5
Date: May 25, 2012
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond IN
Promoter: Hitz Boxing

Fres Oquendo 219.5 vs. Joey Abell 240 WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Title Donatas Bondorovas 160 vs. Ramon Valenzuela Jr. 159 Mike …


Boxing Result

Bopp retains world titles; Sosa remains unbeaten

Yessica Bopp (20-0, 9KOs) of Argentina retained her WBA/WBO light flyweight titles with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over former world champion Anabel Ortiz (10-3, 2 KOs) of Mexico. Bopp scored a knockdown of Ortiz in round 4 and scored more accurately of the two by far for the rest of the fight. 100-90, 99-90, 97-92 were the official judges scorecards.

The even took place at the Estadio F.A.B., Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero (O.R. Promotions).

In the 8 round co-feature highly world ranked Roberto Sosa (23-0, 14 KOs) of Argentina kept his undefeated record in tact with an explosive 5th round TKO over Javier Armando Rodriguez 12-8, 11 KOs) of Mexico. A hard overhad right that connected behind the ear sent Rodriguez down. He beat the count but was in no condition to continue and the referee waved the bout off. Sosa is world ranked by the WBA, WBO, and IBF at 115 pounds.

Yessica Bopp (20-0, 9KOs) of Argentina retained her WBA/WBO light flyweight titles with a hard fought unanimous decision victory over …


Boxing News

Weights from Woodland Hills

Cleotis Pendarvis 138.6 vs. Robert Frenkel 140
(USBA & WBC USNBC light welterweight titles)
Loren Myers 174 vs. Tyrell Hendrix 171.4
Paul Mpendo 153.4 vs. Anton Novikov 151.2
Shawn Nichol 120.6 vs. Raymond Chacon 120.4
James Ventry 141.2 vs. Aslanbek Kozaev 146.8
Ricardo Malfavon 151.6 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 157.8

Venue: Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA
Promoter: Art Of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing, Pitbull Boxing, and Ural Boxing Promotions

Cleotis Pendarvis 138.6 vs. Robert Frenkel 140 (USBA & WBC USNBC light welterweight titles) Loren Myers 174 vs. Tyrell Hendrix …


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Mikey Garcia has signed, Caballero hasn’t

By Francisco Salazar

Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia is one step closer to fighting for his first world title belt. Whether it is against Celestino Caballero remains to be seen. Garcia is tentatively scheduled to fight Caballero on July 28th at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Sampson Lewkowicz won a purse bid on Thursday, May 3rd in Miami to promote the fight between the two-division world champion from Panama and the unbeaten Garcia, who grew up in Oxnard, CA. Caballero holds the WBA World featherweight title.

Lewkowicz told Fightnews.com early last week that he sent out contracts on May 14th to Mayweather Promotions, which represents Caballero, and Top Rank, which represents Garcia. Cameron Dunkin, who manages Garcia, told Fightnews.com Thursday morning that Garcia signed his contract on Wednesday. On Wednesday, Lewkowicz verified Garcia signing his contract on his twitter account. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia is one step closer to fighting for his first world title …


Scale Watch

Weights from St. Charles, Missouri

Photo: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions

Ji-Hon Kim 135.0 vs Alisher Rahimov 134.5
Brandon McCrary 229.5 vs Ed Fountain 216.5
Steve Kollin 145.5 vs Chris Rapa 147.0
Joel Godfrey 209.5 vs Vince Thompson 236.5
Julius Fogle 177.5 vs Ryan Coyne 177.0
Nick Fannin 130.5 vs Samir Simpson -Bey 131.0
Mitchell Harris 198.5 vs Ian Warren 199.0
Charon Spain 145.0 vs Leon Spinks lll 143.5
Venue: Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, Missouri
TV: ESPN2

Photo: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions Ji-Hon Kim 135.0 vs Alisher Rahimov 134.5 Brandon McCrary 229.5 vs Ed Fountain 216.5 Steve …


Boxing News

Abis, Ali Ndiaye, Sarritzu in action Saturday

On Saturday in Quartu S. Elena (Cagliari), Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show with 2 titles on the line. European Union welterweight champion Luciano Abis (32-2-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title against Polish Rafal Jackiewicz (40-10-1, 20 KOs). This fight is a rematch. In February of 2009 in Poland, Jackiewicz beat Abis on points for the European title.

European Union super middleweight champion and WBC #12 and WBO #15 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (21-1, 12 KOs) will defend his title against Spanish Jose Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KOs).

On the undercard former European flyweight champion Andrea Sarritzu (32-5-4, 12 KOs) will fight David Kanalas on 6 rounds.

Sportitalia 2 will broadcast the show live from 9 PM.

On Saturday in Quartu S. Elena (Cagliari), Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show with …


Boxing News

Bradley media day

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. gets his hands taped during a jam-packed media day Thursday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao. 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. For more details and photos click here…

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Undefeated junior welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. gets his hands taped during a …


Boxing News

New foe for Joel Diaz

Emmanuel Lucero has stepped in to face unbeaten rising star Joel Diaz on June 2 at the Emerald Queen Casino as part of Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 87” card in Tacoma, WA. Lucero (26-10-1, 14 KOs), who made headlines in 2003 when he faced boxing legend Manny Pacquiao for the IBF super bantamweight championship, replaces Guillermo Sanchez (13-6-1, 5 KOs).

“These kinds of things happen in boxing,” promoter Brian Halquist said of the withdrawal. “Sometimes the replacement fight ends up being much better; and that is certainly the case in this situation. I’m glad we were able to get a suitable replacement and one that has a reputation for making great fights. Plus he has fought the best fighter on the planet, not to mention everybody and anybody along the way. I thank Emmanuel Lucero for his willingness to take on a bright young star like Joel Diaz on short notice. This has the making of one of the best fights we have had in a long while.”

Tickets start at $25 and are available at all Ticketmaster outlets (including online) or by visiting the EQC box office. The doors open at 6p and the first bell is at 7p.

Emmanuel Lucero has stepped in to face unbeaten rising star Joel Diaz on June 2 at the Emerald Queen Casino …


Boxing News

Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin Media Day

By Miguel Maravilla

Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) made it clear to everyone at the press conference last month at the J.W Marriot at LA Live in Los Angeles, that he would be going to Pluto for his upcoming fight with former world champion Winky Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) next Saturday at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. With a little over a week to go, Quillin looks ready for his mission to Pluto as he worked out for the media at the Wild Card Gym, in Hollywood California.

“This has been the best training camp I have ever been a part of with Eric and Freddie working with me, also doing strength and conditioning taking the work to another level,” Quillin told Fightnews.com

“He is ready to go, he is at his peak, the step up in class had to come sooner or later, Eric and I have put in the time to prepare him for Winky as well as the next level,” Freddie Roach told Fightnews.com (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) made it clear to everyone at the press conference last …


Boxing News

Ortiz Lopez in Southern California Showdown

By Miguel Maravilla

When Andre Berto tested positive last week for a banned substance for his rematch with Victor Ortiz, (29-3-2, 22KOs) revenge would be out of the picture for Berto and Ortiz was left without an opponent. This would have been the second fight in a row that would have been scratched for Victor Ortiz as last February’s rematch with Berto was postponed, due to a torn bicep injury suffered by Berto to what was supposed to be June 23. When the news broke about Andre Berto failed his drug test, that left Golden Boy Promotions along with Ortiz’ manager, Rolando Arellano scrambling for an opponent. Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs) was already slated to fight on June 22 against Kendall Holt on ESPN Friday Night Fights, but that fight was also cancelled when Holt pulled out of the fight. It was reported Sunday that Josesito Lopez would step in as Andre Berto’s replacement.

The press conference kicked off Wednesday to officially announce “Vicious” Victor Ortiz of Oxnard vs. Riverside’s California’s Josesito López at the Staples Center Starr Plaza for their June 23 bout at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, which will be televised live on Showtime. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla When Andre Berto tested positive last week for a banned substance for his rematch with Victor Ortiz, …


UFC

The Comeback of Shane Del Rosario

Shane del Rosario is probably tired of talking about the worst year of his life, but he does it anyway. And when you hear him relate the details of his recovery from an April 2011 car accident in which he was blindsided by a drunk driver, losing nearly 14 months of his career as he recovered from injuries that ranged from several herniated to bulging discs in his back, you don’t hear any sense of ‘why me?’ though he would be more than entitled to feeling that way . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Boxing News

Menard to face Smith on June 16

Boxncar Promotions has confirmed that UBO lightweight beltholder Mason Menard (19-1, 14 KOs) will make the first defense of his title on June 16 at the Evangeline Downs Casino in Opelousas, Louisiana against dangerous challenger “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (14-3-2, 10 KOs). Menard won the UBO title in August 2011 when he impressively stopped former WBO world title challenger Joseph Laryea from Ghana in four rounds, and he has since stayed busy with clear victories in non title fights over Rynell Griffin and Herbert Quartey. Residing in nearby Rayne Louisiana, Menard can expect massive support from his loyal fans on June 16. (more…)

Boxncar Promotions has confirmed that UBO lightweight beltholder Mason Menard (19-1, 14 KOs) will make the first defense of his …


Boxing News

Arreola Returns to Staples Center

Photo: Craig Bennett/Showtime

By Miguel Maravilla

Heavyweight contender Riverside’s Chris “The Nightmare”Arreola (35-2, 30KOs) will be returning to the Staples Center on Saturday, June 23 on the undercard of Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez. Arreola was on hand at Wednesday’s press conference to officially announce Ortiz vs. Lopez and his role on the undercard.

“It’s an honor to be fighting at the Staples Center again. The last time I left here I was dejected. I was in tears because I had just lost the biggest fight of my career. It was embarrassing, but I’m going to leave here with my hands in the air on June 23,” Arreola said at the press conference. (more…)

By Miguel Maravilla Heavyweight contender Riverside’s Chris “The Nightmare”Arreola (35-2, 30KOs) will be returning to the Staples Center on Saturday, …


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Kovalev-Boone rematch added June 1

An important eight-round light-heavyweight attraction has been added to the June 1 boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA. Hard-hitting Sergey Kovalev (17-0-1, 15 KOs) and upset artist Darnell Boone (19-18-3, 8 KOs) meet in an eight-round rematch which could jump-start one of their careers. In the first fight between Kovalev and Boone on Oct. 10, 2010, in Atlanta, Kovalev was fortunate to escape with an eight-round split decision. All three scorecards were 76-75, two for Kovalev, one for Boone.

Topping the card are two championship fights: Gabriel Rosado vs. Sechew Powell in a 12-round match for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title, and Ronald Cruz vs. Prenice Brewer for the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight belt. NBC Sports Network will televise the twin 12-rounders as part of its Fight Night series.

An important eight-round light-heavyweight attraction has been added to the June 1 boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem …


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Pacquiao on Kimmel show tonight

In a battle of pound for pound box office attractions, eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and television’s late-night comedy king Jimmy Kimmel will go one-on-one for the sixth time in their series of entertaining appearances together dating back to November 3, 2009. Pacquiao will appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! tonight on ABC beginning at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT. Sold out for months, Thursday’s episode will also feature Academy Award®-winning actress Charlize Theron and a musical performance by Graffiti6. Kimmel, the self-proclaimed “lucky rabbit’s foot” of Pacman, has had the Filipino icon on his show before every fight for nearly three years.

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