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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.
By Boxing Bob Newman
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Team Espinoza
In main event action, a scheduled six round junior welterweight bout, Antonio Orozco (10-0, 7KO) blasted out the less than willing Hensley Strachan (5-9-1, 1KO). Orozco dropped Strachan to the canvas for the count with a left hook to the body and Strachan rose to one knee but watched the referee count him out without making any effort to rise to fight on. Strachan, a former Olympian representing his native Bahamas brought little to the table and was nothing more than a punching bag for the relentless San Diego native, Orozco. (more…)
Victor Vasquez 135 vs. Gustavo Dailey 133.5
Tony Ferrante 175 vs. Joe Park 174.5
Angel Ocasio 133.5 vs. Randolph Scott 134
Rashad Brown 162 vs. Phillip Burnette 157
Joey Tiberi 135 vs. Jonathan Ocassio 132.5
Fred Jenkins Jr. vs. 165 Todd Erikkson TBA
Naim Nelson 140.5 vs. Kywame Hill 143
*Erikkson will weigh in tomorrow
Promoter: Joey Eye Boxing & David Feldman
Venue: Harrah’s in Chester, PA
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
Leo Santa Cruz 116.8 vs. Jose “Carita” Lopez 117.6
Luis Ramos Jr 135.4 vs. Francisco Lorenzo 136
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Sergio Cristobal 119.2
Jose Vargas 139 vs. Javier Loya 140.8
Juan Sandoval 129.4 vs. Rene Torres 129.6
Jose Gonzalez 165 vs. Drew Davis 164.6
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas signed a contract extension for three years with Zanfer promotions on Thursday. The deal has left both sides satisfied and pleased. Rojas signed the contract at the Zanfer headquarters in Tijuana. The president of the company, Fernando Beltran, was present. Rojas is excited to be signed with the most powerful boxing promoter in Latin America until 2014. “I am very happy to stay here. It will be my home for the next three years. I have only thankful words for Zanfer, Fernando Beltrán, Guillermo Brito (the director) and the entire staff that has always treated me wonderfully. I’m convinced this was the best decision and I know that good things are to come in my career,” said Rojas. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Baja Boxing
Tijuana super flyweight Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo will challenge for his first world title when he tries to rip away the WBA title from Hugo Cazarez on July 9th in Mazatlan, Mexico. The twelve round championship bout is presented by KO Entertainment and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa. For Cazarez (34-6-2, 24 KOs) this will be the fourth defense of the title he captured in May of 2010 via a unanimous decision over Nobou Nashiro in a rubber match. Since then, Cazarez has defended the title against Everardo Morales, Albert Rossel and Hiroyuki Histaka. This is the second title that Cazarez, 33, holds with the first being the WBO junior flyweight title. In a fourteen year pro career, Cazarez of Los Mochis, Mex, has faced a who’s who of the smaller weight classes including Nelson Dieppa, Alex Sanchez and Ivan Calderon en route to compiling forty-two pro fights with thirteen of them world title fights. (more…)
British welterweight star Dan “The Outlaw” Hardy made it no secret that he wanted his next fight to be against fellow knockout artist Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. On Sunday, Aug. 14, live from Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Hardy gets his wish, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today its first-ever card in Wisconsin. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Day two of the IBF’s 28th annual convention opened at 9 a.m. Thursday in the Champagne Room of the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. The opening session commenced with a brief talk by Nevada Athletic Commission Executive Director Keith Kizer on professionalism among ring officials. Introductions of every delegate in attendance were then exchanged, followed by Board of directors reports encompassed the morning session.
President Peoples opened with an explanation of the overhaul that the organization has undertaken over the last year from changing physical addresses, to compliance with governmental regulations concerning non-profit organizations.
Peoples then moved on to discussing the IBF’s efforts to re-expand throughout the globe as a world sanctioning body. Trips to Dominican Republic, Costa Rica have sparked those efforts. Delegates from Africa, Thailand, and Australia have boosted IBF activity in those parts of the world as well, with Australia producing Daniel Geale, the first IBF champion in Australia since Kostya Tszyu lost his IBF title exactly six years ago on June 4, 2005. (more…)
World cruiserweight title challenger Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs) finds himself at the crossroads of his professional career, preparing for his June 10 10-round main event throw-down against undefeated, ultra-hyped Nigerian knockout artist Lateef “Power” Kayode for the vacant NABA title, live on ShoBox from Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California.
After being stopped for the first time in his career last August, when he unsuccessfully challenged World Boxing Organization champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck in Germany, Godfrey was somewhat lost and confused as a promotional free agent. Matt put full trust in his manager, Brett Hallenbeck, who negotiated the fight against Kayode, switched Matt’s head trainer, and guided the Providence fighter into signing a contract with Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. has heard the comments all too often throughout his career. Comments that are critically constructive or just very critical from fight fans and even members of the media. Despite unanimous decisions or knockout victories, the aforementioned people do not think that Chavez is or will be a legitimate contender and have gone as far as saying that the 25-year-old has benefitted from questionable decisions in bouts in Mexico. With Chavez hearing those comments, they roll off of him like the sweat off his body when he trains at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA. (more…)
Only one man will advance to the Finals! Jimmy Lennon Jr. reports the latest news on the Super Six World Boxing Classic before Froch vs. Johnson, this Saturday at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Undefeated junior middleweight sensation Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (29-0, 18 KOs) is just days away from facing Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California, in a WBC elimination bout for the right to face Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. The fighter of Armenian descent calls nearby Glendale, CA, home and looks forward to fighting in his backyard. It has been over two years since Martirosyan last fought in California and over three years since he last fought in Los Angeles in front of his hometown fans. (more…)
Andre Ward will join the SHOWTIME® broadcast team for the live telecast this Saturday, June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) that features a Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal fight between WBC Super Middleweight champion Carl Froch and Glen Johnson. The undefeated Ward, the WBA 168-pound champion and last Olympic Games gold medalist from the United States, will face the winner of Saturday’s Froch-Johnson high stakes scrap from Atlantic City in the Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will sit ringside with SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING announcers Gus Johnson, Al Bernstein and Antonio Tarver.
TeleFutura returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California on Friday with two former world champions facing unbeaten prospects. In the main event, unbeaten Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) looks to keep his “0” intact against former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KO’s) in an eight rounder. The televised co-feature pits another undefeated prospect, in junior welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (18-0, 8 KO’s) against former WBC Interim titleholder Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (36-9, 16 KO’s) in another eight. Local fan-favorite Randy Caballero (10-0, 6 KO’s) will square off in a six round junior featherweight match against Sergio Cristobal (3-1). Also unbeaten junior welterweight Jose Vargas (5-0-2) who will meet Javier Loya (4-0, 3 KO’s) in a six round contest.
Carl Froch is the heavy favorite to defeat Glen Johnson Saturday in Atlantic City live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), but Super Six World Boxing Classic Finalist Andre Ward believes there’s a decent chance that “The Road Warrior” can upset “The Cobra” to claim the WBC Super Middleweight title and advance to the tournament Final.
“It’s a 50-50 fight,” Ward said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if Carl Froch dominated Glen Johnson and I wouldn’t be surprised if Johnson pulled the upset.”
Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) will face the Froch-Johnson winner in the Final of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s #1 168-pound fighter.
“Mentally, I’m prepared to fight either guy,” Ward said. “The fans want to see Ward and Froch but it is Froch’s job to take care of his business and uphold his end of the bargain and Glen Johnson will have something to say about that on June 4.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
By Boxing Bob Newman
The public is invited to today’s official weigh-in for Friday’s “War at Woodland Hills IV” which will be held at 5pm at the T.G.I Friday’s on 5919 Canoga Avenue in Woodland Hills, CA. Come and meet the fighters!
Lightweight prospect Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan has been forced to withdraw from the co-main event. Gabe Tolmajyan (10-1, 3 KOs) from nearby Glendale will step in to fight Juan Antonio Suazo (7-4-2, 5 KOs) in a six-round lightweight bout. (more…)
He’s left the crosses, prayer books, and holy water at home, but Clay Guida still has some demons to exorcise this weekend in Las Vegas.
Entering the Octagon at The Palms for the third time, he must not only address his opponent, former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis, but the ghosts that inhabit the Pearl Theater, where he has engaged in two of the most dramatic fights in UFC history, but also walked away with defeats in both. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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“Locked N’ Loaded” opens up with a slew of young Thompson Boxing Promotion gunslingers once again at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario on Friday, June 24.
Rising Super Bantamweight Efrain Esquivias, a hard-fighting sharpshooter out of Carson, California steps up once again and faces a bomber from Brownsville, Texas by the name of Felipe Cordova in a scheduled eight round collision. (more…)
ESPN Friday Night Fights returns to the popular A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, FL for the first time since March 2007 as Fight Night Productions and Warriors Boxing present the second installment of the “Winghouse Fight Night” series.
The main event will feature Cuban sensation and jr middleweight contender Yudel Johnson (10-0, 7 KOs) against the hard-hitting Jose Miguel Torres (24-4, 19 KOs) from Columbia in a ten round bout. Johnson – currently the #10 ranked contender by the WBC – is best known for winning the silver medal in the jr welterweight division in the 2004 Olympic Games. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The 28th annual IBF convention continued today at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas with a gala cocktail reception held in the Versailles Room. A host of IBF affiliated referees and judges from around the world, as well as many of the top promoters in the game attended. Don King draw the most attention as is often the case, attracting photo bugs eager to get a snapshot with the 79 year old impresario. Fellow promoters and or representatives from Top Rank, Golden Boy, Sauerland Events, Arena Box, Final Forum, Eva Rolle, Sampson Lewkowicz, and more gathered for a groups photos with IBF president Daryl Peoples, who just completed his first year as president of the organization.
IBF representative and Fightnews’ own Ray Wheatley accepted the IBF middleweight championship belt for newly crowned champ and fellow Aussie Daniel Geale who won a hard fought decision over former champ Sebastian Sylvester in Neibrandenburg, Germany last May 7th. Wheatley will present the bet to Geale upon returning to Sydney, Australia after the conclusion of the convention.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
Both the current WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and the WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight champion Antonio Lozada Jr (23-0, 20 KOs) find themselves in the mountains of Temoaya, Mex, during the most intense stage of their respective preparation for their June 25th match ups in Cozumel, Mex, and broadcast live by Mexican mega network Televisa and presented by Tijuana promoter Baja Boxing. Soto of Los Mochis, Mex, will defend his title for the fourth time against Japanese Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) while Tijuana, Mex’s Lozada Jr. will battle for the vacant WBC Silver 140 lbs. title versus Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (19-0-1, 17 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Pete Susens
IBF President Darryl Peoples and Hall of Fame promoter Don King enjoying the goings on at the IBF Convention at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Nevada.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Canelo Promotions
“Alvarez is a good fighter, but the title was given to him too quickly. I am sure that the WBC belt will go to England,” said Ryan Rhodes. Arriving tonight at Guadalajara, Mexico, the south-paw, from England continued: “I came with two weeks in advance to adapt myself. My preparation is already closed. I only need to stay physically fit and mark the weight on the scale”. Rhodes will continue his training in the Arena Coliseo’s Gym of Guadalajara City and said he is very excited by this new opportunity he has, because there have already been two times that he disputed a world title without success. For more details and photos click here…
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to Philadelphia this summer with a loaded card sure to leave the City of Brotherly Love buzzing. On Saturday, Aug. 6 from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, former UFC® light heavyweight champion “Suga” Rashad Evans takes on rising star and former Penn State wrestling standout Phil Davis. (more…)
Katsidis “The Great” Promotions in association with Smithy’s Gym have announced that a rematch between two-time world champion Michael Katsidis and Graham Earl has been verbally agreed to. At 2am this morning Katsidis’ Manager Brendon Smith finalized details with Graham Earl’s camp to have a fight down under. Earl and his team have been chasing the Katsidis’ camp for close to four years now on the promise of a rematch after their epic five round World title battle at Wembley Arena in London in 2007. In a fight that was full of action, Katsidis not only came out the victor, but this battle was awarded the coveted round and fight of the year. (more…)
WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch and former World Champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and their respective camps held their final press conference Wednesday at the Edison Ballroom in New York City to discuss their Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Both fighters were respectful to each other, but they are predicting radically different outcomes of Saturday’s highly anticipated fight. Froch feels he will dominate every round, while Johnson and his team feel that Froch is in way over his head with a lighter, faster Glen Johnson.
The following are quote highlights made by all the speakers on Wednesday: (more…)
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