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The International Boxing Association (AIBA) which oversees amateur boxing including the Olympics, as well as the “World Series of Boxing” professional league, has come under fire from WBC President Jose Sulaiman. At issue is a conflict between the AIBA and Romanian Boxing Federation (RBF) President Rudel Obreja stemming from the Romanian official’s allegations that AIBA officials were manipulating referees during the Olympic Games in Beijing. The AIBA has issued an ultimatum that if Obreja remains the head of the RBF that no Romanian boxers will be allowed to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated that the “AIBA is showing the world of sports their dictatorial, monopolistic, arbitrary and disrespectful intention to rule the world of boxing not only in their amateur field, but also in the professional world, which the WBC strongly protests and will struggle against all those who go back in history to impose dictatorial rulings, which goes against the sport of boxing and all the people and institutions of the sport.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) retained the championship with a clear twelve round decision over Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) on Wednesday at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. A capacity crowd of 5000 fight fans witnessed Geale control the action in most of the rounds as he boxed skillfully connecting with accurate combinations while using clever footwork that made him a very difficult target for the aggressive Albert. The Nigerian born, Miami based Albert was in great fighting shape as he maintained pressure in all of the rounds but had problems hitting the mobile champion who continually switched from orthodox to southpaw stance and also displayed outstanding hand speed and accuracy. At the conclusion of twelve action rounds referee Tony Weeks crowned Geale the winner by scores of – Robert Hoyle (USA) 117-111, Somsak Sirianant (Thailand) 116-112, Ray Reed (Australia) 119-109. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Michal Koper/Ringpolska.pl
“Just rest for now, we did our work in the camp with Roger Bloodworth,” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) after arriving in Poland Thursday afternoon from New York City for his heavyweight title fight against WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko. “I have all the respect for Vitali. He’s the champion but I respect everybody who is going against me in the ring. It’s great moment for me, fighting in my home country, Poland in front of all the people in a sold-out soccer stadium. I will repay all my supporters with my ring performance,” said Adamek, who will visit his family in Gilowice, then arrive in Wroclaw, and stay out of the limelight in a private house before his September 10 fight in the 42,000-seat Stadion Miejski. Both fighters will meet the media on Monday.
This Saturday night, Gemany’s current IBF Welterweight Champion, Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs) will make his long-awaited arrival stateside, when he defends his belt against former WBC Champion, Andre Berto (27-1, 20 KOs) at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. The show, entitled, Battle in Biloxi, is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing. While Zaveck is very well-known in his native Slovenia and throughout Europe, he is relatively unknown throughout the U.S. A win over Berto in Mississippi, which will be watched live on HBO, will change all of that. “This is a huge opportunity for me,” said Zaveck. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Promoter Gary Shaw talks to Fightnews on IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Erik Morales conducted an open workout training for the press on Wednesday at hi training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Toluca, Mexico State. ‘Terrible’ Morales showed good condition for his fight against Lucas Mathysse on September 17 for the vacant WBC light welterweight world championship at the Garden Arena MGM Grand Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Morales was accompanied by his father and trainer Jose ‘Olivaritos’ Morales, Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez, and GBP press chief Ramiro Gonzalez. (more…)
Rendall Munroe will be in line for another world title shot inside the next 12 months according to promoter Ricky Hatton. The Leicester southpaw will be back in action in at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on September 24th against a selected opponent. His non-title ten rounder will be the chief support when Hatton Promotions super-featherweight star Gary Buckland challenges Gary Sykes for the British title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a public training day for boxing fans at the Plaza Fundadores in San Luis Potosi, headliners for Saturday’s card at the Centro de Convenciones. Marco Antonio Rubio and his opponent Mohammed Akrong received many plaudits, of course, the fan favorite is the Mexican #1 middleweight contender Rubio. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez commented on the situation involving WBA bantamweght super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno who was recently declared “champion in recess” by the WBA due to a legal dispute with his manager Roberto Grimaldo.
“We were very surprised by this news and the situation around Moreno. We had high hopes for Moreno to have good fights in the United States at the best venues and this happens. We respect the WBA decision and we are looking how we can fix this situation and the company is willing to do whatever is possible on behalf of Moreno,” said Gomez. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (26-1, 16 KOs), 118, barely kept his WBA bantam belt as he floored previously unbeaten Mexican David De La Mora (23-1, 16 KOs), 118, in the third, but became inexplicably cautious in later rounds and barely earned a hairline unanimous verdict over twelve lousy rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Ricardo Duncan (Panama) 114-113, Carlos Sucre (US) 115-113 and Pinit Prayadsab (Japan) 115-112, all in favor of the defending titlist. The referee was Raul Caiz Jr. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Slick-punching Japanese speedster Tomonobu Shimizu (19-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, captured the WBA super-flyweight belt as he utilized his faster footwork and longer reach to dominate early and late rounds, though losing middle rounds, to eke out a split but popular decision over defending champ Hugo Cazares (35-7-2, 25 KOs), 112, a switch-hitting Mexican, over twelve hard-fought and gory sessions on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Raul Caiz Jr. (US) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama) both scored it 115-113 for Shimizu, but Carlos Sucre (US) had it 116-114 for Cazares. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand). (more…)
Further information has come out from the Univision’s interview with Oscar de La Hoya. Oscar was asked about the incident involving photos that showed him wearing women’s lingerie that appeared in the taboid press a few years ago, which The Golden Boy had always steadfastly insisted were Photoshopped. “Let me tell you, yes, it was me,” admitted Oscar. “I’m tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself.” He added that he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when the photos were taken. Here is the full interview (in Spanish):
By Brett Bonetti
Three-time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green had a giggle at recent comments from German Cruiserweight Kai Kurzawa. Green was very amused and says Kurzawa maybe has had more hits than the Beatles.
In their amateur bout in 1998, Green gave credit to Kurzawa confirming that he landed a good left hook that broke his nose and was given a standing 8 count by the referee. Then the fight continued momentarily and Kurzawa was able to land another shot that led Green’s nose to bleed profusely. The referee immediately stopped the fight due to the amount of blood. Green stated he was completely fine and wanted to continue with that fight and at no time did he get knocked down or was even close to being knocked down and was not hit at all with a right from Kurzawa. (more…)
CNN prime time talk show host Piers Morgan will step into the sport of boxing as the Wednesday, August 31 edition of “Piers Morgan Tonight” features a visit with WBC Welterweight World Champion Victor Ortiz and all-time boxing great Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions and Ortiz’s promoter. Morgan goes in-depth with Ortiz and discusses the path that has led him to reach his current training camp as he prepares for his world title defense against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather on September 17. The program airs exclusively on CNN, Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and again at midnight ET/PT. “I am thrilled to be able to show CNN’s millions of viewers a different side of the sport that I love so much,” said De La Hoya. “Victor Ortiz went from an orphan to a champion and his story is one that I truly believe anyone watching Piers Morgan Tonight tomorrow will find not only interesting, but inspiring. I think after seeing his interview with Piers Morgan, the general public is going to welcome Victor with open arms.”
World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico puts his title, and his pride on the line as he fights on his country’s Independence Day, Thursday, September 15 at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas as he takes on the Tanzanian slugger, Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs). The 12-round World Championship bout is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo and will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and Televisa. (more…)
The official press conference for “Battle at the Ballpark” will take place at 4:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 2 at the Speaking Rock Casino and Entertainment Center Located at 122 S. Old Pueblo, El Paso, TX, 79907. This conference is open to the public.Present will be Zeferino Entertainment and David Rodriguez to discuss the October 15th event and Rodriguez’s future plans. Also in attendance will be El Paso’s Jennifer Han, Joel Garcia, Carlos Villa, Oscar Valenzuela and Joe Sullivan. (more…)
Home to six UFC events from 1998 to 2002, Louisiana will once again welcome the warriors of the Octagon for September 17th’s “Battle on the Bayou” in New Orleans. For the fighters competing that night, it will be another opportunity to establish themselves in their respective divisions and for the main carders, a chance to do so before a national television audience on Spike TV . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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The September 9th ShoBox: The New Generation telecast featuring welterweight Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo against Puerto Rican amateur standout Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and #1 cruiserweight Lateef Kayode versus Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. is the first of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks. Here is an update on the other telecasts – all Friday nights – scheduled for Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
A WBC welterweight elimination fight between undefeated, #1-ranked Ajose Olusegun (29-0, 14 KOs) of Nigeria and #6 Ali Chebah (35-1, 28 KOs) of France will highlight a Sept. 30 card at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Also, the 12th-ranked lightweight in the WBO, Colombia’s exciting, hard-hitting Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) will make his ShoBox debut against southpaw Marvin Quintero (22-3, 18 KOs) of Mexico in the co-feature co-promoted by Shaw and DiBella Entertainment.
In a quintessential ShoBox main event on Oct. 7, Ugandan Sharif Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas takes on Dominican Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) of Irvington, N.J., in a clash of unbeaten lightweights presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
Arguably the #1 super middle prospect in the world, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., will face an opponent to be announced in the DiBella-promoted Oct. 21 main event.
On Oct. 28, Goossen Tutor Promotions will promote a ShoBox card on the eve of the Super Six World Boxing Classic culminating bout: The Final between WBA Super Middleweight titlist Andre Ward and his WBC counterpart Carl Froch.
When last seen on ShoBox: The New Generation, Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo scored an exciting upset majority decision over then-unbeaten welterweight prospect Willie Nelson. On Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME®, Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs), of South Bronx, N.Y., returns as the headliner in a high stakes, crossroads match against Puerto Rican amateur standout Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), of Rio Piedras, P.R. The 143-pound max, 10-round clash will move one fighter a step closer to contender status while the other will take an equally impactful step back.
In the telecast’s co-feature, popular ShoBox alumnus and hard-hitting Nigerian cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs), of Hollywood, Calif., will risk his unblemished record and trajectory toward a world title shot against southpaw Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. (22-5-2, 12 KOs), of Galveston, Tex., in a 10-rounder from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. (more…)
Riverside’s Junior Welterweight, Jose “El Niño” Reynoso, returns to his favorite stomping grounds at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario to accept the challenge of Adan Hernandez, of El Paso, Texas, on Friday, September 23 as once again the Thompson Boxing Promotions ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ fight card returns to the popular fight venue. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Just hours before his plane departs for Poland, where on September 10 in Wroclaw he will fight WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali “Dr Ironfist” Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), his trainer Roger Bloodworth and Main Events CEO Kathy Duva were part of farewell teleconference, discussing a range of topics before the highly anticipated showdown between the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and one of the best heavyweight fighters of the last decade. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
WBC welterweight world champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and promoter Oscar de la Hoya held an international media conference call to discuss Ortiz’ PPV defense against Floyd “Money” Mayweather taking place September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Oscar De La Hoya: I’m very proud of him because of what he accomplished and his ability to overcome that adversity. It shows you what a great person and true champ he is. I can honestly say that he is my hero….There’s no doubt in my mind that Victor will win.
Victor Ortiz: All I know is that I want the actual Mayweather to show up. I don’t need a Mayweather that lost speed and power due to age. He’s got a beautiful mouth that just runs and runs. So I want the best Mayweather out there to shut him up. (more…)
Much like Lucian Bute, Sebastien Gauthier (21-2-0, 13 KO) will also be facing the biggest test of his career on November 5th at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. The InterBox protégée will step into the ring against former two-time IBF world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2-0, 12 KO) in a very interesting all-Canadian match-up. This bout will be presented on the undercard of the Lucian Bute (29-0-0 24 KO) vs. Glen « Road Warrior » Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) main event bout where Bute will be defending his IBF World title defense for a 9th consecutive time. (more…)
This Saturday night, former WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto (27-1, 20KO’s) will look to regain a version of the welterweight championship, and re-position himself back atop the elite of boxing world when he challenges current IBF Titlelist, Jan Zaveck. The show, entitled, Battle in Biloxi: is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing and will be aired live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:45 PM ET/PT.
While the fight will feature a number of firsts for Zaveck, his first time fighting in the U.S. and first time fighting on HBO, it will also feature a first for Berto. It will be the first time Berto enters the ring as a professional coming off the heels of a loss in his last bout. That loss came in what many believe to be the leading candidate for the 2011 Fight of the Year”, a close twelve round decision to Victor Ortiz this past April. While many people in Berto’s shoes might have looked to take on an easier opponent in their first fight back, Berto went in the complete opposite direction. (more…)
A reported $325,000 purse has lured WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) to fight in the United States for the first time against undefeated KO artist Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) on November 26 at the US Bank Arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Burns’ manager Alex Morrison confirmed the fight to the Glasgow Evening Times.
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