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Undefeated junior welterweight rising stars; Frankie Gomez (10-0, 8 KOs) of East Los Angeles, California and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados (6-0-1, 4 KOs) will clash in the eight round main event on Friday, August 26th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Just 19 years old, the heavy-handed former amateur standout Gomez has impressively won his first ten professional bouts, eight by knockout since turning professional in April of 2010. Granados, who has trained with legendary boxing brothers Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez and their Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain, has previously drawn huge crowds at the UIC Pavilion. The bout will be televised on Telefutura.
By Ron Jackson
Two of South Africa’s most talented fighters will be involved in important title fights in September. Evans Mbamba is scheduled to fight Vic Darchinyan for the Australia-based Armenian’s IBO bantamweight belt and Moruti Mthalane (pictured at right) will defend his IBF flyweight title against an Italian, Andrea Sarritzu.
Mbamba will take on Darchinyan, who has won five “world” titles, at the Karen Demirchyan Concerts Complex in Yerevan, Armenia, on September 3.
The fight between Mthalane and Sarritzu will take place in Cagliari, Sardinia, on September 23. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The WBA has issued a press release in which it informs that no decision has been taken yet regarding the controversial verdict in the WBA featherweight title bout between reigning champion Jonathan Victor Barros and his challenger Celestino Caballero but confirms that such a decision will be rendered “in due time.” The title fight was held Barros’ hometown of Mendoza, Argentina on July 2nd. The champion was twice knocked down by Caballero and yet retained his title belt via a split decision that generated strong protest. In the press release signed by WBA President Gilbert Mendoza, the WBA stresses that the organization will take a decision on the matter with “total objectivity, not heeding to any kind of pressure and without partisanship.”
Matthew Hatton will start his campaign towards another world title assault in Blackpool next month when he faces unbeaten Andre Abramenka. The former European welterweight champion will be in action at the world famous Tower Circus on Friday 19th August. It will be Hatton’s first fight since going down on points in a WBC light-middleweight title challenge against Saul Alvarez in March. ‘Magic’ Matthew has returned to the 147lb welterweight division and hopeful of another world championship chance in the next few months. The vacant IBF International title will be on the line in the seaside town when he faces the Belarusian over 12 rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs), a Japanese southpaw making his seventh defense, will risk his belt against two-time world champ Rafael Marquez (40-6, 36 KOs), a hard-hitting Mexican, in Las Vegas on October 1. It was publicly announced by a leading cable television named WOWOW which has regularly shown world title bouts from all over the world for last twenty years. The Nishioka-Marquez confrontation will be broadcast live to Japan from the MGM Grand and attract our aficionados. Nishioka is expected to be the first Japanese boxer that will keep his world throne in the US. If victorious, Nishioka, 35, will also break the record of the oldest Japanese world champ defending his belt, surpassing ex-WBC flyweight kingpin Daisuke Naito’s thirty-four years.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This weekend’s rematch between WBC female super flyweight champion Ana Maria Torres and WBC interim female super bantamweight beltholder Jackie Nava in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, will be for a WBC Diamond Belt. The winner will be part of an exclusive club that thus far includes only Manny Pacquiao and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, as well as being the only female diamond beltholder. Torres-Nava I ended in a ten round draw. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
The Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson light heavyweight title fight has been penciled to take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, on October 15th. However, there is a possibility that the bout could take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer told a small group of reporters, including Fightnews.com, on Tuesday afternoon. Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s) is scheduled to defend his world title belt against Dawson that he won from Jean Pascal in a rematch in May at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also on the same card, Dawson (30-1, 17 KO’s) won a 12 round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu. Schaefer admits that nothing has been officially signed and he would still need to negotiate with Gary Shaw, Dawson’s promoter, for the fight to be brought out to the west coast. Hopkins has fought at STAPLES Center before, winning a clear-cut 12 round unanimous decision over Howard Eastman in February of 2005.
On the 26th of August, former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay is attempting to become a champion again, clashing with Ukrainian talent Stanyslav Kashtanov to battle it out for the vacant WBA super middleweight title. Actually this title belongs to Balzsay’s Universum BoxPromotion stable mate Dimitri Sartison but he suffered a bad knee injury in preparation of his originally planned unification bout with WBO king Robert Stieglitz which is going to see him not stepping in the ring for a long time. Therefore, the WBA decided to make its world title vacant, having their #1 and #2 in the rankings, Kashtanov and Balzsay, fighting for it on August 26 in Donetsk, Ukraine. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Heavyweight Gary “Pit Bull” Gomez (19-10-1) faces Tacoma’s Jonte Willis (8-1) on August 12th at the Silver Reef Casino & Spa in Ferndale, Washington. The bout will be for the Washington state heavyweight title. Gomez is coming off two impressive performances against Mike Mollo and Val Tinajero while Willis suffered the first loss of his pro career in June. Looks like an interesting boxer/puncher stylistic matchup with the bobbing and weaving inside attack of Gomez trying to get inside the speed and boxing ability of Willis. (more…)
Butch Lewis, legendary boxing promoter and manager, film and music producer, dealmaker and humanitarian, will be celebrated at his home-going service on Monday, August 1, 2011 at the Chase Center on the Riverfront (815 Justison Street) in Wilmington, Delaware. The Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy. Lewis, 65, died of natural causes at his home in Bethany Beach, Delaware on Saturday, July 23. Viewing and Repast 7AM to 10:30AM, Service 11AM. In lieu of flowers, the family humbly accepts donations to the Butch Lewis Foundation, 250 W. 57th Street, Suite 311, New York, NY 10107. Checks should be made payable to: Butch Lewis Scholarship Fund.
Photo: WBA/IBA Light Heavyweight Champ Beibut Shumenov puts in a workout at the Elite Fitness & Training Center in Henderson, Nev., Tuesday night in preparation of Friday’s Telefutura card at Las Vegas’ South Point Casino. Shumenov defends his belts against Danny Santiago. Stay tuned for more photos and a story tomorrow.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Not only did a warm Tuesday afternoon greet super welterweight world title holder Saul Alvarez at the outdoor plaza of the Central Library in downtown Los Angeles, but an impromptu rap performance by Alfonso Gomez, whom he will face on September 17th. Both men will duke it out in Los Angeles on the same evening as the welterweight clash between world title holder Victor Ortiz and unbeaten challenger Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Both fights will co-headline the “Star Power” card that will be televised on HBO Pay Per View. Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) performed an English-Spanish rap performance at the press conference that drew mixed reactions from the media and fans in attendance, mainly because the fighter who resides in Buena Park, CA is usually soft-spoken. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) was not visibly happy during the performance as Gomez rapped about taking Alvarez’s title, his unique red hair, and not having faced the caliber of fighter that Gomez has during his career. For more details and photos click here…
Roberto Marroquin of Dallas gets back into action this weekend with a new trainer – Paul Reyes, who worked the corners of world champions Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry and Paulie Ayala – on a Top Rank Live! fight card in Denver, Colorado. Marroquin, coming off his first pro loss, is working with Reyes at his son’s gym in River Oaks, Texas. On Saturday night, Marroquin will take on Jose Beranza of Mexico City. “We’re ready to fight,” said Reyes. “Marroquin did everything we asked – starting with a lot of running which is what we did with our champions, Donald Curry and Paulie Ayala. “Marroquin is an outstanding boxer who can adapt to another fighter’s style,” Reyes said. “He is a good boxer with excellent hand speed. He needs this fight and he needs a win on Saturday night. I know he will win. I can feel it. “Marroquin reminds me a lot of Paulie who fought with a lot of heart,” Reyes said. “Marroquin has another great weapon – his uppercuts. He will firing off a few uppers on Saturday night.”
Marroquin vs. Beranza will open the Top Rank Live! telecast on FSN…..In the main event, big puncher Mike Alvarado of Denver takes on Gabriel Martinez of Mexico…..the fight card will be outdoors at the Softball Country in north Denver…
Report and photo by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Today at the WBC headquarters in Mexico City, Erik Morales visited president Jose Sulaiman and they spoke about Golden Boy’s request to sanction Erik “El Terrible” Morales vs. Jorge “The Hyena” Barrios for the absolute WBC super lightweight title. Because Timothy Bradley has more than 6 months of inactivity in the ring and Devon Alexander announced that he’ll go up to the welterweight division, the WBC sent a request to the Board of Governors, based on the rule that says: “a former champion has the right to contest the title,” to authorize Barrios against Morales for the super lightweight absolute title.
“I have made many changes in my life to return to boxing. I showed Maidana there is something called school and if you do good, technique is above all,” said Morales. He added, “this is a great opportunity, I’m on the right track, next year we’ll face the best in the world. I feel fully experienced strong and young.”
“Timothy Bradley will be a champion in recess, and most likely will rise to the welterweight division,” said Sulaiman.
Denver’s Mike Alvarado will risk his undefeated record and his Top-10 world rating when he takes on Gabriel Martinez in a homecoming rumble — his first in over two years — on Saturday at Softball Country in Denver. The fight will be televised live nationally as the main event on Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net, beginning at 10 p.m. ET (blacked out locally.) (more…)
Former Cuban amateur star Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) is ready for battle in the televised supporting bout of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights against heavy-handed Colombian Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs). The 10-round light heavyweight battle will open the Friday’s telecast from The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Despaigne suffered a setback against fellow top prospect Ismayl Sillakh in his last fight and says he is eager to get back to his winning ways against Miranda and knows exactly what to do. “He’s a very good fighter,” said Despaigne. “He’s fought a lot of great guys, but it’s my time. I’ll stick to the game plan and do what I have to do and I’ll win…I’ve been in against the hardest punchers in the world and never been knocked out. I was down last fight, but I got right back up. That’s shows what kind of chin I have. I have fought so many guys who have power that I don’t even worry about it.”
The City of Fallon, NV and Let’s Get It On Promotions have announced the fourth annual “Rural Rumble” Fallon Fights 2011 on Saturday August 27th at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Headlining the card is Northern Nevada favorite Derek Hinkey (8-2, 7 KOs) making his highly anticipated return after a prolonged layoff due to a hand injury from a fight in 2009. He takes on Anthony Bartinelli (20-14-2, 13 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout.
“We are thrilled to be presenting the fourth annual “Rural Rumble” once again in Fallon.” Says Fallon, NV Mayor Ken Tedford Jr. “Boxing has played an important role in this area for over a century, and we are proud to continue the tradition.”
The successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico on Friday with a show being billed as “CIVIL WAR”. The main event will feature one of the the hottest prospects in Mexican Boxing as hard punching Dante “Crazy” Jardon (17-1, 15 KOs) will defend his WBC Youth jr lightweight title against compatriot Adrian Tellez (15-5-1, 10 KOs). There is a very hot rivalry between these two hungry young prospects from Mexico City. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources inform on the possibility that legendary former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales could face former world champion Jorge “La Hiena” Barrios on September 17 in Las Vegas and that the fight could be for a title at super lightweight. In the coming days Morales will begin his training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the Mexico State. Barrios and Morales were originally to meet in December but due to a legal situation, Barrios could not travel to Mexico. Barrios recently won a legal opportunity to get out of Argentina. Barrios was originally slated to fight Friday in Tucuman, Argentina.
WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez and challenger Alfonso Gomez will hold a press conference today at noon at the Central Public Library’s Outdoor Plaza in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their WBC super welterweight world championship fight which will be part of the “Star Power: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17.
There will be a second press conference at noon on Wednesday at the PlazAmericas Mall – Lower Level Stage Area (Inside the mall) in Houston, Texas.
Please note: Both events are open to the PUBLIC. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
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The Strikeforce World Grand Prix Continues, Plus The Middleweight Title On The Line – Tickets On Sale This Week: Josh Barnett battles Sergei Kharitonov, and Antonio Silva takes on Daniel Cormier in the semifinals of the World Heavyweight Grand Prix – plus Jacare Souza defends the Strikeforce middleweight championship against Luke Rockhold – live Saturday, September 10 at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio – UFC Fight Club presale starts Thursday at 10am ET
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Ringside report & photos by David Greene
On a night when New Yorkers were dealing with the third night of a record breaking heatwave, a capacity crowd turned up at the unusual site of the Hunts Point Produce Market in the rough-and-tumble South Bronx, for Star Boxing’s, benefit “Knock Out Cancer,” card, held Friday, July 22 . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II (24-4-3, 13 KOs) reappears in the ring on August 13 in Mexico City against compatriot Adam Garcia (14-4-1, 10 KOs) on the eve of the 29th anniversary of the death of his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez. “I’m beginning to see the changes since my return to Mexico and the opponents are increasingly more demanding. Between each fight I’m just resting for a week and cycle back to my workouts because I have clear goals and my desire is to give my best in boxing. My responsibility is linked to my ambition to be world champion,” says Sanchez II. (more…)
Boxing’s most driven world champion is WBA and IBA light heavyweight king, Beibut Shumenov, who takes the next step on his mercurial rise in the sweet science Friday night (July 29) headlining “Fire & Fury” against two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago on TeleFutura’s telecast live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Fresh off a devastating loss to Anderson Silva in his last bout, former champion and global fighting star Vitor Belfort will attempt to take a major step toward reestablishing himself as a middleweight title contender when he faces Asian superstar Yoshihiro Akiyama in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Back-to-back losses, by contrast, would set him well back in the 185-pound pack . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Irishman Brian Magee arrived on Monday night in San Jose, Costa Rica, where he will face local hero Jaime Barboza on Saturday for the WBA interim middleweight title on the WBA’s “KO to Drugs 2011″ Festival. “It will be a good fight. I’m trained and I think Costa Rica is a nice country. I’ve acclimated in Panama and don my final work to win this world crown,” said Magee, who sparring with former WBA super featherweight beltholder Vicente Mosquera. Mageee is trained by Panamanian former boxer Bernardo Checa.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: K2 Promotion
On Saturday at the Palace of Sports in Odessa, Ukraine, the Klitschko brothers “K2 Promotions” will present a world championship boxing event. The main event of the evening will be a fight for the interim WBO junior middleweight title between IBO junior middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) and Brazilian puncher Mike Miranda (34-3-0, 31 KOs). Both fighters appeared at a Monday press conference.
Zaurbek Baysangurov: “I had excellent training before this fight. I have a serious opponent. I’m glad I’ll be boxing in Odessa, because here I have many friends. Of course, I would like to thank the President of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Akhmadovich Kadyrov and his foundation for their support!”
Mike Miranda: “Baysangurov a very strong fighter, but I’m confident in my abilities. I’m an experienced puncher, this is my element. I’m sure that I will knock him out in the fourth round.” (more…)
Pre-fight press conference for the upcoming IBF featherweight world title fight between Billy Dib and Jorge Lacierva on Friday in Sydney, Australia.
World bantamweight champion and consensus top-three pound-for-pound fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank, Inc., announced today that they will move forward together in promoting Donaire’s stellar professional boxing career.
“I am very happy and pleased to announce a recent reconciliation between Top Rank, and myself, and I am also extremely excited to announce that I will be back in the ring this coming October,” said Donaire. “There were some details that required attention, and I feel confident now that my professional goals are being understood and respected by Top Rank. And we have likewise come to a mutual understanding and agreement as far as our common objectives in boxing and how we can work better together as a team. I was able to sit down and figure out the fight map, which both Top Rank and I could agree with. Having a shared goal now, and working together, I’m certain will only make for better fights, and better boxing, now and in the future. (more…)
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda is in his final days of training camp and will be on his way to Las Vegas tomorrow in preparation for his July 29th fight on ESPN2. Miranda is coming off his first light heavyweight fight and ready to step up the competition against a tough Cuban fighter by the name of Yordanis Despaigne. Despaigne showed a very promising armature career by defeating top names like Jean Pascal and Tomasz Adamek and fighting to a tough one point loss to Andre Direll. He was one of the top prospects at light heavyweight building a perfect 8-0 record until facing his first professional loss to another great prospect, Ismayl Sillakh. Despaigne has blamed severe cuts during this bout for his loss and wants to prove to the world that he has what it takes to compete with the best at 175lbs. (more…)
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