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After losing their ZDF TV contract, Universum Box Promotion has rebooted and will present their card in six months on September 24 at the DIMA Sports Center in Hamburg, Germany. In the main event, reigning European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (31-1, 21 KOs) faces veteran Michael Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs).
In other action, unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) returns to the ring after another hand operation and intensive rehabilitation to face Matthew Greer (14-6, 13 KOs). Olympic gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (10-0, 8 KOs) makes his ten-round debut against Michael Simms (20-9-1, 13 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash. Former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (49-2, 37 KOs) takes on Darnell Wilson (23-12-3, 20 KOs) in a heavyweight clash.
Also, former female champion Ina Menzer (26-1, 10 KOs), former WBC super featherweight champion Vitaly Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (19-0, 5 KOs) will face opponents to be announced shortly.
Photo and story by Ray Wheatley/World of boxing
In a nationally televised title bout, Australian light middleweight champion Tyrone “The Cyclone” Tongia (17-2,9KOs) stopped James “The Goondiwindi Gun” Giltrow (12-3,7KOs) on Friday at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queesnland, Australia. Tongia was impressive as he connected consistently with effective head and body punches and controlled the action in all of the rounds. In round eight Tongia dropped Giltrow with two body shots and the referee crowned Tongia the winner at 2:07 of the round. Tongia captured the national 154 pound title in 2010 by outpointing Andrew Godsen in a closely contested bout and stopped Pat Rullo in eight rounds of a title bout in 2011. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
On midnight, September 16th in 1810, a catholic priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered a cry of “Viva Mexico” which marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. To commemorate, Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions along with Mexican mega channel Canal Azteca traveled a few miles south to the seaside hamlet of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, to present a seven bout fight card. Equivalent to the United States’ 4th of July, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated with much flag waving and fireworks. It was no different inside the Ernesto Ruffo Apel Municipal Gymnasium as former world champ Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (36-6-1, 29KOs) did short work of Colombian Juan Carlos Leon in two rounds of the super flyweight contest. For more details and photos click here…
Tom Loeffler (Managing Director of K2 Promotions) talking about the recent Klitschko vs. Adamek fight in Poland and looking to the future.
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Boxing is a ballet of philosophies. Each fighter must stick to the script and change accordingly when faced with adversity or risk falling into a trap that they may not be able to dance their way out of. Behind every game plan is an instructor who orchestrates the routine over and over again until it is down to perfection the moment before the curtain raises and the show is on full display . . . Click here for more
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WBO light heavyweight title challenger Tony Bellew is ready to stop all the talking and prepare for his world title fight against champion Nathan Cleverly next month. The pair have had heated arguments at a number of press conference since May, and Bellew can’t wait to show what he can do in the ring on Saturday 15th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) will make the second defense of his crown against fellow Russian Gennady Martirosyan (22-2, 11 KOs) in the city of Krasnodar in southern Russia on September 25. Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell against unbeaten Russian welterweight prospect Khabib Allakhverdiev (14-0, 6 KOs) is also scheduled.
Three-division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto and professional rival and three-time welterweight world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito of México will embark on a four-city media tour on Monday to announce their long-awaited world championship rematch. Cotto will defend his WBA super welterweight title against Margarito on December 3 at Madison Square Garden. The tour’s opening and closing press conferences, in Puerto Rico and Los Angeles, respectively, will be open to the public. Details below:
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 – Open to the Public!
Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot
500 Calle Arterial B
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico 00918
11:00 a.m. – News Conference
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 – Media only
New York City
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 – Media only
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 – Open to the Public!
Wilshire Grand Los Angeles – Pacific Ballroom
930 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, Calif. 90017
12:30 p.m. PT – News Conference
By Francisco Salazar
Entering his April 16th bout against previously-unbeaten Andre Berto, Victor Ortiz had heard the numbers of journalists predict that he was way in over his head against Berto. Whether that served as motivation or finally showcasing the skills that once made him a “can’t miss” prospect, Ortiz defeated Berto and fulfilled his dream of winning a world title belt. Now he faces a tall order in fighting the unbeaten and flamboyant Floyd Mayweather this Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Again there are those who think Ortiz is biting off more than he can chew against Mayweather. Maybe so, but Ortiz is a different fighter now than what he was five months ago. (more…)
One boxer and two trainers are to be added to the Corpus Christi Boxing Hall of Fame, on Thursday, September 24th during HALL OF FAME FIGHT NIGHT at the American Bank Center.
Former WBC Continental America’s Super Bantamweight Champion, Roland “Bad News” Gomez will become the seventh boxer to be inducted. Long-time Corpus Christi trainers Ralph Davila and David Baltazar, Sr. will be enshrined as well. (more…)
Notre Dame light heavyweight Mike Lee weighed in at 175 for his clash against Jacob Stiers, who weighed in at 170. The bout, which will be streamed live on toprank.tv, will be the first professional boxing card ever staged on the grounds of Notre Dame University.
Word is Amir Khan will face Lamont Peterson on December 10. Peterson’s hometown of Washington DC, is a possible host.
Looks like unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend against former cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck on December 10 in the Düsseldorf Arena.
Golden Boy has inked a promotional pact with former two-division world champion Humberto Soto, who is now campaigning as a jr welterweight.
Tickets for Cotto-Margarito II on December 3 at Madison Square Garden go on sale to the public on Tuesday, however “presage” seats will be available starting today at noon. Log into tick master.com and use the presale code: PRETOPRANK
Tecate is offering a mail-in rebate of $25 off the Mayweather-Ortiz pay-per-view with the purchase of a Tecate or Tecate Light 12-pack or larger. At $59.95 for standard definition and $69.95 for high definition, $25 off would cut your net price to $34.95/$44.95. If you live in AL, AR, CT, HI, KY, ME, MO, NJ, NY, NC, UT or WV, no beer purchase required. To download the rebate form and all the details, click here.
By Felipe Leon
Amaris Quintana 110 vs. Katarina De La Cruz 110 *
Pablo Armenta 135 vs. Guy Robb 135
Adrian Vargas 141 vs. Luis Sanchez 143
Jonathan Garcia 142 vs. Frankie Martinez 141
Bryan Mcglory 195 vs. Jose Hurtado 183.5
*De La Cruz First Attempt Was 112
When: Friday, September 16Th, 2011
Where: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, Ca
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents With Jorge Marron Productions In Association With Barron Entertainment
Tickets: (619) 420-8866 Or (619) 743-0698
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Panther Promotions offered up an enticing appetizer this afternoon at The Seminole Hard Rock in advance of their “Future Superstars” card next Friday night at the casino. Nestled amongst the “Meals on Wheels” trucks parked in the Hooters parking lot, boxing fans enjoyed a taste of next week’s intriguing undercard. Female flyweight Marisol Miranda (4-4, 1 KO) worked up a hard sweat in the South Florida heat with head trainer Bonnie Canino during some intense shadowboxing, mitt work and light sparring. Miranda squares off against Chantel “Gorgeous Babe” Cordova (8-2-1, 3 KOs) of Colorado in a six-round undercard special attraction. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBA super-flyweight champ Tomonobu Shimizu, Japan, will be unavailable to make his initial defense until next spring since he suffered a right eye-socket fracture in his title-winning bout with Mexican Hugo Cazares this August. His manager Kentaro Kaneko said, “Shimizu will concentrate on recovering from the eye ailment and then prepare for his first defense, which will take place next April.” The 30-year-old champ hopes to return to ring warfare with his sound recovery next spring.
Celebrating his 30th birthday as well as Mexican Independence Day, WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (50-7, 44 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Rogers Mtagwa (27-15-2, 19 KOs) on Thursday night at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. After an even round one, Gonzalez opened up in round two and rocked Mtagwa with a series of big shots. The iron-jawed Tanzanian was definitely hurt, but the bout was waved off by referee Guadalupe Garcia before we could see if Mtagwa would have weathered the storm. Time was 2:15.
After the fight, Gonzalez again called out the best of his division. “I want the best, Elio Rojas, Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez and the others at this weight. Thanks El Paso, Viva Mexico!” said Gonzalez. Manager Oswaldo Kuchle added “Tonight Johnny G has been confirmed as one of the best fighters in the world and one of the biggest punchers today. We are very confident of facing the best and winning those fights.” For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a quick beating, former world champ Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (36-6, 29KOs) stopped Luis Carlos Leon (13-5, 11KOs) in two short rounds in the main event bout in Rosarito, Mexico. Leon looked game enough as both fighters displayed brisk action in the first. Leon even scored a scorching combination to the head of Miranda to start the second but one too left hooks to the body from Miranda did the trick as “Pingo” control of the second half of the round and punished Leon to the body until the end of the round Leon refused to come out in the third giving Miranda the KO win.
In the co-feature, late sub Felipe “Gallito” Orucuta (22-1, 7KOs) scored an impressive fifth round knock out of Colombian Deiby Perez (14-5, 8KOs). The Mexico City bantamweight took a couple of rounds to study his opponent but by the third on it was only a matter of time as he connected well placed jabs, right hands and body shots. Perez held his own but a hard left hook to the mouth of the stomach sent Perez down to the count. Official time was :23 of the fifth round.
From Texas Station in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy card televised on Telefutura/Fox Sports Net:
Seth Mitchell 242 vs. Hector Ferreyro 221.5
Felix Diaz 150.5 vs. Larry Smith 147
Terron Grant 139.5 vs. Alonso Loeza 141
Alvaro Morales 295 vs. Andrae Carthron 217.5
Taylor Larson 144 vs. Andres Reyes 141
Robert Lloyd-Taylor became the first ever reserve fighter to win Prizefighter after defeating Nick Quigley in the Prizefighter Light-Middleweights II final at York Hall in Bethnal Green.
Lloyd-Taylor won the coin-toss with fellow reserve Nathan Weise after JJ Bird fainted in the dressing rooms and was picked out of the hat first by former British, European and Commonwealth Light-Middleweight champion Jamie Moore in the first ever live draw, and WBC Super-Middleweight champion Carl Froch matched him with former two-weight fringe organization world champion Takaloo. Lloyd-Taylor was undaunted by facing the ‘Margate Rock’ and kept the veteran at the end of his jab and reached the semi-finals through a split decision. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Wednesday night The Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey, Michael Torres (14-2, 7 KOs) captured the vacant New Jersey state junior welterweight title with a convincing eight round unanimous decision victory over Mark Alexander (10-6, 1KO) . The undercard featured several exciting fights put together by matchmaker Renee “The Boxing Diva” Aiken. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated lightweight Wanzell Ellison (4-0-1, 3 KOs) and dangerous veteran Carlos Vinan (10-9-5, 2 KOs) fought to an entertaining tactical draw. In a special four round attraction, popular junior middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (5-0, 3 KOs) captured the vacant BAM youth junior middleweight title by unanimous decision over Josh Williams (3-3, 3 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
With all due respect to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadians, the long, rich arch-rivalry in sports between Ontario and Quebec is, perhaps, more prevalent today in boxing than even hockey. The aforementioned rivalry heats up October 22 at The Hersey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, when unbeaten WBA #11 Logan Cotton McGuinness, of Ontario, takes on and former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet, of Quebec, in the 10-round main event on a card presented by Hennessy Sports in association with Interbox and United Promotions.
The adversarial provincial competition continues November 5 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec as two-time world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2, 12 KOs), of Ontario, faces Sebastian Gauthier (21-2, 13 KOs), of Quebec, in the co-feature on the Lucian Bute-Glen Johnson card, presented by Interbox. (more…)
Fort Worth’s, Jose Orozco, a five-time Texas Golden Gloves champion and now undefeated at 3-0, as a pro, will take on Adam Ealoms (3-1-2, College Station, Tx) this Friday, Sept. 16th at QuikTrip Park, in Grand Prairie. The Orozco vs Ealoms four round matchup will be one of six fights scheduled on the 4th Annual Fight Night at QuikTrip Park. QuikTrip Park is located next to Lone Star Park and home of the Grand Prairie Airhogs Baseball Club. The first fight is at 7:30 pm. (more…)
WBC #2, WBO #2, and WBC #6 rated middleweight Andy Lee (26-1, 19 KOs) spoke Wednesday about his much anticipated rematch against Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs), the only man to defeat him as a professional, on October 1st at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. “I didn’t need the rematch to further my career, but it’s something I’ve wanted,” said Lee. “From the moment I lost to Vera, I’ve wanted to avenge it. It has taken three and a half years to get to this point, but now we are finally almost here. (more…)
WBO #5 cruiserweight Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (30-6, 18 KOs) will defend his WBO Euro title against unbeaten Belgian Tony Ingelrest (10-0, 4KOs) on September 24 in Gostivar, Macedonia. Seferi trained hard for his second title defense and assures that the title remains in Albania. The most important man in Seferi’s camp is trainer Oktay Urkal. They are aiming for a WBO title shot in 2012.
6’9 heavyweight Tyson Fury is ready for the next step following his win over Dereck Chisora in July at Wembley Arena and now expects 6’6 Nicolai Firtha to be a real test of his credentials on Saturday in Belfast’s King’s Hall. “Firtha’s a big man with plenty of heart and skill so I know I have to be ready for a really hard fight but I want fights like this, I want to be tested because I want to go to the top as quickly as I can,” said Fury. “I don’t want to be fighting bums. This guy has been the distance with the WBA World heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin so if I do a number on him then it shows everybody again that I’m the real deal, that I’m the man to fear in the division.”
By Phil Doherty
The elusive Florida Panther remains one of the most endangered mammals on Earth. He is a solitary hunter active in the Florida swamps and marshlands between the hours of dusk till dawn. Panther Promotions honors both the name and character of this noble, tenacious creature with a night of increasingly “endangered” boxing between dusk to dawn on September 23rd from The Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood. Separating themselves from the current promotional “pack” during their inaugural show here in July, Panther proved young fighters pitted together in truly tough fights remains a winning formula.
Panther’s old-school boxing philosophy continues with the recently-finalized undercard of the “Future Superstars” card. The main event featuring former lightweight world title challengers Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) and Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (28-6-2, 16 KOs) will cap an incredible mix of seven hotly-contested preliminary bouts. In addition to the intriguing co-main event between welterweights Damian “Devo” Frias (18-4-1, 9 KOs) and Henry Crawford (22-1-1, 9 KOs), Panther lined up some exceedingly explosive action. (more…)
It’s been four months since the pair first squared off at the infamous press conference at London’s O2 Arena and WBO World Light-Heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly now can’t wait to finally get in the ring with Tony Bellew. There has been plenty of tension between the two unbeaten boxers heading into the October 15th blockbuster at the Liverpool Echo Arena, but Cleverly is looking forward to finally stepping between the ropes. (more…)
Former WBA champion Manny Siaca and hot prospect McJoe Arroyo will headline the 7th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” next October 7 at the Coliseo Rebekah Colberg in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation, in association with Top Rank, to be shown live on WAPA America from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (more…)
It’s like two freight trains coming at one another; which is usually not the case in a Floyd Mayweather fight. But come September 17, Mayweather and Victor Ortiz have both promised one thing and one thing only. Both have guaranteed that their WBC welterweight title clash in Las Vegas won’t be decided judges. On Saturday night, their fists will be the judge, jury and executioner . . . click here for more
So Jorge Lopez, how did you spend your summer vacation when you were 14? If that was the assignment handed to the welterweight prospect when he returned for his sophomore year in high school, it would have been the essay to end all back to school essays . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains a heavy favorite to dethrone WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz on Saturday night. International sportsbooks are listing Mayweather at -800 while Ortiz backers can get +500.
WBC junior middleweight king Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is an even bigger favorite to dispatch Alfonso Gomez. Canelo is -1600 and Gomez is +800.
Three division world champion Erik Morales is a heavy favorite to become the first Mexican to win a world title in four weight divisions. Morales is -700 against Pablo Cesar Cano +450.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar “Pingo Miranda 114 vs. Luis Carlos Leon 113
Felipe “Gallito” Orocuta 118 vs. Deivys Perez 118
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs. Francisco Piña 123
Jonas Salvatierra 116.6 vs. Angel Rodriguez 116.6
Martin Romario 165 vs. Oscar Diaz 166
Francisco Rodriguez 106.7 vs. Artemio Garcia 107.8
Gregorio Ronquillo 117.7 vs. Jose Luis Caravantes 120.3
When: Thursday, September 15th, 4:00pm
Where: Ernesto Ruffo Apel Gymnasium, Rosarito, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: Canal Azteca (Mexico) more photos
From today’s press conference at the MGM:
Floyd Mayweather: “Come Saturday night it’s going to be the same Floyd Mayweather. I’m pretty sure he’s going to be the same Victor Ortiz. But the difference between me and you is my ability to adjust and adapt. I’m versatile. I’m a good finisher too. You’re trainer said I was dirty, but when I hit you and hurt you, don’t grab me. I’m going to finish you off.”
Victor Ortiz: “Forty one of those fighters that couldn’t beat you weren’t me. Forty one of those couldn’t win it like me. On Saturday night I will put my hands up and I’m going to put you on your ass!”
Danny Garcia (Ortiz’s trainer): “(Floyd Mayweather) was one of the best fighters. He was pound for pound champion. But now its our time. We’re here to beat him. Victor is ready to do everything he can to take the victory. He trained very hard. He’s here to takeover his place. He’s going to be the number one pound for pound fighter for sure.”
Alfonso Gomez (via Internet feed): It’s the opportunity of a lifetime to fight Saul Alvarez; especially because this weekend is Mexican Independence Day. I want to showcase my talents to the millions of viewers. It’s a dream come true. I consider this the most important fight of my career because of what’s at stake. Winning this fight will change my life.
Saul Alvarez (via Internet feed): “I’m very happy to be in the main event at Staples Center. I never dreamed I’d be a champion at this age but it’s an honor to be in this position.”
Erik Morales: “It will be a great fight. We’re here and I hope to be the one winning. I say I hope because it’s never written. It’s Gods will. But I’m very confident that I will come out with my hand raised.”
Pablo Cesar Gano: “I’m very excited. My whole life has been about challenges. This is a big challenge but I’m ready and looking forward to it. I know it’s not going to be an easy task fighting a legend like Erik Morales. But I’m a great fighter. I’m here because I will win on Saturday night.”
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM in Vegas featuring Floyd Mayweather, Victor Ortiz, Oscar De La Hoya, Jessie Vargas, Erik Morales and more . . . Click here for more
Jack Nolan, the voice of Notre Dame basketball for three decades, and former boxing champion Harold Brazier of South Bend, Ind. will call the ‘Fight Like A Champion’ broadcast on Toprank.tv featuring undefeated light heavyweight Mike Lee at Notre Dame on Friday, September 16. Lee, a Notre Dame graduate who majored in finance, will take on Jacob Stiers of Kansas City in the main event. ‘Fight Like A Champion’ will be at the Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center in South Bend on the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game. Lee has pledged that all profits will be donated to the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation and the Robinson Community Learning Center in South Bend. Top Rank and the Mike Lee Foundation are promoting. There are seven bouts on the card. The Toprank.tv broadcast will get underway at 9 pm eastern, 6 pm pacific.
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