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By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
The main event of the evening from the Ontario Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, featured recent WBC featherweight title challenger, Juan Carlos Burgos (27-1, 19KO) take on rugged veteran Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-11-2, 11KO). An exciting fight on paper failed to actually materialize in the ring as neither fighter seemed willing to step up the action over the level of a lackluster sparring session drawing sporadic boos from the capacity crowd. Burgos, who had won his last four non title bouts by knockout victory, did not appear interested in getting Leon out early but, rather, did just enough to win the majority of the rounds to secure a unanimous decision victory. Judges scored the fight 100-90, 97-93 and 98-92, all in favor of Burgos. With the victory, the WBC ranked #7 featherweight in the world stays in title contention but appears to be little threat to the top fighters in the division and would not likely fare well against WBC champion Jhonny Gonzales, WBA champion Chris John or even WBO champion Orlando Salido. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Super middleweight Anthony Dirrell (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a one-sided second round blowout over Kevin Engel (18-5, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, California. Dirrell dropped Engel twice in round two, the second time was from a clear low blow, however Engel was counted out. Time was 1:44.
Unbeaten middleweight Kurtiss Colvin (6-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Cleveland Ishe (3-2, 1 KO). Colvin dropped Ishe in round three and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:24.
Welterweight Aaron Martinez (15-1-1, 3 KOs) scored an eight round technical decision over previously unbeaten Joseph Elegele (12-1, 10 KOs). The bout was stopped due to a cut suffered by Martinez. Martinez dropped Elegele in round one and had him reeling in the seventh. Scores were 76-75, 77-74, 77-74. Fightnews.com had the fight scored 76-75 in favor of Martinez at the time of the stoppage. For more details and photos click here…
Bantamweight prospect Leo Santa Cruz will look to extend his six-fight knockout streak on July 30 when he defends his interim WBC Youth championship for the first time against Nicaragua’s Everth Briceño at the Mazatlan International Center in Mazatlan, Sinaloa Mexico. In the co-main event, scheduled for 12 rounds, Mexicali’s Manuel Jimenez faces Guasave’s Mario Rodriguez in an all-Mexico showdown for the vacant NABF minimumweight title. The fights will also be available in the United States as AT&T is exclusively delivering the series across three screens (TV, Online and Mobile) to AT&T U-verse members. The U-verse broadcasts will air live at 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT on AT&T U-verse® TV, U-verse Online at www.att.net/boxeo and, for subscribers to the U-verse Live TV mobile application, on qualifying mobile phones.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 32 KOs) will return on September 3 against former WBA world champion José Alfaro (25-7, 22 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout at the soccer stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, according to his new promoter Baja Boxing. Soto is now campaigning in the 140lb division after recently giving up his WBC lightweight belt. Soto started his preparations Monday at the Crea Gym in Tijuana under the supervision of trainer Romulo Quirarte Jr.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Orlando Salido 126 vs. Kenichi Yamaguchi 126
(WBO featherweight championship)
Alex Valdez 123 vs. Enrique Bernache 123
Ricardo Dominguez 137 vs. Angel Martinez 137
Ruben Tamayo 122 vs. Jorge Cardenas 122
Edar Ram Irez 125 vs. Jesus Laguna 125
Ernesto Berrospe 160 vs. Sergio Soto 158
Gilberto Parra 108 vs. Juan Ramon Sanchez 108
Manuel Lopez 115 vs. Jesus Luna 115
Venue: CUM de Ciudad Obregón
Promoter: Zanfer/Top Rank
TV: FOX Deportes
All the shots from today’s Khan vs. Judah weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. CLICK HERE
Big punching undefeated welterweight “Lucky Boy” Omotoso of Nigeria today signed with Top Rank. He has a record of 18-0, 16 KOs and is trained by Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. Top Rank’s chief matchmaker Bruce Trampler first spotted Lucky Boy while he was involved in some wicked sparring with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr a few weeks ago at the Wild Card Gym. “Lucky Boy is skilled and he hits real hard. He got my attention real quick,” Trampler said. Lucky Boy, who had been boxing in Australia, said he took a flight months ago to meet Freddie Roach because “I heard so much about him. “Freddie is the best trainer there is in boxing,” Lucky Boy said. “Already he has taught me footwork, to attack from different angles, how to throw hard punches. He is the best and now I am with the best promotional company in Top Rank.” Trampler said he Top Rank will soon announce the first bout for Lucky Boy. He is managed by Steven Feder who also handles super welterweight contender Vanes ‘Nightmare’ Martirosyan.
Kelly Pavlik ran 4.8 miles on Thursday, 3.3 miles this morning in scorching hot Youngstown. “We went to the gym the other day and the thermometer read 136-degrees. Kelly and I turned on the exhaust fans just to cool things down. It’s been brutally hot here,” said chief trainer Jack Loew. Pavlik is training for his bout against southpaw Darryl Cunningham on Saturday, August 6 at the Covelli Centre in his hometown of Youngstown. Pavlik vs. Cunningham will be televised on a SHOBOX Special Edition telecast. Cunningam, from Detroit, is unbeaten in his last 16 bouts. “Cunningham is a very solid fighter,” Loew said. “Kelly has been working hard, sparring a lot. He knows how important this fight is.” Tickets at $150, $100, $50 and $25 are available at the Covelli Centre box office, www.tickemaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
Mexican Irma “Guerita” Sanchez and Panamanian Carlota Santos contend for WBF flyweight belt on a card billed as “Puños de Hierro” presented by HG Boxing/Hector Garcia. Irma Sanchez seeks to make female boxing history by becoming the first Mexican to win world championships in two weight divisions on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico de Guadalajara, Jalisco. Carlota Santos and Irma Sanchez weighed 109 pounds each.
In the semifinal bout, featherweights Eduardo Escobedo and Jokshan “Torito” Hernandez collide for the IBF Latino International title and featherweight qualifying to compete in the world featherweight crown. Escobedo and Hernandez both weighed 125.9. (more…)
From the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s WBA/IBF 140-pound world title unification televised on HBO & promoted by Golden Boy:
Amir Khan 140 vs. Zab Judah 140
Peter Quillin 161 vs. Jason Lehoullier 161
Gary Russell 126 vs. Eric Estrada 128
Bryant Jennings 221 vs. Theron Johnson 231
James Kirkland 157.5 vs. Alexis Hloros 157.5
Ronny Rios 129 vs. Noe Lopez 130
Josiah Judah 163 vs. Rafal Jastrzebski 166
Jamie Kavanagh 135.5 vs. Marcos Herrera 135.5
Stay tuned for more photos.
Report, photo and video Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Undefeated Mexican lightweight Pablo Cesar Cano announced today his debut with Golden Boy Promotions. “On August 27, in San Jose, California, I will be on the undercard of Marcos Maidana vs Robert Guerrero” Pablo Cesar said. Cano (22-0-1, 17 KOs), is part of a team of Mexican fighters who have signed with Golden Boy Promotions and will make his debut in the United States. The current NABF welterweight and FEDELATIN champion said, “I’m so excited, I will show the world why Golden Boy signed me.”
By Francisco Salazar
In what is a stellar fight on paper, Tim Coleman (19-1, 5 KO’s) and Vernon Paris (24-0, 14 KO’s) are scheduled to meet in a 10 round junior welterweight bout on Friday, August 5th at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. It should be a compelling bout between two of the quickest fighters at 140 pounds. Also on the card and fresh off his impressive knockout performance over Archie Ray Marquez last month, Art Hovhannesyan (14-0-1, 8 KO’s) will take a major step up in class, as he takes on former world title holder Cristobal Cruz (39-12-2, 23 KO’s) in a scheduled 10 round bout. As if the card were not stacked enough, Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati told Fightnews.com that Said El Harrak (10-1, 5 KO’s) faces local fighter Francisco Santana (12-2-1, 6 KO’s) in a crossroads bout between young prospects. ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will televise the card. Tickets start at $35 in a venue where there is not a bad seat. Tickets could be purchased by calling 1-800-CHUMASH.
Photo: Action Images
From London, England for “The Big Brawl” televised on PPV:
For the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight Championship:
Dereck Chisora 261 vs. Tyson Fury 255.5
For the British Light Welterweight Championship:
Ashley Theophane 138.25 vs. Jason Cook 139.75
For the British Southern Area Light Middleweight Championship:
Ryan Toms 153.5 vs. Pat McAleese 153.75
WHEN: Saturday, July 23, 2011 – 3 PM/ET 12 PM/PT
WHERE: Wembley Arena, London, UK
PROMOTER: Hennessy Sports
PPV INFORMATION: Distributed in the United States via Pay-Per-Viewing by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95 (Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times); the telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers
Anthony Dirrell 169.5 Kevin Engel 174*
Joseph Elegele 145 vs. Aaron Martinez 146
Kurtiss Colvin 159 vs. Cleven Ishe 159
Julian Williams 154 vs. Raul Rodriguez 154
Roman Morales 120.25 vs. Juan Tepoz 120.25
DonYil Livingston 162.5 vs. Cameron Allen 163
Dushane Crooks 156.5 vs. Greg Baca 157
* Engel four pounds over the contract weight
Venue: Morongo Casino, Cabazon, CA
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
Doors Open: 4:30 PM
First Bout: 5 PM
Tyson Fury says he is more than ready for his moment of truth against British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora on Saturday night at Wembley Arena. The 6ft 9′ Mancunian, with Irish ancestory, has come in for some criticism for how outspoken he has been leading up to his clash with Chisora but unbeaten Fury says he will back up the talk and claim the titles he has always wanted.
“The Big Brawl” PPV event is being distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
It is by far Fury’s biggest test and he is aware that some may feel it has come a bit too soon but the 22-year-old has no doubt he will produce a performance to remember. “I’m in the shape of my life for the fight of my life and Dereck Chisora won’t know what hits him on Saturday night,” said Fury. (more…)
Only a proclamation by Don King or a Floyd Mayweather workout could’ve been any longer than Thursday’s marathon press conference for Amir Khan-Zab Judah, held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
Ashley Theophane is eager to show that there is not just one British fighter who can be at the top of the light-welterweight division this Saturday night at Wembley Arena. While WBA World champion Amir Khan clashes with IBF champion Zab Judah in the early hours of Sunday morning GMT, Theophane defends his British light-welterweight title against former European lightweight champion Jason Cook.
“The Big Brawl” PPV event is being distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET– 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. (Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers. (more…)
From Team Mendez
Photo: Craig Gibson
After months of waiting and multiple proposed opponents, Argenis Mendez (18-1-0) will get to contest the world title he so desperately craves. Dominican fighter Mendez will meet Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1) over 12 rounds for the vacant IBF super featherweight title in Mexico on the 20th of August. In what has been a frustrating time for Mendez he is currently finishing up his training camp in Manchester, England with his coach Lee Beard before they set out for America on Friday. Mendez and Beard will put the finishing touches to the training camp in the States and then head out to Mexico for the fight. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel reports on the status of several WBO champions:
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley: “The WBO will study the legal status of our great champion Timothy Bradley. We respect our champion and we don’t want to affect his career. However, we should be consider other ranked fighters who aspire to contest to the title in this division. We suggest to the Championship Committee to consider an interim title between the two best ranked fighters in the 140lb division. Champion Bradley is inactive since February 29, 2011 when he unified titles after beat Devon Alexander.” Bradley is in litigation with his promoters.
WBO jr middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk: “In the 154 pounds division, Serhiy Dzinziruk and Lukas Konecny have an agreement to face on September 30 in Czech Republic. This division has been inactive due to Dzinziruk’s legal issues with his former promoter. For this reason, WBO approved an interim title fight to be held in Ukraine next July 30 between Zauerbek Baysangurov and Mike Miranda. Winners of both fights (Dzinziruk-Konecny and Baysangurov-Miranda) will have 90 days after September 30 to face each other.”
WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire: “We are going to talk with Top Rank to know about the status with Donaire. If the litigation is not finished, we are going to wait for the information about the date of his next title defense.”
WBO super bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce: “Jorge Arce is the current 122lb champion and the only Mexican champion in four different divisions. If he decided to go down to 118 pounds to fight for a title of another body, we consider the possibility of make an interim title with the two best ranked fighters at 122 pounds.”
By Rick Scharmberg
Heavyweight knockout artist Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (14-0, 11 KOs) will step up in class to face Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs) in a ten round heavyweight bout on Friday, August 19 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. They will be fighting for the vacant IBF North American heavyweight title, as well as the interim NABO Inter-Continental heavyweight title. In the co-feature, Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) will take part in a junior welterweight bout for the interim NABA title against an opponent to be determined. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino is the promoter. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
“I’ve definitely come to support Orlando Salido in his fight against Japan,” said former featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez on his arrival in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico. Juanma’s conqueror Salido will defend his belt on Saturday against Japan’s Kenichi Yamaguchi. “I want him to win. I don’t want to fight the Japanese fighter. My interest is Salido to win, so I’ve come to cheer.” Juanma is currently is running and doing some weights to keep fit, but then plans to go into full training for his rematch against Salido. “I don’t know the Japanese fighter. I’ve seen one of his fights, but he takes many punches, so Salido must strike hard and possibly win by knockout.” (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The World Boxing Council is considering Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel to dispute the WBC’s bantamweight green belt against WBO 122lb champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce in the event that Nonito Donaire is no longer being recognized as WBC champion because of his inactivity in the ring. Arce and Esquivel are the highest ranked after Abner Mares, who will contest for the IBF title in the SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament finale.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten, yet untested super middleweight Anthony Dirrell wants to have a breakout performance so he does not have to live in the shadow of his well-known brother. He will get that opportunity on tonight. Dirrell will take on Kevin Engel in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. The bout will be televised on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
The bout will headline a scheduled seven-bout “Fight Night at Morongo Casino Resort” card, presented by Gary Shaw Productions.
Anthony Dirrell is the twin brother of super middleweight contender Andre Dirrell. Often times, both fighters have fought on the same card, but Anthony usually fights on the non-televised undercard, while Andre has fought numerous times in televised main event or co-features bouts. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
James Parison 168.5 vs. Eddie Hunter 166.5
Adrian Vargas 139 vs. Frankie Martinez 139
Joe Delgadillo 235 vs. Charles Tucker 252
Pablo Armenta 136 vs. Federico Martinez 135.5
Adolfo Landeros ?? vs. Manuel Sarabia 134.5
Venue: Four Points Sheraton, San Diego, California
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents in Association with Jorge Marron Productions
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