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- "Fights at the Fitz" returns this Saturday
- Former European champ Pat Barrett to promote first boxing show
- Mthalane to make first defense of IBO flyweight belt
- 143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri
- Povetkin KOs Takam in 10; Chakhkiev crushes Fragomeni; Charr stops Grant
- Weights from Kissimmee, FL
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- Lucas Martins: The Featherweight You Should Know
The “Rural Rumble 2011” fight card is shaping up to be one of the best yet. This will be the fourth installment of the annual series presented by the City of Fallon and Let’s Get It On Promotions. “Rural Rumble” 2011 is this Saturday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, NV. The card will be anchored by the highly anticipated return of Northern Nevada favorite Derek Hinkey (8-2, 7 KOs) as he does battle with tough veteran Anthony Bartinelli (20-14, 13 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout.
Also, fast rising super-featherweight “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) will be returning to Fallon. Smith will be fighting the talented Arron “The Energizer” Robinson (6-2-2, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Michal Koper/ringpolska.pl
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) was in a patriotic mood during today’s press conference in Going, Austria. Wearing a t-shirt celebrating the independence of his native Ukraine, the champ didn’t forget to send some of verbal jabs in direction of his September 10 challenger Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO).
When one of the reporters asked him about how Adamek can defeat him in the ring, Klitschko manager Bernd Boente jumped in and responded: “He will need a gun.”
Vitali added, “I don’t think police will let him bring the gun. Maybe a baseball bat? No, not even this can help him!” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Although Juan Garcia (14-3, 5 KO’s) is winless in his last three bouts dating back over three years, he is still optimistic about his career and the amount of training he has received at the Summit Gym in Big Bear, CA. He will take on Hector Serrano (13-2, 5 KO’s) in a crossroads bout Thursday night at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. “I’ve seen his record and a few videos of him. He’s a good fighter. I don’t care what he does. If I’m not ready for this fight, I’m not prepared to be a fighter.” Asked about his recent streak of losses, Garcia replied, “I was 21 and not mature. I didn’t take care of my weight, but now I’ve learned to control that and thoroughly prepare for a fight. I feel a lot stronger now than in my previous losses.” Fight fans could attend today’s (Wednesday) weigh-in for free at the Metro PCS store in East L.A. at 5060 Whittier Boulevard at 3PM local time.
A great fighter once told unbeaten Jessie Vargas, “This sport is about making the most money, and coming out clean and pretty.”
With just 16 fights, two of ‘em Telefutura headliners, the money may not yet factor into the equation, but the unbeaten Las Vegas boxer has managed to emerge unscathed and is now ready to make more noise in the headlines than his promoter does after a night at the Vegas clubs . . . Click here for full story
For its return to Houston for the first time since 2007, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is bringing some of the sport’s most recognizable names to Texas this October. UFC® officials announced today over two dozen athletes scheduled to participate in the UFC® Fan Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Friday, Oct. 7 and Saturday, Oct. 8. (more…)
By Lou McLaughlin
Former IBF Cruiserweight champion Al “Ice” Cole faces former Tyson conqueror Danny Williams September 3 in Karlstad, Sweden. Cole, the IBF cruiserweight champion from 1992 to 1997, has been in comeback mode for number of months. For this bout he is being trained by Bashir Ali, chief assistant to the legendary trainer Emmanuel Steward. Cole feels that his experience coupled with his height and reach will be his course to victory. Over the past weeks his training has included rigorous sparring in which he has shown his timing and rhythm coming back and hopes to continue his career.
By Francisco Salazar
There is a verbal agreement that unbeaten lightweights Sharif Bogere and Francisco Contreras will face off on October 14th, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com on Tuesday afternoon. “We have a verbal agreement and we sent the paperwork over to them,” said Gomez, who is also the promotional company’s Vice President. Contrera is managed by Cameron Dunkin and does not have a promoter after TKO Promotions collapsed. In his last fight in May, Bogere (20-0, 12 KO’s) won a close and debatable 10 round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran. Contreras (16-0, 13 KO’s) was victorious in his last bout in March, a six round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros. Although a venue or city have not been announced, Gomez is holding out hope that the card will land somewhere in Southern California as the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson fight will take place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles the following night. If the Bogere-Contreras fight gets finalized, it will more than likely be televised on a ShoBox: the New Generation card.
Everything is set for the return of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL this Friday, August 26.
The main event will feature a rematch between WBO Latino jr. featherweight champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (18-2-3, 8 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his title against former WBC Continental Americas titleholder Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-5-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico in a rematch bout. In their first encounter last April 29 at the Kissimmee Civic Center Nieves won a controversial split decision in an action packed fight. (more…)
STRIKEFORCE® announced today that HDNet will broadcast live preliminary bouts and official weigh-ins for the WORLD GRAND PRIX SEMI-FINALS on Sept. 10 in Cincinnati, as well as for the WORLD GRAND PRIX FINALS scheduled to take place in the coming months. (more…)
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The Finalists of the Showtime Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament, Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will be sharing the final swing of their international press tour with the world via internet stream, live today from Oakland City Hall Plaza beginning at 11:30AM PT. The Oakland press conference will stream live online at http://sports.sho.com.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko spars with Fres Oquendo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super flyweight contender Oscar Ibarra (27-4, 18 KOs) met the WBC’s 30-day pre weigh-in regulations of the WBC in advance of his September 24 fight against Filipino Sylvester Lopez (16-3, 12 KOs) in the Plaza de Toros de Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico. The bout will be a final eliminator to challenge for the crown of newly crowned WBC champion Sor Suriyan Rungvisai on an event organized by the company Promociones del Pueblo. On Tuesday at WBC Headquarters and in the presence of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Ibarra weighed 125.40.
Zeferino Entertainment has launched a five-card boxing series at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The first of the “Battle at the Ballpark” series, presented by Zeferino and Speaking Rock Casino, is set for Oct. 15. The main event of the first card headlines unbeaten heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez, who is coming off a KO win over former contender Owen Beck. El Paso’s Jennifer Han will fight the co-main and locals Oscar Valenzuela, Cesar Valenzuela, Joel Garcia, Eric Reza and Jojo Galarza will fight on the undercard. Tickets will start at $5. Stay tuned as the card develops.
By Francisco Salazar
Junior middleweight world title holder Saul Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) worked out for the media on Tuesday afternoon at the Summit Gym in Big Bear, CA. Also on hand was Oscar De La Hoya, who gave Alvarez high praise after the intense workout. Alvarez will defend his world title belt on September 17th against contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA as part of the “Star Power” card. Headlining the split-site pay per view card will be unbeaten Floyd Mayweather challenging Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV for Ortiz’s welterweight world title belt.
Saul Alvarez: “I feel great for this upcoming fight. I know there is a lot of speculation on who people want me ton fight, but my focus is on Alfonso Gomez. We have looked at four-five videos of his recent fights. He has heart, throws solid combinations, and has experience. His talk outside the ring has not affected me. Instead, it has motivated me a great deal.”
Oscar de la Hoya: “I never thought that this kid would improve this fast. He is moving in the right direction. He has surpassed me when I was his age. He has a great deal of poise and technique. In his last fight (in June) he made (Ryan) Rhodes look like an amateur. He wants to fight the big names in the division now, but I tell him that his time will come. We want to make him a global superstar.” more photos
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch continued the three-city international press tour on Tuesday in New York City to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Michal Koper/Ringpolska
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) was all smiles during the first day of open media training. “Adamek is like my second brother now. I’m watching his fights everyday,” said “Dr Ironfist” during the media day in Austrian resort Going.
With Adamek-Grant fight playing in the background, the 40-year-old Vitali looked rested and happy, being more like master of ceremony than the heavyweight champion. “I have all the trainers in the world helping me to beat Adamek. One for the warm up, one who is working pads with me, another to watch me hit the bag, another for tennis. All of them have one name, Fritz Sdunek,” laughed Klitschko who on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland will defend his title against former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs). (more…)
In assessing his first UFC bout last September, welterweight David Mitchell doesn’t beat around the bush. “The UFC jitters are real,” he said. “And hopefully they’re gone.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Mike Bernier
Since SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic is a US tournament, a neutral location within the United States was designated as the location and the Froch Team had little negotiation room as to were the fight would take place.
Aaron M. Davis, Director of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board told Fightnews.com that he has a large group of very capable officials to choose from. He understands how important this fight is for boxing and assures that the referee and judges at ringside will be the best they have.
Rumor is capable Eddie Cotton will be the third man.
Matchroom Promotions Eddie Hearn confirmed to Fightnews.com that the size of the ring will be 24 x 24 (same for entire tournament), glove weight is 10oz, no rematch clause due to tournament.
The WBA and WBC belts as well as the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup are on the line.
WBO #11, WBA #12 Tommy Karpency (21-2) returns to the ring at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania on September 24th. A winner of 10 of his last 11 fights, Karpency will face streaking Philly prospect Anthony Ferrante (12-2) in the 10 round main event for the vacant Pennsylvania light heavyweight title. Promoted by Joey Eye Boxing, the card will also feature Philly lightweight prospect Victor Vasquez (14-5) and local heavyweight Joe Dawejko (4-0) in separate bouts.
Undefeated featherweight dynamo Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (13-0,10 KO’s) will return to action on Saturday, September 3, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, as part of an event called “Battle in Biloxi” with an HBO-televised main event featuring the IBF Welterweight championship fight between Jan Zaveck and former champ Andre Berto. Del Valle will take on Kenyan boxer Anthony Napunyi (14-10, 7 KO’s) in a 10-round bout. Del Valle was last seen in a SHOWTIME-televised unanimous decision win over tough Vietnamese slugger Dat Nguyen, which made him the NABA Featherweight Champion.
Former Olympian Carlos Negron will have a hard test next September 2 when he faces veteran Epifanio Mendoza in the 6th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio”, to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon in a PR Best Boxing Promtions (PRBBP) in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised live on WAPA America. Negron (13-0, 9 KOs) will make his fourth start of 2011 and his fourth as a heavyweight against Mendoza (31-12-1, 27 KOs), from Colombia, in a six round bout, co-featuring the show.
Headlining the card, Jose “Chelo” González (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title in a 10 round fight against Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs). Gonzalez is ranked #8 by the WBO. In another co-feature, former Olympian McJoe Arroyo (7-0, 4 KOs) back to the ring in a six rounds 115lb bout. Arroyo hasn’t fight since January when he was cut in the mouth in his win over Eduardo Melendez.
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Four potential heavyweight champions participated in today´s public work-out in Erfurt ahead of Saturday´s big Sauerland Event card in Germany. Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) clash for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title, while WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) looks to complete his KO hat-trick of former champions when he takes on Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs). The Nordic Nightmare, who has already destroyed Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, is confident of success. Helenius was the first of the four heavyweights to show his skills during an open session at the Thüringen-Park shopping mall. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division WBA world champion Rosendo “El Bufalo” Alvarez (37-3-2, 24 KOs) will enter the Sports Hall of Fame in Nicaragua on Wednesday at an event organized by the Nicaraguan Sports Institute (IND). A world champion at minimumweight and light flyweight, the 41-year-old Alvarez is retired but is currently training in Miami with a firm intention to return to profesional boxing after five years of inactivity. His fight for the unification of the miniumweight titles against ring legend Ricardo “Finito” Lopez in March 1998 resulted in a draw, the only blemish on Lopez’ unbeaten career record. In 13 world title fights, Alvarez faced the likes of Jose Bonilla, Chana Porpaoin, Kermin Guardia, Tomas Rojas, Beibis Mendoza and Jorge Arce among others.
Story and photo by Brett Bonetti
Former IBO Cruiserweight World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green held a press conference today in Perth Australia to announce he wants a rematch with Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver. There was some speculation that Green was going to announce his retirement at today’s presser following his loss to Tarver last month, however Green said he had no intention of quitting. “I’m a fighter, I took a pizzling at the hands of Tarver, it was not my night and it hurt a lot to lose my world title,” Green said. (more…)
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