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By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight champion brothers Vitali and Vladimir Klitchko’s K2 Promotions took advantage of the nearby Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. vs. Brian Vera card in Carson, California, to promote some of its fighters appearing on an HBO-televised card on November 2, 2013. Featured at this press event was WBA/IBO Middleweight Champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin.
Golovkin, his trainer Abel Sanchez, and Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions, sat down with reporters Saturday afternoon in Manhattan Beach, California, a few hours before the scheduled Chavez Jr., vs. Vera bout that evening. Golovkin, (27-0, 24 KOs), relaxed and soft-spoken as usual, had few words about his upcoming title defense against Brooklyn’s Curtis Stevens, (25-3, 18 KOs), November 2nd in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“Right now I’m relaxed, my focus is on my training” said Golovkin. “My big day is November 2nd. Right now, I don’t have a lot of emotion. Curtis is very strong, he’s heavy, he’s a good puncher. I think it’s a great fight for us, for TV, for people, for everybody. It’s a very good fight.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
The second fight card in a two days in Tijuana turned out to be an entertaining night as Latin America’s biggest promoter, Zanfer, presented Friday night a short (for Tijuana standards) nine bout fight card at the Tecate tent installed at the parking lot of the historic Caliente racetrack five minutes away from Tijuana’s downtown. The free event was well attended and recorded for a later broadcast on Azteca America. In the main event, popular Tijuana super bantamweight Edivaldo “Indio” Ortega (17-0-1, 9KOs) remained undefeated as he looked impressive in stopping his toughest opponent to date in Carlos “Relampago” Jacobo (20-7-1, 16KOs) from Guamuchil, Mexico, in the sixth round of a scheduled ten. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
There is a lot of happenings in the Washington, DC/Maryland/VA area of the boxing universe including a very busy local schedule, boxers making big moves outside the area and changes in the local boxing structure.
Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Hernandez Harrison will take the biggest step of his young career as he faces Josh “Pitbull” Torres of Albuquerque, NM for the WBC Youth Welterweight title on Saturday, November 2 on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin-Curtis Stevens bout at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The 19-year-old Harrison (17-0, 10 KO’s) is coming off a fourth-round TKO over Guillermo Valdes on August 23 in Dover, DE. This will be the second time Harrison has fought on a Golovkin undercard as he won a six-round unanimous decision on June 29 at the Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT against Ben Ankrah. (more…)
On October 26th, Manchester’s own Michael “The Count” Bisping was set to return to British soil to battle Mark Munoz in the middleweight main event of UFC Manchester 2013 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Moments ago, three-division and four-time world champion Miguel Cotto from Caguas, Puerto Rico, arrived at Orlando, Florida, together with his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach to put the final touches to his training camp for his upcoming clash on Saturday, October 5th against top contender Delvin Rodriguez at the Amway Center Arena, live on HBO.
Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury moved to 10-0, 6 KOs after a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Dorian Darch (7-2, 1 KO) on Sunday afternoon at York Hall in East London. Fury, the highly regarded 6’6, 19-year-old cousin of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, prevailed by a score of 60-54. Hughie now has ten fights since turning pro seven months ago.
By Nick Giongco
Fredrick Lawson, the Ghana banger who is unbeaten in 21 fights with 19 knockouts, arrived in Manila on Sunday afternoon to help Manny Pacquiao rev up for his comeback fight against Brandon Rios on November 24 in Macau. Lawson was delighted to be in the Philippines as he hopes to help the Filipino get ready for Rios and learn something as well. “I am happy to be here,” said Lawson, who started his journey from the Ghana capital of Accra followed by a layover in Lagos and onwards to the UAE for the flight to Manila.
Lawson was recruited by Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, who also plans to sign him up under the MP Promotions banner. Pacquiao actually started sparring late last week in General Santos City but will resume his sparring sessions hopefully against Lawson on Tuesday.
Sadam Ali 146.6 vs. Jay Krupp 146.4
Michael Perez 139.2 vs. Miguel Zuniga 139.6
Marcus Browne 175.8 vs. Lamont Williams 175.2
Jamel Herring 135 vs. Justin Robbins 136.2
Emanuel Gonzalez 128.8 vs. Noel Echevarria 126.8
D’Mitrius Ballard 167 vs. Jess Noriega 163.8
Claude Staten Jr 123 vs. Derrick Bivins 121.6
Venue: Barclays Center
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Former Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (27-5, 20 KOs) returned to the ring Saturday night in his native Colombia to win a ten round unanimous decision over countryman Edison Garcia (23-17, 12 KOs) in a welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Coliseo Cubierto in Puerto, Colombia Scores were 97-94, 98-93, 98-93. Prescott was coming off an HBO-televised loss to Terence Crawford in March. The event was promoted by Juan Carlos Devia/PROBOX DEL CARIBE.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
On his own Hardwork Promotions card Saturday night at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD, promoter and Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July won a seventh-round technical decision over Joell Godfrey of East St. Louis, IL. The bout was marred by numerous fouls by the out-of town boxer. Godfrey hit July numerous times with low blows causing the bout to be momentarily halted twice. No points were taken away. The bout ended early in the seventh round with both boxers clashing heads and causing cuts on each other. The bout went to the scorecards and July won by scores of 57-56 and 59-54 twice. July is now 15-1-2, six KOs while Godfrey falls to 16-10-1, six KOs. (more…)
Following today’s official Golden Boy Live! (Monday Night Fights) weigh-in at the New York State Athletics Commission Office in Manhattan, fighters Sadam Ali, Michael Perez, Emmanuel Gonzalez and Claude Staten, Jr., plus Brooklyn’s own former world champion and boxing commentator Paulie Malignaggi and former world title contender Danny Jacobs will make an appearance at Brooklyn’s Atlantic Antic Festival.
The fighter appearances will take place at 2:30PM at the Barclays Center Mobile Unit on the corner of 625 Atlantic Avenue & 4th Avenue (the Barclays Center Mobile Unit will be located in front of Dunkin Donuts).
By Chris Morris
“The Pittsburgh Kid,” undefeated former world champion Paul Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 KOs) will likely take on Johan “El Terrible” Perez (17-1-1, 12 KOs) on November 30th for the WBA’s interim championship at welterweight. The fight will top a Golden Boy Promotions card at the Mountaineer Casino in Chester, West Virginia, site of Spadafora’s last three outings. No TV details announced yet.
There is speculation that fight could lead to Golden Boy Promotions bringing Spadafora into the fold as a possible undefeated opponent for Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Several years ago there was a sparring session between Spadafora and Mayweather in which Spadafora got the better of it. Also Spadafora’s undefeated streak is longer than Floyd’s, so there are multiple story lines.
By James Slater
According to various reports popping up all over the place, it seems Britain’s Amir Khan is the frontrunner to next challenge superstar Floyd Mayweather junior. Reportedly Khan has decided not to go ahead with his long planned December 7th fight with IBF welterweight champ Devon Alexander and instead go straight into a May 3rd date with Mayweather. Naturally Alexander is not pleased at this news and neither are some fans/critics who feel Khan has ducked Alexander and has not earned a shot at Mayweather.
The word is Alexander may now face Zab Judah in December instead, possibly with Paulie Malignaggi facing the unbeaten Shawn Porter as co-feature. This bill looks headed for the Barclays Centre in New York.
Khan’s challenge of Mayweather, if it does happen, will likey take place in the US due to tax reasons. So it sems Khan will not get his dream fight in England. Will a Mayweather-Khan clash appeal to the fans though, and would this match up sell out Floyd’s favourite arena The MGM Grand in Las Vegas?
In an huge upset, European champion and WBC #1 rated bantamweight Stephane Jamoye (25-4, 15 KOs) surprising lost a twelve round majority decision to unheralded Frenchman Karim Guerfi (20-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hall Omnisports de La Prealle in Herstal, Liege, Belgium. Guerfi entered the ring a loser in three of his last four, but shocked the Belgian hero Jamoye by scores of 116-112, 113-113, 115-113.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
(L-R) Undefeated former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia, former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and undefeated WBO world welterweight champion Timothy Bradley attended the Chavez Jr-Vera fight Saturday night at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Garcia takes on two-time WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez as part of an HBO world championship tripleheader on Saturday, November 9 from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Rios battles superstar Manny Pacquiao at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau, China and which will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Bradley goes up against four-division champion Juan Manuel Marquez also on HBO Pay-Per-View, Oct 12 from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
By Felipe Leon
Carla Caiz (96-94) scored the first four rounds for Vera and the last six for Chavez. Marty Denkin (97-93) scored rounds one and two for Chavez, round three for Vera, rounds four to seven for Chavez, rounds eight and nine for Vera, round ten for Chavez. Gwen Adair (98-92) saw Vera losing the first seven rounds, winning rounds eight and nine, and losing round ten.
Former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. believes he was the clear victor over Bryan Vera on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. “I won six or seven rounds,” said the ‘Son of the Legend.’ “Bryan Vera had maybe three rounds with more activity than me but I think he never really won one round clearly, you know? I connected on the best punches every time. I was always in control of the fight. In the tenth round I hurt him with a liver punch and he was ready to go. I almost knocked him out. I really believe I didn’t knock him out because I broke my hand in the fourth round.”
On a rematch: “I don’t think he needs a rematch. I think I beat this guy very clearly, landed the power punches, the best punches. You [reporters] see the opposite side. If I was Bryan Vera and he had my name what would have happened? If Vera hurt me, opposite of the way I hurt Vera, a lot of people would give the fight to Vera.”
On what happens next: “I can fight in December maybe. I don’t know my next opponent, but I’m ready for whatever happens.”
“I think y’all know what happened,” said middleweight Bryan Vera following his controversial decision loss to “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr in Saturday night in Carson, California. “I think I won. I think I outboxed him. I think I outworked him inside and out. He caught me with a few shots because I was being so aggressive. I felt I had to be to win the fight here, where he’s somewhat from. He trains in LA and stuff, so I felt like it was more his hometown than mine. I felt I did enough to win. I’m just disappointed right now, but I’m just hoping we do it again.”
On fighting at a higher weight: “I felt like I was the bigger man and stronger because who was going back? I felt like I was putting the pressure on him. Nobody in here thought I wound be pushing him back, but I’m a warrior like they call me. You saw what you saw. I don’t have much to say about it.”
On the scoring: “When I heard the score 98-92 I felt like I was gonna be robbed. I just had a feeling. It made me sick to my stomach before they even said what was gonna happen.”
On a rematch: “I’d love to fight him again. My team wants to do it. I just think he’s not going to want to do it again.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. spoke to ringside media moments after his victory over Bryan Vera on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Chavez through Zanfer Promotions President Fernando Beltran stated that he was hampered by an injury to his right hand.
“I injured my hand in round four when I hurt him,” said Chavez. “That’s why I couldn’t knock him out!”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Peruvian WBA interim light flyweight world champion Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel (31-8, 13 KOs) successfully made the third defense of his belt with a twelve round majority decision over Mexican challenger Jose Alfredo “El Diablito” Zuñiga (11-5-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at Lima’s Mega Plaza Norte. Scores were 117-114, 117-117 and 116-113.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Mahonri “Russo” Montes in a bout for the WBC International silver welterweight belt on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were Polideportivo Centenario de Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 117-112, 118-110 and 115-113.
In other bouts, lightweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella moved to 14-0, 14 KOs with a fourth round KO of Cesar Vazquez (25-3, 16 KOs) and unheralded jr welterweight Ramiro Alcaraz (14-2-1, 8 KOs) took advantage of a broken hand suffered bu high regarded Antonio “KÑS” Lozada (32-2, 28 KOs) to post an unexpected eight round decision.
By Ron Jackson
Former WBO light middleweight and middleweight champion Harry Simon of Namibia boxed his way to an impressive 12 round points decision over Geard Ajetovic of Serbia to win the vacant IBF International light heavyweight title in Windhoek, Namibia on Saturday night. The scores were 117-111 twice and 116-113 all in favour of Simon. The 41-year-old Simon (79.25kg) looking a bit fleshy around the middle was just too clever for the 32-year-old Ajetovic (78.55kg) who never really got into the fight as he battled to get past the educated left jab of the Namibian. Simon was also able to score with stinging combinations to the head. The shorter Ajetovic who fights out of Prescot in the United Kingdom also holds the WBO European super middleweight title, possibly shaded three rounds when Simon who paced himself so well decided to take some rounds off. Simon improves his record to 29-0, 21 KOs and Ajetovic drops to 23-9-1, 11 KOs. The referee was Simon Xamlashe of South Africa.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Paul Mendez (14-2-1, 5 KOs) of Salinas, Calif., retained his IBA Continental middleweight title Saturday night via a fifth-round TKO after wearing down Rahman Yusubov (9-12, 7 KOs) of Dallas at the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif. There were no knockdowns but Yusubov was on the wrong end of a one-sided assault in the scheduled 10-rounder. The Don Chargin and Paco Presents promotion was the first pro boxing card at the Woodland area venue in five years.
Earlier, it was Bruno Escalante by MD-8 over Joseph Rios, junior-bantamweights; Eric Mendez by KO-2 over Ricardo Pinell, junior-middleweights; Andy Vences by UD-4 over Matthew Flores, lightweights; and Darwin Price by UD-4 over Johnny Frazier, junior-welterweights.
By Felipe Leon and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
After ten rounds in which former middleweight champion and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (47-1-1, 32 KOs) looked slow, lethargic and was just plain inactive, he was awarded a highly controversial unanimous decision over WBO #1 middleweight Brian Vera (23-7, 14 KOs) in a non-title ten rounder fought at a catch weight of 173lbs. on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. Vera threw and landed more punches as he scored multi-punch combinations to the head and body of the stationary Chavez Jr. Despite landing the harder punches including devastating right hands to the chin and left hooks to the body, Chavez Jr spent more time complaining of low blows and head butts than scoring as Vera just kept punching. Chavez Jr mentioned that he fractured his hand in the fifth round.
A fight broke out in the walk out bout between Oscar Valdez (7-0, 6KOs) and Jose Morales (7-5-1, 1KO) in the featherweight division as both threw bombs from the opening bell. Both were game but Valdez’s got there quicker and harder especially in the third when he sent Morales to the canvas twice. The second time prompted referee Pat Russell to halt the action at the 1:57 mark of the third round of a scheduled six. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, rising super welterweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (20-0, 12KOs) pummeled rugged veteran Elco Garcia (27-9, 13KOs) throughout, on his way to an explosive fifth round TKO stoppage of the scheduled ten round super welterweight main event of the card promoted by Top Rank Inc. The seven bout card featured impressive showings from some of the rising stars in the northeast, including explosive first knockouts from talented super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (10-0, 9KOs) and debuting super lightweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez, along with a one sided fifth round stoppage by super feather prospect Toka “T-Nice” Kahn Clary (8-0, 6KOs). (more…)
By Graham Houston
The fight distance and the weight limit were changed but Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Bryan Vera weighed in on Friday and we have a fight at the StubHub Center in the Los Angeles suburbs tonight (TV coverage on HBO). The bout is now scheduled for 10 rounds, not 12 as originally intended. The original weight limit of 165 pounds was stretched to accommodate Chavez’s struggle to make weight. Chavez weighed in at 172.4 pounds on Friday, while Vera came in at 171.2 pounds, making this a catchweight contest.
While Chavez is a massive betting favourite, doubts persist about Chavez’s dedication. Chavez hasn’t boxed since he lost to Sergio Martinez a year ago. A positive test for marijuana saw Chavez given a nine-month suspension by the Nevada commission after the Martinez fight. He hasn’t been working with trainer Freddie Roach for this fight, instead promoting an assistant trainer Vladimir Baldenbro, little-known to the boxing public, to the position of head trainer, while Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. has had an expanded role and will apparently work in his son’s corner tonight. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Peruvian WBA interim light flyweight world champion Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel will make the third defense of his belt tonight against Mexican challenger Jose Alfredo “El Diablito” Zuñiga at Lima’s Mega Plaza Norte. Officials are Panamanian referee Julio Cesar Alvarado and judges David Singh of Panama, Jesus Cova of Venezuela and Raul Nieves of Puerto Rico. Some good trash talk in the lead-up to this fight.
Photos: HBO/Ed Mulholland
Former middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (46-1-1, 32 KOs) is a heavy -1400 favorite to defeat WBO #1 middleweight Brian Vera (23-6, 14 KOs) tonight in a ten rounder at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Vera backers can get +700. After originally being contracted as a super middleweight bout, the fight ended up as a light heavyweight contest and even with the revised 173lb contract weight, Chavez looked drained at the weigh-in. Could Vera, who has previously upset the likes of Andy Lee, Sergio Mora and Sergey Dzinziruk, and looked to be in prime condition, defy the odds again?
Odds are a lot tighter for the WBC light heavyweight championship showdown in Montreal between current beltholder Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 8 KOs), who is a -350 pick to beat former IBF titlist Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs). Cloud is at +250, coming off his only career loss to ageless Bernard Hopkins. This shapes up to be an entertaining slugfest between big hitters and might also be a good under play. Many consider Cloud to be a live dog.
Odds from bet365.com.
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Tonight Ghost Town Promotions’ Raul Utajara has a six bout card at the Longmont Athletic Club, located in Longmont, Colorado. In the main event, local fan favorite, Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo (12-1, 7 KOs) returns to action against tough guy Terry Buterbaugh (9-8-3, 4 KOs). They will clash over six rounds at welterweight. Click for more + video interviews with the fighters…
Former Amir Khan first-time conqueror Colombian Breidis Prescott (26-5, 20 KOs) returns to the ring tonight in his native Colombia to take on countryman Edison Garcia (23-16, 12 KOs) in a 10 round welterweight main event. Both fighters weighed in at 147 pounds Friday. Location will be the Coliseo Cubierto de Puerto Colombia with Juan Carlos Devia/PROBOX DEL CARIBE promoting the event and WIN SPORTS to televise. Prescott is best known for being the first to defeat former world champion Khan stopping him in less than a round.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Thompson Boxing Promotions returned to the Inland Empire at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California for its Path to Glory series. Lake Elsinore’s Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera took on Miguel Angel Huerta of Mexico City in the eight round junior welterweight main event. Herrera was dominant as he outworked Huerta in going the distance. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
WBO Youth super flyweight champion David “El Duro” Carmona (16-1-4, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (11-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. The WBO #14 rated Carmona dropped Tostado in round two en route to a 98-91, 97-92, 97-92 win.
Also on the show, jr. middleweight prospect Luis “Slaver” Grajeda (16-1-1, 12 KOs) scored an absolutely brutal first round KO against Josue Atilano “Golden Boy” Mendoza (11-5-3, 5 KOs). Grajeda put Mendoza on the deck three times. Mendoza was down for several minutes.
Courtesy, Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Paul Mendez 159.5 vs. Rahman Yusubov 159.5; (main event)
Bruno Escalante 113.5 vs. Joseph Rios 113.5(semi-main)
Ricardo Pinell 153.5 vs. Eric Mendez 154
Andy Vences 134 vs. Matthew Flores 134
Darwin Price 139.5 vs. Johnny Frazier 139
Venue: Cache Creek Casino Resort, Brooks, Calif. (Woodland area)
Date: Saturday, Sept. 28.
Promoters: Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Hardwork Promotions “United Nations” Card scheduled for Saturday, September 28 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD is complete. Boxing is returning to the Patapsco Arena — located at 3301 Annapolis Road in Baltimore — for the first time since 1998. Headlining the show will be the card’s promoter — Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hardwork” July– who will take on veteran Joell Godfrey of East St. Louis, IL in a scheduled eight-round contest. July (14-1-2, six KOs) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision over Rayford Johnson on June 22 in Frederick, MD. Godfrey (16-9-1, six KOs) last fought on July 26 and won a four-round majority decision over Willie Chisolm. Godfrey has bounced back and forth between cruiserweight and heavyweight throughout his career. (more…)
By Chris Morris
Raul Carrillo 148.6 vs. Terry Buterbaugh 146.6
Giovanni Merceron 152.2 vs. Jeremy Ramos 152.6
Maurice Louishomme 158.2 vs. Victor Villereal 162.2
Hilario Medina 124.6 vs. Rubin Santos 125.0
Carlos Marquez 148.0 vs. Angel Smith-will weigh upon arrival
Promoter: Ghost Town Gladiators
Matchmaker: Raul Utajara
Venue: Longmont Athletic Club
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