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Heavyweights “Vicious’ Vincent Thompson and Jonte Willis will both look to remain unbeaten when they step into the ring at Brian Halquist Production’s Battle at the Boat 82 on June 4 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Thompson, a resident of Federal Way, has put together a perfect 7-0 professional record and has quickly become a fan favorite at the Emerald Queen Casino. Thompson’s opponent will be Kelsey Arnold (4-7-1). “I don’t care who they throw at me. I am the type of fighter who will step into the ring with anyone,” Thompson said. “This is just another step towards bringing a title back to Washington State.”
Thompson, however, isn’t the only undefeated heavyweight on the card as Tacoma’s Willis (7-0-1, 3 KOs) looks to continue his winning ways. Willis faces hard-hitting Canadian Shane Andreesen, who sports a record of 10-3-0 with six wins coming by knockout. (more…)
When Brazil native Jorge Santiago returns to the UFC for the first time in over four years this Saturday to face Brian Stann, he does so not just with a new nickname, “Sandman.” In fact, the man stepping back in the Octagon in Las Vegas bears little resemblance to the one last seen on the wrong end of an Alan Belcher head kick in 2006 . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapai (23-3-3, 18 KOs) has targeted former world heavyweight champion Ruslan Chaegev and Chris Arreola says leading Australian boxing trainer Noel Thornberry. “Alex is confident he would KO both Chaegev and Arreola,” said Thornberry. “Arreola and Chageav both defeated tough American heavyweight Travis Walker but were extended. Alex stopped Walker in four rounds. I will promote Alex in an IBF regional bout in July and would like to have Irishman Kevin McBride as an opponent. He lost to Ademak but defeated Mike Tyson so he has credibility.” Thornberry guided Masilino Masoe to the WBA middleweight crown and Noel’s brother Ricky took Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottkke the distance in WBO and IBF world title bouts respectively.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world boxing champion Oscar de la Hoya has sent several messages through his Twitter account. According to a trusted source, the Golden Boy has been at a $77,000 a month rehab center in Malibu, California since May 7 and attends three meetings a day.
“I’m sincerely humbled by the support I’ve been receiving and promise you that I will knock out this disease I have. There is no doubt in my mind that I will become stronger and more humble with this experience. These past weeks I have grown as a person and have been able to find my higher power. Every day he gives me the strength to live life in a humiliating way. Life as I’m learning is to love myself first so I can love those around me. Thank you and I’ll see you soon stronger than ever.”
Oscar, we appreciate you and send our greatest respect and best wishes at this difficult time.
Professional Boxing returns to the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, California on June 3 featuring an eight round cruiserweight battle between two former amateur stars, Anatoliy “The Dragon Man” Dudchenko (11-2, 8 KOs) and Michael “Famous” Simms (21-13-2, 13 KOs). Dudchenko is a past member of the Ukrainian National Team and has reeled of eight victories in a row. Simms, a former U.S. Olympian and World Amateur Champion when he defeated current WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, has faced a who’s who of world class talent. (more…)
By Robert Coster
The Dominican Republic’s explosive WBA #8, WBC #10 super-bantamweight Jenifel Vicente (21-0-2, 14 KOs) headlines an international mega-card in Santo Domingo on May 30th, defending his WBA Fedelatin title against hard-hitting Colombian prospect Luis Zanbrano (9-1, 8 KOs). Should Vicente win this upcoming bout, he is scheduled to make his US debut against highly touted Chris Avalos on June 10th in Santa Ynez, CA. The charismatic Vicente has become hugely popular on the island due to his acrobatic leaps into the ring, his bravado and take-no-prisoner style.
On the same card, WBA #13 middleweight Giovanni Lorenzo (29-4, 21 KOs) returns to boxing action against Colombian visitor Jaison Palomeque (14-4-1, 8 KOs). (more…)
By Bob Caico
Heavyweight Donnell “The Real Touch of Sleep” Holmes returned to the ring after a 15 month layoff due to promotional problems and scored a second round TKO over Jimmy Haynes (21- 17-2) Saturday night at the Long Branch Saloon in Raleigh, NC. Holmes went right after his opponent and dominated him from the opening bell. Holmes dropped Haynes in the second round with a final right hand and the referee waived off the fight at 1:10. Holmes improves to 33-1-2 with his 29th knockout and is ready for the elite of the division. “With proper notice and a proper camp I will get in the ring with anybody right now”, claims Donnell. “I wasn’t offered the right money or the right length of time to get ready for the fights brought to me.” (more…)
Unbeaten Polish middleweight Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (16-0, 11 KOs) will now face Marcus Upshaw (13-5-1, 6 KOs) for both the IBF International title and NABO belt in a ten round clash on June 11 at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman faces “Bad” Galen Brown in the main event.
Photos by Eroll Popova
The first title defense and his 50th pro bout for current Euro champ Lukas Kocecny (46-3, 22 KOs) – these are the facts for the upcoming fight this coming Friday May 27th in Konecny’s hometown of Usti nad Labem. The mandatory challenger of the EBU rankings is Hussein Bayram (34-3, 19 KOs) of France who will try to kick Lukas Konecny of the European super welterweight throne. Konecny made it into the Czech history books as the first European boxing champion of his homeland. Hussein Bayram has proclamied that he will end this moment on the top of the best fighter of the Czech Republic. But the SES fighter Konecny wants to add another triumph to his amazing career when he steps into the ring at Zlatopramen Arena of Usti. “I want to shine in this jubilee fight. Bayram will have no chance and I haven’t reached my biggest goal yet. The world title is still in my sight,“ Lukas Konecny stated. In order to increase the chances for a world title fight the WBO interconti championship will also up for grab in this boxing event in Usti alongside the defense of the European belt. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Welterweight world title holder Victor Ortiz from Ventura, CA has been through a whirlwind of events over the last month or so. It all started with his 12 round unanimous decision victory over Andre Berto to win the title on April 16th. Two weeks, Kansas governor Sam Brownback proclaimed “Victor Ortiz day” on May 11th. Ortiz was born in Garden City, KS. Last Wednesday, Ortiz was honored with a key to the city of Ventura and a proclamation from the city council by Mayor Bill Fulton at the Watermark restaurant in Ventura. After a vacation in the Caribbean, Ortiz will come back to tackle an opponent that is bigger than any he has faced. He, along with manager Rolando Arellano, will participate in the 2011 Ford Ironman triathlon in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Sunday, June 26th. The event consists of a 2.4-mile run, followed by a 112-mile bike ride, and concluding with a 26.2-mile run. No word on whom Ortiz will face when he returns to the ring, but there are rumors that he could face unbeaten welterweight Floyd Mayweather. However, Mayweather must deal with legal matters that might keep him out of the ring.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m ready to fight now, being in my boxing prime, not as some over the hill fighter. I have nothing to lose, I’m calm as always and it will be the same when I will be facing Vitali on September 10 in Wroclaw. I have to say thank you to Vitali to giving me this chance and I will do the best to make the best of it,” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO), during first official press conference announcing his fight versus WBC titleholder, Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO).
Klitschko stated, “I’m really happy to be here to fight Tomasz Adamek. It will be a great fight because Tomasz is a great contender, two time light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion. I know his weakest and strongest points. I also know that size doesn’t matter in boxing. Only what you have in your heart, and your skills.” (more…)
Looking to regain his status as one of the premier super middleweights in the world, former World Boxing Council/World Boxing Association (WBC/WBA) 168-pound champion Mikkel “The Viking Warrior’’ Kessler will return to the ring for the first time in 14 months when he faces Mehdi Bouadla on Saturday, June 4, on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The 12-rounder between Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs), of Denmark, and Bouadla (23-3, 11 KOs), of France, will be shown before the LIVE Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal on SHOWTIME (delayed on the West Coast) between defending WBC titlist Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) and former world champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., at Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
By Team Maidana
After learning in the media that WBA regular Super Lightweight champion Amir Khan would be facing either Zab Judah or Robert Guerrero next July 23rd, Team Maidana Team wants to contact Team Khan in order to coordinate details of the ceremony in which Mr. Khan will have to hand out his title to Mr. Maidana.
In order to avoid Mr. Khan any inconvenience as he would probably be in training camp at the time and we do not intend to cause any distractions to him Team Maidana wants to inform that we will be more than happy to receive the WBA title from Mr. Khan’s own hands either in London or Manchester in the always lovely England. Otherwise, we are willing to organize a big party in Argentina for which, of course, we would pay all travel expenses for Mr. Khan and companions. (more…)
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Main Events returned this past Friday to the Prudential Center’s intimate AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, NJ with hard hitting Columbian Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KOs) earning a workmanlike, but one sided unanimous decision over late replacement Anges Adjaho (17-6, 9 KOs) of Benin, Africa in the main event of the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card. In the co-feature, undefeated welterweight and 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam Ali (13-0, 7 KOs) had to survive a few tense moments in the eighth and final round along with a power outage to capture a unanimous decision over a game but outgunned John Revish (9-4-2, 8 KOs) . . . Click here for more
Fighting rising heavyweight star Stefan Struve is sort of like facing the same dilemma Luke Skywalker and his buddies dealt with when trying to take out the Death Star in Star Wars. You’ve got a small window of opportunity, so you’d better strike fast and strike accurately. Otherwise, you’re in trouble.” . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Zanfer Promotions has announced a three year contract renewal with IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vazquez (28-3, 12 KOs). He won the belt in September 2010 and has made two defenses to date. Promoter Fernendo Beltran said there are many plans for Vazquez including a possible title unification or big fights in the 140lb division, as well.
After signing a three year contract with Prize Fight Boxing Promotions, undefeated welterweight prospect, Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (13-0-1, 8 KO’s), makes his way back to the ring after a one year layoff. The hard punching Mayfield who hails from San Francisco California, will battle former world champion Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KO’s) in a ten round bout. The fight is set to take place in Austin, Texas on Friday June 17, 2011 and will be televised live on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights as the co-feature to Fernando Guerrero (21-0, 16 KO’s) vs. Michael Medina (24-3-2, 19 KO’s).
6’7 former heavyweight title challenger “Big” Michael Grant (47-4, 35 KOs) is seeking a high level heavyweight opponent for his next fight. Grant reports: “Since my knockout of Tye Fields in March, we are having difficulty finding a high-ranking heavyweight willing to fight me. I am ready to step up to the highest level available and will fight any of the top heavyweights willing to get in the ring with me.” The 38-year-old Grant’s longtime attorney and management advisor Jim Thomas added, “Mike is one of the most athletically gifted and powerful heavyweights ever, and at one point he was the most highly-regarded heavyweight in the world. He has had some bad breaks along the way, but he has fought through them, and I believe he is now once again one of the best and most dangerous heavyweights in the world. We are looking for a high-ranking heavyweight with the courage to get in the ring with Mike, and we do not have a promoter, so a fight ought to be easy to arrange.”
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Omar “The Businessman” Chavez the youngest boxing son of Mexican legend, Julio Cesar Chavez will be in action this Saturday night in Mexicali, Mexico in the main event of the boxing series “Top Rank Live” when he takes on Genaro Tranzancos in a 10 round welterweight bout that will be televised live from the “Palenque Fex” by Fox Deportes in the United States and by TV Azteca in Mexico.
Chavez (25-0-1, 18 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico has been training the past six weeks with his older brother, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California getting ready for the fight. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Leopoldo Gonzalez/Canelo Promotions
WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez began strength and endurance training in preparation for his battle against British southpaw Ryan Rhodes, scheduled for June 18 at the Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco, Mexico. Alvarez is already running between four and five miles in the mountains of Big Bear California, plus jogging beside a beautiful lake. Everything is perfect weather for his preparation. For more details and photos click here…
“You was hard and nasty. You had this cast iron jaw. But then the worst thing happened to you that could happen to any fighter. You got civilized.” . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” is back on Saturday as former two-division world champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares of Venezuela squares off against Colombia’s Francisco Cordero in a 10 round fight for the WBA International lightweight title at the Mazatlan International Center in Mazatlan, Mexico. In the main event, unbeaten Pedro Guevara battles Mario Rodriguez in a 12-round bout for the WBC Silver light flyweight championship. 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.
Sports history was made Saturday night when Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KO’s), at 46 years old, dethroned 28-year-old WBC light heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KO’s), making Hopkins the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title.
“It feels great,” said Hopkins “I did exactly what I wanted to do, which was break this record. I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I wasn’t going to be denied. You don’t get a chance to do this too often. You are supposed to win titles when you are younger…in your twenties, not when you’re 46. I didn’t feel 46 tonight. I felt more like 36. I can say I am a great fighter. It was exciting. I think everybody enjoyed themselves.
“I have been accused of being boring, but I saved the best for last. I am going to fight like this [with a more exciting style] as long as I am boxing. I believe I am an entertainer. When you are in your last performances, you give it all you’ve got.” (more…)
“I was on the edge of my seat every round,” said George Foreman on 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins breaking his record as oldest fighter to win a world championship. “It was such an exciting fight. Bernard was the better athlete, the smarter fighter and was in the better condition. Now that a 46 [year-old] has done it, next a 47[year-old], a 48[year-old], a 49[year-old] and a 50 [year-old] will do it, and if somebody does it at 60, then I’ll have to get back in there.
“Look, Hopkins did push-ups. What great conditioning, and he did it in Pascal hometown. Isn’t that something? He was just so much better. I’m happy for Hopkins and I’m happy for mature athletes.
“If my record goes down, you want to see it go down that way. If it was the Olympics, Bernard gets the Gold Medal and breaks the record for the world championship. This was the best I’ve seen Bernard take charge of the fight with a young strong champion like Pascal. Long live the king.”
Foreman was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer for the heavyweight title on November 5, 1994, 192 days younger than Hopkins when he captured his title.
UPDATE: Prize Fight VP of Operations Nate Yoder stated to FightNews “Majewski is not fighting Bunema. Majewski will still fight on the June 11th card and an opponent for him will soon be announced.”
Undefeated middleweight Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (16-0, 11 KOs) will face his first major test on June 11 when he faces former world title challenger Alex Bunema (31-8-2, 17 KOs) at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS for the vacant NABO and IBF International middleweight titles. The event, entitled “TNT at the DCC”, is promoted by Prize Fight Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Global Boxing, and will be headlined by the ten round heavyweight match between former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman against Galen Brown. Majewski is a native of Radom, Poland but now resides in Atlantic City, NJ. He is promoted by Global Boxing Promotions, and is trained by Bill Johnson, father of former lightweight champion Leavander Johnson. Bunema just went ten rounds less than a week ago with Andy Lee, losing 100-90 on all cards.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will partner with Texas-based the Boot Campaign to launch a fundraising effort benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. UFC® fans are encouraged to “get YOUR boots on” by purchasing The Boot Campaign’s signature “give back” combat boots and apparel at www.BootCampaign.com/UFC , with proceeds benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. Fans purchasing “give back” combat boots will be granted free admission to the UFC 130 after-party on May 28 at XS Nightclub at Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins didn’t pay the sanctioning fee to the IBO, so the IBO belt held by Jean Pascal is now vacant.
Trainer Michael Timm has joined WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. Timm had remained in Germany to prepare Jürgen Brähmer for his world title defense which was scrapped and Brähmer subsequently stripped.
Promoter Frank Warren has called on the BBBofC to grant super middleweight James DeGale an immediate rematch against George Groves who beat DeGale by close majority decision Saturday night.
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward has inked an endorsement deal with Everlast. Under the agreement Ward will exclusively train with Everlast equipment and apparel.
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez’s team has rejected an offer to defend against Michael Katsidis in Australia.
Congratulations to Ricardo and Alina Conde, on the birth of their fifth child earlier today in the fighting town of Oxnard, CA. Anthony Conde weighed in at 6lbs 14oz.
Not much pro boxing this weekend, but on Sunday starting at 1PM at the Venice Recreation Center located on the famed Venice Beach in Southern California, there will be a free amateur show and some local pros are expected to show up.
By Brett Bonetti
Danny Green is totally focused on his fight with Antonio Tarver on July 20 in Sydney Australia. However, Green could have Bernard Hopkins in his sights after the “Executioner” became the oldest champion in boxing history with his victory over the 28-year-old Jean Pascal to claim the WBC Light Heavyweight title in Montreal on the weekend. Green must first defend his IBO cruiserweight title against former light-heavyweight champion Tarver but acknowledged yesterday that a fight against Hopkins would be scooped up by American TV giant HBO. “If I can defeat Tarver, HBO in America would love to put that fight on,” Green said yesterday. “Hopkins and I have history.” (more…)
Orlando Cuellar, trainer of Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) says he’s expecting an easy night when his fighter takes on WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch. Johnson and Froch will meet in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing starting at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Johnson and Cuellar have been working together since 2003, when Johnson (then a full-time construction worker) surprisingly beat top contender Eric Harding for the USBA Light Heavyweight title. They have gone on to win the IBF title against Clinton Woods, knock out Roy Jones and beat Antonio Tarver, among others.
Cuellar says he knows his fighter, knows what he can do, and doesn’t see him having any problems against Froch. (more…)
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