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By Jose E. Santiago
This Saturday night at the Elders Entertainment Center in Decatur GA, Holmes Entertainment presents live professional boxing.
Featured in the main event is world ranked heavyweight and former title challenger, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (24-1-1, 10KOs) as he looks to bounce back into title contention. Johnson challenged Vitali Klitschko in 2009, but fell short by losing unanimously via a 12 round decision. Since the loss Johnson has strung together two victories with hopes of making it a third on Saturday night against knockout artist Stacy Frazier (14-6, 13 KOs).
In the co-main event, NABA USA Heavyweight champ Travis “Freight Train” Walker (36-6-1, 28 KOs) looks to impress against upset minded road warrior Gabe Brown (18-15-4, 12 KOs).
The guest of honor will be former heavyweight champion and hall of fame inductee Larry Holmes. Tickets are still available. www.holmesent.com
By Ahmed Santos
Hot undefeated Mexican prospect Mahonri “Russito” Montes is ready for his toughest test to date, when Saturday he faces gritty and experienced Héctor Velázquez, in the undercard of the Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel-Nehomar Cermeño fight. From the boxing hotbed of Los Mochis, Montes (21-0-1, 17 KOs) is prepared and motivated to try to get a clear victory over Velázquez (51-15-2, 35 KOs), knowing that it will put him in the way of bigger fights and even a title shot, guided by his promoters, Latin Sports. The clash is scheduled for 10 rounds at lightweight, and it will be part of the TV Azteca broadcast in México, from the Banorte stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Melbourne school teacher Heath Ellis (14-2-1, 7 KOs) will test his skills on July 22 when he will clash with hard punching Thai Patomsuk Pathompothong (12-1-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds at the Sunshine Roller Skating Center in Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia with the interim WBC youth world light middleweight title up for grabs. Ellis, recently rated #34 with WBC, is the nephew of former IBF super featherweight champion Lester Ellis. The manager of Pathompothong–Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “We know Ellis is the hot favorite to win but Patomsuk has only lost one fight in fourteen against a much bigger opponent. Ellis has very good skills but my boxer is very fit and a good puncher. It will be a very interesting fight.” (more…)
Happy Birthday to Butch Gottlieb and Mary Ann Owen! Mary Ann is the author of “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring” and the chief photographer for BoxingInLasVegas.com. Butch is a former Nevada State Athletic Commission official and the webmaster of BoxingInLasVegas.com.
IFBA and WBAN champion Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback is hosting the grand opening of her “Fists of Steel Boxing Academy” this Friday in Tampa Bay, Florida at 3020 “B” W. Kennedy Ave. “It’s a dream come true to have the chance to prepare brand new fighters for the future, as well as encourage kids of all ages to get more involved with fitness,” said Hallback. Call 813-270-4375 for information.
Congratulations to Steve Brener who will be inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame this Saturday. Brener is the founding partner and President of Brener Zwikel & Associates, the pr agency that handles the publicity for all of the SHOWTIME boxing events.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Louie Abigail
IBF #7, WBA #9 heavyweight Kali Meehan (37-4, 30 KOs) will clash with Michael Kirby (9-3-2, 5 KOs) at Southport Sharks club, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia Friday in a nationally televised twelve round contest. Meehan, 6’5 was in action in April when he stopped Valeri Semiskur in two rounds and in September 2010 he captured the IBF Pan Pacific title with a clear twelve round decision over Miami based Evans Quinn. (more…)
Welterweight boxing contender Mike Jones talks about his career and upcoming fight with Raul Munoz on Saturday. Jones is ranked in the top five by all the major sanctioning bodies, and WBO #1 behind superstar Manny Pacquiao. This interview and training footage was shot at the Joe Hand Gym while Jones was in camp for the Munoz fight.
By Francisco Salazar
We all know what could happen when teams or athletes underestimate or overlook their opponents. Or at the very least, opponents they should dominate on paper. Those athletes or teams get into a comfort zone and psychologically have a hard time dealing with teams who may “surprise” them.
It happened last week when previously-unbeaten Fernando Guerrero may have underestimated veteran Grady Brewer, eventually losing in the fourth round to a fighter whom he should have defeated, on paper. Lightweight John Molina is not about to let lighting strike twice in consecutive weeks, as he faces Robert Frankel on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. He knows what he is in for and he knows what is at stake. (more…)
As the crowd at Boston’s TD Garden roared for their favorite son, Joe Lauzon, last August, the rising lightweight star almost knew that his first round victory over Gabe Ruediger was going to be a hard one to follow . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Story by Bill Green
Colorado’s Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (28-10-1, 5 KOs) plans to be red hot when he goes toe-to-toe with WBC USNBC lightweight champion John “The Hammer” Molina (21-1, 18 KOs) this Friday at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California.
The Molina-Frankel bout is the main event of this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights . . . Click here for more
Middleweight contender James Kirkland (27-1, 24 KOs) will return to the ring in his home state of Texas on Friday and is determined to make a statement against Dennis Sharpe Jr. (17-7-3, 4 KOs) in their eight-rounder at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Kirkland was brutally stopped in April by Japan’s Nobuhiro Ishida, a result which stunned the boxing world and the 27-year-old KO Artist is now ready to return to the win column. Sharpe should be accommodating as he has lost seven in a row.
In the eight round televised main event, which headlines TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” telecast, middleweight contender Brian Vera (18-5, 11 KOs) squares off against Eloy Suarez (11-11-1, 5 KOs). The televised co-main event will see unbeaten power puncher Joseph Elegele (12-0, 10 KOs) risk his unbeaten record in an eight round welterweight bout against Noel Rodriguez (14-2, 5 KOs).
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Middleweight Ossie Duran (26-8-2, 10 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Latif Mundy (10-3, 4 KOs) on Wednesday night at the at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ. The bout was waved off at 1:29 of round ten after a barrage of punches from Duran, who claimed the USBA Regional Middleweight title
Jr middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (3-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Yehudy Vargas (1-3, 0 KOs) over four by scores of 40-36, 40-36-39-37.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
No immediate Juanma rematch. WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido will defend his belt against Mike “Machine” Oliver (24-2-0, 8 KOs) at the Multipurpose Center (CUM) in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on July 23. The official announcement was made Wednesday at a press conference. Salido shocked the boxing world last April by knocking out and dethroning Puerto Rican superstar Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez. The bout will be televised in Mexio by TV Azteca and internationally by Fox Sports. (more…)
Ramon Valadez 133 vs Ramon Flores 134
Jamie Kavanagh 135.6 vs. John Willoughby ??
David Reyes 120.5 vs. Cain Garcia 121
Jose Sanchez 131.5 vs. Luis Martinez 131.2
Roderick Grajeda 157.4 vs. Juan Pablo Montes de Oca 158
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
“The people may not want it, but the world has not seen the last of Owen Beck,” laughs former title challenger Owen “What the Heck? Beck.
Having arrived in El Paso, Texas, as the gatekeeper set up to take the fall at the hands of the local kid, the ex-contender from Jamaica, now fighting out of Nashville, Tenn., says he’s convinced his time in the ring is nowhere near the finish line . . . Click here for more
Photos: MP Sport Images
Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc, Pugilistic Promotions and Deportes Telemundo announced today in a Press Conference the blockbuster show schedule for this Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Miami Dade County Auditorium which is celebrating its 60th Anniversary. In the main event WBO latin junior welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (17-1-11 KOs) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will defend his title against former WBA International champion Javier “El Zorro” Castro (24-4-19 KOs) in a battle schedule for 12 Rounds. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Bob Barton
Most of the principal fighters taking part in Don King’s history-making fight card on Saturday (HBO: 9:45 p.m. ET/PT) at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., were on hand for the event’s final press conference. King hosted the press conference, touting the event, St. Charles, St. Louis and Missouri. “It’s a Lou think in St. Louis,” King said, “and out here in St. Charles were proud, and if you cannot hear us, we’ll say it a little louder. For more details and photos click here…
Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and hard hitting junior welterweight Karim ‘KC’ Martinez (7-0, 4 KOs) of Humble, Texas, under the guidance of his father and trainer Juan Martinez, will step back into the ring this Saturday, June 25th against John DeJean (3-5-1, 3 KOs) in the co-main event of ‘Battle on Bellfort’ at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center in Houston, Texas which is being presented by Lou Savarese Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Top Rank
“I am very proud to have earned this world championship and will work very hard to keep it for a long time. I remember going with my dad to this ceremonies when he won world championships and was very proud of him. Today is my turn and I can find the words to tell you what a great feeling this is. I very proud to be the first Mexican to win a middleweight championship, but I don’t want to stop here. I want to be the best at my weight class and will work very hard to become the best, it will not be easy but I will do all I can to get there.” For more details and photos click here…
Stiverne vs. Austin, Coyne vs. McNeman, Cloud vs. Mack and Devon Alexander vs. Lucas Mattysse are introduced at the final Presser Conference on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 and pose for photos. Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse plus three world championship fights will take place Saturday at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Today Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. received his green belt which consecrates him as WBC Middleweight world champion. The ceremony took place in a the Big Bola Casino in Huixquilucan, Mexico State 18 days after he dethroned Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. WBC President Jose Sulaiman made the presentation. The son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez is the first fighter from Mexico to wan a middleweight crown. Chavez Jr. said that he will like to fight against Marco Antonio Rubio after his first voluntary defense against Peter Manfredo. Click here for more photos…
Former world champs John “The Beast” Mugabi, and “Fearless” Freddie Pendleton headline the festivities for this weekend’s Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Induction Ceremonies. Come join the party on June 24, 25, 26, 2011 at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel, 200 N. Ashley Street, Tampa, Florida (813-223-2222).
Click here to buy tickets for June 2011 Induction Weekend. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to former heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas’ charity “Project P.I.N.K.” Click here for a complete list of events and inductees
World ranked cruiserweight contender, B.J. Flores has announce the formation of his own promotional company, Danger Boy Events with the first fight card being tabbed for July 23rd at the O’Riley Center in Springfield, Missouri that will feature Flores take on Nick Iannuzzi in a ten round bout. Tickets go on sale Friday.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Marianne Müller
Hundreds of boxing fans made their way to the Köln-Arcaden in Cologne, Germany, today to watch the public workout in advance of Saturday’s world title clash at the Lanxess Arena between WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Matthew Macklin from Ireland. Both fighters appeared to be in great shape as they did their work routine and seemed thoroughly confident. Sturm and Macklin promised a victory to the crowd in attendance. Macklin: “It’s a great challenge for me to beat Felix Sturm in his hometown. I’ll win this fight and bring the WBA belt back to Ireland.” For more details and photos click here…
Number one-ranked, undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones of Philadelphia takes on Raul Munoz at the South Philly Arena on a Top Rank Live! fight card on Saturday night. While in the ring Jones says he will be thinking of what he calls his “ultimate goal,” taking on pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao. Fighting Pacquiao, Jones says, has been discussed with his co-managers Jimmy Williams, Doc Nowicki, trainer Vaughn Jackson and promoter J Russell Peltz. Bob Arum said today “I am planning to put Mike Jones on a list for Manny to consider for 2012.” Jones, 24-0, 18 KOs, grew up in Philadelphia. He is ranked WBO #1, WBA #2, IBF #3 and WBC #5 at welterweight. Jones is a NABA, NABO champion. Peltz said “Mike is a very hard worker in the gym.” Jackson, chief trainer, said “defense wins games and championships and that is what we are trying to do – win a championship.” Jones, a big, hard puncher, said “it doesn’t take a devastating puncher to get knockouts. You just have to be accurate with your shots. Jones vs. Munoz is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on FSN (10 pm eastern). “Like Manny always says, my goal Saturday is to entertain the fans and that is what I plan to do,” Jones said.
STRIKEFORCE® has confirmed the remaining fights for its STRIKEFORCE Challengers event taking place this Friday at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash. In the main event, Kirkland, Washington’s Caros “The Future” Fodor goes head-to-head with dangerous lightweight James Terry. Also featured on the card is Ryan Couture, son of UFC® Hall of Famer Randy Couture, who meets undefeated Matt Ricehouse in 155-pound action. Additionally, Germaine de Randamie will meet Julia Budd in an exciting women’s 145-pound bout.
KZ Event Productions announced today that WBA Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) will make his third title defense July 29, showcased on TeleFutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate show, live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. “Fire & Fury,” headlined by the WBA/IBA championship showdown between Shumenov (11-1, 7 KOs) and WBA #15 challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago (31-4-1, 19 KOs) is being promoted by KZ Event Productions. Shumenov and his brother, Chingis, own and operate the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions.
Devon Alexander and trainer Kevin Cunningham interview and workout on fight week for Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse plus four world championship fights which will take place Saturday, June 25, 2011 at the Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns expects to see the best of Nicky Cook next month – but still plans on sending him into retirement when they meet on July 16 at the Liverpool Echo Arena. “I believe that Nicky will be at the top of his game,” said Burns. “He will have got rid of his ring rust with his win in his last fight, and he’ll be coming up to Liverpool full of belief. But I will knock him out whatever shape he is in. That’s a promise. Cook is not good enough to live with me and I will break his heart. In fact, I think he will quit boxing after he has lost to me. You can’t afford to take breaks in this sport, and he is going to pay dearly for the time he has spent out of the ring. I’m younger, fresher and fitter and I will take him out on July 16.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will receive his green belt which consecrates him as WBC Middleweight world champion. The ceremony will take place in a casino in Huixquilucan, Mexico State 18 days after he dethroned Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. WBC President Jose Sulaiman will make the presentation. The son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez is the first fighter from Mexico to wan a middleweight crown. Sources say Chavez Jr. could fight in September and in November or December against opponents to be named.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Antonio “Magic Man ” Tarver(28-6, 19 KOs) is training hard in Florida for his July 20 IBO cruiserweight challenge against Danny “Green Machine” Green (31-3, 27 KOs) at Sydney Entertainment Center but is confident he has the skills and power to defeat the tough as nails Australian.
“He’s a good fighter, ” said Tarver said of Green. “He’s won multiple titles in different weight classes and he’s a very tough guy and he has a lot of power. I know he’ll be trying to knock me out – something that’s never been done before – and vice versa. I’m going to try to knock him out too, so I think with our personalities, it’s like two locomotives heading on one course. We’re looking to collide, and that’s the type of fight that people are going to see.” (more…)
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