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- UFC returns to Boston August 17!
- Amuzu ready for Rubillar
- Concepcion-Narvaez will meet for interim WBC silver belt in Panama
- Algieri to face Arnaoutis on July 20
- Enriquez-Salas preview
- Monaghan signs with Top Rank
- Diablo ready to conquer Moscow
- Klitschko for President?
- Boxeo Telemundo Summer Series starts Friday
- Female champions to collide in Germany
Looks like former Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (34-6-1, 29 KOs) is on the comeback trail. The 37-year-old “Clones Colossus,” who hasn’t fought since consecutive TKO losses to Mike Mollo in 2006 and Andrew Golota in 2007 is penciled in for an eight-rounder against TBA on July 10 at the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. The card, promoted by Brian Burke’s Final Round Promotions, will also feature in a separate eight-rounder the return of Nagy Aguilera (15-3, 10 KOs) coming off his IBF heavyweight title eliminator loss to Sam Peter in March. Featherweight Luis Del Valle (9-0, 7 KOs) faces Pasqual Rouse (20-14, 11 KOs) for the New York State title in the main event. Tickets are on sale.
By Graham Houston
One of the sport’s best pure boxers, Puerto Rico’s Ivan Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs), is on TV on this quiet boxing weekend, defending his junior flyweight title against Jesus Iribe, a strong Mexican fighter who went the full 12 rounds with Brian Viloria and Edgar Sosa in prior world title attempts. The fight, to be televised on Fox Sports Espanol, is something of a showcase for Calderon, but this talented southpaw is 35 years old, which is getting up there in age for a 108-pounder. Calderon, I fear, is getting near the time when he could be ready to lose. Iribe doesn’t look likely to be the one who will push him over the edge, so to speak, but, at this stage of Calderon’s career, one cannot be certain. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 115 in Vancouver, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Rich “Ace” Franklin will look to recapture some of the old fire that made them legends of the sport.
After stepping in for an injured Tito Ortiz, Franklin and Liddell now find themselves in one of the UFC’s first true Hall-of-Fame fights. But, despite the flash and flare of yesteryear, do these giants still have what it takes to climb back to the top? Or will the glories of days gone by be a distant memory? Join Fightnews.com’s Brady Crytzer as he previews one of the most intriguing bouts of 2010 . . . Click here for more
Photo: Carlos Baeza WBC/NABF
Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. made an appearance at the NABF Convention currently being held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. The Award Dinner was a relaxed, southern buffet. The awards were as follows…
Fighter of the Year: Wilbert Uicab
Fight of the Year: Banks-Walker (accepting Tom Loefler – K2)
Most Dramatic Fight: Lee-Bunema (accepting Roland Jankelson)
Promoter of the Year: Square Ring (accepting: Roy Jones, Jr./John Wirt)
Matchmaker: Bobby Goodman
Female Fighter: Irma Sanchez
Female Promoter: Hector Garcia
President’s Award: Gayle Van Hoy
U. S. Army Helicopter pilot Steven Badgley is ready to make his pro debut at the Garden tonight. Bus loads of fellow Army men and women will be coming from Fort Dix, Camp Drum and West Point to cheer him on.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight Christopher Martin (18-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros (19-14-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. Martin had to work hard against the game Landeros and won by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Welterweight Luis Grajeda (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela (18-25-6, 9 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.
Karim Mayfield 146.5 vs Sergio De la torre 147
Sean Wate 138 vs Ben Rivera 138.5
Tony Hirsch 163 vs Jovanni Rubio 167.5
Bruno Escalante 118.4 vs Johnathan Alcantara 120.5
Venue: Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco CA
Promoter: Hard Knox Promotions/Mo’Betta Entertainment
Unbeaten European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (21-0, 11 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over Italian veteran Giuseppe Lauri (50-7, 29 KOs) to retain his belt on Friday night at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McClosley dropped Lauri in round two and laid him out in the eleventh with a right hand.
By Dave Spencer & Dave Baggs / Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux proved that he could be one of the hardest punches in the Middleweight division today as he destroyed former IBF Middleweight title challenger Elvin Ayala in less than 3 minutes of work. Less than a minute into the contest, Ayala was on the canvas, the recipient of a left-right hook combination. Ayala regained his feet but not his senses. Another short right hook put Ayala into the ropes and down for a second time. Smiling to his corner, Ayala arose at the count of 8 and was allowed to continue. Lemieux ended his night moments later with a followup barrage for knockdown number 3, ending matters at 2:44 of the first round. Lemieux (23-0, 22 KOs), with the victory, is the new WBC International Middleweight champion. Ayala falls to 20-5-1, 9 KOs.
Brian Vera, a participant of the 2008 boxing reality TV show “The Contender”, scored an impressive 3rd round stoppage over current NABF Super Middleweight champion Sebastien Demers moments ago on the ESPN televised card at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. Vera (17-4, 11KOs) dropped Demers with a beautiful left-right combination early in the 3rd. Demers, cut badly over the nose, arose on shaky legs with plenty of time left to survive. Vera jumped on the former IBF Middleweight title challenger immediately, again dropping Demers for another count. Demers (31-3,11KOs) looked out on his feet but was allowed to continue. Another right hand from Vera convinced the referee to wave off the contest at 1:57 of the round. More results…
From Vancouver, Canada for tomorrow night’s UFC 115 card, live on PPV:
Rich Franklin 205 vs. Chuck Liddell 205
Pat Barry 248 vs.Mirko Cro Cop 235
Gilbert Yvel 243 vs.Ben Rothwell 264
Rory MacDonald 170 vs.Carlos Condit 170
Martin Kampmann 170 vs.Paulo Thiago 170
Evan Dunham 155 vs.Tyson Griffin 154
Matt Wiman 156 vs.Mac Danzig 156
Mario Miranda 186 vs.David Loiseau 185
Peter Sobotta 171 vs.James Wilks 170
Claude Patrick 170 vs.Ricardo Funch 170
Jesse Lennox 170 vs.Mike Pyle 170
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Chuck Liddell offered little more than a blank stare in referee “Big” John McCarthy’s direction. At UFC 71, it took Quinton “Rampage” Jackson just 1:53 and a right hook in the opening stanza to bring “the Iceman’s” 25-month reign as light heavyweight champion to an end. Prior to that, Liddell had only tasted defeat on three other occasions (one of which a 2003 Pride loss to Jackson).
In other words, watching the mohawked warrior defeated in such a fashion was a pretty big deal . . . Click here for more
One Punch Productions has announced that the next installment of the popular Ballroom Brawl series will take place on July 16 in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The main event of the evening will feature undefeated welterweight contender Raymond Charles (12-0). Charles’ most recent appearance in Tampa was a sixth round knockout of Louis Leija on September 19th of 2009. (more…)
Julio César “Pingo“ Miranda 112 vs. Richie Mepranum 112
(Vacant WBO flyweight championship)
Rodolfo Hernandez 119 vs. Reynaldo Cajina 119
Mauro Romero 166 vs. Rigoberto Álvarez 166
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Yuri Foreman’s surgery was described as a success today in NYC. He expects to return to the ring in February.
Photo by Joel a. Colón/Pr Best Boxing/Top Rank
Ivan Calderon 106 vs Jesus Irbie 106
(WBO light flyweight championship)
After he weighed in Calderon sipped from a bowl of hot chicken soup. He drank from a glass bottle of Snapple Light Lemon Tea. Calderon said he brought in food and a chef to prepare his meals throughout fight week.
Steven Badgley 172 vs Carlito Angel Gonzalez 172 1/2
Badgley is wearing a tattoo on his chest with initials of eight fallen soldiers. “All friends of mine. Some of their families are coming to the fight on Saturday night.” Before the weigh-in Gonzalez said he wants to be introduced as Carlito on Saturday night.
For more details and photos click here…
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and his Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. at Yankee Stadium where they are special guests for tonights game and Vazquez, Jr. will throw the first pitch. Special thanks to Doug Jacobs of Integrated Sports for making it happen.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank was the winner of purse bid called by the WBO in New York for the mandatory unified bantamweight world title between the WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and interim champion Eric Morel. The winning bid was $102,500 and Top Rank was the only bidder. Possible venues and dates for the fight are a site in Mexico (July 17), Las Vegas (July 24) or Atlantic City (August 7). One snag may be that there were plans Montiel to defend his title against former WBA interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion on July 17. Stay tuned…
Photoc by Enrique “Kike” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
On a beautiful, sunny day in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico at “El Jardín Botánico de Caguas,” WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto talked about his great performance and big win over Yuri Foreman last Saturday at the Yankee Stadium.
“We trained really hard for the fight and I feel that I have the love for the game back and I’m hungrier than ever,” said Cotto. “I fixed the mistakes that I committed in the past. Now starts a new chapter and I’m back for the great challenges and the big names.” Click here for more photos…
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live professional boxing webcast – free of charge – on Saturday, June 12. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico. WBCBoxing.tv webcast at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Time: In the 12-round main event at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, WBC Latino middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio, 46-5-1 with 40 knockouts, of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, will make his second defense of the title against Samuel “Marivioso” Miller, 20-3 with 17 knockouts, of Arboletes, Colombia. The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo. (more…)
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBC #5 and current NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia, began preparations this week at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for his upcoming bout. Rios will step back into the ring against WBC # 1 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington, DC on Saturday, July 24 for the interim WBA lightweight title at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in the co-feature of HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Cuba against an opponent yet to be determined. For more details and photos click here…
Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala returns to action Tonight, June 11th against Montreal fan favorite David Lemieux headlining “Boxing Under the Stars” at the spectacular Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
Presented by Group Yvon Michel in association with TKO Boxing Promotions, the twelve round bout for the vacant WBC International Middleweight Title will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST). (more…)
Highly-ranked contender Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4, 7 KOs), of Canada and Rhode Island, may be the next opponent for Albuquerque’s Holly Holm (27-1-3, 7 KOs). If it becomes official, the two will fight on August 6 on a Fresquez card in Albuquerque.
Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, who helped construct and build the careers of superstars and world champions, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend. He is the fourth from Top Rank who is in the Hall of Fame. Bob Arum, who founded Top Rank, was inducted in 1999. Top Rank’s all-time publicist, Irving Rudd (1999) and legendary matchmaker Teddy Brenner (1993) are also in the Hall of Fame. (more…)
Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic will wrap up Saturday, June 19 when Andre Ward takes on fellow American Allan Green from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. See how these warriors match-up in the Tale of the Tape. (more…)
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