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By Francisco Salazar
News and notes about fight cards and fighter in and around Southern California …
Ventura’s Victor Ortiz has recently been in the news. Yes, we know that he is facing Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at a site to be determined. However, Ortiz traded in his trunks for some shorts and basketball shoes last week for a charity basketball game Lawrence (Kansas) Free State High School. According to the Kansas City Star and the Ventura County Star, Ortiz played with former Kansas University standouts Scot Pollard and Jeff Graves. Ortiz has been known to showcase his talents other boxing, for example he is known to surf locally at the beaches in Ventura and Oxnard. (more…)
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Jesus Pabon 138.5 vs. Javier “El Zorro” Castro 139.5
(WBO Latin jr. welterweight title)
Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton 127.5 vs. Angel Gladney 127.5
Sullivan Barrera 171.25 vs. Frank Paines 173.5
Liosvy Mayedo 151.25 vs. Adam Shwartz 151.5
Hairon “El Maja” Socarras 121.75 vs. Anthony Fraguada 117.25
Yoandry Salinas 123.5 vs. Robert DaLuz ??
Felix Mercedes 139.75 vs. Miguel Angel Mungia 140.5
Umberto Savigne 166 vs. Frankie Santos 169.25
Venue: Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Miami, FL
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. in association with Pugilistic Promotions.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM
Time: Doors Open @ 7:00 PM & First Fight 8:00 PM
Tickets now on sale: Miami- Dade County Auditorium 305-547-5414 ext. 226 & Ticketmaster: Reserved Seats $25.
By Jeff Zimmerman
For any prizefighter, the road to the top is long and arduous and sometimes requires a bit of luck. For a ring announcer with similar aspirations, the journey is much the same. Where a fighter can let his fists do the talking, a ring announcer literally does the talking and hopes that others feel a connection. While ring announcers such as Michael Buffer and Jimmy Lennon Jr are synonymous with HBO, SHOWTIME and pay-per-view events, others ring announcers like Sonny Franco are paying their dues and hoping their big break is not far away. Franco will be the announcer for this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. (more…)
Training Camp Quotes — 6/23/11 — Las Vegas, NV:
Zab Judah: “When I went in against Matthysse, me and my team knew that I was going to beat him. Golden Boy thought I was going to be a stepping stone, so they sacrificed one of their pawns. Now they’re going to come back and sacrifice one of their queens. It’s check mate baby, you know it is!”
“I plan to be his (Amir Kahn’s) worst nightmare. After this fight I plan on Team Kahn having a 62 hour watch on Amir Kahn. I plan on being the Freddie Cougar of his dreams. I plan on being Freddie Cougar to Freddie Roach. I’m pretty sure after this fight Freddie Roach would never put his golden boy and marquis fighter, which is Manny Pacquiao, against me in the ring.” (more…)
Photos: Christ Farina/Top Rank
Top-rated contender Urbano Antillon soaks in a tub of ice cubes to the amazement of his trainer Abel Sanchez, after his workout at The Summit in Big Bear, Ca. for his upcoming “Red-Hot” world lightweight title fight against undefeated WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios on Saturday, July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,Ca. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Lightweight Ramon Valadez stopped Ramon Flores in the third round of a scheduled six round bout on Friday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Valadez (9-1, 5 KO’s) landed the cleaner punches over the wild-swinging Flores. In the second, Flores (3-13-2, 3 KO’s) landed a right hand to the head that stunned Valadez. However, he was able to recover before Flores would land another significant punch. Valadez came back in the third, dropping Flores with a counter right hand to the head. Flores stood up and fought back, but was dropped by another right hand to the head. Referee Jerry Cantu started to count, but waved the fight over at 2:59.
Lightweight Jamie Kavanagh (7-0, 3 KO’s) stopped John Willoughby in the third round of a scheduled four round bout. Kavanagh pressed the action, backing Willoughby up with hooks and crosses to the head and body. Willoughby (3-8, 2 KO’s) hung in there, but Kavanagh’s punches began to affect him, especially in the third round. A barrage of punches on a defenseless Willoughby prompted referee Jerry Cantu to step in and stop the bout at 2:21. (more…)
John Molina 137.8 vs. Robert Frankel 137.4
Mauricio Herrera 139.6 vs. Mike Dallas Jr 140
Ricardo Williams Jr 146.2 vs. Arman Ovsepyan 147.4
Javier Molina 147 vs. Hector Alatorre 147.6
Vahe Saruhan 130 vs. Oscar Santana 129.2
Matthew Villanueva 116.8 vs. Ernie Marquez 116.6
Venue: Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Note: The doors open locally at 4pm and first bout is at 5pm. The first televised fight begins at 6pm when ESPN goes live.
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek/Maple Ave Boxing Gym
James Kirkland 160 vs. Dennis Sharpe 157
Brian Vera 163 vs. Eloy Suarez 161.5
Maurice Hooker 140.5 vs. Wilbert Mitchell 140.5
Jose Rodriguez 128.7 vs. Martin Camarillo 129
Brian Vera 163 vs. Eloy Suarez 161.5
James Freeman 160 1/4 vs. Joshua Burns 159
Manuel Rojas 129.7 vs. Alex Lopez 129.7
Venue: Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Juan Dominguez 117.5 vs. Arturo Santiago 117
Eileen Olszewski 110.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 111
(New York State Flyweight Title)
Martin Wright 148.25 vs. Carlos Cisneros 148
Tommy Rainone 149 vs. Norman Allen 145.5
Scott Burrell 138 vs. Bryan Abraham 138
Jonathan Cuba 134 vs. Ariel Duran 135
(New York State Lightweight Title)
Edward Waldez 133.5 vs. George Santiago 137
Mike Broos 138.5 vs. Mateo Acosta 137
Venue: Cordon Bleu, Woodhaven, NY
Promoters: New Legend Boxing/Old World Boxing
1st Bell: 7:30 pm EST.
From the Holiday Inn Airport in El Paso for tomorrow night’s “Superfights III” card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions:
David Rodriguez 250.25 vs. Owen Beck 232
David Medina 166 vs. Juan Astorga 168
Carlos Villa 141 vs. Lorenzo Estrada 144.75
Joel Garcia 109.5 vs. Yon Harvison 109.5
Eric Reza 231 vs. Eric McElroy 202.75
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Motoki Sasaki worked out in advance of their world title clash on Saturday at “Kamikazes in Cozumel,” which takes place this Saturday in the “Quintana Roo” Park on this beautiful island resort. More photos
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photo: BBT Team
The Italian boxing organization Buccioni Boxing Team headed by Davide Buccioni in synergy with Armando De Clemente Promotions Sport will try and revive the Italian boxing scene staging an explosive Euro title clash at welterweight limit on Saturday night in the suggestive and historical location, the Central Tennis Stadium at the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. Local hero and IBF I/C champ Daniele Petrucci (28-0-1, 10 KOs) and the WBA Intercontinental titlist Leonard Bundu (24-0-1, 7 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. (more…)
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…
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