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World champion Yurikoris Gamboa, who usually trains in Miami, is off to the Fight Factory in Tampa, Fla. He is preparing to take on champion Orlando Salido of Mexico on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ on September 11 at the Palms Resort Casino, Las Vegas. Gamboa, 18-0, usually trains in Miami. “It’s a big fight and we wanted to get away and do it right,” said chief trainer Tony Gonzalez. It’s the same training facility used previously by world champion Miguel Cotto. Gamboa is the WBA featherweight champion. Salido is the IBF champion. Team Gamboa is planning to report to Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 3.
Unbeaten Russian middleweight Matt Korobov is on the ‘Battle of the Champions’ fight card at the Palms. He is training with Kenny Adams in Las Vegas. Korobov, 11-0, is scheduled for eight rounds.
Notre Dame Champion Mike Lee, a light heavyweight, will box in a four-round bout at the Palms on Sept. 11. Lee is Notre Dame graduate, majoring in finance. He is Houston, training with Ronnie Shields.
Tickets for Battle of the Champions – Gamboa vs. Salido and Brandon Rios vs. Anthony Peterson – are $200, $100, $50 and are available on ticketmaster.com
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Las Vegas super featherweight Diego Magdaleno, 15-0, goes into his biggest fight, taking on Carlos Olveira, 25-1, on the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez world title fight card on Sept. 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Magdaleno is trained by Pat Berry and Augie Sanchez.
IBF #7 rated junior middleweight Deandre “Bull” Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) has ripped into WBO interim 154lb champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) after news that Angulo has been offered a bout with current middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Latimore says he’s stunned that a bout like that was even being considered. “Angulo has done nothing to show that he belongs in the same ring with Martinez,” stated Latimore. “If they fought a twelve rounder, Martinez would win 13-0. They’ve built up Angulo like he’s some sort of beast but he’s done nothing to lend any credibility to that” said Latimore. (more…)
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) this Friday, August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in the main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight title, which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Remaining tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Manuel Quezada as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Arreola and here’s what he had to say. For more details and photos click here…
WBO #9 cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) held a media workout Monday at Big Six Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. Godfrey challenges WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) on August 21 at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Thuringen, Germany.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#7/WBC#8 flyweight Tomonobu Shimizu (17-3-1, 8 KOs), 112, kept his national 112-pound belt as he finely outboxed and outpunched crouching and onrushing challenger Kewpie Kanazawa (13-7, 6 KOs), 112, and finally halted him with a towel thrown in by the corner at 0:36 of the sixth round on Monday. Shimizu, an upright stylist, made good use of his footwork and countering rights to the face and the belly, effectively weakening the overmatched challenger. The fifth saw Shimizu come out mixing it up in the close quarter and badly hurt Kanazawa with solid combinations. A towel was fluttering midway in the fatal sixth, as the loser’s corner thought Kanazawa had absorbed too much punishment.
WBA#6/WBC#12 super-bantam Masaaki Serie (17-3, 7 KOs), 121.5, was awkward, unorthodox and least technical, as usual, but retained his Japanese 122-pound belt with a well-received surrender of ex-world challenger and ex-OPBF/Japanese champ Manabu Fukushima (36-11-4, 20 KOs), 122, after the seventh round in a scheduled ten. Fukushima, 35 and eight years his senior, was just a shell of his old self when he had an unsuccessful shot at the WBC belt against Oscar Larios via eighth round stoppage in 2002. His timing and sharpness were miserably gone. Fukushima took a solid direct right of the younger champ, hitting the deck in the fourth. Serie, in round seven, accelerated his attack and forced the fading veteran to the ropes with a fusillade of wild and strong shots with Fukushima having a narrow escape. Susumu Hanagata, ex-world flyweight champ, decided not to allow the loser to go and fight for the eighth. Fukushima, after a sad swan song, declared a farewell to the ring after his bad defeat.
Promoter: Kaneko Promotions.
47-year-old, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) returns to the ring November 5th against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) of the Bahamas. The bout will be for Holyfield’s newly acquired WBF title he won in his last bout which was an 8 round TKO of Francois Botha. Site of the fight will be the Joe Louis in Detroit, Michigan.
Live from the TD Garden in Boston, MA, Spike TV showcases two live undercard bouts from “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” on Saturday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. In action, local product and sure to be crowd favorite Joe Lauzon (“The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum) of Bridgewater, MA takes on his former housemate from the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Gabe Ruediger, and Nik “The Carny” Lentz will square off with Andre Winner, fighting out of Leicester, England. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#3/WBA#5 Akifumi Shimoda (22-2-1, 10 KOs), 122, kept his OPBF super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous technical decision (49-47 twice and 49-46) over previously unbeaten OPBF top ranked Korean champ Changhyun Son (12-1-1, 5 KOs), 121.5, at 0:34 into the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimoda, a talented southpaw speedster, took the initiative from the start, utilizing his superior speed on hand and foot. Son, also a good speedster, attempted to land direct right to the southpaw champ, but could connect with a single solid shot that once bounced the head back midway in the fourth. In the same round Shimoda sustained a very nasty gash caused by an accidental butt on the left side of the head, so badly streaming blood that the Filipino referee Delbert Peligrino had it examined by the JBC physician twice and finally called a halt. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA heavyweight challenger Owen “What The Heck” Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) has arrived in Australia in good shape for his showdown with Australian based Samoan Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (19-3-3,15KO’s) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL club, Southport, Queensland on Thursday. Noel Thornberry who trains and manages Leapai is confident his charge can defeat the Jamiacan born, Nashville, Tennessee,USA based former world heavyweight contender. ” Beck will be the acid test for Leapai.” said Thornberry. “He has an excellent record and has challenged the giant 7 foot Russian Nikolay Valuev in 2006 for the title. Leapai showed the heart of a champion in his most recent bout in June when he got off the canvas to stop 6.5″ American heavyweight Travis Walker (34-4-1) in four rounds. Walker had given highly regarded Chris Arreola a hell of a fight before being stopped. I am confident of victory on Thursday against Beck. English heavyweight Danny Williams has been in negotiations to fight Leapai in September. Williams holds a stoppage win over Mike Tyson so he has credibility.” Promoter is Jamie Myer and televised on Foxtel Cable Television Network.
by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales began sparring as to carry out a strong preparation in view of his bout on September 11 at La Monumental Plaza de Toros, Mexico, where he will fight against Willie Limond from Scotland.
Erik “Terrible” Morales, who has won the world super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight championships of the World Boxing Council has watched videos of his Scottish rival Willie Limond.
Rendall Munroe will have an army of fans following him to Japan in October despite facing a 12,000 mile round trip. More than 100 of the Leicester binman’s friends have already booked flights so they can cheer him to victory when he challenges WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Tokyo on Sunday October 24. The fight is expected to draw a 10,000 sell-out crowd. (more…)
The runaway success of the highly acclaimed SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic has inspired SHOWTIME to look at the possibility of other tournaments. One proposal rumored to be in the works is a possible bantamweight tournament which would feature Yhonny Perez, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, Fernando Montiel, Abner Mares and Christopher Martin (off his upset of Chris Avalos on Friday night). Apparently this would be a single elimination tourney if it comes together.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Jay Larkin,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “His remarkable enthusiasm, his insatiable zeal for life and esprit de corps that he left behind at SHO Sports will always be with us. He will be missed by the countless people that he met and touched including all of us here at Showtime who’ve had the pleasure to work with him. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
One of the most successful television executives in the world of boxing and entertainment, Jay Larkin, passed away this morning at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY at the age of 59. Larkin had been battling cancer. Services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beth David Cemetery (300 Elmont Road) in Elmont, NY.
Larkin put together a franchise that stood atop the world of boxing and television while at SHOWTIME from 1984 to 2006 with the creation of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION and a pay-per-view business that was second to none with the promotion of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and many other Hall of Fame greats in the boxing world. Larkin was considered one of the most powerful professionals in the world of boxing. (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
By way of a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision, Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs) successfully defended his IBF and WBC jr welterweight titles at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri this past Saturday. In the co-main event, IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) waged a war to successfully defend his title against three-time former champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs). And in a stunning upset, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) scored a controversial fifth round TKO victory over Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11 KOs) to capture the IBF jr middleweight title. (More)
Former SHOWTIME boxing chief Jay Larkin sadly has passed away at the age of 59 from brain cancer. Larkin was one of the key architects of the network’s acclaimed boxing programming. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Larkin,” said Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports. “Although Jay and I worked for different networks, we were truly colleagues. His commitment to his family and to boxing was truly admirable. I considered him a friend and enjoyed the times we spent together. He will be dearly missed.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan boxing promoter PRODESA presents a card Saturday night at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua, Nicaragua. The main event features WBA #10/WBO #12/WBC #14 super featherweight contender Santos Benavides (20-2-2, 15 KOs) against Carlos Guevrara (13-10-1, 10 KOs). In all, there will be eight professional bouts showcasing top local talent. (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory has signed unbeaten welterweight Brad “The King” Solomon (12-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. Solomon will be the co-feature against Puerto Rican veteran Wilfredo “Papin” Negron (26-14-1, 19 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBA International and WBC Latino titles. on HF’s August 24th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the main event, heavyweight Timur Ibragimov (28-2-1, 15 KOs) will face off with undefeated former Olympian Gurcharan Singh (20-0, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for the NABA Intercontinental title. This will be Timur’s first defense of the belt. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Trainer Fritz Sdunek joined forces with WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm today at Sturm’s training facilities in Cologne, Germany. The well-respected Sdunek, who also works with heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, oberserved a six-round sparring session and work on the heavy bag. Sturm’s conditioning coach Clive Salz was also on hand. The 31-year-old Sturm will be facing Giovanni Lorenzo on September 4 in the Lanxess-Arena in Cologne.
Who do you want to see Devon Alexander fight next?
- Tim Bradley (46%)
- Amir Khan (28%)
- Andriy Kotelnik (rematch) (14%)
- Marcos Maidana (12%)
Video: Joel A. Colón
WBA jr flyweight world champion Giovani Segura works out in preparation for his pay-per-view flyweight world championship unification showdown against unbeaten WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan Calderon on August 28 in the Coliseum Mario Quijote Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The memorial service for former WBA Vice President and DC Boxing and Wrestling chair York Van Nixon will be held on Saturday, August 14 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 630 E Street, SW in DC. The repast will be held at 700 7th Street, SW, level B also in DC.
British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay has been added to promoter Frank Maloney’s world title card next month. Nottingham’s Jason Booth heads the bill when he challenges Steve Moiltor for the IBF world super-bantamweight title at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday September 11. Belfast’s Lindsay, 28, will keep busy when he boxes an eight round non-title contest against a selected opponent on the undercard of a show being televised live by Sky Sports. (more…)
Unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (18-0-1, 8KOs) takes another step towards a title shot when he returns to the airwaves and faces tough Mexico City, MX, journey man Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13KOs) for ten rounds on Friday, August 20th, at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. The Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Golden Boy Promotions presented main event will be televised by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
Furious Kell Brook has hit back at Michael Jennings – and told him “I’m no one’s number two.” The pair meet in a long awaited British blockbuster showdown on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Brook’s WBO Intercontinental Welterweight title will be on the line and it also doubles up as an WBO eliminator for the world title. It forms part of Frank Warren’s Magnificent Seven show live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. Last week, former British champion Jennings declared that Yorkshire rival Brook was second best. (more…)
In preparation for the August 21st Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant “Big Challenge” at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, there was a Media Conference Call with Michael Grant and Eddie Mustafa last Thursday. We brought you some quick highlights immediately after the call ended. Here is a more detailed report of what was said. (more…)
Las Vegas fight promoter Crown Boxing is moving from their longtime base at The Orleans to The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Their first card at the new venue will be September 3 in the Crown Theater and Night Club with a show headlined by cruiserweight Henry Namauu. Tickets are on sale now at $25 and $100. Call 702-777-7776.
Monty Meza-Clay and Allen “The American Boy” Litzau are set to face off in a super featherweight battle in the main event August 28th at the Rivers Casino in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. In the co-feature, former world champion Derrick “Smoke” Gainer takes on upset minded Angel Hernandez. A full night of undercard action is in store and the event is being presented by TNT Sports Promotions in association with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring. Tickets are $100, $50 and $35 and can be purchased online at ticketalternative.com or by calling 724-513-1416. Free parking at Rivers Casino. All Ages. 1st bell at 7:00 PM. Pre and post event parties at Rivers Casino hosted by 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
Fight report/gallery: It was the mixed martial arts version of Muhammad Ali’s “rope-a-dope,” the Pittsburg Steelers “Immaculate Reception,” Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit walk-off 2-run homer and Robert Horry’s game winning 3-pointer against the Sacramento Kings. Anderson Silva had been dominated for 23 minutes by the trash talking Chael Sonnen who was walking the walk that he talked for months. Sonnen was ready to shock the world, but Silva wasn’t going to go out without a bang. Well behind on the scorecards, Silva cinched in the Hail Mary of all triangle chokes and sent the 12,971 fans at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA into a frenzy as he defended his UFC middleweight title by submitting Sonnen at 3:10 in the 5th and final round at UFC 117 . . . Click here for more
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Bob Barton
With Don King proclaiming that on this card, “every fight was a main event”, his Gateway to Greatness card Saturday night was a classic example of the younger, hungrier lions taking over the pride. 23 year old Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), 28 year old Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18KOs) and 28 year old Ryan Coyne (15-0, 5KOs) all beat their respective, older lions last night to win or retain their championship belts. Even 37 year old Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4-2, 18KOs) seemed like a young lion in dispatching his foe, Cory Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) with a 5th round knockout. (more…)
After spending time with promoter Don King recently in South Florida, Floyd “Money” Mayweather resurfaced with King on Saturday night at King’s card in St. Louis, sparking further speculation that he and King could be getting together. King has made it clear that he wants to promote Floyd. Mayweather isn’t talking, even spurning an interview request from HBO.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Now fighting as a flyweight, former jr flyweight champion Edgar Sosa was impressive Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in the Mexican capital, totally dominating Venezuelan import Jose Luis Varela and scoring a 4th round TKO. A fired-up Sosa (39-6, 23 KOs) had promised a kayo to his legion of fans and he delivered: he took command from the first round and thoroughly punished the game but outclassed Varela (15-8, 7 KOs), scoring a knockdown in the third round and another in the fourth round. (more…)
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
Postfight presser: It was like Super Bowl XLII all over again… but not quite the same Cinderella story ending. Anderson Silva reflected the undefeated New England Patriots and Chael Sonnen represented the 10-6 New York Giants. Nobody – except a few die hard Giants fans – gave New York a shot in hell to beat what many had already called the greatest NFL team of all time. The trash-talking Sonnen did everything right for four rounds. But unlike David Tyree’s leaping catch, Sonnen dropped the ball when it counted the most . . . Click here for more
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Scott Foster
In Devon Alexander’s toughest test to date, he successfully defended his IBF and WBC junior welterweight titles in a back and forth twelve round unanimous decision. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) pressured continually throughout the fight and effectively countered Andriy Kotelnik’s (31-4, 13 KOs) power shots. More plus photos…
WBC/IBF 140 POUND LIMIT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
DEVON ALEXANDER VS. ANDRIY KOTELNIK
(Prior to the decision announcement) “We good. I think I did enough to win. (After the decision announcement) It was an okay performance for me. I am my own toughest critic. Kotelnik is a tough fighter, an ex-world champion. Like I told everyone, I have an A, B and C plan. I have all three, so I can adjust to whatever anyone brings. Kotelnik trained hard. Give him credit. I listened to my trainer (Kevin Cunningham). He told me to box. (Leg issue) My left leg was going out on me in the final round. I had a cramp. I trained for 12 rounds and got the victory. That is what I came here to do.
(On the cut to his right eye) It was my first cut, but I fought through it like a world champion does. We knew Kotelnik would come in, in shape and he did.”
“I want the belt. I deserve it. If the fight were anywhere but here, I would be champion. I am speechless. I have no words to describe what happened. That guy has something that belongs to me.”
TRAINER STACEY MCKINLEY (to Kotelnik are the fight)
“Everyone knows the fight was closer than that. In fact, you won the fight.”
IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TAVORIS CLOUD VS. GLEN JOHNSON
“I was head butted a lot. It was a heck of a fight. I have a lot of respect for Glen. I had the most effective punches. I hurt him worse. Glen Johnson said I was off balance. It is the same thing. You got hurt because I hit you. I was looking for a shot to get him out. He’s a slick fighter, so I didn’t get the KO. I definitely want to fight Chad Dawson. I was a little rusty tonight, so I will be better next time. I am a bad man. I going to be a unified world champion and undisputed champion.”
“I made some adjustments throughout the fight. He was throwing a lot of punches, but I was blocking most of them. But the judges were counting them all. He caught me with a punch over there that I was not ready for. I was off balance and that was the only time I got caught.”
IBF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CORY SPINKS VS. CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE
“The referee stopped the fight, but I don’t know why. I totally disagree. He didn’t even hit me and I lost my title.”
TRAINER BUDDY MCGIRT
“Cory is a world champion and I think a world champion deserves the benefit of the doubt in that situation.”
REFEREE MARK NELSON
“Spinks had a staggered and dazed look. He shook his head (after the knockdown) as if to say, no. At the count of eight, he stepped backwards and I didn’t want his opponent to hit him again in that condition.”
“I knew I was going to get him. It was just a matter of time. I want Manny Pacquaio next. I am thankful. We have the best team in the land with Keith Lee, Emanuel Steward and Don King. I went after it. He was right there at the opening bell, so I went for it. I went right after him. It was just a matter of time.”
“It was a good fight. It could have been better. He was too anxious. He wasted a lot of energy. It has never been in this big of a fight. He is in a hot division and I am sure he will get a lot of offers.”
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