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St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was so impressed by undefeated World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation unified world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” after he visited Rams training camp today, he arranged a special team bus trip to see Alexander’s title defense live on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “I have a great deal of respect for what boxers go through to prepare for a fight,” Spagnuolo said. “Devon is a local talent and it was important for us that he knows the entire Rams organization is behind him and wish him the best Saturday night.” (more…)
For the first time in five years, tomorrow starting at 12 Noon ET, the official Ultimate Fighting Championship® web site UFC.com will fade to black, as it prepares for the moment when it will officially relaunch. (more…)
Continuing to set the gold standard across all forms of entertainment, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® leaps into the world of weekly web shows with the “UFC® Ultimate Insider™”, which airs this Thursday, August 5th at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET on UFC.com. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Photo by Bob Barton
“It’s going to be a devastating performance!,” exclaimed Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs), when asked at today’s press conference how he was going to defeat Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) at “Gateway to Greatness”, the Don King Promotions event to be held Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. Kotelnik responded to Alexander’s declaration by stating that, “I have a big surprise for him.”
Don King, when asked about the significance of Alexander’s title defense in St. Louis, explained it as “historic”. “Both U. S. Senators from Missouri will be here. The Governor will be here. I haven’t seen this kind of show of support for a fighter since Ali.”
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC light heavyweight fighter Rodney Wallace insists that his striking skills will propel him to victory over much-heralded prospect Phil Davis, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion from Penn State. Wallace believes that the undefeated Davis is too green at his point in his career to beat him . . . Click here for more
Photo by Team Katsidis
“I have remained available to honour my commitment with the WBO and am very pleased to see why it is the WBO remains the most prestigious of boxing’s orgnizations,” says WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis. “The time has come for me to face the very elite of the sport, giving boxing fans world wide one of the greatest fights it will ever see, and as such is the reward of my teams effort. I see recently Amir Kahn was observing closely the Diaz, Marquez clash… MARQUEZ IS MINE or else he is another conversation we should continue back in England. I’ve been there before happy to do it again.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
He made history in boxing as the first black vice president of the World Boxing Association. He was so well-known that Don King was his best man at his wedding in 2002. And he was a real estate mogul that sold some of the first embassy properties in Washington, DC to newly independent African countries. Such was the extraordinary life of York Van Nixon who passed away on August 1 of cancer in DC at the age of 84. (more…)
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Puertorican prospect and USNBC featherweight champion and WBO #13 Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) is moving up to the junior lightweight division to fight the Colombian warrior Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBO Latino junior lightweight title on Saturday, August 28 at the Rubén Viera Coliseum of his hometown in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. “Fighting in front of my people in Las Piedras is an honor. I am training really hard to win this fight and the WBO Latino belt for the pride of my family and my people,” Luis Cruz said. (more…)
Photo by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former two-time world title challenger Shannan “The Bulli Blaster” Taylor (50-8-3, 36 KOs) holds KO wins over several former world champions including WBA champion Livingstone Bramble and IBF champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez but was defeated in world title challenges against Shane Mosley and Arthur Abraham. Taylor talks to Fightnews and tells of his amateur bout with Kostya Tszyu, why Jeff Fenech did not want him to fight Mosley and that Arthur Abraham is the hardest puncher he has boxed. (more…)
Photo: Miguel Salazar
ShoBox: The New Generation fans will see a familiar face in the corner of Lateef “Power’’ Kayode on Friday’s telecast from Hinckley, Minn., as perhaps the world’s most well-known trainer Freddie Roach will be coaching the undefeated upstart cruiserweight from Nigeria in a 10-round co-feature bout on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The 50-year-old Roach, trainer of former world champions like Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer among many others, is the current trainer of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Roach first met Kayode after the boxer and his manager, Hollywood writer and director Steve Feder, dropped by Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif., a couple of years ago. And Roach was immediately impressed. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian world title challenger Jeff “the Flash” Malcolm (100-27-11, 36 KOs) talks to Fightnews and tells how he boxed as a professional from 1971 to 2002 and clashed with several outstanding Australian boxers including Barry Michael, Hector Thompson, Baby Cassius Austin and Russell Sands, Jr. He also tells how he boxed in the USA where he easily defeated Bobby Joe Young who later defeated boxing legend Arron Pryor. Malcolm enjoys good health today and works as a trainer to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “Choc” Mundine and WBA light heavyweight contender Tim Bell. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora have numerous similarities between them. Both have held world titles. Both have fought in Los Angeles and are unbeaten when fighting in the City of Angels. Both have fought and won in front of thousands of people at STAPLES Center, where they will do battle on Saturday, September 18th. Heck, both currently fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.
To say that their professional careers have taken different courses from their professional debuts would be an understatement. One fought under the limelight, winning multiple world titles in different weight classes, while the other fought under relative obscurity until he would appear on a reality show despite his underappreciated talent. (more…)
In a battle of southern california prospects Hector Serrano (13-0, 5 KOs) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Jose Reynoso (12-1-3, 1 KOs). The main event bout will be for the WBC super lightweight latino title and take place September 17 at the Double Tree hotel in Ontario, California.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs) will fight former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Maidan Nezalezhnosti is the central square of Kiev (see photo). Sidorenko was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochevny, commentator for Ukrainian telechannel “Inter”. Sidorenko spoke about returning to the ring, working with Freddie Roach, and also about a possible megafight against WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in November in Mexico. More to come…
Let’s Get It On Promotions returns to Fallon, Nevada on August 28 for a boxing card at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The event is headlined by top 10 world-ranked light-heavyweight contender and current USBA boxing champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (22-6, 9 KOs) facing off against tough journeyman, Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (10-9, 4 KOs). Griffin, the newest addition to the Let’s Get It On Promotions stable, is coming off of two impressive wins. Most recently, he challenged Byron Mitchell for the vacant USBA light-heavyweight title and won a convincing decision. Undefeated middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales and fan-favorite lightweight,“Lightning” Lonnie Smith (10-2-2, 7 KOs), are also slated to fight on the Rural Rumble 2010 card in separate bouts. Visit fallonfights.com for tickets.
As reported earlier on Fightnews a title eliminator is being scheduled between highly ranked contender Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs). However, both fighters will fight in seperate bouts September 15th in Las Vegas on a card Promociones del Pueblo will promote. Should each be victorious they are scheduled to fight in the eliminator at the end of November. Stakes will be high for both fighters as Gonzalez will look to become a two divisional world champion which is something he has failed to do in two previous attempts.
After a whirlwind July with three major boxing cards, Universum Box-Promotion chief Klaus-Peter Kohl has announced that the company will take a much deserved summer break. “For the first time for many years, our trainers can take a long summer vacation in August,” said Kohl. “Then we’ll be on the attack again. We’ll announce concretely how this looks after the holiday. For now we’ll switch everything off for a few weeks and then come again reinvigorated. I thank to all the trainers and boxers and the whole team for all their hard work. Until our next event, I can entrust you to our great YouTube channel which we opened in April. There are already a lot of classic fights of our boxers to be seen. Meanwhile we’ve cracked the one-million barrier in views. We are a YouTube millionnaire!”
Kohl also announced that 45,000 euros were donated to “En Herz für Kinder” (A Heart for Children” charity organization out of proceeds from Universum’s July 31 card. “I’m very glad that we can help many children. Many thanks to every single ticket buyer or donor!”
Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (7-0, 6 KOs) will fight for his first professional title on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. Britain’s only ever amateur world champion will face Michael Kelly for the Vacant Irish light-welterweight title on Frank Warren’s massive ‘Magnificent Seven’ event, live on Sky Box Office. (more…)
Featherweight contender Carney “Beeper” Bowman stormed back to the ring this past Saturday night at the Sovereign Bank Stadium with a brutal third round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Robert Acevedo.
Headlining TKO Boxing Promotions’ “The Battle of York V”, the Fighting Pride of York, Pennsylvania was welcomed by a raucous hometown crowd of over 3,000 fight fans as he made his way to the ring. (more…)
Stories by Chris Cozzone
Holm: ‘Not about the belts’: Lance Armstrong may say it’s not about the bike, but, for seven-time (ten, if you can stomach more alphabet soup) world champion Holy Holm, it’s not about the belt . . . click here for more
Sock-her mom: Former world champ Jaime Clampitt did not expect to fight again after giving birth to her daughter last year. Weight gain during pregnancy, the desire to train, let alone fight, were all concerns . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight contenders Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs) will collide for the chance to challenge current WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas according to WBC secretary Mauricio Sulaiman on Tuesday. Burgos-Gonzalez is expected to take place in October or November in Laredo, Texas will the winner assured of a title shot.
Former middleweight title challenger Freeman “The Natural” Barr (28-4, 15 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in nearly four years on August 31 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The opponent for the 36-year-old Barr is TBA.
Story by Brady Crytzer
For one of the biggest underdogs in recent memory, Chael Sonnen is brimming with confidence.
Why? He is a notoriously gritty wrestler familiar with the standing outside of the limelight, and with the biggest fight of his career on August 7th against pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva the Oregon-based middleweight is all smiles. A shot at the world middleweight championship is something that most men could only dream of; never one for subtlety, Sonnen wears his heart on his sleeves . . . Click here for more
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Millenium Photos
“I am ready to fight!” says heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek from his training camp at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. “We are training hard 9 weeks, this week is 10. I am ready for a great fight, a tough fight.” Adamek faces Michael Grant for the IBF International and NABO heavyweight championships on August 21 in a pay-per-view clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (more…)
Devon Alexander “The Great” finished off a whirlwind day of media appearances by throwing out the first pitch Tuesday night at Busch Stadium before his hometown Cardinals took on the visiting Astros. Alexander was joined by his trainer Kevin Cunningham and Cards mascot-turned-boxer Fredbird.
Photo by Bob Barton
Undefeated unified world champion at 140 pounds, Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) worked out for the media today at his hometown Marquette Gym in St. Louis. Click here for more photos…
The WBC was represented in Cardiff, Wales by all its continental federations and a meeting was held to review several pending matters. The sanctioning organization made the following decisions:
Cruiserweight: Francisco Palacios, from Puerto Rico has been appointed as mandatory contender of the division and the winner of the fight of September 15 in Poland between champion Wlodarczyk and challenger Jason Robinson must face Francisco Palacios next.
Super Lightweight: The final elimination fight to determine the mandatory challenger has been confirmed between Ajose Olusegun, from Nigeria and Ali Chebah, from France to take place on November 1 in Algeria.
Lightweight: Antonio DeMarco, from Mexico, has been appointed mandatory challenger for the division and champion Humberto Soto is free to make a voluntary defense until the month of September and then must fight the mandatory challenger. The WBC has ordered a final elimination bout between Daniel Estrada, from Mexico versus John Murray, from Great Britain.
Super flyweight: Vic Darchinyan receives the Honorary Emeritus Champion status due to his great stature in the lower classes divisions and his petition to continue his career in the bantamweight division. A fight between Kohei Kono, from Japan and Tomas Rojas, from Mexico will be ordered to fill the vacancy in the super flyweight division. (more…)
The line-up for this Friday’s card in El Paso, Texas, at the Don Haskins Center, has been finalized. In the main event, Antonio Escalante (23-2, 14 KOs) will take on journeyman Edel Ruiz (34-22-4, 25 KOs) in a ten-round featherweight bout. The co-main features undefeated light middleweight Jermell Charlo (12-0, 6 KOs), of Houston, vs. Quinton Whitaker (7-6, 5 KOs), of San Antonio, in an eight-rounder. On the undercard: undefeated lightweight Omar Figueroa (10-0, 8 KOs), of Weslaco, Tex., takes on Kanat Kartenbayev (10-4-2, 4 KOs), of Kazakhstan; El Paso’s Alex “El Diablo” Becerra (19-8, 9 KOs) attempts a comeback against Francisco Dominguez (7-5, 1 KO), of Juarez; El Paso lightweight Cesar Valenzuela (3-0) fights Roni Alvarado (3-2, 3 KOs), of Juarez; and Arizona super middleweight Oscar Palacios (0-1) is matched up with Armando Rodriguez (2-0, 1 KO), of Juarez. The card is televised on Telefutura and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
The “Tecate Boxing Tour” has rolls into Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, in the parking lot of Hector Espino. The event will feature both former world champions as well as some of the best boxing prospects from Sonora. Former WBO strawweight champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (27-3-1, 15 KOs) takes on world ranked Michael Arango (30-8-3, 24 KOs) in a ten round mini-flyweight clash, while former two-time WBC lightweight champion José Luis Castillo (61-10-1, 52 KOs) returns against Daniel Yocupicio in a ten round welterweight clash. (more…)
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
Trivia question: What fighter submitted Matt Hughes twice in a total of a mere 38 seconds. Answer – Dennis “Superman” Hallman.
Hallman insists that he has much more to offer in the Octagon and his mixed martial arts career now that he has been properly diagnosed. For years, Hallman fought best early on in fights and then would suffer some stamina problems. . . . Click here for more
The co-main event for this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights is heating up as prospects Prenice Brewer and Patrick Lopez have engaged in a war of words leading up to their eight round junior welterweight showdown this Friday night, August 6th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. After hearing Lopez express that Brewer has an “amateurish style,” Brewer stated, “I guarantee that Lopez has never seen speed like this. He will get hit multiple times before he can move towards me. The TRUTH is that we’re on two different levels and that will be shown on Friday night. After Friday night, the boxing world will know who the future boss at 140 is.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Sergio Mora: “I pay homage and respect to Shane. The word great needs to be earned and the two people that have earned that title are Oscar and Shane. Shane’s a gentleman and a warrior in and out of the ring. However, I have to pay homage to myself. I have a lot of qualities that have been overshadowed. I feel it’s my time now.
Shane Mosley: I’m happy to fight again and be in the ring. I know that Sergio will bring alot out of me. He has alot of abilities. We’re both competitive so it should be a good fight. (more…)
See the stunning series of ShoBox performances that have propelled undefeated bantamweight Chris Avalos up the list of prospects to watch in 2010. This Friday, ShoBox: The New Generation will feature the hard-hitting Avalos in the main event.
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