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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran celebrates his 60th birthday today. Roberto Carlos Duran Samaniego was born on June 16, 1951 in Panama City and went to win world titles in the lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight divisions with 22 world title fights. His exploits in the ring gave pride to a small country, which celebrated his victories and mourned his losses. Duran fought in the five decades, the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 2000. He was immortalized in the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY in 2007. Truly great fighters are only born once in a while and one of them is Roberto Duran…Happy Birthday!
Photo: EMC Events
On Day 2 in St Louis, Don King is on “The King’s Court” at Kokomo’s restaurant with hosts Ashley “Real World” Feldman and Kevin “The King” Slaten. The show is broadcast on 590 KFNS The Fan in St. Louis. Don King is in St. Louis and will remain until fight night January 25 promoting Alexander vs Matthysse plus 4 world title fights at The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO.
By Bob Trieger
Photo: Chris Royle/CRPhotos.com.uk
Undefeated challenger Tyson Fury believes his July 23 showdown in “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event against defending British & Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora, airing live from Wembley Arena in London, is merely the first step on his chosen journey. “The Big Brawl,” presented by Hennessy Sports, will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Check with your PPV provider for same day replay times. (more…)
Hard-hitting jr middleweight Allen Conyers steps in for the injured Harry Joe Yorgey when he takes on Gabriel Rosado in the scheduled 10-round main event Friday evening, July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. Yorgey sustained a shoulder injury in training Monday evening and will be out of action for three months. Conyers, 35, has derailed the careers of several promising fighters including James De La Rosa and Derek Ennis. By comparison, Rosado lost a 12-round decision to Ennis last summer for the USBA junior middleweight title.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Safi James
WBA Fedelatin Champion and WBA #6 contender Nicholas ” Axe Man” Walters of Jamaica and his challenger Argel Salinas of Mexico both scaled the weight at 125 lbs. Walters and Salinas headline a 4 match card dubbed ” Hands of Gold” to be held tonight at the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium at the University of Jamaica in Kingston. more photos
Fernando Guerrero 152.75 vs. Grady Brewer 153.75
(NABF super welterweight title)
Karim Mayfield 146.5 vs. Steve Forbes 149
Gilbert Vera 146 vs. Calvin Pitts 146
Javontae Starks 147.75 vs. Antonio Gamez 150
Maurice Byarm 244 vs. Homero Fonseca 279
Zach Brinones 145 vs. Cory Yett 144
Venue: Frank Erwin Center, University of Texas
Promoter: Prize Fight
The International Boxing Organization has reached a verbal sanctioning agreement to fill its light heavyweight championship, which was declared vacant in May after champion Jean Pascal was dethroned by Bernard Hopkins and Hopkins didn’t pay the sanctioning fee. IBO President Ed Levine said the organization “has been engaged in final negotiations with a qualified and highly-respected fighter” in the division and anticipates a deal being finalized soon. A fight to crown a new champion is planned for the fall. “We very much appreciate the volume of inquiries we received during the process,” Levine said, “but we are not accepting further sanction requests at this time for this title.” Due to the confidentiality of the negotiations, a further announcement naming the fighters will not be made until consummation of the agreement.
On Tuesday there was a media conference call to discuss promoter Don King’s history making “Show Me Something Great…in the ‘Show Me’ State” event that will showcase—for the first time in Missouri history—four world championships on the same card on June 25 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Former WBC/IBF super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” and Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse, IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud and IBF #1-ranked mandatory challenger Yusaf “Mack were on hand to answer questions about their respective fights. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Carlos Negron will fight in the co-feature in the fourth installment of “A Puño Limpio” to be held July 1st, at the Tomas Dones Coliseum in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, in place of former Olympian McJoe Arroyo, who is recovering from a mouth injury suffered in a bout in January. The event, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions and to be televised on WAPA America, will have now have amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (8-1, 7 KOs) headlining the night in a flyweight four round bout, with Negron (12-0, 8KOs) in a six-rounder, and super bantamweight Camilo Perez (3-0, 3 KOs) in a four-rounder in the TV bouts. “It’s possible we’ll put McJoe in an event in August,” said promoter Ivan Rivera.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Raul Caiz Sr. will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) defends against Venezuelan former WBA world champion Lorenzo Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena on Friday. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Tom Miller (U.S.) and Glenn Fledman (U.S). The fight Supervisor is Jose Emilio Graglia (Argentina).
Legendary promoter Don King was in St. Louis Wednesday promoting his June 25 fight card at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., where he appeared with Voltron, the star of a St. Louis-based animated series premiering June 16 on Nicktoons as a 90-minute commercial-free movie event.
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“God has a plan for us all and I truly believe this is my time. Broner is going to have to wait another day for his.”
Those were the last words Jason Litzau spoke to Fightnews last week following one of his final sparring sessions prior to leaving for Guadalajara, Mexico for this Saturday nights showdown with Adrien “The Problem” Broner . . . Click here for more
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day with Don King promoting a prizefight? Click on the attached You Tube link and you, too, can tag along with Don during today’s first press day in St. Louis promoting his history-making June 25 world championship fight card at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., featuring the main event of Devon Alexander vs. Lucas Matthysse and four world championship fights:
Former CNN sports anchor Nick Charles says he was the happiest he’s ever been, building a new life, with his wife and a new daughter, when he learned he had advanced bladder cancer. Doctors tell him he’s on borrowed time, but Nick is determined to live fully in every remaining moment. With wisdom and grace, Charles talks to CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about making peace with old regrets, saying goodbye to friends and preparing his family – most of all his young daughter, Giovanna – for life without him in a special edition of SANJAY GUPTA MD that will air over Fathers’ Day Weekend, Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19, at 7:30 a.m. ET.
A legendary sports anchor Charles perhaps best beloved by fans for his anchoring talents during boxing matches, in this moving and revealing excerpt, Charles meets with another legend from the world of boxing – his friend Mike Tyson, to talk about some of the lessons he’s still learning about living during this fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan female super bantamweight Alys “La China” Sanchez plans to return to professional boxing later this year. “I have waited a long time for this,” said Sanchez (5-0, 1 KO). For various reasons I had to leave boxing but now I’m back. I have months of training and I think it’s time to try and return. Still not exactly where I’ll do it, Panama, Mexico or a third country, but I’m just waiting for the opportunity. I have a lot to contribute to women’s boxing and I will do my best to achieve my goal of being world champion.” Sanchez, a native of Maracay, Venezuela, is the mother of a 3-year-old child and a management student at the Universidad Politecnica Territorial de Aragua.
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
World champion and boxing promoter Miguel Cotto, together with Héctor Soto from H2 Entertainment today announced a July 15 fight card billed as “Electrifying” Vélez vs. Valcárcel, to take place at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Top super bantamweight prospect and WBO #10 Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (15-0, 12 KOs) is ready to take the biggest challenge of his career when he steps into the ring with former top veteran contender Carlos Valcárcel (12-2-4,5 KOs) for the WBO Latino super bantamweight title and the WBC’s FECARBOX title. The fight will be televised on Telefutura’s weekly “Solo Boxeo” show. more + photos
Legendary boxing icon Don King is soon turning 80, and he hasn’t slowed down a bit. The world’s greatest promoter has gone digital and this week unveiled his first iPhone app. The free-to-download “Don King” app features Don King Productions’ company history and Don’s flamboyant profile, including memorable photos of King and the prizefighters he represents. The app features an exclusive ringtone of King belting his signature catchphrase “Only in America.” You can download it with your iPhone from the Apple App Store.
In a letter to the managerial interests of NABF welterweight champion Shawn Porter, WBC #12, NABF president Joe Dwyer stated, “You are to commence immediate negotiations with mandatory contender Jo Jo Dan, who is represented by Chris Ganescu. If a contract cannot be reached within thirty (30) days a Purse Bid will be held on Monday, July 18th, 2011.”
For their part, team Dan is ecstatic. Manager Ganescu exclaimed, “Jo Jo has a major fight coming! I just hope Porter does not refuse it like (Joel) Julio and (Mike) Jones!” Dan is currently ranked WBC #4.
The EBU – European Boxing Union – held its annual General Assembly in Dublin, Ireland, last weekend. More than 80 delegates representing Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Monaco, Spain, Switzerland, Montenegro, Bulgaria, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, Sweden, Belarus, Slovakia and Malta attended the meeting. (more…)
Photo: Allen Shankar Ebanks
On Saturday night at the Arts and Recreation Centre in Camana Bay, Cayman Islands, local favorite Charles “Killa ” Whittaker captured the vacant USBA and WBC Latino 154lb titles with a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Keenan Collins.
Damian Frias TKO2 Alex Perez (welterweight)
Peter Lewison TKO2 Alex Lubo (super middleweight
Alfred Deano D4 Rudolph Hedge (super bantam)
Wilky Campfort W4 Tsetie Davis (middleweight)
Sammy Payne D4 Roger Rose (jr welterweight)
For the past 25 years, Harold Lederman has served as HBO’s unofficial ringside judge, posting his own real-time scorecard and providing any rules interpretation that may be needed. Saturday night in Guadalajara, Mexico, Harold Lederman fulfills a long-time goal, when HBO Sports moves him into the analyst position for the opening fight (Adrien Broner vs. Jason Litzau) on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast. Short one announcer this weekend, Lederman will call the opening bout with veteran blow-by-blow broadcaster Bob Papa. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. Lederman celebrated his 25th anniversary with HBO Boxing this past April, having worked ringside as the unofficial HBO scorer for more than a thousand fights. Roy Jones Jr., who is the late-night series lead analyst, will not work the Broner vs. Litzau fight since his promotional company has a relationship with Litzau. Jones will call the main event of Canelo Alvarez vs. Ryan Rhodes on HBO.
On Tuesday afternoon in New York City, WBC Middleweight Diamond Champion and universally recognized top-3 pound for pound fighter, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) signed a new multiyear, multimillion dollar deal that will keep his promotional interest with DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) for the foreseeable future. Martinez, 36, originally linked up with DBE in 2007 and is scheduled to return to the ring October 1 on HBO against European middleweight champion Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs).
Meanwhile handlers for WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) are claiming that Martinez is ducking Pirog and implied that HBO is “punishing” Pirog for beating Danny Jacobs.
Espinoza Boxing has re-signed unbeaten super featherweight prospect Ronny Rios (14-0, 6 KOs).
Dmitriy Salita had a feature article in the Wall Street Journal (printed and online versions).
Photo: Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs) hits the mitts with trainer Augie Sanchez at Barry’s Gym in Las Vegas this afternoon. On his first Showtime headliner, Magdaleno will defend his NABF super featherweight title on July 15 at the Texas Station against Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs).
World champion Brandon Rios and stablemate Mikey Garcia are holding a charity boxing function in Oxnard, Ca. this Saturday with all proceeds to be given to the family of amateur boxer Gustavo Rodriguez who was shot and killed last week. “Gustavo was one of my amateur fighters. He was just 17. He worked out at the gym last Friday and while walking home was shot and killed,” said Robert Garcia, chief trainer. “It is a real tragedy and Brandon and my brother Mikey want to help the family.” Rios and Garcia will go into the ring and shake out for fight fans at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, 1601 Pacific Ave #201, Oxnard, Ca. 93033. “We will have a donation box at the gym,” said Robert. “All of the money will go to the family. We are hoping all of the fans will come out and help. Brandon and Mikey will sign autographs, take pictures, anything that will help.” Rios has been training for weeks to prepare for his world title defense against challenger Urbano Antillon of Maywood, Ca., on July 9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Ca. Rios vs. Antillon will be televised live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
World champions Miguel “Títere” Vázquez and Giovani Segura will share the ring on Saturday night at the Musica Hall de Toluca i the State of Mexico.
Vázquez (28-3-0, 12 KOs) will make the third defense of his IBF lightweight championship against Marlon “Rata” Aguilar (25-10-1, 18 KOs) in a boxer vs. slugger matchup.
Segura (27-1-1, 23 KOs) will not expose his WBO light flyweight world championship and WBA light flyweight super championship, as he faces Eddy Zúñiga (7-5-1, 1 KO) in a non-title ten rounder.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Antonio Margarito has agreed to challenge WBA junior middleweight Miguel Cotto on December 3 in New York City. According to one of his handlers, Francisco Espinoza, the ‘Tijuana Tornado’ has already received the doctor’s approval and is in the preliminary phase of his training. The bout will be for Cotto’s 154lb title with no catch weight.
With Efrain Esquivias sidelined due to a cut suffered while training, Thompson Boxing Promotions has announced a new main event for their June 24th show at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Jr welterweight Jose “El Nino” Reynoso (14-2-1, 2KOs) meets Esteban Almaraz (10-3, 4 KOs) in the new headliner. In the co-main event, scheduled for eight rounds in the featherweight division, Colombia’s Daulis Prescott (22-0, 17 KOs), the younger brother of Breidis Prescott, faces Juan Jose Beltran (20-24-2, 12 KOs). Also, welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes Jr. (11-1, 10 KOs) goes against Chris Gray (13-15, 1 KO).
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm is in the final stages of training camp for his tenth title defense on June 25 at the 18,000 seat Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, against the hard-hitting and dangerous Irishman Matthew Macklin. The defending champion engaged in a ten-round sparring session today against two different sparring partners, with one of them being the experienced former European champion Lolenga Mock–a regular in Sturm’s camp. For more details and photos click here…
Per Joe Dwyer NABF President: Effective immediately, any two (2) rated NABF boxers who engage in an elimination bout will see the winner elevated to # 1 rated in their division. The current NABF champion will then be obligated to defend against that boxer in their upcoming mandatory title defense. Failure to do so will result in the title being vacated. The NABF Executive Committee implemented this rule at their Atlantic City Convention, last week.
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