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One brief remark, whether delivered with positive or malicious intent, can change a man’s life. UFC veteran Kendall Grove is proof of that.
It was the power of suggestion that guided the once-insecure Hawaiian on an unlikely path that will culminate at UFC 130 with Grove’s 13th appearance inside the Octagon. Unbeknownst to many, the catalyst for Grove’s conversion to the sport is a provocative figure known more for his mercurial temper and four-letter words than his mentoring skills . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three weeks out from fighting Mexican challenger David Lopez, WBA super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout is at the most intense stages of his training camp. Trout been working hard, sparring with undefeated Baltimorian Cecil McCalla, Edward Hernandez from Lubbock, TX and Siju Shabazz. He is preparing for a very physical fight against 6’2” southpaw banger David “ The Destroyer” Lopez, who hasn’t lost a fight in six years and has won his last 16 straight. A top middleweight contender, Lopez has dropped weight to vie for a super welterweight title. He has waited patiently for this opportunity for years. Being a 6’2” southpaw certainly didn’t help in securing fights against the world champs. (more…)
With American and Canadian media in attendance, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins hosted a media workout today at a local boxing gym in Montreal, Canada where the 46-year-old Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of Famer discussed his championship rematch against WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal which takes place this Saturday, May 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. In a rare fight week occurrence, Hopkins even stopped to pose and speak with several amateur fighters and fans stating “I promise you this will be the only time you see me on my knee.” (more…)
Weights by Jesse Kelley
Photo: Rich Peterson
Ray Edwards 258.5 vs. TJ Gibson 222
Cerresso Fort 164 vs. Tim Taggart 166
Jamal James 145.5 vs. Hector Orozco 147
Van Goodman 257.5 vs. Larry Butler 216
Tony Lee 141 vs. Ronnie Fuentez 140.5
Jonathan Perez 120.5 vs. Ray Torres 116
(Perez was 1.5 lbs over but weighed 119 on his second attempt)
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Promotor: Midwest Sports Council and RDS Company
Photos and report by Peter Lim
Featherweight Miguel Flores remained undefeated at (9-0, 6 KOs), after stopping Rolando Campos, (2-4, 1 KO), in the fifth round but not without a few heart-stopping moments at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions fight night at the Houston Club. Flores, 18, immediately went to work with crisp combinations to the head and body from the outset, but just when it seemed he was comfortably in control, he ducked smack into a right uppercut that had him momentarily out on his feet. He instinctively grabbed and leaned on Campos, buying enough time to shake it off, get his legs back and regain control of the fight. He returned to his corner with a cut on his left eyelid. A sharp-shooting boxer-puncher, Flores dictated the action in rounds two and three with pin-point punches he unleashed upstairs and down. Riding a two-fight winning streak, Campos, 27, was in it to win it, though. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Craig Watt
The Australian media tour for the July 20th IBO Cruiserweight fight between Australian champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KOs) and American Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) landed in Perth, Western Australia today. The event at the Belmont Racing Circuit saw both boxers exhibit respect for each other yet strong confidence that each would be victorious for their forthcoming fight at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney in eight weeks time. The former four time world champion Tarver was confident of causing an upset and stated, “I think they took this fight because I was 42 and thought I was too old. Let me tell you I am no Roy Jones and I have come to Australia with only one objective in mind and that is to win the IBO Cruiserweight title. I pride myself that I was the first fighter to knock out Roy Jones and I will be the first fighter to knock out Danny Green.” For more details and photos click here…
This week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will originate from the Amerihealth Pavilion inside the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ as promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events showcases former junior middleweight world title challenger Joel “El Predator” Julio (36-4, 31 KOs) and undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (12-0, 7 KOs) in separate co-feature bouts. (more…)
By Scott Ploof at the scales
Jose Antonio Rivera 155 vs. Luis Maysonet 156.5
Alexis Santos 211 vs. Jeremiah Witherspoon 205
Keith Bianchini 250 vs. Aneudy Rodriguez 248
Luis Viramontes 154 vs. Robert Hunt 152
Joe Siciliano 288 vs. Carossee Auponte 249
Jose “Flacko” Velazquez 134.5 vs. Edwin Rosado 134.5
“Irish” Chuck Shearns 175 vs. Scott Domenech 175
Agustine Mauras 138.5 vs. Fred Mandrachia 132.5
“The Return of the Champ” featuring the three time former world champion Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6, 24 KOs) will do battle against veteran Luis Maysonet (32-11, 25 KOs) in the eight round main event tomorrow night at the Worcester Palladium on Main Street in downtown Worcester. Doors open at 6:30 PM and first fight is at 7 PM. There are still about 500 seats still remaining as tickets are limited at this time. They can be purchased at the Worcester Palladium box office or on tickets.com. $50/Ringside, $30/General Admission.
Unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez will take the biggest test of his career on June 24 when he steps up to former title challenger Owen “What the Heck?” Beck at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso on a card promoted by Z Entertainment and Nino Bravo Promotions. Rodriguez, 34-0, 32 KOs, will get a shot at top ten contention and the WBC Fecombox heavyweight title against Beck, 29-7, 20 KOs, of Jamaica, by way of Nashville, Tenn. Beck challenged Nikolay Valuev in 2006 for the WBA heavyweight title, only to lose by third round TKO. After winning four straight bouts, Beck fell into a losing streak, having dropped his last four by KO/TKO. – Chris Cozzone
The June 4 rubber match at Hard Rock of Albuquerque between Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta is on the brink of cancellation. According to a confidential source at Isleta, Archuleta has refused to take an MRI ordered by the Isleta Athletic Commission. Tapia has already passed all of his exams and has been cleared to fight – but Archuleta originally did not want to spend the money for tests in case the fight fell through. After Team Tapia offered to pay for the tests and deduct it from his purse (approximately $2,000 worth of tests), Archuleta agreed and was scheduled for an exam and a referral for an MRI tomorrow. Unfortunately, Archuleta did not show up at the exam, nor did he get the referral, which means tomorrow’s MRI is an impossibility. According to our source, it was further mentioned that Archuleta has yet to return a signed contract for the fight and a replacement has now been found for what will now be billed as Tapia’s final bout. Stay tuned. – Chris Cozzone
Christopher Martin 122 vs. Charles Huerta 122
Ronny Rios 130 vs. Georgi Kevlishvili 128
Donyil Livingston 162.6 vs. Loren Myers 162
Joel Diaz 129.2 vs. Kendall Ward 126.4
Bobby Chavez 155.2 vs. Juan Luna 157.6
Manuel Avila 121.4 vs. Jesse Padilla 124
Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero in San Martin, Puebla
Everything is ready for the WBA interim minimumweight world title fight between Mexican champion Sammy Gutierrez (28-5-2, 19 KOs) and Nicaraguan challenger and WBC former world champion Juan Palacios (27-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, Puebla, Mexico. At a press conference both boxers predicted victory and vowed to give a great show.
“I am in my town, in my mind I’m not able to lose this fight. I’m sure to achieve success and continue looking for better opportunities and the unification of the undisputed WBA title,” said Gutierrez
“I have come to show that I am a former WBC world champion, determined, dedicated and in good condition. It will be a great fight and the best will win that night and that’s me,” said Palacios. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
US Olympian, undefeated #1 ranked Vanes”The Nightmare” Martirosyan hits the speed bag during media day at the Glendale Fighting Club on Thursday. Martirosyan is preparing to take on Mexican knockout artist Saul Roman in a world title elimination bout on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the undercard of Zbik vs Chavez Jr.. Top Rank promotes this HBO Boxing After Dark event in association with Zanfer Promotions, Universum Media Network, Tecate and Staples Center. More photos…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBA#9 Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy, 17-1-1, 12 KOs), 154, impressively kept his OPBF and Japanese national super-welter belts as he displayed fine retaliation and finally halted formerly three-time champ Tadashi Yuba (38-7-2, 28 KOs), 154, at 0:15 of the ninth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
After intense and lengthy negotiations Zanfer and their partner in the United States, Top Rank, reached an agreement with Juan Manuel Marquez for a third fight against the eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao on November 12 in Las Vegas. After two days of finalizing details on the contracts at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, Zanfer President Fernando Beltrán, Top Rank President Tod duBoef and Marquez along with his lawyers reached a satisfactory agreement for all parties and Juan Manuel signed the contract. (more…)
Joel Julio 146 vs. Anges Adjaho 145.5
Sadam Ali 146 vs. John Revish 146
Angel Concepcion 174.5 vs. Teneal Goyco 174
Vinny O’Brien 146 vs. Rafael Montalvo 146
Joel Castillo 172 vs. Jesse Orta 173.5
Tyrone Luckey 132 vs. Sidell Blocker 133
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Promoter: Main Events
The IBF Jr. Lightweight title has been vacated. Mzonke Fana, who was scheduled to defend his title against Argenis Mendez on June 11, 2011, to date has not submitted a signed contract to the IBF. Fana has failed to fulfill his contractual obligation to defend his title, which should have taken place by March 11, 2011. Fana’s failure to not comply has resulted in the IBF Jr. Lightweight title becoming vacant. Argenis Mendez will still have the opportunity to fight for the title.
Newly elevated WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly will now make his first defense against Aleksy Kuziemski from Poland this Saturday at the 02 Arena in London. Tony Bellew, who had stepped in this morning to replace Juergen Braehmer, has been beaten by the scales to make the pre-fight weight check today. Whilst Bellew was really up for fight, the boxer and his manager Frank Warren, felt it was too big a ask and that the boxer’s safety has to be paramount.
The unbeaten Welshman, declared World Champion by the WBO today after Braehmer was stripped, now tackles the #11 ranked Kuziemski who was considered as a challenger to Cleverly before Bellew put himself forward for the fight. From Swiece in Poland, but now based out of Hamburg, Germany, Kuziemski has a good record of 21 wins from 23 fights and is the former WBO Intercontinental/German/EBA Light-Heavyweight Champion. (more…)
Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez have rivals for their upcoming bouts next June 3 in the third edition of “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Antonio R. Barcelo coliseum in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised live on WAPA América. Oquendo (20-2, 13 KOs), who’s ranked #3 in the super bantamweight division in the WBO, will defend his WBO NABO 122lb title against Colombian Reynaldo López (30-10-2, 22 KOs). This fight is scheduled for 10 rounds. In the other TV bout, “Bomba” Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs), 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games Gold Medalist, will face Ivan Moxey (2-3, 1 KO), from the Bahamas. The main event of this card is Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (15-0, 11 KOs), looking for the WBO NABO lightweight title versus Jose Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (14-6, 12 KOs), son of former World Champion Jose “Pipino” Cuevas. Another five bouts will complete the show. “A Puño Limpio” canl be seen from 9-11PM on WAPA América in the United States. Tickets availables at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) or calling 1 (787) 792-5000. Prices are $15 and $33.
Fight card updates for UFC 130 and 131:
Mac Danzig has had to pull out of UFC 131 with an injury, Dana White confirmed. Making his UFC debut on short notice, 6-1 BJJ black belt Vagner Rocha has verbally agreed to replace Danzig in the June 4 bout against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Ricardo Conde
Wednesday night was all about Victor Ortiz in Ventura, the hometown for the fighter who captured a world title belt last month. In the process, he became the first world title holder to come from the coastal city located next to Oxnard. Ortiz was presented with a key to the city at a celebratory dinner at the Watermark Restaurant and Lounge in downtown Ventura. Mayor Bill Fulton was on hand to present Ortiz with a key and a proclamation from the city for putting the city of Ventura on the boxing map.
“We’re privileged to have you here in Ventura,” said Fulton, who was appointed mayor in December of 2009. “There are few people who think that the other city (Oxnard) is the boxing capital of Ventura County. But, Victor has demonstrated that Ventura is the boxing capital of Ventura County. (more…)
Photo: Craig Gibson
Coming off an impressive win against Cassius Baloyi, IBF junior lightweight title challenger Argenis Mendez is currently in the UK training for his on-off title shot against Mzonke Fana. Pictured with trainer Lee Beard (right) and gym owner Bobby Rimmer (left), Mendez has been in the UK for the last two weeks working hard at the Manchester based gym. Mzonke Fana recently pulled out of the fight citing a lack of trainer and training camp as the reason. Should the fight not go ahead, it is possible that the IBF may strip Fana of his title and give Argenis the chance to fight for the vacant title, whatever the outcome, his camp says Mendez will be ready.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Vanes Martirosyan blasted hard punches while sparring six hard rounds at the Chavez Jr Media Day on Wednesday. Chief trainer Freddie Roach announced to media “it’s time to spar.” Chavez Jr and Martirosyan fired off big punches. Chavez Jr worked on body shots. Martirosyan landed heavy punches to the jaw of Chavez Jr while his father, the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, watched from ringside at the Wild Card Gym.
Roach, who trains both fighters at the Wild Card, said he wanted to make a point. “Junior is in top condition and ready to fight for the world title,” he said. “The same goes for Vanes. This is the best he’s looked in a long time.”
On June 4, Chavez Jr will challenge WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. On the undercard, Martirosyan will take on Saul Roman in an eliminator bout. Zbik vs. Chavez Jr will be televised on HBO After Dark.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO welterweight champion Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana could return in August or September against either Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo or James Kirkland said his trainer Jose Bonilla. “I talked to Lou DiBella and am negotiating a fight for August or September and those two were mentioned. They are strong but Quintana is at a stage that we must seek fights where there is good money. Quintana is also strong at 154. Carlos Quintana is looking for big fights for good money, not small change and to get a good win.”
To show his love for NBA team the Miami Heat and their ongoing effort to win the NBA Championship, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) will be wearing one of their official home uniforms when he enters the ring for his Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal clash against WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4. (more…)
A press conference was held for Friday’s clash between Joel Julio and late sub Anges Adjaho at the Prudential Center’s AmeriHealth Pavilion in Newark, NJ, which will be broadcast on ESPN2.
Promoter Kathy Duva: “For the main event we had a great match made originally with Antwone Smith, and unfortunately Antwone was injured. Jolene (Mizzone) and Russell (Peltz) had to go out and find an opponent for Joel. After going through literally 10 people, people who wouldn’t take the fight, or people ESPN wouldn’t accept, they worked very hard and came up with Anges Adjaho. He’s a very tough fighter and ready for the challenge.”
Anges Adjaho: “I am thankful for the opportunity. Sometimes it’s hard to say exactly what I mean, but I know I am ready for this fight. People will be surprised.”
Joel Julio: “I am in very good shape. I feel very good. I have worked hard with my trainers. It does not matter that he (Smith) could not fight me, I am ready to fight anybody. I don’t want to talk too much – my hands talk for me! See you Friday night!”
Reporters and TV cameras packed el Zipperle restaurant in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, for Tuesday’s press conference to promote Team Puerto Rico’s blockbuster June 10 and 11 back-to-back “Boricua Invasion I & II” boxing events at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. And Wednesday, all three major newspapers, El Nuevo Día, El Vocero and Primera Hora, are filled with Team Puerto Rico stories and features. In fact, one of the major television stations, WAPA TV, devoted seven full minutes of newscast to the event. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
In a match-up between two former WBC world champions, Adrian Diaconu (27-2 15KO) knows that he has everything to gain as he meets up against Chad Dawson (29-1 17KO) Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal. “We’re not starring on the show that night,” said Diaconu’s trainer Pierre Bouchard of the HBO telecast that features the rematch between Jean Pascal and Bernard Hopkins, “But we’re certainly in a position to steal the show. We’re very confident, but we know the challenge we have. This will be our chance to show that we belong at that high level amongst the elite level of competition.” (more…)
By Peter Lim
A lineup of up-and-coming local fighters do battle at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions fight night at the Houston Club on May 19 . The main event will be a six-round heavyweight bout between Steve Collins, 24-1 (17 KOs) and Rubin Williams, 29-14-1 (16 KOs). Although it might not appear that much of a mismatch on the surface, dig a little deeper and note that Williams was at his best as a 168-pound fringe contender from 2003 to 2007. He is on a 12-fight losing streak, six via stoppage, that began in January of 2008. And although the names on Williams’ record read like a who’s who roster of super middleweights that includes the likes of Andre Ward, Jeff Lacy, Allen Green, Chris Henry and Alfonso Lopez, he lost to all of them. (more…)
Two time world champion Michael Katsidis is one step closer to his dream of bringing a world title fight down under with his Manager/Trainer Brendon Smith today confirming that they have issued a challenge to Mexican world champion Miguel Vazquez. “The call was made last night to Vazquez’s people to let them know our intentions with the fight. Both camps know how good a fight this is,” Smith said.”
Vazquez is no stranger to big name fights as he won a split decision over Breidis Prescott (the only man to beat world champion Amir Khan) and more recently took the scalp of Australia’s own Lenny Zappavigna, but none of this worries Katsidis. “Kevin Mitchell also beat Breidis Prescott, and I KO’d him in three rounds,” Katsidis said. “This will be a huge fight for the Australian people, I would love nothing more than to bring a world class fighter like Vazquez to Australia. It will be great to repay the favour for beating my Aussie mate.” (more…)
Tony Bellew has stepped in to face big rival Nathan Cleverly this Saturday at The O2 in London. Bellew, 28, will challenge for Cleverly’s WBO light heavyweight title after Braehmer was stripped of the title and the Welshman installed as champion. Following yesterday’s events when Braehmer pulled out of his fight against Cleverly by failing to arrive in London and then later claiming a cut eye, promoter Frank Warren has been searching for an opponent for Cleverly. Bellew, the current Commonwealth Champion, registered his interest straight away by posting on social-networking sites that he wanted the fight against Cleverly. (more…)
By Chris Davis at ringside
Photos: John Booz
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Alex “The Technician” Bunema (31-8-2, 17 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. Lee prevailed by scores of 100-90 on all cards. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1 ,30 KOs) will have the opportunity to fight for the WBC Middleweight Title as he takes on world champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) of Germany on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. This will be the third fight for Chavez Jr. under famed trainer Freddie Roach. The two hooked up last year in June before Chavez’ twelve round unanimous decision over John Duddy at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, followed by a ten round unanimous decision over Billy Lyell in Culiacan Sinaloa Mexico this past January.
“Against Duddy he was not a complete fighter, for the last fight we had against Lyell we only had three weeks to prepare and this time we have more time to prepare, he is much better now in terms of technique,” Roach told Fightnews.com on working with Chavez Jr. in preparation for his upcoming title bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at Puebla
The afternoon of this Wednesday in San Martín Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico the WBA miniumweight world champion the Mexican, Samuel Gutierrez and challenger to the crown, Nicaraguan, Juan Palacios, and other boxing stars as Jorge “Maromero” Paez Jr., the WBC Golden Belt champion Jose “Piston” Lopez, WBC the silver king Oscar “ceviche” Ibarra, among other stellar made public training.
The Boxing Night event is sponsored by Promociones del Pueblo, sponsored by Grupo Modelo and broadcast by Televisa, in his “Saturday Corona” and expected a strong participation of local fans. (more…)
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Super bantamweight Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) of Paramount, California will headlines this Friday May 20th as he takes on world ranked contender Christopher ‘S.D. Kid’ Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs) of Chula Vista, California in a 10-round super bantamweight bout at the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California on latest edition of ‘Fight Club OC’ which will be shown live on Telefutura’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate.’ In the co-feature bout, super featherweight Ronny Rios (13-0, 6 KOs) of Santa Ana, California takes on Georgi Kevlishvili (12-1, 3 KOs) of Russia, which will also be televised and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
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