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- Pacquiao, Roach, Arum Quotes from the Philippines
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- Mark Hunt: People's Choice to People's Champ?
- Boxing returns to Arena Coliseo in Mexico City
- Erik Morales to work with WBC Committee
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The World Boxing Council has ordered a tournament to determine the next mandatory contender in the WBC light heavyweight division.
In the first round Chris Henry (U.S.) would meet Ismayl Syllakh (U.S.) and Jean Pascal (Haiti/Canada) would face Zsolt Erdei (Hungary). The winners will then collide with a title shot at stake.
The WBC has ordered the free negotiations period for a Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KOs) vs Alfredo Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) WBC super welterweight final elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger in the WBC super welterweight division. If there is no agreement in the free negotiations period a purse offer will be conducted at the WBC Executive Offices in Mexico City on August 19th.
Undefeated former WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa and former WBO junior featherweight champion Daniel Ponce De Leon will collide in one of the season’s hottest fights on September 10 in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Tickets priced at $250, $100 and $50, go on sale this Friday, July 22, and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
“I look forward to meeting Ponce de Leon. This will be the third straight world champion, or former world champion I have faced from México,” said Yuriorkis Gamboa. “I know that México has a great history of world champions, but so does Cuba. I welcome this chance I am getting to continue to prove I am one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I will not disappoint my fans.” (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs), who challenges British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in Saturday’s 12-round main event on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event, live from Wembley Arena in London, held a workout today in London. Also working out today was co-feature boxer Ashley Theophane, who defends his British Boxing Board of Control light welterweight title against Jason Cook . . . Click here for more
Photo: Tyson Fury arrives in London for his showdown with Dereck Chisora. “The Big Brawl” event on PPV, distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media, will be available for live viewing in the U.S. 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.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian 154 pounder Heath Ellis (14-2-1, 7 KOs) will collide with Patomsuk Pathompothong (12-1-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds at the Sunshine Skating Centre, Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ellis is the nephew of former IBF 130 pound champion Lester Ellis and will be challenging for the Interim WBC Youth Title against the hard punching Thai. Also in supporting bout Australia’s hardest punching pound-for-pound boxer Ranee Ganoy originally from the Philippines but now based in Australia and trained by Graham Shaw, will be action against Sapapatch Sor Sakoarat of Thailand in a 140 pound bout over eight rounds. Promoter Ellis Boxing Enterprises.
Friday night will be an evening which will determine the future for most of the featured fighters on this installment of Thompson Boxing Promotions “Path to Glory” card.
The main event of the night showcases featherweight elite, Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) as he takes on Gilberto Sanchez Leon (29-10-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round battle for supremacy. Burgos has much to prove. He vows to give everything that he has got in order to surpass boxing veteran Gilberto Sanchez Leon and to remain on the list as a viable title contender. (more…)
One day, maybe Saturday, maybe 500 Saturdays from now, Roger Bowling will look at the man who made up nearly 30 percent of his first 11 prizefights and thank him. He may already be doing it now, with his third fight against Bobby Voelker coming up on Friday in Las Vegas. But the point is, he will eventually shake his opponent’s hand for the lesson that was taught to him last October . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
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By Nick Giongco
Franklin Gacal, the Filipino lawyer of pound-for-pound star Manny Pacquiao, said on Thursday night that Canadian Mike Koncz’s role in Team Pacquiao will be drastically cut with the hands-on involvement of VisionQwest Accountancy Group of Los Angeles. Koncz is on his way to Manila from Los Angeles and is expected to arrive Friday morning.
When news came out Monday that he had been fired by Pacquiao, Koncz immediately contacted his boss and was assured that he remains part of the team. Interviewed by Filipino scribes one day after the Internet reports came out, Pacquiao said the report of Koncz’s alleged firing “is not true.” Even Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, who is vacationing in the South of France, said Koncz will remain as Pacquiao’s adviser.
But MP8.ph website, said to be the official website of Pacquiao, said that’s no longer the case and that it was Pacquiao himself who decided on the matter. Koncz said “things like this happen whenever I am not with Manny in the Philippines.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Junior welterweight contender Lucas Mathysse (28-2, 26 KOs) will return home to Argentina for his next bout, which could be in Madryn or Trelew on September 30 in an event broadcast by DirecTV Latin America. Mathysse lives and trains in Junin, Argentina and hopes to prepare during the next eight weeks with his trainer Cuty Barrera. According to a source Mathysse has strong desire to fight in Chubut. One possible opponent could be current Argentina welterweight champion Claudio “Pumita” Olmedo (22-3, 21 KOs), but there is also a possibility of lining up a world title eliminator or a showdown with a former world champion.
Report/Video by Przemek Garczarczyk
“This is one of our basic movement training methods. Depending on Tomek’s daily schedule, now when he is sparring, I usually use two sets of rubbers – 30 and 50 pounds of weight,” said Tyler Woodman, Tomasz Adamek’s conditioning and strength coach. “For some it may look funny, but this is very effective way of making Tomek’s ring movement a thing of beauty. Tomek sometimes does two 3-minute rounds, just doing shadow boxing like there’s nothing on his ankles. A normal, physically fit person would not be able even make one step with a 50-pound rubber.”
Because Adamek arrived from his training camp in the Poconos Mountains, to New York for an HBO presser with Vitali Klitschko, we were able to get a rare glimpse behind the Polish fighter’s training methods before his WBC heavyweight title fight on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland.
By Gabriel F. Corero
Argentinian welterweight prospect Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregú (29-1, 23 KOs) hopes to return August 12 in Delmi, Argentina against compatriot Walter “Bazooka” Diaz (26-8-1, 15 KOs), at welterweight. It would be Abregu’s first fight in over a year since suffering his only loss to WBC/WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley. He suffered an injury to his right hand which required intensive treatment, but according to a source Abregu has been training well, hopes to return in good shape.
Prizefighter returns for a new season on September 15 with “Prizefighter: Light-Middleweights II” at York Hall, Bethnal Green, London. No fighters have been announced yet for the 20th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight-man, one night tournament. For the first time in Prizefighter the draw will be made in the ring on the night before the eight Prizefighters battle for the title and the £32,000 winner’s cheque.
Various media are reporting that promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson have filed a breach of contract lawsuit against WBC/WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for rejecting a big payday against Amir Khan and choosing to wait for his contract to expire. The Bradley camp believes he is a free agent.
This week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights telecast has been pushed back to 10PM/ET this week to allow a 9PM re-airing of last week’s barnburner between Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak, which will have live wraps from Brian Kenny, Joe Tessitore & Teddy Atlas with Delvin Rodriguez in studio.
Fightnews would like to offers its deepest condolences to Dr. Alex Constantinides of Colorado Springs, who lost his wife and three children yesterday in a tragic flooding accident in Wyoming. Dr. Constantinides worked as a ringside physician in Colorado for nearly every MMA and boxing event over the last several years and is held in the highest esteem throughout the Southwest. He is in our thoughts and prayers.
USBA heavyweight champion Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris’ often tumultuous boxing career is back in a good place, after he redeemed himself last Saturday in Atlantic City, when he stopped Derric “The Shaolin Fist” Rossy in the 12th round at Resorts Casino Hotel. Harris (25-15-2, 11 KOs) was coming off of a disappointing loss by third round to Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) in May, shown live on ESPN Friday Night Fights in their IBF Box-Off.
Rossy (25-5, 14 KOs), rated #15 by the IBF, served as a litmus test for Harris, a 35-year-old whose major claim to fame is winning the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament, defeating Thompson in the $100,000 finale, as well as defeating world champion Sergei Liakhovich. The New Jersey fighter found himself at the crossroads once again, facing possible retirement if he lost to Rossy, the former Boston College football standout who had previously defeated WBO champion and 1988 Olympic gold-medal winner Ray Mercer (DEC12) and world title challenger Carl David Drummond (DEC10). (more…)
Today at the 230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge, under the sweltering Manhattan sun, middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez and “Dazzling” Darren Barker, along with members of their respective camps and other boxing luminaries, gathered to announce “Noche de ‘Maravilla’” – or “Marvelous Night” – their October 1 clash emanating from historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
Below are comments from participants in today’s kick-off press conference:
Sergio Martinez, Middleweight World Champion: I want to thank HBO and DiBella Entertainment and Sampson Lewkowicz, my adviser. I also want to thank Darren and all of his team. I hope to see everyone on October 1.
Darren Barker, Challenger: It’s nice to see this New York sun keeping my belt warm. I am from London, my father was a boxer; I grew up around boxing. I’ve dedicated my life to this sport. I had over amateur 100 fights, fighting in hostile environments in other countries and coming away with medals. I live for that moment. There is a great series of movies, Rocky. They captured the mentality of the underdog. If the favorite always won in sport, it wouldn’t be any fun. I’m here to prove that the underdog can cause a massive upset. So, you may not know who I am now, but come October 1, you will know exactly who ‘Dazzling’ Darren Barker is. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Dante “Crazy” Jardón will fight again in Mexico City, this time to defend his WBC super featherweight Youth title against Adrian Tellez, also from Mexico, this July 29 in the Jose Cuervo Saloon. Jardon, with 17 wins and 15 KOs, is looking to step into the WBC absolute title, against an opponent of experience, who has 11 wins and 8 KOs, to make it clear that he is ready for global opportunities. (more…)
All the shots from today’s public workouts with Amir “King” Khan and Zab “Super” Judah at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Click here
Former two time World Champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, will travel tomorrow to Mexico to watch the first title defense of WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido, this Saturday, July 23, at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) will travel with Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) vice-president, also to talk about the potential rematch against Salido (35-11-2, 23 KOs), who defends his WBO 126lb belt versus Japanese Kenichi Yamaguchi (17-1-2, 4 KOs). Salido beat Lopez last April 16 by an eight round TKO at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico to gain the Featherweight crown. “We are going to travel to Mexico to work on the rematch (Lopez-Salido) hoping for finalize all the details and schedule the fight,” Rivera said. October 1 and 15 are possibles dates for the Lopez-Salido fight that will apparently be held in Puerto Rico.
Report/Photo: Ahmed Santos
Mexican contender Gabriel “Rey” Martínez gets ready at full blast for what undoubtedly is his toughest test, and at the same time the best opportunity to date in his career, when on July 30th he faces impressive undefeated Mike Alvarado. Aware of the quality of his opponent, Martínez (27-2-1, 14 KOs) is having a unique training, especially in strength conditioning, in the red-hot desert of his hometown of Empalme, Sonora, and claims that he will be ready to shock everybody against the feared Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) in his backyard. (more…)
Photo: While Amir “King” Khan (foreground, left) was talking to the press, Zab “Super” Judah (right) treated a crowd of 200 to several rounds on the mitts at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The two staged public workouts to hype their fight Saturday night. Stay tuned for more photos.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode could possibly fight for his first world title belt in his next bout, according to Gary Shaw, his promoter. Shaw told Fightnews.com that he is attempting to arrange a bout with the IBF’s top available contender in an elimination bout. GSP matchmaker John Beninati also told Fightnews that they are looking to arrange a bout against world title holder Guillermo Jones. Kayode (17-0, 14 KO’s) is the number one ranked contender for Jones’ belt and is ranked in the top five of the other sanctioning bodies. “We’re looking to get Lateef in the ring in the fall, sometime in October,” said Shaw. The Nigerian-born Kayode resides in Hollywood, CA and trains at the famed Wild Card Gym under Freddie Roach.
Former heavyweight boxer Eric Esch, more popularly known as Butterbean, barreled into the national ring in the ‘90s like a 400-pound wrecking ball clad in American flag shorts. Now, Butterbean is taking his hard-earned, tough guy reputation to the streets of his hometown: he’s been deputized by the Walker County Sheriff’s office, and he’s on a one-man mission to bring back a sense of community safety… no matter how many butts he has to kick. In his first-ever television series, Big Law: Deputy Butterbean chronicles the Reserve Deputy as he joins his partner and best friend, Deputy Adam Hadder, on the Sheriff’s Narcotics Unit in Jasper, Ala. Viewers follow the oversized deputy and get insider access to every training session, patrol ride and bad guy bust that Butterbean experiences, all in the hopes of making Jasper a safer and cleaner place for his kids and grandkids. Half-hour episodes will run back to back every Tuesday beginning August 9 at 10 and 10:30 PM (ET) on Investigation Discovery.
World middleweight contender Andy Lee (L) is in London supporting his cousin, undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs), who challenges British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) in Saturday’s 12-round main event on “The Big Brawl” Pay-Per-View event, from Wembley Arena in London.
“The Big Brawl” event on PPV, distributed in the U.S. by Integrated Sports Media, will be available for live viewing in the U.S. 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.) The telecast is also available in Canada to all Super Channel network subscribers.
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