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- Featherweight prospect Gary Russell, Jr., returns to full training following left hand fracture
- WBC 'Boxing World Cup' starts July 16 in Mexico City
- Jamie Moore Gives His Pre-Fight Prediction On Froch-Kessler II
- DeGuardia announces full FNF undercard
- UFC 160 Fantasy Preview Part Two: The Main Card
- IBF 30th convention day 3 report and photos
- Interview: IBF Mini Flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama
- Froch apologizes, BBBofC to investigate
- Guzman and Marrero eye world title shots
- Interview: IBF president Daryl Peoples
Steve Upsher Chambers 144 1/2 vs Aaron Drake 146 1/2
Darrell Jones 151 vs Brett Taylor 151 1/2
Jules Blackwell 125 vs Joselito Collado 126
Isaac Suarez 134 vs Mondre Pope 131
Philip McCants 158 vs Tyson Schwieger TBA
Jackie Davis 146 1/2 vs Victoria Cisneros 144
Nathan Perrott 234 vs Makidi Ku-Tima 236
Joe Alonso 151 1/2 vs William Brown 147
Deroy Beaton 140 vs Jason Sia 140
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
First Bell: 7:30pm ET
By Matt Richardson
Junior welterweight stalwart Dmitriy Salita could finally be closing in on a title shot. According to Salita, the World Boxing Association has passed a resolution stating that their champion, Amir Khan has to come to an agreement to fight the number-one rated Salita within 14 days. The working date for the fight is Saturday, December 5 with the fight likely taking place in the United Kingdom. Salita (30-0-1, 16 KO’s) is coming off a win last May over Raul Munoz. Khan (21-1, 15 KO’s) won the title from Andreas Kotelnik on July 18. The winner of the proposed Khan-Salita fight would then have to defend within 90 days against interim champ Marcos Maidana.
Below are parts 1 and 2 of the “Undefeated Champions” PPV pre-show for Saturday night’s fights from Puerto Rico:
“Cotto is bigger and stronger than me. I will do my best on November 14,” Manny Pacquiao said at Top Rank’s ‘FirePower’ press conference at Yankee Stadium in New York yesterday.
Freddie Roach, chief trainer for Pacquiao, said “….there is danger in all big fights. Manny will have to work hard to prepare for Cotto. I have a battle plan, which I will soon discuss with Manny.” Cotto and Pacquiao are currently still in a chilled, rainy New York today for a video and photo shoot, then will head to Puerto Rico for a press conference in Cotto’s hometown of Caguas on Saturday. A big, festive crowd is expected there. (more…)
Comebacking 42-year-old heavyweight Lionel Butler looked like a 32-year-old, as he showed quickness and ring savvy in winning a split decision over previously undefeated 12-0 Fred Fassi on Thursday night at the San Manuel Indian Casino in Highland, California. Butler, who was back in the ring after a six year absence, hardly showed any rustiness as he completely beat Kassi to the punch. In winning the San Manuel Championship Belt, Butler claimed the first belt in his 20 year career, improving to 32-15-1 with 25 KOs. He will certainly fight again. (more…)
Online sportsbooks have established world champions Ivan Calderon and Rocky Martinez as favorites to retain their titles on Saturday night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Unbeaten WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) is a -550 pick to defeat challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in their rematch of the June 13 technical draw. Mayol backers can get +350. In the other world title fight on the card, unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Rocky Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) is heavily favored to dispose of Vicente Martin Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs). Martinez is -1300 while Rodriguez is +700. The card will be transmitted on Pay Per View at $29.95 for all of the cable systems (IN Demand) and by DIRECTV.
Story by Robert Hough
In a time-warp gym on a busted-up street, 15-month-old Amira Ward sleeps in her stroller. Jump ropes “thwick, thwick, thwick,” fists thud on heavy bags, and trainer Virgil Hunter chews on Amira’s dad, super-middleweight Andre Ward . . . Click here for more
As a well-traveled veteran who has seen action everywhere from the United States to England, Japan, and his native Brazil, Vitor Belfort is truly an international mixed martial arts star. But when you talk to fans about “The Phenom”, it’s clear that despite his travels, he is synonymous with the UFC, the organization he returns to for the first time in over four years on September 19th, the night he takes on Rich Franklin in the main event of UFC 103 in Dallas . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Graham Houston
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is topping the bill on another Latin Fury card on Saturday, and while this isn’t anything to get excited about there are two interesting title fights to back up the 10-round main event, with Filipino Donnie Nietes taking on Mexico’s Manuel Vargas in what to me is the true main event while Fernando Montiel faces Alejandro Valdez in an all-Mexico contest . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Zolani Marali faces one of the toughest challenges of his career when he defends his IBO junior lightweight belt against Ji Hoon Kim from South Korea at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday night. (more…)
Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Ulises “Archie” Solis and former WBC world heavyweight champion Samuel Peter all arrived Thursday at the International Airport in Cancun. They will all see action Tuesday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun on a card billed as “Que Viva Mexico III” headlined by Humberto “Zorrita” Soto’s defense of his WBC super featherweight belt against Colombian Aristides Perez. “Travieso” Arce will exchange dynamite with South African Simphiwe Nongqayi in an IBF super flyweight title bout. “Archie” Solis will face the Gilberto “Baby Louis IV” Keb. “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter will make his second appearance on the same Cancun stage where he won the world title against Oleg Maskaev in March 2008. Peter will face Ronald Bellamy (14-9, 9 KOs). The event is presented by Pepe Gomez/Cancun Boxing and Fernando Beltran/Zanfer Promotions.
Former IBF super featherweight champion and Contender season 2 finalist Steve “2 pound” Forbes, has inked a promotional deal with hall of fame promoter Don King. “I’m looking forward to what comes my way, I’m gonna campaign at 140lbs where I should be,” Forbes told Fightnews.com. “I know Don King can open doors all he has to do with me is get me to the door I’ll get it opened. Believe me.”
As the saying goes, everything’s bigger in Texas – including the fight cards. With the superfight between former middleweight champion Rich Franklin and Vitor Belfort already signed, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is set to put on a record 13 fights for UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort, which is presented by TEQUILA CAZADORES, live from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas on September 19. (more…)
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions will host a public media workout for “A Warriors Homecoming” this Monday, September 14th at 3pm at The Lion’s Den in Middletown, Connecticut . . . Click here for more
Former two-time world boxing champion Paulie Ayala of Fort Worth will realize a dream on October 10 when he promotes his first boxing event at LaGrave Field. Paulie Ayala Productions will promote a scheduled six– bout card featuring mostly Texas fighters and plans to do so on a regular basis. “I retired in 2004, but have always stayed close to the sport and have always wanted to do this. I’m real excited about it,” said Ayala, now 39. “I’d like to give Texas boxers the same opportunity that was given to me, to reach their goals.” (more…)
Ruben Carrion from the state of Texas will be the referee for Saturday’s PPV clash between Julio César Chávez Jr. (39-0-1, 29 KOs) and Jason LeHoullier (21-1-1, 8 KOs) for the WBC Latino super welterweight championship in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The appointed judges are Jose Cobian from San Diego, California, along with Mexicans Miguel Moran from Tepic, and Jorge Flores from Guadalajara, Jalisco. Omar Minto, from Reynosa, Tamaulipas is the supervisor of the contest.
For the WBO strawweight championship between Mexican Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) and Filipino Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs), the referee is the Puerto Rican José Rivera, the judges will be Americans Bryan Thomas and Nardone Carry from Florida, along with Puerto Rico’s Jose Torres.
For the non-title meeting between triple world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (39-2-1, 29 KOs) and Alex Valdez (21-3-2, 15 KOs) the referee in charge is José Rivera from Puerto Rico, with local judges assigned by the Commission de Box y Wrestle of State of Nayarit.
Thompson Boxing Promotions is back tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In the eight round main event, hot junior welterweight prospect Josesito Lopez will return to action against always tough Anthony Mora. The co-feature is lightweight Dominic Salcido against veteran Ilido Julio in another eight rounder. (more…)
By David Finger
In a move that is sure to add some excitement to the heavyweight division, Belarusian heavyweight contender Siarhei Liakhovich (23-3, 14 KOs) just announced that he has just signed a promotional deal with Don King Promotions yesterday. The move is sure to revitalize the career of Liakhovich and add some much needed excitement to the heavyweight division. “I think many people are underestimating Don King,” commented Liakhovich after the signing, “Don is an old school promoter and he will always be Don King. He opens many doors and give many opportunities.” (more…)
Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez 114 vs Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab 112
Juan Carlos “Toluco” Castillo 136 vs Israel Ramirez 140
Armando “Cobra” Santos 119 vs Francisco “Gallito” Barrera 119
Mauricio Pintor 135 vs Edgar Bolanos 135
Roberto Pucheta 113 vs Randy Castro 113
Eduardo Adrian Sanchez 140 vs Ignacio Miranda 140
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, Mr. Rafael Mendoza & Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez
Venue: Marbet Plus Hall, Colonia Benito Juarez, Ciudad Neza, Mexico
Mike “Machine” Oliver 120 vs Castulo Gonzalez 121
Mical Weisberg 164 vs Frankie Reed 162
Isander “Peachy” Beauchamp 116.6 vs Elton Dharry 116.8
Paul Gonsalves 175 vs Robert Graves 171
Jesse Barboza 231 vs Lewis Cotuna 238
Alexis Santos 209 vs Dino Weingarten 257
Arturo Lopes 141 vs Chris “The Killer” Cook 150
Ryan Kielczewski 131.8 vs Norman Allen 134
Venue: Memorial Hall, Plymouth, Massachusetts
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Josesito Lopez 141.5 vs. Anthony Mora 141.5
Dominic Salcido 133 vs. Ilido Julio 131.5
Patrick Lopez 139 vs. Tyler Ziolowski 140
Daniel Hernandez 132 vs. Jose Alfredo Lugo 132
Aaron Garcia 125 vs. Jesus Hernandez 126
Raul Franco 140.5 vs. Sergio Macias 143.5
Scott Alexander 226.5 vs. Dusty Callender 217.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Tickets: $30, $45, $75, available at the Doubletree Events Center starting at 5:30 pm
Crafty former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will join the SHOWTIME® announce team again this Saturday in a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Tarver will join Al Bernstein and Steve Farhood as a guest commentator for the split-site doubleheader. (more…)
Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto faced off today at Yankee Stadium in New York City on the first stop of their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting “FIRE POWER” — their November 14 world welterweight championship super fight. “I will train harder than I have ever trained before because Miguel Cotto will be my toughest test as a professional fighter,” said Pacquiao. “I know Miguel Cotto is an excellent fighter and a great world champion. He is strong and smart and that is a dangerous combination for anyone who challenges him. But like every fight, I will not enter the ring alone. My countrymen don’t just give me their support. They also give me their strength, their pride and their love. That is why I must give my all. I fight to win and to give honor to the Philippines.”
“He has fought a lot of tough fighters but never one like me,” said Cotto. “The world will know who the best is when we meet in the ring”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added, “This fight will be the most exciting and memorable event that Top Rank has promoted in 40 years. I am certain it will take its place as an exciting and action-packed classic such as Hagler vs. Hearns and Ali vs. Frazier III. On November 14, Pacquiao vs. Cotto will join that list of boxing classics.” (more…)
Light heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov and his promoter, KZ Event Productions, Inc., have filed a lawsuit in Kazakhstan against WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo, Sampson Boxing, LLC and Sampson Lewkowicz seeking a judicial declaration that, as a result of Campillo’s alleged violation of the drug testing rules of the Kazakhstan Federation of Professional Boxing) and the WBA, Campillo, Sampson and Lewkowicz have, under their contracts with KZ, forfeited any monies otherwise due to them from the August 15 Campillo-Shumenov fight. Team Shumenov claims that Campillo breached his contract with KZ by not going to the drug testing room as required both by Kazakhstan law and the WBA Rules, instead going into locked shower room with one of his trainers for approximately ten minutes. Shumenov, though his American lawyer, Judd Burstein, has also filed a formal challenge to the bout results with the WBA.
New Hampshire native Richard Gingras (9-2, 5 KOs) from The Contender IV television reality television series, will be fighting in New Hampshire for only the third time as a pro when he enters the ring September 23rd against journeyman Robert Davis (5-18-3, 0 KOs) in the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” charity event at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester. The 8th annual “Fight To Educate,” presented by MB Tractor & Equipment, in association with Cedric Kushner’s Gotham Boxing, will benefit the SEE Science Center, Bobby Stephen Fund for Education, and The Veterans Count Club. Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) takes on unbeaten Czech Republic light heavyweight sensation Adam Hubinger (13-0, 10 KOs) in the 10-round main event. Also seeing action is unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (11-0, 8 KOs) against Robbie Tovar (15-4-1, 5 KOs), plus 2008 U.S. Olympic Team alternate Danny O’Connor (8-0. 2 KOs) and undefeated heavyweight Faruq “The Dream” Saleem (38-0, 32 KOs) against TBAs. Tickets are $25 and $50.
By Alexey Sukachev
The legendary “Blue Horizon” fight arena in Philadelphia will be entitled to a specific boxing debut this Friday night, when former ice hockey player Nathan Perrot from Owen Sound, Ontario, faces Makidi Ku Ntima (1-0, 1 KO) in a scheduled heavyweight four-rounder. One can wonder why this reporter, basically located in Russia, pays so much intention to a casual match-up overseas. The reason is that it was a new Russian boxing centre in Chekhov, Moscow Region, which played a decisive role in turning Perrot back into his once-beloved fistic hobby. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga makes the second defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Vusumzi Tyatyeka in Lenasia on Friday night. The 32-year-old Malinga won the SA title in August 2008 when he scored a twelfth round technical knockout over Amon Baloyi. (more…)
Tapia imprisoned: Former world champion Johnny Tapia has been deemed a habitual offender by an Albuquerque judge, for violating probation on a drug conviction. He is looking to serve a mandatory one-year prison sentence.
Holm returns: Holly Holm will return to action on December 4 in Albuquerque. The six-time world champion in three weight divisions is seeking a top name to take on, anywhere from 140 to 154.
Villa a free agent: Former contender Tomas Villa, of Midland, Texas, who last fought against Rogers Mtagwa last December, in a fight many considered the best of 2008, is looking to return to the ring. Villa informs Fightnews that he has been a free agent since July and not only looks to make a ring return, but is negotiating with promoters. -- Chris Cozzone
The stage is set for a historic night of boxing: “We are thrilled to stage the first of many big fight nights in Denmark and the whole of Scandinavia,” Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference at MCH Herning. Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will defend his WBA Super-Middleweight Title against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night before participating in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic. U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Right afterwards, SHOWTIME will be airing the clash between Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant Andre Ward and Shelby Pudwill live. (more…)
Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, Manny Pacquiao and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will kickoff their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting “FIRE POWER” — their world welterweight championship fight — at a free public news conference on the field by first base (facing the stands) at Yankee Stadium TODAY. Doors will open at 11 a.m. ET with the News Conference beginning at Noon. Food and fight merchandise concession stands will be open for fans. Public and Media entrances are at GATE 4 (161st St and Jerome Ave.)
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