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Weights & preview by David Finger
Edgar Zubia 133 vs. John Herrera 133
Johnny Vasquez Jr. 133 vs. Joseph Salazar 139*
* Salazar two pounds overweight
Al Dixon 158 vs. Servero Padilla 154
Lupe Guzman 142 vs. Michael Coca-Gallegos 143
Oscar Valenzuela 138 vs. Andres Quintana 140
Miguel Armendariz 121 vs. Matthew Salazar 119
In one of the most eagerly anticipated professional debuts to hit the state of New Mexico in the last five years, former five-time National Golden Glove Edgar Zubia is set to take on debuting John Herrera in a four round lightweight fight in Hobbs, New Mexico tomorrow night at the Club la Sierra. The city of Hobbs has not seen much in the way of professional boxing, but local boy Zubia is already widely perceived as one of the best prospects to ever come out of the southeastern part of the state, and many local fans are predicting a large turnout. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Brock Ellis
Filipino Allan Jay Tunacao (10-2-3, 3 KOs) scored an upset twelve round split decision over WBO #9 Daniel “Baby Face” Iannazzo (17-0, 6 KOs) to capture the PABA 122 lb title at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Scores were: Chris Anderson 115-113 (Iannazzo); Aneeka Williams 119-109 (Tunacao); Dale Westerman 115-113 (Tunacao). Iannazzo, 22 years, was coming off a good win in March when he stopped tough Indonesian Rivo Rengkung in six rounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham (11-1, 5 KOs) scored a six round points decision over Jack Asis (21-13-4, 10 KOs) of the Philippines at the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club in Tweed Heads, NSW Australia Friday. The rangy Langham was awarded with scores of 58-56, 58-56, 58-56. Langham’s only professional loss came at the hands of the current IBO lightweight champion and IBF #11 Lenny Zappavigna. Asis caused an upset victory over former world rated Anthony Macial in 2009 stopping him in three rounds. Asis also boxed a twelve round draw with another world rated opponent: Sod Kokietgym in 2009. On the undercard, American born welterweight Casey Hannan (4-1-1, 3 KOs) scored a knockout in round two over Filipino Abner Llansa (5-15-1, 3 KOs). The time was 2:47. The promoter was Jamie Myer.
By Damien St. Pierre at the scale
Zane Marks 160 vs Derrick Findley 162
April Ward 151 vs Melisenda Perez 150
Casey Adams 148 vs LeKirk Pringle 148
Marcus McDaniel 163 vs Omar Ballard*
Bobby Hill 142 vs Mark Salser 142.5
Kyle Bullock 160 vs Jamond Bourgeois 160
Venue: Hollywood Casino, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi
Promoter: Les Bonano/Matchmaker: JT Klump
43-year-old former heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (23-5, 20 KOs) ended a three fight losing streak with a fifth round KO over journeyman Lee Swaby (25-27-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the famed York Hall outside London. Following his loss to then WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev, Skelton beat Paolo Vidoz for the European championship, but then suffered consecutive stoppage losses to Martin Rogan, Francesco Pianeta, and Kubrat Pulev, who entered that bout with just four pro fights under his belt.
In the main event, Lenny Daws (21-1-2, 9 KOs) won a hard fought ten round TKO when Steve Williams (9-1, 3 KOs) didn’t come out for round eleven. Daws retained his British light welterweight belt.
Also Bradley Pryce (30-8, 18 KOs) returned to welterweight for the forst time since 2005 to avenge an eight-year old loss to Ted Bami (26-7, 13 KOs) with a second round KO.
Saul Alvarez (32-0-1, 24 KOs) and Luciano Cuello (26-1, 12 KOs) both weighed in at 150.4 for their fight on Saturday night at the Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. In response to Cuello’s claim that Alvarez has never been touched and he will blacken both “Canelo’s” eyes, Alvarez stated, “I just hope you can talk after the fight.” The bout can be seen on WBCboxing.tv.
Irma Sanchez 108 vs Soledad Macedo 108
Tomoki Kameda 122.1 vs Arturo Camargo 122.4
By Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) of Gilroy, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 31 against four-time world champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) of Cuba at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV in a 10-round junior welterweight bout on the undercard of “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” which is being headlined by Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez taking on Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz and will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Marquez Promotions and tickets are available at www.mandalaybay.com, www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Juan Manuel Lopez 125.3 vs. Bernabe Concepcion 125
(WBO featherweight championship)
Nonito Donaire 114 1/2 vs. Hernan Marquez 115
(WBA interim super flyweight championship)
Eden Sonsosa 121.6 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 121.4
McJoe Arroyo 119.6 vs. Jason Rorie 118.3
Carlos Negron 194 vs. Gustavo Enríquez 192.9 Vs.
José González 136.6 vs. Mathew Robinson 133.9
Víctor Bisbal 236.1 vs. David Whittom 218.5
Venue: Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Craig Watt
Photo by Louie Rockfingrz
When Australian Dominic Vea (13-2, 10 KOs) captured the Commonwealth cruiserweight title in Penrith, New South Wales two weeks ago many were amazed at his bravery after he fought on from a first round broken nose to secure a split decision win over New Zealander Oscar Siale (12-5, 4 KOs) in one of the best fights seen in Australia in 2010 and a real contender for Fight of the Year “Down Under”. For more details and photos click here…
The professional debut of a former amateur standout is always a special occasion and this Friday night, July 9th will be no exception as Alantez “TEZ” Fox of Forrestville, Maryland, will face off against Toledo’s Najee Hayes in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.
The Fox/Hayes scheduled four round welterweight bout is one of the feature attractions at the “Mason Dixon Showdown” at Orchards Restaurant and Lounge, 1580 Orchard Drive in Chambersburg, PA. Tickets and more information can be obtained by calling 304-283-3053. (more…)
Just days from celebrating its ninth anniversary, SHOWTIME will televise a quintessential ShoBox: The New Generation fight card from DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss., just a short drive from Memphis, Tenn. In emblematic fashion, this edition of ShoBox will feature highly-regarded prospects in the toughest and arguably most important fights of their careers.
World-ranked middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against tough veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of a tripleheader telecast on Friday, July 16, live SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
The tripleheader will be the 143rd ShoBox telecast since the series began on July 21, 2001. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the ICE Promotions “No Excuses” card tomorrow night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Jimmy Lange 154 vs. Jimmy LeBlanc 154
DeMarcus Corley 141 vs. Damian Fuller 143
Tony Jeter 154 vs. Lawrence Jones 153
Juan Rodriguez 143 vs. Dontre King 144 1/2
Jennifer Salinas 122 vs. Nathalie Forget 119
Brandon Quarles 154 vs. Vincent Batteast 153
Todd Wilson 140 vs. Calvin Faggins 139
Zain Shah 158 vs. Antonio Walls (will weigh-in later tonight)
Video courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/Joel Colón
Juan Manuel Lopez, Bernabe Concepcion, Nonito Donaire and Hernan Marquez all made weight for their world championship fights on SHOWTIME Saturday night.
Erislandy Lara 155 vs. William Correa 153
Ricky Lopez 122 vs. Derrick Wilson 123
Raul Carillo 145 vs. Joel Vargas 148
Brittnay Cruz 125 vs. Nohime Dennisson 125
Stepan Zeytunnyan 171 vs. Cruz Soltero 179
John Kiser 217 vs. Chris Green 226
Adam Limon 162 vs. Allen Medina 160
Venue: Softball Country Complex in Denver, CO
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Pinoy Power was in evidence Thursday at the famed Wilfredo Gomez Gym in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. WBA interim super flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire, WBO featherweight title challenger Bernabe Concepcion and Eden Sonsona (appearing on the un-televised undercard) showed their skills to the local media. (more…)
Raging super featherweight title challenger Ricky Burns has ripped into WBO champion Roman Martinez after the heavy-handed Puerto Rican champion claimed he would need to get the stoppage in order to avoid a home town decision on September 4 at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall. Burns says he will not be humiliated in front of Scotland’s passionate fight fans. “I read what Martinez said and it has made me more determined to beat him,” stormed Burns. (more…)
By Craig Watt
IBO Cruiserweight champion Danny Green and challenger Paul Briggs were angry today that the New South Wales Sports Combat Authority have refused to allow the 35 year old Briggs to fight in Sydney under their jurisdiction for their planned 21st July bout, just two weeks before the planned bout at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Paul Briggs (26-3, 18 KO’s) has not fought since a twelve round decision win over Rupert van Aswegan in February 2007. The official reason from chairman of the boxing authority Terry Hartmann was outlined this afternoon. He stated, “Briggs failed to provide the medical evidence that the specialist sports doctor advised the authority should be obtained for this fight and in addition the request for a couple of warm up fights first was just ignored on a number of occasions.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe scored a devastating third round knockout over South Africa’s Mikey Schultz to retain his WBO Africa super middleweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night. On November 20 last year Schultz was stopped in 86 seconds by the underdog Maridzo in a match for the interim title, and was hoping for revenge, but this was not to be as he was caught with a similar overhand right to the head in the third round that sent him crashing on to his back where he was counted out by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen at 1 minute and 11 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Former two-time world champion Brian Viloria expressed his readiness to return to the division he once ruled and where he feels comfortable at this point of his career. Viloria, 29, will battle Omar “Lobito” Soto of Mexico in a 10-round non-title fight this Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. It will be Viloria’s first fight since losing his International Boxing Federation (IBF) light flyweight belt to Colombian Carlos Tamara via 12th round TKO last January at the Cuneta Astrodome. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) of Palm Springs, CA will move up in weight to challenge undefeated welterweight contender “El Potro” Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) of Argentina and will headline HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” on Saturday, July 17 at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, CA which is being promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, remaining tickets can be purchased at The Show box office, online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 800-585-3737. For more details and photos click here…
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
There will be no false pretenses when former champs Joel Casamayor and Robert Guerrero step into the ring in a battle of former southpaw champs July 31.
One champ wants a rematch with one of the headliners while the other one just wants to fight a big name . . . Click here for full story
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s July 21 title defense against Paul Briggs has been moved from Sydney to Perth, Australia. The bout will now take place in Challenge Stadium after NSW Combat Sports Authority refused to approve Briggs (26-3, 18 KOs), who is returning after a three-and-a-half year layoff. An outraged Green has called for an investigation.
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) has completed the hard sparring phase of his training for his July 17th title defense against Spaniard Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) in Schwerin, Germany. “Jürgen has powered through 78 rounds,” said trainer Michael Timm. “This was very good sparring. I’m excited about his attitude. But training and fighting are two different things. On July 17th, it all comes down to how he implements everything. Lakatos is difficult and experienced. But Jürgen is also…”
Also announced for the July 17 undercard will be unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (16-0, 5 KOs) vs TBA, heavyweight Christian Hammer (7-1, 4 KOs) against unbeaten Mariusz Wach (21-0, 9 KOs) and super middleweight contender Eddy Gutknecht (18-1, 7 KOs) meets Tarek Kaidouri (12-11-2, 0 KOs).
Besides Brähmer-Lakatos, the card also features “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) defending her three flyweight championships against Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs), plus an important WBO cruiserweight eliminator between Alexander Alekseev (19-1, 17 KOs) and Denis Lebedev (20-0, 15 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham (11-1, 5 KOs) will have a tough test in the six round main event versus the experienced Filipino Jack Asis (21-13-4, 10 KOs) at the Coolangatta and Tweed Heads Golf Club in Tweed Heads, NSW Australia on Friday. Langham’s only professional loss came at the hands of the current IBO lightweight champion and IBF #11 Lenny Zappavigna. Asis caused an upset victory over former world rated Anthony Macial in 2009 stopping him in three rounds. Asis also boxed a twelve round draw with another world rated opponent: Sod Kokietgym in 2009. On the undercard American born welterweight Casey Hannan (3-1-1, 2 KOs) will punch it out with Abner Llansa (5-15-1, 3 KOs) over four rounds. Promoter: Jamie Myer.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live championship webcast – free of charge – on Saturday night (Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico). Everyone is invited to watch at 12AM ET. In the main event, scheduled for 12 rounds from Arena VFG in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, teenage phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, 32-0-1 with 24 knockouts, of Guadalajara, will face Luciano “El Principe” Cuello, 26-1 with 12 knockouts, of La Plata, Argentina, for the vacant WBC Silver super welterweight championship. Tickets are sold out at the arena, and a capacity crowd of 12,000 will be in attendance. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #9 Daniel “Baby Face” Iannazzo (17-0, 6 KOs) will clash with Filipino Allan Jay Tunacao (9-2-3, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds for the PABA 122 lb title at the Coburg Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Iannazzo, 22 years, is coming off a good win in March when he stopped tough Indonesian Rivo Rengkung in six rounds. In the main supporting bout, Susie Ramadan (14-0, 6 KOs) will punch it out with Jane Kavalani (7-18-5, 2 KOs) over ten rounds with the lightweight Female World Boxing Foundation title on the line. Classy super middleweight Serge Yannick (7-1, 5 KOs) and William Hadflow (7-18-5, 2 KOs) meet over eight rounds. Promoter: Charlie Liparota.
Photos by Rich J. Hundley III / SHOWTIME
Up-and-coming middleweight prospect Mike Jones (21-0, 17 KOs) will make his SHOWTIME debut against the tough Puerto Rican Irving Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs) in the 12-round main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation event live at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. Jones is ranked among the Top 10 welterweights by all four major world sanctioning bodies in one of boxing’s deepest divisions: #2 by the WBO, #3 by the WBA; #7 by the IBF and the WBC. Miami’s Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) and Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) will face off in a 10-round welterweight fight in the ShoBox co-feature. (more…)
Photo by Emily Harney
Hank Lundy 135 vs. John Molina, Jr. 135
Joey Mccreedy 166 vs. Vladine Biosse 165
Keith Kozlin 170 vs. Eric Pinaretta 168
Joe Gardner 169 vs. Demarcus Clark TBA
Diego Pereira 142 vs. Ricardo Calazada 142
Aleksandra Magdziak 150 vs. Lopes Kali Reis 148
Dustin Reinhold 154 vs. Joel Nieves 153
Eric Estrada 195 vs. Keon Graham 200
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc.
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and #1 junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo hosted a Los Angeles Media Workout today at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif. Both fighters will be featured in separate 12-rounders on July 17 at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (more…)
Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment super flyweight Jonathan Vidal (10-0, 7 KOs) was honored by the Guaynabo City Municipal Legislature for his great accomplishment in boxing and for being an excellent example of overcoming obstacles. “Jonathan is a great young man with great talent. He is our pride,” said Hon Antonio Soto, President of the Guaynabo City Municipal Legislature. “This is a great honor for me and my family, I’m very happy and proud of all the achievements that I have accomplished and I will continue my hard work to become a world champion,” said Vidal. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero
Ramon Ayala 134.6 vs. Carlos Velásquez 134.6
Zulina Muñoz 117 vs. Mayerlin Rivas 116.8
Giovanni Caro 121.6 vs. Breilor Terán 120.5
Venue: Gran Forúm, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala and Fausto Daniel Garcia
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Mike Jones 146.5 vs Irving Garcia 146.5
(NABA/NABO welterweight title)
Antwone Smith 145.5 vs Lanardo Tyner 148
Manuel Guzman 146.5 vs Ardrick Butler 148
Ryan Belasco 137.5 vs Kevin Carmody 138.5
Bryheim Douglas 129 vs Jason Sosa 128.5
Steve Martinez 152.5 vs Jason Thompson 151.5
Walter Edwards 173.5 vs Anthony Caputo 179
Josh Mercado 145 vs Kywame Hill 143.5
Miguel Corsino 145 vs Epifanio Cosme Rodriguez 145.5
Rafael Jastrzebski 167 vs Joseph Dunn 162
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Peltz Boxing
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Puerto Rican WBO Featherweight world champion Juan Manuel Lopez and Philippine WBO challenger Bernabe Concepcion meet at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday. The three judges are Clark Sanmartino (USA), William Learch (USA ) and Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico).
As a part of its ongoing efforts to combat piracy, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it reached confidential settlements with over 500 businesses and individuals as a result of illegal broadcasts and views of UFC events. The settlements, reached over the past two years, are only part of the UFC’s campaign to combat piracy, which includes working closely with Federal and state law enforcement agencies.
“We are committed to standing toe-to-toe with anyone trying to illegally broadcast or stream UFC events,” UFC President Dana White, said. “Today’s announcement further drives home the fact that we are fully prepared to pursue any business or individual that steals our programming.”
By Bob Ryder
Friday, July 23 marks the return of boxing action to suburban Detroit’s Royal Oak Music Theatre with Detroit’s “Big Three” of Alexis Hloros, Darryl Cunningham, and Vernon Paris headlining the show. In the eight round main event, “Hurricane” Hloros faces what appears to be his toughest test of late in the person of Ray Darden. Darden always comes to fight and middleweight Hloros will have to be at his best to keep his 12 bout win streak intact. (more…)
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