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On Saturday, August 27th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the beautiful Tropicana Ballroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City with co-featured headliners, Vinny Maddalone and Shamone Alvarez. Before those featured bouts take place, Star Boxing’s hard hitting undefeated super middleweight prospect, Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (11-0, 10KO’s) will look to produce some early fireworks on the undercard when he takes on fellow knockout artist Mickey Scarborough (6-3, 6KO’s) in a six round super middleweight showdown.
Usually, the best ones never brag. They don’t need to. Why? Because no matter what Edson Barboza says about his leg kicks, nothing would ever do them justice like catching one on the inside of your leg or the outside of your thigh . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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After yesterday’s stop on London, Andre Ward, Carl Froch and the Super Six World Boxing Classic International Press Tour will continue on today in New York City at 11:30AM ET. Then the participants will travel to Oakland, Calif., with a press conference open to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Oakland City Hall Plaza beginning at 11:30AM PT. Both U.S. press stops will stream live online at http://sports.sho.com.
Tickets for The Final at Boardwalk Hall go on sale THIS FRIDAY, Aug. 26 and are priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos Alma Montiel / WBC
Asami Shikasho from Japan, arriving in Mexico City spoke of her amateur achievements, and welcomed the opportunity provided by WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez, but warned, “I came to give everything for the win and the WBC flyweight belt will go to Japan next Sunday.”
Tired after the long journey, but very encouraged by the chance to win a world championship, Shikasho (5-2, 3 KOs) revealed that in five years as an amateur boxer she has taken part in the Asia championship, twice getting bronze medals, as well as participated in world championships and she added: “I have carefully studied Mariana Juarez and I know she is very fast and accurate with the left jab. In fact, I must be very careful with that blow.” (more…)
After traveling the world and doing battle in Denmark, Canada and Germany, fighting brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas have one stamp missing stamp in their fistic passports – their native Mexico. On Saturday that will be rectified when they fight for the first time in their home country on a doubleheader to be aired on Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the United States live from the Centro De Espectaculos De La Feria Leon in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
In the 12 round main event, Andrade will face Canada’s Matt O’Brien for the vacant WBC Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title. The co-feature will pit Ornelas against Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Alfredo Contreras in a 10 round light heavyweight contest. August 27 will mark the ninth time the brothers from Jesus del Monte, Guanajuato have competed on the same card, compiling an impressive 16-2 combined record in those fights. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Future Top Rank stars: undefeated lightweight Jose Benavidez Jr. and super lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta battle during an intense sparring session at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Ca. Monday. Both fighters are in preparations for their upcoming fights on Top Rank’s “Top Rank Live” – FSN televised card, Saturday, Sept. 17 from the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Az. Gesta will box in the main event and Benavidez Jr. will be featured in the first televised bout. Click here for more photos…
Zab “Super” Judah has filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission and has also sent letters to both the WBA and the IBF requesting that those organizations order a rematch with Amir Khan. According to the protest letter, Judah’s requests are predicated upon the inappropriate actions of the referee, who was clearly not in a position to see the low blow administered by Khan which ended the fight, as well as the referee’s reluctance to sanction Khan for repetitious hitting behind the head and holding Judah down throughout the bout. (more…)
The full lineup has been announced for Friday’s Telefutura card at the UIC Pavilion. The main event pits undefeated former amateur standouts, Frankie Gomez, (10-0, 8 KO’s) of East Los Angeles and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados, (6-0-1, 4 KO’s) in an eight round junior welterweight battle.
In the televised co-main event, lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) will put his undefeated record on the line against the battle-tested Marcos Herrera (6-6-1, 2KO’s)) of Arvada, Colorado. (more…)
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a man considered by most to the best fighter in the world, pound for pound, returns to the Octagon on August 27th to defend his crown against the last man to beat him, Yushin Okami, in the main event of UFC RIO. A win would add to his record-setting reign and further distance him from his peers . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill will present the third installment of the “WingHouse Fight Night” series on September 9th at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The card features six bouts headlined by an eight-round battle for the USNBC WBC flyweight belt between undefeated prospect Daniel Lozano (9-0-0, 6 KOs) and Ernie “The Gladiator” Marquez (9-8-2, 3 KOs).
The co-main event will feature a six-round, non-title fight between Florida State featherweight champion and all-action fighter, Charlie Serrano (12-2-1, 3 KOs) versus Cuban-born Jessy Cruz (4-3-1, 1 KO). (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch kicked off a three-city international press tour today in the United Kingdom to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ward and Froch, along with their respective promoters Dan Goossen and Eddie Hearn, and Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and creator of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, spoke to the media at Matchroom Sport headquarters, a sprawling estate in Essex, just outside London.
Less than 10 weeks out from the culmination of the groundbreaking two-year tournament, Sky Sports, BBC, and a host of other sports and mainstream media gathered to see England’s current No. 1 fighter face off against America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing and discuss their upcoming high stakes clash. (more…)
Team Povetkin has arrived in Germany ahead of Saturday’s WBA heavyweight title clash against former champion Ruslan Chagaev in Erfurt, Germany. (Photo Credit: Team Sauerland)
With the cancellation of Saturday’s HBO card due to an injury to Robert Guerrero, U.S. fight fans will still have a chance to see live world championship boxing as the “Top Rank Live” series presents a world title doubleheader on FOX Deportes.
In the main event IBF 108lb champion Ulises “Archie” Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) is set to defend his world title against Filipino Jether Oliva (18-0-1, 11 KOs) at the Benito Juárez Auditorium on Saturday night in his native Guadalajara. “We are going to give a great show for my people of Guadalajara and I am glad fight here again after four years of not doing it,” said Solis. The unbeaten Oliva, from the Manny Pacquiao stable, is expected to arrive in town today. He is rated IBF #12 at mini-flyweight (105lb).
In the other world title clash, WBO strawweight king Raul “Rayito” Garcia (30-1-1, 18 KOs) takes on Moses Fuentes (13-1, 6 KOs).
On Wednesday night September 14th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, Gulfstream Boxing and Gabe LaConte will present a boxing card that has just been enhanced by the announcement that “Irish” Micky Ward and former heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer will be special guests in attendance. In the main event, Michael Torres (13-2, 7 KO’s) of Newark, NJ will take on Mark Alexander in a ten round Jr. Welterweight fight for the New Jersey title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian boxing legend Lionel Rose, who passed away on May 8 at the age of 62 years, has been honored with a special tribute magazine from “The Greatest” Volume 2 that depicts his life from when he was born on June 21, 1948 in Drouin, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia to his final days when a Bronze statue was erected in his honor. Award winning writer Grantlee Kieza describes the fights of Rose in fine detail and the cover is by respected artist and former champion Bryan Membrey. Rose shocked the boxing world in 1968 as a nineteen-year-old when he defeated Japan’s greatest ever gloveman Fighting Harada for the WBC/WBA bantamweight title in Tokyo by fifteen round majority decision to become the first aboriginal to hold a world boxing crown. (more…)
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) will take on Michael Recloux (19-11-2, 8 KOs) at the next TV2 Fight Night in Herning on September 3. It will be the Hardhitter’s first fight since November 2010 when he destroyed Dejan Ribic in the first round. “We are glad that Rudy has overcome his neck problems,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The injury break was very frustrating for him because he was so close to getting a major title shot. His strong performances have been acknowledged by the WBC where he is already ranked in the seventh spot. A victory over Recloux will put him in a perfect position. But he needs to win in style.” (more…)
Fast rising British super featherweight Liam Walsh (11-0, 8 KOs) will defend his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title against former British champion Paul Appleby when he tops the York Hall, Bethnal Green on September 30th. The show marks the promotional debut of Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George under their new banner Queensberry Promotions.
“It’s fantastic to be promoting Championship boxing in our first independant show, and I’m delighted to be able to put the show on at the York Hall,” said Francis Warren. Liam is a fantastic talent and faces a tough challenge in Paul Appleby, who will be looking to bounce back in style this year. The undercard features some of our new signings who we have high hopes for over the next 12 months.”
Georges St-Pierre is the face of mixed martial arts. We all know that, thanks to his Under Armour and Gatorade endorsements. He is also one of the most gifted fighters in the world. He would be the unquestioned king of the sport, pound for pound, but for one man . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions has announced today (Monday) to stage a tripleheader in Tokyo on November 6, as follows: WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs) in the main event. Supporting are WBC final eliminators in the bantamweight and flyweight categories. WBC#3 bantam, unbeaten Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs) will square off against WBC#2 Silver champ Christian Esquivel (23-2, 17 KOs) over twelve. Also, WBC#3 fly and ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (14-1-1, 10 KOs) will take on Wilbert Uicab (33-5-1-1NC, 18 KOs), Mexico, over twelve. The three Japanese participants are all southpaws. We look forward to watching hot affairs at the Yoyogi No.2 Gymnasium in the center of Tokyo. (Photo: From left: Igarashi, Aoh and Yamanaka)
Undefeated 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his life on Saturday night when he challenges Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title in Erfurt, Germany. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 31-year-old Russian. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Daniel Mercurio
Photography by Emily Harney
Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), who is ranked in all four major boxing organizations (IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) stopping him after two rounds in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Robert Coster
WBC featherweight “champion in recess” Elio Enai Rojas (22-1,13 KOs) will be making his return to ring action after over a year and seven months of inactivity, fighting in his native town of San Francisco de Macoris vs an opponent TBA on September 17th.
In another interesting card, on September 5th in the capital city of Santo Domingo, Dominican-based Venezuelan jr middleweight Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing his first serious test when he crosses gloves with experienced Dominican spoiler David Toribio (19-12, 12 KOs) for the WBA Fedebol title held by Prada. (more…)
By Chris Perry
Photos: Dee Lee Promotions
Following almost a year away from the ring, former NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey returned to action Saturday in the 10-round Beach Brawl II main event at the Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia defeating tough challenger Damon “The Mailman” Antoine by unanimous decision. The 18-year veteran thrilled his hometown fans looking impressive and quick against his challenger from Akron, Ohio. All three judges scored the bout 80-71. For more details and photos click here…
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Nakornluang Boxing Promotion and Tom S2K magazine
WBC Asian flyweight title holder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (19-5-1,7 KOs) successfully captured the WBC super flyweight title as he won a unanimous decision over the now former champion Tomas Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KOs) on Friday at Khonmuangsri Stadium in Srisaket, Thailand. Scored: Burt A. Clements (USA) 117-111, Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) 116-112, Takeaki Kanaya Kanaya (Japan) 115-114. The referee was Jack Reiss (USA) and the supervisor was Major Lee (Korea). For full details and photos click here…
At UFC RIO on August 27th, history could be made as Yushin Okami faces longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva in an opportunity to become the first Japanese champion in UFC history. Is “Thunder” ready for his night in the spotlight? The history you’ll read below shows that he is . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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On the non-televised undercard of the Hitz Boxing’s show at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (50-8-1, 30 KOs) of Chicago notched his landmark 50th professional victory with a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger Deandrey Abron (15-10, 10 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio. The two light heavyweights traded bombs throughout, but Griffin had the faster, more accurate hands. The scores were 80-72 x 3. Nine straight losses for Abron. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/Joel Colón
Before his travel to training camp, Mike Oliver, trained in Puerto Rico for his October 1st challenge against former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in the show “Triple Crown III” to be held at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank Inc. presentation which will be shown on “Pay Per View”. Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) worked floor exercises, movements and some gloves with trainer John Scully showing great speed in his training at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in Guaynabo. “We are training to be in the best shape to face Juanma Lopez, a hard puncher,” Oliver said. The fight Oliver-Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) will be for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino featherweight title. For more pictures and details click here….
By Chris Perry at ringside
Lightweight Dorin Spivey (39-6, 30 KOs) hammered out an eight round shutout unanimous decision over Damon Antoine (9-32-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Field House in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spivey knocked down Antoine with an overhand left in round seven and went on to win by scores of 80-71 on all cards.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Even at age 46, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oliver McCall, 56-11 37 (KOs), retains the attribute that was his best asset when he in his heyday – his cast iron chin. McCall utilized that very quality to outpoint Damian Willis, 30-3-1 (23 KOs), over 10 rounds at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday night. The Atomic Bull simply absorbing his younger opponent’s blows and bullied him with on the inside. McCall spent the first three rounds testing Willis’ punch and then proceeded to walk him down and bludgeon him with short punches thrown from both fists. Willis, 31, came in flabby around the midsection and by the fourth round, was huffing and puffing with every punch he threw. As the fight wore on, Willis’ punches began to lose steam and bounced harmlessly off McCall’s head, while McCall rocked Willis each time he scored a direct hit. But Willis denied McCall the openings for more than one clean shot at a time by smothering his attack by leaning and clinching, which resulted in sloppy action for much of the bout. Scores were 97-93 and 96-94 (twice) all for McCall. The bout was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-3, 36 KOs) scored a third round KO over Álvaro Pérez (21-4-1, 12 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout on Saturday night at the La Cetto Vineyards in the Guadalupe Valley, Baja California. “I promised (promoter) Fernando Beltran that my next fight would be for the super bantamweight world title. I’m back and ready to win my fourth title in different divisions and in 2012 will seek a rematch against Nonito Donaire,” stated Montiel. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBF super featherweight title remained vacant on Saturday night after Rafael “Chocho” Guzman and Rafael Hernández battled to a twelve round draw at the Black Pyramid Casino in the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico presented by HG Boxing. The judges returned scores of 114-114, 117-112 (Guzman) and 114-114.
WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West successfully defended her title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 over ten.
In the third defense of her IBF female flyweight crown, Arely Muciño won by ten round unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92 and 96-94) against Susana Vasquez in an exciting fight.
WBC #2 jr middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) made quick work of Joseph Gomez (17-5-1, 8 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Nido Sport Center in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Time was 1:24. It was Angulo’s first bout in over a year after having resolved some promotional issues.
Ringside by Daniel Mercurio and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Ranked in all four major boxing organizations, IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13, Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Referee Bob Benoit stopped the fight after round two when Traietti, who was hit with some powerful body shots from Rodriguez, could not come out of the corner for round three. This was a historic night as this marked the 400th professional boxing card ever held at Mechanics Hall.
Female heavyweights Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard put on a very entertaining fight for the crowd in attendance. Lamonakis out-landed Woodard throughout in a slug fest to score the six round majority decision. Scores of the bout were-59-55 and 58-56 for Lamonakis, while the third judge called it 57-57 even. With the victory, Lamonakis (6-0, 1 KO) kept her undefeated record intact, while Woodard (4-5-1, 3 KOs) falls to below .500 with the loss.
Quincy, MA native Ryan Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision in the junior lightweight division after he landed combination after combination on his opponent, Detroit, MI’s James Lester (9-6, 4 KOs). Scores for Kielczewski were 79-70 twice and 80-69. Kielczewski, who is not known for his punching power, dropped Lester three times in the fight. Lester showing his durability, continued the fight but was barely able to survive to the end of the fight.
Former WBA light middleweight champion, Quebec’s Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs), coming off of a 13 month layoff following his 2010 loss to Alfredo Angulo, battled Quincy, MA’s native Jose Medina (14-9-3, 6 KOs) to a eight round draw. Scores of the bout were 78-75 for Alcine, 78-74 for Medina and 76-76 even. For Medina this has to be the biggest draw of his professional career, while Alcine cited ring rust as the reason for the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Backgate? Not according to Victor Ortiz and his camp. Ortiz, a world title belt holder who will take on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, wanted to clarify certain media reports and rumors of a supposed back injury he suffered recently in training camp. “With all due respect, I think it’s ignorant people,” Ortiz told Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA. “I think it’s funny that people were saying that the fight was going to be cancelled.” (more…)
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