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The WBC has clarified the status of the middleweight division. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. won the WBC World Middleweight Championship as a mandatory challenger by defeating former champion Sebastian Zbik by unanimous decision this past June 4, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that Chavez Jr. and WBC Emeritus and Diamond titleholder Sergio Martinez will meet in the first quarter of 2012. Marco Antonio Rubio is the mandatory challenger of the division, and his time for the challenge, as stipulated in the WBC Rules and Regulations, is scheduled to be within one year after the last mandatory fight in the division, which was Zbik vs. Chavez.
Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Jessie Vargas and Josesito Lopez will hold a press conference in Wednesday in Los Angeles to officially announce Morales’ battle with former world champion Jorge Barrios for the vacant WBC super lightweight title and the lightweight clash Vargas vs. Lopez which will be part of the “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fight fans are invited to attend the event, which takes place at noon at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles.
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Jackie Nava 118 vs Ana Torres 118
(WBC Diamond Bantamweight Championship)
Felipe Orucuta 117 vs Jesús Vázquez 117
Nery Saguilán 130 vs Fernando Cruz 130
Hanzel Martínez 114.6 vs Maximino Toala 112.4
Venue: Arena Metropolitana de Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Promoter: Zanfer/HG Boxing
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Costa Rican Jaime Barboza (17-4, 8 KOs) and Irishman Brian Magee (34-4-1, 22 KOs) meet at Gimnasio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica on Saturday for the vacant WBA interim super middleweight title in the WBA XXIII Festival “KO to Drugs.” The three judges are Levy Martinez (USA), Ted Gimza (USA) and Francisco Martinez (New Zealand). The fight supervisor is Oliver Gomez (Panama). The fight can be seen on www.canaldeboxeo.com.
Undefeated Top-10 junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado has stripped off the WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title he was scheduled to defend on Saturday night in his north Denver homecoming fight against former Méxican welterweight champion Gabriel Martinez. Alvarado had captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas title in his previous fight, in May, via a third-round stoppage of Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KOs), who had entered that fight rated #6 by the WBC and was riding a seven-year, 15-bout winning streak, with 12 of those victories coming by knockout.
“The WBC rated me #7 in May, #8 in June, and #10 in July. At this rate, if I keep on winning, I could be out of the WBC’s Top-20 by Christmas. What is the value of winning a WBC regional title or beating a higher-rated contender?” explained Alvarado. “Furthermore, I wanted to earn a title shot at the WBC’s super lightweight world champion Timothy Bradley and they just stripped him of the title for no valid reason. So I’m doing the logical thing, I’m stripping their title belt from my waist and their sanction fee from my purse. I’ll continue my quest for a world title through one of the other sanctioning organizations.” (more…)
This Sunday night’s episode of Broadway Boxing will pay tribute to one of the pioneers of sports television and one of boxing’s greatest advocates, the late Nick Charles. The program will feature a roundtable discussion featuring those who knew Charles the best, never before seen footage of Charles talking about the sport of boxing and, of course, three memorable bouts that Charles called from ringside in his capacity as the play-by-play man for Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation series and Broadway Boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to a credible source, the Panama Boxing Commission has decided to cancel Saturday’s boxing event at the Palacio Dorado in Panama City. The event was organized by Producciones Cornejo with the main event being an eight round light flyweight clash between WBA world ranked Panamanian Edwin “La Pantera” Diaz against Nicaraguan Francisco Meza. Although no formal announcement by COMIBOX, the source said the reason was mainly because the Nicaraguan boxers scheduled may not have the permission to leave by the Nicaragua Boxing Commission.
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Lou DiBella confirmed to Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon that the Ajose Olusegun-Ali Chebah 12 round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort on September 30th. The bout is a title eliminator as Olusegun is ranked number two and Chebah, from France, is ranked number six by the WBC. Chebah’s (35-1, 28 KO’s) only defeat was at the hands of Reyes Sanchez almost three years ago in Mexico City. He bounced back from the loss to knockout Pipino Cuevas Jr. and Joel Juarez within six months. The Nigerian-born Olusegun (29-0, 14 KO’s) has fought most of his fights in England, where he now resides. He has not faced the most formidable opposition throughout his career. His most impressive victories to date have been a knockout victory over Colin Lynes and two decision wins over Nigel Wright. The fight will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast.
Featherweight Billy Dib (32-1, 19 KOs) won the vacant IBF title with a twelve round unanimous decision over veteran Jorge Lacierva (39-8-6, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Homebush, New South Wales, Australia. Scores were 119-109, 118-109 and 115-112. More details to come…
In 2012 Brian Halquist Productions will launch their 16th year of promoting professional boxing at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Halquist and the Puyallup Tribe of Indians have announced five dates – beginning with the 85th installment of the ‘Battle at the Boat’ boxing series on January 21st, 2012. Halquist will also promote the annual Guns N’ Hoses charity amateur boxing show on Sept. 15, 2012. (more…)
The WBC has reportedly stripped WBC junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley for not defending his title. Bradley told his hometown newspaper, the Desert Sun, that an official letter was sent to his manager Cameron Dunkin. It is the second time Bradley has been stripped by the Mexico City-based sanctioning organization. The vacant title will now go to the winner of Erik Morales vs Jorge Barrios on September 17.
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Marianne Müller
FightNews.com recently met with WBA middleweight super world kingpin Felix Sturm in order to discuss his proposed rematch against Matthew Macklin slated for November or December. The German champion won a close split decision over the Irishman in their first encounter on June 25 in Cologne, Germany. Macklin and his team felt they were robbed and immediately called for a rematch. However, as Sturm said in the following exclusive interview, the former European champ still has not signed the contract or even responded to the offer. (more…)
The lineup for “Prizefighter Light Middleweights II” on September 15 at York Hall, London has been announced. The biggest name on the list is former world title challenger Mehrdud Takaloo in his first fight in nearly four years. Takaloo, 35, who recently applied for a license from the BBBC, must pass a warm-up test before the night. Other names in the eight man, one-night tourney include JJ Bird, Peter Vaughan, Wayne Goddard, Kris Agyei-Du, Daniel Herdman and Steve Harkin. Promoter Matchroom Sport hopes to name the final participant early next week.
By Peter Lim
Fighting his third bout in as many months, lightweight Bahodir Mamajanov scored his third consecutive knockout when he flattened Angel DeJesus, 0-1, at 1:22 of the first round. A southpaw from Uzbekistan, Mamajanov, 24, had baerely broken a sweat when he found the range for a bullet of a straight left smack on the kisser that dropped DeJesus on his back for the full count.
In a battle of undefeated middleweight, southpaw Emanuel Sanchez, 3-0, won a six-round split decision over switch-hitter Cesar Martinez, 3-1 (1 KO).
Featherweight Miguel Flores, 10-0 (6 KOs), dropped Gerardo Dominguez, 1-13, with a hook to the body in the first round en route to a four-round unanimous decision.
Cruiserweight Craig Baker, 10-0 (8 KOs), came back from a 20-month layoff to win a four-round unanimous decision over Tyrone Jackson, 8-35-3 (5 KOs), Middleweight Tyrone Selders, 6-1 (5 KOs) won a four-round decision over Billy Cunningham, 5-11 (4 KOs). Heavyweight Steven Moreno, 3-1 (3 KOs), stopped Gregory Gibbs, 0-1, in the second round. The card was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.
Unbeaten lightweight Barnie Argüelles scored the fourth win of his pro career by TKO over
Marcos Martinez (0-2) who quit at 2:24 of the second round because of an injury on his right
shoulder on Thursday night at the Fantastic Casino in 24 de Diciembre, Panama.
Female light flyweight Maribela Smith started her pro career with a clear victory on points over
Leidys Martinez (2-2). Two judges scored 40-36 and the other one 40-37.
Featherweight Jalfi Jimenez (2-2) stopped Kevin Gomez (0-2) by TKO. Gomez didn´t answer to
the bell to start round number three.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
At Thursday’s presser in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico, female boxing superstars Jackie Nava and Ana Maria Torres did not hesitate to predict a ‘war’ in ring and a possible knockout winner in the rematch of their draw last April.
Ana Maria Torres: “The first fight was very tough, we feel that we won it, but this time to avoid doubt look for the knockout with intelligence, without rushing, but just win round after round if the fight would go to decision.”
Jackie Nava: “It would have special meaning to win the Diamond belt. Plus at this point in my career, I am a very experienced fighter who has faced any challenges that has come…the fight will be a war in the ring, I’ll start with great determination and intensity unlike the first fight.”
In the semi-final, the Azteca Champion runner up Felipe Orucuta (20-1, 16 KOs) meets Jesus Vazquez (14-6-1, 17 KOs) in a ten-round bantamweight clash. (more…)
Photos: Alma Dulce Poly-All Star Boxing, Inc
Dante “Crazy” Jardon 130 vs. Adrian Tellez 130
(WBC Youth world jr. lightweight title)
Josue Veraza 125 vs. Hector Morales 125
Jorge Otocani 117 vs. Felipe Jimenez 118
Jesus Faro 117 vs. Mario Andrade 118
Leonardo Lopez 135 vs. Angel Molina 135
Carlos Barraza 108 vs. Salvador Juarez 108
Fernando Aguilar 117 vs. Eder Chimal 117
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo (Antiguo Salon 21)
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Matchmaker: Jorge Gonzalez
TV: Telemundo will televise to the U.S. and Televisa Deportes will televise to Mexico and Central America.
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Víctor Cayo 139.5 vs. Lamont Peterson 140
(IBF Super Lightweight Eliminator)
Edison Miranda 174 vs. Yordanis Despaigne 175
Rances Barthelemy 131 vs. Gerardo Robles 132.5
Sergey Kovalev 173.5 vs. Douglas Otieno 175.5
(NABA-US Light Heavyweight Title)
Badou Jack 170.5 vs. Timothy Hall Jr. 168
Razvan Cojanu 264 vs. Kourtney Boden 223
Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Warriors/Blue Wave Group
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From the South Point Hotel Casino for tomorrow night’s “Fire & Fury” card televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” and promoted by KZ Events, Golden Boy and Guilty Boxing.
For the WBA & IBA 175-pound titles:
Beibut Shumenov 175 vs. Danny Santiago 173
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 146 vs. Hector Munoz 146
Gayrat Ahmedov 174.5 vs. Billy Bailey 178.5
Ramon Montano 139 vs. Juan Suazo 137.5
Medzhid Bektemirov 185 vs. Chad Davis 192
Lonnie Smith 130 vs. Eduardo Arcos 129.5
Joel Diaz 127.5 vs. Esteban Nichol 127.5
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Photo: Emily Harney
Undefeated heavyweight boxer Mariusz Wach registered the lowest weight of his professional boxing career when he stepped on the scale today at 245.5 pounds for his highly-anticipated, sold out clash with “The Clones Collosus” Kevin McBride tomorrow at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., McBride weighed in at a career-high of 296 pounds, which is 11 pounds heavier than he weighed for his fight with Tomasz Adamek three months ago. (more…)
Unbeaten jr. welterweight Jose Benavidez, Jr. has returned to Hollywood, California’s Wild Card Boxing Gym, to prepare for his upcoming fight with trainer Freddie Roach. Benavidez, Jr. is scheduled to fight on September 17 th at the Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona, and will be featured as the co-main event on this nationally televised card, alongside Mercito Gesta (22-0-1, 21KOs). Their respective opponents are TBD. Benavidez will again be donating a portion of his purse for this fight to Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well. “We started training at the Wild Card this week, and look forward to staying focused, and getting ready for September 17 th . We are excited to be back in Hollywood and working with Freddie,” said Jose Benavidez, Sr., Benavidez, Jr.’s trainer and manager. (more…)
Jose Sulaiman was awarded the gold medal “Miguel Aleman Valdes” due to a whole life devoted to the service of boxing and promoting the tourism that is projected by this sport. In an emotional and well-attended ceremony, Lic Jorge Aleman Velasco, founding and life president of the Pan-American school of Hotel Management, presented the gold medal “Miguel Aleman Valdes” to the President of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, due to his constant struggle promoting the tourism that boxing projects, and showing the beauty, hospitality and richness of Mexico. For more details and photos click here…
DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series travels to Worcester, MA, for the third time in as many years on August 20 with a fight card at Mechanics Hall. The main event features unbeaten hometown hero Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs), ending a seven-month hiatus while he recovered from an injury he incurred in his last fight. Rodriguez is ranked at #8 by the IBF and IBO, #11 by the WBA, and #13 by the WBC and WBO.
Headlining the undercard is former WBA junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-2, 19 KOs), along with a heavyweight bout between unbeaten prospect Kelvin Price (10-0, 6 KO) taking on Rashad Minor (4-1, 3 KOs) Also seeing action are a slew of local favorites: junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (10-0, 2 KOs), female heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (5-0, 1 KO), super bantamweight Luis Rosa (7-0, 5 KOs), junior welterweight Gabriel Duluc (1-0, 1 KO) and heavyweight Keith Bianchini (2-1, 1 KO).
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont
IBF #3 Billy Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) and IBF #2 Jorge Lacervia (39-7-6, 26 KOs) will clash Friday at the Olympic Sports Center in Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia for the vacant IBF featherweight title. Dib weighed 125.6 and Lacervia 125.8. Also in a super middleweight showdown over twelve rounds Junior Talipeau (17-1-1, 5 KOs) will be in action against Zac Awad (16-1-1, 6 KOs) for the IBF Pan Pacific title. Talipeau weighed 168 and Awad 167.3. Promoter Michael Karagiannis said, “The Dib vs. Lacervia bout should produce firework. I have watched both in training sessions and i am sure this will be an evenly contested bout.” Top Rank super featherweight Troy Glover (10-0, 7 KOs) and Grange Gym light heavyweight Steve Lovett (2-0, 2 KOs) will feature in supporting bouts.
By Phil Doherty
Frequent-flyer miles come with the territory for Miami-based Dream Team Boxing Promotions. The fast-rising promotional team led by Henry Rivalta and Carlos Rodriguez invades Costa Rica this weekend as part of the WBA’s KO to Drugs event being held in San Jose. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Roberto Marroquin of Dallas,Texas arrives in Denver Thursday with his new trainer Paul Reyes for his upcoming feature fight against tough Jose Beranza of Mexico on the undercard of Mike Alvarado vs Gabriel Martinez, Saturday, July 30 at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Co. This “Top Rank Live” show will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Click here for more photos…
Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) is a gym rat, a man who doesn’t need trainers to wake him up and remind him about training. “Nobody has to do it, because nobody else but me is going to fight Vitali Klitschko on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland,” said Adamek, who under the watchful eye of his trainer Roger Bloodworth, is sparring with Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KOs) and Malik Scott (32-0, 11 KOs) during his training camp in a perfectly named for fighting small town called Bushkill, Pennsylvania. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s two top junior lightweights go head to head at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Godfrey Nzimande defends his SA lightweight title against Ayanda Yaphi. Delayed television coverage of the tournament will start on SuperSport 6 at 5.50 pm. Nzimande, who has a record of 22-3-2, including 13 knockouts, faces a challenger who comes into the bout with a reported 9-1-1; 6 record. (more…)
James DeGale is desperate to get back into the ring and claim the European Super-Middleweight title in his comeback fight in September. The former British Super-Middleweight Champion met face-to-face with the champion Piotr Wilczewski in London today and promised to take the title from him. Promoter Frank Warren will confirm the date and venue of the fight on Monday. This will be DeGale’s first fight since his controversial loss to rival George Groves in May. (more…)
Strikeforce® fans in the Chicago area are invited to attend the official weigh-in for Strikeforce® and M-1 Global Present: Fedor vs. Henderson. The weigh-in will take place at the Sears Centre on Friday, July 29, 2011. Fighters will hit the scale at approximately 4pm local time. The weigh-in is free and open to the public.
For more info on this weekend’s Strikeforce card, visit www.Strikeforce.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A credible source has informed us that the Panamanian judge handling WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno’s lawsuit against manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo has apparently dismissed the case. The two parties have been told to take the matter to the Panamanian Boxing Commission. Moreno has been seeking to get out of his contract with Grimaldo, which is in effect until 2014. They have been together since Moreno was eight years old.
Photo: Team Sauerland
Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) today participated in an international press conference in Erfurt, Germany, one month ahead of their WBA Heavyweight Title fight. After Wladimir Klitschko added the WBA belt to his IBF & WBO titles, the WBA made him super champion and the title became vacant. Top-ranked Chagaev and Povetkin, the number two, now fight for the title in Erfurt on August 27. “I have won the Olympic gold medal and I´ve been World and European Amateur Champion,” unbeaten Povetkin said. “Now I want to finally accomplish my goal of winning the world title as a professional. I have a lot of respect for Chagaev, but he will not get in my way.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Bud Light have teamed up to put on an action-packed fight card heading to New Orleans this fall. The organizations jointly announced today that UFC® Fight Night Live: Battle on the Bayou will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and feature an outstanding welterweight clash between top contenders Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger. UFC® Fight Night Live: Battle on the Bayou will be broadcast live on SPIKE TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Costa Rica is ready to host the WBA “KO to Drugs” Festival on Saturday night at the National Gym in San Jose, Costa Rica. This will be the biggest fight card ever in Costa Rica and will feature Costa Rican fighter in both a world title fight and a regional title fight. Organizers hope the night of boxing will be a success and they will meet their revenue goal from the sale of tickets which will go to a charity. The fighters at these KO Drugs events are paid by their managers.
Costa Rica fighters Jaime Barboza and Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez will carry the hopes of the tiny Central American nation that is hoping to make a good impression to the boxing world. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The former WBA interim miniumweight world champion Samuel Gutierrez (28-6-2, 19 KOs) will fight compatriot Rafael Orozco (22-29-2, 14 KOs) in a ten round light flyweight clash in the main event Saturday at the Plaza Nuevo Progreso in Guadalajara, Mexico. The event is presented by the company’s Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo, Comex and Televisa and will have seven bouts with free admission. (more…)
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