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- Legendary Referee Richard Steele is inducted to the International Boxing Hall of Fame
- Marroquin ready for rematch with Diaz
- IBF Officials named for Barker vs. Sturm
- Interview with legendary Referee Richard Steele (2014 Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee)
- It's official. Wladimir Klitschko must defend his WBO title against Alex Leapai
- Agbeko: I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let's kill each other
- De La Hoya, Trinidad, Calzaghe to be inducted into IBHOF; Graham Houston also to be enshrined
- Chris John poised for record-tying 19th WBA featherweight defense
- David Price vacates British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
- Wilder's response to Chisora
By Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo at ringside
WBA/WBO #3 junior featherweight Antonio Escalante (20-2, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Cornelius Lock (18-4-1, 10 KOs) on Friday, night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The hometown favorite Escalante dropped Lock twice in round three, rocked him again in the fourth, and broke down Lock the rest of the fight. The game, but outgunned Lock withstood the assault to go the full ten, but the 100-88, 100-88, 98-90 scores reflected Escalante’s dominance.
Junior featherweight Jose Beranza (32-15-2, 25 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Juan Velasquez (9-1, 5 KOs) vis six round unanimous decision. Beranza, who had lost six of his last seven fights, dropped Velazquez twice in round three, knocked out Velazquez’ mouthpiece with a sharp punch in round five, and closed the fight stronger to win 58-54, 58-54, 57-55.
Juan Velasquez’ unbeaten twin brother Carlos Velasquez (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Juan Nazario (6-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 60-53 on all cards. Nazario was deducted a point for holding in round five.
Referee Russell Mora will be the third man in the ring during Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBA interim lightweight championship between Urbano Antillon and Miguel Acosta, while Luis Pabon will ref WBA light flyweight champion Giovani Segura’s world title defense against late sub Juanito Rubillar. Judges for both world title fights are Ted Gimza, David Singh and Armando Garcia. The card takes place at the Palenque Del Recinto Ferial De Tepic Nayarit in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, and can be seen on pay-per-view.
George Foreman III, son of the former heavyweight world champion, has his second pro bout when he fights in Las Cruces, N.M., July 31. Foreman III, known as “Monk,” is in a four round heavyweight bout against George Burrage in one of 10 boxing and mixed martial arts contests on the card co-promoted by Real Fights Inc. in the Pan American Center on the New Mexico State University campus. Also on the card are undefeated and world-ranked super middleweight boxer Austin Trout against Marcos Primera; super bantamweight boxer Salvador Sanchez, nephew of the late featherweight world champion Salvador Sanchez, against Benito Abraham; and heavyweight boxer Arron Lyons against Charles Davis. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World class junior middleweight Robert Medley (25-2, 17 KOs) captured the IBF Australasian interim championship when Indonesian Aswin Cabuy (11-8-1, 4 KOs) retired in his corner at the conclusion of round three on Friday at the Cube, Cambelltown NSW, Australia. 6’0 Medley took control of the contest in round one as he delivered power head and body shots on his 5’7 opponent. Southpaw Cabuy was deducted a point in round two for continual infringements and in round three the visitor was dropped by a solid combination and was with unsteady feet at the bell. The corner of Cabuy retired their boxer to save him from further punishment. (more…)
By Lee Bates
A source out of Argentina is stating that a bout between newly crowned WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (21-1, 15 KOs) and WBA interim super light weight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) could be in the works for October in England. Both fighters are coming off of career best wins. Khan won the WBA super lightweight title by unanimous decision over Adreas Kotelnik last weekend while Maidana won his interim title by impressively stopping Victor Ortiz in 5 rounds last month.
Urbano Antillon 135 vs Miguel Acosta 133
(WBA interim lightweight championship)
Giovani Segura 108 vs Juanito Rubillar (Will arrive one hour)
(WBA light flyweight championship)
Alejandro Martinez 113 vs Alberto Rosas 112
Tyson Marquez 115 vs Juan Esquer 115
Sam Peter 243 vs Marcus McGee 235
(Note: Peter weighed 265 in his last fight against Eddie Chambers. This is his lowest weight since his 2005 bout with Wladimir Klitschko.)
Michael Farenas 128 vs Arturo Gomez 128
Venue: Grand Mayan, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: PPV 9PM ET/6PM PT
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Heavyweight contender and former world title challenger Lance “Mount” Whitaker (33-5-1, 27 KOs) will be back in the ring on August 21 when he takes on Matthew Ellis (20-8-2, 8 KOs). The bout will take place at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA, the same venue in which Whitaker defeated Danny Batchelder by ten round unanimous decision on July 17.
Former junior lightweight world champion Jorge Rodrigo “La Hiena” Barrios (47-4-1, 34 KOs) returns in his native Argentina on August 8th to face Moises Castro (27-11-4, 13 KOs) in a 12 round WBO Latino lightweight title bout at the Polideportivo Carlos Cerutti Stadium in Cordoba. It will be Barrios’ first fight since a nasty cut forced a TKO loss in his bout against Rocky Juarez in September 2008. An April return was scrapped when “La Hiena” was forced to withdraw from a bout against Carlos “Famous” Hernandez due to a right temporal bone fracture above the temple which he suffered while training. In the co-featured bout, Israel “Cachito” Perez (22-2, 13 KOs) will look to extend his 13-fight winning streak in a 10 round lightweight bout against Jhonny Antequera (11-5, 9 KOs). The card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box and will air on HBO Plus in Latin America.
There are two title fights on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10. Urbano Antillo of Maywood, Ca. is fighting for the WBA Interim Lightweight Championship and Giovani Segua of Bell Gardens, Ca. is defending his WBA Light Flyweight title. Highlights of Sam Peter’s heavyweight bout against Marcus McGhee will be on the telecast.
Here is the Latin Fury 10 Pay Per View lineup for Saturday night’s telecast which begins at 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific:
‘Tyson’ Marquez vs. Juan Esquer
Alejandro Martinez vs. Alberto Rosas
Giovani Segura vs. Juanito Rubillar
Urbano Antillon vs. Miguel Acosta
It was announced today in Mexico that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will take on Jason LeHoullier on Sept. 5 in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11.
Undefeated Cruiserweight contender, B.J. “El Peligroso” Flores is looking for a dance partner for his ten round co-feature spot on the Roy Jones-Jeff Lacy Pay-Per-View contest that will take place on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
Balashikha, a small satellite city four kilometers to the east of Moscow, can host a championship doubleheader, says well known Russian manager Vladimir Hrunov. The preliminary date is October 10, and the whole tournament can land at the local ice arena. “We are working hard to arrange a world class show in this beautiful city and we hope to get two title fights for cruiserweight Denis Lebedev and bantamweight Alexander Bakhtin. Though it will be a tough task to accomplish, I see a positive trend and, with the help of my partners, I wish to stage here something really memorable.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction Golden Gloves Promotions presents a Box and Dine tournament at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa on Tuesday, July 28 which will feature some rising young stars. Young prospects like Grant Fourie, Johnny Muller, Robbie Lombard and Deon Coetzee will be featured. Also on the bill will be the more experienced Ronnie Lategan, Steven Castle and Ben Monareng. (more…)
DiBella Entertainment is bringing its signature series, Broadway Boxing, back to the place it was meant to be: under the bright lights of New York City. The popular series will return August 26th and BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square. The main event will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Joelo Torres (10-0-1, 6 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The undercard is already shaping up as former Olympian Argenis Mendez, unbeaten heavyweight Tor Hamer, and exciting youngsters Luis Del Valle and Eddie Irizarry are on tap to perform. “There’s no place like New York City for boxing, and there’s no place for boxing in New York City like BB Kings,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “It brings me great pleasure to bring the Broadway Boxing series back to Times Square, and I promise to deliver a night of hot, summer action.” Tickets are $55-$125. Call 212-947-2577.
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced the undercard to the August 1 show at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT headlined by the clash for the vacant IBF Welterweight championship between Delvin Rodriguez and Isaac Hlatshwayo. In the co-feature, unbeaten U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (5-0, 4 KOs) meets veteran Chad Greenleaf (11-12-1, 5 KOs) in his first scheduled six round middleweight contest. Also, undefeated middleweight Tarvis Simms (24-0-1, 11 KOs) battles a TBA, welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (9-0, 5KO) faces journeyman Jessie Davis (11-13, 8KO), light heavyweight Yathomas Riley (6-0, 4 KOs) faces TBA and “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on Lindsay Garbatt (2-2, 2 KOs). Tickets are $30-$125, on sale now through Ticketmaster.
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Undefeated featherweight prospect Carney “Beeper” Bowman will head to the mound this Saturday night, July 25th at 7pm to throw out the first pitch before the baseball game between the York Revolution and the Somerset Patriots at Sovereign Bank Stadium.. . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Popular Australian cruiserweight Danny Price (5-1-1, 3 KOs) will be in action Friday against Moses Ioelu (2-6) over eight rounds in the main event at Revesby Workers Club, Revesby, NSW, Australia. Price is a top drawcard and the ‘house full’ sign goes up every time he fights. In a supporting welterweight bout, Alex Ahtong (3-2-2) will clash with Jurland Ceniza (7-17-1, 4 KOs). Promoter is former outstanding Australian lightweight and welterweight Paul Nasari.
Following the highly controversial ending of their first encounter, Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton had to meet again to settle their unfinished business once and for all. And promoter Frank Warren has done just that. The rematch between the two feuding heavyweights will take place on Friday 9th October at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and it could eclipse the drama of their first fight. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two interesting rematches will be the co-feature bouts on the Baltimore Pro Boxing card on Saturday, July 25 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The main event has undefeated Baltimore welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson (9-0, 8 KOs) in an eight round rematch against Ken Dunham of Charlotte, NC (6-8, 4 KOs) that will be for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Americas and the North American Boxing Council (NABC) welterweight titles. (more…)
Spanish lightweight Luca Giacon (7-0, 7 KOs) extended his undefeated career to seven fights by destroying Panamanian Isaac Carpintero (2-4) on Tuesday night. At 1:13 of the second round, referee Abdiel Barragan stopped the fight scheduled for 6, the first of nine bouts presented at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. In the main event, minimumweight Luis Alberto Rios (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Walter Tello (13-3, 6 KOs) in round four.
“Hook City” has gone green, using Australian import and 2-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green, that is, and environmental issues aside, rest assured, Al Gore will not be working his corner August 15th in Biloxi.
Green fights South American champion Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez in the 12-round co-feature for the vacant IBO cruiserweight championship. The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs, will air live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi . . . Click here for more
Carney “Beeper” Bowman, the Fighting Pride of Central Pennsylvania, will battle hard hitting Dominican Delvin Placencia in the main event at “The Battle of York 4” on Saturday, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution baseball team . . . Click here for more
WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres throws out the first pitch at Thursday’s historic Chicago White Sox game. The 28-year-old, preparing for his Aug. 9 title defense against Brian Bowles at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, got the ball rolling for White Sox star Mark Buehrle. Following Torres’ lead, Buehrle threw an epic perfect game, leading Chicago past Tampa Bay 5-0 in Major League Baseball action.
Interview by Jacob Chavez
Heavyweight veteran and two-time world title challenger Fres “The Big O” Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday in quest for another title shot. In his way stands former world champion Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-7, 36 KOs). The Oquendo vs. Seldon contest is the headliner of the 8 Count Production “Windy City Fight Night 4” event at the UIC Pavilion near Chicago’s downtown, where Oquendo fought just one month ago against a less than eager Mark Brown . . . Click here for more
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Some interesting news coming out of the DC/Maryland/VA area. Smithsburg, MD junior welterweight Dean “Pit Bull” White (14-10-1, 7 KOs) taking on Ryan Belasco of New Castle, DE (11-2-3, 3 KOs) in an eight round main event for the WBF USA title on Friday, July 24 at Dover Downs in Dover, DE. White needs a win badly as he has lost five in a row. Belasco, meanwhile, is on a six bout winning streak. Two local pro boxers continue their dual roles as promoters by teaming up for an amateur show on Saturday, July 25. Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall and Columbia, MD junior middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter will co-promote a card at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO 140 pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in a spirited conference call on Thursday to discuss their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12 rounder will follow a second 140 pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2 rated Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. The biggest boxing event in the history of The Coachella Valley in Southern California will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. Limited tickets are still available purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Leonid Yuryev
As it was previously announced by Fightnews, Kazakh light heavyweight marvel Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs) will face the reigning WBA champion Gabriel Campillo (18-2-1, 6 KOs) for his title on August 15 in Kazakhstan. It was confirmed today by the sources at KZ Event Productions that this fight will land in Astana, the capital of the state. Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev is invited to visit the show and he will most probably be in attendance for this match-up. WBA #7 (as well as the WBO #9 and the WBC #15) Shumenov will try to become the third ever world champion from Kazakhstan, following former cruiserweight star Vassily Jirov (IBF champion in 1999-2003) and super featherweight Anatoly Alexandrov (WBO titlist in 1998-1999). Should he be victorious in his ninth fight as a pro the next month, Beibut will also set a world record in his weight class for winning the title in a minimal number of bouts. The pro debut of former amateur standout Abzal Adambaev (at super featherweight limit) is expected in undercard in addition to previously announced fights.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-3, 11 KOs) dominated Bob Mirovic (29-21-2, 20 KOs) in a rematch over ten rounds at the AIS arena, Canberra, ACT, Australia on Thursday. The powerful Hopoate, 253lbs, controlled the action in all the rounds as he bulldozed the 6.5″ Mirovic, 264 lbs, and consistently connected with hard head and body shots that visibly hurt the veteran. A right hand to the head in round seven staggered Mirovic but he remained upright and in round eight Big Bob complained to the referee Brian McMahon that Hoppa was trying to break his arm in the clinches. In their first fight in 2008 Mirovic’s arm was broken. Both fighters were fatigued in rounds nine and ten and at the conclusion Hopoate was declared the winner by scores Anthony Shipley 99-90, Pat Oconnell 97-94, Bernie McMahon 99-91. For more details and photos click here…
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to action on Sept. 5 on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11 in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Chavez was slated to headline Saturday’s show in the same city, but was forced to pull out after a rib injury hampered his training. His opponent and the entire fight card will soon be announced…..
Talented, once beaten prospect Marvin Quintero (16-1, 12 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension through the ranks with a win over hard hitting veteran Tyrone Harris (23-5, 15 KOs) in a 10 round junior lightweight bout on Friday, July 31, live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (10-0, 8 KOs) will take on knockout artist Andre Wilson (11-2-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round bantamweight bout. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and will originate from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. (more…)
Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines has a visa problem and cannot travel to Mexico this weekend. His replacement will be Juanito Rubillar (46-12-7, 22 KOs) who will take on Giovani Segura in a world title bout on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 on Saturday night. This will be the fourth world title try for Rubillar, the most recent being last November against Edgar Sosa. Rubillar hails from Manila, Philippines. The Pay Per View fight card will begin 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.
Author Toby Rogers is putting finishing touches on his new book “The Lion: The Untold Story of Boxer Joshua Clottey” which will soon be published by Thunder Mountain Press. Rogers said “….The Lion traces the life of Joshua Clottey back to his humble beginnings, from his ascension from the streets of Accra Ghana, to one of the top fighters in the world. We chronicle his highs and lows in and out of the ring in a way that gives the reader a ringside view of the exciting world of boxing and one of its key players.”
Neither spoke directly to each other, but both Urbano Antillon and Miguel Acosta told everyone they are coming to win a championship and will everything they can to win the title on Saturday night. Antillon (26-0, 19 KO’s) of Maywood, California and Acosta (25-3-2, 19 KO’s) of Caracas Venezuela will battle for the WBA Interim lightweight championship in the main event to Latin Fury 10 to be telecast live on Pay Per view by Top Rank from Tepic, Nayarit. Click here for more photos…
By David Finger
For come-backing junior middleweight contender Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. and former NABF and USBA lightweight champion Israel “Pito” Cardona, things started off with a bang this Saturday in Cleveland as the first press event for “Latino Invasion” kicked off with nearly ten thousand fans at the Cleveland Municipal Field to witness the two Puerto Ricans set the stage for their August 29th showdown. In attendance for the press conference, which took place during Cleveland ‘s annual Puerto Rican Parade, was Promoter Zef Ramirez (of Zeferino Entertainment) as well as Camacho and Cardona, who are on a collision course to fight for the vacant WBC Caribbean federation light middleweight Title. Also in attendance were Co-Promoter and current WBF Champion Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson and Mickey Bey Jr. along with his brother, fellow prospect Cortez Bey. Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson is scheduled to battle with current WBC/USNBC light middleweight champion Billy Bailey, while #1 ranked NABO contender Mickey Bey Jr. and his brother Cortez will return home to Cleveland in highly anticipated homecoming fights. For more details and photos click here…
Team Ruiz has already contacted the WBA inform the WBA Championship Committee that WBA mandatory challenger, and two-time WBA heavyweight John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), will not stand by and allow the reported title fight between champion Nikolai Valuev and David Haye Valuev-Haye in November. Despite reports from both camps, Valuev-Haye has not been sanctioned as a WBA title fight, and cannot be without a special permit being requested, filed and passed. Ruiz is the mandatory challenger, Valuev’s deadline for his yearly mandatory defense is August 30, and Haye isn’t rated by the WBA. (more…)
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