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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (32-0-2, 19 KOs) will now defend his crown against Mexican prospect Victor Zaleta (17-1, 9 KOs) on February 12 at Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Zaleta is the replacement for compatriot Jesus Ruiz who had to pull out after the flu derailed his training. Narvez is making the first defense of the super flyweight title and competing in his 19th world title fight.
Rising cruiserweight prospect Nicholas “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi (16-1, 9 KOs) faces his toughest test to date when he steps up to face the highly regarded Lateef Kayode on Friday February 4th on SHOBOX. Iannuzzi, who is trained by Michael Asmer at The Fight Factory in Tampa, took a moment to give his thoughts on his first nationally televised fight.
“I’m training hard, very hard,” said Iannuzzi. “This is an opportunity for me to show the world what I am capable of, and I thank Michael Asmer and Gary Shaw for giving me the opportunity. A lot has been made about the fact that Kayode is trained by Freddie Roach and blah blah blah, but I don’t get caught up in all that. When the bell rings, Freddie will sit down and it will be me and Kayode in there, not Freddie. So my focus is solely on Kayode, end of story.” (more…)
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon Gonzales (14-0, 10 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. Brandon landed the sharper punches to win 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Local junior welterweight Alan Sanchez (6-2-1, 2 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Cristian Favela (28-31-7, 18 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 78-74, 78-74.
Edner Cherry 131.5 vs. Ever Perez 132.75
Raul Carrillo 145 vs. Joel Vargas 146.75
Robert Rodriguez 131.5 vs. Rubin Santos 133
Ryan Grimaldo 146.5 vs. Noel Esueda 146.5
Terry Buterbaugh 141.5 vs. Chris Russel 142
Leti Leti 150 vs. Carlos Marquez 148
Venue: Island Grove Park in Greeley, Colorado
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions/Ghost Town Promotions
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Lafarrell Bunting 172.5 vs Matt O’ Brien 170
(10 Round Light Heavyweight Main Event)
Francisco Reyes 131 vs Robert Vargas 131
Eddie Hunter 164 vs Nate Smith 162
Natividad Serrano 151.5 vs Roman Wheeler 152
Virgil Green 140 vs Nalo Leal 138.5
Rob Diezel 130.5 vs Kendell Ward 130.5
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
Junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (16-1, 7 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten Ruslan Provodnikov (17-1, 11 KOs) taking a close twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. The WBO #7 rated Provodnikov was aggressive as usual, producing a large mouse under Herrera’s left eye, but Herrera came on down the stretch to take a 115-113, 116-112, 116-112 verdict. The bout was for the vacant IBF North American title.
Unbeaten jr middleweight prospect Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over Alberto Herrera (7-2-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 80-72, 80-72. Andrade, a 2007 amateur world champion and 2008 U.S. Olympian, is scheduled to be back in action in February. Herrera is the brother of main event winner Mauricio Herrera.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Alma Montiel
Cristian Esquivel 117.7 vs Eduardo Garcia 116.6
Ganigan López 104.7 vs Armando Torres 103.4
Ibeth Zamora104.7 vs Nancy Franco 103.4
Juan Antonio Rodríguez 124.9 vs Ariel Vasquez 125.4
Oscar Blanquet 111.7 vs Arturo Castro 111.7
Salvador Sanchez II 125.4 vs Eric Perez 125.4
Venue: Arena Coliseo-Mexico City
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala & Fausto Daniel Garcia
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By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Promotions and DiBella Entertainment will announce the signing of Purto Rican lightweight super talent Jose Pedraza to a promotional contract next Tuesday at the San Juan Hotel and Casino, in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. Pedraza, a 2008 Olympian and one of the most decorated and sought-after amateurs ever, is said to have agreed to a signing bonus second only to Miguel Cotto for a fighter from the island. At the press conference, promoters Javier Bustillo, Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella will share details of their plans for the boxer’s career, and will reveal his first fight for 2011.
Sensational welterweight prospect Leti Leti makes his North American debut this Saturday night, January 6th at the ROCKY MOUTAIN RUMBLE at the Island Grove Park Exhibit Hall in Greeley, Colorado.
An outstanding amateur in New Zealand and Samoa where he won numerous national titles, the 23 year old Leti has been based in Las Vegas for the past five months under the tutelage of renowned trainer Kenny Adams. In November, he was one of the main sparring partners for Marcos Maidana as he prepared for his world title challenge with Amir Khan. (more…)
Kathy Duva, CEO Main Events, confirmed, “Contracts have been emailed to Kaizer Mabuza’s promoter, Branco Milenkovic. The contract specifies the Judah-Mabuza IBF Jr. Welterweight title fight will be held March 5th.” According to the rules of the IBF purse bid that Main events won last week, Mabuza has two weeks from day of the purse bid to sign the contract. Duva expects the executed contracts back by next Thursday. It has been confirmed the fight will be the inaugural event for the Amerihealth Pavilion at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. Kaizer Mabuza of Johannesburg, South Africa has a record of 23-6-3, 14 KOs, Zab Judah, Brooklyn, NY, 40-6, 27 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Three time world champion Danny Green could be forced to retire – but is happy to be alive after being “horrifically misdiagnosed” by a West Australian doctor. Green is in Perth’s St John of God hospital after undergoing emergency surgery to remove an abscess “the size of a softball,” which had gone undetected in his stomach for seven years. “Could it all be over? Yeah, definitely,” Green conceded. “What’s happened to me, it’s all pretty crazy and no one is sure what recovery I’ll make. But I’m just relieved to be here, to know that I can still play a role in my kids’ lives. What if I had been in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race as planned? Or out in the bush? If a few things had gone differently over the past couple of days … yeah, right now I could be brown bread.” Green was impressive in defending the IBO cruiserweight title against B.J Flores in a recent defense of the crown winning a clear twelve round decision. Green is a former WBA light heavyweight champion and a former WBC super middleweight interim champion.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Weights from Fairfield, California, for the city’s first nationally-televised (Telefutura) boxing card:
Main event: Brandon Gonzales (13-0, Sacramento), 160, vs. Lester Gonzalez (11-1-1, San Diego), 162, eight rounds; Allan Sanchez (5-2-1, Fairfield), 146 , vs. Cristian Favela (28-30-7, Mexico), 146, eight rounds. Promoted by Don Chargin in association with Golden Boy Promotions.
By Karl Freitag
Below is the text of the January 6 letter from WBC President Jose Sulaiman addressed to WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal, WBC emeritus champion Bernard Hopkins, WBC #1 contender Chad Dawson:
The WBC Board of Governors has voted in favor of ordering the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins for the WBC light heavyweight championship of the world, where the WBC Diamond Belt will be awarded to the winner.
The winner of this fight has the obligation to fight Chad Dawson immediately without any intervening contest.
Serve this letter as the official initiation of the 30 day-free negotiation period for the immediate rematch between WBC champion Jean Pascal and Emeritus Champion Bernard Hopkins and if there is no agreement a purse will be held in Mexico City on Friday, February 4, 2011.
Please accept my sincere regards.
Jose Sulaiman Ch.
Copies were sent to the WBC Board of Governors, Yvon Michel, Richard Schaefer, Gary Shaw, Robert Lenhardt, Gaby Peñagaricano and Mauricio Sulaiman.
Tickets go on sale tomorrow – Saturday, January 8, noon – for the Miguel Acosta vs Brandon Rios world lightweight title fight Feb 26 at the Palms Casino Resort. Notre Dame champion Mike Lee of Chicago will also box on the Top Rank championship card. Lee, a three-time champion at Notre Dame, is trained by Ronnie Shields in Houston. Acosta, from Caracas, is the WBA lightweight champion. He has won 19 fights in a row and has been unbeaten the last seven years. He has defeated three undefeated fighters in his last eight bouts. Rios, from Oxnard, Ca., last year scored his biggest win, defeating Anthony Peterson at the Palms. He is managed by Cameron Dunkin and trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, Ca. Acosta vs. Rios will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing. The fight card will be held in the Pearl Concert Theatre. Tickets are $200, $100, $50 and available at the Pearl Box Office at the Palms. Call 702-944-3200, visit any Ticketmaster location, or call 1-800-745-3000, or go www.ticketmaster.com
Looks like WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal is between the proverbial “rock and a hard place.” Pascal, who already has a contractual obligation to face Chad Dawson next, has been ordered by the WBC to grant an immediate rematch to Bernard Hopkins with the camps to commence negotiations immediately. So unless some arrangement is made, Pascal would likely be sued by the Dawson camp for fighting Hopkins, or stripped by the WBC for fighting Dawson.
Beibut Shumenov 175 vs William Joppy 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 146.5 vs Jose Cruz 153.5
Alexandr Zhuravskiy 140 vs Ruben Galvan 144
Gayrat Ahmedov 175 vs Tursunboy Abdullakimov 165
Venue: The Ice Mansion, Shymkent, Kazakhstan
Promoters: Goossen Tutor Promotions and KZ Event Productions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
This Saturday at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City, a professional boxing show will be presented by Boxeo de Gala. The Arena Coliseo is known as Mexico’s “Boxing Cathedral” and is one of the oldest boxing arenas. WBCBoxing.tv will present a live webcast – free of charge – on Saturday at 10:30PM CT. The webcast is not available in Mexico.
In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds WBC Silver bantamweight champion Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel, 20-2 with 14 knockouts, of Teomoya, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title against Eduardo “El Bambino” Garcia, 21-5-1 with 9 knockouts, of Naucalpan, Mexico. The bout is also a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBC bantamweight world title. (more…)
Prospects José “Chelo” González and McWilliams Arroyo will headline PR Best Boxing Promotions’ second 2011 show on February 5 on a card billed as “Future Champions 2″ at the Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. González (13-0, 9 KOs) will fight in a ten-round lightweight bout against an opponent to be named, while Arroyo, a former amateur world champion, will fight in a flyweight six-rounder. Arroyo has a record of 5-1, 4 KOs. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter 1-787-792-5000. Prices are $40 for ringside and $20 general admission.
“Today’s decision is just a decision of the court of first instance. And this decision is wrong,” said Dr. Maximilian Hermann, manager WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. “We will appeal against this judgement to the next instance as soon as we get the statement of grounds of the decision. The termination of the contract with Universum is still in effect and we are convinced we’ll be successful in the next instance. It is certain that Gennady will never fight for Universum again.”
By a vote of the officers and board of directors of the Boxing Writers Association of America, the recipient of the 2010 James A. Farley award for “Honesty and Integrity in Boxing” is Micky Ward. (more…)
Covering Melvin Guillard over the past five years has never been dull. In and out of the Octagon, “The Young Assassin” has survived a rollercoaster ride that would have crippled lesser men. But he’s still standing, still fighting, and headlining January 22nd’s Fight for The Troops 2 card in Texas against Evan Dunham. But before we look back at how Guillard got here, here’s a quote from 2006 which captured how the Louisiana native was looking at his fight career . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
In an explosive interview with Bokser.org, heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin’s trainer Teddy Atlas spoke about his experiences (and it sounds like he won’t be with Povetkin much longer). Chris Meyer, managing director of Sauerland Event, Potetkin’s promoter, was unavailable for comment.
The Hamburg District Court today confirmed the validity of the contract between Universum Box-Promotion and WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin. As a result, Golovkin will continue to be contractually bound to Universum. The verdict is not finalized yet, however. “We look forward to continuing to working with Gennady,” said promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “Not only is he an outstanding boxer, but also a good kid. The decision shows what we have always said, that Gennady was incorrectly advised. This ruling is a very, very important ruling for the entire sport of boxing.”
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye will now take aim at mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev after a proposed fight against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko imploded due a conflict over television dates. “The Klitschko situation is dead,” Haye’s manager Adam Booth told The Sun tabloid. “I have asked Chagaev’s manager to supply medical records.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight interim world champion Rigoberto ‘Español’ Alvarez is currently in his hardest period of training for his first defense against mandatory challenger Austin Trout. Sources say that the Alvarez-Trout fight will be held January 29 in Mexico under the Golden Boy Promotions banner with venues in Leon, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Tepic under consideration.
Two other Canelo Promotions prospects will see action, as well. WBA #4 super bantamweight Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas will face #2 ranked former WBA bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño and WBA #6 flyweight Jesus “Zurdo” Jimenez meets WBA #2 Jean Piero Perez. Both matches will be WBA eliminators.
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, his manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo and promoter Carlos Gonzalez, signed the contract for his next defense to be held at the Roberto Duran Arena on Saturday February 19. Panamanian Moreno will face former WBA Flyweight Champion Lorenzo Parra from Venezuela whose contract has been signed already.
Former world contender and British heavyweight champion Gary Mason (37-1, 34 KOs) was killed Thursday morning in a bicycling accident in London. Mason’s bicycle was hit by a van and he died at the scene. The van driver was booked for reckless driving. Mason’s only loss was to Lennox Lewis. He was just 48 years of age.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Tomek Adamek has agreed to fight Wladimir Klitschko in a soccer stadium in Wroclaw, Poland, in September, in front of 52,000 fans. The deal is done, we just have to put some signatures on paper,” this blockbuster news from Adamek manager, Zyggi Rozalski changes a boxing landscape for 2011.
“I always promised my fans that I will try do something, what was never done in history of boxing: win world title in the three heaviest weight classes. I have two titles, in the light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions. Just one, in the heavyweight division is left. I will be a heavyweight world champion,” said Adamek after agreeing to fight current IBF/WBO titleholder Wladimir Klitschko .
Rozalski added “We discussed this fight for long time, but in the last couple of days, talking we Shelly Finkel, we just decided to do it. We don’t have an exact date, it has to be agreed between HBO and German television, but it will be most likely in the late September. Both sides agreed that fight will take place in a soccer stadium in Wroclaw where we can have up to 52,000 fans. This way we can accommodate all the Adamek fans from Poland, and Klitschko supporters from Germany and Ukraine,” added Adamek’s manager.
“Like planned, I will have one more fight on April 16 before fighting Wladimir. My team will decide who I will be fighting in the next couple of days,” said Adamek. “Most important for me is the fact that I will be fighting for something I was always dreaming about. I will be ready. I will be a heavyweight champion of the world this September!”
Mauricio Herrera 140 vs Ruslan Provodnikov 140
Alberto Herrera 152 vs Demetrius Andrade 153.5
Venue: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) will still be defending his title on Saturday in Shymkent, Kazakhstan. However, instead of WBO champion Jürgen Brähmer who was a late scratch, Shumenov will now face 40-year-old former three-time WBA middleweight champion William Joppy (39-6-2, 30 KOs), who was scheduled to fight on the undercard. Joppy received emergency WBA approval for the fight despite being winless since 2007.
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