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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
In a crossroads clash of former world champions, former WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (27-4, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over two-time IBF lightweight champion Julio Diaz (38-7, 27 KOs) on Friday night before a sellout crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. Irony played a factor in the matchup. In preparation for his showdown against Holt, Diaz worked on staying away from the dangerous left hook that Holt throws. Unfortunately, that was the punch that ended matters in Holt’s favor and reignited his career in the process. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
No problems on the scale for IBF super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares and challenger Carlos Rueda in advance of their clash Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria Nacional in Durango, Mexico. Mijares weighed 114.6 for his first defense. Rueda weighed 114.8. IBF supervisor David McCullough oversaw the proceedings. Referee Jack Reiss went over the rules with the fighters and their representatives. The judges will be Jonathan Davis, Ruben Garcia and Albert Bennett. The fighters will do battle with black Cleto Reyes gloves.
In the co-feature, Alejandro “Alex” Valdez failed to meet the super bantamweight limit in his first try on the scale. In his second try he weighed 122.1. Jose “Brillo” Gutierrez weighed 121.6. (more…)
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Andre Ward 168 vs. Arthur Abraham 167
Chris Arreola 234 vs. Nagy Aguilera 238
Shawn Estrada 174 vs. Joseph Gardner 166
Javier Molina 148.25 vs. Danny Figueroa 148
Manuel Quezada 233 vs. Bowie Tupou 245
Matt Villanueva 117 vs. Frank Gutierrez 118
Armen Ovesepyan 147.75 vs. Arturo Brambilla 149.5
Ty Barnett 135 vs. Andrey Klimov 137.5
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor/Sauerland Event
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Popular Bahamian heavyweight Sherman “The Tank” Williams has demanded a rematch with Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield alleging that the future Hall of Famer verbally agreed to a second fight after their January 22nd encounter ended in a highly controversial “no contest” due to Holyfield’s left eye suffering a cut from an unintentional clash of heads.
Holyfield was cut over the left eye in round two by an unintentional head butt and rocked by a Williams right hand in round three. After the third round Evander said he couldn’t see.
Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) was ahead on all three judges’ scorecards after three rounds, by identical scores of 29-28 but the bout was declared a no contest as Holyfield was head butted and could not see as a result of blood in his eye. (more…)
Long-time super middleweight contender, Jean-Paul Mendy will finally get his crack at a world championship when he takes on defending IBF super middleweight champion, Lucian Bute on July 9th at the Romexpo Dome in Bute’s home country of Romania. Bute-Mendy is promoted by EuroPlus Computers S.R.L., and Interbox in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA featherweight super world champion Chris John of Indonesia has been selected as ‘Fighter of the Month’ in the WBA rankings for April 2011 released today in Panama. John defended his world title by unanimous decision, beating his compatriot Daud Cino Yordan, on April 17 in Jakarta. Honorable mention went to Japanese boxer Koki Kameda, who successfully defended his WBA bantamweight title with an 11th round knockout of Daniel Diaz on May 7 in Osaka.
The Semi-Final Tournament bout of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and “King” Arthur Abraham is just 24 hours away and the officials have been announced.
The officials for the Ward-Abraham bout will be Stanley Christodoulou of South Africa, Ingo Barrabas of Germany and James Jen-Kin of California. The event referee is Luis Pabon of Puerto Rico.
“I appreciate the considerations that the California Athletic Commission, especially Chairman John Frierson and Executive Officer George Dodd, afforded us back on February 15 in allowing the promoter’s of Ward and Abraham to stand behind their contractual understanding of having a non-California referee,” said Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions. “I want to make it very clear from the outset, the commission nor our company, have wavered or insisted on any other arrangement with a non-Californian referee despite the continual inaccurate claims of Wilfried Sauerland, the promoter of Abraham, to the contrary. We don’t want any excuses from the Sauerland camp after Ward’s performance tomorrow night!”
Tickets for this May 14 action-packed, world championship boxing card are priced at $25, $50, $100 and $200 (VIP floor seats). Fans can purchase tickets now at all Ticketmaster outlets and online at www.Ticketmaster.com as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.).
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Hugo Ruiz 118 vs. Francisco Arce 118
Daniel Rosas 115 vs. David Gaspar 115
Mahonry Montes 137 vs. Rafael Urías 137.5
Adrian Young 128 vs. German Rodriguez 128
José Sánchez 112 vs. Oscar Castillo
Juan Estrada 112 vs. Juan Carlos Sánchez 112
Mario Villela 123 vs. Carlos Balmea 123.5
Venue: Polideportivo Centenario Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Promoter: Zanfer, HG Boxing and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
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By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia will fight Miguel Beltran in the opening bout of the HBO boxing After Dark telecast on June 4th, both manager Cameron Dunkin and Top Rank VP of Boxing Operations Carl Moretti told Fightnews.com.
“We were trying to make it for Mikey to defend his NABO and NABF titles, but it’s at least a 10 round fight,” said Dunkin.
“We’re not sure if we want the weight for the bout to be at 126 or 127 pounds for this fight,” said Moretti.
The reason being for the 127 pound weight discussion is because Beltran fought at 135 pounds in his last fight, a little over two months ago. Beltran knocked out Roberto Tamayo in the fourth round in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
Garcia, from Oxnard and now training in Moreno Valley, CA, is coming off a one-sided 10 round stoppage over Matt Remillard in March. In the process, Garcia won two regional titles. Garcia’s older brother, Robert, still holds out hope that the bout will be a 12 rounder.
“I think Mikey is at his best when it’s a 12 round bout than a 10 round bout,” Robert Garcia told Fightnews.com.
In the main event, Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sebastian Zbik battle in a 12 round bout for Zbik world title belt. It will be Chavez’s first attempt at winning a world title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Heavyweight Michael “Iron Rhino” Kirby (9-3-2, 5KOs) 264.5lbs boxed a crowd pleasing draw with Ben “Banging” Edwards (3-0-1, 3KOs) 262.3lb for vacant Australian heavyweight title over ten rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Kirby, 35 years, forced the inexperienced Edwards, 26 years, on to the ropes in all the rounds and worked on the inside but by round five Ben had got up on his toes and stepping back he was finding the range for solid left hooks and right hands to the head that visibly hurt his opponent. At the conclusion judges scores 96-94 (Edwards), 97-94 (Kirby) and 95-95.
Serge Yannick (13-1,6KO’s) won a twelve round split decision over former world title challenger Shannan Taylor (51-10-3,36KO’s) for the PABA super middleweight title. Yannick started the fight in top gear but was met with solid resistance from Taylor who scored with effective straight lefts and power body shots that had the shorter man wincing. Taylor was the aggressor in most of the rounds and he was connecting with quality punches consistently but it was Yannick who had the superior work rate. Yannick was deducted a point by referee Ignatius Missailidis for punching after the bell had sounded for round ten. Scores from former Carl Froch opponent and now respected judge Dale Westerman 118-109 (Taylor), Malcolm Bulner 116-111 (Yannick) and Andrew Campbell 115-112. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Goossen Tutor
Most people will not question or make comments about the talent that heavyweight contender Chris Arreola has slowly gained over the years to accompany the punching power he possesses. However, there are people who have questioned Arreola’s commitment to stay in or get in shape for fights in the last couple of years.
Arreola has heard those comments too often in recent years.
“Only if he was lighter in the Adamak fight, he would have won.”
“He’s 263 pounds? That’s 12 pounds more than he weighed in his previous fight!”
When he steps inside the ring against Nagy Aguilera at the Home Depot Center on Saturday night in Carson, CA, Arreola will have a slender look, which may even surprise his fans. (more…)
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Boxing returned to “The Egg” within Albany, New York’s Empire State Plaza Convention Center as Pugnacious Promotions presented “Spring Fever Fight Night,” an eight bout Pro/Am card. Topping the bill was undefeated lightweight prospect Mike “Baby-Faced Beast” Faragon who pounded out a unanimous decision over Miguel Rodriguez in a scheduled eight rounder. more + photos
Kendall Holt 142 vs. Julio Diaz 141.5
Jonathan Gonzalez 154 vs. Rudy Cisneros 152.5
Kurtiss Colvin 159 vs. Cameron Allan 158.5
Julian Williams 153 vs. Francisco Santana 153.5
Rufino Serrano 126.75 vs. Ramon Flores 129
Seniesa Estrada 111.5 vs. Maria Ruiz 112.5
Joel Diaz 128 vs. Dionicio Alvarez 126.25
Jhon Ortega 144.5 vs. Marcus Thompkins 145.25
Daniel Roman 118 vs. Alfredo Madrigal 118
Anthony Dirrell 170 vs. Alberto Mercedes 171
Venue: Chumash Casino Resort, Santa Ynez, California
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Former world title challenger Shannan Taylor (51-9-3, 36 KOs) will clash with Serge Yannick (12-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds for the PABA super middleweight title at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Taylor weighed 167.8 and Yannick weighed 167.9. (more…)
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Up-and-coming and unbeaten lightweight prospect Sharif “The Lion” Bogere (19-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., weighed in at 134 pounds and his opponent “Sugar” Raymundo Beltran (24-4, 16 KOs) of North Hollywood, Calif., at 135 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in from Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nev., just a day before they battle in a 10-round lightweight matchup Friday, May 13, LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). In the co-feature, American heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (21-0-1, 15 KOs) of Bradywine, Md., and Nicaraguan Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) of Bluefields, Nicaragua, had to be separated when the two squared off because Quinn shoved his fist near Mitchell’s face. The former Michigan State University linebacker Mitchell, who weighed in at 245 pounds, will take on Quinn, who tipped the scales at 217 pounds, in a 10-round heavyweight affair. For more details and photos click here…
Due to the demand of boxing fans, EPIX, the multiplatform premium entertainment service, will exclusively televise Live to the U.S., the WBO light heavyweight title fight between defending champion Jurgen Brahmer and WBO interim light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly on May 21. The live broadcast, emanating from The O2 in London, will open with the highly-charged grudge match between rivals James DeGale and George Groves, for the British and Commonwealth super middleweight titles, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. EpixHD.com will stream the fights live, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. EPIX had originally announced that the fights would be televised at a later date via tape-delay.
EPIX will once again present the closed-captioned simulcast of the main event on a jumbotron screen in Times Square (Broadway at 44th St.), beginning 5 p.m. ET.
Photo: Marco Krause/Team Sauerland
Hall of Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has voiced his astonishment over Virgil Hunter’s comments at yesterday’s official Super Six World Boxing Classic press conference. The trainer of WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward stated that Sauerland has lost confidence in Abraham because he demanded neutral judges and a neutral referee. “I see no problem in asking for a non-Californian referee – and that’s not just because it was guaranteed in the contract,” Sauerland said. “I am not sure what leads Virgil to believe that we have lost confidence in Arthur. Maybe he is getting a little nervous because Andre Ward is not fighting in Oakland this time. I thought it was funny that Dan Goossen complained about the five-hour drive Ward had to take to come down to LA for this fight. But then again, if you are used to fighting at your protected home base, travelling 400 miles might seem like a huge inconvenience, so let’s not hold it against them. All the comments from their camp and the problems with the officials are a clear indication that they do not feel comfortable about fighting away from home, even though they are still in their home state. So it’s them who are losing confidence in their fighter, not us.” (more…)
Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment will present back-to-back boxing shows on June 10 and 11 the Roseland Ballroom on the weekend of of New York City’s annual Puerto Rican Day Parade with Felix “Tito” Trinidad acting as ambassador and host. Boricua Invasion I will air live on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, while Boricua Invasion II will be televised live on Showtime on ShoBox: The New Generation.
Borcua Invasion I will feature welterweight KO specialist Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (14-1, 14 KOs), of Juana Diaz, PR, in the main event against fellow Puerto Rican contender, Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs). Topping undercard are welterweight Thomas “Tormenta” Dulorme (11-0, 10 KOs) against former world champion DeMarcus Corley (37-17-1, 22 KOs), and former Puerto Rican Olympian Jose “El Dulce” Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs) against an opponent to be named.
Boricua Invasion II will feature popular undefeated Puerto Rican featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) against Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs), welterweight Vincent Arroyo against fellow Boricua Hector Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and middleweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) against an opponent to be named. In a special off-TV attraction, unbeaten Gabriel “Tito” Bracero will duke it out with an opponent that will be announced in the coming days.
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Michael Perez 136 vs. Ira Terry 133
Jonathan Vidal 118 vs. Cecilio Santos 124
Emanuel Rivera 116 vs. Juan Herrera 116
Albert Cruz 147 vs. Eduardo Adorno 153
Miguel Robles 119 vs. Robert DaLuz 122.5
Jonuel Tapia 162 vs. Emil Gonzalez 162
Braulio Santos 126 vs. Felix Rivera 124
Venue: Hilton Hotel & Casino, Ponce, PR
Promoter: Golden Boy/Promociones Miguel Cotto
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Two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman (49-7-2, 40 KOs) will headline a card on June 11th at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Rahman will face Willie Herring in a ten rounder topping a six=bout card presented by Prize Fight and Greg Cohen Promotions.
In the co-feature, middleweight Dominic Wade (11-0, 8 KOs) faces Juan Astorga (15-6-1, 10 KOs) in an eight round bout.
Photos by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions
He’s relatively new to the boxing game having picked up the sport just three years ago at the age of 25, but former college football star Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (21-0-1, 15 KOs) says to expect quite a show this Friday, May 13, as he takes on tough Nicaraguan Evans “The Sandman” Quinn (20-5-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight battle LIVE on ShoBox: the New Generation on SHOWTIME (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). SHOWTIME fight fans will “see a heavyweight who comes out and applies a lot of pressure,” said Mitchell, a former linebacker at Michigan State University. “Not one that provides a boring fight. They can expect someone who is aggressive and who is coming to win and ready to put on an exciting fight.” For more details and photos click here…
The undercard for the May 14 world championship event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA will feature a Southern California flavor with 2008 LA-area Olympic U.S. teammates Shawn “Manos De Oro” Estrada and Javier “El Intocable” Molina in separate bouts. Estrada (11-0, 10 KOs) will be seeking his 12th straight win to start his pro career when he takes on Joseph Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled six-round super middleweight contest. Molina (5-0, 4 KOs) will take the last six months of extreme hand therapy into the ring when he battles Danny Figueroa (3-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled four-rounder. Also slated to see action in a scheduled 10-round heavyweight bout will be Manny “El Toro” Quezada (29-6, 18 KOs) against Bowie Tupou (19-1, 15 KOs). “We have a very competitive undercard leading up to the main bouts and suggest to the fans they arrive early to see the hope-to-be stars of tomorrow fighting,” Dan Goossen of Goossen Tutor Promotions said.
The evening will be headlined by the Semi-Final Tournament bout of the Super Six World Boxing Classic between WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and “King” Arthur Abraham, in which Ward’s world title will also be at stake. The co-feature pits Riverside’s world heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola vs. Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Petchbanborn Sor Tanapinyo (10-5-1, 5 KOs) successfully grabbed the vacant WBC Asian Continental 115 lb title as he scored a technical decision over WBA #15 super flyweight Wandee Singwancha (66-13-1, 17 KOs) on Thursday at Nathon Pier in Koh Samui, Thailand. This was a close affair as both fighters mostly exchanged toe-to-toe in a back and forth situation. The score announcement after round four were all 38-38 by two-time WBC king Wandee dominating in round two and three while Petchbanborn did better in round one and four. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
IBO middleweight champion Avtandil Khurtsidze (24-2-2, 14 KOs) will fight against Colombian power puncher Dionisio Miranda (21-6-2, 18 KOs) on June 11th at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.
Story by Francisco Salazar
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament gained a great deal of exposure as it commenced a year and a half ago. The anticipation of seeing the best fighters at 168 pounds gained in popularity as competitive matchups made fight fans and media alike eager to tune in and watch.
However, the tournament took a little longer than anticipated, due to unforeseen injuries to some of the participants involved . . . Click here for more
The sport’s fastest-rising stars continue their budding careers when STRIKEFORCE® returns to ShoWare Center in Kent, Wash., on Friday, June 24. In the main event of STRIKEFORCE Challengers, lightweight Caros “The Future” Fodor (8-2) of nearby Kirkland, Wash. defends his home turf when he meets the hard-hitting James Terry (10-2), a protégé of middleweight star Cung Le. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez will be reappear on July 2 against former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz in a junior welterweight fight in Mexico City, before moving on to a possible third fight against Manny Pacquiao on November 12 in Las Vegas. The possible venues for the fight in Mexico City are the Arena Mexico, El Palacio de los Deportes and the Foro Sol. The last fight for Marquez in Mexico was on December 3, 1994.
A confidential source indicates that Juan Manuel Marquez has accepted a revised offer from Top Rank, which will be sent to Golden Boy Promotions who have the right to match the offer and find another opponent for Marquez and promote that fight. If they don’t, then Pacquiao-Marquez III is a go. Arum and Marquez met last weekend in Las Vegas. The contract lays out a fight at a catchweight of 144 pounds with Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title on the line. Marquez would earn a purse of $5 million, the same received by Shane Mosley against Pacquiao. The source also indicated that Top Rank could make an official announcement soon, possibly in the next few days.
Former heavyweight champion “Big” George Foreman has advised 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins to do something he hasn’t done since 2004 if B-Hop is going to break his record as the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a significant world title. “You must get a knockout, stated Foremen. “This fight and the record will not be broken on a unanimous decision. There must be a knockout!” Hopkins has been been involved in ten consecutive twelve-round decisions since his last knockout, ironically against his business partner Oscar de la Hoya. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Wednesday afternoon, Arnie Morton’s Steakhouse in Burbank, California, was the site of the final press conference for the showdown between WBA Super World super middleweight champion, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, and former IBF middleweight chamion, “King” Arthur Abraham.
Emotions ran high, particularly from the Ward camp, at the press conference as there seemed to be some hostility regarding the Abraham camp’s insistence on neutral ringside officials. However, the Abraham camp responded that this was in the contract all along not only for this fight but for all Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament fights. Ward’s camp, however, chose to portray things differently, and not look it as a contractual issue as much as a matter of Abraham’s camp losing faith in their fighter and looking for any possible advantage. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Exciting WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs) could be coming to SHOWTIME according to promoter Oswaldo Kuchle Reginaldo of Promociones del Pueblo. Kuchle says a proposed deal would include Gonzalez’ first title defense next July in Cancun or Campeche possibly against Roinet Caballero or former world champion Guty Espadas Jr., a September clash against a compatriot former champion like Rafael Marquez or Daniel Ponce de León, followed by a third bout in December.
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