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All the shots from today’s final press conference for Showtime’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” headlining Joseph King Kong Agbeko vs. Abner Mares . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is ready for the “Orgullo Mexicano” card on Saturday at the Sports Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, Mexico State. The featured fighters Ibeth Zamora, Yacksury Gordon, Salvador Sanchez II, Adam Garcia and Carlos Zarate Jr. were in the company of the promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia at today’s press conference. (more…)
The wait for the much-anticipated third fight between UFC® lightweight champion Frankie Edgar and unbeaten top contender Gray Maynard is finally over. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that Edgar and Maynard will settle the score when the organization returns to the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Saturday, Oct. 8. If one major title fight wasn’t enough, UFC officials also confirmed that UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo will defend his crown against the always-dangerous Kenny Florian. (more…)
With a great preparation and a firm conviction that he can defeat Koki Kameda, David “Morita” De La Mora of Tijuana, Mex, called a press conference earlier today at his alma mater of the University Center of Tijuana and where he stated to the amassed media that he would travel to Japan and bring back the world title because, “it would be a great gift for Tijuana.”
“Morita” (23-0, 16KOs) will challenge Kameda (25-1, 16KOs) for the WBA bantamweight title on Wednesday, August 31st, in his first opportunity for a world title while Kameda will be defending the title for the second time. The bout will take place at the Nihon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.
“I am very motivated because not only is it a dream for me to become a world champion, it is a dream for my whole family,” De La Mora stated. (more…)
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce: Gurgel vs. Duarte, airing Friday, August 12 at 11 pm ET/PT on Showtime.
Jorge Gurgel (154) vs. Joe Duarte (155)
Danillo Villefort (186) vs. Nate James (185)
Pat Healy (155) vs. Eric Wisely (156)
Ronda Rousey (146) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (146)
Roy Jones (204) vs. Derrick Mehmen (205)
Gian Villante (205) vs. Keith Berry (204)
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. Lukasz Lez (169)
Mike Bronzoulis (169) vs. Chad Leonhardt (171)
Sterling Ford (156) vs. Milton Viera (155)
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By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos will not be allowed to fight against David Rodela on Saturday night, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. Ramos and Rodela were scheduled to fight in a 10 round bout on the undercard of the Joseph Agbeko-Abner Mares world title bout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. However, according to Espinoza, Ramos was assaulted on Tuesday afternoon by three young men while jogging along the Santa Ana River near his hometown of Santa Ana, CA. Ramos (19-0, 8 KO’s) had his iPod and identification stolen and was apparently scratched by one of the assailants with a box cutter along with getting punched to the head. A physician ran tests on Ramos, which included a CT scan, and concluded that Ramos suffered a mild concussion. “Luis is very disappointed that he is not going to fight on Saturday,” said Espinoza, who also manages Mares. “However, when a doctor recommends for Luis not to fight, we have to error on the side of caution. We would love to fight David on a Telefutura show down the line, but we’ll wait and see.” No word yet from Golden Boy, who promotes Ramos, if an opponent is being sought for Rodela (15-4-3, 6 KO’s). Ramos is coming off an eight round unanimous decision victory over former world title holder Francisco Lorenzo in June.
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Photo: Joseph King Kong Agbeko stares down unbeaten Abner Mares at today’s press conference held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. On Saturday, live on SHOWTIME, Mares and Agbeko will fight in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All. Stay tuned for more photos from today’s presser.
Agbeko: “It feels so good to be back. The Hard Rock Hotel is like my home and the place where I made my U.S. debut. This is my second home. Abner Mares has a dream to be world champion. I have a dream to by #1 pound for pound in the world. My dream isn’t just to be champion. Losing this fight would not give me that opportunity. I have no choice but to win. Mares has a dream but ‘King Kong’ is here to kill that dream.”
Mares: “I’m at the finals and I’m very happy to be here. My last fight against Vic Darchinyan was tough. Now I’m facing Joseph Agbeko and this fight will be tough as well. I’m not nervous though. I’m excited. I’m ready to make my dream come true for me and my family. I cannot lose on August 13th and there is no defeat in my mind right now. This Mexican is ready for war!”
Upon reading recent interviews with popular slugger Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak and his new manager, Cameron Dunkin, WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) has the following message: “I’ll fight you.” Trout says he’d be happy to accommodate Wolak and company’s desire to fight for a title. “I’ll put my belt up against him. He’s not winning it, but I’ll put it on the line so he can say he fought for a title.” (more…)
Omar “Businessman” Chávez is training at the Montiel Gym in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, for his next fight on September 3. Chavez (26-0-1 with 19 KOs) will be headlining the show. Possible opponents include Luciano Cuello and Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr.
The undercard has been announced for this Saturday’s (August 13) boxing event at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, featuring the long-awaited professional boxing debut of legendary street brawler Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson.
The four-round heavyweight battle between Slice and Saint Charles, Missouri’s James Wade (0-1) will be supported by the return of former super middleweight contender Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-3, 20 KO’s) against Harrisburg, Arkansas’ Craig Gandy (7-4-1, 6 KOs) in a cruiserweight eight rounder. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In an eagerly awaited matchup this Saturday, Joseph King Kong Agbeko will defend his IBF bantamweight title against unbeaten WBC Silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The 12-round bout between between the New York-based Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana and the unbeaten Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, will take place at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Agbeko, who will be making his fourth consecutive appearance on SHOWTIME, and Mares, who’ll be making his third in a row on the network, were scheduled to meet last April 23, but the fight was postponed when Agbeko was injured moments after his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport for fight week. Doctors diagnosed the champion with sudden onset sciatica, a back injury. (more…)
Abner Mares took a very interesting route in arriving to where he is at now, which is a victory away from winning a world title belt this Saturday night.
Losing a controversial decision at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, a successful pro debut in 2005, followed by quality victories over some of the top fighters at 118 pounds were some of the highlights Mares as experienced . . . click here for more
When did 27 years old become “old”? Eddie Wineland is not old. Nor is he even slowing down. With this influx of younger and younger talent into the UFC’s lighter weight classes, there seems to be a misconception that a guy having a fight dating back to 2003 on his record must mean he’s ancient. Quite the contrary, it means Wineland is a veteran of cracking skulls and he started doing it when he was even younger than those new recruits are now. And judging by Wineland’s last five fights – he’s getting better at it .. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Keith Sims
Sergio Martinez considers his recent success a catch-22. Within the last three years, he has captured world title belts in two weight classes, is recognized as the linear middleweight champion of the world by the media, and only seems to get better in the ring after each outing. He has amassed a following of fight fans, especially becoming more popular with the ladies due to his good looks, something that a few men envy. On the flip side, his success has led to few boxers wishing to fight the popular Argentine. Or as Martinez claims in previous interviews, a few fighters he wishes to fight hide behind their promoters. Still, he is thankful and eager to fight unbeaten Darren Barker, unknown to fight fans in the United States, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ on October 1st. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim minimum world champion Juan Palacios (28-3, 21 KOs) of Nicaragua and his challenger, Mexican Armando Torres (16-8, 11 KOs), both demonstrated that they are in are in excellent physical condition during a public workout in Acapulco. They collide Saturday at the Acapulco Convention Center. Miguel Roman, Abraham ‘Marvin’ Rodríguez, Pedro Navarrete and Rogers Mtagwa also showed their condition in the open air public workout. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) and titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) did not throw any punches yet because their September 10 WBC championship fight in Wroclaw, Poland, is a month away, but before their highly expected clash of styles, there are a lot of side stories.
The biggest one was delivered by a “The New York Times” writer, who in the August 7 issue wrote that, “In one prominent show of support, Vitali Klitschko, the World Boxing Council heavyweight champion and one of Ukraine’s best-known athletes, announced Saturday that he would delay a title fight planned for September to focus on drawing attention to Ms. Tymoshenko’s arrest.” Problem was… this “delay announcement” from the WBC champ never actually happened Vitali was and is training hard, promising s spectacular win in Adamek’s home country and managers of both fighters promptly issued statements that this big event in front of 40,000 fans in Stadion Miejski soccer stadium in Wroclaw was never in danger. “Fightnews” talked to Tomasz Adamek who is almost finished with his Klitschko preparations. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBC strawweight champ Hiroki Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), 104.5, Japan, impressively retained his 105-pound belt as he kept stalking official challenger Juan Hernandez (18-2, 13 KOs), 104.5, a hard-hitting Mexican switch-hitter, had him badly bleeding from the nostrils and pounded out a unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By John Cannon
Promoter Anthony Cavazos has produced some of the best fighters in the Rio Grande Valley during his 10 year tenure in the business. Some of the most notable fighters he has produced over the years were J.P. De La Rosa, who appeared on NBC’s “The Contender,” former WBC Youth world champion James De La Rosa and most recently, the former WBC Latino champion Eric Molina. Cavazos is adding another fighter who he feels will begin the trend for the new generation of Valley boxing. Weslaco native Joey “Rocket” Garcia, an amateur standout, formally signed with Cavazos Boxing Promotions Wednesday evening at Ciro’s Restaurant in Pharr and Cavazos said he was excited about getting an opportunity to build up another fighter. (more…)
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Shots from today’s workout at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas featuring Abner Mares, Joseph Agbeko, Eric Morel and more . . . Click here for more
Photos by Chris Cozzone: Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (above) and Abner Mares (below) arrived in Las Vegas for a light workouts before the media today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. On Friday, the two will clash in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All grand finale will take place on Saturday, August 13, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. The event is promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and sponsored by Corona. Stay tuned for more photos later today.
By Brian Grammer
Former IBF welterweight titlist, Kermit Cintron (32-4-1, 28 KOs) tries to climb back into world title contention against the very tough Antwone Smith (20-2-1, 12 KOs) Friday, August 12 at the beautiful Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa, located in historic St. Charles, Mo. Cintron will look to rebound after a 10-round decision loss to Carlos Molina in his last fight. “This is going to be a career-changer,” said trainer Ronnie Shields. “It’s either going to change his career for the better, or his career is over. Everything is on the line for Kermit in this fight – everything.”
On the other hand, Smith considers the fight to be a golden opportunity. “I saw Cintron’s last performance,” he said, “I know when I come ready, I can beat him. I’m going to come in, be a little sharper, use speed, take my time and work my way into the fight. In my head, I know what I’m capable of doing, and that’s winning by any means necessary.” (more…)
IBF jr flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solís (33-2-3, 21 KOs) will now defend against Jenther “General” Oliva (17-0-1, 11 KOs) on August 27th in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Solis was originally slated to face Adrian Eduardo “Pulga” Mendoza, who pulled out.
Also defending on the card is WBO minimum weight champion Raúl “Rayito” García (30-1-1, 18 KOs) against Moisés Fuentes (13-1-0, 6 KOs).
WBO #8 lightweight Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez will face Eddie Soto in the 6th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio”, to be held September 2 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promtions (PRBBP) in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised live on WAPA America. González (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino Lightweight title in a 10 round fight against Soto, a fighter from Rhode Island with a record of 12-2, 4 KOs, headlining the new edition of the successful series “A Puño Limpio”. This will be the fourth bout this year for the 28-year-old Gonzalez.
Also former olympian McJoe Arroyo (7-0, 4 KOs) will be back in the ring in a six round 115lb bout. Arroyo hasn’t fought since January when he was cut in the mouth during his win over Eduardo Melendez. Another Former olympian, unbeaten heavyweight Carlos Negrón (13-0, 9 KOs) will fight for the fourth time this year in a six round bout.
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Jeff Fusco – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
There was no bearded lady in Times Square yesterday. In an area once infamous for its oddities and freak shows, 42nd street is now bereft of what it made so well-known. Tourists crowd the streets eager to take in the lights and the sights. But any of the other weird things or people have either been removed completely or are well contained in a museum in the middle of the block.
The famous Ripley’s “Believe it or Not” has a wax museum there, full of life-size wax figurines of the world’s celebrities…as well as some other things not as well known. But across the street from Ripley’s, boxing’s own amazing-one man act lives on. That’s where 46-year-old light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins held court at a restaurant on Tuesday morning to help pump interest in his first and historic title defense of his second reign as the 175-pound champ. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Keith Sims
Linear middleweight title holder Sergio Martinez and Fightnews.com feature writer Francisco Salazar share laughs over dinner on Saturday night at the El Dorado Mexican restaurant in downtown Oxnard, CA. Martinez was there to celebrate the grand re-opening of the restaurant, while lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios was there on Friday night. Both Martinez and Rios, who live and train in Oxnard, signed autographs and took pictures with fight fans in attendance.
By Francisco Salazar
The proposed Anselmo Moreno-Eric Morel world title bout will not take place on the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson pay per view card at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions chief matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com. “We’re going to push the fight back to probably November. So the (proposed) fight will not take place on October 15th.” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KO’s), who defended his world title belt by stopping Lorenzo Parra in June, signed with Golden Boy Promotions last week. Morel (44-2, 22 KO’s), who has been under the Golden Boy Promotions banner since October of 2010, takes on Daniel Quevedo on Saturday night in a 10 round non-televised bout on the undercard of the Joseph Agbeko-Abner Mares bout at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, CA.
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) is interested in next taking on either Jean Pascal and Zsolt Erdei, both former world champions. Shumenov would like to fight Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) in Kazakhstan, and would accept Las Vegas as a neutral site. But he will not go to Canada where Pascal draws big crowds. If Pascal won’t fight outside Canada, Erdei (33-0, 18 KOs) is another potential challenger. “Erdei’s people have already shown interest in fighting me if Pascal isn’t,” Beibut noted. “Erdei is unbeaten and a two-time world champion, first at light heavyweight and then as a cruiserweight. He’s moved back down to light heavyweight and is a top challenger, more of a boxer than puncher, and now he trains (Philadelphia) in the U.S.” Erdei and Pascal are rated #4 and #5, respectively, in the current WBA ratings. Shumenov, who says he’ll fight one more time in 2011, concluded, “I’m ready to fight any of the top light heavyweights in the world.”
Joseph Rolando Benavidez has earned himself a litany of names over the years. “President Jobama”, “Jokozuna”, “The Beefcake” and, on March 19th, Bruce Buffer introduced Benavidez to the UFC faithful as “Joe B Wan Kenobi” as he made his Octagon debut against the rough and ready Ian Loveland. At the end of the fight, Benavidez maintained two other names that have become synonymous with this bantamweight: “winner” and “#2 ranked in the world” . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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The Association of Boxing Commissions (“ABC”), a national organization of state and tribal boxing and combat sport commissions, has condemned a “bare knuckle” boxing contest, held at the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Casino and Hotel in Fountain Hill, Arizona (outside of Scottsdale) on August 5, 2011, as being “abhorrent, barbaric, egregious, in contravention of a multitude of federal, state, and tribal boxing laws and regulations, and, perhaps, criminal.” The “bare-knuckle” boxing contest pitted Bobby Gunn (whom, it has been purported, helped spearhead the event), with a professional boxing record of 21-4-1 (18 wins by KO), against Richard Stewart with a professional boxing record of 14-9-2 who lost the last five boxing contests in which he participated. According to news accounts, “in the third round, Gunn launched a devastating assault on Stewart’s body, followed up by a crisp left hook to the jaw, bringing Stewart to the canvas. Upon getting up, Stewart was grazed with a right cross on the top of his head, dropping him again.” The bout was then stopped “in the best interest of Stewart’s health.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC strawweight champ Hiroki Ioka (8-0, 5 KOs), 104.5, Japan, finely retained his 105-pound belt as he kept stalking official challenger Juan Hernandez (18-2, 13 KOs), 104.5, a hard-hitting Mexican switch-hitter, had him badly bleeding from the nostrils and pounded out a unanimous decision (118-111, 117-111 and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hernandez made a good start as he had Ioka reeling to the ropes with a solid left hook thrown just after switching to southpaw stance. But Ioka cleverly responded to the Mexican’s versatile strategy by maintaining the pressure and utilizing sharp jabs to the circling challenger with precision.
After the fourth, the official tallies were announced as follows: 39-38 and 39-37 twice, all in Ioka’s favor. After the eighth, Ioka was still leading on points: 79-74 and 78-74 twice.
Hernandez displayed his desperate do-or-die attack in the tenth, but Ioka weathered his furious retaliation and had the Mexican in trouble with a barrage of punches in the eleventh. Ioka was also in command in the twelfth and final session to confirm his victory and initial defense.
Promoter: Ioka Promotions.
(More to come)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion in recess Elio Rojas will face Arturo Gomez (18-17-5, 8 KOs) on September 9 at the Indoor Sports Complex in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. It will be Rojas’ first fight following reappear after more than a year and a half of inactivity following an injury requiring surgery on his right hand. He is currently training in Pennsylvania and hopes to challenge WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez by the end of the year.
Rudy Markussen and Patrick Nielsen will be headlining the fifth TV2 Fight Night in Herning on September 3. The “Hardhitter” will make his first fight in ten months after a neck injury has kept him on the sidelines. He will face an opponent to be announced shortly. “The TV2 Fight Night is delighted to welcome Rudy back,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “His last two fights have been very promising and I´m confident he will continue where he left it.” (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm contacted FightNews.com earlier today for an exclusive response to recent comments made by contender Mathew Macklin about their endangered rematch later this year. The Irishman, who recently signed a deal with American promoter Lou DiBella, said that Sturm does not want to fight him. “I don’t think he has any intention of pursuing a rematch with me,” stated Macklin. “If he wants to fight me again, it’s an easy fight to make, as he is his own promoter. I think he knows that he cannot beat me.”
The champion, who previously told FightNews.com that a rematch contract was already send to the Macklin team, was quite upset by those remarks and claims that it the former European champion who is avoiding a rematch. Sturm won a close split decision over Macklin in Cologne, Germany, last June. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Rene Perez/Canelo Promotions
Mexican world champion Saul Alvarez today conducted his final training session in Guadalajara before flying to the US to continue training at high altitude in Big Bear, California, where he will final preparations for the second defense of his WBC junior middleweight crown. “El Canelo”, will risk the green and gold belt against his compatriot Alfonso Gomez, on September 17 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, at the same venue where he beat Carlos Baldomir in front of thousands of fans one year ago. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) is traveling with José “Chepo” and Edison Reynoso, those who have led him to the top of this exciting sport. The champion boxed six rounds with two “sparring”, hit bag, pears, jump rope and finished his routine with 100 abs. There is a lot of confidence that the king of the junior middleweight division, get the KO number 28 of his successful career as they have well-studied Alfonso Gomez (23-4 – 2, 12 KOs), who has wins over former world champions Arturo Gatti and Jose Luis Castillo. Saul Alvarez and his team will return to Jalisco, after having fulfilled their commitment of September 17 in Los Angeles, the month in which Mexican’s independence is celebrated.
Colorful Chicago boxing promoter Bobby Hitz, former heavyweight boxer and founder of Hitz Boxing, has much to smile about these days, starting with the August 19 ESPN2 FNF “Finale” card at the luxurious “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, featuring former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) and Henry “Hank” Lundy (20-1-1, 10 KOs), former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (49-8-1, 30 KOs) looking for his landmark fiftieth professional victory and Olympian light middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (13-0, 9 KOs), who will be facing veteran Grady Brewer (28-12, 16 KOs). (more…)
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