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Once-beaten John O’Donnell, one of the top welterweight prospects in the UK, weighed in at 146.9 pounds and 1996 U.S. Olympic bronze medallist Terrence “Heat” Cauthen tipped the scales at 147.1 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the historic York Hall in London, England. The two will square off in the 12-round welterweight main event on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, same-day delay) from York Hall in London, England.
Undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Tyson Fury measured 263 pounds and unbeaten American Rich Power weighed in at 221.5 pounds for the eight-round heavyweight co-feature.
Britain’s John O’Donnell and Tyson Fury are not yet household names in the United States, but exposure in America may be all that the talented fighters are lacking. Consensus from boxing experts across the pond is that both boxers possess the ability to become world champions. (more…)
MEZ Sports brings its Pandemonium fight series to the Riverside Convention Center, for the first fight card ever in the city of Riverside on Saturday when “Mount” Lance Whitaker (35-6-2, 28 KOs) meets Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs) in a 12 round bout for the vacant IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. This fight replaces the original main event where Javier Mora was going to face Damian Wills for the IBO belt, however last week Mora was deemed unable to fight due to unexpected medical reasons and Wills declined to fight Whitaker as a replacement fighter. Both Whitaker and Lawrence eagerly stepped in to the main event. (more…)
Power-punching heavyweight title challenger Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter remained calm during the press conference and the open training sessions for his Saturday rematch against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko – even when normally reserved Klitschko taunted him with his championship belts and his antagonistic remarks. “I hear and see what they’re trying to do, I just hope he comes to fight and not wrestle” said Peter. But Peter’s manager, Ivaylo Gotzev, says Klitschko’s unusually belligerent demeanor at the conference is a sure sign. “He’s definetely uptight. I’ve known Wladimir for 15 years and he’s starting to realize who will be in the other corner come Saturday night. That’s why he’s not himself this week. He’s already having cold and sweaty Nigerian nightmares!” Peter vs. Klitschko II will be held Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany at the Commerzbank Arena.
At the final press conference before he fights for the WBC Super Diamond Lightweight Championship, legendary Mexican fighter Erik “Terrible” Morales declared himself strong, fast and fit. Taking questions from the mostly Mexican press corps, Morales complimented his opponent, Scotsman Willie Limond. “He looks strong, well-trained.” But Morales cautioned anyone who thinks that he might be at a disadvantage to his younger opponent. Continued »
Photo by Espinoza Boxing Club
San Diego based junior welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) made some waves after his impressive unanimous decision win over tough veteran Humberto Tapia on The Telefutura Network. The twenty-two year old answered some questions regarding his career and future goals. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian based and Nigerian born world welterweight contender Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs) has targeted IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) who recently defended the crown successfully by clearly outpointing the only boxer to hold a win over him as a professional, Rafal Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KOs). Omotoso’s manager, Murray Thomson, is confident his charge can defeat Zaveck, “Jan Zaveck is a strong champion but I think Wale Omotoso has the style to defeat him.” (more…)
Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and Willie Limond face off during a press conference on Wednesday for Saturday’s “Gala boxistica de la ciudad de Mexico” at the Hotel Imperial of Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City. Morales will be going for his 50th career win in the 12-round main event on “Mexican Fiesta” against WBU lightweight champion Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond (33-2, 8 KOs), of Scotland, for the vacant WBC Diamond super lightweight Championship. The bout can be seen live in the USA on pay-per-view from the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City at 9 PM ET / 6 PM PT
“Mexican Fiesta,” presented by Grupo Empresarial Matiz, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of $29.95.
On the October 2nd, King Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch fight in the Chapiteau de Fontvieille, the world-famous circus tent in Monaco in the Super Six semi-final. Abraham spoke about the fight. “I’m not one who talks big, but I know what’s at stake,” he stated. “It’s about everything. It’s my dream to win the Super Six tournament. This is my drive, my motivation, my life. And that’s exactly why I will defeat Carl Froch!” Regarding Froch, Abraham stated, “He has very long, very good left jab and a strong right uppercut. He is a fighter and a puncher, just like me.” About his Super Six fight with Andre Dirrell he commented, “It’s an awful feeling to lose. I never want to feel this feeling again. We’ve analyzed the fight and have learned from the defeat. I simply must box more cleverly. Now it’s the time to defeat Carl Froch!”
A European title doubleheader is set for Saturday at the National Stadium in Dublin when Brian Magee makes the first defense of his European super middleweight title against Roman Aramian and super bantamweight Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez returns to Dublin in a bid to reclaim his old European 122lb crown against Arsen Martyrosian. A third title bout will see Dubliners Anthony Fitzgerald and Robbie Long square off as they look to complete a trilogy for Fitzgerald’s Irish super middleweight belt. The unbeaten Cuban duo of Alexei Acosta and Luis Garcia will also see action.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos courtesy Renee Aiken
There are very few female matchmakers in the boxing business and if “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken has her way, there won’t be anybody – male or female – that will do the job any better. The native of Brooklyn, New Yorker will have her matchmaking skills on display in Baltimore on the Bang Time Boxing card Saturday, September 10 at Du Burns Arena. Aiken began her boxing career as the personal assistant to heavyweight contender Monte Barrett but it was her family relationship to former world champion Zab Judah that enabled Aiken to wear a lot of hats in the business. For more details and photos click here…
Looks like recent world title challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) will now take on former “Prizefighter” participant Paul Butlin (12-11, 3 KOs) on September 25. Fight will take place at the Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England and is scheduled for eight rounds.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world IBF 154 pound champion Roman “Made in Hell” Karmazin ( 40-3-2, 26 KOs) will travel to Sydney, Australia to clash with Daniel Geale ( 23-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF eliminator on October 31. The victor will challenge the winner of IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester vs Mahir Oral, also in October. In June Karmazin boxed a twelve round draw against Sylvester in Germany. (more…)
Unbeaten and world ranked Milan Melindo (20-0, 7 KOs) of the Philippines will meet his biggest test to date when he takes on former world champion Carlos Tamara (21-5, 15 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place November 28th at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Contracted maximum weight for the bout will be 112 pounds and it will be scheduled for 10 rounds. ALA Boxing will promote the event.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Jorge “Travieso” Arce share the same dream and goal: To be champion in four different divisions, something that so far no Mexican boxer has accomplished in all of history. The two Sinaloans from Los Mochis, along with hometown hero Omar “Businessman” Chavez highlight a great evening of boxing on September 18 will be held at the Dorados football stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico and will be aired on TV all over Mexico on TV Azteca, as well as Fox Sports in the United States. (more…)
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Former World Champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora, who will face Five-Time World Champion Sugar Shane Mosley and former World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, who will face top-rated contender Antonio Escalante on September 18 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles hosted a media workout today at the Montebello PAL Gym. (more…)
Referee Joe Cortez will be the third man in the ring for the IBF/WBA featherweight championship clash between Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido on Saturday night at The Palms in Las Vegas. The three judges are Dick Houck, Robert Hoyle and Paul Smith.
For the WBA lightweight eliminator between Brandon Rios and Anthony Peterson, the referee will be Russell Mora. Judges are Duane Ford, Dave Moretti and CJ Ross.
Boxer Ryan Bito did not come all the way to Mexico City from the Philippines to see the pyramids, eat enchiladas or learn about Mexican history during the bicentennial celebration this weekend. For the Filipino challenger, those are just distractions. Bito has one focus — surprise the world with a championship performance against Edgar Sosa on Saturday September 11, at the Plaza Monumental of Mexico on the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-per-view card. Just a few days away from getting his first shot at defending his WBC International super flyweight title, Bito is confident he will return to his country wearing a title belt signifying him as the ruler of the flyweight division. Continued »
Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 8, 2010
Dr. Gilberto Mendoza
Mr. Gilberto Jesús Mendoza
WBA Executive Vice-President
Dear Dr. and Mr. Mendoza,
Trust this letter finds you and your families very well.
The reason I am contacting you guys is to request the World Boxing Association (WBA) to ratify my status of mandatory challenger of the current WBA Super Lightweight Regular champion, Amir Khan, as I am the current WBA Super Lightweight Interim champion.
I make this request in the light that Mr. Khan has systematically refused to fight with me for the last 10 months, even though he was well aware of his obligation of facing the Interim champion. And now, apparently he is questioning such obligation, so I would like the WBA to remind him. (more…)
By Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Wednesday’s final press conference at The Palms for Top Rank’s “Battle of the Champions” event featuring WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido took place this afternoon in Las Vegas.
Yuriorkas Gamboa: I’ve come fully prepared and did everything necessary to fight.
Orlando Salido: I know I’m capable of winning this fight. That’s why I’m here.
Brandon Rios: I’m ready to get it on….I am not going home a loser and that’s a guarantee.
Anthony Peterson: I’m just ready. Come Saturday night you’ll see what I’m talking about.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Former world title challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) will be back in action on September 23 when he will clash with Pradeep Singh (15-2-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Atrium Room, in the Flemington Racecourse at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman holds wins over several world rated middleweights and super middleweights including Sakio Bika and Enrique Ornelas and is best remembered for giving Winky Wright the fight of his life in 2005 when the fight stats had the Aussie out working the classy American on the punch count. “I am looking forward to my fight on September 23 against Pradeep Singh,” said Soliman. “It will move me closer to a shot at the IBF middleweight championship.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero
All the main participants for Saturday’s “Gala Boxistica de Mexico: pay-per-view event attended the final press conference today at the Imperial Hotel in the most beautiful part of the Paseo la Reforma in the Mexican capital. (more…)
Photo: Chris Royle
Current English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs) is eagerly anticipating his SHOWTIME debut when he takes on unbeaten southpaw Rich Super Power (12-0, 9 KOs) in what is sure to be an exciting night of fights from London’s York Hall on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Sept. 10, on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). Born prematurely at one pound, Fury has grown into his six-foot-nine frame and status as one of Britain’s most talked about heavyweights.
In the main event, former Commonwealth champion John O’Donnell (23-1, 11 KOs) takes on his toughest opponent to date in a 12-round battle against New Jersey’s Terrence Heat Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs), a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist. more + photos
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
WBA #3 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, is set to take on WBA #2 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington DC this Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a scheduled 12 round lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which is being headlined by WBA featherweight champion “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Cuba against IBF featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) of Mexico. Click here for more + photos
Tickets for the WBA world heavyweight title clash between David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye and Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison are now available to purchase through the M.E.N. Arena Box Office or via www.men-arena.com. The all-British heavyweight showdown takes place on Saturday, November 13 at Manchester’s M.E.N. Arena, and marks the first time a world heavyweight championship has been contested by two Brits on home soil since 1993.
“Boxing needs fights like this one to increase the sport’s profile and, no matter what you say about Audley Harrison, he’s a figure of both public interest and ridicule,” explained Haye. “The only thing more satisfying and exciting than watching Audley lose is the sight of him being whacked on the chin and stretched out.” (more…)
Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs), and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs), participated today in a public workout at Mercedes Benz Center Frankfurt. IBF, IBO and WBO Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off next Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. In the U.S., the fight will be shown live on ESPN3.com and rebroadcast the following day on the ESPN main network. more photos
Antonio Margarito will be at ringside Saturday for the Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido world featherweight title fight on Saturday night at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Margarito’s stablemate is Brandon Rios who is taking on Anthony Peterson in a world lightweight eliminator fight on the card which will be televised by HBO After Dark. Rios is from Oxnard, Californina, Peterson is from Washington, DC. Both are undefeated.
Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ press conference featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido at the Palms Resort Casino, Las Vegas, will be streamed live on Top Rank.com starting at 6 pm eastern/3 pm pacific.
Manny Pacquiao said he will dedicate his upcoming fight against Antonio Margarito to “…John Arum and the entire Arum family.” Pacquiao will take on Margarito on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. John Arum, 49, passed away last week while on a hike in the North Cascades National Park which is located north of Seattle, Washington. “John was an (environmental) lawyer who fought for the people, the same way I fight for the people of the Philippines,” Pacquiao said. “Bob Arum is my promoter and my friend. I want to do this for the entire Arum family.” (more…)
Trainer Emanuel Steward predicted that his fighter IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will take out Sam Peter “in the fourth or fifth round” when they meet Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany. Meanwhile the normally reserved Wladimir sounded more belligerent than normal as he razzed the “Nigerian Nightmare” during a press conference. “Sam, you can touch the world championship belt. I’ll also let you take pictures with it. This is my personal gift for you – but you won’t come any closer to that belt.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Erik “Terrible” Morales foresees a hard test against Scotland’s Willie Limond as he continues on his quest for an opportunity at a fourth world title. Morales and Limond collide Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown for the WBC Continental super lightweight belt in the famous Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City as the stellar attraction of the huge Mexican Bicentenniel Celebration billed as “Gala Boxistica del Bicentenario.”
With a win, “Terrible” will be a step closer to an opportunity to face countryman Juan Manuel Márquez, the WBA & WBO lightweight world champion. (more…)
Nathan Cleverly says the Celtic nations will have cause for double celebration on September 18. Scotland is already buzzing after Ricky Burns lifted the WBO World Super-Featherweight title against Roman Martinez in Glasgow. And Cleverly has vowed to continue the Celtic revival by destroying Karo Murat in Birmingham. The fight is an eliminator for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title, and Cleverly says he has been inspired by Burns’ performance against Martinez. (more…)
Last week undefeated European ‘EBA’ super middleweight champion Server Emurlaev (16-0) defended his crown against Blas Miguel Martinez (12-1) winning by TKO in the 10th round (min. 1:59). It is the first European title defense for Emurlaev who won the belt in February 2010. The promoter of the event was Union Boxing Promotions (Yuri Ruben) and the event was televised live by Ukrainian National TV.
Ares Promotions presents its inaugural fight card showcasing local talent on Saturday at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY. In the main event, unbeaten NYS and WBF lightweight beltholder Brian Miller (8-0-3, 3 KOs) will be defending his WBF title against Floriano Pagliara (10-4, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Also fighting is Rafael Luna (4-4-1, 1 KO) who will compete against Luis Rodriguez (5-3-1, 1 KO)in a NYS lightweight title eliminator fight. (more…)
Yuriorkis Gamboa: “This is a very important fight because this is an opportunity to prove that I can defeat the champions in this division. I have worked very hard to become a better professional fighter and I think that it has shown over the last few fights. My defense is better and I am putting my combinations together much better”
On champion Orlando Salido: “He a very good fighter with a lot of professional experience, but he is not really at my level. My speed and power will be too much for him. I know I need to work very hard to get to the level that I want to be at. I want to one day be considered one of the best fighters not only in the world but of all time.”
On Champion Juan Manuel Lopez: “It is a fight that is out there and when Top Rank feels that he is ready to face me he will face me. In the mean time all I have to do is beat whoever they put in front of me.”
On headlining at The Palms in Las Vegas: “It’s a big opportunity for me and I want to give the fans a great fight. It’s important to give the fans the best fight possible and this is what I intend to do on Saturday night.”
Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer. Gamboa vs Salido and Peterson vs. Rios will be on HBO.
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