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By Ron Jackson
Former South African and WBC International flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela will have his second crack at winning the SA bantamweight title when he meets Klaas Mboyane for the vacant crown at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Simphiwe Vetyeka won the vacant IBO bantamweight belt at Emperors Palace earlier this month. The southpaw Mboyane (10-6-2, 6 KOs) has a rather patchy record but has shown better form and fitness since joining trainer Gert Strydom earlier this year. On July 3 this year he won the Gauteng bantamweight title when he knocked out the previously unbeaten prospect Cleutus Mbhele in the fourth round. Mboyane was very active in 2008 scoring wins over Siyabulela Ziqula, Bongani Siwisa, Tshepo Mofokeng and Mbhele. He lost to Simon Ngodhi, Abmerk Shindjuu and Tendai Munyai and fought to a draw with Unathi Gqokoma. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
In a stunning announcement, Tito Ortiz has resigned with the UFC, according to UFC president Dana White. The news marks the end of a bitter back and forth feud between the two men that culminated in Ortiz losing to current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 84. During the outset of the press conference Dana White spoke on the situation with Fedor Emelianenko, saying the company did “everything we could” to get the Russian inside the cage. “We tried everything we could possibly do to get Fedor in the UFC. We went above and beyond.”
The addition of the charismatic Ortiz quickly overshadowed the news that one of the world’s best heavyweights would not be entering the Octagon. “Tito Ortiz is still the guy fans want to see fight. He’s ready to compete in the 205 pound division and he’s ready to take a shot at the title.” Asked about the highly publicized bad blood between himself and the fan favorite fighter, White responded: “Tito and I have put our differences aside and we are ready to move forward.”
Ortiz is likely to return before the end of the year. White says Ortiz’ first opponent could be Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, though the “Godfather of Ground and Pound” has not officially been approached about the fight. “Mark Coleman doesn’t turn down too many fights,” White said of the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Ortiz remains confident about his prospects in MMA and put the rest of the 205-pound division on notice. “The last three champions I beat or almost submitted. Me at 100%, I’m going to get my world title again.”
Check back with Fightnews.com for a full report
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated junior middleweight Ryan Waters (16-2-1, 10 KOs) stopped Shannon McMahon (16-4-1, 6 KOs) at the end of round eight at the Cronulla Leagues Club in Cronulla, NSW, Australia on Friday. The aggressive WBO #11 Waters was in control of most of the round and slowly chopped down his opponent. The ringside doctor ruled the Melbourne boxer unfit to continue at the conclusion of round eight. Waters was defending the WBO Oriental title. World class Grange Gym 154 pounder, Robert Medley (24-2), is chasing a bout with Waters. Medley’s manager Bill Treacy said. “We are confident that Medley will defeat Ryan Waters and are hopeful he will accept the challenge. World rated WBA #3 and IBF #13 Daniel Dawson is also on our radar.” Promoter: Left Hook Promotions. Matchmaker: Pat Kennedy.
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (16-1-1, 14 KOs) impressively knocked out New Zealand’s Kevin “King Kong” Karusa (1-2-0, 1 KO) in Round 5 on Friday night in the Main Event of the Australia vs New Zealand professional boxing card at The WA Italian Club in Perth Western Australia. de Mori came out strong and immediately started landing shots while continually moving around the ring. Karusa was tiring and it all ended 1:13 into Round Five after de Mori landed several hard punches that dropped Karusa for the full ten count. Mark de Mori is signed by Don King. Mark will be straight back in the gym to prepare for his next fight in September for Don King against an opponent to be named.
Undefeated super middleweight Andre “S.O.G.” Ward will share the stage with his first Super Six World Boxing Classic™ opponent Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME. Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) will tangle with Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1, 9 KOs) of McGlauglin, S.D., in a 10-round super middleweight scrap live from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Ward fight will air immediately following Kessler’s WBA super middleweight mandatory title defense against No. 1 ranked Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, which will air on same day tape delay from MCH Messecenter Herning – Herning, Denmark. (more…)
Veteran Lenin Arroyo has stepped in to replace Ben Tackie against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title. Medical issues KOd the 36-year-old Tackie , himself a late replacement for Jones’ original foe, Larry Mosley, who backed out last weekend after poison from a growth on his face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “It’s been a frustrating year for Mike,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “Mosley canceled out on him in March with a back injury and Mike had to cancel out on Mosley in June with his own medical issues. In this case, the third time was not the charm. (more…)
Dessa, an award-winning entertainer from the Philippines, will sing the Philippines National Anthem at Top Rank’s ‘Pinoy Power 2′ which features ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire against Rafael Concepcion. Lupang Hiniran is the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julian Felipe, with lyrics in Spanish adapted from the poem Filipinas, written by Jose Palma in 1899.
Nonito Donaire will wind up his training in early August at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Concepcion has been training in Panama. Concepcion and his team will arrive into Las Vegas on Sunday, August 9. Both will be at Top Rank’s final press conference on Wednesday, August 12 at the Hard Rock.
Featherweight challenger Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines has been training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. to get set for his title bout against Steven Luevano of LaPuente, Ca. Bernabe is trained by Freddie Roach, Luevano by Robert Garcia. “Freddie Roach is the #1 trainer in boxing today,” said Garcia. “This is my first time in a fight against him. I’m working very hard with Steven and I think this result will also reflect how I am doing as a trainer. This is why this is such a very important fight.” Luevano vs. Concepcion will be in the ring just before the Donaire vs Concepcion fight on Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 on August 15.
“With all due respect to the Brazilian authorities, we knew Arturo Gatti and we do not believe that he took his own life. Members of Arturo’s family, along with his boxing manager Pat Lynch, are conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We believe that once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done.” –Main Events
Roy “Big Roy” Jones Sr. is spending his second consecutive camp with Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. in California, PA. Alton “Coach” Merkerson, Jones Jr’s long time trainer is still in camp, but Bog Roy is there to remind “Little Roy” of the skills he learned as a kid that made him the pound-for-pound best for a decade. Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. faces Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi, MS. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
By Nick Giongco
Is Drian Francisco over-rated? The Filipino super-flyweight is unbeaten in 18 fights with 13 knockouts and one draw and is slated to face his first big-name opponent on Oct. 3 in the Philippines. Francisco has been penciled to battle former world light-flyweight king Roberto Vasquez of Panama in a 12-rounder for the World Boxing Association International 115-lb throne at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, which is on the outskirts of the capital Manila. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced details of an outstanding undercard to “The Battle of York 4” set for this Saturday night, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, BJ Penn returns to the Octagon to defend his lightweight championship against former title challenger and universally regarded top contender Kenny Florian. Anytime the sport pits one of its champions against the undisputed No. 1 contender it is a must-see event. When that champion is attempting to tie the record set by a bitter rival, things become that much more interesting. . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Julio Diaz 139.75 vs. Victor Cayo 139.75
Carl Drummond 237 vs. Derric Rossy 240.5
Donovon George 167 vs. Emmanuel Gonzalez 166.25
Luis Franco 127.5 vs. Leroy Padilla 131.5
Jonathan Gonzalez 146.75 vs. Jorge Barajas 146.5
Danny O’Connor 138.5 vs. James Helmes 139.75
Artur Szpilka 200 vs. Jeremy May 199
Venue: Hard Rock LIVE Arena, Hollywood, FL
Promoter: Seminole Warriors Boxing
By “Boxing” Bob Newman
In the world of boxing promoters, one would expect to see and hear big mouths and big egos, all belonging to men. Well Lisa Elovich embodies none of that. The upstate New Yorker is the only licensed female promoter in the State, and the CEO of Pugnacious Promotions. Elovich juggles her boxing endeavors along with two other important jobs – her legal career, and most importantly, full time mom. FightNews caught up with Elovich earlier this week prior to her “Night of Future Champions” show this Friday in scenic Saratoga, NY. (More)
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) will face WBC #1 rated Chris Arreola (27-0, 24 KOs) on September 26 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. “We are going the right direction but no contract has been signed yet,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group, confirmed to Fightnews.com earlier today. Klitschko was originally slated to face David Haye on September 12th in an outdoor megafight in Hamburg, Germany, however Haye instead opted to challenge WBA champion Nikolai Valuev.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It was as quick a turn-around as you can get, known for being able to dramatically turn things around inside the ring, things turned a full 180 degrees in the investigation of the death of former two-time world champion Arturo Gatti Thursday as he was ruled to have committed suicide. His wife Amanda Rodrigues was freed from jail where she had been held in Brazil since July 12th as the only suspect in the death of the 37 year-old retired fighter. “It’s unbelievable,” Arturo’s brother and former pro fighter Joe Gatti told the CBC Thursday, “A kid like that shouldn’t go out like that, and now this.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world champions Freddie Norwood and Mike Anchondo were victorious on the debut of the monthy “Noche de Boxeo” series Thursday night at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. Former WBA featherweight champion Freddie Norwood (43-3-1, 23 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Celaya. Norwood, who fought at the middleweight limit for this bout, scored a knockdown in the first round. Norwood mostly had Celaya (31-5, 16 KOs) on the defensive throughout the bout, although Celaya did have some of his moments. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Norwood, with scores of 78-73, 79-72, and 80-71.
Former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (29-2, 19 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Octavio Narváez (7-5, 4 KOs). “Mighty Mike” won by scores of 58-57, 59-57 and 57-57 in a bout fought at welterweight poundage. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs) upset highly touted and previously unbeaten Charles Huerta (11-1, 6 KOs) via explosive first round KO on Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The excitement started right away as Wilson and Huerta came out and immediately started trading shots. It ended after just 59 seconds when Wilson landed a left hook that dropped Huerta for the count.
In an off-TV super middleweight clash WBC #10 middleweight Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Roberto Baro (12-7, 9 KOs). The bout was waved off after Ornelas dropped Baro with a body shot. Time was 1:01. For more results and photos click here…
By “Boxing” Bob Newman
For welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez, all the years of toil and heartache in the ring come down to twelve rounds this Saturday in front of his loyal Connecticut fans. On that night he’ll battle it out in a rematch with South African Isaac Hlatshwayo for the vacant IBF welterweight title at the Mohegan Sun Casino. Last November, Rodriguez traveled to South Africa to battle Hlatshwayo in an IBF eliminator to face then champion Joshua Clottey. The fight ended in an unsatisfactory draw. After Clottey was stripped of his belt for signing to fight WBO counterpart Miguel Cotto, the IBF mandated that Rodriguez and Hlatshwayo face each other again, this time with the title on the line. Rodriguez’ promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing won the purse bid and therefore the hometown advantage this time around will go to Rodriguez who was born in the Dominican Republic and now fights out Danbury, CT. Earlier this week, Rodriguez took time out of his schedule to talk with Fightnews about his long awaited title shot, the first fight with Hlatshwayo, and his ill-fated, nationally televised USBA title match with fellow contender Oscar Diaz, just over a year ago on July 16, 2008, in which Diaz was seriously injured. (more…)
Atlanta Police have released surveillance video of the events preceding the murder of Vernon Forrest in hopes someone can identify the suspects.
The New York State heavyweight title will be on the line this Friday, July 31st, when Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) and Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) headline the “Night of Future Champions” event. The “Night of Future Champions” card – which is promoted by Lisa Elovich of Pugnacious Promotions – showcases exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs. “I am so happy to host the New York State heavyweight championship fight on our annual Saratoga card,” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “The fans will be chomping at the bit to see all of the exciting local prospects, too. This is a card that no one will want to miss!” (more…)
Story by Rick Scharmberg
Nearly three years removed from his bout with the great Roy Jones, and over two years since his last fight, Prince Badi Ajamu (23-3-1, 15 KOs) is coming back. He will face journeyman DeAndrey Abron (15-5, 10 KOs) in a 12-round light heavyweight bout this Friday at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey . . . Click here for more
Interview by Kurt Wolfheimer
Undefeated lightweight prospect Carney “Beeper” Bowman (13-0, 5 KOs) is ready to take that next step in his career on Friday night when he faces tough Dominican Delvin Placencia (15-1, 6 KOs) at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium in York, Pa., Saturday night . . . Click here for more
Talented, once-beaten prospect Marvin Quintero weighed in at the contracted weight of 131 pounds and hard-hitting veteran Tyrone Harris tipped the scales at 132¼ pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. Harris will be allowed to fight, but will be fined by the California State Athletic Commission for failing to make the contracted weight. Undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos and knockout artist Andre Wilson both measured 117 pounds for the ShoBox co-feature. For more details and photos click here…
Weights by Chris Cozzone
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From the Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, N.M. for tomorrow night’s “WarZone” card promoted by Powerhouse Promotions at the Pan Am Center:
George Foreman III 237 vs George Burrage 211.5
Austin Trout 153.5 vs. Marcos Primera 155
Salvador Sanchez 123.5 vs. Benito Abraham 120.5
Arron Lyons 216 vs. Charles Davis 210
Jennifer Han 130 vs. Mellisa St. Vil 132
Abie Han 157.5 vs. Sergio Santana 160.5
Promoter Dino Duva of Duva Boxing says he was “shocked” to read that representatives of his undefeated welterweight prospect James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) are proclaiming the young fighter’s promotional free agency. “It is news to me that he’s a free agent,” revealed Duva. “I read his press release with disbelief. Duva Boxing and Cavazos Boxing have an exclusive promotional agreement with James De La Rosa and I don’t understand how they can claim to be a free agent. In fact, it’s my understanding that Cavazos Boxing have James scheduled for a fight in Texas in September or October.” Duva says he’s still 100% committed to De La Rosa’s career and wishes for a speedy resolution to the unexpected turn of events. “However, if we are not able to resolve this amicably immediately, and/or there’s something underhanded relating to this announcement, and someone has interfered with my contract, I will vigorously defend my position, challenge theirs legally and hold anyone responsible for damages incurred.”
DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten featherweight Luis Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs). Del Valle joins Puerto Rican compatriots Kermit Cintron, Carlos Quintana and Joelo Torres in the DBE stable. “This is a market we are going to seriously tap into,” said DiBella. “Luis Del Valle showed how great he can be as an amateur, and is unquestionably one of the top prospects of Puerto Rican descent in the world. I look forward to steering him towards a world title, while continuing to keep and eye out for the best young talent of Puerto Rican ancestry.” Luis Del Valle’s next fight will be on the August 26 edition of Broadway Boxing at BB King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square.
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) has announced that it will promote three professional boxing cards, in three different states, within 10 days of each other in September. CES, in association with the State of New York, in conjunction with the International Boxing Hall of Fame, will run a show Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. Two days later (Friday, Sept. 4), CES returns home to Twin River Event Center in Lincoln (RI) and a week after that show, (Friday, Sept. 11) “The Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor Fight Series” continues at Plymouth (MA) Memorial Hall. Fighters are TBA.
If the media members who participated in the SHOWTIME Media Prediction Poll have called it correctly then Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will successfully defend his WBO 140-pound title against former unified lightweight champ Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell. Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., will take on Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs), of Jacksonville, Fla., in a “homecoming” fight this Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9 p.m. ET/PT) from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., just minutes from where the champ grew up. The matchup is a tough one to call. Campbell, who is fighting for the first time at 140 pounds, is the more experienced fighter having more knockouts than Bradley has victories, but, Bradley is the younger, perhaps quicker fighter who has the benefit of competing in his backyard. One thing is for certain: Saturday’s main event on SHOWTIME is going to be one heck of a fight. Bradley, who voluntarily relinquished the WBC 140-pound belt to face Campbell, was the popular winner in the poll garnering 22 of the 28 predictions. Most predicted a decision victory for Bradley in his desert homecoming, while only a few reasoned the fight would end inside the 12 championship rounds.
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. Bradley originally won the WBC belt by defeating Witter on May 10, 2008 on SHOWTIME.
Detroit based heavyweight contender Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs) is still recovering from his shooting on June 14th. In an incident eerily similar to the recent shooting death of former world champion Vernon Forrest, Nolan was exiting his car in front of a friend’s house, when a young male ran up and attempted to rob him. During this attempt, the male appeared to get very nervous and shot at Nolan, hitting him just above the left collarbone. Nolan was able to drive himself to the hospital. Due to the bullet being so close to the spinal cord, doctors were unwilling to risk surgery to remove the bullet. There still have not been any arrests made in this shooting. Nolan is slowly recovering from the shooting, still suffering from some loss of feeling in his left arm and hand. He is under the direct care of a doctor and physical therapist, and is hopeful for a full recovery. Nolan has also said he is heartbroken over the loss of Vernon Forrest and is grateful that his situation turned out differently.
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