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At this point, we all know the routine. Anderson Silva gets a new number one contender. Anderson Silva makes number one contender look like an amateur. Yushin Okami was simply the next man in the middleweight beat down sweepstakes.
The defending champion avenged the last loss on his nearly flawless record, stopping Okami with strikes at 2:04 in the second round . . . Click here for more
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Famed trainer Tommy Brooks insists he wouldn’t waste his time with Olympic bronze medallist Tony Jeffries if he didn’t believe he had world title potential. Jeffries (8-0-1) has his second fight under the American trainer when he meets Paul Morby (6-6-1) on Saturday night (Sept 3) Their Doncaster Dome fight is the chief support when Commonwealth and European bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (17-2-1) collides with British king Stuey Hall (11-0-1) in a triple title battle.
Jeffries moved his base to California to join Brooks who was almost KO’d from getting to Britain because of Hurricane Irene. He arrived two days late on Tuesday and expects his prospect to blow away Portsmouth’s Morby in their light-heavyweight eight rounder. Brooks said: “I don’t jerk around with people who don’t have a chance. I’m not going to waste my time or their time if they haven’t got it.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Two sons of legends will headline Saturday’s card at the Foro Promocasa in Mexicali, Baja California. Welterweights Omar “Businessman” Chavez and Jorge”Maromerito” Paez Jr. will be featured in separate fights. Chavez (26-0-1, 19 KOs) has the seemingly tougher assignment against Alberto Martínez (15-1, 10 KOs), while Paez (28-4-1, 17 KOs) faces Rodrigo Juarez (15-13-1, 11 KOs).
If both are victorious, Chavez and Paez could fight each other. “If Zanfer offers me the fight and we agree on it, I think it would be interesting to face Paez and people we would like it,” stated Chavez, “but first I must get by on Saturday and then wait Zanfer’s proposal.” More photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The featured fighters of Saturday’s boxing card billed as “Veneno Puro” at the Convention Center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, exchanged menacing looks and strong statements at Thursday’s final press conference. WBC #1 Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio is committed to providing a great show against Mohammed Akrong on his way to winning the WBC middleweight world title held by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Alejandro Sanabria said he’s waiting for the fight against Alejandro Barrera to show he’s one of the best fighters at super featherweight. Michel Rosales facing Julio Cesar “Baby Face” Garcia, dedicated the fight to the fans who have always supported him and his family. The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, Comex and Grupo Modelo. The fifth day of the “Quien Pinta para la Corona” tournament takes place the same evening with Jose ‘Piston’ Lopez, Mauricio Pintor, Edgar Monarrez and Luis Alberto Vazquez.
The New York Post newspaper, which originally printed the Oscar de la Hoya lingerie photos shot by stripper Milana Dravnel in 2007, has now reported that The Golden Boy allegedly paid Dravnel a whopping $20 million to settle a federal lawsuit she filed against him and agree to keep the matter confidential. According to the Post, “the deal also called for her to give back the heels, lingerie and fishnets that she kept after their kinky photo session.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Eloy Perez 130 vs Daniel Jimenez 130
(NABO jr lightweight title)
James Parison 163 vs Paul Mendez 163
Bruno Escalante 121.vs Frank Gutierres 122
Ramon Morales 124 vs Cain Garcia 124
Jonathan Chicas 142 vs Davis Kamarra 138.50
Joe Gumina 182 vs Anthony Johnson 183
Rudy Puga 165 vs Raul Talamontes 163.5
Jonathan Chicas 142 vs David Kamara 138.50
Venue: Salinas Sports Complex
Promoter: Golden Boy/Don Chargin/Jorge Marron
By Pete Balderas
Photos: Role Salazar
In preparation for his upcoming fight, all Raul “El Tigre” Casarez has heard is how tough his opponent Dumont Welliver is and that he has faced some top quality opponents. However, Casarez quoted a verse from Kid Rock when talking about how he feels about his opponent at the official press conference for Border Brawl 3 Thursday afternoon at Pappadeaux’s in Pharr. “In the words of Kid Rock,” He ain’t ever met anyone like me’,” said Casarez. For more details and photos click here…
According to Argentinian press, unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez will move up in weight to challenge WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on October 22 at New York City’s WaMu Theatre located at Madison Square Garden. There were originally plans to hold the event at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, however since the bout is just one week after Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson to be held in the same area, the fight was moved to NYC.
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By Robert Hough
Robert Guerrero said Thursday – two days after surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff – that the successful procedure took care of a problem that bothered him for years. Guerrero (29-1-1 18KOs) injured his left shoulder while he was sparring on Aug. 17, 10 days before he was set to fight Marcos Maidana (27-1, 26 KOs) in an HBO-televised fight in San Jose, Calif.
“I’ve always had problems in there ever since my amateur days, but you tend to block things out and deal with stuff,” Guerrero said. “It’s fixed now so that’s great.” Less than 48 hours after the two-hour operation by Dr. Michael Dillingham, in Burlingame, Calif., about an hour north of his hometown of Gilroy, “The Ghost” said there’s little discomfort. (more…)
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By Hesiquio Balderas/Canelo Promotions
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Canelo Álvarez will defend his WBC Super welterweight championship on September 17 at the Staples Center against Alfonso Gomez in the most important moth of his country and wants to win the fight in a very Mexican way. “I am ready, he is a tough fighter, he comes to fight, he has the experience and heart, but I will make my people proud and win this fight in a Mexican style, with a Mexican punch,” said Alvarez who is only 21 years old.
That Mexican punch that Saul is talking about is the liver shot, a punch that was first introduced to the tradition by the legendary Kid Azteca and has been carried on by some great Mexican fighters. (more…)
By Robert Coster
There is no love lost between Venezuelan Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) and his rival, Dominican national champion David Toribio (19-12, 12 KOs) and it became clearly apparent at the press conference held in Santo Domingo yesterday, in preview of the showdown between both men next Monday, Sept.5th. The (locally) much-anticipated grudge-fight will be for the vacant WBO Latino junior middleweight crown, with the winner being insured of a WBO top 12 ranking. (more…)
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum received an incredible media welcome when they arrived at Ninoy Aquino International Airport on September 1. Despite the early hour – 5:30 a.m. – 12 TV crews plus reporters and photographers from various other international outlets and fans greeted them for 30 minutes of interviews. That was followed by a live 20-minute interview at 6:15 a.m. on the morning show on GMA, one of the top TV networks in the Philippines…
Much to everyone’s pleasant surprise, Marquez has insisted on doing all his interviews in English, further endearing him to the Filipino fight fans and media alike…
After checking into the historic and elegant Hotel Manila, which celebrates its centennial next year, and doing more interviews there, Marquez and Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain went across the street to the Quirino Grandstand for a 30-minute run. Highlights of his run were broadcast on all the afternoon and evening TV newscasts…
Photo: S. Yamada/ARENA
After Hurricane “Irene” hit the East Coast last week, Atlantic City is getting ready for another storm on September 10th when Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa steps into the ring with intentions to blow away former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist has impressed fans and experts with his extraordinary speed and power and fought his way to stardom with spectacular performances since turning pro in April 2007. “Some people see Gamboa as a prospect but he is far more than this already”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “He is one of the four or five best fighters in the world right now and he is ready and willing to prove it in every single fight. He has beaten everybody who crossed his way and he is not ducking anybody. Gamboa always wanted to fight Chris John – but he avoided him. He always wanted to fight Juanma Lopez – but he lost to a guy Gamboa had already beaten.” (more…)
Eddie Soto 134.6 vs. José González 134.8
(WBO Latino lightweight title)
Ivan Moxey 114.6 vs. McJoe Arroyo 116.8
Epifanio Mendoza 207.6 vs. Carlos Negrón 213.4
William Lorenzo 136.4 vs. Francisco Cabrera 134.8
Eric Piñero 142.2 vs. Kenneth Díaz 142
José Del Valle 127.4 vs. Yunier Pelier Rey 128.4
Alberto Candelaria 136.4 vs. Francisco Ocasio 136.2
Félix Rodríguez 166.6 vs. Roberto José Acevedo 165.6
Luis Declet 113 vs. Waldemar Pagán 112
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best
TV: WAPA America
This Saturday night Andre Berto attempts to regain a piece of the welterweight crown when he takes on reigning IBF Welterweight Champion, Jan Zaveck, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. Of all the people in attendance and even more watching at home, there will be no one observing the action more closely then two-time world champion, Randall Bailey.
Bailey, who is considered by many to be one of the hardest punchers in all of boxing, as witnessed by his 37 stoppages in 41 victories, will be seeing action on the undercard against Florida’s Yoryi Estrella. Bailey has been the mandatory to Zaveck for sometime now and could have taken the fight with Zaveck, but instead he chose to step aside and allow the fight between Zaveck and Berto to take place first. Whoever pulls out the victory Saturday night, Bailey will be next in line for a crack at the title. (more…)
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) which oversees amateur boxing including the Olympics, as well as the “World Series of Boxing” professional league, has come under fire from WBC President Jose Sulaiman. At issue is a conflict between the AIBA and Romanian Boxing Federation (RBF) President Rudel Obreja stemming from the Romanian official’s allegations that AIBA officials were manipulating referees during the Olympic Games in Beijing. The AIBA has issued an ultimatum that if Obreja remains the head of the RBF that no Romanian boxers will be allowed to compete at the 2012 Olympics.
WBC President Jose Sulaiman stated that the “AIBA is showing the world of sports their dictatorial, monopolistic, arbitrary and disrespectful intention to rule the world of boxing not only in their amateur field, but also in the professional world, which the WBC strongly protests and will struggle against all those who go back in history to impose dictatorial rulings, which goes against the sport of boxing and all the people and institutions of the sport.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) retained the championship with a clear twelve round decision over Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) on Wednesday at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. A capacity crowd of 5000 fight fans witnessed Geale control the action in most of the rounds as he boxed skillfully connecting with accurate combinations while using clever footwork that made him a very difficult target for the aggressive Albert. The Nigerian born, Miami based Albert was in great fighting shape as he maintained pressure in all of the rounds but had problems hitting the mobile champion who continually switched from orthodox to southpaw stance and also displayed outstanding hand speed and accuracy. At the conclusion of twelve action rounds referee Tony Weeks crowned Geale the winner by scores of – Robert Hoyle (USA) 117-111, Somsak Sirianant (Thailand) 116-112, Ray Reed (Australia) 119-109. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Michal Koper/Ringpolska.pl
“Just rest for now, we did our work in the camp with Roger Bloodworth,” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) after arriving in Poland Thursday afternoon from New York City for his heavyweight title fight against WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko. “I have all the respect for Vitali. He’s the champion but I respect everybody who is going against me in the ring. It’s great moment for me, fighting in my home country, Poland in front of all the people in a sold-out soccer stadium. I will repay all my supporters with my ring performance,” said Adamek, who will visit his family in Gilowice, then arrive in Wroclaw, and stay out of the limelight in a private house before his September 10 fight in the 42,000-seat Stadion Miejski. Both fighters will meet the media on Monday.
This Saturday night, Gemany’s current IBF Welterweight Champion, Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs) will make his long-awaited arrival stateside, when he defends his belt against former WBC Champion, Andre Berto (27-1, 20 KOs) at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, MS. The show, entitled, Battle in Biloxi, is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing. While Zaveck is very well-known in his native Slovenia and throughout Europe, he is relatively unknown throughout the U.S. A win over Berto in Mississippi, which will be watched live on HBO, will change all of that. “This is a huge opportunity for me,” said Zaveck. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Promoter Gary Shaw talks to Fightnews on IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Erik Morales conducted an open workout training for the press on Wednesday at hi training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Toluca, Mexico State. ‘Terrible’ Morales showed good condition for his fight against Lucas Mathysse on September 17 for the vacant WBC light welterweight world championship at the Garden Arena MGM Grand Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Morales was accompanied by his father and trainer Jose ‘Olivaritos’ Morales, Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez, and GBP press chief Ramiro Gonzalez. (more…)
Rendall Munroe will be in line for another world title shot inside the next 12 months according to promoter Ricky Hatton. The Leicester southpaw will be back in action in at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge Arena on September 24th against a selected opponent. His non-title ten rounder will be the chief support when Hatton Promotions super-featherweight star Gary Buckland challenges Gary Sykes for the British title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a public training day for boxing fans at the Plaza Fundadores in San Luis Potosi, headliners for Saturday’s card at the Centro de Convenciones. Marco Antonio Rubio and his opponent Mohammed Akrong received many plaudits, of course, the fan favorite is the Mexican #1 middleweight contender Rubio. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com, Golden Boy Promotions vice president Eric Gomez commented on the situation involving WBA bantamweght super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno who was recently declared “champion in recess” by the WBA due to a legal dispute with his manager Roberto Grimaldo.
“We were very surprised by this news and the situation around Moreno. We had high hopes for Moreno to have good fights in the United States at the best venues and this happens. We respect the WBA decision and we are looking how we can fix this situation and the company is willing to do whatever is possible on behalf of Moreno,” said Gomez. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (26-1, 16 KOs), 118, barely kept his WBA bantam belt as he floored previously unbeaten Mexican David De La Mora (23-1, 16 KOs), 118, in the third, but became inexplicably cautious in later rounds and barely earned a hairline unanimous verdict over twelve lousy rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Ricardo Duncan (Panama) 114-113, Carlos Sucre (US) 115-113 and Pinit Prayadsab (Japan) 115-112, all in favor of the defending titlist. The referee was Raul Caiz Jr. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Slick-punching Japanese speedster Tomonobu Shimizu (19-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, captured the WBA super-flyweight belt as he utilized his faster footwork and longer reach to dominate early and late rounds, though losing middle rounds, to eke out a split but popular decision over defending champ Hugo Cazares (35-7-2, 25 KOs), 112, a switch-hitting Mexican, over twelve hard-fought and gory sessions on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
Raul Caiz Jr. (US) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama) both scored it 115-113 for Shimizu, but Carlos Sucre (US) had it 116-114 for Cazares. The referee was Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand). (more…)
Further information has come out from the Univision’s interview with Oscar de La Hoya. Oscar was asked about the incident involving photos that showed him wearing women’s lingerie that appeared in the taboid press a few years ago, which The Golden Boy had always steadfastly insisted were Photoshopped. “Let me tell you, yes, it was me,” admitted Oscar. “I’m tired of lying, lying to people, lying to myself.” He added that he was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine when the photos were taken. Here is the full interview (in Spanish):
By Brett Bonetti
Three-time world champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green had a giggle at recent comments from German Cruiserweight Kai Kurzawa. Green was very amused and says Kurzawa maybe has had more hits than the Beatles.
In their amateur bout in 1998, Green gave credit to Kurzawa confirming that he landed a good left hook that broke his nose and was given a standing 8 count by the referee. Then the fight continued momentarily and Kurzawa was able to land another shot that led Green’s nose to bleed profusely. The referee immediately stopped the fight due to the amount of blood. Green stated he was completely fine and wanted to continue with that fight and at no time did he get knocked down or was even close to being knocked down and was not hit at all with a right from Kurzawa. (more…)
CNN prime time talk show host Piers Morgan will step into the sport of boxing as the Wednesday, August 31 edition of “Piers Morgan Tonight” features a visit with WBC Welterweight World Champion Victor Ortiz and all-time boxing great Oscar de la Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions and Ortiz’s promoter. Morgan goes in-depth with Ortiz and discusses the path that has led him to reach his current training camp as he prepares for his world title defense against pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather on September 17. The program airs exclusively on CNN, Wednesday, August 31 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT and again at midnight ET/PT. “I am thrilled to be able to show CNN’s millions of viewers a different side of the sport that I love so much,” said De La Hoya. “Victor Ortiz went from an orphan to a champion and his story is one that I truly believe anyone watching Piers Morgan Tonight tomorrow will find not only interesting, but inspiring. I think after seeing his interview with Piers Morgan, the general public is going to welcome Victor with open arms.”
World Boxing Council (WBC) Featherweight Champion Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7, 43 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico puts his title, and his pride on the line as he fights on his country’s Independence Day, Thursday, September 15 at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas as he takes on the Tanzanian slugger, Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs). The 12-round World Championship bout is presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Promociones Del Pueblo and will be broadcast live on ESPN Deportes and Televisa. (more…)
The official press conference for “Battle at the Ballpark” will take place at 4:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 2 at the Speaking Rock Casino and Entertainment Center Located at 122 S. Old Pueblo, El Paso, TX, 79907. This conference is open to the public.Present will be Zeferino Entertainment and David Rodriguez to discuss the October 15th event and Rodriguez’s future plans. Also in attendance will be El Paso’s Jennifer Han, Joel Garcia, Carlos Villa, Oscar Valenzuela and Joe Sullivan. (more…)
Home to six UFC events from 1998 to 2002, Louisiana will once again welcome the warriors of the Octagon for September 17th’s “Battle on the Bayou” in New Orleans. For the fighters competing that night, it will be another opportunity to establish themselves in their respective divisions and for the main carders, a chance to do so before a national television audience on Spike TV . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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The September 9th ShoBox: The New Generation telecast featuring welterweight Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo against Puerto Rican amateur standout Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and #1 cruiserweight Lateef Kayode versus Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. is the first of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks. Here is an update on the other telecasts – all Friday nights – scheduled for Sept. 30, Oct. 7, Oct. 21 and Oct. 28.
A WBC welterweight elimination fight between undefeated, #1-ranked Ajose Olusegun (29-0, 14 KOs) of Nigeria and #6 Ali Chebah (35-1, 28 KOs) of France will highlight a Sept. 30 card at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez. Also, the 12th-ranked lightweight in the WBO, Colombia’s exciting, hard-hitting Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) will make his ShoBox debut against southpaw Marvin Quintero (22-3, 18 KOs) of Mexico in the co-feature co-promoted by Shaw and DiBella Entertainment.
In a quintessential ShoBox main event on Oct. 7, Ugandan Sharif Bogere (20-0, 12 KOs) of Las Vegas takes on Dominican Francisco Contreras (16-0, 13 KOs) of Irvington, N.J., in a clash of unbeaten lightweights presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
Arguably the #1 super middle prospect in the world, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) of Worcester, Mass., will face an opponent to be announced in the DiBella-promoted Oct. 21 main event.
On Oct. 28, Goossen Tutor Promotions will promote a ShoBox card on the eve of the Super Six World Boxing Classic culminating bout: The Final between WBA Super Middleweight titlist Andre Ward and his WBC counterpart Carl Froch.
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