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By Alexey Sukachev
Being inactive for a long period of time, maybe be for a year or even longer, is always a problem for a professional pugilist. Despite skills, past honors and experience, overcoming ring rust is always an issue. Expatriate Soviet fighters have mastered this hard science well. Last year, coming back after four years of injuries and inactivity, Vitaly Klitschko schooled the robust WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter and gave him a boxing lesson, long to be remembered. Dmitry Kirillov captured the IBF super flyweight belt a year and a half after his previous fight. Less than a week ago Russian welterweight Ivan Kirpa, who has fought just twice in five years and was pretty much forgotten even in his homeland, got back with a bang, scoring a virtual shutout over much more active Mexican Miguel Rodriguez in the WBC semifinal welterweight eliminator. This Saturday another Russian fighter will attempt to continue this trend in the most important fight of his career, when WBO #7 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs) collides with the former champion and currently IBF #9 Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs) for the vacant WBO intercontinental 200lb title. (more…)
Big Star Promotions and KWHY-TV, Channel 22 will host a press conference this today to announce the launch of a new boxing series “Noche de Boxeo,” a monthly series on KWHY-TV. The inaugural card will be held on July 30th at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte and will be broadcast live on Channel 22. In the main event East L.A.’s Aron Martinez will put his (10-1-1, 3 KOs) record on the line against another local prospect, Santiago Perez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) in an 8 round welterweight contest. In the co-main event Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) will attempt to get back on the winning track after his loss to Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. when he faces Tony Hirsch (8-2-1, 4 KOs) in a 6 round junior middleweight bout. A special attraction will feature former world champion “Mighty” Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) moving up in weight to take on Octavio Narvaez in a six-round welterweight contest.
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week Through the Ropes pays tribute to Arturo Gatti with guests Kathy Duva and Jim Lampley. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.
By Lee Bates
The word perseverance may come to mind when you think of the career of newly crowned WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez’ career (39-7-2, 32 KOs). Lopez began his championship quest back in November of 1991 when he turned professional. Many fighters who are considered serious prospects generally go unbeaten at least within their first 10-15 fights. Lopez didn’t win his first professional fight until his 3rd bout. He had a draw in his debut and lost the rematch by decision in his next bout. Lopez was just (4-2-1) through his first 7 bouts. Many fighters would have stopped realistically thinking about world title aspirations at that point. Lopez, however, still believed himself as he would go on to win 15 of his next 16 bouts in route to his first world title fight. Little did he know at the time it would take him 4 more attempts after that fight to win the world title. After 4 failed world title attempts Lopez achieved his goal of becoming a world champion in his 5th opportunity on March 28th by unanimously decisioning Thailand’s Pramuansak Posuwan in his native Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sakio Bika is the current IBO super middleweight champion and gave super middleweight legend Joe Calzaghe, one of his toughest bouts and also was the winner of the 2007 Contender Series. Along with Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade, Bika is one of the most qualified super middleweights to miss out on SHOWTIME’s 168 pound tournament. Fightnews spoke to Bika about the state of the division. (more…)
Manuel Quezada 225.6 vs Travis Walker 239.6
Michael Dallas Jr. 140.8 vs Francisco Rios-Gil 142.6
Jessica Rakcozy 127.6 vs Jessica Mohs 134.4
Rico Ramos 122.4 vs Juan Jose Beltran 121.2
Hector Alatorre 140.8 vs Christian Favela 140
Adrian Tait 147.2 vs Joshua Zurfluh 146.6
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goosen Tutor
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Citing a shoulder injury, Sacramento middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (8-0, 7 KOs) has pulled out of a scheduled hometown boxing main event at the Red Lion Hotel, forcing a delay of the card from July 24 to August 7 plus a shuffle of bouts. Working with promoter Nasser Niavaroni, hotel owner Jeff Berger said Sacramento journeyman cruiserweight Michael Simms (20-11-1, 13 KOs) will fight in a new main event, an eight-rounder against former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis of Reno (24-10-2, 17 KOs). The six-round semi-main matches Sacramento super-middleweight Christian Cruz (12-9-1, 10 KOs) with San Diego’s James Parison (11-0, 3 KOs), the intended opponent for Gonzales, a former topflight amateur known to be shopping for bigger purses.
Richard Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Boy Promotions in Los Angeles and Jean Bedard, decision maker for Les Promotions Sportscene Inc./ InterBox reached an 11th hour deal last night to co-promote the Lucian Bute vs.Librado Andrade mandatory IBF rematch in either Quebec City or Montreal on November 28th. IBF super middleweight champion Bute (24-0, 19 KOs) won a controversial decision over IBF number one Andrade (28-2-0, 21 KOs) last October.
David Telesco 175 vs William Gill 176
Ray Robinson 146 vs Harrison Cuello 145.5
Pasqual Rouse 128.5 vs Victor Valenzuela 126
Yahomas Riley 174 vs Andre Hemphill 175.5
Elion Kedem 121.5 vs Robert DaLuz 120.5
Ahmad Mickens 176.5 vs Phil Hannah 174
Venue: Hilton Rye Town Hotel, Rye Brook, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing
Undefeated top rated lightweight Urbano Antillon worked out for media and fans on Wednesday at the Maywood Boxing Club. Antillon is training for his WBA interim lightweight title challenge against Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta. They will be sharing the bill with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s big “Latin Fury 10″ Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. (more…)
Former world champions Roy Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) appeared at a press conference to announce their August 15 PPV clash to be held at the Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, MS. Jones came dressed as Captain Hook to drive home his claim that he has a better left hook than Lacy, regardless of Lacy’s nickname. (more…)
By Robert Perea at ringside
Almost as soon as the verdict was announced, many at ringside began speculating on whether Jesse Brinkley’s performance in a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Paschall was enough to earn him the big money bout he’s been seeking. Brinkley himself had far more pressing issues on his mind. “I want to go catch an 8-pound bass out of a bass pond,” he said. Brinkley (34-5-0, 22 KOs), of Yerington, NV overcame conditioning issues, a cut between his eyes from an accidental head butt and a game effort by Paschall, of Baltimore, MD for his eighth consecutive win before a crowd of 2,226 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV. Judges Burt Clements and Herb Santos each scored the bout 97-93, while C.J. Ross had it 96-94. Fightnews.com had it 97-93 for Brinkley. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) of Providence, RI successfully defended his NABF cruiserweight title with an one-sided, ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Shawn “Sioux Warrior” Hawk (18-1, 16 KOs) of Sioux Falls, SD this past Friday at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA. In the co-feature, Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry (24-2, 19 KOs) of Houston, TX survived an early shelling before going on to stop Shaun George (18-3-2, 19 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY in the sixth round of a scheduled ten round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Shalyte Entertainment in association with CES Boxing, and was televised live on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series. (More)
On July 16th, two of Joe DeGuardia’s brightest stars, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0, 4 KOs) and Yathomas Riley (5-0, 3 KOs) will look to stay unbeaten as they battle it out against two tough veterans on the Star Boxing promoted show at the beautiful Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. (more…)
The saying goes that “the numbers don’t lie.” If that’s the case, the World Extreme Cagefighting® card on Aug. 9 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV should be one of the most entertaining of the year. Headlined by a title bout and filled with vicious strikers, menacing grapplers, and exciting clashes, WEC: Torres vs. Bowles will undoubtedly prove why the WEC is home to the best light weight fighters in the world. (more…)
As the old adage proclaims, everything is bigger and better in Texas. On Saturday, September 19th, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) will prove it as the organization brings one of the most talent-rich events of the year to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 103. Featuring four pivotal bouts with world title implications as well as a main event still to be announced, the star power on the UFC card, which includes Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann, Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg and Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca, will more than light up the Texas night . . . Click here for more
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (31-2-1, 13 KOs) and challenger Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) met head-to-head today to discuss their world title showdown on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. “Body shots,” said Khan. “Kotelnik is a fighter who keeps his guard very high so I think the body shots are going to work as well as the angles, I’ve got to hit and move. In and out movement is also going to work, but he’s a counter fighter so I have to be one step ahead of him every time. The key to victory is being patient and using my brains, being careful in the fight and just not making the mistakes we made in the last few fights.” Kotelnik stated, “If I win this fight it will open the road to further fights, especially in America. Every fight is very important to me and for every fight I train really hard. Nobody can make any predictions, it all depends on what opportunities my opponent gives me to do what I want to do.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that the next “KO to Drugs Boxing Festival” will take place on September 5 at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City, Panama. The main event will be a WBA interim flyweight title fight between Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Omar Salado. The co-feature will be a clash between former WBO champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against Roineth Caballero in a WBA featherweight eliminator. It was also announced that Oscar de la Hoya with fight a charity exhibition match against WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The card will include nine fights and tickets start at $10.
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik is in Manchester, England to defend his world title against the British challenger Amir Khan on Saturday at the M.E.N. Arena. When the Universum star and his trainer Michael Timm arrived, one of the first stops for the big soccer fan and admitted Manchester United supporter was a visit to the Old Trafford stadium. (more…)
All six superstars, their promoters, and SHOWTIME Sports Senior VP & GM Ken Hershman, were present in Berlin today as the Super Six World boxing classic PR tour hit Germany. After an official press conference in the grand ballroom of the renowned Hotel Adlon, the six fighters posed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in the Berlin sun. It certainly was an event to remember, with six top athletes and their famous promoters sharing the same podium. Undefeated Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward came face-to-face with his rivals for the first time after missing the previous presentations due to the flu. “It is great to be here,” he said. “I really wanted to make the effort and come here after I could not attend the events in New York and Copenhagen. I am thrilled to participate and I am very confident I will win.” (more…)
Promoter Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions is returning to the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday, July 18th with a five bout fight card. Historically, this boxing series “Fights at the Fitz” has been immensely popular with local fans, and every event is a sell out . . . click here for more
ESPN Radio 1100 will broadcast live from The Palms Casino Hotel & Resort, for 24 straight hours beginning July 24, 2009 at 6 am to benefit The Caring Place . . . Click here for more
Five-time world champion Vinny Paz will have a special book signing of his biography, “Fight Or Die: The Vinny Paz Story,” July 17th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, prior to the “Braggin’ Rights” Pro-Am boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES). Books will be available to purchase and have signed by “The Pazmanian Devil” between 5:30-7:30 PM in the entrance area of the Event Center. Eddie Soto and Sean Eklund will battle in a six round rematch in addition to undefeated junior welterweight Hank Lundy taking on Josh Beeman. Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or the Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ www.twinriver.com) for more information. Doors open at 5:30 PM/ET, first bout at 6:30 PM/ET. (more…)
By David Finger
The city of Cleveland, Ohio prepares to gear up for one of the most exciting fight cards to hit the Buckeye state this year as Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. looks to resurrect his career in ten round junior middleweight fight to be broadcast on live on Pay-Per-View. The card, which is already taking on a spirited “Puerto Rico versus Puerto Rico” tone, features Camacho Jr. (48-3-1, 27 KOs) as he takes on the tough Puerto Rico contender Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-9, 28 KOs) in a ten round bout for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light middleweight title . Although Camacho’s weight has been an issue in the past, it appears as if the slick Puerto Rican has rededicated himself to the sport and is primed to make a run for a world title fight at junior middleweight. Most boxing insiders felt that Camacho’s best weight is at 154 or less, a theory that was given a great deal of credence when he won an impressive decision over Sammy Sparkman in his last fight (in which he weighed in at 157 pounds). With a dominant win over Cardona, Camacho would not only capture a WBC title, but could find himself in the top ten of the WBC world rankings. (more…)
IBF#12, WBC#19 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (19-7, 3 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday July 31st at the Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia. Coming off his biggest career win against previously undefeated John Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs), Lyell will headline the outdoor card in the eight round main event against an opponent to be named. Promoted by Simons’ Promotions and beginning at 7pm, the undercard will feature a six round clash between local welterweight prospect Joey Myers (12-1-1, 4 KOs) and veteran Dezi Ford (24-25, 9 KOs). In addition, local heavy Jason Pettaway (2-0), a former amateur standout, faces Joseph Rabotte (3-6) in a four rounder. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Simons’ Promotions at (304) 290-0291.
Undefeated world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez will fly to Miami on Thiursday to take part in Univision’s award show “Premios Juventud.” Lopez was nominated in the category of “Most Promising Sport Star.” The WBO jr. featherweight champion was nominated along with soccer stars, Carlos Vela (English Premier League), Javier Hernandez (Chivas of Guadalajara) and Omar Arellano (Chivas of Guadalajara). The winner will be announced this Thursday in a Live Show televised by Univision, this show has one of the highest ratings in all Hispanic television and last year was the third most watched program of 2008 on the Univision Network, the most popular Spanish network in the United States. “It’s an honor for me to be just nominated. I know that my fans voted me into the final four and I’m very grateful to them,” said Lopez, who is coming off the fourth sucesssful defense of his world title. Both nominees and winner are selected by voting in the Internet page of Univision.com. The award show also gives awards to rising Music, Movies, Recording as well Sports figures.
The August 28th card, “Perseverance,” promoted by Fresquez Productions and the City of Las Vegas, N.M., is a go. In the main event, Holly Holm (24-1-3, 7 KOs) will defend her WIBA welterweight title, most likely against Terri Blair (11-13-2, 6 KOs), of Louisville, Ky. The card, to take place at Highlands University, will be officially announced tomorrow at a press conference in Vegas. (more…)
Andre Ward arrived in Berlin, Germany today to participate in the announcement of SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic tour. While on vacation Ward became ill and was unable to attend the initial New York and Copenhagen announcement. Said Ward, “I am disappointed that I was unable to make the first portions of the tour but as soon as I was physically able, I flew out to join my fellow competitors. I am not 100% recovered from the flu but I feel it’s important to be here and I am excited about the tournament.” Ward (19-0, 12 KOs), who is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Antonio Leonard Productions, is one of the super six fighters in the World Boxing Classic Super Middlewieght Tournament. The others include: Arthur Abraham, Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor.
As an acknowledge for his great boxing career, The Four Points By Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino introduced today a chip with the champion’s image. This “Cotto chip” has a real exchange value inside the casino, and is meant to commemorate one of the greatest Puertorrican boxers, who is considered part of the culture and history of his natal town. “This is a real honor for me and my family,” said Cotto, who was deeply moved because of the recognition and emphasized that this kind of distinctions make him fell that all the years of work and sacrifice has been worthy. The “Cotto chip” has a casino value of $5.00 and are available at The Four Points By Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino in Caguas Puerto Rico.
By Lee Bates
Richie Boy Promotions, who represents unbeaten # 1 IBF ranked contender Tavoris Cloud (19-0, 18 KOs), bid $191,000 to beat out the $105,000 bid of Dennis Hobson Promotions, who promotes former IBF light heavyweight champion and #2 IBF ranked Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KOs). Richie Boy Promotions now has the rights to promote the bout between Cloud and Woods. The two are fighting for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title that was vacated by former champion Chad Dawson. Woods defeated Elvir Muriqi by unanimous decision in his last bout this past February in an IBF title eliminator. Cloud on the other hand has not fought in nearly a year dating back to his 10th round TKO victory over former WBO light heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez in August of 2008 becoming the first to stop Gonzalez in 46 professional bouts.
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