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Rory McIlroy has the golfing world at his feet and another 22-year-old Irishman, Tyson Fury believes he can do the same in the ring over the next 12 months. Fury watched on with great admiration as McIlroy burned up the field before winning the US Open and now he is hoping to win back to back majors with glory at the Open Championship at Sandwich.
Manchester-born Fury challenges Dereck Chisora for the British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles on July 23 at Wembley Arena and says this is the start of him becoming a major sporting star. Fury said: “Rory McIlroy is an inspiration to every young sports man and woman and I’m no different. Rory brings a lot of charisma and natural talent to the golf course and I bring the same to the ring. The way he won the US Open was awesome. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
On the eve of a special 10-year anniversary ShoBox: The New Generation telecast, all four fighters made weight on Thursday. The Top Rank-promoted doubleheader will feature a night of junior lightweight action TONIGHT at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas.
Undefeated Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas, Nev., weighed in at 130 pounds while his opponent Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs) of Salinas, Calif., tipped the scales at 129 pounds. Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) of Austin, Texas, was the same 129 pounds and Georgi Kevlishvili (8-2, 3 KOs) of Moscow, Russia, came in at 130 pounds. (more…)
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
With the air only a rematch can produce, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) and Abner Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) officially announced their showdown today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Only problem is, the two have never fought before.
It only seems so for, in April, just six days before the two were to step into the ring to decide the winner of Showtime’s bantie tourney, Agbeko was floored – literally – with sudden onset sciatica of the lower back. Rather than find a last minute sub for Mares, the finale was delayed . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former “Contender” star Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) has announced on his Facebook page that his next opponent will be WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 17 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Kasia Niedźwiecka/Global Boxing
During Thursday’s press conference in Boston’s “The GreatestBar,”, undefeated 6’8 heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach faced his biggest foe when he met 6’6 Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride for the first time. Both of them will meet again – for real this time – on July 29 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The 10-round heavyweight fight for the WBC International title will be the co-featured bout in “Heat Wave,” which is presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports and Global Boxing.
Story by Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night July 15th at the Roseland Ballroom in front of a nationally televised audience on ESPN2’s Friday night Fight’s, Pawel “The Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs) is primed and ready to take one step closer to his elusive world title hopes when he faces Delvin Rodriquez (24-5-2, 14 KOs) in the ten-round main event of the evening . . . click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
Losing a main event is a nightmare scenario for any promoter.
When Phil Davis went down with a knee injury, forcing him out of a main event bout with Rashad Evans at UFC 133, UFC brass had to act fast.
After initially turning down the bout, Tito Ortiz, fresh from a career saving win over Ryan Bader stepped in as the co-headliner . . Click here for more
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Top Rank has signed hot Texan Super Featherweight Casey Ramos (13-0, 4KO’s) to a 4 year deal. Ramos, out of Austin, Texas, is co-managed by former World Champion Paulie Ayala. Ayala also fought for Top Rank during his illustrious career. Ramos was promoted by Ayala and his Paulie Ayala Productions previously, before successful auditions for Top Rank at the Win Star Casino in Oklahoma in his last two fights. Ramos will fight for Top Rank under his new deal for the first time this Friday, July 15 at 10:00PM CST on ShoBox against Russian Georgi Kevlishvili (12-2, 3KO’s).
The weigh-in for Saturday night’s USBA Heavyweight championship fight between Maurice Harris and Derric Rossy will take place on the Boardwalk in front of Resorts Casino. The weigh-in will start at 3pm eastern and all participants in Saturday night’s card will be on the scale in advance of the big card promoted by Carla Hill and Carla Hill Promotions Fans will have an opportunity to take pictures of the fighters as they prepare for battle the next evening.
By: Felipe Leon
Photos by: HG Boxing
In an IBF featherweight elimination bout, Mexico City’s Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (31-3, 22KOs) will once again face Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (22-3, 14KOs) of Ensenada, Mex, on Saturday night from the Olympic Coliseum located at the University of Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Mex. The twelve round main event headlines the “Puños de Hierro (Fists of Steel)” fight card presented by HG Boxing. The contest will mark the two Mexican warriors face each other. The first time back in January of 2010, Escobedo was awarded a unanimous decision over the always tough Hernandez with scores of 97-93, 97-92 and 96-93.
Boxing’s back on terrestrial television in the United Kingdom, starting July 23 with the worldwide broadcast of “The Big Brawl” event, which will be anchored by award-winning boxing announcer Al Bernstein, Channel 5 and promoter Hennessy Sports announced today.
British and Commonwealth heavyweight Champion Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) puts his belts on the line Saturday night, July 23 against undefeated challenger Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) in the 12-round main event at Wembley Arena in London . . . Click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Ever since Zab Judah and Amir Khan signed up to face each other in a bout to unify Judah’s IBF and Khan’s WBA junior welterweight titles, the verbal jabs have come fast and furious in interviews and social media platforms. Wednesday’s conference call with the two fighters stirred the pot some more . . . Click here for more
WBO bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (13-1-3, 4 KOs) has signed with Hector Garcia of HG Boxing. She will make her debut with HG Boxing on August 20th in the semi-main event which is headlined by former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado battling mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez for the vacant IBF super featherweight title. (more…)
UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon “Bones” Jones is undoubtedly the fastest-rising star in the sport of mixed martial arts. Since bursting onto the scene in 2008, the 23-year-old New Yorker has steamrolled through the UFC’s talented 205-pound division, finishing opponents with his unmatched blend of unorthodox striking and vice-grip-like submissions. On Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., Jones’ meteoric rise faces imminent danger, as “Bones” will makes his first title defense against former UFC and PRIDE® champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. (more…)
An opponent has been chosen for Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson’s professional boxing debut on August 13 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, and he is Springfield, Missouri’s James Wade (0-1). The two will meet in the four-round heavyweight main event of a Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions night of boxing.
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
From the Texas Station Gambling Hall in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card promoted by Top Rank:
Diego Magdaleno 130 vs. Alejandro Perez 129
Casey Ramos 129 vs. Georgy Kevlishvili 130
Jesse Magdaleno 123 vs. Esteban Nichol 123.5
Anthony Lenk 143 vs. Fernando Rodriguez 142
Juan Heraldez 145.5 vs. Guillermo Delgadillo 146
Andy Ruiz 252 vs. Vili Bloomfield 264
Antonio Hernandez 121.5 vs. Ivan Castellanos 125.5
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Report and photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Former world champion Nobuhiro Ishida, who currently trains in LA, says he’s ready to face WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “Look no further, I am the right opponent for Chavez. I have enough experience to defeat him anywhere in the world,” said Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KOs), who surprised the world by knocking out James Kirkland last April in Las Vegas. He is currently trained by Edison Reynoso and is excited about the possibility of being face to face in the ring with the Son of the Legend.
Story and photo by Phil Doherty
Dream Team Boxing hit the jackpot at The Seminole Hard Rock casino this afternoon by inking a multi-fight deal starting with a 9-bout card on Friday, August 12th. Recent changes to the Seminole Tribal Council paved the way for a new era of boxing at the Hollywood casino–breaking the decade-long dominance of former promoter The Heavyweight Factory. Fight fans sampled a taste of the changes with the July 9th “Change is Coming” card promoted by newcomers Panther Promotions, LLC. (more…)
Paul Delgado 150 vs Luis Galarza 149
Winston Mathis 144 vs Chris Gray 144 (Second Attempt)
Nicole Woods 142.5 vs Elisa Moreno 145
Keandre Leatherwood 156 vs Martez Barnes 157
Clinton Hester 200 vs Nick White 185
Chris Jordan 179.5 vs Quinton Rankin 174
Ghislan Nkisoto 148 vs Michael Wicker 144
Jeramiah Jones Adams 166 vs Larry Depeyster 165
Venue: The Buckhead Theater, 3110 Roswell Rd, Atlanta Ga. 30305
Tickets: Ticketweb.com, Tickets Starting at @ $25.00
Start Time: Doors open @ 6:00 pm, Fights Start @ 7:00 pm
Promoters: Shea Bailey Promotions Inc. and Sports Fan Properties LLC
Photos: Héctor Santos/Promociones Miguel Cotto
Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez 122 vs. Carlos Valcarcel 121.2
Abner “Pin” Cotto 134.2 vs. Carlos Claudio 134.2
Miguel ” El Loco” Robles 114 vs. TBA
Eddie “Eboy” Gómez 152 vs.Jonuel Tapia 152
Edgardo López 129 vs. Félix Rivera 130
Rafael “Pelayo” Márquez 137 vs. Omar Soto 130
Braulio Santos 129 vs. Nelson Casanova 130.5
Albert Cruz Jr. 140 vs. Christopher Rivera 136.5
Irvin Hernández 128 vs. Javier Ramos 130
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto, H2 Entertainment, Golden Boy Promotions
Venue: Cosme Beitía Coliseum, Cataño Puerto Rico
Tickets: Ticketcenter Phone : (787)792-5000 , www.tcpr.com Prices : $50, $25, $15 more photos
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a crowded press conference, the main protagonists of the feature called “Pure Dynamite” stood before a large group of media gathered in the main hall of Temptation Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo. With the presence of Fernando Beltran, head of Zanfer, as well as Harren Villases, special events coordinator of the Secretariat of Tourism of Quintana Roo, in a great atmosphere ahead of the cut function to present such international developer with the support of government of this entity in the Plaza de Toros, the main actors of the evening boxing, Juan Manuel Marquez and Likar Ramos, no friend exchanged glances, hoping no more time to climb into the ring and prove who is the best. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Markus Williams 158 vs. Jose Medina 159
Stephen Scott 152 vs. Joe Crosby 154
(New York State Jr. Middleweight Title)
Sarah Kuhn 146 vs. Michelle Garland 145
Javier Martinez 142 vs. Calvin Pritchard 140
Brian Clookey 177 vs. Steve Tyner 176
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, Downtown Albany, NY
Promoter: ARES Promotions
Delvin Rodriguez 153 vs. Pawel Wolak 153.5
Raymond Serrano 141.2 vs. Daniel Sostre 141.2
Reggie Lacrete 175 .5 vs. Lionell Thompson 177
Steven Gamache 154 vs. Rogelio Sanchez 155
Kevin Rooney Jr. 155 vs. Elmer Vera 151 .5
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, New York, New York
Promoter: Star Boxing
Gabriel Rosado 155 vs. Ayi Bruce154
Anthony Ferrante 177 vs. Andre Hemphill 176
Eberto Medina 155 vs. Jamaal Davis155
Korey Sloane 140 vs. Naim Nelson 138
Tyrone Luckey 131 vs. Bryne Green 132
Keane Davis 145 vs. DeCarlo Perez 147
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Photos: Sauerland Event
World Boxing Organization (WBO) president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel gave Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck a diamond ring for his successful five title defenses. Huck (32-1, 23 KOs), who will defend for the seventh time his belt this Saturday, July 16, against Argentinian Hugo Hernán Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) at the Olympia-Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany, got his ring from Valcarcel in a ceremony held at the Novotel Hotel in Munich today. Valcarcel is in Germany to work as supervisor in the Huck-Garay bout. For more details and photos click here…
On Monday and Tuesday, July 18 and 19, WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins will be in the F/X Department at the world headquarters of Ripley’s Believe It or Not! in Orlando to begin the tedious task of having a full body wax casting made as the first step in having a wax figure created of himself. Hopkins became the oldest fighter at 46-years old in boxing history to win a major world championship with his unanimous decision victory over 28-year-old Jean Pascal on May 21.
The figure will be unveiled to the public at a press conference during fight week activities for Hopkins’ next fight, which will be against Chad Dawson on Saturday, October 15. An official announcement with more details about the fight and the figure unveiling will be forthcoming.
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
When Gordon Hall was selected 10 years ago to be the executive producer of a new boxing series on SHOWTIME dedicated to giving young prospects a place to display their skills and start what would ultimately become the first steps to winning a world title, there was no way he could envision the success the series would attain. This week, the popular ShoBox: The New Generation celebrates its 10th anniversary on Friday, July 15, at 11:05 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas. Hall said he is excited for the fight-week festivities and the Top Rank-promoted doubleheader which will feature a night of junior lightweight action with undefeated Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs) squaring off against Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs) and Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) taking on Georgi Kevlishvili (8-2, 3 KOs). (more…)
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez risks his revenge rematch against professional nemesis and boxing’s #1 pound for pound fighter Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao when he battles former world champion Likar Ramos in a 10-round junior welterweight rumble This Saturday! July 16. Marquez-Ramos will headline a three-bout broadcast, which will be streamed live from Plaza de Toros in Cancún, México, via www.toprank.tv, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. Colonel Bob Sheridan and Raul Marquez will be calling the fight from ringside. Produced and distributed by Top Rank, the free livestream will be available exclusively to the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada.
Photo: With co-promoter Don King in the middle, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko faces off with Abner Mares at a press conference held today at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Agbeko and Mares will fight in Showtime’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” on Saturday, August 13 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev. Stay tuned for more photos and a report.
Tito’s Back – The Huntington Beach Bad Boy Takes On Rashad Evans At UFC 133: Former champions collide when Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz meet once again in the Octagon at UFC 133 on August 6th live from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia – on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV. Tickets available now at Comcasttix.com
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Joseph King Kong Agbeko has been cleared by his doctors and has resumed training to defend his IBF bantamweight championship against undefeated rising star and WBC Silver 118-pound titleholder Abner Mares, who will also defend his title,in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All 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 highly anticipated 12-round world title matchup between New York-based Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) of Accra, Ghana, and Mares (21-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, was originally scheduled for April 23, but was postponed when Agbeko was injured moments after arrival at Los Angeles International Airport during fight week. Doctors at a nearby hospital diagnosed the champion with sudden onset sciatica, a back injury. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The World Boxing Association continues to review information on the complaint lodged by representatives of former WBA super world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero against the outcome of his match with Jonathan Barros for the WBA featherweight world title last June 19 in Argentina in a controversial split decision in favor of hometown champion Barros.
“I repeat again the reason for waiting is to respect due process for both fighters. Each one has a right to defend their position, especially when the decision has a direct impact on the future career of the boxer. Besides when dealing with your own organization it’s necessary to clearly inform the judges of the code or penalties applicable,” said Mendoza Jr. today. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been revealed that former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 34 KOs) will face his compatriot Eduardo Becerril (12-7-2, 4 KOs) to replace the Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo (19-9-2, 7 KOs) in their fight on Saturday in the Plaza de Toros in Cancun at an event organized by Zanfer Promotions. Marquez could fight next for the WBC super bantamweight title against Japanese champion Toshiaki Nishioka in October or November.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World championship referee Jack Reiss has worked in more than 2000 professional boxing matches and 42 world title bouts including Julio Chavez Jr vs Sebastian Zbik, Danny Green vs Manny Siaca and Mikkel Kessler vs Andre Ward. Reiss talks to Fightnews and tells us about growing up in New York and how he moved the Los Angeles at 23 years of age and becoming a referee in 1998. (more…)
Here’s what we used to hear at ringside: “Diego Magdaleno’s fighting tonight? Krist, can you spell ‘distance?’ It’s ‘D-I-E-G-O.’”
Here’s what we hear now: “Diego’s fighting? Nice. Shoot quick.”
Before last year, no one expected to go home early on a card carrying the Las Vegas fancy dancer, who had just three kayos on a strong of 15 wins. But after four straight wins, cut short at the halfway mark, or less, the kid with the biggest local fan base in Sin City has earned himself a new nickname: “I’m a K.O.” . . . Click here for more
Story by Mariano A. Agmi
Delvin Rodriguez (25-5, 14KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his career to date when he battles once defeated Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KOs) on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City.
Rodriguez, fighting out of Danbury, CT, is moving up from welterweight to junior middleweight for a fight he calls his “opportunity to shine” . . . Click here for more
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