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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.
When last seen on ShoBox: The New Generation, Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo scored an exciting upset majority decision over then-unbeaten welterweight prospect Willie Nelson. On Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME®, Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs), of South Bronx, N.Y., returns as the headliner in a high stakes, crossroads match against Puerto Rican amateur standout Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), of Rio Piedras, P.R. The 143-pound max, 10-round clash will move one fighter a step closer to contender status while the other will take an equally impactful step back.
In the telecast’s co-feature, popular ShoBox alumnus and hard-hitting Nigerian cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs), of Hollywood, Calif., will risk his unblemished record and trajectory toward a world title shot against southpaw Felix “Bad News” Cora, Jr. (22-5-2, 12 KOs), of Galveston, Tex., in a 10-rounder from Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn. (more…)
Riverside’s Junior Welterweight, Jose “El Niño” Reynoso, returns to his favorite stomping grounds at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario to accept the challenge of Adan Hernandez, of El Paso, Texas, on Friday, September 23 as once again the Thompson Boxing Promotions ‘Locked N’ Loaded’ fight card returns to the popular fight venue. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
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Just hours before his plane departs for Poland, where on September 10 in Wroclaw he will fight WBC heavyweight titleholder Vitali “Dr Ironfist” Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), his trainer Roger Bloodworth and Main Events CEO Kathy Duva were part of farewell teleconference, discussing a range of topics before the highly anticipated showdown between the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and one of the best heavyweight fighters of the last decade. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
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WBC welterweight world champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and promoter Oscar de la Hoya held an international media conference call to discuss Ortiz’ PPV defense against Floyd “Money” Mayweather taking place September 17 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Oscar De La Hoya: I’m very proud of him because of what he accomplished and his ability to overcome that adversity. It shows you what a great person and true champ he is. I can honestly say that he is my hero….There’s no doubt in my mind that Victor will win.
Victor Ortiz: All I know is that I want the actual Mayweather to show up. I don’t need a Mayweather that lost speed and power due to age. He’s got a beautiful mouth that just runs and runs. So I want the best Mayweather out there to shut him up. (more…)
Much like Lucian Bute, Sebastien Gauthier (21-2-0, 13 KO) will also be facing the biggest test of his career on November 5th at the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City. The InterBox protégée will step into the ring against former two-time IBF world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor (33-2-0, 12 KO) in a very interesting all-Canadian match-up. This bout will be presented on the undercard of the Lucian Bute (29-0-0 24 KO) vs. Glen « Road Warrior » Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KO) main event bout where Bute will be defending his IBF World title defense for a 9th consecutive time. (more…)
This Saturday night, former WBC Welterweight Champion, Andre Berto (27-1, 20KO’s) will look to regain a version of the welterweight championship, and re-position himself back atop the elite of boxing world when he challenges current IBF Titlelist, Jan Zaveck. The show, entitled, Battle in Biloxi: is presented by DiBella Entertainment in association with SES Boxing and will be aired live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10:45 PM ET/PT.
While the fight will feature a number of firsts for Zaveck, his first time fighting in the U.S. and first time fighting on HBO, it will also feature a first for Berto. It will be the first time Berto enters the ring as a professional coming off the heels of a loss in his last bout. That loss came in what many believe to be the leading candidate for the 2011 Fight of the Year”, a close twelve round decision to Victor Ortiz this past April. While many people in Berto’s shoes might have looked to take on an easier opponent in their first fight back, Berto went in the complete opposite direction. (more…)
A reported $325,000 purse has lured WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) to fight in the United States for the first time against undefeated KO artist Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) on November 26 at the US Bank Arena in Broner’s hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. Burns’ manager Alex Morrison confirmed the fight to the Glasgow Evening Times.
Life for Carl Froch goes on like it does for a lot of people in their 30s – a first child born about a year ago, a serious relationship, less time for fun, thoughts about maybe getting married and having more kids, learning from mistakes on the job and more work than ever.
Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) recently wrapped up a three-city media tour in Oakland, Calif., to promote his Oct. 29 fight with Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) in the Super Six World Boxing Classic final. The journey covered three days, three intercontinental flights, eight time zones and 5,375 miles.
In his first defense, IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over rugged Eromosele Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) on Wednesday night at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Albert relentlessly pursued Geale, but it was the quicker champion landing the cleaner and harder punches. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 119-109.
In a clash for the PABA super middleweight belt, titleholder Serge Yannick (14-1, 7 KOs) stopped Jamie Pittman (21-3, 8 KOs) on a cut in round two.
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By Joe Koizumi
Japanese southpaw Koki Kameda (26-1, 16 KOs), 118, barely kept his 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 (114-113, 115-113 and 115-112) over twelve lousy rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
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 (115-113 twice and 114-116) over defending champ Hugo Cazares (35-7-2, 25 KOs), 115, a switch-hitting Mexican, over twelve hard-fought and gory sessions on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
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WBC welterweight world champion Victor Ortiz works out in Ventura, California during a media day in preparation for his September 17 title defense against six-time world champion Floyd Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Click here for more photos…
In a extraordinary interview with Univision, six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya admitted that before entering rehab he abused cocaine and alcohol, was unfaithful to his wife and even considered suicide. “Rock bottom was recently,” said De La Hoya. “Within a couple of years, just thinking if my life was even worth it. I don’t have the strength, I don’t have the courage to take my own life but I was thinking about it.” The Golden Boy stated that he has been clean for the last three months.
Noted referee Frank Garza has informed the boxing world of the passing away of former NABF light middleweight champion Brett “Irish Hawk” Lally. Brett was a favorite boxer in the Michigan area. He was known for his heart and toughness and a solid body attack. He won the NABF light middleweight title in June 1990 with a TKO4 Robert Hines in Atlantic City, NJ. He defended the title suucessfully against Art Serwano in January 1991 via WTKO4. He fought one time for the WBC title losing to Terry Norris TKO1 on August 1991. His overall record was 32-12, 19 KOs. There will be a viewing on Thursday with services and funeral on Friday. At the family’s request there will be a traditional ten count during his lay in state.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA World Championships Committee has declared that interim flyweight champ Juan Carlos Reveco is now a champion in recess. Reveco has 180 days to resolve a dispute with his manager Osvaldo Rivero. The 180 days is retroactive to June 10, 2011, when Reveco beat Jean Piero Perez.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has declared that bantamweight “super” champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno to be champion in recess. This allows him to fight, but not defend the WBA world title. The champion in recess status will be lifted when the problems are resolved with his manager Roberto Grimaldo. Grimaldo and Moreno are embroiled in a legal battle for the validity of their contract. Moreno, who recently signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions had announced that he is prepared to “defend his crown” against Eric Morel to November 5 in the United States.
Frank Warren today officially announced the long awaited showdown between bitter unbeaten British rivals WBO World light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and challenger Tony Bellew for Saturday 15th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena. The rivalry has been building up over the last couple of years and the pair almost fought in May at the O2 Arena when Cleverly was due to face then WBO World Champion Juergen Braehmer, but the German failed to arrive and Bellew stepped in at the last minute. They clashed at a heated press conference and had to be separated by security staff. Ultimately Bellew was beaten by the scales and Cleverly instead faced Aleksy Kuziemski and stopped him in four rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Everything is set for Saturday’s “Veneno Puro” card at the Convention Center in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, which features WBC mandatory middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, along with Alejandro Sanabria and Michel Rosales in separate bouts. Rubio (51-5-1, 44 KOs) will face the Ghanaian Mohammed Akrong (23-3, 10 KOs) for the WBC Latino title; Sanabria (27-1-1, 21 KOs) meets Alejandro Barrera (21-7, 14 KOs) in a ten-round in super featherweight clash and Rosales (30-4, 25 KOs) goes against former hot prospect prospect Julio Cesar Garcia (43-4, 36 KOs). (more…)
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Unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, McJoe Arroyo and Carlos Negron will headline the 6th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” this Friday, September 2, at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promtions (PRBBP) in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised live on WAPA America, from 10:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
González (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title in a 10 round fight against Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs), from Rhode Island. The champion is actually is ranked #8 in the WBO lightweight division. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Tony Weeks talks to Fightnews about his career as one of the fightgame’s leading referees and also about when he was the third man in the ring for one of the greatest fights of all time, Corrales vs Castillo.
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Former IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) and unbeaten Polish prospect Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) faced the media today during a press conference at Berlin´s Max-Schmeling-Gym. They will collide in Neubrandenburg on October 1 with the vacant European Middleweight Title on the line. “I know that my name might not yet be known around the globe,” Proksa said. “But this will change on October 1. Everybody will know my name after I have defeated Sylvester.” Added his manager Krzysztof Zbarski: “Nobody wanted to fight against Proksa anymore. He is a southpaw, unbeaten, he is fast and he has made all of professional fights on the road. We were very surprised when we heard that Sylvester was brave enough to get in the ring with him.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) and IBF #1 rated Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) will meet for the vacant IBF super featherweight championship on September 10 at the Gudalajara University Olympic Coliseum topping an event promoted by HG Boxing. Also, IBF female light flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez and IBF female minimumweight champion Katia Guttierrez will defend their crowns on the same card.
WBA heavyweight “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin is expected to make his first defense on December 17 in Zurich against against ring legend Evander Holyfield, who will be 49 years old on fight night. Holyfield told the Berliner Morgenpost that he will be speaking with promoter Kalle Sauerland about the fight this week. Evander also mentioned a possible October 22 fight rematch in South Africa against Francois Botha.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez, fresh from their stop in Manila, will kick off the North America portion of their 25,000-mile international media tour, for their mega world championship fight, with a New York City news conference on Tuesday September 6, in the The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers – Pier 61 (23rd Street at the Hudson River, New York City1). The report time will be 9:30AM ET with the news conference beginning at 10AM ET. The news conference will be open to the public.
Opening the press conference will be international recording star Dan Hill who will join Pacquiao in a live performance of their Top-10 hit single “Sometimes When We Touch.” Joining Pacquiao and Marquez at Chelsea Piers will be their respective trainers, World-Famous Freddie Roach and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
Pacquiao and Marquez will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on November 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The successful series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico on Friday, September 9 with a show being billed as “Clash of Titans” celebrating Mexico’s patriotic month “Viva Mexico”. The main event will feature two of the toughest jr. welterweights in Mexican Boxing as hard punching Antonio Pitalua (52-5, 43 KOs) of Mexico City by way of Monteria, Colombia faces Cosme “Chino” Rivera (32-14-2, 23 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds with the WBC Latin jr. welterweight title on the line. (more…)
Ola Afolabi, WBO Intercontinental Cruiserweight Champion, is scheduled to make his second title defense as the co-feature of the huge Vitali Klitschko vs Tomasz Adamek show September 10 in Wroclaw Poland. Afolabi is 17-2 and rated #2 in the WBO, #3 WBA, #7 WBC and #7 in the IBF. He was scheduled to fight undefeated Polish cruiserweight star Pawel Kolodziej, 28-0. “Everybody was excited about this fight,” stated Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, promotional company of Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. “We signed Ola one year ago and he is now a completely different fighter since he has started working with Vitali’s trainer, Fritz Sdunek.” (more…)
European Super Bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez has withdrawn from his fight with Carl Frampton on September 10 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Martinez’s father was taken ill during the young Spaniard’s training camp and has since had his leg amputated. The 25-year-old left his base to spend time with his father, and as a result has pulled out of the fight on the undercard of Paul McCloskey vs. Breidis Prescott. “Irish fight fans can be assured that Carl will remain on the bill,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “He has trained for a big fight and that’s exactly what we are going to deliver for him, and we hope to name his opponent within 48 hours.”
By Daniel Hiller/FIGO Sport
German International cruiserweight titlist Kai Kurzawa has a new opponent on September when he takes on Marko Angermann. “My trainer Oktay Urkal got me well prepared for our fight in Cuxhaven, so a late opponent change happening again in my career is not a problem,” said Kurzawa.
Meanwhile, promoter Erol Ceylan wants to lineup a showdown between Kurzawa and Danny Green, whom Kurzawa kicked out in the amateurs. “I broke his nose with my right hand , then knocked him out with a left uppercut,” remembers Kurzawa. Ceylan added, “Kai has already beaten him and Green might try to settle old scores. If the fight is made, we’ll fly to Australia. We’re ready.”
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On Monday, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, held a press conference in conjunction with Golden Boy Promotions to announce the main event in the September 23 edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” featuring former United States Olympians Vicente Escobedo (2004 games) and Rocky Juarez (2000 games) squaring off in a true crossroads fight.
Rocky Juarez (joined press conference via teleconference in Houston, TX): “My training is going great. I’ve stayed in the gym ever since my last fight. I learned in that fight to stay in the gym and stay ready because I know I was going to get calls for big fights like this one…I’m one never to give up and always give my best. I’m looking for bigger and better things.” (speaking about fighting Escobedo) “You always have to do your homework. This is a crossroads fight for me and for Escobedo. I’m staying positive and things are going great. I need a victory to get back to a world championship fight.”
Vicente Escobedo: (speaking about his trainer, Joel Diaz) “I needed someone who was constantly watching me. He really pushes me to be better and stick to the plan we’re on. I’ve been changing up my routine – running on trails, on sand out here in the Coachella Valley, mountain biking….I’m here and holding my ground and just like Rocky said, I’m here to fight, too. I know I can do it. It’s gonna be a battle.”
Congratulations to legendary trainer Angelo Dundee, who celebrates his 90th birthday today.
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has announced Fight Club OC TV. For $4.99 fight fans can go to www.fightcluboc.com and receive not only Roy’s most recent five bout card, but all the entertainment and promotional elements that go into making the Fight Club OC shows.
Fisticuffs Promotions has announce the signing of female fighters Melissa “Hurracan” Hernandez (15-2-3, 5 KOs) and “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (8-0, 1 KO) to exclusive promotional contracts.
Dubai is on the short list to be the site of the WBC Convention in 2013.
Condolences for Main Events’ Jolene Mizzone and her family on the passing of Jolene’s father, John Mizzone, Jr., 63 years old, Monday morning.
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced that the WBO will pay tribute all the WBO’s Puerto Rican champions during their Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico from October 24th to 29th. The names include Héctor “Macho” Camacho, José “Cheíto” Ruiz, John John Molina, José “Cagüitas” de Jesús, Orlando Fernández, Rafael del Valle, Josué “Dicky” Camacho, Daniel “La Cobra” Jiménez, Álex “El Nene” Sánchez, Samuel Fuentes, Daniel Santos, Nelson “Fueguete” Dieppa, Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón, Miguel Cotto, Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, Juan Manuel “Juanma” López, Román “Rocky” Martínez, José “Carita” López and Wilfredo Vázquez Jr.
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