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By Felipe Leon
Photos: Baja Boxing
The three time world champion and current WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) finds himself in the mountains of Temoaya, State of Mexico, since early May to train for his next outing scheduled for Saturday, June 25th. Soto will be facing Japan’s Tomoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs). The scheduled twelve round championship bout will be televised in Mexico by Mexican mega channel Televisa at a venue to be determined. The bout will be the fourth defense of his title which he captured versus David Diaz on the undercard of Pacquiao-Clottey. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
It’s official that Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (30-2, 23 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBA flyweight title on July 2 at the Multipurpose Center in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Negotiations are ongoing to “lock in ” the name of his challenger, but the options and come down to Silvio Olteanu (11-5, 5 KOs), former world champion Rodel Mayol (28-5-2, 21 KOs) or two-time title challenger Nerys Espinoza (29-6-1, 20 KOs). (more…)
Former World Champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams looks to show the fans that he’s back and better than ever, and Rico Ramos, will be seeking to win his first world title on a July 9 twinbill in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall. Williams (30-2, 27 KOs), who sustained a stunning second-round knockout loss at the hands of middleweight champion Sergio Martinez last November, headlines in a scheduled 12-round bout against undefeated and world-ranked Cuban defector Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KO) in a battle of southpaws.
The opening bout pits #1-ranked Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) challenging champion Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) in another 12-rounder for the Tokyo native’s WBA super bantamweight title.
World Champion Sebastion Zbik has a message for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “Tell Junior to ‘be prepared,'” said Zbik at a media workout yesterday in Los Angeles. “I came here to win. He’s a good strong fighter, but I am the champion and overall I am just the better, more complete fighter.” Zbik, from Germany, has been in Los Angeles for weeks to prepare for his world title defense against Chavez Jr at the STAPLES Center on Saturday, June 4.
Ticket sales are strong, with ringside sold out.
Freddie Roach, chief trainer for Chavez Jr., said the Son of the Legend is “….prepared and ready to fight. He has worked very hard to get ready.”
Chavez Jr will throw the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers game on Sunday.
Unbeaten featherweight Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Ca. has sparred 125 plus rounds to get set for Miguel Beltran Jr on the Zbik vs. Chavez Jr title card. “Our last day of sparring will be on Saturday,” said Robert Garcia, chief trainer. “We’ve had some great sparring including a lot from Carney Bowman who is very good, talented fighter. We used Carney for sparring before Mikey fought Matt Remillard in Atlantic City. Mikey looks great right now. We know Beltran Jr is a good puncher. We’re ready to fight.” Garcia vs. Beltran Jr will be the opening televised bout on HBO After Dark.
Christy Martin will go for her 50th pro win when she takes on Dakota Stone on the Zbik vs. Chavez Jr card. “This will be my first fight in California,” said Christy. “I’ve fought many time on Julio Cesar Chavez world title cards and now I am on the same card as his son, Julio Jr. That’s incredible when you think of it.” Christy is training in Las Vegas with Miguel Diaz and assistant Richie Sandoval. “Christy is in tremendous condition. She has worked hard for this opportunity,” Diaz said.
On June 23, “Fight Night Club” returns to L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles as local favorites Ramon Valadez and Jamie Kavanagh compete in separate featured bouts. Valadez (8-1, 4 KOs) will headline the show in a junior lightweight bout while Kavanagh (6-0, 2 KOs) will be in a lightweight co-featured fight, both in six round fights against opponents to be determined.
Photos by Team Erdei
On Wednesday morning Zsolt Erdei made his training on the steps before the entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. These are the steps at the end of the well-known Benjamin Franklin Square, where the step scene of the popular Rocky movie was filmed. The Rocky statue in the park is very popular among the tourists. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
It will be another battle between youth versus experience on June 3rd. Make that two battles on the same card. Unbeaten Luis Ramos will face his toughest test thus far in his career as he takes on Francisco Lorenzo at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday evening. “This is a step up for Luis,” said Espinoza, who has managed Ramos’ career for over three years.
The Ramos-Lorenzo bout will be the co-main event along with another battle of youth versus experience. Unbeaten Leo Santa Cruz (15-0-1, 7 KO’s) will take on former world title holder Jose Lopez (39-9-2, 32 KO’s) of Puerto Rico. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko helps Polish builders finish their job in time in Wroclaw, where he will fight Adamek on September 10. Their fight will open a 44,000 soccer stadium, one of the venues for the 2012 European Soccer Championship.
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Frank Mir and Roy Nelson have a mutual respect for each other. But despite the fact that they live in the same city, share gym time and have mutual friends, both promise that their heavyweight tilt at UFC 130 on May 28th will be nothing like the lovefest that Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley showcased earlier in the month. They may slap hi-fives and share a casual conversation outside of the cage, but when that door slams shut, it’s nothing but bad intentions . . . Click here for more
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Marcin Urbaniak/ringpolska.pl
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) was again very complimentary toward former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion, Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) during second press conference in Dresden, Germany to announce their September 10 bout in nearby Wroclaw, Poland.
“I’m giving him 50 percent chances to beat me,” said Klitschko. “It’s not about a great name, it’s about great skills. Adamek is strong, with unbelievable heart. He’s better than David Haye.” (more…)
When your next opponent sports an overflowing belly like Larry the Cable Guy and a shaggy mullet that would make Billy Ray Cyrus jealous, it might be tempting to underestimate him just a tad. But former UFC champ Frank Mir promises he won’t commit that faux pas against Roy “Big Country” Nelson on Saturday night . . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC
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Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany talks about his June 4 defense against #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
By Felipe Leon
Tijuana fighter Omar Estrella (18-2-2, 13 KOs) is ready to defend his Mexican featherweight title against the tough Sergio “Mickey” Lopez (23-2, 19 KOs) of Ensenada, MX, this Saturday night in Mazatlan, MX. Estrella captured the title against Martin Fing last August 14th via a unanimous decision. Jorge Linares, Ivan “Terriblito” Morales and Pedro Guevara are also slated to fight Saturday night in separate bouts on a card presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Box Latino. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
Rivals Andy Kolle of Duluth, MN and Caleb Truax of Osseo, MN will meet this Friday night at the Saint Paul Armory in a highly anticipated grudge. Kolle (23-2) won the MN State title in 2009 by defeating Anthony Bonsante and went on to successfully defend against Matt Vanda a year later. Truax (17-0-1) has been testing himself against Veterans such as Antwan Echols, Jonathan Reid, and Minneapolis native Phil Williams and looks to dethrone his instate rival Kolle before attempting to make a name for himself on the national scene. The two fighters and their camps have been taking jabs at each other for years and will now settle their differences once and for all this Friday night. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
Patrick Ortiz & Ringside Ticket brings professional boxing to the beautiful Pala Resort & Casino in Pala, California on June 25th. The inaugural show will feature a personal appearance by former world champion and Olympic gold medalist Sugar Ray Leonard. The 10 round main event pits local welterweight favorite Dashon Johnson (12-4-3) against tough veteran Bernardo Guereca ( 16-10-1). Johnson is coming off of a spectacular first round KO over Willie Walton. Also appearing will be former amateur standouts Danny Martinez (2-0) and Mike Gavronski ( 2-0) in separate bouts. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased at the Pala Casino box office, via the internet at startickets.com, or by phone at (877)946-7252. The action starts at 7:00 PM.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II will return to the ring this Saturday the 28th with countryman Lizandro de los Santos (16-9-0, 6 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico City at an event hosted by the Dr. Fausto Garcia;s Gala Boxing Promotions. Sanchez trains daily at the Pino Suarez gym with renowned trainer Rudy Perez hoping to mature his techniques to find a future world title shot. “This fight is a new challenge and I will try to show what I have learned in Mexico. I want to find a breakthrough in my style and technique that will allow me to put myself against the top of the world in my division. There is no turning back. My desire is to develop as a professional boxer and my goal is to be a crowned world champion. I know I still have a lot to learn, but we’re on the road and everyday I learn more,” said Sanchez II. For Sanchez (22-4-3, 11 KOs), this will be his fifth consecutive fight in Mexico after completing seven battles in the US.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Undefeated WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Narvaez is expected to defend his crown for the third time against Juan Carlos Sanchez Jr. on June 11th at the famous Luna Park in Buenos Aires on a card presented by promoter Osvaldo Rivero. Unbeaten female world champion Yessica Bopp will defend her WBA and WBO flyweight belts. Narvaez previously made 16 consecutive defenses of his WBO flyweight title.
Friday’s edition of “Sólo Boxeo” on TeleFutura will be a “classics” show featuring the 2007 rematch between Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez and Rafael Marquez and a 2010 clash between former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and Cornelius Lock. The show will return with a live boxing telecast the following week.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson and promoter Lou DiBella held an international media conference call on Wednesday to discuss their upcoming Semifinal bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) title against Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs), a former world champion. The Froch-Johnson winner will advance to the tournament Final to face World Boxing Association (WBA) champion Andre Ward, who secured a Final berth with a dominating victory over Arthur Abraham on May 14 in the other Semifinal bout. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Rampage Jackson and Matt Hamill face off at the MGM Grand during a press conference held today. On Saturday, Jackson and Hamill will headline UFC 130. Stay tuned for a full report of today’s presser.
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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany works out during media day., Wednesday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood for his upcoming WBC world middleweight title fight against #1 contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Zbik vs. Chavez, Jr. is promoted by Top Rank in association with Zanfer Promotions, Universum Media Network, Tecate and Staples Center and will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be televised on HBO Boxing After Dark. Click here for more photos…
Photo: Team Gesta
Fast rising WBO #2 ranked lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11 KOs) has come to terms with premier promoter Top Rank. After speaking briefly to Golden Boy Promotions, Gesta and his team opted for the Las Vegas based promoter after meeting with Bob Arum in last week. The quick fisted southpaw has signed a multiple year agreement which the San Diego, CA, based fighter hopes brings him to the next level. “I feel comfortable with the deal, I’m ready for a world title and Mr. Arum wants to give us a shot,” Gesta said exclusively to Fightnews.com. “I’m excited to get back in the ring and show the world I’m ready for the best in my weight class.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
After a four-year hiatus from the ring, Jose Aguiniga is gearing up for a comeback. Manager Rolando Arrellano told Fightnews.com that Aguiniga is tentatively scheduled to return to the ring on July 1st at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. Aguiniga, (31-0, 14 KOs) from Oxnard, has not fought since winning an eight round majority decision over Joe Morales in April of 2007. Aguiniga stepped away from the sport because of family commitments and weight issues. At one point, Aguiniga weighed about 180 pounds until he began playing soccer in the recreational leagues in Oxnard a few years ago. Having lost substantial weight (he currently weighs 140 pounds), Aguiniga is targeting to weigh in at 126 pounds for his scheduled fight on July 1st. Aguiniga holds victories over former world title holder Cristobal Cruz and hard-hitting Hugo Ramirez. His future plans are to campaign at 122 pounds.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (12-0, 9 KOs) faces Doel Carrasquillo (15-17-1, 13 KOs) in the scheduled 10-round main event of the first-ever boxing card at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem on July 1. Cruz will headline a card for the first time as well as engage in his first scheduled 10-round bout in a temporary 1,600-seat tent on the grounds of the Sands. Carrasquillo knocked out previously unbeaten Denis Douglin in his last fight.
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