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By Francisco Salazar
It will be an invasion of Oxnard fighters tonight at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. Four fighters from the largest city in Ventura County will fight in separate four round bouts. Headlining the “Combat United” card, presented by All Star Boxing Promotions, Oxnard’s Javier Garcia (3-2-1, 3 KO’s) will take on Takashi Takenaka in a four round lightweight bout. Takenaka will be making his professional debut. Garcia has not fought in almost three years, when he lost a four round majority decision to Khadaphi Proctor. (more…)
In the Inaugural promotion for Ghost Promotions, owned by Youngstown’s Kelly Pavlik and Jack Loew, they have partnered with Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment to bring boxing to Youngstown, Ohio, on Friday night. The show at the Covelli Center features Dannie Williams (17-1, 14 KOs) vs. Oscar Cuero (13-6, 10 KOs) in the main event. In other headlining bouts, former IBF and WBC silver middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (23-9) is set for his hometown return against Chicago veteran Michael Walker (19-8) and unbeaten prospect Jake Giuriceo (11-0-1) battles Winston Mathis (7-3) at junior welterweight. The first bout hits the bell at 7pm.
Billy Lyell 155.5 vs Mike Walker 159.5
Jake Giuriceo 139 vs Winston Mathis 139.5
Marco Hall 131 vs Emil Brooks 128.5
Juan Salinas 201 vs Adam Gearien 212
Vincent O’Neil 136 vs Kenneth Addison 135
Anthony Pietrantonio 174 vs Randy Campbell 172
Undefeated junior middleweight Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (30-0, 19KO’s) is looking to secure a major fight this fall. The WBC’s top rated 154-pounder had his sights set on a Mexican Independence Day show down with Mexican star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez but that might not come to fruition any time soon. “Canelo and I would be a big fight at STAPLES Center. The place would be full of Mexican and Armenian fans. His style and my style go together perfectly and would give the fans the fight that they want to see,” said Martirosyan. Indications are that Alvarez will not face the Glendale, California, based fighter this year. With that news, Team Martirosyan is moving on and there are plenty of options in the loaded junior middleweight division.
Martirosyan’s manager Steve Feder indicated that Alvarez won’t face Martirosyan until it is forced by the WBC. “We can’t keep wasting time on Alvarez. We thought we would get ‘Canelo’ in September but he won’t fight us until he has to and even then he will try to find a way out. I don’t blame him. If I was his manager I wouldn’t want him to fight Vanes either,” said Feder. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
This afternoon in the City of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, was the final presser for “San Luis, Ciudad de Campeones”, which will be headlined by Edgar Sosa and Julio Paz on Saturday in the “Plaza de Toros El Paseo”. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In the VIP room of Cinemex Antara in Polanco, Mexico City, Mexican stars Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez, accompanied by their trainers Nacho Beristain and Daniel Zaragoza, respectively, made the official announcement of their return to the squared circle on July 16 in the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo. WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel (52-1, 38 KOs) will face Likar Ramos (24-3, 18 KOs), while Rafael (39-6, 35 KOs) faces a fighter to be named. Juan Manuel is preparing for a November 12 clash with WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, while Rafael is getting ready for WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
Team Rios and Team Antillon spent time with the boxing media on a teleconference call hosted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum on Thursday, a week before their upcoming world title showdown on Saturday, July 9, LIVE SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
The undefeated Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., by way of Lubbock, Texas, will defend his WBA lightweight title against Antillon in the main event of a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader. Arguably the division’s most exciting fighter, Rios is coming off the biggest win of his career – a 10th round TKO of defending champion Miguel Acosta on Feb. 26 to capture the WBA title.
Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs), of Maywood, Calif., has given sensational performances in recent fights. In his last outing, he lost a controversial decision against World Boxing Council lightweight champ Humberto Soto last December in the consensus “Fight of the Year.” Though he lost to Soto, Antillon emerged from that fight a world-class contender.
In the co-main event, former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs), of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will square off with Carlos Molina (18-4-2, 6 KOs), of Chicago, by way of Mexico, in a 10-round junior middleweight fight. The event is promoted by Top Rank. (more…)
Frankie Gomez 137.8 vs. Khadaphi Proctor 137
Randy Caballero 119.6 vs. Alexis Santiago 118.8
Antonio Orozco 144 vs. Josh Beeman 145.5
Eduardo Vasquez 127.2 vs. Juan Sandoval 126.8
Guadalupe Salcido 137.4 vs. Stephen Rubalcava 139.2
Seniesa Estrada 110.2 vs. Blanca Raymundo 112.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Ronald Cruz 146 vs. Doel Carrasquillo 145.5
Cesar Gonzales 128 vs. Joshua Arocho 126
Grayson Blake 151 vs. Anthony Abrams 156
Omar Sims 166 vs. Rashad Brown 164 1/4
Bryne Green 132.5 vs. Eliud Torres 134
David Navarro 151.5 vs. Chris Plebani 145
Eric Newell 246.5 vs. John Mercurio TBA
William Miranda 222 vs. Zeferino Albino TBA
Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
“Congrats on winning the Prizefighter tourney. I was impressed. And, I am going to do you a favor and step up and accept your challenge if you are serious about stepping it up in competition. You and your team know how to get in touch with me. We’ve sparred plenty of rounds so you know what I can do and I know what you can do. And since nobody seems to want to fight over here in the US, I will come to you in the UK to get it done. I’m ready willing and able to meet you halfway. My phone lines are open and my bags are packed. You can even hit me on Facebook or Twitter. Let me know what’s up.”
Here are the official weights for Top Rank’s doubleheader in San Antonio on Friday night. Both bouts will be on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Mark Melligen, from Cebu, Philippines, has been training for weeks in Las Vegas. Melligen has won five fights in a row. Bey, from Cleveland, is managed by James Prince. Bey is a four-time amateur national and has an amateur win over Brandon Rios, now a world lightweight champion.
Mark Melligen 149 vs Sebastian Lujan 146.5
Mickey Bey 133.25 vs Alejandro Rodriguez 132.75
Photo: UFC Bantamweight Champion Dominick Cruz and challenger Urijah Faber face off at the UFC 132 Pre-Fight Press Conference today at the MGM Grand. Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
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On behalf of the Fisher family, DiBella Entertainment has announced the passing of legendary boxing trainer, James “Bouie” Fisher. He was 83. Fisher, best known for his work with Bernard Hopkins, was a mainstay in the Philadelphia boxing scene for decades. He won the 2001 Eddie Futch-John F.X. Condon Award, presented by the Boxing Writers’ Association of America annually to honor the year’s best trainer. Fisher leaves behind his wife, Peggy; 8 children: Andre, Bernadette, Bernard, Cecilia, James, Josephine, Valerie, and Victoria; and 15 grand children. Memorial service arrangements will be announced in the coming days.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
The stars were out at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday night. There were bright lights, a red carpet, hundreds of fans in attendance seeking autographs or pictures. One would have thought that famous actors, rappers, or other celebrities were attending an awards show based on the electricity of the event and the crowd.
Instead, it was two of the biggest names in boxing today that drew an overwhelming crowd to the outdoor plaza, which is located right across the street from STAPLES Center.
Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz took different roads during their professional career, but they will step inside the ring on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Wednesday night was the final stop of a two-day press tour to announce their showdown in a few months’ time. On Tuesday afternoon, both fighters and their respective camps were in New York City, holding court in front of the media and fight fans. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Mcwilliams Arroyo 112 vs. Shawn Nichol
Carlos Negrón 206 vs. Reggie Peña 204
Camilo Pérez 122 vs. Eduardo Meléndez 120
Regino Canales 135 vs. Alberto Mercado 133
Carlos Ramos 148 vs. Carlos García 151
Israel Suárez 127 vs. Hipólito Rivera 128
Israel Vázquez 112 vs. Brian González 116
Rafael González 138 vs. José Morales 139
Venue: Coliseo Tomas Dones, Fajardo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc
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U.S. District Court Judge Larry R. Hicks denied the Emergency Appeal filed by Floyd Mayweather, Jr. for a protective order to prevent his court-ordered deposition, finding that Mayweather’s motion was “without merit.” Mayweather’s deposition had been scheduled for June 17, 2011, in Las Vegas, Nev. Mayweather refused to appear. Judge Hicks’ decision affirmed Magistrate Robert Johnston’s order denying Mayweather’s motion for a protective order to prevent his June 17 deposition. “Floyd Mayweather, Jr. still is refusing to show up for his deposition. He continues to defy the Court’s Order,” said Pacquiao’s lawyer Daniel Petrocelli Mayweather is being sued by pound-for-pound champion and Congressman Manny Pacquiao based on Mayweather’s defamatory statements accusing Pacquiao of taking performance-enhancing drugs.
In the realm of boxing series, none sticks to its mission statement as closely as the popular ShoBox: The New Generation, which 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. The Top Rank-promoted doubleheader 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 Joselito Collado (12-0, 3 KOs) in a battle of unbeatens. Click here for 10th Anniversary highlights, stats and facts …
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Hundreds of Angelenos were on hand Wednesday night for the Floyd “Money” Mayweather (41-0, 25KOs) vs. “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22KOs) LA press conference at Nokia Plaza at LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. It marked the second day of a press conference tour which began Tuesday in New York City to promote their September 17 showdown in Las Vegas.
Ortiz displayed some character at last night’s press conference as Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer welcomed the media and fans in attendance, and made introductions to the September 17 pay per view card billed as “Star Power.”
“I am the star and the power,” Ortiz responded as he interrupted Schaefer. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) defends against former WBA super world champion Celestino ¨Pelenchin¨ Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo La Colonia, Junin, Mendoza, Argentina. The three judges are Sergio Caiz (U.S.), Danny Nelson (U.S.) and Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico). The Supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
By Felipe Leon
With a sudden drought of professional boxing taking a hold of the region, a few fight cards are now visible on the horizon while a number of fighters from the region are making noise on the boxing landscape.
Unbeaten WBO #2 ranked lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is hard at work at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, CA, for his third camp in a row as he prepares for his Top Rank debut on the under card of Rios-Antillon on July 9th. The southpaw Gesta of San Diego by way of Cebu, Philippines, has been working with WBA jr. welterweight champion Amir Khan for the Brit’s unification showdown versus IBF champ Zab Judah on July 23rd. According to Vince Parra, Gesta’s trainer and co-manager, both fighters have been engaging in some spirited sparring with both fighters showing signs of brilliance. After one heated session, Khan was heard to say that Gesta “was ready for a championship now.” No opponent has been named yet for Gesta’s bout at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The boxing card billed as “La Revancha” scheduled on July 9 in the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City with seven French fighters including WIBA female world champion Anne Sophie Mathis (24-1, 21 KOs) may be cancelled said a confident source. “We’re supposed to fight but due to a problem with the promoter and no financial guarrantee for the French fighters, they won’t go in Panama,” said international French manager Christel Aujoux
Panamanian fighters include former WBA world champion Ricardo Cordoba, Joao Powell, Loel Barrantes, Julio Canastuj, Julio Garcia and former WIBA world champion Ana Pascal who would face French opponents.
By Matt Richardson
Unbeaten heavyweight Mike Perez is eager for a fight. Any fight, actually. “I only need to get the chance,” Perez (16-0, 12 KOs) explained to Fightnews this week. “I need a chance. I know I’m one of the best heavyweights…I just need to prove it.” Perez is fresh off an early May triumph in the International Prizefighter tournament in London in which he decisively won three fights in one night: a three-round unanimous decision against Kertson Manswell, a first round stoppage of Gregory Tony and another first round knockout against Tye Fields. “It was good,” Perez said of the opportunity. “It was what we were looking for. It wasn’t that hard. We were training hard and we were worried someone was going to pull out. But it wasn’t harder than I expected.” For more details and photos click here….
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #7 and WBA #9 heavyweight Kali Meehan talks to Fightnews about the impressive KO over Aussie heavyweight Michael Kirby recently and offers to fight WBO #15 Alex Leapai and DKP heavyweight Mark de Mori. Kali talks about possible fights for him against David Tua and Oliver McCall who he has in his sights. Meehan says he does not think he will get a shot at any major body crown and feels they are the best fight for him. (more…)
Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialists Jorge Gurgel (15-5) and Joe “Hybrid” Duarte (9-2) will collide in the main event of STRIKEFORCE® Challengers on Friday, Aug. 12, from the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., live on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The card will also feature a 155-pound contest between Pat “Bam Bam” Healy (26-10) and Eric Wisely (17-5), plus an additional three televised fights that will be announced in the weeks to come.
A press conference was held earlier today to announce the first annual “Knock Out Cancer” Boxing Benefit, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, the American Cancer Society and Hunts Point Produce Market. The “Knock Out Cancer” event, which will be held outside at the Market on July 23rd, will feature undefeated heavyweight prospect, Joe “The Future” Hanks (16-0, 11KO’s) as he looks to capture his first title in the heavyweight division when he takes on former member of Season 4 of “The Contender” Alfredo Escalera Jr. (18-3-1, 12KO’s). Issouf Kinda (10-0, 5KO’s) taking on Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 10KO’s) for the NYS Jr. Welterweight Title in the co-feature. Tickets to this special event are priced at $50, $75 and $100 and can be purchased by calling (718) 823-2000. All the proceeds from the show will be donated to the American Cancer Society.
On Saturday, August 13, legendary street brawler Kimbo Slice will make his long-awaited professional boxing debut in the four-round main event of a Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions boxing extravaganza at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Opponents and other matches on the card will be announced shortly. Tickets for the professional boxing debut of Kimbo Slice are priced at $38, $48 and $68 and will be available July 5 through www.buffalorun.com.
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By Matt Richardson
Photos: Michael Hicks – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
After more than a year away from the ring and the boxing media, pound for pound king and current welterweight Floyd Mayweather returned to the spotlight on Tuesday at the Hudson Theater in mid-town Manhattan to announce a September 17 bout with WBC 147-pound title-holder Victor Ortiz.
As has been the norm with Mayweather promotions in the past few years, the former champion was talkative, flamboyant and reflective as he spoke in promotion of the fight. Predictably, much of the talk surrounded a potential fight with fellow pound for pounder Manny Pacquiao.
“I just want to give the fans what they want; excitement,” said Mayweather (41-0, 25 KO’s). “It’s not about the money. I’m going to make a ton of money…he’s (Ortiz) going to make some good money. Floyd Mayweather don’t duck or dodge anyone. Do I want the Pacquiao fight? Absolutely. If that’s what the fans want, I’ll give it to them. But one step at a time.” (more…)
For the second time in his career former Olympian McWilliams Arroyo will headline in his hometown when he faces Shawn Nichol in the 4th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Tomas Dones Coliseum in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, this Friday in a PR Best Boxing Promotions event to be televised on WAPA America. Arroyo (8-1, 7 KOs), a 2009 Amateur World Champion, will fight Nichol (5-5, 5 KOs) in a flyweight eight-round bout. Also in TV fights, unbeaten Heavyweight Carlos Negron (12-0, 10 KOs) meets Reggie Peña (6-7, 1 KO) in a six-rounder, and prospect Camilo Pérez (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Eduardo Meléndez (4-8, 1 KO) in a four round super bantamweight clash.
Former WBC light welterweight champ and Kingston, NY native, Billy Costello has passed away. He was only 55. Costello, a Kingston resident and a former World Boxing Council junior welterweight champion, died on Wednesday morning at Benedictine Hospital at the age of 55. Costello had been fighting lung cancer since April 2010. “Billy took it like a champ, right from the beginning,” said friend and former trainer Lou Fusco. “He never gave up. He never complained.” As a professional, Costello won 40 of his 42 fights, with many of them coming in front of sell-out crowds at Kingston’s Midtown Neighborhood Center.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw speedster, departed for Atlantic City where he will defend his belt against unbeaten top contender Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) on July 9. Shimoda, making his initial defense, will at first stay in Las Vegas for his final conditioning before entering Atlantic City. The 26-year-old champ said, “I’m looking forward to displaying my best performance and impress the US crowd.” (more…)
Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer
Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 49 KOs) and David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) held their open work out at the Mercedes Benz dealership in Hamburg-Süd today. Over 500 fans showed up to watch both fighters showing off their boxing skills in preparation for their heavyweight championship unification fight this Saturday, July 2. IBF, WBO, IBO and “Ring Magazine” Champion Klitschko and WBA Champion David Haye will face off at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
76-year-old well-reputed international judge Ken Morita has become the executive secretary of the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), succeeding Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, 50, as the JBC announced on Monday. After an internal conflict inside the JBC for two months, the JBC executive committee finally decided to replace Yasukochi with Morita, his senior. There had been a move that Morita might establish the second national commission with almost all officials (referees and judges) and JBC staff, and the JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; the union of all licensed club owners) declared its support to the second commission. It is, however, good for our stable administration of boxing fraternity to have the JBC as it was.
WBA Super Welterweight World Champion Austin Trout and his support team are relieved and yet admittedly still angry after receiving final word from WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Mendoza, Jr. that the WBA has ratified Trout as champion and invalidates the result of a positive post-fight drug test taken in Mexico.
In early June, Trout successfully defended his title against David Lopez by unanimous decision only to be informed afterward that the results of a dubious drug test came back positive for marijuana. According to Team Trout and promoter Greg Cohen, proper procedures and protocol were not followed. The urine samples they took were not sealed and Trout wasn’t asked to sign any paperwork. Team Trout had two more urine samples properly tested at a facility approved by The New Mexico Boxing Commission and sent them to the WBA. Both samples came back clean. (more…)
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