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Photos: Don King Productions
Hall of Fame boxing promoter Don King was joined by many of the principal fighters on Saturday’s “Viva Don King II” boxing card at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla., for media workouts today inside Hard Rock Live, the same venue where the fights will be held.
Heavyweight fighters Tony “TNT” Grano (19-2-1, 15 KOs), from Hartford, Conn., and DaVarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (27-6, 23 KOs), from Denver, both participated in today’s workouts and will fight in the main event on Saturday. Grano is the No. 1 ranked NABF contender and Williamson is a former top-ranked heavyweight, and the winner will win the vacant NABF title. (more…)
In the aftermath of the Saturday’s fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Andy Lee, Lee’s trainer Emanuel Steward has expressed he is very concerned about whether the fight was a level playing field for both fighters to compete in. Team Lee has requested confirmation and clarity from Dick Cole, the Texas State Athletic Commissioner on whether Chavez Jr. carried out an anti-doping drug test on Saturday evening and what the results are. Furthermore Steward has a meeting with Senator John McCain, instigator of the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act on July 10 and one of the items on the agenda is enhanced performance drugs being used in professional boxing.
“Andy Lee is like a son to me,” Steward said “I always look after all my fighters’ health and well being. I am very concerned about enhanced performance drugs being used by boxers. This is not tennis or golf; boxing is a physical combat sport where if drugs are used by one fighter then this is a disadvantage against the other fighter and causes serious damage to a fighter’s health. Are we going to wait for someone to be killed in the ring before this matter is taken seriously and dealt with? (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization and the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority are proud to announce the first annual International Fight Week will take place around the hottest ticket of the summer – UFC 148 – from July 3 through July 7. (more…)
On Saturday night Walter Johnson Promotions in conjunction with B. Hairston will bring boxing back to downtown Greensboro, NC for the first time in 10 years. They will host a nine bout professional card at the Marriott Southern Crescent Ballroom. The card will feature (14-2) former Russian amateur champion Anatoliy Dudchenko taking on veteran Tiwon Taylor, (30-20, 22 KOs) in a 10 round light heavyweight UNBC International Championship bout. The card will also feature local lightweight prospect Richard Rivers (8-0, 3 KOs) taking on Sean Lockhart of Charleston, SC for the UNBC Carolina’s title.
Heavyweight Prospect Josh Tufte (5-0, 4 KOs) will be fighting a six round bout against Maurice Winslow (5-7, 3 KOs) of Atlanta, GA. Also (13-4, 5 KOs) Jamie “Shotgun” Winchester will take on journeyman Kevin Carter in a jr. middleweight bout. (more…)
El Muneco and Ghost Town Promotions present a fight card on June 30th at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in Longmont, Colorado (about 40 miles both of Denver). The show is headlined by a welterweight showdown between two hometown favorite Raul “EL Chino” Carrillo (9-1, 6 KOs) and Josh “Pitbull” Torres (7-1-1, 4 KOs) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Rounding out the action will be seven four-rounders featuring local talent. Tickets start at $25.
By Mike Bernier
Tomasz Adamek: “I won this fight. I thought the fight was very close. I was standing there fighting punch to punch but Eddie didn’t want to fight. Eddie is very slick. I won this fight and I’m very happy. I’ll fight again in September. Now is time for rest.”
In reference to Chambers not able to throw his right hand:
“This is boxing. In 2005 I fought with a broken nose for 12 rounds and I won this fight. You have to be ready for anything.” [Won MD against Paul Briggs for the vacant WBC light heavyweight title]
On what’s next:
“This is a question for the promoter. I don’t know who. I did what I did and now it’s time for rest.”
In reference to the arm injury:
“I don’t want to be sound brash but I’m sure I would have won the fight. It would have been extraordinarily on-sided for a fighter that was for an underdog going in.”
Chambers believed he tore something in his left arm and at the time of these comments the arm hasn’t had it checked out yet. The arm was rested in a bent position while he stood at the podium to answer questions. He admitted to being in pain if he moved it.
On getting a rematch with Adamek:
“I’m a fighter, I’ll fight anybody. You can look at my resume as far as the guys I faced in the past. I don’t care who it is.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
An important source has informed Fightnews.com that there is a strong possibility that Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez could take place in Mexico on November 10. The source mentioned the favorable tax situation should Pacquiao agree to fight in Mexico as opposed to the United States, where the first three Pacquiao-Marquez fights took place. In the meantime, Marquez could reappear on July 21 against Filipino Al Sabaupanen at a place to be determined. Morelia or Puebla in Mexico have been mentioned as possible locations. Promoter Fernando Beltran has stated in many interviews that boxing fans would rather see Pacquiao-Marquez IV rather than a Bradley-Pacquiao rematch.
Ringside Report: Kurt Wolfheimer and Mike Bernier
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) captured the vacant IBF North American heavyweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision victory over a one armed “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) by scores of 116-112 twice and 119-109. The scores did not indicate the closeness of the fight as Adamek’s powerful combinations seemed to be matched by the Chambers right hand only jabs and cleaner overhand rights throughout the later rounds. The victory for Adamek ranked #7 by the IBF, was his second consecutive victory since his failed world title challenge against Vitali Klitschko and once again puts him once again back in the mix for world heavyweight title aspirations. (More)
By Boxing Bob Newman and Diana Rodriguez
Photos: Taylor Hallman
ARES Promotions kicked off the Summer a few days early in New York state’s capital of Albany on Saturday at the Empire Convention Center, under “The Egg” with Fight “Night IX.” The five bout card was headlined by local middleweight prospect Marcus Williams, and filled on the undercard with more upstate talent. Marcus Williams continued his winning ways by taking a workman-like eight round unanimous decision over journeyman Troy Artis. Williams was looking to continue his winning ways after suffering a hard fought, razor thin unanimous decision loss to fellow ARES stablemate Jose Medina in October of last year. Though as nails Troy Artis was brought in to test Williams. While Artis’ rock solid chin held up, he had trouble mounting his own offense. Though having Williams against the ropes on a couple occasions, and was able to land some effective blows, Williams won comfortably by scores of 78-74, and 77-73 twice. Williams moves to 10-2, 1 KO while Artis slips to 3-4-1, 2 KOs. (more…)
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua continues his quest back to the title when he collides with Muay Thai ace Brandon “The Truth” Vera at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, Aug. 4. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® formally announced today that the Rua-Vera showdown will take place at the home of the 2012 Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings. (more…)
Bettors are backing Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson to win the Prizefighter International Heavyweights show at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Wednesday. Johnson is the current 6-4 favourite for glory in the 25th edition of the eight man, one night tournament. Kingpin is tipped for the top prize ahead of Poland’s Albert Sosnowski, available at 7-2 to land the £32,000 winner’s check. New York brawler Tor Hamer is the 6-1 third favorite for the trophy, with former USBA champion Maurice Harris a 15-1 chance. Brazil’s Marcelo Luis Nascimento and Moroccan-born Noureddine Meddoune can be backed at 17-1, as can. Odds of 24-1 suggest that England’s Tom Dallas has it all to do if he’s to win on the night, while Hatfield’s Tom Little is the least favoured for tournament glory with odds of 29-1.
The first-ever middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® will now be decided in a three round bout between Cezar Mutante and Serginho (Sergio) Moraes at UFC® 147: Silva vs. Franklin II, on June 23, at the Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Moraes, a semifinalist of the first international edition of the UFC’s reality TV show, was chosen to replace of Daniel Sarafian, who was forced off the card due to an arm injury. (more…)
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley was greeted by 400+ hometown fans at the Cathedral City Civic Center in Saturday in celebration of his win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas the previous week. Attending the event in a wheelchair with casts on both legs, Bradley was given the key to the city and and a congressional certificate as he happily posed for photos and signed autographs for his fans. According to a report in the local Desert Sun newspaper, Bradley told the crowd that a November rematch with Pacquiao is unlikely and he believes Pacman (who has a contractual option for a rematch) will choose a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez instead. He also predicted Pacquiao will lose that fight.
By Chito Yu Katangkatang
It was a domination of Singwangcha fighters last Saturday night as they swept every bout by decision and knockout victories. In the main event, Jomar Fajardo-Singwangcha gave Ruther del Castillo a boxing clinic but the fight ended earlier due to huge cut on Del Castillo’s right eyebrow. The fight was halted in the ninth round and the score cards awarded the victory to Fajardo via unanimous decision.
In the supporting main event, Rey Megrino-Singwangcha scored an early knockout courtesy of a liver shot which sent opponent Prell Tupas to the canvass for good in the very first round. In another featured bout, lightweight prospect Al Sabaupan came back from his recent loss against Marvin Quintero in Mexico by stopping Freddie Martinez in the first round. Sabaupan was relentless from the opening belland finally caught Martinez with a perfect hook to the body knocking out his opponent seconds from the end of the round. (more…)
Interviewer: Przemek Garczarczyk
Fans were entertained by a solid fight card Friday night at the Coliseo Cubierto Elías Chegwin, Barranquilla, Colombia. Juan Carlos Devia (Pro Box del Caribe) promoted the event. The main event saw recently crowned WBO female lightweight champion Enis Pachecho of Colombia successfully defend her title by 10 round majority decision over Ana Laura Esteche of Argentina.
World ranked and unbeaten super bantamweight Oscar Escandon (19-0, 12 KOs) of Colombia unanimously decisioned countrymen Ever Garcia Hernandez over eight rounds.
Highly touted unbeaten middleweight prospect Alex Theran (9-0, 6 KOs) of Colombia stopped countryman Jaison Palomeque in round one. Former world champion Alejandro Berrio did not fight on the card as had been speculated but is said to be fighting June 29th in Colombia.
By John Cannon at ringside
Saturday night’s lackluster performance in his first shot for a title wasn’t the way Golden Boy prospect Carlos Molina envisioned it would be. However, his performance was good enough to capture the vacant NABO Intercontinental Lightweight title as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Marcus Jimenez in the main event of “Solo Boxeo Tecate: Border Explosion” at the McAllen Convention Center. The judges at ringside scored the fight 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94. (more…)
It took Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1-1, 32 KOs) four rounds to solve challenger Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs). After figuring out he could withstand the Irishman’s punches, the undefeated WBC middleweight champion launched an attack that ended with a satisfying win that had 13,467 cheering fans at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso cheering madly.
The Top Rank-promoted fight was televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. (more…)
Top Rank has announced that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Sergio Martinez will collide September 15th at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBO PPV. The same night Golden Boy had already announced that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would face Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden located just 2 miles away. Alvarez vs. Ortiz will be on Showtime PPV.
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