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WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland pose during the final press conference for their upcoming WBC world middleweight championship, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
By Andreas Hale
Dan Goossen: “I don’t like any promoter announcing a fight when they have another fight in front of them. We have a damn good fighter in Josesito Lopez and I thought it was very disrespectful for them to announce that Victor Ortiz will be Canelo’s next opponent. We’ll show them on June 23rd.”
Josesito Lopez: “I’m very upset at the announcement. They are jumping the gun. I find it very disrespectful. But that just adds to my motivation.”
Victor Ortiz: “As far as I’m concerned, I don’t disrespect anyone. I’m fighting a great fighter on June 23rd. I’ve been ignoring everyone about Canelo. I don’t care about Canelo right now. He’s in my position when I faced Berto last year. The difference is that I’m too hungry to let my chance go. If he wants to go to war, we’ll go to war. It’s in his hands. I know he’s ready and so am I.”
As previously reported on Fightnews, heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) of Riverside, California will be returning to the Staples Center on Saturday, June 23 on the undercard of the main event of Victor Ortiz vs. Josesito Lopez. Arreola’s opponent will be Ilinois native Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs). The bout is scheduled to be the Showtime television opener of a tripleheader. (more…)
World Boxing Organization President Francisco “Paco” Valcárcel, announced that the WBO through its Championship Committee, will review the fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, that ended in a controversial result this past Saturday to take measures in accordance with the rules of procedure. Valcárcel stated that the Championship Committee will meet soon and will examine the fight “with five recognized international judges to evaluate the video of the match and agree to what emerges, the Championship Committee will make its recommendation according to the rules…..I want to clarify that in no way this says that we are doubting the capacity of these judges, which we consider as honest and competent judges.”
Despite some late adjustments and internet chatter, Tonight’s boxing card at the Robert Treat Hotel is STILL ON AND WILL BE STAGED AS PLANNED. The bouts begin at 7:30 pm and local favorites John Lennox, Tommy Rainone, Anthony Youngn and Lavarn Harvell will all be in action.
John Lennox 228 ½ vs. Rodricka Ray 224
Tommy Rainone 153 ½ vs. Fitzgerald Johnson 157
Lavarn Harvell 175 vs. Brian Donahue 175
Anthony Young 147 vs. Christian Steele 143
Promoter: Gabe Laconte’s First Round Promotions & Greg Cohen Promotions
Venue: Robert Treat Hotel
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
Unbeaten Orlando del Valle (16-0, 11 KOs) in all likelihood will reappear in September in an HBO fight and the opponent mentioned is none other than former world champion Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs). Del Valle is ranked fourth by the WBA and WBO at featherweight, but opted to drop to the 122lb division while Darchinyan will rise from bantamweight to super bantamweight.
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
The showdown in Puerto Rico between WBO straw weight champion Moisés ‘Moi’ Fuentes and the former King of that division Ivan Calderon will not be held on August 4 according to Peter Rivera, Vice President of the PR Best Boxing Promotions. The bout has been moved to the end of the month and could land at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez or the Cancha Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales in Guaynabo.
The August 4 card at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón and would feature the match between former champions Wilfredo “Papito” Vázquez and Rafael Márquez along with former WBO jr lightweight champ Román “Rocky” Martínez against Miguel Beltran. Vázquez-Márquez is not signed and both Rivera and Felix “Tutico” Zabala, President of All Star Promotions, said separately that they are hoping to finalize the negotiations in the next few weeks.
The good ranking positions are extremely important for unbeaten WBC #5/WBO #10 cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (14-0, 11 KOs). The hard-hitting 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist from the Universum stable is working hard to become a mandatory challenger as it’s unlikely any reigning champion will accept him for a voluntary defense. “Of course I would fight every world champion and I would be grateful when someone would give me a chance,” said Chakhkiev. “Any champion who chooses me earns a lot of respect. There are definitely easier tasks elsewhere.” Chakhkiev, who already has a win over IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez in the amateurs, is ready to fight for a world title as the earliest available opportunity.
A boxing event on the beach is hard to conceive in Italy, but OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will make it a reality on Saturday June 16, in Fregene, the most exclusive beach close to Rome, the kind of place where actors, showgirls, wealthy businessmen and other V.I.P.s like to spend their vacation. It’s “Battle at the Seaside”, with three fights for a WBC title.
In the main event, Domenico Spada will face Mariusz Cendrowski for the vacant WBC Silver World middleweight championship. Spada is #8 in the WBC rankings, is a former WBC International middleweight champion, has fought Sebastian Zbik twice losing on points (but the first time the Roman fighter won a close decision, according to most experts), and built a record of 34 wins (18 by knock out) and 4 losses. Spada has beaten Cendrowski in 2008, but he doesn’t underrate his opponent: “Mariusz improved a lot since our first fight – Spada said – and his three wins in Germany two on points, one by ko) prove it”. Cendrowski’s record is made of 27 fights: 22 wins (8 within the distance), 3 losses and 2 draws. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Four-class national champ Tadashi Yuba (41-7-2, 31 KOs), 159.75, a 35-year-old southpaw six-footer, impressively kept his newly-acquired Japanese middleweight belt as he started his engine early and made short work of top contender Fukutaro Ujiie (17-10-1, 11 KOs), 159.5, at 2:04 of the second round in a scheduled ten rounder on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Yuba, once a lanky southpaw hard-puncher, seized the national lightweight belt in 2000, the super-light throne in 2002, the welter title twice in 2005 and 2007, and the middle crown this year. Once world-rated ten years ago, Yuba no longer belongs to the international level, but is still a popular crowd-pleaser with his give-and-take gameness and hard-hitting ability. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs) closed his high altitude training camp in Cuautitlan Izcalli where he conducted the strongest phase of his training for his fight against Lucas Matthysse (29-2, 27 KOs) on June 23. Soto is traveling today to the city of Tijuana to continue preparing with trainers Bobby and Romulo Quirarte. According to a source, Soto will travel to the U.S. on Monday.
Chris Camozzi is playing to win. And he’s playing hard.
Camozzi – denied an opportunity at a six-figure UFC contract when a broken jaw forced his removal from Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter – isn’t just determined to achieve mortal victory. By the time he steps back inside the Octagon June 22 at UFC on FX 4 in Atlantic City, N.J., against hometown middleweight Nick Catone, the object is not only doing everything to ensure victory, but to shock fans out of their seats with cries of, “Holy [smokes]!” . . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com
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WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach during training Tuesday night in El Paso, Texas for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
Report and photo by Jesse Kelley
“The American Boy” Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KO’s) returns to action this Saturday night at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis, MN. Litzau has only fought in his home state of Minnesota twice over the last seven years and is calling the return home “The beginning of his second career” following a first round KO loss to Adrien Broner a year ago.
“I look forward to starting my second career back in Minnesota,” said Litzau. “I feel rejuvenated after some time away from the ring and I can’t wait to fight again back at home. I expect to fight as many times as possible here this year. My goal is still to win a world championship and fight for a world title in Minnesota.” (more…)
Before a packed room at the elegant Marco Polo Ristorante in Brooklyn, NY, DiBella Entertainment held the final press conference for the next installment of Broadway Boxing coming Thursday at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom. Headlining the card is Long Island’s extremely popular undefeated light heavyweight prospect, “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (13-0, 8KO’s) who will be fighting for his first title when he takes on Romero Johnson (11-6-1, 6KO’s) with the WBC Continental Americas Light Heavyweight championship on the line. In addition to Monaghan, featured undercard participants Will “Power” Rosinsky, Gabriel “Tito” Bracero and Floriano “L’Italiano” Pagliara were also in attendance. (more…)
Don King arrived in Montreal this evening (June 12) to appear at a Wednesday press conference formally announcing his fighter, undefeated International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs), will face former World Boxing Council light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) on Aug. 11 in a highly anticipated showdown of two young fighters in their collective prime at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
King was greeted arriving in the Customs area of Montreal-Trudeau Airport by England’s Merseyside Chesire Amateur Boxing Association team. They were arriving in advance of their match up against Canada’s Montreal Select team on Friday and Sunday.
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WBC Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. greets the hundreds of fans who came out to see him during media day at the Carolina Recreation Center in El Paso, Texas Tuesday, for his upcoming WBC World Middleweight Championship against top middleweight contender Andy Lee of Limerick, Ireland, Saturday, June 16 at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, DiBella Entertainment, At&T and Tecate, this championship card will be televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. more photos
From: The Boxing Promoters Association
To: United States Boxing Promoters
Re: Referees and Judges
On Saturday night there was another decision rendered in a major fight (Pacquaio-Bradley) that jeopardizes the sanctity of our sport and requires immediate action by the boxing world but especially the boxing promoters. The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) was formed to protect the integrity of the sport and force action upon the state regulators throughout the United States when warranted. The time has come for the promoters to take real action to remedy the all too often outlandish decisions made by State appointed referees and judges that effectively jeopardize the future of our sport, the fighters and the fans.
Unlike other sports, including MMA, boxing has no figurehead. That has to change now if we intend to bring growth and transparency to the fans. The figurehead in this case has to be the BPA on behalf of the fighters who put their lives on the line and the promoters who invest hundreds of thousands and millions into this sport we all love and cherish. We cannot sit idly by and allow regulators to solely control the most important facet of our sport, other than the fighters, by constantly selecting officials on that states ‘merit system’ or ‘his or her turn to work’ basis. If we as promoters don’t have as strong a voice moving forward, the warranted attacks to our sport we’re seeing and hearing today will eventually lead to the complete eroding of our fan base or worse yet, the sport’s demise. (more…)
By Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
For once, there was no talk about Floyd Mayweather after a Manny Pacquiao fight. Not a single question about the “Dream Fight” was uttered as journalists pounded away at their laptops trying to find the right words for the situation. It was almost a surreal experience since all the talk after any Mayweather or Pacquiao victory surrounded when the two were going to clash. But not on this night.
Why? Because you cannot discuss a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight when Pacquiao has just lost what is considered by many to be a heinous decision to Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“Did that just happen?” people were saying aloud to themselves. Yes, it did. Manny Pacquiao had finally lost. (more…)
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