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Three top AIBA ranked boxers, world #1 ranked amateur super heavyweight Magomedrasul Medzhidov from Azerbaijan, #4 amateur welterweight and two-time world champion Serik Sapiyev from Kazakhstan and Jong-Hun Shin from Korea who is the world #1 amateur in the light flyweight category, have signed to compete in professional APB ranking competitions which will begin in Fall 2013 at an APB signing ceremony held at the ExCeL London today.
“This is a historical moment of our sport to sign the 1st three top ranked boxers for newly initiated program, the AIBA Professional Boxing,” Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President said. (more…)
All Star Boxing will return with their successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL, next Friday, June 15. In the main event David Quijano (14-2, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico will now face veteran Juanito Rubillar (48-18-7, 13 KOs) of Manila, Philippines in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight title at stake.
“After we got the news that Raul Hidalgo got injured, we were able to secure Rubillar who was training here in Las Vegas with Manny Paquiao, because of both fighters aggressive style it should be an all-out war,” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. (more…)
Heavyweight Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs can add one loss to his nearly-impeccable fighting record — because he just suffered a trouncing in court … for nearly half a million bucks. Shannon’s ex-publicist Kali Bowyer sued the boxer, claiming she helped him earn $2.8 million back in 2009 — but was never paid commissions. Bowyer claimed Shannon owed her $420,000 for her services — and according to a South Carolina court, the boxer blew off the lawsuit. The court issued a default judgment against the boxer this week for the full amount … ordering him to pay up stat. Calls to Shannon weren’t returned.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Four-division world champion, Roy Jones Junior (55-8, 40 KO), who on June 30 in Lodz (Poland) will fight 39-1, 25 KO #4 WBC ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki, presents a short preview of Manny Pacquiao – Timothy Bradley.
By John Cannon at ringside
On Friday night, there was a “Bigfoot” sighting at the Pharr Events Center. However, a “Southern Disaster” sent him right across the Texas state line and back to Louisiana. Houston’s Dominic “Southern Disaster” Guinn (34-9-1, 25 KO’s) snapped his three fight losing streak as he defeated Stacy Frazier of Louisiana by second round knockout in the main event of “Pure Pride II” at the Pharr Events Center.
“I am glad I shook off this losing streak,” said Guinn. “My plan was to end it early and I am glad to get the victory.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Friday and Saturday, members of the WBC Board of Governors came to Mexico City from all over the world to discuss the last details of the “WBC Boxing World Cup,” which will feature champions of each of the ten member confederations in the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions. On hand are the presidents of the ABU, ABCO, BBBofC, CABOFE, FECARBOX, CISBB, EBU, NABF, OPBF and FESUBOX.
Tonight the attendees will enjoy the fight between the WBC former world champions Manny Paquiao vs Timothy Bradley in the Platinum Theater of Cinemex, in the luxury Antara Polanco, compliment from President Jose Sulaiman. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After two disappointing performances in a row by Manny Pacquiao, questions are swirling in the boxing industry. Could it be that Pacquiao has peaked? Has the “typhoon blowing across the Pacific”, as HBO’s Larry Merchant once described the Filipino superstar, blown itself out? Perhaps these questions will be answered when Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tonight (HBO PPV).
This is a tough fight for Pacquiao against a young, strong, undefeated opponent. It is a fight he could lose unless he can fan the flames that were burning low in his fights with Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez. In short, Pacquiao needs to rediscover the relentless quality that made him such a formidable fighter. (more…)
Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Two years ago, Kelly Pavlik watched the world around him come crumbling down after the former middleweight world champion found himself in rehab due to an alcohol addiction. His love for the sport of boxing dried up and everything that he worked so hard for as a fighter dissolved right before his eyes.
But with a new outlook on life, a new weight class (super middleweight) and a new trainer, Robert Garcia, Pavlik began his journey back into boxing relevancy in 2012 with a knockout victory over Aaron Jaco in March. His quest continued as the headliner of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at The Joint inside of The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Pavlik scored a 7th round TKO over Scott Sigmon when his opponent was unable to answer the bell for the 8th round . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Boxing Bob Newman
2012 IBHOF inductee Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns took time out after having his lethal right fist cast in plaster, to talk with Fightnews.com about his career, his induction and more…
The 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2012 was officially welcomed Friday afternoon at the hall’s hallowed grounds with the ceremonial fist casting. Both inductees and non-inductees had the tools of their trade permanently cast, to be on display forever among their peers inside the IBHOF museum. (more…)
Thursday, June 7 was Graduation Day for the sixth graduating class of the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in Los Angeles, Calif., and the man whose name adorns the school couldn’t be happier. “This is a big day for me every year, and I’m so proud of all these young men and women who have worked so hard to get here,” said De La Hoya, who spoke at the commencement ceremony along with Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar and Education Activist Sal Castro. “I also want to thank all the staff and teachers at the school for their efforts, as they’re helping to create the next generation of leaders for this community.” This year’s class included 139 graduates, 75% of whom will go on to four-year universities in the fall.
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall needed two fights and six rounds to determine a winner in their heated flyweight tournament showdown, but after the final three frames at the Bank Atlantic Center Friday night, it was Johnson who emerged victorious via unanimous decision in another fast-paced and exciting battle.
Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Johnson (15-2-1) who will face Joseph Benavidez to determine the UFC’s first 125-pound champion. Johnson and McCall fought to a majority draw in their first bout on March 3rd . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Former middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (39-2, 33 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round TKO over Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-4, 12 KOs) in a super middleweight clash on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pavlik promised to punish the talkative Sigmon and that’s what he did as he methodically battered and bloodied Sigmon, who was game and tough but heavily outgunned. The bout was stopped between rounds seven and eight.
Unbeaten featherweight Jesse Magdaleno (10-0, 7 KOs) continued to impress with a first round TKO over 2000 Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (12-5-4, 5 KOs). Magdaleno dropped Varcarcel, then finished him with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:25.
Undefeated light heavyweight and three-time Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee (9-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Eliseo Durazo (3-3, 0 KOs) over six rounds. The bout was originally slated for four rounds, but the commission had it listed for six, so six rounds they went. Scores were 59-54 on all cards. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
It was supposed to be the durable opponent to give middleweight prospect David Lemieux (26-2, 25 KOs) and see what he had in later rounds. Jaudiel Zepeda (14-6-1, 11 KOs) though proved no match though for the powerful Lemieux who put the California fighter down for the count with a left hook to the body at 1:47 of the second round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It snapped a two fight losing streak for the 23 year-old and was only the second time Zepeda has been stopped. Lemieux used a crisp sharp jab to set up his punches in the first round and sent his opponent tumbling to the canvas early in the next round with a big right hand to the jaw. Lemieux went right to work on the body of his opponent following the knockdown and had Zepeda down again in what was officially ruled a shove. The point was academic as Lemieux scored his 25th knockdown, 22 coming within the first two rounds, and all coming within the first five.
In the main event, NABO light heavyweight titlist Eleider Alvarez (9-0, 5 KOs) defended his belt, winning a 118-109 119-108, 119-108 unanimous decision over Shawn Hawk (23-2-1, 17 KOs). More…
WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez — won’t be heading to jail after his January DUI arrest … because he just struck a sweet plea deal with prosecutors. As we first reported, Chavez was hit with 3 misdemeanor charges following his arrest in L.A. — two for DUI and one for driving without a valid license. Chavez pled “no contest” to one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. The other DUI count was dropped, as was the license charge. Chavez was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to attend 30 AA meetings — which he already did. His next court date’s December 7th.
Weights by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Manny Pacquiao 147 vs Timothy Bradley 146
(WBO welterweight championship)
Mike Jones 146.5 vs. Randall Bailey 146
(Vacant IBF welterweight championship)
Guillermo Rigondeaux 122 vs. Teon Kennedy 122
(WBA super bantamweight championship)
Jorge Arce 123.5 vs. Jesus Rojas 123.5
Jesse Hart 165 vs. Manuel Eastman 161
Mikael Zewski 149 vs. Ryan Grimaldo 149
Andy Ruiz 143 vs. Taylor Larson 143
Wilton Hilario 127 vs. Ernie Sanchez 127
Venue: MGM Grand GArden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rene Perez
Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel 122 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 122
(WBC USNBC super bantamweight title)
Sammy Gutierrez 108 vs Armando Torres 108
Oscar Ibarra 116 vs Carlos Rodriguez 116
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 160 vs Octavio Castro 160
Venue: Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre de la UACH
Promoters: Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montil Producciones
Manny Pacquiao is not only an eight-division world champion and a congressman, he’s also a die-hard Boston Celtics fan. And with Game 7 of the Celtics-Miami Heat playoff game beginning just hours before Pacquiao enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum isn’t even going to try to beat City Hall. “I’m not waiting for Manny’s request on this one. We will not begin the Pacquiao –Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game,” said Arum. “Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events, they will be able to watch both. However, the action-packed pay-per-view undercard will begin as scheduled at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.”
Good news: Boxing legend Evander Holyfield recently sold his house for $7,500,000!!!
Bad news: It was at a public auction, he actually owes the bank twice that amount … and he also owes over $200,000 in back taxes.
According to docs filed in Georgia, Holyfield’s massive mansion — 54,000 sq. ft on 234 acres — outside Atlanta sold at public auction on March 6 … but part of the money will go directly to Uncle Sam to pay off his back tax bill. As for the rest … according to the documents, Holyfield owed more than $14,000,000 on the house — plus more than $2500 in foreclosure expenses. It’s unclear whether the bank is going after him for the balance. Calls to Holyfield’s rep were not returned.
WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio and NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Vicente Escobedo (26-3, 15 KO’s) of Woodland, Calif. will host a press conference on Wednesday to announce their world title fight set for Saturday, July 21 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio which will air on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
Rigoberto Casillas 113 vs McWilliams Arroyo 111
Miguel del Valle 111 vs McJoe Arroyo 114
Bryan Montalvo 138 vs John Karl Sosa 142
José Aguirre 126 vs Harry Pérez 126
William Lorenzo 149 vs Moises Ríos 149
Jonathan Meléndez 127 vs Pedro Vicent 128
Jesse Montalvo 143 vs Jonathan García will weigh in later
Milton López will weigh in later vs Jonel Nieves 122
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: Telefutura Solo Boxeo Tecate
Venue: Palacio de los Deportes de Mayagüez
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