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Face II Face Events will hold their second card this Friday, July 22, at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix. An all-local card has been nearly completed with super bantamweight Alexis “Beaver” Santiago (8-1-1, 2 KOs) going six in the main event, opponent to be announced. In the co-main, Emilio “Milo Time” Garcia (2-1, 1 KO) will go four with unwon New Mexican Miguel “Monkey” Armendarez (0-5, 1 KO). The undercard features all four-rounders: At 140, Victor Castro (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Michael Salcido (0-1); Javier Loya (5-0, 4 KOs) takes on unwon New Mexican Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-9) at 140; Jr. middleweight Juan Gonzalez (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Omar Quevedo (0-1); super bantamweight Fernando Samaniego Jr. (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Michael Montalbo (debut); lightweight Arlo Argueta (3-0, 1 KO) takes on Jose Marrufo (0-1); and middleweight Ramon Valenzuela (4-0, 1 KO) fights Torrence King (1-8, 2 KOs), who’s dropped eight straight bouts. (more…)
Former world title challenger Cesar Seda, Jr. (20-1, 15 KOs) will face 2004 Olympic gold medalist Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs) on August 19 at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and will be at a catch weight of 117 pounds. “It’s good to be able to confirm this fight,”said Seda. “Barthelemy is a great fighter, very experienced, who always gives everything in the ring. I know it’ll be a great fight!” Javier Bustillo, President of Universal Promotions, added “This is a great fight and another opportunity for Seda to show the world his quality.” Tickets can be purchased from Sears, La Gran Discoteca and Ticketcenter.
Chapter three of Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) erupts Saturday, November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Tickets priced at $1,200, $900, $600, $400, and $200, go on sale this Friday, July 22, at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. Ticket sales at $1,200, $900, $600 and $400 are limited to 10 per person and ticket sales at $200 are limited to two (2) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Pacquiao-Marquez III will be produced and distributed Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
By Miguel Maravilla
On Saturday, Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) will have the opportunity to fight on HBO for the first time as he takes on Jason LeHoullier (21-5-1, 8 KOs) in a ten round super middleweight bout on the undercard of Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah. The opportunity came when the original bout between Lamont Peterson and Victor Cayo in an IBF Elimination bout was moved the following week to headline ESPN Friday Night Fights. Now Quillin looks to make a statement for fight fans as he puts his undefeated record on the line on a big stage in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay.
“It’s like fighting in the Garden (Madison Square Garden) when I first fought there I had butterflies. Vegas is another step in the ladder to get me to the top,” Quillin told Fightnews.com. (more…)
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions brings another night of professional boxing to the South Philly Arena in Philadelphia PA on Friday July 29th. Headlining the show is an eight round junior middleweight bout, featuring the return of former USBA title holder and nationally ranked junior middleweight sensation Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs). (more…)
An apologetic Tyson Fury has called on Dereck Chisora to “grow up” and start acting like a real man ahead of their British and Commonwealth heavyweight title fight on Saturday night at Wembley Arena. Chisora was pulled out of Monday’s press conference by promoter Frank Warren because of the harsh comments Tyson made in the middle of a heated media call last week but challenger Tyson just sees that as a lame excuse.
“Chisora can’t speak for himself, he’s like a puppet – he needs a puppet master to do the talking for him because he hasn’t got the brains to talk for himself. They pulled out of our press conference because of what I said last week and yet James DeGale gave George Groves a relentless amount of abuse leading up to their fight and Groves never missed a press conference,” says Fury. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Alfredo Escalera Jr. was until know one of those fighters who could not grasp how good they can be – I truly hope this is behind us now,” says trainer Josue Aguilar, trainer of Escalera Jr. “He’s a cunning boxing showman, with many traps ready to catch the prey. We have some traps ready for Joe. And of course, we love the cause – being a main event during Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing “KnockOut Cancer” benefit where all the money goes to American Cancer Society, makes you just want to fight, to give everything you’ve got!” Escalera Jr. (18-3, 12 KO), son of Puerto Rican world champion who will challenge undefeated Joe Hanks (16-0, 11 KO) during July 23 “Knock Out Cancer” event at the Hunts Point Produce Market in New York’s Bronx. (more…)
By Pete Balderas at ringside
Photos: Danny Castaneda
Brownsville’s Sergio “Time to Shine” Perales was able to shrug off some of the ring rust after a seven month lay-off and keep his undefeated streak alive as he defeated Colombian native Felipe Almanza via unanimous decision in the main event Saturday night at the “Night of Knockouts” show at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium.
The judges scored the fight 78-71, 77-72 and 76-73, all in favor of Perales. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has announced that exciting young heavyweight prospect Flo Simba is set to return to action on his bumper bill at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on August 29. Simba suffered his first loss when he was stopped in the sixth round by 42-year-old Francois Botha at Emperors Palace in June. Simba meets Zimbabwean Thamsanqa Dube in a scheduled eight rounder and SA light-heavyweight champion Tshepang Mohale faces Ryno Liebenberg in the co-feature also over eight rounds. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Photos: Brett Bonetti
IBO Cruiserweight Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver held their final press conference today ahead of this Wednesday’s world title fight at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Australia.
The Green machine walked into the presser to audio sounds of the cartoon “Captain Caveman” and holding two plastic clubs, banging them together as he walked passed Tarver.
This was in response to recent comments from Tarver’s trainer Jimmy Williams who had recently labelled Green “Primitive”.
Legendary trainer Williams said four time world light heavyweight champion Tarver was a technician compared to the rudimentary Green. “He has the will but he doesn’t have the skill,” Williams said. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey, a near sellout crowd witnessed Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (25-15-2, 11KO’s) retain his USBA heavyweight title belt, dropping Derric Rossy (25-5, 14KO’s) twice en-route to a convincing twelfth round knockout in the main event of the evening. The inaugural five bout card produced by Carla Hill Promotions also had several of the top prospects in the New York-New Jersey region spotlighted in competitive bouts. In The co-feature of the evening, Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (8-0, 3KO’s) captured a hard fought four round split decision victory over Hamid Abdul Mateen (2-2). (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez engaged in a “fight of the year” caliber battle on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” thrilling a packed Roseland Ballroom in New York City in a twelve round majority draw. The junior middleweight fight was a ‘can’t miss’ from the moment it was announced, as the underrated Dominican-born Rodriguez, of Danbury, Connecticut, was in a must-win situation against the highly ranked Wolak, a Polish fighter out of Rockaway, New Jersey, who is never in a dull fight. (more…)
Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports, told the New York Times that he is not renewing his contract with the network and claims he is not being fired as reported by some media. He has been under fire for losing Manny Pacquiao’s last fight to rival SHOWTIME. His decision to pass on many of the Klitschkos recent heavyweight championship fights has also been questioned. An official announcement is expected this week.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Promociones y Eventos Del Istmo
Rogelio Espino has been, for the past decade, Panama’s top promoter and manager. His company, Promociones y Eventos del Istmo, has guided the career of six world champions and promoted 40 title bouts. Espino accompanied his boxer Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero to Argentina to challenge WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Victor Barros on July 2nd, in Barros’ hometown of Mendoza. Barros retained his title via a very controversial split decision even though he was knocked down twice (in the first and ninth round) in spectacular fashion. “The verdict against Pelenchin was simply incomprehensible and bad judging is one of the biggest problems of boxing today,” says the measured and always courteous Espino. Fightnews sat down with Rogelio Espino to discuss the Caballero-Barros controversial fight and its aftermath. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
In the main event of the “Los Reyes de Neza” presented by Boxeo de Gala of Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia and broadcast by Cadena 3, Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz won a fierce ten round unanimous decision over Kandy Sandoval. The judges scored it 96-92, 97-91 and 96-92 for the WBC new silver world champion, Zulina Muñoz.
In other action, lightweight Fermin de los Santos retained his WBC Cabofe belt with a tight ten round split decision over Daniel “Coco” Hernandez. Two judges had it 115-113 for De los Santos, while the third saw Hernandez ahead 116-113. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Cuban super bantamweight Yoandris “El Niño” Salinas (10-0, 6 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC Latino belt last night in Greensboro, North Carolina with his 3rd -round knockout victory over Colombian veteran John Alberto Molina (28-18-3, 19 KOs). The 25-year old Salinas, whose nickname translates to “the kid”, seems to be growing up quickly under the promotional guidance of Dream Team Boxing Promotions. Three of Salinas’ last five opponents could not beat the count after the heavy-handed boxer-puncher decked them. (more…)
“This was a great win for me,” said Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) after defending his WBO Cruiserweight Title in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, knocking out Hugo Garay (34-6, 18 KOs) in round ten. “It was the first time my future wife and my mother were ringside, so I really wanted to impress them. Garay was extremely tough, he just kept coming at me. But I wanted to please my family and my great fans. I was too strong for Garay but I have to give him credit – he was a very, very tough opponent. Now I will get married as world champion. What more can you ask for?”
Garay was disappointed he could not take home the belt after a great fight. “I did not see his last punch coming,” he said. “I thought I could beat him but he is a great champion with a lot of power. I will come back from this defeat.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson remained undefeated with a fourth-round TKO over “Neon” Keon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN in front of a rabid crowd of supporters at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC. Showing no signs of a letdown after his big win over previously undefeated Farah Ennis in April, Alexander Johnson dropped his opponent three times before the Keon Johnson corner requested the bout be stopped at 1:47 of the fourth. Alexander Johnson is now 12-0, five KO’s while Keon Johnson falls to 8-6, four KO’s. (more…)
Photo: Sean Gibbons
Former IBF and WBC light flyweight world champion Brian Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs) dethroned reigning WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar Miranda (35-6-1, 28 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Viloria got off to a good start by dropping Miranda in round one with a body shot but Miranda came back over the second half of the fight. Unfortunately more judging problems as the officials apparently lost two rounds of the twelve round bout. Scores were announced as 98-91, 96-93, 97-93.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Ray Bailey
USBA heavyweight titleholder Maurice Harris (25-15-2, 10 KOs) retained his title with a twelfth round TKO of Derric Rossy (25-5, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Harris scored a flash knockdown in the fourth round and dropped Rossy again in the twelfth. Rossy beat the count but took a five punch combination and seemed out on his feet prompting a stoppage by referee Earl Morton at 1:35.
Undefeated prospect Michael “Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira(15-0, 12 KOs) captured the vacant World Boxing Council Latino middleweight title in tonight’s main event on the “Sao Paulo Fight Night” pro-am card, by way of a sudden sixth-round knockout of Jose“Minquito” Soto (24-8-2, 13 KOs), at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo.
Photos by: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) warmed up for his November showdown with Manny Pacquiao by knocking out Likar Ramos (24-4, 18 KOs) in the first round of a non-title jr welterweight matchup on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. An explosive right hand to the chin put Ramos on his back out cold. Time was 1:47.
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WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) scored a first round TKO over former champ Nicky Cook (30-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Really a non-fight as Cook was down multiple times and apparently entered the ring with a back injury and was unfit to fight. Cook was taken from the ring on a stretcher. Time was 1:33.
Former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) stopped the unbeaten reign of John Murray (31-1, 18 KOs), flooring Murray in the eighth round. Murray beat the count but Mitchell pounced on him and battered him until the bout was stopped.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Tony Bellew (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round win over Ovill McKenzie (18-11, 7 KOs) in a clash for Bellew’s Commonwealth and the vacant British titles.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In a slugfest, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Hugo Garay (34-6, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympia Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany. After a highly charged pre-fight build-up, the fighters went right at each other and Huck sent Garay to the deck, however he wasn’t seriously hurt. In round three, Huck was deducted a point for hitting behind the head. The brutal back and forth action continued until round ten when Huck knocked down Garay with a right hand and referee Luis Pabon waved it off. Time was 1:10.
European light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) outpointed Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-5-1, 18 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds by scores of 119-107, 120-105, 119-107
Unbeaten middleweight Dominik Britsch (24-0, 9 KOs) scored a TKO over Ryan Davis (23-9-3, 9 KOs) at 1:15 of the ninth round. After a Britsch knockdown, Davis beat the count and seemed OK to continue, but the fight was waved off.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (13-0, 6 KOs) was victorious after a sluggish decision win over Maksym Pediura (13-2-1, 11 KOs).
In a battle of light-punching middleweights, unbeaten Marcos Nader (11-0, 1 KO) again went the distance, taking an eight round nod over Gaetano Nespro (18-8, 2 KOs).
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“Docs say eye is fine just swollen. He even said what else you expect from a guy like Gatti. How cool is that?” – noted Pawel Wolak on his Twitter account just after leaving Bellevue hospital following his classic fight against Delvin Rodriguez. For whole ten rounds both fighters gave their best, giving fans at Roseland Ballroom and “Friday Nights Fights” ESPN viewers their money’s worth and more.
The Polish version of “Raging Bull” was fighting blind in the right eye from seventh round on, but even massive swelling around his eye could not make him stop. For more details and photos click here…
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
A fresh influx of new talent was on display Friday night in the cozy confines of Royal Oak Music Hall, a first-time show by Bad Boy Promotions. Bad Boy’s Royal Oak gym on the west side of Detroit’s spine and main thoroughfare, Woodward Avenue, featured a video displayed what must be a record amount of heavy bags, at least two dozen by my count. The Albanian-American promotion group brought in and featured the New York-based Albanian cruiserweight Stivens Bujaj (now 5-0), who was matched with a local pro-debuter Covan Graham. At first, it looked to be a dreadful match, with Graham conducting a track meet as much as the insider perimeter of the ropes would allow. But matchmaker Carlos Llinas knew what he was doing, when Graham, dropped by a huge left hook in the second (ring siders, including this one, were amazed when Graham beat the count), not only got up, but fought back valiantly, and made a real fight of it. For more details and photos click here…
Zab “Super” Judah trains at the Hit Factory in Las Vegas for next week’s showdown with Amir “King” Khan: Click here for slideshow with photos by Chris Cozzone
NABF super featherweight champion Diego Magdaleno had to pull himself off the canvas after a flash knockdown, but the brief glitch was overshadowed by another impressive performance as he scored a unanimous decision over the rugged Alejandro Perez.
In front of a partisan crowd at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 10th anniversary of ShoBox “The New Generation,” Magdaleno (20-0, 7 KOs), kept the raucous hometown crowd on their feet as he ripped combinations to the head and body of Perez . . . Click here for more
Having pushed away his plate and dabbed his mouth with his napkin, Wladimir Klitschko fancies tucking into some more British beef. Despite his bitter aftertaste, David Haye was very much to Klitschko’s liking and having devoured the former WBA heavyweight champ, he is eyeing up another opponent from these shores. Foremost in his thoughts are Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury . . . Click here for more in the Mirror
The title fight between GSP and Nick Diaz won’t be the only showcase for elite 170-pounders this fall in Las Vegas. A match between two of the best welterweights in the world has been set as “Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit will take on BJ “The Prodigy” Penn at UFC 137. (more…)
Photo: Team Katsidis
Michael Katsidis “The Great” has stepped up preparations today for his August 13 th fight against Mexican Michael Lozada by sparring six rounds with Golden Boy fighter and former WBC world title challenger Nesta Rocha during an open charity workout at Smithys Gym in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Katsidis and Roca really turned it on for the crowd. “Its great to have quality sparring partners from the USA to prepare with, there are really good options in Australia, but sparring with a tough Mexican-American will have me ready for the Mexican fighting style on the night.” Katsidis said “I’m definitely on track, it felt great to have a proper hit out today and being able to raise money for the kids makes it even better.” There was a 500 strong crowd raising over $2,000 in the process for the Toowoomba Children’s Hospital.
By Richard Spilotro at ringside
In the main event for CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night #2, welterweight Lanardo “The Pain Server” Tyner improved to (25-4-2, 15 KOs) by defeating former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-1 19 KOs) via unanimous decision thus capturing the vacant USBO welterweight title. The official judges scorecards read 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 all in favor for Tyner.
In the co-feature, current WBA Pan African & ABU light welterweight champion Albert “Tornado” Mensah improved his record to 23-3-1, 10 KOs, by winning a unanimous decision over “Gorgeous” Andre Gorges (11-2, 6 KOs). With the victory Mensah captured the IBF International jr welterweight title. (more…)
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