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WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) of Mexico will defend his belts against former WBA interim super featherweight champion Likar Ramos (24-3, 18 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place July 16th in Cancun, Mexico with Zanfer Promotions promoting the event.
Hot, undefeated lightweight Juan “El Puma” González (11-0, 10 KOs) was tragically shot and killed on Monday at around 7PM near his residence in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. The police have no suspects at this moment. The 6′, 22 year old fought under the promotional banner of Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment and was developing as a solid prospect in boxing. His best attributes were his devastating punching power and his charisma. Accomplishments during his short career were a great victory on June 5, 2010 over solid Juan Lucio on the undercard of Cotto-Foreman at Yankee Stadium in New York City, and another over Jeremy McLaurin by KO in the first round at the MGM in Las Vegas on March 12, 2011 on the Cotto-Mayorga undercard. (more…)
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and Universum have reached a partial court settlement before the Higher Regional Court of Hamburg and agreed that the promotional agreement between Gennady Golovkin and Universum will definitely and irrevocably expire on November 21, 2011, at the latest. However, the court proceedings continue in order to clarify the question whether the promotional agreement between the parties expired much earlier – in January 2010 when Gennady Golovkin terminated the agreement. Golovkin’s promoter Oleg Hermann stated, “Now everybody knows that the promotional agreement between Universum and Gennady will definitely end (at the latest) on November 21th, 2011. There is a legal certainty on this matter, which is very important. We have finally achieved our goal – Genna will be a free agent.”
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Undefeated WBA lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios and two-time world title challenger and Top-Five-rated contender Urbano Antillon spent more time talking to each other than members of the media on Tuesday, but it didn’t seem to bother anyone attending the kickoff press conference for the July 9 showdown at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and televised LIVE on SHOWTIME®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Just moments after being seated on the dais – and about five feet apart – at the downtown Wilshire Grand Hotel, Rios and Antillon started in on each other, and didn’t stop until Antillon was about to leave the building with Rios shouting at him to, “Get out of my life and get out of this hotel!” (more…)
If you were impressed with Chris Weidman’s defeat of Alessio Sakara in March, which came after just four pro fights and two and a half weeks’ notice, he’s got news for you: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio, the WBC’s mandatory title challenger, is chomping at the bit to get his shot at newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “I’m absolutely sure I can beat him without much problems,” said Rubio. “I’m sure I that I would win by knockout.” Rubio will only rest for one or two weeks after his fight Saturday night in Mexico City and return to the gym as soon as possible. “I did my part and now I hope that the WBC makes it happen because I earned my title shot.” Rumor has it that Chavez Jr. could face Miguel Cotto in October.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sakio Bika has targeted former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik. ” I am confident I would be to strong for Pavlik if we boxed at 168 pounds,” Bika said. ” He weighed 170 pounds against Alfonso Lopez who gave him a good fight. I gave Andre Ward one of his toughest fights and he is regarded as the best super middleweight in the world.”
Bika also called out IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud. “I have the style to defeat IBF champion Cloud. Joe Calzaghe was given one of his toughest fights against me. I would defeat Cloud and the current WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov. The best light heavyweight in the world is Bernard Hopkins but i I could also push Him into retirement if we fought.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman/Jill Diamond
Photo: Jill Diamond
Newly re-elected NABF Joe Dwyer welcomed everyone at the general session of the NABF convention on Tuesday in Atlantic City. Despite the economy, the NABF has had 26 title fights in the last year. Concerning mandatory challenger status, Dwyer explained that being rated #1 didn’t make a fighter the mandatory challenger- the date of the last mandatory defense determined the mandatory. Dwyer referred everyone to the NABF website for upcoming events, discussed the issue of a real belt vs. an ersatz ‘world’ title when it came to women, and said the judges clinic would be held by Duane Ford. Also, the board would be running for re-election in unity. Dwyer was very pleased that so many from Mexico and Canada made the journey to the convention. (more…)
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Some salty language as today’s press conference for the July 9 SHOWTIME clash between WBA lightweight world champion Brandon Rios and challenger Urbano Antillon.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Earlier today Top Rank kicked off its press conference to announce Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) vs. Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs). The two fighters met with the media at the Whilshire Grand Hotel Pacific Ballroom in Los Angeles for their upcoming bout on July 9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson California to be televised on Showtime, in what will be a Southern California showdown. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Former two-time world champion Genaro “Chicanito” Hernandez (38-2-1, 17 KO’s) of Los Angeles passed away at the age of 45 on Tuesday afternoon after a long battle with a rare form of cancer. After making his professional debut in 1984, Hernandez mostly fought on local cards in Southern California, especially at the Forum in Inglewood, where he built a strong following. Hernandez won his first world title back in 1991, knocking out Daniel Londas to win the WBA 130-pound title. He would defend the title eight times before losing it to Oscar De La Hoya in 1995. Hernandez would win his second world title two years later, winning a 12 round split decision over Azumah Nelson in a bout where Hernandez could have won the title after Nelson fouled him to the throat. Hernandez elected to fight on in pain, scoring the victory and winning the WBC belt. Hernandez would defend the belt three times before losing after the eighth round to Floyd Mayweather. (more…)
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WBO super bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce arrived today in Puerto Rico for tomorrow’s tribute, when WBO will get him the belt he won last May 7 when he beat former champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) was with WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, at his arrival, and then visited Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym, where he meet former champion Ivan Caldero. He also went to the Caimito Gym and visited the Museo del Deporte de Puerto Rico in Guaynabo. Tomorrow, Arce will receive his 122 lbs WBO belt and a diamond ring for his three titles (108, 115, 122 pounds) in the WBO. For more details and photos click here…
The NABF Annual Convention opened this morning at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Delegates from Canada, United States and Mexico met every year to review the priority actions of the sport of boxing. Over 100 delegates coming from many different states of these three countries unanimously re-elected Joe Dwyer and his Executive Committee for a new 2-year term. WBC President Jose Sulaiman addressed the audience with a sensitive message, which included a report of the WBC Cares Program and the presentation of a medal to Keaton Wong, a WBC Honorary Champion, who sadly passed away a few days ago after his high school graduation. Jose Sulaiman and the NABF family have launched the Tornado Relief Fund with the NABF matching all the funds raised during the convention and the WBC matching the complete amount. These efforts will help victims of Iowa, Alabama, Tennessee and Missouri.
UPDATE: Vincent Arroyo sustained an injury during training. His fight versus Hector Sanchez is off. SHOWTIME will move ahead with a doubleheader for this Saturday’s special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT.
On a second consecutive night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, two Puerto Rican fighters will climb in the ring against their toughest opponents to date on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. All the action takes place on a special Saturday edition of ShoBox on June 11 at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
In the featured attraction, promising Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., and his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, collide in a 10-round featherweight fight at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The card co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions will include a 10-rounder that pits 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, power-punching Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), of Rio Piedras, against Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs), of Miami, in a junior middleweight match. (more…)
In an ugly clinch-fest, unheralded Yassine El Maachi (16-4, 5 KOs) wrestled his way to a three round majority decision over former WBC jr welterweight champion Junior Witter (39-5-2, 22 KOs) to win the £32,000 Prizefighter one-night, eight-man, welterweight elimination tournament from York Hall, London. Witter fell through the ropes in the last round. Scores were 29-29, 29-28, 29-28.
Former WBC jr welterweight champion Junior Witter (39-4-2, 22 KOs) topped former British welter champ Kevin McIntyre (29-8, 9 KOs). Witter dropped McIntyre with a body shot in round one and cruised to a decision victory.
Yassine El Maachi (15-4, 5 KOs) won a split decision over ex-IBO champ Colin Lynes (35-8, 12 KOs). Scores were 29-28, 29-28, for El Maachi, 30-28 for Lynes.
Former WBC jr welterweight champion Junior Witter (38-4-2, 22 KOs) clinched and clowned his way to a unanimous decision over Nathan Graham (11-3, 5 KOs). Scores were 30-28, 30-28, 29-28.
Former British welter champ Kevin McIntyre (29-7, 9 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten John Wayne Hibbert (7-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 29-28 on all cards.
Former IBO jr welterweight titleholder Colin Lynes (35-8, 12 KOs) shut out light-punching Bobby Gladman (7-1-1, 0 KOs) 30-27 on all cards.
In a grudge match, Yassine El Maachi (14-4, 5 KOs) outpointed journeyman Peter McDonagh (16-20, 2 KOs) by scores of 30-27, 29-28, 29-28. El Maachi and McDonagh had exchanged harsh words at Monday’s weigh-in.
All bouts are three-rounders.
By Francisco Salazar
The rumors of WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz defending his world title belt against Floyd Mayweather have come true, even if the fighters use their twitter accounts rather than the traditional method of using their respective promoters and publicists. Mayweather, who has been in the news lately for actions outside of the ring, announced on his twitter account around 9AM west coast time that he will face Ortiz on September 17th. “My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz. Sept-17 2011 for the WBC World Championship,” tweeted the flamboyant fighter, who resides in Las Vegas.
Almost immediately after Mayweather made his announcement, Ortiz confirmed as well on his twitter account. “I’m on road to another great fight w pound for pound Floyd Mayweather! I am blessed.”
Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions later confirmed the fight through press releases. (more…)
Just tweeted by Floyd Mayweather Jr: My fans have been waiting long enough. Floyd Mayweather vs Victor Ortiz. Sept-17 2011 for the WBC World Championship.
The bout, which has been rumored for awhile, is expected to take place in Las Vegas. In his last fight, Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) won the WBC welterweight world title against Andre Berto in April. Floyd’s last fight was in May 2010 against Shane Mosley.
UPDATE: Golden Boy has now distributed a press release offering more information on the fight. (more…)
Check out the greatest hits of one of boxing’s top prospects, and don’t miss knockout specialist, Lateef Kayode on ShoBox: The New Generation. Friday, June 10th at 11pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME
Cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) is remarkably honest about his upcoming fight. The Providence, Rhode Island, native will face the formidable Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) on June 10 in the 10-round main event at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on the popular SHOWTIME series ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
Why, does Godfrey think, would Kayode’s team choose him as an opponent, coming off what some called a disappointing performance against Nick Iannuzzi in which he was taken the distance for the first time. “They have a lot invested in him,” he explains. “They have a lot of confidence in him and they have to move him along. They can’t put him in with guys who are going to fall down. They’re taking a huge step up in facing me and I applaud them for it.” (more…)
Junior dos Santos has to be wondering what fate has in store for him.
The Brazilian bomber was originally scheduled to be the first man to challenge Cain Velasquez for his newly won heavyweight crown last year. Dos Santos was undoubtedly thrilled with the opportunity, even though it appeared to be the toughest test of his mixed martial arts career to date.h. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Canelo Promotions.
This coming week the undefeated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will end his preparations in Big Bear, California, with an open workout scheduled on Friday at the Westside Gym in Los Angeles. The WBC super welterweight world champion reached the California mountains on the first week of May, accompanied by his trainers José “Chepo” Reynoso and Edison Reynoso, who claim that “El Canelo” made one of the best preparations in his successful boxing career. In Big Bear, the undefeated fighter managed to avoid altitude sickness, had adequate sparring partners and mainly worked in an excellent environment.
This week Alvarez starts speed stage, as he has finished the stage of strength and endurance as was planned. He will train only with left-handed sparring for four rounds on average. The brand new world champion and his team are scheduled to arrive in Guadalajara on Saturday and continue preparations on the same day at 1:00 PM in the “Julian Magdaleno” Gym. So, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is virtually ready to defend his WBC superwelter belt against the British southpaw Ryan Rhodes, on June 18 at Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
After proudly watching his son and namesake win the WBC middleweight championship in Los Angeles on Saturday night, “El Gran Campeón” Julio Cesar Chavez will be back in the spotlight as he makes his way to the International Boxing Hall of Fame and Museum in Canastota, NY, for induction weekend. After that he plans to be part of Junior’s training camp for his first title defense. “Yes, I will be joining their training,” Chavez told ESTO. “Freddie Roach is good, but he doesn’t know more than me. Now comes the first defense against Miguel Cotto (October 1 or 8) and he must be better.” (more…)
WBC International super welterweight champion Emanuele Della Rosa (27-1, 8 KOs) retained his belt last Friday in Pomezia, Italy by unanimous decision over 12 rounds against brave Polish Daniel Urbanski (20-6-3, 5 KOs).
Local hero Vittorio Oi (15-1-1, 3 KOs) won the European Union super lightweight championship against Finnish Ville Piispanen (15-2-3, 6 KOs) by technical decision in round seven.
Undefeated middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (15-0, 3 KOs) won a six round decision against Sandor Ramocsa (10-14, 4 KOs).
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Colombian referee Uriel Aguilera will be the third man in the ring when Venezuelan WBA interim flyweight world champion Jean Piero Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) defends against the Argentine former light flyweight world champion Juan Carlos Reveco (26-1, 15 KOs) at Vicente Polimeni Stadium in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina on Friday. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico) , Ruben Garcia (USA) and Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australia’s Sam Soliman looks destined to clash with former IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2011 in a box-off to find the mandatory contender for current IBF champ Daniel Geale. Also in the box-off is Roman Karmazin who was stopped by Geale in twelve rounds in 2010. Soliman was originally scheduled to fight Benjamin Simon on July 15 but the German pulled out with a hand injury. (more…)
The WBC 49th Annual World Convention will be held definitely at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas from December 11th-17th. The 2012 Convention will be held in Mexico. “I am very happy to let you know about it, as I believe that the 49th and the 50th Annual WBC Conventions should be organized in the United States and Mexico, which were the two first countries, with Europe to start the WBC back in February of 1963,” stated WBC President Jose Sulaiman.
By Craig Watt
Photos: Team Dib
Australian featherweight Billy “The Kid” Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) will match up with Jorge Lacierva (39-7-6, 26 KOs) for the vacant IBF 126 pound title on July 29th in Sydney, Australia. This bout was announced in Sydney today pitching the experienced 32 year old Mexican Lacierva, who is ranked IBF#2 at featherweight with the 25 year old Dibb who occupies the IBF#3 slot. The fight will be held at the State Sports Centre which is part of the impressive Olympic Centre at Homebush in Sydney that was used for the 2000 Olympics in Australia. For more details and photos click here…
Welterweight contender and successful New York promoter Dmitriy Salita came out to show his support for State of Israel on June 5th in Manhattan. Over 30,000 participants marched up Fifth Ave. from 57th St. to 74th St. cheered by hundreds of thousands of spectators.
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By Matt Richardson
It was the type of tidbit writer’s love.
Just as the post-fight press conference for Carl Froch’s win over Glen Johnson began to wind down on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the WBC super middleweight title-holder revealed a gut feeling he said he has had for years.
“I had a premonition,” Froch (28-1, 20 KO’s) said of the final fight of the Super Six tournament.
While the final of the tournament wasn’t officially set until Froch heard scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114 read in his favor, Froch said he always knew who he’d be facing in the end.
When the tournament was first announced in the summer of 2009, Froch said he had a boxing glove signed by all of the original participants… except for two boxers: Froch and Andre Ward. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside;
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) defeated the ageless wonder and former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) by majority decision in a thriller at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday night. The victory earned Froch a spot in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic against WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward, who was ringside for the occasion. In the non-televised co-feature, two-time world title challenger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Rayco “War” Saunders (20-14-2, 8 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Warriors Boxing and DiBella Entertainment and televised by SHOWTIME. Click here to read the full report and view the action-packed photogallery.
By Francisco Salazar
How does a fighter go from winning a title decisively against Kelly Pavlik to watching from ringside while two fighters battle for that same title? Ask Sergio Martinez. While Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Sebastian Zbik were battling in the ring at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday night for that title, Sergio Martinez watched the fight from ringside. No one bothered him or advisor Sampson Lewkowicz as the action in the ring was exciting and appealing to the pro-Chavez crowd in attendance.
Martinez is not going to ask questions, as neither are the media and astute fight fans who know “the game” of boxing politics very well. Zbik, elevated from interim world titleholder, made his first defense of the full title and lost the belt to Chavez by majority decision. Although Martinez was disappointed that he was labeled the “WBC Emeritus middleweight champion,” essentially paving the way for Chavez and Zbik to fight for his title, he has moved on and is focusing on his next fight against a variety of possible opponents. His next bout will be scheduled for October 1 in Connecticut, Atlantic City, or the Los Angeles-area, not far from his new home in Oxnard. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former middleweight contender Coert Fourie has died in Johannesburg at the age of 69. Fourie, who fought in the 1970s, died of a heart attack at Panorama Estates south of Johannesburg last Friday. Fourie and Kosie Smith were debutants when they fought at the Wembley Ice Rink in Johannesburg on February 5, 1968. Fourie was knocked out in the fourth round. Smith went on to win the SA light-heavyweight title and challenged Victor Galindez for the WBA belt. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
The newly opened Extreme Boxing Gym will be having its Grand Opening and will also be hosting a boxing meet and greet this Saturday June 11th from 12:00 noon to 5:00 pm. The event will include an amateur boxing exhibition, an autograph signing session so fans can have an opportunity to take pictures with boxing superstars and get autographs, a car show, food, live music, a children’s play area, and everyone in attendance will be able to enter into a drawing for boxing memorabilia and much more. Some of the guests in attendance at this free event will be rising stars lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs), junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KOs), lightweight Carlos Molina (11-0, 7 KOs), super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs), super featherweight Ronny Rios (14-0, 6 KOs), welterweight Hugo Centeno (8-0, 6 KOs), featherweight Abraham Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs), as well as award winning and California Boxing Hall of Fame inductee boxing manager Frank Espinoza Sr., and many other fighters. Extreme Boxing Gym is located at 957 Faulkner Rd. Unit 211, Santa Paula, CA 93060.
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