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The Federation Luxembourgeoise de Boxe (Luxembourg Boxing Federation) convened a special general meeting in Luxembourg tonight to discuss the European Boxing Union (EBU) vote and to decide whether they are remaining on course to back the David Haye v Dereck Chisora fight at West Ham United in London on Saturday 14th July and to develop the sanctioning of the show in the UK.
The vote of the 12 members was 8 votes IN FAVOUR and 4 votes against. Therefore the LBF is backing the show along with the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), who’s International and Intercontinental titles will be contested, and the promotion will definitely go ahead.
“I will defeat Canelo on Mexican Independence Day in front of his countrymen!” says former WBO welter champ Carlos “El Indio” Quintana, the latest fighter to say he’s ready to take down Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, who holds the WBC junior middleweight title. Thus far there is no set opponent being named yet as a replacement to take on Alvarez in his upcoming defense on September 15 (Mexican Independence Day). “It would be a great matchup between me and Canelo,” said Quintana. “Stylistically, we both like to come forward and mix it up and with the fight being on Mexican Independence Day. The longstanding rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico will only add to what promises to be an exciting fight.”
Mexico’s Champion Jorge Arce arrives in Las Vegas for his Saturday battle against Puerto Rican Jesus Rojas at The MGM Grand Casino. Arce is flanked by trainers Edgardo Lucero and Tiburcio Garcia.
Photo by Greenday Gibbons.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) says he will fight WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (20-0, 15 KOs) on August 25 at a site to be named in the USA. Golovkin made the announcement in an interview with Fightnews.com reporter Alexey Potapov on the RingSide Show in Kiev, Ukraine. “For me, it was important to fight Felix Sturm, but he signed a contract to fight against Daniel Geale. For me, the fight against Dmitry Pirog in the United States is a good opportunity to show myself in the mecca of professional boxing. I have long wanted to get into the ring in America. Pirog is a good boxer, a strong puncher, but I am too. This will be a great fight.” The boxers will fight for the Golovkin’s WBA/IBO belts, because Pirog was obliged to defend his title against Frenchman Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam.
Former WBO light middleweight champion Sergey Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) will also be fighting on the card against undefeated Puerto Rican KO artist Jonathan Gonzalez (15-0, 13 KOs).
Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia, who challenges WBA bantamweight titlist Guillermo Rigondeaux (9-0, 7 KOs), of Cuba, on June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card, has had to overcome two fairly recent family life-shattering incidents that would have broken less-resolute fighters.
Late in 2009, Kennedy knocked out Francisco Rodriguez, of Chicago, IL, in the 10th round of their scheduled 12-round contest for the vacant USBA super bantamweight title. Kennedy’s elation at winning was short-circuited when Rodriguez collapsed in his corner, was rushed to the hospital and died of a brain injury two days later. No one prepares a fighter for when the most tragic possible ending occurs in a fight. “When it first happened it was difficult, but as anyone in boxing knows that could happen,” said Kennedy, who was 13-0-1 and 23 years old at the time. “It could happen to me. Sometimes I do still think about it, but I try not to dwell on it.” (more…)
Prior to their scheduled 12 round bout on Saturday night, Antonio Tarver critiqued the style of unbeaten, yet untested Lateef Kayode.
The normally-jovial Kayode was angered by those comments, eager to hurt and punish the former undisputed light heavyweight world champion.
Following their split-decision draw before 4,589 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA, Tarver “constructively-criticized” his performance that might have cost him a victory, even though he thought he still did enough to win . . . Click here for more
On June 8th, 2012, Terence “Bud” Crawford 16-0 (12) will tangle with “Dangerous” David Rodela 16-5-3 (7) on the undercard of ESPN2’s main event featuring former Middleweight Champion, Kelly Pavlik 38-2 (33) vs Scott Sigmon 22-3 (12). The card will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, and is promoted by Bob Arum (Top Rank). (more…)
Friday night at the Sands Casino in Bethlehem, PA, IBF # 4/WBA #9 contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12KO’s) captured the biggest victory of his career, thus cementing himself as a contender for a possible world title implications in the near future by dropping IBF #9 Sechew Powell (26-5, 15KO’s) twice on his way to a convincing ninth round technical knockout in the main event of the evening. The win also earned him the WBO Inter-continental junior middleweight title. The seven bout card promoted main events in association with Peltz Boxing Promotions Inc and televised the by NBC Sports Network was the first boxing event in the lovely new and intimate Arena at the Sand Casino. The venue appears to be the perfect size for boxing, with spectacular views from almost anywhere in the arena. In the co-feature of the evening, The IBF #12 welterweight Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12KO’s) sent his large and raucous fan base home happy with a convincing twelve round unanimous decision victory over the slick boxing Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (16-2-1, 6KO’s) by scores of 118-110 across the board to capture the vacant WBC Continental America’s Welterweight Title . . . Click here for more
Every fighter hates to lose. It’s just that some hate it more than most. One of those fighters is Dustin Pague, and you can hear it in his voice when he talks about his recent setbacks against TJ Dillashaw and John Albert . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photo: Team Salita
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita hopes to fight WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi when Golden Boy Promotions presents the inaugural boxing event on October 20th at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. “This is a fight for boxing fans and the non-boxing fans,” said Eli Tov, the advisor to Salita. “On a local level, this fight will fill the arena but the matchup is also a crossover fight that will appeal to people across New York City, across the U.S. and across the world. From Italy to Israel to New York to Los Angeles to Miami.”
Both fighters are Brooklynites. Dmitry – who moved from the Ukraine to the States in 1991 – lives in the community of Flatbush and Malignaggi resides at Sheepshead Bay. The fighters have known each other for over twenty years. Both gentlemen had outstanding amateur careers and they turned pro within weeks of each other during 2001.
“This a throwback fight to the days when the arriving immigrants to America would fight each other in the ring,” commented Tov. “This is a Jew fighting an Italian.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Boitshepo Mandawe beat Mthobisi Buthelezi on points in a welterweight bout in Sandton on Monday night. The entertaining ten-rounder at the Sandton Convention Centre near Johannesburg was an eliminator to fight for the SA title. Buthelezi, who weighed in at 66.60 kg, made a good start and shook Mandawe (65.40 kg) in the second round. However, the stronger Mandawe fought back well in the later rounds and was a comfortable winner. Judges David van Nieuwenhuizen and Thabo Spampool scored the fight 97-96 and 99-91 and Philip du Randt had it 96-94. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver (29-6-1) failed to pull a rabbit out of his hat, had to settle for a draw and was fortunate to retain his IBO cruiserweight title against undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (18-0-1, 14KO) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. In a fight that could’ve gone either way, it was Kayode who got off to a quick start to build an early lead only to then go on cruise control to let Tarver back into the fight to salvage a draw. (more…)
Vaughn Jackson, who has been training undefeated welterweight Mike Jones (26-0, 19 KOs) since Jones turned pro in 2005, has a quiet, yet bold confidence as his fighter is less than a week from boxing Randall Bailey (42-7, 36 KOs) for the vacant IBF world welterweight title on June 9 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV, as part of the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley championship card.
“He’s well-prepared,” Jackson said of Jones, 29, the #1 rated IBF welterweight contender. “Mike is going to bring out the best in himself.”
Jackson is well aware of Bailey’s reputation as one of boxing’s strongest punchers, but feels that won’t be enough against Jones, a knockout threat himself with a 73% knockout percentage to Bailey’s 72%. (more…)
WBO interim cruiserweight world champion Ola Afolabi has called out both IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver and top contender Lateef Kayode, who battle to a draw on Saturday night at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. “It was a somewhat entertaining fight as they’re on similar levels, but both of my world title bouts with Marco Huck were much better fights. Marco is considered the best champion and we are truly world-class cruiserweights, competing at a higher level than either Tarver or Kayode,” said the Los Angeles resident Afolabi. “I would be very interested in the opportunity to defend my WBO title in this country against either of them.”
The boxing community was saddened on Sunday when longtime Philadelphia personality Rob Murray, Sr. succumbed to cancer. Murray was a well known fight figure for three-plus decades as he managed, trained, promoted and did almost everything around Philadelphia boxing. Murray was the original manager of future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins. He trained Bennie Briscoe for a short period. Murray managed world title challengers Will Taylor and most recently guided the career of World Heavyweight title challenger “Fast” Eddie Chambers and his brother Steve Upsher Chambers. For the better part of the past decade Murray was the Director of Boxing at The Legendary Blue Horizon. (more…)
Former three division world champn Sugar Shane Mosley announced his retirement Monday on Twitter. the 40-year-old Mosley compiled a mark of 46-8-1 with 39 KOs in a pro career that spanned some 19 years. He won world titles at lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight and is best known for his two wins over Oscar de la Hoya. His final fight was a loss to WBC 154lb world champion Saul Alvarez last month.
An estimated 6,000 fans filled the Pit in Albuquerque Sunday night to say goodbye to their hometown champion Johnny Tapia. After lining up to pay their respects to the fallen champ, a two-hour memorial service was conducted.
Honoring the man and fighter, songs, videos were shown and speeches were given. Speakers included Bruce Trampler and Miguel Diaz, both of Top Rank, former Tapia foe Paulie Ayala and promoter Tony Holden. Music was performed by Al Hurricane and Al Hurricane Jr. while the ceremony was emceed by Jimmy Lennon Jr.
WBC President José Sulaimán has scheduled a meeting of the WBC Board of Governors on June 8 and 9. The main topic to discuss will be the first Boxing World Cup, where the champions of the 10 Continental Federations will fight. The international champions of all confederations will take part in the following weight divisions: flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight.
This meeting will be attended by the presidents of the following Continental Federations: African Boxing Union (ABU), Asian Boxing Council (ABCO), British Boxing Board Of Control (BBB of C), Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE), Central American Boxing Federation (FECARBOX), CIS & Slovenian Boxing Bureau (CISBB), European Boxing Union (EBU), North American Boxing Federation (NABF), Oriental & Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) and the South American Boxing Federation (FESUBOX).
The organization of the Boxing World Cup is one of the events in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the WBC.
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao hits the mitts with trainer Freddie Roach during his final day of training camp at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood,Ca. on Monday. Pacquiao and his team will head to Las Vegas Monday night in preparation for his upcoming World Welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. on Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on HBO Pay Per View.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) of Bolton, England and WBC Super Lightweight World Champion, Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) were on hand at the ESPN Zone at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles Monday morning to kick off the press conference for their July 14 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Welcoming the media and getting it started was the Golden Boy Oscar De la Hoya as he talked about the summer matchup.
“I take my hat off, they didn’t have to take this challenge. Danny Garcia could have taken the easy road. Amir Khan didn’t have to take a tough challenge in Danny Garcia,” De la Hoya told media. “This goes to show you the character and confidence both fighters have. This should be an exciting matchup.” (more…)
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