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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko spars with Fres Oquendo.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super flyweight contender Oscar Ibarra (27-4, 18 KOs) met the WBC’s 30-day pre weigh-in regulations of the WBC in advance of his September 24 fight against Filipino Sylvester Lopez (16-3, 12 KOs) in the Plaza de Toros de Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico. The bout will be a final eliminator to challenge for the crown of newly crowned WBC champion Sor Suriyan Rungvisai on an event organized by the company Promociones del Pueblo. On Tuesday at WBC Headquarters and in the presence of WBC President Jose Sulaiman, Ibarra weighed 125.40.
Zeferino Entertainment has launched a five-card boxing series at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The first of the “Battle at the Ballpark” series, presented by Zeferino and Speaking Rock Casino, is set for Oct. 15. The main event of the first card headlines unbeaten heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez, who is coming off a KO win over former contender Owen Beck. El Paso’s Jennifer Han will fight the co-main and locals Oscar Valenzuela, Cesar Valenzuela, Joel Garcia, Eric Reza and Jojo Galarza will fight on the undercard. Tickets will start at $5. Stay tuned as the card develops.
By Francisco Salazar
Junior middleweight world title holder Saul Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) worked out for the media on Tuesday afternoon at the Summit Gym in Big Bear, CA. Also on hand was Oscar De La Hoya, who gave Alvarez high praise after the intense workout. Alvarez will defend his world title belt on September 17th against contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA as part of the “Star Power” card. Headlining the split-site pay per view card will be unbeaten Floyd Mayweather challenging Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV for Ortiz’s welterweight world title belt.
Saul Alvarez: “I feel great for this upcoming fight. I know there is a lot of speculation on who people want me ton fight, but my focus is on Alfonso Gomez. We have looked at four-five videos of his recent fights. He has heart, throws solid combinations, and has experience. His talk outside the ring has not affected me. Instead, it has motivated me a great deal.”
Oscar de la Hoya: “I never thought that this kid would improve this fast. He is moving in the right direction. He has surpassed me when I was his age. He has a great deal of poise and technique. In his last fight (in June) he made (Ryan) Rhodes look like an amateur. He wants to fight the big names in the division now, but I tell him that his time will come. We want to make him a global superstar.” more photos
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch continued the three-city international press tour on Tuesday in New York City to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Michal Koper/Ringpolska
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) was all smiles during the first day of open media training. “Adamek is like my second brother now. I’m watching his fights everyday,” said “Dr Ironfist” during the media day in Austrian resort Going.
With Adamek-Grant fight playing in the background, the 40-year-old Vitali looked rested and happy, being more like master of ceremony than the heavyweight champion. “I have all the trainers in the world helping me to beat Adamek. One for the warm up, one who is working pads with me, another to watch me hit the bag, another for tennis. All of them have one name, Fritz Sdunek,” laughed Klitschko who on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland will defend his title against former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs). (more…)
In assessing his first UFC bout last September, welterweight David Mitchell doesn’t beat around the bush. “The UFC jitters are real,” he said. “And hopefully they’re gone.” . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Mike Bernier
Since SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic is a US tournament, a neutral location within the United States was designated as the location and the Froch Team had little negotiation room as to were the fight would take place.
Aaron M. Davis, Director of the New Jersey State Athletic Control Board told Fightnews.com that he has a large group of very capable officials to choose from. He understands how important this fight is for boxing and assures that the referee and judges at ringside will be the best they have.
Rumor is capable Eddie Cotton will be the third man.
Matchroom Promotions Eddie Hearn confirmed to Fightnews.com that the size of the ring will be 24 x 24 (same for entire tournament), glove weight is 10oz, no rematch clause due to tournament.
The WBA and WBC belts as well as the Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup are on the line.
WBO #11, WBA #12 Tommy Karpency (21-2) returns to the ring at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, Pennsylvania on September 24th. A winner of 10 of his last 11 fights, Karpency will face streaking Philly prospect Anthony Ferrante (12-2) in the 10 round main event for the vacant Pennsylvania light heavyweight title. Promoted by Joey Eye Boxing, the card will also feature Philly lightweight prospect Victor Vasquez (14-5) and local heavyweight Joe Dawejko (4-0) in separate bouts.
Undefeated featherweight dynamo Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (13-0,10 KO’s) will return to action on Saturday, September 3, at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, as part of an event called “Battle in Biloxi” with an HBO-televised main event featuring the IBF Welterweight championship fight between Jan Zaveck and former champ Andre Berto. Del Valle will take on Kenyan boxer Anthony Napunyi (14-10, 7 KO’s) in a 10-round bout. Del Valle was last seen in a SHOWTIME-televised unanimous decision win over tough Vietnamese slugger Dat Nguyen, which made him the NABA Featherweight Champion.
Former Olympian Carlos Negron will have a hard test next September 2 when he faces veteran Epifanio Mendoza in the 6th edition of the series “A Puño Limpio”, to be held at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon in a PR Best Boxing Promtions (PRBBP) in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised live on WAPA America. Negron (13-0, 9 KOs) will make his fourth start of 2011 and his fourth as a heavyweight against Mendoza (31-12-1, 27 KOs), from Colombia, in a six round bout, co-featuring the show.
Headlining the card, Jose “Chelo” González (16-0, 12 KOs) will defend his WBO Latino lightweight title in a 10 round fight against Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs). Gonzalez is ranked #8 by the WBO. In another co-feature, former Olympian McJoe Arroyo (7-0, 4 KOs) back to the ring in a six rounds 115lb bout. Arroyo hasn’t fight since January when he was cut in the mouth in his win over Eduardo Melendez.
Photos: Team Sauerland
Four potential heavyweight champions participated in today´s public work-out in Erfurt ahead of Saturday´s big Sauerland Event card in Germany. Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) clash for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title, while WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) looks to complete his KO hat-trick of former champions when he takes on Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs). The Nordic Nightmare, who has already destroyed Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, is confident of success. Helenius was the first of the four heavyweights to show his skills during an open session at the Thüringen-Park shopping mall. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division WBA world champion Rosendo “El Bufalo” Alvarez (37-3-2, 24 KOs) will enter the Sports Hall of Fame in Nicaragua on Wednesday at an event organized by the Nicaraguan Sports Institute (IND). A world champion at minimumweight and light flyweight, the 41-year-old Alvarez is retired but is currently training in Miami with a firm intention to return to profesional boxing after five years of inactivity. His fight for the unification of the miniumweight titles against ring legend Ricardo “Finito” Lopez in March 1998 resulted in a draw, the only blemish on Lopez’ unbeaten career record. In 13 world title fights, Alvarez faced the likes of Jose Bonilla, Chana Porpaoin, Kermin Guardia, Tomas Rojas, Beibis Mendoza and Jorge Arce among others.
Story and photo by Brett Bonetti
Former IBO Cruiserweight World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green held a press conference today in Perth Australia to announce he wants a rematch with Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver. There was some speculation that Green was going to announce his retirement at today’s presser following his loss to Tarver last month, however Green said he had no intention of quitting. “I’m a fighter, I took a pizzling at the hands of Tarver, it was not my night and it hurt a lot to lose my world title,” Green said. (more…)
The Super Six World Boxing Classic International Press Tour continued today in New York City and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch stated he can take anything WBA champion Andre Ward can dish out and not be stopped, but he can stop Ward with one punch. Ward naturally disagreed.
Carl Froch: I strongly believe that if there is going to be a knockout in this fight, it’s going to come from me. I don’t feel Andre Ward has the got the punching power and even if he did, I’ve got a granite chin. I can’t be stopped. I’m a beast. It’s as simple as that. You can’t knock me out. You can laugh all you want. I will not be stopped. If there is a knockout in this fight, it will come from me, that’s for sure. I’ve got the ability to hit Andre Ward on the chin with one shot and stretch him out. He hasn’t. The best he can do is try to win a points decision, which is fair enough. He’s got to try and use his abilities to the best he can and try to steal a points verdict off me. I’m in there trying to take him out, simple as that.
Andre Ward (on Froch’s comments): I love it. This is what big time boxing is all about. And like I said before, Carl isn’t the first person that said that and he won’t be the last, but I understand what I bring to the table and I understand what it looks like on the outside. But getting in there and feeling those punches is something totally different and I’m telling you guys I’m hitting hard enough. Trust me.
On Saturday, August 27th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns to the beautiful Tropicana Ballroom in the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City with co-featured headliners, Vinny Maddalone and Shamone Alvarez. Before those featured bouts take place, Star Boxing’s hard hitting undefeated super middleweight prospect, Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (11-0, 10KO’s) will look to produce some early fireworks on the undercard when he takes on fellow knockout artist Mickey Scarborough (6-3, 6KO’s) in a six round super middleweight showdown.
Usually, the best ones never brag. They don’t need to. Why? Because no matter what Edson Barboza says about his leg kicks, nothing would ever do them justice like catching one on the inside of your leg or the outside of your thigh . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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After yesterday’s stop on London, Andre Ward, Carl Froch and the Super Six World Boxing Classic International Press Tour will continue on today in New York City at 11:30AM ET. Then the participants will travel to Oakland, Calif., with a press conference open to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at Oakland City Hall Plaza beginning at 11:30AM PT. Both U.S. press stops will stream live online at http://sports.sho.com.
Tickets for The Final at Boardwalk Hall go on sale THIS FRIDAY, Aug. 26 and are priced at $300, $200, $100 and $50. Tickets can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, or by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 736-1420 or online at ticketmaster.com.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos Alma Montiel / WBC
Asami Shikasho from Japan, arriving in Mexico City spoke of her amateur achievements, and welcomed the opportunity provided by WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez, but warned, “I came to give everything for the win and the WBC flyweight belt will go to Japan next Sunday.”
Tired after the long journey, but very encouraged by the chance to win a world championship, Shikasho (5-2, 3 KOs) revealed that in five years as an amateur boxer she has taken part in the Asia championship, twice getting bronze medals, as well as participated in world championships and she added: “I have carefully studied Mariana Juarez and I know she is very fast and accurate with the left jab. In fact, I must be very careful with that blow.” (more…)
After traveling the world and doing battle in Denmark, Canada and Germany, fighting brothers Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas have one stamp missing stamp in their fistic passports – their native Mexico. On Saturday that will be rectified when they fight for the first time in their home country on a doubleheader to be aired on Televisa’s “Sabados De Corona” in Mexico and on AT&T U-verse in the United States live from the Centro De Espectaculos De La Feria Leon in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico.
In the 12 round main event, Andrade will face Canada’s Matt O’Brien for the vacant WBC Intercontinental Super Middleweight Title. The co-feature will pit Ornelas against Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico’s Alfredo Contreras in a 10 round light heavyweight contest. August 27 will mark the ninth time the brothers from Jesus del Monte, Guanajuato have competed on the same card, compiling an impressive 16-2 combined record in those fights. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Future Top Rank stars: undefeated lightweight Jose Benavidez Jr. and super lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta battle during an intense sparring session at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, Ca. Monday. Both fighters are in preparations for their upcoming fights on Top Rank’s “Top Rank Live” – FSN televised card, Saturday, Sept. 17 from the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Az. Gesta will box in the main event and Benavidez Jr. will be featured in the first televised bout. Click here for more photos…
Zab “Super” Judah has filed a protest with the Nevada Athletic Commission and has also sent letters to both the WBA and the IBF requesting that those organizations order a rematch with Amir Khan. According to the protest letter, Judah’s requests are predicated upon the inappropriate actions of the referee, who was clearly not in a position to see the low blow administered by Khan which ended the fight, as well as the referee’s reluctance to sanction Khan for repetitious hitting behind the head and holding Judah down throughout the bout. (more…)
The full lineup has been announced for Friday’s Telefutura card at the UIC Pavilion. The main event pits undefeated former amateur standouts, Frankie Gomez, (10-0, 8 KO’s) of East Los Angeles and Chicago’s Adrian “EL Tigre” Granados, (6-0-1, 4 KO’s) in an eight round junior welterweight battle.
In the televised co-main event, lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (13-0-1, 9 KO’s) will put his undefeated record on the line against the battle-tested Marcos Herrera (6-6-1, 2KO’s)) of Arvada, Colorado. (more…)
UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, a man considered by most to the best fighter in the world, pound for pound, returns to the Octagon on August 27th to defend his crown against the last man to beat him, Yushin Okami, in the main event of UFC RIO. A win would add to his record-setting reign and further distance him from his peers . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill will present the third installment of the “WingHouse Fight Night” series on September 9th at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The card features six bouts headlined by an eight-round battle for the USNBC WBC flyweight belt between undefeated prospect Daniel Lozano (9-0-0, 6 KOs) and Ernie “The Gladiator” Marquez (9-8-2, 3 KOs).
The co-main event will feature a six-round, non-title fight between Florida State featherweight champion and all-action fighter, Charlie Serrano (12-2-1, 3 KOs) versus Cuban-born Jessy Cruz (4-3-1, 1 KO). (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch kicked off a three-city international press tour today in the United Kingdom to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ward and Froch, along with their respective promoters Dan Goossen and Eddie Hearn, and Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and creator of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, spoke to the media at Matchroom Sport headquarters, a sprawling estate in Essex, just outside London.
Less than 10 weeks out from the culmination of the groundbreaking two-year tournament, Sky Sports, BBC, and a host of other sports and mainstream media gathered to see England’s current No. 1 fighter face off against America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing and discuss their upcoming high stakes clash. (more…)
Team Povetkin has arrived in Germany ahead of Saturday’s WBA heavyweight title clash against former champion Ruslan Chagaev in Erfurt, Germany. (Photo Credit: Team Sauerland)
With the cancellation of Saturday’s HBO card due to an injury to Robert Guerrero, U.S. fight fans will still have a chance to see live world championship boxing as the “Top Rank Live” series presents a world title doubleheader on FOX Deportes.
In the main event IBF 108lb champion Ulises “Archie” Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) is set to defend his world title against Filipino Jether Oliva (18-0-1, 11 KOs) at the Benito Juárez Auditorium on Saturday night in his native Guadalajara. “We are going to give a great show for my people of Guadalajara and I am glad fight here again after four years of not doing it,” said Solis. The unbeaten Oliva, from the Manny Pacquiao stable, is expected to arrive in town today. He is rated IBF #12 at mini-flyweight (105lb).
In the other world title clash, WBO strawweight king Raul “Rayito” Garcia (30-1-1, 18 KOs) takes on Moses Fuentes (13-1, 6 KOs).
On Wednesday night September 14th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, Gulfstream Boxing and Gabe LaConte will present a boxing card that has just been enhanced by the announcement that “Irish” Micky Ward and former heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer will be special guests in attendance. In the main event, Michael Torres (13-2, 7 KO’s) of Newark, NJ will take on Mark Alexander in a ten round Jr. Welterweight fight for the New Jersey title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian boxing legend Lionel Rose, who passed away on May 8 at the age of 62 years, has been honored with a special tribute magazine from “The Greatest” Volume 2 that depicts his life from when he was born on June 21, 1948 in Drouin, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia to his final days when a Bronze statue was erected in his honor. Award winning writer Grantlee Kieza describes the fights of Rose in fine detail and the cover is by respected artist and former champion Bryan Membrey. Rose shocked the boxing world in 1968 as a nineteen-year-old when he defeated Japan’s greatest ever gloveman Fighting Harada for the WBC/WBA bantamweight title in Tokyo by fifteen round majority decision to become the first aboriginal to hold a world boxing crown. (more…)
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) will take on Michael Recloux (19-11-2, 8 KOs) at the next TV2 Fight Night in Herning on September 3. It will be the Hardhitter’s first fight since November 2010 when he destroyed Dejan Ribic in the first round. “We are glad that Rudy has overcome his neck problems,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The injury break was very frustrating for him because he was so close to getting a major title shot. His strong performances have been acknowledged by the WBC where he is already ranked in the seventh spot. A victory over Recloux will put him in a perfect position. But he needs to win in style.” (more…)
Fast rising British super featherweight Liam Walsh (11-0, 8 KOs) will defend his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title against former British champion Paul Appleby when he tops the York Hall, Bethnal Green on September 30th. The show marks the promotional debut of Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George under their new banner Queensberry Promotions.
“It’s fantastic to be promoting Championship boxing in our first independant show, and I’m delighted to be able to put the show on at the York Hall,” said Francis Warren. Liam is a fantastic talent and faces a tough challenge in Paul Appleby, who will be looking to bounce back in style this year. The undercard features some of our new signings who we have high hopes for over the next 12 months.”
Georges St-Pierre is the face of mixed martial arts. We all know that, thanks to his Under Armour and Gatorade endorsements. He is also one of the most gifted fighters in the world. He would be the unquestioned king of the sport, pound for pound, but for one man . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions has announced today (Monday) to stage a tripleheader in Tokyo on November 6, as follows: WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs) in the main event. Supporting are WBC final eliminators in the bantamweight and flyweight categories. WBC#3 bantam, unbeaten Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs) will square off against WBC#2 Silver champ Christian Esquivel (23-2, 17 KOs) over twelve. Also, WBC#3 fly and ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (14-1-1, 10 KOs) will take on Wilbert Uicab (33-5-1-1NC, 18 KOs), Mexico, over twelve. The three Japanese participants are all southpaws. We look forward to watching hot affairs at the Yoyogi No.2 Gymnasium in the center of Tokyo. (Photo: From left: Igarashi, Aoh and Yamanaka)
Undefeated 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his life on Saturday night when he challenges Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title in Erfurt, Germany. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 31-year-old Russian. (more…)
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