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Junior middleweights Harry Joe Yorgey (23-1-1, 11 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9 KOs) meet in a scheduled 10-round contest on July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. No titles are at stake, but this is for bragging rights in the area and is a fight that has been talked about in the gyms for quite some time. Tickets priced at $50 and $75.
This Thursday at Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, fans will get to enjoy a first for the fight business in the last 20 years, a cigar lounge where you can purchase a cigar, smoke it right then, and watch all the action of the pro show. The inaugural Fight Club OC Cigar Lounge will be located right outside the giant Hangar Doors, which will be opened so that cigar aficionados can enjoy a good cigar and not miss one punch. Roy Englebrecht Promotions matchmakers Whit Haydon and Mel Valenzuela have put together a bout card headlined by undefeated prospect 9-0 Antonio Orozco against Bahamas Olympian Hensley Strachan.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: Team Erdei
During his preparations for Saturday’s clash against former world champion Byron Mitchell, unbeaten former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) has trained at two famous Philadelphia boxing gyms, the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and the James Shuler Memorial Gym.
Erdei usually used the Joe Hand Gym for his morning exercises focusing on his fitness and coordination workouts. The gym is managed and supervised by Danny Davis, who also helps with the preparation of Bernard Hopkins. “I have heard that Bernard Hopkins visits this gym regularly, the last time was yesterday.” said Erdei. “I have seen the fight and the deserved win for Hopkins in a sports bar here in Philadelphia. Unfortunately we have missed each other last week here in the gym. The two gyms that I’m using for my preparation are the best ones that you can find. There is a great boxing atmosphere and you can feel the traditional American boxing scene.” (more…)
Unbeaten British and European lightweight champion John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) from Manchester takes on world rated London rival Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on July 9th at London’s ExCeL Arena. The vacant WBO Intercontinental crown will be on the line and there is a potential world title shot for the winner.
“With Ricky Hatton retiring, we need a world class fighter because Manchester is the best fight city in the country,” said Murray. (more…)
Popular Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee will return to the ring, making his Southern California debut on July 9th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, just outside of Los Angeles. The 23 year old Lee will be featured on the off-TV undercard to the SHOWTIME broadcasted WBA lightweight championship bout between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon. Under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, Lee is currently undefeated with a record of 5-0 with 3 KOs knockouts. A huge crowd of Notre Dame Alums and Chicagoland Supporters is expected.
Cruiserweight Eric “Danger” Fields (17-1, 14 KOs) and lightweight Noah Zuhdi (14-2, 11 KOs) will share top billing on the July 17 Catbox Entertainment show at the Cox Center in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Fields’ bout is an eight-rounder and Zudhi is scheduled to go six. Opponents will be named. The undercard features heavyweight Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (11-2-1, 11 KOs). For tickets call call 866.966.1777.
Cruiserweight Rico Hoye (23-3, 15 KOs) is returning to the ring on July 22nd at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the 36-year-old Hoye’s first fight in two years. He is best known for appearing on the fourth season of The Contender. Hoye will headline the second show presented by Phoenix promoter Michelle Rosado’s Face II Face Events.
Former world, European, Commonwealth and British super featherweight champion Alex Arthur (29-3, 20 KOs) is aiming to bring big-time boxing back to Edinburgh after applying to the British Boxing Board of Control for a promoter’s license. Should the UK governing body approve his application, he hopes to promote his first event in his home city’s Meadowbank Sports Centre in August. However, Arthur has no thoughts of hanging up his gloves and intends to headline his own promotion while creating the opportunity for his fellow boxers from Scotland’s capital to kick-start their careers under the AAA Promotions banner, derived from his ring moniker ‘Amazing’ Alex Arthur. (more…)
Team Puerto Rico Boxing
In a short celebration today, Team Puerto Rico Boxing visited the home of three-time world champion and Puerto Rican hero Wilfred “The Radar” Benitez and awarded him the rank of Honorary Captain of the professional boxing team. They also made a donation to his care of $2000. In an atmosphere of camaraderie and appreciation “El Radar” graciously accepted the honor from Team Puerto Rico in front of his sister Yvonne Benítez, his nephews and immediate family. Benitez was world boxing champion in three different weight divisions and the youngest world champion in boxing history.
“Being able to help a boxing hero such as Benítez is not only an honor, but a duty for all the joy he provided to this island. To be in his presence and be able to help him is something I will never forget,” said Javier Bustillo, president of Universal Promotions.
Because of a decline in his health, family have taken over the daily care of this great fighter. For more details and photos click here…
Join Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Rocky Statue located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at noon on Wednesday (June 1) as the city honors newly crowned WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins in celebration of Hopkins’ age-defying victory over Jean Pascal which made him the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title. The event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Arthur Abraham says he plans to resume his career despite a string of three straight defeats in the Super Six tournament. “Life goes on,” said Abraham. “I won’t give up. I will absolutely still be world champion at super middleweight.”
Next up for welterweight “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez could be another “Son of a Legend in Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (27-4-1, 17 KOs).
While attending a fight card over the weekend in Mazatlan, Mexican ring legend Erik Morales said he would welcome a clash against either WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan or IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez. He also wants a rematch with Marcos Maidana.
Thomas Pütz has been unanimously elected for the third time as president of the German Boxing Federation (BDB). Two previous elections were invalidated by court order. He will be in office until 2015.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBC Super-Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) and WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) participated in a media work-out today in Copenhagen, Denmark. On Saturday, the two fighters will come face-to-face at renowned PARKEN Stadium. It will be the Viking Warrior´s first fight since an eye injury forced him to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I have really missed the action in the ring,” the Danish national hero told reporters after today’s session with coach Jimmy Montoya. “I am in great shape and I am thrilled to be back. I have been working hard with Jimmy. He has pushed me through a lot of demanding sparring sessions. I’m ready for Bouadla. He is a tough guy who will be coming at me from the first bell, but I am well prepared.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC President Jose Sulaiman today celebrates his 80th birthday. Sulaiman will spend the day with his family, friends, managers, trainers, promoters, boxing champions and former world champions. In 1968 he joined the WBC, and on December 5, 1975 in Tunesia he was unanimously elected president of the organization. He is recognized as an advocate for boxers’ rights and has been behind many safety reforms in the sport. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota on June 10, 2006.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: German Villasenor Team Molina/Showdown Promotions
John ”the Gladiator” Molina (22-1, 18KOs) won the vacant WBC USNBC Lightweight belt in front an outdoor setting and very lively crowd in three heats of action on Saturday night at the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona. Molina, now (22-1, 18 KOs) dropped his game challenger, Guadalajara, Mexico’s Alejandro Rodriguez (12-3, 6 KOs) three times, once at the end of the first round, and twice more in the third round, with Rodriguez’ corner calling for the stoppage, with the referee calling the action off at 1:45 of the round.
“We got the ring rust off and I’m ready to go for the next fight. This fight was exactly what it was, a good fight! I got my timing back, lets get it on! My jab worked best for me tonight but I still got to work out a few more things. Now it’s time to go to work. I want that 135lb division title, I want to go to work for it!” (more…)
By Robert Coster
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz says he’s getting ready to turn the page on his three-year relationship with Russian boxing promotional powerhouse German Titov Box Promotions. “I’m very disappointed and frustrated with my promoter because they have promised me good fights and they haven’t lived up to their part of their bargain,” says the 27-year-old Diaz( 9-0, 6 KOs). “I have been very inactive and I don’t feel I’m going forward.” (more…)
Omar Chavez vs Genaro Trazancos from Saturday night in Mexicali.
The Heavyweight Factory’s June 4th premiere of “Hollywood Fight Night” boxing just added a strong supporting cast to the undercard. IBF #14-ranked super featherweight Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (25-7-1, 9 KOs) returns to the ring in an 8-round contest. The 34-year old Nigerian-born Virginia resident seeks to regain his winning form after a controversial loss to Filipino Michael Farenas (30-3-3, 26 KOs) in California on May 21st. Prior to that decision, Attah destroyed Mexican southpaw Marvin Quintero (22-3, 18 KOs) by second-round knockout on the undercard of the Rafael Marquez-Juan Manuel Lopez superfight in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Oliver Duetschler
Former Croatian WBC International champion Asmir “Aske” Vojnovic (28-10-1, 15 KOs) lost his comeback after a three year layoff dropping a four round decision to Swiss prosepct Agron Dzila (10-1-0, 6 KOs) on Friday night at Kampfsportzentrum Schmid in downtown Leinfelden-Oberaichen, Germany. The judges scored the fight 40:39, 40:38, 39:37 in favor of Dzila.
By Ron Jackson
Matima Molefe stopped Simphiwe Tom in the second round in East London on Sunday to win the vacant SA featherweight title. The fight at the Orient Theatre ended 1 minute 40 seconds into the second round after Molefe (56.75 kg) had come out firing at the first bell. He immediately took control against an opponent who appeared to be over-confident. In the second round Molefe carefully backed up Tom (56.75 kg) and set him up for a straight right to the jaw that dropped him flat on his face. Tom beat the count but was clearly unable to continue and referee Siya Vabaza called it over. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Carlos Nin
Giovanni Lorenzo 164.5 vs. Jaison Palomeque 170
Jenifel Vicente 121.5 vs. Luis Zenbrano 122
Eudy Bernardo 134.2 vs. John Nolasco 133.5
Jean Carlos Prada 154 vs. Alex Hernandez 153.5
Venue: Carlos-Teo-Cruz Coliseum Santo Domingo
Promoter: Shuan Promotions
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Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
With most of the post-UFC 130 attention on the next moves of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, you may have some stories not related to the main or co-main event. But in a sport where anything can happen at any time, stars were born and others solidified. Here’s a recap . . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Quinton “Rampage” Jackson didn’t take to kindly to Matt Hamill‘s vow to break his will in the main event of UFC 130 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But it would be Rampage who appeared to break the will of “The Hammer” as he landed the more telling strikes and sapped the fight from Hamill in a relatively lackluster unanimous decision victory . . . Click here for more
The replacement for Frankie Archuleta has been named for five-time world champion Johnny Tapia for his June 4th career finale at Hard Rock of Albuquerque. Taking the fight on a week notice will be former champ Mauricio Pastrana (35-15-2, 15 Kos) of Colombia. Though he has lost five in a row, Pastrana is a former IBF light flyweight, interim WBA flyweight and IBO champion.
Postfight report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
At the post-fight press conference Dana White stated that “Rampage” was the next in line for Jon Jones’ UFC title but also revealed that the fracture could remove him from the opportunity should it be severely damaged.
“If he’s okay,” White responded when asked if he’s guaranteed the next fight against Jones considering that Rashad Evans is tied up with Phil Davis this Summer. Rampage entered the room and heard the UFC president’s comments and perked up immediately . . . Click here for more
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Son of the legend and undefeated #1 Contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers vs Florida Marlins baseball game Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Chavez is preparing for his upcoming first world title fight against unbeaten WBC Middleweight Champion Sebastian Zbik of Germany. Zbik vs Chavez Jr. will take place on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Son of the Legend and undefeated WBC #1 middleweight contender Julio Cesar Chávez Jr. will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Florida Marlins today at 1PM PT at Dodger Stadium. Approximately one hour before he takes the mound, Chávez Jr. will also make an appearance at the Viva Los Dodgers Festival in Lot 6. Chávez, Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs) goes for his first world title when he challenges undefeated WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) on Saturday.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Polish heavyweight contender Tomek Adamek and advisor Zyggi Rozalski spoke to Fightnews.com after two press conferences last week with Vitali Klitschko. “This is what we wanted from the start of Tomek’s career, be treated as equal partners by most powerful heavyweight team in the world,” said Rozalski. On September 10th, Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) will challenge WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) seeking his third belt in the three heaviest boxing categories. “Vitali’s team knows that I’m not stepping into the ring only to collect a check,” said Adamek. Nobody ever had an easy time with me in the ring. Whoever thinks otherwise must never watch me fighting. I will be ready to celebrate.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In his first ten-rounder and first main event, welterweight Omar Chávez (26-0-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Genaro Trazancos (22-15-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque del FEX in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Chavez dropped Trazancos in round two and got the stoppage when referee Alberto Ramos waved it off at :52 round four. The crowd booed the sudden stoppage. Chavez is the son of Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez and brother of WBC #1 middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. For more details and photos click here…
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
In the main event of UFC 130, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Matt Hamill via unanimous decision. Scorecards all read the same, 30-27. Hamill spent the majority of the fight attempted takedowns which were badly telegraphed. Jackson hurt his opponent repeatedly throughout the fight with hard counter punches in return.
Heavyweight contender Frank Mir outclassed former TUF winner Roy “Big Country” Nelson over three one-sided rounds. Scorecards read 30-27 twice and 30-26 in favor of the former champion.
Heavyweight Travis Browne scored the biggest win of career by knocking out 6’11 Stefan Struve with a superman punch at 4:11 of the first period.
In the upset of the night welterweight Rick Story defeated former title challenger Thiago Alves by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout the same, 29-28.
Brian Stann TKO’ed middleweight contender Jorge Santiago at 4:29 of the second round with an overhand right.
Renan Pegado defeated Cole Escovedo via unanimous decision. Scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28. Michael McDonald was awarded an uneventful split decision over Chris Cariaso. Scorecards read 30-27, and 29-28 twice in favor of McDonald. Gleison Tibau submitted Rafaello Oliveira with a rear naked choke at 3:28 of the second round. Middleweight Tim Boetsch defeated Kendall Grove via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 30-27. Demetrious Johnson upset former world titlist Miguel Torres via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 29.-28.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II (23-4-3, 12 KOs) won by knockout at 1:35 of round four against Lisandro de Los Santos (16-10, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Scotiabank in Polanco, Mexico. Sanchez II showed great will and strength during the bout. He is the nephew of the late great Mexican champion Salvador Sanchez.
WBC #10 flyweight Oscar Blanquet (28-3-1, 19 KOs) needed just 82 seconds to log a first round annihilation of Orlando Garcia (7-13, 6 KOs). Blanquet’s body shots put Garcia on the deck twice before it was stopped. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (31-1, 19 KOs) scored a hard fought seventh round TKO over late sub Adrian Verdugo (18-5-1, 15 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Saturday night at the Mazatlan Convention Center in Mazatlan. It was a game effort by Verdugo who had no quit in him and was still in the fight when it was waved off.
Linares now plans to rest a week, “then back to the gym. We will be ready after the cut heals and return to work hard. The idea is try will be to go train in Los Angeles from right now until August for my next fight, and at the end of the year look for the world title.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #3 Will Tomlinson (17-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage over Bandung Pataykomgym (19-2, 10 KOs) at the Aquatic and Recreation Centre at Bairnsdale, Victoria, Australia on Saturday night. Tomlinson dominated the Thai boxer dropping him in round six and referee Brad Vocale saved the import from further punishment at :08 of round seven.
Tomlinson is now scheduled to meet Francisco Cordero (24-1, 16 KOs) on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO cruiserweight title bout in Sydney on July 20. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Super bantamweight prospect David “Tornado” Sanchez (19-2, 16 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Carlos “Charly” Valenzuela on Friday night at the Gimnasio Solidaridad in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Sanchez closed show by dropping Valenzuela with a hook to the liver in the eighth and the bout was waved off during his vicious follow up barrage.
Sanchez will now rest three days, then get back in the gym to prepare for a July 2 clash in Hermosillo on the undercard of WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez’ first title defense. (more…)
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