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Lebedev, Jones make weight

Lebedev, Jones make weight

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photo: Hrunov Promotions Denis Lebedev 198.6 vs. Guillermo Jones 200 (WBA cruiserweight world title) Venue: Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, ...

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Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke SES Boxing has announced a May 30 show at the EnergieVerbund Arena in Dresden, Germany featuring four ...

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Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

Martinez keeps IBF 122lb belt by stopping Hasegawa in 7

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Sumio Yamada Powerful and pugnacious Spaniard, Kiko Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs), 121.25, impressively retained his IBF junior featherweight belt as ...

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully retained his WBC bantamweight throne when he ...

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Klitschko-Leapai workout

Klitschko-Leapai workout

Photos: Michael Sterling Eaton / KMG Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai held their open workout at the Centro shopping centre in Oberhausen (Germany). ...

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Night of the Heavyweights on May 30

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Full Report: Yamanaka retains WBC 118lbs belt; scores fifth consecutive defense by KO

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Boxing News

Maidana-Salita update

By Lee Bates

A proposed bout between WBA interim junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) and #1 ranked contender Dmitriy Salita (30-0-1, 16 KOs) is in the works for November. Maidana broke the news on TyC Sports (an all sports network in Argentina ) in a live interview last night. He did not specify an exact date or location. Originally Fightnews reported that Maidana could possibly meet Amir Khan in October. However shortly after that, Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box-Promotion announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two companies and executed a co-promotional agreement which covers several world champions including Maidana.



August 21st, 2009



Boxing News

“Public Safety Night” at The Blue

It’s “Public Safety Night” on Friday, September 11th at The Legendary Blue Horizon in Philadelphia as fan favorite Steve Chambers (19-1-1, 5 KOs) returns to the ring! Chambers – a native son of Philly – has fought all but one of his twenty-two bouts at The Blue Horizon. Chambers is coming off a nine month layoff due to a foot injury and he is scheduled for an eight-round jr welterweight contest. (more…)



August 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Chicago!

David Estrada 152 vs Chris Gray 151
David Latoria 220 vs Ricardo Bradley 210
Foster Nkodo 156 vs Roberto Florentino 158
Tony Maldonado 147 vs Tim Reynolds 146
Ramiro Carrillo 142 vs Jamar Hampton 140
Antonio Avila 134 vs Greg Cogshell 133
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois
Promoter: 8 Count Productions



August 21st, 2009

Boxing Result

Alcoba upsets Carrera!

3rd time a charm as Acuna retains title

By Lee Bates from South America

Noe Alcoba (21-1, 13 KOs) of Uruguay knocked out Mariano Carrera (32-6, 23 KOs) of Argentina in the fourth round to win the WBO latino middleweight title in a battle between two former world title challengers. The bout took place Thursday night at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carrerra actually won the WBA world middleweight title when he defeated then champion Javier Castillejo in 2006 but tested positive for a banned substance and Castillejo was reinstated as champion. They rematched the following year in a non-title match where Castillejo stopped Carrera in six. Alcoba lost to WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm by unanimous decision in his world title challenge in 2007. (more…)



August 21st, 2009

Boxing News

Green-Jones Update

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Australia’s Danny Green and American superstar Roy Jones Jr in Sydney in November will likely fight at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre in Sydney, NSW that seats 12,000 or the Acer Arena at Homebush that holds 20,000. Green arrived Sydney on Wednesday, carrying the IBO cruiserweight title belt he won against Mexican Julio Cesar Dominguez in Mississippi last Saturday. He’s scheduled to make his first defence against the legendary 40-year-old Jones, who scored an equally impressive tenth round stoppage of former super middleweight world champion Jeff Lacy in the light heavyweight bout on the same card in Biloxi. A Parramatta Football supporter, Green suggested his clash with Jones might take place at Parramatta Stadium, which hosted Kostya Tszyu’s world title fight against Hugo Pineda. The canvas had to be changed that night after the preliminary fights because of the heavy rain that fell.Green fought outdoors against Anthony Mundine at the Sydney Football Stadium in 2006, which attracted around 30,000 spectators, but Green Machine Boxing (GMB) director Justin Manolikos suggested the Jones bout would go ahead indoors. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Tszyu Cup is back on Sep. 4!

By Alexey Sukachev

The third stage of the annual International Kostya Tszyu Cup will be held at Yubileyniy sports arena in Yugorsk, Russia, on the 4th of September and will be crowned with a crossroads collision of two young prospects willing to level-up their careers. The whole card was announced last weekend by its organizers. In the main event of the evening, Russian junior welterweight champion Fariz Kazimov (9-1-1, 2 KOs) will risk his belt against Ukrainian Anatoly Sidorov (4-1-1). These fighters share two distinctive features between each other – they are both foreigners, however licensed to compete in Russia, and they are both young, being just 22 and 21-years old respectively. Not only will the national belt be at stake this time, but the main prize and a future praise from the living legend are also up for grabs in this scheduled ten-rounder. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Redondo Beach

Lance Whitaker 249 vs. Matthew Ellis 211
(12 rd WBC USNBC Heavyweight Title)
John Ellis Jr 209 vs. Patrick Johnson 202
Tina Anderson 142 vs. Tammy Frank 143
Alex Rivera 187 1/2 vs. Brandon Bennett 207
Efrian Esquivias vs TBA
Batchelder off the card due to a training injury.
Venue: Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, CA
Promoter: South Bay Promotions
Doors: at 6PM, First Bout 7PM



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Everlast/USA Boxing Sponsorship

Everlast Worldwide, Inc., has signed on as USA Boxing’s official equipment and apparel sponsor, extending their current agreement, which previously covered only USA Boxing’s equipment needs. The agreement will run through the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England with all USA Boxing teams showcasing Everlast apparel throughout the four-year deal. “Amateur boxing is at the very core of Everlast’s authenticity, and we are fully dedicated to helping the sport grow at the grassroots level,” stated Matt Cowan, VP of Marketing and Product for Everlast. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Malcolm Klassen

Photo: Peter Lim

Photo: Peter Lim

By Peter Lim

Fighting for the first time outside his native South Africa, Malcolm Klassen defends his IBF super featherweight belt against Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (24-1-1, 17 KOs) this Saturday at the Toyota Center in Houston. The fight, staged by Golden Boy Promtions, will be aired on HBO. Klassen, (24-4-2, 15 KOs), dethroned Gairy St. Clair via split decision for the title in 2006 but lost it against Mzonke Fana, also by split decision, in his first defense. Klassen regained the belt by stopping fellow-South African Cassius Baloyi in April via seventh round TKO. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Feature Story

Guerrero aims to be 3-time champ

Story by David Robinett

It has been a year of highs and lows for former IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (24-1-1, 17 KOs).

Returning in January after a nearly one-year layoff, Guerrero successfully moved up to the super featherweight division with a first-round knockout of Edel Ruiz. That was followed in March by a calamitous no-contest against Daud Yordan in which Guerrero was perceived by many to have prompted a referee’s stoppage after suffering a cut in the second round. Three months later Guerrero gained a measure of redemption by fighting through another cut and stopping former lightweight contender Efren Hinojosa . . Click here for more



August 20th, 2009

Interview

Whitaker takes on Ellis

Interview by David Finger

For a fighter nicknamed “Mount”, Lance Whitaker (33-5-1, 27 KOs) certainly has had a career full of ups and downs over the years . . . Click here for more



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Don King’s Birthday Wish

Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP

Photo: David Martin Warr/DKP

Don King is celebrating his 78th birthday today, and his birthday wish is for the California State Athletic Commission to correct the decision made in the Aug. 1 WBO junior welterweight championship featuring Tim Bradley and Nate Campbell in favor of a “no contest” ruling when they meet on Monday. “Everyone, including the referee, saw the accidental head butt between Nate and Timmy in the second round,” King said of what caused a gash over Campbell’s eye that led the ringside physician to recommend a halt to the contest. “Al Bernstein of SHOWTIME, all of the journalists and boxing fans around the world are in agreement the fight should have been ruled no contest after that head butt. Today is my birthday, and my birthday wish is that the CSAC rights this wrong on Monday at their hearing, just as the CSAC rightly corrected itself last year in a similar situation involving Hasim Rahman and James Toney, where they changed the ruling to no decision. I would love nothing more than to call California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday afternoon to tell him that his commission has ruled in favor of justice and fair play. It would be a terrible injustice–as Martin Luther King said ‘an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere’–if this wrong is supported. It will be a black eye to boxing, the sport and, most important, the great state of California.”



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Chavez-Diaz public presser

An open to the public press conference for the September 26th lightweight showdown between former Chicago world champions David Diaz and Jesus Chavez will be held this Friday at 6pm at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. “Along with David Diaz and Jesus Chavez, we’ll have many of the fighters on the undercard including Jose Hernandez, Ivan Popoca and Jaime Sandoval and we’re inviting all of the Chicagoland fight fans to join the media for the press conference,” said promoter Dominic Pesoli. The press conference will take place in the large main lobby of the UIC Pavilion just prior to the doors opening for Friday’s fight card featuring the long awaited return of welterweight contender and Chicago native David Estrada.



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Jiménez, Jiménez make weight!

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions

Daniel Jiménez 129.6 vs Marcos Jiménez 128
Geovante Davis 181 vs Carlos Negr 182
Joan Cesáreo 134.6 vs José González 134.6
Julio Irizarry 109.6 vs Erickson Martell 109.3
Amador Acevedo 173.5 vs Julio García 173.1
Héctor Hernández 127.7 vs José Del Valle 124.1
Eduardo Adorno 155.2 vs Emil González 155.2
José Morales 135.5 vs Luis Joel González 137.1
Luis Adorno 135 vs Carlos Velázquez 135
Venue: Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc.



August 20th, 2009

Preview

Bojorquez takes on ‘Maestrito!’

Preview by Felipe Leon

After a short, two-month hiatus, Bobby D. Presents along with Jorge Marron Productions return to the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, Calif., with “Summer Showdown” on Thursday, August 27th.

In the main event, Tijuana super featherweight Emilio Bojorquez (14-1, 11 KOs) tries to keep his 11-win streak alive when he takes on Anthony “Maestrito” Martinez (21-31-3, 9KO) of Nicaragua, in a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Garcia to train Korobov

Matt Korobov, a Russian Olympic middleweight who strikes with knockout power, will have a new trainer when he boxes at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, October 10. Cameron Dunkin, manager of Korobov, said trainer Robert Garcia will now work with Korobov who has a record of 7-0, 6 KOs. Korobov, from Orokutan, Russia, is working out in Lantana, Fla., but will soon relocate to Las Vegas and train with Garcia. Garcia, who lives in Oxnard, Calif., trains world champions Steven Luevano and Brian ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria. Korobov will fight on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 12 headlined by world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Lopez, from Caguas, Puerto Rico, is defending against Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia. Gamboa, from Cuba, will take on challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. This will be Korobov’s third bout at Madison Square Garden. He stopped Cory Jones in 4 rounds there on Feb. 21, then decisioned Loren Myers in four rounds on June 13. In Korobov’s last bout he stopped Benjamin Diaz in one round in Atlantic City, N.J.



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Mashego-Nyilawila Aug 21

By Ron Jackson

South African junior middleweight champion Tshepo Mashego meets Karama Nyilawila of Tanzania in an International ten round fight at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Friday night. The tournament is promoted by Paul Tshehla of Mpumalanga Promotions. The 30-year-old Mashego was in outstanding form in June this year when he outpointed Vincent Vuma to regain the SA junior middleweight title. Mashego (17-9, 9 KOs) is a better fighter than his record suggests and is an experienced campaigner who has been in with quality fighters like Felix Sturm, William Gare, Arsen Khachatrian and Jamie Pittman. Nyilawila who has a reported record of (10-5-1, 6 KOs) is a bit of an unknown quantity and has only fought outside his home country on one occasion and that was in August 2008 when Mohammed Akrong stopped him in the ninth round in a fight for the vacant African Boxing Union middleweight title. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Juan Diaz and Robert Guerrero

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Juan Diaz and Robert Guerrero. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Martinez

By Lee Bates

WBO super featherweight champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) will now make the first defense of his title against Vincente Martin Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs) of Argentina. Rodriguez who is ranked number 9 by the WBO will replace Michael Lozada of Mexico. The main event will feature the anicipated rematch between WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) against 3-time world title challenger and Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao promoted Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs). Several other entertaining bouts are scheduled including cruiserweight giant, 6′6 unbeaten Carlos Negron against an opponent soon to be announced. None of Negron´s opponents have made it out of the 1st round yet. The event titled “Undefeated Champions” will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing Saturday September 12th at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via IN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of $29.95. PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) is the promoter. Site of the card will be the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

‘American Dream’ prepares!

Although boxing fans are looking forward to the main event clash between Hector Camacho Jr and Israel Cardona on August 29th at the Wolstein Arena in Cleveland Ohio, the co-main event is getting heated as Cleveland’s Ronald “American Dream” Johnson prepares to take on California’s current WBC Champion Billy Bailey . . . Click here for more



August 20th, 2009

UFC

Couture-Nogueira defining moments

On August 29th, fight fans will be in for a treat when heavyweight legends Randy Couture and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira meet in the main event of UFC 102. It’s a bout that has been talked about for years, but finally, the stars have aligned for them to battle it out in a pivotal match in the suddenly red hot heavyweight division. So why is Couture vs Nogueira such a big deal to followers of the sport? Just take a look at their defining moments . . . Click more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

NSAC OKs instant replay

The Nevada State Athletic Commission has approved the use of televised instant replay to aid referees in confirming the correct calls on situations such as head butts and fouls. The decision to use the replay would be at the discretion of the referee. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the new rule must still be approved by the Legislative Council Bureau and filed by the state’s librarian. It could be in place for the September 19 Mayweather-Marquez bout.



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Klassen faces tough defense

By Ron Jackson

Malcolm Klassen faces possibly the toughest fight of his career when he defends his IBF junior lightweight belt against Robert Guerrero at the Toyota Centre in Houston, Texas on Saturday night. The 28-year-old Klassen regained the IBF belt in April this year when he stopped Cassius Baloyi in the seventh round. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Murat vacates Euro 168lb belt

Karo Murat has vacated the European Super-Middleweight Title to move up to light heavyweight. He will make his first fight in the new limit on August 29 at the Gerry Weber Stadium when he clashes with Sergey Demchenko for the vacant WBO Intercontinental Light Heavyweight Title. “We know the weight problems from Arthur Abraham, who vacated his IBF Middleweight Title to join the Super Six World Boxing Classic,” coach Ulli Wegner said. “All the diets really affect your performance in a negative way. I spoke to Karo about it. Since we have a very strong line-up at super-middleweight, we decided that he will challenge at light heavyweight in the future.” (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

More on Thompson pullout

TKO BOXING PROMOTIONS STATEMENT

Amidst the last minute pullout of Anthony Thompson of his I.B.O. Junior Middleweight World Title bout against Grady Brewer which was set for this Saturday night at the Pala Casino in Pala, California, TKO BOXING Promotions CEO Chris Middendorf has issued the following statement:

“In mid June, I contacted the manager for Anthony Thompson, Cameron Dunkin and offered him the fight for the IBO 154lb Title against Grady Brewer. The reaction was immediate that Anthony wanted the fight. He had suffered an early career loss to Brewer and had always wanted to revenge that loss. I got him approved by the State of California and sent Dunkin on the contract. After a few calls to remind him to get it done, Thompson signed the contract dated July 7th. He immediately asked for an advance against his purse. Dunkin asked me to hold up sending the advance against the purse until he was sure that he was training every day for the fight, and then cleared me to send him the advance, which I then did. Thompson cashed the check.” (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Jürgen Brähmer

Second world title try for '100 Year Talent'
Photo: Boxing.de

Photo: Boxing.de

On Saturday, Jürgen Brähmer (33-2, 27 KOs) will again reach for a world championship belt. Ten months after his first world championship chance against Hugo Hernan Garay, the reigning European light heavyweight champion gets into the ring with unbeaten Pole Aleksy Kuziemski to battle for the WBO interim world belt in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer spoke to boxing.de.

How’s it going in Budapest?

“I’m hot, more or less like everyone is here in August. But seriously, the mood is good. We have a great hotel, planes fly over and then under the bridge because a Red Bull air show is here on Thursday.”

Why will you win a world championship this time?

“Because in training I worked even harder, and more concentrated. With my trainer Michael Timm, I always do something special. So [I'll win] this time.” (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Rigondeaux on fast track

Caribe Promotions Inc., in association with DeCubas Presents, LLC, and JAOLI Fight Promotions will present a special edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month on September 18th at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach. The card will be headlined by two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux, who will be fighting for a regional WBA title that will place him in the top five in the world and in position for a title shot in record speed. The 28-year-old Rigondeaux is 2-0 with 2 KOs since making his pro debut in May. In his corner will be world renowned trainer Freddie Roach. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Zhang Zhilei in NYC

Photo: Tom Casino/Duva Boxing

Photo: Tom Casino/Duva Boxing

D&D Global, a newly-formed partnership between Dino Duva and Richard Davimos, announced today that boxing Hall of Famer Lou Duva (Dino’s father), and his team of trainers, including amateur specialists Al Mitchell and Charles Mooney, are training renowned Chinese super heavyweight Zhang Zhilei in his preparation for international competition. Zheili, the Olympic silver-medalist in the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, fights under the auspices of the Chinese Boxing Federation. Zhilei began training on August 6 in Pennsylvania at Fernwood in the Poconos, and will continue the camp through August 23. (more…)



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Noons throws out first pitch

Photos: TKO BOXING Promotions

Photos: TKO BOXING Promotions

Middleweight prospect Karl “KJ” Noons took the mound at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night to throw out the ceremonial pre-game first pitch. “Fantastic experience, it was a real thrill to do this” said the San Diego native. Noons will face off against Randy Pogue in a six round special attraction bout at “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” this Saturday night, August 22nd in Pala, California. “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” professional boxing series. Tickets for the eight bout action packed “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” card, starting at $25, are available through Star Tickets (www.startickets.com, phone 1-800-585-3737).



August 20th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayweather-Marquez officials

The Nevada State Athletic Commission announced today the names of the referee and judges who will officiate the Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez super fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday, Sept. 19. The referee assigned to the 12-round bout is Tony Weeks from Nevada and judging the bout will be Burt Clements from Nevada, Dave Moretti from Nevada and William Lerch from Illinois.



August 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Brähmer/Balzsay workout pix

Photo: Balazs Czagany

Photo: Balazs Czagany

Fighters headlining Saturday huge “Universum Champions Night” world title twinbill in Budapest, Hungary, engaged in a public workout to the delight of local fight fans. On hand were Jürgen Brähmer and Aleksy Kuziemski, who meet for the WBO interim light heavyweight world title, WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay who defends against Robert Stieglitz, plus super middleweight contenders Eduard Gutknecht and Dimitri Sartison. Click here for more photos…



August 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Charles takes leave of absence

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Photo: Tom Casino

Nick Charles, the respected television journalist and veteran ShoBox: The New Generation play-by-play announcer, is taking a leave of absence from SHOWTIME, effective immediately, due to Stage IV urothelial carcinoma. Charles has been an integral part of SHOWTIME Sports and the highly acclaimed ShoBox series since its debut in July 2001. He has called hundreds of fights on SHOWTIME and other networks throughout his illustrious broadcasting career. “All of us at Showtime are behind Nick and his family in this difficult fight,” said Ken Hershman, Senior VP and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports. “We look forward to his full recovery and return to ShoBox telecasts.” (more…)



August 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Juanma re-inks with Top Rank

Undefeated world champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico today signed to extend his promotional contract with Top Rank. Todd duBoef, president of Top Rank, made the announcement. Juanma Lopez, 26, is a rising star with a record of 26-0, 24 KOs. He is the WBO Junior Featherweight champion and is 5-0 with five knockouts in world title bouts. Lopez has an impressive combination of size, skill, strength, speed, power and poise in the ring with an extensive amateur background that began at the age of 10 and progressed to the highest levels. Lopez was named the 2008 ‘Puerto Rico Fighter of the Year.’ He is next scheduled to fight on October 10, taking on tough challenger Rogers Mtagwa of Philadelphia on a Top Rank championship fight card at the WAMU Theatre inside Madison Square Garden in New York City. DuBoef said “there is a great lineage of Puerto Rico superstars – Wilfredo Gomez, Tito Trinidad and Miguel Cotto. It is a pleasure that that Juanma and Top Rank will work together to get him to become one of the greatest of all-time on the island. “Juanma has had a meteoric rise in his first five years. We believe Juanma’s future is very bright for him and for the sport of boxing on the island,” duBoef said.



August 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Malignaggi speaks

Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi talks about Saturday’s clash with Juan Diaz, fight gloves, strengths and weaknesses…



August 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Title twinbill undercard

The full lineup has been announced for the August 28 ESPN2 Friday Night Fights “season finale” card featuring Juan Urango vs Randall Bailey and Clinton Woods vs Tavoris Cloud at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Undercard bouts include featherweight Rances Barthelemy (1-0, 1 KO), brother of 2004 Olympic Gold medalist Yan Barthelemy, against Vinesah Rungea (2-13-3). 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (1-0, 1 KO) meets Charlie Serrano (8-2, 2 KOs) in a jr lightweight bout. Jr welter Jesus Pabon (14-1, 8 KOs) will face unbeaten Prenice Brewer (12-0-1, 6 KOs). 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (4-0, 4 KOs) takes on Jason Thompson (5-3-1, 4 KOs) and super middleweight Joel Morales (2-0, 2 KOs) fights Robert Campbell (3-2-1, 3 KOs).



August 19th, 2009




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