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Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

Jones Jr. – Gunn Kickoff Presser Quotes

By Rick Scharmberg Photos: Rick Scharmberg Co-promoters David Feldman, of David Feldman Promotions and Marshall Kauffman, of Kings Promotions held a press conference today ...

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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Boxing Result

Sato, Watanabe keep belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

WBC#3/WBA#5 super-fly Yota Sato (22-2-1, 11 KOs), 115, kept his national 115-pound belt as he had a tough time with busy-punching speedster Yoshihito Ishizaki (6-2-1, 4 KOs), 114.75, but controlled the second half with a successful stick-and-move strategy, winning a close but unanimous decision (96-95, 97-94 and 97-93) on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Sato, making his fourth defense, didn’t look as sharp as usual early in the contest with Ishizaki scoring with light but busy combinations to have it a close affair. Sato, a lanky jabber, began to utilize his superior footwork and kept circling with stinging lefts that hurt the less experienced upright stylist. The champ was in command in the last three rounds to confirm his triumph.

In the first of a twinbill, OPBF welter champ Akinori Watanabe (23-4, 21 KOs), 147, an awkward but hard-hitting southpaw, also retained his regional belt when he dug a wicked left uppercut to the liver of OPBF top ranked Korean ruler Jung-hoon Yang (6-3, 2 KOs), 145.25, sinking him in agony for the count at 2:46 of the fourth session. Watanabe decked his initial defense since he dethroned compatriot Yo Inoue via second round demolition, capturing a couple of OPBF and national belts at once this April. With more sophistication Watanabe will technically improve more since he still throw a punch at a time.

Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.



August 5th, 2011

Boxing News

“Veneno” Rubio Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC has given Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. until June 4, 2012 to make his mandatory defense against top rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio. But Rubio is growing tired of waiting and is frustrated that he can’t get his title shot sooner. “I’ve received no explanation why it is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has refused to face me for the WBC middleweight belt,” says Rubio. “I am the #1 mandatory challenger and for a long time, since before Chaver Jr was world champion. Chavez Jr has not given me an answer. I don’t understand why he doesn’t want to fight and says he will fight with Manny Pacquiao, Miguel Cotto and Sergio Martinez……all they are doing is lengthening his agony because sooner or later I’ll have an opportunity to get him in the ring and then nobody will be able to protect him.”

While he waits, Rubio could fight on September 3 against an opponent to be named. Ishmael Tetteh of Ghana has been mentioned as a possibility.



August 5th, 2011


Boxing Result

Results from Houston

By Peter Lim

Welterweight Rogelio De La Torre upped his record to 6-0 (4 KOs) after scoring a picturesque one-punch knockout of Miguel Pizarro, 2-4 (1 KO) in the second round at the Rio Grande Events Center in Houston. De La Torre caught Pizarro smack on the chin with an overhand right that left Pizarro flat on his back long after the count of 10 was completed. Junior welterweight Juan “Pancho” Copado made a successful pro debut by stopping Robert Lujan, 0-2, in the first round. Copado dropped Lujan to his knees with a right to the body and ended the affair moments later with a left-right-left hook that felled Lujan for the full count. In other bouts, switch-hitting super flyweight Ashley Alvarado, 4-0 (2 KOs), outpointed southpaw Brandi Montoya, 0-2, over four rounds. And light heavyweight Terrence Woods, 9-2 (6 KOs), dropped Jessie Orta, 7-16-2 (4 KOs), in the second round en route to a four-round decision victory. The card was staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions.



August 5th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Chumash

Tim Coleman 140 vs Vernon Paris 140
(USBA junior welterweight title)
10 rounds super featherweights co-feature
Art Hovhannisyan 130 vs Cristobal Cruz 130*
Luis Franco 127.5 vs Adolfo Landeros 128**
Michael Anderson 148 vs Bernardo Guereca 151.75***
Michael Faragon 134.75 vs Ira Terry 129
Ruffino Serrano 128.25 vs Johnny Frazier 130
Sergio Nunez 134.5 vs Ricardo Cubillas 135****

* = Cruz made weight on third try
** = Landeros made weight on second try
*** = Guereca 3.75 pounds overweight
**** = Cubillas made weight on third try

Venue: Chumash Casino Santa Ynez, CA
Promoter: Gary Shaw
TV: ESPN2
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August 4th, 2011


Boxing News

Caballero-Barros Purse Bid

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBA World Championships Committee has decided to call to a purse bid the fight for the world featherweight championship between Argentinian champion Jonathan Barros and former world champion Celestino Caballero of Panama. The Purse Bid will be held on Tuesday August 16, 2011, at 11:00AM at WBA Headquarters in Panama. Minimum bid is $120,000. Barros gets 75%, Caballero 25% The bid will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.



August 4th, 2011

UFC

Belfort climbs mountain again

UFC 133 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 6!

Vitor Belfort isn’t going anywhere. Despite his UFC 126 loss to Anderson Silva in their middleweight championship bout this past February, “The Phenom” is not about to let the longtime titleholder off the hook just yet. He’s still shooting for Silva, and that’s not just the word from the UFC vet, it comes from the whole family . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Margarito cleared for Cotto rematch

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito was cleared by doctors to be able to return to the ring for a December 3 rematch against WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City. However, Francisco ‘Pancho’ Espinoza, one of Margaritos’s managers said that many details remain unresolved in the contract which could be addressed next week when he meets with promoter Bob Arum. “Mr. Arum has said he will fight Cotto in New York but has not determined the weight or title or anything. No problems going on December 3. Doctors gave him the approval and Margarito is training. He has never stopped training. We hope to meet with the promoter to determine what will be done. And move forward.”

Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) has not fought since November 13 last year when he lost a unanimous decision to Manny Pacquiao resulting in a serious injury to the right side of his face and eye. The Sport Press learned that among the details that have yet to be agreed on is the weight> It is being proposed that the fight be held at 150 instead of 154.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Manny sick of waiting for Floyd

From TMZ: Manny Pacquiao wants a judge to declare him the winner in his ongoing legal war with Floyd Mayweather — claiming the Pretty Boy has been LYING HIS FACE OFF to get out of being deposed by Manny’s lawyers. Manny filed the papers today in Nevada as part of his defamation suit against Mayweather — in which he claimed Floyd falsely accused Manny of using steroids. According to the documents, Manny’s camp offered up 24 dates for Floyd to be deposed — but Mayweather kept coming up with excuses as to why he couldn’t show up for any of them. Manny claims Floyd often blamed his intense boxing training for the scheduling issues — but says it’s all BS … because on many of the days Floyd said he was training, he was seen partying at various nightclubs in Vegas and Atlanta. Point is — Manny says he’s SICK AND TIRED of waiting around for Floyd and wants the judge to issue a default judgment in his favor, making Manny the winner … and entitling him to damages. No word on how much $$$ Manny is looking to pocket from the lawsuit.



August 4th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Puerto Rico

Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez

Luis Maldonado 111 vs. Juan Mercedes 115
Luis Rodríguez 137 vs. Luis Joel González 136
Gabriel Cruz 113 vs. Jonathan González 114
José Ramon Sánchez 153 vs. Giovanni Rodríguez 154
Ned Lopez 123 vs. Kenneth Rivera TBA
Nelson Agosto 143 vs. Kenneth Díaz 142
Jan Carlos Molina TBA vs. Jesús Pagán 109
Iván Vázquez 135 vs. Jesús Javier Cintron 134
Venue: Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Top Rank Inc.
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August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Sal Sanchez II Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II is training hard for his next bout on August 13 in Mexico City against compatriot Adan Garcia (15-4-1, 11 KOs) for the WBC featherweight CABOFE title. “We are training hard because to me every fight is a different challenge,” stated Sanchez II. “I want to show that I have strong will and ambition to achieve a world title shot. Every time I strive more for me to prove I’m not here by my name or chance. I’m here because of my desire to be world champion.” (more…)



August 4th, 2011

Scale Watch

Zappavigna, Diaz make weight

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin

IBF rated lightweights Lenny Zappavigna (25-1, 17 KOs) and Armeth Diaz (29-10, 20 KOs) weighed in today for their IBF elimination bout to be contested at the “Melbourne Pavillion” on Friday. Zappavigna was 134.7lbs while Diaz was 134.7lbs. The referee for the contest will be Robert Byrd. Judges are Glen Hamada, Yongsak Na Songkla, Ignatius Missalidis. The promoter of the event is Brian Amatruda and former IBF 130 pound champ Barry Michael

Light heavyweights Blake Capparello and Joseph Kwadjo meet in the co-feature.



August 4th, 2011

Feature Story

Agbeko-Mares undercard

Boxing promoters Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions will include a WBC United States heavyweight national championship, a World Boxing Association FEDECARIBE regional junior lightweight championship and a handful of boxing’s top undefeated rising stars on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME® Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All that pits International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko against undefeated WBC silver bantamweight champion Abner Mares on Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

In a 12-round round bout, WBC #12-ranked heavyweight contender Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (17-1, 13 KOs), from Lyford, Texas, will take on Warren “The Hit Man” Browning (14-1-1, 9 KOs), from London, Ky., for the WBC U.S. heavyweight national championship.

The WBA FEDECARIBE super lightweight title will be on the line when undefeated Cuban-born Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (10-0, 7 KOs), from Miami, Fl. squares off against Jesse Carradine (7-1-1, 3 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio in a nine round fight.

Former interim WBO bantamweight/WBA flyweight Champion Eric Morel (44-2, 22 KOs), born in Puerto Rico but now fighting out of Madison, Wis., will be featured in a bantamweight attraction scheduled for 10 rounds against Daniel Quevedo (13-11-2, 8 KOs) from Los Angeles, Calif.

Undefeated lightweight rising star Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs), from Santa Ana, Calif., will risk his perfect record against “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-4-4, 6 KOs), from the boxing hotbed of Oxnard, Calif., in an battle slated for 10 rounds.

Also in action will be rising star Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) of Norwalk, Calif., who will put his unbeaten record on the line in an eight round junior welterweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)



August 4th, 2011

Announcement

Ex-Aussie champ Marceta passes

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former 1993 Australian super middleweight champion John Marceta was tragically murdered on Tuesday in Redfern, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Craig Charles Pitts, 28, has been charged with the stabbing murder of the 38-year-old Marceta. During his career, Marcetta scored 14 wins, 12 by KO, with 6 losses. In 1995 he captured the Australasian light heavyweight title. “John was a champion in and out of the ring,” said leading boxing trainer George Reno. “It is very sad that such a good man should die so young.”



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Meet Brandon Rios & Sergio Martinez

By Francisco Salazar

Having the opportunity to meet a boxing superstar is one thing. Having the opportunity to meet two on consecutive days is off the charts. Fight fans are invited to meet lightweight world title holder Brandon Rios on Friday night from 7-9PM at the El Dorado Mexican restaurant in Oxnard, CA. On Saturday afternoon, lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez will visit the popular downtown restaurant from 4-6PM. Both fighters will be available for autographs and pose for photos with fight fans. The El Dorado, located at 601 S. Oxnard Boulevard, is celebrating a Grand Re-opening and has previously hosted meet and greets with local fighters. Both Rios and Martinez reside in Oxnard.



August 4th, 2011

Full Report

Olympic Trials: Day 4


Story and photos by Scott Foster

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials continued on Wednesday, with the unbeaten boxers contesting their final round in the champions bracket, and the once beaten fighters wrapping up their semi-final round in the challengers bracket . . . Click here for more



August 4th, 2011

UFC

Watch UFC press conference

Live today at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT on UFC.TV

For more info the UFC or UFC 133, visit www.UFC.com



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Shot of the Day

WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno signs an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions in Panama.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Aydin-Dan rematch ordered

By Boxing Bob Newman

Chris Ganescu, manager of WBC #5 welterweight Ionut Dan Ion, a.k.a. Jo Jo Dan, contacted Fightnews today to share news of the WBC’s order for Dan to face WBC Silver champion Selcuk Aydin in a rematch of their June 5, 2010 battle in Istanbul Turkey. Aydin won a controversial split decision and the WBC Silver belt in the battle of then undefeateds. The winner this time will be the mandatory challenger for the winner of the September 17th WBC welterweight title fight between champion Victor Ortiz-Floyd Mayweather. Dan’s manager Ganescu had this to say, “Jo Jo has no problem going on the road again! But I will do everything possible to keep this fight out of Turkey! I believe it belongs in North America- hopefully in Canada!” If both parties cannot agree to terms during the free negotiation period, otherwise pursebids will be held in Mexico City September 2nd.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Tshesane-Mhlongo for vacant SA title

By Ron Jackson

Page Tshesane and Nkululeko Mhlongo meet for the vacant South African junior middleweight title at the Mhuluzi Extension 7 Community Hall in Middleburg on Saturday. The title became vacant when Tshepo Mashego was stripped by Boxing SA for not defending his title within the regulated period. (more…)



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Meza-Clay returns Aug 13

Super featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (30-3, 20 KOs) returns to Rivers Casino’s outdoor amphitheatre on Pittsburgh’s North Shore on August 13 against an opponent to be named. Also included on the fight card is Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor, “The Boilermaker” Billy Hutchinson, Jaque “Lights Out” Lutz, and more. Promoter Roy Jones Jr. will be on hand. Tickets are $100, $60 and $35. All ages are welcome to attend the event, but guests must be 21 years or older to enter the casino.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Sturm-Macklin rematch disconnect

By Karl Freitag

Last week Felix Sturm told Fightnews.com’s Wolfgang Schiffbauer that he has sent Matthew Macklin a contract for a rematch but still hasn’t received an answer. “He received a contract three days after the fight and he should man up and agree to the rematch,” said Sturm. “Everybody wants to see the rematch. He believes he beat me on June 25 and now he can prove that he is better than me. He would get a second chance to become world champion. Matthew, step up to the plate and let’s fight again!”

Macklin, however claims Sturm doesn’t want to fight him. “I don’t think he has any intention of pursuing a rematch with me,” stated Macklin. “If he wants to fight me again, it’s an easy fight to make, as he is his own promoter. I think he knows that he cannot beat me. He’s not going to come to Ireland or England. Fighting Sturm in New York would be great, but I would go back to Germany if I had to. I’d expect a fairer crack at the fight. I think the German officials would be under a lot more pressure to make sure things were on the level, given the controversy of our first fight.”



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Massachusetts turf war

It will be a battle for home state supremacy on August 20 when Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez puts his unbeaten record on the line in the main event of Broadway Boxing from Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts. Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs), a Worcester native, will battle another local favorite, Chris Traetti (10-2, 6 KOs), who hails from just down the road in Quincy. Since last June, when Rodriguez last stepped into the ring in his hometown, he has hit the road to score the two biggest wins of his career, a ninth round stoppage of James McGirt, Jr. to capture the WBC USNBC super middleweight title last November and a ten round decision over top-10 ranked super middleweight Aaron Pryor, Jr. in January. Traetti believes that those wins add weight on Rodriguez’s shoulders to perform that may pave the way to an upset. “I’ll get another fight because I promote my own shows,” said Traetti. “If he loses, there goes the world title shot. All the pressure is on him, and that is pretty liberating for me as a fighter.”



August 4th, 2011

Feature Story

Hasegawa decides to go on

By Joe Koizumi

Formerly two-class WBC champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, had been contemplating whether or not he would go on fighting after his shocking forfeiture of the newly acquired WBC feather belt via annihilation by Jhonny Gonzalez this April. Hasegawa, 30, declared he would return to ring warfare to pursue his fistic career once again at press conference on Monday at Shinsei Gym in Kobe, Japan. The Japanese lefty speedster registered ten defenses of the WBC bantam throne to his credit, but saw a nightmare when he coped with WBO ruler Fernando Montiel, succumbing by a fourth round TKO in April of the previous year. Having had a severe weight problem, Hasegawa jumped up two divisions and impressively acquired the vacant WBC feather belt by outhustling unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos on points last November. Hasegawa, however, engaged in a mandated initial defense with the official challenger Gonzalez, whom he outpunched with quick combinations to be leading on points but whose pulverizing right dramatically turned the tide midway in the fourth canto. Hasegawa said, “I’d like to prove my power in the feather class and hope to enjoy fighting from now on.” Hasegawa had been originally a speedster dependent on his strategy of hitting without getting hit, but his KO streak in five title defenses gradually changed him into a puncher that loved to mix it up. His reckless tendency might cause a couple of stoppages by Montiel and Gonzalez, so he had better return to his previously favorite hit-and-run tactics, if possible. If so, he may be successful again even in the 126-pound category.



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Boxing in Houston tonight

By Peter Lim

Now that former unified lightweight titleholder Juan Diaz has retired, Houston’s Savannah Boxing Club is looking to a new generation of boxers to fill his shoes. Junior welterweight Juan “Pancho” Copado and middleweight Demazo Tello, both amateur standouts long-time members at Savannah’s, will make their pro debuts as the headliners at the Rio Grande Event Center in Houston tonight. Dubbed Summer Heat Explosion, the card will be staged by Calm Before the Storm Promotions. Copado, 22, won the Ringside 141-pound title last year, while Tello, 20, is a former Texas Golden Gloves champion. Other local prospects scheduled to fight on the card are welterweight Rogelio De La Torre, 5-0 (3 KOs), super flyweight Ashley Alvarado, 3-0 (2 KOs), light heavyweight Terrence Woods, 8-2 (6 KOs), and Luis Zarazua (debut).



August 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Berto-Zaveck: “Battle in Biloxi”

By Flattop

Andre Berto, after losing his WBC welterweight title to Victor Ortiz during a “Fight of the Year” candidate earlier this year, is fighting IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck on September 3rd in the “Battle in Biloxi” at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

Berto and Oritz fought a war back in April with both fighters going down several times. Ortiz dropped Berto with a left hook in round one but it ruled as a slip by referee Michael Ortega. Later in the round he floored Berto again and this one counted. Berto knocked down an off balance Ortiz in round two. Ortiz rocked Berto again in round three and continued to dominate as Berto spent considerable time on the ropes absorbing punishment. In round six, Berto stayed in the center of the ring and dropped Ortiz with a big right hand, but during Berto’s follow-up attack Ortiz floored him! The fight settled down after round six except for a point deduction from Ortiz in round ten for a punch behind the head. The final scores of 115-110, 114-112 and 114-111 did not reflect the high-drama of the contest. (more…)



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Golden Boy inks Moreno

WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo Moreno has signed an exclusive, multi-fight promotional agreement with Golden Boy Promotions. A native of Miguelito, Panama, 26-year-old Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) is unbeaten since a split decision loss in his first year as a professional in 2002. Since then, he has defeated everyone in his path and in May of 2008, he won the WBA Bantamweight World Championship with a 12 round decision win over then-unbeaten Wladimir Sidorenko. Since then, the southpaw has defended his title seven times, including a rematch win over Sidorenko and a victory over Mahyar Monshipour in 2009. In his three most recent bouts, Moreno scored back-to-back wins over Nehomar Cermeno, and on June 16, he successfully defended his crown for the eighth time when he scored an eighth round knockout win over former World Champion Lorenzo Parra. A date and opponent for Moreno’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

DiBella inks Macklin

DiBella Entertainment has added Irish middleweight contender Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs) to its ever-growing stable of fighters. Macklin, 29, is currently ranked #4 by the WBA, #7 by the WBO, and #12 by the IBO, and has nothing but big fights on his mind as he joins the same promotional roster as middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and middleweight contenders Andy Lee, Brian Vera, Ronald Hearns, Peter Manfredo, Jr., and Ishe Smith. Coming off a close loss to “Super” WBA middleweight titlist Felix Sturm, Macklin is looking for redemption under a new promotional banner, a deal to bring him to the United States that was facilitated by Brian Peters, his manager since 2005.



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Montiel returns August 13?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Word is former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (45-3-2, 35 KOs) has been training for a possible fight with Nicaraguan prospect Orlando Rizo (13-2, 9 KOs) on August 20 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The source said that after Montiels’s victory over former WBA world champion Nehomar Cermeño, Montiel will seek the possibility to remain campaigning in super bantamweight in the search of a world title in a fourth weight division. Montiel is doing his workouts in the Montiel Family Gym, which recently opened in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, and would travel to Ensenada a week before the fight.



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Star Power presser quotes

By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda

Erik Morales: “I heard from people that (Marcos) Maidana was going to kill me in my last fight. People think that I was crazy. The reality is, I am crazy, crazy for what I do. The thing is I believe in myself, so I took the fight. Lucas is a strong fighter. This is the fight people want to see.”

Josesito Lopez:
“Me and Jessie (Vargas) are guaranteed action. We’re two top fighters who are at the top of our game. We’re coming into this fight well-prepared.”

Jesse Vargas: “It’s a pleasure to be on the same show as Morales. I’ve looked up to him, as I do to Mayweather. It’s a great opportunity. I feel I’m the better fighter. He’s training hard and I’m training hard. I will come out victorious on September 17th. (more…)



August 3rd, 2011

Interview

Q&A: Michael Lozada

Mexico’s Michael Lozada will be stepping into the “lions den” when he comes to Australia to take on former two time WBO world champion Michael Katsidis on August 13th at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition centre. Lozada spoke for the first time today when he was asked questions on his upcoming fight with the HBO fight of the year winner. (more…)



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Mitchell ready for Mollo

On August 27, undefeated heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (22-0-1, 16 KOs) will fight at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California on the TV-opener for the clash between Marcos Maidana and Robert Guerrero title fight. Mitchell is scheduled to fight “Merciless” Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in a ten-round bout. “This is an opportunity that doesn’t come around often,” said Mitchell. “I’m very focused and won’t let the spotlight overwhelm me. I’m having a great training camp and am definitely looking forward to fighting Mike Mollo. He comes to fight. I’m sure he’s looking forward to the fight and he’ll be ready. Again, I’m very excited and I am looking forward to putting on a good show for my fans on HBO. I plan on coming home with another victory.” (more…)



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Miranda rips “actress” Despaigne

Light heavyweight slugger Edison “Pantera” Miranda (34-6, 29 KOs) has ripped Yordanis Despaigne (9-1, 4 KOs), who won their fight by disqualification last Friday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “I tapped Despaigne on the belt line and he fell down like he’d been shot. He’s not a fighter, he’s an actor and he was looking for a way out because he didn’t like the way the story was going to end,” said Miranda. “He got hit low a couple more times and cried on command and the fight was over. So for that performance, I am awarding him Best Actress in a Dramatic Role. He’s the new Million Dollar Baby.” Miranda says although Despaigne had some early success by “running around the ring”, by the time of referee Vic Drakulich’s disqualification, the tide had clearly turned. “He was out of gas. I let him punch me because it was like pillow fighting a girl. He knew he had to get out of there before the fight was half over because I was in amazing shape and coming on strong. If it had gone one or two more rounds, he was finished.”



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

‘King’ Reyes returns

In his biggest test to date Southern California’s Artemio ‘King’ Reyes (12-1, 10 KOs) will take on unbeaten Raul Carillo (8-0, 6 KOs) of Colorado. The bout will be fought at a contracted weight of 143 pounds and be for the WBC Fed Latino Welterweigt title. Site of the bout will be the Omega Products International, Corona, California. Reyes who trains out of the Capital Punishment Boxing Club in Riverside is riding an eleven-bout win streak.



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Lupo-Lo Greco in the works

For the past year, rugged Romanian welterweight Victor Lupo has unsuccessfully stalked undefeated WBC International welterweight beltholder Phil “The Italian Sensation” Lo Greco. His persistence will soon pay-off, though, as the WBC recently ordered promoters Hennessy Sports (Lupo) and OPI 2000 (Lo Greco) to negotiate an agreement or Lo Greco-Lupo will go to purse bid next month. (more…)



August 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Morales-Mathysse confirmed

Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions announced today that Erik Morales vs. Lucas Matthysse and Jessie Vargas vs. Josesito Lopez have been added to the September 17 PPV mega-event from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The night of boxing will kick-off with a super lightweight bout featuring undefeated rising star Vargas in his HBO Pay-Per-View debut against hard-hitting Lopez, followed by the first of the night’s three world title fights as Mexican boxing legend Morales will face power punching Argentine Matthysse for the WBC super lightweight world championship. The pay-per-view telecast will then go live to STAPLES Center in Los Angeles with Mexican boxing phenom Canelo Alvarez taking on Alfonso Gomez for the WBC super welterweight world championship, followed by the main event welterweight championship clash between Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz, live from Las Vegas.



August 3rd, 2011




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