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By Ron Jackson
At a press conference held at Nick Durand’s gym in Norwood near Johannesburg today, Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions announced that Mikey Schultz will meet Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe in a return match. In their first fight held on November 20 last year, Schultz (15-1, 10 KOs) was sensationally knocked out in the first round by the unknown Maridzo who has a reported record of (4-6, 3 KOs). (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
IBF # 3 super flyweight contender and former world title challenger, Raul “La Cobrita” Martinez (26-1, 15 KOs) of San Antonio, TX will take on Gabriel “Kid Kombo” Elizondo (22-3-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday, June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Martinez will open up the televised portion of Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 PPV which features “The Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) taking on Ireland’s John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) for WBC middleweight Silver championship title. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 9pm ET/6pm PT and tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Alamodome box office. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undefeated and world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) ran for 45 minutes this morning at Sydney Lanier School in San Antonio where this Saturday he will take on John Duddy in the main event of “Latin Fury 15″ in a big Pay per view card at the Alamodome. Click here for more photos…
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Zanfer Promotions, along with the regional Azteca channel affiliate, returned to Tijuana, Mexico’s Municipal Auditorium for the second round of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament last Friday night in front of over a thousand fans.
The tournament consists of a field of eight bantamweight fighters facing off in four round bouts to determine who is the best local 118 pounder. The first round was held two weeks ago with Luis “Tigre” Cayetano and Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez, both of Tijuana, winning their bouts and advancing to the semi-finals. Now, it was the turn of four more warriors to go after the two remaining berths. The winner of the tournament pockets $5,000 dlls. and immediate inception to the national tournament known as “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)”. The night also saw the first round of the light welterweight tournament commence . . . Click here for more
Heavyweight Shannon Miller has announced his retirement following a fourth round TKO loss to former world champion Hasim Rahman on Saturday in Niagara Falls, NY. The 36-year-old Miller, who resides in Troy, NY, ends with a record of 16 wins 5 losses and 9 KOs.
Former super flyweight contender Kahren Harutyunyan has been accepted to Southwestern Law School, which is a much respected law school in California. So the UCLA graduate boxer-turned promoter will now embark on another journey through law school. “I will however continue doing shows and collaborating with other promoters,” he told Fightnews.com. Harutyunyan is best known for a split decision loss to current world champion Nonito Donaire.
According to numerous reports the New York State Senate voted to approve a bill to allow mixed martial arts in the state. The state Assembly now has to approve the bill which Governor David Patterson already has counted on in his current budget. Previously (2007) the Assembly approved a bill to legalize but it stalled in the Senate. (Bob Caico)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Glabisz
Not often can you can find a coach who is training two top heavyweights at the same time. Not unless his name is Roger Bloodworth, who is currently preparing Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) and David Tua (51-3, 43 KOs) in Jersey City. No question it helps that they have a very comfortable gym to do it and the owner of the place is Zyggi Rozalski – the same person who takes care of the business side of Adamek’s career. Tua fights on July 17 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City versus Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KO) and in exactly two months, on August 21 in Newark’s Prudential Center, Adamek will test his skills against Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO). We dropped by, to ask a couple of questions. For much more, plus photos click here…
The undercard for the July 3 card at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is starting to shape up. Undefeated middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (12-0, 9 KOs) will face James Parison (12-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (1-0) meets Yerington, Nevada’s Andrew Rempp (1-2-1) vs. in a four round jr. lightweight bout. Reno, Nevada’s Carlos Gaytan (1-0-1) battles Alex Rivera (2-1) from Las Vegas in a four round light heavyweight bout. Local favorite Joey Gilbert on “Contender” fame is also scheduled to fight on this card. (more…)
In a break from tradition, members of the public will be able to join celebrities and the stars of film, television and the boxing ring, at the World Premiere of the Welsh-made film Risen, about the inspiring life of Welsh World Boxing Champion Howard Winstone.
UFC® Hits Boston – Tickets On Sale Wednesday: Frank Edgar defends the UFC® Lightweight Championship in a rematch against BJ Penn, plus UFC® legend Randy Couture welcomes boxing legend James Toney to the Octagon – live at TD Garden in Boston, Saturday, August 28! UFC® Fight Club Presale begins Wednesday, June 23 at 10am ET, followed by the UFC® Newsletter Presale on Thursday, June 24 at 10am ET. Presale Password is CELTICS.
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By Robert Coster
Featherweight Nicholas Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) is the first serious boxing prospect to come out of Jamaica in years. The 24-year-old, based and fighting in Panama, entered the WBA rankings last December when he won the WBA Fedelatin title. Walters is now ranked 11th and his fights are being eagerly followed by the Jamaican press and the island’s boxing fans. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at Ringside
Photos by John Booz
Fight fans in Chicago, IL were treated to a night of solid action this past Saturday at the UIC Pavilion as promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions presented a card that showcased young talent looking to make a statement in their respective divisions. (More)
Last Saturday night, professional boxing made its return to Miami Beach, on historic Collins Avenue and 67th street at the Deauville Beach Resort with a card presented by Jeff Gibson’s Elite Promotions.
In the main event, 24-year-old heavyweight Mike Marrone (19-1, 14 KOs) made an impressive return to the ring after a two year absence by knocking out a game, hard fighting 31-year-old Joseph Rabotte (8-14-1, 3 KOs) who had gone the distance his previous nine bouts and winning one by TKO. In the scheduled eight rounder, Marrone was able to score the knockout by displaying strong jabs and body shots throughout the fight which lead to a powerful right at 1:49 of the fifth round that ended the fight. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undefeated and world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr landed in San Antonio, Texas today where this Saturday’s clash will take place when he takes on John Duddy in the main event of “Latin Fury 15″ on a big pay-per-view card at the Alamodome. Chavez Jr arrived with his new trainer Freddie Roach and his assistant Alex Ariza. Chavez Jr will participate in a media workout today in the Jesse James Leija gym in San Antonio on Tuesday. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Zanfer
Former lightweight world champion José Luis Castillo decided to give himself another chance and returned to the ring with a unanimous decicion over veteran Roberto Valenzuela over eight rounds at 142 pounds. The fight took place in Tijuana’s Auditorio Municipal and was part of the show supporting the “Torneo Guante Azteca” with more than 3000 people in attendance. Castillo bested Valenzuela in a duel of two fighters from Sonora, reaching victory number 60 in his carreer, 52 of them by knockout, along with ten losses and a draw. “Honestly I felt really good. I was testing myself. I wanted to show that March 13 in Arlington was a bad night. Now I want a chance for a world championship at super lightweight. That’s my goal for this year,” commented Castillo who looked in excellent shape.
Italian Canadian Phil Lo Greco (20-0, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBC International welterweight title for TKO in round 9 against brave Poland Slawomir Ziemliewicz (20- 6-2, 4 KOs) last Friday night in the island of Sicily, Italy. It was the first fight in Italy for the 25 years old Lo Greco. His parents are from Sicily. On the undercard 22 years old lightweight knockout artist Luca Giacon (11-0, 11 KOs) keep is record perfect with a fifth round stoppage of usually durable Araik Sachbazjan and cruiserweight Vincenzo Rossitto (39-6-2, 23 KOs) decisioned an unwilling to fight Jiri Svacina on eight rounds. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Dahlia TV televised the all card live in Italy.
Ringside Report: Robert Hough and Rocco Morales
Photos: Laura De La Torre
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) beat up Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-2, 19 KOs) for twelve rounds during the final Group Stage 2 matchup of the SHOWTIME “Super Six” tournament at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., to retain his WBA super-middleweight title and guarantee himself a position in the Super Six semi-finals prior to his Group Stage 3 bout against Andre Dirrell. (More)
Sensational amateur prospect Alantez “TEZ” Fox has signed with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by its CEO Chris Middendorf. “Alantez is one of the best, young amateur prospects in the world and we’re very excited to welcome him to the TKO Boxing team” said Middendorf. “He’s a terrific young man who’s very anxious to get started in his pro career.” Fox joins an excellent crop of recent signees by TKO Boxing Promotions which includes flyweight Randy Caballero, super bantamweight Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr., junior middleweight Mikael Zewski, middleweight J’ Leon Love and welterweights Michael Finney and Eric Mendez. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from Spokane aired three fights, but as is usual the undercard of unknowns, up and comers, and down and outers offered good dollar value for the boxing fan. (more…)
This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC®. The undercard bouts feature the following matchups: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva, Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulous, Chris Tuchscherer vs. Brendan Schaub, Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove, Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris, Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz and Karlos Vemola vs. Jon Madsen. (more…)
This week’s Telefutura telecast features unbeaten lightweight Pablo Cesar Cano (18-0-1, 15 KOs) in a tough test against Colombian veteran Oscar Leon (28-12, 18 KOs) on Friday night at midnight from the Plaza La Condesa Auditórium in Mexico City. The co-feature has undefeated light heavyweight prospect Marco Antonio Periban (7-0, 4 KOs) against TBA.
Russian promoter German Titov won the EBU purse bid for the vacant European heavyweight championship between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov. Titov bid 260,000 euros, outdistancing bids of Arena 157,000 euros and Universum 156,800 euros.
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will defend his belt against reigning WBO-Europe champion Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) of Spain on the July 17 “Universum Champions Night” in Schwerin, Germany. “He’s very experienced,” said Brähmer, “a compact kid, very strong. I saw his fight against “The Tiger” (Dariusz Michelczewski) in 2001 because I boxed on the same event. If I concentrate on outboxing him, nothing should go wrong.” Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl added “Lakatos is a hard nut to crack for Jürgen. He was ahead against the Tiger until he ran into a knockout punch by Dariusz. He’s #8 in the WBO rankings and a real test for Jürgen. He will be putting pressure all the time.”
It was also announced that on the same card “The Killer Queeen” WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend her title against unbeaten Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico. “My trainer Magomed Schaburow told me that Arely is very awkward to box. We must be prepared for anything,” commented Kentikian.
By Francisco Salazar
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Back in January, Ariz Ambriz and Jose Reynoso fought to a spirited, yet disputed split-decision draw. On Friday night, Reynoso took the initiative in their rematch, working hard to have his arm raised in victory as opposed to both fighters’ arms five months prior. Reynoso was able to control the middle rounds and was the more effective fighter in the end, winning an eight round majority decision before a boisterous crowd of about 1,400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “New Blood 2″ card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
At noon Monday, the European Boxing Union EBU will hold a purse bid ceremony for the vacant European heavyweight championship between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov at the EBU office in Rome. While Dimitrenko’s promoter Universum has already announced to stage the title fight between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov on July 31st, Russia’s German Titov and ARENA Sports-Promotion who share the promotional rights on Bakhtov are both expected to place their bids for the championship bout as well. If ARENA or Universum place the winning bid, the fight will most probably take place in Germany. Titov will try to bring the fight to Russia.
Story: Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Life, it is said, is a series of goals and destinations. Work and rewards. Dreams and hopes. One inevitably leads to another. Go to a good school and you’ll get a good job. Get a good job and you’ll make some money. With the money come the cars. Somewhere a long the line you’ll meet your spouse and get married. You’ll have kids and buy a home. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, or, at least, the way we’re told it’s supposed to work. (More)
By Damien St. Pierre / www.gulfcoastboxing.com
The comeback of 44-year-old cruiserweight Dominick Carter (30-10, 17 KOs) was spoiled on Saturday night at the Sugarmill in New Orleans, Louisiana. The spoiler, “Smiley” Martin Verdin (17-15-1, 10 KOs) of Dulac, Louisiana. Verdin had Carter down in round one and quicky finished him off with a big right hand in round one. Carter was returning after a ten year layoff. This bout was the main event of a 12-bout MMA / boxing event. It was the only boxing match of the night.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Ray Kasprowicz
REPORT: McGEE CHOKES OUT McGRAY: Court McGee turned in a dominant performance, choking out Kris McCray in the second to become season eleven’s Ultimate Fighter. The fight was all McGeefrom the outset as he utilized superior wrestling to take the heavier handed McCray down at will. Each time McCray would load up to punch, McGee brought the fight back to the mat.. . . Click here for more
THE CRIPPLER EXORCISES DEMONS: Chris Leben’s inner demons have been well publicized. The cast member from the originalUltimate Fighter has excelled in the cage, but has suffered knockdowns due to excessive drinking and drug use . . . Click here for more
McGEE BECOMES 11TH ULTIMATE FIGHTER: When Court McGee walked into theUltimate Fighter press conference, he was greeted by an unlikely fan. Kris McCray. McGee choked out McCray in the second round with a rear naked choke to become season eleven’s UItimate Fighter . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hough
Photos by Laura De laTorre
Andre Ward couldn’t resist grinning a little and asking the question–“Hummingbird?”– to Lou DiBella, Allan Green’s promoter, at the post-fight press conference. Green, who said before the fight that Ward was speedy, elusive and harmless, “a hummingbird,” wasn’t there. He was taken to a hospital for a check-up after Ward hammered him for 12 rounds at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. For more details and photos click here…
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Tacoma, Washington’s Emerald Queen Casino was rocking on Saturday night in anticipation of the return of one of the areas favorite fighters, Walter Wright. Wright had been on a two year hiatus and was generally inactive since his stint with the Contender TV show. Wright chose to return to the ring against Joshua Snyder, (8-5-1), which turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. While Wright was heavy, 167 pounds, he still had his quickness and ability to counter punch. Considering his long lay-off, timing and reflex issues were expected and evident, but Wright made his way through five uneventful rounds until he hurt Snyder in round six and finished with a flurry. Wright won a unanimous decision. (more…)
Before a vocal crowd of 1,072 boxing fans at the Mc Dermont Field House in Lindsay, California, area boxing star Paul Mendez scored a hard fought unanimous decision over a game Mario Ortiz in the featured bout of the inaugural melee at the McDermont boxing show co-promoted by Fernando Vargas’s Vargas Entertainment Promotions an Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (27-2, 12 KOs) was impressive in scoring a six round technical decision over Filipino Ericson Origenes (7-2-2, 5 KOs) at the Holland Beer Entertainment Center in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Sakkreerin connected with solid left hooks and right hands consistently on the taller Origenes in rounds one, two and three to control the action. The Filipino scored with solid straight lefts and power right hands in rounds four to edge the round. In round six Sakkreerin suffered a cut over the right eye due to accidental head clash and the doctor ruled it too severe to continue at 2:44. It went to the score cards and Sakkreerin was awarded a decision: 59-55, 59-55, 59-55. For more details and photos click here…
The first “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring” book signing in the USA was at the Women’s Golden Gloves in Hollywood, Florida on June 17-19. Boxer’s Alicia Ashley, Bonnie Canino and Barbara Buttrick, who are in the book were there with Mary Ann Owen author/photographer doing book signings. Many fans were purchasing multiple copies of the book. Book signings are planned for Las Vegas, New Mexico, California and NYC. “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring ” is the first book of its kind to focus on women’s boxing. Click here for more photos…
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. and Andreas Hale
In the main event of Saturday’s TUF 11 Finale, middleweight Court McGee used superior wrestling and jiu jitsu to submit Kris McCray in the second round with rear naked choke. Round one was controlled by the takedowns of McGee as he utilized slick tripping takedowns to put his opponent on the mat. The second round saw the end come as McGee slipped in a tight rear naked choke to force the tap at 3:41. With this win McGee becomes the champion of Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill defeated fellow TUF veteran Keith Jardine via majority decision. Scorecards read 29-27 twice and 28-28.
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler of South Africa retained his IBO junior flyweight belt on a 12 round split decision over Filipino Juanito Rubillar in a gruelling fight at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday night. Judges Terrence Makaluza (SA) and Reg Thompson (UK) scored it 115-113 and 116-111 for Budler and judge Michael Fitzgerald had it 114-113 for Rubillar. (more…)
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto Inc.
Super welter king Miguel Cotto with his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward walked the streets of downtown Chicago at the 45th anual PR Day Parade on Saturday. After his great victory over Yuri Foreman, Miguel was elected to be the Grand Marshal of the traditional festivities in the Windy City. “I had a great time with all my Puerto Ricans of Chicago,” said Cotto. “It was a incredible experience.”
Steward commented, “I came to Chicago to feel the love and admiration of all the Puerto Ricans to Miguel. They love him! It was a great honor for me being in Chicago today for the PR Chicago Parade. I had a wonderful time.”
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