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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Promoter Roy Englebrecht returned to the Marriott Hotel in Irvine on Thursday night, promoting what he called his “biggest fight card ever.” In the main event, unbeaten heavyweight Joe Hanks (14-0, 9 KOs) pounded out a one-sided six round unanimous decision over hard-hitting Johnnie White (23-2, 18 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. Hanks seemed close to a stoppage win in round five, but the bell arrived just in time for White.
In the co-feature unbeaten heavyweight Scott Alexander (6-0, 4 KOs) wasted little time in taking out Charles Tucker (3-3, 3 KOs). A well-placed body shot sent Tucker to a knee after just 85 seconds. (more…)
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
Yesterday WBC Emeritus Champion Edgar Sosa and Jose Luis Varela finally met face to face a couple of days before the fight that will take place at the “Arena Mexico” in the headliner of “La Reconquista promoted by “Boxeo de Gala.” The was face to face with the Venezuelan Jose Luis Varela. Today the official weigh-in will take place at the “Independence Angel” Monument of historical importance in Mexico City. Click here for more photos…
On Thursday, August 26th, the newest member of the Espinoza Boxing Club led by 2007 Manager of the Year, Frank Espinoza, will make his Nokia Live debut in downtown Los Angeles, CA, when the undefeated super lightweight Antonio Orozco (7-0, 5KO) of National City, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, will take on the rugged Humberto Tapia (15-14-1, 8KOs) of Tijuana, MX, in a six round contest. (more…)
Erik “El Terrible” Morales Box Latino, in association with Sampson Boxing LLC & ALA Promotions will present, WBO mini-flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes versus Mario “El Dragoncito” Rodriguez on August 14 Luis Estrada Medina Stadium in the city of Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico. Nietes, born in Murcia Negros Occidental Philippines, has prior victories against Erik Ramirez and Manuel Vargas respectively. This represents Nietes’ third time on Mexican soil in defense of his WBO title. (more…)
Breidis Prescott 141 vs. Harrison Cuello 142
Patrick Lopez 140 vs. Prenice Brewer 139.5
Mike Mollo 228 vs. Gary Gomez 208
Jaime Herrera 147 vs. Joshua Rodriguez 147
Antonio Avila 135 vs. Russell Fiore 134
Genaro Mendez 142 vs. Alexander Tousignant 142
Antonio Canas 142 vs. William Bokhart 141
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The fight with Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. and Pawel Wolak has finally been agreed upon. After several weeks of intense negotiations between Brad Goodman, matchmaker of TopRank Inc. and Ivan Edwards, the bout was finalized today. “We are excited about the opportunity to fight a recognized fighter like Julio Cesar Chavez Jr,” said Wolak’s Manager and Advisor, Ivan Edwards. “Wolak is looking to bring his own brand of excitement. He is a dangerous fighter in his own right and is ready for battle.” (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
World-ranked bantamweight Chris Avalos measured 118 pounds and Chris “The San Diego Kid” Martin weighed in at 120 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Grand Casino Hinckley, in Hinckley, Minn. The hard-hitting Avalos (16-0, 13 KOs), of Lancaster, Calif., by way of San Diego, will face fellow unbeaten Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs), of Chula Vista, Calif., in the 10-round ShoBox: The New Generation main event THIS Friday, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Click here for more photos…
Antonio Escalante 127 vs. Edel Ruiz 126
Alex Becerra 121.6 vs. Francisco Dominguez 122.8
Jermell Charlo 151.8 vs. Quinton Whitaker 151
Oscar Palacios 155.6 vs. Armando Rodriguez 152.8
Cesar Valenzuela 138.8 vs. Roni Alvarado 135
Venue: Don Haskins Center, El Paso, TX
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Karl Freitag
WBC/IBF super lightweight champion Devon Alexander is a prohibitive favorite to defeat former WBA champion Andriy Kotelnik in their showdown on DKP’s big world championship tripleheader on Saturday in Las Vegas. Hometown favorite Alexander is -900 at WilliamHill.com, -1100 at Sportsbook.com and -1200 at Bet365.com. Kotelnik backers can get +500/+600/+600.
Alexander is a deserved favorite, but the fight against Kotelnik would seem to be a lot closer that the betting lines indicate. However, the challenger’s lack of finishing power (only 2 KOs since 2003) doesn’t bode well against a local hero.
In the clash for IBF light heavyweight championship between champion Tavoris Cloud and 41-year-old ex-champ Glen Johnson, Jacobs is a -225 pick at WilliamHill.com, -260 at Sportsbook.com and -275 at Bet365.com. Johnson is +163/+200/+200 respectively.
“The Road Warrior” is considered by many to be a “live underdog” against the talented, but comparitively inexperienced champion.
Only Sportsbook.com and Bet365.com are offering a line on the IBF jr middleweight title clash between Cory Spinks and Cornelius Bundrage. Spinks, also a hometown hero. Notable odds difference with Spinks -350 on Sportsbook.com and -275 at Bet365.com, while Bundrage is +275 and +200.
Local stars will be shining bright deep in the heart of Texas this Friday night, August 6, when Antonio Escalante, Omar Figueroa, Jermell Charlo and Cesar Valenzuela enter the ring in separate televised bouts at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso for this week’s edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
Weights and photo by Chris Cozzone
From the Hard Rock in Albuquerque:
Holly Holm 138.5 vs. Jaime Clampitt 135
Randy Arrellin 130.25 vs. Julio Chavez 133.5
Carlos Sanchez 153.75 vs. John Grimaldo 152.25
Nohime Dennison 123.75 vs. Celina Salazar 122.75
Yordan Hernandez Perez 134 vs. Joshua Montoya 138.5
Over the last five years UFC President Dana White has listened intently as fans spoke about the kind of web site they want. About how the site should look, and what it should do. Some of these conversations took place in restaurants and on sidewalks, others on the arena floor and at Q&As. Others through text, Twitter and email. But no matter where, or how, the message was communicated, he heard it and shared the concepts with the team at the UFC.
By Brian Grammer
Photo: Bob Barton
At Wednesday’s final press conference for the “Gateway to Greatness” card, promoter Don King could not give enough accolades about the young, undefeated champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs).
“What this is doing for Devon is moving him from ‘Greatness’ to even greater ‘Greatness,'” King professed. Alexander, who fought on previous Don King cards under former headliner and current junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs), is now the main event that everyone sees as a future superstar. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek has reeled off some good wins since moving to heavyweight. However Michael Grant, whom he faces August 21 on pay-per-view isn’t impressed. “Everyone’s talking about how he’s slick and all that,” said Grant today. “I don’t see it! All I can see is that he’ll run around. When he comes against punching power, that man is running…it’s speed, combinations, consistency and pressure that will that will basically lead me to being victorious over Adamek.” (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In what has become a true middleweight grudge match, the pound-for-pound best in the world Anderson “The Spider” Silva will look to rebound from his lackluster performance in April against challenger Chael Sonnen . . . Click here for more
Final details have been announced for ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Headlining is a ten round welterweight showdown between hard punching Columbian banger Breidis Prescott and Dominican veteran Harrison Cuello. The 27 year old Prescott (22-2, 19 KOs) is coming off a third round knockout of Jason Davis on May 15th at New York City ’s Madison Square Garden. He is best known for his spectacular first round knockout of current world champion Amir Khan on September 6, 2008 at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. (more…)
Photos by Pete Susens
Top Rank’s Bob Arum, layer Robert Shapiro and Wild Card’s Freddie Roach talk boxing at Roach’s Hollywood boxing gym on Wednesday. Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
Photo by Team Guerrero
Fernando Guerrero is a rising figure in the middleweight division, ranked in three organizations (WBO #5, IBF #12,WBC #13). In his last fight, a decision over tough, iron-jawed Ishe Smith, Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) won the NABO title. Manager Hal Chernoff said, “The most impressive thing about Fernando is not only his skills or power, it is his dedication, the hard work he puts in and the will to learn and improve with every fight. I have never encountered such determination and focus.” Fightnews caught up with Fernando Guerrero, a congenial and intelligent young man, on a vacation to his native Dominican Republic to discuss his career and plans for the future. (more…)
WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler will make his decisive Group Stage 3 Super Six World Boxing Classic fight in Herning, Denmark. The Viking Warrior will take on Allan Green on September 25 th as both men need nothing but a victory to secure passage to the semi-finals. The fight will serve as the grand opening of the newly-built state-of-the art MCH Multiarena Herning, the first multi-functional arena in Denmark. A sell-out crowd of 13,500 fans is expected to raise the roof. “This will be a very special evening for boxing fans in Denmark and all over the world,” Kalle Sauerland said. “The stakes have never been higher. It is not just Mikkels WBC belt that is on the line but he also needs a victory to progress in the Super Six tournament. Allan Green is very dangerous but with a sell-out crowd behind him Mikkel will make his country proud and knock him out.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Roy Englebrecht returns to the Marriott Hotel in Irvine tonight, promoting what he calls “the biggest fight card ever.” Headlining another edition of the “Battle in the Ballroom” series will be unbeaten Heavyweight Joe Hanks (13-0, 9 KO’s) taking on hard-hitting Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KO‘s) in a six round bout. (more…)
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 we’ve got WBA Super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the studio as special co-host. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. 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.
Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell has completed a rigorous rehabilitation program to correct a condition known as Piriformis Syndrome. The condition caused pinching of the sciatic nerve, which severely limited Campbell’s movement in recent fights. “It was like I had cement around my waist, I couldn’t turn, I couldn’t plant my feet,” explained Campbell. “I feel better than I have in 5 years, and the increased flexibility that I now have will allow me to do some of the things in camp that I haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years, so I can make 135 again no problem.” Campbell’s rehabilitation program was overseen by Dr. Adam Brunson MD, of Carillon Sports Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, and includes stretching routines that the fighter will incorporate into future training camps. “I’m good now, and I just want the opportunity to show everyone that I’m not shot, and I didn’t get old,” said an excited Campbell. “I have plenty of fight left in me. I really want to go back to 135 now and get my titles back. Any of those cats can get it. Soto, Katsidis, the Guerrero kid that just beat Casa (Casamayor), Diaz, any of them. They can all get it. Based on my last few showings, I know I need to knock off a Guerrero or a Katsidis before I let Marquez’ name come out of my mouth, and that’s ok. I got no problem showing everyone that I’m back. All it takes is for one of these cats to have the stones to fight me. And don’t rule out my eventual return to 140. But for now, I can make 135, I can beat anybody at 135, and that’s where I want to be.”
Photo by Bob Barton
The final press conference was held on Wednesday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis promoting Don King’s world championship tripleheader, and a fourth championship match, on Saturday. Hometown hero and unified World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) will be challenged by former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), from Lviv, Ukraine, and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will meet former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs), a Jamaican now of Miami. (more…)
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was so impressed by undefeated World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation unified world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” after he visited Rams training camp today, he arranged a special team bus trip to see Alexander’s title defense live on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “I have a great deal of respect for what boxers go through to prepare for a fight,” Spagnuolo said. “Devon is a local talent and it was important for us that he knows the entire Rams organization is behind him and wish him the best Saturday night.” (more…)
For the first time in five years, tomorrow starting at 12 Noon ET, the official Ultimate Fighting Championship® web site UFC.com will fade to black, as it prepares for the moment when it will officially relaunch. (more…)
Continuing to set the gold standard across all forms of entertainment, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® leaps into the world of weekly web shows with the “UFC® Ultimate Insider™”, which airs this Thursday, August 5th at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET on UFC.com. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Photo by Bob Barton
“It’s going to be a devastating performance!,” exclaimed Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs), when asked at today’s press conference how he was going to defeat Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) at “Gateway to Greatness”, the Don King Promotions event to be held Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. Kotelnik responded to Alexander’s declaration by stating that, “I have a big surprise for him.”
Don King, when asked about the significance of Alexander’s title defense in St. Louis, explained it as “historic”. “Both U. S. Senators from Missouri will be here. The Governor will be here. I haven’t seen this kind of show of support for a fighter since Ali.”
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC light heavyweight fighter Rodney Wallace insists that his striking skills will propel him to victory over much-heralded prospect Phil Davis, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion from Penn State. Wallace believes that the undefeated Davis is too green at his point in his career to beat him . . . Click here for more
Photo by Team Katsidis
“I have remained available to honour my commitment with the WBO and am very pleased to see why it is the WBO remains the most prestigious of boxing’s orgnizations,” says WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis. “The time has come for me to face the very elite of the sport, giving boxing fans world wide one of the greatest fights it will ever see, and as such is the reward of my teams effort. I see recently Amir Kahn was observing closely the Diaz, Marquez clash… MARQUEZ IS MINE or else he is another conversation we should continue back in England. I’ve been there before happy to do it again.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
He made history in boxing as the first black vice president of the World Boxing Association. He was so well-known that Don King was his best man at his wedding in 2002. And he was a real estate mogul that sold some of the first embassy properties in Washington, DC to newly independent African countries. Such was the extraordinary life of York Van Nixon who passed away on August 1 of cancer in DC at the age of 84. (more…)
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