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Ex-WBA lightweight world champion Freddie “Li’l Hagler” Norwood (42-3-1, 23 KOs) has been added to Thursday night’s “Noche de Boxeo” card at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. For the 39-year-old Norwood, it will be his first fight in 14 months since losing back-to-back fights against Johnnie Edwards. Norwood will face Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Also, an opponent for former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) has been named. “Mighty Mike” will move up in weight to face Nicaragua’s Octavio Narváez (7-4, 4 KOs), in a welterweight match. Also, welterweights Aarón Martínez (10-1-1, 3 KOs) and Santiago Pérez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) will meet in an eight-rounder. Pérez is the son of the legendary Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos.
By Johnny B’
It was recently reported that former world champion Rocky Lockridge is homeless and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. Sadly the 50-year-old former two-time super featherweight king is estranged from his family and by his own admission, has abused drugs and alcohol for more than two decades. (More)
Unbeaten WBO 140 pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in an open workout on Tuesday, just days before their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140 pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2 rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. Alexander participated in Tuesday’s workout, but Witter was unable to participate as he had to complete his medical examinations. (more…)
The story of Timothy Bradley’s boxing career and the road that led to the August 1st match against Nate Campbell.
The flashy and charismatic Campbell shocked the boxing world in 2008 with his victory over then undefeated WBA, IBF and WBO champ Juan Diaz. The hard-hitting veteran is showing no signs of slowing down and aims to become a two-division world champion.
By Craig Watt
When Australian boxer Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) takes on Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4, 14 KOs) on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi, he has the chance to join an elite club of boxers who have won world titles at three different weights. The fight with Dominguez is for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title and provides a chance to add to previous world honors as WBA light heavyweight and WBC super middleweight champion. The 36-year-old from Perth, Western Australia is known as the “Green Machine” and relishes the challenge that lies await in his trip to the US and the incentive not only to win the IBO cruiserweight title but also entice Roy Jones Jr to Melbourne in November in which many predict will be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history. (more…)
We have more details on the August 19th Winky Wright Promotions show at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Former world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) returns after his PPV showdown with Roy Jones Jr. to face unbeaten Andy Hubinger (13-0, 10 KOs) in the ten-round light heavyweight co-feature. Unbeaten middleweight Peter Quillin (20-0, 15 KOs), aka “Kid Chocolate,” will face an opponent to be named in the main event. Also in action will be featherweight Eilon Keden (9-2-4, 7 KOs) against TBA, plus a four round heavyweight clash between Chris Hancock (5-0, 3 KOs) and Shawn McLean (3-4).
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced that the first 100 children, 10 years and under, will receive an autographed boxing glove signed by The Fighting Pride of Central Pennsylvania, Carney “Beeper” Bowman this Saturday night, August 1st, at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium . . . Click here for more
Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. is in training camp in California, PA, thirty minutes south of Pittsburgh preparing for his August 15 “Hook City” showdown against Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
UFC 101 is aptly titled named Declaration. The organization’s first foray into Philadelphia marks the return of one its most charismatic and outspoken champions. “The Prodigy”B.J. Penn (13-5-1) hopes to rebound from a one sided beating at the hands of Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94 and continue to cement his legacy as one of the sports best pound-for-pound fighters . . . Click here for more
Funeral services for Vernon Forrest will be held on Monday, August 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, GA 30038 (Church phone is 770-696-9600). Arrangements should be sent directly to the church and/or donations can be made in Vernon’s name to the Georgia Amateur Boxing Association (501ce), 2195 Emerald Drive, Jonesboro, GA 30236 ( 770-471-1080), Attn: Buddy Davis, President
Below is information on services for promoter Octavius James who tragically passed away last Friday night at the age of 36.
Viewing: Friday from 12-6PM
Funeral Service: Saturday at 1PM
Location: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
2307 Rhode Island St. Gary, IN 46407
The photo below was taken at the weigh-in for One In A Million’s last promotion. L-R: Tyree Ortiz (General Manager), Carlos Jones (team trainer), Octavius C. James, David Martin III (team member).
DiBella Entertainment and Resnick Productions are teaming up to bring the next installment of “Fight Night at Frontier” to boxing fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on August 13. Headlining the show will be jr middleweight Ronald Hearns (21-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, against Patrick Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs). The undercard will showcase a pair of local fighters being co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Ron Resnick, Willie Monroe, Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), and Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield (0-0), along with DBE light heavyweight prospect out of Detroit, Isiah Thomas (4-0, 4 KOs) and rising super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (10-0, 5 KOs), a stablemate of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Tickets are $25-$100. Call 585-423-9464.
Two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) has signed a promotional pact with Golden Boy Promotions. Guzman has held WBO world titles in the 122lb and 130lb weight divisions. He is now campaigning in the lightweight division. A date and opponent for Guzman’s first bout under the Golden Boy banner will be announced shortly.
WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight champ, Tommy Karpency (17-1-1, 11 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, August 21st at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The 23-year-old Karpency will defend his WBA Fedecentro belt over 10 rounds against undefeated challenger Chuck Mussachio (13-0-2, 5 KOs). Promoted by Simons’ Promotions and beginning at 8pm, the six bout card will also feature middleweight prospect Jimmy Lubash (13-2, 6 KOs) in a six rounder. For ticket info, contact Steve Simons at (304) 290-0291.
Talented WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler of Copenhagen, Denmark, will make his eagerly awaited debut on SHOWTIME earlier than expected. One of the early favorites in the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic™, Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against No. 1 rankedGusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao is being eyed to set up training camp in the Bahamas, the Manila Bulletin reported in its July 29 issue. Top Rank chief Bob Arum told the paper that owing to an IRS regulation called the Substantial Presence Test, Pacquiao has to spend the first four weeks of training outside the US. Arum has informed trainer Freddie Roach about the situation and Roach has even sought the help of this writer to call the Filipino boxer’s attention since he hasn’t spoken with his favorite puncher in weeks. (The message has been forwarded to Team Pacquiao). Roach said he prefers the Bahamas over a training stint in the Philippines because of distractions. Pacquiao has yet to issue something regarding the planned Bahamas training camp.
By Joe Koizumi
19-year-old Filipino, OPBF#7 ranked Philippine top welter contender Dan Nazareno (11-2, 7 KOs), 145.5, impressively scored a fine TKO victory over ex-Japanese national 147-pound champ Koji Numata (15-4-1, 10 KOs), 146.5, as Nazareno opened such a deep gash over the left eyebrow with a legal shot to have the referee call a halt at 1:58 of the fourth round on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. Nazareno had the upper hand with his faster and stronger combinations, some of which, however, made the ref give him repeated warnings of open blows. As it was very rare that heavier Filipino boys win here, Nazareno’s good performance won the praise of the audience. Though there was a successful exception of world middleweight champ Ceferino Garcia in late 1930’s, we have rarely seen good Filipino boxers in the welter or heavier categories except ex-OPBF welter ruler Rev Santillan. But the Pacquiao wave might invade into the heavier divisions in the future, which might be a threat to the Japanese boxing fraternity.
All Star Boxing, ‘The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr. and Telemundo Network returns with their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on August 14 at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, FL. In the main event former two times world title challenger Antonio Pitalua will face former WBO Latin Champion Jose “El Gallo” Reyes in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Latin lightweight title at stake. Pitalua of Mexico City, Mexico by the way of Monteria, Colombia is ranked #15 by the WBC and brings a record of 46-4, 40 KOs. Reyes of Vineland, New Jersey by the way of Caguas, Puerto Rico is rated #14 WBC and brings a record of 23-6, 8 KOs. A total of seven bouts are scheduled, doors open at 7:30 PM with the first bell at 8:30 PM. Tickets are now on sale at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming Box Office 500 SW 177 Ave., Miami, FL, by calling (877) 242-6464. The main event will be televised at 11:35 PM by the Telemundo Network.
2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist and amateur standout Rakhim Chakhkiev has inked a promotional contract with Universum Box-Promotion. Chakhkiev will join the training group of famed Universum trainer Michael Timm at the Universum Gym in Hamburg, and will campaign as a pro in the cruiserweight division. “We simply had to get this Olympic champion,” said Universum Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “With Rakhim Chakhkiev we have a hard-hitting southpaw who boxes very attractively with a technically excellent and aggressive style. In several conversations, Rakhim Chakhkiev persuaded us with his positive personal qualities, his unconditional will and his readiness for duty. We see in him a special boxer with big hopes and a lot of potential in the cruiserweight division.“
By Joe Koizumi
Former eight-time amateur champ, 20-year-old Kazuo Ioka (2-0, 2 KOs), 107, stunned the crowd with his quick stoppage of veteran campaigner, JBC#7 minimum Hiroshi Matsumoto (18-11-4, 8 KOs), 106.75, at 2:59 of the second session in a scheduled eight on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Kazuto, the nephew of ex-two-class world champ Hiroki Ioka (his current manager), had registered an excellent amateur mark of 95-10, 64 stoppages. Having failed to represent Japan in the Beijing Olympic Games, he turned professional last April when he finely defeated Thai top flyweight contender Thongthailek Por Vorasing in three rounds. It may be still too early to predict he will be a real thing, but he looks vastly talented, having dispatched the durable and tough Matsumoto (who took current WBA 105-pound ruler Roman Gonzalez the distance for the first time) so quickly. His overhand right was the haymaker.
WBC#5 light-fly Takashi Kunishige (20-3-2, 2 KOs), 107.5, had a tough time because of his opponent’s tight guard but earned a unanimous decision (79-75, 78-75 and 78-76) over 18-year-old Thailander Rungnirung Sakporton (7-2, 2 KOs), 105, over eight. Promoter: Ioka Promotions.
The undercard is set for Friday night’s ESPN2 card at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida featuring former world champion Julio Diaz against Victor Manuel Cayo and heavyweight Carl Davis Drumond against Derric Rossy. Scheduled to see action will be unbeaten super middleweight Donovan George (16-0-1, 14 KOs), who has resumed his career this year. He faces Emmanuel Gonzalez (9-5, 4 KOs). Also, Cuban junior lightweight Olympian Luis Franco debuts against Katio Ferguson (2-2-1, 1 KO), welterweight Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KOs) faces Jorge Barajas (5-3, 2 KOs), unbeaten jr welter Danny O’Connor (7-0, 2 KOs) takes on James Helmes (6-3, 1 KO) and cruiserweight Artur Szpilka (4-0, 2 KOs) goes against Jeremy May (0-1).
Former world-title challenger Ben Tackie will replace Larry Mosley in a 10-round fight against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his NABA title. The ill-fated Jones-Mosley fight, previously canceled from the original dates of March 6 in Philadelphia and June 6 at Bally’s, imploded for the third and last time this weekend when poison from a growth on Mosley’s face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “I’m out of the Jones-Mosley business,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz, of Philadelphia, PA. “Mosley hurt his back in March; Jones strained a bicep in June. Some fights are not mean to be and this was one of them.” (more…)
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For as long as he can remember, Delvin Rodriguez has had one thing and one thing only on his mind, becoming the welterweight champion of the world. On August 1st the IBF #2 rated and current USBA welterweight champion Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) will finally get that opportunity when he takes on IBF #3, Isaac Hlatswhayo (28-1-1, 10KO) for the IBF Vacant Welterweight championship at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place this past November in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa. (more…)
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CNBC takes a new look inside the biggest brand in brawling with “Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars,” a fresh take on CNBC’s original Emmy-nominated documentary from 2007. (more…)
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According to several independent and reliable sources, a Polish “Fight of the Century” between four time heavyweight title challenger Andrew Golota and current IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek will take place in October in Poland. The fight reportedly is not a done deal yet, but the negotiations are advanced with both Adamek and Golota willing to fight and satisfied with the financial offer. More details are expected to be announced soon.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that current WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Soto of Mexico could move up to face Venezuelan superstar Edwin Valero for the WBC lightweight title on November 14th in Las Vegas. The clash would be part of the huge megacard headlined by Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto. It is known that Top Rank is interested in trying to make this fight. Soto is currently training in Tijuana.
Paulie Malignaggi took some time off from boxing to try his hand at another sport. Malignaggi celebrated “Italian Heritage Night” at Keyspan Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, on Monday, July 27, by throwing out the game’s ceremonial first pitch. The Cyclones, a single A affiliate of the New York Mets, took on the Aberdeen IronBirds (Orioles). It was a brief respite from training for Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) who is preparing vigorously for his August 22nd bout with Juan Diaz in Houston. Malignaggi vs Diaz will headline a special three fight edition of HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Former world title challenger “King David” Estrada returns to his hometown of Chicago for the first time in nine years to headline “Windy City Fight Night 5″ on Friday, August 21st at the UIC Pavilion, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. Advance tickets starting at $31, call 1-800-745-3000. Estrada: “I’m thrilled to be fighting at home. In the last nine years I’ve always been introduced as being from Chicago, but it will be special to be at the UIC Pavilion on August 21st.” (more…)
Former WBA super flyweight interim champion, Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion now has a new member added to his training camp: amateur fighter Raul Lopez, who is going to help as a sparring partner. Lopez arrived from New York on Monday in the early morning, and ran with “Torito” at 6AM and sparred at the Pedro Alcazar gym by at 1PM. “He didn’t rest enough, but we wanted to see him in action today” said Concepcion’s manager Damon D’Berry. “He will stay with us until we fly to Las Vegas on August 9″ added D’Berry. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC featherweight champion Elio Enai Rojas arrived home in his native Dominican Republic on Saturday morning, after flying from Japan via New York City. Rojas took the belt from Takahiro Aoh via unanimous decision on July 14th. After being mobbed by enthusiastic fans, posing for photos and signing autographs, Rojas traveled through Santiago to his hometown of Villa Riva, San Francisco de Macoris. Rojas is the Dominican Republic’s only reigning world champion.
Welterweight contenders Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14KO) and Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10KO) spoke to reporters today in advance of Saturday’s clash for the vacant IBF welterweight championship at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The bout between Rodriguez (IBF #2) and Hlatswhayo (IBF #3) will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of 2008.
Delvin Rodriguez: I can not wait to get into the ring come August 1st. We have been training hard for this for the past eight weeks. This is an absolute dream come true to me, to not only be fighting for the championship of the world, but to do it in front of my hometown fans. I am not going to leave any doubt this time who is the winner. I will be walking out of the ring August 1st as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world, I promise you.
Isaac Hlatshwayo: I am physically and mentally 100 percent ready to go. Come August 1st I am prepared to do what I do best, and that is to fight and to win. The last fight is water under the bridge, I can not change the outcome of that fight, but I can assure you that I am going to bring the IBF belt back with me to South Africa. Winning the belt is going to open a lot of doors for me. I want to fight the best fighters in the world, but first I must take care of Delvin Saturday and that’s what I am coming to the States to do.
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley of Palm Springs, Calif., is ready for a home game when he makes a world title defense against former world lightweight champion Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell on Saturday at The Show at Agua Caliente Resort Casino/Spa in nearby Rancho Mirage. Bradley set the tone for fight week on Monday by releasing a statement mocking Campbell’s family name. “I am going to give a SOUPerb performance against Campbell,” Bradley is quoted as saying. “Campbell is going to live up to his name when I knock him on his can. He should have stayed a lightweight because his career as a junior welterweight is going to be condensed to 12 rounds or less!” The document also referred to Campbell as ‘Nate “M’m! M’m GOOD!” Campbell.’
The fight will be broadcast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)
Crafty former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will join ShoBox: The New Generation announcers Nick Charles and Steve Farhood as a guest commentator on the telecast live Friday, July 31, on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Tarver, the former undisputed 175-pound world champion, is the only man to stick two losses on the professional resume of future Hall of Famer Roy Jones, Jr. (more…)
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