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On June 13th, the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, NJ, will feature super middleweight Richard Pierson (11-2, 8 KOs) boxing former hot prospect Gary “Fast Hands” Jones (22-2, 8 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox belt. Jones took eight years off before returning to the ring in 2011 and Jones has scored two wins in his comeback. In the six round co-feature, bantamweight Qa’Id “Kid Dynamite” Muhammad (7-0, 6 KOs) will see action against opponent will be named shortly. Tickets start at $50.
Heavyweight Francois Botha has sustained a hand injury in sparring and pulled out of his May 16 clash with SES heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (25-0-1, 14 KOs) in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. However, former WBC champion Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KOs) has jumped in on short notice. “Oliver McCall is at least a similar boxer-type and the same size as Botha. But he also comes with a lot of experience and therefore is a few places higher in the world rankings. I think the task in Frankfurt/Oder is not so simple!”
HBO Sports reported today that 1.5 million pay-per-view buys were generated from the May 5 super welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The fight was promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. The 1.5 million buy total generated $94 million in pay-per-view revenue.
The performance of Mayweather-Cotto ranks as the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event in boxing history. Number one all-time is Mayweather’s record-setting showdown with Oscar de la Hoya ($137 million) in 2007.
With the success of the past seven sessions of Fight Promoter University, with nearly 150 FPU alumni around the world, and the next session of Fight Promoter University set for June 5-8, founder and fight promoter Roy Englebrecht announced today that the entire FPU VIII four day session will now be available online, with the entire four days of classes streaming live on PPV.
“Over the past few years so many people have contacted me stating how much they want to come to a FPU session, but for some reason the date didn’t work for them, or that they were in another country and the travel costs and visa requirements just made it too difficult, so I had to come up with an answer, said Englebrecht. “With our June 5-8 FPU VIII session we are announcing that all of the 17 classroom sessions and 18 guest speakers will be available live and online to anymore on the planet for only $499. Plus, we will also include the newly updated 320 page Fight Promoter University Manual, a must for any new or existing fight promoter, plus anyone watching online can tweet their questions in real time to any speaker and get answer. Also if you can’t watch some of the classes, the entire FPU VIII session will be archived for 60 days, so people that purchase the PPV have 60 days to watch each session as many times as they want.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Waldemar Gorlushko/K2 Ukraine
Zaurbek Baysangurov 153.75 vs Michel Soro 154
(WBO/IBO light middleweight title)
Gennady Golovkin 159.75 vs Makoto Fuchigami 159
(WBA/IBO middleweight title)
Isa Akberbayev 196.75 vs Mauro Adrian Ordiales 199
(IBO Inter-Continental cruiserweight title)
Kostyantyn Rovenskyy 156 vs Muhitdin Rajapbaev 159.5
Vyacheslav Uzelkov 180.5 vs Ravshanbek Jabbarov 178
Viktor Plotnykov 147.75 vs Nugzar Margvelashvili 145.5
Dmytro Nikulin 155 vs George Ungiadze 155
Andriy Rudenko ?? vs Paata Berikashvili 207.25
Nikolay Israelyan 217 vs Sherzod Mamajanov 213.75
Igor Pankevych 149.5 vs Dmytro Hnatenko 142
Venue: Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Ukraine
Minas Gerais will be the second Brazilian state to host an Ultimate Fighting Championship® event. On June 23, the “Mineirinho” arena, in Belo Horizonte, will host the UFC® 147, marking the third passage of the organization through Brazil under the Zuffa management. The biggest and one of the most traditional indoor sporting arenas in Brazil, “Mineirinho” fulfilled all of the UFC requirements, rising up as an ideal place to host a show in accordance with the high standards of all the international events and marking the expansion of the UFC throughout the country. Considered one of the biggest markets for the UFC worldwide, next to the United States and Canada, Brazil has already hosted two events, both in Rio de Janeiro. (more…)
WBA Middleweight Champion Gennady Golovkin (22-0, 19 KOs) and his noted trainer Abel Sanchez are in Kiev, Ukraine where Golovkin will defend his world title on Saturday against Japanese champion Makoto Fuchigami (19-6, 10 KOs) at the Ice Palace “Terminal.” If Golovkin wins as expected, he’ll set up a long awaited showdown with WBA super champion Felix Sturm. The WBA has ordered that fight to take place no later than September 30, 2012.
If the fight with Sturm doesn’t happen, Golovkin will have his sights set on any of the world title holders from jr middleweight to super middleweight. “I feel comfortable at 160 but I’m willing to go down to 154 or up to 168 to fight the best in the world,” said Golovkin. “There are many big names in all three weight classes and I’m willing to travel anywhere to fight these other champions.”
Also featured on the Saturday, May 12th event is a WBO jr middleweight title bout between Zaurbek Baysangurov and Michel Soro.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In surprise news, Promociones del Pueblo accepted the challenge of Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II, nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez, to face WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. The fight would take place in July. “We will give the opportunity to stop once and for all this situation of Sanchez asking the fight,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle by phone. “Yesterday we read Fightnews.com and other media and we have come to this decision and will inform Jhonny Gonzalez immediately. If Sanchez II wants the fight we are giving it to him. Now we just need to sit down to negotiate the economics, the date and place and we can do it.” (more…)
IBF super flyweight world champion Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez puts his title on the line against a very experienced fighter, who is also former world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas in the TKT Box 2012 Tour in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco. The battle between Sanchez (13-1-1, 7 KOs) and Rosas (36-6-0, 27 KOs) is the main event and will be televised by TV Azteca brought to you by Zanfer and Tecate. (more…)
Junior lightweight prospect Joel Diaz will look to take another step in the right direction when he battles Guillermo Sanchez Saturday, June 2 in the main event of “Battle at the Boat 87.” The card is promoted by Halquist Productions and takes place at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The hard-hitting Diaz is a perfect 9-0 with 8 KO’s as a professional and is one of the top young talents on the west coast. On January 20, 2012, Diaz stopped previously unbeaten Guy Robb in seven rounds on ShoBox: The New Generation. In his most recent bout, the 20-year-old Palmdale, CA native battered veteran Yogli Herrera, forcing him to quit on his stool after four rounds. (more…)
As the country prepares for Memorial Day weekend, two Americans will attempt to take one step closer to a world title bid as Art of Boxing Promotions in association with Bash Boxing and Pitbull Boxing present a special installment of their “War at Woodland Hills” boxing series on Friday, May 25, 2012 at the Warner Center Marriott. The 12 round main event will feature Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (14-3-2, 5KOs) vs. Robert “Red Hot” Frankel (30-11-1, 6KOs) for the vacant USBA Light Welterweight Title and Frankel’s WBC USNBC Light Welterweight title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Louie Abigail
Just over one year ago, after fighting all his previous fights in Australia, IBF middleweight world champion Daniel Geale (27-1, 15 KOs) made the long trek to Germany and dethroned reigning-champion Sebastian Sylvester by split decision. After that, Geale headed back down under, where he has defended the title twice, both times at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania. But Geale isn’t planning to be a fighter who only fights at home. “My last two fights were in Australia but I want to travel the world and fight the best,” he says. With promoter Gary Shaw in his corner, Geale may be headed to the the USA for his next fight. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when interim Argentinian WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (27-1, 16 KOs) defends against challenger Karim Guerfi (18-0, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Super Domo Orfeo in Cordoba, Cordoba, Argentina . The three judges are Uriel Aguilera (Colombia), Alex Marin (Panama) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight supervisor is Jorge Graglia (Argentina).
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed it will film an Australian edition of its hit reality television series, The Ultimate Fighter® (‘TUF’), giving Aussie and British mixed martial artists the opportunity to secure a lucrative contract with the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. (more…)
Tony Harrison 155.2 vs Ishway Amador 156.4
Hector Serrano 140.6 vs Angel Rios 142
Jacob Bonas 145.4 vs Kai Zama 146.2
Walter Sarnoi 123.4 vs Jonathan Alcantara 126.4
Cleven Ishe 155.4 vs John Worthy 155.2
Giovanni Santilan 141.2 vs Imarjoe Miller 140.2
Venue: Pechanga Resort Casino, Temecula, CA
Promoter: Kronk Boxing, Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Aron Martinez 146.5 vs. Joshua Marks 148
Adolfo Landeros 124 vs. Jhonathan Romero 123
Sindy Amador 106 vs. Amaris Quintana 108
Rigoberto Flores 143.5 vs. Pedro Arcos 144
Sergio Nuñez 134 vs. Ramon Flores 135
Juan Reyes 120.5 vs. Pablo Cupul 120.5
Isaac Zarate 118.5 vs. Gustavo Rojas 118.5
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
At the Texas Station in Las Vegas, Nev. for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card:
Yudel Johnson 151.5 vs. Willie Nelson 151.5
Badou Jack 167 vs. Alexander Brand 166.5
Rances Barthelemy 131 vs. Robert Osiobe 131
Jesus Gutierrez 136.5 vs. Jimmy Jones 137
Roberto Acevedo 163 vs. Martinez Porter 163
William Mitch Williams 183 vs. Carlos Gaytan 180.5
Yunieski Gonzalez 178 vs. Carlos Reyes n/a
Promoter: Warriors Boxing & Sampson Boxing
TV: Showtime’s ShoBox
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Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Former three-division world champion Robert Guerrero (right) and undefeated number one rated WBC welterweight contender Selcuk Aydin (left on screen) pose on Thursday at a press conference in San Jose, California to officially announced their July 28 fight for the WBC interim welterweight world championship at HP Pavilion in San Jose which will be televised live on Showtime Championship Boxing. Aydin addressed members of the media via Skype from his training camp in Stuttgart, Germany. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, WBA Vice President: We are working on the matter reviewing possible decisions. At the moment the medical committee has all the paper work disclosed by Nevada in order to issue their opinion. Afterwards the legal advisor also will analyze it and finally it comes to the championship committee for a decision. We will not issue any decision without respecting the due process of any of the involved parties.
Lindsey Tucker, ITTF Championships Chairman: We are still waiting for all of the information before we make a decision. Plus, we have not spoke to anyone from Peterson’s camp yet.
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