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IBF bantamweight champion Yhonny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) of Colombia and former world champion Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 20 KOs) will meet again Nov 6. The bout was scheduled to go to purse bid today but Perez’ promoter Gary Shaw and Agbeko’s promoter Don King informed the IBF today that they reached an agreement. The two met Halloween night 2009 where Perez upset the then defending world champion Agbeko by unanimous decision in a exciting bout. The bout will be televised on Showtime’s championship boxing. No venue has been set as of yet.
Former WBC cruiserweight world champion and current heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez (47-2, 36 KOs) will face upset artist Zack Page (21-29-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The experienced Page has made a name for himself as a spoiler. In January, Page shocked previously unbeaten German heavyweight hope Sebastian Köber in January, and three weeks ago he derailed the the comeback attempt of Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride. “Page is an awkward boxer.,” said Gomez’ trainer Artur Grigorian. He’s fully fit, because he boxed at the beginning of the month. I only had two weeks to get Juan prepared, but that should be no problem with Juan’s experience. The most recent sparring sessions were very good.”
It’s official. Like all the sportsbooks, the Giant Pacific Octopus at the Shark Reef Aquarium at Mandalay Bay entered the sports predictions arena earlier this morning when he aggressively selected Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez as the winner over Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz in Saturday night’s contest between the two pugilists who are fighting for Marquez’s WBA and WBO lightweight titles at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas and live on pay-per-view. (more…)
With only a few days before Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) meet in the rematch of their 2009 “Fight of the Year” encounter, both lightweights spoke to the media for the final time at the Mandalay Bay.
Both fighters are looking to rebound from losses in their last fight – Diaz dropped a decision to Paulie Malignaggi and Marquez lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. – and have a lot riding come Saturday night when the two meet under the bright lights of Las Vegas. It’s only been a little over a year since their first fight, but the two are in different places and will be fighting with an incredible sense of urgency . . . Click here for more
Jason Litzau’s fight with former title challenger Rocky Juarez last April was supposed to be his defining moment as a pro. Litzau and his camp had underwent a rewiring process of his fight approach in the ring throughout the prior year to bring more defense and intelligence to his power-punching, brawler style . . . click here for more
Photos: Eroll Popova
Fighters featured on Saturday’s big Universum Champions Night card at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany thrilled local fight fans during a public workout on Wednesday.
Among those showing their skills were WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik, his challenger Jorge Sebastian Heiland, WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison, his challenger Khoren Gevor, heavyweights Alexander Dimitrenko and Jaroslav Zavorotny, who meet for the vacant European heavyweight championship, former world champions Juan Carlos Gomez and Karoly Balzsay, plus 2009 amateur world champion “Golden Jack” Culcay. Click here for more photos
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com
Junior welterweight Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) knocked down Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs) in round one and cruised to a one-sided 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 win on Wednesday night at BB Kings located in the heart of New York City.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Gabriel Bracero (10-0, 1 KO) scored his first career KO dropping Raymond Betancourt (8-5, 3 KOs) in rounds one, two and four. Time was 2:53. (more…)
WBO #2 rated heavyweight David “Tuamanator” Tua complained about a sore left shoulder during several training sessions leading up to his July 17th 12-round draw against former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett in Atlantic City. However, when asked about it by his trainer, Roger Bloodworth, David said he was okay to fight. Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs), reigning WBO Asia Pacific and WBO Oriental heavyweight champion, did not make any post fight comments about his damaged shoulder. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield, President of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., categorically denied reports issued today that lightweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs) is a promotional free agent. “He is not a free agent and promoters shouldn’t be speaking with him or his team,” Burchfield explained. “CES turned him pro and we have completely and totally honored our end of the contract. We just had him fighting on national television twice within 90 days. We’ve worked through his different managers and trainers, never wavering in our full support of Hank. Like with all of our fighters, other than actually fighting for them, we do everything we can to help them, in and out of the ring, including Hank. We still strongly believe in him.”
Juan Manuel Marquez: “Thank you for being here. I want to thank Golden Boy Promotions and HBO Sports for supporting me. Everyone knows Juan Diaz is a great fighter and I have prepared myself very hard for this fight. When people say ‘Why Juan Diaz again?’ I always want make the biggest fights and here you have two great fighters.
“I think this fight is going to be better than the first one because Juan Diaz is a great fighter and a great warrior and I am too. I like to fight. Everyone who knows me, knows I like landing so many punches. (more…)
In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest cards of the summer, World Extreme Cagefighting® has confirmed nine remaining bouts for its Aug. 18 card at The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nev.
WEC General Manager Reed Harris announced today the following bouts: Shane Roller vs. Anthony Pettis, Chad Mendes vs. Cub Swanson, Brad Pickett vs. Scott Jorgensen, Bart Palaszewski vs. Zack Mickleweight, Anthony Njokuani vs. Maciej Jewtuszko, Mackens Semerzier vs. Javier Vazquez, Dave Jansen vs. Ricardo Lamas, Fredson Paixao vs. Bryan Caraway, and Danny Castillo vs. Dustin Poirier. (more…)
Yesterday was another “consecutive day” in camp for heavyweight world contender Chris Arreola, a training camp which he and his trainer Henry Ramirez are taking a “one day at a time” approach. This training streak reminds Ramirez of the hard work Arreola put in during the early stages of his career, beginning each morning with road work and ending with a hard and complete workout in the gym. The only difference between Arreola’s early success and his new found commitment to training is the ESPN2 camera crew following him around to document a glimpse of his training regiment for a special piece which will air on August 13th as part of the show featuring his highly anticipated match against Manuel Quezada. (more…)
With the city of Boston buzzing about the arrival of the UFC® Fan Expo™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center on August 27 and 28, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® turned up the heat today by announcing the list of fighters that will participate in the weekend of festivities. (more…)
The pound-for-pound greatest fighter in the world, UFC® Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva, is taking time out from his intense training schedule for his upcoming fight at UFC 117 to attend ESPN’s X Games 16 Thursday, July 29, 2010. “The Spider” will be in attendance at the LA Coliseum for the Moto X Freestyle Final, Women’s Super X Final and Men’s Super X Final, among other competitions televised live nationally on ESPN.
Two more fans of the X Games, UFC’s Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste, who recently graced the cover of Maxim Magazine, and Spike TV’s Best of PRIDE® host Kenda Perez, who is featured in the August issue of UFC Magazine, will also be in attendance Thursday evening.
It has been confirmed that WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas has suffered a shoulder injury forcing him to pull out of his September 11 title unification bout with WBA featherweight king Yuriorkis Gamboa. Gamboa may now fight a unification bout against IBF champ Orlando Salido.
Antonio Margarito has filed an application with California State Athletic Commission to have his boxing license reinstated. Top Rank has asked the state to expedite their decision to clear up Margarito’s status on selecting a venue for his November 13 fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz engage in a staredown at today’s final presser held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The 12-round rematch of the 2009 “Fight of the Year” is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and will be for Marquez’s Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World titles. The fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Quick quotes by Andreas Hale:
Marquez: “I’ve always said that to make a big fight, you need two fighters and I think we have achieved that. This fight will be better than the first one.”
Nacho Beristain, Marquez’s trainer: “They call Juan Diaz the ‘Baby Bull’ for good reason. You combine his style with Juan Manuel’s style and you will have another great fight.”
Diaz: “Here I am in a big pay per view fight and it just makes sense that I’m going to win. I lost my last fight and this time I will win and I’ll keep winning from now on.”
Ronnie Shields, Diaz’s trainer: “The first fight is definitely one of the best fights I’ve ever been involved in so rest assured the second fight will be more than exceptional.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “This should be ‘Fight of the Year’ again.”
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez, the pride of Puerto Rico and México, respectively, hosted a News Conference Luncheon announcing their highly anticipated world featherweight title fight on Tuesday in the Gold Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. The fighters were joined by their teams, including promoters Bob Arum, Ivan Rivera, Gary Shaw and Fernando Beltran. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
During a SHOWTIME video shoot in Los Angeles Wednesday, two-division world champion Rafael Marquez shows his intensity while shadow boxing and says, “I am going into the biggest fight of my life,” as he prepares for their upcoming world featherweight title fight against undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, September 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 2.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
As reported this past weekend by Fightnews, former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico will take on seven-time world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines on Saturday, November 13 for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title with the location still to be determined. Fightnews recently sat down with Margarito’s trainer, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, to get his take on the upcoming fight. (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez greets his new fans at the Azteca Boxing Club in Los Angeles Tuesday during a workout for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, September 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that WBA 122lb champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero may get an opportunity to challenge WBA featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa if an apparent shoulder injury suffered WBC featherweight Elio Rojas keeps Rojas out of his September 11 unification clash with Gamboa on September 11 in Las Vegas. “I’d like to fight Gamboa on September 11,” stated Caballero. “I’m in condition to fight him. We just need to arrive at an agreement of the purse and I’ll sign the contract. Gamboa is a champion and I am a super champion. It’s a great fight.”
New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns tonigh at the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event, Argenis Mendez, who in his last fight won the USBA super featherweight title, returns to the ring in a non-title scrap vs. popular Broolynite Shamir Reyes. Just in time for tonight’s show, DiBella Entertainment has released a limited number of General Admission tickets at $55 which will be available for purchase at the door. (more…)
By Damien St. Pierre
Promoter “Bad” Chad Broussard is at it again with another installment of live professional boxing. This time “The Heat Is On” at the Rayne Civic Center in Rayne, Louisiana this Saturday night July 31, 2010. In the main event the vacant UBO All-American title is on the line as local hometown combatant “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (11-1) is set to face his toughest test to date in Festus, Missouri native Robbie “Pea Shooter” Cannon (12-5-1). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at a limit of 135 lbs. Both fighters have won their respective state championships in their careers. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Rusell Mora will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA Bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moeno (29-1-1, 10 KOs) and Venezuelan former WBA Interim Bantamweight world champion Nehomar Cermeño (19-1, 11 KOs) meet at Roberto Duran Gym im Panama City on August 14. The three judges are John Potutaj (U.S ), Tom Miller (USA) and Hubert Earle (Canada). The fight supervisor is Jose Emilio Graglia (Argentina).
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented Eloy “The Prince” Perez (17-0-2, 4 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, is set to defend his NABO super featherweight title on Friday, August 13. Perez will take on Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) of Topeka, KS in the main event, which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, and will be shown live on Telefutura’s latest edition of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate”. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and actually being able to sleep in after teaching summer school that started at 7:40AM), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene is here for fight fans to digest. Lots of upcoming cards and news regarding fighters here in Southern California. (more…)
After the end of the eight year highly successful run with the ZDF network on Saturday, Universum Box-Promotion chief Klaus-Peter Kohl has announced plans the company’s future in the boxing business. “As of August I will personally take over the management,” said Kohl. “In close collaboration with my son-in-law Dietmar Poszwa, we will adapt to the market and continue with a newly formed, smaller team under an entirely new structure. We still have a lot of plans. The boxers and trainers will not be affected by the restructuring.“
Kohl continued, “In the last few weeks and months there has been much speculation about our company. This is a testament to the high interest in us, which is nice. I can reassure all boxing fans that we will definitely continue in this wonderful sport. On TV negotiations, I can’t currently be specific. We are right in the middle of negotiations for a new concept. We’ll comment specifically at the appropriate time. There are many ideas, we’ll see what can be achieved. We have offers for our boxers from all over the world. We need to see what makes sense.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is sure that his preparation was both good and complete. He says he feels calm in front of what is expected to be a hard battle with Rocky Juárez on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “I should take care of Juarez,” he said. “We did good training, sparring with various Mexicans, Japanese and some Filipinos. We are confident because we didn’t have problems of any type.” (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 7 KOs) and Mexico’s Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) almost came to blows before they were separated during today’s press conference at the Hotel Fray Junipero in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
The champion Nongqayi called Rosas “a kid” and boasted that he could knock out Rosas in any round including the first round, but he wants to give him a beating for awhile. “After I’m finished they won’t recognize him in his own house,” he stated.
An angry Rosas said his youth is advantage and promised to give Simphiwe the beating of his life. “I don’t fear anybody I will have that belt for Tepic. This is the opportunity I’ve waited and trained for so it’ll be a dog fight and I want my people to see a bloody fight that is for the history of Nayarit.” (more…)
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The Venezuelan José Luis “Olimpico” Varela was confirmed as the rival of the Emeritus light flyweight WBC world champion Edgar Sosa on Saturday, August 7 at the Arena Mexico in the stellar case “La Reconquista” organized by “BOXEO DE GALA”, in full campaign of Sosa in his route to his second world title. Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia, Boxing Gala promoter, said this afternoon at a press conference in Mexico city that Sosa is ready for the flyweight division, after he made 10 successful title defenses on the light flyweight division supported by the World Council Boxing (WBC). Click here for more photos…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) arrived directly from his training camp at the first official press conference before his August 21 IBF International and NABO title fight against Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs), and just after press conference ended, he was back at the gym. Michael Grant, training in Las Vegas, decided not to waste couple of days of his preparations to travel to North Bergen’s “Global Boxing Gym.” Fine with Adamek, who is only interested what will happen at the Prudential Center. (more…)
Seven out of eight fighters on Saturday’s Las Vegas fight card made their grand arrivals today, in the lobby of the Mandalay Bay. Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, pictured front and center, was the last to arrive. Pictured from left to right: Jorge Linares, Robert Guerrero, Daniel Jacobs, Juan Diaz, Dmitry Pirog and Joel Casamayor. Saturday night’s card, promoted by Golden Boy, will be televised on HBO PPV. Rocky Juarez, who faces Linares, is expected later today.CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez faced off today at a kickoff news conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to announce their September 18 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The latest in the great rivalry between Puerto Rican and Mexican boxers, Juanma compared his showdown with Marquez to the Trinidad-De La Hoya epic. “This will also be a great fight, but with a big difference: I’ll win by knockout!” Marquez simply said he’ll be well prepared and promised “a sensational show.” The bout will be televised by SHOWTIME in the first week of a tremendous run of boxing on the network. Click here for more photos…
TKO Boxing Promotions was founded two years ago. Between then and now we have signed some wonderful fighters, done forty six shows and crisscrossed the United States trying to build the fighters and the company. Unfortunately, we ran into some financial problems that have set us back considerably, hurt our relationships with many fighters and their managers and derailed many of our plans. We also let a lot of people down and for that I am very sorry.
But we are in the fight business, and even though we have been knocked down early in the fight, we are getting back up. TKO has recapitalized so that it can go forward on stronger footing. We are in the process of clearing all of our debts, reconfirming the strength of some of our relationships, sadly restructuring those of the others, but we are moving forward. (more…)
Fireworks will fly during Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., when two-division world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Rafael Marquez collide for Lopez’s WBO featherweight title on September 18, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 12-round world title tilt will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. The fight will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. Tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, go on sale Monday, August 2, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
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