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He has not lost a fight since 2008, but junior lightweight contender Edner Cherry remains a fighter in limbo. Few fighters understand frustration like Cherry, who gets a long-overdue nationally televised 10-round fight against Jerry Belmontes on Oct. 18 at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. It will mark Cherry’s second fight in 2014 and only his third in the last 20 months. The Cherry-Belmontes bout and the Steve Cunningham-Natu Visinia heavyweight 10-rounder will be televised live by NBCSN over its popular Fight Night series beginning at 9pm (ET).
“Some of the previous people I signed with…I was not sure why they could not move me,” said Cherry, who is ranked No.11 by the IBF, No. 17 by the WBC. “They were saying that no one wants to fight me or saying it was too hard to get me a fight, but this is boxing and getting the right fight and getting your name out there is important.”
After his knockout win over Mexican contender Vicente Escobedo early in 2013 in Atlantic City, NJ, Cherry couldn’t get another fight even though he had not lost since dropping a 12-round decision to Timothy Bradley for the WBC junior welterweight (140 pounds) belt in 2008. Overall, he is 32-6-2, 17 K0s. (more…)
Three years ago, Nathan Cleverly defeated Tony Bellew by a tight majority decision as he defended is WBO light heavyweight crown. On November 22 the pair will go head to head for the second time but this time at cruiserweight. The fight will once again take place at the Echo Arena in Bellew’s home town of Liverpool.
Nathan Cleverly: “Many people have asked me why I am going back to Liverpool to fight Tony Bellew again and the answer is simple – I don’t like him. He talks too much and although I’ve beaten him before in front of his home fans, I am going to KO him this time around. He will not hear the final bell, I can guarantee you that. I will deal with him all over gain and become a two-weight world champion.”
Tony Bellew: “I have been waiting for this fight for three years and now it is here revenge is the only thing on my mind. I have seen his horrible face in my head many nights since the fight but I have not have the chance to make it right. This is a chapter in my life that I need to close and I will do that by ending Nathan Cleverly’s career on November 22. I am in the sport to be successful and win titles but this fight means more to me than any of that – this is personal, and he will not want to enter a boxing ring after I have finished with him.”
Ricky Burns and Brian Rose are back in action on Saturday night and determined to bounce back from defeats in style as they box at the First Direct Arena in Leeds on Saturday night. Both fighters enter new dawns on Saturday night, with the Scot moving up to Light Welterweight and the Blackpool man hunting a return to World title action.
Burns endured a tough end to life at lightweight, breaking his jaw in a draw against Raymundo Beltran in his September 2013 defence before losing his WBO crown to the brilliant Terence Crawford in March. (more…)
Being crowned The Ultimate Fighter winner is never easy.
No matter how many seasons have aired, living six weeks in isolation away from family and friends to compete multiple times in that time span against hungry pro fighters who you share a house with is an incredibly difficult journey to the UFC . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two members of the Beltway’s famed “Hard Corps” group and a former Olympian lead the Washington, DC Boxing Hall Of Fame Induction Class for 2014.
Former NABF champions Derrell “Too Sweet” Coley and Reggie “Showtime” Green are two of the selections in the Professional Boxers category. Coley, Green, Reuben “Ratman” Bell and Gerry “Rock” Payne comprised the popular “Hard Corps” group of the early-mid 90’s that was led by manager Barry Linde and trained by Leonard Langley, Al Scott and Vardell McCann. (more…)
Sherry Cordova and family are gearing up for their show entitled ‘Let’s Rock Pueblo’ which is scheduled to take place on Friday, October 24th with the first bell at 7pm. The main event will feature Chantel ‘Gorgeous Babe’ Cordova with her brother Marvin ‘Much II Much’ Cordova in the co-main. Advertised to appear on the card are former world champion Vivian Harris, up and coming prospect Damien Vazquez, Jeremy Ramos, Ricardo Reyes, Darrien Immel and Orlando Lopez. Opponents and match ups have not been revealed to this writer at this point, despite several attempts to secure such information. We will have updates if they become available. The fights will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center with tickets on sale now ranging from $25 to $45.
A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Hall of Fame promoter Don King is liable for breach of contract after his fighter Guillermo Jones tested positive for furosemide for the second consecutive fight. According to Reuters, promoters Andrey Ryabinskiy and Vladimir Hrunov sued King for $2.4 million in damages after the April 25 fight between Jones and Denis Lebedev was scrapped with the fighters both in their dressing rooms preparing to fight. Actual damages are TBD.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBO World Featherweight champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko works out in Oxnard,Ca. for his upcoming title fight against Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo of Thailand.
Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, Lomachenko fights on the undercard of the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event that will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
Former multi divisional world champion Joan Guzman (32-1-1, 20 KOs) now has an official return fight date. Guzman will return Halloween Night October 31st in the main event which will be a Thursday. The venue will be the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant located in Nashville, Tennessee. Guzman’s new manager Ramon Arellano is the owner of the Restaraunt. Arellano surprised Guzman with a visit in South Florida where Guzman resides a few days ago. An opponent will be announced soon. “I was happy to see Ramon and Look forward to my return to the ring October 31st,” said Guzman. (more…)
IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion Zolani Tete has suffered a broken hand and has withdrawn from his title defence against challenger Paul Butler on Saturday 25th October at the Liverpool Echo Arena, but the Ellesmere Port star will still feature on the show.
The South African has broken the 2nd metacarpal in his left hand and a letter from his doctor Peter Chadderton confirms that he will not be able to fight. The fight is contracted to take place between Tete and Butler and rescheduled date will be announced shortly. (more…)
In the main event of the tripleheader, popular light heavyweight contender Andrzej “Chicago’s Polish Prince” Fonfara will return to his adopted hometown against experienced veteran Doudou Ngumbu in a 10-round light heavyweight showdown from UIC Pavilion at University of Illinois in Chicago.
In the opening bout of the telecast, undefeated super featherweight contender and former Interim WBA Featherweight World Champion Javier Fortuna will take on twice-beaten Puerto Rican Abner Cotto in a 10-round super featherweight bout. The event, titled “The Homecoming,” is promoted by Warriors Boxing. (more…)
Canadian-based light-heavyweights are on a roll and the next one to come off the production line is threatening to do so in explosive style at Monte Carlo’s “Title Tornado” event on October 25.
Eleider Alvarez, who was born in Colombia, has been based in Montreal since his professional debut in 2009. He challenges South Africa’s Ryno Liebenberg for the WBC Silver belt in a rare battle of unbeaten fighters. (more…)
Cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) will take on future challenges independently. The current WBO-Champion announced on Wednesday, that he will not be renewing his current contract with Sauerland Event, which ends on December 31. Instead the newly founded company Huck Sports Promotion in cooperation with UFA Sports will manage all promotional aspects of his future fights.
“The days when promoters had long lasting deals with German TV broadcasters are over,” explained the 29-year old. “TV Stations have become more selective when it comes to deciding which fights they want to air. The attraction of the main fight, meaning the names of the two opponents, will be the decisive factors. Therefore the promoter I am signed with is not as important anymore as it used to be.” (more…)
IBF middleweight world champion “King” Sam Soliman is wrapping up his training in New York City this week in preparation for his title defense against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor set for Wednesday, October 8th from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.
“I’ve trained in New York City numerous times, I love it here, there’s an electricity and energy that can’t be matched” said the Australian native. “The fans and boxing community have always been very welcoming to me.”
“I’ve got one more sparring session today and then we’re leaving for Biloxi on Friday for the fight.” (more…)
#8 WBO world ranked Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will face #15 WBO world ranked Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) this Friday in the Telemundo super flyweight finale. The main event bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and will take place at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Boxeo Telemundo Ford will air the event kicking off the fall season.
Vidal entered his last bout coming off of back-to-back losses. Where this might have shook some fighters, it was not the case with Vidal. He responded in a major way stopping Juan Katun (21-6-3, 15 KOs) in a bout aired on Boxeo Telemundo Ford July 18th. The fight garnered the largest ratings in the history of any fight aired on Telemundo. However, Vidal wont be content until he gets that elusive world title fight. He is determined more than ever to win this tournament finale in hopes that it gets him that chance. (more…)
The UFC’s return to Sweden this Saturday night will showcase several local fighters and some top up and comers as the preliminary bouts run deep with seven fights in total. At the top of the card is Magnus Cedenblad taking on top-rated prospect Scott Askham, who makes his UFC debut with a perfect 12-0 record thus far in his career. Also fighting on Saturday on the preliminary card is Nico Musoke, who takes on Alexander Yakovlev . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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World ranked lightweight MOnty Meza Clay (36-3, 22 KOs) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Boxing legend Mike Tyson and his Iron Mike Productions it was announced today. “We’re thrilled to bring Monty aboard to our team. His fight against Allan Herrera in August was one of the most valiant performances I’ve seen in many years,” said Tyson. “He’s exactly the type of all-action warrior that we love to promote.”
Stated Clay, “I’m honored to join Mike and the team at Iron Mike Productions. I can’t wait to get back into the ring in Pittsburgh on November 14th.” Currently ranked #15 by the World Boxing Council, Clay will face “Lightning” Rod Salka next at the CONSOL Energy Center.
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By Rocky Morales at ringside
Hassan N’Dam (31-1, 18KO) won a clear cut unanimous decision victory over tough, but limited, challenger, Curtis Stevens (27-5, 20KO) on Wednesday night at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. Stevens had his moments but was dropped in the eight round by a perfect right cross counter and was simply outboxed all night by the former WBO middleweight champion, N’Dam. Scores were 116-111, 116-111, 119-108. With the victory, N’Dam becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF champion Sam Soliman.
Undefeated power puncher, Frederick Lawson (23-0, 20KO) battered slick, but aging, 36 year old veteran, Ray Narh (26-6, 21KO). Narh was put on the canvas in the second round by a left hook, again in the eighth round by a left hook counter and punished until the final bell. Lawson showed no compassion for his fellow Ghanian countryman and easily won by unanimous decision with scores of 99-89, 95-93 (inexplicably by Judge Gwen Adair) and 99-89. (more…)
Former British light-welterweight champion Curtis Woodhouse has turned his back on retirement and signed a three year managerial deal with promoter Dennis Hobson. Woodhouse, who gave up a lucrative career in top-flight football to become a paid fighter, lost his crown in June after an enthralling tussle with Scotland’s Willie Limond, and decided to call it a day shortly after.
However, the 34-year-old has since had a change of heart and believes his partnership with Hobson – who has guided the likes of Clinton Woods and Stuart Hall to world honours – will bring more title glory. (more…)
Funeral services for promoter Dan Goossen will be held on Tuesday, October 7, beginning at
6 p.m. PT, at St. Francis DeSales (13360 Valleyheart Dr., Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91423.) http://www.sfdsparish.com/contact-us/ In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dan’s memory to the charity he established to honor his late brother — The Greg Goossen ’64 Scholarship Fund at Notre Dame High School.
Checks can be made payable to NDHS Goossen Fund and mailed to NDHS, 13645 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423. Contributions also can be made online by visiting www.ndhs.org. All gifts are tax deductible. The Goossen Family will be notified of all contributions.
By Karl Freitag
Middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) is set to take on former WBO middleweight beltholder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (30-1, 18 KOs) tonight in an elimination contest, with the victor to face the winner of the October 8th IBF middleweight title fight between defending champion Sam Soliman and challenger, ex-middleweight king Jermain Taylor.
N’Dam was the more talkative fighter at the final press conference, noting that Stevens’ fight against Gennady Golovkin was stopped with Stevens still on his feet. “He doesn’t have the mentality for a champion,” said N’Dam. “I’ve already been a champion. Tomorrow will be fun.”
Stevens simply stated he’ll do his talking in the ring.
Only a handful of sportsbooks are handling the fight with N’Dam a slight -150 to -175 betting favorite. Stevens backers can get +120 to +137.
The bout will take place at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California and will be televised by ESPN2 at 9PM ET/6PM PT. The event is promoted by King Sports.
Thai fighter Knockout CP Freshmart (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Nicaraguan Carlos Buitrago (27-1-1, 16 KOs) to claim the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) interim minimumweight world title on Wednesday at the I-Mobile Football Stadium in Buriram, Thailand. Freshmart prevailed 115-113 on all three scorecards. The WBA also recognizes South African Hekkie Budler as world champion in the division.
On Wednesday, October 15, DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will return to NYC’s famed B.B. King Blues Club & Grill for the latest edition of its Broadway Boxing series, hosting a special event in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in which Everlast will be donating pink and black boxing gloves to show their support. Once dubbed “a female Arturo Gatti” by promoter Lou DiBella, the always-exciting Heather “The Heat” Hardy (10-0, 2KO’s) will headline a seven-bout card, facing off against Crystal Hoy, of Las Vegas, in a 10-round junior featherweight contest. (more…)
USA Olympian and undefeated (11-0, 8 KO’s) professional Top Rank boxer Jose Ramirez will be honored for his achievements and to announce his Central Valley Fight For Water 3, Saturday, Oct 25 at the Selland Arena. Ramirez, a Fresno State alum will be brought on the field at Bulldog Stadium during Fresno State’s nationally televised football game against the San Diego State Aztecs on Friday, October 3. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 pm local time.
To celebrate this event Ramirez is giving away a free ticket to his fight at all of the Stadium’s 180 concessions outlets during the game. No purchase is necessary. (more…)
WBO #15 ranked super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (12-1, 9 KOs) continues his march toward a world title fight this Friday at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL. Lozano, a local favorite from nearby Bowling Green, Florida will take on Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico in the final of the Telemundo super flyweight tournament running this year.
Entering his last bout, Lozano was coming off of his first career loss and responded with a devastating knockout of Antonio Tostado broadcast on Telemundo August 1st. Lozano senses he is close to his goal of winning a world title and knows a win this Friday is a must for that opportunity to happen sooner rather than later. Fightnews spoke with Lozano now just days away from his biggest fight to date. (more…)
IBF World Super-Flyweight Champion Zolani Tete said he’ll end challenger Paul Butler’s dream of making history by being the first British boxer in over a 100 years to win a second world title at a lighter weight. The tough South African puts his title on the line against Butler at the Liverpool Echo Arena on October 25th.
Tete claimed the world title in his last fight when he travelled to Japan and faced unbeaten Teiru Kinoshita in his backyard, outclassing the home fighter to win on points and says he won’t be losing it in his first defense. (more…)
Tony Bellew will finally seek his revenge against arch rival Nathan Cleverly when the pair meet in the hugely-anticipated grudge match on November 22 at the Echo Arena in Bellew’s home town of Liverpool. In early confirmed undercard fights, Scott Quigg will defend his WBA world super bantamweight title for the fifth time against an opponent to be named shortly and Jamie McDonnell defends his WBA world bantamweight title against Walberto Ramos – with the winner of that fight facing WBO champion Tomoki Kameda in a unification clash. Anthony Joshua MBE takes on Michael Sprott in a British heavyweight title eliminator, unbeaten Liverpool sensation Callum Smith meets Nikola Sjekloca in an official eliminator for the WBC super middleweight title, and promoter Eddie Hearn is set to announce more big fights soon with James DeGale MBE and Stephen Smith set to feature.
By Boxing Bob Newman
A who’s who of women in boxing, as well as the WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, speak their thoughts on the first ever Female Boxing convention in Playa del Carmen on 9-25-14.
By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
On Tuesday, Top Rank in association with Tecate officially announced what is expected to be an exciting lightweight title fight between current undefeated born-and-raised in Omaha, Nebraska, WBO world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) against the #1 ranked WBO contender Ray Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) of California on November 29 at the CenturyLink Arena in Omaha. (more…)
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