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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Canadian referee Michael Griffin will be the third man in the ring when WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez defends against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden. Judges are Max DeLuca (California), Tom Schreck (New York) and Guido Cavalleri (Italy). WBC Supervisor is Chuck Williams.
Hugo Centeno Jr 160 vs. Gerardo Ibarra 162.4
Eddie Gomez 149 vs. Francisco Santana 148.2
Terrell Gausha 156.2 vs. James Winchester 155.8
Diego De La Hoya 123.2 vs. Rigoberto Casillas 123.4
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is currently a -225 betting favorite to retain his title against Miguel Cotto in their big pay-per-view clash on Saturday night in New York City. Cotto backers can get +185. The over/under is 8.5 rounds with “over” at -270 and “under” at +230. Odds have mostly been constant.
Bitter rivals Tony Bellew and Nathan Cleverly will take another step closer to a rematch as they share top billing at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on July 12. Bellew and Cleverly clashed in October 2011 for the Welshman’s WBO Light Heavyweight title at the same venue, and their bitter rivalry has continued to grow after the Liverpool man dropped a majority decision in his challenge and a rematch never transpired. Opponents for both men will be named by Eddie Hearn at a press conference next Tuesday. The pair made successful debuts at cruiserweight earlier in the year, with Bellew first to step up to 200lbs with an 11th round stoppage win over Valery Brudov in March, and Cleverly followed him in May with a two-round demolition job over Shawn Corbin.
“July 12 promises to be a great night in Liverpool – as we sign off for the summer with a bang,” said Hearn. “There’s real animosity between Tony and Nathan as they aim to overcome one final hurdle before they meet in October.”
Tickets go on sale at midday on June 10 priced £30, £40, £60 and ringside seats at £100 available from the Echo Arena on 0844 8000 400 and at www.echoarena.com
Super Middleweight — Donavan George (U.S.) vs. Dyah Davis (U.S.) — August 23, 2014 Chicago
Middleweight — Gennady Golovkin (U.S.) vs. Daniel Geale (Australia) — July 26, 2014 New York
Welterweight — Rico Mueller (Germany) vs. Rafal Jackiewicz (Poland) — July 19, 2014 Germany
Featherweight — Macbute Sinyabe (S. Africa) vs. Lusanda Komanisi (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Super Bantamweight — Thabo Sonjica (S. Africa) vs. Toto Helebe (S. Africa ) — June 8, 2014 S. Africa
Super Flyweight — Edrin Dapudong (Philippines) vs. Lwandile Sityatha (S. Africa) — July 18, 2014 S. Africa
Strawweight — Hekkie Budler (S. Africa) vs. Pigmy Kokietgym (Thailand) — June 21, 2014 Monaco
The prelims for the upcoming UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov card only go five fights deep, but there are some great matchups to keep an eye on as the night gets started . . . Click here for more
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Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more
The fight for the vacant WBA “regular” heavyweight world championship between Ruslan Chagaev (32-2-1, 20 KOs) and Fres Oquendo (37-7, 24 KOs) will now take place on July 6 in Grozny, Chechnya, instead instead of the originally planned June 7 date. The Chagaev-Oquendo winner will share a portion of the WBA heavyweight championship with Wladimir Klitschko, who holds the “super” version.
The reason for the four week postponement was to give all parties more time to prepare. The new date falls on a Sunday because that day is the day between the quarter-and semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil. “In consultation with the team of Fres Oquendo and the WBA, we had to put the fight back a bit,” said promoter Timur Dugazaev. “We are planning a mega event and want everything to be perfectly prepared. This also gives us more time to look after the invitations and visas to the many guests of honor.” (more…)
Photo: Turning Stone Resort Casino
Turning Stone hosted “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” today in advance of this week’s ESPN Friday Night Fights promoted by Iron Mike Productions, at the resort casino in upstate New York. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliguin, served as the moderator, asking the two Hall of Famers and world heavyweight champions a series of questions, before the floor was opened for the many fans in attendance to ask Tyson and Holmes questions.
Poliguin opened by noting Tyson and Holmes had a combined career record of 119-12, including a total of 44 world title fights between them. In 1988, Tyson, 21, stopped Holmes, 38, in the fourth round in Atlantic City for the WBC, WBA and IBF heavyweight titles. (more…)
Trainer Tommy Brooks knows a thing or two about heavyweights, having trained a who’s who of heavyweight greats including Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and the Klitschko brothers. Brooks’ latest charge is British heavyweight star David Price (17-2, 15 KOs). Brooks has been overseeing the rebuilding process for the Olympic Bronze medalist, following back-to-back defeats to Tony Thompson. The rebuilding process continues for Price when he takes on the hard-hitting Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (16-6, 14 KOs) at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany on Saturday. (more…)
Tonight at the House of Blues in Boston, super featherweight Tevin Farmer (15-4-1, 3 KOs) will be in the main event when he takes on undefeated Emanuel Gonzalez (14-0, 7 KOs) in a 10-round fight that will headline a card that is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. Farmer has been on a a roll as he has won eight consecutive fights since hooking up with Mark Cipparone and Club 1957 Management. This fight, Farmer will be in a much better position to win then the last time he was seen on national television when he was stopped in eight rounds by Jose Pedraza. At that point of his career, Farmer was treating his career as a journeyman by taking fights on short notice. In fact, he took the Pedraza fight on a few days and did not have the adequate recuperation for the former amateur star from Puerto Rico. (more…)
Will the Golden Boy shake-up affect the long-awaited Pacquiao-Floyd fight? More
Ode to Gary “Chubs” Pliner and the Chub’s Boxing Gym. More
“Stay away from Pacquiao,” is the advice Juan Manual Marquez is getting. More
Carl Frampton to fight for world title in Belfast. More
In a big upset, Venezuelan welterweight puncher Charlie Navarro (24-7, 18 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten WBC #7 rated Panamanian Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (21-1-2, 14 KOs) at 0:23 of the ninth round on the main event of an exciting card presented by Promociones del Istmo at Hotel RIU Plaza in Panama City, Panama. Two of the judges had Navarro ahead by two points after eight rounds and the other one had the fight even. At the beginning of round nine, Navarro hit Mosqueras’ right eye with a powerful left hook which affected his vision, forcing him to back off. The Venezuelan attacked with combinations until the defending champion fell in his own corner for the final count. After the fight, the new WBC FECARBOX welterweight titlist received a challenge from Panamanian Miguel Callist for a third and definitive clash between them.
Former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-2, 23 KOs) just announced on his Facebook place that his comeback fight will be against former WBA interim welterweight titleholder Diego Chaves (23-1, 19 KOs) on August 2 in Las Vegas.
Statement of Oscar De La Hoya: Golden Boy Promotions is moving ahead on all fronts. We look forward to continuing and expanding our key position in the boxing world and to providing the public with the very best the sport has to offer.
Story and photos by Phil Doherty
The Mayweather family surname is synonymous with elite-level boxing. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is universally acknowledged as the best pound-for-pounder in the sport and his father is one of the most sought-after trainers.
Truth-be-told, they also give some pretty entertaining press conference quotes as Floyd Sr. demonstrated for this afternoon’s final press conference for Saturday night’s “Final Knockouts” card from Casino Miami Jai Alai.
The six-bout card caps the inaugural season of NuvoTV’s “Knockout” boxing reality show starring Mayweather Sr., Ruben Guerrero and Yoel Judah—all fathers and trainers of some pretty accomplished pro fighters. For this series (the brainchild of Steven Marcano and NuvoTV’s executive VP of programming, Rene Aguirre) the trainers try their luck with some down-on their-luck fighters in an elimination-style tournament. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Emanuel Gonzalez 130 vs. Tevin Farmer 129
Alexis Santos 223 vs. Daniel Martz 255
Jamie Kavanagh 135 vs. Michael Clark 135
Danny Kelly 242 vs. Eric Newell 265
Mark DeLuca 160 vs. Dustin Caplinger 165
Gary O’Sullivan 164 vs. Jose Medina 164.5
Lamont Roach 133 vs. Miguel Rodriguez 134
Venue: House of Blues, Boston, Massachusetts
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
FREDDIE ROACH: “Winning this fight will be bout ring generalship. Miguel must keep himself in good position and control the ring. This is what we have worked on for nine weeks in training camp. Miguel never knew how to do this before we began working on it. Miguel will have to cut the ring off, stay off the ropes and stay out of the corners. He now knows how to do it. He is a great student and one of the most disciplined fighters I have ever trained. Sergio is in over his head on this one. We worked on fighting southpaws and have it down to a science now. Miguel will have no trouble with Sergio’s style. Working opposite Miguel with Manny Pacquiao gave me great insight to Miguel’s flaws. It taught me his weaknesses and during this camp I was able to eliminate them. The wear and tear of the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr fight ruined Martinez. He has nothing left. Miguel is the fresher fighter.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super bantamweight world champion Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez (31-4, 23 KOs) will his crown against the star prospect Carl Frampton (18-0, 13 KOs) on September 6 at a venue to be named in Northern Ireland. Frampton previously defeated Martínez by 9th round TKO in February 2013 in Belfast. “For me this is a greater motivation than the possibility of unifying belts,” said Martinez. “I will never forget and I want to prove that the defeat was just a bad day.”
Below is the running order of bouts for Saturday’s big boxing event at Madison Square Garden. The first bell is at 6:10PM local time, with the pay-per-view telecast commencing at 9PM ET, 6PM PT.
Jantony Ortiz (0-0) vs. Elio Ruiz (1-4, 0 KOs), flyweights
Willie Nelson (21-1-1, 12 KOs) vs. Darryl Cunningham (29-6, 11 KOs), super welterweights
Jose Pedraza (16-0, 10 KOs) vs. Arturo Uruzquieta (15-5, 6 KOs), super featherweights
Jose Lopez (12-0, 10 KOs) vs. Raul Hidalgo (21-10, 16 KOs), super bantamweights
Felix Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) vs. Engelberto Valenzuela (9-1, 3 KOs), lightweights
Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) vs. John Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs), super welterweights
Jorge Melendez (28-3-1, 26 KOs) vs. Javier Maciel (28-3, 20 KOs), super welterweights
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1, 19 KOs) vs. Marvin Sonsona (18-1-1, 15 KOs), featherweights
Sergio Martines (51-2-2, 28 KOs) vs. Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs), WBC middleweight championship
By Gary “Digital” Williams
A number of boxers from the Washington, DC area will be on the road this week in some interesting scheduled bouts. Here is the rundown.
DC heavyweight Danny “Smooth” Kelly and Upper Marlboro, MD lightweight Lamont Roach, Jr. will be on a card at the House of Blues in Boston, MA on Thursday, June 5. Kelly (5-0-1, four KO’s) will face Eric Newell of Bethlehem, PA (7-2-2, five KO’s) in a six-round encounter while Roach (1-0) faces Miguel Rodriguez of Mexico (1-6) in a four-round bout.
On Friday, June 6, DC heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (39-4, 26 KO’s) travels to the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine in France for a 12-round contest against Carlos Takam (29-1-1, 23 KO’s) of France for the vacant WBC Silver Heavyweight title. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-division world champion Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez hosted their final press conference Wednesday to talk about their eagerly-anticipated PPV world title collision taking place on Saturday night at the “Mecca of Boxing” Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Sergio Martinez: I come prepared. I come to box. I come to fight. I come to be in a war. On Saturday we’ll finish the talking and see the reality.
Miguel Cotto: I’m prepared for a war. It’s good for us to hear Sergio is ready for a war too, because that’s what people are gonna see. A real war.
Martinez trainer Pablo Sarmiento: I’m sorry Freddie, but for the second time in a row, you’ll be 0-2 (against Sergio Martinez).
Cotto trainer Freddie Roach: Miguel is the most disciplined fighter that I have ever trained…I’d like to wish Martinez good luck, he’s gonna need it.
Celebrate Fourth of July underneath the Viva Vision canopy with UFC International Fight Week™ and Fremont Street Experience’s Rock of Vegas summer concert series featuring rockers Papa Roach, P.O.D. and Lit. Downtown Las Vegas gets in on the UFC International Fight Week action as several events takeover the Fremont Street Experience including an Ulti-man™ 5k run, meet-and-greets and autograph signings with UFC® fighters and Octagon Girls® and a special concert. (more…)
Welterweights Emmanuel “Ice Cold” Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) and former IBF super featherweight champion Stevie “Two Pound” Forbes (35-12, 11 KOs) headline Halquist Productions’ Battle at the Boat 96 card on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA.
Six undercard fights will feature Northwest boxing talent.
Jeremy McCleary (3-0) vs. Napoleon Mathews (1-3, 1 KO) at 128 Lbs.
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. Daryl Gardner (1-2, 1 KO) at 160 Lbs.
Kolt Thompson (pro debut) vs. Mike Hayes (pro debut) at Heavyweight
Ricardo Maldonado (3-0) vs. Manuel Mandez (2-1-1) at 136 Lbs.
Harrison Bevens (1-0, 1 KO) vs. Cole Milani (1-0, 1 KO) at 161 Lbs.
Jared Teer (2-1) vs. Marcelino Pineda (3-0, 3 KOs) at 147 Lbs.
Tickets for Battle at the Boat 96 are still available and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Prices start at $25.
Iron Boy Promotions’ card in El Paso, Texas, scheduled for Friday at Buchanan’s Event Center, has been postponed until August 8th after main and co-main event fighters being unable to be cleared medically. Ticket holders should return to point of purchase for a refund. Iron Boy Promotions has previously promoted twelve professional boxing events in Phoenix. This was slated to be their debut in Texas.
Southern California-based fight promoter Roy Englebrecht has announced his latest promotion to get fight fans more involved than ever before. Titled MANAGE A FIGHTER FOR A NIGHT, fans will have the opportunity to pretty much experience everything a fighter and their corner goes through on the night of a fight, except actually fighting. It all kicks off at the next Fight Club OC show on June 19th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center.
The $500 package allows four fans ($125 each) to participate up close and personal for one bout, with two fans in the Red Corner and two fans in the Blue Corner. (more…)
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