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European light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes (44-4, 30 KOs) successfully defended his EBU title with a sixth round TKO over former world title challenger Luca Messi (36-8-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England. The WBC #4 rated Rhodes dropped Messi three times (in rounds one, three and six) before the bout was waved off. Time was 1:10.
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) and unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary went face to face at their final pre-fight weigh-in that took place in Puerto Rico on Friday. They will fight for real May 29 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
By Robert Hughes at ringside
The Sharif Bogere circus roared through downtown Fort Worth on Friday, leaving behind a Texas-sized parking lot full of boxing fans wondering who was that fighter under the lion’s head and skin. In the center ring was Bogere, aka ‘The Lion’ (16-0, 10 KOs), who won easily against veteran Colombian boxer Ulidio Julio (41-18-1, 35 KOs) in what goes into the record book as a five-round junior welterweight TKO, and the main event of the 7th annual ‘Fight Night at Sundance Square’ presented by Oscar De La Hoya. In reality Julio’s corner called the fight at the outset of Round 5 because its fighter injured his shoulder. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sabelo Jubatha retained his SA featherweight title when he stopped Marcel Japhta in the second round at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. The tournament was presented jointly by S’Phatho Handi of Mamali Promotions and the Nelson Mandela Boxing Promoters. (more…)
By Peter Lim
A cast of local prizefighters rather than musicians will take center stage tonight at the House of Blues in Downtown Houston. Staged by KRICH Promotions, the “Gunfight at the H.o.B” marks the first boxing event at the legendary concert venue. Power-punching cruiserweight Medzhid Bektemirov 3-0 (3 KOs), will fight his fourth bout since arriving from Russia six months ago. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Another quick one for ex-WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KOs) needed just 20 seconds to demolish Dominque Alexander (19-9-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Capitale Ballroom in New York City. Briggs landed two left hooks to the body and Alexander went down and couldn’t get up steady, prompting the referee to call a halt. (more…)
In an IBF lightweight eliminator, #6 rated Ji Hoon Kim (21-5, 18 KOs) scored a first round TKO over #4 Ameth Diaz (27-10, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Diaz got off to a good start, but Kim flattened him with a right hand at the end of round one. Diaz beat the count, but was deemed unable to continue. Time was 2:59.
Unbeaten jr welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over late sub Emanuel Augustus (38-32-6, 20 KOs). Provodnikov dropped the 35-year-old veteran Augustus in round five with a big right hand but Augustus survived Provodnikov’s follow up assault. Provodnikov floored Augustus twice in the ninth and the bout was waved off by referee Rafael Ramos. Time was 1:50. The popular Augustus took the fight on four days notice. (more…)
Photos by Emily Harney
From the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, for tomorrow night’s “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” card, promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions:
Peter Manfredo Jr., 159.25 vs. Angel Hernandez, 159
Matt Remillard, 124.5 vs. Carlos Rivera, 126
Joseph Elegele, 145.5 vs. John De Jean, 144
J’Leon Love, 156 vs. Fernando Calleros, 156
Logan McGuinness, 133.75 vs. Walter Estrada, 134.75
Joseph Perez, 135 vs. Joel Alarcon, 133
Adelita Irizarry, 144 vs. Kita Watkins, 140.25
Danny O’Connor, 141 vs. Broderick Antoine, 141
Reinaldo Graceski, 173.75 vs. Paul Gonsalves, 173.25
Ron Scott, 174.25 vs. Derrick Krantz, 175
Doors open 6:30 p.m., first bell 7:30 p.m.
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Travis Kauffman 224.2 vs. Chris Koval 258
(WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title)
Van Oscar Penovaroff 136 vs. Travis Thompson 135
Venue: Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania
Other professional bouts, plus the amateur portion of the card Promoted by Kings Promotions will weigh in on Saturday.
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“Once and Four All” slide show action: All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, for tomorrow night’s Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV finale, live on SHOWTIME. Click here to view
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Teon Kennedy 122 vs Jose Angel Beranza 121
(USBA super bantamweight title)
Loren Myers 163 vs Patrick Majewski 161
Carlos Vinan 130 vs Anthony Flores 130
Ronald Cruz 142 vs Juan Ramon Cruz 142
Josh Mercado 143 vs Joel Nieves 146
Troy Maxwell 166 vs Rafael Jastrzebski 167
Marcos Garcia 131 vs Ryan Carson 131
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
Tickets: $50 & $75 on sale at the door/first bout 7:30PM
Advance tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night at the Commerce 3: Fully Stacked” on Thursday, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000). The Commerce Casino is located at 6131 Telegraph Road. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm. (more…)
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Star Plaza at the Staples Center, Los Angeles for tomorrow night’s “Once and Four All” card live on Showtime:
Israel Vazquez 125.5 vs. Rafael Marquez 125.5
Abner Mares 116.75 vs. Yonnhy Perez 117.5
Rodrigo Garcia 150.5 vs. Taronze Washington 153.5
Carlos Molina 138.75 vs. Humberto Tapia 138.75
Ronny Rios 127.5 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 127.5
Note: Two bouts were cancelled: Freddy Hernandez vs. Oscar Leon, a ten-round welter bout; and a four-round lightweight bout between Jessie Roman and Luis Tapia.
While at Yankee Stadium earlier this week, chief trainer Manny Steward told Miguel Cotto “…we’re in a tough, difficult, challenging fight against Yuri Foreman. “I now know why Manny Pacquiao and his team passed on Yuri,” Steward told boxing press before Cotto went to the batting cage at Yankee Stadium. “We’re looking at a 50-50 fight going in. Yuri is a good, hard-working champion.” Steward added he has been working on Cotto’s balance and has tweaked punching angles for “more accurate, harder direct hits.” Steward added “…Cotto knows how important this fight is for his career.”
Ticket sales have surged since Cotto appeared at Yankee Stadium where he spoke to Yankees star players including Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Cotto is now back in Tampa, Fla. to complete training. Foreman, the WBA super welterweight champion, has his Media Day on May 25 at Gleasons Gym in New York. Cotto vs Foreman on June 5 at Yankee Stadium is promoted by Top Rank, Cotto Promotions and will be available on HBO.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (14-0, 11 KOs) returns Saturday night at the Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Porter square off with Robert Kliewer (10-10, 6 KOs). Porter, a 2008 US Olympic boxing team alternate, is coming off an impressive first round KO in a nationally televised ShoBox bout. In the co-feature, middleweights Dominic Wade (6-0, 5 KOs) and Michael Faulk (2-0) face off. The doors will open at 7:00 PM and the first bout will begin at 7:30 PM. Tickets still available.
The Virgin Islands’ three professional boxers, John Jackson, Julius Jackson and Samuel Rogers, have traveled to Mexico for against local Mexican boxers. The weigh-in was on Thursday, with John Jackson weighing in at 153 lbs. His opponent, Alvaro Ayala of Mavojoa Senora, Mexico weighing in at 156 lbs. Julius Jackson weighed at 163 lbs with his opponent, Noe Flores of Los Mochis, Mexico weighing in at 165 lbs. Samuel Rogers weighed in at 153 lbs. with his opponent, Carlos Maldonado of Hermosillo, Mexico weighing in at 154 lbs. These bouts will be televised nationally in Mexico and the US on Azteca America tonight at 8:30pm. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former world title challenger and current USBA middleweight champion Lajuan “Simply Marvelous” Simon (22-2-2, 12 KOs), of Philadelphia, PA will face Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (15-1-1, 2 KOs), of Bronx, NY in a ten round non-title bout at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on Saturday June 26. Simon, rated #8 in the IBF and #13 in the WBA, received high marks for his March 14, 2009 strong effort against then-IBF middleweight champ Arthur Abraham. Rodriguez is coming off a nice win over Darnell Boone in January. Promoter Dave Escalet of Fisticuff Productions said, “Rodriguez is a tough fighter, and Lajuan has to win these types of fights to get ready for another title opportunity.” (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya’s “Fight Night at Sundance Square” has become a boxing tradition in downtown Fort Worth over the past six years. Now, De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions is set to return for the 7th time tonight. A festive outdoor arena setting in the Chisholm Trail Mural Parking Lot (corner of 4th St. & Main St.) will be the site of the event, which will feature a seven-bout professional fight card, starting at 7:30 p.m. The event will be nationally televised on the Telefutura network. Unbeaten lightweight Sharif Bogere (15-0, 9 KOs) will be facing veteran Columbian boxer Ilido Julio (40 -17-1, 35 KOs) in the feature bout. (more…)
WBO world featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez spends some family time at his home in Puerto Rico with wife Barbara and their five kids as he prepares for his upcoming fight against world-ranked Bernanbe Concepcion, Philippines. Lopez vs Concepcion will be televised live on SHOWTIME, Saturday, July 10 from the Coliseo De Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that Mexican ring legend Erik “El Terrible” Morales (49-6, 34 KOs) could make the next step in his comeback against former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) on July 17 at the Estadio Caliente in Morales’ hometown of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Sources report that the bout would be for the WBC International welterweight title won by Morales against Nicaraguan José Alfaro in March. No contract has been signed at this point, but things are far enough along that press conferences in Los Angeles, Tijuana and Mexico City are being arranged for the bout, which would be televised in Mexico by Televisa.
Al Bernstein reports from Los Angeles where the press assembled to cover one of the most anticipated matchups of the year. Israel Vazquez and Rafael Marquez will weigh in today at 1p PT at STAPLES Center and make history tomorrow night on SHOWTIME, Saturday May 22nd at 9pm ET/PT. To view the pair’s first three fights (in entirety), visit sports.sho.com. Vazquez vs. Marquez IV airs live on SHOWTIME this Saturday at 9pm ET/PT
The WBO has ordered a very attractive jr. middleweight championship bout between champion Sergij Dzinziruk and interim champion Alfredo Angulo. Promoters for fighters have been given 15 days to reach an agreement or the bout will go to purse bid (minimum bid is $200,000). Angulo is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Dzinziruk is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions.
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) is about a week from his first title defense on May 29 against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. Vázquez, Jr. showed his appreciation to his native Puerto Ricans as he hit the streets on Thursday by way of caravan and foot to greet and meet as many people as he could. This is very rare and uncommon for a world champion to do something like this, especially so close to a big fight. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The May 29 fight in Namibia between WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta of Venezuala and WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses Namibia is in doubt. The Acosta Team has not travelled from Venezuela to Namibia claiming that the contract they received from Don King Promotions (which won a WBA purse bid) binds them to DKP for one year. The Acosta Team says they do not accept these terms. According to the WBA, if DKP doesn’t send a revised contract, they will call another purse bid without DKP’s participation.
Ruslan Chagaev 231 vs. Kali Meehan 230
(WBA heavyweight eliminator)
Vitali Tajbert 130 lbs vs. Hector Velazquez 130
(WBC super featherweight world champion)
Igor Michalkin 175 vs. Aleksy Kuziemski 175
Pal Bedak 113 vs. Pedro Cardenas 114
Jack Culcay 155 vs. Isak Tavares 155
Sebastian Köber 223 vs. Markus Tomala 225
Sergei Liakhovich 230 vs. Evans Quinn 220
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion/DKP
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
K2 Promotions Ukraine is planning a July 26 show in Kiev headlined by unbeaten EBA (European Boxing Association) heavyweight champion Alexander Ustinov (20-0, 16 KOs) against former Euro champ Paolo Vidoz (26-8, 15 KOs).
Three-time world champion Israel Vazquez says he will definitely be the winner when he and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez collide for a fourth time on Saturday’s highly anticipated “Once And Four All” fistic extravaganza at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME. “My motivation to win is like none I have had before,” said Vazquez. “Mentally and physically, I feel like a new man. If Marquez is saying he is going to knock me out, he is making a big mistake. I am going to win this fight, no doubt about it. I can’t say how, that’s a mystery. But whether it goes the distance or ends early, I will be the winner again.” Vazquez currently leads the epic series, 2-1.
Danny Santiago 177 vs, William Bailey 177.5
Marcus Willis 151.25 vs. Stalinn Lopez 152
Christina Swanson 135 vs. Jaqueline Hernandez 132.5
Azea Augustama 178.75 vs. Adam Collins (177
Marquis Davis 159.75 vs. Donald Clark (159.25
Reynaldo Cepeda 146.75 vs. Steven Benjamine 145.25
Enrique Rios 122.25 vs. Yuniel Ramos 123
Venue: Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary arrived at the airport in Puerto Rico on Thursday. Bedak will challenge WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) on May 29th in a 12 round world title main event. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
Former two-division world champion Jesus ‘El Matador’ Chavez (44-7, 30 KOs) will look to end a three fight losing streak as he takes on former world title challenger Daniel Attah (24-5-1, 8 KOs) who hopes to end a two fight slide. The bout will take place in Chavez’ hometown of Austin, Texas on June 11th and be a 10 round lightweight main event. Golden Boy Promotions will promote the fight card.
Shannon Briggs 258 vs Dominique Alexander 228
Mike Faragon 136.25 vs Francisco Palacios 137
Sean Monaghan 173.25 vs Simeon Trigueno 167
Sadam Ali 151 vs Martinus Clay 153
Hastings “Sting” Bwalya 149.25 vs Ashantie Hendrickson 148
Bowie Tupou 254 vs Alexis Mejias 238
Angel Concepcion 179 vs Charles Wade 180
Venue: Capitale New York in Manhattan
Promoter: The Empire
Tickets: $200, $150 and $50 General Admission. Doors open at 7 PM, and the first bout is at 8.
Today in Puerto Rico world ranked challenger, Bernabe Concepcion held a media workout at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, before returning the Philippines to prepare for his world title challenge against WBO Featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on July 10 in Puerto Rico. Click here for more + photos.
Undefeated WBC #2 ranked Juan Carlos Burgos has set up training camp in the Jalisco capital of Guadalajara, Mexico, as he prepares for his duel with experienced Ricardo Castillo on May 29th.
Burgos (24-0, 17 KO´s), will risk his high WBC ranking in the featherweight division against Ricardo Castillo (38-7-1, 25 KOs), a man that has had almost fifty fights and has twice challenged for a world title. (more…)
Israel Vazquez (44-4, 33 KO’s) and Rafael Marquez (38-5, 34 KO’s) will face off in the fourth installment of what is one of the greatest boxing rivalries of all-time on Saturday, May 22, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles,live on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). Relive the first three wars, courtesy of Fightnews, below:
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