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WBO world featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and world-ranked Bernanbe Concepcion pose during a press conference to announce their upcoming big showdown on Saturday, July 10 which is televised live on SHOWTIME from the Coliseo De Puerto Rico in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Click here for more photos…
By Ricardo Conde
WBC Continental Americas welterweight champion Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Mexico, trained by his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., and being assisted by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia, began preparations this week in Oxnard, CA for his upcoming bout. Gomez will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 17th against an opponent yet to be determined. For more details and photos click here…
Former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (28-2, 21 KOs) and world ranked A.J. ‘Bazooka’ Banal ( 21-1-1, 17 KOs) will headline in separate bouts at the Norforlk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on June 26th. In the 10 round featherweight main event, Bautista will take on Dominican veteran Leivi Brea (18-8-3, 10 KOs). Brea has fought solid competion including former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. In an eight round bantamweight co-main event, Banal will take on the hard punching and upset-minded Andre Wilson (11-4-1, 9 KOs) of Missouri. The arrivals of Bautista and Banal are highly anticipated as the word has it there are nearly 100,000 Filipinos who reside in Virginia with 45,000 of them in Hampton Roads in the near vicinity of the event. (more…)
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Caguas, Puerto Rico and challenger Bernabe Concepcion of Rizal, Philippines faced off at a press conference today in Puerto Rico to discuss their upcoming world title fight July 10 on SHOWTIME.
Juan Manuel Lopez: “Its always very exciting to fight at home and I am looking forward to giving the fans a great fight. Concepcion is a strong puncher and will give me a tough fight. It is important to give the fans a good show and I’m looking forward to fighting on Showtime”
Bernabe Concepcion: “I have to be very smart and carefull with Lopez because his a big puncher. I fought all over the world and feel ready to fight in Puerto Rico and look forward to the challenge.”
The bout will take place at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, ‘Miguel Angel Agrelot’ in San Juan. Lopez has a record of 28-0 with 25 knockouts. Concepcion is 28-3-1, 15 KOs.
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez, Two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez and top-rated contender Abner Mares participated at a Media Workout Tuesday at Fortune Gym in Hollywood, Calif. IBF bantamweight champ Yonnhy Perez was a no-show. Here is what the fighters said on Tuesday. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Venezuelan WBA interim lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (26-3-2, 20 KOs) and Namibian WBA lightweight regular world champion Paulus Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) meet at Windhoek, Namibia on May 29. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico), Joon Poturaj (USA) and Guisepe Quartarone (Italy). The fight supervisor is Stanley Christodolou (South Africa).
Miguel Cotto and his chief trainer Manny Steward just hit New York City today and will be at Yankee Stadium tonight. Cotto and his team came in from Tampa, Fla. which is where he has been training. Cotto has a media function at Yankee Stadium this afternoon and will be on the field near the batting cages before the Yankees take on the Tampa Bay Rays. Cotto’s assistant trainer Joe Santiago is here as well as strength coach Phil Landman and publicist Bryan Perez.
Former WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (37-6, 21 KOs) returns to the ring June 5th. Sosa will take on former world champion Roberto ‘Mako’ Leyva (27-11-1, 21 KOs) in a 10 round main event fought at a contracted weight of 115 pounds maximum. The two met back in 2007 where Sosa stopped Leyva in 4. It will be the first fight for Sosa since losing his title to Rodel Mayol in controversial fashion on November 21, 2009. Sosa suffered a fractured cheekbone after receiving a head butt from Rodel Mayol in the second round of their bout, which was stopped later in the same round with Mayol winning by TKO.
Wild Cards: Kris and Kyacey Are Fighting For One More Chance On TUF: On an all new episode of The Ultimate Fighter®, Team Ortiz members Kyacey Uscola and Kris McCray have a chance to get back into the competition when they take on eachother in the Octagon. Tonight at 10pm ET/PT on SPIKE
Rampage and Rashad Continue Their Collision Course To UFC 114: Follow Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans with an up close and personal look on UFC Primetime – all new tonight at 11pm ET/PT on SPIKE
An already loaded UFC® FAN EXPO™ just got some added firepower. UFC President Dana White announced today that this year’s festivities will include four grappling superfights featuring the likes of MMA stars Caol Uno, Hermes Franca, Javier Vazquez, and Fredson Paixao, as well as a much-anticipated women’s contest. (more…)
Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman will serve as a Grand Marshall of the 2010 annual Salute to Israel Parade, the world’s largest public gathering in celebration of Israel, celebrating the 62nd anniversary of Israel with a spectacular parade featuring song, dance, floats and props. The Parade is scheduled to take place this Sunday (May 23) from 11AM to 4 PM; starting at 57th Street on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue; rain or shine; with close to 1,000,000 spectators expected to attend. Foreman is expected to start riding up the Fifth Avenue parade route at 1 PM. Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) defends his title against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) on June 5, in the main event of “Stadium Slugfest” — the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium.
Top undefeated bantamweight contender Abner Mares (left) and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (Right) throw out the first pitch at the Dodgers game against the Houston Astros on May 18, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Marquez will face three-time world champion Israel Vazquez and Mares will face bantamweight world champion Yonnhy Perez on Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will be televised live on SHOWTIME.
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) intensely hits the mitts during a training session in Puerto Rico. Vázquez Jr. is in preparation for first defense of his title May 29th against unbeaten and Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary. (more…)
World-ranked Bernanbe Concepcion arrived tonight in San Juan, Puerto Rico from the Philippines for the big press conference tomorrow to officially announce his challenge to WBO world featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. Lopez and Concepcion will battle on Showtime, Saturday, July 10 from the Coliseo De Puerto Rico.
Boxing stars Israel Vazquez, Rafael Marquez Workout and Abner Mares loosened up today at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California. The fighters are also scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at tonight’s Dodgers-Astros game. Click for more plus photos…
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WBC heavyweight title challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) works out at his training camp in Wisla, Poland. Sosnowski, who won the European heavyweight title in his last fight, will attempt to dethrone WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) on May 29th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
“Fists Of Steel” presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. Click here for more photos…
The fight for the vacant IBF jr lightweight title between #1, Mzonke Fana (29-4, 12 KOs) and #2, Cassius Baloyi (37-4-1, 19 KOs) is scheduled to take place on August 6 at a site to be named in South Africa. Baloyi has already held the title twice and Fona once. The two met in April 2008 where Baloyi took a majority decision and Fona’s IBF jr lighweight title.
Middleweight contender Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) has decided to remain with Universum. “I still have a lot of plans and am convinced that there is no better promoter with which to reach my goals,” said Gevor. “Universum was always a fair and dependable partner for me and has kept always to our agreements. I’m glad that we can go on together.”
Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl commented, “After Khoren had signaled that he would like to continue with us, we didn’t hesitate. He has delivered great fights and further attractive fights, which have the stuff to be classics, are possible with him. We are pleased to be able to present on July 17th an explosive fight between Zbik against Gevor, which both boxers immediately agreed to.” (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Pavel Terekhov
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) during a media and public workout at his training camp in Going, Austria. Vitali has a world title defense against European heavyweight champion Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) on May 29th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
“Fists Of Steel” presented by K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group, is being distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. For more photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively retained his belt as he positively kept stalking much taller Angel Granados (18-9, 8 KOs), 129.25, from Venezuela, and finally caught him with a vicious looping right to drop the lanky challenger face first to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:42 of the sixth round on Monday in Saitama (close to our capital Tokyo), Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#1/WBA#5 ranked OPBF super-fly champ Kohei Kono (25-4, 9 KOs), 115, barely kept his regional belt as he had a tough time coping with desperate southpaw compatriot Masashi Tonomura (13-6-1, 6 KOs), 115, but was awarded a TKO win over the quickly fading challenger at 2:28 of the eleventh session on Monday in Saitama, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 5 KOs), 113.75, Japan, kept her belt as she battered ex-national amateur bantam titlist, compatriot Kayoko Ebata (3-3, 2 KOs; amateur 14-3), 113.5, and pounded out a unanimous decision (98-92, 97-92 and 96-93) over ten frames on Monday in Saitama, Japan. Tenkai, making her second defense since dethroning Chinese southpaw Xian Xi Yang in February 2009, took the leadoff with her trade-mark left hooks to the elusive challenger. Ebata, a 34-year-old footworker, attempted to counter the onrushing champ and took a point in round four. Tenkai, however, overpowered the lanky counterpuncher all the way from the fifth onward. Ebata was penalized a point for pushing down the champ’s back-head repeatedly midway in the eighth. The full champ Tenkai, 25, will face WBA interim ruler Carolina Gutierrez of Argentina in her next defense. Promoter: Yamaki Promotions in association with Watanabe Promotions.
USBA light welterweight champion Tim Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland is free of his contract with promoter Star Boxing and looking to explore other promotional options. Coleman upset former world title challenger Mike Arnaoutis in his last fight this past December to win his title. Star Boxing had options on Coleman after he beat their fighter Arnaoutis but both parties were unable to agree to terms on securing a subsequent fight within the next 120 days thus ending their contract. Coleman is current ranked #15 the world by the IBF at 140 pounds.
Undefeated Junior Welterweight sensation Danny O’Connor has been added to the “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” card at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT on Saturday night May 22, 2010.
O’Connor (11-0, 3 KO’s), from Framingham, MA, puts his undefeated record on the line when he takes on his toughest opponent to date in slick southpaw veteran Broderick Antoine (10-9-1, 5 KO’s) in a special attraction. “I am really looking forward to finally fighting at the Mohegan Sun Casino, a place where I have been attending fights for years and where I have always envisioned fighting. I expect all my fans to make the trek to support me, “said O’Connor. (more…)
Patience is the key for undefeated NABF champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard, who is preparing to defend his belt as well as fight for the vacant NABO title, Saturday night (May 22) against Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
One day after turning 18, unbeaten Phoenix lightweight Jose Benavidez, Jr., signs his promotional contract with Top Rank, Inc. at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, CA on Monday. Pictured is Benavidez (5-0, 5 KOs), his father Jose, Sr., and trainer Freddie Roach. Benavidez is set to fight again in Chicago on May 29.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Headliners on Saturday’s huge “Universum Champions Night” in Rostock, Germany, faced off on Monday during a press conference at a local VW dealer. In the main event, former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (25-1-1, 17 KOs) takes on Kali Meehan (35-3, 29 KOs) in a WBA eliminator. Also WBC super featherweight world champion Vitali Tajbert defends his belt against the well know Hector Velazquez.
“I’m in top shape and looking forward to Rostock and the fans,” stated Chagaev. “I will take advantage of this chance, I will defeat Meehan, and I will prove that you have to reckon with me again.” For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
When promoter Lou DiBella decided to sign light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker (13-0, 7 KOs) in March of this year, he had this to say about his 22-year-old recruit: “I have been following Mark since he was 17 and I immediately knew he was a talented young fighter with a bright future.” Based in Maryland where he has fought 11 of his 13 bouts, Tucker made great strides in 2009, beating experienced, competitive opponents like Rubin Williams (29-7-1, Contender Series boxer), veteran Ross Thompson (27-12-2), winning the USBO 175lb belt against Jim Strohl (27-7) and Jesse Armenta (13-4) last December. Victories which have established him as a bona fide prospect in the light heavyweight division. (more…)
Sources out of Argentina stated that WBO Junior welterweight champion Timothy ‘Desert Storm’ Bradley of Palm Springs, California (25-0, 11 KOs) will take on unbeaten welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) of Argentina on July 17th. The bout would be a non-title bout fought at the welterweight limit. The site of the fight would be the Agua Caliente resort in Rancho Mirage, CA a short distance from Bradley’s hometown. HBO will televise the event. A bout was proposed for Bradley and Abregu to fight June 19th but the bout was eventually scrapped in favor of a bigger showdown between Bradley and WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (28-1, 27 KOs) of Argentina. After Maidana pulled out twice due to a back injury Bradley-Abregu is now back on. Both Bradley and Abregu are promoted by Gary Shaw.
Photos by Jorge Garcia/Golden Boy Promotions
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez and top-rated contender Abner Mares served up a heapful of smiles and more during a free public autograph session at the famous Tacos Tombras A Tacos inside the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles on Monday. In an eagerly awaited matchup, Vazquez will meet arch-rival and two-division World Champion Rafael Marquez in the main event on “Once And Four All” this Saturday at STAPLES Center on SHOWTIME®. In a battle of unbeatens, Mares will challenge defending champion Yonnhy Perez for the IBF Bantamweight World Title in the semi-main. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Unbeaten bantamweight Tantontong Kiattaweesuk (18-0, 12 KOs) will defend the IBF Pan Pacific title against Rafael Pangaribuan (12-4-2, 5 KOs) in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday, despite the ongoing clashes between the Red Shirt protesters and the Thailand Army and Police. IBF #12 Kiattweesuk is chasing a shot at the IBF 118 pound champion Yonny Perez of Mexico. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (11-0, 9 KOs) steps back into the ring against Mexico’s Victor Hugo Correa (12-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno Nevada. Gonzales-Correa is a six-rounder. The main event features Joey Gilbert’s return to Reno as he faces off against Anthony Bartinelli. The card is presented by Let’s Get it on Promotions.
UFC President Dana White will officially welcome fans to the second UFC® FAN EXPO™ on Friday, May 28 at 12PM PT during his keynote speech scheduled for the main stage inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (more…)
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman returns on June 19 at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY. The media and interested fans are invited to a press conference on Wednesday at noon at the Niagara Falls Conference Center where Rahman, promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide, Emcee “Baby” Joe Mesi, Rock’s opponent Shannon Miller and other local fighters will be available to answer questions and sign autographs. Rahman (46-7-2, 37 KOs) vs Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) is scheduled for ten rounds.
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