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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos courtesy of Deborah Carbone and Pam Bowen
Saturday night at the Point Stadium in Johnstown PA, Squared Circle Promotions put together an interesting boxing card which featured two professional boxing bouts. In the eight round main event of the evening, Johnstown’s own up and coming cruiserweight sensation Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (16-1-2, 7 KOs) had to settle for a split decision draw against late replacement Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (8-5-1, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA in a weather plagued bout. Also on the card was a four round clash featuring a pair of debuting heavyweights, Jeramiah Witherspoon, the cousin of former world champion Tim Witherspoon, stopped of David Burns in the second round with a barrage of punches in the corner. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook
Carlos Manuel Rivera (16-6-2, 5 KOs) and Charlie Serrano (9-2-0, 2 KOs) headline the October 15 at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Both local fighters, Rivera from Port Richey looks to reverse his misfortune of three straight losses as he squares off with Tampa’s Serrano. Serrano, a local favorite, is stepping up in competition in facing Rivera, and will have to use his speed to try and overcome his more experienced opponent. Rivera, who recently fought for the NABO and NABF belts in May, has lost two of his last three by TKO. Rivera will find Serrano’s soft punching much easier to handle as he looks to take out the crowd as well as Serrano in this bout. This bout will be for the vacant Florida State Featherweight title. (more…)
Continuing on its path to completely revolutionize the fitness industry, UFC® GYM™ is unveiling a second location in Rosemead, California, and is holding the official Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Expo on Saturday, September 18 starting at 10:00am PT. (more…)
Bantamweight contenders Jose Navarro (27-5, 12 KOs) and Nestor Rocha (22-2, 8 KOs) will lace up their gloves in a unique outdoor boxing arena adjacent to L.A. LIVE’s STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles located near the corner of 11th Street and Figueroa Street on Friday, September 17, for an eight round bout that headlines Telefutura’s weekly boxing telecast. Also in action will be highly-touted lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (16-0, 8 KOs), who faces former world champion Eric Aiken (16-7-1, 12 KOs)in an eight round co-main event. A six round cruiserweight bout will see an all-Brooklyn turf war when unbeaten Rommel Rene (11-0, 6 KO’s) steps up to face perennial contender Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KO’s).
Fans attending the “Fiesta de la Independencia,” a two-day celebration of the Mexican Bicentennial will feature the official Mosley vs. Mora weigh-in, autograph sessions by boxing legends and live music can have free standing room to the live fights on the Telefutura card or purchase reserved seats for $30. Fiesta tickets are $10.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Junior flyweight contender Adrian Hernandez may have been announced the winner in his bout against Jose Luis Cardenas on Saturday night. However, the 60-53 scores from all three judges at ringside did not reflect the competitiveness of the bout . . . click here for more
On October 6 DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to the BB King Blues Club in New York City’s Times Square for a night of action featuring undefeated welterweight prospect Gabe Bracero (11-0, 1 KO) and WBO #9 light heavyweight Mark Tucker (14-0, 7 KOs) in separate bouts. The undercard will feature the return of heavyweight Tor Hamer (11-1, 8 KOs), along with a host of local talent. Opponents will be named. Tickets start at $55, call 212-947-2577.
Photo by Kresten H. Schriel
Vivian Harris is counting down the days until Saturday, September 18. The former world champion is preparing for what he calls a “war” against Victor Ortiz. Harris is looking to get his name back in the championship mix by knocking off the young contender in impressive fashion. For the last 6 weeks Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) has been in an intense training camp and looks to be in the best shape of his career. “This fight right here is very important to me,” said Harris from his home in Carlstadt, NJ. “I’m training for a war with Victor Ortiz, I am going to leave it all in the ring. I feel great right now I can’t wait to fight, it’s going to be a great night.” (more…)
A spectacular undercard is being presented as part of the highly anticipated Joey Gilbert vs. Kassim Ouma NABA middleweight championship fight on September 25th at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno. Heavyweight prospect Joe “The Future” Hanks (14-0, 9 KOs) will be fighting in a 6 round bout on the RFX VI card against Aron Lyons (11-9, 8 KOs) of Las Cruces, NM. Originally from Newerk, NJ, Hanks now lives and trains in Los Angeles. (more…)
Photo: Main eventer Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs), of Mexico City, poses with the Corona Girls at a press conference held today at the Hilton to announce Wednesday’s “Viva Mexico en Las Vegas” Mexican Independence Day card, Wednesday, Sept. 15. Gonzalez will take on African Australian Jackson Asiku (26-3, 14 KOs), for the IBO featherweight championship. In the co-main, Miguel Roman (30-7, 22 KOs), of Juarez, meets Tyrone Harris (24-6, 16 KOs), of Lansing, Mich., for the IBO’s 130-pound No. 1 spot.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (39-3, 23 KOs) will not be after scoring a knockout when he will clash with WBA #8 Ryan Waters (20-2-2, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia on Wednesday. WBA #2 junior middleweight has been training under the expert guidance of Jeff Malcolm who said Anthony is in great shape, “Anthony has looked great in the gym and is in shape to perform at his best against Ryan Waters on Wednesday.” (more…)
This Saturday, three-time world champions, Jorge “Travieso” Arce, Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and undefeated prospect Omar “Businessman” Chavez will be action in a big triple header card in Culiacan, Sinoloa, Mexico at the Bicentennial Celebration of Mexican Independence Day. The big show will be held at the Dorado Soccer Stadium and will be televised by Fox Sport Espanol in “Top Rank Live” (more…)
According to Hennessy Sports, Carl Froch, who had been trying to work through a persistent back injury, was unable to train on Friday due to severe pain and after resting over the weekend the injury had not improved. After visiting his physio and doctor this afternoon in an attempt to see if anything else could be done to help get him through this, Carl was firmly advised to take at least four weeks solid rest before resuming training again leaving him in no position to fight on the 2nd October. This left no other option than to request a postponement. Hennessy Sports and Carl Froch have issued apologized to everyone that this unfortunate and unavoidable situation has affected. Showtime Sports, Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event will be issuing a statement in the coming days regarding the rescheduled date for Froch’s Super Six clash with Arthur Abraham and the situation regarding tickets.
Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) defended his titles with a dominating tenth round KO over Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany in front of 40,000 spectators. (more…)
The all crucial Super Six fight between Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch has been postponed to a later date. The preparations of King Arthur up to now have gone without big problems, however his opponent from England has suffered a back injury according to his promoter Mick Hennessy. This forces the former WBC super middleweight world champion to take a two-week training break. Therefore, the fight originally scheduled for October 2 at the Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monaco must take place at a later time.
“This is really very unfortunate. The whole world is feverishly awaiting this fight. However, you can’t do anything about injuries, which sometimes come in such a hard sport like boxing,” said Abraham’s Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland. “Nevertheless, it’s just postponed not canceled. So Arthur Abraham will just beat “The Cobra” in November or December. We’re working hard on finding a new date.”
The exact date in which the Super Six fight can be fought will be announced as soon as possible. Already purchased tickets will remain valid for the new date.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Fast-moving Mexican, WBC female 105-pound champ Anabel Ortiz (12-1, 4 KOs), 105, kept her belt as she impressively displayed her excellence in shifty footwork, accurate counterpunching and fine strategy to pound out a nearly shutout decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over WBC#2 OPBF ruler Nanako Kikuchi (12-4-1, 5 KOs), 105, over ten quick rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc. “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala Jr. and Deportes TELEMUNDO are teaming up once again to Celebrate Mexico’s Bicentennial 200 Years of Independence and are bringing their popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” on Friday to the famous Salon Jose Cuervo (former Salon 21) in Mexico City, Mexico home of the Cinturon de Oro Tournament. In the main event former world title challenger and current WBC CABOFE Champion Armando “Ichiro” Torres (13-7, 8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico will face undefeated prospect Omar “Metralla” Gonzalez (17-0, 11 KOs) of Monterrey, Mexico in battle scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant WBC Latin light flyweight title at stake. (more…)
Prizefighter champion Willie “Big Bang” Casey will look to turn Big Bang Theory into reality when he challenges Kiko “La Sensación” Martinez for the Spaniard’s European Super Bantamweight title on the Hunky Dorys Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick on Saturday, November 6th. The unbeaten Casey has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the professional ranks since turning professional just 2 years and 10 fights ago and the 28-year-old southpaw will be looking to make the most of home advantage as European Championship boxing comes to Limerick for the first time ever. (more…)
Former heavyweight contender and WBO cruiserweight title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-4) returns to the ring on Friday October 29th at Ghost Riders’ Entertainment Complex in Minto’s hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania. Minto will face Corey “The Cobra” Phelps (13-6-1) in the ten round main event for the vacant WBC Continental-Americas cruiserweight title. After losing consecutively to heavyweight contender Chris Arreola (29-2) and WBO cruiser champ Marco Huck (30-1), Minto aims to rebound against the upset minded 6’3 Phelps. Phelps is coming off losing an 8 round decision against Dewey Cooper (18-3-3) in Las Vegas; prior to that bout, Phelps had been credited with a draw versus eventual IBF title challenger Bobby Gunn (21-4-1). The undercard will showcase local lightweight Chris Hazimihalis (3-0) in a six rounder, while local junior middle, Joe Luketic, makes his debut in a four rounder. Tickets are priced at $20 & $50 and available by calling (724) 287-6923.
Andy Lee, the Kronk Irish middleweight contender headlines the ‘Windy City Fight Night’ boxing showcase promoted by 8 Count Productions this Friday night (September 17) at the multi-purpose UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL. Lee will be in action in a 10 round bout against the rugged and durable Michael ‘The Midnight Stalker’ Walker from Chicago, IL. The main event promises to have plenty of fireworks with Lee coming to town to take care of business. (more…)
Former world champion Ricky Hatton has plans to enter a rehabilitation clinic possibly as soon as today following embarrassing video of his alleged cocaine use that appeared over the weekend on the “News of the World” website.
“The Hitman” may have other problems as well. The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) is considering a possible suspension, fine or revocation of his fight and promoters’ licences. Hatton spokesman Max Clifford told the BBC, “He’s very, very flat. He just feels he’s let everybody down.”
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Sources close to the situation have informed FightNews that the October 2nd Super-Six battle between “King” Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch will have to be rescheduled. According to German newspaper BILD, Froch suffered a back injury in training and won’t be able to prepare for the fight with Abraham scheduled to take place in Monaco. More to come.
Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
California Attorney General Jerry Brown, rising junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez, unified lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz and former world champion Sergio Mora pose on Sunday in East Los Angeles, California at the Bicentennial Mexican Independence Day Parade in advance of Mora’s bout against five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley, Ortiz’s bout against former world champion Vivian Harris, De Leon’s bout against top contender Antonio Escalante and Gomez’s bout against Cesar Holguin which will take place on September 18 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Click here for more parade photos.
By Graham Houston
The star turn on Saturday’s Boxing After Dark wasn’t Yuriorkis Gambia, as many had anticipated, but Brandon Rios. The crowd-pleasing lightweight from Oxnard, CA, looked powerful and precise in breaking down and overwhelming Anthony Peterson in a meeting of undefeated rising stars. This had looked an even-money fight, with Peterson a slight favourite because he had won nearly every round of every fight while Rios had some struggles earlier in his career. Rios, however, had shown improvement in the past year and on Saturday night he stepped up to another level. Peterson’s disqualification at the end of the seventh round saved him from being knocked out. (more…)
A calm, cool and collected Yuriorkis Gamboa boxed and remained relatively careful to keep his unbeaten record intact to defeat IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido via unanimous decision in their 12 round battle. The WBA featherweight champ looked a lot different than the Gamboa of the past – even sedated at times – as he picked his shots wisely while outpointing Salido by scores of 116-109, 115-109 and 114-109.
The fight was televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series on a Top Rank-promoted show that took place at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
Promoter Craig Zimmerman’s MEZ Sports once again delivered an exciting night of boxing Saturday night. This time MEZ Sports brought its Pandemonium fight series to the Riverside Convention Center, for the first fight card ever in the city of Riverside, California. More impressive was the fact that Zimmerman was able to put together a legitimate main event on extremely short notice. In the main Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (13-2-2, 8 KOs) of Indiana brutally knocked out “Mount” Lance Whitaker (35-7-2, 28 KOs) of Southern California at 2:59 of round 7 to win the IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. Whitaker was rushed to the emergency room as a precaution after fight but is now reported to be ok. In the co-feature hometown flyweight fighter Anthony Villareal (10-3, 5KO’s) of Riverside stopped veteran Benjamin Garcia in round round.
Promoter Roy Englebrecht confirmed Sunday that top contender Juan Carlos Salgado injured his hand on Friday and will not fight Tyrone Harris for the IBO Super Featherweight World Title, Wednesday, September 15th at the Las Vegas Hilton. But not to lose a fight on his Viva Mexico At Las Vegas Televisa and PPV show, Englebrecht was able to get the IBO to approve an Eliminator bout between Harris and 30-7 Miguel Roman, with the winner facing Salgado for the World Title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Juan Carlos Salgado has suffered an injury to his right hand that will prevent him from fighting for the IBO super featherweight world title on September 15 in Las Vegas on the PPV event billed as “Viva Mexico.” Salgado suffered the injury while sparring during his final preparations to face Tyrone Harris.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF 154-pound champ Yuki Nonaka (20-8-2, 7 KOs), 153.5, barely earned a close but unanimous decision (96-95, 98-95 and 98-93) over previously unbeaten WBO#8 Dmitro Nikulin (21-1, 8 KOs), 153.5, over ten hairline rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.
In an encounter of southpaws, they cautiously probed each other with light jabs in the first two rounds. From the third, Nonaka started positively throwing solid southpaw lefts, while Nikulin covered himself up and responded to his attack. Each failed to hit in combination only to toss a punch at a time. Nikulin, in the last session, was penalized a point for hitting a rabbit punch to the back head of the veteran Japanese, six years his senior at 32. It was such a close affair that but for a penalization in the final round it might have been so close to a draw.
Promoter: Amagasaki Promotions.
By Christopher P. Cook
WIBA Women’s International Heavyweight Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil (16-6-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended her title against Crystal Davis (4-3-0, 3 KOs) at the Night of the Champions at the Skatium in Fort Myers, Florida. The WIBA and GBU champion O’Neil easily handled the much younger and less experienced challenger Davis, winning via decision.
Felix “Showtime” Camacho (20-6-0, 7 KOs), the younger brother of Hector “Macho” Camacho and former WBF world champion found the road back to be a difficult one. In a surprise upset, a game Adrian Perez (6-2-1, 1 KO), from Sarasota, out-pointed “Showtime” in the six round contest. Camacho had been inactive for over nine years and with this loss, may be headed back into retirement. (more…)
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