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By Karl Freitag
WBC #1 middleweight and “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. spoke to reporters Tuesday about Saturday’s world title challenge against WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
On stepping out of his father’s shadow:
This is the perfect opportunity for me to create my own history. My name is Julio Cesar Chavez, I’ll always have that name and I’m very proud to carry that name. I’m just looking forward to winning the title and starting my own legacy.
On Sebastian Zbik:
I’ve seen some tape on him. He looks like a real good boxer and I know he’s a tough guy. He’s undefeated and that always means something. I’m looking forward to the fight. You can never tell if a guy is a big puncher or not from watching on tape, you have to go in the ring and find out and that’s what I’m going to do….I feel like he’s dangerous because he’s a world champion. I know he’s a great boxer and he’s coming to fight. Just like it’s the most important fight of my career, I think it’s the most important fight of his career, as well. He wants to be well known, and this will give him the opportunity.
On the fight:
I don’t think about losing. I’m positive, I’m mentally prepared to win, I’ve come to win. I know how important the fight is, I know how hard I worked and I’m just thinking about winning the championship.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Super welterweight Ryan Rhodes, the official challenger of WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, is expected to reach the capital of the state of Jalisco, Mexico today (June 1) in order to acclimatize and put the finishing touches to his preparation prior to their fight for the WBC super welterweight world championship which will take place at the Arena VFG in Tlajomulco, Jalisco, México on June 18. The southpaw Rhodes (45-4, 31 KOs), who has not lost in the 154lb division, will arrive in Guadalajara, Mexico accompanied by his four-member team on Flight 691 from Atlanta.
Photo: Branco Sports Productions
South African promoter Branco Milenkovic will present a history- making female world title fight at the Carnival City Big Top Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa, on June 11. When New Zealand-based IBF women’s welterweight champion Daniella “The Diamond” Smith (10-1) defends her title against unbeaten South African challenger Noni “She Bee Stingin” Tenge (10-0-1, 8 KOs), it will be the first legitimate women’s world championship tournament ever staged the African continent. It won’t be the first time that the 38-year-old Smith ventures out of her home country to fight in front of a potentially hostile crowd. She annexed the IBF title on 12 November last year in Germany against the overwhelming hometown favourite Jennifer Retzke. Tenge, who is nine years her opponents’ junior, is a big favorite to capture the title.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) and IBF junior welterweight champion Zab Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) are set for a July 23 title unification clash at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. According to the Daily Mirror, the camps argeed to a 55-45 split in favor of Khan. The agreement came together after a proposed fight between Khan and WBC/WBO champ Tim Bradley fell through.
STRIKEFORCE® CEO Scott Coker made several major announcements this weekend while in Las Vegas for the UFC® 130: RAMPAGE vs. HAMILL event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
First, Coker confirmed that two legends of the sport of mixed martial arts will collide on Saturday, July 30 at Sears Centre Arena in Chicago when former PRIDE® heavyweight champion Fedor Emelianenko meets reigning STRIKEFORCE® light heavyweight champion Dan Henderson in a long-awaited summer superfight. The heavyweight bout will air LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch participated in a brisk 30-minute media workout and then met with reporters for a half-hour Tuesday at Mendez Boxing Gym in New York City. This Saturday, June 4, Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend against former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) in a Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. For more details and photos click here…
Manny Pacquiao has settled his defamation lawsuit against Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya on confidential terms. In connection with the dismissal, Mr. Schaefer and Mr. De la Hoya made the following statement: “Richard Schaefer and Oscar de la Hoya, on behalf of themselves and Golden Boy Promotions, wish to make it crystal clear that we never intended to claim that Manny Pacquiao has used or is using any performance enhancing drugs, and further state that we do not have any evidence whatsoever of such use. Manny Pacquiao is one of the greatest fighters of all time, and we apologize if anyone construed our prior remarks as in any way claiming or even suggesting that Manny uses or has used performance enhancing drugs.”
Pacquiao’s defamation lawsuit against Floyd Mayweather Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr., Roger Mayweather and Mayweather Promotions remains in force.
The long awaited statue of the late IBF lightweight world champion Leavander Johnson, created by sculptor Brian Hanlon, is now complete and will be unveiled during a ceremony at Center City Park in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 4. The Park is located on Atlantic Avenue between North Carolina and South Carolina Avenues. The Ceremony will begin promptly at 11am. Johnson, an Atlantic City native son and hero, will be immortalized forever in the heart of his hometown where he will be an inspiration and a constant reminder that “You too can achieve your dream.” The unveiling ceremony is open to the general public and residents of Atlantic City and surrounding communities are encouraged to attend the event.
Cruiserweight powerhouse Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) is finishing up his training for his nationally televised battle with Rhode Island contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs). Kayode and Godfrey will meet on June 10 in the 10-round main event at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California, and live on Showtime’s popular series ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
“This training camp was our best to date,” said Feder. “In addition to our six days a week at Wild Card Boxing, we were able to work with Heavyweight Chris Arreola for two weeks in Riverside. He taught us a lot about dealing with and applying pressure. We also worked again with strength and conditioning coach Mike Vale and we added Juan Ruiz Bernabe to work specifically on short bursts and balance for speed work.” (more…)
Photo: José Pérez/PR Best
Unbeaten lightweight Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (15-0, 11KOs) and WBO #2 super bantamweight contender Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo will face Mexicans Jose “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (14-6, 12 KOs) and Jesus Martinez (18-7, 11KOs) in the third edition of the series “A Puño Limpio”, this Friday, May 3, at the Antonio R. Barcelo coliseum in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised on WAPA America. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Monday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, WBA #13 Giovanni Lorenzo(30-4, 22 KOs), a three-time middleweight title challenger, had an easy night’s work against Jaison Palomeque (14-5-1, 8 KOs), stopping the wild swinging visitor in two rounds. At the bell, Palomeque came out swinging , throwing haymakers that either missed or were blocked by Lorenzo. As the Colombian started winding down, Lorenzo took control of the fight. In the second round, the Dominican boxer battered his foe who turned his back in an apparent sign of surrender which prompted the referee to call off the fight and declare Lorenzo the winner by TKO.
The co-main event of the card pitted WBA #8, WBC # 10 local favorite Jenifel Vicente( 21-0-2, 14 KOs) against Colombian prospect Luis Zembrano(9-1, 8 KOs) for the WBA Fedelatin jr featherweight crown. Zenbrano proved that he was not awed by Vicente and resolutely went on the attack. Both fighters traded bombs in an incredibly brutal first round that had the crowd on its feet. The second round started in likewise fashion until the young Colombian fell to the canvas, victim of a low blow. After a 5 minute rest period, Zenbrano resumed the action and again went on the offensive but, once again, an apparent low blow sent him to the mat in obvious pain. This time the Colombian visitor was not able to recuperate and referee Elpidio Linares delared the bout a no-contest. (more…)
St. Louis Cardinals three-time National League MVP Albert Pujols lands “one on the kisser” of national cruiserweight champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne during pre-game batting practice at Coors Field in Denver on Saturday. Coyne is training in nearby Colorado Springs before making his first world title appearance against WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones on June 25 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. Maybe Pujols should have asked the boxer to land a few shots on the Rockies’ on Saturday as the home team went on to defeat the visiting Cards 15-4.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#15 lightweight Takehiro Shimada (26-5-1, 17 KOs), 135, a 39-year-old Japanese veteran, proved too ringwise and accurate for Fasanghan Or Benjamad (13-11, 5 KOs), 134.75, a free-swinging Thailander, dropping him three times en route to an automatic KO victory at 2:48 of the second round in a scheduled ten on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
The shaven skulled Japanese looked like a patient monk, as he withstood the Thailander’s windmill attack in the initial round, covering himself up and probing Fasanghan’s opening recklessness. Shimada, in round two, decked the brutal swinger with a crisp left hook. He floored the fading Thailander with a right hook to the temple for the second time. Fasanghan hit the canvas for the third time with Shimada’s vicious right to the face. Shimda looked impressive as he displayed his superior experience in dispatching the game and gallant visitor in quick fashion.
Promoter: Yonekura Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Many, many friends of WBC president Jose Sulaiman were on hand Monthday in Mexico City to celebrate the 80th birthday of the boxing Hall of Famer. Promoters, managers, boxers, former world champions and current world champions sang together and wished the WBC chief happiness and continued great health. (more…)
The IBF/USBA 28th Annual Convention gets underway today, May 31 at the Paris Hotel & Casino is Las Vegas, NV. “I expect this to be a successful convention,” stated IBF President Daryl Peoples. “We have a great number of attendees for this convention with representatives from all over the world attending. I believe we will have an excellent turnout overall.” (more…)
Back-to-back three-fight telecasts. On opposite coasts. Twelve top-flight boxers with a combined record of 181-11-2 and 111 KOs in six exciting fights. All on the one and only ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. Weeks before it celebrates its 10th anniversary, there will be an unprecedented double airing of ShoBox — with three-fight telecasts on SHOWTIME on consecutive evenings — Friday, June 10 (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in Central California and a special Saturday edition on June 11 (10:35 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) in New York City.
It is the first time the popular, critically acclaimed boxing series which has spawned 42 world champions will go two nights in a row – much less with fistic tripleheaders on each and 3,000 miles apart.
In the June 10 main event, hard-hitting Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) will risk his unblemished record against the more experienced Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs) of Providence, R.I., in a 10-round cruiserweight bout at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Other bouts on a Gary Shaw Productions-promoted event: Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) of San Diego, Calif., faces undefeated Khabir “Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (11-0, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles by way of Chelybinsk, Russia in a 10-round super bantamweight match and Archie Ray Marquez (12-0, 8 KOs), of Albuquerque, N.M., and Armenian-born Art “Lionheart” Hovanessian (13-0, 7 KOs), of Glendale, Calif., clash in an eight-round battle of unbeaten lightweights.
The June 11 show features four Puerto Rican fighters on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. In the featured attraction, Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs), of Santuce, P.R., will be opposed by Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs), of Rio Piedras, P.R. in a 10-round junior welterweight scrap at Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The card co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Gary Shaw Productions will include a 10-round featherweight affair between promising Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., and his toughest foe to date, Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs) of Vietnam, and an eight-rounder pitting 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian, power-punching Jonathan Gonzalez (13-0, 13 KOs), of Rio Piedras, against Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs), of Miami ,in a middleweight match. (more…)
Steve Arintok, strength and conditioning coach for Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson, says despite dropping down a weight class, the ageless fighter will be stronger than ever when he enters the ring this Saturday. Johnson will meet WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
In recent interviews, opponent Froch has said he expects Johnson to be drained somewhat because of the weight loss in going from 175 lbs to 168 for this fight. Arintok, who is also the owner of Thump Boxing Gym where Johnson trains, disagrees strongly, explaining Johnson has made full use of modern training techniques to drop down properly. (more…)
Junior middleweights Harry Joe Yorgey (23-1-1, 11 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9 KOs) meet in a scheduled 10-round contest on July 15, at Bally’s Atlantic City. No titles are at stake, but this is for bragging rights in the area and is a fight that has been talked about in the gyms for quite some time. Tickets priced at $50 and $75.
This Thursday at Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California, fans will get to enjoy a first for the fight business in the last 20 years, a cigar lounge where you can purchase a cigar, smoke it right then, and watch all the action of the pro show. The inaugural Fight Club OC Cigar Lounge will be located right outside the giant Hangar Doors, which will be opened so that cigar aficionados can enjoy a good cigar and not miss one punch. Roy Englebrecht Promotions matchmakers Whit Haydon and Mel Valenzuela have put together a bout card headlined by undefeated prospect 9-0 Antonio Orozco against Bahamas Olympian Hensley Strachan.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: Team Erdei
During his preparations for Saturday’s clash against former world champion Byron Mitchell, unbeaten former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Zsolt Erdei (32-0, 17 KOs) has trained at two famous Philadelphia boxing gyms, the Joe Hand Boxing Gym and the James Shuler Memorial Gym.
Erdei usually used the Joe Hand Gym for his morning exercises focusing on his fitness and coordination workouts. The gym is managed and supervised by Danny Davis, who also helps with the preparation of Bernard Hopkins. “I have heard that Bernard Hopkins visits this gym regularly, the last time was yesterday.” said Erdei. “I have seen the fight and the deserved win for Hopkins in a sports bar here in Philadelphia. Unfortunately we have missed each other last week here in the gym. The two gyms that I’m using for my preparation are the best ones that you can find. There is a great boxing atmosphere and you can feel the traditional American boxing scene.” (more…)
Unbeaten British and European lightweight champion John Murray (30-0, 18 KOs) from Manchester takes on world rated London rival Kevin Mitchell (31-1, 23 KOs) on July 9th at London’s ExCeL Arena. The vacant WBO Intercontinental crown will be on the line and there is a potential world title shot for the winner.
“With Ricky Hatton retiring, we need a world class fighter because Manchester is the best fight city in the country,” said Murray. (more…)
Popular Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee will return to the ring, making his Southern California debut on July 9th at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, just outside of Los Angeles. The 23 year old Lee will be featured on the off-TV undercard to the SHOWTIME broadcasted WBA lightweight championship bout between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon. Under the guidance of world renowned trainer Ronnie Shields, Lee is currently undefeated with a record of 5-0 with 3 KOs knockouts. A huge crowd of Notre Dame Alums and Chicagoland Supporters is expected.
Cruiserweight Eric “Danger” Fields (17-1, 14 KOs) and lightweight Noah Zuhdi (14-2, 11 KOs) will share top billing on the July 17 Catbox Entertainment show at the Cox Center in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City. Fields’ bout is an eight-rounder and Zudhi is scheduled to go six. Opponents will be named. The undercard features heavyweight Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (11-2-1, 11 KOs). For tickets call call 866.966.1777.
Cruiserweight Rico Hoye (23-3, 15 KOs) is returning to the ring on July 22nd at the Madison Event Center in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the 36-year-old Hoye’s first fight in two years. He is best known for appearing on the fourth season of The Contender. Hoye will headline the second show presented by Phoenix promoter Michelle Rosado’s Face II Face Events.
Former world, European, Commonwealth and British super featherweight champion Alex Arthur (29-3, 20 KOs) is aiming to bring big-time boxing back to Edinburgh after applying to the British Boxing Board of Control for a promoter’s license. Should the UK governing body approve his application, he hopes to promote his first event in his home city’s Meadowbank Sports Centre in August. However, Arthur has no thoughts of hanging up his gloves and intends to headline his own promotion while creating the opportunity for his fellow boxers from Scotland’s capital to kick-start their careers under the AAA Promotions banner, derived from his ring moniker ‘Amazing’ Alex Arthur. (more…)
Team Puerto Rico Boxing
In a short celebration today, Team Puerto Rico Boxing visited the home of three-time world champion and Puerto Rican hero Wilfred “The Radar” Benitez and awarded him the rank of Honorary Captain of the professional boxing team. They also made a donation to his care of $2000. In an atmosphere of camaraderie and appreciation “El Radar” graciously accepted the honor from Team Puerto Rico in front of his sister Yvonne Benítez, his nephews and immediate family. Benitez was world boxing champion in three different weight divisions and the youngest world champion in boxing history.
“Being able to help a boxing hero such as Benítez is not only an honor, but a duty for all the joy he provided to this island. To be in his presence and be able to help him is something I will never forget,” said Javier Bustillo, president of Universal Promotions.
Because of a decline in his health, family have taken over the daily care of this great fighter. For more details and photos click here…
Join Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Rocky Statue located at the Philadelphia Museum of Art at noon on Wednesday (June 1) as the city honors newly crowned WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins in celebration of Hopkins’ age-defying victory over Jean Pascal which made him the oldest fighter in boxing history to win a world title. The event is open to the public. Fans are encouraged to arrive early.
Arthur Abraham says he plans to resume his career despite a string of three straight defeats in the Super Six tournament. “Life goes on,” said Abraham. “I won’t give up. I will absolutely still be world champion at super middleweight.”
Next up for welterweight “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez could be another “Son of a Legend in Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (27-4-1, 17 KOs).
While attending a fight card over the weekend in Mazatlan, Mexican ring legend Erik Morales said he would welcome a clash against either WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan or IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez. He also wants a rematch with Marcos Maidana.
Thomas Pütz has been unanimously elected for the third time as president of the German Boxing Federation (BDB). Two previous elections were invalidated by court order. He will be in office until 2015.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBC Super-Middleweight World Champion Emeritus Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) and WBO #5 Mehdi Bouadla (22-3, 10 KOs) participated in a media work-out today in Copenhagen, Denmark. On Saturday, the two fighters will come face-to-face at renowned PARKEN Stadium. It will be the Viking Warrior´s first fight since an eye injury forced him to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic. “I have really missed the action in the ring,” the Danish national hero told reporters after today’s session with coach Jimmy Montoya. “I am in great shape and I am thrilled to be back. I have been working hard with Jimmy. He has pushed me through a lot of demanding sparring sessions. I’m ready for Bouadla. He is a tough guy who will be coming at me from the first bell, but I am well prepared.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC President Jose Sulaiman today celebrates his 80th birthday. Sulaiman will spend the day with his family, friends, managers, trainers, promoters, boxing champions and former world champions. In 1968 he joined the WBC, and on December 5, 1975 in Tunesia he was unanimously elected president of the organization. He is recognized as an advocate for boxers’ rights and has been behind many safety reforms in the sport. He was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota on June 10, 2006.
For more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: German Villasenor Team Molina/Showdown Promotions
John ”the Gladiator” Molina (22-1, 18KOs) won the vacant WBC USNBC Lightweight belt in front an outdoor setting and very lively crowd in three heats of action on Saturday night at the Blue Water Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona. Molina, now (22-1, 18 KOs) dropped his game challenger, Guadalajara, Mexico’s Alejandro Rodriguez (12-3, 6 KOs) three times, once at the end of the first round, and twice more in the third round, with Rodriguez’ corner calling for the stoppage, with the referee calling the action off at 1:45 of the round.
“We got the ring rust off and I’m ready to go for the next fight. This fight was exactly what it was, a good fight! I got my timing back, lets get it on! My jab worked best for me tonight but I still got to work out a few more things. Now it’s time to go to work. I want that 135lb division title, I want to go to work for it!” (more…)
By Robert Coster
2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Felix Diaz says he’s getting ready to turn the page on his three-year relationship with Russian boxing promotional powerhouse German Titov Box Promotions. “I’m very disappointed and frustrated with my promoter because they have promised me good fights and they haven’t lived up to their part of their bargain,” says the 27-year-old Diaz( 9-0, 6 KOs). “I have been very inactive and I don’t feel I’m going forward.” (more…)
Omar Chavez vs Genaro Trazancos from Saturday night in Mexicali.
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