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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Fightnews.com has learned that the date for the clash between IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) and former champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) will take place on October 4. The bout will land at a venue in either Florida or Connecticut. Soliman will be making the first defense of the belt he won from Felix Sturm in May.
Even though August is just getting underway and there are a bunch of quality scraps on the calendar for the month ahead, it’s impossible to not look ahead to UFC 178 and the jam-packed lineup that will hit the Octagon on September 27 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), which regulates the sport of boxing in New York State, launched an initiative to enroll uninsured members of the State’s boxing community in affordable health care plans through New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. The Commission has enlisted the services of not-for-profit NADAP, which has been contracted by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), to enroll individuals and families in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“We believe it is vital for boxers to have the ability to see a doctor and maintain good health with a yearly physical,” stated NYSAC’s Executive Director, David Berlin. “This initiative gives boxers and others in the boxing community the opportunity to enroll in health insurance plans through the NY State of Health Marketplace. This is a simple, common sense effort to promote their health and well-being.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBA female light-minimumweight champ Ayaka Miyao (14-1, 2 KOs), 102.25, engaged in a non-title ten round bout and impressively halted Thailander Yokfah Mor.Krungthepthonburi (9-7-1, 1 KO), 102.25, at 1:39 of the eighth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Miyao, a short but speedy girl, made good use of her faster hand and foot, battering the slower Thailander in every round. The ref finally called a halt to stop the one-sided affair.
George Groves insists his third title bid will end in glory. More
Corpus Christi fighter Jerry Belmontes has a new-found confidence. More
Trainer says fighter Chris Algieri has earned his shot at Manny Pacquiao. More
Ah yes, the many ways to kill a boxing match. The Guardian reports. More
Coming off his split decision world title loss to WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa in April, “The Corpus Christi Kid” Jerry Belmontes (19-5, 5 KOs) moved back down to super featherweight and lost another split decision, this time to Abner “Pin” Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs). Cotto deducted a point for a low blow in round four, but won a ten round split nod 95-94, 96-93 on two cards. Belmontes was up 95-94 on the third card. The fight took place Thursday night at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Unbeaten welterweight Keandre Gibson (11-0-1, 5 KOs) won an entertaining eight round split decision over Jose “Loco” Hernandez (14-8-1, 6 KOs). Both fighters were intent on attacking the body. Hernandez body-slammed Gibson in the last round. Scores were 77-75 Hernandez, 79-73, 78-84 Gibson.
Unbeaten bantamweight Oscar Cantu (8-0, 1 KO) oupointed Joseph Rios (13-10-2, 4 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
Willie Nelson 154 vs. Luis Grajeda 154.8
Norbert Nemesapati 165 vs. Jason Escalera 168
Zhang Zhilei 259.2 vs. Curtis Lee Tate 227.4
Eduardo Alicea 167.4 vs. Kirk Huff 162.4
Joel Diaz Jr 131.6 vs. Kevin Aguilar 133
Oscar Vasquez 113 vs. Sergio Lopez 113
Venue: Churchill County Fairgrounds, Fallon, NV
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Former world champion Antonio Tarver, now campaigning at heavyweight, returns on September 29 against Johnathon Banks in Hidaldgo, Texas.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder will take on Jason Gavern next Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, California
Photos: Iron Mike Promotions
All fighters made their contractual weight for Friday night’s “The Pride of Pittsburgh” presented by Iron Mike Promotions at the CONSOL Energy Center and telecast LIVE on FOX Sports 1 (9:00 p.m. ET).
Sammy Vasquez Jr. 146.7 vs. James Stevenson 145.8
(IBF/USBA welterweight title bout)
Monty Meza Clay 136.5 vs. Allan Herrera 138
Ievgen Khytrov 160.4 vs. Willie Fortune 160.3
Erickson Lubin 154.2 vs. Francisco Javier Reza 155.8
Claudio Marrero 128 vs. Felix Perez 128.5
Dennis Galarza 129.3 vs. Vincent Jennings 129.3
Ryan Martin 140 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 140
Amonte Eberhardt 149 vs. Travis McLaren 151
Steve Geffrand 185.5 vs. Darius Harris 181
Photos: All Star Boxing
Edgar “Nene” Ortega 147 vs. Daniel Rosario 146
(WBO Latin welterweight title)
Luis “Cotto” Vidales 140 Vs. Saul “Puma” Mendoza 143
Elias Olivares 110 Vs. Jorge Rubio 111
Emanuel “Pequeno Veneno” Dominguez 121 Vs. Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete 121
Uriel “Yuca” Lopez 116 Vs. Francisco “Paco” Vara 115
Giovanni “Pajarito” Andrade 106 Vs. Luis Alberto “Goliat” Najera 105
Jesus Perez 118 Vs. Fernando Lopez 118
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo
Tickets: ticketmaster.com.mx or at the door
First fight: 8 PM
TV: Telemundo Main Event live 11:35 PM in the US & Claro Sports in Mexico and Latin America
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones
Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events
Unbeaten IBF #2 heavyweight Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) and veteran Derric “El León” Rossy (29-8-0, 14 KOs) met with the press for their final press conference before their fight this Saturday at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA.
Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov
“I would like to thank Main Events, Kathy Duva, Sands and NBCSN for the opportunity to come here and show my skills. I just went through the very good camp with John David Jackson and Derik Santos. I got more experience and I can’t wait to showcase that Saturday night. I wanted to thank Derric Rossy for taking this fight. The strongest man is going to win Saturday night.”
Photos: Rich Kane – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions
Danny “Swift” Garcia (28-0, 16 KOs) and “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) met for the final press conference today before their upcoming fight on Saturday night at Barclays Center live on Showtime.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
IBF mini-flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6, 10 KOs) and WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (14-2, 10 KOs) met with the media Thursday for the final press conference in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Takayama will be fighting this Saturday in a 105lb unification clash against Rodriguez.
Takayama said “I’ve come to Monterrey willing to fight a war, to give everything in the ring. Rodriguez is a talented fighter, but as everyone has seen I am also talented.”
Rodriguez stated, “There is no human power that can remove me from victory before my people in the Arena Monterrey.”
What a difference a year makes. Just 12 months ago, Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) went under the knife at a Los Angeles hospital to repair a significant tendon tear in his right shoulder.. Today, the former two-time welterweight world champion is training full force in an Oakland area gym to prepare for his return to the ring on September 6 at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since my surgery. The last 12 months have definitely been hard, but I have learned a lot about myself and the sport since my last fight,” Berto said. “Dealing with an injury like this has helped me strengthen different elements of my game and I can’t wait to put all of that in to play on September 6.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has confirmed that top 15 welterweight contenders Gunnar Nelson and Rick Story will collide in the five round main event of UFC FIGHT NIGHT STOCKHOLM on October 4. The entire card will stream live and on-demand on UFCFIGHTPASS.com, the UFC’s digital streaming service, to subscribers in 167 countries and counting. (more…)
Boxing will be back on network TV September 20 when NBC televises a special afternoon edition of “Fight Night” live from Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. In the main event, Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs), the South African cruiserweight who burst onto the scene last August with an upset over “Fast” Eddie Chambers, returns to Connecticut to defend his NABF cruiserweight title against Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs).
The co-feature and undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Ticket information is coming soon. The card is presented by Main Events, Peltz Boxing and Showpony Promotions. The special NBC Fight Night broadcast will begin live at 3PM ET/noon PT.
The New York State Athletic Commission has announced the names of the officials that have been assigned to the three lead bouts for this Saturday night’s card at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY:
Danny Garcia vs. Ron Salka
(non-title welterweight bout)
Referee: Steve Willis
Judges: Don Ackerman, Kevin Morgan and Joe Pasquale
Lamont Peterson vs. Edgar Santana
(IBF jr welterweight title)
Referee: Pete Santiago
Judges: Stanley Christodoulou, Eric Marlinski, Don Trella
Daniel Jacobs vs. Jarrod Fletcher
(Vacant WBA middleweight title)
Referee: Michael Griffin
Judges: Adalaide Byrd, Glenn Feldman, Nelson Vasquez
Canelo Alvarez is expected to return in December, possibly against James Kirkland, in Los Angeles or San Antonio. The bout would be either the week before or the week after WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s defense on December 13, paving the way for a megafight between the two next year.
A WBC championship belt is currently in space. Vladimir Laptev, a member of the WBC Board of Governors, President of the CISBB and the Mayor of Noginsk, recently presented a WBC belt to cosmonaut Maksim Surayev, who brought the belt with him to the International Space Station. It is planned that the crew along with the WBC belt be back to earth on November 10th.
The “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ PPV will be presented live in approximately 570 U.S. theaters. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
Mayweather Promotions has announced that they have retained the services of Pinta, a cross-cultural marketing firm, to assist efforts to market the company, its fights and fighters to the Hispanic community.
Warriors Boxing has signed Chicago lightweight Jose Felix Quezada (3-0, 2 KOs) to a promotional agreement.
Al Haymon fighters Kevin Watts and Tevin Watts have been added to Englebrecht Promotions’ August 21st Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California.
Fight week is heating up as Danny “Swift” Garcia, “Lightning” Rod Salka, Lamont Peterson, Edgar “El Camacho” Santana, Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs, Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher and undercard fighters hosted a media workout at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y., Wednesday as they prepare for their bouts this Saturday, Aug. 9 at Barclays Center live on Showtime.
The fighters put on their gear and showed off their skills in the ring after speaking to the assembled media members at Gleason’s Gym. Here is what the participants had to say: (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten IBF welterweight world champion “ShowTime” Shawn Porter and undefeated contender Kell Brook held an open media workout at Barry’s Gym in Las Vegas on Wednesday as they reach the apex of preparation for next Saturday’s world championship showdown. Porter (24-0-1, 15 KOs), of Akron, Ohio, will defend his 147-pound crown against Britain’s Brook (32-0, 22 KOs) in the main event of a Showtime tripleheader from the StubHub Center in Carson, California
Here are photos and comments from Wednesday’s workout: (more…)
Marc Ratner is the UFC Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and has been a mainstay of the regulatory and officiating side of sports in Nevada for more than 40 years. One of the most colorful figures in the world of sports, the former executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission helped formulate what are now the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts in 2000, paving the way for UFC and MMA sanctioning in Nevada, 48 other states across America as well as across the globe . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The Summer Season for Boxeo Telemundo Ford will end just as it began. Once again the popular boxing rivalry between Mexican and Puerto Rico will take center stage. In the main event Edgar Ortega (14-1, 10 KOs) of Mexico will take on Daniel Rosado (8-0, 7 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and the WBO Latino welterweight title is on the line.
Ortega, like Rosado will be fighting in a televised main event on Telemundo for the first time. He is looking to win the WBO Latino belt, which can propel him into the world rankings of the WBO. He will also be fighting at home with a lot of support behind him. Fightnews caught up with Ortega just a few short days away from the fight. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Rising light heavyweight Shawn Miller looks to get back into the ring on August 15th in Saratoga Springs, New York at the Saratoga City Center. His opponent will be Frankie “The Freight Train” Filippone, 16-4-1, 3 KOs. Miller – Filippone will headline a proposed eight bout card in a scheduled ten round bout. Miller holds the WBF North American belt while Filippone won the interim NABA title last year as a late replacement against former Miller foe Kevin Engel.
Miller, from a fighting family that includes older brother, former heavyweight Shannon, and all-around boxing impresario father Bob and promoter step-mom Linda (Take It Light Promotions), took time out from his busy training schedule to talk to Fightnews.com about his upcoming fight, missed opportunities in the last six months since his last bout and derailing the “Freight Train” as it rolls into New York’s capital region. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Ryno Liebenberg faces the toughest test of his career when he meets Denis Grachev of Russia for the vacant WBC Silver light heavyweight title at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotions tournament. Liebenberg 15-0; 11 from Krugersdorp on the West Rand made his pro debut in July 2010 with a third round knockout over Castor Ndou and has collected the IBO All Africa, IBO Inter-Continental, WBC International Silver and WBC International belts along the way. He holds two victories over Johnny Muller the current South African light heavyweight champion who is possibly the best opponent on his record.
The 32-year-old Grachev who fights out of San Diego, USA and has a record of 13-3-1; 8 has lost three of his last four fights, but they have been against top ranked fighters like former IBF light heavyweight champion Lucien Bute (pts 10), Edwin Rodriguez (tko 1) and Isaac Chilemba (pts 10) (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hall of Fame referee Marty Denkin talks to Fightnews.com about two of the most memorable fights he worked, the boxing movies he acted in and much more. Denkin shares lots of anecdotes about his life in boxing.
“I started as a boxing official in 1971,” Denkin said. “There are two fights that stand out in my mind that I worked on as a referee.
“The Ray Mancini vs. Livingstone Bramble WBA lightweight title bout on June 1st, 1984 at the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo, New York. I had been working on big fights overseas and did not get the acknowledgement or the exposure before that fight. I was working on fights in Japan and Korea but as referee on the Mancini-Bramble fight there was national exposure because it was televised on NBC nationally.
“In my heart – I loved Mancini, but that fight was going to be played right down the middle. (more…)
IBF mini-flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (27-6, 10 KOs) has arrived in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico for his 105lb unification clash with WBO champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr. (14-2, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Arena Monterrey. Upon his arrival, Takayama stated that he trained for 70 days in Osaka for this fight and vowed to knock out Rodriguez in his own house.
The officials for this bout are all from the U.S. The referee will be Samuel Viruet and judges are Waleska Roldan, John Madfis and Glen Trowbridge.
The bout will be televised in the U.S. on beIN Sports Espanol.
New Zealand’s push to get heavyweight Joseph Parker ranked. More
“There’s nothing special about Chris Algieri,” says trainer Freddie Roach. More
Juan Miguel “Mig” Elorde’s passion and the legacy of his grandfather, “Flash” Elorde. More
Does undefeated Sammy Vasquez have the goods to be a world champion? More
Jerry Belmontes 130 vs. Abner Cotto 130
Keandre Gibson 145.25 vs. Jose Hernandez 145.25
Oscar Cantu 116.25 vs. Joseph Rios 116.75
Robert Vela 129.25 vs. Jesse Anguiano 129
Steve Belmontes 139.25 vs. James Burns 140
Ryan Karl 143 vs. David Green 140
Justin DeLoach 155.25 vs. Thomas Allen 154
Julian Gilden 127.75 vs. Manuel Rubalcava ??
Jairo Castaneda 143.25 vs. Josue Garcia 144.25
Cesar Martinez 131.5 vs. Roy Garcia 131
Jeremy Longoria 130.25 vs. Alberto Navarro 130.25
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Gary Shaw Productions has announced that undefeated super featherweight Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (17-0, 11 KOs) will return against Juan Carlos Martinez (20-14-1, 7 KOs) on August 15, 2014 as the co-feature to Rustam Nugaev (27-6-1, 17 KOs) vs. Denis Shafikov (33-1-1, 18 KOs). The 10-round bout will air live on ESPN “Friday Night Fights” and will take place at Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. Pedraza, who’s knocked out five of his last seven opponents, is currently ranked WBA #4, IBF #7 and WBC #7. He vows to put on a great performance for all the fans in attendance, as well as those watching on TV.
Main Events has signed unbeaten Russian jr middleweight Dmitry “The Mechanic” Mikhaylenko (17-0, 6 KOs). The 28-year-old Mikhaylenko made his U.S. debut this past Saturday night defeating Sechew Powell on the undercard of the Kovalev-Caparello show at Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Mikhaylenko is co-promoted by Titov Promotions and managed by Egis Klimas, who also manages WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev, WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko, and heavyweight contender Czar Glazkov among others.
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