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Fox Deportes will televise the August 17 world title fight between WBC super featherweight champion Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19 KOs) and mandatory challenger Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (27-2, 25 KOs) at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Miura is making his first defense of the title against Tnompson who enters with 11 straight knockout wins.
In the 10 round co-main event, Yesenia “La Nena” Gomez (6-2, 3 KOs) collides with Arely “La Gemela Diestra” Valente (11-1, 6 KOs) in an all-Cancun rubber match for the WBC Youth Flyweight Championship, and in the televised opener former world champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (12-3-1, 2 KOs) battles Celina Salazar (4-1-2, 1 KO) in a featherweight bout.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs) hosted their first U.S. press conference today at Jing Fong Restaurant in New York City’s Chinatown announcing their November 23 PPV showdown in Macau, China.
Manny Pacquiao: I didn’t pick an easy opponent because I believe that in the last fight many people are thinking my boxing career is at an end. But I’ll tell you this, in the last fight my condition was amazing. My condition was one of the best in my boxing career. It just happened that in the sixth round I got too careless and too aggressive and he got me with a good shot. But if we review the fight my condition was one of the best I’ve had, that’s why I chose Brandon Rios. I know he’s a good fighter, he throws a lot of punches and he’s a very aggressive fighter. I chose him because I believe he can give a good fight on November 23. There’s going to be more action in the ring and I can prove that I can still fight and my boxing career isn’t done yet.
Brandon Rios: I’m ready to fight…on November 23 I’m gonna be the next superstar on the rise…I’m ready 100% This is the first press conference I’ve been through where nobody’s talking smack. Everybody’s been very respectful. I appreciate it. I was waiting for it but it never happened. If nobody’s gonna step up, I’m not gonna step up because they’re going to point the finger at the bad guy. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Pretty Girl Promotions will host Summer Throwdown 2 at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on Thursday night. The main event will feature the rejuvenated Hector Camacho, Jr. (56-5-1, 31 KOs) against Irish champion Lee Murtagh (33-14-1, 1 KO). The undercard will see Ryan McKenzie (13- 0, 11 KOs) of nearby Canastota making his Rochester debut. McKenzie under management of longtime manager Tony Graziano is 5-0 since relocating to the States and restarting his career. The rest of the card has Rochester boxers Lavais Williams (1-0-1), Brandon Williams (1-0) and Russell Jordan (15-10) along with Buffalo cruiserweight Greg Brady (2-1) and newly signed Alberto Machado (3-0). Tickets are priced at: $20, $30, $50 and $100 and can be purchased at the Frontier Field box office.
Gary Shaw Productions ESPN Friday Night Fights card on August 9th at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, Calif is heating up. While the main event of the evening will consist of a pair of rising lightweights in Rustam Nugaev and Jose Hernandez, the co-feature has all the potential to steal the show with junior lightweights Gabriel Tolmajyan (14-2-1, 3 KOs) and Jose Pedraza (13-0, 9 KOs) squaring off in a matchup that holds a ton of promise for the winner.
Tolmajyan is coming off of a minor upset win over previously undefeated Puerto Rican standout Jorge Maysonet Jr., and like Maysonet Jr., Pedraza is coming into the bout as an undefeated prospect. (more…)
By James Slater
Peter Fury, Tyson Fury’s uncle and head trainer, has revealed via his Twitter page how unbeaten Fury is sparring in Belgium at the moment, with experienced Michael Sprott and unbeaten prospect Dillian Whyte providing the 24-year-old with hard sparring ahead of his big showdown with David Haye.
Sporting a shaven head, Fury, 21-0(15) welcomed Sprott and Whyte to his Belgian base this week. Sprott, the former British and Commonwealth champion, is as experienced as they come at 37-20(17) and the 6’1” heavyweight has faced many of the division’s top names during his up and down career. Whyte, currently banned due to failing a drugs test, is 9-0(6) as a pro and his speed will no doubt be getting Fury ready for the speed of Haye.
Judging by the photos, Tyson is in good shape already, looking muscular and trim. There is no word yet on who Haye will spar with ahead of the hugely intriguing September 28th clash.
On August 17, your favorite UFC programming moves to FOX Sports 1, — The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Fight Night, UFC Tonight and more.
What is FOX Sports 1? FOX Sports 1 is America’s newest sports network, a national 24-hour cable channel being launched by FOX on August 17, 2013.. . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen is LIVE on FOX Saturday, August 17 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT. Click here for more
Jr middleweight “Golden” Jack Culcay (14-1, 10 KOs) will get a chance to avenge his first pro defeat on September 14 in Stuttgart, Germany when he takes on Guido Nicolas Pitto (18-1, 7 KOs) in a rematch. Culcay, a former world amateur champion, lost a split decision to Pitto in April. “I must be more active in the rematch,” said Culcay. Maybe I won’t need to rely on the judgment of the judges. With me an early victory is always in the realm of possibility!” The fight will take place on the undercard of the rematch between WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) and Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Heavyweights David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) and Alexander Ustinov (28-2, 21 KOs) spoke to the press in advance of their clash scheduled for August 31 at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. The 6’7 Ustinov towered over the 5’10 Tua when they faced off for photographers.
Alexander Ustinov: I’m really looking forward to the fight…I feel I have a lot of support in this country.
David Tua: This has been the hardest I’ve ever trained in my career. It’s been a tough road back. I’ve never experienced any pain like I’ve experienced in this camp. I believe getting back with Lee (fitness trainer Lee Parore) was not by accident – it was a matter of time. I’ve been in decent shape for a couple of fights since the Shane Cameron fight, but I’ve never been in fighting shape. So really the difference with a few of the other fights after the Cameron fight and this fight is that I’ve finally got myself in decent shape that will definitely allow me to be in great fighting shape. Training camp has been very, very ugly, but I’ve enjoyed every moment of it…I’ve got to keep pushing myself. There’s darkness and emptiness that I’ve never experienced in my whole career and I’m quite humble that I’ve got to experience them this time.
Tua Trainer David Hedgcock: I’m predicting a knockout within eight or nine rounds. I think David’s firing on all pistons and I think he’s going to be even better by the time we get to the day of the fight.
The only televised boxing event scheduled for this Saturday will be a classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico showdown when Gamalier Rodriguez defends his NABO featherweight championship against Jorge Pazos in the scheduled 10-round main event Saturday evening in the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Rodriguez-Pazos contest will be seen on Solo Boxeo Tecate, aired on UniMas. Rodriguez, of Bayamon, Puerto Rico, will be making the first defense of the title he won May 18 when he knocked out Alicio Castaneda, of Galveston, TX, in three rounds in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.
Also on the card is hot prospect and Puerto Rican Olympian Felix Verdejo (6-0, 5 KOs), who seeks to maintain his undefeated record in a six-round super featherweight bout against Guillermo Delgadillo (4-4-1, 0 KOs). Wilfredo Gomez, one of the greatest of all Puerto Rican boxers, will be ringside Saturday evening cheering for fellow-countrymen Rodriguez and Verdejo. (more…)
Corona beer will feature prominent boxers on their bottles starting in August. The list includes Miguel Cotto, Bernard Hopkins, Erik Morales, Abner Mares, Peter Quillin and Danny Garcia.
Former champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley is being talked about as a possible opponent for Amir Khan on December 7.
After years of fighting less-than-top-shelf bouts out of the U.S. former contender David Tua is talking about fighting one of the Klitschkos – first he has to get by Alexander Ustinov. More
By Mark Vaz
Photos by Emily Harney
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (25-3, 18 KOs) thrilled the packed house in Saturdays main event in the Mohegan Sun Arena with a brutal one-punch knockout over the usually durable Saul Roman (37-10, 31 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico. Click here for full ringside report and photo gallery…
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios arrives in New York City Monday night after spending a day at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn. Rios is in town for a Tuesday press conference at Jing Fong restaurant in Chinatown with superstar Manny Pacquiao. This is their first official US stop of their extraordinary world-wide media tour which included previous stops in Macau, Beijing, Shanghai and Singapore. The final tour stop will be at the Beverly Hills Hotel in California on Thursday. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like former Mexican Olympian and undefeated super bantamweight prospect Rey Vargas (15-0, 14 KOs) will make his first appearance in the U.S. on August 24 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California on the undercard of the WBC featherweight world title fight between WBC featherweight champion Abner Mares and former two-division champion Jhonny Gonzalez. Vargas is a hot prospect and trains at the Romanza Gym with Nacho Beristain. “He has everything to be a world champion,” says Beristain, “the future is in his hands.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
The IBF #1 spot will be on the line when IBF #4 Andrzej Fonfara meets #7 rated Gabriel Campillo on August 16 at US Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. According to IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker, the bout will be the first leg of an IBF light heavyweight box off. #5 Eduard Gutknecht and #6 Cedric Agnew are expected to fight in the second leg of the box off. The two winners would then fight in a final eliminator for the mandatory position. The current IBF light heavyweight champion is Bernard Hopkins, who is scheduled to defend against Karo Murat on October 19 in Atlantic City.
Darren Barker flies to America today to finish preparations for his IBF World middleweight title clash with Daniel Geale on August 17 at the Revel Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City, live on HBO. The Londoner fights for a World crown for the second time in Atlantic City after taking on Sergio Martinez in October 2011. Since his brave 11th round defeat to the pound-for-pound star, the 31-year-old Barker has seen off his injury woes and recorded impressive back-to-back fourth round stoppage wins over Kerry Hope and Simone Rotolo.
Barker sets up camp in New Jersey this week to add the finishing touches to his plans, and he is confident he’ll return home with the belt. “I truly believe I’m better than him,” said Barker. “Whilst I would never underestimate him, I truly believe it’s my time and my destiny. (more…)
World ranked contender Jose “Miau” Nieves of Carolina, Puerto Rico, and his team have arrived safely in Tokyo for his highly anticipated world title bid next Monday, August 12 when, he challenges undefeated WBC bantamweight champion Shinsuke Yamanaka at the Ota-City General Gymnasium in Tokyo, Japan. Since signing with All Star Boxing, Inc in 2011, Nieves ranked #2 WBO, #7 WBC has been undefeated winning five fights in the popular series of Boxeo Telemundo earning him a shot at the title.
All Star Boxing President Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., just arrived from a 14 day Asia Tour traveling 24,466 miles with stops in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Macau, Manila, Cebu and Singapore where he met with Promoters, TV Networks and WBO Officials in order to assist and be part of the growing of the sport in the far east. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
On Sunday August 18th, Route 30 Promotions will present Sunday Night Fights. Featured in the main event is former ESPN2′s The Contender star, now Atlanta police officer Jaidon “The Don” Codrington (20-3, 16 KOs) as he’s slated to take on journeyman Deleon Tinsley (9-10-1, 5 KOs). Codrington is looking to resurrect his career and hasn’t seen action since a first round KO at the hands of Russian Rakhim Chakhkiev in April of ’12.
Also featured on the card is promising middleweight Quatavious Cash (6-0, 4 KOs) as he’s set to take on Miami native Angel Martinez (3-4-3). Last month, as reported on Fightnews, Cash was shot in the leg at a pickup basketball game in Atlanta and ran himself to a local hospital. The wound has healed and Cash is ready to continue moving up the ranks in the middleweight division.
The fights will be held at The Mansion night club in Atlanta GA. For more information and tickets visit www.route30promotions.com
Ever since Daniel Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) pulled off the unthinkable by defeating Felix Sturm on Sturm’s home turf of Germany in September of last year, Geale has essentially cemented himself as one of the elite 160 pounders in boxing. With the prestige and pageantry associated with such esteem comes the responsibility of self-improvement, a trait that often associates itself with the kind of high caliber athlete with an obsession for competition. It wasn’t enough for Geale to take a bite out of the world stage nor was it completely satisfying when he became the #1 fighter in his home country of Australia. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican two-division former world champion Rafael Marquez has decided to return to his former trainer, Hall of Famer Nacho Beristain, after five fights between 2010 and 2102 with trainer Daniel Zaragoza, was losing three fights and sustaining various injuries during that period as he faced strong opponents as Juan Manuel Lopez, Toshiaki Nishioka and Cristian Mijares.
Marquez signed a four-fight promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions and must return to the ring on September 6 against to Efrain Esquivias (16-2-1,9 KOs) at Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California.
Marquez decided to return the Romanza Gym looking for a new opportunity to return to the limelight at age 38. “It was a difficult decision to have gone to train with Daniel Zaragoza, I am a professional and I must admit my mistake. Beristain knows me, knows my weaknesses and strengths and I hope to return to get a world title shot. I owe it to myself and I hope to give my best in this new stage.”
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 22 KOs), will visit ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. headquarters today appearing on various platforms to promote their November 23 clash in Macau, China
10:15 a.m. ESPN The Magazine
10:45 a.m. ESPN.com Chat
11:20 a.m. First Take (ESPN2)
11:40 a.m. SportsCenter
1:25 p.m. SportsCenter
1:45 p.m. Viernes de Combates/ESPN Deportes TV
2:15 p.m. ESPNDeportes.com
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Scott Foster
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) returns Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California against 37-year-old former WBO titleholder Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs). The bout is scheduled for ten rounds, but to date the hard-hitting Wilder has quickly stopped every opponent he has faced. The 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist has 16 first round KOs, 6 second round KOs, 4 third round KOs and 2 fourth round KOs.
Heavyweight Jameel McCline recently tweeted that Wilder is the “hardest puncher I have ever been in with” and McCline has been in with some of the boxing’s biggest bangers like Wladimir Klitschko, Samuel Peter and Magomed Abdusalamov to name a few. (more…)
By Doug Rowe
On August 23, in Verona, New York, Red Deer boxer Arash Usmanee will be fighting for the super-featherweight championship of the world. If he wins, he will be the first man from Alberta, Canada, to ever achieve that honour. “History when it is made, only happens once, you can’t make it happen again,” said Usmanee, 31. “It (the historical significance of the fight) is more important than anything. I am not fighting for money. I want this history and it is the most important thing for me to do!”
Six months ago, fighting for a world championship seemed like a distant hope for the professional boxer. After losing a controversial decision to Rances Barthelemy on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights, for the number two ranking in the International Boxing Federation, the Canadian fighter saw his ranking drop and his dreams fade. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Al Bonanni is a no holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is kind of guy. His no-nonsense approach earned him the respect of former employer Don King and the eleven world champions Bonanni trained during his Florida Boxing Hall of Fame career. It’s the same approach he brings to his current promotional reincarnation with his company Tiburon Promotions. Promising fans local fighters on their way up, Bonanni brings his second local show to the Casino Miami Jai Alai fronton on Saturday August 10th in a card titled “Summer Slugfest.” The “Slugfest” boasts some heavy hitting action, headlined by former Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champ Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (14-1, 9 KOs)in a ten-round light heavyweight “War” against Pennsylvania veteran Rayco “War” Saunders10 KOs (23-19-2, 10 KOs). (more…)
International Boxing Federation (IBF) #1-ranked and mandatory light welterweight challenger, undefeated Dierry “Doggy Style” Jean (25-0, 17 KOs) credits a vivid dream for driving him into a boxing career. Years later, Jean finds himself on the brink of his first world title shot against IBF 140-pound champion Lamont “Havoc” Peterson (31-2-1, 16 KOs). “In that dream,” Jean noted, “I was a very good fighter. Now, I’m following a new dream to be world champion. It’s my time!”
The 31-year-old Jean moved with his family to Canada from Haiti when he was 10. Disinterested in boxing until the experiencing the aforementioned vision when he was 18, Jean went on to become a Canadian National Champion as an amateur, and presently he’s unbeaten in 25 professional fights. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Promoter Kathy Duva talks about the performance and next move of heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek after his ten round unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn on NBC Sports Network Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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