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Boxer Ryan Bito did not come all the way to Mexico City from the Philippines to see the pyramids, eat enchiladas or learn about Mexican history during the bicentennial celebration this weekend. For the Filipino challenger, those are just distractions. Bito has one focus — surprise the world with a championship performance against Edgar Sosa on Saturday September 11, at the Plaza Monumental of Mexico on the “Mexican Fiesta” Pay-per-view card. Just a few days away from getting his first shot at defending his WBC International super flyweight title, Bito is confident he will return to his country wearing a title belt signifying him as the ruler of the flyweight division. Continued »
Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 8, 2010
Dr. Gilberto Mendoza
Mr. Gilberto Jesús Mendoza
WBA Executive Vice-President
Dear Dr. and Mr. Mendoza,
Trust this letter finds you and your families very well.
The reason I am contacting you guys is to request the World Boxing Association (WBA) to ratify my status of mandatory challenger of the current WBA Super Lightweight Regular champion, Amir Khan, as I am the current WBA Super Lightweight Interim champion.
I make this request in the light that Mr. Khan has systematically refused to fight with me for the last 10 months, even though he was well aware of his obligation of facing the Interim champion. And now, apparently he is questioning such obligation, so I would like the WBA to remind him. (more…)
By Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Wednesday’s final press conference at The Palms for Top Rank’s “Battle of the Champions” event featuring WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido took place this afternoon in Las Vegas.
Yuriorkas Gamboa: I’ve come fully prepared and did everything necessary to fight.
Orlando Salido: I know I’m capable of winning this fight. That’s why I’m here.
Brandon Rios: I’m ready to get it on….I am not going home a loser and that’s a guarantee.
Anthony Peterson: I’m just ready. Come Saturday night you’ll see what I’m talking about.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Former world title challenger Sam Soliman (38-11, 16 KOs) will be back in action on September 23 when he will clash with Pradeep Singh (15-2-1, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Atrium Room, in the Flemington Racecourse at Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman holds wins over several world rated middleweights and super middleweights including Sakio Bika and Enrique Ornelas and is best remembered for giving Winky Wright the fight of his life in 2005 when the fight stats had the Aussie out working the classy American on the punch count. “I am looking forward to my fight on September 23 against Pradeep Singh,” said Soliman. “It will move me closer to a shot at the IBF middleweight championship.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo by Gabriel F. Cordero
All the main participants for Saturday’s “Gala Boxistica de Mexico: pay-per-view event attended the final press conference today at the Imperial Hotel in the most beautiful part of the Paseo la Reforma in the Mexican capital. (more…)
Photo: Chris Royle
Current English heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs) is eagerly anticipating his SHOWTIME debut when he takes on unbeaten southpaw Rich Super Power (12-0, 9 KOs) in what is sure to be an exciting night of fights from London’s York Hall on ShoBox: The New Generation this Friday, Sept. 10, on SHOWTIME at 11 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). Born prematurely at one pound, Fury has grown into his six-foot-nine frame and status as one of Britain’s most talked about heavyweights.
In the main event, former Commonwealth champion John O’Donnell (23-1, 11 KOs) takes on his toughest opponent to date in a 12-round battle against New Jersey’s Terrence Heat Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs), a 1996 Olympic bronze medalist. more + photos
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
WBA #3 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, is set to take on WBA #2 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington DC this Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a scheduled 12 round lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which is being headlined by WBA featherweight champion “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Cuba against IBF featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) of Mexico. Click here for more + photos
Tickets for the WBA world heavyweight title clash between David ‘The Hayemaker’ Haye and Audley ‘A-Force’ Harrison are now available to purchase through the M.E.N. Arena Box Office or via www.men-arena.com. The all-British heavyweight showdown takes place on Saturday, November 13 at Manchester’s M.E.N. Arena, and marks the first time a world heavyweight championship has been contested by two Brits on home soil since 1993.
“Boxing needs fights like this one to increase the sport’s profile and, no matter what you say about Audley Harrison, he’s a figure of both public interest and ridicule,” explained Haye. “The only thing more satisfying and exciting than watching Audley lose is the sight of him being whacked on the chin and stretched out.” (more…)
Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs), and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs), participated today in a public workout at Mercedes Benz Center Frankfurt. IBF, IBO and WBO Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off next Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. In the U.S., the fight will be shown live on ESPN3.com and rebroadcast the following day on the ESPN main network. more photos
Antonio Margarito will be at ringside Saturday for the Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido world featherweight title fight on Saturday night at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Margarito’s stablemate is Brandon Rios who is taking on Anthony Peterson in a world lightweight eliminator fight on the card which will be televised by HBO After Dark. Rios is from Oxnard, Californina, Peterson is from Washington, DC. Both are undefeated.
Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ press conference featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido at the Palms Resort Casino, Las Vegas, will be streamed live on Top Rank.com starting at 6 pm eastern/3 pm pacific.
Manny Pacquiao said he will dedicate his upcoming fight against Antonio Margarito to “…John Arum and the entire Arum family.” Pacquiao will take on Margarito on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. John Arum, 49, passed away last week while on a hike in the North Cascades National Park which is located north of Seattle, Washington. “John was an (environmental) lawyer who fought for the people, the same way I fight for the people of the Philippines,” Pacquiao said. “Bob Arum is my promoter and my friend. I want to do this for the entire Arum family.” (more…)
Trainer Emanuel Steward predicted that his fighter IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will take out Sam Peter “in the fourth or fifth round” when they meet Saturday in Frankfurt, Germany. Meanwhile the normally reserved Wladimir sounded more belligerent than normal as he razzed the “Nigerian Nightmare” during a press conference. “Sam, you can touch the world championship belt. I’ll also let you take pictures with it. This is my personal gift for you – but you won’t come any closer to that belt.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Erik “Terrible” Morales foresees a hard test against Scotland’s Willie Limond as he continues on his quest for an opportunity at a fourth world title. Morales and Limond collide Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown for the WBC Continental super lightweight belt in the famous Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City as the stellar attraction of the huge Mexican Bicentenniel Celebration billed as “Gala Boxistica del Bicentenario.”
With a win, “Terrible” will be a step closer to an opportunity to face countryman Juan Manuel Márquez, the WBA & WBO lightweight world champion. (more…)
Nathan Cleverly says the Celtic nations will have cause for double celebration on September 18. Scotland is already buzzing after Ricky Burns lifted the WBO World Super-Featherweight title against Roman Martinez in Glasgow. And Cleverly has vowed to continue the Celtic revival by destroying Karo Murat in Birmingham. The fight is an eliminator for the WBO World Light-Heavyweight title, and Cleverly says he has been inspired by Burns’ performance against Martinez. (more…)
Last week undefeated European ‘EBA’ super middleweight champion Server Emurlaev (16-0) defended his crown against Blas Miguel Martinez (12-1) winning by TKO in the 10th round (min. 1:59). It is the first European title defense for Emurlaev who won the belt in February 2010. The promoter of the event was Union Boxing Promotions (Yuri Ruben) and the event was televised live by Ukrainian National TV.
Ares Promotions presents its inaugural fight card showcasing local talent on Saturday at the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, NY. In the main event, unbeaten NYS and WBF lightweight beltholder Brian Miller (8-0-3, 3 KOs) will be defending his WBF title against Floriano Pagliara (10-4, 6 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Also fighting is Rafael Luna (4-4-1, 1 KO) who will compete against Luis Rodriguez (5-3-1, 1 KO)in a NYS lightweight title eliminator fight. (more…)
Yuriorkis Gamboa: “This is a very important fight because this is an opportunity to prove that I can defeat the champions in this division. I have worked very hard to become a better professional fighter and I think that it has shown over the last few fights. My defense is better and I am putting my combinations together much better”
On champion Orlando Salido: “He a very good fighter with a lot of professional experience, but he is not really at my level. My speed and power will be too much for him. I know I need to work very hard to get to the level that I want to be at. I want to one day be considered one of the best fighters not only in the world but of all time.”
On Champion Juan Manuel Lopez: “It is a fight that is out there and when Top Rank feels that he is ready to face me he will face me. In the mean time all I have to do is beat whoever they put in front of me.”
On headlining at The Palms in Las Vegas: “It’s a big opportunity for me and I want to give the fans a great fight. It’s important to give the fans the best fight possible and this is what I intend to do on Saturday night.”
Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer. Gamboa vs Salido and Peterson vs. Rios will be on HBO.
Photos by Fightnews shooter Chris Cozzone from today’s media workout at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa, Matt Korobov and Diego Magdaleno. Click here
Fight fans are invited to attend Wednesday’s kickoff press conference for the Roy Jones Jr. versus Danny Santiago clash scheduled for October 7 at the Pensacola Civic Center in Pensacola, Florida. Roy Jones will hold an autograph signing session immediately after the press conference, which starts at 4PM at the Pensacola Civic Center (201 East Gregory Street).
Tickets priced at $128, $103, $78, $53 & $28 will go on sale at noon on September 8 at Pensacola Civic Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations. Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person.
Promoter and super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto and Héctor Soto have signed Dominican warrior Daniel “Azquita” Jiménez (19-3, 11 KOs) under the promotional banners of Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment. “Azquita is a great fighter, a warrior inside the ring. He has the excitement that fans love,” Cotto said.
“I feel really happy to be part of this great company that is growing really fast. They have the team and quality to work my career,” added Jiménez.
Jiménez, who hasn’t fought since his amazing KO victory over Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez in August of 2009, will make his comeback fight on September 25 on Cotto’s “Boxeo Boricua” card in Salinas at the Angel L.”Cholo” Espada Coliseum.
Prizefighter Heavyweights III champion Audley Harrison is set face David Haye for the WBA World Heavyweight title in Manchester in November 13. Harrison has always claimed it was his destiny to win the World Heavyweight title and in a tense press conference in central London, he warned his former friend Haye that he is in for “the fight of his life” when he defends his title for the second time at the M.E.N Arena. (more…)
Photo: WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa does a quick one-round workout at today’s Media Day at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas. Gamboa is fighting on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ , Saturday, Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas where he will take on IBF Featherweight champion Orlando Salido. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Gamboa vs Salido will be televised on HBO. Stay tuned for a full photo gallery later today with more Gamboa photos, as well as shots of Matt Korobov and Diego Magdaleno.
With championship belts on the line in just a few days, Mexican boxing heroes Erik Morales and Edgar Sosa joined a contingent of fighters including “Mexican Fiesta” boxers Ana Maria Torres, her opponent Alesia Graf, Daniel Estrada and Reyes Sanchez to take a day out of the gym and show kids the importance of physical activities.
The boxers put their gloves down and pedaled around the Pasa Reforma in Mexico City, one of 122 cities in Mexico celebrating International Bicycle Day. They were joined by Secretary of Tourism of the Federal District Alejandro Rojas Diaz Duran, city attorney Miguel Mancera, the principals of the Bicentennial Gala and Federal staff members Bernardo de la Garza, head of Conade; and from SEP (Salud Entre Todos- Health Among All of Us) Alonso Lujambio and Jose Angel Cordova.
A throng of fans surrounded Morales and Sosa as they rode through the city, showing the home country fighters an outpouring of support before their respective championship bouts this Saturday, Sept. 11. Morales takes on Scotsman Willie “Hands of Steel” Limond for the WBC Intercontinental Championship; in the co-feature bout, Sosa goes for the WBC International Flyweight title against current title holder, Filipino fighter Ryan Bito.
Promoted by Grupo Empersarial Matiz, the PPV special is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9 PM/ET, 6 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view for a suggested retail price of only $29.95.
The fight will be called by World Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Col. Bob Sheridan (blow-by-blow) and former NFL player and veteran boxing announcer Benny Ricardo (color analyst).
On Saturday in Fort Myers, Florida, Felix “Showtime” Camacho (20- 5, 7 KOs), the younger brother of Hector “Macho” Camacho and former WBF world champion returns to the ring after retiring nine years ago. The 44-year-old Camacho will go against tough Adrian Perez (5-2-1, 1 KO) in a six-rounder at the Fort Myers Skatium. Also on the card, female heavyweight Gwendolyn O’Neil meets Crystal Davis and heavyweight Sam Tillman faces Lee Gilbert.
Two hard-hitting youngsters from Mexico, Miguel Roman and Cuauhtemoc Vargas, clash in the 10-round semi-main event for the vacant IBO Latino super featherweight championship on the nationally and internationally televised professional boxing card “Viva en Las Vegas” Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Las Vegas Hilton. Roman and Vargas are regarded as dangerous puncher-boxers in Mexico and both had considerable success as super bantamweights before moving up to the 126-pound division. Roman was the Mexican 122-pound champion while Vargas was the WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight champ. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF featherweight world champion Orlando Salido broke training camp in Mexico City on Monday and along with his trainer Daniel Zaragoza and team will head to Las Vegas today for Saturday’s title unification clash with WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) at The Palms Casino Resort. “It has been a good training camp,” said Salido. “We’ll arrive with a good strategy and I expect to be at my best. I’ll give my all every minute of the fight. This is a very tough opponent but I have a lot of experience and a great heart.”
Light heavyweight Blake “Candyman” Prevost (13-1, 5 KOs) headlines in a ten-rounder against TBA on September 24 at the Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. Also slated for action are 6′ 8″ Houston heavyweight Skip Scott (8-1, 5 KOs), junior lightweight Ivan Otero (2-0, 1 KO) and debuting cruiserweight Will Fusilier. Tickets ($20 and $50) at 1.800.WIN.1.WIN.
A couple of outstanding junior welterweight prospects, Ronald Cruz and Dillet Frederick, meet in a scheduled six-round contest on Saturday evening, Sept. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The scheduled 12-round main event features Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, against Alex Becerra, of El Paso, TX, for the vacant NABA super bantamweight title. Super middleweights Dennis Hasson and Tommie Speller clash in the all-Philadelphia eight-round semfinal. (more…)
It’s virtually an unwritten rule in boxing that a hyped heavyweight prospect gets to avoid tough fights in order to build up his record, step forward Tyson Fury to shatter that myth. In just his 12th pro fight, British 6ft 9in Heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs), of Manchester / Galway, will make his US television debut on “ShoBox: The New Generation” in one of the stiffest tests any prospect could hope to face in 6ft 4in American Rich “Super” Power (12-0-0, 9 KOs) at York Hall on Friday. The Fury and O’Donnell bouts will be televised in America on SHOWTIME® at 11p.m. ET/PT (same day delay). (more…)
Top Rank has announced details on their big September 18 “Top Rank Live!” tripleheader from Culiacan, Mexico that will be televised on Fox Sports Espanol. The main event will be a WBO super bantamweight eliminator between Mexican superstar Jorge Arce (55-6-1, 42 KOs) of nearby Los Mochis, vs Lorenzo Parra (31-2, 18 KOs) from Aragua, Venezuela. In the co-feature, WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto (52-7-2, 32 KOs) also from Los Mochis, defends against Fidel Monterrosa (23-1, 18 KOs) of Barranquilla, Colombia. In a special feature, unbeaten super lightweight, son of Julio Cesar Chavez, Omar Chavez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) takes on Rodrigo Valdez (15-11-1, 11 KOs).
By Maidana Team
Once again, as it has happened in the last few weeks, the highly anticipated fight between WBA Super Lightweight champions Amir Khan and Marcos Maidana has been bombarded by the British fighter, who keeps saying Maidana is asking for too much money. El Chino decided to answer Khan Team by telling them “don’t stick your nose where it shouldn’t be. My payday for that fight is out of your business. Just focus on your preparation and let’s meet December 11.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions, Inc. has announced that WBA 105-pound champ Roman Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) will make an ambitious shot at the WBA 108-pound throne against Juan Carlos Reveco (25-1, 15 KOs), Argentina, in Tokyo, Japan, on October 24. The impresario Akihiko Honda, who has a promotional agreement of “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, will stage the WBC super-bantam mandatory bout between his champ Toshiaki Nishioka and British challenger Rendall Munroe in the main event on that day. The sensational Reveco-Gonzalez showdown will be the main supporting event to the headliner. This reporter feels happy to be able to broadcast this superfight in the small category as a commentator.
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