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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Ringside by Gary "Digital" Williams Photos by Mike Greenhill After another brilliant in-ring performance, 49-year-old IBF Light Heavyweight champion Bernard "The Alien" Hopkins ...

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Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Quigg annihilates Munyai; Crolla stops Murray in war

Photos: Scott J. Raven WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (28-0-2, 21 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Tshifhiwa Munyai ...

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Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Verdejo blows away Zavala in 74 seconds

Photos: Peter Amador / Top Rank Unbeaten lightweight Felix "Diamante" Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) needed just 74 seconds to demolish Ivan "El Oso" ...

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49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

49-year-old Hopkins schools Shumenov; Porter destroys Malignaggi

By Gary "Digital" Williams at ringside Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime 49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (55-6-2, 32 KOs) continued to make ...

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Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

Salka upsets Collado: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer Photos: Stephanie Trapp/Showtime Friday night before a raucous crowd of over 2,000 strong at the Convention Center in Monroeville, PA, ...

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Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

Report/gallery: Hopkins vs. Shumenov

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Boxing News

More on Red Square boxing!

By Alexey Sukachev

An emotional presser, devoted to the upcoming Red Square boxing event was held today at the specific synodic department of the Patriarchate of Muscovy (the constituent division of the Russian Orthodox Church) responsible for the full fledged interaction between the Church and military and law machinery of the Russian statehood. (more…)



June 19th, 2009



Boxing News

Q&A: Bobby Gunn!

By Dave Baggs/Fightnews Canada

Bobby Gunn is a humble man. He knows right now that lady luck has finally come knocking. Unable to secure that big fight following his unsuccessful bid to win the WBO Cruiserweight title, Gunn (21-3-1, 18 KOs) never lost both hope or faith. With the plan of just keeping active and winning, the Canadian born contender now finds himself back in the ring with the world title on the line. He finds himself fighting in front of his adopted hometown fans of New Jersey and not overseas in hostile territory. He finds himself an underdog against an accomplished champion but the well spoken pugilist doesn’t care. He believes in both his will and god’s plan. On July 11th, Gunn and Tomasz Adamek will battle for the IBF Cruiserweight title at the Prudential Centre in what should be a very entertaining battle. Gunn took a few moments from his busy training schedule to talk to Fightnews Canada and answer a few questions about the biggest fight of his career. (More)



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Hernandez to face Velazquez!

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Zanfer Promotions

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With the presence of the Mayor of Ensenada, Pablo Alejo, and the President of Zanfer Promotions, Fernando Beltran, the bout for this Saturday night was officially announced. Joksan Hernandez will have the most important fight of his young career when he faces the veteran and world ranked Hector Velazquez in a bout that will be televised by TV Azteca America. Hernandez (15-1, 9 KOs) is in search of Velazquez’s (51-12-2, 35 KOs) world ranking as they both fight for the WBC Continental featherweight title in the Municipal Gymnasium of Ensenada, Oscar “Tigre” Garcia. (more…)



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Wilson vs Lepai!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former Australian heavyweight champion, Colin Wilson (34-24-1, 20 KOs) and Australian based Samoan Alex Lepai (15-3-2,11 KOs) will clash over twelve rounds at Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Wilson outscored Lepai, 29 years, in 2008 via a split decision. Wilson has been in the ring with world class heavyweights like Shane Cameron in 2005, Kali Meehan in 2002, Corrie Sanders in 2006 and Oleg Platov in 2007. Lepai is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry who has guided several boxers into world title bouts including his brother, Ricky, who took Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottke the twelve round distance. In a supporting bout, former Australian light heavyweight champion, Les Sherrington (22-5,14 KOs) will punch it out with veteran Glen Fitzpatrick (15-13-2,6 KOs) over six. The promoter is Jamie Myer. This bout is televised throughout Australia on Foxtel cable television network.



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Davidson vs Toomey!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian based Nigerian, King Davidson (8-0, 5 KOs), will challenge Robert Toomey (7-6, 2 KOs) for the vacant Australian 154 pound title over ten rounds at the Sutherland Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Davidson holds the IBF Pan Pacific Youth title and is trained by Australian Hall of Famer Johnny Lewis who also trained world champs such as Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Clair. Davidson is managed by former Australian flyweight champion Peter Mitrevski Sr. On the same show Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau (13-0, 5 KOs) will defend the title against Ben Crampton (22-2-2,10 KOs) over ten rounds. Former Australian champion Gary Comer will be in action against Kiwi David Wiremu. The promoter is former NSW middleweight champion Roy Alexander.



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Gaspar to defend!

By Felipe Leon

David “Flecha” Gaspar of Tijuana, Mexico, by way of Long Beach, CA, will be defending his WBA FEDECARIBE super flyweight title for the first time Saturday, June 27th in Nicaragua. Gaspar (10-1-1, 7 KOs) will be facing native Nicaraguan Juan Centeno (15-13, 8 KOs) in a fight card promoted by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and Pinolero Boxing and broadcast by Cadena Tes in Mexico. Gaspar is coming off a TKO over former world champion Isaac Bustos while Centeno has faced the more experienced opposition in his career such as Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Gaspar, who in his short career has become a favorite of the border town of Tijuana, where he has performed for the majority of his career, captured the title late last year by defeating Pancho Reyes in Loreto, Mexico.



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Linares-Perez WBA officials!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Referee Luis Pabon from Puerto Rico will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Josafat Perez (12-1, 7 KOs) and reigning champion, Jorge Linares (26-0, 17 KOs) fight for the WBA super featherweight title at the Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on June 27. The three judges are Levy Martinez (US), Guillermo Perez Pineda (Panamá) and Uriel Aguilera (Colombia). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado from Panamá. Also on the card will be super flyweight Hugo Fidel Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs) vs TBA and light flyweight Guadalupe Martinez (5-1-1, 5 KOs) vs Oscar Saturnino (11-6, 3 KOs).



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Spadafora/Whitaker public workouts!

Promoter Michael Acri announced today that undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora and his new trainer, four division world champion and Hall of Fame inductee Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, will hold public workouts and autograph sessions in the Pittsburgh area as they prepare for Spadafora’s homecoming fight, scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at Pittsburgh’s Amphitheatre at Station Square . Spadafora (41-0-1), will rumble with Ivan Bustos (27-12-3) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout.
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Public workout schedule: Saturday, June 20, beginning at 1:00 P.M., the Spadafora-Whitaker Public Workout and Autograph Session will take place at 1st Choice Motors (1 Furnace Street, McKees Rocks, PA. 15136), located next to Eat And Park. Monday, June 22, beginning at 2:00 P.M., the second Spadafora-Whitaker Public Workout and Autograph Session will take place at James 5:16 Boxing Center in Tarentum (301 West 7th Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084)



June 19th, 2009

Boxing News

Kali Meehan lashes out!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA rated #1 heavyweight Kali Meehan recently spoke to Fightnews and didn’t hold back. Meehan (35-2, 29 KOs) stated that he was initially offered an opportunity to fight WBA champion Nikolay Valuev when Ruslan Chagaev was bot approved by the Finnish boxing commission, when he believes his title shot will come, his thoughts on the David Tua vs Shane Cameron all-New Zealand heavyweight superfight, and much more. (more…)



June 19th, 2009

UFC

Goulet injured, off of UFC 100!

Dong Hyun Kim to face TJ Grant July 11!

A dislocated shoulder, suffered in training, has forced welterweight standout Jonathan Goulet to withdraw from his bout against Dong Hyun Kim on the preliminary card of UFC® 100 on July 11th. But Canada will still be represented in the bout, as Nova Scotia’s TJ Grant will step in to face Kim at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)



June 18th, 2009

UFC

Benavidez meets Cruz Aug. 9

Tickets for WEC card Aug. 9 on sale now!

Two of the sport’s most well-rounded athletes have officially agreed to meet on August 9 in a bout that could very well determine the next bantamweight title challenger. Undefeated Joseph Benavidez of Sacramento, Calif. takes on once-beaten Dominick Cruz of San Diego, Calif. at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in a fight that already has fans buzzing. (more…)



June 18th, 2009

Announcement

At the scales in Salisbury

LIVE PPV on PrizeFightTV.com PPV at 8pm ET/5pm PT

From Salisbury, Maryland for tomorrow night’s “Boxing’s Future Champions” card televised on PrizeFightTV.com:
Fernando Guerrero 164.6 vs. Brian Norman 166
Farah Enis 167.5 vs. Bobby Jordan 168
Shawn Porter 157 vs. Brandon Wooten TBD
Dominic Wade 163.5 vs. Anthony Cannon 164.5
Alex Guerrero 190 vs. Rodrika Ray 201
Derrick Innis Jr. 154 vs. Joshua Onyango TBD
Venue: Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Chavez, Gamboa LA presser!

Photos: Big Joe Miranda

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Son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa apeared together today at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce Top Rank’s big “Latin Fury 10″ pay-per-view event, which can be seen live on July 25 from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Buffalo!

photo: Bob Caico

photo: Bob Caico

Weights by Bob Caico

Meacher Major 133 vs Michael Clark 135
(NABA lightweight Championship)
Nick Casal 141 vs Shad Howard 142
Kenny Abril 146 vs Sebastian Hamel 143
Guillermo Sanchez 130 1/4 vs Ron Boyd 135
(Boyd must lose a pound)
Excell Holmes 231.5 vs Damien Clement 242
Venue: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: X-cel Worldwide



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

More on Bradley-Campbell!

Unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley has traveled thousands and thousands of miles for fights in the last 15 months. Now, finally, “Desert Storm” is getting a home game in the California desert when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title against former champion and dynamic puncher Nate Campbell, Saturday, August 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The scheduled 12-round world title fight will emanate from the brand-new The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up in North Palm Springs. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. Tickets go on sale July 3, at 10 a.m. (PT) and will be available for purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737. (more…)



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights From Montreal!

Weights by Dave Spencer
Photos: Dave Spencer

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Adrian Diaconu 173.14 vs Jean Pascal 174.14
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Troy Ross 193.7 vs Michael Simms 199.6
David Lemieux 161.14 vs Martin Avila 161.9
Sebastien Gauthier 117.14 vs Mario Macias-Orozco 117.1
Pier-Olivier Cote 137.1 vs Jean Charlemagne 137.1
Kevin Bizier 146.11 vs Cesar Soriano 146.7
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Interbox/GYM
TV: Versus



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Universum: Chagaev healthy!

Official Statement

Repeatingly there is irritating and false information about WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev in the media. Universum Box-Promotion once again wants to point out the following: Even the Statement of the Association of Professional Ringside Physicians is obviously based on incorrect information. Universum-Physician Michael Ehnert: “The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians states that there is a “low hepatitis B viral load” in the case of Ruslan Chagaev. The facts are there has never been a proof of viruses or HBV-DNA in high sensitive PCR-tests since 2003. After achieving Hepatitis B many years ago Ruslan Chagaev has never been sick due to hepatitis B. He is just a healthy carrier of hepatitis antigen with constantly normal liver enzymes. Infection doesn’t mean illness. According to international expert opinions Ruslan Chagaev is regarded as non-infectious.” (more…)



June 18th, 2009

Announcement

Hot Dominican prospects debut!

Sensational Dominican prospects Francisco Contreras and Delvin Plascencia arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday for their pre-fight weigh-in just a day before their highly anticipated US debuts on Thursday night at the TKO BOXING Promotions BALLROOM BOXING event at Michael’s Eighth Avenue  . . Click here for more



June 18th, 2009

Announcement

‘Boxing’s Future Champions’ fact sheet

WHAT: “Boxing Future Champions” PPV professional boxing show
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 2009
WHERE: Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
Click here for more



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Kotelnik-Kahn Presser!

Photos: Lawrence Lustig

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WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik and challenger Amir Khan spoke to the press today about their upcoming fight which had to be rescheduled to July 18 and moved from London to Manchester after Kotelnik damaged his teeth during a sparring session. “I am returning to the Ukraine tomorrow morning for a minor operation on one of the teeth,” said Kotelnik. “This will not affect my training and I will resume sparring within a week.” Khan stated “When I beat him, the last thing I want is people saying he beat a man with a toothache. I’m happy the fight is going ahead. That’s the main thing. I didn’t want to lose the chance for a world title.” Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach called Kotelnik’s claims ‘bull****,” and commented “You can’t have surgery and recover in two weeks – come on!”



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

AAPRP condemns Klitschko-Chagaev!

The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) is recommending that Saturday’s heavyweight title clash between Ruslan Chagaev and Wladimir Klitschko in Gelsenkirchen, Germany be cancelled due to medical safety issues. The group says Chagaev should be banned until he can demonstrate a negative hepatitis status. Chagaev’s fight against Nikolai Valuev was called off by Finnish authorities just weeks ago because Chagaev apparently had Hepatitis B antigens present in his blood, but in Germany, where Chagaev has fought twice since being OK’d to return to the ring, Chagaev’s blood level is considered safe and as of now all systems are go for a megafight that will attract 60,000 fight fans. (more…)



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Latest on Vitali-Maskaev saga!

By Matt Richardson

Attorneys representing WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former champion Oleg Maskaev both gave closing statements on Monday at the close of arbitration to determine if Maskaev will indeed get the next shot against Klitschko. The Maskaev camp is optimistic that a preliminary decision will be reached by tomorrow (Friday, June 19) with an explanatory statement released by the arbitrator sometime next week. “Klitschko is the one we want, the one that the WBC ordered and we are the one designated the mandatory challenger by the WBC,” said Maskaev manager Fred Kesch. Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) is coming off a defense against then mandatory challenger, Juan Carlos Gomez in March. Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) has won two fights since being knocked out in March of 2008 by Samuel Peter. Maskaev and Klitschko, meanwhile fought as amateurs, with Maskaev coming out the winner via early knockout.



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Enzo Maccarinelli Update!

After losing two of his last three bouts, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli says he will walk away from boxing if he fails to beat Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs), whom he fights in a WBO eliminator bout on July 18. In an interview on Setanta Sports News, Maccarinelli said he hoped to get his career back on track following his shock defeat to Ola Afolabi in March. He said: “I was so devastated by the way I performed last time out ; it just hit me for six. I was offered a nice, easy warm up to get me back in the swing of things. Or they offered me this undefeated Russian. Basically I said ‘give me the Russian’.” Now working with new trainer Karl Ince, Maccarinelli has his sights set on a rematch with Afolabi – if he can overpower Lebedev. “All I want is Ola. That’s the only fight I want. I spoke to Frank [Warren] and this is a way to get me one step closer to Ola, quickly. If the fight can be made Frank’s the man to make it. Until I fight Ola again my boxing career isn’t going to move on. With Ola I fought well below my best. That’s the fight that I want, but first I’ve got to get past Denis Lebedev.”



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Aug. 8 Denver card planned!

By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing

Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing have bought their next date and that will be August 8th at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. This card will see Brad Jackson bouncing back from his first loss to Geoffrey Spruiell as well as Isaac Atencio’s return from his loss to Victor Villereal. Also scheduled is Nebraska’s Patrick Thompson. All bouts are against the ever dangerous TBA at this point.



June 18th, 2009

Preview

Guerrero headlines in Salisbury

Story by Gary “Digital” Williams

Some have called Fernando Guerrero one of boxing’s newest “franchise” boxers – a boxer that is very successful in his hometown. In two previous appearances, Guerrero has drawn close to capacity crowds in Salisbury, MD’s Wicomico Civic Center.

However, Guerrero’s third appearance in Salisbury – Friday, June 19 — will be very special for two reasons. This will be Guerrero’s first main event bout and his brother, Alex, will be making his pro debut . . . click here for more



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Aussie Hall of Fame inductees!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former three time world jnr middleweight challenger Troy Waters will be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame on October 10th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Waters had Terry Norris on the canvas in a 1993 WBC 154 pound challenge before losing on cuts in round three in a bout that was named Ring Magazine’s Round of The Year. Waters also unsuccessfully challenged Gianfranco Rossi in 1989 for the IBF jr middleweight crown in Saint Vincent Italy (with this writer in his corner) losing a decision. He pushed Simon Brown to a majority decision ( one judge scoring a draw) in WBC title attempt in 1994. Waters began his professional career in 1984 and retired in 1998 with a record of 28 wins and five losses scoring 20 knockouts. (more…)



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

New Klitschko, Chagaev Quotes!

By Alexey Potapov

Wladimir Klitschko: “He’s the best opponent you could have asked for. Ruslan is the ideal solution after the cancellation of David Haye. He is the third best boxer after my brother Vitali and myself. He holds the WBA belt. He is the true world champion as he has defeated Nikolai Valuev.”
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Ruslan Chagaev: It has always been a big dream to fight at Schalke. Now it becomes reality. I have met the football team of Schalke 04 previous to my fight in 2008 against Matt Skelton. I gave them a boxing lession together with my trainer Michael Timm. They were very nice. In general the people here are very kind and honest. I’m so excited about the fight. The size difference to Wladimir doesn’t bother me. I have prepared myself to Valuev who is also tall and heavy. I’m expecting to fight for 12 rounds. It is in god’s hands what going to happen on Saturday. I don’t want to say much as I want to let my hands speak in the ring.”
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Vitali Klitschko: “Chagaev is stronger, than Haye, but he talks less. He’s a very strong boxer….I’m sure that Wladimir or me would knock out Haye.”
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Klitschko trainer Emanuel Steward: “In three of the last of seven fights Wladimir boxed against lefthanders, and in amateur boxing he had huge experience when it was necessary to prepare for some opponents in just days. In the first few days Wladimir felt comfortable.”
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Chagaev trainer Michael Timm: “The size of Klitschko has not caused problems as we prepared to Valuev who is even larger than Klitschko. But, certainly we know, that Klitschko is a better boxer, moves quickly and can change tactics. We also prepare for that. We have a recipe for victory, but I certainly shall not tell it to you.”



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Gamboa hits LA!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

One of the hardest-hitting featherweights in the world today, WBA Interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, hits Los Angeles Wednesday night for his big “Latin Fury 10″ press conference Thursday at the El Paseo Inn on historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Gamboa, an Olympic gold medalist, born in Cuba and now fighting out of Miami, Florida will be making the first defense of his world title and sharing the bill with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and Karl Freitag

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Jimmy Lennon, Jr. and Karl Freitag. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Baltimore!

Photos: TKO Boxing Promotions

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Jessie Nicklow 156 vs. John Mackey 157
Cecil Macalla 152.5 vs. Jorge Barajas 149
Francisco Contreras 140 vs. Gustavo Mejia 143
Julius Kennedy 160 vs.. Gevonte Davis 165.25
Delvin Plascencia 131.25 vs. Jesus Perez 130.25
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TKO BOXING Promotions presents BALLROOM BOXING
Thursday, June 18th
Michael’s Eighth Avenue
7220 Grayburn Ave.
Glen Burnie, MD
Tickets/410-766-7474
Doors 6:30pm, First Bell 7:30pm



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

Eastern Europe Update!

By Alexey Sukachev

Top Polish promotional company “BullIt Knockout Promotions,” led by Andrzej Wasilewski and Piotr Werner, will conduct the next show of their Wojak Boxing Night series this Saturday night, June 20th, at Targowisko Miejskie in Ruda Śląska. The main event will see 6’6’’ Polish cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (22-0, 12 KOs), who is ranked WBC #11 and WBA #14, contesting the vacant IBC 200lb belt with Czech veteran Roman Kracik (29-1-1, 17 KOs). Top undefeated BullIt prospect will round-up the undercard: heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (15-0, 10 KOs) and cruiserweight Tomasz Hutkowski (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will take part in ten-rounders, another cruiser Lukasz Janik and junior middleweight Damian Jonak (21-0, 16 KOs) are scheduled for eight, while light welterweight Krzysztof Szot (5-0) will participate in a six-rounder. Their opponents will be announced later this week. (more…)



June 18th, 2009

Boxing News

#8 Somsak, #10 Samson win!

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee

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Former WBC female, light flyweight champion Samson Tor Buamad (14-2, 3 KOs) successfully retained her WIBA international flyweight title as she won a unanimous decision over former WBA female title challenger Luo Yu Jie (reportedly 4-6) on Wednesday at the Town Hall of Sisatchanalai, Sukhothai, Thailand. The Thai fighter mostly controlled the show, displaying her accurate counter punches to deny Jie aggression in the first four rounds. From round five, the champion turned to hunt her opponent and mostly gained the score with her effective body shots. Jie tried to turn the table in the last two rounds, wildly stalking the local fighter, but nothing changed as the champion still exposed her superior skills till the final round. Scored: 100-91,99-91, 98-93. Samson, currently ranked No.10 by WBC, retained her WIBA International flyweight title for the first time. (more…)



June 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Darchinyan-Agbeko!

Also DeMarco-Adjaho/Cunningham-Braithwaite

Two of the hardest-hitting boxers in the world will meet when International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko defends his crown against two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, on July 11 and on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The championship is scheduled for 12 rounds. The televised co-feature will showcase two world-ranked No. 4 contenders when emerging lightweight Antonio DeMarco (20-1, 14 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, meets Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs), from Benin, Africa, now fighting out of Geneva, N.Y. Tickets priced at $75, $40 and $25 and $10 (with a limited number of golden circle seats available at $200) go on sale Thursday (June 18) at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com or BankAtlantic Center box office. (more…)



June 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Linton-Ikeke on Saturday!

Tacoma, Washington’s favorite boxer Emmett Linton (33-5-2) will put his career on the line against former world title challenger Kingsley Ikeke (24-3) on Saturday in a ten rounder at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle At The Boat 72. Ikeke is no stranger to Northwest boxing fans as he stopped local hero Kenny Ellis in 2003. At the time, Ellis was ranked 3rd in the world by the WBO. “There’s definitely a reason that Kingsley’s nickname is Sharpe Knuckles,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “Kenny was poised to fight for the WBO world title with a win over Ikeke but it just wasn’t meant to be. It was heartbreaking to watch,” Halquist continued. “Linton-Ikeke is a great fight. The winner will be in line for a major fight down the road. There is so much riding on the line for both of these fighters. I expect both fighters to bring their absolute A game.” Both fighters signed for the fight months ago and have been in training camp ever since. Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office (253-594-7777) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M, first fight starts at 7:00 P.M.



June 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back in Boston!

Cappiello Promotions returns on June 27 at The Roxy in Boston with a nine-bout event, to be held in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. In the main event, two New England favorites square off for the second time, when Hartford, CT’s Mike “Machine” Oliver (21-2, 7 KO’s) takes on Lynn, Massachusetts’ Castulo Gonzalez (9-8, 3 KO‘s) for the New England Jr. Featherweight title. While just over a year ago Oliver was knocking on the door of a world title, back-to-back knockout losses have since left his future in question, hence the rematch with fellow stable-mate, and once prior foe, Gonzalez. “Both of these guys are coming off losses,” stated Cappiello Promotions President Rich Cappiello. “The winner of this fight goes on, and the loser quite possibly goes away…for good! Oliver won their first encounter via ninth round stoppage (2/18/06), but Castulo had plenty of moments in that fight. This is a great opportunity for both fighters to rejuvenate their respective careers.” (more…)



June 17th, 2009




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