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Robert Byrd (USA) will be the third man when WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel defends against Rafael Concepcion on Saturday night in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Judges will be Nathan Palmer (USA), Ruben Garcia (USA) and William Boodhoo (Canada). WBC supervisor is Bismarck Morales and WBO supervisor is Luis Perez.
Raymond Serrano 145 vs. Ayi Bruce 144
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. James Hope 137.5
Anthony Mezaache 136 vs. Carlos Vinan 136
Khedafi Djelkhir 126 vs. Jorge Cordero 126
Mike Perez 135 vs. Jorge Ruiz 137
Jason Escalera 173 vs. Amador Acevedo 177
Note: David Tua (237.5) and Monte Barrett (225) weighed in yesterday.
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort
Promoter: Star Boxing
By Karl Freitag
European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (40-4-2, 15 KOs) scored his biggest win and retained his belt against favored former WBA interim world champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-2-1, 14 KOs) by winning a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, England. Hatton battled back from a first round knockdown to outwork Nuzhnenko over twelve. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. Hatton is the younger brother of former world champion Ricky Hatton.
In the co-feature, middleweight Martin Murray (20-0, 7 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-7-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant Commonwealth belt. Scores were 120-109, 120-108, 120-109.
Super bantamweight Scott Quigg (20-0, 13 KOs) stopped Gavin Reid (6-7-1, 3 KOs) in his first ten-rounder.
WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, who will make his return to the rings next August 28 in Argentina against Demarcus Chop Chop Corley, wished good luck to his fellow countryman Carlos Abregu from Argentina who will face Timothy Bradley tomorrow in California. “I wish Carlos all the best for such an important fight. He is my compatriot and I am 100% behind him. I’ll be supporting him through the TV. He is a great guy who can really punch, so Bradley could be in a big problem. I think Abregú can win by KO,” Maidana said. (more…)
Tim Bradley 147 vs Luis Carlos Abregu 146.5
Alfredo Angulo 153 vs Joachim Alcine 153.5
Eduardo Cruz 128.5 vs Ruffino Serrano 127
Antonio DeMarco 138.5 vs Daniel Attah 135
Art Hovhannesyan 137.5 vs Christian Favela 137
Joel Diaz 127 vs Rene Torrez 126
Abraham Lopez 133.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 127
Venue: Agua Caliente Spa, Resort and Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Rafael Concepcion 118
(WBC/WBO bantamweight championship)
Linda Sanchez 104.7 vs Ibeth Zam Ora 104.7
(WBC female strawweight title)
Osvaldo Razon 104.7 vs Vs Danny Olivo 104.7
(Fecombox strawweight title)
Michael Medina 155 vs Gilberto Flores 154
Ramon Maas 122 vs Carloz Peñaloza 123.5
Juan Katun 115 vs Paulino Villalobos 117
Michael Garcia 118 vs Antonio Galindo 120
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla, Chiapas, Mexico
Tv: Fox Sports And TV Azteca
Promotor: Top Rank, Zanfer, Gob. Del Estado Chiapas
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Less than 12 hours for Floyd Mayweather to make a decision. Pacman’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host an international media conference call tonight at 3AM ET / midnight PT — the deadline given to Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13.
Although maintaining silence about a potential Pacquiao fight, Mayweather hasn’t been completely out of the news. He captured his third ESPY award Wednesday for 2010 Award for Best Fighter. “The fact that the ESPY award is based on fan votes makes it a special honor for me as I have always appreciated the fans who do recognize how hard I work to be the best in the sport,” said Mayweather. He also held two Twitter scavenger hunts last week, earning $20,000 in funding for his Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation.
Tonight’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will present a classic “ShoBox” fight card featuring ambitious young talent on the verge of greatness. To continue their rise up the rankings and contend for a world title, they first must triumph in their most critical test to date – live at 11p ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. Below is expert analyst Steve Farhood’s preview of Lanard Lane vs. Mike Dallas Jr.
On July 21, legendary trainer/manager Emanuel Steward will conduct the first of a series of clinics, which will be scheduled throughout the world. The clinic will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Sweet Science Fitness. And with the growing demand of getting back to the basics, a second clinic is scheduled at the Fight Factory on August 4 in Tampa, Florida. At this stage of Stewards’ career he wants to share lessons learned, this clinic is for: boxers, amateur and professional, trainers, conditioning coaches, boxing fans and anyone who desires first hand knowledge. (more…)
Former world champ and living legend Yori Boy Campas (92-15-1, 74 KOs) has accepted a fight in the main event of the October 2 card in Garden City, Kansas, promoted by Robert Gonzales. Campas will go eight rounds with local middleweight Jose Gonzales (13-8-1). In the co-main, Taos-born Marcos Herrera (5-1-1), now in Denver, fights Garden City’s Herbert Acevedo (3-0) in a sixer at lightweight. Other bouts include: Victoria Cisneros (5-9-2), of Albuquerque, vs. TBA, six at 140; Albuquerque’s Vincent “Li’l Man” Mirabal (6-0) vs. Joel Vargas (2-1-1), of Topeka, Ks., four at 145; Albuquerque’s Josh “Pittbull” Torres (4-1-1) vs. Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9), of Pueblo, Colo., four at 145; Raymond “Hollywood” Montes (3-1), of Albuquerque, vs. Adam Ochoa (2-1-1), of Amarillo, Tex., four at 118; Albuquerque’s Yorden Hernandez debuts vs. Chris Russel (2-1), of Shattuck, Okla.; Albuquerque’s Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-6) takes on debuter Noel Esquedo of Wichita, Ks., four at 147; and Wichita debuter Dameon Brown fights Amarillo debuter Benjamin Vasquez in a four-rounder.
OPI 2000 prospects Antonio Moscatiello (9-0, 8 KOs) and Carel Sandon (13-0, 4 KOs) keep their unbeaten records intact last night in Civitanova Marche, Italy. Welterweight Antonio Moscatiello beat Hungarian Janos Varga (8- 3, 7 KOs) by TKO in round three while lightweight Carel Sandon beat durable Zsolt Nagy (14-15, 6 KOs) on points over eight rounds. Moscatiello is the nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni while Carel Sandon is the nephew of former WBA middleweight champion Sumbu Kalambay. In the photo (from left to right) Sumbu Kalambay, Carel Sandon, Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000, Antonio Moscatiello and Giacobbe Fragomeni.
Think fighter, think James ‘Lights Out’ Toney. Although the specifics pigeonhole Toney as a professional boxer, Toney’s always been more of a fighter than anything or anyone else. While fighting peers train or learn tough, Toney just is. Some fake it, Toney does it. Fighting comes to Toney as naturally as a shoulder-roll followed by a counter right-cross and nobody, across the entire combat sports spectrum, appears at one with their sport like Toney and boxing. Some men are known as ‘The Natural’, but Toney truly is just that . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
A press conference on Tuesday will officially announce an August 14 card at Santa Ana Star Center in Bernalillo, N.M., promoted by Eagle Boxing and Golden Girl Promotions. In the main event, undefeated Thaddine Swifteagle Johnson (5-0, 5 KOs), who’s been training at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas, Nev., is expected to fight for her first world title. In the co-main, between former Holly Holm opponents – well, one of ‘em a would-be opponent – Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-9-1) will take on Melissa Hernandez (12-2-2, 4 Kos) of Bronx, New York, in what will probably be a title fight at lightweight. Stay tuned for more info as the card develops.
WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel says Rafael “Little Bull” Concepcíon will give everything to beat him because it’s the chance of his life to be the second Panamanian to earn the gold and green belt. Montiel (42-2-2, 31 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, defends against Concepcion (14-2-2, 8 KOs) in the “Top Rank Live” main event aired live in USA by Fox Sports, in Mexico by TV Azteca and the rest of the world by WBCBOXING.TV.
“I was upset about the Morel cancellation, but the fans will be the real winners because the exchange of punches [with Concepcion] will be more straight. Morel was going to run and “Little Bull” is no doubt stronger and braver. But if I am the best bantamweight in the world, I must prove it against contenders like this Panamanian,” Montiel said. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Alexander Alekseev 199.7 vs Denis Lebedev 198.4
(WBO cruiserweight eliminator)
Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Arely Mucino 111.3
(WBA/WBO/WIBF female flyweight championship)
Eddy Gutknecht 174.2 vs. Michal Bilak 173.3
Christian Hammer 242.5 vs. Mariusz Wach 263.5
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128.3 vs. Hermin Isava 128.5
Vikapita Meroro 174.8 vs. Jevgenijs Andrejevs 175
Venue: Sport- Und Kongresshall, Schwerin, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
By Ron Jackson
The well trainer Josiah Mosiah who trained South African champions like Morris Mohloai and Lybo Nkoko died in Soweto recently after a long illness. He was 85. (more…)
“It happened during my final training on the Thursday afternoon,” said WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer. “Suddenly I felt a pain in the back, it felt like an electric shock. We went directly to the clinic. Luckliy it wasn’t anything serious. My physiotherapist Matthias Böhme tried everything, but nothing worked. I’m sorry. I was happy about my third fight in Schwerin and the fans. But we’ll make up for this. Tomorrow I’ll join the fans and enjoy the boxing from outside the ring. The fight card is still world class.”
“Fortunately our first suspicion of a slipped disk was excluded,” stated Universum doctor Dr. Michael Ehnert. “The examination revealed an acute, very painful blockage in the left Iliosacral joint.” Dr. Ehnert added that chiropractic and physiotherapy along with strong painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs could contribute to a quick improvement, but there was no way Brähmer cound have fought Saturday night.
Preview by Felipe Leon
Tonight at the “Tigre” Garcia Gymnasium in the port city of Ensenada, Mexico, local favorite Juan Carlos Virgen (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will put his perfect record as well as his WBC FECARBOX middleweight title versus hard hitting grizzled veteran Rito Ruvalcaba (33-10, 29 KOs) of Tijuana in a 12-round bout. (more…)
Ringside Report by Mark Vaz
Photography by Emily Harney
Molina, Jr. pulled off an exciting come from behind victory over previously undefeated “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy with an eleventh round stoppage for the NABO Lightweight title.
Lundy’s superior hand speed, accentuated by an outstanding, accurate jab controlled the action for the first four rounds of the fight. Seemingly in for an evening of target practice, Lundy was able to land at will as Molina was barely able to get close enough to the switch-hitting Philadelphian to throw a punch . . . Click here for more
Let’s Get It On Promotions and current USBA light-heavyweight champion, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, have entered into a long term promotional agreement. Griffin, with a record of 22-6, 9 KOs is also ranked #10 in the world in the IBF.
Griffin, who was the winner of Fox’s The Next Great Champ boxing reality TV show in 2004, has been on an impressive winning streak. In April of 2009, he traveled to Florida to fight former super-middleweight world champion, Jeff Lacy, and lost a majority decision in Lacy’s native Tampa, FL. Most boxing fans and writers believe that Griffin won seven out of the ten rounds, and was on the wrong end of a hometown decision. Since then, Griffin has been on a rush, coming off of three impressive wins. (more…)
With exactly one month remaining until two of the top fighters in the world enter the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal, current WBC Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) and American Pound for Pound superstar “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) hit the scales for their mandatory 30-day pre-fight weigh in. The limit mandated by the WBC 30 days before a Light Heavyweight championship is 192.5 lbs. (more…)
Last week WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm reached an agreement with his former promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl (Universum) regarding the end of their promotional contract. Now Sturm is free to organize and promote his fights all by himself. His comeback after more than a year of ring absence is scheduled for September 4th in his home town Cologne (Germany). The three-time world champion will announce his opponent and further details on the show at a press conference next week. “There is one thing I can already tell you”, Sturm said today. “We are working on a huge show and we will present a great opponent with international experience.” (more…)
Photo by Team Sauerland
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) caught up with the German media yesterday as he continues his preparation for his clash with Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs). The duo will battle it out in Erfurt on August 21, which will be Huck’s fourth title defense. “Despite the hot weather in Germany we have been working really hard in practice,” Huck said. “My trainer Ulli Wegner has scheduled a lot of exhausting sessions. Fighting in Erfurt will be special for him because he lived there for a long time. So I intent to put on a spectacular performance on August 21 to please him and of course my fans all over the world. Godfrey is a tough challenger, but he has never been inside the ring with someone like me. I am the best cruiserweight in the world and I am keen to prove it once again.” (more…)
Two days before his title defense, WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer has been forced to pull out of Saturday night’s fight against Alejandro Lakatos due to a back injury. On Thursday afternoon, after a training run and some shadow boxing, Brähmer was immobilized with an acute pain in his back. The Universum Champions Night at the Sport And Kongresshall in Schwerin, Germany will go on as scheduled. The televised fights will now be Susi Kentikian against Arely Mucino followed by the explosive WBO eliminator between Alexander Alekseev and Denis Lebedev. (More to come)
By Francisco Salazar
It is no secret that Junior Welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley wants to fight the best fighters out there. Although he is one of more humble young titleholders in boxing today, Bradley is very vocal in wanting to face the best at 140 pounds. After a significant bout fell through and finding no reasonable takers who was willing to step up and face the unbeaten world title holder, Bradley decided to go up in weight and face the best possible challenger out there. Literally. “I just want to fight the best out. That’s my goal.”
Bradley will face a height and size disadvantage on Saturday night as he takes on Luis Carlos Abregu in a 12 round Welterweight bout at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former two time WBC light heavyweight challenger Paul Briggs (26-3, 8 KOs) is confident that he will defeat IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds next Wednesday at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Western Australia. Briggs is not impressed with Danny Greens recent win over legendary Roy Jones, Jr or former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siacca. (more…)
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion and Top-10 pound for pound fighter Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, his opponent, undefeated Top-Five-rated welterweight contender Carlos Abregu, No. 1 junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo and his opponent, former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine, hosted their final news conference today at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (more…)
Raymond Charles 145.75 vs. Dillet Frederick 145.5
Adam Jaco 171.5 vs. Robbie Tovar 175
Christina Swanson 136.1 vs. Karen Dulin 129.1
Marquis Davis 161 vs. Cesar Gomez 161
Antton Slaughter 131.1 vs. Leroy Padilla 127
Wilky Campfort 159 vs. Danny Pastrana 159
Cordaro Simpkins 130 vs. Angel Albelo 130
Reynaldo Cepeda 148 vs. Pablo Ruiz 151
Venue: Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: One Punch Productions
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 159 pounds and tough veteran Ishe Smith measured 158 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Fitzgerald Casino in Tunica, Miss. Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation tomorrow, Friday, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The tripleheader will take place at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, just days from the ninth anniversary of the first ShoBox telecast. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher Cook
On Friday One Punch Productions will showcase another night of professional boxing at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. Headlining the night of action will be undefeated Raymond Charles (12-0-2, 5 KOs) of El Campo, Texas. Charles will be squaring off with Florida’s own Dillet Frederick (6-3-3, 3 KOs). Frederick is coming off a 1-1 year last year, in hopes to get back to his slick form which led him to start his career 5-0-2. Charles, whose last two fights were also in Tampa, will be looking to extend his streak against one of his toughest tests to date. Also in action on the card will be local favorite Adam Jaco (7-3-1, 2 KOs). Jaco has won his last three bouts and is looking to continue his form in hopes of moving up the ranks of the light heavy division. (more…)
The middleweight title fight at UFC 117 between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen will be accentuated by one of the most stacked cards in UFC history. The main card features the long-awaited rematch between welterweight contenders Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, as well as such notable fighters such as recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee Matt Hughes, the electrifying Clay Guida, and a heavyweight matchup between two fast rising stars in the division Roy Nelson and Junior Dos Santos. With all of the intriguing fights lined up on the fight card, the championship ramifications in the main event will add the icing to the cake. (more…)
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Zab Judah 141 vs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz 143
Sadam Ali 145 vs. Julius Edmonds 142
Adam Kownacki 231 vs. Damian Clement 243
Angel Concepcion 178 vs. Shannon Anderson 178
Patrick Farrell 197 vs. Newton Kidd 190
Alex Perez 148 vs. Edvan Barros 149
Nicky DeMarco 132.5 vs. Jose Guzman 132.5
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
Promoter: Main Events/Super Judah Promotions
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Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Carlos Iván Velázquez 129.5 vs. Eduardo Arcos 130
Jonathan Vida 116 vs. Félix Pérez 118
Luis Cruz 129 vs. Juan Jose Beltrán 131.5
Miguel Robles 114 vs. Arturo Santiago 116
Juan González 132.7 vs. Christopher Rivera 129.7
Luis Cosme 115.5 vs. Javier Rosado 114
Luis Brañas Jr. 122 vs. José Pagán 121.5
Yaniel Rivera 106 vs.Manuel Torres 108
Venue: Cosme Beitía Coliseum, Cataño, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions, Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment
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Following weeks of intense negotiations, SHOWTIME Sports® is proud to announce that Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event—the promotional outlets for world-class super middleweight boxers Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham—have agreed to a location for their fighters’ crucial Super Six World Boxing Classic bout. On Saturday, Oct. 2, in the capital city/state of Monaco, Abraham and Froch will meet at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille for their pivotal Group Stage 3 match up in the boxing tournament that has ignited the industry. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same day delay).
Hennessy Sports and Sauerland Event are currently working with Principality officials in Monaco to finalize all the necessary authorizations for this event as they expect it to be one of the biggest fights in the history of the region. The Principality of Monaco is situated on the Mediterranean Sea in the south west area of Europe, some 1,400 km from Abraham’s home in Berlin and over 1,000 km from Froch’s native Nottingham, England. (more…)
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