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By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese banger Ryo Akaho (16-0-2, 10 KOs), 115, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF super-flyweight belt as he floored previously unbeaten Australian champ Fred Mandraby (12-1-1, 6 KOs), 112.5, four times before his corner didn’t allow him to go on after the fifth round on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Prior to the stoppage Akaho was widely leading on points: scoring referee Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) and judge Frank Hadley (Australia) both 50-41, and judge Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 49-42, all in the aggressive Akaho’s favor. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Colombian referee Uriel Aguilera will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA interim miniumweight champion Samuel Gutierrez (27-5-2, 18 KOs) defends against Nicaraguan Former World (27-3, 21 KOs) at San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, Puebla, Mexico on Saturday. The three judges are Ignacio Robles (Panama) , Jayson Garcia (USA) and Sergio Caiz (USA). The fight Supervisor is Miguel Prado(Panama).
WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer will not be able to defend his title against interim titlist Nathan Cleverly on Saturday in London after a cut suffered in training reopened on Tuesday. Braehmer will not be traveling to London today as scheduled.
Cleverly is still planning to fight a late substitute on Saturday night. Promoter Frank Warren is seeking to have the WBO strip Braehmer of the belt and have Cleverly elevated to full championship status.
This is the third straight fight Braehmer has pulled out of. First he pulled out of a July 2010 defense against Alejandro Lakatus in Schwein, Germany, citing a back injury. Then in January he pulled out of a title unification clash with WBA champ Beibut Shumenov in Kazakhstan after allegedly falling ill.
By Rick Scharmberg
Unbeaten Derrick Webster (7-0, 5 KOs), of Glassboro, NJ will face Louis Robinson (2-3-1, 1 KO), of Philadelphia, PA in the six round light heavyweight main event on Saturday, June 4 at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton Township, NJ. In the co-feature, Philadelphia’s Charles Hayward (6-2, 2 KOs) takes on William Chouloute (1-3, 1 KO), of Chicago, IL in a six round super middleweight bout. Nedal Promotions is presenting the scheduled eight-bout show. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. will rest for one month and then start training gradually with the intention to return to a ten-rounder and then look for a title bout at 122 pounds in 2012 without ruling out a rematch with his conqueror Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce as announced his trainer and father Wilfredo Vazquez.
Super prospect Jose Pedraza (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight on the June 10 “Boricua Invasion” show in New York City against Tomi Archambul (1-1) in a six rounder that and in all probability will be opening the ESPN2 telecast.
By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions, presided by Hall of Famer promoter Akihiko Honda, announced on Monday that three boxers under its wing would fight abroad in the US and Mexico. Newly crowned WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (23-2-1, 10 KOs) will risk his belt against unbeaten mandatory challenger Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) in Atlantic City, NJ, on July 9. Shimoda, a fast-punching southpaw, dethroned Ryol-li Lee by dropping him three times this January, and will make his initial defense there. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told the LA Times that Juan Manuel Marquez has signed to fight Manny Pacquiao for a third time on November 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Golden Boy Promotions has the contractual right to match any offer to Marquez through next February, however, and Arum told the Times that Golden Boy has not yet issued its “approval and consent” for the fight to go ahead.
By Francisco Salazar
Middleweight king and one of the best fighters in the world today Sergio Martinez will return to the ring in early October, promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews.com. Martinez has been penciled in to fight the winner of the Sebastian Zbik-Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. world title bout, which will take place on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. DiBella is looking at three different venues to host the fight, depending on the fighter who wins the bout or against Marco Antonio Rubio. Last month, Rubio stopped hard-hitting middleweight David Lemieux in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, in a title eliminator bout.
Sampson Lewkowicz, advisor to Martinez, confirmed that the bout will take place in Connecticut should Zbik come out victorious next month. “Zbik has verbally accepted an offer to fight Martinez should he beat Chavez,” Lewkowicz told Fightnews.com. “If Chavez wins, then the WBC will dictate who he will fight.” (more…)
Photos and report by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The arrival of world champion Thomas Rojas and his challenger, Juan José Montes caused a great uproar in the community of Tuxtla Gutiérrez. Rojas (35-12-1, 23 KOs) will be making the second defense of his WBC super flyweight title against Montes (19-1-1, 12 KOs) next Saturday, May 21st in what will be the opening of the brand new Metropolitan Arena in Chiapas, Mexico. The event is presented by Zanfer in coordination with the government of Chiapas and will be broadcast by TV Azteca and Fox Sports. Click here for more photos…
The WBO announced today the names of the officials who will work this Saturday in the light heavyweight title bout between champion Juergen Braehmer and interim titlist Nathan Cleverly, to be held at O2 Arena in London, England. WBO president, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel reported that for this match the referee will be Mark Nelson, from Minnesota, while the judges are Minnesota’s Denny Nelson, Carlos Ortiz, from New York and Cesar Ramos, from Puerto Rico. This will be the second title defense for Braehmer (36-2, 29 KOs). Cleverly’s record is unbeaten 21-0, 10 KOs. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan. Also on this card, Frank Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs) and Young Mutley (29-5, 14 KOs) will fight for the WBO Inter-Continental vacant title.
Award-winning boxing writer and television announcer Steve Farhood and “Light’s Out” star Holt McCallany are the speakers this Tuesday (May 17th) for the monthly RING 8 meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City. In addition, 2011 New York Golden Gloves Tournament finalists who were unable to attend last month’s RING 8 meeting will be in attendance as honorary RING 8 members throughout this year. (more…)
Impressions of the Press Conference with Pro-Boxers Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye in Hamburg.
The Super Six World Boxing Class Semifinals continue on June 4 with a critical bout between Carl “The Cobra” Froch and the latest addition to the tournament of elite super middleweights, Glen Johnson.
Last week WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins held international media conference calls to discuss their world championship rematch on Saturday at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Their first fight, which took place December 18, 2010, ended in a controversial majority draw. Here’s the official transcript for both calls. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-fly champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), 114, looked so impressive as she made her fourth defense by lopsidedly battering Petchsairoong Lookisaikongdin (13-10), 112.25, of Thailand, dropped the challenger with a flurry of punches in the second session and finally stopped the Thailander at 1:25 of the third session in a scheduled ten-rounder on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super featherweight prospect Salvador Sanchez II is accelerating his training in Mexico City in preparation for a return to the ring on May 28 against a TBA. Sanchez trains daily in the Pino Suarez Gym with trainer Rudy Perez in pursuit of higher learning and developing a Mexican style for his boxing future. He travels daily from Toluca to Mexico City going one hour each way. (more…)
Photos: Team Tarver
Yesterday Antonio Tarver and Danny Green had their first press conference at the Sydney Entertainment Center, site of their July 20 IBF cruiser clash billed as “Judgment Day.” Both fighters were very respectful to each other, but also very confident about victory.
Antonio Tarver: “This is a big fight for both of us. I know he’s tough and not going to let me just walk in his backyard and take the title without making a strong showing for himself. I have to take it from him and I don’t expect the fight to go the distance. I’m not planning on going 12 rounds with this fight. I want to get him out early, because 12 rounds with Danny Green is a lot of work and he has knockout power. I have no plans being on Danny Green’s resume as a lost. I’m sure he’s going to try and test the waters with his aggressive style like he did against Roy Jones Jr., but I’m no Roy Jones Jr..”
Danny Green: “Antonio Tarver is going to be a hard fighter for me to hit. He has size, skills, experience and he’s a southpaw.. It’s going to be tough fight for me. I’m not planning on giving up my World Title. I have a lot of homework to do. This will no doubt be the hardest fight of my career. If I’m not prepared, I will lose this fight. What I like about this fight is it will allow me another opportunity to make my name and it will open other doors for me. I will be ready on July 20th.”
Nathan Cleverly has welcomed Carl Froch’s admission that he’s Froch’s radar, but is focusing first on his world title fight this Saturday night against WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer at The O2 in London. “I’ve got nothing but respect for Froch and that would be a cracking fight down the line,” said Cleverly. “If Froch does intend to come up to light-heavyweight, then who better to fight than me with a world title on the line? I’ve got to get a big win on the world stage first, and it won’t come much bigger than Braehmer. He’s the only thing that I’m focused on at the moment, and I’m not taking my eye off the ball this Saturday because a win is crucial. First I’ve got to deal with Braehmer in style on Saturday night, then not only will Froch take me seriously, but so will the Americans. This is my chance to put myself in the spotlight and I intend to take it.” The fight can be seen live in the UK on Sky Box Office, in Germany via a PPV webcast on BILD.de, and in the USA on EPIX.
Chicago fight fans can meet middleweight contender Andy Lee and celebrity ring announcer Amy Hayes tonight at the at 6:30PM at the Real Time Sports Bar in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. All the fighters appearing on Hitz Boxing’s “Rosemont Rumble” event on Wednesday night at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, will being weighing in. In the main event, Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) takes on Alex Bunema (31-7-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round battle for the NABF and NABA middleweight belts.
Chicago’s Polish Prince Andrzej Fonfara (17-2-1, 8 KOs) faces Anthony Russell on Friday in the ten round main event at Windy City Fight Night 17 at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. The fight will be for the vacant WBO/NABO light heavyweight belt. The card is presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions.
By Jesse Kelley
6’5, 270lb former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards will make his professional boxing debut this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Despite having no prior boxing experience, pro or amateur, the 26-year-old Edwards has sports fans buzzing in anticipation for the soon to be prizefighter to step off the gridiron and through the ropes. Edwards told Fightnews before the start of last year’s football season that he is not worried about the lack of ring experience because of the advantage his athletic background should bring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio will return on June 4 against Colombian Jairo Siris at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Rubio, who won a WBC eliminator against David Lemieux in April is staying busy as he waits to face the winner of the June 4 WBC 160lb title clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. Promoter Oswaldo Kuckle said the Rubio-Siris card will be televised throughout Mexico and will also feature hot super featherweight prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon against Adailton de Jesus and middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes vs. TBA.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Mexico, finished preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr., at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight that takes place this Saturday May 21st at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California. Gomez will headline and take on Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ on FOX Deportes in a 10-round welterweight bout which is being presented by Top Rank. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC interim world champion and Nicaraguan, Juan Palacios, arrived Monday in Mexico City, Mexico at the International Airport Benito Juarez. He told the media awaiting his arrival that he is confident and convinced that next Saturday in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico that he will snatch the WBA miniumweight belt away from champion Samuel Gutierrez. Palacios, (27-3, 21 KOs) has been defeated by former WBC world champ Jose Antonio Aguirre, Ernesto Castro, and against Thai Oleydong Sithsamerchai, however the results of all three losses were controversial and many consider Palacios to be the true victor. The fight is organized by Promociones del Pueblo with support from Grupo Modelo and will air on Televisa (Mexico).
A multitude of fans congregated in the city of Gilroy, California yesterday to honor their hometown hero, Five-Time World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, as May 15, 2011 was officially declared Robert Guerrero Day in the garlic capitol of the world and The Ghost was officially commended for his accomplishments in the ring and his roll as a community leader. (more…)
By: Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at Ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Andre Ward used his boxing smarts to overcome an aggressive start by challenger Arthur Abraham and retain his WBA super middleweight title by way of a clear cut unanimous decision victory Saturday at the Carson Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. more
Unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez has an opponent rival for his June 3 fight in his hometown of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, where he will headline the third edition of the series “A Puño Limpio” against Pipino Cuevas Jr. in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation to be televised on WAPA America. Gonzalez (15-0, 11 KOs) will be looking for the WBO NABO lightweight title when facing Cuevas Jr. (14-6, 12 KOs), son of former welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas.
Also in action, WBO #3 super bantamweight Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (20-2, 13 KOs), will defend his NABO 122lb title versus a fighter to be announced at 10 round. In a third TV fight, flyweight Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (2-0, 2 KOs) will fight in a four round bout. Another five bouts will complete the show. “A Puño Limpio”, will be seen from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on WAPA América to the United States.
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight John Molina has been itching to get back in the ring and build upon his victory from his last fight. He will be able to do that close to home. Molina will step back in the ring on Friday, June 24th when he takes on crafty fighter Robert Frankel in a 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA, promoter Dan Goossen confirmed to Fightnews.com on Saturday night. The bout will headline an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. (more…)
Southern California fight promoter Roy Englebrecht will have his hands full this week as he does what he believes no other fight promoter has ever done before…promote four pro shows in just 48 hours! This marathon run of shows begins on Thursday, May 19th with two, yes, two shows on the same evening. Englebrecht will promote two private shows, the Rumble On The Range at Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank and the NAIOP Night At The Fights at the Hyatt Regency Irvine, and will split his staff so that both shows will be covered. Both of these private shows are sold out. Then on Friday, May 20th they will be the lead promoter in a co promotion with Golden Boy Promotions for a Fight Club OC Special Edition show to air on Telefutura, from The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center. A crowd of 1,200 is expected for this show. The 48 hour run will end on Saturday night May 21st with another show at The Hangar. “I would not normally book four shows in 48 hours, said Englebrecht, but one show changed dates on me and I didn’t want to lose the show.”
Last Friday in the Club Estudiantes, Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina, WBA #5, WBC #7 welterweight Sebastian “Iron” Lujan (37-5-2, 23 KOs) retained his WBC Latin title with an unanimous decision over Jorge “Chino” Miranda (42-11, 16 KOs). On the same card, the former world champion Alejandro “Locomotive” Oliveras (21-2-2, 8 KOs) won by TKO in the sixth round over the Argentinean-Brazilean Alicia Alegre (7-6, 7 KOs) at super featherweight. Oliveras will fight for the vacant lightweight title WBA on Friday 12 August.
Interview by Ricardo Conde
Fightnews sat down with welterweight contender Alfonso Gomez (22-4-2, 11 KOs) at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, to talk to him about his upcoming fight with Calvin Green (21-5-1, 13 KOs) of Baytown, Texas that takes place this Saturday May 21st on the latest edition of ‘Top Rank Live’ which will be shown on FOX Deportes from the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, California, also about the fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. that fell through, who he’d like to face in the highly talented filled welterweight division and a lot more.
Welsh ace WBO interim titleholder Nathan Cleverly says his fight with WBO light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer on Saturday night is his “defining moment.” The unbeaten Cleverly meets the dangerous German at The 02 in London. “Ricky Hatton fought Kostya Tyszu, Joe Calzaghe beat Jeff Lacy, this is a similar kind of fight,” said Cleverly. “My whole career has been building towards this moment, and I’m ready to take it with both hands…I’m so fired up for this fight and I believe that it’s my time. I was ringside for Calzaghe-Lacy. It was an evening when Joe made the world sit up and take notice of him. I’ll do the same against Braehmer.” (more…)
By Doug Rowe, FightNews Canada
Photo: John Rowe
Arash Usmanee made his homecoming a successful one as the undefeated Canadian super featherweight prospect stopped Mexico’s Alejandro Barrera in the 5th round Saturday night at the Capri Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. Trainer Daniel Trepanier’s game plan for Usmanee was to move forward against the very aggressive Barrera. The planned worked to perfection as the Canadian systematically broke down the Mexican fighter enroute to a KO victory. The fight, however, was by no means easy as Barrera, for the better part of five rounds, tried to answer everything Usmanee threw at him. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Saturday marked the return of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic super middleweight tournament at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA as the semi-final round kicked off with Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA easily defeating “King” Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) of Germany, by way of Armenia, with an unanimous decision to retain his WBA super middleweight title and to move into the finale of the ground breaking competition. (more…)
Photos: Felipe Leon
A year ago, San Diego, CA’s Christopher Martin (21-0-2, 6 KOs) found himself in Hinckley, Minnesota, ready to perform on the biggest stage of his career. Martin was tapped to be the latest fodder for hard hitting Chris Avalos on Showtime’s “ShoBox: The Next Generation”; just another opponent for Avalos to stream over, but Martin had other plans. After surviving Avalos’ early frenzied attack, Martin settled in out-boxing the highly touted prospect and upsetting the apple cart via a ten round split decision. After the win, Martin was expected to jump onto the boxing consciousness but instead found himself back at his usual haunt of Spanish language Telefutura. For more details and photos click here…
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