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Promoter J Russell Peltz promised a return to the glory days of Philadelphia boxing and Friday night’s all-Philly war at the Arena in South Philadelphia delivered on that promise. USBA junior middleweight champion Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis (22-2-1, 13 KOs) pounded out a hard fought majority decision over ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado (14-5, 8 KOs) in a thriller that had the fans on their feet from the opening bell. Both fighters were hurt in the bout, but in the end Ennis prevailed by scores of 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112.
Photos: Bob Barton
Big-punching super middleweight Francisco Sierra (22-3, 21 KOs) scored an impressive and bloody seven round technical decision over previously undefeated contender, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. George was rocked in round one, and staggered again in round two with blood gushing from his nose. George was a bloody mess as he continued to be punished. Sierra scored a knockdown in round seven and then dropped George again hard just after the bell. George was given five minutes to recover but was deemed unable to continue. Sierra was deducted two points for the foul. Scores were 68-63, 69-62, 69-62.
In the main event, welterweight Ashley Theophane (27-4-1, 7 KOs) stunned IBF #3 rated Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14 KOs), taking a controversial majority decision over ten by scores of 95-95, 96-94, 96-94. Rodriguez seemed to have done more than Theophane in a mostly uneventful encounter, but didn’t dominate enough for the satisfaction of the judges. (more…)
Cruiserweight Troy Ross, winner of Season 4 of The Contender television series, has called out IBO Champion Danny Green describing him as a fraud. “He defended his title against a guy who hadn’t fought in nearly 3 years last week, who was a light heavyweight that had retired on medical grounds,” stated Ross. “In his previous defense he pulled the same act dragging a middleweight who had fought one solitary round in 2 years in Manny Siacca? To add further insult he calls Paul Briggs a dog and humiliates him by hurling insults from inside the ring! I saw it on youtube and couldn’t believe it. In America he would be lucky to leave the ring alive with a low act like that – but in this case the commissions would never allow a farce like that to happen here in the first place.” (more…)
Click here for all the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Photos by Chris Cozzone.
For the first-time ever, millions of action sports thrill-seekers will see the UFC® and its matching event numbers racing around the ESPN X Games this weekend live on ESPN, all as part of a cross-promotional partnership with PMR Motorsports. (more…)
Jon Jones Faces Vladimir Matyushenko This Sunday In San Diego: Plus a middleweight showdown between Mark Munoz and Yushin Okami – Sunday night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT Live on Versus
See The Premiere Episode Of Ultimate Insider Now On UFC.com: Hosted by Arianny Celeste, featuring a hot Octagon Girl photoshoot, plus Joe Rogan interviews Jon Jones and a raw look at Forrest Griffin
UFC FanExpo hits London: Ever since the first UFC® Fan ExpoTM took place last July, UFC President Dana White has been inundated with questions from European fans when they get their own action-packed weekend of UFC events.
The September 11 Wladimir Klitschko/Samuel Peter bout from Frankfurt, Germany, beginning at 5PM ET, will be streamed live in the United States on ESPN3.com. As for TV coverage, ESPN Deportes will air the fight on tape-delay at 8PM ET and ESPN will show a tape of the fight the next day at 4:30PM ET. “We are always looking for opportunities to deliver quality boxing matches on multiple platforms,” said Doug Loughrey, director of programming & acquisitions at ESPN. “We are pleased to present another world title heavyweight bout to for United States-based boxing fans.” The fight will be called by ESPN’s Brian Kenny and Teddy Atlas stateside.
By Karl Freitag
When Floyd Mayweather recently stayed at a luxury hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, and it was hinted that Floyd might hook up with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, fueling speculation that the the pair would meet to discuss a super fight between the two superstars. However, that meeting never took place. “A fight between Miguel and Floyd will be great for the sport and exciting for the fans around the world,” Bryan Pérez, Executive Director of Promociones Miguel Cotto told Fightnews.com. “Mayweather only have to say ‘yes’ to the challenge.”
Juan Manuel Marquez 133.5 vs. Juan Diaz 135
Daniel Jacobs 159 vs. Dmitry Pirog 160
Sakio Bika 166 vs. Jean Paul Mendy 167
Joel Casamayor 138 vs. Robert Guerrero 138.5
Jorge Linares 132.5 vs. Rocky Juarez 132
George Groves 169 vs. Alfredo Contreras 169
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Derek Bryant 201
Frankie Gomez 139 vs. Ronald Peterson*
* Peterson will weigh in later
Mike Peralta 136 vs. Juan Montiel 134
WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa has selected a new training location to prepare for his upcoming Sept. 11 fight against IBF Champ Orlando Salido. Gamboa will arrive Sunday in Tampa, Florida, and will commence training on Monday at the Fight Factory gym, which is run by Pete Fernandez and Michael Asmer. Fight Factory is the site where Miguel Cotto trained for his previous two bouts, and was featured in HBO’s 24-7 series for the Pacquiao-Cotto bout. The gym will be closed to the public during Gamboa’s workout sessions.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
It’s probably happening too late in their careers, but for the three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Martin “Gallito” Castillo it’s a fight that they both have always wanted and one that will finally happen this Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Nayarit, Tepic, Mexico. “I know that people are saying that we are not the fighters we used to be, but you know, this is a fight we always wanted and one that will be remembered for a long time. Our styles are made for each other and we both bleed like crazy, it should be a fun night for everyone, except us,” said Arce. (more…)
Photo by Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Alberto Herrera 153 vs. Sammy Gonzalez 153.5
Efrain Esquivias 123 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 121.5
Jonathan Arrellano 122 vs. Hugo Ramos 125
Jonte Willis 211 vs. Lamont Williams 197.5
Manuel Del Cid 132.5 vs. Carlos Hernandez 136
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
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On Saturday at a press conference in Las Vegas, five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley and former junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora will officially announce their September 18 pay-per-view bout at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Mexican welterweight Phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and top junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz will also be on hand to announce their respective bouts on the undercard. Fight fans are invited to the event which starts at 11AM in the Mizuya Lounge (Formerly J-Pop Lounge) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Photo by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
WBO junior flyweight champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) weighed in at 116.5 pounds today in the first pre-weigh in for his unification bout against Mexican Giovanni Segura which will take place next August 28 at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The night is being presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and will be televised on pay-per-view. Puerto Rico’s Professional Boxing Commission had the maximum limit of 124.2 pounds for the first pre-weigh in. “We are working hard for this bout, looking for a victory and another good performance. As always the weight is not a problem. I’m in good shape and focused for this fight,” said Calderon. Calderon was training for the press at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in his home town of Guaynabo. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his brother, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, and father, Eduardo, will take on southpaw and Roger Mayweather pupil, Cornelius “Lighting” Lock (19-5-1, 12 KOs) of Detroit, MI on Saturday, August 14 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX in a 12-round IBF featherweight title eliminator and will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. In his last outing, the 22-year old Garcia defeated Pedro “El Vaquero” Navarrete (25-8-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico via unanimous decision on Latin Fury 14, which featured the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Simphiwe Nongqayi 115 vs. Juan Alberto Rosas 115
Jorge Arce 120 vs. Martin Castillo 120
Alonso Lopez 114 vs. Pedro Rodriguez 113
Jesus Silvestre 108.2 vs. Moises Eb 109
Enrique Bernache 122 vs. Josimar Olivares 122
Jorge Pinzon 156 vs. Oscar Ventura 155
Luis Lugo 126 vs. Jorge Hernandez 127
Venue: Palenque De La Feria, Tepic
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Rank and Gobierno De Nayarit
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Tickets for Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ — Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido – on Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas go on sale tomorrow, Saturday, July 31. Gamboa, the WBA featherweight champion, will take on Salido, the IBF featherweight champion, in the Pearl Concert Theater. Gamboa, a big puncher, has a record of 18-0, 15 KOs. He is a four-time Cuban national champion and a 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist. Salido is the IBF featherweight champion. He has a record of 34-10-2, 22 KOs and is trained by former world champion Daniel Zaragoza. “This is an exciting matchup of champions – a real battle,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. (more…)
Tyson Fury says he’s ready for a massive domestic dust up – if either Derek Chisora or Sam Sexton pull out of their double title showdown. Chisora and Sexton go head to head in Birmingham on September 18 in a scrap that brings together the British and Commonwealth kings. Fury will face the winner after his ninth round knockout of John McDermott in a British title eliminator in June that secured the massive Manchester puncher his 11th straight win and ninth KO. (more…)
A Hamburg District Court has issued an injunction against Juan Carlos Gomez regarding statements against ARENA and promoter Ahmet Öner. According to the judgment Gomez is not allowed to claim that Öner still owes him money or that he has been intimated by ARENA staff in order to sign a new promotional contract. “The court statement is very clear – Juan is a liar,“ says Öner. “We are suing him for libel and after the injunction I am pretty sure that we will win the case. Proof for all payments made to him are on file. Juan earned the highest purses of his career while fighting for ARENA. It’s sad that he needs to insult people to get some publicity because he’s just no good anymore. But to be honest – who cares about Gomez anyways?“
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live world championship webcast – free of charge – at 10PM ET/7PM PT on Saturday night. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in the Philippines. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines – WBC International super flyweight champion Silvester Lopez, 13-2-1 with 9 knockouts, of Parañaque City, Philippines, will make his second defense of the title against former WBC interim strawweight world champion Wandee Singwancha, 63-11-1 with 15 knockouts, of Udon Thani, Thailand. (more…)
Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli was on hand at the world premier of “Risen – The Howard Winstone Story,” last night at the Cardiff International Arena. Since “Macca” starred in the film, and is a big name on the Welsh boxing scene, it was only natural that the home grown son attend along with a who’s who of UK Fighters. Maccarinelli took time out to talk with Fightnews about his role in the film, as well as his upcoming Euro title tilt with undefeated Alexander Frenkel at LG Arena in Birmingham, England on September 18, 2010. (more…)
Photo by Jorge Garcia/Team Segura
One month before the biggest fight of his career, Giovani Segura is right on track to make the 108 pound limit for his unification bout against Ivan Calderon. Segura weighed in at 113 pounds today, nine pounds under the limit of 124. Segura will put his WBA junior flyweight world championship belt up against Calderon’s WBO junior flyweight championship belt on Saturday, August 28 at the Coliseum Mario Quijote Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, the hometown of the long time Puerto Rican champion. (more…)
Photo and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Among the boxing luminaries enjoying their weekend in Cardiff, Wales at the WBC Night of Champions is former WBA heavyweight champion James “Bonecrusher” Smith. Smith has teamed up with the WBC and, along with WBC Executive Vice President Mauricio Sulaiman, gave Fightnews an exclusive on their upcoming venture. “We are starting a new event called ‘Fantasy Fight Night,’ chimed ‘Bonecrusher.’ Every other sport has a fantasy league-baseball, basketball, football, where regular people can compete against legends of their favorite sport. Boxing doesn’t have that. All of us fighters are getting old, we have creaky knees, we’re slow. We’ll be getting in the ring with fans and the money will go toward helping former fighters who have nothing left in terms of finances.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (15-0, 12 KOs), a Japanese hard-puncher, will put his belt on the line against WBA#5 PABA and WBC international champ Roy Mukhlis (23-2-2, 18 KOs), Indonesia, at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama (near our capital Tokyo), on September 20 (our national holiday of Respect for the Aged). It was publicly announced at Watanabe Gym today (Friday).
Uchiyama impressively acquired the WBA throne by dispatching defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado via twelfth and final round TKO last January, and kept it by demolishing elongated Venezuelan Angel Granados with a vicious right in the sixth this May. The unbeaten KO artist, having scored five consecutive wins, hopes to successfully defend his title by another stoppage. (more…)
(Second-day weigh-in for USBA Junior Middleweight Title)
Gabriel Rosado 159 vs Derek Ennis 160
Each fighter was 153 at Thursday’s Official Weigh-In
Dennis Hasson 167 vs Alberto Mercedes 165
Tony Petrantonio 172 vs Andre Hemphill 174
Anthony Flores 130 vs Gustavo Dailey late
Farah Ennis 169 vs Demetrius Davis 168
Sidell Blocker 132 vs Angel Ocasio 132
Bryant Jennings 222 vs Bernell Stewart 223 1/2
Garrett Wilson 182 1/2 vs Reshawn Scott 184 1/2
Venue: South Philly Arena
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The city of Cardiff, Wales continues to welcome the gathered champions at the WBC Night of Champions event on day two. This morning, champs and invited guests took an open top double decker bus tour around Cardiff, seeing such sights as Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff Bay, along with a slew of contrasting modern and vintage architecture alike. Two bus loads handles the tour, as the guides explained the sights and even gave some impromptu lessons in the Welsh language, which predates the English language considerably. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Eroll Popova
Sebastian Zbik 159.3 vs. Jorge Sebastian Heiland 158.9
(WBC middleweight championship)
Dimitri Sartison 167.1 vs. Khoren Gevor 167.7
(WBA super middleweight championship)
Alexander Dimitrenko 260.1 vs. Jaroslaw Zavorotny 245.8
Karoly Balzsay 169 vs. Aziz Daari 169.3
Juan Carlos Gomez 245.3 vs. Zack Page 208.3
Jack Culcay 155.4 vs. Ionut Trandafir Ilie 153.6
Arthur Matern 155.4 vs Semjos Moroseks 152.5
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Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
New York City prospects provided a packed BB Kings with an exciting night of “Broadway Boxing” on Wednesday as they thrilled an enthusiastic crowd with a bevy of concussive performances on a card promoted by DiBella Entertainment. In the main event, Brooklyn-based Dominican prospect Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) continued his ascent in the junior lightweight division, knocking Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs) down in round one and pounding out a one-sided 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 decision. (More)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
It has been an amazing and successful career for Juan Manuel Marquez throughout his 17 years as a professional prizefighter. A world title in three different weight classes, victories over future hall of fame fighters, and the respect of adoring fight fans are some of the accomplishments Marquez has achieved. Just last year, Marquez added more fans and respect in landing a picture perfect punch to Juan Diaz’ chin, dropping the young warrior and winning by a dramatic ninth round stoppage just 17 months ago.
While Marquez gets ready for his rematch against Diaz tomorrow night, the 36 year old fighter admitted that an injury as a teenager almost kept him out of the ring altogether. What could this injury have been that would jeopardize Marquez from becoming a household name in Mexico and to fight fans across the world? An eye injury during sparring? Tearing ligaments in his legs while running? (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Tyson Griffin is the hardest working fighter you don’t know.
The Las Vegas transplant, by way of California, has an impressive set of Octagon credentials. Of his ten UFC outings, Griffin (14-3, 7-3 UFC) has snared five Fight of the Night honors and one Submission of the Night. In addition, Griffin became the first fighter in the UFC (and just the second ever) to finish Hermes Franca at UFC 103. The TKO victory silenced critics who derided the Xtreme Couture fighter for not being able to finish fights. If the UFC credentials weren’t enough, Griffin defeated Urijah Faber in just his third pro fight (after the loss, Faber went undefeated for the next three years and tore through the WEC’s feather weight division) . . . Click here for more
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The second WBC Night of Champions kicked off yesterday in Cardiff, Wales with the official champions group photo at Cardiff Castle. Just as was the case at the inaugural event four years ago in Cancun, Mexico, the assembled champions gathered for a group shot, this time at this nearly two thousand year old site. Some of the local greats from Wales and England on hand were Terry Marsh (IBF 140 lbs.), Colin Jones (British, Commonwealth & European 147lbs.), Alan Rudkin (British, Commonwealth & European 118 lbs.), Alan Minter (World 160 lbs.), as well as international stars of the past Carlos Zarate, Alfonso Zamora, Yuri Arbachakov, Jeff Harding, George Chuvalo, and many more. (more…)
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IBF, WBO and IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has confirmed that he will defend his titles against Samuel Peter at Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany on September 11. Samuel Peter is 29 years old and #2 ranked in the IBF. After the IBF disqualified Alexander Povetkin for not following its rules, Peter is now the mandatory challenger of Klitschko. In 2005, Klitschko and Peter met in a dramatic fight in Atlantic City, USA. Klitschko was down three times during the fight but came back strong and nearly knocked out Peter in the 12th round. Klitschko won the fight by unanimous decision. (more…)
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