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By David Finger
The third and final day of the 22nd Annual WBO boxing congress wrapped up today in Budapest, Hungary as President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel kicked off the championship and ratings committee meetings early in the morning. With all of the recent activity involving WBO ranked fighters, there was little questioning that it would be a colorful and at times contentious morning. As President Valcarcel discussed the situation in the heavyweight division he first brought up American Eddie Chambers, whose defeat over Alexander Dimitrenko in an eliminator set him up as a mandatory challenger to reigning WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. President Valcarcel was confident that would be fighting for title in the next eighteen months. (more…)
USNBC featherweight champion Luis Cruz will face his first tittle defense next Saturday, 29th, at the Juan Viera Choliseum in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. Today the press conference was help and Cruz (11-0, 9 KOs) explained that fighting in his native town acquires particular value, because that encourages his will and forces him to train harder in order to thank his fans for all of their support. In a really touching moment, the 23-year-old champion emphasized that he will dedicate the bout to his mother, who is currently hospitalized. “When she comes out, she’ll find that her son has a new victory. This one is for her,”said Cruz, who will face Yogli Herrera (22-8, 15 KOs). Tickets are available at Ticketcenter.com: ring side $25.00 and general entrance $12.00. Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment.
It was 80 degrees in New York City on Wednesday, but the real heat was at the B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, where a sold out crowd watched DiBella Entertainment showcase some of the best young talent in boxing. In the main event, 2004 Dominican Republic Olympian Argenis Mendez scored a fifth round knockout over hardnosed veteran Anthony Napunyi in a super featherweight contest. Mendez (14-1, 9 KOs) systematically broke down Napunyi (14-7, 7 KOs) with impressive hand speed and impeccable accuracy until referee Michael Ortega was forced to step in and halt the proceedings. It was a wildly successful first outing under the DiBella Entertainment promotional banner for Mendez. (more…)
Juan Urango 139 vs Randall Bailey 139.5
(IBF light welterweight championship)
Tavoris Cloud 174 vs Clinton Woods 173.5
(IBF light heavyweight championship)
Jonathan Gonzalez 146.5 vs Jason Thompson 145.5
Michael Jean Louis 142.5 vs Prenice Brewer 142.5
Joel Morales 166.5 vs Robert Campbell 168.5
Luis Franco 127.5 vs Christain Fernabdez TBA
Rances Barthelemy 130 vs Vinesah Rungea 129.5
Venue: Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida
By Mariano A. Agmi
Juan Manuel Lopez: “One of my dreams will come true on October 10th, maybe a little sooner than expected but I’m glad it’s here. Even though Rogers Mtagwa doesn’t have a great record as some expect, I know how dangerous he is and I have to be well prepared to beat him. Bob mentioned that every time he works with Russel Peltz (Mtagwa’s promoter) brings a fighter to face a Top Rank star he gets beat, but that won’t happen on October 10. Not only am I going to win, but I’m going to knock him out. Viva Puerto Rico!”
Yuriorkis Gamboa: “Madison Square Garden is a venue that has such a great history with so many great champions have passed through here. I am honored that the Garden opened it’s doors to young champions to show what we bring to the table. The fans are going to see a great show on October 10th.”
Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. Click here for more photos…
Former Junior Welterweight champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris has been medically cleared to fight after collapsing from an accidental head butt in his last outing. On August 14, in Tucson, AZ, Harris collapsed about 90 seconds into the 2nd-round after clashing heads with Noe Balanos in a bout that was shown live on ESPN. After taking a knee, Harris got to his feet, but then collapsed after walking to his corner. The 31-year-old Harris was taken to a nearby hospital for observation and was given a precautionary CAT scan that came back negative. He was released from the hospital around midnight. After returning to his home in Carlstadt, NJ, Harris visited his neurologist as a further precaution. “I’m OK. All the tests came back negative. My health is my number one concern so I made sure I took all the necessary medical precautions before I resume fighting. “Harris said. “Unfortunately these types of things happen but I’m back in the gym, and I look forward to fighting again before the end of the year.” Harris, who recently signed with Golden Boy Promotions, is determined to work his way back to a title shot in the talent-filled 140 lb-division.
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A bonus gallery from last week’s “Hook City” card, headlining Roy Jones Jr. vs. Jeff Lacy. Huge photo gallery by Scott Foster: Click here for more
From the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, N.M. for tomorrow night’s card at Highlands University:
Holly Holm 145 vs. Terri Blair 143.5
Frankie Archuleta 129.5 vs. Lorenzo Estrada 133.5
Arturo Crespin 157.5 vs. Freddy Cisneros 155
Lucas Galle 157.5 vs. Jeramiah Torres 154
Amanda Crespin 126.5 vs. Nohime Dennison 128.5
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) welcomed some special visitors to the Max-Schmeling-Gym today. With local football club Hertha Berlin hosting Brondby IF for the return leg of their Europa League qualification clash, Kessler invited the Danish journalists to show them his new training camp base. “The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great,” Kessler said. “I really like Berlin. It is a great city. Training has been going well, too. I will be in perfect shape for the fight against Perdomo.” (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Pongsaklek Wonjongkam 112 vs Takahisa Masuda 112
(WBC interim flyweight championship bout)
Venue: Kadcheongdoi , Chiangmai, Thailand
Promoter: Piyarat Wachirarattanawongsi of Petchyindee Boxing
TV: Thailand Channel 7
Weights by Dave Spencer
Joachim Alcine 157 vs Eric Mitchell 158.4
David Lemieux 161.1 vs Bladimir Hernandez 162.1
Nicholson Poulard 167.1 vs Jason Naugler 163.7
Eleider Alvarez 183.1 vs Jesse Sanders 184.1
Tony Luis 134.1 vs Cesar Figueroa 134.1
Oscar Rivas 225.4 vs Joe Stoffle 257.1
Venue: Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: GYM Promotions
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By Bob Ryder
Promoter Ron De Leon presents a scheduled 8 bout card in boxings welcome return to Lansing, MI on Saturday, September 5 at the Lansing Center. Craig Lewis will be making his pro debut in the main event attraction. Lewis, the 2008 National Golden Gloves heavyweight champion, is hoping to make rapid progress in the pro ranks. Also featured is undefeated Joel Flores who has yet to be extended past the first round as he seeks to keep his quick KO record intact. Locals Bert Compton, Jamie Castellano and Eric Hall are on the card. Doors open at 6:30 PM with first bell at 8:00 PM. $20 general admission or $200 ringside table (seats 4) tickets are available at Aldaco’s Restaurant 517-272-4600 or by calling 517-214-0929.
Story by Antonio Castro
Cleveland’s own Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (10-1, 3 KOs) will return to his hometown Saturday night to take on WBC USNBC light heavyweight titlist Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (9-4, 3 KOs). The bout will be the co-featured fight as part of the Latin Invasion pay per view from the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University . . . Click here for more
Story by Felipe Leon
Tijuana super featherweight Emilio Bojorquez is ready to fight.
Against whom and for what is not much of an issue, the fact that he gets to lace up the gloves and step into a ring is enough for the 21 year old fighter . . . Click here for more
Sensational prospects Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras and Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor hit Hagerstown, Maryland this Thursday night, August 27th on the “Ballroom Boxing” event at Hager Hall . . . Click here for more
If you haven’t already, you’d better start getting used to Keith Jardine. Not only one of the best light heavyweights in the world, “The Dean of Mean” has made a home for himself at or near the top of the bill in six of his last eight UFC bouts, and he’s not about to let go of that lofty status anytime soon. . . Click more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC 102 LIVE on PPV Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: When the history of mixed martial arts is written, two names will stand at the top of the heavyweight division – Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. But these two legendary former champions aren’t thinking about the history books, they’re looking to make another run at the UFC title, and to get there, they must face each other in the Octagon in the main event of UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira . . . Click here for more info on UFC 102
Former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist Vassiliy “The Tiger” Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) will face Dominique Alexander (18-7-1, 9 KOs) when he returns to the ring for the first time in two years on October 17 at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. “We are committed to keeping top-level shows like this one coming to Arizona, where the fans are enthusiastic supporters of world-class action,” said Jirov’s manager Ivaylo Gotzev. “Vassiliy is the perfect fighter to help us bring boxing back to the area. He moved to Phoenix after the 1996 Olympics and has lived here ever since. He trains in downtown Phoenix at Central Gym and Joe Diaz’s Gym.” Ironically, Jirov’s last Phoenix appearance was his sold-out 12-round IBF cruiserweight title defense against Jorge Castro in 2002 at the very same Celebrity Theatre.
In the main supporting bout, Phoenix native and star of The Contender series, Eric “Dynamite” Vega (8-4-1, 6 KOs) will face heavy-fisted former world champion Kelvin “Konkrete” Davis (24-10-3, 17 KOs) in a cruiserweight showdown. (more…)
Sad to report that Mike Birmingham, brother of famed trainer Dan Birmingham, has suddenly passed away at the too young age of 49. Mike was well known as Winky Wright’s cut man and also trained Jeff Lacy as an amateur. The cause of death has not been determined. Fightnews staff sends our sympathies to the Birmingham family. A memorial mass will be held this Monday, August 31st, at 10am at the Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Seminole, Florida. The funeral will be held at 1pm on Monday at A Life Tribute, 5601 Gulfport Boulevard South, Gulfport, FL 33707.
By Ron Jackson
Lubabalo Msuthu (11-2-1, 10 KOs) makes the first defense of his World Boxing Foundation bantamweight belt when he meets Nick Otieno of Kenya at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. (more…)
When the history of mixed martial arts is written, the name of Randy “The Natural” Couture will stand at the top of the heavyweight division. This legendary former champion isn’t thinking about the history books today but he is looking to make another run at the UFC title, and to get there, he must face another living legend – Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira – in the Octagon in the main event of UFC 102: COUTURE vs. NOGUEIRA this Saturday.
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By Nick Giongco
Miguel Cotto exuded confidence when asked about his chances against Filipino fireball Manny Pacquiao in a recent ‘interview’ made possible by the Puerto Rican’s legal adviser, topnotch lawyer Gabriel Penagaricano. Less than three months before he collides with Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Cotto told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that Pacquiao is beatable and he has Pacquiao all figured out. “His weaknesses are obvious to me,” said Cotto. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Bantamweight contender and 2004 Olympian Abner Mares (18-0, 11 KO’s) battles Carlos Fulgencio (11-3-1, 7 KO’s) in an eight round fight, while jr lightweight David Rodela (13-1-3, 6 KOs) faces once-beaten Gamalier Rodriguez (8-1-2, 4 KOs) in the six round co-feature tonight at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Fightnews spoke to both Mares and Rodela during Thursday’s weigh-in. (more…)
IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek has made a bold move up to heavyweight to face the best Polish heavyweight ever, Andrew Golota, on Saturday, Oct. 24 in the new Lodz Arena in Lodz, Poland. Golota and Adamek appeared at a media-packed press conference on Tuesday at the Warsaw Marriott to announce what the Polish media have dubbed as, “The Polish Fight of the Century.” Interest for this fight is so great in Poland that three national television outlets carried the press conference live. (more…)
Weights by Francisco Salazar
Abner Mares 118.8 vs Carlos Fulgencio 119.6
David Rodela 127 vs Gamalier Rodriguez 128
Sergio Espinoza 113.2 vs David Gaspar 113.4
Carlos Molina 136.8 vs Antony Nelson 136.8
Ricky Lopez 123.2 vs John Wampash 123.6
Kerry Hope 158.7 vs Danny Jevic 156.6
Juan Heraldez 137.8 vs Luis Tapia 137
Venue: Club Nokia – L.A. Live, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Ashanti Jordan 218.6 vs Joe Hanks 238.2
Lionel Davis 249.4 vs William Williams 212.8
Robert Vargas 127.8 vs Jerry Mondragon 124.8
Logan Velasco 141.4 vs Limmie Johnson 139.2
Ludwin Mondragon 112 vs Alejandro Solario 111
Venue: Irvine Marriott, Irivine, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Tickets: $40 an $32 available at www.battleintheballroom.com
Andres Taylor 200 vs. Joseph Harris 198.5
Francisco Contreras 135.5 vs. Julian Rodriguez 139.5
Alexander Johnson 175.5 vs. Ariel Espinal 179
James Stevenson 148 vs. Sebastien Hamel 147.5
George Armenta 170 vs. William Johnson 171
Venue: Hager House in Hagerstown, MD
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
“Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis tipped the scales at a ripped and ready 143.5 pounds for his ten-round bout tomorrow night at North Bergen, NJ’s Schuetzen Park. His original opponent Troy Browning pulled out Monday with an upper respiratory issue which hindered his training camp. Last minute replacement Ilido Julio tipped the scales at 134.5. The event will be promoted by Pound4Pound Promotions. (more…)
FightNews has been informed that the opponent for the September 18th special edition ESPN2 Friday Night Fights appearance of two-time Olympic Gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux (2-0, 2 KOs) is Brazilian Giovani Andrade (60-11, 49 KOs), the reigning Brazilian super bantamweight champion. The Rigondeaux vs. Andrade contest will headline the “Caribbean Invasion” card, which is presented by Caribe Promotions Inc., in association with de Cubas Presents, LLC, and JAOLI Fight Promotions at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach, FL. The undercard also features Cuban amateur stars now pros: Cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (1-0, 1 KO), jr middleweight Yudell Johnson (2-0, 1 KOs) and light heavyweight Yordanis Despaine (2-0, 1 KO). Also featured is 2008 Olympic Gold Medal winner from the Dominican Republic Felix Diaz (1-0) against Fred Tukes (7-1) in a jr welterweight bout. Tickets will are available at www.tix.com or call 800-595-4849.
Emilio Bojorquez 138 vs Anthony Martinez 136
Denis Grachev 175 vs Carlos Ibarra 178
Amaris Quintana 106 vs Gloria Salas 106
Alan Sanchez 142.5 vs Mario Angeles 143
Venue: Four Points Sheraton Hotel, San Diego, California
Promoter: Bobby D Presents/Jorge Marron Productions
WBO world junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrives in New York, Wednesday for a press conference on Thursday to announce his WBO world junior featherweight title fight against challenger Rogers Mtagwa on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay-Per-View event on Saturday, Oct 10 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia of Panama. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. (more…)
After two years away from the sport of boxing, the former world class fighter José Miguel Cotto will make his come back fight against Anthony Woods. The fight will be at the José Viera Coliseum in Las Piedras this Saturday, August 29 on a show billed as “Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras” promoted by his brother, the world champion Miguel Cotto. “I had to many difficulties in the past but now is totally different. I want to let everybody know that I am back and will write my name again as one of the best boxers in my division. I will be ready for anyone,” said José Miguel Cotto. “My dad and I feel very proud of José. He is a very talented boxer and has many skills. With his courage and determination, this will drive him to be again in the top of his game,” said Miguel Cotto. (more…)
Challenger Rogers Mtagwa arrives in New York, Wednesday for a press conference on Thursday to announce his WBO world junior featherweight title fight against WBO world junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez on Top Rank’s “Island Warriors” – Latin Fury 12 Pay-Per-View event on October 10 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this doubleheader card is WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa who will defend his title against challenger Whyber Garcia. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing. (more…)
Argenis Mendez 130 vs Anthony Napunyi 129.5
Tor Hamer 220 vs Theron Johnson 240
Joelo Torres 136 vs Washington Hago 142
Luis Del Valle 127.5 vs Robert Guillen 125
Gabriel Bracero 142 vs Melchor Guillen 141
Eddie Irizzary 123 vs Felix Flores 122
Ahmed Samir 228 vs Clarence Tillman 224
Venue: BB King Blues Club & Grill, New York, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
DiBella Entertainment is bringing its signature series “Broadway Boxing” back tonight to the bright lights of New York City at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square. In the main event, jr lightweight Argenis Mendez (13-1, 8 KOs) meets Anthony Napunyi (14-6, 7 KOs). Mendez, who represented the Dominican Republic at the 2004 Olympic Games, has a slick yet crowd pleasing style.
Also in action is undefeated jr welterweight Joelo Torres (10-0-1, 6 KOs). David Armstrong was the original opponent for Torres but he had issues with his medical paperwork, therefore the new opponent for Torres is Washington Hago (5-3, 3 KOs). The undercard features several prospects, including heavyweight Tor Hamer (7-0, 6 KOs), featherweight Luis Del Valle (5-0, 3 KOs) and jr featherweight Eddie Irizarry (6-1, 3 KOs).
“There’s no place like New York City for boxing, and there’s no place for boxing in New York City like BB Kings,” said DiBella. “It brings me great pleasure to bring the Broadway Boxing series back to Times Square, and I promise to deliver a night of hot, summer action.”
Doors open at 6:45 pm and the first bout is 7:15 pm. Tickets are on sale at the box office.
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