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By Joe Koizumi
Formerly world-rated ex-Japanese lightweight champ Akihiro Kondo (14-2, 6 KOs), 135, decked his triumphant return after losing his national belt to Nihito Arakawa via hairline verdict (96-94 twice and 95-95) last April, as he pounded out a nearly shutout decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-74) over durable and game Shinya Yoroizuka (11-6-1, 5 KOs), 134.75, over eight heats in Tokyo, Japan tonight (Saturday). (more…)
By Maidana Team
WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Marcos Maidana is taking the final stops to defend his crown next August 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he will take on former World Champion Demarcus Corley at the Luna Park Studium. Maidana has been at training camp for the last nine weeks in the province of Córdoba and had four different sparring partners, among them WBO #2 Cesar Cuenca.
“It’s been a great camp, so I am ready for the challenge. I respect Corley as he is a experienced and talented fighter. One of those who you cannot understimate nor make any mistakes. So I’m 100% focused on this fight,” Maidana said.
“Corley said it would be a war between Argentina and United States, so I prepared myself just for that, a war,” he added. (more…)
When it comes to the great rivalries in college athletics, Michigan State vs. Boston College isn’t one of them. That said, however, when the Spartans and the Eagles get together, it’s usually a big deal.
When BC moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Eagles’ first basketball game in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge was a 65-58 win over the Spartans in 2006. The following spring, BC and MSU met on the ice in the finals of the 2007 NCAA hockey tournament, and after trailing by a goal deep into the third period, the Spartans scored three goals in the last 10:07 to win their first national championship in over 20 years. That fall, BC football enjoyed its best season since its move to the ACC, and after falling short against Virginia Tech in the ACC title game, the Eagles defeated Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl to earn a Top Ten finish in the AP poll. . . . Click here for more by Elliot Olshansky, UFC.com
By Graham Houston
Busy champion Marco “Käpt’n” Huck makes his fourth defence of the cruiserweight title in 12 months on Saturday when he meets American challenger Matt Godfrey in Erfurt, Germany. Each man is saying the same thing about the other, basically: “He’s never faced anyone like me.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Tonight’s pay-per-view clash in Newark, NJ is an interesting fight on many levels. Of course, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek has already proved that he can defeat a big hard-punching top-tier heavyweight contender in Chris Arreola, but he hasn’t been in against a Klitschko-sized super heavyweight. Against the 6’7 Michael Grant with his huge 86″ wingspan, Adamek will have that test.
For added intrigue, will Adamek avenge the crushing loss of Polish boxing icon Andrew Golota against Grant some years back? Or can Grant again break the hearts of Polish boxing fans? Adamek is widely expected to win, but how he wins and how how much trouble he has with Grant’s size will greatly illuminate what might happen when he faces a Klitschko…assuming the much larger Grant doesn’t end those dreams tonight with one huge punch.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by K2 Ukraine
Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental middleweight champion Max Bursak (20-0-1, 8 KOs) will face tough journeyman Bryan Vera (17-4, 11 KOs) on September, 4th at Sportpalace Meteor, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Bursak and K2 Ukraine Promotions general director Alexander Krassyuk announced the fight at a press conference. (more…)
Promoter Ramon Arellanos’ Arellano Promotions put on an exciting fight night highlighted by Daniel Sandoval (16-1, 16 KOs) winning the vacant Mexican Pacific Coast welterweight title Friday night and keeping his 100% KO ratio intact. Sandoval stopped Crispin Martinez in the main event by way of second round TKO. The card took place at the 48-year-old historic Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
The WBO featherweight title fight between two-division world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez, scheduled for September 18, at the MGM Grand and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, has been postponed due to a hand injury incurred by Marquez. Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions are working with the MGM Grand and SHOWTIME in rescheduling the world title fight within four weeks of the original date. (more…)
WBC female super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna (34-5, 16 KOS) of Argentina defeated Rosilette Dos Santos (21-4, 13 KOs) of Brazil by 10th round TKO. Acuna gave Dos Santos a beating from beginning to end with simple hard jabs and over hand rights which had Dos Santos with swelling under her left eye for most of the bout. The event took place at the Estadio Polideportivo Cincuentenario, in Formosa, Formosa, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Genaro Trazancos (22-12-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. A straight left hand laid out Trazancos for the count. Time was :53.
In co-main event, jr lightweight Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros (19-15-1, 9 KOs), who was originally slated to face Michael Franco in the main event, was upset by unheralded Noe Lopez (6-5, 4 KOs) Lopez knocked down Landeros in round two and cruised two a one-sided eight round unnaimous decision by scores of 80-71, 79-72, 79-72.
By Noah Fowle at ringside
Nick Firtha added the Ohio State Heavyweight Belt to his NABA U.S. strap after ten hard fought rounds against Mike Sheppard. While Firtha’s offense was diverse and relied equally on both hands, he failed to produce the stopping power needed to put Sheppard down. Scoring behind a heavy workrate, Firtha stayed on the offensive and reduced Sheppard to relying on his overhand right, which proved to be dangerous at times. Judges scored the bout 97-93, 95-95, 97-93 for Firtha. With the majority-decision, Firtha improves to 19-7-1, 8KOs and Sheppard dropped to 15-11-1, 8KOs. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Lightweight Mauricio Herrera won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over veteran Hector Alatorre on Friday night at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. Herrera (15-1, 7 KO’s) was in complete command, landing the more effective combinations to the head and body. Alatorre (16-11, 5 KO’s) would land the occassional hook or cross, but spent the most of the fight gesturing to Herrera to hit him harder or would dance in the ring. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Herrera. After the fight, Thompson Boxing Promotions president Ken Thompson called out super lightweight contender Victor Ortiz to fight Herrera. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian bantamweight champion Fred Mundraby (11-0-1, 6 KOs) dominated Australian based Filipino Flash Villacura (23-29-3, 12 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian super flyweight title at the Fortitude Gym in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. The classy aboriginal controlled the action in all the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate head and body shots. Scores at the conclusion were: Cyril Cairns 100-90, Derek Milham 100-90, Paul Tapley 100-90. On the undercard, lightweight Brent elliott (3-2-2) outscored Kane buckley (1-18-3, 1 KO) over four rounds. Scores: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36. Cruiserweight Sean McKean (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Phil McNeal (0-1) in round three. Time: 1.36. Promoter: Stephen Deller.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (28-2, 18 KOs) was impressive in scoring a fifth round knockout over Indonesian Sony Fony (7-4, 2 KOs) at the Por Kungpao Seafood Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Fony had a good round one but by round four Sakkreerin found the range for his solid combinations. At 23 second of round five, referee Somsak Sirianant counted Fony out after Sakkreerin had delivered a perfectly timed left rip to the body followed by a left hook to the head. “Sakkreerin will be in the ring later this year with tough Australian featherweight Davey Browne,” said promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin
Australian junior lightweight Will Tomlinson (14-0-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round knockout over Indonesian Elly Ray (7-5-1, 3 KOs) to capture the WBO Oriental interim title at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The Australian power puncher dominated the Indonesian boxer in all the rounds and the KO came in round eight. Tomlinson scored the most impressive win of his career against Roy Jones, Jr., on the Danny Green undercard in 2009 when he stopped well credentialed American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3) in three rounds. Kimbrough had several big names on his record but was never in the fight against the aggressive big punching Aussie. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Junior lightweight prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) weighed in today at 132 lbs for the pre-weigh in requirement from the PR Boxing Commission. “El Artesano” will fight Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO Latin junior lightweight title. “I’m working really hard for this fight, I’m two pounds away from the official weight and we are a week ahead of the fight. Hevinson will feel the power of “El Artesano,” Luis said. Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment will be show at the Juan R. Viera Coliseum. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter, tel: (787)792-5000, or by visiting www.tcpr.com Prices: $20, $12. Click here for more photos…
Tomasz Adamek 217 vs. Michael Grant 261
Joel Julio 152 vs. Jamaal Davis 153
Sadam Ali 145 vs. Lenin Arroyo 146
Jeremy Bryan 139 vs. Daniel Mitchell 137
Shemuel Pagan 135.5 vs. Raul Rivera 135.5
Osnel Charles 137.5 vs. Hector Collado 139.5
Tyrone Luckey 133 vs. Larry Yanez 135
The “The Big Challenge” event will take place at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, and is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide.
Tickets are $53, $78, $103 or $253 (ringside) and can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office.
“The Big Challenge” pay-per-view is distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for LIVE viewing at 9PM EST / 6PM PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States and Viewer’s Choice and Bell TV in Canada for a suggested retail price of $29.95
In Carolina, Puerto Rico today, Judge Hon. Raphael G. Rojas dismissed and declared invalid an injunction procedure submitted by PR Best Boxing against Universal Promotions and former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez, ordering the bout between Lopez and world ranked prospect Cesar “Junito” Seda. The fight will take place at the new Juana Diaz Coliseum on August 27. “We are working day and night to give the Puerto Rico fight fans the bout they all want to see,” said Universal’s President Javier Bustillo. “Lopez and Seda are two of the best super flyweights in the world, this is a world title caliber fight. We are very happy with the court decision. Justice was made for Lopez, who hasn’t fought in a year, and fight fans worldwide.” The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission immediately ordered a pre-weight ceremony in which both Lopez and Seda weighed 118 pounds. Both fighters were always confident that the fight was going to take place and continued their training and both predicted knockouts next Friday night.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Guillermo Rigondeaux 122 vs Jose Angel Beranza 122
Jocksan Hernandez 129 vs Ira Terry 127
Jackie Nava 120 vs Diana Miranda 120
Alex Lopez 126 vs Edgar Riovalle 128
Jose Pinzon 154.5 vs Javier Gutierrez 156
Moises Fuentes 108 vs Sergio Guerrero 108
Fernando Garcia 134 vs Byron Gonzalez 130
Maximino Lopez 110 vs Hugo Jimenez 111
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Tijuana, BC, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: FOX Sports Net
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Heading to the UFC Fan Expo in Boston on August 27 and 28? While you’re there, you’re gonna have to eat, so you’ve got two options – eat like a tourist or dine like a native.Should you chooes the latter, here are some fighter suggestions . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
Boxing returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on August 28 as Brian Halquist Productions presents Battle at the Boat 78. Cruiserweight Brent Urban (6-2-1, 4 KOs) meets Jason Douglas (7-3-0, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round main event. Urban, a resident of Dallas, TX, is 5-0-1 in his last six bouts and is coming off a unanimous decision over Chris Davis in his last bout on May, 5. Douglas has been equally effective, winning four of his last five contests. (more…)
This morning on Big Bear Lake in Big Bear, California, former WBC Heavyweight Champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) took a fishing break during preparations to rematch IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko. “I waited years to catch this big fish again,” laughed Peter. “And this time when I catch him, he’s going to stay on the deck!” The two will meet at the Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany on September 11.
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Tomasz Adamek will be giving away an amazing 44 pounds when he takes on 6’7 Michael Grant in Saturday’s “Big Challenge” pay-per-view event at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek weighed in today at 217 pounds while Grant scaled in at 261 pounds. Click for more photos…
Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola and former jr middleweight world champion Segio Mora will meet and greet fight fans this weekend in the Southern California area. Arreola will be on hand at Big 5 in El Segundo at 2PM Saturday to donate $10,000 in Everlast equipment to Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles, CA. On Sunday (8/22) Mora will make appearances at Boxing 2000 in Garden Grove at 12:30PM and at Sport Chalet in Huntington Beach at 2PM to donate $10,000 in Everlast equipment to BOXING 2000. The fighters will share their personal stories, sign autographs and take pictures with the kids.
WBO #4/WBA #7/IBF #10/WBC #14 cruiserweight BJ Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) says he’s now a promotional free agent after his contract with Florida-based Square Ring Inc. has run out. Flores has been inactive for the past year, but says he’s ready to deal directly with the promoters of all the champions and top contenders.
Antonio Margarito has submitted his application for a boxing license in Texas. Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium is the frontrunner to host Margarito’s November 13th fight against Manny Pacquiao.
Nothing official on any postponement for the scheduled September 25th Super Six showdown between Andre Ward and Andre Direll, but it’s getting late. Thus far promoters Dan Goossen and Gary Shaw have yet to reach a deal on a fight location.
January 29 is the working date for a proposed 140lb clash between world champions Tim Bradley and Devon Alexander.
WFC female welterweight titleholder Jessica Balogun (16-1, 7 KOs) is scheduled to return August 28 in Oeschelbronn, Germany. Her original opponent from Kenya fell out due to visa problems and promoter Mario Guedes is looking for a replacement.
“They have picked the wrong opponent,” says cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs), who is now 24 hours away from his first shot at a world title as he prepares to face WBO champion Marco Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) tomorrow night in Erfurt, Germany. “I am no Brian Minto or Adam Richards. Huck has never been in the ring with someone like me and I will be doing things he has never seen before. I will bring home the title.” Godfrey is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has finally resurfaced after taking months of unanswered fire from the Klitschko camp. “I haven’t had anything good to say so I’ve just sat back and watched the way things are going on,” said Haye on a video released through his Twitter page. “It’s been quite amusing to listen to some of the s*** that’s been said over the last few weeks and months. But when it comes time to tell the truth, which is gonna happen in a few days, you’ll understand and you’ll realise who really is the bitch and trust me, it ain’t me.” He also stated that his next fight would be in October or November. He is currently training in Cyprus.
Photo by Photo Wende
Marco Huck 198.4 vs. Matt Godfrey 198.8
(WBO cruiserweight title)
Robert Helenius 231.7 vs. Gregory Tony 225.7
(Vacant EU heavyweight title)
Venue: Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA’s “KO Drugs 22 Boxing Festival” is set for October 2 at the Roberto Durán Arena in Panama City, Panama. According to WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, the headiner will be Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepcion who will defend his WBA interim flyweight world title against Thailand’s Denkaosan Kaovichit.
Also, as reported yesterday, WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones will finally defend his title after 2+ years, facing #1 rated Valery Brudov in the co-feature. (more…)
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Last night on the nationally syndicated Through the Ropes, legendary announcer “Colonel” Bob Sheridan discussed what he views as his role of boxing ambassador to the world. “When I do a fight, my audience is 20 – 30 times the size of HBO’s or Showtime’s, so I always try to put boxing in a positive light.” Sheridan, who could be considered the Dick Vitale of the sweet science, added, “I have so much respect for these athletes who put their lives on the line. I’m truly blessed to be able to watch them and call their fights from the best seat in the house.”
Sheridan, who will be calling “The Big Challenge” Pay Per View card Saturday night featuring Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant in the main event, went on to say that he thinks Grant will be much improved under the tutelage of Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, who he called, “an excellent trainer.” (more…)
James Toney is a living legend in the sport of boxing. With more than 70 professional wins and world championship belts in three weight classes, he is the first true boxing superstar to ply his trade against a well-rounded mixed martial artist inside the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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