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(Pictured: Artie DePinho, Gabino Saenz, Fred Vega) A press conference was held on Tuesday afternoon, June 22nd in Indio, California by TKO Boxing Promotions to announce the signing of hometown amateur standout Gabino Saenz. Saenz will make his highly anticipated pro debut against Colorado’s Brandon Sanchez in a four round featherweight bout on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, as part of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ‘The Battle of York 5” on Saturday, July 31st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside seating and VIP table seating are also available through the box office. (General admission seats will be sold for $25 on the day of the event).
Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “We’re very excited to return to York, Pennsylvania and team up with the Sovereign Bank Stadium to once again present a sensational boxing event outdoors for the fight fans in Central Pennsylvania.” (more…)
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a former two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion, and the WBA light heavyweight champion 1980-81, has joined Zab “Super” Judah’s training team. Judah (38-6, 26 KOs), the former world light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion, is in Las Vegas preparing for his July 16 battle with Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Michoacán, Mexico (28-4, 17 KOs). Zab’s father and trainer, Yoel Judah asked Muhammad to join their team. “I brought Eddie in. I know boxing backwards and forwards, but you know after all these years sometimes I can tell him (Zab) all day long what to do and it just doesn’t stick. With Eddie there’s new energy.” Yoel added, “We know that after the 16th the big fights are going to start rolling in, we’ll be ready.”
The Empire Sports and Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Hall of Fame boxing manager Shelly Finkel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Finkel will assume the position on July 1 and will guide the company in sports-driven promotions and entertainment events such as concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view shows and other events.
Promoter Bob Arum announced today that the Julio Cesar Chavez vs John Duddy clash will be for the WBC silver title, putting the winner in line for a shot at WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Both fighters said they are looking forward to Saturday night’s fight, which will be a twelve-rounder. “This is the most important I’m going to have to get to where I want to be,” stated Chavez. Duddy agreed, commenting “This is the biggest fight of my career.”
Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera said he’ll be ready to challenge for a world title following his fight against Adilton De Jesus on Saturday’s pay-per-view telecast. Arum mentioned WBC lightweight champion Humberto Soto or WBA lightweight Miguel Acosta as possibilities. Barrera is hoping to become the first Mexican to win a world title in four weight divisions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated heavyweight Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (24-2, 20 KOs) will be in action against Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel “The Doberman” Ammann (19-3-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds at the Sydney Entertainment Center, NSW Australia on July 21st. Cameron is expected to weigh much less than his usual 230 pounds as he attempts to eventually make the cruiserweight limit in an effort to make a challenge to IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green who will be headlining the show when he battles Paul Briggs over twelve. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) will return to ring action at jr middleweight poundage on June 30 against Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Queensland, Australia. Jerez, of Argentina, normally campaigns in the welterweight division but will step up to 154 pounds for the opportunity to box Mundine.
Jerez lost in his last start to 35 year old southpaw Leonard Bundu by technical decision in five rounds in Florence, Italy, but he stopped formerly world-rated Javier Mamani in four rounds in 2009. Mundine was extended over twelve against Robert Medley in his most recent contest in 2010 and in 2009 most boxing writers at ringside had Daniel Geale ahead although the official judges favored Mundine. Promoter Tony Mundine. Televised throughout Australia on Main Event Pay-Per-View Television.
There are guys in the UFC who fight with absolute predictability. Chris Lytle is one of those guys. Whenever he steps in the Octagon, his game plan is clear to everyone in the room—it’s to stand and trade leather, to bang on the feet until somebody drops, even if it’s himself. A trademark image of Lytle would be a grin and a stream of blood running down his face. We’ve all seen it; he ends up that way almost every time he steps in the cage . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that WBO interim bantamweight champion Eric Morel has signed the contract to face WBO/WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel on July 17 in Chiapas, Mexico. Montiel’s signature is still needed. Top Rank won a WBO purse bid for the fight with a bid of $100,500, with Montiel due to earn some $80K to Morel’s $20K, although the pot may be sweetened somewhat. It is hoped that Montiel’s belt will also be on the line as last week WBC President Jose Sulaiman was highly critical of the bout.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik will now headline the July 31 “Univerum Champions Night” at the o2 World in Hamburg, Germany. Zbik was originally slated to face Khoren Gevor on July 17th Schwerin, but will now face an “acid test” opponent to be named in the coming days. Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs) will instead move up to 168lbs to challenge WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (26-1, 17 KOs) on the same card.
There had been tension between Zbik and Universum after Zbik’s July 17th fight fell through, however those issues have been resolved and both are looking to the future. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Orient and Pacific Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Dominic Vea (12-2, 10 KOs) will clash with former WBO cruiserweight challenger Mohamed Azzaoui (25-5-2, 8 KOs) over twelve rounds for the vacant Commonwealth cruiserweight title at the Penrith Rugby League Club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on July 1st. Vea – who is a regular sparring partner of former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green – will start favorite to defeat the Algerian-born and New Zealand-based Azzaoui, who has been defeated in Australia by Jamie Withers and Alex Lepai. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Representatives of Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch are still negotiating over the site and date for their critical Stage 3 Super Six clash. According to reports in the British press, that bout is “likely” to take place September 18th in Montreal. However, the Abraham camp says neither Montreal nor September 18th are certain. “They are an unlikely, but still a possible scenario,” Chris Meyer, the managing director for Sauerland Event, informed Fightnews.com.
WBC #10 featherweight Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) moves up a division takes on Aritides Pérez (18-1, 10 KOs) for the WBC super featherweight silver belt on Saturday at Centenario Stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. “The fans will see a good fight,” stated Escobedo, who is trained by the famed Nacho Beristain. “I think it’ll end by knockout and I’ll be the winner.”
In the co-main event, former WBA featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (21-1-1, 15 KOs) returns against Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (28-5, 16 KOs) in a lightweight ten-rounder. It will be Salgado’s first fight since losing his world crown to Takasi Uchiyama in January. (more…)
Former world title challenger Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (20-3, 16 KOs) returns to the ring against former NABF titlist “Slick” Willie Lee (17-6, 11 KOs) on July 24 at The Pageant in St. Louis, Missouri. Latimore is rated #7 by the IBF. In the co-feature, heavyweight Chauncy Welliver (42-5-5, 14 KOs) faces Galen Brown (33-14-1, 20 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas belt. Popular jr welterweight Don Juan Futrell (22-3-2, 10 KOs) will also see action on the card promoted by Steven Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions. Tickets are $55. Call 314-662-2000.
New England and EBA super middleweight champion “Irish” Joey McCreedy (11-4-2, 6 KOs), trained by “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund, was having a problem finding a suitable opponent for his July 9th fight in the 8-round co-feature on “Let Freedom Ring” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, RI. (more…)
It was a big Saturday for Mexican promotional firm HG Boxing. The company was involved in two major nationally televised cards as the rivalry between Mexican and Filipino fighters continued at full blast.
In Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico’s Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (18-1, 12 KOs) dropped Filipino Richard Garcia (21-11-1, 5 KOs) three times en route to a fourth round TKO to retain his WBC super flyweight Youth Championship. Filipino Edren Dapudong (18-2, 10 KOs) turned the tables by surprising Mexican Jesus “Zurdo” Jimenez (28-6, 20 KOs), flooring Jimenez twice in a shocking first round KO to claim the vacant WBC world silver flyweight championship.
The same night in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, experienced Mexican Omar Niño (29-3-2, 11 KOs) regained the WBC light flyweight title by taking a unanimous decision over Filipino world champion Rodel Mayol (26-5-2, 20 KOs). Yesterday in Guadalajara, HG Boxing chief Hector Garcia presided over a dinner for Niño honoring the old and new 108lb champion.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undeafeated and #1 ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera worked out for the media today at the famous Jesse James Leija gym in San Antonio in advance of their big pay-per-view fights on Saturday night at the Alamodome. Here’s what that had to say… (more…)
There will be some high heat thrown at Denver’s Softball Park on July 9 when highly-regarded junior lightweight contenders Vicente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) and Raymundo Beltran (23-4, 15 KOs) meet in the 10 round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” telecast. Escobedo was slated to face ring legend Erik Morales before Morales had to pull out with an injury. In the co-featured bout, local junior featherweight Ricky Lopez (7-0, 2 KOs) looks to keep his unbeaten record intact when he takes on Florida standout Derrick Wilson (6-1-2, 2 KOs) in a six rounder.
By Ron Jackson
At a press conference held at Nick Durand’s gym in Norwood near Johannesburg today, Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions announced that Mikey Schultz will meet Tineyi Maridzo of Zimbabwe in a return match. In their first fight held on November 20 last year, Schultz (15-1, 10 KOs) was sensationally knocked out in the first round by the unknown Maridzo who has a reported record of (4-6, 3 KOs). (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
IBF # 3 super flyweight contender and former world title challenger, Raul “La Cobrita” Martinez (26-1, 15 KOs) of San Antonio, TX will take on Gabriel “Kid Kombo” Elizondo (22-3-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday, June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. Martinez will open up the televised portion of Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 PPV which features “The Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) taking on Ireland’s John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) for WBC middleweight Silver championship title. The pay-per-view telecast begins at 9pm ET/6pm PT and tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Alamodome box office. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undefeated and world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) ran for 45 minutes this morning at Sydney Lanier School in San Antonio where this Saturday he will take on John Duddy in the main event of “Latin Fury 15″ in a big Pay per view card at the Alamodome. Click here for more photos…
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Zanfer Promotions, along with the regional Azteca channel affiliate, returned to Tijuana, Mexico’s Municipal Auditorium for the second round of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament last Friday night in front of over a thousand fans.
The tournament consists of a field of eight bantamweight fighters facing off in four round bouts to determine who is the best local 118 pounder. The first round was held two weeks ago with Luis “Tigre” Cayetano and Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez, both of Tijuana, winning their bouts and advancing to the semi-finals. Now, it was the turn of four more warriors to go after the two remaining berths. The winner of the tournament pockets $5,000 dlls. and immediate inception to the national tournament known as “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)”. The night also saw the first round of the light welterweight tournament commence . . . Click here for more
Heavyweight Shannon Miller has announced his retirement following a fourth round TKO loss to former world champion Hasim Rahman on Saturday in Niagara Falls, NY. The 36-year-old Miller, who resides in Troy, NY, ends with a record of 16 wins 5 losses and 9 KOs.
Former super flyweight contender Kahren Harutyunyan has been accepted to Southwestern Law School, which is a much respected law school in California. So the UCLA graduate boxer-turned promoter will now embark on another journey through law school. “I will however continue doing shows and collaborating with other promoters,” he told Fightnews.com. Harutyunyan is best known for a split decision loss to current world champion Nonito Donaire.
According to numerous reports the New York State Senate voted to approve a bill to allow mixed martial arts in the state. The state Assembly now has to approve the bill which Governor David Patterson already has counted on in his current budget. Previously (2007) the Assembly approved a bill to legalize but it stalled in the Senate. (Bob Caico)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Glabisz
Not often can you can find a coach who is training two top heavyweights at the same time. Not unless his name is Roger Bloodworth, who is currently preparing Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) and David Tua (51-3, 43 KOs) in Jersey City. No question it helps that they have a very comfortable gym to do it and the owner of the place is Zyggi Rozalski – the same person who takes care of the business side of Adamek’s career. Tua fights on July 17 at the Tropicana Casino in Atlantic City versus Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KO) and in exactly two months, on August 21 in Newark’s Prudential Center, Adamek will test his skills against Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KO). We dropped by, to ask a couple of questions. For much more, plus photos click here…
The undercard for the July 3 card at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino is starting to shape up. Undefeated middleweight prospect Brandon Gonzales (12-0, 9 KOs) will face James Parison (12-1, 3 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder. Mexican Olympian Francisco Vargas (1-0) meets Yerington, Nevada’s Andrew Rempp (1-2-1) vs. in a four round jr. lightweight bout. Reno, Nevada’s Carlos Gaytan (1-0-1) battles Alex Rivera (2-1) from Las Vegas in a four round light heavyweight bout. Local favorite Joey Gilbert on “Contender” fame is also scheduled to fight on this card. (more…)
In a break from tradition, members of the public will be able to join celebrities and the stars of film, television and the boxing ring, at the World Premiere of the Welsh-made film Risen, about the inspiring life of Welsh World Boxing Champion Howard Winstone.
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By Robert Coster
Featherweight Nicholas Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) is the first serious boxing prospect to come out of Jamaica in years. The 24-year-old, based and fighting in Panama, entered the WBA rankings last December when he won the WBA Fedelatin title. Walters is now ranked 11th and his fights are being eagerly followed by the Jamaican press and the island’s boxing fans. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at Ringside
Photos by John Booz
Fight fans in Chicago, IL were treated to a night of solid action this past Saturday at the UIC Pavilion as promoter Dominic Pesoli of 8 Count Productions presented a card that showcased young talent looking to make a statement in their respective divisions. (More)
Last Saturday night, professional boxing made its return to Miami Beach, on historic Collins Avenue and 67th street at the Deauville Beach Resort with a card presented by Jeff Gibson’s Elite Promotions.
In the main event, 24-year-old heavyweight Mike Marrone (19-1, 14 KOs) made an impressive return to the ring after a two year absence by knocking out a game, hard fighting 31-year-old Joseph Rabotte (8-14-1, 3 KOs) who had gone the distance his previous nine bouts and winning one by TKO. In the scheduled eight rounder, Marrone was able to score the knockout by displaying strong jabs and body shots throughout the fight which lead to a powerful right at 1:49 of the fifth round that ended the fight. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undefeated and world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr landed in San Antonio, Texas today where this Saturday’s clash will take place when he takes on John Duddy in the main event of “Latin Fury 15″ on a big pay-per-view card at the Alamodome. Chavez Jr arrived with his new trainer Freddie Roach and his assistant Alex Ariza. Chavez Jr will participate in a media workout today in the Jesse James Leija gym in San Antonio on Tuesday. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Zanfer
Former lightweight world champion José Luis Castillo decided to give himself another chance and returned to the ring with a unanimous decicion over veteran Roberto Valenzuela over eight rounds at 142 pounds. The fight took place in Tijuana’s Auditorio Municipal and was part of the show supporting the “Torneo Guante Azteca” with more than 3000 people in attendance. Castillo bested Valenzuela in a duel of two fighters from Sonora, reaching victory number 60 in his carreer, 52 of them by knockout, along with ten losses and a draw. “Honestly I felt really good. I was testing myself. I wanted to show that March 13 in Arlington was a bad night. Now I want a chance for a world championship at super lightweight. That’s my goal for this year,” commented Castillo who looked in excellent shape.
Italian Canadian Phil Lo Greco (20-0, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBC International welterweight title for TKO in round 9 against brave Poland Slawomir Ziemliewicz (20- 6-2, 4 KOs) last Friday night in the island of Sicily, Italy. It was the first fight in Italy for the 25 years old Lo Greco. His parents are from Sicily. On the undercard 22 years old lightweight knockout artist Luca Giacon (11-0, 11 KOs) keep is record perfect with a fifth round stoppage of usually durable Araik Sachbazjan and cruiserweight Vincenzo Rossitto (39-6-2, 23 KOs) decisioned an unwilling to fight Jiri Svacina on eight rounds. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Dahlia TV televised the all card live in Italy.
Ringside Report: Robert Hough and Rocco Morales
Photos: Laura De La Torre
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) beat up Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-2, 19 KOs) for twelve rounds during the final Group Stage 2 matchup of the SHOWTIME “Super Six” tournament at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., to retain his WBA super-middleweight title and guarantee himself a position in the Super Six semi-finals prior to his Group Stage 3 bout against Andre Dirrell. (More)
Sensational amateur prospect Alantez “TEZ” Fox has signed with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by its CEO Chris Middendorf. “Alantez is one of the best, young amateur prospects in the world and we’re very excited to welcome him to the TKO Boxing team” said Middendorf. “He’s a terrific young man who’s very anxious to get started in his pro career.” Fox joins an excellent crop of recent signees by TKO Boxing Promotions which includes flyweight Randy Caballero, super bantamweight Dodie Boy Penalosa Jr., junior middleweight Mikael Zewski, middleweight J’ Leon Love and welterweights Michael Finney and Eric Mendez. (more…)
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