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By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Italian featherweight Davide Dieli (7-1, 3 KOs) won a convincing ten-round unanimous decision over veteran warrior Massimo Morra (21-5-3, 7 KOs) last Friday at Cieloverde Village in Marina di Grosseto, Italy. With the win Dieli won the Italian title at 126 lbs. It was a heated fight, with a football-like atmosphere, until the interruption both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with competing fans screaming to support their hero. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev has responded to the video message of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. In an interview on Russian TV, Valuev said, “Vitali, you make a decision on your own. Do you want a fight with me or not? If you want to fight against me, I’m ready. I’m not afraid of you! Just say the time and place.”
Nikolay Valuev has also given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. More to come…
Jon “Bones” Jones will attempt to continue his meteoric rise within the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division when he steps into the Octagon® to face veteran fighter Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko at UFC LIVE on VERSUS, live from the San Diego Sports Arena. “Bones” Jones defeated Brandon Vera in March to improve his record to 10-1, while Matyushenko has been victorious in his last two fights since his return to the UFC. The main event will be supplemented by riveting matchups featuring various stars such as Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, John Howard, Jake Ellenberger, Takanori Gomi and Tyson Griffin. The fights will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET, marking the second time a UFC event will be televised on a national sports cable network. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
At midnight PT/3AM ET, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that Floyd Mayweather has missed the deadline for exclusive negotiations for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather. Arum revealed that HBO’s Ross Greenburg had seemingly brokered a deal with Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, but Mayweather hasn’t signed on. Arum said he will now be talking to the camps of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito next week about fighting Manny in November, although if Mayweather comes out of hibernation before a deal is made with Cotto or Margarito, Pacquiao-Mayweather could still be made. Arum stated he believes that Floyd has a good reason for not committing to the fight, perhaps the uncertainty over the availability trainer Roger Mayweather due to legal problems.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fernando Guerrero furthered his pursuit of middleweight stardom with a hard fought unanimous decision over veteran Ishe Smith in Friday’s ShoBox main event. Shawn Porter and Mike Dallas Jr. also took home unanimous decision victories at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. to remain unbeaten. Coming in to tonight’s matchup, Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) was quoted as saying, “I’m going to take Guerrero into deep waters and see if he can swim.” Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) proved to be a buoyant battler by withstanding an eighth round flash knockdown and ten rounds of body shots from Smith. Though most of the body work was legitimate, referee Randy Phillips twice warned Smith, of Las Vegas, Nev., for repeated low blows before deducting a point in the sixth round. For more details and photos click here…
OPI 2000 European super featherweight champion Leva Kirakosyan (33-5, 23 KOs) scored a second round ko over Spanish Francisco Nohales (19-11-5, 8 KOs) last night in Toulon, France. A left hook followed by a big right hand in the second round but Nohales down for the count. The event was promoted by Punch Club Toulonnais.
By Christopher Cook
Dillet Frederick (7-3-3, 4 KOs) won a crowd pleasing battle over formerly undefeated Raymond Chalres. Frederick, who started out his career in fine fashion 5-0-2, has hit a hard streak since, but seemingly put that behind him this night. Charles, now 12-1-2, 5 KOs, came in the favorite, looking to use this bout to place himself closer in line for a title shot. A tough test turned into a showcase of Dillet’s talent and skill, as he overcame the brawler, dropping Charles twice in the second and once in the third, winning via stoppage in the third round. Frederick, who came up with the likes of contender and fellow Florida native Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, looks to set his career straight with a victory like this. On the undercard, Adam Jaco (8-3-1, 3 KOs) knocked out the overmatched Robbie Tovar (15-6-1, 5 KOs), winning by easily TKO. One Punch Productions returns on September 17 with the next installment of Ballroom Brawl at the Doubletree in Tampa, Florida.
Highly-touted Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Carlos Ivan Velasquez returned to fight in his hometown of Cataño for the first time as a pro with a fifth round TKO over Eduardo Arcos on Friday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo. Valesquez moves to 13-0 with 11 KOs, while Arcos falls to 15-2, 12 KOs.
In the co-feature, popular unbeaten bantamweight Jonathan Vidal (11-0, 7 KOs) decisioned Felix Perez (7-2) in a six rounder.
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) pounded out a close ten round unanimous decision over tough veteran Ishe Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Guerrero scored the biggest win of his career and had to work for it every minute. Smith scored a knockdown in round eight to get back a point deducted in round six for a low blow. Scores were 96-93, 95-93, 97-91.
In a very good fight, unbeaten jr middleweight knockout artist Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Ray Robinson (11-2, 4 KOs). Porter broke open a close fight by dropping Robinson in round six and punishing him for the balance of the round. Robinson was on his bicycle in the seventh as Porter stalked him. But, after that Robinson battled gamely until the end. Scores were 99-89, 97-92, 98-91.
In a clash of undefeated welterweight prospects, Mike Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) kept his ‘0’ intact with an eight round unanimous decision over Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 78-74 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Former two-division world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs), moving back to the jr welterweight division for the first time since 2003, scored an impressive third round TKO over Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. A left uppercut floored Santa Cruz in the third and the fight was waved off during Judah’s vicious follow up barrage. Time was 2:33. For more details and photos click here…
Joey Abell 245 vs Arron Lyons 238
Vincente Alfaro 119.5 vs Brad Patraw 119.5
Frank Quinn 184 vs Marty Lindquist 183
Jose Hilario 128.5 vs Matthew Borgan 130
Travis Perzynski 164 vs Bobby Butters 168
Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Robert Byrd (USA) will be the third man when WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel defends against Rafael Concepcion on Saturday night in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Judges will be Nathan Palmer (USA), Ruben Garcia (USA) and William Boodhoo (Canada). WBC supervisor is Bismarck Morales and WBO supervisor is Luis Perez.
Raymond Serrano 145 vs. Ayi Bruce 144
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. James Hope 137.5
Anthony Mezaache 136 vs. Carlos Vinan 136
Khedafi Djelkhir 126 vs. Jorge Cordero 126
Mike Perez 135 vs. Jorge Ruiz 137
Jason Escalera 173 vs. Amador Acevedo 177
Note: David Tua (237.5) and Monte Barrett (225) weighed in yesterday.
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort
Promoter: Star Boxing
By Karl Freitag
European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (40-4-2, 15 KOs) scored his biggest win and retained his belt against favored former WBA interim world champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-2-1, 14 KOs) by winning a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, England. Hatton battled back from a first round knockdown to outwork Nuzhnenko over twelve. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. Hatton is the younger brother of former world champion Ricky Hatton.
In the co-feature, middleweight Martin Murray (20-0, 7 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-7-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant Commonwealth belt. Scores were 120-109, 120-108, 120-109.
Super bantamweight Scott Quigg (20-0, 13 KOs) stopped Gavin Reid (6-7-1, 3 KOs) in his first ten-rounder.
WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, who will make his return to the rings next August 28 in Argentina against Demarcus Chop Chop Corley, wished good luck to his fellow countryman Carlos Abregu from Argentina who will face Timothy Bradley tomorrow in California. “I wish Carlos all the best for such an important fight. He is my compatriot and I am 100% behind him. I’ll be supporting him through the TV. He is a great guy who can really punch, so Bradley could be in a big problem. I think Abregú can win by KO,” Maidana said. (more…)
Tim Bradley 147 vs Luis Carlos Abregu 146.5
Alfredo Angulo 153 vs Joachim Alcine 153.5
Eduardo Cruz 128.5 vs Ruffino Serrano 127
Antonio DeMarco 138.5 vs Daniel Attah 135
Art Hovhannesyan 137.5 vs Christian Favela 137
Joel Diaz 127 vs Rene Torrez 126
Abraham Lopez 133.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 127
Venue: Agua Caliente Spa, Resort and Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Rafael Concepcion 118
(WBC/WBO bantamweight championship)
Linda Sanchez 104.7 vs Ibeth Zam Ora 104.7
(WBC female strawweight title)
Osvaldo Razon 104.7 vs Vs Danny Olivo 104.7
(Fecombox strawweight title)
Michael Medina 155 vs Gilberto Flores 154
Ramon Maas 122 vs Carloz Peñaloza 123.5
Juan Katun 115 vs Paulino Villalobos 117
Michael Garcia 118 vs Antonio Galindo 120
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Tuxtla, Chiapas, Mexico
Tv: Fox Sports And TV Azteca
Promotor: Top Rank, Zanfer, Gob. Del Estado Chiapas
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Less than 12 hours for Floyd Mayweather to make a decision. Pacman’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host an international media conference call tonight at 3AM ET / midnight PT — the deadline given to Floyd Mayweather Jr. to agree to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13.
Although maintaining silence about a potential Pacquiao fight, Mayweather hasn’t been completely out of the news. He captured his third ESPY award Wednesday for 2010 Award for Best Fighter. “The fact that the ESPY award is based on fan votes makes it a special honor for me as I have always appreciated the fans who do recognize how hard I work to be the best in the sport,” said Mayweather. He also held two Twitter scavenger hunts last week, earning $20,000 in funding for his Floyd Mayweather Jr. Foundation.
Tonight’s ShoBox: The New Generation telecast will present a classic “ShoBox” fight card featuring ambitious young talent on the verge of greatness. To continue their rise up the rankings and contend for a world title, they first must triumph in their most critical test to date – live at 11p ET/PT on SHOWTIME®. Below is expert analyst Steve Farhood’s preview of Lanard Lane vs. Mike Dallas Jr.
On July 21, legendary trainer/manager Emanuel Steward will conduct the first of a series of clinics, which will be scheduled throughout the world. The clinic will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, at Sweet Science Fitness. And with the growing demand of getting back to the basics, a second clinic is scheduled at the Fight Factory on August 4 in Tampa, Florida. At this stage of Stewards’ career he wants to share lessons learned, this clinic is for: boxers, amateur and professional, trainers, conditioning coaches, boxing fans and anyone who desires first hand knowledge. (more…)
Former world champ and living legend Yori Boy Campas (92-15-1, 74 KOs) has accepted a fight in the main event of the October 2 card in Garden City, Kansas, promoted by Robert Gonzales. Campas will go eight rounds with local middleweight Jose Gonzales (13-8-1). In the co-main, Taos-born Marcos Herrera (5-1-1), now in Denver, fights Garden City’s Herbert Acevedo (3-0) in a sixer at lightweight. Other bouts include: Victoria Cisneros (5-9-2), of Albuquerque, vs. TBA, six at 140; Albuquerque’s Vincent “Li’l Man” Mirabal (6-0) vs. Joel Vargas (2-1-1), of Topeka, Ks., four at 145; Albuquerque’s Josh “Pittbull” Torres (4-1-1) vs. Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9), of Pueblo, Colo., four at 145; Raymond “Hollywood” Montes (3-1), of Albuquerque, vs. Adam Ochoa (2-1-1), of Amarillo, Tex., four at 118; Albuquerque’s Yorden Hernandez debuts vs. Chris Russel (2-1), of Shattuck, Okla.; Albuquerque’s Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-6) takes on debuter Noel Esquedo of Wichita, Ks., four at 147; and Wichita debuter Dameon Brown fights Amarillo debuter Benjamin Vasquez in a four-rounder.
OPI 2000 prospects Antonio Moscatiello (9-0, 8 KOs) and Carel Sandon (13-0, 4 KOs) keep their unbeaten records intact last night in Civitanova Marche, Italy. Welterweight Antonio Moscatiello beat Hungarian Janos Varga (8- 3, 7 KOs) by TKO in round three while lightweight Carel Sandon beat durable Zsolt Nagy (14-15, 6 KOs) on points over eight rounds. Moscatiello is the nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni while Carel Sandon is the nephew of former WBA middleweight champion Sumbu Kalambay. In the photo (from left to right) Sumbu Kalambay, Carel Sandon, Christian Cherchi of OPI 2000, Antonio Moscatiello and Giacobbe Fragomeni.
Think fighter, think James ‘Lights Out’ Toney. Although the specifics pigeonhole Toney as a professional boxer, Toney’s always been more of a fighter than anything or anyone else. While fighting peers train or learn tough, Toney just is. Some fake it, Toney does it. Fighting comes to Toney as naturally as a shoulder-roll followed by a counter right-cross and nobody, across the entire combat sports spectrum, appears at one with their sport like Toney and boxing. Some men are known as ‘The Natural’, but Toney truly is just that . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
A press conference on Tuesday will officially announce an August 14 card at Santa Ana Star Center in Bernalillo, N.M., promoted by Eagle Boxing and Golden Girl Promotions. In the main event, undefeated Thaddine Swifteagle Johnson (5-0, 5 KOs), who’s been training at Floyd Mayweather’s gym in Las Vegas, Nev., is expected to fight for her first world title. In the co-main, between former Holly Holm opponents – well, one of ‘em a would-be opponent – Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-9-1) will take on Melissa Hernandez (12-2-2, 4 Kos) of Bronx, New York, in what will probably be a title fight at lightweight. Stay tuned for more info as the card develops.
WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel says Rafael “Little Bull” Concepcíon will give everything to beat him because it’s the chance of his life to be the second Panamanian to earn the gold and green belt. Montiel (42-2-2, 31 KOs) of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, defends against Concepcion (14-2-2, 8 KOs) in the “Top Rank Live” main event aired live in USA by Fox Sports, in Mexico by TV Azteca and the rest of the world by WBCBOXING.TV.
“I was upset about the Morel cancellation, but the fans will be the real winners because the exchange of punches [with Concepcion] will be more straight. Morel was going to run and “Little Bull” is no doubt stronger and braver. But if I am the best bantamweight in the world, I must prove it against contenders like this Panamanian,” Montiel said. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Alexander Alekseev 199.7 vs Denis Lebedev 198.4
(WBO cruiserweight eliminator)
Susi Kentikian 112 vs. Arely Mucino 111.3
(WBA/WBO/WIBF female flyweight championship)
Eddy Gutknecht 174.2 vs. Michal Bilak 173.3
Christian Hammer 242.5 vs. Mariusz Wach 263.5
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128.3 vs. Hermin Isava 128.5
Vikapita Meroro 174.8 vs. Jevgenijs Andrejevs 175
Venue: Sport- Und Kongresshall, Schwerin, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
By Ron Jackson
The well trainer Josiah Mosiah who trained South African champions like Morris Mohloai and Lybo Nkoko died in Soweto recently after a long illness. He was 85. (more…)
“It happened during my final training on the Thursday afternoon,” said WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer. “Suddenly I felt a pain in the back, it felt like an electric shock. We went directly to the clinic. Luckliy it wasn’t anything serious. My physiotherapist Matthias Böhme tried everything, but nothing worked. I’m sorry. I was happy about my third fight in Schwerin and the fans. But we’ll make up for this. Tomorrow I’ll join the fans and enjoy the boxing from outside the ring. The fight card is still world class.”
“Fortunately our first suspicion of a slipped disk was excluded,” stated Universum doctor Dr. Michael Ehnert. “The examination revealed an acute, very painful blockage in the left Iliosacral joint.” Dr. Ehnert added that chiropractic and physiotherapy along with strong painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs could contribute to a quick improvement, but there was no way Brähmer cound have fought Saturday night.
Preview by Felipe Leon
Tonight at the “Tigre” Garcia Gymnasium in the port city of Ensenada, Mexico, local favorite Juan Carlos Virgen (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will put his perfect record as well as his WBC FECARBOX middleweight title versus hard hitting grizzled veteran Rito Ruvalcaba (33-10, 29 KOs) of Tijuana in a 12-round bout. (more…)
Ringside Report by Mark Vaz
Photography by Emily Harney
Molina, Jr. pulled off an exciting come from behind victory over previously undefeated “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy with an eleventh round stoppage for the NABO Lightweight title.
Lundy’s superior hand speed, accentuated by an outstanding, accurate jab controlled the action for the first four rounds of the fight. Seemingly in for an evening of target practice, Lundy was able to land at will as Molina was barely able to get close enough to the switch-hitting Philadelphian to throw a punch . . . Click here for more
Let’s Get It On Promotions and current USBA light-heavyweight champion, Otis “Triple OG” Griffin, have entered into a long term promotional agreement. Griffin, with a record of 22-6, 9 KOs is also ranked #10 in the world in the IBF.
Griffin, who was the winner of Fox’s The Next Great Champ boxing reality TV show in 2004, has been on an impressive winning streak. In April of 2009, he traveled to Florida to fight former super-middleweight world champion, Jeff Lacy, and lost a majority decision in Lacy’s native Tampa, FL. Most boxing fans and writers believe that Griffin won seven out of the ten rounds, and was on the wrong end of a hometown decision. Since then, Griffin has been on a rush, coming off of three impressive wins. (more…)
With exactly one month remaining until two of the top fighters in the world enter the ring at the Bell Centre in Montreal, current WBC Light Heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (25-1-0, 16KO) and American Pound for Pound superstar “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-0-0, 17KO) hit the scales for their mandatory 30-day pre-fight weigh in. The limit mandated by the WBC 30 days before a Light Heavyweight championship is 192.5 lbs. (more…)
Last week WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm reached an agreement with his former promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl (Universum) regarding the end of their promotional contract. Now Sturm is free to organize and promote his fights all by himself. His comeback after more than a year of ring absence is scheduled for September 4th in his home town Cologne (Germany). The three-time world champion will announce his opponent and further details on the show at a press conference next week. “There is one thing I can already tell you”, Sturm said today. “We are working on a huge show and we will present a great opponent with international experience.” (more…)
Photo by Team Sauerland
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) caught up with the German media yesterday as he continues his preparation for his clash with Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs). The duo will battle it out in Erfurt on August 21, which will be Huck’s fourth title defense. “Despite the hot weather in Germany we have been working really hard in practice,” Huck said. “My trainer Ulli Wegner has scheduled a lot of exhausting sessions. Fighting in Erfurt will be special for him because he lived there for a long time. So I intent to put on a spectacular performance on August 21 to please him and of course my fans all over the world. Godfrey is a tough challenger, but he has never been inside the ring with someone like me. I am the best cruiserweight in the world and I am keen to prove it once again.” (more…)
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