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Manguita Promotions in association with Sampson Boxing LLC and 340 Boxing will present Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (10-0, 8 KOs) against Francisco “El Ajogao” Lorenzo (34-8, 15 KOs) on August 19th at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For Fortuna, this match marks the moment of truth as Lorenzo has gone the distance with two-time world champion Jorge Linares, Juan “Baby Bull Diaz” and WBO champion Roman Martinez and has victories over Nate Campbell, former IBF Champion Christobal Cruz and WBC Champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto.
In the co-feature, Victor “Mermelada” Cayo returns after his defeat against interim WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. Also, John and Julius Jackson, sons of future hall of famer Julius “The Hulk” Jackson will be on the undercard.
After a successful show in Tampa on June 4, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the A La Carte Event Pavilion on Friday. In the main event Jesus Pabon (14-1-8 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will face Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda (39-13-4-34 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake. Also former 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (5-0-4 KO’s) of Havana, Cuba will battle Yogli “Olafo” Herrera (25-11-15 KO’s) of San Onofre, Colombia in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds in the Featherweight division. (more…)
Canadian referee Michael Griffin will be the third man in the ring for Saturday’s Pascal-Dawson WBC light heavyweight championship fight in Montreal. The three judges are Jack Woodburn (Canada), John Keane (England) and Gerald Ritter (Oklahoma). The WBC Supervisor is Charles Giles (England).
Former WBA World super featherweight champion Jorge Linares (29-1, 18 KOs) of Venezuela will take on former interim WBA World super featherweight champion Likar Ramos (21-3, 15 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place October 24th in Japan. Linares’ recently won the vacant WBA Fedelatin lightweight title in his last bout which was a 10 round unanimous decision over Ricardo ‘Rocky’ Juarez . Ramos will have a fight first in Barranquilla, Colombia with fellow countryman Humberto Martinez (19-4-1, 14 KOs) August 27th.
Three-division world boxing champ James “Lights Out” Toney lose to UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture? Not a chance, Toney said today on a media teleconference. “I’m not even thinking about losing,” said Toney. “I’m the best fighter Randy has ever fought. I’m not worried about what Randy can do. I’m winning, hands down – I’m knocking him out.”
On August 28, live from the TD Garden in Boston, on PPV, Toney and Couture will co-headline UFC 118. The main event features a rematch between B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title.
“Sure, James poses a different style, has a unique boxing style,” said Couture. “I’ve had to adjust my tactics and training but the fight depends on James. It’s mixed martial arts, certainly, not boxing. Whatever skill set James has tried to learn and bring into this fight, I’ll counter by pure MMA. It’ll be interesting.”
Stay tuned for a full report.
Unbeaten featherweight Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Ca. is in Laredo, Texas for his biggest fight. Garcia is taking on Cornelius Lock of Detroit in an IBF Featherweight Eliminator on a Top Rank Live! fight card on Saturday night. “We’re in tough and we know it,” said Robert Garcia, older brother and chief trainer of Mikey. “We studied video of Lock. We know him very well — a tough, talented fighter. But Mikey trained hard, over 100 rounds of sparring at a gym in Santa Ana (California).
“On Saturday night Mikey will get into the ring and figure out Lock real quick,” Garcia said. “If we have to pressure, we will pressure. If we have to box from the outside, we’ll do that. I told Cameron (Dunkin, co-manager) we welcome fights like this. We have to beat tough fighters like Cornelius Lock to work our way to a world title fight.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today marks the 28 years since the death of the Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sánchez. Sanchez born in January of 1959 in Tianguistenco, Estado de Mexico. He made his pro debut on May 4, 1975 and by February 2, 1980 became the WBC featherweight champion by stopping Danny ‘Coloradito’ López in the thirteenth round. Sanchez made nine defenses against Rubén Castillo, Danny López, Patrick Ford, Juan Laporte, Roberto Castañon, Wilfredo Gómez, Pat Cowdell, Jorge Garcia and Azumah Nelson. His win against Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfredo Gómez is considered one of the most important triumphs ever for a Mexican boxer. Unfortunately his life ended at the age of 23 in an automobile accident on August 12, 1982. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1991. Every year on this date his parents, friends, legends of Mexican boxing and fight fans visit Sanchez’ final resting place and respectfully offer a minute of silence before breaking into a deafening cheer, which brings to mind the unforgettable fights of Salvador Sanchez.
Current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (25-1, 16 KOs) and undefeated WBC interim light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) face off during Wednesday’s press conference in Montreal. They collide Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight contender LC Davis visited with youths at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics on Friday, July 30. A Kansas City resident, Davis had the opportunity to provide support, a positive message, and motivation to children receiving difficult dialysis treatment for lost kidney function . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based Samoan Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (20-3-3, 15 KOs) 230lbs a scored a six round stoppage over former heavyweight contender Owen “What The Heck” Beck (29-6, 20 KOs) 250lbs of the USA at the Southport RSL club, Southport, Queensland, Australia Thursday. Beck came to fight and connected with hard combinations to the head and body of Leapai who stayed in the imports face delivering his own heavy artillery. Round five had Beck in trouble as Leapai scored with overhand rights hands and left hooks but the American survived to hear the bell. Leapai had Beck out on his feet in round six and referee Tony Kettlewell crowned the powerful Samoan. “I am boxing Danny Williams in four weeks – who knocked out Mike Tyson,” said Leapai. “I am The Lionheart and I will defeat Williams!” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Things were going so very well for Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola. Fighting on HBO. A growing fan base. Fighting for paychecks with more zeros on them than when he made in his professional debut before a few hundred fans at a casino in Laughlin, NV almost seven years ago. Then, it happened. A fight against Tomasz Adamek in an arena near his hometown. Some favored him to win, but in the end, Arreola stood in the ring on that April evening with more questions than answers and a bruised face.
Now Arreola returns to the same venue four months later in hopes of winning and returning to the mix of the heavyweight division. He faces fellow contender Manuel Quezada in a 12 round bout on Friday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Villuendas Promotions will present a stellar boxing gala in Mexico City on September 11 to celebrate Mexico’s bicentennial. Headlining is future Hall of Famer and former three-division world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales, who is campaigning for another world crown. The card is expected to have nine world titles on the line and promises to be a historic night. (more…)
IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor is fully recovered from a stress-fracture of the shin that laid him up for 4 weeks and now he’s raring to take on Jason Booth on September 11th at the Rainton Meadows Arena in Sunderland, England. “Without a doubt it’s frustrating.” explained Molitor. “After I won the title on a Saturday (against Takalani Ndlovu) I was straight back in they gym on Tuesday and it’s hard not being able to train 110%. But in other ways it has been a blessing in disguise, I’m now a 100% recovered after taking all of the time off that the doctors advised me to. I’ve stayed in good shape, riding the bike etc but come September 11th I’ll be coming to fight.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former lightweight world champion Miguel Angel Gonzalez will reappear in the ring on the big September 11th card in Mexico City. “I’m returning because I want to continue entertaining. In my 40 years, I’ve taken good care of myself and try to be in great shape. My desire is to return to the ring,” said González, who retired with a record 51-5-1, 40 KOs) in 17 years. He made his professional debut in January 1989 and last fought in October 2006. He’s been in with names like Oscar de La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez, Kostya Tszyu Cory Spinks and Luis Collazo, among others.
Photo by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon visited former junior welterweight contender Alex de Jesus this afternoon and invited him to take part in a bout on the undercard of “Unification,” where Calderon will face WBA 108 champ Giovanni Segura at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, showcased on pay-per-view and presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP).
The De Jesus will fight on the undercard of Unification which takes place next August 28 in a six round bout versus an opponent to be announced. The Dept. of Corrections will give permission for De Jesus to participate in fights and then return to prison until his sentence is completed. For more details and photos click here…
‘Slick’ Nick Osipczak is man enough to accept the inevitability of defeat. At least, that is, when defeat truly feels like defeat. Since departing season nine of The Ultimate Fighter, England’s Osipczak has suffered only one professional loss, and yet it never felt the way he expected it to. The talented welterweight was outwrestled and muffled by American Ricky Story at UFC 112 and, though the bout remained competitive throughout, Osipczak was ultimately frustrated and defeated. Osipczak left Abu Dhabi that weekend feeling slightly dejected, but mostly confused . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
Video: Joel A. Colón / PR Best Boxing
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon visits former stablemate, Olympian and jr welterweight prospect Alex “Pollo” De Jesus (19-1, 13 KOs) who is serving a four year sentence at the jail in Bayamon, Puerto Rico for domestic violence and weapons charges.
By Ricardo Conde
Former title challenger and current junior middleweight contender Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) of Colombia looks to rebound, after a devastating loss to Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo this past April, against Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-6, 6 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA on Saturday, August 21 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ in a 10-round junior middleweight bout on the undercard of “The Big Challenge,” which is being headlined by heavyweight contender Tomaz Adamek taking on Michael Grant, and will be shown live on Pay-Per-View and is being presented by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with X-Cel Worldwide. Remaining tickets are priced at $53, $78, $103 and $253 and can be purchased at the Prudential Center Box Office, www.Prucenter.com or by phone at 800-745-3000. (more…)
Salvador Sanchez II (19-4-2, 9 KOs) poses with Mauricio Sulaiman executive secretary of the WBC at a press conference in Mexico for the upcoming September 11th event at the Plaza de Toros headlined by Erik Morales. Sanchez will look to rebound from his last bout which was a decision loss to Tomas Villa. Sanchez suffered a fracture in his right hand during the bout but has now fully recovered. Rumors are he will fight on one of the upcoming Mexican Independence day shows.
Photo by Ron Jackson
Seven outstanding SA boxers and a pedigreed fighter from Japan will be in action at Carnival City, Brakpan, on September 1. Heading one of the best bills put together in South Africa in recent years will be former IBF champions Cassius Baloyi and Mzonke Fana. Other big names on the card are Moruti Mthalane, Zolani Tete, Jeffrey Mathebula, Takalani Ndlovu, Tshepo Lefele and Katsunari Takayama, from Japan. Promoter Branco Milenkovic, of Branco Sports Productions, has announced the bumper bill for the tournament to be held on a Wednesday. (more…)
For the first time, Top Rank, will open its vaults and present intense battles from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. PST each Saturday beginning on Aug. 14, 21, and 28. The bouts will air free of charge on www.TopRank.com/TRLivestream in advance of three events on three different networks: Gamboa-Salido on Sept. 11 at The Palms Casino & Resort, Las Vegas, on HBO; Lopez-Marquez Sept. 18 in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena on Showtime; and a special edition of the popular Top Rank Live! series Sept. 11 in Culiacan, Mexico on Fox Sports Espanol.
Undefeated Teon Kennedy and Alex Becerra meet for the vacant NABA super bantamweight title on September 25 in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The scheduled 12-round championship fight tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7:30 p.m. Kennedy, 24, of Philadelphia, PA, is ranked #8 in the world at 122 pounds by the IBF. A former National Golden Gloves flyweight champion, Kennedy has beaten Thomas Snow, Andre Wilson, Lucian Gonzalez, Francisco Rodriguez and Jose Angel Beranza en route to a 15-0-1 record, 6 KOs.
Kennedy’s 10th-round knockout last year over Rodriguez netted him the vacant USBA super bantamweight title and he successfully defended that crown with a 12-round decision over Beranza in his last fight May 22 at Bally’s. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Panamanian boxing promoter Promociones y Eventos del Istmo presents a big card Saturday afternoon at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. The main event features the rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and Nehomar Cermeño, plus Milton Nuñez and Gennady Golovkin collide for the vacant WBA interim middleweight title. In all, there will be an astonishing sixteen professional bouts (130 scheduled rounds) showcasing top local and international talent. (more…)
Photo by Herby Whyne/Fightnews Canada
Unbeaten WBC interim and IBO light heavyweight titleholder Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) conducts a high tech workout in advance of Saturday’s collision with WBC light heavyweight champ Jean Pascal (25-1, 16 KOs) at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. More photos…
By Hector Islas/WBC
It will be announced at a press conference today that Mexican stars Jhonny Gonzalez and Hugo Cazares will fight on a big September 11th boxing card at the famed “Monumental Plaza de Toros” in Mexico City. WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cazares will defend against Alberto Rossi, while Gonzalez meets Juan Carlos Burgos in an elimination bout for the WBC featherweight crown currently held by Elio Rojas. The event will be promoted by Jose Luis Villuendas.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
September 4 will be a banner boxing day in Mexico. In Guadalajara, Omar Niño will be defend his WBC jr. flyweight world championship against the Ronald Barrera, and on the same card Jorge “Coloradito” Solís defends his WBA interim super featherweight crown against a rival to be named. In Chihuahua, Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda defends his WBO flyweight championship against Ronald Ramos. All fights will be part of events celebrating Mexico’s bicentennial.
A victory is all that matters for Robert Helenius (12-0, 7 KOs) when he takes on Gregory Tony (12-0, 10 KOs) for the vacant EU Heavyweight Title in Erfurt on August 21. The “Nordic Nightmare” sent shockwaves through the international boxing world when he stopped former WBO Heavyweight Champion Lamon Brewster in what was just his 11th fight. After injuring his hand during a points victory over Gbenga Oloukun in Helsinki in March, Helenius is now ready to continue his rise to stardom. “I can’t wait to get back in the ring,” the 26-year-old said from his training camp base in Kienbaum, some 20 miles east of Berlin. “Ulli Wegner keeps teaching me new things every day and I am keen to show them against Tony. I am hungry to win my first title.” (more…)
You might have trouble pronouncing his name, but odds are high that you will remember Maciej Jewtuszko after watching him perform inside of a cage. Poland’s top lightweight prospect boasts an aggressive, crowd-pleasing style and a sterling 7-0 pro record – and he’s yet to allow one of his bouts to be decided by the judges . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
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