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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Fightnews met up with WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal as he put the finishing touches on his preparations for this Saturday’s showdown with undefeated Chad Dawson. Pascal will be making the third defense of his title belt that he wrestled away from fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu in 2009. Pascal again beat Diaconu in his last fight in December and did so with one arm, separating his shoulder in the third round. Pascal talks about his thoughts on the fight that brings HBO Championship boxing into town for the very first time and assures us that he is 100 percent ready for Saturday. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With just days before Saturday’s HBO televised match-up between WBC champion Jean Pascal and light-heavyweight kingpin Chad Dawson, Fightnews caught up with Pascal’s trainer Marc Ramsay who has been racking the frequent flyer miles as he has brought his fighter to three different locales trying to obtain elite status for his man in a showdown that pits two of the division’s best against each other. Ramsay described camp as “great,” saying good doesn’t even begin to describe it. (more…)
Video: Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
Trainer Sam Colonna, who helped Tomasz Adamek to his first world championship title (WBC light heavyweight) five years ago and trained Andrew Golota for most of his heavyweight career, talks about the August 21 Adamek-Michael Grant pay-per-view clash in Newark:
Legendary promoter Don King was saddened to hear of the passing on Monday of Jay Larkin, his longtime business associate at SHOWTIME. “Jay loved the world of boxing and he was a very integral part of bringing the sport and Don King Productions to SHOWTIME,” King said. “He loved working with all the great fighters and he certainly brought out the best in them in his production and direction. Jay was always in the forefront of many of the greatest promotions over the past two decades. We are going to miss him dearly. I offer my deepest sympathy to his family, led by his lovely wife Lisa, the rock behind this great and unique man.”
WBC President José Sulaimán has received the honor of being inducted in the Galerías Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City. Suliaman joined the approximately 130 other inductees in the Galerías, which include the most prominent stars of show business, sports, and art. All of the inductees’ plaques, which include a bronze handprint of the inductee, are installed on a special floor in the building.
By Karl Freitag
The semi-finals of the Super Six tournament will begin to shape up after the first Group Stage 3 match between Mikkel Kessler and Allan Green on September 25, and Kessler holds the key. If Kessler wins, he advances to the semi-final. A Kessler win, would also mean Andre Dirrell could not advance with a loss against Andre Ward later that night, regardless of the outcome of the Arthur Abraham-Carl Froch matchup the following week.
On the other hand, Dirrell does control his own destiny. If he beats Ward, both he and Ward would advance regardless of any other results.
It’s possible that both Abraham and Froch will have already have qualified for the semi-final depending on the previous week’s results. In any event, the winner is sure to advance regardless of what happens in other fights. (more…)
With the third and final Group Stage of round-robin matches in the Super Six World Boxing Classic fast approaching, SHOWTIME Sports® announced on Tuesday the official tie-break regulations for Semi-Final seeding.
Following Group Stages 1 and 2, only WBA world super middleweight champion Andre Ward has locked up one of the four coveted Semi-Final berths while no other fighter has been eliminated from contention. With the five other competitors still alive—separated by three points or less—Group Stage 3 promises to deliver the most dramatic and compelling fights of the groundbreaking tournament. Click here for complete tie break information…
For the first-time ever, Indianapolis will get a taste of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Former UFC®heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former interim UFC heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts legend Minotauro Nogueira will mix it up for an encore performance on Saturday, September 25 at UFC 119: MIR VS. NOGUEIRA 2, which is presented by “Halo Reach” and live from the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also featured on this historic card, Nogueira’s twin brother and light heavyweight force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler turned undefeated fighter Ryan Bader. Then it’s a rematch of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback finale as former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra takes on one of Indianapolis’ own in Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. (more…)
World champion Yurikoris Gamboa, who usually trains in Miami, is off to the Fight Factory in Tampa, Fla. He is preparing to take on champion Orlando Salido of Mexico on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ on September 11 at the Palms Resort Casino, Las Vegas. Gamboa, 18-0, usually trains in Miami. “It’s a big fight and we wanted to get away and do it right,” said chief trainer Tony Gonzalez. It’s the same training facility used previously by world champion Miguel Cotto. Gamboa is the WBA featherweight champion. Salido is the IBF champion. Team Gamboa is planning to report to Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 3.
Unbeaten Russian middleweight Matt Korobov is on the ‘Battle of the Champions’ fight card at the Palms. He is training with Kenny Adams in Las Vegas. Korobov, 11-0, is scheduled for eight rounds.
Notre Dame Champion Mike Lee, a light heavyweight, will box in a four-round bout at the Palms on Sept. 11. Lee is Notre Dame graduate, majoring in finance. He is Houston, training with Ronnie Shields.
Tickets for Battle of the Champions – Gamboa vs. Salido and Brandon Rios vs. Anthony Peterson – are $200, $100, $50 and are available on ticketmaster.com
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Las Vegas super featherweight Diego Magdaleno, 15-0, goes into his biggest fight, taking on Carlos Olveira, 25-1, on the Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez world title fight card on Sept. 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Magdaleno is trained by Pat Berry and Augie Sanchez.
IBF #7 rated junior middleweight Deandre “Bull” Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) has ripped into WBO interim 154lb champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) after news that Angulo has been offered a bout with current middleweight champion Sergio Martinez. Latimore says he’s stunned that a bout like that was even being considered. “Angulo has done nothing to show that he belongs in the same ring with Martinez,” stated Latimore. “If they fought a twelve rounder, Martinez would win 13-0. They’ve built up Angulo like he’s some sort of beast but he’s done nothing to lend any credibility to that” said Latimore. (more…)
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Heavyweight contender Manuel “El Toro” Quezada (29-5, 18 KOs), trained by Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, will take on Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) this Friday, August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA in the main event on the latest edition of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” for the vacant WBC FECOMBOX heavyweight title, which is being presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions. Remaining tickets can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Manuel Quezada as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Arreola and here’s what he had to say. For more details and photos click here…
WBO #9 cruiserweight Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) held a media workout Monday at Big Six Academy in Providence, Rhode Island. Godfrey challenges WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco “Kapt’n” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) on August 21 at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Thuringen, Germany.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#7/WBC#8 flyweight Tomonobu Shimizu (17-3-1, 8 KOs), 112, kept his national 112-pound belt as he finely outboxed and outpunched crouching and onrushing challenger Kewpie Kanazawa (13-7, 6 KOs), 112, and finally halted him with a towel thrown in by the corner at 0:36 of the sixth round on Monday. Shimizu, an upright stylist, made good use of his footwork and countering rights to the face and the belly, effectively weakening the overmatched challenger. The fifth saw Shimizu come out mixing it up in the close quarter and badly hurt Kanazawa with solid combinations. A towel was fluttering midway in the fatal sixth, as the loser’s corner thought Kanazawa had absorbed too much punishment.
WBA#6/WBC#12 super-bantam Masaaki Serie (17-3, 7 KOs), 121.5, was awkward, unorthodox and least technical, as usual, but retained his Japanese 122-pound belt with a well-received surrender of ex-world challenger and ex-OPBF/Japanese champ Manabu Fukushima (36-11-4, 20 KOs), 122, after the seventh round in a scheduled ten. Fukushima, 35 and eight years his senior, was just a shell of his old self when he had an unsuccessful shot at the WBC belt against Oscar Larios via eighth round stoppage in 2002. His timing and sharpness were miserably gone. Fukushima took a solid direct right of the younger champ, hitting the deck in the fourth. Serie, in round seven, accelerated his attack and forced the fading veteran to the ropes with a fusillade of wild and strong shots with Fukushima having a narrow escape. Susumu Hanagata, ex-world flyweight champ, decided not to allow the loser to go and fight for the eighth. Fukushima, after a sad swan song, declared a farewell to the ring after his bad defeat.
Promoter: Kaneko Promotions.
47-year-old, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) returns to the ring November 5th against veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11-2, 19 KOs) of the Bahamas. The bout will be for Holyfield’s newly acquired WBF title he won in his last bout which was an 8 round TKO of Francois Botha. Site of the fight will be the Joe Louis in Detroit, Michigan.
Live from the TD Garden in Boston, MA, Spike TV showcases two live undercard bouts from “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” on Saturday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. In action, local product and sure to be crowd favorite Joe Lauzon (“The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum) of Bridgewater, MA takes on his former housemate from the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Gabe Ruediger, and Nik “The Carny” Lentz will square off with Andre Winner, fighting out of Leicester, England. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#3/WBA#5 Akifumi Shimoda (22-2-1, 10 KOs), 122, kept his OPBF super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous technical decision (49-47 twice and 49-46) over previously unbeaten OPBF top ranked Korean champ Changhyun Son (12-1-1, 5 KOs), 121.5, at 0:34 into the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimoda, a talented southpaw speedster, took the initiative from the start, utilizing his superior speed on hand and foot. Son, also a good speedster, attempted to land direct right to the southpaw champ, but could connect with a single solid shot that once bounced the head back midway in the fourth. In the same round Shimoda sustained a very nasty gash caused by an accidental butt on the left side of the head, so badly streaming blood that the Filipino referee Delbert Peligrino had it examined by the JBC physician twice and finally called a halt. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA heavyweight challenger Owen “What The Heck” Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) has arrived in Australia in good shape for his showdown with Australian based Samoan Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (19-3-3,15KO’s) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL club, Southport, Queensland on Thursday. Noel Thornberry who trains and manages Leapai is confident his charge can defeat the Jamiacan born, Nashville, Tennessee,USA based former world heavyweight contender. ” Beck will be the acid test for Leapai.” said Thornberry. “He has an excellent record and has challenged the giant 7 foot Russian Nikolay Valuev in 2006 for the title. Leapai showed the heart of a champion in his most recent bout in June when he got off the canvas to stop 6.5″ American heavyweight Travis Walker (34-4-1) in four rounds. Walker had given highly regarded Chris Arreola a hell of a fight before being stopped. I am confident of victory on Thursday against Beck. English heavyweight Danny Williams has been in negotiations to fight Leapai in September. Williams holds a stoppage win over Mike Tyson so he has credibility.” Promoter is Jamie Myer and televised on Foxtel Cable Television Network.
by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales began sparring as to carry out a strong preparation in view of his bout on September 11 at La Monumental Plaza de Toros, Mexico, where he will fight against Willie Limond from Scotland.
Erik “Terrible” Morales, who has won the world super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight championships of the World Boxing Council has watched videos of his Scottish rival Willie Limond.
Rendall Munroe will have an army of fans following him to Japan in October despite facing a 12,000 mile round trip. More than 100 of the Leicester binman’s friends have already booked flights so they can cheer him to victory when he challenges WBC super-bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Tokyo on Sunday October 24. The fight is expected to draw a 10,000 sell-out crowd. (more…)
The runaway success of the highly acclaimed SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic has inspired SHOWTIME to look at the possibility of other tournaments. One proposal rumored to be in the works is a possible bantamweight tournament which would feature Yhonny Perez, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko, Vic Darchinyan, Fernando Montiel, Abner Mares and Christopher Martin (off his upset of Chris Avalos on Friday night). Apparently this would be a single elimination tourney if it comes together.
“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Jay Larkin,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “His remarkable enthusiasm, his insatiable zeal for life and esprit de corps that he left behind at SHO Sports will always be with us. He will be missed by the countless people that he met and touched including all of us here at Showtime who’ve had the pleasure to work with him. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
One of the most successful television executives in the world of boxing and entertainment, Jay Larkin, passed away this morning at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY at the age of 59. Larkin had been battling cancer. Services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beth David Cemetery (300 Elmont Road) in Elmont, NY.
Larkin put together a franchise that stood atop the world of boxing and television while at SHOWTIME from 1984 to 2006 with the creation of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION and a pay-per-view business that was second to none with the promotion of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and many other Hall of Fame greats in the boxing world. Larkin was considered one of the most powerful professionals in the world of boxing. (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
By way of a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision, Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs) successfully defended his IBF and WBC jr welterweight titles at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri this past Saturday. In the co-main event, IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) waged a war to successfully defend his title against three-time former champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs). And in a stunning upset, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) scored a controversial fifth round TKO victory over Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11 KOs) to capture the IBF jr middleweight title. (More)
Former SHOWTIME boxing chief Jay Larkin sadly has passed away at the age of 59 from brain cancer. Larkin was one of the key architects of the network’s acclaimed boxing programming. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Larkin,” said Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports. “Although Jay and I worked for different networks, we were truly colleagues. His commitment to his family and to boxing was truly admirable. I considered him a friend and enjoyed the times we spent together. He will be dearly missed.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan boxing promoter PRODESA presents a card Saturday night at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua, Nicaragua. The main event features WBA #10/WBO #12/WBC #14 super featherweight contender Santos Benavides (20-2-2, 15 KOs) against Carlos Guevrara (13-10-1, 10 KOs). In all, there will be eight professional bouts showcasing top local talent. (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory has signed unbeaten welterweight Brad “The King” Solomon (12-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. Solomon will be the co-feature against Puerto Rican veteran Wilfredo “Papin” Negron (26-14-1, 19 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBA International and WBC Latino titles. on HF’s August 24th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the main event, heavyweight Timur Ibragimov (28-2-1, 15 KOs) will face off with undefeated former Olympian Gurcharan Singh (20-0, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for the NABA Intercontinental title. This will be Timur’s first defense of the belt. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Trainer Fritz Sdunek joined forces with WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm today at Sturm’s training facilities in Cologne, Germany. The well-respected Sdunek, who also works with heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, oberserved a six-round sparring session and work on the heavy bag. Sturm’s conditioning coach Clive Salz was also on hand. The 31-year-old Sturm will be facing Giovanni Lorenzo on September 4 in the Lanxess-Arena in Cologne.
Who do you want to see Devon Alexander fight next?
- Tim Bradley (46%)
- Amir Khan (28%)
- Andriy Kotelnik (rematch) (14%)
- Marcos Maidana (12%)
Video: Joel A. Colón
WBA jr flyweight world champion Giovani Segura works out in preparation for his pay-per-view flyweight world championship unification showdown against unbeaten WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan Calderon on August 28 in the Coliseum Mario Quijote Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The memorial service for former WBA Vice President and DC Boxing and Wrestling chair York Van Nixon will be held on Saturday, August 14 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 630 E Street, SW in DC. The repast will be held at 700 7th Street, SW, level B also in DC.
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