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Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) returns June 26 against Horace Ray “The Reeazon” Grant (15-2, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. “Grano is probably the most popular boxer in New England,” promoter Jimmy Burchfield said. “He has a growing legion of fans that support him whenever he fights.” Super bantamweight Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) faces former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in the co-feature. Tickets are $40, $60 and $105. Call 401.724.2253.
Anthony Springer Jr. at the scales
From the UFC FanExpo at Mandalay Bay for tomorrow night’s UFC 114 card at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, televised on PPV:
Rashad Evans 206 vs. Rampage Jackson 205
Michael Bisping 186 vs. Dan Miller 185
Jason Brilz 205 vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 205
John Hathaway 171 vs. Diego Sanchez 171
Todd Duffee 253 vs. Mike Russow 253
Preliminary fights, televised on SPIKE TV
Dong Hyun Kim 171 vs. Amir Sadollah 171
Efrain Escudero 156 vs. Dan Lauzon 155
Melvin Guillard 155 vs. Waylon Lowe 155
Luiz Cane 205 vs. Cyrille Diabate 205
Joe Brammer 156 vs. Aaron Riley 156
Jesse Forbes 186 vs. Ryan Jensen 185
IBF jr flyweight champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara and Luis “El Mosquito” Lazarte weighed in this afternoon at the 15 De Diciembre Hotel in Mar del Plata Argentina. Tamara weighed in at the maximun of 108 lbs (49kilos) and Lazarte weighed in at 107 lbs (48.5 kilos). The Tamara-Lazarte fight will be held Saturday night at the Once Unidos Arena in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Former WBA jr welter champ Souleymane M’baye (39-3-1, 21 KOs) won the vacant WBA interim welterweight title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Antonin Decarie (23-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Palais des Sport Marcel Cerdan in Paris, France. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 and 116-113. M’Baye dropped Decarie in round four. Nice win for the personable 35-year-old Levallois fighter M’Baye, who relinquished his European 140lb title to fight for the world belt in a higher weight division.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated 130 pounder Ahmed Elomar (17-1-2, 10 KOs) returned to ring action after eighteen months out of the ring and scored a fifth round knockout over Filipino Abner Llanasa (3-10) at Adeel’s Palace Reception Center, Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Friday. Elomar’s last ring appearance was in November 2008 when he scored a 1st round knockout over then world rated William Kickett. Former amateur champion – Elomar captured the Australian 130 pound title in 2005 when he won a nine round technical decision over Daniel Hoskins. On the undercard, hot lightweight prospect Paul Fleming (6-0, 5 KOs) outscored Michael Corea (2-1-1,1KO) of the Philippines over six rounds. Promoter Billy Hussein. Click here for more photos…
Omar Chávez 147 vs. Rodrigo Juárez 145
José Luis “Maestrito” López 170 vs. Panchito Sierra 170
Lizardo Moreno 127 vs. Guadalupe “Lupillo” Hernández 127
José Carlos Vargas 118 vs Jonathan Lecona 118
Venue: Feria de León, Guanajuto, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super flyweight champion Rafael “Torito” Concepcion has rejected an offer to fight WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel on July 17. According to Concepcion, Zanfer Promotions offered $20,000. “They know that offer is very little and therefore I won’t fight. I’m a boxer with a lot of class,” said Concepcion. Other sources indicate that Concepcion could replace Jorge Arce in Texas on June 26 against WBO interim champion Eric Morel. In any event, Concepcion has a fight on June 19 against Felipe Murillo in Chiriquí, Panama.
Juan Carlos Burgos 125 vs Ricardo Castillo 125
(WBC featherweight elliminator)
Fernando Beltran 127.6 vs Angel Gonzalez 126.5
Venue: Tecate Boxing Tour Arena in Guadalajara, Mexico
Promoter: HB Boxing, Banner, Thompson Boxing
Photos by Pr Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. 122 vs Zsolt Bedak 121
(WBO junior featherweight championship)
Roman Martinez 130 vs Gonzalo Munguia 129.5
(WBO junior lightweight championship)
Hanna Gabriel 152 vs Gardy Pena 152
(WBO female super welterweight championship)
McWilliams Arroyo 113.5 vs Samuel Gutierrez 113.5
McJoe Arroyo 119 vs Jairo Delgado 118
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing in association with All Star Boxing
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
At the Windhoek Hotel, Resort and Country Club in Namibia, Venezuelan Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (26-3-2, 20 KOs) and Namibian Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-0, 17 KOs) both came in under the lightweight limit in advance of their clash this Saturday to unify the WBA lightweight Interim and regular championship. Acosta weighed in at 134 and Moses tipped the scale at 132. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Vitali Klitschko 247 (112 kg) vs Albert Sosnowski 224.5 (101,8 kg)
(WBC heavyweight championship)
Johnathon Banks 225.5 vs Jason Gavern 225.5
(NABF heavyweight title)
Nendad Borovcanin 219 vs Raymond Ochieng 218
Venue: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Promoter: K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group
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By Ricardo Conde
In his last outing, USBA featherweight champion, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, under the watchful eye of his brother, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia and his father Eduardo Garcia, defeated Pedro “El Vaquero” Navarrete (24-8-3, 13 KOs) of Mexico via unanimous decision on Latin Fury 14, which featured the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Librado Andrade 169.1 vs. Eric Lucas 169.3
Renan St-Juste 159.7 vs. Marcus Upshaw 159.7
Pier Olivier Cote 134.9 vs. Hugo Armenta 135.4
Pipino Cuevas Jr 131.5 vs. Benoit Gaudet 131.3
Francy Ntetu 170.5 vs. Ahmad Selemani 170.8
Eric Martel 246.8 vs. Chad Thrun 218.1
John Hoffman 153.1 vs. Mikael Zewski 150.8
Venue: Pepsi Coliseum, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Souleymane M’Baye and Antonin Decarie both came in under the welterweight limit as they get ready to clash this Friday for the vacant WBA Interim welterweight championship. M’Baye weighed in at 146.2 and Decarie tipped the scale at 146.7. The fight will be In Levallois Perret, France. Referee Mikael Hook (Sweden) will be the third man. The three judges are Pierluigi Poppi (Italy), Jose Ignacio Martinez (Spain) and Jhon Coyle (England). The fight supervisor is Gilberto Jesus Mendoza (Venezuela), who is also the WBA executive Vice-President.
Report & photos by Chris Perry
The official weigh-in for the International Championship Boxing Knockout Series May 28 event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia was held on Thursday at Knuckleheads Roadhouse in Virginia Beach. On a quest for another heavyweight title opportunity, Shannon Briggs will challenge ring veteran Rob Calloway in Friday night’s main event. Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KOs) weighed in at 266 pounds while Calloway (75-11-2, 60 KOs) was 212 pounds. (more…)
One of the world’s most accomplished mixed martial artists will meet one of the sport’s most decorated wrestlers in a can’t-miss grappling contest just added to this week’s UFC® FAN EXPO™.
UFC President Dana White announced today that UFC star and MMA legend Takanori “The Fireball Kid” Gomi will take on three-time Division I All-American wrestler and WEC star Shane Roller in a grappling superfight slated for Saturday, May 29 at 1PM PT inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. (more…)
Story by David L. Hudson
This power-punching heavyweight has won 50 professional boxing matches, including a literal last-second win over Sergei Lyakhovich to win the WBO world heavyweight title. He possesses devastating power as witnessed by his 44 stoppages, but this pugilist has shown severe stamina problems at times in part due to his asthma. He has squared off against former heavyweight champions George Foreman, Lennox Lewis, Ray Mercer and Sultan Ibragimov in a career that began in 1992 with 10 first round stoppages in his first 12 bouts. He reeled off 25 consecutive victories to begin his career before a surprising kayo loss to Darroll Wilson.
His name is Shannon Briggs . . Click here for more
Interview by David Finger
After a career that has spanned nearly 18 years, it appears that Rob “All-American Prizefighter” Calloway (70-11-2, 57 KO’s) is close to calling it a career.
Besides owning one of the most successful fitness clubs in St. Joseph, Missouri (the Team Calloway Family Heath & Fitness Club) he also has started working as a physical therapist. It appears that Calloway looks poised to enter his post-boxing life with more going for him than most former fighters . . . Click here for more
In the sport of mixed martial arts, confidence needs to be a part of your makeup if you have designs on being among the best in the world. This aspect of fighting is not lost on former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans, who has had no lack of faith in himself in the weeks and months leading up to his Saturday showdown with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) has moved his training camp to Berlin´s famed Max-Schmeling-Gym where the former champion continues his preparation for the showdown with Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs). The duo will clash for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg, Germany on June 5 when Cunningham makes his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland. “It is great to be back in Germany,” Cunningham said. “I only have the best memories of the country and the fans. We have been received very well here in Berlin. The set-up in the Max-Schmeling-Gym is great. We got all we need to prepare for the big fight next week.” (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will make a second defence of his title in Neubrandenburg, Germany on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs). Boxing-Online.com has caught up with the 29-year-old “Hurricane” ahead of what could be the most difficult fight of his career. (more…)
By Mary Ann Owen
Hasim Rahman training at the new gym called “The Hit Factory” in Las Vegas Nevada located at 2206 Paradise Rd. The gym is owned by William Haney and Stephen Grant. The gym doors are locked, everyone has to ring the door bell in order to gain access. Haney said he wanted to maintain security for his gym and give the fighters more privacy so they can train without any distractions. The gym also has an amateur program. For more details and photos click here…
Ireland’s John Duddy works out in the Pocono Mountains preparing for Son of the Legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on Saturday, June 26, 2010 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX. The fight card will be broadcast live on Pay-Per-View.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Legendary promoter Don King held a press conference in Kiev, Ukraine together with Kiev mayor Leonid Chernovetskyi and Ukrainian promoters Vadim Bukhkalov and Stepan Chernovetskyi. King, who was in the Ukraine on the invitation former WBA light welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, was delighted with his warm reception.
“I am very glad that I could visit Ukraine, in Kiev. It is a magnificent city,” said King, “I can compare it to New York and Paris. You are very hospitable, open people. I love Ukraine. I love the Ukrainian people. I shall become a voice which will shout all over the world about what a remarkable country this is and what fine people live here! The beauty of the Ukrainian women has especially amazed me. They are fine! Here again, I see all the beauties here. I’m proud that I will work with Ukrainian boxers and represent Ukraine on the world scene.” (more…)
UFC officials announced today that tickets for UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. are officially sold out. The war of words between former UFC light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans has created one of the fiercest rivalries in the history of the sport. It’s also created one of the hottest tickets in Sin City. (more…)
Top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski will face veteran John Hoffman in a scheduled four round bout in his Canadian debut Friday night, May 28th, at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City.
The Zewski/Hoffman scheduled four rounder is one of the featured undercard bouts on the ESPN2 televised, highly anticipated showdown between legendary Quebec former world champion Eric Lucas and perennial contender Librado Andrade. (more…)
Just prior to undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman’s ring walk to his first world title defense will be the sounding of the shofar. The shofar is a horn, traditionally that of a ram, used for Jewish religious purposes. The sounding of the shofar is incorporated in synagogue services on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. “Welcome to Yankel Stadium,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “We are very fortunate to have Israel’s No. 1 entertainer Yoni Dror of Tel Aviv attending the fight to sound the shofar immediately prior to Yuri’s ring walk. Yoni was thrilled when we asked him and we were even happier he accepted. Yoni is beyond compare when it comes to sounding the shofar. It will be a very dramatic beginning to a very symbolic event.” (more…)
The last thing people heard from Jesse Forbes after he was eliminated from the third season of The Ultimate Fighter in 2006 was that he would be back. Nearly four years later, he delivered on that promise.
Of course, in mixed martial arts, four years can be an eternity, enough time to make or break a career, but Forbes, who was eliminated from TUF3’s semifinals by Josh Haynes and then halted in the first round by Matt Hamill on the show’s finale card, never wavered in his resolve, something he owes to a stubborn nature that he’s had his entire life . . . . Click for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Photos: Rafael Soto, Top Rank/Zanfer
Undefeated and number one world ranked Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and the three-time world champion, Marco Antonio Barrera were in San Antonio today to promote their upcoming fights on the big “Latin Fury 15″ boxing card that Top Rank will be telecast on pay-per-view from the Alamodome on Saturday, June 26. Chavez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs) of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico will take on John Duddy (29-1, 18 KOs) of Ireland in the main event of the card that is being promoted by Top Rank, Promociones Zanfer and Tecate beer. (more…)
WHAT: “Fists Of Steel” PPV
WHEN: Saturday, May 29, 2010 – 3PM/ET, Noon/PT
WHERE: Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany
PROMOTER: K2 Promotions and Klitschko Management Group
WBC HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
MAIN EVENT – 12 ROUNDS
Vitali “Dr. Ironfist” Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs)
vs Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs)
NABF HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CO-FEATURE – 12 ROUNDS
Johnathon Banks (24-1, 17 KOs)
vs Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs)
CRUISERWEIGHTS — 6 ROUNDS
Nendad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs)
vs Raymond Ochieng (21-10-2, 17 KOs)
PAY-PER-VIEW INFORMATION: Distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 3 PM/ET – 12 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada, for a suggested retail price of $24.95. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Arthur Mercante Jr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA super welterweight world champion Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) and former world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) meet at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York on June 5. The three judges are Alfredo Steve Weisfeld (USA), Don Ackerman (USA) and Tony Paolillo (USA). The fight supervisor is Aurelio Fiengo (Panama).
By Karl Freitag
Two division world champion Miguel Cotto (34-2, 27 KOs) guaranteed that he’ll become the new WBA super welterweight champion when he challenges WBA 154lb titleholder Yuri Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) on June 5th at Yankee Stadium. Cotto wouldn’t specify whether it would be a KO or a decision, but he vowed that he would leave the ring as champion. Cotto’s new trainer Emanuel Steward stated Cotto’s best weight is probably around 150 so the 154lb division is perfect for him. Steward also said Foreman punches better than his record indicates.
On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, the Board of Directors of the IBF/USBA called a special meeting to address issues concerning the governance of the organization. Concerns had grown among some of the Board members regarding the President, Ms. Muhammad’s, management of the organization and whether or not certain actions and decisions were in the best interest of the organization or were fiscally sound. During the meeting, a vote was taken and, by a majority vote, Ms. Muhammad was removed from her position as President of the organization, a position she has held since October 2001. She was also removed as one of the directors.
The decision to take these actions was not an easy one, as the Board had great appreciation for Ms. Muhammad’s dedication to the organization from its inception. This was not a matter of personal differences, but a matter of concern as to the leadership and management of the IBF.
Former Ratings Chairman Daryl J. Peoples, who has been with the IBF since 1995, was appointed by the Board of Directors as President. He will serve for the remainder of Ms. Muhammad’s term. Lindsey E. Tucker has also been reappointed to his post of Championships Chairman. Mr. Peoples’ former position of Ratings Chairman remains open, but will be filled in the near future.
The IBF/USBA now looks forward to an informative and productive annual convention in Puerto Rico next week and to continuing as one of the leading sanctioning organizations in the world with the help of its membership.
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