Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Weights from Mexico City

Photos: Alma Dulce Poly-All Star Boxing, Inc

Dante “Crazy” Jardon 130 vs. Adrian Tellez 130
(WBC Youth world jr. lightweight title)
Josue Veraza 125 vs. Hector Morales 125
Jorge Otocani 117 vs. Felipe Jimenez 118
Jesus Faro 117 vs. Mario Andrade 118
Leonardo Lopez 135 vs. Angel Molina 135
Carlos Barraza 108 vs. Salvador Juarez 108
Fernando Aguilar 117 vs. Eder Chimal 117

Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo (Antiguo Salon 21)
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Matchmaker: Jorge Gonzalez
TV: Telemundo will televise to the U.S. and Televisa Deportes will televise to Mexico and Central America.
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Photos: Alma Dulce Poly-All Star Boxing, Inc Dante “Crazy” Jardon 130 vs. Adrian Tellez 130 (WBC Youth world jr. lightweight …


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Cosmopolitan Weights

Víctor Cayo 139.5 vs. Lamont Peterson 140
(IBF Super Lightweight Eliminator)
Edison Miranda 174 vs. Yordanis Despaigne 175
Rances Barthelemy 131 vs. Gerardo Robles 132.5
Sergey Kovalev 173.5 vs. Douglas Otieno 175.5
(NABA-US Light Heavyweight Title)
Badou Jack 170.5 vs. Timothy Hall Jr. 168
Razvan Cojanu 264 vs. Kourtney Boden 223

Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Warriors/Blue Wave Group
TV: ESPN2
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Víctor Cayo 139.5 vs. Lamont Peterson 140 (IBF Super Lightweight Eliminator) Edison Miranda 174 vs. Yordanis Despaigne 175 Rances Barthelemy …



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At the scales @ South Point, Vegas


Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone

From the South Point Hotel Casino for tomorrow night’s “Fire & Fury” card televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” and promoted by KZ Events, Golden Boy and Guilty Boxing.

For the WBA & IBA 175-pound titles:
Beibut Shumenov 175 vs. Danny Santiago 173
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 146 vs. Hector Munoz 146
Gayrat Ahmedov 174.5 vs. Billy Bailey 178.5
Ramon Montano 139 vs. Juan Suazo 137.5
Medzhid Bektemirov 185 vs. Chad Davis 192
Lonnie Smith 130 vs. Eduardo Arcos 129.5
Joel Diaz 127.5 vs. Esteban Nichol 127.5

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Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone From the South Point Hotel Casino for tomorrow night’s “Fire & Fury” card televised …


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Weights from Mohegan Sun

Photo: Emily Harney

Undefeated heavyweight boxer Mariusz Wach registered the lowest weight of his professional boxing career when he stepped on the scale today at 245.5 pounds for his highly-anticipated, sold out clash with “The Clones Collosus” Kevin McBride tomorrow at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., McBride weighed in at a career-high of 296 pounds, which is 11 pounds heavier than he weighed for his fight with Tomasz Adamek three months ago. (more…)

Photo: Emily Harney Undefeated heavyweight boxer Mariusz Wach registered the lowest weight of his professional boxing career when he stepped …




Boxing News

Jose Benavidez, Jr. Update

Unbeaten jr. welterweight Jose Benavidez, Jr. has returned to Hollywood, California’s Wild Card Boxing Gym, to prepare for his upcoming fight with trainer Freddie Roach. Benavidez, Jr. is scheduled to fight on September 17 th at the Bluewater Resort and Casino in Parker, Arizona, and will be featured as the co-main event on this nationally televised card, alongside Mercito Gesta (22-0-1, 21KOs). Their respective opponents are TBD. Benavidez will again be donating a portion of his purse for this fight to Phoenix Children’s Hospital as well. “We started training at the Wild Card this week, and look forward to staying focused, and getting ready for September 17 th . We are excited to be back in Hollywood and working with Freddie,” said Jose Benavidez, Sr., Benavidez, Jr.’s trainer and manager. (more…)

Unbeaten jr. welterweight Jose Benavidez, Jr. has returned to Hollywood, California’s Wild Card Boxing Gym, to prepare for his upcoming …


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Jose Sulaiman honored

Jose Sulaiman was awarded the gold medal “Miguel Aleman Valdes” due to a whole life devoted to the service of boxing and promoting the tourism that is projected by this sport. In an emotional and well-attended ceremony, Lic Jorge Aleman Velasco, founding and life president of the Pan-American school of Hotel Management, presented the gold medal “Miguel Aleman Valdes” to the President of the World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman Chagnon, due to his constant struggle promoting the tourism that boxing projects, and showing the beauty, hospitality and richness of Mexico. For more details and photos click here…

Jose Sulaiman was awarded the gold medal “Miguel Aleman Valdes” due to a whole life devoted to the service of …


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Broadway Boxing in Worcester, MA

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series travels to Worcester, MA, for the third time in as many years on August 20 with a fight card at Mechanics Hall. The main event features unbeaten hometown hero Edwin Rodriguez (18-0, 13 KOs), ending a seven-month hiatus while he recovered from an injury he incurred in his last fight. Rodriguez is ranked at #8 by the IBF and IBO, #11 by the WBA, and #13 by the WBC and WBO.

Headlining the undercard is former WBA junior middleweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-2, 19 KOs), along with a heavyweight bout between unbeaten prospect Kelvin Price (10-0, 6 KO) taking on Rashad Minor (4-1, 3 KOs) Also seeing action are a slew of local favorites: junior lightweight Ryan Kielczewski (10-0, 2 KOs), female heavyweight Sonya Lamonakis (5-0, 1 KO), super bantamweight Luis Rosa (7-0, 5 KOs), junior welterweight Gabriel Duluc (1-0, 1 KO) and heavyweight Keith Bianchini (2-1, 1 KO).

DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series travels to Worcester, MA, for the third time in as many years on August 20 …


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Dib, Lacervia collide Friday

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont

IBF #3 Billy Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) and IBF #2 Jorge Lacervia (39-7-6, 26 KOs) will clash Friday at the Olympic Sports Center in Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia for the vacant IBF featherweight title. Dib weighed 125.6 and Lacervia 125.8. Also in a super middleweight showdown over twelve rounds Junior Talipeau (17-1-1, 5 KOs) will be in action against Zac Awad (16-1-1, 6 KOs) for the IBF Pan Pacific title. Talipeau weighed 168 and Awad 167.3. Promoter Michael Karagiannis said, “The Dib vs. Lacervia bout should produce firework. I have watched both in training sessions and i am sure this will be an evenly contested bout.” Top Rank super featherweight Troy Glover (10-0, 7 KOs) and Grange Gym light heavyweight Steve Lovett (2-0, 2 KOs) will feature in supporting bouts.

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing Photo: Peter McDermont IBF #3 Billy Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) and IBF #2 Jorge Lacervia …



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Dream Team invades Costa Rica

By Phil Doherty

Frequent-flyer miles come with the territory for Miami-based Dream Team Boxing Promotions. The fast-rising promotional team led by Henry Rivalta and Carlos Rodriguez invades Costa Rica this weekend as part of the WBA’s KO to Drugs event being held in San Jose. (more…)

By Phil Doherty Frequent-flyer miles come with the territory for Miami-based Dream Team Boxing Promotions. The fast-rising promotional team led …


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Roberto Marroquin arrival

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Roberto Marroquin of Dallas,Texas arrives in Denver Thursday with his new trainer Paul Reyes for his upcoming feature fight against tough Jose Beranza of Mexico on the undercard of Mike Alvarado vs Gabriel Martinez, Saturday, July 30 at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Co. This “Top Rank Live” show will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. Click here for more photos…

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Roberto Marroquin of Dallas,Texas arrives in Denver Thursday with his new trainer Paul Reyes for his …


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Inside the Adamek training camp

Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk

Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) is a gym rat, a man who doesn’t need trainers to wake him up and remind him about training. “Nobody has to do it, because nobody else but me is going to fight Vitali Klitschko on September 10 in Wroclaw, Poland,” said Adamek, who under the watchful eye of his trainer Roger Bloodworth, is sparring with Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KOs) and Malik Scott (32-0, 11 KOs) during his training camp in a perfectly named for fighting small town called Bushkill, Pennsylvania. (more…)

Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) is a gym rat, a man who doesn’t need …


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Nzimande to defend SA title

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s two top junior lightweights go head to head at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Godfrey Nzimande defends his SA lightweight title against Ayanda Yaphi. Delayed television coverage of the tournament will start on SuperSport 6 at 5.50 pm. Nzimande, who has a record of 22-3-2, including 13 knockouts, faces a challenger who comes into the bout with a reported 9-1-1; 6 record. (more…)

By Ron Jackson South Africa’s two top junior lightweights go head to head at the Orient Theatre in East London …



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DeGale to face Wilczewski

James DeGale is desperate to get back into the ring and claim the European Super-Middleweight title in his comeback fight in September. The former British Super-Middleweight Champion met face-to-face with the champion Piotr Wilczewski in London today and promised to take the title from him. Promoter Frank Warren will confirm the date and venue of the fight on Monday. This will be DeGale’s first fight since his controversial loss to rival George Groves in May. (more…)

James DeGale is desperate to get back into the ring and claim the European Super-Middleweight title in his comeback fight …


UFC

Strikeforce weigh-in alert

Strikeforce® fans in the Chicago area are invited to attend the official weigh-in for Strikeforce® and M-1 Global Present: Fedor vs. Henderson. The weigh-in will take place at the Sears Centre on Friday, July 29, 2011. Fighters will hit the scale at approximately 4pm local time. The weigh-in is free and open to the public.

For more info on this weekend’s Strikeforce card, visit www.Strikeforce.com

Strikeforce® fans in the Chicago area are invited to attend the official weigh-in for Strikeforce® and M-1 Global Present: Fedor …


Boxing News

Anselmo Moreno Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

A credible source has informed us that the Panamanian judge handling WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno’s lawsuit against manager Dr. Roberto Grimaldo has apparently dismissed the case. The two parties have been told to take the matter to the Panamanian Boxing Commission. Moreno has been seeking to get out of his contract with Grimaldo, which is in effect until 2014. They have been together since Moreno was eight years old.

By Gabriel F. Cordero A credible source has informed us that the Panamanian judge handling WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” …


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Povetkin-Chagaev presser

Photo: Team Sauerland

Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) today participated in an international press conference in Erfurt, Germany, one month ahead of their WBA Heavyweight Title fight. After Wladimir Klitschko added the WBA belt to his IBF & WBO titles, the WBA made him super champion and the title became vacant. Top-ranked Chagaev and Povetkin, the number two, now fight for the title in Erfurt on August 27. “I have won the Olympic gold medal and I´ve been World and European Amateur Champion,” unbeaten Povetkin said. “Now I want to finally accomplish my goal of winning the world title as a professional. I have a lot of respect for Chagaev, but he will not get in my way.” (more…)

Photo: Team Sauerland Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) today participated in an international press …



UFC

UFC heads to New Orleans

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Bud Light have teamed up to put on an action-packed fight card heading to New Orleans this fall. The organizations jointly announced today that UFC® Fight Night Live: Battle on the Bayou will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17 from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and feature an outstanding welterweight clash between top contenders Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger. UFC® Fight Night Live: Battle on the Bayou will be broadcast live on SPIKE TV at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (more…)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Bud Light have teamed up to put on an action-packed fight card heading to New …


Boxing News

Costa Rica in boxing spotlight

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Costa Rica is ready to host the WBA “KO to Drugs” Festival on Saturday night at the National Gym in San Jose, Costa Rica. This will be the biggest fight card ever in Costa Rica and will feature Costa Rican fighter in both a world title fight and a regional title fight. Organizers hope the night of boxing will be a success and they will meet their revenue goal from the sale of tickets which will go to a charity. The fighters at these KO Drugs events are paid by their managers.

Costa Rica fighters Jaime Barboza and Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez will carry the hopes of the tiny Central American nation that is hoping to make a good impression to the boxing world. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Costa Rica is ready to host the WBA “KO to Drugs” Festival on Saturday night at …


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Sammy Guty returns Saturday

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The former WBA interim miniumweight world champion Samuel Gutierrez (28-6-2, 19 KOs) will fight compatriot Rafael Orozco (22-29-2, 14 KOs) in a ten round light flyweight clash in the main event Saturday at the Plaza Nuevo Progreso in Guadalajara, Mexico. The event is presented by the company’s Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo, Comex and Televisa and will have seven bouts with free admission. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero The former WBA interim miniumweight world champion Samuel Gutierrez (28-6-2, 19 KOs) will fight compatriot Rafael …


Feature Story

Alvarez-Gomez Houston Presser

Report/photos by Peter Lim

Whenever there’s a showdown between a Mexican national and a Mexican-American, the Mexican national is typically the fan favorite. This rang true at the Houston news conference for the Sept. 17 bout between WBC super welterweight titleholder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and perennial contender Alfonso Gomez at the Plaza Americas Mall. Squealing, orgasmic teenage girls clamored for photo ops with the Irish-looking Mexican red head while kids mobbed him for autographed gloves. Gomez, on the other hand, was greeted with boos and hisses. Houston is the city with the fourth largest number of Mexicans, behind Mexico City, Los Angeles and Guadalajara.

Gomez, 30, seemed to relish his unfamiliar role as the villain. First to take the podium, he declared, “Houston, he has a problem,” vowed to wrest the title from Alvarez and ended his speech with a taunt in Spanish that translated loosely to “I’m going to fuck you up.” Sticking to script and depicting the cool, dignified champion, Canelo, 21, responded: “I prefer to talk with my fists in the ring.” (more…)

Report/photos by Peter Lim Whenever there’s a showdown between a Mexican national and a Mexican-American, the Mexican national is typically …


Boxing News

Crawford inks with Top Rank

By Bill Green

Looking to boost a career that has seen him struggle to find bouts, unbeaten lightweight Terence “Bud” Crawford of Omaha, Neb., has signed a multi-fight deal with Top Rank, Inc. The unbeaten 23-year-old prospect, who boasts a 13-0 record with 10 knockouts, will make his Top Rank debut against veteran Derrick Campos, 22-11 (11 KO), Saturday night on the undercard of the Mike Alvarado-Gabriel Martinez bout at Softball Country Arena in Denver. (more…)

By Bill Green Looking to boost a career that has seen him struggle to find bouts, unbeaten lightweight Terence “Bud” …


Boxing News

Diaz-Lundy set for Aug 19

On August 19th, pro boxing returns to the luxurious “Venue” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana,for a live ESPN2 telecast. Featured in a ten-round lightweight bout between Chicagoland hero and former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) and Henry “Hank” Lundy (20-1-1 10 KOs). Also on tap is a 12-round rematch between Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs) and Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1, 13 KOs). This will be the final “Friday Night Fights” telecast for 2011. (more…)

On August 19th, pro boxing returns to the luxurious “Venue” at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana,for a live ESPN2 …


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Martinez tops Houston card

Report/photo by Peter Lim

Nobody can accuse super middleweight Cesar Martinez, 3-0 (1 KO), of taking the typically safe route of padding his record against journeymen with dismal records early in his career. Martinez, 31, takes on Emmanuel Sanchez, 2-0, of Laredo at the latest Savarese Boxing card at the Houston Club on Thursday. In his last bout, Martinez was matched against previously undefeated Ed Tigs, 1-1-1, and won a hard-fought four round decision. A former three-time Southeast Texas Golden Gloves champion, Martinez, 31, got off to a late start in his pro career due to combination of work commitments, family obligations and injury. To make up for lost time, he recently signed to fight eclusively under the Savarese banner. (more…)

Report/photo by Peter Lim Nobody can accuse super middleweight Cesar Martinez, 3-0 (1 KO), of taking the typically safe route …


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Miranda-Despaigne heats up

Though the press conference held today at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was principally to discuss the high-stakes super lightweight showdown between IBF #3-rated Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) IBF #4-ranked Lamont Peterson for the right to challenge Amir Khan, it was the celebrity guests present and the antics of the always-colorful Edison “Pantera” Miranda that stole the show. Cayo and Peterson, who were respectful and succinct in their remarks at the podium, will meet in a 12-Round IBF Elimination bout that will serve as the main event on Friday. Miranda (34-5, 29 KOs) and Cuba’s Yordanis Despaigne (8-1, 4 KOs) will meet in a 10-round light heavyweight firefight to open the telecast.

With all-time-great champions “Iron” Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran and Eddie Mustafa Muhammad in the audience, Colombia’s Miranda used his turn at the podium to launch into a hilarious tirade against the fighting abilities of opponent Despaigne, his promoters and trainers for thinking Despaigne is talented and against Despaigne himself for daring to get in the ring. (more…)

Though the press conference held today at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas was principally to discuss the high-stakes super lightweight …


Interview

Q&A: Kelly Pavlik

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Former World Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, his trainer Jack Loew and Top Rank president Todd Duboef participated in an international media conference call to discuss Pavlik’s upcoming homecoming fight on ShoBox: The New Generation on Saturday, Aug. 6, LIVE on SHOWTIME®. Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs), of Youngstown, OH, will headline a hometown fight card for the first time in nearly two years when he takes on Darryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs), of Detroit, at the Covelli Center in Youngstown, Ohio, in a 10-round super middleweight bout. Cunningham is riding a three-year, 16-bout winning streak. The special Saturday edition of ShoBox: The New Generation is promoted by Top Rank and will begin at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). What the participants had to say on Wednesday: For more details and photos click here….

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former World Middleweight Champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, his trainer Jack Loew and Top Rank president …


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More on Alvarez-Gomez presser

By Francisco Salazar

Saul Alvarez has heard it all before. Fighters who have thought the 21 year old will wilt under the pressure in and out of the ring instead succumbed to the vicious shots by the fighter affectionately known as Canelo. Alfonso Gomez has proved detractors wrong in the past. With the exception of his knockout loss to Miguel Cotto, Gomez has found ways to win, based on his improved boxing skills and his sheer will to win.

One of those will give on September 17th when both will meet at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the same day as the Victor Ortiz world title defense against unbeaten challenger Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas. Both fights will headline a “Star Power” pay per view telecast that will emanate from different sites. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar Saul Alvarez has heard it all before. Fighters who have thought the 21 year old will wilt …


Boxing News

Baysangurov-Miranda WBO officials

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on Junior Middleweight Interim Title bout between Russian Zauerbek Baysangurov and Brazilian Mike Miranda this Saturday, July 30, at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine. The referee for this bout will be veteran Robert Byrd from United States of America. The judges for the fight are Manuel Oliver Palomo from Spain, Clark Sammartino from USA and Zoltan Enyedi from Hungary. WBO Supervisor will be Hungarian Istvan Kovacs.

The 154lb WBO champion is Serhiy Dzinziruk, but the division has been inactive due to Dzinziruk’s legal issues with his former promoter, and Baysangurov (25-1, 19 KOs) and Miranda (34-3, 31 KOs) will fight for the interim belt this Saturday. Then, winner of Baysangurov-Miranda will face winner of Dzinziruk vs Lukas Konecny- initially scheduled for September 30- 90 days after September 30.

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on Junior Middleweight Interim Title bout …


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Shot of the Day

Mike Tyson and Roberto Duran showed up at the press conference at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas today.

Mike Tyson and Roberto Duran showed up at the press conference at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas today.


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Weights from Panama

Antonio Frenandez 139 vs Raul De Gracia 141
Leidys Martinez 109 vs Maribela Smith 110 1/4
Jalfi Jimenez 126 vs Kevin Gomez 129
Barnie Arguelles 138 vs Marcos Martinez 144

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Antonio Frenandez 139 vs Raul De Gracia 141 Leidys Martinez 109 vs Maribela Smith 110 1/4 Jalfi Jimenez 126 vs …


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Nava-Torres officials

Kenny Bayless (Nevada) will be the referee for Saturday’s showdown between Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) and Ana María Torres (25-3-3, 15 KOs) at the Arena Metropolitana in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Judges are Len Koivisto (Canada) Max DeLuca (California) and Oren Shellenberger (Texas). WBC supervisor is Ed Pearson.

Kenny Bayless (Nevada) will be the referee for Saturday’s showdown between Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) and Ana María Torres …


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Bute on Pavlik’s hit list

One of the reasons former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) is fighting southpaw Darryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs) on August 6 is to prepare for a possible November showdown with IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. “The big fights are key for me,” said Pavlik. “I don’t want to finish my career off fighting meaningless fights. I want to go in there to get a chance to get a title back and defend it a couple of times.”

The 10-round Pavlik-Cunningham super middleweight rumble will be televised live on SHOWTIME® on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, beginning at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)

One of the reasons former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) is fighting southpaw Darryl Cunningham (23-2, 10 KOs) …


Feature Story

Million Dollar Beibut

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone

If you’ve had it with boxing’s overgroomed babies, meet undersold Beibut – Beibut Shumenov, that is.

With just a dozen fights and a quarter of the light-heavyweight championship tucked into his belt, Shumenov is on a mission to show the sport that years of coddling and a diet of fresh ducks will get you nowhere but stale.

Defending his WBA strap in his 13th bout, Shumenov, 11-1, 7 KOs, will be taking on former title challenger Danny “Bronx Bomber” Santiago, 31-4-1, 19 KOs, Friday night at the South Point Casino in Las Vegas. The six-bout card is televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo” and co-promoted by Shumenov’s KZ Event Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin . . . Click here for story and gallery

Story and photos by Chris Cozzone If you’ve had it with boxing’s overgroomed babies, meet undersold Beibut – Beibut Shumenov, that …


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New foe for Ayala

A last-minute change of plans has former world-title challenger Elvin Ayala preparing for a new – and perhaps more dangerous – opponent in Friday night’s co-feature at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

Ayala’s original opponent, Israel “Pito” Cardona of Hartford, Conn., has been scratched from the lineup by the Mohegan Sun Athletic Department for unknown reasons, so Ayala will now take on veteran Derrick “Superman” Findley (18-5, 11 KOs) of Gary, Ind., in a 10-round bout for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Council middleweight title Friday, July 29, 2011 at “Heat Wave,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports in association with Global Boxing Promotions.

Friday’s main event features Clones, Ireland (Dorchester, Mass.) veteran Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) – the last fighter to knock out Mike Tyson – facing undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) of Krakow, Poland (North Bergen, N.J.) in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBC International heavyweight title.

A last-minute change of plans has former world-title challenger Elvin Ayala preparing for a new – and perhaps more dangerous …


Boxing News

Official WBA Statement

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Below is the official statement of the WBA on the Barros-Caballero matter:

The Board of the World Boxing Association, chaired by Dr. Gilberto Mendoza, have not yet made any decision on the request for a rematch of the featherweight title fight between Argentinian Jonathan Barros and Panamanian Celestino Caballero.

The WBA wishes to express that the final decision will be informed in due course and that it will be as objective as possible, seeking to maintain the good name of those involved.

During this time there have been some rumors and speculations that have been done in an irresponsible manner that say the World Boxing Association has the power to freely accept, reject, or announce any decision regarding any topic.

Under no circumstances or for any reason will the WBA accept pressure to rule in favor of a boxer, whatever his nationality and we are adamant about objectivity and neutrality when making a decision.

The Committee engaged in the evaluation is composed of trained people, as are all members of the WBA.

We appreciate that our work is respected as a free entity which continues to give its best for world boxing.

Sincerely,
Gilberto Mendoza

By Gabriel F. Cordero Below is the official statement of the WBA on the Barros-Caballero matter: The Board of the …


Boxing News

Mercedes foe named

Veteran Mexican Luis “Titi” Maldonado will face super flyweight contender Juan Mercedes next Friday, August 5, in the 5th edition of the of the series “A Puño Limpio” to be held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank Inc., to be televised on WAPA America. (more…)

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