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Stories by Chris Cozzone
Holm: ‘Not about the belts’: Lance Armstrong may say it’s not about the bike, but, for seven-time (ten, if you can stomach more alphabet soup) world champion Holy Holm, it’s not about the belt . . . click here for more
Sock-her mom: Former world champ Jaime Clampitt did not expect to fight again after giving birth to her daughter last year. Weight gain during pregnancy, the desire to train, let alone fight, were all concerns . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight contenders Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs) will collide for the chance to challenge current WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas according to WBC secretary Mauricio Sulaiman on Tuesday. Burgos-Gonzalez is expected to take place in October or November in Laredo, Texas will the winner assured of a title shot.
Former middleweight title challenger Freeman “The Natural” Barr (28-4, 15 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in nearly four years on August 31 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The opponent for the 36-year-old Barr is TBA.
Story by Brady Crytzer
For one of the biggest underdogs in recent memory, Chael Sonnen is brimming with confidence.
Why? He is a notoriously gritty wrestler familiar with the standing outside of the limelight, and with the biggest fight of his career on August 7th against pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva the Oregon-based middleweight is all smiles. A shot at the world middleweight championship is something that most men could only dream of; never one for subtlety, Sonnen wears his heart on his sleeves . . . Click here for more
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Millenium Photos
“I am ready to fight!” says heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek from his training camp at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. “We are training hard 9 weeks, this week is 10. I am ready for a great fight, a tough fight.” Adamek faces Michael Grant for the IBF International and NABO heavyweight championships on August 21 in a pay-per-view clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (more…)
Devon Alexander “The Great” finished off a whirlwind day of media appearances by throwing out the first pitch Tuesday night at Busch Stadium before his hometown Cardinals took on the visiting Astros. Alexander was joined by his trainer Kevin Cunningham and Cards mascot-turned-boxer Fredbird.
Photo by Bob Barton
Undefeated unified world champion at 140 pounds, Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) worked out for the media today at his hometown Marquette Gym in St. Louis. Click here for more photos…
The WBC was represented in Cardiff, Wales by all its continental federations and a meeting was held to review several pending matters. The sanctioning organization made the following decisions:
Cruiserweight: Francisco Palacios, from Puerto Rico has been appointed as mandatory contender of the division and the winner of the fight of September 15 in Poland between champion Wlodarczyk and challenger Jason Robinson must face Francisco Palacios next.
Super Lightweight: The final elimination fight to determine the mandatory challenger has been confirmed between Ajose Olusegun, from Nigeria and Ali Chebah, from France to take place on November 1 in Algeria.
Lightweight: Antonio DeMarco, from Mexico, has been appointed mandatory challenger for the division and champion Humberto Soto is free to make a voluntary defense until the month of September and then must fight the mandatory challenger. The WBC has ordered a final elimination bout between Daniel Estrada, from Mexico versus John Murray, from Great Britain.
Super flyweight: Vic Darchinyan receives the Honorary Emeritus Champion status due to his great stature in the lower classes divisions and his petition to continue his career in the bantamweight division. A fight between Kohei Kono, from Japan and Tomas Rojas, from Mexico will be ordered to fill the vacancy in the super flyweight division. (more…)
The line-up for this Friday’s card in El Paso, Texas, at the Don Haskins Center, has been finalized. In the main event, Antonio Escalante (23-2, 14 KOs) will take on journeyman Edel Ruiz (34-22-4, 25 KOs) in a ten-round featherweight bout. The co-main features undefeated light middleweight Jermell Charlo (12-0, 6 KOs), of Houston, vs. Quinton Whitaker (7-6, 5 KOs), of San Antonio, in an eight-rounder. On the undercard: undefeated lightweight Omar Figueroa (10-0, 8 KOs), of Weslaco, Tex., takes on Kanat Kartenbayev (10-4-2, 4 KOs), of Kazakhstan; El Paso’s Alex “El Diablo” Becerra (19-8, 9 KOs) attempts a comeback against Francisco Dominguez (7-5, 1 KO), of Juarez; El Paso lightweight Cesar Valenzuela (3-0) fights Roni Alvarado (3-2, 3 KOs), of Juarez; and Arizona super middleweight Oscar Palacios (0-1) is matched up with Armando Rodriguez (2-0, 1 KO), of Juarez. The card is televised on Telefutura and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
The “Tecate Boxing Tour” has rolls into Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, in the parking lot of Hector Espino. The event will feature both former world champions as well as some of the best boxing prospects from Sonora. Former WBO strawweight champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (27-3-1, 15 KOs) takes on world ranked Michael Arango (30-8-3, 24 KOs) in a ten round mini-flyweight clash, while former two-time WBC lightweight champion José Luis Castillo (61-10-1, 52 KOs) returns against Daniel Yocupicio in a ten round welterweight clash. (more…)
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
Trivia question: What fighter submitted Matt Hughes twice in a total of a mere 38 seconds. Answer – Dennis “Superman” Hallman.
Hallman insists that he has much more to offer in the Octagon and his mixed martial arts career now that he has been properly diagnosed. For years, Hallman fought best early on in fights and then would suffer some stamina problems. . . . Click here for more
The co-main event for this week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights is heating up as prospects Prenice Brewer and Patrick Lopez have engaged in a war of words leading up to their eight round junior welterweight showdown this Friday night, August 6th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. After hearing Lopez express that Brewer has an “amateurish style,” Brewer stated, “I guarantee that Lopez has never seen speed like this. He will get hit multiple times before he can move towards me. The TRUTH is that we’re on two different levels and that will be shown on Friday night. After Friday night, the boxing world will know who the future boss at 140 is.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Sergio Mora: “I pay homage and respect to Shane. The word great needs to be earned and the two people that have earned that title are Oscar and Shane. Shane’s a gentleman and a warrior in and out of the ring. However, I have to pay homage to myself. I have a lot of qualities that have been overshadowed. I feel it’s my time now.
Shane Mosley: I’m happy to fight again and be in the ring. I know that Sergio will bring alot out of me. He has alot of abilities. We’re both competitive so it should be a good fight. (more…)
See the stunning series of ShoBox performances that have propelled undefeated bantamweight Chris Avalos up the list of prospects to watch in 2010. This Friday, ShoBox: The New Generation will feature the hard-hitting Avalos in the main event.
Rising Mexican phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (33-0-1, 25 KOs) who squares off against former World Champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (45-12-6, 14 KOs) and top junior welterweight contender “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) who will face former World Champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) on September 18 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles which will be televised live on pay-per-view. Those will be the featured undercard bouts on Golden Boy Promotions’ “200: CELEBRATE AND DOMINATE” pay-per-view card headlined by Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) against Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) in a junior middleweight showdown.
Photos: David Martin Warr
St. Louis Rams Head Coach Steve Spagnolo invited undefeated WBC/IBF 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” to speak to his team today after a morning training camp practice at Rams Park. “I just broke camp in Las Vegas and you guys have just started,” Alexander said. “If we both have done and are doing our work, I’ll remain a unified world champion on Saturday and the Rams will soon be headed back to the Super Bowl.” (more…)
Fans in the Boston area would probably love the opportunity to learn how to throw a fastball like Red Sox star pitcher Josh Beckett. They’d be equally excited to shoot from beyond the arc with Celtics’ sniper Ray Allen too. Well, at this summer’s UFC® FAN EXPO™, the opportunity to learn strategy and techniques from the most influential figures in mixed martial arts presents itself. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that the UFC Fan Expo Boston will feature five Training & Development sessions sure to thrill UFC fans. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: David Martin Warr
“I’ll fight anybody!,” you’ll hear many boxers bluster before they add the qualifier “…if the money’s right.” Fighters with that attitude can often go long stretches waiting for the phone to ring. You won’t find former world champion Glen Johnson in that situation. When it comes to fight purses, “The Road Warrior” checks his ego at the door when it makes sense to do so.
Nine months ago, two months shy of his 41st birthday, Johnson lost what many thought was a career-ending fight against Chad Dawson. However just three months later, Johnson was back in the ring, stopping Yusaf Mack in an IBF eliminator. Johnson took that fight for very short money. “I took that just for the opportunity,” says Johnson. “A lot of times you fight for money, and then sometimes, in my situation, you have to fight for opportunities. And that’s how I looked at that situation.” (more…)
Story & photos by Felipe Leon
As a four-year pro, undefeated California super bantamweight champion Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (18-0-2, 5 KOs) knows exactly why he got the call to face the hard hitting up-and-coming sensation Chris Avalos (16-0, 13KOs) on Friday, August 6th, on Showtime’s ShoBox: The Next Generation. What the powers that be don’t know is that he is planning on turning the tables . . . Click here for more
In just four days, former Venezuelan Olympian Patrick Lopez (19-2, 11 KOs) will take on Prenice Brewer (15-0, 6KOs) as the 8-round co-feature event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. The Thompson Boxing Promoted light welterweight looks to continue his winning streak by putting the pressure on Brewer and getting to him on the inside. “I am comfortable fighting taller opponents, so Brewer’s height doesn’t bother me. I watched a lot of videos of him fighting, so I feel confident in my abilities.” Continued Lopez, “I’ve been in training and keeping my body in the best physical condition possible. Brewer is going to have his hands full with me in the ring – I know he is a disciplined fighter but I also recognize that he has a bit of an amateur style.” The undefeated Prenice Brewer is confident that he will be able to dictate the pace of the fight and use his speed to dishevel Lopez’s game plan.
By Graham Houston
Rematches of dramatic fights can equal the original or prove to be disappointing. The return lightweight title bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz on Saturday night was well fought and pleasing while never reaching the heights of the initial meeting. Last time, Diaz tried to overwhelm Marquez with fiery, fists-pumping aggression, and his tactics, while bringing early success, were ultimately unsuccessful.
This time Diaz adopted a more strategic approach, trying to move in and out, jabbing, getting off his punches and getting away and doing his best not to stay right in front of Marquez. He never really looked like pulling off the upset with this style of boxing because Marquez was too talented a technician, but at least Diaz had the satisfaction of going the distance although widely outscored. (more…)
I once asked then-super middleweight boxing champion Jeff Lacy what a knockout felt like. He described it as playing a video game, but that he was controlling his opponent. When I posed the same question to UFC heavyweight contender Junior Dos Santos, he replied, “It’s what I train to do; it’s great when I accomplish my goal in a fight.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
More information on the date/site shift of Gennady Golovkin’s WBA interim middleweight title showdown with Milton Nuñez has emerged. “The Colombian (Nuñez) had visa problems and couldn’t fight on August 7th,” Golovkin adviser Oleg Herrmann told FIGOsport.de. “The U.S. and Mexico have tighter immigration regulations. For Gennady there is no problem. He extended his sparring for a week and then flew to Panama. The evening at the Roberto Duran Arena is huge: 18 fights before 14,000 spectators. We didn’t want to wait for Nuñez’ visa. On August 26th is the court date in Hamburg with Gennady’s former promoter Universum. We wanted to have the fight over before then.”
TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” returns to sunny Southern California on August 13 as promising up and comers Eloy Perez and Carlos Molina take on stern tests in featured bouts at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. In the main event, unbeaten Perez (17-0, 4 KOs) battles veteran Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) in an eight round junior lightweight bout and in the co-feature, Molina (12-0, 6 KOs) risks his perfect pro record against Glenn Gonzales (7-1, 4 KOs) in an eight round junior welterweight battle.
Undefeated Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico will take on fellow unbeaten Hector Marengo of Arecibo, Puerto Rico in the undercard of “Unification” the big boxing card that will be headline by Ivan Calderon and Geovani Segura on Saturday, August 28 from the Mario Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
Gonzalez (12-0, 7 KOs) who was the selected as the prospect of the year in 2010 by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission is looking for his fourth win of the year. Marengo (5-0-4, 3 KOs) was a top national amateur boxer who has three straight draws. This will be his first fight in Puerto Rico in more then two years. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like the fight for the vacant WBA interim middleweight world title between Gennady Golovkin and Milton Nuñez will be moved from Guadalajara, Mexico on August 7 to the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City on August 14. The bout was transferred for unknown reasons to the card headlined by the rematch between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno against former WBA interim champion Nehomar Cermeño in a mandatory fight. The card is presented by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo.
Photo by Bob Barton
Former world champion Andrei Kotelnik works out at the Sweat Pound 4 Pound Gymin St Louis in advance of Saturday’s showdown with unified world champion Devon Alexander. (more…)
Former #1 super lightweight contender Dmitriy Salita (30-1-1, 16 KOs) announced today that his next fight will be on September 1st at Oceana Hall in Brooklyn, New York. Dmitriy will be playing dual roles on September 1 as both fighter and promoter. “Oceana was the first venue that I fought in NY, I thought it would be great to come back to my neighborhood and do the first card as a promoter in my community,” he said. “I expect a great turn out…I am hungrier than I have ever been before and eager to fight and win.” The fight will be broadcast exclusively on The Jewish Channel. The September 1st roster includes lots of local talent including 4x Golden Glove Champion and current undefeated boxer Will Rozinskiy (12-0). Tickets are $60, $100, $150 available at dsalita.com or the Oceana Box Office.
NABF super featherweight champion Jason Litzau’s interview last week on Fightnews.com inspired USBA super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez to contact Fightnews. Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) just came off of a unanimous decision win against veteran Shamir Reyes this past week and is looking forward to bigger and better fights. “If Litzau doesn’t have anyone to fight tell him to have Roy Jones contact DiBella and we can make this happen,” said Mendez. “He doesn’t have to wait around watching others fight when I’m right here and am ready to challenge him. We can put both of our titles on the line and see who comes out on top. That will leave the winner in a great position to fight for a world championship,” stated Mendez. “I don’t think there’s anyone at 130lbs. who can beat me. If Jason Litzau doesn’t have the heart to fight me I would gladly take on Jorge Linares or Robert Guerrero, both of whom failed to impress me.”
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