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Back by popular demand, another edition of Southern California Fight Scene. FightNews will have a lot of coverage this weekend on the fight cards this Friday and Saturday nights in Los Angeles and other boxing action in Southern California. It all starts tonight in Parking Lot 7 at L.A. LIVE (Figueroa & 11th Streets) across from STAPLES Center. If there was ever a crossroads fight, tonight’s bout between two former world title challengers Jose Navarro and Nestor Rocha is it! (more…)
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Unbeaten cruiserweight Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) faced off with European champion Enzo Maccarinelli and unbeaten light heavyweight Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) toed the line with Nathan Cleverly in advance of their WBO Eliminator at the press conference in advance of Saturday’s Magnificent Seven show at the LG Arena in Birmingham. “Alexander and Karo have got what it takes to be successful in the lion’s den on Saturday night,” Hall-of-Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “It will not be easy but I am confident they will leave the ring victorious.
“Maccarinelli is a former world champion and a good puncher, but he has a rather weak chin. Knowing Alexander´s power and his boxing skills, I think he will stop Maccarinelli after seven or eight rounds. Cleverly is a good young man with a good record but Karo has fought much tougher opponents than he has. Karo is more experienced and that will make the difference on Saturday night. I expect Karo to clinch a points victory.” (more…)
Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton had to be kept apart and James DeGale and Carl Dilks swapped insults during a lively final press conference yesterday ahead of promoter Frank Warren’s big show on Saturday in Birmingham, England. As the tension rose, Warren hailed the the show as one of his best ever. The card features a WBO light heavyweight eliminator, European championships at cruiserweight, middleweight and light middleweight, a British/Commonwealth heavyweight title clash, and four other title fights for regional belts. (more…)
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All four fighters stressed the importance of what tomorrow night means to them at Thursday’s weigh-in, just one day out of their appearance on ShoBox: The New Generation THIS Friday, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Both main event boxers — world-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (28-1, 1 NC, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif., and former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) of La Puente, Calif., — weighed in at 148.5 pounds just 28 hours or so before their highly anticipated 10-round welterweight battle.
In the co-feature, 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (6-0, 5 KOs) and Wilton “Pretty Warrior’’ Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs), of Saint Louis Park, Minn., by way of Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic, will face off in an eight-round super featherweight bout in the co-feature at Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, Nev. Franco weighed in at 128 pounds and Hilario at 127.5. (more…)
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Weights by Butch Gottlieb/BoxinginLasVegas.com
From the Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada, for tomorrow night’s ShoBox card:
Mike Anchondo 148.5 vs. Freddy Hernandez 148.5
Luis Franco 128 vs. Wilton Hilario 127
Anthony Dirrell 169 vs Jimmy Campbell 166.5
Chris Avalos 120 vs Felipe Almanza 121
Joel Diaz 128 vs Hugo Ramos 127.5
Crystal Hoy 126.5 vs Lucia Larcinese 127
Emmanuel Medina 140 vs Raul Gonzalez-Duhart (later) (more…)
Armando Torres 105 vs Omar Rosales 105
Azael Gonzalez 129 vs Daniel Hernandez 129
Gustavo Morales 111 vs Roberto Pucheta 112
Francisco Barrera 125 vs Carlos Jimenez 123
Josue Beraza 127 vs Hugo Medina 130
Rafael Reyes 119 vs Fernando Curiel 119
Venue: Salon Jose Cuervo (Antiguo Salon 21) Mexico DF
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones.
Photo by Tom Hogan/Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Jose Navarro 118 vs Nestor Rocha 118.2
Luis Ramos Jr. 138.6 vs John Figueroa ??
Mikael Zewski 156 vs Steven Macomber 152.4
Lanardo Tyner 150 vs Cristian Favela 147.8
Rommel Rene 196.6 vs DeLeon Tinsley 197.6
Alfonso Blanco 156 vs Alfredo Rivera 152.4
Venue: Parking Lot 7 at LA Live, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
Andy Lee 162 vs Michael Walker 161
Anton Novikov 148 vs Luciano Perez 152
Aslanbek Kozaev 144 vs Marcuc Thompkins 147
Donatas Bondarevas 156 vs Michael Davis 154
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs Steven Johnson 123.5
Adrian Granados 143 vs Trenton Titsworth 141
Mike Jimenez 166 vs Cesar Martinez 165
Ramon Valenzuela 158 vs Chris Grays, 160
Antonio Canas 141.5 vs David Laque 140
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Tickets/Info 312 226 5800
World-ranked welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) and former world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) made weight today for their main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on Friday night on SHOWTIME® (11PM ET/PT). In the co-feature at the Buffalo Bills Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada, one of the most talented amateurs to come out of Cuba in the past decade, 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (6-0, 5 KOs), puts his unbeaten record on the line against Wilton Hilario (12-1-1, 9 KOs).
Mike Anchondo 148.5 vs. Freddy Hernandez 148.5
Luis Franco 128 vs. Wilton Hilario 127
Photo by Armando Angulo
Wilbert Uicab 111.9 vs. Edrin Dapudong 111.3
Sergio Thompson 134 vs. Adrian Olvera 134.4
Gilberto Keb Baas 108 vs. Josue Vega 108
Alisher Rahimov 134.4 vs. Jose Emilio Perea 136.6
Lorenzo Bautista 175.2 vs. Jackson Santos 178.5
Rodolfo Lopez 135.5 vs. Enrique Jimenez 135.5
Naciff Castillo 121.2 vs. Edwin Diaz 121.2
Armando Santos 117.9 vs. Miguel Garcia 119
Luis Sanchez 133.6 vs. Juan Trujillo 134.9
Venue: Centro de Cancun, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
The press conference took place today for Saturday night’s big show on Saturday night in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico (televised on FOX Sports Espanol) featuring Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto and Jorge “Travieso” Arce, plus the rematch between Omar Chavez and Rodrigo Juarez. (more…)
Jesse Nicklow 159 vs Julius Kennedy 158.5
(WBF All-Americas and Maryland State title)
Jed Phipps 218.5 vs Theron Johnson 227
Steve Wheeler 199 vs Donald Crawford 206
Maxell Taylor 177 vs Francois Ambang 183
Promoter: Jake Smith/Baltimore Pro Boxing
Venue: Du Burns Arena (first fight is at 8PM)
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, top rated junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz, Mexican boxing phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, President of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya, former world champion Carlos Baldomir, former world champion Vivian Harris and number two world rated featherweight Antonio Escalante pose at the final press conference for the undercard fighters on Saturday’s Shane Mosley vs. Sergio Mora PPV event at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Click here for more photos…
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WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. is very confident for his upcoming bout against Ivan Hernandez in October 16 in Kissimmee, Florida and this afternoon weighed 133 pounds in the first pre weigh in of the Puerto Rico Boxing Comision. Vázquez Jr. (19-0-1, 16 KOs) will make his second defense versus Hernandez, a former World Champion with a record of 27-4-1, 17 KOs) in the Silver Spurs Arena of Kissimme in a Pay Per View card presented by All Star Boxing in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions. “We are in a good stage of training, I’m eating, hydrating and very comfortable”, Vazquez Jr. said from the Miguel J. Frau Gym in Bayamon. Vázquez Jr. vs Hernández will be distributed by Integrated Sports Media in the US and by Pay Per View Connection in Puerto Rico and will be shown at 9:00 p.m. (ET) on Pay Per View for $34.95. Click here for more photos…
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The energy was high today at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel when junior welterweights met at the official weigh in for tomorrow’s Thompson Boxing Promotions “Lock ‘N Loaded” card which boasts an exciting combat between Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (12-3-1, 1 KO) and Hector “Teco” Serrano (13-0, 5 KOs). The scheduled 10-round headliner is a can’t miss battle for the vacant WBC CABOFE Junior Welterweight Title. Also present for the pre-fight activity was the legendary “Irish” Micky Ward who shared boxing war stories with Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez, who is preparing for his upcoming battle that will be aired on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox: The New Generation as the main event fight for the IBF USBA title against Tim Coleman on October 1 at the Chumash Casino. To purchase tickets for tomorrow’s exciting “LOCK ‘N LOADED III” fight card, priced at $75, $45, and $30, please call 714-935-0900 or purchase upon arrival. Bouts are subject to change. Doors open at 6:30pm, and the first bell rings at 7:45pm. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 222 North Vineyard Avenue in Ontario. The hotel phone number is 909-937-0900.
Jose Reynoso 138.5 vs Hector Serrano 139
Efrain Esquivias 123 vs Ephraim Martinez 123.5
Artemio Reyes 145 vs Patrick Cape 144
Jose Roman 134 vs Jesus Garnica 134
Jhon Ortega 141 vs German Bacho 141
Diego Madrigal 119 vs Jose Garcia 117.5
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WBCBoxing.tv will present a live world championship webcast – free of charge – on Saturday at 10:30PM CT. Everyone is invited to watch. Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico or the United States. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico – WBC lightweight world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto, 52-7-2 with 32 knockouts, of Los Mochis, Sinaloa, will make his second defense of the title against Fidel Monterrosa, 23-1 with 18 knockouts, of Barranquilla, Columbia. (more…)
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week we have former world champion Mike Anchondo, who fights in the ShoBox main event tomorrow night and Fightnews managing editor Flattop. Call or email your questions to email@example.com. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
“Fiesta de la Independencia” kicks off this Friday, September 17 at 12 p.m. at L.A. Live (Parking Lot 7), and includes the official Mosley vs. Mora weigh-in, live fights with “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” autograph sessions with boxing legends such as Oscar de la Hoya, Sugar Ray Leonard, Pipino Cuevas and Juan Manuel Marquez, sponsor activations and exhibits, a live concert on Friday night by legendary band Conjunto Primavera, concessions provided by the Patina Group, a live concert on Saturday night by Cumbre Norteña, a Cerveza Tecate beer garden and much more.
Tickets for “Fiesta de la Independencia” are priced at $10 plus service charges for general admission on Friday and Saturday and $30 plus service charges for Friday admission plus a reserved seat for the TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” fights are on sale now. Tickets are available at www.beticketing.com/goldenboypromotions or onsite at the “Fiesta de la Independencia” main entrance on 11th Street.
With the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) heavyweight division better than it’s ever been, it’s nothing short of amazing that champion Brock Lesnar has been able to dominate with four straight UFC victories in the loaded class.
Lesnar took some time during his training to take a look at the cover of the newest issue, and the UFC heavyweight champion was truly honored. (more…)
Junior-middleweight prospect Glen Tapia of Passaic, NJ has been enlisted by boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao to serve as chief sparring partner for his November 13 clash with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. The 20-year-old Tapia, with a professional boxing record of 7-0 (5 KO), has been a high-profile sparring partner for world champions Joshua Clottey and Yuri Foreman as the prepared for Miguel Cotto. The Dominican-American power-puncher acknowledges that this will be a vital learning experience for him as he attempts to start his own legacy. (more…)
SHOWTIME Sports officially announced today a series of high-profile fights amongst four of the world’s elite fighters in the exciting and deep bantamweight division. The two-round, single-elimination tournament to determine the best fighter at 118 pounds will begin with two semifinal bouts on Saturday, Dec. 11, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Leon, Mexico. The talented and willing field comprises unbeaten IBF 118-pound champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez, undefeated, world-ranked rising star Abner Mares, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong’’ Agbeko, and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan. Each bout will be scheduled for 12 rounds. The winners of each semifinal will clash in the final in 2011 with the losing fighters competing in a consolation fight. (more…)
Undefeated super bantamweight Teon “The Technician” Kennedy is wrapping up his training for his NABA title fight with Alex Becerra, scheduled for Sept. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Kennedy, 24, of North Philadelphia, works out nightly under the guidance of trainers Randy and Wade Hinnant at Joe Hand’s Gym in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. The gym is owned by Joe Hand, who co-manages Kennedy with Doc Nowicki. Now ranked No. 6 in the world by the IBF, Kennedy is 15-0-1, 6 K0s. This will be his fourth fight at Bally’s, where he has beaten Lucian Gonzalez and Jose Angel Berranza and boxed a draw with Lante Addy. Kennedy also holds the USBA super bantamweight title. Becerra, 29, finishes up his sparring this week in his El Paso, TX, hometown with handlers Ruben Garcia and Adan Hernandez. He will arrive in Atlantic City on September 22. Tickets are $50 and $75. Call 215-765-0922.
Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis returns to Germany in December. The three-time world amateur champion and 2004 Olympic gold medallist (currently rated #2 by the WBC) is on his way to become the mandatory challenger for WBC champion Vitali Klitschko. After defecting from the Cuban national team (along with unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa) in December 2006, Solis gave his pro-debut in Hamburg, Germany, in April 2007 under the banner of Ahmet Oener’s ARENA Box-Promotion. “La Sombra“ had his first 12 pro-fights in Germany winning the WBC Latino and WBC International Championship. In October 2008 he moved to Miami and had his last four fights in the United States stopping Kevin Burnett, Dominique Alexander, Monte Barrett and Carl Davis Drummond.
By returning to Germany, Solis is looking to make an impression on the main market of the Klitschkos who are major stars in Europe. Solis will be co-feature for the next title defense of WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. Sturm agreed with his German TV partner SAT.1 to continue their cooperation which started with Sturm’s dominant decision win over Giovanni Lorenzo in front of 20,000 frenetic fans in Cologne on September 4th.
Upcoming heavyweight title challenger Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) says there will be no comparison between his October 16 battle against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and Samuel Peter’s KO loss versus Vitali’s brother Wladimir last Saturday. “After two rounds, Samuel Peter became a human punching bag,” said Briggs. “When I finally get Vitali in that ring, he’s going to be up against a determined Shannon Briggs. I’m his size. I’m even more powerful than he is. He can’t keep me away by holding out his left arm and trying to wrap me up like those Klitschkos usually do. Vitali’s next fight will be nothing like Wladimir’s last fight. He is going to be fighting for his life from the opening bell.” (more…)
Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) returns to Newark’s Prudential Center on Thursday, Dec. 9th when he defends his IBF International Heavyweight title vs. Queens New York’s Vinny Maddalone (33-6, 24 KOs). Promoted by Main Events, Ziggy promotions and Star Boxing, the event will be part of the Prudential center’s acclaimed Brick City Boxing Series. Further details will be released next week.
The whole staff at Fightnews.com extends sympathies to promoter Gary Shaw and family. Judy Shaw’s mother/Gary Shaw’s mother-in-law Sarah Schlesinger, passed away Sunday after a courageous battle with cancer. The funeral was Tuesday. The family has requested that donation’s in Sarah’ memory be made to the Saint Peter’s Foundation:
Saint Peter’s Foundation
254 Easton Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
In an exclusive statement from Marcos Maidana, the fighter comments on the agreement to face Amir Khan on December 11th:
By Team Maidana
After several weeks of tough negotiations, WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana from Argentina has reached an agreement with Golden Boy Promotions to fight WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan on December 11th in Las Vegas. The agreement leads to the cancellation of a Purse Bid called by the Wold Boxing Association, that was scheduled September 21st in Panama.
“I’m very happy that we have an agreement to fight Khan, at last,” said Maidana. “I had to wait a long time because Khan and his team did not want the fight and then they became too demanding. But now it’s done and I am glad to have the fight I wanted!” (more…)
Former world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been charged with two counts of coercion, one count of robbery and one count of grand larceny one count of battery domestic violence and three counts of harassment stemming from the incident last week when he was arrested following a domestic dispute in Las Vegas. The coercion, robbery and grand larceny charges are felonies. A court date has been scheduled for November 9.
Jackson Asiku tried to fight with the heart of a Mexican on Mexican Independence Day, but that strategy played right into Jhonny Gonzalez’ hand as the former WBO bantamweight champion claimed Asiku’s IBO featherweight title with a resounding 6th round TKO stoppage.
It was a nice 29th birthday gift for Gonzalez who scored the 40th knockout career in impressive fashion in front of 1,153 at the Las Vegas Hilton on the card promoted by Roy Englebrecht and Promociones del Pueblo . . . click here for more
Report by Brady Crytzer
The main event of Wednesday evenings UFC Fight Night witnessed Nate “The Great” Marquardt stampede through opponent Rousimar Palhares stopping him via TKO at 3:28 of the first round. Palhares accused his opponent of applying a greasy substance to his legs to better prevent submissions, but no substance was found.
Neither man was able to find success early in the fight as, for the first half of the round, the fighters did nothing but pose in front of one another. Action was flared by the occasional feint, but little action followed. Suddenly in a burst of action, the powerful Palhares took his taller opponent to the floor. In an impressive display of jiu jitsu, the inflexible Marquardt quickly tied up his opponent and attempted an escape. During the transition Palhares snagged a leg of Marquardt and attempted a submission . . . Click here for more
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