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By Graham Houston
One of the sport’s best pure boxers, Puerto Rico’s Ivan Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs), is on TV on this quiet boxing weekend, defending his junior flyweight title against Jesus Iribe, a strong Mexican fighter who went the full 12 rounds with Brian Viloria and Edgar Sosa in prior world title attempts. The fight, to be televised on Fox Sports Espanol, is something of a showcase for Calderon, but this talented southpaw is 35 years old, which is getting up there in age for a 108-pounder. Calderon, I fear, is getting near the time when he could be ready to lose. Iribe doesn’t look likely to be the one who will push him over the edge, so to speak, but, at this stage of Calderon’s career, one cannot be certain. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 115 in Vancouver, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell and Rich “Ace” Franklin will look to recapture some of the old fire that made them legends of the sport.
After stepping in for an injured Tito Ortiz, Franklin and Liddell now find themselves in one of the UFC’s first true Hall-of-Fame fights. But, despite the flash and flare of yesteryear, do these giants still have what it takes to climb back to the top? Or will the glories of days gone by be a distant memory? Join Fightnews.com’s Brady Crytzer as he previews one of the most intriguing bouts of 2010 . . . Click here for more
Photo: Carlos Baeza WBC/NABF
Ring legend Roy Jones Jr. made an appearance at the NABF Convention currently being held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans’ famous French Quarter. The Award Dinner was a relaxed, southern buffet. The awards were as follows…
Fighter of the Year: Wilbert Uicab
Fight of the Year: Banks-Walker (accepting Tom Loefler – K2)
Most Dramatic Fight: Lee-Bunema (accepting Roland Jankelson)
Promoter of the Year: Square Ring (accepting: Roy Jones, Jr./John Wirt)
Matchmaker: Bobby Goodman
Female Fighter: Irma Sanchez
Female Promoter: Hector Garcia
President’s Award: Gayle Van Hoy
U. S. Army Helicopter pilot Steven Badgley is ready to make his pro debut at the Garden tonight. Bus loads of fellow Army men and women will be coming from Fort Dix, Camp Drum and West Point to cheer him on.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight Christopher Martin (18-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Adolfo Landeros (19-14-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. Martin had to work hard against the game Landeros and won by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Welterweight Luis Grajeda (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela (18-25-6, 9 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.
Karim Mayfield 146.5 vs Sergio De la torre 147
Sean Wate 138 vs Ben Rivera 138.5
Tony Hirsch 163 vs Jovanni Rubio 167.5
Bruno Escalante 118.4 vs Johnathan Alcantara 120.5
Venue: Kezar Pavilion, San Francisco CA
Promoter: Hard Knox Promotions/Mo’Betta Entertainment
Unbeaten European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (21-0, 11 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over Italian veteran Giuseppe Lauri (50-7, 29 KOs) to retain his belt on Friday night at King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. McClosley dropped Lauri in round two and laid him out in the eleventh with a right hand.
By Dave Spencer & Dave Baggs / Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux proved that he could be one of the hardest punches in the Middleweight division today as he destroyed former IBF Middleweight title challenger Elvin Ayala in less than 3 minutes of work. Less than a minute into the contest, Ayala was on the canvas, the recipient of a left-right hook combination. Ayala regained his feet but not his senses. Another short right hook put Ayala into the ropes and down for a second time. Smiling to his corner, Ayala arose at the count of 8 and was allowed to continue. Lemieux ended his night moments later with a followup barrage for knockdown number 3, ending matters at 2:44 of the first round. Lemieux (23-0, 22 KOs), with the victory, is the new WBC International Middleweight champion. Ayala falls to 20-5-1, 9 KOs.
Brian Vera, a participant of the 2008 boxing reality TV show “The Contender”, scored an impressive 3rd round stoppage over current NABF Super Middleweight champion Sebastien Demers moments ago on the ESPN televised card at the Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, Quebec. Vera (17-4, 11KOs) dropped Demers with a beautiful left-right combination early in the 3rd. Demers, cut badly over the nose, arose on shaky legs with plenty of time left to survive. Vera jumped on the former IBF Middleweight title challenger immediately, again dropping Demers for another count. Demers (31-3,11KOs) looked out on his feet but was allowed to continue. Another right hand from Vera convinced the referee to wave off the contest at 1:57 of the round. More results…
From Vancouver, Canada for tomorrow night’s UFC 115 card, live on PPV:
Rich Franklin 205 vs. Chuck Liddell 205
Pat Barry 248 vs.Mirko Cro Cop 235
Gilbert Yvel 243 vs.Ben Rothwell 264
Rory MacDonald 170 vs.Carlos Condit 170
Martin Kampmann 170 vs.Paulo Thiago 170
Evan Dunham 155 vs.Tyson Griffin 154
Matt Wiman 156 vs.Mac Danzig 156
Mario Miranda 186 vs.David Loiseau 185
Peter Sobotta 171 vs.James Wilks 170
Claude Patrick 170 vs.Ricardo Funch 170
Jesse Lennox 170 vs.Mike Pyle 170
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Chuck Liddell offered little more than a blank stare in referee “Big” John McCarthy’s direction. At UFC 71, it took Quinton “Rampage” Jackson just 1:53 and a right hook in the opening stanza to bring “the Iceman’s” 25-month reign as light heavyweight champion to an end. Prior to that, Liddell had only tasted defeat on three other occasions (one of which a 2003 Pride loss to Jackson).
In other words, watching the mohawked warrior defeated in such a fashion was a pretty big deal . . . Click here for more
One Punch Productions has announced that the next installment of the popular Ballroom Brawl series will take place on July 16 in the Grand Ballroom at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. The main event of the evening will feature undefeated welterweight contender Raymond Charles (12-0). Charles’ most recent appearance in Tampa was a sixth round knockout of Louis Leija on September 19th of 2009. (more…)
Julio César “Pingo“ Miranda 112 vs. Richie Mepranum 112
(Vacant WBO flyweight championship)
Rodolfo Hernandez 119 vs. Reynaldo Cajina 119
Mauro Romero 166 vs. Rigoberto Álvarez 166
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Yuri Foreman’s surgery was described as a success today in NYC. He expects to return to the ring in February.
Photo by Joel a. Colón/Pr Best Boxing/Top Rank
Ivan Calderon 106 vs Jesus Irbie 106
(WBO light flyweight championship)
After he weighed in Calderon sipped from a bowl of hot chicken soup. He drank from a glass bottle of Snapple Light Lemon Tea. Calderon said he brought in food and a chef to prepare his meals throughout fight week.
Steven Badgley 172 vs Carlito Angel Gonzalez 172 1/2
Badgley is wearing a tattoo on his chest with initials of eight fallen soldiers. “All friends of mine. Some of their families are coming to the fight on Saturday night.” Before the weigh-in Gonzalez said he wants to be introduced as Carlito on Saturday night.
For more details and photos click here…
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and his Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. at Yankee Stadium where they are special guests for tonights game and Vazquez, Jr. will throw the first pitch. Special thanks to Doug Jacobs of Integrated Sports for making it happen.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank was the winner of purse bid called by the WBO in New York for the mandatory unified bantamweight world title between the WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel and interim champion Eric Morel. The winning bid was $102,500 and Top Rank was the only bidder. Possible venues and dates for the fight are a site in Mexico (July 17), Las Vegas (July 24) or Atlantic City (August 7). One snag may be that there were plans Montiel to defend his title against former WBA interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion on July 17. Stay tuned…
Photoc by Enrique “Kike” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
On a beautiful, sunny day in his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico at “El Jardín Botánico de Caguas,” WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto talked about his great performance and big win over Yuri Foreman last Saturday at the Yankee Stadium.
“We trained really hard for the fight and I feel that I have the love for the game back and I’m hungrier than ever,” said Cotto. “I fixed the mistakes that I committed in the past. Now starts a new chapter and I’m back for the great challenges and the big names.” Click here for more photos…
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live professional boxing webcast – free of charge – on Saturday, June 12. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico. WBCBoxing.tv webcast at 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) Central Time: In the 12-round main event at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico, WBC Latino middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio, 46-5-1 with 40 knockouts, of Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico, will make his second defense of the title against Samuel “Marivioso” Miller, 20-3 with 17 knockouts, of Arboletes, Colombia. The event is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo. (more…)
Photo by Ricardo Conde
WBC #5 and current NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia, began preparations this week at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy for his upcoming bout. Rios will step back into the ring against WBC # 1 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) of Washington, DC on Saturday, July 24 for the interim WBA lightweight title at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in the co-feature of HBO’s latest edition of B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) of Cuba against an opponent yet to be determined. For more details and photos click here…
Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala returns to action Tonight, June 11th against Montreal fan favorite David Lemieux headlining “Boxing Under the Stars” at the spectacular Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
Presented by Group Yvon Michel in association with TKO Boxing Promotions, the twelve round bout for the vacant WBC International Middleweight Title will be broadcast live on ESPN2 (8:30pm EST, 5:30pm PST). (more…)
Highly-ranked contender Jaime “Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4, 7 KOs), of Canada and Rhode Island, may be the next opponent for Albuquerque’s Holly Holm (27-1-3, 7 KOs). If it becomes official, the two will fight on August 6 on a Fresquez card in Albuquerque.
Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler, who helped construct and build the careers of superstars and world champions, will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame this weekend. He is the fourth from Top Rank who is in the Hall of Fame. Bob Arum, who founded Top Rank, was inducted in 1999. Top Rank’s all-time publicist, Irving Rudd (1999) and legendary matchmaker Teddy Brenner (1993) are also in the Hall of Fame. (more…)
Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic will wrap up Saturday, June 19 when Andre Ward takes on fellow American Allan Green from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. See how these warriors match-up in the Tale of the Tape. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
When fighters see Tyson Griffin’s name on the card, they must all collectively groan as they can kiss that “Fight of the Night” bonus check goodbye.
In nine UFC fights, the 26-year-old wrestling stud has won “Fight of the Night” five times. Allow that to sink in for a minute – five times. Most fighters would be happy to get one “Fight of the Night” bonus check in their entire career. Griffin has five. And oddly enough, he’s probably the only one that is sick and tired of that bonus. If you ask Griffin, he’d prefer to trade that check for a “KO of the Night” or “Submission of the Night” check . . . Click here for more
The fight between WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and two-time title challenger Khoren Gevor is off. They were slated to meet on July 17 in Schwerin, Germany. “We needed to have our plans finalized for our promotional partners and Sebastian Zbik hadn’t signed the fight contract on time,” said Universum General Manager Stefan Braune. “Therefore we had to reorganize and we’re pleased that we’re able to present to the fans two additional great fights with local favorite Jürgen Brähmer and Susi Kentikian.”
Universum has agreed to submit a new offer to Zbik to fight in a subsequent event. “We’re working with Sebastian on a new plan for his next title defense,” Braune added. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world IBF lightweight champion Philip “No Deal” Holiday (39-7-1, 22 KOs) captured the vacant Australian jr middleweight championship with a hard fought ten round split decision over Jason Kanofski (13-4-3, 2 KOs) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Thursday. Scores: Alan Burford 97-93 (Holiday), Tony Kettlewell 96-95 (Holiday) and Alan Moore 98-97 (Kanofski). This was the second comeback bout for Holiday who was stopped in eleven rounds by Samuel Colomban in March.
Holiday held the world title from 1995 to 1997 and made six defenses including a second round stoppage of Australian great Jeff Fenech. He lost to the title to future Hall of Famer Shane Mosley in a closely contested bout. The 40-year-old Holiday was born in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa but has been based in Brisbane, Australia for several years. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Christopher Martin 127.5 vs. Adolfo Landeros 126.5
Luis Grajeda 146.5 vs. Christian Favela 144.25
Antonio Orozco 141* vs. Michael Peralta 139
Lester Gonzalez 160 vs. Ibahiem King 161.75*
Pablo Armenta 128 vs. Rene Torres 128
*Orozco and King had two hours to lose one pound and three quarters of a pound respectively.
Venue: 4 Points Hotel by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions in association with Don Chargin Productions, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) is chomping at the bit to fight Puerto Rican star Ivan Calderon and he’s angry. Gonzalez says he’s still fuming from the disrespect shown him by the Puerto Rican star earlier this year at a fight card in Nicaragua. “He was talking a lot of smack when he was in my country,” commented Gonzalez. “He said he had never even heard of me. I should have slapped him right then!” Gonzalez is currently training for his next title defense in Mexico on July 17th but the only thing on his mind seems to be inflicting a beating on Calderon. “I will fight him anywhere, anytime, at any weight, with any organization, and if he tries to ignore me, I can only think he’s afraid of me. When I leave boxing I want to be known as a fighter who always fought the best and better. It seems Calderon doesn’t care about his legacy.”
By Robert Hough
Karim Mayfield’s busier than usual before his fight in San Francisco on Saturday—and he couldn’t be happier. The welterweight is getting a lot of attention in the days before he headlines a rare boxing card in his hometown. Mayfield (12-0-1, 7KOs), who fights Sergio De La Torre (11-13-3, 1KO) in the main event of a five-fight card, hopes the city’s first night of fights in six years is the first step toward bigger fights there. “If they send ‘em my way, I’m not ducking them,” said Mayfield, who has sparred with Shane Mosley, Ricky Hatton and Antonio Margarito. “I’ve been in world champions’ camps and that’s not easy. I can see I’m competitive and keep up with these guys. I’m not getting beaten up or sent home so it’s an inspiration. I would welcome fights with the supposed-to-be prospects.” (more…)
Rachid El Hadak (20-8-1, 7 KOs) of France unanimously decisioned Roman Kracik (31-4-1, 17 KOs) of Czech Republic over 12 rounds to win the vacant European Boxing Association (EBA) cruiserweight title. Scores were 120- 108, 119-109 and 118-110. The two fought to a draw back in 2008 in Kracik’s native Czech Republic. The event took place at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne in Loirre, France with Herve Jacques promoting and Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
Photos: Carlos Baeza
The NABF convention, consisting of boxing luminaries from Mexico, the United States and Canada, is on in New Orleans. The general session was opened by the Deputy Mayor of New Orleans. Then, Robert Lenhart, in his unique style, emceed the session. Mauricio Sulaiman shared some wonderful personal stories of his time in New Orleans for the “No Mas” fight, as well as encouraging news about the state of boxing in Mexico. Ed Pearson was praised for bringing in more Canadian representatives to the NABF. (more…)
Story by Brady Crytzer
Rich Franklin was been looking for a home. After establishing himself as the sport’s first stable middleweight champion in over ten years and losing his title in 2006, the Cincinnati native has been taking on all comers.
Following wins over Jason MacDonald and Travis Lutter at the middleweight limit, Franklin was victorious in one of 2009’s best firefights when he defeated fellow weight class-nomad Wanderlai Silva in a 195 pound catchweight bout. Now, after nearly nine months out of action, Rich Franklin is ready to headline UFC 115 in a light heavyweight showdown against Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell . . . Click here for more
Photos: David Marin Warr/DKP
A typical boxing press conference today at Scottrade Center in St. Louis suddenly turned raucous after undefeated unified 140-pound world champion Devon Alexander’s trainer Kevin Cunningham told former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik, a Ukrainian making his first visit to America, “That’s a long way to come for an ass whuppin.’ Kotelnik responded “There will be an ass kicking, but St. Louis will be surprised who will be doing it.” (more…)
Matthew Hatton bids to show he’s a world class welterweight when he makes the first defence of his European title next month. ‘Magic’ Matthew (39-4-2) will face mandatory contender, Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-1) at Bolton Arena on Friday July 16. Hatton, 29, the brother of Ricky Hatton, is one of the most improved fighters in the division and proved that by winning the title when he outpointed Gianluca Branco in March. (more…)
The finals are set for “The Ultimate Fighter: Team Liddell vs. Team Ortiz” as Court “The Crusher” McGee and Kris “Savage” McCray emerged last night to compete for a six-figure contract with the preeminent mixed martial arts organization in the world, The Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Emanating from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV, the finale will be telecast LIVE on Spike TV Saturday, June 19 at 9:00 PM ET. (more…)
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