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IBF# 2 rated welterweight, Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and his team left their camp today in the Catskill Mountains and are headed to the Mohegan Sun, where Rodriguez will take on South Africa’s IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night for the vacant IBF welterweight championship. “Come ready,” Rodriguez warned Hlatshwayo. “You disrespected me and my team when we were in your country and I will never forget that. I am not going to disrespect you verbally, but trust me, come August 1st you are going to pay for everything you have said. You will be going home empty handed, while I will be going home with the belt as the new IBF welterweight champion of the world.” (more…)
The event may be soldout but fans can still see Timothy Bradley, Nate Campbell, Junior Witter and Devon Alexander face-off against each other…at the official weigh-in on Friday, which will be open to the public. The weigh-in will take place in the Cahuilla Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino * Resort * Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif.) Doors open at noon with the world championship fighters stepping on the scale, beginning at 1PM PT
Las Vegas-based oddsmaker Lou D’Amico has made Bradley and Alexander the favorites with lines of 2 ½ -1 and 2-1, respectively. The “over” is favored at 9 ½ rounds for both.
Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, in association with Don King Productions and Hennessy Sports, the Bradley-Campbell / Witter-Alexander 140-pound world championship doubleheader will be broadcast live from THE SHOW at Agua Caliente on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast.)
The WBA will call a purse bid for a match between super welterweight champion Daniel Santos and Yuri Foreman. The bidding will be overseen by Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Jose Oliver Gomez and will take place August 10th at the WBA office in Panama City, Panama.
Brazilian police have concluded that former world champion Arturo Gatti’s death was by his own hand. As a result, the court has ordered the release of his wife Amanda Rodrigues, who has been held since Gatti’s death on July 12 in Brazil. (More to come)
By Big Joe Miranda
The WBC will not approve the bout between Devon Alexander and Junior Witter for the vacant super lightweight title due to the selection of officials by the California State Athletic Commission. “For the WBC to approve the fight as for the WBC title it would be needed that one of the American officials, preferably a judge is taken out and a foreigner approved by the WBC is appointed, with the approval of the CSAC, of course otherwise, our sanctioning will be suspended,” said WBC president José Sulaimán. “I can not hide my disappointment for this decision taken by the CSAC, with which we have had the best of relations and mutual cooperation through the years; I sincerely feel offended and humiliated for their apparent lack of respect to justice and the WBC rights of our officially registered World Boxing Council (WBC) trademark and championship accolade. I would be betraying the confidence bestowed on my by the Board of Governors, with members from all over the world, who are the people that elected me, if I don’t defend justice and the WBC’s rights.”
The California Commission appointed referee Lou Moret and judges Benjamin Rendon (Mexico), Jerry Cantu (California) and Glenn Trowbridge (Nevada) to handle the bout. According to Sulaimán, the British Boxing Board of Control, Witter’s representatives and Alexander’s representatives have all objected.
By Alex Dombroff
New York State heavyweight champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) defends his title against Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions “Night of Future Champions” event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday. Here’s what the fighters have to say:
Q&A: Darrel Madison | Q&A: Nagy Aguilera
By Lee Bates
Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (16-1, 10 KOs) will take on Daniel “Azuquita” Jimenez (18-3, 10 KOs) August 21st in a much anticipated bout locally between two Puerto Rico based prospects for the WBA Fedecentro super featherweight title. Marcos Jimenez enters the bout on a six bout win streak including having avenged his only professional loss by defeating veteran Edel Ruiz. Daniel Jimenez owns the distinction of being the first and only fighter to date to have beaten world ranked contender and former Olympian Vincente Escobedo as a professional. Daniel Jimenez also fought competitively in a decision loss to former world champion Jesus Chavez and was stopped in the 12th round by current world champion Ramon “Rocky” Martinez in a bout that was very close on the official scorecards prior to the knockout. PR Best Boxing Promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) will be promote the event which will feature 10 bouts in all and be held at the Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Tickets can be bought on line at Ticketcenter (www.tcpr.com) or by calling 787 792-5000. Tickets are being priced from $15-$50.
Story by Chris Cozzone
Battering down an unwon 0-5 fighter might not convince the boxing community that he’s got the goods of his legendary father, but George “Monk” Foreman III is on a mission to set himself apart from the handful of sons-of-legends prominent – and not so prominent – in the sport . . . Click here for more
Karo Murat is looking for his 20th victory in as many fights when he takes on Lorenzo Di Giacomo on the undercard of the Huck-Ramirez clash in Halle on August 29. It will be Murat´s third defense of the European super middleweight Title he won from Cristian Sanavia in April 2008. “I am hungry for success,” Murat said. “Di Giacomo will find out what that means.” Between his two victories over Sanavia, Murat held off newly-crowned WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo when the duo locked horns in Bielefeld in September 2008. “Halle is not far from Bielefeld and I really look forward to coming back because the fans supported me superbly,” Murat added. The 25-year-old (19-0, 12 KOs) is determined to improve his unbeaten record, while experienced Di Giacomo has set his sights on his 39th success (38-3, 19 KOs). “He is a very good fighter with a lot of experience,” Murat added. “But I will defend my title.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (28-3-2, 19 KOs) blasted out Nestor Casanova (22-16, 10 KOs) of Argentina in round one at the Orion Function Center, Campsie, NSW, Australia Thursday. Bika connected with a solid right hands to drop the import twice and the referee Gary Dean crowned the Australian based Cameroon boxer. Bika said, “I want to fight Anthony Mundine. Also the winner of the Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade IBF super middleweight title bout.” Bika is rated IBF#5 and will be in line to fight elimination bout for the number one position after the Bute vs Andrade IBF title bout. For more details and photos click here…
An open to the public press conference for Saturday’s “The Battle of York 4” will take place this Friday, July 31 at 12 noon at the front entrance to the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, 5 Brooks Robinson Way in York, Pennsylvania. Fight fans are encouraged to meet their favorite fighters including York’s Carney Bowman, Eric Nemo and Stevie Weimer, all of whom will be appearing on the card.
Tickets for Saturday night’s “The Battle of York 4”, starting at $20 can be purchased in advance through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside table seating is also available through the box office. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the press conference and at the door on the night of the event. Doors open at 4pm on Saturday, first bell for the eight bout card is at 5pm. “The Battle of York 4″ is presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions, originators of the “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” national boxing series.
Just when did Kendall Grove become so mature? One minute he’s a tatted-up punk known for hard partying, reality show antics, and a brazen, if not cringe-inducing, victory dance; the next, he’s a humble, sensitive guy who fights for his family’s welfare and the honor of his native Hawaii . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current WBA/IBF super bantamweight unified world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero of Panama made a courtesy visit to the Romanza Gym in the Distrito Federal/Mexico City. He spoke with a group of fighters being trained there by famed trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, which included Juan Manuel and Rafael Marquez. Caballero is currently training in Mexico in the Centro Ceremonial Otomi and could make an optional defense in Mexico, with an opponent and date to be determined. For a very long time Caballero has expressed his desire to fight Rafael Marquez, Juan Manuel Lopez, Israel Vasquez and Jhonny Gonzalez among others.
Veteran promoter Don King believes that Devon Alexander will become his latest world champion at the expense of Junior Witter this weekend. Witter will attempt to regain his old title at the Agua Caliente Casino in California on Saturday night with the vacant WBC light welterweight title on the line against the undefeated Alexander. King has overseen the 22-year-old St. Louis native’s impressive rise up the light welterweight rankings and he believes that Alexander has the potential to become a major star. “I saw something special in Devon from the beginning,” revealed King. “He doesn’t drink, smoke or take drugs. He takes care of his body. His smile lights up a room. He’s also a great role model for young people. I can’t say enough good things about this talented young man. Now he has received an opportunity in the land of opportunity and he plans to make the most of it. Those in attendance at Agua Caliente and watching across America on Showtime are going to see a very special young fighter win his first world title.” (more…)
On Friday, September 4th, 19-year-old “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) tries to become one of the youngest world boxing champions of the modern era, when he takes on hard-hitting WBO junior bantamweight world champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) in the co-main event of Rumble at Rama IX in Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Former IBF junior featherweight champ “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (29-1, 11 KOs) highlights the evening’s other co-feature, opposite an opponent still to be determined. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
Unbeaten former WBC youth welterweight title holder James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) claims he is now a free agent. The move was announced by manager/trainer Danny Smith who is preparing to move the young welterweight prospect “The King” into position for his run at a world welterweight title. “Being a free agent is great, you know Cavazos did a really good job getting him to where he got him and Dino did a great job getting us a couple of television fights but they don’t have a big stable and they don’t have guaranteed TV dates. We need to be with someone that can really showcase this young kid so the world can see. James brings excitement to the ring because he comes to fight to win by knock out or be knocked out, which is what people really want to see,” stated Danny Smith. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
It is really make or break for former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana when he meets South African champion Jasper Seroka in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena on Friday night. The winner will earn the right to challenge the victor of the upcoming August 22 fight in Houston, Texas between champion Malcolm Klassen and Robert Guerrero. Fana from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, is at a crucial time in his career. At 35-years-of-age, he needs to be at his best to try to regain the IBF junior lightweight belt that he lost to Cassius Baloyi in April of last year. Fana is ranked at number four in the most recent IBF ratings and Seroka from Namkgale in Limpopo comes in at the tenth spot. (more…)
Four of the world’s top 140-pound fighters will go at it Saturday as WBO 140-pound champion Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., faces challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140-pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. The biggest boxing event in the history of The Coachella Valley in Southern California will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. (more…)
Enrique Ornelas 167.4 vs Roberto Baro 167.2
Charles Huerta 125 vs Derrick Wilson 124.4
Carlos Molina 138.4 vs Eber Luis Perez 135.4
Ricky Lopez 123.6 vs Eder Peralta 123
Luis Ramos Jr. 135 vs Sandro Marcos 134.8
Herman Binek 244.4vs Yohan Banks 260.4
Ronny Rios 126.2 vs Rodrigo Aranda 124.4
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
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A pair of young lightweight prospects battling to get to the next level, Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough and Jason “The American Boy” Litzau, have been added to the August 15th “Hook City” pay per view event in a 10-round Special Attraction.
The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs, will air live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
Throughout ring history, older fighters have been putting on great performances. Bob Fitzsimmons was a light-heavy champ at the age of 39 back in the early 1900s, Ageless Archie Moore was great in his late 30s, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Carmen Basilio at the age of 36 and fought a draw with the much younger Gene Fullmer at 39, George Foreman was heavyweight champion at 45 while more recently Bernard Hopkins and Sugar Shane Mosley seem to have been sipping at the fountain of youth. Now we have Nate Campbell, 37 years young, attempting to win the WBO junior welter title from Timothy Bradley, a mere whippersnapper of 25, in Showtime’s main event from Rancho Mirage, CA on Saturday . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten lightweight Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C. is training under water to get ready for Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 title card on August 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s all part of Peterson’s plan to strengthen his right knee which was twisted during a long run while he was preparing for a fight in February. Barry Hunter, chief trainer for Peterson, put together a training game plan: 12 laps to warm up, a series of squats, running and shadow boxing – all in the water. “After I train in the gym I head to the Rec Center (in Washington, D.C.) and get into the pool,” said Peterson, who will fight Luis Arceo of Mexico. “It’s hard work in the water – I can hold my breath 2 minutes, 5 seconds – but worth it. I feel fantastic and I am ready to fight. Peterson was initially injured when he was scheduled to fight Edner Cherrry on the Miguel Cotto vs. Michael Jennings fight card at Madison Square Garden. “I was running, heard something in my right knee, stopped and then got it examined,” said Peterson. “It was bad enough where I could not fight on Feb. 17. However, I am now healthy and ready to go.” Tickets for Pinoy Power 2, which features ‘The Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire vs. Rafael Concepcion, are $200, $100, $50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com
Anthony’s brother Lamont, chief trainer Barry Hunter and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman will be at ringside this weekend for the Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell title fight at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lamont is in line to fight the winner. Bradley is the WBO 140-pound world champion, Lamont is the WBO interim 140-pound champion. “I just want to see Bradley and Campbell up close,” said Hunter.
Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry, the former world welterweight champion, said today there is “something very special about Manny Pacquiao. I don’t know exactly what it is but he could have easily competed successfully against all of the great welterweights in the 1980s.” Curry is living in Fort Worth, Texas, where he looking to train upcoming fighters.
Living legend George Foreman introduced the “next American champion,” son George “Monk” Foreman III, today at Smokey’s Pit Stop in El Paso, Texas. “Monk” Foreman, 1-0, 1 KO, headlines a card 45 miles away in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday night. Look for a story on George and George tomorrow morning.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former amateur champion Greg Eadie (7-0, 3 KOs) will challenge Brendan Batty (15-18, 11 KOs) for the vacant Australian 130 pound title on Friday at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Eadie who is the son of a former welterweight star of the 1970′s, Ross Eadie, who battled Aussie great Hector Thompson in three savage encounters. Thompson went eight rounds in world lightweight title bout against the great Roberto Duran in Panama City. On the undercard: WBO#14 heavyweight Alex Lepai (16-3-2, 12 KOs) will punch it out with 6’1, 240 pound, Japanese Masataka Takehara (6-3-1, 2 KOs) who is coming off a loss via decision to Brian Fitzgerald last Friday. 6’0 and 245 pound Lepai is trained by Noel Thornberry and was born in Samoa but is based in Australia. Promoter and matchmaker: Steve Dellar. (more…)
Devon Alexander “The Great” knows the big knock against him: He’s young and lacks experience. But that’s not going to stop the 22-year-old from putting on a show for the SHOWTIME viewing audience come Saturday night during the first half of a world championship doubleheader. The undefeated No. 2-rated Alexander (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC belt that Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., voluntarily relinquished. Their eagerly awaited showdown will air live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) and will precede the 140-pound world title fight between unbeaten WBO 140-pound champion Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two promoters. The newly formed relationship has three major goals including to capitalize on the global impact of the sport of boxing; give the fighters within the promotional stables of Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions the opportunity to display their talents on a global platform rather than just a national platform; and focus on the joint development of venue, sponsorship and network relationships on an international level. The two companies executed a co-promotional agreement which covers several world champions including junior middleweight world champion Sergeii Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KO’s) and interim super lightweight world champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KO’s), who is the mandatory challenger to WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, as well as a handful of young rising stars such as highly-ranked middleweight Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin, who owns a perfect professional record of 17-0 with 14 KO’s, is one of boxing’s most promising prospects and is well known for his who’s who list of amateur conquests over the likes of Lucien Bute, Andre Dirrell, Andy Lee and Matt Korobov. (more…)
With training just about over, Carney “Beeper” Bowman, is anxious to return to the ring this Saturday night, August 1st in the main event at “The Battle of York 4” against Delvin Placencia at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium.
“I love to fight and Saturday night has worked best for me in York. The fans in York have always been very supportive and this Saturday’s show at the baseball stadium has really turned into a huge event here” said Bowman. (more…)
On behalf of Team Sauerland, General Manager Chris Meyer has successfully obtained a Danish promoter license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). It will enable the Berlin-based promoters to stage events in Denmark. Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defence against Gusmyl Perdomo in Herning on September 12 will kick off the cooperation. “We are looking forward to working with Team Sauerland,” DPBF chairman Jesper D. Jensen said. “Together we want to further increase the popularity of boxing in Denmark.” (more…)
On August 1st, Star Boxing’s welterweight prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano (9-0, 5KO) will look to stay undefeated when he takes on Jessie Davis (11-13, 8KO) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Issac Hlatswahyo matchup for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. Rodriguez vs. Hlatshwayo will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of last year. The Star Boxing promoted card will be held at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. (more…)
It’s a debate that captivates the mixed martial arts community. Who is the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter? Champions like BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar often get the most recognition, but perhaps the most dominant title holder is one who weighs just 135-pounds.
Miguel Angel Torres, the reigning WEC® bantamweight champion, has lost just once in his nine-year career and is currently riding a 17-fight winning streak. What’s more, since winning the title via submission over Chase Beebe in 2008, Torres has left his mark on the bantamweight division with three masterful championship defenses. (more…)
Junior “The Hitter” Witter believes he can embarrass Amir Khan into a major world title unification bout should he return from the U.S. this weekend with his old WBC belt. Witter will try to regain his junior welterweight world crown in California on Saturday night when he goes up against unbeaten Devon Alexander. The Bradford, England native is confident that he can emerge victorious and line up a unification clash with recently crowned WBA champ Khan. “I think I’m the last guy Khan wants to meet, but it would be a natural unification fight for the U.K.” said Witter. “Ricky Hatton avoided me for long enough when he was world champ and I’m sure Khan won’t want to get the same reputation, but it would be a short nights work for me – I’d knock him out inside 3 rounds.” (more…)
The personal coach for reigning Finnish national and Baltic (BBU) heavyweight champion Juho Haapoja, Petro “El Caramelito” Koskimies is promoting his second pro boxing show on August 8th in Ulvila, Finland. Promoted under the “Caramelito Promotions” banner, this will be the first outdoor boxing event in Finland in 14 years. The card will take place in a local Finnish baseball stadium and be headlined by former amateur star Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Grant Fourie was in scintillating form when he returned to his best in scoring a third round technical knockout over Amos Nhlapho in a scheduled six round lightweight bout at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. A well conditioned Fourie (134.5) came out slowly in the first round as he worked behind the jab against the hesitant Nhlapho (131.8). However, in the second round, Fourie picked up the pace before catching Nhlapho with a left hook to the jaw that put him down for a count. (more…)
Ex-WBA lightweight world champion Freddie “Li’l Hagler” Norwood (42-3-1, 23 KOs) has been added to Thursday night’s “Noche de Boxeo” card at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. For the 39-year-old Norwood, it will be his first fight in 14 months since losing back-to-back fights against Johnnie Edwards. Norwood will face Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Also, an opponent for former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) has been named. “Mighty Mike” will move up in weight to face Nicaragua’s Octavio Narváez (7-4, 4 KOs), in a welterweight match. Also, welterweights Aarón Martínez (10-1-1, 3 KOs) and Santiago Pérez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) will meet in an eight-rounder. Pérez is the son of the legendary Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos.
By Johnny B’
It was recently reported that former world champion Rocky Lockridge is homeless and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. Sadly the 50-year-old former two-time super featherweight king is estranged from his family and by his own admission, has abused drugs and alcohol for more than two decades. (More)
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