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By Joe Koizumi
On the night of a Japanese middleweight title bout taking place in Osaka, WBO #3 super-bantam Kenichi Yamaguchi (16-1-2, 4 KOs) engaged in a ten-round exhibition unauthorized by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and scored a KO win over an uncertified Thailander at 2:27 of the fifth round on Sunday in the same Osaka, Japan. It was a very problematic incident as the JBC didn’t delegate any licensed officials and it was officiated by unlicensed amateurs. Furthermore, any ringside physician wasn’t confirmed therein, so should any ring accident have happened, it might have caused a serious damage to the sport of boxing. (more…)
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and undefeated welterweight contender Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu hosted an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their July 17 bout at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Here is what was said… (more…)
Tickets On Sale Friday For Jones vs Matyushenko: Jon Jones and Vladimir Matyushenko meet in San Diego in a light heavyweight battle, plus Yushin Okami takes on Mark Munoz – Sunday, August 1 live at the San Diego Sports Arena in San Diego, CA.
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WBC light flyweight world champion Rodel Mayol is already in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro to defend his title for the second time against Omar Nino from Jalisco, Mexico. The fight will be in the local bullring and a full house is expected as well as a TV audience in Mexico and the USA. Mayol conducted a training session on Monday in his hotel. “I am more than ready,” he declared. “I prepared myself much better than the last time with Omar. I am desperate to climb on the ring and show everybody why I am the champion.” Mayol and Niño met in February 27th and the bout ended in a draw after Mayol was leveled while complaining about a low blow. “I did not wanted that end,” stated Mayol. “I was winning the fight but the Mexican gave me an illegal punch to my body and then to the face. I was helpless. Fortunately the referee saw the punch and stuck to the rules. This saturday will confirm that I am superior and will return with the belt to the Philippines.”
Inside the shoe closet of Andre Ward, you’ll find lots of footwear, two very large belts. Click below to tour Ward’s winning wardrobe, and watch him defend his belt Saturday at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Ward’s challenger, Allan Green is looking for points and to bring the WBA world title back to his friends in South Florida.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like Ukrainian heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) will fight against Denis Bakhtov (33-5, 22 KOs) for the vacant EBU (European) heavyweight title on July 31. The teams have until June 21 to agree to the bout. Audley Harrison recently vacated the belt to concentrate on a possible all-British showdown against WBA champ David Haye.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) will take on Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) in Erfurt on August 21. It will be his fourth title defense. “Godfrey is a tough fighter, but he will not get my title,” Huck said. “I want to keep impressing the fans all over the world and I am determined to put on a spectacular performance against Godfrey.” Huck has just returned to Germany today after joining 2010 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Wilfried Sauerland for a special weekend in Canastota, where he also met new stablemate Steve Cunningham. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rumor has it that two-time former world champion Rafael Márquez of Mexico could face off againat Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel López on September 18 in Las Vegas for Juanma’s WBO featherweight world championship. The clash would take place the week of the annual Mexican Independance Day festivities and be the latest collision in the fabled rivalry between Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters. Sources report that a lot depends Juanma’s scheduled defense against Filipino Bernabe Concepcion on July 10 in Puerto Rico.
Oakland’s own WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World-ranked Allan Green will participate in an OPEN TO THE PUBLIC PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday at 12:30PM in the Oracle Arena’s Courtside Club. Ward will take on his first world title defense against challenger Allan Green in Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in a clash to be broadcast on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Ward, who has emerged as a tournament favorite following his win in Group Stage 1 against Mikkel Kessler, is currently listed as a 1-1 favorite to win it all by USA Today sports analyst Danny Sheridan. A victory over the world-ranked Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., will catapult the last American to win an Olympic Games gold medal into the tournament semi-finals.
Ringside Report: Alex Dombroff and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com
Ivan Calderon successfully defended his portion of the junior flyweight championship Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over game Mexican challenger Jesus Iribe. Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) dominated in a manner that has become familiar to fight fans – by using lateral movement and frustrating his opponent defensively. (More)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight Lance Whitaker has relied on his power to score victories throughout his career. However, he found one unlikely tool that allowed him to defeat Andrey Fedosov on Saturday night; his jab. Whitaker rained a steady amount of jabs on Fedosov, winning a close and controversial 12 round split decision before a boisterous crowd of about 800 at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. Click here for more + photos
By David Baggs/Fightnews Canada
Photo by Herby Whyne/Fightnews Canada
Elvin Ayala was supposed to be the test that everyone wanted to see Canadian KO artist David Lemieux take. Ayala was a former world title challenger who had gone 12 rounds with Arthur Abraham in a losing effort and 10 rounds within the original “The Contender” TV show winner Sergio Mora, a battle that ended in a stalemate. While Ayala wasn’t expected to win in Montreal, he was expected to go some rounds. Twenty-two rounds with the likes of Abraham and Mora cemented just that fact. For more details and photos click here…
By David Robinett and Robert Hough
Photo by Sean McDonough
San Francisco has a rich boxing history but in recent years has seen little action, in part because there have been few homegrown fighters good enough to compel promoters and television networks to invest their time and money in staging events in the “City by the Bay”. Undefeated welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield hopes to change all that. The “Hard Hitta” took his first step towards establishing himself as a local attraction, successfully headlining the first boxing card in San Francisco in six years with a fifth round referee’s stoppage of overmatched Sergio De La Torre Saturday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California. For more details and photos click here…
IBF junior flyweight champion Luis Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina will make the first defense of his title against former world champion Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Colombia in a rematch. The bout will take place September 4th in Argentina. The two fought each other last month where the 39 year old Lazarte upset the then 27 year old world champion Tamara by way of split decision in Argentina. The winner must start negotiations for a defense against former world champion and #1 ranked Ulises Solis of Mexico beginning Sept. 28, 2010.
Redemption. It’s a word that bantamweight Joseph Benavidez has had etched in his brain since last August. You see, when the 25-year-old first locked horns with Dominick Cruz last summer, the two engaged in three of the most action-packed rounds in World Extreme Cagefighting® history. Unfortunately for Benavidez, he came up just short on that sizzling August night and was handed the first and only loss of his professional career. (more…)
The UFC® announced today that the Sunday, August 1st UFC® LIVE event scheduled at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, is moving to San Diego, Calif., and will now take place live from the San Diego Sports Arena. (more…)
Promoter Frank Warren has cancelled his July 3rd promotion at Preston’s Guildhall. Local hero Michael Jennings was scheduled to headline the show in a challenge for the vacant British welterweight title against John O’Donnell, but O’Donnell withdrew with a back injury. Previous to this Jennings was due to meet big rival Kell Brook, but Brook damaged his ribs in sparring. Unable to secure a suitable opponent for Jennings, Warren has decided to cancel the show. He said, “We are very disappointed for the fans, Michael Jennings and the rest of the boxers on the show. We will reschedule the bout when O’Donnell is fit.” Fight fans who have purchased tickets for the event should go to the original point of purchase for a refund.
After sparring with world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko for three weeks in Austria, heavyweight prospect Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) returned home for a week before shuffling off to Buffalo for training camp to prepare for his June 26 fight against Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha (17-7-1, 7 KOs) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. Grano has enlisted the services of Juan DeLeon, who trained “Baby” Joe Mesi, as his co-head trainer along with Derrick Whitley. In Buffalo, Tony trains with DeLeon and when he’s back home, Grano’s handled by Whitley; the two have been together since Tony’s amateur days.
By Karl Freitag
“I was up at HBO this week unbeknownst to anybody,” revealed promoter Gary Shaw today. “I offered to do a 140lb tournament with Timothy Bradley, Devon Alexander, Amir Khan, and if Marquez beats Diaz, he could be in the tournament, as well. I suggested that we have a press conference and we pull pills out of a bottle. If we pull Devon Alexander, we fight Devon Alexander. If we pull Amir Khan, we fight Amir Khan, or Marquez, or any other 140-pounder they want to put in there. Golden Boy said no.”
Shaw continued, “Of course, Amir Khan doesn’t want to fight Timothy Bradley. Timothy Bradley will fight anybody and to Devon Alexander’s credit, he’ll fight anybody. It’s the other two that won’t fight.”
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) is set to return to the ring on July 23rd at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. The bout will be the main event televised by Telefutura. The “Latin Snake” will be taking on veteran JC Candelo (30-10-4, 20 KOs). Mora returns to the ring after a seventh round stoppage of Calvin Green this past April on the televised pay per view undercard of Hopkins-Jones 2 in Las Vegas. The stoppage victory was Mora’s first fight in almost seventeen months. (more…)
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Early June in upstate New York means many things-rain and sunshine, lush, green fields, both warm and cool temperatures. On this second weekend of the month, all this was seen during the one sure thing a boxing fan can count on at this time in this place-The International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend in Canastota, New York. This year brought the twenty first edition of the event-seven living inductees, thirteen in all, and a passionate crowd of fans, family members and friends to pay homage to those who have dedicated their careers and lives to the “Sweet Science.” For more details and photos click here…
It was formally announced this past weekend at the Boxing Hall of Fame inductions that The World Famous 5th Street Gym, which was first opened in 1950 by Chris Dundee and his brother Angelo, is once again going to reopen in its original home. Although the original building was torn down on the corner of 5th and Washington, it was rebuilt with a beautiful new design in 2002. A plaque commemorating the 5th St Gym and Angelo Dundee adorns the wall of the building today. Angelo Dundee,Tom Tsatas, Dino Spencer and Matt Baiamonte (Angelo’s chief trainer and protégé) are going to finally resurrect the famous gym that closed in 1992.
The building and location will be the same which technically was on Washington, on the 2nd floor. Although Dundee, now 88 years old, will not be the day to day guy, he will be as much a part of the gym as he is able to be. (more…)
After recently losing a 12 round competitive decision to top ranked contender Karo Murat (22-0) in Germany, WBA #14 light heavy Tommy Karpency (19-2-1) returns to the ring on Saturday at the Wheeling Island Casino & Racetrack in the main event. Promoted by Jerry Thomas’ West Virginia Sports Promotions, the undercard will begin at 7:30PM and highlight several local prospects. Lightweight Ronell Green (4-0) and heavyweights Lee McGinnis (1-0) and Jeremiah Karpency (1-0) will appear in separate bouts with all opponents being announced shortly. Tickets for the event are $20 (General Admission), $30 (Reserved) and $50 (Ringside) and may be obtained by calling (800) 296-3897.
Undefeated, 23-year-old NABF and NABO champion Matt “Sharp Shooter” Remillard arguably rates as America’s leading contemporary featherweight and the old-school fighter can’t wait to prove his worth to the boxing world. Remillard, now rated No. 7 by the World Boxing Council, may not have a true signature fight, yet, but he improved his pro record to 23-0 (17 KOs) last month with a fourth-round TKO of Carlos Rivera (16-4-2), retaining his NABF belt and capturing the vacant NABO strap. The Manchester, Connecticut fighter had to overcome his first taste of adversity in the ring, a cut over his eye that required eight stitches. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) will defend his title against fellow Australian Paul Briggs (26-3, 18 KOs) at the Entertainment Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on July 21. Green scored the biggest upset of 2009 when he stopped Roy Jones Jr in 2:02 of round one at the Acer Arena in Sydney in December and defended the IBO title successfully. Briggs had his last contest in 2007 when he scored a shut out win over South African Rupert van Aswegen in an IBF regional light heavyweight bout. (more…)
Photos: Team Sauerland / Pat Orr, Hall of Fame
Wilfried Sauerland received the biggest honour in boxing on Sunday night when he was officially inducted into the Hall of Fame. The 70-year-old promoter is the first German since all-time great Max Schmeling to have his lifetime achievements recognized in Canastota, New York. “I will never forget this day,” Sauerland said. “To be up there with all the great boxing personalities really is something special for me. When (Hall of Fame President) Ed Brophy called me to let me know about my induction, I simply could not believe it. It does not get any better than this.” (more…)
By Robert Hough
Andre Ward’s comfortable throwing punches. Baseballs? Not so much. Ward, a San Francisco Bay Area resident, recently threw out the ceremonial first pitch at an Oakland A’s game. It was no small challenge for the WBA Super Middleweight Champion who faces Allan Green in Oakland, Calif., to conclude the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic “That’s pressure!,” Ward said at a recent public workout. “I did it once before and I stood in front of the mound and lobbed it so I heard about that. The last time, I felt like I had to stand on the mound and throw a strike. You step out there and you’re out of your comfort zone. When I’m in my comfort zone, I’m fine, but that wasn’t it and you’ve got 10 people telling you what to do and what not to do. It was crazy.” (more…)
Swiss-based Albanian cruiserweight Nuri “Albanian Tyson” Seferi (27-6, 18 KOs) will fight Sandro Siproshvili (23-5, 10 KOs) from Georgia for the vacant WBO European cruiserweight title on June 26 at the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria. The fight was scheduled before for May 29 as part of the Vitali Klitschko- Albert Sosnowski undercard, but it was canceled just minutes before two boxers had to enter in the ring because of the delays from musical performers in that event. Now the fight is taking place in Vienna where Seferi fought last year and won the interim WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title and where he has a big fanbase. The undercard includes Nuri Seferi’s younger brother Sefer Seferi (10-0, 9 KOs), a former three times amateur Swiss heavyweight champion.
Tony ‘Sugar’ Salem has won the public vote to appear in the next Prizefighter event. Prizefighter Super-Middleweights will be taking place on June 30 at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, London. There are two further changes as Tony Dodson and Stevie McGuire have both had to withdraw due to struggling to make the weight. Their replacements will be 19-year-old Patrick Mendy and Sam Horton. The rest of the line-up is Daniel Cadman, Paul David, Peter Federenko, Eddie McIntosh and Tony Quigley. No big names in this edition of Prizefighter.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based Scottish-born boxing writer Gary Todd has published “Workouts From Boxing’s Greatest Champs II,” which covers workouts and diets of the greatest boxers from the past including Mike Tyson, Roberto Duran and Curtis Cokes. Current pound-for-pound greats Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather also give insight into their workouts and diets that have helped make them great champions. “My first book ‘Workouts From Boxing’s Greatest Champs’ sold over 45,000 worldwide and I think this could do even better,” said Todd, who has been involved in boxing for 28 years. For more information, email email@example.com.
Bob Arum and Todd duBoef of Top Rank during the annual Hall of Fame Parade in Canastota, NY, on Sunday.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
A special Sunday matinee of professional boxing left the crowd in the Hyatt Regency-Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia, PA satisfied from the four heavily contested bouts. In the eight-round main event of the evening, Aaron Pryor Jr (14-2, 11 KOs) put on a boxing lesson in scoring a sixth round stoppage of wily veteran Willis “The Prophet” Lockett (12-10-5, 5 KOs). The co-feature of the Joey Eye Boxing Promotion’s card was an entertaining six round bout which saw forty year old cruiserweight sensation Julio Cesar Matthews (10-0, 5 KOs) use guile and ring generalship to overcome the heavy wild swings of a determined Garrett Wilson (7-5,2 KOs) to capture a hard fought unanimous decision victory. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Former WBC Light Flyweight champion Jung Koo Chang, “The Korean Hawk,” was tooling around the International Boxing Hall of Fame grounds on Saturday, in his own private golf cart. Chang seemed content enjoying the brief glints of sunshine peeking between the clouds, taking in the greenery that is this rural community of Canastota, New York. During this writer’s visit to Chang’s home country of South Korea last year during the WBC convention, Chang seemed ill-at-ease, uncomfortable with his surroundings. Here however, fans from around the world have flocked to see this year’s inductees, Chang among them, and the former champ was only too willing to accommodate them… (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Slick-punching southpaw, OPBF#2 ranked Japanese middleweight champ Tetsuya Suzuki (25-8, 15 KOs), 159.25, successfully kept his national belt as he patiently responded to opening attacks of his challenger Toru Tanaka (7-2-1, 2 KOs), 160, with counterpunches in the first four rounds and turned loose from the fifth on to win a unanimous technical decision (88-85, 89-82 and 90-82) at 1:08 of the ninth session on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
While in the USA for his induction in the International Boxing Hall of Fame, promoter Wilfried Sauerland is also conducting boxing business. The legendary promoter confirmed to BILD that the next opponent for WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck will be Matt Godfrey on August 21 in Erfurt, Germany. He is also hoping to nail down a site for the September 18 SUPER SIX showdown between Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch.
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