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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Video: K2 Ukraine
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has made video message for Fightnews.com about former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev (in Russian): “…Nikolay Valuev is afraid to fight me. Millions of boxing fans have awaited our fight. They have gotten tired of seeing an adult behave like a child. Nikolay is afraid. To be a slave to fear is the worst kind of slavery. Remember that. Or get into some other kind of sport. I have done everything to try to make this fight take place, but Valuev’s team constantly demands new conditions. I don’t see any sense in continuing negotiations….if Nikolay Valuev can overcome his fear, I think you’ll see a Klitschko-Valuev fight.”
An interesting fact emerged in June when Don King planned to present IBF 154-pound champion Cory Spinks against mandatory challenger Cornelius “K9” Bundrage in St. Louis: Bundrage’s Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward revealed he has never set foot inside the city of St. Louis. As fate would have it, the fight was postponed, but King this week added the match to his already-loaded “Gateway to Greatness” card at Scottrade Center on Aug. 7 featuring two undefeated world champions. WBC and IBF 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) will defend against former WBA junior welterweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) will face the former holder of that belt, Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs).
But the questions remain: Will Manny Steward, the proprietor of Detroit’s famed Kronk Gym, ever set foot in St. Louis? Will the legendary trainer ever gaze upon the inspiring Gateway Arch? Will he ever sip his favorite beer, Bud Light, in its home city? Could it be that a man who has accepted all challenges, inside the ring and out, has run into a new type of Spinks Jinx? (more…)
Power-punching heavyweight David Tua isn’t looking past his opponent Saturday night, former world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett, despite being mentioned as a future opponent for world champions David Haye and the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali. Tua trained in Jersey City, New Jersey to prepare for Saturday night’s 12-round main event fight on the “T-N-T at the Tropicana” pay-per-view event, presented by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, at Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs), rated No. 2 by the World Boxing Organization, hasn’t fought in Atlantic City for eight years, however, he’s undefeated fighting there in 13 fights with 12 knockouts. (more…)
Given the chance to rise out of contention to become a world champion, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will get a shot at the belt stripped from Lineal Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez when he takes on also-undefeated Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) July 31.
The fight, for the vacant WBO middleweight title, will be televised on HBO-PPV as part of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz II bill, from Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay . . . click here for more
IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) will defend his titles against Russian Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on September 11. Venue will be the Commerzbank-Arena Frankfurt, Germany, which will have a capacity of 54,000 on fight night. The Commerzbank-Arena is the home of German soccer team Eintracht Frankfurt. Alexander Povetkin, 2004 Olympic Champion in Athens, Greece, is rated #1 in the IBF and WBO rankings and the mandatory IBF challenger of Klitschko. (more…)
SHOWTIME analyst Steve Farhood Breaks Down Shawn Porter vs. Ray Robinson in the second of three ShoBox preview videos this week.
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’s guests are Showtime’s Steve Farhood and Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. 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.
WBC #8 heavyweight and former WBO champion Shannon Briggs is emerging as a real possibility to get the next title shot against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Klitschko’s manager manager Bernd Bönte has all but ruled out Nikolay Valuev citing financial demands from Valuev’s co-promoter Don King.
By Francisco Salazar
No one would argue with the statement that interim Super Welterweight titleholder Alfredo Angulo is one of the top fighters in his weight class. Although he is never one to boast about his improved boxing skills to compliment his devastating power, the soft-spoken Angulo can turn it up a notch and seize the opportunity. Just ask his last opponent, Joel Julio. Angulo will face another strong challenger on Saturday night, as he faces former world title holder Joachim Alcine in a world title eliminator fight at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Wednesday night at the Arena in South Philadelphia PA, Israeli Cruiseweight sensation Ran “Sweet Dreams” Nakash (25-0, 19 KOs) moved one step closer toward a world championship fight with a hard earned ten round unanimous decision over late replacement Victor Barragan (11-6, 3 KOs) by scores of 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94. The win sets up a possible September showdown with Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-4-1, 18 KOs). The seven bout card promoted by No Limits Promotions in Association with Joey Eye Promotions had some highly entertaining bouts. In the co-feature of the evening, former 2008 Olympic Gold medalist, Felix Diaz moved to 6-0, 4 KOs with an eighth round stoppage of crafty veteran Broderick Antoine (10-11-1, 5 KOs). More to follow…
By Ron Jackson
South African junior flyweight champion Mfundo Gwayana makes the fifth defence of his title when faces former champion Sizwe Sinyabi on Saturday at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth. This is a rematch after their closely fought draw at the Orient Theatre in East London in June last year. Sinyabi (18-8-2, 9 KOs) has been inactive since then, whereas Gwayana (11-3-1, 6 KOs) made a successful title defence in October 2009 against Thabo Sishwane whom he stopped in the tenth round. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
“Tomek surprised himself being so quick and precise basically from the first training session,” says trainer Roger Bloodworth,”but for me there were no surprises. We started slow, but already five weeks ago.” Bloodworth is currently training Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) for his fight against Michael Grant on August 21st at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Bloodworth’s other big guy, David Tua, will test Monte “Two Guns” Barrett’s chin this Saturday in Atlantic City. Adamek and Bloodworth spoke about training camp before the Grant fight. (more…)
Photo by Eroll Popova
Fighters appearing on Saturday’s Universum Champions Night event in Schwerin, Germany, thrilled local fight fans during an open workout on Wednesday. Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl has called the card “the strongest card we have ever had in Schwerin,” and the world class boxers competing Saturday gave the fans a sample of what’s in store. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One month ago in Panama City, WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza Jr. was near death after suffering a surprise heart attack. “I thank God for giving me a chance to continue in this life,” said Mendoza, who says the close call has not only changed his personal life, but has also strengthened his resolve to improve the human condition for boxers. “I want to revisit the issue of safety of the boxer in the ring,” he said. “And we must seek methods to have a better life after retirement.” The 40-year-old WBA exec also hopes to get the doctor’s OK to continue his well known charity boxing exhibitions with the sports superstars in October’s scheduled “WBA KO to Drugs” event in Panama City. “It has become a habit,” he says. “And we do it so the money can be sent to foundations who contribute their effort to society.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photo by Robert Hughes
Former Lightweight World Champion Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz (35-3 17 KOs) and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-6-1 20 KOs) took their show on the road, with a quick jaunt to Dallas from the comfort of their Houston homes to hype the upcoming mega pay-per-view on Saturday, July 31st in Las Vegas where Diaz seeks revenge against Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-5-1 37Kos) in a rematch of their 2009 fight of the year. Dallas media and fans alike welcomed the popular and personable fighters at the state of the art Maple Ave Boxing Gym. Both fighters put on an informal workout of hitting the mitts, jump roping and shadow boxing to the delight of all in attendance. They were also gracious in taking pictures and signing autographs for the fans. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) of Los Angeles, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday, September 18 against four-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) of Pomona, CA at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA in a 12-round junior middleweight bout and will be televised live on pay-per-view which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Sergio Mora about his upcoming fight with Shane Mosley and here’s what he had to say. (more…)
Photo by Cotto Promotions
Miguel Cotto Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and H2 Entertainment announced their Solo Boxeo show in Cataño, Puerto Rico which will place next Friday, July 16 at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum of Cataño today. Former Olympian Carlos Iván Velazquez (12-0, 10 KOs) will be the main event against the Mexican warrior Eduardo Arcos (15-1, 12 KOs) in a 10 round bout. “It’s an honor for us to visit Puerto Rico and come here to fight. I did not come here to lose and I am ready to win on Friday,” said Eduardo Arcos. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
ShoBox: The New Generation headliners Fernando Guerrero and Ishe Smith were joined by co-main event fighters and fellow prospects Shawn Porter and Ray Robinson on Wednesday for a final press conference at The Boiling Point in Southaven, Miss., just two days before the ShoBox tripleheader on Friday, July 16, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). World-ranked middleweight prospect Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against tough veteran Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of the tripleheader, which will take place at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, just days from the ninth anniversary of the first ShoBox telecast. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Eroll Papova
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer defends his title against Alejandro Lakatos on Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” at the Sport And Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. In this interview, the champion spoke about his future, his relationship with trainer Michael Timm and a showdown with his dream opponent: Bernard Hopkins!“ (more…)
WBA #9 light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov (14-0-1, 9 KOs) faces his stiffest test as a pro on July 23 against Dallas “Deaf Pride” Vargas (22-4, 16 KOs) in a ten-round, non-title fight at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. In the main event, WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) defends against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs). Unbeaten welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov (12-0, 10 KOs), is also scheduled to fight against an opponent to be determined in an eight-round bout.
Neither Daniel Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs), of Brooklyn, or Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs), of Russia, feel their WBO world middleweight title fight on July 31 has been rushed. “It’s not like I’m ready for this situation,” said Jacobs, during a teleconference held today. “Initially, my choice would’ve been to fight for a title when I was 17-0, but that’s a boxer’s standpoint.”
“It’s not a problem at all,” agreed Pirov. “We both have a lot of amateur experience. Both of us have the skills and the right previous opposition.”
Showing mutual respect toward one another, both fighters claimed they would be victorious on the 31st. “I don’t see anything that can stop me,” said Jacobs. “He’s a good fighter, but he doesn’t represent the same skills or speed I have – he just doesn’t match up to me.”
“I may be an underdog, but I am not worried,” said Pirov. “American judges and fans are the most developed and if you give your best, and fight well, everything will be fair. Nothing is going to happen that will disappoint me.”
Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow.
Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated Fernando Guerrero will be gunning for his fourth win on ShoBox: The New Generation when he faces veteran Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight main event bout of a tripleheader telecast on Friday, July 16, live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). “I have to keep my winning streak on SHOWTIME going,” the 23-year-old Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) said. “I’ve had three wins on SHOWTIME and I think I belong there.” (more…)
On Saturday July 31st, former super-flyweight world champion Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-3, 18 KOs) will face off against popular Mexican fighter and three division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (54-6, 44 KOs). “This is the fight I’ve always wanted and I plan to make the most of the opportunity,” Castillo said from his training base in Los Angeles. “Preparation is going great. The fans are going to see me faster and stronger than ever.” The fight will be televised on Fox en Espanol from Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
Ran Nakash 204.5 vs Victor Barragan 198
Felix Diaz 146.5 vs Broderick Antoine 145.5
Vyacheslav Glazkov 219 vs Mark Brown 223.5
Rustam Nabeev 113.5 vs Alejandro Solorio 112.5
Maks Liminov 165.5 vs Julius Fogle 169
Imani Bell 282 vs Lee Thomas 283.5
Oz Goldenberg 129.5 vs Marcos Garcia 132
Venue: The Arena, S. Philsdelphia
1st Bell: 7:30 pm
Promoter Frank Maloney has announced that super bantamweight Rendall Munroe will challenge WBC world champion Toshiaki Nishioka in October. Maloney stated that the bout will take place in Tokyo toward the end of the month.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian based Nigerian and world rated welterweight, Wale Omotoso (17-0, 15 KOs), has the skills and power to defeat the world IBF 147 pound champion Jan Zaveck, declared his trainer and manager Murray Thomson who talked with Fightnews today. “I have watched tapes of Zaveck in action and I am convinced Omotoso has the style to defeat the IBF champion,” said Thomson. “His short stature and aggressive tactics would be perfect for Omotoso to score a knockout.” (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Craig McEwan (18-0, 10 KOs) faces his toughest test in veteran Danny Perez (34-7, 17 KOs) on July 23 in the main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. McEwan vs. Perez replaces the originally scheduled main event of Sergio Mora vs. Juan Carlos Candelo, which was scrapped due to Mora’s September meeting with Sugar Shane Mosley. In the co-main event, featherweight Charles Huerta (13-1, 7 KOs) battles Jonathan Arias (15-5, 8 KOs). Also in action will be Florida knockout artist Keith Thurman (12-0, 11 KOs) who puts his perfect record on the line against fellow unbeaten Stalinn Lopez (7-0, 3 KOs).
Tomasz Adamek works out with trainer Roger Bloodworth in advance of his August 21 fight against Michael Grant at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Looks like unbeaten WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs) will collide with WBC featherweight champion Elio Rojas (22-1, 13 KOs) on September 11, probably in Las Vegas. “He has a belt, I have a belt – and after the fight I’ll have two,” says Gamboa. “Of course, I won’t underestimate my opponents, but I know what I can do, and I know I’ll beat him.” In the long term, Gamboa has WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez on the top of his hit list.
This Friday, ShoBox: The New Generation will present a classic “ShoBox” fight card featuring ambitious young talent on the verge of greatness live at 11p ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The lineup includes Fernando Guerrero vs. Ishe Smith, plus Shawn Porter vs. Ray Robinson and Lanard Lane vs. Mike Dallas Jr. Here is expert analyst Steve Farhood.
Photo by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Former world champion Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) and Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-4, 17 KOs) faced off Tuesday in advance of Friday’s welterweight showdown at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Here are quotes from the prefight presser. (more…)
Story by Felix Chavez
On Aug. 6 at the Don Haskins Center, Antonio Escalante faces his biggest challenge to date for a variety of reasons. For one, he’ll be facing a veteran in Edel Ruiz who owns 25 knockouts among his 34 wins and Escalante is fighting just his third fight where he’ll weigh 126 pounds or higher.
Also, Escalante will be fighting for the first time under the tutelage of trainer Louie Burke. Burke is a veteran trainer, who will lend Escalante his knowledge of the sport and help the 25-year-old fighter a foundation of boxing fundamentals . . . click here for more
Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (22-4, 14 KOs), of Mexico City, and Carlos Melo (19-10-1, 2 KOs), of Panama City, will fight for the WBC Silver super flyweight belt on July 24, in Campeche, Mexico. The eight-bout card, promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, will co-feature former champ Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs), of Mexico City, vs. Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs), of Memphis, Tenn. Gonzalez is on a four-bout win streak since his loss to WBC Super Bantam Champ Toshiaki Nishioka last year. Also on the card: undefeated super featherweight Didier Basulto (16-0, 9 KOs) vs. Eugenio Lopez (17-16-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder. The card will be televised on Mexico Televisa.
By Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and No. 1 junior middleweight contender Alfredo “Perro” Angulo hosted a Palm Springs Media Workout today at the Boys and Girls Club of America Gym in Indio, Calif. Undefeated Top-Five welterweight contender and Bradley opponent Carlos Abregu also paid a visit to the gym, choosing to observe Bradley’s training rather than give him a look at his own training. The fighters will be featured atop an all-action card, in separate 12-round bouts. Angulo will be facing former World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine in a World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title elimination bout. Promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions, the Bradley-Abregu / Angulo-Alcine doubleheader will take place Saturday at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. (more…)
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