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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
WBO Jr. Featherweight Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr in the National Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC as a special guest today.
Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon
The last time Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions was in San Diego with a nationally televised broadcast was back in 2005, with a fight card that was marred with controversy. The then-jr. middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio was scratched in the main event after failing an eye exam according to the California State Athletic Commission.
But, on Friday night Golden Boy returned once again but this time free of fuss as the teamed up with Don Chargin Productions, Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions to present “Solo Boxeo Tecate”, the weekly spanish language channel Telefutura’s weekly boxing broadcast. Held at the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, over 900 boxing fans witnessed local favorite Christopher “S.D. Kid” Martin (18-0-2, 5KOs) defend his California State super bantamweight title with an eight round unanimous decision over the much more experienced Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9KOs) of Mexico City . . . click here for more
Aaron Pryor Jr. 166 vs Willis Lockett 162.5
Julio Cesar Matthews 185.5 vs Garrett Wilson 190
Adreas Gustafsson 234 vs Pedro Martinez 233
Patrick Farrell 198.5 vs Kamrah Pasley 198
Venue: Hyatt Regency
Promoter: Joey Eye Boxing
First Bell: 2PM eastern
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Newly crowned WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez thrilled the crowd today at the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame in Canastota, New York with an up-tempo workout. After shaking out and doing some rope work, “Maravilla,” or “Marvel” got into the ring to work with trainer Gabriel Sarmiento. Martinez built up a good sweat doing lateral movement drills, shadow boxing and pad work. After posing for photos with IBF super middle champ Lucian Bute who watched the workout intently, Sergio took part in casting his fist, as do all fighters who visit the IBHOF grounds. Finally, the champ made good on his promise and that of adviser Sampson Lewkowicz to sit down with Fightnews to discuss his winning of the coveted middleweight crown, his future options and his pick for the FIFA World Cup tournament, now underway in South Africa… For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wongjonkam and WBC Flyweight champion and Oleydong Sithsanerchai met with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on June 11 at Government House of Thailand. Wonjongkam’s Thai promoter asked the Prime Minister for Government support to promote world championship title fights in Thailand by WBC and WBA. Surprisingly, Prime Minister Abhisit replied that the IBF is the one of leading boxing organizations together with WBA and WBC. The PM also pointed out that in the past the government has supported boxing to make tickets available free to the Thai people. The government will now consider a tax deduction to help IBF/WBC/WBA boxing in Thailand. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Former IBF bantamweight and WBC super bantamweight champion Rafael Marquez was a surprise visitor at the International Boxing Hall-of-Fame this weekend in Canastota, New York. Coming off his fourth encounter with bitter rival Israel Vazquez, Marquez is enjoying his time in “Title Town” with his trainer and Hall-of-Famer himself, Daniel Zaragoza. The two Mexican icons strolled the grounds, bought boxing t-shirts, signed autographs and posed for photos alongside Zaragoza’s enshrinement plaque inside the museum. After a tour of the museum, Marquez took time to chat with Fightnews about his recent, surprisingly easy redemption over Vazquez as well as who is on his hit list… (more…)
Middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (47-5-1, 40 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Samuel Miller (24-7, 17 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF International belt o Saturday night at the Auditorio Centenario in Gomez Palacio, Durango, Mexico. Scores were 116-112, 117-110, 116-112. Miller was deducted a point for elbowing in round seven.
In the co-feature, middleweight Marco Reyes (15-1, 13 KOs) scored a thrilling, come from behind eleventh round KO over Jose Luis Zertuche (21-6-3, 16 KOs) to retain his WBC FEBCOMBOX belt.
By David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated welterweight prospect Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, (13-0-1, 8 KOs), forced a fifth round referee’s stoppage of overmatched Sergio de la Torre, (11-14-3, 1 KO), Saturday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California. Mayfield knocked de la Torre down twice in round three, and battered him unabated around the ring in every other round until the referee jumped in just before the bell to end the fifth round. More to come…
Tonight at the General Motor Place in Vancouver, Canada for UFC 115: The career of legend Chuck “Iceman” Liddell likely came to a close tonight when former UFC middleweight champ Rich “Ace” Franklin scored a first round knockout over the former light-heavyweight champion. With just five seconds remaining in round one, Franklin, fighting with broken left arm that was injured blocking a kick, scored a right hand counter that put Liddell out cold.
In the co-main event, Mirko Cro Cop defeated Pat Barry with a rear naked choke hold at 4:36 of round three. In a distance fight, Martin Kampmann won a unanimous decision over Paulo Thiago, with scores of 30-27 x 3. Ben Rothwell got the unanimous nod over Gilbert Yvel, scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice. Former WEC welter champ Carlos Condit took out Rory MacDonald with strikes at 4:53 of round three.
In other results: Evan Dunham won by split nod over Tyson Griffin (30-27, 29-28 and 28-29); Matt Wiman won by guillotine choke over Mac Danzig at 1:45 of round one; Mario Miranda TKO’d David Loiseau at 4:07 of round two; James Wilks won unanimously over Peter Sobotta (30-27 twice and 30-28); Claude Patrick won by submission over Ricardo Funch at 1:48 of round two; and Mike Pyle won by triangle choke over Jesse Lennx at 4:44 of the third.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight Lance Whitaker won a hotly-contested 12 round split-desicion over Andrey Fedosov at the famed Palladium in Hollywood, CA. Whitaker (35-6-1, 28 KO’s) was effective with his jab as Fedosov aggressively landed overhand right hands to the head. Fedosov (21-2, 17 KO’s) scored a knockdown with a left hand to the head in the fifth round. Whitaker came on as the bout progressed, as Fedosov was not as effective as he was early on. One judge scored the bout 115-112 for Fedosov, while the other two judges scored the bout 115-112 and 114-113 in favor of Whitaker.
Heavyweight Damian “Bolo” Wills won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Lionel Butler (32-17-1, 25 KO’s). Wills landed the more effective punches, although Butler landed his share as well. Butler stunned Wills in the second, but Wills (28-2-1, 21 KO’s) was able to recover and dominated the action. Wills opened a nasty cut over Butler’s left eye in the ninth, but Butler scored a knockdown in the same round. With blood coming out profusely from his eye, Butler traded hard shots with Wills in the 10th. Both had their moments in the 10th until the final bell. All three judges scored the bout for Wills, with scores of 99-91, 99-91, and 98-92. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Jesus Iribe (17-7-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Theater inside Madison Square Garden, NYC. Iribe knocked down Calderon in round two, but the champion rebounded and clearly outboxed Iribe thereafter, winning by scores of 118-109, 118-109, 116-111.
Japanese import Takashi Okada (2-0-1, 1 KO) shocked previously unbeaten former world amateur champion and 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian McWilliams Arroyo (3-1, 3 KOs), dropping the Puerto Rican prospect in round two and cutting Arroyo over his right eye in round three to win a four round unanimous decision. Judges Steve Weisfeld scored the bout 39-36, while Judges John McKaie and Steve Epstein saw it 38-37, all for Okada. For more details and photos click here…
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