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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Panamanian boxing legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Durán has calmly dismissed a rumor of his supposed death from a stroke that first spread wildly through social networks and e-mails and was eventually reported on television in Panama. “I am happy that the people worry about me and my family,” said the 59-year-old ring legend. “I am fine but people shouldn’t be spreading that news.”
By Team Maidana
Photo: Ramón Cairo
The fight between WBA Interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana and Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley that will take place next Saturday at the Luna Park stadium in Argentina was presented at a press conference held on Wednesday. Joined by his two trainers, Miguel Díaz and Cristian Rodríguez, Maidana said “I know I can punch, but I’m always prepared for 12 rounds. Corley said it will be a war, so I’m ready for a war.” (more…)
Ronny Rios 127.6 vs. Leivi Brea 127
Armando Dorantes 145.8 vs. Sergio De La Torre 144.2
Jonathan Bobadilla 135.2 vs. Juan Figueroa 139
Antonio Orozco 141.4 vs. Humberto Tapia 142
Salvador Rios 146.8 vs. Stephen Rubalcava 146.8
Bastie Samir 163.2 vs. Jacob Alvarez 156.8
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports Net
Some of boxing’s top young talent will be featured on tonight’s edition of the hit series “Fight Night Club” when Golden Boy Promotions bring a night of explosive boxing action featuring jr lightweight Ronny Rios from L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. (more…)
Three of the most recognizable faces in Ultimate Fighting Championship® history will take part in Question and Answer sessions at the UFC® FAN EXPO™ at the John B. Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Aug. 27 and 28th. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Alejandro Valdez (22-4-3, 16 KOs) has overcome the brutal KO loss that he had in December when he challenged WBA interim bantamweight champion Neomar Cermeño, scoring a fifth round KO over Victoriano Nuñez (9-15) last Saturday in Culiacán, during another successful stop of the Tecate Boxing Tour in the capital of Sinaloa. Now fighting at super bantamweight, Valdez sent Nuñez to the canvas in the second round and forced the referee to stop the beating in the fifth. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have been informed that in Mexico City today WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and his manager/trainer Nacho Beristain spoke with Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions. Word is the topic was possible next opponents and dates for Marquez in his next bout. The names of Amir Khan and Michael Katsidis have been mentioned. Unofficially the leading candidate is Katisidis, probably be at the Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Márquez, of course, wants to face Manny Pacquiao. A possible Márquez vs. Erik Morales PPV clash next March at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City is also in play.
On Monday, August 23, Marquez celebrated his 37th birthday.
By Chris Perry
Promoters Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide and Daryl DeCroix of Daryl DeCroix Promotions present an exciting night of pro boxing on August 28 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia. The “War At The Shore” features former NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (37-6, 29 KOs) in a 10-round main event in front of his hometown fans against Chicago, Illinois based fighter Leo Martinez (15-13, 7 KOs). (more…)
Everlast Worldwide Inc., the global leader in fight sports and fitness, today announced the signing of an exclusive equipment contract with MMA standout Jon “Bones” Jones. Widely recognized as the best young talent in MMA today, the 23-year old Jones has a record of 11-1 and trains out of the renowned Jackson’s Mixed Martial Arts Gym in Albuquerque, NM. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
“Vicious” Victor Ortiz (27-2-1, 21 KOs) and “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-4-1, 19 KOs) held a media conference call today to discuss their preparations for their upcoming bout on the September 18 Mosley vs. Mora card in Los Angeles.
Oscar De La Hoya: “This fight has all the makings of a classic match up. It’s going to be a great fight between two warriors. It has the potential to steal the show because of their styles, how much each one wants it and what both have gone through to get here.”
Vivian Harris: “On September 18th I want the world to know that Vivian Harris comes to fight and that only one ‘Vicious’ will stand up and that will be me. I am very determined and nobody is going to stop me, especially no Victor Ortiz. He has a lot of talent but you have to believe in yourself and I don’t think he does.”
Victor Ortiz: “I am very prepared right now. I am listening to my coaches. I am going to win. Vivian Harris just said that he is going to beat me but I disagree. He’s a world champion for a reason and I am ranked #1 for a reason. On September 18th, I’ll be ready and we will have a nice little dance.”
NOTE*** Things got a little heated between Danny Garcia, Ortiz’s trainer, Rolando Arellano, Ortiz’s manager and Harris towards the end of the call.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
WBA #3 lightweight contender “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA continues his preparations with his roadwork. The undefeated Rios will take on WBA #2 lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) on Saturday, September 11 at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, NV in a WBA lightweight title eliminator in the co-feature of HBO’s B.A.D. “Boxing After Dark” which will be headlined by WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido. “Battle of the Champions” is being presented by Top Rank in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Tickets are priced at $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Pearl Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Click here for more photos…
Photos by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Junior Flyweight Champions Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón and Giovanni Segura are set for their showdown on Saturday on the big “Unification” pay-per-view card at Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The event is a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions.
Calderón (34-0-1, 6 KOs) is the WBO 108lb champion, while Segura (24-1, 20 KOs) is the WBA champion. This bout is the first world title unification clash ever in in Puerto Rico.
“Finally I get my unification fight. After seven years as a champion I am going to fight an unification”, Calderón, a former 105 pounds champion, said. (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson and fellow-Philadelphian Tommie “Big Poppa” Speller meet in the scheduled eight-round semifinal on Saturday evening, Sept. 25, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. The scheduled 12-round main event features Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, against Alex Becerra, of El Paso, TX, for the vacant North American Boxing Association (NABA) super bantamweight title. First of seven bouts begins at 7.30 p.m. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
With UFC 118 only days away it appears as though the answer to the Boxing vs. MMA question will finally be answered; unfortunately it will be answered by two 40-something former champions on opposite sides of the athletic spectrum . . . Click here for more
Prize Fight has announced the signing of undefeated welterweight prospect Jesse “The Future” Lubash (13-0, 8 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Prize Fight aims to showcase the Pittsburgh native on November 27th from the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, PA.
The World Boxing Council has mandated a bout for the Featherweight world title by virtue of the fact that champion Elion Rojas, of The Dominican Republic, suffered a severe injury that will prevent him from fighting for several months. The WBC is about to receive today, the majority voting of the Board of Governors regarding the fighter who will be the challenger of world ranked number one contender, Juan Carlos Burgos, of Mexico; the result may be announced later today. The bout for the world championship must be held within the next 90 days, once the rival of Burgos is appointed today in accordance with the aforementioned voting of the Board of Governors. (more…)
The following is a statement from Allan Green’s promoter Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, on the cancellation of Green’s Super Six bout with Mikkel Kessler:
“First and foremost, I want to wish Mikkel Kessler a speedy recovery. Eye injuries are very serious, and I hope Mikkel does everything necessary to heal up and continue his career at the appropriate time. Obviously, all of Team Green is bitterly disappointed about not getting the opportunity to travel to Denmark for this great challenge. It is hard not to feel for Allan Green; this is the third training camp in the last year that he has had interrupted for various reasons beyond his control. In the coming days we will sit down with [Showtime Senior Vice President] Ken Hershman to discuss Allan’s future. We trust that Showtime will provide Allan with the opportunity to showcase his skills in a meaningful fight versus a world class opponent in the very near future.”
By Ricardo Conde
Looks like WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (45-2-2, 24 KOs) of Argentina will take on Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) on November 20th in a rematch, a venue for the fight has not been determined but possibilities include New York, Atlantic City and California. The two fighters engaged in an exciting back and forth action bout last year which ended in a controversial loss for Martinez. Sergio Martinez then went on to claim the WBC/WBO middleweight titles from the then reigning middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 32 KOs) via unanimous decision this past April in Atlantic City, NJ. Martinez was then stripped of his WBO title, due to one of the organization’s rules, less than 2 months after having defeated Pavlik. Martinez is expected to begin training camp in mid September for this fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Jose H Rivera will be the third man in the ring when Puerto Rican WBO Jr. Flyweight world champion Ivan Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) and Mexican WBA Jr. Flyweight world champion Giovanni Segura (24-1-1, 20 KOs) meet at Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico on August 28. The three judges are Carlos Colon (Puerto Rico), Patricia Jairman (USA) and Gustavo Padilla(Panamá). The WBA fight supervisor is Carlos Chavez (Venezuela).
Crown Boxing has released the full line-up for their return, Friday, Sept. 3 at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. In the main event, cruiserweight Henry Namauu (6-3, 4 KOs), of Las Vegas, takes on Phoenix’s Chad Davis (2-5) in an eight-rounder. The remaining line-up includes four four-rounders: Vegas super bantam Brian Battease (6-2-2, 1 KO) vs. Alexis Santiago (3-0, 1 KO), of Phoenix; Vegas featherweight Rocco Santomauro (4-0) vs. Manuel Delgado (1-5), of Riverside, Calif.; female Vegas featherweights Crystal Hoy (3-2-2, 2 KOs) vs. Mandy LaPointe (2-1-1); and, Vegas welterweights Juan Rumaldo Alcolea (2-2) vs. Daniel Reece (1-0). Tickets are now on sale at the Rio box office at 702.777.7776, from $25.
An undefeated record can be a burden for many fighters. It can make them cautious or paranoid, or make them fight not to lose as opposed to fighting to win, Gray Maynard, unbeaten in 11 pro mixed martial arts bouts (10 wins and 1 no contest), is not one of those fighters . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Team Sauerland regrets to inform the boxing world that WBC Super Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler has been forced to pull out of the Super Six World Boxing Classic due to an eye injury. His title defence against Allan Green in Herning, Denmark on September 25 has been cancelled.
“This is the most disappointing moment of my boxing career,” Kessler said. “After defeating Carl Froch, I was on the way to win the tournament, so pulling out now really hurts. The eye problem has bothered me since the beginning of the Super Six in my preparation for the bout against Andre Ward. It also bothered me in the fights against Ward and Froch, and in my training for the fight against Green it has become unbearable. I have consulted leading experts in Denmark and Germany and they have advised me to take a break from boxing so that the problem can heal. I have been assured that it will heal completely and that I will be back in the ring next year. As a fair sportsman, I do not want to delay the Super Six, which is still the best thing that has happened to boxing for a long time. I wish my fellow contestants the best of luck – may the best man win. I will be there to fight the winner in 2011.” (more…)
“Of course I am very disappointed in this with my eyes. It’s been bothering me for a long time and I got the final decision yesterday so out course I’ve got to go out of my dream, go out of this great tournament. Of course, there’s hope in the future. I was afraid of was it the brain? Could I go blind? There’s nothing there. I’m just going to go a year, keep up my training with Jimmy, take some training camps without the sparring. The good news is that I’m not finished. But of course my dream in the Super Six is finished. That’s the way it is. I’m disappointed. But I just have to look forward now and be happy that I can fight again.”
WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler has suffered an eye injury that will force him out of the Super Six tournament it was announced today at a press conference in Denmark. According to the Ekstra Bladet, Kessler stated he was seeing double. Doctors told him he must take a nine month break from boxing. (More to come)
Photo: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs), of Kiev, Ukraine and Hamburg, Germany, participated yesterday in a media work out in his training camp in Going, Austria. He will face former WBC world heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) currently out of Las Vegas on Saturday, September 11, at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. (more…)
Photos: Team Rahimi
The unbeaten Hamid Rahimi (15-0, 5 KOs) will fight for his second international title in his pro career. Tomorrow he will face the Georgian Armen Azizian (9–10, 1 KO) in a fight for the interim PABA middleweight title on a private boxing show in Rostock, Germany. For the past weeks he has prepared for this challenge with his coach Owen Reece. The Hamburg based fighter Rahimi, who was born in Afghanistan said about his upcoming fight: “This PABA title bout is a big step towards my big dream: a fight in my hometown of Kabul and become world champion!” (more…)
Carl Froch is backing Jason Booth to give Nottingham another world champion next month. Booth (35-5) challenges for the Canadian’s (32-1) IBF belt at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on September 11th. Froch who lost his WBC crown to Mikkel Kessler in April is currently preparing for an October showdown against Arthur Abraham. ‘The Cobra’ reckons he and recovering alcoholic Booth will score a big East Midlands double. Froch said: “I have known Jason since we were kids fighting as amateurs. His story is one you couldn’t make up and to see him back, doing himself and Nottingham proud is fantastic.” (more…)
In a good lightweight matchup, Claudionei Lacerda (13-1, 9 KOs) scored an upset tenth round KO over WBO #13 rated hometown favorite Fernando Ferreira da Silva (27-3-1, 23 KOs) on Tuesday night, seizing da Silva’s WBO interim Latino belt in the process at the Conjunto Desportivo Baby Barioni in São Paulo, Brazil. The end came at the 1:12 mark.
In the co-feature, super featherweight Josenilson dos Santos (16-1, 11 KOs) won a split decision over Jeremias Ezequiel Castillo (15-4-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-75 for dos Santos and 77-75 for Castillo.
This Thursday night, unbeaten light welterweight Antonio Orozco (7-0, 5KOs) faces his first true trial in his young career when he faces the much more experienced Humberto Tapia (15-14-1, 8KOs) of Tijuana, MX. The six round bout will be the semi-main event for the Nokia Live fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions and it will also mark the first time Orozco fights under the Espinoza Boxing Club banner.
“Camp has been great and this week we winded it down working on timing and reflexes,” Orozco of San Diego, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, stated after a workout. “We are ready and staying focused.” (more…)
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