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USA Olympian Jose Ramirez is in the gym six days a week. The morning begins with a long run, five miles or more, around parks or on mountain paths or “on asphalt or concrete. I like to run outdoors in the fresh air and I like to run on high elevation.” Ramirez, 3-0, 2 KOs, of Avenal, California returns to the ring on Saturday night. He takes on lightweight Christopher Williams of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Ramirez vs Williams will open the Solo Boxeo Tecate telecast on UniMas (11:30 pm et) (more…)
Last Saturday night’s Broner-Malignaggi fight attracted an audience of 1.3 million viewers, the second-largest viewing audience for a bout on Showtime since the network began tracking individual fights in 2009. The average viewership was also the second highest average since Nielsen began separating Showtime from the networks’ multiplex channels in 2004.
44-year-old former world light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (52-18-2, 36 KOs) continues his career with a ten round clash against unbeaten Isiah Thomas (13-0, 6 KOs). The bout will be part of an August 23 pay-per-view card in Las Vegas headlined by IBF super featherweight titleholder Argenis Mendez against Arash Usmanee.
2XU has re-signed 11-time National Boxing Champion, London 2012 Olympian and all-time USA Boxing lightweight record holder, Jose ‘The Future’ Ramírez. Ramírez (3-0, 2 KOs), of Avenal, Calif., returns the ring, This Saturday! June 29, at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, OK. He’ll be facing Christopher Williams, (1-1), of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, in a four-round lightweight battle. This bout will open Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” fight card and will be televised on UniMás, beginning at 11:00 p.m. ET.
The widely celebrated phenomenon and lightweight boxing prodigy will once again train, compete and recover in the brand’s Compression gear. “2XU Compression flat out works. I never train without it, and it keeps me in top shape and championship form,” states Ramírez.
“Jose is a wonderful young man and athlete for the brand to be associated with,” according to Bob Arum, CEO of Top Rank. 2XU plans to utilize Ramírez’s image in advertising, point of purchase materials, catalogs, websites, and sales collateral. The brand will also feature Jose in its in-store marketing at national retailers such as Dick’s Sporting Goods and Sport Chalet as well as online with e-retailers Amazon and Eastbay.
Photos: Ed Keenan
WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, his brother Max and trainer Abel Sanchez landed at Newark airport and were whisked away to Yankee Stadium for the Yankees-Rangers game last night. Golovkin was announced on the big screen in center field.
The champion, who prepared for the bout at high altitude Big Bear, California, will stay in New York City for today’s final press conference for Saturday’s HBO-televised showdown with Matthew Macklin, then head up to the fight venue at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. More photos…
The clash between WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia and WBC interim beltholder Lucas Matthysse still isn’t made due to a dispute over random drug testing.
Tickets for Mayweather-Canelo sold out the first day.
Promoter Ricky Hatton has signed a co-promotional agreement with Frank Warren and Hattons’ fighters will now be exclusively shown on Warren’s Box Nation network.
All-action lightweight Jason Litzau could be returning in August.
Jessica, the woman in the middle of last Saturday’s Broner-Malignaggi soap opera, says she’s been offered to do a reality show and they want to start filming next month.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Deontay Wilder and former world champion Sergei Liakhovich will meet on August 9 at a site to be named in Alabama.
Olympian female boxer Marlen Esparza is one of 21 athletes who will pose nude in ESPN Magazine’s “Body Issue,” which will be on newsstands July 12.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Saturday at the Arena California in La Paz, Baja California a boxing event billed as “Peace in Flames” will feature welterweight Jose “Piston” Lopez (18-3-1, 11 KOs) against Felix Bojorquez (17-3-1, 11 KOs) and jr welterweight Mahonri “Russito” Montes (27-2-1, 20 KOs) against Joel Juarez (35-24-2, 30 KOs). Both are in search of a title shot in their respective divisions. Also seeing action that night will be undefeated prospect Patricio Moreno (8-0, 7 KOs) against Celso Gomez (1-20-2, 1 KO) in a jr lightweight six rounder and lightweight Daniel “Tocado” Echeverria (9-0, 8 KOs), the winner of Mexican tournament “Quien Pinta para la Corona?” against William Leyva (0-3-3). The card is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico on Cadena 3.
By Joe Koizumi
Japan-based American warrior, WBC#15/WBA#12/WBO#10 Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; 23-1-1, 16 KOs), 152, impressively kept his regional belt for the eighth time when he finally finished durable ex-Japanese titlist Koji Numata (20-7-1, 15 KOs), 153.25, at 2:40 of the ninth round in a scheduled twelve on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The sturdy Numata was the mandatory challenger to Charlie, who kept moving and scoring with light but more accurate combinations than the reckless and roundhouse Numata, piling up points steadily. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated the champ was leading on points: 39-38, 39-37 and 40-36. The fleet-footed champ had an upper hand as he remained southpaw entirely for three minutes in round five, and had Numata fall with vicious combinations midway in the sixth. However, it wasn’t an easy fight for the champ. Numata turned very desperate on a do-or-die strategy (if it might be called a strategy), shaking up the champ to dominate the eighth session. The second open scoring after the eighth read 77-74, 78-74 and 78-73 in Charlie’s favor. In a give-and-take affair, the end abruptly visited with Charlie connecting with very effective and accurate combos that badly dropped Numata for the count. His continual accumulation of damage had him make no actual effort to pull himself up since he looked really exhausted and mentally dejected as well. It was truly a crowd-pleasing contest. Promoter: Shinto Promotions.
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
Fast-moving Japanese girl, Ayaka Miyao (11-1, 1 KO), 99.25, successfully kept her WBA female light-minimumweight belt as she defeated ex-champ and compatriot Mari Ando (10-5, 5 KOs), 101.5, by a unanimous decision (all 97-93) over ten two-minute rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was their grudge fight since Miyao, four years her senior at 29, dethroned defending titlist Ando at the champ’s home turf Osaka last September. Miyao, making her second defense, cautiously kept moving well and occasionally scored left-right combinations, while Ando tried to outjab the elusive target as she kept stalking the champ all the way. It was a closer fight than the official tallies indicated, but Miyao apparently controlled the last three sessions with better precision. (more…)
Ricky Burns will defend his WBO lightweight world title against Raymundo Beltran at the SECC in Glasgow on September 7. The Scotsman makes the fourth defense of his title against the highly rated Mexican after coming through a tough test against José González in May in Glasgow, with the Puerto Rican rattling the champion before Burns held onto his title after González retired ahead of the tenth round. The 30-year-old Burns returned from an eight month absence from the ring to battle past González and is adamant he will turn on the style against Beltran.
“It’s great to be back out again in Glasgow and against another tough opponent,” said Burns. “It was a tricky night against José but I got myself through it like a true champion does and I will be looking to step up a gear against Beltran, who I know will be coming to Scotland full of confidence, so it should be another great night in Glasgow. Raymundo is coming over to cause an upset and take the title – and it’s a chance he has earned. But there will be no mistakes from me on the night and you’ll see the best of me in there.”
Beltran, 31, enters the fight on the back of three straight wins and is ready to grasp his first world title shot with both hands. “I have been waiting for this opportunity for a long time,” said Beltran. “I have been on the wrong side of some close decisions but I have never quit on myself or my goal to be World champion. (more…)
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