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While Philadelphia’s Mike Jones has been getting most of the headlines leading into fight night in Atlantic City, N.J., many have not forgotten about the talented Antwone Smith, the principal fighter in a 10-round welterweight co-feature on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
NABO # 9 lightweight contender John Molina Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will take on undefeated “Hammerin” Henry Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) for the NABO lightweight title and will be headlining the “Let Freedom Ring” card on Friday, July 9th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. on the latest edition of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights which is being promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) in association with Goossen Tutor Promotions. (more…)
Today the IBF ordered the camps of top available contenders, Yoan Pablo Hernandez (22-1, 11 KOs) and BJ Flores (24-0-1, 15 KOs) to have a free negotiating period until July 20th to complete a deal for the two fighters to engage in an elimination bout for the top contender spot for the right to face IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham. If a deal is not reached the bout will go to purse bid.
Two more fights have been announced for the undercard of next week’s Tua-Barrett card at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City. European lightweight champion Anthony Mezaache (18-5-3, 4 KOs) and the 2008 Olympic silver medalist Khedafi Djelkhir (6-0, 5 KOs) will both make their US debuts. Mezaache is scheduled to face Carlos Vinan (9-8-4, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Djelkhir, a two-time Olympian for France, will square off against Jorge Cordero (4-3, 4 KOs) in a six round featherweight showdown.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin “The Clones Colossus” McBride, former Irish heavyweight champion and 1992 Olympian, returns to the ring Saturday night (July 10) for the first time in more than 2 ½ years against veteran Zack Page in an 8-round bout at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. (more…)
InterBox has announced that the IBF has approved the staging of an IBF mandatory title bout between top contender Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 22 KO) and IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (26-0, 21 KO). InterBox also reports that it has reached agreement with Let’s Get It On Promotions and Star Boxing for the services of Jesse Brinkley, and that the mandatory fight will take place on October 15th 2010 at the Montreal Bell Centre. The IBF awaits signed contracts from each camp.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man in the ring when WBA Interim super flyweight world champion Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15KOs) and challenger Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) meet at Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Saturday July 10. The three judges are Ignacio Robles (Panama), Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico ) and Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panamá).
Enzo Maccarinelli says he feels like a fresh fighter now he has won the European cruiserweight title. And the big punching Welshman is looking forward to knocking out challenger Alexander Frenkel on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. (more…)
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 Jr. Welterweight champ Timothy Bradley and author/Compubox counter Lee Groves. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Universum trainer Magomed Schaburow recently worked his three boxers Alexander Alekseev, Dimitri Sartison and Eddy Gutknecht for 18 days in the mountains of Austria. “We were in the Ötztal, where I prepared the boys for the sparring phase and the fights,” said Schaburow. “Everybody has improved. I am very satisfied and glad that we did the training camp.” (more…)
Pugnacious Promotions will host the annual “Night of Future Champions” July 30th at the Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga Springs, New York. In two feature fights, undefeated lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (11-0, 5 KOs) takes another step forward in an eight-rounder against Eddie Soto (12-1, 4 KOs); while world-ranked female featherweight Maureen Shea (14-2, 8 KOs) faces rugged veteran Liliana Martinez (8-10, 4 KOs) in a six-round fight for an NABF title. The two feature bouts will top off a card of pro prelims and several amateur bouts at the historic Saratoga thoroughbred horse track.
“I am thrilled to have Maureen Shea and Mike Faragon as feature fights on the July 30th card in Saratoga” said promoter Lisa Elovich. “Maureen’s reputation precedes her as the real ‘million dollar baby’ and Mike is an undefeated young prospect and local fan favorite with a bright future. Fans are chomping at the bit to see these two fights.” (more…)
El Paso’s Antonio Escalante (23-2, 14 KOs) will be facing veteran Edel Ruiz (34-22-4, 25 KOs), of Los Mochis, Mexico, Aug. 6, it was announced today at a press conference held at the Camino Real Hotel. The card, promoted by Golden Boy and televised on Telefutura, will take place at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso. Escalante was scheduled to fight last month but was sidetracked by an injury. Ruiz is on a four-bout win streak, TKOing former champ Clarence “Bones” Adams in his last outing.
HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg continued his verbal assault on the Klitschkos today. Greenburg was quoted by the LA Times as saying he doesn’t feel the September 11th heavyweight championship fight between world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin “registers” with the American public. Many knowledgable boxing people feel the unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Povetin (19-0, 14 KOs), who is training for the fight in New Jersey with Teddy Atlas, is one of Klitschko’s toughest challengers. What do you think?
He’s not saying whether or not he’ll fight Manny Pacquiao yet, but Floyd “Money” Mayweather plans to hold a scavenger hunt over Twitter starting at 5PM today. Grand prize is a trip to Vegas to meet Floyd. Floyd’s Twitter account is @floydmayweather.
Happy Birthday to former world champion Wayne McCullough who hits the big 4-0 today.
The reason given for lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo’s withdrawal from Friday night’s Telefutura bout against Raymundo Beltran has been announced as a viral infection.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
“Like Mexican fighters, Filipinos are also brave,” stated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez in advance of Saturday’s SHOWTIME-televised title defense against Bernabe Concepcion at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “I have respect for Concepcion, but we’ll resolve the matter in the ring. He throws punches from all angles Pacquiao-style, but Concepcion isn’t Pacquiao.” (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions has announced that Hall of Fame promoter and matchmaker Don Chargin will renew his affiliation with Golden Boy Promotions as a special consultant and advisor effective immediately. “I am thrilled to have Don back at Golden Boy,” said Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaefer. “His advice and guidance has been and will continue to be very valuable to us. His Hall of Fame credentials and track record speak for themselves. Golden Boy has recently expanded its network and venue deals and as a result has started to sign some of the most promising young fighters and Don will be involved on a daily basis in the guidance and development of these young fighters’ careers. His knowledge and expertise in this industry will assist in building the younger generation of fighters of today into the future champions of tomorrow.” (more…)
After getting cut from his high school freshman basketball team, Mike Jones turned his full attention to boxing, and he’s been a one-sport guy ever since. Philadelphia’s welterweight prospect Jones recently answered six questions in anticipation of his fight against Irving Garcia, a 12-round main event bout on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, July 9, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the ballroom at the Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
By Rafael Soto/Zanfer
If the boxers stay on course this Saturday night in Puerto Rico should a night of fireworks as all four combatants in the two main fights are willing to put on a show any time they step into the ring and even if the champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Nonito “The Flilipino Flash” Donarie are favorite the challenger are looking to spoil their plans. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
“A gold mine on legs,” is what Jeff Ellis called him. “A box office magnet,” said by Rodney Berman. “A great young prospect with a killer left hook,” from Brian Mitchell. These are some of the praises being showered on South Africa’s hottest boxing prospect of the moment: 21-year-old crowd pleaser Tommy “Gun” Oosthuizen (11-0, 8 KOs), the IBO youth super middleweight and Pan African champion. The 6’4 southpaw is being hailed by the pundits and movers and shakers of South African boxing as a young man on his way to fistic stardom. (more…)
In a crossroads fight, former ‘Contender’ television series participant Ahmad ‘Babyface’ Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) will meet former Olympic bronze medalist Terrence Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs). The main event bout will take at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware on August 27th.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA minimumweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs) has received the sad news that his defense against Sammy Gutierrez (24-5-1, 15 KOs) scheduled for July 17 at Palenque Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico is off. The fight would have been Gonzalez’ fourth defense and third in Mexico. Gonzalez, who is co-promoted by PRODESA and Teiken Boxing, had gone through a hard preparation for this fight. He is now considering a move to light flyweight.
Promoter Frank Maloney has signed a new two year contract with Sky Sports. Maloney and Sky have enjoyed a successful working partnership for nearly 20 years and the new deal starts in September. All future Maloney shows will be screened live on Saturday night’s and he said: “I am delighted to continue my relationship with Sky. They have a top class boxing team from top to bottom and you would go a long way to find a more professional bunch. It is a massive boost for boxing in general that they have decided to move our sport from Friday to Saturday and proves how committed they are.” Maloney has developed a heap of world champions during his time with Sky including former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Scott Harrison, David Haye and Paul Ingle. With Jason Booth and Rendall Munroe primed for world title challenges in the autumn, Maloney is confident that list will grow before the end of the year.
Jason Booth’s challenge for Steve Molitor’s for the IBF world super-bantamweight title has been rescheduled for Saturday September 11. The Nottingham star (35-5) will meet the Canadian (32-1) at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-Le-Spring in Frank Maloney’s first show of the new season. The pair were due to meet later this month, but Molitor suffered a stress fracture to his left shin which left him sidelined. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Mikey Schultz faces the toughest test of his boxing career when meets Tineyi Maridzo from Zimbabwe in a return match for the WBO Africa super middleweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Thursday night. On November 20 last year Schultz 15-1; 10 was stopped in 86 seconds by the underdog Maridzo 4-6; 3 in a match for the interim title. Maridzo has since been elevated to full WBO Africa super-middleweight champion status and will now be making his first defense. (more…)
Ringside Report: David Robinett
Photos: Laura De la Torre
One hundred years ago this weekend, in Reno, Nevada, heavyweights Jack Johnson and James Jeffries met in the notorious “Fight of the Century,” where undefeated former heavyweight champion Jeffries came out of retirement to challenge reigning heavyweight champion Johnson. Flash forward a century and it was former flyweight world champions Ulises “Archie” Solis and Eric Ortiz taking center stage. (More)
Promoter Bob Arum said Manny Pacquiao has agreed to the demands of the Floyd Mayweather camp regarding random drug testing and now the ball is in Floyd’s court as to whether the fight is on or off. A possible issiue for Floyd is legal problems his uncle/trainer Roger Mayweather is facing that could disrupt Floyd’s training camp.
Room rates at the MGM Grand Resort in Las Vegas, as well as nearby properties, have been increased for the weekend of November 13 in anticipation of Pacquiao-Mayweather being finalized.
Antonio Margarito will be in Las Vegas on Friday appearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commisssion in hopes of being granted a license to box in the state. He has not been licensed in the United States since being suspended by the California Commission in early 2009.
Featherweight contender Antonio Escalante will return on August 6 against an opponent to be named at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
By Karl Freitag
The David Haye camp has stated that Haye does want to fight Wladimir, but they cannot accept certain “financial details.” What are those details? “The offer was 50%/50%, no options,” Wladimir Klitschko advisor Shelly Finkel confirmed to Fightnews.com. Finkel added that he hasn’t heard from David Haye’s manager Adam Booth in three weeks after initially speaking to him half-a-dozen times.
It seems the main hang-up was that the Haye camp wanted to keep 100% of the UK TV revenue and give Wladimir 100% of the German TV revenue. The Klitschko Camp wanted to put all the TV money in one pot and split it 50/50%, which they consider more than fair since Wladimir would be risking three belts to Haye’s one, and Wlad is widely considered to be the world’s true heavyweight champion.
Wladimir will now defend his belts against Alexander Povetkin on September 11 in Frankfurt, Germany, while Haye is expected to face Audley Harrison in an all-British affair in November.
Word is that heavyweights Cristobal Arreola and Manuel Quezada will headline an ESPN2 Friday Night Fights card on August 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Both fighters, who campaign out of the Goossen Tutor stable, are looking to rebound from upset losses.
According to the David Haye camp, the reason a fight with Wladimir Klitschko hasn’t materialized is excessive financial demands of the Klitschkos.
Only limited seats are remaining for Friday night’s card presented by Classic Entertainment & Sports at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The main event pits “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) against John “The Hammer” Molina (20-1, 16 KOs) in a 10-round bout for Lundy’s NABO lightweight title.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan has been been given the all clear after having been hospitalized with a high fever. It was feared Khan might have caught malaria while vacationing in Africa.
Video: Joel A. Colón/PR Best
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez shows his stuff in advance of Saturday’s night’s SHOWTIME-televised showdown against Bernabe Concepcion on Saturday night in Puerto Rico.
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