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Jose Benavidez 145.8 vs. Henry Aurad 146
Oscar Valdez 125.6 vs. Juan Ruiz 125.4
Trevor McCumby 173.8 vs. Michael Gbenga 173.6
Venue: Celebrity Theater, Phoenix, Arizona
Promoter: Top Rank
Fernando Montiel 127 vs. Jesús Ríos 127
Mario Rodríguez 108 vs. Junior Granados 108
Salvador Hernández 122.3 vs. Javier Cifuentes 122
Nustien Sánchez 115.5 vs. Donovan Salazar 115.3
Luis E. Custodio 128 vs. José Cifuentes 127.9
Venue: Auditorio Municipal
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
Legendary matchmaker Don Chargin is back with the Golden Boy Promotions team. “Don is not just a legend of boxing, but a good friend and loyal advisor for years,” said Oscar De La Hoya, President and founder of Golden Boy Promotions. “I’m excited to have him on board again, and together we’re going to deliver the best fights to the fans for years to come.”
“I’m happy to be back with Golden Boy Promotions, and hearing Oscar’s commitment to putting on great fights and signing top-notch talent has me excited to get back to work here,” said Chargin. ” Oscar’s always been a good friend, and he puts the fans first, which is something all promoters should aspire to.”
Heavyweight prospect Razvan Cojanu (11-1, 6 KOs) impressivley stopped Alberto Pucheta (30-10, 30 KOs) to claim the the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title on Friday night in Changsha, China. The 6’8 Romanian-born and Southern California-based Cojanu broke down Pucheta steadily, finally dropping Pucheta in round seven. Pucheta beat the count but his corner waved the bout off. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: HBO/Will Hart
Gennady Golovkin 159.8 vs. Daniel Geale 159.2
(WBA middleweight championship)
Bryant Jennings 222.6 vs. Mike Perez 242.2
Ola Afolabi 198.6 vs. Anthony Caputo Smith 199.2
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison 147.6 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 147.8
Julian Rodriguez 141.6 vs. Yankton Southern 140.6
Venue: Madison Square Garden
Promoter: K2, Gary Shaw
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Don’t go looking for Roy Jones Jr. at ringside for Saturday night’s Madison Square Garden card. Rather than doing color commentary on the HBO telecast, Roy is in Latvia where he will be defending his World Boxing Union cruiserweight title (German Version) against Courtney Fry (18-5, 6 KOs) at the Kipsala Exhibition Centre in Riga.
Jones scaled in today at 195.9, while Fry weighed 195.5.
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Robert Stieglitz 167.7 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 166.6
(WBO Inter-Continental super middleweight title)
Robin Krasniqi 173 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 172.8
(WBO International light heavyweight title)
Christina Hammer 152.5 vs. Anne Sophie Mathis 151.8
(WBO female jr middleweight championship)
Venue: Anhalt Arena, Dessau, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: SAT.1 (Germany)
Tyson Fury 257 vs. Alexander Ustinov 280
Billy Joe Saunders 159.5 vs. Emanuele Blandamura 159.4
(vacant European middleweight championship)
Liam Smith 154 vs. Jason Welborn 153.2
(British light-middleweight title)
Terry Flanagan 135 vs. Martin Gethin 134.6
(vacant British lightweight title
Jack Catterall 139.5 vs. Nathan Brough 140
Ronnie Heffron 152 vs. Liam Williams 153.3
Venue: Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
Photos and weights by Leann Perez
Manny Perez 146.2 vs. Daniel Cazada 147
Raul Carrillo 150.6 vs. Jeremiah Torres 149.7
Joey Montoya 183.6 vs. Leo Pla 188
Tommy Atencio 129.4 vs. Hilario Medina 128.6
Decker Duran 153.2 vs. Juan Medina 153.4
Andrew Scripture 188 vs. Hector Lumba 190
Venue: Salon Madrid, Denver, Colorado
6’8 Romanian-born, Southern California-based heavyweight prospect Razvan Cojanu (10-1, 5 KOs) takes on Alberto Pucheta (30-9, 30 KOs) of Argentina today Changsha, China. The scheduled twelve round clash for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight title headlines a card presented by Wu Shi Niu / Liu Gang (Zovi Boxing Promotions).
Also on the card, Cojanu’s stablemate 2012 Olympian super bantamweight Isaac Dogboe (2-0, 1 KO) will meet debuting Tanee Piewuan in a 6 round undercard bout. (more…)
UniMás’ Solo Boxeo Tecate returns Saturday night with undefeated hot prospects Jose Benavidez Jr. and two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez leading the way from the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona.
Local welterweight hero Benavidez (20-0, 14 KOs) will fight for the first time at home since 2011. He’ll face Henry Aurad (16-8-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round Youth NABF title clash. “I’m very excited to fight at home for my people and to contest a title for an audience that I’m sure will fully support me,” Benavidez said.
Valdez (12-0, 11 KOs), who represented Mexico at the Olympic Games in 2008 and 2012, will face Juan Ruiz (23-14, 7 KOs) in a eight round fight in the featherweight division. “I’m happy to be fighting in Phoenix because it’s near my home (Nogales) and many people can come to support me who haven’t had a chance to see me fight as a professional,” said Valdez, who is 3-0 so far this year.
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC super middleweight champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika has sparred over 300 rounds with former WBA, IBF middleweight champion Daniel “Real Deal” Geale and Bika is sure Geale will shock the boxing world next Saturday and take the current WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin to school, defeating “GGG” over twelve rounds in Madison Square Garden. Bika said, “Daniel Geale is a great fighter. Yes he has improved and has been working very hard to regain the titles. I am very sure he can win against Golovkin with the right game plan.”
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Alvin Miller Abraham
Aaron Garcia 128 vs Daniel Ramirez 128
Viktor Chernous 138 vs Ivan Zavala 144
Joe Perez 122 vs Gabriel Braxton 122
Riccy Hood 136 vs Norberto Pantaleon 136
When: Friday, July 25th, 7:30PM
Where: Crowne Plaza Hanalei Hotel
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents
Photo: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA Jr. Welterweight champion Jessie Vargas, the “Pride of Las Vegas” holds a fan fest appreciation and media day for his upcoming first title fight against undefeated Anton Novikov from Chelyabinsk, Russia on the undercard of Brandon Rios vs Diego Chaves, Saturday, August 2 in the Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Tecate, and televised on HBO Boxing After Dark, tickets to the Rios vs. Chaves / Vargas vs. Novikov world championship event are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are priced at $50, $75, $100, $150 and $200.
Stuart Hall says he wants his IBF bantamweight belt back. More
Medical examiner releases cause of Cleveland amateur boxer’s death. More
Daniel Geale is fighting for his sick mother. More
Andre Dirrell splits from 50 Cent’s promotional company. More
The team for WBO Bantamweight interim champion Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico will request to call for purse bids the mandatory fight against Champion Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda. The WBO have given the parties involved a 30 day period in order to negotiate and make the fight happen within 90 days. If there is no agreement they will call for purse bids.
“After receiving the letter from the WBO, I have tried to reach out to Kameda’s team with no success. We will request the WBO to call for purse bids,” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. “We want to fulfill our obligations with the organization, and after talking with “Payasito” and my partner Ricardo Maldonado Jr we have the same goal which is bringing the fight to our hometown Mexico City. We know him very well after sparring many times in Mexico and we are sure of the victory,” he added.
Tomorrow Hernandez will be given the recently acquired belt by WBO ratings chairman Luis Perez at the Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford show at El Plaza Condesa headlined by David “Severo” Carmona who faces Ricardo Rodriguez for the WBO World Youth super flyweight title.
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
West Philadelphia road warrior, Dhafir Smith, 27-24-7, 4 KOs, heads back out on the road this week to face southpaw Tommy Karpency, 22-4-1, 14 KOs, and another set of officials potentially from Karpency’s home-region. “I don’t worry about the fighter,” Smith said. “I just worry about the judges. That’s all I worry about, just getting a fair decision.”
It seems to be the story of Smith’s career, hitting the road, fighting in hostile territory, and doing his best to scratch out a victory. It hasn’t been an easy road, as his record indicates, but this is business as usual for the fighter they call “No Fear”.
“I won some big fights already, but I just don’t get (key opportunities),” Smith said. “Umberto Savigne (L10). I beat Curtis Stevens, they robbed me (L10). The list goes on and on. I don’t understand. I’m ready to fight… I’m ready to fight.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On Thursday in the MSG “Legends Room,” Abel Sanchez, trainer of WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, and Graham Shaw, trainer of two-time world champion Daniel Geale met with reporters to talk about Saturday’s challenge and their fighter’s future.
“You never win a belt just running away,” said Shaw when discussing the aggressive style his fighter wants to bring into the Madison Square Ring on Saturday.
“I agree with Graham that we will have two very intelligent fighters in the ring. I hope that maybe Geale will be able to push Gennady into the later rounds, but I doubt it,” said Sanchez. GGG’s trainer had also some names in mind for future fights, with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr being a clear favorite. When asked about a potential fight with Andre Ward, Sanchez punched hard: “We are ready to fight Andre Ward, but only if he will understand that Gennady is a bigger star, bigger draw.”
GGG promoter Tom Loeffler mentioned that Gennady is fighting for the first time since his Dad passed away and this fact could influence his performance on Saturday.
Frankie Gomez 140 vs. Vernon Paris 139.2
Terrell Gausha 157 vs. Ronnie Warrior Jr 164.2
Vyacheslav Shabranskyy 176.8 vs. Demetrius Walker 174.8
Neeco Macias 151.6 vs. Robert Hill 153.2
Daquan Arnett 156 vs. Angel Hernandez 155.8
Bryant Perrella 146 vs. Christian Steele 145.4
Caleb Plant 161 vs. Ryan True 161.8
Damian Sosa 136.8 vs. Ryan Picou 136.2
Mario Barrios 125.8 vs. Salvador Perez 123.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports 1
Roberto Garcia 146 vs. Breidis Prescott 146.5
Caleb Truax 163 vs. Derek Ennis 160
Mike Lee 178 vs. Paul Gonsalves 176
Alex Martin 148 vs. Alfred Hall 143
Jaime Sandoval 146 vs. Aaron Steadman 146
Eddie Ramirez 139.5 vs. Alexis Del Bosque 138
Jose Felix Quesada 134.8 vs. Jose Romero 135
Semajay Thomas 144.5 vs. Charon Lamour Spain 146.2
Kristin Gearhart 139.5 vs. Ashleigh Curry 140
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoters: Warriors Boxing, 8 Count Productions, Seconds Out Promotions and Marines Promotions
TV: ESPN Friday Night Fights
Tickets: Priced at VIP $151, VIP Ringside $101, Mezzanine $51 and General Admission $31
Photos: All Star Boxing
David “Severo” Carmona 115 vs Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez 115
Ricardo Banuelos 152 Vs. Irving Cruz 150
Uriel Del Valle 112 Vs. Miguel Angel “Chelito” Vazquez ???
Javier Ortega 174 Vs.Luis Angel “El Jugos” Moreno ???
Irving Marin 126 Vs. Jesus Christopher Flores 126
Javier “Polvotita” Quiebra 112 Vs. Hector Fidel Garcia 114
Francisco “Paco” Rojo 135 Vs. Francisco Barrios 135
Venue: El Plaza Condesa (Juan Escutia #4 Colonia Condesa, Mexico DF,MX)
First Fight: 8:00 PM
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Producciones Deportivas & RB Producciones
TV: Telemundo Network 11:35 PM (US) & Claro Sports (Mexico & Latin America)
Weights/Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Antoine Douglas 155.5 vs. Michel Soro 157
(WBA International Middleweight title)
Jerry Odom 167 vs. Vilier Quinones 167
(Interim WBC FECARBOX Super Middleweight title)
Cecil McCalla 147 vs. Oscar Godoy 146
Wanzell Ellison 133 vs. Tony Luis 135
Jorge Diaz 133.5 vs. Ramon Ellis 134.5
Samuel Teah 136 vs. Lavisas Williams 134
Glenn Dezurn, Jr. 130.5 vs. Andre Canada 132
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoters: Vito Mielniki (GH3 Promotions), Greg Cohen (Greg Cohen Promotions)
Matchmaker: Eric Bottjer
Doors open at 7 p.m., first bell at 8 p.m., T.V. airtime 10 p.m.
NABA-US Heavyweight champ, 6’2 245 pound, Jason “The Iron Man” Bergman (23-10, 16 KOs) will now face fellow heavyweight KO artist, 6’0 240 pound, undefeated Ahkror “Aha” Muralimov (15-0, 12 KOs) over 10 rounds Saturday at the Meadows Casino in Washington, Pennsylvania. Originally scheduled to meet undefeated Justin Jones (15-0) who withdrew with an injury on Tuesday, Bergman aims to make the 2nd defense of his title which was won (KO1) in October 2013 over previously undefeated John L. Smith, 13-0 at the time, and defended (TKO3) in March of this year versus former U.S. Olympian Devin Vargas, 18-2 at the time. Bergman has 14 of his last 15 fights. (more…)
Fury, Ustinov come face to face at press conference, Fury calls Saturday’s fight “50-50″ yet still vows to score KO over late replacement foe
By James Slater
Tyson Fury and Alexander Ustinov came face to face in Manchester today, in the final press conference ahead of Saturday’s card at The Phones 4U Arena in the city. Fury, understandably angry over original opponent Dereck Chisora’s withdrawal due to injury, was at times aggressive, at times funny and at times bored-looking today, during what must have seemed like the umpteenth press conference he has attended over recent weeks.
Fury, who was shirtless during the proceedings, and looking in good physical condition (Ustinov wore a sweat shirt), said the fight with Ustinov is “no pushover” and is a “fifty-fifty” affair.
“I’ve had no sparring for this fight,” Fury said. “I was fighting a man who is six-foot and 17-stone (Chisora), now I’m fighting a man who is six-foot, eight and 21-stone – a totally different style. He [Ustinov] is ranked in the top-ten in two organisations. It is what it is, it’s who gets who out of there. He didn’t come here to lay down, he came here to win and hit the jackpot. But when I beat Ustinov, I want my world title shot next, and it’s coming – 100-percent, don’t worry about that.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Mike Perez’ ability to make people miss at various distances is incredible. Even in the heat of the battle, in the eye of the storm, his eyes never move from the place they need to be. No other fighter has that,” said trainer Adam Booth in a Fightnews.com interview. Booth is very confident his fighter will deliver the W on Saturday against fellow undefeated Bryant Jennings. “Mike has incredible movement for his physical stature. He is a brutal puncher as well. I did see a nastiness in him in the gym, in the sparring, that you want to see if you got a fight.”
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
Fighters appearing on Saturday night’s fight card at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany converged on the local Karstadt department store to show their skills to an admiring public. Headliner and former world champion Robert Stieglitz had a light workout with trainer Dirk Dzemski. His opponent Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky merely did some brief shadowboxing. “‘The Ghost’ trains so mysteriously,” said Stieglitz. “He probably doesn’t want to show anything. But I’ve seen so much material on him that he can no longer surprise me.” (more…)
Former IBF world bantamweight champion Stuart Hall has promised to repay the faith shown in him by promoter Dennis Hobson by becoming a two-time world champion. Hall lost his crown in his second defense after a split-decision reverse to Paul Butler in June. With Butler subsequently moving down in weight, and Hobson beating off the purse-bid challenge from Stateside promoters Golden Boy, ‘Stuey’ will now face American Randy Caballero for the vacant title on home turf later this year.
“I’m so thankful to Dennis for what he’s done,” explained Stuart. “He’s pulled it right out of the bag and got me home advantage, which is unbelievable. When I fought [Vusi] Malinga to win the title and it ended up a war, the crowd really got behind me when things got tough. Going to America would have meant less time to prepare for the fight, because I think they [Caballero’s camp] already had their game set. So Dennis has pulled it put of the bag and I’m going to return the favor and win that title back.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Unbeaten heavyweight Bryant Jennings (18-0, 10 KOs), described by his promoter Gary Shaw as “not only a great fighter but also a deep, deep person” offered some insight before his WBC elimination fight against Mike Perez (20-0, 12 KOs). “I know that he has a lot, he’s a Cuban fighter and I know he will fight to the death. I already know that. But there’s a one thing that they may not know: I will fight to the death as well. He has a great story coming from Cuba; I have a great story coming from Philly” said Jennings. Perez-Jennings will be part of HBO’s Saturday night telecast from Madison Square Garden with WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO) and Daniel Geale (30-2, 16 KO) meeting in the main event.
The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continues this Friday night on Boxeo Telemundo Ford from the popular Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Mexico city natives David Carmona (16-2-4, 3 KOs) and Ricardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) meet in a scheduled ten rounder with the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight title on the line.
This will be first fight for Carmona since his world title challenge last December against WBO champion Omar Narvaez. Though he was unsuccessful in his title attempt, Carmona is more determined than ever to position himself for another opportunity. Fightnews spoke with Carmona as he is now just days from the fight. (more…)
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