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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like legendary trainer Freddie Roach will arrive in the Ukraine for the first time on August 30th for the big boxing show at Lenin Square, Donetsk. The main event features WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) defending against Charlie Jose Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs). Roach will work Senchenko’s fight as well as that of EBU (European) featherweight champion Oleh Yefimovych (18-1, 11 KOs) against Sofiane Takoucht (19-1, 9 KOs). It’s also possible that Roach will in the corner of former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs), who fights former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Ring announcer Michael Buffer is also expected to be coing over to work the show in Donetsk.
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and counting down the days of summer until the first day of school), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene falls upon us. News of upcoming fights, fighters, and other miscellaneous news regarding Southern California are detailed, including two nationally televised boxing cards taking place tonight within 35 miles of one another. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Joel Casey (11-8-3, 6 KOs) scored upset twelve round split decision over WBA #3 light heavyweight Tim Bell (18-5-1, 14 KOs) at the Reggio Calabria Club, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores Brett McCormick 115-112, Dale Westerman 115-112, Peter Falherty 112-116. The fight see-sawed and Bell dropped Casey in round eleven but Casey survived to hear the final bell and scored the biggest win of his career. For more details and photos click here…
Golden Boy Promotions and TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” return tonight to sunny Southern California at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena. In the main event, unbeaten Eloy Perez (17-0-2, 4 KOs) battles veteran Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) in an eight round junior lightweight bout plus in the co-main event, Carlos Molina (12-0, 6 KOs) risks his perfect pro record against Glenn Gonzales (7-1, 4 KOs) in a eight round jr welterweight contest. (more…)
Dustin Poirier’s first-ever trip to Las Vegas a few months back filled him with great optimism. And there was good reason for the Louisianan’s high hopes: The wide-eyed 21-year-old had auditioned for The Ultimate Fighter season 12 reality show in late April; his performance earned him a follow-up audition so producers could further size him up . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs) will fight former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Sidorenko was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochovny, commentator for Ukrainian telechannel “Inter.” Sidorenko spoke about returning to the ring, working with Freddie Roach, and also about a possible megafight against WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in November in Mexico. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Apparently disappointed with himself for his losing performance against Tomasz Adamek in April, Chris Arreola promises a much-improved display when he meets Manuel Quezada in the main event on Friday Night Fights. I wouldn’t say this fight is make or break for Arreola, but it is very important to his career. Arreola is 29. Vitali Klitschko outclassed him, but Arreola seemed to have a very good chance of beating Adamek. It looked a fight that Arreola might have won, too, had he possessed a bit more energy. He seemed to hurt the Polish boxer at times but couldn’t sustain the offensive and Adamek deservedly and clearly outpointed him, even though it was a majority decision (one round on one card from being a draw). (more…)
As the excitement for WEC: Cruz vs. Benavidez continues to grow, WEC stars will be appearing in various locations around the city of Las Vegas leading up to the huge event on Wednesday, August 18.
To catch your favorite stars from the WEC roster, check out the list for information on where and when some of the sport’s biggest names will be appearing! Click here for more
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) told Fightnews.com that he’s planning to defend his belt against former WBA welterweight world champion Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) on October 2nd. Collazo, however, has released the following statement: “I will not be challenging WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) on October 2nd. I have not fought in more than a year. I would not take a fight of that maginitude after such a long layoff. I’m training very hard and I hope to get myself at least on tuneup fight and then a major fight at 154.”
Eloy Perez 129.2 vs. Derrick Campos 133.2
Carlos Molina 136.8 vs. Glenn Gonzales 136.2
Anthony Martinez 144.4 vs. Cristian Favela 144.8
Michael Finney 143.8 vs. Chris Russell 141.6
David Morales 131.6 vs. Juan Sandoval 132.4
Venue: Pico Rivera Sports Arena, Pico Rivera, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
According to promoter Fernando Beltran, WBC #1 rated middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez continues to train in the city of Tijuana for a possible fight on September 11th in Mexico City. Chavez has been embroiled in a dispute with former trainers Rodolfo Chavez and Miguel Molleda (both uncles of his), whom he replaced with Freddie Roach before his last fight with John Duddy. But according to Chavez, Zanfer Promotions has reached a fair deal for all parties and a September 11th fight still isn’t completely off the table although a December 4 showdown with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto the main priority. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Pawel Wolak’s manager, Ivan Edwards has reported to Fightnews.com that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has pulled out of the September 11th fight in Mexico with Wolak. He was informed by Top Rank that Chavez Jr. has not been in the gym due to family issues and would not be ready for the September eleventh date. “It is heart wrenching for Pawel.” said Edwards. “Wolak has been in training camp for the last three weeks. I have never seen him this motivated. We worked very hard to make this deal and we were prepared to hand Chavez Jr. his first loss. He was in the top shape of his career and when I informed him of the cancellation, he was devastated.” It appears that Chavez Jr. will now face Miguel Cotto next on December 4th. (more…)
Photo by Butch Flansburg
Jesus Pabon 127 vs Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda 146
Luis Franco 127 vs Yogli “Olafo” Herrera 128
Jenna “Cowgirl” Shiver 122 vs Britney Cruz 121
Daniel Lozano 111 vs Gabriel Cruz 110
Gino McClellan 152 vs Nicolas Smith 155
Ali Tareh 152 vs Michael ‘Bling-Bling’ Mendez 150
Sullivan Barrera 202 vs Kary Bledsoe 202
Patricia Alcivar 113 vs Sheri Denise Jacobs 113
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, FL
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. and Fight Night Productions & Aaron Jacobs
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus (All Star Boxing)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Five years ago, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) arrived in US as a virtually unknown fighter from Poland. After his sensational fight and Bout of the Year candidate on May 21, 2005 against another newcomer to US boxing scene, Australian Paul Briggs, he became a cult hero in the Polish community. Fast forward to five years later: On August 21 on Prudential Center, “Goral,” ranked as a top heavyweight challenger, will fight Michael Grant in possibly his last test before competing against heavyweight world titlists, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko or David Haye. (more…)
A few minutes ago it was announced that former WBC light flyweight world champion Edgar Sosa, now fighting in the next upper division, will definitely be in on the action during the September 11th card at Plaza de Toros Mexico. The original card had been announced with Sosa, however he reported an injured finger yesterday and it was thought that he could be off the card. Nevertheless, the former world champion underwent thorough tests with several specialists reached the conclusion that the injury did not have the importance that it was given at the beginning. The physicians who carried out the tests came to the conclusion that there is no problem at all and Sosa will be able to fight without any danger. Edgar resumed his training sessions today in the afternoon and his fight is on.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Chris Arreola 256 vs Manuel Quezada 228
Josesito Lopez 143.75 vs Marvin Cordova Jr 144
Shawn Estrada 166.25 vs Alex Armenta 173
Chad Bennett 145 vs Gary Bergeron142.5
Michael Ruiz Jr 118 vs Matthew Salazar 122.25
Matthew Villanueva 115 vs Alejo Guzman 115
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and NCM Fathom have once again joined forces to give fans the front-row treatment with the high-definition broadcast of UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 in 369 select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, August 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. Broadcast live from the TD Garden in Boston, the much anticipated rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will be the first-ever UFC event in Massachusetts. (more…)
The North American Boxing Federation has approved a bout between promising fighter Carlos Cuadras and former world champion Eric Ortiz to be held September 11th on the card that will take place at the Plaza de Toros Mexico (Mexico City’s Bullring) and that will feature former three-time world champion Erik Morales vs. Willie Limond in the main event. Cuadras, who is still undefeated after 18 professional bouts (16 of them by knockout), will be facing former light flyweight world champion Eric Ortiz, and the fight will be for the vacant NABF super flyweight title according to promoter Jose Luis Villuendas, who reached an agreement with the aforementioned fighters, and of course obtained the approval of the NABF.
The IBF/USBA has announced that Anibal Miramontes, President of Fight Fax, Inc., has become a member of the IBF/USBA Ratings Committee. Miramontes has a vast amount of experience in the sport of boxing. His tenure with Fight Fax, Inc. began almost thirty years ago as a co-editor and later becoming President of the company in 2001. Miramontes’ background also includes working as a ringside official for numerous international bouts; including world title fights, he has been a member of the ratings committees for other sanctioning organizations in boxing and has served as a consultant for several boxing commissions.
In his new role with the IBF/USBA, Mr. Miramontes will be assisting with the organization’s ratings and will be focusing his efforts on the ratings for South American fighters.
Daryl J. Peoples, President of the IBF/USBA, stated, “I am glad Mr. Miramontes has decided to join our organization. His vast knowledge of the sport will be an asset and I enthusiastically look forward to his input.”
Never before has WBC female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava had the opportunity to bring so many smiles as she will on August 21 at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana. The “Aztec Princess” (21-3-2, 10 KOs) will defend her WBC belt against Maria Andrea “Pantera” Miranda (13-4, 8 KOs) with proceeds from the event going to the Baraquiel D. Fimbres Foundation, which provides much needed aid for homeless senior citizens in Tijuana. (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 we’ve got heavyweight contender Chris Arreola and Heavyweight Fightnews Managing Editor Flattop. 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.
Manguita Promotions in association with Sampson Boxing LLC and 340 Boxing will present Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (10-0, 8 KOs) against Francisco “El Ajogao” Lorenzo (34-8, 15 KOs) on August 19th at the Dominican Fiesta Hotel & Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. For Fortuna, this match marks the moment of truth as Lorenzo has gone the distance with two-time world champion Jorge Linares, Juan “Baby Bull Diaz” and WBO champion Roman Martinez and has victories over Nate Campbell, former IBF Champion Christobal Cruz and WBC Champion Humberto “La Zorrita” Soto.
In the co-feature, Victor “Mermelada” Cayo returns after his defeat against interim WBA junior welterweight champion Marcos Maidana. Also, John and Julius Jackson, sons of future hall of famer Julius “The Hulk” Jackson will be on the undercard.
After a successful show in Tampa on June 4, “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to the A La Carte Event Pavilion on Friday. In the main event Jesus Pabon (14-1-8 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico will face Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda (39-13-4-34 KO’s) of Tijuana, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the WBO Latin Welterweight Title at stake. Also former 2004 Olympian Luis Franco (5-0-4 KO’s) of Havana, Cuba will battle Yogli “Olafo” Herrera (25-11-15 KO’s) of San Onofre, Colombia in a bout scheduled for 8 rounds in the Featherweight division. (more…)
Canadian referee Michael Griffin will be the third man in the ring for Saturday’s Pascal-Dawson WBC light heavyweight championship fight in Montreal. The three judges are Jack Woodburn (Canada), John Keane (England) and Gerald Ritter (Oklahoma). The WBC Supervisor is Charles Giles (England).
Former WBA World super featherweight champion Jorge Linares (29-1, 18 KOs) of Venezuela will take on former interim WBA World super featherweight champion Likar Ramos (21-3, 15 KOs) of Colombia. The bout will take place October 24th in Japan. Linares’ recently won the vacant WBA Fedelatin lightweight title in his last bout which was a 10 round unanimous decision over Ricardo ‘Rocky’ Juarez . Ramos will have a fight first in Barranquilla, Colombia with fellow countryman Humberto Martinez (19-4-1, 14 KOs) August 27th.
Three-division world boxing champ James “Lights Out” Toney lose to UFC legend Randy “The Natural” Couture? Not a chance, Toney said today on a media teleconference. “I’m not even thinking about losing,” said Toney. “I’m the best fighter Randy has ever fought. I’m not worried about what Randy can do. I’m winning, hands down – I’m knocking him out.”
On August 28, live from the TD Garden in Boston, on PPV, Toney and Couture will co-headline UFC 118. The main event features a rematch between B.J. Penn and Frankie Edgar for the UFC lightweight title.
“Sure, James poses a different style, has a unique boxing style,” said Couture. “I’ve had to adjust my tactics and training but the fight depends on James. It’s mixed martial arts, certainly, not boxing. Whatever skill set James has tried to learn and bring into this fight, I’ll counter by pure MMA. It’ll be interesting.”
Stay tuned for a full report.
Unbeaten featherweight Mikey Garcia of Oxnard, Ca. is in Laredo, Texas for his biggest fight. Garcia is taking on Cornelius Lock of Detroit in an IBF Featherweight Eliminator on a Top Rank Live! fight card on Saturday night. “We’re in tough and we know it,” said Robert Garcia, older brother and chief trainer of Mikey. “We studied video of Lock. We know him very well — a tough, talented fighter. But Mikey trained hard, over 100 rounds of sparring at a gym in Santa Ana (California).
“On Saturday night Mikey will get into the ring and figure out Lock real quick,” Garcia said. “If we have to pressure, we will pressure. If we have to box from the outside, we’ll do that. I told Cameron (Dunkin, co-manager) we welcome fights like this. We have to beat tough fighters like Cornelius Lock to work our way to a world title fight.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today marks the 28 years since the death of the Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sánchez. Sanchez born in January of 1959 in Tianguistenco, Estado de Mexico. He made his pro debut on May 4, 1975 and by February 2, 1980 became the WBC featherweight champion by stopping Danny ‘Coloradito’ López in the thirteenth round. Sanchez made nine defenses against Rubén Castillo, Danny López, Patrick Ford, Juan Laporte, Roberto Castañon, Wilfredo Gómez, Pat Cowdell, Jorge Garcia and Azumah Nelson. His win against Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfredo Gómez is considered one of the most important triumphs ever for a Mexican boxer. Unfortunately his life ended at the age of 23 in an automobile accident on August 12, 1982. He entered the Hall of Fame in 1991. Every year on this date his parents, friends, legends of Mexican boxing and fight fans visit Sanchez’ final resting place and respectfully offer a minute of silence before breaking into a deafening cheer, which brings to mind the unforgettable fights of Salvador Sanchez.
Current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal (25-1, 16 KOs) and undefeated WBC interim light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) face off during Wednesday’s press conference in Montreal. They collide Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
World Extreme Cagefighting® featherweight contender LC Davis visited with youths at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics on Friday, July 30. A Kansas City resident, Davis had the opportunity to provide support, a positive message, and motivation to children receiving difficult dialysis treatment for lost kidney function . . . Click here for more
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