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Paraguayan veteran Dario Azuaga (76-15-2, 64 KOs) will replace Sergio Javier Escobar in the corner opposite former IBF junior featherweight world champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” (29-1, 11 KO’s) in the Rumble at Rama IX co-feature, in Rama, Ontario, set for September 4. The eight round Molitor-Azuaga showdown is the co-main event of the evening, and will immediately precede the WBO Junior Bantamweight world title battle between champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) and undefeated 19 year-old upstart Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs). “Escobar ran into some travel restrictions from the Argentine authorities,” said promoter Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. “We were very lucky to have a quality veteran like Azuaga available. He’s been around the block more than once, but his 64 KOs are more than proof that he packs a punch.” (more…)
Former Olympian Carlos Negron will fight on September 12th “Undefeated Champions” pay per view card, presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot. World champions Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon and Roman “Rocky” Martinez will defend their titles. Negron (4-0, 4KO’s) won his last fight against Geovante Davis on the August 21st “San Juan Boxing Nights” show, stopping Davis in the second round after having been knocked down in the first round by the hard punching Negron. Negron, who fights at 185 pounds in a six-round bout for the first time in his career, will be part of the Sept. 12th “Undefeated Champions” PPV card, which is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. (more…)
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer announced today that the September 19 Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez will be available on HD closed circuit in 170 movie theaters across the nation. The event will be distributed by NCM Fathom. Tickets will be approximately $12.50-$15 each. The entire PPV event will be shown on big screens. The last fight to be widely shown in movie theaters was the 1996 fight between Oscar de la Hoya and Julio Cesar Chavez.
By Lee Bates
With just days to go before undefeated contender Tavoris Cloud (19-0, 18 KOs) of Tallahassee faces former champion Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KOs) of Sheffield, England for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title, former champion Glen Johnson who went 1-1-1 in 36 championship rounds with Woods in Woods’ native UK , briefly commented on the bout. “I’ll be there ringside and I hope Cloud wins. I didn’t see Cloud beat former world champion Julio Gonzalez, so I’m really looking forward to seeing Tavoris fight. American TV is willing to spend more money on American fighters, so I hope Cloud wins this. Woods fought harder against me in our three fights we had over there in the UK than he did against Roy Jones and Antonio Tarver in the US. Woods is out of his comfort zone when he leaves the UK,” said Johnson. Cloud-Woods in the co-main event of an ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” title twinbill at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL. In the evening’s main event, Columbia’s Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) defends his IBF junior welterweight title against Miami’s Randall Bailey (39-6, 35 KOs).
By Jose E. Santiago
Tom Mishou, former Secretary of the Georgia Athletic & Entertainment Commission, passed away early this morning after a long battle with cancer. Mishou was a hard nosed commission representative overseeing boxing during his stint. Always focused on the betterment of the sport he presided with fairness for everyone around him, but also extremely firm when anyone broke a rule. He’d give you fair warning once or twice, but if he found you purposely breaking a rule or skating the law, he’d have no problem publicly reprimanding you. He was extremely good at his job and loved the sport of boxing. Tom would often go out of his way to make sure that the media would be accommodated at events and was a devout reader of Fightnews.com. He was a friend of all in the boxing industry and will be remembered by all for his smile, engaging personality and work ethic. Fightnews.com will miss him.
Police have reportedly searched the home of Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Jr. today after Floyd’s Rolls-Royce was allegedly on the scene during a shooting incident outside a local ice skating rink on Sunday night. It is not known whether Floyd was actually at the scene. Floyd Mayweather, Sr. told TMZ that his son had nothing to do with the shooting and that police ransacked his son’s home looking for a gun.
Denver lightweight Juan Santiago (9-2-1, 6 KOs) moved up a few weight classes Saturday night in Denver at Red & Jerry’s, to punish Brad Jackson (9-2-1, 6 KOs) over three rounds. Dropping Jackson in the first, Santiago went on for a third round TKO win. The sold-out Airtight Boxing show had a six-bout undercard: jr. welterweight Arthur Cruz (21-17-4, 11 KOs) won a five-round unanimous decision over Richard Flores (3-12, 2 KOs), who dropped his sixth straight bout; bantam Alejandro Castillo (3-0, 1 KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Leshaun Blair (4-18), who is 1-9 in his last ten; welter Tyler Pogline (2-5, 2 KOs) won a split decision in four, over David Marquez (3-5-1, 1 KO); lightweight Stevie Marquez (8-14-1, 6 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Chris Hill (4-22-2, 2 KOs), who dropped his 7th straight fight; welter Raul Carrillo (3-0, 2 KO) TKO’d unwon Irvin Greene (0-7) in round one; and, in a female super bantam bout, Brittany Cruz (3-2, 1 KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over DJ Morrison (1-4, 1 KO).
The Promociones del Pueblo card at the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevado arena will feature a double billing, on Sept. 5, headlining undefeated Chihuahuan superwelter Marco “Dorado” Reyes (13-0, 12 KOs) and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs).
In the main event, Reyes will take on Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC World Youth superwelterweight title. Staging a return from a devastating knockout loss at the hands of WBC 122-pound champ Toshiaki Nishioka in May, Gonzalez returns in a ten-rounder at featherweight to take on Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-3-2, 17 KOs), of Colombia. (more…)
Marvin “Much Too Much” Cordova Jr. will be the first bout on the August 29th’s much-anticipated PPV event “Latin Invasion” featuring Hector Camacho Jr vs Israel Cardona. Cordova, now training with former world champion and living legend James “Buddy” McGirt Sr., has been making some changes in his career and training techniques . . . Click here for more
“What’s in a name?” This is a question typically applied by the literary, Shakespearian-types. However, as World Extreme Cagefighting® prepares for its first trip to fight-savvy Youngstown, OH, it makes perfect sense to ask “what’s in the name ‘Youngstown’?” . . . Click here for more
There was a time, not too long ago, when the thought of seeing Randy Couture versus Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was only a dream . . . Click more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
UFC 102 LIVE on PPV Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: When the history of mixed martial arts is written, two names will stand at the top of the heavyweight division – Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. But these two legendary former champions aren’t thinking about the history books, they’re looking to make another run at the UFC title, and to get there, they must face each other in the Octagon in the main event of UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira . . . Click here for more info on UFC 102
British ring icons Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe both presented fight cards on Friday in the U.K. On Hatton’s card at the Velodrome in Manchester, England, three-time world title challenger Michael Brodie (36-3-1, 24 KOs) returned to the ring after a four year layoff to get a fourth round stoppage over Mark Alexander (8-4) in a super featherweight bout. It was all but easy, however. The 35-year-old Brodie was down in rounds one and three, but managed to drop Alexander in the fourth and get the stoppage moments later. On the same card, former Commonwealth welterweight champion Craig Watson (14-3, 4 KOs) not unexpectedly got back in the win column beating professional loser Matt Scriven (13-54, 1 KO).
Calzaghe’s card took place at the Newport Leisure Centre in Newport, Wales as former WBA super lightweight world champion Gavin Rees (28-1, 14 KOs) returned for the first time since losing his world title to Andreas Kotelnik in March 2008. Rees wasn’t taking any chances in his comeback fight, going against Johnny Greaves (2-37, 1 KO), whom he stopped in four. In the headliner from Wales, former Commonwealth light middleweight titlist Bradley Pryce (28-7, 17 KOs) outpointed Michael Monaghan (18-26, 2 KOs) over ten. By the way, Calzaghe will soon be showing his footwork as a contestant on the new BBC TV series of “Strictly Come Dancing.”
Reno’s “Let’ Get It On” Promotions will host an “open to the public” media workout Monday afternoon from 4 to 6pm at the Fourth Street Gym in Reno, Nevada, for the participants on their event set for August 29th at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Included in the workout for the fans and media are “Contender: Season One” cast member and super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert and Reno based prospects Theron Delorme and Johnny Mancilla.
By Lee Bates
Former two-division world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) may be returning to the ring on October 10th. Vazquez has not fought since the third fight of his trilogy in March 2008 with former two division champion Rafael Marquez. He suffered a detached retina in that bout but won by decision. Vazquez has since been medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to return to the ring. No opponent has officially been announced yet but current NABF super bantamweight champion Al Seeger (28-4, 22 KOs) is being considered.
Dr. Elias Cordoba Jr., two times president of WBA, passed away this Sunday morning at age 92 in the Hospital Nacional in his native Panama City, Panama. Dr. Cordova had been named years ago honorary President of WBA for a lifetime. His grandson Franklin Cordoba has been a member of the Panamanian Boxing Commission for 10 months.
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will not be defending his title in December as had been expected. According to BILD, Wladimir suffered a tendon rupture in his left shoulder in his July win against Ruslan Chagaev that required an operation, although that operation is said to have no impact on the delay of Wlad’s next defense. Apparently there are no longer any choice December dates available for U.S. TV, so Wlad will likely return early next year.
TKO Boxing Promotions had a resounding southern California debut with their “Brawl For it All” at the Pala Casino and Resort located 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, Calif. Over 1,000 energetic fight fans witnessed a six-fight card topped off with “The Contender, Season Two” Champion Grady Brewer devastatingly stopping previous undefeated Albert Onolunose for the IBC jr. middleweight title. . . . Click here for more
The credentials of Ceara, Brazil native Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio speak for themselves, and they are not common; they are special. Champion of the Japanese MMA tournament, ZST, in 2004 and former PRIDE lightweight contender in 2006 are just two of them . . . Click more by Martins Denis, UFC
Former junior middleweight title challenger Deandre Latimore (20-2, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Sammy Sparkman (21-20-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri. Latimore, currently rated at #7 by the IBF, got back into the win column after a split decision loss to local rival Cory Spinks in a battle for the IBF world title in April.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight Willie Lee (17-5, 11 KOs) survived a ninth round knockdown to take a split decision over Alex Bunema (31-7-2. 17 KOs) in a ten round bout for the vacant NABF title. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese lefty Etsuko Tada (6-0, 2 KOs), 104, successfully kept her WBA female minimumweight belt as she connected with more effective southpaw lefts and right hooks to score a close but well-received unanimous decision (97-93 and 96-94 twice) over previously unbeaten Thai challenger Yani Kokietgym (6-1, no KO), 103, ten hard-fought two-minute rounds on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. It was a tougher defense for Tada than people had expected, as Yani kept throwing more but less effective combination’s from the outset. Tada, a little too eager to score a KO win, looked tense and stiff at first, trying to land big shots in earlier rounds. But the much taller champ regained her usual rhythm from the third on, and effectively worked the body with solid left uppercuts. Yani, eight years her junior at 20, showed her resilience and roughness in responding to the champ’s good combos to win the fifth. Tada, however, displayed sharp left-right shots to the onrushing challenger and had the Thailander staggering in the sixth. Tada was in command in the eighth and ninth, though the tenth and final session was close enough to be given to either. The referee was Ferdinand Estrella (Philippines). Promoter: Futur Promotions.
Germany’s Jürgen Brähmer captured the WBO interim title at 175 pounds Saturday night in front of 4500 boxing fans at the SYMA Sport & Leisure Centre in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer defeated previously unbeaten stablemate Aleksy Kuziemski by eleventh round TKO, scoring four brutal knockdowns along the way. Click here or click the image for video.
In a clash for the vacant WBC interim super featherweight title, WBC #3 Humberto “Betillo” Gutiérrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round majority decision over #1 rated Sergey Gulyakevitch (26-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. It was a good back-and-forth scrap with the heavier handed Gutiérrez winning by scores of 113-113, 115-111, 116-110 for Gutiérrez. Gulyakevitch was deducted a point round four for twice spitting out his mouthpiece. Gutiérrez is now in line to face WBC 130lb champion Humberto Soto, although Soto may move up to challenge WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero on the November 14 Pacquiao-Cotto card.
Unbeaten IBF minimumweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García (27-0-1, 16 KOs) successfully defended his title with a twelve round majority decision against Sammy Gutiérrez (21-5-2, 12 KOs). Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon originally announced a draw, but later amended that to 116-112, 115-113 in favor of Garcia and 114-114. Gutierrez had his best moments in the first six rounds while Garcia came on strong late. It was the third time they have fought with the results being a majority decision and split decision for “Rayito” and a draw.
Two-time former lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (59-9-1, 51 KOs) won by third round TKO over Cristian Solano (22-17-2, 16 KOs).
Junior middleweight Saúl “La Fiera” Román (31-5, KOs) scored a spectacular 91-second first round TKO over Martín Avila (9-7, 3 KOs). Avila was down twice. Click here for more photos…
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Former season two “The Contender” champion Grady Brewer (26-11, 15 KOs) made an early night of it when he destroyed the previously undefeated Albert Onolunose (18-1, 7 KOs) with a second round KO to capture the vacant IBC jr. middleweight title.
San Diegan KJ Noons (11-2, 6KO) had trouble looking good for the hometown crowd against Randy Pogue (8-9-2, 2KO). Noons tried to make a fight out if it but Pogue was not having it as he was content in throwing a couple of punches and then holding until separated. Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Vietnam by way of Vero Beach’s Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen won a close six round featherweight division over the skilled Noe Lopez with scores of 58-53 times.
San Gabriel, CA bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (9-0-1, 2 KOs) survived a fourth round knockdown to win a questionable unanimous decision over the game Robert DaLuz (12-20-3, 9 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 58-55.
After being dropped in the first and cut over both eyes, Dmitry Chudinov (2-0, 1KO) older brother to Fedor, earned a four round middleweight unanimous decision over Eddie Hunter (1-1) with a workman like body attack. Official scores were 38-37 three times.
Fedor Chudinov (2-0, 2 KO) stopped an overmatched Mikhail Lyubarsky (3-11-1, 1KO) at 1:11 of the first round with a straight right followed with a left hook in a super middleweight bout.
By Byron Spurlock at ringside
In a junior welterweight fight (138.5 contract weight) former unified lightweight champ Juan Diaz (35-2, 17 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF 140lb champ Paulie Malignaggi (26-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Malignaggi got off to a good start, but Diaz cut Malignaggi over the left eye with a punch near the end of round one. Diaz volume punching began to work in round two, however he was cut over the left eye in round two from what was ruled a punch. Diaz suffered a second cut over the same eye from an accidental headbutt in round five. Maglignaggi boxed well from long range over the last six rounds, however it was hometown hero Diaz coming away with a 116-112, 115-113, 118-110 win.
Former two-time featherweight champion Robert Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KOs) won the IBF junior lightweight championship by unanimously outpointing Malcolm Klassen (24-5-2, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds. Guerrero built an early lead and despite a cut over his left eye gave as good as he got when Klassen started coming on midway through the fight. Scores were 117-111, 116-113, 116-112. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Super middleweight contender Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) surprisingly stopped previously unbeaten WBO champion and heavily favored hometown favorite Karoly Balzsay (21-1, 15 KOs) in ten rounds to claim the WBO 168lb belt on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. It was a good action fight that became a war of attrition. As the rounds progressed, Stieglitz’ pressure began to wear down the champion who had gotten off to an early lead. The bout turned for good in round nine when Stieglitz rocked Balzsay and followed up with a brutal all out assault. Balzsay went down at the end of the round but it was ruled a slip by referee Joe Cortez. In round ten, Stieglitz continued to punish Balzsay, who looked spent. Balzsay’s trainer Fritz Sdunek stopped a wobbly Balzsay from coming out for round eleven. Balzsay was taken from the ring on a stretcher wearing a neck brace, but appeared to be alert and not too seriously injured. For more results and photos click here…
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) claimed the WBO interim light heavyweight championship with an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Aleksy Kuziemski (17-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before 4500+ fans at the Syma Sport & Leisure Center in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer dropped Kuziemski (17-1, 4 KOs) four times in the bout in claiming a world title just nine months after his defeat against then WBA champ Hugo Hernan Garay. He is now headed for a showdown with longtime WBO champion Zsolt Erdei. For more details and photos click here…
Spike TV will air a portion of the UFC pay-per-view undercard live to its audience for the first time ever, as the network presents bouts from UFC 103 in Dallas, TX commercial-free live Saturday, September 19 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. This telecast will mark the first time the network will air a fight-card without commercial interruption . . . Click here for more
By John Booz
Ex-world champion David Diaz and fellow Chicagoan and ex-champ Jesus Chavez officially announced their upcoming September 26 showdown on Friday night in Chicago. The two champs faced off for the press and Chavez stated “I loved David as my friend since we came up together in the amateurs in Chicago. But when we enter the ring it is strictly business.” The all-Chicago bout is one of most intriguing matchups in Windy City history.
By Mariusz Serafin/Tomasz S. Galazka
The names of Bernard Hopkins, Steve Cunningham and Andrew Golota have recently been mentioned as potential opponents for IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek. Adamek has now said in an interview with the bokser.org website that he has a date lined up to face Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland on October 24. “I’m glad I finally learned the date for this fight,” Adamek said. “I want to show some quality boxing. The spectators in Lodz will see that I am a true warrior when in the ring.” Facing the much heavier and much more experienced Andrew Golota will be a real challenge for Adamek. “I’m currently discussing the tactics for the fight against Andrew with my coach, Andrzej Gmitruk,” added the Gilowice-born, US-based Adamek. “I will do the training in the States, I’ll come to Poland with 12 to 14 days left to the fight.” A press conference concerning the Adamek-Golota fight is scheduled for this Tuesday in Warsaw.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (5-0, 2 KOs), a Japanese lefty sharpshooter with a 47-3 amateur mark, will put her belt on the line against unbeaten Thai challenger Yani Kokietgym (6-0, no KO) tomorrow (Sunday) in Osaka, Japan. At the press conference prior to the weigh-in ceremony, the newly crowned champ Tada, 28, looked a little nervous, while Yani, 20, modest and quiet. Tada, known by her flamboyance and loud voice, seemed to be surprisingly humble, though she had been often called “manly” girl because of her big heart and mouth. Tada said, “I won’t exclusively look for a KO victory, but hope to win by a knockout. If I can do as usual, I’ll show a fine win before the crowd.” Yani, whose blood pulse was amazingly 47, may show her good stamina in her first world title shot. (more…)
Interview by Byron Spurlock
“I’m not going to let him use his little tricks with tying me and trying to slip punches and throw some weird counter-punches; I’m going to bring the action to him, so this should make for a good fight.”—Juan Diaz
Former lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) spoke to FightNews earlier this week as he finished his preparations for his showdown against Brooklyn native and former junior welterweight champ Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) this Saturday. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), has responded to comments made in last Saturday night’s post-fight conference in Biloxi (MS) by cruiserweight B. J. Flores and his promoter, 8-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (Square Ring Promotions), about CES cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey.
Like Sigourney Weaver in Alien, veteran UFC middleweight Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt voyages into the unknown on August 29 as he looks to locate the missing piece to an elusive and potentially dangerous puzzle. The enemy’s unbeaten record provides the Colorado-native with no blueprint to follow. Quick-fire submission wins allow only sparse footage to be viewed. A lofty reputation almost precedes it . . . Click more by Elliott Worsell, UFC
From a young age, undefeated junior middleweight contender Albert Onolunose knew what it meant to be a soldier preparing for war. Starting at the tender age of 14, Onolunose was placed in active duty in his native Nigeria as part of that country’s standard plan of building its army. Now 28 years old, Onolunose has been an active member of his adopted homeland Canada’s military reserve for the last four years . . . Click here for more
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