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Eleven days ago, Chris Leben was looking forward to a long break from the Octagon. This Saturday, he’ll co-headline UFC 116: Carwin vs. Lesnar.
After earning knockout of the night honors with a win over Aaron Simpson at The Ultimate Fighter 11 finale, Leben (20-6), 10-5 UFC) will replace the injured Wanderlei Silva in a bout with Yoshihiro Akiyama (13-1, 1-0 UFC) . . . click here for more
With dreams of becoming the next great champion to come out of boxing-rich Philadelphia, welterweight prospect Mike Jones will face Irving Garcia in 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.
Jones, 27, puts his perfect 21-0 record (17 KOs) on the line against Puerto Rico’s Garcia (17-4-3, 8 KOs), a tough, aggressive brawler who ShoBox fans might remember for twice knocking down undefeated Carlos Abregu before eventually suffering a fourth round knockout in his last main event fight on May 1, 2009. In an exciting co-feature, promising, once-beaten Antwone Smith (18-1-1, 10 KOs) of Miami, Fla., will battle Houston’s Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight tussle. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
Firat Arslan 199 vs. Steve Herelius 196
(WBA Interim cruiserweight championship)
Ina Menzer 126 vs. Jeannine Garside 125
(WIBF/WBC/WBO fenale featherweight championship)
Rachim Tschachkijew 199 vs. Lukasz Rusiewicz 199
Jack Culcay 155 vs. Omar Siala 155
Matt Zegan 138 vs. Araik Sachbazjan 136
Venue: Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, German
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany) Click here photos
Advance tickets are now on sale as heavyweight contender and Chicagoland fan favorite Mike Mollo returns to action at “Windy City Fight Night 11″, set for Friday, August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, advance tickets starting at $31 are available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com), the UIC Pavilion Box Office (312-413-5740) and the 8 Count Productions’ Office (312-226-5800).
The Biggest Heavyweight Battle In History Is Tomorrow Night: Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin will finally meet in the Octagon® to decide who the true heavyweight champion is – tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See The Prelims On Spike: Brendan Schaub returns to the Octagon® to face Chris Tuchscherer, plus Seth Petruzelli takes on UFC® newcomer Ricardo Romero – 9pm ET / 6pm PT live on SPIKE
See The UFC® 116 Weigh-In Today On Spike: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 7pm ET / 4pm PT – you can also watch on UFC.com and on your iPad or iPhone with the Official UFC® App
Make Your Fantasy Picks For UFC® 116 Before It’s Too Late: Lesnar or Carwin? Akiyama or Leben? Make your picks today – game closes Saturday at 7pm ET / 4pm PT
Take the fight into your own hands with the Official® UFC App: Watch live events, access fighter profiles, catch up on the latest UFC news and more! Available for iPhone and iPad in the iTunes store
In a show of appreciation for America’s heroes, the Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, California is offering 2-for-1 tickets to all members of law enforcement, fire & rescue departments, military, plus families of military and first responders to the Saturday, July 17th HBO Championship Boxing event. In the main event, WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley battles undefeated top-rated welterweight contender Luis Carlos Abregu. In the co-main event, WBO interim jr middleweight champion Alfredo “Perro” Angulo goes toe-to-toe with former champion Joacim Alcine. Several more bouts showcasing up-and-coming fighters are scheduled.
“We are pleased to honor those who keep our country safe, both locally and globally,” said Phil Cooper, Executive Director of Marketing for the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians which owns and operates Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa. “We hope our heroes will enjoy getting to see a first-class fight card from some of best seats at The Show!”
The 2-for-1 “Hero” seats are located on the Loge plus the Bleacher Level, and are priced at $130 & $180 a pair. “Hero” tickets are available at The Show box office (760-833-8120), at the Paradise Rewards Club at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, and the sister property Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs. Proper identification/credentials will be required at time of purchase. For more information, call 1-888-999-1995 or visit: HotWaterCasino.com or SpaResortCasino.com.
The upcoming clash of the titans that is the UFC 116 title fight between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin can easily be dubbed “the tail of two heavyweights.”
When the bell sounds on fight night, both men will tip the scales at 265-pounds. The mammoth heavyweights are both decorated wrestlers, with Lesnar excelling at the Division I level, while Carwin made a name for himself in Division II . . . click here for more
Mazur Ali 178 vs. Charles Heyward 174
Isiah Seldon 166 vs. Damion Reed 166
Carlos Perez 146 vs. Hector Collado 146
Joel De La Paz 167 vs. Randy Campbell 167
Joey Tiberi 135 vs. Javier Dennis 134
Joshua Arocho 127 vs. Joseliz Cepeda 127
Raul Lopez 122 vs. Geraldo Rosas 122
Venue: Merighi’s Savoy Inn in Vineland, New Jersey
Promoter: Dignity Promotions
Isiah Seldon, son of former WBA heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, is set to make his professional debut in a four round super middleweight bout. The elder Seldon will be making his debut as a trainer in the corner of his son. “Isiah has been in the gym training with me for over a year,” said the former champ who retired from the ring last year with a professional record of 40-8 with 36 KOs. “He has worked hard and he is ready. As a father I am very excited for him and I hope to be able to pass along some of the things that I’ve learned on to him. We are excited for this opportunity and look forward to Friday night.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Pan Pacific lightweight champion Al Sabaupan (13-0-1, 8 KOs) will clash with KO puncher Wonpichit Twins Gym (12-1, 11 KOs) of Thailand over twelve rounds at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines on July 10. Sabaupan resides in Agoncillo, Batangas and he is managed by Elmer Anuran of Solar Sports. Sabaupan scored the best win of his career in 2009 when he clearly outpointed Mexican lightweight champion Josafat Perez over ten action rounds. Perez had good credentiials having challenged Jorge Linares in WBA title shot in 2009. In Sabuapan’s last ring outing he stopped Indonesian Heri Andriyanto in three rounds. The Indonesian had dropped a close twelve round decision to WBC #6 Prawett Singwancha in 2009. Anuran said, “Sabaupan has the dedication and skills to go to the top in the lightweight division. We have our sights set at a shot at the world IBF lightweight title in the future.”
Golden Boy has announced that the July 31st card featuring Juan Manuel Marquez-Julio Diaz II will be available in over 270 movie theaters throughout the United States.
Juan Diaz will appear at the “Freedom Over Texas Fourth of July Festival” at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston this Sunday at 8PM. Following an appearance at the Liberty Stage, Diaz will stop by the Mega 101 booth in Festival Area 3 for a meet-and-greet with fight fans.
Thompson Boxing Promotions signed unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Efrain Esquivias (8-0, 5 KOs) to an exclusive promotional deal this week. Esquivias will make his Thompson Boxing debut on July 31 at The Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California.
World ranked challenger Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines arrived lat night in San Juan, Puerto Rico for his big showdown with Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez on July 10 at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico that will be telecast by Showtime. Lopez and Concepcion will meet tomorrow when they hold the last pre-weight at the Catalinas Mall in Caguas, Puerto Rico. The card billed as “The Challenge” and will be promoted by Top Rank Inc and PR Best Boxing.
Photos: TKO Boxing
Demetrius Hopkins 147 vs. Mike Arnaoutis 146
Francisco Contreras 135.5 vs. Eric Cruz 135
Joseph Elegele, 143 vs. Willie Walton 145.5
Austreberto Juarez 111 vs. Joseph Rios 110
Randy Caballero 120.5 vs. Jairo Delgado 122
Alex Jimenez 123.5 vs. Edgar Flores 124
Eric Mendez 152 vs. Jose Evangelista 154
Gabino Saenz 124 vs. Brandon Sanchez 122
Michael Finney 144.5 vs. John Dunham 141
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
TV: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Doors Open: 6PM, First Bell: 7PM
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WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel visited the exclusive Sabanilla Country Club in Barranquilla, Colombia today to formally arrange the WBO Golf Tournament on October 25 to officially kick off the 23rd Annual Convention to be held October 25-30 at the Hotel Caribe in Beautiful Cartagena de Indias, Colombia. Also on hand with him WBO Ratings Chairman and International Commissioner Mr. Luis Perez, WBO Colombian representative Jose Castillo, WBO Latin Promoter of the Year Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr and Colombian Promoters Billy Chams and Juan Carlos Devia. (more…)
Fans and media expecting drama and WWE-style vulgarity from Brock Lesnar went away from today’s press conference disappointed.
None of the 250 fans allowed in to the presser, held at MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas, were flipped off. There was no foaming at the mouth and no one was insulted, not Bud Light – not even Lesnar’s opponent, Shane Carwin.
Instead, the UFC’s heavyweight champion smiled, joked and – yes – gave thanks that he was alive . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former multiple division world boxing champion Eric “El Terrible” Morales is again planning the second bout of his comeback. “At this moment I’m trying to find the second bout of my return,” said Morales. “We’re looking at September 11th in Tijuana or any part of Mexico. I’ve read in the news that Paul Spadafora was mentioned [as an opponent] but in reality I don’t have any information on that possibility. We’re focused on the development of the boxing program of our company Box Latino in Tijuana. We’re training hard and will announce the opponent, date and place.” Morales was scheduled to fight American prospect Vicente Escobedo, but the fight failed to materialize due to an injury suffered by Morales.
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
In an exciting lightweight contest the unbeaten “Lightening” Rod Salka battled eight ferocious rounds to score a unanimous decision against Harold Orji Wednesday night in Pittsburgh, PA. The lightweight main event of the evening opened in exciting fashion as both men met in the center of the ring and threw slick straight punches at one another. While Orji stood confidently in the center of the canvas the fleet footed Salka bobbed and weaved his way from corner to corner in search of an opening. Each man found success with their respective jabs and both returned to their corners confidently. (more…)
Report by: Alex Dombroff
Photography By: Emily Harney
Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha has made a habit of fighting notable heavyweights. On his record are names of several notable heavyweights, along with countless other ranked contenders with whom he’s shared sparring sessions. Until stepping in with Tony “TNT” Grano Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT, winning was never part of the equation. In against Grano, Firtha (19-7-1, 9 KOs) was forceful, sending Grano, of nearby Hebron, CT, in the closing moments of the first round and again in round two, before a flurry of punches forced referee Dick Flahrety to intervene. (More)
You’d think that boxing promoters would’ve caught on years ago, in making an entire fight card competitive and a pay-per-view telecast actually worth its price tag.
Only after years of losing a chunk of its 18-to-30-somethings to UFC’s top-to-bottom competitive lineups, are promoters beginning to see the bigger picture . . . Click here for full story
Photo by Alma Montiel/WBC
This morning in a well known restaurant in Mexico City, a press conference was held for Saturday’s Ana Maria Torres’ WBC and Hugo Cazares’ WBA title defenses. The event will take place at the Centro de Convenciones in Tlalnepantla, Mexico. Cazares from México will dispute the WBA super flyweight world championship against Mexican Everardo Morales and Mexican Ana María Torres will dispute the female super flyweight WBC championship against Olga “La Mona” Julio from Colombia. Click here for more photos…
Photo: UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar and Interim champ Shane Carwin pose off at today’s press conference, held at the MGM’s Hollywood Theater in Las Vegas. On Saturday, Lesnar returns to the Octagon to defend his belt against the undefeated Carwin. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from today’s presser.
Frank Warren has a September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England, which will be a PPV event on Sky. It features a world title eliminator, three European title fights, two British title fights plus two championship showdowns for two 2008 Olympians. Warren formally announced the card at a press conference in London today.
The title fights in full are Matt Macklin in a challenge against Darren Barker for the European, Commonwealth and British middleweight titles; European light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly in an Interim WBO world light heavyweight challenge against Karo Murat; Enzo Maccarinelli in a defense of his European cruiserweight title; Ryan Rhodes in a defense of his European light-middleweight title against Lukas Konecny; a British and Commonwealth heavyweight title showdown between Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton; a welterweight showdown between Kell Brook and Michael Jennings, which will double as a WBO world title eliminator; a first defense for WBA International super middleweight champion James DeGale, a debut championship fight for 2007 Amateur World Champion Frankie Gavin against Curtis Woodhouse; a return for former Commonwealth super-flyweight champion Don Broadhurst in an English title fight. (more…)
IBF #1 ranked Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (21-5, 18 KOs) meets #3 rated Miguel Angel “Titere” Vazquez (25-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight championship on August 14 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Other featured bouts will include light flyweight Hekkie Budler (16-0, 5 KOs) and light heavyweight Jackson Junior (7-0, 6 KOs). Also appearing will be local Laredo favorite Rodolfo Gomez Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs), the son of Manuel “Shotgun” Gomez, in a super welterweight bout.
Photo by Alma Montiel WBC
WBO/WBC bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel will fight against Erik Morel next Saturday, 17 at the “El palenque de la feria” in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. This was announced this morning at a press conference at the Camino Real Hotel in Mexico City. Click here for more photos…
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KO’s) is set to defend his title against Filipino Bernabe Concepcion (30-2-1, 17 KOs) on July 10 in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico, live on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). The 12-round world title fight is promoted by Top Rank Inc. Lopez, The former WBO super-bantamweight champion, knows Concepcion will be one of the fastest fighters he’s ever faced. “I’ve seen Bernabe Concepcion fight several times and I’ve really studied his style. I know he’s working with Manny Pacquiao – they work with the same people. He’s a very strong fighter. He’s a young fighter – a hungry fighter. He really wants to be a world champion. He’s a difficult opponent. He’s a very intelligent fighter, so we need to be very intelligent, too. We need to fight him with a lot of pressure and a lot of speed – we need to be very fast that night.” (more…)
Featherweight contender Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines and chief trainer Bueboy are off to Puerto Rico today. Concepcion is taking on world champion Juan Manuel Lopez there on Saturday, July 10. Concepcion, 22, boxes in the Manny Pacquiao stable and has been training for weeks at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. Both Concepcion and Lopez have promised victory in the world title fight which will be at the Coliseo of Puerto Rico in Hato Rey. (more…)
Yuri Foreman, who had a knee injury during the recent fight with Miguel Cotto, is on the road to recovery. Yuri, from his iPad, wrote…”walking a bit with a knee brace…rehab going well….but I would like to speed up the process.”
Steven Badgley, the U.S. Army helicopter pilot who fought several weeks ago at Madison Square Garden, has been transferred from Fort Drum, N.Y. to an undisclosed location. “I am fine – don’t let anyone worry,” said Badgley, a Chief Warrant Officer……
Tony Martin, chief trainer for Mark Melligen, says Manny Pacquiao – even as a very young fighter in the Philippines – always had a ‘warrior style of fighting’ whenever he got into the ring.’…. Melligen, from Rizal, Philippines and Martin are off to Reno, Nevada today for a Top Rank/Let’s Get It On Promotions press conference. Melligen, who trained for weeks in Las Vegas, is taking on Anges Adjaho, in the opening televised bout on the Top Rank Live! (FSN) fight card on Saturday, July 3. The live telecast is 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
WBC #14 welterweight Luciano Cuello (26-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina is ready for his second battle in Mexican territory when he fights undefeated WBC #3 rated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (32-0-1, 24 KOs) on July 10 for the WBC silver championship in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. “I’ve been working very hard to have a victory without any doubt” said Cuello, who has also fought Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “Mexican fans were pleased with my performance in the ring last time, but I’m sorry to say this time nobody will stop me and I’ll return to my country with that silver-green crown,” Cuello said. “Those who know about boxing know who won when I fought against Julio Cesar Chavez, but that is a matter of the past,in this moment I am focused on defeating Alvarez.” Since fighting Chavez, Cuello has won three straight and seized the WBC Latin championship. He will arrive in Guadalajara on Monday.
Promoter Frank Maloney believes bantamweight Jamie McDonnell could be world title bound after springing two major upsets this year. McDonnell, 24, has hometown advantage when he makes the first defence of his European bantamweight crown against Italian Rodrigo Bracco (11-2) at Doncaster Dome on Friday. The fast rising Yorkshire ring star (14-2) shocked Ian Napa to become British and Commonwealth champion in January and caused an even bigger sensation two months later travelling to France and knocking out Jerome Arnould to snatch the Euro belt. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
One year ago, Brock Lesnar (4-1) wasn’t sure if he’d ever fight again.
After pulling out of a headlining bout against current interim heavyweight champion Shane Carwin (12-0, 5-0 UFC) last November with what was thought to be the flu, Lesnar thought nothing of the temporary setback.
The world of MMA kept spinning . . . Click here for more
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