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Forrest Petz is probably the nicest guy you’ll meet with the nickname “The Meat Cleaver”, and that alone makes his return to the UFC this weekend to face talented up and comer Daniel “Ninja” Roberts welcome news. Well, that and the fact that I get to write “Meat Cleaver”, but I digress . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Orion Sports Management announced today that after IBF Super Bantamweight champion Steve Molitor sustained a leg injury in training, he will push back his fight against the UK’s Jason Booth until September 11th. “It’s unfortunate, but Steve has suffered a stress factor, and can’t properly train for Jason Booth. So it’s not a situation where we want to move this fight back,” said Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. “It just needs to be done.”
Boxing notables scheduled to attend the three-day, Fourth of July weekend celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the fight that pitted Jack Johnson against Jim Jeffries in Reno include Andre Ward, Emanuel Steward, Al Bernstein, Bruce Trampler, Raul Marquez and Jesse Brinkley.
Frank Espinoza recently has signed unbeaten former amateur standout Antonio Orozco. A junior welterweight who has been a professional since 2008, Orozco currently holds a record of 7-0, 5KOs. He is expected to see action under the Espinoza Boxing Club banner in the next 6-8 weeks.
The award winning Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School celebrates its fourth graduating class on Wednesday in East Los Angeles. Approximately 97% of the senior class will be graduating with 61% of those graduates have been accepted by four year universities.
The PPV card underneath the July 31 Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez vs Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas has been confirmed by Golden Boy. In a 12-round bout immediately before the main event, New York phenom Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) looks to capture his first world championship when he takes on unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO Middleweight crown. Former Three-time World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) and future Hall of Famer/former four-time World Champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) will square off in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that will put the winner in line for a huge fight in either the lightweight or junior welterweight divisions. Opening the pay-per-view telecast, former Two-time World Champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares (28-1, 18 KOs) will face perennial contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout that is a must-win, crossroads fight for each boxer.
Lightweight John Molina, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will look to make “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) pay the price when they meet on the July 9 edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. “I’m excited to get back on television and I will make sure I stay there. You learn a lot more in defeat then in victory regardless of the circumstances and it is the worse feeling in the world. I will do everything needed to do in the ring so I never feel like that again. Lundy talks a lot and as far as I’m concerned he can keep it up. As a matter of fact, I like it. It’s been very amusing. I’m going to do my talking in the ring and he’ll know what I mean when I walk away with the belt. I have respect for him and what he has accomplished but come fight time nothing will stop me. I am going to do what I have to do to be victorious.” The event is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) takes place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF heavyweight championship mandatory defense between champion Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. K2 Promotions bid $ 8,313,000. Sauerland Events bid $ 4,250,001. K2 Promotions has 90 days to put this fight on.
A full week of events is scheduled for this week’s UFC 116 card at the MGM, headlining a heavyweight mega-showdown between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. The activities begin tomorrow:
Wednesday, 12 noon: Free and open to the public, Brock Lesnar, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Krzysztof Soszynski, Shane Carwin and Stephan Bonnar will hold open workouts at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center, Marquee Ballroom. Limited to the first 2000 fans. (more…)
Former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley of Washington, D.C. (36-13-1, 21 KOs) will fight Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller (30-7-1, 14 KOs) in the July 10th co-main event at the Patriot Center, replacing Baltimore’s Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) who suffered a laceration on his head during training last Thursday that forced him out of the fight. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
The stakes are higher than they have ever been for Shane Carwin. “Monster” has been rolling through the heavyweight division like Mike Tyson in the 1980’s. Nobody has been able to withstand the powerful onslaught of Carwin as he has amassed a 12-0 with 12 first round finishes. In Carwin’s last outing, the usually durable Frank Mir tasted the wrath of Carwin and had his lights promptly cut off at UFC 111 to give the Greg Jackson pupil the interim heavyweight title.
But now it is time to get the real thing . . . Click here for more
Light flyweight contender Ulises “Archie” Solis (30-2-2, 21 KOs) says he’s set for Saturday’s nationally televised clash against Eric Ortiz (30-9-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in Reno, Nevada. Both fighters are former world champions, but Solis is putting a guaranteed shot at the IBF title on the line by accepting this fight. “I know I’m risking a lot,” said Solis. “I have much to lose and nothing to gain from Ortiz, but risk always exists in boxing and I didn’t want to be idle for so long so we accepted the bout Saturday in Reno.” For this fight, Solis prepared for six weeks in Guadalajara under the guidance of Lorenzo Lopez. “As always, we are in excellent physical condition to prevent surprises. We know how dangerous and experienced Ortiz is and will come out victorious,” promised the former champion, who in his last fight defeated Bert Batawang in a world title eliminator.
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, July 2nd, Zanfer Promotions presents the third round of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament with a seven bout fight card being held at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium. Bantamweights Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (5-0, 1KO) and Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez (3-1, 2KOs), both of Tijuana, MX, face off in the eight round semi final bout while undefeated Misael Castillo (13-0, 10KOs) of Ensenada, MX, goes after San Luis Rio Colorado, MX’s Luis Rey Compoa (8-5-1, 5KOs) in the six round super lightweight semi. (more…)
Former heavyweight MMA star, 6’5, 280 lbs, Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (1-0, 1 KO) will have his second professional boxing outing when he meets experienced Sam Leuii (13-24-1, 9 KOs) at the Panthers Rugby League Club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Leuii, 6′ 243lbs, has mixed it with Australian heavyweight champions Colin Wilson and Nathan Briggs. Leuii also punched it out with former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods in a Commonwealth title bout in 1998. Browne is trained at the Grange Gym in the Western suburbs of Sydney by leading Australian trainer Graham Shaw. Promoter Bill Treacy. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable television network.
Spike TV will telecast live coverage of the weigh-ins for the highly-anticipated “UFC 116 Lesnar-Carwin” fight card on Friday, July 2 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. The main event features a showdown between the top two heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight titlist Shane Carwin. (more…)
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On Wednesday, June 30, The Kronk Gym Foundation will hold their 2nd Annual Fundraiser. And be joined by Jr. Middle Weight Champion Miguel Cotto, Philip Anselmo formerly of Pantera and Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin. The event will include Dinner, Awards, Amateur Boxing, Live and Silent Auctions, all for a good cause. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
On Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany, the motto will be “First the World Cup, than the Boxing World Cup.” Saturday’s Universum Champons Night” event at the Porsche Arena will be a world title twinbill. Former world champion and local favorite Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) takes on Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) for the WBA interim world championship and unbeaten WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) meets Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs), who is considered by one ratings group to be better than Menzer, a situation Menzer intends to correct. Here’s what they had to say at today’s press conference. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian welterweight boxing star Daniele Petrucci (26-0-1, 9 KOs) continued his impressive career with a successful effort to win an IBF Inter-Continental belt last Friday night in front of his adoring fans at the suggestive and historical location ‘Ponte Milvio’ in Roma, Italy. Petrucci outscored former South American contender Jorge Daniel Miranda (36-9, 13 KOs) over twelve entertaining and strong rounds of boxing and took home the IBF-I/C title at 147 lbs with the final scoresheets being 118-110, 117-111 and 120-112. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Samoan-born, Australian-based heavyweight Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai ( 18-3-3, 14 KOs) will be in action on Wednesday when he clashes with American heavyweight Travis Walker (34-4-1, 28 KOs) over ten rounds at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Walker, 6’4″ 245lbs, was crowned interim NABF heavyweight champion in 2008 when he stopped TJ Wilson in two rounds but was defeated by world rated Chris Arreola in 2008 and Johnathon Banks in 2010. Leapia, 6′ 230lbs, scored an impressive round one knockout victory over Bob Mirovic in 2010. Mirovic had been the distance with several world rated heavyweights including former giant WBA champion Nikolay Valuev. (more…)
Saturday night in Denver, Colorado, Robert Rodriguez and Fidel Maldonado, two of boxing’s brightest young prospects, thrilled local fight fans with spectacular first round knockouts. Fighting out of nearby Greeley, Colorado, 19 year old super bantamweight Rodriguez improved to 4-0-0, dropping pro debuting Michael Montalbano three times in the initial stanza on his way to earn his first stoppage. After a sensational amateur career, this was Rodriguez’s first professional bout in his home state of Colorado and the crowd at Red & Jerry’s were on their feet throughout the first round cheering on the hometown hero.
Also fighting under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner, 18 year old Fidel Maldonado stayed perfect, stunning the crowd with a brutal first round knockout of undefeated Denver prospect Jacob Dominguez, the end coming at the 1:29 mark of the round.
With the win, Albuquerque’s Maldonado improved to 3-0-0, all by first round knockout, while Dominguez moved to 2-1-0 (1KO).
Details of upcoming bouts by Rodriguez and Maldonado will be announced shortly.
While most people were rooting for Court McGee at the Ultimate Fighter Finale on June 19 because of his compelling back-story, there was at least one fighter who could fully empathize with McGee’s rise from the ashes reinvention. That was “The Immortal” Matt Brown from TUF 7, who, like McGee, battled substance problems and an eventual heroin overdose before making a name for himself in the realm of mixed martial arts. Brown’s cheating of death earned him the nickname “The Immortal,” and he was happy to see “The Crusher”—whom he actually met at the tryouts for TUF 7—realize his moment of triumph . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC.com
By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented flyweight Austreberto Juarez (9-0, 2 KOs), training out of Tune Up Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will take on Joseph Rios (7-4-1, 2 KOs) of San Antonio, TX on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA on the latest edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights which will be headlined by Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (29-1-1, 11 KOs) taking on “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KOs). Tickets start at $29 and can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000 or at the Citizens Business Bank Arena box office. Doors open at 6pm with the first bell at 7pm. Click here for more photos…
Ringside by Jeff Zimmerman
Photography by Robert Hughes
In a crossroads fight for, both, the son of legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (41-0-1, 30 KOs) and Irishman John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs); Chavez Jr proved he was the one ready to take his fight to the next level with a dominating performance over Duddy. Chavez won a hard fought unanimous decision with scores of 120-108, 116-112 and 117-111 to claim the WBC silver middleweight belt which puts him in line for a world title shot . . . Click here for more
Newly elected Congressman Manny Pacquiao was sworn into office on Monday at the Sarangani Provincial Capitol grounds. Yesterday Pacman switched political party affiliations, moving from the Nacionalista Party to the Liberal Party. He is expected to return to the ring in November against an opponent to be named.
By Felipe Leon
With a much anticipated battle between two Tijuana fighters, Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada Jr. and Rodrigo Juarez, Baja Boxing comes back with their second fight card of the year on July 17th at the El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana, MX. The main event will be televised nationally in Mexico by Televisa. The undefeated Lozada Jr. (22-0, 19KOs) will be risking his newly acquired WBC FECARBOX jr. welterweight title against Juarez (15-11-1, 11KOs) in a dangerous match up for the young fighter who will be facing an opponent who has him beat in experience. (more…)
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (44-7, 38 KOs) of Mexico returns to the ring July 24th against Hisashi Amagasa (15-4-2, 12 KOs) of Japan. The bout will be a featherweight main event and take place in Campeche, Mexico. Promociones de Pueblo will promote the event. Gonzalez has won 4 in row since his loss to WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka.
Three days ago, a press release from Gary Shaw Productions’ publicist was sent to the world including alleged quotes from unbeaten Argentine Carlos Abregú in which the latter shockingly blasted WBA Interim Super Lightweight champ and his fellow compatriot Marcos Maidana. In that press release numerous quotes bashing Maidana were attributed to Abregú, who is currently training in Brooklyn, N.Y., in preparation for his fight against Timothy Bradley, scheduled next July 17. However Maidana says Abregú called him and made it clear he never said a word about him.
Maidana says when he learned about these quotes he was at first quite surprised as Abregú is known in Argentina as a good and quiet guy. However, Maidana got terribly upset and decided to answer to Abregú, only to be surprised once again when he received a phone call from Abregú himself from the U.S. “Guess what, Abregú called me and made it clear that he had never said a single word about me, whatsoever,” Maidana said. (more…)
Krzysztof Soszynski has mastered one dimension and won 20 of 31 professional contests. Now ‘The Polish Experiment’ is working on the second, third and forth dimensions, all in the hope of gradually emerging as one of the very best light-heavyweights in the world. A late-bloomer and hard-grafter, Soszynski is now on the brink of cracking the big league, yet remains firmly attached to and aware of a time when progression and victories didn’t quite some so easy to him . . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC.com
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Robert Hughes
After the spectacular domination that the “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., displayed over “Ireland’s” John Duddy, Top Rank Promoter Bob Arum believes Chavez Jr has finally arrived as a fighter. Although his namesake is legendary, until tonight, no one knew for sure if Junior was the real deal. Arum is now convinced. “Tonight we have a new star, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He can fight anybody, anywhere,” Arum exclaimed. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
“Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (41-0-1, 30 KOs) remained unbeaten and proved he’s for real with a twelve round unanimous decision over “Ireland’s” John Duddy (29-2, 18 KOs) as he claimed the vacant WBC silver middleweight belt on Saturday night in front of more than 10,000 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
It was a good action fight, but Chavez was more accurate with his punches and came on strong down the stretch to win by scores of 120-108, 116-112, 117-111.
After the fight, promoter Bob Arum mentioned Miguel Cotto as a possible future fight for Chavez.
“I rocked him in the third round, a really big punch and he was hurt. But he fought and battled back, a sign of a good fighter,” said Duddy. When Bob Arum walked over John added, “…Bob, I only wish I could have given you a better fight.”
Fighting under the Top Rank banner for the first time, Mexican ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7, 43 KOs) dominated Adailton Dejesus (26-5, 21 KOs) over te rounds in a super lightweight clash. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 99-91. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Promociones ARCE
Super featherweight Eduardo Escobedo (28-3, 20 KOs) won a fifth round technical decision over Arístides Pérez (17-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBC silver belt on Saturday night at the Estadio de Futbol Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. On the undercard, former WBA 130lb champion Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs) won by fourth round TKO over Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (28-6, 16 KOs) who couldn’t continue after suffering a knee injury in round four. For more details and photos click here…
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