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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former three time world jnr middleweight challenger Troy Waters will be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame on October 10th at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Waters had Terry Norris on the canvas in a 1993 WBC 154 pound challenge before losing on cuts in round three in a bout that was named Ring Magazine’s Round of The Year. Waters also unsuccessfully challenged Gianfranco Rossi in 1989 for the IBF jr middleweight crown in Saint Vincent Italy (with this writer in his corner) losing a decision. He pushed Simon Brown to a majority decision ( one judge scoring a draw) in WBC title attempt in 1994. Waters began his professional career in 1984 and retired in 1998 with a record of 28 wins and five losses scoring 20 knockouts. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
Wladimir Klitschko: “He’s the best opponent you could have asked for. Ruslan is the ideal solution after the cancellation of David Haye. He is the third best boxer after my brother Vitali and myself. He holds the WBA belt. He is the true world champion as he has defeated Nikolai Valuev.”
Ruslan Chagaev: It has always been a big dream to fight at Schalke. Now it becomes reality. I have met the football team of Schalke 04 previous to my fight in 2008 against Matt Skelton. I gave them a boxing lession together with my trainer Michael Timm. They were very nice. In general the people here are very kind and honest. I’m so excited about the fight. The size difference to Wladimir doesn’t bother me. I have prepared myself to Valuev who is also tall and heavy. I’m expecting to fight for 12 rounds. It is in god’s hands what going to happen on Saturday. I don’t want to say much as I want to let my hands speak in the ring.”
Vitali Klitschko: “Chagaev is stronger, than Haye, but he talks less. He’s a very strong boxer….I’m sure that Wladimir or me would knock out Haye.”
Klitschko trainer Emanuel Steward: “In three of the last of seven fights Wladimir boxed against lefthanders, and in amateur boxing he had huge experience when it was necessary to prepare for some opponents in just days. In the first few days Wladimir felt comfortable.”
Chagaev trainer Michael Timm: “The size of Klitschko has not caused problems as we prepared to Valuev who is even larger than Klitschko. But, certainly we know, that Klitschko is a better boxer, moves quickly and can change tactics. We also prepare for that. We have a recipe for victory, but I certainly shall not tell it to you.”
One of the hardest-hitting featherweights in the world today, WBA Interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, hits Los Angeles Wednesday night for his big “Latin Fury 10″ press conference Thursday at the El Paseo Inn on historic Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles. Gamboa, an Olympic gold medalist, born in Cuba and now fighting out of Miami, Florida will be making the first defense of his world title and sharing the bill with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s live Pay-Per-View broadcast, Saturday, July 25, from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
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Jessie Nicklow 156 vs. John Mackey 157
Cecil Macalla 152.5 vs. Jorge Barajas 149
Francisco Contreras 140 vs. Gustavo Mejia 143
Julius Kennedy 160 vs.. Gevonte Davis 165.25
Delvin Plascencia 131.25 vs. Jesus Perez 130.25
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By Alexey Sukachev
Top Polish promotional company “BullIt Knockout Promotions,” led by Andrzej Wasilewski and Piotr Werner, will conduct the next show of their Wojak Boxing Night series this Saturday night, June 20th, at Targowisko Miejskie in Ruda Śląska. The main event will see 6’6’’ Polish cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (22-0, 12 KOs), who is ranked WBC #11 and WBA #14, contesting the vacant IBC 200lb belt with Czech veteran Roman Kracik (29-1-1, 17 KOs). Top undefeated BullIt prospect will round-up the undercard: heavyweight Andrzej Wawrzyk (15-0, 10 KOs) and cruiserweight Tomasz Hutkowski (14-0-1, 10 KOs) will take part in ten-rounders, another cruiser Lukasz Janik and junior middleweight Damian Jonak (21-0, 16 KOs) are scheduled for eight, while light welterweight Krzysztof Szot (5-0) will participate in a six-rounder. Their opponents will be announced later this week. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
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Former WBC female, light flyweight champion Samson Tor Buamad (14-2, 3 KOs) successfully retained her WIBA international flyweight title as she won a unanimous decision over former WBA female title challenger Luo Yu Jie (reportedly 4-6) on Wednesday at the Town Hall of Sisatchanalai, Sukhothai, Thailand. The Thai fighter mostly controlled the show, displaying her accurate counter punches to deny Jie aggression in the first four rounds. From round five, the champion turned to hunt her opponent and mostly gained the score with her effective body shots. Jie tried to turn the table in the last two rounds, wildly stalking the local fighter, but nothing changed as the champion still exposed her superior skills till the final round. Scored: 100-91,99-91, 98-93. Samson, currently ranked No.10 by WBC, retained her WIBA International flyweight title for the first time. (more…)
Two of the hardest-hitting boxers in the world will meet when International Boxing Federation bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko defends his crown against two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida, on July 11 and on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The championship is scheduled for 12 rounds. The televised co-feature will showcase two world-ranked No. 4 contenders when emerging lightweight Antonio DeMarco (20-1, 14 KOs), from Tijuana, Mexico, meets Anges “Baby Face” Adjaho (25-1, 14 KOs), from Benin, Africa, now fighting out of Geneva, N.Y. Tickets priced at $75, $40 and $25 and $10 (with a limited number of golden circle seats available at $200) go on sale Thursday (June 18) at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000, www.ticketmaster.com or BankAtlantic Center box office. (more…)
Tacoma, Washington’s favorite boxer Emmett Linton (33-5-2) will put his career on the line against former world title challenger Kingsley Ikeke (24-3) on Saturday in a ten rounder at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle At The Boat 72. Ikeke is no stranger to Northwest boxing fans as he stopped local hero Kenny Ellis in 2003. At the time, Ellis was ranked 3rd in the world by the WBO. “There’s definitely a reason that Kingsley’s nickname is Sharpe Knuckles,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “Kenny was poised to fight for the WBO world title with a win over Ikeke but it just wasn’t meant to be. It was heartbreaking to watch,” Halquist continued. “Linton-Ikeke is a great fight. The winner will be in line for a major fight down the road. There is so much riding on the line for both of these fighters. I expect both fighters to bring their absolute A game.” Both fighters signed for the fight months ago and have been in training camp ever since. Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office (253-594-7777) and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Doors will open at 6:00 P.M, first fight starts at 7:00 P.M.
Cappiello Promotions returns on June 27 at The Roxy in Boston with a nine-bout event, to be held in association with Seminole Warriors Boxing. In the main event, two New England favorites square off for the second time, when Hartford, CT’s Mike “Machine” Oliver (21-2, 7 KO’s) takes on Lynn, Massachusetts’ Castulo Gonzalez (9-8, 3 KO‘s) for the New England Jr. Featherweight title. While just over a year ago Oliver was knocking on the door of a world title, back-to-back knockout losses have since left his future in question, hence the rematch with fellow stable-mate, and once prior foe, Gonzalez. “Both of these guys are coming off losses,” stated Cappiello Promotions President Rich Cappiello. “The winner of this fight goes on, and the loser quite possibly goes away…for good! Oliver won their first encounter via ninth round stoppage (2/18/06), but Castulo had plenty of moments in that fight. This is a great opportunity for both fighters to rejuvenate their respective careers.” (more…)
WBC #11 heavyweight Manuel Quezada (27-4, 17 KOs) puts his sixteen-fight win streak on the line when he faces Travis “The Freight Train” Walker (30-2-1, 24 KOs) on July 16 at Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. “By far he’s the biggest challenge I’ve had,” Quezada said of his 6’4, 250lb opponent. “It’s this type of high-profile fight I need to get me to the world championship level. I will not let my fans down at Tachi.” In the other featured bouts, 2008 United States Olympians Shawn Estrada (6-0, 6 KOs) and Javier Molina (2-0, 2 KOs) will face opponents to be named. Local favorites Michael Dallas Jr. (8-0-1, 1 KO) and former female lightweight champion Jessica Rakoczy (30-3, 10 KOs) will also see action. Tickets start at $25. Call 1-800-225-2277.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
An interesting match up headlines the Thursday, June 18 Ballroom Boxing card at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Baltimore’s Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow will take on John “No Mercy” Mackey of Montgomery, AL in an eight round middleweight match up. Nicklow (19-1-1, 7 KOs) will step back into the ring for the first time since splitting two bouts with George Rivera in the fall of 2008. The last outing for Mackey (11-3-1, 5 KOs) was an eight round majority decision loss to Cecil McCalla on April 30 at Martin’s West in Woodlawn, MD. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Interim WBO Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) was recently honored with a resolution by the District of Columbia City Council for winning the title on April 25 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Peterson stopped Willy Blain in the seventh round. At-large council member, Kwame Brown, presented the resolution passed by the council. “Lamont Peterson has demonstrated that perseverance in the face of great adversity leads to ultimate success. This resolution is a tribute to his achievements, which will inspire young athletes in the District to fight for their dreams.” (more…)
To loosen up, former world champ Jorge Arce of Mexico has asked to ‘ride a horse, right on the famous boardwalk’ when he hits Atlantic City next week. Arce said he wants to ride for a mile or two while chatting with fight fans, starting from Caesars Atlantic City which is hosting ‘Latin Fury 9.’ “We have a horse. Does he understand espanol? I don’t know,” said Bob Arum. Arce has been on horseback while going to the ring on fight night. This will be his first time in Atlantic City. He is fighting on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9 featuring Juan Manuel Lopez against Olivier Lontchi in a title fight at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 27. Arce, who is wildly popular as a fighter and as a performer on reality television shows in Mexico, is fighting Fernando Lumcad of the Philippines.
Size doesn’t matter. Neither does preconceived judging of ability based on what a boxer didn’t do in the past. Just ask Shawn Porter’s opponents. The 21-year-old Porter started boxing 13 years ago and he developed into one of the most decorated U.S. amateur boxers of the 21st century, despite not qualifying for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team . . . Click here for more
Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, originators of the acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” national boxing series presents “BALLROOM BOXING”, an evening of world class professional boxing, this Thursday night, June 18th at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. . . Click here for more
In a move to bring the UFC® experience one step closer for mixed martial arts fans in Japan, The Ultimate Fighting Championship® officially launched the first Japanese-language UFC web and mobile sites. Japanese fight fans can now access UFC via the new and only UFC branded Japanese PC and mobile sites across all three major carriers’ 3G networks in Japan. (more…)
Former Junior Welterweight champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris has announced that he is now officially a free agent. Harris has been granted a release from his contract with Gary Shaw Productions and is now looking to rejuvenate his career and put himself in line for another title shot. The 30-year-old Harris understands that time is precious and that he cannot afford suffer anymore long stretches of inactivity. “I am putting the past behind me. My main goal is to stay as active as possible,” says Harris, who has only fought once in the last year and a half. “I know that the junior welterweight division is loaded with talent, and I believe that I am up there with the best of them. I just want to fight. I’m ready.” Harris is trained by famed veteran trainer Tommy Brooks and managed by Humberto Romero.
IBF middleweight champion “King’’ Arthur Abraham puts his undefeated record and title on the line against world-ranked Mahir “Lion” Oral in a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on June 27, 2009, on SHOWTIME® at 9 p.m. ET/PT (same day, tape delay). The site of the scheduled 12-round world championship fight is Abraham’s hometown of Berlin, Germany, and will take place at the Max-Schmeling Halle. (more…)
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Today, Wednesday, June 17, Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) and Ruslan Chagaev (25-0-1, 17 KOs) had an open work-out in front of a large crowd at the Mercedes Benz Center in Essen, Germany. Both fighters looked in great shape and entertained the boxing fans. The fight on Saturday will be promoted by K2 Promotions and will be shown live on RTL in Germany, ESPN Classic in the US, Sky Sports in the UK.
On Wednesday, RTL went to the Sportschule Hennef to speak to unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan “The White Tyson” Chagaev in advance of Saturday’s super fight against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
Ruslan, what does it mean for you to fight against triple champion Wladimir Klitschko so soon after the cancellation of the Valuev fight?
“The cancellation of the fight against Nikolai Valuev for me was a real shock. I was really broken up in Helsinki, it was a difficult time for me. But thank God, Wladimir Klitschko suddenly wanted to fight against me. That’s real luck for me. A chance like this comes only once in a lifetime.” (more…)
Title contenders, a former UFC® champion and a handful of rising stars – and that’s just on the undercard. With the undisputed heavyweight title on the line, one of the UFC’s greatest welterweights ever facing his greatest challenge ever and a mixed martial arts legend facing the United Kingdom’s biggest star, the UFC has already secured three main-event-caliber matches for UFC 100. The fight card has the exciting names – now it’s time to watch the exciting fights. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Top Rank big boss Bob Arum told Fightnews on Wednesday that Filipino champion Nonito Donaire will relinquish his IBF flyweight crown to vie for the soon-to-be-vacated WBA super-fly title on Aug. 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. In the main supporting fight, another Filipino puncher, featherweight Abe Concepcion battles Steven Luevano for the world 126-lb crown. This fight was originally scheduled May 2 underneath the Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton scuffle but an injury suffered by Luevano prompted Arum to call it off.
In another development, Arum revealed that Brian Viloria will defend his IBF light-fly diadem sometime in September in Cebu City in the Philippines where the Hall of Fame promoter said Rodel Mayol might get his immediate rematch against Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico for the WBO light-fly jewels following the disappointing result of their bout over the weekend at Madison Square Garden.
Fighting the night before Father’s Day, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, father to three boys, is confident he will come out ahead over Nate Diaz, Saturday night at The Ultimate Fighter Finale-for two reasons.
“I am not gonna lose one day before Father’s Day,” is one reason.
Two months of training at his new training camp, under Greg Jackson in Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more
Heralded U.S. amateur boxer Shawn Porter is on a mission to prove he’s the best in the world, something he didn’t get an opportunity to achieve in the 2008 Olympic Games, which is one of the primary reasons for a rare match-up between undefeated pro prospects Friday night in the 6-round co-feature in the “Boxing’s Future Champions” pay-per-view pro card, live from Wicomico Civic Center in Salisbury, Maryland . . . Click here for more
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By Dave Spencer/ Fightnews Canada
It’s early Saturday morning and WBC light-heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu is virtually alone in the basement gymnasium that is a second home to him, just the champion and his trainer Pierre Bouchard about to put the finishing touches what both parties believe was a successful training camp. Sparring is all done with, all the rounds put in the bank the undefeated fighter tapes up his hands to the rhythmic tones of Romanian music pulsating in the background. After years of being in the background, being behind charismatic countryman Lucian Bute and before that former lightweight champion Leonard Dorin, winning his championship in Romania, away from the media spotlight, Diaconu is about to bust out in huge way Friday night as he meets fellow Montrealer Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal (10pm on Vs., Canada PPV). (more…)
By Craig Watt
Former four weight world champion Roy Jones Jnr confirmed via telecast in Sydney on Wednesday that he would come to Australia in November this year and take on former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion Danny Green in probably what is Australia’s biggest boxing match up since Jack Johnson came to the country and fought Tommy Burns in 1908 in Sydney for the world heavyweight title. He stated, “I have never fought outside the USA as a professional and this fight gives me a chance to show the boxing fans in Australia Roy Jones in action. I was ringside when Danny fought Anthony Mundine in their first fight in Sydney and I know how popular he is as a fighter and a role model. He is a proud fighter and he is showing his class in coming to America to fight on the undercard of my next fight against Jeff Lacy and I am going to return the favour and come and fight him in his home country – probably in November. This is the date we are working to, but we both have to win our fights first against solid opponents. If Danny wins the IBO cruiserweight title in August then I can challenge for my world title in five different weights which is an excellent challenge for me.” (more…)
On Friday, Danger-Fire Promotions will present a live professional boxing show at The Crossroads at Grinders located in downtown Kansas City. Middleweight Josh Luteran (9-1) returns to the ring in the featured match of the evening. Luteran is on a current four bout winning streak with three first round KOs since returning to the ring after nearly a three year lay-off. Also seeing action is lightweight Derrick Campos, who recently appeared on the Jones-Calzaghe PPV card, who will take on Steve Minx in the co-feature. The fights begin at 7pm with the doors opening at 6pm. Ticket prices are $20, $40, and $60. Call 816-668-4752.
By Alexey Sukachev
For the second time in Russian history, Red Square, an epitome of national statehood and one of the most known Muscovite symbols, will be a host for the pro boxing tournament. Last September Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab brought a former heavyweight champion of the world in, Oleg Maskaev, and added a couple of prospects to shape up a highly-hyped boxing card, dedicated to the Day of the City. While those fights weren’t of any notable significance, the overall response was benevolent to the initiative. This Sunday night newly created “Ural Boxing Promotions” (founded in 2008) will follow Fedorov in his footsteps to arrange a compact but thrilling event with two minor title fights and two non-title bouts in the undercard. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA #14 Russian heavyweight Alexander Ustinov (15-0, 13 KOs), who is currently competing under K2 East promotion, is set to fight experienced British veteran Michael Sprott (31-13, 16 KOs) on the huge June 20 card at Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The fight is scheduled for ten rounds and the EBA belt owned by Ustinov will not be at stake. Towering (6’8’’) heavyweight Ustinov, 32, who was once an MMA star, has stopped his five last opponents, two of them in 2009, including previously unbeaten Ukrainian Maxim Pedyura. Sprott, 34, is coming off a lackluster performance versus Lamon Brewster this March. Ustinov-Sprott bout will be the main support bout for the heavyweight mega fight between unified IBF/WBO/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBA champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev.
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian featherweight Vyacheslav Gusev (16-2, 3 KOs), previously ranked #9 by the WBO, dropped a unanimous decision to unbeaten WBC #3 Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (22-0, 15 KOs) this past Friday at Doubletree hotel in Ontario, California. Scores were 97-93 and 98-92 (twice) for the 21-year old fighter from Tijuana, who retained his WBC CABOFE title in the process. The result, however, was controversial at least, insists Gusev promoter German Titov. “Vyacheslav was badly cut in the very beginning of the first round. Yet he was able to dominate Burgos throughout the majority of rounds despite that obvious obstacle. It took him only a couple of rounds to adjust to Burgos’ style of boxing and then Slava started to press Burgos around the ring rocking him on several occasions. He is too light-hitting to knock that big Mexican guy out but there was no doubt who was the winner that night. The scores are all right, but judges picked a wrong guy as a victor. After the bout Mexicans and Americans visited Gusev in the dressing room and greeted him as the real triumpher,” explained Titov to this reporter. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanians Rafael Conception and Whyber Garcia will be challengers for interim versions of WBA titles on August 15 at a site to be named in the United States according to WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. Concepcion would fight for the vacant WBA super flyweight interim belt against Nonito Donaire, the current IBF flyweight champion, while Garcia will challenge for the WBA interim featherweight belt against current champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.
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In a well attended press conference today in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit, Mexico, it was officially announced that undefeated world ranked contender Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to the ring on Saturday, July 25 in “Latin Fury X”, a world championship card presented by Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer and to be televised to the United States live on Pay-per-view from this beautiful resort town know as the “Riviera Nayarit”. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Future Hall of Famer Oscar de la Hoya, who retired in April, may return to the ring during the WBA’s Latin American “KO to Drugs” Festival on September 5 in Panama CIty. Oscar would box WBA Executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza in an exhibition charity event to raise funds to fight against cancer. Mendoza Jr. said he will meet with “The Golden Boy” on June 25 in Los Angeles to get a final answer on Oscar’s participation. Mendoza Jr. has previously boxed Evander Holyfield and John Ruiz in similar charity events.
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