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Trainer Freddie Roach said today that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a ‘quick learner and is going to be a more complete fighter. “He’s shy about his English, but understands everything I say,” Roach said today. “Chavez Jr is a quick learner. I teach and he picks it up real quick. We’re working on his jab, to throw it and set something up after throwing it. He’s getting a real idea of what I would like him to do. “He works hard, likes to run, knows the game,” Roach said. “Duddy is trouble because he is so strong. I think Chavez Jr has more boxing skill and that will be the difference on Saturday night.” Chavez Jr vs. Duddy is scheduled for Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 on Saturday, June 26, at the Alamodome. The Pay Per View will begin 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
Spike TV will showcase two of the Boston area’s finest mixed martial arts fighters in live undercard bouts from “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” on Saturday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. Live from the TD Garden in Boston, Joe Lauzon (“The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum) of Bridgewater, Mass. takes on Terry Etim in a lightweight battle and Milford, Mass native Jorge Rivera (“The Ultimate Fighter 4” alum) meets Alessio Sakara in a middleweight clash. (more…)
“It is great coming back to fight in the states. I’m back to the place where it all started for me,” stated David Tua, who faces Monte Barrett on July 17 in Atlantic City – his first fight in the USA since 2007. “My fans here are just as passionate as they are at home. It’s a great feeling and humbling to know that my fans are still there and still into it for me. I’m grateful for their support and loyalty they’ve always shown for me. My fans have supported me since day one and that means the world to me.” Tua is training in Jersey City, NJ with long-time trainer Roger Bloodworth.
WBO #3 super bantamweight Rico Ramos (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his WBO-NABO belt against comebacking Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder in the co-feature to the previously announced WBA light heavyweight championship defense of Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) on July 23rd in a specially constructed outdoor arena at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA. ESPN2 will televise.
With fight night rapidly approaching, Classic Entertainment & Sports is offering its fans an exclusive, one-day only sale on tickets for Saturday’s “Pride & Power” show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Fans who call today and purchase two tickets in either the $65.00 or $105.00 price range will receive a third ticket (of equal value) for free. This offer expires Friday. The card features Hartford heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) facing Nicolai Firtha (17-7-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the NABA-U.S. title. The co-feature includes fellow Hartford native “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) taking on former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in an 8-round super bantamweight bout. To take advantage of the special, one-day offer call 401-724-2253.
Exclusive comments from Marcos Maidana:
After recent serious managerial problems have prevented him from continuing with his career smoothly as it should have happened, WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana is now ready to be back in the US against the best. “Now everybody knows what the reasons were for me to turn down a fight with Timothy Bradley. And luckily, everybody understood me. I’m on the way to sort out this unexpected and disgraceful situation, so I’m very happy and ready to prove wrong those idiots that called me a chicken or a liar,” Maidana said.
“Let’s see how brave they are now they know that I’m ready. Bring me Bradley and I’ll knock him out in front of his promoter Gary Shaw, who seems to have a big mouth. I’m not the kind of guy that likes to talk. I never do. But now I’m angry because they blamed me for not taking the fight against Bradley even though it was not my fault. Let’s make the Bradley fight before the end of this year to put an end to all this talking crap,” he added. (more…)
Photo by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc
The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission honored Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment with the maximum award to be proclaimed 2009 Promoters Of The Year in the 25th Annual Boxing Values of The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. “This is the most important honor that our company has received because it shows our commitment with the sport and our boxers. It has been five years of hard work and creating the credibility inside the business. This award goes to the memory of my father. He is the one who created it all, now is our turn to continue the legacy and his vision,” Miguel Cotto said. For more details and photos click here…
In boxing it can be a daunting task following in the footsteps of any legendary fighter. Even more so when you have the fighter’s same name leaving a constant reminder to the fans of whose footsteps you’re following in. Salvador Sanchez II (19-3-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico finds himself in that position. Sanchez II is very proud of his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez and is focused on improving each time he fights and always giving 100% effort. The effort is there for sure and he is steadily improving as reflected in his winning 17 of his last 18 fights including 9 straight. Sanchez II will face his toughest fight as a professional when he meets veteran Tomas Villa (22-7-4, 14 KOs) of Texas this Saturday, June 26. Villa is best known for his 2008 slugfest with former world title challenger Rogers Mtagawa. Sanchez II-Villa will be an 8 round featherweight attraction fought at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México. (more…)
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs) will face Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (10-8, 4 KOs) in an eight rounder on the July 3 boxing card at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Also, jr lightweight “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (10-2-2, 7 KOs) has been added to card against TBA in a six-rounder. In another change, welterweight Mark Melligen (18-2, 13 KOs) will now face Anges Adjaho (25-2, 14 KOs) in the ten round-co-feature after Michel Rosales pulled out of there rematch. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Blake Capparello (4-0, 1 KO) will clash with Kane McKay (8-8-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds with World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific 175 pound title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Capparello is scheduled to challenge Shane McConville for the Australian light heavyweight championship on August 8. McKay has been in the ring with the best including former world rated Nader Hamdan and Daniel Lovett also current WBA #7 light heavyweight Tim Bell. In the main supporting bout, cruiserweight Stephen Gillingham (4-3) will slug it out with Aaron Ross (3-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Welterweight Jimmy James (7-2-1, 1 KO) will meet Robert Monitto (2-5, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Promoter: Peter Maniatis.
In a little over a week, interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will step into the Octagon for the biggest fight of his career against division king Brock Lesnar in a title unification bout that headlines UFC 116 on July 3rd . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Davide Buccioni will stage an explosive IBF Intercontinental title clash at welterweight Friday night in the suggestive and historical location ‘Ponte Milvio’ in Roma, Italy. Undefeated Italian boxing superstar Daniele Petrucci (25-0-1, 9 KOs) and South American veteran contender Jorge Daniel Miranda (36-8, 13 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are very hard and strong warriors and an exciting and brutal fight is expected.
In the chief support, super middleweight local hero Massimiliano Buccheri (8-1) will fight dangerous stablemate and former kick-boxing star Roberto Cocco (10-5, 5 KOs) in his first quality tough test over six rounds. The others undercard will feature top fighters of Buccioni Stable: former IBF Youth champ at light middleweight Adriano Cardarello, light welterweight big puncher Federico Ranalli and light middleweight top prospect Manuel Ernesti.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Formerly world rated middleweight Paul “The Doctor” Smallman (24-26-2, 15 KOs) will return to ring action after six years in retirement to clash with big punching Moses Sorovi (20-15-1, 20 KOs) over six rounds at the Gold Coast International Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Smallman boxed several world class opponents in a long career including former world jr middleweight champion John “The Beast” Mugabi in 1997 and current IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green in 2002 with Roy Jones Jr sitting ringside. This will be the third meeting between Moses Sorovi and Smallman. The Doctor stopping Sorovi in 1997 and 1998. (more…)
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Due to an injury sustained by IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor, his scheduled world title defense against Jason Booth has been postponed and re-scheduled for September 10th. The show on July 23rd at Rainton Meadow Sunderland will still go ahead with the same undercard which include a super bantamweight commonwealth title plus an English title. The new top of the bill will be the first defense of British bantamweight champion Stuey Hall against former champion Martin Power. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Despite reports of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending against WBO interim bantam champ Eric Morel, the WBC has given its approval for Montiel to defend his green belt for the first time against former WBA super flyweight world champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico on July 17. Concepcion’s manager Carlos Gonzalez said Zanfer Boxing committed to a Montiel-Concepcion bout long before the WBO called a purse bid for Montiel-Morel on June 11 in New York City. “We understand that as WBO champion Montiel must face the interim champion at some point, but first he must comply with the fights agreed upon before the WBO auction,” said Gonzalez, who added that he is in regular contact with Zanfer and they are conscious of their commitment to Concepción. Meanwhile “El Torito” Concepcion is continuing to train to face Montiel on July 17. Nothing has been officially announced.
Super featherweight Edward “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) and Colombian Aristides Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) had had their first encounter prior to Saturday’s clash on Saturday at the Centenario soccer stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This will be another WBC Silver belt encounter. “This is nothing but a fight in my career,” said Escobedo. “It’s a fight that I will win before the fifth round because I need that title in my career. It is a quality championship that goes to Mexico. I’ll win by knockout.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Abe Concepcion is slighted that Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico is already training his sights on a showdown with Rafael Marquez of Mexico on Sept. 18 even though Lopez has to deal with him first on July 10. “Concepcion is determined to ruin Lopez’s plans,” the fighter’s business manager Mike Koncz said from Los Angeles, a little over two weeks before the fight set at the Jose Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez is making the first defense of his WBO featherweight crown and a victory would set him up for a megabuck matchup with Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) is fighting undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in a non-title bout at welterweight poundage on July 17 at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. But another 140-pounder, WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, is very much on his mind. “As a citizen of Argentina, I’m embarrassed to call him my countryman,” said Abregu, who is training at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “Even though I was the only one who stepped up to fight Bradley when he first landed a date for HBO debut, I stepped back to allow Maidana to unify the title, but he wouldn’t even risk his own belt when the fight was first made. Well after I give Bradley his first professional loss, I’ll be more than happy to give Maidana the same opportunity to fight me at welterweight so he can keep his precious interim title. Because that is all he will have left after I ice him. He’s a disgrace to Argentina and its rich boxing heritage. He’s also a liar.”
Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the living legend Julio César Chávez, Jr., his new trainer Freddie Roach, five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, “Ireland’s” John Duddy, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted a media conference call to discuss “Latin Fury 15,which will be televised live on pay-per-view from the Alamodome in San Antonio. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has informed FightNews that less than a dozen tickets remain for Thursday’s “Battle In The Ballroom” event at the Irvine Marriott. Tickets are available at the Marriott box office. Hurry! Doors open at 6:30p.
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto received the 2010 Commissioners Award for Perseverance at the Polk County (Florida) All Sports Awards and Florida Sports Hall of Fame ceremony for his efforts in Haiti and strong resolve in the ring. Berto, a resident of Winter Haven, FL had previously received the professional athlete of the year and male amateur athlete of the year from the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame.
The July 17th “T-N-T” event at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City between former heavyweight title challengers David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) will be a pay-per-view event and distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media on both cable and satellite pay-per-view.
By Rafael Soto /Top Rank
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Ireland’s John Duddy both promised a great fight on Saturday when they collide in the “Latin Fury 15″ pay-per-view headliner at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “This is the most important fight of my career and I prepared very well because I know I have a very strong opponent. I think the people will win on Saturday because it will be a great fight,” Chavez Jr. said during the final news conference. Duddy echoed the sentiment, saying, “We know that a victory in this fight will put the winner close to a title shot and I’m sure it will turn out to be a memorable fight.” For more details and photos click here…
Frankie Gomez 142 vs. Jaime Orrantia 145.6
Roberto Reyes 150.8 vs. Clint Coronel 149.8
Gary Russell Jr. 126.2 vs. Rodrigo Aranda 126
Jessie Vargas 141.6 vs. Ernesto Zavala 141
Jamie Kavanagh 140 vs. Luis Sanchez 140.2
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Edwin Rodriguez 172 vs. Ibahiem King 171.8
Ryan Kielczewski 130.4 vs. Juan Nazario 130
Rashad Minor 276.8 vs. Reginald Jackson 276.4
Isiah Thomas 179.2 vs. Larry Pryor 181.6
Sonya Lamonakis 222.6 vs. Kasondra Hardnett 263
Reynaldo Rodriguez 167.2 vs. Richard Pierson 166.2
Venue: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, Massachusetts
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the living legend Julio César Chávez, Jr., his opponent, Top-10 middleweight contender John Duddy, five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera and his opponent Adilton De Jesus, San Antonio rivals Raul Martinez and Gabriel Elizondo, Salvador Sanchez II and his opponent Tomas Villa, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Mexico’s top promoter Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions held the final news conference to discuss “La Furia de México,” the June chapter of Top Rank’s exciting Latin Fury series to take place Saturday at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Click here for more photos…
(Pictured: Artie DePinho, Gabino Saenz, Fred Vega) A press conference was held on Tuesday afternoon, June 22nd in Indio, California by TKO Boxing Promotions to announce the signing of hometown amateur standout Gabino Saenz. Saenz will make his highly anticipated pro debut against Colorado’s Brandon Sanchez in a four round featherweight bout on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, as part of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights.
Tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents ‘The Battle of York 5” on Saturday, July 31st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution. General admission tickets can be purchased in advance for $20 through the York Revolution Box Office (717-801-HITS, www.yorkrevolution.com ). Ringside seating and VIP table seating are also available through the box office. (General admission seats will be sold for $25 on the day of the event).
Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO Boxing Promotions, “We’re very excited to return to York, Pennsylvania and team up with the Sovereign Bank Stadium to once again present a sensational boxing event outdoors for the fight fans in Central Pennsylvania.” (more…)
Eddie Mustafa Muhammad, a former two-time New York City Golden Gloves champion, and the WBA light heavyweight champion 1980-81, has joined Zab “Super” Judah’s training team. Judah (38-6, 26 KOs), the former world light welterweight and undisputed welterweight champion, is in Las Vegas preparing for his July 16 battle with Jose Armando Santa Cruz of Michoacán, Mexico (28-4, 17 KOs). Zab’s father and trainer, Yoel Judah asked Muhammad to join their team. “I brought Eddie in. I know boxing backwards and forwards, but you know after all these years sometimes I can tell him (Zab) all day long what to do and it just doesn’t stick. With Eddie there’s new energy.” Yoel added, “We know that after the 16th the big fights are going to start rolling in, we’ll be ready.”
The Empire Sports and Entertainment, Inc. today announced that Hall of Fame boxing manager Shelly Finkel has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer. Finkel will assume the position on July 1 and will guide the company in sports-driven promotions and entertainment events such as concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view shows and other events.
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