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The World Boxing Council has announced that it will address the status of the various weight divisions during its upcoming world annual convention, which will be held in Kunming, China, from November 1-6. Of particular interest will be the future of the titles in the welterweight and super welterweight divisions, both of which have been held by Floyd Mayweather for the last two years. Mayweather officially announced his retirement last Saturday after his fight with Andre Berto.
By Karl Freitag
After receiving criticism from WBA/IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko earlier in the week over the level of his opposition, WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder stated today that Wlad’s opposition has been similar for the last decade.
“For him to make that statement is for him to really criticize his own self or talk bad about himself,” stated Wilder. “If he’s talking about opponents or whatever, he’s been doing the same thing for over a decade. He’s been fighting guys we don’t know names or how to pronounce or where the hell they came from, they came out of a rabbit box. For him to say that is very laughable for me.
“For him being the champion for so many years and having done that, then try to talk about opponents for me…he already knows what it’s gonna be when he faces me. Of course, if I fight everybody at the top then that lessens the chance of him having to face me because I feel he wants me to lose to someone so he can have an easier match for him when it’s time for me and him to fight.”
Wilder will defend his title against Johann Duhaupas on September 26 at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama, with televised coverage on NBC. Klitschko defends against Tyson Fury in an HBO fight on October 24 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Undefeated heavyweight Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington, (16-0, 11 KOs) battles Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) in the 10-round main event on the Tuesday, October 13 edition of PBC Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on FS1 and Fox Deportes from the Little Creek Resort Casino in Shelton, Washington. Also featured on the card are 2012 United States Olympian and undefeated heavyweight Michael Hunter, (9-0, 6KOs) and light heavyweight knockout artist Ahmed Elbiali, (12-0, 11KOs) in separate bouts.
Gerld Washington: “I’m looking forward to stepping into the ring with Amir Mansour. This is my time to make a statement. I will make an example of Amir Mansour to let the heavyweight division know that there’s a new sheriff in town. No more ‘Mr. Nice Guy’, it’s time for me to bring the pain!”
Amir Mansour: “Gerald Washington has not even come close to fighting someone of my caliber. He has zero advantage except for height and I’m experienced enough to take that away. The match against me is going to introduce Washington to an entirely new world of fighting and I’m sure he isn’t prepared for this type of fight.”
Undefeated featherweight Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. (17-0, 10 KOs) makes his fourth appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, on October 23 against Mexican brawler Ruben “Canelito” Tamayo (23-6-4, 15 KOs) in the 10-round featherweight main event on Estrella TV. In the co-feature, welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (18-0, 13 KOs) takes on Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-9-2, 15 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event.
As part of the live stream on Ring TV, former amateur star Angel Bojado, will make his professional debut in a four-round super welterweight bout against an opponent yet to be named. Also super lightweight KeAndre Gibson (13-0, 5 KOs) will be looking to keep his perfect record intact in a scheduled eight-rounder against a to-be determined opponent, heavyweight Paul Ritter (0-1) will face debuting Relanzo Richard Jr. Also debuting are Las Vegas super lightweight Marco Magdaleno and Los Angeles heavyweight Andrew Estrada against TBAs.
IBF #10 junior lightweight Jason Sosa, of Camden, NJ, boxes Jorge Pazos, of Mexico, on Friday, October 2. The fight headlines the inaugural Puerto Rican Boxing Classic, featuring seven bouts at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The event is part of the big Puerto Rican Festival that takes every year in Philadelphia.
Sosa will be taking part in a “Meet and Greet Autograph Session” on Friday, September 18 from 1-3 pm at the Cricket Wireless Store, located at 200 West Chelten Avenue in Philadelphia, PA. Fans can come for photos, autographs and take advantage of Cricket’s boxing specials. (more…)
USA Olympian, NABF champion and undefeated Jose Ramirez (1 5 -0, 12 KOs) will headline a Top Rank event on Saturday, December 5 at the Save Mart Center Arena in Fresno.
One of the most prestigious arenas in America, ‘Venues Today,’ a leading trade publication listed Save Mart Center among its ‘Top Stops’ for venues in the 10,000 to 15,000 capacity category. The venue came in as the No. 1 ranked collegiate venue, the No. 4 in the U.S. and No. 12 in the world based on concert grosses from October, 2013 to October 2014. Save Mart Center was one of seven SMG-managed arenas to rank in the Top 10 in this size category.
Hall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank said “the Save Mart Center is the perfect setting for Jose. We at Top Rank are proud of Jose. He is a future world champion who cares for his community and its Fight for Water.” (more…)
This Saturday night, New Legend Boxing and DiBella Entertainment (DBE) will host “International Fight Night” at the Resorts World Casino New York City, in Queens, New York. Headlining the card, in his DBE debut, will be WBC #13 cruiserweight Alex Guerrero (12-0-1, 6 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against Brian Howard (10-1, 8 KOs) in the ten round main event.
Also making his DBE debut on the card will be undefeated middleweight prospect Steve Rolls (11-0, 6 KOs), who takes on Tyi Edmonds (5-2, 3 KOs) in an eight-round middleweight matchup. (more…)
The August 29 clash in Hong Kong between former European middleweight champion Kerry “The Great” Hope and Thailand’s Petchsuriya Singwancha that ended in a draw has been changed by the WBC to a unanimous decision win for Hope.
“The original decision was quite simply the worst I’ve ever seen and by some distance,” said Hope’s co-manager Matt Clark. “Kerry Hope completely dominated his opponent from the opening bell and there’s no way on God’s green Earth that it was remotely competitive, let alone a draw. I launched a complaint with the WBC and provided them footage of the bout. Kerry has today received a letter from the President of the WBC, Mauricio Sulaiman, stating that the fight has been reviewed and upon review, the decision has been awarded to Hope. The committee reviewing the fight awarded it unanimously by a wide margin,” Clark said.
Hope belatedly claims the WBC Asian Boxing Council middleweight title. Judges Visuth Yingaupagarn and Pongpan Rattanasutorn have been suspended by the Asian Boxing Council and are being retrained.
By Pasi Taavitsainen
In a terrific clash of unbeaten heavyweights, “The Nordic Nightmare” Robert Helenius (21-0, 13 KOs) will challenge EBU (European) heavyweight champion Erkan Teper (15-0, 10 KOs) on December 19 at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
The formerly WBO #1 rated Helenius is 2-0 with 2 KOs since resuming his career in March following a promotional dispute that kept him out of action for two years.
Teper will be making the first defense of the belt he won in July with a spectacular second round knockout against David Price in Ludwigsburg, Germany.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
The stage is set for WBO welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (32-1-1, 12 KOs) and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) to collide on Saturday November 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The two fighters met Tuesday afternoon at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles to officially announce their showdown.
Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum started off the press conference. “On November 7th, we will hold a boxing event which will feature Timothy Bradley, the WBO welterweight champion, and former world champion Brandon Rios, which I am absolutely certain will be the fight of the year,” said Arum. “This fight has had the anticipation of so many people and best of all it won’t be on pay per view. People won’t have to go in their pocket to see this fight.” (more…)
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Kyoto is a beautiful city with a great many temples and shrines, and the old city is usually calm at night. But only a place in Kyoto was so noisy, enthusiastic and hot on the night of yesterday (Wednesday), and it’s Shimazu Arena Kyoto (formerly called Kyoto Prefectural Gymnasium) where a couple of national title bouts took place before local adherents for native champions in their first defenses.
WBC#7/WBA#11/WBO#3/IBF#6 unbeaten southpaw Shohei Omori (15-0, 10 KOs), 118, registered his initial defense of the Japanese bantamweight belt as he lopsidedly battered two-time world challenger Hirofumi Mukai (11-4-2, 1 KO), 118, dropped him twice and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 1:37 of the sixth round. The 5’8” lefty Omori’s performance was so impressive that he positively landed fast and solid combinations to the game challenger, and scored a first knockdown with a vicious left to the belly in the third and again with another body shot in the fourth. Aggressive and agile, Omori, in the fatal sixth, swarmed over the fading foe with a flurry of punches upstairs and downstairs and almost sent him back to the deck. The ref Miyazaki quickly called a halt, when the loser’s corner sent a towel for surrender. (more…)
The rivalry between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor has become one of the UFC’s most compelling storylines, and Aldo’s coach Andre Pederneiras is doing his part to ramp up the rhetoric before the highly anticipated Dec. 2 showdown at UFC 194 . . . . Click here for more
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Tickets for the much anticipated clash between Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios go on sale tomorrow (September 17) at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. Priced at $400, $250, $150, $100 and $50, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).
By Robert Hough
Photo: Karl Freitag
Wladimir Klitschko isn’t merely training for his fight with Tyson Fury. The wise, benevolent heavyweight champ said this week he’s found the time and compassion to help Fury by diagnosing his mental illness, planning a course of treatment and guiding him toward a post-boxing career. The 39-year-old said all those things and so much more in a relaxed, meandering occasionally serious and even poignant teleconference this week to promote his Oct. 22 fight with the big and big-talking man that is Fury.
“We see all these different sides of Tyson Fury. He says one thing and then later on he says a completely different thing.” said Klitschko (64-3, 53 KOs), who has earned a PhD in Sports Science from Kiev University. “There are a lot of psychological issues in Tyson Fury’s mind so I think he’s bipolar.”
There’s hope for Fury (24-0, 18 KOs), though, and help is on the way, the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titleholder insisted. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
“I believe that Nathan Cleverly is a better fighter than Chavez Jr. – more experience, better amateur background, defended his WBO title five times. It was hard NOT to hit Chavez Jr. sometimes… Clev is an all around better fighter with fast hands and good ring movement. I expect him to be best Nathan Cleverly ever – and I’m preparing for it accordingly,” stated top-ranked light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (27-3, 16 KO) talking to Figntnews.com exactly a month before his ring return against former WBO world champion, Nathan Cleverly (29-2, 15 KO). Fonfara-Cleverly takes place on October 16 at UIC Pavilion in Chicago, and will be televised live as a main event of Premier Boxing Champions on Spike presentation. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Two-division world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. (32-1-1, 12 KOs) and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (33-2-1, 23 KOs) hosted a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday to kick off their clash for Bradley’s World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight world title on November 7 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Timothy Bradley: I understand that Brandon is going to be ready for this fight, but you know me. I embrace a challenge and I know it’s gonna be a challenge on November 7. Under the new guidance of Teddy Atlas and my work ethic, I think we’re going t come out of campo and be in tremendous shape for this fight because their’s no other way to be – especially for a guy like Brandon Rios.
Brandon Rios: I’m ready to fight. I probably wasn’t on their list, but I’m here now I’m ready to go. I will be well prepared and you will see the best Brandon Rios as you did against Alvarado.
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that the co-feature for the HBO-televised card will be WBO featherweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko against Romulo Koasicha.
Vasyl Lomachenko: I’m very happy to be back in Los Angeles and start my training for the next fight. I’m not going to speak very much. I’m not going to take your time and my time, I’m going to go back and train. photos
IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook has vowed to beat Floyd Mayweather’s 49-0 pro record ahead of his title defense against Diego Chaves at the Sheffield Arena on October 24. Brook moved to 35-0 in May with a sixth round stoppage win over Frankie Gavin in London in the second defense of his crown, and is looking to chase down ‘Money’ Mayweather, who declared himself retired after beating Andre Berto in Las Vegas on Saturday night. “Floyd’s last fight on Saturday means that the door is open for someone to become boxing’s new mega-star – and I want to be that man,” said Brook. “His 49-0 record is incredible and he leaves a phenomenal legacy behind, but I believe I can reach that pinnacle and go past it.”
The 29-year-old Brook needs 15 wins to surpass Mayweather (and Marciano). That would take him five years IF he fights three times a year.
Photo: Premier Boxing Champions
Welterweight Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) put on an electrifying show for his hometown fans on his way to fifth-round stoppage of Jose “Piston” Lopez (25-4-1, 15 KOs) on Tuesday night in California, PA. Currently rated WBO #13, Vasquez looked like possible world championship material.
“Everybody in front of me is on my mind,” said Vasquez afterward. “I can only get to the top by beating the people in front of me. I’m not calling out any names, because I want every person ranked in front of me. I want everyone!”
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Boesel (19-0, 6 KOs) faces Argentinian Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (18-4, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Belantis Arena in Leipzig, Germany. The bout will be for Boesel’s WBO Inter-Continental title. The fighters faced off at the pre-fight press conference.
Maximiliano Gomez: “I have traveled all the way here to bring home the title. With all due respect, Boesel is not unbeatable. My nickname is “The Raven.” It’s my lucky bird. Like a raven I represent power and danger!”
Dominic Boesel: “Leipzig is a good place for me. In the last fight here I clearly won. After my injury I’m completely fit again and could train without restrictions. I’ve always wanted to fight a South American. These guys there are very strong and have a different style. Gomez can call himself whatever he wants – no doubt I will pluck “The Raven.” My title stays here!” (more…)
There has never been much question as to the city of El Paso’s place with the sport of boxing.
One of the best “boxing cities” in America, El Paso often hosts major cards featuring popular world champions in front of sellout or near sellout crowds.
El Paso is a boxing town, but one thing the sport has never been able to give back to the city of El Paso was a world champion.
Despite El Paso always producing exceptional fighters, they always seemed to fall a little short in their quest for the gold. (more…)
Frankie “The Answer” Edgar will take on another of Team Alpha Male’s big dogs in Chad “Money” Mendes as they headline the TUF 22 finale event on December 11, the night before featherweight champion Jose Aldo will face interim titleholder Conor McGregor to unify the featherweight belt in Las Vegas’s MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . . Click here for more
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Lightweight Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd (9-1, 2 KOs) will now face Gary Buckland (30-6, 10 KOs) at the Liverpool Olympia on Saturday night after British titleholder Scotty Cardle was forced out of the clash through injury. Dodd already had a place on the bill but now takes centre-stage against Buckland with the winner set to face Cardle for the Lonsdale belt in Liverpool on November 7. Cardle was ruled out of defending the title he won in May for the first time after sustaining a tear in his quadriceps in his final spar the fight this week.
In other action, Stephen Smith (22-1, 12 KOs) faces Devis Boschiero (37-3-1, 19 KOs)( in a final eliminator for the IBF super featherweight title and unbeaten super lightweight Bradley Saunders (12-0, 9 KOs) returns against Renald Garrido (14-11-1, 2 KOs).
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Bob Arum nixes Freddie Roach’s choice of Danny Garcia for Manny Pacquiao
Photos: Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated hometown favorite and WBC #13 rated welterweight Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (20-0, 14 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over Jose “Piston” Lopez (25-4, 15 KOs) on Tuesday night at the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center in California, Pennsylvania. Vasquez punished Lopez with big shots in round four, then in round five, Vasquez dropped Lopez twice to end it. Time was 1:08.
Unbeaten 130-pound prospect Omar “Super O” Douglas (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Braulio Santos (12-2, 10 KOs). It looked like it would be a short fight when Douglas dropped Santos hard in rounds one and two. Santos, however, hung in for the full ten rounds. Scores were 96-90, 99-87, 97-89.
Unbeaten super lightweight Milton Santiago (12-0, 3 KOs) outpointed veteran Alvaro Ortiz (40-18-3, 24 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54 on all cards. photos
Photos: Arano Box
On Monday, super lightweight contender Lucas “La Máquina” Matthysse (37-3, 34 KOs) hosted his first-ever Argentinian media workout ahead of his upcoming fight with Viktor “The Iceman” Postol (27-0, 11 KOs). Matthysse showcased his boxing skills in a workout session open to the public and spoke to the media about his upcoming fight. Matthysse and Postol will square off for the vacant WBC world super lightweight championship in a 12-round bout on October 3 at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif.
Joining Matthysse at a special round table with the media were Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, his manager Mario Arano, trainer Cuty Barrera.
Lucas Matthysse: “I feel very good, we have been doing a lot of sparring against fighters who are taller and bigger to make sure we are prepared. I think this is important, I want to make sure I am comfortable in the ring against [Viktor] Postol come Oct. 3. This is a great opportunity for me. I want to win the title. Winning the title will elevate me to a different level in my career. It will give me a different name and another status in the boxing community. This is the opportunity to continue fighting the best and the bigger names in the division.” (more…)
Boxing Hall of Famer Steve Smoger will referee the New England heavyweight championship fight between Alexis Santos (14-1, 13 KOs) and Tracey Johnson (3-2-3, 0 KOs) as part of the October 3 “Irish” Micky Ward Tribute at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. Coincidentally, Smoger was also the third man in the ring when Micky Ward fought Emanuel Augustus in nearby Hampton Beach, NH.
The evening will be a celebration of Ward’s 50th birthday and a tribute to the beloved Lowell, MA native, who still lives in the city and owns a boxing gym there. Doors to the Rockingham Park Sports Club open at 6 PM and the first fight will get underway at 7 PM. Tickets are $35, $45 and $75 for ringside seating, and parking at the racetrack is free.
Paul Malignaggi’s Italian fight on September 26 at Principe theater in Milan was announced a couple of weeks ago. Now we also know the name of his opponent: Hungarian Laszlo Fazekas, who has fought professionally 50 times building a record of 27 wins (17 kos), 21 losses, 1 draw and 1 no-contest. He fought many times in the U.K. always producing a good performance. There’s also more news: the fight will be at the eight round distance (rather than the scheduled six rounds).
Besides the former two weight divisions world champion Malignaggi, OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events will offer two meaningful fights involving former Italian champions Antonio Moscatiello (welterweight) and Renato De Donato (super lightweight) against Hungarian counterparts. Power-puncher Moscatiello (18 wins-2 defeats-1 draw) will fight Jozsef Gerebecz (7-13-2). Moscatiello comes from several months of inactivity due to eye surgery (detached retina). De Donato will fight Gyula Tallosi (9-5). De Donato wants to challenge current Italian super lightweight champion Andrea Scarpa (whom he lost the belt to) and must produce a great performance to get the opportunity.
It was announced today at the Rhode Island State House that undefeated former WBO jr. middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade will return to the ring on October 17 when he takes on Dario Fabian Pucheta that will take place at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. The bout will be contested for the WBO International jr. middleweight belt. Andrade (21-0, 14 KOs) will be returning for the first time in 16 months after having his world title stripped due to inactivity.
Pucheta of Benos Aires, Argentina has a record of 20-2 with 11 knockouts. The 28-year-old has won three in a row which includes his last bout when he stopped Bethuel Ushona (32-2) on October 4, 2014 in Windhoek, Namibia.
“It’s about time that I get back in the ring. I am happy to be fighting at home in front of my fans. It is the most comfortable place in the world to be, and I look forward to regaining my title and defending in front all my loyal fans. I just want to thank them for their support during the last year. I look forward to seeing all of my fans at the fight,” said Andrade. (more…)
‘King’ Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) is back on November 21 with a voluntary defence of his WBO world super middleweight title against an as yet unnamed opponent at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. The 35-year-old returns following an impressive victory over domestic rival Robert Stieglitz on July 18, 2015, in which Abraham delivered a devastating sixth-round knockout win to bring a conclusive end to their four-fight saga.
“After beating Stieglitz for the third time, I felt like I’d been liberated,” said the two-division world champion. “I’ve always had confidence in my punching power. My opponents should beware, and the fans should rejoice as there are plenty more knockout victories to come!” (more…)
The #1 Boxing program on Spanish television Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford will kick off their fall series on Friday, October 9, 2015 from the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. In the main event former former olympian and world title challenger Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (21-4-1-11 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will face Gabino “Flash” Cota (18-4-1, 16 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with the WBO Latin jr. lightweight title on the line.
Cruz, the first openly gay professional boxer, is ranked #15 by the WBO and in his last fight June 26 he returned to his home country after seven years and stopped Edwin “Bazookita” Lopez (25-4-1-23 KOs) in the 4th round in his debut as a jr. lightweight.
Cota, 22, in his last fight June 13 stopped Javier Lopez (10-5-1-8 KOs’s) in the sixth round of a bout held in Mexico.
The undercard will be announced shortly, the first bell at 8:00 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US. Claro Sports will televise to all of Latin America. Tickets are already on sale at the Palm Bay Chamber of Commerce by calling (321) 951-9998. The event is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc. The Palm Bay Community Center is located at 1502 Port Malabar Boulevard NE., Palm Bay, FL, Tel: (813) 831-5390.
Report and photos by Joe Koizumi
Let’s get ready to rumble! Is this correct, Michael? We, in Japan, are going to watch a sensationally competitive confrontation of the WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (23-0-2, 17 KOs) and former WBA 118-pound super champ Anselmo Moreno (35-3-1, 12 KOs) in Tokyo on Wednesday next week. Each showed a public workout and press interview at the traditional Teiken Gym in the center of Tokyo. Yamanaka, on Tuesday, displayed fine sparring sessions with WBO top bantam contender, lefty Filipino Marlon Tapales and showed his good condition as well as strong confidence prior to his ninth defense. The champ gamely said, “I wish to finish Moreno, if there’s a good opportunity and timing.”
The Panamanian southpaw, on Tuesday, also proved he’s in good shape. Entonces (by the way), do you know Anselmo Moreno is a son-in-law of the legendary Panamanian hero Ismael Laguna? His wife Rouss confessed that she’s a daughter of El Tigre, who was the second world titlist out of Panama, following a great footstep of Panama Al Brown, a 118-pound six-footer. Moreno also confidently said, “I’ve come here to acquire the WBC belt, which my father Ismael used to possess. Either by decision or by knockout, I will show my excellence and bring back the WBC belt to add it to my collection in Panama.” (more…)
Retired heavyweight boxer Vinny Maddalone and his former promoter and close friend, Joe DeGuardia, are scheduled to be special Ring 8 guest speakers tomorrow night (Tuesday, Sept. 15), starting at 7 p.m. ET, at O’Neill’s Restaurant, located at 64-21 53rd Drive in Maspeth, New York.
Crowd pleasing Maddalone (37-8-1, 28 KOs), fighting out of Flushing, fought some of the top heavyweights of his era, including world champions Evander Holyfield, Tomas Adamek and Jean Marc Mormeck, as well as upcoming title challenger Tyson Fury. Maddalone earned a BA degree from Pfeiffer University in North Carolina, majoring in criminal justice. (more…)
Undefeated hometown favorite and WBC #13 rated welterweight Sergeant Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (19-0, 13 KOs) will enter the ring in his own backyard as he battles it out with Jose “Piston” Lopez (25-3, 15 KOs) in the 10-round headliner on tonight’s FS1’s “Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays” telecast. The fight takes place at the California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center in California, PA. Vasquez is coming off of a victory over Nigerian knockout artist Wale Omotoso in June in a bloody brawl that Vasquez won by unanimous decision. His toughest challenge to date, Vasquez showed that he has the skills to box on the outside and bang inside when necessary. With another victory over the tough “Piston”, he hopes to prove that he is ready for top welterweights such as Keith Thurman, Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia.
By Bob Caico
Former heavyweight boxer and Ring 44 Hall of Fame member and outstanding individual Dick Wipperman has passed away on Saturday, September 12. Wip compiled a career mark of 32-14-1, 16 KOs before retiring in 1968. He fought many of the great heavyweights in the 1960s like George Chuvalo, Oscar Bonavena, Henry Cooper, Buster Mathis and Joe Frazier. He was a dedicated member to Ring 44 and will be sorely missed. Details on arrangements will follow.
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