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Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz engage in a staredown at today’s final presser held at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The 12-round rematch of the 2009 “Fight of the Year” is scheduled for Saturday, July 31 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, and will be for Marquez’s Ring Magazine, WBA and WBO Lightweight World titles. The fight will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT.
Quick quotes by Andreas Hale:
Marquez: “I’ve always said that to make a big fight, you need two fighters and I think we have achieved that. This fight will be better than the first one.”
Nacho Beristain, Marquez’s trainer: “They call Juan Diaz the ‘Baby Bull’ for good reason. You combine his style with Juan Manuel’s style and you will have another great fight.”
Diaz: “Here I am in a big pay per view fight and it just makes sense that I’m going to win. I lost my last fight and this time I will win and I’ll keep winning from now on.”
Ronnie Shields, Diaz’s trainer: “The first fight is definitely one of the best fights I’ve ever been involved in so rest assured the second fight will be more than exceptional.”
Oscar De La Hoya: “This should be ‘Fight of the Year’ again.”
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez, the pride of Puerto Rico and México, respectively, hosted a News Conference Luncheon announcing their highly anticipated world featherweight title fight on Tuesday in the Gold Ballroom at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles. The fighters were joined by their teams, including promoters Bob Arum, Ivan Rivera, Gary Shaw and Fernando Beltran. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
During a SHOWTIME video shoot in Los Angeles Wednesday, two-division world champion Rafael Marquez shows his intensity while shadow boxing and says, “I am going into the biggest fight of my life,” as he prepares for their upcoming world featherweight title fight against undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, September 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. Tickets go on sale on Monday, August 2.
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
As reported this past weekend by Fightnews, former three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico will take on seven-time world champion Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines on Saturday, November 13 for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title with the location still to be determined. Fightnews recently sat down with Margarito’s trainer, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, to get his take on the upcoming fight. (more…)
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez greets his new fans at the Azteca Boxing Club in Los Angeles Tuesday during a workout for his upcoming world featherweight title fight against two-division world champion Rafael Marquez. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and SHOWTIME, Lopez vs. Marquez will take place Saturday, September 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is that WBA 122lb champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero may get an opportunity to challenge WBA featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa if an apparent shoulder injury suffered WBC featherweight Elio Rojas keeps Rojas out of his September 11 unification clash with Gamboa on September 11 in Las Vegas. “I’d like to fight Gamboa on September 11,” stated Caballero. “I’m in condition to fight him. We just need to arrive at an agreement of the purse and I’ll sign the contract. Gamboa is a champion and I am a super champion. It’s a great fight.”
New York City’s longest running and most successful boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns tonigh at the most intimate venue for boxing in the country, the BB King Blues Club in Times Square. In the main event, Argenis Mendez, who in his last fight won the USBA super featherweight title, returns to the ring in a non-title scrap vs. popular Broolynite Shamir Reyes. Just in time for tonight’s show, DiBella Entertainment has released a limited number of General Admission tickets at $55 which will be available for purchase at the door. (more…)
By Damien St. Pierre
Promoter “Bad” Chad Broussard is at it again with another installment of live professional boxing. This time “The Heat Is On” at the Rayne Civic Center in Rayne, Louisiana this Saturday night July 31, 2010. In the main event the vacant UBO All-American title is on the line as local hometown combatant “Rock Hard Mighty” Mason Menard (11-1) is set to face his toughest test to date in Festus, Missouri native Robbie “Pea Shooter” Cannon (12-5-1). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at a limit of 135 lbs. Both fighters have won their respective state championships in their careers. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Rusell Mora will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA Bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moeno (29-1-1, 10 KOs) and Venezuelan former WBA Interim Bantamweight world champion Nehomar Cermeño (19-1, 11 KOs) meet at Roberto Duran Gym im Panama City on August 14. The three judges are John Potutaj (U.S ), Tom Miller (USA) and Hubert Earle (Canada). The fight supervisor is Jose Emilio Graglia (Argentina).
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented Eloy “The Prince” Perez (17-0-2, 4 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, is set to defend his NABO super featherweight title on Friday, August 13. Perez will take on Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) of Topeka, KS in the main event, which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions, and will be shown live on Telefutura’s latest edition of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate”. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and actually being able to sleep in after teaching summer school that started at 7:40AM), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene is here for fight fans to digest. Lots of upcoming cards and news regarding fighters here in Southern California. (more…)
After the end of the eight year highly successful run with the ZDF network on Saturday, Universum Box-Promotion chief Klaus-Peter Kohl has announced plans the company’s future in the boxing business. “As of August I will personally take over the management,” said Kohl. “In close collaboration with my son-in-law Dietmar Poszwa, we will adapt to the market and continue with a newly formed, smaller team under an entirely new structure. We still have a lot of plans. The boxers and trainers will not be affected by the restructuring.“
Kohl continued, “In the last few weeks and months there has been much speculation about our company. This is a testament to the high interest in us, which is nice. I can reassure all boxing fans that we will definitely continue in this wonderful sport. On TV negotiations, I can’t currently be specific. We are right in the middle of negotiations for a new concept. We’ll comment specifically at the appropriate time. There are many ideas, we’ll see what can be achieved. We have offers for our boxers from all over the world. We need to see what makes sense.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is sure that his preparation was both good and complete. He says he feels calm in front of what is expected to be a hard battle with Rocky Juárez on Saturday at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. “I should take care of Juarez,” he said. “We did good training, sparring with various Mexicans, Japanese and some Filipinos. We are confident because we didn’t have problems of any type.” (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 7 KOs) and Mexico’s Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) almost came to blows before they were separated during today’s press conference at the Hotel Fray Junipero in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico.
The champion Nongqayi called Rosas “a kid” and boasted that he could knock out Rosas in any round including the first round, but he wants to give him a beating for awhile. “After I’m finished they won’t recognize him in his own house,” he stated.
An angry Rosas said his youth is advantage and promised to give Simphiwe the beating of his life. “I don’t fear anybody I will have that belt for Tepic. This is the opportunity I’ve waited and trained for so it’ll be a dog fight and I want my people to see a bloody fight that is for the history of Nayarit.” (more…)
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The Venezuelan José Luis “Olimpico” Varela was confirmed as the rival of the Emeritus light flyweight WBC world champion Edgar Sosa on Saturday, August 7 at the Arena Mexico in the stellar case “La Reconquista” organized by “BOXEO DE GALA”, in full campaign of Sosa in his route to his second world title. Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia, Boxing Gala promoter, said this afternoon at a press conference in Mexico city that Sosa is ready for the flyweight division, after he made 10 successful title defenses on the light flyweight division supported by the World Council Boxing (WBC). Click here for more photos…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO) arrived directly from his training camp at the first official press conference before his August 21 IBF International and NABO title fight against Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs), and just after press conference ended, he was back at the gym. Michael Grant, training in Las Vegas, decided not to waste couple of days of his preparations to travel to North Bergen’s “Global Boxing Gym.” Fine with Adamek, who is only interested what will happen at the Prudential Center. (more…)
Seven out of eight fighters on Saturday’s Las Vegas fight card made their grand arrivals today, in the lobby of the Mandalay Bay. Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, pictured front and center, was the last to arrive. Pictured from left to right: Jorge Linares, Robert Guerrero, Daniel Jacobs, Juan Diaz, Dmitry Pirog and Joel Casamayor. Saturday night’s card, promoted by Golden Boy, will be televised on HBO PPV. Rocky Juarez, who faces Linares, is expected later today.CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez faced off today at a kickoff news conference at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles to announce their September 18 showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The latest in the great rivalry between Puerto Rican and Mexican boxers, Juanma compared his showdown with Marquez to the Trinidad-De La Hoya epic. “This will also be a great fight, but with a big difference: I’ll win by knockout!” Marquez simply said he’ll be well prepared and promised “a sensational show.” The bout will be televised by SHOWTIME in the first week of a tremendous run of boxing on the network. Click here for more photos…
TKO Boxing Promotions was founded two years ago. Between then and now we have signed some wonderful fighters, done forty six shows and crisscrossed the United States trying to build the fighters and the company. Unfortunately, we ran into some financial problems that have set us back considerably, hurt our relationships with many fighters and their managers and derailed many of our plans. We also let a lot of people down and for that I am very sorry.
But we are in the fight business, and even though we have been knocked down early in the fight, we are getting back up. TKO has recapitalized so that it can go forward on stronger footing. We are in the process of clearing all of our debts, reconfirming the strength of some of our relationships, sadly restructuring those of the others, but we are moving forward. (more…)
Fireworks will fly during Mexican Independence Day weekend in Las Vegas, Nev., when two-division world champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Rafael Marquez collide for Lopez’s WBO featherweight title on September 18, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The 12-round world title tilt will be televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. The fight will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing, Zanfer Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. Tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100 and $50, go on sale Monday, August 2, at 10 a.m. PT, and can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to eight (8) per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets will also be available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.
World rated middleweight Andy Lee (25-1, 15 KOs) returns against James Cook (11-3-1, 8 KOs) in an eight round off-TV matchup on Friday at the Buffalo Run Casino in Oklahoma. The Emanuel Steward-trained Lee, is ranked #13 by the WBA, and is currently riding a six fight win streak. The southpaw Lee has served as the sparring partner numerous times for Stewards most prized pupil, heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and Steward believes it is only a matter of time until Lee is crowned middleweight champion. (more…)
The agreement between Felix Sturm and Giovanni Lorenzo was signed at 11:45AM today according to FIGOsport. So Sturm’s opponent for his WBA middleweight championship on September 4th in Cologne has been found. It has been also been confirmed that Sturm will trained for this fight by Fritz Sdunek.
8 Count Productions in association with Vega Boxing have announced that ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights will return to Chicago on August 6th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Headlining will be a ten round welterweight showdown between undefeated prospect “King” James De La Rosa (20-0, 12 KOs) and Mexican veteran Michel “EL Bravo” Rosales (28-3, 23 KOs). The co-feature is a ten round junior welterweight battle between Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (19-2, 11 KOs) and Prenice Brewer (15-0-1, 6 KOs). Previously announced for August 6th is an eight round heavyweight bout between local fan favorite and heavyweight contender Mike Mollo (20-3, 12 KOs) and Franklin Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs).
“We’re very excited to work with Denis Benoit and the Vega Boxing team and our friends at ESPN to bring an outstanding event to the sports fans of Chicago on Friday, August 6th. We originally had an action packed event planned on that night for our Windy City Fight Night series and now the fans will get more world class boxing for the same price” said Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions.
Photos by Peltz Boxing
United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior middleweight champion Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis and challenger ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado both spoke with confidence Monday evening at the final press conference for their all-Philly showdown on Friday, July 30, at the Arena in South Philadelphia. An overflow crowd at Champs American restaurant on Columbus Boulevard in South Philadelphia—less than one mile from the Arena—turned out to hear both fighters and their respective managers and trainers discuss the biggest local fight in years. For more details and photos click here…
Rendall Munroe was last night given the date for his world title showdown against Japanese star Toshiaki Nishioka. Munroe (21-1) will challenge for Nishioka’s (36-4-3) WBC super-bantamweight title at Tokyo’s 10,000 capacity Sumo Hall on Sunday October 24. Munroe, 30, will take eight weeks off from his binman’s job to prepare for the biggest fight of his career. The Leicester southpaw, promoter Frank Maloney, manager Mike Shinfield and trainer Jason Shinfield, will spend 12 days in Tokyo before the fight. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
Every once in a while, a special fighter comes along with so much raw natural talent that it is scary for the rest of the mixed martial arts world. 23-year-old Jon “Bones” Jones is one of those special one-of-a-kind individuals. . . Click here for more
Governor Casimiro Ynares III of Rizal poses with the Filipinos and Thai boxers during the courtesy call at his office at Provincial Capitol in Antipolo City yesterday. From left to right, Filipino contender Jonathan Tacuning, Thai challenger Wandee Singwangcha and his opponent, defending super flyweight champ Silvester “Stallone” Lopez, Ynares, Filipino challenger Ryan Bito and Thai flyweight titlist Sooksan Chaichana Sanmuangloei. Not included in the picture Warlito Parrenas. The triple WBC International championship bouts will be held on Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Shaw Boulevard, Pasig City. The Thai fighters Thai fighters will conduct a public work out around 3pm Wednesday at Elorde Boxing Gym along Taft Avenue, fronting De La Salle University in Manila.
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and two-division world champion Rafael Marquez will host a news conference on Tuesday to officially announce their highly anticipated world featherweight title fight. The fighters will be joined by their teams, including promoters Bob Arum, Ivan Rivera, Orlando Pinero, Gary Shaw and Fernando Beltran in Los Angeles. Click on http://www.toprank.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?catid=0 at 3PM ET/Noon PT to see the news conference streamed live.
By Karl Freitag
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manual Marquez is a healthy favorite to defeat Juan Diaz in their highly publicized pay-per-view “Fight of the Year” rematch on Saturday in Las Vegas. Marquez is -350 at WilliamHill.com, -500 at Sportsbook.com and -450 at Bet365.com. Diaz backers can get +250/+300/+300.
There is also a line for another match on the pay-per-view card. For the WBO middleweight title bout between Daniel Jacobs and Dmitry Pirog, Jacobs is a -175 pick at WilliamHill.com, but just -125 at Bet365.com. Pirog is +125/-105 respectively.
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