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Sensational Dominican prospect Francisco Contreras made his US debut a memorable one Thursday night as he brutally knocked out Gustavo Mejia in the first round of their welterweight bout at the TKO Boxing Promotions/Ballroom Boxing event at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Dropping Mejia twice with an array of power shots to the head and body, the bout was stopped at the 1:52 mark when Mejia went down for the second time. With the win, Contreras improved his undefeated record to 9-0-0, all by knockout. Details of his next bout will be announced shortly. Photo courtesy of TKO Boxing Promotions.
By Big Joe Miranda
Top Rank held a press conference on Thursday at the El Paseo Inn on the famous Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles to discuss the July 25th Latin Fury 10 pay-per-view event. Headliners “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and world featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, plus Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum were in attendance.
Universum Box-Promotion has a big card planned forAugust 22 in Budapest, Hungary. In the main event, WBO super middleweight champion Károly Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) defends against Robert Stieglitz (35-2, 21 KOs). Both Balzsay and Stieglitz were in attendance at a press conference earlier this week. “I’m very pleased that my second title defense will take place in my home town,” said Balzsay. “It’s a tough fight because Robert is a very talented, tough fighter. Excitement is guaranteed. I want to give a great gift to my fans: an excellent victory.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Middleweights Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow (19-1-2, 7 KOs) and John “No Mercy” Mackey (11-3-2, 5 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw in the main event on Thursday night at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. It was an intriguing tactical matchup as Mackey prevailed 77-75 on one card, while the other two judges saw it even at 76-76.
In the co-feature, middleweight Cecil McCalla remained unbeaten with an impressive sixth round TKO of Jorge Barajas (5-3, 2 KOs). McCalla (9-0, 4 KOs) put Barajas on the canvas three times in all. Time was 1:16. The card was another in the series of collaborative promotions with Ballroom Boxing and TKO Promotions.
In other results, Francisco Contreras (9-0, 9 KOs) TKO’d Gustavo Mejia (3-7-1, 3 KOs) at 1:52 of the first; Julius Kennedy (6-1, 3 KOs) TKO’d Gevonte Davis (3-3-1, 2 KOs) at 2:26 of the second; and Jesus Perez (26-25-3, 14 KOs) won a six-round unanimous decision over Delvin Plascencia (14-1, 5 KOs), with scores of 59-53, 57-56, 57-55.
By Alexey Sukachev
An emotional presser, devoted to the upcoming Red Square boxing event was held today at the specific synodic department of the Patriarchate of Muscovy (the constituent division of the Russian Orthodox Church) responsible for the full fledged interaction between the Church and military and law machinery of the Russian statehood. (more…)
By Dave Baggs/Fightnews Canada
Bobby Gunn is a humble man. He knows right now that lady luck has finally come knocking. Unable to secure that big fight following his unsuccessful bid to win the WBO Cruiserweight title, Gunn (21-3-1, 18 KOs) never lost both hope or faith. With the plan of just keeping active and winning, the Canadian born contender now finds himself back in the ring with the world title on the line. He finds himself fighting in front of his adopted hometown fans of New Jersey and not overseas in hostile territory. He finds himself an underdog against an accomplished champion but the well spoken pugilist doesn’t care. He believes in both his will and god’s plan. On July 11th, Gunn and Tomasz Adamek will battle for the IBF Cruiserweight title at the Prudential Centre in what should be a very entertaining battle. Gunn took a few moments from his busy training schedule to talk to Fightnews Canada and answer a few questions about the biggest fight of his career. (More)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
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With the presence of the Mayor of Ensenada, Pablo Alejo, and the President of Zanfer Promotions, Fernando Beltran, the bout for this Saturday night was officially announced. Joksan Hernandez will have the most important fight of his young career when he faces the veteran and world ranked Hector Velazquez in a bout that will be televised by TV Azteca America. Hernandez (15-1, 9 KOs) is in search of Velazquez’s (51-12-2, 35 KOs) world ranking as they both fight for the WBC Continental featherweight title in the Municipal Gymnasium of Ensenada, Oscar “Tigre” Garcia. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian heavyweight champion, Colin Wilson (34-24-1, 20 KOs) and Australian based Samoan Alex Lepai (15-3-2,11 KOs) will clash over twelve rounds at Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Wilson outscored Lepai, 29 years, in 2008 via a split decision. Wilson has been in the ring with world class heavyweights like Shane Cameron in 2005, Kali Meehan in 2002, Corrie Sanders in 2006 and Oleg Platov in 2007. Lepai is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry who has guided several boxers into world title bouts including his brother, Ricky, who took Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottke the twelve round distance. In a supporting bout, former Australian light heavyweight champion, Les Sherrington (22-5,14 KOs) will punch it out with veteran Glen Fitzpatrick (15-13-2,6 KOs) over six. The promoter is Jamie Myer. This bout is televised throughout Australia on Foxtel cable television network.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian, King Davidson (8-0, 5 KOs), will challenge Robert Toomey (7-6, 2 KOs) for the vacant Australian 154 pound title over ten rounds at the Sutherland Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Davidson holds the IBF Pan Pacific Youth title and is trained by Australian Hall of Famer Johnny Lewis who also trained world champs such as Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Clair. Davidson is managed by former Australian flyweight champion Peter Mitrevski Sr. On the same show Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau (13-0, 5 KOs) will defend the title against Ben Crampton (22-2-2,10 KOs) over ten rounds. Former Australian champion Gary Comer will be in action against Kiwi David Wiremu. The promoter is former NSW middleweight champion Roy Alexander.
By Felipe Leon
David “Flecha” Gaspar of Tijuana, Mexico, by way of Long Beach, CA, will be defending his WBA FEDECARIBE super flyweight title for the first time Saturday, June 27th in Nicaragua. Gaspar (10-1-1, 7 KOs) will be facing native Nicaraguan Juan Centeno (15-13, 8 KOs) in a fight card promoted by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and Pinolero Boxing and broadcast by Cadena Tes in Mexico. Gaspar is coming off a TKO over former world champion Isaac Bustos while Centeno has faced the more experienced opposition in his career such as Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Gaspar, who in his short career has become a favorite of the border town of Tijuana, where he has performed for the majority of his career, captured the title late last year by defeating Pancho Reyes in Loreto, Mexico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Referee Luis Pabon from Puerto Rico will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Josafat Perez (12-1, 7 KOs) and reigning champion, Jorge Linares (26-0, 17 KOs) fight for the WBA super featherweight title at the Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico on June 27. The three judges are Levy Martinez (US), Guillermo Perez Pineda (Panamá) and Uriel Aguilera (Colombia). The fight supervisor is Miguel Prado from Panamá. Also on the card will be super flyweight Hugo Fidel Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs) vs TBA and light flyweight Guadalupe Martinez (5-1-1, 5 KOs) vs Oscar Saturnino (11-6, 3 KOs).
Promoter Michael Acri announced today that undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora and his new trainer, four division world champion and Hall of Fame inductee Pernell “Sweet Pea” Whitaker, will hold public workouts and autograph sessions in the Pittsburgh area as they prepare for Spadafora’s homecoming fight, scheduled for Wednesday, June 24 at Pittsburgh’s Amphitheatre at Station Square . Spadafora (41-0-1), will rumble with Ivan Bustos (27-12-3) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout.
Public workout schedule: Saturday, June 20, beginning at 1:00 P.M., the Spadafora-Whitaker Public Workout and Autograph Session will take place at 1st Choice Motors (1 Furnace Street, McKees Rocks, PA. 15136), located next to Eat And Park. Monday, June 22, beginning at 2:00 P.M., the second Spadafora-Whitaker Public Workout and Autograph Session will take place at James 5:16 Boxing Center in Tarentum (301 West 7th Avenue, Tarentum, PA 15084)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA rated #1 heavyweight Kali Meehan recently spoke to Fightnews and didn’t hold back. Meehan (35-2, 29 KOs) stated that he was initially offered an opportunity to fight WBA champion Nikolay Valuev when Ruslan Chagaev was bot approved by the Finnish boxing commission, when he believes his title shot will come, his thoughts on the David Tua vs Shane Cameron all-New Zealand heavyweight superfight, and much more. (more…)
A dislocated shoulder, suffered in training, has forced welterweight standout Jonathan Goulet to withdraw from his bout against Dong Hyun Kim on the preliminary card of UFC® 100 on July 11th. But Canada will still be represented in the bout, as Nova Scotia’s TJ Grant will step in to face Kim at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Two of the sport’s most well-rounded athletes have officially agreed to meet on August 9 in a bout that could very well determine the next bantamweight title challenger. Undefeated Joseph Benavidez of Sacramento, Calif. takes on once-beaten Dominick Cruz of San Diego, Calif. at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in a fight that already has fans buzzing. (more…)
From Salisbury, Maryland for tomorrow night’s “Boxing’s Future Champions” card televised on PrizeFightTV.com:
Fernando Guerrero 164.6 vs. Brian Norman 166
Farah Enis 167.5 vs. Bobby Jordan 168
Shawn Porter 157 vs. Brandon Wooten TBD
Dominic Wade 163.5 vs. Anthony Cannon 164.5
Alex Guerrero 190 vs. Rodrika Ray 201
Derrick Innis Jr. 154 vs. Joshua Onyango TBD
Venue: Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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Son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa apeared together today at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce Top Rank’s big “Latin Fury 10″ pay-per-view event, which can be seen live on July 25 from Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.
Weights by Bob Caico
Meacher Major 133 vs Michael Clark 135
(NABA lightweight Championship)
Nick Casal 141 vs Shad Howard 142
Kenny Abril 146 vs Sebastian Hamel 143
Guillermo Sanchez 130 1/4 vs Ron Boyd 135
(Boyd must lose a pound)
Excell Holmes 231.5 vs Damien Clement 242
Venue: Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: X-cel Worldwide
Unbeaten Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley has traveled thousands and thousands of miles for fights in the last 15 months. Now, finally, “Desert Storm” is getting a home game in the California desert when he defends his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Jr. Welterweight world title against former champion and dynamic puncher Nate Campbell, Saturday, August 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9p ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The scheduled 12-round world title fight will emanate from the brand-new The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., less than 10 miles from where Bradley grew up in North Palm Springs. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. Tickets go on sale July 3, at 10 a.m. (PT) and will be available for purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737. (more…)
Weights by Dave Spencer
Photos: Dave Spencer
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Adrian Diaconu 173.14 vs Jean Pascal 174.14
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Troy Ross 193.7 vs Michael Simms 199.6
David Lemieux 161.14 vs Martin Avila 161.9
Sebastien Gauthier 117.14 vs Mario Macias-Orozco 117.1
Pier-Olivier Cote 137.1 vs Jean Charlemagne 137.1
Kevin Bizier 146.11 vs Cesar Soriano 146.7
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Repeatingly there is irritating and false information about WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev in the media. Universum Box-Promotion once again wants to point out the following: Even the Statement of the Association of Professional Ringside Physicians is obviously based on incorrect information. Universum-Physician Michael Ehnert: “The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians states that there is a “low hepatitis B viral load” in the case of Ruslan Chagaev. The facts are there has never been a proof of viruses or HBV-DNA in high sensitive PCR-tests since 2003. After achieving Hepatitis B many years ago Ruslan Chagaev has never been sick due to hepatitis B. He is just a healthy carrier of hepatitis antigen with constantly normal liver enzymes. Infection doesn’t mean illness. According to international expert opinions Ruslan Chagaev is regarded as non-infectious.” (more…)
Sensational Dominican prospects Francisco Contreras and Delvin Plascencia arrived in Baltimore on Wednesday for their pre-fight weigh-in just a day before their highly anticipated US debuts on Thursday night at the TKO BOXING Promotions BALLROOM BOXING event at Michael’s Eighth Avenue . . Click here for more
WHAT: “Boxing Future Champions” PPV professional boxing show
WHEN: Friday, June 19, 2009
WHERE: Wicomico Civic Center, Salisbury, Maryland
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Photos: Lawrence Lustig
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WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik and challenger Amir Khan spoke to the press today about their upcoming fight which had to be rescheduled to July 18 and moved from London to Manchester after Kotelnik damaged his teeth during a sparring session. “I am returning to the Ukraine tomorrow morning for a minor operation on one of the teeth,” said Kotelnik. “This will not affect my training and I will resume sparring within a week.” Khan stated “When I beat him, the last thing I want is people saying he beat a man with a toothache. I’m happy the fight is going ahead. That’s the main thing. I didn’t want to lose the chance for a world title.” Khan’s trainer Freddie Roach called Kotelnik’s claims ‘bull****,” and commented “You can’t have surgery and recover in two weeks – come on!”
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) is recommending that Saturday’s heavyweight title clash between Ruslan Chagaev and Wladimir Klitschko in Gelsenkirchen, Germany be cancelled due to medical safety issues. The group says Chagaev should be banned until he can demonstrate a negative hepatitis status. Chagaev’s fight against Nikolai Valuev was called off by Finnish authorities just weeks ago because Chagaev apparently had Hepatitis B antigens present in his blood, but in Germany, where Chagaev has fought twice since being OK’d to return to the ring, Chagaev’s blood level is considered safe and as of now all systems are go for a megafight that will attract 60,000 fight fans. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Attorneys representing WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former champion Oleg Maskaev both gave closing statements on Monday at the close of arbitration to determine if Maskaev will indeed get the next shot against Klitschko. The Maskaev camp is optimistic that a preliminary decision will be reached by tomorrow (Friday, June 19) with an explanatory statement released by the arbitrator sometime next week. “Klitschko is the one we want, the one that the WBC ordered and we are the one designated the mandatory challenger by the WBC,” said Maskaev manager Fred Kesch. Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) is coming off a defense against then mandatory challenger, Juan Carlos Gomez in March. Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs) has won two fights since being knocked out in March of 2008 by Samuel Peter. Maskaev and Klitschko, meanwhile fought as amateurs, with Maskaev coming out the winner via early knockout.
After losing two of his last three bouts, former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli says he will walk away from boxing if he fails to beat Denis Lebedev (17-0, 12 KOs), whom he fights in a WBO eliminator bout on July 18. In an interview on Setanta Sports News, Maccarinelli said he hoped to get his career back on track following his shock defeat to Ola Afolabi in March. He said: “I was so devastated by the way I performed last time out ; it just hit me for six. I was offered a nice, easy warm up to get me back in the swing of things. Or they offered me this undefeated Russian. Basically I said ‘give me the Russian’.” Now working with new trainer Karl Ince, Maccarinelli has his sights set on a rematch with Afolabi – if he can overpower Lebedev. “All I want is Ola. That’s the only fight I want. I spoke to Frank [Warren] and this is a way to get me one step closer to Ola, quickly. If the fight can be made Frank’s the man to make it. Until I fight Ola again my boxing career isn’t going to move on. With Ola I fought well below my best. That’s the fight that I want, but first I’ve got to get past Denis Lebedev.”
By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing have bought their next date and that will be August 8th at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. This card will see Brad Jackson bouncing back from his first loss to Geoffrey Spruiell as well as Isaac Atencio’s return from his loss to Victor Villereal. Also scheduled is Nebraska’s Patrick Thompson. All bouts are against the ever dangerous TBA at this point.
Story by Gary “Digital” Williams
Some have called Fernando Guerrero one of boxing’s newest “franchise” boxers – a boxer that is very successful in his hometown. In two previous appearances, Guerrero has drawn close to capacity crowds in Salisbury, MD’s Wicomico Civic Center.
However, Guerrero’s third appearance in Salisbury – Friday, June 19 — will be very special for two reasons. This will be Guerrero’s first main event bout and his brother, Alex, will be making his pro debut . . . click here for more
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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