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Hall of Fame promoter Don King ia planning a world title twinbill for August 7 at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Billed as “Gateway to Greatness… The Homecoming,” the card will feature WBC/IBF 140lb. champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) against former champ Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), plus IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) against former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs). More details to be announced.
On June 4th, the WBO sent a letter to representatives of WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel and WBO interim bantamweight champion giving them five days to reach an agreement. If an accord is not reached by tomorrow at 2PM ET, a purse bid will take place on Friday in New York City. Minimum bid $100,000. The bout is slated for Top Rank’s big June 29 pay-per-view show in San Antonio.
The Ukrainian National Post Office today issued a postage stamp commemorating current world heavyweight champions Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko. Collectors might be interested to know that 170,000 will be printed. The stamp is worth $1.50 in US funds.
Poker-faced Evan Dunham wasn’t going to let it show, but as he stood in his corner and waited for the bell to ring for the third and final round of his January bout with fellow unbeaten Efrain Escudero, he was smiling on the inside. “It was kinda like a dog that sees a piece of meat and wants nothing more in the world than to go and get it,” he said. “And the act of going to get it is what he’s looking forward to.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Audley Harrison has vacated his European heavyweight title, opening the door to a showpiece World title fight when he makes his return from injury in October. The 38-year-old had an operation on a pectoral muscle last month to correct the injury that forced him to fight one-handed against Michael Sprott from the fourth round of their European title bout at Alexandra Palace in April. The injury hampered Harrison for the remainder of the fight until he produced a stunning last-gasp knockout victory to land the title he is now surrendering.
Harrison has a number of options available to him for his early winter return, with his promoter Eddie Hearn saying there is potentially Britain’s biggest fight ever against David Haye in the pipeline. (more…)
Former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman tore the meniscus and stretched ligaments in his right knee when his knee gave out in round seven against Miguel Cotto on Saturday night in Yankee Stadium. He will under go surgery and be out of action for an undisclosed period.
It has been confirmed that it was Foreman’s trainer Joe Grier who threw the towel in the ring in round eight. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. however ruled Foreman could continue and the bout went on one more round.
According to East European press reports, WBO #1 Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) and Daniel Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) will collide for the vacant WBO middleweight belt former held by Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez. The bout is earmarked for the July 31 card headlined by Juan Manuel Marquez-Juan Diaz II in Las Vegas.
Martinez, who still holds the WBC super welterweight and middleweight championships, will be accompanied by his trainer Gabriel Sarmiento and advisor Sampson Lewkowicz at the 21st Annual International Boxing Hall of Fame weekend, beginning June 10th – 13th. Martinez is keeping himself in top physical condition as he awaits his next opponent to be announced at either super welterweight or middleweight. The Argentina-born world champion is now residing in Oxnard, California.
Martinez’ countryman, longtime WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (30-0-2, 19 KOs), has relinquished the WBO flyweight belt and will remain as WBO super flyweight champion after moving up to win that vacant title in his last fight. With 16 title defenses at 112lbs, he eclipsed the Argentinian record set by Carlos Monzon.
Middleweight Hector ‘Machito’ Camacho (52-3-1, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision Denny Dalton (16-9-1, 11 KOs) at poolside on Saturday night at the luxurious new Princess Hotel-Guyana, the first casino to be built in Guyana. Camacho was in command all the way, winning 98-91 on all cards. The fight was originally slated to take place on May 7 at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT, but Bris ‘O’ Promotions moved the event to Dalton’s native Guyana. Canacho claimed the vacant WBF Intercontinental belt.
Co-Founders Greg Cohen and Barry Honig of The Empire Sports and Entertainment have announced the signing heavyweight Travis Kauffman (20-1, 16 KOs) to a promotional agreement. The 24-year-old Kauffman rebounded nicely from his only career loss (a thrilling and controversial Showtime-televised shootout with fellow contender Tony Grano) by knocking out rChris Koval in less than two rounds on May 22.
Former World Extreme Cagefighting® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres received the Key to the City of East Chicago, Ind. on Friday. Born and raised in East Chicago, the 29-year-old was also honored by city officials with “Miguel Angel Torres Day” for his dedication to bettering the community.
“It was truly an honor to be recognized by my hometown,” Torres, who owns a gym in Northwest Indiana that specializes in mentoring the area’s youth, said. “East Chicago is a community filled with hard working people and I am proud to represent this city.”
Photo: Torres is awarded the Key to the City of East Chicago, Ind., from Mayor George Pabey, as well as a proclamation declaring June 4, 2010 as “Miguel Angel Torres Day.” (Photo credit: The Times of Northwest Indiana)
There is a first time for everything in a human being’s life, and when you’re involved in mixed martial arts, the word ‘never’ isn’t part of your vocabulary. The Ultimate Fighting Championship and its five weight classes prove it all the time: who has never been stopped by knockout or technical knockout, was never submitted or decisioned, destroying unbeaten records with regularity? . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC
Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the legend Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has been tapped to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Tomorrow’s game at Dodger Stadium, between the host Dodgers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Chávez will take the mound at approximately 7 P.M. PT. Chávez Jr (40-0-1, 30 KOs) is in deep training with Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood for his upcoming PPV rumble against Top-10 middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy on June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX.
Photos by Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
World champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon — 33-0-1 overall and 17-0-1 in world title fights – looked sharp in a workout today in New York as he gets set for a title defense on Saturday in the Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Calderon will defend against Jesus Irbie of Mexico in a WBO junior flyweight title fight. Calderon, 35, has been a world champion continuously for seven years. He is trained by Jose ‘Che Che’ Sanchez. (more…)
Puerto Rico Governor Luis A. Fortuño welcomed WBA super welter champion Miguel Cotto in his residence at “La Fortaleza” in el Viejo San Juan. “Miguel had a great performance in his last fight. He give away joy and happiness to all the Puerto Ricans. We are proud of our champion,” Governor Fortuño said. Cotto commented, “It’s always good to be welcomed in your country. This was a victory for Puerto Rico.”
In an exclusive letter to Fightnews.com, WBA super lightweight champ Marcos Maidana talks about the cancelled fight against Timothy Bradley and publicly asks Golden Boy Promotions and Universum to show any possible contracts with him
Dear boxing fans and press members,
The last time you have seen me I was celebrating my first victory in Las Vegas, as I knocked out Victor Cayo last March 27 on HBO and thus I proudly retained the WBA Interim Super Lightweight title for the second time. I can`t tell you how happy I was as my career seemed to go the right direction. That night I thought I was establishing a name for myself in the US and new great opportunities were coming for me after that.
However, a series of unexpected events have unfolded ever since affecting me to the point that even retirement crossed my mind. However, I consider myself a true warrior, so I will fight for my rights until the end. I know most of you may be surprised to hear that. Surely, not as much surprised as I am myself, of course.
First of all, let me make it clear that I am in perfect health condition, so nothing of this has anything to do with injuries or any medical problems. I only have very serious managerial problems that have led me to a huge disappointment and uncertainty regarding my future. (more…)
Junior middleweight Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis will defend his United States Boxing Association (USBA) junior middleweight title against ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado in an all-Philadelphia showdown Friday evening, July 30, at the Arena (formerly New Alhambra), 7 West Ritner Street in South Philadelphia. The scheduled 12-round championship fight tops a seven-bout card which begins at 7.30 p.m.
“Philadelphia’s boxing history has been punctuated by some of the fiercest neighborhood brawls,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “You can go all the way back to Lew Tendler in the early days of the century and run right through my career with matches like Bennie Briscoe vs. Cyclone Hart. These are the local fights that made Philly a boxing capitol for a long time. I hope the Ennis-Rosado fight can help to jump-start other potential local matches which can help Philadelphia reclaim its place among the best boxing towns in the country.” (more…)
In response to negative commentary from the Canadian media, IBF cruiserweight champion Steve ‘USS’ Cunningham has commented on the circumstances that caused his fight with Troy Ross being stopped by the ringside doctor. “The punch that caused the cut was a clean shot,” stated Cunningham, “the ref declared so in the ring and even following the fight after seeing the replay. Unfortunately, these things happen in boxing, it is part of the sport. My plan for the near future is to rest up a little and meet with my team about what is next.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Recovering WBA Excutive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza has congratulated new WBA middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, who Saturday night dethroned Yuri Foreman by TKO in the ninth round at Yankee Stadium in New York City. “Miguel is a pleasure to have you back among our champions,” said Mendoza. “It was a pleasure to see your speed, strength and good movement in the ring. I heartily wish you success at this stage of your career.”
Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) will make a fourth defence of his WBO Cruiserweight Title in Erfurt, Germany on August 21. The 25-year-old champion comes off a spectacular TKO victory over Brian “The Beast” Minto, who was knocked down three times before the fight was stopped. The opponent will be named soon. “I look forward to returning to action,” he said. “I don´t care who I will fight. As the world champion, there are no easy tasks for me. I will defeat anybody my team picks for me.”
Huck will be traveling to Canastota, New York later this week to attend the Hall of Fame Weekend as Wilfried Sauerland will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. “This is a very special moment for Mr. Sauerland and I am thrilled to join him on this very special trip,” Huck said. “I have heard so many great things about the Hall of Fame Weekend. I cannot wait to attend the events and meet all the living boxing legends. I am sure it will be a trip to remember for a lifetime.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Tim Barry
World rated 154-pounder Ryan Waters (20-2-2, 12 KOs) dominated former Australian champion Gary Comer (20-9-1, 7 KOs) over twelve rounds with the WBO Oriental and WBO Asia Pacific titles up for grabs at the Cronulla leagues club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. WBO#7 Waters boxed aggressively in all the rounds of untidy bout. Scores Charlie Lucas 118-111, Kevin Hogan 119-111, Leanne Jones 118-110. Waters is trained by former Australian champion David Birchell who also trains world super middleweight contender Sakio Bika. In support, light heavyweight Michael Van Nimwegen (3-0, 2 KOs) stopped Daniel Daley (1-2, 1 KO) in four rounds. Promoter Left Hook Promotions. Click here for more photos…
Twenty-eight of the best up-and-coming lightweight (155 lbs)mixed martial artists from around the world have convened in Las Vegas in pursuit of one goal, to claim the title of the “ULTIMATE FIGHTER” and the guaranteed six-figure contract with the Ultimate Fighting Championship® that comes with it. Production on “The Ultimate Fighter” begins this week. (more…)
It all started on April 2, 2004—officially, at least. Unofficially, it began at least two years earlier. On June 22, 2002, Chuck Liddell scored a late knockdown to secure a unanimous decision victory over mixed martial arts mega star Vitor Belfort. It was Liddell’s ninth consecutive professional victory and sixth in a row in the UFC. He was, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the number one contender for the 205-lb belt then worn by Tito Ortiz . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland
So much for being washed up. Former two-division title-holder Miguel Cotto made a triumphant return to the ring on Saturday in his first fight since losing to Manny Pacquiao, when he stopped WBA junior middleweight title-holder Yuri Foreman on a body shot in the ninth round in front of 20,272 mainly Cotto fans at the new Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. (More)
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
From Tijuana’s Municipal Auditorium, Zanfer Promotions presented the first round of their bantamweight eight-man tournament “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove).” The single elimination contest boasted the best up-and-coming bantamweight prospects in northern Baja California and surrounding areas. The winner pockets $5,000 plus the chance to compete in the Mexican reality TV show “Campeon Azteca,” televised nationally in Mexico by the Azteca channel later this year . . . Click here for full report/gallery
Ringside report by Christopher P. Cook
Photos by Scott Foster
Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta won the vacant WBO Americas lightweight title in an exciting and well-fought battle against Oscar “Estudiante” Meza.
Televised live on Telemundo and in front of a packed audience at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Gesta (18-0-1, 8 KOs) dominated Meza (19-4-0, 17 KOs) from the first bell. It was an impressive performance that netted the young Filipino his first belt in what seems to be a bright future . . . click here for more
Photos by Joel Colon PR Best Boxing/Top Rank
One of the best boxers in the world, Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, the WBO 108 pound world champion, is ready to take another bite of the big apple on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in New York City. Calderon, a two time world champion, will take on Jesus “Azul” Iribe of Mexico in the main event of “Top Rank Live” this Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden in a fight that will be televised by Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports en Español and on Pay-per-view in Puerto Rico. Calderon arrived on Friday Night in New York. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
After a five year hiatus, Spanish language channel Telefutura makes its triumphant return to San Diego, CA, when Golden Boy Promotions in association with Bobby D. Presents, Don Chargin Productions and Jorge Marron Productions present “Solo Boxeo Tecate” on Friday, June 11th, from the 4 Points Sheraton Hotel. Matchmaker Jorge Marron has put together an interesting card featuring many up and coming local prospects. In the main event, undefeated California State super bantamweight champion Christopher “SD Kid” Martin (17-0-2, 5KOs) of San Diego defends his title against rugged Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros (20-13-1, 9KOs) of Mexico City, MX, in a scheduled eight round bout. (more…)
One of America’s first female boxing writers, Catherine “Nails” Greene died at 5:12 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke’s / Roosevelt Hospital in New York City, NY. “Nails” worked with both her husband, “Broadway” Ben Greene, who was a well-known boxing writer in the Big Apple, and her son contributing to the monthly boxing column GREENE: “On The Fistic Scene.” She was also a contributor to the old “Boxing Illustrated” magazine. Greene had been in and out of hospitals and nursing homes since Thanksgiving, and was most recently hospitalized on May 12th. Known to her readers and friend’s as “Nails,” Greene was in a near coma for several days but awoke on Friday, May 28, the 20th anniversary of the death of her husband. Greene is survived by her son, David Greene, who is a photojournalist for FightNews.com. You may send your thoughts to David at Newsaddik@aol.com
By Robert Coster
“I’m back,” said an elated Edgar Sosa after his impressive two round kayo victory over Roberto “Mako” Leyva, a former titleholder, yesterday in Acapulco. The congenial former Jr flyweight champion (38-6, 22 KOs), with manager Jacques Deschamps by his side, took time to answer a few questions from Fightnews about the bout and future plans. (more…)
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