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Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, and Richard Schaefer, CEO, hosted a teleconference today to talk about the stacked undercard to the Juan Manual Marquez – Juan Diaz II PPV-televised card, July 31 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The three televised bouts preceding the main event features: Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs vs. Russian Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight crown; Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor; and Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares vs. Rocky Juarez.
“This card here is the best we’ve ever done,” said Schaefer. “We wanted to live up to what we promised when we announced the card. We also don’t want this to be a standalone, but wanted to start a trend. We hope this is the first of many steps in the right direction.”
“Every fighter on the card is in a do-or-die situation,” said De La Hoya. “The winners will move on. Any one of these fights can be a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’, not just the main event.” (more…)
Welterweight contender Mark Melligen of the Philippines will wear a ”I Love Cebu” shirt when he hits Reno tomorrow. He has come a long way for his fight for a Top Rank Live! fight card at the Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday, July 3. Melligen has been training for weeks to take on Anges Adjaho of Geneva, N.Y. in the opening televised bout. Melligen was born and raised in Bacolod City in the Phillippines. He now living and training in Cebu. “There are 7,016 islands – and you can add one more when the tide goes out – in the Philippines,” said chief trainer Tony Martin. “Mark takes a ferry to go from Bacolod to Cebu. He trains there for weeks, then comes to the United States and does his finishing work with me in Las Vegas.” (more…)
Impressively starting off his professional career with three first round knockouts, sensational super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero and his growing army of fans head to the Citizens Business Bank ARENA in Ontario, California, this Friday night, July 2nd for his next bout. (more…)
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan returns to the ring on Saturday in a bid to regain the interim version of his former title against Steve Herelius at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. In this interview, the ex-champ talks about the severe injury he is returning from and this all-or-nothing fight. “In the ring there are no excuses,” he proclaims. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hard-hitting Japan-based American, Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; (14-1-1, 10 KOs), 153.73, impressively kept his OPBF super welter belt as he came off the canvas in the first round and swept all rounds from the second session on to earn a split but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Australian southpaw, WBA #12 King Davidson (12-1, 6 KOs), 153, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Thai referee Nopparat Sricharoen 118-109 (identical to this reporter’s score), judge Kazunobu Asao (Japan) 117-110, both for Ota, and judge Brian McMahon (Australia) 115-114 for Davidson. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (39-3, 23 KOs) controlled the action in the contest with Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) of Argentina in all the rounds to capture the vacant WBA International junior middleweight title at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Jerez came to fight but Mundine found the range for his accurate left jab which kept his shorter opponent off balance consistently. At the conclusion scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-109.
Mundine said, “I felt strong tonight at 154 pounds. I got stronger in the later rounds.” WBO #7 Ryan Waters was in center ring aftward and challenged Mundine, prompting a scuffle between the two men. Mundine has stated he is after the best 154 pounders in the world including WBA champion Miguel Cotto. (more…)
As the world prepares for the greatest heavyweight title fight of the past two decades, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® made a stunning announcement today that will undoubtedly have a global impact. UFC President Dana White confirmed that vuvuzelas, pesky noise makers used infamously by South African fans at this year’s World Cup, have been banned at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday. (more…)
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by J. L. Castillo
The last hurricane that landed in the Duke City to fight Holly Holm was Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez, and she disappeared as quick as a New York minute. And we all know what happened after that. Promoter Lenny Fresquez assured the press that Canadian-born “Hurricane,” Jaime Clampitt would not be skipping out on her August 6 appointment with Holm . . . Click here for more
Roy M. Burchfield – father of promoter Jimmy Burchfield – passed away June 27th. Mr. Burchfield, 85, was a World War II Navy Veteran and was a general manager in the auto industry for many years. Mr. Burchfield will be laid to rest today at the St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edwards Food and Wellness Center, 997 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904. FightNews expresses our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Burchfield family and friends. You may express your condolences at pontarellimarinofunerals.com.
Florida. A couple years ago. Before rebooting his mixed martial arts career in his native New Jersey, Kurt Pellegrino was living and training in Florida, and just happened to run into someone who would change his outlook on a lot of things relating to life and his run towards a UFC lightweight title . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Olympians, boxing champions, TV personalities and fans are set to pack the Grand Theatre of Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort Saturday, July 3 for a night of high-powered, live boxing to commemorate the “Fight of the Century.” (more…)
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 28 KOs) will fight against IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on September 18th at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The 55,000-seat footballl stadium is home to the Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt. “I am very happy, that the fight will take place,” said Povetkin, “I must say it’s very good to prepare for the most important fight in my life!”
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions presents “Summer Brawl” tonight the VIP Tent at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The main event features Pittsburgh’s “Lightning” Rod Salka (11-0, 3 KOs) against Harold Orji (6-2, 3 KOs), of Laurel, Maryland. Several more bouts are scheduled showcasing top local talent. The doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30p. Special ringside guest is former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora. A limited amount of tickets are still available at the box office.
Below are the official weights of tonight’s combatants:
Rod Salka 136 1/2 vs. Harold Orji 134 1/2
Paul Zalus 224 vs. David Martin 217 1/2
Jake Giuriceo 143 1/2 vs. Sam Gipson 143 1/2
Jason Bergman 255 vs. Ryan Thompson 240 1/2
Chris Hazimihalis 135 vs. Ryan Strickland 133 1/3
Sam Suska 160 vs. Romiro Bueno N/A
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Goossen Tutor Promotions
WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA retained his title on June 19, having dominated Allen Green (29-2, 20 KOs) over 12 rounds to win via unanimous decision at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Andre Ward took time of out his busy schedule to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Allen Green, his fight with Mikkel Kessler, his upcoming fight with Andre Dirrell and a lot more. (more…)
Photo by Jose Perez/PRBB
Undefeated two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez took in game five in the finals of the Puerto Rico Basketball series Tuesday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez was part of the ceremonial first jump ball of the game between champions Vaqueros of Bayamon and Capitanes de Arecibo. Lopez will defend for the first time his WBO featherweight championship on Saturday, July 10 against Bernabe Concepcion at the Coliseo of Puerto Rico and will be televised by Showtime. Click here for more photos…
European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee has offered the ultimate incentive to tomorrow night’s Prizefighter Super Middleweight fighters – a shot at his title. The Prizefighter Super Middleweights take over York Hall in Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports on Wednesday evening and on top of the £32,000 for the winner, the possibility of a title fight with 35 year-old Magee is on the cards. “Brian will be watching tomorrow night’s action with great interest,” said manager Pat Magee. “He’s a big fan of Prizefighter and there is huge potential for him to take on the winner in his first European title defense.”
Below are the opening matchups (with weights):
Patrick Mendy (12st 1lb 9oz) v Sam Horton (12st 1lb 12oz)
Daniel Cadman (12st 1lb 10oz) v Eddie McIntosh (12st 1lb 13oz)
Jeff Evans (12st 1lb 6oz) v Peter Fedorenko (11st 13lb 10oz)
Carl Drake (12st 0lb 10oz) v Paul David (12st 2lb)
Reserves are Eder Kurti (11st 13lb 9oz) and Anthony Fitzgerald (12st 1lb 13oz)
Unbeaten Israeli cruiserweight Ran Nakash (24-0, 18 KOs) will face former world champion Lou Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) in a ten rounder on July 14 at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) at 7 West Ritner Street in South Philadelphia, PA. It will be the debut US show No Limits Promotions in association with Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets are $45, $75, and $100. Call 267-304-9399.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos by Victor Studio
During the 36th annual “Giants Award” dinner in Chicago, former WBC light heavyweight, IBF cruiserweight champion and now a top 5 ranked heavyweight Tomasz Adamek received a special, honorary belt from Muhammad Ali’s daughter Jamillah. “My father could not have picked a better candidate for this award,” said Jamillah. (more…)
Forrest Petz is probably the nicest guy you’ll meet with the nickname “The Meat Cleaver”, and that alone makes his return to the UFC this weekend to face talented up and comer Daniel “Ninja” Roberts welcome news. Well, that and the fact that I get to write “Meat Cleaver”, but I digress . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Orion Sports Management announced today that after IBF Super Bantamweight champion Steve Molitor sustained a leg injury in training, he will push back his fight against the UK’s Jason Booth until September 11th. “It’s unfortunate, but Steve has suffered a stress factor, and can’t properly train for Jason Booth. So it’s not a situation where we want to move this fight back,” said Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. “It just needs to be done.”
Boxing notables scheduled to attend the three-day, Fourth of July weekend celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the fight that pitted Jack Johnson against Jim Jeffries in Reno include Andre Ward, Emanuel Steward, Al Bernstein, Bruce Trampler, Raul Marquez and Jesse Brinkley.
Frank Espinoza recently has signed unbeaten former amateur standout Antonio Orozco. A junior welterweight who has been a professional since 2008, Orozco currently holds a record of 7-0, 5KOs. He is expected to see action under the Espinoza Boxing Club banner in the next 6-8 weeks.
The award winning Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School celebrates its fourth graduating class on Wednesday in East Los Angeles. Approximately 97% of the senior class will be graduating with 61% of those graduates have been accepted by four year universities.
The PPV card underneath the July 31 Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez vs Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz rematch at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas has been confirmed by Golden Boy. In a 12-round bout immediately before the main event, New York phenom Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (20-0, 17 KOs) looks to capture his first world championship when he takes on unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO Middleweight crown. Former Three-time World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) and future Hall of Famer/former four-time World Champion Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs) will square off in a 10-round junior welterweight bout that will put the winner in line for a huge fight in either the lightweight or junior welterweight divisions. Opening the pay-per-view telecast, former Two-time World Champion Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares (28-1, 18 KOs) will face perennial contender and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout that is a must-win, crossroads fight for each boxer.
Lightweight John Molina, Jr. (20-1, 16 KOs) will look to make “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) pay the price when they meet on the July 9 edition of ESPN2 Friday Night Fights. “I’m excited to get back on television and I will make sure I stay there. You learn a lot more in defeat then in victory regardless of the circumstances and it is the worse feeling in the world. I will do everything needed to do in the ring so I never feel like that again. Lundy talks a lot and as far as I’m concerned he can keep it up. As a matter of fact, I like it. It’s been very amusing. I’m going to do my talking in the ring and he’ll know what I mean when I walk away with the belt. I have respect for him and what he has accomplished but come fight time nothing will stop me. I am going to do what I have to do to be victorious.” The event is promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) takes place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I.
A purse bid was held in the IBF Office today for the IBF heavyweight championship mandatory defense between champion Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. K2 Promotions bid $ 8,313,000. Sauerland Events bid $ 4,250,001. K2 Promotions has 90 days to put this fight on.
A full week of events is scheduled for this week’s UFC 116 card at the MGM, headlining a heavyweight mega-showdown between Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin. The activities begin tomorrow:
Wednesday, 12 noon: Free and open to the public, Brock Lesnar, Yoshihiro Akiyama, Krzysztof Soszynski, Shane Carwin and Stephan Bonnar will hold open workouts at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center, Marquee Ballroom. Limited to the first 2000 fans. (more…)
Former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley of Washington, D.C. (36-13-1, 21 KOs) will fight Detroit southpaw Damian Fuller (30-7-1, 14 KOs) in the July 10th co-main event at the Patriot Center, replacing Baltimore’s Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) who suffered a laceration on his head during training last Thursday that forced him out of the fight. (more…)
Story by Andreas Hale
The stakes are higher than they have ever been for Shane Carwin. “Monster” has been rolling through the heavyweight division like Mike Tyson in the 1980’s. Nobody has been able to withstand the powerful onslaught of Carwin as he has amassed a 12-0 with 12 first round finishes. In Carwin’s last outing, the usually durable Frank Mir tasted the wrath of Carwin and had his lights promptly cut off at UFC 111 to give the Greg Jackson pupil the interim heavyweight title.
But now it is time to get the real thing . . . Click here for more
Light flyweight contender Ulises “Archie” Solis (30-2-2, 21 KOs) says he’s set for Saturday’s nationally televised clash against Eric Ortiz (30-9-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in Reno, Nevada. Both fighters are former world champions, but Solis is putting a guaranteed shot at the IBF title on the line by accepting this fight. “I know I’m risking a lot,” said Solis. “I have much to lose and nothing to gain from Ortiz, but risk always exists in boxing and I didn’t want to be idle for so long so we accepted the bout Saturday in Reno.” For this fight, Solis prepared for six weeks in Guadalajara under the guidance of Lorenzo Lopez. “As always, we are in excellent physical condition to prevent surprises. We know how dangerous and experienced Ortiz is and will come out victorious,” promised the former champion, who in his last fight defeated Bert Batawang in a world title eliminator.
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, July 2nd, Zanfer Promotions presents the third round of the “Guante Azteca (Aztec Glove)” tournament with a seven bout fight card being held at Tijuana, MX’s Municipal Auditorium. Bantamweights Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (5-0, 1KO) and Luis “Chupacabras” Gomez (3-1, 2KOs), both of Tijuana, MX, face off in the eight round semi final bout while undefeated Misael Castillo (13-0, 10KOs) of Ensenada, MX, goes after San Luis Rio Colorado, MX’s Luis Rey Compoa (8-5-1, 5KOs) in the six round super lightweight semi. (more…)
Former heavyweight MMA star, 6’5, 280 lbs, Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (1-0, 1 KO) will have his second professional boxing outing when he meets experienced Sam Leuii (13-24-1, 9 KOs) at the Panthers Rugby League Club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Leuii, 6′ 243lbs, has mixed it with Australian heavyweight champions Colin Wilson and Nathan Briggs. Leuii also punched it out with former IBF light heavyweight champion Clinton Woods in a Commonwealth title bout in 1998. Browne is trained at the Grange Gym in the Western suburbs of Sydney by leading Australian trainer Graham Shaw. Promoter Bill Treacy. Televised throughout Australia on Foxtel Cable television network.
Spike TV will telecast live coverage of the weigh-ins for the highly-anticipated “UFC 116 Lesnar-Carwin” fight card on Friday, July 2 at 7:00pm ET/4:00pm PT. The main event features a showdown between the top two heavyweight mixed martial artists in the world, UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and interim heavyweight titlist Shane Carwin. (more…)
The Countdown To Lesnar vs Carwin Begins Tonight: See how Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin prepare for the biggest heavyweight battle in history tonight at 7pm ET/PT on SPIKE
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On Wednesday, June 30, The Kronk Gym Foundation will hold their 2nd Annual Fundraiser. And be joined by Jr. Middle Weight Champion Miguel Cotto, Philip Anselmo formerly of Pantera and Detroit’s own Aretha Franklin. The event will include Dinner, Awards, Amateur Boxing, Live and Silent Auctions, all for a good cause. (more…)
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