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By Felipe Leon
The “Havoc at the Hard Rock” fight card being held at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego, CA presented by the newest boxing promoter in Southern California, Rogue Boxing on Thursday, May 21st is coming together with the dilligent work of its matchmaker Vince Parra. (more…)
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On Saturday, a Top Rank card at the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, NV will be co-headlined by prospects “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (19-0-1, 13 KOs) and Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (15-0 12 KOs) from the La Colonia Gym in Oxnard, CA. Rios is taking on Oscar Meza (18-2, 16 KOs) in a ten round lightweight bout, while Garcia meets Anthony Napunyi (10-2, 5 KOs) in a ten round super featherweight bout. Also on the card will be local super featherweight favorite Diego Magdaleno (9-0, 3 KOs) vs Juan Montiel (2-2-1) and unbeaten Olympian super welterweight Vanes Martirosyan (23-0, 14 KOs) taking on Harrison Cuello (16-9-2, 13 KOs). Doors open at 5:30 pm and the first bout is at 6:00 pm. Tickets are still on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. The bouts will be televised on Azteca America.
By Ron Jackson
South African Fransie Botha makes the first defence of the lesser known WBF heavyweight belt against Timo Hoffmann of Germany at the Bordeland Halle in Magdeberg, Germany on Friday night. The 34-year-old Hoffmann 38-6-1; 22 who has been a pro since October 1993 has been in with some of the best heavyweights. Some of his best results were a draw against Luan Krasniqi and wins over Bob Mirovic, Tom Williamson, Corey Sanders and Michael Sprott. The losses on his record have come against top fighters like Vitali Kilitschko (UD 12), Henry Akinwande (SD 12), Paolo Vidiz (SD 12), Tibor Ibragimov (UD 10), Michael Sprott (first fight) and a twelfth round stoppage loss to the unbeaten Alexander Dimentrenko who is ranked in the top ten by all the major organisations. The 40-year-old Botha 47-4-2; 28 a former IBF champion won the vacant WBF belt in February last year in Potchefstroom when he outpointed Ron Guerrero from the US. Howard Goldberg the WBF representative for Africa reports that Botha has been training extremely hard for this fight and has shed a few kilos along the way and he expects him to extend Hoffmann. However, the taller and younger Hoffmann should have the edge in his home country and is expected to win over the long route. On the undercard in super middleweight contest Robert Stieglitz 34-2; 21 meets Jindrich Velecky 16-5; 15 over ten rounds.
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Three-time world champion in different divisions Jorge “Travieso” Arce has transferred his training camp to La Romanza Gym in the Districto Federal in Mexico. Arce is training under the orders of the recognized Mexican trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain who has trained near 20 world champions. Arce is training for his next fight, possibly in the month of June in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
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2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) and Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs), who collide this Saturday, May 16, in the main event on a special primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., participated in a free open public workout attended by several hundred fans and media Tuesday at The Plaza in Oakland. The 12-rounder between the unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Ward and the hard-hitting Miranda highlight the biggest fight card in the Bay Area in years. Here’s what the main event fighters had to say Tuesday: (more…)
By Bob Caico
Boxing gave recently retired heavyweight Paul “The Italian Hitman” Marinaccio the opportunity to get the word out about the ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Many times Marinaccio donated his purse from his matches to the cause that took the life of his good friend. Now the Buffalo, NY native and Cary, North Carolina resident wants to give back to boxing by starting his own promotional company: Jawbreaker Promotions. (more…)
World rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina has had an overall attitude adjustment but he still possess the same devastating power punching ability as always as he gets set to headline the May 22nd “Rage At The River” show at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Spina (24-1-1, 17 KOs), 31, is rated among the top 15 in all four major boxing organizations – No. 12 by the WBC and WBA, No. 13 by the WBO, and No. 15 by the IBF. The rugged Italian-American from Providence, former IBF Inter-Continental and USNBC super middleweight champion, has won four straight since suffering his only pro loss in 2006 to cross-town rival, Peter Manfredo, Jr., in which, Spina suffered a broken left thumb in the early goings. Joey, admittedly, hasn’t been fully focused since then but he has a refreshing new look on life and boxing, which has resulted in a born-again dedication aimed at fully preparing him for a world title shot in the not too distant future. (more…)
Undefeated bantamweight Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez finished 10 weeks of preparation for his IBF Eliminator against Silence Mabuza. Perez will make the long trip across the globe to face the South African in his hometown of Johannesburg on Friday, May 29. “The only thing on my mind is victory,” said Perez after his workout. “I know I’m going to his backyard and I have to be aggressive, I need to be able to win the crowd, the judges and beat Mabuza, all at the same time.” Perez leaves Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon and arrives in Johannesburg, via Dubai, on Friday morning. (more…)
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Light heavyweight Alfonso Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a decision over veteran Ron “The Corba” Weaver (29-18-2, 22 KOs) this past Friday at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana. The Lopez vs. Weaver contest was the headliner of “Brawlin In Nalwins!” which was presented by Les Bonano and The Fight Guys. Click here to read the full report and view the action-packed photogallery!
Fast-tracking light heavyweight Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs), fresh off of his impressive fourth-round stoppage of former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell last Saturday night in Kazakhstan, has set his sights on a major world title fight against WBO champion Zsolt Erdei or WBA title-holder Hugo Garay. A 2004 Olympian, Shumenov is rated #8 by the WBA, #9 by the WBO and #16 by the WBC and in his last three fights has defeated two former world champions, Mitchell and Montell Griffin, in addition to world title challenger Epifanio Mendoza. “It was great fighting at home and I want to thank Byron Mitchell for replacing (Alejandro) Berrio on such late notice,” an ambitious Beibut said. “He still has the heart of a champion and it showed in the ring. I grateful for winning the IBA World title and now I’m ready for more challenges. I really want to fight Erdei or Garay and I’m hopeful that one of them steps-up to give me an opportunity to fight for their world title crown.”
35-year-old former two-time world champion Byron “Gator” Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) says his comeback won’t be derailed by one setback. Mitchell took a short-notice chance at a quick bump in the world ratings and paid for it over the weekend by suffering his fifth career loss to undefeated Kazakhstan native Beibut Shumenov at the Stadium Khadjimukan in Chimkent, Kazakhstan, via TKO 4. “We weren’t really in the gym, but we got the call and decided to give it a shot,” explained the disappointed Mitchell, who took the Shumenov matchup on 48 hours notice, flew 27 hours and landed on the day of the fight at 9 am. Mitchell was then forced to drop some weight pre-fight. “I take nothing away from this kid Shumenov, he fought well. But that wasn’t the real Gator in there. I’d like to face him again under more even circumstances.”
Telemundo has an interesting fight schedule in the coming months. On June 12, former world champion Diobelis Hurtado faces TBA in a twelve-rounder for the WBO Latin welterweight title. That bout takes place at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. On June 26, it’s Jesus “Destroyer” Jimenez vs. Santiago Ivan Acosta in a twelve-rounder for the WBC Latin flyweight title at the Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus in Ciudad Neza, Mexico City. Then on July 17 it’s the popular Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. returning against TBA with the WBO Latin and WBA FEDECENTRO jr. featherweight titles on the line at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBC featherweight champ Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), a 25-year-old Japanese southpaw, will risk his belt against official challenger Elio Rojas (20-1, 13 KOs), Dominican Republic, in his first defense in Tokyo, Japan, on July 14. Aoh, formerly six-time national high school champ, impressively captured the throne via lopsided decision over veteran Mexican warrior Oscar Larios in a grudge fight this March. Rojas, a vastly talented prospect, 26, once dropped a highly debatable split decision to Mexican Gamaliel Diaz in an eliminator in July 2007, but scored a nearly shutout decision over top contender Hector Velazquez in Biloxi, Mississippi, last September. Aoh said before many people at the press conference, “I welcome this opportunity to defend my belt against the strong challenger. I’ll fight as if I were a challenger.” It will be a highly competitive encounter of the young and fresh speedsters to be staged by Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions.
On a split-site telecast by Nippon TV, a world title twinbill will take place in Kobe city. WBC bantam kingpin Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), a formidable Japanese lefty, will engage in his ninth defense against fast-rising prospect Nestor Rocha (21-1, 7 KOs), US, over twelve rounds. Also, unbeaten WBA minimum ruler Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (23-0, 20 KOs), Nicaragua, still 21, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBA/WBC 105-pound champ Katsunari Takayama (23-3, 9 KOs), a fast-moving Japanese footworker, in the first title go there. This show will be presented by Shinsei Promotions. All look interesting enough.
Arena Box-Promotion stars Herbie Hide, Steffen Kretschmann and Mahir Oral have been received very kindly Monday afternoon in Völklingen (Germany) for the first press conference for the big Arena show on June 26th at Hermann-Neuberger-Halle. Even the mayor of Völklingen Klaus Lorig welcomed the fighters and expressed his excitement for the big show to come. It will be the first professional boxing event in the Saarland region (close to the French border) in 30 years. “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide was in great demand after the WBC has officially confirmed him as mandatory challenger for the winner of the WBC cruiserweight championship between Giacobbe Fragomeni and Krysztof Wlodarczyk (May 16th in Milan, Italy). “Originally I was meant to fight Matt Godfrey in a final elimination bout”, states Hide. “But Godfrey pulled out of the fight twice. This boy has been ducking me for more than half a year now. He is afraid of me – and I can’t blame him for that. I would have kicked his ass from Völklingen right back to the hole in the States where he is hiding.” (more…)
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It’s now official. Unbeaten WBO #1 heavyweight Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) will face his toughest test on July 4 in the huge Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Dimitrenko will take on the WBO #5 rated “Fast” Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs), who is coming off a win over former WBC heavyweight king Sam Peter. “I’m glad that in our jubilee year we can offer this great fight between two world heavyweight championship candidates in Hamburg, our boxing hometown,” said Universum-Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl. “This is really a duel between two heavyweights of the absolute top class!”
By Rick Scharmberg
Former IBC middleweight champion, Dave “TNT” Tiberi, will become the first professional boxer from Delaware to be inducted into the Pennsylvania Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday, May 17, at Romano’s Caterers in Philadelphia. Former world champions Robert “Bam Bam” Hines and Calvin “Silky” Grove will be inducted with Tiberi, along with legendary cut man Eddie “The Clot” Aliano, Sidney “Sweat Pea” Adams, Henry “Toothpick” Brown, Garnet “Sugar” Hart, Charley Scott, trainer and cut man Jimmy Wilson. “I am honored and humbled,” said Tiberi. “I can remember growing up and going to the gyms in Philadelphia and training along side great fighters like Bennie Briscoe. It was my second home, and was very special.” (more…)
By Miika Forsström
European Union super lightweight champion Giuseppe Lauri (47-6, 28 KOs) defends his title against the hometown hero Juho “TNT” Tolppola (22-5-1, 9 KOs) May 30 in Helsinki, Finland on the undercard of WBA world heavyweight titlefight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev. Things heated up, when Lauri send Tolppola a public message from his training camp. The challenger did not like the words of Lauri. The Italian champion is confident of victory. “Tolppola is 0-3 against Italian boxers. We are too good for him. After May 30 he will be 0-4 against Italians. My countryman Michele Di Rocco beat Tolppola in 2007 in Finland and later that year I took the title from Di Ricco. I see no reason why I would not be successful in Finland” Lauri comments. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Middleweight contender LaJuan Simon (21-1-2, 12 KOs), coming off a hard-fought spirited loss to the IBF champion Arthur Abraham this March, is ready for more. Simon’s representative Greg Azar of the Rising Star Promotions has his eye on the former world champion Roman Karmazin. (more…)
Tuesday, May 12, has been declared Andre Ward Day in Oakland and the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist will spend part of it working. Ward and his opponent in Saturday’s huge 12-round super middleweight homecoming fight at the Oracle Arena–Edison Miranda—will both take part in a free open workout Tuesday at the Plaza between the Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Miranda will begin his workout at 4:30 p.m. PT, and Ward will follow at 5:30 p.m. Ward said he can’t wait to wake up and begin his monumental day on Tuesday. “Wow! It’s exciting to get this news especially because this is the week of my fight,” Ward said. “It really gives me strength and comfort that The City of Oakland is behind Andre Ward.” Oakland Mayor Ronald V. Dellums announced the proclamation on Monday. (more…)
Sensational lightweight prospect Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal stayed unbeaten on Saturday night with a devastating first round knockout of Brian Carden in the co-main event of “Triple Threat: Tomorrow’s Champions 11″ at the Sportsplex in Winchester, Virginia.
From the opening bell, Jargal took the fight right to the St. Louis native with crunching body shots that slowed the early aggressiveness of Carden. Trapped against the ropes and absorbing a great deal of punishment from Jargal, Carden’s corner called a halt to the barrage with seven seconds remaining in the opening stanza. (more…)
Former WEC® featherweight champion Urijah Faber throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stockton Ports-Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game on Friday, May 8. Faber, who will challenge champion Mike Brown on June 7 in Sacramento, watched as the Ports hit a walk-off homerun to down the Quakes 8-7. Having already tuned up his fastball, “The California Kid” now turns his attention to throwing out the first pitch at the Oakland A’s game on May 26. Photo courtesy of WEC/Stockton Ports.
To commemorate the second year anniversary of Diego Corrales’ passing, the Diego Corrales Foundation was officially launched on Friday. To celebrate, homeless women and children were served food at The Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas. The “Knock Out Hunger” campaign was assisted by Chad Dawson, Kevin Kelly, Zab Judah, Gary Shaw and others. For more info on the foundation, visit www.DiegoCorralesFoundation.org. Pictured: (left and lower right) Michelle Corrales and children; (top right) Chad Dawson serving food at the shelter.
By Rick Scharmberg
This Friday marks the return of Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (23-4, 22 KOs) to the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. Abell, of Coon Rapid, MN, will take on Billy “The Kid” Willis (12-13-1, 9 KOs), of Houston, TX in the eight round heavyweight main event. Abell is coming off three consecutive first round knockout victories. In the co-feature, Kevin Carmody (10-11-2, 1 KO), of Philadelphia will face Fernando Basora (8-4-1, 7 KOs), of Isabela, Puerto Rico in an eight round welterweight bout. The promoter is Vernoca Michael’s Blue Horizon Boxing. (more…)
No. 2-Ranked 2004 Olympic Games Gold Medalist and Oakland native Andre Ward and hard-hitting Top ten contender Edison Miranda will participate in a free public open workout on Tuesday in Oakland, California, as they wind down final preparations for their eagerly awaited showdown next Saturday, May 16, at the Oracle Arena. The 12-round fight for Ward’s NABF and NABO super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, Live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Plaza is located between the Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Miranda will work out at 4:30PM PT and Ward will work out at 5:30PM.
Behind a vocally injected hometown crowd, featherweight Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera earned a unanimous decision over Ali Baba Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Rivera was effective from both the outside and inside, making it difficult for his smaller counterpart. Rivera controlled most of the contest however, he was unable to hurt the granite chinned Baba, 26-15-1 (19 KO’s). Rivera raised his ledger to 16-3-2 (5 KO’s) and is unbeaten in his last eight trips to the squared circle. (more…)
In a lightweight bout, Hungarian prospect Gabor Veto (5-0, 4 KOs) won a six round decision over German Hubert Romankiewicz on Saturday night at the Dragon’s Club in Baden-Baden, Germany. The 20-year-old Veto, a former member of Hungarian amateur national team, controlled Romankiewicz with long straight punches. Romankiewicz, a former Thai Boxer, lacked the speed to danger the Hungarian talent. In Veto’s corner was Italian Francesco Passanante, a former amateur-opponent of Vassily Jirov and WBO light heavy champ Zsolt Erdei. Veto now looks towards a match with a not yet announced opponent in the Ice Sport Hall in Tramelan, Switzerland next Saturday.
By Ron Jackson
Marcel Japtha stopped Willie Mabasa in the fourth round of a scheduled ten to win the vacant Gauteng featherweight title at the Westbury Recreation Centre near Johannesburg on Saturday night. The bill was presented by Peoples Promotions and Westside Boxing Academy. Mabasa 14-7 came out fast at the first bell throwing left and right combinations to the head as he surprised Japhta 10-1; 7. Mabasa continued at the same pace through rounds two and three as Japhta began to score with counter punches to the body. In the fourth round the rugged Japtha with blood leaking from his nose came back at Mabasa and hurt him with a stiff right to the jaw. After another flurry of punches and with Mabasa not fighting back referee Alfred Buqwana stepped in to call the fight off at 2 minutes 31 seconds into the round.
In a junior middleweight encounter Nkululeko Mhlongo was just too strong for Johannes Pietersen and stopped him at 2 minutes 50 seconds into the first round of a scheduled six and in another scheduled six, light flyweight Fusani Monte beat Ada Sixanti on a fourth round technical knockout.
Amir Khan has embarked on the toughest training camp of his career – but says it will lead to a KO victory on June 27. Khan takes on Andreas Kotelnik at the O2 Arena in a challenge for the WBA light-welterweight title, and will be based in the Wild Card Gym, LA, for the next six weeks. He’ll be trained there by Freddie Roach – and is preparing to go through hell. “It’s always tough with Freddie in charge, but I’ve been going through the ringer for the last week or so,” said Khan. “And Freddie has told me that things are going to get much worse before they are going to get better.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Thailand Olympic representative Tantong Kiattaweesuk (10-0, 6 KOs) will be in action on Friday in Bangkok, Thailand when he clashes with Irfan Ogah (9-7, 4 KOs) of Indonesia over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight title up for grabs. (Kiattawesuk was also national Muay Thai champion of Thailand.) Also classy Thai 130-pounder Wacharakritt Senaharn (13-1, 7 KOs) will punch it out with Hero Arema (18-2, 8 KOs) over twelve for vacant IBF Pan Pacific title. Arema lost a decision to former WBC jr lightweight challenger Napapol Kiatisakchokchai in his most recent bout. Senaharn only loss was a disputed stoppage to world rated Anthony Marcial in 2009. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Kiattaweesuk and Senaharn have outstanding skills and are ready to meet the best boxers in there division in Asia. Thailand boxing fans will see them Friday on national television on channel seven.”
Promoter Dan Goossen is hoping to have last year’s California State Athletic Commission’s arbitration ruling involving former featherweight champion Robert Guerrero vacated. The CSAC ruled that Guerrero was free from his promotional contract with Goossen Tutor and Guerrero later signed with Golden Boy Promotions. Goossen wants the case re-arbitrated, citing a number of irregularities in the proceedings especially the fact that the arbitrator, former CSAC executive director Armando Garcia, never signed off on the ruling. Goossen also alleges inappropriate conduct by Deputy Attorney General Earl Plowman in advising Garcia as well as a conflict of interest involving commissioner Peter Lopez.
Ringside Report by Alexander Dombroff
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New York State welterweight champion Daniel Sostre (9-3, 3 KOs) used a late rally to win a unanimous decision over Tom Rainone (11-3, 3 KOs) this past Friday in front of a sellout crowd at the historic Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. The Sostre-Rainone contest was the main event of a seven-bout card presented by promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions. Also in action, Irishman James Moore (17-2, 10 KOs) got as good as he gave from Joseph De Los Santos (4-4-3, 2 KOs ) but he did just enough to escape with a six round unanimous decision. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.
By Alexey Sukachev
Right after his impressive performance against Brazilian Luiz Augusto Dos Santos in Chimkent, former world champion Roman Karmazin (now 39-3-1 with 25 KOs) spoke about the fight and about his future plans. Being ranked #5 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC and with the heat streak of notable wins Karmazin is looking for more opportunities in a talent-filled middleweight class. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Gert Strydom who trained Malcolm Klassen for his title winning fight against Cassius Baloyi is in serious condition in the Flora Clinic near Roodepoort after a stabbing incident at his home over the weekend. It has been reported that Strydom was confronted by robbers and has 13 stab wounds. (more…)
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