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Toshiaki Nishioka is a huge boxing star in his native Japan. The current WBC super bantamweight champion currently sports a record of 38-4-3 with 24 knockouts, but has yet to have American audiences hop on the bandwagon. That may change as the 35-year-old returns to the States for the first time since 2006 when he faces future hall of famer and Mexican boxing living legend Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand on October 1st . . . Click here for more
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A very interesting and important super lightweight clash will take place on tonight’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). The mandatory WBC super lightweight world title challenger for legendary four-division champion Erik Morales will be decided between unbeaten #1 contender Ajose Olusegun (29-0, 14 KOs) and #6 ranked Ali Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs) at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. It will be the U.S. debut for both fighters.
The opener features unbeaten WBA #5 lightweight Darley Perez (22-0, 17 KOs) matched tough against KO artist Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs).
Last Saturday evening at the Dima Sports Center in Hamburg, former forld champion Juan Carlos Gomez (49-3, 37 KOs) surprisingly dropped a ten round unanimous decision to the “Ding-A-Ling Man” Darnell Wilson, who entered the fight with six straight losses. It was a very flat performance by Gomez and after a medical exam it was determined that there was a torn tendon in his left shoulder. He will undergo surgery today.
Gomez physician says he suffered the injury at least three weeks ago and must have been in severe pain. New Universum CEO Waldemar Kluch immediately fired Gomez’ trainer Leonid Kiselev upon hearing the news.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In front of a large crowd of boxng fans and members of local and international press, local idol and former world champion Sammy Gutierrez (29-6-2, 20 KOs) and Filipino foe Roil Golez (16-5, 6 KOs) faced off in advance of the latest chapter of Mexico vs. Philippines clashes on Saturday at the Exhibitor Center in Puebla, Mexico. The vacant WBC Silver light flyweight belt will be on the line. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Team Sturm
WBA Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm and WBA #3 ranked contender Martin Murray came face-to-face for the first time yesterday to officially announce their December 2nd bout at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany. “Ever since I saw Wladimir Klitschko fighting at the SAP-Arena, it was a personal dream for me to step inside the ring here as well. That dream will come true on December 2nd,” Sturm told the assembled press. “I had a bad night in my last fight against Matthew Macklin and I was rightfully criticized but that won’t happen again. I will keep my championship and deliver a spectacular finish.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“This revenge fight against Delvin Rodriguez is my last door to fights for number one rankings, world titles. The last one. No excuses, I’m playing all chips in again after our boxing war in July. What can I say? This is how I like it: all or nothing,” said Paweł Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) in his first interview after the signing for a highly anticipated rematch against Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) on December 3 in the Mecca of Boxing, New York’s Madison Square Garden.
The bout will be a great addition to an already great evening with WBA lightweight champ Brandon Rios’ first visit to East Coast and, of course, the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito PPV main event. (more…)
Report/photo by Peter Lim at ringside
Featherweight Mercedes Manriquez scored the most picturesque knockout of the evening at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club. Timing his punch perfectly, Manriquez, 2-0 (2 KOs), caught Joe Anthony Nerro, 0-4, moving into a chopping right that dropped him against the ropes toward the end of the first round. Nerro beat the count but staggered sideways on spaghetti legs, prompting the referee to call a halt. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC #1-ranked super lightweight contender Ajose Olusegun weighed in at 139 pounds and #6 ranked Ali Chebah tipped the scales at 140 pounds during Thursday’s weigh in at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Ajose (29-0, 14 KOs), of Nigeria, and Chebah (33-1, 26 KOs), of France, will square off in the most important fight of their career, a WBC super lightweight eliminator on Friday, Sept. 30, in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
The 12-round bout, which will be the United States debut for each fighter, will determine the #1 mandatory contender for the WBC 140-pound title currently held by Erik Morales.
The WBA #5-ranked and WBO 12th-ranked lightweight Darley Perez weighed in at 133 ½ pounds and hard-hitting Oscar Meza measured 136 pounds. Perez (22-0, 17 KOs), of Colombia, who has never been knocked down as a professional or amateur, will make his ShoBox debut against the battle-tested Oscar Meza (22-4, 18 KOs), of Mexico, in a 10-round lightweight co-feature.
The event, the second of five ShoBox telecasts in eight weeks and first of two within a one-week span, is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment. What the fighters had to say on Thursday…
Luis Ramos Jr 135 vs. David Rodela 134.6
Ronny Rios 127.4 vs. Roger Gonzalez 128
Tyree Ortiz 254.4 vs. Andrae Carthon 215.8
Brandon Adams 154.6 vs. John Worthy 155
Bobby Chavez 151.8 vs. Nicolas Balestra 151.4
Jose Sanchez 127.8 vs. Christian Gonzalez 128
Venue: The Hangar/OC Fairgrounds, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated contenders Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas and Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta of the Philippines will co-headline a Top Rank Live! boxing card at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Friday, November 11 — the eve of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez mega fight.
Tickets at $75, $50 and $25 will go on sale this Saturday, October 1, 10 am.
Magdaleno, 20-0 with seven knockouts, will box 10 rounds in the super featherweight division. Gesta, 23-0-1 with 12 knockouts, will open the telecast in a 10 round lightweight bout.
The Top Rank fight card will be in the South Pacific Ballroom.
Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers, and Ritmo Latino. Ticket sales are limited to 8 per person. To charge with a major credit card, call Mandalay Bay at 877-632-7400 or Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets may also be available for purchase at www.mandalaybay.com
Ray Robinson 146 vs. Manuel Guzman 149
Julian Williams 153.5 vs. Eberto Medina 155
George Armenta 168.5 vs. Charles Hayward 170
Grayson Blake 151 vs. DeCarlo Perez
Troy (Chase) Corbin 147.5 vs. Mario (Alexander) Blanco
Chris Plebani 144.5 vs. David Navarro 146
Korey Sloane 137.5 vs. Korey Pritchett 137.5
Todd Unthank-May 175 vs. Ronnie Lawrence 178.5
Venue: National Guard Armory in Philadelphia
Promoter: Bam Boxing Promotions Inc.
Tickets $65, $50, & $40/First fight 7:30PM
By Gary “Digital” Williams
WBA and IBF Junior Welterweight champion Amir Khan will defend his IBF crown against mandatory challenger Lamont Peterson on Saturday, December 10 in Washington, DC. No word yet on where the bout will be held in the Nation’s Capitol. Khan, a native of Bolton, Lancashire, UK, (26-1, 18 KO’s) will be making the first defense of his IBF title that he captured from Zab Judah on July 23 in Las Vegas. Khan became fond of DC after a recent visit to the city for a celebration of Muslim athletes. That visit helped put DC ahead of Detroit, MI and Montreal, CA to get this contest. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Marvelous Chris Martin, an unbeaten future star from San Diego, makes his Top Rank debut at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Martin, 22-0-2, takes on Jose Angel Beranza, 33-21-2, of Mexico on a Top Rank Live! Championship card in the Marquee Ballroom. Toshiaki Nishioka takes on Rafael Marquez in the main event. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Teiken and Zanfer Promotions, Nishioka vs Marquez will be televised live on FOX Deportes in the US and Mexico and shown on WOWOW in Japan.
World Boxing Council President Dr. Jose Sulaiman was appointed “Tourism Ambassador of Mexico” by the Mexican government on September 27 in Mazatlan, Sinaloa. The President of the Mexican Republic, Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, presented the honor. The presentation was part of the celebration of the International Day of Tourism (Year of Tourism in Mexico 2011) at the port of Mazatlan, and was also attended by several other high-ranking government officials.
All the shots from today’s presser at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Toshiaki Noshiaka, Rafael Marquez, Roman Gonzalez, Omar Soto, Johnny Tapia, Ricardo Mayorga and more . . . Click here to view
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has decided to call purse bids for mandatory matches between WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko and #1 rated Brad Solomon and also WBA super bantamweight champion Rico Ramos vs interim beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux. The bidding will take place on Monday, October 10th, 2011 at 11:00 a.m., at the WBA’s Panama headquaters. The bidding will be directed by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
During the third round of his clash against top heavyeight contender Robert Helenius in Erfurt, Germany this past August, former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich suffered fractures of the bones located high on the bridge of both the right and left sides of his nose. He was stopped later in the fight. After a brief recovery period, Sergei is now anxious to get back on track. “I am back in training. I feel great. I’m working on my overall physical and strength conditioning right now, in fact I just came back from hiking. I will be back in the boxing Gym this coming week….right now my focus is on getting back in the ring as soon as possible. I need to fight regularly and to stay active. I want to fight good fighters and I will do whatever it takes to get back to the top.”
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Rafael Marquez and WBC Super Bantamweight Champ Toshiaki Nishioka faced off for the first time today at a press conference held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I have worked very hard for this fight and I’m prepared to win the world title,” said former champ Marquez. “It will be a tremendous fight on Oct 1 and we’re going to return the title to Mexico.”
“I’ve been able to create the best condition ever for me and I’ll have the best fight of my career,” Nishioka countered with. “I will be victorious.” Stay tuned for a full report and more photos from today’s presser.
It’s been over a year since Roman “Rocky” Martinez last fought. And his last time in the ring was not that fun, as he lost his world championship to Ricky Burns in Scotland in a very close and competitive bout. “It has been a while since I fought, but I have stayed in the gym and have been training and I am really anxious to get back in the ring,” said Martinez, who recently signed a promotional contract with Top Rank Inc.
Martinez (24-1, 15 KOs) of Vega Baja, Puerto Rico will take the always roughed Daniel Attah (26-7-1, 9 KOs) of Africa in the semi-main event of the “Triple Crown III” a pay-per-view card that will be headline by the return of two-time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday night in Puerto Rico. (more…)
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