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Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell has completed a rigorous rehabilitation program to correct a condition known as Piriformis Syndrome. The condition caused pinching of the sciatic nerve, which severely limited Campbell’s movement in recent fights. “It was like I had cement around my waist, I couldn’t turn, I couldn’t plant my feet,” explained Campbell. “I feel better than I have in 5 years, and the increased flexibility that I now have will allow me to do some of the things in camp that I haven’t been able to do for the last couple of years, so I can make 135 again no problem.” Campbell’s rehabilitation program was overseen by Dr. Adam Brunson MD, of Carillon Sports Medicine in St. Petersburg, Florida, and includes stretching routines that the fighter will incorporate into future training camps. “I’m good now, and I just want the opportunity to show everyone that I’m not shot, and I didn’t get old,” said an excited Campbell. “I have plenty of fight left in me. I really want to go back to 135 now and get my titles back. Any of those cats can get it. Soto, Katsidis, the Guerrero kid that just beat Casa (Casamayor), Diaz, any of them. They can all get it. Based on my last few showings, I know I need to knock off a Guerrero or a Katsidis before I let Marquez’ name come out of my mouth, and that’s ok. I got no problem showing everyone that I’m back. All it takes is for one of these cats to have the stones to fight me. And don’t rule out my eventual return to 140. But for now, I can make 135, I can beat anybody at 135, and that’s where I want to be.”
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The final press conference was held on Wednesday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis promoting Don King’s world championship tripleheader, and a fourth championship match, on Saturday. Hometown hero and unified World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation 140-pound champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (20-0, 13 KOs) will be challenged by former World Boxing Association super lightweight champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs), from Lviv, Ukraine, and IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will meet former IBF light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs), a Jamaican now of Miami. (more…)
St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo was so impressed by undefeated World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation unified world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” after he visited Rams training camp today, he arranged a special team bus trip to see Alexander’s title defense live on Saturday at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. “I have a great deal of respect for what boxers go through to prepare for a fight,” Spagnuolo said. “Devon is a local talent and it was important for us that he knows the entire Rams organization is behind him and wish him the best Saturday night.” (more…)
For the first time in five years, tomorrow starting at 12 Noon ET, the official Ultimate Fighting Championship® web site UFC.com will fade to black, as it prepares for the moment when it will officially relaunch. (more…)
Continuing to set the gold standard across all forms of entertainment, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® leaps into the world of weekly web shows with the “UFC® Ultimate Insider™”, which airs this Thursday, August 5th at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET on UFC.com. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
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“It’s going to be a devastating performance!,” exclaimed Devon Alexander (20-0, 13 KOs), when asked at today’s press conference how he was going to defeat Andriy Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) at “Gateway to Greatness”, the Don King Promotions event to be held Saturday in St. Louis, Mo. Kotelnik responded to Alexander’s declaration by stating that, “I have a big surprise for him.”
Don King, when asked about the significance of Alexander’s title defense in St. Louis, explained it as “historic”. “Both U. S. Senators from Missouri will be here. The Governor will be here. I haven’t seen this kind of show of support for a fighter since Ali.”
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
UFC light heavyweight fighter Rodney Wallace insists that his striking skills will propel him to victory over much-heralded prospect Phil Davis, a former NCAA Division I wrestling champion from Penn State. Wallace believes that the undefeated Davis is too green at his point in his career to beat him . . . Click here for more
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“I have remained available to honour my commitment with the WBO and am very pleased to see why it is the WBO remains the most prestigious of boxing’s orgnizations,” says WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis. “The time has come for me to face the very elite of the sport, giving boxing fans world wide one of the greatest fights it will ever see, and as such is the reward of my teams effort. I see recently Amir Kahn was observing closely the Diaz, Marquez clash… MARQUEZ IS MINE or else he is another conversation we should continue back in England. I’ve been there before happy to do it again.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
He made history in boxing as the first black vice president of the World Boxing Association. He was so well-known that Don King was his best man at his wedding in 2002. And he was a real estate mogul that sold some of the first embassy properties in Washington, DC to newly independent African countries. Such was the extraordinary life of York Van Nixon who passed away on August 1 of cancer in DC at the age of 84. (more…)
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Puertorican prospect and USNBC featherweight champion and WBO #13 Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) is moving up to the junior lightweight division to fight the Colombian warrior Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBO Latino junior lightweight title on Saturday, August 28 at the Rubén Viera Coliseum of his hometown in Las Piedras, Puerto Rico. “Fighting in front of my people in Las Piedras is an honor. I am training really hard to win this fight and the WBO Latino belt for the pride of my family and my people,” Luis Cruz said. (more…)
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Former two-time world title challenger Shannan “The Bulli Blaster” Taylor (50-8-3, 36 KOs) holds KO wins over several former world champions including WBA champion Livingstone Bramble and IBF champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez but was defeated in world title challenges against Shane Mosley and Arthur Abraham. Taylor talks to Fightnews and tells of his amateur bout with Kostya Tszyu, why Jeff Fenech did not want him to fight Mosley and that Arthur Abraham is the hardest puncher he has boxed. (more…)
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ShoBox: The New Generation fans will see a familiar face in the corner of Lateef “Power’’ Kayode on Friday’s telecast from Hinckley, Minn., as perhaps the world’s most well-known trainer Freddie Roach will be coaching the undefeated upstart cruiserweight from Nigeria in a 10-round co-feature bout on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The 50-year-old Roach, trainer of former world champions like Mike Tyson and Michael Moorer among many others, is the current trainer of seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao. Roach first met Kayode after the boxer and his manager, Hollywood writer and director Steve Feder, dropped by Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, Calif., a couple of years ago. And Roach was immediately impressed. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former Australian world title challenger Jeff “the Flash” Malcolm (100-27-11, 36 KOs) talks to Fightnews and tells how he boxed as a professional from 1971 to 2002 and clashed with several outstanding Australian boxers including Barry Michael, Hector Thompson, Baby Cassius Austin and Russell Sands, Jr. He also tells how he boxed in the USA where he easily defeated Bobby Joe Young who later defeated boxing legend Arron Pryor. Malcolm enjoys good health today and works as a trainer to former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “Choc” Mundine and WBA light heavyweight contender Tim Bell. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Shane Mosley and Sergio Mora have numerous similarities between them. Both have held world titles. Both have fought in Los Angeles and are unbeaten when fighting in the City of Angels. Both have fought and won in front of thousands of people at STAPLES Center, where they will do battle on Saturday, September 18th. Heck, both currently fight under the Golden Boy Promotions banner.
To say that their professional careers have taken different courses from their professional debuts would be an understatement. One fought under the limelight, winning multiple world titles in different weight classes, while the other fought under relative obscurity until he would appear on a reality show despite his underappreciated talent. (more…)
In a battle of southern california prospects Hector Serrano (13-0, 5 KOs) will put his unbeaten record on the line against Jose Reynoso (12-1-3, 1 KOs). The main event bout will be for the WBC super lightweight latino title and take place September 17 at the Double Tree hotel in Ontario, California.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs) will fight former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Maidan Nezalezhnosti is the central square of Kiev (see photo). Sidorenko was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochevny, commentator for Ukrainian telechannel “Inter”. Sidorenko spoke about returning to the ring, working with Freddie Roach, and also about a possible megafight against WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in November in Mexico. More to come…
Let’s Get It On Promotions returns to Fallon, Nevada on August 28 for a boxing card at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. The event is headlined by top 10 world-ranked light-heavyweight contender and current USBA boxing champion Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (22-6, 9 KOs) facing off against tough journeyman, Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (10-9, 4 KOs). Griffin, the newest addition to the Let’s Get It On Promotions stable, is coming off of two impressive wins. Most recently, he challenged Byron Mitchell for the vacant USBA light-heavyweight title and won a convincing decision. Undefeated middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales and fan-favorite lightweight,“Lightning” Lonnie Smith (10-2-2, 7 KOs), are also slated to fight on the Rural Rumble 2010 card in separate bouts. Visit fallonfights.com for tickets.
As reported earlier on Fightnews a title eliminator is being scheduled between highly ranked contender Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) and former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs). However, both fighters will fight in seperate bouts September 15th in Las Vegas on a card Promociones del Pueblo will promote. Should each be victorious they are scheduled to fight in the eliminator at the end of November. Stakes will be high for both fighters as Gonzalez will look to become a two divisional world champion which is something he has failed to do in two previous attempts.
After a whirlwind July with three major boxing cards, Universum Box-Promotion chief Klaus-Peter Kohl has announced that the company will take a much deserved summer break. “For the first time for many years, our trainers can take a long summer vacation in August,” said Kohl. “Then we’ll be on the attack again. We’ll announce concretely how this looks after the holiday. For now we’ll switch everything off for a few weeks and then come again reinvigorated. I thank to all the trainers and boxers and the whole team for all their hard work. Until our next event, I can entrust you to our great YouTube channel which we opened in April. There are already a lot of classic fights of our boxers to be seen. Meanwhile we’ve cracked the one-million barrier in views. We are a YouTube millionnaire!”
Kohl also announced that 45,000 euros were donated to “En Herz für Kinder” (A Heart for Children” charity organization out of proceeds from Universum’s July 31 card. “I’m very glad that we can help many children. Many thanks to every single ticket buyer or donor!”
Unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (7-0, 6 KOs) will fight for his first professional title on September 18 at the LG Arena, Birmingham. Britain’s only ever amateur world champion will face Michael Kelly for the Vacant Irish light-welterweight title on Frank Warren’s massive ‘Magnificent Seven’ event, live on Sky Box Office. (more…)
Featherweight contender Carney “Beeper” Bowman stormed back to the ring this past Saturday night at the Sovereign Bank Stadium with a brutal third round knockout of Puerto Rico’s Robert Acevedo.
Headlining TKO Boxing Promotions’ “The Battle of York V”, the Fighting Pride of York, Pennsylvania was welcomed by a raucous hometown crowd of over 3,000 fight fans as he made his way to the ring. (more…)
Stories by Chris Cozzone
Holm: ‘Not about the belts’: Lance Armstrong may say it’s not about the bike, but, for seven-time (ten, if you can stomach more alphabet soup) world champion Holy Holm, it’s not about the belt . . . click here for more
Sock-her mom: Former world champ Jaime Clampitt did not expect to fight again after giving birth to her daughter last year. Weight gain during pregnancy, the desire to train, let alone fight, were all concerns . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican featherweight contenders Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs) will collide for the chance to challenge current WBC featherweight world champion Elio Rojas according to WBC secretary Mauricio Sulaiman on Tuesday. Burgos-Gonzalez is expected to take place in October or November in Laredo, Texas will the winner assured of a title shot.
Former middleweight title challenger Freeman “The Natural” Barr (28-4, 15 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in nearly four years on August 31 at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center in Punta Gorda, Florida. The opponent for the 36-year-old Barr is TBA.
Story by Brady Crytzer
For one of the biggest underdogs in recent memory, Chael Sonnen is brimming with confidence.
Why? He is a notoriously gritty wrestler familiar with the standing outside of the limelight, and with the biggest fight of his career on August 7th against pound-for-pound great Anderson Silva the Oregon-based middleweight is all smiles. A shot at the world middleweight championship is something that most men could only dream of; never one for subtlety, Sonnen wears his heart on his sleeves . . . Click here for more
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“I am ready to fight!” says heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek from his training camp at the World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. “We are training hard 9 weeks, this week is 10. I am ready for a great fight, a tough fight.” Adamek faces Michael Grant for the IBF International and NABO heavyweight championships on August 21 in a pay-per-view clash at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. (more…)
Devon Alexander “The Great” finished off a whirlwind day of media appearances by throwing out the first pitch Tuesday night at Busch Stadium before his hometown Cardinals took on the visiting Astros. Alexander was joined by his trainer Kevin Cunningham and Cards mascot-turned-boxer Fredbird.
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