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Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Someone should tell Frankie Gomez that he could pace himself to actually fight the scheduled rounds and not end a fight so early.
“Once I saw that he did not have enough on his punches, I went after him,” Gomez said after less than one round of action.
Fair enough. . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Blake Capparello (5-0, 2 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped highly regarded Kane McKay (8-9-2, 4 KOs) in eight rounds to capture the World Boxing Foundation Australasian 175 pound title at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Capparello is scheduled to challenge Shane McConville for the Australian light heavyweight championship on August 8th in a Michael O’Brien promotion. (more…)
Salvador Sanchez II of Mexico will wear the robe, trunks and shoes that his legendary uncle, world champion Salvador Sanchez, wore against Juan LaPorte in a 1980 world title fight. Grant Elvis Phillips, manager of young Salvadore Sanchez II, said it is a tribute to the Sanchez family at Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 here in the Alamodome on Saturday night. Sanchez II will take on Tomas Villa in the opening PPV bout.
Villa is from Midland, Texas. He works in an oilfield servicing pumping units during the day, then trains in the evening.
Gabriel Elizondo, who is taking on Raul Martinez in a battle of San Antonio fighters on the PPV, said “…I really need my A-Game going. My plan is to take away his confidence. Raul tends to wear down in the late rounds.” Gabriel is reunited with trainer Tony Ayala for this fight.
Raul Martinez: “Tony Ayala brings in fighters in top condition. That concerns me going into the fight against Elizondo.” Martinez adds if he wins he will celebrate with a bowl of ice cream. “Vanilla custard will work,” he said today. “I haven’t been eating much since I have been in training camp.”
Adailton DeJesus of Brazil said he has seen “every available video of Marco Antonio Barrera” to prepare for his showdown with the former world champion on Saturday night. “Barrera was a champion when I first started boxing,” DeJesus said. “I learned about boxing myself just watching his videos. Now, here we are, going against each other.” DeJesus said he has fought times outside of Brazil – 5 times in the USA, once in Argentina, once in Panama.
Barrera on DeJesus: “He’s taller than me and hits hard. He has long arms, reminding me of Kennedy McKinney.”
John Duddy’s previous trainers were Pat Burns and Don Turner. Duddy is now trained by Harry Keitt. Duddy trained for weeks in the Pocono Mountains, Bushkill, Pa., and finished his work at Gleasons Gym in New York. George Mitchell is the cutman for Duddy.
Freddie Roach on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.: “He practices all the moves I teach him everyday.”
Chavez Jr on Roach: “I knew I needed to work with him for discipline, hard work and to get to the next level. I am going to show everyone what hard work really means when I get into the ring Saturday night. I know this is the most important fight of my career.”
Miguel Diaz is the cutman for Chavez Jr. Lupe Contreras is the ring announcer. Officials for the main event are referee John Shorle (California), and judges Julie Lederman (New York), Jurgen Langos (Germany) and Glen Crocker (Texas)
Top Rank.com will stream the undercard bouts which get underway 7:15 pm eastern/4:15 pm pacific. Latin Fury 15 PPV goes live 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over John McDermott (25-7, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Brentwood Centre in Brentwood, England. McDermott was down three times before the bout was halted. Time was 1:08. Fury had previously won a controversial decision over McDermott last September, but no questions this time. Fury claimed the vacant English belt.
Former world title challenger Jose Navarro (27-5, 12 KOs) will headline the next edition of Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” in his hometown of Los Angeles on July 22 at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia in a six round fight. Now fighting as a bantamweight, Navarro is going against an opponent to be determined in a six round fight. The co-featured bout on the monthly boxing series will feature Nestor Rocha (21-2, 7 KOs) in his first fight since a challenge for the WBC bantamweight title in July 2009. He will meet journeyman Benji Garcia (14-15-3, 1 KO) in a six rounder. Also scheduled is Freddie Roach-trained Jamie Kavanagh (2-0) vs TBA.
Sensational junior welterweight prospect Francisco “The Phenom” Contreras heads to Southern California next week to face off against Mexican veteran Noe Bolanos in the co-main event on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights on Friday, July 2nd at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. (more…)
This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC®. The undercard bouts feature the following matchups: Chris Leben vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulous, Chris Tuchscherer vs. Brendan Schaub, Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove, Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris, Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz and Karlos Vemola vs. Jon Madsen. (more…)
Eduardo Escobedo 129.19 vs. Aristides Perez 129.63
Juan Carlos Salgado 139.99 vs. Guadalupe Rosales 139.99
Edgar Ruiz 153.99 vs. Jesús Harras 154
Sergio Torres 133.82 vs. Noe Morales 136
Venue: Centenario Stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Arce Promotions
TV: Televisa (Mexico), wbcboxing.tv
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By Robert Hughes
John Duddy 159 vs Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 160
Marco Antonio Barrera 141 vs Adilton Dejesus 138
Raul Martinez 114.5 vs Gabriel Elizondo 114.75
Salvador Sanchez 125.25 vs Tomas Villa 125.5
Venue: Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super featherweight female world champion Kina Malpartida made 128.7 and her Colombian challenger, Liliana Palmera, made 127.6 at their weigh in today in Lima, Peru. Malpartida and Palmera will fight this Saturday, the 26th, at the Jockey Plaza, in Lima over 10 rounds.
Jonathan Maicelo 135 vs. Alberto Leopoldo Santillan 134.2
As has been the tradition for the last 26 years at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom pro shows, when fans sense that fighters have given above and beyond what is expected of them, and fight toe-to-toe each and every round, they show their appreciation by wadding up paper money and throwing it in the ring. It is then collected and split between both fighters regardless of who wins. That was the case last night when a standing room, sold out crowd of 1,452 fight fans cheered and donated to the tremendous performance displayed by bantamweights Richard Contreras and Eder Peralta. Contreras 1-1 out of Riverside had Peralta down in the first and third rounds, but could not put the game 1-2 Peralta from Pasadena away. Besides a standing ovation from the fans, they also threw over $100 cash into the ring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora (8-2, 2 KOs) returned with a spectacular victory at 1:02 of the second round over Patricia Hernandez (11-4-2, 3 KOs) and thus won the WBC female youth miniumweight world title on Thursday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon, Distrito Federal in Mexico. In the first round, Hernandez received a bill for protection. The referee Gelasio Perez stopped the match when Zamora dominated from the start and withstood attacks from “La Patito” Hernandez. ”We are ready to defend our titles in Mexico or in any country. I love this sport and I want to do my best,” said Zamora.
He’s the most talked about fighter in MMA today, and with good reason. But the former NCAA National wrestling champion and current UFC heavyweight titlist has done plenty of talking himself since signing with the UFC in 2007, and we’ve captured some of his best as we await his showdown with Shane Carwin in the main event of UFC 116 on July 3rd in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Ohio heavyweight Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha has made multiple visits to New England visiting relatives, but this Saturday night he’ll make his first business trip there, challenging Hartford heavyweight favorite Tony “TNT” Grano in the 10-round main event on the “Pride & Power” boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (more…)
The weigh-in for Saturday’s clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Ireland’s John Duddy in San Antonio will take place today at 1:30PM at the Arnison River Theatre located at 418 Villita Street (Downtown Riverwalk). The festivities will be open to the public.
The eight year partnership of Universum Box-Promotion and Germany’s ZDF television network will end on July 31 with a stellar show headlined by WBC interim middleweight champion at the o2 Arena in Hamburg. During the successful eight year run, 18 Universum boxers became world champions, and five more who already held belts defended on the network.
To celebrate this golden era in televised boxing, Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl has something special planned: all seats 30 euros. “We wanted to find a special end for a special partnership,” he said, “so the boxing fans can really enjoy themselves on one special evening. One can buy the first row of tickets for 30 euros, which normally cost 600 euros or more. On top of that, every ticket buyer does something good!“ (half the proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization ‘A Heart for Children.’) (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like IBF/WBO/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 28 KOs) could fight IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on either September 11 or 18th at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Team Povetkin is interested in staging the fight in Moscow. Wladimir was seeking a unification fight with WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs), but it appears David is eyeing a fight with Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs), which could take place on November 13th in England.
By Robert Hughes
Photos: Robert Hughes
A less-than-cheery John Duddy did not like being asked Thursday evening if he was going to win Saturday’s bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “No, I’m here to lose,” Duddy snapped at this reporter in a hotel elevator. “Of course I’m going to win, what kind of question is that?”
Meanwhile, Chavez Jr. was in the lobby with dozens of fans and chatting with his father, the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez, when FightNews asked the fighter the same question. Chavez Jr. responded with a more diplomatic statement about being in shape and being well prepared. And then he said, in his best English: “I think he’s having a problem.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan referee Enrique Portocarrero will be the third man in the ring when Peruvian WBA female super featherweight world champion Kina Mal Partida (11-3, 3 KOs) and Colombian WBA challenger Liliana Palmera (19-6-2, 12 KOs) meet at Jockey Plaza, Lima, Peru on Saturday. The three judges are Gustavo Padilla (Panama), Hugo de Leon (Uruguay) and Gustavo Estrella (Argentina). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten Frankie Gomez stopped veteran Jaime Orrantia (13-27-5, 4 KO’s) in the first round of a scheduled four round fight. Gomez was on the attack on Orrantia, but the veteran fighter was able to make Gomez missed. Although he tried to counter, Orrantia would miss, allowing Gomez (4-0, 4 KO’s) to go back on the attack. Gomez landed a right uppercut, sending Orrantia back against the ropes, prompting referee Pat Russell to stop the fight. Orrantia was not visibly hurt, prompting some in the crowd to boo the stoppage. Click here for more + photos
One of the premiere super middleweight prospects in the world, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) thrilled a crowd of boisterous supporters with a fifth round knockout over late sub Ibahiem King (7-4, 2 KOs) on Thursday night at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present two live championship webcasts – free of charge – on Saturday (note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico). In the main fight, scheduled for 12 rounds from Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Eduardo Escobedo, (27-3-1, 19 KOs), of Mexico City, will fight Aristedes Perez (17-1-1, 10 KOs), of Cartagena, Colombia, for the WBC Silver super featherweight championship. (more…)
Here are five things you may not know about middleweight John Duddy who was born and raised in Derry, Ireland:
1) He taught himself to play guitar. During training camp, he plays guitar late at night.
2) His favorite performers include Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
3) John went to Kristofferson’s sold-out concert in Derry, Ireland was three years ago. “Couldn’t believe he was singing in my hometown,” said John.
4) John recently began performing as a singer at small clubs in New York City. “Just getting on stage, singing a song or two, having some fun,” he said.
5) One of his favorite authors is Jon Krakauer who wrote the non-fiction best-seller ‘Into Thin Air.’ “I’ve read three of his books, liked them all,” John said.
Trainer Freddie Roach said today that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a ‘quick learner and is going to be a more complete fighter. “He’s shy about his English, but understands everything I say,” Roach said today. “Chavez Jr is a quick learner. I teach and he picks it up real quick. We’re working on his jab, to throw it and set something up after throwing it. He’s getting a real idea of what I would like him to do. “He works hard, likes to run, knows the game,” Roach said. “Duddy is trouble because he is so strong. I think Chavez Jr has more boxing skill and that will be the difference on Saturday night.” Chavez Jr vs. Duddy is scheduled for Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 on Saturday, June 26, at the Alamodome. The Pay Per View will begin 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
Spike TV will showcase two of the Boston area’s finest mixed martial arts fighters in live undercard bouts from “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” on Saturday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. Live from the TD Garden in Boston, Joe Lauzon (“The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum) of Bridgewater, Mass. takes on Terry Etim in a lightweight battle and Milford, Mass native Jorge Rivera (“The Ultimate Fighter 4” alum) meets Alessio Sakara in a middleweight clash. (more…)
“It is great coming back to fight in the states. I’m back to the place where it all started for me,” stated David Tua, who faces Monte Barrett on July 17 in Atlantic City – his first fight in the USA since 2007. “My fans here are just as passionate as they are at home. It’s a great feeling and humbling to know that my fans are still there and still into it for me. I’m grateful for their support and loyalty they’ve always shown for me. My fans have supported me since day one and that means the world to me.” Tua is training in Jersey City, NJ with long-time trainer Roger Bloodworth.
WBO #3 super bantamweight Rico Ramos (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his WBO-NABO belt against comebacking Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder in the co-feature to the previously announced WBA light heavyweight championship defense of Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) on July 23rd in a specially constructed outdoor arena at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA. ESPN2 will televise.
With fight night rapidly approaching, Classic Entertainment & Sports is offering its fans an exclusive, one-day only sale on tickets for Saturday’s “Pride & Power” show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Fans who call today and purchase two tickets in either the $65.00 or $105.00 price range will receive a third ticket (of equal value) for free. This offer expires Friday. The card features Hartford heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) facing Nicolai Firtha (17-7-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the NABA-U.S. title. The co-feature includes fellow Hartford native “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) taking on former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in an 8-round super bantamweight bout. To take advantage of the special, one-day offer call 401-724-2253.
Exclusive comments from Marcos Maidana:
After recent serious managerial problems have prevented him from continuing with his career smoothly as it should have happened, WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana is now ready to be back in the US against the best. “Now everybody knows what the reasons were for me to turn down a fight with Timothy Bradley. And luckily, everybody understood me. I’m on the way to sort out this unexpected and disgraceful situation, so I’m very happy and ready to prove wrong those idiots that called me a chicken or a liar,” Maidana said.
“Let’s see how brave they are now they know that I’m ready. Bring me Bradley and I’ll knock him out in front of his promoter Gary Shaw, who seems to have a big mouth. I’m not the kind of guy that likes to talk. I never do. But now I’m angry because they blamed me for not taking the fight against Bradley even though it was not my fault. Let’s make the Bradley fight before the end of this year to put an end to all this talking crap,” he added. (more…)
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