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By Ricardo Conde
Former unified WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs) of Houston, TX will take on current WBO and WBA world lightweight champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) of Mexico in a 12-round bout in the main event of “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” on Saturday July 31st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV which will be televised live on pay-per-view. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Juan Diaz as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Marquez and here’s what he had to say: (more…)
Five big billboards went up in St. Louis this week promoting hometown hero and unified world champion Devon Alexander’s appearance at Scottrade Center on Aug. 7 against former world titleholder Andriy Kotelnik. The billboard shown above towers above the mighty Mississippi River as it flows through the Gateway City.
Another interesting heavyweight clash has been added to Universum Box-Promotion’s big July 31 card at the o2 Arena in Hamburg. Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) will fight for the vacant European champion against Jaroslav Zavorotny (14-4, 12 KOs). Dimitrenko was originally slated to face Denis Bakhtov for the title on promoter German Titov’s July 30 card in Ekaterinburg, Russia, however Bakhtov pulled out and the EBU sanctioned Dimitrenko-Zavorotny.
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler has started his training camp for the crucial Super Six showdown with Allan Green. The Viking Warrior will take on his American opponent in Denmark on September 25 at a venue to be announced. This week, star coach Jimmy Montoya returned from his home base in Los Angeles to Copenhagen to prepare Denmark´s national hero for the Super Six showdown. They will move camp to Team Sauerland’s headquarters in Berlin shortly. “The fun part is over for Mikkel,” Montoya said. “He got his well-deserved rest after the fight against Froch but it will be blood, sweat and tears for him from now on. I was pleased with his performance against Froch but there is still a lot more to come from him. I expect him to get even better against Green.” (more…)
A failed five-time world title challenger coming off two straight losses matched up against a former two-time champ proclaimed to be worth his weight in gold – that is, until he was KO’d in one last year – might not top the list of the year’s most important matches.
But it just might make a damn good fight.
That is, if one guy can break a slump and a tendency to throw away the first half of a fight; and the other pug, put behind him, a devastating kayo loss and a bad showing in his comeback . . . Click here for more
Ryan Rhodes is gearing up for war after watching video footage of next opponent Lukas Konecny. Rhodes defends his European light-middleweight title against the Czech on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. And he believes his opponent will be a formidable warrior. The 31-year-old has 44 wins and just three losses – none by stoppage – and is a former WBO world title contender, only losing against Sergiy Dzinziruk on a split decision. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
22-year-old Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs), coming off a twelve round decision loss to hard-punching WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in March, returns on Saturday against Federico Catubay (25-16-3, 16 KOs) in an IBF title eliminator at the Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Photos by Anna Anderson
Heavyweight Steve Collins (23-1, 16 KOs) dropped Anthony Greely (7-34-3, 1 KO) three times en route to a fourth round KO at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club. Collins decked Greely with a left hook in the opening round and again with a chopping overhand right in the third. A hybrid left hook/uppercut sent Greely to the canvas in the fourth round for the full count. Junior welterweight Tiffany Junot (9-2-1, 6 KOs) scored a picturesque one-punch knockout over Patricia Linton (0-8) with a straight right to the jaw that sent Linton crashing to the canvas in slow motion in the opening round. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe makes the second defence of his South African junior lightweight title against former champion Godfrey Nzimande on Sunday afternoon at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. In what is expected top be a closely contested match Taliwe (15-2, 14 KOs) who does have a leaky defence at times will have to use all his boxing skills against the well conditioned Nzimande (21-3, 12 KOs) who likes to throw fast combinations off the front foot. (more…)
Boxing 360 has announced that heavyweights Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris and Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera will square-off August 6 in Minnesota. “Both parties have signed contracts and it’s going to be a great fight between a talented veteran, Harris, and promising prospect, Aguilera,” Boxing 360 Director of Boxing Bob Duffy said today. “In many ways, it’s a crossroads fight for both heavyweights with a lot on the line, in terms of their respective boxing futures. We’re negotiating right now to make the August 6th fight for a regional title.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Tim Barry
IBO lightweight champion Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) found the range for his solid combinations against Billy Sumba (18-2-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia in round one and dropped the import for a ten count in round two . Referee Charlie Lucas crowned IBF #12 Zappavigna at 0:23. ” My next fight will be in the USA when I will defend my IBO title,” Zappavigna said. “My manager Gary Shaw will arrange that fight.” Zappavigna trained by Tommy Mercuri. Zappa’s best performance came in March when he outscored Fernando Angulo over twelve rounds at the Rancho Mirage in California to capture the IBO 135 pound title. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight Gary Russell Jr. (11-0, 8 KOs) needed just 106 seconds to TKO faded former two-division world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-15-2, 23 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia – L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Possibly a quick stoppage by referee Lou Moret.
Former bantamweight title challenger Nestor Rocha (22-1, 8 KOs) took out journeyman Benji Garcia (14-16-3, 1 KO) with a body shot in round two. Time was :45. Rocha was returning from a one-year layoff after unsuccessfully challenging then-WBC champ Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan last July.
In an all-out war, Junior welterweight Oscar Andrade won a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Ramon Valadez. Andrade (2-0, 1 KO) was hurt by a hard right hand by Valadez in the third round. Although he did not go down, the southpaw Andrade controlled the action by repeatedly landing left hands to the head and body of Valadez (1-1). All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Andrade.
By Jose E. Santiago
Solidifying his promise to bring four professional boxing cards to the city of Atlanta in 2010, Shea Bailey Promotions is set to bring yet another night of fights to the “A” on Friday night. Atlanta’s Friday Night Fights III is the third installment of the promise and will feature two Atlanta homers. The main event features Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (21-6, 14 KOs). In the co-main Paul “The Truth” Delgado (21-9-1, 4 KOs) will see action.
Paul Delgado 151 vs Tim Hall 149
Xavier Tolliver 154 vs Jose Felix 153
Trenton Titsworth 144.5 vs Gerald Jordan 149
Nicole Woods 138 vs Cassandra Lindsey 134
Daniel Lozano 112 vs Erickson Martell 112
Winston Mathis 140 vs Jamar Saunders 138
Thomas Heaton 113 vs Leshaun Blair 116
Carlos Rivera 129 vs Robert Daluz 126
Adonis Inman 153 vs Christopher Hamlett 151.5
Prize Fight Promotions retuens to the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, MS on Saturday night with an excellent main event as lightweight prospects Ty Barnett (17-1-1, 12 KOs) and Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1, 7 KOs) will meet in an eight-rounder. “This is probably the most competitive and compelling main event we have ever brought to the Fitz. It is an intriguing match up between the great boxer and the great puncher. Everything is on the line. The winner goes on to regional title fights and the loser has to climb the ladder again. I can’t wait!,” stated promoter Russ Young of Prize Fight.
Photo by Jan Sanders/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Beibut Shumenov 175 vs. Viacheslav Uzelkov 172
Rico Ramos 121 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 121.5
Shawn Estrada 167.2 vs. Eddie Hunter 167.5
Gayrat Ahmedov 174.2 vs. Dallas Vargas 174.4
Michael Ruiz, Jr. 118 vs. Juan Tepoz 120.6
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 148.4 vs. Pavel Miranda 148.2
Stan Martyniouk 135 vs. Jonathan Bobadilla 134.8
Venue: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino, Lemoore, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC light flyweight champion Omar Niño and Irma ‘La Guerita’ Sanchez received this Thursday their respective WBC green belts in a ceremony held at the “Hotel Geneve” in Mexico City. WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman made the presentation. Omar will defend his title next September 4 against an opponent yet to be defined and the silver champion Sanchez will fight against the Japan’s Naomi Togashi. Both Fights in Jalisco, Mexico. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Photos by Bob Ryder
Alexis Hloros 160.2 vs. Raynard Darden 160.2
Darryl Cunningham 167.6 vs. Antwon Echols 166.2
Vernon Paris 146.2 vs. Courtney Burton 146.2
Rich Power 226.8 vs. Michael Moncrief 233
Domonique Dolton 158.4 vs. Jeremiah Jones 161
Guy Packer 165.4 vs. Lane Staal 163.4
Willie Fortune 161 vs. Dan Wallace 161.2
Demar Singleton 171 vs. Cameron Allen 167.6
Alex Otero 218 vs. Todd Welcome 321.4
Dan Langbeen 147.6 vs. Chris Bourdon TBA
Venue: Royal Oak Music Theatre, Detroit, Michigan
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Photo by All Star Boxing
Alejandro Hernandez 118 vs. Jesus Ceja 118
Rafael Reyes 118 vs. Walter Lina 117
Ivan Bautista 126 vs. Edgar Velazquez 128
Jonathan Duran 147 vs. Victor Pena 142
Josue Veraza 128 vs. Cuauhtemoc Montoya 127
Cesar Sanchez 134 vs. Martin Rivas 132
Ulises Lara 107 vs. Luis Ceja 107
Venue: Jose Cuervo Salon, Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Promoter: All Star Boxing
By Felipe Leon
Rafael Cobos 138 vs. Jesus Gurrola 138
Jesus Navarro 118.3 vs. Oscar Gallardo 118
Fernando Vargas 118 vs. Jose Miguel Tamayo 118
Alberto Ocampo 134.5 vs. Julio Paz 134.5
Gilberto Rodriguez 175.2 vs. Jorge Huerta 175.2
Byron Gonzalez 127.8 vs. Cesar De La Mora 130
Venue: Hipodromo Caliente, Tijuana, Mexico
The IBF has confirmed that mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin will be removed from the IBF top ten and that Wladimir will now face the top available opponent on September 11 in Frankfurt, expected to be Sam Peter. Klitschko-Peter would be a rematch of a 2005 bout where Wlad overcame three knockdowns to claim a twelve round decision. “We’ve started negotiations with Top Rank for Sam Peter as the next available opponent for the mandatory,” Klitschko manager Bernd Bönte told Fightnews.com.
By Chris Cozzone
In what can only be described as a crossroads fight, former two-time champ Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares (28-1, 18 KOs) and four-time title challenger Rocky Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) are prepared for a war on the July 31 HBO PPV-televised card headlining Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz II. Both spoke out today during a national teleconference:
“This isn’t my first crossroads fight,” said Juarez. “This is a must-win for me. I need to prove to myself and to the boxing public that Rocky Juarez is not done. I am still in the game. I’m a young, old veteran who is still hungry and still trying to achieve my lifelong goal of becoming a world champion. Jorge Linares is a good opponent to get me back to a title shot.”
“To call it a ‘crossroads fight’ is well put,” said Linares, who considers Juarez his toughest opponent to date. “Juarez is a tremendous gladiator at the top level . .. but so am I. My speed, skill and technical attributes will be the same, if not better, than I’ve shown in the past. Because of this, the bout will be a great fight and whoever wins can go on to a world title.”
Stay tuned for a full report in the morning.
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Felipe Leon
The Tecate Box Tour hit Tijuana, MX, on Wednesday evening and to make its presence known, it invited former three time welterweight Antonio Margarito, former IBF light flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solis, former WBC interim super featherweight champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez as well as some of this Friday’s “Guante Azteca” semi-finalists to partake in the festivities.
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Carl “the Cobra” Froch will be joining up with highly regarded trainer Rob McCracken at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Monday morning (26th) to start his intensive 10 week training camp ahead of his crucial Super Six Group Stage 3 face off against “King” Arthur Abraham. It was officially announced last week that the last of the Super Six group stage matches will take place in the swanky surroundings of the world’s 2nd smallest country, Principality of Monaco, at the fabulous Chapiteau de l’Espace venue in the ward of Fontvieille, on Saturday 2nd October. (more…)
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has already had heavyweight false alarms twice in 2010 when the Battle In The Ballroom announced some interesting heavyweight matchups but they did not take place…..but for the August 5th show, bout contracts have been signed and travel arrangements have been made, so he’s planning two quality heavyweight bouts on the seven bout card. In the main event, undefeated Joe “The Future” Hanks (13-0, 9 KOs) will return after battling health issues the past two shows. Hanks will face Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KOs), who has been eagerly anticipating this fight since the June 24th cancellation. The other heavyweight bout sees the Ballroom return of 5-0 Scott “The One” Alexander facing 3-2 Charles Tucker who has recorded all three of his wins by knockout.
The World Boxing Council will present some of the Green and Gold Fist Awards to the Best of 2009 during the Night of Champions celebration in Cardiff, Wales. The following trophies will be presented on July the 31st at the Live Nation Arena in Cardiff to the champions that will attend:
Champion of the Year 2009
Female Champion of the Year 2009
Giacobbe Fragomeni/Krzysztof Wlodarczyk
Most Dramatic Fight of 2009
Knockout of the Year 2009
Fighter of the Year Honorary Mention
Unbeaten Michael “lil Warrior” Franco (16-0m 11 KOs) will step up to featherweight on August 20, at Del Sol Casino, Tucson, AZ, to face off against Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros, in a scheduled 8 round semi-main event televised on Telefutura. The entire card is presented by Don Chargin Productions in association with Jorge Marron Productions. “I am really looking forward to getting back in the ring after several months lay off, even though I have not been active I continued to train every day…I stay ready and focused to fight at a moment’s notice,” said Franco.
Nathan Cleverly says he’s fired up and ready to knock out Karo Murat after the German accused him of being a “big talker: and said he was “no Joe Calzaghe.” The pair clash in a WBO light heavyweight title eliminator at the LG Arena, Birmingham, on September 18. “Joe was probably one of the best fighters to ever come of out of Britain,” stated Cleverly, “and I’ve never claimed to be as good as him.” (more…)
Heavyweight contender Juan Carlos Gomez’ first workout at the Universum Gym with trainer Artur Grigorian.
It’s already been a whirlwind year for five-time UFC® champion Randy Couture, with a win over fellow Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in February, a role in the highly-anticipated film “The Expendables” this summer, and an impending battle with James “Lights Out” Toney coming up in August. So when he recently witnessed the unveiling of his UFC Magazine cover at his gym in Las Vegas, it was another milestone in a 2010 to remember for “The Natural”. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO lightweight champion Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) found the range for his solid combinations against Billy Sumba (18-2-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia in round one and dropped the import for a ten count in round two . Referee Charlie Lucas crowned IBF #12 Zappavigna at :.23. ” My next fight will be in the USA when I will defend my IBO title,” Zappavigna said. “My manager Gary Shaw will arrange that fight.” Zappavigna trained by Tommy Mercuri. Zappa’s best performance came in March when he outscored Fernando Angulo over twelve rounds at the Rancho Mirage in California to capture the IBO 135 pound title. (more…)
Photos by Wende
Unbeaten German sensations Karo Murat (22-0, 13 KOs) and Alexander Frenkel (22-0, 17 KOs) face the biggest tests of their young careers on September 18 when they travel to Birmingham for a special night of boxing at the LG Arena. Murat takes on Nathan Cleverly (19-0, 9 KOs) in a WBO light heavyweight title eliminator, while Frenkel challenges European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-4, 25 KOs). “There is so much talent on our team and I am convinced that both Karo and Alexander will be future champions,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “They are unbeaten and fearless and they are traveling to England to shock the boxing world.” For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF welter champ, 34-year-old Japanese Motoki Sasaki (34-8-1, 21 KOs), 138.75, captured the OPBF super-lightweight belt as he displayed his remarkable last surge after losing proceedings, floored defending champ, hard-punching Filipino Randy Suico (29-6-1, 25 KOs), 139.5, in the tenth and earned a split duke (115-113 twice and 113-114) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Boxing News Korea
Korean boxer Bae Ki-suk (7-7-1, 4 KOs) has sadly lost his battle for life after being TKO’d by Jung Jin-ki (7-9-1, 1 KO) in a match with for the vacant Korean super flyweight championship last Saturday. Bae underwent brain surgery, but unfortunately passed away after four days. It was the first ring tragedy in Korea since the death of former WBC light flyweight champion Choi Yo-sam in January 2008.
Photo by Pete Susens
Hall of Fame cutman Miguel Diaz (left) with former world rated bantamweight contender Frankie Duarte at the Wild Card Gym, in Holllywood, California.
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