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In just four days undefeated Viacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) of Vinitza, Ukraine will take on WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) in the scheduled 12-rounder on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. “Shumenov is certainly talented but doesn’t have the experience needed to maintain champion status. I have complete confidence that I will exit the ring on Friday night as the WBA Light Heavyweight Champion. My flawless record says it all, it more than doubles his, so I am just going to keep doing what I have been doing. I’m going to win and take this title home.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The former WBC featherweight and WBA super featherweight world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares is finalizing his training in Japan for his July 31 battle with the Ricardo “Rocky” Juárez in Las Vegas. “I’ve carried out nearly 120 rounds of sparring,” said Linares. “I feel great and I’m dedicated to my training. We know the potential of Juárez, his style, his power and I’ve prepared very well for this opportunity.” Linares is coming off a ten round decision in March against Francisco Lorenzo in La Guaira, Venezuela. “I’m thankful for the support of those who have been with me and I ask the Venezuelan fans to continue believing in me,” he added.
By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Ricardo Conde
Highly talented and current NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (17-0-2, 4 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA, will take on Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) of Topeka, KS on Friday, August 13th in the main event on the latest edition of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions. In his last outing Perez defeated Gilbert Sanchez Leon (29-7-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico on May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #7, WBO #5 154 pounder Ryan Waters (20-2-2, 12 KOs) is looking to upset WBA #2 Anthony Mundine (39-3, 22 KOs) when they clash in September at Wollongong Entertainment Center in NSW, Australia. Waters would then set his sights on the WBA champion Miguel Cotto for the title. Waters trainer and manager David Birchell is excited that Waters will get an opportunity to defeat Mundine. “That would be special,” Birchell said. ”This fight could lead to very big things for Ryan, including a world title shot with Miguel Cotto. We’re really looking forward to it. Ryan is training well, don’t worry, we’ll have the game plan and Anthony knows Ryan well enough from sparring against him that he’ll turn up to fight.” Mundine is hoping a win will get him a shot at Cotto and then a mega fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
“Here are the facts. Al Haymon, Richard Schaefer and myself speak to each other on a regular basis and the truth is no negotiations have ever taken place nor was there ever a deal agreed upon by Team Mayweather or Floyd Mayweather to fight Manny Pacquiao on November 13. Either Ross Greenburg or Bob Arum is not telling the truth, but history tells us who is lying.”
–Leonard Ellerbe, Advisor, Floyd Mayweather
By Ricardo Conde
2000 Olympic Silver Medalist and five-time world title challenger Ricardo “Rocky” Juarez (28-6-1, 20 KOs) of Houston, TX will step back into the ring on Saturday July 31st against two-time world champion Jorge “El Niño de Oro” Linares (28-1, 18 KOs) of Venezuela at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV in a 10-round lightweight bout and will open up the televised portion of the pay-per-view event “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” which is being headlined by Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez taking on Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Rocky Juarez as he prepares for his upcoming fight and here’s what he had to say: (more…)
Photos: Team Klitschko
Here is more information about today’s Wladimir Klitschko-Alexander Povetkin presser at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt in which Povetkin was a no-show.
Team Klitschko was informed at midnight that Povetkin could not take the flight from New York due to a sinus inflammation. “I am very disappointed that Povetkin did not show up today,” said Wladimir. “For two weeks, we have tried to force him to come. He could have shown that he is ready to fight me. It’s the first time in my entire career that my opponent did not come to the press conference.” (more…)
A press conference in Frankfurt, Germany, to announce Wladimir Klitschko’s September 11 world heavyweight title defense against Alexander Povetkin went on without the mandatory challenger in attendance. Povetkin was said to be suffering from a sinus inflammation. An angry Klitschko stated Povetkin is to blame if he misses his world title chance. Sam Peter was mentioned as a possible replacement. Povetkin’s representatives promised that Povetkin will be ready for the fight.
WBA champion Amir Khan and WBC champion Devon Alexander have both called out WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley following Bradley’s win over Luis Carlos Abregu on Saturday night. Commenting on his Twitter page, Khan wrote: “I’ll fight Tim Bradley. It’s the first time he has called me out. I’m going Vegas and talk to Golden Boy. I would love the fight. Good style for me.”
Meanwhile, Team Alexander has issued the following statement: “Time has come. You have pretended to be the best at 140 while everyone knows Alexander is the true king of the division. The difference between Alexander and Bradley is, Bradley wants to beg for an opportunity with the great fighters, Devon wants to beat the best fighters in his division and earn the right to fight the great fighters. Boxing fans want to see the best fight the best and the two fights they want most is, May/Pac and Alexander/Bradley. HBO wants to make the fight — so Team Bradley stop making cowardly moves stand up and fight. Your own fans are tired of your excuses. On August 7th Devon will put on an explosive performance against Kotelnik and then Bradley will have nowhere to hide.”
For the first-time ever, Indianapolis will get a taste of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Former UFC® heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former interim UFC heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts legend Minotauro Nogueira will mix it up for an encore performance on Saturday, September 25 at UFC 119: MIR VS. NOGUEIRA 2, which is presented by “Halo Reach” and live from the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also featured on this historic card, Nogueira’s twin brother and light heavyweight force Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on two-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler turned undefeated fighter Ryan Bader. Then it’s a rematch of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback finale as former UFC welterweight champion Matt Serra takes on one of Indianapolis’ own in Chris “Lights Out” Lytle. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Chris Ausobsky
David Tua, at least on paper, was a sure candidate to win against Monte Barrett. It didn’t happen. The fight with “Two Gunz” ended in a draw. We asked Tua’s trainer Roger Bloodworth for some inside news about what happened in Atlantic City. We also spoke about the on-and-off Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and the veteran trainer of many world champions has his own ideas why “Pretty Boy” isn’t saying “yes” right now… (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) has recently returned from a six week holiday with his wife where they visited Armenia, Russia and Fiji. Darchinyan talked with Fightnews to say he stopped chasing a fight with Nonito Donaire (24-1, 16 KOs) as he knows he will never give him a rematch and is now focused on a bout with WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs). Darchinyan said, “I know Nonito Donaire will never fight me, he refused to sign the contract he had for six weeks that would have made the fight happened. I have lost interest in that fight. I am now the IBO bantamweight champion and have focused on Fernando Montiel who is the WBC and WBO champion.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (29-3, 26 KOs) delivered the biggest upset in boxing in 2009 when he blasted out boxing legend Roy Jones, Jr. in 122 seconds to defend the championship successfully in Sydney, NSW, Australia. Green scored a three round stoppage of former WBA 168 pound champion Manny Siacca in 2010, but says that the hard training that you need to do to have yourself in fighting shape to achieve the victories is grinding. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sizwe Sinyabi upset the odds in scoring a unanimous 12 round points decision over Mfundo Gwayana to win the South African junior flyweight title at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Saturday night. This was a rematch after their closely fought draw at the Orient Theatre in East London in June last year. In a rather tame affair the southpaw Sinyabi (19-8-2, 9 KOs) who was having his first fight since the draw against Gwayana (11-4-1, 6 KOs) kept the pressure on the champion and after a scoring a knockdown in the eleventh round emerged a clear winner. Both fighters hail from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, but Sinyabi is now based in Gauteng and trained by Nick Durandt who clamed his 90th champion, while Gwayana is trained by former IBF junior featherweight champion Vuyani Bungu. The tournament was presented by Gladys Tsenene.
Former world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (23-7-2, 12 KOs) is back in the spotlight Friday night against Breiler “Zulianito de Oro” Teran (12-8-1, 4 KOs) in a 12 rounder for the WBC Latin bantamweight title. The fight headlines a card at the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City and will be televised on Boxeo TELEMUNDO at 11:35PM ET/PT. The eight-bout card is promoted by All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., in association with Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones. Matchmaker is Jorge Gonzalez. Tickets are now on sale at $200 and $100 Pesos available at ticketmaster.com.mx and Salon Jose Cuervo.
By Chris Perry
Photos by Chris Perry
Promoter Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Knockout Series returns to the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on Saturday Aug. 14 with a strong night of action and two main events. Former heavyweight champion of the world Hasim Rahman continues his quest for another world title shot challenging tough veteran Damon Reed in the first of two featured bouts. In the second main event, WBF All America’s Super Middleweight Champion Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan defends against Norfolk’s own Bobby Jordan Jr. For more details and photos click here…
With this Summer being one of the hottest on record, it is only fitting the last week of July will see one of the hottest boxing events in some time. All eyes of the pugilistic world will be focused on the seaside city of Cardiff, Wales as over 100 past and present world boxing champions will be present at the second ever WBC Night Of Champions, from July 29th to 31st. The quadrennial event was first held in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico during the last weekend of January, 2006. While that event brought nearly 100 champions from around the globe and focused on restoring tourism to the Hurricane Wilma ravaged region, this 2010 edition will show the boxing world the fighting spirit and history of the small, but tenacious United Kingdom country of Wales. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield
Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com
The DeSoto Civic Center played host to its first nationally televised boxing event with “Showdown on Showtime,” featuring rising stars and local favorites Fernando Guerrero , Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane taking on their toughest challenges to date against Ishe Smith, the “New” Ray Robinson and Mike Dallas Jr. on the televised card. (More)
By Ray Kilgore
Photos by Jesse Kelley
Heavyweight Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) had several fighters on his hit list these past several months. Aaron Lyons (11-9, 8 KOs) wasn’t one of the targeted men, but once the fight was set, Abell, a popular Minnesota heavyweight, had plenty of motivation to win. In 2006, Lyons, 29, was the first fighter to defeat Abell, when the two met at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. At that time, the setback was rough on Abell. “The loss hit me pretty quickly and it was painful,” Abell said before the rematch. “I felt like I disappointed a lot of people that night. It was a major letdown to myself and my loyal fans.” For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
After winning a 12-round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Luis Carlo Abregu, in his first legitimate bout as a welterweight, Timothy Bradley wants the biggest welterweight out there.
Like Manny Pacquiao.
Then again, he is also open to going down to 140 pounds and facing some of the top fighters in that weight class. And that includes a match up against Devon Alexander or Amir Khan . . . click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Professional fisticuffs returned to the beautiful seaside port of Ensenada, Mexico, about 100 miles south of Tijuana, Friday night, when Antonio Lozada’s Baja Boxing presented a jam-packed fight card filled with mostly a young crop of upstarts . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rick Scharmberg & Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
In a battle between two former heavyweight world title challengers, Monte “2-Gunz” Barrett dropped David “Tuamanator” Tua in the twelfth and final round to salvage a majority draw in what was announced as Barrett’s final fight. It was the first time the iron-chinned Tua was dropped in his 55-bout career. In the co-feature, rising star Raymond “Tito” Serrano edged Ayi Bruce, winning an eight-round majority decision in a welterweight bout. The eight-bout card took place in front of a solid crowd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, and was promoted by Joe Deguardia’s STAR Boxing . . . click here for more
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian 130 pounder, Quinton Donohue (7-8-1, 1 KO), clearly outscored Leigh Lindgren (4-7-2, 2 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday to capture the vacant World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific super featherweight title at Ingham Showgrounds in Ingham, Queensland, Australia. Scores: Cyril Cairns 96-94, John Hogg 98-94, Steve Marshall 97-93. Donohue had lost to former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsadan Sor Nanthchai several years ago and also lost in five rounds to Lindgren in 2009. Lindgren, 26 years, lost to WBO # 9 Daniel Iannazzo in 2007. On the undercard, light heavyweight Shaun Quagliotto (5-4-2, 3 KOs) scored a shutout against Tainu Crouch (0-4-1) over four rounds. Scores: Adrian Cairns 40-36, John Hogg 40-36, Cyril Cairns 39-37. Promoter: RMK Promotions.
Every single round from Saturday’s Universum Champions Night is now online at Universum’s YouTube Channel!
Photos: Eroll Popova
Below are postfight comments from Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” event in Schwerin, Germany. In the featured fights, cruiserweight Denis Lebedev stopped Alexander Alekseev in round two of a WBO eliminator and Susi Kentikian kept her WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight titles by technical draw after a third round headbutt against Arely Mucino. WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brähmer’s scheduled defense against Alejandro Lakatos was cancelled due to a Brähmer back injury on Thursday. “We have to apologize to the Schwerin fans,” said Universum Vice President Dietmar Poszwa. “It started with the injury of Brähmer and went through the whole weekend. The surprising defeat of Alexander Alekseev, then the early end of the Kentikian fight. This wasn’t our weekend. Sport is sometimes cruel.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Nick Lantouris (10-9-4, 1 KO) was the loser on Friday when he was stopped by Dane Campbell (3-1, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled eight round main event bout to capture the vacant Victorian State title at Box Hill Town Hall in Victoria, Australia. The referee, Malcolm Bulner, crowned Campbell at 2:57 to save Lantouris from further punishment. On undercard bouts, junior welterweight Dianne Prazak (1-1) stopped debutant Kay Hodson (0-1) in round three of a scheduled four round bout. Referee Ignatius Missalaidis crowned Prazak at 1:59. Prazak lost via a six round points decision to World of Boxing writer Sarah Howett in March. Heavyweight Stephen Duvniak (1-0, 1 KO), 209 lbs, stopped Matt Muir (0-2), 203 lbs, at 0:33 of round one. Promoter: Peter Maniatis.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino 122 pounder Ariel “Machine Gun” Del Gado (19-5-2, 8 KOs) was impressive in scoring a second round knockout on Friday over Chen Manoprungrut in a scheduled ten round bout at the Thonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Del Gado, who resides in Silay City in Occidentla, Philippines lost to world featherweight challenger Bernabe Conception by technical decision in five rounds in 2006 but stopped Japanese Zaragoza Uema in two rounds in 2010. Padjai “The Sniper”Yongyuthgym (7-0, 6 KOs) of Thailand captured the PABA featherweight title when he scored a four round stoppage win over Muhammad Des Afrizal (8-5, 5 KOs) of a scheduled twelve round bout. Yongyuthgym recently scored a points decision over Junmar Dulog in Sydney, Australia. Afrizal holds a twelve round points win over tough Filipino Jack Asis in 2008. In a flyweight contest over six rounds classy Indonesian Vicky Tahumil (33-4-2, 12 KOs) was an upset loser in two rounds to Sukkasem Kietyongyuthgym (2-0, 1 KO). Tahumil lost to current WBA flyweight champion Daike Kameda in 2007 but defeated world flyweight challenger Angky Angkota in 2002 over twelve rounds. Feather Jonel Alivio outscored Suor Carryboy over six rounds. Promoter: Thailand based Australian Daniel Potter. Matchmaker: Thailand based American Scott Mailon. Televised throughout Thailand on Channel Seven Television Network.
Juan Carlos Reveco (24-1, 14 KOs) of Argentina retained his WBA World light flyweight interim title against Armando Torres (13-6, 8 KOs) by way of fifth round TKO. Reveco who dominated the bout from the beginning with his superior handspeeed and power dropped Torres with a straight right hand in the third round. Torres was OK and beat the count easily. However, in round five a brutal overhand right sent Torres crashing hard to the canvas. Torres amazingly beat the count and continued on. Reveco jumped on a visibly and still shaken Torres with a barrage of punches that prompted his corner to throw in the towel. The referee acknowledging the towel had been thrown in stopped the bout at 2:28 of round five. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC/WBO bantamweight world champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over former interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion (14-5-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Montiel dropped Concepcion twice in round two, then put him down for the count in round three. Time was 1:07. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO #2 heavyweight David Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KOs) boxed to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The 37-year-old Tua stalked Barrett but was unable to land many clean shots. As the bout progressed, Tua began to noticably tire. Tua was deducted a point for throwing Barrett to the canvas in the twelfth round by referee Randy Neumann, then Barrett floored Tua for the first time in his career shortly before the final bell. Scores were 115-111 Tua, 113-113, 113-113.
In a stunner, journeyman lightweight Carlos Vinan (10-8-4, 1 KO) scored an eighth round TKO over IBF #4 Anthony Mezaache (18-6-3, 4 KOs). Mezaache seemed on the way to a decision, but Vinan came out with everything in the eighth and knocked down Mezaache. The fight was waved off during Vinan’s follow-up barrage. Time was :37. For more details and photos click here…
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