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June 8 will see a fast paced and highly entertaining fight at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin: Current WBO Champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs) takes on Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) for the third time. The two previous title bouts between them were extremely close and full of action. Currently the reigning champion is in his last preparations of his training camp. In an interview, the prodigy of coach Ulli Wegner gives insights into his fitness and what he thinks of his opponent Ola Afolabi.
Marco Huck, you are currently at a training camp close to the Baltic Sea. How are you feeling?
Marco Huck: I am feeling really good. The surrounding here is ideal for a good preparation. It is just a few steps from the hotel to the gym – and just a few more to the beach. We also have a great spa where I can relax after a hard day’s work. I am getting to my best, which I will be come June
On Saturday afternoon June 8th, Wealth TV is proud to be airing the WBC Silver Super Middleweight clash between 2008 Olympic Gold Medal Winner James “Chunky” DeGale and former world title challenger Stjepan Bozic in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds.The fight card can also be seen on WealthTV.com.
DeGale of London has a professional record 15-1 with ten knockouts and in addition to being the WBC Silver Champion. He is also the current European Super Middleweight champion and is currently ranked in all four major sanctioning bodies (#5 WBC, #14 WBA, #6 IBF and #3 WBO).
Bozic of Zagreb, Croatia has a record of 26-6 with 17 knockouts. Bozic won the WBF Super Middleweight title with a 12 round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Nader Hamdan. He defended that bout with a 7th round stoppage over former world champion Julio Cesar Vasquez. Bozic challenged for the WBA Super Middleweight title but was stopped by Dimitri Sartison. He also was stopped by former world champion Arthur Abraham, but is on a two fight winning streak with his last bout being a 2nd round stoppage over Gordon Glisic on November 23, 2012.
Said Wealth TV CEO Charles Herring, “We are very excited to continue to broadcast the ascension of James DeGale. With DeGale securing the WBC Silver Super Middleweight championship and with his recent decisive wins, the Olympic Gold medal winner has put himself on a short list for a potential clash with Andre Ward or Carl Froch.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Tickets are sure to go fast for the September 14 super fight between Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer told Fightnews.com “We will be working next week on the tickets (pricing and release date) and the press tour,” so further details on tickets will be coming shortly.
After nailing down Mayweather-Alvarez, Schaefer also commented on his next big project. “Next I will focus on getting Danny Garcia vs. Lucas Matthysse done. Sure hope it will happen, another GREAT fight!”
Lightweight Anthony Crolla hopes a victory over Gavin Rees will earn him a crack at WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. The affable Mancunian knows he cannot overlook the threat Rees will bring when they lock horns on Matchroom Sport’s June 29 show at the Bolton Arena. But a potential clash with Burns could be in offing later in the year and for Crolla it’s an opportunity too big for him to simply ignore.
“This is for the WBO intercontinental title so that gives the winner a ranking, but some people are saying this fight could serve as a world title eliminator,” he said. “Obviously Ricky Burns has got the WBO title so hopefully I can get a shot if I beat Gavin Rees. That doesn’t mean I’m looking past Rees, though. He’s a fighter I really rate and someone I have the utmost respect for.” (more…)
David Price was in a jubilant mood on Thursday at a press conference in Liverpool’s Radisson Blu Hotel discussing his time in Canada working with former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Talking ahead of his make-or-break rematch with Tony Thompson at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on July 6, David said “I know there’s massive pressure on me [to win this fight]. You get drunk on your own success and you get complacent.”
Price (15-1, 13 KOs) was talking about the alienation that he has suffered since the fight and the way that he was deserted by many following the loss to 41-year-old Thompson. “It’s always the way; when you’re winning everybody wants a piece of you but the second you have a setback people don’t want to know. But I know myself that I have, around me, a good group of friends that won’t go anywhere no matter where I go in my career, but it’s in these times that you find out who your real friends are.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Today in Ecatepec, Mexico State, the final press conference between WBO/WBA world champion Yessica Bopp and Mexican WBC silver champ Yessica Chavez took place. The fight will take place at the Civic Center for the WBC silver female title.
“For me it is a personal challenge, I’m the best flyweight in the world. I’m not the same girl she defeated four years ago, I have a woman’s body and I am committed to leaving life in the ring to beat the best,” said Chavez who is trained by hall of Fame trainer Ignacio Beristain.
The unbeaten Argentinian Yessica Bopp said “I respect ‘Kika.’ I’m labeled as the biggest and she will have to beat someone that has been winning fights since they were still in diapers.”
In related news, the WBO has announced that Bopp could be stripped for taking this fight. (more…)
The highly anticipated matchup between former world champions Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman and Vicente “El Loco” Mosquera has landed on All Star Boxing’s successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL, on Friday, June 28, 2013, the second date of their summer series. Guzman, (33-1-1, 20 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is a former WBO and IBF world champion. In hislast fight he suffered his only defeat when he lost to Khabib Allakhverdiev by technical decision when he was unable to continue due to an injury. Mosquera (32-2-1, 17 KOs) is a former WBA world champion who lost his belt to the late Edwin Valero and is now on an eight fight winning streak. The bout is scheduled for 12 Rounds for the World Boxing Association interim jr. welterweight championship. Both fighters have been training in Florida for several weeks.
In the main event hometown favorite Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (20-2-1, 10 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico ranked #1 WBO will be defending his WBO Latino Featherweight belt against an opponent to be announced shortly. Cruz caught worldwide media attention when he became the first professional boxer to declare that he was gay in public last October. He will be looking for his 5th straight win since signing with All Star Boxing, Inc.
5 more fights scheduled. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise both starting at 11:35 PM. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show. The Guzman-Mosquera bout is in association with Henry Rivalta, Aqcuinity Sports. Tickets are already on sale from only $20.00 at Kissimmee Civic Center 201 E. Dakin Ave, Downtown Kissimmee, FL or by calling 407-935-1412.
From today’s weigh-in for Johnny Tapia Presents’ “Next Chapter, Part Four” at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque tomorrow night:
Josh Torres 146.8 vs. Marcus Brashears 144.4
Joaquin Zamora 158.2 vs. Bernardo Guereca 158
Charles Alderete 157.4 vs. Arturo Crespin 158
Adrian Lopez 174.6 vs. Ricky Villafuerte 177.2
Brandon Munoz 113.4 vs. Julio Gomez 115.2
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By Damrong Simakajornboon at the ringside
Photos: William Kung and DEF Promotion
WBC#20 superfly Rex “the wonder kid” Tso (9-0,6 KOs) impressively retained his WBC Asian Continental 115lb title as he defeated two-time WBC champion Wandee Singwancha (67-17-1,18 KOs) in round four on Tuesday at Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong. This was the first title defense of Hong Kong rising star who captured this WBC regional title by defeating former WBA inter-continental and Russian title holder Timur Shailezov last December, against much more experienced Thailander who prepared very well for regaining the WBC ranking and also a chance for world title challenge again at his age of 33.
Tso started well when he aggressively hunted and exchanged punches with Wandee who responded well with his counterpunches but during the last minute of the opening round the champion well-time launched a big left straight which dropped two-time WBC champion for an eight count. Experienced Thailander looked more careful in round two, displaying counterpunches to frustrate the champion’s aggression but it was “the wonder kid” who still gained the score with his more and accurate punches. The action in round three was a close affair when Wandee exchanged toe-to-toe with the Hong Kong star. It seemed the champion landed more accurate punches but the more powerful punches belonged to the challenger. In round four, Tso speeded his aggression and continuously exchanged punches with Wandee which entertained and impressed the attendance of 1,800. Unexpectedly, a powerful left straight to the shoulder hurt Wandee dislocation of joint so referee Bruce McTavish decided to stop the fight at the official time of 1:04. (more…)
Photos: Soobum Im – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated Texas rising star Omar Figueroa Jr., former Two-Time World Champion Andre Berto, veteran welterweight contender Jesus Soto Karass and undefeated top rated welterweight contender Keith Thurman pose on May 30, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas at a press conference to officially announce their July 27, 2013 fights where Berto will face Soto Karass, Figueroa will face Nihito Arakawa for the vacant WBC Interim Lightweight World Championship and Thurman will face WBA Interim Welterweight World Champion Diego Chaves at the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Andre Berto, Former Two-Time Welterweight World Champion
“I’m looking forward to this challenge on July 27. As you can see, it’s an exciting undercard with my man Keith Thurman and my man Omar Figueroa. I’ve been through some ups and downs. I feel that I have made some of the right changes that I needed to get focused. I have a new team and I’m dedicated to win another world title. I let the big show get away from me twice, once against Victor Ortiz and once against Robert Guerrero. I’m coming to San Antonio focused. It’s going to be a hell of a show. Make sure you buy your tickets or tune in on SHOWTIME because there’s nothing stopping me. I’m ready. You can have all the power in the world, but if you don’t know technique or don’t have a strategy, then you’ve got nothing. I’ve made changes in my game plan and I’m going to fight smarter. Soto Karass is a good fighter. I’ve seen his fights. There’s nothing too spectacular about him, but he does have that tough Mexican fighting style.” (more…)
Some interesting numbers being mentioned at Forbes.com. They claim if Alvarez-Mayweather pulls in 1.6 million PPV buys, the bout would gross $105 million with $50 million of that going to Floyd. We’ve heard elsewhere that Alvarez is in store for a $10-12 million payday. No terms of the deal have been officially revealed.
Forbes also claims Showtime lost up to $12 million on Mayweather-Guerrero.
Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage is being mentioned as an opponent for Miguel Cotto, Sept. 28 in New York.
Edmonton, Canada’s Jelena Mrdjenovich is getting a second rematch against Melissa Hernandez for the WBC featherweight title. More
“Not a ghost of a chance,” says Glasgow’s Willie Limond on his upcoming match with Mitch Prince. More
Barry McGuigan announced today that his team will be promoting Carl Frampton’s next three fights in Belfast, starting with a show in October this year. This follows the announcement today that European Champion Frampton will next box on Frank Warren’s Wembley Arena show on July 20, when he defends his IBF Inter-continental super-bantamweight title. European and Commonwealth Champion Carl, who was previously promoted by Eddie Hearn, said “This is a life-changing opportunity and I feel comfortable in the knowledge that the team who have brought me through the whole of my professional career to date will now be able to promote the most important fights of my career going forward. We have always operated as a team and from the outset I have been involved in all discussions regarding this switch. The insinuations that the decision was purely financially motivated are wrong. Barry has always had mine and my family’s best interests at heart and we all believe this is the correct route to the top for Team Jackal.” (more…)
When Russian knockout sensation Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev, 20-0-1, 18 KOs, squares off against Houston’s Cornelius White, 21-1, 16 KOs, at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, the light heavyweight contender will have a not-so-secret weapon in his corner. Over the last year, Kovalev has been working with former world champion John David Jackson, who in recent years has become a standout as a boxing trainer.
The Kovalev-White bout is part of a boxing tripleheader on the next edition of NBC Sports Network’s popular Fight Night, on Friday, June 14th. The broadcast begins at 8PM ET, and also includes a 10-round heavyweight fight between Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings, 16-0, 8 KOs, and Andrey Fedosov, 24-2, 19 KOs, of Russia, as well as a 10-round welterweight clash between Bethlehem’s Ronald Cruz, 17-1, 12 KOs, and Ray Narh, 25-2, 21 KOs, of Ghana.
Before becoming a trainer, John David Jackson had an excellent boxing career that included world titles in both the junior middleweight and middleweight divisions, and an overall pro record of 36-4, 20 KOs. In his post-punching era, Jackson has worked with fighters like Bernard Hopkins, Shane Mosley, Nate Campbell, Randall Bailey, and others. Now, his latest charge, Kovalev, is quickly climbing the ranks toward a world title shot. (more…)
Martin Gethin 134.25 vs. Ammeth Diaz 135
(IBF lightweight title final eliminator)
Chris Keane 194 vs. Neil Dawson 195.5
Venue: Walsall Town Hall,
Promoter: Frank Warren
Story and Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
When Teon Kennedy, 17-2-2 (7 KOs), returns to the ring on Saturday night after a layoff of nearly one year, Philadelphia boxing fans hope that he will be not only bigger, but also better than ever before. The sometimes-boxing, sometimes-slugging North Philadelphian will look to bounce back from his 5th round title fight TKO loss last June to Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux in the 10-round main event at Bally’s Atlantic City against Carlos Vinan, 10-9-5 (2 KOs). Kennedy’s title try came at 122 pounds, but on Saturday night he’ll fight Vinan at 130 pounds, two weight classes higher (junior lightweight) than he’s ever been.
Kennedy and his team say the rise in weight is a long time coming. His struggles to make the 122 pound limit increased over the past few years, and may have figured into his two year winless streak. (He’s 0-2-1 in his last three bouts.) (more…)
By James Slater
Fight fans almost certainly knew it was coming! – some backlash and criticism aimed at Carl Froch after “The Cobra” made his recent “it’s between me and Lennox Lewis” claim as regards to who the greatest British fighter in history is.
No sooner did BBC Sport report this news did the arguments start. For though millions of fans both rate and respect the IBF/WBA 168-pound king, many more still cannot rate Froch above British greats such as, well, such as Joe Calzaghe. And Calzaghe himself, in speaking with South Wales Argus writer Michael Pearlman, has vented his anger over Froch’s lofty claim.
“It’s an absolute joke of a comment, I’d just like to let it go, but to me is an attack on myself and several other great British boxers,” Calzaghe said. “The guy is highly, highly delusional if he believes that. After what? Beating Mikkel Kessler who has effectively been semi-retired for three years and is well short of his prime? And only that was to even the score. (more…)
Chris Avalos of San Diego will take on super bantamweight Drian Francisco of the Philippines on Top Rank’s ESPN Friday Night Fights card in the Dallas Events Center at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino on July 12. Avalos has a record of 21-2 with 16 knockouts. Francisco is 23-1-1 with 18 knockouts. The main event is scheduled for 10 rounds.
The big card will include an anticipated showdown between two young undefeated fighters. Glen Tapia, 18-0, 10 KOs, of Passaic, N.J. will face Abie Han, 19-0, 12 KOs, of El Paso, Texas. The super welterweight bout is set for 10 rounds.
There will be a full card of fights including local favorites.
First bell is 5 pm local time. The televised bouts begin 7 pm. Tickets at $50, $25 plus applicable fees go on sale Friday, May 31. Tickets may be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging into www.sclv.com/concerts or through Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has informed Fightnews.com that Panamanian WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo Moreno (33-2-1, 12 KOs) could defend his crown against Argentinian Javier “Chispita” Chacon (18-1, 4 KOs) on July 20 in Panama City at a venue to be determined. Chacon is the reigning WBC Latino super flyweight champion and his trainer and brother is former world champion Pablo Chacon. Also mentioned was Colombian William Urina (24-2, 20 KOs).
The source indicated that former WBA world champion Roberto Vasquez fill fight the same evening.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican WBC President Jose Sulaiman Chagnon (Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas. May 30, 1931) is celebrating his 82nd birthday today. He has spent the last 38 years as WBC president, initially takeng office on December 5, 1975. In December 2012, he was reelected to another term as president. Sulaiman was inducted into the International Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY in 2006.
Heavyweight Dereck Chisora’s opponent for his next fight on July 20th at Wembley Arena will be unbeaten Malik Scott. The announcement was made during a press conference Thursday at the Landmark London “Empire Suite.” It was originally announced that Chisora would face unbeaten Deontay Wilder, but after that fight fell through, Scott took up the challenge.
By Miguel Maravilla
From the El Centro Detention Center and back to the ring is what junior middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo’s life has been like the last two years. The Mexican slugger from Mexicali, spent eight months at the El Centro Immigration Detention Center from January 2012 until August 2012 before returning to the ring last November. Now Angulo (22-2, 18 KOs) is preparing to take on Cuba’s Erislandy Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) in a little more than week at the Home Depot Center.
“It’s a great fight between Lara and I, he is ranked as one of the best in the world in this division,” Angulo told Fightnews.com. “He has is a typical Cuban style with all the qualities. I respect him because he is a good fighter. I always wanted to fight a Cuban boxer as an amateur because they are the best in the amateur level. That was my goal when I was an amateur. I came really close in the Pan American Games, I lost in the quarter-finals,” recalled Angulo, a 2004 Mexican Olympian. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Televisa Networks today announced an exclusive distribution agreement to air UFC programming in 20 Spanish Speaking countries in Latin America, and have set to launch a 24 hour, 7 day a week UFC channel featuring the world’s best mixed martial arts programming including premiere live UFC events. The new subscription network will be available late 2013.. . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FUEL TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum is live from Brazil on Saturday, June 8 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT. Click here for more
7-foot former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is under fire for posting photos of himself on Twitter posing with a dead bear and beaver after a hunt. More
Former WBA heavyweight champion Gerrie Coetzee has been acquitted of a charge of failing to register himself as a dental technician in Cape Town, South Africa. More
Former unified heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe, now 45, is making a comeback in Thailand…as a Muay Thai fighter. Photos and more.
Matchroom Sport and Eddie Hearn have issued the following statement regarding Carl Frampton and Manager Barry McGuigan. Eddie Hearn: “We have enjoyed our time working with Carl Frampton as Promoter of his boxing career. However, after the success of the last Frampton fight we were informed by Barry McGuigan that he wanted to be joint promoter in future Frampton fights. Whilst we had no problem whatsoever in agreeing purses for Carl Frampton, we felt that such a relationship with Barry McGuigan represented a potential conflict of interest with Barry’s role as Carl’s Manager and we could therefore not agree to be involved on this basis. Matchroom Sport and I wish Carl every success in his future boxing career.”
It didn’t take Frampton to find another promoter. He will be fighting on promoter Frank Warren’s July 20th card.
Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) thinks he is ready to finally claim the WBO Cruiserweight World Championship. On June 8, the man from Great Britain will renew his feud with defending champion Marco Huck (35-2-1, 25 KOs). After previously losing and fighting Huck to a draw, Afolabi believes that now it is his time to shine at the Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, Germany. For that reason, the 33-year-old has brought himself into tremendous shape due to changes in his preparations leading up to the fight. In the following interview, Afolabi explains what he has done differently this time round and why he is time has come at last.
Ola Afolabi, it has been over a year that you last stepped into a ring. In May 2012, you fought out a draw against your very next opponent Marco Huck. What do you remember of the fight?
Ola Afolabi: It was extremely tough. Towards the end of it, I lost my focus. That allowed him to get back into the bout. My mental preparation ahead of the fight was not ideal and that took its toll back then. (more…)
Scuttlebutt is Floyd Mayweather will open as a -250 betting favorite over Saul Alvarez in their big September 14 clash at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Canelo backers will get +210.
Negotiations are well advanced for a great showdown between reigning WBC/WBA jr welterweight champion Danny Garcia (26-0, 16 KOs) and WBC interim champion Lucas Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs) to take place on September 7 in Las Vegas, one week before Floyd vs. Canelo.
The pay-per-view WBO welterweight clash between Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, tentatively scheduled for September 14 at the Thomas & Mack Centre in Las Vegas now appears headed to October 12, so no dueling megashows on Mexican Independence Day in 2013.
Fight fans are invited to attend the weigh-in for Saturday’s fight card at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, featuring Braulio Santos against Derrick Wilson and Daquan Arnett against Miguel Zuniga. The weigh-in will take place Friday at noon at the BB&T Center Food Court (at Section 130).
By Ron Jackson
Former South African light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer hopes to win a second SA crown when he meets Fikile Nyalaunga for the vacant junior heavyweight title at the Orlando Community Centre, Soweto on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Thabiso Mnchune relinquished it to campaign on the International scene. (more…)
Hatton Promotions’s international matchmaker Philippe Fondu believes Sergey Rabchenko’s European light-middleweight title defence against Emanuele Della Rosa will provide the perfect springboard to a world title shot. Rabchenko is ranked as the #1 contender to Saul Alvarez’s WBC crown, while Italy’s Della Rosa occupies the same sanctioning body’s #4 spot. The European Boxing Union (EBU) has called for purse bids to be opened on June 18 and Hatton Promotions, if successful in the process, hope to get Rabchenko home advantage.
Due to both boxers having such high rankings, Fondu feels victory for his man will pave the way for a shot on the world stage. “A good win of Rabchenko against Della Rosa should certainly establish Sergey as the leading contender in the light-middleweight division,” he said. “A world title fight opportunity would then become a reality and shouldn’t be far away.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
It has been confirmed by former two-time super flyweight champion and now trainer/manager Diego “Pelucho” Morales that his star pupil, welterweight Jorge “Pantera” Silva (20-3-2, 16KOs), will take on former WBA world champion Luis Collazo (33-5, 17KOs) of Queens, New York, in Tabasco, Mexico, on Saturday, June 15th. According to Morales, younger brother of Erik “Terrible” Morales, the bout will be for a regional WBC title to be determined.
“The fight is the semi-main event to the WBC 140 pound title between Roberto “Massa” Ortiz and John Romero,” Morales stated exclusively to Fightnews. “With a win over Collazo, the plan is to go down to light welterweight and challenge Ortiz.” The bout will be televised in Mexico by Televisa. (more…)
It’s on for September 14 on PPV at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Catch weight of 152 pounds. Deal finalized late Wednesday night.
I chose my opponent for September 14th and it’s Canelo Alvarez. I’m giving the fans what they want. It will be at the MGM Grand.
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) May 30, 2013
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Unbeaten Super Bantamweight Jessie Magdaleno of Las Vegas, Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz of Mexicali and Welterweight Michael Finney of Alabama will each box on Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” fight card, Saturday, June 8 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. All three were at a media day to discuss their upcoming exciting bouts. photos
The successful series of Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford opens its summer season with a splash on Friday, June 21st, 2013 at the recently renovated Auditorio El Plaza Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event former world title challenger Julian “El Chicano” Rivera of Barrio Tepito in Mexico City, Mexico (12-7-1, 2 KOs) will face fellow brawler Matt “Mighty” Villanueva (9-0, 8 KOs) of Burbank, California in a clash scheduled for 10 Rounds with the vacant WBO Latino super flyweight title at stake. Last year Rivera was in a 3 fight winning streak on Telemundo which earned him a shot at WBA Champion Juan Carlos Reveco dropping a hard fought decision, Viilanueva on the other hand is a hard punching brawler who has already appeared on ESPN and Showtime and will make his Telemundo debut. (more…)
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Hard hitting and undefeated young prospects, Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (8-0, 6 Ko’s) and Yomar “The Magic” Alamo (1-0, 1 Ko) signed an exclusive promotional contract with boxing superstar and former three-division champion Miguel Cotto’s Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. “Jose Lopez is 19 years old and Yomar Alamo just turned 18. Both fighters have greats skills and explosive hands. We are very happy to sign these young and promising talents. Fans will fall in love with their next performances,” stated Cotto. Lopez is a super bantamweight and Yomar Alamo is a lightweight. They will be in action on Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment’s: Boxeo Boricua WAPA 2 Deportes on July 13th LIVE from the Samuel Rodriguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas, Puerto Rico.
Roaring with confidence, Carl Froch says only Lennox Lewis can rival his standing amongst the British Greats
By James Slater
Fresh off his brilliant and hugely satisfying revenge win over Mikkel Kessler, IBF/WBA super-middleweight king Carl Froch has gone on record as saying he feels only heavyweight legend Lennox Lewis can be rated above him when it comes to the all-time best British boxers. “The recognition has been a long time coming, but I’m getting the recognition I deserve now,” Froch told BBC Sport. “In Great Britain I’m number one. It’s between me and Lennox Lewis, depending on how far you’re going back.”
Already, fight fans have responded to Froch’s claim – with older fans listing names like Jimmy Wilde, Jack “Kid” Berg and Ted “Kid” Lewis as deserving to be placed above Froch. And of more recent times, many fans feel Joe Calzaghe, who retired with an unblemished record, deserves to be placed higher than “The Cobra.” (more…)
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