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Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
It is not the strength of a fighters’ record that determines whether a given fight will be exciting or not, because as the old adage goes, styles make fights. Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI, Former University of Rhode Island Football Player, Vladine Biosse (8-0, 4 KOs) made the most of his first opportunity in the main event as he defeated Ibahiem “The Almighty” King (7-5, 2 KOs) with a very hard fought eight round unanimous decision. The six bout fight card was presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. (More)
One Punch Productions has announced the signing of New Jersey jr. welterweight Michael Torres. Torres, 13-1 with 7 KO’s, has been inactive since suffering his only loss, a one-point decision to Martin Tucker last October. “I thought I had won that fight easy, and afterwards I decided to take some time off to evaluate where my career was going” said Torres. “Now I’m back in the gym, and I’m putting the 140lb division on notice that I’m back.” (more…)
The WBC Board of Governors voted unanimously to name Mikkel Kessler Champion Emeritus and Ambassador of Good Will, due to his accomplishments inside and outside the ring, after he sustained an injury, which will keep him inactive for a long period of time. The WBC also conducted a voting procedure to determine how the title would be filled and by a majority voting, the WBC Board of Governors accepted to sanction the fight between number 1 and mandatory challenger Andre Dirrell versus Andre Ward for the WBC championship to be held on September 25 (although it is certain to be postponed).
The fight between former champion Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham, which will be contested on October the 2nd, will be sanctioned as a final elimination bout and the winner of both fights must fight each other.
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will be at ringside when Yuriorkis Gamboa and Orlando Salido rumble in Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’ at the Palms Resort Casino on Saturday, Sept. 11. Gamboa and Salido are world featherweight champions. Both will put their titles on the line on Saturday night. Gamboa, the WBA champion has a record of 18-0, 15 KOs. Salido, the IBF champion, is 34-10-2, 22 KOs. Lopez is the WBO featherweight champion. His record is 29-0 with 26 knockouts. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC interim minimumweight champ Juan Palacios has signed a multiyear contract with Nicaraguan promotional company PRODESA. Palacios (26-3, 21 KOs) joins an already talented stable of young boxers in the minimumweight division such as current WBA champ Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (25-0, 21 KOs), WBO #1 rated Carlos Buitrago (16-0, 11 KOs) and highly regarded IBF Youth champ Yader Escobar (23-3, 13 KOs). “I am really happy to get this chance with PRODESA,” said Palacios. “The fact that I’m good friends with various members of their stable makes the transition really good. Joining them guarantees the activity that my career needs and working with them will help me get another title opportunity.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A high possibility exists that former multi-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce will fight Lorenzo Parra in a WBO bantamweight title eliminator on September 18 in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. A contract is being reviewed by the Parra Team, who are almost sure that accept it. Arce recently gave up the WBO interim super flyweight belt and was installed at WBO #1 in the bantamweight division.
The WBA already recognizes two world champions at middleweight. Felix Sturm, designated as WBA middleweight “super” champion and Gennady Golovkin as WBA “interim” champion. Now there are reports that Golovkin will be passed over for an opportunity to fight for the WBA’s vacant “regular” middleweight world championship and WBA #2 rated Hassan N’Dam N’Jkam will face #3 rated Avtandil Khurtsindze for that belt — which doesn’t sit well with Team Golovkin. According to FIGOsport, if Golovkin isn’t offered a chance for that title, his management may ask the Association of Boxing Commissions to look into the matter.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA interim super-welter champ Nobuhiro Ishida (22-5-2, 7 KOs), Japan, left for his US training camp in Los Angeles on Sunday prior to risking his belt against Rigoberto Alvarez (25-2, 19 KOs) in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 25. Rigoberto is the elder brother to sensational Mexican star Saul Alvarez, but he had suffered a couple of defeats in his last five outings to Marco Antonio Rubio (TKO by 9) and William Gare (L12). Ishida, three years his senior at 35, seized the interim WBA 154-pound belt by earning a close decision over Marco Antonio Avendano of Venezuela in August of the previous year and decked his first defense against Oney Valdez of Colombia via lopsided decision here last December. Ishida, a 6’1” stylish jabber though short of convincing power, chiefly depends on his left hand, but will he be able to outspeed and outjab the ambitious Mexican?
By Joe Koizumi
Tournaments have become so popular everywhere in the world, as that might be a sort of remedy to get back people’s interests in Sweet Science. We, in Japan, witnessed finals of tourneys among rated contenders to decide mandatory challengers against national champs for the forthcoming Carnival of Champions on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Middleweight: Veteran Fukutaro Ujiie (16-7-1, 11 KOs), 159.5, decked an upset KO victory over previously unbeaten hot prospect Tomohiro Ebisu (7-1, 7 KOs), 159.75, at 2:59 of the fourth session in a scheduled eight. KO artist Ebisu made a good start, but as the seasoned campaigner Ujiie started his retaliation in the fourth, the younger prospect visibly slowed down with his continual body attack only to hit the deck twice for the count. (more…)
Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 48 KOs) and Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) participated today in a press conference. IBF, IBO and WBO and The Ring Magazine Champion Klitschko and former WBC Champion Peter will face off next Saturday at Commerzbank-Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. In the U.S., the fight will be shown on ESPN. Tickets, starting at € 24, can be purchased online at www.eventim.de or by phone +49-1805-57 00 70.
“Peter is very fast, powerful and a great puncher. I love to be challenged and I am very much motivated for this fight. Each round I will try to knock Peter out” said Klitschko.
Peter, who celebrates his 30th birthday today: “I am happy to be in Germany in again. It will be an excellent, classy fight.”
Reigning IBF middleweight intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon (19-1) convincingly beat Magomed Abdurakhmanov (15-5) from Russia in the co-feature on Saturday night’s Sturm-Lorenzo card in Cologne, Germany. In the second round heavy-handed “Iron Ben” Simon sent his opponent to the canvas for the first time with a nice combination. After two more knockdowns in the fourth, referee Arno Pokrandt stopped the one-sided fight to save the durable Abdurakhmanov from further punishment. Abdurakhmanov was a last minute replacement for Colombian Juan Camilo Novoa who couldn’t travel to Germany because of passport / visa problems. (more…)
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2 38 KOs) and Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6 27 K’s) met for the final stop of their three city tour promoting their upcoming showdown on Saturday, November 13th at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, for the vacant WBC light middleweight title.
This time around, however, Pacquiao wasn’t the only star in Texas as he shared the spotlight with Margarito, a star in his own right, although of late he has been anything but that. The use of illegal hand wraps in his last major fight against Sugar Shane Mosley has tarnished his reputation, which, at one time, made him one of the most feared fighters in the sport . . . Click here for more
Sugar Shane Mosley hosted a media workout this past Wednesday in Hollywood, California at the Justine Fortune Boxing Gym to promote his September 18th showdown with Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora.
The Mosley vs. Mora encounter is the main event of the huge Golden Boy Promotion pay-per-view event dubbed “200: Celebrate and Dominate” which will be hosted at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
Tickets for the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between King Arthur Abraham and Carl “The Cobra” Froch, who will battle it out at the famous Chapiteau de Fontvieille in Monaco on October 2, are on sale. They can be purchased at www.ticketcorner.ch. “It is all or nothing now,” King Arthur said. “The stakes have never been higher. Carl Froch is a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. But I will be fighting for my life and I will leave the ring as the winner.” (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
Felix Sturm is back! The WBA middleweight champion returned to the ring on Saturday night for the first time in 14 months to defend his belt against hard-hitting challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in front of 18,712 fans at the LANXESS arena in Cologne, Germany. It was Sturm’s first bout after leaving his former promoter Universum and founding his own promotional company – Sturm Box-Promotion – earlier this year. There was a lot at stake and enormous pressure on Sturm before entering the ring in Cologne. “I was more nervous than usual,” the 31-year-old fighter admitted. Nevertheless, Sturm needed only two rounds to get back into his boxing rhythm and outbox his game challenger. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk/Ringpolska
Photo: Wojtek Urbanek/Ringpolska
“I’m extremely disappointed with my performance today,” said Polish welterweight contender Rafal Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KOs) after his majority decision loss to IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportpark Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Jackiewicz, only fighter who has ever defeated Zaveck (in 2008), continued “Everything was great before I stepped into ring. Three months of great training camp, perfect conditioning, perfect sparring sessions and I thought best fight disposition in my life. Those 12,000 plus fans cheering for Jan did not influence the way I was boxing. I just didn’t do what we worked on all those tough, hard months with my training staff. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Spanish language network Telefutura returns to America’s Finest City, San Diego, CA, with their weekly “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series on Friday night when Don Chargin Promotions and Jorge Marron Productions in association with Golden Boy Promotions and Bobby D. Presents feature undefeated super bantamweight California State champion Christopher Martin (19-0-2, 5KOs) as he takes on hard hitting veteran Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-2, 20KOs) in the eight round main event. The seven-bout fight card will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel located in Kearny Mesa, a mid-town suburb of San Diego.
San Diego will be welcoming home Martin after his spectacular performance on Showtime’s ShoBox:The Next Generation a month ago where he caused a minor upset in clearly defeating up-and-coming prospect Chris Avalos despite the split decision that was announced. (more…)
Undefeated Armenian junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan has purchased Main Event Sports Club. The boxing and MMA club is located in Martirosyan’s hometown of Glendale, California. “I have always wanted to have my own gym. This gym was available and the price was right so we bought it,” Martirosyan said. “We want to help build future champions in boxing and MMA.” Anyone interested in training at the club is encouraged to stop by 747 Salem St in Glendale, California or call 8184214786. Classes start Monday.
Photos by Chris Cozzone/Top Rank
WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami arrives in Las Vegas Sunday night for his upcoming world title fight against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’, Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Gamboa vs. Salido will be televised on HBO. Click here for more photos…
Video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The Saturday agenda for Edgar Sosa, Willie Limond, Ana María Torres, Daniel Estrada, Reyes Sanchez and Ramon Ayala was basically the formality of weighing in seven days before their fights on September 11 at the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City. Many photos and autographs for the crowd gathered at the esplanade of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, where the bus arrived from Paseo de la Reforma for the official pre weighing with organizers, fighters and press on board.
Ana Maria Torres 52 500 KG
Edgar Sosa 53 600 KG
Ramon Ayala 62 500 KG
Reyes Sanchez 63 300 KG
Daniel Estrada 62.00 KG
Highly regarded unbeaten junior middleweight contender James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) is set to be released from prison on September 17th. Co-manager Michael Miller told the San Antonio Express-News that Kirkland will initially be in a halfway house in Austin. Fights are already in the works for November 6 and December 4.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 14 KOs) said he wasn’t impressed with fellow German champion Felix Sturm’s performance Saturday night or Sturm’s choice of opponent. Sturm defeated Giovanni Lorenzo by unanimous decision before 18,715 in Cologne, Germany. “Felix continuously said in recent months that he only wants big fights, but the opponent yesterday was quite small – without any resistance. I had a fun time counting. The left came 22 times, the right two times. The fight was boring and wasn’t world championship level. If Felix wants to box the best at middleweight, he can face me in his own backyard. He wants to box again in December. This fits, as I still don’t have any plans for then.”
Sources close to both camps have said that a deal between former 2000/2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cuba and former interim WBA world super bantamweight champion Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama is near final for both to meet for the interim WBA world super bantamweight title. The bout will take place on the televised undercard of of the November 13th Main event PPV extravaganza of Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito. This will be the Top Rank promoted Rigondeaux’s biggest test by far as a professional as he takes on the much more professionally experienced Cordoba. Cordoba is only 25 years of age but is a 10 year pro and now gets the chance of the a lifetime as he fights on the biggest stage of his career.
The Mega event is scheduled to take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. This telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching Filipino, WBC#7/WBA#10 Rocky Fuentes (25-6-2, 16 KOs), 111.25, impressively kept his OPBF flyweight belt as he persistently kept swapping punches with OPBF top contender Koji Aritomi (17-2-2, 8 KOs), 112, from the outset, scored a knockdown in the fifth and finally halted the game but fading Japanese at 2:13 of the eighth round on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan.
Having dethroned Japan’s Masafumi Okubo last March, Fuentes made a fine initial defense by overwhelming OPBF top contender Shigetaka Ikehara via eleventh round stoppage this June. The 24-year-old Filipino again displayed a good form in outhustling and outpunching the game but limited Japanese to the punch. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village near East London maintained his unbeaten record when he stopped John Gicharu of Kenya in the fourth round of a scheduled ten round junior featherweight fight at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday afternoon. The handful of spectators in attendance were short-changed in what proved to be a poor fight that should have not been billed as a top liner. (more…)
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada
Canadian Heavyweight champion Neven “No Surrender” Pajkic (14-0, 5 KOs) won a 10 round unanimous decision over Chicago’s Raphael Butler (35-9, 28 KOs) last night at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. Both fighters gave it everything they had, producing an action packed war from start to finish. When the final bell rang, Pajkic was declared the win by scores of 99-91 and 97-93 (twice).
On the undercard, Felix Mercedes (6-0, 3 KOs) proved too much for the more experienced Sergio Aparicio (13-4-1) of Argentina, stopping the import with a double left hook to the body in round 5. Rounding out the card had heavyweights Artem Lipanov (1-0-1, 1 KO) and Taffo Asongwed (0-4-2) battling to a 4 round stalemate.
WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (33-5-1, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Ronald Ramos (29-9-3, 15 KOs) to retain his title at the Arena Solidaridad in Monterrery, Mexico. Miranda dominated the fight until Ramos remained on his stool rather than come out for round nine.
In the co-feature, super flyweight Hugo Ruiz (26-1, 25 KOs) knocked down Jesús Vázquez (19-5, 17 KO) twice, but had to hear the final bell for the first time in his career, winning a ten round decision.
IBF light flyweight Luis Alberto Lazarte (48-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against now three-time world challenger Nerys Espinoza (29-6-1, 20 KOs) of Nicaragua. All three judges scored the bout 116-111. The event took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer/ Top Rank
WBA interim super featherweight champion Jorge Solis (39-2-2, 28 KOs) defended his title with a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Francisco Cordero (23-0, 15 KOs) at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Mexico. Solis floored Cordero in round one and again in round four and the one-sided fight was waved off in round six. Time was 1:46. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion Max “Tiger” Bursak (21-0-1, 8 KOs) defeated American journeyman Bryan Vera (17-4, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Sportpalace Meteor in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Bursak was faster, showed a good work rate and won easily. Vera tried to impose his will on the Ukrainian to no avail. He took many hard blows to the head, but went the entire twelve rounds. Judges scored it 118-111 (twice) and 119-110. Fightnews.com crored 119-108 for Bursak.
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