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Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

Stevenson demolishes Sukhotskiy as expected

By Dave Spencer at ringside Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO ...

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Cuellar, Tamayo make weight

Cuellar, Tamayo make weight

Photos: Stephanie Trapp/SHOWTIME The eight fighters who will compete on Showtime Extreme Saturday night all made weight at Little Creek Casino Resort in ...

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Ruiz outweighs Liakhovich by 36 pounds

Ruiz outweighs Liakhovich by 36 pounds

Photo: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Andy Ruiz Jr 267.8 vs. Siarhei Liakhovich 231.1 (NABF and WBO I/C heavyweight titles) Daniel Echeverria 139.5 vs. Noe Lopez 136.5 Trevor ...

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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Looking fit and trim, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, 52, sparred four rounds in a boxing exhibition at the Centro de ...

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Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

By Karl Freitag WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against WBC #5 challenger Dmitry "The ...

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Cuellar, Tamayo make weight

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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns

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TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Panama Lewis and Devon Alexander

Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Panama Lewis and Devon Alexander. Call or email your questions to ttropes@earthlink.net. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET.



August 6th, 2009



Boxing News

Brewster to face Oloukun Aug 29

Former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KO´s) will return to the ring on August 29 when he takes on Gbenga Oloukun (16-1, 10 KOs) on the undercard of the WBO Cruiserweight Title Fight between Victor Emilio Ramirez and Marco “Captain” Huck. It will be Brewster´s second bout for Team Sauerland following a successful debut in March 2009 in Kiel where he cruised to a clear points victory over Michael Sprott. “I expect to put on a great performance and show how good I really am,” said Brewster. “I believe I am about two fights away from the world title.” Brewster came to fame in Germany thanks to his spectacular KO victories over Wladimir Klitschko and Luan Krasniqi. A win over Oloukun in Halle/Westfalen is a must to put himself back in line for another shot at the world title. “Training is going really well,” he added. “I look forward to coming back to Germany.”



August 6th, 2009


UFC

No guesswork with Riddle

UFC 101 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 8!

Story by Andreas Hale

Although his last name is “Riddle,” there isn’t much guessing to do when it comes to what the TUF season 7 cast member plans to do when he steps into the Octagon with former cast mate Dan Cramer at UFC 101. . . Click here for more

The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info



August 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaz: Pacquiao will beat Cotto

By Lee Bates

The dismissal of Evangelista Cotto from training his nephew, welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, has been well documented. Renown cutman Miguel Diaz also was let go prior to Cotto’s unification fight with Joshua Clottey this past June. Diaz made some interesting comments to sports broadcaster Juan Larena of “Combate Space” (a network that broadcasts boxing in Spanish all over Latin America) regarding being cut loose and on how he will still be very close to the action come fight night of Cotto-Pacquiao. “I really dont know why he decided to let me go because I didn’t have any problems at all with anybody on the team,” said Diaz. “The only thing I think of is that his new lawyer saw it as a way to save on costs. I could have easily worked the Clottey corner as the cutman when Clottey fought Miguel but for ethical reasons I didn’t do so. However, I will be working Manny Pacquaio’s corner as the cutman when he fights Miguel and I am 100% Pacquaio will beat Cotto!”



August 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Three WBF fights in Bloemfontein!

By Ron Jackson

Blacky Seoe of Robs Promotions presents a bumper bill at the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre in Bloemfontein on Friday night with three WBF title fights, featuring William Gare, Mlungisi Dlamini and Bongani Mwelase plus four other bouts. William Gare (24-14, 4 KOs) makes the third defence of his WBF super middleweight belt against the 31-year-old Rigoberto Alavarez (22-0, 16 KOs) from Mexico. Alvarez won the Mexican middleweight title in May 2008 with a first round knockout over Roberto Tena and then in June of the same year he captured the super middleweight title when he knocked out Felipe Romero in the third round. (more…)



August 6th, 2009

Boxing News

IBF backing instant replay!

The use of the instant replay in boxing has been at the core of some conversations in the boxing community stemming from the official ruling of the Bradley vs. Campbell fight which took place Saturday, August 1, 2009. In a sport where the instant replay can easily be deferred to, either to support or overturn an official decision, such as in the aforementioned situation, it is rarely used. The International Boxing Federation is releasing this statement in support of the use of the instant replay for immediately correcting or sustaining official decisions that reasonably come into question in bouts sanctioned by the organization. (more…)



August 6th, 2009

Boxing News

Jirov planning comeback

Former cruiserweight champion and 1996 Olympic gold medalist Vassiliy Jirov (37-3-1, 31 KOs) is returning to the ring for the first time in over two years with the intention of regaining his cruiserweight world championship. The 35-year-old former champion is currently in training for a proposed September 17 bout at the Woodland Marriott in Woodland Hills, California. A fan favorite worldwide for his relentless come-forward attack and intense body punching ability, Jirov is now reunited with manager Ivaylo Gotzev. The plan, according to Gotzev, is to take some tune-up fights before making an attempt to regain the cruiserweight title. Jirov is training at the 360 Fitness center in Reseda, California with trainer Shadeed Suluki. His opponent is currently TBA.



August 6th, 2009

UFC

Preview: UFC 101, Pt. 2

UFC 101 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 8!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

World middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva moves up to the light heavyweight limit to take on the former light heavyweight champion Forrest Griffin .  . . Click here for more

The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

R. I. P. Budd Schulberg

Budd-Schulberg

Photo by Mary Ann Owen

Boxing took another tremendous hit today when legendary boxing scribe Budd Schulberg, 95, passed away today from natural causes in Long Island, N.Y. Schulberg is best known for his Oscar-winning screenplay of “On the Waterfront,” though his influence in the boxing world has spanned more than half a century.  In 1947, Schulberg published “The Harder They Fall,” a fictionalized expose of boxing. In 2003, he was voted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame for his contributions as a journalist and historian. Schulberg will be sorely missed.



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Nonito Donaire training!

Chris Farina-Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

“The Filipino Flash” Nonito Donaire Jr. hits the mitts with chief trainer Jonathan Penalosa during training Wednesday in Las Vegas for his upcoming world super flyweight championship against Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion of Panama. Top Rank promotes “Pinoy Power 2” on Pay Per View, Saturday, August 15 at the New Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas. Click here for more photos…



August 5th, 2009

Feature Story

Merchant on boxing!

Story by Bob Hough

Larry Merchant believes that times of vulnerability create stories of greatness, despair and loss.

He has seen them unfold in Miguel Cotto’s determination, in Victor Ortiz leaving observers and perhaps himself with doubts about his commitment, in Arturo Gatti’s passing . . . Click here for more



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Mboyane wins vacant SA title!

By Ron Jackson

In a grueling encounter Klaas Mboyane shocked the local fans when he stopped the more experienced former South African and WBC international flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela in the eleventh round to win the vacant South African bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Siphiwe Vetyeka won the vacant IBO bantamweight belt at Emperors Palace earlier this month. The southpaw Mboyane (115) looked rather tight as he came out for the first round and was out-punched and backed up by the confident Gwazela (116.6). However, Mboyane did well in rounds two to four as he backed up Gwazela to score with stinging rights and lefts to the body and the head as he varied his attack. In rounds five and six Nkqubela fought of the back foot and used his longer reach to score points and possibly shade the rounds. (more…)



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Angulo, Rosado ready for battle

Fighters pay tribute to Forrest

Angulo_Gabriel-RosadoPhotos by Mary Ann Owen
Report by Butch Gottlieb

Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (15-1, 12 KOs) and Gabriel Rosado (12-3, 7 KOs) stated prime condition today at a press conference held at Buffalo Bill’s Casino & Resort in Primm, Nev. On Friday, Angulo and Rosado will go ten in jr. middleweight headliner on a Gary Shaw Productions card televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” from Buffalo Bill’s.

“The ‘Dog’ is back and he is looking for a good fight,” said Angulo, who seeks to bounce back from his first pro loss.

Rosado, however, is looking to keep the dog down: “I trained very hard for this fight,” he said. (more…)



August 5th, 2009

Announcement

Mora heads to world title card

Thompson takes on Brewer

Former junior middleweight world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora is headed to “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” set for Saturday, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California . . . click here for more



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Caballero to defend in Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Plans are in the works for current WBA/IBF superbantamweight  world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero (32-2, 22 KO s) to defend his crowns against local challenger Francisco “Franky” Leal (14-4-2, 9 KOs) on August 29 in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. The card wil be promoted by KO Entertainment and Rochmar with the state government of Baja California. Caballero has been training at the Ceremonial Center Otomi in Toluca, Mexico.



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Calderon-Mayol II on PPV

“Rocky” Martinez in co-feature

Integrated Sports announced today that it will distribute the September 12th “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, featuring a pair of World Boxing Organization title fights, live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) headlines in a 12-round bout in a rematch against No. 1 contender Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs). This past June’s Calderon-Mayol in Madison Square Garden ended in a six-round technical draw because Ivan was unable to continue from an accidental head butt he suffered in the fourth round. (more…)



August 5th, 2009

Feature Story

Q&A: Lovemore Ndou

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing

Looks like newly crowned IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou will make his first defense against Matthew Hatton, brother of Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton. The camps are said to be in serious talks with the fight being confirmed as soon as this weekend. Ndou recently spoke to Fightnews and hold us how happy he is with promoter Rodney Berman who will promote him later this year and also why he wants to unify with the newly crowned IBF 147 pound titleholder Isaac Hlatswayo. He is also prepared to give away weight and step up and challenge the former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. (more…)



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Dominguez out to KO Green

South American champion Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez has been dreaming about knocking out 2-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green in their “Hook City” co-feature, August 15 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi.. . . Click here for more



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

St. Louis to honor Alexander

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay has announced he will present St. Louis native son Devon Alexander with a ceremonial Key to the City of St. Louis on Thursday at St. Louis City Hall. Alexander won his first world title on Saturday by defeating former 140-pound world champion Junior Witter in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Mayor Slay will honor Alexander, 22, for winning the vacant World Boxing Council super lightweight championship and for setting a tremendous example for young people in his hometown by stressing the importance of education, citizenship and physical fitness. Alexander’s trainer, Kevin Cunningham, a former St. Louis police officer who also manages IBF junior middleweight champion Cory Spinks, will also attend the ceremony.



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Ghost sighting in Big Bear!

Photo: Team Guerrero

Photo: Team Guerrero

Training in the high altitude mountains of Big Bear California, former two-time featherweight world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (24-1-1, 17 KOs) is in a grueling camp as he gets ready to challenge the two-time and current jr. jightweight world champion, Malcolm Klassen for his IBF title. Guerrero is scheduled to fight Klassen August 22 at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX as the co-feature to Juan Diaz vs Paul Malignaggi. Guerrero is seeking his third world championship in his second weight class.



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Captain Huck, Cruz on red carpet

Photo: www.eventfoto54.de

Photo: www.eventfoto54.de

Marco “Captain” Huck was thrilled to share the red carpet with international superstars like Penelope Cruz, who was in Berlin this week for the official premiere of her latest movie. “Broken Embraces” will hit German cinemas on Thursday, and Huck was invited to join the official presentation and the VIP party. “It was an unforgettable experience,” he said. “I am a big fan of her and it was great to see her live. I really welcomed the change from the exhausting preparation for the Ramirez fight.” The European cruiserweight champion will challenge WBO champion Victor Emilio Ramirez in Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on August 29. “The sparring sessions have gone really well,” Huck added. “I will be in top shape and I will take the title from Ramirez. I like the movie title ‘Broken Embraces’. If he tries to embrace me, I´ll break him.”



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Arrest made in Forrest case

A 20-year-old Atlanta man was charged today with murder, aggravated assault and armed robbery in the death of three-time world champion Vernon Forrest. Demario Ware, who turned himself in on Tuesday night, is suspected of robbing Forrest of a championship ring and Rolex watch at gunpoint. The man who shot Forrest in the back is still at large. Police are also looking for at least two others. Ware was ordered held without bail.



August 5th, 2009

UFC

Preview: UFC 101

UFC 101 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 8!

Preview by Brady Crytzer

The Ultimate Fighting Championship will look to make a statement in its Keystone State debut when it presents UFC 101: Declaration. Though the two headlining bouts appear to be highly competitive, a key theme pervades the battles. On one side stands a tremendous specimen brandishing natural abilities that can never be taught. On the other, a tried and true underdog that has outmuscled and outhustled opponents on his way to the top of the sport. Up first, Kenny “KenFlo” Florian challenges world lightweight champion BJ Penn. Fightnews takes a look at the main event of UFC 101 .  . . Click here for more

The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing returns to Brownsville!

By Jose Reyes

On Saturday, August 8, at the Rio Grande Valley in Brownsville, Texas, boxing returns when Paul Garcia Promotions presents a card billed as “Show Me Don’t Tell Me”. The event will feature bantamweight Gabriel “El Cadete” Rangel (6-5-3, 2 KOs) battling out against Alejandro Garcia (5-5, 4 KOs) at the Brownsville Sports Park in Brownsville, Texas. In the co-main Maria De Jesus Rodriguez takes on Nora Rodriguez in a female fight. Also Maria Salinas versus Valeria Garza will collide as well as local favorites Joe Trevino, Samuel Guttierez, Olvin Mejia and special attraction Omar “Panterita” Figueroa in an exhibition versus Johnny Ovalle. Ticket prices start at $20 (956) 545-3985 * (956) 517-8491.



August 5th, 2009

Boxing News

Campbell appeal hearing set!

Nate Campbell wasted no time in initiating the process to petiton the California State Athletic Commission to overturn referee David Mendoza’s ruling in Saturday night’s WBO Championship fight against Timothy Bradley. Campbell’s co-promoter and advisor Terry J. Trekas retained highly respected attorney Josh Dubin to handle the appeal process, and a hearing on the matter is scheduled for August 24th in Los Angeles. Campbell is also takng no chances in regards to his vision, and will be traveling to Tampa on Wednesday for a follow up examination with an ophthalmologist. “The doctor at the hospital told me that this should clear up within a few days to a week. I went to Vernon’s memorial service on Monday, and my vision was better than it was on Sunday. And today was better than yesterday, but this isn’t something to play around with, so I’m going to get another exam tomorrow. Cuts heal, blindness doesn’t,” said Campbell.



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Halquist inks Ikeke!

Photo courtesy of Halquist Productions

Photo courtesy of Halquist Productions

Brian Halquist Productions has announced the signing of Kingsley “Sharp Knuckles”  Ikeke to a long term promotional contract today. Ikeke (25-3, 14 KOs) is coming off an impressive knock out win over Tacoma’s Emmett Linton in the main event at the Emerald Queen Casino’s Battle at the Boat 72, last month. Halquist and Emerald Queen Manager George Robinson traveled to Freddie Roaches Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California to sign Ikeke. (more…)



August 4th, 2009

UFC

Florian’s biggest challenge

UFC 101 is LIVE on PPV Aug. 8!

Story by David L. Hudson

UFC lightweight title challenger Kenny Florian knows he faces the toughest challenge of his career when he faces the legendary B.J. Penn at UFC 101 in Philadelphia on August 11th  . . . Click here for more

The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Donaire hits Las Vegas!

The ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire has arrived into Las Vegas and will train at the Top Rank gym to wire in for a big title fight on Top Rank’s ‘Pinoy Power 2.’ Donaire, (21-1-1) will take on Rafael Concepcion, (13-3-1) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 15. Donaire and Concepcion will box 12 rounds for the WBA interim super flyweight championship. Donaire, handled by manager Cameron Dunkin, will have a full-blast Media Day at the Top Rank gym on Tuesday, August 11, 1 pm. Concepcion, who has been training in Panama, will arrive Sunday into Las Vegas. Tickets for Pinoy Power 2 are $200, $100, $50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com



August 4th, 2009

Announcement

Dat “Be Dat” returns Aug. 22

Sensational featherweight prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen has been added to the “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” event, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, August 22nd at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California . . . click here for more



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Kauffman

Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Travis Kauffman will now face William Shahan on August 7 in his eight-round bout at the Star of the Desert Arena at Terrible’s Primm Valley in Primm, NV. Kauffman’s original opponent Victor Barragan withdrew from the bout last week citing a hand injury. Gary Shaw Productions will promote the fight, which will appear under the Alfredo Angulo-Gabriel Rosado main event televised by ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.  Shahan of Glenville, West Virginia brings a record of 7-1 (6 KO). His biggest win to date was a first-round blitzing of Jon Schneider of The Contender: Season Four fame. Kauffman, 17-0 (14 KO), of Reading, PA has been hard at work in Deer Lake, PA at the training facility used by Muhammad Ali during his heavyweight championship days. Kauffman had a record of 52-12 as an amateur, capped off by a Gold medal in the 2004 Police Athletic League Nationals. Tickets can be purchased at the box office by calling (702) 382-4388 or (702) 382-1212 Wednesday through Thursday from 11AM to 6PM and Friday through Saturday from 11AM to 10PM.



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Carita, Iron Boy team up!

Photo: Jose Perez

Photo: Jose Perez

By Lee Bates

WBO world champions Jose “Carita” Lopez (super flyweight champion) (39-7-2, 32 KOs) and Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (light flyweight champion) (32-0-1, 6 KOs) shown sparring together are helping each other out in preparation for their upcoming bouts. Lopez will take on Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) on September 4th at the Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario, Canada. While Calderon battles Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in a rematch from their technical draw this past June on September 12th at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Sonsona, like Calderon, is a southpaw, but taller. Lopez, like Mayol is an aggressive right hander. Lopez easily made the 30 pre-weigh-in limit today of 132 pounds scaling in at 123.5. Click here for sparring photo…



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Peterson ready for Bradley!

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

By Francisco Salazar

During the controversial ending to the Timothy Bradley-Nate Campbell world title fight on Saturday night, unbeaten Lamont Peterson stood at ringside taking in the situation. Peterson became the WBO interim titleholder when he stopped Willy Blain in the seventh round in April. Bradley is the WBO champion, which he won when he defeated Kendall Holt in a unification bout in the same month. Because of the victory, Peterson was lined up to be the mandatory challenger to face the winner between Bradley and Campbell. Peterson is hoping for the opportunity to fight for the title soon and not have to wait any longer. (more…)



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Harris opponent named!

Former world junior welterweight champion Vivian Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) will take on Noe Bolanos (20-4-1, 12 KOs) of Mexico on August 14th on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Harris who recently signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) will be making his debut with his new promoter. In the co-feature, GBP’s unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Danny Garcia (13-0, 8 KOs) will take on Jermaine White. (17-3, 9 KOs). The event will held at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tuscon, Arizona and be promoted by GBP.



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Guzman-Funeka in the works!

By Lee Bates

A bout between former two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) and former world title challenger Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) has been sanctioned and approved by the IBF for the two to battle for the vacant lightweight title. A date and site of the fight will be revealed once the bout is finalized. Guzman, who recently signed with Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, last fought in December 2008 in his native Dominican Republic where he won a unanimous decision over Ameth Diaz in an IBF title eliminator. Funeka last fought in February of this year where he dropped a close majority decision loss to Nate Campbell. Campbell was stripped of his title prior to the bout for coming in over the lightweight limit, leaving the title vacant. Fernando Angulo (22-5, 14 KOs) and Yuri Romanov (21-2, 14 KOs) were scheduled to have fought for the vacant title this past weekend but the word is that Romanov had trouble securing his visa to enter into the United States in time for the bout.



August 4th, 2009

Boxing News

Diaz vs Chavez Sept 26

Former WBC lightweight champion David Diaz will face off against two time world champion Jesus Chavez in the ten round main event at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion on Saturday, September 26th, it was announced today by Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions. “We’re thrilled to be present this terrific bout between these two Chicago champions,” said Pesoli. “David is incredibly popular here in Chicago , his win over Morales was fought in front of 10,000 local fight fans. Jesus has fought all over the world but never in Chicago where he was raised. He’s always wanted to come back and fight here and has expressed to me how much this means to him.” (more…)



August 4th, 2009




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