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By Ron Jackson
Yohnny Perez of Colombia came from behind to score a dramatic twelfth round stoppage win over South African Silence Mabuza in their IBF bantamweight title eliminator at the Springs Indoor Arena on Friday night. Mabuza (53.06kg) was less than two minutes away from victory when Perez (53.40kg) caught him with a stunning right to the jaw followed up by a stiff jab that dropped the South African to the canvas. He managed to beat the count but was on wobbly legs as a another barrage of punches sent him staggering across the ring as American referee Kenny Chevallier stepped in to wave the fight off at 1 minute 6 seconds into the twelfth round. (more…)
The WBA will make a decision about the cancelled title fight between heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev in seven days. The fight was called off on late Friday evening because Chagaev could not fulfill the local medical requirements. “We are now waiting for the WBA´s decision,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Of course Nikolai Valuev is the WBA heavyweight champion. Once again it showed that health-wise Ruslan Chagaev is not able to fight for the world title.” Universum, on the other hand, doubted the legitimacy of the Finnish Federation´s decision. “I am healthy and ready to fight,” said Ruslan Chagaev. “I don´t understand the decision.” It was not before Friday afternoon (after the weigh-in) that Universum turned in up-to-date blood tests which had been requested by the Finnish Federation. Since the documents could not rule out a danger of infection for Nikolai Valuev, the Finns did not grant Chagaev a license for the title fight in Helsinki.
By Alexey Sukachev
Though the Chagaev-Valuev main event is definitely off, Helsinki boxing show will nevertheless go on in the reduced form. This was confirmed by Pekka Maki, the head of P3 Boxing, who is operating as the local promoter of the event. “We are extremely disappointed that this wonderful evening was badly spoilt by the heavyweight disorder. This is a big blow to world boxing and a major letdown for all pugilistic fans on the Earth but for the Finnish fans specifically. So much effort has been put in to compile this tournament in Helsinki. We are apologizing to our fans for this miserable situation. However, the P3 Boxing has done everything to save the card and now we can guarantee that six fights will be held this night at Hartwall Arena.
“The new main event is the Guiseppe Lauri vs. Juho Tolppola collision for the EBU-EE light welterweight title. Ladies will fight in the semi-main bout of the evening when Cecilia Braekhus will put her WBA/WBC belts at stake against Amy Yuratovac. Denis Shafikov fight is also a go. Finally, fans will be able to watch after local prospects Robert Helenius, Jarno Rosberg and Niko Jokinen in the undercard. The show will be shown broadcast live in Finland, Italy and Norway. Unfortunately, heavyweight fights of Lamon Brestwer and Kali Meehan and welterweight title bout between Frank Shabani and Leonard Bundu were cancelled. We did our best to let them go but our abilities are limited,” commented extremely disgusted Finnish promoter. “Our fight is definitely on and Denis is ready to deliver his A-game despite these shameful circumstances surrounding the infamous Valuev-Chagaev showdown,” confirmed Shafikov’s manager and co-promoter Oleg Bogdanov.
Ringside by Byron Spurlock
Photos by Emily Harney
Featherweight prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen continued his winning ways with a decision over a game Carlos Hernandez at Thursday’s TKO Boxing “Beat Down in H-Town” event at the Arena Theatre in Houston . . . Click here for more
Weights from San Bernardino
By Big Joe Miranda
Mike Franco 121 vs. Juan Beltran 121
(WBC International Youth Belt)
Frank Gutierrez 124.75 vs. Jesus Adame 122.5
Kerry Folley 170.75 vs. Terrance Smith 175
Jaime Gutierrez 111.5 vs. Vachian Ayagyan 112.75
Anatoly Duvchonka 173.5 vs. William Harmon 174
Venue: American Sports University, San Bernardino, CA
Tickets: $100 $75 $35 $20
Weights from Virgin Islands
By Boxing Bob Newman
Victor Cayo 142 vs. Arturo Morua 142
NOTE: Cayo vs Morua has been changed from a scheduled 9rd WBA Fedelatin title at 140 lbs. to an over-the-weight 10 rounder.
John Jackson 152.5 vs. Idelfonso Soto 152
JV Tuazon 116 vs. Eduardo Melendez 116
Samuel Rogers 154.5 vs. Mark Sanders 154
Julius Jackson 164 vs. Jamal Williams 164
Venue: UVI Sports & Fitness Center, Saint Thomas, USVI
The “Boxing In Paradise III” show will open at 5:30 p.m. with several amateur bouts pitting local hopefuls against a strong Puerto Rican team. The professional portion will follow at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Weights from Reading, PA
Travis Kauffman 220.5 vs Livin Castillo 210.5
Julio Cesar Matthews 190.25 vs Kamarah Pasley 195.5
Craig Tomlinson 229 vs Jonathon Felton 229
Ronald Cruz 143.5 vs Norman Allen 141
Esteban Rodriguez 131 vs Travis Thompson 131.5
Venue: Sovereign Center, Reading, PA
Tickets: $65 $50 $35 $25
Welterweight Frankie Santos (16-6-3, 8 KO’s) made 152 pounds, while his opponent, Hicklet Lau (20-18-2, 9 KO’s) made 152.2 pounds, during the weigh-in for the Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, event organized by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Santos, from Salinas, Puerto Rico, said he’s much stronger and more prepared than the last time he faced Lau, when Lau won by majority decision. But his rival disagreed, saying that “I’ve already beat him, and despite of all his training, I doubt he’ll be able to do any damage”. A total of nine bouts will take place on friday nigth, in this edition of Boxeo Boricua. The event will face boxers from Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the United States.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
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WBA world featherweight champion Chris John, his challenger Rocky Juarez, and super lightweight contenders Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana spoke this week at a press conference in Los Angeles to announce their June 27 bouts at STAPLES Center. Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
WBA welterweight champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley announced today that he is ready to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring and is willing to meet at a catch-weight to make the fight happen. In a statement, Mosley said: “There are conflicting reports from the Pacquiao camp an upcoming fight between me and Manny Pacquiao. I want it to be known that I want to fight Pacquiao and I want to fight him now. I’m willing to meet at a catch weight to make that happen. I know this is what Freddie Roach wants as well, as he has previously stated this to press. I am the best fighter in boxing and I am ready to reclaim the title of number one pound-for-pound fighter.” Mosley last faced Antonio Margartio in January 2009 and delivered a ninth-round knockout. Pacquiao is coming off a second-round knock-out victory over Ricky Hatton in May.
Behind on all scorecards at the beginning of the 12th round on Friday night in Johannesburg, South Africa, Yohnny Perez landed a huge left hand jab that sent Silence Mabuza to the canvas. Buzzed and on uneasy legs Mabuza beat the count. Perez proceeded to apply pressure and landed huge shots leaving no option for referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the fight with 1:06 left in the last stanza. With the victory, Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) becomes the mandatory challenger for Joseph Abgeko who fights Vic Darchinyan on July 11 for the IBF bantamweight title. COMPLETE REPORT FROM RON JACKSON TO COME…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is planning call a private meeting on Saturday to further discuss the next steps in the ongoing Chagaev-Valuev saga:
“First of all we would like to apologize to all worldwide boxing community for the negative impact on the cancellation of the Heavyweight championship match scheduled for tomorrow Saturday 30th, 2009 in Helsinki, Finland. Unfortunately we have not been officially informed the reported medical unfitness of WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev by the Finish Boxing Federation or the promoter responsible of the event. Despite the presence of WBA representatives at the meeting we are still awaiting for material in writing on the matter. No comments could be made without the knowledge of the facts on the cancellation. (more…)
Official Statement: Universum Box-Promotion
“We cannot understand all this. Ruslan Chagaev is ready to box. His bloodwork has been stable for several years, including before this fight. The German Boxing Federation (BDB), the WBA and Dr. Walter Wagner, the doctor representing the Austrian Boxing Federation (FVA) which regulates cards of Sauerland Events, have all classified him as safe. They are trying to dodge Ruslan Chagaev here by hook or by crook. We will examine this situation very closely and take any steps necessary.”
Boxing promoter Don King has asked the World Boxing Association to declare Nikolai Valuev its undisputed heavyweight champion after Saturday’s match between Valuev and WBA “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland, was cancelled. “The World Boxing Association should act swiftly and unequivocally to designate Nikolai Valuev as its undisputed heavyweight champion,” King said from New York just before boarding a plane bound for Helsinki where he will make his case in person. “Nikolai has been patient in waiting for Chagaev to become medically fit to fight. We applaud the WBA for making every effort to allow Chagaev to return, but it is clear now that we must move on.” King is scheduled to arrive in Helsinki on Saturday morning at 8:50.
Upon today’s announcement that Valuev-Chagaev II has been canceled, Team Ruiz is demanding an immediate purse bid in order for Valuev-Ruiz III to be held by August 30 for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title. Two-time WBA champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) lost to Valuev last August 30th in Berlin by 12-round split decision. Team Ruiz petitioned the WBA for a variety of reasons regarding the conduct of the fight and in response to the appeal, the WBA declared Ruiz as its mandatory challenger for the winner of the Valuev-Chagaev title fight scheduled for this weekend in Finland. (more…)
The rematch between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev has been called off after Chagaev was unable to fulfill the Finnish Boxing Federation´s medical requirements. Finnish law prevents disclosure of any further private health medical information. “Unfortunately, we have no other chance but to call the whole show off,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Our top priority is Nikolai´s health and it could not be guaranteed.” Added Valuev: “I would have loved to make this fight but given those circumstances it is not possible.” The possibility of a replacement opponent was explored but with less than thirty hour’s notice arrangements could not be completed with Kali Meehan or Lamon Brewster. The entire card has been cancelled.
By Felipe Leon
On Thursday morning it was announced via teleconference by 2007 Manager of the Year Frank Espinoza that the star of his ever growing stable, three time world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31KO) was medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to return to the ring after over a year hiatus due to a detached retina. “I believe that second only to Pacquiao, Israel Vazquez is the most exciting fighter of his generation,” Espinoza stated enthusiastically. “We are extremely excited with the news of Israel fighting again. Will there be a fourth fight against Marquez? Or a first fight against Puerto Rican super star Juan Manuel Lopez? We don’t know but we’ll be taking one step at a time.” In even bigger news, Espinoza confirmed that as of early June the 31-year-old Vazquez was a promotional free agent with his contract with Sycuan Ringside Promotions running its due course. “We are going to honor our contract with Sycuan but that ends next month and then he will be a free agent,” Espinoza said emphatically. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC strawweight champion Oleydong Sithsamerchai (31-0,12 KOs) successfully retained his WBC title as he impressively defeated former IBF 105lb champion Muhammed Rachman (62-8-5, 31 KOs) on Friday at Bangla Stadium in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. The Thai fighter mostly displayed his effective counterpunches to deny the Indonesian’s aggression and dominated at least seven of ten rounds. Accidental headbutts twice in round seven and round eleven rendered the challenger unable to continue so the fight was sent to the technical decision. Although the uncut champion was deducted two points by the WBC rule and regulation in case of accidental clash, he was comfortably ahead on the 106-101, 105-103, 105-103 scorecards. Oleydong, who has occupied his WBC belt since November 2007, retained his title for the third time.
In other action, WBC#6 lightfly Noknoi Sitthiprasert (22-4-1, 15 KOs) dropped Indonesian Adi Nukung once in round five before he won a unanimous decision and retained his WBC youth 108lb title for the twelfth time. WBC #1 fly Panomroonglek Kratingdaenggym (26-0,14 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Indonesian Danny Sultan. Former WBC flyweight champion Medgoen Kratingdaenggym (62-5, 44 KOs) outpointed Wanpadejsuk Sithsaithong in a six round non-title bout. And Liempetch Sor Veerapol outpointed Sornsak Korat Sportschool in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Petchyindee Boxing Promotion.
Award-winning photographer Chris Farina of Top Rank won first place with a riveting picture of Manny Pacquiao. Farina will be honored at the 84th annual Boxing Writers Association of America Awards Dinner on June 12 at The Capitale in New York City. Farina took first place in the Action Photo category for his 2008 image of Manny Pacquiao landing an overhand left to the jaw of Juan Manuel Marquez, which resulted in Marquez being knocked down near the end of the third round and a shower of sweat and water rising from Marquez’ head. Pacquiao went on to score a split-decision victory. “I knew right away I had a classic photograph. You have both fighters, the referee, the right framework,” said Farina. Farina, 49, was born in Ohio. He moved to Pittsburgh, then to Tupelo, Miss. and arrived into Las Vegas in 1975. He initially worked as a musician, playing on the Las Vegas strip since the age of 17 with his brothers. Chris played 5 instruments – – saxaphone, bass, guitar, piano and trumpet. He and his brother Joey worked as backup musicians for many famous stars including Al Martino, Jerry Vale and Connie Francis etc. Farina has been a Top Rank photographer since 1988.
By Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night heavyweight tower Nikolay Valuev will not be the only Russian who will climb through the ropes and meet his opponent inside the boxing ring at Hartwall Arena in Helsinki. Another fighter, virtually unknown to the whole pool of European boxing fans, will have a chance to introduce himself to the worldwide pugilistic community. It will not be the first time when junior welterweight Denis Shafikov (19-0, 10 KOs) is set to showcase his brilliant talent in front of the roaring crowd. Yet, he has never fought in such a venue with the comparable list of stars or notables, taking their respective parts in the undercard and in the main event of the evening. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko is in Tirol, Austria to prepare for his grudge match against former WBA/WBC/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye, which takes place on June 20th at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. This week, Wlad met members of the Austrian ski jump team, Trixi Moser, Alexander Pointner, Martin Koch, Thomas Morgenstern and Wolfgang Loitzl, who are in town preparing for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
By Christian Chataignier at ringside
Hussein Bayram (31-3, 17 KOs) won the super welterweight Grand Tournament with a six rounds stoppage over Damien Bertu (22-5-1, 7 KOs) on Thursday night at the Cirque d ‘Hiver in Paris, France. Bayram knocked down Bertu twice in the second round, then dominated the fight before again sending his rival to the floor at the sixth round, forcing referee Robin Dolpierre to stop the fight.
On the same card, middleweight Affif Belghecham (18-3-1, 3 KOs) keep the vacant title of the European Union with a TKO over Woulid Guarras (19-5, 13 KOs). Guarras did not come out for the eleventh round.
In another notable fight, French middleweight hope Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Britt Michael Monaghan (18-25, 2 KO) in round seven.
World champions Andre Berto and Juan Urango spoke at a prefight press conference in advance of their collision Saturday night for Berto’s WBC welterweight belt at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. Here’s what they had to say…
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Nikolay Valuev 315.4 vs Ruslan Chagaev 225.5
(WBA heavyweight championship)
Lamon Brewster 233.6 vs Juho Haapoja 231.4
Kali Meehan 229.9 vs Cerrone Fox 215.1
Giuseppe Lauri 139.7 vs Juho Tolppola 139.3
Leonard Bundu 146.6 vs Frank Shabani 146.1
Cecilia Braekhus 143.7 vs Amy Yuratovac 145.9
Denis Shafikov 144.1 kg vs John Cotterill 144.1
Robert Helenius 251.9 vs Scott Gammer 246
Jarno Rosberg 228.3 vs Viktor Szalai 202.8
Niko Jokinen 167.5 vs Istvan Petroczki 169.3
Venue: Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Emily Harney
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Featherweight prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen (15-1, 7 KOs) won a unanimous decision against tough Carlos Hernandez (14-7-1, 5 KOs) in the main event of last night’s TKO Boxing’s “Beatdown in H-Town!” event at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas. Also in action, sensational junior featherweight prospect Rafael Valenzuela (13-1, 6 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over hardcore veteran Jose Garcia Bernal (27-16-1, 18 KOs). In a special feature attraction, former MMA champion Karl “KJ” Noons (9-2, 5 KOs) battled Enrique Gallegos (6-5, 1 KO) over four tough rounds to win a unanimous decision in a jr middleweight contest. Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, stated: “We were thrilled to present our first show in Houston. The fans were fantastic and we look forward to returning soon!” A full report with photos to follow.
Amir Khan will not have to give a rematch to Marco Antonio Barrera following the WBO’s enquiry into their March 14 bout at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Khan beat the Mexican legend to win the WBO Intercontinental lightweight title on a unanimous technical decision after the fight was stopped in the fifth round because of an accidental clash of heads that occurred in the opening round. After the bout, Barrera’s promoter Don King filed a protest to the WBO asking for an immediate rematch and this has been denied by the WBO. In addition, King requested that the fight be declared a No Contest, but as the result of the contest is within the jurisdiction of the Host Commission (British Boxing Board of Control) they determined that the rules had been followed and there was no error by the referee in stopping the contest. Khan is currently preparing in Los Angeles on his forthcoming WBA world light welterweight title challenge on June 27 at London’s O2 Arena against the champion Andreas Kotelnik.
Three Fightnews photographers were winners of the BWAA’s annual contest. Marty Rosengarten won first place in the feature category for his shot of Deandre Latimore leaping for joy after knocking out Sechew Powell. Chris Cozzone came in second with a corner shot of Oscar De La Hoya taken the round before his retirement to Manny Pacquiao. Ed Mulholland was third, with a photo of Gary Stark’s battered face after winning a decision over Andres Ledesma.
In the action category, Top Rank photo veteran Chris Farina won top honors for a shot of Manny Pacquiao flooring Juan Manuel Marquez. Edward Lea of The Press of Atlantic City came in second and Ray Bailey, third.
The winners will be honored at the 84th annual BWAA Awards Dinner on June 12 at The Capitale in New York City. Manny Pacquiao and Joe Calzaghe will be in attendance. For more information on the annual dinner, go to www.bwaa.org.
Be a part of UFC history on July 10-11! Autograph sessions with top fighters and Grappler’s Quest are just a couple of events planned. (more…)
Ringside report by Kurt Wolfheimer
Heavyweight Willie Perryman and his trainer missed two flights, thus eliminating the main bout with former Scranton police officer Jason Gavern, but like a trooper, Andre Kut and KEA Boxing still put on an entertaining night of boxing last Saturday night at The Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Super welterweight contender Alfredo Angulo can pride himself on one thing besides being a professional prizefighter: being a jack of all trades. Although Angulo faces numerous challenges in the ring, he faced challenges and obstacles that he himself would not want anyone to go through. However, it is these challenges that he overcame that have allowed him to be the person and fighter that he is today. Angulo will face former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron in a 12 round bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, FL. The bout will precede the 12 round welterweight clash between Andre Bert and Juan Urango. Both bouts will be televised on HBO’s popular “Boxing After Dark” series. (more…)
Weights from Johannesburg, SA
Yonnhy Perez 117.7 vs Silence Mabuza 117
(IBF Bantamweight Eliminator)
Venue: Springs Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, SA
Promoter: Branco Sports/Thompson Boxing/Gary Shaw
TV: SABC Sport (South Africa)
Weights from Chicago, IL:
Jaime Sandoval, 135 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez, 135
Eric Estrada, 123 vs. Olvin Mejia, 122.5
Sergio Montes de oca, 120, vs. LeShaun Blair, 120
Russell Fiore, 135 vs. Derek Hill, 140
Jose Hernandez, 134 vs. Sergio Orantes, 134.5
Justin Muse, 148 vs. Antonio Maldanado, 146.5
Sergio Cristobal, 117 vs. Juan Carlos Fernandez, 119.5
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
Weights from Baton Rouge, LA:
By Damien St. Pierre
Calvin Green 153.8 vs Darnell Boone 150.7
John Revish 145.1 vs Henry Mitchell 144.9
Michael Moncrief vs Bobby O’Bannon 245
Yvette McCullar 143.3 vs Dora Baptiste 146.1
Anthony Bowman vs Brad Soloman 147
Tommy Manning 165 vs Josh Thorpe 163.5
Venue: Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Promoter: Bayou Promotions, Jimbo Stevenson
Bell Time: 9:00pm
Tickets can be purchased on site.
Weights from Baltimore, MD!
Demetrius Davis 162 vs Cory Cummings 166.5
(Maryland State Super Middleweight title)
James Stevenson 153 vs Manuel Guzman 152.5
(East Coast Junior Middleweight title)
Steve Wheeler 183 vs Dan Shull 182
Maurice Byarm 253 vs Darius Whitson 198.5
Barry Trotter 157 vs Justin Blackwell 155.5
NOTE: The bout between Tim Coleman and Jason Thompson was cancelled after Thompson cited last night that he weighed 165 lbs, which is 18 over the maximum contract weight.
Venue: Du Burns Arena (doors open at 6:30 first fight is at 8 pm)
Promoter: Jake Smith: Baltimore Pro Boxing
Tickets: 410-675-6900 or 410-499-5361
Bantamweight contender Alejandro Valdez (20-3-2, 14 KOs) will return to action on June 6th against the hard hitting Genaro Camargo (24-6, 17 KOs) at the Explanada Tecate in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico, in a bout featured on Azteca TV. Valdez is coming off a unanimous decision loss against WBC champion Hozumi Hasegawa last October in Tokyo, Japan. “I had my opportunity to win a world championship, and although the results didn’t favor me, I have the same triumphant mentality and the desire to return to the world level. I know this fight will help me to reach my goal,” said Valdez. Also on the card is flyweight star Hernán “Tyson” Márquez (22-0, 17 KOs) against Carlos “Polllito” Bañuelos (14-1, 9 KOs) and super bantamweight Giovanni Caro (13-6-4, 11 KOs) against German “Panteonero” Meraz (21-12-1, 9 KOs).
Universum’s “Trainer of Champions” Michael Timm will be back in the spotlight on Saturday night when his fighter, WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev takes on WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev in a long awaited rematch in Helsinki. Chagaev is one of five world champions currently trained by Timm. Here’s what he had to say when interviewed by boxing.de: (more…)
IBF/USBA conventioneers were treated to a spectacular evening on Wednesday. Although IBF staff and executives kept quiet about what prominent boxers would attend the evening, rumors circulated about the possible attendance of some of Latin America’s most renowned fighters. The evening started with an enthusiastic welcome to the guests by Larry Hazzard, Sr., who joined the IBF almost a year ago as Chairman of Officials Supervision, Training & Development and Personal Assistant to the President. Following Mr. Hazzard’s opening was Marian Muhammad, the organization’s President who also welcomed the audience and noted the purpose of the evening expressing, “We are here this evening to acknowledge fighters who have given us thrills and chills in the ring.” Shortly thereafter, and to a roar from the crowd, strolled in ring legend Roberto “Manos de Piedra” Duran followed by the great Alexis Arguello. Both men graciously accepted the warm welcome from the crowd. Other notable boxers in attendance were former world champions Peppermint Frazier and Hilario Zapata, current IBF/WBA Jr. Featherweight Champion Celestino Caballero, former IBF Junior Featherweight Champion Jose Sanabria, former IBF Junior Bantamweight Champion Felix Machado and 1984 Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time world champion Mark Breland. Some of the organization’s annual awards were presented on this evening as well. In attendance to accept his award for Most Active USBA promoter of 2008 was Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. More to come…
The “Main Events Boxing Series” brings world championship boxing back to Newark’s Prudential Center on July 11th as World IBF Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek puts his title on the line against Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn, promoters Main Events and Ziggy Promotions announced today. Also slated to appear on the show are a quartet of unbeaten standouts, including Paterson Welterweight Henry Crawford, (21-0); Morganville, N.J.’s promising middleweight prospect Denis “The Momma’s Boy” Douglin, (2-0, 2 KO’s) and undefeated Polish standouts Piotor Wilczewski, (22-0, super middleweight) and 13-0 cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak. Tickets, priced at $38, $53, $78, $103 (floor), and $253 (ringside), can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, by calling TicketMaster at 800-745-3000 or Prucenter.com.
Unbeaten IBF middleweight champion “King” Arthur Abraham will return on June 27th to defend against Mahir Oral (25-1-2, 10 KOs) at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin. Originally, Abraham was to defend against mandatory challenger Giovanni Lorenzo, however, since no contractual agreement was reached, the IBF approved a voluntary defense against Oral at their convention in Panama City. The deadline for the mandatory defense is now September.
By Karl Freitag
Pound-for-pound candidate and three-time world champion Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) has been medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to fight again after a serious eye injury. In his last bout, Vazquez was the victor in the epic rubber match against Rafael Marquez on March 1, 2008. He and manager Frank Espinoza will now consider Vazquez’ next fight, which will definitely be at featherweight.
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