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As has been the tradition for the last 26 years at the Irvine Marriott’s Battle In The Ballroom pro shows, when fans sense that fighters have given above and beyond what is expected of them, and fight toe-to-toe each and every round, they show their appreciation by wadding up paper money and throwing it in the ring. It is then collected and split between both fighters regardless of who wins. That was the case last night when a standing room, sold out crowd of 1,452 fight fans cheered and donated to the tremendous performance displayed by bantamweights Richard Contreras and Eder Peralta. Contreras 1-1 out of Riverside had Peralta down in the first and third rounds, but could not put the game 1-2 Peralta from Pasadena away. Besides a standing ovation from the fans, they also threw over $100 cash into the ring. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora (8-2, 2 KOs) returned with a spectacular victory at 1:02 of the second round over Patricia Hernandez (11-4-2, 3 KOs) and thus won the WBC female youth miniumweight world title on Thursday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon, Distrito Federal in Mexico. In the first round, Hernandez received a bill for protection. The referee Gelasio Perez stopped the match when Zamora dominated from the start and withstood attacks from “La Patito” Hernandez. ”We are ready to defend our titles in Mexico or in any country. I love this sport and I want to do my best,” said Zamora.
He’s the most talked about fighter in MMA today, and with good reason. But the former NCAA National wrestling champion and current UFC heavyweight titlist has done plenty of talking himself since signing with the UFC in 2007, and we’ve captured some of his best as we await his showdown with Shane Carwin in the main event of UFC 116 on July 3rd in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Ohio heavyweight Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha has made multiple visits to New England visiting relatives, but this Saturday night he’ll make his first business trip there, challenging Hartford heavyweight favorite Tony “TNT” Grano in the 10-round main event on the “Pride & Power” boxing show, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (more…)
The weigh-in for Saturday’s clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Ireland’s John Duddy in San Antonio will take place today at 1:30PM at the Arnison River Theatre located at 418 Villita Street (Downtown Riverwalk). The festivities will be open to the public.
The eight year partnership of Universum Box-Promotion and Germany’s ZDF television network will end on July 31 with a stellar show headlined by WBC interim middleweight champion at the o2 Arena in Hamburg. During the successful eight year run, 18 Universum boxers became world champions, and five more who already held belts defended on the network.
To celebrate this golden era in televised boxing, Universum promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl has something special planned: all seats 30 euros. “We wanted to find a special end for a special partnership,” he said, “so the boxing fans can really enjoy themselves on one special evening. One can buy the first row of tickets for 30 euros, which normally cost 600 euros or more. On top of that, every ticket buyer does something good!“ (half the proceeds will be donated to the charitable organization ‘A Heart for Children.’) (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like IBF/WBO/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 28 KOs) could fight IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on either September 11 or 18th at Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Team Povetkin is interested in staging the fight in Moscow. Wladimir was seeking a unification fight with WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KOs), but it appears David is eyeing a fight with Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs), which could take place on November 13th in England.
By Robert Hughes
Photos: Robert Hughes
A less-than-cheery John Duddy did not like being asked Thursday evening if he was going to win Saturday’s bout with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. “No, I’m here to lose,” Duddy snapped at this reporter in a hotel elevator. “Of course I’m going to win, what kind of question is that?”
Meanwhile, Chavez Jr. was in the lobby with dozens of fans and chatting with his father, the great Mexican champion Julio Cesar Chavez, when FightNews asked the fighter the same question. Chavez Jr. responded with a more diplomatic statement about being in shape and being well prepared. And then he said, in his best English: “I think he’s having a problem.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan referee Enrique Portocarrero will be the third man in the ring when Peruvian WBA female super featherweight world champion Kina Mal Partida (11-3, 3 KOs) and Colombian WBA challenger Liliana Palmera (19-6-2, 12 KOs) meet at Jockey Plaza, Lima, Peru on Saturday. The three judges are Gustavo Padilla (Panama), Hugo de Leon (Uruguay) and Gustavo Estrella (Argentina). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten Frankie Gomez stopped veteran Jaime Orrantia (13-27-5, 4 KO’s) in the first round of a scheduled four round fight. Gomez was on the attack on Orrantia, but the veteran fighter was able to make Gomez missed. Although he tried to counter, Orrantia would miss, allowing Gomez (4-0, 4 KO’s) to go back on the attack. Gomez landed a right uppercut, sending Orrantia back against the ropes, prompting referee Pat Russell to stop the fight. Orrantia was not visibly hurt, prompting some in the crowd to boo the stoppage. Click here for more + photos
One of the premiere super middleweight prospects in the world, Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (16-0, 12 KOs) thrilled a crowd of boisterous supporters with a fifth round knockout over late sub Ibahiem King (7-4, 2 KOs) on Thursday night at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Mass. (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present two live championship webcasts – free of charge – on Saturday (note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico). In the main fight, scheduled for 12 rounds from Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, Eduardo Escobedo, (27-3-1, 19 KOs), of Mexico City, will fight Aristedes Perez (17-1-1, 10 KOs), of Cartagena, Colombia, for the WBC Silver super featherweight championship. (more…)
Here are five things you may not know about middleweight John Duddy who was born and raised in Derry, Ireland:
1) He taught himself to play guitar. During training camp, he plays guitar late at night.
2) His favorite performers include Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson.
3) John went to Kristofferson’s sold-out concert in Derry, Ireland was three years ago. “Couldn’t believe he was singing in my hometown,” said John.
4) John recently began performing as a singer at small clubs in New York City. “Just getting on stage, singing a song or two, having some fun,” he said.
5) One of his favorite authors is Jon Krakauer who wrote the non-fiction best-seller ‘Into Thin Air.’ “I’ve read three of his books, liked them all,” John said.
Trainer Freddie Roach said today that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a ‘quick learner and is going to be a more complete fighter. “He’s shy about his English, but understands everything I say,” Roach said today. “Chavez Jr is a quick learner. I teach and he picks it up real quick. We’re working on his jab, to throw it and set something up after throwing it. He’s getting a real idea of what I would like him to do. “He works hard, likes to run, knows the game,” Roach said. “Duddy is trouble because he is so strong. I think Chavez Jr has more boxing skill and that will be the difference on Saturday night.” Chavez Jr vs. Duddy is scheduled for Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 on Saturday, June 26, at the Alamodome. The Pay Per View will begin 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
Spike TV will showcase two of the Boston area’s finest mixed martial arts fighters in live undercard bouts from “UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn II” on Saturday, August 28 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. Live from the TD Garden in Boston, Joe Lauzon (“The Ultimate Fighter 5” alum) of Bridgewater, Mass. takes on Terry Etim in a lightweight battle and Milford, Mass native Jorge Rivera (“The Ultimate Fighter 4” alum) meets Alessio Sakara in a middleweight clash. (more…)
“It is great coming back to fight in the states. I’m back to the place where it all started for me,” stated David Tua, who faces Monte Barrett on July 17 in Atlantic City – his first fight in the USA since 2007. “My fans here are just as passionate as they are at home. It’s a great feeling and humbling to know that my fans are still there and still into it for me. I’m grateful for their support and loyalty they’ve always shown for me. My fans have supported me since day one and that means the world to me.” Tua is training in Jersey City, NJ with long-time trainer Roger Bloodworth.
WBO #3 super bantamweight Rico Ramos (16-0, 9 KOs) will defend his WBO-NABO belt against comebacking Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-3-1, 10 KOs) in an eight-rounder in the co-feature to the previously announced WBA light heavyweight championship defense of Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) on July 23rd in a specially constructed outdoor arena at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA. ESPN2 will televise.
With fight night rapidly approaching, Classic Entertainment & Sports is offering its fans an exclusive, one-day only sale on tickets for Saturday’s “Pride & Power” show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Fans who call today and purchase two tickets in either the $65.00 or $105.00 price range will receive a third ticket (of equal value) for free. This offer expires Friday. The card features Hartford heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) facing Nicolai Firtha (17-7-1, 7 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the NABA-U.S. title. The co-feature includes fellow Hartford native “Machine Gun” Mike Oliver (23-2, 8 KOs) taking on former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-13-2, 23 KOs) in an 8-round super bantamweight bout. To take advantage of the special, one-day offer call 401-724-2253.
Exclusive comments from Marcos Maidana:
After recent serious managerial problems have prevented him from continuing with his career smoothly as it should have happened, WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana is now ready to be back in the US against the best. “Now everybody knows what the reasons were for me to turn down a fight with Timothy Bradley. And luckily, everybody understood me. I’m on the way to sort out this unexpected and disgraceful situation, so I’m very happy and ready to prove wrong those idiots that called me a chicken or a liar,” Maidana said.
“Let’s see how brave they are now they know that I’m ready. Bring me Bradley and I’ll knock him out in front of his promoter Gary Shaw, who seems to have a big mouth. I’m not the kind of guy that likes to talk. I never do. But now I’m angry because they blamed me for not taking the fight against Bradley even though it was not my fault. Let’s make the Bradley fight before the end of this year to put an end to all this talking crap,” he added. (more…)
Photo by Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc
The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission honored Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment with the maximum award to be proclaimed 2009 Promoters Of The Year in the 25th Annual Boxing Values of The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission. “This is the most important honor that our company has received because it shows our commitment with the sport and our boxers. It has been five years of hard work and creating the credibility inside the business. This award goes to the memory of my father. He is the one who created it all, now is our turn to continue the legacy and his vision,” Miguel Cotto said. For more details and photos click here…
In boxing it can be a daunting task following in the footsteps of any legendary fighter. Even more so when you have the fighter’s same name leaving a constant reminder to the fans of whose footsteps you’re following in. Salvador Sanchez II (19-3-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico finds himself in that position. Sanchez II is very proud of his legendary uncle Salvador Sanchez and is focused on improving each time he fights and always giving 100% effort. The effort is there for sure and he is steadily improving as reflected in his winning 17 of his last 18 fights including 9 straight. Sanchez II will face his toughest fight as a professional when he meets veteran Tomas Villa (22-7-4, 14 KOs) of Texas this Saturday, June 26. Villa is best known for his 2008 slugfest with former world title challenger Rogers Mtagawa. Sanchez II-Villa will be an 8 round featherweight attraction fought at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate, Latin Fury 15: La Furia de México. (more…)
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert (19-2, 15 KOs) will face Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (10-8, 4 KOs) in an eight rounder on the July 3 boxing card at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Also, jr lightweight “Lightning” Lonnie Smith (10-2-2, 7 KOs) has been added to card against TBA in a six-rounder. In another change, welterweight Mark Melligen (18-2, 13 KOs) will now face Anges Adjaho (25-2, 14 KOs) in the ten round-co-feature after Michel Rosales pulled out of there rematch. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Blake Capparello (4-0, 1 KO) will clash with Kane McKay (8-8-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds with World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific 175 pound title up for grabs at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Capparello is scheduled to challenge Shane McConville for the Australian light heavyweight championship on August 8. McKay has been in the ring with the best including former world rated Nader Hamdan and Daniel Lovett also current WBA #7 light heavyweight Tim Bell. In the main supporting bout, cruiserweight Stephen Gillingham (4-3) will slug it out with Aaron Ross (3-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Welterweight Jimmy James (7-2-1, 1 KO) will meet Robert Monitto (2-5, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Promoter: Peter Maniatis.
In a little over a week, interim UFC heavyweight champion Shane Carwin will step into the Octagon for the biggest fight of his career against division king Brock Lesnar in a title unification bout that headlines UFC 116 on July 3rd . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Promoter Davide Buccioni will stage an explosive IBF Intercontinental title clash at welterweight Friday night in the suggestive and historical location ‘Ponte Milvio’ in Roma, Italy. Undefeated Italian boxing superstar Daniele Petrucci (25-0-1, 9 KOs) and South American veteran contender Jorge Daniel Miranda (36-8, 13 KOs) are the co-challengers for the vacant crown. Both fighters are very hard and strong warriors and an exciting and brutal fight is expected.
In the chief support, super middleweight local hero Massimiliano Buccheri (8-1) will fight dangerous stablemate and former kick-boxing star Roberto Cocco (10-5, 5 KOs) in his first quality tough test over six rounds. The others undercard will feature top fighters of Buccioni Stable: former IBF Youth champ at light middleweight Adriano Cardarello, light welterweight big puncher Federico Ranalli and light middleweight top prospect Manuel Ernesti.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Formerly world rated middleweight Paul “The Doctor” Smallman (24-26-2, 15 KOs) will return to ring action after six years in retirement to clash with big punching Moses Sorovi (20-15-1, 20 KOs) over six rounds at the Gold Coast International Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Smallman boxed several world class opponents in a long career including former world jr middleweight champion John “The Beast” Mugabi in 1997 and current IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green in 2002 with Roy Jones Jr sitting ringside. This will be the third meeting between Moses Sorovi and Smallman. The Doctor stopping Sorovi in 1997 and 1998. (more…)
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 guest is Kronk Gym and Emanuel Steward’s first world champ, Hilmer Kenty. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 9PM ET.
Due to an injury sustained by IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor, his scheduled world title defense against Jason Booth has been postponed and re-scheduled for September 10th. The show on July 23rd at Rainton Meadow Sunderland will still go ahead with the same undercard which include a super bantamweight commonwealth title plus an English title. The new top of the bill will be the first defense of British bantamweight champion Stuey Hall against former champion Martin Power. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Despite reports of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending against WBO interim bantam champ Eric Morel, the WBC has given its approval for Montiel to defend his green belt for the first time against former WBA super flyweight world champion Rafael “El Torito” Concepcion in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico on July 17. Concepcion’s manager Carlos Gonzalez said Zanfer Boxing committed to a Montiel-Concepcion bout long before the WBO called a purse bid for Montiel-Morel on June 11 in New York City. “We understand that as WBO champion Montiel must face the interim champion at some point, but first he must comply with the fights agreed upon before the WBO auction,” said Gonzalez, who added that he is in regular contact with Zanfer and they are conscious of their commitment to Concepción. Meanwhile “El Torito” Concepcion is continuing to train to face Montiel on July 17. Nothing has been officially announced.
Super featherweight Edward “Canilla” Escobedo (27-3, 19 KOs) and Colombian Aristides Perez (18-1, 10 KOs) had had their first encounter prior to Saturday’s clash on Saturday at the Centenario soccer stadium in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. This will be another WBC Silver belt encounter. “This is nothing but a fight in my career,” said Escobedo. “It’s a fight that I will win before the fifth round because I need that title in my career. It is a quality championship that goes to Mexico. I’ll win by knockout.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Abe Concepcion is slighted that Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico is already training his sights on a showdown with Rafael Marquez of Mexico on Sept. 18 even though Lopez has to deal with him first on July 10. “Concepcion is determined to ruin Lopez’s plans,” the fighter’s business manager Mike Koncz said from Los Angeles, a little over two weeks before the fight set at the Jose Agrelot Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez is making the first defense of his WBO featherweight crown and a victory would set him up for a megabuck matchup with Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight contender Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) is fighting undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley in a non-title bout at welterweight poundage on July 17 at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. But another 140-pounder, WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, is very much on his mind. “As a citizen of Argentina, I’m embarrassed to call him my countryman,” said Abregu, who is training at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn. “Even though I was the only one who stepped up to fight Bradley when he first landed a date for HBO debut, I stepped back to allow Maidana to unify the title, but he wouldn’t even risk his own belt when the fight was first made. Well after I give Bradley his first professional loss, I’ll be more than happy to give Maidana the same opportunity to fight me at welterweight so he can keep his precious interim title. Because that is all he will have left after I ice him. He’s a disgrace to Argentina and its rich boxing heritage. He’s also a liar.”
Undefeated No. 1 super welterweight contender and son of the living legend Julio César Chávez, Jr., his new trainer Freddie Roach, five-time world champion Marco Antonio Barrera, “Ireland’s” John Duddy, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum hosted a media conference call to discuss “Latin Fury 15,which will be televised live on pay-per-view from the Alamodome in San Antonio. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
Promoter Roy Englebrecht has informed FightNews that less than a dozen tickets remain for Thursday’s “Battle In The Ballroom” event at the Irvine Marriott. Tickets are available at the Marriott box office. Hurry! Doors open at 6:30p.
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto received the 2010 Commissioners Award for Perseverance at the Polk County (Florida) All Sports Awards and Florida Sports Hall of Fame ceremony for his efforts in Haiti and strong resolve in the ring. Berto, a resident of Winter Haven, FL had previously received the professional athlete of the year and male amateur athlete of the year from the Polk County Sports Hall of Fame.
The July 17th “T-N-T” event at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City between former heavyweight title challengers David Tua (51-3-1, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9, 20 KOs) will be a pay-per-view event and distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media on both cable and satellite pay-per-view.
By Rafael Soto /Top Rank
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Ireland’s John Duddy both promised a great fight on Saturday when they collide in the “Latin Fury 15” pay-per-view headliner at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “This is the most important fight of my career and I prepared very well because I know I have a very strong opponent. I think the people will win on Saturday because it will be a great fight,” Chavez Jr. said during the final news conference. Duddy echoed the sentiment, saying, “We know that a victory in this fight will put the winner close to a title shot and I’m sure it will turn out to be a memorable fight.” For more details and photos click here…
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