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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian cruiserweight Dominic Vea (13-2, 10 KOs) captured the vacant Commonwealth title when he was awarded a twelve round majority decision over Oscar Siale (12-5, 4 KOs) of New Zealand at the Panthers Leagues club, Penrith, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Vea was staggered in round one and cut on the nose – his face a mask of blood for the remainder of the contest that seen both boxers dazed battered continually. The doctor inspected the cuts on Vea in round five but allowed to the contest to continue. At the conclusion both boxers were given a standing ovation by the fans in attendance. Scores were Charlie Lucas 116-113, Trevor Christian 114-114, Des Bloyd 115-113. (more…)
By Bob Ryder/Photos: Bob Ryder
Friends, fans, supporters, and former champs of the Kronk Gym gathered on Wednesday night for drinks, dinner, and boxing as Emanuel Steward hosted a fundraiser at downtown Detroit’s Motor City Casino. Miguel Cotto flew in at his own expense and helped raise some funds by donating a signed pair of gloves for auction. “It is a great pleasure to be here in Detroit in Emanuel’s hometown, for this important Fundraiser event of the famous Kronk gym that has help develop the talent of hundreds of kids and taking them out of the streets and teaching them the values and respect for their teammates,” said Cotto. “It’s a real honor for me to be part of the legacy and the family of the Kronk Gym.” (more…)
Former WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch has promised to square things up for England when he faces off with German Arthur Abraham in their upcoming Super Six showdown. “The Germans may have defeated us in the World Cup. But this is one England vs Germany showdown that requires no hype,” Froch wrote in his weekly Nottingham Post column. “There will be no dodgy officiating for either of us – as we’ll be facing off at a neutral venue. One thing is for sure, this time it’ll be 3-0. In the SuperSix, you get two points for a win and three points for a stoppage. I’ll be gunning for the latter.” He also stated that Abraham “strikes no fear into me. I’ve sparred with much heavier and bigger punchers than him….I want to ensure that I inflict a beating on him that will send a loud message out that I will not be denied the SuperSix trophy.” Read the complete column
A press conference was held on Wednesday afternoon for this week’s ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, presented by TKO Boxing Promotions. Although cordial, both main event fighters, Demetrius Hopkins and Mike Arnaoutis, clearly displayed a readiness for battle ahead of their welterweight showdown. Also present was sensational super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero, pro debuting welterweight Eric Mendez and flyweight Austreberto Juarez. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Interim WBA super flyweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) of San Leandro, CA by way of the Philippines will step back into the ring on Saturday, July 10 against Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (27-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico which will be headlined by WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) of Puerto Rico taking on Bernabe “The Real Deal” Concepcion (28-3-1, 15 KOs) of the Philippines in “The Challenge” and will be televised live on SHOWTIME and is being presented by Top Rank, in association with PR Best Boxing. Tickets are available at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico box office and thru Ticketpop by calling (787) 294-0001. (more…)
By Brady Crytzer
Former lightweight world champion and still unbeaten junior welterweight contender Paul Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KO) is planning a possible return this September against former WBC, IBF super featherweight champion Erik Morales (49-6, 34 KO). “We planned on fighting him in July until he had to back out after an injury,” Mike Acri, longtime promoter of Spadafora commented. “The fight was scheduled to take place in Tijuana, but if everything goes as planned we’ll be fighting him on September 11th.”
By Dave Baggs at ringside
Neven Pajkic retained his Canadian heavyweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision victory over national champion Greg Kielsa moments ago at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Scores of the bout read 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91 all in favor of the undefeated Toronto heavyweight. Pajkic (13-0, 5KOs) was the stronger of the two throughout the contest, keeping Kielsa tentative amd backpeddling. Pajkic appeared to have dropped Kielsa (11-2, 5KOs) in round 8, clubbing the Polish fighter with a right hook to the ear and buckling his knees. The ropes held up the clearly hurt Kielsa however the action continued without acknowledgement of the clear knockdown. In the end, it didnt matter as Pajkic would dominate the bout from beginning to end. (more…)
Teenage sensation Patrick “Tiger” Mendy broke all Prizefighter records on his way to winning the super middleweight title at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night. The nineteen-year old from Maidenhead entered the tournament as the youngest ever boxer to fight in the competition an wasted little time in making further history after he stopped Dudley’s Sam Horton after just one minute and 26 seconds into their fight – the quickest win in the competition’s 13 nights to date. Mendy wasn’t finished there though and after holding off a spirited Daniel Cadman in the semi-final to gain a unanimous points win, he repeated that result in the final against Sheffield-based Northampton fighter Paul David to lift the trophy and pocket the £32,000 winner’s check. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBA superflyweight world champion Hugo Cazarez artida (31-6-2, 22 KOs) and countryman WBA challenger Everardo ¨Zihua¨ Morales (34-14-2, 23 KOs) meet at Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla, Estado de México,on Saturday July 3. The three judges are Octavio Rodriguez (Panama), Ricardo Duncan (Panama) and Carla Caiz (USA). The fight supervisor is Francisco Piña (Colombia).
By Boxing Bob Newman
As former WBC and IBF Light Flyweight champion Brian Viloria makes his final preparations for his comeback fight against two-time world title challenger Omar “Lobito” Soto next Saturday, July 10 at Yñares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines, the former champ and his chief second Ruben Gomez spoke with Fightnews moments ago. Said Gomez, “Brian has had a really good camp. We know we have a good opponent in front of us, so we take nothing for granted. We put in a lot of hard work and it will show on July tenth. Former WBA Super Middleweight champ Frankie Liles has been added to the team and that experience in the corner will help.” (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
It’s a like a scene from the Edward Norton remake of The Hulk. The massive Incredible Hulk charging full bore into the earth-shaking Abomination.
On Saturday, July 3 the biggest heavyweight MMA battle of all time will rattle the Vegas Strip as UFC World Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar takes on interim titlist Shane “The Monster” Carwin . . . Click here for more
Undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, was given a citation from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives proclaiming June 28, 2010 as “Mike Jones Day” at the Newtown (PA) Athletic Club, his training site for several weeks prior to his fights. The proclamation was presented to him by Adrianne Sellers, legislative assistant to Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Santarsiero. Jones, who is ranked the #2 welterweight by the WBO behind champion Manny Pacquiao, has been preparing for his July 9 fight when he defends his NABA and NABO titles against Irving Garcia at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall. (more…)
Photo: Eroll Popova
Fighters headlining Saturday’s “Universum Champons Night” event worked out for a large crowd of thrilled fight fans on Wednesday at the SportScheck super store in Stuttgart, Germany. Former world cruiserweight champion and local favorite Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs), WBA #3 rated Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs), unbeaten WBC/WIBF/WBO female featherweight champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs), challenger Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs), Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Rachim Tschachkijew (5-0, 5 KOs) and unbeaten super middleweight “Golden Jack” Culcay (3-0, 2 KOs), the 2009 amateur world champion gave a taste of what is to come inside the ring at the Porsche Arena. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, and Richard Schaefer, CEO, hosted a teleconference today to talk about the stacked undercard to the Juan Manual Marquez – Juan Diaz II PPV-televised card, July 31 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The three televised bouts preceding the main event features: Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs vs. Russian Dmitry Pirog for the vacant WBO middleweight crown; Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero vs. Joel “El Cepillo” Casamayor; and Jorge “El Niño De Oro” Linares vs. Rocky Juarez.
“This card here is the best we’ve ever done,” said Schaefer. “We wanted to live up to what we promised when we announced the card. We also don’t want this to be a standalone, but wanted to start a trend. We hope this is the first of many steps in the right direction.”
“Every fighter on the card is in a do-or-die situation,” said De La Hoya. “The winners will move on. Any one of these fights can be a candidate for ‘Fight of the Year’, not just the main event.” (more…)
Welterweight contender Mark Melligen of the Philippines will wear a ”I Love Cebu” shirt when he hits Reno tomorrow. He has come a long way for his fight for a Top Rank Live! fight card at the Grand Sierra Resort on Saturday, July 3. Melligen has been training for weeks to take on Anges Adjaho of Geneva, N.Y. in the opening televised bout. Melligen was born and raised in Bacolod City in the Phillippines. He now living and training in Cebu. “There are 7,016 islands – and you can add one more when the tide goes out – in the Philippines,” said chief trainer Tony Martin. “Mark takes a ferry to go from Bacolod to Cebu. He trains there for weeks, then comes to the United States and does his finishing work with me in Las Vegas.” (more…)
Impressively starting off his professional career with three first round knockouts, sensational super bantamweight prospect Randy Caballero and his growing army of fans head to the Citizens Business Bank ARENA in Ontario, California, this Friday night, July 2nd for his next bout. (more…)
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan returns to the ring on Saturday in a bid to regain the interim version of his former title against Steve Herelius at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. In this interview, the ex-champ talks about the severe injury he is returning from and this all-or-nothing fight. “In the ring there are no excuses,” he proclaims. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Hard-hitting Japan-based American, Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy; (14-1-1, 10 KOs), 153.73, impressively kept his OPBF super welter belt as he came off the canvas in the first round and swept all rounds from the second session on to earn a split but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Australian southpaw, WBA #12 King Davidson (12-1, 6 KOs), 153, over twelve heats on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Thai referee Nopparat Sricharoen 118-109 (identical to this reporter’s score), judge Kazunobu Asao (Japan) 117-110, both for Ota, and judge Brian McMahon (Australia) 115-114 for Davidson. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (39-3, 23 KOs) controlled the action in the contest with Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) of Argentina in all the rounds to capture the vacant WBA International junior middleweight title at the Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Wednesday. Jerez came to fight but Mundine found the range for his accurate left jab which kept his shorter opponent off balance consistently. At the conclusion scores were 118-110, 118-110, 120-109.
Mundine said, “I felt strong tonight at 154 pounds. I got stronger in the later rounds.” WBO #7 Ryan Waters was in center ring aftward and challenged Mundine, prompting a scuffle between the two men. Mundine has stated he is after the best 154 pounders in the world including WBA champion Miguel Cotto. (more…)
As the world prepares for the greatest heavyweight title fight of the past two decades, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® made a stunning announcement today that will undoubtedly have a global impact. UFC President Dana White confirmed that vuvuzelas, pesky noise makers used infamously by South African fans at this year’s World Cup, have been banned at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this Saturday. (more…)
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by J. L. Castillo
The last hurricane that landed in the Duke City to fight Holly Holm was Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez, and she disappeared as quick as a New York minute. And we all know what happened after that. Promoter Lenny Fresquez assured the press that Canadian-born “Hurricane,” Jaime Clampitt would not be skipping out on her August 6 appointment with Holm . . . Click here for more
Roy M. Burchfield – father of promoter Jimmy Burchfield – passed away June 27th. Mr. Burchfield, 85, was a World War II Navy Veteran and was a general manager in the auto industry for many years. Mr. Burchfield will be laid to rest today at the St. Francis Cemetery in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Edwards Food and Wellness Center, 997 Branch Avenue, Providence, RI 02904. FightNews expresses our heartfelt sympathies and condolences to the Burchfield family and friends. You may express your condolences at pontarellimarinofunerals.com.
Florida. A couple years ago. Before rebooting his mixed martial arts career in his native New Jersey, Kurt Pellegrino was living and training in Florida, and just happened to run into someone who would change his outlook on a lot of things relating to life and his run towards a UFC lightweight title . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Olympians, boxing champions, TV personalities and fans are set to pack the Grand Theatre of Reno’s Grand Sierra Resort Saturday, July 3 for a night of high-powered, live boxing to commemorate the “Fight of the Century.” (more…)
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 28 KOs) will fight against IBF heavyweight mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (19-0, 14 KOs) on September 18th at the Commerzbank Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. The 55,000-seat footballl stadium is home to the Bundesliga’s Eintracht Frankfurt. “I am very happy, that the fight will take place,” said Povetkin, “I must say it’s very good to prepare for the most important fight in my life!”
Michael Acri Boxing Promotions presents “Summer Brawl” tonight the VIP Tent at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The main event features Pittsburgh’s “Lightning” Rod Salka (11-0, 3 KOs) against Harold Orji (6-2, 3 KOs), of Laurel, Maryland. Several more bouts are scheduled showcasing top local talent. The doors open at 6:30p and the first bout is at 7:30p. Special ringside guest is former lightweight champion Paul Spadafora. A limited amount of tickets are still available at the box office.
Below are the official weights of tonight’s combatants:
Rod Salka 136 1/2 vs. Harold Orji 134 1/2
Paul Zalus 224 vs. David Martin 217 1/2
Jake Giuriceo 143 1/2 vs. Sam Gipson 143 1/2
Jason Bergman 255 vs. Ryan Thompson 240 1/2
Chris Hazimihalis 135 vs. Ryan Strickland 133 1/3
Sam Suska 160 vs. Romiro Bueno N/A
By Ricardo Conde
Photo by Goossen Tutor Promotions
WBA super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, CA retained his title on June 19, having dominated Allen Green (29-2, 20 KOs) over 12 rounds to win via unanimous decision at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. Andre Ward took time of out his busy schedule to sit down and talk to us about his fight with Allen Green, his fight with Mikkel Kessler, his upcoming fight with Andre Dirrell and a lot more. (more…)
Photo by Jose Perez/PRBB
Undefeated two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez took in game five in the finals of the Puerto Rico Basketball series Tuesday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez was part of the ceremonial first jump ball of the game between champions Vaqueros of Bayamon and Capitanes de Arecibo. Lopez will defend for the first time his WBO featherweight championship on Saturday, July 10 against Bernabe Concepcion at the Coliseo of Puerto Rico and will be televised by Showtime. Click here for more photos…
European super-middleweight champion Brian Magee has offered the ultimate incentive to tomorrow night’s Prizefighter Super Middleweight fighters – a shot at his title. The Prizefighter Super Middleweights take over York Hall in Bethnal Green live on Sky Sports on Wednesday evening and on top of the £32,000 for the winner, the possibility of a title fight with 35 year-old Magee is on the cards. “Brian will be watching tomorrow night’s action with great interest,” said manager Pat Magee. “He’s a big fan of Prizefighter and there is huge potential for him to take on the winner in his first European title defense.”
Below are the opening matchups (with weights):
Patrick Mendy (12st 1lb 9oz) v Sam Horton (12st 1lb 12oz)
Daniel Cadman (12st 1lb 10oz) v Eddie McIntosh (12st 1lb 13oz)
Jeff Evans (12st 1lb 6oz) v Peter Fedorenko (11st 13lb 10oz)
Carl Drake (12st 0lb 10oz) v Paul David (12st 2lb)
Reserves are Eder Kurti (11st 13lb 9oz) and Anthony Fitzgerald (12st 1lb 13oz)
Unbeaten Israeli cruiserweight Ran Nakash (24-0, 18 KOs) will face former world champion Lou Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) in a ten rounder on July 14 at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) at 7 West Ritner Street in South Philadelphia, PA. It will be the debut US show No Limits Promotions in association with Joey Eye Boxing Promotions. Tickets are $45, $75, and $100. Call 267-304-9399.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos by Victor Studio
During the 36th annual “Giants Award” dinner in Chicago, former WBC light heavyweight, IBF cruiserweight champion and now a top 5 ranked heavyweight Tomasz Adamek received a special, honorary belt from Muhammad Ali’s daughter Jamillah. “My father could not have picked a better candidate for this award,” said Jamillah. (more…)
Forrest Petz is probably the nicest guy you’ll meet with the nickname “The Meat Cleaver”, and that alone makes his return to the UFC this weekend to face talented up and comer Daniel “Ninja” Roberts welcome news. Well, that and the fact that I get to write “Meat Cleaver”, but I digress . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Orion Sports Management announced today that after IBF Super Bantamweight champion Steve Molitor sustained a leg injury in training, he will push back his fight against the UK’s Jason Booth until September 11th. “It’s unfortunate, but Steve has suffered a stress factor, and can’t properly train for Jason Booth. So it’s not a situation where we want to move this fight back,” said Allan Tremblay, President of Orion Sports Management. “It just needs to be done.”
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