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On Friday, September 4th, 19-year-old “Marvelous” Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) tries to become one of the youngest world boxing champions of the modern era, when he takes on hard-hitting WBO junior bantamweight world champion Jose Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) in the co-main event of Rumble at Rama IX in Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. Former IBF junior featherweight champ “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (29-1, 11 KOs) highlights the evening’s other co-feature, opposite an opponent still to be determined. (more…)
By Jose Reyes
Unbeaten former WBC youth welterweight title holder James De La Rosa (19-0, 12 KOs) claims he is now a free agent. The move was announced by manager/trainer Danny Smith who is preparing to move the young welterweight prospect “The King” into position for his run at a world welterweight title. “Being a free agent is great, you know Cavazos did a really good job getting him to where he got him and Dino did a great job getting us a couple of television fights but they don’t have a big stable and they don’t have guaranteed TV dates. We need to be with someone that can really showcase this young kid so the world can see. James brings excitement to the ring because he comes to fight to win by knock out or be knocked out, which is what people really want to see,” stated Danny Smith. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
It is really make or break for former IBF junior lightweight champion Mzonke Fana when he meets South African champion Jasper Seroka in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena on Friday night. The winner will earn the right to challenge the victor of the upcoming August 22 fight in Houston, Texas between champion Malcolm Klassen and Robert Guerrero. Fana from Khayelitsha in the Western Cape, is at a crucial time in his career. At 35-years-of-age, he needs to be at his best to try to regain the IBF junior lightweight belt that he lost to Cassius Baloyi in April of last year. Fana is ranked at number four in the most recent IBF ratings and Seroka from Namkgale in Limpopo comes in at the tenth spot. (more…)
Four of the world’s top 140-pound fighters will go at it Saturday as WBO 140-pound champion Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., faces challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) LIVE on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140-pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2-rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. The biggest boxing event in the history of The Coachella Valley in Southern California will emanate from The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. It will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Thompson Boxing Promotions in association with Don King Productions and Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa. (more…)
Enrique Ornelas 167.4 vs Roberto Baro 167.2
Charles Huerta 125 vs Derrick Wilson 124.4
Carlos Molina 138.4 vs Eber Luis Perez 135.4
Ricky Lopez 123.6 vs Eder Peralta 123
Luis Ramos Jr. 135 vs Sandro Marcos 134.8
Herman Binek 244.4vs Yohan Banks 260.4
Ronny Rios 126.2 vs Rodrigo Aranda 124.4
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
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A pair of young lightweight prospects battling to get to the next level, Verquan “The Show” Kimbrough and Jason “The American Boy” Litzau, have been added to the August 15th “Hook City” pay per view event in a 10-round Special Attraction.
The “Hook City” pay-per-view show, headlined by two of the best left-hook punchers in boxing, 8-time world boxing champion Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) and former 2-time super middleweight title-holder Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs, will air live from the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi. . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
Throughout ring history, older fighters have been putting on great performances. Bob Fitzsimmons was a light-heavy champ at the age of 39 back in the early 1900s, Ageless Archie Moore was great in his late 30s, Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Carmen Basilio at the age of 36 and fought a draw with the much younger Gene Fullmer at 39, George Foreman was heavyweight champion at 45 while more recently Bernard Hopkins and Sugar Shane Mosley seem to have been sipping at the fountain of youth. Now we have Nate Campbell, 37 years young, attempting to win the WBO junior welter title from Timothy Bradley, a mere whippersnapper of 25, in Showtime’s main event from Rancho Mirage, CA on Saturday . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten lightweight Anthony Peterson of Washington, D.C. is training under water to get ready for Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 title card on August 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. It’s all part of Peterson’s plan to strengthen his right knee which was twisted during a long run while he was preparing for a fight in February. Barry Hunter, chief trainer for Peterson, put together a training game plan: 12 laps to warm up, a series of squats, running and shadow boxing – all in the water. “After I train in the gym I head to the Rec Center (in Washington, D.C.) and get into the pool,” said Peterson, who will fight Luis Arceo of Mexico. “It’s hard work in the water – I can hold my breath 2 minutes, 5 seconds – but worth it. I feel fantastic and I am ready to fight. Peterson was initially injured when he was scheduled to fight Edner Cherrry on the Miguel Cotto vs. Michael Jennings fight card at Madison Square Garden. “I was running, heard something in my right knee, stopped and then got it examined,” said Peterson. “It was bad enough where I could not fight on Feb. 17. However, I am now healthy and ready to go.” Tickets for Pinoy Power 2, which features ‘The Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire vs. Rafael Concepcion, are $200, $100, $50 and are available at www.ticketmaster.com
Anthony’s brother Lamont, chief trainer Barry Hunter and Top Rank matchmaker Brad Goodman will be at ringside this weekend for the Timothy Bradley vs. Nate Campbell title fight at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lamont is in line to fight the winner. Bradley is the WBO 140-pound world champion, Lamont is the WBO interim 140-pound champion. “I just want to see Bradley and Campbell up close,” said Hunter.
Donald ‘Lone Star Cobra’ Curry, the former world welterweight champion, said today there is “something very special about Manny Pacquiao. I don’t know exactly what it is but he could have easily competed successfully against all of the great welterweights in the 1980s.” Curry is living in Fort Worth, Texas, where he looking to train upcoming fighters.
Living legend George Foreman introduced the “next American champion,” son George “Monk” Foreman III, today at Smokey’s Pit Stop in El Paso, Texas. “Monk” Foreman, 1-0, 1 KO, headlines a card 45 miles away in Las Cruces, N.M., Friday night. Look for a story on George and George tomorrow morning.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former amateur champion Greg Eadie (7-0, 3 KOs) will challenge Brendan Batty (15-18, 11 KOs) for the vacant Australian 130 pound title on Friday at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Eadie who is the son of a former welterweight star of the 1970’s, Ross Eadie, who battled Aussie great Hector Thompson in three savage encounters. Thompson went eight rounds in world lightweight title bout against the great Roberto Duran in Panama City. On the undercard: WBO#14 heavyweight Alex Lepai (16-3-2, 12 KOs) will punch it out with 6’1, 240 pound, Japanese Masataka Takehara (6-3-1, 2 KOs) who is coming off a loss via decision to Brian Fitzgerald last Friday. 6’0 and 245 pound Lepai is trained by Noel Thornberry and was born in Samoa but is based in Australia. Promoter and matchmaker: Steve Dellar. (more…)
Devon Alexander “The Great” knows the big knock against him: He’s young and lacks experience. But that’s not going to stop the 22-year-old from putting on a show for the SHOWTIME viewing audience come Saturday night during the first half of a world championship doubleheader. The undefeated No. 2-rated Alexander (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC belt that Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley Jr., voluntarily relinquished. Their eagerly awaited showdown will air live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) and will precede the 140-pound world title fight between unbeaten WBO 140-pound champion Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt-holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance between the two promoters. The newly formed relationship has three major goals including to capitalize on the global impact of the sport of boxing; give the fighters within the promotional stables of Golden Boy Promotions and Universum Box Promotions the opportunity to display their talents on a global platform rather than just a national platform; and focus on the joint development of venue, sponsorship and network relationships on an international level. The two companies executed a co-promotional agreement which covers several world champions including junior middleweight world champion Sergeii Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KO’s) and interim super lightweight world champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KO’s), who is the mandatory challenger to WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, as well as a handful of young rising stars such as highly-ranked middleweight Gennady Golovkin. Golovkin, who owns a perfect professional record of 17-0 with 14 KO’s, is one of boxing’s most promising prospects and is well known for his who’s who list of amateur conquests over the likes of Lucien Bute, Andre Dirrell, Andy Lee and Matt Korobov. (more…)
With training just about over, Carney “Beeper” Bowman, is anxious to return to the ring this Saturday night, August 1st in the main event at “The Battle of York 4” against Delvin Placencia at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium.
“I love to fight and Saturday night has worked best for me in York. The fans in York have always been very supportive and this Saturday’s show at the baseball stadium has really turned into a huge event here” said Bowman. (more…)
On behalf of Team Sauerland, General Manager Chris Meyer has successfully obtained a Danish promoter license from the Danish Professional Boxing Federation (DPBF). It will enable the Berlin-based promoters to stage events in Denmark. Mikkel Kessler´s mandatory defence against Gusmyl Perdomo in Herning on September 12 will kick off the cooperation. “We are looking forward to working with Team Sauerland,” DPBF chairman Jesper D. Jensen said. “Together we want to further increase the popularity of boxing in Denmark.” (more…)
On August 1st, Star Boxing’s welterweight prospect Raymond “Tito” Serrano (9-0, 5KO) will look to stay undefeated when he takes on Jessie Davis (11-13, 8KO) on the undercard of the Delvin Rodriguez vs. Issac Hlatswahyo matchup for the vacant IBF Welterweight Championship of the World. Rodriguez vs. Hlatshwayo will be a rematch of their highly entertaining draw that took place back in November of last year. The Star Boxing promoted card will be held at the beautiful Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. (more…)
It’s a debate that captivates the mixed martial arts community. Who is the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter? Champions like BJ Penn, Georges St-Pierre, Anderson Silva, Lyoto Machida and Brock Lesnar often get the most recognition, but perhaps the most dominant title holder is one who weighs just 135-pounds.
Miguel Angel Torres, the reigning WEC® bantamweight champion, has lost just once in his nine-year career and is currently riding a 17-fight winning streak. What’s more, since winning the title via submission over Chase Beebe in 2008, Torres has left his mark on the bantamweight division with three masterful championship defenses. (more…)
Junior “The Hitter” Witter believes he can embarrass Amir Khan into a major world title unification bout should he return from the U.S. this weekend with his old WBC belt. Witter will try to regain his junior welterweight world crown in California on Saturday night when he goes up against unbeaten Devon Alexander. The Bradford, England native is confident that he can emerge victorious and line up a unification clash with recently crowned WBA champ Khan. “I think I’m the last guy Khan wants to meet, but it would be a natural unification fight for the U.K.” said Witter. “Ricky Hatton avoided me for long enough when he was world champ and I’m sure Khan won’t want to get the same reputation, but it would be a short nights work for me – I’d knock him out inside 3 rounds.” (more…)
The personal coach for reigning Finnish national and Baltic (BBU) heavyweight champion Juho Haapoja, Petro “El Caramelito” Koskimies is promoting his second pro boxing show on August 8th in Ulvila, Finland. Promoted under the “Caramelito Promotions” banner, this will be the first outdoor boxing event in Finland in 14 years. The card will take place in a local Finnish baseball stadium and be headlined by former amateur star Janne “Finnish Butterbean” Katajisto. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Grant Fourie was in scintillating form when he returned to his best in scoring a third round technical knockout over Amos Nhlapho in a scheduled six round lightweight bout at the Emperors Palace Casino near Kempton Park on Tuesday night. A well conditioned Fourie (134.5) came out slowly in the first round as he worked behind the jab against the hesitant Nhlapho (131.8). However, in the second round, Fourie picked up the pace before catching Nhlapho with a left hook to the jaw that put him down for a count. (more…)
Ex-WBA lightweight world champion Freddie “Li’l Hagler” Norwood (42-3-1, 23 KOs) has been added to Thursday night’s “Noche de Boxeo” card at the El Monte Expo Center in El Monte, California. For the 39-year-old Norwood, it will be his first fight in 14 months since losing back-to-back fights against Johnnie Edwards. Norwood will face Jose Celaya (31-4, 16 KOs) in a welterweight clash. Also, an opponent for former WBO super featherweight champ Mike Anchondo (28-2, 19 KOs) has been named. “Mighty Mike” will move up in weight to face Nicaragua’s Octavio Narváez (7-4, 4 KOs), in a welterweight match. Also, welterweights Aarón Martínez (10-1-1, 3 KOs) and Santiago Pérez (11-2-2, 2 KOs) will meet in an eight-rounder. Pérez is the son of the legendary Ultiminio “Sugar” Ramos.
By Johnny B’
It was recently reported that former world champion Rocky Lockridge is homeless and living on the streets of Camden, New Jersey. Sadly the 50-year-old former two-time super featherweight king is estranged from his family and by his own admission, has abused drugs and alcohol for more than two decades. (More)
Unbeaten WBO 140 pound champion Timothy “Desert Storm’’ Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) of North Palm Springs, Calif., and challenger and former unified lightweight belt holder Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) participated in an open workout on Tuesday, just days before their eagerly awaited showdown on Saturday, Aug. 1, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Bradley-Campbell scheduled 12-rounder will follow a second 140 pound world title fight on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. In the first half of a world championship doubleheader, undefeated, No. 2 rated Devon Alexander “The Great’’ (18-0, 11 KOs) of St. Louis will face No. 3 Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) of England for the WBC strap that Bradley voluntarily relinquished. Alexander participated in Tuesday’s workout, but Witter was unable to participate as he had to complete his medical examinations. (more…)
The story of Timothy Bradley’s boxing career and the road that led to the August 1st match against Nate Campbell.
The flashy and charismatic Campbell shocked the boxing world in 2008 with his victory over then undefeated WBA, IBF and WBO champ Juan Diaz. The hard-hitting veteran is showing no signs of slowing down and aims to become a two-division world champion.
By Craig Watt
When Australian boxer Danny Green (26-3, 23 KOs) takes on Argentinean Julio Cesar Dominguez (20-4, 14 KOs) on August 15th in Biloxi, Mississippi, he has the chance to join an elite club of boxers who have won world titles at three different weights. The fight with Dominguez is for the vacant IBO cruiserweight title and provides a chance to add to previous world honors as WBA light heavyweight and WBC super middleweight champion. The 36-year-old from Perth, Western Australia is known as the “Green Machine” and relishes the challenge that lies await in his trip to the US and the incentive not only to win the IBO cruiserweight title but also entice Roy Jones Jr to Melbourne in November in which many predict will be the biggest fight in Australian boxing history. (more…)
We have more details on the August 19th Winky Wright Promotions show at the M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City. Former world title challenger Omar Sheika (27-9, 18 KOs) returns after his PPV showdown with Roy Jones Jr. to face unbeaten Andy Hubinger (13-0, 10 KOs) in the ten-round light heavyweight co-feature. Unbeaten middleweight Peter Quillin (20-0, 15 KOs), aka “Kid Chocolate,” will face an opponent to be named in the main event. Also in action will be featherweight Eilon Keden (9-2-4, 7 KOs) against TBA, plus a four round heavyweight clash between Chris Hancock (5-0, 3 KOs) and Shawn McLean (3-4).
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced that the first 100 children, 10 years and under, will receive an autographed boxing glove signed by The Fighting Pride of Central Pennsylvania, Carney “Beeper” Bowman this Saturday night, August 1st, at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium . . . Click here for more
Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. is in training camp in California, PA, thirty minutes south of Pittsburgh preparing for his August 15 “Hook City” showdown against Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer, Jr.
UFC 101 is aptly titled named Declaration. The organization’s first foray into Philadelphia marks the return of one its most charismatic and outspoken champions. “The Prodigy”B.J. Penn (13-5-1) hopes to rebound from a one sided beating at the hands of Georges St-Pierre at UFC 94 and continue to cement his legacy as one of the sports best pound-for-pound fighters . . . Click here for more
Funeral services for Vernon Forrest will be held on Monday, August 3 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. ET at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Georgia, 6400 Woodrow Road, Lithonia, GA 30038 (Church phone is 770-696-9600). Arrangements should be sent directly to the church and/or donations can be made in Vernon’s name to the Georgia Amateur Boxing Association (501ce), 2195 Emerald Drive, Jonesboro, GA 30236 ( 770-471-1080), Attn: Buddy Davis, President
Below is information on services for promoter Octavius James who tragically passed away last Friday night at the age of 36.
Viewing: Friday from 12-6PM
Funeral Service: Saturday at 1PM
Location: New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
2307 Rhode Island St. Gary, IN 46407
The photo below was taken at the weigh-in for One In A Million’s last promotion. L-R: Tyree Ortiz (General Manager), Carlos Jones (team trainer), Octavius C. James, David Martin III (team member).
DiBella Entertainment and Resnick Productions are teaming up to bring the next installment of “Fight Night at Frontier” to boxing fans at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY on August 13. Headlining the show will be jr middleweight Ronald Hearns (21-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, against Patrick Thompson (15-14-1, 5 KOs). The undercard will showcase a pair of local fighters being co-promoted by Lou DiBella and Ron Resnick, Willie Monroe, Jr. (5-0, 2 KOs), and Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield (0-0), along with DBE light heavyweight prospect out of Detroit, Isiah Thomas (4-0, 4 KOs) and rising super middleweight Jonathan Nelson (10-0, 5 KOs), a stablemate of former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor. Tickets are $25-$100. Call 585-423-9464.
Two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) has signed a promotional pact with Golden Boy Promotions. Guzman has held WBO world titles in the 122lb and 130lb weight divisions. He is now campaigning in the lightweight division. A date and opponent for Guzman’s first bout under the Golden Boy banner will be announced shortly.
WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight champ, Tommy Karpency (17-1-1, 11 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, August 21st at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. The 23-year-old Karpency will defend his WBA Fedecentro belt over 10 rounds against undefeated challenger Chuck Mussachio (13-0-2, 5 KOs). Promoted by Simons’ Promotions and beginning at 8pm, the six bout card will also feature middleweight prospect Jimmy Lubash (13-2, 6 KOs) in a six rounder. For ticket info, contact Steve Simons at (304) 290-0291.
Talented WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel “Viking Warrior’’ Kessler of Copenhagen, Denmark, will make his eagerly awaited debut on SHOWTIME earlier than expected. One of the early favorites in the upcoming Super Six World Boxing Classic™, Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) will make a mandatory title defense against No. 1 rankedGusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME, Sept. 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). (more…)
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