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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

WBC closes 52nd annual convention

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman A busy final day of topics took place in Las Vegas today at the Mirage Hotel ...

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Stevenson, Sukhotskiy make weight

Stevenson, Sukhotskiy make weight

Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME Adonis Stevenson 174.5 vs. Dmitry Sukhotskiy 173.5 (WBC light heavyweight world championship) Jo Jo Dan 146.75 vs. Kevin Bizier 146.75 (IBF welterweight title ...

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best World boxing is back to Puerto Rico this Saturday, December 20, with Triple Crown presented by DIRECTV ...

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

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Stevenson, Sukhotskiy make weight

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014

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Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

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Boxing News

Broadway Boxing back on B’way!

DiBella Entertainment is bringing its signature series, Broadway Boxing, back to the place it was meant to be: under the bright lights of New York City. The popular series will return August 26th and BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square. The main event will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Joelo Torres (10-0-1, 6 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The undercard is already shaping up as former Olympian Argenis Mendez, unbeaten heavyweight Tor Hamer, and exciting youngsters Luis Del Valle and Eddie Irizarry are on tap to perform. “There’s no place like New York City for boxing, and there’s no place for boxing in New York City like BB Kings,” said promoter Lou DiBella. “It brings me great pleasure to bring the Broadway Boxing series back to Times Square, and I promise to deliver a night of hot, summer action.” Tickets are $55-$125. Call 212-947-2577.



July 24th, 2009



Boxing News

Rodriguez-Hlatshwayo undercard!

Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing has announced the undercard to the August 1 show at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT headlined by the clash for the vacant IBF Welterweight championship between Delvin Rodriguez and Isaac Hlatshwayo. In the co-feature, unbeaten U.S. Olympian Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (5-0, 4 KOs) meets veteran Chad Greenleaf (11-12-1, 5 KOs) in his first scheduled six round middleweight contest. Also, undefeated middleweight Tarvis Simms (24-0-1, 11 KOs) battles a TBA, welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (9-0, 5KO) faces journeyman Jessie Davis (11-13, 8KO), light heavyweight Yathomas Riley (6-0, 4 KOs) faces TBA and “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Maureen Shea (13-1, 7 KOs) takes on Lindsay Garbatt (2-2, 2 KOs). Tickets are $30-$125, on sale now through Ticketmaster.



July 24th, 2009


Announcement

Video: Lacy coming to win!


See video highlights of a Jeff Lacy interview!



July 24th, 2009

Announcement

Bowman heads to the mound!

Undefeated featherweight prospect Carney “Beeper” Bowman will head to the mound this Saturday night, July 25th at 7pm to throw out the first pitch before the baseball game between the York Revolution and the Somerset Patriots at Sovereign Bank Stadium.. . Click here for more



July 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Price back in action!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Popular Australian cruiserweight Danny Price (5-1-1, 3 KOs) will be in action Friday against Moses Ioelu (2-6) over eight rounds in the main event at Revesby Workers Club, Revesby, NSW, Australia. Price is a top drawcard and the ‘house full’ sign goes up every time he fights. In a supporting welterweight bout, Alex Ahtong (3-2-2) will clash with Jurland Ceniza (7-17-1, 4 KOs). Promoter is former outstanding Australian lightweight and welterweight Paul Nasari.



July 24th, 2009

Boxing News

Rogan-Sexton rematch is on!

Following the highly controversial ending of their first encounter, Martin Rogan and Sam Sexton had to meet again to settle their unfinished business once and for all. And promoter Frank Warren has done just that. The rematch between the two feuding heavyweights will take place on Friday 9th October at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast and it could eclipse the drama of their first fight. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing back in Baltimore!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Two interesting rematches will be the co-feature bouts on the Baltimore Pro Boxing card on Saturday, July 25 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The main event has undefeated Baltimore welterweight prospect James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson (9-0, 8 KOs) in an eight round rematch against Ken Dunham of Charlotte, NC (6-8, 4 KOs) that will be for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Americas and the North American Boxing Council (NABC) welterweight titles. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Giacon still unbeaten!

Hector Villarreal/Premium Boxing Promotions

Hector Villarreal/Premium Boxing Promotions

Spanish lightweight Luca Giacon (7-0, 7 KOs) extended his undefeated career to seven fights by destroying Panamanian Isaac Carpintero (2-4) on Tuesday night. At 1:13 of the second round, referee Abdiel Barragan stopped the fight scheduled for 6, the first of nine bouts presented at the Atlapa Convention Center in Panama City, Panama. In the main event, minimumweight Luis Alberto Rios (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Walter Tello (13-3, 6 KOs) in round four.



July 23rd, 2009

Announcement

‘Hook City’ goes green!

“Hook City” has gone green, using Australian import and 2-time world champion Danny “Green Machine” Green, that is, and environmental issues aside, rest assured, Al Gore will not be working his corner August 15th in Biloxi.

Green fights South American champion Julio Cesar “La Furia” Dominguez in the 12-round co-feature for the vacant IBO cruiserweight championship. 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



July 23rd, 2009

Announcement

Bowman takes on Placencia

Carney “Beeper” Bowman, the Fighting Pride of Central Pennsylvania, will battle hard hitting Dominican Delvin Placencia in the main event at “The Battle of York 4” on Saturday, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Stadium, home of the York Revolution baseball team . . . Click here for more



July 23rd, 2009

UFC

Torres delivers 1st pitch!

Photo: Matt Erickson, The Times of Northwest Indiana

Photo: Matt Erickson, The Times of Northwest Indiana

WEC® bantamweight champion Miguel Angel Torres throws out the first pitch at Thursday’s historic Chicago White Sox game. The 28-year-old, preparing for his Aug. 9 title defense against Brian Bowles at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, got the ball rolling for White Sox star Mark Buehrle. Following Torres’ lead, Buehrle threw an epic perfect game, leading Chicago past Tampa Bay 5-0 in Major League Baseball action.



July 23rd, 2009

Interview

Oquendo wants another title shot!

Interview by Jacob Chavez

Heavyweight veteran and two-time world title challenger Fres “The Big O” Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) returns to the ring this Friday in quest for another title shot. In his way stands former world champion Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-7, 36 KOs). The Oquendo vs. Seldon contest is the headliner of the 8 Count Production “Windy City Fight Night 4” event at the UIC Pavilion near Chicago’s downtown, where Oquendo fought just one month ago against a less than eager Mark Brown . . . Click here for more



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Beltway boxing update!

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Some interesting news coming out of the DC/Maryland/VA area. Smithsburg, MD junior welterweight Dean “Pit Bull” White (14-10-1, 7 KOs) taking on Ryan Belasco of New Castle, DE (11-2-3, 3 KOs) in an eight round main event for the WBF USA title on Friday, July 24 at Dover Downs in Dover, DE. White needs a win badly as he has lost five in a row. Belasco, meanwhile, is on a six bout winning streak. Two local pro boxers continue their dual roles as promoters by teaming up for an amateur show on Saturday, July 25. Baltimore, MD light heavyweight Mike “The Persecutor” Paschall and Columbia, MD junior middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter will co-promote a card at the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley-Campbell speak out!

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 a spirited conference call on Thursday to discuss 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. 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. Limited tickets are still available purchase online at www.HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling (800) 585-3737. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Shumenov-Campillo Update!

By Alexey Sukachev and Leonid Yuryev

As it was previously announced by Fightnews, Kazakh light heavyweight marvel Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs) will face the reigning WBA champion Gabriel Campillo (18-2-1, 6 KOs) for his title on August 15 in Kazakhstan. It was confirmed today by the sources at KZ Event Productions that this fight will land in Astana, the capital of the state. Kazakh president Nursultan Nazarbayev is invited to visit the show and he will most probably be in attendance for this match-up. WBA #7 (as well as the WBO #9 and the WBC #15) Shumenov will try to become the third ever world champion from Kazakhstan, following former cruiserweight star Vassily Jirov (IBF champion in 1999-2003) and super featherweight Anatoly Alexandrov (WBO titlist in 1998-1999). Should he be victorious in his ninth fight as a pro the next month, Beibut will also set a world record in his weight class for winning the title in a minimal number of bouts. The pro debut of former amateur standout Abzal Adambaev (at super featherweight limit) is expected in undercard in addition to previously announced fights.



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Hopoate defeats Mirovic!

Photo: Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com

Photo: Tim Barry/www.timbarry.wetpaint.com

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian heavyweight champion John Hopoate (12-3, 11 KOs) dominated Bob Mirovic (29-21-2, 20 KOs) in a rematch over ten rounds at the AIS arena, Canberra, ACT, Australia on Thursday. The powerful Hopoate, 253lbs, controlled the action in all the rounds as he bulldozed the 6.5″ Mirovic, 264 lbs, and consistently connected with hard head and body shots that visibly hurt the veteran. A right hand to the head in round seven staggered Mirovic but he remained upright and in round eight Big Bob complained to the referee Brian McMahon that Hoppa was trying to break his arm in the clinches. In their first fight in 2008 Mirovic’s arm was broken. Both fighters were fatigued in rounds nine and ten and at the conclusion Hopoate was declared the winner by scores Anthony Shipley 99-90, Pat Oconnell 97-94, Bernie McMahon 99-91. For more details and photos click here…



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Chavez Jr. returns Sept. 5!

Will headline Latin Fury 11

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will return to action on Sept. 5 on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11 in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Chavez was slated to headline Saturday’s show in the same city, but was forced to pull out after a rib injury hampered his training. His opponent and the entire fight card will soon be announced…..



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Qunitero to face Harris!

Talented, once beaten prospect Marvin Quintero (16-1, 12 KOs) hopes to continue his ascension through the ranks with a win over hard hitting veteran Tyrone Harris (23-5, 15 KOs) in a 10 round junior lightweight bout on Friday, July 31, live on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature, undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (10-0, 8 KOs) will take on knockout artist Andre Wilson (11-2-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round bantamweight bout. The event is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and will originate from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

New foe for Segura!

Sonny Boy Jaro of the Philippines has a visa problem and cannot travel to Mexico this weekend. His replacement will be Juanito Rubillar (46-12-7, 22 KOs) who will take on Giovani Segura in a world title bout on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 on Saturday night. This will be the fourth world title try for Rubillar, the most recent being last November against Edgar Sosa. Rubillar hails from Manila, Philippines. The Pay Per View fight card will begin 9 pm eastern/6 pm pacific.



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Clottey book in the works!

Author Toby Rogers is putting finishing touches on his new book “The Lion: The Untold Story of Boxer Joshua Clottey” which will soon be published by Thunder Mountain Press. Rogers said “….The Lion traces the life of Joshua Clottey back to his humble beginnings, from his ascension from the streets of Accra Ghana, to one of the top fighters in the world. We chronicle his highs and lows in and out of the ring in a way that gives the reader a ringside view of the exciting world of boxing and one of its key players.”



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Latin Fury 10 heats up!

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina-Top Rank

Neither spoke directly to each other, but both Urbano Antillon and Miguel Acosta told everyone they are coming to win a championship and will everything they can to win the title on Saturday night. Antillon (26-0, 19 KO’s) of Maywood, California and Acosta (25-3-2, 19 KO’s) of Caracas Venezuela will battle for the WBA Interim lightweight championship in the main event to Latin Fury 10 to be telecast live on Pay Per view by Top Rank from Tepic, Nayarit. Click here for more photos…



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Camacho-Cardona presser!

Photo: David Finger

Photo: David Finger

By David Finger

For come-backing junior middleweight contender Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. and former NABF and USBA lightweight champion Israel “Pito” Cardona, things started off with a bang this Saturday in Cleveland as the first press event for “Latino Invasion” kicked off with nearly ten thousand fans at the Cleveland Municipal Field to witness the two Puerto Ricans set the stage for their August 29th showdown. In attendance for the press conference, which took place during Cleveland ‘s annual Puerto Rican Parade, was Promoter Zef Ramirez (of Zeferino Entertainment) as well as Camacho and Cardona, who are on a collision course to fight for the vacant WBC Caribbean federation light middleweight Title. Also in attendance were Co-Promoter and current WBF Champion Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson and Mickey Bey Jr. along with his brother, fellow prospect Cortez Bey. Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson is scheduled to battle with current WBC/USNBC light middleweight champion Billy Bailey, while #1 ranked NABO contender Mickey Bey Jr. and his brother Cortez will return home to Cleveland in highly anticipated homecoming fights. For more details and photos click here…



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Ruiz to block Valuev-Haye?

Team Ruiz has already contacted the WBA inform the WBA Championship Committee that WBA mandatory challenger, and two-time WBA heavyweight John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs), will not stand by and allow the reported title fight between champion Nikolai Valuev and David Haye Valuev-Haye in November. Despite reports from both camps, Valuev-Haye has not been sanctioned as a WBA title fight, and cannot be without a special permit being requested, filed and passed. Ruiz is the mandatory challenger, Valuev’s deadline for his yearly mandatory defense is August 30, and Haye isn’t rated by the WBA. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Alexander sharp in workout!

Photo: Bob Barton

Photo: Bob Barton/DKP

Undefeated World Boxing Council No. 1 ranked super lightweight and mandatory challenger Devon Alexander “The Great” opened his final workout today to the media in his hometown Marquette Gym in St. Louis prior to departing for Rancho Mirage, Calif., to make his first appearance in a world championship boxing match. Alexander will face former WBC super lightweight champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter on Aug. 1 for the same title that was recently vacated by Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley, who, ironically, is fighting on the same SHOWTIME televised doubleheader (9 p.m. ET/PT) at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort and Spa against former unified lightweight world champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell. For more details and photos click here…



July 23rd, 2009

Scale Watch

At the scales in El Paso

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Photo: Chris Cozzone

Weights by Felix Chavez & Ricardo Trujillo

From the Casa Ford dealership in El Paso, Tex., for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy Promotions’ “Blaze of Glory” card at the Don Haskins Center, televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”:

Antonio Escalante 124 vs. Cornelius Lock 122.25
Juan Velasquez 122.75 vs. Jose Barranza 121.25
Carlos Velasquez 128.25 vs. Juan Nazario 128.25
Abie Han 157 vs. Brian Soto 154.75
Cesar Valenzuela 135.25 vs. Miguel Buendia 137
Saul Morales 126 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 126.75
Robert Luna 142.25 vs. Tomondre King 146

For more photos of today’s weigh-in, check out NewMexicoBoxing



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Viloria-Iribe in the works!

By Lee Bates

A proposed match between newly crowned IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (25-2, 15 KOs) and former world title challenger Jesus Iribe (15-5-5, 9 KOs) could happen September 5th pending IBF approval. Viloria dethroned Ulises Solis by 11th round KO in his last bout in the Philippines this past April. Iribe would enter the bout having fought two current world champions in IBF minimumweight king Raul Garcia (before Garcia was champion) losing to him in 2007 and WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa losing to him by 12 round decision in February of 2008. Site and more information will be released at a later time.



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Seldon ready for Oquendo!

This Friday night, former WBA heavyweight champion of the world Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon will take on former two time world title challenger Fres Oquendo, in Chicago, and Seldon just wrapped up what he calls the most complete camp he has ever had. Seldon has been training relentlessly for a fight that he is touting as “My heavyweight championship fight.” (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

TONIGHT: Through the Ropes!

Guests: Nate Campbell and Ken Hershman

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 Nate Campbell and SHOWTIME’s Ken Hershman. 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.



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Marquez: I’m stronger than ever!

Photo: Golden Boy

Photo: Golden Boy

Reports out of Mexico City, where five-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is back in training for his scheduled September 19 PPV clash against Floyd Mayweather (Mayweather vs. Marquez “Number One/Numero Uno”), confirm that Marquez is bigger, stronger and punching “to the body” harder than ever as he pushes his training regime to new heights in preparation for his ultimate challenge against Mayweather. Eyewitnesses say it’s evident that not only is Marquez bigger, but his training includes a special focus on body work and technique as he looks to defeat the undefeated Mayweather, a six-time world champion in five weight divisions. “I know where he’s been hurt and I’m going for it,” said Marquez. “He is vulnerable now and I will take advantage of his weakness with a body attack that emphasizes two things-the right and the left.” For more details and photos click here…



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Wladimir: Haye unprofessional!

Wladimir Klitschko has ripped David Haye and his team for pulling out of a September 12 fight against his brother Vitali Klitschko in Frankfurt. “Already during the negotiations for my June fight, we realized quickly that Haye and Booth are very unprofessional. Booth might be a good trainer but as a manager he is simply incompetent. David always had a big mouth and tried to offend us with ridiculous self-made t shirts. But when it comes up to step into the ring and show what he’s got, he runs away. He even admits that fighting Valuev is the easier way. For me Haye is a little, inexperienced kid who is afraid of his own courage. Doubtless, my brother would have knocked him out within the first four rounds.” (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Valuev-Haye confirmed!

The Russian Giant Nikolai Valuev will defend his WBA Heavyweight Title against David Haye on November 7. “It is a done deal,” Kalle Sauerland confirmed. “The contracts have been signed. The fight will fascinate boxing fans all over the world.” Up-and-coming Haye has left his mark with a staggering record of 22-1 (21 KOs) and confident statements. “It is about time that someone teaches him a lesson,” Sauerland added. “I am sure Niko will be more than happy to do that.” Team Sauerland was keen to organise a unification clash between the Russian Giant and WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, but manager Wilfried Sauerland did not hear back from the Ukrainian’s team following positive conversations. (more…)



July 23rd, 2009

Announcement

Video: Jones-Lacy presser

See video highlights of the Jones, Jr.-Lacy press conference!



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Latin Fury 10 Program Online!

program

Jimenez Communications Inc and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the seventh edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday as the official program of “Furia Latina, Riviera Nayarit” to be held at the Palenque in Tepic, Nayarit , Mexico on Saturday. The magazine includes stories on world champion Giovani Segura, undefeated world title challenger, Urbano Antillon of Maywood, California who will be fighting for this first world title when he takes on Miguel Acosta of Venezuela as well as a feature article about Riviera Nayarit a world class resort in Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit. The 24-page glossy souvenir magazine also has a feature on local hero Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas as well as world title challenger Sony Boy Jaro of the Philippines. “We are very excited about our second official program for 2009 that has so much to offer and via our digital issue more fans all over the world will have an opportunity to enjoy this once in a lifetime edition,” said Rafael Soto, editor of Boxeo La Revista. The digital edition of the magazine can be found here. Latin Fury 10 is a promoted by Top Rank Inc, Promociones Zanfer and the Nayarit State Goverment and will be televised live in the United States from El Palenque de la Feria de Tepic Nayarit on Pay-per-view by Top Rank Inc.



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

South Africa Boxing Buzz!

By Ron Jackson

Manelisi Mbilase defends his South African featherweight title against Thando Vukuza at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Mbilase (10-3, 2 KOs) won the vacant title at Carletonville in October last year on a highly disputed points decision against Vukuza who has a reported record of (5-4-1). In their first fight , Vukuza appeared to have ouboxed Mbilase, but the judges decided otherwise. Even Nick Durandt who was Mbilase’s trainer at the time admitted that his fighter was lucky to get the decision. Boxing SA ordered a rematch and at one time when no promoter was prepared to put the fight they considered having the fight in a gymnasium with no payment to the boxers in terms of the Boxing Act. Both fight from the southpaw stance and have rather patchy records in a fight that is expected to go the distance once again. However, Vukuza must be favored to gain revenge and take the title.
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Meanwhile it has been reported that Robs Promotions will present a tripleheader in Bloemfontein on August 7. Topping the bill will be William Gare who will defend his WBF super middleweight belt against Rigoberto Alvarez (22-0, 16 KOs) from Mexico. Alvarez is the Mexican super middleweight champion and rated at #14 by the WBC. WBF lightweight champion Mlungisi Dlamini faces Francisco Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic (33-5, 14 KOs). Lorenzo holds wins over the highly rated Nate Campbell, Cristobal Cruz (twice) and Humberto Soto. Bongani Mwelase fights Attila Kovacs (25-3, 7 KOs) of Hungary for the vacant WBF super middleweight belt.
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On August 28 Lbubalo Msutu defends his WBF bantamweight belt against Nick Otieno (18-2, 7 KOs) of Kenya in East London.
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Francois Botha is scheduled to defend his WBF heavyweight belt at a venue to be announced in Europe sometime in October.



July 23rd, 2009

Boxing News

Bradley: Business as usual!

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions

It ‘s not easy trying to stay cool this time of year when you reside in the desert community of North Palm Springs, Calif., where temperatures hover around or top 100 degrees nearly every day and night. Factor in the heat former undisputed lightweight champion Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell is expected to bring on Saturday, Aug. 1, and one might expect unbeaten world junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley to be a tad on edge these days. But less than two weeks away from the biggest and perhaps toughest fight of his career, “Desert Storm” not only is coping with the elements in and out of the ring, but he is relishing the opportunity to prove that he is the No. 1 140 pounder in the world. For more, plus photos, click here…



July 23rd, 2009




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