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By Robert Perea at ringside
Almost as soon as the verdict was announced, many at ringside began speculating on whether Jesse Brinkley’s performance in a 10-round unanimous decision over Mike Paschall was enough to earn him the big money bout he’s been seeking. Brinkley himself had far more pressing issues on his mind. “I want to go catch an 8-pound bass out of a bass pond,” he said. Brinkley (34-5-0, 22 KOs), of Yerington, NV overcame conditioning issues, a cut between his eyes from an accidental head butt and a game effort by Paschall, of Baltimore, MD for his eighth consecutive win before a crowd of 2,226 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV. Judges Burt Clements and Herb Santos each scored the bout 97-93, while C.J. Ross had it 96-94. Fightnews.com had it 97-93 for Brinkley. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) of Providence, RI successfully defended his NABF cruiserweight title with an one-sided, ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Shawn “Sioux Warrior” Hawk (18-1, 16 KOs) of Sioux Falls, SD this past Friday at The Arena in Philadelphia, PA. In the co-feature, Chris “Hard Hittin’” Henry (24-2, 19 KOs) of Houston, TX survived an early shelling before going on to stop Shaun George (18-3-2, 19 KOs) of Brooklyn, NY in the sixth round of a scheduled ten round light heavyweight bout. The card was promoted by Shalyte Entertainment in association with CES Boxing, and was televised live on the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights series. (More)
On July 16th, two of Joe DeGuardia’s brightest stars, “The New” Ray Robinson (10-0, 4 KOs) and Yathomas Riley (5-0, 3 KOs) will look to stay unbeaten as they battle it out against two tough veterans on the Star Boxing promoted show at the beautiful Hilton Rye Town Hotel in Rye Brook, NY. (more…)
The saying goes that “the numbers don’t lie.” If that’s the case, the World Extreme Cagefighting® card on Aug. 9 at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV should be one of the most entertaining of the year. Headlined by a title bout and filled with vicious strikers, menacing grapplers, and exciting clashes, WEC: Torres vs. Bowles will undoubtedly prove why the WEC is home to the best light weight fighters in the world. (more…)
As the old adage proclaims, everything is bigger and better in Texas. On Saturday, September 19th, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) will prove it as the organization brings one of the most talent-rich events of the year to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 103. Featuring four pivotal bouts with world title implications as well as a main event still to be announced, the star power on the UFC card, which includes Mike Swick vs. Martin Kampmann, Efrain Escudero vs. Cole Miller, Josh Koscheck vs. Frank Trigg and Tyson Griffin vs. Hermes Franca, will more than light up the Texas night . . . Click here for more
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (31-2-1, 13 KOs) and challenger Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) met head-to-head today to discuss their world title showdown on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. “Body shots,” said Khan. “Kotelnik is a fighter who keeps his guard very high so I think the body shots are going to work as well as the angles, I’ve got to hit and move. In and out movement is also going to work, but he’s a counter fighter so I have to be one step ahead of him every time. The key to victory is being patient and using my brains, being careful in the fight and just not making the mistakes we made in the last few fights.” Kotelnik stated, “If I win this fight it will open the road to further fights, especially in America. Every fight is very important to me and for every fight I train really hard. Nobody can make any predictions, it all depends on what opportunities my opponent gives me to do what I want to do.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has announced that the next “KO to Drugs Boxing Festival” will take place on September 5 at the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City, Panama. The main event will be a WBA interim flyweight title fight between Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Omar Salado. The co-feature will be a clash between former WBO champion Daniel Ponce De Leon against Roineth Caballero in a WBA featherweight eliminator. It was also announced that Oscar de la Hoya with fight a charity exhibition match against WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. The card will include nine fights and tickets start at $10.
WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik is in Manchester, England to defend his world title against the British challenger Amir Khan on Saturday at the M.E.N. Arena. When the Universum star and his trainer Michael Timm arrived, one of the first stops for the big soccer fan and admitted Manchester United supporter was a visit to the Old Trafford stadium. (more…)
All six superstars, their promoters, and SHOWTIME Sports Senior VP & GM Ken Hershman, were present in Berlin today as the Super Six World boxing classic PR tour hit Germany. After an official press conference in the grand ballroom of the renowned Hotel Adlon, the six fighters posed in front of the Brandenburg Gate in the Berlin sun. It certainly was an event to remember, with six top athletes and their famous promoters sharing the same podium. Undefeated Olympic gold medal winner Andre Ward came face-to-face with his rivals for the first time after missing the previous presentations due to the flu. “It is great to be here,” he said. “I really wanted to make the effort and come here after I could not attend the events in New York and Copenhagen. I am thrilled to participate and I am very confident I will win.” (more…)
Promoter Brian Young of Prize Fight Promotions is returning to the Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi on Saturday, July 18th with a five bout fight card. Historically, this boxing series “Fights at the Fitz” has been immensely popular with local fans, and every event is a sell out . . . click here for more
ESPN Radio 1100 will broadcast live from The Palms Casino Hotel & Resort, for 24 straight hours beginning July 24, 2009 at 6 am to benefit The Caring Place . . . Click here for more
Five-time world champion Vinny Paz will have a special book signing of his biography, “Fight Or Die: The Vinny Paz Story,” July 17th at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, prior to the “Braggin’ Rights” Pro-Am boxing card, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES). Books will be available to purchase and have signed by “The Pazmanian Devil” between 5:30-7:30 PM in the entrance area of the Event Center. Eddie Soto and Sean Eklund will battle in a six round rematch in addition to undefeated junior welterweight Hank Lundy taking on Josh Beeman. Contact CES (401.724.2253/2254/www.cesboxing.com) or the Twin River Event Center (877.82.RIVER/ www.twinriver.com) for more information. Doors open at 5:30 PM/ET, first bout at 6:30 PM/ET. (more…)
By David Finger
The city of Cleveland, Ohio prepares to gear up for one of the most exciting fight cards to hit the Buckeye state this year as Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. looks to resurrect his career in ten round junior middleweight fight to be broadcast on live on Pay-Per-View. The card, which is already taking on a spirited “Puerto Rico versus Puerto Rico” tone, features Camacho Jr. (48-3-1, 27 KOs) as he takes on the tough Puerto Rico contender Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-9, 28 KOs) in a ten round bout for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light middleweight title . Although Camacho’s weight has been an issue in the past, it appears as if the slick Puerto Rican has rededicated himself to the sport and is primed to make a run for a world title fight at junior middleweight. Most boxing insiders felt that Camacho’s best weight is at 154 or less, a theory that was given a great deal of credence when he won an impressive decision over Sammy Sparkman in his last fight (in which he weighed in at 157 pounds). With a dominant win over Cardona, Camacho would not only capture a WBC title, but could find himself in the top ten of the WBC world rankings. (more…)
IBF#12, WBC#19 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (19-7, 3 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday July 31st at the Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia. Coming off his biggest career win against previously undefeated John Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs), Lyell will headline the outdoor card in the eight round main event against an opponent to be named. Promoted by Simons’ Promotions and beginning at 7pm, the undercard will feature a six round clash between local welterweight prospect Joey Myers (12-1-1, 4 KOs) and veteran Dezi Ford (24-25, 9 KOs). In addition, local heavy Jason Pettaway (2-0), a former amateur standout, faces Joseph Rabotte (3-6) in a four rounder. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Simons’ Promotions at (304) 290-0291.
Undefeated world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez will fly to Miami on Thiursday to take part in Univision’s award show “Premios Juventud.” Lopez was nominated in the category of “Most Promising Sport Star.” The WBO jr. featherweight champion was nominated along with soccer stars, Carlos Vela (English Premier League), Javier Hernandez (Chivas of Guadalajara) and Omar Arellano (Chivas of Guadalajara). The winner will be announced this Thursday in a Live Show televised by Univision, this show has one of the highest ratings in all Hispanic television and last year was the third most watched program of 2008 on the Univision Network, the most popular Spanish network in the United States. “It’s an honor for me to be just nominated. I know that my fans voted me into the final four and I’m very grateful to them,” said Lopez, who is coming off the fourth sucesssful defense of his world title. Both nominees and winner are selected by voting in the Internet page of Univision.com. The award show also gives awards to rising Music, Movies, Recording as well Sports figures.
The August 28th card, “Perseverance,” promoted by Fresquez Productions and the City of Las Vegas, N.M., is a go. In the main event, Holly Holm (24-1-3, 7 KOs) will defend her WIBA welterweight title, most likely against Terri Blair (11-13-2, 6 KOs), of Louisville, Ky. The card, to take place at Highlands University, will be officially announced tomorrow at a press conference in Vegas. (more…)
Andre Ward arrived in Berlin, Germany today to participate in the announcement of SHOWTIME Sports World Boxing Classic tour. While on vacation Ward became ill and was unable to attend the initial New York and Copenhagen announcement. Said Ward, “I am disappointed that I was unable to make the first portions of the tour but as soon as I was physically able, I flew out to join my fellow competitors. I am not 100% recovered from the flu but I feel it’s important to be here and I am excited about the tournament.” Ward (19-0, 12 KOs), who is promoted by Goossen Tutor Promotions and Antonio Leonard Productions, is one of the super six fighters in the World Boxing Classic Super Middlewieght Tournament. The others include: Arthur Abraham, Andre Dirrell, Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler and Jermain Taylor.
As an acknowledge for his great boxing career, The Four Points By Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino introduced today a chip with the champion’s image. This “Cotto chip” has a real exchange value inside the casino, and is meant to commemorate one of the greatest Puertorrican boxers, who is considered part of the culture and history of his natal town. “This is a real honor for me and my family,” said Cotto, who was deeply moved because of the recognition and emphasized that this kind of distinctions make him fell that all the years of work and sacrifice has been worthy. The “Cotto chip” has a casino value of $5.00 and are available at The Four Points By Sheraton Caguas Real Hotel & Casino in Caguas Puerto Rico.
By Lee Bates
Richie Boy Promotions, who represents unbeaten # 1 IBF ranked contender Tavoris Cloud (19-0, 18 KOs), bid $191,000 to beat out the $105,000 bid of Dennis Hobson Promotions, who promotes former IBF light heavyweight champion and #2 IBF ranked Clinton Woods (42-4-1, 24 KOs). Richie Boy Promotions now has the rights to promote the bout between Cloud and Woods. The two are fighting for the vacant IBF light heavyweight title that was vacated by former champion Chad Dawson. Woods defeated Elvir Muriqi by unanimous decision in his last bout this past February in an IBF title eliminator. Cloud on the other hand has not fought in nearly a year dating back to his 10th round TKO victory over former WBO light heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez in August of 2008 becoming the first to stop Gonzalez in 46 professional bouts.
Thousands of fans gathered today at Copenhagen’s famous Tivoli Gardens to give the Super Six world boxing classic fighters a warm welcome. Just 20 hours after the opening press conference at the Madison Square Garden, the international PR tour stopped in Denmark to present the ground-breaking tournament to the European public and the media. Former Danish international goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel and Danish TV star Camilla Ottesen hosted the public presentation, which featured spectacular walk-ins as well as interviews. After an extensive autograph session, the protagonists and their promoters held a press conference in one of Tivoli’s renowned restaurants. “I am thrilled to take part in this tournament,” Danish national hero Mikkel Kessler said. “The tournament is a great opportunity to test my myself as a world champion and confirm my status as the best fighter at super middleweight.” (more…)
Both fighters of the main event for the “Boxeo Telemundo” show of this Friday arrived fit and confident to the City of Kissimmee, FL. The first one to arrive was local idol Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (15-0-1, 12 KOs) who will defend his WBO Latin super bantamweight title against the toughest opponent in his young career when he faces veteran Cecilio “Boga” Santos (23-10-3, 13 KOs) in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds. (more…)
Ken Hershman, Senior VP and GM, SHOWTIME Sports, formally announced the inaugural “Super Six World Boxing Classic,” a ground-breaking, round-robin, six-fighter tournament featuring the class of the super middleweight division at a press conference Monday in New York City. Here’s what executives, fighters and promoters had to say:
KEN HERSHMAN: “Throughout my career, I have been involved with some of the most major and historic events in the sport, including the legendary Corrales vs. Castillo fight which in my opinion is the best fight in history, the Tyson/Holyfield ear biting incident, and the Tyson-Lewis fight. But never have I been more proud then I am of this tournament or prouder of the work we have done. Getting five promoters together is a herculean task in itself — plus six of the best fighters in the division. That is a staggering accomplishment….(IBF champion) Lucien Bute was not invited (to participate). He’s a great champion but this tournament works. Not one promoter or fighter objected to the first-round draw. They all said ‘put me in front of anyone.’ Each promoter feels their guy is ready to take this tournament.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
In a shocking turn of events, four-time world title challenger Luis Alberto Lazarte (43-9-1, 18 KOs) has decided not to challenge IBF light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (25-2, 15 KOs). The bout was scheduled to take place at the Waterfront Hotel, in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. The 38-year-old Lazarte has decided to wait for another opportunity. No replacement has been named as of yet to challenge Viloria.
By Lee Bates
With Arthur Abraham giving up his IBF middleweight title to move up to the super middleweight division, the IBF will mandate negotiations to begin between Abraham’s Sauerland stablemate #2 ranked Sebastian Sylvester of Germany and #1 ranked Giovanni Lorenzo of the Dominican Republic (27-1, 19 KOs). For Sylvester it would be his second attempt at a world title after he lost in his initial try to WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm in November of 2008 by unanimous decision. Sebastian won his last bout by unanimous decision over former world title challenger Lajuan Simon last month in Germany. Lorenzo defeated Colombian Dionisio Miranda in an IBF title eliminator by second round knockout in his last bout in February of this year.
2004 Cuban Olympian Luis Franco has defected to the United States and will make his professional debut on July 31 at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. As an amateur. the 27-year old Franco won the world junior championship in 2000 and competed in the 2004 Olympics. In 2008, Franco earned another Olympic berth, but was removed from the team due to fears that he would defect. Franco did decide defect this year and has inked an exclusive co-promotional deal with Seminole Warriors Boxing and Bad Dog Productions. He will compete in the featherweight division.
World ranked junior middleweight Anthony “The Messenger” Thompson will now face Grady Brewer, winner of The Contender, Season Two, for the I.B.O. Junior Middleweight Title on Saturday August 22nd at “TKO World Championship Boxing at the Pala Casino” . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley
Former Thailand amateur champion Tantong Kiattaweesuk (11-0, 7 KOs) will defend the IBF Pan Pacific 118 pound title against Filipino Bogie Delada (13-1, 11 KOs) in Songkla, South Thailand on Friday. The IBF promoter of the year for the Asian region, Jimmy Chaichotchuang, is excited about his charge Kiattaweesuk and predicts he can win a world title. “Tantong is one of the best prospects in Thailand,” said Chaichotchuang. “He was Thailand’s Muay Thai champion, and also national amateur champion, and now holds the IBF Pan Pacific championship. In my opinion he could defeat the IBF world bantamweight champion Joseph Agbeko now. He only needs the opportunity. I am sure he will win on Friday against the very credible Filipino boxer Bogie Delada in South Thailand.” The Kiattaweesuk vs Delada IBF title bout will be televised throughout Thailand on Channel Seven Television Network.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), 117.5, a fast-punching Japanese lefty, very impressively kept his belt as he quickly dropped Nestor Rocha (21-2, 7 KOs), 117.5, with a vicious southpaw right hook and sent him to the deck again with a barrage of punches before referee Gary Ritter wisely called a well-received stoppage at 2:28 of the opening session on Tuesday in Kobe, Japan. Hasegawa, making his ninth defense, thus registered latest four defenses within two rounds in succession: Cristian Faccio (TKO2), Alejandro Valdez (TKO2), Vusi Malinga (TKO1) and this remarkable short work. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman Gonzalez (24-0, 20 KOs), 104.25, successfully retained his WBA minimum (105-pound) belt as he kept stalking fast-moving Japanese, ex-WBA/WBC titlist Katsunari Takayama (23-4, 9 KOs), 105, and pounded out a unanimous decision (all 118-110) in hard-fought twelve rounds on Tuesday in Kobe, Japan. Takayama fought well by making best use of his footwork, but it was Gonzalez, still 22, that occasionally caught the game Japanese down the stretch (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Dominican challenger Elio Rojas (21-1, 13 KOs), 124.5, captured the WBC featherweight throne by winning a unanimous decision (116-113, 117-111 and 118-110) over Japanese defending champ, southpaw Takahiro Aoh (17-2-1, 8 KOs), 126, over hard-fought twelve rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) is anxious to return to the ring and reinforce that he is still the pound-for-pound best light flyweight in boxing. In his last fight with now three-time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) in June at the Madison Square Garden was halted after six rounds due to a cut suffered by Calderon as a result of an accidental headbutt in round four. The bout then went to the scorecards where one judge had it for Calderon, one had it for Mayol, and one had it even making the result a draw. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
The worst kept secret in boxing was officially revealed on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York City when Showtime announced plans for an unprecedented six man super middleweight tournament to crown one universally recognized champion and, hopefully, build a few stars in the process. (more…)
Undefeated Guilderland lightweight prospect Mike Faragon, Schenectady light welterweight and New York State Correction Officer Brian Miller and former nationally-ranked amateur featherweight Jaci Trivilino will be featured in undercard bouts on Pugnacious Promotions’ annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st. The fights will be on the annual card showcasing young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs’ historic track. In the main event, New York State Heavyweight Champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs), Central Islip, will defend his title against Newburgh’s Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs). In other exciting fights, Troy heavyweight Shannon Miller (16-4, 9 KOs) faces Plainfield, N.J. veteran Terrell Nelson (8-8, 5 KOs) and his brother Shawn Miller takes on Atlanta’s Valentine Fortenelly (0-3) in his pro debut. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
As Miguel Cotto has been apparently adamant in fighting Manny Pacquiao at 145lbs, the Filipino boxing sensation is now looking at the possibility of accepting the challenge of Shane Mosley. Pacquiao’s lawyer Jeng Gacal said the Filipino boxer is now considering the option of battling Mosley at a catchweight of 143. In one of his few guest appearances with the daily morning “Sports Chat” Mosley once said he is willing to meet Pacquiao halfway, possibly at a catch weight of 144. Cotto meanwhile remains steadfast with his preferred weight. Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach previously told “Sports Chat” that he prefers to have Cotto as Pacquiao’s next opponent and that a bout with Mosley may only be possible if the American agrees to move down to 143. Only recently though Mosley decided to look for another opponent as Pacquiao’s camp kept on ignoring Mosley’s public challenge. Cotto is the holder of the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight belt while Mosley currently owns the World Boxing Association (WBA) strap.
Undefeated Austin Trout, of Las Cruces, N.M., was arrested early Saturday morning, and charged with residential and auto burglary. The owners were awakened by the sounds of someone in their house, shortly after 4 a.m. When the husband went downstairs to investigate he looked outside the house where he discovered Trout sitting inside his car. Trout took off but was located by police a short while later, carrying several items taken from the house. Trout, 18-0, 13 KOs, had just won a minor belt and was on the verge of cracking top ten contention in the WBA’s junior middleweight division. He was also a 2004 USA Boxing national amateur champion. – Chris Cozzone
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