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Saturday’s Star Boxing event at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, NJ featuring former heavyweight contender Vinny Maddalone against journeyman Mike Sheppard has been rescheduled to October 22nd due to the incoming landfall of hurricane Irene.
Photos: Photo Wende
Alexander Povetkin 232.5 vs. Ruslan Chagaev 232.5
(Vacant WBA Heavyweight Title)
Robert Helenius 243.75 vs Siarhei Liakhovich 232
(WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title)
Venue: Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Adrian Granados 136 vs. Frankie Gomez 136
Omar Figueroa 138 vs. Marcos Herrera 135
Luis Santiago 148 vs. Clifford McPherson 147
Juan Bustamante 130 vs. Andrew Kato 134
Daniel Sotelo 143 vs. Ronnie Fuentez 144
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinios
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Canadian referee Hubert Earlle will be the third man in the ring when Ruslan Chagaev from Uzbekistan (27-1-1, 17 KOs) and Russian Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) meet at Messehalle, Erfurt, Thüringen, Germany on Saturday for the vacant WBA world heavyweight title. The three judges are Jean Toupin (France), Paul Thomas (UK) and Glenn Feldman(USA). The fight Supervisor is Francisco Hill Piña (Colombia) and Assistant Supervisor is Julio Thyme (Panama).
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will embark on a 25,000-mile four-city international media tour, beginning in Manila on September 2 (Saturday, September 3 in Manila), to announce and celebrate Pacquiao-Marquez III — Act Three of their exciting world championship trilogy. Pacquiao and Marquez, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Joining Pacquiao and Marquez on the tour will be their respective trainers, Freddie Roach and Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In an all-out brawl, Juan Garcia won a hard-fought six round majority decision victory over Hector Serrano at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Garcia (15-3, 5 KO’s) started well in the opening rounds, even stunning Serrano in the second round. Serrano (13-3, 5 KO’s) came back in the middle rounds, doing good work to the body with both hands. However, Garcia finished strong, hurting Serrano with a vicious left hook to the body in the sixth round, following up with punches to the head and body. Although Garcia had Serrano hurt, he was not able to finish him off. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 58-56. more + photos
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Frankie Gomez (10-0, 8 KO’s) has been used to fighting near his hometown of East Los Angeles, where he has heard cheers or words of encouragement from the crowd. Tonight, the 19 year old will find out what it will be like to fight in someone’s hometown as he takes on local fighter Adrian Granados (8-1-1, 5 KO’s) in the eight round main event bout at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. The bout will headline a Solo Boxeo Tecate card. Gomez has been training in Big Bear, CA under Abel Sanchez for his last few fights and values the training and sparring he has received at the Summit Gym. “I don’t really like the mountains, but for boxing, it’s good to train up here. I’ve been sparring eight to 10 rounds a day and I’ve been working really hard.” Promoted by Golden Boy Promotions since his professional debut, the soft-spoken Gomez is not overlooking Granados for this fight. “There’s no real videos on him. I’m just going to go in there and do what I do best and take it to him. I’m focused on him 100%.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There are unofficial reports that WBC middleweight world champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.’s September 17 defense against Ronald Hearns could be postponed. Reliable sources inform us that there is a lesion on the right hand of Chavez Jr. and he will be visiting a doctor to seek a final diagnosis. It was also reported that Chavez Jr. is now about 168 pounds. The same source indicates that it appears that the fight will be suspended until a possible date of November 19. Chavez Jr, posted a photo of the injury in his right hand on his twitter account and hopes to be fighting on September 17.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten featherweight contender Miguel Angel Garcia will fight on October 22nd underneath a fight card headlined by bantamweight world title holder Nonito Donaire, manager Cameron Dunkin told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. Garcia (26-0, 22 KO’s) will fight in a non-televised bout against an opponent to be determined, although Dunkin is holding out hope that HBO would show clips of the fight, as the premium channel is schedules to only air the Donaire fight. Garcia, who is co-trained by his older brother Robert and father Eduardo, is coming off a fourth round knockout victory over late replacement Rafael Guzman at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on June 4th. Although Carson, CA has been rumored as the place where Donaire will headline the October 22nd card, Dunkin claims that Top Rank is now looking at San Jose, CA or Las Vegas. Top Rank promotes both Donaire and Garcia.
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Fightnews has received a copy of the letter from WBC president Jose Sulaiman to promoters Ahmet Öner (Arena Box) and Chris Ganescu (Gankor Promotions) regarding the purse bids for the rematch between their respective charges Selcuk Aydin and Ionut “Jo Jo Dan” Ion. The WBC board of directors voted for a 65%-35% split in favor of WBC Silver champion Aydin, the winner of a controversial split decision in the pair’s first fight on June 5, 2010 in Istanbul, Turkey. A purse bid is scheduled for September 2nd at the WBC offices in Mexico City.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza delivered $15,000 collected from the XXIII KO Drugs Festival to officials in Costa Rica. Attending the ceremony were the Acting Mayor of San Jose Sandra García Pérez, other officials of the municipality, Costa Rican WBA #3 super featherweight Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez, his trainer and his representative Ezequiel Obando. The money will be a charitable donation to the “Casa Hogar” in San José, which works with people with addictions and homeless. According to Mendoza, cards like this help spread boxing and are able to assist those most in need and help deal with knockout scourges like drugs and poverty.
Happy birthday to former IBF jr middleweight world champion Raul Marquez (41-4-1, 29 KOs). “El Diamante” will spend his 40th birthday in Guadalajara, Mexico, doing the color commentary alongside Alejandro Luna on FOX Deportes’ “Top Rank Live” telecast featuring WBO miniumunweight champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia defending against Moises Fuentes. Garcia comes in with a record of 30-1-1, 18 KOs, while Fuentes is 13-1, 6 KOs.
By Pepe Rodriguez
Photo by Alma Montiel
WBC female flyweight champion Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez is ready to make the second defense of the green and gold belt. “It will be a war, I will knock her out in the eighth round and the belt will stay in Mexico,” said Mariana Thursday at the last press conference in the small but beautiful town of Huamantla, Mexico.
For her part, Asami Shikasho promised to give a great battle and connect the best shots to take the title to Japan. “I thank Mariana for this great opportunity, but in the ring it will be another story. I’ll make a great war and Mariana will be destroyed.”
Hard puncher José “Sugar” Salgado (26-1, 23 KOs) will fight in front of his public again after one year of absence in an international boxing event, full of world class fighters. This event is presented by Canelo Promotions and Cancun Boxing on September 24 in Cozumel, Quintana Roo. Salgado is the current WBC and WBA North American champion in the super flyweight division, and is working very hard to step into the ring against Isaac “Pretty Boy” Quaye (16-4-1, 9 KOs), who hails from Accra, Ghana. Also on the card are Jesús “Destroyer” Jiménez who is facing Carlos Tamara and Tomoki Kameda will trade punches versus Eduardo García.
Jose “Miau” Nieves 122 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 121
(WBO Latino jr featherweight title)
Hairon “El Maja” Socarras 123 vs. Eduardo Melendez 122
Philip Penson 162 vs. Angel Martinez 162
Alan Sanchez 154 vs. Frank Gedeon 152
Luis Torres 150 vs. Jordan Wisenfeld 146
Michael Mendez 151 vs. Ashanti Hendrickson 148
Danny Pastrana 156 vs. Luis Cruz 157
Amos “2 smooth” Cowart 137 vs. William Rodriquez 136
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Tickets now on sale: (407) 935-1412
During the telecast, the City of Kissimmee will honor Telemundo Network Exec Jorge Hidalgo. As Telemundo’s senior executive vice president of Network Sports, Hidalgo oversees the network sports department, all network sports programming, acquisitions and events. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago at the scale
Greg Barckhoff’s Sport Fan Properties along with Shea Bailey Promotions is all set to present the fourth installment of the Georgia Boxing Championship. The fights will be held on Friday night at the Buckhead theatre in Atlanta, GA.
Darnell Boone 168 vs. Marcus Don Hall 175
John Trigg 138 vs. Rohan Wilson 137
Jackie Breitenstein vs. Brenda Rodriquez 131
Justin Ledet 231 vs. Tobias Rice 213
Joshua Fountain 178 vs. Joseph Benjamin 172
Jesus Tavera 150 vs. Darrell Jones TBD
George Hayes 135 vs. Cesar Basurto 138
Tracy Johnson 191 vs. Terry Carter 189
By Francisco Salazar
In an all-out brawl, Juan Garcia won a hard-fought six round majority decision victory over Hector Serrano at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. Garcia (15-3, 5 KO’s) started well in the opening rounds, even stunning Serrano in the second round. Serrano (13-3, 5 KO’s) came back in the middle rounds, doing good work to the body with both hands. However, Garcia finished strong, hurting Serrano with a vicious left hook to the body in the sixth round, following up with punches to the head and body. Although Garcia had Serrano hurt, he was not able to finish him off. One judge scored the bout 57-57, while the other two judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 58-56. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Former world title challengers Rocky Juarez and Vicente Escobedo will face off in a 10 round junior lightweight bout on September 23rd, Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Robert Diaz told Fightnews.com on Thursday evening. The bout will headline a “Solo Boxeo Tecate” card at the Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in Indio, CA. Escobedo (23-3, 14 KO’s) recently fought there in March, winning a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Walter Estrada. Although Juarez (28-8-1, 20 KO’s) is winless in his last five bouts, he has lost numerous bouts to world title holders or by very close decisions. In his last bout in February, Juarez lost a 12 round unanimous decision to Alejandro Sanabria in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
Zuffa and Ubisoft jointly announce the resolution of an ongoing disagreement between the companies. Ubisoft released for sale to the public a mixed martial arts video game involving street fighting entitled “Fighters Uncaged.” (more…)
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