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Eight-Time World Champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) battles former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) in “Hook City,” on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. Tickets, priced at $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25, will go on sale today at 10 AM CT, and will be available at MS Coast Coliseum Box Office, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO#1 ranked lightweight Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) has this week extended his contract with trainer and manager Brendon Smith for a further three years. The 28 year old former WBO interim champion from Toowoomba, Queensland has been with Smith since he was a local amateur fighter when he was just 11 years old. They have been together through out his 81 amateur fights, where he won 75 bouts and reached the quarter finals of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Since turning professional in 2001, “Katsidis The Great” has won 21 of his 27 fights by KO and has been recognized as one of Australia’s most exciting fighters in recent years. The only losses on his exciting resume are to former world champions Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz that occurred in 2008. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Fidel Tukel is one of Australia’s biggest promoters and has recently secured the rights for his promotions to be televised on the Channel Ten network throughout Australia. Fightnews talks to Fidel and asks if IBF#11 featherweight Billy Dib, who will be boxing Kenichi Yamaguchi on July 9 at Luna Park, Sydney, NSW, Australia, has what it takes to win a major body world title, as well as WBA#9 light heavyweight Tim Bell, who’ll be boxing on a July 16 show in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. (more…)
On Saturday July 25, 2009 the Greensboro Coliseum and Walter Johnson Promotions team up to bring ‘Double Impact’ an event that brings Professional Boxing back to Greensboro, North Carolina.
Headlining the card will be Former NBC Contender Star and current WBC America’s junior middleweight champion Jimmy Lange (30-3, 21 KOs) taking on Jimmy LaBlanc (16-16, 7 KOs) in a 8 Round bout. In the co-feature Shakir Ashanti (16-8, 6 KOs) takes on Alejandro Quiroga (11-5, 2 KOs) in an 8 round bout for the UBC America’s middleweight championship. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Due to an unforseen shoulder injury, Damien Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) has stepped down from facing Mercito Gesta (15-0-1, 6 KOs). The eight round lightweight bout was to be the featured fight of “Havoc at the Hard Rock II: No Mercy” Friday, July 10th at the Hard Rock Hotel in downtown San Diego. “It is unfortunate that Damien Fuller will not be able to be part of our fight card,” stated Derek Pierce, President of Rogue Boxing Promotions. “We wish him a speedy recovery and hopefully we can have him fight again in San Diego in the future.” Now in his stead, late sub Devarius Crayton (9-5-2, 2 KOs) will be traveling cross crountry from Orlando, FL, to face Gesta. (more…)
You know you’ve made it when the stars of stage and screen begin showing up for your events. But unlike the celebrities in attendance at other sporting events, who are there simply to promote a new film, album, or product, or to be seen by photographers, the celebrity fans who show up to see the UFC are just that – fans. And they’re as hardcore as it gets . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Promoter Don King, who promoted the historic Jackson’s Victory Tour in 1984 and brokered a colossal sponsorship deal between Michael Jackson and Pepsi, is planning to pay tribute to Michael Jackson during his July 11 fight card at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Since learning of Michael Jackson’s passing, King had been trying to come up with a way to pay tribute to his friend. More details to come…
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions has announced the signing of outstanding super middleweight prospect Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson. The 26 year old Hasson, fighting out of Philadelphia, has compiled a record of 8-0-0 with two knockouts since turning professional fifteen months ago after an outstanding amateur career. Most recently he won a unanimous decision over Johnny Hayes on April 4th in Philadelphia . . . click here for more
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Top-rated cruiserweight Grigory Drozd (32-1, 24 KOs) became the first ever to stop the ultra durable American Darnell “Ding-a-Ling Man” Wilson (23-9-3, 20 KOs), scoring the eleventh-round stoppage in a foul-filled one-sided slugfest on Thursday night at the “Dynamo” Sports Arena in Moscow, Russia. Drozd dominated the whole fight with his precision yet hard punching, barely losing a single minute in any round and stalking his opponent around the ring. The fan-friendly action turned into an ugly foul match after the seventh round and both boxers were deducted some points by referee Victor Panin. With his right eye virtually shut and being horribly battered in later rounds, Wilson retired in his corner, though never down, after the tenth round. One of the best wins for WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC/IBF #5 ranked Russian fighter, who also retained the WBO Asia Pacific and PABA belts in process.
WBO #6 featherweight Andrey Isaev (21-1, 7 KOs) scored a hard-fought unanimous decision against Thai Chaiyong Sithsaithong (17-5-3, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds of action. Both fighters were down during the fight and at the end it was the Belarussian who was declared the winner. Scores were: 117-110, 118-108 and 118-109 for the reigning WBO Asia Pacific 126lb titlist who retained his belt in the process. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Former contender Troy Rowland is primed for his second comeback fight on Saturday, July 11th. Rowland will take on Cincinnati’s Dave Saunders in the scheduled 6 round main event to be held outdoors at the Fifth Third Ballpark in Rowland’s hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Rowland won his first fight after a 3 1/2 year layoff this past April and his looking to work his way into a title fight sometime in the near future. The nine bout card presented by Blue Cap Promotions and Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) will also feature local favorites: Derron Hernandez, Ruben Troche, Jackie Beard, Bert Compton, Rafael Hernandez, Alejo Sepulveda, and Alex Otero. Tickets are $20, $30, and $40 and can be purchased at www.whitecapsbaseball.com or at the ballpark the night of the fight. First bell is at 8 PM.
By Lee Bates
The pay per view numbers indicate that PPV debut of WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel López now (26-0, 24 KOs) was a big hit last Saturday. “Juanma” stopped challenger Oliver Lontchi now (18-1-2, 8 KOs) in nine rounds. There were approximately 20,000 pay-per-view buys in residential homes in Puerto Rico and at least 100 local commerical business establishments purchased the event via closed circuit. The U.S. numbers have not been made available as of yet. PR Best Boxing Promotions President Ivan Rivera shared his thoughts on the event. “We are very proud of the success of the entire event and thankful to Top Rank for an outstanding job of promoting ‘Latin Fury 9.’ The numbers truly show the growing popularity of Juanma,” stated Rivera. Lopez is expected to return in September or October to defend his title in the U.S. and then move up to the featherweight division afterward.
Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire said today he will relocate his training camp to Oxnard, Ca. in a few weeks to wire in for his fight against Rafael Concepcion of Panama on Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on August 15. Donaire will be in the same gym as world champion Steven Luevano of La Puente, Ca. Luevano will defend his world featherweight title, taking on Bernabe Concepcion from the Philippines on the same card. Rafael Concepcion is trained by Hector Roca at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets at $200, $100 and $50 go on sale Saturday, noontime, at www.ticketmaster.com.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is training in Big Bear, Calif. to get set for his upcoming fight against Jason LeHoullier on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 10 on July 25. Chavez Jr is working with a trainer from Velocity Sports Peformance which is headed by John John Parks in Los Angeles. “I’ve got to get stronger and this is the right way to do it, doing what the trainers from Velocity are asking me to do,” Chavez Jr said. He will take on LeHoullier in the resort city of Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico. Chavez Jr and LeHoullier will be at a Top Rank press conference in Los Angeles on July 20.
IBF/WBA super bantamweight champion champion Celestino Caballero has demanded a showdown with WBO champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “I understand the business of boxing and I know that Lopez’ promoter has a plan for him that involves everybody but me,” said Caballero. “But if what I believe is true, Lopez wants more than easy fights; he wants to be the best in the world. The only way he can leave the super bantamweight division as the best is to beat me. There’s a lot of talk of Lopez being the next Wilfredo Gomez. Well, Lopez has to remember that Gomez didn’t move up to featherweight until he cleaned out everyone at 122 pounds. I guess we’ll find out soon if Lopez has ‘Bazooka’s fighting spirit. I traveled to Canada to beat Molitor, to Venezuela to beat (Lorenzo) Parra, Thailand to beat (Somsak) Sithchatchawal, and California to beat (Daniel) Ponce De Leon. To be a true world champion you must fight around the world, even if it means going to your opponent’s backyard. I will go to Puerto Rico to fight Lopez with no problem, and by the end of the fight, the fans will be cheering me when my hand is raised.”
Unbeaten featherweight standout Charles Huerta (11-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight prospect Luis Ramos (11-0, 6 KOs) will headline the July 30th Golden Boy card at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Opponents for Huerta and Ramos will be announced. Also scheduled to appear are National Golden Gloves and two-time U.S. amateur champion Ronnie Rios (5-0, 2 KOs) and former National amateur champion, Carlos Molina (7-0, 3 KOs) in four-rounders. Versus will televise. Tickets ($28-$65) are on sale now.
By Lee Bates
Word has it that the rematch between IBF #2 rated Delvin Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #3 rated Isaac Hlatshwayo (28-1-1, 10 KOs) will take place August 1st at the Mohegan Sun in Uncansville, Connecticut. Rodriguez a Connecticut resident and Hlatshwayo fought back on November 17th, 2008, in Hlatshwayo’s home country of South Africa in an official IBF welterweight title eliminator. While the bout was ruled a draw, many who witnessed the fight, including a large majority of the South African press, felt Rodriguez deserved the victory.
By Boxing Bob Newman
IBF light flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria will defend his belt for the first time on August 29th, at The Waterfront Cebu City Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. His opponent will be the vastly experienced Luis Alberto Lazarte. Lazarte, 38, is no stranger to title opportunities having challenged no less than five times for titles from minimumweight, to light fly, and flyweight. He is also well traveled, challenging not only in his native Argentina, but also in Thailand and Mexico. Lazarte brings a record of 43-9-1 with 1 No Contest and 18 KOs into his challenge of Viloria, who boasts a 25-2 with 1 No Contest and 15 KOs. Note: Villoria sent in a request to the IBF for August 29 date, however the IBF has not approved that fight yet.
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Natascha Ragosina 166 vs Laura Ramsey 164.2
Lukas Konecny 159.3 vs Christophe Karagoz 163.1
Esther Schouten 121.2 vs Bettina Voelker 120.5
Tamas Kovacs 176.8 vs Norbert Nagy 175
Julia Fikus 123.3 vs Daniela Dima 124.5
Oliver Güttel 145.9 vs Anthony Ukeh 147.2
Tommy Altmann 147.9 vs Andreas Malion 142.6
Promoter: Sport Events Steinforth GmbH
Venue: Soccio Center, Hannover, Germany
Undefeated WBC No. 1 ranked super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) participated successfully in a preliminary weigh In yesterday, 30 days prior to his world championship showdown with former world champion Junior “The Hitter” Witter on Aug. 1 at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif., on SHOWTIME. (more…)
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17 months after Brock Lesnar squared off against Frank Mir, the two are set to tango one more time at UFC 100, in what many are predicting to be most successful pay-per-view event in the promotion’s nearly 16-year history . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
By Lee Bates
Prince Badi Ajamu (26-3-1, 15 KO) who is best known for his twelve round decision loss to Roy Jones Jr. nearly three years ago returns to the ring July 31st at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ajamu a native of nearby Camden, New Jersey will take on Dallas Vargas (22-4, 16 KOs) of Toledo, Ohio in a 12 round light heavyweight main event for the NBA title. Ajamu retired nearly a year ago frustrated of not being able to get fights. In the co-feature heavyweight Timur Ibragimov will be featured against an opponent to be announced. The event will be promoted by DEELEE & GNP Boxing. This event will be held in the Superstar Theater, located on the Dining Level at the Resorts Casino Hotel. Doors open at 7:30 pm, with the first bout scheduled for 8:30 pm. Tickets are priced at $90, $75, $55 & $40 and can be purchased in person at the Resorts Casino Box Office, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800.745.3000 or online at
www.ticketmaster.com, www.myresortscasino.com, and www.resortsac.com
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Patrick Malinga and Maliki Kinyogoli of Tanzania meet in an international lightweight clash over ten rounds at the Nirvana Secondary School in Lenasia near Johannesburg on a Future Boxing Promotions tournament on Friday night. The show was originally set to take place at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre but the lighting was found to be inadequate for television purposes. (more…)
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Boxing leaders have issued statements after hearing the news on the passing of three-division world champion and 1992 International Boxing Hall of Fame member Alexis Arguello. (more…)
Rumina Sato. Fredson Paixao. Joe Stevenson. Vinicius Magalhaes. Jeff Glover. Ulysses Gomez. Bill Cooper. To those in the grappling world, the names represent the best of the best. To have them in the same hall together at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center is electrifying enough. To see them competing against each other in four Superfights that cap off the largest Submission Grappling tournament in history is something that could only be held at the UFC® Fan ExpoTM on Friday, July 10th and Saturday, July 11th, just hours before the lights go down for the biggest event in mixed martial arts history, UFC 100. (more…)
An outstanding ten round lightweight battle has been added to “SUMMER SHOWDOWN” on Friday July 10th at the Reno Events Center as Russian Rustam Nugaev will battle Mexico City’s Miguel Angel Huerta in the co-main event, it was announced today . . . Click here for more
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Nonito Donaire of the Philippines today said he is “totally crushed’ by the loss of Alexis Arguello at a Top Rank press conference at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
“I have a complete collection of Alexis’ boxing videos, every one of his big fights,” said Donaire. “That’s how I learned to throw a hook, by watching the way Alexis did it on video, while at the same time watching how he carried himself in and out of the ring. He really was a true gentleman and that is how I try to behave at all times.” (more…)
He may joke that his submission skills come in handy for his day job in law enforcement, but in fact, newly minted police officer and UFC lightweight Matt Grice would prefer to save his moves for the Octagon . . . . Click here for more by Debbie Lee, UFC.com
By Lee Bates
A proposed battle of lightweight KO artists between unbeaten Breidis Prescott of Colombia (21-0, 18 KOs) and Sugar Ray Narh of Ghana (22-1, 19 KOs) scheduled for July 17th at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas has collapsed. Promoters are now looking for another opponent for Prescott, who is best known for knocking out British hero and then-unbeaten Amir Khan in less than one round last September in England. The July 17th bout will air on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series.
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Heavyweight contenders Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko and “Fast” Eddie Chambers gave Hamburg fight fans a preview of what will happen in the ring on Saturday night at their WBO world championship elimination bout during a public workout today at the giant Quarree Wandsbek Mall. Also on hand to thrill the large crowd were unified female flyweight world champion Susi Kentikian, unified female jr bantamweight world champion Alesia Graf, female super flyweight champion Carolina Gaite, WBO #5 cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev and hot unbeaten featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdiercks.
World Boxing Organization (WBO) featherweight champion Steven Luevano signs gloves before his press conference to announce the world champonship doubleheader “Pinoy Power 2″, promoted by Top Rank and broadcast live on Pay-Per-View from the new Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Luevano takes on Bernabe Concepcion and Nonito Donaire battles Rafael Concepcion.
By Lee Bates
WBA number #14 ranked super featherweight Francisco Cordero of Colombia (19-0,13 KOs) risks his ranking and unbeaten record vs Koseki Nakama (14-1, 6 KOs) of Japan in a 10 round main event on Sunday June 5th in Nakama’s native Okinawa, Japan. Shigeru Nakama’s Okinawa World Ring LTD will promote the event. Though Cordero enters the bout as the undefeated fighter it is Nakama who has defeated a former world champion. In just his seventh professional bout Nakama defeated then former WBA featherweight champion Antonio Cermeno.
All Star Boxing, “The New Generation,” Tuto Zabala Jr. and the Telemundo Network returns with their successful series “Boxeo Telemundo,” Friday, July 17, 2009 from the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL. This marks the 8th year of the series at the popular Central Florida venue. In the main event, local idol Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. will defend his WBO Latin super bantamweight title against the toughest opponent in his young career when he faces veteran Cecilio “Boga” Santos in a clash schedule for 12 rounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have received information about Everardo “Zihua” Morales now facing Tomas “Gusano” Rojas for the WBC super flyweight Interim title on July 18 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Previously Panamanian prospect Ricardo “Matematico” Nuñez was penciled in against Rojas for the bout. The 32-year-old Morales has a record of 32-13-2 with 22 KOs, and has been faced the likes of Gerson Guerrero, Isidro Garcia, Melchor Cob, Omar Narvaez, Juan Alberto Roses, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Koki Kameda among others.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Olivier Monserrat-Robert
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A press conference was held yesterday in Poitiers at the posh Mercure Hotel in this historic French city in order to preview the much expected battle between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama and his French challenger, former WBA junior featherweight champion and local hero Mahyar Monshipour on Saturday. (more…)
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