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By Robert Hough
Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) said Wednesday that if Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) holds too much in their fight on Saturday, he’ll give up the point and “slam him on his face.” The super-middleweights spoke at an Oakland, Calif., press conference at Oracle Arena, site of the bout which concludes the second round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic. Green acknowledged that fighting in California with a California referee—a point of contention for Lou DiBella, Green’s promoter—will give Ward, the WBA title-holder, a small advantage. “His style is to hit and hold and a good referee won’t let a fighter do that all the time, but I’m ready for anything,” said Green, who trained in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area on Wednesday morning. “Whatever Ward wants to do, I’ll have something for him.”
First images from today’s Andre Ward-Allan Green SUPER SIX press conference in Oakland.
In the last of the Group Stage 2 matches this Saturday, June 19, on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), undefeated Andre Ward (21-0, 13 KOs) will defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) title against world-ranked Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, Calif. If Ward is victorious, he cinches a berth in the semi-finals and goes to the top of the leader board with four or, potentially, five points. But if Green prevails the Super Six World Boxing Classic becomes a six-man, three-fight shootout with countless possible scenarios heading into Group Stage 3 action. So can Green, a replacement for Jermain Taylor who is making his tournament debut, make an immediate impact and become the third boxer in six fights to dethrone a defending champion? (more…)
The ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire returns to action July 10, taking on Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez of Mexico in Puerto Rico. “Chief trainer Robert Garcia is with Nonito right now in San Leandro (California) where Nonito is training,” said Cameron Dunkin, manager of Donaire. Donaire will defend his interim WBA super flyweight title against Marquez. The Donaire vs. Marquez title fight will be on the same card with world champion Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Bernabe Concepcion. Both fights will be televised by SHOWTIME. Donaire, 27, won the interim WBA super flyweight title in August, 2009, and has made one successful defense. He is unbeaten in world title bouts. Marquez, 21, said it was his grandfather who named him Tyson. “I was an amateur and Pops said I hit as hard as Mike Tyson,” Marquez said.
Welterweight Mark Melligan of the Philippines is turning up his training in Las Vegas while getting wired in for a return bout against Michel Rosales on July 3 in Reno, Nevada. “Mark is totally focused. He wants to avenge his loss to Rosales from November of last year,” said chief trainer Tony Martin. “Today Mark is scheduled for 10 rounds of sparring, 4 rounds of mitts followed by strength and conditoning training. Yesterday he hit the mitts for 15 rounds. This is such an important fight.” Melligan vs. Rosales will be featured on the Top Rank Live! telecast from the Grand Sierra Resort & Casino in Reno.
There will be a 10 count in memory of John Duddy’s uncle Jack during Top Rank’s Latin Fury 15 on June 26 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “It’s the right thing to do,” said Bob Arum. “This has been such a heart-breaking ordeal for John and the Irish people.” Duddy, who takes on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, said his uncle was killed by British soldiers while in a civil rights march in Derry, Ireland in 1972. A tribunal report released this week announced that all Irish citizens killed while in the march were unarmed and that the British Parachute Regiment had lost control, firing weapons without warning. It has been described for years as Bloody Sunday. (more…)
Unbeaten Adrien “The Problem” Broner (15-0, 12 KOs) returns on Saturday night against Carlos Claudio (10-4, 3 KOs) at the Taft Theater in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. The bout will be for the WBC Youth Intercontinental lightweight title. The co-feature is unbeaten lightweight Chris “Hurricane” Howard (10-0, 5 KOs) against Roberto Acevedo (9-9, 1 KO) in a six-rounder. (more…)
Has it really been a little over five years since Chris Leben first arrived on the mainstream stage with his memorable run on the first season of The Ultimate Fighter, which was capped off by a 95 second destruction of Jason Thacker on the show’s finale card? Maybe you should ask the man himself . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Peter Lim
Light heavyweight prospect Alfonso “El Tigre” Lopez, 19-0 (14 KOs), takes on veteran Rubin Williams, 29-9-1 (16 KOs), on Thursday at the Humble Civic Center on the outskirts of Houston. The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, will be staged by Rock Solid Promotions. Since turning pro in 2007, Lopez, 28, has averaged a fight every two months and gradually upped the caliber of his competition. Williams has faced some of the best fighters in the 168-175 range including Jeff Lacy, Andre Ward, Chris Henry, Allen Green and Antwun Echols. But having lost his last seven bouts, Williams,34, is more of a stepping stone than a fringe contender at this juncture. Still, he remains Lopez’ most experienced opponent to date. (more…)
Reminder: Bay Area fight fans should head over to the Oracle Arena in Oakland today at 12:30PM to attend an open to the public press conference for Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and world-ranked Allan Green inside the Courtside Club.
An opponent has been found for unbeaten jr welterweight Luis Ramos (15-0, 8 KOs) who headlines Friday night’s Telefutura card in McAllen, Texas. Ramos will face Joshua Allotey (16-9, 14 KOs) in the eight round main event. In the co-feature, Jr welter Omar Figueroa (9-0, 8 KOs) meets Julian Rodriguez (17-18-4, 11 KOs).
WBC/WBO bantamweight Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel will apparently go ahead with a bout against WBO interim champ Eric Morel on July 17 in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
Photo by Dublin1
Boxing legends converged on the Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, NY, over the weekend for the annual induction day ceremonies. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Another packed house should be in order on Friday night as Nedal Promotions presents fight night at the Cedar Gardens in Hamilton, New Jersey. Headlining the show will be light heavyweight contender Omar Sheika (29-9, 20 KOs), who is scheduled to swap punches with Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl (27-8, 21 KOs). Former Olympian Terrance ”The Heat” Cauthen (34-6, 9 KOs) is also making a sizable comeback of his own as he faces the upset minded Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (10-2-2, 4 KOs). (more…)
Although not officially announced, it appears that unbeaten WBO #12 middleweight Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) will take on Ishe Smith (21-4, 9 KOs) on July 16 at the DeSoto Civic Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME. Also on the card will be undefeated Shawn Porter and Olympian Gary Russell Jr in separate bouts. Tickets can be purchased at the DeSoto Civic Center ticket office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
By Ron Jackson
Promoter Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has put together one of his most exciting bills in recent years when he presents three IBO world, and one IBO Africa title fights at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, near Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday night. The main attraction will be Hekkie Budler’s defence of his IBO junior flyweight belt against Filipino Juanito Rubillar (48-14-7, 23 KOs) in a return match after his highly disputed points decision over Rubillar in February this year to win the vacant belt. Budler (15-0, 5 KOs) is a gutsy little fighter and one gets the feeling that he can pull it off this time without any controversy. (more…)
The EBU (European Boxing Union) held its General Assembly in Madrid last Saturday. More than 100 delegates representing 27 countries attended the meeting. The most important point on the agenda was the election or re-election of the President and the members of the Board of Directors. Bob Logist was unanimously re-elected as EBU President, the assembly also re-elected as members of the Board of Directors: Charles Giles (United Kingdom), Pertti Augustin (Finland), Jean Marcel Nartz (Germany), Antonio Martin Galan (Spain), Marco Giuliani (Belgium), Igor Mazurov (Russia), Peter Stucki (Switzerland). New members elected were Willibald Palatin (Austria), Dominique Nato (France) and Antonio Del Greco (Italy). Charles Giles and Pertti Augustin were also unanimously elected as Vice Presidents. (Picture from the board and General Secretary Enza Jacoponi by Philippe Logist)
Heavyweight Timur Ibragimov (28-2-1, 15 KOs) scored a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-10, 37 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 119-109. Ibragimov has now won six straight, while the loss could prove costly for the 45-year-old McCall’s hopes of landing another major fight.
In other action, all heavyweight bouts, heavyweight Henry Fuentes (11-1, 7 KOs) scored a third round KO over Deuily Aristilde (7-3, 1 KO) to avenge his only loss, former University of Miami linebacker James Bryant (3-0, 3 KOs) needed 45 seconds to take down Lujan Henderson (2-4, 1 KO), Yasnay Consuegra (3-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Harvey Jolly (11-15-1, 6 KOs) over four and Luis Ortiz (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Charles Davis (19-20-2, 4 KOs) in round four.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese light-fly champ, WBC#9/WBA#9 Ryo Miyazaki (11-0-2, 6 KOs), 107.5, captured the OPBF belt as he overwhelmed defending champ and compatriot, WBC#8/WBA#12 Katsuhiko Iezumi (28-8-3, 19 KOs), hard-hitting but vulnerable, with a flurry of punches and finally halted him at 2:41 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve on Monday in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
On the night of a Japanese middleweight title bout taking place in Osaka, WBO #3 super-bantam Kenichi Yamaguchi (16-1-2, 4 KOs) engaged in a ten-round exhibition unauthorized by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) and scored a KO win over an uncertified Thailander at 2:27 of the fifth round on Sunday in the same Osaka, Japan. It was a very problematic incident as the JBC didn’t delegate any licensed officials and it was officiated by unlicensed amateurs. Furthermore, any ringside physician wasn’t confirmed therein, so should any ring accident have happened, it might have caused a serious damage to the sport of boxing. (more…)
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley and undefeated welterweight contender Luis Carlos “El Potro” Abregu hosted an international media conference call on Monday to discuss their July 17 bout at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. Here is what was said… (more…)
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WBC light flyweight world champion Rodel Mayol is already in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro to defend his title for the second time against Omar Nino from Jalisco, Mexico. The fight will be in the local bullring and a full house is expected as well as a TV audience in Mexico and the USA. Mayol conducted a training session on Monday in his hotel. “I am more than ready,” he declared. “I prepared myself much better than the last time with Omar. I am desperate to climb on the ring and show everybody why I am the champion.” Mayol and Niño met in February 27th and the bout ended in a draw after Mayol was leveled while complaining about a low blow. “I did not wanted that end,” stated Mayol. “I was winning the fight but the Mexican gave me an illegal punch to my body and then to the face. I was helpless. Fortunately the referee saw the punch and stuck to the rules. This saturday will confirm that I am superior and will return with the belt to the Philippines.”
Inside the shoe closet of Andre Ward, you’ll find lots of footwear, two very large belts. Click below to tour Ward’s winning wardrobe, and watch him defend his belt Saturday at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
Ward’s challenger, Allan Green is looking for points and to bring the WBA world title back to his friends in South Florida.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like Ukrainian heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) will fight against Denis Bakhtov (33-5, 22 KOs) for the vacant EBU (European) heavyweight title on July 31. The teams have until June 21 to agree to the bout. Audley Harrison recently vacated the belt to concentrate on a possible all-British showdown against WBA champ David Haye.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (29-1, 22 KOs) will take on Matt Godfrey (20-1, 10 KOs) in Erfurt on August 21. It will be his fourth title defense. “Godfrey is a tough fighter, but he will not get my title,” Huck said. “I want to keep impressing the fans all over the world and I am determined to put on a spectacular performance against Godfrey.” Huck has just returned to Germany today after joining 2010 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee Wilfried Sauerland for a special weekend in Canastota, where he also met new stablemate Steve Cunningham. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rumor has it that two-time former world champion Rafael Márquez of Mexico could face off againat Puerto Rican star Juan Manuel López on September 18 in Las Vegas for Juanma’s WBO featherweight world championship. The clash would take place the week of the annual Mexican Independance Day festivities and be the latest collision in the fabled rivalry between Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters. Sources report that a lot depends Juanma’s scheduled defense against Filipino Bernabe Concepcion on July 10 in Puerto Rico.
Oakland’s own WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward and World-ranked Allan Green will participate in an OPEN TO THE PUBLIC PRESS CONFERENCE on Wednesday at 12:30PM in the Oracle Arena’s Courtside Club. Ward will take on his first world title defense against challenger Allan Green in Group Stage 2 of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California in a clash to be broadcast on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m., ET/PT, delayed on the west coast).
Ward, who has emerged as a tournament favorite following his win in Group Stage 1 against Mikkel Kessler, is currently listed as a 1-1 favorite to win it all by USA Today sports analyst Danny Sheridan. A victory over the world-ranked Green (29-1, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Okla., will catapult the last American to win an Olympic Games gold medal into the tournament semi-finals.
Ringside Report: Alex Dombroff and Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/Ringsidephotos.com
Ivan Calderon successfully defended his portion of the junior flyweight championship Saturday night with a 12-round unanimous decision over game Mexican challenger Jesus Iribe. Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) dominated in a manner that has become familiar to fight fans – by using lateral movement and frustrating his opponent defensively. (More)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight Lance Whitaker has relied on his power to score victories throughout his career. However, he found one unlikely tool that allowed him to defeat Andrey Fedosov on Saturday night; his jab. Whitaker rained a steady amount of jabs on Fedosov, winning a close and controversial 12 round split decision before a boisterous crowd of about 800 at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA. Click here for more + photos
By David Baggs/Fightnews Canada
Photo by Herby Whyne/Fightnews Canada
Elvin Ayala was supposed to be the test that everyone wanted to see Canadian KO artist David Lemieux take. Ayala was a former world title challenger who had gone 12 rounds with Arthur Abraham in a losing effort and 10 rounds within the original “The Contender” TV show winner Sergio Mora, a battle that ended in a stalemate. While Ayala wasn’t expected to win in Montreal, he was expected to go some rounds. Twenty-two rounds with the likes of Abraham and Mora cemented just that fact. For more details and photos click here…
By David Robinett and Robert Hough
Photo by Sean McDonough
San Francisco has a rich boxing history but in recent years has seen little action, in part because there have been few homegrown fighters good enough to compel promoters and television networks to invest their time and money in staging events in the “City by the Bay”. Undefeated welterweight prospect Karim Mayfield hopes to change all that. The “Hard Hitta” took his first step towards establishing himself as a local attraction, successfully headlining the first boxing card in San Francisco in six years with a fifth round referee’s stoppage of overmatched Sergio De La Torre Saturday night at Kezar Pavilion in San Francisco, California. For more details and photos click here…
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