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By Jim Jenkins (Sacramento Bee)
Super bantamweight Michael Franco, a hot prospect out of Riverside, Calif., continues to train at a feverish pace in anticipation of his extending his unbeaten record in a featured eight-rounder Aug. 20 at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. The 23-year-old Franco (16-0, 11 KOs), who has put away his last three opponents and has four stoppages of two rounds or less, will be facing veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico on the Telefutura telecast. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME (Harris-Aguilera)
Jesse Kelley (Other bouts)
Comebacking heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (24-14-2, 10 KOs) upset IBF #15 rated Nagy Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs), taking a twelve round unanimous decision during a non televised bout. Aguilera was the aggressor early on and continued to seek a knockout blow for much of the twelve rounds, but Harris was able to keep Aguilera at bay behind a solid jab as he outboxed him down the stretch to claim a 117-111, 117-111, 115-113 win and the vacant USBA title. It was Harris’ biggest win since winning the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament. For more results and photos click here…
Devon Alexander vs Andriy Kotelnik
(IBF/WBC Junior Welterweight Titles)
Referee: Vic Drackulich (Las Vegas, NV).
Judges: Jerry Roth (Las Vegas, NV), Oren Shellenberger (Dallas, TX), Denny Nelson (Minneapolis, MN)
Supervisors: WBC/Mike George, IBF/Al Meier
Tavoris Cloud vs Glen Johnson
(IBF Light Heavyweight Title)
Referee: Steve Smoger (New Jersey)
Judges: Mike Fitzgerald (Wisconsin), Patrick Morely (Illinois), Fran Bechan (Iowa).
IBF Supervisor: Lou Priluker
Cory Spinks vs Corneilus ‘K9′ Bundrage
(IBF Light Middleweight Title)
Referee: Mark Nelson (Minneapolis, MN)
Judges: Tom Miller (Ohio), Bill Lerch (Illinois), Jerry Griffin (Missouri).
IBF Supervisor: Lou Priluker
By Brian Grammer
Photos by Scott Foster
Devon Alexander 138.75 vs Andriy Kotelnik 139.5
(IBF/WBC Junior Welterweight Titles)
Tavoris Cloud 174.5 vs Glen Johnson 173
(IBF Light Heavyweight Title)
Cory Spinks 153.5 vs Corneilus ‘K9′ Bundrage 153.5
(IBF Light Middleweight Title)
Ryan Coyne 192.75 vs Warren Browning 198.75
(WBC USNBC Cruiserweight Title)
Vardan Gasparyan 150.5 vs Jesse David 159 (late sub)
Ramzan Adaev 140.25 vs Chris Tyler 142
Jorge Espinoza 131 vs Oswaldo Lopez Escobedo ??
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
Promoter: Don King
By Andreas Hale
Photos by Joe Cordova
On Saturday, August 7th, UFC fans will be treated to a world championship showdown between middleweight title holder Anderson “The Spider” Silva and #1 challenger Chael Sonnen. Silva has dominated the 185-pound division since 2006, but Sonnen may be the one man with the style and determination to unseat him from his throne. The action packed night also features welterweight legend Matt Hughes as he takes on jiu-jitsu wizard Ricardo “Big Dog” Almeida, plus a rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves and a heavyweight showdown featuring TUF winner Roy Nelson and rising contender Junior dos Santos.
Anderson Silva (184.5) vs. Chael Sonnen (185)
Jon Fitch (170.5) vs. Thiago Alves (171.5)
Clay Guida (156) vs. Rafael dos Anjos (156)
Matt Hughes (170.5) vs. Ricardo Almeida (170.5)
Junior dos Santos (240) vs. Roy Nelson (263)
Dustin Hazelett (169.5) vs. Rick Story (169.5)
Phil Davis (205.5) vs. Rodney Wallace (206)
Johny Hendricks (171) vs. Charlie Brenneman (171)
Stefan Struve (247) vs. Christian Morecraft (263)
Tim Boetsch (206) vs. Todd Brown (206)
Ben Saunders (171) vs. Dennis Hallman (171)
UFC 102: SILVA vs. SONNEN is available LIVE on pay-per-view on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, Bell ExpressVu, Shaw Communications and Viewer’s Choice Canada. UFC 102 begins at 10pm ET/7pm PT. Visit the official UFC 117 site for more info.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
Cristian Esquivel 116.6 vs. Tshifiwe Munyai 116.6
Edgar Sosa 113.3 vs. Jose Luis Varela 112.8
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala and Fausto Daniel Garcia
The doors of the Arena Mexico will be open to boxing this Saturday for “La Reconquista” where there will be three world title fights. As the main event will feature the battle between Mexican Edgar “Iron Man” Sosa versus Venezuelan José Luis “Olympic” Varela. They weighed in today at a colorful ceremony at the foot of the column of the Angel of Independence which commemorates the Independence of Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Rafael Soto Top Rank/Zanfer
Former world champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas will take on Michel Arango in the main event of “Top Rank Live” this Saturday at the Tecate Box Tour arena that was built outside of the Hector Espino baseball stadium in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Vargas (27-3-1, 15 Kos) of Lagos Moreno, Jalisco and Arango (30-8-3. 24 Kos) of Monteria, Colombia will battle in a 10 round flyweight bout in the main event promoted by Promociones Zanfer and Top Rank to be telecast by Fox Sports en Espanol in the United States and Azteca TV in Mexico. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank is already planning the next move for Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. after his September 11th fight with Pavel Wolak. A world title shot against none other than Puerto Rican legend and current WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto looms on the horizon. That bout is penciled in for December 4th with Arlington, Texas and New York City being considered as possible fight locations.
Manuel Vargas 111 vs Michel Arango 111
Juan Estrada 116 vs Carlos Rodriguez 116
Roberto Marroquin 126 vs Jesus Quintero 125
Jose Luis Castillos 148 vs Daniel Ypucupicio 147
Venue: Estadio Hector Espino, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank/Zanfer
TV: Fox Sports Espanol (Top Rank Live!)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Standing across the Octagon from a man trained in several martial arts could make the most experienced fighter nervous. That is, unless you’ve stood across the room from a group of unruly boys . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA lightweight super world champion Juan Manuel Márquez has been chosen as ‘Boxer of the Month’ in new WBA ratings for the months of June and July. Márquez defeated Juan Díaz on July 31 in his first defense of the WBA/WBO world titles at 135 pounds. Honorable mention went to WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov for his successful defense against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov.
Jiménez Communications Inc. and Rafael Soto Comunicaciones announced today that the August edition of Boxeo La Revista will be available this Saturday in the boxing card that will take place in the “Tecate Box Tour” arena in Hermosillo, Sonora, México. The digital version of the magazine can be found at this link.
In this month’s edition of “Boxeo La Revista” you will find a very extensive article on three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel, who is at the top of his game after a decade long of been one the best fighters in the world in every weight division that he has fought in over the last 10 years. (more…)
Photo by Jose I. Perez Cabrera/PR Best Boxing Promotions
WBO junior lightweight champion Román “Rocky” Martínez weighed in 135 pounds this afternoon in the first pre-weigh in of the Puerto Rico Boxing Comission. Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title versus Ricky Burns in Scotland, September 4. “I’m ready, I always take care of my weight and for this bout I’m training really hard to retain my title, looking for big fights and big places,” said Martínez, who is going to make his second defense of the 130 pounds championship. Martínez will fly to Scotland on August 29 for the final training to the bout against Burns (28-2, 7 KOs). Click here for more photos…
By Piotr Momot, www.ringpolska.pl
Former heavyweight title challenger Albert Sosnowski will make his first ring appearance after his courageous performance against WBC champion Vitali Klitschko on September 25th in England. Exact location of the fight and Sosnowski’s opponent are going to be announced soon. It is expected to be an eight round tune-up before challenging newly crowned European champion Aleksander Dimitrenko in the winter. Sosnowski relinquished his EBU heavyweight belt when he agreed to fight with Vitali but now he wants to get back his title. Sosnowski started traning for his next fight in late June with his coach Fiodor Lapin. In the next couple of days he will do his first sparring session after the Klitschko bout.
Young, rising star Roberto Marroquin of Dallas is in Mexico for a Top Rank Live! fight televised card on Saturday night. Marrroquin, 14-0-0 at junior featherweight, will box in his first eight-round bout when he takes on Jesus Quintero of Los Mochis. The Top Rank Live! telecast will be available on Fox Sports Espanol at 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific. Marroquin, 20, trained for weeks with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. Cutman Miguel Diaz is in Mexico and will work in Marroquin’s corner.
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, who will fight Pavel Wolak on Sept. 11 (Top Rank Live! – Fox Sports Espanol), is scheduled to begin working out with Freddie Roach this weekend at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Calif. ….
Notre Dame champion Mike Lee will be in a 4-round light heavyweight bout on the Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Orlando Salido world title card at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 11. Lee is training with Ronnie Shields in Houston. Fight fans will be coming in from Chicago to see Mike Lee, a finance graduate from Notre Dame, go into his second pro bout…
World champion Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico will arrive into Las Vegas on August 29. He will train at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas to get set for his world title fight against Rafael Marquez on Sept. 18 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. “I am going into the ring against a Hall of Famer. It’s going to be a real challenge,” Juanma said.
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward revealed last night on Marc Lichtenfeld’s highly acclaimed weekly radio show “Through the Ropes” that no site has been picked for his September 25 Group Stage 3 Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Andre Dirrell, but it will be at a neutral site.
Venues have already been named for the other two pivotal Group Stage 3 matchups. WBC super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler will take on Allan Green in the newly-built state-of-the art MCH Multiarena Herning in Denmark, also on September 25. The following week, Arthur Abraham and Carl Froch will collide at the Chapiteau de l’Espace Fontvieille in Monaco.
On August 28 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, former NABA lightweight champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (37-6, 29 KOs) returns in an attempt to regain his belt against an opponent to be named. Spivey lost the title on the scale in April after failing to make the lightweight limit. Also featured will be the return of Bahamian former NABA titleholder Meacher Major “Pain” (17-4-1, 14 KOs), who lost his belt to Spivey last November. Tickets start at $25, call 800-955-5566.
Promoter Richard Nwoba and Louaa Boxing held a press conference last night at the IES-Egypt Center in Cairo suburb Maadi to officially announce a big tripleheader at the Nile Country Club a few miles away on September 17. Chaos erupted as one of the featured fighters, light heavyweight Mazur Ali, went berserk, attacked a camera man and yelled obscenities at everyone in his sight. Ali apparently felt that another boxer was getting more attention than him, and when Nwoba tried to calm him down, Ali also attacked the promoter. As a consequence of his behavior, Mazur Ali is now suspended by the Egyptian Professional Boxing Association, and was immediately pulled off the show. Ali was scheduled to fight Ahmed Saed for the Egyptian national title, but Saed will now instead face Tanzanian Lusekelo Daudi for the vacant UBO All-Africa light heavyweight title. (more…)
Next Friday night’s big boxing event at The Arena in South Philadelphia has been postponed until Thursday night August 26th at the same venue. The card, which will feature local favorites such as Victor Vasquez, Coy Evans, Tommie Speller, Derrick Webster, Angel Ocasio, Keenan Smith and Jackie Davis will go on with a bell time at 7:30pm. The card is promoted by Blaine Garner’s Shalyte Promotions in association with SAM Promotions and all tickets that were purchased for the 13th will be honored on the 26th.
When Jason Booth steps between the ropes against IBF champion Steve Molitor on September 11th, he will be the most prepared he has ever been for a fight according to manager Jimmy Gill. Booth, 32, has just started his full training camp for the fight which will mark a turnaround of epic proportions in the roller coaster life story of the Nottingham fighter. The former British and Commonwealth super bantamweight champion spent two years away from the sport due to a crippling alcohol addiction but has rebuilt his life in and out of the ring which has culminated in a shot at the Canadian’s IBF belt. (more…)
Boxing 360 heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (23-14-2, 10 KOs), winner of the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” takes on IBF #15 rated Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera (16-3, 11 KOs) in a non-televised 12-round bout for the USBA title tonight in Hinkley, Minnesota.
Former lightweight world title challenger Zahir Raheem (30-3, 17 KOs) and local welterweight favorite Paul “The Truth” Delgado (23-9-1, 4 KOs) will headline an August 27th show at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. Rahim is tentatively slated to face against Roberto Valenzuela (52-53-2, 42 KOs), while Degado’s foe is Chad Greenleaf (12-15-1, 5 KOs). Tickets start at $25. Call 770-641-1054.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Heavyweight Joe Hanks may be a devastating boxer-puncher. However, Hanks knew better to slug it out with a fighter who has more knockouts than he has fights as a professional. Hanks was able to mostly outbox hard-hitting Johnnie White throughout six rounds, winning a unanimous decision before a sellout crowd of 1,410 at the Marriott in Irvine, CA. The bout headlined a “Battle in the Ballroom” card, presented by Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
The Middleweight Title Is On the Line at UFC® 117: Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen battle for the 185 lb. championship, plus a huge night of fights including a rematch between Jon Fitch and Thiago Alves, a matchup between former welterweight champ Matt Hughes and Ricardo Almeida, and a heavyweight showdown featuring TUF winner Roy Nelson and rising contender Junior dos Santos. Tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT Live on Pay-Per-View.
Weights by Gerardo Martinez
Antonio Escalante 127 vs. Edel Ruiz 126
Alex Becerra 121.6 vs. Francisco Dominguez 122.8
Oscar Palacios 155.6 vs. Armando Rodriguez 152.8
Jermell Charlo 151.8 vs. Quinton Whitaker 151
Cesar Valenzuela 138.8 vs. Roni Alvarado 135
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions. Televised on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo from the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
For UFC welterweight contender Thiago Alves, fighting is his life. It’s something he says comes naturally to him, like walking, or talking. Fighting makes him happy, it pays the bills and puts food on the table. He’s also very good at it. . He’s won 22 of his 27 fights, and challenged Georges St-Pierre for the championship in July of 2009 . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
Promoter Don King has announced that Floyd “Money” Mayweather, Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and “Iron” Mike Tyson will attend his “Gateway to Greatness” event at Scottrade Center on Saturday. Don’s been courting Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. for the past few weeks, wining and dining with him in South Florida and Manny Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, says that if Don King signed “Money,” the superfight between Floyd and Pacquiao would get made. Stay tuned…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Promoter Roy Englebrecht returned to the Marriott Hotel in Irvine on Thursday night, promoting what he called his “biggest fight card ever.” In the main event, unbeaten heavyweight Joe Hanks (14-0, 9 KOs) pounded out a one-sided six round unanimous decision over hard-hitting Johnnie White (23-2, 18 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55. Hanks seemed close to a stoppage win in round five, but the bell arrived just in time for White.
In the co-feature unbeaten heavyweight Scott Alexander (6-0, 4 KOs) wasted little time in taking out Charles Tucker (3-3, 3 KOs). A well-placed body shot sent Tucker to a knee after just 85 seconds. (more…)
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