Friday, December 14, 2007
After a week of pre-fight publicity that saw them hold a press conference in Los Angeles and attend a sold out championship soccer match South of the Border, WBC featherweight champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares and WBA super featherweight champion Edwin “El Aniquilador” Valero are now ready to meet their respective opponents this Saturday, December 15, 2007 at Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Mexico.
Co-headlining this massive card, fellow Venezuelans Linares and Valero are making the trip from Japan, where they now reside, fighting for Teiken Promotions, co-promoter of the Plaza de Toros event, billed as “Night of Champions - Fists of Iron”, along with Promociones Jose “Pepe” Gomez, DiBella Entertainment and All Star Boxing.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Nearly two years to the date after Martin Power claimed a hotly disputed points decision to retain the British title over Ian Napa, he steps back into the fray to try and regain a title he never lost in the square ring on Friday, November 30, at the Newham Leisure Centre in London, England.
This is one of the most eagerly awaited rematches for a British title and continues a line of eagerly contested domestic title fights promoted by Frank Maloney, which has seen fight fans appreciate the return to traditional boxing.
In the last meeting between Power and Napa, held at York Hall in November, 2005, two judges voted 116-113 for Power while one judge saw it 116-113 for Napa.
Since that fight, Napa, 15-6 (1), lost a European title bid on points but then won the British belt in July of this year before claiming his first stoppage win in a 21 fight career against Lee Haskins last month.
Power, 19-2 (8), has had changing fortunes as well, as the previously undefeated Londoner suffered two convincing losses, both stoppages, by the world ranked Commonwealth bantamweight champion Tshifhiwa Munyai, who will also be appearing on the card, looking to push his claim for a world title.
For Julio Zarate and Vernie Torres, the path to boxing glory is sometimes a rocky one, where only true warriors are left standing.
On Friday, November 2, these two featherweight standouts will meet at the crossroads in an eight round contest which may determine who moves forward and who is left behind. Yes, the path is rough; but if they survive its pitfalls, one might emerge as a world champion.
“Path to Glory”, a six bout card of competitive and hard-hitting professional boxing, will be presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. F
The November 2 card will also feature a host of California’s top young prospects, all who are hoping to carve their own niche in the crowded west coast fight scene.
In the main event, Mexico City’s Julio Zarate (25-4-1, 15 KOs) puts his four fight-winning streak on the line against Los Angeles-based Filipino Vernie Torres (27-10, 15 KOs). Zarate, a former interim WBA bantamweight champion, is looking to regain the form that took him to the top in 2004.
Winner of his last four bouts, two by knockout, the 32-year old will be tested by the 33-year old Torres, who has struggled since a career-best year in 2003 that saw him win IBA and USBA titles, but who still has plenty of fight left in him for another title run.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
PHILADELPHIA — Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz today announced the signing of 2004 National Golden Gloves featherweight champion Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, to an exclusive promotional contract, along with junior middleweight Latif Mundy, former Pennsylvania GG champ.
Both are unbeaten in five pro fights apiece and their careers will be under the guidance of Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and Joe Hand of Joe Hand Promotions, Inc.
“Teon Kennedy reminds me of a young Jeff Chandler,” said Peltz, referring to the Hall-of-Fame bantamweight champion he promoted from 1976 to 1984. “Because of his amateur background, Teon is more advanced at this stage than Jeff, who only had two amateur fights. We’re banking on Teon moving up the ladder by fighting the best, the same way Jeff did it.”
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Undefeated featherweight prospect Dat “Dat Be Dat” Nguyen (11-0, 6 KO’s) returns to action Friday, August 31 at the Casino Del Sol in Tuscon, Arizona, where he takes on Rio Rico, Arizona journeyman Baladan Trevizo (5-13-6, 1 KO).
In his most recent outing, a toe-to-toe slugfest with fellow prospect and stablemate Castulo Gonzalez (9-3, 3 KOs), Nguyen threw an amazing 886 punches in route to a hard fought 8-round unanimous decision victory. The bout, which aired live on the July 18 installment of ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fight’s, will likely find itself as a candidate for fight of the year honors.
Nguyen, who is trained by the heralded James “Buddy” McGirt, spent the majority of his time preparing for this bout with Victor Ramos at Ramos’ Palm Bay, Florida gym, as McGirt was away working as a trainer for the third season of The Contender reality TV show.
The Nguyen - Trevizo bout will be a featured undercard attraction on promoter Don Chargin’s card, which will be televised live on the Telefutura network. The headlining bout will feature Yuri Boy Campas (89-10, 72 KOs) and Norberto Bravo (24-13-3, 13 KOs) in a ten-round light middleweight affair. The bout will represent the 100th fight in the career of Campas.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Jose Hernandez, of Atlanta, GA, will challenge Johnnie Edwards, of Florence, SC, for Edwards’ North American Boxing Association (NABA) featherweight title over 12 rounds on Friday evening, Aug. 31, at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel.
The non-televised fight will be the first boxing event held in the 1,904-seat Events Center at the Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel, 310 Fourth Street, Niagara Falls, NY. First of seven fights begins at 7.30 p.m.
Liverpool hotshot Derry Matthews heads to London’s famous York Hall for the second defence of his WBU World Featherweight Championship on Saturday 13th October.
The classy 23-year-old, who is one of the leading candidates for the prestigious Boxing Writers’ Young Boxer of the Year award, takes on undefeated East Ender Matthew Marsh to be televised live on Setanta Sports.
Matthew’s is delighted to headline at the home of London boxing and as a big Beatles fan he hopes to get to see the world famous Abbey Road!
Friday, August 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES – Juan Manuel Marquez, the WBC Super Featherweight World Champion, and challenger, Ricardo Rocky Juarez, both weighted in under the WBC 30 day pre-fight weight limit in Mexico City and Houston, from their respective training camps.
Marquez (47-3-1, 35 KO’s) weighed in at 132.1 pounds and Juarez (27-3, 19 KO’s) was 139 pounds. The maximum weight each fighter could weigh 30 days prior to the fight was 143 pounds.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
New York - Joe Deguardia’s Star Boxing in association with the Atlanta KO Kings today announced an opponent change for the spectacular Friday, August 3 “Crossroads Collision” featherweight co-main event from Atlanta, GA, live broadcast on Showtime boxing series ShoBox: The Next Generation.
Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (7-1, 3KO’s) will now be going up against Baltimore native Tyrell Samuel (9-1 5KO’s) scheduled for 8rds. Hunter was originally matched up with Mexico City’s Joel Santiago (8-0, 2KO’s) who suffered a training camp injury and is unavailable for the fight.
Monday, July 16, 2007
NEW YORK - Two up and coming heavyweight prospects, Kevin “The Kingpin” Johnson (15-0-1, 6 KOs) and Damian “Bolo” Wills (22-1-1, 16 KOs), will have their chance to make a mark on the American heavyweight picture when they meet on the renowned Showtime series – ShoBox: The Next Generation, Friday, August 3, from Atlanta, Ga. In the featherweight co-feature, Eric Hunter (7-1, 3 KOs), of Philadelphia, Pa., will take on Joel Santiago (8-0, 2 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico.
The exciting doubleheader, promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will air on Showtime (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) from the Far West Rodeo, Doraville, Ga.