Three Big Title Bouts from Chicago this Friday on GFL

NEW YORK / CHICAGO (July 13, 2011)—This Friday night in Chicago, one of the best cards top to bottom will take place as three title bouts will take place and all three have major implications on the world rankings.

The show will take place at the Club 7600 in Burbank, Illinois just outside of Chicago and is promoted by Cynthia Tolaymat and CFC Boxing Promotions.

The show can be seen LIVE all over the world on www.gfl.tv at 9pm eastern for just $9.99 by clicking:
http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Chicago_Fight_Night_II/1118

Former world Super Lightweight champion Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KO’s) will take on Lanardo Tyner (24-4, 15 KO’s) in a twelve round bout for the USBO Welterweight belt.

Michael Oliveira Has Heavy Hitters in His Corner

SAO PAULO, Brazil (July 13, 2011) – Undefeated prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira will have some heavy hitters supporting him Saturday night – Hall of Famer Eder “Golden Bantam” Jofre and former world light heavyweight champion Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson – when he enters the ring against Dominican veteran Jose “Minguito” Soto, headlining the “Sao Paulo Fight Night” pro-am boxing card, presented by MO Productions, at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The 21-year-old Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs), now rated No. 18 by the World Boxing Council (“WBC”), takes on Soto (24-7-2, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight championship.

“Sao Paulo Fight Night” will air live on TV Globo Network, SporTV cable, GloboEsporte and TV Globo International, as well as TYC Sports in Argentina, and streaming for free outside of Brazil and Argentina for free on www.BoxingChannel.tv.

Boxing World Still in Shock Over Williams’ Decision Win

LOS ANGELES – The passage of time has not stopped the public outrage over last Saturday night’s controversial decision rendered in the Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara bout in Atlantic City in which former World Champion Williams was awarded a 12 round majority decision over rising star Lara in a fight that most observers had Lara winning handily.  As the days have passed, more and more journalists have come out in protest of the verdict and are calling for a rematch.

Cayo-Peterson Conference Call Quotes

A conference call was held today to discuss the12-Round IBF Super Lightweight Elimination bout between the Dominican Republic’s once-beaten IBF #3-rated Victor “Mermelada” Cayo (20-1, 18 KOs) and Washington DC’s IBF #4-ranked Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) on Friday, July 29, in the Chelsea Ballroom at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and live on ESPN Friday Night Fights.

The showdown pits two of the world’s best super lightweights facing each other for the right to face the winner of the July 23 unification match between current IBF king Zab Judah and WBA champion Amir Khan.

Both fighters and their camps were very respectful to each other and both made their intentions clear should they win the high-stakes match-up: They both want Amir Khan next.

Introducing Carla Hill and Carla Hill Promotions

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (JULY 12, 2011)—This Saturday night at The New Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, Maurice Harris and Derric Rossy will battle it out for the USBA Heavyweight championship on a card that will be promoted by first time promoter Carla Hill and Carla Hill Promotions.

Hill, a resident of nearby Pleasantville, New Jersey isn’t your ordinary first time promoter as she has some unique experiences that she brings to the game.

Besides the obvious of being a female in a male dominated world of boxing, she brings a wealth of experience in boxing.

Carla is the wife of former five-time world champion and future Hall of Famer, Virgil “Quicksilver” Hill.

Carla was at her husband’s side for the past twenty years and learned the ropes of boxing by being around Virgil’s title bouts.

Latest ‘Hook to the Body’ Column from WBC President Sulaiman

July 12, 2011 – Mexico City.
From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

The following is one of the weekly “Hook to the Body” columns by WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán that are published in El Universal every Sunday. From July 10, translated from Spanish:

HOOK TO THE BODY
By José Sulaimán

MANTEQUILLA NÁPOLES AND THE OLD MEXICO.
I traveled with a gentleman that knew as much or more about boxing than many that claim to be the Bible of boxing. He took my mind to the old Mexico, when Juan Zurita used to always defeat Joe Conde, but Conde beat Casanova three times, speaking to him in English, but Casanova beat Zurita in all of their fights; Raúl “Ratón” Macías used to fill all arenas and built the Arena México, just as Babe Ruth built Yankee Stadium because of their idolatry of the fans; Kid Rapidez being the last to leave the plane with Ultiminio Ramos at their arrival in Lagos, Nigeria, with a big wood cross and a red cap, as that would scare and send way the witches that he thought would be drawn to them; the hatred of many fans, especially those that liked tequila, because he always beat their idol, Toluco López. And we continued remembering with nostalgia those years of the bohemia in boxing. I had never had such a short flight – it felt like the landing came immediately after the take-off.

Kevlishvili to Replace Collado Against Ramos on July 15

NEW YORK (July 12, 2011) –  Russian-born Georgi Kevlishvili (8-2, 3 KOs) of Philadelphia will face unbeaten Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) of Austin, Texas., in the new co-feature this Friday, July 15, on the 10th anniversary telecast of  ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME®  (11:05 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).

The 30-year-old Kevlishvili (pronounced kev-LISH-vuh-lee) stepped in after Joselito Collado withdrew from the eight-round junior lightweight bout late last week with the flu.

In the main event of a Top Rank-promoted event at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas,  undefeated local favorite and world-ranked southpaw, Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 7 KOs), of Las Vegas, will  defend his North American Boxing Federation (NABF) junior lightweight title against Alejandro “Alacran” Perez (15-2-1, 10 KOs), of Salinas, Calif.

A long-time top amateur in Russia who turned pro at 27, Kevlishvili is a well-conditioned, versatile boxer with excellent movement and durability. At his best when he can set a busy pace and outwork you, Kevlishvili will be making his third start in the United States since relocating to Philadelphia and hooking up with manager Lev Prysler in April 2010.

Huck Unfazed by Garay’s Comments

WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco “Captain” Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has refused to enter a dirty war of words with Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs). After today´s press training, the 30-year-old Argentinian challenger shocked the journalists by predicting to “kill” his opponent on Saturday night. Huck would not comment on Garay´s harsh words. “I don´t care about his remarks,” he stated. “I will give my answer in the ring. With the support of my fans, I will make another exciting title defence. The belt remains in Germany! I will get married as world champion on July 30.”

Garay´s public work-out session was a short one which only featured some light shadow boxing. “We already know everything there is to know about him,” Huck´s coach Ulli Wegner said. “We have studied the tapes of his fights for hours. He is a strong and a very active fighter, so Marco needs to be on alert. Marco needs to stick to our game plan. Then he will leave the ring as the winner.”

Picture: Team Sauerland

Velez, Gomez in Separate Bouts on July 15 Solo Boxeo Tecate

LOS ANGELES, July 12 – On Friday, July 15, Golden Boy Promotions in association with Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment are proud to present “Electrizante,”another exciting night of boxing action at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo in Cataño, Puerto Rico, when unbeaten knockout artist Jayson Velez battles hometown favorite Carlos Valcarcel in the 10 round TeleFutura main event for the vacant WBC FECARBOX and WBO Latino 122 lb. titles.

The “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” co-main event will feature a six round junior middleweight contest between the Bronx’s Eddie Gomez and Aguas Buenas’ Jonuel Tapia.

“Electrizante”is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T.  Doors open at 6:00pm, the first bell rings at 6:45pm and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30pm ET / 11:30pm PT (8pm local time).

Tickets, priced at $15, $25 and $50 are on sale now and available for purchase by calling Ticketcenter at (787) 792-5000 and tcpr.com.

Danny Dyer Joins Kevin Mitchell for Final Training Session

Earlier today Dagenham’s Kevin Mitchell undertook his final training session at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town, for his career defining showdown with Manchester’s John Murray at the Echo Arena in Liverpool this coming Saturday.

Joining Kevin, and the attending media, for the public workout was Canning Town’s most famous son, actor Danny Dyer.

Danny, who has starred in such notable films as Borstal Boy, Mean Machine and The Football Factory amongst many others, took Kevin on the pads during the session, after which he said,  “I’ve done it a little bit before, just fucking about with cage fighters and that, my arsehole is still shaking, that was some strong digs there.

Honestly I’ve been a fan of Kevin’s for a while now. It’s just nice to be around him and watch him, you know training and stuff.

I’m just looking forward to Saturday and know for a fact that he’s going to do the geezer, there’s no two ways about it.

Molina Calling Out All Junior Middleweight Champions

Chicago’s “King” Carlos Molina and his team are sending out a challenge to the rest of the world’s best junior middleweights.

Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) established himself as an elite fighter with a near shutout unanimous decision over former world champion Kermit Cintron last Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and live on the SHOWTIME network.

“It’s no longer a secret that Carlos Molina is the world’s best 154-lb fighter,” said Leon Margules of Warriors Boxing. “This is an open call to all the champions, Miguel Cotto, Canelo Alvarez, Austin Trout, K9 Bundradge and Sergei Dzinziruk: Carlos Molina is ready and able to take any of you on.”

In the comeback story of the year, Molina has gone from sitting on the shelf for two years to the breakout fighter of 2011 in the span of four months.

Rosado Battles Conyers this Friday in Atlantic City

NEW YORK / ATLANTIC CITY—This Friday an important Jr. Middleweight bout will take place between Gabriel Rosado and Allen Conyers with the winner taking a big step towards a significant bout.

The fight will take place at Ballys in Atlantic City

That fight plus a full six bout undercard can be seen LIVE all over the world on gfl.tv.

The show can be purchased for just $9.99 by clicking:
http://www.gfl.tv/Events/Fight/Boxing/Rosado_vs_Conyers/1092

Rosado of Philadelphia has a record of 16-5 with nine wins coming via knockout and has fought the best in the Middleweight divisions.

10 Years of ShoBox: The New Generation

Showtime Sports presents a special video highlighting the 10-year run of the ShoBox: The New Generation series.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlX4jxdTj7w[/video]

KZ Event Productions Announces Shumenov-Santiago Undercard

LAS VEGAS (July 12 2011) – A solid undercard has been announced for the “Fire & Fury” pro boxing card, featuring World Boxing Association/International Boxing Association Light Heavyweight World Champion Beibut Shumenov in his third title defense, July 29 against two-time world title challenger Danny “The Bronx Bomber” Santiago, on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast live from South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Fire& Fury” is promoted by KZ Event Productions (Shumenov and his brother, Chingis, own and operate the Las Vegas-based KZ Event Productions) in association with Golden Boy Promotions, Don Chargin Productions, Guilty Boxing and South Point Hotel Casino and is sponsored by Cerveza Tecate and AT&T. Doors open at 5:30 PM PT, the first bout at 6:00 PM PT and the TeleFutura broadcast begins at 11:30 PM ET / PT (10:30 PM CT).

Tickets, starting at $25, are available for purchase at South Point’s box office, online at www.SouthPointEventCenter.com/tickets.php, or by calling 1.702.797.8055.

Fans at home can also be part of the action by participating in Cinturón Tecate and voting for the fighter in the main event who displays the most character in the ring by sending a text message to 55333. Voting will be open through the end of the weekend.

Undercard Announced for Rodriguez-Wolak on Friday Night

This Friday, July 15th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing presents the much anticipated jr. middleweight showdown between Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14KO’s) and Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) at the Roseland Ballroom in NYC.  The show which will also feature undefeated Puerto Rican welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (15-0, 8KO’s) taking on Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-3-1, 4KO’s) in the co-feature, will be broadcast live on ESPN’s ever popular “Friday Night Fights” series.

Scheduled to see action on the undercard in an intriguing match-up light heavyweight prospects as Lionell Thompson (7-0, 5KO’s) looks to stay perfect when he takes on fellow unbeaten, Reggie LaCrete (4-0-2, 3KO’s) in a six round light heavyweight showdown where someone’s 0 must go.

Two familiar names to the boxing world will also see action on the card in separate bouts, as jr. middleweights, Kevin “Kid” Rooney (1-0) takes on Elmer Vera (0-1) and Steven Gamache (1-0, 1KO) squares off against Rogelio Sanchez (0-3).  Both fights are scheduled for four rounds.

Interview with British Boxing Promoter Spencer Fearon

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

There’s a real buzz around the London Boxing scene at the moment thanks to the plethora of new young promoters strutting their stuff.

Whilst the young guns have been busy feeding the City’s hungry boxing fans, the big five, Frank Warren, Barry and Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, Ricky Hatton, Frank Maloney and Mick Hennessy on the other hand have seemingly ignored the Capital, instead deciding to stage their big shows in Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester and the like, or in Mick’s case across the pond.

I know, DeGale-Groves was held at the O2, Murray-El Ouazghari took place at York Hall, Matchroom presented Barker-Spada at Olympia as well as regularly hold their exciting Prizefighter series in the Capital and of course the Hennessy Sports promoted Chisora-Fury will be at Wembley on the 23rd July, but honestly is that enough boxing action, in the seven months of this year so far, for the nine million souls that populate the Capital city?

Michael Oliveira Fighting at Home Once Again

SAO PAULO, Brazil (July 12, 2011) – Unbeaten prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira has returned home to fight once again in Brazil, headlining Saturday night’s “Sao Paulo Fight Night” pro-am boxing card, presented by MO Productions, July 16 at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo.

The 21-year-old Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs), now rated No. 18 by the World Boxing Council (“WBC”), faces tough Dominican veteran Jose “Minguito” Soto (24-7-2, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBC Latino middleweight title in the 10-round main event.

“Sao Paulo Fight Night” will air live on TV Globo Network, SporTV cable, GloboEsporte and TV Globo International, as well as TYC Sports in Argentina, and streaming for free outside of Brazil and Argentina for free on www.BoxingChannel.tv.

Oliveira, the two-time defending Brazilian International Press Award’s Athlete of the Year (2009 and 2010), was born in Sao Paulo but he moved two weeks after birth with his family to Miami. He will be fighting for the third time in Brazil as part of a six-fight, two-year deal with TV Global.

Training Camp Q&A with Amir Khan and Zab Judah

Amir “King” Khan” – WBA Super Lightweight World Champion

Q:  How has this camp been?  Has it been better than the past three camps which involved traveling with trainer Freddie Roach (Philippines, Vancouver, Dallas, etc.)?

A:  “This camp has been very smooth.  We arrived in Los Angeles before the fight with Zab Judah was officially announced because we knew that the July 23 date was set in stone for my fight.  When Timothy Bradley declined our last offer, we made a deal with Judah and we’ve been focusing on him since early June.”

“Obviously not traveling to the Philippines, Dallas or even Vancouver has made this an easier camp.  There’s obviously less distractions this time.  Although going to the Philippines to train with Manny was a terrific experience; any chance to train with one of the best fighters in the world is always an opportunity worth taking.”

Zab “Super” Judah – IBF Junior Welterweight World Champion

Q:  How is training camp progressing for July 23?

A:  “Training camp is going well for me.  We have a lot of fun in camp.  We’re very relaxed, but very focused too.  It’s great.  I really have never felt better.  My weight is great.  It’s been a lot of hard work and dedication and we are ready to go.”

Rigondeaux Targets Ramos

CORK, Ireland – No sooner had new World Boxing Association (“WBA”) Super Bantamweight Champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos had his arm raised victoriously after his seventh-round knockout of defending champion Akishumni Shimoda last Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBA Interim titlist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux issued an instant challenge to the 24-year-old Ramos for a supreme 122-pound showdown.

The Shimoda-Ramos fight was on the verge of being called off when Rigondeaux’ Irish manager, Gary Hyde, through renown boxing lawyer Patrick English, lodged an objection to the WBA. The action resulted in the promoters for both Shimoda and Ramos being instructed to make a deal with Team Rigondeaux or their fight wouldn’t be sanctioned.

As WBA world Interim champion, Rigo should have been the next challenger for Shimoda’s title, but the Japanese champion by-passed Rigondeaux in favor of an easier title defense against Ramos.

Linenfelser Already Veteran Pro Boxer for Nearly Six Years

CHICAGO (July 11, 2011) – Junior middleweight prospect “Bazooka” Joe Linenfelser (9-1-1, 6 KOs), a 22-year-old boxer from Rockford, Illinois who lived a few years in Florida before returning home, has already been fighting professionally for nearly six years.

When he made his pro debut October 8, 2005, stopping 181-fight veteran Donnie Penelton in the opening round of their fight in Iowa, Joe was only 17 years old, the youngest pro boxer in the United States at that time, and a high school senior in Port Richey, Florida.

Most states require professional boxers to be 18. Iowa, however, licensed Linenfelser at 17 but only after he received special permission, which included a review of his grades and a letter from a teacher, an evaluation in terms of possessing exceptional boxing ability for his age, and undergoing an interview with Iowa Athletic Commissioner Dave Neil to convince authorities that Joe’s decision to turn pro was his own.

Erislandy Lara Seeks Rematch Against Paul Williams

Los Angeles (July 11) – Saturday night, Erislandy Lara, one of boxing’s rising stars, was dealt a decision loss against former World Champion Paul Williams at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey despite the fact that the vast majority of ringside media in attendance, fans watching the fight in person as well as those watching live on HBO, believed that Lara had won the fight in convincing fashion.  When the decision was read (scores 114, 114, 115-114 and 116-114 in favor of Williams) a chorus of boos rained down on the ring and calls for a rematch were immediately heard.

“When you see a young undefeated star convincingly win almost every round against one of the best fighters in the world and then have the judges take the fight away from him, it’s very disturbing, not only as his promoter, but also as a boxing fan,” said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions.  “The CompuBox statistics alone indicate who the winner of this fight was…Lara landed 42% of his total punches to Williams 19%.  Further indication come when examining the power punch statistics as landed Lara landed half of his power shots to almost one of every five that Williams landed.  We hope that Williams and his promoter Dan Goossen will give Lara a much-deserved rematch to settle the controversy that has erupted since Saturday night’s decision.  If Williams chooses not to fight Lara again, Erislandy is ready to fight anyone, anywhere and at any time and we will make sure they he gets the opportunities he deserves in the wake of his spectacular performance in Atlantic City.”

Rodriguez Ready to Grab the Bull by the Horns

This Friday night, long-time welterweight contender, and former world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez, will step up in weight, and look to stake his claim amongst the elite of the jr. middleweight division, when he takes on red-hot, all-action, Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in the main event bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”.  The bout, which will take place at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and is scheduled for ten rounds.

Boxing is a sport like no other.  All it takes is one night, even just one punch, to change everything in your career.  Rodriguez, who has suffered some bitter, and highly controversial defeats the past few years, see’s his fight against Wolak as just that.

“This is my opportunity to erase everything bad that has happened the past few years, and put myself right back into the spotlight,” stated Rodriguez.  “I can’t change what happened in the past, that’s something that I don’t have any control over and honestly I’m tired of talking about it.  What I do have control over though is the fight on July 15th.  A win against Pawel, who is coming off the biggest win of his career, and is rated in all of the four sanctioning bodies, puts me right back into the mix, and there is no way that I am letting that opportunity pass me by.”

Diaz to Headline Aug. 19 Night of Boxing in Indiana

Hitz Boxing will return to the luxurious “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday, August 19 for a night of world-class boxing, featuring Chicago’s former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz in the main event.

Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) won the world championship in 2006 against Jose Armando Santa Cruz and successfully defended against all-time-great Erik Morales via unanimous decision before falling short in a valiant stand against pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao in an exciting high-profile showdown in 2008. Diaz also has victories over former world champions Jesus Chavez and Ener Julio.

The 35-year-old southpaw Diaz is back stronger than ever and planning to re-join the ranks of the world’s best lightweights. He will be looking to make a statement in front of his hometown fans.

Showtime Sports: Rios-Antillon Recap

Showtime Sports presents a recap from Brandon Rios’ lightweight title clash against Urbano Antillon on Saturday night.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-AwCod9n2k[/video]

‘The Colonel’ Bob Sheridan is Back

By Benny Ricardo

The pipes were clear; the energy through the roof and the main event took place right where he likes it, in his kill zone area.  The Colonel, Bob Sheridan, was back on the air calling another championship fight that is rapidly nearing the thousand mark.  Top Rank’s Director of TV production, Marty Corwin told the Colonel “You were in mid-season form, it was like you never left.”

A legendary announcing career that dates all the way back to his call of the “Rumble in Jungle” between Ali and Foreman, at the Mai Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire back on October 30, 1974, was back on the air.  Only this time The Colonel’s journey to announce a fight was longer than any he had ever had for this itinerary transcended life and death.

Saturday night from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, the main event of Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon was the kind of fights the Colonel loves to call.  It took place in the zone he likes to call “The Kill Zone”.  It’s that zone where boxers enter inside arms length where angles, waist and head movements are vital for survival.  It is the kill zone because a fighter enters it willing to pay the price of knowing it is kill or be killed.

Henry Coyle Comes Home for Royal Rumble in Castlebar

County Mayo’s Henry “The Western Warrior” Coyle returns home next month when he challenges for the WBF Light Middleweight title against Italy’s Elio Cotena at the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on Friday, August 12th.

The Chicago based Geesala native will headline a bill which also features Dublin’s undefeated Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland and a host of local talent on the undercard including an Irish title tilt for unbeaten Westport native Finbarr Eade and an eagerly anticipated all Mayo duel between John Waldron and Michael Sweeney.

Coyle says he’s determined to make it a night to remember for his home fans and a night to forget for Cotena. “I’ve been part of a couple of big nights of boxing already here in Castlebar on the undercard to Bernard Dunne and Andy Murray so it’s great now to headline a bill at home and in a world title fight.

“The Royal Theatre is a fantastic venue and it’s brought some of the worlds biggest entertainers to Mayo and hopefully this will be a night for the people of Mayo to savour as well. I’ve been training hard in Chicago because I was hoping that something big like this would come up.

Kevin Mitchell Talks Upcoming Showdown vs. John Murray

By Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

At long last the highly anticipated showdown between Dagenham’s ‘Mighty’ Kevin Mitchell and Manchester’s John Murray will finally take place this weekend, albeit in Liverpool and not the ExCel in London which was to originally host this career defining fight.

As I am sure most of you are aware the fight was supposed to have taken place this past Saturday, but due to Kevin being unwell for a few days recently the bout was hastily rescheduled and added to the Ricky Burns versus Nicky Cook WBO World Title fight card.

Since my return from America I have spent quite a bit of time with Kevin while he has been training at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town. I was there throughout his training camp for the ill fated Katsidis fight and of course I’ve been there for Kevin’s  camp for the John Murray bout.

Even though the training and sparring sessions have all been behind closed doors, thanks to Kevin’s coaches Jimmy and Mark Tibbs trusting me I have been lucky enough to have been at the TRAD TKO for every single session.

Vargas Stops Estrada on Friday’s ‘Solo Boxeo Tecate’

Primm, Nev. (July 8, 2011) – Golden Boy Promotions returned to Primm, Nev. with another special edition of Roy Englebrecht Promotions’ “Fight Club Primm” featuring a five-fight event at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena.  If you missed the live action or TeleFutura “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast, below is a summary of the results:

Jessie Vargas def. Walter Estrada
via KO, 2

Alfonso Blanco def. Cleven Ishe
via Unanimous decision, 6

USBA Heavyweight Champ Maurice Harris Seeks Redemption

NEW YORK (July 8, 2011) – Much more than his title belt will be on line Saturday night, July 16 when USBA Heavyweight Champion Maurice”Sugar Moe” Harris makes his first defense against Derric “The Shaolin Fist” Rossy at Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Harris needs to erase the memories of his last fight in order to keep his roller coaster-like career alive.

Harris (24-15-2, 10 KOs) was stopped in the third round by Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (36-2, 24 KOs) in May, live on ESPN Friday Night Fights in their IBF Box-Off.

“I was used to taking last minute fights and didn’t know how to handle two months of training for that fight,” Harris said.”I left it in the gym and on the roads running. That wasn’t me. I wanted to look so good fighting on television for my family and those supporting me. I put too much pressure on myself. I take nothing away from Tony Thompson. I respect him and he was the better man that night, but he was fouling (rabbit punches) me throughout the fight. No excuses, though, I blame myself. I’m a man. I know I need to focus on the task at hand and not worry about my last fight.”

The 35-year-old Harris, winner of the 2002 Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament, has defeated world champions (Sergei Liakhovich) and challengers but he’s also lost to several club fighters during his up-and-down career.

Michael Perez Chosen as Winer of ‘Cinturon Tecate’

NEW YORK (July 8, 2011) – Throughout this season of “Sólo Boxeo Tecate,” fans have been given the opportunity to celebrate their passion for the sport of boxing by voting for the fighter who displays the most talent, determination and carácter in the ring each Friday night.  Today,  Cerveza Tecate is proud to announce that Michael “The Artist” Perez is the winner of the second of four “Cinturón Tecate” belts to be awarded in 2011, having earned viewers’ respect and 87% of all votes cast during his May 13 fight against Ira Terry in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Perez will be accepting the award during tonight’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” broadcast on TeleFutura at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT (10:30 p.m. CT); and will appear on Univision’s premier sports talk show, “Republica Deportiva” on Sunday, July 10 to talk about what it means to be a boxer con carácter.

A Newark, New Jersey native, Perez has proven that he is a force to be reckoned with, with an undefeated record of 13-0-1 with 7 wins coming by way of knockout.  This year, Perez has stopped Marco Herrera in eight rounds on Feb. 4 and Ira Terry in just three rounds.  During his amateur career, he earned three East Coast titles, the 2003 Silver Gloves Championship, the 2005 Junior Olympic National Title and the 2008 National Golden Gloves Title.  Perez is scheduled to return to “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” on August 19, when fans will once again have the chance to judge his carácter.