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Boxing News in Brief: 10th August

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Boxing News and Updates – Wednesday 10th August – for:  Investigator rules out Gatti suicide, Olusegun vs Chebah WBC Eliminator, Diaz vs. Zepeda, WBA Convention in Ukraine, Katsidis v Lozada, Ioka meets Hernandez, Hopkins-Dawson presser, Global Boxing, Upcoming WBF Title Fights  


  • Investigator rules out Gatti suicide - Results of the findings of a ten-month investigation into the death of boxing legend Arturo Gatti will be officially unveiled at a press conference on August 30 in North Bergen, NJ. However, private investigator Paul Ciolino, who was hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch to investigate Gatti’s death, told The Jersey Journal that Gatti did not commit suicide as ruled by Brazilian authorities. “I think that when we get done with the press conference it will be pretty clear it was not a suicide,” Ciolino told the paper. “It was not physically possible, given the circumstances and their (Brazilian police) theories.”


  • Olusegun vs Chebah WBC Eliminator - A Sept. 30th  ShoBox card has been set, headlined by the junior welterweight eliminator between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah, emanating from the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. - The winner of the bout between the undefeated Nigerian southpaw Olusegun (29-0, 14 KOs) and Chebah (35-1, 28 KOs) of Montreal will become the WBC mandatory challenger.


  • Diaz vs. Zepeda - The undercard for Friday’s Antonio Diaz vs. Ernesto Zepeda card at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, will in the co-feature, have featherweight knockout artist Andrew Cancio (10-1-2, 10 KOs) who will be looking to keep his finishing streak going against Lowell Brownfield (11-7-1, 4 KOs). Also in action will unbeaten Humberto Zatarain (2-0) against Rocco Espinoza (1-0) in a four rounder featherweight bout as well as locals Angel Osuna and Jose Antonio Vargas in separate fights. Fans can meet boxing legend Tommy “The Hitman” Hearns during special autograph session from 7:30PM – 8:30PM in the Events Center.


  • WBA Convention in Ukraine - It has been confirmed that the city of Donetsk, Ukraine, will be the site for the WBA’s Annual Convention running from November 6th until November 12th (departure). The WBA is the boxing world’s oldest sanctioning body and this will be their 90th Convention. Since 1982, the organization has been led by Venezuelan Gilberto Mendoza. The WBA Executive Committee had originally planned to hold this event in Thailand, but it was decided to shift the convention to the Shakhtar Hotel Ukraine this year for a number of reasons. Between 50-80 countries will be represented by over 250 delegates.


  • Katsidis v Lozada will be fought on August 13th. Katsidis is fighting on Australian soil for the first time in over four years, and is confident that this fight will be no different to all his fights, packed with action on the other hand Lozada, said the he believed the fight would be over early “The Crowd better get there early, as I plan to finish the fight quickly. I want to do what Antonio Tarver did to Danny Green and Ameth Diaz to Lenny Zappavigna and stop Australia’s best.”


  • Ioka meets Hernandez - Unbeaten 22-year-old WBC 105-pound champ Kazuto Ioka (7-0, 5 KOs), Japan, will make his initial defense against official challenger Juan Hernandez (18-1, 13 KOs), from Mexico, today (Wednesday) at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan. The weigh-in ceremony took place at the Hall, where both tipped the beam at 104.5, half a pound lighter than the class limit. The WBC officials will be as follows: referee Malcolm Bulner (Australia); judges Glen Rick Crocker (US), Hubert Minn (US) and Bernie McMahon (Australia); supervisor Frank Quill (Australia).


  • Hopkins-Dawson presser - Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) believes that he will successfully defend his light heavyweight world title belt against Chad Dawson on October 15th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Dawson (30-1, 17 KOs) does not believe he will. The fight will headline an aptly-titled “Believe it or not” fight card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. Both fighters were at the midday press conference on Monday, where both guaranteed victory less than 10 weeks from now. Also on the HBO Pay Per View card will be Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KOs) taking on Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) in a 12 round bout for a vacant world title belt. Bernard Hopkins: “I don’t want any kids, least his (Dawson’s) to watch this fight. This is going to be rated R. I have to go out there again and prove why I’m special. Now I have another mission and that is to defend my title successfully like Archie Moore did when he was 47, 48 years old. I believe that I’ve brought life back into the light heavyweight division.”


  • Global Boxing has announced the launch of their new boxing promotion series entitled Global Boxing Series, a string of four events to take place at Global Boxing Arena in North Bergen, NJ. The first four events are scheduled for September 24, October 15, November 11 and December 10. Each show will start at 5PM. The first event will be headlined by undefeated junior lightweight prospect Kamil Laszczyk (3-0, 3 KOs) of North Bergen, NJ by way of Wroclaw, Poland. The shows will take place at the Global Boxing Gym location, which will be converted to a fight venue for the day to seat a capacity of 500.


  • Upcoming WBF Title Fights - The World Boxing Federation has just announced the title bout lineup for the remainder of 2011 as of August 9. There will be seven world title fights, three male and four female, starting as early as next Saturday night, August 14. Besides, two Intercontinental title bouts will take place and one Mediterranean belt will be at stake. Here is the full schedule:August 14, 2011 – East London, South Africa - Women’s World Super Bantamweight Title- Unathi Myekeni vs. Gabisile Tshabalala- August 20, 2011 – Mantanillo, Mexico - World Super Featherweight Title (Vacant)- Rafael Guzman vs. Rafael Hernandez- August, 2011 – Hungary - Women’s World Cruiserweight Title (Vacant)- Zita Zatyko vs. Izabella Torok- September 9, 2011 – Saint Denis, Reunion, France - Women’s World Light Welterweight Title- Myrian Lamara vs. Lely Luz Florez- September 30, 2011 – Windhoek, Namibia - World Light Heavyweight Title (Vacant)- Harry Simon vs. Tody Dodson- September 30, 2011 – Belgrade, Serbia - Mediterranean Heavyweight Title (Vacant)- Nenad Stankovic vs. Shendrit Hotnjani- October 1, 2011 – Yutz, France - Women’s World Welterweight Title- Ann Sophie Mathis vs. Cindy Serrano- October 7, 2011 – Las Palmas, Spain - World Super Welterweight Title (Vacant)- Sebastien Madani vs. Saul Roman- October 14, 2011 – Munich, Germany - Intercontinental Heavyweight Title (Vacant)- Alexander Petkovic vs. John Napari- October 22, 2011 – Tüblingen, Germany - Intercontinental Cruiserweight Title (Vacant)- Björn Blaschke vs. Mounir Toumi