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Boxing News in Brief - 21 June

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Boxing News in Brief – Tuesday 21June 2011 -  for: James Kirkland vs Saul Duran on 24 June, Devon Alexander vs Lucas Matthysse – on June 25, Macklin vs. Sturm – on June 25, Jones vs. Munoz – on June 25, Codrington vs Enriquez - on July 15, Saunders vs. Boulden on July 9, Soto vs Sasaki Update, Lucian Bute and Kelly Pavlik, Boxeo Telemundo, Maidana vs. Guerrero - on August 27


  • James Kirkland vs Saul Duran on 24 June

Once-beaten light-middleweight contender James Kirkland has an opponent set for his return this Friday night. The 27-year-old southpaw, shocked inside a round by Nobuhiro Ishida in April of this year, will face veteran Saul Duran up at middleweight. Also on Friday’s card will be former “Contender” Brian Vera, 18-5(11). Vera, in his first fight since upsetting fellow “Contender” Sergio Mora, will face Eloy Suarez, 11-11-1(5). Vera is in line for a much bigger fight and should take care of Suarez without too much trouble. Also on Friday’s card will be former “Contender” Brian Vera, 18-5(11). Vera, in his first fight since upsetting fellow “Contender” Sergio Mora, will face Eloy Suarez, 11-11-1(5).


  • DevonAlexander vs Lucas Matthysse – on June 25

This Saturday night former IBF/WBC light welterweight champion Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KO’s) will be trying to get back to his winning ways against contender Lucas Matthysse (28-1, 26 KO’s) at the Family Arena in Saint Charles, Missouri. - IBF #1-ranked contender and USBA light heavyweight champ Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (29-3-2, 17 KOs) will get his first world title shot when he challenges defending IBF champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (22-0, 18 KOs)

  • Macklin vs. Sturm – on June 25

29-year-old challenger Matthew Macklin (29-2, 19 KO’s) will be fighting for a world title for the first time this Saturday night against WBA Super World middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KO’s) at the Lanxess-Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany.


  • Jones vs. Munoz – on June 25

For Mike Jones the June 25th fight will be his first fight in Philadelphia since his March 6, 2009 second-round knockout over Dairo Esalas at the Blue Horizon. It also will be his 13th fight overall in his hometown and his 12th at this venue (South Philly Arena, formerly New Alhambra)


  • Codrington vs Enriquez - on July 15

Super middleweight Jaidon Codrington (20-2, 16 KOs) will face Alvaro Enriquez (11-8-2, 3 KOs) on July 15 at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta. Codrington lost to Sakio Bika in the finals of the TV reality series “The Contender” in what many called the fight of the year for 2007. Now working for the Atlanta Police Dept., he has only fought twice since against marginal opposition. Also on the card is a clash of former IBF title challengers as Paul Delgado (25-10-1) meets Osrael “Pito” Cardona. Tickets start at $25. Call 404-843-2825.


  • Saunders vs. Boulden on July 9

Olympian Billy Joe Saunders will challenge for his first title next month at the Excel London as chief support on the Kevin Mitchell-John Murray undercard. The hard-hitting southpaw takes on the Southern Area Middleweight Champion Gary Bouldon from Shepperton.


  • Maidana vs. Guerrero - on August 27

Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, has confirmed that the August 27th bout between two time world champion Robert Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KO’s) and WBA light welterweight interim champion Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KO’s) has been finalized. The bout will be shown on HBO and will be taking place at the HP Pavilion, in San Jose, California.


  • Lucian Bute and Kelly Pavlik

IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute is very close to signing to face former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik, for a fight that would go ahead in November. Unbeaten Bute must first beat Jean Paul Mendy on July 9th, but assuming he does so it looks like it will be “The Ghost” after that. Bob Arum and Kelly’s trainer, Jack Loew, spoke with The Vindicator at the weekend. “If Kelly wins, he’s back on top of the heap,” Arum said of the Bute fight. “If he loses, but gives the crown an incredible performance, he’s still right in the mix.”

  • Boxeo Telemundo

Tickets are on sale NOW for All Star Boxing’s “Boxeo Telemundo” telecast on Friday featuring Jesus Pabon vs. Javier “La Zorra” Castro for Pabon’s WBO jr welterweight Latin title, plus Sullivan Barrera vs. Frank Paines for the vacant WBO Latin & WBA FEDELATIN light heavyweight titles at the Miami Dade County Auditorium. “This will be a great, an entertaining night of boxing. I am really looking forward to this duel , Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, always a classic, plus a great undercard!” said promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. Doors open 7:30pm. Tickets $25.00* Reserved Seating and there also VIP tables available. Call 305-547-5414.


  • Soto vs Sasaki Update

On Saturday at the Parque Andrés Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) faces Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) in defense of his world title. “I trained hard for this fight and I hope for the victory,” said Soto. “Fights between Mexicans and Japanese are interesting and I hope Sasaki is a great fighter. Sasaki is an aggressive fighter and strong and will surely come well prepared. We analyzed the video of one of his fights and in truth it won’t be easy, but I’m coming to do my thing.” Sasaki has already arrived in Cozumel. (Gabriel F. Cordero)