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Boxing News in Brief - 3 July 2015

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Boxing News in Brief forMuhammad Ali, Jhonny Gonzalez , Cotto-Alvarez , Keith “One Time” Thurman, Bernard Hopkins, WBA interim belt, Fury vs Klitschko, Jessie Magdaleno, Mauricio Herrera, Mauricio Sulaiman in  Nicaragua, The World Boxing Council, Michael Perez, Tommy Langford, Docherty-Kelly, Marco Antonio Rubio


  • Marco Antonio Rubiocomeback fight cancelled - Citing “unforeseen circumstances”, Golden Eagle Promotions announced on their Facebook page that the upcoming July 11th “Win or Die” fight card featuring former middleweight contender Marco Antonio Rubio is cancelled. “We are very sorry to have to come to this decision,” the post added, “but Golden Eagle Promotions would like to thank boxing fans for their support.”


  • Jhonny Gonzalez- Thrice World Champion in two different weight categories, Jhonny Gonzalez is preparing for a return to the ring on August 1st  at the Bicentenary Auditorium of Morelia, Mexico. Jhonny is stepping right back into the fray, fighting Japan's Kazuki Hashimoto, with the WBC International super featherweight title on the line. It'll be broadcasted via  Televisa Deportes.


  • Cotto-Alvarezto fight at 155lbs - Roc Nation Sports and Golden Boy are currently working out the details on the fight date and venue - expected to be on either Nov. 7th or Nov. 21st at the MGM Grand or the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.


  • Keith “One Time” Thurman- Undefeated WBA “regular” welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (25-0, 21 KOs) defends his belt against former world champion Luis Collazo on July 11 in the inaugural Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN event at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa, Florida. “I’m looking forward to July 11 in Tampa Bay, Florida defending my world title in my hometown,” said Thurman earlier this week. “Me and my whole team are truly excited. We respect Luis Collazo and we’re looking forward to having a great performance and challenge on July 11.


  • Bernard Hopkins- Future Hall of Famer Bernard Hopkins has insisted to Fox Sports that he still has something left to give and is not yet ready to retire; “Unlike my business partner Oscar De La Hoya, I’ll be confirming that I’m not retired. I’m looking to make one more historical, meaningful fight before I close out my 27 year career.” “Stay tuned, it will be against a well known name. I’m looking to get a stamp of approval on my legacy.”


  • WBA interim belt- WBA “interim” minimumweight champion Thammanoon Niyomtrong (11-0, 6 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Alexis Diaz (16-1, 10 KOs) on Tuesday night in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Time of the stoppage was 2:45.


  • Fury vs Klitschko- There could be some competition at the World Boxing Association's mandatory purse bid between Tyson Fury (24-0, 18KOs) and Wladimir Klitschko (64-3, 53KOs), who currently holds the WBA, IBO, WBO and IBF world titles. The purse bid is set for July 6th in Panama City. Fury is promoted by Hearn's UK rivals, Frank Warren and Mick Hennessey. If Hearn were to scoop in and outbid the competition, then he would place it on Sky Sports instead of Warren's network, BoxNation. Hearn would also look to place it in a UK stadium, where the fight would likely sell out in a very short time period. Klitschko's company, K2 Promotions, rarely lose a purse bid. And it's not expected for them to lose on Monday when the champion is getting the bulk of the take. Hearn told Sky Sports: "It's a big fight for the world heavyweight title involving a Briton and a great champion in Wladimir Klitschko. There is a purse bid in Panama and maybe we'll be on the plane to put a bid in ourselves."


  • Jessie Magdaleno- Junior featherweight Jessie Magdaleno will fight Rey Perez on August 1, Top Rank announced on Thursday. The 10 round bout will headline a Top Rank card and will take place at the Dr. Pepper Arena in Frisco, Tex., a suburb of Dallas. UniMas will broadcast the fight live, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ PT. This will be Magdaleno’s first scheduled 10 round bout. Magdaleno, who is ranked within the top five in two of the major sanctioning bodies, is the younger brother of Diego Magdaleno.


  • Mauricio Herrera- On July 11th former WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio Herrera (21-5) returns to the rig against the talkative "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy (25-4). The fight takes place at the LA Sports Arena and will be televised by HBO Latino. "It's been a long training camp. It's been exhausting but the day is almost here. We are ready to go," said Herrera. The 35-year old Herrera last fought in December when he lost his title via controversial decision to Jose Benavides Jr. He hopes that a win over Lundy will lead him to another shot at a title.


  • Mauricio Sulaimanin  Nicaragua- Future foes go head to head? A few days ago, the president of the World Boxing Council (WBC), Mauricio Sulaiman, who is in Managua, Nicaragua to participate in the festivities to remember the former world champion Alexis Arguello, did not rule out a possible fight between WBC flyweight world champion Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (43-0, 37KOs) of Nicaragua and WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras (32-0-1, 25KOs) of Mexico.


  • The World Boxing Counciland its President, Mauricio Sulaiman, have declared three days of mourning  due to the sad passing of the Greatest Mexican journalist, Jacobo Zabludovsky, aged 87. Don Jacobo  was born  in Mexico City on May 24th, 1928, he was the son of David Zabludovsky and Raquel Kraveski, who came to Mexico from Poland  in 1926. The WBC joins  Don Jacobo´s family in mourning. He was a truly great newsman. A journalistic giant, who's inspired so many.


  • Michael Perez -Lightweight standout Michael Perez will face new opponent Luis Sanchez in the HBO Latino-televised co-feature to the Mauricio Herrera-Hank Lundy main event on July 11 at the LA Sports Arena in Los Angeles. Sanchez replaces top-10 contender Sharif Bogere who withdrew due to a training camp injury.


  • Tommy Langford- Birmingham-based boxer Tommy Langford hopes to move up the world rankings on Saturday when he fights for the WBO Intercontinental middleweight title. Unbeaten in 12 professional bouts, the 25-year-old Devonian will go into the WBO's top 10 for a world title shot if he beats Mexican Julio Cesar Avalos.


  • Docherty-KellyTitle Showdown Set For 15th August. Glasgow’s former Commonwealth Champion Craig Docherty is set to challenge Dundalk, Ireland’s Michael Kelly for the World Boxing Union (WBU) Super Welterweight World title, on the Thomas Melville’s Colloseum Promotions THE COMEBACK event at the Lagoon Leisure Centre in Paisley on Saturday 15th August.


  • Muhammad Ali's childhood home being restored into museum - Muhammad Ali grew up in a small, non-descript home on Grand Avenue in Louisville, KY during the 1950's - a house has since decayed mightily over the years. But thanks to group of boxing fans, the house is currently undergoing restoration to recreate it's 1950's look when Ali was living there with the intent of turning it into a museum.


  • Floyd Mayweather's Fight of Century earnings - According to a report published by ESPN, Mayweather is set to bring in somewhere between $220 million and $230 million -- Mayweather's opponent in the fight, Manny Pacquiao is set to earn somewhere around $150 million, despite losing to Mayweather.


  • Roy Jones Jr.Set To Head Up Vaughan’s September Liverpool Event - Stephen Vaughan Jr. announced earlier today that 5 Division World Champion Roy Jones Jr. will be coming to Liverpool, England to headline his upcoming event at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on Saturday 12th September 2015.