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Boxing Updates - 22 September

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Miguel Cotto / “Boxeo Boricua in Salinas” -- Promoter and world champ Miguel Cotto, together with Héctor Soto, announced their famous Puerto Rican series, “Boxeo Boricua in Salinas” coming up this Saturday, September 25 at the Angel “Cholo” Espada Coliseum in Salinas today. The heavyweight contender, Victor Bisbal (17-1, 12 KOs) will fight Brock Stodden (18-16-1, 9 KOs) while junior lightweight sensation Marcos “El Tigre” Jiménez (16-2, 10 KOs) will make his come back fight against veteran warrior Robert Daluz (13-30-3, 9 KOs). Juan “El Puma” González (9-0,8 KOs), Abner “Pin” Cotto (8-0,4 KOs) and Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (11-0,7 KOs) will also be fighting.

 

  • Junior lightweight Humberto Gutierrez (27-2-1, 20 KOs) will now face Rene ‘Chirizo’ Gonzalez (27-2-1, 21 KOs) in the TV-opener on Saturday’s “Top Rank Live!” telecast on Fox Sports Espanol. The main event is a WBO interim light flyweight championship clash between beltholder Ramon Garcia (13-1-1, 8 KOs) and Manuel Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs).

 

  • Kelly Pavlik  -- By James Slater - When it was announced that former middleweight king Kelly Pavlik had been added to the November 13th card topped by Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito, the fans cheered. When it was announced who the opponent would be - Haiti’s Daniel Edouard - the fans booed. No real disrespect was aimed at “The Haitian Sensation,” it was just that a more visible name was what the fans wanted to see “The Ghost” going up against in his first fight back since that tough loss to Sergio Martinez.

Well, as ESPN.com’s Dan Rafael reported a few days back, Edouard is now out for Nov.13th and Team-Pavlik are looking for a replacement. Today, via his Twitter page on ESPN.com, Rafael has reported how tough, durable and world class Giovanni Lorenzo is the fighter Pavlik’s gang have contacted about the date going free in November. (Source: EastSide Boxing).

 

  • Sergio Martinez Vs. Paul Williams II -- The rematch of 2009’s Fight of The Year, Sergio Martinez Vs. Paul Williams II. All signed and sealed for November 20th, the potential barnburner will take place at The Boardwalk in Atlantic City, the scene of the first fight between the Argentine and the man from Georgia, USA.

According to ESPN.com, the fight will be for Martinez’ world middleweight title, but the two fighters have agreed to meet at a catch-weight of 157-pounds.

 

  • Degale counter offer -- Hayemaker Boxing have made a counter-offer to James Degale for a Commonwealth title challenge against champion George Groves in December.

Adam Booth for Hayemaker Boxing made the counter-offer to promoter Frank Warren this morning (Tuesday) at 11.08 a.m, and insists the purse involved was substantially more than the one received from Warren on Monday afternoon.

 

  • Miguel Vazquez -- According to BoxingScene Miguel Vazquez's (26-3) first IBF lightweight title defense may come against Philadelphia's "Hammerin'" Hank Lundy (19-1).

Vazquez won the vacant title when he defeated Ji-Hoon Kim via unanimous decision in Laredo, Texas in August.

Lundy suffered his first pro defeat when he lost via TKO to John Molina in July. Lundy bounced back in a big way by routing Omri Lowther 6 weeks later. He accepted the fight with less than a week's notice and won 100-90 on two scorecard and 98-92 on the other scorecard.

 

  • Golden Boy Promotions -- On Tuesday, Golden Boy Promotions filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Nevada against Top Rank Promotions, Top Rank CEO, Bob Arum, and Top Rank CFO David Lopez, accusing the duo of racketeering and fraud and seeking damages in the range of $3 to $5 million plus attorneys fees related to money generated from three Manny Pacquiao fights.

In accordance with a settlement between the two companies in 2007, Golden Boy owns a percentage of Pacquiao's promotional contract. In the legal papers, Golden Boy claims their company is owed millions of dollars from Pacquiao's 2008 lightweight title bout against David Diaz, his 2009 welterweight title bout against Miguel Cotto and his March welterweight title defense against Joshua Clottey. Golden Boy claims further, that Top Rank has often failed to report revenue from Pacquiao's fights and falsely inflated expenses to avoid paying their company the agreed upon percentage from their 2007 settlement.

 

  • Unbeaten Isaac Rodrigues (17-0, 13 KOs) will face hard-hitting Samuel Miller (20-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday, October 2 in the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY in a twelve round middleweight bout. At stake will be the vacant WBC USNBC middleweight title.

 

  • Nazareno dethrones Manfa -- PABA#3 super light Dan Nazareno Jr. (14-4,10 KOs) celebrated his 21st birthday with his surprise victory over Manfa Looksaikongdin (16-8,11 KOs) to capture the PABA super lightweight title on Monday 19 September at Countryhome Village in Pak-hai, Ayutthaya, Thailand. The new champion made a good start as he floored the Thai fighter with a right straight in the opening round. The game turned to Manfa from round three when he landed vicious bodyshots which almost dropped the Filipino many times in rounds four and five. But the action was unexpectedly finished in round six as Nazareno surprisingly attacked the Thai fighter, dropping his foe with a vicious left hook and then displaying one-side assault to destroy the now former champion at the early of round six.