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Pro Boxing News - 29 July

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Burchfield: Lundy not a free agent -- Jimmy Burchfield, President of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., categorically denied several media reports issued today that lightweight prospect “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (18-1-1, 10 KOs) is a promotional free agent. “He is not a free agent and promoters shouldn’t be speaking with him or his team,” Burchfield explained. “CES turned him pro and we have completely and totally honored our end of the contract. We just had him fighting on national television twice within 90 days. We’ve worked through his different managers and trainers, never wavering in our full support of Hank. Like with all of our fighters, other than actually fighting for them, we do everything we can to help them, in and out of the ring, including Hank. We still strongly believe in him.”



Manny Pacquiao -- According to Michael Marley of, Manny Pacquiao likes the idea of fighting Antonio Margarito in Mexico on November 13th rather than Las Vegas, Nevada because of the money that Pacquiao will save by fighting in Mexico. Pacquiao’s personal adviser Michael Koncz says “Manny loves the people at the MGM Grand and they’ve treated him well, but it becomes an economic decisions. There’s a 35 percent tax burden for Manny to shoulder in America but not in Mexico




Manny Pacquiao Showdown -- Abu Dhabi, one of the cities interested in hosting pound-for-pound king and “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao’s showdown with Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC light middleweight title on November 13 has asked for an extension of two days before deciding on a proposal submitted by Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz.

Koncz who together with Arum met with representatives of the United Arab Emirates Royal Family in the US some weeks ago said the representative called and requested for a two-day extension although Arum has indicated he doubts whether the Abu Dhabi  deal would push through despite the seeming optimism of Koncz.



Jacobs vs. Pirog -- American Daniel Jacobs (20-0, 17 KO’s) will be facing what could be the hardest test of his still young career this Saturday night against unbeaten Russian Dmitry Pirog (16-0, 13 KO’s) for the vacant World Boxing Organization middleweight title on the undercard of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Juan Diaz bout at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jacobs, 23 turning pro in 2007.




NY - Argenis Mendez Vs Shamir Reyes –- Mendez beat Reyes with a first round knockdown en route to an 8-round unanimous decision victory over local hero Reyes on Wednesday night. The Mendez-Reyes fight headlined the latest edition of DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series.

Full Results from New York, NY

Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) UD8 (80-71, 80-71, 79-72) Shamir Reyes (18-7-2, 7 KOs)

Gabriel Bracero (11-0, 1 KO) TKO4 (2:53) Raymond Betancourt (8-5, 3 KOs)

Phillip Jackson Benson (6-1, 5 KOs) TKO3 (1:30) Alexander Santana (6-1, 3 KOs)

Joe Smith, Jr. (5-0, 5 KOs) TKO2 (1:10) Charles Wade (1-8, 1 KO)

Willie Monroe, Jr. (9-0, 3 KOs) TKO3 (3:00) Loren Myers (7-9-1, 2 KOs)

Stivens Bujaj (1-0, 1 KO) TKO2 (2:00) Calvin Rooks (1-2-1)



Yuriorkis Gamboa Vs Orlando Salido -- Top Rank's vice president Carl Moretti has been quoted by BoxingScene as saying that HBO has approved IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido (34-10-2, 22 KOs) as the opponent for WBA "regular" champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (18-0, 15 KOs). The fight takes place at The Palms resort in Las Vegas on September 11.

The co- headliner remains unchanged, with a WBA lightweight eliminator between two unbeatens, Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) and Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs).



Amir Khan: 'I'll Fight Anyone' -- WBA junior welterweight king Amir Khan believes that he is better than his counterparts Devon Alexander of the WBC and IBF, and, Tim Bradley, of the WBO, the latter of whom he said he would be the first to beat up and knock out if given the opportunity.

n the past few weeks the WBA junior welterweight (140 pounds) king Khan has made the decision to "embolden" himself, in the words of HBO President of Sports, Ross Greenburg, to call out some of the premiere fighters in his division, including WBO counterpart, Tim Bradley, and, WBC and IBF king, Devon Alexander.



Munroe to face WBC champion Nishioka on 24 October -- Leicester super-bantamweight Rendall Munroe will fight WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka in Tokyo on 24 October. Munroe, 30, will take eight weeks off from his day job as a binman to prepare for the biggest fight of his life.

Nishioka, 33, has held the title since January 2009, making three defences, but has lost four of his 43 fights in a record that includes three draws. "This is a big opportunity. It makes no difference to me if the fight's in Japan," said Munroe.

Munroe has just the one loss from his 22 fights with eight of his victories ending inside the scheduled distance.



Tua draw blamed on shoulder injury -- Press Release: David Tua complained about a sore left shoulder during several training sessions leading up to his July 17th  12-round draw against Monte Barrett in Atlantic City. However, when asked about it by his trainer, Roger Bloodworth, David said he was okay to fight. Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs) refused to use the injury as an excuse, or even make post fight comments about his damaged shoulder. “Two weeks prior to the fight,” Tua’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, explained, “I went to the gym to watch David spar. That day he told his head trainer, Roger Bloodworth, that he didn’t want to spar as his shoulder didn’t feel right. His shoulder was obviously hurting weeks before the fight and therefore David wanted to take a cautious approach.” Kushner added, “I have a letter from David’s doctor whom he went to see in California, where he had planned to spend a couple of weeks before returning home to New Zealand. The doctor suggested that he take some time off before returning to the ring. “David specifically stated he didn’t want to take anything away from Monte, who fought the fight of his life, but that he felt entitled to set the record straight as to his injury.”



Ashley "Treasure" Theophane: "I'm going to Beat Rodriguez" -- On July 30, 2010, Cestus Management's 147-pound contender Ashley Theophane headlines a major fight card that will be televised on FNF boxing series. The event will be live from Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Theophane, who is a veteran of 31 fights, will take on perennial contender Devlin Rodriguez in a bout scheduled for 10 rounds. It is a fight that pits both veterans at the crossroads in their career.

Theophane, who is training at the legendary Gleason's Gym, said, "I'm training as hard as ever as I completely understand that my time is now and I have to seize this opportunity. I know Delvin Rodriguez has heart but his time is up as he's had his chances.



Latimore Looking for a Fight with Angulo -- Fresh off his impressive second round TKO victory over Darien Ford this past Saturday night in his hometown of St. Louis, IBF #7 rated 154 lbs. contender Deandre Latimore is hoping for a fight with interim WBO jr. middleweight titlist Alfredo Angulo.