Boxing News: Gomez vs Virchis, Yusaf Mack, Gonzalez vs Archuleta

On September 27th ARENA-fighter Juan Carlos Gomez and Universum’s Wladimir Virchis face in their long estimated showdown WBC final elimination bout to challenge the winner of Vitali Klitschko vs. Samuel Peter. One week before the fight Universum let ARENA know that Gomez’ presence at the official press conference “will not be necessary”. The official reason for this is that the clash between Virchis and Gomez has no main event status at the Universum Champion’s Night in Hamburg which means that neither Gomez nor Virchis will be at the press conference..

“This is ridiculous”, states ARENA-CEO Ahmet Öner. “A fight of that importance – the once-in-a-lifetime-chance to become heavyweight champion of the world and win the famous and honourable Green Belt that had been worn by Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. How can this be no main event? This shows once more that it is not about sports but only about a personal feud between Klaus-Peter Kohl and Ahmet Öner. Universum simply doesn’t want to accept that we are at eye level with them. To me this just shows how weak they are. It’s a shame and a pity for all boxing fans.”

“Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez won’t let these mind games distract himself for fulfilling his great goal to become champion of the world. “I understand that Universum is afraid that I will be their showstopper”, says Gomez. “They might be able to keep me away from their press conference.

But on September 27th I will definitely be in that ring and show the world that I am a main event fighter!

This is my big chance to get a title shot. It might be my last chance as well to earn some big money. I will not blow this chance! I will beat Virchis and become champion of the world.

I know that Virchis is a strong opponent. He has lots of power. But I got faster hands and feet. And I can punch as well.

I am totally focused and very well prepared. I have been working for this chance since early July. I take this very serious and play no games.

I seriously feel that I have never been this well prepared for a fight. My trainer Orlando Cuellar did a great job. Now we want to reap the fruit of our labour.

I promise to all of my fans that I will show a great fight. I am a black diamond and diamonds are made to shine. I don’t waste a single thought on losing.

I am not only fighting against Virchis but also against Universum. When I left them Klaus-Peter Kohl said to me: ‘You will never fight again in your life!’ Now I say: ‘Thank you, Peter for letting me fight on your show at the Color Line Arena!’

I am totally focused on September 27th. I don’t think about Klitschko or Peter. In the past I would have done that but now I know that kills your concentration.

I am ready for Virchis and, of course, I will beat him.

What else should I say? It’s showtime! Let the game begin!”

Yusaf Mack headlines a night of title matches on September 26 in Northeast Philly

PHILADELPHIA (SEPTEMBER 18, 2008)—On Friday night, September 26th a full night of boxing will be highlighted by two title-matches which includes Light Heavyweight, Yusaf Mack looking to inch closer to a world title when he takes on Omar Pittman in a ten round bout for both the Pennsylvania State title and the NABA championship.

In the co-feature, Derek “Pooh” Ennis and Troy Browning will square off for the vacant Pennsylvania Jr. Middleweight title over ten rounds.

Mack, 25-2-2 with fifteen knockouts is looking to continue the momentum he has accumulated after consecutive victories which includes his previous start which was a terrific performance when he scored a unanimous decision over Daniel Judah.

Mack, of Philadelphia is currently ranked number nine by the WBA, and a victory over Pittman could lead to a world title fight.

Pittman has a record of 15-4-1 with eight knockouts and is known throughout Philadelphia as one of the toughest fighters in the City.

Ennis has a record of 15-2-1 with twelve big wins coming by knockouts.

The Philadelphia native has been very impressive as he has racked up three straight knockout wins.

Despite being forty years-old, Browning is an upset specialist and has been in with the better competition and defeated then big-time prospect, Julio Garcia (40-2).

Browning, of Willingboro, New Jersey is 20-2-1 with eight knockouts and is looking to get back in the win column after dropping decisions to Delvin Rodriguez (21-2-1) and Pawel Wolak (20-0).

The card which is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing will feature a six bout undercard:

In a four round Featherweight bout, Jules Blackwell (7-1-2, 2 KO’s) of Phoenixville, PA will look to rebound from his first defeat when he takes Phillip Adyaka (0-1) of Miami, FL

The big boys will get it on as local favorite, Anthony Gatt (6-1-1, 4 KO’s) of nearby West Chester, PA will battle Jonathan Felton (5-11, 5 KO’s) of Stafford, VA

In another Heavyweight affair, Tyyab Beale (0-1) of Jersey City, NJ takes on Philadelphian, Lamont Barnes (1-1, 1 KO).

Undefeated Super Featherweight, Coy Evans (2-0-1) of Philadelphia takes on an opponent to be named

John Goldwire (1-0) of Philadelphia will fight Phillip Lars (2-2, 2 KO’s) of Shreveport, LA in a four round Welterweight bout.

Joel De La Paz (1-0) of Atlantic City, NJ will tangle with Ryan Hord (0-2) of West Plains, MO in a four round Super Middleweight scrap.

Tickets prices for this great night of boxing are $100 (VIP); $50 (Ringside); $40 for General Admission and be purchased at:

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Four Fresno Area Boxers Headline Undercard

Friant, CA, September 19 – In the unpredictable world of boxing, dreams can come true or be broken with a single punch. No one knows this better than veteran contenders Roger ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez and Frankie Archuleta, but on Tuesday, November 18th, these fighters will have the opportunity to achieve a lifelong dream of becoming a world champion when they square off at Friant’s Table Mountain Casino for the IBA junior lightweight crown.

This high-impact night of professional boxing presented by Table Mountain Casino in association with Roy Englebrecht Events, will take place at the Table Mountain Casino Events Center in Friant, California.

The wildly popular boxing series launched in 2007 by Table Mountain Casino in association with Roy Englebrecht Events, not only has featured both boxing and mixed martial arts events that have met with a rousing reception from fight fans, but the series is also presenting its fourth world title fight in just two years on November 18th.

Chino, California’s Roger ‘Speedy’ Gonzalez (27-2, 18 KOs) is a former bantamweight contender who won his first 23 fights and the NABO title before losing to future world champion Jhonny Gonzalez in 2004. Opting to step away from the game later that year, Gonzalez would eventually return to the ring at his optimum weight of 130 pounds in 2007, and the 30-year old’s 2-1 record in his comeback has shown that he still has what it takes to compete against and beat the best the junior lightweight division has to offer.

The pride of New Mexico, Bernalillo’s Frankie Archuleta (25-5-1, 14 KOs) has garnered a devoted fan following for his warrior’s heart and willingness to go to war each and every time the bell rings. An 11 year pro, this former NABA champion built his reputation in memorable battles with Kevin Kelley, Rocky Juarez, Emmanuel Lucero, and in two fights which he split with Johnny Tapia. Now ready to challenge for the IBA crown, Archuleta – who is coming off an eighth round TKO win over Armando Cordoba – is eager to put another title belt around his waist on November 18th.

The five fight undercard will have a real Fresno flavor, with four local and area fighters seeing action. Fresno’s tough middleweight Loren Myers will face Orange County’s Derrick Thomas; Fresno lightweights Jorge Magallones and Jorge Roque will be in four rounders, and Madera’s Gabriel Gil in a six rounder.

Doors open at 6pm, and the first bell rings at 7pm. Tickets, priced from $50 to $30, are available at the Table Mountain Casino box office or online at

Article posted on 19.09.2008

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