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Cunningham family thanks boxing community

Two-time cruiserweight world champion and current top-10 heavyweight contender Steve “USS” Cunningham and his family would like to thank the boxing community for the contributions to the Kennedy Cunningham Fundraiser on www.heartbyfaith.com. Kennedy Cunnungham is the 9 year-old daughter of Steve & Livvy Cunningham and is awaiting a life-saving heart transplant surgery. The fundraiser was set up this summer with the proceeds going to out of pocket expenses for the Cunningham’s which included finding a new home close to the hospital for the potential surgery in Pittsburgh. Within the two months, the goal of $25,000 was reached with most of the donations coming from members of the boxing industry.

“We are humbled and grateful for what everyone has done to pitch in,” said Steve Cunningham. “These donations came from all over the world from promoters, managers, television people, fighters and everyone else.”

Said Livvy Cunningham, “We are truly touched by the outpouring of help from everybody. Because of the contributions from everybody, We are as comfortable as we can be in this situation and we found a place minutes away from the hospital. It truly shows that when people get together, they can make a huge difference in people’s lives.”

Steve “USS” Cunningham returns to the ring on Saturday, October 18 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia when he takes on undefeated Natu Visinia in a 10-round heavyweight bout that will headline a card on NBC Sports Net

Soliman wrapping up training in NYC

IBF middleweight world champion “King” Sam Soliman is wrapping up his training in New York City this week in preparation for his title defense against former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor set for Wednesday, October 8th from the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi.

“I’ve trained in New York City numerous times, I love it here, there’s an electricity and energy that can’t be matched” said the Australian native. “The fans and boxing community have always been very welcoming to me.”

“I’ve got one more sparring session today and then we’re leaving for Biloxi on Friday for the fight.”

In camp over the last ten days in New York City with Soliman have been two undefeated prospects.

“I like utilizing undefeated prospects for sparring, they’ve always brought out the best in me.”

“Along with two here I had three undefeated fighters working with me in Australia which brought the total records of the five fighters to 63-0-0 (42KO’s)” said Soliman. “I like sparring with prospects that have the will and desire that only an undefeated fighter can have.”

In regards to his title defense against Taylor, 32-4-0 (20KO’s), Soliman stated, “I’m preparing for the best Jermain Taylor. I would never underestimate anyone and I believe he is still a world class fighter.”

Soliman, 44-11-0 (18KO’s) will break camp in New York City on Friday and head to Biloxi, Mississippi for the challenge from Taylor. “No problem at all for me at 160, I can’t remember being above 170 in the last 15 years.”

At the age of 40, Soliman won his first world title by defeating Felix Sturm on May 31, 2014, in the champions’ homeland of Germany.

Zolani Tete Injured, Paul Butler Bout Postponed

IBF World Jr. Bantamweight Champion Zolani Tete has suffered a broken hand and has withdrawn from his title defence against challenger Paul Butler on Saturday 25 October at the Liverpool Echo Arena, but the Ellesmere Port star will still feature on the show.

The South African has broken the 2nd metacarpal in his left hand and a letter from his doctor Peter Chadderton (click here) confirms that he will not be able to fight.

The fight is contracted to take place between Tete and Butler and the rescheduled date will be announced shortly.

However, the Ellesmere Port ace will still headline the Magnificent Seven title-packed show that also features Liam Smith challenging for the vacant IBF Intercontinental Light-Middleweight title against an opponent to be announced.

Derry Mathews and Adam Dingsdale will also contest for the vacant WBA Continental Lightweight title.

Tom Stalker and Jack Catterall will go for the vacant WBO European Light-Welterweight Championship.

Kevin Satchell will challenge for the European Flyweight title against champion Valery Yanchy.

Whilst disappointed that he'll have to wait a little longer for his record-breaking world title opportunity, Butler - who defeated IBF World Bantamweight champion Stuart Hall in June to win his first world title - is still upbeat that he's fighting on the show and he'll face Tete shortly.

Butler said, "From the high of winning the world title against Stuart Hall in June, it was devastating news to receive that Tete had broken his hand. My team are all gutted after the work everyone has put in for this fight.

"On a positive note, the fight against Tete is contracted to happen and I look forward to getting the new date. I know that I will just have to wait a little longer to get my hands on a second world title. I'll still be on the Echo Arena show, so the training hasn't gone to waste and I can put on a top performance before facing Tete."

Tete said, "It is with deep regret that I must pull out of this much anticipated fight with Paul. I have selected to take the advice from my medical team because I am in terrible pain from the broken bone. Therefore I will not be able to fight on the scheduled date. For this I sincerely apologise and thank you for your understanding."

Promoter Frank Warren said, "It's very disappointing for all involved, especially for Paul, who has put everything into this world title challenge against Tete.

"Unfortunately hand injuries are part of this business, but it doesn't make it any easier when it happens. We'll announce a new date for his fight with Tete shorty, but in the meantime he will still fight on the show so at least he will keep active and get some more rounds in before facing Tete. It's a fantastic show with Liverpool's top talents Liam Smith, Derry Mathews, Tom Stalker and Kevin Satchell all in title fights."

 

Gradovich to defend IBF belt against Velez

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum today announced a second world title fight on the November 29 Crawford-Beltran card at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny “The Russian Mexican” Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) will defend against #12 rated Jayson “Maravilla” Velez (22-0, 16 KOs) in an attractive battle of unbeaten fighters.

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Shibata keeps IBF and WBC female belts

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

WBC female 102-pound champ Momo Koseki (19-2-1, 6 KOs) kept her belt for the fourteenth time as she halted WBC#2 Denise Castle (2-1, 2 KOs) of UK at 2:09 of the eighth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a very lopsided contest as all the officials had identically tallied 70-63 prior to a well-received stoppage by the referee Fukuchi, who saw the British girl unfit to go on due to her too much absorption of punishment by the Japanese southpaw champ. Koseki, reigning for six years, registered the most number of defenses as world titlist, surpassing ex-WBA 108-pound ruler Yoko Gushiken’s thirteen defenses, though they couldn’t be compared actually in terms of the quality of opposition.

 

IBF 105-pound titleholder Naoko Shibata (13-3, 4 KOs), Japan, also retained her title when she pummeled top contender Ana Arrazola (20-10-2, 13 KOs), from Mexico, into submission at 1:49 of the ninth session. Shibata, making her second defense, was aggressive from the outset and accelerated her body bombardment to prompt the referee’s intervention.

Promoter: World Sports Promotions.

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