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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Update on Nakash Possibly Fighting Gunn

In an interview with Lorne Scroggins of 8CN Boxing, Bobby Gunn reiterates that his team is in negotiations with fellow cruiserweight Ran Nakash. According to Gunn, "They're talking about putting it in July on ESPN."

Gunn is 21-4-1 with 18 KOs. He said of Nakash, "He's somebody that's just tailor-made for me personally. He's never been battletested yet, like I have."

But before any potential bout with Gunn, Nakash has work to do this Saturday in Norfolk, Virginia against Richard Stewart (14-8-2, 8 KOs). Nakash is undefeated with 22 wins and 16 KOs.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Kedem Wins on Points

Eilon Kedem defeated Pedro Antonio Salcedo by unanimous decision earlier tonight. One judge had Kedem sweeping all six rounds, another gave Kedem five rounds, and the final judge counted four for Kedem. The boxer from Herzelia, Israel improves to 11-3-4 with 7 KOs. Salcedo falls to 3-3 with 2 KOs.

Kedem is still slated to fight in three weeks on April 15 at Roseland Ballroom in New York. He's scheduled to take on Elton Dharry (2-5-1, 0 KOs). Dharry, who has never won outside of his native Guyana, is suppose to fight tomorrow as well, so take this pairing with a grain of salt. For now, it'll be a six round bout at junior featherweight.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

New Opponent for Kedem

Eilon Kedem won't be staring at his original opponent, Luis Angel Paneto, when he enters the ring tomorrow, March 25, at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. Instead, Kedem's opponent is now scheduled to be Pedro Antonio Salcedo (3-2, 2 KOs).

This will be Salcedo's first fight outside of his native Puerto Rico. Kedem (10-3-4, 7 KOs) hopes to rebound from a knockout loss last November. Both fighters weighed in at 122 pounds. The junior featherweight bout is penciled in for six rounds.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Shmuel Back in Action

Elad Shmuel (21-2, 11 KOs) is scheduled to take on Larry Brothers (7-32-3, 5 KOs) at Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia on April 3, 2010. The bout is scheduled for four rounds and is at welterweight. Shmuel has a three match winning streak. Brothers has won one fight in his last 18. He has lost his last eight contests.

As reported earlier, cruiserweight Ran Nakash (22-0, 16 KOs) is scheduled to face Richard Stewart (14-8-2, 8 KOs) on the same card. That fight is scheduled for ten rounds. Both Shmuel and Nakash last fought in Israel last January, each coming away with a win. The two also have been seen on the same card at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kedem to Fight Paneto

Eilon Kedem (10-3-4, 7 KOs) is scheduled to battle Luis Angel Paneto (5-7-2, 2 KOs) on March 25, 2010 at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey.

Kedem is coming off of a loss against Eden Sonsona in Las Vegas last November. Sonsona has recently received some buzz for an 8th round knockout on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard last Saturday.

Paneto's last four opponents were a combined 35-1 at the time he faced them. So, despite the losing record, Paneto is tested. He went 1-3 in those bouts, winning on a disqualification. He is coming off of a 1st round knockout loss in December.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Foreman-Cotto to be on HBO

Numerous sites are reporting that Top Rank's Bob Arum has come to an agreement with HBO to put the Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto fight on the cable network, avoiding a pay-per-view scenario. Arum promotes both boxers.

Foreman (28-0, 8 KOs) will be defending the WBA light middleweight championship against Cotto (32-2, 27 KOs) on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium, the first boxing event to be held at the new complex.

The fight will be officially announced on March 22.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Nakash Staying Busy

The Virginian-Pilot reports that cruiserweight Ran Nakash will be busy before any potential bout against Bobby Gunn as he is scheduled to fight Richard Stewart on April 3, 2010 at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

Nakash (22-0, 16 KOs) last fought in January, a 2nd round knockout over Attila Makula. Stewart (14-8-2, 8 KOs), from Delaware, has only beaten one boxer with a winning record in his career. He's lost his last four contests and hasn't fought in thirteen months.

Nakash and Stewart have a common opponent. Nakash knocked out William Bailey last July. Stewart dispensed of Bailey back in 2006. Both stoppages coincidentally came in the 4th round.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Nakash vs. Gunn a Possibility

According to Brett Mauren of 15rounds.com, a fight between cruiserweights Ran Nakash and Bobby Gunn is in negotiations.

The undefeated Nakash (22-0, 16 KOs) last fought a month and a half ago in Israel. If the bout is made, it would be a clear step up for Nakash, who defeated a winless fighter in that January contest.

For Gunn (21-4-1, 18 KOs), it would be his first fight since he was stopped by Tomasz Adamek last July. Adamek, who has since moved up to heavyweight, was defending the IBF and Ring Magazine cruiserweight championships. Coincidentally, Nakash was on the same card in Atlantic City, knocking out journeyman William Bailey.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Kedem Scheduled to Fight Sooner

Featherweight Eilon Kedem (10-3-4, 7 KOs) was originally penciled in to fight in April at the Roseland Ballroom in New York. However, an opportunity opened up to fight at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey on Thursday March 25, 2010. No word on Kedem's opponent for the Schuetzen Park date as of yet. Whether or not the 25 year old will fight three weeks later in New York is also unknown.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Plotinsky to Fight for the Title

Mariano Plotinsky will face Juergen Braehmer for the WBO light heavyweight championship of the world. The fight is scheduled to take place in Hamburg, Germany on April 24, 2010.

Plotinsky (16-3, 8 KOs) has won his last five fights, including an 11th round knockout of Thomas Ulrich for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light heavyweight title last March. Braehmer (35-2, 28 KOs) is making his first title defense.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Salita Rumblings

Mark Vester of BoxingScene.com reports that a possible bout between junior welterweight Dmitriy Salita and former champion Carlos Hernandez (43-8-1, 24 KOs) won't happen. Greg Leon, Hernandez's advisor, explained, "In my last discussion with Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez that took place over two weeks ago, I was informed that our potential April 3 fight against Dmitriy Salita at 143 pounds was a no go."

Salita, who is 30-1-1 with 16 KOs, lost his last fight, a contest against Amir Khan for the WBA light welterweight championship, on December 5, 2009. In an interview with Elie Seckbach of Boxing FanHouse, former world champion Zab Judah recently had some encouraging words for Salita about the loss. "To Dmitriy, don't worry about it man, shake it off. Remember, it's not about if you lose or not; it's about how you come back, show your heart of a champion."