SACRAMENTO, CA – Former two time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos and Yakubu Amidu battled to a hotly contested split draw that headlined ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort
The show was promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
Amidu had a solid round three as he backed up Burgos with some right hands. Burgos landed a nice uppercut in round four but Amidu came back in round five with a hard over had right that had Burgos stumbling in the corner. In round six, Amidu landed a nice four punch combination that was capped off by a nice uppercut.
Burgos started to show some consistency in round seven and started to move his hands again in round eight. In round nine the two went toe to toe with Amidu landing hard shots on the ropes while Burgos was trying to land big left hooks. Burgos landed two solid right hands to punctuate round ten. Burgos had a big round eleven as he landed several smashing right hands that brought the crowd to their feet. The twelfth was more of the same as the two battled to the bell at the end of the twelfth round.
PHILADELPHIA PA – Saturday in South Korea, Ji-Hoon Kim scored a third-round stoppage over Roy Tua Manihuruk to capture the WBO Asia Pacific Welterweight title.
Kim, fighting at Welterweight for the first time, looked strong as he dropped Manihuruk in round two from a perfect uppercut. Kim controlled the fight and ended things at 0:57 into round three when he floored Manihuruk with a double right and referee Bruce McTavish stopped the bout.
Kim, who has been a favorite of American fans due to his all action style, will now be ranked at welterweight by the WBO as his record improves to 25-9 with 19 knockouts.
Manihuruk of Indonesia is now 14-8-2.
“After his Ji-Hoon’s fight with (Mauricio) Herrera we wanted him to go back and work on things.” said Banner Promotions CEO Arthur Pelullo
“He looked good at the new weight and we will now look to get him a good fight”
PHILADELPHIA PA – On Saturday September 7th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Bryan Vera will step into the ring with former WBC Middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in what will be the biggest test of Vera’s career.
The fight is promoted by Top Rank, Banner Promotions and Zanfer Promotions and will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing.
Bryan Vera (23-6, 14 KO’s) is currently ranked number-one by the WBO in the middleweight division. Vera is currently on a four fight win streak with victories over former world champions Sergiy Dziznriuk (37-2-1, 24 KO) and Sergio Mora (24-3-2, 7 KO).
This fight had been in the works since May and due to the fight being close to finalized a few times, Vera has been training for weeks in Houston, Texas.
“I will be fully prepared. I have never had this much time to train and prepare”, said Vera.
“I feel like I already have a head start and I am going to make everyone proud. I am going to win”
The fight will be contested at 168 pounds, which Vera has no problem with.
“I have actually fought three times at that weight and Chavez hasn’t. I know the weight will not affect me and I will be strong at the weight”
PHILADELPHIA PA – Tough Yakubu Amidu has stepped in for the injured Daulis Prescott to face two-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (30-1-1, 20 KO’s) in a twelve round bout that will headline a great night of boxing at the Thunder Valley Casino Resort in Sacramento, California. The bout will take place on July 26th and will be broadcast live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights.
The fight is promoted by Banner Promotions and Thompson Boxing.
Amidu of Los Angeles via Ghana has an impressive mark of 20-4-1 with 18 knockouts and has faced solid opposition.
The twenty-eight year old is a former NABA Lightweight champion who has wins over John Revish (10-2-2); Joseph Laryea (11-2); Emeka Kodo (15-2) and Fatiou Fassinou (13-1).
Amidu won several championships in his native Ghana and is managed by world famous actor Vince Vaughn.
In his last bout, Amidu lost a split decision to undefeated Haskell Rhodes in a bout where many ringsiders believed that Amidu was a victim of a hometown decision.
In the ten round co-feature, Miguel Gonzalez (21-3, 15 KO’s) takes on Josenilson Dos Santos (26-1, 16 KO’s) in a Lightweight bout.