PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                           August 29, 2011


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Rock-em-Sock-em ROGERS MTAGWA (27-14-2 / 19 KO) landed another shot at another belt. Inactive since back-to-back championship losses, Mtagwa recently returned to score an eighth round TKO over Pedro Navarrete in Mexico. The victory vaulted Rogers directly back into the title fray. On September 15, 2011, the Tanzanian Tiger will face Jhonny Gonzalez (49-7 / 43 KO) in a 12-rounder for the WBC featherweight belt. The bout will take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas. Mtagwa's best weight is a few pounds south of the featherweight limit and the Mexican champ will be another stern test for him, although not nearly as dangerous as Yuriorkis Gamboa. This match has the look of a payday fight, but you can never completely count Mtagwa's chances out. He always comes to fight. The fight will be televised on ESPN Deportes (and probably 


IBF cruiserweight champ STEVE CUNNINGHAM (24-2 / 12 KO) has finally landed himself a fight. The willing-but-inactive king of the cruiserweights will return to Germany for a title defense against Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1 / 13 KO) in a 12-rounder at the Jahnsportforum, the site where he regained his title in 2010. Cunningham last fought in February, winning a decision over Enad Licina. This will be the second defense of his second title reign. Cunningham promises to return immediately after the bout, in time to pick up his second Briscoe Awards on October 10th.


Philly's oft-forgotten star LAJUAN SIMON (23-3-2 / 12 KO) travels to Almaty, Kazakhstan to battle Gennady Golovkin 21-0 / 18 KO) for his WBA middleweight title. The champ halted Kassim Ouma in ten his last time out, and looks to make his third defense against Simon, who makes his second try at a world title. He lost by decision to Arthur Abraham two years ago. The fight will go down in Golovkin's backyard so Lajuan  Simon better bring his knockout punch.


Hurricane Irene forced the postponement of this past weekend's fight card at the Tropicana in Atlantic City. The new date is now October 22nd. Vinny Maddalone (33-7 / 24 KO) faces Mike Sheppard (19-12-1 / 9 KO) in the 10-round heavyweight main event while CHAZZ WITHERSPOON (28-2 / 18 KO) battles Ty Cobb (14-2 / 8 KO)  in an 8-rounder. The full undercard also moves to the new date. Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing is the promoter.

Also KO'd by the hurricane this weekend, was the scheduled inaugural promotion of matchmaker RENEE AIKEN in Washington, DC. The show dubbed Capital Punishment, has yet to be rescheduled. 


Heavyweight contender EDDIE CHAMBERS (36-2 / 18 KO) finds himself one step away from another shot at the world title when he faces Tony Thompson (36-2 / 24 KO) at Bally's Atlantic City on October 28 in an IBF eliminator. The winner of the bout gets a crack at the crown. Both fighters have lost previous shots at Wladimir Klitschko. The champ stopped Chambers in 12 and Thompson in 11, but both are anxious for another chance. Goossen Tutor (Dan Goossen) promotes the elimination bout.




John DiSanto - News & Notes - August 29, 2011