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Garcia-Guzman on Saturday; War At Woodland Hills IV; WBC News: Chavez-Zbik

LOS ANGELES (June 1, 2011) – Rafael “Chocho” Guzman is the new opponent for undefeated No. 1 featherweight contender Mikey Garcia in the co-main event of “The Son Also Rises: Sebastian Zbik vs. Julio César Chávez, Jr. World Middleweight Championship,” this Saturday at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. The 10-round featherweight rumble will open the two-bout HBO Boxing After Dark broadcast at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)

Guzman (28-2, 20 KOs), of Guadalajara, México, will be making his U.S. debut when he faces Garcia. A former WBC FECARBOX super featherweight and lightweight champion, Guzman enters this fight having won 10 of his previous 11 bouts. His last three victories have been by knockout. Garcia’s original opponent, Miguel Beltrán Jr., was diagnosed with a fractured left hand and was forced to withdraw from the card. Garcia (25-0, 21 KOs), hails from Oxnard, Calif.

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Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Universum Media Network, TECATE and STAPLES Center, "The Son Also Rises: Zbik vs. Chávez, Jr. World Middleweight Championship" takes place This Saturday! June 4, at STAPLES Center, and marks the first fight Chávez Jr. has fought in Los Angeles in six years. HBO will televise the fight live, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.)

Remaining tickets, priced at $100, $75 and $50, can be purchased online at www.staplescenter.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800) 745-3000, or at the STAPLES Center box office.

The world championship event will be highlighted by a celebration of the boxing career of Julio César Chávez, who will be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame the following week.

War At Woodland Hills IV Official Weigh-In Tomorrow Open To The Public

Woodland Hills, California (June 1, 2011) - The Official Weigh-Ins for War at Woodland Hills 4 will be held tomorrow June 2, 2011 at 5pm at the TGI Friday's on 5919 Canoga Ave. in Woodland Hills. Boxing fans are invited to TGI Friday's to witness the Official Weigh-In.

In a program change, local prospect Gabe Tolmajyan (10-1, 3KOs) from Glendale, California will replace Artur Bernetsyan in the co-main event. Bernetsyan had to withdraw from the bout due to an injured nose. Tolmajyan, riding an 8 fight win streak, steps in to fight Juan Antonio Suazo (7-4-2, 5KOs) in a 6 round lightweight co-main event.

The War at Woodland Hills IV at the Warner Center Marriott will also feature an 8 round Cruiserweight main event between former amateur standouts Anatoliy Dudchenko and Micheal Simms along with a stacked undercard of highly regarded local fighters.

Tickets to THE WAR AT WOODLAND HILLS can be purchased online by going to www.bashboxing.com or by calling (626) 388-8888. THE WAR AT WOODLAND HILLS IV takes place on Friday, June 3, 2011 in the Grand Ballroom of the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. Doors Open at 7:00 pm, First Bout at 7:30 pm.

WBC News - Chavez vs. Zbik

WORLD BOXING COUNCIL NEWS

June 1, 2011 – Mexico City

From the office of WBC President Dr. José Sulaimán:

WBC STATISTICS

WBC Middleweight World Championship

Staples Center – Los Angeles, California

June 4, 2011

This will be the 1,870th fight sanctioned by the WBC in its 48-year history.



TOP RANK PRESENTS:

SEBASTIAN ZBIK VS. JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.



SEBASTIAN ZBIK

WBC Middleweight World Champion

Age, date of birth: 29 (March 17, 1982)

Residence: Hamburg, Germany

Birthplace: Neubrandenburg, Germany

Record: 30-0, 10 KOs

Height: 5’11.5”

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 209

World title fights: 4 (4-0, 0 KOs)

Promoter: Dietmar Poszwa/Spotlight Promotions



JULIO CESAR CHAVEZ JR.

Ranked WBC No. 1 at middleweight

Age, date of birth: 25 (February 16, 1986)

Residence: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Birthplace: Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico

Record: 42-0-1, 1 NC, 30 KOs

Height: 5’11”

Stance: Righthanded

Total rounds: 194

WBC affiliated titles: Silver/Youth/Latino/Continental Americas

Promoters: Top Rank, Zanfer



WBC MIDDLEWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONS

1. Dick Tiger (Nigeria)

2. Joey Giardello (US)

3. Dick Tiger (Nigeria) *

4. Emile Griffith (Virg. Island)

5. Nino Benvenuti (Italy)

6. Emile Griffith (Virg. Islands) *

7. Nino Benvenuti (Italy) *

8. Carlos Monzon (Argentina)

9. Rodrigo Valdez (Colombia)

10. Carlos Monzon (Argentina) *

11. Rodrigo Valdez (Colombia) *

12. Hugo Corro (Argentina)

13. Vito Antuofermo (Italy)

14. Alan Minter (GB)

15. Marvin Hagler (US)

16. Ray Leonard (US)

17. Thomas Hearns (US)

18. Iran Barkley (US)

19. Roberto Duran (Panama)

20. Julian Jackson (Virg. Island)

21. Gerald Mcclellan (US)

22. Julian Jackson (Virg. Islands) *

23. Quincy Taylor (US)

24. Keith Holmes (US)

25. Hassine Cherifi (France)

26. Keith Holmes (US) *

27. Bernard Hopkins (US)

28. Jermain Taylor (US)

29. Kelly Pavlik (US)

30. Sebastian Zbik (Germany) Interim

31. Sergio Martinez (Argentina)

* Regained title



WBC TOP 10

1. Ray Leonard

2. Bernard Hopkins

3. Thomas Hearns

4. Carlos Monzon

5. Joey Giardello

6. Dick Tiger

7. Gerald McClellan

8. Nino Benvenuti

9. Emile Griffith

10. Rodrigo Valdez

GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE MIDDLEWEIGHT DIVISION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WBC:

24 world champions have been recognized by the WBC, seven of whom have regained the title: Dick Tiger (Nigeria), Emile Griffith (Virg. Islands), Nino Benvenuti (Italy), Carlos Monzon (Argentina), Rodrigo Valdez (Colombia), Julian Jackson (Virg. Islands), Keith Holmes (U.S.).

160 WBC world title fights have been held in California in WBC history.

2 WBC middleweight world title fights have taken place in California in WBC history.

FIGHTS BY DIVISION IN CALIFORNIA IN WBC HISTORY:

Bantam 27

Super bantam 18

Super feather 16

Feather 16

Welter 15

Light 12

Light fly 11

Super light 10

Super welter 8

Super fly 8

Heavy 5

Light heavy 4

Cruiser 2

Middle 2

Fly 2

Straw 2

Super middle 1

Total fights: 160


WBC Statistics by Luis Medina.

Article posted on 01.06.2011



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