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- Kirkland-Tapia steals the show in AC
- Thompson: I'm ready to destroy this kid
- Injury KOs Anthony Joshua fight in London
- Polish Boxing Night heats up Chicago
- Paulie, Zab speak on their Brooklyn bout
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- Geale targets Sturm and Golovkin
Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout is looking forward to welcoming Cody McKenzie back to the lightweight division.
The London, Ontario lightweight faces the TUF alum in FS1 prelim action on the UFC on FOX 9 card on December 14th. The bout marks McKenzie’s return to the division after going 1-1 during his two year run at featherweight.. . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 9 is live on FOX Saturday, December 14 from Sacramento, Calif., at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT Click here for more
By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) used precise power and effective energy to defeat Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-4-1, 3 KOs), and claim the IBA junior bantamweight championship with a majority decision. Judges scored the high-action fight 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93 for the native of Cebu, the Philippines, who fights out of San Carlos, Calif.
The fight Saturday night at the Sports House in Redwood City, Calif., about 20 miles south of San Francisco and a few miles from San Carlos, featured a considerable measure of action; Ruiz Jr., came forward consistently with free-swinging aggression and Escalante mixed things up in response. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 Sam Soliman will clash with WBO #8 Les Sherrington on Thursday but talked with Fightnews.com to say he was not impressed by Felix Sturm’s win over Darren Barker on Saturday and that he cannot wait to get the German back in the ring again so he can punish more than he did in their first fight. “I am the happiest man alive to see that Felix Sturm beat a boxer of Darren Barker’s calibre who had defeated Daniel Geale for the IBF middleweight championship and also gave Sergio Martinez problems.” said Soliman.
“I absolutely flogged Sturm when we boxed. He had me down which was a flash knockdown but I got up to punish him until the last bell. For Sturm to stop Barker in two rounds makes my victory over the German so much sweeter. Sturm was a walk in the park for me. After the fight Sturm’s face was a mess and I did not have mark on me. I have been waiting over 18 months rated IBF #1 contender and soon Sturm will have to fight me again and cop a second beating. I know he will do his best to avoid fighting me but under IBF Rules he will have no other options. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 9KOs) retained his WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles with a lopsided but tedious twelve round unanimous decision victory over former two time world champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs), Saturday night at Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City, New Jersey. What the main event lacked in action, the co-feature of made up for as super welterweight James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) came from the brink of defeat to outslug and stop formerly undefeated Glenn “Jersey Boy Tapia in the sixth round in what looked to be a fight of the year candidate. The eight bout card was promoted by Top Rank in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Caribe Promotions, SMS Entertainment, and Dibella Entertainment and Tecate.
The much anticipated co-feature of the evening pitted top ten ranked super welterweight sensation Glenn “Jersey Boy” Tapia against hard hitting James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland in a ten round contest that that went well beyond expectations. (more…)
Light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs) continues on his personal path of retribution this Saturday night as he takes on Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) at Resorts International Hotel & Casino, Superstar Theatre, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “I’m ready to destroy this kid,” 28-year-old Thompson said. “I’m excited and looking forward to Saturday night. I can’t wait to fight. I’ve learned how to be a professional boxer. I’m sky-high and in top-top shape. I take every opponent seriously. I respect Ryan Coyne but he has been built-up and protected. I’ve heard a lot of people are picking Coyne or that it’s a 50-50 fight at best. A lot of people don’t know how good a fighter I am but they will Saturday night. I’m going to give fans the type performance they really want to see. I’m stepping up to prove myself.
Thompson vs. Coyne is the 10-round co-feature on a Main Events-presented event, “Road To Redemption,” airing live on NBCSN and headlined by a heavyweight clash between Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Kelvin “Price Is Right” Price.
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs) has been forced to postpone of his clash with Dorian Darch on December 14 at the ExCeL London with a shoulder injury. The Olympic Gold medal hero was set to return to the ExCeL in London to face the Welshman, returning to the scene of his London 2012 triumph for his fourth pro contest, hunting another KO win. Sadly for the 23 year old, a shoulder issue has flared up and after consultation with medical staff it has been decided he will now meet Darch in Cardiff on February 1. British Super Middleweight champion Paul Smith has been added to the bill.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Luke Buras/Team Fonfara
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk and IBF #1/WBO #2 rated Andrzej Fonfara made a cold evening in Chicago’s UIC Pavilion a hot Polish affair, winning their fights in impressive fashion. This is what the fighters and their promoters had to say to Fightnews.com:
Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs) defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the sixth time and for the third time in front of him was the always ready to brawl Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-4, 12 KOs). Diablo was in total control from the first second of the first round, being faster, more precise and hitting Fragomeni with basically every punch in the book. Paradoxically, it was a problem. “I was just average tonight, because I took Giacobbe too lightly. I just knew that I can’t lose to him. I love his heart, he wants to fight and never quits but deep down I was thinking that I don’t have to give my best to beat him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
In a battle between two of Brooklyn’s best known fighters, former two-division title-holder Paulie Malignaggi defeated former two-division champion Zab Judah on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I’m happy,” Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) stated at the post-fight press conference early Sunday morning. “It was good to get the win but it was bittersweet because Zab Judah was someone I looked up to coming up. It felt good to win and win the bragging rights.”
“Some days you have an off night,” a humbled Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) said. “He stayed outside with his jab and he kept his distance good. I couldn’t really pick his timing up. It’s always hurtful and disappointing to lose at home. He did a good job of keeping away. I just couldn’t close the distance. His timing was good tonight.” Golden Boy Promoter Bernard Hopkins put it more succinctly by stating that Judah simply “couldn’t get out of the gate.” (more…)
Johnny Moreno, Jr., son of local San Antonio legend of the same name, from the ’60s and ’70s, experienced defeat this weekend. More
Darren Barker looks to call it a day, after a gutting defeat to Felix Sturm. More
Kassim Ouma returns to action on Dec. 11 after a faltering two years of fights. More
South Africa pays tribute to boxing champ ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala. More
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale talked to Fightnews.com about Felix Sturm’s victory over Darren Barker. He said the German has got his hunger back but he would love to fight Sturm again and give him the opportunity to avenge Geale’s win over him. Geale also said that WBA champion Gennady Golovkin is beatable and he is the middleweight to do it
“Felix Sturm did what he had to do against Barker,” said Geale. “He hurt Barker early. Barker did not look at his best and got hit a couple of times and looked like he wanted to turn it up. I did hear he hurt his hip which is a major injury. He did complain about something. I’m not sure if Sturm is a better fighter then when I beat him. He might have his hunger back that maybe he lost. He had a lot of defenses before we boxed. My style will always be a problem for him with my movement and fast and accurate punching. (more…)
By Bill Green
Representatives for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and mandatory challenger Terence Crawford have struck a deal for a February 2014 WBO 135 pound title fight. The scheduled purse bid on Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been canceled, now that a deal is in place. The details of the deal, including TV coverage, are being worked out. However, Team Crawford along with manager Cameron Dunkin revealed that the fight will take place in Burns’ backyard (Scotland). Crawford will begin training camp immediately. A full fight interview with Terence Crawford and co-manager Brian Bomac McIntyre will be available soon.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Irish-born and Australian-based middleweight Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (16-0, 6 KOs) clearly outscored formerly WBA-rated Robbie Bryant (18-3-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds to defend the national title on Saturday at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium in Madeley, Western Australia. Hogan controlled most of the rounds. Ben Keilty scored it 100-90, Carl Zappia 98-92 and Bill Seth 98-92. Hogan was born in Kildare, Ireland in 1985 and turned professional in Australia in 2011. He is managed by Adam Wilcock and Paul Keegan. Hogan is scheduled to box on March 16, 2014 at the Irish Club in Brisbane, Queensland. (more…)
After soundly defeating Austin Trout, super welterweight Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) has called out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “I did what Canelo couldn’t do.” proclaimed Lara. “I dominated Trout and I dropped him. Now we have to make a fight that everyone wants to see which is me against Canelo!”
For Trout’s part, he stated, “I’m coming right back. Who can say that they fought such high caliber fighters as Cotto, Canelo and Lara back-to-back-to-back? His style was tricky, but I don’t sign up for easy fights. He was the better man tonight.”
Photo: SES Boxing
Today in Budapest, a WBO Purse Bid was held for super middleweight world championship frematch between WBO champion Robert Stieglitz and mandatory challenger Arthur Abraham. SES Boxing won the right to promote the fight with a bid of $3,135,000, more than doubling rival Sauerland Event’s offer of $1,541,414. The date for the fight is March 1. The venue will be Stieglitz’ home base of Magdeburg.
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: “Naturally, I’m happy that we won the purse bid. But I’m especially glad for Robert, my SES team and our TV partner SAT.1, because there’s more planning certainty for us. We now hold the reins in his hands.”
Robert Stieglitz: “That’s a great job by my promoter Ulf Steinforth. Now I can concentrate on my preparations and on the fight against Arthur. I am also happy for my fans in Germany and especially in Magdeburg. Arthur must once again dress warmly in March.”
Photo: Ulf Steinforth, Hagen Doering (Sauerland) und WBO-Europe-Praesident Istvan ‘Koko’ Kovacz.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi (19-3, 9 KOs), 111.75, a Japanese footworker, very impressively retained his belt as he kept circling so fast like a whirligig beetle that he whipped ex-WBC light-fly ruler and official challenger Edgar Sosa (49-8, 29 KOs), 112, Mexico, convincingly and scored a unanimous decision over twelve sizzling rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Steve Morrow (US) 116-112, Joel Scobie (Canada) and Oren Schellenberger (US) both 117-111, all in favor of the 5’3” fancy dan in the Tom-and-Jerry game. The good-moving referee was Mark Green (GB).
Simply was Yaegashi too fast for Sosa to catch. The fleet-footed champ, four years his junior at 30, once held the WBC 105-pound belt, while Sosa the WBC 108-pound throne, having defended it ten times to his credit. The veteran Mexican recently defeated ex-titlists Ulises Solis (KO2) and Giovani Segura (W12) to his credit. Sosa seemed to be at a loss since he was frustrated by Yaegashi’s smooth and swift footwork that completely prevented him from mixing it up in the close range. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) used precise power and effective energy to defeat Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-4-1, 3 KOs), and claim the IBA junior bantamweight championship with a majority decision. Judges scored the high-action fight 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93 for the native of Cebu, the Philippines, who fights out of San Carlos, Calif. (more…)
On Saturday at the 40,000-seat Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes (Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium) in Cordoba, Argentina, the two sons and nephew of the legendary champion Julian Jackson, known as the “Hawk’s Flock” won two out of three against Argentinian opponents.
In the 10-round middleweight main event, Julius “The Chef” Jackson (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously undefeated Nicolas Dario Lopez (10-1, 4 KOs), while in the co-feature promising super welterweight John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs) stopped Jorge Daniel Miranda (51-16, 20 KOs) in round eight. However, super welterweight Samuel “The Hunter” Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs) suffered his first loss at the hands of Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (38-16-3, 18 KOs) via ten round unanimous decision.
Photo: Ed Keenan/Top Rank
Fightnews.com wishes Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum a happy 82nd birthday! Bob spent the eve of his big day doing what he does best, promoting a big fight card, this year in Atlantic City. The Top Rank CEO has been at the pinnacle of the sport ever since he got into it in 1966 by presenting a world heavyweight championship fight featuring ring legend Muhammad Ali in his promotional debut.
Since then, Top Rank, under Arum’s leadership, has promoted roughly 11,500 fight cards around the globe featuring fighters like Oscar De la Hoya, George Foreman, Thomas Hearns, Roberto Duran, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Julio Cesar Chavez, Mike Tyson, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather, Miguel Cotto, and of course, Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez.
By Matt Richardson
Paul Malignaggi: I’m happy. I’m looking foreard to bigger fights. I want a fight with that bitch-ass Adrian Broner. It was good to get the win tonight, but it was bittersweet because it was Zab.
Zab Judah: Some days you have an off-night. He stayed outside with his jab and kept his distance good. I really couldn’t pick his timing up. It’s always disappointing to lose at home.
By Karl Freitag
There was some cause for concern when Top Rank’s Crystal Marie Denha tweeted that Glen Tapia was rushed to the local trauma center after his brutal fight with James Kirkland on Saturday night in Atlantic City. We are happy to report that the latest news is Glen has been released from the Medical Center – ALL SCANS NEGATIVE.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a battle of former champions, WBC #1 super bantamweight Hugo “Increible” Cazares (40-7-2, 27 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round majority decision over Julio Cesar “Pingo ” Miranda (37-10-2, 29 KOs) in a fight for Cazares’ WBC International Silver belt on Saturday night at the Convention Center at the Hotel Ixtapa Azul in Zihuatanejo, Guerrero, Mexico. Scores were 116-112, 115-114, 114-114.
By Ron Jackson
Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala, one of the legends of SA boxing, has died. Matlala, who held four “world” titles and two South African titles, died at the Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital in Johannesburg on Saturday morning. He would have turned 52 on January 8. At 1.48m (4’10), he was the shortest world champion in history. He weighed 48.99 kg (108 lbs) when he was at the height of his career.
He retired with a professional record of 53-12-2, including 27 wins inside the distance, after holding the WBO flyweight, WBO junior flyweight, IBA junior flyweight and WBU junior flyweight belts. He also won the SA junior flyweight title twice. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
WBA/WBO world super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The technically superior Rigondeaux completely shut down Agbeko and won 120-108 on all cards.
In a much anticipated jr middleweight clash, KO Artist James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (20-1, 12 KOs). Kirkland and Tapia went right at it in round one and the war was on. Kirkland rocked Tapia in round two, but like a warrior Tapia fired back. Both fighters wobbled in round three. Kirkland punished Tapia in round four as the bout swung his way. Tapia was given a last chance to make something happen in round five and was battered again. The bout was finally waved off in the sixth with Tapia out on his feet. Time was :38.
Former middleweight title challenger “Mack the Knife” Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over late replacement Lamar Russ (11-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 98-92, 97-93. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
In a welterweight clash between former world champions, Paulie Malignaggi (32-5, 7 KOs) became the “King of Brooklyn” with a twelve round unanimous decision over Zab Judah (42-8, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Judah was credited with a knockdown in round two. Both fighters were cut over the left eye from a head butt in round three. After that Paulie took over the fight with his speed and workrate. Scores were 116-111, 117-110, 117-110.
Determined challenger Shawn Porter (22-0-1, 14 KOs) dethroned IBF welterweight champion Devon Alexander (25-2, 13 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision. Porter took the fight to Alexander, rocking him several times in rounds three and four and outworking the champion throughout the contest. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.
WBA interim super welterweight titleholder Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Austin Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) in a rather dull fight between skilled southpaw counterpunchers. The quicker Lara dropped Trout in round eleven and won by scores of 118-109, 117-110, 117-110.
WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika (35-2-2, 21 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round draw against Anthony Dirrell (26-0-1, 22 KOs). Dirrell had Bika in trouble and on the deck in round five. Bika came back and wobbled Dirrell in round six. It became a battle of attrition. Bika was deducted a point for a low blow in round eleven. Scores were 114-112 Bika, 116-110 Dirrell, 113-113. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a career best performance, former WBA and WBO champion Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular second round TKO to dethrone IBF middleweight champion Darren Barker (26-1, 16 KOs) and regain a share of the world championship on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Sturm got off to a fast start landing numerous clean shots against Barker in round one. Sturm continued to land flush in round two, dropping Barker twice. The bout was waved off by referee Mark Nelson after a series of unanswered right hands. Time was 2:09.
In his previous fight, Sturm let Sam Soliman off the hook after an early knockdown. He didn’t make that mistake Saturday as he unleashed everything he had when he hurt Barker and got him out of there. Sturm is now a four-time middleweight champion. Barker does have a rematch clause and Sturm stated he would be willing to face Barker in England in the return bout. Felix rated this as his second best performance after his fight with Oscar.
In a top quality women’s match, WBA female flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (32-2, 16 KOs) won a close ten round decision over Simona Galassi (19-3-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 98.5-94, 99-91.5 and 97-95.5. (more…)
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