By Sam Geraci
In the main event of the evening, one of Chicago’s most popular fighters of the past decade, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs), made his return to the Chicago boxing scene by scoring a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth against Troy “TNT” Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN. George pounded Lowry to the head and body throughout before scoring the TKO after dropping Lowry with a left hook upstairs George scored his first knockdown with a right to the body in round four. Continue reading
Dennis Hobson Promotions has a announced a press conference for “a huge North East summer world title fight.” The cat is already out of the bag, however, that the announcement will be Hobson-promoted IBF bantamweight champion Stuey Hall against British rival Paul Butler on the June 7th in Newcastle. Butler confirmed the fight via Twitter.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime
49-year-old IBF light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins is -200 favorite to win his unification bout with WBA counterpart Beibut Shumenov tonight at the DC Armory in Washington DC. Shumenov backers can get +175 on average. On the undercard, IBF welterweight champion Shawn Porter and WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin are both expected to retain their belts.
Like Hopkins, Porter is a -200 to keep his title against former champ Paul Malignaggi, who is at +175. Quillin, on the other hand, is as high as -3300 to successfully defend against Lukas Konecny, who is anywhere from +750 to +1100. It pays to shop around. Also Quillin is running about -225 to win by early stoppage against Konecny, who has never been stopped in his whole career (most of which was at jr. middleweight).
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photo: Vlad Hrunov
Panamanian WBA cruiserweight champion (in recess) Guillermo Jones and his boxing team has arrived in Moscow, Russia to for his rematch against WBA cruiserweight regular champion Dennis Lebedev on Friday at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow, Russia.
Jones arrived with his famous Hall of Fame promoter Don King, escorted by local promoter Vladimir Hrunov. Jones-Lebedev I was arguably the fight of the year in 2013.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ricky Thornberry
Australia-based Samoan-born heavyweight Alex “Lion Heart” Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) departed Brisbane Airport on Saturday traveling on Emirates 9pm flight bound for Germany where he will challenge unified WBO/WBA/IBF/IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko (61-3, 51 KOs) at Koenig Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany on April 26. Leapai was greeted by several hundred well wishers at the airport where Polynesian dancers and singers sang traditional Samoan songs. Leapai vowed to bring the world heavyweight title back to Australia.
Award winning sports writer Grantlee Kieza, who is traveling with Team Leapai, said “Alex Leapai is in the best fight condition of his career and is supremely confident that he will be the fourth man to defeat Klitschko. Leapai’s training team have studied recent fights and also the losses the champion has suffered and can see faults in his style which they are confident will see Leapai become the new world champion on April 26.”
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Chicago favorite son Donovan “Da Bomb” George (25-4-2, 21 KOs) made a successful return to the Windy City boxing scene by earning a TKO at 2:15 of the sixth round against Troy Lowry (28-14, 17 KOs) of St. Paul, MN, in a super middleweight bout at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lowry was dropped with a thudding left hook to the head in the last minute of the sixth round. Lowry indicated to his corner that he did not want to continue so referee Kurt Spivey stopped the action.
In an eight round heavyweight bout, Andrey Fedosov (25-3, 19 KOs) of Shuya, Russia, rebounded from his June 2013 TKO loss to Bryant Jennings by scoring a second round knockout at 2:24 with a left hook to the body of a game but 242 pound Maurice “Mo Bettah” Harris (26-9-2, 11 KOs) of East Orange, NJ. Fedosov scored his first knockdown with an overhand right in the second.
In a six-round super middleweight clash that was much closer than some of the cards reflected, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (14-0, 10 KOs) of Chicago, IL, muscled-out a unanimous decision against the crafty Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-13-4, 6 KOs) of San Diego, CA. Jimenez scored a knockdown in the fourth with a right. Scores were 58-55, 58-54 and 57-56.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime
Local lightweight favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (19-3, 3 KOs) won a stunning ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten KO artist Alexei “The Hurricane” Collado (18-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, located outside of Pittsburgh. Salka, coming off a very controversial majority decision loss to Canelo’s brother Ricardo Alvarez, hurt Collado to the body in round three, then staggered and dropped him. Collado was also cut over the left eye adding to his problems. Salka continued to outwork Collado as the bout progressed and his size advantage was noticeable. Scores were 96-94, 96-93, 96-93. Collado entered the bout rated WBA #13 at featherweight.
Undefeated southpaw and Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (15-0, 8 KOs) won a mostly uneventful split decision over Emmanuel Lartey (15-2-1, 7 KOs) in a welterweight eight-rounder. Diaz was rocked in round three, but won by scores of 77-75, 77-75 on two cards. The third card was 77-75 Lartey.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, local favorite Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez, Jr. (14-0, 10 KOs) quickly domesticated Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez, Jr. (11-1, 5 KOs). After three first round knockdowns, the bout was waved off. Time was 2:49. Continue reading
2012 U.S. Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a first round KO over Raymond Charles (12-3-2, 5 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Spence dropped Charles twice in round one and the bout was waved off at 2:52.
In the main event, welterweight Alan Sanchez (13-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Pantera” Silva (19-6-2, 15 KOs). The bout was waved off after Sanchez dropped Silva face first with a right hand. Time was :42.
Also, in a non-televised bout, bantamweight Sergio Perales (24-2, 16 KOs) scored a come-from-behind tenth round TKO over local fan favorite and two-time world title challenger Raul Martinez (30-4, 18 KOs). Martinez had earlier dropped Perales twice, but faded and was floored himself in the final stanza. Continue reading
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The Boxcino 2014 middleweight semifinals were held at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino on ESPN2’s presentation of Friday Night Fights. The middleweight winners were Brandon Adams and Willie Monroe Jr., who earned eight round decisions and will now now face off in the finals along with the last two lightweight Boxcino contenders on Friday, May 23, also at The Turning Stone in Verona, NY. Continue reading
The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) announced today that Robert Bennett has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Bennett, who was one of three finalists, received a unanimous vote from the five-member Commission at a meeting this afternoon.
“As a Commission, we believe that Robert will continue to ensure and protect the integrity of unarmed combat in the State of Nevada,” said Commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar. “He appreciates and respects the sanctity of professional fighting and will be an asset to the Commission.” Continue reading