By Karl Freitag
Mayweather Promotions was approved Wednesday for a Nevada promoters license at the Nevada State Athletic Commission meeting in Las Vegas. Floyd Mayweather and Leonard Ellerbe appeared in person before the commission. Speculation that Floyd would be “grilled” about brushes with the law or personal financial information proved unfounded as commissioners quickly and unanimously approved the application leaving Floyd unscathed. Mayweather Promotions was also recently approved for a promoters license by the New York State Athletic Commission.
Mayweather’s September 13 rematch against Marcos Maidana at the MGM Grand will again be under Golden Boy’s license, but after that Floyd will be free to promote his own fights in Nevada without enlisting outside help.
In front of a packed house of New York City sports media on Tuesday afternoon at the Mendez Boxing Gym, all four TV fighters, Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale, Bryant “By By” Jennings and Mike “The Rebel” Perez went through one of their final workouts prior to the “G4″ event this Saturday night, July 26 at Madison Square Garden.
Gennady Golovkin: “This is a very important fight for me to fight in the big arena at Madison Square Garden. I’m really looking forward to it. Daniel Geale is a great fighter, he throws a lot of punches and has a different style being from Australia. I saw the Barker fight and know what a very good body puncher he is. I love Madison Square Garden and love coming to New York City. Right now my focus is on 160 and unifying the titles.”
Daniel Geale: “I’m very confident going into this fight, Golovkin is one of the best fighters in the world but I can beat him. We have a game plan and I know what I need to do on Saturday night to be victorious. I’ve fought all over the world so I have no problem fighting in Madison Square Garden against Golovkin. I want the titles and he’s got two of them. I always wanted to fight him and I’m ready to win on Saturday night.”
Bryant Jennings: “It was tough to have the fight postponed but I’m ready to fight Perez right now. I can’t speak about why Perez looked different against Takam, maybe he had a bad day. I don’t worry about Perez, I’m focused on being the best I can be. I’m not preparing any differently, I’m going to fight my fight and win on Saturday night. Not sure how but I’m going to win.”
Mike Perez: “Yes, it’s a big deal fighting as a heavyweight at Madison Square Garden. I want to add my name to the champions who have fought there. He needs to be ready for me, because I’m ready for him. He’s a little taller than me but that won’t matter during the fight. My prediction is that I’m going to win.”
Tyson Fury will face big-hitting Belarusian Alexander Ustinov – the 6’7, 300lb giant who Dereck Chisora broke his hand against in sparring – this Saturday at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester. Fury was left disappointed when Chisora withdrew from their fight yesterday after breaking his hand against Ustinov in their final sparring session, but promoter Frank Warren has moved quick to ensure all Fury’s hard training hasn’t gone to waste and secured him world ranked Ustinov.
From Minsk, Ustinov has been at Chisora’s North London gym for the last two weeks helping him to prepare for Fury, but now finds himself the man in the opposite corner with the chance of causing a huge shock and inflicting the first loss on the Wilmslow giant’s record. Continue reading
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, challenger Daniel Geale, and heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez worked out for the media today at the Mendez Boxing Gym on 26th Street in New York City. Both bouts can be sen on HBO from Madison Square Garden.
Shortly after Fightnews.com reported that Dereck Chisora has been forced to withdraw from his showdown against Tyson Fury this Saturday, one of the first names considered was the last U.S. heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (55-6-1, 48 KOs). Fightnews caught up with Briggs who was in the gym at the time to get the information directly from the source.
“I just want to be clear regarding why I am making this comeback in boxing,” said Briggs. “I have stated from the beginning that the only big fight that I’m interested in is with Wladimir Klitschko. Yes, I was willing to take the fight with now two-time WBA world champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) but that was a very special case. That would have a been a very lucrative world title fight and one I would have won. Chagaev had not been all that active of late which would have leveled out the playing field aside from my long travel. Those who saw the fight saw how bad Chagaev looked. It was a close decision for Chagaev and he deserved the decision but it was more of what Fres Oquendo didn’t do than what Chagaev did. He was not even close to the condition I am in and I had fought just days earlier. Anyways defeating Chagaev would have made a fight with Wladimir Klitschko a unification and much bigger fight.
“I was asked if I had any interest in fighting Tyson Fury on just a few days’ notice this Saturday. The answer is no. Why would I take a fight with Fury on that kind of notice? It’s not a world title fight. It would not have been anywhere near as lucrative as the fight with Chagaev. I would be fighting Fury in his country. He is young prime fighter who has been training hard for months for a fight. I mean it sounds like a real good deal — if you’re a part of Team Fury. Why would I put myself at that much of a disadvantage? Continue reading
2008 Olympian from Puerto Rico McWilliams Arroyo will challenge IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng on September 14 at the Liptapanlop Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand, in a Jimmy’s Boxing presentation. “We already confirmed and the fight will be on Sunday, September 14, in Thailand, so McWilliams continues focused on his training and we will coordinate all matters relating to the date on which we will travel to this fight”, said Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) Vice-President.
Arroyo (15-1, 13 KOs), who is the #1 IBF ranked at 112 pounds, is coming off a spectacular second round KO victory last June 19 over Froilan Saludar in an IBF elimination bout. Arroyo is a gold medalist at the 2009 World Amateur Boxing Championships in Italy and also won gold medals at the 2006 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia and at the 2007 Pan American Games in Brazil.
Ruenroeng (13-0, 5 KOs) is a bronze medalist of the 2007 World Amateur Boxing Championships 2007 in Chicago and represented Thailand at the 2008 Olympic Games in China. Ruenroeng won the IBF flyweight belt last January 22, 2014 when he beat Filipino Rocky Fuentes by unanimous decision and impressively defended the crown on May 7 with a split decision victory over Japanese sensation Kazuto Ioka.
Heavyweight star Tyson Fury will be fighting this weekend despite the cancellation of his world title eliminator with Dereck Chisora. After enduring yet another major setback following the cancellation of the Chisora bout, due to the Londoner fracturing his left hand, Fury is actively in the process of finding a replacement alongside Hennessy Sports and Queensberry Promotions to ensure that he competes on Saturday night’s show at the Phones4U Arena in Manchester. Discussions are also underway to reschedule the fight with Chisora later this year in September.
Fury has been through a very difficult 18 months, with the cancellation of two fights with David Haye, before Chisora pulled out with injury on Monday.
“It’s very frustrating for me that another of my major fights has been cancelled with my opponent pulling out injured,” said Fury. “I have been training for months to get ready for this fight and am in the best condition of my life so for this to happen again – for the third time in such a short space of time – is a big blow. Nevertheless, I will be fighting this weekend and my team will find an adequate replacement. Believe me, whoever I face on Saturday they will be in big big trouble and I will take out my frustrations on them.”
A purse bid procedure was held at IBF Headquarters Tuesday to determine who will promote the vacant IBF bantamweight championship fight, when, where and for how much. There were two bidders, Dennis Hobson Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. Dennis Hobson Promotions bid $ 261,750 and Golden Boy Promotions bid $ 127,000. The purse bid split will be 50% to Caballero and 50% to Hall.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Soliman
IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman has sparred over 200 rounds with Daniel “Real Deal” Geale and is confident Geale will cause a major upset on Saturday in Madison Square Garden when he challenges WBA middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin over twelve rounds. “Golovkin will start favorite to win but he should not take Geale to be an easy victory,” said Soliman. “If Golovkin allows Geale to box his fight, GGG would be in for a difficult fight. The same could happen to Geale if he tries to punch with Golovkin. That would be a mistake for Geale. My prediction is the fight will go the distance but victory will go to Geale if he fights to the right fight plan. One thing I do know, if ever I fight Golovkin I would be confident of winning. Boxing is about styles and I have the style to win. My manager Dave Stanley has contacted Golovkin’s management and I am hopeful that fight could eventuate. It would be a great opportunity to test myself against the middleweight everyone rates as the best.”
Photo: Team SES / P. Gercke
SES Boxing held the final press conference on Monday for Saturday’s clash between two-time world champion Robert Stieglitz against WBO #9 Sergey “The Ghost” Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. The presser took place in front of an old transport aircraft named JU 52 at the “Hugo Junkers Museum”
Robert Stieglitz: “I am forewarned. A ghost always comes surprisingly and unexpectedly. I’ve prepared myself for the fighting style Khomitsky so I’m safe. He can’t scare me. Khomitsky is good for surprises, well rested and he boxes smart. His victory for the WBO European championship against Buglioni in England was no coincidence. One may never, ever underestimate him. He is a daredevil! If I want to get back “my belt,” then the only possible way is with a clear victory over this “ghost!”
Sergey Khomitsky: I’m something of a fear maker! That’s where my fight name ‘The Ghost’ comes from. I make pressure, move forward, makes surprises and many opponents can’t adjust. I know Stieglitz from many fights I watched myself. He will be defeated! Continue reading
Telemundo opened up their summer series last Friday with a thriller of fight between Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (18-2, 10 KOs) of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico and Juan “El Loquito” Kantun (21-7-3, 15 KOs) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. In the end it was Vidal stopping Kantun in round eight. The bout was the first of a 115 pound one loss elimination 6 man tournament. The final bout will be held in the fall season ending series. The winner of the tournament will be in line for a world title fight in 2015. Boxeo Telemundo Ford will be airing each bout with Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc promoting.
The next bout in the tournament will feature Ricardo Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) of Mexico City vs. David Carmona (16-2-4, 3 KOs) also of Mexico City this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds and the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight title is on the line. Rodriguez is the least experienced of the fighters who entered the tournament. In Carmona he’ll be facing an opponent who just challenged for a world title in his last fight albeit unsuccessfully. Continue reading
Those attending the first ever 2014 International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame (IWBHF) Induction Ceremony/Brunch on July 10th were treated to seeing the greatest assemblage of female boxing champions gathered in Fort Lauderdale, Fl, from all parts of the world. The guests and inductees included: Christie Martin (USA), Lucia Rijker (Holland), Bonnie Canino (USA), Christie Halbert (USA), Barbara Buttrick (USA), Regina Helmich (Germany), and posthumously JoAnn Hagen. Continue reading
First stop for world middleweight champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin on Monday afternoon when he arrived in New York City was to check out the massive billboard in Times Square for his highly anticipated defense against two-time world champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale, on Saturday at Madison Square Garden and LIVE on HBO World Championship Boxing. Amidst a huge crowd of fans and supporters, Golovkin took photos and signed autographs before heading to his headquarters for fight week.
Want to get up close and personal? Madison Square Garden is still offering a limited number of Golovkin vs. Geale VIP Packages for the event.
The Golovkin vs. Geale VIP Package includes:
One (1) Ringside Ticket (First Five Rows)
One (1) Gennady Golovkin Signed Glove
Access to the following events
— Media Workout, Tuesday July 22
— Media Press Conference, Wednesday, July 23
(Photo Opportunity with Gennady Golovkin included)
— Official Weigh-In, Friday, July 25
Priced at $2,000, the Golovkin vs. Geale VIP Package can be purchased through the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com. Regular tickets, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $50 and $25, are available
The successful Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford series will have their second show of the summer series of series this Friday at the popular Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. The main event will feature a “Civil War” when David “El Duro” Carmona faces Ricardo “El Meserito” Rodriguez in a clash scheduled for ten rounds with the vacant WBO Youth super flyweight belt at stake.
Carmona of Mexico City brings a record of 16-2-4, 8 KOs, is a world title challenger, former WBO Youth champion and is making his third appearance on the series. Rodriguez on the other hand is from Mexico City but now resides in Los Angeles. He trains in Wild Card Gym and has sparred with former world champion Brian Viloria and Olympic champion Zou Shiming, in his last two outings in the US has has defeated two unbeaten fighters and brings a record of 9-1, 3 KOs. Continue reading
On August 8, Iron Mike Productions heads to the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh for FOX Sports 1 show headlined by welterweight Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (15-0, 11 KO) against fellow unbeaten James “Keep ‘em Sleepin” Stevenson (21-0, 14 KOs. Vasquez will be making the fifth start of his 2014 campaign, all four of his previous fights this year ending by stoppage.
Co-featured at “The Pride of Pittsburgh” is an eight round lightweight clash between local fan favorite Monty Meza Clay (35-3, 21 KOs) and Rene “Super Chirizo” Gonzalez (31-6, 23 KOs), who will be making his United States debut, most recently competing for the interim WBA junior lightweight title.
Big-punching 2012 Olympian Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (5-0, 5 KOs) will face off against Willie Fortune “500″ (17-1, 8 KOs).
Dereck Chisora has been forced to withdraw from his showdown against Tyson Fury this Saturday at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester after suffering a fractured left hand in his last sparring session leading up to the fight. Chisora’s fight against Fury, which was a European heavyweight title defense with the Vacant British title on the line plus an eliminator for the WBO world title, will now be rescheduled and a new date will be announced shortly.
The show will still go ahead with Billy Joe Saunders now in the main event challenging for the vacant European middleweight title against Emanuele Blandamura. Continue reading
America was introduced to Kennedy Cunningham when her father first fought on NBC back in December of 2012 when he faced Tomasz Adamek in that epic battle, we learned that she suffered from a severe heart condition called HLHS. In April when Steve fought Amir Mansour on NBC Sports, the family had just received heartbreaking news when they we told that Kennedy was not a candidate for heart transplant as they had hoped. She had her first open heart surgery at 2 days old and the second six months later. She was hospitalized for the first year of her life and suffered many set backs along the way, including a stroke, many blood infections and also required a trach and vent for several years when she was younger. The doctors that cared for her back then all say that she is a miracle, they saw everything she went through and never thought she would live to be 8 years old. Now, almost 9 years later she continues to show us how tough she is! Continue reading
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Many fighters talk confidently about their careers, their upcoming fights and their abilities. But few sell it like rising heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 18-0, 10 KOs. The Philadelphian’s confidence doesn’t just spit from the tip of his tongue, it is thoroughly steeped all the way down to the bones of his 225 pound body. He is as self-assured as any fighter I’ve ever seen. Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, Jennings takes on Mike Perez, 20-0-1, 12 KOs, a promising Cuban who now calls Cork, Ireland home. The fight is a 12-rounder to determine the #1 contender for the WBC heavyweight title.
It’s the biggest fight of Jennings’ career thus far. Then again, with the whirlwind rise of “BY BY” Jennings, each of his past fights has been described the very same way because the stakes in each of those dates keeps getting higher. If Jennings wins, we’ll be saying it next time too because that will be the night he fights for the world heavyweight title. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. First up is Mike Perez. Continue reading
Matthew Macklin will face WBC International champion Jorge Sebastien Heiland in an official eliminator for the WBC Middleweight title held by Miguel Cotto at the National Stadium in Dublin on August 30, live on Sky Sports – with tickets on sale from 9am on Tuesday July 22. Macklin is back in action for the first time since December and can take a huge step towards facing the Puerto Rican legend if he can see off Heiland, the 27 year old Heiland who is ranked at number four with the WBC and won the WBC International title in November with a fifth round KO of Billi Godoy in his native Argentina. Macklin is ranked at nine in the division and is chomping at the bit to get back into the ring and has set his sights on a showdown with Cotto. Continue reading
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philadelphia’s Fred Jenkins has been training boxers for a long time. Before that, he was a fighter himself. The PA Boxing Hall of Famer has been in the sport for 43 years, and after all that time, and after developing countless boxers at the ABC Recreation Center in North Philly, all his hard work just might pay off with his latest pupil, heavyweight contender Bryant Jennings, 18-0, 10 KOs. The pair travel to Madison Square Garden this weekend to take on Mike Perez, 20-0-1, 12 KOs, in a 12-round WBC title eliminator. Continue reading
Maryland native Cecil McCalla (18-0, 6 KOs) has a big opportunity to showcase his talent as a name to be considered for bigger fights in boxing’s talent rich welterweight division. McCalla will take on California-based Oscar Godoy (13-2, 6 KOs). The scheduled for eight round welterweight bout will be a part of the ShoBox quadrupleheader this Friday. It will be the third bout of the telecast. The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Upstate New York will host the event. Fightnews caught up with McCalla as he is now just days away from his national television debut. Continue reading
By Brett Bonetti at Ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson
Clint “The Hammer” Hosking (10-0, 2 KOs) scored a unanimous decision ober the durable Roy Tua Manihuruk (15-11-2, 11 KOs) in the main event of Western Alliance at the WA Italian Club in Perth, Australia on Saturday night. Hosking was in control from the start as he attacked the body of Manihuruk consistently. Manihuruk had little answers throughout, except attempts to taunt Hosking and turn his attention to the loud crowd in attendance. In round four Manihuruk leaned against the ropes, thumped his chest and invited Hosking to take shots at him. Hosking accepted the invitation and attacked the head and body until Manihuruk wisely moved around again. Hosking remained in complete control as Manihuruk had no answers, even switching to southpaw late and swinging wildly, but missing. Hosking claimed the WBC EPBC Lightweight regional title and also gained a top 15 ranking with the WBC with the shutout 100-90 unanimous points victory. Continue reading
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight Nathan MacKay (4-1, 1 KO) outscored New Zealander, Junior Maletino Lakopo (2-14-2, 1 KO) over ten rounds to capture the WBF Australasian crown at the Cabramatta Leagues club, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. The 274lb MacKay used his extra weight advantage effectively behind a jarring left jab to force 200-pounder Lakopo on the back move consistently. The experienced visitor displayed good skills but was constantly outworked by his opponent. Scores at the conclusion Max Murphy 96-93, Ray Wheatley 98-92, Charlie Lucas 96-93. Lakopo, 38, had been the distance against former USA-based and highly regarded heavyweight Bowie Tupou in 2013 but lost by TKO5 to WBA rated David Aloua in 2014.
In other action, Australian based Samoan, cruiserweight Emosi Solitua( 5-1, 4 KOs) stopped Australian-based Tongan Walter Pupu’a (12-30, 8 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round bout with the WBF Australasian cruiserweight crown up for grabs. Solitua attacked Pupu’a in round one from opening bell, dropping him with solid barrage. Pupu’a was down again in round two and at 2.19 referee Charlie Lucas saved Pupu’a from further punishment and crowned Solitua. This was the second time Solitua had stopped Pupu’a as back in 2013 he did the job in three rounds.
Promoter Terry Devlin.
German middleweight Mike Keta (17-3, 14 KOs) stopped Mikheil Khutsishvili (34-22-5, 16 KOs) from Georgia in seven rounds on Saturday in Munich to claim the vacant EPBC middleweight championship. 1,000 fans at sold out Kickboxen-Deutschland-Gym saw an all-action fight from the opening bell in which both fighters had their moments.
Keta had the better start putting a lot of pressure on Khutsishvili connecting with hard right hooks. But the 25-year-old Georgian didn’t back up and kept on fighting back landing some good shots of his own throughout the fight. Continue reading
Jr. flyweight Gilberto “El Cacique” Pedroza scored a fifth round TKO against local hero Mercedes “El Chicho” Concepcion in the main event of Saturday night’s card Promociones y Eventos del Istmo card billed as “Soul of the Warrior” at the Gimnasio Los Naranjos in Boquete, Chiriqui, Panama.
Pedroza improved 11-2-2 with 6 KOs, while Concepcion fell to 16-5 with 11 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian 135 pound champion Brett “Handful” Smith (19-2-1, 9 KOs) was awarded a seventh round technical decision win over Jerry Nardo (19-4, 10 KOs) in a scheduled twelve round contest to capture the WBU championship at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Both boxers suffered cuts during the contest due to accidental head clashes but the cuts on Smith were ruled too severe to continue so the bout went to the scorecards where the Australian was ahead by Derek Milham 69-66, Cyril Cairns 68-65, Adrian Cairns 69-64. Referee Phil Austin had warned both boxers during the bout to watch their heads. Continue reading
Watch the HBO special: Road to Golovkin/Geale. Golovkin vs. Geale happens Sat., July 26 at 9:30pm ET/PT on HBO.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Mexican super featherweight Nery Saguilán (30-4-1, 11 KOs) scored an eighth round KO oner Japanese’s Sheiichi Okada (18-5, 11 KOs) to win the WBC USNBC title at the Convention Center Hotel in Zijuatanejo Ixrapa Azul, Mexico at an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast on Televisa. Saguilan now hopes to t get a shot at the WBC world belt held by Takashi Miura.
2008 Beijing Olympian super bantamweight Arturo “Rey” Santos (18-3, 5 KOs) shows good skills in winning a ten round unanimous decision over Jairo Hernandez (10-7, 3 KOs). Santos is looking for a shot against WBC champion Leo Santa Cruz. Continue reading
WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (40-4, 28 KOs) will defend his title against Paul Smith Jr. (35-3, 20 KOs) on September 27 in Kiel, Germany. The fight was announced Saturday by both Sauerland Event and Matchroom Boxing. The bout will be televised by ARD in Germany and SkySports in the UK. Tickets go on sale Monday.
After lengthy discussions with members of his team, now-former WBC Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez has decided to continue his boxing career. Determined to return and erase the terrible memory of what happened against fellow-great Miguel Cotto in June, 39-year-old Martinez will next face a top-10 contender with the goal of recapturing his world title.
“Miguel De Pablos (Business Manager) and I met with Sergio at his home in Madrid and he says he is 100% healthy and ready to do what it takes to return to the very top of boxing,” said Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz.
Lewkowicz says Martinez will first undergo a full battery of head-to-toe testing from top specialists in New York, but pending full medical clearance, the former champion will be returning to the ring on a mission. Continue reading
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Promotions Zanfer and Mayen forgot that the major league Tijuana soccer team, Xolos, as well as a popular pro wrestling card was scheduled for down the street, so suffered from a weak turnout to what turned out to be an entertaining thirteen fight bout card set at the Tecate Box Tour located in the parking lot of the Caliente Racetrack. In the main event, Tijuana bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (17-2, 8KO) put together a masterful performance against hard hitting Dennis “Martillo” Contreras (19-3, 18KO) of Guadalajara, Mexico, in an eight round scheduled bout. Continue reading
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo: Wallace Barron/Keystone Boxing
Two of Maryland’s hottest prospects continued their winning ways in front of a sellout, standing-room-only crowd during a Keystone Boxing crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Springdale junior middleweight “The Cuban Assassin” Larry Recio won a gritty six-round unanimous decision over a very tough Grayson Blake of State College, PA. For the second straight contest, Recio faced an opponent that he couldn’t completely overpower. Recio scored a knockdown in the third round because of pressure. However, Blake stayed in the bout and challenged Recio by landing solid left hands repeatedly. Continue reading
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In his first ten-rounder, two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) went the distance to take a unanimous decision over Luis De la Rosa (23-4-1, 13 KOs) for the WBO international flyweight title on Saturday night at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. It was a good action fight. Shiming was in command from the opening bell, but De La Rosa was very game, even after suffering a bad cut to the left of his left eye due to an accidental headbutt midway. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 97-93.
Super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (29-0, 23 KOs) annihilated Junior Talipeau (20-2-2, 7 KOs) in a bout for the WBO International and NABF super middleweight belts. Ramirez dropped Talipeau three times in round one before the slaughter was halted. Time was 1:58.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round KO over two-time world title challenger Sod Looknongyantoy (63-3-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. Looknongyantoy was rocked by an accidental headbutt and went down. When action resumed, they touched gloves, then Rigondeaux pounced and immediately landed a combination that dropped him. The bout was waved off by referee Mark Nelson after just 1:44. The KO ended a 37 bout winning streak for Looknongyantoy. Rigondeaux and Top Rank will now go their separate ways.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former two-division world champion “The Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (34-4, 20 KOs) took out Jose Alfredo Zuniga (11-6-1, 5 KOs) in round five with a beautiful left hook to the body. Time was 1:42.
2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (4-0, 4 KOs) scored an impressive third round stoppage over Mike Mirafuente (2-1, 2 KOs). Mekhontsev dropped Mirafuente in round three and Mirafuente’s corner stopped the fight after the round.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Kuok Kun Ng (5-0, 2 KOs) pounded out a six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Beau O’Brien (4-1-1, 1 KO). Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.
Unbeaten lightweight Ik Yang (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a third round KO over Rachamongkol Sor Pleonchit (14-9, 6 KOs). Yang scored knockdowns in rounds one and three. Time was 1:40.
Unbeaten super flyweight Rex Tso (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over John Bajawa (12-7, 6 KOs). The bout was stopped after Tso connected with a series of unanswered punches. Time was :48.
In a bout cut from eight rounds to six rounds, super flyweight Mark Anthony Geraldo (31-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Efrain Perez (17-5, 12 KOs). Geraldo dropped Perez in round three and won by scores of 58-54, 58-54, 57-55.