Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com
Reading, PA junior lightweight Frank De Alba, 17-1-2, 6 KOs, held off the relentless challenge of Floridian Jesus Lule, 7-15-1, 1 KO, to take a six-round unanimous decision in the main event, at the 2300 Arena in South Philly Friday night. De Alba was the more skilled boxer throughout, but Lule brought plenty of fight to the bout.
The southpaw got off to a quick start, but Lule kept the action competitive by always firing back after one of De Alba’s punches speared him to the head or body. By the mid-point of the fight, Lule’s engine was fully revved, and he did his best to turn the fight around. The underdog had his moments, but De Alba stayed in control. Continue reading →
Current WBA (super), IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko needs tall sparring partners to help him prepare for unbeaten 6’9 challenger Tyson Fury next week. He found a good one in his big brother, former heavyweight world champion Vitali Klitschko. Heavyweight Malik Scott, also in Wlad’s camp, posted an image on Instagram.
No, the 44-year-old Vitali isn’t planning a comeback. He was just re-elected this week as Mayor of Kiev. Actually, as a WBC champion emeritus, Vitali would automatically get a shot at current WBC titleholder Deontay Wilder if he did come back.
Speaking of Wilder, he is rumored to next be facing Wlad’s IBF mandatory, IBF #1 rated “Czar” Glazkov on January 16 in Brooklyn. Nothing official.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley
Miguel Cotto was asked recently who he regarded was his toughest opponent. Cotto said, ‘I have to go back to 2004 against African fighter Lovemore Ndou.’ What are your thoughts on this massive compliment from one of the best boxers in the world?
I feel honoured to hear that coming from Miguel Cotto, who is one of the best fighters out there. He has proved himself many times holding world titles at super lightweight, welterweight, super welterweight and now middleweight. To hear that is an honor and apart from that, the guy has been in the ring with some monsters including Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. Continue reading →
On Friday evening, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returned to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for the latest installment of the popular series. In the main event, the Bronx’s Chris “Golden” Galeano (10-0, 1 KO) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Brooklyn’s Shawn “Killa” Cameron (10-1, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant New York State middleweight title. Continue reading →
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Undefeated IBF/WBO #1, WBC/WBA #2 rated super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (33-0, 24 KOs) cruised to a ten-round unanimous decision victory over Gevorg Khatchikian, (23-2, 11 KOs), in the main event of truTV’s MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout series at the Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Scores for the bout were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90. Khatchikian was able to hang with Ramirez early on, landing hard counter right hands that rocked Ramirez in each of the first three rounds. But Ramirez’s class began to show as the fight progressed, with Ramirez consistently punishing Khatchikian to the body and eventually reducing the Dutchman to hit and run attacks as Khatchikian switched to survival mode. With the victory Ramirez retained his WBO International super middleweight title.
Hard-hitting lightweight Saul “Kid Dinamita” Rodriguez, Jr., (19-0-1, 14 KOs), lived up to his nickname, blasting out another well-regarded prospect, Ivan Najera, (16-2, 8 KOs), just over two minutes into a scheduled ten round bout. Rodriguez got the better of Najera from the get-go, landing the harder punches and causing early swelling to Najera’s left eye. A beautiful right hook to the body, left hook to the head combination dropped Najera hard later in the first round. Najera never really fully recovered even though he beat the count, with the end coming moments later courtesy of a right, left, right combination that sent Najera back to the canvas and prompted referee Kenny Bayless to stop the fight at 2:06 of the opening stanza. Continue reading →
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hogan Photos/Golden Boy Promotions
Undefeated super bantamweight Diego De La Hoya (13-0, 7 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, won an eight round unanimous decision over Giovanni “Lloviznas” Delgado (15-4, 9 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico, in the scheduled eight-round super bantamweight main event Friday night at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. De La Hoya was slick as he boxed and outworked Delgado in the early part of the fight. De La Hoya began to pick it up late, fighting more aggressively and landing solid right hands. It was a tough win for De La Hoya as Delgado was not going away easy. All three judges scores the fight 79-73.
Starting off the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry weekend, Mexican welterweight Alan Sanchez (17-3-1, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Puerto Rican John Karl Sosa (13-1, 6 KOs). The slick Sosa boxed while Sanchez stalked him. Finally Sanchez landed a huge right hand that dropped Sosa. He staggered when he got up and Sanchez continued to attack sending Sosa to the canvas a second time. An uppercut finished it putting Sosa down for the third time. Referee Vic Drackulich stopped the fight at 2:14 of round six.
Mexican featherweight Horacio “Violento” Garcia (30-1, 21 KOs) scored a second round stoppage over Raul “Bule” Hidalgo (24-14, 18 KOs) in a scheduled eight-round bout in opening up the Estrella TV telecast. Garcia landed a backed Hidalgo to the ropes landing a barrage of punches forcing referee Russell Mora to stop the fight at 1:03 of round two. Continue reading →
By Miguel Maravilla and David Robinett at the scale
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Miguel Cotto 153.5 vs. Canelo Alvarez 155
(WBC middleweight title)
Takashi Miura 130 vs. Francisco Vargas 129.5
(WBC super featherweight title)
Guillermo Rigondeaux 121.5 vs. Drian Francisco 121
Jayson Velez 125.5 vs. Ronny Rios 125.5
Live Stream Fights:
FIGHT CANCELLED: Randy Caballero 123.5 vs. Lee Haskins 117.5
(IBF bantamweight title)
Caballero was 5.5 pounds heavy and lost his title on the scale. Haskins, the IBF interim titleholder, will now be elevated to the full world title.
Zhilei Zhang 264.5 vs. Juan Goode 244
Alberto Machado 130.5 vs. Tyrone Luckey 128.5
Jose Martinez 114.5 vs. Oscar Mojica 114.5
Hector Tanajara 131.5 vs. Jose Naranjao 128
Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Promoter: Roc Nation/Golden Boy
In a loud and chaotic scene, WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and challenger Martin Murray were both inside the super middleweight limit in advance of their clash tomorrow night. Abraham weighed 168 even, Murray weighed 166.25.
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy
IBF interim bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (32-3, 14 KOs) faces reigning IBF champion Randy Caballero in Las Vegas on Saturday night and knows that victory will finally give him the right to call himself world champion. “I have to beat Randy Caballero to become a true world champion,” said Haskins. “I’m now one of the best in the division. That was proven against Iwasa. But I don’t believe I’m a legitimate world champion yet.
“There are a few other British ‘world champions’ in a similar position – either interim champions or regular champions – and they are happy to pretend they are the real deal. But that’s not me. I’ll beat Randy Caballero on Saturday night and then call myself world champion.” Continue reading →
Unheralded junior middleweight Geyson Bastardo (10-0, 7 KOs) caused a something of a stir among Dominican boxing fans Thursday night by scoring a spectacular third round knockout of much more experienced and renown Euri Gonzalez (24-4-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedecaribe title. Gonzalez, a boxer who had gone eleven tough rounds with Canelo Alvarez, seemed to be in control in the first two rounds, backing his younger opponent with combinations to the body and the head. Bastardo however was just biding his time and waiting for an opening which he found in the third round, unleashing a beautiful textbook uppercut that sent Gonzalez crashing to the canvas for the full count. One will certainly have to keep an eye on the up and coming Bastardo. Continue reading →
Featherweight Ronny Rios (24-1, 10 KOs) is a quiet man. His interviews are very short. Like every contender at this tender stage of his career he wants to conquer the world. The first step toward his goal comes Saturday as he faces undefeated Puerto Rican Jayson Velez (23-0-1, 16 KOs) for the WBC Silver featherweight title.
At today’s undercard press conference, Fightnews.com® talked to Rios about his imminent title shot if he wins Next Saturday.
“I’m ready. I feel that we had a great training camp for this fight. We had no distractions and I just want to fight on Saturday night. I don’t like to talk too much. I just want to let my work inside the ring do the talking. I know that being in this kind of event is a privilege and you’ll see my best performance to date,” stated a very confident Rios. Continue reading →
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez trainer Eddy Reynoso, has been respectful with Freddie Roach, but you can see his facial expression changing when he heard that Freddie slammed Canelo’s defense and skill level. Reynoso, known as a straight up, tell-it-like-it-is guy, had a few words to say about his counterpart.
“Freddie is a great trainer, but I don’t know what’s wrong with him lately. He says he analyzed Saul’s style and that he has major flaws in his defense, but he said the same thing about Mayweather when Floyd fought Pacquiao and looked what happened. I don’t think he has studied Saul very much because Saul is faster, stronger and has the movement. At this point in time he has better reflexes than Cotto, so I don’t know what he’s talking about, but we’ll see on Saturday night,” said the trainer of the former two-time super welterweight champion.
Reynoso knows that this fight is going to be a tough one, but he has the confidence that they worked hard enough to capture the WBC 160-pound world title.
Gilberto Ramirez 167.5 vs. Gevorg Khatchikian
(WBO International super middleweight title)
Saul Rodriguez 131 vs. Ivan Najera 134.6
Casey Ramos 132 vs. Adones Aguelo 132
Konstantin Ponomarev 150 vs. Ramses Agaton 147.8
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.5 vs. Cleiton Conceicao 176.5
Toka Kahn Clary 126.5 vs. Sergio López 132.2
Venue: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
Diego de la Hoya 123.6 vs. Giovanni Delgado 123.4
John Karl Sosa 146.4 vs. Alan Sanchez 146.4
Horacio Garcia 123.4 vs. Raul Hidalgo 123.4
Roy Tapia 122 vs. Erik Ruiz 121.4
Jason Quigley 161.2 vs. Marchristopher Adkins 161
Francisco Esparza 128 vs. Jose Rodriguez 126.2
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Frank De Alba 131 vs. Jesus Lule 129
Scott Keller 136.6 vs. Jack Grady 140
Antowyan Aikens 167.3 vs. Tahir Thomas 166.5
Daryl Bunting 169 vs. Ryan Bivins 165.8
Christopher Brooker 171 vs. Edgar Perez 175
Hafiz Montgomery 206.4 vs. Devon Mosley 206.7
Tyrell Colston 187.3 vs. Hector Perez 194.1
Ely Mendez 125.5 vs. Derrick Bivins 125.1
Corley Morley 284 vs. Brian Donahue 204
Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia
Promoter: King’s Promotions
Tickets: $100, $75 and $50, 1st Bell: 7:00 PM
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hogan Photos/Roc Nation/Golden Boy
Former WBA and WBO super bantamweight world champion Guillermo Rigondeaux spoke about his comeback fight against Drian Francisco on Saturday night’s Cotto-Canrlo PPV, his signing with Roc Nation, and his desire to get his titles back after being stripped for inactivity.
“To the rest of the super bantamweights out there with belts, beware because I am coming for them,” said Rigondeaux. “I’m coming for all the belts and I am going to destroy them all. I am the real champion. And everyone knows it. If you want to step in the ring with me, to prove it, let’s do it. It’s up to the fans to demand it from their champion to step up and get in the ring with me. They can run, but they can’t hide. Continue reading →
The boxing gem of Puerto Rico, undefeated Top-Five world-rated lightweight contender Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo, and former five-division world champion and 2012 Fighter of the Year Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, visited the Top Rank boxing gym for the Las Vegas Media Workouts on Thursday morning.
Illness has forced Tyron Zeuge (17-0, 10 KOs) to withdraw from his fight with Eduard Gutknecht (28-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. The super middleweights were scheduled to contest the IBF International and WBO Intercontinental titles, but as Zeuge’s coach Karsten Roewer reveals, the 23-year-old has contracted a viral infection that has left him unable compete.
“Tyron is currently in bed suffering from flu-like symptoms,” said Roewer. “It would make no sense for me allow him to fight in this condition. Although it is unfortunate for the fighters and the fans, my boxer’s health must come first.”
Miguel Cotto’s trainer Freddie Roach continues to be the most quotable participant in the leadup to Cotto-Canelo. The Hall of Fame trainer sounds very optimistic that his fighter will overcome the 3:1 odds against him Saturday night against Canelo Alvarez.
“Miguel is stronger. His condition is great…I would love for Miguel to win this fight by knockout, call out Mayweather and then end his career. Miguel always tells me that if he had me in his corner when he fought Mayweather he would have knocked him out. He tells me that story all the time. I think Miguel could pull off the strategy I have to beat Mayweather. I think that would be a good fight for him. I think I could put Miguel in a very aggressive mode.
“We are going to box a lot in this fight. We’re not just going out there looking for a knockout. I don’t want him doing that. I want him using his foot speed and his angles. He’s a more complete fighter now than ever.
“Canelo’s defense is terrible. He follows you wherever you go. He’s like a robot. If you use angles on him, he will be lost. He cannot make adjustments well.
“We need a fight like this. It’s great for the sport.”
World ranked and undefeated welterweight contender Konstantin “Talant” Ponomarev, (28-0, 13KOs), will battle Ramses Agaton, (17-2-3-, 9KOs) of Distrito Federal, Mexico in a scheduled ten round battle at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas tomorrow, Friday, November 20.
Presented by Top Rank and Ural Boxing Promotions, the Ponomarev/Agosto clash headlines the off-TV undercard to the Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez — Gevorg Khatchikian super middleweight title clash which will be telecast live on TheMetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Doors open at 4:00pm PT with the first bell at 4:30pm PT. Continue reading →
Roc Nation Sports and Miguel Cotto Promotions have announced their next co-promotion as part of the HBO Latino Boxing series. On Saturday, Dec. 5, former WBO Junior Featherweight World Champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (24-1-5, 19 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico will take on undefeated Rafael Rivera (20-0-2, 14 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in a ten-round featherweight showdown from the Osceola Heritage Park Exhibit Hall in Kissimmee, Florida televised live on HBO Latino beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
In the televised co-feature, Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (28-0, 15 KOs) will take on Steve Claggett (23-1-3, 16 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight bout. Opening the HBO Latino telecast will be a ten-round light heavyweight tilt featuring Colombian slugger Alexander Brand (24-1, 19 KOs) and Russian knockout artist Medzhid Bektemirov (16-0, 12 KOs) which is presented in association with Camponovo Sports and Gary Shaw Productions. Continue reading →
“Miguel trains with all he has,” says Freddie Roach, Hall of Fame trainer of Miguel Cotto. “We’re in the gym every morning at 5:00 a.m. for conditioning work and that lasts for three hours. Then at 1:00 p.m. we have our boxing workout. We work really hard every day.
“Before I go to sleep every night, I run through my thoughts, and make sure I have everything covered. There’s not one aspect of the fight that I don’t think about. We cover all our bases. And we’re 100 percent ready for this opponent. Canelo makes a lot of mistakes. And we’re really going to take advantage of those mistakes. He has youth on his side. But that’s not going to be enough to beat us.
WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras (33-0-1, 26 KOs) is training with Rudy Hernandez in Maywood, California, putting the final touches on his preparations for his defense against Japanese challenger Koki Eto (17-3-1, 13 KOs) on November 28 at the Xebio Arena in Sendai, Japan.
“I know I have to go looking for the knockout, but I don’t fear a hometown decision,” said Cuadras. “I’m looking to unify my title and what better way than to have your arm raised after beating a great fighter in his own house.” Continue reading →
This Friday, DiBella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing returns to the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY, for the latest installment of the popular series. Headlining the card will be undefeated prospects Chris Galeano (9-0, 1KO) and Shawn Cameron (10-0, 5KO’s) as the two square off in a 10-round battle for NYC bragging rights and with the New York State middleweight title on the line.
In the co-feature bout, Brooklyn’s own former two-time world champion Amanda Serrano (25-1-1, 18KO’s) will continue her quest toward another world championship when she squares off against Djemilla Gontaruk (9-2, 1KO) in a 10-round super featherweight matchup. The bout against Gontaruk will be Serrano’s fourth of 2015, as she seeks to reclaim a piece of the super featherweight crown. Continue reading →
Jason Booth he’s warned Ryan Burnett that he’s desperate to make history and become a three-weight British champion when they meet for the vacant British Bantamweight title at the Manchester Arena on Saturday night. Booth has held the Lord Lonsdale belt at Flyweight and Super Bantamweight and challenges for the Bantamweight strap for the second time, having met Lee Haskins for the strap in November 2013. That was Booth’s 25th title fight in a 19-year career that has seen him challenge the likes of Scott Quigg, Kiko Martinez and Steve Molitor at British, Commonwealth, European and World level, and the 38 year old Nottingham man believes there’s still some magic left in him that will come out against Matchroom Boxing’s latest signing. “I’ve got ambitions to be a three weight British champion and I feel that this is my time to make history,” said Booth. “There is no one in our generation that has won it in three weight classes, I think you would have to go back to the 1940’s until the last time it was done.”
Miguel Cotto: “We just had a good training camp in LA. Seven weeks, one week here. It’s going to be eight weeks for this fight and all I have to say is that I’m ready for the fight, I know Canelo and his team are ready too, and let’s give the fans the fight they need from us.”
Canelo Alvarez: “I’ve had a great preparation, worked very hard, anxious, we’re only a few days away, but patiently waiting for Saturday night to have my hand raised once again. It’s going to be a difficult fight. I know that, but that’s why I have prepared properly and we’re ready to give you a great, great fight.”
Cotto trainer Freddie Roach: “Miguel has had a great training camp. We worked very hard for this fight. We’re 100% ready. Biggest fight of the year and Miguel’s ready. I’ve never seen him better than this.”
Canelo trainer Chepo Reynoso: “Fights are won in the gym, in the ring they will raise your hand in victory.”
The gym doors were open at the Top Rank Gym for a Las Vegas media workout featuring #1 super middleweight contender Gilberto Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs), Gevorg Khatchikian (23-1, 11 KOs), Saul Rodriguez (18-0-1, 13 KOs) and Ivan Najera (16-1, 8 KOs), boasting a near-perfect combined record of 88-2 (55 KOs), who will headline Friday’s special edition of MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTv, which will air live from The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The event is presented by truTV and Top Rank, and produced in association with HBO Sports.
Gilberto Ramirez: “It’s easy to talk like my opponent is doing. I like it. No, my team did not make a mistake agreeing to fight Khatchikian. He’s going to find out the hard way. Fights are won in the ring. I wanted this fight to be better prepared to fight Arthur Abraham for the world title. I have no desire to sit it out waiting for my title shot. That’s what this fight is all about.”
Gevorg Khatchikian: “Team Zurdo made a big mistake taking this fight. All of the pressure is on him, not me. I have more power. James DeGale, who I fought, is 10 times better than Zurdo. And DeGale is a southpaw too. I plan to figure out Zurdo real quick on Friday night, then I will strike. When I get done, Zurdo won’t have to worry about Arthur Abraham anymore.”
Lineal middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s official comment after being stripped of WBC recognition over a dispute on fees. The future Hall of Famer is looking to save $1.1 million (The $300,000 WBC sanctioning fee, plus an $800,000 step-aside fee to Gennady Golovkin). “I am not disappointed by the WBC’s decision,” said Cotto. “It was all about money. The fee for this fight was absurd to me and I prefer to keep the money in my account. I don’t need to pay attention to Oscar De La Hoya’s opinion. He should take care of his own business. And I will take care of mine. I don’t stick my nose in Oscar’s business.
“The organizations wants four champions in every division just to earn a percentage from everybody. Then we have to pay for their mistakes. This is not fair to me. The WBC told me my offer was not reasonable to them. They told me I was not going to be the champion anymore. I don’t need their belt. I have enough belts in my house and with the money I saved, I can buy any belt I want. I can be the champion of whatever I want in my house.”
Former cruiserweight king David Haye, who also claimed the WBA heavyweight title during an accomplished career that appeared to be finished after major shoulder surgery ended his plans to face Tyson Fury some months back, is set to return to the ring next year. Speaking exclusively with The Lad Bible, in a story that has generated plenty of interest, in the UK especially, Haye announced how he has been working out under new coach Shane McGuigan, the son of Irish featherweight legend Barry and the current trainer of unbeaten super-bantamweight king Carl Frampton.
Haye, who last fought in the summer of 2012, knocking out Dereck Chisora in the 5th-round of a grudge-match, has asked fans to tell him just who he should fight in his comeback, which will presumably go ahead in the early months of 2016. There are a number of intriguing match-ups that could involve Haye, who, at age 35 and after a career that thus far hasn’t dished out an extraordinary amount of punishment, may well have plenty let to offer the heavyweights – and one possible fight with Olympic hero Anthony Joshua has already been mentioned by some fans. Continue reading →
Arthur Abraham (43-4, 29 KOs) insists he has left no stone unturned in preparation for his WBO world super middleweight championship contest with Martin Murray (32-2-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the TUI Arena in Hannover, Germany. Speaking at today’s final pre-fight press conference, ‘King Arthur’ detailed his ‘brutal’ training camp and declared himself ready to beat the British challenger.
“This has been one of the toughest camps of my career,” said Abraham. “My coach Ulli Wegner and his assistant Georg Bramowski have pushed me to my limits. It’s been brutal at times, but it will all be worthwhile when my hand is raised on Saturday night. Martin is a good boxer and I expect him to give me a hard fight, but there is no way he is taking my title!”
Murray, who is contesting his first title at 168 lbs following three attempts at middleweight, shares the champion’s confidence and has vowed not to leave Germany without Abraham’s WBO belt.
“We’ve been studying Arthur carefully and I believe I’ve got him beat,” said the 33-year-old Brit. “He is a great fighter, but he’s not changed his style in years, and in my opinion, he’s not evolved. It’s going to be a tough fight but I know it’s well within me to win. I won’t be leaving Germany without the title!”
Undefeated IBF/WBO #1, WBC/WBA #2 rated super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (32-0, 24 KOs) risks his forthcoming world title fight against Gevorg Khatchikian (22-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “I know what is at stake in this fight and that is why we prepared so hard for it. I have a lot to lose, but is also very important to show everyone that I am ready for the title fight and that is what I will demonstrate on Friday,” said Ramirez.
The bout will be televised live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV at 10:00 p.m. Eastern/Pacific.