Ed Derian, one of boxing’s best-known ring announcers, passed away Sept. 26 at the age of 77. Promoter J Russell Peltz, International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2004, recalls his days with “this fine young gentleman.”
Tyrone Everett had just finished cleaning Alfredo Escalera’s clock for most of the 15 rounds they fought and ring announcer Ed Derian grabbed the microphone to read the scores. It was Nov. 30, 1976, at The Spectrum in Philadelphia and Escalera’s WBC junior lightweight title belt was mere seconds from being transferred to Everett’s waist.
“Ladies and gentlemen, the scoring as follows: Judge Lou Tress has scored it 145 Escalera, 143 Everett.” Boos rained down from every corner of the building.
I stood there at the ring, my hands on the canvas, and I couldn’t believe that Eddie had just embarrassed himself in front of 16,019 fans, the largest crowd ever to watch a fight indoors in Pennsylvania. How in the world, I thought, could he possibly have read the score backward, especially from a judge from Philadelphia? Continue reading →
When Curtis “Showtime” Stevens first hit the New York City fans’ consciousness during 2004-2005 he was known as one of the “Chin Checkers” along with friend and stablemate Jaidon Codrington. The fighters had been given the nickname due to their high percentage of knockouts in the early rounds.
Now only Stevens is knocking ‘em dead.
Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) is set to take on former WBO middleweight belt holder Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam in a elimination contest on October 1st, with the victor to face the winner of the October 8th IBF middleweight title fight between defending champion Sam Soliman and challenger, ex-middleweight king Jermain Taylor. Continue reading →
WWE Hall of Famer “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas will be appearing at the New England Fights boxing event in Lewiston, Maine Oct. 11th at The Androscoggin Bank Colisee – a building famous for hosting Muhammad Ali’s 1st round KO of Sonny Liston in their 1965 heavyweight championship fight.
The show is headlined by the Northeast Junior Welterweight Championship fight between Brandon Berry (7-0, 5 KO’s) and Eric Palmer (4-3-3) and will also feature Steven Gamache (4-0, 1 KO) in action against Damon Antoine. Continue reading →
Former welterweight and super welterweight world champion Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga (30-8-1, 24 KOs) needed just 63 seconds to demolish Allen “Funky Cole” Medina (9-24-1, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the OKC Downtown Airpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
In other action, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (35-5, 28 KOs) knocked out Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (12-4, 12 KOs) in the first round.
43-year-old former IBF jr middleweight champion “Yory Boy” Campas (103-17-3, 79 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Julio Cesar Lanzas (8-20-6, 1 KO).
Former winner of “The Contender” and jr middleweight spoiler Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (32-19, 16 KOs) outpointed Said Ouali (29-5, 21 KOs) in a six-rounder.
Formerly world-ranked welterweight Carson Jones (35-10-3, 26 KOs) knocked out Shannon Miller (25-53-8, 18 KOs) in round three.
Unbeaten middleweight Alex Saucedo (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round KO over Miguel Alvarez.
John Abella won six-round split decision over Jesus Sanchez, featherweights; Alberto Torres won by TKO in fourth round over Eric Goodall, junior-lightweights; Luis Cruz fought to four-round draw with Tony Juarez, super-middleweights; Ryan Bourland won four-round unanimous decision over Eric Smith, light heavyweights; Michael Gaxiola won four-round unanimous decision over Adrian Rodriguez, junior-featherweights; Rafael Busuioc won four-round unanimous decision over Percy Peterson, featherweights.
Ex Minnesota Vikings NFL player Ray Edwards continued his foray into the professional boxing ranks with a unanimous decision win over Georgia’s Brandon Spencer on Saturday night at the Dearborn Performing Arts Center in suburban Detroit. Edwards used his superior technique to outbox Spencer over the 6 round duration to register the win on the judges’ cards by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 x 2. Edwards controlled the contest although probably could have done better if his trainers (including ex champ Tony Tubbs) could get him to throw his jab with more authority. Edwards in using his jab as a pawing range finder instead of an offensive weapon, allowed Spencer to get off an occasional wild shot, one of which momentarily buzzed Edwards in the fourth. Ray held on until his head cleared and went right back to work. Spencer had shot his bolt by then and did little over the last two rounds although he kept up an entertaining chatter with his opponent. Less talk and more action would have served him better as he is now (2-6-1, 2 KOs). The “Cincinnati Kid” Edwards improves to (9-0, 5 KOs). Heavyweights. Continue reading →
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
In her fourth title defense, undefeated WIBA Welterweight champion Tori “Sho Nuff” Nelson of Ashburn, VA received the toughest challenge to her title from Arlene Blencowe of Taree, New South Wales, Australia. However, Nelson managed to hang on to her title by 10-round split decision in front of a packed house at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA.
Blencowe came out firing and rocked the champion in the first round. However, Nelson was able to maintain her composure and fought back,landing enough blows to hold on to the title.
Judges Alisha Daniels and Gail Jasper scored the bout 96-94 for Nelson while judge Dorothea Perry saw the bout for Blencowe, 97-93. Nelson defends her title for the fourth time and remains undefeated at 11-0-2, one KO. Blencowe, who has held two world titles, is now 2-3. Continue reading →
‘King’ Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) retained his WBO super middleweight crown with a unanimous points decision against Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) in Kiel, Germany. In front of a sell-out crowd at the Sparkassen-Arena the judges scored the fight 117-111, 117-111 and 119-109 in favour of the defending champion. “It was a tough fight,” said Abraham. “Paul Smith was by no means an easy opponent and he made me work hard for the win. I was pleased with my performance. I feel that I have proved to myself, to my coach Ulli Wegner and to my fans that I still have what it takes. I’m not in decline and I look forward to more successful defenses of my WBO title.” Continue reading →
“Ed Derian, who was my ring announcer and, more importantly, my friend, passed away yesterday,” wrote Hall of Fame promoter J Russell Peltz on his Facebook page. “We began working together in the mid-1970s at a time when the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission designated who would be the ring announcer at different fight cards. I finally got that preposterous rule changed in the 1980s and Ed became my steady guy from then until about two years ago when his beloved wife Roxy died. Ed was the in-ring voice for all those great Tuesday Night Fights on USA Network from the Blue Horizon…there are so many Ed Derian stories to tell.”
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
As Mike Tyson literally rolled into the Mesquite Arena last night in a Rolls Royce about midway through his first promotion in Texas, for the Big Texas Throwdown, the energy in the crowd picked up at the same time his fights did. His presence at ringside, at this converted rodeo arena, got the fight fans into a frenzy as well as the fighters who were hoping to impress the former undisputed Heavyweight Champ. Tyson also brought a world title fight with him to Texas, understanding that everything is bigger in Texas, as Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-3-1, 12KO) of Panama put his title on the line against the #1 contender and undefeated Juan Carlos Payano (16-0, 8KO) from the Dominican Republic for the WBA Super Bantamweight Title in the main event. Continue reading →
Jose “Gato” Roman dominated Hector Velazquez, one of the most experienced boxers in the lightweight division, and successfully defended his WBC CABOFE Lightweight Championship in the 8-round “Path to Glory” main event promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions. The unanimous decision scores read: 79-73, 80-72, 79-73.
Roman (18-1-1, 12 KOs), who fights out of Garden Grove, Calif. and had a strong contingent of fans at the sold-out Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, used his speed, agility, and intelligence to thoroughly frustrate the 39-year-old Velazquez. To his credit, Velazquez (56-23-3, 38 KOs) tried to tie up Roman at every opportunity, but Roman maneuvered out of the traps and managed to score points on the outside. Continue reading →
British fight fans are still shaking their heads over the quite mystifying scorecards that were handed in at the conclusion of last night’s Arthur Abraham-Paul Smith WBO super-middleweight title fight in Germany. Abraham was awarded a wide unanimous decision, with one judge turning in a lopsided 119-109 card. Smith and his team are rightfully angry at such an uneven piece of scoring and now, promoter Eddie Hearn has said, he will lobby the WBO to make Smith the mandatory for Abraham.
Hearn says he doesn’t expect an immediate rematch, but he told The Liverpool Echo that a rematch should definitely happen in time. Continue reading →
Kevin Lerena has several good reasons to look forward to his fight against Gogita Gorgiladze on Monday night. If the 22-year-old South African beats the globetrotting visitor from Georgia at Emperors Palace he will win the vacant WBC youth cruiserweight title, take a step closer to international recognition and delight his supporters in the Golden Gloves Promotions tournament.
The unbeaten Lerena has won six of his ten professional fights inside the distance but he has to improve on his unconvincing points victory over Marcos Antonio Ahumada in August.
Gorgiladze, on his second visit to the Gauteng venue, will be equally keen to erase memories of his fourth-round stoppage defeat to Ilunga Makabu in a fight for the vacant IBF youth cruiserweight title in February last year. Continue reading →
On May 17, 2014, Mexican lightweights Ivan Cano and Javier Prieto battled to a twelve round draw for Prieto’s WBC Silver lightweight title. The bout was so competitive, why not do it again, right? Tonight in the same city of Playa del Carmen, Mexico, the two compatriots went at it again, each hoping to do enough to walk away with the win. But instead of “One and Done,” they made it “Twice is Nice” and battled to a majority draw once again, with Prieto retaining his title and his WBC #4 ranking. Continue reading →
Azael “Turbo” Cossio (18-3-2) stopped veteran Miguel Callist (28-11-1) at 1:26 of the 4th round to claim the Panamanian welterweight championship in the main event of the seven fights card presented by Promociones del Istmo at the Melia Panama Canal Hotel. Local southpaw Callist pleased the crowd with a technical exhibition until he got caught by a devastating right hook to the cheek that knocked him out. Continue reading →
At the Bell Centre in Montreal, two-time Olympian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev (6-0, 6 KOs) showed he’s a force to be reckoned with in the 175lb division after a second round annihilation of former world champion Tavoris Cloud (24-3, 19 KOs). Beterbiev dropped Cloud three times in round one and again in round two before the slaughter was halted at :38. Beterbiev won the NABA belt. Cloud dropped his third straight.
Former #1 contender Stephane Ouellet (29-6, 18 KOs), of Jonquiere, Quebec, lost a four-round middleweight fight against Belgium import Cedric Spera (11-2, 2 KOs). Ouellet, 43, returned after a ten-year retirement.
In the co-feature, WBC #10 lightweight and former world title challenger Dierry “Dougy Style” Jean (27-1, 19 KOs), fighting out of Montreal by way of Haiti, stopped Mexican invader Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (32-7-2, 22 KOs) in round five. Continue reading →
Fans have talked about a showdown between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez for years. On Saturday we got the next best thing as their brothers, Omar “Businessman” Chavez and Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez collided at Arena Jorge Cuesy Serrano and Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
The Alvarez family drew first blood in the rivalry between Mexico’s two royal boxing families as Ramon Alvarez (20-4-2, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Omar Chavez (32-3-1, 22 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 98-92. photos
Emiliano Marsili retained the European lightweight title, moments ago in Viterbo in Italy, by unanimous decision against Gyorgy Mizsei Jr. Marsili (30-0-1, 13 ko), #3 IBF and #7 WBC defended the title for the third time. OPI 2000 promoted the show with ITALIA 1 televisived in Italy.
WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (41-4, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Paul Smith (35-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Abraham was mostly in command over the first six rounds. Smith rallied midway and the rest of the rounds were close. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 119-109.
On the undercard, former middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin (30-5, 20 KOs) outpointed Jose Yebes (12-5-1, 5 KOs) over eight rounds. Macklin showed some ring rust early, but took over as the bout progressed. Continue reading →
No late “Diablo” heroics this time. Russian challenger Grigory Drozd (39-1, 27 KOs) outboxed longtime World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (49-3-1, 35 KOs), of Poland, to claim the WBC green belt by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. After four rounds, WBC open scoring revealed that the challenger was up 39-37 on all cards. Drozd battered Wlodarczyk to the canvas in round eight and after the eighth stanza, open scoring was 79-72, 79-72, 78-73 for Drozd. Wlodarczyk was unable to seize victory from the clutches of defeat in the championship rounds as he has done many times previously. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 119-108. Wlodarczyk was making his eighth defense of the belt.
World Boxing Association (WBA) cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (26-2, 20 KOs), of Russia, scored an explosive second round KO over previously undefeated and five-inch taller Polish invader Pawel “Harnas” Kolodziej (33-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. The 6’4 Kolodziej tried to use his long reach to keep the aggressive Lebedev at bay, but he was floored hard in round two and left in no condition to continue. It was a crushing straight left from the southpaw world champion that ended the fight. Afterward, Lebedev credited trainer Freddie Roach, who was working his corner.
Australian super featherweight Davey “Dynamite” Browne (20-1-1, 6 KOs) scored a shutout twelve round decision over Filipino Rey Las Pinas (19-10-5, 11 KOs) at the Ingleburn RSL, Ingleburn, NSW, Australia on Friday to capture the vacant WBC Eurasia Pacific Boxing Council title. Browne’s timing was off in early rounds but in round four he found the range for solid left hooks and rips to the body of the tough Filipino who at 5’5 was six inches shorter than the 5’11 Browne. At the conclusion the scores were Les Fear 120-108, Ray Wheatley 120-108, Wayne Douglas 120-108. Browne is a former 2006 national champion and in 2009 held the WBC Youth world title. The only loss Browne has suffered was against former IBF world champion Billy Dib in what was one of the “Best Australian Fights in 2009.” Tod Makelim who clashed with Manny Pacquiao is the trainer of Browne. Continue reading →
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show tonight in Viterbo, Italy. In the main event, European lightweight champion IBF #3 and WBC #7 Emiliano Marsili (29-0-1, 13 KOs) will defend his title for the third time against Gyorgy Mizsei Jr. (20-10, 12 KOs). In his last visit in Italy, Mizsei outpointed Brunet Zamora for EU title.
In the co-main event local favorite Andrea Di Luisa (15-2, 11 KOs) will fight Diego Velardo (8-1-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant Italian super middleweight title. Continue reading →
Last night in London at the prestigious British Boxing Board of Control’s annual awards dinner, Nottingham’s Carl Froch won The Fighter of The Year award. This is the third year running “The Cobra” has won the award and the fourth time in total.
The WBA and IBF super-middleweight king has fought just one opponent here in 2014, twice stopping bitter rival George Groves in memorable encounters. Now, having seen off all domestic opposition (James DeGale aside), Froch wants to see out his career in Las Vegas. There is also the possibility Froch, now aged 37, will face Mikkel Kessler in a third bout before he calls time on his great career.
In other awards news: light-heavyweight Sergey Kovalev won The Overseas Fighter of The Year award, while John Murray and Anthony Crolla of Manchester picked up The Sportsmanship award for their thrilling April lightweight showdown.
Stony Brook University, where undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Chris Algieri graduated with Honors in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management (Algieri also has a Masters degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York Institute of Technology), will host Chris as the “Alumni Fan of the Game” at today’s annual Wolfstock Homecoming celebration among 11,000 fans and present to him a proclamation from Suffolk County Supervisor Steven Ballone declaring September 27th “Chris Algieri Day.” Festivities begin at 3:30PM ET Continue reading →
Both Russian fighters are favored to win their cruiserweight world championship events today at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia. World Boxing Assosiation cruiserweight beltholder Denis Lebedev is a big -1250 favorite to defeat Pawel Kolodziej +800, while Grigory Drozd is a narrow -125 pick to dethrone World Boxing Council cruiserweight titlist Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk. On PPV in the U.S.
In another world championship clash at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany, WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham is a healthy -560 pick to beat Paul Smith +430.
At the Bell Centre in Montreal, two-time Olympian light heavyweight Artur Beterbiev is a -300 favorite when he moves way up on class against former world champion Tavoris Cloud, who is at +220.
Finally, at Arena Jorge Cuesy Serrano in Tuxtla, Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico Omar Chavez (brother of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.) is -300 to defeat Ramon Alvarez (brother of Canelo Alvarez +220. On UniMas in the U.S.
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
In the main event in Mesquite, Texas with Iron Mike in attendance, Juan Carlos Payano (16-0, 8KO) survived a nasty cut over his right eye to take the WBA Super Bantamweight Title from the champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (35-3-1, 12KO) after 6 rounds due to the cut. The cut occurred early in the fight from an accidental headbutt and had to be checked by the doctors in the 2nd round.
Payano came out like a bull from the opening bell and took the fight to Moreno in a very scrappy fight that saw Payano get warned multiple times from the referee for fouls. After the 6th round, the doctors decided the cut got worse and the fight was stopped. At the time of the stoppage, the scores read 59-55 and 58-56 for a unanimous decision for the new champion Payano. Continue reading →
Miguel Callist 146.75 vs Azael Cosio 146.75
Eric Walters 133 vs Augusto Pinilla 138 l
Ricardo Núñez 138 vs Edgar Guillen 142
Eusebio Acevedo 121.25 vs Samuel Moreno 122.25
Arístides Quintero 149.25 vs José Aguirre 151.75
Alexander Durán 134 vs Addir Sánchez 135.25
Elías Aragón 159.75 vs, Néstor del Cid 155.75
Venue: Meliá Panamá Hotel
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
TV: TV Máx Channel 9
In a marathon day of meetings, due to the lengthy gala opening the day before, the one day session of meetings during the inaugural WBC female boxing convention opened and closed today in Playa del Carmen at the Princess Hotel.
Dr. Paul Wallace, medical director for the WBC began the day by opening the WBC medical seminar.
First up was Dr. Mary Palmore (OBGYN, Chicago) discussed female boxing from her personal and professional perspective. On her docket were reviews of: menstrual cycles – hormonal cycles, pregnancy, self breast exams, breast and cervical Cancer. Continue reading →
Framingham, Massachusetts’ Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor and Virginia’s Andrew Farmer will battle it out in the special “Monster Brawl” on Thursday, Oct. 30. The FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series will be held at Plymouth, Massachusetts’ Plymouth Memorial Hall, headlining another stellar night of world-class boxing action. The bout, which was originally scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day, but was postponed due to an injury sustained by O’Connor, is a Halloween treat for Boston area boxing fans.
In the co-main event, lightweight contender Sharif “The Lion” Bogere travels to the East Coast from Las Vegas to face Binan City, Laguna, Philippines’ Aaron Melgarejo in a 10-round matchup. In the four-round televised opener, Dublin middleweight standout Jason Quigley makes his Boston area debut against Miami’s Serge Cadeus. Also televised will be local sensation Mark “The Italian Bazooka” DeLuca as he competes in a six-round middleweight swing bout on Oct. 30 against an opponent to be determined.
As a special tie-in with the “Monster Brawl” theme, there will be a costume contest held for those dawning the evening’s best Halloween costumes. Cash and other prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed fans.
Oscar de la Hoya took time out of his busy schedule to attend the inaugural WBC Female Boxing convention in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The “Golden Boy” discussed his feelings about the fairer sex taking up Sweet Science and the possibility of a “Golden Girl” in his promotional lineup in the not too distant future.
Javier Prieto 135* vs. Ivan Cano 134.2
(WBC Silver Lightweight title)
Zulina Muñoz 116.4 vs. Karina Hernandez 116.4
Marvin Quintero 137 vs. Carlos Mario Sanchez 136
Yesenia Gomez 108.6 vs. Anely Hernandez 107.4
Julian Ramirez 125 vs. Ricardo Hernandez 126.4
Yareli Larios 125.2 vs. Gloria Romero 124
Hector Zepeda 139.4 vs. Andres Vasconcelos 136.8
Prieto stripped down and still weighed in at 135.4, then returned 30 minutes later on the mark
Promoter: Cancun Boxing (Pepe Gomez), Golden Boy (Oscar de la Hoya), Canelo Promotions (Eddy Reynoso), Boxing Time Promotions (Guillermo Rocha)
Venue: The Theater at Princess Hotel, Playa del Carmen
T.V.: Fox Deportes
Doors open: 7 p.m., first bell 8 p.m., T.V. 10 p.m.
Future Boxing Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (59-8, 42 KOs) scored a first round KO, over Hany Atiyo (14-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Basket Hall in Krasnodar, Russia. Jones successfully defended his WBU world cruiserweight title (German version). Jones came out relaxed and confident, business as usual. Just as Atiyo was covering up, Jones threw a heavy punch to his solar plexus, Atiyo went down in excruciating pain, while on the canvas he couldn’t make the count. Time 1:16.
Paul Smith believes he has the tools to take the WBO World Super Middleweight title from Arthur Abraham when the pair clash for the crown in Kiel, Germany tomorrow night. The Liverpool star tipped the scales at 167.5 lbs ahead of his first World title shot with Abraham weighing 168, and Smith wants to add his names to the British and all-time greats that have landed the WBO crown.
“I am fighting for the same belt that Joe Calzaghe and Steve Collins had, Chris Eubank had it and Eubank vs. Benn was for this title, Sugar Ray Leonard fought for this belt,” said Smith. “Now I am going to fight for it in a fight that I can win and I know that if I get this game plan right that I am going to win. Continue reading →