Interview with Lamon Brewster, part 2

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today

In the part one of Lamon Brewster’s interview, the former World heavyweight champion explained how he beat Wladimir Klitschko 10 years ago and why he looked in not such good shape for their second fight. Here is the second part of our talk with the American KO artist.

How do you rate the chances of Kubrat Pulev to beat Wladimir Klitschko? (Note: the Klitschko-Pulev fight has been postponed until a date to be named due to a biceps injury suffered by Klitschko)

I have to totally honest, because I didn’t see enough fights of Pulev. I don’t want to take something away from the challenger. Or to discredit Wladimir Klitschko for all the years he is giving us great fights. I can’t say that this new guy, who never fought the caliber of fighters, that Klitschko faced over years, will win. Or Wladimir is going to win. I am not sure how good Pulev is and what he will bring to the table. Continue reading

Jürgen Brähmer: Carl Froch is clearly looking for a big fight – so I’ll drop to super-middleweight class and come to England

WBA light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer can’t wait to get in the ring for a super-duel against Britain’s Carl Froch. The current IBF super-middleweight world champion recently announced he is only interested in a really big fight – now Jürgen Brähmer, a famous name on the boxing scene known around the world, is challenging the Brit to a bout. The former WBO and current WBA world champion in the light-heavyweight class intends to defend his title and is even prepared to drop a weight class for the duel.

“If Froch is worried he doesn’t stand a chance of taking my title in my weight class, I’ll drop a division or we’ll agree a catchweight,” says Brähmer. Continue reading

Interview Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former middleweight champion Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews about Gennady Golovkin and says Carl Froch and Andre Ward could possibly defeat GGG. Geale also thinks fights between Golovkin and Daniel Jacobs and also Peter Quilin would be interesting bouts. He also says he will be back in action soon.

Interview: Graham Shaw

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Daniel Geale’s trainer Graham Shaw talks to Fightnews to say Gennady Golovikin is the best middleweight in the world but understands why Miguel Cotto is a higher money earner and also mentions that Daniel Jacob and Peter Quilin cannot defeat GGG.

Algieri displays “power stones”

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO jr. welterweight champion Chris Algieri never walks alone – he wears his precious stones for power, strength, wisdom and to ward off bad vibes. Algieri, posing with trainer Tim Lane (L), is on ‘Day Two’ of his worldwide tour with superstar Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao and Algieri, along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., are on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, that began on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with MP Promotions, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, Banner Promotions and Tecate, the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China. It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9PM ET / 6PM PT.

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Petalcorin ready for Tello

Everything is set for the WBA light flyweight showdown between Randy Petalcorin and Walter Tello will take place Tuesday night at the 18,000 capacity Mercedes Benz Arena in Shanghai. “Petalcorin came in 105.6 pounds that is close to three pounds under the limit and he was eating all the food he likes,” said Petalcorin’s manager Peter Maniatis. “Team Petalcorin has worked hard for this moment and Randy has the skills and power to blow Tello out of the water if he handles the big stage but saying that, Petalcorin has not faced anyone like Tello before in 23 bouts.

“I was talking to matchmaker Sean Gibbons and I told him we’ll find out more about Petalcorin than Tello tonight in Shanghai,” added Maniatis.

Mundine vs. Rabchenko on Nov 12

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (46-6, 27 KOs) returns ring action against WBC #2, IBF #3, WBA #5 Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18 KOs) on November 12 for the WBC Silver light middleweight title at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The 39-year-old Mundine is coming off a twelve round points loss to former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey in April. Rabchenko, 28, who was born and resides in Belarus, is coming off a twelve round points win over Bradley Price. Rabchenko is managed by Ricky Hatton Promotions.

Fight To Educate lineup announced

Junior middleweight knockout artist Chris Giilbert (11-1, 9 KOs) will headline the 13th annual Fight To Educate (FTE) Pro-Am boxing event, Thursday night, September 18 at Verizon Wireless Center in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Fight To Educate, presented in part this year by Matrix Aerospace, is a unique charity event that combines a love of boxing with the vision of assisting children and seniors in need who without fundraisers like this could be ‘down for the count.’ During the past 12 years, Fight To Educate has raised more than $750,000 in donations benefiting local New Hampshire non-profit organizations.

This year’s attending Boxing Legends include former world middleweight champion Vito Antuofermo, world heavyweight title challengers Chuck “Bayonne Bleeder” Wepner and Earnie “The Acorn” Shavers, and two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz. Continue reading

More on Klitschko-Pulev postponement

By Ognian Georgiev/Bulgaria Today

As previosly reported, WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (62-3, 52 KOs) has injured himself in the last days before his September 6 clash against IBF official contender Kubrat Pulev (20, 11 KOs). The fight was scheduled to take place in O2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The injury is torn left biceps, which was diagnosed on Friday. According to the Ukrainian promoters KMG, the bout will be rescheduled and will take place at the end of October. The new date must be approved by both German broadcaster RTL and the O2 Arena.

“I can confirm that Mr. Klitschko was injured during sparring,” KMG press relations officer Lorenz Eichhorn told the Bulgarian media. “Bild” newspaper reported that the fight will be rescheduled for the end of October. According to the organizers of the event all the sold tickets will be valid for the new date, which will be announced soon.

Pulev’s promoters Sauerland Event confirmed the news. “Klitschko injured, Pulev will have to wait for his shot at the world titles, likely end of October,” wrote Kalle Sauerland on his twitter.

Our sources told us that there are bigger chances the fight will take place in November. The two free Saturdays at O2 Arena are the 15th and 22nd. Continue reading

Tello, Petalcorin make weight

Walter Tello (20-7, 8 KOs) and Randy Petalcorin (21-1-1, 16 KOs) both easily made weight for their WBA interim light flyweight title fight on Tuesday at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Shanghai. Petalcorin weighed in at 105.6 pounds and Tello scaled in at 105.3 pounds.

The referee for the bout will be Raul Caiz Sr (US). Judges are Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand), Derek Milham (Australia) and Pinit Prayasab (Thailand). WBA supervisor is Yang Sup Shim.

Injury delays Klitschko defense against Pulev

World heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has postponed his IBF title bout with Kubrat Pulev. During sparring Wlad suffered a torn muscle fibre in his left biceps. The fight is now likely to be held before the end of the year in Hamburg. Klitschko will have to miss four weeks of training. “I am very disappointed the fight will not go ahead,” Klitschko said. “So far I have been in top shape and had a great training camp. I am sorry for my fans as well as my opponent Kubrat Pulev, who has surely prepared just as intensely.” A new date will be announced shortly.

Results from Minnesota

Story and photos by Jesse Kelley at ringside

Rondale “Give Em Hell” Hubbert (7-0-1, 4 KOs) of Moorhead, MN won the vacant Minnesota State Junior Welterweight title with a unanimous decision victory over RJ “T-Rex” Laase (12-2, 8 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN.

Both fighters traded staggering shots throughout in what turned out to be an exciting fight while the packed arena of just over 2000 people cheered on. Hubbert ran out of his corner at the opening bell and unloaded hard and wild punches that backed Laase up. Hubbert latter explained the strategy, saying that he wanted to show Laase he was there to fight. It was a risky strategy to fight with such reckless aggression on Hubberts part not only to start the fight but as he did many times throughout because of the chance to punch himself out. But it turned out to be what banked him the rounds he won in the end. Continue reading

Interview with Lamon Brewster, part 1

By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today

Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KO) is the last man, who beat WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. The American knockout machine met the Ukrainian in April 2004. Klitschko was knocked out in the end of the fifth round. 10 years later Fightnews speaks with Brewster about the bout.

Mr. Brewster, you are the last man, who beat Wladimir Klitschko. How would you describe that fight?

It was a fight, that I recognized, I wouldn’t be let to win on scorecards. I knew, that if the bout would go to distance, he would be heavily favorised. So, I made a plan to go near. Not to win the fight early, but to make him use as much energy as possible. I knew that he has stamina problems. Wladimir is the best fighter in heavyweight division and if you let him sit back and allow him to fight in his own rhythm, he is almost unbeatable. I wanted to go out there and to break his rhythm, to pressure, to pressure, to make him hold, to make him fight. To do everything that he didn’t want to do, by making him uncomfortable. I prepared myself for this kind of fight with non-stop boxing at high attitude, so I can be strong enough to go to the later rounds, making him fight like that. As a result I was able to defeat him. Continue reading

More Pacquiao-Algieri Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Algieri will announce their November 22 world championship fight during a two-week 27,273-mile international media tour, which kicked off Monday with a press conference at the fight location, The Venetian Macao. The tour will include stops in Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York. The event will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT. If you plan on attending live, tickets go on sale to the public at 10 a.m. August 29 (details later in this report).

Manny Pacquiao: “Chris Algieri fought an exceptional fight in June to win the world title from Ruslan Provodnikov. I am impressed and intrigued by his scientific approach to training and boxing. He may be the smartest and the fittest athlete I have ever faced and that makes him the most dangerous. I worked hard to reclaim my welterweight title and I will work harder to make sure I keep it on November 22. As always, I dedicate this fight to my fellow Filipinos around the world and to bring glory to the Philippines. ”

Chris Algieri: “It is a real honor to fight a future Hall of Famer like Manny Pacquiao and I am looking forward to being introduced to a whole new market and fan base in the Far East. My last fight against Ruslan Provodnikov got the world’s attention, now I am going to show what I can really do. I have the utmost respect for Manny and his great team, but make no mistake — I am here to win and I have nothing on my mind but beating a legend.” Continue reading

Trout-Dawson: Full Report

By David Robinett and Felipe Leon at Ringside
Photos by Jennifer Arredondo

Winless in the nearly two years since his surprising upset over Miguel Cotto in 2012, former WBA light middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout survived two early knockdowns against Australia’s Daniel Dawson to grind out a hard fought ten-round unanimous decision victory at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Since his signature win against Cotto, Trout (27-2, 14 KOs) lost his next two fights against Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara, the latter of which raised serious doubts about his viability as a top-flight boxer. Coming into Friday’s bout, Trout acknowledged the importance of re-establishing his former position among the division’s elite. Continue reading

Pacquiao and Algieri face off in Macau

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

The kickoff press conference for the November 22 clash of champions between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri took place Monday at the Venetian Macao in Macau, China.

“This fight is going to be a good fight,” promised Pacquiao. “Algieri is undefeated, he’s a good boxer, I saw his last fight with Ruslan. He took a lot of punches but he’s a very tough boxer and fought back…my opponent is tough and I like that. The last fight that we had here with Brandon Rios we did a good job, but Algieri’s different than Rios. He’s faster than Rios, he’s taller than Rios, so it will give me a hard time.

“It’s been a long time that the fans of Manny Pacquiao have been expecting a knockout. This fight I’m going to try to do my best to make the fans happy and if the knockout comes it’ll come, but what I’m trying to do is focus and win the fight.”

Algieri was very gracious toward the Pacquiao Team for accepting the fight and stated he deserved this chance. “I earned the right to be here,” said Algieri, who is significantly taller than Pacman. “I bled for this. I trained for this my whole life. This opportunity means the world to me. I’m going to prepare myself the best I possibly can…I will give it my absolute all, just like I showed in my last fight and every fight before that.”

Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach said Manny’s training camp will be held in General Santos City, Philippines. “I know Chris has a master’s degree,” commented Roach. “But Manny has a Ph.D in boxing.”

Lomachenko to fight on Pacquiao-Algieri card

By Karl Freitag

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced today that WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko (2-1, 1 KO) will defend his title against #1 rated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-1, 33 KOs) on the November 22 Pacquiao-Algieri card in Macao, China. It will be the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s first world title defense.

Also two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming (5-0, 1 KO) will fight in a twelve round WBO eliminator against Kwanpichit 13 Rien Express (27-0-2, 12 KOs) with the winner getting a February world title shot.

Another world title fight will be announced next week.

Pacquiao-Algieri Macau kick-off press conference

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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Superstar Manny Pacquiao and Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach pose for media at The Venetian Macao in Macau, China, Monday on ‘day one’, the start of their worldwide media tour with New York’s undefeated (20-0) WBO Jr. Welterweight champion Chris Algieri. Pacquiao and Algieri , along with their respective trainers Freddie Roach and Tim Lane, promoters Bob Arum, Joe DeGuardia and Artie Pelullo, and Ed Tracy, President and CEO of Sands China Ltd., embark on a 27,273-Mile Media Tour, beginning on Monday, August 25 at The Venetian Macao. The 12-day tour includes press conferences or public and private appearances scheduled for Macau, Shanghai, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York.

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WBC Executive Board member Claude Jackson passes

Photo: NABF

Photo: NABF


By Boxing Bob Newman

The boxing world has lost another of it’s truly “good guys.” Claude Andrus Jackson passed in his sleep this morning at Harbor Hospice in Beaumont, TX. He had been hospitalized with serious medical complications back in April of this year and had struggled with his recovery ever since.

Jackson was a former NABF president (2001-2005) and has been an active member of the NABF and WBC for the past two-plus decades. In addition to his term as president, he was Vice-President for 4 years and a member of our Executive Committee for the past 16. Jackson led the NABF ratings committee for 15 years and has been a member of the WBC ratings committee for 13 – the past 7 as vice-chairman.

He served as WBC International Secretary for 6 years and as a member of the Continental Americas Championships committee for 10, being interim chair for a period of 7 months following the death of that group’s longtime president Roy Van Putten. Continue reading

Nicholson Remains Perfect With Stoppage In Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

In the main event of the Hardwork Promotions card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD, undefeated and highly-touted Laurel, MD middleweight prospect Demond “D’Best At It” Nicholson saw one streak end and one continue. For the first time in his young career, Nicholson was taken past the first and second rounds of a bout. Nicholson stopped his previous seven opponents in the first round. However, Nicholson kept his overall stoppage streak alive by scoring a TKO over a very tough Taneal Goyco of Philadelphia, PA at the end of the fourth round.

The stoppage came with a bit of controversy. Late in the fourth, Nicholson dropped Goyco with a quick right hand. As the bell sounded to end the round, Goyco walked unsteadily to his corner, which happened to be where the ringside doctors were sitting. Chief Physician Dr. John Stiller took a look at Goyco on his stool and immediately told referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout. The Goyco corner was furious but Stiller was very adamant about his decision.

Nicholson remains perfect at 9-0, nine KO’s. Goyco is now 6-8-1, three KO’s. Continue reading

George-Davis Full Report/Photos

By Sam Geraci and Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

In the main event of “B96’s Boxing at the Ballpark” at US Cellular in Chicago, Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb” George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) muscled out a unanimous decision over Dyah “Ali” Davis (22-5-1, 10 KOs) of Coconut Creek, FL, to win the super middleweight IBO championship. Scores were 115-113 (twice) and 116-112.

“This is the greatest day of my life…I thought that maybe I’d win a regional title or something like that but I never thought I’d win a world championship. I went to jail and was a loser but now I’m here and I’m a world champion,” said an emotional George after the bout.

George also stated that he broke his hand a couple days before the fight but could not back out. Continue reading

Louis Rose defeats Dashon Johnson at the Queen

By Shamus Young at ringside

Super Welterweight Louis Rose (11-1-1) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson (15-16-3) Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The fight was a late addition to the card, which may explain why the fighters seemed to be coasting through the fight, which drew lusty boos from the crowd. For most of the fight, Johnson covered up and moved backwards, while Rose tapped him with light punches on the arms and gloves. Johnson occasionally would throw a wild, wide punch to remind us he was there. In the fourth and ninth rounds, Johnson put together several flurries that won those rounds. Scores were 98-92 twice and 99-91. Fightnews scored the match 98-92. Continue reading

Filipinos outscore Japanese by 3 to 1

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

In a ballyhooed confrontation of each four Japanese and Filipino warriors, the game and gallant visitors outscored our young boys by three to one on Friday in Kobe, Japan. All games were hot and competitive crowd-pleasers. Unbeaten ex-amateur prospect, OPBF#9 super-bantam Jun Kubo (5-0, 4 KOs), 121.75, was only a Japanese victor as he utilized his southpaw stance plus advantageous height and reach, and overwhelmed Filipino Renren Pasegnahin (6-4-1, 2 KOs), 121.5, with his speed and skills en route to a fine stoppage at 2:37 of the fourth session in a scheduled eight. Cleverly outpunching and outlegging the Filipino visitor, Kubo, an upright southpaw footworker, turned loose and connected with solid and sharp combinations, dropping him so badly that the referee didn’t hesitate to call a halt in the fatal fourth. Continue reading

Nica Concepcion triumphs in Panama

By Gabriel F.Cordero

Former WBA interin flyweight champion Luis “Nica” Concepción (32-3, 23 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Duvan Hernández (12-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Durán in Panama City, Panama. Concepcion retained his WBC silver super flyweight belt.

In other action, minimumweight Carlos Ortega outpointed Leroy Estrada to claim the vacant WBC silver 105lb title.

Quigg in search of new challenger

By James Slater

Unbeaten Scott Quigg, the reining WBA super-bantamweight champ (Guillermo Rigondeaux is the “super” WBA champion of course) is in need of a new opponent for his fast approaching September 13th defence in Manchester. Original foe, Paulus Ambunda, had to pull out due to suffering a hamstring injury in training. Quigg, who wants the big fights, will no doubt be hoping his promoter Eddie Hearn can find him a formidable and challenging opponent. But Hearn does not have long, with the card at The Phones 4 U arena just under three weeks away.

One week before Quigg boxes, potential rival Carl Frampton meets IBF king Kiko Martinez in a rematch in Ireland. Quigg and Frampton may well meet in a huge unification some time next year should they both emerge with a victory next month. At least, this is a fight all fans want to see come to fruition.

Results from Rochester, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman

A partisan crowd at Rochester, New York’s Main Street Armory got their money’s worth in a night of upsets and wars, despite a dreadful main “un-event” as Serbian transplant Milos Pantelic barely kept his undefeated record intact via a majority draw against journeyman Leo Pla over eight nonthreatening cruiserweight rounds. Continue reading

Results from México

By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez & Alma Montiel

WBC Youth super bantamweight Rey Vargas (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a second round KO over Daniel Ferreras (13-9-2, 4 KOs) to retain the title on Saturday night at the Convention Center Surman in Villa de Las Flores, México State.

In an interesting female fight, lightweight Jessica “Kika” Chávez (21-3-3, 4 KOs) retained her silver belt against Melisa McMorrow (9-5-3, 1 KO) over ten competitive rounds. Scores were 97-94, 97-93 and 96-94.

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De Marco gets past Tyner

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

In an entertaining fight, former world lightweight champion Antonio De Marco (31-3-1, 23 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to defeat Lanardo Tyner (31-11-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casa Social de la Cervecería in Tecate, Baja California, Mexico. Tyner floored De Marco in round one with a big right hand and showed little respect for the ex-champion as he often made faces and gestures. Despite taking a lot of hard punches, De Marco did enough to win by scores of 98-92 on all cards.

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George Wins IBO super middleweight championship

By Sam Geraci and Craig Wick at ringside
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images

In the main event of “B96’s Boxing at the Ballpark” at US Cellular in Chicago, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (26-4-2, 22 KOs) muscled out a unanimous decision over Dyah “Ali” Davis (22-5-1, 10 KOs) of Coconut Creek, FL, to win the super middleweight IBO championship. Scores were 115-113 (twice) and 116-112.

“This is the greatest day of my life…I thought that maybe I’d win a regional title or something like that but I never thought I’d win a world championship. I went to jail and was a loser but now I’m here and I’m a world champion,” said an emotional George after the bout.

George also stated that he broke his hand a couple days before the fight but could not back out.

At light heavyweight, Chicago fan favorite Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (15-0, 10 KOs) muscled out a six round unanimous decision against an overweight but game Maxell Taylor (18-8-1, 8 KOs) of Baltimore, MD. Scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-55.

Briggs ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Immediately following his victory Saturday night, the last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) took center ring with the microphone and addressed the crowd.

“I was not too familiar with ALS before seriously reading up on it recently. This is a very serious disease and sadly claiming the lives of many people the world over. I advise everybody to please educate yourself on it as I have. We can beat this together,” stated Briggs.

Briggs then took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which involves people getting doused with buckets of ice water on video, posting that video to social media, then nominating others to do the same, all in an effort to raise ALS awareness. Those who refuse to take the challenge are asked to make a donation to the ALS charity of their choice. As of Wednesday, August 20, The ALS Association has received $31.5 million in donations compared to $1.9 million during the same time period last year.

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Briggs demolishes Phelps in North Carolina

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The last U.S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs (56-6-1, 49 KOs) destroyed and stopped veteran Cory Phelps (16-7-1, 8 KOs) of Kentucky in round one. The bout took place in Winston-Salem North Carolina. Briggs blitzed Phelps from the opening bell dropping him inside the first minute of the fight. Phelps was game and got up but was dropped again for a second time. Briggs put him down for the third and final time with a body shot. Phelps showing his heart got up again but this time the referee waved the bout off. Briggs who is being proclaimed by some now as “America’s Champion,” continued his victory tour in winning the fifth fight of his comeback in five different states. He retained the WBA’s NABA heavyweight title and claimed the vacant WBC Latino heavyweight title against Phelps, who was a last resort opponent after original foes fell out for various reasons. Quotes, photos and video to follow.

Huge Upset: Mike Jones defeated by Jaime Herrera in comeback fight

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night at Ballys Atlantic City, New Jersey, welterweight Jamie Herrera (12-2, 7 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to outwill the formerly ranked IBF #2 contender Mike “Machine Gun” Jones (26-2, 19 KOs) en-route to a seventh round TKO victory. Jones, who has always been known for his powerful hooks and hand speed, was in control in the early going as he had Jamie Herrera backing up and badly hurt in the second. Herrera tried fight back but got caught with a big left hook and was sent to the canvas just as the bell sounded. Herrera rose to his feet and was on unsteady legs as referee Earl Brown almost stopped it.

Jones looked to finish the show in the third and went for it with a multiple punch combination that had Herrera again touching the canvas. This time though Jaime Herrera was in better shape and fought back hard. Both fighter clashed heads during an exchange that opened a cut on the left eye of Jones who fought carefully and tentatively in the closing moments of the round.

Herrera seemed to gain confidence and began to apply the pressure as the rounds progressed. By round six Jones was game and fading. Herrera’s flurries were doing their damage and his right hands had nearly closed Jones left eye. Jones was hurt several times and fading quickly. Herrera seized the opportunity and continued to batter Jones throughout the seventh round. Jones looked beaten and his left eye was closed as the bell sounded to end the round. The ringside Physician took a look in the corner at Jones and had the referee wave the fight off giving Jaime Herrera the well-deserved upset victory at the three minute mark of the seventh round. Continue reading

Full Report: Hallbach, Corley score KOs

By Christopher Cook at ringside
Photos by Neal Nachman

Former champions Chevelle “Fists of Steel” Hallback and De’Marcus “Chop Chop” Corley scored knockout victories and claimed the WBF belt at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida. “Thunder at the Forum: Round 2″ presented by Panda 5 Star Entertainment brought two championship fights along with a handful of local fights back to the Tampa Bay area. Hallback headlined the night, squaring off against an old nemesis in Victoria Cisneros for the WBF world belt, while Corley battled a last minute replacement for the WBF North American belt. Continue reading

Another first round KO for Hooker

By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Stacey Verbeek

Super lightweight [jr. welterweight] Maurice ‘Mo’ Hooker is wasting no time piling up wins. Including Friday night’s knock out of undefeated Carlos Valenzuela four of his past seven matches have ended in the first round. The tall bomber from Dallas is a rising star at 140 pounds steadily climbing the ranks while looking for some worthy competition.

“We’re looking for the best opponent we can find,” was the response from Hooker’s camp when asked how hard they are pushing the 25-year-old.

During Friday night’s Scott G. Sherman Boys and Girls Club benefit fundraiser in downtown Fort Worth, Hooker [15-0-2, 11 KO] hoped he had a solid test with the also undefeated [6-0] Valenzuela of Ciudad Obregon in Sonora, Mexico. But after about 90 seconds of pushing around his opponent with a quick left hand Mighty Mo quietly dropped Valenzuela. Referee Laurence Cole counted him, gave him a fighter’s benefit of the doubt and sent him back to work. Less than a minute later a flurry of combos and a hard right put ‘El Guerrero’ on his knee and removed all doubt. Continue reading