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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Only once beaten Japanese welterweight, IBF #11 Yoshihiro Kamegai (23-1-1, 20 KOs), 146.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF 147-pound belt as he carefully probed the aggressive style of OPBF#1 and PABA champ Tim Hunt (16-4, 6 KOs), 146.5, from Australia, in the first three sessions, accelerated his body bombardments and finally flattened him with a flurry of punches en route to a fine TKO win at 0:53 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a competitive game since the outstanding welterweights of the two countries hotly squared off by displaying what each had—Hunt’s quick combinations and Kamegai’s effective body attacks. (more…)
Report & Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen
Unbeaten lightweight Edis Tatli (26-0, 6 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Mzonke Fana (32-7, 13 KOs) to retain his WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title on Saturday night at the Barona Areena in Espoo, Finland. Tatli was bigger, quicker and stronger, showing a fast jab, good movement and a higher workrate in a clear win. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 118-110. Afterward Fana stated he suffered a shoulder injury in round four or five. Promoter: Pekka Maki/P3 Boxing.
Former WBO cruiserweight champion-turned-light heavyweight Enzo Maccarinelli (37-6, 29 KOs) Courtney Fry (18-3, 6 KOs) in a clash for the Commonwealth belt on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Maccarinelli dropped Fry at the end of round one. Fry battled back into the fight but Maccarinelli floored Fry again in the sixth and after more punishment in the seventh, Fry’s corner threw in the towel.
In a clash for the WBO Euro lightweight belt, Stephen Ormond (16-1, 7 KOs) outworked local favorite Derry Mathews (34-9-2, 19 KOs) over ten to win by scores of 98-93, 98-93, 98-92. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
During his 15-month career, Accokeek, MD junior middleweight “Swift” Jarrett Hurd has quietly been making steady progress — a couple of easy wins here, a tough win over an awkward veteran there — all the while staying busy — and undefeated — through nine bouts. Friday night in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD, Hurd successfully made a statement that he is ready to pick up the pace in competition by scoring an impressive second-round TKO over veteran George “El Gallo” Armenta of Silver Spring, MD. (more…)
Photos: Przemek Garczarczyk
In their third and final encounter, WBC cruiserweight Krzysztof “Diabolo” Wlodarczyk (49-2-1, 35 KOs) won when mandatory challenger Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-4-2, 12 KOs) could not continue after six rounds on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. The 32-year-old Wlodarczyk dropped Fragomeni, twelve years his senior, with a left hook on a break at the end of round four. Fragomeni barely beat the count. The fight was stopped between rounds six and seven due to a cut under Fragomeni’s left eye. Time :01 of round seven. Wlodarczyk is now 2-0-1 against Fragomeni.
IBF #1 light heavyweight Andrzej Fonfara (25-2, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Samuel Miller (26-8, 23 KOs). Fonfara dropped Miller at the end of round one, then floored him for the count with a left hook in round two. Time was :58. Fonfara’s left hook was an immediate response to a rabbit punch from Miller. (more…)
Photos: P. Gercke/Team SES
Heavyweight Francesco Pianeta (29-1-1, 16 KOs) successfully returned on Friday night from his world title challenge loss to world champion Wladimir Klitschko last May. Pianeta scored an explosive second round TKO over previously unbeaten Robert Teuber (8-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the German International belt at the Brandenburg Halle in Frankfurt/Oder, Germany. Pianeta mercilessly teed off on Teuber in round two and Teuber’s corner, seeing their fighter was completely outclassed, threw in the towel! Time was 1:43.
WBO/WIBF/WBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (21-1, 7 KOs) punished Renata Dömsödi (11-4, 5 KOs) until the bout wass waved off in round six. It was Kühne’s second win over Dömsödi.
WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (16-0, 7 KOs) annihilated Carmen Garcia (10-3, 5 KOs) in the first round. Referee Ingo Barabbas jumped into to save Garcia from further punishment. (more…)
The long unbeaten streak of WBA featherweight champion Chris John (48-1-3, 22 KOs) ended on Friday night as IBO featherweight champion Simpiwe Vetyeka (27-2, 15 KOs) stopped “The Dragon” at Metro City in Perth, Western Australia. Vetyeka hurt John in round five and John barely survived to the bell. Vetyeka then dropped John at the end of round six and the bout was stopped between rounds. The South African retained his IBO belt and claimed John’s WBA title. John was making his 19th defense of the WBA strap. Vetyeka dedicated the win to Nelson Mandela, who passed yesterday.
IBO lightweight champion Daud Cino Yordan (32-3, 23 KOs) retained his title with an entertaining twelve round split decision Sipho Taliwe (21-4-1, 14 KOs). Yordan survived an intense attack by Taliwe in round six, but generally took the fight to Taliwe. Scores were 116-111, 117-110 for Yordan, 114-113 for Taliwe, who was deducted a point for holding in round ten.
Featherweight Rasmanudin (18-4-2, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Roberto Lerio (16-18-1, 6 KOs) by scores of 59-54, 57-56 and 58-55.
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese footworker Akira Yaegashi successfully kept his WBC flyweight belt as he kept outlegging and outspeeding top contender and ex-WBC 108-pound champ Edgar Sosa, Mexico, winning a unanimous decision (117-111 twice and 116-112) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
On the undercard, former Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight Ryota Murata had a tough time with a durable US journeyman Dave Peterson, but finally stopped him at 1:20 of the eighth and final session.
Unbeaten 108-pound sensation Naoya Inoue, in his fifth pro bout, acquired the vacant OPBF light-fly belt by halting Filipino Jerson Mancio at 2:51 of the fifth session in a scheduled twelve.
More to come…
WBC #4/IBF #7/WBO #12 super middleweight Maxim Vlasov (28-1, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Maxell Taylor (18-6-1, 8 KOs) in The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, California. A right hand ended Taylor’s night.
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Flores (14-0, 12 KOs) overcame a game effort by Arron Lyons (12-14-1, 9 KOs) to get an eighth round TKO. A barrage of unanswered punches prompted the stoppage.
In a five round clash between unbeaten jr welterweights, Danny Ramirez (4-0, 2 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Dwain Victorian (3-1, 1 KO) by scores of 49-46, 48-47, 48-47.
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Rising heavyweight star Travis “GW Hope” Kauffman (27-1, 20Ko’s) barely had time to break a sweat as he dropped late replacement Jason Barnett (14-15, 7Ko’s) three times en-route to a knockout at 2:09 of the opening round to capture the vacant WBU Intercontinental title on Saturday night at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA.
Kauffman looked determined to make a statement and he pressed the attack right from the opening bell. The late replacement Jason Barnett looked to jab his way around the ring, but Kauffman did not give him any room. Barnett tried to slide to his left, and out of punching range but a hard right hand to the ribs from Kauffman sent him face forward to the canvas. Barnett looked in bad trouble as he reached his feet at the count of eight and began to retreat while trying to Keep GW Hope at bay. It would not make a difference as Kauffman would not let Barnett off the hook and sent him to the canvas for the second time with a double right hand up top. Again it didn’t look like he was going to make it to his feet. This time he heard his corner telling him to get up, the round was almost over. He rose to his feet, but Kauffman stepped up the onslaught and Barnett was forced to cover in a corner. Seeing his prey was in bad shape, Travis Kauffman unleashed four unanswered shots and Jason Barnett fell to the canvas for the third and final time, giving the Reading, PA native the knockout victory at 2:09 of the opening round. (more…)
38-year-old Paul Spadafora (48-1-1, 19 KOs) failed to match Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 unbeaten record as he was outworked and outpointed in a twelve round majority decision loss to Johan Perez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) in a fight for the vacant WBA interim super lightweight championship on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester, West Virginia.
In his first world title fight in over a decade, Spadafora got off to a good start displaying the nifty boxing style he is known for. Perez cut Spadafora over the left eye in round four and also won round five. Spadafora cut Perez over the right eye in round six, but Perez continued to be busier. “The Pittsburgh Kid” was often beaten to the punch in the middle rounds, however Spadafora rallied late. Scores were 115-113 Perez, 114-114, 117-111 Perez.
Heavyweight contender Derek Chisora (19-4, 13 KOs) scored a questionable third round TKO over Ondrej Pala (32-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box in London. Pala landed some big shots in rounds one and two, but Chisora rocked Pala late in round three and Pala ended up facing a corner where he was rabbit punched by Chisora. The foul was ignored and the bout was quickly waved off by Danish referee Jan Christensen in Chisora’s favor. Another quick and controversial stoppage in a British ring. Pala seemed OK to continue.
Highly touted super middleweight Frank Buglioni (11-0, 8 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Sten Horvath (11-2, 3 KOs). Two knockdowns in round eight ended it. The win gets Buglioni a spot in the top 15 of the next WBO rankings. Time was 2:53.
Unbeaten welterweight Bradley Skeete (14-0, 4 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over former IBO titleholder Colin Lynes (37-11, 12 KOs) in a clash for the vacant BBBofC English belt. Scores were 96-94, 96-93, 97-93. The bout was refereed by Howard Foster of Froch-Groves fame.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian lightweight Josh King (16-3, 8 KOs) outscored Chaiyong Sithsaithong (31-12-3, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds at the RSL Stadium, Murray Sports Complex, Townsville , Queensland, a Australia on Friday to capture the WBO Oriental title.
Formerly world rated 175 pounder Mark Flanagan (14-4, 9 KOs) stopped cruiserweight Ayitey Powers (18-23-1, 14 KOs) in round five of scheduled eight. (more…)
An electric Black Wednesday crowd got more than their fill of pre-Thanksgiving action during Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe: The Black Wednesday Battle” Wednesday night in Hammond, IN. In the six round main event, light welterweight Antonio “Aztec God of War” Canas (9-1-1, 3 KOs) beat the always tough Genaro “G” Mendez (7-2-1, 4 KOs) by majority decision. The two former sparring partners traded punches through the match. “I wanna be a champion, Chicago’s champion,” said Canas after the fight. “I am looking at big things guys.”
In the co-main event, middleweight Nick “Bad Boy” Ramirez (4-0-1, 1 KO) also won by majority decision in a four round all out brawl against Roy Navarro (3-1, 2 KOs). Following the fight Navarro, who had a large contingent of fans in the house, told ring announcer Ray Flores that he wants a rematch. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBA female light minimumweight (102-pound) champ, Japanese footworker Ayaka Miyao (16-5-1, 1 KO), 99.75, retained her belt for the third time as she fully utilized her speed and finesse to earn a unanimous decision (97-93 twice, 96-94) over mandatory challenger Gretchen Abaniel (13-5, 4 KOs), 101.5, Philippines, over ten fast rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Miyao, making her third defense, started cautiously since the Filipina apparently aimed to throw solid counterpunches to the champ.
It was true that Abaniel was in command in earlier rounds, but Miyao solved the challenger’s strategy and made good use of feint and counter to pile up points in later rounds. The cute Japanese champ had the fading challenger in trouble in the final session to confirm her victory. Miyao’s manager/promoter and ex-WBC/WBA 108-pound ruler Hideyuki Ohashi praised her performance, saying, “It’s Miyao’s best fight. The challenger was as strong as expected, but Miyao overcame Abaniel’s power and clearly dominated the middle rounds on.” The third man was Pinit Prayadsab of Thailand. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a night of action littered with stoppages at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Johnny Muller retained his South African light heavyweight title with a stunning second round stoppage win over number one contender Vhonani Netshidamboni. Muller (79.05kg) came out fast at the opening bell and a stiff left right combination staggered the well muscled Netshidamboni (77.25kg) early in the round. However, the southpaw Netshidamboni did well to come back at the champion to score with some good combinations before the bell.
Early in round two Muller whipped a sudden right over and knocked Netshidamboni out cold flat on his face. Referee Simon Xamlashe started to count but then waved the fight off at 47 seconds into the round. Muller is now 15-3-2, 12 KOs and Netshidamboni drops to 5-2-1, 3 KOs. (more…)
On Friday Night at the Ritz Night Club in Raleigh, NC, promoter Walter Johnson III presented a card with a number of notable boxers. In the main event, super middleweight Jamar Freeman (10-2, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Andre Baker (10-39).
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams (36-13-2, 19 KOs), weighing in at 265 pounds, won a four round unanimous decision over Earl Ladson (15-21).
290-pound heavyweight Alonzo Butler (29-2, 21 KOs) returned for the first time in two-and-a-half years to win by first round DQ over Frank Edmondson (15-40).
Joe Jones KO1 Jimmy Speight (light heavyweight)
Antoine Alston W4 Sean Lockhart (lightweight)
Carlos Lopez TKO3 Henry Mercer (middleweight)
Photos: Emily Harney
Big Six Entertainment closed its 2013 season on a strong note, featuring its best top-to-bottom card of the year, Saturday night at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy). In the main event on “Royale Rumble,” presented by Big Six Entertainment in association with Danny Kelly Promotions, “Irish” Joey McCreedy (17-6-2, 6 KOs) won a unanimous six-round decision over Steven “Too Sharpshooter” Tyner (3-13-2, 2 KOs). McCreedy, fighting out of the same hometown as “Irish” Micky Ward (Lowell, Mass.) and his trainer Dicky Eklund, plans to fight as a super middleweight in 2014. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Three east coast prospects captured knockout victories during the United Nations II card at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD Saturday night. This was a card of all four-round contests that featured up and coming boxing talent.
The main event saw Silver Spring, MD lightweight Alexandru Marin score a shocking first-round knockout over the normally durable David Warren Huffman of Cincinnati, OH. The Romanian-born Marin jumped on Huffman with left hands to the head. Thirty-one seconds later, the bout was over as Huffman dropped to the canvas from one of Marin’s left hooks and did not beat referee Dave Braslow’s count. (more…)
By Loren Goodman at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
After two straight losses, welterweight superstar Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) rebounded with a dominating twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (31-1-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night before 13,101 at the sold out Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena in Macao, China.
There were good exchanges in rounds one and two with the faster Pacman getting the better of it. Pacquiao began moving more in round three and took control of the fight, landing hard shots while Rios stalked him. By round seven Rios was cut over both eyes as Pacquiao continued his assault. Rios was outworked in every round and he simply couldn’t solve Pacquiao’s style. Pacman was content to punish Rios for all twelve rounds, winning by scores of 120-108, 119-109, 118-110.
Undefeated IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title in a rematch against the man he dethroned, Billy Dib (36-3, 21 KOs). Gradovich was relentless as he pressured Dib. The Aussie tried boxing, brawling, turning southpaw without success. Gradovich scored a knockdown in round six and got the win in round nine when Dib’s corner asked referee Alan Huggins to stop the fight. Time was 1:10.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) won when Tor Hamer (21-3, 14 KOs) quit at the beginning of round four. Hamer got off to a good start, hitting Ruiz with many clean shots in rounds one and two. Ruiz, however, upped the pressure in round three and Hamer chose to remain on his stool. (more…)
In a highly anticipated grudge match, IBF and WBA super middleweight champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (32-2, 23 KOs) scored a controversial, come from behind ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten George “The Saint” Groves (19-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Phones 4u Arena (formerly known as the M.E.N Arena) in Manchester, England.
Groves dropped Froch with a huge right hand in round one and Froch was in big trouble. Groves continued to connect with his right hand in round two. Froch started to connect in round three, cutting Groves over the left eye. Groves continued to push Froch around the ring in the fourth. Froch might have edged the fifth round, but Froch was rocked again by multiple right hands in round six. A desperate Froch did everything he could to rough up Groves in the eighth, getting several warnings from referee Howard Foster. Froch finally hurt Groves in round nine and the bout was quickly waved off by Foster. Groves complained bitterly. At the time of the stoppage, Groves was ahead 78-73, 76-75, 76-75. Official time was 1:33.
“It was a fair enough stoppage,” Froch told Sky Sports. “I felt I had a couple more free shots on him and I was lining him up for the uppercut. He was struggling, that last one or two shots can do great damage in this sport…the referee has to make a split-second decision. It’s the referee’s decision. I don’t have any sympathy for him [Groves], you have to put yourself in the referee’s hands.”
WBA super Bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (27-0-2, 20 KOs) destroyed Diego Silva (29-3-4, 1 5 KOs) in two rounds t0 retain his world title. Quigg dropped Silva in round two with a body shot, then laid him out with a right hook, no count needed. Time was 1:41. Impressive performance for Quigg. (more…)
IBF cruiserweight champion Hernandez stops Alekseev in ten; Leapai shocks WBO #1 heavyweight Boytsov
IBF cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (28-1, 14 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Alexander Alekseev (24-3-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stechert Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Hernandez dropped Alekseev at the end of round two with a straight left. Hernandez scored another knockdown in round five. The bout finally ended in round ten when Hernandez dropped Alekseev again.
WBO #8 rated heavyweight Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KOs) dropped previously unbeaten WBO #1 Denis Boytsov (33-1, 26 KOs) twice and won a ten round unanimous decision. Leapai dropped an exhausted Boytsov at the end of round seven and was credited with a second knockdown in round nine. Leapai was all over Boytsov in round ten and had Boytsov holding on to survive. Scores were 98-90, 96-92, 96-92 for Leapai. Had Boytsov won, he would have been the WBO’s mandatory challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko.
In an IBF light heavyweight title eliminator, Dmitry Sukhotsky (21-2, 16 KOs) scored a stoppage of Eduard Gutknecht (25-3, 9 KOs) after round four due to Gutknecht’s left eye swelling shut.
By Sam Geraci
On November 22, Giovanni Gotti’s Knockout Sports Promotions returned to the Radisson Hotel in Merrillville, IN, for the latest installment of the popular “Radisson Rumble.” In the main event, top rated lightweight “Merciless” Mary McGee (21-3, 11 KOs) scored a unanimous decision against Lakeysha Williams (9-18-3, 1 KO). All judges scored the bout 60-54. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Juan Marshall/JM Photography
Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (29-4-0, 20 KOs) scored an electrifying one-punch first round knockout over Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (44-9-1, 18 KOs) in the scheduled ten round main event Friday night at a packed Rollins Center inside Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The win gave Santana the NABA light welterweight title, as well as a major jump in the rankings. In the co-feature, fast rising young star Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (19-0, 11 KOs) was too much for Marlon “ML” Lewis (6-3-2, 3 KOs), scoring three knockdowns and stopping him at 2:20 of the opening round of a scheduled eight round welterweight bout. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino promoted the big seven bout card. (more…)
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