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Cementing his status as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in boxing, WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward returned from a 14-month layoff to school previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez over 12 rounds on HBO World Championship Boxing at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. What the bout lacked in competitiveness, it made up for in drama, as Ward and Rodriguez tangled often, stared each other down several times, and each suffered a two-point penalty deduction, all of which resulted in the unusual unanimous decision scores for Ward of 116-108, 117-107, and 118-106 . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Phil Doherty
Photos by Scott Foster
Miguel Cotto is 32 years of age. That is an indisputable fact. What’s not as easily discerned is how his biological and pugilistic ages coincide. Last night in front of 12,000 screaming Puerto Rican faithful from the Amway Center in Orlando, Cotto (38-4, 31 KOs) destroyed the classy but outclassed Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KOs) by TKO just 18 seconds into the third round of their HBO-televised contest.
While the impressive display erased significant doubts regarding Cotto’s current state of mind and body, others may yet linger with regards to Cotto’s potential performance against the current crop of young lions and veteran champions . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Ricardo Trujillo, photos by Alberto Martinez-Medina
Last night at the Socorro Entertainment center in Socorro, Texas, Escalante Promotions, headed by former featherweight contender Antonio Escalante, held its inaugural card to the delight of the boxing-starved El Paso fans. After a few glitches – no ambulance, no fights – the card began, about an hour late. Issues with glass bottles and ringside placement of officials, doctors and media also stalled the show. Questionable ring lighting, to say the least, also compromised photographers and angered spectators who yelled, “Turn on the lights!” . . . Click here for more
With precise brush strokes Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr (45-0, 26 KOs) displayed his dominance over the sport and proved at 36 years of age why he still is the pound for pound king as he completely dominated 23-year-old Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) in the main event of “The One” held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. After 12 championship rounds, a majority decision was announced with Las Vegas judge C.J Ross scoring it a shocking 114-114 while Dave Moretti, also of Las Vegas, turning in a 116-112 and Canada’s Craig Metcalfe filing a 117-111.
Presented by Mayweather Promotions with Golden Boy Promotions as well as Canelo Promotions, the biggest fight card of the year broke the all-time attendance record with a reported gate of over twenty million dollars with nearly seventeen thousand fans in attendance plus over twenty-five thousand closed circuit seats sold. The fight was broadcast live by Showtime PPV. With the win, Mayweather captures the WBC and WBA super welterweight titles . . . Click here for more
“The Nightmare” Chris Arreola (35-3, 31 KOs) made quick work Saturday evening with scoring a first round knockout over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (26-2-1, 19 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. Arreola captured the WBC Sliver heavyweight title with the stunning victory
Mitchell opened the round circling and jabbing at the aggressive Arreola. Moments later Arreola staggered Mitchell with a huge straight right flush to the chin. A barrage of punches from Arreola sent Mitchell tumbling as referee Jack Reiss ruled Mitchell down. “The Nightmare” followed up his attack with landing another huge right hand that backed Mitchell into the corner. Arreola continued his assault on his defenseless opponent which forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 2:26 of the first round . . . Click here for full report
Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
In his first defense of his WBC featherweight championship, Abner Mares (26-1, 14 KOs), Guadalajara, Mexico, fell to Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. Gonzalez, a veteran of over 60 fights, scored a shocking first round knockout over the previously unbeaten Mares.
The round opened with the fighters jabbing away. Later in the round, Gonzalez caught Mares with a solid right. Moments later, Gonzalez tagged him with a flush left hook to the chin that sat Mares down to the canvas. Mares staggered as he got up. Gonzalez continued his assault, connecting with a straight right that knocked down Mares again. Referee Jack Reiss began a ten-count but then stopped the action at 2:05 . . . click here for more
In what was the first outdoor boxing event held in Chicago in more than 50 years, IBO light heavyweight champion and local hopeful Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara (24-2, 14 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage over former world champion Gabriel “El Chico Guapo” Campillo (22-6-1, 9 KOs) of Madrid, Spain. The ESPN2-televised card was held in front of more than 8,000 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
In the first, Fonfara came out aggressively behind his jab and straight right, looking to test the Campillo’s chin . . . Click here for more
Proving no cat’s paw for undefeated Cristian “El Puma” Cabral, veteran Joe “Ironman” Gomez wielded a heavy, iron hand last night in Albuquerque. Silencing Cabral’s cabal and taming the wildcat that had gone undefeated in six bouts, Gomez showed a loud crowd of 500 at the Convention Center the value of experience, by stopping his younger, faster foe inside five frames.
With just four bouts on the card, billed as “Aztec Warriors,” the Chavez Promotions billing might’ve been a bare bones show, but the main event was the first true pick ‘em fight of the year in New Mexico. The local showdown between a veterano and an unbeaten comer became the talk of the town – well, in the fight community anyway. Renewing a commitment to stage competitive bouts, Chavez upheld his end of the bargain, at least in three of the four fights . . . Click here for more
In what was a slugfest from the opening bell, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and Josesito Lopez went six rounds Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, on a Golden Boy-promoted cad televised on Showtime.
As expected, both fighters came out banging away in the opening round. Lopez used his distance while the always aggressive Maidana boxed before they began to trade . . . Click here for more
Biologist Thomas Huxley once wrote, “Misery is a match that never goes out.”
Huxley was, of course, referring to the sort of match that lights a candle or a powder keg, and definitely not a boxing match, but, lacking any sort of potential pop and with bouts unending, uneventful, last night’s local smoker at Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque just plain bombed.
That’s bombed, as in tanked, and not in any sense of a word related to a display of fireworks . . . Click here for full gallery and report
Photo gallery by Emily Harney
Fighting for the sixteenth time on ESPN Friday Night Fights and sixth in front of a huge crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Star Boxing’s Delvin Rodriguez once again showed the spirit of a warrior winning a fierce battle against former world title challenger Freddy “EL Riel” Hernandez with an eighth round stoppage.
An intense war over the first seven rounds with both fighters working aggressively and punishing each other, but Rodriguez had the upper hand-often hurting Hernandez with outstanding combinations. Throughout the bout, both punches and clashes of heads resulted in numerous cuts for both fighters with each battling valiantly in front of the “loud and proud” area fight fans . . . Click here for full gallery
Bidding adios to boxing after more than a decade and marking the end of an era, on both local and global fronts, Holly Holm left an emotional sold-out crowd, last night at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, with a final-but-furious victory.
Relinquishing all claims to pound-for-pound supremacy, Holm securely stepped down from her throne in a safe scrap by dominating oversized, overwhelmed Mary McGee, of Gary, Ind., through ten rounds. It might not have been the showdown fans have been clamoring for – Holm vs. Cecelia Braekhus, of course – but the 3,000 in attendance at the Fresquez-promoted card wholeheartedly cheered on the champ that has reigned at the local box-office since 2005 . . . Click here for more
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Venezuelan Liborio Solis (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 115, unified the WBA super-flyweight belt as he, WBA interim ruler, defeated WBA regular champ Kohei Kono (28-8, 11 KOs), 115, Japan, by a majority decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Kono floored Solis with a countering right in round two, but the Venezuelan dropped the Japanese back with a vicious left hook in round eight in a give-and-take total war.
The official tallies were as follows: Stefano Carozza (Italy) 114-112 and Pinit Prayadsabu (Thailand) 115-111 (too severe against Kono) both for Solis, and Sergio Caiz (US) 113-113.
The loser Kono gloomily said, “I believed I won the fight. The referee deducted a point, but it wasn’t a low blow.” The winner Solis reviewed the tough battle, saying, “Kono was much stronger than I expected. I was the victor without doubt though it’s a close fight.” (more…)
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese Takashi Uchiyama (20-0-1, 17 KOs), 130, kept his WBA super-featherweight belt as he sank previously undefeated challenger Jaider Parra (20-1-1 10 KOs), 129.75, a Venezuelan jabber, in agony with a single body shot at 2:15 of the fifth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was Uchiyama’s seventh successful defense with six within the distance.
Jaider, the younger brother of ex-WBA flyweight champ Lorenzo Parra, cautiously started action as he paid his respect to the champ’s vaunted power punching. Uchiyama, three years his senior at 33, looked a little stiff than usual, but threw more punches to the tight-guarded Venezuelan. The champ, in round two, positively threw solid left-right combinations followed by strong left hooks, which were averted by Parra’s good defense. Uchiyama maintained the pressure regardless of precision, winning the second round. (more…)
Thirty-six-year-old Floyd “Money” Mayweather may yet grow old.
But last night was not his time to do so.
Needing just two rounds to expel the specters of rust and age, Mayweather proved the naysayers wrong, yet again, by defending his pound-for-pound crown and one of the welterweight belts with a one-sided spanking of Robert “Ghost” Guerrero. The challenger proved dreadfully ineffectual against the drearily masterful, transforming what was a hoped-for war, into something of a sparring session, which evoked sporadic waves of boos from an anxious crowd . . . Click here for full report
In what should cement him a high pound-for-pound ranking, and the man to beat in the 120s, three-division world champ Abner Mares, 26-0-1, 14 Kos, moved up to 126 to dethrone WBC Featherweight Champ Daniel Ponce De Leon, 44-5, 35 Kos. Weathering the champ’s battering ram of a left hand, Mares unraveled his sparmate and friend, dropping him not once but twice en route to a knockout win in round nine . . . Click here for more
A boxing fan knows they’re in for a night of predictable pugilism when one-half of a line-up is comprised of undefeateds with the opposing corner, a motley collection ranging from merely game to barely challenging.
Packing the cushy Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Ballroom on the eve of what is, arguably, the most important fight of the year, fans had to settle for coffee talk on a seven-bout card, rather than witness something worth reminiscing about in the final hours leading up to Mayweather v. Guerrero . . . Click here for full report and gallery
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III
The idiom that states you can’t teach an old dog new tricks seems fitting with the result of Saturday night’s main event in the Johhny Tapia Presents card at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. El Paso’s Bernardo “Tuff Enough” Guereca (17-17-1, 4 KO’s) had the same tricks up his sleeve he’s had for the last few years in giving a slew of New Mexico and Colorado fighters tough fights. “Hurricane” Hector Muñoz got caught up in one of those old tricks and history repeated itself in the same city, but different venue, when Guereca sneaked a powerful left uppercut to the chin of Muñoz, dropping him in the center of the ring. Muñoz was able to stand up on spaghetti legs and claim he was good to go, but experienced referee Rocky Burke knew better and called a halt to the bout at 2:59 of the first round . . . Click here for more
War can be so ugly, it’s beautiful.
Ask any boxing fan who watched last night’s epic, and, for once, you won’t hear about snoozefests or robberies, politics or the UFC. You’ll hear about blood and guts warfare and the names of two youngsters who just may keep the sport going once the obvious elders have called it a day.
You’ll also hear satisfaction.
Bypassing both last year’s original epic and the recent Bradley-Provodnikov war, Saturday night’s rematch between Mike “Mile High” Alvarado and Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was a classic battle that will leave fight fans remembering 2013 as the year they began mumbling, “Manny who? ‘Money’ what?” . . . More
Mark Twain once wrote, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.”
So went the lesson learned last night at the Wool Warehouse in Albuquerque, N.M., where big hearts and big appetites did not, alas, equate to chomping away at more than one can chew.
Faltering for the first time in their budding careers, young guns Jose Luis Sanchez and Matthew Baca received more than a few scratches, bumps and bruises in their untimely showdowns. With school bells clanging away the rounds, professors “Pittbull” and Hernandez Perez dished out hard-learned lessons before a capacity crowd . . . Click here for more
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Joey Hill/joeyhill.com
In the main event of the evening on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago’s Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-3-2, 21 KOs) fought to an unpopular draw with Mexico’s David “The Destroyer” Lopez (41-13-1, 23 KOs) in a competitive bout that many at ringside believed he won. Official scores were 96-94 for Lopez, 97-94 for George and 95-95; Fightnews scored the bout 98-92 for George.
In the first, George pawed with his jab looking to set up his right hand as he stalked the much taller Lopez. Within the first thirty seconds, George’s advantage in hand speed became apparent. Other than landing a solid left hook towards the middle of the round that didn’t phase George, Lopez was inactive and outworked by George, who landed failed to cause any damage with the few solid right hands that he landed. (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions, one of the busiest promoters in southern California, opened their 2013 season this past Friday with the fan favorite “Path to Glory” series at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, in front of a sold out crowd.
Super bantamweight Christopher “Marvelous” Martin (26-2-3, 8 KOs) of San Diego made his shot at redemption a good one with a razor thin but hugely unpopular unanimous decision over previous conqueror Jose Angel Beranza (35-26-2, 27 KOs) of Mexico City in the main event. (more…)
By Gary Digital Williams and Julian Burgower at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson laid several issues to rest last night before a supportive hometown crowd at the Washington, DC Armory.
First, Peterson alleviated any concerns from DC fight followers of the extended 14-month layoff since his crowning affair Jin dethroning Amir Khan. Second was Peterson’s ability to revive his career after the oft-talked about positive test results for synthetic testosterone. Some would also mention the arguably controversial point deductions or the mysterious “man in the hat” incident following the Khan fight.
Peterson, though, laid to rest the most important obstacle of all- Kendall Holt. (more…)
Controlling the action almost throughout, Ishe Smith became the first world champion born and raised in Las Vegas, winning a clear-cut (if not decisive) split decision over junior-middleweight titleholder Cornelius (K9) Bundrage in Bundrage’s hometown of Detroit.
The Golden Boy-Mayweather Productions show was held in downtown Detroit in the largest of three auditoria at the Masonic Temple with an enthusiastic crowd filling approximately two-thirds of the 4,500-seat venue . . . Click here for more
Phil “The Drill” Williams (12-5-1, 11 KOs) destroyed Shujaa El-Amin (12-4, 6 KOs) in one round this past Saturday at the Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul, MN to capture the vacant WBU super middleweight title.
Williams came out in the first round with bad intentions as he laid back looking for an opening and he found it! Within the first minute, Williams unleashed a set of damaging head shots that ended with a right hook that sent El-Amin halfway through the ropes. (more…)
Chicago’s Carlos “King” Molina (21-5-2, 6 KOs) dominated former jr middleweight champion and former undisputed welterweight champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (39-8, 11 KOs) of St. Louis, MO to capture a unanimous decision with the scores of 119-106 twice and 120-105 in front of his hometown crowd of 5,300-plus at the UIC Pavilion.
Molina controlled nearly every second of the bout with his pressure, lead right hands and left hooks to the body and head With the victory, Molina solidified his place among the top 154lb fighters and earned a shot at the winner of the February 23rd jr middleweight IBF title clash between champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage and contender Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith . . . Click here for more
It was like watching a lion play with the prey before the big kill – except the kill never happened. Frankie Gomez (15-0, 11 KOs) soundly out boxed Houston’s Lanard Lane (13-3, 8 KOs) en route to a one sided unanimous decision win in the welterweight main event.
The bout was fought in spurts, dictated by Gomez. Lane was hit with two and three punch combinations nearly every time he was close enough to land a blow of his own. This was the course of action for the ten round affair . . . Click here for more
Undercard enthralls, “Pittbull” Torres galls Guereca, “Jet” Torres calls it a day vs. Munoz: If you joined the near-capacity crowd late, last night at Crowne Plaza in Albuquerque, you would’ve been served a sugar-coated dessert, having missed the meat of the evening’s menu.
As expected, Johnny Tapia Presents’ hometown boys Josh “Pittbull” Torres and “Hurricane” Hector Munoz picked up wins set up for them . . . Click here for more
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photogallery by Emily Harney
Irish eyes were smiling on Saturday night at the TD Bank Boston Garden’s “Night at the Fights” in Boston, MA as nearby Framingham native, Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (20-0, 7KOs) defeated Quincy, MA native Derek Silveira (8-1, 4 KOs) by ten round majority decision in a catch weight bout of 145 pounds. Scores of the bout were 100-89 and 97-93 for O’Connor while the third judge scored the fight even 95-95. O’Connor utilized his power and ring generalship to control the tempo of the fight, while Silveira used his speed to try and counter but in most cases get out of trouble and away from his opponent. The fight card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
Interim junior welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse literally punched his side of the ticket to a possible showdown with unified titlist Danny Garcia when he annihilated Mike Dallas Jr. in the first round at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
The Argentinean’s last ten victories have been via stoppage and it was assumed that Dallas Jr. would be little more than cannon fodder for Matthysse (33-2, 31 KOs). Turns out that assumption was correct. It also didn’t help that a some mind games by Dallas (19-3-1) and trainer Virgil Hunter perhaps sped up the process. Prior to the first bell, Hunter accused Matthysse of taking a banned substance in his locker room. The Nevada State Athletic Commission got involved but found no issue and allowed the fight to go on. It was all downhill from there . . . click here for more
Ringside report by Chris Cozzone and Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Lightweight title hopes, an emerging local and the first win for New Mexico’s perennial “Hard Luck Kid” brought out close to 800 fight fans, Friday night at the Indian School’s Pueblo Pavilion in Santa Fe, N.M.
The card, televised by ESPN2 and promoted by Goossen-Tutor and Holmes Boxing of Santa Fe, featured a 10-round must-win fight between former lightweight contenders hoping to break back into contention . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Amir “King” Khan scored a tenth round stoppage over the previously undefeated Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7KOs) this past Saturday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
Khan came out jabbing and shooting one-two combinations at a distance. The persistent and sharp jab of Khan inflicted a cut over the left eye of his opponent in the opening round. However Molina’s cut man Miguel Diaz was able to control the bleeding between rounds . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Chris Morris/RockyMountainBoxing.com
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas/RockyMountainBoxing.com
Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith and Poor Boys Pro Boxing, in association with Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing, put on a good show for Colorado fight fans Monday night that was appropriately titled “Winter War.” The five-bout card was headlined by an all-out war between lightweight southpaws Sammy Martinez, of Rawlins, Wyoming, and Ronnie Reams, Colorado Springs.
Martinez, (6-0, 4KOs) won a razor thin split decision over Reams (1-2) in a fight that saw both fighters hit the canvas, but get up to show the true heart of a champion. Both men were highly skilled and they put it on display with speed, power and accuracy. (more…)
Ringside report by David Finger
It can’t be easy to compete with an exciting PPV event like Pacquiao-Marquez 4, but for the roughly 300 boxing fans in Roswell, New Mexico who elected to support the local boxing scene last night, promoter Isidro Castillo made sure that their sacrifice was worth it with one of the best boxing card to hit the state of New Mexico this year.
In the main event, local journeyman John “Smiley” Herrera, 121.4, electrified the crowd with a devastating first round knockout over Amarillo, Texas’ Cristoval Larazolo, 119.8. (more…)
After three inconclusive but thrilling showdowns, Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) met up one final time to write the final chapter to their epic rivalry. In front of a sold out and electric MGM Grand Garden Arena, both men stepped in the ring with something to prove. Neither man wanted the bout to go to the judges and both proclaimed they were going for the knockout to end all doubts about who the better man was.
The judges wouldn’t be needed. (more…)
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