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HBO Boxing presents “Road to Marquez/Alvarado,” a special examining the upcoming welterweight encounter between legendary champ Juan Manuel Marquez and all-action former junior welterweight title-holder Mike Alvarado. The two are set to meet in one of the year’s most anticipated showdowns Saturday, May 17 at The Forum in Inglewood, CA, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. The “Road to Marquez/Alvarado” special will premiere Saturday, April 19 at 12:45 a.m. ET/PT on HBO. It will preview the fast-approaching contest between these two ring warriors who are meeting for the first time ever in this high stakes battle.
By Dave Spencer
Photo by Paul Adams
Toronto’s Shaw Festival is an annual tradition that is now in its 29th year and is set to go Tuesday with super-bantamweights Tyson Cave (23-2 8KO) and Sebastien Gauthier (22-4-1 14KO) Held in the historic Royal York Hotel, a location that has housed Royalty and dignitaries alike, it is a key annual fundraiser for the arts. Packed with Toronto’s business elite, the event hosts over 700 CEO’s and senior executives from the countries top companies including those in the financial, legal and real-estate sectors. Patrons dress to the nines in the finest tuxedos and partake in the finest brandies and at one time, smoked the finest cigars. A philanthropic event that helps fund a summer arts festival producing the works of George Bernard Shaw, a wordsmith who donned the gloves himself back in the day.
In short, it is by and large, a gentleman’s event.
While Shaw may have introduced some memorable protagonists and antagonists to the public in his many works, it’s doubtful he have picked two that are more colourful than headliners Cave and Gauthier who headline the main event of the three bout card tomorrow.
No sooner than Gauthier’s interview had hit the pages of Fightnews, Cave was on the phone firing back shots of his own in rapid succession. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC gave an honorary world belt to the “Japanese Rubin Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former Japanese fighter released last week, 48 years of being sentenced to death. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman presented the green belt to the eldest sister of the 78-year-old Hakamada, who is recovering in a hospital after being on death row for four-and-a-half decades. A court ordered that Hakamada be released after DNA analysis suggested that the evidence against him was tampered with. He will finally get the retrial he and his supporters have sought since 1968.
Former WEC featherweight champion Mike Brown has been pulled from his April 19 matchup with Estevan Payan in Orlando due to injury, opening the door for UFC newcomer Alex White to make his Octagon debut against “El Terrible.”
Unbeaten in nine pro fights, Farmington, Missouri’s White is known for his striking, but that hasn’t stopped him from submitting five of his opponents. Former Strikeforce standout Payan is ready for anything though, especially as he seeks his first UFC win.
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By Karl Freitag
Entering fight week, many Sportsbooks have Manny Pacquiao set as a solid -200 favorite to avenge his loss to Timothy Bradley, when they collide Saturday in Las Vegas on PPV. As for method of victory, Pacquiao by decision is by far the expected outcome, paying about even money. Bradley is +250 to win via the decision route. Manny by KO is at +350, while Bradley by KO is as much as +750.
As for fight week festivities, it all kicks off Tuesday at 1:30PM as fight fans are invited to Pacquiao’s and Bradley’s “grand arrivals” at the MGM Grand Hotel Lobby.
Coinciding with the big Pacquiao-Bradley fight weekend, the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame is holding a “Party With Boxing’s Legends” fund-raiser on Friday night at the New Tropicana Las Vegas. The event will be a combination ‘meet and greet’, autograph and photo session. Among those confirmed to attend are Cornelius Boza-Edwards, Mike “The Body Snatcher” McCallum, Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Ishe Smith, Kevin Kelley, Clarence “Bones” Adams, Richard Steele, Kenny Bayless, Miguel Diaz, Al Bernstein, Harold Lederman and Colonel Bob Sheridan. The event starts at 8pm with tickets priced at $35 presale and $45 at the door.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The fans at the Liacouras Center at Temple University witnessed a classic crossroads battle of wills, as Steve “USS” Cunningham (27-6, 12KO’s) got off the canvas twice to win a come from behind ten round unanimous decision victory over the hard punching Amir “Hardcore Mansour (20-1, 15Ko’s), for the coveted USBA Heavyweight title. The seven bout card promoted by Main Events saw WBC #11 ranked middleweight contender Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20KO’s) snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, with a late tenth round stoppage of Tureano “The Bull” Johnson in the co-feature of the evening. The card was televised live nationally on the NBC Sports Fight Night. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A night of upsets and great fights were lived this past Saturday night in Tijuana when Zanfer Promotions brought their show home and presented yet another marathon fight card with eleven bouts scheduled at the Tecate Tour tent located at the Caliente Racetrack in the heart of the city. A nearly packed house were present to catch former title challenger and homegrown son Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14KOs) give everything he had but still fall against former world champion Giovanni Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) in the ten round super flyweight main event which was broadcast live in all of Mexico by the Azteca network.
Segura is in line for a title shot against current reigning WBO and WBA flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada and took the stay busy fight in Tijuana while he waits for Estrada to face him. Segura nearly got more than he could handle when Salguero, no stranger to big stages as he has challenged for a world title before including last October when he faced IBF champ Johnriel Casimero in Manila, Philippines, at times looked to be in control of the action. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photo: Mariano Serrano
Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94.
“I had to use my feints and movement, and try to use my right more,” a visibly discomforted Escalante said after the fight, which headlined a card co-promoted by Paco Presents and Don Chargin Productions. “I had to change things a lot because I have power in both hands, but my left is my best. I saw he was focusing on my right as the fight went on so I had to put my left out there some, but not with anything on it.” (more…)
Irish Silver Medalist John Joe Nevin was assaulted by a gang of men at his home in Mullingar, Ireland early Saturday morning, apparently over a family dispute. Nevin won the Silver Medal representing Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London boxing as a bantamweight. Nevin turned pro on March 17 in Boston with a six round decision victory. Nevin’s leg was broken in two places and he’ll be out of action for several months.
Billings, Montana, hopeful Jesus Vallejo is on the rise with a title win. More
Leo Santa Cruz is on Carl Frampton’s radar, with the Irishman’s latest win over Hugo Cazares. More
After his latest loss, Enzo Maccarinelli says his future is undecided. More
Three years ago inside a darkened movie theater in Toronto, Dustin Poirier watched, slouched in his chair, as his career on the regional MMA circuit played out on the big screen . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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Former two time world champion Roman “Rocky” Martínez will not fight this Saturday, April 12, against Raymundo Beltran because he has been sick since last week and has not been able to train for a few days. The bout between the #11 ranked Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) and the #1 ranked Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) was for the WBO NABO lightweight title and for the chance for the winner to faceWBO 135 pounds champion Terence Crawford. Also, it was the co-main event of the HBO Pay Per View card featured Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao facing for the Bradley’s WBO welterweight belt, in a Top Rank presentation. Word is Martinez will be replaced by Arash Usmanee. (more…)
Heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder didn’t get to see much of the action in his first promotion. He was too busy meeting fans and taking pictures as the mob at the Belk Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama followed his every step. “I sincerely want to thank everyone who came out to make the event such a success. It was great to meet and talk to everyone and hear their words of encouragement. They want the next heavyweight champion of the world to be from Alabama,” said Wilder.
In the main event, Tuscaloosa native Keandrae Leatherwood (14-2-1, 10 KOs) landed a picture perfect left hook to the body of Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-9, 8 KOs) halfway through the first round to score the knockout. Scarborough tried to beat the count but couldn’t. “It may have been the best body shot I’ve ever thrown,” said Leatherwood. “Fighting at home for the first time, there’s nothing like it.”
Pierre Webster UD4 Michael Doyle
Keith Thompson UD4 Derek Walker
Tom Howard TKO1 Anthony Middlebrooks
Gary Kelly TKO3 Willie Kyles
Justin Brunetti UD4 Carlos Dumas
Rashad Jones TKO4 Corey Harris
Wilder promoted the event with longtime coach/manager Jay Deas.
Clottey: I hope I’m still welcome in Australia after I crush their champion / Mundine: I refuse to lose
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua “Grand Master” Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) is confident of defeating former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs) when they clash on Wednesday over twelve rounds at the Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW, Australia with the WBA International light middleweight title up for grabs. Clottey is coming off a ten round points victory over Dashon Johnson in September 2013, and holds wins over Zab Judah, Deigo Corrales and Shamone Alvarez but lost decisions to Antonio Margarito, Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao in world title challenges.
“People keep asking about my fitness, Clottey said. “I have never stopped training, I’ve had 5 months to prepare for this fight. I’m ready. Australia is such a beautiful place full of welcoming people, I hope I’m still welcome after I crush their champion.
“Mundine is fighting a prime beast, not a washed up guy like Mosley. I will crack him. I have no respect for anybody’s power. I have never been hurt in the boxing ring, ever. On April 9, I will meet Anthony Mundine in the ring. On April 10 I will be asking my promoter to arrange a world title fight for me.”
Mundine is also confident of victory over Clottey. “The Man” scored a major upset in 2013 when he stopped Sugar Shane Mosley and in his most recent ring appearance outscored New Zealand’s Gunnar Jackson in January. He is chasing mega-money bouts with Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.
“Clottey has fought the best, I have to beat him if I’m ever going to get a shot against the top dogs,” Mundine said. “Clottey is going to see my speed and power is world class come Wednesday night. I refuse to lose. This fight is getting more recognition overseas than it is here. Promoters are looking at this fight and the winner will be in a position to land a big fight, Clottey knows it and so do I.
“I’m going to another level in this fight. I’m going to step up from the work I did against Mosley. I respect Clottey but he’s standing in my way.”
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten 20-year-old Japanese prospect Naoya Inoue (6-0, 5 KOs), 108, ultra-impressively captured the WBC light-flyweight throne when he battered defending champ Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (29-3-1, 18 KOs), 108, from the outset, withstood the Mexican’s desperate retaliation in round five, dropped him with a vicious right to score a finest TKO victory at 2:54 of the sixth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Inoue, seven-time national high school champ, did it in his sixth professional bout. It was much more lopsided than expected, even though Inoue had been favored to win this game with his superior speed, power and skills. Only one factor Inoue is inferior to Confesor in was ring experience, but Inoue’s aggressiveness from the start easily overcame it and made him a bloody mess. The youngster’s lethal right badly decked the champ, who barely regained his feet but couldn’t show his intention to go on as he only showed his back to referee Mike Griffin from Canada. It was really all Inoue tonight.
By Joe Koizumi
Aggressive and agile Akira Yaegashi (20-3, 10 KOs), 112, Japan, very impressively kept his WBC flyweight belt as he finished busy-punching Mexican Odilon Zaleta (15-4, 8 KOs), 111.75, with a beautiful countering right for the count at 2:14 of the ninth session on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a picture-perfect one-punch knockout with British referee Ian John Lewis counting him out against the still wobbling challenger. It was a rather close affair though Yaegashi, making his third defense, was taking the initiative with his aggressiveness against the Mexican footworker. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated that Yaegashi was only slightly leading on points: 77-76, 77-75 and 76-76. The 31-year-old Yaegashi, usually dependent on his feet, tonight kept stalking the Mexican speedster who threw light but more punches to the onrushing champ. Yaegashi often scored with solid left hooks to effectively shake him up from the fifth on. The Japanese titlist will face unbeaten formidable Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez in his next defense.
Promoter: Ohashi Promoitons in association with Teiken Promotions.
By James Slater
British welterweight Erick Ochieng suffered an alarming collapse last night in the latest edition of “Prizefighter.” After defeating Paddy Gallagher in the tournament’s opening bout, in what was an absolute war that featured three knockdowns, Ochieng suddenly fainted after being awarded the decision victory. Paramedics put “The Eagle” in the recovery position and he was then taken to the hospital. Thankfully, Erick has fully recovered and he says he was suffering from the intense heat inside The York Hall and nothing more serious.
The following was Tweeted by Ochieng this morning:
“In all things I give Chris glory. I am fine and in good health, it was too hot in the venue for that cause I was felling dizzy after a great performance and the paramedics were doing their job for health and safety reasons and routine. God bless, Eagle.”
By Joe Koizumi
On the undercard of WBC world title doubleheader, former WBA 105-pound and 108-pound titlist, unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), 112.25, easily halted Filipino Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 3 KOs), 112, at 1:20 of the third round in a supporting eight on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Gonzalez’s appearance in a tune-up go was supposed to be a publicity for his next schedule to have a shot at the winner of the WBC flyweight title bout which will be held next. The Nicaraguan battered the game Filipino upstairs and downstairs, dropping him on knees midway in round two. Accelerating his attack in the next session, referee Fukuchi quickly declared a halt.
Photos: Mike Melendez
Middleweight Abraham “Abie” Han (22-1, 14 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of veteran Juan Carlos Candelo (32-14-4, 21 KOs) to claim the UBF Intercontinental middleweight title on Saturday night at the El Paso Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
In round one, Han delivered a devastating right hook that dropped Candelo face first and Candelo shocked the entire building by somehow managing to get back to his feet. In round two, Han once again battered Candelo at will. Towards the end of the round, as Candelo was going down he grabbed onto Han and they both tumbled to the canvas. Only Han got back to his feet. Candelo had to be taken out of the ring by paramedics with a possible broken ankle.
Photo: by Esdel Palermo/Fresh Boxing
Saturday night at the Moises Navedo Coliseum in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, super flyweight Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez (9-0, 5 KOs) defeated Felix ‘La Ardilla’ Perez (8-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision in the maint event. From the start, Rodriguez was able to establish the pace, connecting accurate combinations to the face and body of Pérez, who was active throughout the fight, but without success due to the effective defense of Rodríguez. The judges scored 80-72, 80-72 and 78-74.
“I followed the game plan as always. Perez is strong, and has faced good prospects. I did not feel his power. In this fight I was a little more aggressive, and the results speaks for itself,” said an excited Rodriguez. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. (more…)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) scored a tenth round KO Over Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) to claim the WBC interim middleweight title on Saturday night at the Gran Estadio in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Entering the tenth round, Rubio had delivered a workmanlike performance and was comfortably ahead by scores of 89-80, 90-79 and 88-81. The rhythm of the bout abruptly changed with one punch as a flush Rubio left hook laid out Spada motionless on the canvas to end it. Time was 1:38.
In the co-feature, middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (30-1, 24 KOs) knocked out journeyman Idiozan Matos (32-19, 26 KOs) in round two.
Super featherweight Edgar “Lic” Monarrez (17-2, 11 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (23-5, 14 KOs).
WBC female champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (20-5, 8 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Judith “Peligrosa” Rodriguez (10-7, 3 KOs) in a non-title flyweight clash.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions
In a brutal super flyweight clash, former world champion Giovani Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) a tenth round KO over two-time world title challenger Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. Segura dropped Salguero in round four, but the game Salguero gave him all he could handle. The end came in round ten when Salguero couldn’t go anymore and just collapsed.
Former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (39-8, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round technical decision over previously unbeaten Alejandro “Cobrita” González Jr. (22-1-2, 14 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. The aggressive Rosas took the fight to the less experienced Gonzalez throughout the bout, which ended with a ninth round head clash that left blood gushing out of a cut on Rosas’ forehead. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 80-72 for Rosas.
In an upset, super featherweight Francisco Gabriel Pina (12-6-4, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Filipino Rogelio Jun Doliguez (18-1, 14 KOs). Pina dropped Doliguez in round one and went on to win 57-56, 59-55, 59-55. photos
By Karl Freitag
WBA light heavyweight Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-7, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Braehmer was cut over the right eye and Maccarinelli’s right eye was closing after round one. Braehmer continued to bust up Maccarinelli in round two. The blinded Maccarinelli looked to land a big shot in round three while Braehmer played it safe. The ring doctor OK’d it to continue during the round. In round four the desperate Maccarinelli continued to pressure Braehmer as his face continued to swell up. The doctor OK’d the fight to continue during round five. Braehmer patiently continued to bust up Maccarinelli and Maccarinelli’s corner finally pulled him out after the fifth round. Officially TKO6.
Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Gheorghe Sabau (10-1, 6 KOs). Mostly one-way traffic. Zeuge dropped Sabau four times. Time was :37. Zeuge retained his WBO Youth super middleweight title.
IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) pounded on late, late sub Ivica Perkovic (20-24, 15 KOs) for three rounds and Perkovic didn’t come out for round four. (more…)
Welterweight Johnny Coyle (6-0-1, 2 KOs) won the Prizefighter Cup and £32,000 winner’s check with a three round unanimous decision over Paddy Gallagher (5-2, 4 KOs) in Saturday’s one-night, eight-man, three-stage knock-out tournament at the famed York Hall in London. Coyle dropped Gallagher twice in round one and once in round two. Scores were 30-26, 30-26, 30-25.
Paddy Gallagher (5-1, 4 KOs) needed just 31 seconds to stop Mark Douglas (9-4, 5 KOs)
Johnny Coyle (5-0-1, 2 KOs) won a three round split decision over Sam Eggington (9-2, 4 KOs)
Erick Ochieng (15-4, 4 KOs) won a three round decision over Paddy Gallagher (4-1, 3 KOs), then collapsed and was taken out on a stretcher. It is believed he is suffering from exhaustion. As a result, Gallagher will replace Ochieng in the first semifinal.
Mark Douglas (9-3, 4 KOs) won a sloppy, but entertaining three round decision over Dean Byrne (17-4-1, 6 KOs).
Sam Eggington (9-1, 4 KOs) scored a second round TKO over previously unbeaten Johnny Garton (11-1, 1 KO).
Johnny Coyle (4-0-1, 2 KOs) won a three round decision over the much more experienced Jason Cook (30-6-1, 16 KOs).
Middleweight John Ryder (17-1, 9 KOs) stopped Jez Wilson (11-2-1, 7 KOs) in round nine.
An opponent has been announced for the”Ringside at Del Mar” 8-round main event featuring Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (26-1, 14 KOs). The popular Filipino fighter will face Mexico’s Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (37-17-2, 26 KOs) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, April 11, 2014. This event is brought to you by Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment.
“I’m happy that there has been an opponent announced for my fight.” said Gesta. “I’m really looking to put on an exciting show for all my fans. My goal is to get back in the world title mix and it starts with Riovalle. I don’t know much about him but I know he’s coming to win. He has a lot of experience with over 50 fight to his credit, so I know he has some tricks up his sleeve. I’ll be ready for anything he comes with.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Just like that California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his outfit Bobby D. Presents of San Diego added another champ to their ranks when Kenia Enriquez (11-0, 6KOs), #7 ranked WBC flyweight, dropped down a division to capture her first title in the shape of the vacant NABF light flyweight title via a 7th round TKO over the always tough Jolene “Classy Assassin” Blackshear (8-5, 3KOs) in a scheduled eight. In the first Bobby D. Presents fight card of the year, San Diego’s own Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles won the interim WBC Latino 140lbs title in a local fight of the year candidate over ex-Olympian Yordenis Ugas in late February. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb at ringside
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten lightweight Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (11-0, 3 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Moris Rodriguez (5-3-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night in the main event at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. This was a step up for both fighters and Gutierrez edged out the win in a great toe to toe eight round battle.
The bout was moved to up to main event status when headliner Rashad Ganaway tested positive for a banned substance and wasn’t cleared by the NSAC to fight Victor “El Nino” Castro for the vacant WBC USNBC lightweight belt.
In the six round co-feature, lightweight Leon Spinks III, grandson of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, suffered his first pro defeat as he tasted the canvas on two separate occasions. Wilbert Lopez (3-2, 1 KO) won a six round majority decision, dropping Spinks record to 7-1-1, 3 KOs.
In four rounders, Australian super welterweight Wes Capper (4-0, 3KOs) showed that his move to the U.S. to fight was an excellent idea as he stopped previously undefeated RaShawn McCain (2-1), junior middleweights JJ Wallos and Enrique Montes battled to a draw, light flyweight Yosigey Ramirez outpointed Mario Gaxiola, flyweight Sergio Lopez won a majority decision against Santos Vasquez.
The card was presented by Pochiro Promotions. photos
Photo: Team Wilder
While heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) awaits the winner of the vacant WBC heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola vs. Bermaine Stiverne, he is staying busy by promoting his first show this Saturday in his native Alabama. Wilder’s Bombzquad Promotions is teaming with longtime manager/trainer Jay Deas’ Skyy Promotions to present “Young Guns.” The six bout card is being held at the Belk Center in Wilder’s home town of Tuscaloosa.
Keandrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (13-2-1, 9 KOs), a former amateur national champion and Tuscaloosa native headlines in a six round bout against hard hitting Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-8, 8 KOs) of Kansas City. Leatherwood served as a sparring partner for Saul “Canelo” Alverez in his failed attempt to defeat Floyd Mayweather.
Earlier this week a press conference was held to present the complete show of April 20 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
In the main event local female star Delfine Persoon, 28-1-1(13), will challenge current undefeated WBC lightweight champion Erica Annabella Farias, 19-0-0(9), from Argentina. It will be the first ever full WBC titlefight held in Belgium.
In the co-main event Hedi Slimani, 15-2-0(8), will fight for the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title against French Affif Hamdani, 18-6-1(4).
3 other fights with among them current Belgian champion Ahmed El Hamwi, Yves Ngabu and Hakim Ben Ali will complete this great event held on Eastern Sunday afternoon.
The show is promoted and sponsored by Paul Degroote of DTT.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten bantamweight prospect, IBF#3 Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), 117.75, from Los Angeles, decked an important victory when he overwhelmed IBF#5 ranked Japanese speedster Kohei Ohba (35-3-1, 14 KOs), 117.75, and impressively halted the hometowner at 1:54 of the eighth session of an IBF eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger on Friday in Kobe, Japan.
Cabellero quickly floored the Japanese footworker with a countering right in the end of the opening session, which changed Ohba’s original fight plan of hit-and-run tactics to recklessly mixing it up toe-to-toe from the second round onward. Ohba, ex-Japanese national titlist, fought hard, but Caballero, more powerful and skillful, solved his strategy and traded punches with the local prospect with better precision. The sixth saw Caballero battering the game but fading Japanese from all angles and accelerate his attack effectively. As Caballero dropped Ohba again in the fatal eighth, his corner wisely threw in the towel to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
39-year-old Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-23, 15 KOs) came in at the very last moment to fight IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev tonight in Rostock. The veteran was summoned after three other opponents pulled out of the fight for different reasons. Last year, the outsider surprisingly scored a knockdown against former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko, but then lost on points. Perkovic missed Friday’s weigh-in because he received the call for the match just few hours before it. He was at his home in Croatian city of Shibenik when Fightnews found him. (more…)
“I’m outraged that my fighter Tureano Johnson was robbed of his ability to finish the fight,” said promoter Gary Shaw Friday night in Philadelphia after a slugfest between middleweight contender Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) was halted by referee Gary Rosato with less than a minute to go in the final round. “Johnson clearly could have continued on. Stevens is nothing. Johnson was winning every round. I’m going to protest this premature stoppage and demand an immediate rematch. To rob a fighter like Johnson got robbed tonight is preposterous. With what Johnson gave the fans tonight, he should have at least been able to finish the fight. I’m beside myself with this decision.”
“I wanted to come out tonight and give the fans an all action war,” said Johnson. “My game plan was to come right at Stevens and bring the fight to him. I did exactly what I wanted to do and I was winning the fight convincingly. I have a great chin. When he landed that left hook in the final round, I was rocked, but I was ready to continue. I was robbed by the referee tonight and the fans should rally behind me to command an instant rematch. My message to Curtis Stevens is…you better not run from the rematch, because if you do, the fans will know you’re a fraud.”
Unbeaten Filipino flyweight Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez (14-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-9-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Alvarez came on in the last four rounds to pull away to a 114-112, 114-112, 115-112 win.
By Robert Coster
With the WBC Latino Welterweight title in contention in Salta, Argentina, local hero WBC #1 Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) displayed both skill and power in stopping outclassed WBC #12 Jean Carlos Prada (30-1-1, 21 KOs) of Venezuela in eight rounds. Prada had stepped in with an unbeaten record over nondescript rivals and this lack of quality opposition was evident against Abregu, a classy boxer-puncher. The Argentinian contender was just too fast and tactically superior for the game but one-dimensional visitor. Curiously enough the only knockdown of the fight happened in the seventh round and against Abregu who was knocked off-balance as he was moving away from his opponent. In the next round, however, Abregu decided not to take chances and close the show. He hammered Prada with two consecutive, powerful right hands which had the Venezuelan out on his feet, held up only by the ropes. Getting no response from the glassy-eyed Prada, the referee called an end to the fight at 1:08 of the round. It was an impressive showing for Abregu after a layoff of almost a year. The Argentinian’s sole defeat is a decision loss to Timothy Bradley in 2012.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
In as gutsy of a performance as you’ll ever see, former cruiserweight world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to defeat previously unbeaten USBA heavyweight beltholder Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Mansour came out aggressively, slinging hard, violent punches, many of which missed, but not all. By round four, both fighters suffered cuts. Mansour finally connected with a right hand in round five and dropped Cunningham hard. Mansour put Cunningham on the deck again with his follow-up barrage, but Cunningham survived the round. The super game Cunningham somehow rebounded well in round six. Mansour’s left eye was closing in round eight. An exhausted Mansour’s glove touched the canvas in round ten for a knockdown. Scores were 97-90, 95-92, 95-92.
Middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) scored a desperation come-from-behind tenth round TKO over previously undefeated Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs). Johnson surprisingly went right at Stevens and it was toe-to-toe action. Johnson was able to force Stevens to the ropes and got the better of early exchanges. Stevens came to life in round four and rocked Johnson with a series of hard shots. Tremendous two-way action the rest of the way as both fighters had their moments. Johnson looked headed to a unanimous decision but Stevens hurt him in the tenth round with a left hook and referee Gary Rosato jumped in and waved it off. Time was 2:09. Great fight, quick stoppage. Entering the last round, Johnson was ahead on all three cards by scores of 87-84, 89-82, 89-82. (more…)
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