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By Alexey Potapov
WBA Inter-Continental light heavyweight champion Vyacheslav Uzelkov (21-0, 13 KOs) will fight on October 21th in the Kiev Sports Palace Arena. The next defense of his title will be the main event of a card promoted by the Klitschko brothers’ K2 East Promotions. Also in the ring that night will be middleweight prospect Maksim Bursak (18-0, 7 KOs). Opponents for Uzelkov and Bursak will be announced soon.
Muhammad Ali™ returns to the ring! To introduce their new line of Muhammad Ali™ replica products, Everlast Worldwide has launched an interactive website dedicated to The Greatest Of All Time™. Explore the interactive Everlast canvas to discover rare photos of ALI, classic ALI audio clips, replica products used by Muhammad Ali™ throughout his career, as well as printable cards featuring his training methods. The collection kicks off the Everlast’s 100th Anniversary celebration and features replica products Ali used throughout his career, updated with modern brand technologies. He Believed. Do You? Greatness Is Within. Visit www.everlast.com/ali and explore for yourself.
By: Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao trains at the Shape Up Gym inside the Cooyeesan Hotel in Baguio City over the weekend. He is assisted in the plyometrics program by conditioning coach Alex Ariza. Pacquiao is revving up for the November 14th fight with Miguel Cotto.
By Lee Bates
WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) will defend his title this Saturday against challenger Rogers Mtagwa. The bout is being promoted by Top Rank and is billed as “Island Warriors – Latin Fury 12.” The site will be the famed Madison Square Garden. The Puerto Rico native Lopez, who is promoted by Top Rank and PR Best Boxing has fought on two undercards earlier in his career at the Garden but this will be his first time headlining in a main event there. Lopez spoke with Fightnews on his upcoming fight as he closed out his training camp. He will depart from Puerto Rico to New York today. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield, Memphisboxing.com
Fall was brought in with a literal bang Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino, with PrizeFight Boxing’s “Fights at the Fitz” series. With five fights on the card, and an opening bout that set a high standard, the night promised a bright display of entertainment. As the evening wore on however, a few of the bouts didn’t feature that expected burst of color. The six-round main event, 187-pound cruiserweight Daniel Sackey (12-1-1, 6 KOs) and the 195-pound Ross Thompson (27-13, 17 KOs), in which Sackey won by unanimous decision, would underwhelm the crowd. Each round in their fight looked very similar to the next as Sackey diligently pressed the action while Thompson was compelled to counter and hold. There were no knock downs in the fight. (More)
By Johnny B’
A professional boxing show was held on Saturday night in Milwaukee Wisconsin for the first time in several years. In the eight round main event, Bazooka Joe Linenfelser of Illinois upped his record to 8-0-1 getting a points victory over fellow 165 pounder Ivan Ledon from Las Vegas Nevada who’s record fell to 12-9-1.
The undercard was full of four round contests, with the night’s co-main attraction match-up between Harry ‘The Ho Chunk Hammer’ Funmaker of Fon du Loc Wisconsin and the man known to the world as “Butterbean,” Eric Esch the nearly 400 lb. heavyweight who is also known as the ‘King of the Four-Rounders.’ The bout was a combination of hay-makers, holding and some trash talking. At the end it was Funmaker who was awarded a split decision victory by a narrow margin. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Troy Rowland will be the next opponent of Julio Cesar Chávez jr. on Top Rank’s November 14 “Firepower” super card headlined by Manny Pacquiao against Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Chávez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) and Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs) will meet in a ten round super welterweight fight. Chavez Jr. has said thathe’s hoping to land a world title shot in May or July of next year in the Plaza Mexico. Besides Chávez, Jesus Soto-Karass and Alfonso Gómez will likely meet in a welterweight clash.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World middleweight contender Sam Soliman (37-11, 15 KOs) was impressive in stopping Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (10-3-3, 2 KOs) in seven rounds on Sunday at the Penisula, Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Soliman controlled the action over his aggressive opponent by outworking him most of the rounds. In round seven Piper was dropped twice by hard body shots at which point referee Ignatius Missailidis crowned the Melbourne boxer. IBF #14 Soliman targeted the best middleweights in the world. “I am after the IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester who I regard as a good champion but he does not have the skills or the experience against the top level middleweights to defeat me. I am prepared to go fight him in Germany and I will beat him easy.”
In the main supporting bout. WBO #14 140-pounder Lance Gostelow (20-2, 14 KOs) outscored Fatai Onikeke (23-4, 20 KOs) over twelve rounds. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 120-108. Onikeke was the aggressor but he was outworked by Gostelow who connected with effective combinations boxing on the backmove. Former IBF jr lightweight champion Barry Michael said. “Lance Gostelow is the best boxer in Australia in my opinion.”
In a super middleweight six-rounder, formerly world rated Daniel “Porky” Lovett (18-4, 10 KOs) scored a split decision over Kashif Mumtaz (5-11-1, 4 KOs) in a crowd pleaser.
WBO #15 welterweight Samuel Colomban (14-3, 6 KOs) outworked Rey Anton Olarte (8-12-2, 0 KOs) of the Philippines in an action fight over six. Promoter: Brian Amatruda and Barry Michael
Boxing will return to Juarez on Oct. 17 when Promociones del Pueblo will stage the first big card to hit the bordertown since December 2007. In the main event, Javier “Zorro” Castro (21-2, 18 KOs) will take on former contender Edgar Barcenas (21-8-4, 15 KOs), of Mexico City, for the WBC Fecombox lightweight title. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) will now be trained by Jeff Mayweather. Mayweather moments ago told Fightnews that an official contract was sent to him by Team Cabellero and he has accepted the terms of the contract. Mayweather, uncle to boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather, previously led Sultan Ibragimov to the WBO heavyweight title in 2007.
By Alexey Sukachev
Vyacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) retained his WBA welterweight title with a lopsided unanimous decision over WBA #15 Japanese Motoki Sasaki (32-8-1, 20 KOs) three hours ago at Druzhba Palace of Sports in Donetsk, Ukraine. Senchenko controlled the action till the sixth round, when Sasaki cut his right eyebrow with an intentional headbutt. The Japanese fighter was deducted two points and the cut hadn’t helped him much either, as Senchenko continued to dominate his shorter opponent till the final bell yet without an earlier ease. Scores were 119-107 (thrice) for the local hero. Shane Mosley is widely recognized as the only meaningful WBA champion in this weight class.
EBU featherweight champion Oleg Yefimovich (now 17-1, 11 KOs) continued his reign of terror in Europe by becoming only the second fighter to stop durable Brit Esham Pickering (34-9, 13 KOs) inside the distance. The former world title challenger was down twice after left hands in round two and was finally knocked out by highly ranked (WBO #7, IBF #9, WBC #10 and WBA #11) Yefimovich in the third after a powerful left hook. More to come…
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Sherzod Husanov (14-0-1, 7 KOs) is a new WBC International light middleweight champion, following a one-sided twelve-round unanimous decision over bitter rival and previously unbeaten Timur Nergadze (12-1-1, 2 KOs) in the final fight of Edmund Lipinski grand memorial, which ended four hours ago at RSUPC sports arena in Moscow, Russia. Click Here for More Photos
Hot prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) nearly pitched a shutout today, defeating battle-tested Darnell Boone by a unanimous 8-round decision in the main event on the “Saturday Afternoon Special” card at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada at ringside
Antonin Decarie left things literally to the last second and scored a knockout of Terrence Cauthen (33-6 9KO) at 2:59 of the 10th and final round. The Montreal welterweight who moves 23-0 with his 7th stoppage was the aggressor on the afternoon and went after his New Jersey opponent who was credited by at least one judge of winning the rounds four thru seven. Come round eight though, Cauthen who took the fight on less than a week’s notice seemed to have hit a wall and had noticeably dropped his hands. Decarie took full advantage and landed a right with everything on it that took the southpaw down to the canvas for a count of eight. “The ninth round I tried to finish him but I was just too wide with my shots, said Decarie after the fight. “The 10th round though I just settled down and managed to catch him.” Cauthen ate a right to the body that left him gasping for air and referee Michael Griffin calling it off with the fighter still wincing and quickly making his way to a waiting stool.
Make it 18 for 18 as middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux destroyed former ‘Contender’ series star Donnie McCrary (24-10-2 13KO) at 2:40 of the opening round. After exchanging combinations in the middle of the ring, McCrary walked straight back with his hands down and was brutalized by a Lemieux right hand, dropping the Missouri hard to the canvas in a crumpled heap. McCrary managed to beat the count, but Lemieux managed a right to the body and followed it immediately with another to the head which had McCrary down and out and the fight being called immediately. (more…)
Veteran Panamanian fighter Miguel Callist visited the Pedro Alcazar Gym in Panama to give some advice to his unbeaten friend Alberto Mosquera, who was mentioned as a possible opponent for WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana. “You took the correct decision on rejecting the offer,” Callist said, “Maidana is stronger than many people imagine. When you hit him with a very good punch and you think he is really hurt, then he becomes stronger.” Callist faced Maidana in Argentina in December 2006, losing by TKO in the third round of a short but exciting battle. “I know you have very good boxing skills as I do, but you need to wait for a better moment. Maidana is in his prime and you still can get more experience and very good physical condition,” Callist added. “I was very well prepared, had a world of experience and he beat me in three rounds. With your technical skills you may beat him…but not now.” Mosquera´s record is ten wins, no losses and a no contest.
“Sweetness” Allan Green handed “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms his first career defeat in a fight that started late Friday and ended early Saturday morning on an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation. “It went exactly how I expected,” said the favored Green, who won the super middleweight 10-round decision unanimously, 98-92, 99-91 and 97-93. Green was fighting on SHOWTIME for the fifth time in his career and who moved his record to 29-1 (20 KOs). “I was just in better shape than he was. I won the fight. I didn’t care how I did it. I knew I was going to win the fight.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC#2/WBA#4 super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (13-0, 10 KOs), 130, kept his OPBF belt as he pummeled OPBF#1 Philippine titlist Aaron Melgarejo (17-7-1, 6 KOs), 130, into submission at 1:01 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, formerly four-time national amateur champ, registered his fifth defense of the regional belt when his lopsided assault caused the loser’s cornerman to toss in the towel for surrender. Melgarejo positively threw solid left-right combinations, almost all of which were averted by the champ’s excellent defensive skills. Uchiyama, one of the brightest prospects here, often displayed well-timed counters and wicked body shots that visibly weakened the game challenger.
In a companion OPBF title go, WBA#3/WBC#5 super-fly Kohei Kono (24-4, 8 KOs), 114.75, also retained his belt as he surprisingly hit the deck in the first, but dropped back OPBF#1 Marvin Tampus (21-9-2, 13 KOs), 114.75, in the final session, winning a unanimous nod (116-111 twice and 116-110) over twelve. Kono had previously failed to wrest the WBA 115-pound belt from compatriot and current champ Nobuo Nashiro via split duke in September last year, and regained his OPBF throne by defeating Filipino ruler Daniel Ferreras on points this May. This was Kono’s initial defense since. Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
All action Vietnamese featherweight Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen will face Columbian banger Andres Ledesma on Saturday, October 10th as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes”, an evening of world class professional boxing at Houston’s Arena Theatre. . . Click here for more
By Dennis Principe
Famed American trainer Freddie Roach is heaving a sigh of relief after prized ward Manny Pacquiao assured him they will leave for the United States earlier than expected. Roach said Pacquiao has agreed to fly to Los Angeles on October 24 which will give them more time to recover from jet lag. “That’s the plan. We will have our final training here the morning of the 24th then will take the flight back to LA later that day,” Roach told Fightnews. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley –World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) stopped WBO #7 , IBF #14 Shane Cameron (23-2, 20 KOs) in two rounds at Hamilton, New Zealand Saturday. Cameron came out in round one scoring with left jabs but Tua connected with a left hook that dropped Cameron for an eight count. In round two Tua was relentless, attacking Cameron with both hands. He immediately had Cameron in trouble again at which point referee Bruce McTavish crowned Tua to save Cameron from further punishment. Tua holds knockout wins over four former world champs including John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Oleg Maskaev and Michael Moorer. WBA #3 Kali Meehan has issued a challenge to fight Tua.
On the undercard, former Australian champion Colin Wilson scored a fourth round knockout over John Hopoate who currently holds the national heavyweight crown.
Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann outpointed Lawrence Tauasa over six rounds.
Light middleweight Steve Heremai outscored Frank La Porto over six rounds. Promoter Duco Events
By Dennis Principe
Undefeated Filipino prospect Drian Francisco captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) international super flyweight crown with a resounding 10th round TKO over Roberto Vasquez of Panama Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, Philippines. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan WBA super featherweight champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares conducted a training session in Tokyo’s famous Teiken Gym for the media on Friday. Linares will defend his crown on October 10 against Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado. The champ hit the heavy bag, speed bag and shadow boxed. He has sparred more than 100 rounds in preparation for this fight. Click here to see more photos….
By Lee Bates
In a non-televised bout on Friday night at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma, unbeaten middleweight Tyrone Brunson (20-0-1, 19 KOs) for the first time as a professional won a fight by eight round decision, defeating tough Venezuelan veteran Marcos Primera (20-20-2, 13 KOs). Brunson’s previous 19 victories were all by knockout. The scores were 76-72 76-74 and 78-75 all in favor of Brunson.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and WBO interim light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer were abducted by Universum’s Dietmar Poszwa and taken to the traditional Munich Oktoberfest. In the festive “Hippodrom” tent, the Universum boxers displayed their world champion’s belts, diligently signed autographs and simply enjoyed mingling with the crowd. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev at the scales
Alexander Yemelyanenko 257 vs. Khizir Pliev 254
Sherzod Husanov 153.5 vs. Timur Nergadze 154
(Vacant WBC International light middleweight title)
Alisher Rakhimov 134 vs. Jahongir Abdullaev 135
(Vacant WBC International lightweight title)
Seifudin Barakhoev 175 vs. Rudolf Asaturyan 173
(Vacant WBC Baltic light heavyweight title)
Hetag Kozaev 166.5 vs. Jurijs Borejko 164
(Vacant WBC Baltic super middleweight title)
Georgy Kevlishvili 125 vs. Ayup Arsaev 125.5
(Vacant WBC Baltic featherweight title)
Promoter: Ural Box Promotions
Venue: RSUPC Sports Arena, Moscow
Opening bell: 5 PM LT (GMT+4)
Click here for more photos…
WBC #6 super middleweight Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten late sub Tarvis Simms (25-1-1 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The fight was tactical and not easy for the hometown hero Green, who won by scores of 98-92, 99-91, 97-93.
In a good fight, welterweight Antwone Smith (17-1-1, 9 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Henry Crawford (22-1-1, 9 KOs). Crawford started well, but Smith eventually broke him down, dropping Crawford in the ninth. Crawford didn’t come out for round ten.
Unbeaten super middleweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over tough Victor Villereal (8-4-2, 4 KOs). Johnson dropped Villereal in round six, and won every round 80-71 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten cruiserweight Ran Nakash (21-0, 15 KOs) won a tactical eight round unanimous decision over Gary Gomez (18-11-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the famous Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight KO artist Jeremiah “Rocky” Graziano (7-0, 7 KOs) blitzed Andre Hemphill (8-13-2) in 2:35 of round one.
By Lee Bates
Golden Boy Promotions(GBP) has officially signed unbeaten super bantamweight/featherweight prospect Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs). Wilson delivered a shocking first round knockout of then unbeaten prospect Charles Huerta in his last bout July 30th in Los Angeles. The bout was aired nationwide on the Versus Network. Ironically Wilson and Huerta are now GBP stablemates as Huerta is also promoted by GBP. At just 20 years old, the Florida resident Wilson appears to be on the path to an exciting future.
By Alexey Sukachev
Vyacheslav Senchenko 147 vs. Motoki Sasaki 147
(WBA welterweight championship)
Promoter: Union Boxing Promotion
Venue: Druzhba Palace of Sports, Donetsk
Opening bell: 7 PM LT (GMT+3)
By Alexey Sukachev
2000 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Audley Harrison won the Prizefighter Heavyweights III tournament, but not against British champion Danny Williams. Harrison KO’d longshot Coleman Barrett in the final on Friday night at the ExCeL Arena in London. Williams was shockingly knocked down three times by unheralded Carl Baker and lost a unanimous decision in his opening match. Click for full details…
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Moscow-based Tajik Sahib Usarov (now 13-0, 6 KOs) delivered the best performance of his short pro career to capture a vacant WBO European bantamweight title tonight in the Montreal Night Club at the All-Russian Exposition Centre, Moscow, Russia. Click Here for More Photos
Edwin Rodriguez 165 vs Darnell Boone 160
Demetrius Andrade 154 ½ vs Chris Chatman 155
Vladine Biosse 169 vs Tarafri Lawton 170
David Bauza ?? vs Khristian Geraci ??
Jesus Caro 144 vs Damien Butler 144
Simeon Dunwell 142 vs David Marquez 144 ½
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Tickets: $25SRO, $35, $50, $100 and $150. Call 401.724.2253/2254
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Saturday Afternoon Special.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.
Today in Caguas Puerto Rico Juan Manuel Lopez had his last media day in route to his October 10 world title defense in New York. “I had a real good training camp for this fight and I’m ready to go,” said Lopez. They also had the last pre weigh-in and Lopez came in at 126 3/4 pounds where as the limit was 128.1 according to the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission. “I had no doubt that my weight was good, it’s getting more difficult to make 122, but I know I can do it for a one or two more fights,” said Lopez. (more…)
An opponent has been named for 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medal winner Rachim Chakhkiev, who makes his pro debut on October 10th on the big “Universum Champions Night” card in Rostock, Germany. Chakhkiev, who was signed by Universum Box-Promotion in the summer and is trained by Michael Timm, will face Bulgarian Tayar Mehmed in a cruiserweight clash.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Antonin Decarie 153.2 vs. Terrance Cauthen 154
David Lemieux 161.6 vs. Donnie McCrary 161.7
Eleider Alvarez 180.12 vs. Willard Lewis 179.10
Oscar Rivas 234.14 vs. Stephane Tessier 235.6
Logan McGuinness 132.6 vs. Jorge Banos 134.15
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
First Bell: 12pm
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