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By Robert Coster, reporting from Haiti
The nine-bout card in Petionville, Haiti was a resounding success as local fans packed the Karibe Convention Center to watch two regional title bouts. For the WBA Fedelatin featherweight title, Nicholas Walters(13-0,10 KOs) of Jamaica won a unanimous but hard fought eleven round decision over rugged Carlos Reyes (13-1,7 KOs). Walters controlled the bull-like rushes of Reyes with crisp counterpunches but did get caught in the eighth round, suffering a flash knockdown. By then, however the Jamaican had built up a solid lead. Reyes desperately tried to turn the tide in the last three rounds but it was too little too late. The victory will now propel Walters in the top 15 of the WBA.
The second title match saw French-Haitian middleweight Jimmy”Pitbull” Colas( 28-6, 12 KOs) delight the local fans with a two round blowout of Dominican Junior Ramos (10-5, 6 KOs). Colas just let Ramos punch himself out in the first round, using an intriguing rope-a-dope tactic then come out in the second round and knock out his spent foe. (more…)
Brian Halquist Productions and the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington, will start their 14th year of pro boxing on January 9. The main event will feature jr welterweight David “El’ Torrito” Torres (21-1, 13 KOs) vs. Raymundo Beltran (22-4, 14 KOs) in a ten-rounder. Also on the card will be George “Monk” Foreman III (4-0, 4 KOs), son of former three time heavyweight champion George Foreman. Also in action will be local fan favorite Walter “2 Guns” Wright (13-3, 7 KOs), best known for appearing on “The Contender” reality television show, 2008 Olympic alternate David “Thunder” Clark (who is trained by Freddie Roach), 3 time Tacoma Golden Gloves champion Mike Gavronski in his pro debut. (more…)
As far as high-flying kicks and slang lingo goes, no fighter in the WEC tops Ed Ratcliff.
When you’re talking to the super-chilled out Chicago native, phrases like “off the hook,” “you know what I’m saying” and “I’m with it” consistently get sprinkled throughout the conversation.. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian light welterweight star Brunet Zamora (19-0, 8 KOs) won a unanimous decision over French warrior Christophe De Busillet (23-8-2, 11 KOs) Friday night at The Pala Bianchini in Latina, Italy. With the win the Cuban born Zamora defended his WBA Intecontinental Title at 140lbs for the third time. It was not a great fight, much too tactical with both fighters being careful and many of the rounds following a similar pattern. Zamora used his jab beautifully throughout the fight and was aggressor in the last four rounds which proved to be enough for the three judges to award the Italian fighter. The three judges, Jean-Francois Toupin, Pierluigi Poppi and Gudjon Vilhelm scored the bout 116-114, 115-113 and an incredible 119-110 for the ‘Italian Salsero.’ (Fightnews had it 116-113 for Zamora.) (more…)
Former bantamweight contender Z Gorres, who underwent brain surgery after a boxing match on November 13, remains in serious condition at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Reportedly the left side of Gorres body is paralyzed, he can’t speak and requires a machine to breathe. He communicates by handwriting with his right hand.
Top Rank has plans for a new Saturday night boxing TV series to run on Fox Sports en Espanol and Fox Sports Net. According to ESPN, there will be 36 dates beginning January 16. More details to come.
By Graham Houston
This hasn’t exactly been a year from hell for Kelly Pavlik, but I’m sure the middleweight champion will not remember 2009 with a great deal of warmth. Pavlik entered the year after having suffered his first defeat, and a demoralising one at that, when Bernard Hopkins gave him a boxing lesson. The year didn’t start off too badly as Pavlik pounded Marco Antonio Rubio into defeat on a nine-rounds corner retirement in February. Nothing went right after that. A stubborn staph infection of the left hand led to inactivity and an HBO fight against Paul Williams was postponed, then cancelled. There were also rumours of Pavlik not exactly leading a Spartan lifestyle in his hometown of Youngstown, OH, which the fighter attributes to exaggeration and innuendo, what he calls the pressure of being a big fish in a relatively small pond. On top of all this, there was the suggestion that he used his hand problems to duck Williams. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Jürgen Brähmer will be seeking to close out a highly successful 2009 in style when he defends his WBO interim light-heavyweight title against little-known Dmitriy Sukhotsky, of Russia, in Brähmer’s hometown of Schwerin in northern Germany on Saturday. This has been a terrific year for Brähmer, the one-time bad boy of German boxing whose brushes with the law have been well-chronicled. Beaten on points by Hugo Hernan Garay in a game title bid in November 2008, Brähmer has stopped all three of his opponents this year, and he was punching particularly hard in his last couple of fights as he halted Italy’s Antonio Brancalion in 93 seconds and then hammered the strong, game Polish boxer Aleksy Kuziemski in the 11th, scoring four knockdowns, two of them in the first three rounds. (more…)
WBA interim jr flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (22-1, 12 KOs) retained his belt with a third round KO over Ronald Barrera (26-7-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Estadio La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina. Reveco finished Barrera with a left hook to the liver. Barrera is now 0-4 in world title fights.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Danny Green fresh from scoring the biggest upset in 2009 when he stopped boxing legend Roy Jones Jr in one round at the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia on December 2nd has now entereted negotiations to fight future hall of famer Bernard Hopkins in 2010. Green talks to Fightnews and tells how has top USA promoter Gary Shaw assisting him in negotiations and how he regards his own team of Justin Manolikos and Angelo Hyder as the best in the boxing business. (more…)
While weather on the East Coast wreaked havoc on travel and holiday plans, there were clear skies and the stars were out on ShoBox: The New Generation in Hinckley, Minn. Friday night when Fernando Guerrero, Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane all remained undefeated with impressive knockouts, each in less than four rounds. “These guys are future stars,” said ShoBox: The New Generation expert analyst Steve Farhood, of Guerrero and Porter, who are now 17-0 (14 KOs) and 12-0 (10 KOs), respectively. “Not only are they fun to watch, but I think they have star potential outside the ring as well. They have pleasing personalities, good smiles, they’re good-looking guys, they speak well. I think the American middleweight scene for 2010-2011 is in good hands.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In an exciting slugfest Sabelo Jubatha stopped Luthando Vukuza in the tenth round to win the South African featherweight title in East London on Friday night. A packed Orient Theatre saw Jubatha (57.10 kg) come from behind to back Vukuza (57.05 kg) up against the ropes in the ninth round and land with a left-right combination to jaw that dumped in on the seat of his pants. Vukuza, 22, just managed to beat the count and the referee would have been justified in stopping the fight with only seconds left in the round. It was a shaky Vukuza who came out for the tenth round and it came as no surprise when the challenger landed with a left hook to the jaw that sent him reeling against the ropes and when he turned his back on Jubutha, referee Andile Matika waved the fight off at 1:34 into the round. (more…)
“Homer Simpson lets guys beat him up and then, when they get tired, he takes them out,” Cerrone said of the famously boorish, pear-shaped cartoon icon. “That’s kind of my game plan. My opponents get exhausted from kicking my a—and then I say, ‘Now they’re tired, I should go.’” . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
Two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez, former junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon and world title contender Enrique Ornelas will participate in the 28th Annual Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway today between 10AM-2PM at the Hollenbeck Youth Center (2015 E. First Street) in Los Angeles. The event is presented by The Inner-City Games, Hollenbeck Youth Center and the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation.
By Igor Frank
The WBC Legends of Boxing is hosting a toy drive to help underprivileged children during the holiday season this Sunday (December 20th) at 2pm at Rudy’s Baja and Grill in Los Angeles. Live music will be provided by Mariachi Juguers de Jalisco and the Dueto Alanniz. A buffet will be available plus an award ceremony will be hosted. The price of admission is $20 and a toy donation. (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Fernando Guerrero (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jesse Nicklow (19-2-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Guerrero dropped Nicklow with a right hook early in the fourth. Nicklow fought back gamely, but Guerrero’s attack was too strong and referee Mark Nelson waved it off at 2:09.
In a clash of unbeaten jr middleweights, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (12-0, 10 KOs) was impressive again as he stopped Jamar “Yung Prince” Patterson (8-1, 4 KOs) in round four. Porter dropped Patterson with a big left hook in round four and referee Celestino Ruiz stopped the fight during Porter’s follow-up attack. Time was 1:54.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Lanard Lane (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Said “The Messenger” El Harrack (8-1, 3 KOs). Lane dropped El Harrack twice in round one, and after Lane rocked El Harrack again in round two, referee Mark Nelson waved it off at 1:38. The stoppage seemed premature.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF#12 bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk (16-0) chopped down Janrey Verano (16-3-2) of the Philippines in eight action rounds of a scheduled ten round contest at the Krirk University in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Verano was down in round two, five, seven and eight from power body shots. In round eight referee Somsak Sirianant crowned Kiattawessuk to save the importation from further punishment. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has determined to defer for thirty days the purse bid for the cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones and Russian challenger Valery Brudov. The purse bid was scheduled to take place on December 21 at WBA Headquarters in Panama City. Apparently representatives of both boxers requested an extension. Jones won the title in September 2008 and has yet to defend it.
Zaurbek Baysangurov 152.8 vs Frank Shabani 153.2
(WBA Intercontinental junior middleweight title)
Dmitry Nikulin 153.5 vs Abdulaziz Matazimov* 153.8
(WBO European junior middleweight title)
Vitaly Rusal 176.3 vs Abror Oripov 178.8
Sergey Fedchenko 142 vs Sherzodbek Mamajanov 142
Andrey Rudenko 247 vs Avaz Rustamov 235.5
* First weighed-in at 161.2 lbs
** Several more pairs are subjects to an additional weigh-in later
Promoter: K2 East
Venue: Yunost Palace of Sports, Zaporozhye, Ukraine
Cesar Canchila 108 vs Johnreil Casimero 108
Carlos Buitrago 105 vs Edgar Jimenez 105
Hanna Gabriel 147 vs Gabriela Zapata 147
Juan Mercedes 115 vs Evert Briceno 114
Moises Solis 135 vs Santos Martinez 134
Gonzalo Mungia 130 vs Augusto Pinilla 130
Orlando Rizo TBA vs Gustavo Gomez TBA
Henry Maldonado 114 vs Humberto Pena 114
Eduardo Mendoza 136 vs Jairo Martinez 138
Carla Estrada 135 vs Sochiel Barquero 135
Venue: Estadio Nacional Dennis Martinez, Managua, Nicaragua
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. in association with Sampson Boxing, Prodesa, Rizzo Boxing, Cuadrilatero, PR Best Boxing & Producciones Deportivas.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Famed trainer Teddy Atlas lives by the adage of going to the body and the head will fall. He would have been impressed with Leo Santa Cruz’ performance on Thursday night.
The junior featherweight prospect Santa Cruz worked the body of Juan Jose Beltran, breaking him down to eventually earn a third round stoppage victory before an almost sold-out Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif. . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC #10, WBA #14 and IBF #15 cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej followed the path of another world-ranked contender Grigory Drozd by making a punching bag of well-known American journeyman Rob “All-American Prizefighter” Calloway (now 70-11-2, 57 KOs) tonight at MOSiR Hall in Lodz, Poland. IBC champion Kolodziej was just too much for his faded 40-year old challenger, dropping him once in the first, once in the third and two times in the fifth round. Calloway’s corner mercifully stopped this massacre after the end of the sixth round, saving the veteran from more punishment. The Polish fighter is now 24-0 with 13 KOs. (more…)
From The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada for tomorrow night’s WEC card, which airs live on VERSUS beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7pm PT.
Donald Cerrone 155 vs Ed Ratcliff 155
Anthony Njokuani 157 vs Chris Horodecki 155
Joseph Benavidez 135 vs Rani Yahya 135.5
Takeya Mizugaki 137 vs Scott Jorgensen 135
Bart Palaszewski 155 vs Anthony Pettis 155
Muhsin Corbbrey 156 vs Zack Micklewright 155
John Hosman 135 vs Chad George 135
Brandon Visher 144 vs Courtney Buck 146
Brad Pickett 136 vs Kyle Dietz 135
Jameel Massouh 145 vs Erik Koch 146
By Alexey Sukachev
Albert “The Dragon” Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) is a new European (EBU) heavyweight champion after a workmanlike tactical decision over Italian veteran Paolo Vidoz (26-7, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the famous York Hall in London, England. Sosnowski, who was coming off a memorable draw against Francesco Pianeta and a destruction of Danny Williams, was the busier and quicker pugilist throughout the whole contest, avoiding the slow blows of the Italian plodder and connecting a lot with light but frequent punches from the outside. Vidoz, who seemingly couldn’t avoid another opportunity to fight for the EBU belt (his fifth consecutive failure in European title contests) showed some poise in the opening rounds but slowed down and badly faded down the stretch. Sosnowski was close finishing the job in rounds five and six, but Vidoz survived the fierce onslaught and delivered some heat later on, which was clearly not enough. The official scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 117-111 – for Sosnowski. Fightnews filled the gap with a 118-110 tally. (more…)
Season’s Greetings from all of us at ShoBox: The New Generation. Wishing everyone the best during the holidays and in 2010! Tune in SHOWTIME tonight at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) to watch some of the top prospects in boxing.
Jose Miguel Cotto 143 vs Ilido Julio 140
Abner Cotto 135 vs Jorge Perez Adorno 134.2
Juan González 130.5 vs Jorge Cordero 130.5
Jayson Vélez 122 vs Robert DaLuz 123.5
Juan Herrera 118 vs Pedro Salcedo 118.5
Arturo Santiago 112 vs Luis Cosme 113
Reynado Ojeda 136.5 vs Victor Kuilan 137.5
Antonio Salgado 118.7 vs Exmildo Echevarria 115
Carlos Zapata 133.7 vs Orlando Vazquez 134
Jonuel Tapia 155 vs Victor Rivera 156
Irvin Hernandez 128 vs Jose Del Valle 126.5
Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Migue Cotto and H2 Entertainment
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Gabriel F. Cordero at the scales
Edwin Valero 134.6 vs Hector Velasquez 134.2
(WBC lightweight championship)
Jean Carlos Hernandez 125.4 vs Alexander Gonzalez 125.4
Luis Alberto Zarraga 113.3 vs Irwier Henriquez 112.2
Breilon Teran 121.6 vs Alexander Espinoza 121.6
Oscar “Sapo” Chacín 121.8 vs Franklin Valera 121.6
Venue: Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas, La Guaira, Caracas, Venezuela
TV: Direct TV & Meridiano TV
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By Rocco Morales
Before a sold out crowd of 1,412 fight fans, in the 6 round lightweight main event, unheralded Gloria Ramirez won the hearts of spectators and boxing judges alike and pounded out a 6 round majority decision victory over previously undefeated favorite, standing in at 5’9, Chika Nakamura. Coming into the fight, Ramirez had only won one of her previous nine fights over the last seven years, but was fighting for the third time in the last three months. Meanwhile, Nakamura, although undefeated, was coming off a 13 month stretch of inactivity, the longest of her career. Even so, few could have expected the courageous display that was put on by Ramirez, as she continually attacked her bigger opponent, and then weathered the storm each and every time Nakamura tried to storm back. Click here for more photos…
Nehomar Cermeno 118 vs Alejandro Valdez 118
(WBA Interim bantamweight championship)
Humberto Soto 137 vs Jesus Chavez 137
Hernan Marquez 112 vs Ricardo Armenta 112
Omar Chavez 144 vs Carlos Urrea 143
Venue: Arena Itson, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer
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Ohio governor Ted Strickland said ‘The Champ weighs 160′ while officiating the weighin between world middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik and WBC #3-rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino. Pavlik and Espino collide Saturday night on pay-per-view.
Kelley Pavlik 160 vs Miguel Espino 159
(WBC/WBO middleweight championship)
Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs Willie Lee 152.5
(NABF/NABO super welterweight championship)
Sam Peter 240 vs Gabe Brown 363
Matt Korobov 150 vs Ken Dunham 152
Mikey Garcia 126 vs Yogli Herrera 130
Venue: Beeghly Center, Youngstown, Ohio
Promoter: Top Rank
Officials have been named for the two world title fights taking place on Saturday in Schwerin, Germany. Michael Ortega (USA) will referee the WBO light heavyweight fight between champion Jürgen Brähmer and challenger Dmitry Sukhotsky. Judges will be Manfred Küchler (Germany), Fernando Laguna (Spain) and Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico). WBO supervisor is Istvan Kovacs (Hungary). Frank Garza (USA) will the third man in the ring for the WBC interim middleweight title bout between beltholder Sebastian Zbik and Emanuele Della Rosa. Judges are Herminio Cuevas Collazo (Mexico), Bela Florian (Hungary) and Eddie Pappoe (Ghana). WBC supervisor is Houcine Houichi (Tunesia).
By Graham Houston
Showtime winds up an excellent year of fights on Friday with a three-fight card on ShoBox, headed by unbeaten middleweight Fernando Guerrero in a 10-rounder against an old amateur rival from Maryland, Jessie Nicklow. It seems they met five times in the amateurs, with Nicklow winning twice. Guerrero is one of those fun-to-watch fighters. A southpaw with an aggressive style, he has been meeting a tougher calibre of opposition in the past year, getting off the floor to beat Gabriel Rosado and, in his last fight, scraping through on a majority decision against the durable Ossie Duran (one round on one card from being a draw). (more…)
15 wins. 14 finishes. All submissions. Clearly Rani Yahya doesn’t conform to the played-out stereotype of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who forgets his grappling techniques whenever he gets punched in the face. Yahya is a special breed on the mat, which is why his next opponent, Joseph Benavidez, doesn’t hesitate to pin the “amazing” label on the super-slick fighter. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), 117.75, impressively scored his tenth defense as he exploded a vicious double left cross to Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-2-1-3 NC, 12 KOs), 117, and dropped him face first prone to prompt the referee’s immediate halt at 2:38 of the fourth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. Hasegawa, a couple of days after his twenty-ninth birthday, celebrated it with his tenth defense by his fifth stoppage in a row. Perez, 27, fought aggressively from the start, throwing big shots to the cautiously counter-punching the champ. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
As usual, Christmas will be celebrated on December 25th. However, for the vast majority of Polish boxing fans, their dreams, inspired by a huge tournament on Oct. 24 in Lodz with the “Polish fight of the century” between Tomasz Adamek and Andrzej Golota, will continue to come into thriving life on this coming weekend. Firstly, on Friday Dec. 18 leading Polish promotional group BullIt KnockOut Promotions, led by Andrzej Wasilewski and Piotr Werner, will arrange quite a big boxing event, billed “Wojak Boxing Night” at the very same city of Lodz (but now at MOSiR Hall) with WBC #10, WBA #14 and IBF #15 Pawel Kolodziej (23-0, 12 KOs) as its headliner. Coming off a comfortable unanimous decision over Czech veteran Roman Kracik this June, 25-year old Kolodziej will put his IBC title at stake against the grizzled American journeyman and fringe contender Rob Calloway (70-10-2, 57 KOs), who has just decided to continue his boxing career despite the chain of recent setbacks. (more…)
By Robert Coster at the scales
Jimmy Colas 153.8 vs Junior Ramos 153.8
Nicholas Walters 124.7 vs Carlos Manuel Reyes 124.7
Ricardo Cordoba 123.8 vs Luis Felipe Murillo 123.6
Michael Oliveira 161.8 vs Eduardo Mercedes 164.2
Ramon Ayala 134.7 vs Francklin Frias 134.9
Evens Pierre 139.9 vs Leonel Segura 143.7
Azea Augustama 174.6 vs Aneudis Marte 175.9
Johny Orisme 124.7 vs Luis Hinojosa 119.7
Wilkey Campfort 153.6 vs Daniel Beato 152.1
Venue: Karibe Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti
Promoter: Jacques Deschamps
TV: Miami Boxeo
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