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By Ron Jackson
Sikhulile Sidzumo a former South African lightweight champion won the vacant SA junior welterweight title on a split decision over Mzolisi Yoyo at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Two judges scored the fight 117-111 and 115-114 for Sidzumo and the third judge handed in a rather surprising card of 115-113 for Yoyo, who did not do enough work to deserve the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Despite being hit with hard right hands or left hooks by Chris Arreola on Saturday night, Tomasz Adamek feels that he has a heavyweight chin. He also thinks that he can be a major player in the heavyweight division. Adamek won a 12 round majority decision at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, in a bout that thrilled the 6,256 in attendance and those who watched on HBO. Despite being outweighed by over 33 pounds and fighting in Arreola’s backyard, Adamek did enough to win on two judges’ scorecards, while the third judge scored the fight a draw. (more…)
By Ray Kilgore
Caleb Truax (14-0-1, 9 KOs) and Phil “The Drill” Williams (12-3-1, 11 KOs) never imagined a draw would be the final outcome of their fight at the St. Paul Armory, in Saint Paul, MN Friday night. The official scores were: 97-94 Truax, 96-94 Williams, and 95-95. Williams, 32, looked to rejuvenate his career after a third-round knockout defeat at the hands of Don “Da Bomb” George (19-0-1, 17 KOs) in January of this year. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Rising boxing company Ural Boxing Promotions brought world boxing back to the city of Krasnoyarsk, an old Siberian settlement known for its perpetual pugilistic traditions. The tournament was held Saturday at Ivan Yarygin Sports Palace and featured two rising Kozaev brothers: welterweight stylist Aslanbek and super middleweight banger Khetag. As usual, WBC #30 Khetag (now 10-0, 9 KOs) made a long work short with his trademark power punches. 19-year-old Ossetian native dropped fellow undefeated Argentinean Victor Hugo Mujica (5-1, 2 KOs), a year and a half his senior, once in the first and twice more in the second before the contest was waved off by referee Alexander Kalinkin. Kozaev retained his WBC Youth title for the first time. For more details and photos click here…
WBC #3 welterweight Selcuk Aydin still plans to fight for the WBC silver championship on June 5th at Abdi Ipekci Spor Salonu in Istanbul, Turkey. After #2 rated Luis Collazo pulled out, promoter Ahmet Öner is looking for another opponent. “I hope that we can present a new opponent within the next week,” said Öner. According to the WBC rules the next highest available contender will replace Collazo. As Saul Alvarez (#4) will fight Jose Miguel Cotto this Saturday on the Mayweather–Mosley undercard, possible opponents for Aydin might be #5 Ivan Kirpa, #6 Luis Abregu or #7 Alfonso Gomez.
See WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer’s explosive five round destruction of #8 rated Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky, WBA/WBO/WIBF flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian’s split decision over previously unbeaten Nadia “The Beauty Beast” Raoui, devastating KOs by “Golden Jack” Culcay and Olympic gold medalist Rakhim Chakkiev and more from Saturday’s Universum Champions Night card in Hamburg.
In the main event of Boxeo Boricua, unbeaten featherweight Wilfredo Bones proved that he has what it takes to have a successful career as a fighter. Bones came back from a first round knockdown with solid jabs and hard straight hands to get the victory over Francisco Rodríguez, who was TKO’d at 2:35 of the third round. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
In an important clash of heavyweight contenders, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) showed he belongs in the heavyweight division with a twelve round majority decision over Chris Arreola (28-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, California. Arreola, who outweighed Adamek by 33 pounds, had difficulty connecting on the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, who was far busier early on. Both fighters landed big shots in the fourth round. Arreola’s size and strength became more of a factor as the fight progressed but Adamek changed his tactics and fought at his pace from rounds seven to nine. Arreola picked up the pressure in the tenth round. Both fighters landed good shots in the eleventh round. Adamek spent the final round pot-shotting a frustrated Arreola from the outside. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 117-111.
In an intriguing clash of big-punching junior middleweights, WBO interim champion Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) KO’d Joel Julio (35-4, 31 KOs) in the eleventh round. Boxing from the outside, Julio outworked Angulo for the first third of the fight. Angulo’s pressure, however, began to break Julio down and he finished him with a big right hand in the eleventh. Time was 1:39.
Heavyweight Kendrick Releford (22-13-2, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over local favorite Fred Kassi (15-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. In the co-feature, light heavyweight Anthony Doughty(8-1, 7 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO Over previously unbeaten Justin Verdin (9-1, 6 KOs). Time was :41.
WEC Featherweight Champion Jose Aldo defended his title tonight at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, Calif., with a unanimous decision victory over former champ Urijah Faber. Scores were 50-45 and 49-45 twice.
In the co-main event, WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson retained his belt with a submission win over Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. Cerrone fell prey to a guillotine choke at 1:57 of round one.
In other results: Manny Gamburyan defeated former champ Mike Brown by knockout, at 2:22 of round one; Shane Roller won by a rear naked choke hold over Anthony Njokuani at 3:07 of round one; and Scott Jorgensen unanimously decisioned Antonio Banuelos with scores of 39-38 x 3.
WBO Super Flyweight world champion Jorge Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) of nearby Los Mochis, Sinaloa, scored a seventh round KO of two-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos (24-13-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico City in a non-title bantamweight fight on Saturday night at the Multi Use Center in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. An Arce barrage dropped Santos for the count. Time was :58. Arce will now challenge WBO bantamweight champion Eric Morel on the June 26 “Latin Fury” card at the Alamodone in San Antonio.
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Hometown superstar Mikkel Kessler turned in a gutsy and heroic performance—capped by a scintillating 12th round—to win a unanimous decision and register his first points in the groundbreaking SHOWTIME® Super Six World Boxing Classic, giving Carl Froch his first professional career loss at MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark on Saturday night. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) dominated #8 rated Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky (16-4, 8 KOs) and got the stoppage in round five on Saturday night’s “Universum Champions Night” event at the Sporthalle Hamburg. Brähmer floored Plotinsky at the end of round one and battered Pliotinky mercilessly until the bout was waved off by referee Paul Thomas at 2:36 of the fifth. It was Brähmer’s second successful world title defense.
In an all action female world title fight, undefeated WBA, WBO and WIBF flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) won a controversial split decision over previously unbeaten WIBA titleholder Nadia “The Beauty Beast” Raoui (11-1-1, 3 KOs). Kentikian was ahead 96-94, 96-95 on two cards, Raoui was ahead 96-94 on the other card. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC #12 super featherweight Carlos “El Propheto Mexicano” Cardenas (11-3-1, 8 KOs), originally from Venezuela, retained his WBC Continental Americas title in impressive fashion topping Mexican all-action journeyman Rafael Urias (22-18-1, 17 KOs) in a heated war with numerous knockdowns on Saturday night at the Hotel Fairmont Princess in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico. Cardenas floored Urias with a jab at the end of the first and both fighters went down hard in the second. Urias was also decked twice in both the third and the fourth stanzas by major left bombs of Cardenas before failing to answer the bell to start round five.
The son of a legend with the same name Carlos Zarate Jr. moved up to 7-0 with 5 KOs after a first round destruction of debutant Roberto Esqueda (now 0-1). Zarate landed a vicious left hook onto Esqueda’s nose and down he went and out being too dazed to compete further.
Upset specialist Giovanni Caro, the WBC #17 hard-hitting Mexican of Russian origin, is now 16-8-4 with 14 KOs after the second-round stoppage of Columbian guest Adolfo Ramos (17-9-1, 9 KOs). Caro, who had previously defeated such boxers as Oscar Ibarra, Ricardo Castillo, Carlos Yanez and Alex De Oliveira, retained his WBC Fecarbox super bantamweight title in process.
In a big “Super Six World Boxing Classic” round two match, Mikkel Kessler (43-2, 32 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (26-1, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MCH Arena in Herning, Denmark. The fight was very close and fought at a very high level. Both fighters had their moments landing big shots and neither was able to get the upper hand for long. Some huge exchanges in the last round and going to the scorecards the result seemed still in doubt. Scores were 117-111, 115-113, 116-112, all for Kessler. The win begins Kessler’s third reign as world champion in the super middleweight division. It is the second time he has held the WBC belt. He has also held the WBA belt on two occasions. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Simphiwe Nongqayi the IBF junior bantamweight champion was named Boxer of the Year for 2009 at the annual Boxing SA Awards ceremony held at the St George Hotel near Pretoria on Friday afternoon. In 2009 Nongqayi beat Francisco Arce in an IBF eliminator and won the vacant IBF junior bantamweight belt when he outpointed Francisco’s brother, Mexican legend Jorge Arce in Mexico, was a popular winner.
The IBF junior lightweight title fight between Malcolm Klassen and Cassius Baloyi held in Mafeking on April 18 last year was a real humdinger and deservedly received the Fight of the Year Award. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe stopped Warren Joubert in the fourth round to retain his SA junior lightweight title the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night.Taliwe 15-2; 14 who was making the first defence of his title completely outclassed the previously unbeaten Joubert 16-1-2; 10 who had no answer to the hand speed and power of the champion. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Khetag Kozaev 165.5 vs. Victor Hugo Mujica 163.5
(WBC Youth super middleweight title)
Aslanbek Kozaev 143.5 vs. Dan Nazareno Jr. 143
(WBC Youth I/C welterweight title)
Daniil Utenkov 146.5 vs. Anatoly Sidorov 145
Venue: Ivan Yarygin Palace of Sports
Promoter: Ural Boxing Promotions
José Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs) feels ready and confident to have an explosive win over Mexican prospect Saúl “Canelo” Alvarez (31-0, 23 KOs) on Saturday, May 1st at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I feel ready, I know is going to be a tough fight, but I feel ready for anything that Alvarez could bring. I have the experience and the condition to have a great victory.” For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Back in action for the first time since his split decision defeat to former world champion Mike Anchondo last December, rising junior welterweight Mauricio Herrera (14-1, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over veteran Efren Hinojosa (30-8-1, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Herrera was in command throughout the fight and got the win when Hinojosa couldn’t come out for round six due to injured left hand.
Fighting at welterweight poundage, junior welterweight Patrick Lopez won an eight round unanimous decision over Cristian Favela. Lopez (19-2, 11 KO s) was too quick for Favela, scoring with short right hooks and straight left hands to the head. Favela (18-25-6, 9 KO s) pressed the action as the bout progressed, but was not able to match Lopez punch for punch. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Lopez. For more details and photos click here…
Top rated welterweight contender and Mexican sensation Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon will appear Sunday at 11:30AM at Fiesta Broadway on the Red Bull Stage (located at the corner of 3rd Street and Broadway) in downtown Los Angeles, CA, for a celebration and fan rally before they head to Las Vegas for their respective bouts on the undercard of Floyd “Money” Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley on May 1 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Fiesta Broadway is a free admission event. Come meet and take pictures with the fighters, win fight merchandise, autographed gloves and much more.
Wilfredo Bones 124 vs. Francisco Rodríguez 125
Jonathan Vidal 117.5 vs. Robert Daluz 122
Juan Herrera 116 vs. Christian Fernández 118
Alvin Torres 127 vs.Luis Cuascut 125
Irvin Torres 133 vs. Nelson Casanova 130
John Figueroa 136 vs. Jorge L.Pérez 138
Luis Cosme 113 vs. Reynaldo Cintrón 112
Luis Braña 121 vs. Pedro Agosto 122
Moises Ríos 155 vs. Geraldo Adorno 155
Venue: Angel Luis “Cholo” Espada Coliseum, Salinas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc & H2 Entertainment
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By: Ellen Haley
The undercard weigh-in for this Saturday’s “Ring of Fire” boxing show was held at the Hilton Ontario Airport Hotel this afternoon. The Jr. Middleweight co-feature was supposed to be first on scale, however Alfredo Angulo failed to show at the scheduled report time. Rumors quickly began circulating about Angulo being overweight. Members of Angulo’s camp present at the weigh in claimed he was stuck in traffic.
After waiting more than 1 hour the commission allowed the rest of the undercard to weigh in. While waiting, Joel Julio calmly passed the time talking with his camp. Angulo showed up 1-3/4 hours late.
Somber looking, Angulo was first on the scale, coming in at 153.75 lbs. Joel Julio, looking amazingly fit, weighed in at 153.25 lbs. Anthony Hamm, Julio’s trainer, joyously cried out “And that’s without missing one meal!”
The California Boxing Commission fined Angulo $15,000 for being late to the weigh-in. It was agreed by all parties that the fine money would be paid to Joel Julio.
The Julio – Angulo fight is the co-feature fight on HBO’s Boxing After Dark show this Saturday, April 24, 11:15pm ET/PT.
By Robert Coster
Ramon Ayala 135 vs. Javier Prieto 135
Juan Antonio Rodriguez 125 vs. Santos Medrano 126
Giovanni Caro 121 vs. Adolfo Ramos 121.5
Carlos Cardenas 129 vs. Rafael Urias 132
(Urias did not make required weight and cannot win the title)
Alfredo Angulo 153.75 vs. Joel Julio 153.25
Rico Ramos 123 vs. Reynaldo Lopez 122
John Molina Jr. 135.75 vs. Jose Antonio Izquierdo 136.5
Chris Avalos 118 vs. John Molina 117.75
Nate James 229 vs. Alvaro Morales 293
Marquise Bruce 153 vs. Raul Rodriguez 154
Joe Hanks 239 vs. Marcus Dickerson 221
Natu Visinia 273 vs. Geovanni Sarran 236.5
From the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif., for tomorrow night’s WEC card. This card will air live on Pay-Per-View 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to see live Aldo vs Faber preliminary bouts between Alex Karalexis and Anthony Pettis and Chan Sung Jung and Leonard Garcia.
Jose Aldo 145 vs Urijah Faber 144.5
Ben Henderson 155 vs Donald Cerrone 154.5
Mike Brown 146 vs Manny Gamburyan 146
Anthony Njokuani 156 vs Shane Roller 155.5
Antonio Banuelos 136 vs Scott Jorgensen 136
Anthony Pettis 155.5 vs Alex Karalexis 156
Chan Sung Jung 145.5 vs Leonard Garcia 145
Demetrious Johnson 135 vs Brad Pickett 135.5
Anthony Morrison 145 vs Chad Mendes 145.5
Rani Yahya 136 vs Takeya Mizugaki 134.5
Tyler Toner 145.5 vs Brandon Visher 144.5
Damien St.Pierre at the scale
Fred Kassi 240 vs *Kendrick Releford
Justin Verdin 179 vs Anthony Doughty 178
Marcus McDaniel 163 vs Billy Cunningham 163
David Hill 134 vs Aubrey Norris 133
Jamond Bourgieous 157 vs Josh Thorpe 160
*Releford will weigh later
Venue: Hollywood Casino, Bay St Louis, MS
Promoter: Les Bonano’s Brawlin N Nawlins
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Unbeaten welterweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (21-0-1, 15 KOs), who was scheduled to headline the May 1 “Top Rank Live” card in Culiacan, Mexico, has suffered an injury and his next bout will now be rescheduled. The Fox Sports Espanol telecast will now take place in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, with a main event featuring former WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (32-11, 22 KOs) against Jean Piero Perez (14-3-1, 10 KOs) in a ten rounder. Rojas is returning from a December 2009 world championship loss to Vic Darchinyan. The co-feature is a WBC super lightweight Youth championship ten-rounder between Jose Pinzon (16-0-1, 10 KOs) and Jaime ‘El Indio’ Barboza (14-3, 5 KOs).
By Alexey Sukachev
European super bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe (21-1, 9 KOs) accomplished a successful move onto the world scene with a spirited come-from-behind kayo of Mexican guest Victor Terrazas (now 25-2-1, 13 KOs) in an official WBC final eliminator on Friday night at the Skydome in Coventry, England. Munroe (ranked WBC #1, WBA #3 and IBF #7) felt himself uncomfortable from the beginning of the fight. On the other hand, WBC #3 and WBA #4 Mexican has been gradually taking the control of the fight. Terrazas was just a bit more active in the first couple of rounds by boxing from distance and peppering British southpaw with his sharp jab. Round three was in Terrazas’ favour even more do comfortably and he continued to trouble Munroe in the fourth despite a huge blow behind the back of his head late in the stanza. The pattern turned around drastically in the fifth, when seemingly awaken Munroe started to bring war to his Mexican opponent. As soon as the fight went into close quarters, it was all Munroe who dominated his foe in impressive fashion. In the sixth stanza, Terrazas was forced to check up the ropes with his back all round long. Munroe was relentless with his fierce left hooks and right uppercuts. The Mexican tried to come back to boxing’s basics in the sevent but he was outfought by the Brit again. Round eight resembled the sixth round and was fought mostly at the ropes. It looked like inexperienced Mecixan had just nothing left in his tank. This thought proved to be the case in the ninth and (not suddenly) the last round of the fight. Munroe once again trapped Victor at the ropes and unleashed another series, culminating in the left hook over the liver to the midsection of the right side of Mexican’s body. Down he went and was unable to beat the count of ten issued by referee John Keane. Time was 0:57. Next for Munroe will be a showdown against WBC champion Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. (more…)
Jorge “Travieso” Arce 119 vs. Cecilio “Boga” Santos 119
Miguel Beltrán 130.9 vs. Joksan Hernández 130.9
Alonso López 113.3 vs. Misael Marciel Juárez 113.3
Francisco Vargas 130 vs. Mario Cruz 131.1
Adrián Young 126.9 vs. Alfreo Montaño 126.9
Sergio Torres 135.5 vs. César Martínez 134.4
David Sánchez 119 vs. José Tamayo 119
Luis Lugo 126.9 vs. Edgar Martínez 126.9
Roberto Manzanares 111.3 vs. Jairo Miranda 110
Marcos Cárdenas 120.81 vs. Saúl Hermosillo 120.81
Fernando Ramos 113 vs. Oscar Quezada 113
Venue: Centro de Usos Multiples, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank/Zanfer
TV: Fox Sports, TV Azteca
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