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By Karl Freitag
In a highly charged rematch, WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #2 rated Domenico Spada (30-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. This time, Zbik was too mobile, too fast and too well schooled for the wild and aggressive Spada. The champion was cut over the left eye and on the bridge of the nose by head clashes in round four (Spada was deducted a point under WBC rules). However, Spada slowed down in the second half of the fight and Zbik dominated down the stretch to win 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. All questions left after the first Zbik-Spada fight were answered tonight.
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (38-2, 23 KOs) retained his world title with a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten and very game WBO #2 rated Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-1, 7 KOs). After a rousing start, Stieglitz amped up the pressure and Gutknecht responded, resulting in some excellent exchanges. As the bout progressed, however, the champion’s pressure began to take its toll as Stieglitz forged ahead, although the challenger had his moments. Both were still giving their all in the championship rounds with Stieglitz trying hard for the late KO. In the end, Stieglitz prevailed by scores of 119-108, 117-111, 117-110. Great fight! For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
One of the hottest and fastest rising featherweight contenders, Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his brother former junior lightweight champ Robert Garcia and father Eduardo Garcia, has just been added to Latin Fury 14, which features the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The undefeated Garcia will defend his USBA featherweight title for the first time in 10 round bout on Saturday, May 8th against an opponent yet to be determined and will open up the televised portion of the pay-per-view event. For more details and photos click here…
In a yet another historic event for the boxing world, members of the Boxing Promoters Association met with the four major sanctioning bodies (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO) today in Atlantic City, NJ, to discuss the current state of boxing and to continue to develop ways to better the sport. The first report is that significant progress for the future of the sport was made during the meeting. There will be more detailed information, including some major announcements made next week. In attendance was BPA President and board member Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing, fellow board member Artie Pelullo of Banner Promotions, Marian Muhammad (IBF), Larry Hazzard Sr. (IBF), Mauricio Sulaiman (WBC), and Francisco Valcarcel (WBO).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The boxing event planned for May 15 in La Guaira, Venezuela headlined by the WBA lightweight world championship bout between world champ Paulus Moses and interim titlist Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta looks to be a no-go. Sources report that the card was kayoed by the short time frame and some issues with the National Boxing Commission. Don King Productions had won a WBA purse bid to promote Moses-Acosta. The bout will now be rescheduled.
Golden Boy Promotions partner Bernard Hopkins didn’t discuss his current status with the company during an appearance on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” saying only that he’ll fight anyone from 168 to 175. “If they can put me in retirement, let’s go.” The 45-year-old The Executioner, recently stated that he’s not retiring and he’d consider fighting for another promoter if necessary after Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer publicly urged B-Hop to consider retirement after his bout with Roy Jones Jr.
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero earned an impressive second round TKO victory over Chicago’s Michael Walker in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday night on SHOWTIME from the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Fighting in front of a packed hometown crowd, Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) displayed the type of energy and power that has made him such a coveted prospect in the stacked middleweight division. The southpaw came out swinging, drilling Walker (19-4, 12 KOs) with repeated shots against the ropes to close out the first round. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego from Mpumalanga retained his South African junior middleweight title for the first time when he stopped the inexperienced Johannes Salie of Paarl in the second round at the Witbank Civic Centre on Friday night. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero (18-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Michael Walker (19-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. The WBO #12 rated Guerrero got the stoppage after a long series of unanswered punches. Time was 1:49. For more details and photos click here…
WBC #14 heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (34-2, 22 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over Owen Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) in a battle of former heavyweight title challengers on Friday night at the Omni New Daisy Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. The 38-year-old Thompson simply battered Beck until Beck’s corner threw in the towel. Time was 2:50.
In a clash of undefeated lightweights, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABO title. Lundy dropped Hendrix twice in round one. The first knockdown should have been ruled a double knockdown, but only Lundy got credit. Lundy floored Hendrix again in round six and went on to win by scores of 98-90, 100-88, 99-88.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Lanard Lane (12-0, 7 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over faded 41-year-old veteran John Brown (24-18-2, 11 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. Brown has challenged for IBF world titles four times, but only has one victory in the last nine years.
Yahya McClain 192 vs. Jason Robinson 199.6
Venue: Wild Bill’s, Atlanta, Georgia
Promoter: Absolute Promotions
The Timothy Bradley vs. Marcos Maidana fight has been rescheduled for July 17TH at THE SHOW at Agua Caliente Casino, Resort, Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. A press conference with the fighters is scheduled for May 4th. Tickets will go on sale to the public at 10am, May 8th. Tickets are $200, $175, $150, $100, $55 and are available at the casino box office, online at HotWaterCasino.com/TheShow or by calling 800.585.3737.
By Alexey Sukachev
In a twelve-round crowd-pleasing brawl, which kept the audience up on their feet, Ricky Hatton-promoted welterweight Denton Vassell (15-0, 8 KOs) got the victory of his career so far with a close but well-deserved unanimous decision over Lee Purdy (13-2-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at Robin Park Centre in Wigan, England. Click here for more photos…
World ranked and unbeaten contender Justin Savi (24-0, 16 KOs) of Benin (located in West Africa) stopped former world title challenger Frenchman Cyril Thomas (36-4-4, 10 KOs) in round seven of their featherweight main event. The bout took place at the Palais des Sports, in Saint-Quentin, Aisne, France. Savi dominated the fight including scoring a second round knockdown. The bout ended when Thomas didn’t answer the bell for round eight.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It costs Renan St-Juste (20-1-1 13KO) a lot every time he takes on a fight, but the powerful middleweight hopes the dividends are huge Saturday as he returns to the ring in the first time in over a year against the upset minded Dionisio Miranda (20-5-2 18KO) at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The hammer fisted southpaw who owns his own gym just east of Montreal is forced to find extra help to run things in the gym when he is training for a fight, but as the soon to be 38-year-old closes in a title shot or a big money fight, he knows the clock is ticking. “I don’t know exactly where a win will put me,” said the WBA #8 contender, “But no more stupid fights. If they have no plans for me I’ll walk and retire. I want them to give me something. Everyone has had a chance, I just want them to give me mine.” (More)
Kelly Pavlik 159.5 vs Sergio Martinez 159.5
(WBC/WBO middleweight championship)
Dominic Guinn 229.5 vs.Terrell Nelson 252
Jeremy Bryan 142 vs. Vincent Arroyo 142
Delray Raines 157 vs. Ronald Hearns 155
Chris Hazimihalis 136 vs. Ramon Ellis 138
Hector Munoz 146 vs. Mike Jones 146
Josh Snyder 159.5 vs. Matt Korobov 160
James Winchester 153.5 vs. Glen Tapia 152
Randy Campbell 167 vs. Mike Tiberi 168.5
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Top Rank
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Lucian Bute 167.2 vs. Edison Miranda 167
(IBF super middleweight world title)
Renan St-Juste 159.2 vs. Dionisio Miranda 159.7
(NABA & WBC Continental Americas middleweight title)
Pier-Olivier Cote 134.8 vs. Hugo Pacheco 133.5
Sebatien Gauthier 121.6 vs. Jayson Hayward 121.4
Francy N’Tetu 171.9 vs. Juan Sanchez 171.3
Nathalie Forget 122.8 vs. Dominga M Olivo 124.6
Venue: Bell Centre
Promoter: Interbox (w/ Goosen Tutor/Warriors)
Television: HBO (PPV Canada)
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Promoter Ulf Steinforth sees WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) as a clear favorite in Saturday’s world title defense against unbeaten Universum boxer Eduard Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs). “Robert has been with me for nearly ten years and his development parallels that of our SES boxing stable. Since our inception 10 years ago, we have worked continuously to advance. Four world champions speak for themselves. Robert Stieglitz came to me as a ‘young bird’ with good abilities and with hard work, willingness to learn and great fights he’s won the world championship. Now he’s my stable’s falcon – strong, fast, patiently waiting and he punches at just the right moment. A falcon in the ring, and once he catches his prey he doesn’t let go. He’ll prove this against Gutknecht and retain his championship belt in his second title defense!” The bout takes place Saturday at the famous Bordelandhalle Hall in Magdeburg, where hometown favorite Stieglitz has fought many times before. It will be the seventh time two Germans have fought each other for a world title.
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero will put his undefeated record on the line against Michael Walker of Chicago in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. In an exciting co-feature, promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, will face hard-hitting Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight eight-round tussle. (more…)
Kalle Sauerland has confirmed that the Super Six World Boxing Classic Clash between WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Carl Froch and Danish hero Mikkel Kessler (April 24) will go ahead as planned despite multiple airspace closures throughout Europe. The “Cobra” was scheduled to fly from Great Britain to Denmark tomorrow, but with most of the European airports shut down until further notice, he might be forced to make different arrangements. “We will make sure the Cobra gets to Herning in good time to fight Mikkel,” Kesslers promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “The Volcano cannot serve as an excuse for Froch not to show up. Nothing can prevent the biggest boxing fight in Danish history from happening. We are already looking into different ways of transportation. Should need be, we will fly Froch in by helicopter for Mikkel to knock him out. He can then take the boat back home – once Mikkel is done with him, I doubt he will be allowed on a normal plane anyway.” (more…)
Sebastian Zbik 160 vs. Domenico Spada 159
(WBC interim middleweight championship)
Robert Stieglitz 167 vs. Eduard Gutknecht 168
(WBO super middleweight championship)
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128 vs. Emiliano Salvini 129
Pal Bedak 112 vs. Edgar Jimenez 113
Rachim Tschachkijew 202 vs. Rene Huebner 199
Mateusz Masternak TBA vs. Marco Heinichen 199
Christina Hammer 160 vs. Patricia Braesick TBA
Venue: Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany
TV: ZDF (Germany)
By Jose E. Santiago
On Saturday night Yahya McClain will hope to be one step closer to what he feels is his destiny; a cruiserweight championship at the age of 42. Unlike older fighters that stick around well beyond their best days, McClain’s comeback is different from the run of the mill “old” fighter trying to relive his glory days. After losing a unanimous decision at the hands of Ramon Garbey in ’99 and interested in other things outside of boxing, McClain prematurely decided to hang it up with a decent record of 23-7-2, 17 KOs and walked away from competing. “I got caught with a left hook in the first round of that fight and I just decided to survive and walk away unscathed. At the time I was looking into acting and had an audition lined up. Realizing that a tough fight with Garbey could possibly ruin my opportunity to be in a film I simply decided that night that it was time to stop fighting and pursue other things that I wanted to accomplish in life,” said McClain. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions has added four world class prospects, Mikael Zewski, Terence Crawford, J’Leon Love and Michael Finney, to the action packed “May Mayhem” professional boxing event set for Saturday, May 1st at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. (more…)
A scheduled April 24th bout which has fans of heavyweight boxing buzzing for months will now have added significance with the unfortunate tragedy which befell the home country of one of its competitors.
Poland’s Tomasz “Goral” Adamek, who will be defending his IBF International Heavyweight Title against the heavy-handed, top-rated contender and local hero Cristobal “The Nightmare” Arreola in the HBO “Boxing After Dark” telecast of the “RING OF FIRE” main event at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California, will pay tribute to 96 of his fellow countrymen who perished in a horrific plane crash in Western Russia on April 10th. (more…)
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After just 18 professional fights, unbeaten WBO #2 super middleweight Eddy Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs) finds himself in his first world title fight on Saturday night against WBO champion Robert Stieglitz (37-2, 23 KOs) at Bordelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. The 28-year-old Gutknecht earned his title shot by upsetting former champion Karoly Balzsay, the same man whom Stieglitz dethroned for the world title. When asked about facing Stieglitz, Gutknecht said “He has many strengths. He’s always moving forward like a machine firing a lot of shots. You get the impression that he gets stronger as the rounds go on. We’ve already seen in his fights that he’s a hard puncher. But that doesn’t make me nervous. I can deal with that and punch myself. I’ve been well prepared by my trainer Magomed Schaburov. I couldn’t have done more. I want to take the belt home with me. I know I have what it takes.”
Top Rank will officially unveil its original webcast series, TRLivestream, at 3 PM EST/12 PM PST on Friday, April 16, with a live broadcast from Atlantic City, N.J., of the weigh-ins for the Kelly Pavlik-Sergio Martinez championship bout. Then, beginning at 6:55 PM EST/4:55 PST on Saturday, April 17, Top Rank will air four non-televised undercard bouts from the Pavlik- Martinez fight. Both events will air exclusively on www.TopRank.com/TRLivestream.
The inaugural edition of Top Rank’s TRLivestream series will provide with wall-to- wall coverage of the weigh-ins for the Pavlik-Martinez bout, including all of the undercard fighters, and culminating with speedy Argentine challenger Sergio Martinez and defending middleweight king and the fighting pride of Youngstown, Ohio, Kelly Pavlik, stepping on the scales.
The following day, on Saturday, April 17, fans can whet their appetites for the main event, which airs at 10 PM EST on HBO, by watching all four non-televised bouts on the Pavlik- Martinez undercard live from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The fights include a 6- round contest between super welterweights Delray Raines (17-7-1, 12 KOs) and Ronald Hearns (23-1, 8 KOs) and heavyweights Dominic Guinn (32-6-1, 21 KOs) and Terrell Nelson (8-9, 5 KOs) in an 8-round battle.
By Francisco Salazar at Ringside; Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Former world title challenger David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) dominated welterweight prospect Orlando Lora (26-1-1, 18 KOs) for eight rounds until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the contest due to the recommendation of the ringside physician in front of a near-sell out, boisterous crowd last Friday at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (More)
Undefeated middleweight prospect and hometown favorite Fernando Guerrero weighed in at 160 pounds and Chicago’s Michael Walker tipped the scales at 161 during Thursday’s weigh in at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, Md. Guerrero (17-0, 14 KOs) will put his undefeated record on the line against Walker (19-3, 12 KOs) in a 10-round bout in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME ® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (13-0, 10 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, measured 150 ½ pounds. Hard-hitting Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-4, 16 KOs) did not make the contracted weight and will weigh in tomorrow at 9 a.m. ET. The two will square off in a junior middleweight eight-round co-feature fight on SHOWTIME. Click here for more plus more photos.
Photos: Scott Foster
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former WBO champ Carlos Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) and WBA junior featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-2, 23 KOs) moved up to featherweight to dominate previously unbeaten WBA #2 contender Daud Yordan (25-1, 19 KOs) last Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Click here for giant photo gallery.
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