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Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Hopkins preps for retirement and Smith

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Bernard Hopkins, 55-7-2, 32 KOs, held an open media workout Monday ...

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WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

WBC #8 Ogawa keeps Japanese 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda Hard-punching prospect, WBC#8/IBF#4/WBO#11 Kenichi Ogawa (20-1, 16 KOs), 129.75, successfully retained his national belt when he decked an ...

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Saunders beats Akavov in ‘terrible’ performance

Saunders beats Akavov in 'terrible' performance

Photos: Sumio Yamada Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders (24-0, 12 KOs) won an uninspiring twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #10 ...

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Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

Toka Kahn-Clary destroys Mario Macias

By Jason Marchetti Photos: Emily Harney In the co-main event at Twin River Casino, Toka Kahn-Clary (20-1, 14 KO’s) KO’d Mexican journeyman Mario Macias ...

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Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Farmer ready for Lomachenko and anyone else

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. – dcobbjr.com Fast-rising Philly junior lightweight Tevin Farmer, 23-4-1, 5 KOs, returns to ...

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UFC

Dana has the final say on Fight Night London

Watch Dana White recap Fight Night London, which featured the return of Anderson Silva and ultimately the biggest win of Michael Bisping’s career in front of his home crowd . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Commey vacates C’wealth belt, targets Barthelemy

Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (23-0, 21 KOs) has decided to vacate his Commonwealth title in order to focus on a world title challenge. The 28-year-old from Accra claimed the Commonwealth strap with a unanimous points decision over Gary Buckland in July 2014 and has since defended it with the seventh-round stoppage of Thompson Mokwana in March 2015. “It has been a great honor to hold the Commonwealth title,” said Commey. “Winning the belt against Gary Buckland was one of the proudest moments of my career, and after adding the IBF Intercontinental title to the Commonwealth, I was hoping for more challengers to come forward to face me. Unfortunately this didn’t happen, but in vacating both titles it has left the way open for me to realise my dream of fighting for a world title.” Commey is currently mandatory challenger for the IBF World title, and welcomes a fight with the reigning champion Rances Barthelemy.



March 1st, 2016


Boxing News

WBC Francophone ratings as of March 2016

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On February 5 at the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon, France, French Oktay Takalak, now 15-0-0, won a unanimous decision against Mikael Mkrtchyan, now 15-1-0, to win the vacant featherweight title in a fierce battle between 2 unbeaten boxers.

The fight was promoted by Saadi Mechiche of Lyon Boxe and shown live on Ma Chaine Sport in France. Pierre Demarteau did the excellent matchmaking.


Upcoming bouts:

March 5, Corbeil-Essones (France)
Islam Teffahi (Tunisia/Belgium) versus Karim Merroudj (France)
Voluntary defence superwelterweight title.

March 12, Levallois (France)
Franck Petitjean (France) versus Jean Pierre “Junior” Bauwens (Belgium)
Vacant superlightweight title

March 27, Toulon (France)
Faisal Ibnel Arrami (Tunisia/France) versus Eric Martel Bahoeli (Canada)
Vacant heavyweight title

Fights scheduled for April and June will be soon announced.

The full set of WBC Francophone ratings can be found via the below link. Bookmark it now as the latest version will always be available via this link.

ACTUAL WBC FRANCOPHONE RATINGS



March 1st, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Notes

Jeter Promotions has been licensed in the state of Pennsylvania to begin promoting boxing events. Pennsylvania joins Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and the District of Colombia as states that the company has acquired licenses. Their first card in the state will be May 14 in York at the Hanover National Guard Armory, headlined by local fighter Steve Weimer.

GH3 Promotions has signing of undefeated super middleweight Ronald Ellis (12-0-1, 10 KOs) to a promotional contract. On February 19th, he fought a spirited draw with Jerry Odom on ShoBox. Ellis is trained by Wali Moses and managed by Sheer Sports Management.



February 29th, 2016


Boxing News

Cruz-Koasicha tops Friday’s Telemundo card

“Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” continues its spring season this Friday at the A La Carte Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, world ranked contender and NABO junior lightweight champion Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (22-4-1, 11 KOs) from Puerto Rico defends his title against Mexican domestic champion and former world title challenger Romulo Koasicha (25-5, 15 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten rounds with Cruz’ belt on the line.

Cruz arrived in Florida last Friday and was a special guest at the Boxeo Telemundo season opener in Palm Bay, FL. He will also participate this Wednesday on various Telemundo shows including Titulares y Mas at 11:35 PM. Koasicha’s team will arrive to Tampa on Wednesday. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Broner: Mayweather is gone, everyone else is too boring, so I’m taking over the sport

Photo: Stephanie Trapp/Mayweather Promotions

WBA super lightweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner and challenger Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane hosted a press conference at the W Hotel in Washington, D.C. to announce their world title showdown on Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on Spike taking place April 1 at the D.C. Armory. Mayweather Promotions President Floyd Mayweather was also on-hand.

Here is what the participants had to say Monday:

Adrien Broner: “This is really a big fight for me. I know that Ashley Theophane is going to come to fight, because he has something to prove. He’s going to try to take my world title. A lot of people told me I wouldn’t be here. I come from nothing. Like cereal and water nothing. I’m very fortunate to have someone like Floyd to look up to. I don’t want to be like Floyd though, I don’t want to be like any man. I admire him and respect him, but I’m creating my legacy.

“At the end of the day, Floyd and Ashley aren’t on my side. I’m against them. They’re coming to dethrone me. They’re my enemy right now and I’m going to beat Ashley down. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Margarito: I’m not coming back to lose

“I have prepared very well, I’m very motivated and I’m returning to boxing because I know that I can still compete at the highest level. I’m not coming back to lose,” said former world champion Antonio “The Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs), who returns to the ring Saturday night against Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (39-7-2, 23 KOs) in Mexico City. “I was heavy after four years to start boxing again, but I’m doing well, calm, happy, things have worked out well with a new coach (John Estrada). We’ve done things well and we’re going to go out with my arm raised.” The bout can be seen line in the U.S. on beIN SPORTS en Español.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Rocky Martinez travels to Mexico next Monday

WBO junior lightweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez will head to Mexico next week to complete his training for his defense against Mexican Miguel “El Alacran” Berchelt, to be held on Saturday, March 12, at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Martinez (29-2-3, 17 KOs), who is going to defend against Berchelt (28-1, 25 KOs) the belt he won with a unanimous decision over Orlando “Siri” Salido in April, 2015, will come out of Puerto Rico on Monday, March 7, at 7:25 am and will stop in Houston, Texas, arriving in Merida at night.

The three-time WBO monarch at 130 pounds, will be accompanied by trainers Raul “Papo” Torres and Freddy Trinidad, his physical trainer Felix Molina, his assistant Angel Rivera, and the Vice-President of his promotional company, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), Peter Rivera. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

UFC

McGregor doesn’t disappoint in verbal war with Diaz

Hundreds of fans lined up here early in the morning on the side of the UFC Gym building in searing 80-something degree temperatures with no relief from the sun . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Easter-Mendez added to Broner-Theophane card

Unbeaten rising star Robert Easter Jr. (16-0, 13 KO) will take on former world champion Algenis Mendez (23-3-1, 13 KOs) in a lightweight attraction on the undercard of four-division world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner 140lb title defense against Ashley “The Treasure” Theophane on April 1 at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. The event will also feature local talent including Gervonta “The One” Davis (14-0, 13 KOs) battling Mexico’s Guillero Avila (15-5, 12 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight bout, plus Anthony Peterson (36-1, 24 KOs), Kareem Martin (7-0-1, 3 KOs), Patrick Harris (8-0, 5 KOs) and Demond Nicholson (16-1, 16 KOs) in separate bouts. A full undercard will be announced in the coming weeks. The main fights will be televised on Spike TV.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Canelo-Khan London Press Conference

Photos: Martin McNeil – Hogan Photos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight world champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and former two-time world champion Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) today kicked off their three-city international press tour in London at the Park Plaza Riverbank London Hotel to discuss their upcoming May 7 PPV showdown at the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The fighters met on Khan’s hometown turf for the first press conference of the tour, which was preceded by a photo tour of London’s most famous landmarks for the two fighters on Sunday, Feb. 28. Canelo and Khan will travel next to The Hard Rock Café in New York City on March 1 and end their press tour in Los Angeles at the Five Tower Stage at Universal City Walk on March 2. All events are open to the public.

Below is what the fighters, their teams and promoter had to say at the press conference:

Canelo Alvarez: “It’s my first time in London and I’ve had a lot of support from the fans and the media. Amir Khan is a great fighter and this will be a great fight. Come May 7th, this will be a fantastic event. We want to put a great fight on for the fans.”

Amir “King” Khan: “When I was 17 and in the Olympics I was an underdog – no one gave me a chance of winning a medal. Everyone thought I was going to lose then. This is what this feels like now. Alvarez is a dangerous fighter. People keep asking me why I want to fight this big fighter. I really believe I can win in this fight. What will win this fight is speed; determination and skill. My dream has always been to fight the best and test myself and in Canelo I’m facing just that.” (more…)



February 29th, 2016

UFC

Bisping praises Silva after signature win in London

Michael Bisping praised Anderson Silva in the Octagon after defeating the legendary “Spider” by unanimous decision at Fight Night London. Bisping survived after suffering a third-round flying knee and earned the signature win of his career . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Sulaiman, De la Hoya, Gomez and Canelo in London

Roundtable with Mauricio Sulaiman, Oscar de la Hoya, Eric Gomez and Canelo Alvarez, prior to today’s press conference in London.

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Photo courtesy Golden Boy Promotions



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

WBO champ Flanagan vows to stop Mathews

WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (29-0, 12 KOs) predicts his rematch with WBO #11 rated domestic rival Derry Mathews (38-9-2, 20 KOs) won’t be going the distance. They previously fought in a three round “Prizefighter” tournament bout with Flanagan winning a decision. On March 12, they are scheduled for twelve at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.

“Derry is kidding himself if he thinks he’s getting his hands on my world title…Derry won’t be lasting the full twelve rounds with me that’s for sure. You’ll see on the night who the true champion is and that’s me,” said Flanagan. “I’m fitter, faster and stronger than last time we met. I’ve got too much for Derry to handle and there’s no way he’ll stand to my big punches. I’m the younger and hungrier fighter and on the night I’ll be too quick for him.”

Terry Flanagan vs. Derry Mathews for the WBO World Lightweight Championship headlines the show that also features Guillermo Rigondeaux, taking on local hero Jazza Dickens.



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

David Haye Q&A with Amir Khan

Amir Khan paid a visit to the Hayemaker gym last night and conducted a 15 min Q&A with David Haye via Facebook Mentions ahead of his press conference with Canelo Alvarez in London today. Khan talks about how he plans to defeat Canelo and Haye talks about how the little man can beat the big man with a fascinating insight on how speed and technique of punching, and evading punches, will be key.

Surprise guest!

Posted by David Haye on Sunday, February 28, 2016



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Paulie Ayala’s Punching Out Parkinson’s Fundraiser

By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Emerico Perez

A room full of “champions” packed The Ashton Depot, a historic railroad station turned event venue in Fort Worth, Texas Saturday night as former 2X World Champion Paulie Ayala hosted his 4th Annual Punching Out Parkinson’s fundraiser. These were not champions of the ring, like the ones being highlighted on Showtime and HBO about the same time, but individuals fighting a much bigger fight. Champions are what Ayala affectionately refers to his almost 100 patients fighting the despicable disease of Parkinson’s.

What’s astounding is none of these individuals ever took a punch for pay let alone fought for 30 years like Ayala did, from a standout amateur to a world champion. These were everyday folk’s just living life until one day their world changed forever. The disease is so mischievous it has “no respect for people,” as Ayala stated recently, even a NASA astronaut can suffer from it, as last night’s key note speaker Rich Clifford described that reality when diagnosed during his space travels. (more…)



February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Carl Frampton ready to move on to “bigger and better things” after win over Scott Quigg

Frampton-Quigg: Not the slugfest we hoped for

Olympic professional plan “preposterous” says former champ Lennox Lewis

Amir Khan deserves respect for jumping up two weight classes to fight Canelo, says Carl Froch

 



February 29th, 2016

UFC

Holly Holm breaks down her rival ahead of UFC 196

Holly Holm shocked the world when she became just UFC’s second ever women’s bantamweight champion after defeating Ronda Rousey. Holm looks to make her first title defense on Mar. 5 live on Pay-Per-View against Miesha Tate . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 29th, 2016

Boxing News

Photos: Canelo-Khan Tour Hits London

Photos: Martin McNeil – HoganPhotos/Golden Boy

WBC middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs) and Amir “King” Khan (31-3, 19 KOs) took time on Sunday, Feb. 28 to kick off their press conference tour week visiting some of London’s most recognizable landmarks. The fighters posed for photos alongside their teams at the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, The Shard, London Bridge, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Oxo Tower, London Eye and Westminster-House of Parliament. Khan, who held the WBA super lightweight world title from 2009 to 2011, looked comparable in size to Canelo.

The press tour will continue for the fighters with a press conference at The Park Plaza Riverbank London on Monday, Feb. 29. The tour will move on to New York on Tuesday, March 1 at the Hard Rock Cafe’s Live Venue in Times Square and will finish off at the Five Tower Stage at Universal City Walk Hollywood on Wednesday, March 2. All events are open to the public.

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February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Huck wants rematch with Glowacki

After beating Ola Afolabi for the third time, cruiserweight Marco Huck wants a rematch with WBO champion Krzysztof Glowacki, who dethroned him by eleventh round KO last August in Newark, NJ. “I really wanted to fight immediately against [Glowacki],” said Huck in the ring, “and now more than ever. My brother Kenan (from Huck Promotions) offered him a bag of money, but he didn’t want it.”

Huck blames the loss to Glowacki on training in 100+ degree temperatures in Las Vegas. “I’m back again and it’s an indescribable feeling. When I’ve trained well, no one can beat me.”



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split / Quigg: Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier

WBA/IBF 122-pound world champion Carl Frampton and former world titlist Scott Quigg comments following their unification clash on Saturday in Manchester, England.

Carl Frampton: I couldn’t believe it was a split. I don’t know what that lad (judge Levi Martinez) was watching, but as long as I got my hand raised at the end of the fight, that’s the main thing. We have a great rivalry, and it was a great fight at the end. The start wasn’t great, but of course I would do it again. I’m happy to campaign at super bantamweight, but if a big fight comes calling at featherweight – Santa Cruz, Selby, any of these guys – I’m ready for them.

Scott Quigg: I felt comfortable. The judges must have been counting his punches as scoring, but I thought I was blocking them. I should have started faster. I felt comfortable and I thought I was winning the rounds because he wasn’t winning clear. I’m not going to complain. I want a rematch. Maybe next time I’ll start a bit earlier.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

No movement on Fury-Klitschko rematch

WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury told Sky Sports on Saturday that not only is there no news on his next fight, he can’t even confirm that he will go through with his contractually obligated rematch with former champ Wladimir Klitschko.

“I have no idea when the next fight is,” said Fury. “I don’t know who it’s going to be, no idea, so that is a bit of an update for everybody…I have no confirmation on if it’s going to be Klitschko, Fred Flintstone or Batman. I have no idea.”



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Barnett Scores Eighth-Round Knockout Over Attah In DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Wallace Barron

The last time Ty Barnett fought in the Washington Convention Center in his hometown of Washington, DC, he was knocked out by a ring-worn veteran in the ninth round in May of 2014.

Saturday night, in the very same hall of the Convention Center against another grizzled boxer, Barnett had much better success scoring an eighth-round TKO over former world title challenger Daniel “The Prophet” Attah of DC by way of Nigeria in front of a sellout crowd. The bout was the main event of a Kings Promotions card.

Both men fought a tactical bout in the first three rounds as Barnett looked to land his left jab and straight right hand while Attah attempted to drop power shots with his left hand. Eventually, Barnett wore down Attah and finally found a home for his right hand which dropped Attah to the canvas early in the eighth round. Barnett would finish the job with another right late in the round forcing referee Joe Cooper to stop the bout at 2:46 of the round. Barnett is now 23-4-1, 15 KO’s while Attah has now lost nine in a row and he is 28-22-1, 11 KO’s. (more…)



February 28th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London talking points and post-fight

One of the many storylines going into the fight between Michael Bisping and Anderson Silva was that, despite the pairing being an anticipated matchup, it was happening a few years too late . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also Post-fight & Bonus recap

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February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz: I’m ready for whoever / Ruiz: I was very prepared to knock him out

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz, his challenger Kiko Martinez, and newly crowned WBC super bantamweight world champion Hugo Ruiz comment on their fights. Julio Ceja was unavailable after being taken to a local hospital to treat a fractured ankle.

Leo Santa Cruz: He was ready and he brought it on. The fans love it when two fighters go toe-to-toe and that’s what we did tonight. I wanted to give the fans a great fight. We went toe-to-toe, and he’s a tough fighter. I knew I could hurt him with a right hand. He’s a fighter and when he’s knocked down he going to come back. In the fifth round I knew I had to finish him off and I did. I wanted to throw as many punches as I can so the fans could get a good show.

I’m up for anyone. I want the rematch with (Abner) Mares. I’m ready for whoever whenever they are ready and when my teams says I’m ready.

Kiko Martinez: I want to thank Leo Santa Cruz for being a great fighter. He was really game tonight. I feel alright. The second round I was getting looser and I was starting to feel much better. He started to move a lot and he broke my strategy and he fought a great fight.

Hugo Ruiz: I was very prepared to knock him out, but I was prepared to go 12 rounds tonight also if I had to. I was happy to knock him out in the first round. We came very prepared for this fight. Ceja is a very good fighter and I know he’ll come back. I’m looking for the best fighters and the best money out there.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford: He was tough early, but once I got him I got him

By John DiSanto/Philly Boxing History

After their championship bout in New York City, WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence Crawford and challenger Hank Lundy commented on their fight.

Terence Crawford: He came out really strong. He had good timing, good rhythm. It surprised me how strong he came out. It took me a while to figure him out. I had to get his timing and rhythm down before I could get to work. It took me three or four rounds to figure him out. He was tough early, but once I got him I got him.

Lundy and I have been going back and forth on Twitter for about a year. A lot of personal stuff. I just wanted to shut him up at last. He said I wasn’t that good and that I was scared of him. He said he was going to knock me out. Then he talked (bad) about Omaha. Boxing is a sport where great fighters come from all parts of the world, even Omaha.

Hank Lundy: His height didn’t really bother me much. I’ve been used to fighting guys 5′ 11″. I felt I was starting to close the distance better. He caught me with a shot on the top of my head. It threw my equilibrium off and I couldn’t recover. It was a good shot. It is what it is, but I didn’t think the fight should have been stopped. I wanted to go out on my shield.



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Potter outlasts Tuba again

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman

Martez “Punisher” Potter barely got by his year long nemesis Ahmed Tuba via majority six round decision in a super middleweight battle on JKJ Championship Promotions’ Searching for the Next Champion V at the Holiday Inn Ball Room in the Syracuse suburb of Liverpool, NY. A standing room only crowd of over a thousand partisan fans took in the seven bout card, featuring Upstate, NY locals taking on imports from in and out of the Empire State. (more…)



February 28th, 2016

Boxing News

Crawford stops Lundy in five to retain WBO junior welterweight world title

By John DiSanto and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Philadelphian “Hammering'” Henry Lundy (26-6-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lundy started fast and held his own against the champion over the first four rounds. However once Crawford, Omaha, warmed up, he began landing hard shots. Midway through the fifth, Crawford nailed Lundy with a left hook that had him wobbly. Lundy fought back but Crawford jumped right on him and scored a knockdown with a vicious barrage. Lundy beat the count, but Crawford was waiting.

When the action resumed, the champion stepped right in and hurt Lundy with another combination that trapped him in his own corner. With Lundy reeling, referee Steve Willis intervened to save Lundy. The time was 2:09 of round five.

At the time of the stoppage, one judge had the fight even after four rounds. The other two judges favored Crawford 4-0 in rounds.

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Unbeaten lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (20-0, 14 KOs) stripped Willian Silva’s (23-1, 14 KOs) undefeated record, defeating Silva over 10 rounds in a WBO Latino title bout. Verdejo constantly beat Silva to the punch, controlling the ring and pace of the fight while Silva was content to counterpunch and stay out of harm’s way. (more…)



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Santa Cruz halts Martinez in five; Ruiz destroys Ceja in one

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp / Showtime

WBA featherweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over former world champ Kiko “Sensación” Martinez (35-7, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Santa Cruz dropped Martinez twice in round one, but Martinez weathered the storm. The first knockdown came from an overhand right and counter right sent Martinez sprawling a second time. Santa Cruz went down in round two but referee Raul Caiz ruled it a slip, the champ then mixed it up working both inside and outside. The third round saw some brutal infighting with Martinez emerging with a cut below his right eye. Santa Cruz boxed as at a distance in round four as Martinez stalked the champ. The end came in round five when Santa Cruz backed Martinez to the ropes with a flurry of punches convincing referee Raul Caiz Sr. to stop the fight at 2:09.

Super bantamweight Hugo Ruiz (36-3, 32 KOs) needed just 51 seconds to dethrone WBC world champion Julio Ceja (30-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Ruiz dropped Ceja in round one with a right hand, then got a referee’s stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Ceja seemed to suffer an ankle injury when he was knocked down. The win avenges a fifth-round knockout loss to Ceja last August.

Dominican featherweight Claudio Marrero (20-1, 11 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Arellano (16-7-2, 4 KOs) of Ontario, California in a scheduled ten rounder. The southpaw Marrero was slick and aggressive, Arellano pressed forward early on. A short right hook to the head by Marrero knocked down Arellano in round three. Marrero worked Arellano on the inside in round four. The Dominican fighter stalked Arellano in the fifth round as he kept his distance. The sixth and final round saw Marrero back Arellano to the ropes. All three judges scored the bout 60-53.

Undefeated WBC #1 super bantamweight Rey Vargas (26-0, 21 KOs) of Guadalajara, Mexico, stopped Christian Esquivel (28-9, 21 KOs) in three rounds in a scheduled ten round bout. The taller Vargas used his distance and boxed early on, landing big punches. What appeared to be a low blow by Vargas in round two dropped Esquivel. Vargas continued his assault in round three and the Esquivel corner threw in the towel prompting referee Zachary Young to stop the fight at 1:01. (more…)



February 27th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London: Bisping Wins 5-Round Thriller Against Silva

Bloodied, battered, but unbowed, perennial middleweight contender Michael Bisping won the big one when it mattered most Saturday, scoring a razor-thin five-round unanimous decision over former middleweight champion Anderson Silva in the UFC Fight Night main event at the O2 Arena in London, England . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

See also main card coverage: Mousasi, Breese, Pickett take long road to victories

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Frampton outpoints Quigg to unify titles

Photos: Matchroom Boxing

IBF super bantamweight world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) retained his title and added the WBA belt of previously unbeaten Scott Quigg (32-1-2, 23 KOs) with a mostly lackluster twelve round split decision in their long-awaited unification showdown on Saturday night at Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Frampton mostly pressed the action while Quigg fought cautiously over the first nine rounds. A fight finally broke out in round ten with good two-way action. Quigg gained the upper hand in round eleven hurting Frampton, but it was too little, too late. Scores were 115-113 Quigg, 116-112 twice for Frampton.

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Huck stops Afolabi in comeback fight

By Karl Freitag

In the fourth encounter of their series, former cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 27 KOs) made it 3-0-1 against Ola Afolabi (22-5-4, 11 KOs) with a tenth round TKO on Saturday night at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.

In his first fight since losing his WBO world title by KO to Krzysztof Glowacki last August in Newark, NJ, Huck attacked relentlessly in spurts and the very tough Afolabi absorbed it all and fired back. By round seven, Afolabi’s left eye was swollen shut. Huck was deducted one point for punching after the bell in round nine by referee Jack Reiss. Afolabi didn’t come out for round eleven. Huck claimed Afolabi’s IBO belt.



February 27th, 2016

UFC

Fight Night London Prelims: Amirkhani Wins, Askham Impressive KO

After spectacular finishes in his first two UFC victories, featherweight prospect Makwan Amirkhani showed off his wrestling game in his third trip to the Octagon on Saturday, winning a three-round unanimous decision over Mike Wilkinson in a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the O2 Arena in London, England . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

McDonnell tops Sanchez in WBC eliminator

In a WBC title elimination clash between unbeaten super bantamweight contenders, WBC #9 Gavin McDonnell (15-0-2, 4 KOs) scored a dull twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #14 Jorge Sanchez (15-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. McDonnell dropped Sanchez in round two and outboxed him the rest of the way to win 119-108, 118-109, 118-110. McDonnell, who is the twin brother of WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell, also claimed the vacant WBC “silver” title with the victory.

Unbeaten bantamweight Ryan Burnett (13-0, 9 KOs) shut down Anthony Settoul (21-5, 8 KOs) over ten rounds to win 100-90, 100-89, 100-89.

In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Hosea Burton (15-0, 6 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Miles Shinkwin (12-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant British belt.

Unbeaten featherweight Isaac Lowe (12-0-1, 5 KOs) claimed the vacant Commonwealth title with an eighth round TKO over Marco McCullough (14-3, 9 KOs).



February 27th, 2016

Boxing News

Braekhus returns, dominates Namus

Unbeaten and disputed WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO female welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (28-0, 7 KOs) retained her belts with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over rugged Chris Namus (21-4, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. In her first fight since October 2014, “The First Lady” outclassed Namus from the opening bell. Scores were 100-90 across the board.

Super middleweight Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs) outpointed Slavisa Simeunovic (19-14, 17 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 across the board.

Unbeaten super middleweight Emin Atra (7-0, 5 KOs) won a majority decision over Nikola Matic (13-32, 9 KOs). Scores were 57-57, 59-55, 58-56.



February 27th, 2016




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