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By Joe Koizumi
It was very sorrowful that Japan’s #11 ranked flyweight boxer Hirokazu Yamaki (7-9, 5 KOs) passed away because of a brain hemorrhage on the morning of last Monday (February 22). Yamaki, 26, was halted by #7 Toshimasa Ouchi (12-5-1, 3 KOs) in the eighth and final round at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on February 19. He became unconscious and had to be urgently carried to a hospital, where he underwent brain surgery for an acute subdural hematoma that night. He stayed in a coma for two days and died despite the best possible medical treatment.
Yamaki was floored in the first round, but came back and retaliated to win later rounds to be leading on points before the referee finally called a halt to protect the suddenly fading loser. It seemed a very well-timed stoppage without Yamaki going down even if Yamaki supporters protested against the allegedly premature stoppage. But Yamaki eventually passed away—to our great sorrow. (more…)
Undefeated two weight world champion Joan Guzman arrived in Manchester England on Friday to complete his training camp with new trainer Lee Beard. Guzman will train in the UK with Beard for the next three weeks before flying out to Las Vegas for his rematch with Ali Funeka.
Two of Reading, PA’s native sons made their triumphant returns to the ring last night as Travis Kauffman and Jason Cintron scored dominant wins over their opponents at the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center in Allentown, PA. In the heavyweight main event, Travis Kauffman (19-1, 15 KOs) boxed and banged his way to a shutout unanimous decision over 276lb Mike Miller. All three judges scored the fight 60-54 for Kauffman, in his first fight back since losing a controversial fight with Tony Grano on Showtime last year. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions made its initial foray into the “City of Brotherly Love” with a highly entertaining eight bout card at the Arena on Friday night, featuring some of the area’s finest prospects against local and regional competition. Even a threat of a possible snowstorm couldn’t keep the locals away as almost eight hundred and fifty people made their way to see their local star Victor Vasquez attempt to defeat the always tough Ecuadorian, Carlos Vinan in the six round main event of the evening. Carlos Vinan (9-8-3, 1 KO) a tough Ecuadorian, who now resides in North New Jersey, had other ideas and pulled out a razor thin split decision victory over Victor Vasquez (11-4, 6 KOs) which sent the pro Vasquez fans into a state of shock. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Hector Garcia, promoter of Mexican challenger Omar Nino was livid and expressed his frustration loudly, “Rodel Mayol is a comedian and just laid on the mat to keep his title without fighting like a champion should. It was all a comedy. Omar was robbed of a legitimate victory.” It was yet another night of controversy for boxing’s most controversial champion, WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol who kept his title in Guadalajara last night against Nino. (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Welterweight Victor Ortiz wanted to build momentum for a proposed fight against Nate Campbell. Despite an injury suffered to his right hand in his bout against Hector Alatorre on Thursday night, Ortiz was able to do just that, Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
By Lindy Lindell
Former Junior-Middleweight Champion, Bronco McKart, Monroe Michigan’s Favorite Boxing Son, pounded out a shutout 10-round win over a reluctant, soft-hitting Jose Rodriguez Berrio, who was making his US debut last night in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Monroe Communiuty College. The 52-9-1 McKart started slowly and was continually tied up by Berrio in rounds three and four. It looked like a long evening of clinches when the fourth round concluded, but, unaccountably, Berrio stopped clinching. He then smothered McKart’s best punches without mounting anything of an offense himself. (more…)
Joshua Clottey at training camp in Hollywood, Florida, preparing for his March 13 showdown with pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao on March 13 before 40,000+ at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more Clottey video.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Future hall-of-famer Ricky Hatton will be working with leading Australian promoter Bill Treacy to co-promote international contests featuring world rated middleweights Daniel Geale and Mathew Macklin as well as a rematch with IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou vs Mathew Hatton. (more…)
Happy Birthday to promoter Wilfried Sauerland! The 70-year-old 2010 Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, was actually born on February 29th, but during non-leap years he says he celebrates his birthday twice, on both February 28 and March 1. March will be a big month for the Sauerland Event chief as both Arthur Abraham and Marco Huck will be headlining major boxing cards in Detroit and Berlin, respectively. (more…)
At the main event of “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas,” unbeaten Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz retained his USNB featherweight title by knocking out Leon Bobo at 2:48 of the 10th round. With this victory, the 24-year-old fighter improved to (13-0, 9 KOs) . “He was a very uncomfortable fighter, I had to dismantle him,” admitted Cruz about his opponent from St. Louis, Missouri. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler won the IBO junior flyweight belt on a majority hometown decision when he beat Juanito Rubillar on points over 12 rounds at Emperors Palace Casino, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. Judges Lulama Mtya and Deon Dwarte scored the fight 117-113 and 115-113 whilst judge Isaac Tshabalala had it 114-114. The three South African judges obviously did not take body punches into account as Budler received a sustained attack to the midriff from round four. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Welterweight Mike Jones (20-0, 16 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Henry Bruseles (28-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-92 as Jones defended his NABA belt.
In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) scored an impressive sixth round TKO over former world champion Kendall Holt (25-4, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in Atlantic City. Mabuza took over in round three and punished Holt the rest of the way. Holt remained on his stool after round six. Holt was game, but Mabuza was just too strong. Time 3:00.
Super welterweight Gabriel Rosado (14-4, 8 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Saul Roman (32-6, 27 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Rosado, 97-93 Roman.
Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (11-0, 8 KOs) of Argentina spectacularly stopped countryman Lucas Rafael Baez (6-3, 4 KOs) in round one of their super featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Asociación Española Tiro y Deportiva Jorge Ross, La Carlota, Cordoba, Argentina. There was absolutely no warmup or feeling out process in this bout. Baez from the moment the bell ring went after the unbeaten Cuellar, winging lefts and rights managing to connect on a few. Cuellar returned fire but was much more accurate, rocking Baez with power lefts and rights and dropping him within the first minute of the bout. Baez picked himself up and appeared OK, but moments later found himself down again from the same series of punches that dropped him previously. When Baez got to his feet this time he was very wobbly. Cuellar wasted no time attacking with a serious of punches punctuated with a devastating left hook that had Baez out on his feet before crashing to the canvas where the referee waved the bout off immediately without a count. Mario Margossian promoted the show.
The WBC light flyweight championship fight between champion Rodel Mayol (26-3-2, 20 KOs) and #1 contender and former champion Omar Niño (27-3-2, 11 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Mexico. In round three, Niño hit Mayol with a clear low blow and while Mayol was waiting for referee Vic Drakulich to step in, Niño threw a left hook that knocked Mayol out cold. Mayol, who had drawn the WBC’s ire by questioning his ability to get fair officiating in Mexico, kept his title despite being taken from the ring on a stretcher.
WBC Youth lightweight beltholder Daniel Estrada (22-1, 17 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Angel Alirio Rivero (21-8-1, 14 KOs). Estrada was on the deck in round two and the bout was competitive until the bout was stopped in the tenth.
In a clash for the vacant WBO junior featherweight championship, Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over previously unbeaten former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-1-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Vazquez Jr., son of Puerto Rican ring great Wilfredo Vazquez, took over the fight in round two and battered the 19-year-old former 115lb champion who had moved up two divisions to the deck in the fourth. A Vazquez left hook to the liver ended it for Sonsona at the 2:01 mark. He did not beat the count of referee Luis Pabon. For more photos and other results, click here…
What was supposed to be a sure-win, keep-busy bout for border king Antonio Escalante nearly turned into a royal usurping at the hands of cross-border rival Miguel “Micky” Roman, Friday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Waiting for his shot at a world title, Escalante, rated from No. 1 to No. 5 between three ABCs and two divisions, had promised to do a bit of “housekeeping” by taking on Juarez’s Roman . . . Click here for more
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I cannot wait for my first meeting with Adamek,” says top trainer Ronnie Shields. “The moment he arrives in Houston with his manager, we are going to have a Texas-style dinner and talk. I will have seven weeks to prepare him for Chris Arreola and to do everything to make this fight as easy as possible. We will put Tomek on a small diet, make him go to 210 and overwhelm Chris with speed,” said 52-year-old, who has worked with greats like Vernon Forrest, Pernell Whitaker, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, just when the “Real Deal” conquered cruiserweight and then heavyweight division. Sounds like déjà vu, doesn’t it? (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #6 middleweight Gennady Martirosyan (20-2, 9 KOs) retained his WBO Europe title for the first time after a hard-fought stoppage of comebacking French veteran Aziz Daari (24-13-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Atmosphere Night Club in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Martirosyan didn’t show his usual aggressiveness but preferred to fight in Abraham-like style by boxing in spurts and covering in a shell-like defense for the rest of the time. Bigger and stronger Daari gave Martirosyan some scary moments in the midst of the fight when it seemed Gennady was gassing out quickly. He, however, found some intrinsic resources and increased his tempo after the seventh round. Round eight was all Martirosyan; in the ninth stanza Daari charged forward and had some mild success which proved to be his last stand in the bout. In round ten, Martirosyan marched forward and finally landed a huge left uppercut, which forced the Frenchman down after a few more blows on accumulation of punches. Heavily bleeding, Daari wobblingly stood up and survived the round only to retire on his stool during the break. Fightnews had it 96-94 – for the Russian at the time of stoppage. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
The comeback of former USBA junior welterweight champion Mike “No Joke” Stewart (45-7-2, 24 KOs) rolls on after he scored an impressive one-punch knockout of Brandon “The Business” Baue (12-4, 10 KOs) last night at sold-out Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Stewart cut and dropped Baue in the opening minute of the fight, and went on to catch Baue with a counter left hook and finish him at 1:35 of the fifth round of the scheduled eight round welterweight bout. In the co-feature, “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (12-1, 5 KOs) took a hard fought unanimous decision over Michael “Show Time” Raynor (6-15, 5 KOs) in a six round middleweight bout. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino promoted the big eight bout show. (more…)
Francisco “Panchito” Arce has a score to settle with former world champion Cristian Mijares on April 10 at the Palenque de la Feria de Durango in Durango, Mexico. Arce (30-5-2, 21 KOs) and Mijares (38-6-2, 17 KOs) meet in an elimination bout for the WBC bantamweight championship. Mijares, formerly a WBC/WBA unified flyweight champion, is trying to get back to the top after after three defeats in a row in world title fights, while “Panchito” gets the opportunity to redeem himself after coming up short against Simphiwe Nongqayi in a 2008, IBF superfly eliminator. Furthermore, “Panchito,” the youngest brother of three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (who lost badly against Mijares in April 2007), has a chance to restore the family honor. Arce is training in Mexico City in the Romanza Gym with Nacho Beristaín.
The event will also feature the return of former WBO welterweight champion Jose Luis “Maestrito” Lopez (48-4-2, 37 KOs).
By Graham Houston
Two exciting, unbeaten young fighters meet for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title in the main event on Saturday’s Double Assault PPV show when Wilfredo Vazquez Jr., with a Puerto Rican crowd behind him and his ex-champ father in his corner, faces his stiffest test against Filipino Marvin Sonsona. The fight will be preceded by the Rodel Mayol-Omar Nino Romero championship bout in Mexico, but the Vazquez-Sonsona bout is the one that I am awaiting with the greater sense of anticipation. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Unfortunately, some discord has developed concerning Rodel Mayol’s WBC light-flyweight title defence against Omar Nino Romero in Mexico on Saturday night. The Filipino camp has expressed concerns about getting fair treatment in Romero’s hometown of Guadalajara, and the WBC has responded by expressing surprise and pointing out that the organisation stood behind Mayol when he won the title in highly controversial fashion against Edgar Sosa in Mexico last November.
There will be a neutral referee, Vic Drakulich, of Nevada, plus three U.S. judges. (more…)
PR Best Boxing presented ‘Noches de Boxeo’ Friday night from the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez, in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In the main event, Jose ‘Chelo’ González (9-0, 5 KOs) remained unbeaten by way of a disqualification victory over Roberto Acevedo (9-9-3, 1 KO). Referee Roberto Solís disqualified Acevedo at 32 seconds of round five. (more…)
Sensational junior lightweight prospect Pier Olivier Cote of Charlesbourg, Quebec, Canada will make his US debut this Saturday night at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA as part of TKO Boxing Championship Fight Night. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a rather dull affair Zolani Tete outpointed Richard Garcia from the Philippines by wide margins in an IBF flyweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg on Friday night. The scores were 118-108 and 118-110 twice as Tete qualified to challenge compatriot Moruti Mthalane for the IBF title. The taller Tete (13-0, 11 KOs) who fights from the southpaw stance worked his way to victory as he boxed from the outside against the tentative Garcia (20-10-1, 5 KOs) who hardly threw a punch in anger through twelve rather tedious rounds. (more…)
Rayonta Whitfield, 112.5 vs. Sergio Espinoza, 111.25
NABO Flyweight Title
Edner Cherry, 132.75 vs. Delvin Plascencia, 133.5
Pier Olivier Cote, 134.5 vs. Wilshaun Boxley, 133.25
Joseph Elegele, 144.5 vs. Deon Nash, 146.25
Mikael Zewski, 151, vs. Kevin Kibler, 146
Michael Finney, 147.5 vs. Dmitry Labados, 147.75
J’Leon Love, 165, vs. Rufus Defiabaugh, 160
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Promoter: TKO Boxing Promotions
Venue: Bell Auditorium in Augusta, GA
By Boxing Bob Newman
“Pro Boxing Fight Night,” presented by Dave Escalet’s Stars-R-Out Productions at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY brought some much needed heat to a snow buried Upstate, New York, boxing starved crowd Friday night. It had been exactly four long years since boxing last graced the confines of the Event Center, and the crowd showed their appreciation during the seven-bout card. In the main event, Unbeaten Brazilian super middleweight Isaac Rodrigues, now living in West Berlin, New Jersey, won a hard fought majority decision over Contender reality series veteran Brian Vera over ten rounds. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone & Gerardo Martinez at ringside
In a great fight, WBA #1/IBF #5 super bantamweight, WBO #3 featherweight Antonio Escalante (23-2 14 KOs) hammered out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over rugged Mickey Roman (28-7, 20 KOs) in a featherweight turf war on Friday night at the Don Haskins Convention Center in El Paso, Texas. Escalante and Roman resumed their childhood fistfight with great fury from the opening bell. Roman relentlessly pressured the more mobile Escalante and both boxers landed big shots during vicious exchanges as the rounds progressed. Escalante finally dropped Roman with a barrage of punches in round eight. Roman stormed back in round nine, but Escalante took in the final round to win a 97-92, 96-93, 96-93 nod.
Unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Danny Garcia (16-0, 10 KOs) won a close ten round split decision over Ashley Theophane (25-4-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 95-94, 96-94 Garcia, 95-94 Theophane. Garcia was deducted a point in round nine for a low blow.
In off-TV bouts, Las Vegas lightweight Sharif Bogere (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a third round TKO (:44) over Jose Hernandez (10-2, 4 KOs); Chihuahua welterweight Luis Enriquez Grajeda (9-0, 7 KOs) won a four-round unanimous decision over Osvaldo Rojas (6-2-1, 2 KOs), of Los Angeles; El Paso jr. welter Saul Morales (8-1, 4 KOs) TKO’d Juarez’s Julian Rodriguez (17-18-4, 11 KOs) at 1:19 of round two; and El Paso heavyweight Augustine Bautista (1-0-) barely won his debut with a split decision over Chad Johnson (0-2) of Oklahoma. Stay tuned for a full report and giant gallery tomorrow.
Former world champion Kendall Holt of Paterson, N.J. is in an IBF eliminator bout when he takes on Kaizer ‘The Hammer’ Mabuza of Johannesburg on Saturday night in a sold-out ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Holt, now handled by Brandon Jacobs of the NY Giants, is a former junior welterweight world champion. This is Holt’s first bout since he cracked and knocked down Timothy Bradley twice – the first knockdown was on a left hook which sent Bradley flat onto his back in the first round. Holt knocked down Bradley again in the 12th, although Bradley battled and won the world title on points. Mabuza has won seven straight bouts and is coming off a points win over 23-0 Sergey Fedchenko in the Ukraine. The Holt vs. Mabuzza bout is being taped by FSN and highlights are expected to be on Top Rank Live! The Top Rank Live! telecast on FSN will be on the air Saturday night 10 pm eastern/7 pm pacific.
Holt’s biography is being written by fight writer Keith Idec of New Jersey.
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