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Report by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges, UFC
It’s not often that “Anderson Silva” and “embarrassed” find themselves in the same sentence.
But after last night’s performance, that’s exactly how UFC president Dana White described the bout. In his eleventh straight Octagon victory, Anderson Silva (26-4) retained his middle weight title in a lackluster decision win over Brazilian jiu-jitsu phenom Demian Maia (12-2) . . . Click here for more
Universum heavyweight Alexander “Sascha” Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) is looking forward to getting a crack at European champion Audley “A-Force” Harrison. Dimitrenko was already named the official EBU challenger prior to Harrison’s bout with Michael Sprott for the vacant belt, a bout that ended with a spectacular twelfth round come-from-behind knockout by Harrison. “I followed the fight live on the Internet and have to say that it was a very high level bout. Both had nothing else to give. A very interesting fight for me. Harrison was clearly behind on points. He could only win by KO and that he actually did it was very impressive. He’ll be a good opponent for me. I’m look forward to a great fight. I think I can keep Harrison in check.” (more…)
By David Finger
Usually when former heavyweight champion announces he is making a comeback, fans assume the worst. But such is the current state of the heavyweight division that most fans are already predicting a world title fight for former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs (48-5-1, 42 KOs). Or perhaps it’s because Briggs has proven his critics wrong so many times in the past that it’s just safer not to bet against him. His comeback begins this Tuesday when he faces the Cuban brawler Rafael Pedro (20-8-1, 14 KOs) at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. (More)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
In a nationally Foxtel televised promotion Fijian based Joseph Kwadio (13-1, 9 KOs), formerly of Ghana, stopped Jamie Pittman (19-2, 8 KOs) in seven rounds at the La Montage Reception Center in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Thursday. Southpaw Pittman controlled all the rounds as he scored with power shots to the head and body of Kwadjo. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
In what is the biggest bout of his career so far and with only one week away from his world middleweight championship fight against Kelly Pavlik, WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez has completed his preparations in Oxnard, CA and will be departing on Sunday for Atlantic City, NJ. For more details and photos click here…
Lucian Bute is back in Montreal after spending the last nine weeks in Florida training at the Thump Boxing Gym facilities in Miami with Head Trainer Stephan Larouche and Physical Conditioning guru Andre Kulesza. Lucian Bute (25-0, 20 KOs) will defend his IBF world super middleweight title against Edison Miranda (33-4, 29 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th, 2010 at the Montreal Bell Centre. This bout will be broadcast live on PPV on Canal Indigo, Bell TV and Shaw across Canada and by HBO World Championship Boxing in the United States and Internationally. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #15 lightweight Saddam Kietyongyuth (19-0, 15 KOs) will be in action on Friday in Bangkok, Thailand when he will clash with Indonesian Simson Butar-Butar (19-10-2, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds. Kietyongyuth only had one contest in 2009 because of a shoulder injury and in January 2010 scored a second round stoppage over Korean Yong Yoon Choi in Singapore. (more…)
By Damien St. Pierre
A disappointing end to an exciting bout left the sold out crowd at the Hilton Towers in Lafayette, Louisiana wanting more as the man they came to see suffered his first defeat as a professional, although in a odd manner. Sao Paulo, Brazil native Juliano Ramos captured the Louisiana state light middleweight championship this past Saturday night without breaking a sweat. His opponent hometown prizefighter Jarred “Lethal Weapon” LeBlanc (12-1) came out with his usual aggressive style and put Ramos’ back to the ropes as LeBlanc tried to step to the side he fell to the canvas in obvious pain. LeBlanc would try to get back to his feet but was unable to do so. Referee Larry Berger called in the ringside doctor and he would eventually deem LeBlanc unable to continue. The official time was 1:55 into the opening round. With the win Ramos moves his record to 16-3. A rematch has already been discussed by both teams. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #3 super flyweight Drian Francisco (18-0-1, 14 KOs) of the Philippines will clash with WBA #2 Ricardo Nunez (17-1, 15 KOs) of Panama over twelve rounds in a WBA elimination bout at the Ynares Sports arena in Metro Manila, Philippines on Saturday. Francisco scored the best win of his career in October 2009 when he scored a ten round technical knockout over former world champion Roberto Vasquez. Nunez has lost only one contest back in 2008 when William De Sousa stopped him in round one. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Rising Philly featherweight prospect, “Pretty Boy” Coy Evans (8-0-1, 2KO’s) looked spectacular on Friday night at the Arena in South Philadelphia PA, scoring a destructive third round knockout of experienced Kenyan, Morris Chule (11-11-2, 8KO’s) in the eight round main event of the evening. Unfortunately on the undercard, several bouts fell out at the last moment so fans were unable to see the likes of undefeated middleweight prospect Derrick Webster (5-0, 4KO’s) and the ever popular Olivia “The Great” Fonseca (3-2-2, 2KO’s). However, former amateur standout Keenan Smith stepped in admirably in scoring a one sided four round unanimous decision over fellow Philly super featherweight, Luis “Smurf” Esquilin (1-4-1), in his professional debut. The four bout card was promoted by Greg Robinson in association with the River Edge Beverage Company. (more…)
Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield said he would again become world champion. He fulfilled that promise by stopping World Boxing Federation champion Frans Botha in front of just over 3,000 cheering fans at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas.
It certainly wasn’t pretty, but for Evander “Real Deal” Holyfield his TKO victory over Botha not only earned him the WBF title, it also meant that Holyfield’s boxing career isn’t quite over yet . . . click here for more
Mexican welterweight champ Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez had promised to exact vengeance for the many losses Filipino superstar Manny Pacquiao had wreaked upon his fellow countrymen. But last night at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Gonzalez was forced to eat, both, his words, and an unhealthy serving of “Melligen stew.”
Making his mark upon the welterweight division, and his iron-chinned opponent, “Mighty” Mark Melligen grilled, double-baked and roasted Gonzalez through ten rounds for a shutout decision . . . Click here for more
Forty-seven-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield looked as if he had no business in a boxing ring for five-and-a-half rounds against South African Frans Botha.
Then, all of a sudden, the “Real Deal” found the fountain of youth and tore into the “White Buffalo” to earn the World Boxing Federation title with a crowd-pleasing eighth round TKO victory in front of just over 3,000 fans at the Thomas & Mack in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
IBF junior middleweight champion Corey Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) was arrested early Saturday morning in Vero Beach, Florida on charges of misdemeanor DUI and leaving the scene of an accident with property damage. He posted bond and was released around 1PM Saturday afternoon. The champion, whom police say currently weighs 185lbs, is due to return to court on May 11.
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Anderson “The Spider” Silva retained his title, defeating Demian Maia via unanimous decision. The uneventful contest, which drew boos from the crowd, also drew a post-fight apology from Silva. “I apologize to everybody. I don’t know what got into me,” he said.
Frankie Edgar found an “Answer” for “The Proidigy,” snaring the UFC lightweight title from BJ Penn via unanimous decision. The bout was largely waged on the feet as the crafty Edgar used head movement and fast feet to keep the previously unstoppable Penn off balance. The judges scored the bout 50-45, 48-47 and 49-46. (more…)
In a WBC bantamweight eliminator, former world champion Cristian Mijares (39-6-2, 17 KOs) won a controversial split decision over Francisco “Panchito” Arce (30-6-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Durango, Durango, Mexico. It was a foul-filled fight with Arce ahead on two cards after eight rounds. Mijares closed strong to get the split nod.
In a flyweight bout, former world title challenger Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (31-5-1, 24 KOs) TKO’d Cupul Faustino (23-3, 16 KOs) in the third round. Click here for more photos…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
47-year-old, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over 41-year-old Frans Botha (47-5-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Botha did well early but Holyfield came on in round six, hurt Botha in the seventh, knocked Botha down in the eighth and referee Russell Mora stopped it moments later. Time was :55. With the win Holyfield claims Botha’s WBF heavyweight belt.
“He is a very good defensive fighter,” Holyfield said after the fight. “He’s a smart fighter, too. His right hand had a lot of power and he’s also a very quick big man. I gave myself a 7. I can get better. I’d been off a long time and I know I can get better. I want to come back very soon.” Botha remarked, “Evander is a great fighter. He capitalized on my mistakes. I thought I had him going early. I have to go home and sit down with my team.” More results…
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former WBO champ Carlos Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Florida. Berto was too fast and strong for the game Quintana and referee Tommy Kimmons waved it off after a sustained barrage by Berto. Time was 2:16. Kimmons deducted a point from Quintana in round three for a rabbit punch. The card was billed as “Fighting for Haiti” with a portion of the proceeds from tickets sold going to benefit those affected by the recent earthquake in Berto’s native Haiti.
Earlier, 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). Caballero, trained by Jeff Mayweather, dropped Yordan at the end of round two and dominated the fight, tripling the punch output of Yordan en route to a twelve round unanimous decision by scores of 119-108, 120-107, 118-108. Caballero wins the vacant WBA interim featherweight title.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world title challenger David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) showed he’s still a contender by punishing previously unbeaten welterweight Orlando Lora (26-1-1, 18 KOs) over eight rounds on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. Estrada simply put a beating on Lora, who was stepping up in class. Lora’s corner pulled their man out after round eight.
Super bantamweight Leo Miranda (25-2, 24 KOs) came in at late notice and scored a sixth round KO over Andre Wilson (11-4-1, 9 KOs). A left hook finished Wilson at :43.
Jr middleweight Angel Osuna (4-2-1, 2 KOs) overwhelmed previously unbeaten Ruben Rivera (4-1-1, 3 KOs). The bout was waved off after 93 seconds. For more details and photos click here…
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
Welterweight Mark Melligen (18-2, 13 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Norberto Gonzalez (18-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Melligan was the aggressor for much of the fight and came away with a 100-90 win on all cards.
Unbeaten featherweight Diego Magdalano (15-0, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Manny Perez (14-6-1, 2 KOs) by scores of 99-91, 100-90, 97-93.
In other off-TV action, former title challenger Lamont Peterson (28-1, 14 KOs) stopped Detroit’s Damien Fuller (30-7-1, 14 KOs) at 1:10 of round seven. Former amateur standout Jose Benavidez (4-0, 4 KOs), of Phoenix, stopped Scott Paul (5-5, 1 KO), at 1:30 of round two. Las Vegas super lightweight Anthony Lenk (7-1, 4 KOs) TKO’d Wilson Rivera (3-4, 1 KO) at 1:19 of round three.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Off-TV from the Hard Rock in Las Vegas:
Opening up the show, Japan light heavyweight Hiromitsu Miura (1-0) made his pro debut by defeating Denver’s Isaac Atencio (2-3-1, 2 KOs) with a unanimous decision, scores of 39-37 twice and 40-36.
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In a six-round heavyweight bout, Russian Vladimir Tereshkin (13-0-1, 7 Kos) had to settle for a shutout decision over wily Joseph Rabotte (7-12, 3 KOs), of Myrtle Beach, S.C..
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In a six-round super lightweight bout, Cleveland’s Cortez Bey (8-1-1, 4 KOs) and Marcos Herrera (5-1-1, 1 KO), of Brighton, Colo., fought to a majority draw, scores of 57-57 twice and 58-56 for Bey.
By Ron Jackson
Xola Sifama knocked out Anele Makhwelo at 55 seconds into the sixth round to win the vacant South African flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on Friday night. This was a slam-bang affair that had the fans on the edge of their seats throughout with action that swayed from one boxer to other, until Sifama overwhelmed Makhwelo in the sixth round to score a knockout. Makhwelo possibly edged two of the first five rounds with some slick boxing and appeared to be getting on top before he deicide to slug it out with the rugged and stronger Sifama. Makhwelo’s record dropped to 10-1, with four knockouts, and Sifama improved his record to 8-2-1; 4. The referee Siya Vabaza erred as Sifama’s final right to the head came when Makwhelo was kneeling on the canvas. She also picked up the count immediately without sending Sifama to the neutral corner. The tournament was presented by Siphatho Handi of Mamli Promotions.
After what is being called ‘a perfect training camp’, Edison Pantera Miranda will be traveling to Canada on Monday to challenge Lucian Bute for the IBF Super Middleweight championship of the world. The fight will take place on April 17th in Montreal, and HBO will be televising the action live. “My training for this fight was as smooth as any fight I’ve ever trained for. I’ve sparred more rounds and worked harder than any previous fight. I am also more focused than ever before. I have put myself in the best possible position to leave Montreal with the belt – both physically and mentally.” (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former three-time world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) continues his preparations along side NABF lightweight champion “Bam Bam” Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 18 KOs) both being trained by former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia. Margarito will step back into the ring on Saturday, May 8th in Aguascalientes, Mexico and will headline Latin Fury 14 against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) while Rios will take on Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) in the co-feature bout. Latin Fury 14 will be shown live on pay-per-view and is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Garot at ringside
After suffering defeats in two of his last three fights, Aaron Pryor Jr. (168 lbs) of Cincinnati, OH survived a shaky seventh round to come out strong in the eighth round opening a cut on Kendall Gould’s (170 lbs) of West Allis, WI left eyelid prompting Gould’s manager Israel Acosta the jump onto the ring apron to save his fighter from any further punishment, forcing the referee to stop the fight at 1:15 of the eighth and final round in the main event of the “Showdown in O Town” held in the Three Clans Ballroom of the Oneida Casino Friday evening. Pryor improved his record to 13-2, while Gould dropped to 12-15-1. Click here for a full report and more photos.
Legendary Hall of Fame referee Arthur Mercante passed away at his home this morning. Arthur was ninety (90) years of age. Mercante refereed many of the biggest championhip fights including the “Fight of the Century” between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. He will be waked at the Fairchild F. H. in Garden City, N.Y. Dates and times not as yet known. He is survived by his Wife Gloria and sons, James, Glenn, Arthur and Thomas.
Heavyweight Audley Harrison saved his boxing career with a sensational last-round knockout to win the vacant European heavyweight title on Friday night in London. Harrison, who suffered a ripped tendon in his right shoulder in the second round, fought most of his fight against Michael Sprott using only one hand. Despite trailing and being two minutes away from a career-ending defeat, Harrison knocked out Sprott with a sensational left hook.
“My career was on the line so losing wasn’t an option,” said the 38-year-old Harrison. “I had to find a way to win and I knew the left would be the one that gets him. When it landed I just walked away because I knew it was over. It’s definitely the best punch I’ve ever thrown, especially in those circumstances, but it would’ve knocked out anyone – including the Klitschkos. It was championship-winning material. It was a Hail Mary of a punch that would’ve taken out any heavyweight in the world.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten two-division world champion Edwin Valero was involved in a traffic accident and a police chase on Friday in Mérida, Venezuela. There were no injuries but Valero, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, fled the scene of the accident. He was taken home by police. He later said that he fled because he felt harassed by the media and the general public. “I reacted as anyone reacts to this situation,” he stated. The champ promised to take care of the expenses of the other driver. Valero had been scheduled to leave later that day to Cuba with his wife, two children, trainer Mario Morales and adviser Segundo Lujano, where he would begin a rehabilitation program after recognizing his problems with alcohol and drugs. He had just been released Thursday after 14 days of rehab following another incident. Authorities are now reconsidering whether or not they should send Valero to Cuba for further rehab.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In an upset, hard punching Steve Maxwell (7-3, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round knockout over Heath Ellis (12-2-1, 6 KOs) to capture the IBF Pan Pacific welterweight crown at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ellis boxed skillfully in the early rounds using clever footwork to evade the power shots of the aggressive Tasmanian 147 pounder. In round four Maxwell found the range and exploded a hard left hook off the Melbourne boxer’s jaw that dropped him on the canvas and referee Ignatius Missailidis crowned Maxwell the new IBF regional champion. Time 1:19. For more details and photos click here…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Rising italian boxing star, the undefeated supermiddleweight Andrea Di Luisa (8-0, 8 KOs) became the new National 168 lbs champion Friday night at the PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy, after scoring a spectacular first round TKO over co-challenger and former kick boxing superstar Roberto Cocco (10-5, 5 KOs). (more…)
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