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By Shannon Briggs
Thank you all for your concern. I came to the hospital saturday night strictly as a precautionary measure, and after several tests the Dr.’s concluded that there were no severe head injuries. I am staying in the hospital to further examine an injury to my left bicep that I suffered in the first round. Unfortunately, the injury kept me from fully executing my fight plan. Not to take anything away from a brilliant performance by Vitali Klitchko Saturday night, had I had not injured my arm early on, who knows how the fight would have concluded. We are grateful to the fine doctors and people of Hamburg for the excellent care and support they’ve given me thus far, and as a life long asthmatic sufferer I’m truly grateful to Dr. Charles Hensley and his homeopathic formulation Zivair that helped make it possible to go 12 rounds and compete for the WBC title. As witnessed Saturday night and throughout my career, I never gave in even when my breathing was out of order or any injury kept me from being 100%. Despite prior reports, throughout the contest my trainer Herman Caicedo wanted to stop the fight, but I made it clear that stopping the fight was not an option. Thank you for all of your support and hopefully I showed you the heart of a lion and the perseverance of a champion.
An ordinary person reads at a pace between 200 and 250 words per minute. The extraordinary Ultimate Fighter finalist Brendan Schaub has won 7 out of his 8 professional fights by TKO at roughly the same speed. Actually, in the time it takes for the average human being to read this article about this exciting young heavyweight, they could have re-watched every second of Schaub’s winning ventures. If one did re-watch Brendan Schaub’s fight career they would be dazzled by both his speed and power. In a word, Schaub is “explosive” . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC
Gary Shaw announced today that undefeated Cuban super featherweight prospect Luis Franco (7-0, 5 KOs) has joined the roster of Gary Shaw Productions. Franco, 28, was a member of the 2004 Cuban Olympic boxing team and has over 400 amateur bouts under his belt, including two victories over WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. He was recognized as one of the best on the 2004 Cuban Olympic squad where Telemundo named him the most outstanding prospect of that team. Franco defected to the U.S. in June 2009 and made his professional debut the following month, knocking out Leroy Pedilla in the first round. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
On Friday, Telefutura’s weekly boxing series “Solo Boxeo Tecate” returns to San Diego, CA, once again this year to broadcast local lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) as he takes on the KO artist Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KOs) in the eight round main event. In the co-feature, Riverside, CA’s Michael Franco (16-0, 11KOs) faces veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-15-1, 9KOs) in a featherweight scheduled eight rounder. The night is presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Bobby D. Presents. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World super middleweight contender Sakio Bika spoke to Fightnews and stated that he is confident of defeating WBA 168lb champion Andre Ward on November 27th in a bout televised by SHOWTIME. Bika will be fighting for the WBA championship in a bout outside SHOWTIME’s Super Six tournament where Ward has already secured a semi-final berth.
In addition, Bika takes aim at former WBA 168 champion Anthony Mundine (whom he says has been dodging him for years), and discusses his recent DQ loss to Jean Paul Mendy, as well sharing his thoughts on potential showdowns with other Aussie fighters. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo courtesy HGboxing
He turned pro at the age of 15, and today at 17, super bantamweight Andres Gutierrez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Queretaro, Mexico, is the youngest pro boxer to be featured in the series. Andres’ nickname is “Jaguarcito” (little Jaguar) because of his feline speed and reflexes, along with the killer instinct that characterizes the four-legged predator. “I was born to be a boxer, says the fresh-faced teenager, and I fell in love with the game at age six.” (more…)
The “Magic Man” and former four-time light-heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) was the star attraction at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, Friday night, where he won a fairly easy 10-round decision against Dominican Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs).
All judges scored it 98-92 . . . Click here for more
NABO Junior Featherweight Champion Eloy Perez (19-0-2, 5 KOs) successfully defended his belt with a 10-round majority decision Friday night in a largely lackluster fight against Dominic Salcido (19-2, 9 KOs), at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Perez, fighting for the fourth time this year and coming off an exciting and impressive victory just two months ago over the solid Derrick Campos, was unable to get the counterpunch-minded Salcido to engage in battle for the first five rounds of the fight . . . Click here for more
A smoker at the off-strip Silverton Casino last night saw a return to local boxing in Las Vegas with a half-dozen four-rounders and a sixer. The card, promoted by Roy Englebrecht and billed as “Battle in the Backyard” featured a handful of young prospects who kept their records clean against opponents ranging from lifeless to live.
Lightweight Artur “The Punisher” Bernetsyan, of Glendale, Calif., had to work the hardest for his win. In his six-round main event, the Armenian southpaw had to dig deep to pull out a win from Rynell Griffin, of New Orleans, who proved a leap up in class from the tomato cans he kicked around in his first four bouts . . . Click here for more
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
With an amazing crowd in the Earls Court Centre in London, England for the UFC Fan Expo, the world super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto had a closer look to all of his transatlantic fans. Like Craig “Smokey” Robinson from Manchester, England, who inked Miguel’s wings logo on his left arm. “I am a real fan of Miguel. I love the way he fights. He is my favorite boxer of all time,” Craig said.
“This is amazing , you don’t realize how much people love you until you feel it. My English fanbase is much bigger than I thought! They are great fans,” Miguel said. Yesterday, the Puerto Rican star shared the ECKO Unlimited stand with MMA Star Miguel Torres and walked around the expo with UFC Executive Bryan Berenstein. Miguel Cotto and his staff will travel today to Frankfurt, Germany to visit the Landstuhl Hospital, the Wounded Warriors and the USA Air Base in Ramstein Germany, to show his deep support for the troops.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Scott Foster
“This man here (legendary champion Wilfredo Vazquez) is the one who raised me. What I do is follow his instructions. The credit I have to give my Dad,” said an elated WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. after successfully defending his belt against former super flyweight king Ivan “Choko” Hernandez on Saturday night before a passionate crowd at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Returning as world champion for the first time to the city where he has fought the majority of his fights as a pro, Vazquez also deeply thanked the Kissimmee fans for supporting him, proclaiming “We’re all champions!” (more…)
The sold-out O-2 Arena in London, England watched its favorite son nab the twentieth victory of his career as Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC 120.
The fight began with Akiyama scoring with a stiff right hand despite the fact that Bisping is considered to be one of the fastest starters in the division. The British superstar momentarily stumbled, but he recovered quickly and assumed the center of the cage. The two fighters exchanged barbs with limited success and the striking stalemate was broken suddenly by a slamming takedown by Bisping. Akiyama, who was a standout in competitive judo before venturing into MMA, regained his footing quickly and looked to strike. As round one came to a close, Bisping’s trademark volume of striking, including a swift flying knee, was beginning to take its toll of the Japanese superstar . . . Click here for more
Photos: Dena duBoef, Top Rank
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao takes a break from training and practices singing with his band. Meanwhile Pacman’s Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum takes in some of the local sights during his current visit to the Philippines.
By Robert Coster
Rising Jamaican featherweight WBA #10 Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (16-0), succesfully defended his WBA Fedelatin title with an impressive fourth round TKO over Panamanian Julio “Dinamite” Camaño (8-3) in the main event of the “Guerreros del Caribe” card presented by Premium Boxing Promotions on Saturday night at the “Panama Al” Brown in Colon, Panama. Walters dominated from the beginning using his speed to punch Camaño from long distance until he dropped the Panamanian who refused to continue. Referee Pablo Rowe stopped the fight at 2:02 of the fourth round.
In an another noteworthy result, jr welterweight prospect Evens Pierre (15-1, 12 KOs) of Haiti dismantled veteran Gilbert Quiros (18-12-1, 15 KOs) in two rounds. Quiros had caused a stir in his last fight by stopping Venezuelan prospect Pablo Vasquez in one round.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Washington School in a packed house of nearly nine hundred rabid fans, many of Peruvian decent, saw their undefeated Peruvian counterpart Jonathan “La Cobra” Maicelo (14-0, 9KO’s) put on a nearly flawless effort in his debut on American soil, capturing nearly every round to easily defeat Oscar Cuero (13-3, 10 KOs) in the ten round lightweight main event. The card promoted by Mike Indri Promotions had several interesting bouts, which had local and international flavor that kept the fans highly interested throughout the night. In the co-feature of the evening, hard hitting Peruvian welterweight sensation Carlos Zambrano raised his record to 12-0, 10 KOs with a scintillating eighth round technical knockout of rugged Ghanaian Lante Addy. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Last night at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. Before a sparse crowd, Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez (13-2-3, 4 KOs) and “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt (5-3-1, 3 KOs) fought to a much-disputed majority draw with scores of 95-95 x 2 and 98-92. In the co-main, fighting her last fight and winning by unanimous decision was Mia St.John (46-11-2, 18 KOs) against San Antonio fighter Tammy Franks (2-12-1). Other results: New Yorker Belinda Laracuente (25-25-3, 9 KOs) won by unanimous decision against DJ Morrison 2-6 with scores of 60-54 x 3; debuting Brenda Gonzales (1-0, 1 KO) of Moriarty, NM took out the also debuting Stephanie Maestas (0-1) at 1:23 of the first round; and, in the opening bout of the evening, debuting Natalie Roy (1-0, 1 KO) took care of Alyx Luck (0-1) at 1:10 of the first round.
Heavyweight title challenger Shannon Briggs is in the intensive care unit at the University Hospital Eppendorf in Hamburg, Germany. Briggs suffered fractures below both eyes as well as a concussion and broken nose, after taking dozens of hard shots from WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko on Saturday night, but is responsive according to RTL. He also suffered a pulled tendon and torn muscle in his right arm.
Briggs was rushed to the hospital after the fight as doctors feared a possible cerebral hemorrhage after observing symptoms associated with neurological disturbances and drowsiness. Happily an MRI showed that there was no brain bleeding.
Referee Ian John-Lewis, who has received criticism for not stopping the fight, said he was within “one or two shots” of stopping it. “It was a heavyweight world championship,” he said. “These are tough guys and as long as a man fights back, you have to give him a chance.”
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Tonight at the Silverton Casino in Las Vegas, Armenian lightweight Artur Bernetsyan (5-0, 2 KOs) won a hard-fought six-round decision over New Orleans’ Rynell Griffin (6-4-1, 2 KOs) in the main event of Englebrecht Promotions’ “Battle in the Backyard.” Scores were 59-55 twice and 58-56. In the four-round heavyweight co-main, Los Angeles’ Andy Ruiz (5-0, 4 KOs) blasted Miles Kelly (1-4, 1 KO) away with two knockdowns at 1:06. Other results: Las Vegas featherweight Crystal Hoy (5-3-3, 2 KOs) won a decision over Phoenix’ Allison Cole (1-3), scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37; heavyweight Lionel Davis (6-0, 5 KO) weathered a knockdown to kayo Kelsey Arnold (4-6-2, 1 KO) at 2:56 of round one; jr. welterweight Zhankosh Turavov (3-0, 1 KO) defeated fellow Las Vegan Johnny Frazier (2-3-3, 2 KO) with scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice); Long Beach, Calif. lightweight Paul Green (1-0) won his debut with a shutout decision over Vegas’ Juan Alcolea (2-4, 1 KO); and in the four-round heavyweight opener, Natu Visinia (5-0, 3 KOs), of Carson, Calif., KO’d Arkansas’ Michael Ward (1-3 1 KO) in just 27 seconds. Stay tuned for photos and a full report tomorrow.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO flyweight world champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (34-5-1, 27 KOs) scored a brutal second round knockout over Michael Arango (31-10-3, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio de Beisbol in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Referee Russel Mora stopped the bout at 1:30 of the second round to protect Arango from further punishment.
In the co-feature, middleweight Michel Rosales (30-3, 25 KOs) beat down Octavio Castro (14-6-1, 9 KOs) with a barrage of punches forcing referee Hernandez to stop the bout at 1:40 of round four. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-0-1, 17 KOs) scored an inspiring eleventh round TKO over former super flyweight king Ivan “Choko” Hernandez (28-5-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee, Florida.
Returning as world champion for the first time to the city where he has fought the majority of his fights as a pro, “WV2” and “Choko” engaged in a give and take battle for the first few rounds. Vazquez Jr. took over at the end of round four and began to overpower Hernandez in the fifth. Hernandez had a good round in the seventh outboxing the champion and one could sense the tide might be turning in the eighth. Vazquez, however, came out with renewed vigor in tenth, rocking Hernandez with big shots. “Choko” went to the wrong corner after the round. “WV2” jumped all over Hernandez in the eleventh and referee Telis Assimenios soon waved it off. Time was :50. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
The sold out O-2 Arena in London, England watched its favorite son nab the twentieth victory of his career as Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision Saturday night in the main event of UFC 120. After being wobbled early, Bisping controlled the fight with an incredibly fast pace as he landed cleanly on Akiyama repeatedly with well-placed right hands. Akiyama proved to be a worthy opponent by resisting some takedown attempts, but following three rounds of control all three judges’ scored the bout the same, 30-27, in favor of Bisping. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Sumio Yamada/WBC
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) punished game but outclassed former world champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds on Saturday night before 14,500 spectators and a worldwide television audience at the o2 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Klitschko’s domination began in the first round, as he landed several hard right hands. That was the pattern as the bout progressed. The champion was in total command landing right hands almost at will, while the normally fast-starting Briggs was unable to get untracked offensively. Strong round for Vitali in round five, while Briggs displayed a world class jaw. Klitschko continued to break down Briggs, staggering him in the seventh. Briggs wobbled back to his corner after being punished further in round nine. Vitali beat Shannon from pillar to post in round ten but the bloodied Briggs somehow absorbed it and then weathered a further battering to reach the final bell. Scores were 120-107, 120-107, 120-105 as judges could find no round to give the challenger. (more…)
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Teke Oruh (14-3-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the Olimpyskiy Sports Palace in Chekhov, Russia. A right hand laid out Oruh for the count at 2:57. In was a tune-up fight for the world-rated 2004 Olympic gold medalist, who is looking to get more experience before challenging for a world title.
By Graham Houston
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. tops the bill on PPV for the third time this year when he defends his junior featherweight title against Mexican veteran Ivan Hernandez in Florida tonight. Vazquez looked poised and powerful when crushing Marvin Sonsona in four rounds in February and overpowering Zsolt Bedak in the ninth round in May. He was meeting unbeaten boxers in those fights but on Saturday he faces a veteran ex-champion who has been boxing professionally for a decade.
Despite Hernandez’s experience, Vazquez is an overwhelming favourite. The son of Puerto Rican great Wilfredo Vazquez, “WV2”, as he is known, seems to be that rarity, a naturally gifted fighter who from the start of his career had the look of a future star. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Shannon Briggs can certainly talk a great fight, and he has been his usual loquacious self heading into Saturday’s heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko. Briggs has even predicted a 30-second KO win, while also announcing that his victory will be dedicated “to the sufferers of asthma worldwide”. It seems that Shannon, who has suffered from asthma since childhood, was greatly offended by a Klitschko comment that Briggs has used his asthma as an excuse for past failures.
All this is good fun, of course, leading up to the fight in Hamburg that will be shown on the Internet on espn.3 for U.S. residents. Tonight, though, the contrived trash talking stops and things will get serious. (more…)
In the days leading up to his UFC 116 bout against Chris Leben in July, there was little question that Yoshihiro Akiyama wasn’t overjoyed with his present situation . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Professional boxing will debut on November 19 at the Magic City Casino – site of the former Flagler Dog Track in Miami, Florida. Headlining will be junior middleweight Eromosele Albert (22-4-1, 10 KOs). The undercard will showcase two undefeated Cuban prospects, junior middleweight Inocente Fiz (3-0, 2 KOs) and cruiserweight Pedro Rodriguez (3-0, 3 KOs). (more…)
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Former amateur star and professional Italian super middleweight champ Andrea Di Luisa (10-0, 10 KOs) proved once again to be in a different league than his domestic counterparts. Yesterday night at the PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy, Di Luisa destroyed challenger Giuseppe Brischetto (8-1, 4KOs) in less than six minutes and retained his 168lb national crown with a stunning KO win in the second round.
The performance of hard hitting Di Luisa was memorable as he started the fight very strongly and eventually dropped Brischetto for the full count in the second round with a perfectly timed left hook to the body. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
It may not have been an artistic success, but comebacking former light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver accomplished what he set out to do Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®.
The “Magic Man’’ won his debut as a heavyweight. Making his first start in 17 months, Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., clearly outclassed Dominican Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y., winning a unanimous 10-round decision by the score of 98-92 three times. There were no knockdowns. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
On Friday night, Aaron Jacobs and Fight Night Productions in association with Ker’s WingHouse presented another exciting evening of championship boxing at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. In the main event, local favorite and Tampa native Charlie Serrano (9-2-1, 2 KOs), 124.5 lbs, dominated Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera (16-6-2, 5 KOs), 125.75 lbs, over eight rounds in a clash for the Florida State Featherweight belt. (more…)
Bob Arum and Dena duBoef of Top Rank have arrived in Baguio, Philippines, where they will see Congressman and pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao train tomorrow. The staff at the Manor Hotel was thrilled to pose for a photo with the legendary Hall of Fame promoter.
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
Four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) successfully made his debut at heavyweight with a ten round unanimous decision over Nagy Aguilera (16-5, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. Southpaw Tarver suffered an injury to his left shoulder early on, but that didn’t stop him from dominating the fight. Aguilera’s best round was the tenth. Scores were 98-92 on all cards.
Unbeaten Shawn Porter (17-0, 13 KOs) dropped down to welterweight to defeat game and bloodied Hector Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) via ninth round TKO. Munoz corner finally threw in the towel. Click here for complete details…
By Ryan Stead/Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos by Herby Whyne
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round KO over mandatory challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was mostly a tactical fight until Bute dropped Brinkley with a left uppercut to the body in round five. Brinkley barely beat the count. Bute floored Brinkley for the second time in round eight and knocked him out with an uppercut in round nine. It was Bute’s sixth title defense.
In the co-feature, former WBC light heavyweight champion Adrian Diaconu (27-2, 15 KOs) recovered from a second round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over Omar Sheika (30-10, 21 KOs). Click here for complete details…
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, NABO champion and WBO #2 junior featherweight, successfully defended his belt against the challenge of Dominic Salcido by way of majority decision victory (96 – 94, twice, and 95-95). Fightnews scored the fight 97-93 in favor of Perez. Perez used his superior speed, various angles and ring generalship to control the bout, sweeping the first half of the fight and then cruising to victory in the second half of the fight. Salcido simply took too long to get started and despite looking good in the last couple rounds was too far behind and lacked the power to put away Perez. With the victory, Perez improves to 19-0-2 (5KO) while Salcido drops to 18-3 (9KO). For more details and photos click here…
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