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Golden Boy Promotions officially announced the rematch of Juan Manuel Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) and Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs) for July 31, at Mandalay Bay in Vegas. Trying to repeat the success of last year’s Fight of the Year, the two will both return to lightweight to fight for the WBA and WBO titles.
“A lot of people are saying this is a must-win fight for me,” said Diaz. “But I don’t see it that way. I see it as redemption. This fight has been in the back of my head and I’m going to pick up where I left off – the ninth round.”
“There are two reasons to fight Juan Diaz again,” said Marquez. “Number one: He’s a great fighter deserves a rematch. No. 2: People want to see this kind of fight. Last year it was Fight of the Year. Maybe, now in 2010, it will be it again.”
Marquez-Diaz II will be televised on HBO pay-per-view.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Victor Vasquez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) and Paul Fernandez (5-2-2, 3 KOs) fought to a gory split draw in the six-round lightweight main event last night at The Arena in Philadelphia. Vasquez battled with a mask of blood after suffering a terrible cut on his left eye from an accidental clash of heads in round two. In the co-feature, Ardrick Butler (5-1, 2 KOs) destroyed Norman Allen (6-4, 3 KOs) 44 seconds into the opening round of a scheduled six round junior middleweight bout. Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing promoted the eight-bout card. (more…)
By Aydin Kozhahmet (ringside) and Leonid Yuryev
Kazakh promoter Batyrkhan Zhaksybaev of KazBoxing and leading Uzbek boxing personality Shuhrat Haydarov of Favzul Munavvar unified their efforts to produce a nice-packed little show Saturday night in Chimkent, a near-border city in Kazakhstan. (more…)
Three of America’s top super middleweight prospects dazzled Friday evening on a spectacular ShoBox: The New Generation card from the Windy City. Marcus Johnson kept his undefeated record intact with a workman-like performance over Derek Edwards, handing him the first loss of his career. In the co-feature hometown hero Don George stole the show with an explosive unanimous decision over Oumanu Adama and the night opened with an impressive knockout by Edwin Rodriguez over Kevin Engel.
The evening of fights which aired on SHOWTIME® took place at UIC Pavilion and was co-promoted by DiBella Entertainment and Eight Count Productions. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBA #11 middleweight Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-2-2, 14 KOs) stopped Panamanian Jose Arosemena (12-6-2, 10 KOs) at 2:33 of the second round to retain his WBA Fedelatin middleweight championship in the main event of “De Vuelta a Colon”, an exciting boxing card presented by Premium Boxing Promotions at Hotel Melia, Colon, Panama.
Former WBA super bantam champion and WBA #2 Ricardo “El Maestrito” Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) won a lopsided unanimous decision over eight rounds against Nicaraguan Jose “El Brillo” Gutierrez (12-8-2, 10 KOs). Cordoba dropped Gutierrez in round seven to finally win by 8, 9 and 10 points on the scorecards.
Undefeated WBA #12 rated featherweight Jamaican Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters (14-0, 11 KOs) stopped Panamanian Alexander Alonso (7-16-1, 3 KOs) by TKO on the sixth and final round of his fight. Walters’s WBA FEDELATIN featherweight title was not at stake. More results…
Weigh-in slideshow: All the shots from yesterday’s megafight weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, by photographers Chris Cozzone and Ray Kasprowicz. Click here to view
By Cho Eun-sang/boxingnews.co.kr
Unbeaten 19-year-old WBA female featherweight champion “Defector Girl Boxer” Hyun-Mi Choi (4-0-1, 1 KO) retained her world title for the third time with by ten round split decision over interim champion Claudia Andrea Lopez (14-5, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Sungkyunkwan University Gymnasium in Suwon, South Korea. Scores were 96-95, 96-95 for Hyun-Mi and 98-93 for Lopez. Click here for more photos.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Former world champion Robert Guerrero (26-1-1, 18 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Roberto Arrieta (35-16-4, 16 KOs) in a lightweight bout on Friday night at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Guerrero dropped Arrieta in rounds two and three and punished him until round eight when he dropped Adama again and the bout was waved off at :29 of the eighth.
18-year-old former amateur star Frankie Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ricardo Malfavon (0-2) in a welterweight bout. The bout was stopped at 1:06, shortly after Gomez dropped Malfavon.
In lightweight action, Abner Cotto (7-0, 4 KOs) remained undefeated by outpointing Juan Sandoval (1-3) via unanimous decision (40-36 on all three judges’ scorecards)
In a battle of Jr. Lightweights, Toddy Junior (2-0-1) and Rene Torres (0-1-1) battled to a majority draw. Scores were 39-37 for Torres with the other two judges scoring it 38-38.
WBO #8 bantamweight William “Chirizo” Gonzalez (25-3, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular second round TKO over WBO #15 Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (31-2, 22 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Gonzalez dropped Araiza twice before the bout was waved off bt referee Tommy Kimmons at the 1:00 mark. Gonzalez retained his WBO Latin belt.
Unbeaten middleweight Michael Oliveira (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped game journeyman Jessie Davis (11-18, 8 KOs) in round four. Referee Tommy Kimmons waved it off to protect Davis from further punishment.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Xavier “X-Factor” Burgos (4-0, 1 KO) outpointed Amaury Torres (4-11-2, 1 KO) over four one-sided rounds.
2004 Olympian Sherali Dostiev (6-0, 2 KOs) won a four rounder against previously unbeaten Orlando Rizo (9-1, 8 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 40-36 for Dostiev.
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By Jacob Chavez
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Johnson’s better technique propelled him to a 98-92, 98-92, 97-93 victory. Johnson claimed the NABO belt.
Unbeaten Chicago super middleweight favorite Donovan “Da Bomb” George (20-0, 18 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Osumanu Adama (17-2, 13 KOs). George dropped Adama in round seven en route to a 79-72, 76-75, 77-74 win.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) busted up Kevin Engel (17-3, 14 KOs) before finishing him with a brutal body barrage at 2:35 of round six.
Former NBA Star Kendall Gill (4-0, 3 KOs) return to professional boxing to blow away Miles Kelly (1-2, 1 KO) in a heavyweight bout. Gill dropped Kelly in rounds two and three before the bout was halted 2:54 of round three.
Weights by Francisco Salazar & Andreas Hale
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Mayweather vs. Mosley: Who R U Picking?” megafight on PPV, promoted by Golden Boy Promotions:
Shane Mosley 147 vs Floyd Mayweather 146
Saul Alvarez 150 vs JM Cotto 149
Daniel Ponce de Leon 125 vs Cornelius Lock 125
Said Ouali 146 vs. Hector Saldivia 147.5
Arturo Morua 141 vs. Jessie Vargas 142
Gilberto Sanchez Leon 130 vs. Eloy Perez 129
Dion Savage 168 vs. Tommie Speller 166
Luis Ramos 136 vs. Allen Litzau 138*
* Contract was 135.
Daniel Reece 136 vs. Angel Soto 137
Having come from a boxing family and growing around the sport is not hard to believe the three-time world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel once envision himself as winning a championship in Japan and beating one of the top fighters in the world. “I know is hard to believe, but when I very young and barely starting to learn to box. I had a dream that one day I would win a world championship in Japan against their top champion. It was a dream that I had many times when I was young, but something that became a goal as I got into the professional ranks and started to win championships,” said Montiel after the biggest win of his brilliant career. Today in Japan, Montiel stopped Hozumi Hasegawa in the fourth round to captured the WBC bantamweight championship in front of 10,000+. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
23-year old former amateur standout Jon-Lewis Dickinson (now 8-0, 2 KOs) became the most inexperienced champion in the history of Prizefighter series (so far) after the third-round stoppage of shock finalist Nick Okoth (9-28-5, 3 KOs). There were no doubts about the future winner as Dickinson, previously not known as a terrific puncher, started the bout with fire flooring Okoth with a short right hand and dominating him to a 10-8 in the initial round. In the second stanza Okoth did as much as he could but lost this period anyway. Finally, in round three Dickinson (5-0, no KOs at the starters) forced Okoth to take a knee two more times before the corner of his opponent threw in a towel at 1:08 of the third to crown Jon-Lewis Dickinson as a new Prizefighter cruiserweight champion.
WBC #3 and WBO #10 rated “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide chose to withdraw from the tournament after suffering a bad cut over his forehead during his first-stage victory over Wayne Brooks. The prohibitive favorite of this Prizefighter tourney preferred not to risk his high ranking and made a difficult decision to quit. (more…)
Tomás “Gusano” Rojas 119 vs Jorge Cárdenas 120
José Pinzón 154 vs Jaime Barboza 154
(WBC Youth superwelter title)
Omar “Lobito” Soto 112 vs Juan Cantun 111.5
Ramón Mass 122 vs Oswaldo Juárez 124
Venue: Deportivo La Inalambrica, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank, Zanfer And Maxboxing
TV: Fox Sports En Español and TV Azteca
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By Felipe Leon
On Saturday night, an interesting clash of light weltweights will take place when Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (23-7, 15KO) of Caracas, Venezuela, travels to the hometown of Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (20-13, 9KO) of Merida, Yucatan, for the vacant IBA lightweight welterweight title over twelve rounds. In the semi main event, David Lopez (38-12, 23KO) of Nogales, MX, goes against Cesar Alberto Leiva (40-11, 20KO) of Mar de Plata, Argentina, for the also vacant IBA middlweight strap. The fight card will take place at the Poliforum Zamna of Merida, Yucatan. “We have two exciting bouts for titles and I sure it will be a great night of boxing,” Jorge Marron, the attending IBA supervisor, stated. “Soon we will have two new champions that I am sure will reprensent the association with honor.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Mexican star Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs), 118, astoundingly captured the WBC bantamweight throne as he came back from a losing pace, abruptly exploded vicious left hooks and badly hurt defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs), 117.75, a Japanese hero making his eleventh defense, to cause the referee’s intervention at 2:59 of the fourth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw, was dominating the proceedings thanks to his advantageous speed, as shown by the official tallies: Duane Ford (US) 30-27, Steve Morrow (US) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) both 29-28, all for the WBC champ. Positively stalking the retreating Montiel, Hasegawa might become a little too careless to avert the Mexican’s compact but effective countering left hooks. Hasegawa’s legs looked gone, as he momentarily became stationary with his back to the ropes, while Montiel kept raining a fusillade of punches to the groggy Japanese. The ref Laurence Cole declared a halt to save Hasegawa from further punishment just a second remaining in the fatal fourth. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KO’s), 122, impressively kept his belt as he scored his fourth defense, all by KO, by halting previously unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-1, 6 KO’s), 122, at 1:14 of the fifth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
Nishioka, a sharp-shooting Japanese southpaw, caught the game and reckless Filipino with his trademark left hand and badly dropped him in the beginning of the fifth. Bangoyan looked seriously hurt with rubbery legs though he resumed fighting. The champ immediately swarmed over the fading opponent to prompt the referee’s well-received stoppage. (more…)
Photo: Former boxing greats “Sugar” Ray Leonard and Thomas “Hitman” Hearns pose for a shot after talking to the media today about Mayweather-Mosley, in the MGM’s press room in Las Vegas. Both, Leonard and Hearns lean toward Mayweather for the victory. They also agreed that though tomorrow night’s megafight may be a scorcher, the drama would probably not exceed their own battles in the ring.
Marco Huck 199 vs Brian Minto 198.4
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Karo Murat 174.6 vs Tommy Karpency 174.2
(WBO Intercontinental light heavyweight title)
Dominik Britsch 160.5 vs Alessio Furlan 159.8
Kubrat Pulev 245 vs Evgeny Orlov 316
Erik Skoglund 186.3 vs Istvan Laboda 197.1
Venue: Weser-Ems-Halle, Oldenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (19-1, 6 KOs) will make his first title defense against Mexican veteran Hector Velazquez (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on May 22 in Rostock, Germany. The 35-year-old Velazquez, who is coming off a world title challenge against the late Edwin Valero in December, is also known for his 2005 clash with boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. “This will be a very exciting fight,” said Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa. “An absolute treat for any boxing fan. Vitali is clearly inexperienced, but a very talented world champion. Exactly the opposite of Hector Velazquez, an old fox who has almost 70 fights. An incredibly experienced guy who has been in with the best, like Pacquiao and Valero. His ring experience, Mexican fighting spirit and an impressive right hand make him very, very dangerous. A difficult task for Vitali, because the first title defense is always something special. He can learn a lot in this fight. I expect a tough match, but naturally assume that Vitali will remain world champion.”
The card will also feature a WBA heavyweight eliminator between former world champion Ruslan Chagaev and Kali Meehan, a crossroads clash between light heavyweight contenders Aleksy Kuziemski and Igor Michalkin, plus the next fight of 2009 amateur world champion Jack Culcay.
Undefeated WBA super welterweight champion and future rabbi Yuri Foreman made his U.S. network television debut on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! which aired at 12:05 a.m. ET/PT this morning. After mining gold with his good humor during his segment, Foreman grabbed a few hours sleep and is now headed back to Brooklyn on a 6 a.m. PT flight to resume training for his first title defense, against three-time world champion Miguel Cotto. Cotto vs. Foreman will headline “Stadium Slugfest” — the inaugural brawl at Yankee Stadium on June 5.
By Joe Koizumi
Mexican star Fernando Montiel (41-2-2, 31 KOs), 118, astoundingly captured the WBC bantamweight throne as he came back from a losing pace, abruptly exploded vicious left hooks and badly hurt defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs), 117.75, a Japanese hero making his eleventh defense, to cause the referee’s intervention at 2:59 of the fourth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw, was dominating the proceedings thanks to his advantageous speed, as shown by the official tallies: Duane Ford (US) 30-27, Steve Morrow (US) and Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) both 29-28, all for the WBC champ. Positively stalking the retreating Montiel, Hasegawa might become a little too careless to avert the Mexican’s compact but effective countering left hooks. Hasegawa’s legs looked gone, as he momentarily became stationary with his back to the ropes, while Montiel kept raining a fusillade of punches to the groggy Japanese. The ref Laurence Cole declared a halt to save Hasegawa from further punishment just a second remaining in the fatal fourth. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (36-4-3, 23 KOs), 122, impressively kept his belt as he scored his fourth defense, all by KO, by halting previously unbeaten Filipino challenger Balweg Bangoyan (15-1, 6 KOs), 122, at 1:14 of the fifth round on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Nishioka, a sharp-shooting Japanese southpaw, caught the game and reckless Filipino with his trademark left hand and badly dropped him in the beginning of the fifth. Bangoyan looked hurt with rubbery legs though he resumed fighting. The champ immediately swarmed over the fading opponent to prompt the referee’s well-received stoppage. (More to come)
They’ve been waiting and watching. Now six young and hungry super middleweights with a combined record of 109-3 will get their chance to showcase their talent tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) live on SHOWTIME®. Unbeaten Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) battles Derek “The Black Lion” Edwards (25-0, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of the exciting tripleheader being billed “The Next Generation of Super Middleweights”. The fights will take place at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Donovan “Da Bomb” George (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Osumanu Adama (17-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round co-feature tilt and Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (13-0, 9 KOs) will take on Kevin Engel (17-2, 14 KOs) in an eight-round affair to open the telecast. “You could call us the Baby Super Six,” said George. “None of us are really established but I’m familiar with all the others and think it’s a great idea to showcase the next group of upcoming super middleweights. It’s great for boxing. The division is so stacked. I’m so fortunate to be in this weight class because there are so many good fights for me once I get my name out there.” Click here for photos
Former world champion Tomás “Gusano“ Rojas will return to the ring this Saturday, May 1 in Merida Yucatan when he takes on Juan “Veneno” Cardenas in the main event of the popular series “Top Rank Live” to be telecast on Fox Sports Espanol. Rojas (32-12-1, 22 Kos) of Veracruz and Cardenas (14-10-4, 9 Kos) of Los Mochis will battle in a 10 round super flyweight bout to be presented by Top Rank, Maxboxing and Zanfer Promotions from the “Complejo Deportivo La Inalámbrica” in beautiful Merida. This will be Rojas’ first fight since losing to Vic Darchynian last December 12 in Racho Mirage, California when he failed to take sole possession of the WBC super flyweight crown. Rojas was the interim champion at the time he fought Darchynian. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Former heavyweight title challenger Kirk Johnson (37-2, 27 KOs) returned from a four year layoff to demolish Douglas Robertson (3-24-2). The 37-year-old Johnson knocked down Robertson twice before the bout was waved off at 1:45 of the first round. The bout took place at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas.
In the main event, unbeaten super featherweight Casey Ramos (11-0, 4 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Angel Rodriguez (4-4-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 80-71 on all cards. The event was promoted by Paulie Ayala Productions.
Undefeated WBA World Super Welterweight champion Yuri Foreman waits backstage before his appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show Thursday night from Hollywood,California. Foreman will now jet back to Brooklyn, NY where he’ll continue to prepare to take on three-time world champion Miguel Cotto at Yankee Stadium on June 5. More photos…
William Gonzalez 117.5 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 117
(WBO Latin bantamweight title/elimination fight)
John Jackson 153 vs. Yoryi Estrella 152
Xavier Burgos 144 vs. Amaury Torres 144
Sherali Dostiev 122 vs. Orlando Rizo 124
Jose Segura 140 vs. Robert Dortch 140
Juan Aguirre 145 vs. Roberto Lopez 144
Jaime Orozco 153 vs. Federico Vega 153
Michael Oliveira 164 Vs. Jessie Davis 164
Carlos Ramos 147 vs. Federico Tavares 145
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo (11:35PM ET/PT)
By Peter Lim at ringside
Local fan favorite Tiffany Junot, 8-2-1 (5 KOs),captured the vacant Texas junior welterweight title with an eight-round majority decision over Kita Watkins, 5-6 (1 KO), at the Houston Club in downtown Houston. After two evenly-contested rounds, Junot stepped up the tempo in round three and controlled the action at a frenetic pace for the rest of the fight. Applying suffocating pressure, Junot stalked Watkins around the ring and rained down multi-punch flurries to the head and body forcing Watkins to constant set and reset. Watkins returned fire with precision but simply could not match Junot’s punch output. Scores were 79-73, 79-73 and 76-76. The fight was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
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