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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best World boxing is back to Puerto Rico this Saturday, December 20, with Triple Crown presented by DIRECTV ...

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Robin Krasniqi workout

Robin Krasniqi workout

Report and photos by Tony Mayger This weekend light heavyweight hopeful Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0, 16 KOs) could take a giant stride towards a ...

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2014 WBC Convention Day 2

2014 WBC Convention Day 2

Report & photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day two of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas was chock full of competing ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014

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Boxing Result

More on Ward-Miranda!

Tuesday was Andre Ward Day in Oakland. Saturday on SHOWTIME, it was Andre Ward’s night. In a sterling performance in which he answered many questions about himself as a world-class fighter, Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) impressively pounded out a unanimous 12-round decision over Edison Miranda (32-4, 28 KOs) of Colombia in the main event of a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. (more…)



May 17th, 2009



Boxing News

Garay returns June 21!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Argentinean WBA light heavyweight world champion Hugo “Pigu” Garay (32-3, 17 KOs) will make the second defense of his title against Russian David Gogiya (20-4, 4 KOs) on June 21 at the Club Sports Liberty Stadium in Sunchales, Santa Fe in Argentina. The co-feature will be a female unification bout between unbeaten Yéssica Bopp (8-0, 3 KOs) from Argentina who is WBA interim miniumweight world champion against the full champion Joohe Kim. (12-1-1, 5 KOs) of South Korea.



May 17th, 2009


UFC

Gusmao’s 2nd chance

Since UFC light heavyweight Andre Gusmao began studying Martial Arts, he has never been the type of guy who stuck to the path that each road follows. Case in point, the Brazilian came to the USA to spread the word about Capoeira, an art that he learned how to love and practice 15 years ago, yet eventually, he ended up fighting in MMA.. . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Saldivia retains belt in Uruguay!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Argentine welterweight Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia retained his WBA Fedelatín title via unanimous decision over Colombian William Morelo this weekend at the Estadio Cr. Gaston Guelfi in Palacio Peñarol in Montevideo, Urugüay. The decision of the judges after eleven rounds was 108-104 1/2, 107-102 and 108-102. Saldivia dominated almost all the fight, dropping Morelo in the third round.
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In other results, Argentina’s Marcos Hector Vergara scored a third round TKO over local favorite Rafael Sosa Pintos in a bout for the interim WBC Latino light middleweight title and Alejandra “Locomotora”Oliveras from Argentina win by unanimous decision against Adriana Salles of Brqazil in a 10 rounder for the vacant WBA Fedelatin featherweight title.



May 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Kenbun Torres arrested!

By Joe Koizumi

Formerly world-rated Japan-based Mexian Kenbun Martinez Torres, a son of ex-WBC light-fly champ German Torres, was arrested by the police on Thursday for having robbed a female taxi driver of some $60 last March. Kenbun, still 21, took a cab from Sakai City back to Osaka for forty minutes, but refused to pay and threatened the 58-year-old driver for more dinero. Kenbun, born in Celaya, GT, Mexico, made a pro debut at the age of sixteen only to be stopped by Ricardo Barajas in Guadalajara in 2003, but came back to his mother’s home country Japan to keep winning and defeated then world-rated Thailander Kumarnthong Por Pluemkamol to enter the world top ten. Kenbun, a stylish hard-puncher, failed to win the vacant Japanese bantam belt, losing a majority nod to Masayuki Mitani in 2006. Since then, he fought just twice to waste his talent. German, scold your bad son! For only sixty dollars, he deteriorated the image of boxing here in Japan.



May 17th, 2009

Boxing News

Cruz crushes Jaramillo!

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Photo: Enrique Vazquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto

Featherweight prospect from Las Piedras, Puerto Rico Luis “El Artesano” Cruz had an impressive KO victory over Mexican Juan “El Patron” Jaramillo at 1:35 of round five. Jaramillo hit the canvas twice in round one and two. “I had a great fight, my hands were coming out fast and hard. I give credit to Jaramillo. He came to fight, but I was ready, I’m always at the gym,” Luis Cruz said. Jaramillo stated after the fight, “He is a really though fighter. He got me with some hard shots. I give a lot of credit to Cruz. He will be a big name in boxing.” In the co-main event of the evening Fernando Torres won a split decision over the experienced Derrick Moon. The score was 58-56,59-55 and 57-57. Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment are scheduled to present “Boxeo Boricua” in Caguas on May 29 at Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico.



May 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

#15 Hosono keeps OPBF belt!

By Joe Koizumi

Hard-punching prospect, WBC#15 Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (15-0, 12 KOs), 125.75, impressively kept his OPBF featherweight belt as he withstood a furious go-for-broke attack of game Filipino Fernando Otic (10-6, 8 KOs), 126, and finally sank him in agony with a well-timed and well-targeted body shot at 0:59 of the third round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)



May 17th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ramirez keeps WBO belt!

By Lee Bates reporting from South America
and Alexey Sukachev

WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Ramirez of Argentina (15-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a hard earned 12 round split decision victory over Ali Ismailov (15-2-1, 11 KOs) at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The bout was very competitive and fought at a brisk pace. The first seven rounds saw both fighters trading hard power shots frequently. However, the bout was slowed after that with several clinches, many initiated by Ismailov. Ismailov was given a warning by referee Mike Ortega but no points were taking away for the holding. Two judges favored Ramirez 116-112 and 115-113 and one judge had it for Ismailov 115-113. No knockdowns were scored in the bout. (more…)



May 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Botha defeats Hoffmann!

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: SES Boxing

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For the 55th time, Ulf Steinforth’s SES-Boxing staged a big boxing show. This time, in their hometown of Magdeburg, Germany. Around 5000 visitors came to the Bördelandhalle to see heavyweight Timo “The German Oak” Hoffmann lose a hard-fought split decision against WBF titlelist and four-time heavyweight title challenger “The White Buffalo” Francois Botha from South Africa. (more…)



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rios hammers Meza!

By Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

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Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios is now 20-1, with 14 KOs, after a fifth-round technical knockout of Mexican Oscar Meza (18-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino in Primm, Nevada. Both fighters gave their all in a back-and-forth slugfest. Meza was finally dropped at the start of round five and was counted out at 0:24 failing to beat the count.
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Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel Garcia scored a third round TKO over Anthony Napunyi. The fight was stopped at 1:04 of the third after an unanswered barrage of punches by Garcia. Garcia is now 16-0, 13 KOs while Napunyi is 14-6, 7 KOs).
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Olympian junior middleweight Vanes Martirosyan (24-0, 15 KOs) destroyed Harrison Cuello (18-10-2, 14 KOs) in round one. It was one-sided and the bout was stopped after Cuello was rocked with several hard punches and was taking punishment around the ring. Martirosyan next takes on rated Andrey Tsurkan on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 9 Pay-Per-View on June 27 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
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Unbeaten prospect Robert Marroquin (7-0, 5 KOs) had a look of a future star in a six-round beating of the game journeyman Robert Da Luz (12-18-2, 9 KOs). Scores were 60-52 (thrice) all for Marroquin. Da Luz was down twice in the second round.



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ward schools Miranda!

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

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2004 U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward, (19-0, 12 KOs), successfully defended his NABO & NABF Super Middleweight titles with an easy decision over Edison Miranda, (32-4, 28 KOs), by scores of 119-109, 119-109, 116-112. Ward, who was cut over his left eye due to an unintentional headbutt in the first round, used his speed and movement to neutralize the power of Miranda through most of the fight. Ward then danced out of harm’s way from a defeated Miranda the last two rounds to secure the victory.
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In the opening bout of Saturday night’s ShoBox: The Next Generation telecast, rising prospect John Molina, Jr. (17-0, 13 KOs) was awarded a controversial second round stoppage win over normally durable Frankie Archuleta, (25-7-1, 14 KOs). Archuleta was fighting evenly with Molina through the first round and a half before a sudden flurry punctuated by a right hook dropped Archuleta with a minute remaining. Archeluta was not badly hurt and started walking to the neutral corner before referee David Mendoza inexplicably waved the bout over at 2:04 of round two.
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2008 U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada, (6-0, 6 KOs), quickly disposed of late replacement Cory Jones, (5-6, 1 KO), in the first round of a four-round super middleweight bout. Jones, who weighed in one pound under the middleweight limit, was no match for the bigger, stronger Estrada. Estrada knocked Jones down with a right hook high to the temple, and after Jones rose on unsteady legs, Estrada pounced on him with several unanswered punches before the referee stepped in at 1:31
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Junior lightweights Mel Crossty, (3-0-1, 1 KO), and Jaime Rodriguez, (4-4-3, 2 KOs), fought to a spirited four-round majority draw, with one judge giving Crossty a 39-37 edge while the other two judges scored the bout 38-38.
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In the first of two walkout bouts following the ShoBox telecast, Rico Ramos (10-0, 6 KOs) forced a referee’s stoppage of overmatched Trinidad Mendoza (24-21-2, 19 KOs) at 1:37 of round three in a scheduled six-round super bantamweight bout. Ramos controlled the action throughout, picking apart Mendoza with an array of left hooks to the head and body until the referee jumped in to save Mendoza from further punishment.
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Also Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield, (9-0-1, 6 KOs), remained unbeaten with a two-round beating of journeyman slugger Roberto Valenzuela, (49-47-2, 40 KOs). There were no knockdowns in the bout but Mayfield was landing several unanswered punches on a defenseless Valenzuela before the referee stepped in at 1:12 of round two of the scheduled six-round junior middleweight bout.



May 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Latin Fury 9!

World championship boxing monopolizes Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall on Saturday, June 27 with “Latin Fury 9!” The pay-per-view extravaganza will be headlined by two world championship fights — WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez defending his title against undefeated Olivier Lontchi and WBO bantamweight champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel defending his crown against former world champion Eric “Little Hands Of Steel” Morel. The televised portion of the card also features former world champion Paulie “The Magic Man” Malignaggi taking on undefeated “Mile-High” Mike Alvarado in a 10-round junior welterweight rumble and Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan risking his undefeated record against Andrey Tsurkan in a 10-round junior middleweight battle. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Caesars Atlantic City, “Latin Fury 9″ will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from the Adrian Phillips Ballroom, beginning at 9 p.m. EDT / 6 p.m. PDT. Tickets, priced at $200, $100 and $50, go on sale This Monday! May 18, at Noon ET, and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall box office, by calling Ticketmaster (800) 736-1420 or online at www.Ticketmaster.com. (more…)



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Fragomeni-Wlodarczyk draw!

Champion retains WBC title

WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1-1, 10 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round split decision draw against former IBF champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (41-2-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the famous Gran Teatro in Rome, Italy. In a hard-fought battle, Fragomeni was the aggressor, and pressured the counter-punching Wlodarczyk over the first six rounds. Wlodarczyk changed his tactics stood his ground in the seventh round, as he started pressuring Fragomeni with good success, dropping a weary Fragomeni twice in round nine. After the second knockdown, Wlodarczyk hit Fragomeni when he was down prompting referee Ian John Lewis to give Fragomeni extra time to recover instead of a count. He did not deduct a point. Good two-way action in the tenth and eleventh. Both warriors let it all hand out in the twelfth. Scores were 114-113 Fragomeni, 116-112 Wlodarczyk, 114-114.
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Unbeaten light middleweight Emanuele Della Rosa moved to (20-0, 8 KOs) with a six round nod over Sebastien Spengler (14-9-2, 4 KOs). Della Rosa dropped Spengler in round three. No scores announced.
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In a crowd-pleasing shootout between Mexican light flyweights, Adrian Hernandez (15-1-1, 11 KOs) of Toluca, Mexico outpointed Abel Ochoa (13-13, 9 KOs) of Mexico City over six. No scores announced.



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Boschiero stops Nohales!

By Paolo Consiglio

Italian super featherweight Devis Boschiero (24-0, 11 KOs) remained undefeated by scoring an impressive fifth round TKO over Francisco Nohales (19-11-5, 8 KOs) of Spain to retain the European Union title yesterday evening in Rovigo, Italy. What looked on paper to be an intriguing test for the rising 27-year-old titlist turned out to be a rout as the usually durable challenger simply had no answer for his superior strength and speed. (more…)



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Mchunu, Motau retain titles!

By Ron Jackson

Thabiso Mchunu stopped Soon Botes in the eighth round to retain the SA and WBA Pan African junior heavyweight titles and Kgotso Motau stopped Peter Mashamaite in the fourth round to retain his SA super middleweight title at the Boiketlong Hall in Sasolburg on Friday night. (more…)



May 16th, 2009

UFC

Hughes vs. Serra-finally!

The bitter animosity between former welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt “The Terror” Serra will culminate on May 23rd, in UFC 98’s co-main-event in Las Vegas. And while it will be their first clash in the Octagon, the two are familiar foes – at least verbally – making it a grudge to rival any in the short history of mixed martial arts, both in passion and longevity . . . Click here for more by Philip Ferraro, UFC

With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info



May 16th, 2009

Boxing News

Fragomeni-Wlodarczyk tonight!

LIVE ON STREAMIT.IT TV REWWWOLUTION

Rome will be back as the Italian capital of boxing tonight thanks to OPI 2000 led by Salvatore and Christian Cherchi. At the prestigious Gran Teatro (3,040 seats) WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1, 10 KOs) will make his first defense against ‘El Diablo’ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (41-2, 31 KOs). The most important fights on the show will be broadcast live by Streamit.it — “TV Rewwwolution,” the only high definition web television, starting 10PM Italian time (4PM U.S. Eastern time). The connection will be on pay-per-view at the price of 5 euro. The payment can be done via credit card; you will get all the info clicking on www.opi2000.com. Streamit.it — TV rewwwolution will broadcast the fights worldwide, but not in Italy and Poland where local TV networks have bought the exclusive rights. Below is a list of the fight’s you’ll see:
10PM Italian time light flyweight – 6 rounds
Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez vs Abel Ochoa
10:30PM super welterweight – 6 rounds
Emanuele Della Rosa Vs Sebastien Spengler
11:15PM WBC world cruiserweight championship – 12 rounds
Giacobbe Fragomeni vs Krzysztof Wlodarczyk



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

Torres wins in thriller!

Dramatic come-from-behind KO

By Lee Bates reporting from Colombia

On Friday night former WBO junior welterweight champion Ricardo Torres (33-2, 29 KOs) defeated Raul Pinzon (16-3, 15 KOs) by way of 10th round TKO at the Hotel Prado Mar in Puerto, Colombia. Torres cornerman advised him prior to the start of the tenth and final round that he needed a knockout to win the fight with Torres himself being knocked down in rounds one, four and seven. Torres delivered as he went on to drop a very fatigued Pinzon three times in the final round in route to the TKO victory. Torres was trailing on the three official scorecards by 5, 4 and 3 points. The official time of the stoppage was 2:09 seconds of the 10th round.



May 16th, 2009

Boxing Result

‘Kingpin’ batters Vargas!

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In his most impressive performance as a pro, undefeated WBA #5, WBC #10, IBF #13 rated heavyweight Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten 2004 Olympic team captain Devin Vargas (17-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. Vargas pressed the action early on, but Johnson (who had predicted a knockout) dropped Vargas with a barrage of punches at the end of rounds three and five, in round six Vargas’ corner threw in the towel to save their beaten fighter. Time was 2:23. Vargas, who took the fight on short notice, complained that he couldn’t hear out of his right ear.
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Lightweight Jorge “The Truth’ Teron (23-1-1, 15 KOs) avenged the only loss of his career with a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over 38-year-old veteran Aldo Valtierra (25-11, 13 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 99-91.
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Former WBA heavyweight champion of the world, Bruce “The Atlantic City Express” Seldon (40-7, 35 KOs) stopped 359lb Gabe “Big G” Brown (18-10-4, 12 KOs) in round five.
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Light heavyweight hopeful Chuck “The Professor” Mussachio (13-0-2, 5 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a six round decision over against former WBA light middleweight champion Carl Daniels (50-16-1, 32 KOs).



May 15th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from Primm, NV!

Photos:

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Brandon Rios 135.5 vs Oscar Meza 136
Mikey Garcia 126 vs Anthony Napunyi 123.5
Vanes Martirosyan 154 vs Harrison Cuello 154.5
Alejandro Lopez 126 vs Baudel Cardenas 127.5
Roberto Marroquin 123 vs Robert Da Luz 122
Diego Magdaleno 134 vs Juan Montiel 133
Sharif Bogere 137.5 vs Kevin Carmody 141
Venue: Buffalo Bill’s Resort and Casino, Primm Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Azteca America
First Bell: 6:30 pm pacific/Live Telecast: 7:00 pm



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Gonzalez on target weight

agonzalezpeFormer bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez made his 7-day weigh-in limit today in Monterrey, Mexico, tipping the beam at 127.6 pounds today in Mexico City. Next Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico, Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs) will take on WBC Superbantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), of Japan. “I am in perfect condition,” said Gonzalez, after sparring 12 rounds this morning. “Everything has come along perfectly and according to plan.” A crowd of 17,000 is expected for the venue.



May 15th, 2009

UFC

Full line-up for UFC 98 set!

With two stellar co-main events, featuring a UFC light heavyweight title match between defending champion Rashad Evans and Lyoto Machida and one of the greatest grudge matches in UFC history between former UFC welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra, the Ultimate Fighting championship® (UFC®) confirms the remaining fights for UFC 98: EVANS VS. MACHIDA. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Cruz, Torres make weight!

Both headliners for the event Boxeo Boricua en Salinas made their respective divisions during the weight ins for the event organized by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. “As always, I’ve trained real hard for the fight and I’m confident in the victory”, assured Cruz (9-0, 7KO’s), who said he feels really honored that, for the second time this year, he’ll headline an event in charge of welterweight champion Miguel Cotto. El Artesano will face Mexican Juan Jaramillo (8-6-2, 3KO’s), who said that he doesn’t fear the Cruz’s undefeatable record and assured he’ll knocked out Puerto Rican boxer in the 5th round. Meanwhile, Fernando Torres (11-0-1, 7 KO’s), the other headliner of the event, emphasized that he feels more strong than usual and also really pleased of knowing for sure that his rival is not an easy one. Torres will face Texan Derrick Moon ((13-28-1, 3 KO’s), who arrived to the Island today afternoon.



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Botha defeats Hoffmann!

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer

For the 55th time, Ulf Steinforth’s SES-Boxing staged a big boxing show. This time, in their hometown of Magdeburg, Germany. Around 5000 visitors came to the Bördelandhalle to see heavyweight Timo “The German Oak” Hoffmann lose a hard-fought split decision against WBF titlelist and four-time heavyweight title challenger “The White Buffalo” Francois Botha from South Africa. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sexton stops Rogan!

By Alexey Sukachev

The magic story of the heavyweight “People’s champion” Martin Rogan (12-1, 6 KOs) came to an abrupt end moments ago at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, when the local cab driver was stopped on shut eye in the eighth round by Brit Sam Sexton (12-1, 5 KOs). Rogan started the fight aggressively imposing his will on the defensive opponent. Sexton came back strong in the second round, rocking the Belfast native several times with his sudden and powerful back-fire combos. Both pugilists were on even terms in the third round but the fourth stanza saw onrushing Rogan, 38, being just slightly better. In round five Sam Sexton, 14 years his younger, mounted another local comeback but in the huge sixth stanza Rogan looked much better almost dropping his tired foe after several monstrous rights. Unbelievably, the guest fighter was able to come back one another time in the seventh getting an advantage of the rapidly closing left eye of Rogan. Sexton was close to stop Rogan at the ending moments of the round. In another colossal turn-around, Martin Rogan with the completely shut left eye gave his all at the start of the eighth round to wobble Sam Sexton with a monstrous left hook and another right in the following. Sexton was saved by referee Dave Parris, who issued a warning to Rogan for hitting at the back of the head. He was wobbled again after another onslaught by Rogan and also lost his mouthpiece in the process. Fantastically, the local fighter showed an enormous sportsmanship not to follow with his punches and warned referee about the lost mouthpiece of his opponent. Immediately after the fight went on, referee Dave Parris halted the contest and let the doctor to examine Rogan’s left eye. After Rogan was unable to count the fingers right, the fight was stopped at 2:37 of the eighth round; one of the best fights in heavyweight division this year coming to an early end. Rogan, ranked #11 by the WBO, lost his Commonwealth heavyweight title after this loss. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Weights from Rome!

Photo: Paolo Consiglio

Photo: Paolo Consiglio

By Paolo Consiglio

Giacobbe Fragomeni 197 vs Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 198.4
(WBC cruiserweight championship)
Vittorio Oi 143.3 vs Sento Martinez 142.2
Emanuele Della Rosa 156 vs Sebastien Spengler 153
Emanuele Blandamura 159.8 vs Ferenc Olah 154.3
Adrian Hernandez 108 vs Abel Ochoa 110.2
Mirko Larghetti 194 vs Sandor Balogh 203.9
Andrea Moretti 190 vs Mihaly Kratki 197.3
Venue: Gran Teatro
Promoter: OPI2000
TV: RAI2 (Italy)
Web television Streamit.it-Rewwwolution Tv will broadcast pay-per-view worldwide (but Italy, Poland and Mexico).



May 15th, 2009

Scale Watch

Ward, Miranda make weight!

By David Robinett
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime

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Andre “S.O.G.” Ward 167.5 vs Edison “Pantera” Miranda 167.5
(NABO & NABF Super Middleweight Championship Bout)
John Molina, Jr. 132 vs Frankie Archuleta 128
(Contract Weight Limit of 132 lbs.)
Shawn Estrada 164.5 vs Cory Jones 159
Rico Ramos 124.5 vs Trinidad Mendoza 124
Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield 150 vs Roberto Valenzuela 149
Mel Crossty 130 vs Jaime Rodriguez 131
Notes: Weigh-in held at Frank Ogama Plaza in downtown Oakland; Golden State Warriors star Monta Ellis in attendance and posed with the fighters; Dan Goossen: “Andre Ward was the last boxing gold medalist for the United States. We believe he [Ward] is going to get another gold in arguably his biggest fight Saturday night!….tickets are selling great, I expect between 7,000 and 9,000 [in attendance] tomorrow night”; during the face off after both fighters weighed in, Miranda leaned in pressing his head against Ward’s; Ward smiled and talked to Miranda for the entire 15-20 seconds during photos while Miranda just scowled.



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Salita headed to Primm!

Undefeated World Boxing Association’s No.1 official challenger for the world super lightweight championship, Damitry “Star of David” Salita, will move his camp to Primm Valley Casino Resorts on Sunday, May 17, to complete training for his 10-round main event against Raul “El Toro” Munoz on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at the Star of the Desert Arena in Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

More Friday Weights!

Weights from Philadelphia:
Joey Abell 244 vs Billy Willis 231
Gee Cullmer 161 vs Clarence Taylor 159
Joselito Collado 130 vs Darrell Martin 131.5
Julias Edmonds 141 vs Jose Tiburcio 138.5
Achmad Tuba 153.75 vs Vincent Batteast 152
Taneal Goyco 190.5 vs Davit Davishvilli 190.5
Makidi Ku-Ntima 228 vs James Pratt 239
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon

Weights from New York City:
Roberto Acevedo 139.5 vs Vincent Arroyo 141
Carlos “Mina” Zambrano 126 vs Angel Lopez 123.5
Anthony Irons 146 vs Noel Garcia 145
Juan Carlos Prada 150 vs Ashanti Henderson 149
Nadia Feliciano 127 vs Jackie Trivelino 126
Juan “JZ” Zegarra 140 vs Jose Guerrido 142.5
Shgiprim “White Tiger” Muriqui 163 vs Charles Wade 168
Venue: Yonkers Armory
Doors open at 7:30 PM first fight at 8:00 PM
Tickets: $40-$100



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Shawn Estrada!

Shawn Estrada is seeking a sixth knockout in as many fights when he takes on Cory Jones in a super middleweight bout on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Edison Miranda main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME in Oakland, Calif. Highlights of Estrada’s fight will be shown between the televised John Molina, Jr.-Frankie Archuleta and Ward-Miranda bouts. Also, SHOWTIME boxing historian and commentator Steve Farhood will interview the undefeated Estrada about his fight and his upcoming future plans. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz!

According to pay-per-view industry sources, the May 2 Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton super-fight generated 800,000+ PPV buys. No official numbers have been announced. Pacman may return to action in October.
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World champion Brian ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii is returning home for a Victory Parade there Saturday. The parade begins at 3 pm at Waipahu District Park and afterwards Brian will meet with fans in autograph session.
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WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Soto travelled to Mexico City on Wednesday and was presented by WBC President Jose Sulaiman with his official green and gold WBC world championship belt. Soto won the title in December and has made two successful title defenses. Soto was present at the ceremony with his manager Antonio Lozada and promoter Fernando Beltran.
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After the recent swine flu scare, boxing in Mexico is back to normal and there will be heavy activity in May and June.
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Kelly Pavlik was tentatively scheduled to collide against Sergio Mora on June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, however an ongoing staph infection on Pavlik’s hand failed to clear up and the fight has scratched (Edgar Gonzalez)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Brewster added to Helsinki card!

Further to the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Scandinavian fight fans will get a first-hand look at the impressive boxing skills of “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs). The former WBO heavyweight champion, who even knocked out Wladimir Klitschko, has been added to May 30´s star-studded undercard at Hartwall Arena. “I look forward to fighting in Helsinki,” Brewster said. “I want to give the Scandinavian fans a taste of my class.” (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Russian Boxing Chronicles!

Part III: Ali Ismailov
Photo: Andrey Bazdrev

Photo: Andrey Bazdrev

By Andrey Bazdrev, Ramin Hasanov and Alexey Sukachev

Bang-bang! – Two big men, both in sport jerseys with headgears protecting them from undesirable cuts and lacerations, are exchanging punches in the centre of the ring. Lights are on, but people in the gym are rare, a few being scarcely scattered around the squared circle. The TV men, however, are removing covers from their mobile workstation. It’s an unusual opportunity for them to see a future title challenger honing his skills against the former champion. Who knows, maybe in several months, both of them – WBO cruiserweight mandatory challenger Ali Ismailov and ex-WBA interim master Valery Brudov – will be on the top of the world together. Both are just a single fight removed from climbing the highest hills in their respective careers. Ismailov, the grizzled 35 year-old veteran, will get his chance first. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

UFC

‘Kenflo’ throws first pitch

Photo by Eric Nemeth

Photo by Eric Nemeth

Before taking the mound for the first pitch at the Phillies vs. Dodgers game (May 13), UFC number one lightweight contender Kenny Florian joins Phillies star Shane Victorino by the dugout. Victorino, a UFC aficionado, talked to Florian about his upcoming fight against BJ Penn in the Pennsylvania debut of UFC in a Pay-Per-View event at the Wachovia Center on August 8. (more…)



May 15th, 2009

Boxing News

Q&A: Kevin Johnson!

Photo: Javiel Centeno

Photo: Javiel Centeno

By Matt Richardson 

If talking was fighting, unbeaten heavyweight Kevin Johnson would be the undisputed champion. Johnson (21-0-1, 8 KO’s) is a brash and outspoken American heavyweight.  Fightnews had a chance to catch up with the loquacious fighter before his fight tonight on ESPN 2 against 2004 Olympic Team Captain (and unbeaten heavyweight) Devon Vargas.  Vargas was a last minute replacement for an injured Monte Barrett.  To hear what Johnson had to say about Vargas, Barrett, the current status of the heavyweight division and much more, just read on. (more…)



May 15th, 2009




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