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By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Fighting for the first time under new trainer Joe Goossen and new promoter Goossen Tutor Promotions, 2004 Olympian Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan, (34-1-1, 21 KOs), rebounded from his first loss last November with a comfortable ten-round unanimous decision over Mario Lozano, (27-5, 20 KOs), Friday night in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights at the Morongo Casino Resort Spa in Cabazon, California. All three judges scored the bout 100-89. With the victory Martirosyan earned the WBO Inter-Continental junior middleweight title but, more importantly, successfully launched what he has readily acknowledged is a career reboot after leaving longtime trainer Freddie Roach and Top Rank Promotions. (more…)
Local Belgian female star Delfine Persoon made weight for her mandatory 30-day weigh-in. Persoon was well inside the limite when she tipped the scale at 62.400. The WBC rule has a maximum of 10% above the limite 30 days ahead of the world title fight. Persoon is in full training for her clash with Farias.
Current WBC champion, the undefeated Argentinian Erica Anabella Farias, 19-0-0(9), will make a mandatory defence of her lightweight title on April 20 against Belgian Delfine Persoon, 28-1-0(13), in Zwevezele, Belgium. On the undercard Hedi Slimani will face Affif Hamdani for the vacant WBC Mediterrenean lightweight title. It will be the first ever WBC fight and WBC double header in Belgium. The show is promoted and sponsored by Paul Degroote of DTT.
“Laggoune, Yengoyan, Merhy and Abdoul in action”
Bilal Laggoune will headline the next BGB show called ROUND XIII against Laszlo Hubert for the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title.
In the co-main event Sasha Yengoyan will face dangerous Ayoub Nefzi over 10 rounds.
Hot prospect Ryad Merhy will see action against Paata Berikashvili over 6 and local star Ismail Abdoul will face Levan Jomardashvili also over 6.
Domien Van Gansbeke versus Jean Pierre Habimana and female Elfi Philips versus Najat Hasnouni will complete the show.
Venue: Sporthal Vlaanderen, Gent, Belgium
Promoter: Claude Vandenheede, BGB promotion
Story and photos by Jesse Kelley
Mohammed Kayongo 147 vs. Fredrick Lawson 148
Javontae Starks 154 vs. Ruben Galvan 155
Juan Velasquez 131 vs. Philip Adyaka 131 (exhibition)
Carlos Velasquez 132.5 vs. Willshaun Boxley 133
Joe Amouta 168 vs. Kelin Sharpe 168
Andrew Selvig 135 vs. Andre Sherard 137
Pat Quinn 360 vs. Mahmoud Aburia 260
John Moxey 237.5 vs. Brett Murphy 292.5
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Venue: Myth Nightclub, Maplewood, MN
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Emerico Perez
Darlington Agha 253 vs Terrell Jamal Woods 239
DeAnthony Bonner 132 vs DeShaun Williams 132.75
Jonathan Steele 146.25 vs Theodore Walters 144
Chris Jones 167 vs Larry Smith 160
John Paul Bonansinga 147 vs Booker Arthur 146.75
Ernesto Delgadillo 118.5 vs Leonardo Torres 120.75
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Keep it in the Ring – benefiting Punching Out Parkinson’s & NewDay Services
Venue: Cendera Center – Fort Worth, Texas
Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Earlier tonight, DiBella Entertainment presented the latest installment of its ever popular Broadway Boxing series with an exciting eight-bout card from the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn, NY.
Fighting before a strong contingent of hometown fans, Brooklyn fan favorite Heather Hardy and the Bronx’s Nydia Feliciano went to war in their eight-round female junior featherweight feature bout. Feliciano was easily the toughest opponent of Hardy’s young career, having already fought for a world title in 2012. Round after round, Hardy and Feliciano furiously brawled, bringing the crowd to a standing ovation on a number of occasions. Hardy was the aggressor and pressed the action for the majority of the bout, and in the end, she was awarded the well-deserved unanimous decision, winning by scores of 79-73, and 78-74 twice. It was the most impressive victory to date for Hardy, who improved to a perfect 9-0, 2KOs. (more…)
Bantamweight Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (13-1, 6 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Latin bantamweight title on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Both fighters had their moments, but in the end it was Tostado who won by scores 96-94, 96-94, 95-95.
In the co-feature, lightweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (21-2, 16 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over veteran Carlos “El Guerrero” Velazquez (21-19-1, 11 KOs).
WBA flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (33-1, 17 KOs) knocked out challenger Manuel Vides (15-3, 9 KOs) in the second roynd to retain his title on Saturday night at the Villa La Ñata Sporting Club in General Pacheco, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was Reveco’s sixth title defense.
Also on the card, cruiserweight Victor Emilio Ramirez (19-2, 15 KOs) stopped Glendy Hernandez (10-2, 6 KOs) in a bout for the IBF Latino title.
José Pedraza 129 vs. Alberto Garza 130
Rey Ojeda Marco 135 vs. Fernando Torres 135
Kenny Galarza vs.150 vs. Miguel Munguia 151
Jesus Rojas 127 vs. Juan Beltran 131
Daniel Rosario 151 vs. Carlos Garcia 151
Alberto Mercado 133 vs. Angel Pascual 132
Edwin Rodriguez 117 vs. Hector Gonzalez 118
Luis Rosario peso 124 vs.Felix Caraballo 124
Luis Paredes 124 vs. Josue Class 125
Jean Carlos Rivera 119 vs. Kevin Vazquez 120
It was confirmed Friday night that the rematch between Bermane Stiverne (23-2-2, 20 KOs) and Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) will take place at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center, located near downtown Los Angeles. The bout will be for the vacant WBC heavyweight title formerly held by Vitali Klitschko and take place on May 10. There were talks of placing the bout in Cancun, but the Stiverne Camp wouldn’t agree to a fight in Mexico. Stiverne scored a twelve round unanimous decision in their first fight.
Stivens Bujaj 196.5 vs. Victor Barragan 192.5
(WBC United States cruiserweight title)
Jeremy McCleary 126 vs. Corben Page 126.5
Contract Weight: 128 Lbs.
Juan Carlos Rodriguez 156 vs. Cameron Sevilla-Rivera 158
Contract Weight: 157 Lbs.
Sean Quinnett 144.5 vs. Jared Teer 146
Contract Weight: 147 Lbs.
Josh Solis 159.5 vs. Harrison Bevens 161
Contract Weight: 161 Lbs.
Jared Torgeson 199 vs. Jon Jackson 195
Contract Weight: 200 Lbs.
Cole Milani 153 vs. Mark Garcia 156.5
Contract Weight: 161 Lbs.
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino
Promoter: Halquist Productions
By David Robinett at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Former jr. middleweight world title challenger Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (34-1-1, 21 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Mario Lozano (27-5, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Morongo Casino in Cabazon, California. Martirosyan dropped Lozano with a right hand to the head in round two and went to to win by scores of 100-89 on all cards. It was Martirosyan’s debut under the Goossen Tutor promotional banner.
Lightweight contender Anthony Peterson (33-1, 21 KOs), brother of current IBF junior welterweight titlist Lamont Peterson, won by a ten round unanimous decision over Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (20-5, 13 KOs). Peterson outboxed Jimenez to win by scores of 98-92, 100-90, 99-91.
In the evening’s walkout bout, Vatch Martirosyan, (3-0, 2 KOs), younger brother of Vanes Martirosyan, knocked down winless Gustavo Lopez, (0-2-1), three times before referee Raul Caiz Jr. stepped in to stop the beating at 1:01 of round three in a scheduled four-round welterweight bout.
“Me and my partner Bob Santos, think the sky is the limit for Robert,” said co-manager Luis DeCubas Jr of the signing of Robert Guerrero to advisor Al Haymon. “We have been working on this deal over the past two years and we are glad to get it done. Robert is one of the top 147-pounders in the business.”
Guerrero is the former IBF featherweight and super feather weight champion. In late 2011, Guerrero made a challenge to then-WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather. Over the next 1 1/2 years he impressively beat a series of top contenders as he moved up in weight until he captured the interim WBC welterweight title. After defending the interim title twice, including an impressive victory over two-time welter champion Andre Berto, “The Ghost” finally met “Money” in the ring on May 5, 2013. Although Mayweather won the contest, Guerrero’s entry into the welterweight class made the 147-pounders a hot division hotter than ever.
Haymon currently advises welterweight champions Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shawn Porter and Marcos Maidana among others.
When asked about future opponents, DeCubas responded: “Al Haymon will put that together. We are hoping next week to make an announcement.”
DeCubas added: “Al already advises three of our fighters so we know he works quickly!” Haymon advises Erislandy Lara (WBA jr middleweight champion), Miguel Flores (13-0 featherweight) and Mario “Golden Boy” Barrios (3-0 super bantamweight who is 18 years old and stands at six foot).
Tomorrow (Saturday, March 22nd) Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis and US veteran Tony “The Tiger” Thompson collide in Tekirdag (Turkey) for the vacant WBC international heavyweight championship. At today’s official weigh-in Solis brought 257 lbs. (116.7 kg) to the scale while Thompson weighed in at 266.5 lbs (120.9 kg).
Asked if he felt a specific pressure before this important fight, Solis stated: “I never put myself under pressure. If I worried about the future I couldn’t perform the way I do. I take every fight and every opponent serious. Thompson is no difference. I go in there to beat him and to continue my way to become heavyweight champion of the world.”
When Tony Thompson was asked if he felt old at age 42, “The Tiger” answered: “I’m not getting older, I’m getting sexier every day! I know that I still have it. And after Saturday night Solis will know that as well. My age is no factor – but my experience might be. I will shock Solis and do to him what I did to David Price.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
The newest member of the Tijuana boxing promotional fraternity, Gonzalez Boxing Promotions, presented their second fight card of the year with an entertaining fight bout fight card that offered something for everybody, from heavyweights to super flyweights and everything in between. The nightclub Hangar 27 was filled almost to capacity to witness the main event between junior welterweights Rafael Cobos (15-4-5, 3KOs) and Adan “Ojitos” Gamboa (2-17, 1KO), both of Tijuana, in a scheduled six rounder.
Cobos proved to be the much quicker and stronger of the two as he took over from the opening bell, putting his head against Gamboa’s chest and hardly moving it for the entire six rounds as he ripped hard power shots to the mid-section of his opponent. Gamboa woke up somewhat in the third and looked to box from the outside scoring long right hands but Cobos quickly got back on the inside and kept working, pushing Gamboa against the ropes. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Humberto Soto 142 vs Juan Carlos Abreu 141
Hugo “Cuatito” Ruíz 119 vs Ramón “Cobra” Maas 119.5
Mahonri Montes 143 vs Jesús Valenzuela 143
Pedro Guevara 110.3 vs Patricio Camacho 110.5
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Venue: Polideportivo Centenario
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Anselmo Moreno 118 vs Javier Chacon 117
(WBA bantamweight super world championship)
Leroy Estrada 105 vs Edwin Diaz
(WBC Latino minumweight title)
Gilberto Pedroza 105 vs Carlos Ortgea 104
(WBC Fecarbox miniumweight title)
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Venue: Roberto Duran Arena
TV: TV MAX
The WBO has ordered Gary Russell to face Vasyl Lomachenko for the vacant WBO featherweight title. Promoters, Golden Boy (for Russell) and Top Rank (fro Lomachenko) have 30 days to negotiate. That should be interesting as Top Rank and Golden Boy haven’t been doing business with each other recently.
— Paco Valcárcel, Esq. (@PacoValcarcel) March 21, 2014
Sergio Martinez advisor Sampson Lewkowicz has announced the team that will be working Martinez corner for his June 7 PPV fight against Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The team will consist of trainer Pablo Sarmiento, cutman Dr. Roger Anderson, hand wrapper and advisor Russ Anber and Martinez’ personal doctor, Dr. Raquel Bordons.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Merlito Sabillo 104.5 vs. Francisco Rodriguez 105
(WBO minimumweight championship)
Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr 148 vs. Vivian Harris 148
Abner López 142 vs Ricardo Domínguez lbs
Juan Hernández 111 vs Gerardo Verde 109
Rodolfo Quintanilla 141 vs Uriel Hernández 141.5
Sergio Ortega 140 Juan Ramírez 141
Venue: Arena Monterrey
Eric Hunter 125.5 vs. Yenifel Vicente 125.5
(USBA featherweight title)
Miguel Cartagena 113.5 vs. Miguel Robles 118*
Victor Vasquez 135.5 vs. Osnel Charles 135.5
Tony Ferrante 210 vs. Pedro Martinez 229
Anthony Prescott 150.5 vs. Anthony Miller 150.5
Promoter: Joey Eye Boxing Promotions
Venue: Harrahs Philadelphia
1st Bell: 7:30 PM ET
* Robles 3 lbs over
Hunter was 132 and Vicente 134 at the mandatory 2nd day weigh in
“Boxeo Telemundo” continues its 25th year on the air tonight when Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico, takes on Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in the main event. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fight card will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion , Tampa, FL. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions.
Tostado is familiar to the Telemundo audience, having fought recent world title challenger David Carmona dropping a hard fought decision loss. It was the first and only blemish to date on Tostado’s record but Tostado said it was a learning experience and he is ready to move forward. Fightnews caught up with Tostado as he was literally arriving to his hotel from the airport having taken this fight on just a few days notice. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Former WBO Female Lightweight World Champion Erin McGowan (14-2, 7 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday night where she will take on former 2 time world title challenger Sriphrae Nongkipahuyuth (12-2-2, 5 KOs) at Western Alliance 12 at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium in Perth Australia. McGowan is very excited about fighting in front of her home fans for the first time since 2010. “It sure has been a tough four years fighting overseas and taking a break” McGowan said. “But I am feeling really mentally and physically focused. My opponent has fought for 2 world titles and she is a good test to see where I’m at after a huge break. It is my mission to bring another world title back to Perth, Sky is the limit.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Veteran Irvin Buhlalau will be a tough test for the rising young star Paul Kamanga when the meet over six rounds in a light welterweight bout at the Orlando Communal Hall in Soweto south of Johannesburg on Saturday afternoon. The 20-year-old Kamanga from the Democratic Republic of the Congo who is now based in Johannesburg and trained by former fighter Anton Gilmore made his pro debut on July 9 2012. He has been most impressive in racking up an unbeaten record of nine wins with six coming inside the distance.
Buhlalu, 39, from Durban was an outstanding amateur representing South African at the 1994 Commonwealth Games and 1996 Olympics and as a professional won the South African and All Africa lightweight titles. However, he has only had four fights since August 2009 and in December last year was only a shell of his former self when he was badly beaten and stopped in seven rounds by Thompson Mokwana when challenging the South African lightweight title.
On the undercard Sean Ness meets Vusi Dladla in a welterweight bout scheduled for six rounds. There are also five other bouts on the undercard and the tournament is backed by Golden Gloves Promotions.
Italian company OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show tomorrow in Pontedera (Pisa), Italy. In the main event WBC #12 and IBF #6 Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (23-1-1, 13 KOs) will fight WBC #9 and IBF #7 Christopher Rebrasse (21-2-3, 5 KOs) for the vacant European super middleweight championship. It’s a rematch between the two. Last June, the fight finished with a controversial draw where many people saw Rebrasse winning the fight. (more…)
Photos: Hectos Santos/ Cotto Promotions, LLC
Jorge Melendez 154.6 vs. Richard Gutierrez 153
Felix Verdejo 134 vs. Juan Santiago 133
Jose Martinez 115 vs. Miguel Del Valle 115
Christopher Diaz 124.8 vs. Luis Hernandez 121
Antonio Ortiz 142 vs. Julio Santos 140
Yomar Alamo 144 vs. Victor Vega 148
Kevin Nieves 134 vs. Jose Del Valle 134
Emanuel Morales 130.6 vs. Sean Acosta 129
Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Top Rank/Miguel Cotto Promotions/H2 Entertainment
By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Despite an eight-year, 33-fight unbeaten streak to start his career, 2004 United States Olympian Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan was considered by many a slight underdog to untested young contender Demetrius Andrade in a fight for the WBO light middleweight title last November. In that fight, Martirosyan briefly showed flashes of the brilliance that once had him on the fast track to stardom, knocking Andrade down in the first round and threatening to make short work of his opponent. But over the course of the remaining eleven rounds, Martirosyan failed to capitalize on his quick start and lived down to more contemporary expectations, losing a split decision to Andrade that most ringside observers felt was not as close as the final scores indicated.
Four months later, Martirosyan, (32-1-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring tonight for the first time since that loss, armed with a new trainer in Joe Goossen, a new promoter in Goossen Tutor Promotions, and the optimism that comes with a second chance for a fresh start.
“I feel like I’m starting 0-0 again,” Martirosyan told FightNews.com. “Goossen is bringing the best out of me and on Friday night people will get to see and realize this is the start of something big.” (more…)
The April 3 FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes tripleheader is now complete, as former heavyweight world title challenger Monte “Two Gunz” Barrett (35-10-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring to face unbeaten WBA #2 contender Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (20-0, 17 KOs) in the main event of “Night of the Heavyweights” Golden Boy Live! event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif.
In previously announced televised heavyweight bouts, Gerald “El Gallo Negro” Washington risks his perfect professional record in the 10-round co-main event against Skipp “Strictly Business” Scott and 2012 U.S. Olympian Dominic “Trouble” Breazeale goes for 10 straight wins when he takes on veteran Nagy Aguilera. Plus, unbeaten rising star Diego “The Golden Kid” De La Hoya will appear in a six-round junior featherweight bout and prospects Santiago “El Lobito” Guevara, Neeco “The Rooster” Macias, Michael Hunter and Stephan Shaw will also be seeing action on this stacked card.
Fight fans in attendance at Fantasy Springs are in for a special treat as former heavyweight contender Gerry “Gentleman” Cooney will be on hand as a special VIP guest to meet and greet those at the event.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Main Events
“Only Adamek knows if he can again dedicate himself 100 percent to the sport of boxing. He’s financially secured, has a great family, and if Adamek decides to fight is because of his competitive spirit, not because he has to. Those are tough questions and I expect that Tomasz should have weeks to make the right decision. No matter what his decision will be, Main Events will always support our champion; we understand the reasoning behind both options,” said Main Events President Kathy Duva in a Fightnews.com interview. (more…)
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Tonight’s “Boxeo Telemundo” Main Event will see Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico take on Antonio “El Tostado” Tostado (12-1, 6 KOs) of Jamay, Jalisco, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO Latino bantamweight title at stake. Site of the fight card will be the A La Carte Event Pavilion , Tampa, FL. Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc is presenting the show in association with Shea Bailey Promotions.
Vidal like Tosado recently suffered his first and only career loss to date. However, unlike Tosado, Vidal does not feel he lost when he dropped a decision in the home country of his opponent. Though Vidal is taking this fight on just days notice, he stated he was in excellent shape and ready to shine on this big stage. (more…)
Photos by Pete Susens
Former World Lightweight Champion Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini visited The Wild Card Gym in Hollywood Thursday to watch Manny Pacquiao prepare for his April 12th bout with Timothy Bradley at The MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Maria Suarez 109 vs. Chantel Cordova 111.2
Javier Rodriguez 152.8 vs. Marcus Dawkins 155
Robert Brewington 168 vs. Izaak Cardona 168
Kevin Benson 135.2 vs. Ronnie Reams 136
Venue: Pueblo Convention Center
Promoter: Cordova Productions and Sundown Entertainment
The card originally was planned to include five professional bouts. However, due to injury David Escamilla is unable to participate in his contest with Chris Galvadon.
Heather Hardy 121 vs. Nydia Feliciano 119
Joe Smith 178 vs. Michael Gbenga 172
Patrick Day 153 vs. Duane King 151.4
Lamar Russ 160 vs. Tony Hirsch 160
Chris Galeano 155 vs. Azamat Umarzoda 155
Joel Diaz 130 vs. Jose Angel Beranza 129
Eduardo Alicea 165.4 vs. James Johnson 159
Joseph Williams 177.8 vs. PJ Cajigas 173.8
Venue: Aviator Sports & Event Center in Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Vanes Martirosyan 154 vs. Mario Lozano 153
Anthony Peterson 135 vs. Marcos Jimenez 132
Razvan Cojanu 264 vs. Avery Gibson 240
Abel Ramos 140.75 vs. Rodolfo Armenta 138
Venue: Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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