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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo by Ray Bailey
Undefeated Polish Heavyweight sensation Mariuz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) successfully captured the vacant WBC Baltic Heavyweight title with a convincing third round knockout of Jonathan Haggler (23-4, 18KOs) at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey before a crowd of approximately a thousand strong on Saturday night. The card also had an all out pierce six brawl in the co-feature as Osnel “Prince of Darkness” Charles (7-2) outslugged Danny “Little Mac McDermott (8-3-1, 3KOs) over six brutal rounds to captured the unanimous decision victory. The seven bout card was promoted by Prize Fight Promotions in association with Global Boxing Promotions. “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken matched the card. For more details and photos click here…
WBA Lightweight champion, Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta landed in Las Vegas today for his big showdown against Brandon Rios next Saturday in Las Vegas. Acosta who will take on Rios at the Palms was accompanied by his father and trainer Rafael Acosta, his brother Enrique Acosta and his wife Karla. The fight will be telecast by Showtime.
Acosta, 28-3-2, (22 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela, has won 19 fights in a row and for seven years, remains undefeated. Acosta has beaten three undefeated fighters in his last eight bouts. (more…)
Move over Manny Pacquiao.
Nonito Donaire reconfirmed his position as one of the best fighters in the Philippines and in boxing overall on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada when he dominated and stopped Fernando Montiel inside two short, violent rounds to win the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Montiel was violently knocked down after absorbing a hard left hook in the second round. Montiel attempted to rise but as soon as he got his feet planted, he fell backwards and hit the canvas again . . . Click here for more
The punch that knocked out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, launching Nonito Donaire into stardom might’ve been “pretty sweet,” according to the “Filipino Flash.”
But the shot that leveled Mexican legend Fernando Montiel, last night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, crowning Donaire king of bantamweights and launching the Filipino on the path to super-stardom? “Now that punch,” says Donaire, “had to be the No. 1 punch of my career.” . . . Click here for more
“Fight real fighters – not busboys!”
Not quite as vicious as Nonito Donaire’s kayo punch of Fernando Montiel, but certainly as relentless as Jesus Soto-Karass was against Mike Jones last night was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who let loose with a volley of barbs on Golden Boy, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto . . . click here for more
It’s not often that you hear a UFC fighter say that he was a bad athlete growing up, especially since the Ultimate Fighting Championship is mostly populated by former standout wrestlers, kickboxers, and football players. It’s particularly surprising coming from James Te Huna, one of the light heavyweight division’s most powerful strikers . . . Click here for more by Phillip Ferraro , UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda won the NABF bantamweight title by twelve round unanimous decision over German Meraz on Saturday night in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but Kameda landed his shots with greater strength and frequency. The younger brother of world champions Koki and Daiki Kameda was ahead after both the fourth and eighth round announcements, and ultimately triumphed by scores of 119-110, 119-109 and 119-109 to raise his record to 18-0 with 12 knockouts. The NABF title is the fifth belt he has acquired in his short career. Meraz falls to 29-18-1 with 12 KOs. More photos…
Text & photo by Chris Cozzone
“The Darchinyan punch was pretty sweet, but this was the hardest punch of my career,” newly-crowned WBO/WBC Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire said at tonight’s post-fight press conference. “I was so surprised he got up – I put everything behind that punch. It was the hardest one I ever threw in my life.”
Willing to fight anyone – from 118 to 126 – Donaire said you can expect to see an even more ferocious fighter than the one who dismantled Fernando Montiel tonight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“I’m a monster man,” said Donaire. “I’ve never felt so much confidence as I did tonight.”
Montiel was unavailable for comment, having skipped the presser for routine medical tests following his devastating knockout loss. Stay tuned for more photos and a full report tomorrow morning.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
In the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry, former two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular second round knockout to take the WBC/WBO bantamweight titkes of reigning champion Fernando Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 4,805 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was a left hook that put Montiel on the deck. Time was 2:25.
In a rematch of their exciting battle which took place in November, unbeaten WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #3, WBC #4 welterweight Mike Jones (24-0, 18 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #9, IBF #14 Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs). This time Jones didn’t punch himself out early and issued Soto-Karass a controlled, methodical beating. By round three, Soto-Karass was cut over both eyes and Jones was in command. Soto-Karass showed a lot of heart, but by the later rounds his face was a bloody mask. Jones won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 117-111. Soto-Karass has never been stopped. Jones retained his NABO, NABA, and WBC Continental Americas belts. (more…)
World ranked Alejandro “Flaquita” Sanabria (25-1-1, 19 KOs) of Mexico upset former multi-time world title challenger Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) by way of unanimous decision. Juarez was knocked down in the sixth round and the official judges’ scorecards were 116-111, 117-110, 114-113. The bout took place at the Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A clash for the vacant Baltic heavyweight title made its way to Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday night as unbeaten “Polish Giant” Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) demolished Jonathan Haggler (23-4, 18 KOs) in round three. Wach stepped on the gas in round three connecting with five brutal unanswered shots that finished Haggler. Time was 1:22.
By Drew Amendola at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
2008 Olympian heavyweight Deontay Wilder (15-0, 15 KOs) handed former WBO light heavyweight title challenger DeAndrey Abron (15-7, 10 KOs) his sixth straight loss on Saturday night at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The bout was waved off at 1:23 of round two with Wilder battering Abron on the ropes. Time was 1:23. This was the first fight card sanctioned by the new Alabama boxing commission. Click here for more photos…
In his first fight since August 2009, former WBC super lightweight champion Junior Witter (37-4-2, 22 KOs) shockingly lost a ten round majority decision against Victor Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs) in a welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Witter frustrated Lupo with his constant clinching, but ran out of gas late in the fight. Scores were 97-92, 96-94, 95-95. Witter was deducted a point for holding in round nine and spent a lot of time on the canvas totally gassed. With the win, Lupo claims the vacant WBC Silver International title.
Lightweight Logan McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Hector Julio Avila (47-6, 42 KOs) to retain his NABA title. McGuinness dropped the 38-year-old Avila in round two and finished him with a hook to the body at 2:46 of the fourth.
Unbeaten welterweight Samuel Vargas (7-0-2, 1 KO) and Tebor Brosch (6-3-5, 2 KOs) fought to a ten round draw in a bout for the vacant NABA Canada title. Scores were 96-94, 95-95, 95-95.
By Karl Freitag
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round TKO over Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Sturm was in command the first two rounds, but Hearns, the son of ring legend Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, picked up the pace in round three. Sturm responded aggressively in dominating round four with his jab. Sturm continued to break down Hearns in workmanlike fashion. The bout ended in round seven when Sturm connected with a huge right hand leaving Hearns unable to continue. Referee was Raul Caiz Jr. Time was 2:30. “He showed he deserves to have the title,” said the The Hitman, who watched the bout from ringside. (more…)
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, 6’9 Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) demolished Marcelo Nascimento (13-1, 11 KOs)on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Fury dropped Nascimento with a big right hand in round one and finished him in round five with a right hand that put the Brazilian down and out. Time was 2:48.
Junior welterweight Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) dethroned British champion Lenny Daws (21-2-2, 9 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. Theophane dropped Daws twice in round nine and went on to win by 115-111, 115-111, 115-112.
Welterweight Craig Watson (20-3, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over John O’Donnell (24-2, 11 KOs) in a clash for the vacant British title. Scores were 116-113, 117-112, 117-112.
Olympian jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Michael Lomax (17-4-1, 2 KOs) at the famous York Hall in London. Lomax stepped in after Jason Cook failed to make weight.
Former British heavyweight titleholder John McDermott (26-7, 17 KOs) destroyed Larry Olubamiwo (10-2, 9 KOs) in 75 seconds. McDermott dropped Olubamiwo twice to claim the British Southern Area heavyweight title.
Photo: Jorge Arce (far right) helps groom Giovanni Segura while Ivan Calderon (far left) and co-promoter Peter Rivera look on. The foursome were part of a press conference hosted today by Top Rank at the Mandalay Bay’s Lupo Traittoria Del Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas. Bob Arum officially announced several upcoming bouts, including Arce’s showdown with WBO jr. featherweight champ Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and the rematch between Urbano Antillon and Humberto Soto, both of which will be featured on the May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley card. Arum also announced Calderon’s rematch with Segura, April 2 in Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen
Undefeated WBA #1-ranked International welterweight champion Brad “King” Solomon (16-0, 7 KOs) stepped up his sparring at the Heavyweight Factory gym yesterday with six tough rounds against Kronk gym light middleweight Domonique Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs).
Solomon’s performance earned praise from both Dolton and Hall of Fame Kronk trainer Emmanuel Steward, who commented: “I’m really impressed with Brad’s speed and moves in there. It was like watching Leonard and Hearns.” Dolton added: “Yeah, he’s pretty fast. It’s good for me to get in with guys like that for the different styles.”
Solomon and head trainer John David Jackson expect to step up the pace leading into the upcoming March 18th bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Live to be broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Solomon confirmed: “The next 2 to 3 weeks we’re going hard, working my body into condition. I’m feeling it right now.” (more…)
By Craig Watt
Australian middleweight Garth Wood (10-1-1, 6KO’s) pulled off one of Australia’s biggest boxing upsets in 2010 when he knocked out former two time WBA 168 pound champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine (40-4, 24KO’s) inside three rounds. This week he has agreed to a re-match with Mundine which will take place at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on April 13th in an eagerly anticipated bout. The match with Mundine in December 2010 was Wood’s contracted prize for winning the Australian Contender Series, shown on Fox TV in Australia and he took his opportunity with a left hook in the third round that knocked out Mundine at the Acer Arena in Sydney.
The popular 32 year old Wood stated, “I know he will be fully focussed for this fight- he is fighting for his career and his pride. There will be no excuses this time for him and I will be in the best shape ever to try and repeat the result. It will be a big year for Garth Wood and a chance to prove I deserve my place in the world boxing scene.” (more…)
The fight between Luan Krasniqi and NABF champion Johnathon Banks has been cancelled. The two heavyweights were supposed to fight in the Ludwigsburg Arena in Germany next Saturday, February 26. The tickets for the fight night were already sold out. In his final days of training camp Krasniqi got a severe sinus infection and therefore has to cancel his bout against Banks. “I am extremely disappointed and feel very sorry for my fans but a fight next Saturday is simply not possible”, says Krasniqi.
Banks was supposed to fly to Germany today but did not enter the plane. “I was really looking forward to having this fight in Germany as the main event on RTL German television. I hope the fight will be re-scheduled”, says Banks. Banks’ promoter Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions: “This was a great opportunity for Johnathon to show his ability on a big show like this against a veteran boxer like Krasniqi. Many boxing fans were looking forward to seeing this fight in Germany.” The entire fight night in Ludwigsburg is called off.
Being a professional athlete and a father leaves Jorge Rivera with a tight schedule. Even though his days are packed with workouts and as much family time as he can manage, he makes the time to plan out a top notch diet during his training camp that fuels his workouts and promotes efficient recovery from tough sessions in the gym . . . Click here for more by PR Cole MS, RD , UFC.com
Tonight’s interesting super featherweight clash between Alejandro Sanabria (26-1-1, 21 KOs) and Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBC Continental Americas title can be seen live on WBCBoxing.tv. The free webcast begins at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT and is not available in Mexico. The event takes place at the Auditorio Ernesto Rufo in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller will make the first defence of his South African light heavyweight title against Roedolf Venter at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on March 1. The 20-year-old Muller (8-0-2, 6 KOs) from Roodepoort won the vacant title in November last year when he stopped Ronnie Lategan in the first round. The Benoni-based Venter (11-3, 5 KOs) who previously fought as a middleweight made a comeback after four years in the light heavyweight division and in two contests last year was most impressive in scoring wins over Ben Moakamela (ko 5) and Rudi Brewer (tko 5). (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
While Fernando Montiel and Nonito Donaire battle for the world bantamweight championship to the north, Canelo Promotions presents presents a clash for the NABF bantamweight belt with Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda (17-0, 12 KOs) and German Meraz (29-17-1, 12 KOs) colliding in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. Kameda weighed in at 117.7 lbs and Meraz tipped the beam at 118. More photos…
Photo and report by Ron Jackson
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions presents a five title fight bill which includes some of the best young talent in South African boxing on March 26 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park. Heading the bill will be Thomas Oosthuizen (11-0-1, 8 KOs) who will be having his second crack at the IBO super middleweight belt when he faces Ruben Acosta (24-4-5, 8 KOs) of Argentina for the vacant belt. Isaac Chilemba from Malawi meets Namibian Vitko Pita Meroro for the vacant WBC International light heavyweight belt and Sipho Taliwe faces Vinvin Rufino of the Philippines in a return match after their controversial first fight. Rufino will be defending the vacant WBC International junior lightweight belt. The talented Tshifwa Munyai who is a former Commonwealth bantamweight champion meets Filipino Daniel Pena in a clash for the vacant IBO super bantamweight belt. Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Flo Simba and Ariel Machado of Brazil clash in a scheduled over ten round bout for the vacant IBO Youth heavyweight title.
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