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Italian Luciano Abis (29-1-1, 13 KOs) won the vacant European Union welterweight title against Belgian Kobe Vandekerkove (18-8-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday in Quartu S. Elena in the beautiful island of Sardegna, Italy. Abis won by technical decision in round eight after the referee stopped the contest because Abis was not able to see from his swollen left eye (head butt from Vandekerkove in round two).
On the undercard, 22-year-old and the best Italian prospect at lightweight Luca Giacon (12-0, 12 KOs) stopped Nicaraguan Ronny McField (13-6-2, 10 KOs) in round three. For McField, it was the first loss inside the limit. Super lightweight Michele Di Rocco (28-1-1, 12 KOs) decisioned in six rounds Irish toughguy Peter McDonagh (15-17, 2 KOs).
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Dahlia TV televising the card live in Italy.
By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photo by Bob Ryder
July 23, Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI: In what must be regarded as a career best performance, super-middleweight Daryl Cunningham, 20-2, turned on the power in the third round and blew away the once tough vet, Anton Echols, now 32-14-4. Echols collapsed under heavy fire and failed to make the count after absorbing a standing-eight earlier in the round. (more…)
Ty Barnett 18-1-1 (12 KO’s) suffered through a serious injury to his right hand as he pounded out a 8 round unanimous decision over the formidable Tyrese Hendrix 18-2-1 (7 KO’s) Saturday night in front of a standing room only crowd at The Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS. (more…)
Photos by Public Address
Three-belt world champion Susi Kentikian and light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer are on hand this weekend at the famous Hockenheim Ring racetrack where the two boxers have gotten a close-up taste of Formula 1. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Paulus Ambunda from Namibia retained his WBO Africa bantamweight title on a unanimous points decision against former South African bantamweight champion Klaas Mboyane at the Windhoek Country Club on Friday night. Ambunde 13-0; 7 and Mboyane 13-9-2; 7 fought toe-toe for the first five rounds which were possibly shaded by the champion. However, the South African did well to come back and possibly takes rounds six to eight. The champion who was much bigger and stronger than Mboyane finished strongly earning a well deserved decision. The judges scorecards were widely in favour of the homeboy which was not a true reflection of the fight. The referee was Thabo Spampool of South Africa and the tournament was presented by Nestor Tobias of Sunshine Promotions.
By Ron Jackson
In a closely fought contest Sipho Taliwe retained his South African junior lightweight title when he fought to a 12 round draw with Godfrey Nzimande at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The scores were 114 -114 twice and 115-113 for Nzimande. (more…)
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
St. Louis’ Pageant Theater was hot and stormy, both inside and out, as Steve Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions put on a “Night of the Elite” Saturday night. Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) continued his climb to another light middleweight title shot with a resounding 3rd round TKO victory over journeyman Darien Ford (11-20, 4 KOs). Latimore was exceedingly sharp as he displayed a new found strategy to get back to the top of the 154 lb rankings. “No more bull from me,” the victorious Latimore exclaimed, “I saw in training that I needed to move my feet more and that gave me much better defense.” For the full report and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto
Ramón Garcia Hirales dethroned previously unbeaten WBO interim mini-flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero on Saturday night, taking a twelve round split decision at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Hirales came from behind to narrowly win on two cards. Scores were 115-113 for Casimero, and 115-113, 115-113 in favor of Garcia. Hirales moves to 14-1-1, 8 KOs, while Casimero falls to 14-1, 8 KOs. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the Center Stage Arena in Atlanta GA, Shea Bailey Promotions delivered once again as the boxing starved boxing fans of Atlanta were treated to an exciting night of fights. In the main event, super welterweight, Paul “The Truth” Delgado (23-9-1, 4 KOs) toughed out a dominating performance over Tim “The Boss” Hall (5-8, 4 KOs). Superwelter Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (22-6, 14 KOs) stopped Jose Felix (10-9-2, 3 KOs) in two. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources inform that promoter Don King and former world champion Ricardo Mayorga have resolved their differences and King will look to get Mayorga an immediate title shot on September 4 in Cologne, Germany against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm. King and Mayorga were at odds after DKP blocked Mayorga’s attempt to participate in an MMA event in May.
It looks like Antonio Margarito will be the winner of the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes. The bout would take place in Las Vegas on November 13 if Margarito is relicensed in the state. Alternatively, Top Rank would place the bout in Monterrey, Mexico. Margarito is currently rated #1 by the WBC at super welterweight and the bout will be for the vacant WBC title in that division.
Bantamweight Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (24-7-2, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage against Jesus “Nakazato” Ceja (13-7-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City. Hernandez, a former world title challenger, was in control from the get-go and got the stoppage after sustained barrage of punches at the 1:48 mark in the seventh. There were no knockdowns. The bout was for the WBC Latin title.
In the co-feature, light flyweights Ulises “Ratoncito” Lara (16-1-3, 14 KOs) and Luis Ceja (11-3-2, 5 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. The bout was a crowd-pleasing slugfest that ended with scores of 76-76, 75-77, 76-76.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten middleweight Craig McEwan (18-0, 7 KOs) won a hard fought majority decision former welterweight title challenger Danny Perez (34-7, 17 KOs) in a good action fight on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95.
Featherweight Charles Huerta (14-1, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Jonathan Arias (15-6, 8 KOs). Heurta dropped Arias in round one and twice in round six. Time was 1:40. For more details and photos click here…
By Rocco Morales and David Robinett at ringside
Photos by Laura De la Torre
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (10-1, 6 KOs) outworked previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds to take a clear twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night in a specially constructed outdoor arena at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, CA. Uzelkov dropped Shumenov with a left hook in round one, but Shumenov came back to drop Uzelkov at the end of round three and dominated the rest of the fight with his aggression and superior workrate. Scores were 117-109, 118-108, 118-108.
WBO #3 rated super bantamweight Rico Ramos (17-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-4-1, 10 KOs) in an uneventful eight-round fight. Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 80-72. For more details and photos click here…
Antonio Lozada Jr. 139 vs. Hugo Hernandez 140
Marvin Quintero 129 vs. Jean Javier Sotelo 130
David De La Mora 118 vs. Elvis Garcia 118
Alain Hernandez 134.5 vs. Antonio Cervantes 134.8
Venue: Tecate Box Tour at Hipodromo Caliente
Promoter: Baja Boxing
Ty Barnett 138 vs Tyrese Hendrix 138
Taureano Johnson 165 vs Roy Ashworth 168
Hoyt Hutchinson 169 vs Nathan Bedwell 169
Dedrick Bell 152 vs Josh Williams 151
Keuntray Henson 141 vs Rohan Wilson 139
Venue: Fitzgerald’s Casino in Tunica, MS
Promoter: Prize Fight
Zuffa, LLC, (“Zuffa”), the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), announced today that it has served subpoenas on two streaming video websites, commanding them to reveal the identities of users who have uploaded video of live Pay-Per-View UFC events. (more…)
Photo by Bob Barton
Deandre Latimore 153.4 vs. Darien Ford 152.3
Chauncy Welliver 252.1 vs. Joel Godfrey 204.7
(WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title)
Venue: The Pageant in St Louis, Missouri.
Promoter: Rumble Time Promotions
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Havoc Boxing will make its initial foray in to boxing promotion on August 7th at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. In the main event, super middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) will see action in a ten rounder against an opponent to be named. In the co-feature, former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez (35-9-1, 23 KOs) will take part in a ten round bout against Reynaldo Lopez (30-8-3, 21 KOs). (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Johnriel Casimero 107.2 vs. Ramon Garcia 108
Rodrigo Garcia 114 vs. Federico Catuby 114
Omar Chavez 149 vs. Miguel Angel Galindo 149
Adrian Young 124 vs. Adian Luzanilla 123.5
Venue: Parque Centenario, Los Mochis
TV: TV Azteca
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By Francisco Salazar
Another night of youth versus experience will take place tonight at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA as unbeaten Middleweight Craig McEwan will take on Danny Perez. The main event bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. McEwan (18-0, 10 KO’s) stopped Kris Andrews in his last fight in April and will face his toughest opponent to date in his young career. Although Perez (34-7, 17 KO’s) has lost his last two bouts, he is still a dangerous boxer who is hoping to put the first blemish on McEwan’s record. Featherweight Charles Huerta (13-1, 7 KO’s) will take on upset-minded and hard-hitting Jonathan Arias in a six round bout. Huerta has won his last two bouts, while Arias (10-6, 8 KO’s) has won his last six bouts in a row. In an attractive eight round bout, Welterweights Keith Thurman (12-0, 11 KO’s) and Stalinn Lopez (7-0, 3 KO’s) will square off in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Three more bouts will round out the card. Oscar De La Hoya and Bantamweight contender Abner Mares are scheduled to attend. Tickets start at $35 and could be purchased by calling 1-877-711-2946. Doors open at 6PM, with first bell scheduled for 7PM. Golden Boy Promotions will promote the card in association with Ringside Ticket. Telefutura will televise on their popular “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former Olympian and unbeaten featherweight Gary Russell is slowly convincing the boxing world that he could be a force to be reckoned with in the future. Based on his performance against a former world champion, that future might be sooner rather than later. Russell scored a first round stoppage over faded world champion Mauricio Pastrana in the first round of a scheduled six round bout at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “Fight Night Club” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions. Russell, who fought for the United States in 2008 in Beijing, was coming off a second round knockout over Rodrigo Aranda last month at the same venue. However, Russell was facing Pastrana, who would pose on paper as a significant step up in class. Although Pastrana is not the fighter he once was, he is still a dangerous puncher. That was evident three and a half years ago against Antonio Escalante, whom he knocked out despite being down on the scorecards. Prior to the his fight against Russell, Pastrana had lost seven of his previous eight bouts. Click here for more plus photos
By Ricardo Conde
Former unified WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO world lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs) of Houston, TX will take on current WBO and WBA world lightweight champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (50-5-1, 37 KOs) of Mexico in a 12-round bout in the main event of “Fight of the Year: The Rematch” on Saturday July 31st at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV which will be televised live on pay-per-view. We had a moment to sit down and talk to Juan Diaz as he prepares for his upcoming fight with Marquez and here’s what he had to say: (more…)
Five big billboards went up in St. Louis this week promoting hometown hero and unified world champion Devon Alexander’s appearance at Scottrade Center on Aug. 7 against former world titleholder Andriy Kotelnik. The billboard shown above towers above the mighty Mississippi River as it flows through the Gateway City.
Another interesting heavyweight clash has been added to Universum Box-Promotion’s big July 31 card at the o2 Arena in Hamburg. Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) will fight for the vacant European champion against Jaroslav Zavorotny (14-4, 12 KOs). Dimitrenko was originally slated to face Denis Bakhtov for the title on promoter German Titov’s July 30 card in Ekaterinburg, Russia, however Bakhtov pulled out and the EBU sanctioned Dimitrenko-Zavorotny.
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler has started his training camp for the crucial Super Six showdown with Allan Green. The Viking Warrior will take on his American opponent in Denmark on September 25 at a venue to be announced. This week, star coach Jimmy Montoya returned from his home base in Los Angeles to Copenhagen to prepare Denmark´s national hero for the Super Six showdown. They will move camp to Team Sauerland’s headquarters in Berlin shortly. “The fun part is over for Mikkel,” Montoya said. “He got his well-deserved rest after the fight against Froch but it will be blood, sweat and tears for him from now on. I was pleased with his performance against Froch but there is still a lot more to come from him. I expect him to get even better against Green.” (more…)
A failed five-time world title challenger coming off two straight losses matched up against a former two-time champ proclaimed to be worth his weight in gold – that is, until he was KO’d in one last year – might not top the list of the year’s most important matches.
But it just might make a damn good fight.
That is, if one guy can break a slump and a tendency to throw away the first half of a fight; and the other pug, put behind him, a devastating kayo loss and a bad showing in his comeback . . . Click here for more
Ryan Rhodes is gearing up for war after watching video footage of next opponent Lukas Konecny. Rhodes defends his European light-middleweight title against the Czech on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England. And he believes his opponent will be a formidable warrior. The 31-year-old has 44 wins and just three losses – none by stoppage – and is a former WBO world title contender, only losing against Sergiy Dzinziruk on a split decision. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
22-year-old Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero (13-2-1, 9 KOs), coming off a twelve round decision loss to hard-punching WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in March, returns on Saturday against Federico Catubay (25-16-3, 16 KOs) in an IBF title eliminator at the Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. (more…)
By Peter Lim
Photos by Anna Anderson
Heavyweight Steve Collins (23-1, 16 KOs) dropped Anthony Greely (7-34-3, 1 KO) three times en route to a fourth round KO at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions card at the Houston Club. Collins decked Greely with a left hook in the opening round and again with a chopping overhand right in the third. A hybrid left hook/uppercut sent Greely to the canvas in the fourth round for the full count. Junior welterweight Tiffany Junot (9-2-1, 6 KOs) scored a picturesque one-punch knockout over Patricia Linton (0-8) with a straight right to the jaw that sent Linton crashing to the canvas in slow motion in the opening round. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe makes the second defence of his South African junior lightweight title against former champion Godfrey Nzimande on Sunday afternoon at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. In what is expected top be a closely contested match Taliwe (15-2, 14 KOs) who does have a leaky defence at times will have to use all his boxing skills against the well conditioned Nzimande (21-3, 12 KOs) who likes to throw fast combinations off the front foot. (more…)
Boxing 360 has announced that heavyweights Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris and Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera will square-off August 6 in Minnesota. “Both parties have signed contracts and it’s going to be a great fight between a talented veteran, Harris, and promising prospect, Aguilera,” Boxing 360 Director of Boxing Bob Duffy said today. “In many ways, it’s a crossroads fight for both heavyweights with a lot on the line, in terms of their respective boxing futures. We’re negotiating right now to make the August 6th fight for a regional title.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Tim Barry
IBO lightweight champion Lenny Zappavigna (24-0, 16 KOs) found the range for his solid combinations against Billy Sumba (18-2-1, 4 KOs) of Indonesia in round one and dropped the import for a ten count in round two . Referee Charlie Lucas crowned IBF #12 Zappavigna at 0:23. ” My next fight will be in the USA when I will defend my IBO title,” Zappavigna said. “My manager Gary Shaw will arrange that fight.” Zappavigna trained by Tommy Mercuri. Zappa’s best performance came in March when he outscored Fernando Angulo over twelve rounds at the Rancho Mirage in California to capture the IBO 135 pound title. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight Gary Russell Jr. (11-0, 8 KOs) needed just 106 seconds to TKO faded former two-division world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-15-2, 23 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia – L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. Possibly a quick stoppage by referee Lou Moret.
Former bantamweight title challenger Nestor Rocha (22-1, 8 KOs) took out journeyman Benji Garcia (14-16-3, 1 KO) with a body shot in round two. Time was :45. Rocha was returning from a one-year layoff after unsuccessfully challenging then-WBC champ Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan last July.
In an all-out war, Junior welterweight Oscar Andrade won a hard-fought four round unanimous decision over Ramon Valadez. Andrade (2-0, 1 KO) was hurt by a hard right hand by Valadez in the third round. Although he did not go down, the southpaw Andrade controlled the action by repeatedly landing left hands to the head and body of Valadez (1-1). All three judges scored the bout 39-37 in favor of Andrade.
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