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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada at ringside
It was lights out for both Walid Smichet and the Montreal Casino as twenty-one year-old David Lemieux closed the show with a TKO victory at the :57 second mark of the second round Saturday night as boxing returned to the venue for the final time. The 700-seat facility which was home to forty-five shows will go dark for the next four years as extensive renovations take place to the facility. Lemieux ended things with bang though as he took the usually rugged Smichet and battered him from the opening bell to a quick ending, staggering the Tunisian born fighter several times along the way. Lemieux who scores his 21st knockout in his 22nd fight retains his Canadian super-middleweight title with the victory and moves onwards and upwards, and is set to headline on June 11th at 10,000 seat Uniprix Stadium against an opponent to be named on Tuesday by promoter Yvon Michel. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Local fan favorite boxers Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell scored victories in feature bouts at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Buchanan, a super middleweight from Capitol Heights, MD, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Julius Fogle of Cary, NC to regain his WBF All-Americas super middleweight title. The win came despite Buchanan breaking his right hand early in the bout. Because of the injury, Buchanan was forced to use more foot movement and ring generalship to gain the victory. Fogle tried to press the issue and put more offensive pressure but Buchanan was too elusive. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-0, 22 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over 38-year-old former champ John Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Haye dropped Ruiz twice in round one, the first time with the right hand almost immediately, the second time with a rabbit punch. Haye was deducted a point for the rabbit punch, but Ruiz was still given a count and no time to recover from the foul. A determined Ruiz survived the round. Haye floored Ruiz again at the end of round five and again early in round six. Ruiz’ corner finally threw in the towel to stop the punishment in round nine. Time was 2:01. Click here for full report…
Story and photos by Chris Perry
The last time Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena, he thrilled the crowd with an exhilarating performance on the undercard of the Larry Holmes versus Butterbean pay-per-view event (July 2002).
Since that bout, the 36 year-old Portsmouth, Virginia native has been on a roller coaster ride through the most challenging aspects of boxing . . . Click here for more
Golden Boy Promotions, Telefutura, Tecate and the Tropicana announced today the return of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series, April 30 at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Headlining the return will be former world champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KOs), who will make his return at lightweight in a ten-rounder against Roberto Arrieta (34-15-4, 15 KOs). “It’s been a long, bumpy road but I’m back,” Guerrero said today. It will be Guerrero’s first bout since his world championship win over Malcolm Klassen in August of 2009. In early 2010, Guerrero vacated his IBF Junior Lightweight World title in order to care for his wife Casey, who is battling Leukemia. With Casey taking positive steps on the road to recovery, Guerrero will now begin his road back to the top of the boxing mountain. The Guerrero-Arrieta card will take place the night before the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley showdown.
By Jesse Kelley
Andy “Kaos” Kolle (21-2, 15 KOs) successfully defended his Minnesota state middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Matt “The Predator” Vanda (42-11, 22 KOs) Friday night at a sold out Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Like their first meeting back in 2007, the two warriors traded punches throughout the duration of the fight as they answered each others combinations, mostly in the center of the ring. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) looks set to clash with Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) on August 21 in Los Angeles. Darchinyan lost his IBF and IBO flyweight titles to Donaire in a stunning fifth-round stoppage in July 2007 and has been chasing Donaire ever since. “The Raging Bull’s” WBA and WBC titles will be on the line against WBA interim champion Donaire. “We are just waiting on acceptance and confirmation from the Donaire camp,” said Darchinyan’s manager Elias Nasser, “everything else has been organized. There’s a very large contingent of Armenian fans and Filipinos who live in California and we are expecting a lot of Mexicans to be supporting Vic, as well.” (more…)
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Journeyman Leo “Aztec Boy” Martinez (15-12, 7 KOs) shocked a packed house at BB King’s Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on Wednesday night, battering undefeated junior welterweight Joelo Torres (11-1, 7 KOs) for seven and a half rounds before knocking out the Puerto Rican prospect at 1:23 of the eighth and final round. (More)
Cuban refugee and former amateur star Erislandy Lara might’ve shown the world he’s got the goods to crack into contention at junior middleweight, with his safe-but-sound, one-sided win over Danny Perez, last night at the Hard Rock’s The Joint in Las Vegas, but, in doing so, he lulled a shallow crowd into a deep sleep.
The anticlimactic main event topped off a dramatic co-main and knockdown-punctuated undercard on a Golden Boy Promotions show televised on ShoBox . . . Click here for more
TKO Boxing brought professional boxing to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas to showcase some of boxing’s new blood courtesy of their “Hometown Heroes” series.
The evening featured a mixed bag of finishes headlined by Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere defeating Martin Tucker by 1st round TKO when Tucker claimed he couldn’t see after a clash of heads left a nasty gash over his right eye and retired on the stool . . . Click here for more
Check out all the shots by Chris Cozzone from yesterday’s weigh-in for “The Rivals: Jones vs. Hopkins II” at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Roy Jones, Jr. and Bernard Hopkins weigh in; plus Rocky Juarez vs. Jason Litzau, Sergio Mora vs. Calvin Green and Ismayl Sillakh vs. Daniel Judah. Click here to see slideshow
Super middleweight Kingsley Ikeke (right) defends his NABA title against Zane Marks (left) tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Ikeke, who weighed 167 pounds, is currently ranked #10 by the WBA. Marks scaled in at 166.5. Also pictured is promoter Brian Halquist.
By Chris Perry
The official weigh-in for the International Championship Boxing Knockout Series April 3 event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia was held on Friday at Knuckleheads Roadhouse in Virginia Beach. NABA lightweight champion Dorin Spivey weighed in first at 137 pounds, two pounds over the weight limit. After an hour, he weighed-in at 136 1/2 pounds. It was then determined Spivey may weigh-in again Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. His opponent Tyrell Samuel weighed 130 1/2 on the first try. In the photo above, promoter Jack Fulton, Dorin Spivey, members of Spivey’s team and members of Tyrell Samuel’s team huddle around the scale for Spivey’s second weigh-in attempt.
Ran Nakash 204 vs Richard Stewart 199 1/2
Bobby Jordan Jr. 176 vs Marcus Donald Hall 174
Elad Schmuel 147 vs Edward Anderson 145
Stephan Alexander 130 1/2 vs Javier Dennis NA
Frankie Filipone 167 vs Larry Brothers 166
Mikaela Lauren 150 vs Jasmin Davis NA
Ivan Ziglar 156 vs Jayson Wahr 153
Promoter: International Championship Boxing
Venue: Norfolk Scope Arena
Doors: 7:30 p.m, First bout: 8:30 p.m.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Undefeated lightweight Sharif Bogere (15-0, 9 KOs) defeated Martin Tucker (7-6, 3 KOs) via TKO when Tucker quit on the stool at the end of the 1st round after a clash of heads on Friday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The headclash caused a nasty cut over Tucker’s right eye. The doctor said he could continue in between rounds but Tucker claimed he couldn’t see. Therefore, rather than a no contest, the fight is ruled a TKO due to Tucker quitting on the stool.
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
Undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) on Friday night at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Lara dominated the fight from the opening bell, but seemed content to outbox the slower Perez over the full distance rather than up his aggression to try for a memorable KO. Scores were 99-91 on all cards.
Featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over game late replacement Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs). Velasquez rocked Terry in round three and finished him with a huge right on round four. Terry was counted out by referee Jay Nady at the :20 mark.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
From the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY:
Light Heavyweights: Ronson Frank (15-0, 7 KO’s) W Technical Decision 5 (fight stopped due to headbutt injury) Alexander Mancera (7-4, 5 KO’s); Featherweights (Female): Alicia Ashley (15-9-1, 1 KO) W U 6 Jaclyn Trivilino (3-2-1, 1 KO); Light Heavyweights: Joe Smith (4-0, 4 KO’s) TKO 1 (Time: 0:18) Christopher Dammones (1-1, 1 KO); Heavyweights: Adam Kownacki (2-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 (Time: 0:53) Tyyab Beale (2-3, 1 KO); Middleweights: Thomas Baldwin (1-0) W U 4 Emmanuel Brujan (1-2, 1 KO); Cruiserweights: Owen Radway (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 3 (Time: 1:18) Angel Gonzalez (0-2)….full report to follow.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Non-televised results from the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas: In a stunning upset, previously unbeaten Puerto Rican welter Hector Sanchez (18-1, 9 KOs) was TKO’d in round five by gutsy Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (11-2-1, 4 KOs), of Los Angeles. Pendarvis weathered two early knockdowns and was way ahead on the cards when, in round five, he landed a right hand that floored Sanchez, who tried to make count. Referee Russ Mora stopped the bout at 2:29 when it was apparent that Sanchez was in no shape to continue.
In other results: In a four-round jr. feather bout, Toddy Junior (2-0) of Las Vegas, edged Luis Martinez (1-3-1) of Los Angeles with a majority decision win, scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38. 2008 Olympic heavyweight Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (9-0, 9 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made short work of Tyson Cobb (7-2, 6 KOs) of Amarillo, Tex., knocking him out in just 33 seconds. In a six-round lightweight bout, Mike Perez (7-0-1, 3 KOs), of Newark, N.J., battered gutsy Sergi Ganjelashvili (4-5-1) of Key West, Fla., for a unanimous decision with scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo By Emily Harney
In an action packed ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event for the USBA welterweight title, Danbury, CT’s Delvin Rodriguez (25-4-2, 14 KOs) retained his belt as he won a twelve round unanimous decision over a game “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KO’s). Scores of the bout in favor of Rodriguez read 117-110, 119-108, and 118-109. Rodriguez worked off his jab the entire night to setup the hook and right hand. Arnaoutis showed his durability and tenacity throughout as he landed some nice counters in the losing effort. The six bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
154 pound Providence, RI prospect Demetrius Andrade (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over an outclassed Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the fight a perfect shutout for Andrade 60-54. Andrade used his jab as the key to victory over his opponent as he used that punch to open up other opportunities during the fight. Andrade had Spruiell in trouble at the end of the fifth round as well as other times during the fight but was unable to put him away in the end.
New York’s “Mean” Joe Greene (22-0, 14 KOs) kept his perfect record intact as he scored an eight round unanimous decision victory over Chris Gray (12-12, 1 KO). Scores of the bout were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 all in favor of Greene. (more…)
Andreas Hale at the scales
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised “The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II” showdown promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Bernard Hopkins 175 vs. Roy Jones 175
Rocky Juarez 129 vs. Jason Litzau 130
Sergio Mora 161 vs. Calvin Green 161
Ismayl Sillakh 175 vs. Daniel Judah 175
Buddy McGirt Jr. 169 vs. John Mackey 166
Frankie Gomez 140 vs. Clavonne Howard 134
Yaundale Evans 130 vs. Juan Baltierrez 134
Craig McEwan 159 vs. Kris Andrews 157.5
Ray Narh 139 vs. Angel Hernandez 144.5
Tomas Villa 126 vs. Miguel Angel Garcia 126
(USBA featherweight title)
Lenin Arroyo 144 vs. Mike Alvarado 143.5
John Molina 116 vs. Raul Martinez 116
Orphius Waite 155.25 vs. Omar Henry 155
Gil Garcia 126 vs. Jerry Belmontes 126.25
Gabriel Holguin 173.5 vs. Alfonso Lopez 174
Esteban Almarez 142.25 vs. Juan Jose Fuentes 143.75
Eddie Ramirez 129.5 vs. Arthur Trevino 129.5
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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Before an all time “Battle In The Ballroom” crowd of 1,456 fans, heavyweight Scott Alexander stayed undefeated, but he added a draw to this 5-0 record in a hard fought war with 4-1 Marcus Dickerson on Thursday night at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA. Alexander did little in the fourth and final round and lost the round on all three scorecards which cost him the win. (more…)
Derek Ennis 157.5 vs. Jose Gonzlaez 155
Farah Ennis 169 vs. Frankie Santos 173
Clenete Bethea 139.5 vs. Jason Sia 139
John Bolden 237.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 221
Luis Esquilin 126 vs. Jose Ortiz 129
Duane King 154 vs. Kamel Al-Olabi 159
Venue: The Legendary Blue Horizon, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions LLC
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Vinroy July 198.5 vs. Fred McClinton 192.5
Lenwood Dozier 142 vs. Julius Edmonds 142.5
Nick Kisner 201 vs. Octavius Davis 236.5
Robert McConnell 197 vs. Daniel Kooji 195.5
Dwayne McRae 254 vs. Corey Winfield 301
Hugh Hinds 133 vs. Tyrone Wright 127
(Originally supposed to be a rematch, now will be an exhibition because of the weight difference)
Venue: Michael’s Eighth Avenue, Glen Burnie, Maryland
Henry Buchanan 166 vs. Julius Fogle 167
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Ryan Thompson 263
Tony Jeter 167 vs. Vincent Robbins 162
Alexander Johnson 177 vs. William Gill 174
Horace Grant 258 vs. Jonathan Felton 218
Molly McConnell 147 vs. Adelita Irizarry 147
Venue: Washington Convention Center, Washington DC
Former three-time and two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will host a press conference on Saturday to announce his fight against Roberto Arrieta which will air on TeleFutura’s returning boxing series “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” on April 30 at Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
David Lemieux 164.1 vs. Walid Smichet 163.7
(Canadian super middleweight title)
Kevin Bizier 146.1 vs. Wilfredo Negron 146.4
Victor Lupo 149.1 vs. Antonio Soriano 149.2
Samuel Vargas 149.6 vs. Jose Leonardo Corona 146.7
Francis Lafreniere 162.1 vs. Patrick Tessier 164.1
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Location: Casino de Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
On Monday, SHOWTIME Sports launched a new, public access web page dedicated to the Fight Camp 360° series. To view complete episodes 1 through 4, plus the episode 5 trailer, please visit: http://sports.sho.com/fight-camp-360.html
The latest installment of the universally lauded reality series from SHOWTIME Sports® — FIGHT CAMP 360°: Inside The Super Six World Boxing Classic — returns to SHOWTIME® with Episode 5, premiering Wednesday, April 7, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. This new 30-minute installment includes all the drama from Detroit, where Andre Dirrell’s surprising upset victory via Arthur Abraham disqualification turned the Super Six World Boxing Classic on its head. Go behind the scenes during intense fight week controversy between the promoters, into the locker room before the bout, into the ring (where no less than seven Fight Camp 360° cameras captured never-before-seen footage) and to the hospital as Dirrell recovers from the DQ blow. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
With only two weeks away from his world middleweight championship fight against Kelly Pavlik, WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez continues his preparations. Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing and is being promoted by Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment. Tickets are priced at $350, $200, $100 and $50 and are available at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-736-1420. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Sakio Bika will clash with Jesse Brinkley before June 16th for the IBF #1 position, and if he wins will eventually fight for the IBF super middleweight championship against Lucian Bute. Bika talks to Fightnews and tells of his respect for Brinkley’s ability, but says he is confident he will defeat the American and then challenge Bute in a rematch that he is also confident of winning (more…)
The first Sky Ute Casino card of the year is set to go in Ignacio, Colo., tomorrow night. In the main event, Four Corners’ champion Elco “The Animal” Garcia (22-7, 11 KOs) will take on Mohammad Said (33-8-1, 24 KOs), of Sao Paulo, Brazil in a ten-round middleweight bout. Said is on an eight-bout win streak since 2008. In the co-main, Bloomfield, NM light heavyweight Victor Filerio (2-0, 1 KO) takes on Mike Montoya (2-1, 2 KOs), of Colorado Springs, Colo. Also on the lineup: Brittany Cruz (6-2-1) goes four with Albuquerque Jessica Sanchez (1-1-2); New Mexico heavyweight Reginald Jackson (1-1) goes four with debuter Lawrence Ashurst; local jr. middleweight Servando Lopez (1-0) takes on Jamal Hodges (1-7-1) in a four-rounder; and, in a four-round bantam bout, New Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (0-2) takes on Las Vegas’ David Springer (2-1-3). For tickets, call 888.842.4180.
Former five time world champ Johnny Tapia is back in jail for failing a urine test. KOB TV in Albuquerque, N.M. broke the story this morning, reporting that Tapia returned to jail yesterday after his urine tested positive for cocaine. The urine test was part of his conditions for an early release in January into a community custody program rather than fulfill the length of a sentence for a probation violation.
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and challenger John Ruiz took to the scales this afternoon ahead of their title showdown in Manchester, England tomorrow night. Champion Haye looked in magnificent shape and tipped the beam at 222lbs (15 stone 12lbs) while Ruiz, who refused to take his t-shirt off, weighed 231 lbs (16 stone 7 lbs). The fight is being broadcast live in the UK on Sky Box Office.
By Craig Watt
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green (28-3, 25KO’s) is in the final stages of his training camp in Sydney for his upcoming title defence on April 14th. He takes on Manny Siaca (22-6, 19KO’s) from Puerto Rico in a bout that is sold out at the Challenge Stadium in Green’s hometown of Perth, Western Australia. This is a “homecoming” fight for the popular Australian who is a three weight world champion having previously won the WBA light-heavyweight and interim WBC 168 pound titles. The 5,500 capacity crowd was sold out in just two hours in his hometown city when tickets went on sale last month.
The 37 year old “Green Machine” comes off his most impressive win to date when he stopped future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Junior in 122 seconds in December which shocked the boxing world. After possible fights against Bernard Hopkins and Antonio Tarver fell through he turned his attention to a lucrative potential rematch with two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. (more…)
IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on June 5 when he takes on mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin (40-3, 26 KOs) in Germany. While Sylvester comes off an 10th-round TKO victory over Billy Lyell, Karmazin knocked out Dionisio Miranda to earn the right to challenge Sylvester. Bash Boxing had won the purse bid for the clash. “Roman Karmazin and I are extremely grateful for the support of our friends and colleagues at RusLoto in St. Petersburg, Russia,” commented Bash Boxing President Steven Bash. “In light of some timing obstacles surrounding a summer promotion in Russia, we look forward to working together with Sauerland Event in co-promoting this historic fight and making it available to boxing fans in Russia and all around the world. Roman Karmazin, a true road warrior in every sense of the word, is eager to come back to Germany and become the first Russian boxer in history to win a world title in two different weight classes.” (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Showtime Sports General Manager Ken Hershman invited the media to the Renaissance New York Times Hotel on Tuesday for a round-table discussion about the “Super Six World Boxing Classic” tournament his network is delivering as well as the general state of boxing. In addition to Hershman, panelists included tournament promoters Lou DiBella, Dan Goossen, Mick Hennessy, Kalle Sauerland, Chris Meyer and Gary Shaw.
The revolutionary tournament pits six of the best super middleweights in the world against one another, with three boxers from the US and three from Europe participating. (more…)
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