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By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision (115-113 twice and 113-116) over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15^-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. (More to come)
At the end of round one of the UFC 138 main event at the LG Arena Saturday night, Chris Leben had to be stopped by the referee from hammer fisting Mark Munoz’s head. Moments prior he had walked through some massive bombs, taken square on his chin, to deliver a crashing left hand of his own to Munoz. That prompted Munoz to look for a takedown but ended up with him crouched against the fence taking shots . . . Click here for more
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Lucian Bute passed the toughest test of his thriving career with a dominant unanimous decision win over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title for the ninth time. The championship bout was scored 120-108 twice and 119-109. In the co-feature, rising Canadian prospect Pier-Olivier Côté demolished Jorge Teron via knockout only 33 seconds into round two of the junior welterweight bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada on SHOWTIME®.
The Romanian-born Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) proved too much for the oft-dubbed “ageless” Johnson who finally showed his age. Despite Johnson’s tendency to make fight’s exciting by coming forward and applying pressure, the fighters kept their distance for the first several rounds. By the middle of the bout, it was Bute who closed the gap and attempted to engage his former sparring partner. The 31-year-old Bute, of Montreal, began to land power shots with both hands, taking chances by staying in close in an attempt to close the show via knockout – to no avail – for the 15,306 fans in attendance. (more…)
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney
Krakow, Poland’s own WBC International heavyweight title holder, the undefeated Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title and kept his unbeaten record alive and well as he stopped late substitute, Orlando, FL’s Jason Gavern in six rounds on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KOs), who took the bout on three days notice, was knocked down once in the first and twice in the second round. Wach landed several jabs in round six, which allowed him to then connect with an overhand right, that caused referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the fight at 1:03. The “November Reign” fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and Global Boxing. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) scored a second round KO over Darío Azuaga (82-21-2, 67 KOs) in a bantamweight clash on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Time was 2:59.
Super bantamweight Raúl Hirales (17-0, 9 KOs) took a ten round majority decision over Enrique “Duende” Bernache (18-3, 9 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. more photos
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Heavyweight Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) destroyed Raphael Butler (35-12, 28 KOs) in a three round demolition on Saturday night at the Domo De La Feria in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Arreola dropped Butler twice in round one and again in round two. The bout was waved off after Butler was down again in the third.
“It was a pleasure to be fighting here in Mexico,” said Arreola. “I had a great ovation from the fans here. I cant wait to come back in the future. Butler is very crafty. He fought a good fight and was able to tie me up really well. Hopefully I’ll get another go with one of these Klitschkos, I’ll be ready for either one of those brothers. I’ve been working my ass off, I’m ready to go after those titles.”
Super featherweight Miguel Roman (36-8, 28 KOs) won a ten round decision over Pedro Navarrete (26-14-3, 15 KOs). more photos
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Rey Sanchez
WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 29 KOs) of Panama punished former heavyweight Mike Marrone (20-4, 15 KOs) from pillar to post across six rounds before Marrone’s corner mercifully stopped the abuse at 1:56 of the round. Jones came out with crisp, sharp punches from every angle, causing Marrone’s reddening face to snap back beginning with jabs and right crosses in round one. Jones worked in uppercuts to the mix in the second round, thudding Marrone with body and head shots as Marrone laid on the ropes in a defensive shell. Displaying no quit and more grit than wit, Marrone managed to return fire with left hooks himself. However, the punches had little effect as Jones continued to walk him down and score combinations from varying angles.
Jones landed a wicked right hand to close the fourth round and the game Marrone walked wearily to his stool. In the fifth round, blood began to stream down the side of Marrone’s nose after he ate a left uppercut-left hook-right cross combination. Jones smelled the opportunity and launched a left uppercut and chopping right hand that floored Marrone at the end of the round. Beating the count, Marrone once again made it to his stool.
Marrone answered the bell in the sixth but had no answers for Jones’ superior accuracy and stubbornly paid for the skill deficit. Marrone fell to the canvas following a landed straight right of his own that landed, carried forward by the force of the blow. Jones responded with a left jab-right cross that once again left Marrone on the floor as his corner thankfully stepped in to stop the beating. (more…)
Photos: Roberto Fernandez – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
In a clash of junior middleweight KO artists, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cancun Center in Cancun, Mexico. In a wild first round, Angulo dropped Kirkland and launched a fearsome attack that Kirkland weathered and then came back to drop Angulo! Angulo never really recovered and Kirkland pummeled Angulo for the rest of the fight before the referee stepped in.
Middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Craig McEwan (19-2, 10 KOs). Quillin was in command the whole fight and had staggered McEwan in the sixth, but the bout was prematurely waved off even though McEwen seemed to have plenty of fight left in him. more photos
By Dave Spencer at ringside
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) scored a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Johnson was never able to solve the style of the southpaw champion, although he did end Bute’s string of six straight KOs. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Bute will now attend the Super Six Final in December and hopes to face the winner. Meanwhile Johnson stated after the fight that he thought he won the fight.
Rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté (18-0, 12 KOs), of Quebec City, scored a spectacular second round knockout of Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs), of the Bronx, New York. Côté attacked from the opening bell and rocked Teron in round one. He dropped Teron twice in round two to end it at :33 of round two.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. put on a special boxing exhibition at Santa Anita Park where thousands of fans showed up to meet the champions. Marquez is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao next Saturday (Nov. 12) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley will be making his Top Rank debut on the undercard.
Marquez: “We have the speed for this fight and I’m not having any trouble with my weight. This is the best training camp of my 18-year career. I have already left the last two fight behind me. He (Manny Pacquiao) knows and the fans know that I won both those fights. I will leave everything in the ring on November 12th.”
Bradley: “I am fighting on the biggest fight card of my career. Bigger than when I beat Devon Alexander (at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI in January). To be honest, i wanted to fight (Marcos) Maidana for this fight, but he turned it down. Casamayor was there so he took the fight. It will be a great fight.” Giant photo gallery
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Sebastien Demers made a good account for himself but fell to a decision to former world title challenger and Super Six contestant Allan Green (31-3 21KO). Demers (31-5 11KO) hadn’t made it out of the third round in his last two fights but gave Green everything he could handle over the course of ten rounds, losing a 100-90, 98-92, 97-93 decision. Green who had come in 3 pounds heavy had Demers rocked several times in the fight but any continued exchanges usually ended with one or both fighters hanging on. Demers had hoped to get Green to deep waters and take his chances and seemed things were going to plan in the seventh where he was able to connect with a couple of rights but couldn’t follow up and Green quickly maintained the upper hand. Demers had his moments over the course of ten, but Green was control most of the way. (more…)
Photo: Chris Royle / crphotos.co.uk
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight belt, former WBO super featherweight titleholder Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KOs) outpointed former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Katsidis aggressively stalked Burns from the opening bell, while Burns used his mobility and sought to outbox Katsidis. In the end, scores were 117-112, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of Burns, who gave up his 130lb world title to move up to lightweight. Katsidis, on the other hand, has now dropped three of his last four fights.
British and Commonwealth super middleweight king George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round KO over former “Contender” contestant Paul Smith (31-3, 17 KOs). Smith was down twice before it was stopped. Time was 1:18.
Unbeaten middleweight Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed game, but outgunned Gary Boulden (5-3-2, 0 KOs) over ten rounds. The score was 99-92.
By Graham Houston
It’s the turn of Lucian Bute to take on ageless warrior Glen Johnson, and the Montreal-based Romanian is ready for 12 rounds of boxing in Quebec on Saturday night. After all, who can stop the very tough, always superbly conditioned veteran from Miami by way of Jamaica? In the Bute camp the plan is to win every minute of every round, although a stoppage would be a tremendous achievement.
Bute is a massive favourite in the betting, which seems a bit unkind on Johnson. That said, it is difficult to see how the 42-year-old Johnson can overcome a younger, taller, faster, more naturally gifted opponent whose firepower is considered superior. (more…)
Don King’s world championship boxing event tonight has officially sold out just hours before doors open in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
“I want to thank our partners at the Seminole Hard Rock in South Florida, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and their Chairman James Billie, and all of the prizefighters on our card for a job well done,” King said. “I can’t wait to get to Hard Rock Live to witness the event live and in person myself. The Seminole Hard Rock is working right now to put up the live WealthTV telecast around their property for those who can’t get inside the event. I live and promote for this type of thing. It’s very exciting!” (more…)
The New York Post is reporting that heavyweight great Joe Frazier is suffering from advanced liver cancer. A source was quoted as saying, “They’re only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now.” Click here for the story
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs) tomorrow (Sunday) in Tokyo, Japan. It will be Aoh’s second defense since dethroning Vitali Tajbelt of Germany via unanimous nod last November. Aoh tipped the beam at the 130-pound class limit, while “Boom Boom” Boschiero 129.5, a half pound lighter than the champ.
The WBC bantam championship will be disputed by #1 Christian Esquivel (23-2, 17 KOs) , Mexico, and #2 Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs), Japan, over twelve rounds. Each scaled in at the 118-pound class limit. Since they are hard-punchers, there will be a good possibility that either will be victorious by a knockout or a stoppage without hearing the last gong of the final session. Yamanaka, a southpaw hard-hitter, has scored eight victories by knockout in a row and aims to extend his KO streak. (more…)
UFC fans can catch the preliminary action today on the UFC Facebook page at 1:40 p.m. ET. The main bouts air on SPIKE TV at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
He is about as laid back as you can get without demanding a drug test. Glen Johnson was an oasis of calm Friday, quietly sitting backstage in a Quebec City suburban shopping mall after weighing in at 166.5 pounds and awaiting the glove selection process in advance of his IBF super-middleweight bout with Lucian Bute. While the champion was whisked in and out quickly with a stealth security squad, Johnson remained and obliged fans with pictures and autographs. Fightnews was able to ask the veteran fighter his thoughts going into what will be his 11th championship fight. (more…)
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