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With the addition of top-rated junior flyweight contender Giovani Segura, it will now be five of Mexico’s biggest names in boxing converge for the first time, headlining the same boxing card when Top Rank presents “Latin Fury 8 — Tijuana Thunder,” broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View from Tijuana, Mexico on March 28. The five-bout pay-per-view extravaganza will feature undefeated super welterweight sensation Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr., WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto, WBO junior bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, two-time WBC lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo, and Segura in separate bouts. “From top to bottom, this is the greatest Mexican boxing event ever and I’m proud to be promoting it. Four title fights plus Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. versus Luciano Cuello in a battle of undefeated contenders in the main event,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, chairman of Top Rank. Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs), of Culiacan, Mexico and son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez, will be making his 2009 debut. Now world-rated a career high No. 4 by the WBC, he’ll be risking everything when he rumbles with former WBO Latino junior middleweight champion and undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0, 9 KOs), of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Latin Fury 8 pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $39.95.
Promoter Nick Garone of X-Cel Worldwide will continue his revival of pro boxing in Buffalo on February 20 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The aptly named “Return of Buffalo Boxing” will feature two-time super middleweight world champion Byron Mitchell (26-4-1, 19 KOs) against 6′ 4″ Zach “Jungle Boy” Walters (23-3, 18 KOs). In the co-main event, local heavyweight Paul “The Italian Hit Man” Marinaccio will face veteran Ryan Thompson. Also super lightweight Meacher Major (15-3-1, 13 KOs) goes against Kevin Carmody (10-10-2, 1 KO) in an eight-rounder. Tickets are $30, $50 and $100, and are available by calling 631.878.1676.
By Alexey Potapov
Unbeaten WBO light middleweight world champion Sergiy Dzinziruk has informed Fightnews.com thay he will return to the ring in April. “I talked to the promoters concerning the next fight,” he said. “They’ve informed me that the fight will take place in April in Germany. The challenger is still unknown.” There were discussions for a fight between Dzinziruk and interim titleholder Paul Williams, but they did not come to fruition. Dzinziruk he’s ready to fight, but the Williams camp made unrealistic demands. Williams will instead fight Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright on April 11th at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. “Who will win this fight? Very much a question at issue. I expect good and entertaining fight, but nevertheless I will pick Ronald Wright. He has more experience,” predicted the champion.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Daisuke Nakagawa (13-2-1, 9 KOs), 146.75, astoundingly captured the Japanese national welter belt as he outpunched hard-hitting defending champ, OPBF top ranked Koji Numata (15-3-1, 10 KOs), 145.75, winning an unexpectedly lopsided decision (99-92, 98-92 and 100-92) over ten upset rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Numata had broke the jaw bone of highly regarded national titlist Tadashi Yuba and wrested the belt via knockout route last year, and his hard-hitting ability and tremendous durability have been highly evaluated by hardcore fans. But the lanky speedster kept throwing pit-a-pat punches to the champ’s face – which was badly swollen in the end – to cause a stunning upset. Promoter: Shinto Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-IBF minium and former PABA fly champ Ratanapol Sor Voraphin (58-7-1, 47 KOs), 113.75, surprisingly stunned the crowd with his quick stoppage of ex-OPBF fly champ Noriyuki Komatsu (24-6-6, 10 KOs), 113.75, at 2:16 into the opening session in a scheduled ten on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. The Thai veteran southpaw caught the local favorite with a smashing left, dropping Komatsu to the deck. The Japanese gamely resumed fighting, but Ratanapol pinned him with a flurry of punches to have him so defenseless and helpless that the referee saved the loser from further punishment. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
Ex-WBA bantam challenger and currently Japanese #2 118-pounder Nobuto Ikehara (29-3, 19 KOs), 122, barely earned a unanimous decision (98-94, 98-93 and 99-93) over Thai bantam champ Kaonah Khlongphajon (24-18-3, 19 KOs), 121.5, over ten heats on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. Ikehara, who previously failed to win the WBA belt from Wladimir Sidorenko because of his lack of convincing power, was bloodied by Kaonah’s legal shots in the second, and the Thai champ was seemingly controlling the action in the first half. Ikehara then turned loose and dominated the second half with his light but busy combinations, piling up points steadily to overcome his early deficit on points. Promoter: Osaka Teiken Promotions.
The WBC final eliminator in the cruiserweight division between the “Dancing Destroyer” Herbie Hide and Matt Godfrey that was originally scheduled to take place on March 6th in Cuxhaven, Germany, has to be postponed for at least eight weeks because Godfrey suffered a hand injury while preparing for the fight. Nonetheless Hide (46-4, 42 KOs) will make his next appearance on March 6th in an eight-rounder against an opponent to be announced. (more…)
By Scott Foster
February 14th is usually a date reserved for romantics, but for newlywed Nate Campbell (32-5-2, KOs), this Valentines Day arrives laced with pain. It is the pain of a long distance runner, patiently laying them down, or the climber who scales the mountaintop only to be confronted by a larger, more ominous cliff dead ahead. Luckily, the lightweight champion will be sharing this Valentines Day with his mandatory challenger, and while Campbell is expected to begin the night by touching gloves with Ali Funeka (30-1, 24 KOs), most do not expect hugs & kisses to follow . . . . Click here for more
On Friday February 13th, Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will put on NYC’s first compelling night of fights for the new year. The card, which will take place at New York’s famed Roseland Ballroom, and be broadcast live on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”, will feature some of boxing’s brightest Stars, and be headlined by a fantastic welterweight showdown between Star Boxing’s Alexis Camacho (17-1,16KO) and Carlos Molina (14-4-1,5KO) . . . click here for more
UFC World Middleweight Champion Anderson Silva headlines UFC 97: REDEMPTION on Saturday, April 18 at the Centre Bell Arena in Montreal, Canada. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 11 at noon . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten Super Welterweight Alfredo Angulo will indeed fight on Valentine’s Day, despite Ricardo Mayorga backing out of their proposed fight. Angulo (14-0, 11 KOs) confirmed to FightNews on Saturday night that he will face Danny Perez in a 10 round bout at the Bank Atlantic Center in Sunrise, FL. Angulo, a 2004 Olympian for Mexico, is looking forward to facing a fighter in Perez, who fought Antonio Margarito twice in losing efforts. “I look forward to facing Perez in a good fight,” said Angulo, who is coming off a 10th round stoppage victory over Andrey Tsurkan in October. “He brings a lot of experience and I expect a good fight from him.” (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews on Monday morning (Sunday night in the US) that the April 25 super-bantamweight showdown between WBO 122-lb king Juan Manuel Lopez of Puerto Rico and ageless Filipino warrior Gerry Penalosa is green and go. “I have talked with Penalosa’s manager, Billy Keane, today and we’re doing the fight,” said Arum, whose company promotes the undefeated Lopez. Penalosa is under contract with Golden Boy Promotions but a deal has been made for the two to clash in a scheduled 12-rounder in Puerto Rico. Penalosa, 36, is currently training in Baguio City for a tuneup bout set Feb. 21 in Cebu against a crack Mexican rival. Penalosa is the current WBO bantam titleholder and the former WBC super-fly ruler.
By Felipe Leon
San Diego bantamweight Christopher Martin (12-0-2, 2KO) is all ready to make a run at his first title when he faces veteran Trinidad “Triny” Mendoza (24-18-2, 19KO) for the California State title this Thursday night from the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA. “I have had a great camp and I am ready for the challenge,” Martin stated. “Although we have met inside a ring before, Mendoza is a tough fighter and I know that I am in for a long night but I am ready for anything, I want to win the title in my hometown.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
According to a report in the renown Mexican newspaper Reforma, the camp of lightweight Johnny Nolasco is alleging that Jorge Barrera, brother and manager of former three divisional world champion Marco Antonio Barrera asked that Nolasco, the original opponent for Marco Antonio’s most recent bout on January 31st in Guadalajara, MX, take a dive in that bout. The Daily Reforma quotes Rosa Diaz, manager of Nolasco among other fighters, who states that Jorge Barrera called her and stated “we need for Nolasco not to go past the 4th round, at the very least.” Diaz told the paper that she refused the offer. She states that she reponded to Jorge Barrera, “How are you going to ask me that if we are speaking about Marco Antonio Barrera? Please… especially with a fighter that has less than half the fights that Marco Antonio does.” At the last minute, Cuban Freudis Rojas substituted for Nolasco as the official opponent. The result was a less than stellar contest which Barrera won by disqualification after the 1-8-1 Rojas initiated a headbutt that resulted in Barrera needing stitches. On Friday Barrera stated that he had discussed the issue with his brother and denied the accusation.
Super middleweight “Contender: Season One” alums Jesse Brinkley and Joey Gilbert broke camp on Sunday in anticipation of their long awaited showdown this Saturday night at The Reno Events Center. Both fighters will appear at open workouts for fans and media on Tuesday, February 10th at the Fourth Street Gym in Reno. Brinkley will work from 11am to 12noon while Gilbert will train from 12:30 to 1:30pm.. The Fourth Street Gym is located at 410 E. Fourth St.
By Robert Coster
The date is March 21. The place is the 9000-seat O2 Auditorium in Dublin. That day, native son and Irish boxing hero Bernard Dunne will step into the ring to challenge WBA super bantamweight champion Ricardo Cordoba of Panama. For Irish boxing fans, the upcoming fight has historic connotations as Dunne will be the first Dublin-born boxer to challenge for a world title in Dublin. “For Irish boxing this will simply be a momentous event,” predicts promoter Brian Peters. (more…)
Ringside by Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar, photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In a highly anticipated grudge match, unified IBF/WBA/WBC Super Flyweight Champion, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan accepted the challenge of four time world champion and current interim WBA Superflyweight Champion, Jorge “Travieso” Arce.
There was no love lost between these two fighters who had their moments during the weeks leading up to the showdown. The 29 year old Arce, a winner of 31 of his last 32 fights, with 20 of those fights either being for a world championship belt or elimination fights for a world championship belt, hoped to be able to pull off a minor upset over the powerful Darchinyan . . . . Click here for more
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will be in Los Angeles on Monday, to talk about his upcoming bout against undefeated Luciano Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) of Argentina. Chavez Jr vs. Cuello will headline Top Rank’s Latin Fury 8 Pay-Per-View, live from Tijuana. Bob Arum of Top Rank will outline the PPV card which will include current world champions Humberto Soto and Fernando Montiel plus former world champion Jose Luis Castillo. Chavez Jr., 24, is rated WBC #6 as a super welterweight. He is the WBC Continental Americas champion.
Jorge Arce said Sunday morning that he plans to head for Miami where he and his family have reservations on a cruise ship which will travel throughout the Carribean. “First stop is Puerto Rico where I hope to see my good friends Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon,” said Arce. After the fight Saturday, Arce, 29, was taken to a local hospital for observation, then released. On Sunday morning Arce was in his room at the Ayres Hotel in Anaheim. He said he has the usual “aches and pains from a fight” but added he was physically all right. “I really wanted to go all 12 rounds,” Arce said about his title fight against champion Victor Darchinyan at the Honda Center in Anaheim on Saturday night. Arce said he plans to continue fighting “….at least one more time.”
By Craig Watt
It has widely been anticipated that Australian boxers, Danny Green and Anthony Mundine would square off again in Australia’s biggest fight of 2009, even though Green, the former WBA light-heavyweight and WBC interim super-middleweight champion was retired. After generating the highest PPV audience in Australia’s boxing history and a live gate of 37,000 in their May 2006 fight, many Australian’s wanted to see a return. Green, who retired with a 34-3 record and 23 KOs has been sparring at the Belcatta Gym in Perth over five sessions against Russian fighter Victor Oganov to test his desire and physical condition after over a year outside the boxing ring. (more…)
Report by Brady Crytzer, photos by Josh Hodges/UFC
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fight Night 17 from the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, Joe Lauzon stopped Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens in the second round with a slick armbar . . . Click here for more
See video of WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev’s comeback technical decision win over previously unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond. Chagaev required 12 stitches to close two cuts over his left eye.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#6 ex-OPBF 115-pound champ Kohei Kono (22-4, 8 KOs), 117, returned to ring action five months after his unsuccessful WBA title shot and decked a fine TKO win over OPBF#13 Hendrik Barongsay (13-7-3, 4 KOs), 115.75, Indonesia, at 2:28 of the sixth round in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (29-0-2, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten Rayonta Whitfield (22-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro in Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. For Narvaez, it was his 15th defense of the title, eclipsing the Argentinean record of the legendary Carlos Monzon. He has held the belt since July 2002.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a super flyweight superfight, IBF, WBC and WBA unified champion Vic Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 KOs) scored a punishing eleventh round TKO over WBA interim champ Jorge Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Darchinyan had a big first round rocking Arce with big bombs. Darchinyan continued to punish Arce in round two. Arce turned things around in round three, landing some shots that bloodied Darchinyan. Good action in the fourth, Arce was rocked in the last minute. The rounds continued to be competitive with an edge to Darchinyan. Arce was wobbled in round seven. Round eight was one-sided for the champion as Arce was clearly wearing down. Darchinyan opened a cut over Arce’s right eye in the eleventh as Arce continued to take a beating. The doctor stopped the bout after the eleventh. Scores were 109-100 on all cards. “He surprised me. I didn’t expect a fight from him like this,” said Darchinyan afterward. “He was tough. He is a good fighter. I hit him with some good shots, but he kept coming back. I would have liked to knock him out cold, but this is OK. I am happy. I feel great. Maybe if it goes another round, I knock him out. Arce hit me with some good shots, but I was too strong. I think my speed was a difference. I am ready to fight anybody!”
In an extremely brutal fight, lightweight Antonio DeMarco (20-1-1, 14 KOs) scored a very impressive ninth round TKO over “Kid Diamond” Almazbek Raiymkulov (27-2-1, 15 KOs) to claim the vacant NABO title. DeMarco broke open the bloody and competitive fight in round eight with a violent attack that rocked Raimkulov and it was decided between rounds that Raiymkulov could not continue in the ninth. At the finish, DeMarco was ahead on two scorecards 88-83, and behind on the other 86-85.
Junior Middleweight Vanes Martirosyan (23-0, 14 KOs) remained unbeaten with a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision victory over Billy Lyell. All three judges scored the bout for Martirosyan, 79-73, 78-74, and 80-72. The former US Olympian controlled most of the action, but Lyell came to fight and was able to land counter shots to the head. Lyell’s face at the end of the fight was reddened by the amount of punches he took. It was learned after the fight that Martirosyan may have fractured his left hand in the first round of the fight.
In a very competitive bout with good exchanges between both fighters, Bantamweight Chris Avalos (9-0, 7 KOs) stopped Torrance Daniels (12-9-1, 5 KOs) after the seventh round of a scheduled eight round bout. Despite Avalos scoring knockdowns in the second and seventh rounds, Daniels caught Avalos at times during the bout. Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout on the advice of the ringside physician who felt Daniels was in bad shape.
Unbeaten Heavyweight Travis Kauffman (16-0, 13 KOs) stopped “Twin Tyson” Cliff Couser at 2:41 of the first round in a scheduled six round bout. Kauffman hurt Couser, who rarely fought back, on a number of occassions before Couser’s corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Jerry Cantu to stop the bout. Couser is now 26-18-2, 14 KOs.
Middleweight prospect Omar Henry (3-0, 3 KOs) impressively stopped Francisco Martinez (0-3) at 57 seconds of the first round. After hurting Martinez with a left hook, Henry landed a four-punch combination that dropped his opponent. Referee Tony Crebs immediately waved the fight over.
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fight Night 17 from the University of South Florida’s Sun Dome, Joe Lauzon stopped Jeremy “Lil’ Heathen” Stephens in the second round with a slick armbar. Lauzon showed off world class submission skills by slipping on a tight armbar on Stephens. With a look of tremendous pain on his face, Stephens tapped the mat at 4:43 of the second round. In the co-main, Cain Velasquez annihilated newcomer Denis Stojnic over seven brutal minutes en route to finishing the fight via TKO in the second round. Stay tuned for full report tomorrow!
An unfortunate situation has unfolded in Norfolk, Virginia, as promotional firm Triple Mac Promotions was informed by city officials yesterday at 5:15 pm that fire regulations would prevent their “Night of Champions” show from happening tonight. “We did everything we could to make this another fantastic show, but the people at the Norfolk Masonic Temple didn’t have the proper permits to host the shows they’re hosting,” said Triple Mac chief Freddie Mac. “We got an email late yesterday (Friday) from the Fire Marshall saying the venue didn’t have the right licenses. And because it was so late in the day on Friday, we were in a position where we couldn’t get a permit, the city was closed, and we couldn’t move to another venue.” The card has been rescheduled to February 21. All tickets purchased for tonight’s postponed show will be honored on February 21 or fully refunded.
By Karl Freitag & Alexey Sukachev
In a bout billed as “The Champion Returns,” WBA heavyweight champion ‘in recess’ Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (27-0-1, 20 KOs) won a six-round technical decision over previously unbeaten Carl Davis Drumond (26-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Southpaw Chagaev, coming off a series of health mishaps, was cut over the left eye by an unintentional headbutt in round three, which bled heavily from that point on. Referee Gustavo Padilla wanted to stop the bout at the beginning of round six but let it go one more round. At the end of six rounds, the bout was sent to the scorecards, which read 60-54, 58-56, 58-56. Next for Chagaev will be a showdown with WBA champion Nikolai Valuev, which must take place by June 26.
In a great fight as expected, WBA super lightweight champion Andreas Kotelnik (31-3-1, 13 KOs) impressively defended his world title by split decision over previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Marcos Maidana (25-1, 24 KOs). For the first three rounds, Maidana looked every bit as fearsome as his reputation as he relentlessly attacked the champion. Kotelnik adjusted and took command until Maidana unleashed a ferocious attack in round nine. Kotelnik again adjusted and took the tenth. Round eleven was very close. Both fighters landed bombs in a very exciting twelfth round. Scores were 115-113, 115-114 Kotelnik, 115-113 Maidana.
WBA #11 heavyweight Denis Boystov (24-0, 19 KOs) destroyed Israel “King Kong” Garcia (19-3, 11 KOs) in less than two rounds. Boystov explosively dropped Garcia in round two, and the bout was stopped moments later after Boystov’s brutal followup barrage. Time was 1:17.
Unbeaten German super middleweight Eduard Guttknecht (16-0, 7 KOs) got his best win so far with a fifth-round stoppage of former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-6-1, 16 KOs). Guttknecht methodically broke down Williams prompting the referee to halt the beating at 2:45. It was the fourth straight loss for the American fighter.
Rising German featherweight prospect Marcel Meyerdircks (11-0, 4 KOs) scored a workmanlike but unspectacular eight-round unanimous decision over Spanish-based Russian Vitaly Shivanov (3-5, 1 KO).
Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (20-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Remigijus Ziausys of Latvia (7-19-1, 1 KO): 60-54, 59-55, 58-56.
By Christian Chataignier at ringside
Nadjib Mohammedi (17-0, 7 KOs) retained his French light heavyweight title with an wide unanimous decision over Martial Bella Oleme (8-19-1, 1 KOs) on Thursday evening at the Cirque d’Hiver in Paris. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 100-91. On the same card, two quarter-final of the new 2009 jr middleweight tournament took place. Ex-European challenger Hussein Bayram (29-3, 15 KOs) won by TKO3 when Frederic Serre (8-4, 2 KO) suffered an injury, and French jr welter champion Ismael El Massoudi (29-2, 12 KOs) stopped Yoann Camonin (10-3-1, 2 KOs). The referee called a halt to the bout in round five.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A nearly packed house of over 1,100 fans showed up to The Legendary Blue Horizon Horizon to witness the six bout card, appropriately titled Israeli Explosion.” In the main event, cruiserweight prospect Ran Nakash (17-0, 13 KOs) of Haifa, Israel continued his ascension up the cruiserweight ladder, scoring three knockdowns en-route to a second round stoppage of Delaware, Ohio’s Ryan Carrol (7-2, 4 KOs). Fellow Israeli, Elad Shmouel of Tel Aviv was also successful in scoring a second technical knockout of Pittsburgh, PA’s Khristian Garaci in the six round co-feature of the evening. The six- bout card promoted by Vernoca Michael of Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions Inc. also provided some evenly matched four rounder featuring some nice local talent. (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
Shoppers at The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif. got an extra treat Thursday when boxing superstars Vic Darchinyan and Jorge Arce turned up to talk about tonight’s collision on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) told FightNews, “I am ready, and there’s no way I can lose.” When asked about Darchinyan’s behavior and trash talking, Arce stated, “Now that I am here, he looked scared. He wasn’t saying much today as he usually does. I’m going to make him pay on Saturday, you’ll see.” (more…)
By Jason Kotar
FightNews recently had the opportunity to speak with undefeated heavyweight Carl Davis Drumond as he prepared for today’s showdown in Rostock, Germany against WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan “White Tyson” Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs). Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs), promoted by Warriors Seminole Boxing, fights out of Costa Rica and presently is rated #10 by the WBA. He is the former IBF and WBO Latino champion, as well as the ex-WBC FECARBOX title holder. Drumond is fighting outside of his of homeland for only the second time in his career. Despite his impressive record, not many people are giving Drumond a shot at defeating Chagaev. Chagaev recently discussed the possibility of a rematch with Nikolai Valuev without mentioning his upcoming showdown with Drumond. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In what can only be considered as a poor excuse for a world heavyweight championship Francois Botha scored a unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Ron Guerrero to win the vacant World Boxing Federation belt at the Tlokwe Hall in Potchefstroom on Friday night. The South African veteran, a former IBF champion, won with scores of 118-114, 117-111 and 117-110. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Undefeated, world-ranked super middleweight Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) took a one-sided unanimous decision over Henry “Sugar Poo’’ Buchanan (17-3, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino at Lemoore, Calif. Ward was in command from the get-go, outpunching and outworking Buchanan for the full twelve rounds. Scores were 120-108 on all cards. Ward is the only boxer from the United States to capture a gold medal at the Olympic Games since 1996.
Unbeaten jr lightweight John “John” Molina (15-0, 11 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with an impressive third round KO over hard-hitting Joshua Allotey (15-7, 13 KOs). A brutal body attack put Allotey down for the count at 1:28 of round three.
Heavyweight prospect Manuel Quezada (26-4, 16KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Eric Boose (14-3-1, 8 KOs). Time was :10.
In a rematch, former cruiserweight champion “King” Arthur Williams (46-15-1, 30 KOs) won a majority decison over Dewey Cooper (17-3-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 98-92 for Williams, who won a technical decision in their first bout.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Jesus Soto-Karass (23-3-3, 16 KOs) won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Carson Jones (18-7-1, 10 KOs) at the Activity Center in Maywood, CA. After a competitive start, Soto-Karass scored two knockdowns in the third round, both on body shots. However, Soto-Karass was also deducted a point in the process for hitting Jones in the back of the head. Jones controlled the middle rounds as he landed continuous right hands to the head of Soto-Karass. As Jones would mount rallies, Soto-Karass came on strong. Soto-Karass almost had Jones down in the final round, but Jones showed a lot of heart as he made it the final bell. All three judges scored the bout for Soto-Karass, with scores of 97-91, 98-90, and 99-89.
Junior Welterweight Omar Chavez (14-0-1, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten with a four round majority decision over Rodolfo Armenta (4-1, 3 KOs). Chavez started strong, but Armenta was able to land solid shots in the latter half of the fight. One judge scored the bout 38-38, while the other two judges scored the bout 40-36 and 39-37 in favor of Chavez. The decision was met with a barrage of both boos and applause from the crowd. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over former world title challenger Chris Henry (23-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center in Salisbury, MD. Mack started strongly, but the naturally bigger Henry was stronger down the stretch until a twelfth round rally by Mack. Scores were 116-112, 115-112 for Mack, 115-113 for Henry.
In a good action fight, undefeated local middleweight favorite Fernando Guerrero (13-0, 11 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Gabriel “King” Rosado (10-3, 6 KOs). Rosado scored a flash knockdown in round three, but the harder punching Guerrero mostly outworked his gutsy opponent. Scores were 76-75, 77-74, 77-74. (more…)
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