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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Looking fit and trim, Mexican ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, 52, sparred four rounds in a boxing exhibition at the Centro de ...

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Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

By Karl Freitag WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis "Superman" Stevenson (24-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against WBC #5 challenger Dmitry "The ...

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

WBC closes 52nd annual convention

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman A busy final day of topics took place in Las Vegas today at the Mirage Hotel ...

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns to the ring for boxing exhibition

Photos: Julio Cesar Chavez, returns

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Stevenson a 21:1 betting favorite to retain belt tonight against Sukhotskiy

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

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Boxing News

Greg Page passes

Former WBA heavyweight champion Greg Page has passed away at the age of 50 at his Louisville, Kentucky. In his final fight in 2001, Page suffered a a brain injury and during post-fight surgery suffered a stroke. Page’s wife told WHAS TV in Louisville that the ex-champ passed shortly after 5AM from multiple complications due to boxing injuries and paralysis. Page compiled a career record of 58 wins, 16 losses and one draw with 48 KOs.



April 27th, 2009



Full Report

Froch-Taylor Photo Gallery!

Froch Stops Taylor in Dramatic Fashion!

Ringside Report by Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff
Photography by Emily Harney

Coming into Saturday night’s fight against former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor, there were three things that Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) had never accomplished in his career. He never headlined a card in America , never defended a world title, and had never tasted the canvas both as an amateur or professional. Now he can add all three of these to his resume. Froch got up from a third round knockdown to score the biggest win of his career with a late twelfth round technical knockout over Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs). in dramatic fashion. He needed a knockout going into the final round and got exactly that as Froch knocked Taylor down late. Froch then pinned him against the ropes to finish him off as referee Michael Ortega waived off the bout with just 14 seconds left. With the win, Froch defended his WBC 168 lb. title for the first time after he won the vacant belt back in December with a points win over Jean Pascal. “Sweetness” Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough and called a halt to the bout. The sold out seven bout fight card at the MGM Grand Theater inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Hennessy Sports. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.



April 27th, 2009


Announcement

‘Beatdown in H-Town’ set for May 28

Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, home of the nationally acclaimed “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS” professional boxing series, presents the “THE BEATDOWN IN H-TOWN”, on Thursday, May 28th at the Arena Theatre in Houston, Texas  . . . Click here for more



April 27th, 2009

Full Report

Lyell-Duddy Photo Gallery!

Night of Upsets as Both Duddy and Ouma Taste Defeat!

Ringside Report by Andreas Hale and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Ed Mulholland

Critics of John Duddy have been begging for the Irishman to take a step up in competition. Fighting an unknown fighter named Billy Lyell (19-7, 3 KOs) with a mediocre record and limited skill certainly doesn’t help the case. But perhaps there was a reason Duddy’s team never stepped up his competition. Unfortunately for Duddy, the reason reared its ugly head in front of an estimated 2,500 mostly Irish fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ this past Friday night. “The Derry Destroyer” watched his world title hopes go up in smoke as the unheralded Billy Lyell and his coach Jack Loew (who also trains Kelly Pavlik) employed a picture perfect game plan to upend Duddy via split decision in a ten round matchup of middleweights. Two judges saw it in Lyell’s favor with scores of 98-92 and 97-93 while the third gave Duddy (26-1, 17 KOs) the nod with a score of 96-94. Hard punching Philladelphia junior middleweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (12-3, 7 KOs) scored the biggest victory in his professional career with a close ten round split decision victory over Kassim “The Dream” Ouma (26-6-1, 16 KOs) in the co-feature of the evening. Click here for the ringside report and photo gallery.



April 27th, 2009

Boxing Result

OPI 2000 honored, #1 Spada wins!

On Saturday at Klass Hotel in Castelfidardo (Central Italy), the 9th edition of the Italian Boxing Oscars took place. OPI 2000 was the only company to get 4 awards. Salvatore Cherchi was named “Promoter of the year.” Christian Cherchi got the “Manager of the year” prize. WBC world cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni and WBC world flyweight champion Simona Galassi were voted male and female fighters of the year. On the same day, at Palaveneto in Ancona (Central Italy), OPI 2000 staged a show with six professional Italian fighters, including WBC #1 middleweight contender Domenico Spada, who won by 5th round DQ over Slovakian Robert Blazo. Spada’s record ups to 29 wins (14 KOs) and one loss. Also WBC female world flyweight champion Simona Galassi outpointed French Isabelle Leonardi (now, 4-4-1) in six rounds, in a non-title match. Galssi moves up to 10 wins (3 kos), 1 draw and 1 no-contest. (more…)



April 27th, 2009

Boxing News

Juan Manuel Marquez Update!

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBA/WBO lightweight world champion Juan Manuel Márquez is now expected to return on September 12th or 19th, topping a major card in Las Vegas. Sources at Golden Boy Promotions indicate that Floyd Mayweather, Ricky Hatton, Manny Pacquiao, Érik “El Terrible” Morales and other names are in the mix as possible opponents. In any event, Marquez will return with “Nacho” Beristain to La Romanza Gym in the Federal District next week.



April 27th, 2009

Announcement

Chade passes

By Gerardo M. Avila-Planas

Cuban-born boxing manager Yamil Chade has died of complications from pneumonia and Alzheimer’s disease. Chade, was manager of Gerardo Gonzalez “Kid Gavilan” He also managed and contributed in the careers of such great champions as Wilfredo Gomez and Felix “Tito” Trinidad.



April 27th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sturm, Balzsay Full Report!

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Marianne Müller


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WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) simply outclassed Koji Sato (14-1, 13 KOs) getting a seventh round referee’s stoppage after dealing Sato a brutal beating on Saturday night at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm was extremely sharp with his jab early on while fending off Sato’s powerful attacks. As the bout progressed, it almost seemed Sturm couldn’t miss as he schooled the previously unbeaten challenger. Referee Luis Pabon finally steped in to stop the carnage at 2:46 of round seven. It was Sturm’s sixth title defense.
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WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his title with an eleventh round knockout over former middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-6, 27 KOs). It was a left-right combination that sent the 42-year-old Masoe to the deck where he was counted out by referee Mark Nelson. It was the unbeaten Balzsay’s first title defense. Time was 2:07.
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Unbeaten middleweight Gennady Golovkin (16-0, 13 KOs) dropped Anthony Greenidge (13-3-1, 5 KOs) twice in round one and finished him at :49 of round five.
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In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Manuel Charr (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Gbenga Olouku (16-1, 10 KOs) in round seven. Time was 1:29.
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Light heavyweight Gregory Soszynski (14-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ralf Riemer (8-7-2, 4 KOs). Time was 1:00.
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Light heavyweight Patrick Dobroschi (9-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Mustapha Stini (6-34-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
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Lightweights Magomed Jangubaev (3-0-1) and Brahim Bouizem (8-15) battled to a four round draw. Scores were 38-38, 38-38, 39-37 Bouizem.



April 26th, 2009

Full Report

Night of knockouts!

Ringside by Jacob Chavez, photos by John Booz

Oscar De La Hoya’s, Golden Boy Promotions and Dominic Pesoli’s, 8 Count Production presented an explosive night of boxing action, Friday, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The fights were televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” and had fans in attendance enthralled with knockout action . . . Click here for more 



April 26th, 2009

Full Report

Garcia floors Gomez at Sky Ute!

Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone

In a showdown years in the works, between the top two names of the last dozen years in the Four Corners area, Elco “The Animal” Garcia, of Ignacio, Colo., staked his claim as the reigning local champion with a dominating kayo win over Joe “Ironman” Gomez, of Bloomfield, N.M.  . . . Click here for more 



April 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Green stops Van Niekirk in two!

By Craig Watt

Former WBA light-heavyweight champion Danny Green (25-3, 23KO’s) made an impressive ring return on Sunday in Perth, Western Australia after stopping experienced South African Anthony Van Niekirk (21-7-2, 13 KO’s) at 2.42 of the second round. The 36 year old Australian, known as the “Green Machine” was making his ring return after 16 months out of the ring, retiring as reigning WBA light-heavyweight champion in 2008. Green entered the ring to a vociferous hometown crowd on his return and the playing of the last post by army bugle added to the electric atmosphere on ANZAC war memorial weekend in Australia. In front of a sold out crowd of 4,500 fans at the Challenge Stadium in Perth, Green impressed to keep on track for a lucrative re-match with fellow Australian Anthony Mundine in what could be the richest fight in Australian boxing history. (more…)



April 26th, 2009

Feature Story

Froch-Taylor Post Fight Coverage!

Taylor Wants Rematch; Froch Wants Calzaghe!
Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Report by Scott Ploof
Photo By Emily Harney

Fresh off of the biggest victory of his career, undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) and former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) along with their trainers and promoters took part in a post fight press conference inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Froch shocked not only Taylor but the entire 168 pound division when he stopped the former middleweight kingpin with just fourteen seconds left in the twelfth and final round. While Taylor and his team would love a rematch, it seems that Carl Froch and his promoter, Mick Hennessy have other plans. The press conference began with Team Taylor in attendance along with Taylor’s promoter Lou DiBella at the microphone leading off the conversation concerning the main event and its outcome. “What we saw tonight was one hell of a fight. Jermain looked solid early and almost had Froch out in the third. Froch displayed a solid chin throughout as Jermain was able to land some hard shots for about the first eight or so rounds of the fight. I think Carl came on late and made it a closer fight down the stretch and then he knocked him out.” (more…)



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao on Penalosa loss!

Pacman says Gerry will (likely) retire

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao defended the decision of ace trainer Freddie Roach in pulling the plug on Gerry Penalosa’s bid to dethrone the Puerto Rican knockout sensation Juan Manuel Lopez, who became the first man to stop the two-division Filipino champion with a ninth-round TKO Saturday night in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “Lopez is just too big and too strong for Gerry,” Pacquiao told visiting reporters from Manila Bulletin, PhilStar, Inquirer and People’s Journal in his apartment unit at The Palazzo in Los Angeles. Pacquiao said Penalosa has nothing to be ashamed of since he put up a gallant stand and refused to be floored by the heavily-favored 25-year-old WBO super-bantamweight king. “We all saw that he did his best,” said Pacquiao, who watched the action live on high-definition TV. “Freddie was right in not allowing Gerry to come out for the tenth round. Do we have to wait for something bad to happen before we say that’s enough?” With the loss, Pacquiao believes Penalosa will announce his retirement. It was Gerry himself who told me that this (Lopez) fight will be his last and it would be best for him if he retires.” Penalosa turned pro in 1989 after a stellar amateur career. He had won the WBC super-fly in Feb. 1997 and later the WBO bantam title that he recently relinquished so he could meet Lopez.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Pacquiao bus ready to roll!

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Four-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao looks over his custom Team Pacquiao bus that he will take to Las Vegas Monday afternoon for his upcoming “The Battle of East and West” World Jr. Welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton this Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Froch, Taylor quick quotes!

At the start of the twelfth and final round, WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch needed a knockout to win and that is just what he got. Froch stopped former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor with just 14 seconds remaining in the fight. “My trainer (Rob McCracken) told me I needed a big round in the 12th. He was right. You saw it, everybody saw it. I’m the champ.” Regarding the stoppage, Froch said, “You could see he was badly hurt and not defending himself. He was not even looking at me at the end. It was a great decision by the referee. I had to make a statement on American soil and I did just that.” Taylor called for a rematch after the fight when he said, “I want a rematch. He came over here and he really is a warrior. I know he’s got a good heart. I put 110% in the gym but he stayed with it and worked it.” Asked whether he agreed with the stoppage Taylor replied, “He thought it was time to stop it so he stopped it. My hat is off to the ref.” The fight of the year candidate will re-air on SHOWTIME TOO on Wednesday, April 29, at 10PM ET/PT. The fight will be available ON DEMAND from April 28-May 25.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Sturm-Sato beat down video!

sturm2Click the image to see highlights of WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm’s seven round beat down of previously unbeaten challenger Koji Sato, which took place on Saturday night in at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Three-time middleweight titleholder Sturm retained his title for the sixth time.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Froch KOs Taylor!

Spectacular Come From Behind KO; Retains WBC 168lb Title!
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Photos: Emily Harney

By Billy “Loops” Luppert and Alex Dombroff at ringside

Undefeated WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) scored the biggest victory of his career, a come from behind TKO stoppage over former middleweight champion Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) with 14 seconds left in the twelfth and final round to retain his title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena inside of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Taylor, who was ahead on two of the three scorecards entering the 12th round, did a superb job of not allowing Froch to land anything on the inside. Taylor had Froch down in the third round from an overhand right, but Froch was able to get up and sustain Taylor’s assault. Taylor was able to effectively counter Froch with his jab and right hand as Froch kept his hands by his waist the entire fight. As the fight wore on, the effective punching by Taylor wore thin as he was tiring out, but the former champion was still able to keep Froch from landing anything flush. The 12th round was a different story as Froch was able to come out and land a big right that put Taylor down on the canvas. Taylor was visibly hurt as Froch came in firing away. The end came as Froch put Taylor up against the ropes and unloaded several shots that Taylor had no answer for which prompted referee Michael Ortega to stop the bout.
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Allan Green started the televised portion of the show off with a bang. Actually, four bangs. Green (28-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Carlos DeLeon, Jr. (21-3-2, 14 KOs) four times in the second round before referee Joe Lupino had finally seen enough. The first round was fought on even terms, and DeLeon actually had his best moments in the closing moments of the round. Early in round two, Green landed a left hook that dropped DeLeon hard. DeLeon rose, but Green wasted no time taking advantage of DeLeon’s shaky legs as he dropped him seconds later with an overhand right. The scene repeated itself twice more, with overhand rights sending DeLeon to the deck before it was waved off. Time of the stoppage was 1:54 of round two.
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Former title-holder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, fighting for the first time since being stopped by Ricky Hatton five months ago, scored a lopsided unanimous decision over Chris Fernandez. For the most part the fight went as expected, with Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) using the quicks the tactical skills that made briefly made him a world champion at junior welterweight. However, there was a tenuous moment towards the end of round six, when Fernandez (16-7-1, 9 KOs), who spent much of the fight punching air, finally connected and rocked Malignaggi against the ropes. Malignaggi regrouped in between rounds and cruised a 79-73 decision on all three of the official scorecards. (more…)



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Mayol primed for Calderon!

Photo: Nick Giongco

Photo: Nick Giongco

By Nick Giongco

Rodel Mayol of the Philippines will face defending WBO light-fly champion Ivan Calderon of Puerto Rico underneath the Miguel Cotto-Joshua Clottey headliner at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 13. Mayol is now under the managerial control of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao. Mayol, originally from Cebu City in the Philippines, also trains at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Juanma, Penalosa speak!

By Lee Bates

Quick quotes from post-fight presser:
Juan Manuel Lopez: Penalosa is a very tough fighter as I fully expected him to be. This was a very hard earned victory. My promoters will decide what is next for me and I will be ready for whoever they put in front of me.
Gerry Penalosa: I gave my absolute best tonight. Lopez was the better man tonight and I congratulate him.
Freddie Roach: I thought Lopez would slow down after the 4th round since he threw so many punches but he didn’t. I had told Gerry going into the 9th round that if he wasn’t able to hurt Lopez then I was going to stop the fight because he needed to hurt him or knock Lopez out at that point. Lopez I think is the best fighter at 122 pounds.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing News

Trinidad-Hopkins at MSG!

By Lee Bates

Fightnews caught up with former three-division world champion Felix ‘Tito’ Trinidad, who updated what was previously reported on Fightnews of a rematch between Tito and Bernard ‘The Executioner’ Hopkins. ” It is true that we’re working on a rematch between Hopkins and I,” said Trinidad. “There are still some details that need to be worked out but we will meet at a catchweight that will be determined. The fight will be in Madison Square Garden in New York at the end of 2009.”



April 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Ponce De Leon victorious!

Former WBO junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2, 31 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Marlon “La Rata” Aguilar (19-7-1, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant NABF featherweight belt on Saturday night at the Coliseo Miguel Canto in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ponce De Leon was credited with a knockdown in round eight and went on to win 119-108 on all cards.



April 26th, 2009

Boxing Result

Juanma stops Penalosa!

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing

By Lee Bates at ringside

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs) scored a brilliant ninth round TKO over WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-7-2, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Lopez was superb as he outpunched a very motivated Penalosa for nine brutal rounds. Penalosa’s trainer Freddie Roach stopped the fight between rounds nine and ten. Lopez has now scored 13 consecutive knockouts.
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Jr welterweight Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) claimed the WBO interim title when Willy Blain (20-1, 3 KOs) suffered a hand injury and was unable to go on in round seven. Time was 1:47.
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In a scheduled 4 round cruiserweight bout 6 foot 6 inch Carlos Negron (2-0, 2 kos) stopped veteran Tyler Hughes (23-25, 8 KOs) in round 1 with an expolisive knockout that had the crowd on their feet. Negron knocked Hughes down and the game Huges beat the count but was in no condition to continue and his corner mercifully stopped the fight.
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Juan Mercedes (23-2, 16 KOs) defeated Anthony Napunyi (14-5, 7 KOs) by TKO in round 6th in a super bantamweight bout. Mercedes was systematically breaking down Napunyi prior to the stoppage prompting Napunyi’s cornerman to stop the fight between rounds 6 and 7.
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In a bout between bantamweights , David Quijano (9-1-1, 6 KOs) unanimously decisioned Jesus Martinez (18-6, 11 KOs) over 8 rounds by the scores of 79-73 and 78-74 twice. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Calderon-Mayol official!

Undefeated two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico will make his Madison Square Garden debut on Saturday, June 13 on the undercard of the big world championship welterweight clash between Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) will defend his WBO jr flyweight belt against Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs), the No. 4-rated contender from the Philippines. It will be the fourth defense of the 108-pound title for the Puerto Rican star. “It has always been my dream to fight at Madison Square Garden in New York and to do it the night before the National Puerto Rican Parade, makes it even more exciting for me. It will be a night to remember,” said Calderon, who is also a former WBO minimumweight world champion. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Lindsay stops Appleby!

By Alexey Sukachev

In an all-action brawl between two undefeated featherweights, Belfast-native Martin Lindsay (14-0, 6 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career by stopping the reigning British champion Paul Appleby (14-1, 9 KOs) in the sixth round. Lindsay looked strong with his hard and precision punching in the first two stanzas. Appleby cam back strong in the third rocking slightly fading local hero on several occasions. Round four was as brutal as they are with Lindsay being just a bit more active in the back-and-forth two-way massacre. Round five was for the champion. In round six, Martin Lindsay increased his tempo and started to land his punches at will. After the series of left and right hooks Appleby was pinned to the ropes, barely made it to the center of the ring only to be brutalized once again with the monsterous right hand of Lindsay prompting referee to stop the contest at 2:36 of the round six. Appleby is still to be decked in his career though.
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Jr middleweight Ryan Rhodes (42-4, 28 KOs), who is ranked #8 by the WBC, got an easy seventh-round TKO over Hungarian journeyman Janos Petrovics (16-24, 8 KOs) on Saturday at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Petrovics was dropped by a huge left hook to the body, and was completely dominated throughout the contest. The bout was stopped at 1:07.
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On the undercard, jr middleweight Michael Maguire (4-0, 1 KO) barely outpointed James Ancliff (6-6-1, 1 KO) over four rounds: 39-38.



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Sturm, Balzsay KO foes!

By Karl Freitag

WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) simply outclassed Koji Sato (14-1, 13 KOs) getting a seventh round referee’s stoppage after dealing Sato a brutal beating on Saturday night at the KönigPALAST in Krefeld, Germany. Sturm was extremely sharp with his jab early on while fending off Sato’s powerful attacks. As the bout progressed, it almost seemed Sturm couldn’t miss as he schooled the previously unbeaten challenger. Referee Luis Pabon finally steped in to stop the carnage at 2:46 of round seven. It was Sturm’s sixth title defense.
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WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (21-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his title with an eleventh round knockout over former middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-6, 27 KOs). It was a left-right combination that sent the 42-year-old Masoe to the deck where he was counted out by referee Mark Nelson. It was the unbeaten Balzsay’s first title defense. Time was 2:07.
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Unbeaten middleweight Gennady Golovkin (16-0, 13 KOs) dropped Anthony Greenidge (13-3-1, 5 KOs) twice in round one and finished him at :49 of round five.
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In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Manuel Charr (11-0, 5 KOs) stopped Gbenga Olouku (16-1, 10 KOs) in round seven. Time was 1:29.
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Light heavyweight Gregory Soszynski (14-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Ralf Riemer (8-7-2, 4 KOs). Time was 1:00.
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Light heavyweight Patrick Dobroschi (9-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Mustapha Stini (6-34-1, 4 KOs) over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-53.
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Lightweights Magomed Jangubaev (3-0-1) and Brahim Bouizem (8-15) battled to a four round draw. Scores were 38-38, 38-38, 39-37 Bouizem.



April 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Kirkland-Walker is off!

The fight between unbeaten jr middleweight James Kirkland and Michael Walker on the May 2 Pacquiao-Hatton undercard in Las Vegas is definitely off. A request by lawyers of Kirkland, who was arrested last week on a weapons charge, to be released from custody under supervision to go through with the fight against Walker was denied Friday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Andy Austin in Austin, Texas. Kirkland, one of the most exciting young fighters in boxing, is facing a sentence of up to ten years.



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Stewart outpoints Santiago!

By Rick Scharmberg at ringside

Mike “No Joke” Stewart (43-7-2, 23 KOs) won the battle of returning veterans with a unanimous decision over Luis Alberto Santiago (18-9-2, 11 KOs) in the six round welterweight main event last night at the sold-out Rollins Center at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, DE. With both fighters coming off lengthy layoffs, Stewart scored a first round knockdown and finished strong to win by scores of 59-54 (twice) and 58-55. In the co-feature, Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-1, 7 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Willie Perryman (10-19, 7 KOs) in a four round heavyweight bout. The promoter was Capital City Promotions. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Spinks edges Latimore for IBF belt!

Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP


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Former two-division world champion Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-2, 16 KOs) to win both 154lb bragging rights for St. Louis, Missouri as well as the vacant IBF jr middleweight championship on Friday night at the Scottrade Center. Spinks came out aggressively, but was dropped by Latimore in round one. After Latimore had success in early rounds, the cream rose to the top as the much more experienced Spinks outboxed Latimore in the middle rounds. Both fighters were cut and tired late in the fight but Spinks did more to win by scores of 115-112, 114-113 on two cards. Latimore was up 115-112 on the third card. Cory Spinks: “I’m back and I’m ready for anybody. I won back the world title at junior middleweight. I was a little rusty but I shook it off.” (Regarding being knocked down in the first round) “I thought it was mostly a slip in the first round, I thought I tripped just like the referee ruling Deandre’s knockdown a slip in the 12th round. I knew I had to perform in the last round and I did. I’m a master at this and I went out like a dog and got it.” Deandre Latimore: “I’m a little upset. I dropped him in the first round. That decision should have been mine. The scorecard had it 114-113 (for Spinks). I should have had that edge. I cut him and he cut me, what can I say? He got the decision.” (On his first-round knockdown of Spinks) “I caught him with a hook. He leaned in and I got him with some good shots and he went down. I played my hand right and I thought I should have won. I dropped him. ”
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WBC #1 super lightweight Devon Alexander “The Great” (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ninth round KO over Jesus “Chuy” Rodriguez (19-4, 5 KOs). Alexander finally dropped Rodriguez in round eight and finished him with an uppercut in the ninth as “Chuy” went to a knee and stayed down. Time was :58. Devon Alexander: “Rodriguez was good. He gave me good work. He’s a rugged, awkward fighter. I’m ready for anybody at 140 pounds. I can and will get better. I’m the WBC super lightweight mandatory challenger. Now I’m ready for my first world championship appearance.” Jesus Rodriguez: “I got caught with a good shot (in the ninth round) and I just couldn’t see anymore. Devon was just too fast for me tonight.”
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Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson (26-5, 22 KOs) extended his career with an impressive technical knockout over Carl “Iron Fist” Davis (14-3, 11 KOs). Davis gave a game challenge, but Williamson sent him to the mat with a sweeping shot in the fourth round. Davis took a knee early in the fifth before being dismissed later in the round after being floored with a picture-perfect right that caused the referee to halt the bout. Time was 2:52.
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In a surprise, heavyweights Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (17-1, 16 KOs) and Charles Davis (17-17-2, 4 KOs) batted to a six round majority draw. Scores were 57-57 twice and 58-56 for Stiverne. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Night of Knockouts in Chicago!

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WBO #3/WBA #7 junior featherweight Antonio Escalante (19-2, 13 KOs) impressively knocked out Gary Stark Jr. (22-3, 8 KOs) in round three on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion, Chicago, Illinois. Escalante floored Stark twice in round three and the bout was waved off by referee Gerald Scott. Time was 1:31.
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Red hot super middleweight Daniel Jacobs (15-0, 14 KOs) was impressive again as he crushed Jose Varela (22-6, 15 KOs) at 1:29 of round two. Varela went down in a heap and was counted out after absorbing a huge Jacobs right hand.
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Olympic heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (4-0, 4 KOs) annihilated journeyman Joseph Rabotte (3-6, 1 KO), scoring three knockdowns in round one. Time was 2:33.
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2008 Chicago Golden Gloves champion Noe Perez (2-0) needed just 1:46 to demolish Ronnie Howell (1-2) in a featherweight bout.



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Tucker wins split decision!

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside

Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight prospect Mark “TNT” Tucker remained undefeated with an eight-round split decision over Ross “The Boss” Thompson of Buffalo, NY tonight at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. The 21-year-old Tucker also gained a learning experience along the way as he was taken through the eight-round distance for the first time in his young career. Tucker, who gave up nine pounds to his opponent (180 1/4 to 189 1/4), had a tough time dealing with the awkward style of Thompson, who used solid defense and countering shots to gain advantages. Thompson might have lost his advantage on the scorecards near the end of the fight, where he slowed his offensive assault and seemed to look only to counter Tucker. However, judge Malik Waleed thought Thompson did enough to win and scored the contest 77-75. The other two judges — Gary Camponeschi and Kenny Chevalier — saw the bout differently at 78-74 and 77-75 for Tucker. Fightnews scored the bout 78-74 for Thompson. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Boxing Result

Rowland Back With a Bang!

By Bob Ryder at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder

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Middleweight Troy Rowland made a successful return after a 3 1/2 year absence with a solid TKO win in the second round over Joe Harden in Saturday night’s feature presentation at the Orbit Room in Grand Rapids, MI. Fighting before an enthusiastic home town crowd, Rowland dominated the first round with crisp jabs. Looking in great shape, Rowland quickly landed a booming right hand early in the second to drop Harden to the canvas. Two more quick knockdowns forced an automatic stoppage by referee Steve Daher at 1:10 and raised Rowland’s record to 24-2 (7). When asked if this display of punching power was the “new Troy Rowland”, Troy laughed it off but was obviously very pleased with his first fight back. “It turned out really good, I was holding off with my right hand a bit because I had hurt it earlier in the week. I was just jabbing, jabbing, jabbing, and all of a sudden I threw a right hand and just caught him good.” No firm date for Troy’! s next fight is set but his plans are to work his way back into 10 round fights in about a years time. His opponent Harden’s record falls to 10-21-2. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Scale Watch

Weights from the Fitz!

Adam Richards 200 vs. Gustavo Enriquez 198
Shawn Porter 155 vs. Sammy Sparkman 155
Farah Ennis 168 vs. Brad Austin
Bobby O’bannon 245 vs. Rodrika Ray 200
Jermall Charlo 151 vs. Anthony Bowman 151
Venue: Fitz Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight Promotions



April 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Masoe camp confident!

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (29-5, 27 KOs) will challenge current world champion Karoly Balszay (20-0,14 KOs) for the WBO 160 pound championship later today in Krefeld, Germany. Masoe’s manager Noel Thornberry is confident that his fighter has what it takes to win. “Masoe is in great shape for this championship fight against Balszay and we are confident of scoring an upset win. He has knocked out 27 opponents in a 36 fight career. He has KO power in both hands.” Masoe won the WBA middleweight title by stopping Evans Ashira in two rounds in 2004. He lost the championship to Felix Sturm over 12 rounds in 2006. Balszay won the WBO 160 title by outscoring the highly regarded Denis Inkin earlier this year.



April 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Froch-Taylor Preview!

By Graham Houston

After years of saying how good he is, Carl Froch gets the chance to prove it in his biggest fight when he defends his WBC super middleweight title against Jermain Taylor at Foxwoods on Saturday, with Showtime televising in the U.S. and Super Channel in Canada, while in Britain ITV will have delayed coverage the next evening. (Fans in Britain and Ireland can also watch on internet PPV should they be so inclined.) For the first time in his career, Froch will enter the ring as an underdog. (more…)



April 25th, 2009

Boxing News

Juanma ready to make statement!

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By Lee Bates

WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) has scored 12 consecutive knockouts going into his bout this Saturday with WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs). Penalosa for his part has never been stopped in 62 professional bouts. Both of these statistics lead the way for a very intriguing fight as one of these streaks is going to come to an end. When Fightnews caught up with Lopez, he spoke on comparisons of him and Felix Trinidad, the importance of him sticking to his game plan, and seeking a statement victory. (more…)



April 25th, 2009




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