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Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Jones mops floor with “The Janitor” – Fight coverage: Jon “Bones” Jones has a knack for making everything look easy. The 23-year-old MMA wunderkind again justified his massive hype as he made short work of former IFL champion Vladimir Matyushenko and scored a first round TKO in the main event of UFC on Versus 2 in front of 8,132 inside the San Diego Sports Arena . . . Click here for more
Jones wants bigger names – Post-fight press conference report: Apparently, the Octagon is Jon “Bones” Jones world and everyone that ends up trapped inside his cage can, and will, be just another victim for Jones to test out his dazzling array of weapons. After turning in yet another virtuoso performance at UFC On Versus against Vladimir Matyushenko, Jones – as modestly as one can possibly put it – is asking the UFC to give him a bigger fish to fry because, quite frankly, this was just too easy . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
After going the distance in a loss to Floyd Mayweather in May, “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6, 39 KOs) will return to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to face Sergio Mora (22-1-1, 6 KOs) September 18.
If you’re one to believe in luck, tradition, or superstition, Mosley stands a great chance to get back into the win column. In two previous outings at Staples, the Pomona fighter logged two victories, defeating Oscar de la Hoya and Antonio Margarito. He’s also never been defeated in the state of California . . . Click here for more
Undefeated former amateur world champion Erislandy Lara (12-0, 7 KOs) and world amateur championships bronze medalist Yordanis Despaigne (6-0, 4 KOs) will make appearances in separate bouts on August 18 at the Monroe Civic Center in Monroe, Louisiana. Lara will face Willie Lee (17-6, 11 KOs) in a 10-round junior middleweight bout, while Despaigne will take on undefeated Frank Paines (11-0, 10 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight showdown where someone’s “0” must go. The card will be televised live on ESPN2’s Wednesday Night Fights. The undercard will feature light heavyweight Blake “Candyman” Prevost (13-1, 5 KOs),6’8 heavyweight Skip Scott (8-1, 5 KOs) and light welterweight champion Danny O’Connor (12-0, 3 KOs). Tickets will go on sale on Wednesday. Call 318.329.2338.
After Rendall Munroe met WBC world super bantamweight world champion Toshiaki Nishioka this weekend, he stated “I’m even more confident of beating him now.” He challenges for the Japanese star’s title at Tokyo’s Sumo Stadium on October 24. Munroe (21-1) and Nishioka (36-4-3) met at the WBC Night of Champions in Cardiff this weekend. And southpaw Munroe said: “We got on well and he seems a nice man, but I grew in confidence after seeing him. I’m convinced that world title is mine. It is always tough fighting away, but once I get in a rhythm my size and strength will cause him non-stop problems.” (more…)
By Brian Grammer
WBC and IBF jr welterweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” arrived home Sunday afternoon at the Lambert International Airport in St. Louis to an enthusiastic crowd of family, fans and media. Alexander had been training in Las Vegas, NV in preparation of his Saturday, August 7th title defense against top contender Andreas Kotelnik in the main event of the Don King Productions “Gateway to Greatness” card. The champion, who was visibly moved by the reception, informed everyone that he was in top condition and ready to defend his titles. “I know that as the champion everyone is gunning for me and I have to be ready.” More to follow.
On August 28th, Spartan Fight Promotions will present a boxing card at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City with heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (26-2, 18 KOs) battling veteran Livin Castillo (16-8, 10 KOs) in the ten round main event. Lightweight Jose Reyes (23-7, 8 KOs) will be featured in the co-feature. Also scheduled are super middleweight Joel De La Paz (5-0, 4 KOs), light heavyweight Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (5-0, 2 KOs) bantamweight Qa’id “Kid Dynamite” Muhammad (5-0, 5 KOs) and super middleweight Eugene Soto (2-0, 1 KO) in separate bouts. Tickets are $40, $65 and $90. Call 800-736-1420.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night in the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, PA, hometown lightweight prospect Carney “Beeper’ Bowman (15-0, 7 KOs) made his triumphant return with a foul plagued but impressive third round stoppage of late replacement Robert Acevedo (9-11-3, 1 KO) in the six round main event of the evening. Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor also continued his winning ways when his opponent Adam Harris quit in his corner due to a shoulder injury. The seven bout card promoted by TKO Promotions also had some of the top local and regional fighters in action as well as two competitive amateur bouts. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world title challenger Robert Medley (29-3, 19 KOs) has issued a challenge to fellow Australian 154 pounder Ryan Waters (20-2-2, 12 KOs) and has stated he will fight him for no money just to get him in the ring. “Ryan Waters has said he is the best junior middleweight in Australia, but he will not fight me,” said Medley. “I am prepared to fight him for no money just to get him in the ring. My manager, Bill Treacy, offered Waters AUD $30,000 (USD $27,000) but he has rejected that offer.” (more…)
Boxing returns to Guadalajara, Mexico on August 20th with promoter Ramon Arellanos’ Arellano Promotions. The 48-year-old historic venue La Arena Jalisco will be the site of the event. The main event will feature Guadalajara’s own power punching Daniel Sandoval (15-1, 15 KOs) going after the vacant Pacific Coast welterweight title against Crispin Martinez. The 19-year-old Sandoval who has won all of his bouts by knockout looks to extend his KO streak . The co-feature will have former world title challenger Zaid Zaveleta (18-7-2) against an opponent to be announced. Five other entertaining fights will round out the undercard.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
The hype surrounding Jon “Bones” Jones will continue to grow as the young prospect stopped opponent Vladimir Matyushenko just 1:52 into the first round. After scoring a swift takedown, Jones quickly mounted his opponent and unleashed a devastating flurry of elbows prompting referee Herb Dean to halt the contest.
A new middleweight contender has emerged as Yushin Okami defeated Mark Munoz via split decision. All three scorecards read the same, 29-28, twice in favor of Okami. (more…)
Marquez puts on masterful performance; Pirog upsets Jacobs; Guerrero, Linares beat Casamayor, Juarez: Juan Manuel Marquez and Juan Diaz picked up right where they left off for three rounds in the rematch of their 2009 “Fight of the Year” winner. After that, Marquez schooled the future law student on what the sweet science is all about.
Once again, Marquez got the best of Diaz, scoring a masterful 12-round unanimous decision to retain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles by utilizing sharp counterpunching and taking advantage of Diaz’ plodding straightforward style. With a pro-Marquez crowd of 8,383 in attendance at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, “Dinamita” erased last September’s loss to a larger Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a performance that was nothing short of brilliant . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Phumzile Matyhila upset the odds to win the South African bantamweight title when he beat Nkqubela Gwazela on a 12 round split decision at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Judges Allan Matakane and Andile Matika scored it 116-115 and 115-114 for Matyhila and judge Siya Vabaza had it 115-113 for Gwazela. (more…)
“When he’s ready to knock on my door, I’m right here,” says lineal lightweight champion Juan Manual Marquez, of pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao.
“There’s no hiding. No running. I’m waiting for him.”
Last night, in front of 8,300 people at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) defeated Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KOs) for the second time, to secure his reign as lightweight king . . . . Click here for more
Photos: Ray Flores
A clash between unbeaten junior middleweights Alberto Herrera (7-0-1, 5 KOs) and Sammy Gonzalez (7-0-1, 3 KOs) ended to a six round draw on Saturday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. It was a toe-to-toe from start to finish. In the third round Herrera apparently injured his left hand and he seemed to have taken refuge in the blue corner and fought most of the fight from there. Gonzalez through vicious punches and rocked Herrera in the fourth and fifth rounds but Herrera battled back never giving an inch. The crowd were on their feet from start to finish. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight prospect Mike Faragon (12-0, 6 KOs) demolished Eddie Soto (12-2, 4 KOs) in an impressive four round blowout Friday night on Pugnacious Promotions’ annual summer fight card at the Saratoga Springs City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. Faragon dropped Soto in rounds one and three and the bout was finally halted in round four.
In the co-feature, Maureen “The Real Million Dollar Baby” Shea (15-2, 9 KOs) won the NABF female featherweight title with a third round stoppage of Liliana Martinez (8-11, 4 KOs). Shea landed a heavy left hook to the body that doubled over Martinez who soon turned away in pain, forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 1:18 mark.
Photos: Solomon Otoo Lartey
Promoter Mike Tetteh’s Goldenmike Boxing Promotions put on a solid fight card Saturday night in Accra, Ghana. The card was highlighted with two local fighters having career best victories.
Joshua Okine (20-4-1, 13 KOs) of Ghana derailed the combacking former 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist Muhammed Adullaev (20-4, 14 KOs) of Uzbekistan by way of 12 round unanimous decision to win the vacant World Professional Boxing Federation welterweight title. Judge Rojer Bannor had it 119-109, judge Emmanuel Brenya had it 119-108 and judge Ataa Addie Pappoe had it a complete shutout at 120-108.
Braimah Kamoko (20-0, 15 KOs) of Ghana won his biggest fight to date by stopping former world title challenger Hector Javier Velazco (37-9-1, 16 KOs) of Argentina in round 10 to win the vacant World Professional Boxing Federation light heavyweight title. Velazco has fought the likes of Juergen Braehmer, Arthur Abraham, and Felix Sturm who he unsuccessfully challenged for the world title. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
The last Universum Champions Night televised on the ZDF network featured two world championship clashes and a European heavyweight title collision. WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik took the last step before coming to America for a WBC-mandated world title showdown with world champion Sergio Martinez. WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison survived a firefight against Khoren Gevor with his title intact. And heavyweight contender Alexander Dimitrenko won the vacant European heavyweight championship with a dominating performance. Here’s what they had to say after the fights. (more…)
By Robert Coster
A good crowd of almost 2,000 fans flocked to the historic Al Brown Arena to a very competitive night of international boxing in Colon, Panama. The main event saw local favorite Alfonso “Huracan” Mosquera (20-7, 7 KOs) pull an upset 11 round split decision over WBA #8 Daniel “The Haitian Sensation” Edouard (23-3-2, 14 KOs) to wrest away the WBA Fedelatin middleweight crown. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
Filipino Sylvester Lopez kept his World Boxing Council (WBC) International super flyweight crown with an impressive second round TKO win over former interim world champion Wandee Singwancha of Thailand at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
In a rematch of their war from February 2009, WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) again defeated former unified lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In another spirited give-and-take affair, Marquez had the upper hand almost from the get-go as he methodically battered Diaz, but couldn’t break him as the game Texan went the full twelve. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111 with Marquez taking a unanimous decision.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A highly motivated Alberto ‘Topo’ Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) dethroned IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) via six round beatdown on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. A punished Nongqayi, who did a lot of trash-talking before the bout, finally could take no more and went to a knee, prompting the bout to be waved off at the :60 mark. Rosas avenged the losses of the Arce brothers Jorge and Francisco, who were both defeated by Nongqayi.
In a bantamweight clash between former world champions, Jorge Travieso” Arce (55-6-1, 42 KOs) destroyed comebacking Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) with a first round knockout. A shot to the body put Castillo down for the count. Time was 2:56. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In a clash for the WBO middleweight title vacated by Sergio Martinez, Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round knockout over the previously unbeaten “Golden Child” Daniel Jacobs (20-1, 17 KOs). A right to the jaw laid Jacobs down and out. Time was :57.
In a clash of former world champions, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) survived a tenth round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over former mentor Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) in a junior welterweight clash. Guerrero dropped Casamayor in round two Casamayor was alao deducted a point in that round. Guerrero was pretty much in charge en route to a 98-89, 98-89, 97-90 win.
Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares (29-1, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) in a lightweight matchup. Linares dropped Juarez in round five and went on to win by scores of 99-90, 99-90, 97-92.
In an IBF super middleweight eliminator, Contender Season 3 winner Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) was disqualified in the first round of his bout with Jean Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs). Bika knocked down Mendy early in the fight, but while Mendy was still on one knee Bika knocked him out cold with an uppercut. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight star Carney “Beeper” Bowman (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a foul-filled third round knockout over Robert Acevedo (9-11-3, 1 KO) on Saturday night in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium. It was a dirty fight with a lot of wrestling. Acevedo was deducted point for holding in round one, but it didn’t matter as Bowman dropped him for the count with two big right hands :47 seconds into round three. Feelings were still running hot after the bout as things got ugly and the fighters had to be separated by their handlers.
Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (16-1-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Adam Harris (10-3, 7 KOs). Taylor dropped Harris with a right to the body in round two, and after Harris returned to his corner, he complained that his right shoulder had popped out and the bout was stopped. Time was 3:00.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
In a no-holds barred, one-on-one conversation, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko spoke to Fightnews.com about a possible fight with Shannon Briggs (it’s not a done deal), David Haye’s reluctance to fight after calling out the Klitschkos, Nikolai Valuev’s purse demands and HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg’s bizarre anti-Klitschko stance. (more…)
Photo: Five-time world champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley and former champ Sergio Mora pose off at a press conference held today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. On Sept. 18, the two will headline a Mexican Independence Day card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mexican welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and top junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz will fight co-featured bouts. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
By Karl Freitag
Photo by Eroll Popova
WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jorge Sebsatian Heiland (16-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Zbik put on a boxing clinic against WBC/WBA #12 Heiland, who was game and aggressive but couldn’t match Zbik’s technical skills. After the scores were announced in round eight, Heiland knew he needed at least some knockdowns to win, but Zbik simply never let him into the fight. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 116-111. Zbik will now look to erase his “interim” monniker against Sergio Martinez in the USA.
WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) outpointed two-time middleweight title challenger Khoren Gevor (31-5, 16 KOs) over twelve hard fought rounds by scores of 115-112, 117-109 and 117-110. Sartison landed some good right hands against the rugged southpaw Gevor and seemed a deserving winner. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The second installment of the WBC Night Of Champions wrapped up tonight at the Cardiff International Arena with a gala awards banquet. Medallions and plaques were given to every champion on hand. The European Boxing Union headed by Bob Logist of Belgium awarded Frank Maloney as Promoter of the year and his charge Rendall Munroe as fighter of the year. Finally, several WBC awards were given out or being the best of the year in several categories:
Female fighter of the year: Ina Menzer
Knockout of the year: Toshiaki Nishioka TKO3 Jhonny Gonzalez
(honorable mention): Carl Froch TKO12 Jermain taylor
Fight of the Year: Giacobbe Fragomeni D12 Kzrysztof Wlodarczyk I
Fighters of the Year: Vitali Klitschko & Sergio Martinez
For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here are the weights for tonight’s TKO Promotions card at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, PA. (In Pennsylvania they weigh-in the same day.)
Carney Bowman 133 vs. Roberto Acevedo 136
Andres Taylor 197 vs. Adam Harris 189
Doel Carrasquillo 147 1/2 vs. Maurice Chalmers 147 1/4
Terrence Crawford 140 3/4 vs. Ron Boyd 140 1/2
Stevie Weimer 140 1/2 vs. Dontre King 144
Eric Nemo 130 vs. Rasool Shakoor 129
Alantez Fox 150 1/s vs. Kevin Kibler 150
Mason Menard 133.5 vs. Robbie Cannon 134
(Vacant UBO All American title)
Bobbby Bryant 151.2 vs. Anthony Adams 153
Todd Manuel 164 vs. Dominiuque Azzez 163.1
Gary Bergeron 143.5 vs. Reggie Nash 143.7
Blake Prevost 174 vs. Joey Hixson 170
Bailey Bobbitt 176.5 vs. Daniel Foxworth 175.4
Ashley Avarado 115 vs. Shimone Brooks
(Brooks will weigh in later)
Venue: Rayne Civic Center, Rayne, LA
Promoter: Box-N-Car Promotions
Mayweather Promotions, the promotional company owned by Floyd Mayweather Jr., has been evicted from their Las Vegas office and been sued for five months ($62,000) of unpaid rent. The Mayweather camp told the Grand Rapids Press that that the $10,800/mo office space was in “substandard condition” and they’ve already moved.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the near sold out Arena in South Philadelphia, local boxing fans witnessed a classic Philly war as Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his USBA junior middleweight title in a back and forth war, scoring in an impressive twelve round majority decision victory over cross-town rival “King” Gabriel (14-5, 8 KOs) by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. Ennis proved that not only is he the best junior middleweight in Philadelphia, but has the guts and determination to take on any of the top contenders in the division. In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, “Flawless Anthony Flores (9-1-1, 6 KOs) got back on the winning track with a one sided beat down of a game, but out gunned Gustavo Dailey (4-9, 1 KO), stopping him at forty-three seconds of the sixth and final round. (more…)
Carney “Beeper “ Bowman returns to the ring this Saturday night, July 31st, in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania in the main event of ‘The Battle of York V” at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium.
Sporting an undefeated record of 14-0-0 with six knockouts, Bowman will battle Puerto Rico’s Robert Acevedo, 9-10-3 (1KO) in the junior lightweight main event. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko arrived during Day Two of the WBC Night of Champions event in Cardiff, Wales, which was capped off with a twelve bout amateur tournament dubbed “Great Britain vs. The Rest of the World.” Again the Cardiff International Arena hosted a packed house filled with invited champions, VIP guests and family and friends of the U.K. Fighters. Designed as a launching pad for team Great Britain to gain momentum in international competition on the road to the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, opponents included fighters from Sweden, China, USA, and Ireland. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is thrilled to have representation from so many WBA champions, both former and current on tonight’s big Las Vegas pay-per-view-card. Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz, Joel Casamayor and Jorge Linares have worn the WBA belt at some point in their careers. “Las Vegas is considered the top setting for a boxing spectacle and signifies an arrival at the highest level of the sport for any boxer,” said Gilberto Mendoza Jr., executive vice president of the WBA. “Fighting in Las Vegas is seen around the world beyond a sports career. You can become a star and be able to generate a large number of benefits. Saturday night is of great importance for Latin Americans with champions and former champions involved in transcendental battles in their career. Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela, all showing they are powers in boxing. For the WBA it’s the ultimate representation of world champions.”
Referee Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) will be the third man in the ring when WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) faces Jorge Sebsatian Heiland (16-0, 8 KOs) tonight at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The three judges are Robin Dolpierre (France), Bela Florian (Hungary) and Luigi Muratore (Italy). WBC supervisor is Mauro Betti (Italy).
For the WBA super middleweight title fight between champion Dimitri Sartison (26-1, 17 KOs) and Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs), the referee will be Rafael Ramos (USA). Judges are Lahcen Oumghar (Holland), Pascuale Procopio (Canada) and Jean Francois Toupin (France). WBA supervisor is Jesper Jensen (Denmark).
In the European heavyweight championship clash between Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) and Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (14-4, 12 KOs), the third man will be Guido Cavalleri (Italy). Judges are Vencislav Nikolov (Bulgaria), Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) and Adrio Zannoni (Italy). EBU supervisor is Pertti Augustin (Finland).
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