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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world super middleweight challenger Sam “King” Soliman (35-11, 13 KOs) will return to ring action when he will clash with Thailands Sintung Kietbusaba (11-6, 10 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Peninsula, Shed 14 Central Pier in Docklands, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on August 16. IBF and IBO Regional titles will be up for grabs. This is Soliman’s first fight since dropping a controversial decision to Anthony Mundine in a WBA 168 pound challenge in 2008. Punch stats later revealed that Soliman had outscored Mundine in there twelve round bout. Soliman has scored many of his best victories in the USA when he outpointed world rated middleweights Enrique Ornelas in 2007, Fernando Zuniga in 2005 and Raymond Joval in 2004. The fight that lifted Soliman’s profile was when he dropped a controversial decision to Ronald Winky Wright in 2005. Punch stats in that fight also had Soliman outscoring Wright. (more…)
Billy “Loops” Luppert at Ringside; Photos by Emily Harney
Call it The Rematch. Call it Rounds 13-24. Call it whatever you want. One thing was for sure. After 24 rounds of boxing each other, it really is hard to call either fighter the dominant one over the other. On Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena, in Uncasville, CT, Isaac Hlatshwayo won a twelve round split decision over Delvin Rodriguez and claimed the vacant IBF belt in doing so. Scores of the bout were 116-113, 116-112, and 113-115. (More)
“Boxing” Bob at Ringside; Photos by Emily Harney
A capacity crowd was treated to a night of fisticuffs this past Friday at Saratoga City Center in scenic Saratoga Springs , NY as Lisa Elovich of Pugnacious Promotions presented the annual “Night of Future Champions!” Headlining the card was the battle for the New York State heavyweight title between champ Darrell Madison and hard-hitting challenger Nagy Aguilera. (More)
FightNews has learned that the heavyweight showdown between WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and “The Nightmare” Christobal Arreola is a done deal for September 26 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. According to sources close to the situation a press conference will be held next week to officially announce the bout. Klitschko, who won the WBC belt last year after a four-year absence from the ring, will make the second defense of his title. He last fought in March, stopping Juan Carlos Gomez in nine rounds. Arreola is currently the number one WBC contender. His last bout was a devastating knock-out win over Jameel McCline in April.
Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions presents “It’s On!” at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, August 22nd. Headlining “It’s On!” is native son Deandre “The Bull” Latimore (19-2, 16 KOs) who makes his return to the ring after his controversial split decision loss for the then-vacant IBF jr middleweight title to hometown hero Cory Spinks in April. “‘It’s On!’ features the best fighters from the St. Louis area,” said Smith. “It will be the most exciting boxing shows the city has seen in some time!” (more…)
Living legend Roy “Captain Hook” Jones, Jr. is a Pensacola icon and 100 miles down the Gulf Coast in Biloxi, where he headlines the August 15th “Hook City” pay per view against former 2-time world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy, the 8-time world champion is unbeaten in three previous fights there and nearly as popular as he is back home . . . Click here for more
It wasn’t aimed at UFC star Forrest Griffin, but Oscar Wilde once said: “Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.” . . Click here for more by Elliot Worsell, UFC
The UFC makes its Philadelphia debut on Saturday, August 8 with UFC 101: Declaration. In the main event, the two best 155-pound fighters in the world finally meet when UFC lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to defend his crown against number one contender Kenny Florian. UFC 101: Declaration – Saturday, August 8th, live on Pay-Per-View from the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Click here for more info
By Alexey Potapov
Former WBO heavyweight champion Sultan Ibragimov (22-1-1, 17 KOs) has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com in which he told us he is not leaving boxing as had been reported. He also said he will be self-managed and will stop working with trainer Jeff Mayweather.
Sultan by now many people have read the reports. Are you officially retiring?
“I am not leaving boxing, nor did I consider leaving. Claims from my promoters that I shall leave boxing are false. They have no right to speak such words about me retiring. I will make that decision instead of them.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
It has been officially announced by promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia that WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa will put his title on the line against challenger Omar Soto of Puerto Rico on September 12th in Tuxtla, Chiappas, Mexico. The popular Sosa (36-5,20 KOs) will be making his tenth title defense against the WBC #5 ranked Soto (14-3-1, 6 KOs) and has hinted that he will be stepping up to the flyweight division next year. At least four regional title fights will be included on the card.
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian welterweight Marat Khuzeev (18-4-1, 7 KOs) is planning a high game on August 8, when he takes on 19-year old unbeaten 147lb sensation Saul Alvarez (27-0-1, 20 KOs) from Juancatlan, Mexico. The fight between the WBC #4 and WBO #5 Alvarez and 28-year old Khuzeev is scheduled for ten rounds, billed for the vacant WBC Youth title and will be held at Auditorio Benito Juarez in Zapopan, Mexico. (more…)
Ringside report by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Timothy Bradley left the ring on Saturday night as the winner of his world title bout against Nate Campbell. The real question might be how long the outcome will stand . . . Click here for full report and photo gallery
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A crowd of over 3,000 fans at the Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, Pa., went home happy on Saturday after local featherweight sensation Carney “Beeper” Bowman (14-0, 6 KOs) scored a picture perfect third round knockout over game Dominican Delvin Placencia (15-2, 6 KOs) in the eight round main event of the evening on “The Battle of York 4,” promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
John Howard is very happy to be here. By ‘here’ his spatial location is not what is being referenced; no, Mr. Howard – on the eve of his second appearance in the Octagon – still remains elated that he is actually in the UFC. A tumultuous environment and a lucky encounter at the most unexpected place fueled the journey to the hallowed sports threshold, and a still beaming Howard seems to never want his enamored state to dissipate . . Click here for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
Mexican prospect and knock out artist Rogelio “Porky” Medina showed his power again by dismantling Humberto Corral in round one-and-a-half in their rematch Friday night at the Port of Guaymas in Sonora, Mexico. “Porky” (19-0, 15 KOs) looked sharp and mature while picking apart an opponent that made him go the distance the prior time they faced each other. This time he used and landed throughout the bout a stiff jab and good combination’s to the head and body of his opponent, in a fight that was scheduled for 8 rounds at middleweight. Along with “Porky”, four other prospects of Latin Sports Promotions were victorious on their way to be developed and are ready for better and bigger things: super lightweight contender Gabriel “Rey” Martínez (23-1-1, 13 KOs) beat Daniel Yocupicio by unanimous decision after 6 rounds, super flyweight sensation Juan “Gallo” Estrada (9-0, 8 KOs) stopped Javier Meraz in 2 of 6 rounds, and featherweight José Félix Montiel Jr., and super lightweight Ángel Martínez made their pro debuts by both knocking out their opponents in the first round.
By Ron Jackson
In a grueling encounter Klaas Mboyane shocked the local fans when he stopped the more experienced former South African and WBC international flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela in the eleventh round to win the vacant South African bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Siphiwe Vetyeka won the vacant IBO bantamweight belt at Emperors Palace earlier this month. The southpaw Mboyane (115) looked rather tight as he came out for the first round and was outpunched and backed up by the confident Gwazela (116.6). However, Mboyane did well in rounds two to four as he backed up Gwazela to score with stinging rights and lefts to the body and the head as he varied his attack. In rounds five and six Nkqubela fought of the back foot and used his longer reach to score points and possibly shade the rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese champ Tetsuya Suzuki (23-7, 15 KOs), 159.5, acquired the vacant OPBF middleweight belt (vacated by former champ Koji Sato because of his WBA title shot against Felix Sturm) as he was awarded a TKO win over OPBF#3 Korean Pilseung Oh (7-6, 5 KOs), 159, at the end of the eighth round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Oh recklessly went forward to force Suzuki to the ropes, but the Japanese southpaw connected with straight lefts and right hooks with better precision. As Suzuki took the initiative in the middle rounds, Oh abruptly called it quits on the stool after the eighth. Promoter: Shinko Promotions.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Welterweight Isaac Hlatshwayo (29-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over Delvin Rodriguez (24-3-2, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF world title on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. In a tough, gritty fight, Hlatshwayo was largely successful in silencing Rodriguez’ hometown fans as he methodically built a lead on the scorecards over the second half of the fight. In the end, scores were 116-113, 116-112 Hlatshwayo, 115-113 Rodriguez. The two fought to a draw last November in an IBF eliminator. Later champion Joshua Clottey vacated the belt in order to face Miguel Cotto. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 12 KOs) retained his title via controversial third TKO against former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell (33-6-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California. In round three, the larger Bradley began asserting himself when an accidental head butt seemingly cut Campbell over his left eye. Between rounds three and four, Campbell said he couldn’t see and referee David Mendoza waved the fight off awarding it to Bradley. Campbell argued to no avail that the result should have been a no decision. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Carney Bowman (14-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Delvin Placencia (15-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium in York, PA. “The Fighting Pride of Central Pennsylvania” Bowman dropped Placencia twice in round three, the second time for the count with counter right at 1:50.
Local featherweight favorite Eric Nemo (8-1-1, 3 KOs) shut out survival-minded Jairo Delgado (3-3, 3 KOs) in a six rounder. Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
Cruiserweight Andres Taylor (9-1-1, 5 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Roy Ashworth (5-5, 1 KO). Taylor dropped Ashworth twice in round five before the bout was stopped at 2:34.
Unbeaten featherweight Rafael Lora (11-0, 5 KOs) won a six round majority decision over Carlos Diaz (10-20-4, 7 KOs). Scores 59-55, 58-56, 57-57.
“THE BATTLE OF YORK 4” was presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions.
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Before a sold-out crowd at Pechanga Casino, in Temecula, Calif., Tyrone Harris displayed speed, power, ring generalship, heart, a chin and superior counterpunching to upset the favored top prospect Marvin Quintero via an eighth round TKO . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by Rocco Morales
Welterweight Aaron Martinez at times has had a tendency to brawl in previous fights. However, he found an easier formula in his bout against Santiago Perez this past Thursday: Box more! . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
UFC 101, aptly titled “Declaration” and the organization’s first foray into Philadelphia, marks the return of one its most charismatic and outspoken champions, “The Prodigy,” B.J. Penn.
Hoping to rebound from a one-sided beating at hands of Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94, Penn (13-5-1) looks to continue to cement his legacy as one of the sports best pound-for-pound fighters
“I’ve had no amateur bouts. Zero.”
If you took one thing home with you from last night’s fight card in Las Cruces, N.M., it was that George “Monk” Foreman III speaks no lie . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
It has been three months since Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) lost inside two rounds to Manny Pacquiao at the MGM in Las Vegas. Until now, the 30-year-old former IBF, WBA and IBO light welterweight and WBA welterweight champion has been tight lipped about his boxing future and discussion about the devastating loss to Pacquiao in May. He has shunned all media requests for interview and discussion about his boxing future but today in the UK gave his fans some insight into his thoughts about the Pacquiao fight and his future with a full length interview on Sky Sports News. He stated, “There has been so much written about me in recent weeks that has been untrue that I thought it was about time I started doing some interviews and clearing up the issues I am reading about on a daily basis.” (more…)
Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor returns to action Saturday night, August 1st at “The Battle of York 4”, an action packed evening of world class boxing presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
It’s a staple on the list of most longtime UFC fans’ favorite images – Vitor Belfort, just 20 years old, blasting through his opponents with blistering hand speed and power. These displays rightfully earned him the nickname of ‘The Phenom’, and even as he matured into a man who eventually held the UFC light heavyweight title in 2004, the fans never left his side. On September 19th, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Belfort returns to the Octagon for the first time in over four years to take on former middleweight champion Rich Franklin in the light heavyweight main event of UFC 103. (more…)
Carney Bowman, 128 vs. Delvin Placencia, 127.5
Eric Nemo, 127 vs. Jairo Delgado, 124.5
Andres Taylor, 201 vs. Roy Ashworth, 187.5
Stevie Weimer, 139.5 vs. Melchor Guillen Jr., 140
Rafael Lora, 126 vs. Carlos Diaz, 124
Naziyr Bell, 176.5 vs. Ariel Espinosa, 181
Johnny DeJesus, 163 vs. Troy Nelson, 161.5
Venue: Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, York, PA
Promoter: TKO BOXING Promotions
Doors Open 4pm, First Bell 5pm
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento’s Red Lion Hotel, in extensive renovation under new management, will feature a title fight for its first outdoors boxing card Saturday night, Sept. 12. Hotel co-owner Jeff Berger, along with promoter Nasser Niavaroni, said the patio area setting will more than double crowd capacity of indoor shows in its ballroom, currently limited to 500 seats. The scheduled main event Sept. 12 will be a title defense by North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Matt Godfrey (19-1) of Providence, R.I.., ranked #3 by the WBC. Challenging Godfrey will be the winner of Friday night’s ballroom main event (Aug. 7) between Michael Simms (20-11-1) of Sacramento and former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis (24-10-2) of Reno. Berger, a former boxing manager, and Niavaroni, who operates a stable of boxing and MMA competitors in nearby Roseville, see the remodeled Red Lion, formerly known as the Sacramento Inn, as a relatively new ring venue in California’s capital city to help keep area fighters busy. Arco Arena, with Don Chargin as promoter, has been the site of most major fights in Sacramento, home base of former world champions Tony Lopez, Bobby Chacon, Loreto Garza and Willie Jorrin.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Japanese #8 novice Akihiro Kondo (12-1, 6 KOs), 134.5, astoundingly captured the national lightweight belt by an unexpectedly quick stoppage of WBA#9 defending champ Ryuji Migaki (13-2, 9 KOs), 134.5, at only 0:45 into the opening session of a scheduled ten rounder on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese 135-pound belt busily changed hands from then world-rated Ichitaro Ishii to Migaki, and to Kondo who had made a pro debut just in 2006. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Prince Badi Ajamu (27-3-1, 15 KOs) successfully returned to the ring after a two year layoff by pounding out a twelve round unanimous decision over DeAndrey Abron (15-6, 10 KOs) last night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ajamu won by scores of 120-108, 118-110, and 115-113, and reclaimed the NBA light heavyweight title.
In the co-feature Timor Ibragimov (25-2-1, 14 KOs) stopped Willie Palms (10-8-1, 5 KOs) at 2:00 of the fifth round of a scheduled six round heavyweight bout. Ibragimov had Palms down twice in the third round, and once in the fifth, when referee Ricky Vera waved it off. (more…)
IBF #13, WBC #19 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (20-7 4 KOs) made short work of late sub Chris Overbey (9-12) Friday night at the Appalacian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia. From the onset, Lyell pressed the action later dropping Overbey with a left hook at the end of the first stanza. Following another knockdown midway through the second, referee Steve Allred called a halt to the bout at 1:59 of round two. It marked Lyell’s fourth win in his last five fights including a recent upset of previously unbeaten contender John Duddy (26-1). In other action, local welterweight prospect Joey Myers (13-1-1) won a six round unanimous decision over durable vet Dezi Ford (24-26). Scores were 60-54 on two cards and 60-53. Also, local heavy Jason Pettaway (3-0) won a 6 round majority decision over Julius Jackson (3-4). Scores were 60-54 and 58-56 for Pettaway and 57-57. The pro-am card was promoted by Simons’ Promotions.
By Ron Jackson
In a rather untidy affair, Mzonke Fana stopped Jasper Seroka in the sixth round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night to become the mandatory challenger for the IBF junior lightweight title on a Branco Sports Productions tournament. The former IBF champion made a slow start as Seroka (128.9) possibly shaded the first and third rounds before Fana (128.9) systematically broke down the SA champion’s defence until American referee Wayne Kelly stepped in at 1 minute 39 seconds of the sixth round. In the fourth round both fighters where swinging and missing badly with Seroka guilty of holding and pushing as the fight deteriorated into a mauling and wrestling affair. Referee Wayne Kelly failed to take control of the fight and never really warned either fighter of the numerous infringements. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo
Tonight at the New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.: Picking up his second win, George “Monk” Foreman III (2-0, 2 KOs), son of the heavyweight legend of the same name, TKO’d unwon George Burrage (0-6) at 1:10 of round two. The four-round heavyweight bout headlined a six bout card promoted by Powerhouse Promotions. In the co-main, unbeaten Las Cruces jr. welter Austin Trout (19-0, 13 KOs) pitched a shutout decision over unretired journeyman Marcos Primera (20-18-2, 13 KOs). Other results: standout amateur champion Jennifer Han (0-1) was unsuccessful in her pro debut, losing a majority decision to upset-minded Melissa St. Vil (1-1-1), with scores of 38-38 and 40-36 twice; El Paso jr. middleweight Abie Han (7-0, 6 KOs) beat up Juarez’s Sergio Santana (0-2-1), winning by TKO when Santana’s corner threw up the sponge between the second and third rounds; jr. featherweight Salvador Sanchez (15-3-2, 7 KOs), nephew to the legendary featherweight of the same name, KO’d San Diego’s Benito Abraham (10-16-4, 6 KOs) at 1:14 of round four; and, in a six-round heavyweight bout, Charles Davis (18-17-1, 4 KOs) scored the upset over Arron Lyons (9-6, 7 KOs), with scores of 59-55 twice and 60-54. Stay tuned tomorrow for photos and a full ringside report.
By “Boxing” Bob Newman at ringside
New York State heavyweight champ Darrell Madison (14-1, 3 KOs) retained his title with a lackluster split decision win over Nagy Aguilera (13-2, 8 KOs) in the main event of the “Night of Future Champions” show at the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The southpaw Madison was able to outbox the more aggressive Aguilera. One judge scored it 77-75 for Aguilar but was overruled by the other two judges who saw it as 79-73 and 77-75 for Madison.
In the co-feature, a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds between Shannon Miller (16-4, 1 ND, 9 KOs) and Terrell Nelson (8-8, 1 ND, 5 KOs) ended in a No Decision ruling when Miller suffered a cut on his forehead due to an accidental clash of heads during the second round. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In an upset, lightweight Tyrone Harris (24-5, 16 KOs) scored his biggest win with a sudden eighth round TKO over highly regarded Marvin Quintero (16-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. quickly waved it off after Harris rocked Quintero with two hooks. Time was 1:05. Quintero, who hurt his right hand in the bout, never got into his normal attack mode as Harris resurrected his career after a KO loss in May to Urbano Antillon. Note: Quintero had weighed in at the contracted weight of 131 during Thursday’s weigh in, but Harris measured 132.25 and was fined by the California State Athletic Commission. He reportedly gained 11 pounds after re-hydrating. For more details and photos click here…
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