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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Namibian middleweight Johannes “Tito” Mwetupunga (7-3, 4 KOs) captured the vacant Australian 160 pound championship when he stopped Jason Hartman (8-3, 5 KOs) in three rounds at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Mwetupunga was down in round two but came back to force a stoppage at 54 seconds of the third stanza. Mwetupunga is based in Melbourne, Victoria. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour, Omar Sheika, and Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen all registered victories last night at the sold-out Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, NJ. Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) dominated Jerome Ellis (12-11-2, 10 KOs) over eight rounds in the junior middleweight main event. In twin co-features, Omar Sheika (29-9, 20 KOs) overcame a very slow start to batter game Garrett Wilson (7-4, 2 KOs) and stop him in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round cruiserweight bout, and Terrance Cauthen (34-6, 9 KOs) rode his right hook to an eight round unanimous decision over power hitter Isam Khalil (15-2-2, 9 KOs) in a welterweight bout. The eight bout card was promoted by Nedal’s Promotions. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Former three time world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico began preparations this week for his upcoming bout under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia. Margarito will step back into the ring on Saturday, May 8th in Aguascalientes, Mexico to headline Latin Fury 14 against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-2, 21 KOs) in a 10 round super welterweight bout which will be shown live on pay-per-view and is being promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions and Tecate. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian junior lightweight contender Clint Hosking (5-0, 2 KOs) outscored Filipino Flash Villacura (23-28-3, 12 KOs) in the main event over eight rounds at the Goldfields Oasis Recreation Centre in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia on Friday. Hosking rated #2 for the national title was impressive in defeating Villacura who has been in the ring with the best in Australia including IBF #7 Billy Dib, WBO #10 Daniel Iannazzo and Will Tomlinson. (more…)
Thompson Boxing Promotions lightweight Danny “El Travieso” Hernandez (10-0, 6 KOs) was shot in the head last night. Southgate, California’s Hernandez was left by an anonymous person at a clinic at 4AM this morning. He’s been in surgery since 7AM. Doctors don’t know what will happen. The bullet didn’t enter the brain, but he suffered major trauma. Hernandez is at St. Francis Hospital in Lynwood, California. Nobody knows who did it. Promoter Ken Thompson is asking for your prayers and your thoughts for Daniel Hernandez.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC interim flyweight champ Pongsaklek Wongjongkam (75-3-1, 39 KOs), 111.5, Thailand, unified the WBC 112-pound belts as he convincingly and impressively defeated previously unbeaten WBC full champ Koki Kameda (22-1, 14 KOs), 112, by a majority but well-received decision (116-112, 115-112 and 114-114) over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
Unbeaten Thailander Oleydong Sithsamerchai (38-0, 13 KOs), 103.75, very barely kept his WBC 105-pound belt by a hairline unanimous verdict (113-112, 114-113 and 114-112) as Japanese challenger Yasutaka Kuroki (23-4-1, 15 KOs), 105, kept stalking him all the way though receiving occasional counters, finally dropped the champ with a solid combination in the eleventh and had him at bay in the final session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It wasn’t a technically excellent fight, as Oleydong kept backpedaling and Kuroki kept hitting the air rather than the opponent, sometimes absorbing the champ’s counters. But as the champ visibly began fading and slowing down from the eighth, it was all Kuroki. The champ was penalized a point because of his repeated clinches in round ten. He hit the deck in the eleventh, and absorbed a very solid left of Kuroki in the final stanza to have a narrow escape. Kuroki may deserve a rematch. (More to come)
WBC female atomweight champ Momo Koseki (7-0, 2 KOs), 101.75, a Japanese southpaw, kept her belt as she kept throwing light but busy combinations all night and pounded out a unanimous decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over Korean Gunjoo Shin (3-0-1, 1 KO), 101, over ten speedy frames on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Koseki, 27, displayed her sharper hands and dominated the contest with a volume of her combinations, steadily piling up points. Shin, 21, sometimes scored with straight rights, but lacked convincing power to capture the belt from the champ. The referee was Yuji Fukuchi (Japan). Promoter: Miyata Promotions.
Steve Molitor 121.6 vs Takalani Ndlovu 121.2
(IBF jr featherweight championship)
Greg Kielsa 239 vs Neven Pajkic 240.6
(Canadian heavyweight title)
Ana Julaton 120.8 vs Lisa Brown 122
(WBA female super bantamweight title)
Justin Fountain 145.2 vs Fabian Ramirez 147
Jason Douglas 165.8 vs Stephan Boyd 165.6
Felix Mercedes 144 vs Ivan Flores142.4
Venue: Rama Casino, Rama Ontario, Canada
Promoter: Orion Sports Management
By Graham Houston
When old champions come back it is often with unhappy outcomes. The latest to try is Erik Morales, who, at 33, is giving the game another try, this time in the welterweight division.
Morales, a champion at 122, 126 and 130 pounds, was last seen in the ring almost three years ago when losing a tough fight to David Diaz in Chicago. Morales fought well, even scoring a knockdown, but Diaz was a bit too strong and persistent for him in a gruelling fight.
I have to admit that Morales surprised me in that fight. He had more left in him than I thought would be the case. Still, his decision to retire seemed the right one. This was his fourth loss in a row, including consecutive stoppage defeats against Manny Pacquiao.
On Saturday, Morales meets Jose Alfaro, the former lightweight champion from Nicaragua, in a 12-rounder for the WBC’s International welterweight title.
Morales will have trained down to 147 pounds after packing on poundage during his layoff, while Alfaro is moving up two weight divisions. It is difficult to say which man will be the more effective at welterweight.
Alfaro is a good puncher but has not always shown a sturdy chin. He lost his lightweight title in Tokyo when Yusuke Kobori outpunched him in a fierce battle that saw each man hurt before a left hook from the Japanese fighter sent Alfaro sprawling in the third. After three wins in a row, Alfaro was disappointing in his last fight when losing in 10 rounds to Antonio DeMarco. It was as if Alfaro had become slower and even easier to hit than in the past, although DeMarco’s height, reach and southpaw stance might have played a big part in the Nicaraguan boxer’s struggling performance.
The Morales camp will have studied this fight and decided that they are getting Alfaro at the right time. Any fight is a gamble for Morales, though, after his long layoff and the hard slog to lose weight and get himself into boxing shape. He isn’t an old fighter as such at 33 but he has been in many hard fights and taken a great deal of punishment. The three years away from boxing might have rejuvenated Morales to some degree, but no one can be sure how much of his one-time ability he retains, nor how well he will be able to take a punch after the lengthy break from boxing.
Morales has fought at a much higher level than Alfaro, of course, and he is boxing at home in Mexico. He might be able to win simply on heart, pride and experience. Alfaro says he has trained very well, but he is coming into the contest after getting outclassed and stopped in his last fight and this might have had a negative psychological effect.
Anything can happen in this fight, but I will go with Morales to reach back and find sufficient form to scrape through with a win, perhaps by stoppage late in the fight.
By Graham Houston
Andre Dirrell, who failed narrowly to win the WBC super middleweight title from Carl Froch in the U.K. last October, will be on home ground in Michigan when he takes on Arthur Abraham in the second-round stage of Showtime’s Super Six tournament on Saturday. Fighting at the Joe Louis Arena in Detroit won’t be of much help to Dirrell, though, if he doesn’t let his hands go more than he did when losing the split decision to Froch. The Froch fight looked winnable for Dirrell but he let the British fighter bully him — and perhaps intimidate him, too. If Dirrell has learned from that experience he has a chance of winning on Saturday. It is up to Dirrell. Being elusive without throwing punches won’t get the job done. (more…)
Story by Brady Crytzer
Georges “Rush” St. Pierre is enjoying a wild ride. Considered one of the best pound for pound fighters on the planet, as well as one of the best athletes in any sport, the man affectionately known as GSP takes being the best one day at a time . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi won the IBF mini-flyweight belt when he outclassed champion Raul Garcia of Mexico at the new International Convention Centre in East London on Friday night. In an outstanding performance Joyi 21-0; 15 controlled the fight from outside with his educated southpaw right jab and rocked the Mexican’s head back throughout the 12 rounds to win with margins of 119-109 on two cards and 118-110 on the third. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Ahmed “Baby Face” Kaddour, Omar Sheika, and Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen all registered victories last night at the sold-out Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, NJ. Kaddour (22-2-1, 9 KOs) dominated Jerome Ellis (12-11-2, 10 KOs) over eight rounds in the junior middleweight main event. In twin co-features, Omar Sheika (29-9, 20 KOs) overcame a very slow start to batter game Garrett Wilson (7-4, 2 KOs) and stop him in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round cruiserweight bout, and Terrance Cauthen (34-6, 9 KOs) rode his right hook to an eight round unanimous decision over power hitter Isam Khalil (15-2-2, 9 KOs) in a welterweight bout. The eight-bout card was promoted by Nedal’s Promotions. (More to come)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Tonight at Isleta Resort & Casino: Repeating her success of the first fight, Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) defended her WIBA super welterweight title with a ten-round unanimous decision over Chevelle Hallback (27-6-2, 11 KOs). Scores were 99-92 and 98-92 twice. In the co-main event, Victoria Cisneros (4-8-2) pulled off the majority decision victory over Terri Blair (11-15-3, 6 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-76 and 76-76. In the top undercard bout, Albuquerque’s David Proa (7-2 7 KOs) was upset by Jonathon Arias (10-6, 8 KOs), who won a majority decision with scores of 58-56 twice and 57-57. (more…)
In the lightweight main event Vincente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) got back in the win column with an impressive third round knockout of journeyman Carlos Urias (43-24, 32 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza La Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. The bout was competitively fought for the first two rounds but in round three Escobedo broke through with a pinpoint combination that put Urias down. Urias beat the count but moments later Escobedo put him down again with a series accurate solid shots to the head. The referee immediately waved off the bout without a count. The bout was the first for Escobedo since his decision loss to world champion Michael Katsidis September 2009.
Dante Jardon (12-1, 12 KOs) stopped David Rodela (14-3-2, 6 KOs) in round three of their WBC Youth super featherweight title bout. Jardon was a like a human punching machine as he threw punches non stop from the opening bell to the end of the fight. Though Jardon entered the bout winning all of his fights by knockout Rodela was a considerable step up for him. Jardon showed his power was for real as he hurt Rodela badly with a left hook in round two and moments later put him down with the same punch. Rodela beat the count but Jardon jumped right on him unleashing power shots to the head and body. Fortunately for Rodela the bell saved him but not for long. Jardon immediately pounced on Rodela at the start of round three unleashing more power punches punctuated by an uppercut that put Rodela down again where he was counted out by the referee.
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In a final tune-up fight prior to his scheduled May 22nd title challenge for the IBF bantamweight belt of Yohnny Perez, IBF No. 6 bantamweight contender, Abner Mares, took on tough journeyman fighter Felipe Almanza at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Almanza proved a lot tougher than his record indicated, coming in undefeated in his last eight fights and offering a very awkward style for Mares, as well as some very rough tactics . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Demetrius Hopkins put in a dominating performance over Jesse Feliciano on Thursday night in his first fight in almost a year and a half. However, according to Hopkins, he was not as pleased as he wanted to be with his performance.
“It was just ring rust,” was Hopkins’ answer after the fight . . . click here for more
By Chris Royle at ringside
Welterweight Matthew Hatton (39-4-2, 15 KOs) claimed the vacant European 147lb title with a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Gianluca Branco (43-3-1, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England. Scores were 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112. (more…)
Tomorrow (Saturday, March 27th) Cuban superstar Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa will defend his WBA featherweight championship in Germany for the first time against unbeaten Jonathan Victor Barros from Argentina. ARENA and SAT.1 present “Ran Boxen” live from Sporthalle Hamburg. At today’s weigh-in both contenders brought exactly the limit of 126 lbs. For more details and photos click here…
All the action in images from today’s “Title Night” weigh-in at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas: Marcos Maidana vs. Victor Cayo, Ali Funeka vs. Joan Guzman, and more. For a slideshow of today’s scale action by photographer Chris Cozzone, click here
All the shots from the UFC 111 weigh-in today at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., including Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy; Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin. For a slideshow of today’s scale action by photographer Ed Mulholland, click here
Nkosinathi Joyi defeated Raul Garcia via unanimous decision (by scores of 119-109 twice and 118-110) to win the IBF mini-flyweight title in East London, South Africa earlier today. More to come…
By Francisco Salazar
Junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley wanted to make clear his intentions behind his June 19th bout against unbeaten Luis Carlos Abregu. “No one wants to fight me and I have to stay busy.” Seems like an honest answer from Bradley, who will be fighting for the third time in a row at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, just a stone’s throw away from his hometown of Palm Springs. It will be the first fight for Bradley since signing a network deal with HBO. Bradley successfully defended his title against Anthony Peterson in December, winning a wide, yet competitive 12 round decision. Co-promoter Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing Promotions had looked at other champions at 140 pounds, even at Paul Malignaggi as possible opponents for Bradley. When nothing panned out, Bradley decided a move up a weight class was necessary. “I’m going to try 147 pounds. Manny (Pacquiao) shows that he can do it at 147 pounds.” (more…)
Robert Kravantka at the scales
From the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. for tomorrow night’s UFC 111, live on pay-per-view beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to see live UFC 111 preliminary bouts.
Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre 170 vs Dan Hardy 170
Co-Main Event – Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship
Frank Mir 265 vs Shane Carwin 265
Fabricio Camoes 155 vs Kurt Pellegrino 155
Ben Saunders 169 vs Jon Fitch 171
Mark Bocek 154 vs Jim Miller 155
Prelims on Spike
Rory Markham 177 vs Nate Diaz 171
Matt Brown 170 vs Ricardo Almeida 170
Undercard (may not be broadcast)
Tomasz Drwal 185 vs Rousimar Palhares 186
Jared Hamman 205 vs Rodney Wallace 206
Greg Soto 170 vs Matt Riddle 170
Ulises Solis 108 vs Bert Batawang 107.5
(IBF jr flyweight eliminator)
Giovani Segura 112 vs Ronald Ramos 112
Venue: Plaza Pueblo Antiguo, Ensenada, BC
Promoter. Top Rank/Zanfer
TV: Fox Sports Español and TV Azteca (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama managed to make the 118lb bantamweight limit as did Venezuelan WBA Interim world champion Nehomar Cermeño, at their weigh-in carried out today at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela.
Jorge Linares 130 vs Francisco Lorenzo 129
Johan Pérez 140 vs Azael Cosio 140
Vanessa Medrano 118 vs Ogleidis “La Niña” Suarez 124
Gusmyr Perdomo 177 vs Darmel Castillo 177
Promoters Don King and Ahikiko Honda arrived in Venezuela at the invitation of promoter Boxtrack. The card, billed as “El Desafio” (The Challenge), will take place Saturday night and be televised internationally by Meridano Sports and DirecTV.
Click here for more photos…
Just in: Tomorrow night’s 12-rounder between Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs) and Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) is still on – but it will not be for the IBF lightweight title, at least for one of the fighters. Earlier today, Guzman weighed in nine pounds heavy, at 144, while Funeka made weight at 135. A deal was struck between camps allowing the fight to go on – providing that Guzman does not weigh more than 150 lbs. tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. If Funeka defeats the overweight Guzman, he will also be allowed to bring the IBF lightweight title home to South Africa.
From the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space nightclub in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy-promoted, HBO-televised “Title Night” card:
Marcos Maidana 140 vs. Victor Cayo 140
* For the WBA Interim Super Lightweight title
Ali Funeka 135 vs. Joan Guzman 144*
* Guzman an astounding nine pounds overweight. Has two hours to lose nine pounds. The vacant IBF Lightweight title will most likely not be at stake – if the fight happens at all.
Daniel Jacobs 166.5 vs. Jose Rodriguez 164.5
Jermell Charlo 149 vs. Gerardo Prieto 148
Omar Figueroa 137 vs. Edgar Portillo 136
Diego Chavez 147 vs. Edvan Dos Santos 150
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Unbeaten WBA #12 heavyweight Robert Helenius moved to 12-0 with 7 KOs after an eight round unanimous decision over Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun (17-4, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 79-76, 78-77 and 77-75. Helenius showed a good jab and was a bit more active. Oloukun was strong and hit hard, but Helenius was just a little more effective. No knockdowns in the bout. The decision verdict breaks a string of six consecutive KO victories for Helinius, including an impressive eighth-round stoppage of former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster. More photos…
In preparation for his April 17th IBF world title fight against Lucian Bute, Edison Pantera Miranda has been training in Van Nuys, CA with his new trainer Joe Goossen. The two have now been working together for nine months, and Miranda claims his training is going perfect. “I connected with Joe the first day we met, and I have seen myself get better and better over the months. I believe Joe has been the missing ingredient for me to get the belt. Now that he’s in my corner, I realize I can achieve whatever I want.” (more…)
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