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January 25 will see WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck to fight compatriot Firat Arslan for a second time. Prior to the rematch of their first fight nearly 15 months ago, which saw Huck escaping with a narrow win on points, the tension is rising. Arslan was first to put forward, stating at last Wednesday’s media day: “I am feeling like the world champion since my first fight against Marco, which I actually won. Now it is time to collect my belt from him.”
However, Huck is not having any of it and counters: “Dream on, Firat – I am the champion! But as I am not heartless, I did make a picture of my belt and signed it with a personal dedication for you!”
The 43-year-old Arslan is hoping to become the oldest man in boxing history to win the cruiserweight championship.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Who is the best photographer among active boxers? Within this reporter’s limited knowledge, the champion is Nonito Donaire who often take pictures in Top Rank shows and whose photographs are excellent enough. The top contender is the OPBF lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato, a shaven skulled Japanese who makes it a rule to take photos of his stablemates at the ringside in Kadoebi Jewel Promotions’ shows. His good pics of the fight scene are usually seen in the Promotions’ website.
The defending champ, WBC/WBO#10 ranked Kato (26-5-1, 7 KOs), 135, lost his OPBF 135-pound belt when unbeaten underdog Masayoshi Nakatani (7-0, 5 KOs), a 5’11″ fast-rising prospect from Osaka, defeated him by an upset majority decision (116-112 twice and 114-114) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Previously a classmate of the current WBA light-fly champ Kazuto Ioka in Kokoku high school, Nakatani had annihilated Shuhei Tsuchiya, the champ’s stablemate then with a good mark of 14-1, 13 KOs, into a shocking and stunning KO defeat in front of the photographer Kato at the ring apron last July. It obviously had such a bad influence on Kato that the champ paid too much respect to Nakatani’s power punching, kept inexplicably defensive and fail to display his trade-mark aggressiveness as usual. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexico went 3-0 vs. the Philippines in the latest installment of the Mexico vs. Philippines rivalry on Saturday night at the Auditorio Benito Juarez in Veracruz, Mexico.
In the main event, former WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (42, 14-1, 28 KOs) scored a hard fought eighth round KO over Vergel Nebran (11-7-1, 7 KOs). Former WBO light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (20-4-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Mark Duran (11-10-2, 5 KOs) in a lackluster twelve rounder. And, super featherweight Nery Saguilan (27-4-1, 10 KOs) outpointed Adones Aguelo (20-8-2, 12 KOs) over ten by scores of 97-93, 96-94, 96-94. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (30-3-1, 23 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (20-6-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Tour Arena in Tijuana, Mexico. DeMarco hammered Gurrola in round one with a right hand and was credited with a knockdown as the ropes held up Gurrola. DeMarco rocked Gurrola again early in round two and later floored him again to get a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:58.
In a high-intensity welterweight grudge match, Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (17-3, 15 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decision over former world champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (25-6, 20 KOs) . Scores were 96-93, 97-93 for Lopez, 95-94 for Gutierrez. Gutierrez, a former WBC interim super featherweight titlist, was accused of being “fat” by Lopez in the pre-fight build-up. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Former World Heavyweight champion turned entertainer and boxing promoter Mike Tyson made a special appearance Saturday in his local community to speak to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and the Las Vegas Police Athletic League Kids Boxing Program. The event took place at former referee Richard Steele’s Gym.
Mike spoke with the kids and Metro police officers, demonstrated some of his signature techniques, led group exercises along with his former cornerman Steve Lott, and posed for pictures. Each child received a Tyson training DVD.
Belgian featherweight Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs) pounded out hard fought majority decision over France’s Sofiane Takoucht (27-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in an IBF featherweight final eliminator at the Country Hall of Sart-Tilman in Liege, Belgium. Scores were 117-111, 114-114, 115-113. Miskirtchian becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. Fightnews scored it 116-112 for the local star.
Ryad Merhy knocked out Patrick Berger in the 2nd. Berger survived a count in round 1 but was down again in round 2 and moments later for more then the full count.
Geoffrey Battelo was wobbled early in the fight but regrouped and knocked out Mario Lakatos in round 5.
Bilal Laggoune was slow in action but still won a wide points decision against Tamas Bajzath over 6.
Herve Hubeaux WUD04 Gabor Fargas
Sanae Jah WUD06 Sandy Coget in a rematch.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
It was an explosive night of boxing as Cool Promotions put on their first card of professional boxing on Friday night at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in Philadelphia, PA which featured some of the top prospects in the area against regional competition. In the main event of the evening, undefeated junior welterweight Damon Allen raised his record to 5-0, 2 KOs with an impressive fourth round stoppage of Anthony “The American Assassin” Linenfelser (3-6). Heavy handed welterweight Emmanuel Folly battered Angel Carvajal (2-3, 1 KO) en-route to one sided third round stoppage in the co-feature. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
Two, big overhand rights saved Leonardo Tyner from sure defeat. There is an expression in boxing: can the fighter pull the six-shooter out from his holster and “shoot” his man. The expression has been around for a while and I last heard it from a boxing-savvy citizen from the East Coast who, in recalling the Michael Moorer-Leslie Stewart fight, said, “Moorer was losing the fight, but in the eighth round, he took his gun out and shot him.”
In a sense, this is what Leonardo Tyner did last night in the main go at the Masonic Temple in Detroit in winning the vacant WBU Welterweight Title. The two big rights landed flush on Gary, Indiana’s Angel Hernandez (16-13-1), the second of which landed with just 15 seconds to go in the final round, a contest almost totally dominated by Hernandez. The program in Masonic’s medium-sized venue was the second in a series by Darkside Promotions, and if last night’s roaring approval of the main go was any indication, promoter Nasser Beydoun, clearly elated with the way the show transpired, is looking to pack the place next time. (more…)
Hatton Promotions would like to address rumours suggesting that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’s March 8 clash with fellow Mexican Alfredo Angulo will be made for the WBC light-middleweight title should that belt be vacated by Floyd Mayweather who currently holds both the WBC 154lb and WBC 147lb belts. At the present time, undefeated Sergey Rabchenko is the WBC’s number one ranked contender and holds the sanctioning body’s silver title. Rabchenko’s rating places him one position higher than former holder Saul Alvarez, while Angulo lost his last fight by stoppage and does not appear in the ratings at all. Both Rabchenko’s promoter, Ricky Hatton, and his manager, Philippe Fondu, are determined to stake Sergey’s claim to a shot at the title and will be holding discussions with the WBC. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten elongated Japanese youngster Masayoshi Nakatani (7-0, 5 KOs), 134.5, captured the OPBF lightweight belt as he upset WBC/WBO#10 defending champ Yoshitaka Kato (26-5-1, 7 KOs), 135, by a majority decision (116-112 twice and 114-114) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
(More to come)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Former heavyweight contender Larry Middleton died on Thursday, January 9. No word on the cause of death. Middleton reportedly was 68 years old. Mr. Middleton boxed out of the famous Mack Lewis Gym in Baltimore, MD and was a pro from 1965-1978. After going 1-1-1 in his first three bouts, Middleton reeled off 19 straight wins including a big 10-round unanimous decision victory over fellow contender Joe Bugner on November 24, 1971 in Nottinghamshire, England.
Middleton would go on to face some legendary names in the heavyweight division including Jerry Quarry), Ron Lyle (twice), Jimmy Ellis, Oscar Bonavena, Duane Bobick and Scott LeDoux. While Middleton was a top 10 heavyweight, losses to this impressive type of competition in an extremely competitive division would keep him from gaining a world title shot. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBC/WBO#10 ranked OPBF lightweight champ, Japanese tough guy Yoshitaka Kato (26-4-1, 7 KOs) will risk his regional belt against unbeaten hard-punching compatriot Masayoshi Nakatani (6-0, 5 KOs) over twelve sensational rounds today (Saturday) in Tokyo, Japan. The first title bout here in Japan is a good card to be greatly expected by our hardcore aficionados. Nakatani, belonging to Ioka Club along with current WBA 108-pound champ Kazuto Ioka and ex-WBA 105-pound ruler Ryo Miyazaki, is regarded as a very dangerous challenger to the defending titlist Kato, making his second defense after his coronation by defeating compatriot Motoki Sasaki last May. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promoitons has announced that a once-informed world title shot of Akifumi Shimoda, a Japanese southpaw speedster, against newly crowned WBA featherweight super champ Simpiwe Vetyeka on Top Rank’s February 22 “Ring of Gold” show in Macao was cancelled since Vetyeka will have to face WBA regular titlist Nicholas Waters, an unbeaten Jamaican, who acquired the vacant belt by halting Daulis Prescott in his native country in 2012. Vetyeya lately dethroned previously unbeaten Indonesian Chris John in six upset rounds this December. Shimoda, who once briefly held the WBA 122-pound belt, may have an opportunity to have his coronation in prospect in the near future after Vetcheka faces Walters by April due to the WBA’s order.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Ex-Olympic gold medalist in London, Japanese middleweight prospect Ryota Murata (2-0, 2 KOs) will take on a more experienced Brazilian, ex-world challenger Carlos Nascimento (29-3, 23 KOs) in a show dubbed “Ring of Gold” in Macao on February 22, Teiken Promotions of Japan announced yesterday (Thursday). Murata, a hard-punching six-footer, decked a fine victory in his pro debut, dispatching current OPBF 160-pound ruler Akio Shibata in two pulsating sessions with his promoter Top Rank CEO Bob Arum in attendance last August. His second appearance resulted in a tough but eventually successful triumph as he finally caught Dave Peterson from Minnesota en route to an eighth and final round stoppage in December.
His third opponent will be the Brazilian veteran who once had an ambitious crack at the WBO 154-pound throne against Serhiy Dzinziruk, succumbing in eleven rounds in Germany in 2007. Nascimiento has won his last four bouts after he failed to win the vacant WBA inter-continental 160-pound belt via third round TKO defeat in 2010. It is fun for us to watch Murata’s steady improvement under the tutelage of Cuban trainer Ismael Salas, who coaches the bright prospect in Las Vegas. Murata will stay and train there for a month there as he left Tokyo for Vegas yesterday.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican legend and four-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales will reappear against Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. on March 22 at the Monterrey Arena, probably in a twelve round bout fought at the welterweight limit. Conditioning trainer Raul Robles reported to Fightnews.com that Morales team will prepare for the bout in Toluca City in Mexico State. Morales’ last fight was a knockout loss to Danny Garcia in Brooklyn, New York in the rematch for the WBC super lightweight world title on October 20, 2012.
Jr lightweight Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-4, 22 KOS) stalked the much smaller Yenifel “El Rayo” Vicente (25-2-2, 17 KOs) for eight rounds on Friday night at the Emerald Queen Hotel & Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Rodriguez won a majority decision by scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 76-76. Vicente took the fight on short notice after Rodriguez’ original opponent Arash Usmanee pulled out with an injury.
Former lightweight title challenger Zahir “King” Raheem (35-3, 21 KOS) won a ten round unanimous decision against “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (17-5-3, 10 KOs). Raheem outboxed Jargal to compile a 99-91, 99-91, 97-93 verdict.
Undefeated heavyweight Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) scored sixth round TKO over journeyman Jonte Willis (9-8-1, 3 KOs). A Kayode barrage got a referee’s stoppage in the final round of a slow-paced contest. Time was 1:07. It was Kayode’s second fight since moving to heavyweight full-time.
Jeremy McCleary W4 Gerardo Reyes (super featherweight)
Cameron Sevilla-Rivera KO1 Jared Teer (middleweight)
Eduardo Alicea W4 Jas Phipps (super middleweight)
BREAKING NEWS: Keith Kizer resigns as executive director of the Nevada Athletic Commission effective immediately.
— Steve Carp (@stevecarprj) January 11, 2014
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced that the camps of heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and WBO mandatory challenger Alex Leapai have reached an agreement. The bout will take place this April in Germany. Date and site to be named.
Just spoke to Noel Thornberry – Alex Leapai deal for Klitschko approved April 26 tho contracts not signed yet
— Grantlee Kieza (@GrantleeKieza) January 11, 2014
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Ramón García 107.80 vs Mark Durán 106.70
Nery Saguilán 130 vs Adones Aguelo 130.25
Tomás Rojas 119.90 vs Vergel Nebram 119.90
Lourdes Juárez 112.20 vs Anely Hernández 113.10
Venue: Auditorio Benito Juárez de Veracruz
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Antonio de Marco 143.7 vs. Jesús Gurrola 143.7
Humberto Gutiérrez 147 vs. Abner López 147
José María Ocampo 143.3 vs. Enrique Soto 143.5
José María Valdez 135 vs. Eduardo Galindo 136.5
Venue: Foro Tecate, Tijuana
Mi fight w/ @AmirKingKhan was great & close (114-111, 114-111, 113-112) & Cortez was the ref! I've chased Amir for 2 yrs and they hidden him
— Marcos René Maidana (@ChinoMaidana) January 10, 2014
Amir never gave me the rematch. NOw I beat the s…t out of @AdrienBroner & they want me to give an immediate rematch!
— Marcos René Maidana (@ChinoMaidana) January 10, 2014
Let's see, Adrien, let's see
— Marcos René Maidana (@ChinoMaidana) January 10, 2014
Former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield has become the first housemate to be voted off the Celebrity Big Brother reality show in the UK. Holyfield was “evicted” from the Big Brother House after receiving he and his partner Luisa Zissman received the least votes from the public and fellow contestants Lee Ryan and Casey Batchelor chose to boot Evander. Holyfield stated “They saved their friends and that’s what happened. I’m not mad, I’m sure they did what they wanted to do, and that’s OK.”
Earlier this week, “The Real Deal” was admonished by the show’s producers for stating his views on homosexuality. The incident made international headlines.
Looks like former WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner will return to the ring a week or two before Floyd Mayweather’s May 3 PPV fight. On January 8, Broner tweeted: “A y’all bout to see me back in the ring in some weeks….. And I ain’t fighting nobody until I fight @ChinoMaidana again ….. I’m a warrior. I give props when it’s due and @ChinoMaidana out hustled me that night but this rematch will be different!!!!”
If Broner-Maidana II is indeed on, it removes Maidana from the Mayweather sweepstakes, which is good news for Amir Khan.
Hall of Famer and former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson will meet with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department and The Las Vegas Police Athletic League Kids Boxing Program at two special, interactive events on Saturday. Mike will speak with the kids and police officers and demonstrate some of the techniques that he was taught by his late trainer and mentor Cus D’amato
Saturday, January 11, 2014
10:00 a.m. PT – 12:00 p.m.: Meet and Greet and Demo at Richard Steele’s Gym
1:00 p.m. PT- 3:00 p.m. PT: Meet and Greet and Demo at Barry’s Boxing
On Saturday, January 25th, Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing presents a card at Golden Nugget Atlantic City. In the featured bout of the evening, Heavyweight Derric Rossy (28-7, 14 KOs) will see action against former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko (8-3-2, 3 KOs) in the 10 round main event. In an eight round co-feature, undefeated Heavyweight Natu Vasinia (9-0, 8 KOs) will take on Jon Bolden (6-7, 5 KOs). In a six round bout, the son of the former Heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, Isiah Seldon (7-1, 3 KOs) will see action in a middleweight bout against an opponent to be named. (more…)
After the most successful and entertaining year in the series’ 11+ year existence, DiBella Entertainment will kick of the 2014 season of Broadway Boxing with the final boxing card ever to take place at NYC’s famed Roseland Ballroom, with an event titled “The Last Dance”. Having promoted a number of cards at the venue over the years, the historic ballroom will be closing its doors in April after more than 50 years of operation at its current location.
Featured bouts on the card will see New York fan-favorites Heather “The Heat” Hardy, an undefeated super bantamweight (7-0, 2KO’s), and West Point graduate junior middleweight Boyd “The Rainmaker” Melson (13-1-1, 4KO’s) in separate eight-round bouts. An opponent for Hardy will be announced shortly while Melson is set to go toe-to-toe against Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9KO’s) in what promises to be an all-action affair.
“I am sad that Roseland is closing and that this is the last boxing card we will ever promote there. ‘The Last Dance’ will not only be a celebration of New York boxing, but a celebration of a legendary hall. This boxing card will help say goodbye to Roseland in style,” stated promoter Lou DiBella.
Belgian Alex Miskirtchian and French Sofiane Takoucht made weight at the hotel Crowne Plaza in Liege for their IBF featherweight Final Eliminator tomorrow at the Country Hall of Sart-Tilman in Liege, Belgium. The winner becomes the mandatory challenger to IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich. Miskirtchian, 23-2-1(9), and Sofiane Takoucht, 27-2-1(12), both made 56,600kg. Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez, will be working Miskirtchian’s corner and former victim Andreas Evensen is expected to be ringside to support the local boxer.
The IBF appointed the following officials:
Referee: Benny Decroos, Belgium
Judges: Miroslaw Brozio, Poland; Remigio Rugieri, Italy; Francesco De Ruva, Italy.
Supervisor: Roberto Rea, Italy
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“If he will keep his good work, he has a chance not only to upset Jennings, but to stop him,” said #5 WBA ranked heavyweight Fres Oquendo (36-7, 23 KO) after his first sparring sessions with Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (16-0, 12 KO) in Warsaw (Poland). The 25-year-old Polish heavyweight will be fighting on HBO’s Boxing After Dark series on January 25 in the Theater at Madison Square Garden against another undefeated heavyweight, Philadelphia’s own Bryant Jennings (17-0, 9 KO). Oquendo hopes that a heavy dose of sparring will help him prepare not only for his next fight in February, but possibly to land a Deontay Wilder (30-0, 30 KO) bout for the WBA regular belt in May on Floyd Mayweather Jr’s undercard. “Al Haymon, Mayweather’s adviser, contacted my manager Nate Jones about the possibility to fight Wilder for WBA regular championship. I hope that this fight could be made,” said Oquendo.
Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio “Tony” de Marco (29-3-0, 22 KOs) and Jesús “Pantera” Gurrola (23-5-0, 9 KOs) faced off at the final press conference for their UniMas-televised showdown on Saturday night in Tijuana. The bout will be a ten-rounder with a contract weight of 144 lbs.
DeMarco stated that he respects Gurrola, whom he referred to as a “brave fighter.” He said he expects great things to come with his new promoter Zanfer and stated that new trainer Freddie Roach is very demanding and he feels much better than in his last fight. Gurrola said his fight with De Marco is of great importance because a win would open “the doors of success to the big fights.”
However it was co-feature welterweight fighters Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (25-5, 20 KOs) and Abner “Jaeger” Lopez (16-3, 15 KOs) who stole the show.
Lopez: I have prepared to face a world champion, which ‘Betillo’ was. It’s true that he has talent but he’s also fat, has fought very overweight and now no longer has the just hunger to fight but the hunger for pozole and tamales!
Gutierrez: My weight is good and will be tomorrow. It’s not true that I’ve neglected the gym or I was out partying. I went to spend New Year with my family, and having seen my wife and my child motivated me to train hard and I will win this fight at all costs. They say Abner hits hard, but I’ve faced tougher fighters than he has.
Former world champion Canelo Alvarez confirmed his bout with Alfredo Angulo Thursday via a series of tweets.
The Alvarez vs. Angulo pay-per-view undercard isn’t finalized, but it could include Canelo’s brother Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez challenging WBC interim lightweight beltholder Omar “Panterita” Figueroa, WBC super bantamweight champion Leo Santa Cruz defending against Cristian Mijares, a lightweight clash between Nihito Arakawa and Jorge Linares and a super bantamweight eliminator between Hugo Cazares and Andres Gutierrez.
Canelo will be training for the fight in San Diego.
IBF #8-ranked Afghani-Canadian Arash Usmanee says he’s very disappointed to be missing out on his scheduled main event tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. Usmanee (20-1-1, 10 KOs) was scheduled to face Mexican KO artist Juan Antonio “El Mozo” Rodriguez (25-4, 23 KOs) in a 10-round super featherweight battle before suffering an injury in training earlier this week, forcing him to withdraw. “My feet got tangled in sparring. I had injured it before in my last two fights. I twisted it when my feet got tangled and I fell,” explained Usmanee. “I’m babying it. It’s a sprain, so it could take a while. Sometimes it heals quickly and sometimes it takes a bit. It’s starting to feel better. I have to wear a brace.”
The January 25 PB Best card in Puerto Rico that was to feature the return of former lightweight world title challenger Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (22-1, 17 KOs) plus flyweight contender McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) and lightweight Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (20-2, 16 KOs), has been postponed for the second time. The card was originally scheduled for December 7, 2013. There is no new date for the card, which was to be a pay-per-view telecast in Puerto Rico.
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After two false starts, former WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly finally makes his long-awaited cruiserweight debut on promoter Frank Warren’s March 1 show at the historic Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. Cleverly pulled out of a November fight in London citing a back injury, then pulled out of a February 1 card in Monte Carlo claiming an undisclosed “minor injury.”
Middleweight Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12 KOs), ranked in the top 10 of the WBC, WBA and WBO, has replaced Martin Murray as WBA #3 rated Jarrod Fletcher’s opponent on the Golden Gloves’ Monte Carlo boxing card on February 1. The headliner features undefeated WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin in defense of his titles against Osumanu Adama. The bout will be for Bursak’s WBA Continental middleweight belt, not the WBA interim middleweight title. “I’m very satisfied with him as a replacement,” said promoter Rodney Berman. “I had an inkling Murray would pull out, probably for fear of losing to Fletcher, who is dangerous.” Fletcher (17-1, 10 KOs) has accepted the change with good grace and is said to be training up a storm in Australia.
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