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By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13/WBC#15 Akira Yaegashi (12-2, 7 KOs), 105, successfully retained his newly acquired Japanese minimumweight belt as he utilized his swift footwork and solid counters to pound out a unanimous decision (98-92 twice and 99-91) over OPBF#3 Japanese top contender Junichiro Kaneda (19-4-1, 12 KOs), 105, over ten fast rounds on Saturday night in Tokyo, Japan. Yaegashi’s constant move nullified Kaneda’s busy combinations, and his counters often caught the game but limited challenger all night. The fleet-footed champ accelerated his attack to have the methodical rival at bay down the stretch and confirm his victory.
Undercard: Unbeaten WBC#21 Go Onaga (14-0-1, 10 KOs), 114.5, a hard-punching southpaw handled by ex-WBC/WBA champ Hideyuki Ohashi, displayed a fine form in dropping Naohiro Yanagi (8-10, 4 KOs), 114.75, twice in the first and once more in the fatal round, impressively stopping him at 2:06 of the third session. Unbeaten ex-national high school champ Ryosuke Iwasa (5-0, 4 KOs), 118, a tall and young southpaw, scored a fine TKO win over OPBF#15 Indonesian bantam champ Falazona Fidal (49-19-1, 13 KOs), 118, at 1:04 of the seventh. Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, currently rated #1 by the WBA, will now be trained Universum trainer Magomed Schaburow. Since 2003, “The White Tyson” had been trained by Michael Timm, who formed him into a world champion. “I’ve had a difficult time with my Achilles tendon injury, the cancellation of the fight of Helsinki and the defeat in Schalke,” stated Chagaev. “Now I’m looking for new impulses in training. I hope for that from Magomed Schaburow. I owe Michael Timm for the great teamwork. In football, a team change often helps a player progress further. I’m curious.” (more…)
WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) has commented on his eighth round TKO over #13 rated Francisco Leal (14-5-2, 9 KOs) in a non-televised title defense last Saturday at the Ciudad Deportiva in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. “Leal was a game opponent, but I’m not going to give my titles up to anyone,” said Caballero. “I’ve been on top of this division for almost four years now, and I feel stronger and better than ever.” Caballero is hoping to land a fight with unbeaten Puerto Rican superstar Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez.
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada
19-year-old Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines took the WBO junior bantamweight championship away from 37-year-old reigning titleholder Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-8-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico via unanimous decision on Friday night at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Sonsona scored a knockdown in round four and went on to win by scores of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109. Lopez was deducted two points in round eight for a low blow.
Former IBF junior featherweight champion Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Dario Azuaga (75-16-2, 64 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Molitor dropped Azuaga in round four and Azuaga barely survived the round. “The Canadian Kid” launched a full out body assault to open the fifth round. Molitor scored back to back knockdowns to end it. The time was 1:50 of the fifth round.
A fight between Canadian heavyweight champion Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (10-0, 5 KOs) and Kevin “Big Dog” Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs) ended in a no contest after an accidental head-butt in round two opened up a cut over Montiy’s left eye. Montiy claimed he couldn’t see and the doctor was forced to allow the fight to be stopped.
Felix Mercedes KO1 Dan Caron (jr middleweight)
Justin Fountain W4 Frank Abbiw (welterweight)
Stephan Boyd TKO4 Pedro De Melo (super middleweight)
A few notable heavyweights saw action in bouts consisting of six two-minute rounds on Friday night at the Lofberg Arena in Karlstad, Sweden. Timur Ibragimov (25-2-1, 14 KOs) outpointed 45-year-old former IBF cruiserweight champion Al Cole (35-15-3, 16 KOs) over six by scores of 60-55, 59-56, 59-55. Also Attila Levin (31-3, 24 KOs) dropped Adnan Buharalija (19-6-1, 14 KOs) four times en route to a fourth round stoppage.
By Lee Bates
UPDATE: Matchmaker John Beninati has informed that Tomas Villa was signed as an opponent fight a Gary Shaw Productions fighter, but has not inked to a GSP promotional agreement.
A source has confirmed that featherweight Tomas “El Norteno” Villa (20-6-4, 13 KOs) has signed with Gary Shaw Productions. Villa’s last bout in November 2008 was a thriller where he was stopped for the first time in his career in the 10th and final round by Rogers Mtagwa. Villa previously was with legendary promoter Don Chargin with whom he was riding a 12 bout unbeaten streak prior to the Mtagwa loss.
Luis Concepcion 112 vs Omar Salado 112
(Interim WBA flyweight championship)
Roinet Caballero 126 vs Daniel Ponce De Leon 126
Ricardo Nuñez 112.75 vs Timur Shailezov 113.5
Nilson Tapia 154 vs Austin Trout 154
Ameth Diaz 135 vs Fernando Angulo 133.5
Alberto Mosquera 140 vs Henry Auraad 138.5
Charlie Navarro 147 vs Nelson Linares 156.5 they won´t fight
Rafael Hernandez 123 vs Franklin Solis 120.25
Luis Andres Pineda 237 vs Evans Quinn 220
Ana Fernandez 105 vs Ibeth Zamora 105
Laura Ledezma 111.75 vs Vanessa Medrano 113.25
Jack Santos 106.5 vs Jesus Santos 108
Julio Canastuj 106 vs Mercedes Concepcion 106.
Venue: Arena Roberto Duran, Panama
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions/Eventos del Istmo
TV: HBO Plus (Latin America only)
From Chihuahua, Mexico for tomorrow night’s “Unstoppable!” card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo:
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 154 vs. Beibi Berrocal 154
* For the WBC World Youth jr. middleweight title
Jhonny Gonzalez 127 vs. Jose “Pegono” Mendoza 126
Victor Zaleta 112 vs. Gilberto Keb Baas 111
* For the WBC Fecombox super flyweight title
Javier “Zorro” Castro 141 vs. Heriberto Gutierrez 143
Miguel “Mickey” Roman 126 vs. Servando Solis 124
Odilon Zaleta 112 vs. Alejandro “Apachito” Moreno 113
Carlos Duarte 187 vs. Jesus “Demonio” Gutierrez 192
Freddy Lopez 146 vs. Ruben Lopez 145
Eastern Boxing association super middleweight champion “Irish” Joey McCreedy retained his title and captured the vacant New England belt tonight with a first-round technical knockout win against Eddie “Thunder” Caminero at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
McCreedy-Caminero headlined “School’s In,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya and WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza posed to the Panamanian media, wearing special made gloves in colors gold and white with their names written on. Mr. Mendoza and the Golden Boy are scheduled to have an exhibition bout on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama as a part of the KO Drugs Festival. WBA will donate $100 for every punch connected by Gilberto to De La Hoya on favor of the Panamanian Association Against Cancer. After this charity sparring session, Oscar will autograph the set of gloves to be offered on a bid for that same purpose. De La Hoya had his first public appearance in Panama at the weigh-in ceremony for Saturday’s card in which Mexican Omar Salado and Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepción both weighed 112 for their flyweight interim championship bout.
Eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (54-5, 40 KOs) and two-time super middleweight world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-3, 17 KOs) fought a toe-to-toe war on August 15, 2009. Living legend Jones who has been a world champion in four divisions – middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight – and currently ranks among the top ten light heavyweights in all four major boxing organizations was defending his NABO light heavyweight championship against the power-punching Lacy, who once held the IBF and IBO super middleweight world titles. ESPN Classic will rebroadcast the August 15, 2009 Jones versus Lacy showdown Saturday, September 5th at 10pm ET/7pm PT and Monday, September 7th at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko made a guest appearance on the Jim Rome Show. Here’s what he had to say:
JIM ROME: Vitali Klitschko is 37-2 with 36 KOs. He’s going to defend his title on Sept. 26 against Cris Arreola at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Vitali Klitschko, you both have high knockout percentages, should we assume somebody is going to end this fight lying on their back?
VITALI KLITSCHKO: “This fight will be very interesting because Cris Arreola is the (WBC) No. 1 contender. He is undefeated, very young, very tough fighter. Right now, I have to defend my world title against the next generation. I am not the youngest one in the heavyweight division. I am already 38 years old, but I feel very good. I have a lot of experience and I am preparing right now for Sept. 26 to show all boxing fans a good performance. Of course, everyone wants a very good fight, especially with two fighters with a very high knockout percentage. The fight will not go all 12 rounds, which means it will be a knockout for one side or the other. I’ll give my best to keep my title as long as possible, and that means I’ll give my best to send my opponent to the floor.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In a bloody battle, Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson (20-6, 8 KOs) of Greenock, Scotland, proved his superiority over determined challenger Paul Truscott (now 13-2, 1 KO) once again with a convincing tenth round stoppage moments ago at Eston Sports Academy in Middlesbrough, UK. The fight was a re-match of a heated contest, which took place this January and resulted in a controversial stoppage in Simpson’s favor, when Truscott had his right eye cut under by what seemed to be an accidental clash of heads. (more…)
On September 18th at the at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach, two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux (2-0, 2 KOs) will step way up in class of opponent when he takes on 71-fight veteran Giovanni Andrade (60-11, 49 KOs) from Brazil for a regional WBA super bantamweight title that will place him in the top five in the world and in position for a title shot in record speed. In Rigondeaux’s corner will be world renowned trainer Freddie Roach who has taken a special interest in one of the greatest amateurs that has ever turned professional. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Big boxing is back in Saint Petersburg on Sep. 25, when Jab Promotion will stage its next show at the Atmosphere Night Club. The main event will see a recent signee, Dmitry Sukhtosky (13-0, 8 KOs) in an important light heavyweight twelve-rounder against Spaniard Juan Nelongo (20-8-1, 9 KOs) for a vacant WBO European title. Despite having just thirteen fights to his resume, Sukhotsky, 28, once held a variety of minor belts, including Russian national title, WBC CISBB, TWBA and WBL titles – all as a super middleweight. His most sound victory is a majority decision over ex-ranked Georgian David Gogiya in January 2008. On the other hand, Juan Nelongo, eleven years his older, is no bum himself, having fought the who’s who of the neighboring weight classes, including former and reigning world champions Zsolt Erdei, Gabriel Campillo, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Clinton Woods. He also held the WBA I/C title in late 90’s and early 2000’s. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Just a week out from their upcoming title defenses WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Iron Boy Calderon and WBO super featherweight champion Ramon Rocky Martinez both easily made their 7 day minimumweight requirement. Calderon weighed in 109 pounds which is just 1 pound over the max weight limit for the fight and 4.4 pounds under 7 day minimum. Martinez weighed in at 134 1/4 which is under the 136.5 7 day minimum. Both fighters are very confident of victory. For more details and photos click here…
Contrary to a recent press reports, WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan will not fight John Murray in December says promoter Frank Warren. Dimitry Salita is the mandatory challenger for Khan’s title and Warren is currently in negotiations with Salita’s promoters, plus Murray is not ranked by the WBA and could not defend against him next. Warren also said that Salita has not signed for another fight as rumored.
Mikkel Kessler has successfully completed his sparring sessions at Berlin´s famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. The Viking Warrior will now travel to Denmark for the fine-tuning ahead of his WBA Super-Middleweight fitle defense against Gusmyr Perdomo at MCH Herning on September 12. “Everything went very well,” Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) said. “The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great and I really enjoyed the time in Berlin. I am in perfect shape and I will prove that in the ring against Perdomo.” U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday prime time edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Kessler is slated to participate in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic, with a first-round meeting with Andre Ward coming up on November 21. Ward will also be in action on September 12, taking on Shelby Pudwill (also on SHOWTIME).
Jose “Carita” Lopez 114.2 vs Marvin Sonsona 115
(WBO jr. bantamweight world championship)
Steve Molitor 126 vs Dario Azuaga 124.6
Greg Kielsa 236 vs Kevin Montiy 259.8
Felix Mercedes 151 vs Dan Caron 150.4
Justin Fountain 146.6 vs Frankie Abbiw 145.8
Pedro De Melo 166.6 vs Stephan Boyd 165.8
Venue: Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario
Promoter: Orion Sports Management
Some of the best boxing talent from around the Beltway will be showcased in an eight-bout card, “Saturday Night Fights,” promoted by Ice Promotions and presented by Valcourt Building Services. Headlining the Patriot Center event is Northern Virginia fan favorite Jimmy Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) who will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Championship (USNBC) 154-pound title against his former teammate from “The Contender” series, Jonathan Reid (34-11, 19 KOs) of Nashville, TN in a 12-round contest. Former WBO lightweight world champion and D.C. native DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) will battle Detroit’s Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in the eight-round co-Main Event. (more…)
Middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy ((26-1, 17 KOs) will return to the ring on October 10th on Top Rank’s October 10th “Latin Fury 12″ card at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Duddy will face Michi Munoz (21-3, 14 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas. It will be Duddy’s comeback fight following his shock loss to Billy Lyell in April.
The proposed December 5 clash between middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams in Atlantic City is still pending Pavlik’s recovery from an nagging injury to the middle knuckle in his left hand. “The Ghost” must undergo further examinations before a green light is given.
Ricardo Mayorga has filed a lawsuit against long time promoter Don King Productions alleging that DKP failed provide the contractually stipulated number of fights for him. Mayorga did pull out of a major fight DKP had arranged for him against Alfredo Angulo in February on short notice.
By Robert Coster
Haitian (of French origin) promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps seems to be expanding his horizons with the rumored signing of two French Olympians and a former European Champion. The boxers who would join Deschamps’ growing stable are lightweight Daouda Sow and featherweight Khedafi Djelkhir (pictured with Deschamps). Both Sow and Djelkhir had stellar amateur careers: Kedhafi was European Champion in 2007 and won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Sow also won silver in Beijing, losing a razor-thin (11-9) decision in the finals. As pros, Djelkhir is 3-0, 3 KOs and Sow is 1-0, 1 KO.
The other possible recruit for Deschamps is former European jr middleweight champion Jimmy ” Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs), born in Haiti. About Colas, Deschamps had this to say “Jimmy’s style is not your typical European standup boxer and because of this, he was victimized in Europe. Four of Jimmy’s so-called losses were outright robbery. I believe his career will really flourish in this part of the world.” Jacques Deschamps is a senior partner of Premium Boxing Promotions who operates in Panama City and it is therefore conceivable that the (possible) recruits would likely pursue their career in the Isthmus nation.
WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) makes his first title defense in the 12-round co-feature September 12th against WBO No. 9 rated Vincente Martin “El Mono” Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs) on the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, airing live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Martinez captured the WBO title March 14, stopping Nicky Cook in the fourth round of their title fight in England.”Rocky” believes his time is now. “”A lot of people know me after the Cook fight,” Martinez remarked. “I never refuse to fight anybody, anywhere, and that’s why we were so confident fighting Cook in his backyard. Rodriguez is going to try and surprise me. He doesn’t have anything to lose. I’ve heard that he likes to fight and, believe me, if he can fight I will knock him out because that’s what I like to do. (more…)
WBO interim strawweight champion Manuel “Chango” Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs) is in the final stages of his preparation to confront WBO champion Donnie Nietes (24-1-3, 14 KOs) for the full WBO title on the big September 12 Latin Fury card at the Palenque de la Feria de Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. On the same night Julio César Chávez Jr. faces Jason LeHoullier and Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel goes against lefty Alex Valdez. Vargas, 28, has been training in his hometown of Lagos de Moreno, Jalisco, with his father Manuel Vargas. “The preparation has been intense,” said Vargas. “We know the danger of Nietes, but with a good physical condition we’ll be able to successfully face him. We are now very near the weight of the straw division.” (more…)
Bob Caico at Ringside; Photos by “Boxing” Bob Newman
2008 Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada, women’s boxing trailblazer Christy “The Coalminer’s Daughter” Martin and super middleweight prospect James McGirt, Jr. were all impressive winners Wednesday at the “Fight Night At The Fair” show presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse, NY. Click here to read the
full report and view the photos.
Joey McCreedy 164 vs Eddie Caminero 166
(New England & EBA super middleweight titles)
Demetrius Andrade 153 vs John Williams 153
Vladine Biosse 175 vs Sam Norwood TBA
David Bauza 156 vs Antonio Fernandez 153
Diego Pereira 142.5 vs Damien Butler 148.5
Jay Holland 192 vs Rodrika Ray 197
Omar Pena 130 vs Israel Suarez 130
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule
By Francisco Salazar
To say that the sport of boxing has changed over the course of decades is an understatement to say the least. Boxing is no longer on network television, some sports fans probably would not be able to tell you who holds a title in the Heavyweight division, and the UFC is gaining in popularity. Promoter Dino Duva is well aware of the state of boxing and feels that the talent pool is slowly disappearing in this country. Which led him halfway around the world to China last year during the Beijing Olympics. After watching four, yes four Chinese amateur boxers gain medals as opposed to one lone American (Deontay Wilder), it was then that Duva decided to make things happen. (more…)
We’ve been informed that long time Las Vegas boxing judge Bill Graham passed away on August 13 at Desert Springs Hospital. Graham was 93 years of age. A former boxer himself, Graham began judging at the ripe age of 68 and amazingly continued well into his nineties. Among the big fights he judged was the November 13, 1999 rematch between Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield. The last notable fight he worked was Monte Barrett against Tye Fields last year at the age of 92.
The stage is set for Golden Boy Promotions to co-promote the WBA’s annual KO Drugs event along with Promociones y Eventos del Istmo from Panama City, Panama. The blockbuster fight card, which will be a benefit for the National Association Against Cancer in Panama, will feature the WBA Interim Flyweight World Championship bout between Luis Concepcion of Panama and Omar Salado of Mexico in the twelve round main event. In the co-feature, a shot at WBA Featherweight Champion is on the line in a twelve round eliminator between Daniel Ponce De Leon of Mexico and Panama’s Roinet Caballero. The bouts will take place atArena Roberto Duran. (more…)
WBA interim super flyweight champion Nonito Domaire has reportedly been released from a hospital in the Philippines after a bout with dengue fever which brought his temperatute to 104 degrees. According to AP, the illness may have come from a mosquito bite.
The final presser for Saturday night’s “Imparables!” (Unstoppable) card in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico, was held today. In the main event, undefeated Chihuahua jr. middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (13-0, 12 KOs) will take on Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-1, 6 KOs) for the WBC World Youth superwelterweight title. Making his return in the co-main event, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (40-7, 34 KOs) will go ten at featherweight against Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-3-2, 17 KOs), of Colombia. (more…)
Tickets are now on sale as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes” an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday, October 10th at the Arena Theatre. Starting at $25, tickets can be obtained through the Arena Theatre Box Office (www.arenahouston.com, phone 713-772-5900). The Arena Theatre is located at 7326 Southwest Freeway (between Bellaire and Fondren) in Houston. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm with the first bell at 8pm. . . . Click here for more
Welterweight challenger Joshua Clottey of Accra, Ghana, will train in Las Vegas at the Top Rank gym for his upcoming bout against Sugar Shane Mosley. Miguel Diaz has been hired to train Clottey. Diaz said Clottey will report to Las Vegas “…right around the second week of October.” The working date of the fight is Dec. 26 at a venue to be announced. Clottey last week agreed to fight Mosley on HBO.
Super welterweight Jason ‘The Hammer’ LeHoullier is making plans to head for Mexico to take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 11 scheduled Sept. 12. LeHoullier, trained by Bob Russo in Portland, Maine, will be in Mexico on Tuesday, Sept. 8. “LeHoullier has been mad man-like, training for this fight,” Russo said. Chavez vs. LeHoullier will be on Pay Per View.
All the shots from Tuesday’s Floyd “Money” Mayweather media workout in Las Vegas, Nev. Complete photo gallery by Chris Cozzone: click here
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