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Ringside report and photos by J.D. Meredith
Boxing returned to the Fitz Casino and Hotel Saturday night with a standing room only crowd entertained by a short but action-packed night of fights.
In the scheduled eight round main event, undefeated southpaw Fernando Guerrero (15-0, 12 KOs) faced off with fellow super middleweight Chris Archer (11-9, 7 KOs) . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Antonio Castro
Photos by Gary Sarti
Pro boxing made a successful return to Cleveland Saturday night on a highly competitive six bout card headlined by the jr. middleweight clash between Hector Camacho Jr. and Israel Cardona for the vacant WBC CABOFE title.
Co-promoters Zef Ramirez and Ronald Johnson, who was featured in the co-main event against WBC USNBC light heavyweight titlist Billy Bailey, not only brought boxing back to Cleveland, but also nationwide, as the card was featured live on IN Demand pay per view . . . click here for more
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Joe Cordova
Randy “The Natural” Couture vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was a legendary fight that fans of mixed martial arts have been begging for. The clash that has been talked about since Nogueira and Courture held the PRIDE and UFC heavyweight titles (respectively), took several years to come to fruition, but did not disappoint . . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Joe Cordova
In front of 16,088 rabid fans packed into the Rose Garden in Portland, two legends clashed in a fight that was considered long overdue. In the end, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira defeated Randy “The Natural” Couture by unanimous decision (judges saw it 30-27 twice and 29-28) in a fight that eclipsed many fans lofty expectations and became an instant classic . . . Click here for more
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing returns on September 30th to the elegant Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY to present its second installment of VIP Boxing. The show will be headlined by heavyweight prospect Devin Vargas (17-1, 7KO) taking on Terrell Nelson (8-8, 5KO) in an eight rounder. A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. The show will kick off at 7PM sharp with an hour long cocktail reception. Immediately following the reception, a four course elegant dinner will start being served, at which time the first bout will go on. There will be cocktail service throughout, with an open bar running for the remainder of the evenings fights. All seats will include full VIP services. Tables of ten are available for purchase for $1500, $2500, and $3500. There will be a limited amount of individual seats at select tables available, with the cost for each seat at $150, $250, and $350. Call 718-823-2000.
By Lee Bates
WBO super flyweight champion Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (39-7-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico will look to successfully defend his title for the first time this Friday against Marvin Sonsona (13-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines. The bout will take place at the Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Fightnews caught up with the PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) promoted Lopez as he closed out his training camp. Lopez spoke on his upcoming defense against Sonsona. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Legendary boxing promoter Cedric Kushner tells why he is looking forward to the long awaited all-New Zealand heavyweight collision between David Tua, whom he promotes, and countryman Shane Cameron on October 3rd in Hamilton, New Zealand. Cedric explains why Duco Events are promoting this great heavyweight clash, says that Tua has great skills besides outstanding power, questions the quality of recent Cameron opponents and believes that New Zealand boxing fans can look forward to outstanding boxing promotions in the future. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) continues its expansion outside of New England, presenting “Fight Night At The Fair,” in association with the New York State Fair and International Boxing Hall of Fame (IHOF), Wednesday night, Sept. 2 at the Mohegan Sun Grandstand in Syracuse, N.Y. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green has been critical of Anthony Mundine and the opponents he selects to fight. Green said, “I’m not sure what his next fight is, I dare say it would be against someone that is going to be a relatively very safe option for him. It’s pretty much a pattern now.” Green was clearly defeated by Mundine over twelve rounds in 2006 in a bout that attracted a record live gate of over 30,000 fight fans. Mundine won a disputed split points decision over Daniel Geale in May to win the IBO middleweight title and has since been ordered by the IBO to give the classy Geale a rematch. Green has also been chasing a rematch with the former WBA 168 pound champion. Mundine said, “If Greeny has still got that cruiserweight after Roy Jones, he knows where I’m at.” The Danny Green vs Roy Jones Jr. IBO cruiserweight title bout is slated for November 29 with the most likely venue being the Sydney Entertainment Center.
Super middleweight Joey Gilbert got back in the win column on Saturday night with an outstanding performance against Pomona, California’s Ivan Stovall, earning a fifth round stoppage in front of a crowd of over 2,000 Northern Nevada fight fans at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon. Controlling the action from the opening bell, Gilbert was able to drop Stovall in the fourth, before referee Vic Drakulich called a halt to the action at the 1:05 mark of the fifth round of the scheduled eight rounder.
“I felt great in there, just focused on what I do best. The fans here in Fallon were very supportive and it was terrific to get back in the win column” said Gilbert who improved to 18-2 (14 KOs), while Stovall moved to 10-5 (7 KOs). (more…)
After a retirement of two years and three months, José Miguel Cotto returned to the ring and showed that he still has what it takes to shine in this sport. Without confronting any big trouble, Cotto TKO’d Anthony Woods at 2:24 in the fourth round. “It feels great! After all of the support that I’ve received from everybody, it was good to be back in the ring. I feel stronger and motivated to keep on going,” assured Cotto after elevating his record to (29-1-1, 21 KOs). (more…)
Birthday greetings to legendary Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, who turns 88 -years-old on Sunday. Born in South Philly in 1921, Angelo went on to train some of the biggest names in boxing including Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Carmen Basilio, George Foreman and many, many others. Highly regarded as one of the “nice guys” in boxing, Angelo has become one of the most respected personalities in the sport. Here he is shown with Kermit Cintron and Andre Berto at the recent Hall of Fame weekend in Canastota, NY.
By Joe Koizumi
34-year-old Japanese jabber Nobuhiro Ishida (21-5-2, 7 KOs), 154, acquired the WBA interim super-welter belt as he kept sticking left jabs all the way to avert rough and roundhouse attacks of Marco Avendano (27-7-1, 19 KOs), 154, from Venezuela, winning a unanimous decision over twelve monotonous rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies read: Ruben Garcia (US) 119-109, Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) 118-110, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 117-111, all for the 6’2” Japanese speedster. The referee was Gullermo Perez Pineda (Panama). (more…)
Marco “Captain” Huck is the new WBO Cruiserweight Champion following a spectacular victory over Victor Emilio Ramirez. In a hard-fought battle, Huck stuck to his coach´s game plan and was ahead 116-111, 116-111 and 115-112 after an action-packed contest. “This is an unbelievable feeling,” the 24-year-old enthused. “Ramirez was an incredibly tough opponent. I have never been in the ring with someone punching that hard. But I did what my coach told me. I can´t describe what I feel. I am so happy to be world champion.” (more…)
IBF junior flyweight champion Brian “The Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (26-2 15 KOs) retained his title by unanimous twelve round decision against Jesus “El Azul” Iribe (15-6-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Scores were 118-110, 117-112, 117-111. Iribe broke his right hand early in the fight.
In the co-feature, world ranked bantamweight AJ Banal (20-1-1, 15 KOs) scored a unanimous ten round decision over Jose Angel Beranza (32-15-2, 25 KOs). The judges scores’ were 99-92, 98-91 and 98-92.
In a war, junior welterweight Dennis Laurente (31-3-5, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Zaid “El Exterminador” Zavaleta (18-5-2, 11 KOs). The scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91 did not reflect the competitiveness of the fight.
Super welterweight Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs) of “Contender: Season One” fame needed just 61 seconds to demolish Raul Munoz (20-13-1, 15 KOs) in the very first round of a scheduled ten. Munoz was on the deck twice. Gomez is now headed toward a showdown with Jesus Soto-Karass on the November 14 Pacquiao-Cotto card.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Super middleweight Kingsley “Sharp Knuckles” Ikeke (26-3, 14 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Mark “The Machine Gun” Woolnough (19-5, 6 KOs) to claim the NABA 168lb title on Saturday night at the Emerald Queen in Tacoma, Washington. Woolnough pressured Ikeke, and outworked him in most every round, but it was Ikeke landing the harder punches. In the end, judges scores it 96-94, 96-94 for Ikeke and 97-93 for Woolnough. Fightnews had it 95-95.
Click here for full details plus more results
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
In a battle of the two most inspirational heavyweights in MMA history Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira defeated Randy “The Natural” Couture via unanimous decision. The first round saw Nogueira nearly finish the fight with a choke until Couture worked out of the hold. Round two witnessed Nogueria control his opponent from the top position and the final round was highlighted by Couture being sent to the canvas from a hard “Minotauro” right hand. The official scorecards read 30-27 twice and 29-28 in favor of the former PrideFC and UFC heavyweight champion Nogueira.
The once beaten Thiago Silva returned to his winning ways by knocking out Keith Jardine with a left hook. The light heavyweight contest was waved off at 1:35 of the first round. (more…)
IBF #6, WBC #7, WBO #13, WBA #14 welterweight Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Edvan Dos Barros (10-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Quik Trip Park in Grande Prairie, Texas. Scores were 97-93, 100-90, 99-91. Soto-Karass may now be headed into a collision with former world title challenger Alfonso Gomez on the Pacquiao-Cotto card.
Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia moved to 18-0, 15 KOs with a seventh round TKO over Carlos Rivera (16-4-2, 5 KOs). Garcia dropped Rivera in round five with a body shot and the bout was stopped two rounds later due to a cut suffered by Rivera. Time was :40.
Featherweight Jerry Belmontes (8-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Tommy Atencio (4-2, 2 KOs) over four by scores of 39-37 on all cards.
By Antonio Castro at ringside
Hector Camacho Jr (49-3-1, 27 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Israel “Pito” Cardona (36-10, 28 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC CABOFE light middleweight title on Saturday night at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Ohio. When the bout was fought in the center of the ring, Camacho had the advantage, however Cardona was often able maneuver Camacho to the ropes where the action was more heated. In the end, Camacho won 94-93, 95-92, 95-92. “Machito” may next be headed to a showdown with Yory Boy Campas.
Light heavyweight Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Billy “The Billy Goat” Bailey (9-5, 3 KOs). Johnson dropped Bailey with a right hand in round three and cruised to a one-sided 100-89, 100-89, 99-90 win. With the win, Johnson picked up the WBC USNBC light heavyweight title.
Welterweight Marvin Cordova (21-1-1, 11 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Ernest Johnson (18-4-1, 7 KOs). Score were 77-75, 79-73, 79-73.
Abel Perry W6 Jay Krupp (welterweight)
Dante Moore KO2 Silus Ortley (jr middleweight)
Julius Leegrand W4 Norman Allen (lightweight)
Unbeaten super middleweight star Fernando Guerrero (15-0, 13 KOs) massacred Chris Archer (11-9, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Guerrero battered Archer from the opening bell, flooring Archer with body shots in both rounds one and two. Guerrero sent Archer down again in the third with a further body assault and referee Randy Phillips waved it off moments later. Time was 2:15.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (10-0, 8 KOs) demolished Lamar Harris (6-3, 4 KOs), dropping Harris three times before the bout was stopped at 2:18 of round one.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade (4-0, 4 KOs) blitzed Tyrone Dowdy (4-20, 3 KOs) in less than a round. Dowdy’s corner threw in the towel just as he was floored after 2:25 of punishment.
In his first fight under the Prize Fight Boxing banner, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (26-1, 18 KOs) annihilated late sub Willie Perryman (10-20, 7 KOs). In round two, Witherspoon dropped Perryman, got a standing eight round in his follow up barrage, then dropped Perryman again to end it. Time was 2:09.
In his professional debut, former amateur standout Mike Wilson (1-0) destroyed “Marvelous” Marvin Hunt (12-24-1, 5 KOs) with a huge right hand at 1:59 in round one of a heavyweight bout.
By Alexey Sukachev
Marco “Käpt’n” Huck (26-1-1, 20 KOs) is a new WBO cruiserweight champion following an extremely hard-fought unanimous decision over tough Argentinean plodder Victor Emilio Ramirez (15-2, 12 KOs) with the scores: 116-111 (twice) and 115-112. The bout took place at Gerry Weber stadium in Halle, Germany.
Also, in a stunner, Nigerian heavyweight Gbenga Oloukun (17-1, 10 KOs) scored an upset unanimous decision over ex-champion Lamon Brewster (35-5, 30 KOs) Click for more details and results
Ringside by Felipe Leon
Photos by Paul Gallegos
A good size crowd enjoyed a now familiar night of boxing as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions returned to the Four Points by Sheraton Thursday night to present their “Summer Showdown” fight card . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
If the original fight, four years ago, wasn’t an easy enough win for Holly Holm, last night’s rematch with Terri Blair was about as challenging as the near-two hour drive from her hometown of Albuquerque, to Las Vegas, N.M. . . . Click here for more
Jesus Soto-Karass, who fights tonight on a Top Rank card in Grand Prairie, Texas, may next fight on the mega Pacquiao vs Cotto ‘FirePower’ championship card on Nov 14 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Soto-Karass is ranked IBF #6, WBC #7, WBO #13, WBA #14 at 147 pounds…
The Top Rank card, which includes young prospect Roberto Marroquin of Texas, is live on Azeca America at 10 pm eastern.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Pound for Pound Promotions had to improvise after a tough situation on Thursday night in which the original scheduled main event at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey was cancelled due to the excessive weight difference between Mike Arnaoutas and llido Julio. Everything turned out okay though as light heavyweight prospect, Bobby Rooney stepped up and put on a masterful performance in capturing an eight round unanimous decision victory over Toris Brewer in the new main event. The card also included several exciting bouts, including an all out, four round junior middleweight war between Chris Murphy and Abraham Torres. For more details and photos click here…
By Dennis Principe
There are two objectives world light flyweight Brian Viloria aim to chase in his title defense today and one of them is his Mexican foe Jesus Iribe. Interviewed by Fightnews, Viloria believes he will be literally hunting Iribe inside the ring as the Mexican challenger is known for his ring generalship in establishing a fairly impressive record of 15-5-5, with 9 knockouts. “I don’t think he’s gonna stay in there with me and exchange with me in the middle. He’s just going to box his way around and use his reach to keep me at bay“ said Viloria “But I’m ready and come fight night I’ll just go in there and do my thing.” (more…)
Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert will return to the ring Saturday night against Pomona’s Ivan “Sitting Bull” Stovall in the eight round main event at “Rural Rumble/Fallon Fights 2009” at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada . . click here for more
Junior middleweight contender Hector “Macho” Camacho Jr. is on a collision course with former NABF and USBA lightweight champion Israel “Pito” Cardona for the vacant WBC Caribbean Federation title in the main event of tonight’s “LATIN INVASION” pay-per-view event. In the co-feature, Ronald “The American Dream” Johnson goes toe-to-toe with current WBC/USNBC light middleweight champion Billy Bailey. Plus in a battle of jr welterweight hopefuls Marvin “Much 2 Much” Cordova Jr. encounters “Too Slick” Ernest Johnson plus welterweight prospect Able Perry looks to add another win to his record when he squares off with fellow prospect Jay Krupp.
“LATIN INVASION” is available LIVE this SATURDAY on PAY-PER-VIEW only on iN DEMAND beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
An unbeaten duo of soon to be ready-for-primetime prospects middleweight Fernando Guerrero (14-0, 12 KOs) and junior middleweight Shawn Porter (9-0, 7 KOs) will be showcased TONIGHT on the LIVE WEBCAST of “Boxing’s Future Champions II” from Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel in Tunica, Mississippi. Also in action is Philadelphia heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Chazz Witherspoon (25-1, 17 KOs), plus exciting middleweight Dominic Wade (3-0, 3 KOs) and the 4-time Junior Olympic champion, 2004-2005 U.S super heavyweight champion Mike Wilson in his much anticipated pro debut.
The webcast of “Boxing’s Future Champions II” begins at 8pm EST/5pm PST. Click here for info about “Boxing’s Future Champions II” and click here to order the webcast of “Boxing’s Future Champions II” for $4.95!
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today that it is returning to the Lone Star state on Saturday, Oct. 10 with an action-packed night of fights. Live from the AT&T Center in beautiful San Antonio, TX, fan favorite Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone battles feared striker Ben Henderson in a bout that will crown the interim WEC lightweight champion. . . Click here for more
Interview by Antonio Castro
It’s been over a year since Israel “Pito” Cardona has been in a ring. He’s lost three straight and five of his last seven. On Saturday night from Cleveland, Ohio,Cardona (36-9, 28 KO’s) will look to turn things around as he takes on Hector Camacho Jr (48-3-1, 27 KO’s) for the vacant WBC CABOFE light middleweight title. Cardona wants another shot at a title, and knows that a win would get him back in contention. Fightnews feature writer Antonio Castro caught up with Cardona, as he waited for Camacho to take off the final two pounds necessary to make the fight a go . . . click here for more
Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had been here before, so many times that it’s hard to pick just one favorite comeback. Was it the time that he rebounded from being driven head first into the canvas by Bob Sapp to submit the 6 foot 5, 350 pounder? How about the one when he absorbed a series of flush head kicks from Mirko Cro Cop only to take his foe down and force him to tap out? Or maybe it was losing the first two rounds to Tim Sylvia before submitting him in round three? . . . Click more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
UFC 102 LIVE on PPV Saturday, Sept. 29 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET: When the history of mixed martial arts is written, two names will stand at the top of the heavyweight division – Randy “The Natural” Couture and Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. But these two legendary former champions aren’t thinking about the history books, they’re looking to make another run at the UFC title, and to get there, they must face each other in the Octagon in the main event of UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira . . . Click here for more info on UFC 102
Jesus Soto Karass 148.5 vs Edvan Dos Barros 148.25
Miguel Angel Garcia 126 vs Carlos Rivera 125.5
Robert Marroquin 123 vs Steve Huitt Johnson 123
Jerry Belmontes 129 vs Tommy Atencio 130
Chap Huggins 156.5 vs Corey Washington 157
Omar Henry 154 vs Angel Sigala 154
Dominque Dolton 148 vs Richard Best 148
Venue: Quick Trip Park, Grand Prairie, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Azteca America
Today, after a long period of hard work and dedication, former world title challenger José Cotto feels he’s achieved his objective. He weighed 144.5 at the official weigh-in for the event Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras, to be presented tomorrow, starting at 8PM. José Cotto recognized that “it’s been difficult (re-conditioning for the bout) but I’m in great shape now.” He also assured that he’s “ready to regain my position in boxing.” (more…)
Kingsley Ikeke 167.5 vs Mark Woolnough 167
(NABA super midleweight title)
Lateef Kayode 208 vs Leo Bercier 203
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma Washington
Promoter: Brian Halquist Productions
Time: First bell 7PM/Doors open 6PM
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