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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten junior featherweight Leo “El Teremoto” Santa Cruz (12-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Mexican veteran Juan Jose “Pinocho” Beltran (19-16-3, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The 21-year-old Santa Cruz, from nearby Lincoln Heights, simply had too much strength, speed and power as he broke down the shorter Beltran. Referee Dr. Lou Moret waved it off at 2:17 of round three with Beltran under heavy fire.
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (21-6-2, 13 KOs) impressively dismantled Jovann Jones (9-8, 4 KOs) in a lightweight clash. Cherry knocked down Jones in each of the three rounds contested. Referee Ray Corona waved it off at 1:14 of the third round after Cherry dropped Jones for the third time. It was Cherry’s first bout under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner and his first ring appearance since his close, hard fought twelve round decision loss to junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley in September 2008. Cherry is confident that he will be one of the strongest boxers in the 135lb division as he works towards another world title shot. (more…)
Undefeated fan-favorite, multiple amateur titlist and rising professional star Fernando Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs) of Salisbury, Md. – by way of the Dominican Republic – will showcase the skills that have many touting him as the future of the middleweight class when he takes on cross-town rival Jesse Nicklow (19-1-2, 7 KOs) of Baltimore in the 10-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Dec. 18 on SHOWTIME, LIVE at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Thanks in a large part to boxing fans’ votes, Tommy Zbikowski is among the Top 5 vote-getters for the 2010 Pro Bowl. Tommy Z is 1-0, 1 KO as a professional heavyweight. He is currently a Baltimore Raven and has started the last couple games in place of injured Ed Reed. He has been nominated for the Pro Bowl in the “Special Teams” category. This Sunday, the Ravens play Tommy Z’s hometown team, Da Bears, as they continue to battle for a playoff spot. Voting ends on Monday, to vote go to www.NFL.com/probowl/ballot and click on special teams then special teamers. Tommy trains in the boxing gym once a week on the team’s day off. He’s still got the itch!
WEC newcomer Courtney Buck (6-1) has been tabbed to replace the injured Tyler Toner and will face Brandon Visher at The Palms Casino this weekend. Buck, who trains out of Minnesota, is a phenomenal finisher with six consecutive wins coming by way of stoppage. Standing 5’10”, the aggressive 27-year-old looks to made an immediate statement when he takes on his Hawaiian opponent on the undercard of WEC: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff this weekend . . Click here for more
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Cuban Olympic two-time gold medalist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (4-0, 3 KOs) showed the poise and patience of a seasoned veteran as he pressed and outclassed the cautious Ghanaian Lante Addy (6-5, 4 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds Wednesday at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York City to win an unanimous decision. (More)
Don King Productions won a purse bid to promote the fight for the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship between Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey. DKP bid $65,200 to beat out Main Events’ bid of $53,200. The fight must take place within 90 days.
Fernando Guerrero 162 vs Jessie Nicklow 160.5
Lanard Lane 144.5 vs Said El Harrak 144
Shawn Porter 145 vs Jamar Patterson 152
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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The scales have been tipped in Tijuana, MX, for the final bout of Mexico’s version of “The Contender” named “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)” presented by Zanfer Promotions in association with Azteca Mexico. The final telecast will be broadcast tomorrow night from the Municipal Auditorium on Azteca Mexico. Doors open at 6pm with the first punch thrown at 6:30pm.
Miguel Beltran 126 vs Miguel Roman 126
Reyes Sanchez 134 vs Ricardo Dominguez 136
Reyes Velazquez 137 vs Francisco Rios 141
Victor Garcia 140 vs Jose Maria Valdez 136
*Four more bouts are scheduled with one participant of each contest weighing in tomorrow morning.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Spectacular WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) is set in his homeland for the first time in nearly four years when he takes on Héctor Velázquez (51-13-2, 35 KOs) at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Caracas, Venezuela. It will be Valero’s first defense of the WBC belt. There will also be two twelve-rounders in the super bantamweight division as Alexander Espinoza (9-2, 8 KOs) faces little known Breilor Terán for the Fecarbox belt and Oscar Chacín (13-9, 11 KOs) meets Franklin Valera (17-4, 9 KOs) for a Latino belt.
Golden Boy Promotions has added two former world champions to their roster. Middleweight Sergio Mora (21-1-1, 5 KOs) and 140-pounder Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) both signed promotional contracts today at Golden Boy headquarters in Los Angeles. Opponents, dates and locations for their next bouts will be announced shortly.
The Honorable Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, will officiate the weigh-in of world middeweight champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio and challenger Miguel Espino of Los Angeles at Youngstown State University on Friday, Dec. 18. The Governor plans to report to the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State and will be on raised stage when Pavlik and Espino get set to weigh at 1 pm local time. Pavlik will defend his world title against Espino at Youngstown State on Saturday night.
By Alexey Sukachev
The proposed show, billed as the “Ring Stars” and promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, was unexpectedly postponed tonight from its original date (Dec. 19) to the new one (Feb. 6), after its biggest name and major attraction Timur Ibragimov (26-2-1, 14 KOs) suffered a bad injury on his left hand during his last sparring session. The Uzbek fighter was earlier scheduled to face Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-1, 6 KOs) for a vacant WBA international heavyweight belt. The rest of the boxing card is unchanged, including Magomed Abdusalamov (6-0, 6 KOs) and Sasha Bakhtin (23-0, 10 KOs), but it’ll occur no earlier than the start of February. All possible witnesses, who had already bought tickets for this event in various agencies, are welcome to visit the new tournament without additional commission.
By Alexey Sukachev
Former cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck (34-4, 22 KOs) followed in the footsteps of his successor David Haye and another notable champion Tomasz Adamek by making a successful debut in boxing’s glamour division. Moments ago in Paris, Mormeck outpointed American journeyman Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23 KOs) over eight hard-fought rounds in his first contest in two years since losing to Haye. Mormeck was more aggressive of two in the first three rounds, often slugging with bigger and stronger Maddalone. After round four, the ex-WBA and WBC titlist utilized his footwork to avoid the slow attack by the American, though the latter had some success in the middle of the bout. However, Mormeck was just too elusive and too fast in the end for Maddalone to get himself untracked. Scores were 77- 75, 79-75, 79-73. For more results and photos click here…
Former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez arrived today in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico for his fight against current WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto this Saturday night in the CUM arena where local hero Alex Valdez will challenge Nehomar Cermeno for the WBA interim bantamweight crown. “I have not fought in Mexico in nearly nine years and I’m looking forward to this fight because it’s so close to my home state of Chihuahua and friends and family will have a chance to see me fight live,” said Chavez. For more details and photos click here…
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik talks with reporters during interviews Thursday for his upcoming world middleweight championship against WBC No. 3-rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino Saturday, December 19 at Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. This event is produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
Advance tickets are now on sale for 8 Count Productions’s January 29th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion featuring Donovan “DA BOMB” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) and Ivan Popoca (12-0-1, 8 KOs) in the headline bouts. “Chicago fight fans have really shown a passion for both guys and were very proud to have them on the same card,” said promoter Dominic Pesoli. Opponents will be named. Advance tickets start at $31 are available through Ticketmaster, the UIC Pavilion Box Office or by calling 312-226-5800.
IBF junior flyweight champion “Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (26-2, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia at the famed La Colonia Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will be making his second title defense on January 23rd at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Philippines against Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) of Columbia. The “Hawaiian Punch” was originally scheduled to face Omar Nino Romero in December but after negotiations fell through the IBF mandated he face the next highest available contender. Viloria’s last title defense was against Jesus Iribe (16-6, 10 KOs) back in August, which he won via unanimous decision. In the co-main event, WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (25-1-3, 14 KOs) defends his title against Ivan Meneses (14-5-1, 8 KOs), which will be shown live on PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) scored yet another poster stoppage moments ago at Gladiator fight club in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The highly ranked (WBO #3, IBF #8, WBC #14 and WBA #15) cruiserweight banger overcame a savage resistance of recent world title challenger Ali Ismailov (16-3-1, 12 KOs) from St. Petersburg by way of Azerbaijan and forced him to retire after the sixth round. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Roy Englebrecht of Roy Englebrecht Promotions will close out the 2009 season of the always popular “Battle In The Ballroom” with two nights of boxing (tonight and Friday night) at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Tonight’s main event features rising female lightweight contender Chika Nakamura (9-0, 3 KOs) battling tough local veteran Gloria Ramirez (10-16-7, 1 KO). Friday night’s 2009 finale features undefeated heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks (10-0, 6 KOs) battling Bernard “Bad Ass” Brown (6-5-2, 3 KOs).
Here are the weights for tonight’s show:
Chika Nakamura 134 vs Gloria Ramirez 133.4
Robert Vargas 126.4 vs Carlos Luque 125.4
Aaron Miller 146.6 vs Brian Abram 146.8
Danny Perez 176.6 vs Billy Bailey 174
Ramon Franco 180 vs Carlos Fuentes 179.8
Jessie Roman 131 vs Benjamin Rivera 133.2
Boxing fans, get ready to climb “Through the Ropes” with the #1 boxing news radio show hosted by award winning boxing writer Marc Lichtenfeld! This week’s guests are Tim Bradley and Jim Jeffries biographer James Carney. Call or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Through The Ropes airs live coast to coast on Thursday nights from 9:00 – 10:00 ET on 75 affiliates of the Sports Byline USA Broadcast Network, including great radio stations like KSHP 1400 AM in Las Vegas and WNSR 560 AM in Nashville. The one-hour show will also be heard on American Forces Network, Sportsbyline.com and Fightnews.com. Fightnews readers can listen live by clicking here tonight at 9PM ET.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line for the tenth time against Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs) tomorrow (Friday) in Kobe, Japan. At the weigh-in ceremony, Hasegawa scaled in at 117.75, while Perez 117. It will be an encounter of southpaws. (more…)
By Robert Coster, reporting from Haiti
With all 18 boxers present and members of the international press on hand, Haitian promoter Jacques Deschamps gave the last press conference before his upcoming boxing card on Friday, one in which two regional titles will be disputed. The one fight that has the local fans buzzing involves French-Haitian jr. middleweight Jimmy “Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs) who will clash with Dominican Junior Ramos (10-4, 6 KOs), a winner in eight of his last ten, for the WBC Latino (interim) belt.
The other title bout involves two unbeaten boxers: Nicholas” Axman” Walters (12-0,10 KOs) of Jamaica and Dominican Carlos Reyes(13-0, 7 KOs)for the WBA Fedelatin featherweight crown.
Also on the card, WBA #3 and former jr featherweight champion Ricardo Cordoba pitted against Luis Felipe Murillo of Colombia. (more…)
At the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., for Thursday night’s TKO Boxing Promotions card:
Leo Santa Cruz 121 vs. Juan Jose Beltran 122
Edner Cherry 134 vs. Jovann Jones 133.5
Sharif Bogere 136.25 vs. Christian Favela 135
Fidel Maldonado 135.25 vs. Nicholaus Brannie, 137.25
Ivan Redkac, 131 vs. Napoleon Mathews 132
Joseph Elegele 144 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 148
Fedor Chudinov 159 vs. Cesar Ibarra 160.5
Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Flavio Cardoza 161
Hastings Bwayla 147 vs. Anthony McDavitt 148
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After three well-rated telecasts in 2009, Spike TV has announced it will telecast 10 live “UFC Prelim” to precede some of the UFC’S biggest pay-per-view fight cards. The first two scheduled events will be on Saturday, January 2 at 9:00pm and Saturday, February 6 at 9:00pm. The remaining eight shows will be announced at a later date.
Drawing an impressive average of 1.4 million viewers in 2009, the “UFC Prelims” on Spike TV feature between two and four live undercard bouts prior to the UFC pay-per-view telecast. Among those featured on previous “UFC Prelims” include former “The Ultimate Fighter” champions Efrain Escudero (Season 8), Kendall Grove (Season 3), and Ryan Bader (Season 8).
At its very finest, sport transcends winning or losing. It is about feeding and molding the human spirit, testing your limits, and charging forward when adversity is dumping on you like a hail storm. Sport can be shelter and sanctuary, as illustrated by Scott Jorgensen’s story. Wrestling didn’t cure Jorgensen’s chronic skin disorder, vitiligo, but his extraordinary success on the mat – including two high school state titles and three PAC-10 championships in college — elevated his confidence and helped him tune out the whispers of others who didn’t understand why his skin turned colors. . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
There’s no other way to induce some inspirations and hopes for the future than to end a considerable span of time with something really electrifying. That’s exactly what Jab Promotions is going to do tonight at Gladiator Fight Club in Saint Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city. The banner of the event speaks for itself: Denis Lebedev-Ali Ismailov collision is a nice add-on to every boxing card one can possibly imagine. Closing this year strongly, the local promotional company, controlled by Vitaly Supichenko and ex-European bantamweight titleholder Alexander Yagupov, will stage its hugest tournament in 2009 before leading their protégé Dmitry Sukhotsky into the ring on Saturday night against Juergen Braehmer for the WBO light heavyweight title. (more…)
Before making his professional debut, amateur world champion “Golden Boy” Jack Culcay has grabbed another title. With the best result in history, the 24-year-old was chosen by respected magazine “Boxsport” as “amateur boxer of 2009,” beating heavyweight Stefan Köber by nearly 2000 votes. “I didn’t think I’d get the title since I’ve turned pro,” said Culcay, who became the first German amateur world champion in 14 years in Milan three months ago. “To me, the honor is a special incentive to also have a good professional career.” (more…)
Former WBO bantamweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (42-7, 36 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Marlo “Rata” Aguilar (21-9-1, 16 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Wednesday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Referee Guadalupe Garcia broke off Gonzalez’ vicious assault at 2:52.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
It is with a heavy heart and extreme sadness that Fightnews reports the death of welterweight boxer Sebastien Hamel of Montreal. Hamel who had just turned thirty passed away Tuesday night. Not blessed with a promoter, Hamel was the prototypical “have gloves, will travel” fighter who fought across North America against some of the best fighters on both sides of the border. (more…)
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