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WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami arrives in Las Vegas Sunday night for his upcoming world title fight against IBF featherweight champion Orlando Salido on Top Rank’s ‘Battle of the Champions’, Sept. 11 at the Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. Top Rank is promoting in association with Arena Box and Zanfer Promotions. Gamboa vs. Salido will be televised on HBO. Click here for more photos…
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The Saturday agenda for Edgar Sosa, Willie Limond, Ana María Torres, Daniel Estrada, Reyes Sanchez and Ramon Ayala was basically the formality of weighing in seven days before their fights on September 11 at the Monumental Plaza de Toros in Mexico City. Many photos and autographs for the crowd gathered at the esplanade of the Palacio de Bellas Artes, where the bus arrived from Paseo de la Reforma for the official pre weighing with organizers, fighters and press on board.
Ana Maria Torres 52 500 KG
Edgar Sosa 53 600 KG
Ramon Ayala 62 500 KG
Reyes Sanchez 63 300 KG
Daniel Estrada 62.00 KG
Highly regarded unbeaten junior middleweight contender James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) is set to be released from prison on September 17th. Co-manager Michael Miller told the San Antonio Express-News that Kirkland will initially be in a halfway house in Austin. Fights are already in the works for November 6 and December 4.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 14 KOs) said he wasn’t impressed with fellow German champion Felix Sturm’s performance Saturday night or Sturm’s choice of opponent. Sturm defeated Giovanni Lorenzo by unanimous decision before 18,715 in Cologne, Germany. “Felix continuously said in recent months that he only wants big fights, but the opponent yesterday was quite small – without any resistance. I had a fun time counting. The left came 22 times, the right two times. The fight was boring and wasn’t world championship level. If Felix wants to box the best at middleweight, he can face me in his own backyard. He wants to box again in December. This fits, as I still don’t have any plans for then.”
Sources close to both camps have said that a deal between former 2000/2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cuba and former interim WBA world super bantamweight champion Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama is near final for both to meet for the interim WBA world super bantamweight title. The bout will take place on the televised undercard of of the November 13th Main event PPV extravaganza of Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito. This will be the Top Rank promoted Rigondeaux’s biggest test by far as a professional as he takes on the much more professionally experienced Cordoba. Cordoba is only 25 years of age but is a 10 year pro and now gets the chance of the a lifetime as he fights on the biggest stage of his career.
The Mega event is scheduled to take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. This telecast will be available live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching Filipino, WBC#7/WBA#10 Rocky Fuentes (25-6-2, 16 KOs), 111.25, impressively kept his OPBF flyweight belt as he persistently kept swapping punches with OPBF top contender Koji Aritomi (17-2-2, 8 KOs), 112, from the outset, scored a knockdown in the fifth and finally halted the game but fading Japanese at 2:13 of the eighth round on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan.
Having dethroned Japan’s Masafumi Okubo last March, Fuentes made a fine initial defense by overwhelming OPBF top contender Shigetaka Ikehara via eleventh round stoppage this June. The 24-year-old Filipino again displayed a good form in outhustling and outpunching the game but limited Japanese to the punch. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Thabo Sonjica from Duncan Village near East London maintained his unbeaten record when he stopped John Gicharu of Kenya in the fourth round of a scheduled ten round junior featherweight fight at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday afternoon. The handful of spectators in attendance were short-changed in what proved to be a poor fight that should have not been billed as a top liner. (more…)
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada
Canadian Heavyweight champion Neven “No Surrender” Pajkic (14-0, 5 KOs) won a 10 round unanimous decision over Chicago’s Raphael Butler (35-9, 28 KOs) last night at the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. Both fighters gave it everything they had, producing an action packed war from start to finish. When the final bell rang, Pajkic was declared the win by scores of 99-91 and 97-93 (twice).
On the undercard, Felix Mercedes (6-0, 3 KOs) proved too much for the more experienced Sergio Aparicio (13-4-1) of Argentina, stopping the import with a double left hook to the body in round 5. Rounding out the card had heavyweights Artem Lipanov (1-0-1, 1 KO) and Taffo Asongwed (0-4-2) battling to a 4 round stalemate.
WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (33-5-1, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Ronald Ramos (29-9-3, 15 KOs) to retain his title at the Arena Solidaridad in Monterrery, Mexico. Miranda dominated the fight until Ramos remained on his stool rather than come out for round nine.
In the co-feature, super flyweight Hugo Ruiz (26-1, 25 KOs) knocked down Jesús Vázquez (19-5, 17 KO) twice, but had to hear the final bell for the first time in his career, winning a ten round decision.
IBF light flyweight Luis Alberto Lazarte (48-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against now three-time world challenger Nerys Espinoza (29-6-1, 20 KOs) of Nicaragua. All three judges scored the bout 116-111. The event took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event. (more…)
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer/ Top Rank
WBA interim super featherweight champion Jorge Solis (39-2-2, 28 KOs) defended his title with a sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Francisco Cordero (23-0, 15 KOs) at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Mexico. Solis floored Cordero in round one and again in round four and the one-sided fight was waved off in round six. Time was 1:46. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO Inter-Continental middleweight champion Max “Tiger” Bursak (21-0-1, 8 KOs) defeated American journeyman Bryan Vera (17-4, 11 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Sportpalace Meteor in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Bursak was faster, showed a good work rate and won easily. Vera tried to impose his will on the Ukrainian to no avail. He took many hard blows to the head, but went the entire twelve rounds. Judges scored it 118-111 (twice) and 119-110. Fightnews.com crored 119-108 for Bursak.
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (34-2-1, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Giovanni Lorenzo (29-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Lanxess-Arena in Cologne, Germany. It took Sturm two rounds to shake off the ring rust from his 14 month layoff, but after getting untracked in round three Sturm dictated the fight with his jab. Lorenzo came on strong down the stretch, but it was too little too late as Sturm prevailed 117-111, 117-111, 118-111.
Photo by Joel a. Colón/PR Best Boxing
In a very exciting fight, Scottish hero Ricky Burns (29-2, 7 KOs) shockingly dethroned previously unbeaten and heavily favored WBO super featherweight champion Roman Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Kelvin Hall in Glasgow, Scotland. Martinez floored Burns in round one with a cracking right hand, but Burns was very game, hurting Martinez with an uppercut in round three. In a wild fifth round, both fighters rocked each other and Martinez wobbled back to his corner. It was Burns that was hurt again in round seven. Martinez continued to land bombs over the next few rounds. Burns came on strong in the twelfth staggering Martinez. Scores were 115-112, 115-112, 115-113. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Eroll Popova
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (30-1, 17 KOs) defended his title with a twelve round majority decision over Rafal Jackiewicz (36-9-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportpark Arena in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Zaveck closed the fight strong to avenge his only previous loss (a 2008 split decision loss to Jackiewicz in Poland). Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 114-114. For more details and photos click here…
The family of John Arum would like to express its heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has shared their concern with us during this tragic time. John was a very special person. A wonderful husband, son, brother and friend, John meant so much, to so many. He was so loved and we miss him already. (more…)
Photos and report by Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Former Euro middleweight beltholder Amin Asikainen (28-3, 19 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jaudiel Zepeda (12-4-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toolon Kisahalli in Helsinki, Finland. Now campaigning at super middleweight, Asikainen made a good showing and looked fast and strong. In round four, Asikainen landed a hard right to Zepeda’s head that sent Zepeda reeling into the ropes where Asikainen brutally attacked to the head and body forcing a referee’s stoppage.
In the co-feature, unbeaten light welterweight Denis Shafikov (25-0, 14 KOs) outpointed Peter Semo (19-6, 14 KOs) over eight by scores of 79-73, 79-73 and 80-72. For more details and photos click here…
Former University of Nevada, Las Vegas boxer Henry Namauu (6-3, 4 KO) stopped Chad Davis (2-5) via TKO at 1:06 in the sixth round Friday in Crown Boxings Friday Night Fight’s club show at the Crown night club inside the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
The hometown hero came out with a vengeance, rocking Davis with a straight right hand in the bout’s opening moments . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 OPBF and Japanese super-welter champ Charlie “Ota” Bellamy (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 153.5, impressively scored a successful defense as he pounded out a close but unanimous decision (116-113 twice and 115-114) over highly touted southpaw Tadashi Yuba (37-6-2, 28 KOs), 153.5, making his attempt to win his fourth national belt, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Charlie’s two belts were at stake, but he retained both of them. (more…)
The Felix Sturm/Giovanni Lorenzo middleweight showdown for Sturm’s WBA title will be broadcast on ESPN3.com and Spanish language ESPN Deportes starting at 4:30pm EST live from Cologne, Germany.
Tonight WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm will give his comeback after 14 months of ring absence by defending his title against Giovanni Lorenzo in Cologne, Germany. On the undercard ARENA CEO Ahmet Öner will present some of his upcoming German stars such as middleweight Benjamin Simon and super middleweights Dennis Ronert and Mike Keta. German heavyweight amateur standout Erkan Teper (146 amateur fight, 130 wins) will give his pro debut against fellow German veteran Marcel Zeller. “The Highlander“ Zeller has won 22 out of 29 pro-fights and will certainly give Teper a lot to think about in his very first pro appearance. Teper was originally scheduled to fight Pavel Siska (32 fight, 25 losses) from Czech Republic. (more…)
World Extreme Cagefighting® announced today the signing of undefeated lightweight fighter Tiequan “The Mongolian Wolf” Zhang of Beijing, China. Zhang, who will take on The Ultimate Fighter® alum Alex Karalexis in his debut on Sept. 30 in Broomfield, Colo., becomes the first fighter from mainland China to fight in the WEC. (more…)
Publicist Monica Sears at Golden Boy Promotions has been promoted to the newly created position of Director Of Communications & Events. “Monica will continue in her role as a driving force behind the maintenance, growth and improvement of Golden Boy’s PR Department and will continue her efforts to improve the quality and capabilities of general operations of Golden Boy events,” said David Itskowitch, Chief Operating Officer of GBP. Formerly with public relations giant Brener Zwikel & Associates, Monica joined GBP four years ago as a Public Relations Coordinator. Today she is one of the most well respected and appreciated pr people in boxing. FightNews congratulates Monica Sears on a job well done!
By Mark Vaz
In Colon, Germany, three-time world champ Felix Sturm returns to the ring today after a 14-month layoff to defend his WBA World Middleweight Title for the 8th time against tough Dominican Giovani Lorenzo, 29-2 (21). After a long career under the promotional banner of Universum, Sturm will now endeavor to follow in the footsteps of the Klitschko’s by working as his own promoter, joining forces with Arena-Box, Ahmet Ohner’s highly respected promotional company based in Hamburg. Sturm plans to conclude his career as captain of his own destiny, after a drawn-out lawsuit with his former promoters. (more…)
Report and photo by David Greene
The wait is over for Bronx, NY, resident Giovanni Lorenzo, 29, who has waited his whole life for a chance, that chance comes tonight, when the heavy-hitting fighter challenges for the middleweight championship. Lorenzo (29-2, 21 KOs) has been busy training at the new World Wide Boxing Gym on Jerome Avenue in the Bedford Park section of the New York borough, sparring 34-rounds with one-time, “Contender’s,” star Ishe Smith, in preparation for his challenge of WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (33-2, 14 KOs), in Cologne, Germany on Saturday, September 4. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
The polished Betuel Tyson Ushona from Namibia was most impressive in scoring a seventh round stoppage win over Pius Dipheko of South Africa in a scheduled ten round welterweight bout at the Turfontein Racecourse near Johannesburg on Friday night. Through the first three rounds neither fighter dominated as they both used their slick defensive skills, but in the fourth round Ushona (66.30kg) after dropping the South African with an unintentional low blow began to score with fast left-right combinations. Showing all his experience Ushona began to dominate in the sixth round with some slick moves and midway through the seventh he moved in with a flurry of blows to the head that sent Dipheko (66.40kg) staggering across the ring before falling down on his knees, as referee Phillip du Randt waved the fight off at 1 minute 45 seconds into the round. Ushona takes his record to 22-0; 4 and Dipheko drops to 19-7-2; 3. (more…)
Sad news from the state of Washington. After a long search, the body of John Arum, the 49-year-old son of Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, was found in a rugged part of the Cascade Mountains 85 miles northeast of Seattle. An experienced mountaineer and environmentalist, Arum fell during a solo climb of the 8,515-foot Storm King peak. He had been attempting to climb the 100 highest summits in Washington and had previously scaled 82 of them. Everyone at Fightnews.com sends our thoughts and prayers to the Arum family during this difficult time.
WBA minimumweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) reappeared on Friday night in a Nicaraguan ring after almost two years without fighting in his home country. “Chocolatito” annihilated 19-year-old Jesus Limones (9-2-1, 4 KOs) in two brutal rounds at the Centro de Convenciones Hotel Camino Real in Managua. Gonzalez floored Limones at the end of round one and finished him seconds into round two. The bout was fought in the jr flyweight division.
Former WBA lightweight champion Jose “Quiebra Jicara” Alfaro (24-6, 21 KOs), coming off his bout with Erik Morales in March, destroyed Joel Juarez (25-11-1) in a scheduled ten round super lightweight clash. Alfaro dropped Juarez once in round one and twice in round two before one-sided beatdown was waved off near the end of round two.
Photo by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
The stars of the “Gala Boxistica De La Ciudad De Mexico”, Erik “Terrible” Morales, Ana María Torres, Daniel Estrada, Edgar Sosa, Reyes Sanchez and Carlos Zarate Jr, accompanied by the WBC president, Jose Sulaiman, and promoter of the night on Sept. 11, Jose Luis Villuendas, came to the Museum of Grupo Modelo, which once again highlighted the importance of the evening to ratify the safe peacefulness of Mexico City. (more…)
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo: Emily Harney
Former University of Rhode Island Football Player, Vladine Biosse (8-0, 4 KOs) made the most of his first opportunity in the main event of the evening at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI on Friday night as he defeated Ibahiem “The Almighty” King (7-5, 2 KOs) in an all action eight round bout. Biosse got the better of King early in the bout. He continued to control the pace up until King landed a surprise counter sent Biosse down on one knee in the fourth. Biosse recovered and dropped King twice in round six however King was able to hang on. In the end, Biosse walked away with the unanimous decision by scores of 77-73 twice and 77-72.
Rhode Island’s Joe Gardner (6-1-1, 1 KO) scored a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over New Bedford, MA’s Eric Pinarreta (2-5, 2 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Scores of the bout were 59-55 twice and 60-54. Gardner controlled the tempo of the contest throughout with his jab and reach advantage. As the fight wore on Gardner continued to throw punches and move around the ring, while Pinarreta could only hold on as he seemed out of gas later in the fight.
Heavyweight Eric Estrada (2-0, 2 KOs) dominated Washington D.C.’s Tauheed Wheeler (0-2) in less than one round after landing a barrage of unanswered punches. With Wheeler cowering in the corner, unable to defend himself, referee Joey Luppino stopped the bout at 2:40 of the opening round. (more…)
A week’s worth of waiting in Germany for his middleweight title bout against WBA champion Felix Sturm has put challenger Giovanni Lorenzo in a fierce mood and Thursday’s rules meeting was the last straw.
“Sturm said last week in an interview posted on Fightnews.com that we could wear any gloves we wanted. At the rules meeting yesterday, Sturm tried to insist that we use only the gloves of his choice, Grant. As we use Everlast, it is unacceptable to make this change” said Lorenzo. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
The U.S. Media Tour for the November 13 super clash between Manny Pacquiao and Antoniuo Margarito wrapped up today at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao: I’m going to hide this stadium from that Tornado…I’m just doing my job in the ring to make the fans happy.
Margarito: It’s not a little rain, it’s a big Tornado approaching….This one is for Mexico. I’m bringing back the title.
Trainer Freddie Roach: The Tornado will be downsized to a tropical storm by Manny Pacquiao.
Trainer Robert Garcia: I’m going to train him to put a beating on Manny Pacquiao.
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo by K2 Ukraine
Maksym Bursak 159.6 vs. Bryan Vera 160.1
(WBO Inter-Continental middleweight title)
Andriy Rudenko 250.1 vs. Jason Barnett 230.9
Serhiy Fedchenko 142.6 vs. Ferenc Zold 144.9
Vitaliy Rusal 177.2 vs. George Tevdorashvili 181.7
Valeriy Brazhnyk 147.7 vs. Fayzullo Ahmedov TBA
Dmytro Semernin 149.9 vs. Denys Tupylenko 148.7
Vitaliy Neveselyy 199.2 vs. Kim Jenssen 202.2
Oleksandr Spyrko 147.7 vs. Mamasoli Kimsanbayev TBA
Oleksiy Bondarenko 136.6 vs. Dmytro Bohachuk 134.8
Agali Alyshev 131.6 vs. Serhiy Korzhnyy 131.6
Venue: Sportpalace Meteor, Dnipropetrovs.k, Ukraine
Promoter: K2 Ukraine
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