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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (36-2, 35 KOs) and mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez (44-1, 35 KOs) faced off at today’s prefight presser in advance of Saturday’s world title showdown at the Hanns Martin Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart. Germany. “I’ve heard a lot of statements from Gomez’ camp recently and all I can say is that they can dream on, they are all dreams,” said Vitali. “I can promise him the hardest fight of his life. I think he is a very good boxer, with technical skill, and he showed it all at cruiserweight. But heavyweight is something else. I will show him. It will be a lesson, but it won’t last long.” It was also announced that the Klitschko camp rejected the WBC’s appointment of a referee and judge. Gomez commented, “Vitali claims everywhere that he will knock me out, so why does he even care about the judges? To me, it completely makes no difference who is in the ring. I invite ‘Dr. Sissy’ to bring it, so I can outbox him and there will be no two opinions about the decision. On Saturday the ‘Black Panther’ will again be a world champion. He added, “I will beat his face in.”
Super bantamweight Alejandro Perez wants nothing to do with the first defeat of his professional career. Based on his performance on Saturday night, it looks as though it is the furthest thing on his mind. Perez dropped normally-durable veteran Victor Martinez three times, the final time for good before about 400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
37-year-old Japanese veteran and ex-world challenger Takehiro Shimada (23-4-1, 16 KOs), 133.75, surprisingly and impressively scored an upset victory in demolishing WBA#13 Panamanian Ameth Diaz (25-9-1NC, 19 KOs), 135, at 1:47 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Diaz, 25, had lost a unanimous decision to Joan Guzman in a WBA eliminator to decide the official challenger in Santo Domingo last December, but still remained in the WBA ratings and could fight with his hard-punching ability though less skillful and technical. From the outset Diaz threw long solid shots to attack the counterpunching Japanese. Shimada, who had failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Edwin Valero via sixth-round TKO last June, was fresh from the bad defeat that fractured his ribcage. The defensive Japanese, in round two, caught the aggressive Panamanian with a well-timed right cross and almost stunned him to turn the tide since. The third also saw Shimada catch him with a countering right to win another point. In the fatal fourth, the short-haired Shimada landed a wicked right cross and dropped him to the deck. Diaz barely raised himself to be obviously unavailable to go on. The ref Uratani tolled the fatal ten. It was amazing that the veteran who many fans thought he would hang up gloves after his Valero defeat thus revived his career with an unexpected triumph. Promoter: Yonekura Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#2 Filipino super-feather champ Aaron Melgarejo (16-6-1, 6 KOs), 129.25, displayed a quick demolition of local lefty prospect Masato Maedo (14-3-2, 6 KOs), 129.25, at 2:18 of the opening session on Sunday in Okinawa, Japan. Melgarejo applied strong pressure to the Japanese southpaw from the start, and decked him with a solid one-two combo. He floored him again this time with a right-left combination with a towel fluttering into the ring. Unbeaten OPBF#7 Reynaldo Belandres (11-0-2, 7 KOs), 126, overwhelmed Japanese Satoshi Makino (9-5-3, 3 KOs), 125.5, in the first, but the Filipino sustained such a nasty laceration that he couldn’t go on to see a technical draw at 1:12 of the second session in a scheduled ten. Promoter: Ryukyu Promotions.
By Joe Gradowski at ringside
Left Hook Promotions brought a six-bout card to the Winchester Sportsplex in Winchester, VA. The main event featured a boxer many consider to be a rising star. Undefeated lightweight “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (138 lbs) from Arlington VA scored a third-round TKO over Saginaw MI’s Reggie “Two Guns” Nash (138 lbs). Slated for eight rounds, Jargal ended the first two rounds driving Nash back into his own corner. Although Nash did manage to knock him down in the second round with a rogue left hook, Jargal repaid the favor by steamrolling Nash to the floor in the next round and then scoring a devastating hook that floored Nash for good. Referee Steve Smoger called a halt to the bout at 1:09 of the third round. Jargal is now undefeated at 11-0 with eight KO’s to his credit. Nash is now 9-21-1, two KO’s. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The New Alhambra in South Philadelphia, PA changed its name to the Arena, but the fights inside continued to entertain as a nearly packed housed witnessed a well fought seven bout card promoted by Xtreme Promoters on Friday night. In the six round main event, Wilmington, Delaware’s Ryan Belasco (10-2-3, 3KO’s) fought a phone style war with hometown favorite Jesus Barbosa (4-2-1, 3KO’s) and had to pull out all the stops to squeeze out a razor thin unanimous decision victory. Also light heavyweight prospect Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (6-0, 3KO’s) continued his rise up the light heavyweight ladder with an impressive fifth round stoppage of Pittsburgh, PA’s Chris Archer (10-7, 6KO’s) in the co-feature of the evening. (more…)
Former 168 and 175-pound world champion boxer Joe Calzaghe has won a court case over his former promoter Frank Warren, being awarded £2 million in unpaid fees. While acknowledging money was owed to Calzaghe,
Warren pointed out that Calzaghe’s “exaggerated and fanciful” claim was reduced by £1.5 million and Sport Network plans to appeal. He also stated, “I am of course extremely disappointed that the Judge did not go further in accepting we had an agreement with Joe to promote his last fights. This is especially so as the Judge criticized Joe and his lawyer. The Judge found that Joe ‘chose to tell deliberate lies’ to the Court (paragraph 138 of the Judgment), and that his ‘evidence was also unsatisfactory in many respects.’
Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions have signed former amateur standouts Cortez and Mickey Bey Jr.; it was announced today by their President, Chet Koerner . . . click here for more
In celebration of UFC 100, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization, along with Reed Exhibitions, today announced the launch of UFC® Fan Expo™, a two-day fan exposition of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) activities starting Friday, July 10th and leading right up to the start of the historic fights on Saturday, July 11th. UFC Fan Expo will take place inside the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, and will be the first event of its kind for UFC fans . . . Click here for more
Story by Jacob Chavez, photos by John Booz
Promoter Dominic Pesoli looks to celebrate the upcoming 12-year anniversary of 8 Count Productions; not just with an exciting cross-town showdown between two of the area’s top warriors, but with a terrific new venue he can call home . . . Click here for more
Some changes on Friday’s Spotlight Boxing “ProSieben Fight Night” card at the Sporthalle Hamburg. Super featherweight Vitali Tajbert’s comeback fight has been derailed after the 2004 Olympian suffered a hand injury while sparring. Replacing Tajbert will be a light heavyweight bout featuring unbeaten Igor Michalkin, who is coming off a second round demolition of former title challenger DeAndrey Abron on March 7. An opponent will be named. There is also a new opponent for unbeaten heavyweight Sebastian Köber after former world title challenger Willi “De Ox ‘Fischer pulled out with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Köber will now face Jean Claude Bikoi (15-10-1, 8 KOs). The headliner is a cracking women’s fight between WIBA/WBA female flyweight champion Susi Kentikian and Elena Reid. Also WBO #1/WBA #2/WBC #3 rated middleweight Sebastian Zbik will see action against former world title challenger Ruben Varon.
More and more elite fighters are using their own ringwalk music. Click the image above for a video of Kentikian’s new music video.
The next world title defense of undefeated IBF middleweight champion King Arthur Abraham is likely to take place in the United States in June. “We are trying best we can to give him big fights in America to boost his popularity on both sides of the ocean,” said manager Wilfried Sauerland after Abraham defeated Lajuan Simon in Kiel on Saturday night to clinch his 29th victory in as many fights (23 KOs). Abraham connected with his trademark power punches throughout the entire 12 rounds and also knocked the brave challenger down in the third following a hard series. But Simon proved his great heart and chin as he refused to give up. “I was surprised that he could take so many punches,” King Arthur said. “He really is a tough guy. I would have preferred to win by KO, but every victory is nice. It was a pleasure to fight in front of the great fans here in Kiel.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
“I’m very happy with my performance,” said the undefeated IBF 168-pound world champion and hometown favorite Lucian Bute (24-0 19KO), who had his shortest work night since his streak of fifteen consecutive knockouts to start his career ended in 2005. “I don’t think there’s any doubt about who’s champion now.” If the Romanian southpaw was looking for a measure of redemption from the controversial ending in his last fight, he got it and more. Bute laid a quick and efficient beatdown of Fulgencio Zuniga (22-4-1 19KO) handing the Columbian the quickest defeat of his eight year career with a TKO victory at 2:25 of the fourth round in front of 12,153 enthusiastic fans Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has told Fightnews.com that negotiations for the fight with David Haye should come to the end within the next few days. “I don’t worry bout negotiations,” said Wlad. This is the business of my managers. I will say that all should be done within a few days. If there’s not a fight against David Haye, there will be a fight against Chris Arreola. I want fight against Haye, but his conditions don’t suit us.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
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Unbeaten bantamweight Nehomar Cermeño (17-0, 10 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over former world champion Cristian Mijares (36-5-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBA interim 118lb title on Saturday night at the Centennial Coliseum in Torreon, Coahuila, Mexico. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 for Cermeño, 117-111 for Mijares.
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Giovany “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (20-1-1, 16 KOs) avenged his only loss and claimed the WBA interim mini-flyweight title with a fourth round TKO over reigning champ César Canchila (27-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque del FEX in Mexicali. Segura dropped Canchila in round one and almost finished him. Canchila was on the deck again in round two. Segura continued to batter Canchila until the bout was stopped at the end of round four. The ending was confusing and controversial as Canchila’s cornerman entered the ring after what sounded like the bell ending the round, but referee Julio Cesar Alvarado still waved off the fight.
Super bantamweight Jocksan “Torito” Hernández (15-1, 9 KOs) outworked Jonathan “Diamante” Arias (13-4, 6 KOs), finally getting a tenth round stoppage.
Unbeaten super flyweight David “Tornado” Sánchez (8-0, 5 KOs) TKO’d Jesus “Rocky” Armenta (5-5, 2 KOs) at 1:25 of round three.
World rated lightweight Guadalupe “Bronco” Rosales (28-4, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Cristhian Chávez (17-14, 9 KOs).
By Alexey Sukachev
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In a WBO lightweight eliminator, 2004 Olympic silver medalist Amir Khan (20-1, 15 KOs) won a five round technical decision over legendary “Baby Faced Assassin” and former three-division world champion Marco Antonio Barrera (65-7, 42 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. In round one, Barrera suffered a deep gash on the hairline from an unintentional headbutt that bled into his left eye from that point on. Khan was faster and very sharp, often punishing the bloodied Barrera on the ropes. Barrera had some moments too, but Khan was in command for the rounds contested. Doctors looked at the cut in the fourth, but the bout was not stopped at that point (which would have resulted in a no decision). The bout was stopped because of the cut during the following round, sending the verdict to the scorecards, which read 50-44, 50-45, 50-45 for Khan.
In a clash for the vacant interim version of the WBO cruiserweight title, the Cinderella story of Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) continued with a shocking ninth round knockout of former champion Enzo Maccarinelli (29-3, 22 KOs). A big right hand ended it at 1:50.
Unbeaten Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO to dethrone defending WBO super featherweight champion Nicky “Cookie” Cook (29-2, 16 KOs) claiming the 130lb world title. Two left uppercuts in the fourth led to the first knockdown. Cook barely beat the count but Martinez finished him off with a left hook. Cook stood up on shaky legs and referee Dave Parris waved it off. Time was 2:20.
Challenger Matthew Hall (22-1, 15 KOs) destroyed Commonwealth light middleweight champion Bradley Pryce (27-7, 17 KOs) in two explosive rounds. Hall put Pryce on the canvas three times in round two and the fight was waved off right after the third knockdown with Pryce down and out.
By Karl Freitag & Alexey Sukachev
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IBF middleweight champion ‘King’ Arthur Abraham (29-0, 23 KOs) overcame a strong challenge from previously unbeaten Lajuan Simon (21-1, 12 KOs) to retain his title for the ninth time on Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. After his normal start in which he blocked many punches with his peek-a-boo defense, Abraham opened up in round five landing a sustained barrage of hard shots. The champ was back in his defensive shell in round six. Big round seven for Abraham but Simon had Abraham holding on after a left hook in the eighth. Rounds nine and ten were close as Simon was busier, while Abraham landed the harder shots. Abraham had a big round eleven, landing numerous hard right hands, but round twelve was another close one. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 117-110.
In an important heavyweight eight-rounder, former WBO world champion Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs), now ranked #11 by the WBA, scored a hard-fought unanimous decision over EBU ex-titlist Brit Michael Sprott (31-13, 16 KOs) with the scores: 78-73 (twice) and 79-73. Both fighters looked cautious in the first round but Brewster was by far more agressive. Brewster and Sprott fought on even terms for the two next rounds but at the very end of round three the American fighter missed with the right hand and immediately connected with the huge left hook sending Sprott down. The Brit boxer was able to recover well and showed guts in round four, repelling Brewster’s attacks. Sprott was a bit more active in round five. For the next three rounds Brewster tried to impose his will on Sprott but was unable to land something serious. Both pugilists stood their ground at the last minute of round eight with Brewster being a bit more consistent. Fightnews scored it 78-74 for Brewster. (more…)
By Lee Bates at ringside
Enthuastic fight fans who filled the fight venue at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines and were treated to a very well matched fight card. The fight card was loaded with action and several competive bouts. The very well organized and professional event was promoted by the well renown ALA Boxing promotions based in Cebu City, Cebu Phillipines. In the main event Z Gorres (29-2-2, 16KOs) was successful in his bantamweight debut as he stopped former IBF world champion Roberto “Mako” Leyva (25-9-1, 20KOs) by 7th round TKO. In the co-feature WBO #1 minimumweight Milan Melindo (18-0, 5KOs) defeated former IBF world champion Muhammad Rachman (62-7-5, 31KOs) in his toughest fight to date by 10 round unanimous decision. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev scored a first round TKO over Rich Boruff on Saturday in Mordovia. Maskaev-Boruff took place in Saransk, the capital of Mordovia. Maskaev is now 36-6, 27 KOs. Boruff slips down to 17-3-1, 10 KOs. Time was 1:35 of the first round. The American was able to beat the count afer being dropped but was ruled too wobbly to continue. The WBC has mandated that the winner of the March 21 Vitali Klitschko-Juan Carlos Gomez WBC heavyweight title fight must face Maskaev next.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian welterweight star Leonard Bundu (18-0-1, 6 KOs) won a one-sided unanimous decision over Frenchman warrior Frank Haroche Horta (18-8-3, 5 KOs) last night at The Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. With the win local idol Bundu won the Union European Title at 147lbs.
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese lefty prospect Takahiro Aoh (17-1-1, 8 KOs), 126, impressively captured the WBC featherweight belt as he aggressively battered defending champ, Mexican warrior Oscar Larios (64-6-1, 40 KOs), 126, all the way and dropped him in the final session to score a unanimous decision (119-107, 118-109 and 116-111) over twelve lopsided rounds on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan.
In Kobe, Japan, WBC bantam ruler Hozumi Hasegawa (26-2, 10 KOs), 117.75, kept his throne as he made short work of official challenger Vusi Malinga (18-3-1, 11 KOs), 115.5, South Africa, flooring him with fast combinations three times en route to a quick TKO win at 2:37 of the opening session in a contest of southpaws. It was the Japanese champ’s eighth defense since he dethroned Veeraphol Nakhornluang-Promotion of Thailand via unanimous verdict in 2005. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
With a mere two weeks away from “Latin Fury 8-Tijuana Thunder” mega-PPV being held in the border city of Tijuana, MX, big changes to the televised and non-televised fight card have come to light. Although the main event between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (38-0-1, 29 KOs) and the Argentinean Luciano Leonel Cuello (23-0, 10 KOs) is intact, it has been revealed exclusively to Fightnews.com that two-time lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (57-9-1, 49 KOs) is off the televised portion of the night (more…)
Junior middleweight prospect Rashad Holloway returns to action in his hometown against Puerto Rican banger Doel Carrasquillo on Saturday, March 21st at the U.S.. BANK ARENA in Cincinnati . Holloway will face Carrasquillo in the co-main event of “3 THE HARD WAY”, an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by TMAX EVENTS and TKO BOXING promotions, home of “HOMETOWN HEROES TO WORLD CHAMPIONS.”. . . click here for more
Robert Coster at ringside
from Amneville-les-Thermes, France
In a battle of former world champions, French hero Mayhar Monshipour (31-3-2, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of game Felix Machado (25-10, 12 KOs) of Venezuela at the beautiful Galaxie Arena in this small French town near the German border. Machado’s corner decided to keep their man from continuing at the end of the fourth round due to an ugly cut over the right eye. The bout while it lasted was entertaining as Monshipour attacked his foe from the get-go in his customary aggressive style. (more…)
By Craig Watt
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WBO#1 ranked lightweight Marco Antonio Barrera (65-6-1, 43 KO’s) puts his much respected and established boxing credentials on the line when he takes on UK boxing sensation Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KO’s) at the MEN Arena on Saturday. The 35 year old from Mexico has an amazing boxing pedigree as a seven time boxing world champion and a three weight world champion. His role of honour includes WBO super bantamweight, WBC and IBO featherweight, WBC and IBF super-featherweight titles in his career that spans 73 professional fights since he started his pro career as a 15 year old in 1989. This followed a distinguished amateur career when his record was 104 wins and just 4 defeats and he secured five Mexican national championships. He is without doubt one of the most successful boxers, in any weight division in the last ten years. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO world bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs)intensely hits the mits while working out San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday. “I’m training extremely hard as I know I’ll have a strong fighter in Juan Manuel Lopez in front of me come April 25th.” said Lopez. Penalosa will immediately head to California to train with Freddie Roach in Hollywood at the Wildcard Gym.
The event titled “Champion vs. Champion” will be promoted by Top Rank Inc. & PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) and televised on HBO.
Mark Vaz at the scales
Irish featherweight champ Patrick Hyland (15-0, 8 KOs) fights Nicaraguan challenger Carlos Guevara (12-8-2, 9 KOs) for the IBA International title this Saturday when Celtic Pride Boxing presents an action-packed St. Patrick’s Day Weekend show at the Dorchester Armory in Boston. In the co-main event, “Spike” O’Sullivan (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cork, Ireland goes toe-to-toe with veteran Jimmy LeBlanc (12-15, 9 KOs) of nearby South Boston plus 2008 U.S.A Olympian Danny O’Connor encounters Charles Wade (4-7, 1 KO). Several more bouts featuring top local talent are scheduled. Tickets are available at the box office or call 508-746-0176. The doors open at 6:30 pm and the first bout is at 7:30 pm. (more…)
Unbeaten jr featherweight prospect Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez, Jr. (15-0-1, 12 KOs) defended his WBO Latin and WBA Fedcentro titles against former WBC Continental Americas Champion Jose “Pepe” Beranza (31-15-2, 25 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 120-107.
In a six round jr welterweight clash, Javier Monserate (11-1-1, 4 KOs) and Julian “Baby” Rodriquez (17-15-4, 11 KOs) battled to a draw. Scores were 58-56, 56-58, 57-57.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
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This time there would be no controversy. IBF 168-pound world champion and hometown favorite Lucian Bute (24-0 19KO) laid a quick and efficient beatdown of Fulgencio Zuniga (22-4-1 19KO) handing the Columbian the quickest defeat of his eight year career with a TKO victory at 2:25 of the fourth round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. If the Romanian southpaw was looking for a measure of redemption from the controversial ending in his last fight, he got it and more. Bute dropped the three-time title challenger with a left uppercut to the body early in the round, Zuniga managed to beat the count but the IBF champion was relentless in his pursuit, giving New Jersey referee Lindsey Page no choice but to pull the plug as the champion jumped on the opportunity. Time was 2:25.
Jo Jo Dan moved his record to a perfect 24-0 (13KO) in a 40-36 (X3) over Cesar Soriano (19-23 13KO) of Mexico City. It was admittedly a stay-busy fight for the #5 (WBC) ranked super-lightweight who should see the division open up for him once the Timothy Bradley-Kendall Holt unification and Hatton-Pacquiao bouts take place. This one though was pretty much a clench fest for the duration of the four rounds.
A dominant performance for former Olympian Benoit Gaudet (20-1 7KO), winning every round on his way to a 80-72, 80-72, 80-71 decision over Genara Trazancos of Mexico City. The #4 ranked WBA featherweight (#10 WBC), amped up the pressure as this one went on, starting to put his punches together in the fourth and breaking his opponent in two with a right to the mid-section a round later. Trazancos touched down a glove but it was ruled a slip. Despite the virtual knockdown and a sustained body attack by Gaudet, it was the only round that the Mexican showed anything, landing a pair of right hands that the hometown fighter hanging on briefly. A simultaneous low blow and clash of heads in 7th had both fighters limping away and holding their anatomy, both being warned for their infractions. Trazancos was in survival mode down the stretch and Gaudet could do little more than land one at a time and let this one go to the scorecards. (more…)
Unbeaten WBC #2/WBO #2/WBA #9/IBF #10 super middleweight and 2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, who thus far has been moved carefully in his 18 bout career, says he’s ready for a world title fight. “I’ll be watching tonight’s fight intently between Lucian Bute and Fulgencio Zuniga,” said Ward. “I believe the champion will retain his title. This is the fight I would love to get. It would be a great match. The challenge would be a great one and it is exactly the direction I would like to go in my career. He’s the champion trying to keep his title and I am a young lion trying to take it…I only want the big television fights, and where I can get 16,000 of my hometown fans in attendance. I’m very interested in taking on the winner of Bute vs. Zuniga or (Jermain) Taylor vs. (Carl) Froch but tonight I am rooting for Bute.”
Cesar Canchila and Geovani Segura had no problem making weight as both of them tip the scale at a trim and ready 107.5 lbs for their world championship fight tomorrow night here in tha capital city of Baja Caifornia. Canchila of Colombia will be defending the WBA Mini flyweight Interim championship for the first time against Segura of Los Angeles, by the way of Guerrero, Mexico. Canchila captured the crown with a unanimous decision win over Segura on July 26 of last year en Las Vegas, Nevada. (more…)
Mark Davis 133.5 vs Adauto Gonzalez 132.5
Tyrese Hendrix 137 vs Phillip Payne 137
Shawn Porter 154.5 vs Abdias Castillo 159
Dominic Wade 161.5 vs Chris Davis 161
Randy Johnson TBA vs Rodrika Ray 203
Venue: The Fitz, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight
By Alexey Sukachev
British junior welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (19-0, 9 KOs) has completely depowered overmatched Dean Harrison (14-2, 4 KO) to defend his title for the first time on Friday night in Widnes, England. Southpaw McCloskey decked Harrison hard in the first and then continued to beat him to the punch, making every round a painful lesson for his opponent. The referee waved it off after McCloskey landed another blistering combination on heavily battered Harrison in round four. It was a counter left hook in round one that put Dean down. McCloskey looked awesome tonight. He can be a major player at 140 lb.
By Gabriel F. Cordero in Torreon, Mexico
Nehomar Cermeño 118 vs Cristian Mijares 118
David Rodriguez 249 vs. Manuel Pucheta 237
Austin Trout 154 vs. Martin Avila 154
All is ready for the WBA interim bantamweight clash between the Mexican Cristian Mijares and the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño this Saturday in Torreon, Mexico. Both boxers are in good condition and set to enter the ring of the 10,000-seat Coliseo Centerario. The bout will be televised in Mexico and internationally by Televisa. Former Mexican world champions Pipino Cuevas, “Chiquita” Gonzalez, Ultiminio Ramos and “Puas” Olivares among others are on hand to give support to their countryman Mijares.
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