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By Peter Lim at ringside
Featherweight Dat Nguyen, 17-1 (6 KOs), scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Colombian veteran Andres Ledesma, 15-15 (10 KOs), at the Arena Theater in Houston. Nguyen started off aggressively and dropped Ledesma against the ropes with a crisp overhand right-left hook combination in the second round. Emboldened by the knockdown and eager to end the fight early, Nguyen became overanxious and loaded up on his punches for the remainder of the bout instead of utilizing the boxing skills that made him a top amateur. Ledesma was able to avoid most of Nguyen’s telegraphed shots, get in some of his own and last the distance. The bout was staged by TKO Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In a fight that redefined the concept of “all action,” Ben “Smooth” Henderson defeated Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone via unanimous after five furious rounds to become the WEC Interim lightweight champion. Round one saw Cerrone use his entire submission arsenal against the tenacious Henderson but he could not contend with his wrestling. Takedowns by Henderson were the story of round two again as Cerrone found himself on his back throughout the period. Cerrone had a strong round three but still folded under the pressure of Henderson. The fourth round was the best of the night for Cerrone as he nearly submitted Henderson with a tight choke. The final round saw Henderson repeatedly escape from a number of holds and all three judges scored the fight 48-47 in favor of Henderson. (more…)
By Matt Richardson, Mariano A. Agmi and Alex Dombroff at ringside
Unbeaten WBO jr featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (27-0, 24 KOs) overcame the toughest challenge of his career, winning a narrow twelve round unanimous decision over Rogers Mtagwa (26-13-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night inside the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, New York City. “Juanma” had all he could handle with the rugged brawler Mtagwa as the bout contained many spectacular exchanges. Lopez was credited with a knockdown in round five but every round was a war. Mtagwa had a lot more at the end and Lopez had to dig deep to survive the twelfth. Scores were 116-111, 114-113 and 115-111. The 116-111 score was erroneously announced as 116-116.
WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (16-0, 14 KOs) ended the night of Whyber Garcia (22-7, 15 KOs) in round four with a big right hand that dropped Garcia face first. Garcia beat the count, but it was only a matter of moments before referee Steve Smoger waved off Gamboa’s brutal assault. Time was :58.
Unbeaten 2004 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist Odlanier Solis (15-0, 11 KOs) dropped late sub Monte Barrett (34-8, 20 KOs) with a big left hook in round two and finished him moments later. Time was 1:54. Solis was originally to face Kevin Johnson, then Fres Oquendo, but both pulled out. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Fan favorite and two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez (44-4, 32 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round TKO over Angel Priolo (30-8, 20 knockouts) in a featherweight fight on Saturday night at the Nokia Theater. Vazquez looked a bit rusty after a 19 month layoff, but it was the “Magnifico” of old in round nine as he battered Priolo to the deck three times. Time of the stoppage was 2:10. Two judges had the bout scored even 76-76 and one judge had Vazquez up 78-74 going into the ninth round. It was Vazquez first bout since March 2008, when he suffered a detached retina in his right eye. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten WBA #5, IBF #8, WBC #10, WBO #10 rated heavyweight KO artist Denis Boytsov (26-0, 21 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Jason Gavern (18-6-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Boytsov floored Gavern in round one with a huge right hand. Gavern was on the deck again in round two from a left hook to the chin and then was given a standing eight count later in the round. Gavern started clowning around in round three and continued to showboat as the rounds progressed. Gavern was dropped again in the sixth. Gavern was dropped twice more in the seventh and the referee waved it off. Time was 2:08. It was the first time the durable Gavern has ever been stopped. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (27-1-1, 10 KOs) stepped up in weight to fight seasoned Colombian Jorge Otero (20-9-2, 8 KOs) and put on a clinic of beautifully delivered textbook punches, outclassing his foe and forcing the referee to put an halt to actions in the sixth round. The classy southpaw champion will now renew his road-warrior habits as he plans to travel to the city of Agde, France to defend his WBA crown against challenger Frederic Patrac on November 7th. On the same card, former WBA junior featherweight Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (35-2-2, 22 KOs) returned to ring action and also won in convincing fashion against Colombian prospect Eddy Julio (10-1-1, 9 KOs), forcing a stoppage in the 10th round. Apart from those two bouts, fans were treated to an additional 10 action-packed fights at the Roberto Duran Arena, presented by Premium Boxing Promotions. Click here for more photos…
For Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, his sworn enemy is his inspiration. The lanky Coloradan is set to collide with Benson Henderson on Saturday in San Antonio, but as has been the case for months, he speaks sparingly about his next opponent and tends to devote far more time happily reiterating his disdain for WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner. Every chance he gets, the No. 1 contender lobs a verbal grenade at his archrival . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten but unheralded Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado (22-0-1, 16 KOs), 130, greatly shocked the boxing world when he scored an unexpected TKO over previously unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Jorge Linares (27-1, 18 KOs), 129.75, a prohibitive favorite, at 1:13 of the opening session to capture the belt on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
WBC super-bantam titlist Toshiaki Nishioka (35-4-3, 22 KOs), 121.75, kept his throne as he broke the jaw of Mexican challenger Ivan Hernandez (25-4-1, 15 KOs), 122, with a vicious countering left midway in the contest to have him retire at the end of the third session. For more details and photos click here…
WBC #1 featherweight contender in the world, Juan Carlos Burgos moved one step closer to the championship by dismantling veteran Yogli Herrera, stopping him impressively at 1:16 in the 6th round by a solid TKO. Burgos, from Tijuana, Mexico, showcased an arsenal of weapons in this fight against his over-matched Colombian challenger, including digging hooks to the body that were right from the Julio Cesar Chavez textbook of punches. Herrera, despite coming into the fight riding a six fight losing streak, still proved to be a gutsy challenger who was perhaps too willing to trade with Burgos, the defending WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) champion. However, it is worth noting that of Herrera’s 22 victories, the wins have come against opponents with a combined record, incredibly, of 9 – 151. The term “tomato can” would be a compliment for the quality of fighters that Herrera has actually managed to defeat, although in losing efforts he has faced much better opposition. For more details and photos click here…
From Houston, Texas:
Dat Nguyen 126.5 vs. Andres Ledesma 129
Rayonta Whitfield 112.5 vs. Evaristo Primero 113.5
Eugene Hill 252.5 vs. Joseph Harris 226
KJ Noons 154 vs. Julio Perez 154
Francisco Contreras 138 vs. Ronald Boyd 134
Mickey Bey Jr. 134 vs. Michaelangelo Lynks 137
Gerardo Ibarra 148 vs. Gustavo Mejia 147
David Garcia 147 vs. Artis Walton 142.5 (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Former WBC lightweight king Jose Luis Castillo has arrived in Manila. The heavy-handed Mexican has been picked to spar with Manny Pacquiao, who is training in Baguio City for his Nov. 14 showdown with Miguel Cotto. Castillo arrived at 5:30 am via Philippine Airlines from Los Angeles and he was joined by unbeaten American super-lightweight Danny Escobar, who might also be used to spar with the Filipino pound-for-pound king. Castillo and Escobar were brought to a downtown Manila hotel and awaiting word about their travel plans since Baguio is not accessible by land owing to the landslides. Pacquiao has been training in Baguio the past few weeks and sparring with unbeaten super-welter Shawn Porter and Urbano Antillon.
Photo: Former world lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (right) strikes a pose with undefeated American super-lightweight Danny Escobar shortly after their arrival in Manila.
Israel Vazquez 125.5 vs. Angel Priolo 124.75
Carlos Molina 138 vs. Cesar Holguin 137.5
Luis Grajeda 149 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 147.5
Jose Armando Santa Cruz 143 vs. Sergio Macias 143.75
Ronny Rios 126.5 vs. John Wampash 126.5
Khabir Suleymanov 122.5 vs. Hugo Ramos 123
Ricky Duenas 145.75 vs. Jose Cardenas 149
Oscar Venegas 121 vs. Misael Martinez 117.75
Venue: Nokia Theatre – L.A. Live Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
From San Antonio, Texas:
Donald Cerrone 154.5 vs. Benson Henderson 155
Javier Vazquez 145 vs. Deividas Taurosevicius 144.5
Cody “Ox” Wheeler 135 vs. Charlie Valencia 134.5
Manny Tapia 135.5 vs. Eddie Wineland 135.5
Mackens Semerzier 146 vs. Wagnney Fabianno 145.5
Noah Thomas 136 vs. Scott Jorgensen 136
Anthony Njokuani 156 vs. Mushin Corbbrey 156
Damacio Page 136 vs. Will Campuzano 135
Raphael Assuncao 146 vs. Yves Jabouin 146
Rich Crunkilton 156 vs. Dave Jansen 156
A large contingent of Houston fight fans and local media turned out on Thursday afternoon at Champs Americana for the final press conference for HIGH STAKES, an evening of world class professional boxing set for Saturday night, October 10th at the Arena Theater . . . . . Click here for more
Fernando Guerrero 159 vs Ossie Duran 160
(NABO Interim Middleweight Title)
Ty Barnett 136 vs Juan Santiago 135
Omar Sims 159 vs Ken Dunham 160
Alex Guerrero 194.5 vs Rodricka Ray 195.5
Francois Ambang 178.5 vs Ariel Espinal 180
Venue: Arthur W. Perdue Stadium
Promoter: Prize Fight Boxing
By Alexey Sukachev
The heavyweight part of the upcoming show, scheduled in Ekaterinburg on Oct. 24 under German Titov Promotions, has been finalized today. WBA #10 heavyweight Denis Bakhtov (30-5, 19 KOs) faces Uzbek journeyman Sherzod Mamajanov (6-10, 2 KOs) in a tune-up six-rounder. 2008 Beijing super heavyweight bronze medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov (1-0) will make his first step up by taking on former two-time national and GBU heavyweight champion Alexey Varakin (28-16-3, 16 KOs), who is coming off two and a half years of hiatus. The main event will see Dmitry Ganiev (10-0-1, 4 KOs), defending his PABA and WBO Asia Pacific lightweight titles, against Thai Fahsan 3K Battery (59-9-2, 35 KOs).
By Alexey Sukachev
The new Welsh pride Nathan Cleverly (18-0, 8 KOs) wasn’t impressive all the way but got the job done against former amateur star Courtney Fry (13-3, 5 KOs), stopping him at 2:51 of the eighth to retain both his British and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles. WBO #5, IBF #8, WBC #11 and WBA #15 Cleverly started the fight in his usual mode, targeting Fry’s body with his left hook and adding right hand on occasion, while also peppering his foe with a jab. However, it was right uppercut, which won the fight for the Cardiff native. He hadn’t discovered this up to the midst of the fight and gave Fry some spotlight in the fifth, when he ate a variety of different shots from his rival. It was when Cleverly sensed he had to get back to some basics and he did that indeed. Rounds six and seven were rather tedious, but in the eighth stanza the Welshman finally started to deliver some bombs. At the end of the round, he increased his punch output and continuously rocked Fry several times, the last one with right uppercut and the subsequent right hand, forcing referee Victor Loughlin to stop the fight and… to fell down on canvas with him. A nice win for rising prospect and Cardiff University student Nathan Cleverly.
Beijing British Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (4-0, 3 KOs) was forced to go the distance for the first time in his career by Latvian rugged journeyman Alex Spitko (6-16, 4 KOs). The score was 40-36 by Dave Parris in Saunders’ favor.
Heavyweight Derek Chisora (11-0, 6 KOs) stopped Georgian Zurab Noniashvili (12-7-1, 6 KOs) in three rounds of action.
Future Hall of Famer and former two-division world champion Bernard Hopkins (49-5-1, 32 KOs) and contender Enrique Ornelas (29-5, 19 KOs) will host a news conference on Wednesday to announce their upcoming light heavyweight battle “Broad Street Brawl” on December 2 at The Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. The bout will be televised live on VERSUS.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA # 6 super featherweight Somsak Sithchatchawal (60-3-3, 44 KOs) barely kept his PABA interim 130lb title as he drew against PABA # 14 Dante Paulino (reportedly 14-8-2, 10 KOs) on Friday at Taksin University in Songkhla, Thailand. Filipino Paulino surprised the Thai crowd as he excitingly battled with the former WBA 122lb champion in a close affair bout. It seemed that the Filipino dropped the local fighter twice, in round two and round five, but the referee considered as Sithchatchawal’s slips because of the wet canvas. Scored: 105-104, 104-105 and 105-105. After the bout, promoter Kokiet Panichyarom said he will hold the rematch of Sithchatchawal-Paulino soon, probably next January. For more details and photos click here…
Juan Manuel Lopez 121 vs Rogers Mtagwa 121
(WBO jr featherweight championship)
Yuriorkis Gamboa 124.5 vs Whyber Garcia 124.5
(WBA featherweight championship)
Odlanier Solis 271 vs Monte Barrett 218.5
Pawel Wolak 155.5 vs Carlos Nascimento 154
John Duddy 161 vs Michi Martinez 160
Venue: WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: PPV 9PM ET/6PM PT
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By Lee Bates
Former world light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) does a tire hitting drill under the watchful eye of trainer Orlando Cuellar in Miami, Florida. Johnson is in preparation for his much anticipated November 7th rematch with current IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs). Also at stake will be the WBC Interim title. Johnson and Dawson fought in March of 2008 where Dawson won a hard fought unanimous decision. Johnson closed the bout extremely strong hurting Dawson which left the door open for a rematch. The bout will take place in Dawson’s resident state of Connecticut in the city of Hartford. The venue will be the XL Center. “I’m very pleased with my training camp as it has gone beautifully. This time around I will eliminate all doubts to who the winner is. I will stop Chad Dawson inside the distance and once again I will be light heavyweight champion of the world,” said Johnson.
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Ina Menzer 125.6 vs Esther Schouten 123.4
(WIBF/WBC/WBO female featherweight championship)
Susi kentikian 111.7 vs Julia Sahin 110.8
(WIBF/WBA/WBO female flyweight championship)
Denis Boytsov 225.9 vs Jason Gavern 231.4
Sebastian Köber 223.1 vs Markus Tomala 235.4
Manual Charr 242.5 vs Sherman Williams 264.5
Marcel Meyerdiercks 125.8 vs Zsolt Nagy 128.3
Rachim Tschachkijew 198.8 vs Tayar Mehmed 201.7
Damian Jonak 154.3 vs Sylvestre Marianini 151
Phil Lo Greco 149.4 vs Albert Starikov 149.9
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
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Undefeated #1 contenders Julio César Chavez, Jr. and Yuri Foreman, plus three-time world champion Daniel Santos add more “Firepower” to Top Rank’s blockbuster November 14th pay-per-view PPV card headlined by the Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto welterweight championship, taking place at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Chavez (40-0-1, 30 KOs) will be facing Troy Rowland (25-2, 7 KOs) in a ten-round middleweight bout. Santos (32-2-1, 23 KOs) will be making the first defense of his WBA super welterweight title against #1 contender Yuri Foreman (27-0, 8 KOs). Rounding out the televised undercard will be a 10-round welterweight bout between Alfonso Gomez (20-4-2, 10 KOs), an alumnus of season one of “The Contender,” against IBF #5/WBC #7 Jesus Soto-Karass (24-3-3, 16 KOs).
By Joe Koizumi
Akihiko Honda’s Teiken Promotions will present a sensational world title twinbill tomorrow (Saturday) at the Yoyogi Second Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan. WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (34-4-3, 21 KOs), a Japanese hard-hitting southpaw, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBO titlist Ivan Hernandez (25-3-1, 15 KOs), Mexico, over twelve rounds. Also, unbeaten WBA super-feather kingpin Jorge Linares (27-0, 18 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, will defend his second world belt against also undefeated Juan Carlos Salgado (21-0-1, 15 KOs), an up-and-coming Mexican, over twelve. We saw a weigh-in ceremony, where Nishioka tipped the beam a quarter pound lighter than the limit at 121.75, while Hernandez 122. Linares scaled in at 129.75 to the 130-pound class limit for Salgado. The officials are as follows: WBC 122-pound title bout: referee Mike Griffin (Canada); judges Glenn Trowbridge (US), Bruce McTavish (Philippines) and Douglas Belton (New Zealand); supervisor Gabriel Penagaricano (Puerto Rico). For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Coster
Anselmo Moreno 124 vs Jorge Otero 120
Ricardo Cordoba 123 vs Eddy Julio 122
Augusto Pinilla 129 vs Lucas Gacon 128
Irving Berry 127 vs Armando Cordoba 126
Humberto Pena 114 vs Ezequiel Asprilla 114
Jose Arosemena 155 vs Wilmer Gonzalez 158
Rolando Giono 127 vs Julio Castanos 129
Evens Pierre 140 vs Jose Castro 140
Antonio Fernandez 124 vs Gabriel Dorado 124
Johny Dorisme 121 vs Omar Anderson 118
Gustavo Gomez 121 vs Jose Garcia 120
Promoter: PREMIUM BOXING PROMOTIONS
Venue: Robert Duran Arena
For former middleweight contender Miguel Hernandez, October 30th could be the biggest fight of his career, no small statement considering his resume. With the memory of his gritty, albeit losing, performance against Wayne Johnsen in his opening fight of ESPN’s third season of the Contender now fading, Hernandez knows that a solid win over middleweight prospect David Medina could propel him back into the world rankings and possibly set up a match with the winner of the Hector Camacho Jr. versus Ramon Campas fight in the main event . . . . Click here for more
“LATIN INVASION 2” will be held at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. The event will be on live on Pay-Per-View. Tickets for this event available at TicketMaster, or can be purchased at the Don Haskins Center box office, at 915-747-5234.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The Friday, October 16 Baltimore Pro Boxing card at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore receives a nice boost because IBF #1 ranked heavyweight Alexander Povetkin has been added to the card. The undefeated Russian (17-0, 12 KO’s) will battle “Dangerous” Damon Reed of Topeka, KS (44-13, 31 KO’s) in a scheduled 10-round contest. Povetkin, who won the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, is trained by Teddy Atlas, who will be ringside for Povetkin’s first pro bout in the United States. (more…)
Carl Froch has laughed off Andre Dirrell’s attempts to rile him ahead of their Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown at the Trent FM Arena, Nottingham on October 17th. Froch will defend his WBC World Super Middleweight title against the undefeated American hotshot who has certainly proved a championships contender in the trash talking stakes. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Junior welterweight hope Ruslan Provodnikov (12-0, 7 KOs) will make a quantum leap up in class by facing hard-charging Columbian Breidis ‘Khanqueror’ Prescott (21-1, 18 KOs) in a scheduled twelve-rounder for a vacant WBO Intercontinental title at 140 lbs. The cross-roader, which has been confirmed today by matchmaker Stanislav Bukhlov, will take place on November 28 in Samara during a major show, promoted by Kira Plotnikova, the spouse of late Russian promoter Alexey Plotnikov, who tragically passed away in a car accident in November 2007. Matchmakers are Stanislav Bukhlov and Andrey Katyshev (German Titov Promotions). (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Mexican journeyman Fernando ‘El Pillo’ Trejo (30-15-4, 18 KOs) is a man, who will test the ring wisdom and punching power of up-and-coming Russian junior welterweight Denis Shafikov (21-0, 12 KOs). The fight, which is a scheduled twelve-rounder for the vacant IBO Intercontinental 140lb title, will take place on Oct. 24 at Urheilutalo in Helsinki, Finland. Trejo, who was stopped only once in his career on cuts and has sound victories over Jose Armando Santa Cruz and Darling Jimenez, is said to take a tune-up this weekend before flying over to Europe. Shafikov is already 4-0, 3 KOs this year.
The show will be co-organized by the Union Boxing Management and P3 Boxing. The co-featured bout of the evening will see BBU welterweight champion and tough guy Roman Seliverstov (10-8, 2 KOs) defending his IBO I/C title against former world title challenger Cosme ‘El Chino’ Rivera (31-12-2, 22 KOs). More local prospects will see action in an undercard.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Classy Australian featherweight Davey Browne (16-1-1,4KO’s) outscored tough Filipino Reynaldo “Boy of Steel” Belandres (12-1-2,8KO’s) over ten rounds to capture the WBC Youth title at the Star City Casino, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Browne, 5’10, had a four inch height advantage over his opponent but chose to go toe-to-toe with the powerful import. Browne suffered a cut over the right eye in round one and it was inspected by Doctor Lou Lewis at the end of round eight. Both boxers were rocked several times but at the conclusion of ten action packed rounds judges had Browne the winner by scores Will Soulos 97-94, George Pellis 98-92, Kevin Hogan 97-95. For more details and photos click here…
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By Alexey Potapov
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) is looking to make a unification fight against IBF light middleweight champion Cory Spinks (37-5, 11 KOs) on October 31st in Las Vegas. Dzinziruk spoke about that and many other things in an exclusive interview with Fightnews.com
Hello, Sergiy. Glad to see you again. How are you?
Hi Alex! I’m great, thanks.
There’s talk about a possible fight against Cory Spinks. Is it the truth?
Yes. Now I am at home in the Ukraine. After Universum Box-Promotion couldn’t organize my fight against Paul Williams, I was compelled to break off with this organization. They’re not getting me work. I contacted the managers of Spinks and offered them a unification fight. They suggested we discuss in detail in the USA. Next week I depart to America and I’ll organize that fight and probably and find a new promoter for myself.
Have you met with Klaus Peter Kohl to discuss the situation?
I wanted to meet with him, but probably he didn’t want it. As a result, now I communicate by means of the lawyer.
Why are you interested in a fight against Spinks?
This fight would be interesting to millions to fans of boxing and for a long time I dreamed of fighting in America. Such a fight is the best chance for me. Besides, Spinks wants the fight with me.
You’re not worried about carrying out a fight as soon as October 31st?
No, I keep myself in excellent condition and I perfectly know the style of conducting a fight against Spinks. I’ve seen a lot of his fights.
Do you have a manager?
No. I don’t think that it’s necessary for me. I’ve been in boxing for a lot of years and I also know it as a business. Assuredly I will have an advisor.
I spoke with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, he expressed interest in you fighting for his company K2 Promotions. Did you know this?
I want my fights to be seen in the Ukraine. I have agreed to meet with Vitali and talk about it. If conditions suit me, all is possible.
Did you speak with the WBO about your promotional situation?
They have granted me a delay in the defense of the title until February 2010. I should tell them thanks. They have understood the complex situation in which I’m involved.
I know, you wanted a fight against Paul Williams. But he will fight Kelly Pavlik on December 5th. Your prediction for this fight?
I think that chances are 50/50. They’re boxing superstars and everyone has chance to win. It will be an interesting fight.
By Peter Lim
Heavyweight Steve Collins, (21-1, 15 KOs), was lucky to escape with an eight-round unanimous decision win over cross-town rival Billy Willis, (11-17-1, 9 KOs), at the Hilton Americas Hotel in Houston. Utilizing his hand speed, Willis was faster on the trigger with his left jab and controlled most of the bout with sharp combinations, while Collins loaded up on power punches he fired one at a time. Willis appeared to win the bout by a two-point margin, but the judges saw it otherwise and awarded the verdict to Collins. For more results and photos click here…
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