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By Joe Koizumi
On the undercard of WBC world title doubleheader, former WBA 105-pound and 108-pound titlist, unbeaten Nicaraguan Roman “El Chocolatito” Gonzalez (39-0, 33 KOs), 112.25, easily halted Filipino Juan Purisima (11-3-1, 3 KOs), 112, at 1:20 of the third round in a supporting eight on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Gonzalez’s appearance in a tune-up go was supposed to be a publicity for his next schedule to have a shot at the winner of the WBC flyweight title bout which will be held next. The Nicaraguan battered the game Filipino upstairs and downstairs, dropping him on knees midway in round two. Accelerating his attack in the next session, referee Fukuchi quickly declared a halt.
Photos: Mike Melendez
Middleweight Abraham “Abie” Han (22-1, 14 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of veteran Juan Carlos Candelo (32-14-4, 21 KOs) to claim the UBF Intercontinental middleweight title on Saturday night at the El Paso Coliseum in El Paso, Texas.
In round one, Han delivered a devastating right hook that dropped Candelo face first and Candelo shocked the entire building by somehow managing to get back to his feet. In round two, Han once again battered Candelo at will. Towards the end of the round, as Candelo was going down he grabbed onto Han and they both tumbled to the canvas. Only Han got back to his feet. Candelo had to be taken out of the ring by paramedics with a possible broken ankle.
Photo: by Esdel Palermo/Fresh Boxing
Saturday night at the Moises Navedo Coliseum in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, super flyweight Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodriguez (9-0, 5 KOs) defeated Felix ‘La Ardilla’ Perez (8-5, 3 KOs) by unanimous decision in the maint event. From the start, Rodriguez was able to establish the pace, connecting accurate combinations to the face and body of Pérez, who was active throughout the fight, but without success due to the effective defense of Rodríguez. The judges scored 80-72, 80-72 and 78-74.
“I followed the game plan as always. Perez is strong, and has faced good prospects. I did not feel his power. In this fight I was a little more aggressive, and the results speaks for itself,” said an excited Rodriguez. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Bruno Escalante battled through fighting with a damaged left hand for eight rounds and scored a unanimous decision on Saturday over Victor Ruiz to retain his IBA Continental junior bantamweight belt. Escalante (13-1-1, 6 KOs), a southpaw, said he had to adjust as he struggled even to keep his left up and strong to block punches as Ruiz (12-2, 9 KOs) fought aggressively throughout the 10-round bout at Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, Calif., about 90 miles northeast of San Francisco. Scores were 98-92, 97-93 and 96-94. (more…)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (59-6-1, 51 KOs) scored a tenth round KO Over Domenico “Vulcano” Spada (38-5, 19 KOs) to claim the WBC interim middleweight title on Saturday night at the Gran Estadio in Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico. Entering the tenth round, Rubio had delivered a workmanlike performance and was comfortably ahead by scores of 89-80, 90-79 and 88-81. The rhythm of the bout abruptly changed with one punch as a flush Rubio left hook laid out Spada motionless on the canvas to end it. Time was 1:38.
In the co-feature, middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (30-1, 24 KOs) knocked out journeyman Idiozan Matos (32-19, 26 KOs) in round two.
Super featherweight Edgar “Lic” Monarrez (17-2, 11 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (23-5, 14 KOs).
WBC female champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (20-5, 8 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over Judith “Peligrosa” Rodriguez (10-7, 3 KOs) in a non-title flyweight clash.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer Promotions
In a brutal super flyweight clash, former world champion Giovani Segura (32-3-1, 28KOs) a tenth round KO over two-time world title challenger Felipe Salguero (19-6-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. Segura dropped Salguero in round four, but the game Salguero gave him all he could handle. The end came in round ten when Salguero couldn’t go anymore and just collapsed.
Former world champion Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (39-8, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round technical decision over previously unbeaten Alejandro “Cobrita” González Jr. (22-1-2, 14 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. The aggressive Rosas took the fight to the less experienced Gonzalez throughout the bout, which ended with a ninth round head clash that left blood gushing out of a cut on Rosas’ forehead. Scores were 78-74, 77-75 and 80-72 for Rosas.
In an upset, super featherweight Francisco Gabriel Pina (12-6-4, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Filipino Rogelio Jun Doliguez (18-1, 14 KOs). Pina dropped Doliguez in round one and went on to win 57-56, 59-55, 59-55. photos
By Karl Freitag
WBA light heavyweight Juergen Braehmer (43-2, 32 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over former WBO cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (38-7, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Braehmer was cut over the right eye and Maccarinelli’s right eye was closing after round one. Braehmer continued to bust up Maccarinelli in round two. The blinded Maccarinelli looked to land a big shot in round three while Braehmer played it safe. The ring doctor OK’d it to continue during the round. In round four the desperate Maccarinelli continued to pressure Braehmer as his face continued to swell up. The doctor OK’d the fight to continue during round five. Braehmer patiently continued to bust up Maccarinelli and Maccarinelli’s corner finally pulled him out after the fifth round. Officially TKO6.
Unbeaten super middleweight Tyron Zeuge (13-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Gheorghe Sabau (10-1, 6 KOs). Mostly one-way traffic. Zeuge dropped Sabau four times. Time was :37. Zeuge retained his WBO Youth super middleweight title.
IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (20-0, 11 KOs) pounded on late, late sub Ivica Perkovic (20-24, 15 KOs) for three rounds and Perkovic didn’t come out for round four. (more…)
Welterweight Johnny Coyle (6-0-1, 2 KOs) won the Prizefighter Cup and £32,000 winner’s check with a three round unanimous decision over Paddy Gallagher (5-2, 4 KOs) in Saturday’s one-night, eight-man, three-stage knock-out tournament at the famed York Hall in London. Coyle dropped Gallagher twice in round one and once in round two. Scores were 30-26, 30-26, 30-25.
Paddy Gallagher (5-1, 4 KOs) needed just 31 seconds to stop Mark Douglas (9-4, 5 KOs)
Johnny Coyle (5-0-1, 2 KOs) won a three round split decision over Sam Eggington (9-2, 4 KOs)
Erick Ochieng (15-4, 4 KOs) won a three round decision over Paddy Gallagher (4-1, 3 KOs), then collapsed and was taken out on a stretcher. It is believed he is suffering from exhaustion. As a result, Gallagher will replace Ochieng in the first semifinal.
Mark Douglas (9-3, 4 KOs) won a sloppy, but entertaining three round decision over Dean Byrne (17-4-1, 6 KOs).
Sam Eggington (9-1, 4 KOs) scored a second round TKO over previously unbeaten Johnny Garton (11-1, 1 KO).
Johnny Coyle (4-0-1, 2 KOs) won a three round decision over the much more experienced Jason Cook (30-6-1, 16 KOs).
Middleweight John Ryder (17-1, 9 KOs) stopped Jez Wilson (11-2-1, 7 KOs) in round nine.
An opponent has been announced for the”Ringside at Del Mar” 8-round main event featuring Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (26-1, 14 KOs). The popular Filipino fighter will face Mexico’s Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (37-17-2, 26 KOs) at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, April 11, 2014. This event is brought to you by Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment.
“I’m happy that there has been an opponent announced for my fight.” said Gesta. “I’m really looking to put on an exciting show for all my fans. My goal is to get back in the world title mix and it starts with Riovalle. I don’t know much about him but I know he’s coming to win. He has a lot of experience with over 50 fight to his credit, so I know he has some tricks up his sleeve. I’ll be ready for anything he comes with.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Just like that California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his outfit Bobby D. Presents of San Diego added another champ to their ranks when Kenia Enriquez (11-0, 6KOs), #7 ranked WBC flyweight, dropped down a division to capture her first title in the shape of the vacant NABF light flyweight title via a 7th round TKO over the always tough Jolene “Classy Assassin” Blackshear (8-5, 3KOs) in a scheduled eight. In the first Bobby D. Presents fight card of the year, San Diego’s own Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles won the interim WBC Latino 140lbs title in a local fight of the year candidate over ex-Olympian Yordenis Ugas in late February. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb at ringside
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Unbeaten lightweight Jesus “Chuy” Gutierrez (11-0, 3 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Moris Rodriguez (5-3-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night in the main event at Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall in Las Vegas. This was a step up for both fighters and Gutierrez edged out the win in a great toe to toe eight round battle.
The bout was moved to up to main event status when headliner Rashad Ganaway tested positive for a banned substance and wasn’t cleared by the NSAC to fight Victor “El Nino” Castro for the vacant WBC USNBC lightweight belt.
In the six round co-feature, lightweight Leon Spinks III, grandson of former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, suffered his first pro defeat as he tasted the canvas on two separate occasions. Wilbert Lopez (3-2, 1 KO) won a six round majority decision, dropping Spinks record to 7-1-1, 3 KOs.
In four rounders, Australian super welterweight Wes Capper (4-0, 3KOs) showed that his move to the U.S. to fight was an excellent idea as he stopped previously undefeated RaShawn McCain (2-1), junior middleweights JJ Wallos and Enrique Montes battled to a draw, light flyweight Yosigey Ramirez outpointed Mario Gaxiola, flyweight Sergio Lopez won a majority decision against Santos Vasquez.
The card was presented by Pochiro Promotions. photos
Photo: Team Wilder
While heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder (31-0, 31 KOs) awaits the winner of the vacant WBC heavyweight title fight between Chris Arreola vs. Bermaine Stiverne, he is staying busy by promoting his first show this Saturday in his native Alabama. Wilder’s Bombzquad Promotions is teaming with longtime manager/trainer Jay Deas’ Skyy Promotions to present “Young Guns.” The six bout card is being held at the Belk Center in Wilder’s home town of Tuscaloosa.
Keandrae “Lightning” Leatherwood (13-2-1, 9 KOs), a former amateur national champion and Tuscaloosa native headlines in a six round bout against hard hitting Mickey “Time Bomb” Scarborough (8-8, 8 KOs) of Kansas City. Leatherwood served as a sparring partner for Saul “Canelo” Alverez in his failed attempt to defeat Floyd Mayweather.
Earlier this week a press conference was held to present the complete show of April 20 in Zwevezele, Belgium.
In the main event local female star Delfine Persoon, 28-1-1(13), will challenge current undefeated WBC lightweight champion Erica Annabella Farias, 19-0-0(9), from Argentina. It will be the first ever full WBC titlefight held in Belgium.
In the co-main event Hedi Slimani, 15-2-0(8), will fight for the vacant WBC Mediterranean lightweight title against French Affif Hamdani, 18-6-1(4).
3 other fights with among them current Belgian champion Ahmed El Hamwi, Yves Ngabu and Hakim Ben Ali will complete this great event held on Eastern Sunday afternoon.
The show is promoted and sponsored by Paul Degroote of DTT.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten bantamweight prospect, IBF#3 Randy Caballero (21-0, 13 KOs), 117.75, from Los Angeles, decked an important victory when he overwhelmed IBF#5 ranked Japanese speedster Kohei Ohba (35-3-1, 14 KOs), 117.75, and impressively halted the hometowner at 1:54 of the eighth session of an IBF eliminator to decide the mandatory challenger on Friday in Kobe, Japan.
Cabellero quickly floored the Japanese footworker with a countering right in the end of the opening session, which changed Ohba’s original fight plan of hit-and-run tactics to recklessly mixing it up toe-to-toe from the second round onward. Ohba, ex-Japanese national titlist, fought hard, but Caballero, more powerful and skillful, solved his strategy and traded punches with the local prospect with better precision. The sixth saw Caballero battering the game but fading Japanese from all angles and accelerate his attack effectively. As Caballero dropped Ohba again in the fatal eighth, his corner wisely threw in the towel to save the loser from further punishment. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
39-year-old Croatian journeyman Ivica Perkovic (20-23, 15 KOs) came in at the very last moment to fight IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev tonight in Rostock. The veteran was summoned after three other opponents pulled out of the fight for different reasons. Last year, the outsider surprisingly scored a knockdown against former European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko, but then lost on points. Perkovic missed Friday’s weigh-in because he received the call for the match just few hours before it. He was at his home in Croatian city of Shibenik when Fightnews found him. (more…)
“I’m outraged that my fighter Tureano Johnson was robbed of his ability to finish the fight,” said promoter Gary Shaw Friday night in Philadelphia after a slugfest between middleweight contender Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs) and Curtis Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) was halted by referee Gary Rosato with less than a minute to go in the final round. “Johnson clearly could have continued on. Stevens is nothing. Johnson was winning every round. I’m going to protest this premature stoppage and demand an immediate rematch. To rob a fighter like Johnson got robbed tonight is preposterous. With what Johnson gave the fans tonight, he should have at least been able to finish the fight. I’m beside myself with this decision.”
“I wanted to come out tonight and give the fans an all action war,” said Johnson. “My game plan was to come right at Stevens and bring the fight to him. I did exactly what I wanted to do and I was winning the fight convincingly. I have a great chin. When he landed that left hook in the final round, I was rocked, but I was ready to continue. I was robbed by the referee tonight and the fans should rally behind me to command an instant rematch. My message to Curtis Stevens is…you better not run from the rematch, because if you do, the fans will know you’re a fraud.”
Unbeaten Filipino flyweight Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez (14-0-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-9-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City to claim the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Alvarez came on in the last four rounds to pull away to a 114-112, 114-112, 115-112 win.
By Robert Coster
With the WBC Latino Welterweight title in contention in Salta, Argentina, local hero WBC #1 Luis Carlos Abregu (36-1, 29 KOs) displayed both skill and power in stopping outclassed WBC #12 Jean Carlos Prada (30-1-1, 21 KOs) of Venezuela in eight rounds. Prada had stepped in with an unbeaten record over nondescript rivals and this lack of quality opposition was evident against Abregu, a classy boxer-puncher. The Argentinian contender was just too fast and tactically superior for the game but one-dimensional visitor. Curiously enough the only knockdown of the fight happened in the seventh round and against Abregu who was knocked off-balance as he was moving away from his opponent. In the next round, however, Abregu decided not to take chances and close the show. He hammered Prada with two consecutive, powerful right hands which had the Venezuelan out on his feet, held up only by the ropes. Getting no response from the glassy-eyed Prada, the referee called an end to the fight at 1:08 of the round. It was an impressive showing for Abregu after a layoff of almost a year. The Argentinian’s sole defeat is a decision loss to Timothy Bradley in 2012.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
In as gutsy of a performance as you’ll ever see, former cruiserweight world champion Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (27-6, 12 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to defeat previously unbeaten USBA heavyweight beltholder Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-1, 15 KOs) by unanimous decision on Friday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Mansour came out aggressively, slinging hard, violent punches, many of which missed, but not all. By round four, both fighters suffered cuts. Mansour finally connected with a right hand in round five and dropped Cunningham hard. Mansour put Cunningham on the deck again with his follow-up barrage, but Cunningham survived the round. The super game Cunningham somehow rebounded well in round six. Mansour’s left eye was closing in round eight. An exhausted Mansour’s glove touched the canvas in round ten for a knockdown. Scores were 97-90, 95-92, 95-92.
Middleweight Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (27-4, 20 KOs) scored a desperation come-from-behind tenth round TKO over previously undefeated Tureano Johnson (14-1, 10 KOs). Johnson surprisingly went right at Stevens and it was toe-to-toe action. Johnson was able to force Stevens to the ropes and got the better of early exchanges. Stevens came to life in round four and rocked Johnson with a series of hard shots. Tremendous two-way action the rest of the way as both fighters had their moments. Johnson looked headed to a unanimous decision but Stevens hurt him in the tenth round with a left hook and referee Gary Rosato jumped in and waved it off. Time was 2:09. Great fight, quick stoppage. Entering the last round, Johnson was ahead on all three cards by scores of 87-84, 89-82, 89-82. (more…)
Bruno Escalante 114.5 vs. Victor Ruiz 113
*For the IBA Continental jr bantamweight title
Paul Mendez 161.5 vs. Santiago Perez 162
Guy Robb 129 vs. Daniel Ramirez 129
Ricardo Pinell 158 vs. Darren Mallard 161
Luis Ambrosio 128.5 vs. Cesar Martinez 127
Ryan Bourland 177 vs. Zlatko Ledic 178
Venue: Cache Creek Casino Resort in Brooks, CA
Promoter: Don Chargin Productions and Paco Presents Boxing
Event Info: Doors open at 5p and first bell is 6p
Tickets are available at the box office (888.772.2243)
Patrons must be 21 and older
Former world champion Hugo Cazares said he was confused by the time delay between the referee’s count and speakers after being knocked down by Carl Frampton in their WBC super bantamweight eliminator on Friday night in Belfast, Ireland. “When I heard 9 I got up,” said Cazares.
Photos: Esdel Palermo / Fresh Boxing
Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez 117 vs. Félix ‘la Ardilla’ Perez 118
Carlos ‘Macho’ Lopez 167 vs Jonathan Garcia 165
Milton ‘el Santo’ Santiago 138 vs Luis Ortíz 138
Pedro Ortiz 110 vs Alexis Díaz 109
Waldemar Pagán 115 vs. Giovany Rivera 118
Juvenal Ramos 136 vs. Jose Cortes 136.6
Kevin Nuñez 208 vs. Miguel Sanchez 220
Jelame García 157 vs. Eduardo Torres 157 libras.
Venue: Moises Navedo Coliseum, Vega Baja, PR
TV: DIRECTV PR 9:00pm
First fight at 7:00pm
Promoter: Fresh Boxing
Curtis Stevens replied to Johnson by simply saying, “I will go in there just take care of business. Yes, he’s undefeated but he’s fought 14 softies. This time he is going to be in there with the real thing.” (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Former super-middleweight world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (26-4, 18 KOs) returns to action and travels north to meet undefeated Artur Beterbiev (4-0, 4 KOs) May 24th at the Bell Centre in Montreal on the undercard of the Adonis Stevenson-Andrzej Fonfara WBC light-heavyweight championship bout. Lacy, who will be 37 by fight night came back from a three year absence last November and posted his first win in four years. The Florida fighter captured the IBF super-middleweight title in 2004 and defended it a total of four times before losing it a unification bout to Joe Calzaghe in 2006. Beterbiev is presumed to be the real deal and at 29 is being moved quickly. The powerful Russian twice competed in the Olympics and was world amateur champion in 2009.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos by Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Marco Antonio Rubio 159 vs. Domenico Spada 157
(WBC interim middleweight world title)
Edgar Monarrez 125.4 vs. Juan Jose Montes 125.4
Marco Reyes 160.6 vs. Idiozan Matos 160.6
Ibeth “Roca” Zamora 112.2 vs. Judith Rodriguez 112.2
Venue: Gran Estadio, Delicias, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
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