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Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr.
In a battle of legends, Randy Couture choked out Mark Coleman with a second round rear-naked choke hold at UFC 109 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Couture outboxed Coleman in the first, landing uppercuts. After unleashing a ground-and-pound attack on Coleman, Couture took his back, securing a rear naked chokehold at 1:09 of the second.
In the co-main, Chael Sonnen defeated Nate Marquardt by unanimous decision, with scores of 30-27 x 3. On the undercard: Paulo Thiago defeated Mike Swick by submission, at 1:54 of round two; Demian Maia won a decision over Dan Miller, scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice; and Matt Serra won by knockout at 2:23 of the first over Frank Trigg. Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) put on a brilliant display of boxing as he dominated interim champion Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico. Valero was cut under the right eye in round one and suffered a nasty gash on the forehead in round two from an elbow, which cost DeMarco a point. Valero, however, remained the aggressor as he both outpunched and outboxed DeMarco in virtually every round. After eight rounds, the scoring was 79-72 for Valero on all three cards. DeMarco trainer Romulo Quirarte finally stopped the one-sided beating after Valero dominated round nine. Impressive defense for Valero as he overcame adversity to win in front of a worldwide audience that included SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING viewers.
In a good action fight, unbeaten welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (24-4-1, 14 KOs). Abregu was dropped by a left hook in round two, but got up to floor Gutierrez in round three. Abregu was cut over the left eye by a punch in round seven but coasted to a 98-90, 97-91, 97-91 win. (more…)
By John Cannon at ringside
Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios (24-0-1, 16 KOs) crushed Jorge Luis Teron (23-2-1, 15 KOs) in three one-sided rounds. Rios cut Teron under his left eye in the first round as he threw a series of power punches to the head. Round two was pretty similar as the first one as Rios was pulverizing Teron with thunderous shots to the head. Rios put Teron into the ropes in the third round as he smelled the kill, but Teron was saved after his mouthpiece fell out the referee put a halt into the action. However, Rios didn’t let up and the referee finally stopped the fight at the 1:13 mark of the third round. Winner by TKO Brandon Rios. Rios becomes the new NABF lightweight champion. “This is my greatest win,” said Rios. “I worked so hard and was so dedicated in the gym. I hurt Teron right away. I wasn’t going to let up. I kept the pressure on. What a win!” Trainer Robert Garcia added, “…when you face a big tree like Teron you begin chopping right away. Brandon beat a top, quality fighter. We went right to the attack and Brandon did it.” Click Here for More Photos
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (40-1, 27 KOs) continued his excursion in the heavyweight ranks with a hard fought twelve round decision over Olympian Jason Estrada (16-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 10,123 predominantly Adamek fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, and an off-base 118-110 as Adamek kept his IBF International belt. “I was prepared for 12 rounds, and pretty early in the fight I realized this is what would happen. So I had to conserve more energy, maybe be less aggressive than in my previous fights,” said Adamek afterward. Click here for more quotes and photos, plus other results
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#11/WBA#13 Japanese super-feather champ Takashi Miura (18-1-2, 14 KOs), 130, successfully kept his national belt by a shockingly split verdict (96-93, 96-94 and 94-96) over previously unbeaten top contender Seiichi Okada (10-1, 6 KOs), 129.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It greatly stunned the crowd that a judge favored Okada despite such a unanimous-looking contest probably due to his partial preoccupation. The hard-hitting champ took the initiative from the start with his busy, solid and accurate lefts to the face and the midsection, and maintained his pace almost all the way. Miura, who had dethroned another hard-punching southpaw Yoshimitsu Yashiro via TKO victory in a rematch (after a debatable draw), looked sharp and speedy enough to overwhelm game and durable Okada, steadily piling up points. Miura kept battering him up with effective lefts and southpaw right hooks, but Okada occasionally retaliated with a solid body shot at a time, which the judge might have wrongly evaluated too much. (more…)
Interview by David L. Hudson, Jr.
Tim “the Thrashing Machine” Hague already has seen the highs and lows of the wild ride of the Octagon in his short UFC career. In his first bout in May 2009, Hague submitted the highly touted Pat Barry in the first round at UFC 98. It was an impressive victory for the Canadian battler who had plied his trade in smaller King of the Cage Canada cards. However, he also experienced a low point when he lost in a highlight-reel, seven-second knockout to the powerful Todd Duffee at UFC 102 in August . . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Middleweight prospect Dmitry Pirog (15-0, 12 KOs) became the first one to stop tough American competitor Eric Mitchell (22-7-1, 11 KOs) inside the scheduled distance. Mitchell gave WBO #2, WBC #4 Pirog fits in the first two rounds but then gradually succumbed to the combinational power and diversity of the Russian contender. The contest was stopped at 1:07 of the fifth round, when Mitchell signalized he was in no condition to continue. Pirog reportedly became the WBO mandatory challenger after this victory.
In what was advertised as the main event of the evening, Uzbek stylist Timur Ibragimov (27-2-1, 15 KOs) acquired a vacant IBA intercontinental heavyweight title with the third-round stoppage of Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-2, 6 KOs). Tamim was down three times before the bout was stopped by referee Jon Schorle. (more…)
Despite the heavy snow and blizzard conditions ravaging the mid-Atlantic states, there was barely a dusting of snow in Newark, NJ and the streets are clear for tonight’s show at the Prudential Center featuring heavyweights Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) and Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs). Tickets in the lower bowl have completely sold out, but arena will continue to open up sections of $53 seats as long as there is a demand. Doors open at 7:00pm. The first fight will begin at 7:10pm. Tickets can be purchased at Prudential Center Box Office, or by calling TicketMaster 800-745-3000 until 6pm.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Knockout sensation David Lemieux (21-0 20KO) entered unchartered territories Saturday as he forced to go the distance against Jason Naugler (18-12-1 11KO), easily scoring a 100-89 victory on all three scorecards in his first headline appearance Saturday afternoon at the Casino de Montreal. Lemieux captures the vacant Canadian super-middleweight championship with the victory after dispatching his first twenty opponents in less than five rounds. Lemieux scored a knockdown in the second round, catching Naugler who has only been stopped once with a right hand and sending the Nova Scotian feet flying out from under him. Naugler proved to be a tough nut to crack as he absorbed the best that Lemieux had to offer and was able to offer back giving the Montreal fighter his toughest fight to date.
Former two-time world title challenger Hermann Ngoudjo (18-3 10KO) returned to the ring for the first time in over a year and posted a TKO victory at 1:43 of the 6th round over Silverio Ortiz of Mexico. Ortiz proved to be nothing if not tough for the duration of this one, absorbing the best the Montreal fighter had to offer then inexplicably turned his back on the action and walked to his corner after receiving a right uppercut from Ngoudjo. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The danger of an impending record setting snowstorm did little to deter the Philly boxing fans as the near sellout crowd at Legendary Blue Horizon came out to witness several local prospects take huge steps up in their career’s on Friday night. In the scheduled eight round main event of the evening, Philly junior middleweight contender Derek “Pooh” Ennis (20-2-1, 13 KOs) showed that he is ready step in with the best in the junior middleweights in the world, with an impressive fifth round stoppage of Edwin Vasquez (22-15-2, 8 KOs). In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Vernocha L. Michael of Blue Horizon Boxing Promotions Inc., highly touted featherweight Eric “Outlaw” Hunter (12-1, 5 KOs) showed he has more than just hand speed with a dominant first round knockout of Roberto Bonilla (22-12, 13 KOs) (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Middleweight Andy Kolle (20-2, 15 KO’s) stopped Pat “The Cat” Coleman on Friday night at First Avenue in Minneapolis. Coleman was crafty, but it was the 27-year-old Kolle that controlled the ring like a veteran. Kolle went to the body in the early rounds but slowly began to shift his attack upstairs as the rounds went by. Kolle put Coleman down in round four with a straight left. By the start of round five, Coleman’s left eye was swelling, bloody and closing. Coleman was able to survive the fifth but told referee Mark Nelson he couldn’t see in-between rounds and the fight was halted.
By Graham Houston
Lightweight champ Edwin Valero is one of those “force of nature” fighters. He isn’t classy, nor is he especially quick, but he brings an almost frightening power and intensity to his fights. Valero is difficult to discourage and it is hard to hold him off. He has shown a patience and maturity in his recent fights after starting his professional career with 18 first-round knockouts. On Saturday in Mexico Valero defends his WBC title for the second time when he meets Antonio DeMarco in an all-southpaw fight, with Showtime televising.
Valero is fighting on his opponent’s home territory, but this is unlikely to worry him too much. He has won in Mexico before, and he didn’t let a particularly hostile crowd affect his performance when he knocked out Vicente Mosquera in a ferocious fight in Panama. The 28-year-old Venezuelan is very confident in his ability to hurt and stop the other man. Indeed, it is possible that his boxing technique has suffered a little as opponent after opponent has fallen. Valero, though, always gives me the impression that he knows exactly what he is doing, at all times, in the ring. He might look a bit crude and even raw, but when he gets a man going the end usually is imminent. (more…)
With one sudden, dramatic right hand, once-beaten Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) of Lynwood, Calif. broke open an entertaining, dead-even fight to brutally knock out former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop’’ Corley (36-13-1, 21 KOs) of Washington, D.C., at 1:48 of the fifth round Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature at Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., power-punching, undefeated Dominican Francisco Contreras (13-0, 12 KOs), of Livingston, N.J., registered a 1:38, first-round knockout over Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-3, 12 KOs), of La Paz, Mexico, in a scheduled eight-round junior welterweight bout. Click Here for More Photos
By Joe Koizumi
Boxing is a game that healthy young men exchange gloves, but it might be a new tradition that our Japanese contestants often wear a mask to avoid any virus infection. So did Daiki Kameda (15-2, 11 KOs), who will fight a rematch with the WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs) of Thailand tomorrow (Sunday) in Kobe, Japan. They fought last October to a majority decision (115-113 twice and 114-114) in favor of the 33-year-old veteran Thailander. Since Kameda Promotions strongly asked for a direct rematch, the WBA finally sanctioned it after the convention in Colombia in November.
The 21-year-old Daiki, the younger brother of the WBC flyweight kingpin Koki Kameda, attempts to follow the footstep of the Klitschko brothers dominating the world belts in the same category at the same time. Today there was a weigh-n ceremony, where the champ tipped the beam at 110.75 to the 112-pound class limit for the challenger. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Fightnews.com caught up with world class trainer Freddie Roach earlier today to discuss the Pacquiao–Mayweather fiasco, Joshua Clottey, Shane Mosley and the newest addition to Roach’s stable of champions, WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm from Cologne, Germany. The 49-years old Roach also talks about his past as an active fighter, his motivation about being a trainer and his battle with Parkinson disease.
What can you tell us about the whole Manny Pacquiao–Floyd Mayweather, Olympic style drug testing fiasco?
The thing is I am not giving in to Mayweather. He is not running the sport, the commissions do. If you let him run the sport, it’s like giving the first two rounds away. He doesn’t make the rules, the commissions and the sanctioning bodies make the rules. They have been doing that for a long time. Who the hell is Mayweather to tell us what to do? That’s not going to happen. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao, boxing’s No. 1 attraction, has forged a commercial partnership with Albertsons, a major grocery chain in the US. According to Pacquiao’s adviser Mike Koncz, a shopper who pays a minimum of $50 worth of items in a participating branch in the Dallas area, will go home with a signed poster of the March 13 Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight. “Manny is very pleased with his partnership with Albertsons,” said Koncz. “This goes to show that Manny’s popularity has grown outside of the boxing ring.” Pacquiao is currently in the thick of training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood under guru Freddie Roach. Pacquiao is expected to arrive in Dallas on March 7 or 8 for the final phase of his preparation.
Colombian amateur Samuel Vargas will make his pro debut against Todd Furler, this Saturday, February 6th at the Montreal Casino in Quebec, Canada in a scheduled four round welterweight bout.
Born in Bogota, Colombia, Vargas immigrated to Canada at age 16 in search of a better life. Arriving in Toronto, Vargas started boxing under the guidance of famed Canadian trainer Chris Johnson.. . . Click here for more
Preview by Brady Crytzer
There is nothing more difficult to watch than an aging champion battling two opponents at once. At UFC 105, the MMA world watched as former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Randy Couture struggled against both Brandon “The Truth” Vera and Father Time. While Couture came out on top in November, his aging comrades weren’t so lucky. Although Mark Coleman, Frank Trigg, and Matt Serra have shown signs of aging in their most recent Octagon outings, the UFC has finally allowed for these living legends to truly showcase their skills . . . by matching them up against each other . . . . Click here for more
In an IBF light heavyweight eliminator, 41-year-old former world champion and current #3 rated Glen Johnson (50-13-2, 34 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over #7 rated Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) on Friday night at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The aggressive Johnson steadily broke down Mack, finally dropping him three times in round six before referee Frank Gentile waved it off. Time was 2:21. Johnson is now in line for a shot at IBF world champion Tavoris Cloud.
Unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 28 seconds to demolish Adolfo Landeros (20-13-1, 9 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. A left hand to the body put Landeros down for several minutes.
Welterweight Ed Paredes (23-3-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over previously unbeaten Joey Hernandez (15-1-1, 8 KOs). Paredes leveled Hernandez for the count with a left hook at the 1:53 mark. They previously fought to a draw last August.
2004 Olympic silver medalist Yudel Jhonson (5-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round TKO over comebacking Dorian Beaupierre (12-6-2, 6 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout. After Jhonson dropped Beaupierre in round one the bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:18.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (28-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over former world champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (36-13-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. A very competitive, good action fight ended suddenly when Hernandez laid out Corley with a huge right hand. Time was 1:48.
Hard-hitting, undefeated junior welterweight Francisco Contreras (13-0, 12 KOs) passed his toughest test in spectacular fashion, scoring a first round knockout of Juan Castaneda, Jr. (16-3, 12 KOs). A sharp combination finished Castaneda after 98 seconds. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Brandon Rios of Oxnard, Ca. is looking to get off to a quick start on Saturday night. “We’re in tough, taking on Jorge Luis Teron,” said Robert Garcia, chief trainer for Rios. “The game is to jump right on Teron and get off to a quick start and not let up. Teron is a pretty big puncher. Our first goal is be aggressive and get control of the fight.” (more…)
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Weights by Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Mark Coleman 205 vs. Randy Couture 205
Chael Sonnen 185 vs. Nate Marquardt 186
Paulo Thiago 170 vs. Mike Swick 171
Dan Miller 185 vs. Demian Maia 186
Frank Trigg 171 vs. Matt Serra 169
Prelims on Spike
Justin Buchholz 156 vs Mac Danzig 156
Ronys Torres 156 vs Melvin Guillard 155
Undercard (may not be broadcast)
Rob Emerson 155 vs Phillipe Nover 155
Phil Davis 205 vs Brian Stann 205
Chris Tuchscherer 263 vs Tim Hague 263
Rolles Gracie 247 vs Joey Beltran 238
#1 Contender Joshua Clottey hits the mitts with corner man Bismarck Bruce as he prepares for his upcoming world welterweight championship against Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao. Top Rank’s “The Event,” will be held on Saturday, March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas,Texas and televised live on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
By John Cannon at the scale
Jorge Luis Teron 134.2 vs Brandon Rios 135
Juan Ruiz 124 vs Tomas Villa 126
Robert Guillen 121.7 vs Roberto Marroquin 123
Morris Chule 126.7 vs Jerry Belmontes 126.5
Gilberto Elizondo 144.7 vs Humberto Trinidad 145
Abdrew Greeley 250 vs Eric Molina 211.5
Arturo Herrera 129.7 vs Jose Roman 132.5
Orlando Gomez 131.7 vs Jesse Roman 131.7
Venue: Convention Center, McAllen, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
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By Alexey Sukachev and Evgueny Solodov (at the scales)
Timur Ibragimov 239.5 vs. Awadh Tamim 225
(Vacant IBA Intercontinental heavyweight title)
Dmitry Pirog 159.2 vs. Eric Mitchell 158.4
(WBO Asia Pacific middleweight title)
Vitaly Demyanenko 146.5 vs. Jorge Daniel Miranda 145.4
(WBO Asia Pacific and PABA welterweight titles)
Sahib Usarov 124.8 vs. Ilhom Rahimov 125
Magomed Abdusalamov 256.5 vs. Raymond Ochieng 221
Roman Simakov 175.7 vs. Vasily Kondor 174
Alexey Soloviev 226.7 vs. Emin Gyulmamedov 238.7
Venue: Aquarium Hotel, Crocus-Expo, Moscow
TV: NTV+ (9 PM LT). Doors open at 6 PM.
Promoter: Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab (with assistance of Kirill Pchelnikov and German Titov)
Notes: 1. Khabib Allakhverdiev withdrew from original fight list due to an injury. 2. Ibragimov – Tamim fight was presented only as a fight for IBA Intercontinental title. No IBF/WBA International titles were announced.
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Gerson “Nene” Guerrero knows that he is not the most well-known boxer in the world, but neither was Nonito Donaire a few years back when he demolished Vic Darchinyan and became a world champion. “I know that this is the most important fight of my life and I know how good Donaire is, but I know I can beat him,” said Guerrero. Guerrero will take on Donaire in the main event of “Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3,” a big championship pay-per-view card that Top Rank will telecast live from the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. (more…)
WBA interim super featherweight champion Likar Ramos and his defiant challenger Jorge “Coloradito” Solis both made weight for their world title bout Saturday night at the Unidad Deportiva Inalámbrica in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico.
Likar Ramos 129.85 vs. Jorge Solís 129.85
(WBA interim super featherweight championship)
Ramón Maas 121.47 vs. Germán Meraz 121.97
José Pinzón 149.91 vs. Josué Mendoza 151.89
Moisés Eb 107.36 vs. Ricardo Toribio 107.36
Enrique Bernache 121.69 vs. Alberto Chuc 121.69
Julián Yedras 105.82 vs. Irving Requena 109.12
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By Felipe Leon at the scale
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero and interim champion Antonio DeMarco both weighed in at 135 pounds for their much anticipated world title showdown on Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. The bout will be televised on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING (9PM ET/PT)
Edwin Valero 135 vs. Antonio DeMarco 135
Luis Carlos Abregu 147 vs. Richard Gutierrez 147
Marvin Quintero 136 vs. Luis Gonzalez 132
Michel Rosales 148 vs. Orlando Escobar 148
Michael Medina 154 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 154
Jose Luis Zertuche 163 vs. Jesus Arras 161
Arely Mucino 114 vs. Anahi Torres 110
Juan Pablo Lopez 141 vs. Leonardo Resendiz 148
Carlos Perez 108 vs. Moises Calleros 108
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Former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo filed an appeal Friday morning with the WBA – including all of the necessary documents and fees – to contest the split decision that was rendered for his January 29th title fight with Beibut Shumenov. Shumenov won a controversial split decision which was widely criticized by ringside observers and the television commentators. The WBA was also critical of the selections of the judges chosen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission because the sanctioning body had recommended several judges that had received special schooling and instructions at seminars that were designed to reduce the possibility of controversial scoring and/or inept judging but the NSAC selected only one of the judges referred by the WBA for the January 29th Beibut-Shumenov rematch. The NSAC-appointed judges Patricia Jarman and Jerry Roth respectively scored the bout at 117-111 and 115-113 in favor of Shumenov while the judge suggested by the WBA – Levi Martínez – had Campillo ahead at 117-111.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The IBF has decided to vacate the super bantamweight title held by Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero after two purse bids for his IBF mandatory defense against South African Takalani Ndlovu went off without the participation of either fighter’s promoter. Caballero, who who still holds the WBA super bantamweight super world championship, is finishing up the last eight months of a contract with Warriors Boxing. Considered by many experts as one of the better boxers pound for pound, the nearly six-foot Caballero continues to train under Jeff Mayweather in Las Vegas.
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