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By Sam DiTusa at ringside
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights from Spokane aired three fights, but as is usual the undercard of unknowns, up and comers, and down and outers offered good dollar value for the boxing fan. (more…)
This year, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® provides another reason to look forward to the Fourth of July weekend as the remaining bouts of UFC 116: LESNAR vs. CARWIN, presented by Bud Light, is now confirmed. UFC 116, which will consolidate the heavyweight titles held by Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin, will be accentuated by some of the most notable fighters in the UFC®. The undercard bouts feature the following matchups: Yoshihiro Akiyama vs. Wanderlei Silva, Matt Brown vs. Chris Lytle, Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski, Kurt Pellegrino vs. George Sotiropoulous, Chris Tuchscherer vs. Brendan Schaub, Goran Reljic vs. Kendall Grove, Ricardo Romero vs. Seth Petruzelli, Dave Branch vs. Gerald Harris, Daniel Roberts vs. Forrest Petz and Karlos Vemola vs. Jon Madsen. (more…)
This week’s Telefutura telecast features unbeaten lightweight Pablo Cesar Cano (18-0-1, 15 KOs) in a tough test against Colombian veteran Oscar Leon (28-12, 18 KOs) on Friday night at midnight from the Plaza La Condesa Auditórium in Mexico City. The co-feature has undefeated light heavyweight prospect Marco Antonio Periban (7-0, 4 KOs) against TBA.
Russian promoter German Titov won the EBU purse bid for the vacant European heavyweight championship between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov. Titov bid 260,000 euros, outdistancing bids of Arena 157,000 euros and Universum 156,800 euros.
WBO light heavyweight world champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) will defend his belt against reigning WBO-Europe champion Alejandro Lakatos (31-5-2, 23 KOs) of Spain on the July 17 “Universum Champions Night” in Schwerin, Germany. “He’s very experienced,” said Brähmer, “a compact kid, very strong. I saw his fight against “The Tiger” (Dariusz Michelczewski) in 2001 because I boxed on the same event. If I concentrate on outboxing him, nothing should go wrong.” Promoter Klaus-Peter Kohl added “Lakatos is a hard nut to crack for Jürgen. He was ahead against the Tiger until he ran into a knockout punch by Dariusz. He’s #8 in the WBO rankings and a real test for Jürgen. He will be putting pressure all the time.”
It was also announced that on the same card “The Killer Queeen” WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) will defend her title against unbeaten Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs) of Mexico. “My trainer Magomed Schaburow told me that Arely is very awkward to box. We must be prepared for anything,” commented Kentikian.
By Francisco Salazar
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
Back in January, Ariz Ambriz and Jose Reynoso fought to a spirited, yet disputed split-decision draw. On Friday night, Reynoso took the initiative in their rematch, working hard to have his arm raised in victory as opposed to both fighters’ arms five months prior. Reynoso was able to control the middle rounds and was the more effective fighter in the end, winning an eight round majority decision before a boisterous crowd of about 1,400 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “New Blood 2” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
At noon Monday, the European Boxing Union EBU will hold a purse bid ceremony for the vacant European heavyweight championship between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov at the EBU office in Rome. While Dimitrenko’s promoter Universum has already announced to stage the title fight between Alexander Dimitrenko and Denis Bakhtov on July 31st, Russia’s German Titov and ARENA Sports-Promotion who share the promotional rights on Bakhtov are both expected to place their bids for the championship bout as well. If ARENA or Universum place the winning bid, the fight will most probably take place in Germany. Titov will try to bring the fight to Russia.
Story: Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Life, it is said, is a series of goals and destinations. Work and rewards. Dreams and hopes. One inevitably leads to another. Go to a good school and you’ll get a good job. Get a good job and you’ll make some money. With the money come the cars. Somewhere a long the line you’ll meet your spouse and get married. You’ll have kids and buy a home. That’s the way it’s supposed to work, or, at least, the way we’re told it’s supposed to work. (More)
By Damien St. Pierre / www.gulfcoastboxing.com
The comeback of 44-year-old cruiserweight Dominick Carter (30-10, 17 KOs) was spoiled on Saturday night at the Sugarmill in New Orleans, Louisiana. The spoiler, “Smiley” Martin Verdin (17-15-1, 10 KOs) of Dulac, Louisiana. Verdin had Carter down in round one and quicky finished him off with a big right hand in round one. Carter was returning after a ten year layoff. This bout was the main event of a 12-bout MMA / boxing event. It was the only boxing match of the night.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Ray Kasprowicz
REPORT: McGEE CHOKES OUT McGRAY: Court McGee turned in a dominant performance, choking out Kris McCray in the second to become season eleven’s Ultimate Fighter. The fight was all McGeefrom the outset as he utilized superior wrestling to take the heavier handed McCray down at will. Each time McCray would load up to punch, McGee brought the fight back to the mat.. . . Click here for more
THE CRIPPLER EXORCISES DEMONS: Chris Leben’s inner demons have been well publicized. The cast member from the originalUltimate Fighter has excelled in the cage, but has suffered knockdowns due to excessive drinking and drug use . . . Click here for more
McGEE BECOMES 11TH ULTIMATE FIGHTER: When Court McGee walked into theUltimate Fighter press conference, he was greeted by an unlikely fan. Kris McCray. McGee choked out McCray in the second round with a rear naked choke to become season eleven’s UItimate Fighter . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hough
Photos by Laura De laTorre
Andre Ward couldn’t resist grinning a little and asking the question–“Hummingbird?”– to Lou DiBella, Allan Green’s promoter, at the post-fight press conference. Green, who said before the fight that Ward was speedy, elusive and harmless, “a hummingbird,” wasn’t there. He was taken to a hospital for a check-up after Ward hammered him for 12 rounds at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. For more details and photos click here…
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Tacoma, Washington’s Emerald Queen Casino was rocking on Saturday night in anticipation of the return of one of the areas favorite fighters, Walter Wright. Wright had been on a two year hiatus and was generally inactive since his stint with the Contender TV show. Wright chose to return to the ring against Joshua Snyder, (8-5-1), which turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. While Wright was heavy, 167 pounds, he still had his quickness and ability to counter punch. Considering his long lay-off, timing and reflex issues were expected and evident, but Wright made his way through five uneventful rounds until he hurt Snyder in round six and finished with a flurry. Wright won a unanimous decision. (more…)
Before a vocal crowd of 1,072 boxing fans at the Mc Dermont Field House in Lindsay, California, area boxing star Paul Mendez scored a hard fought unanimous decision over a game Mario Ortiz in the featured bout of the inaugural melee at the McDermont boxing show co-promoted by Fernando Vargas’s Vargas Entertainment Promotions an Roy Englebrecht Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated featherweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (27-2, 12 KOs) was impressive in scoring a six round technical decision over Filipino Ericson Origenes (7-2-2, 5 KOs) at the Holland Beer Entertainment Center in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Sakkreerin connected with solid left hooks and right hands consistently on the taller Origenes in rounds one, two and three to control the action. The Filipino scored with solid straight lefts and power right hands in rounds four to edge the round. In round six Sakkreerin suffered a cut over the right eye due to accidental head clash and the doctor ruled it too severe to continue at 2:44. It went to the score cards and Sakkreerin was awarded a decision: 59-55, 59-55, 59-55. For more details and photos click here…
The first “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring” book signing in the USA was at the Women’s Golden Gloves in Hollywood, Florida on June 17-19. Boxer’s Alicia Ashley, Bonnie Canino and Barbara Buttrick, who are in the book were there with Mary Ann Owen author/photographer doing book signings. Many fans were purchasing multiple copies of the book. Book signings are planned for Las Vegas, New Mexico, California and NYC. “Extraordinary Women Of The Ring ” is the first book of its kind to focus on women’s boxing. Click here for more photos…
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. and Andreas Hale
In the main event of Saturday’s TUF 11 Finale, middleweight Court McGee used superior wrestling and jiu jitsu to submit Kris McCray in the second round with rear naked choke. Round one was controlled by the takedowns of McGee as he utilized slick tripping takedowns to put his opponent on the mat. The second round saw the end come as McGee slipped in a tight rear naked choke to force the tap at 3:41. With this win McGee becomes the champion of Season 11 of The Ultimate Fighter.
Matt “The Hammer” Hamill defeated fellow TUF veteran Keith Jardine via majority decision. Scorecards read 29-27 twice and 28-28.
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler of South Africa retained his IBO junior flyweight belt on a 12 round split decision over Filipino Juanito Rubillar in a gruelling fight at the Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Saturday night. Judges Terrence Makaluza (SA) and Reg Thompson (UK) scored it 115-113 and 116-111 for Budler and judge Michael Fitzgerald had it 114-113 for Rubillar. (more…)
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto Inc.
Super welter king Miguel Cotto with his Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward walked the streets of downtown Chicago at the 45th anual PR Day Parade on Saturday. After his great victory over Yuri Foreman, Miguel was elected to be the Grand Marshal of the traditional festivities in the Windy City. “I had a great time with all my Puerto Ricans of Chicago,” said Cotto. “It was a incredible experience.”
Steward commented, “I came to Chicago to feel the love and admiration of all the Puerto Ricans to Miguel. They love him! It was a great honor for me being in Chicago today for the PR Chicago Parade. I had a wonderful time.”
Unbeaten lightweight Adrien “The Problem” Broner (16-0, 13 KOs) battered Carlos Claudio (10-5, 3 KOs) for seven rounds before Claudio remained on his stool at the beginning of round eight on Saturday night at the Taft Theater in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner claimed the WBC Youth Intercontinental jr lightweight title with the win. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Andre Ward retained his WBA 168-pound championship and undefeated record by way of unanimous decision over Allan Green in his second straight commanding performance in the Super Six World Boxing Classic. In front of his hometown crowd of 8,797 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) secured a place in the Super Six semi-finals by dominating a visibly weak Green (29-2, 20 KOs), of Tulsa, Oklahoma, throughout the entire twelve round bout. All three judges scored the fight 120 to 108.
“I did expect a little tougher fight,” Ward admitted after Green’s ring performance was in direct opposition to his usual hard punching and tough talking persona. Ward threw nearly 200 more punches than Green and outlanded his combos by a margin of 42 to six. At one point, SHOWTIME play-by-play announcer Gus Johnson exclaimed, “The bully is being bullied.” Green went to the hospital after the bout as a precautionary measure. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
In a rematch of their controversial draw in February, Omar Nino (29-3-2, 11 KOs) dethroned WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol (26-5-2, 20 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night outdoors at the Plaza De Toros Del Recinto Expositor in San Juan del Rio, Queretaro, Mexico. The bout was very close and plagued by headbutts, with Nino getting the worst of it, suffering bad cuts over both eyes. The bout was stopped several times for Nino to be examined by the ring doctor. Mayol jumped out to an early lead, but Nino was stronger down the stretch. Scores were 115-112, 117-109, 115-111. (more…)
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Former WBC heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (47-7-2, 38 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Shannon Miller (16-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Niagara Falls Conference Center in Niagara Falls, NY. Miller staggered Rahman with a big right hand in round one, but “The Rock” roared back to drop Miller in rounds one, two, three and four before the bout was halted at 1:37 of round four.
In the co-feature, middleweight John Mackey (12-5-2, 5 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Olympian Donny Orr (15-1, 6 KOs) by majority decision. Scores were 76-76, 77-75, 77-75. (more…)
By Robert Hough and Rocco Morales at ringside
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Allan Green (29-2, 20 KOs) in the final Group Stage 2 matchup of SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking “Super Six” tournament on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Ward made a statement in this fight, outpunching, outboxing and generally roughing up the supposedly stronger Green on the inside throughout the match. Scores were 120-108 on all cards.
With the victory, Ward has already clinched a spot in the Super Six semis prior to his Group Stage 3 bout vs. Andre Dirrell. Green still has a chance to advance in Group Stage 3 against Mikkel Kessler. (more…)
In his first bout since losing a competitive 12 round decision to top ranked light heavy Karo Murat (22-0), WBA #14 light heavyweight Tommy Karpency rebounded Friday night with a one-sided destruction over late sub Julius Jackson at the Wheeling Isle Racetrack and Casino in Wheeling, West Virginia. Karpency (20-2-1) controlled the fight with superior skills, power punching and effective combinations dropping Jackson with a right/left combination at the conclusion of the opening stanza. Jackson failed to answer the bell to start the second. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Cedar Gardens in Hamilton Township New Jersey, two world class professional fighters successfully pushed forward in the comebacks. In the main event of the seven bout card promoted by Nedal Promotions, former world title challenger Omar Sheika (30-9, 21 KOs) easily pounded his way to a third round stoppage of rugged light heavyweight Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl (27-9, 21 KOs). The co-main event was a tactical battle as former 1996 Olympian Bronze medalist, Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (35-6, 9 KOs) boxed and counter punched his way to an eight round split decision victory over tough junior welterweight prospect, Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (10-3-2, 4 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated, WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (21-0, 13 Kos) and world-ranked Allan Green (29-1, 20 Kos) will square off tonight in the final Group Stage 2 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic live on SHOWTIME, 10p ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) -from Oakland’s Oracle Arena. Click on the links below for the latest interviews on tonight’s exciting battle…
By Brian Grammer at ringside
“Dangerous” Dannie Williams (13-1) was impressive in dispatching late substitute, Tyler Ziolkowski, getting the 2nd round TKO victory Friday at St. Louis’ Viking Conference Center. Promoter Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotions declared that “The Show Must Go On” after a scheduling conflict that postponed the June 12th showdown between IBF jr middleweight champion Cory Spinks and Cornelius Bundrage resulted with several of his fighters not having a “job” until Don King returns to Gateway City on August 7th. Coincidentally, the promoter’s plans to showcase Williams were almost scrapped until the late replacement, Ziolkowski (12-13), stepped up for the challenge. (more…)
Slideshow of yesterday’s TUF weigh-in in Vegas
Photos by Ray Kasprowicz
By Graham Houston
Super Six continues on Saturday, with Andre Ward seeking to become the first boxer to win two bouts in the Showtime 168-pound tournament when he meets Allan Green. Ward’s WBA title will be at stake but it’s odd how the tournament holds greater sway than the championship. I know that titles are good for the fighters by increasing earning opportunities, but good, evenly matched fights are what matters. (more…)
Paul Mendez 160 vs Mario Ortiz 160.4
Oscar Godoy 145.6 vs Anthony Wheaton 143
Stephan Rubalcava 146,2 vs Adolfo Gonzalez 145.2
Jose Leon 153.6 vs Jacob Alvarez 153.6
Jose Garcia 121.2 vs David Clark 121.8
Rigo Espinoza 152.8 vs Cesar Flores 154.6
Venue: McDermont Field House in Lindsay, CA
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions/Vargas Entertainment
Tickets: $25 and $40
Photos: Enrique “Kike” Vázquez / Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
Super Welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto will be at the Grand Marshall for the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Chicago on Saturday June 19. As a part of his visit to the Windy City, Cotto visited the Shriners Hospital for the Children of Chicago Friday. “It was a great experience for me to visit the hospital and share with the children and give them some joy and smiles,” Cotto said. The Shriners Hospital works to serve the needs of children with orthopedic and spinal cord injuries. (more…)
Weights by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Ray Kasprowicz
From the Palms in Las Vegas:
Matt Hamill 205 vs. Keith Jardine 205
Court McGee 185 vs. Kris McCray 184
Matt Hamill 205 vs. Keith Jardine 205
Chris Leben 186 vs. Aaron Simpson 186
Spencer Fisher 156 vs. Dennis Siver 156
Rich Attonito 186 vs. Jamie Yager 185
John Gunderson 155 vs. Mark Holst 154
Seth Baczynski 185 vs. Brad Tavares 185
Josh Bryant 185 vs. Kyle Noke 185
Chris Camozzi 185 vs. James Hammortree 186
Travis Browne 251 vs. James McSweeney 231
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Jr welterweight Jose Reynoso (12-3-1, 1 KO) took an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten Aris Ambriz (13-1-1, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, 79-73. They had previously fought to a draw. ‘
In the co-feature, welterweight Aron Martinez (13-1-1, 3 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Pavel Miranda (16-5-1, 8 KOs). Martinez was the busier and more effective fighter throughout the bout. All three judges scored the bout 78-74, 79-73, and 80-72. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon at ringside
Jr welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (16-0, 8 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Joshua Alottey (16-9, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Lightweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (10-0, 8 KOs) won by second round DQ over journeyman Julian Rodriguez (17-19-4, 11 KOs). The bout was waved off due to excessive low blows from Rodriguez. Time 1:15.
Welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo (12-0, 6 KOs) needed just 63 seconds to demolish late sub Adan Murillo (4-4, 1 KO).
Adrian Granados 140 vs. Michael Culbert 140
Michael Jimenez 171.5 vs. Cleo Rice 174
Jaime Herrera 146 vs. Nick Smith 147.5
Genaro Mendez 142 vs. Gabriel Morris 143.5
Juan Garcia 142 vs. Dean Peters 147
Donatas Bondoravas 157 vs. Keon Johnson 157
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
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