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By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Oliver Flores (21-0-2, 15 KOs) and Abraham Rodríguez (23-10-4, 12 KOs) battled to an eight round draw on Friday night at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. No scores were announced. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Following the OPBF bantam champ Malcolm Tunacao’s latest relinquishment, the vacant regional belt will be disputed by highest available OPBF contenders #1 Jerope Zuiyama Mercado (23-1-3, 8 KOs) and #3 Rolly Matsushita Lunas (28-8-1, 16 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on July 31. Funny enough, both are Japan-based Filipinos as ex-champ Malcolm. Lunas once fought Anselmo Moreno in a quest for the WBA bantam belt, losing a nearly shutout decision in Panama in 2008. Mercado went abroad and battled Vusi Malinga for the WBC international 118-pound belt to a split draw in South Africa in 2007. It will be a competitive bout with the good and strong campaigners.
By Joe Koizumi
Elongated southpaw Japanese, JBC#3/OPBF#14 super-light Yuji Wauke (14-3-1, 7 KOs), 140, engaged in a tune-up go prior to his national title crack and chalked up a quick TKO triumph over Thailander Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin (11-7, 4 KOs), 138.75, with a vicious body shot to the solar-plexus at 0:51 of the second round in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the national 140-pound belt via unanimous decision loss to then-reigning Yosukezan Onodera two years ago, Wauke is gunning for a shot again at the currently vacant belt. The Japanese lefty threw busy combinations followed by a solid shot to the midsection, which collapsed the Thailander in agony with the referee Kumazaki promptly declaring a halt. (more…)
Unbeaten super featherweight Gary Russell Jr (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Antonio Meza (24-10-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Russell scored one knockdown in the third round and two more in the fourth round. Time was 2:42.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Omar Figueroa (12-0-1, 9 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (12-7-3, 12 KOs) by scores of 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Unbeaten middleweight Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Larry Smith (9-5, 6 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
From the American Airlines Center in Dallas for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce card airing on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Alistair Overeem 256 vs. Fabricio Werdum 246
Brett Rogers 258 vs. Josh Barnett 256
KJ Noons 156 vs. Jorge Masvidal 155
Daniel C0rmier 239.5 vs. Jeff Monson 234
Valentijn Overeem 234.5 vs. Chad Griggs 234
JZ Cavalcante 155 vs. Justin Wilcox 156
Conor Heun 155 vs. Magno Almeida 155
Todd Moore 169.5 vs. Mike Bronzoulis 170
Nah-Shon Burrell 179 vs. Joe Ray 180
Brian Melancon 175 vs. Isaac Vallie-Flag 170
40-year-old Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (29-12, 17 KOs) scored a stunning fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten and world rated Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. Brewer dropped Guerrero with a series of right hands in round four and finished him moments later with an uppercut. Referee Jon Schorle waved it off at 2:16.
Brewer, best known for winning the popular TV reality series “The Contender” in 2006, claimed the NABF title. Guerrero entered the ring rated WBC #6 at super welterweight and WBO #5/WBA #6/IBF #15 at middleweight.
Welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs). After a fairly lackluster fight, a barrage of punches by Mayfield prompted referee Gregorio Alvarez to step in at 1:03 of the final round. It was the first time Forbes has been stopped.
Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel has ended his 7-week intensive preparation in Los Mochis for his expected return to the ring to face the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño on June 25 in the Banorte Stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. With a contagious motivation, he is ready to reclaim his place among the elite of world boxing. Montiel will face former world champion Nehomar Cermeño presented by Zanfer to be broadcast by TV Azteca and Fox Deportes. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Nick Brinson 155.5 vs. Michael Walchuk 154.5
Stephen Franjic 179 vs. Rayshawn Myers 179
Scott Paul 134.5 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Lorenzo Davis 274 vs. Taffo Asongwed TBA
Tony Brinson 157 vs. Julius Bunda 154.5
Venue: Burt Flickinger Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: Diaab Entertainment
Javier Flores 146 vs. Shakha Moore 145.5
Joshua Harris 200 vs. Harvey Jolly 199
Luis Rosa 122 vs. Shawn Nichol 122
Christian Lao 144 vs. Jose Javier Calderon 144
Oscar Bonilla 134 vs. Corey White 133
Josh Crespo 123 vs. Frankie Garriga 121
Charles Foster 166 vs. Ralph Johnson 168
Carlos Hernandez 139.5 vs. Barrington Douse 143
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
Promoter: Bulldog Cartel Promotions
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Miguel Vázquez 135 vs. Marlon Aguilar 135
Giovani Segura 115 vs. Eddy Zuñiga 115
Erick Garduño 147 vs Arturo García 147
Daniel Sandoval 146 vs. Isaac García 148
Felipe Salguero 114 vs. Hector Moreno 113
Martín Honorio 136 vs. Sergio Pérez 134
Alejandro Gonzalez 118 vs. Javier Estrada 120
Venue: Music Hall, Toluca, Estado De México
TV: Fox Deportes/TV Azteca more photos
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and challenger Ryan Rhodes both made weight on Friday afternoon in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. “Canelo” weighed 153.2 lbs and Rhodes weighed 152.6.
For the co-featured bout, Jason Litzau weighed 129.6 and Adrian Broner weighed 128.3 for their super featherweight clash. (more…)
Day 3 began at 6 AM at NBC in St Louis with Frank Cusumano as Don King continues his intra-city promotional tour for Don King is and will remain until fight night January 25 promoting Alexander vs Matthysse plus 4 world title fights at The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. At 3 PM he is now at 101 ESPN with Randy and D’Marco on “The Fast Lane.”
Story and photos by Ahmed Santos
Everything is set and ready in Navojoa, Sonora, México for the youth-vs-experience clash between Sonoran power punchers Rogelio “Porky” Medina and Luis Ramón “Yori Boy” Campas, after going successfully through the weigh-in ceremony.
“Porky” stopped the beam at 156.5 lbs, while “Yori Boy” did so at 159 lbs, for the fight scheduled for 10 rounds at middleweight.
“Porky” Medina (25-1, 19 KOs) looks confident about his training and ready to defeat an experienced and yet dangerous Campas (97-15-1, 76 KOs), who is in 5-fight winning streak, and at home he proves to be almost invincible, and has declared that a victory in this duel will get him closer to his goal of achieving 100 wins. (more…)
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
Hang out long enough in El Paso and you’re going to find two different camps, both with valid arguments, among local boxing fans. One camp will swear that David “El Nino” Rodriguez is the next great American heavyweight. The other? Call ‘em haters, call ‘em critics, but these guys will fill your ear with talk of built-up records, tomato can opponents and being overrated.
“I couldn’t care less what people say and what they think,” says the unbeaten Rodriguez. “People are always gonna talk.” . . . . Click here for more
This morning, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. refused to appear for a court-ordered deposition in the defamation lawsuit filed by Manny Pacquiao in a Las Vegas federal court. Mayweather tried to postpone the deposition last minute, but Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied his request and ordered Mayweather to appear for deposition today. Mayweather did not appear. Pacquiao’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers, said, “Mr. Mayweather maliciously leveled false accusations about Mr. Pacquiao. We are anxious to examine him under oath about those statements. He is just dodging his deposition because he is afraid to testify, but he has no right to defy a Court Order.”
By Robert Coster
An enthusiastic crowd packed the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday night to watch native son and WBA #6 rated featherweight Nicholas Walters defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas of Mexico. Walters (18-0, 15 KOs), who fights out of Panama, was making his debut in his native land and displayed superb form with a two round TKO over Salinas. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) returns to the ring on August 20 for a farewell fight in his native Brazil. The fight would be a six-round super welterweight clash against an opponent to be determined and the event would be in Brasilia. Now 35, Freitas is a federal deputy in his home state of Bahia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the third man in the ring when WBA Middleweight champion Genaady Golovkin from Kazakhstan (20-0, 17 KOs) defends against former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma from Uganda (27-7-1, 17 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City Today. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico) , Raul Caiz Sr. (USA) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight Supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBC welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will hit the road to officially announce their Mexican Independence Day welterweight mega-fight taking place September 17. The tour will begin Tuesday, June 28, in New York City and continue the next night in Los Angeles.
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