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“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, Jay Larkin,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “His remarkable enthusiasm, his insatiable zeal for life and esprit de corps that he left behind at SHO Sports will always be with us. He will be missed by the countless people that he met and touched including all of us here at Showtime who’ve had the pleasure to work with him. All our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
One of the most successful television executives in the world of boxing and entertainment, Jay Larkin, passed away this morning at Nyack Hospital in Nyack, NY at the age of 59. Larkin had been battling cancer. Services will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at Beth David Cemetery (300 Elmont Road) in Elmont, NY.
Larkin put together a franchise that stood atop the world of boxing and television while at SHOWTIME from 1984 to 2006 with the creation of SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, SHOBOX: THE NEW GENERATION and a pay-per-view business that was second to none with the promotion of Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Marvin Hagler, Sugar Ray Leonard, Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad and many other Hall of Fame greats in the boxing world. Larkin was considered one of the most powerful professionals in the world of boxing. (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
By way of a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision, Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-0, 13 KOs) successfully defended his IBF and WBC jr welterweight titles at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri this past Saturday. In the co-main event, IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) waged a war to successfully defend his title against three-time former champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs). And in a stunning upset, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) scored a controversial fifth round TKO victory over Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11 KOs) to capture the IBF jr middleweight title. (More)
Former SHOWTIME boxing chief Jay Larkin sadly has passed away at the age of 59 from brain cancer. Larkin was one of the key architects of the network’s acclaimed boxing programming. “I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jay Larkin,” said Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports. “Although Jay and I worked for different networks, we were truly colleagues. His commitment to his family and to boxing was truly admirable. I considered him a friend and enjoyed the times we spent together. He will be dearly missed.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nicaraguan boxing promoter PRODESA presents a card Saturday night at the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua, Nicaragua. The main event features WBA #10/WBO #12/WBC #14 super featherweight contender Santos Benavides (20-2-2, 15 KOs) against Carlos Guevrara (13-10-1, 10 KOs). In all, there will be eight professional bouts showcasing top local talent. (more…)
The Heavyweight Factory has signed unbeaten welterweight Brad “The King” Solomon (12-0, 4 KOs) to a promotional contract. Solomon will be the co-feature against Puerto Rican veteran Wilfredo “Papin” Negron (26-14-1, 19 KOs) in a ten rounder for the WBA International and WBC Latino titles. on HF’s August 24th at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the main event, heavyweight Timur Ibragimov (28-2-1, 15 KOs) will face off with undefeated former Olympian Gurcharan Singh (20-0, 11 KOs) in a ten rounder for the NABA Intercontinental title. This will be Timur’s first defense of the belt. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Trainer Fritz Sdunek joined forces with WBA middleweight world champion Felix Sturm today at Sturm’s training facilities in Cologne, Germany. The well-respected Sdunek, who also works with heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, oberserved a six-round sparring session and work on the heavy bag. Sturm’s conditioning coach Clive Salz was also on hand. The 31-year-old Sturm will be facing Giovanni Lorenzo on September 4 in the Lanxess-Arena in Cologne.
Who do you want to see Devon Alexander fight next?
- Tim Bradley (46%)
- Amir Khan (28%)
- Andriy Kotelnik (rematch) (14%)
- Marcos Maidana (12%)
Video: Joel A. Colón
WBA jr flyweight world champion Giovani Segura works out in preparation for his pay-per-view flyweight world championship unification showdown against unbeaten WBO jr flyweight champion Ivan Calderon on August 28 in the Coliseum Mario Quijote Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The memorial service for former WBA Vice President and DC Boxing and Wrestling chair York Van Nixon will be held on Saturday, August 14 at St. Dominic Catholic Church, 630 E Street, SW in DC. The repast will be held at 700 7th Street, SW, level B also in DC.
British featherweight champion Martin Lindsay has been added to promoter Frank Maloney’s world title card next month. Nottingham’s Jason Booth heads the bill when he challenges Steve Moiltor for the IBF world super-bantamweight title at Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring on Saturday September 11. Belfast’s Lindsay, 28, will keep busy when he boxes an eight round non-title contest against a selected opponent on the undercard of a show being televised live by Sky Sports. (more…)
Unbeaten Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (18-0-1, 8KOs) takes another step towards a title shot when he returns to the airwaves and faces tough Mexico City, MX, journey man Genaro Trazancos (22-11-1, 13KOs) for ten rounds on Friday, August 20th, at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, AZ. The Don Chargin Promotions in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Golden Boy Promotions presented main event will be televised by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” (more…)
Furious Kell Brook has hit back at Michael Jennings – and told him “I’m no one’s number two.” The pair meet in a long awaited British blockbuster showdown on September 18 at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Brook’s WBO Intercontinental Welterweight title will be on the line and it also doubles up as an WBO eliminator for the world title. It forms part of Frank Warren’s Magnificent Seven show live and exclusive on Sky Box Office. Last week, former British champion Jennings declared that Yorkshire rival Brook was second best. (more…)
In preparation for the August 21st Tomasz Adamek vs. Michael Grant “Big Challenge” at Prudential Center, Newark, NJ, there was a Media Conference Call with Michael Grant and Eddie Mustafa last Thursday. We brought you some quick highlights immediately after the call ended. Here is a more detailed report of what was said. (more…)
Las Vegas fight promoter Crown Boxing is moving from their longtime base at The Orleans to The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. Their first card at the new venue will be September 3 in the Crown Theater and Night Club with a show headlined by cruiserweight Henry Namauu. Tickets are on sale now at $25 and $100. Call 702-777-7776.
Monty Meza-Clay and Allen “The American Boy” Litzau are set to face off in a super featherweight battle in the main event August 28th at the Rivers Casino in downtown Pittsburgh, PA. In the co-feature, former world champion Derrick “Smoke” Gainer takes on upset minded Angel Hernandez. A full night of undercard action is in store and the event is being presented by TNT Sports Promotions in association with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring. Tickets are $100, $50 and $35 and can be purchased online at ticketalternative.com or by calling 724-513-1416. Free parking at Rivers Casino. All Ages. 1st bell at 7:00 PM. Pre and post event parties at Rivers Casino hosted by 8-time world champion Roy Jones Jr.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
Fight report/gallery: It was the mixed martial arts version of Muhammad Ali’s “rope-a-dope,” the Pittsburg Steelers “Immaculate Reception,” Kirk Gibson’s pinch hit walk-off 2-run homer and Robert Horry’s game winning 3-pointer against the Sacramento Kings. Anderson Silva had been dominated for 23 minutes by the trash talking Chael Sonnen who was walking the walk that he talked for months. Sonnen was ready to shock the world, but Silva wasn’t going to go out without a bang. Well behind on the scorecards, Silva cinched in the Hail Mary of all triangle chokes and sent the 12,971 fans at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA into a frenzy as he defended his UFC middleweight title by submitting Sonnen at 3:10 in the 5th and final round at UFC 117 . . . Click here for more
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Bob Barton
With Don King proclaiming that on this card, “every fight was a main event”, his Gateway to Greatness card Saturday night was a classic example of the younger, hungrier lions taking over the pride. 23 year old Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs), 28 year old Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18KOs) and 28 year old Ryan Coyne (15-0, 5KOs) all beat their respective, older lions last night to win or retain their championship belts. Even 37 year old Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4-2, 18KOs) seemed like a young lion in dispatching his foe, Cory Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) with a 5th round knockout. (more…)
After spending time with promoter Don King recently in South Florida, Floyd “Money” Mayweather resurfaced with King on Saturday night at King’s card in St. Louis, sparking further speculation that he and King could be getting together. King has made it clear that he wants to promote Floyd. Mayweather isn’t talking, even spurning an interview request from HBO.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Now fighting as a flyweight, former jr flyweight champion Edgar Sosa was impressive Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in the Mexican capital, totally dominating Venezuelan import Jose Luis Varela and scoring a 4th round TKO. A fired-up Sosa (39-6, 23 KOs) had promised a kayo to his legion of fans and he delivered: he took command from the first round and thoroughly punished the game but outclassed Varela (15-8, 7 KOs), scoring a knockdown in the third round and another in the fourth round. (more…)
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
Postfight presser: It was like Super Bowl XLII all over again… but not quite the same Cinderella story ending. Anderson Silva reflected the undefeated New England Patriots and Chael Sonnen represented the 10-6 New York Giants. Nobody – except a few die hard Giants fans – gave New York a shot in hell to beat what many had already called the greatest NFL team of all time. The trash-talking Sonnen did everything right for four rounds. But unlike David Tyree’s leaping catch, Sonnen dropped the ball when it counted the most . . . Click here for more
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Scott Foster
In Devon Alexander’s toughest test to date, he successfully defended his IBF and WBC junior welterweight titles in a back and forth twelve round unanimous decision. Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) pressured continually throughout the fight and effectively countered Andriy Kotelnik’s (31-4, 13 KOs) power shots. More plus photos…
WBC/IBF 140 POUND LIMIT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
DEVON ALEXANDER VS. ANDRIY KOTELNIK
(Prior to the decision announcement) “We good. I think I did enough to win. (After the decision announcement) It was an okay performance for me. I am my own toughest critic. Kotelnik is a tough fighter, an ex-world champion. Like I told everyone, I have an A, B and C plan. I have all three, so I can adjust to whatever anyone brings. Kotelnik trained hard. Give him credit. I listened to my trainer (Kevin Cunningham). He told me to box. (Leg issue) My left leg was going out on me in the final round. I had a cramp. I trained for 12 rounds and got the victory. That is what I came here to do.
(On the cut to his right eye) It was my first cut, but I fought through it like a world champion does. We knew Kotelnik would come in, in shape and he did.”
“I want the belt. I deserve it. If the fight were anywhere but here, I would be champion. I am speechless. I have no words to describe what happened. That guy has something that belongs to me.”
TRAINER STACEY MCKINLEY (to Kotelnik are the fight)
“Everyone knows the fight was closer than that. In fact, you won the fight.”
IBF LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
TAVORIS CLOUD VS. GLEN JOHNSON
“I was head butted a lot. It was a heck of a fight. I have a lot of respect for Glen. I had the most effective punches. I hurt him worse. Glen Johnson said I was off balance. It is the same thing. You got hurt because I hit you. I was looking for a shot to get him out. He’s a slick fighter, so I didn’t get the KO. I definitely want to fight Chad Dawson. I was a little rusty tonight, so I will be better next time. I am a bad man. I going to be a unified world champion and undisputed champion.”
“I made some adjustments throughout the fight. He was throwing a lot of punches, but I was blocking most of them. But the judges were counting them all. He caught me with a punch over there that I was not ready for. I was off balance and that was the only time I got caught.”
IBF JUNIOR MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
CORY SPINKS VS. CORNELIUS BUNDRAGE
“The referee stopped the fight, but I don’t know why. I totally disagree. He didn’t even hit me and I lost my title.”
TRAINER BUDDY MCGIRT
“Cory is a world champion and I think a world champion deserves the benefit of the doubt in that situation.”
REFEREE MARK NELSON
“Spinks had a staggered and dazed look. He shook his head (after the knockdown) as if to say, no. At the count of eight, he stepped backwards and I didn’t want his opponent to hit him again in that condition.”
“I knew I was going to get him. It was just a matter of time. I want Manny Pacquaio next. I am thankful. We have the best team in the land with Keith Lee, Emanuel Steward and Don King. I went after it. He was right there at the opening bell, so I went for it. I went right after him. It was just a matter of time.”
“It was a good fight. It could have been better. He was too anxious. He wasted a lot of energy. It has never been in this big of a fight. He is in a hot division and I am sure he will get a lot of offers.”
WBO #10 ranked welterweight Diego Chaves (15-0, 12 KOs) of Argentina defeated Jeferson Goncalo (22-9-3, 12 KOs) of Brazil to retain his WBO Latino welterweight title. The bout was fought at an intense pace from beginning to end with Chaves rocking the resilient Goncalo on several occasions. Chaves staggered Goncalo badly into the ropes with a barrage of punches in round 5 and the referee issued a standing 8 count. In the end the official judges scorecards read 120-108, 120-107, and 120-107 all in favor to Chaves. The event took place at the Club Los Indios, Moreno in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Mario Margossian promoting.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
From the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. at UFC 117: Losing nearly every round against challenger Chad Sonnen, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva retained his title with a win by tapout in the fifth and final round. Controlling four of five rounds, Sonnen was on his way to victory when Silva sank in an armbar, forcing the tapout at 3:10 of the fifth.
In the co-main event, a lackluster fight, Jon Fitch defeated Thiago Alves by unanimous decision with scores of 30-37 x 3, opening the doors for a possible rematch with welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
In other results: Clay Guida stopped Rafael Dos Anjos at 1:51 of round three by tapout; former champ Matt Hughes won with a technical submission over Ricardo Almeida at 3:15 of round one; Junior Dos Santos won a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson, scores of 30-27 twice and 30-26; Rick Story TKO’d Dustin Hazelett at 1:15 of round two; Phil Davis won by unanimous decision over Rodney Wallace; Johnny Hendricks TKO’d Charlie Brenneman at :40 of round two; Tim Boetsch decisioned Todd Brown, scores of 29-28 x 3; Stefan Struve TKO’d Christian Morecraft at :22 of round one; and Dennis Hallman scored a unanimous decision over Ben Saunders, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28. Stay tuned for a full report and gallery tomorrow.
Photo by Miguel Gonzalez
WBA #14 junior flyweight contender and former world champion Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs) won when WBC #8 Michael Arango (30-9-3, 24 KOs) could not come out for round six in a flyweight bout on Saturday night in the main event of the Tecate Boxing Tour’s stop in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The card took place in a special arena that was built outside of the Hector Espino baseball stadium.
In the co-feature, unbeaten bantamweight prospect Juan ‘Gallito’ Estrada (14-0, 12 KOs) impressively stopped former national Mexican champion Carlos Rodriguez (16-8-3, 5 KOs) in round two. Time was 2:52.
Unbeaten jr featherweight prospect Roberto Marroquin (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a TKO over Jesus Quintero (8-5-2, 4 KOs) at 1:40 of round three. Marroquin, from Dallas, trained for weeks with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California before the fight.
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Undefeated WBC/IBF junior welterweight champ Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) won a harder then expected twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-4, 13 KOs) in front of 9000+ hometown fans at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Kotelnik gave Alexander all he could handle in a brutal fight. Alexander was busier, but Kotelnik landed the cleaner shots. In the end, all three judges had it 116-112 for Alexander. After the fight Alexander said he wants Tim Bradley next.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Underdog Reynaldo Lopez (31-8-3, 22 KOs) needed just 81 seconds to destroy former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez (35-10-1, 23 KOs) in a battle for the New York State super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn, New York. Lopez floored Martinez three times in the abbreviated encounter, all with right hands.
Unbeaten super middleweight Lennox Allen (12-0-1, 7 KOs) and spoiler Darnell Boone (17-15-3, 7 KOs) fought to a methodical eight round draw. Scores were 78-74 Allen and 76-76 twice
Featherweight Gary Stark Jr. (23-3, 8 KOs) barely got past journeyman Leopoldo Arocha (10-13-2, 6 KOs), taking a majority decision by scores of 57-57, 58-56, 58-57. Arocha was docked a point for a low blow in round four. Click here for full report…
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Note: Floyd Mayweather Jr., rumored to be possibly working with promoter Don King, is in the house.
In a good action fight, undefeated IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) had to work hard to defeat former light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. The champion just a little too strong and too energetic for the 41-year-old Johnson, who gave a game effort. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
In a shocker, Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) became the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion in stopping Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) at 1:28 in the 5th round. The new champion battered Spinks around the ring for the majority of the contest. “K9” began the fight with constant pressure and never let off the gas in dispatching the former champ. Early in the 5th round, Spinks spun out of a corner and attempted to elude Bundrage, but slipped and and fell thru ropes to the apron. Upon resumption of the round, Bundrage moved forward and began to batter Spinks eventually knocking him down. At the count of nine, Spinks rose to his feet and when Referee Mark Nelson motioned to Spinks to follow him. The referee, not pleased with Spinks’ look, waved his arms, bringing the fight to a somewhat controversial conclusion. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Looking like a new and improved fighter, El Paso’s Antonio Escalante handed journeyman Edel “Cuate” Ruiz one of the quickest losses of his 59-bout career. It didn’t take long for the 3,200-plus fight fans present at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center to notice the new skills learned by their hometown favorite, on last night’s Golden Boy Promotions card . . . Click here for more
After countless months of rumors and hype, Orangeville natives Logan Cotton-McGuinness (11-0-1, 5 KOs) and Buzz Grant (9-3, 4 KOs) are set to square-off in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in Ontario boxing history, Saturday, September 25 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, for the NABA lightweight title. The card, UNDISPUTED: RIVALS, is being promoted by United Promotions. Also on the card, two of Ontario ’s top prospects put their respective undefeated records on the line as Mississauga ‘s Sam “The Product” Vargas (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Orangeville’s Ryan Wagner (2-0, 1 KO). Tickets start at $25. Call 416-972-5000.
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
That was the look on Holly Holm’s face and the question on 2,800 fight fans’ lips after less than two minutes of action, last night at the Hard Rock of Albuquerque.
No telling punches had landed. There was no blood, no falls to the canvas and no fouls committed, yet something had brought Holm’s challenger, Jaime Clampitt, to her knees, then onto her back where she writhed in pain, shortly before the bell would’ve clanged to complete round one . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns and Brian “The Lion” Mihtar will square off in a 10 round middleweight contest on October 9 as the feature attraction across the river from Detroit at the Caesars Windsor Casino, Windsor, Canada. Hearns with a record of 25-1, 19 KO’s will bring in decided advantages in height and reach while Mihtar at 13-1, 10 KO’s will be seeking to test his taller opponent’s chin. An intriguing match-up with lots of interest for Detroit area fans of each man. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian warrior, undefeated Devis Boschiero (27-0, 12 KOs) became the new National 130 lbs champion yesterday night at the Risorgimento Central Square in Avezzano, Italy, after scoring a spectacular ninth round KO over local idol and co-challenger Ivan Fiorletta (24-7-2, 7 KOs). It was a tough and entertaining bout, both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with screaming fans standing on their feet in a ‘Mexican battle’ atmosphere. (more…)
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler took a brief timeout from his busy training schedule in Berlin this week to visit Germany’s top Ice Hockey team, Eisbären Berlin. The Viking Warrior will return to the ring on September 25 when he takes on Allan Green in their decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 clash. The fight will serve as the grand opening of the state-of-the-art MCH Multiarena in Herning. Since this summer, gifted Danish ice-hockey international Mads Christensen plays for Berlin, and he showed his countryman his skills during a brief training session on the ice. Kessler returned the favour by teaching Mads some light punching combinations which “might be useful on the ice.” (more…)
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