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By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Last Friday was a good and interesting evening for Italian boxing, Andrea Sarritzu retained his European flyweight title and he might be ready now for another challenge for the World crown. Still, that was not the only action featuring an Italian fighter, as two always-active promoters staged different cards on Italian soil. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
“The Contender” Season two contestant and former NABA lightweight titlist, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) dominated former USBA title holder Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) and captured not only the unanimous decision but his 40th professional victory in an oddly contracted nine round main event on Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. Scores of the bout were 90-80 twice and 89-81 in favor of Clark. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.
“The Weight Is Over” was the name given to the Paul Williams vs. Kermit Cintron 154 pound matchup, but at the end of the evening, dissatisfied fans were still waiting to see a fight, as the fight was called off just seconds into the fourth round when both fighters got tangled.
Both fighters tumbled and Cintron, who tumbled out of the ring, onto a table and finally fell all the way to the ground, was neither unable nor unwilling to continue . . . click here for more
By Francisco Salazar
As if boxing has not seen enough unusual occurrences inside or outside of the ring, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson could be another chapter added to the book of oddities in boxing. Paul Williams won a bizarre and unsatisfying four round technical split decision over Kermit Cintron on Saturday night. Unsatisfying that a bout where fireworks were expected early and often brought about boos from the crowd. Bizarre for the way the fight ended. That would be an understatement. Nobody really liked the way the fight ended. Especially Williams, who was hoping that a victory over Cintron would get him a fight with Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, or another top fighter. Instead the outcome pushed for a rematch between the two hard-hitting fighters. For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler showed blistering power en route to stopping tough Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in the second round of the main event bout at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Wheeler started his assault early in the first round, catching Espinal with a left hand, dropping him. Wheeler did not look for the knockout at that point, but in the second round, Wheeler blasted Espinal with a blistering right hand that ended the bout at 47 seconds of the round. For more details and photos click here…
Former champ Johnny Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) will be rematching former crosstown nemesis Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) on June 12, when the two fight a rubber match at the Ohkay Casino in Espanola, N.M. The line-up also includes Joaquin Zamora (18-2-1, 12 KOs), Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez (5-1, 2 KOs), Arturo Crespin (5-1, 2 KOs), Amanda Crespin (2-2-1) and debuting Jazzma Hogue. Team Tapia will also be staging a grand opening for their new gym in Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Unbeaten Albuquerque hopeful Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs) has pulled out of his ShoBox-televised fight May 14 at the Chumash in Santa Ynez, Calif. Though a press release stated Marquez suffered an injury, he was arrested on May 6 for domestic battery and has since been release on bail. A ShoBox card is in the works for June 25 in Albuquerque.
Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua captured the UFC light heavyweight title with a first round stoppage over formerly undefeated champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 113 at the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada.
In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck cruised his way to a decision over Paul Daley, outclassing his foe by taking him to the ground. Scores were 30-27 x 3.
In other results: Jeremy Stephens decisioned Sam Stout, winning with scores of 30-27 and 29-28; Matt Mitrione wore down Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, stopping him with strikes at 4:24 of round two; and Alan Belcher won by submission over Patrick Cote at 3:25 of round two.
Former longtime WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito (36-3, 23 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Liempetch Sor Veerapol (17-7, 6 KOs) in a super flyweight bout on Sunday afternoon at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. It was the 35-year-old Naito’s first fight since losing his WBC belt in November 2009. (More to come…)
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The junior middleweight showdown between three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron ended before either fighter got untracked. Click here to see the bizarre finish.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank/Zanfer
The “Tijuana Tornado” is back! Click here for ringside photos from Antonio Margarito’s triumphant comeback against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia.
After nearly a year-and-a-half out of the ring, former welterweight champion Antonio ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) won a ten round unnaimous decision over Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 17,000+ at La Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes, Ags., Mexico. Margarito dropped Garcia in round one and was in command from the get-go. Garcia was game and aggressive, but Margarito was more accurate and effective with his combinations. Referee Guadalupe Garcia took points from Garcia for a headbutt in round eight and a low blow in the tenth. Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 99-90.
By Francisco Salazar
Kermit Cintron promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews: “He hit his head. I think that the doctor saw that he hit his head and that he had to send him to the hospital. Kermit wanted to fight. I don’t understand how this is a technical decision when the fight did not go four full rounds. It’s a California law, but it is a dumb law. How can you say who can win a three and a half round fight? If that is the case, in my opinion, my guy won the fight. Paul never hurt him. He (Kermit) hurt Paul.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
The self-proclaimed “most feared fighter in the world,” three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) won an unsatisfying split technical decision over former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The much taller Williams fought from the outside while Cintron didn’t apply much pressure, content to pick his shots. In round four, the fighters got tangled up and Cintron fell through the ropes and out of the ring sustaining an apparent injury to his neck or right shoulder. He was taken from ringside on a stretcher. The judges scored the prematurely terminated bout 39-37, 40-36 Williams, 40-46 Cintron. (more…)
Over 17,000 at La Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes…
WBA interim super featherweight champion Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (39-2-2, 28 KOs) outboxed Mario Santiago (21-3-1, 14 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Scores were 119-108, 118-109, 118-109.
In a good action WBA lightweight eliminator, WBA #3 Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over #2 rated super featherweight Rene Gonzalez (27-1-1, 21 KOs). After a spirited first stanza, Antillon dropped Gonzalez at the end of the round. Excellent two-way action in rounds two-six. Antillon was credited with another knockdown in the seventh (it was more of a slip), and went on to win by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) had his toughest fight to date against rugged Pedro Navarrete (24-8-3, 13 KOs), winning an eight round unanimous decision. Scores were 77-75, 79-75, 78-74. (more…)
Bantamweight Sebastian Daniel Rodriguez (12-1, 5 KOs) of Argentina spectacuarly knocked out Manuel Herrera (16-7-2, 6 KOs) of Colombia in the fourth round of a WBC Latino bantamweight title fight on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Troncos del Talar, El Talar de Pacheco in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It looked like Rodriguez would finish Herrera off in a matter of seconds as he hurt Herrera with the first punch he threw which was a left hook. Rodriguez had Herrera pinned against the ropes and a few moments later unloaded with a series of unanswered punches but Herrera weathered the storm. Rounds two and three were relatively tame in comparison to round one. In round four, Rodriguez came out looking for the knockout and found it when again he trapped Herrera against the ropes and landed a series of 1-2 powershots that sent Herrera crashing to the mat where he was counted out. The card was promoted by Osvaldo Rivero. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Dan Goossen today announced the signing of Light Heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov to a promotional contract, prior to the start of “The Weight is Over” under-card at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. “It is with great pride and a pleasure for Beibut to be part of our organization. He’s a tremendous fighter and he became a world champion in just his 10th bout. I am very proud to put his career in my hands.” Shumenov, who became a world champion with a 12 round split-decision victory over Gabriel Campillo in January, will now have someone focus on his professional career as a boxer. “I’m very excited to work with Goossen Tutor Promotions. We will have a great relationship as I will dedicate myself to training. It is difficult to prepare for a fight and promote at the same time. I won’t have to do that anymore.” Shumenov is himself a promoter, as he heads KZ Event Promotions. Goossen announced to the assembled media that Shumenov will fight unbeaten mandatory Vyacheslav Uzelkov in July, more than likely in the United States.
Ringside report by Felix Chavez & Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne came into Friday night’s main event at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque with Richard Hall with an impressive amateur background and plenty of confidence against the former world title challenger.
But with just five pro fights, Despaigne was facing a challenger with 36 pro fights and 27 knockouts among his 29 wins. But as it turned out, Despaigne had nothing to worry about . . . click here for more
Recent middleweight world title challenger Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) returned to the jr middleweight division on Friday night, winning an eight round unanimous decision over Martinus Clay at the new Morgantown Event Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Scores were 80-72 on all three judges’ cards.
In the co-main event, heavyweight Jason Bergman improved his record to 11-9 with 8 KOs, winning via TKO in the first round over 4-7 Octavius Smith. Also, junior middleweights Matt Berkshire (10-2-2, 5 KOs) and Vance Garvey (8-31-4, 3 KOs) fought to an eight round draw. The card was presented by Simons Promotions.
Italian Andrea Sarritzu (31-4-4, 12 KOs) defended for the first time his European title by unanimous decision (116-111, 118-109, 118-109) against tough French Alain Bonnel on Friday night in Selargius (Cagliari) on the island of Sardinia. On the undercard welterweight Luciano Abis (28-1- 1, 13 KOs) decisioned Juan Martinez Bas, lightweight prospect Luca Giacon bring his record to 10 wins, 10 KOs, 1 NC against French Sezer Erunsal when the referee stop the fight in the fourth round and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (17-1, 10 KOs) beat Raul Asencio for TKO in round 5. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Dahlia TV televised the all card live in Italy.
It’s the worst few minutes in all of prizefighting. You’ve just given 25 minutes of your life, fighting for what nominally may be a belt, but in reality, is so much more. To be called champion, the best in the world, can be an intoxicating feeling. When the history of mixed martial arts is written, you will have your place as one of the select few to have soared to the top of your craft. . . . Click here for more, Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Joe Koizumi
Mexican switch-hitter Hugo Cazares (31-6-2, 22 KOs), 115, captured the WBA super-fly belt as he kept throwing more combinations to the less aggressive defending champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-2-1, 8 KOs), 115, to win a unanimous decision over twelve heats on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Raul Caiz Sr. and Glenn Feldman (both US) both 117-111, and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 115-113, all for the 32-year-old Mexican veteran who thus gained his second world belt to his credit. The referee was Russell Mora (US), who described this fight as the hardest toe-to-toe combat he had ever officiated. In eight days Mexicans, Fernando Montiel and Cazares, impressively dethroned our world titlists to show their strength. (More to come)
By Graham Houston
Former welter champion Antonio Margarito is back in the ring tonight in a new beginning when he tops the bill on the latest Latin Fury PPV show. Coming out of the other corner in the 10-round junior middleweight bout will be Roberto Garcia, a strong Mexican fighter from Texas who trained for the bout at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in California and is looking and sounding very confident that he will pull off the upset. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
As one fighter hopes for the breakout performance of his career, another hopes to maintain his status as one of the top fighters pound for pound today. Kermit Cintron will take on the self-proclaimed most feared man in boxing, Paul Williams, on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Williams (38-1, 27 KO’s) has won his last five bouts in a row since his only professional defeat at the hands of Carlos Quintana in February of 2008. His most recent victory was a 12 round slugfest victory over newly-crowned Middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in December. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight John Murray (29-0, 17 KOs) won the vacant European 135lb title while retaining his British belt with a punishing eleventh round TKO over Gary Buckland (18-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes, England. The referee had to intervene in round eleven to spare the battered and bloodied Buckland from further damage.
Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (6-0, 4 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over veteran Richard Hall (29-8, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder on Friday night at the Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despaigne outworked Hall all the way, winning by scores of 100-90 on all cards.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell (17-0-1, 11 KOs) dropped Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KOs) in round one and finished him in round two. Time was 1:18.
In other action: Headlining the local main event, Albuquerque cruiserweight “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-4-2, 3 KOs) weathered a first round knockdown to edge “Mad” Max Heyman (23-11-4, 13 KOs) by split decision. Heyman abandoned his jab to let Alderete take the fight by sheer aggression. Scorecards read 76-75, 77-74 and 75-76.
Albuquerque jr. featherweight Josh Gomez (2-0, 1 KO) slaughtered overmatched Derrick Lopez (0-4) in just :29; Comebacking jr. middleweight Jose “The Goose” Ramirez (11-10, 6 KOs), of Albuquerque, dropped Lucas “The Ghost” Galle (6-5) in round two en route to a four round decision, scores of 39-36 twice and 38-37; Albuquerque jr. featherweight Randy “Savage” Arrellin (4-3, 3 KOs) stole the undercard show with a savage TKO beating of Willie Villanueva (9-2, 2 KOs), knocking his foe down a handful of times before the stoppage at :31 of round four; In the opener, a female four-rounder at feather, Amanda Crepin (2-1-1) pitched a shutout over Clare De La Torre (1-10-1).
From Montreal’s Bell Centre for tomorrow night’s UFC 113 on PPV:
Lyoto Machida 205 vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (205
Paul Daley 170 vs. Josh Koscheck 170
Kimbo Slice 225 vs. Matt Mitrione 253
Alan Belcher 186 vs. Patrick Cote 184
Jeremy Stephens 155 vs. Sam Stout 155
Joe Doerksen 186 vs. Tom Lawlor 185
Marcus Davis 169 vs. Jonathan Goulet 169
T.J. Grant 169 vs. Johny Hendricks 170
Joey Beltran 239 vs. Tim Hague 266
Mike Guymon 171 vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida 170
Jason MacDonald 185 vs. John Salter 185
Welterweight Danny Garcia (17-0, 11 KOs) scored a brutal seventh round stoppage of Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (18-10-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) in Philadelphia. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the punishment after Fernandez’ corner waved the towel at 1:18.
Lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Jorge Ruiz (7-12-1). Ruiz was down four times, the fina time for the count. Time was 2:12.
Back in action after a nearly five year layoff, 27-year-old junior middleweight Mike Dargan (1-1-1) and Jason Montgomery (1-0-1) battled to a four round draw.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
In an interesting nine round main event at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI, Michael Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) dominated former USBA title holder Jason Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) and captured not only the unanimous decision but also his 40th professional victory. Scores of the bout were 90-80 twice and 89-81 in favor of Clark. Clark controlled the tempo of the fight as he worked his jab and turned it into combinations on Pires. Pires continued to press the action. He however continuously walked into the offense of Clark. Clark was solid with his hook combinations to the body and head of Pires. He was able to land two and three punch combinations on Pires at will. Pires continued to look to fight on the inside however Clark continued to punish him every time he came within range. A left hand at the end of round eight sent Pires to the canvas however he was able to answer referee Joey Luppino’s count at eight. Clark continued his domination in the ninth and final round as Pires did not have an answer for the slick attack of Clark. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. (more…)
“Next Great Champ” winner Otis Griffin (22-6-2, 9 KOs) scored an upset eighth round TKO against two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (28-6-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. The fight was close until Griffin’s fight-ending barrage in the eighth.
Former heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) destroyed Kevin Burnett (13-4-1, 8 KOs) in round one. Burnett was down twice.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Steve Wheeler 185 vs. Ariel Espinal 183 1/2
Elias Bouloubassis 155 1/2 vs. Kelvin Kibler 154
Shelley Seivert 160 vs. Tori Nelson 157 1/2
Jed Phipps 222 vs. Maurice Winslow 200
Mark Orndorff 222 1/2 vs. Riley Brooks 275 1/2
Mischa Christensen 151 1/2 vs. Dontre King 150
Dalemanik Roberson-El 175 1/2 vs. Ken Rosser 173
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing
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