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Former two-time world title challenger Antonio Pitalua 47-4, 41 KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout over WBC #15 Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (23-7, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. Pitalua landed a flush right hand that sent Reyes down for the count. With the win, Pitalua claims the vacant WBC Latin super lightweight title.
World Cup amateur champion Yunier Dorticos of Cuba scored a fourth round TKO against 40 fight veteran Hilario Guzman in his awaited professional debut. Fighting as a cruiserweight, Dorticos dropped Guzman (8-38-6, 1 KO) in round one and the rout was waved off by the referee in round four.
Jr middleweight Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (14-1-1, 2 KOs) won a six round split decision over former 2004 Athens Olympian Juan Camilo “La Boa” Novoa (13-4-1, 11 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 58-56 Rodriguez, 58-57 Novoa.
By Brady Cryzter at ringside
The WBO #8 and WBA #15 ranked heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (34-2, 21 KOs) won a controversial four round technical decision over previously unbeaten Donnell Holmes (31-1-2, 27 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABO title on Friday night at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. Minto suffered a cut above his eye early in round four, but there was no signal from the referee whether the cut was caused by a punch or an accidental headbutt. The bout was stopped after the round and went to the scorecards where Minto was ahead by scores of 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
A junior welterweight bout between former world champion Vivian “Vicious” Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) and Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (20-4-1, 11 KOs) ended in a no decision on Friday night at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. Harris became disoriented and collapsed moments after a hard accidental headclash :40 into round two. Medical personal rushed into the ring to attend to the fallen fighter. Harris was clearly conscious as he was taken from the ring on a stretcher and was later seen sitting up in the dressing room. The ring doctor said Harris will be taken to the hospital for observation.
The United States’ only boxing medalist from the 2008 Olympics, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (7-0, 7 KOs) easily blitzed Travis Allen (3-5, 3 KOs) scoring a first round KO in a heavyweight clash. Allen was down twice before the bout was halted.
Unbeaten junior middleweight Keith “One Time” Thurman (10-0, 10 KOs) dropped Travis Hartman (10-14-1, 7 KOs) twice in round one and Hartman’s corner threw in the towel after Thurman continued the punishment in round two.
Heavyweight Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (13-0-1, 8 KOs), a former stand-out linebacker at Michigan State University, won a first round KO over Andrae Carthron (3-3-2, 1 KO). A big right hand ended it at 2:36.
Pinoy Power 2 PPV Weights
Nonito Donaire 115 vs Rafael Concepcion 119.5
(WBA interim super flyweight championship)
Steven Luevano 125.5 vs Bernabe Concepcion 125.5
(WBO featherweight championship)
Mark Mellligen 145 vs Ernesto Zepeda 145
Anthony Peterson 137 vs Luis Arceo 137
Note: Rafael Concepcion was fined 20% of his purse (A total of $13,000 with $6,500 going to the NSAC, $6,500 going to Donaire) for not making weight. Only Donaire is eligible to claim the vacant WBA title with a win on Saturday night.
Ray Smith 178 vs. Ismayl Sillakh 178
Carlos Vinan 130 vs. Diego Magdaleno 130.5
Rufino Flores 141 vs. Danny Escobar 142.25
Carlos Small 132.5 vs. Jose Roman 133
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Pay-Per-View 9PM ET/6PM PT
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Weights by Damian St. Pierre
Photo by Scott Foster
From the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Miss., for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised “Hook City” card:
Roy Jones 174 vs. Jeff Lacy 172
Danny Green 179.5 vs Julio Cesar Dominguez 181.5
BJ Flores 200 vs. Epifanio Mendoza 199
Verquan Kimbrough 135 vs. Jason Litzau 135.5
Ray Narh 140 vs. Marteze Logan 141.5*
* Logan must reweigh
Gabriel Pham 167 vs. Troy Pollock 153.5
Yaundale Evans 130 vs. Frederick Bowen 130.5
Lenroy Thomas 245.5 vs. Gabe Brown NA*
* Brown will weigh later
Daniel Baff 177.5 vs. Shannon Miller 175
Issac Salter 166.5 vs. Paul Foret 165
Weights by Tracy McKellip
From the Sky Ute Casino in Ignacio, Colo.:
Elco Garcia 155.2 vs Bernardo Guereca 152.8
Servando Lopez 157.0 vs Brian Anderson 155.8
Reginald Jackson 286.0 vs Mark Trumble 259.4
Aaron Fernandez 118.0 vs Randy Arrellin 122.2
Clara De La Torre 127.8 vs Serrina Pino 124.4
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBC #22 cruiserweight Dominic Vea (12-1, 10 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Seiaute Mailata (12-10-1, 9 KOs) in two rounds on Friday to capture the WBO Oriental interim title at the Blacktown RSL club in Blacktown, NSW, Australia. Vea and Mailata went toe to toe in round one and the visitor scored with some solid head and body shots on the tough Australian to edge the round. Vea connected with power combination’s in round two that dropped the New Zealand boxer twice and referee Gary Dean saved Mailata from further punishment when he crowned Vea the winner. Vea is in great shape after several solid sparring sessions recently with former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green. (more…)
Unfortunately tonight’s six fight boxing show at the John Campbell Fitness Center has been postponed due to a bonding paperwork issue. The card was set for tonight and the commission at yesterday’s weigh-in made no mention of the oversight. A solution was drawn up but the New Jersey Boxing Commission would not budge in their stance. “I don’t understand this. We had all the paperwork that was asked of us and something came up at literally the last minute that had nothing to do with us ”, said Lamarr Johnson of Dungeon Warrior Promotions. “All tickets will be honored as we are aggressively weighing all the options to re-schedule the show as quickly as possible.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Trainer Rigoberto Garibaldi said at this morning to Panamanian Press that Rafael Concepcion weighed 119 pounds at mid-morning Friday with five hours to go before the official weigh-in for his Saturday title fight against Nonito Donaire Jr. The weight limit for the WBA interim super-flyweight title fight in Las Vegas is 115 pounds and the official weigh-in is set for 2 p.m. Even if Concepcion doesn’t make weight, it’s likely the fight will still take place, but only Donaire would be able to claim the vacant belt with a win. Concepcion (13-3-1, 8 KOs) and Donaire (21-1, 14 KOs) meet in the “Pinoy Power II” PPV main event Saturday at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
TKO Boxing Promotions has signed flyweight contender Rayonta “Stingray” Whitfield, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, their President. The 28 year Whitfield carries a record of record of 22-1-0 with eleven knockouts. The Augusta, Georgia native is currently world ranked #7 by the IBF and #8 by the WBO . . . click here for more
By Nick Giongco
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said Mexican president Felipe Calderon will roll out the red carpet for Manny Pacquiao if the Filipino pound-for-pound king decides to spend the first half of his training camp in the world-famous resort city of Cancun in the Yucatan Peninsula. Arum said Calderon will be on hand to welcome Pacquiao, who has a scheduled Nov. 14 fight with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Pacquiao has been advised to train outside the US to avoid paying millions of dollars in taxes after it was discovered that he has surpassed the allowed number of days for non-residents the last three years. (more…)
Gabriel “Chico Guapo” Campillo 174.8 vs Beibut Shumenov 174
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Douglas “Daggy” Otieno 173.4 vs Gayrat Ahmedov 174.4
“Jessie” James Kimori 141 vs Demarcus “Chop Chop” Corley 140
Joseph “Mish” Miyumo 150 vs Ravshan Hudaynazarov 153.8
Mirzohid Jianbaev 167.2 vs Jameson Bostic 195.4
Emil Abishkaev 207.2 vs Doszhan Ospanov 222.4
Mirolin Kurbanov 132.2 vs Abzal Adambaev 134
Venue: Sport Complex “Daulet” National Tennis Center, Astana, Kazakhstan
Promoter: KZ Event Productions in association with Sampson Boxing, LLC.
WBA Officials: Supervisor – Guy Jutras (Canada); Referee – Steve Smoger (United States); Judges – Glenn Feldman (United States), John Coyle (United Kingdom) and Pasquale Procopio (Canada).
By Brady Crytzer
The WBO #8 and WBA #15 ranked heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (33-2, 21 KOs) gears up for what could prove to be the most dangerous fight of his career as he meets knockout specialist Donnell Holmes (31-0-2, 27 KOs) for the vacant NABO world title tonight at Pullman Park in Butler, Pennsylvania. Though he has found success in a consistent and rigorous training schedule, Minto has ventured outside the comforts of his Western Pennsylvania gym and made the pilgrimage to one of boxing’s finest and most highly regarded training camps. After spending nearly six weeks in the mix of Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Gym, Minto has nothing but confidence as he prepares for the most risky bout of his professional career. (More)
By Alexey Sukachev
Zaurbek Baysangurov 154 vs Eromosele Albert 153.5
(WBA I/C light middleweight title)
Alexander Ustinov 303.5 vs Talgat Dosanov 237
Magomed Yangubaev 134.5 vs Rakhim Mingaleev 134.5
Salambek Baysangurov 167.5 vs Semjons Moroseks 161
Zaur Yangubaev 154.5 vs Vladimir Borovsky 154.5
Adam Yusupov 148 vs Vladimir Scherban 147.5
Venue: Dynamo Palace of Sports, Grozny, Russia
Promoter: K2 East Promotions
TV: Sport Channel (11:20 PM LT)
Brian Minto 217.5 vs Donnell Holmes 221
Paul Zalus 215 vs Justin Novaria 259.5
Brian Cook 207 vs Brandon Winner 212
William Hampton 157 vs Russ Niggemeyer TBA
Venue: Pullman Park, Butler, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Beat Down Promotions
Jose “Gallo” Reyes 136 vs Antonio Pitalua 140
Yunier Dorticos 191 vs Hilario Guzman 188
Jorge Ruiz 132 vs Bryne Green 132
Juan “La Boa” Novoa 156 vs Jose Angel Rodriquez 155
Luis Rueda 182 vs Ron Croskey 181
Christopher De La Paz 167 vs Dennis Valentin 164
Sotico Herrera 137 vs Rocky Alvarez 140
Elijah Linder 134 vs Alberto Candelaria 133
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:30 PM (ET)
By Francisco Salazar
Roy Englebecht Events presents another installment of the popular “Battle in the Ballroom” series on Thursday, August 27th at the Marriott in Irvine, CA. In the main event, two young, unbeaten heavyweights will clash as Ashanti Jordan takes on Joe Hanks in an eight round bout. Jordan (10-0, 7 KOs) fought to a six round majority victory over Andrae Carthon in June, while Hanks (8-0, 6 KOs) stopped then-unbeaten Hildo Silva in the first round. Unbeaten Lightweight Robert Vargas (3-0-1) of nearby Santa Ana will fight an opponent to be determined in a four round bout. Tickets are priced at $32 and $40.
By Francisco Salazar
Dr. Ironfist versus the Nightmare. The title would be a great way to sell a clash between two titans. But to millions of boxing fans worldwide, Vitali Klitschko versus Chris Arreola will do just fine. In a bout that has been begged for for the last couple of months, two of the big giants in the Heavyweight division will get it on Saturday, September 26th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. HBO will televise a bout that boxing pundits and even both fighters predict will not go the 12 scheduled rounds. More plus photos…
Former world champion Vivian “Vicious” Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) faces Noe “Platanito” Bolanos (20-4-1, 11 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight bout tonight in the ESPN2 main event at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona. In the opening televised bout, one of the most devastating young punchers in the sport, Keith “One Time” Thurman (9-0, 9 KOs) will face the vastly more experienced Travis Hartman (10-13-1, 7 KO’s) of St. Joseph, Missouri in a six-round junior middleweight fight. Also the United States’ only boxing medalist from the 2008 Olympics, Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (6-0, 6 KOs) will look to keep his knockout streak alive in a four-round bout against Travis Allen (3-4, 3 KOs). (more…)
Hooks will be flying in Biloxi on Saturday August 15 when Eight-Time World Champion, Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. and Two-Time World Champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy battle it out in “Hook City,” at the MS Coast Coliseum. To prepare us for this highly anticipated match-up of speed and power, ESPN Classic will air past Jones and Lacy fights every night next week and all day Saturday.
Continuing the action, three fights are featured tonight, beginning at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on ESPN Classic: The 2009 fight between Jones and Omar Sheika; 2005 bout with Lacy and Robin Reid; and Lacy’s battle with Anwar Oshana. Click here for more info on this week’s schedule.
By Joe Koizumi
On the next day after a press conference to announce his next title defense against unbeaten Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado on October 10, WBA super-feather champ Jorge Linares (27-0, 18 KOs), a Japan-based Venezuelan, left for his native country on Wednesday to make a triumphal return, and then move to Las Vegas to do strenuous training with good sparring partners. The unbeaten Golden Boy (El Nino de Oro), 24, is supposed to return here in September for his final tune-up prior to the sensational event named “Homecoming.”
Fleet-footed and fast-punching Rikiya Fukuhara (22-3-1, 17 KOs), ex-Japanese 122-pound champ, 129.75, engaged in his second comebacking bout, and impressively managed to pound out an upset unanimous decision (78-75, 79-75 and 79-74) over JBC top 130-pound contender Hero Bando (20-10-6, 9 KOs), 130, over eight hot frames on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
Matt Vanda 168 vs Teddy Muller 175*
Brad Patraw 126 vs Javier Segura 129.2
Jose Hilario 136.6 vs Jon Swamberg 133.2
Cerresso Fort 163.2 vs Yancy Cuellar 167.6
Bobby Kliewer 165 vs John Turner 163
Venue: Myth Nightclub, Maplewood, MN
* Muller took the fight on one weeks notice as a replacement opponent. He reportedly had to drop more then 20 pounds in that week to hit 168. When Muller was over the contracted weight of 168, Vanda said he could have the weight and thanked him for stepping in last second!
Report by Drew Amendola
Photos by Scott Foster
Over a hundred members of the media and fight community were present at the final press conference for Saturday’s “Hook City!” event at the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi . . . Click here for more
By Bob Caico at ringside
Junior middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (22-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over veteran Patrick Thompson (15-15-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. After five close rounds, Hearns began to assert himself in the six. Thompson, however, dropped Hearns at the end of round seven. Hearns returned the favor in the eighth by putting Thompson on the deck. Scores were 77-74, 77-73, 77-73 for Hearns. (more…)
Story by Ryan Macalua
There has been no other fight that has motivated Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) more than what is going to take place on August 15th against Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs).
“Training camp has gone very well and I’m really excited for this fight, there aren’t that many fights that you can get excited about other than when you are preparing for a living legend,” Lacy explains . . . Click here for more
Annette Agredano 120.5 vs Allison Cole 121
Vivian Harris 141 vs Noe Bolanos 139
Seth Mitchell 244.5 vs Andrae Carthron 222
Joshua Renteria 149 vs Karim Mayfield 148.2
Deontay Wilder 217 vs Travis Allen 228.5
Keith Thurman 147 vs Travis Hartman 143
Robert Sockwell 150 vs Martin Vierra 149
Venue: Desert Diamond Casino, Tucson, AZ
Promoter: Golden Boy
Hank Lundy 140 vs Gary Bergeron 136
Coy Evans 128 vs Darrell Martin 128
Elizabeth Sherman 131 vs Keytida Cook 131.5
Lonnie Jackson Jr. 138.7 vs Bobby Bynum 138
Wanzell Ellison 135 vs Norman Allen 135
Najee Hayes 139 vs Deroy Beaton 144
Venue: Campbell Fitness Center, Salem, New Jersey
Promoter: Dungeon Warrior
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and #1 ranked Cristobal Arreola met the media and faced-off on Thursday for the first time in Los Angeles at a packed Staples Center press conference to promote their Sept. 26 showdown.
Vitali Klitschko: “This is heavyweight boxing. It’s two punchers. No one knows what will happen, that’s why I prepare to finish the fight inside 12 rounds. But, I am ready to fight all 12 rounds. I am ready for anything that can happen. I’m an old man. I have pain. But, don’t worry. I’m feeling much better. I had a good performance against (Samuel) Peter. I stopped (Juan Carlos) Gomez. I will do the same against Arreola.
Cristobal Arreola: “I’ve never been into trash-talking. I respect the man and so we’ll save all our trash-talking for the ring. Any man is beatable. If you’ve got two hands you can beat any man. He has a chin and I have a chin. It only takes one punch. I’ve said it before: We’re in the hurt game and one of us is going to get hurt. I just hope it’s not me.”
The announce team for Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 PPV telecast will be Al Bernstein, television personality Mario Lopez and two-time world champion Brian ‘Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Rick Seara, award-winning producer, of Top Rank made the announcement today.
Nonito Donaire and Rafael Concepcion will weigh in at 3 pm Friday at the Hard Rock. Donaire and Concepcion will weigh first, followed by Steven Luevano and Bernabe Concepcion. The public is invited.
First bell on Saturday is 4 pm local time. The PPV telecast will begin at 6 pm.
Mauricio Herrera 139 vs Jason Davis 140.5
(WBC USNBC super lightweight championship)
Josesito Lopez 141.5 vs Sergio De La Torre 140.5
Jonathan Arias 121.5 vs Khabir Suleymanov 122
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs John Lopez 124
Jonathan Arrellano 120.5 vs Hugo Ramos 121.5
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Venue: Omega Products International, Corona, CA
TV: Fox Sports en Español (Tape Delayed)
Photo: Roy Jones Jr. and Jeff Lacy stare down at the final presser for “Hook City,” today at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi. Saturday night’s fight takes place at the MS Coast Coliseum, live on pay-per-view.
WBO Featherweight champion Steven Luevano and #1 contender Bernabe Concepcion worked out for reporters during media day Thursday in Las Vegas. Both looked sharp in advance of their upcoming WBO featherweight title fight on Saturday’s Top Rank promoted “Pinoy Power 2” pay-per-view event at the New Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel. Click here for more photos…
Tickets will go on sale Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. PT for the September 26 WBC heavyweight title fight between world champion Vitali Klitschko and WBC #1 ranked Cristobal Arreola at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Tickets are priced at $500, $300, $200, $100, $75, $50 and $25, available at all TicketMaster outlets or by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.ticketmaster.com. STAPLES Center Box Office will start selling tickets on Monday, August 17 at 10 a.m.
The WBC sanctioned the rematch between undefeated two-time light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) and former world champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) for its interim light heavyweight title today. The bout will take place on November 7th in Dawson’s backyard of Hartford, Connecticut — the first world title bout in Hartford in 20 years. Dawson, a former WBC light heavyweight champion who relinguished the belt to take a fight against IBF champion Antonio Tarver rather than fight a mandatory against Adrian Diaconu, visited Mexico City and personally asked World Boxing Council President Jose Sulaiman to open the organization’s doors once again, saying that the only world champion belt he wants is the WBC green and gold belt. (more…)
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