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By Matt Richardson at ringside
Jr welterweight Tim “Pit Bull” Coleman (17-1-1, 4 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-4-2, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant USBA title on Thursday night at New York City’s famous Manhattan Center. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 for Coleman, 116-112 for Arnaoutis, who seemed to do more in the bout.
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (49-5-1, 43 KOs) knocked out Marcus McGee (22-18, 11 KOs) with a shot to the ribs at 2:01 of round one.
In a battle of unbeaten welterweights, former three-time National Golden Gloves champion Brad Solomon (9-0, 3 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over “The New” Ray Robinson (11-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 76-76.
Diary entry Thursday, Dec. 3
“It’s Day 2 in Switzerland and so far, so good. The weather is a lot colder than what I am used to in Georgia but it’s okay. I love challenges.
“I started my day here with a 5k run at 6:00AM in the morning. I’m trying something new for this fight. Moving to two-a-day sparring. After my run and some calisthenics, I got in 12 rounds of tip-top sparring. I’m starting to scare myself.
“I’m punching a lot harder and crisper that I ever have in my life. If Vitali thinks that he’s getting the Kevin Johnson that he’s studied on tape, he’s sadly mistaken. (more…)
Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Could what happened to Roy Jones Jr. in Australia on Wednesday happen to Oleg Maskaev? Both are 40-year-old former champions versus younger opponents. In Jones’ case, he was up against IBO cruiserweight title-holder Danny Green, 36, whereas the foe ex-heavyweight champ Maskaev is meeting is little-regarded Nagy Aguilera on Dec. 11 in Sacramento. Aguilera is 23 and once was a topflight amateur boxer, but is without ring distinction as a pro. The bout between Maskaev (36-6, 27 KOs), the WBC’s No. 2 contender, and Aguilera (14-2, 9 KOs) will take place at Memorial Auditorium in downtown Sacramento, the Russian-American’s first local fight. (more…)
Tyrone Brunson 154.2 vs Carson Jones 154.5
Mauricio Herrera 143 vs Mike Achondo 144
Venue: Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions
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Jesse Kelley at the scale
Joey Abell 241 vs Raphael Butler 259
Zach Walters 170 vs Larry Sharpe 169
Ronnie Peterson 127 vs Tomi Archambault 133
(Archambault needs to lose 3 pounds)
Gary Eyer 133.5 vs Levi Cortes 136
Dave Peterson 157 vs Silas Ortley 158
Tony Lee 135 vs Hector Orozco 135
Boris Shishporenok 280 vs Will Gillette 232
Savarino Garcia 155 vs Jacob Dobbe 154
Venue: Target Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Promoter: Bill Borea
Jeremy Bryan 144 vs Darren Fallen 146
Denis Douglin 159.5 vs Joshua Snyder 152
Antonio Espinosa 131 vs Floriano Pagliara 131.5
Juan Rodiques 151 vs Bobby Bynum 149.5
Eddie Edmond 156 vs Mario Fisher 157.5
Tyre Roberts 152 vs Tyrone Miles 152
Joseliz Cepada 123 vs Alex Mendez 124
Venue: Essex County College, Newark, Maryland
Promoter: Edmonds Promotions
By Mariano A. Agmi
Two of the most avoided boxers in the world collide on Saturday, December 5th, when Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez meets Paul “The Punisher” Williams at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. The bout will be televised live on HBO Championship Boxing beginning at 9:30pm EST. In an age where multiple alphabet titles virtually ensure that the best fighters in each division avoid facing one another, this twelve round non-title middleweight affair is a bout between two of the best, most avoided fighters in the world. The bout, which promoter Dan Goossen said may as well be for the unofficial title of “Most Feared Fighter in Boxing,” is set to produce a legitimate threat to Kelly Pavlik’s supremacy in the middleweight division. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago at the scales
A fight card originally scheduled for November 13th but postponed due to last minute cancellations has been rescheduled for Friday night as Absoloot Boxing presents Professional Boxing at The Pit. Featured in the main event is the return of former two time WBU cruiserweight champ Yahya McClain.
Yahya McClain 196 vs. Shane Steele 184
Fred Tukes 154 vs. Tommy Davis 148
Dante Woods 174 vs. Brandon Wilcox 174
John Willoughby 130.5 vs. Rohan Wilson 134
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Marck Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moreno and challenger Frédéric Patrac from France meet at the Palais des Sports, Agde, Héraultn, France December 4. The three judges are Pasqual Procopio (Canadá), Pierluigi Poppi (Italia) y Francisco Martinez (Nueva Zelanda). WBA Supervisor: George Martinez (Canadá).
At the weigh-in today, Moreno weighed 117.25 while Patrac scaled in at 116.5.
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Ageless wonder, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (50-5-1, 32 KOs), returned to his hometown of Philadelphia last night, and won a twelve round unanimous decision over Enrique Ornales (25-6, 19 KOs) at Temple University’s Liacouras Center. In the co-feature, hot hometown prospect “Sweet” Danny Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs), was expected to be tested by normally durable Enrique Colin (23-5-3, 19 KOs), but instead blew him out in impression fashion at :55 seconds of the second round of a scheduled 10 round junior welterweight bout. Both bouts were televised on the Versus network. The card was promoted by Golden Boy East in conjunction with MGM Grand. (More)
Integrated Sports Media, North America’s leading distributor of International Pay-Per-View and Closed Circuit sports events, delivered 15 action-packed events this year from around the globe to sports fans in the United States and Canada. “With cutbacks in boxing coverage by cable networks and the disappearance of boxing from broadcast television,” Integrated Sports Media President Doug Jacobs commented, “I am proud that we were able to provide consumers with the opportunity to watch major boxing events that they otherwise would not have been able to view in North America and to give soccer fans the opportunity to watch many of the most important matches on home television.” (more…)
From the Isleta Casino & Resort for tomorrow night’s Fresquez-promoted “Bad Blood” card:
Holly Holm 139.4 vs. Melissa Hernandez 134.75
* For the WIBA world welterweight title. Holm originally 140.5
Jodie Esquibel 101.8 vs. Suzannah Warner 101.5
* For the NABF minimumweight title. Esquibel originally 102.5
David Proa 122.25 vs. Robert Guillen 122.75
Amanda Crespin 124.5 vs. Jessica Sanchez 128.25
Michael Brooks 177 vs. Christian Bruffy Holmes 176.5
World champions Timothy Bradley, (24-0-1 NC, 11 KOs), of Palm Springs, Calif., and Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs), of Washington, D.C., participated in a national media conference call to discuss their upcoming world title mega-matchup on Saturday, Dec. 12 live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). In an excellent battle of unbeatens, Bradley will defend his WBO 140-pound title against interim champ Peterson at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. The telecast will open with WBC/WBA Super Flyweight Champion Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, defending his belts against WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico. (more…)
World champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, Steven Luevano and Yuriorkis Gamboa, and Top-10 contender Rogers Mtagwa will kickoff the new decade in separate world featherweight title fights on January 23, in the WaMu Theater in the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden. Lopez, the WBO junior featherweight champion, will be moving up to challenge WBO featherweight titlist Luevano, while Gamboa defends his WBA championship belt against Mtagwa. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Boxing U.S. and PR Best Boxing, tickets, priced at $200, $100, $75 and $50, went on sale today at the Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, and online at www.thegarden.com. Click here for more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, has declared in Puerto Rico that he expects to retire from boxing when he turns 30 on October 29, 2010. “Ten months will fly by, so one, maybe two more fights, and I will completely retire from boxing,” he said. “I’ve been champion three times and I’m satisfied with what I’ve done. I’ll be very satisfied with whatever God gives me the opportunity to achieve during the ten months remaining.” Cotto is expected back in the ring in June against an opponent to be named.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, one of the most decorated fighters in the history of the amateur boxing system, is headed to the only city big enough to house his considerable talent. Rigondeaux, it was announced today, will headline the December 16 edition of the DiBella Entertainment (“DBE”) Broadway Boxing Series from B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in the heart of Times Square in New York City. (more…)
Anyway you look at it, Tyrone “The One” Brunson’s world record of 19 first-round knockouts in his first 19 professional fights is impressive. Friday night on ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), fight fans will finally get a chance to see the heralded young, undefeated Philadelphia fighter in action as he takes on “Kid” Carson Jones in a 10-round junior middleweight affair from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. The 24-year-old Brunson (21-0-1, 20 KO) is exactly the kind of fighter ShoBox has so successfully highlighted since its inception in 2001, says executive producer Gordon Hall. “Tyrone Brunson is your typical ShoBox fighter: young and untested,” he said. “It’s time for him to step up and be tested. Not all (21-0) fighters are what they appear to be. We’ll find out exactly what kind of fighter Brunson is when he steps in against a very match-tough competitor like Carson Jones.” (more…)
The Austrian winter sports mecca of Sölden will host a high voltage super middleweight bout on Friday when unbeaten Spotlight fighter Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (17-0, 7 KOs) defends his WBO Inter-Continental belt against former WBO world champion Karoly Balzsay (21-1, 15 KOs). It will be Balzsay’s first fight since losing his title to Robert Stieglitz in August. Also scheduled is a WBO Inter-Continental super bantamweight clash between Spotlight’s Zsolt Bedak (14-0, 4 KOs), rated WBO #3 and WBO #4 Ramie Laput (38-3, 18 KOs).
Eduard Gutknecht: “We know each other from Hamburg, but we’re in different training groups. I’m with Magomed Schaburow. Karoly is with Fritz Sdunek and Artur Grigorian. One of us is going fade out [of the title picture], so for us this is about everything!”
Karoly Balzsay: “Naturally it was very disappointing in Budapest to lose in front of all my relatives and friends. It’s good that I’m now returning to the ring quickly to show my strength.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos are in from IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green’s stunning first round TKO over ring legend Roy Jones Jr. Click here for more photos
Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) will return to the ring this weekend when he takes a tune-up fight against Leo Nolan (27-1, 10 KOs). The top-ranked IBF challenger, who is slated to face heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, will make his first fight under the guidance of star coach Teddy Atlas. He also needs to stay in shape for the Klitschko showdown next year. “It is great to be working with Teddy Atlas,” Povetkin said. “I have already learned so many things from him. Of course it will take a while until I can show that in the ring but I look forward to Saturday.” The bout against Nolan will be a good first test. “The training in the last couple of weeks – first in New Jersey and then in my home city of Tschechow – has been very motivating,” Povetkin added. “I have lost weight but still added pounds of muscle. My style has also changed a little. So the fact that I still have to wait for the Klitschko fight is not too bad at all because it gives me the chance to test myself against Nolan and stabilise my performance.” (more…)
Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (5-1-1, 1 KO), who’s done her part to keep the San Francisco Bay Area boxing title wave alive, defends her IBA junior featherweight title against Donna “Nature Girl” Biggers (19-8-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in San Jose, Calif., in the co-main event of Fight Night at the Tank. Julaton, who recently joined area residents Andre Ward, Robert Guerrero, Nonito Donaire Jr., and Carina Moreno as world champions, will fight for the vacant WBO junior featherweight title in the first defense of the IBA belt she won in September in a unanimous decision over Kelsey Jeffries. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO middleweight champion Anthony Mundine has refused to give a rematch to IBF #8 Daniel Geale. Mundine scored a hotly disputed decision over Geale to win IBO title on May 27 at the Brisbane Entertainment Center, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Most boxing writers at ringside had Geale winning a clear decision. “We tried hard to make the rematch between Mundine and Geale happen but they were not interested,” said Bill Treacy who is the manager of Geale. “IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester is on our radar and hopefully we can get a shot at the world title within twelve months.”
WBO jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez arrives in New York City late Wednesday night for a press conference Thursday to announce his upcoming world championship fight against WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano on HBO January 23 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this world title doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing.
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Former world champion Bernard Hopkins (50-5, 32 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Enrique Ornelas (29-6, 19 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout on Wednesday night at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. It was a typical Hopkins performance with lots of clinching as the nifty 44-year-old won the in-fighting and wore out his opponent. Scores were 118-110, 120-109, 119-109.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Danny Garcia (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a brutal second round KO over Enrique Colin (23-5-3, 19 KOs). Garcia dropped Colin at the end of round one, and finished him in the following stanza. Time was :55.
In an upset, Guadalupe De Leon (8-9, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over previously unbeaten Derrick Wilson (5-1-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 39-37, 39-37 De Leon, 39-37 Wilson.
By Peter Lim
In an interesting junior middleweight matchup, Chase “The White Tiger” Shields, 29-2-1 (14 KOs), takes on former two-time world-title challenger Juan Carlos Candelo, 28-10-4 (19 KOs), over eight rounds on Dec. 3 at the Houston Club. Shields is a once-promising prospect who never made it past the four- and six-round club scene, while JC Candelo had beaten some decent opponents but has lost more than he’s won since his two failed attempts at the IBF belt. (more…)
WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano arrives in New York City for a press conference Thursday to announce his upcoming world championship fight against WBO jr. featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez live on HBO January 23 at Madison Square Garden. Also on this world title doubleheader card, WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa of Cuba will defend his title against Rogers Mtagwa. Top Rank promotes this event in association with Arena Box-Promotion and PR Best Boxing.
Mike Arnaoutis 140 vs. Tim Coleman 140
(USBA light welterweight championship)
Shannon Briggs 272.25 vs. Marcus McGee 223.5
Ray Robinson 142.25 vs. Brad Solomon 143.25
Jaywon Woods 198 vs. Josh Harris 200
Hajro Sujak 168 vs. Todd Eriksson 167
Venue: Grand Ballroom at the Manhattan Center, NYC
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
NOTE: The Maureen Shea vs. Jenna Shiver bout for the interim WBA female super bantamweight championship was cancelled due to medical issues with Shiver.
Javier “Golden Boy” Corondo 118 vs Humberto Peña 116
Gabriel “El Piolo” Dorado 131 vs Leovigildo Siris 132
Jonathan “El Terrible” Arenas 124 vs Jose Aguirre 122.5
Addir Sanchez 144 vs Pablo Espinoza 147
Manuel Vides 115 vs Bolivar Osorio115
Luis Gonzalez 134 vs Ricauter Torrero 136
Venue: Fantastic Casino “La Doña” in Panamá
Promoter: Premium Boxing Promotions Inc.
From left, Brian Minto, Sergio Martinez, Paul Williams and Cristobal Arreola pose during Wednesday’s press conference in New York City. Williams faces Martinez and Minto takes on Arreola Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
“Yo, I got a feeling, like the wind is blowing and in about 48 hours, we’re gonna have a hurricane here in Albuquerque,” were the opening words of fight manager/ex-fighter Belinda Laracuente today, on behalf of Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez.
Fighting words they were, because the opening salvo set off a verbal sparring session that all but Holly Holm participated in . . . Click here for more
All Star Boxing, Inc “The New Generation”, Tuto Zabala, Jr and Boxeo Telemundo will close its 2009 season this Friday at the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming. In the main event veteran Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-13-2, 23 KOs) of Culiacan, Mexico will make his 5th Miccosukee and Telemundo appearance when he faces hot prospect Euri “Million” Gonzalez (19-1-1, 14 KOs) of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic in a bout scheduled for 12 Rounds with the VACANT WBO Latin Welterweight title at stake. The main event will be televised live at 11:35 PM. Also on the card Yoelvis “El Cicloncito” Gamboa (1-0) younger brother of WBA Featherweight Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa will face Karl Garcia (3-1-1 KO) of Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a bout scheduled for 4 rounds in the lightweight division. (more…)
There has been a lot of talk and criticiscm of this past Saturday nights vacant IBF lightweight bout between former two-division world champion Joan Guzman and now two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka. The official scores were 116-112, 114-114, 114-114 leaving the bout a draw. Many felt that Funeka clearly won the bout. HBO’s Bob Papa called the result “…curious and absurd,” and HBO’s unofficial judge Harold Lederman had Funeka winning by a comfortable margin. Funeka’s promoter Gary Shaw stated, “Ali got screwed and he didn’t even get kissed….We must stop robbing fighters, sending them home with nothing but shattered dreams instead of the rewards they earned in the ring.” Guzman’s Manager Jose Nunez spoke out in defense of his fighter and delivered the following statement. (more…)
The Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) has expressed “deep concern” over the officiating of the Ali Funeka-Joan Guzman fight this past Saturday in Canada and and intends to take steps to address these types of situations. The BPA plans to institute an evaluation and rating system of judges and referees in which all officials will be reviewed for competency and integrity. According to a BPA statement: “Officials that are found to be incompetent will be addressed. Should there ever be an instance of corruption, we will seek to have that official banned. In short, the credibility of our sport must be maintained and the BPA is establishing a Committee to start the process to monitor officials. Every sport occasionally has bad officiating and boxing will now have the BPA to monitor and try to correct any blatant instances.”
Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9KO) landed in Switzerland yesterday, in anticipation for his upcoming bout against Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37KO) on Saturday December 12th at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Johnson will be challenging for Klitschko’s coveted WBC Heavyweight Championship belt. After speaking with numerous press and fans, Johnson quickly dropped off his bags at his hotel, and immediately headed to the local boxing gym, where he sparred twelve intense rounds. The Vitali Klitschko vs. Kevin Johnson bout for the WBC Heavyweight Championship of the World is being promoted by K2 Promotions in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
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