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By Ron Jackson
Jeffrey Mathebula won a 12 round split points decision over Oscar Chauke in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator at Carnival City, Brakpan on Saturday night. Judges Raymond Reed (Australia) and Massimiliano Bianco (Italy) scored the fight 116-112 and 115-113 in favour Mathebula whilst Alfred Buqwana (SA) appeared to be off the mark with a score of 116-112 for Chauke. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield/Memphisboxing.com at ringside
Photos: JD Meredith/Memphisboxing.com
Weighing in at a career high 284 pounds, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (49-7-1, 40 KOs) lumbered to a lackluster sixth round TKO Galen Brown (35-16-1 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Brown took a knee four times in the sixth.
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Majewski (16-0 11 KOs) won a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Marcus Upshaw (13-5-1 6 KOs) to win the NABO title. Upshaw was down in rounds three and five. Scores were 100-88, 100-89, 100-89.
Pro debuting welterweight Dusty Harrison won an impressive four round unanimous decision over Alphonso Alexander (0-3). Harrison, although in his debut, looked like a well seasoned veteran.
Chris Cozzone at ringside
Fighting for the first time in nearly three years in front of his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., at the Wild Horse Pass Casino & Hotel, Top Rank prospect and former amateur standout Jose Benavidez Jr. (12-0, 11 KOs) dropped Denver’s Corey Alarcon (14-18-1, 4 KOs) three times en route to a fourth round TKO victory. The overmatched Alarcon made a show of effort but Benavidez proved too much for the journeyman. Official time of stoppage was 1:02.
In the co-main of the card promoted by Showdown and Top Rank, Mexican lightweight Oscar Meza (22-4, 17 KOs) stalked mismatched Kelly Wright (4-8), of St. Louis, through three rounds, flooring him several times before the TKO victory at 2:04. On the undercard: Tijuana middleweight Jovan Munoz (12-2, 5 KOs) was shockingly upset by New Orleans’ Justin Williams (3-3-1, 2 KOs), who took him out by TKO with a big right at 2:22 of the third; In the best fight of the night, by far, Phoenix super bantam Alexis Santiago (8-0-1, 2 KOs) scored the unanimous win over Carlos Luque (2-7), scores of 58-56 twice and 59-55; super welterweight Juan Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KO) won by unanimous decision over Mexico’s Moses Alvizo (0-3), scores of 40-36 twice, 39-37; and super bantamweight Emilio Garcia (2-0-1, 1 KO) floored Albuquerque debuter Eric Henson (0-1) twice in round one, to win by decision with scores of 40-34 twice and 40-35. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
Results by Andreas Hale
In a #1 contender matchup of monster heavyweights, Junior Dos Santos’ boxing pedigree surgically dissected former interim UFC Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin as the Brazilian dominated en route to a unanimous decision victory. Dos Santos worked quickly behind the jab and nearly took Carwin out in the first round with a combination and a salvo of punches that turned Carwin’s face to a bloody mess. Carwin would survive but found himself on the wrong end of JDS’ jab and was picked apart for the rest of the fight. Scores were 30-27 (twice) and 30-26 in favor of Dos Santos who will next face Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight championship.
Kenny Florian’s debut at featherweight was a successful one as his conditioning and ground game upended the dangerous Diego Nunez for a unanimous decision victory. Nunes’ striking appeared to give the former welterweight and lightweight contender fits in the first frame. But Florian settled down and outhustled Nunes on the ground and used his trademark elbows to score on the inside. In the end, Florian earned scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice. Florian is now eyeballing champion Jose Aldo and looks to be a force at 145 lbs.
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By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout won a twelve round unanimous decision over David “The Destroyer” Lopez to retain his title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Scores were 119-109, 117-110 and 118-109, all in favor of Trout.
In the co-feature, former Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos outpointed Alexander Espinoza over nine rounds to claim the Fedecaribe featherweight belt. Scores were 90-82, 90-71 and 87-84. more + photos
Unbeaten featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Del Valle punished Nguyen with a steady stream of punches, but the game Nguyen showed a lot of heart to go the full ten. Scores were 99-91 on all cards. Del Valle won the NABA belt.
Olympian junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (13-0, 12 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career, winning a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Richard Gutierrez (26-7-1, 16 KOs). Gonzalez outworked Gutierrez in every round winning by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. Gonzalez claimed the vacant NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight belts. Guiterrez has now lost 5 of 7.
Not normally known as a KO artist, popular jr welterweight Gabriel Bracero (16-0, 2 KOs) needed just 40 seconds to demolish Guillermo Valdes (12-4, 3 KOs).
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Hometown fighter Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2) was knocked out at 2:15 of the 7th round as “Eye of the Tiger” Management presented an evening of boxing at the Corona Theatre in Montreal Saturday night. Sergei Melis (18-5) scored impressively with the right hand in what would be the final round of what was scheduled for eight. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) retained his title for the third time with a twelve round unanimous decision over William Urina (17-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Typical Narvaez fight as he piled up points en route to a decision win. Scores were 117-110 on all cards.
WBO/WBA female jr flyweight champion Yesica Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Yesenia Martinez Castrejon (9-7, 8 KOs).
Photos: JD Meredith
Super Welterweight Jose Pinzon (19-3-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Edvan Dos Santos Barros (11-11-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo Inalámbrica in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Pinzon dropped Barros twice in round one. Barros stormed back to floor Pinzon in round three. Pinzon scored another knockdown in the sixth, but the bout went the full ten with Pinzon winning by scores of 97-89, 97-89, 98-88. Pinzon, as you may remember, had that knockdown war against Pavel Wolak last year in Anaheim.
Lightweight Aarón “La Joya” Herrera (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Alirio “Morocho” Rivero (21-9-1, 14 KOs). Rivero was down twice in round two. Herrera finished him in round six. Time was 1:09. more photos
Shutout. Rematch. Mismatch.
Three words are just about all you need to describe last night’s needless repeat between boxing’s pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm and crosstown rival Victoria Cisneros.
If there were any surprise at all, it had to be in the equally loud cheers both fighters were given by the estimated 2,000 fans in attendance at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, on a card promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin for Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” . . . Click here for more
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
For the second straight night, ShoBox: The New Generation returns at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. In the main event, featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) takes on Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs). Olympian junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) vs. Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs) for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight Championships in the opener. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Friday night’s IBHOF 2011 festivities included a Mexican Fiesta Night at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota, New York, attended by over 400 guests and celebrities from the boxing world. The event marked the 40th anniversary of Mexican legend Ruben “El Puas” Olivares being named “Fighter of the Year” in 1971 by Ring Magazine. Of course one of the marquee inductees at the IBHOF this year is “El Gran Campeon Mexicano” Julio Cesar Chavez, making the Mexican Fiesta Night all the more poignant. Fans were treated to video highlights of Mexican ring icons Ruben Olivares, Erik Morales, Pipino Cuevas, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ricardo Lopez, Humberto “Chicquita” Gonzalez and Carlos Zarate. Each fighter spoke to the assembled crowd after their respective video hilights and reflected back upon their careers, their appreciation for the fans, and of course their Mexican pride. 2011 inductee Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, WBC president Jose Sulaiman, Jimmy Lennon Jr. and former WBC Welterweight champion John H. Stracey also offered their thoughts to the crowd. Lopez and Cuevas were unable to attend due to flight delays in Washington, D.C.
Four middleweight contenders will face off in a two-match elimination tournament to determine the mandatory challenger for reigning IBF champion Daniel Geale. Sebastian Sylvester, Sam Soliman, Roman Karmazin and Osumanu Adama are expected to participate with Sylvester facing Soliman and Karmazin taking on Adama in the first round. “This is great news,” says former IBF champ Sebastian Sylvester, who is now ranked third. “In three fights I can be world champion and I have this goal clearly in sight. I’m incredibly motivated to get win it again.” The first round is expected to take place in the fall.
Photo and weights by Brett Bonetti at the scale
Mark De Mori 231.7 vs. Ibrahim Marshall 214.3
Riccardo Monteleone 180.8 vs. Moses Ioelu 175.0
Jeremy Allen 164.9 vs. Plaisakda Singwangcha 161.6
Luke Sharp 165.6 vs. Terdkiat Siththoppitk 171.5
Jason Vanderstroom 203 vs. Grant Horwood 203.5
Venue: Cockburn Basketball Centre, Cockburn, Perth, Australia
Promoter: One More Round Promotions
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The IBHOF class of 2011 inductees casts their fists yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd on the grounds of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. The biggest opening day crowds assembled on both Thursday and Friday due in large part to catch a glimpse of 2011 class members Kostya Tszyu, , Julio Cesar Chavez and “Iron” Mike Tyson. They were not disappointed as Tyson joined his fellow inductees while immortalizing his lethal right fist in plaster forever. Fell inductees Chavez, Tszyu, Referee Joe “Fair But Firm” Cortez and trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain also cast their fists, later to be showcased in the IBHOF museum. Fellow 2011 inductee Sylvester Stallone will arrive later in the weekend to have his fist cast, as well as partake in the full fifteen rounds of weekend-long events. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA wil no longer recognize unbeaten featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa as the unified 126lb champion. The WBA world championship Committee, decided to vacate the championship because Gamboa did not comply with regulations in defending his IBF belt against Jorge Solis, which resulted in that title being vacated. Gamboa was at number two in the May rankings of the WBA, behind Celestino Caballero.
In other WBA news, Andre Ward was appointed as a boxer of the month after defeating Arthur Abraham, and emerging unscathed from his third defense of super belt 168-pound champion. Interim bantamweight titleholder Hugo Ruiz received an honorable mention after the successful defense of his belt against Francisco Arce.
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) continued his preparation as he worked out Friday for the media in what was a packed Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles for his upcoming title defense against WBC mandatory contender Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KOs) of England. Alvarez accompanied by his team trainer Eddie Reynoso, and manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso arrived as he greeted the many members of the media before he began his workout. Interestingly the manager and trainer duo consist of father and son, as “Chepo” handles the managing and his son Eddie is the trainer. (more…)
Some of the signals we make with our hands or arms speak for themselves without further verbal explanation. You know what a thumbs up or thumbs down means, and a hands up, closed fist normally signifies that you are ready to go in a toe-to-toe challenge. But other moves display much more than we can see or understand . . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
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Lateef “Power” Kayode and Chris “The Hitman” Avalos each recorded impressive 10-round unanimous decision victories while Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan pulled off an equally impressive knockout upset against previously unbeaten Archie Ray Marquez on an exciting night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®.
The unbeaten cruiserweight Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs) proved too much for a game Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-3, 14 KOs) Friday night at the Chumash Resort Casino. Kayode controlled the entire fight and sent Godfrey to the canvas a total of three times, eventually winning by scores of 98-90, 97-90, 98-89. With Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Kayode has officially “graduated” from ShoBox, according to ShoBox color commentator and boxing expert Steve Farhood. “Kayode is what he is,” Farhood said. “Boxers are always going to give him trouble, but he graduated tonight. And now he can aim for bigger things than ShoBox, which is a compliment.” (more…)
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