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By Bill Green
Photos: Telo Williford (B & B Boxing Academy)
As training camp finishes up and the big Nov 29th HBO-televised Terence Crawford vs. Ray Beltran WBO lightweight title defense remains just a few days away. Fightnews sat down with Crawford’s co-manager and lead trainer Brian “BoMac” McIntyre.
Hello BoMac. Let’s first get the obvious question out of the way… How was training camp and how excited is Team Crawford for Nov 29th especially with the fight landing right back where it all started, Omaha, Nebraska.
Everybody always says training camp is going great. But everything is good on point, perfect sparring, timing is there, weight is solid. We are more than ready. It’s amazing what kind of student we have in Terence. He improves and desires to be one of the best every camp. He works hard day in day out. We all sacrifice but come Nov 29th, hard work will pay off. (more…)
Interbox has confirmed to Fightnews.com that Jean Pascal will now face Roberto Bolonti on December 6 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Pascal was originally slated to face Donovan George, but that deal was never finalized. Bolonti was originally scheduled to fight Lucian Bute on the same card, but when that bout was scrapped due to a Bute injury, Bolonti became available to take on Pascal.
As a special treat for boxing fans, Golden Boy Promotions is offering the deal of the holiday season with a full night of fights on Saturday, Dec. 6 at Barclays Center with tickets starting at $15 dollars. In addition, Golden Boy Promotions will also offer a special Black Friday deal with two tickets for the price of one. This includes all tickets between $25 and $80. Black Friday tickets will be available at 12 a.m. ET on Friday, Nov. 28 with the deal open until 12 a.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 29.
Golden Boy Promotions has also offered a special ticket discount for fans of rising-star and Brooklyn native Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa. By using the promo code “OCHOA” when purchasing at ticketmaster.com, fans will receive a $25 discounted ticket to sit in Ochoa’s cheering section and receive a visit from Ochoa after his fight.
The December 6 card is headlined by the NABF Middleweight Champion David Lemieux (32-2, 30 KOs) of Montreal taking on the Philadelphia-warrior “King” Gabriel Rosado (21-8, 13 KOs) in a 12-round battle. (more…)
Did you know the oldest world-rated fighter ISN’T Bernard Hopkins? This past Saturday in Bolivia, WBC #18 heavyweight contender “Bronco” Billy Wright (46-4, 37 KOs), continued his amazing run of consecutive knockouts, while climbing up the WBC rankings. Bronco Billy scored with a first round knockout against Juan Carlos Flores-Choque (14-4, 13 KOs), extending his KO streak to 13. Wright who turns 50-years old on December 10, extended on another streak, winning his 17th consecutive fight in a row.
In the process, Bronco Billy defended his LATIN AMERICAN, FECARBOX, and United States (USNBC) Silver titles, all sanctioned by the WBC. Not wasting any time, Bronco Billy Wright is looking to get back in the ring on December 6. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Rise Fights Promotions returns to the Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Toledo on Friday, December 5 for a full card of boxing action featuring the area’s young talent. Promoter and matchmaker Fred Vallejo has lined up the undefeated Sonny Fredrickson vs Darryl Hayes of Houston in the six round main event. Other matches that have been made are: Angelo Snow vs Anthony Brooks, Denadre Ware vs Zeatou Lyons, Jeremy Caughorn vs Matt Montalvo, and Elias Moreno vs Andrew Morais. Tyler McCreary and Antonio Nievas are also penciled in against opponents TBD. The Grand Plaza ballroom is an excellent venue that provides an old time fight club feel. Tickets at $25-50 are available at www.risefights.net. Doors open at 6:30 PM, First fight is at 8:00 PM.
Brian Rose (26-2-1, 8 KOs) will face Carson Jones (36-10-2, 26 KOs) for the WBC International light middleweight title at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Friday January 23. Rose unsuccessfully challenged for the WBO jr middleweight title earlier in the year and continues his charge to a second shot with a tough test against Jones, who is familiar in the UK after he gave Kell Brook the fight of his life in July 2012 and returning for a rematch last summer. Rose-Jones is on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s WBA lightweight title challenge against Richar Abril.
Report/Photos by Tony Mayger
Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight world champion at the time. The Welshman put Krasniqi through a torrid 12 rounds and retained his belt by unanimous decision. 18 months on and Munich-based Krasniqi has worked his way back to the brink of another world title shot with not one but two sanctioning bodies.
On December 20th, Krasniqi will defend his WBO international and WBA continental titles against Poland’s Dariusz Sek (20-1-1) at the BallhausForum in Munich, Germany. Also appearing on the bill are WBO Youth champion Dominic Bösel (16-0-0) and former cruiserweight world title challenger, Alexander Petkovic (49-4-4).
It’s going to be an emotional occasion for Krasniqi who headlines the show in his home town for the first time. (more…)
Four-time world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield is suiting up and getting back in the ring – this time to champion better sounding music downloads. In a new promotional video for HDtracks, The Real Deal proves he’s still got what it takes, scoring a “knockout punch” for music fans. This video supports a print ad campaign launching this month.
According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances tamoxifin and anastrozole at the mandatory test taken following his WBA world heavyweight championship fight against Ruslan Chagaev on July 6th in Grozny, Russia. Oquendo now faces a suspension and will have to pay back his purse according to the bout agreement.
“We will donate that money to a charitable foundation,” says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “The whole circumstances surrounding the fight were very strange. Oquendo refused to travel to Grozny and didn’t show up for the official press conference and public workout. He then asked us to postpone the fight when the ring was already set up. His positive doping test now explains this behavior. (more…)
A couple of interesting undercard fights have been added to the December 11 card at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Moscow, Russia, headlined by the WBA interim super middleweight title fight between Fedor Chudinov (11-0, 9 KOs) and Ben McCullough (14-0, 11 KOs).
In a heavyweight matchup, 6’7 Alexander Ustinov (29-1, 21 KOs) will take on none other than street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (7-0, 6 KOs). Ustinov, who was formerly promoted by the Klitschko Brothers’ K2 Promotions, is coming off a win over David Tua. “I think that one of the objectives of the contract with the Klitschko Brothers was to neutralize Ustinov, who is a serious challenge,” said promoter Vlad Hrunov. “All the activities of Vitali and Wladimir were aimed at avoiding a meeting with Alexander in the ring. That is now our goal and main task.”
Slice’s last fight was nearly two years ago when he went life and death with Australian journeyman Shane Tilyard in Sydney, Australia.
Also, former WBA super lightweight champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs) meets WBA #11 rated Julio de Jesus (22-1, 21 KOs).
Photos: Team Golovkin
Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin received a hero’s welcome in his native Kazakhstan over the weekend. On Friday Golovkin (31-0, 28 KOs) addressed a massive crowd of supporters at Nazarbayev University in the capital city of Astana. On Saturday, GGG held a formal press conference in Astana to discuss with the local media his upcoming world title defense against Martin Murray slated for Saturday, February 21st in Monte Carlo.
“Martin is a worthy opponent and is the number one middleweight in Europe as of today,” stated Golovkin. “I think it will be a fierce fight. He proved to be a very strong boxer during his last fight with Spada.” (more…)
Home to some of the most memorable moments in recent UFC history, including Jon Jones’ title-winning stoppage of Shogun Rua in 2011 and February’s classic brawl between Abel Trujillo and Jamie Varner, the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will again host the UFC’s best, as the promotion travels east for a UFC on FOX card on Saturday, April 18. . . . click here for more
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By Matt Thompson
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Despite over forty years of showcasing live professional boxing in “America’s Finest City” of San Diego, Bobby D. Presents, led by California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis, still had a night of firsts last Friday night. In the main event of their last show of the year, billed as “Dangerous Divas II”, the popular Tijuana Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) put on a masterful display of power, speed and technique to capture the vacant WBO female flyweight title with a complete shutout of the much more experienced Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola (21-11-2, 13KO) of Mexico City. The night marked the first world title fight in San Diego in nearly ten years as well as the first female world title fight in the history of the city. Enriquez also set her mark by becoming the second youngest active female champion in boxing as well as the first Mexican woman to capture a WBO title strap. The night was co-promoted in association with Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions. (more…)
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Philly southpaw Ray Robinson continued his impressive climb up the welterweight rankings with a sharp and emphatic TKO victory over Daniel Sostre Friday night in the main event at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE. Robinson used an aggressive body attack to set up the win that earned him the WBO-NABO regional welterweight crown after Sostre retired in his corner after round six.
Robinson won every round of the fight, mixing his pointed right jab, lashing left hands and that ever-constant body abuse to chip away at Sostre in a fight that was never in doubt. A hard right at the end of the second hurt Sostre. In the following round, Robinson dropped an off-balance Sostre to the floor.
This trip to the canvas seemed to invigorate Sostre, a Puerto Rican native fighting out of New York. He traded with Ray in the fourth round, and landed his share. However he never came close to gaining control. Everything Sostre threw, Robinson managed to better. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Hanover National Guard Armory in Hanover, PA., A&D Promotions put together a nice Pro-Am card before a packed house of raucous fans. The main event of the evening was a surprising eight round title contest. as Osenohan Vasquez (8-2-1, 3KOs) captured the interim UBF All Americas light welterweight title, when crowd favorite Sammy Omar Quinones (8-3, 3KOs) couldn’t come out for the seventh round due to heart palpitations. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Paul Kamanga retained his WBA Pan African junior welterweight title on a 12 round points decision against former South African and IBO junior welterweight champion Kaizer Mabuza at the Kibler Park Recreation Centre near Johannesburg on Saturday night. In a bout that never rose to any heights the 21-yera-old Kamanga was just too fast for the 33-year-old veteran Mabuza as he piled up the points fighting off the back foot. Kamanga improved his record to 14-0, 8 KOs and Mabuza’s record dropped to 25-13-3, 16 KOs.
By David Finger
Signaling an end to one of boxing’s most entertaining female trilogies, veteran Layla McCarter won a eight round unanimous decision over longstanding rival Melissa Hernandez on Friday night in Las Vegas. The lightweight fight was the third and final fight between Hernandez and McCarter, with McCarter and Hernandez splitting the previous two back in 2007 (and also at the Orleans). With the win McCarter improves to 36-13-5 (8) while Hernandez falls to 19-6-3 (6). (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos by Kim Johnson / Hitman Photography
In possibly the biggest female bout in Australian Boxing history Erin “The Blueprint” McGowan (17-2, 9 KOs) defeated Arlene “Anger Fist” Blencowe (2-4) in the main event of CDL Boxing Promotions Western Alliance 15 to claim the vacant WIBA Lightweight Women’s World Title at the WA Italian Club in North Perth Australia on Friday night.
The speed and ring movement of McGowan was a major factor against a bigger and stronger opponent in Blencowe. McGowan scored a knockdown towards the end of the opening round to the thrill of the Perth home crowd.
Blencowe always looked dangerous during the fight and she continually looked for a decisive blow, but McGowan never stopped and was out working Blencowe. The last 3 rounds McGowan upped her work rate even further as she saw her goal of winning a second world title coming closer. In the 10th and final round McGowan’s pace was furious as she was all over her opponent by scoring big shots, landing flurries of punches trying to finish the fight. At the final bell, McGowan was exhausted as she left nothing in the tank. Blencowe was also a spent fighter after a tough fight. Judges’ scorecards read 99-92, 98-92 & 98-91 all for, and the new WIBA Lightweight World Champion Erin McGowan. (more…)
Big congrats to longtime Fightnews photographer/writer Chris Cozzone, who was married to Lisa Balonis on Saturday, Nov. 22. The two tied the knot in Albuquerque, N.M. and are now honeymooning in Hawaii.
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Ermano “Il Dottore” Fegatelli made his ring return after 5 months and only his second fight in 15 months with a hard fought points win against brave Kristian Dochev from Bulgaria. Fegatelli had to shed off some ring rust which earned the visitor 2 rounds on one card and it was scored 80-72 twice and a more realistic 78-74. Fegatelli is the EBU challenger for the superfeatherweight title of Romain Jacob of France. He is scheduled to be back in the ring on Jan 31 in St Truiden, Belgium.
In the best fight of the evening Meriton Karaxha earned a majority decision against Jean Pierre Habimana over 8. It was a real war from the beginning. Karaxha controlled the fight from the beginning but injured his right hand in the 4th. From then on Habimana came back into the fight and closed the gap to finally drop a majority decision. It was scored 76-76, 77-75 and a much too wide 79-72. Karaxha won the vacant Flemish lightweight title….
Nefzi Ayub disappointed but won a shutout points decision over 8 rounds against Stanislav Nenkov.
The show was promoted by Renald Devulder and Yamina Zebchine of ABA boxing club Antwerp in association with the city of “A”ntwerp.
Former jr welterweight world champion Chris Algieri, who was stripped of his WBO 140lb title when he entered the ring against Manny Pacquiao, discussed his future plans after the fight.
“I’m going to go back to the drawing board and talk to my people,” he said. “I could have made 140 for this fight. It’s not an issue of where I have to go. I can go in either weight class (140 or 147). I wouldn’t say the size and the power was the problem, it was just that I was fighting Manny Pacquiao. It wasn’t a weight thing. It is what it is. I can contest in either weight class and I’ll talk to my team and we’ll figure out the best route for 2015.”
Tony Bellew gained sweet revenge over Nathan Cleverly with a split decision Saturday win at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. With the series now tied at 1-1, Cleverly stated he wants a third fight. “This is the second time I’ve come to Liverpool, maybe we have a third fight in Wales,” he said.
Bellew commented, “I’m over the moon, it’s put to bed. I’ve said a lot of things, I don’t like him but I’ve outworked a great athlete and it’s over. I’ll fight anywhere, he’s not a cruiserweight. It’s been a long camp, 12 weeks, he was pacing himself and he looked at the belly and thought ‘he would tire’ – I don’t tire at cruiserweight.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn stated “If there’s a demand for the third we’ll get it on. Marco Huck wants to fight Tony for the title, and so do a lot of other champs.”
After dominating Cub Swanson for five rounds and finishing him with a timely rear naked choke at 4:56 of the fifth and final round – the latest finish in UFC history – Frankie Edgar was rewarded with one of the performance bonuses, earning an extra $50k for his efforts . . . click here for more
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By Karl Freitag
“I want that fight,” said WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao at the postfight press conference following his six-knockdown victory over Chris Algieri in Macao, China. “…but I think I’m the only one talking about that fight. The other camp is denying, denying, always denying to talk about that fight…but right now I think the fans are involved in this issue to fight with him so I think the fight HAS to happen because the fans deserve it…I want that fight to happen.”
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum added, “Speaking for Manny and myself, we’re tired! Every place we go they ask us when is that fight gonna happen? When is it going to be made? You cannot believe the number of times I’m questioned about this by just people, waiters, anybody, who wants to know one question ‘when is the fight gonna happen?’ I say enough is enough! Let’s just make the fight happen. Let’s get it done. And let’s make it the next fight for each fighter sometime in the next six months of next year. That’s our position and we’re going to do what we can to make it happen.”
By Gabriel F Cordero
Former world champions Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz and Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez scored quick knockouts on Saturday night at the Plaza de Los Martires in Toluca, Mexico. Ex-bantamweight champ Ruiz dropped Carlos “Carnicero” Medellin three times in a first round stoppage, while former two-time light flyweight king Hernandez logged a second round TKO over Armando Torres.
Also in action was WBC silver bantamweight champion Julio “Pollito” Ceja, who scored a fifth round KO over Mark Duran.
In the main event, WBC female mini-flyweight champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora retained her title via ten round unanimous decision against Yessica “Kika” Chávez. Scores were 98-92 across the board.
Welterweight prospect Alejandro “Pajarito” Davila moved to 5-0 with a six round decision over Marco “Chino” Villa.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Hanover National Guard Armory, in Hanover, PA, Osenohan Vasquez (8-2-1, 3 KOs) captured UBF All America junior welterweight title in odd fashion when Sammy Omar Quinones (8-3, 3 KOs) could not continue at the end of the sixth round due to heart palpitations. Quinones appeared to be well ahead on the scorecards, but Vasquez was game and fought evenly as both traded throughout the sixth round. Suddenly, in the closing seconds, without warning Quinones went into a defensive shell, and was hit with ten unanswered shots. While in his corner, Quinones complained of heart palpitations and the fight was waived off. The official time of the stoppage was three minutes of round six. Quinones was taken to a local hospital by ambulance for further observation.
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie “The Answer” Edgar put a momentary halt to Cub Swanson’s plans for a featherweight title shot Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, dominating Swanson for nearly five rounds before finishing the bout via submission with four seconds left in the bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Chris Algieri (20-1, 8 KOs) on Sunday at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Resort in Macao, China. Pacquiao stalked Algieri the whole fight, while Algieri backpedaled and tried to box from outside. An Algieri slip in round two was credited as a knockdown for Pacquiao. Pacman scored two more knockdowns in round six. Pacquiao floored Algieri two more times in round nine, Algieri barely survived. Algeria went down for the sixth time at the end of round ten. Scores were 119-103, 119-103, 120-102. Pacquiao’s last KO was against Miguel Cotto more than five years ago.
In a WBO flyweight eliminator, unbeaten two-time Olympic champion Zou Shiming (6-0, 1 KO) won a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Pacquiao-lookalike Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym (27-1-2, 12 KOs) on Sunday morning at the Cotai Arena inside the Venetian Resort in Macao, China. The Chinese boxing icon Shiming dropped Kwanpichit twice in round two but Kwanpichit survived. Kwanpichit was deducted a point for a low blow in round six and then knocked down again by Shiming. Shining scored a fourth knockdown in round twelve. Scores were 119-106, 119-106, 120-103.
WBO featherweight champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (3-1, 1 KO) overcame a hand injury as well as #1 rated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (52-2, 33 KOs) to retain his title by twelve round unanimous decision. Lomachenko dropped Piriyapinyo in round four and dominated the first six rounds. He then injured his left hand and won the rest of the bout mostly one-handed. Scores were 120-107 on all cards.
Unbeaten WBA super lightweight champion Jessie Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) retained his title with a good action twelve round unanimous decision over former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (31-4-1, 23 KOs). The results of Roy Jones Jr.’s training (and perhaps a willing opponent), lead to one of Jesse’s most entertaining fights. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
Russian heavyweight prospect Ruslan “Leopard” Magomedov fed Octagon newcomer Josh “The Cuddly Bear” Copeland a steady diet of kicks throughout their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, and while Copeland didn’t fall, it was a decisive unanimous decision victory for Magomedov Saturday night, upping his Octagon record to 2-0 . . . Click here for more
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In a clash of unbeaten jr middleweights, local favorite Kuok Kun Ng (6-0, 2 KOs) had to deal with a vertical cut over his left eye, but came away with a six round unanimous decision over Steve Attard (5-1-2, 2 KOs). Scores were 57-56, 57-56, 59-54.
Unbeaten super flyweight Rex Tso moved to 15-0, 9 KOs after an eight round unanimous decision over Espinos Sabu (11-3-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Super flyweight Jerwin Ancajas (22-1-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Fadhili Majiha (15-6-4, 7 KOs). Time was 1:48.
In a WBO cruiserweight eliminator and highly charged grudge match, Tony Bellew (22-2-1, 14 KOs) got his revenge against former world champion Nathan Cleverly (28-1, 14 KOs) taking a split decision on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The first eight rounds were close, but Bellew was able to bully Cleverly into the ropes and deliver punishment for the last four rounds. Cleverly, who apparently suffered an injury to his right hand, was gassed at the end. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 Bellew, 115-114 Cleverly.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (10-0, 10 KOs) blew away 39-year-old veteran Michael Sprott (42-23, 17 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round one. The bout was waved off after just 86 seconds.
WBC #1 super middleweight “Saint” George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs) overcame New Jersey’s Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (17-4, 10 KOs) scoring a seventh round TKO. Groves dropped Douglin in round seven and got the stoppage moments later. Time was 2:54
IBF #1 super middleweight James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over WBC #10 Marco Antonio Periban (20-3-1, 13 KOs). DeGale dropped Perigean with a left hand and Periban was unable to continue. Time was :30. After the fight, DeGale called WBC champ Carl Froch a coward.
WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (30-0-2, 22 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over game Hidenori Otake (22-2-3, 9 KOs). Otake was hampered by a cut over the right eye in the late rounds. Scores were 119-109, 119-109, 118-110.
WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (24-2-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a tenth round TKO over Javier Chacon (20-3, 5 KOs). It was a competitive fight until Chacon quit 39 into round ten citing an injured right shoulder. (more…)
Minutes ago in Terracina (Latina), Italy, Gianluca Branco (49-3-1, 23 KOs) won the vacant European welterweight title when Rafal Jackiewicz (46-12-2, 21 KOs) didn’t come out for round seven due to a knee injury. Branco, who was down in the third and in the fourth rounds, is now two-division European champion.
Other results: Light heavyweight Alessandro Sinacore (9-0, 5 KOs) won a six round decision against Ivan Stupalo (9-8, 1 KO); Middleweight Andrea Manco (10-0-1, 4 KOs) won a six round decision against Ruslans Pojonisevs (15-35-1, 11 KOs); Super lightweight Andrea Scarpa won a six round decision against Luigi Mantegna and finally Croatian heavyweight Josip Granic won his pro debut with a four decision against Janis Ginters
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Italia 1 televising in Italy.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped official challenger Edgar Puerta (23-5-1, 19 KOs), 128.75, in the opening session, kept battering the game Mexican and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 2:15 of the sixth round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.
Also, unbeaten three-time world champ Roman Gonzalez (41-0, 35 KOs), 112, successfully made his initial defense as he lopsidedly whipped Filipino Rocky Fuentes (35-8-2, 21 KOs), 111, into submission at 2:11 of the sixth round just after he sent him to the deck with merciless combinations upstairs and downstairs.
Heavyweight Kali Meehan (42-5, 32 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Shane Cameron (29-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Both fighters had their moments with the 44-year-old Meehan generally getting the better of it. As the fight progressed, the super rugged Cameron got more and more busted up but continued fighting hard to the end. Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 97-94.
Cruiserweight Brad Pitt (18-1, 12 KOs) won the all-Oceania Super Eight tourney with a three round majority nod over previously unbeaten Vaitele Soi (24-1, 16 KOs) in the final.
In an upset, cruiserweight Anthony McCracken (17-7-1, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over ADavis Aloua (11-2, 8 KOs).
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