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By Graham Houston
The unsatisfactory ending to the Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward IBF bantamweight title fight on the weekend had sporting types feeling somewhat aggrieved. Under U.K. betting rules, the technical draw result meant that all wagers on either man were considered losing plays. (Under Nevada rules a draw is a “push” or “no bet” as there was no winner in the contest; under U.K. rules a player loses his money if a bout ends in a draw unless he or she has bet on the draw as a separate wager.)
The head clash that occurred in the opening round that resulted in a severe cut over Ward’s eye might have robbed Hall backers of a winning result.
Hall looked much the bigger, stronger man and, as I saw it, he was getting to Ward much earlier than I had expected, although no one can say for sure what would have happened with 10 rounds to go.
The second-round technical draw result was a big disappointment. (Players who bet on “fight won’t go distance” or any of the “under” propositions, or who had money on the draw, came out of this OK. It’s an ill wind etc.)
Why, you might ask, was this a technical draw and not a “no contest” when the IBF title was at stake? (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has served up a volley of abuse as the countdown to his clash with unbeaten New Zealander Joseph Parker on the world’s biggest stage in Germany draws near. And Williams doesn’t just have the young Kiwi boxing phenomenon in his sights. He’s singled out Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry and promoters Duco Events for having the audacity to pair him with the 22 year old on the April 27 undercard of the world heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai in Germany.
“They should have done some research before agreeing to put him in the ring with me,” said Williams, who can claim to be one of the heavyweight division’s most durable boxers having only been stopped once in 52 fights. “At the end of this fight Joseph and all the people who like talking for him – people like Kevin Barry – are going to have to start their planning all over. They are going to have to figure out how to market a guy coming off a loss following his first fight against a decent fighter. I question their management because they are pushing him into the fire. (more…)
After last night’s history-making show in Newcastle, where Stuart Hall retained his IBF world bantamweight title after a clash of heads cut short his contest against North East rival Martin Ward, both fighters spoke at the post-fight press conference.
Stuart Hall: “I’m just gutted at the way it has turned out. The crowd has been robbed of a great fight. It’s one of those things in boxing though and I don’t really know what to say. It was a bad cut. I’m still champion and that’s the main thing in my eyes. I felt stronger and I started strong. Martin was warming up too but I felt like I had the strength in there.”
Martin Ward: “The fight fans have been robbed. It was only a round a and half. That would have been a terrific fight. Everybody knew Stu was the stronger lad. I was sticking to my game plan and it was starting to gel nicely. Stu feels deprived of saying he was world class tonight, and I feel deprived that I have not had the chance to prove that I’m at the same level that I believe I’m at. The North-East still has a world champion and good luck to him. He is a very good fighter. He is the best bantamweight in the world. Paul Butler is far too small in my opinion, Stu will keep his belt for longer.”
Promoter Dennis Hobson: “We’ve been robbed of a bit of drama. There is always drama in a fight of this magnitude. The first time two North-East kids have been together for a world title. There was a sense of expectation. But it was dangerous, a terrible cut. There is nobody stronger than Stu, you can tell he has grown in stature and looks a mountain at bantamweight. Stuart will take some beating for a long time to come. People saying what about a rematch, that’s a bad cut, he might need plastic surgery on that. IBF rules are that Stu should defend by June 21 and there are two kids fighting an eliminator for the number one spot. We’ll see where we get to and will consult with the IBF.”
Photos: Alex Roman/Cotto Promotions
& Peter Amador/Top Rank
Unbeaten prospect Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez won the WBC FECARBOX featherweight title by defeating veteran Leivi Brea by technical knockout at 2:33 of the first round on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. ” I’m very happy with this victory. I trained very hard. So excited to become The FECARBOX champion,” said Lopez. The Cotto Promotions rising star will be back on Saturday, June 7 at Madison Square Garden as part of the mega Cotto vs. Martinez event.
In the co-main event, jr flyweight Charlie Clemente improved his undefeated record to 6-0, 3 KOs, by beating Omar Soto by unanimous decision. The three judges scored the bout: 58-55 (x2) and 57-55, all in favor of Clemente. More results & photos…
Former world champion Joshua Clottey and his team arrived in Australia yesterday for his upcoming April 9th elimination bout against former two time WBA world champion Anthony “the man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs). Mundine has been talking a lot of smack about IBF World champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) and their twelve round title defense of Mundine’s WBA International title. It looks like no love is lost either side.
Clottey’s promoter Joe DeGuardia: “It looks like Mundine and BOXA Promotions are looking past Joshua onto bigger things but I can tell everybody here. Joshua has not stopped training for 6 months since this fight was first mentioned” and is very confident of victory.”
BOXA promotions agent Brendan Bourke: “We never overlook any opponent but it’s true we think Anthony is on another level.”
Joshua Clottey: “Mundine is in for a rude shock when I retire him April 9 in Australia, he has no idea who he’s fighting.”
Anthony Mundine: “I want Cotto, Alvarez, then Mayweather. Joshua is a good fighter but he’s not on my level. I can’t lose.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Happy Birthday to WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, who turns 71 today. Mendoza was born on March 30, 1943 in Barquisimeto in the state of Lara, Venezuela. He has been the WBA’s president since 1982, and has consistently worked for the welfare and growth of boxing in all areas. One of his greatest achievements has been the creation of the “KO to Drugs” program, which now became a global campaign.
Sergey Kovalev: “It was a difficult fight tonight because I got the two cuts. One from his hand and one from his elbow. He has good defense. I found the key – the left to the body. This is very good for me. I was ready for 12 rounds – just to try. He is not a fighter, he is just a boxer. I tried to box with him. I found the key to the body. I found this open place in his defense and my last punch was more harder.”
[When asked about Adonis Stevenson] “Adonis Stevenson is a piece of sh*t. I will fight any champion in my division. I want to get another title. I am ready for anyone. I will be great boxer.”
Cedric Agnew: “I will be back.”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva: “Agnew was far tougher than anyone gave him credit for. Sergey is just incredible. We look forward to a nice long run with the best light heavyweight in the world.”
Kovalev’s comment threw social media into a frenzy. Stevenson responded via Twitter: “You just a real slow BUM with no defence. Easy work! …You cant fight for sh*t! Tell mama Duva to call Al Haymon and Yvon Michel so I can have an Easy pay day”
By Scott Foster
Photo: Scott Foster
Former world champion Nate Campbell (36-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-14, 8 KOs) via unanimous eight round decision at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.
With the win, the ex-unified lightweight champ earns the NBA (National Boxing Association) 154lb title. More to come…
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
In an huge upset, Juan Carlos Martinez (19-14-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decksion over WBA #14 super featherweight Alejandro Perez (19-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Scores were 96-93, 96-93 Martinez, 96-93 for Perez. It was an entertaining two-way slugfest with both fighters having their moments. Perez was deducted a point for a low blow in round ten.
The loss was a costly one for Perez, who had been expected to land a May title shot against WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters in Macao, China.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Boyd Henley (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Ramirez showed explosive offense prompting referee Robert Byrd to step in even though the game Henley was still fighting back. Time was 2:32. “Henley was strong and had a lot of heart,” said Ramirez after the fight. “Even though I hurt him he kept moving forward was good for me. he was the best fighter I fought. I wanted to go more than one round and this went two. he was a tough guy but I got the win.”
Ramirez fights again in Fresno on May 17
Two-division former world champion Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) returned to the ring one year after losing his WBO/WBA belts to Juan Francisco Estrada in Macao. The 33-year-old “Hawaiian Punch” hammered out a clear but unspectacular ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Juan Herrera (9-8, 4 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-93. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Agnew went for long periods in this bout covering up and not punching. Kovalev dropped Agnew at the end of round two and rocked him in round three. Kovalev suffered a cut over the right eye from an unintentional headbutt in round four. Kovalev battered Agnew to the deck again in the sixth round. Kovalev dropped Agnew again in the seventh with the body shot to end it. Time was :58.
After the fight, Kovalev was asked about WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who rejected a showdown with Kovalev later this year and jumped to rival network Showtime. “I don’t want to speak about Adonis Stevenson,” he stated. “He is a piece of s**t.”
In a grudge match between jr welterweight contenders, Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) got a measure of revenge for an incident during Friday’s weigh-in by licking previously unbeaten Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. The taller Dulorme was able to use his reach to good advantage in compiling a 98-92, 97-94, 96-93 win.
“Tonight I wanted to show the world that I’m a force in the jr. welterweight division,” said Dulorme, who claimed the NABF title. “Mayfield was an undefeated fighter who punches with a lot of power but he never hurt me. Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza are taking me to another level and I believe I’m the best jr. welterweight in the world.”
Main Events has announced the undercard for the Friday night April 4 card at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA headlined by Philly’s own Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) against Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) with a co-feature between middleweights Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4, 19 KOs) and Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs). The undercard features two Main Events’ debuts and a Subway commercial star before the NBCSN Fight Night broadcast begins at 10:00 PM ET.
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “We are so excited to welcome Acevedo and Barrera to the Main Events’ family on this tremendous show at the Liacouras Center. Philadelphia has been the home of so many great boxing events and we are proud to bring this stacked undercard to the city. It should be a great night so make sure to get there early so you don’t miss a minute of the action.” (more…)
By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott Raven
Stuey Hall retained his IBF bantamweight title with an anti climatic second round technical draw after challenger Martin Ward suffered a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental clash of heads on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. The all-North East battle looked like developing into a good action fight after a lively start but the cut was indeed a bad one. Rematch? Hall is now 16-2-2, 7 KOs. Ward is now 18-2-1, 4 KOs. The end came after just 35 seconds of the second round.
Philly slickster “Fast” Eddie Chambers had his UK debut and looked good in stopping a game but vastly outclassed Tomas Mrazek of the Czech Republic. Sporting a muscular physique, Chambers at times enjoyed himself , at other times put real venom into his shots. Way too fast for the 61-bout veteran, Chambers – now trained by Peter Fury – cracked his man to head and body with fast bursts. Mrazek’s left eye was badly swollen but it looked like he might see it to the final bell. Instead, at 2:35 of the sixth and final round, the ref dived in and called a halt. A good workout for the 15-stone 7-pounds Chambers who is now 37-4, 18 KOs. Mrazek is now 9-46-6 with 5 KOs.
Frankie Gavin retained his Commonwealth welterweight title for the fourth time with a wide yet forgettable 12-round UD over Namibia’s Sacky Shikukutu. A battle of southpaws, the action never caught fire. The challenger was wild and he was credited with a knockdown in the 2nd but it seemed Gavin lost his balance – still a count was given. Gavin was soon back to work, making his man miss mostly. Shikukutu was always coming forward but his punches were too clumsy and missed their mark. Gavin won by scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 117-111 and he is now 19-0, 12 KOs, but he needs more impressive showings to win over the fans. Shikukutu is now 18-3-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
By Loren Goodman
Photos: Zovi Boxing Promotion
In the twelve-round co-main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Xiao Jun Qiu (12-2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title for the third time against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs).
Both fighters knew each other quite well, having engaged in non-title bouts twice before. Baat won the first by a close decision in September 2012. In the May 2013 rematch, Baat—who was down and cut badly—managed to scrape by on a ninth round technical decision. Both of these bouts took place on Baat’s adopted home turf of Kanazawa, Japan. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has decided to pull out of the Ukrainian presidential race and will instead run for mayor of Kiev. Vitali was one of the leaders in the street protests that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych, but decided to support pro-Euro businessman Petro Poroshenko to avoid splitting the pro-Euro vote in the May 25 election.
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise looks at the upcoming world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. with 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2, debuting tonight (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), immediately after the “HBO Boxing After Dark” doubleheader that begins at 10:00 p.m. Spanning three weeks, the three unique programs offer inside access to the two elite fighters and their camps as they prepare for their high-stakes welterweight title showdown April 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Weight and photo by Scott Foster
It took former world champion Nate Campbell three tries (and three hours) to make the junior middleweight limit after posting 154.2 on the two previous attempts. No face-off as opponent Gibert Venegas promptly left the building after weighing in.
Gilbert Venegas 151.5 vs. Nate Campbell 154
Robert Dunton 229.6 vs. Curtis Harper 270.2
Julian Valerio 156 vs. Eric Johnson 155
Yawshua Zodok 197.2 vs. Kareem Brann 199.2
Reggie Miller 192.4 vs. Derrick Brent 197.6
Robert Hill 166.4 vs. Isacc Salters 168.2
Josh Ross 132 vs. Daniel Mizell 130.8
Jacinta Quintana 146.2 vs. Jamal Harris 146.6
Venue: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Florida
Promoter: Galaxxy Fire Promotions
IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall (16-2-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 117 pounds for his defense against Martin Ward (18-2, 4 KOs), who scaled in at 116.25 pounds. They collide today at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK.
Jon-Lewis Dickinson 198.8 vs. Neil Dawson 183
Frankie Gavin 147 vs. Sacky Shikukutu ?? (overweight)
Bradley Saunders 140 vs. Mitch Prince 141
Gary Fox 133.5 vs. Kirk Goodings 134.75
Yengoyan decisions Ayoub at Round XIII show in Gent, Belgium
Bilal Laggoune won the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title knocking out overmatched Laszlo Hubert in 2 rounds. The local boy dropped Hubert in the first with a left to the body. The visitor never recovered from that and was down again in the second. Hubert took the full count on his knees. Laggoune will be seen back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium. Brother Ezzedine vowed to promote in Ninove Bilal’s first title defense against a better opponent.
In the co-main event Sasha Yengoyan battered Ayoub Nefzi to a wide 10 round unanimous decision. It was scored 100-88 and twice 99-90. Powerful Yengoyan was in command from the start and Nefzi Ayoub was never able to get into the fight with his better technique. Yengoyan was cut over the right eye by the end of the 1st and also over the left in the 4th, both times from accidental head clashes. It became a bloody affair when also Ayoub was bleeding heavily from round 6 on visibly from a broken nose. Things didn’t go better for Ayoub when he was deducted a point in round 9 after he lost his mouthpiece ones too much. (more…)
Chris Chatman couldn’t help but let his emotions get the best of him. Shortly after beating Grady Brewer Friday night at Twin River Casino, a fight he dedicated to both his grandmother, who passed away this past week, and his late manager Mark Dion, who died from Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier this year, Chatman sat in his corner and cried uncontrollably, a welcomed display of humility for a fighter on the brink of stardom.
The hard-hitting southpaw from Jersey City took another step toward his dream of winning a world title, beating The Contender Season 2 champion by unanimous decision, 79-73, 80-72, 79-73, in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ professional boxing show, a back-and-forth war from start to finish. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a upset, Filipino lightweight Joebert Delos Reyes (12-4-1, 8KOs) stopped Valentine Borg (6-1, 4KOs) in round five o f a scheduled ten round bout to capture the IBO Youth title at the Punchbowl Club, Punchbowl, NSW, Australia on Friday. The referee, Brad Griffiths, crowned Reyes at 2.33. A former amateur star Borg was in control of the bout in the early rounds until Reyes forced the stoppage in round four. Reyes has lost to Australian’s Greg Eadie, Terry Tzouramanis and Andrew Wallace in 2012 contests. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City (27-10-2, 14 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over reigning WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-2-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. The fighters split the first four rounds. In round five, a Hernandez right hand sent Mabait reeling into the ropes. Payasito then pounced on Mabait unleashing a barrage of punches and the referee waved it off. photos
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Montreal welterweight Antonin Decarie (30-2 9KO) scored a hard fought gutsy 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision over an awkward but determined Pablo Munguia (19-5 11KO) who came alive in the second half after Decarie suffered a badly cut left eye at the end of the fifth round. Referee Alain Villeneuve seemed to indicate that the cut which had the #8 ranked (WBC) welterweight definitely bothered for second half of the fight. “This you mean? Oh yeah it was a headbutt, but we expected that, especially with him being a southpaw.
“It happens almost every fight with me, I had it in game plan that I would have to fight with a cut. The last couple of rounds I just put the pressure on, I’d rather lose on a cut than lose because I don’t work hard enough.”
Munguia did make things interesting over the last half of the fight, winning the 6th and 7th, and battling hard over the last three. (more…)
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