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By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Along with two hundred delegates from the NABF convention, the five thousand partisan fans on hand for The Mayan Challenge At Xcaret outside of Cancun, Mexico were not disappointed on this sweltering Saturday night. With NABF title fights, several domestic bouts on hand, returning former champs and international battles pitting Mexicans against Brazilians and Filipinos, the paying crowd got their money’s worth, as well as viewers who watched the live telecast on Televisa, the biggest network in Mexico. In the main event, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez scored a ninth round KO over Brazilian Jefferson “Holyfield” Goncalo in an NABF Welterweight title defense, former WBC light fly champ Omar Niño Romero topped Juanito Rubillar in a WBC eliminator and NABF Fly champ Wilberth Uicab won a ten-rounder over B. J. Dolorosa. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It was a turbulent night for defending champs in a national title twinbill. They barely kept the Japanese national belts, but had a really tough time coping with game and desperate challengers. WBC#14 Naoki Matsuda (30-8-4-1NC, 13 KOs), 125.75, hit the canvas with a countering right of JBC#5 Noriyuki Ueno (10-9-4, 3 KOs), 125.5, in the second, fought back hard and finally halted the badly nose-bleeding foe at 2:08 of the tenth and final session. Matsuda, a slow-starter making his second defense, warmed up his engine late from the fourth, utilizing stinging lefts that continually bloodied Ueno’s nose until the abrupt stoppage. With only 52 seconds remaining, though Ueno still showed his fighting spirit, referee Uratani called a halt to the gory challenger. The official tallies after the ninth showed a split verdict (87-85 twice for Matsuda and 86-84 for Ueno), the stoppage looked a little premature to some ringsiders.
Japanese welter champ Daisuke Nakagawa (14-2-1, 10 KOs), 146.5, a tall and lanky jabber making his initial defense, very barely kept his national throne with a come-from-behind stoppage of fast and tricky footworker Koshinmaru Saito (11-3-1, 6 KOs), 147, at 2:36 of the seventh in a scheduled ten. Saito, handled by ex-world 154-pound champ Koichi Wajima (who used to be more tricky and unorthodox than Saito), made good use of his excellent foot speed and quick overhand rights, sweeping almost all rounds before the trick happened (60-55 twice and 59-56 for him). Nakagawa, in round seven, furiously turned loose with a non-stop attack that hurt the fading footworker and downed him on the knee, when referee Martin abruptly halted the proceedings. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Dropping his foe in the second and finishing him at 1:32 of the tenth and final round, jr. middleweight Joaquin Zamora (18-2-1, 12 KOs) won by TKO over Tucson’s Joshua Renteria (15-3, 9 KOs), tonight at the Sky City Casino in Acoma, N.M., on the “Unstoppable card promoted by Romero Promotions. In the co-main, Mexican featherweight Salvador Sanchez (12-3-2, 6 KOs) weathered an early round knockdown to dominate Juarez’s Salvador Zamora (3-2, 2 KOs) through six rounds, winning with scores of 59-56 x 3. On the undercard: Unbeaten Albuquerque bantam David Proa (6-0, 6 KOs) kept his record clean with a second round kayo over debuter Sergio Savadrar (0-1), of Tucson. The end came at 1:12 of the second, after three knockdowns. At super bantamweight, Tucson’s Isaac Hidalgo (4-4, 1 KO) scored a local upset by shutting out James Piar (3-1, 2 KOs), of Albuquerque, scores of 40-36 x 3. At jr. middle, Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez (3-0), of Albuquerque, scored a big, local upset with a four-round unanimous decision over amateur standout Arturo “Toro” Crespin (2-1, 1 KO), of Las Vegas. Scores were 39-37 x 3. In the opening bout, featherweight Randy “Savage” Arrellin (1-1), of Albuquerque, got back on track with a decision win over tough Carlos Luque (0-3), of Tucson, Ariz. Scores were 40-35 x 2 and 39-36.
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Arguably the biggest fight in the history of the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC), Mike Brown (21-4) defends his featherweight crown against former champion “The California Kid” Urijah Faber (22-2) tonight (Sunday) at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, CA. The contest is one of the most important rematches to ever take place in MMA, comes after Brown took the title from Faber seven months ago. Then considered to be a mega upset, the unheralded Brown stunned Faber with a first round knockout victory in November 2008. Brown has established himself as a powerhouse since capturing the crown, submitting hardcore veteran Leonard Garcia in his first title defense in March. Determined to get his championship back, Sacramento’s Faber scored a convincing submission victory over former champion Jens Pulver in January. Brown vs. Faber II airs live on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT.
Below are the official weigh-in results for Sunday’s WEC card:
Mike Brown 143.5 vs Urijah Faber 143.5
(WEC Featherweight Title)
Cub Swanson 144 vs Jose Aldo 144.5
James Krause 155 vs Donald Cerrone 155
Josh Grispi 145.5 vs Jens Pulver 144
John Franchi 145.5 vs Manny Gamburyan 144
Kyle Dietz 134 vs Rafael Rebello 134.5
Anthony Pettis 156 vs Mike Campbell 155
Antonio Banuelos 135.5 vs Scott Jorgensen 134
Noah Thomas 134.5 vs Frank Gomez 136*
Seth Dikun 136 vs Rolando Perez 135.5
*Gomez made weight on his second attempt after initially weighing 137.5 pounds.
By Damien St. Pierre at ringside
George Foreman III (a.k.a Monk) scored a first round KO over Clyde Weaver (0-2) in his professional debut on Saturday night at the Coushatta Casino in Kinder, Louisiana. It was a barrage of shots that sent Weaver down and out at 1:16. Foreman III weighed 237 lbs. and is trainer by his famous father, former heavyweight champion George Foreman.
It took Universum light heavyweight hope Jürgen Brähmer only 83 seconds to secure himself a world title shot later this year on Saturday night at the König-Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The 30-years-old KO Artist from Schwerin powerfully stopped mandatory challenger Antonio Brancalion in the very first round. More than 3000 fans witnessed the first inside the distance loss for Brancalion and a huge statement by Brähmer.
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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto held a public workout today in a neighborhood in the Bronx, where thousands of fans showed up to see him. Cotto wraps up the final week of training for his upcoming world welterweight championship fight against warrior Joshua Clottey on Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event.
By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Marianne Müller
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European light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (33-2, 27 KOs) needed just 83 seconds to annihilate mandatory challenger Antonio Brancalion (32-7-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the König Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen. Brähmer, who is again rated WBA #1 contender, dropped Brancalion in the first few seconds and four times total in round one before the fight was waved off by referee Terry O’Connor. Brancalion entered at #11 in the WBA rankings. Euro king Brähmer is taking aim at a return match with WBA world champion Hugo Garay.
In a emotionally charged clash of heavyweight contenders who are also stablemates, Universum fighter WBA #5 Denis Boytsov (25-0, 20 KOs) impressively TKO’d WBA #2 ranked stablemate Taras Bidenko (26-3, 12 KOs) of Spotlight Boxing in round six. After a slow first round, the heavy hands of Boystov began to take their toll. The bout finally ended in round six after a brutal assault by Boystov put Bidenko on the deck. Time was 2:00. Boystov retained his WBA Intercontinental title and added the WBO Europa title.
Unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (12-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Ramon Hayes (15-27-1, 10 KOs).
Lightweight Vitali Tajbert (18-1, 6 KOs) returned to action after his loss to Euro champ Sergey Gulyakevich to outpoint Rudy Encarnacion (18-15-2, 8 KOs).
Unbeaten light heavyweight Igor Michalkin (10-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Karim Bennama (17-12-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds.
The Office of the State Historian in New Mexico will be hosting a presentation given by Fightnews writer & photographer Chris Cozzone on the topic of the History of New Mexico Boxing, Monday, June 8, at 3 p.m. The seminar is free to the public and will take place in Albuquerque at UNM’s Center of Southwest Research (Willard Room) at Zimmerman Library. Cozzone will give an overview of the 140-year legacy of boxing in New Mexico, touching on such subjects as bareknuckle fights, early bouts in the Wild West, illegal boxing before statehood, the 1912 World Heavyweight Championship held in Las Vegas and the dozens of top fighters through 14 decades who paved the way for Danny Romero, Johnny Tapia and Holly Holm.
By Felipe Leon at ringside, Photos: Paul Gallegos
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A near capacity crowd invaded the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, CA, to witness a “Night of Prospects” presented by Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions on Thursday night. The six bout fight card showcased a series of local San Diego up and comers, with the majority of them making their pro debut. In the main event, jr. welterweight Antonio Orozco stopped Antonio Soria in round round three. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
For the second time in twenty-four hours, a Montreal fighter retained his North American belt against a South American fighter. Antonin Decarie (22-0 6KO) dominated former 2000 Olympian Victor Hugo Castro (29-6 12KO) on his way to a 120-108 decision on all three scorecards, retaining his NABO welterweight belt, much the same way super-lightweight Jo Jo Dan did the night before against another Argentine, Walter Sergio Gomez by identical scores. It was the third defense for Decarie who won the vacant belt thirteen months ago. Decarie, ranked #2 by the WBO, dominated his smaller opponent who was fighting at welterweight for the first time, constantly going to the body and breaking down his opponent. Decarie was warned for a low blow in the 5th as shot off the hip put Castro to his knees. No knockdown was called but Decarie didn’t hesitate in going right back to the body of his opponent. Castro showed a good beard as he was the recipient of many Decarie right hands as he lay on the ropes for much of the bout.
Alfredo Contreras (10-5-1 4KO) served his head up on a platter to the right hand of the #7 IBF ranked middleweight Sebastien Demers (28-2 10KO) who was more than happy to oblige and hammer away for the duration of one sided 80-72 (x3) decision for the Canadian champion. Contreras just lay on the ropes, smiled and asked for more and Demers delivered for the duration as if he was in a cage taking batting practice. Demers managed to up the pressure in both the 7th and 8th round as he worked his uppercut into the equation and managed to go to the body with combinations. Contreras offered up a sturdy chin and not much more as he lost all four fights he has travelled outside his native Mexico for. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Komthai Sarorground
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WBC#4 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (30-0,16 KOs) successfully retained his ABCO 126lb title as he stopped Filipino Jonel Alivio (reportedly 9-9-1,4 KOs) on Friday at the ground stadium of Sawangdaendin in Sakhonnakorn, Thailand. Both fighters impressed the crowd when they wildly exchanged punches during most of the action. The winner was the local champion as he effectively launched his bodyshots which little by little weakened his challenger and finally, he displayed one-side attack and then dropped the Filipino for a full ten count at 2:34 of round eleven. Chonlatarn, 24-year-old orthodox, kept his WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) featherweight title for the twentieth time. In other action, Wanchana Sithniwat, survived from an almost knockdown in round two, stopped Singthong Sor Singyu in round three. Nicole Paradorngym outpointed Komsan Jamaika in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Onesongchai Boxing Promotion.
On the same day at Rimping Riverside Ground in Kampaengpetch, Thailand, WBC/WBA#11 superlight Sirimongkol Singwancha (61-2,34 KOs) easily stopped a Kenyan fighter whose name reported as “Mohammed” in round two in a ten-round non-title bout. Sirimongkol, two-time WBC champion, is now seeking for a world 140lb title shot to become the first Thai fighter who win the world titles in three divisions. In other action, 3-time Thailand amateur champion Kanittha Tungsongtaksin captured the vacant ABCO female flyweight title as she outpointed Namfon Sor Talerngsak in a eight round bout. Iranian Bezan won a unanimous decision over Australian Harley to defend his World Professional Muaythai Federation 147lb title. This event was promoted by Wongsaroj Media Promotion.
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego regained the SA junior middleweight title when he beat Vincent Vuma on a split decision at the Sasol Recreation Centre in eMbalenhle, Secunda on Friday night. Mashego who finished strongly in the last two rounds and had the champion on rubbery legs deserved a unanimous decision. However, judge Sazi Xamlashe was off the mark with a card of 116-115 for Vuma. Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen scored it 115-113 and judge Thabo Spampool handed in a 116-112 card. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated Australian jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (34-1, 24 KOs) will clash with Delray Raines (15-5, 10 KOs) at the Laredo Entertainment Centre, Laredo, Texas on June 19. WBA #5, IBF #11 Dawson is now based in Los Angeles under the guidance of Freddie Roach’s former right hand man – Justin Fortune. He scored his best win in 2007 when he scored a knockout in round one over former world amateur champion Anton Solopov (who holds a win over Miguel Cotto). Also in 2007, Dawson suffered his only loss when he dropped a twelve round decision in IBO middleweight title bout to Daniel Geale. (Anthony Mundine was awarded a disputed twelve round split decision over IBF#6 Geale last on May 27.) Raines has been in the ring with several world class 154 pounders including Aaron Mitchell and Tarvis Simms whom he dropped decisions to in 2008. Raines stopped Albert Martin in three rounds in his only bout for 2009. Dawson is chasing a shot at the IBF title held by Cory Spinks or a WBA title opportunity held by Daniel Santos.
By Dennis Principe
Former world champion Michael Katsidis of Australia flew to Manila to personally challenge Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao to a showdown. Katsidis arrived in the country Thursday evening and graced the weekly “SCOOP sa Kamayan” session along with manager Brendon Smith. Katsidis said he is being backed by a major Australian online betting company Sportsbet.com which recently sold half of its shares to an Irish group for a staggering $200 million. Katsidis said his backers are willing to support and even bankroll his challenge of Pacquiao. The Australian is hoping that his presence here in the country will jumpstart negotiations with the Pacquiao camp. Katsidis, who has set up his training camp in Thailand, is coming off an eight round Technical Knockout win over former world champion Jesus Chavez. Katsidis is best known for his brutal 12-round slugfest against Filipino Czar Amonsot last July 2007 in Las Vegas where both fighters ended up in the hospital. Katsidis won that fight via a close unanimous decision while Amonsot ended up being medically suspended indefini tely by the Nevada State Athletic Commission as specks of blood were traced outside of his brain. The 28-year-old Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) lost his interim crown to Joel Casamayor via a 10th round stoppage March of last year. For his comeback fight after the Casamayor debacle Katsidis fought and lost to Juan Diaz in a close 12-round verdict September of 2008. He has since recovered from those twin losses with back-to-back wins over Chavez and Angel Ramirez this year. Click for video download.
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Super middleweight Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-1, 10 KOs) turned in the most complete performance of his career in stopping “Kid Dynamite” Antwun Echols (31-11-4, 27 KOs) in round seven Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. The end came at :42 of the seventh round with Williams battering Echols on the ropes. Also, light heavyweight Marcus Oliveria (19-0, 15 KOs) destroyed “The Next Great Champ” reality series winner Otis Griffin (19-6, 7 KOs) in round two. (more…)
Junior welterweight contender Jo Jo Dan (25-0, 13 KOs) won an 12 round unanimous decision against tough journeyman Walter Sergio Gomez on Friday. With the win, Jo Jo Dan (#5 WBC, #7 WBA) defended his WBC Continental Americas and NABA titles in front of a packed house in his home town of Bucharest, Romania. On the undercard, featherweight prospect Viorel Simion defended his WBC Mediteranean title against much more experienced David Kiilu with a 12 round unanimous decision. Ex amateur junior world champion heavyweight Bogdan Dinu improved to 4-0-0, 2 KO with his 2nd consecutive 1st round KO, his opponent, tough journeyman Nikolay Marinov went down early from two powerful uppercuts and he failed to get up in time. In another heavyweight contest, Lucian Bot won a close decision over 6 rounds against Ivor Marincev and improved his record to 11-0-1, 5 KO. The card was promoted by Gankor Promotions.
“I have no fear of Wladimir,” says WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, who will now face IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in front of 60,000+ fight fans on June 20 in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. “I’m also a world champion, not only him. I’ve always said I would box against anyone. The size difference doesn’t bother me. That’s Wladimir’s problem because I have already defeated a big boxer in Valuev.” Chagaev’s trainer Michael Timm is optimistic. “The chances are fifty-fifty,” he said. “Ruslan is WBA champion and Wladimir and has a few more belts. There is a lot on the line, but both have their chances. Above all I’m happy for Ruslan. After the theater in Helsinki, he now gets the fair chance that he deserves. We’re still in training. Next week we’ll go once again into sparring, and then we’ll refine and work on our tactics. Wladimir is good at moving in reverse, has a good jab. But Ruslan is a strong guy who can take a punch and then fire back. I’m glad that we can offer great event to the boxing fans.” Timm sees the short preparation time as no problem. “Valuev chickened out for the second time, but an experienced boxer must put this aside and adapt themselves. If one wants to, it can be done in a shorter time. Ruslan has already prepared for a big boxer. Now we must also get ready for a much quicker boxer.”
Teon Kennedy 122.5 vs. Lucian Gonzalez 123
Latif Muny 159.5 vs. Patrick Majewski 160
Jermell Barnes 223.5 vs. John Poore 215.5
Jose Guzman 135 vs. Eliud Torres 133.5
Garrett Wilson 178 vs. Louis Robinson 179
Laquan Lewis 134 vs. Osnel Charles 136
Ardrick Butler 149 vs. Rashad Bogar 147.5
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
Tickets priced at $45 and $65 are on sale at the door, first fight 7.30 p.m.
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
It could’ve been the height, weight, reach, stance, speed, hometown crowd or footwork that had six-time world champion Holly Holm utterly demolishing a near-defenseless, formerly undefeated Duda Yankovich last night before a sold-out crowd at Isleta Resort & Casino, south of Albuquerque, N.M.
It might also have been as simple as a mismatch in skill levels.
The Serb from San Paulo, Brazil, might’ve weathered four wars growing up in her country of origin, but, last night in New Mexico, four rounds with Holm proved too much to handle . . . Click here for more
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) will be holding a free public workout in the Bronx today beginning at 2:30 P.M. ET, in an outdoor ring at 152nd and Wales Streets. Cotto, who is in his final week of training, will be defending his WBO welterweight title against Joshua Clottey (35-2, 21 KOs) this Saturday (June 13) at Madison Square Garden. This marks the fourth time in the past five years that Cotto, a two-division world titleist, will headline at the “Mecca of Boxing” on the eve of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade. Clottey returns to the ring after defeating Brooklyn brawler Zab Judah and winning the IBF welterweight title. The card will also feature undefeated WBO junior flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0, 6 KOs) defending his title against No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs). Over 15,000 seats have been sold. Remaining tickets to Cotto vs. Clottey, priced at $500, $300, $200, $100 and $50, can be purchased at the Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.thegarden.com.
Ruslan Chagaev is the new opponent of IBF, WBO and IBO World Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on June 20 in the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. WBA Champion Chagaev was engaged after original fighter David Haye had pulled out due to an injury on Wednesday. “It is sad that David cannot compete. However, I am looking into the future and forward to fighting against Ruslan. He is WBA Champion, very experienced and a tough challenger. For my preparation, I have to change my sparring partner from orthodox to southpaw,” says Klitschko. (more…)
The fluke talk and related questions have subsided. But Mike Thomas Brown, even after destroying Urijah Brown and Leonard Garcia back-to-back, even after being fitted with a WEC championship belt, is occasionally reminded that the residue of being underestimated is a stubborn one and not so easily washed away. He was reunited with this perplexing phenomenon earlier this week upon learning that oddsmakers have pegged him as a slight underdog for his rematch with Urijah Faber. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
From the Isleta Resort & Casino south of Albuquerque, N.M.: In her most dominating performance to date, Holly Holm (24-1-3, 7 KOs), of Albuquerque utterly punished, and stopped Duda Yankovich (11-1, 5 KOs). Yankovich was hit with big left after big left through three rounds. In the second, a lead right broke Yankovich’s nose. In the fourth, on advice of the physician, Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at :32. In the eight-round cruiser co-main, “Mad” Mike Alderete (6-4-2, 3 KOs), of Albuquerque, and Theo Kruger (9-8-2, 3 KOs), of Port Charlotte, Fla, fought to a majority draw with scores of 76-76 twice and 77-75, Alderete. On the undercard: Angelica Chavez (0-1), of Albuquerque’s Chavez Dojo, was destroyed by Gloria Salas (1-2, 1 KO), of Ontario, Calif. Chavez slugged in the first but Salas’ far superior boxing skills – and a right hand that could not miss – put Chavez down twice in the second before Ref Rocky Burke stopped the action at 1:27. In a four-rounder at cruiser, debuter Michael Brooks (1-0, 1 KO) won by TKO at 2:27 of the second over Dallas southpaw Brandon Singleton (2-3, 1 KO); In a four-round cruiserweight bout, Antonio Zamora (1-0, 1 KO), of the Chavez Dojo in Albuquerque, needed just :52 to dispose of MMA fighter Dominic Perea (0-1), who was down twice before the stoppage; in the opening bout, MMA fighter David Quezada (1-0, 1 KO), outweighing his foe by 13.5 lbs., TKO’d 157-pounder Israel Rodriguez (0-1), of Las Cruces, in round two. -- Results & photo by Chris Cozzone
By: Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
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Several awards were presented at Friday night’s NABF banquet in Cancun, Mexico.
Outgoing president Rex Walker and incoming president Joe Dwyer did the honors for the following recipients:
Promoter of the year: Jimmy Burchfield- CES Promotions
Female Promoter of the year: Donna English- South Coast Promotions
Female Fight of the year: Christy Martin-Valerie Mafood
Prospect of the year: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez
President’s “work horse” Award: Laurence Cole
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Power punching junior middleweight Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (24-1, 16 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Vinroy Barrett (22-8, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury in Long Island, NY. Scores were 100-89, 100-88 and 99-89. A point was deducted from Barrett in round nine for holding.
World Welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived in New York Friday night with his family, (L-R) Alondra Cotto,wife Melissa Guzman, Miguel Angel Cotto III and Luis Aquino for his upcoming World Welterweight championship fight against warrior Joshua Clottey on Saturday, June 13 at Madison Square Garden. Top Rank promotes this HBO televised event
In a surprise, late sub Carlos Molina (17-4-1, 5KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) to claim the NABO 154-pound belt on Friday night at the Mahi Shrine Temple in Miami, Florida. Molina, who took the fight on six days’ notice, brought the fight to Perez from the opening stanza and outworked the former world title challenger all the way. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. Perez originally was supposed to meet former world champion Carlos Quintana.
Lightweight Ira Terry (22-2, 12 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Leon Bobo (18-3-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75, 76-76.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The morning session of the NABF convention in Cancun, Mexico commenced this morning at 9:30 a.m. with the elections of President and Vice presidents. After two consecutive two-year terms, out going president Rex Walker stepped down and welcomed unanimously elected former V.P. Joe Dwyer of New York. Dwyer humbly accepted the responsibilities that come with the post and persevere toward the organization’s primary goal- the safety of the boxer in the ring. Dwyer said, “Normally, upon assuming a position of this magnitude, it is said that there are big shoes to fill. On this occasion, I have some big cowboy boots to fill,” a reference to Rex Walker’s self proclaimed cowboy status. (more…)
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Alejandro Valdez 120 vs Genaro Camargo 120
Hernan Marquez 113 vs Carlos Banuelos 115
Giovanny Caro 121.5 vs German Meraz 121.5
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs Roberto Tamayo 136
Rogelio Medina 160 vs Antonio Arras 160
David Sanchez 113 vs Oscar Gallardo 112
Rodolfo Hernandez 122 vs Jose Tamayo 122
Pablo Lugo 135.5 vs Fernando Carcamo 135.5
Hanzel Martinez 115 vs Carlos Basacahua 116
Miguel Beltran 130 vs Eden Marquez 130
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Venue: Explanada Tecate, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico
TV: TV Azteca
After the fact finding hearing on the cancellation of Chagaev vs. Valuev II held in Helsinki, Finland last May 30th, 2009 various parties requested additional time to submit more information and materials related to this case thus extending the timeline for next June 8, 2009, at 5 pm (-5 GMT). The WBA Medical Committee has asked for advice from Hepatitis B specialists around the world seeking the most accurate diagnosis on the blood test results presented by Finland Boxing Professional Federation in the above mentioned hearing. Consequently the WBA -once again- apologizes to media, boxers and fans for not being able to issue a resolution in a timely manner but the new information must be analyzed in order to provide a fair decision for all parties involved in this situation.
On Friday, June 26th, fight fans at the Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona will get a first-hand look at some of the brightest young stars in the boxing when undefeated middleweight Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs, rising junior middleweight star Erislandy Lara and 2008 United States Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder step into the ring in separate featured bouts on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. In the main event, knockout specialist Jacobs (16-0, 14 KOs) makes his fourth appearance of 2009 when he battles George Walton (20-3, 12 KOs) in a middleweight bout scheduled for 10 rounds. Opponents for Lara (6-0, 4 KOs) and Wilder (5-0, 5 KOs) along with a full slate of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets, priced at $25 to $120 in advance, are on sale now and are available by calling 1-800-745-3000 or by visiting the Desert Diamond Casino Box Office.
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Undefeated world two-time world champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, tipped the scale at 112.5 pounds in the last pre weigh-in ordered by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission. The limit for the seven day pre weigh-in is 113.4. “I left the gym yesterday at 107.5 and after I work out today I should be close to 107 pounds again,” said the WBO 108-pound champion. Calderon will leave Monday for New York, for his first fight ever at Madison Square Garden as the semi main event on the card that his good friend Miguel Cotto will headline on Saturday, June 13 in the “Mecca of Boxing.” (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Saul “Canleo” Alvarez 146.75 vs. Jefferson Goncalo 146.5
(NABF welterweight title)
Omar Niño Romero 107.8 vs. Juanito Rubillar 107.8
(WBC light flyweight eliminator)
Wilberth “Huracan” Uicab 111.3 vs. B.J. Dolorosa 111.1
(NABF flyweight title)
Jose Emilio Perea 134.2 vs. Juan Pablo Sanchez 134.2
Rudy Lopez 134.2 vs. Pablo Polanco 141.9
Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. 144.1 vs. Jose “Lobo” Ramirez 142.1
Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson 125.4 vs. Miguel “Demoledor” Tiquet 134.2
Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez vs. Eduardo “Guason” Herrera
Eric Ortiz 112.4 vs. Gilberto Keb 112.4
Aaron Velez 125.4 vs. Luciano Canche 125.2
Promoter Jose “Pepe” Gomez presents “The Mayan Challenge at Xcaret!” in conjunction with the 41st NABF convention, on Saturday, June 6th at 7 p.m. Xcaret is an hour outside of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and home to a magical nature preserve along the Mayan Riviera.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Antonin Decarie 143.1 vs. Victor Hugo Castro 146.1
(NABO Welterweight Championship)
Sebastien Demers 167.8 vs. Alfredo Contreras 167.2
Nicholson Poulard 170 vs. Martin Berthiaume 168.6
Dierry Jean 139.9 vs. Adrian Navarrete 138.1
Ali Mansour 246.2 vs. Stephane Tessier 231
Tony Luis 134.6 vs. Jorge Banos 132.1
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Television: SRC (Canada)
First Bell 12:00pm
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