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One of the greatest rivalries in the history of boxing ended at two victories apiece after Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) of Mexico City decisively stopped a bloodied Israel “El Magnifico” Vazquez (44-5, 33 KOs) of Huntington Park, Calif., by way of Mexico City, at 1:33 in the third round Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME®.
“It is so fitting that the amazing series between Marquez and Vazquez ends tied at two,” said Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “Both men will go down in history alongside the greatest fighters this sport has known. We are proud to have been part of this historic rivalry and to have delivered, once again, the best that boxing has to offer.”
There won’t be a fifth fight. Frank Espinoza Sr., who has managed Vazquez throughout his career and helped take him to heights no one could have expected, said in the ring immediately afterward that Vazquez had fought for the last time. “That’s it,” Espinoza said. “His career is over. He’s not going to fight again.” For more details and photos click here…
By Dennis Principe
He may feel bitter in recalling at how the punch of Colombian foe Luis Melendez almost took the life of his close pal Z Gorres. But Filipino bantamweight contender Michael Domingo assures he will treat his own bout against Melendez in a professional manner. Domingo will face Melendez in a highly-emotional 10-round non-title bantamweight fight dubbed “Hangad na Paghihiganti” Sunday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu.
“I still am dedicating this fight to Z. There may be people who are mad at Melendez but it happens in boxing and I do not blame him for whatever happened to Z. But one thing is for sure, I’m going to give him a tough night,” said Domingo. (more…)
Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias of Argentina (15-0, 10 KOs) unanimously decisioned fellow countryman Oscar Daniel Veliz (28-16-2) over 12 rounds to retain his WBO Latino super middleweight title on Saturday night at Casino City Center, in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina. The bout was closely contested throughout with Farias putting a lot of rounds in the bank early with his effective aggression. Veliz came on strong in the latter half of the fight fight but was too late. The official judges scorecards read 119-115, 118.5-115, and 116.5-114. Mario Margossian promoted the fight card.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Unbeaten USBA super bantamweight champion Teon ‘The Technician’ Kennedy (15-0, 6 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over rugged Jose Angel Beranza (32-18-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Great action fight with both of Kennedy’s eyes nearly closed at the end. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 115-113.
In the co-feature, undefeated middleweight Patrick Majewski (13-0, 8 KOs) won when his bout with Loren Myers (7-8-1, 2 KOs) was stopped in the sixth round due to a cut on Myers’ forehead. Time was 1:05.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In the fourth installment of their classic series, former two-time word champion Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) evened things up at 2-2 with a third round TKO over former three-time world champion Israel Vazquez (44-5, 33 KOs) on Saturday night before 9,236 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Vazquez was cut over the left eye almost immediately and it was ruled to be caused by a punch. Marquez’ punches were very sharp and the blood was flowing heavily from Vazquez’ cut by the end of round two. Vazquez was cut over the left eye by a headbutt early in round three and Marquez continued his vicious assault, knocking down Vazquez and then finishing things with a brutal follow up attack that prompted referee Raul Caiz Jr. to wave it off. Time was 1:33.
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Unbeaten IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) and unbeaten 2004 Olympian Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. It was a great fight that lived up to its billing as both fighters left it all in the ring. Good two-way action early. Perez began imposing his will midway but Mares came on strong down the stretch. Scores were 115-113 Mares, 114-114, 114-114. Perez retains his title.
By Mark Vaz at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr (35-6, 19 KOs) stopped Angel Hernandez (30-8, 17 KOs) in round ten to claim the vacant IBO middleweight title on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Manfredo ended a good action fight with a series of clean shots that prompted referee Steve Smoger to wave it off at 1:19 of round ten. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten jr middleweight Shawn Porter (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Robert Kliewer (10-11, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at “The Fitz” in Tunica, Mississippi. Porter dropped Kliewer in round two, again in round three, then four times in round five to end it. Time was 1:08. Porter retained his NABO belt.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominic Wade (7-0, 5 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Michael Faulk (2-1, 0 KOs) who was in survival mode almost from the beginning. Wade dropped Faulk at the end of round two and again in round four. Scores were 40-35, 40-35, 40-33.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In a six round junior middleweight bout, undefeated Rodrigo Garcia was the unanimous decision winner over veteran Taronze Washington. Washington, who has fought such big names as Andre Berto, Vanes Martirosyan and Alfred Angulo, was available to be hit but Garcia never fully committed to going for the knockout. Garcia, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Oscar De La Hoya, improves to 7-0 (5KO) while Washington drops to 14-13 (7KO).
In an eight round junior welterweight affair, Carlos Molina labored to win a lackluster unanimous decision victory over steppingstone Humberto Tapia. Both fighters fought only in spurts but Molina landed the harder shots over his taller, lankier opponent. The action finally picked up some in the seventh and eigth rounds with Molina getting the best of Tapia. Molina improves to 12-0 (6KO) while Tapia drops to 15-13-1 (8KO).
In opening action, a six round junior lightweight contest, Ronny Rios outworked the game Guadalupe DeLeon to emerge as the unanimous decision victor. There were no knockdowns in the fight and neither fighter was seriously hurt despite fighting shoulder to shoulder the entire fight and trading heavy shots. With the victory, Rios keeps his record unblemished and improves to 11-0 (5KO) while DeLeon drops to 8-11 (4KO). To date, including DeLeon, only one opponent on Rios’ resume has had a winning record.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
With his best performance in years, former WBA heavyweight champion and currently #2 rated Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs) became the mandatory challenger of WBA champion David Haye, winning a twelve round unanimous decision over #1 rated Kali Meehan (35-4, 29 KOs). Chagaev simply outworked Meehan in a WBA eliminator Saturday night at the Stadthalle in Rostock, Germany. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-112. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
WBC super featherweight champion Vitali Tajbert (20-1, 6 KOs) retained his world title via nine round technical decision over veteran Hector Velazquez (51-15-2, 35 KOs). Tajbert was cut in round one by an unintentional headbutt and the gash bled for the entire fight. In round nine it was ruled that the cut made it too dangerous for Tajbert to continue and the bout was sent to the scorecards where the champion prevailed 87-83, 88-82, 88-83. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated bantamweight Tantong Kiattaweesuk (19-0, 13 KOs) stopped Rafael Pangaribuan (12-5-2, 5 KOs) in round three of a scheduled ten round bout at the Thonburri University in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. IBF #12 Kiattaweesuk-boxing from southpaw stance-controlled the fight from round one as he continually connected with accurate combinations to the head and body of the Indonesian. Kiattaweesuk was cautioned by referee Yongsak Na Songkla in round two for infringements and in round three a power left hook to the body dropped Pangaribuan for the full ten count. For more details and photos click here…
The WBA has officially withdrawn recognition of Shane Mosley as its welterweight super champion after a failure to agree with him on terms regarding conditions to sanction his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. held May 1st. In a statement, the organization said “the WBA is proud to count Mr. Mosley among its world champions and wishes him all the best for his career. The doors of the WBA will be always open for him.”
It’s official. Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) and undefeated welterweight contender Luis Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) meet in a non-title welterweight rumble on July 17 in The Show at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, California. The co-main event will feature current WBO interim junior middleweight champion Alfredo Angulo (18-1, 15 KOs) against former WBA super welterweight champion Joachim Alcine (32-1, 19 KOs). Tickets go on sale June 5.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Finally WBA interim lightweight world champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta is headed to Namibia, where next Saturday he’ll face WBA regular world champion Paulus Moses. After a difficult negotiation with promoter Don King, Acosta signed the sent contract, making it clear that he didn’t accept the terms which bound him to DKP for five years. The adjustments were made Friday and submitted Friday night. The route from Venezuela to Namibia is a long one. First is a six-hour flight from Caracas to Sao Paulo. After a three-hour layover they will take an eight-and-a-half hour African Airlines flight to Johannesburg. Team “Aguacerito” will arrive in South Africa at 7:30AM on Sunday morning and after a two-hour layover they will catch a two-hour flight to Windhoek where they expect to be received by the event organizers.
Shawn Porter 152 1/2 vs. Bobby Kliewer 154
Dominic Wade 163 vs. Michael Faulk 162
Dontae Woods 178 vs. Roy Ashworth 178
Marlon Lewis 136 vs. Chris Gray 136
Adam Kownacki 229 1/2 vs. Yohon Banks 266
Venue: Fitzgerald’s Casino & Hotel, Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati at ringside
Photos: Marco Chiesa
Italian boxing star and WBA Intercontinental light welterweight champ Brunet Zamora (20-0, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular first round TKO over former WBO Latino champ Eduardo Daniel Roman (41-5, 8 KOs) of Argentina and retained his 140 lbs title for the fourth time on Friday night at the Palasport San Filippo in Brescia, Italy, the ‘Italian El Salsero’ Zamora was simply too strong for the South American fighter, who was down two times before the final stoppage correctly issued by referee Giuseppe Quartarone. (more…)
Interview by Mark Vaz
Photos by Emily Harney
Tonight at the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut,”The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo, Jr. (34-6, 18 KOs) will step in the ring for the vacant IBO middleweight title against Chicago’s former world title challenger Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-7, 17 KOs) in the main event of a very intriguing card that features the undefeated featherweight Matt “The Sharpshooter” Remillard (21-0, 12 KOs) – from nearby Hartford – defending his NABF belt while contesting for the vacant NABO strap in the chief supporting bout . . . Click here for more
Family has always been important to Melvin Guillard. And after experiencing catastrophes like Hurricane Katrina, his resolve that family is both a healer and a motivator is understandably intensified. So it is no surprise that his move to the New Mexico highlands and Greg Jackson’s gym to train before his fight with Ronys Torres in February is yet another extension of his need for familial connection . . . Click for more by Rhett Butler, UFC
By Nick Giongco
The candidate himself–Manny Pacquiao–was the least surprised over the outcome of the fight for the lone congressional seat of Sarangani. A week after being proclaimed winner over the heavily-favored Roy Chiongbian, Pacquiao said there was not even an iota of doubt in his mind that he would bounce back from the humiliation that he suffered in 2007. “I didn’t have doubts that I would win,” said the 31-year-old boxing star during a recent interview while he was shooting a commercial. “I was confident that I was going to conquer another world.” (more…)
Former featherweight world champion Prince Naseem Hamed and former jr welterweight and welterweight world champion Ricky Hatton take in the action Friday night during a fight card in Sheffield, England.
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring tonight when Ruslan Chagaev and Kali Meehan meet in an important WBA elimination match in Rostock, Germany. Judges are Juan Garcia Reyes (Spain), Ted Gimza (USA) and Terry O Connor (UK). WBA supervisor is José Oliver Gomez (Panama).
For the WBC super featherweight clash between champion Vitali Tajbert and Hector Velazquez, the referee will be Richard Davis (UK). Judges are Christophe Fernandez (France), Fabian Guggenheim (Switzerland) and Joel Scobie (Canada). WBC supervisor is Mauricio Sulaiman.
Photos: Chris Royle
European light middleweight champion Ryan Rhodes (44-4, 30 KOs) successfully defended his EBU title with a sixth round TKO over former world title challenger Luca Messi (36-8-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England. The WBC #4 rated Rhodes dropped Messi three times (in rounds one, three and six) before the bout was waved off. Time was 1:10.
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez, Jr., of Puerto Rico (18-0-1, 15 KOs) and unbeaten Universum promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) of Hungary went face to face at their final pre-fight weigh-in that took place in Puerto Rico on Friday. They will fight for real May 29 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala will promote the event titled ‘Undefeated Champions.’ (more…)
By Robert Hughes at ringside
The Sharif Bogere circus roared through downtown Fort Worth on Friday, leaving behind a Texas-sized parking lot full of boxing fans wondering who was that fighter under the lion’s head and skin. In the center ring was Bogere, aka ‘The Lion’ (16-0, 10 KOs), who won easily against veteran Colombian boxer Ulidio Julio (41-18-1, 35 KOs) in what goes into the record book as a five-round junior welterweight TKO, and the main event of the 7th annual ‘Fight Night at Sundance Square’ presented by Oscar De La Hoya. In reality Julio’s corner called the fight at the outset of Round 5 because its fighter injured his shoulder. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Sabelo Jubatha retained his SA featherweight title when he stopped Marcel Japhta in the second round at the Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. The tournament was presented jointly by S’Phatho Handi of Mamali Promotions and the Nelson Mandela Boxing Promoters. (more…)
By Peter Lim
A cast of local prizefighters rather than musicians will take center stage tonight at the House of Blues in Downtown Houston. Staged by KRICH Promotions, the “Gunfight at the H.o.B” marks the first boxing event at the legendary concert venue. Power-punching cruiserweight Medzhid Bektemirov 3-0 (3 KOs), will fight his fourth bout since arriving from Russia six months ago. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Another quick one for ex-WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs. Briggs (50-5-1, 44 KOs) needed just 20 seconds to demolish Dominque Alexander (19-9-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Capitale Ballroom in New York City. Briggs landed two left hooks to the body and Alexander went down and couldn’t get up steady, prompting the referee to call a halt. (more…)
In an IBF lightweight eliminator, #6 rated Ji Hoon Kim (21-5, 18 KOs) scored a first round TKO over #4 Ameth Diaz (27-10, 19 KOs) on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Diaz got off to a good start, but Kim flattened him with a right hand at the end of round one. Diaz beat the count, but was deemed unable to continue. Time was 2:59.
Unbeaten jr welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over late sub Emanuel Augustus (38-32-6, 20 KOs). Provodnikov dropped the 35-year-old veteran Augustus in round five with a big right hand but Augustus survived Provodnikov’s follow up assault. Provodnikov floored Augustus twice in the ninth and the bout was waved off by referee Rafael Ramos. Time was 1:50. The popular Augustus took the fight on four days notice. (more…)
Photos by Emily Harney
From the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, for tomorrow night’s “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” card, promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions:
Peter Manfredo Jr., 159.25 vs. Angel Hernandez, 159
Matt Remillard, 124.5 vs. Carlos Rivera, 126
Joseph Elegele, 145.5 vs. John De Jean, 144
J’Leon Love, 156 vs. Fernando Calleros, 156
Logan McGuinness, 133.75 vs. Walter Estrada, 134.75
Joseph Perez, 135 vs. Joel Alarcon, 133
Adelita Irizarry, 144 vs. Kita Watkins, 140.25
Danny O’Connor, 141 vs. Broderick Antoine, 141
Reinaldo Graceski, 173.75 vs. Paul Gonsalves, 173.25
Ron Scott, 174.25 vs. Derrick Krantz, 175
Doors open 6:30 p.m., first bell 7:30 p.m.
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Travis Kauffman 224.2 vs. Chris Koval 258
(WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title)
Van Oscar Penovaroff 136 vs. Travis Thompson 135
Venue: Sovereign Center, Reading, Pennsylvania
Other professional bouts, plus the amateur portion of the card Promoted by Kings Promotions will weigh in on Saturday.
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“Once and Four All” slide show action: All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, for tomorrow night’s Israel Vazquez vs. Rafael Marquez IV finale, live on SHOWTIME. Click here to view
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Teon Kennedy 122 vs Jose Angel Beranza 121
(USBA super bantamweight title)
Loren Myers 163 vs Patrick Majewski 161
Carlos Vinan 130 vs Anthony Flores 130
Ronald Cruz 142 vs Juan Ramon Cruz 142
Josh Mercado 143 vs Joel Nieves 146
Troy Maxwell 166 vs Rafael Jastrzebski 167
Marcos Garcia 131 vs Ryan Carson 131
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
Tickets: $50 & $75 on sale at the door/first bout 7:30PM
Advance tickets are now on sale as TKO Boxing Promotions presents “Fight Night at the Commerce 3: Fully Stacked” on Thursday, June 3rd at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles.
Tickets, starting at $25, can be purchased through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000). The Commerce Casino is located at 6131 Telegraph Road. Doors on the evening of the event will open at 7pm, with the first bell at 8pm. (more…)
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Star Plaza at the Staples Center, Los Angeles for tomorrow night’s “Once and Four All” card live on Showtime:
Israel Vazquez 125.5 vs. Rafael Marquez 125.5
Abner Mares 116.75 vs. Yonnhy Perez 117.5
Rodrigo Garcia 150.5 vs. Taronze Washington 153.5
Carlos Molina 138.75 vs. Humberto Tapia 138.75
Ronny Rios 127.5 vs. Guadalupe De Leon 127.5
Note: Two bouts were cancelled: Freddy Hernandez vs. Oscar Leon, a ten-round welter bout; and a four-round lightweight bout between Jessie Roman and Luis Tapia.
While at Yankee Stadium earlier this week, chief trainer Manny Steward told Miguel Cotto “…we’re in a tough, difficult, challenging fight against Yuri Foreman. “I now know why Manny Pacquiao and his team passed on Yuri,” Steward told boxing press before Cotto went to the batting cage at Yankee Stadium. “We’re looking at a 50-50 fight going in. Yuri is a good, hard-working champion.” Steward added he has been working on Cotto’s balance and has tweaked punching angles for “more accurate, harder direct hits.” Steward added “…Cotto knows how important this fight is for his career.”
Ticket sales have surged since Cotto appeared at Yankee Stadium where he spoke to Yankees star players including Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. Cotto is now back in Tampa, Fla. to complete training. Foreman, the WBA super welterweight champion, has his Media Day on May 25 at Gleasons Gym in New York. Cotto vs Foreman on June 5 at Yankee Stadium is promoted by Top Rank, Cotto Promotions and will be available on HBO.
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