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Undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (19-0, 12 KOs), from St. Louis, arrived today at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Conn., to make final preparations for his world championship unification match on Saturday night against IBF junior welterweight champion Juan “Iron Twins” Urango, from Colombia (HBO 9:30 p.m. ET/PT). Tickets priced at $175, $95, $50 and $35 are on sale at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. Ticketmaster customers may log on to ticketmaster.com; call Ticketmaster’s national toll free Charge-By-Phone number (800) 745-3000; or visit any Ticketmaster outlet.
A few weeks ago, on February 5th and 6th, a monster snowstorm dumped over two feet of snow on Atlantic City, bringing much of the city to a standstill. The storm forced Star Boxing’s exciting event at the Tropicana Casino and Resort, to be postponed until Saturday. Headlining is former top rated contender Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-2, 11KO) against Alexis Camacho (17-2, 16KO) in a ten round welterweight showdown. In the co-feature is heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23KO) against Dominique Alexander (19-7-1, 9KO).
Promoter Don King didn’t like the friendly demeanor of WBC junior welterweight champion Devon Alexander and IBF world champion Juan Urango on a recent conference call to promote Saturday night’s unification clash at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut. After both fighters wished each other the best at the close of the call, DKP publicist Alan Hopper asked Alexander trainer Kevin Cunningham if he had any parting shots. That’s when King interrupted. “Knocking his ass out – that’s what the final shot is,” proclaimed King, who promotes Alexander. “All of this [is] BS, man, we going to war. Ain’t no friends here. We all going out there. We’ll be friends March the 7th….We want to go in there and beat the guy. We don’t wish him no good luck, we don’t wish him nothing, you know, nothing but hardship, aches and pains and headaches and stomachaches and cracked rib cages, you know what I mean? That’s what we want. And then, we can talk about the healing process on the 7th!”
Saturday night in front of a huge crowd at the Bell Auditorium in Augusta, Georgia, Rayonta “The Stingray” Whitfield thrilled his hometown fans with a ninth round stoppage over Sergio Espinoza, winning the vacant NABO Flyweight Title.
Whitfield’s win over Espinoza was part of an outstanding evening of world class professional boxing presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions . . . Click here for more
Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) will make his long-awaited Detroit debut on Saturday, March 27 in a super middleweight clash with former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) at Joe Louis Arena. The fight will kick off the second round of the SHOWTIME Super Six Super Middleweight tournament, and be broadcast live to millions on SHOWTIME. (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO 147 pound champion Lovemore Ndou is predicting Lenny Zappavigna (22-0, 15 KOs) will be Australia’s next world champion when he challenges for the IBO 135 pound title on March 6 when he steps in the ring against Fernando Angulo (22-6, 14 KOs) of Ecuador at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California. “Zappa is very special. I have been sparring him recently and he improves every time I get in the ring against him,” Ndou stated. “He has outstanding ring skills and good power. I am sure he will be Australia’s next world champion.” (more…)
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian King Davidson (12-0, 6 KOs) clearly outscored Fijian Zulfikar Joy Ali (29-10-6, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds with the PABA 154 pound title up for grabs at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. 6’0 Davidson was in control of the bout in all the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate combinations. At the conclusion scores were: Bernie McMahon 120-108, Brian McMahon 120-108 and Charlie Lucas 120-108. Davidson is trained by Johnny Lewis who guided Jeff Fenech, Kostya Tszyu, Jeff Harding and Gairy St Claire to world titles. Lewis predicts that Davidson will win a world title. The promoter and manager is former Australian champion Peter Mitrevski Sr.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Shane McConville (4-0-4) scored an upset ten round majority points win over former world rated Daniel Lovett (18-5, 10 KOs) to capture the Australian 175 pound title at the Cranebourne Racetrack in Cranebourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. McConville suffered a cut eye in round five and Lovett suffered a cut eye in round ten; both cuts due to a head clash. Scores at the conclusion: Dale Westerman 98-94, Andrew Campbell 95-95, Wayne Ashdown 97-93. Flyweight Omari Kimweri (5-2, 2 KOs) stopped Matt Meredith (3-7-1, 1 KO) at 0.51 of round one to capture the Australian 112 pound title. Kimweri lost a close twelve round points decision to world rated Angie Angkota in 2008. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Last year, Brian Bowles shocked the world when he knocked a highly favored Miguel Torres into the middle of next week with a devastating right hand. The blow snapped Torres’ 17-fight win streak and snared the WEC bantamweight title for the Georgia fighter . . . Click here for more
Book review by David Finger
It goes without saying that many encyclopedias of boxing tend to be heavy on facts and light on entertainment. After all, few readers want a narrative when they purchase one. But for author David Hudson Jr., it looks like the perfect balance between informative and engrossing was met with his exceptional book “Combat Sports: An Encyclopedia of Wrestling, Fighting, and Mixed Martial Arts” . . . Click here for more
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight James Giltrow (10-1, 6 KOs) captured the Queensland State 147 pound title when he stopped Sam Leone (2-2) at the Fortitude Valley Gym in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Leone was down in round one and referee Alan Moore crowned Giltrow at 2.26 of round three. Super bantamweight Fred Mundraby (8-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a shutout six round points win over Kartu Arang (0-10-3); Alan Moore 60-55, Adrian 60-54, Mark Osbourne 60-54. In a junior welterweight bout over six, debutant Todd Kidd (1-0) clearly outpointed Frank Droulias (0-6); Alan Moore 60-55, Adrian Cairns 60-54, Mark Osbourne 60-54. Promoter: Angelo DiCarlo.
Undefeated KO artist Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (26-0, 20KO) will face his biggest test to date on March 12th when he goes against Filipino Richie Mepranum (16-2-1, 3KO) in a twelve round flyweight contest in Grapevine, TX, as part of Top Rank’s Fox Sports series. The bout will mark the first time the Empalme, MX, native will fight in the United States. “I have been waiting for this opportunity and I am highly motivated,” Marquez stated from his home in Empalme. “I have been training since mid January in Los Mochis with (Fernando) Montiel, I know my opponent is smart and quick. He wants to win as much as I do so I think it is going to be a great fight. I can’t fail since with the win I know my opportunity for a world title will be closer.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
It was very sorrowful that Japan’s #11 ranked flyweight boxer Hirokazu Yamaki (7-9, 5 KOs) passed away because of a brain hemorrhage on the morning of last Monday (February 22). Yamaki, 26, was halted by #7 Toshimasa Ouchi (12-5-1, 3 KOs) in the eighth and final round at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on February 19. He became unconscious and had to be urgently carried to a hospital, where he underwent brain surgery for an acute subdural hematoma that night. He stayed in a coma for two days and died despite the best possible medical treatment.
Yamaki was floored in the first round, but came back and retaliated to win later rounds to be leading on points before the referee finally called a halt to protect the suddenly fading loser. It seemed a very well-timed stoppage without Yamaki going down even if Yamaki supporters protested against the allegedly premature stoppage. But Yamaki eventually passed away—to our great sorrow. (more…)
Undefeated two weight world champion Joan Guzman arrived in Manchester England on Friday to complete his training camp with new trainer Lee Beard. Guzman will train in the UK with Beard for the next three weeks before flying out to Las Vegas for his rematch with Ali Funeka.
Two of Reading, PA’s native sons made their triumphant returns to the ring last night as Travis Kauffman and Jason Cintron scored dominant wins over their opponents at the Rodeway Inn & Conference Center in Allentown, PA. In the heavyweight main event, Travis Kauffman (19-1, 15 KOs) boxed and banged his way to a shutout unanimous decision over 276lb Mike Miller. All three judges scored the fight 60-54 for Kauffman, in his first fight back since losing a controversial fight with Tony Grano on Showtime last year. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions made its initial foray into the “City of Brotherly Love” with a highly entertaining eight bout card at the Arena on Friday night, featuring some of the area’s finest prospects against local and regional competition. Even a threat of a possible snowstorm couldn’t keep the locals away as almost eight hundred and fifty people made their way to see their local star Victor Vasquez attempt to defeat the always tough Ecuadorian, Carlos Vinan in the six round main event of the evening. Carlos Vinan (9-8-3, 1 KO) a tough Ecuadorian, who now resides in North New Jersey, had other ideas and pulled out a razor thin split decision victory over Victor Vasquez (11-4, 6 KOs) which sent the pro Vasquez fans into a state of shock. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Hector Garcia, promoter of Mexican challenger Omar Nino was livid and expressed his frustration loudly, “Rodel Mayol is a comedian and just laid on the mat to keep his title without fighting like a champion should. It was all a comedy. Omar was robbed of a legitimate victory.” It was yet another night of controversy for boxing’s most controversial champion, WBC light flyweight champion Rodel Mayol who kept his title in Guadalajara last night against Nino. (more…)
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Welterweight Victor Ortiz wanted to build momentum for a proposed fight against Nate Campbell. Despite an injury suffered to his right hand in his bout against Hector Alatorre on Thursday night, Ortiz was able to do just that, Thursday night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
By Lindy Lindell
Former Junior-Middleweight Champion, Bronco McKart, Monroe Michigan’s Favorite Boxing Son, pounded out a shutout 10-round win over a reluctant, soft-hitting Jose Rodriguez Berrio, who was making his US debut last night in front of a near-capacity crowd at the Monroe Communiuty College. The 52-9-1 McKart started slowly and was continually tied up by Berrio in rounds three and four. It looked like a long evening of clinches when the fourth round concluded, but, unaccountably, Berrio stopped clinching. He then smothered McKart’s best punches without mounting anything of an offense himself. (more…)
Joshua Clottey at training camp in Hollywood, Florida, preparing for his March 13 showdown with pound-for-pound best Manny Pacquiao on March 13 before 40,000+ at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Click here for more Clottey video.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Future hall-of-famer Ricky Hatton will be working with leading Australian promoter Bill Treacy to co-promote international contests featuring world rated middleweights Daniel Geale and Mathew Macklin as well as a rematch with IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou vs Mathew Hatton. (more…)
Happy Birthday to promoter Wilfried Sauerland! The 70-year-old 2010 Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee, was actually born on February 29th, but during non-leap years he says he celebrates his birthday twice, on both February 28 and March 1. March will be a big month for the Sauerland Event chief as both Arthur Abraham and Marco Huck will be headlining major boxing cards in Detroit and Berlin, respectively. (more…)
At the main event of “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas,” unbeaten Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Luis ‘El Artesano’ Cruz retained his USNB featherweight title by knocking out Leon Bobo at 2:48 of the 10th round. With this victory, the 24-year-old fighter improved to (13-0, 9 KOs) . “He was a very uncomfortable fighter, I had to dismantle him,” admitted Cruz about his opponent from St. Louis, Missouri. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler won the IBO junior flyweight belt on a majority hometown decision when he beat Juanito Rubillar on points over 12 rounds at Emperors Palace Casino, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. Judges Lulama Mtya and Deon Dwarte scored the fight 117-113 and 115-113 whilst judge Isaac Tshabalala had it 114-114. The three South African judges obviously did not take body punches into account as Budler received a sustained attack to the midriff from round four. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Welterweight Mike Jones (20-0, 16 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact with a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Henry Bruseles (28-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-92 as Jones defended his NABA belt.
In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, Kaizer Mabuza (23-6-3, 14 KOs) scored an impressive sixth round TKO over former world champion Kendall Holt (25-4, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in Atlantic City. Mabuza took over in round three and punished Holt the rest of the way. Holt remained on his stool after round six. Holt was game, but Mabuza was just too strong. Time 3:00.
Super welterweight Gabriel Rosado (14-4, 8 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Saul Roman (32-6, 27 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94 Rosado, 97-93 Roman.
Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (11-0, 8 KOs) of Argentina spectacularly stopped countryman Lucas Rafael Baez (6-3, 4 KOs) in round one of their super featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Asociación Española Tiro y Deportiva Jorge Ross, La Carlota, Cordoba, Argentina. There was absolutely no warmup or feeling out process in this bout. Baez from the moment the bell ring went after the unbeaten Cuellar, winging lefts and rights managing to connect on a few. Cuellar returned fire but was much more accurate, rocking Baez with power lefts and rights and dropping him within the first minute of the bout. Baez picked himself up and appeared OK, but moments later found himself down again from the same series of punches that dropped him previously. When Baez got to his feet this time he was very wobbly. Cuellar wasted no time attacking with a serious of punches punctuated with a devastating left hook that had Baez out on his feet before crashing to the canvas where the referee waved the bout off immediately without a count. Mario Margossian promoted the show.
The WBC light flyweight championship fight between champion Rodel Mayol (26-3-2, 20 KOs) and #1 contender and former champion Omar Niño (27-3-2, 11 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG, Guadalajara, Mexico. In round three, Niño hit Mayol with a clear low blow and while Mayol was waiting for referee Vic Drakulich to step in, Niño threw a left hook that knocked Mayol out cold. Mayol, who had drawn the WBC’s ire by questioning his ability to get fair officiating in Mexico, kept his title despite being taken from the ring on a stretcher.
WBC Youth lightweight beltholder Daniel Estrada (22-1, 17 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Angel Alirio Rivero (21-8-1, 14 KOs). Estrada was on the deck in round two and the bout was competitive until the bout was stopped in the tenth.
In a clash for the vacant WBO junior featherweight championship, Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over previously unbeaten former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-1-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Vazquez Jr., son of Puerto Rican ring great Wilfredo Vazquez, took over the fight in round two and battered the 19-year-old former 115lb champion who had moved up two divisions to the deck in the fourth. A Vazquez left hook to the liver ended it for Sonsona at the 2:01 mark. He did not beat the count of referee Luis Pabon. For more photos and other results, click here…
What was supposed to be a sure-win, keep-busy bout for border king Antonio Escalante nearly turned into a royal usurping at the hands of cross-border rival Miguel “Micky” Roman, Friday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas.
Waiting for his shot at a world title, Escalante, rated from No. 1 to No. 5 between three ABCs and two divisions, had promised to do a bit of “housekeeping” by taking on Juarez’s Roman . . . Click here for more
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I cannot wait for my first meeting with Adamek,” says top trainer Ronnie Shields. “The moment he arrives in Houston with his manager, we are going to have a Texas-style dinner and talk. I will have seven weeks to prepare him for Chris Arreola and to do everything to make this fight as easy as possible. We will put Tomek on a small diet, make him go to 210 and overwhelm Chris with speed,” said 52-year-old, who has worked with greats like Vernon Forrest, Pernell Whitaker, Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield, just when the “Real Deal” conquered cruiserweight and then heavyweight division. Sounds like déjà vu, doesn’t it? (more…)
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