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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos by Juan Marshall
Landover, MD’s “The Real Deal” Phil Jackson Benson captured the vacant WBC USNBC Super Middleweight title with a sixth-round TKO over a game but overmatched Scott “Cujo” Sigmon of Lynchburg, VA in front of a packed house at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. Despite hurting his right hand in the second or third round, Jackson Benson was in complete control throughout the contest before the bout was stopped at 2:45 of the sixth. The victory gives Jackson Benson his second consecutive regional title adding to the Fecarbox title he won in May. Jackson Benson is now 13-1, 12 KO’s while Sigmon, competing in his final pro contest, falls to 22-5, 12 KO’s. (more…)
There will be no world championship boxing inside the ring this Saturday in Stuttgart, Germany. With WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (26-2-1, 25 KOs) sidelined due to a hairline fracture in his left elbow and not able to compete in a rematch with Firat Arslan (33-6-2, 21 KOs), the whole fight card is postponed to a later date.
“Huck vs. Arslan II – that is the fight people want to see. In agreement with all parties involved we came to the conclusion to postpone this event onto a later date – hopefully to happen in Stuttgart,” stated Chris Meyer, CEO of Sauerland Event. “We will announce the exact date in the following days.” Regarding Huck’s injury, Meyer said: “First of all, Marco Huck has to get well again and cleared by the doctors. His next step would be to start preparations from the scratch.” (more…)
The full line-up for next Saturday’s Antonio Escalante’s Escalante Promotions card at the Socorro Entertainment Center of Socorro, Texas, outside of El Paso, has been secured. In the main event, Abie Han (19-1-1, 12 KOs) of El Paso, coming off his first loss, will fight a get-back tune-up against Bernardo Guereca (17-19-1, 4 KOs), also of El Paso. Han is coming off his loss to Glen Tapia while Guereca has dropped nine of his last ten bouts, winning but one against Hector Munoz in March. The rest of the line-up: Las Cruces light-heavyweight Siju Shabazz (2-0, 2 KOs) looks for his third win, against unwon Josue Vazquez (0-1); in a battle of unbeaten El Paso jr. welters, and possibly the show-stealer of the night, Oscar Valenzuela (4-0, 2 KOs) takes on Carlos Villa (4-0, 2 KOs); El Paso’s Jennifer Han (9-2-1, 1 KO) gets another tune-up, this time against Lesly Morales (3-2-1, 2 KOs), of Juarez; Las Cruces light-heavyweight Timothy Meeks will debut against Jorge Montoya (4-5, 2 KOs) and David Munoz takes on Arturo Ortega (records unknown.) Tickets, starting at $10, are available at 915.313.1944.
Art Monsivaiz Promotions will return pro boxing to Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. In the main event of the seven-bout card, unbeaten lightweight Jose “Shorty” Salinas (3-0, 3 KOs) of Las Cruces, will take on unwon Javier Nunez (0-2) of El Paso. The co-main features unwon Derrick “Bad Boy” Lopez (0-7) of Las Cruces, who looks for his first win against also winless Miguel Armendarez (0-9-1), also from Las Cruces. The rest of the card: debuting light-heavyweight Timothy Meeks takes on Lizandro Feliciano (0-1-1), of Roswell; debuting welter Adam Vasquez fights Derek Perez (0-2), of Belen; debuter Agustine Benegas faces Ronnie White in a battle of debuters; in a promising scrap, veteran Colbert Lozoya (6-10), of Las Cruces, faces Socorro’s David Castillo (3-6); and, in the opener, an argument for the main event, Las Cruces middleweight Gabe Lopez (2-0, 2 KOs) faces unbeaten Roswell fighter Gerardo Quintana (4-0-1, 3 KOs). For more info, contact Art Monsivaiz at 575-527-4028.
You may not get anyone who knows what a “Muscle Shark” is, but one look at Sean Sherk would likely make you say ‘yeah, that’s it.’ . . . More at UFC.com
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The MGM Grand Hotel Lobby is the place to be when Mayweather-Canelo Fight Week kicks off on Tuesday in Las Vegas. At noon, there will be a press conference for Thursday’s Shawn Porter vs. Julio Diaz fight at the MGM Grand Conference Center’s Premier Ballroom.
Starting at 2PM, fighters participating on Saturday’s mega pay-per-view card will start making their “Grand Arrivals.”
The schedule is as follows:
2:00 p.m. – Ashley Theophane & Mayweather Promotions Rising Stars*
2:10 p.m. – Pablo Cesar Cano & Carlos Molina
2:20 p.m. – Ishe Smith
2:30 p.m. – Lucas Matthysse
2:45 p.m. – Danny Garcia
3:00 p.m. – Canelo Alvarez
3:30 p.m. – Floyd Mayweather
Both events are open to the public.
*Luis Arias, Ronald Gavril, Chris Pearson, Lanell Bellows & Andrew Tabiti
By James Slater
Former 140-pound king Ricky Hatton has tweeted how many people have been asking him his opinion on what will happen when Floyd Mayweather gets it on with Saul Canelo Alvarez. “The Hitman” has stated how he feels his former conqueror will beat the far younger Canelo, but that Mayweather will have one of his toughest fights.
Speaking with BBC Sport, Hatton, who was stopped in the 10th-round by Mayweather back in December of 2007, went into more detail. (more…)
By Rey Colon – The Sport Press
The hard-hitting middleweight Jorge “Destroyer” Melendez (26-3-1, 25 KOs) will reappear on the October 5 card in Orlando headlined by Miguel Cotto vs. Delvin Rodriguez. Melendez will face Jamaal Davis (14-10-1, 6 KOs) according to his manager Edwin Diaz.
In addition, former three-division world champion and now successful trainer Wilfredo ‘Wi’ Vazquez will be in the corner of the “Destroyer” along with Javier Marrero and Diaz himself. “In the hands of Wi, Jorge developed a secret weapon which he’ll use on October 5 and Mr. Davis will suffer the consequences,” said Diaz.
Veteran Mike Oliver (25-5, 8 KOs) has been tabbed at the opponent for Eric “Outlaw” (17-2, 9 KOs) this Friday night at Harrahs Philadelphia in a battle for the NABA US featherweight title. The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions.
In the eight round co-feature, Julio DeJesus (8-3-3, 4 KOs) takes on Hassan Young (3-1-1, 1 KO) in a jr. welterweight bout. (more…)
By Sam Geraci at ringside
On September 7, Skip Stewart, the man who has brought boxing to Joplin, MO, for nearly forty years, returned to The Holiday Inn Convention Center in Joplin with his new partner, Dallas Cook, to put on a night of entertaining fights featuring several local fan favorites, local prospect Dillon Cook and Chicago prospect Alex Martin.
“Joplin has great fans and they really came out tonight. If we can keep putting on shows like this and I can continue having this much fun, I don’t think I’ll ever stop,” said Skip Stewart.
In the main event of the evening, 22-year-old-middleweight Dillon Cook (7-0, 3 KOs) of Joplin, MO, outclassed Jeffrey Combs (1-4-1) of Saint Louis, MO, en route to a unanimous decision three scores of 60-54. Throughout the bout, Cook peppered Combs with combinations upstairs followed by thudding body shots. Despite the damage that Combs absorbed, he was never stunned or shaken. (more…)
“The Nightmare” Chris Arreola (35-3, 31 KOs) made quick work Saturday evening with scoring a first round knockout over Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (26-2-1, 19 KOs) at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, California. Arreola captured the WBC Sliver heavyweight title with the stunning victory
Mitchell opened the round circling and jabbing at the aggressive Arreola. Moments later Arreola staggered Mitchell with a huge straight right flush to the chin. A barrage of punches from Arreola sent Mitchell tumbling as referee Jack Reiss ruled Mitchell down. “The Nightmare” followed up his attack with landing another huge right hand that backed Mitchell into the corner. Arreola continued his assault on his defenseless opponent which forced referee Jack Reiss to stop the contest at 2:26 of the first round . . . Click here for full report
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Heavyweight Juan Goode finally made his long-awaited ring return after 18 months and registered his fifth knockout in five bouts against a Saloman Becerra, now (2-6), all eight fights inside the distance.
The Darkside Boxing promotion (Nasser Beydoun), billed as the Punch Out at the Pavilion was staged outside at the nicely set-up venue of the country home of Chuck Desander, a regular at the Lansing boxing scene. This was one of the more unusual venues this journalist has encountered in covering Michigan boxing shows since 1979. There was a fight in which Bernard Mays fought in a barn somewhere near Yipsilanti and Ann Arbor, but that one, organized by Mays’ manager Albert Hatchett, seemed more of an off-the-cuff exercise. (more…)
Looks like heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek will be taking on former Olympic bronze winner Vyacheslav Glazkov on Nov. 16 on a bout to be televised on NBC.
Vitali Klitschko vs. David Haye? Klitschko hints at a possible showdown. More
David Mayo of the Grand Rapids Press takes on the possibility of a Mayweather loss, next weekend in Vegas against Saul Alvarez. More
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
“I want to thank myself for putting the work in,” said heavyweight Chris Arreola after blowing out Seth Mitchell in one round Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. “I worked my ass off in Phoenix preparing for this fight. I respect Seth for his power, but the big difference for me was in training camp.”
Arreola’s lack of preparation for big fights has been well documented. Coming into the hight, he knew he needed to prove to his team, boxing fans and, most of all, to himself that he was not a shot fighter and certainly no stepping stone for Seth Mitchell.
“I have been my only downfall,” he continued. “I should only have one loss on my record. All my other losses are on me for not training properly. But I came here to win tonight. And it was easy work.”
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (36-2-1, 25 KOs) suffered a hairline fracture in his left elbow during his last sparring session in advance of his September 14 rematch with Firat Arslan in Stuttgart, Germany. “I’m totally disappointed,” said Huck. “I was in such good form and now the complete preparation was in vain.”
Huck will be out of action for between six and eight weeks. Whether the fight card will go on or not will be decided on Monday. Sauerland Event Managing Director Chris Meyer said, “We are currently exploring what alternatives are possible for the fight evening on September 14.”
Ricky Burns has titanium plate put in damaged jaw; promoter Eddie Hearn feels Raymundo Beltran won the fight ‘close’
By James Slater
Scotland’s Ricky Burns, who last night controversially retained his WBO lightweight crown with a hugely debatable draw against Mexican warrior Raymundo Beltran, has had a titanium plate inserted into his jaw, BBC Sport reports.
Burns’ jaw was damaged in the 2nd-round of what was a very good action fight and initially the diagnosis was that of a dislocated jaw. However, it has now been reported that the jaw was in fact broken, hence the need for the plate. (more…)
On Saturday night at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany, the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Convention came to a conclusion with a big WBF championship quadruple-header presented by local promoters DOG Eventboxing.
In front of a good crowd at the traditional venue, Berlin-based Cameroonian Bernard Donfack captured the vacant WBF international light heavyweight title by fourth round technical knockout over Said Mbelwa from Tanzania in the evening’s first championship bout. (more…)
Heavyweight superstars Alistair Overeem and Frank Mir will look to get back on track when they face each other in a pivotal bout on November 16th’s UFC 167 card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . More at UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a clash of former world champions, bantamweight Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (33-2, 29 KOs) scored a narrow twelve round majority decision over Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-9-2, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino Apodaca in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 115-113. With the win, Ruiz claimed the WBC Continental Americas title.
In a rematch between former female champions, Irma “Guerita” Sanchez won a split decision over Katia “Katy” Gutierrez. Two judges scored it 98-96 for Sanchez and the third had it 96-98 in favor of Gutierrez. photos
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Having been dethroned by compatriot Akira Yaegashi this April, former WBC flyweight champ Toshiyuki Igarashi (18-2-1, 11 KOs), 114, appeared for the first time since, and chalked up a fine knockout victory over Mexican veteran, three-time world title challenger Omar Soto (23-11-2, 15 KOs), 113.5, at 2:32 of the ninth canto in a scheduled ten on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Also, ex-WBA 122-pound champ, currently WBA#2 feather Akifumi Shimoda (28-3-2, 12 KOs), 125, pounded out a unanimous decision (97-94 98-93,, 99-91) over Alejandro Hernandez (25-10-2, 14 KOs), 122.75, over ten. (more…)
In his farewell appearance on Saturday night at the Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 45-year-old Argentinian icon Jorge “Locomotora” Castro (130-11-3, 90 KOs) did not fight an exhibition with 62-year-old ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran as advertised. Castro instead boxed 43-year-old Marcelo “Gordo” Dominguez (44-7-1, 24 KOs) and 39-year-old Omar “Paton” Basile (59-8, 28 KOs) with Duran acting as referee.
Former world title challenger Javier “The Beast” Maciel (27-2, 20 KOs) scored a fifth round KO against Alejandro “El Flaco” Falliga (23-10-4, 10 KOs). Maciel dropped Falliga twice in round five before the bout was waved off.
IBF female super flyweight world champion Deborah “The Gurisa” Dionicius (14-0, 4 KOs) refined her title with a ten round unanimous decision over Olga “La Monita” Julio (15-15-1, 10 KOs). Dionicius dropped Julio in rounds four and fives, going on to win 99-88, 99-88, 100-88.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
In a clash for the WBO interim light flyweight championship, Moises Fuentes (18-1-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico City scored an explosive first round KO over Colombian Luis De La Rosa (22-3-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico. Fuentes attacked hard from the opening bell and got De La Rosa out of there at 2:40.
In a ten round super bantamweight bout, former world champion Tomas Rojas (41-14-1, 27 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Enrique Bernache (20-6, 11 KOs). Scores were 95-93, 96-92 and 95-93.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In an important heavyweight crossroads fight, WBC #3 Chris Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) destroyed WBC #2 Seth Mitchell (26-2-1, 19 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Arreola hurt Mitchell early, then battered Mitchell to the deck and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:26. With the win, Arreola claims the WBC International heavyweight title.
Former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (41-9, 37 KOs) was made to look every one of his 38 years as he was KO’d by Efrain Esquivias (17-2-1, 10 KOs) in round nine of a featherweight bout. A straight right hand floored Marquez and the bout was waved off by referee Raul Caiz Jr. Esquivias outworked the future Hall of Famer for most the fight. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney / Big Six Entertainment
Big Six Entertainment, in association with Danny Kelly Promotions, presented an entertaining club-show – “Changing The Game” – tonight at The Royale Nightclub Boston (formerly The Roxy).
In the featured fight of the evening, previously undefeated light welterweight Carlos “The Dragon” Candelario (3-0, 1 KO) used an effective body attack to establish an early advantage against veteran “Steamin’” Josh Beeman (4-13-4, 2 KOs). Beeman, however, dropped Candelario at the end of the third round with a picture-perfect left hook to deadlock the scoring, and switch the momentum of the fight. It all came down to the fourth and final round, in which Beeman prevailed to win a majority decision (38-37, 38-37, 38-38). Beeman hadn’t won a fight in nearly five years, going 0-11-2 during that stretch. (more…)
Story and photos by Felipe Leon
The curse of the short rounds struck again in San Diego, CA, as Don Chargin Promotions with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym brought “Mexico vs Ghana,” a four bout fight card, to the state run Del Mar Fairgrounds and its Bing Crosby Hall. A sudden illness to female fighter Aracely Tinoco last Thursday forced the promoters to go with only four fights. A small, about 300, but enthusiastic crowd were on hand to witness the slight upset when Paramount, CA’s Manuel Roman (16-2-3, 6KOs) captured the CA state bantamweight title as well as hand previously undefeated John “Cobra” Amuzu (14-1, 13KOs) of Accra, Ghana, his first professional loss via a unanimous decision.
After a heartfelt tribute by announcer Benny Ricardo and the customary ten count was performed again at a local boxing show for fallen fighter Pablo “Bronco” Armenta, the main event got under way with both fighters using the first as a round of study although Amuzu did score the better right hands. (more…)
Ricky Burns was fortunate to keep his WBO Lightweight championship with a twelve round split draw with Raymundo Beltran at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland The fight was televised LIVE in the United States on AWE (formerly Wealth TV) and www.awetv.com
“First and foremost it was an excellent fight”, said AWE CEO Charles Herring.
“The one silver lining out of all this is that fans were able to witness this controversial decision on AWE where in past years, fights like this flew under the radar. But Ray Beltran won the fight and he and the fans around the world deserve a rematch.” (more…)
For seven rounds, Felipe Castañeda lived up to his nickname – “El Silencioso” (“The Silent One”). For a deafening hometown crowd hoping to see Espanola’s Tony “The Warrior” Valdez raise his hands in triumph for a minor belt, Castañeda was the perfect opponent – ineffective and somewhat incapable of taking the win from Valdez, who was going to leave the Buffalo Thunder Resort & Casino in Santa Fe, New Mexico, last night, with a win and a belt.
That is, until El Silencioso broke the silence in the eighth and final round – a round that, first, shattered the shouts of “TON-EEE! TON-EE!” into a stunned silence, then into a roar of confusion and outrage . . . Click here for full report and gallery
Boxing returns to AWE TV and AWEtv.com on Saturday October 26th when top ranked welterweight Kell Brook (30-0, 20 KOs) takes on former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-1, 23 KOs). The bout will take place at Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England.
Boxing is back on network TV on Saturday afternoon, November 16th when Tomasz “Goral” Adamek takes on Vyacheslav “Czar” Glazkov on NBC. The 12-round match for Adamek’s IBF North American Heavyweight title on NBC. The fight has been sanctioned for the #2 position in the heavyweight division.
Adamek, 49-2, 29 KO’s, is coming off an August 3rd 10 round unanimous decision over Dominick Guinn on NBC Sports Network. Glazkov, 15-0-1, 11 KO’s, scored a second round TKO against Byron Polley on the same card. The November 16th afternoon broadcast will begin on NBC at 3PM ET. (more…)
WBO Lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-2-1, 11 KOs) retained his title with a controversial twelve round draw over Ray Beltran (28-6-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Burns was sharp early. Beltran then came on and began to pressure Burns and punish him to the body in the middle rounds. Beltran dropped Burns with a left hook in round eight and had the champ holding on for most the round. Beltran was relentless as he continued to stalk Burns for the next few rounds. Beltran’s intensity dropped a bit in the eleventh and twelfth rounds and it cost him fighting in Burns’ backyard. Scores 115-112 Burns, 115-113 Beltran, 114-114. (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Nielsen (20-0, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (21-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Nielsen outworked Majewski early and scored a fifth round knockdown. Majewski came on late, but got little credit from the judges. Scores were 119-108, 119-108, 118-109. The WBA and WBO intercontinental belts were on the line.
WBC/WBA/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (23-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over 18-year-old WBO jr middleweight champion Oxandia Castillo (12-1-2, 9 KOs). Excellent fight where both ladies had their moments, but a Braekhus barrage in round nine rocked Castillo prompting a seemingly quick referee’s stoppage. (more…)
Mike Seals 174 vs. William Johnson 173.4
Willie Monroe Jr 161 vs. Toris Smith 164
Joey Bryant 140 vs. Detrick Castor 140
Tyler Howard 172 vs. Davion Jones 171
Luis Galarza 151 vs. Aaron Anderson 151
Marquis Davis 162 vs. Anthony Bowman 159
Javonta Charles 198 vs. Steven Bartet 190.6
Mike Bissett 197 vs. Joey Crawford 194
Tom Howard 153 vs. James Gooding 156
Blayton Watson 166 vs. Keyon Thomas 165
Mike Doyle 132.5 vs. Jerry Couzens 136
Robert Hall Jr. 207 vs. Marvin Hunt 216
Thansis Michloudis 238 vs. Tyrone Williams 238
Justin Brunetti 154 vs. Lee Dawson 154.5
Promoter : Righthook Promnotions
Venue : Biloxi Civic Center, Biloxi, Mississippi
By James Slater
Former IBF middleweight champ Daniel Geale, who lost his belt to Britain’s Darren Barker in a thriller last month, has revealed how his team have launched an appeal to the IBF regarding the split decision he lost on August 17th.
Speaking with The Sydney Morning Herald, Geale said he is hoping the IBF will enforce a return fight with Barker.
“The appeal normally doesn’t have much of an impact,” Geale told the publication. “All you can do is hope something good comes from it. We’d be happy if [the IBF] enforce the rematch. Barker is a good opponent but I know if I fought him again it would be much easier. I watched the fight for the first time on Thursday and it was probably disappointing – that I didn’t back myself 100-percent [after decking Barker with a body shot in the 6th-round] (more…)
By Graham Houston
It is the opinion of promoter Eddie Hearn that if Ricky Burns defeats Raymundo Beltran in their WBO lightweight title bout in Glasgow on Saturday it will cement Burns’s legacy as the greatest Scottish boxer of all time. The comment seems to have caused the self-effacing Burns some embarrassment, but there is no doubting the fighter’s achievements — a two-weight world champion who has won eight consecutive WBO title bouts.
Beltran is a tough, dangerous challenger but Burns, 30, has the look of a special fighter. He hasn’t lost in more than six years and he upset the odds in title-winning fights at junior lightweight and lightweight with his wins over Rocky Martinez and Michael Katsidis.
In his last fight, though, Burns struggled before winning on a corner retirement after nine rounds against an unbeaten Puerto Rican challenger, Jose Gonzalez. It was a bad night for Burns to be sure — he was walking onto punches and even looking a little outclassed. (more…)
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