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By Ron Jackson
Mlungisi Dlamini, one of South Africa’s most promising fighters, has been killed in a motorcar accident near Harrismith in KwaZulu-Natal. The 27-year-old WBF and IBO lightweight champion died last Friday. Mlungisi, who had a record of 22 wins, a draw and 14 knockouts, was scheduled to challenge Paulus Moses for the WBA lightweight belt in April. (more…)
Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) made a successful first defense of his IBF middleweight title as he stopped Billy Lyell in the tenth round in Neubrandenburg, Germany. When the brave challenger was on the receiving end of another hard series of punches, coach Jack Loew threw the towel. “It was great to defend my title in front of my fantastic fans,” Sylvester said. “I am not 100 percent pleased with my performance – I think I can do better – but I have retained my title and that is all that matters. Lyell was very active and hard to hit but I am glad I wore him down.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday in Panama City, Venezuelan promoter BoxTrack represented by José Machek met with the WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza in regard to the stalled negotiations in the mandated bout between WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno of Panama and Venezuelan interim champ Nehomar Cermeño.
“Boxtrack approached the WBA to rescue Venezuelan boxing, capitalizing on the momentum caused by the fight carried out in La Guaira, Venezuela in December for Edwin Valero’s defense,” said Mendoza, who added that no agreement has been arrived at but the WBA is analyzing the proposed idea. Mendoza also said the deadline for negotiations will be extended for a week given the interest shown by BoxTrack to promote the event in Venezuela.”
‘Combate Space’ (a network that broadcasts boxing in Spanish all over Latin America) announced that a deal is in the works to have WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) face WBC Interim junior middleweight champion Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs), of Argentina. The bout would take place in April on either the 17th or 24th and be aired on HBO.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Despite a sudden weekend snowstorm that hit the Washington, DC area Saturday morning, the card slated for Sunday, January 31st is still on at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The card is promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing.
The main event on the card has undefeated Baltimore, MD middleweight Cecil McCalla facing Forest Heights, MD’s Jayson Champion in the eight-round contest. McCalla (9-0, four KO’s) has not fought since June 19 when he stopped Jorge Barajas in the sixth round at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD. Champion (4-4, three KO’s) has been off since he lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Jessie Nicklow in June of 2008 at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBA minimumweight champion Román González of Nicaragua retained his title for the fourth time with a four round demolition of Mexican challenger Ivan Meneses in the Auditorio Siglo XXI in Puebla, Mexico. From the opening bell, the champion imposed his will on Meneses and never let up. Referee Robert Hoyle intervened after the fourth round to stop the uneven battle. González moved to 25-0 with 21 KOs, while Meneses fell to 14-6-1, 8 KOs. For more details and photos click here…
While most of New Mexico spent their Friday digging out of a blizzard that swept through the state, hot California bantam Chris Avalos spent the evening sweeping through Jose Nieves, burying him with an avalanche of punches in just under four rounds.
An estimated crowd of 4,500 frenzied fight fans filled Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, N.M. to watch what turned out to be one of the best shows in years. The Gary Shaw-promoted show, headlined by Avalos and local hopeful Archie Ray Marquez, turned out a blistering-paced undercard of local talent, with the main and co-main televised on Showtime’s ShoBox. . . . Click here for more
More than one year has passed since Ronys Torres, a native of Manacapuru city in Amazonas, Brazil, signed his name on the dotted line of a UFC contract . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
Jorge Arce is a world champion again. In a clash for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship, Arce (53-6-1, 40 KOs) scored a seven round technical decision over Angky Angkota (18-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros Arroyo in Mexico City. Ankota spent most the fight pinned in his own corner with Arce getting the better of the exchanges. The bout was stopped after Ankota suffered a cut over his right eye from an accidental headbutt in round seven. The scorecards read 58-56, 60-54, 60-54 for Arce, who is now a four-time world title holder. For more details and photos click here…
In his first title defense, IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs) scores a 10th round TKO over late sub Billy Lyell (21-8, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in snowy Neubrandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. Sylvester was technically better from the opening bell as he pressed the action with little regard for Lyell’s power. After two one-sided rounds, Lyell upped his punch output in round three and as a result was able to keep Sylvester from teeing off so much. By round seven, however, Lyell was clearly slowing down and Sylvester became more and more dominant. Referee Earl Brown stopped it in the tenth at :37 when Lyell’s trainer Jack Lowe pulled his man out by waving a towel. Lyell took the bout on short notice after Sylvester’s original opponent Pablo Navascues tested positive for banned substances.
In an exciting fight, unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (11-0, 7 KOs) impressively stepped up in class with an eight round thrashing of former WBO world champion Lamon Brewster (35-6, 30 KOs). The 6′6½ Helinius dropped Brewster in round two with a right to the chin and slowly broke him down as the bout progressed. The bout ended in round eight with Brewster taking heavy punishment. Time was 2:31. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In an upset, local favorite and former world title challenger and WBC/WBA #8 Mads Larsen (51-3, 38 KOs) was stopped in the seventh by British Brian Magee (33-3-1, 23 KOs). Time was 0:15. Magee, previously ranked #14 by the WBC, is the new European super middleweight champion. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian contender Matteo Signani (9-3-1, 4KOs) earned the domestic title at middleweight on Friday night in his hometown Savignano sul Rubicone, Italy, when defending champion Gaetano Nespro (15-6, 2KOs) was stopped in round eight due to a dangerous cut of a left eye by referee Luciano Nigro. It was a brutal and bloody fight, with a football-like atmosphere with competing fans screaming loudly to support their hero. Both fighters showed good physical condition, Signani was the aggressor and started the contest at a high pace, trying to bring the fight to Nespro, but the veteran of national fights used an effective orthodox skill of boxing to gain the control of the clash, many of the rounds following a similar pattern, the moment of truth and the end of the fight was after the ringside doctor checked the dangerous cut, the ref stopped the action and awarded the local hero a TKO win, the final outcome was the only bad point of the night, the fight was still open to any outcome and it would be correct another (the third) contest among the two. Sergio Cavallari promoted with Rai Sport Più televising. (Thanks to Claudio Guglielmo of Boxenet)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Ballroom Boxing Inc. moved their boxing card to Friday instead of Thursday and it appeared to do the trick as a near sellout crowd of over a thousand strong witnessed a wonderful night of professional boxing at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glenn Burnie, Maryland. In the main event of the evening, late replacement light heavyweight Reggie Pena (5-2, 1 KO) pulled the upset, scoring a one sided six round unanimous decision victory over local favorite Willie “For Real” Willliams (12-5-2, 3 KOs). In the co-feature of the evening, DC lightweight prospect Thomas Snow (12-1, 8 KOs) escaped with an unpopular six round split decision victory over Jason Rorie (5-6-2, 2 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Bob Ryder
Promoters Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions drew another SRO house on Friday night at Detroit’s Masonic Temple for their action packed ten bout card. In the main event, super middleweight Darryl Cunningham of Detroit won over Skyler Thompson of Rockford, IL. The self acclaimed “son of a preacher man” Cunningham controlled the contest from the beginning although Thompson was in it the way. An accidental clash of heads in the second round left Thompson with a nasty cut over his left eye. Ringside physician Dr. Hisham Ahmed performed a careful examination before signaling referee Ron Cunningham that Skyler was ok to continue. Blood ran down the side of Thompson’s face most of the rest of the bout. The fourth round was punctuated by an excellent back and forth exchange. After the six rounds, Cunningham won by identical scores of 60-54 on the judges card to raise his record to (18-2, 9 KOs). Thompson is now (11-7, 9 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
How far has Chael Sonnen come? Eight years ago, on a desert reservation called Anza, somewhere in the middle of California between the barren outposts of Cathedral City and Borrego Springs, Sonnen stepped in the cage for the first time as a professional. We use the word professional loosely, because what ensued that day against Jason “Mayhem” Miller could be more rightly called a “fiasco” . . . Click here for more by Chuck Mindenhall, UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday in the Auditorio Siglo XXI in the Puebla, Mexico, former world champion Erik “El Terrible ” Morales announced officially that he’s returning to the ring after a two year absence. He will fight under promoter Nacho Huizar’s KO Entertainment banner. “My return is because I want to continue fighting, not to be committed to anyone or anything, but because I simply want to remain active. Some say that I’m old but I am as young as other fighters who are still in the limelight such as Antonio Margarito and Juan Manuel Marquez. Some are pushing 40 and I’m much younger,” said Morales. His comeback fight will be against José Alfaro on March 27 in Monterrey, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Undefeated prospect Chris Avalos registered a spectacular fourth round TKO over previously once-beaten Jose Nieves at 2:20 in the main event of Friday’s ShoBox: The New Generation from the Tingley Coliseum in Albuquerque, NM. Hometown favorite and unbeaten junior lightweight Archie Ray Marquez scored a unanimous decision victory (79-72, 80-71, 77-74) over the tough Derrick Campos in front of an energized crowd in Friday’s co-feature. The event was promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Though the latest world financial meltdown surely took its sad toll on various activities including the so-called “boxing industry” and other related branches of sportive economics and show business, not everyone made a step back in its development. One of those lucky men who have solidified his positions during the crisis is promoter German Titov, who enjoyed a nice year in 2009. With considerable assistance and financial backup of Kirill Pchelnikov, two-time (2007 and 2008) the Russian promoter of the year staged or co-promoted a considerable amount of events all over the country and signed a new wave of prospects, including Beijing gold medalist Felix Diaz and Ukrainian super heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov. (more…)
In a highly charged rematch, Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision to dethrone WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (19-3, 5 KOs) on Friday night at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Campillo was cool and accurate as he landed cleaner punches against the wild-swinging challenger. Campillo was cut over the left eye by a punch in round five, while Shumenov was busted up by a accumulation of punches. Campillo seemed on the verge of stopping Shumenov in the ninth round, but his lack of punching power betrayed him as the aggressive Shumenov out-muscled him down the stretch. Scores were 117-111, 115-113 for Shumanov, 117-111 for Campillo. Fightnews.com scored it 116-112 for Campillo, whose camp plans to protest the decision. Last August in Shumenov’s native Kazakhstan, Campillo took a razor-thin majority decision in a bout that saw both men hit the deck.
Unbeaten former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara (10-0, 5 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over 39-year-old veteran junior middleweight Grady Brewer (26-11, 15 KOs), winner of The Contender II reality television show. Referee Tony Weeks waved it off in the tenth after Lara dropped Brewer and battered him with a follow-up barrage. Time was 2:44. More results and photos…
Panamanian featherweight prospect Antonio ‘El Gordo’ Fernandez improved his record to (11-1-1 ) by way of 6th round TKO over Rudy Santos (5-4) on Friday night at ‘Los Compas’ in Pedregal, Panama City, Panama. Fernandez dropped Fernandez in rounds five and six in route to the stoppage. Fernandez has now reeled off eight consecutive wins since his only defeat which he avenged the following month. The bout was the main event of a card promoted by Premium Boxing.
Welterweight Rodolfo Ezequiel Martinez (36-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped Juan Pablo Lucero (11-3,6 KOs) by way of 8th round knockout on Friday nigfht at the Polideportivo Unidad Turística in Embalse Río Tercero, Cordoba, Argentina. Martinez was in control of the bout from beginning pounding Lucero to the body from the start. Lucero, agressive throughout occassionally landed some wild right and lefts but they had no effect on Martinez. In the end it was a right hand to the body that ended matters as Martinez connected one sending Lucero to the canvas where the referee counted him out. With the win Martinez retained his WBC Latin America title. The show was promoted by Mario Margossian.
Bantamweight Jesus “Estrellita” Ruiz (20-2-2, 17 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Luis “Surtigas” Melendez (26-5-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa, in Mexico City. Ruiz was knocked down in round three, but generally outworked Melendez, putting Melendez on the canvas in the ninth round and winning by a comfortable margin. With the victory, Ruiz claimed the WBC Latin bantamweight title.
Unbeaten lightweight Mauricio Pintor (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Omar Martinez (5-3-1, 4 KOs). Pintor is the son of former world champion Lupe Pintor.
By Chris Cozzone & Gerardo Martinez at ringside
Undefeated bantamweight prospect Chris Avalos (15-0, 12 KOs) stopped Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Tingley Auditorium in Albuquerque, NM. The hard-hitting Avalos put Nieves on the deck in round two and twice in round four, the second time for the count. Referee Rocky Burke waved it off at the 2:20 mark.
Unbeaten hometown super featherweight favorite Archie Ray Marquez (9-0, 6 KOs) outclassed Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) over eight rounds to win by scores of 79-72, 80-71, 77-74. Though losing the first round on most cards, Marquez took control in round two, outboxing Campos for the duration, scoring a knockdown in the final round.
On the undercard: Stealing the show was Albuquerque super bantamweight David Proa (7-1, 7 KOs) who scored the biggest win of his career over former Texas amateur star Adam Ochoa (2-1, 1 KO), who quit in round four, official time 2:38. In a high-action fight between Albuquerque welterweights, Vincent Mirabal (5-0, 1 KO) edged a split decision win over Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-3). Scores were 39-37 twice and 37-39. In yet another blistering fight, Albuquerque’s Nohime Dennison (2-1) won a unanimous decision over Amanda Crespin (0-2-1) of Las Vegas, N.M., with scores of 39-37. Arturo Crespin (4-1, 1 KO), of Las Vegas, N.M., paid back Albuquerque’s Carlos Sanchez (4-1, 1 KO), winning a majority decision with scores of 40-36, 38-38 and 39-37. Comebacking Duke City cruiserweight Max Heyman (23-10-4, 13 KOs) won a near-shutout decision over Roy Ashworth (5-7, 1 KO) of Lake Charles, La., with scores of 60-52. In the opener, heavyweight Maurice Harris (21-14-2, 10 KOs), of Newark, N.J., won a unanimous decision over Billy Zimbrun (23-11-1, 13 KOs), of Ogden, Utah, with scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56.
On a happy note, the first ShoBox telecast of 2010 marked the return of respected ShoBox play-by-play announcer Nick Charles to his familiar ringside spot.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In an IBF eliminator for the number two ranking in the super middleweight division, Jesse Brinkley (35-5, 23 KOs)
scored a gutsy twelve round unanimous decision over Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (21-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada. Stevens, who had promised an early KO, set the tone by landing some good left hooks in round one. Brinkley, a participant in the The Contender I reality television show, weathered the storm, however, and proceeded to break down Stevens. Stevens finally wilted under the Brinkley barrage and went down at the end of round six. The big-punching Stevens looked to score a KO as the bout progressed, but Brinkley scored another knockdown in the twelfth to win going away by scores of 117-109, 118-108, 119-107. For more details and photos click here…
According to a source with knowledge of the negotiations, a verbal agreement has been reached for WBA welterweight champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-5, 39 KOs) to defend his belt against Floyd Mayweather Jr. (40-0, 25 KOs) on May 1 in Las Vegas. The Mosley Camp has apparently agreed to Mayweather’s stipulation that both fighters be subjected to additional random blood and urine testing not normally required by the Nevada Athletic Commission (the same issue that torpedoed Mayweather-Pacquiao). The fight is expected to be signed and officially announced in the coming days.
By Scott Ploof at ringside
Photography by Emily Harney
“The Pride of Providence” Peter Manfredo Jr. (34-6, 18 KOs) captured the vacant NABF Middleweight title with a strong ten round decision over Matt “The Predator” Vanda (42-10, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Scores of the bout were 100-89 twice and 99-90. Manfredo Jr. worked over the body and came up with uppercuts throughout as Vanda did not have an answer to the punishment he was receiving. Vanda was knocked down late in round six from a hard body shot from Manfredo Jr. He continued to chase him after that as he tried but failed to put him away. Overall a great performance from Manfredo Jr. as he kept Vanda out of the fight throughout. The fight card was promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions.
Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard (21-0, 12 KOs) kept his perfect record intact and retained his NABF Featherweight title as Rafael Lora (11-2, 5 KOs) retired in his corner after three completed rounds. Remillard used a solid body attack over those three rounds which took its toll on Lora and ultimately caused him to quit on his stool. Remillard felt vindicated after the fight, which was a rematch of their previous encounter which ended with him winning a controversial fourth round TKO over Lora.
Arash Usmanee (5-0, 2 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Jorge Ruiz (7-11-2) after a clash of heads caused a halt to the bout in the fifth round of their scheduled six round bout. Since the bout was called to a halt, commission rules stated that the fight go to the scorecards. It was there that Usmanee ultimately won by scores of 50-45, 49-45, and 48-47.
Fayetteville’s Rachel Clark (5-3-1, 3 KOs) won a close split decision victory over Hartford, CT’s Addy Irizarry (6-4, 2 KOs) over six two minute rounds. Scores of the bout were 58-55 and 57-56 for Clark, while the third judge scored it 57-56 for Irizarry.
In a hard fought four round lightweight battle, Joseph Perez (3-0, 1 KO) won a very close majority decision over Luis Quezada (1-2) by scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38 even.
J’Leon Love (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut a successful one as he knocked down his opponent Vince Burkhalter (0-3) twice in the opening stanza to score the first knockout of his pro career at 1:33 of the first round.
By Gabriel F. Cordero at Scale
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez 105 vs Ivan Meneses 105
(WBA miniumweight championship)
Juan Landaeta 108 vs Francisco Rosas 108
(WBA light flyweight eliminator)
Venue: Auditorio Siglo XXI
Promoter: KO Entertainment
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
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Nonito Donaire, the Filipino Flash, will have a Media Day on Saturday, January 30, 1 pm, at the Undisputed Gym in San Carlos, Ca. Donaire, managed by Cameron Dunkin, will work out, then sign autographs and take photographs with fight fans. Donaire has been training for weeks, wiring in for a title fight against Gerson Guerrero of Mexico on Top Rank’s Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 Pay Per View event at the Las Vegas Hilton on Saturday, Feb 13. The Media Day is at the Undisputed Gym, 883 East San Carlos Ave., San Carlos, Ca.
Bernabe Concepcion of Rizal Province, Philippines, is training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. Concepion takes on tough Mario Santiago. Also training at the Wild Card is Gerry Penalosa of Cebu City. He will face Eric ‘Little Hands of Steel’ Morel of Puerto Rico in a world title eliminator.
Teenage phenom Jose Benavidez of Phoenix will also box on the Latin Fury 13/Pinoy Power 3 card.
Two world champions from one of the most active and exciting weight divisions in boxing will meet in a unification bout on March 6 when undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” faces IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango at Mohegan Sun Arena. Tickets priced at $175, $95, $50 and $35 go on sale Friday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Mohegan Sun Box Office and through Ticketmaster. (more…)
Jorge Arce 115 vs Angky Angkota 115*
*after 40 minutes first time 116
(WBO super flyweight championship)
Joksan Hernandez 126 vs Eduardo Escobedo 126
Jackie Nava 122 vs Shatel Martinez 122
(WBC Women super bantamweight title)
Alfonso “Finito” Lopez 112 vs Sergio Cruz 113
Miguel Garcia 128.7 vs Arturo Gomez 128.7
Venue: Plaza de Toros Arroyo, Mexico City
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Sports Net/Fox Sports Espanol
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