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WBA super bantamweight champ Bernard Dunne is leaving no stone unturned as he enters the final stages of preparations for his first World title defence at The O2, Dublin later this month. Dunne will put his WBA title on the line against number one challenger Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym from Thailand when he headlines the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2, Dublin on September 26th. Dunne began training for the bout in July and as each week goes by he’s cranking up the intensity of his work as he bids to see off the challenge of his Thai opponent. (more…)
By Christian Chataignier
WBA light flyweight champion in recess Brahim Asloum announced his retirement from the ring Sunday on the French national television (France 2). Due the end of his partnership with Canal +, the French boxer, gold medalist at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, said “The desire is there, but I’m obliged to stop. It is not possible to hold a big boxing event in France. I’m hurt because it takes away five or six years of my life. I am extremely angry with Canal + (The network which televised all his professional fights).” Asloum is the only French Olympic champion who then managed to become a world champion (WBA). He compiled a record of 24-2 with 10 KOs.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Troy Waters talks to Fightnews and tells of his three shots at the world title against Gianfranco Rossi, Terry Norris and Simon Brown. Waters had Norris on the canvas in a fight that got Ring Magazine’s round of the year award. Waters said Brown deserved to retain the title against him when one judge scored it a draw. Troy also mentions how hard Felix Trinidad can punch and how proud he is to be inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall Of Fame in 2009. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC#4 feather Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (31-0,17 KOs) successfully kept his WBC Asia (or ABCO) 126 lb title as he stopped Edgar Gabijan (reportedly 14-19-2) on Friday at Mairiengprachasan school in Nakornsrithammarat, Thailand. The Thai fighter dominated in every round except round one, wildly attacking the Filipino with his right hooks punctuated by his tough body-shots. From round five to seven, he sped his assault which mostly destroyed his foe several times and finally, the champion scored a TKO as his contender refused to continue at the beginning of round eight. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao shielded his Canadian adviser Michael Koncz from criticisms from various sectors of the fight game over the weekend, telling an assembled media in a luxurious hotel that he (Koncz) doesn’t act without his go signal. “Mike doesn’t act alone. Whenever he does something for me, you can be rest assured that it is with my permission,” said Pacquiao. “I like him because he does what I tell him to do. He has my confidence.” (more…)
Remaining undefeated and adding the WBC World Youth jr. middleweight belt to his collection, Chihuahuan Marco “Dorado” Reyes (14-0, 12 KOs) pounded out a 12-round unanimous decision over Colombian Beibi Berrocal (6-2, 6 KOs), last night at the Gimnasio Rodrigo Queveda in Chihuahua, Mexico. In the co-main of the Promociones del Pueblo card, bouncing back from a kayo loss in May, former world champ Jhonny Gonzalez (41-7, 34 KOs), of Mexico City, needed less than one round to dispose of Jose “Pegono” Mendoza (21-4-2, 17 KOs), of Columbia. A shot to the liver took Mendoza out. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian-based Azerbaijani Fariz Kazimov (10-1-1, 3 KOs) retained the national title of his adopted homeland in a final fight of the International Kostya Tszyu Cup on Friday night in Yugorsk, Russia. Kazimov, 22, looked much stronger and way tougher than his southpaw opponent Anatoly Sidorov (4-2-1), 21, of Simferopol, Ukraine, before finally stopping him in the fifth round. Kazimov missed the quarterfinal of the Cup but was taken into the mix after an overwhelming favorite Ruslan Provodnikov preferred to concentrate on his academic studies. Kazimov stopped Karen Tevosyan in the semifinal this May. (more…)
Hungarian lightweight prospect Gabor Veto (10-0, 9 KOs) delivered an excellent performance at the National Stadium in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegowina before 5,000 spectators on Friday night. Veto destroyed the Serbian-Hungarian Simon Imre (1-1) via TKO in round three. In the main event, WIBA featherweight champion Irma Balijagic-Adler (11-0, 5 KOs) of Bosnia handed 8-19 Galina Gumlianski her ninth straight loss by one-sided ten round unanimous decision.
WBA #2 flyweight Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (18-1, 13 KOs) stopped WBA #4 Omar Salado (21-2-2, 12 KOs) in round twelve to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight belt on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City, Panama. Referee Luis Pabon waved it off at the :39 mark of the final stanza, crowning Concepcion who dominated Salado for much of the fight. The bout highlighted the WBA’s “KO to Drugs” Festival XXI. Former six division world champion Oscar De La Hoya was among the celebrities on hand for the event.
In a WBA featherweight eliminator, former world champion and currently #3 ranked Daniel Ponce De Leon (36-2, 31 KOs) earned a title opportunity by pounding out a twelve round unanimous decision over #4 Roinet Caballero (27-8-1, 19 KOs). Scores were 119-108, 119-108 and 117-111.
Super flyweight Ricardo Nuñez (16-1, 14 KOs) dropped Timur Shailezov (16-4, 2 KOs) three times before their bout was halted at 2:34 of round four.
Unbeaten super welterweight Austin Trout (20-0, 13 KOs) claimed the WBA Fedelatin belt with an eleven round majority decision over Nilson Tapia (11-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 106.5-102.5, 106-102, 105-105. Trout hails from Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Heavyweights Luis Pineda (21-8-1, 18 KOs) and Evans Quinn (18-3-1, 16 KOs) battled to an eight round draw. Scores were 77-74 Quinn, 78-74 Pineda and 76-76.
Female minimumweight Ibeth Zamora (6-2, 0 KOs) took the WBA interim 105lb belt from Ana “La Polla” Fernandez (10-5, 7 KOs) via nine round unanimous decision. Scores were 88-82, 86-84 and 87-83.
Unbeaten female flyweight Laura Ledezma (5-0, 4 KOs) needed just 67 seconds to annihilate Vanessa Medrano (1-2).
By Daniel Cann
In a Hennessey Sports promotion, welterweight John O’Donnell (22-1, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Tom Glover (9-6-3, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the Colosseum in Watford, England. O’Donnell, the Commonwealth welterweight champion, was to defend the title he won in April in a close fight with Craig Watson for the first time. Unfortunately due to O’Donnell failing to make the welterweight limit (he came in at ten stone seven and three quarter pounds) the fight became a non-title affair, although it remained a scheduled twelve rounder. Glover, the affable bricklayer and consummate professional from Maldon, Essex, had recently outpointed Jon Thaxton. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapia ( 17-3-3, 12 KOs) stopped New Zealand’s Hiriwa Te Rangi (0-13) in round one at the Coolangatta Golf Club, Tweed Heads, NSW, Australia on Friday. Leapai is trained by Noel Thornberry, who trained and managed former WBA middleweight champion Masilino Masoe. Noel’s brother Ricky Thornberry dropped twelve decisions in world super middleweight title bouts to Joe Calzaghe and Sven Ottke. On the undercard, American 140 pounder Casey Hannan (2-0, 2 KOs) was impressive in stopping Adam King (1-2) in round one. Promoter Noel Thornberry.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA 108-pound champ Koki Kameda (21-0, 14 KOs), 113.25, decked an easy tune-up bout prior to his WBC shot against compatriot Daisuke Naito in November, as he floored miserably overmatched Mexican Humberto Pool (15-9-3, 9 KOs), 113.25, three times to score a KO win at 2:29 of the fifth round on Saturday afternoon in Tokyo, Japan. Pool suffered his sixth defeat in last seven bouts, following a third-round KO loss to Brahim Asloum in his comeback go in France this April. It is a pity that many mediocre Mexicans recently came here only to be Japanese prospects’ victims in overmatched games. Probably Kameda used Pool as his safe stepping stone before his already slated title crack at Naito. Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13/WBC#15 Akira Yaegashi (12-2, 7 KOs), 105, successfully retained his newly acquired Japanese minimumweight belt as he utilized his swift footwork and solid counters to pound out a unanimous decision (98-92 twice and 99-91) over OPBF#3 Japanese top contender Junichiro Kaneda (19-4-1, 12 KOs), 105, over ten fast rounds on Saturday night in Tokyo, Japan. Yaegashi’s constant move nullified Kaneda’s busy combinations, and his counters often caught the game but limited challenger all night. The fleet-footed champ accelerated his attack to have the methodical rival at bay down the stretch and confirm his victory.
Undercard: Unbeaten WBC#21 Go Onaga (14-0-1, 10 KOs), 114.5, a hard-punching southpaw handled by ex-WBC/WBA champ Hideyuki Ohashi, displayed a fine form in dropping Naohiro Yanagi (8-10, 4 KOs), 114.75, twice in the first and once more in the fatal round, impressively stopping him at 2:06 of the third session. Unbeaten ex-national high school champ Ryosuke Iwasa (5-0, 4 KOs), 118, a tall and young southpaw, scored a fine TKO win over OPBF#15 Indonesian bantam champ Falazona Fidal (49-19-1, 13 KOs), 118, at 1:04 of the seventh. Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev, currently rated #1 by the WBA, will now be trained Universum trainer Magomed Schaburow. Since 2003, “The White Tyson” had been trained by Michael Timm, who formed him into a world champion. “I’ve had a difficult time with my Achilles tendon injury, the cancellation of the fight of Helsinki and the defeat in Schalke,” stated Chagaev. “Now I’m looking for new impulses in training. I hope for that from Magomed Schaburow. I owe Michael Timm for the great teamwork. In football, a team change often helps a player progress further. I’m curious.” (more…)
WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs) has commented on his eighth round TKO over #13 rated Francisco Leal (14-5-2, 9 KOs) in a non-televised title defense last Saturday at the Ciudad Deportiva in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. “Leal was a game opponent, but I’m not going to give my titles up to anyone,” said Caballero. “I’ve been on top of this division for almost four years now, and I feel stronger and better than ever.” Caballero is hoping to land a fight with unbeaten Puerto Rican superstar Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez.
By John Robbins, FightNews Canada
19-year-old Marvin Sonsona (14-0, 12 KOs) of the Philippines took the WBO junior bantamweight championship away from 37-year-old reigning titleholder Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-8-2, 32 KOs) of Puerto Rico via unanimous decision on Friday night at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario. Sonsona scored a knockdown in round four and went on to win by scores of 114-111, 115-110 and 116-109. Lopez was deducted two points in round eight for a low blow.
Former IBF junior featherweight champion Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Dario Azuaga (75-16-2, 64 KOs) in a featherweight bout. Molitor dropped Azuaga in round four and Azuaga barely survived the round. “The Canadian Kid” launched a full out body assault to open the fifth round. Molitor scored back to back knockdowns to end it. The time was 1:50 of the fifth round.
A fight between Canadian heavyweight champion Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (10-0, 5 KOs) and Kevin “Big Dog” Montiy (17-6-1, 13 KOs) ended in a no contest after an accidental head-butt in round two opened up a cut over Montiy’s left eye. Montiy claimed he couldn’t see and the doctor was forced to allow the fight to be stopped.
Felix Mercedes KO1 Dan Caron (jr middleweight)
Justin Fountain W4 Frank Abbiw (welterweight)
Stephan Boyd TKO4 Pedro De Melo (super middleweight)
A few notable heavyweights saw action in bouts consisting of six two-minute rounds on Friday night at the Lofberg Arena in Karlstad, Sweden. Timur Ibragimov (25-2-1, 14 KOs) outpointed 45-year-old former IBF cruiserweight champion Al Cole (35-15-3, 16 KOs) over six by scores of 60-55, 59-56, 59-55. Also Attila Levin (31-3, 24 KOs) dropped Adnan Buharalija (19-6-1, 14 KOs) four times en route to a fourth round stoppage.
By Lee Bates
UPDATE: Matchmaker John Beninati has informed that Tomas Villa was signed as an opponent fight a Gary Shaw Productions fighter, but has not inked to a GSP promotional agreement.
A source has confirmed that featherweight Tomas “El Norteno” Villa (20-6-4, 13 KOs) has signed with Gary Shaw Productions. Villa’s last bout in November 2008 was a thriller where he was stopped for the first time in his career in the 10th and final round by Rogers Mtagwa. Villa previously was with legendary promoter Don Chargin with whom he was riding a 12 bout unbeaten streak prior to the Mtagwa loss.
Luis Concepcion 112 vs Omar Salado 112
(Interim WBA flyweight championship)
Roinet Caballero 126 vs Daniel Ponce De Leon 126
Ricardo Nuñez 112.75 vs Timur Shailezov 113.5
Nilson Tapia 154 vs Austin Trout 154
Ameth Diaz 135 vs Fernando Angulo 133.5
Alberto Mosquera 140 vs Henry Auraad 138.5
Charlie Navarro 147 vs Nelson Linares 156.5 they won´t fight
Rafael Hernandez 123 vs Franklin Solis 120.25
Luis Andres Pineda 237 vs Evans Quinn 220
Ana Fernandez 105 vs Ibeth Zamora 105
Laura Ledezma 111.75 vs Vanessa Medrano 113.25
Jack Santos 106.5 vs Jesus Santos 108
Julio Canastuj 106 vs Mercedes Concepcion 106.
Venue: Arena Roberto Duran, Panama
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions/Eventos del Istmo
TV: HBO Plus (Latin America only)
From Chihuahua, Mexico for tomorrow night’s “Unstoppable!” card promoted by Promociones del Pueblo:
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 154 vs. Beibi Berrocal 154
* For the WBC World Youth jr. middleweight title
Jhonny Gonzalez 127 vs. Jose “Pegono” Mendoza 126
Victor Zaleta 112 vs. Gilberto Keb Baas 111
* For the WBC Fecombox super flyweight title
Javier “Zorro” Castro 141 vs. Heriberto Gutierrez 143
Miguel “Mickey” Roman 126 vs. Servando Solis 124
Odilon Zaleta 112 vs. Alejandro “Apachito” Moreno 113
Carlos Duarte 187 vs. Jesus “Demonio” Gutierrez 192
Freddy Lopez 146 vs. Ruben Lopez 145
Eastern Boxing association super middleweight champion “Irish” Joey McCreedy retained his title and captured the vacant New England belt tonight with a first-round technical knockout win against Eddie “Thunder” Caminero at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
McCreedy-Caminero headlined “School’s In,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Sports and Entertainment, Inc. (CES), in association with Twin River. (more…)
Oscar De La Hoya and WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza posed to the Panamanian media, wearing special made gloves in colors gold and white with their names written on. Mr. Mendoza and the Golden Boy are scheduled to have an exhibition bout on Saturday night at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama as a part of the KO Drugs Festival. WBA will donate $100 for every punch connected by Gilberto to De La Hoya on favor of the Panamanian Association Against Cancer. After this charity sparring session, Oscar will autograph the set of gloves to be offered on a bid for that same purpose. De La Hoya had his first public appearance in Panama at the weigh-in ceremony for Saturday’s card in which Mexican Omar Salado and Panamanian Luis “El Nica” Concepción both weighed 112 for their flyweight interim championship bout.
Eight-time world boxing champion Roy Jones, Jr. (54-5, 40 KOs) and two-time super middleweight world champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy (25-3, 17 KOs) fought a toe-to-toe war on August 15, 2009. Living legend Jones who has been a world champion in four divisions – middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight – and currently ranks among the top ten light heavyweights in all four major boxing organizations was defending his NABO light heavyweight championship against the power-punching Lacy, who once held the IBF and IBO super middleweight world titles. ESPN Classic will rebroadcast the August 15, 2009 Jones versus Lacy showdown Saturday, September 5th at 10pm ET/7pm PT and Monday, September 7th at 10pm ET/7pm PT.
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko made a guest appearance on the Jim Rome Show. Here’s what he had to say:
JIM ROME: Vitali Klitschko is 37-2 with 36 KOs. He’s going to defend his title on Sept. 26 against Cris Arreola at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Vitali Klitschko, you both have high knockout percentages, should we assume somebody is going to end this fight lying on their back?
VITALI KLITSCHKO: “This fight will be very interesting because Cris Arreola is the (WBC) No. 1 contender. He is undefeated, very young, very tough fighter. Right now, I have to defend my world title against the next generation. I am not the youngest one in the heavyweight division. I am already 38 years old, but I feel very good. I have a lot of experience and I am preparing right now for Sept. 26 to show all boxing fans a good performance. Of course, everyone wants a very good fight, especially with two fighters with a very high knockout percentage. The fight will not go all 12 rounds, which means it will be a knockout for one side or the other. I’ll give my best to keep my title as long as possible, and that means I’ll give my best to send my opponent to the floor.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
In a bloody battle, Commonwealth featherweight champion John Simpson (20-6, 8 KOs) of Greenock, Scotland, proved his superiority over determined challenger Paul Truscott (now 13-2, 1 KO) once again with a convincing tenth round stoppage moments ago at Eston Sports Academy in Middlesbrough, UK. The fight was a re-match of a heated contest, which took place this January and resulted in a controversial stoppage in Simpson’s favor, when Truscott had his right eye cut under by what seemed to be an accidental clash of heads. (more…)
On September 18th at the at the Fontainebleau Resort on Miami Beach, two-time Olympic gold medal winner Guillermo Rigondeaux (2-0, 2 KOs) will step way up in class of opponent when he takes on 71-fight veteran Giovanni Andrade (60-11, 49 KOs) from Brazil for a regional WBA super bantamweight title that will place him in the top five in the world and in position for a title shot in record speed. In Rigondeaux’s corner will be world renowned trainer Freddie Roach who has taken a special interest in one of the greatest amateurs that has ever turned professional. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Big boxing is back in Saint Petersburg on Sep. 25, when Jab Promotion will stage its next show at the Atmosphere Night Club. The main event will see a recent signee, Dmitry Sukhtosky (13-0, 8 KOs) in an important light heavyweight twelve-rounder against Spaniard Juan Nelongo (20-8-1, 9 KOs) for a vacant WBO European title. Despite having just thirteen fights to his resume, Sukhotsky, 28, once held a variety of minor belts, including Russian national title, WBC CISBB, TWBA and WBL titles – all as a super middleweight. His most sound victory is a majority decision over ex-ranked Georgian David Gogiya in January 2008. On the other hand, Juan Nelongo, eleven years his older, is no bum himself, having fought the who’s who of the neighboring weight classes, including former and reigning world champions Zsolt Erdei, Gabriel Campillo, Jean-Marc Mormeck and Clinton Woods. He also held the WBA I/C title in late 90’s and early 2000’s. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Just a week out from their upcoming title defenses WBO light flyweight champion Ivan Iron Boy Calderon and WBO super featherweight champion Ramon Rocky Martinez both easily made their 7 day minimumweight requirement. Calderon weighed in 109 pounds which is just 1 pound over the max weight limit for the fight and 4.4 pounds under 7 day minimum. Martinez weighed in at 134 1/4 which is under the 136.5 7 day minimum. Both fighters are very confident of victory. For more details and photos click here…
Contrary to a recent press reports, WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan will not fight John Murray in December says promoter Frank Warren. Dimitry Salita is the mandatory challenger for Khan’s title and Warren is currently in negotiations with Salita’s promoters, plus Murray is not ranked by the WBA and could not defend against him next. Warren also said that Salita has not signed for another fight as rumored.
Mikkel Kessler has successfully completed his sparring sessions at Berlin´s famous Max-Schmeling-Gym. The Viking Warrior will now travel to Denmark for the fine-tuning ahead of his WBA Super-Middleweight fitle defense against Gusmyr Perdomo at MCH Herning on September 12. “Everything went very well,” Kessler (41-1, 31 KOs) said. “The facilities at the Max-Schmeling-Gym are great and I really enjoyed the time in Berlin. I am in perfect shape and I will prove that in the ring against Perdomo.” U.S. premium TV network SHOWTIME will be airing the fight on a special Saturday prime time edition of ShoBox: The New Generation at 10 p.m. ET/PT (same day tape delay). Kessler is slated to participate in the hotly-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic, with a first-round meeting with Andre Ward coming up on November 21. Ward will also be in action on September 12, taking on Shelby Pudwill (also on SHOWTIME).
Jose “Carita” Lopez 114.2 vs Marvin Sonsona 115
(WBO jr. bantamweight world championship)
Steve Molitor 126 vs Dario Azuaga 124.6
Greg Kielsa 236 vs Kevin Montiy 259.8
Felix Mercedes 151 vs Dan Caron 150.4
Justin Fountain 146.6 vs Frankie Abbiw 145.8
Pedro De Melo 166.6 vs Stephan Boyd 165.8
Venue: Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario
Promoter: Orion Sports Management
Some of the best boxing talent from around the Beltway will be showcased in an eight-bout card, “Saturday Night Fights,” promoted by Ice Promotions and presented by Valcourt Building Services. Headlining the Patriot Center event is Northern Virginia fan favorite Jimmy Lange (30-3-2, 21 KOs) who will defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) U.S. National Boxing Championship (USNBC) 154-pound title against his former teammate from “The Contender” series, Jonathan Reid (34-11, 19 KOs) of Nashville, TN in a 12-round contest. Former WBO lightweight world champion and D.C. native DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (35-11-1, 21 KOs) will battle Detroit’s Damian Fuller (30-6-1, 14 KOs) in the eight-round co-Main Event. (more…)
Middleweight contender “Ireland’s” John Duddy ((26-1, 17 KOs) will return to the ring on October 10th on Top Rank’s October 10th “Latin Fury 12” card at the WaMu Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Duddy will face Michi Munoz (21-3, 14 KOs) of Topeka, Kansas. It will be Duddy’s comeback fight following his shock loss to Billy Lyell in April.
The proposed December 5 clash between middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and Paul Williams in Atlantic City is still pending Pavlik’s recovery from an nagging injury to the middle knuckle in his left hand. “The Ghost” must undergo further examinations before a green light is given.
Ricardo Mayorga has filed a lawsuit against long time promoter Don King Productions alleging that DKP failed provide the contractually stipulated number of fights for him. Mayorga did pull out of a major fight DKP had arranged for him against Alfredo Angulo in February on short notice.
By Robert Coster
Haitian (of French origin) promoter/manager Jacques Deschamps seems to be expanding his horizons with the rumored signing of two French Olympians and a former European Champion. The boxers who would join Deschamps’ growing stable are lightweight Daouda Sow and featherweight Khedafi Djelkhir (pictured with Deschamps). Both Sow and Djelkhir had stellar amateur careers: Kedhafi was European Champion in 2007 and won the silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games. Sow also won silver in Beijing, losing a razor-thin (11-9) decision in the finals. As pros, Djelkhir is 3-0, 3 KOs and Sow is 1-0, 1 KO.
The other possible recruit for Deschamps is former European jr middleweight champion Jimmy ” Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs), born in Haiti. About Colas, Deschamps had this to say “Jimmy’s style is not your typical European standup boxer and because of this, he was victimized in Europe. Four of Jimmy’s so-called losses were outright robbery. I believe his career will really flourish in this part of the world.” Jacques Deschamps is a senior partner of Premium Boxing Promotions who operates in Panama City and it is therefore conceivable that the (possible) recruits would likely pursue their career in the Isthmus nation.
WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) makes his first title defense in the 12-round co-feature September 12th against WBO No. 9 rated Vincente Martin “El Mono” Rodriguez (25-2-1, 13 KOs) on the “Undefeated Champions” pay per view event, airing live in the United States from the Coliseum of Puerto Rico in San Juan. Martinez captured the WBO title March 14, stopping Nicky Cook in the fourth round of their title fight in England.”Rocky” believes his time is now. “”A lot of people know me after the Cook fight,” Martinez remarked. “I never refuse to fight anybody, anywhere, and that’s why we were so confident fighting Cook in his backyard. Rodriguez is going to try and surprise me. He doesn’t have anything to lose. I’ve heard that he likes to fight and, believe me, if he can fight I will knock him out because that’s what I like to do. (more…)
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