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By Damrong Simakajornboon
Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) scored a 116-112, 115-113, 115-114 unanimous decision over Jesus Silvestre (23-3, 17 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 105lb title today at Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. (More to come)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
It was the shot heard round the boxing world Saturday night; super-lightweight Pier-Olivier Cote, a virtual unknown to even the most ardent of fans, hit a homerun on Showtime Championship Boxing, the echoes that are still reverberating days later.
Cote was given a rare chance for a relative newcomer to showcase his talents on the specialty channel’s premiere vehicle and delivered by scoring with a scintilating left hook that obliterated Jorge Luis Teron at the :33 second mark of the second round and upstaging headliner Lucian Bute who was making the 9th defense of his IBF super-middleweight belt. Cote who moved to 18-0 with his 12th knockout actually made his pro debut back when Bute was making the very first defense of his title in 2008 and has seen a steady rise of his stock ever since. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Post-fight interviews with USBO junior middleweight beltholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (19-1-1, 11 KOs) and WBC #1 ranked mandatory challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs).
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, the WBC International heavyweight title holder from Krakow, Poland, kept his undefeated streak alive and well when he stopped Jason Gavern in round six this past Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. (More)
By Ron Jackson
Siviwe Ntsiko caused a major upset when he knocked out Tshepo Lefele in the second round to win the SA minimumweight title at the Raymond Mhlaba Hall in Motherwell near Port Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon. Going into the fight the Ntsiko (47.55kg) from Mdantsane was considered an easy match for the more experienced Lefele (47.50kg) who was making the third defence of his title. The 31-year-old Lefele won the SA title in September 2008 when he stopped Gideon Buthelezi in the sixth round and made successful defences against Sakhumzi Mqadaru, (tko 7) and Mawanda Sineko (ko 6). However, the challenger who holds the Eastern Cape minimumweight title showed no respect for the champion as he took command from the first bell and sent Lefele down and out in the second round. Ntsiko improves his reported record to 6-3; 5 and Lefele from Giyani in the Limpopo Province sees his record drops to 16-6; 10. The tournament was presented by Gladys Tsenene.
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Daniel Alonso Jr/WBA
The first of an expected 400 delegates, directory board members, ring officials, promoters and champions began arriving today at the Shakhtar Plaza Hotel in Donetsk, Ukraine for the WBA’s 90th annual convention. Despite frosty temperatures, the feeling was warm as members of the boxing fraternity greeted each other with handshakes and hugs at the airport and hotel lobby. Former champions Roberto Duran, Victor Callejas, Donny LaLonde, and Souleymane M’Baye (who is also the current WBA interim welterweight champ) are already here, with more expected to come. The opening session of board meetings will commence tomorrow morning (Donetsk is some seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), capped off by the opening banquet Monday evening. Stay tuned for daily convention updates, including awards, ring officials seminar, ratings and more.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos: Todd Dearinger
At the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, WA, heavyweight Vincent Thompson scored a unanimous decision in a foul-shortened match over Jonte Willis. Thompson recognized his reach advantage and, for the first six rounds, used an unexpected southpaw jab to control the distance and completely stymie the frustrated but game Willis. In the seventh, Thompson listened to the boo birds in the audience and started to pick spots to mix it up, which let Willis back into the fight. In the eighth round out of a scheduled ten, Thompson and Willis were scrapping when Thompson landed a hard rabbit punch. Willis wobbled around the ring holding his head and doctors were called in to stop the bout. After much confusion, referee Paul Fields stopped the bout, took two points from Thompson for the foul, and sent it to the cards. Thompson had won all rounds, including the partially completed round, on all judges’ cards, for a score of 78-72. Fightnews had it 77-73. With the win, Thompson sits at 10-0. Willis is now 8-2-1. Given that both are local boys with huge cheering sections, the competitive nature of the late rounds, and the odd ending, a rematch is necessary and certain. (more…)
“Devis Boschiero is the champion without belt,” says his manager Christian Cherchi after the split decision loss that Boschiero suffered against Takahiro Aoh for the WBC super featherweight title today in Japan. “Everybody can see the fight and judge for themselves. Boschiero won at least by 3 points. OPI 2000, the promoter of Boschiero, will fill a protest to the WBC for an immediate rematch. Japanese people are proud people and I think Takahiro Aoh and the promoter Mr. Honda will give Boschiero a deserved rematch.”
Story and photos by Bob Ryder
Promoter Greg Ahrens presented a four bout card of professional boxing at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo on Saturday night uniquely sandwiched between fifteen amateur MMA fights. The main event matched two of Michigan’s long time designated opponents as Ahrens provided them the opportunity to break out from the losers column, at least for one night. Chris Grays (10-24, 2 KO’s) from Traverse City and Guy Packer (4-23, 1 KO) of Battle Creek engaged in a spirited middleweight contest over 10 rounds. The pattern was established early in this one as it was pretty much throw one or two punches and clinch. Grays started to pull away mid bout as his punching was more effective. Not always pleasing to the eye but both gave it their best to the final bell. Grays won the unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 x 2 and 96-94. There were no knockdowns. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, in a WBC final eliminator of twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a very furious give-and-take affair, though Yamanaka continually had the upper hand on the game Mexican. The 29-year-old Japanese southpaw utilized his trademark left hand to take the initiative from the start, winning points steadily. In the fourth, Esquivel, 26, turned so aggressive that he connected with solid lefts and rights in the fourth. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Duane Ford (US) and Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) both saw the close affair 115-113 for the defending titlist Aoh, while Ian John Lewis (UK) saw it 116-113 for Boschiero. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Friends shouldn’t let friends fight friends. After sparring close to 100 rounds in the past, Glen Johnson and IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute gave a loud deafening crowd 12 more in a fight that sometimes simmered, but never boiled over. Bute was able to easily control the action, out-jabbing the “Road Warrior” who often looked more road-weary by scores of 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. (more…)
Photo: Ramón Cairo
WBO #9 ranked Super Middleweight Ezequiel “El Olímpico” Maderna (16-0, 10KOs) of Argentina continued his climb up the world rankings by stopping countryman Dario German Balmaceda (9-5-2, 6KOs) in less than 1 round. Balmaceda was down 3 times in the bout which took place Saturday night at the Club Banco Provincia, City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
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