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Super bantamweight Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey (8-0, 5 KOs) has targeted the European title after winning the Prizefighter event on Saturday at London’s York Hall. Casey, 28, from Limerick, Ireland, claimed the £32,000 winner’s prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney. McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance. “This victory means I’m up there at the top of the division and I’ve proved I can be with the best,” said a delighted Casey, who entered Prizefighter as a short-notice replacement after Wayne McCullough withdrew injured. “I only came here with five fights on my record but I beat everyone against all the odds…the best in Britain were in this competition including Esham Pickering and Jamie Arthur but I’m the one left standing. Who knows what the future holds? I might get a shot at the European title after winning Prizefighter. I’m very proud of everything I’ve done.”
ARENA will present the first-ever boxing world championship on Turkish soil in Istanbul on Saturday when rising welterweight star Selcuk Aydin takes on Canada based Romanian Ionut Dan Ion for the WBC Silver title. Both contenders are unbeaten in their professional career. Aydin – ranked #2 in the WBC 147 ratings – holds 19 wins in as many pro-fights including a split decision over Said Ouali and a ninth round KO against “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu which earned him the European championship. “Jo-Jo” Dan is rated #1 at 140 lbs. He has won all of his 26 professional fights so far including 14 stoppages. “We expect a very tough and close fight” states promoter Ahmet Öner. “Selcuk is without a doubt the stronger man and I believe that he will overwhelm Ion with his physical skills. But the Romanian surely doesn’t come to Istanbul because of the good weather. He will give it his all and try to take the belt to Canada.” Aydin and his trainer Ismael Salas arrived in Istanbul last week after finishing their training camp in Miami, Florida. Ion is expected to arrive in Turkey this afternoon from Montreal.
Fighting for the fight time as a professional in Canada after a sensational amateur career, top welterweight prospect Mikael Zewski thrilled the huge crowd at the Pepsi Coliseum on Friday night with a stunning first round knockout of veteran John Hoffman.
On the undercard of the Eric Lucas/Librado Andrade super middleweight showdown, the 21 year old Zewski drilled Hoffman three times to the canvas before the bout was stopped at the 1:45 mark of the first round. With the win, the Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada native improved to 4-0 with three knockouts. (more…)
After a lengthy five-year grooming period, Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan has officially been unleashed from the Wild Card Gym, a true contender ready to run with the big boys at junior middleweight.
Rated in all four top ABCs (not that it means anything these days), battle-tested in his last fight with a former world champ everyone – Martirosyan included – assumed was shot, and going up against another undefeated fighter this weekend, the Armenian-born, made-in-America nightmare from Glendale, Calif. is ready to prove himself ready for a title, a marquee name and top billing . . . click here for more
One of these days, people will stop sleeping on “Suga” Rashad Evans.
The Jackson’s MMA fighter has been counted out more often than not during his professional MMA career.
They said he was too small on season two of The Ultimate Fighter; he won the show. They said Chuck Liddell would maul him; he knocked Liddell senseless. They said Forrest Griffin was too much; he finished Griffin and claimed the light heavyweight title . . . Click here for more
By Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (26-3, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, trained by former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, continues his preparations as he is set to step back into the ring on Saturday, June 26th in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines against an opponent yet to be determined. Viloria will be making his run at a third world title, but this time at flyweight. This will be Viloria’s first fight after his devastating loss to Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Columbia for the IBF junior flyweight title back in January of this year. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian 2009 Contender series super middleweight champion Garth “Woodsy” Wood ( 7-1, 3 KOs) will punch it out with tough as nails William “Hardcore” Hadlow (7-18-4, 2 KOs) over eight rounds at the Wollongong Entertainment Center in Wollongong, NSW, Australia on Wednesday Wood scored a major upset in September 2009 when he outscored Russian KO Artist Victor “The Destroyer” Oganov (30-2, 28 KOs) and then defeated former world rated Kariz Kariuki (21-7-2) in the final of the Contender Series. (more…)
By Chris Perry
Promoter Jack Fulton’s International Championship Boxing Knockout Series lived up to its name during their May 28 event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. Heavyweight contender Shannon Briggs and rising cruiserweight Adam Seal walked away with thrilling knockout victories in their respective main event bouts. Continuing his busy schedule fighting for the third time this year, Shannon Briggs earned his third consecutive first round knockout stopping veteran Rob Calloway by TKO 1:38 into the contest. Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs) rushed Calloway (75-12-2, 60 KOs) ripping heavy shots from the bell. A strong right hand sent the 18 year veteran to the canvas for the first time. For more details and photos click here…
By Ricardo Conde
Former WBO featherweight champion Steven Luevano (37-2-1, 15 KOs) of La Puente, CA, under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champ, Robert Garcia in Oxnard, CA, began preparations this week and will be making his run at a second world title. Luevano will step back into the ring in July against an opponent yet to be determined. This will be Luevano’s first fight after his devastating loss to Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (28-0, 25 KOs) of Puerto Rico for the WBO featherweight title back in January of this year. Click here for more photos…
Three-time world champion Miguel Cotto, legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum recently hosted an international media conference call to talk about Cotto’s big fight on Saturday night against undefeated WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman. The bout will take place at the new Yankee Stadium. Arum expects around 30,000 to be on hand for the first fight at the Bronx ballpark since Muhammad Ali fought Ken Norton at the old Yankee Stadium in 1976. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Nkqubela Gwazela beat Klaas Mboyane in a toe-to-toe battle to win the SA bantamweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa on Saturday night. In a bout that could be a contender for the SA fight of the year, Gwazela won with scores of 118-112, 118-111 and 117-113. The scores handed in by the judges was not a true reflection of the fight as the defending champion had Gwazela in trouble on numerous occasions. Both fighters battered away at each other throughout as Mboyane faded in the middle rounds that cost him the fight. At the end both fighters showed damage from the fight with the champion bleeding from a cut over the right eye and Gwazela finishing with a bump on his head. Gwazela improved his record to 20-6, 14 KOs and Mboyane dropped to 13-8-2, 7 KOs.
“A country boy can survive.” For two-time UFC® welterweight champion Matt Hughes, those words echoed by singer Hank Williams Jr. don’t just serve as his inspiration before big fights. For the 36-year-old native of Hillsboro, Ill., those are words to live by. (more…)
After airing episodes for the first time this May, ESPN2 will continue to televise ESPN.com’s produced and distributed weekly MMA Live series dedicated to news, highlights and analysis from the sport of mixed martial arts through August, 2010. ESPN2 will continue to provide the first airing of the weekly MMA Live series Fridays at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday at 10 p.m. PT) with the ESPN.com version, featuring additional content, available shortly after the ESPN2 telecast. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (9-1, 6 KOs) returns on July 23 against mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (22-0, 14 KOs) at the Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, California. The fight was confirmed to Fightnews.com by the General Director of K2 Promotions Ukraine Alexander Krassyuk.
By Robert Coster
Luis Lazarte’s story is an improbable tale that makes one believe that dreams do come true – if you believe enough in them. Saturday night in Argentina, hometown hero Lazarte, 39, became a world champion in his sixth try for a world crown. Lazarte (47-9-1, 18 KOs) became the IBF light flyweight champion by defeating Carlos Tamara by split decision. A pro for 14 years, the Argentinian veteran had been unsuccessful in previous title bids in three divisions: versus Kermin Guardia L12 (WBO light-flyweight title) 10/30/1999, Pongsaklek Wonjongkam KO2 (WBC flyweight title) 12/6/2001, Omar Narvaez DQ10 (WBO flyweight title) 9/13/2002, Edgar Sosa DQ10 (WBC light flyweight title) 9/26/2007, Daniel Reyes L12 (WBO minimumweight interim title) 7/17/2008. Before his unusual feat, the bald and wrinkled Lazarte, a street sweeper by profession, had mentioned that win or lose he would probably retire from boxing. Whether he does or not, Luis Lazarte made history Saturday night.
In his pro debut, highly regarded Top Rank light heavyweight Mike Lee (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Emmitt Woods (0-4-1, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavillion in Chicago. Scores were 40-36 on all cards. The 22-year-old Lee, a three-time Notre Dame boxing champion, was unbeaten as a fighter at Notre Dame and following that was a gold medalist in the 2009 Chicago Golden Gloves. He has already received substantial national press before his debut. Click here for more photos.
WBA interim lightweight champion Miguel Acosta of Venezuela (27-3-2, 21 KOs) upset previously unbeaten WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (25-1, 17 KOs) by way of sixth round knockout. The bout took place Saturday in Moses’ native land at the Kalahari Sands Hotel in Windhoek, Namibia. more photos
Postfight presser by Anthony Springer Jr.
After Quinton Jackson (30-8) boldly declared that “Suga” Rashad Evans (15-1-1) would see the most dangerous “Rampage,” the former UFC light heavyweight champion and star of the upcoming A-Team admitted what everyone already knew.
“Ring rust is a factor.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Athens 2004 heavyweight olympian Adam Forsyth (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a knockout over Tongan Walter Pupu’a (11-7, 6 KOs) in round one at the Macedonian Cultural Centre in Balcatta, Western Australia on Saturday. Referee Gary Ingraham crowned Forsyth the winner at 2:05. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
“Suga” Rashad Evans (arguably) won the war of words, won The Ultimate Fighter and now, owns a victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. In one of the most highly anticipated bouts in UFC history, Evans went back to his wrestling roots, while keeping Jackson off balance to earn the lopsided win. Evans rocked Jackson with a right hand that seemed to set the tone for the bout. Jackson—known as a knockout artist—returned the favor, stunning Evans in the final frame but was unable to seal the deal. Evans battled back from the brink of defeat, taking “Rampage” down in the second half of the final round to clinch the win. The judges scored the bout 30-27 (twice) and 29-28
In the night’s co-main event, Michael “The Count” Bisping defeated Dan Miller via unanimous decision. The staredown between the pair—which saw Bisping go nose to nose with Miller—packed as much action as the bout. Bisping used superior striking to keep Miller off balance. The judges scored the bout 30-27(twice) and 29-28.
Mike Russow knocked out Todd Duffee in the third round.
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira earned a controversial split decision victory over Nebraska wrestler Jason Brilz.
John Hathaway defeated Diego Sanchez via unanimous decision in the night’s first main card bout.
Undefeated WBC #2 ranked featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (38-8-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tecate Arena at the Tecate Boxing Tour event in Guadalajara, Mexico. Burgos was in command throughout the fight and Castillo abruptly remained on his stool at the beginning of the eleventh round. With the win, Burgos (the nephew of ex-champ Victor Burgos) earned a shot at the WBC featherweight belt.
By Jason Ford at ringside
Cruiserweight Ross “The Boss” Thompson derailed former world champion Montell Griffin’s “Quest for 50” on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana. Thompson (27-14-2, 17 KOs) beat Griffin (49-8-1, 30 KOs) to the punch all night and was unlucky that the bout ended in a ten round draw. Scores were 96-94 Griffin, 97-93 Thompson and 95-95. Griffin, who turns 40 next week, was looking to cap off his successful career with his 50th professional victory against the Buffalo veteran in the main event of a show presented by Hitz Boxing.
Luis Lazarte (46-9-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina upset IBF junior flyweight champion Carlos Tamara (21-4, 15 KOs) of Colombia by split decision. on Saturday night at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was Lazarte’s 6th attempt to win a world title. No knockdowns were scored. The official judges scorecards were 115-113 and 116-112 for Lazarte and 115-113 for Tamara. Lazarte clearly won the fight and did not receive a home decision. He earned the victory. (more…)
Unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez (22-0-1, 15 KOs) defeated Rodrigo Juarez (15-12-1, 11 KOs) by round split decision in an eight round welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Centro de Espectaculos in León, Guanajuato, México. Scores were 78-77, 79-77 for Chavez, 78-77 for Juarez. The local fans were upset by the the decision and threw beer into the ring.
In the co-feature, former welterweight world champion José Luis “Maestrito” López (50-5-2, 28 KOs) stayed on his stool at the beginning of round six and lost by TKO to Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (21-3, 19 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. More results and photos…
Unbeaten WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBO #1 rated Zsolt Bedak (15-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Bedak held his own for the first four rounds, but Vazquez rocked him in round five and had him in trouble. Vazquez continued the assault in the sixth and dominated the rest of the way, finally dropping Bedak in the tenth and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:12.
Unbeaten WBO junior lightweight champion Román Martínez (24-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over WBO #10 rated Gonzalo Mungía (17-7-3, 13 KOs). Mungía was game, by “Rocky” had too much firepower, pummeling him to the canvas for the count. Time was 1:48. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Albert Sosnowski (45-3-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a huge crowd at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. A heavy favorite, Klitschko had to work harder than expected against a determined challenger.
Klitschko kept Sosnowski on the outside in round one. Another measured round for Klitschko in round two. Sosnowski landed a few shots in round three. Another workmanlike round for Klitschko in the fourth. Klitschko began to open up in the fifth punishing Sosnowski. More good work from Klitschko in the sixth, but Sosnowski remained game. Another round for Klitschko in the seventh, but Sosnowski backed him up on occasion. Sosnowski landed a good right in the eighth.
Klitschko had his best round of the fight so far in the ninth, landing numerous hard shots. Klitschko came out for the kill in the tenth, finally sending Sosnowski to the deck. Referee Jay Nady immediately waved it off saving the glassy-eyed challenger from further abuse. Time was 2:20. It was Klitschko’s fourth successful title defense. For more details and photos click here…
Willie ‘Big Bang’ Casey won the Prizefighter Super-Bantamweights title after a night of action, drama and controversy at London’s York Hall. Casey, 28, from Limerick, Ireland, claimed the £32,000 winner’s prize with a unanimous points victory over Scottish substitute Paul McElhinney. McElhinney got his chance in the final after Welshman Ricky Owen was left in tears after a bad cut sustained during his semi-final win denied him a final appearance. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Opening today’s Klitschko-Sosnowski pay-per-view telecast will be unbeaten Balkan cruiserweight Nenad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs), who will be tested by Raymond Ochieng (21-10-3, 17 KOs). Borovcanin is looking to capture the European cruiserweight belt this year.
Next up will be WBC #7 heavyweight Johnathon Banks (24-1, 17 KOs) defending his NABF title against Jason Gavern (19-7-3, 8 KOs). Gavern earned this high profile fight by defeating then WBC #8 rated Manny “El Toro” Quezada in April. Can Gavin pull off a second straight shocker?
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be making the fourth defense in his second WBC title reign. Since returning from a four year retirement, Vitali has defeated Samuel Peter, Juan Carlos Gomez, Chris Arreola and Kevin Johnson. Challenger Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) is coming off a win over Olympian Paolo Vidoz for the European championship.
The pay-per-telecast begins at 3PM ET/noon PT on both cable and satellite via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network in the United States, as well as Bell TV, Shaw PPV and Viewer’s Choice in Canada. Suggested price is $24.95.
Matt Hughes is probably tired of me bringing up this topic (you can even see it as the lead to the defining moments piece linked below), but as the two-time welterweight champion celebrates his induction into the UFC Hall of Fame tonight, I couldn’t help but remind him of his words to me the first time I interviewed him in 2001 before his Extreme Challenge bout against Chatt Lavender . . . Cick here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Karl Freitag
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) will be sporting a new look when he defends his title against Albert Sosnowski today on PPV at 3PM ET/noon PT. Vitali will enter the ring with a beard for the first time in his career. Although it doesn’t look half-bad, the champion says he plans to shave it off after the fight because he wants to look neat when he is presented with a medal of honor in Kiev next week. As for Sosnowski, Vitali stated, “My KO ratio is 97%, therefore my chances of winning are at 97%.” Vitali has the highest KO rate of any champion in heavyweight history, although his KO rate actually went down to 94.8% after survival-minded Kevin Johnson went the full twelve in his last fight. Sosnowski has vowed that he will attack Klitschko in any way possible and become the first Polish heavyweight champion. A large contingent of Polish fans are expected to be among the 60,000+ on hand at the Veltins Arena, in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
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Former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin and Hitz Boxing Founder Bobby Hitz pose together at the weigh-in prior to tomorrow night’s “Quest for 50” event at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Griffin will be vying for his 50th career victory in the main event against Buffalo’s Ross “The Boss” Thompson.
Montell Griffin 179.6 vs. Ross Thompson 192.5
Henry Coyle 155 vs. Marcus Luck 156
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Click here for a special feature on Irish junior middleweight Henry Coyle…
By Chris Perry at ringside
Former WBO heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-5, 45 KOs) scored his second first round KO in less than a week on Friday night at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. This time it took Briggs 98 seconds to demolish Rob Calloway (70-12-2, 57 KOs). Briggs dropped Calloway three times before the bout was waved off. Briggs knocked out Dominique Alexander in 20 seconds last Saturday night in New York City.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Adam Seal (8-1, 7 KOs) scored an upset fifth round TKO over veteran Daniel Judah (23-6-3, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off at the 2:40 mark.
Puerto Rico will have two of their world champions defending their titles tonight May 29th at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (18-0-1, 15 KOs) will be defending against unbeaten Universum-promoted Zsolt Bedak (15-0, 5 KOs) in the 12 round main event. Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) will defend against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs). A large capacity crowd is anticipated to be on hand to support their two world champions. Where some fighters may see this as pressure, Vázquez Jr. and Martínez don’t see it that way at all. (more…)
Two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan (33-5-2, 20 KOs) of Argentina stopped Jailer Berrio of Colombia (19-6, 11 KOs) in round five to win the vacant WBC Latino welterweight title. Berrio scored well early and gave Lujan trouble but never seriously hurt him. The tide turned in round four beginning with a flash knockdown scored by Lujan. Berrio beat the count easily but Lujan charged him immediately and landed a vicious left hook that put him down again. Berrio managed to beat the count and was saved by the bell. Lujan swarmed Berrio with a volume of punches at the beginning of round five and again put him down. Berrio beat the count but more of the same followed seconds later and when Berrio went down again the referee stopped the fight without a count. The bout took place at the Estadio U.T.N. in Santa Fe, Santa Fe, Argentina. The event was presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Arano Box Producciones
In the 10 round co-featured WBC Latino lightweight title bout Marcelino Nicolas Lopez (18-0, 7 KOs) of Argentina edged countryman Alberto Santillan (16-5, 5 KOs) by majority decision. The bout was closely contested with both fighters having their moments. No knockdowns were scored though both fighters had the other hurt in the bout. The official scores were 97-94 and 96-94 for Lopez. The other judge had it even at 95-95.
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