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By Joe Koizumi
Former champ Koji Sato (15-1, 13 KOs), 160, Japan, regained the OPBF middleweight belt as he earned a close but unanimous decision (116-113 twice and 115-113) over defending titlist Tetsuya Suzuki (23-8, 15 KOs), 159.75, a compatriot southpaw peek-a-boo stylist, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Sato had to automatically forfeit his OPBF belt due to the OPBF rules and regulations before he had an ambitious but unsuccessful crack at the WBA 160-pound belt against Felix Strum in Germany this April. After his relinquishment Suzuki acquired the vacant throne by defeating Korean champ Pilsung Oh. Sato had a tough time coping with the tight-guarded champ, though he was slightly leading on all cards of the judges after the eighth based on the open scoring system. Suzuki dominated the ninth and tenth, but Sato was in command down the stretch in the last two sessions to confirm his triumph. Promoter: Shinko Promotions.
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In a fierce battle of wills between two determined, unbeaten fighters, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) retained his WBO junior welterweight title with an impressive, one-sided 12-round decision over Lamont Peterson (27-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of a world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature, WBC)/WBA 115-pound champion Vic Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, regained his winning ways with a devastating second-round knockout over challenger Thomas Rojas (31-12-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Japanese 122 pounder Kenichi Yamaguchi (16-1-2, 4 KOs) captured the WBO Asia Pacific title when he was awarded a twelve round points victory over Australian-based Filipino Robert Lerio (14-8-1, 4 KOs) at the Italian Club, North Perth, Western Australia on Saturday. Referee Gary Ingraham deducted two points from Lerio for low punches. Scores at the conclusion Ben Keilty 117-109, Carl Zappia 115-110, Gary Ingraham 114-112. Yamaguchi boxed world rated featherweight Billy Dib in a controversial bout in Sydney in July that resulted in a no contest in round one. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Nicaraguan challenger, ambitious and eloquent Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs) arrived in Japan on Friday, a week before his crack at the WBC bantam throne against Hozumi Hasegawa, making his tenth defense. The 27-year-old aspirant, accompanied by his manager Silvio Conrado, said before press people at the Itami domestic airport. “I know Hasegawa scored his last four defenses all by quick knockouts. If he comes on fighting, I’ll fight toe-to-toe. If he boxes, I’ll also box. Anyway, the winner and new WBC champion will be me. I’ll bring back the world championship belt.” Perez started training from Saturday noon, and he showed he would have no weight problem as he was close to the 118-pound limit after his workout for two hours. The Nicaraguan looked to have a good condition before his title shot at the World Memorial Gymnasium in Kobe city. Good enough, the arena and the gym are just five minutes walk from his hotel respectively.
In an impressive performance UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn outclassed Diego Sanchez over five rounds en route to opening a large gash over his opponents left eye ending the fight via TKO in the fifth and final round. Round one saw Penn nearly end the fight after landing a crushing right hand to the chin of his opponent followed by a swarm of punches. In the second and third rounds Sanchez tried in vain to take Penn to the canvas but could not find any success. The fourth round saw Penn begin to land hard combinations on the challenger and Sanchez’s face was badly swollen as a result. The final round saw Penn drill a right head kick into the face of Sanchez that opened an enormous gash over his left eye. The fight was stopped at 2:37 of the final round. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
WBO junior welterweight champion and hometown hero Timothy Bradley Jr. (25-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO interim junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (27-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Bradley dropped Peterson in round three with a right hand and overcame a game effort by Peterson to win by scores of 118-110, 119-108, 120-107.
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (33-2-1, 26 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (32-11-1, 22 KOs). A good action fight ended when Darchinyan connected with a straight left that put Rojas down for the count at the 2:54 mark. For more details and photos click here…
By Jacob Chavez and Jason Ford at ringside
Junior welterweight Paulie Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KOs) gained revenge against Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs), taking a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. All three judges scored it 116-111. Malignaggi was erroneously credited with a knockdown in round ten by referee Gino Rodriguez. Diaz had won a controversial decision over Malignaggi in August.
Welterweight Victor Ortiz (25-2-1, 20 KOs) returned from his loss to Marcos Maidana with a seventh round TKO over veteran Antonio Diaz (45-6-1, 27 KOs). Ortiz dropped Diaz in round three and the bout ended between rounds six and seven when Diaz could not continue due to a bad cut over his left eye. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Kevin Johnson (22-1-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Vitali pressed the action and threw most of the power punches, but had trouble catching the crafty Johnson cleanly. Johnson was essentially a one-armed fighter as he relied almost exclusively on his jab. Klitschko became more dominant as the bout progressed, with the late rounds going all Vitali’s way. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. Johnson became only the second fighter to go the full twelve with Vitali, the other being Timo Hoffmann. For more results and photos galore, click here…
By Travis Landon
Sacramento super middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (9-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated by defeating the usually durable Victor Villereal (8-5-2, 4 KOs) by TKO in the fourth round on Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Gonzales worked behind a sharp jab and floored Villereal in the first round. Gonzales was cut by an accidental headbutt in the second round, however continued throwing sharp combinations. In the fourth round Gonzales floored Villereal again, then in the final minute of the round hurt Villereal against the ropes and the referee stopped the fight at 2:55.
Local favorite Derek Hinkey (8-2, 7 KOs) dropped a six round split decision to 20-year-old Paul Mendez (3-1, 0 KOs), the scores were 57-56, 58-56 for Mendez and 57-56 for Hinkey in what was the fight of the night.
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
On a frigid Friday night on December 11th in Westminster, Maryland, over two thousand fans braved the sub freezing temperatures outside to enter the Agricultural Center and root their local USBO light heavyweight champion Mark “TNT” Tucker onto a potential victory against George “El Gallo” Armenta in the ten round main event of the evening. There were a few tense moments in this grueling bout, but in the end Tucker (13-0, 7 KOs) was able to box his way to a very close unanimous decision victory over Armenta (13-5, 11 KOs) by scores of 96-94 x 2 and 98-92 respectively to retain the USBO light heavyweight title. In the co-feature of the evening, Jamar “Da Truth” Freeman of Eldersburg, Maryland settled a local super middleweight trilogy with a one sided six round unanimous decision victory over Silver Springs, Maryland’s Omar Sims by scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Ricky Hatton was interviewed on the Fenech Fight Night Foxtel televised boxing promotion at the Roundhouse – University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia. “The manner in which I ended my defeat (to Pacquiao) is not really the way I would like to bow out,” Hatton said. “I’d like to bow out like Kostya did in an absolute war of a fight, a wonderful fight with great sportsmanship. I would be surprised if Kostya made a comeback. He is around the 40 mark now and he doesn’t need to (come back). (more…)
Most New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside as soon as they’re uttered or put to paper. Then again, Diego Sanchezhas never been one to follow the pack – in or out of the Octagon – so when he decided what 2009 had in store for him, he had every intention of making each goal a reality. And no, it wasn’t something as trivial as losing weight or learning how to balance his checkbook . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Promoter Yvon Michel called it one of the most courageous efforts he had seen in boxing. Sitting next to Jean Pascal who had both shoulders taped and slung up as beneath his robe, still in discomfort from the evenings proceedings “It was a tough fight, Adrian gave me a good fight; he’s a tough boxer and a tough fighter and a big puncher, but I’m a champion and I wanted to finish as a champion that’s why I gave it my all.” Pascal’s corner was forced to pop the fighter’s right shoulder back into place a total of three times, operating like an F-1 pit crew getting all the mechanics into place before he hit the canvas at break-neck speed. (more…)
By David Robinett
Before his scheduled 10-round heavyweight fight Friday night against young up-and-comer Nagy Aguilera, 40-year old Oleg Maskaev acknowledged the possibility that the next fight could be his last as he continued to press forward through the twilight of a 16-year professional boxing career. “I will see in the ring if I’m going to get hurt,” explained Maskaev. “If I’m not going to be able to do what I used to do, if I’m going to lose every time then it means Oleg has to retire.” Those words may turn out to be prophetic as Maskaev, with his family watching at ringside, suffered a shocking technical knockout at 1:54 of the first round at the hands of Aguilera at the Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, California. (more…)
Do you notice something as BJ Penn approaches the third defense of his lightweight championship this Saturday in Memphis against Diego Sanchez? It’s the sound of silence, of peace . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Bruised and swollen, Adrian Diaconu had little to say after his loss to Jean Pascal, other than he thought he had won the fight. Diaconu spat out his mouthpiece and ran across the ring with his arm raised as the fight ended, only to have the scorecards tell another story. American judges Richard Flaherty and Julie Lederman both saw Pascal winning the fight by scores of 118-110 and 117-111 while Claude Paquette of Montreal thought the same and ruled 117-111 for Pascal.
“My feeling is that in my soul, I did not lose this fight,” said Diaconu afterwards, still trying to piece together what happened. “My feeling is that I won about eight rounds, something like that. I won this fight, to me there’s something fishy, I really don’t want to talk about it. I’ve boxed for twenty years and this is my feeling.” (more…)
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion Ricky Hatton was special guest at the Foxtel Televised Fenech Fight Night Grange Gym promotion at the Roundhouse at University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday which featured leading Australian super middleweight Peter Mitrevski Jnr (21-6-1, 10 KOs) scoring an impressive four round stoppage of Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) of Fiji. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Dejan Zaveck from Slovenia stopped champion Isaac Hlatshwayo in the third round to win the IBF welterweight belt in sensational style at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Hlatshwayo (66.24 kg) who was making his first defence was stunned with a short left-right combination by the stocky Zaveck (66.46 kg) early in the first round and never really got back into the fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a blatant hometown decision South Africa’s Nkqubela Gwazela beat Nick Otieno from Kenya on a ten round majority points decision in a bantamweight contest at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Judges Simphiwe Mibini and Allen Matakane scored it 96-95 and 97-95 for Gwazela and judge Andile Matike had it 96-96. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
On the night that Victor Ortiz lost to hard-hitting Marcos Maidana, fight fans and boxing insiders claimed that Ortiz was not the same fighter as they had seen in previous fights. Gone was the aggressive, action fighter with the killer instinct to put fighters away, like he had done against Jeffrey Resto and Mike Arnaoutis. Instead, in the ring on that warm June night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles was a fighter who was not sure where he was after getting knocked down twice in that 12 round bout. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Young Dominican heavyweight Nagy Aguilera may have ended the career of former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev, (36-7, 27 KOs), scoring a first-round stoppage before Maskaev could even land a punch. Aguilera, (15-2, 10 KOs), dropped Maskaev early with a flurry of unanswered punches, then finished off a wobbly Maskaev with a big left hook that crumpled the Russian into the corner and forced referee Lou Moret to call it off at 1:54 of round one. The loss will certainly torpedo the WBC #2 Maskaev’s already planned world title eliminator against Ray Austin. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
In a local rematch of global proportions, Jean Pascal (26-1) retained his WBC light-heavyweight with a unanimous 118-110, 117-111, 117-111 decision over fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu (25-2) at the Bell Centre in Montreal before a crowd of 8,802 fans. This is the second defense for Pascal who utilized his speed and ring movement and bravely fought the last two rounds with one arm as he returned to his corner after the tenth round grimacing in pain with a separated shoulder. In fact his corner was forced to pop the shoulder back into place a total of three times on the night, the first time coming at the end of the third round. (more…)
Diary entry Friday, Dec. 11
“It’s one day before the fight and every thing is lining up exactly the way that I thought it would. The Klitschko brothers are up to their old tricks. Over the last few days, I’ve done a lot of media and at each event one of the Klitschko brothers has tried to get under my skin.
“At the open public workout on Thursday, I stole the show. I had a mob of people asking me for autographs and pictures everywhere I went and I spent hours and hours greeting fans. I think that made Vitali a little angry so when it was time for me to work out, he spent most of his time taunting me and trying to get me to take the bait. (more…)
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On Saturday night January 30th, Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack will take a big step towards realizing his dream in becoming world champion as he battles former World Light Heavyweight champion Glen Johnson in an IBF Light Heavyweight eliminator at The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The bout will be part of the big Shane Mosley – Andre Berto Welterweight unification card. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Winston Mathis 142 vs Andre Baker 142
Leshaun Blair 119 vs David Orosco 121
Clay Harvison 166 vs Valdez Eason 163
Cale Yarbrough 194 vs Anthony Mitchell 195
Matt Callahan 165 vs Khalif Ali (TBA)
Louis Franco 130 vs Shante Flemming 131
John Trigg 133 vs Jamar Saunders 132
Erix Quinteros 154 vs Timothy Hall 156
Venue: Center Stage Arena in Downtown Atlanta.
Promoter: Shea Bailey Promotions Inc. and KO Kings Productions
For Tickets: www.centerstage-atlanta.com $29,$39,$49,$59
Juan Diaz 138.4 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 138.6
(NABO junior welterweight title)
Victor Ortiz 144 vs. Antonio Diaz 144
Erislandy Lara 15.5 vs. Luciano Perez 155.5
Argenis Mendez 130 vs. Morris Chule 129.5
Jimmy Herrera 146 vs. Gustavo Palacios 148
Hylon Williams 137 vs. Humberto Tapia 137
Randall Bailey 148 vs. Germaine Sanders 146.5
Jermell Charlo 146.5 vs. Abdon Lozano 146.5
Ronald Hearns 154 vs. Shadrack Kipruto 154.5
Omar Figueroa 138.5 vs. Anthony Woods 137.5
Dominick Guinn 239 vs. Charles Davis 214
Darlington Agha 239 vs. Terry Adams 208
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: Golden Boy
A packed house attended Friday’s weigh in at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Lamont Peterson, who tipped the scales at 139 pounds, is looking to earn his first world title when he challenges Bradley for his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Welterweight crown tomorrow, Saturday, Dec. 12 LIVE on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Bradley weighed in at 138 pounds in front of a mostly pro-Bradley crowd, just minutes from where the champ grew up. For more details and photos click here…
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