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WBO #10 ranked welterweight Diego Chaves (15-0, 12 KOs) of Argentina defeated Jeferson Goncalo (22-9-3, 12 KOs) of Brazil to retain his WBO Latino welterweight title. The bout was fought at an intense pace from beginning to end with Chaves rocking the resilient Goncalo on several occasions. Chaves staggered Goncalo badly into the ropes with a barrage of punches in round 5 and the referee issued a standing 8 count. In the end the official judges scorecards read 120-108, 120-107, and 120-107 all in favor to Chaves. The event took place at the Club Los Indios, Moreno in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Mario Margossian promoting.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale
Photo by Joe Cordova
From the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. at UFC 117: Losing nearly every round against challenger Chad Sonnen, UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva retained his title with a win by tapout in the fifth and final round. Controlling four of five rounds, Sonnen was on his way to victory when Silva sank in an armbar, forcing the tapout at 3:10 of the fifth.
In the co-main event, a lackluster fight, Jon Fitch defeated Thiago Alves by unanimous decision with scores of 30-37 x 3, opening the doors for a possible rematch with welterweight champ Georges St. Pierre.
In other results: Clay Guida stopped Rafael Dos Anjos at 1:51 of round three by tapout; former champ Matt Hughes won with a technical submission over Ricardo Almeida at 3:15 of round one; Junior Dos Santos won a unanimous decision over Roy Nelson, scores of 30-27 twice and 30-26; Rick Story TKO’d Dustin Hazelett at 1:15 of round two; Phil Davis won by unanimous decision over Rodney Wallace; Johnny Hendricks TKO’d Charlie Brenneman at :40 of round two; Tim Boetsch decisioned Todd Brown, scores of 29-28 x 3; Stefan Struve TKO’d Christian Morecraft at :22 of round one; and Dennis Hallman scored a unanimous decision over Ben Saunders, 29-28, 30-27 and 29-28. Stay tuned for a full report and gallery tomorrow.
Photo by Miguel Gonzalez
WBA #14 junior flyweight contender and former world champion Manuel ‘Chango’ Vargas (28-5-1, 13 KOs) won when WBC #8 Michael Arango (30-9-3, 24 KOs) could not come out for round six in a flyweight bout on Saturday night in the main event of the Tecate Boxing Tour’s stop in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The card took place in a special arena that was built outside of the Hector Espino baseball stadium.
In the co-feature, unbeaten bantamweight prospect Juan ‘Gallito’ Estrada (14-0, 12 KOs) impressively stopped former national Mexican champion Carlos Rodriguez (16-8-3, 5 KOs) in round two. Time was 2:52.
Unbeaten jr featherweight prospect Roberto Marroquin (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a TKO over Jesus Quintero (8-5-2, 4 KOs) at 1:40 of round three. Marroquin, from Dallas, trained for weeks with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California before the fight.
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Undefeated WBC/IBF junior welterweight champ Devon Alexander (21-0, 13 KOs) won a harder then expected twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Andriy Kotelnik (31-4, 13 KOs) in front of 9000+ hometown fans at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis. Kotelnik gave Alexander all he could handle in a brutal fight. Alexander was busier, but Kotelnik landed the cleaner shots. In the end, all three judges had it 116-112 for Alexander. After the fight Alexander said he wants Tim Bradley next.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Underdog Reynaldo Lopez (31-8-3, 22 KOs) needed just 81 seconds to destroy former WBO bantamweight champion Mauricio Martinez (35-10-1, 23 KOs) in a battle for the New York State super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Arena in Brooklyn, New York. Lopez floored Martinez three times in the abbreviated encounter, all with right hands.
Unbeaten super middleweight Lennox Allen (12-0-1, 7 KOs) and spoiler Darnell Boone (17-15-3, 7 KOs) fought to a methodical eight round draw. Scores were 78-74 Allen and 76-76 twice
Featherweight Gary Stark Jr. (23-3, 8 KOs) barely got past journeyman Leopoldo Arocha (10-13-2, 6 KOs), taking a majority decision by scores of 57-57, 58-56, 58-57. Arocha was docked a point for a low blow in round four. Click here for full report…
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Note: Floyd Mayweather Jr., rumored to be possibly working with promoter Don King, is in the house.
In a good action fight, undefeated IBF light heavyweight titleholder Tavoris Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) had to work hard to defeat former light heavyweight champ Glen Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. The champion just a little too strong and too energetic for the 41-year-old Johnson, who gave a game effort. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
In a shocker, Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs) became the IBF Junior Middleweight Champion in stopping Cory “The Next Generation” Spinks (37-6, 11KOs) at 1:28 in the 5th round. The new champion battered Spinks around the ring for the majority of the contest. “K9” began the fight with constant pressure and never let off the gas in dispatching the former champ. Early in the 5th round, Spinks spun out of a corner and attempted to elude Bundrage, but slipped and and fell thru ropes to the apron. Upon resumption of the round, Bundrage moved forward and began to batter Spinks eventually knocking him down. At the count of nine, Spinks rose to his feet and when Referee Mark Nelson motioned to Spinks to follow him. The referee, not pleased with Spinks’ look, waved his arms, bringing the fight to a somewhat controversial conclusion. (more…)
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Looking like a new and improved fighter, El Paso’s Antonio Escalante handed journeyman Edel “Cuate” Ruiz one of the quickest losses of his 59-bout career. It didn’t take long for the 3,200-plus fight fans present at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center to notice the new skills learned by their hometown favorite, on last night’s Golden Boy Promotions card . . . Click here for more
After countless months of rumors and hype, Orangeville natives Logan Cotton-McGuinness (11-0-1, 5 KOs) and Buzz Grant (9-3, 4 KOs) are set to square-off in one of the most anticipated grudge matches in Ontario boxing history, Saturday, September 25 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, for the NABA lightweight title. The card, UNDISPUTED: RIVALS, is being promoted by United Promotions. Also on the card, two of Ontario ’s top prospects put their respective undefeated records on the line as Mississauga ‘s Sam “The Product” Vargas (4-0, 1 KO) will take on Orangeville’s Ryan Wagner (2-0, 1 KO). Tickets start at $25. Call 416-972-5000.
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone
That was the look on Holly Holm’s face and the question on 2,800 fight fans’ lips after less than two minutes of action, last night at the Hard Rock of Albuquerque.
No telling punches had landed. There was no blood, no falls to the canvas and no fouls committed, yet something had brought Holm’s challenger, Jaime Clampitt, to her knees, then onto her back where she writhed in pain, shortly before the bell would’ve clanged to complete round one . . . Click here for more
By Bob Ryder
Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns and Brian “The Lion” Mihtar will square off in a 10 round middleweight contest on October 9 as the feature attraction across the river from Detroit at the Caesars Windsor Casino, Windsor, Canada. Hearns with a record of 25-1, 19 KO’s will bring in decided advantages in height and reach while Mihtar at 13-1, 10 KO’s will be seeking to test his taller opponent’s chin. An intriguing match-up with lots of interest for Detroit area fans of each man. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian warrior, undefeated Devis Boschiero (27-0, 12 KOs) became the new National 130 lbs champion yesterday night at the Risorgimento Central Square in Avezzano, Italy, after scoring a spectacular ninth round KO over local idol and co-challenger Ivan Fiorletta (24-7-2, 7 KOs). It was a tough and entertaining bout, both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with screaming fans standing on their feet in a ‘Mexican battle’ atmosphere. (more…)
WBC Super-Middleweight Champion Mikkel Kessler took a brief timeout from his busy training schedule in Berlin this week to visit Germany’s top Ice Hockey team, Eisbären Berlin. The Viking Warrior will return to the ring on September 25 when he takes on Allan Green in their decisive Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 clash. The fight will serve as the grand opening of the state-of-the-art MCH Multiarena in Herning. Since this summer, gifted Danish ice-hockey international Mads Christensen plays for Berlin, and he showed his countryman his skills during a brief training session on the ice. Kessler returned the favour by teaching Mads some light punching combinations which “might be useful on the ice.” (more…)
Photo by Armando Angulo
Wilberth “Hurricane” Uicab (29-5-1, 18 KOs) retained his NABF flyweight title when William de Sousa (15-13-1, 13 KOs) didn’t come out for round three on Friday night at the Gimnasio Sport City in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Official time was :10 of round three. Uicab was in command from the beginning and landed some heavy blows in round two. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Chris Martin upset promising bantamweight Chris Avalos in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature, Lateef Kayode knocked out Alfredo Escalera, Jr. to remain undefeated at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.
Usually going by the nickname of “The San Diego Kid,” Martin changed his moniker to “Marvelous” for this fight against Chris “The Hitman” Avalos to symbolize his belief that he’d defeat Avalos, much like “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler defeated Tommy “Hitman” Hearns in 1985. Although Avalos-Martin didn’t play out quite as brutally as Hagler-Hearns, Martin (19-0-2), of San Diego, Calif., proved to be the better fighter for much of their 10-round distance bout. The split decision was scored 98-92 and 97-93 for Martin and 98-94 for Avalos, though the fans and telecast announcers were audibly surprised that Avalos won the card of judge John Mariano of Hugo, Minn. (more…)
Mauricio Martinez 121.5 vs Reynaldo Lopez 122
(New York State super bantamweight title)
Gary Stark Jr. 126 vs Leopoldo Arocha 127
Lennox Allen 167 vs Darnell Boone 164.5
Joe Smith Jr. 172.5 vs Eddie Caminero 172
Joselito Collado 128 vs Andres Ledesma 129
Mike Ruiz 147.5 vs Noel Garcia 145.5
Andy Mejias 167 vs Juan Zapata 166.5
Promoter: Havoc Boxing Promotions
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex, Brooklyn, NY
First Bell: 7PM
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a clash of unbeaten bantamweights, “The San Diego Kid” Chris Martin (19-0-2, 5 KOs) surprised world-ranked Chris Avalos (16-1, 13 KOs), taking a ten round split decision on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Martin simply outboxed the bigger punching Avalos, compiling a 98-92, 97-93 advantage on two cards. The other card was bizarrely 98-94 for Avalos.
Undefeated Freddie Roach-trained cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode (13-0, 12 KOs) scored his 12th consecutive knockout against Alfredo Escalera, Jr. (18-3-1, 12 KOs), the son and namesake of the former world champion. Kayode dominated the fight and got the stoppage after dropping Escalera at the end of round eight. The bout was officially stopped at :01 of round nine.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
From the Hard Rock of Albuquerque: In the shortest fight of her career, Holly Holm (28-1-3, 8 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Jaime Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs), of Canada/Rhode Island. After a somewhat tentative round, Clampitt suddenly sunk to her knees and rolled onto her back at the 10-second warning bell, clutching her right shoulder. Unable Clampitt unable to continue, due to dislocated shoulder, Holm picked up the TKO win, since there was no foul committed. (more…)
Photos: John Booz
Welterweight Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Harrison Cuello (19-13-3, 14 KOs) at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Prescott, best known for his spectacular first round knockout of current world champion Amir Khan in 2008, scored a knockdown in round nine and went on to a 98-91, 99-90, 99-90 win.
Comebacking Chicago heavyweight Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) could only manage an eight round majority draw against Gary Gomez (18-11-2, 7 KOs). Scores were 77-75 Mollo and 76-76 twice. The draw snapped Gomez’ four fight losing streak. (more…)
Fresh off of a February victory over Miguel “Mickey” Roman that has garnered 2010 Fight of the Year buzz, WBA/WBO #2 ranked Antonio Escalante (23-2, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over Edel “Cuate” Ruiz (31-23-5, 20 KOs) on Friday night at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. A body shot finished Ruiz at the 1:52 mark. (more…)
By Jim Jenkins (Sacramento Bee)
Super bantamweight Michael Franco, a hot prospect out of Riverside, Calif., continues to train at a feverish pace in anticipation of his extending his unbeaten record in a featured eight-rounder Aug. 20 at Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz. The 23-year-old Franco (16-0, 11 KOs), who has put away his last three opponents and has four stoppages of two rounds or less, will be facing veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-14-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico on the Telefutura telecast. (more…)
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