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Super bantamweight Jose Nieves (18-2-3, 8 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-5-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBO Latino belt on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Most rounds were close with Nieves won by scores of 116-110, 116-112 on two cards while Vargas was up 115-113 on the third card.
Earlier unbeaten lightweight Darley Perez (20-0, 15 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (23-10, 8 KOs). Reyes hurt Perez in round four, but otherwise Perez was in control winning 79-73 on all cards.
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/StephanieTrapp.com
Unbeaten super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over over former world challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant USBO title on Friday night at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Quillin repeatedly connected with clean right hands to the face of Brinkley, prompting referee Joe Cortez to wave it off. Time was 2:34.
Lightweight Lonnie Smith (13-2-2, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over David Rodela (15-4-4, 6 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Click here for more photos…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In the main event, Carlos Molina followed up his surprising draw with Erislandy Lara back in March with a 7th round stoppage of Allen Conyers at Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Molina (18-4-2, 6KOs) dominated from the opening bell and pummeled Conyers (12-5) throughout their scheduled 10 round Jr. Middleweight affair. Molina went down in the 4th but that was due to more of a slip than a punch and the Mexican dominated the rest of the way. With Conyers wilting, Molina smashed him with a right cross which prompted referee Tony Weeks to rescue Conyers at the 2:09 mark in round seven.
Lightweight Hylon WIlliams Jr. (14-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated as he thoroughly outboxed Marcos Herrera (6-5-1, 2 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 77-75.
Heavyweight Glendy Hernandez (7-0, 3 KOs) won a lfour round unanimous decision over Ken Frank (4-2-1, 2 KOs). The 287lb Frank’s nearly 50lb weight advantage didn’t help as Hernandez won 39-37, 39-37, 40-36.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao runs thru a comedy skit about proper food and fitness with Norm Macdonald host of “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California on Friday. The segment will air next Tuesday on Comedy Central. Pacquiao is at the Wildcard preparing for his upcoming WBO welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions,Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions,Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. Click here for photos of Pacquiao’s workout…
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
With the presence of the WBC president Jose Sulaiman, former world champion and president of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya and others celebrities of the boxing media, newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, officially received his green and gold WBC belt.
After the presentation took place, the official weigh-in for the WBC light flyweight championship fight on tomorrow night’s gala at the Texcoco Coliseum took place with Gilberto Keb weighing in at 108 pounds and Adrian Hernandez scaling in at 106. (more…)
Carlos Takam (23-1, 19 KOs) stopped Gbenga Oloukun (19-7, 12 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title. Takam dropped Oloukun 3 times in round 6 and Oloukun didnt answer the bell for round 7.
Sophie Mathis (23-1, 20 KOs)TKO’d Duda Yankovich (11-2, 5 KOs) in round 3 to win the vacant WBO European welterweight title.
The event took place at the Espace Roger Boisrame, Pontault Combault, Seine-et-Marne, France. Joseph Germain promoted the event with Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
Photo: SES Boxing
“Finally a big fight in my hometown,” said European champion Lukas Kocecny (46-3, 22) KOs) at today in Usti. On May 27th 2011 the reigning champion of the SES boxing stable will step into the ring in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic and defend his Euro title at super welterweight. It will be his first mandatory title defense since winning the title last year. He is challenged by #1 EBU rated Hussein Hayram (34-3, 19 KOs). Against the Frenchman he will not only jeopardize his belt but also show that he is the real champion and remain on the throne of Europe. (more…)
Chris Middendorf’s United Boxers returns on Saturday, May 21st at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, Maryland, for their second event. Headlining the second show are the Brothers Taylor, Maxell and Emanuel, along Jessie Nicklow in separate bouts. The undercard will feature a trio of Maryland’s finest undefeated prospects including welterweight James Stevenson, cruiserweight Nick Kisner and light heavyweight Dale Robeson-El.
“There is an incredible base of talent here, from the 15 year olds in the tremendous amateur programs to the strong young fighters on this card, to the fighters already making names for themselves nationally; Seth Mitchell, Gary Russell Jr., Alexander Johnson and Alantez Fox” said Middendorf. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Raúl García 105 vs. Rommel Asenjo 105
(WBO mini flyweight championship)
Ramón García 108 vs. Jesús Geles 108
(WBO minimum weight championship)
Rodrigo Guerrero 126.5 vs. Leopoldo Rocha 127
Venue: Foro Polanco, Cd. de México
Promotor: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel is in Mexico City to present featherweight champion Olando “Siri” Salido with his WBO belt. Also on hand were WBO execs Rafael López Santos and Luis Pérez, Top Rank’s Sean Gibbons and Zanfer’s Aldo Barba. Salido won the belt with an upset stoppage of Juanma Lopez. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source informed that three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is mulling over a $5 million offer for a possible third bout with Manny Pacquiao. “At this moment we have not received anything from Juan Manuel Marquez,” Golden Boy publicist Ramiro Gonzalez told Televisa Deportes. “We have no comment about something we don’t have or know, so we have no news because there is nothing in reality.” Although Marquez’ promotional contract with Golden Boy has expired, Golden Boy retains the right to match offers up to February 2012. Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, is in Mexico City today with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, who will receive his WBC belt.
The boxing ring. The halls of Congress. The recording studio… And now, the basketball court! See Manny Pacquiao’s hoops skills in a bonus video from this week’s episode of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley. Episode 3 premieres Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on CBS
Pacquiao’s first U.S. single, a remake of Dan Hill 1977 hit Sometimes When We Touch, sung with Dan Hill, was released on Thursday. It sold out within 12 hours on Amazon.com which promptly reordered more to satisfy worldwide demand. It is also available on iTunes (preview at www.mannysings.com.)
All New Start Time Tomorrow Night For UFC 129 – LIVE at 9pm ET / 6pm PT: Featuring Georges St-Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title against Jake Shields, Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick in the UFC’s first-ever featherweight championship bout, and Hall of Famer Randy Couture taking on former 205-lb. champ Lyoto Machida – 9pm ET / 6pm PT LIVE on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV
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Jose Nieves 121.5 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 122
Darley Perez 134 vs. Jose “El Gallo” Reyes 136
Enrique Rios 122 vs. Alfredo Garcia 119
Philip Penson 174 vs. Jose Laguer 176
Hairon Socarras 125 vs. Kenneth Calvente 125
Aaron Chavez 130 vs. Cesar Cisnero 132
Michael Mendez 147 vs. Juan Aguirre 150
Larry Yanez 137 vs. Jose Rivera 136
Sean Bennet 233 vs. Jayce Monroe 243
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
Photo and story by: Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA Super World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm has a tough task ahead of him. On June 25, he will face dangerous power puncher Matthew Macklin from Ireland at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany in his tenth title defense. “Macklin is the European champion and ranked third by the WBA. He is dangerous and a great challenge,” Sturm acknowledged. “But I will be ready for him and won’t leave any doubts in the ring.” more + photos
Due to the death of 47-year-old Wendall Granville, long time friend and partner in his non-profit charity: Fres Oquendo Boxing Academy, Fres Oquendo has decided to remove himself from the May 7 Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament. Oquendo, who was considered by many as a strong favorite to win the competition, just received the news about his friend’s passing. “My first phone call was to WBA heavyweight champion David Haye to inform him of the news, He was extremely supportive and said the decision was up to Fres,” said Oquendo’s manager Tom Tsatas, Oquendo also has the full support and understanding of his promoters John Wirt of Square Ring Promotions and Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing.
“The sudden loss of a friend is devastating and I am in deep shock, Wendell helped get me off the streets when I was a knucklehead and stuck with me through all the malaise of boxing for nearly 20 years all the way to helping me make the FOBA come to fruition. I feel I should to be here with his family and partake in any arrangements the family will make this upcoming week. I’d thank my friend David Haye and my team for their support,” stated Oquendo.
No comebacks are being planned by two-time WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz. “The Quietman” says he’s enjoying retirement by spending time with his family in Las Vegas, but he is also planning to stay involved in boxing with the opening of his boxing gym in the Boston area, as well as starting a consulting agency, “Quietman Sports,” along with his longtime attorney and advisor, Boston Attorney Anthony M. Cardinale. (more…)
IBF #5-rated contender Tim “Pitbull” Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) was in a foul mood at the weigh-in for tomorrow night’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from the deck of the Boulevard Pool at ultra-luxurious The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Coleman will face Sonora, Mexico’s Sergio Rivera (16-6-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout on the undercard of the Carlos Molina vs. Allen Conyers main event. (more…)
Hall-of-Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has postponed King Arthur Abraham’s departure to the USA since Dan Goossen and the Californian Boxing Commission have failed to take action in the row over the officials. In the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-finals, Arthur Abraham was scheduled to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. As stated previously, Sauerland will not let Abraham travel to the USA before the Californian Commission honours the existing agreement over neutral officials. “Contrary to what Dan Goossen said and contrary to what has been agreed upon by all parties, the Californian Commission still insists on appointing a Californian referee and a Californian judge,” Sauerland said. “It is a shame that the completion of a high-profile global sporting event such as the Super Six tournament is being jeopardized by a promoter and his ridiculous attempts to protect his fighter. Goossen is using exactly the same tactics he did before the Kessler-Ward fight. He is playing dumb and he pretends to be in the dark about the Commission’s nominations. We have protested their decision to appoint a Californian referee because the contracts, which have been signed by Goossen and Ward, clearly state that he should be neither from the USA nor Europe. Most certainly the third man in the ring should not be one of Goossen´s neighbours from California!”
Sauerland underlined that unless the Californian Commission honours the existing agreement, Arthur Abraham will not leave Germany. “This issue needs to be sorted, that’s the bottom line. It’s ridiculous. We are not sure why Goossen and his friends are playing these tricks on us. Ward is the favourite and he is fighting at home. But maybe it has occurred to them that Arthur has the power to knock Ward out with one single punch. Maybe Goossen has realised that this time he can only protect Ward by blocking this fight to get a free trip to the final.”
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