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Welterweight contender Said Ouali, 27-4, began his comeback with a quick KO over journeyman Bryan Abraham, 6-18, at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah on Saturday night. Ouali, 146.5 pounds, used hand speed and power to floor Abraham, 144.5, twice in the first round. Ouali, fighting out of Las Vegas, ended the fight 35 seconds into round with a punch that sent Abraham halfway through the ropes. Nettles Nasser, one of Ouali’s trainers, said the boxer hopes to fight again in late July or September. He added that the Morocco native will fight any welterweight contender or champion. (more…)
By Gabirel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions
Jr middleweight Omar “Businessman” Chavez (30-2, 22 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Charly Navarro (23-7-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Both fighters had their moments, but in the end Chavez prevailed 96-94, 97-93 and 97-93. After the fight Chavez said he would stay at jr middleweight and hopes to land a spot on the undercard of the big Marquez-Bradley card in October.
In the co-feature, former super flyweight champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas (38-7, 27 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Fernando “Ferocito” Vargas (26-7-3, 17 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 99-90 and 100-89 all in favor Rosas.
Also, lightweight Raul Hinojosa (11-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Adalberto “Temible” Borquez (27-11-1, 24 KOs). Borquez was never in the fight going down in every round. photos
For over seven years, Anderson Silva was unbeatable. As he defended his UFC middleweight title for the 11th time Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, he appeared to believe it, dropping his hands and showboating against unbeaten challenger Chris Weidman. Next scene: a new champion, as Weidman took advantage of his opponent’s hubris, stunning Silva with a second round knockout that handed the Brazilian legend his first loss in 17 UFC fights . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 8 is live from Seattle on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more
By Johnny B’
Sad news to report. Former International Boxing Organization light heavyweight champion Lenny “The Rage” LaPaglia was found dead Saturday in his Illinois home. LaPaglia, who compiled a record of 36-9 with 33 KOs, was just 53. Details regarding funeral arrangements to follow.
With a change in scenery, living and camp wise, fight fans hoped to see the old Chris Leben return for his UFC 162 prelim bout with Andrew Craig Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. But instead, they got an old Chris Leben, as the 32-year-old middleweight veteran lost a three round split decision to Craig in his 21st Octagon appearance. Scores were 29-28, 30-27, and 28-29 for Craig, who improves to 9-1; Leben, who has now dropped four of his last five, falls to 22-10. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 8 is live from Seattle on Saturday, July 27 at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT. Click here for more
Photos: Leopoldo Gonzalez / Canelo Promotions
Unbeaten 19-year-old hometown hero Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (27-0-1, 22 KOs) successfully defended his WBC silver super bantamweight title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Filipino Rey Perez (17-4, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio General Arteaga in Queretaro, Mexico. The WBC #5 rated Gutierrez brought the pressure was a deserved winner. No scores were announced.
Super lightweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (21-2-3, 13 KOs) pounded out a twelve round majority decision over Reyes Sanchez (24-5-2, 14 KOs). Scores were 115-113, 114-114 and an out of touch 119-109. Alvarez, a brother of current WBC/WBA super welterweight champion Saul Alvarez and former WBA super welterweight champ Rigoberto Alvarez, successfully defended his WBC Continental Americas belt. photos
Photo: Scott J. Raven
Following his second consecutive KO win over David Price, ageless heavyweight contender Tony “The Tiger” Thompson was still pumped up during his postfight interview with British television. Here are some highlights:
“He scared the hell out of me. But it brought the f**king best out of me! Can you say f**k?” (Announcer: “Not really, but don’t worry, we’ll let it fly.”)
“This leaves me looking for title shots, or if I don’t get title shots, fights for the title. I would love to fight Tyson Fury over here, or in Vegas or anywhere that big pussy wants to fight. He’s been mouthing off about me, my age, whatever, Tyson Fury let’s get it on man! Or if I can’t get him in the ring, because I know he’s going to run, c’mon Vitali, you’re fighting guys you know ain’t got no shot to beat you. Fight some guys with height and experience like myself!”
(Regarding his losses to Wladimir Klitschko): “I got beat by the best in the world, and as you’ve seen, if you take one step below the best, which I think David is, he’s just a step below, you’re not going to beat me because I’m over that step. I prove that time and time again.”
“I’m going to go home and break my wife’s hip. I ain’t had sex with her in awhile. She’s going to feel the pain. It’s going be some pleasure mixed in there, but she might be crippled in the morning so if anyone wants to donate a wheelchair to the ‘Save the Mrs. Thompson Fund’…”
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The list of potential opponents for three-time world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30 KOs) on October 5 on HBO is increasingly sounding like Delvin Rodríguez, as well as Michael Oliveira, Damian Jonak and David Zegarra according to The Sport Press. Of this group, Rodriguez, a known quantity for HBO, seems to have the best possibility of being the chosen, while Carlos Molina who was prominently mentioned severel days ago appears to be ruled out.
Wealth TV’s Charles Herring: Tony Thompson proved that Heavyweight boxing is alive and very well in the United States
Photo: Scott J. Raven
Longtime heavyweight contender Tony Thompson made it two for two as he took out former Olympic silver medal winner David Price for the second time in just over three months with a fifth round stoppage at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. The fight was broadcast LIVE in the United States on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com.
“Tony Thompson proved that Heavyweight boxing is alive and very well in the United States,” said Charles Herring, President of Wealth TV. “We were glad that we were able to bring the fans both of these fights and this especially was one of the best heavyweight fights in a long time. Tony has a lot of fight left in him and we look forward to sitting down with him and hopefully continuing a relationship with him. For someone to score two knockouts in three months over the guy who was just named the ESPN prospect of the year is a huge accomplishment!”
“We said when we first got into boxing that we were committed to bring the most exciting fights that were either title fights or fights that had big implications and this fight had both and we look forward to providing more outstanding boxing content with some big announcements shortly.” (more…)
— Miguel A. Cotto (@RealMiguelCotto) July 6, 2013
By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott J. Raven
Heavyweight Tony Thompson (38-3, 26 KOs) scored an exciting fifth round stoppage over 2008 Olympian and British heavyweight champ David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool. Price almost got revenge for his KO loss to Thompson in February when he dropped Thompson in round two, but Thompson turned the tables to pummel Price in round five to get the stoppage. Time was 1:55.
Thompson survived a hard second round knockdown courtesy of a David Price right hand. With a real slugfest shaping up, southpaw Thompson had Price under heavy fire in the fourth and especially in the fifth. Price, unable to hold his man, was looking exhausted as he ate a ton of lefts and rights to the head. Backed into a corner in the fifth and appearing all done, Price was given a count and was then deemed too hurt to go on. There were no complaints.
Kevin Satchell of Liverpool retained his British and Commonwealth flyweight titles with a hard fought, at times thrilling 12 round UD over fellow unbeaten Ian Butcher. Surviving a heavy 2nd round knockdown when a right hand to the head had his legs all over the place, the defending champ beat the count somehow and battled back. It was nip and tuck the rest of the way and both men threw plenty of leather. Satchell is now 11-0 (2). Butcher, who can come again, is now 8-1 (3). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former three-time middleweight champion and IBF #3 Felix Sturm (38-3-2, 17 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over previously unbeaten #4 Predrag Radosevic (27-1, 9 KOs) in an IBF eliminator on Saturday night at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. Sturm showed his class as he dominated his less experienced opponent. The former champ dropped Radosevic in round three and twice more in round four. Radosevic’s corner then threw in the towel. Time was 2:17. Body shots were the key for Sturm, who is now mandatory challenger for IBF champion Daniel Geale.
Light heavyweight Konni Konrad 19-1, 9 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over late sub Bernard Donfack (16-11-3, 8 KOs). Scores were 116-111, 115-112, 113-113. Konrad was originally slated to face power-punching Edison Miranda, but Miranda weighed in four pounds over the contracted weight and was replaced.
“Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (31-2, 16 KOs) regained the WBA flyweight crown and avenged her loss against Californian Carina Moreno (23-5, 6 KOs) with a ten round unanimous decision. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93.
Jr middleweight Maurice Weber (18-1-1, 5 KOs) scored a first round KO over journeyman Aliaksandr Abramenka (17-37-1, 6 KOs).
In his first fight since an unsuccessful lightweight title challenge against Ricky Burns last September, lightweight contender Kevin Mitchell (34-2, 24 KOs) scored an eight round decision over journeyman Sebastien Benito (10-7, 3 KOs) in a bout fought at jr welterweight on Saturday night at York Hall in East London. Mitchell dropped the overmatched Benito in round seven, but was unable to get the stoppage. Score was 80-71.
Also on the card, Chris Jenkins (10-0, 5 KOs) stopped Danny Connor (10-6-1, 0 KOs) in round two of the Prizefighter: Light Welterweights final. Jenkins wins £34,000. No big names in this edition of Prizefighter.
Danny Connor W3 Ryan Taylor
Chris Jenkins W3 Eren Arif
Danny Connor W3 Charlie Rice
Ryan Taylor W3 Matty Tew
Eren Arif W3 Liam Shinkwin
Chris Jenkins W3 Tony Owen
By Ron Jackson
In a completely one-sided fight South Africa’s Thabo Sonjica dominated Silvester Lopez of the Philippines before scoring a sixth round stoppage, to win the vacant IBO junior featherweight belt at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. It was a confident looking Sonjica 18-2; 13 who came out at the first bell to take the fight to his shorter opponent as he used his height and longer reach to score with his southpaw right jab. Through rounds two to five this was the pattern of the fight as the rather mediocre and tentative Lopez 20-6-1; 15 moved around the ring with his hands held up against his face. At no time was Lopez (55.35kg) able to penetrate the guard of the smooth moving Sonjica (55.20kg). Early in the sixth round Sonjica caught the Filipino with a stiff right to the head followed up by a left that sent him staggering back against the ropes. He hung his head down as if to surrender and referee Andile Matika waived the fight off at 45 seconds into the round. (more…)
The following are the weights taken yesterday, July 5, 2013, from Layton, Utah for the fight being promoted by CCC Promotions and Lion Heart Boxing Productions on July 6, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah
Val Tinajero 224 vs. Giovanni Sarran 214.5
Billy Zumbrun 233.5 vs. Marcus Rhodes 257.5
Eddie Cordova 146 vs. Luis Hernandez 144.5
Jesse West 199.5 vs. Junaid Farooki 197.5
Said Ouali 146.5 vs. Bryan Abraham,144.5
Sukrab Shidaev 152 vs. Robert Hill 153.5
Kevin Howard 265 vs. Scott Alexander late weigh-in
Former IBO featherweight titleholder Daud Yordan (31-3, 23 KOs) claimed the vacant IBO lightweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Daniel Brizuela (25-2-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Metro City in Perth, Australia. Scores were 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112. “I’m happy to be a world champion again. I dedicate this title to the state and people of Indonesia. Thank you for your prayers,” he said after the fight. (More to come)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The IBF has called for a July 16 purse bid for the mandatory defense of Mexican lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (33-3, 13 KOs) and Panamanian challenger Ammeth Diaz (32-11, 23 KOs) at IBF Headquarters in New Jersey. The fight would be a rematch of their January 2012 fight in Mexico, in which Vazquez retained his belt via unanimous twelve-round decision. Diaz earned another title shot with a seventh round KO over Martin Gethin in an IBF eliminator. Vazquez has defended the title five times in a reign nearly three years long. Most recently he won a unanimous decision over Mercito Gesta in December.
By Bob Ryder
Jordan Shimmell 202 vs Matt Greer TBD
Johnny Garcia 143.5 vs Larry Ventis 143.5
Lane Staal 155 vs Thomas Amaro 152
Vincent Jennings 134.75 vs Doug Babler 138
Craig Schwallier 173 vs Eric Moon 171
Nick Givhan TBD vs Delano Kealohapauole TBD
James Thomas 132 vs Chris Bourdeon 135.5
Purnell Gates 161 vs Keith Collins 162.5
Justin Jones 151 vs Rick Ogden 152
Ray Lopez TBD vs Phillip Jewell TBD
Venue: Fifth Third Ballpark
Promoter: Greg Ahrens
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Doors: 6 PM, First Bell: 7 PM
Nonito Donaire’s wife, Rachel, nine months pregnant, was admitted to a hospital for check-up after saving a friend’s son from drowning on the Fourth of July. More
Thirty-three years later, Stockton’s Alvaro “Yaqui” Lopez and his Fat City Boxing Club is still recognized. More
Duluth, Minnesota fighter Al Sands talks about hard work and sobriety. More
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These are the days you talk about legacy when it comes to Anderson Silva. For years, he was just a terror, the unbeatable force who showed up on fight night and wrecked whoever was placed in front of him. Or as former middleweight champion Rich Franklin (the man Silva beat for the UFC middleweight crown in 2006) told me recently, “Anderson doesn’t just win, he makes good fighters look bad.” . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Victor Lee
Photos: Mike Vitali/Fightfem
Fans at a packed ABA stadium in Auckland, New Zealand celebrated in style as the local favorite Robert “The Butcher” Berridge stopped the brave Japanese fighter Shintaro Matsumoto by TKO in round 5 to win the vacant WBC Asian Boxing Council light heavyweight title on Friday night. The compact and explosive Berridge dominated from the outset with crisp southpaw combinations both up and downstairs. Matsumoto, a former amateur champion on a three-fight streak, came to win, throwing plenty of his own punches and landing several in combination. However, Berridge, always an offensive powerhouse, demonstrated improved defensive skills, evading the brunt of Matsumoto’s attacks. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a an impressive performance local favourite Immanuel Naidjala retained his IBF International bantamweight title when he knocked out Emilio Norfat from Kenya at 1:34 of the eighth round at the Windhoek Country Club in Namibia on Friday night. Norfat 21-4; 4 who lost on a split decision to Naidjala in their first fight was no match for the Namibian this time, as he dominated from the opening bell and sent Norfat down for counts in the second, third and six rounds before scoring with a big left hook to the jaw that put the Kenyan down for the full count in the eighth round. Naidjala who was making the first defence of his title improved his record to 16-0-1; 11. (more…)
OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a boxing show tonight at Stadio Fattori in Civitavecchia, Italy. In the main event, Italian veteran and former WBA world light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (62-11-3, 37 KOs) will fight Juho Haapoja (20-3-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBC Silver cruiserweight title. The title was vacated by Giacobbe Fragomeni who has been nominated WBC mandatory challenger of champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk.
On the undercard are six bouts with middleweight Emanuele Blandamura (19-0, 5 KOs), lightweight Carel Sandon (15-1, 5 KOs), light heavyweight Orial Kolaj (12-5, 8 KOs), cruiserweight Loris Emiliani (9-0, 7 KOs), super lightweight Gaetano Putrone (4-0, 0 KOs) and super welterweight Alessio Capuccio (1-0, 1 KOs). All are six rounds. Sportitalia 2 will transmit the show live from 9PM to 11:30PM Italian time.
Golden Boy has announced that FOX Deportes has picked up a live boxing card taking place tonight at 10PM ET at the Auditorio General Arteaga in Queretaro, Mexico. In the main event, 19-year-old hometown hero Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (26-0-1, 22 KOs) defends his WBC silver super bantamweight championship for the first time against the Rey Perez (17-3, 3 KOs). In the co-feature, super lightweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (20-2-3, 13 KOs) puts his WBC Continental Americas belt on the line against Reyes Sanchez (24-4-2, 14 KOs).
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