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- Narvaez defeats Orucuta again to retain WBO super flyweight belt for 11th time
- Weights from Atlanta
- Fight Night Japan at the scales
- "The Hebrew Hammer" fights tonight
- Weights from Phoenix
- Weights from Washington DC; Camacho Jr. fight scratched
- Weights from Orlando
- Cuadras, Salgado make weight
- Salido, Kokietgym, Mendoza, Garcia make weight
- NBC Weights from Foxwoods
Main Events has announced the undercard for the Friday night April 4 card at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA headlined by Philly’s own Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) against Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) with a co-feature between middleweights Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4, 19 KOs) and Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs). The undercard features two Main Events’ debuts and a Subway commercial star before the NBCSN Fight Night broadcast begins at 10:00 PM ET.
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “We are so excited to welcome Acevedo and Barrera to the Main Events’ family on this tremendous show at the Liacouras Center. Philadelphia has been the home of so many great boxing events and we are proud to bring this stacked undercard to the city. It should be a great night so make sure to get there early so you don’t miss a minute of the action.” (more…)
By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott Raven
Stuey Hall retained his IBF bantamweight title with an anti climatic second round technical draw after challenger Martin Ward suffered a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental clash of heads on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. The all-North East battle looked like developing into a good action fight after a lively start but the cut was indeed a bad one. Rematch? Hall is now 16-2-2, 7 KOs. Ward is now 18-2-1, 4 KOs. The end came after just 35 seconds of the second round.
Philly slickster “Fast” Eddie Chambers had his UK debut and looked good in stopping a game but vastly outclassed Tomas Mrazek of the Czech Republic. Sporting a muscular physique, Chambers at times enjoyed himself , at other times put real venom into his shots. Way too fast for the 61-bout veteran, Chambers – now trained by Peter Fury – cracked his man to head and body with fast bursts. Mrazek’s left eye was badly swollen but it looked like he might see it to the final bell. Instead, at 2:35 of the sixth and final round, the ref dived in and called a halt. A good workout for the 15-stone 7-pounds Chambers who is now 37-4, 18 KOs. Mrazek is now 9-46-6 with 5 KOs.
Frankie Gavin retained his Commonwealth welterweight title for the fourth time with a wide yet forgettable 12-round UD over Namibia’s Sacky Shikukutu. A battle of southpaws, the action never caught fire. The challenger was wild and he was credited with a knockdown in the 2nd but it seemed Gavin lost his balance – still a count was given. Gavin was soon back to work, making his man miss mostly. Shikukutu was always coming forward but his punches were too clumsy and missed their mark. Gavin won by scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 117-111 and he is now 19-0, 12 KOs, but he needs more impressive showings to win over the fans. Shikukutu is now 18-3-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
By Loren Goodman
Photos: Zovi Boxing Promotion
In the twelve-round co-main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Xiao Jun Qiu (12-2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title for the third time against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs).
Both fighters knew each other quite well, having engaged in non-title bouts twice before. Baat won the first by a close decision in September 2012. In the May 2013 rematch, Baat—who was down and cut badly—managed to scrape by on a ninth round technical decision. Both of these bouts took place on Baat’s adopted home turf of Kanazawa, Japan. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has decided to pull out of the Ukrainian presidential race and will instead run for mayor of Kiev. Vitali was one of the leaders in the street protests that toppled former President Viktor Yanukovych, but decided to support pro-Euro businessman Petro Poroshenko to avoid splitting the pro-Euro vote in the May 25 election.
HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise looks at the upcoming world welterweight championship rematch between Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten titleholder Timothy Bradley Jr. with 24/7 Pacquiao/Bradley 2, debuting tonight (midnight-12:30 a.m. ET/PT), immediately after the “HBO Boxing After Dark” doubleheader that begins at 10:00 p.m. Spanning three weeks, the three unique programs offer inside access to the two elite fighters and their camps as they prepare for their high-stakes welterweight title showdown April 12 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
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Weight and photo by Scott Foster
It took former world champion Nate Campbell three tries (and three hours) to make the junior middleweight limit after posting 154.2 on the two previous attempts. No face-off as opponent Gibert Venegas promptly left the building after weighing in.
Gilbert Venegas 151.5 vs. Nate Campbell 154
Robert Dunton 229.6 vs. Curtis Harper 270.2
Julian Valerio 156 vs. Eric Johnson 155
Yawshua Zodok 197.2 vs. Kareem Brann 199.2
Reggie Miller 192.4 vs. Derrick Brent 197.6
Robert Hill 166.4 vs. Isacc Salters 168.2
Josh Ross 132 vs. Daniel Mizell 130.8
Jacinta Quintana 146.2 vs. Jamal Harris 146.6
Venue: Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, Destin, Florida
Promoter: Galaxxy Fire Promotions
IBF bantamweight champion Stuart Hall (16-2-1, 7 KOs) weighed in at 117 pounds for his defense against Martin Ward (18-2, 4 KOs), who scaled in at 116.25 pounds. They collide today at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK.
Jon-Lewis Dickinson 198.8 vs. Neil Dawson 183
Frankie Gavin 147 vs. Sacky Shikukutu ?? (overweight)
Bradley Saunders 140 vs. Mitch Prince 141
Gary Fox 133.5 vs. Kirk Goodings 134.75
Yengoyan decisions Ayoub at Round XIII show in Gent, Belgium
Bilal Laggoune won the vacant WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight title knocking out overmatched Laszlo Hubert in 2 rounds. The local boy dropped Hubert in the first with a left to the body. The visitor never recovered from that and was down again in the second. Hubert took the full count on his knees. Laggoune will be seen back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium. Brother Ezzedine vowed to promote in Ninove Bilal’s first title defense against a better opponent.
In the co-main event Sasha Yengoyan battered Ayoub Nefzi to a wide 10 round unanimous decision. It was scored 100-88 and twice 99-90. Powerful Yengoyan was in command from the start and Nefzi Ayoub was never able to get into the fight with his better technique. Yengoyan was cut over the right eye by the end of the 1st and also over the left in the 4th, both times from accidental head clashes. It became a bloody affair when also Ayoub was bleeding heavily from round 6 on visibly from a broken nose. Things didn’t go better for Ayoub when he was deducted a point in round 9 after he lost his mouthpiece ones too much. (more…)
Chris Chatman couldn’t help but let his emotions get the best of him. Shortly after beating Grady Brewer Friday night at Twin River Casino, a fight he dedicated to both his grandmother, who passed away this past week, and his late manager Mark Dion, who died from Lou Gehrig’s disease earlier this year, Chatman sat in his corner and cried uncontrollably, a welcomed display of humility for a fighter on the brink of stardom.
The hard-hitting southpaw from Jersey City took another step toward his dream of winning a world title, beating The Contender Season 2 champion by unanimous decision, 79-73, 80-72, 79-73, in the main event of Classic Entertainment & Sports’ professional boxing show, a back-and-forth war from start to finish. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a upset, Filipino lightweight Joebert Delos Reyes (12-4-1, 8KOs) stopped Valentine Borg (6-1, 4KOs) in round five o f a scheduled ten round bout to capture the IBO Youth title at the Punchbowl Club, Punchbowl, NSW, Australia on Friday. The referee, Brad Griffiths, crowned Reyes at 2.33. A former amateur star Borg was in control of the bout in the early rounds until Reyes forced the stoppage in round four. Reyes has lost to Australian’s Greg Eadie, Terry Tzouramanis and Andrew Wallace in 2012 contests. (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Two time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico City (27-10-2, 14 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over reigning WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion Marvin “Chavacano Disaster” Mabait of Zamboanga City, Philippines (20-2-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. The fighters split the first four rounds. In round five, a Hernandez right hand sent Mabait reeling into the ropes. Payasito then pounced on Mabait unleashing a barrage of punches and the referee waved it off. photos
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Montreal welterweight Antonin Decarie (30-2 9KO) scored a hard fought gutsy 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision over an awkward but determined Pablo Munguia (19-5 11KO) who came alive in the second half after Decarie suffered a badly cut left eye at the end of the fifth round. Referee Alain Villeneuve seemed to indicate that the cut which had the #8 ranked (WBC) welterweight definitely bothered for second half of the fight. “This you mean? Oh yeah it was a headbutt, but we expected that, especially with him being a southpaw.
“It happens almost every fight with me, I had it in game plan that I would have to fight with a cut. The last couple of rounds I just put the pressure on, I’d rather lose on a cut than lose because I don’t work hard enough.”
Munguia did make things interesting over the last half of the fight, winning the 6th and 7th, and battling hard over the last three. (more…)
USA Olympian Jose Ramirez and Boyd Henley weigh in for their clash on Top Rank’s Solo Boxeo telecast.
Alejandro Perez 127 vs. Juan Carlos Martinez 127
Jose Ramirez 141 vs. Boyd Henley 141
Brian Viloria 113 vs. Juan Herrera 112
Jose Benavidez 145 vs. Prince Doku Jr 145
Egidijus Kavaliauskas 146 vs. James Harrison 146
Victor Pasillas 123 vs. Jerry Guevara 122
Toka Kahn-Clary 127 vs. Chris Lopez 127
Michael Finney 148 vs. Jaime Herrera 148
Venue: Texas Station in Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
The semifinal round of the Boxcino lightweight tournament took place Friday night at the 4 Bears Casino & Lodge in New Town, North Dakota.
In semi-final #1, Fernando Carcamo (17-5, 13 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Miguel Gonzalez (23-4, 16 KOs). Carcamo dropped Gonzalez in round one, then gave better than he got for the rest of the fight. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, 77-75.
In semi-final #2, Petr Petrov (34-4-2, 15 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Chris Rudd (13-2, 8 KOs). The aggressive Petrov pressured Rudd from the opening bell. The bout was finally waved off in the fourth with Rudd taking heavy fire on the ropes. Time was :51.
Carcamo and Petrov advance to the Boxcino Finals on May 23 at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Adrián “Diamante” Estrella 129 vs Balweg Bangoyan 129
WBC super featherweight International title
Jairo “Doberman” López marcó 134.70 vs Jonel Gadapan 134.70
Julio César “Pingo” Miranda 117.70 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 119
Nery “Pantera” Saguilán 134.20 vs Adrian Briones 134.20
Venue: Casino Apodaca
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
Jose López 122 vs. Leivi Brea 123
Charlie Clemente 108 vs. Omar Soto 108
Rashidi Ellis 149 vs. Orlando Falcon 148
Bryan Perez 118 vs. Elliot Rios 116
O’Nell Negron 134 vs. Irvin Hernandez 133
Harold Reyes 116 vs. Luis M. Rivera 119
Christian Rivera 136 vs. Bryan Montalvo 138
Joshua Pagan 128 vs. Jose Roman 126
Ashley Elias 127 vs. Jose Ramos 126
Bryan Chevalier 118 vs. Jean C. Molina 115
Promoter: Cotto Promotions with H2 Entertainment & Top Rank
TV: WAPA 2 Deportes / WAPA America
Venue: Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico
Story and Photos by Scott Foster
After globetrotting through six different countries with mixed results since May 2011, Nate “The Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (36-11, 26 KOs) became convinced he had finally located the elixir to his current woes: A healthy dose of hometown cooking from his own backyard. This Saturday (March 29th), Campbell returns to his home state headlining a card from Destin, FL, located in the beautiful vacation mecca of The Emerald Coast.
Campbell’s promotional company, Galaxxy Fire Promotions, in conjunction with The Palms of Destin Resort & Conference Center and the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort, proudly presents “The March Of Destiny” weekend, a three-day multi-faceted event. Roy Jones Jr. kicked off festivities on Thursday with an outdoor concert, followed by a celebrity basketball event Friday night, culminating with an eight-bout card Saturday featuring the ex-lightweight champion Campbell who will face journeyman Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs). (more…)
Jun bests Baat, defends WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title; “Molecule from Hell” Orlov wins WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title
By Loren Goodman
In the twelve-round main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Qiu Xiao Jun (12- 2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs) on Friday in Daying, China. While Jun sent Baat to the canvas in round three, Baat rallied in the later rounds. Jun emerged victorious by scores of 116-112, 119-111, 116-113.
In the ten-round semifinal for the vacant WBC Asia Continental heavyweight title, Evgeny “Molecule from Hell” Orlov (15-12-1, 11 KOs) stopped former OPBF Heavyweight champion Peter Okello (21-8, 19 KOs) when Okello retired in the corner after round nine.
More to come
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 108 pounder Randy “Razor” Pelacorin (21-1-1, 15 KOs) stopped Samranasak Singmanasak (35-22-1, 27 KOs) in round two of a scheduled ten round main event at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Referee Chris Anderson crowned Pelacorin at 1:04 after the Thai had been on the canvas. Pelacorin previously stopped Singmanasak in 2013. The Filipino is managed by Peter Maniatis, who is chasing a world title shot for his charge
Former WBA rated light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (12-3, 9 KOs) stopped Thai, Kiatchai Singwancha (34-12, 23 KOs) in round seven. Referee Allan McColl crowned Vlamis at 2:34 after Singwancha was counted out. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Gercke/Team SES
In an important light heavyweight bout with world title ramifications, WBO #8 rated Robin Krasniqi (42-3, 16 KOs) schooled then KO’d previously unbeaten #13 rated Emmanuel Dansu (20-1, 18 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBO International light heavyweight title on Friday night at the MBS Arena in Potsdam, Germany. The more experienced Krasniqi, a former world title challenger, showed good boxing skills against Dansu, who brought a 90% KO ratio but had never fought outside Ghana. The end came in round seven when Krasniqi floored Dansu with a right uppercut to the jaw. Time was 1:55. Krasniqi, who lost a decision to then-champion Nathan Cleverly 12 months ago, is now back in the picture and could now be on the short list to challenge WBO champion Sergey Kovalev.
In an entertaining fight, heavyweight KO artist Steffen Kretschmann (17-2, 15 KOs) returned for the first time since September 2012 with an eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed journeyman Samir Kurtagic (12-6, 8 KOs). Things got interesting in round five, when Kurtagic was warned for a low blow, then deducted a point for a rabbit punch. Kretschmann looked to be in some distress the rest of the way complaining about his neck. He was briefly examined by the ring doctor in round six after which Kurtagic got more aggressive and tried to end it. Kretschmann was dropped in round seven, then immediately knocked down Kurtagic. Kurtagic rocked Kretschmann again at the bell. Scores were 78-74, 78-75, 75-74. Kurtagic had previously gone the distance with big punchers like Denis Boytsov, Alexander Dimitrenko and Carlos Takam and has never been stopped. (more…)
WBA light heavyweight “super” champion Beibut Shumenov wants to set the record straight on claims that he was defeated by Sergey Kovalev-challenger Cedric Agnew in the amateurs. In an exclusive statement to Fightnews.com, Shumenov commented “Probably Agnew got knocked out a lot in the amateurs. That is why he is delusional and he doesn’t even remember with whom he fought. I have never met Agnew and I have never fought him.”
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Update: Cedric Agnew returned to the scale and officially weighed in at 174.4 lbs. The fight is on!
Sergey Kovalev 174.3 vs. Cedric Agnew 175.8
(WBO light heavyweight championship)
Agnew stripped and reweighed, but his weight wasn’t announced. He has 45 minutes to lose the weight .8 lb.
Karim Mayfield 139.6 vs Thomas Dulorme 139.8
Mayfield and Dulorme got into it during the face-off and the stage had to be cleared. It looked like Mayfield tried to lick Dulorme in the chest and Dulorme didn’t appreciate it, setting off a near brawl.
Lionell Thompson 178.2 vs. Radivoje Kalajdzic 173.4
Wilky Campfort 156.4 vs. Khurshid Abdullaev 154.4
Rafael Jastrzebski 166 vs. Michael Mitchell 163.8
Wellington Romero 138.6 vs. Gerald Smith 139.2
Ismael Garcia 156 vs. Dushane Crooks 153.4
Venue: The Ballroom, Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Promoter: Main Events
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