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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a rematch, cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (9-5-1, 4 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over four-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (30-11, 21 KOs)to claim the vacant USBA title on Saturday evening in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. Wilson dominated the fight with his jab and well timed left hooks, busting up the aggressive Sheika en route to a 118-109, 118-109, 119-108 victory. Sheika was deducted a point in round seven for a low blow. Sheika had KO’d Wilson in four in their first clash.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson stopped Michael Marrone in the seventh round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Williamson (27-6, 22 KO’s) dropped Marrone with a right hand to the head in the third round. Marrone (19-3, 14 KO’s) had his moments, despite his left eye swelling up. Williamson hurt Marrone in the seventh with another right to the head, dropping him with another right, prompting referee Zac Young to stop the fight at 2:30. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A motivated Ulises “Archie” Solis (32-2-3, 21 KOs) travels to Argentina on Sunday where on April 30 he will meet IBF light flyweight champion Luis “Mosquito” Lazarte (48-9-2, 18 KOs) in a rematch of their highly controversial draw in December that prompted the ITTF to order an immediate rematch. Solis, who trained eight week for the fight in Guadalajara, stated, “this time the eyes of the boxing world will be watching what happens on April 30. I have great confidence that this time the IBF will send trained judges and referee.” Archie and his team, consisting of Lorenzo Lopez, Israel Camarillo, Cesar Solis, Dr. Román Cruz and William Brown will fly from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, then head to Mar de Plata.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Esmeralda Moreno and Salvador Sanchez II are the main fighters on tonight’s “Knock Fair III” event at the Don King Arena in Texcoco, Mexico presented by promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia. “La Joya” Moreno defends her WBC Silver belt for the first time against Maribel Ramirez with the winner to face champion Naomi Togashi.
Also Fermin “Zedaz” De Los Santos defends his CABOFE lightweight title against Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sanchez. And in the night’s special event, “The Legend Continues” Sal Sanchez II meets Guadalupe Carmona. “I feel great hope to win my fight and continue my journey in boxing. It’s time to learn and find better fights,” says Sanchez Jr.
“I plan to knock out Vic Darchinyan early in the fight,” said the former IBF bantamweight titleholder Yonnhy Perez who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. “I want fight fans to get the message…..There’s nothing more I want than to return to my country with a world title belt,” said Perez. “I’m sticking to what I trained to do throughout my camp and that’s to knock out Darchinyan.”
Tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), between former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) will have a lot on the line.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s Hard Times Promotions card at DC Star in DC:
Maurice Byarm 249 vs. Willie Palms 264
Dwayne McRae 243 vs. James Porter 246
Brandon Quarles 157 vs. David Tomlin 153
Thomas Snow 126 vs. James Franks 121
Zain Shah 159 vs. Tevin Parker 159
Gary Jones 161 vs. Torrence King 165
Nick Kisner 199 vs. Andre Ward 196
Jeremiah Wiggins 154 vs. Alan Moore 157
Regardless of who wins tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), between former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, promoter Gary Shaw says he’ll petition the IBF to sanction an Interim title fight between them and IBF #4-rated Abner Mares. Mares saw his title shot dissolve earlier this week when champion Joseph Agbeko was stricken with sudden-onset sciatica and their fight had to be cancelled.
“If Agbeko cannot fight in a timely fashion and defend his title, I will personally petition the IBF to let the winner of this fight for the title against Mares,” stated Shaw, who has a sole promotional agreement with Darchinyan and shares a co-promotional agreement with Thompson Boxing on Perez, and says it’s not just about advancing his fighters, it’s a matter of keeping one of boxing’s most talent-laden divisions moving. (more…)
Picture: Photo Wende
After a trip of 27 hours, Daniel Geale today arrived in Berlin to continue his preparation for his May 7 clash with IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester. “He is very experienced but I have come here to win the title,” Geale said.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Results from Friday night’s late Red Lion Hotel boxing-MMA card in Sacramento, promoter Nasser Niavaroni:
Cheered on by ex-champ and sparring mate James Toney, West Sacramento heavyweight Hector Martinez (6-5) won on all cards in six-round main over Yohan Banks (4-5-3) of Redwood City. Also: lightweight Max Becerra (5-0-1) of Vacaville scored two knockdowns to easily outpoint Chris Gonzalez (2-1) of Mexico in four and Sacramento lightweight Andre Kim (3-3) stopped Matt Mahler (0-3) of Manteca in three. In pro-debut prelims, three Sacramento fighters were swept. Heavyweight Larry Ward was knocked out in the first round by Josh Landers from the Wild Card Gym of Hollywood, middleweight Juan Luna lost by unanimous decision to Lee Reyes, also of Hollywood, and welterweight Will Walters lost by majority decision to Brett De La Torre of Vacaville.
Two world title fights are on tap for the April 30 “Top Rank Live!” card televised on Fox Deportes from the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. WBO mimimumweight champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) defends against Rommel Asenjo (20-2, 16 KOs), WBO junior flyweight champion Jesus Geles (12-1-1, 5 KOs) faces Ramon ‘Principe’ Garcia Hirales (15-2-1, 8 KOs) in a direct rematch of their clash in February won by Geles via split decision. Also scheduled is a ten round bantamweight clash between Rodrigo ‘Gato’ Garcia (14-3-1, 9 KOs) and Leopoldo Arrocha (10-15-2, 6 KOs).
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will defend his title for the ninth time in June against former world champion Lorenzo Parra. The bout could land on June 18 in the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City on an event organized by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. The same source reported that Moreno has already agreed and they’re looking to get Parra on board. In the event Parra doesn’t take the fight, they will find another opponent. Moreno and Parra were originally scheduled to fight on February 18 but the match fell through. Moreno’s purse for this fight is said to be $100,000 tax free.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez both made weight one day before their main-event meeting on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. (more…)
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Don Juan Fighting Promotions put on their first boxing show at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg, NY on Friday night. In the feature bout of the evening for the vacant WBC Youth title, Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo took home an eight-round unanimous decision from Eduardo Ramirez of Laredo, TX. In the second round the southpaw Sanchez found the straight left working and dropped Ramirez for a count of five just before the bell. Sanchez was content to box over the next four rounds. In the seventh a left hand hurt Ramirez but Sanchez could not put him down. The game Ramirez and Sanchez exchanged punches until the final bell. The scores were 80-71 twice and 79-72 for Sanchez who improves to 13-2-1 while Ramirez slides to 6-7-1. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty at the scale
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Luis Ortiz 237 vs. Bert Cooper 237.25
Inocente Fiz 152 vs. Chris Henry 151.75
Yoandris Salinas 121.75 vs. David Green 121.5
Claudio Marrero 127.5 vs. Hipolito Rivera 128
Juan Carlos Payano 117.75 vs. Luis Angel Paneto 117
Humberto Savigne 168 vs. Marvin Jones 165.75
Pedro Rodriguez 194.5 vs. Juan Jose Ruiz 191.5
Kadel Martinez 119 vs. Zach Watkins 116.25
Venue: E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion Miami Dade Fair & Expo Center
Promoter: Dream Team Boxing
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photo: Emily Harney
In the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) won a near shutout unanimous decision over a game Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs). Prescott worked his jab and landed the better power punches throughout the fight. Jargal had no answer to Prescott’s movement and hand speed. All three judges scored the bout for Prescott by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. The five bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius “The Hammer” Andrade landed a solid left to the body of his opponent Omar Bell (8-2, 5 KOs) which sent him to the canvas in the middle of round two. Bell, although up on one knee, was unable to answer the ten count of referee Dick Flaherty. Andrade with the knockout improves to (13-0, 9 KOs), while Bell suffers only the second loss of his professional career.
Junior middleweight Kevin Rooney (1-0), who is known amongst boxing circles as the publicist for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, made his professional debut a successful one as he dropped Philadelphia’s David Navarro (0-3) twice in the fight, once in the first round and once in the second round both with left hands. In the end, Rooney scored a four round unanimous decision win over Navarro by scores of 40-34 on all three cards. (more…)
Showdown Promotions and Top Rank have announced that undefeated Phoenix prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (10-0, 9 KOs) will headline his first Arizona show on June 11 at Wild Horse Pass Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom Theater. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be working with Top Rank to bring Jose to Arizona,” Showdown Promotions’ Gerry Truax said. “We’re coming back to Wild Horse Pass Casino, and we’re bringing our A-game. Imagine, one of boxing’s most exciting prospects is fighting for the first time at home. We’re so proud to be involved.”
Photos: Top Rank
Roberto Marroquin 123.6 vs Frankie Leal 123.4
Tommy Zbikowski 196.8 vs Blake Warner 194.4
Casey Ramos 133 vs John Jackson 133.2
Matt Korobov 161.2 vs Marcos Primera 161.4
Andy Ruiz Jr. 246.8 vs Angel Herrera 246.2
Venue: WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank Inc.
TV: FOX Sports Network (FSN) & FOX Deportes
Photo: Peltz Boxing
Omar Sheika 185 vs Garrett Wilson 184
Ronald Cruz 146 vs Manuel Guzman 144 1/2
Bryant Jennings 224 vs David Williams 227
Jose Medina 175 1/2 vs Derrick Webster 169
Keane Davis 146 vs Dontre King 146
Antowyan Aikens 163 vs Willie Mack 161
Edgardo Torres 138 vs Korey Sloane 138
Venue: Caesars Atlantic City, Palladium Ballroom
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Tickets: $75 & $50, first fight 7.30pm
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