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WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (32-11-1, 22 KOs) retained his title via unanimous twelve round decision against previously unbeaten Evans Mbamba (16-1, 8 KOs) at the World Trade Center in Veracruz, Mexico. Scores were 117-109, 117-109 and 119-108. Rojas is now in line to face Vic Darchinyan for the full WBC title on December 12 in Rancho Mirage, California.
After weeks of training in the Philippines, six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles amid hundreds of cheering fans. Pacquiao is in town to prepare for his upcoming “Firepower” world welterweight championship fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Cotto Promotions,MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday,November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Uralets (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Rising lightweight Dmitry Ganiev (11-0-1, 5 KOs) scored the biggest win of his yet short pro career with the first-round annihilation of well-known yet severely shopworn Thai veteran Fahsang 3K Battery (59-10-2, 35 KOs). Ganiev, headlining the local event, arranged by German Titov Promotions and Pushka Promotions today in Ekaterinburg, went right at 3K Battery and immediately floored him with a left uppercut, which ended the contest at 0:22 of the very first round. Ganiev, ranked #14 by the WBO, retained his PABA and WBO Asia Pacific titles in the process. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
World rated super featherweight Roy Mukhlis of Indonesia (#5 WBC, #7 WBA and #10 WBO) defeated Thailand’s Vacharakrit Senahan via TKO in round 10 after Senahan decided to retire in the break between rounds nine and ten on Saturday at TVRI Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia. Senahan, a masters degree student in marketing at a university in Bangkok, was knocked down in round eight with a quick and sharp right hook to the chin. With this result, Mukhlis retained his super featherweight WBC International belt and extended his record to 23-2-2, 18 KOs, while Senahan, the IBF Pan Pacific champion of the division, dropped to 15-2-2, 7 KOs.
41-year-old WBF heavyweight titleholder Francois Botha (48-4-2, 28 KOs) won an unpopular majority decision over 39-year-old former Cuban national team member Pedro Carrion (8-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Anhalt Arena in Dessau, Germany. Botha has difficultly at times with Carrion’s height and the bout resembled a sparring session as it proceeded at a slow, mostly uneventful pace. In the end, scores were 114-110, 115-115, 114-113. After the bout, Botha said he hurt his right hand in the first round.
Middleweights Kreshnik Qato (21-6, 4 KOs) and Fabio Liggieri (10-4, 2 KOs) not unsurprisingly went the full twelve, with WBF titlist Qato prevailing 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.
Heavyweight Konstantin Airich (13-2-1, 10 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Cisse Salif (23-17-2, 21 KOs) on Saturday at the Kugelbake Halle in Cuxhaven, Germany. The bout seemed closer than the scores of 79-73, 79-75, 78-74 indiacated. Airich was a late sub for Arena stablemate Steffen Kretschmann, who was originally set to headline the card but came down ill.
Heavyweight Ondrej Pala (26-2, 18 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Alex Mazikin (13-3-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 80-69, 80-72.
Former Euro heavyweight champion Vladimir Virchis (24-2, 20 KOs) W6 Edgars Kalnars (20-19, 11 KOs) Virchis stalked Kalnars the entire fight to compile a 59-55, 59-55, 59-56 win.
By Alexey Sukachev
In “The Polish Fight of the Century”, Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (39-1, 27 KOs) notched his soundest career victory to date with a huge fifth round TKO over Andrzej Golota (41-8-1, 33 KOs) in front of the partisan crowd at Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland. Making his heavyweight debut, two-time world champion in light heavyweight and cruiserweight divisions Adamek looked huge in the first, circling around much slower but also much bigger Golota, throwing multiple combinations, which easily penetrated The Foul Pole’s unsteady defense. Golota was floored at the end of the round by what seemed to be more a push than a legitimate punch on Adamek’s behalf. Round two was also in Goral’s favor though the native of Zywiec felt some freaky power in Golota’s gloves yet sustaining his pressure. Round three was the best for Andrzej Golota who tagged Adamek several times with his left hooks to the jaw and even wobbled him once in the going. The fight came back to its roots in the fourth, which saw Adamek taking the lead by huge left hooks. Golota was rocked several times but never went down. It was in round five when he finally did so after a monstrous right cross – left hook combination by the Goral. Golota got up and immediately found himself under Adamek’s fire. He tried to retalliate but was unable to prevent Adamek from dealing more severe punishment. After a few more hooks to the open jaw of Golota the referee Bill Clancy stepped in, halting the action in the midst of the fifth. Adamek will break through the IBF ranks by acquiring the IBF International heavyweight title. Golota, on the other hand, have possibly had his “last hurrah!” though he said nothing about the retirement in his post-fight interview. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao’s flight will arrive tonight (Saturday) one hour earlier than expected. Philippine Airlines Flight 102 will arrive at 6:55 pm at Los Angeles International Airport. Fight fans are invited to come and welcome Pacman at LAX Terminal 4 upon his arrival for his Novemver 14 showdown with Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas.
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Unbeaten jr welterweight contender Denis Shafikov (22-0, 12 KOs) successfully stepped up in class to defeat battle-tested veteran Fernando Trejo (30-16-4, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Urheilutalo in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. The bout was for the IBO I/C belt.
Vitali Klitschko and Kevin Johnson pose for a promotional pic at Switzerland’s famous “Jungfraujoch,” which at 11,333 feet (3,454 meters) is the highest train station in Europe. They collide in nearby Bern on December 12.
On Wednesday the WBC delivered a life insurance check for $25,000 to the father of fallen warrior Marco Antonio Nazareth, who died after his fight with Omar Chavez on July 18 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The WBC has a life insurance policy that covers all boxers on a fight card when there is a WBC world title bout involved. With the money, Nazareth’s father wants to create a foundation for those who lost their sons and daughters.
In an interesting battle of comebacking heavyweight notables, 44-year-old former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (54-9, 37 KOs) dropped 37-year-old longtime contender Lance Whitaker (34-6-1, 28 KOs) in round one and went on to win a narrow ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Scores were 95-94 on all cards for McCall, who retained his IBA Continental belt.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Victor Barragan (11-4, 3 KOs) stopped 44-year-old former IBF champion “King” Arthur Williams (46-16-1, 30 KOs) in the seventh round to claim Williams’ interim WBC USNBC title.
Preview by Brady Crytzer
The world’s best light heavyweight defends his title for the first time Saturday, October 24th at UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun. Since his April destruction of Rashad Evans, 15-0 Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida has made a name for himself as one of the best technical strikers in the history of the sport . . . . Click here for more
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.
Once-beaten welterweight Freddy “El Riel’’ Hernandez withstood a strong final round by Damian “Devo’’ Frias to win a unanimous 10-round decision Friday in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the telecast’s opening bout at Laredo Entertainment Center, undefeated Victor “Vitino’’ Fonseca rallied to register a ninth-round TKO over Al “The Quiet Storm’’ Seeger in a fast-paced, hard-fought battle of world-ranked super bantamweights. After Seeger hit the canvas from the bout’s lone knockdown, the referee halted matters at 1:41. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
The cold Autumn weather outside didn’t put a damper on the heat inside the McDonough Field House on the campus of Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York as Lisa Elovich’s Pugnacious Promotions presented Friday Fright Night. An enthusiastic crowd of fight fans comprising locals and HVCC faculty and students alike, showed their appreciation for the Pro-Am show featuring four amateur and five pro bouts. In the main go, Schenectady, New York Corrections officer Brian Miller defeated Albany’s Rafael Luna to claim the vacant New York State lightweight belt in a bout that went the full eight rounds.
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Lefele retained his South African mini flyweight title when he knocked out Mawanda Sineko in the sixth round at the Mdantsane Indoor Centre near East London on Friday night. Lefele (16-4; 10) who was making the second defence of his title was outboxed by Sineko (20-10-2; 7) through the first four rounds, but picked up the pace going into the fifth round. Early in the sixth Lefele (46.70 kg) stunned Sineko (47.45 kg) with a right to the head and soon afterwards dropped him flat on his back with a right to the jaw where he was counted out by referee Allen Matakane at 2 minutes 35 seconds into the round. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBC heavyweight champion “Dr. Ironfist” Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) met at a press conference with challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in Bern, Switzerland. Their fight will take place on December 12th in this Swiss city at the PostFinance Arena.
By Peter Lim
Had there been a Knockout of the Evening award, it would have been shared by bantamweight Miguel Flores and cruiserweight Craig Baker at the Houston Hobby Marriot Hotel. Flores, 17, raised his record to 3-0 (3 KOs), by deflating Edson Renteria, 0-2, for the full count with a picturesque triple left hook to the ribcage midway through the first round. Baker, 9-0 (8 KOs), torched Gabe Hayes, 1-2 (1 KO), dropping him twice with crushing overhand rights en route to a first round stoppage. In a cross-town heavyweight battle, Eugene Hill, 19-1 (15 KOs) unanimously outpointed Robbie McClimans, 7-6-2 (2 KOs), over eight hard-fought, albeit sloppy, rounds that saw as much clinching and leaning as there was boxing. In other bouts, junior welterweights Bruentre Miller, 3-1 (3 KOs) and Chris Hernandez, 3-2 (3 KOs), traded three knockdowns apiece before Hernandez was counted out in the second round. Jesus “Torrito” Rodarte, 5-0 (2 KOs), scored a four-round shutout over Miguel Delgado, 3-15-1 (3 KOs), in a lightweight bout. The fights were staged by Chris Henard Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA flyweight champ Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-1-1, 20 KOs), Thailand, will give a return to ex-titlist Takefumi Sakata (35-5-2, 16 KOs), Japan, in Tokyo on December 31. It was announced by Sakata’s promoter/manager Keiichiro Kanehira of Kyoei Promotions. It is a highly anticipated rematch, as the hard-hitting Thailander dethroned Sakata by a pulverizing one-punch knockout in the second round on the same day of the previous year. Sakata has been very loyal to the WBA, having fought just for the organization’s 112-pound belt without aiming at any other boxing body’s throne. (more…)
Welterweight Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (26-1, 18 KOs) outworked Damian “Devo” Frias (16-2, 7 KOs) over ten workmanlike rounds on Friday night at the Laredo Entertainment Center in Laredo, Texas. Hernandez did some good bodywork, but never really opened up. Frias’ best round was the tenth, but it was too little too late. Scores were 98-92 on all cards.
In a battle of world-ranked contenders, undefeated super bantamweight IBF #7 Victor “Vitino” Fonseca (17-0, 9 KOs) beat down WBA #7 Al “The Quiet Storm” Seeger (28-5, 22 KOs) over nine rounds. Fonseca simply mugged Seeger in the ninth round, battering him to the deck to get the stoppage. Time was 1:41.
Olympian featherweight Gary Russell Jr. moved to 5-0, 2 KOs after a four round unanimous decision over Noe Lopez (4-4).
Unbeaten Super Middleweight “Golden” Caleb Truax will vie for his first title on November 20 against former world champion Carl Daniels in the main event at the St. Paul Armory. Truax (13-0, 9 KOs), has been impressive thus far during his young career. The Osseo, MN native stopped five of his last six opponents, including a TKO over veteran Patrick Perez in July. Daniels (50-18-1, 32 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, is a former WBA junior middleweight champion and fought the likes of Bernard Hopkins, Julio Cesar Green, Julio Cesar, Laurent Boudouani and Chad Dawson. The 69 fight veteran is Truax’ most experienced foe to date, although Daniels has lost 14 of his last 15. (more…)
Weights by Andreas Hale
Lyoto Machida 202.5 vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 204.5
* For the UFC light-heavyweight title
Ben Rothwell 265 vs. Cain Velasquez 238
Spencer Fisher 155 vs. Joe Stevenson 155.5
Anthony Johnson 176 vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida 170
Josh Neer 156.5 vs. Gleison Tibau 157
Ryan Bader 205 vs. Eric Schafer 205.5
Patrick Barry 237 vs. Antoni Hardonk 249.5
Yushin Okami 185 vs. Chael Sonnen 185
Rob Kimmons 185 vs. Jorge Rivera 185
Razak Al-Hassan 204.5 vs. Kyle Kingsbury 205.5
Stefan Struve 243.5 vs. Chase Gormley 262
UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun – Saturday, October 24th, live on Pay-Per-View from Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Click here for more info.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomas Rojas 115 vs Evans Mbamba 114.5
(WBC interim super flyweight championship)
Cruz Carbajal 122 vs German Meraz 122
Adrian Hernandez 112 vs Paulino Villalobos 112
Rafael Guzman 125 vs Guadalupe Hernandez 126
Zaid Zavaleta 130 vs Azael Villegas 129.5
Javier Romano 115 vs Lesley Sekotswe 115
Carlos Cuadras 118 vs Humberto Morales 118
Venue: World Trade Center, Boca de Rio, Veracruz, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Veracruz State Government
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
Rugged lightweight Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) will take on two-division world champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title on November 28 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. The bout will take place before the IBF super middleweight rematch between champion Lucian Bute and Librado Andrade. “I respect Joan Guzman and everything he’s accomplished, but he’s too small to deal with me,” said Funeka. “I will overpower him, send him back to 130 pounds and show him how true lightweights fight.” HBO will televise both bouts.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten Art Hovahannisyan is a boxer who can move and box. However, it is his most recent string of knockouts that has awed people in attendance. His most recent knockout was no different. Hovhannisyan, who took the bout on two days notice, knocked out Adrian Navarette in the first round of a scheduled six round bout before about 500 at the famed Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. The bout headlined a “Battle of the Rising Stars” card, presented by All Star Boxing. (more…)
WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr and WBO interim junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson will host a news conference announcing their world title fight on Tuesday (October 27) beginning at Noon, in the Cahuilla Ballroom at Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa (32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, Calif. 92270.) The public is invited to attend. (more…)
Kermit Cintron 150 vs Juliano Ramos 150
Jonathan Oquendo 124 vs Juan José Beltrán 123
José González 138 vs Javier García 137.4
Víctor Bisbal 230 vs Ruben Rivera 261
Christian Lopez 109 vs Erickson Martell 109.5
Christopher Rivera 126.8 vs Luis Del Valle 126.8
Joanthony Vázquez – 148 .5 Vs Eliecer González 148
Carlos García 150 vs Jermall Charlo 150
Gabriel Arbelo 121.5 vs Anthony Salgado 120
Carlos Delgado 141 vs Daniel Rosario 138.5
Daniel Rodríguez 152.8 vs Giovanni Rodríguez 154
Venue: Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico
Promoter: PR Best Boxing & DiBella Entertainment
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Denis Shafikov ?? vs Fernando Trejo ??
Roman Seliverstov 146.3 vs Cosme Rivera 146.5
Attila Levin 267.5 vs Leri Okhanashvili 207
Mika Joensuu 149.5 vs Arman Ovsepyan 147.75
Niko Jokinen 160.5 vs Cliff Soukka 159.75
Edis Tatli 135.5 vs Alex Bone 135.5
Vladimir Tereshkin 232.5 vs Aleksandrs Selezens 260
Tuomo Eronen 136.5 vs Roman Andreev 135.5
Venue: Urheilutalo, Helsinki, Finland
Promoter: Union Boxing Management
Vladimir Virchis 249 vs. Edgar Kalnars 225
Konstantin Airich 228 vs. Cisse Salif 262
Alex Mazikin 252 vs. Ondrej Pala 240
Yakup Saglam 222 vs. Ladislav Kovarik 249
Christian Pawlak 170 vs. Michal Bilak 170
Venue: Kugelbake-Halle, Cuxhaven, Germany
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