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Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle did it his way. With more than 50 fights to his name, “Lights Out” decided to call it a career after his UFC on Versus bout with Dan Hardy. With time ticking away on his career, Lytle caught Dan Hardy with a tight guillotine to force the late round tap. Lytle shined throughout the fight, blasting Hardy in the opener with a series of looping right hands. When he wasn’t going to the face, the fulltime firefighter scored with some big body shots. “The Outlaw” seemed a step or two slower during the bout. There were brief signs of life from the UK fighter in the second. He rocked Lytle with a hard shot but was unable to finish the bout. An unintentional eye poke from Lytle temporarily halted the momentum Hardy was mounting. When the bout resumed, the pendulum swung back in the veteran fighter’s direction. Hardy’s undoing came in trying to steal the third round with a takedown. After lunging at Lytle, the father and husband quickly locked in the guillotine and rolled Hardy over, forcing him to tape at the 4:16 mark. “I just want to tell you guys, I honestly love being a fighter,” an emotional Lytle said with two of his kids by his side. “I love it more than anything in my life except for one thing, that’s my family. It’s time for me to dedicate my time to them an stop putting myself first. It pains me to do it but I’m making the right choice.” Lytles professional mark stands at 31-18-5. He also racked up 10 fight night bonuses. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs) is going full throttle for his first American boxing campaign on September 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The reigning welterweight champion of the Magdeburg-based SES Team wants to take the best preparation for his career. In the states, the Slovenian-born Zaveck will defend his IBF belt against the WBC former world champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs). “Jan is currently in the sparring phase and he has invited the strongest training partners. The preparation is the hardest he has ever had,” said his trainer Dirk Dzemski. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian flyweight challenger Billy Duluth has sadly passed away in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Monday of cancer. Billy challenged Peter Mitrevski for the vacant Australian flyweight title unsuccessfully in 1989 losing in seven rounds and in 1987 lost ten round split decision to Charlie Brown in state New South Wales bantamweight title bout. Australian 1989 super bantamweight champion Allen Whitten was defeated twice by Duluth in 1987 and Lucas Mathew who captured the Australian super flyweight and bantamweight title in 1995 was defeated by Duluth in 1990. Duluth’s former trainer and manager Barry Raff said. “Billy was my best mate. He was nature’s gentleman and has left behind a lovely wife and children. He will be sadly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.”
By Ron Jackson
Well known trainer Shorty Smook who fought as professional in the 1950’s passed away at the Germiston Hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 79. Shorty was born Robert James in Arlington in the Free State on May 20, 1932 but at a young age his parents moved to Germiston where he was first introduced to boxing at the East Rand Engineering Amateur Boxing Club under the guidance of Cyril Carroll. He was given the nickname “Shorty” as a youngster because of his slight stature and even though he grew to a reasonable height the name stuck throughout his life. (more…)
Al Bernstein and SHOWTIME Sports present the official recap of The Bantamweight Tournament Final match between Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares. Watch the highlights from the August 13th event.
By Christopher P. Cook
The latest installment of the highly attended “Ballroom Brawl” series at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel provided action, cheers, jeers, and appropriately blood. This night was also the farewell fight for one of Tampa Bay’s most popular local fighters, “Bloodbath” Brian Chiary. Chiary (10-9-1, 2 KOs) has been a staple for the local shows, fighting six times at this venue and every one of his bouts in the Bay area. Chiary stepped in against Loren Myers (8-12-1, 2 KOs), a seasoned fighter out of Fresno, California, for the NBA Intercontinental Super Middleweight title. (more…)
Saturday night on a card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut in professional boxing, as he knocked opponent James Wade (0-2) completely unconscious with a right hook/uppercut in just 10 seconds. The next scheduled fight for Slice will be on October 15. The site is still being determined.
In undercard action, heavyweight Franklin Lawrence moved his record to 16-2, 11 KOs with a first-round stoppage (2:31) of journeyman Marcus Rhode (34-43-2, 29 KOs).
Also, former Super Six participant Allan Green (30-3, 21 KOs) stopped overmatched Craig Gandy (7-5-1, 6 KOs) in round two.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey Alejandro Perez put a boxing clinic on the previously undefeated fan favorite Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, capturing the NABA super bantamweight belt in the main event of the evening. (more…)
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle put the “Lights Out” on his career on a high note. After slugging it out with Dan Hardy, “The Outlaw” went for a takedown and got sucked into a fight ending guillotine choke. The official time of the stoppage was 4:16
Ben Henderson put on a clinic en route to a unanimous decision win over Jim Miller. The New Jersey fighter was on a seven fight win streak and thought to be in line for a title shot with a victory. Henderson put on a dominant performance from start to finish, battering Miller on the feet and the canvas. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26. (more…)
A referee is supposed to be the invisible third man in the ring. Never should he make a difference in how the fight ends. Russell Mora changed all of that on Saturday nigh at Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament Final between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) and WBC Silver titlist Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) . . . Click here for more
There was only one thing on everyone’s mind after Abner Mares defeated Joseph Agbeko via majority decision in the finals of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament to claim Agbeko’s IBF title to go along with his WBC Silver title – how did referee Russell Mora do such a terrible job officiating? It was mindboggling how a usually reliable ref can ruin an excellent fight. The obvious foul fest tainted Mares’ performance on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV and Joseph Agbeko was none too happy about what took place in the ring . . . Click here for more
UFC Live, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle, and the lightweight showdown between Jim Miller and Ben Henderson, airs live on VERSUS from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the entire slate of UFC Live prelim bouts at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm PT.
Chris Lytle (170.5) VS Dan Hardy (170)
Ben Henderson (156) VS Jim Miller (155.5)
Donald Cerrone (156) VS Charles Oliveira (155)
Duane Ludwig (170.5) VS Amir Sadollah (170)
Jared Hamman (185) VS CB Dollaway (186)
Eddie Wineland (136) vs Joseph Benavidez (135.5)
Kyle Noke (185) VS Ed Herman (186)
Ronny Markes (205) VS Karlos Vemola (205.5)
Alex Caceres (146) vs Jimy Hettes (145.5)
TJ O’Brien (155.5) VS Cole Miller (155.5)
Danny Castillo (156) VS Jacob Volkmann (156)
Jason Reinhardt (135) VS Edwin Figueroa (136)
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For more info on the UFC, or this weekend’s UFC card on VERSUS, visit UFC.com
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a great action fight Saturday marred by puzzling officiating by the referee that left fans at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, those watching on SHOWTIME® and the telecast team themselves totally perplexed, Abner Mares won The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a majority 12-round decision over defending IBF titlist Joseph King Kong Agbeko. The unbeaten Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., scored two knockdowns – one in the first and one in the 11th that was one hotly disputed – en route to outpointing the New York-based Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) of Ghana by the scores of 115-111 twice and 113-113.
But talk afterward centered less on the terrific performances of the talented, proud prizefighters and more on the referee, Russell Mora, whose failure to deduct a point from the winner despite at least five warnings for low blows and several other shots that seemed south of the border left many in disbelief. For more details and photos click here…
Super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (31-3, 21 KOs) stopped Carlos Rivera (16-10-2, 5 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Rivers Casino Amphitheatre in Pittsburgh, PA. Meza-Clay scored four knockdowns in the bout before it was finally waved off at :46 of the sixth. Rivera has now dropped seven straight.
Former WBA interim minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Armando Torres (16-7, 11 KOs) on Friday night in Acapulco. Palacios forfeit the WBA title on the scale on Friday, so only Torres was eligible to win the belt. The title remains vacant.
In other action, super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman scored an emotional eighth round TKO over Marvin Rodriguez. Roman took command in the fifth, but it was not until the eighth when the referee stopped the action.
Also featherweight Rogers Mtagwa won by TKO over Pedro Navarrete in the eighth round and U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada defeated Alvaro Enriquez by third round TKO.
Featherweight Salvador Sanchez II (25-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Adan Garcia (15-5-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC CABOFE title on Saturday night at the Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla, Mexico State, Mexico. Sanchez dropped Garcia at the end of round two and continued to batter him until the referee waved it off in round three. This is the first pro title for the nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez.
In the long awaited SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final, unbeaten Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) laid his claim to being the world’s best 118-pounder by dethroning IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) via a controversial twelve round majority decision on Saturday night in the highly acclaimed at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Mares was erroneously credited with a knockdown by referee Russell Mora in round after Agbeko slipped. Mares was quicker and landed the cleaner shots, and also repeatedly hit Agbeko low without getting a point deduction. Agbeko came on late but went down in the eleventh from a clear low blow which Mora called another knockdown. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 115-111.
For more photos: (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Christopher Toney Sr. / Top Rank
In a huge upset, Alejandro Lopez (22-2, 7 KOs) upset previously unbeaten NABA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy (17-1-1, 7 KOs) taking a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. Kennedy was the aggressor while Lopez sought to stick and move. Both fighters had their moments, but Kennedy’s face was a bloddy mess at the end. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 115-113. (more…)
6’6, 250 pound heavyweight fringe contender Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha (20-8) scored his 20th pro win Saturday night via a unanimous decision over Ross Thompson (27-16) at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. Scoring a knockdown in round two, Firtha used superior skills as well as a significant size advantage to dismantle the game but outgunned Thompson. Scores were 59-53 and 59-54 twice. A winner of four of his last five including an NABA title KO versus Tony Grano (18-2), Firtha rebounded from his only loss during the stretch which was at the hands upcoming WBA title challenger, Alexander Povetkin (21-0). With the victory, Firtha hopes to again compete with the elite of the heavyweight division.
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