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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
While questions remained if Tyrone Brunson could succeed when stepping up in competition, Carson Jones is starting to make believers in him becoming a player in his weight division. Jones not only fought Brunson with words, but backed it up with his fists as he stopped Brunson in the third round of a scheduled 10 round bout before over 1,400 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
It was 6:30 p.m. – a half-hour before first bell – when Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez blew into Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, where a tiny 18-foot ring awaited her showdown with Holly Holm.
“How do you like the 18-foot ring?” this reporter asked Hernandez, who was testing out the canvas before heading backstage to prepare for what was easily the biggest fight – and payday – of her career.
“I love it,” said Hernandez, grinning. “It’ll keep the ‘Rabbit’ from running out of the ring. I won’t have to chase her.” . . . Click here for full report and gallery
In front of a near capacity house, Steve Upsher Chambers scored a very decisive unanimous decision over Doel Carrasquillo to cap off the 7th Annual Children’s Holiday at The Legendary Blue Horizon. Chambers, of Philadelphia mixed up his shots well as he featured hooks and crosses and jabbed very well but his punch of choice was the uppercut for which he used with precision and often during the fight. Carrasquillo pressed forward throughout the fight and even got through a few thunderous power punches that Chambers was able to shake off and get the victory by scores of 80-72, 80-72 and 78-74 to raise his record to 21-1-1. Carrasquillo falls under the .500 mark and is now 12-13-1. (more…)
Diary entry Friday, Dec. 4
“It’s Friday here in Switzerland and things are starting to heat up. I try to leave the politics too my management team but I’m starting to get a little annoyed. Although the champ is supposed to be a heavy favorite over me, he seems to be trying to gain every advantage he can over me for this fight in and outside of the ring.
“From the announcement of today’s judges, to the selection of the ring size and rumors that I here from his sparring partner about some dirty tricks that he likes to engage in during fights, it looks like I’m going to have to be on my Ps & Qs for this fight.
“Dr. Frankenstein is trying to win this thing by hook or by crook. I’m definitely going to have someone in his dressing room checking his gloves closely.
Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan once again displayed why his moniker fits the bill after putting away Darren Fallen inside of two rounds last night in the main event of “The Brawl in Brick City” at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. Both men took their time in the opening moments of fight, with Bryan patiently throwing jabs while Fallen tried using his reach advantage from the outside. Near the end of the first, Bryan decked Fallen with a short left hook, but the Philadelphia native made it back to his feet to finish the round. Bryan picked up where he left off in the second, dropping The 18 fight veteran hard to the canvas with a huge right hand. (more…)
By Bob Hough and David Robinett at ringside
Ana Julaton (6-1-1, 1 KO) used her speed and what she called a substantially improved jab to dominate Donna Biggers (19-9-1, 16 KOs) on Friday in San Jose, Calif. Julaton, who added the WBO super-bantamweight title to her IBA belt, won by scores of 100-90, 99-91 and 99-91. Eloy “The Prince” Perez continued his impressive rise, picking up the vacant WBO NABO super-featherweight title with a fifth-round stoppage of overmatched Juan Santiago. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago at ringside
Last night at a jam packed Absoloot Boxing’s The Pit in the heart of Atlanta Georgia, Yahya McClain (24-7-2, 17 KOs) dazzled the crowd as he dismantled the game but outclassed Shane “Superman” Steele (6-2, 5 KOs) of Kentucky over three one-sided rounds. Click here for more + photos
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading PA, fans were treated to a little bit of oddities as Kings Promotions put on a challenging six bout card (along with a twelve bouts of amateur MMA intertwined throughout the night) which included a no contest, a controversial decision and a fighter who clowned around on his way to a unanimous decision loss. However, the main event was not one of those oddities as Reading PA cruiserweight Julio Caesar Mathews (9-0, 5 KOs) proved he is one to reckoned with, by scoring an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Adrian, Michigan’s Harvey “Candy Man” Jolly (10-12, 5KOs).
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham and Vernon Paris won by convincing stoppages in the featured contests on Carlos Llinas International Productions (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions latest promotion at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Friday night. Click here for more + photos
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#1 Japanese welter champ Daisuke Nakagawa (15-2-1, 11 KOs), 146.75, kept his national belt when he accelerated his attack as the contest progressed and finally caught JBC#12 Kazukaze Yamakaze (9-5-1, 2 KOs), 147, to score a TKO win at 2:01 in the tenth and final round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The final session witnessed Nakagawa’s last surge pin the fading challenger to the ropes with a fusillade of punches, which prompted the referee Tsuchiya’s intervention. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten world champs collide tomorrow (Sunday) in Osaka, Japan. WBA female minimum champ Etsuko Tada (6-0, 2 KOs), 103.75, Japan, will face WBC light-flyweight titlist Naomi Togashi (6-0, 4 KOs), 104.75, a hard-punching compatriot, with both belts on the line over ten two-minute rounds. It was just in 2007 that Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) recognized the female boxing. Since then, women boxers who had previously fought under private organizations and such amateur girls as Tada and Togashi began to fight publicly under the JBC. Sad enough, the female boxing is struggling to survive here since people haven’t paid much attention to girls swapping punches. We have seen miserable ticket-selling, least crowd and cold ignorance by our TV companies on the female boxing. (more…)
According to the Nevada State Athletic Commission, “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. allegedly tested positive for the banned substance Furosemide (a drug that elevates the rate of urination) in testing done for his November 14 bout with Troy Rowland in Las Vegas. Chavez has 20 days to respond. He is facing the possibility of his win over Rowland being changed to a no decision, as well as a fine and suspension.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan has lashed out at his British detractors. “I can only say that sometimes skin color does make a difference,” stated Khan, who is of Paskistani decent. “I know for a fact if I were a white English fighter maybe I would have been a superstar in Britain, and the world.” He added, “In America they treat me like God!”
Bernard Hopkins still insists that his rematch with Roy Jones Jr. is viable despite Jones’ first round KO loss to Danny Green. “The Executioner” implied that the stoppage was too early. “Let the man defend himself to the point where he’s either down or basically quit,” he stated. “Everybody knows what happens when you go over to Europe. That’s why I would never go over there.” (Note: Green-Jones was actually in Australia).
Looks like Arthur Abraham and Andre Dirrell won’t be locked down in training camp over the Holidays after all. Their proposed January 23 SUPER SIX showdown has reportedly now been set for March 6 in Rancho Mirage, CA (121 miles east of Los Angeles).
In two contrasting fights, “Kid” Carson Jones dealt Tyrone “The One” Brunson the first loss of his career in the main event while former WBO junior lightweight world champion Mike Anchondo won an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in the co-feature on an exciting night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® Friday before a capacity crowd at the Chumash Casino Resort. Referee Dr. James Jenkin stepped in between a barrage of punches by Jones (24-7-1, 15 KOs) against a defenseless Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs) at 2:39 in the third round, exposing the heralded Philadelphian for the first time in his young career and giving Jones the TKO. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Tonight’s boxing card at the Casino de Montreal will have a distinct Canadian flavor to it as the action will feature a majority of bouts starring boxers from outside Quebec. Headlining the action will be former WBA light middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (31-1, 19 KOs) in hopes to working his way back to the top as he battles Christophe Canclaux (40-2, 25 KOs) for the WBO inter-continental junior middleweight championship. Undercard action will feature three Ontario boxers and featherweight Arash Usmanee (3-0, 2 KOs) of Alberta, making his Montreal debut. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
After years of anticipation, the state title fight between local heavyweight rivals Raphael Butler (35-8, 28 KO’s) and Joey Abell (25-4, 24 KO’s) ended in a no contest Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. After some confusion over whether the bell had rung to end the first round (it had), a vicious combination to the head by Abell sent Butler crashing to the canvas. The fight was originally ruled a Butler DQ win, but was later changed to a no contest. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Last March in Britain, Ola Afolabi, the Nigerian cruiserweight who lives in Los Angeles, pulled off a big surprise in a fight for the interim title when he knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli in the ninth round. On Saturday in Germany, Afolabi will attempt to achieve his second consecutive upset when he challenges Marco “Käpt’n” Huck for the WBO’s “full” title in the 200-pound division. It would be a stunning achievement should the London-born Afolabi upset the odds twice in a row in Europe although Yonnhy Perez, the Colombian bantamweight, beat two favourites in a row this year with his wins over Silence Mabuza and Joseph Agbeko. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After wins over Marco Antonio Barrera and Andreas Kotelnik in his last two fights, Britain’s Amir Khan has put the one-round shocker against Breidis Prescott firmly behind him. Now Khan hopes to embark on the next phase of his career, which is to become a global superstar. The Khan camp is believed to have spoken with HBO executives in Las Vegas last month — introductions were made when the British fighter was in town for the Pacquiao-Cotto fight. I had a few words with Khan and it was clear to me that he would love to see his name in lights on the famous strip. (more…)
From the Palms in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s T.U.F. finale:
The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale
Brendan Schaub 240 vs. Roy Nelson 263
Jon Jones 206 vs. Matt Hamill 206
Houston Alexander 208 vs. Kimbo Slice 212
Matt Veach 155 vs. Frank Edgar 155
Matt Mitrione 255 vs. Marcus Jones 262
James McSweeney 235 vs. Darrill Schoonover 261
Justin Wren 251 vs. Jon Madsen 247
Rodney Wallace 203 vs. Brian Stann 205
Dennis Hallman 169 vs. John Howard 170
Joe Brammer 155 vs. Mark Bocek 156
Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez is likely to face indefinite suspension, officials said following her actions Saturday night after pulling out last minute against Holly Holm at Isleta Casino & Resort. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) finished the night with another victory, but it wasn’t over Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez. Tonight at Isleta Casino & Resort, shortly before the main event was scheduled to go, Hernandez bailed out on her pound-for-pound showdown with Holm, fleeing the building with the excuse that that she would not fight, her corner not having seen Holm wrap her hands. Despite not having been available during Holm’s hand-wrapping, and regardless of offers to re-wrap, Hernandez took her gear and fled. Replacing Hernandez on a literal last-minute, Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2) stepped in to fight Holm. Though losing virtually every round, Cisneros gave a game performance, to lose with scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice. On the undercard: Suzannah Warner (9-8) won a split decision over Jodie Esquibel (5-5-1) to retain her NABF minimumweight title. David Proa (6-1, 6 KOs) retired after two rounds in a six-rounder against Robert Guillen (5-4-3); Jessica Sanchez (1-1-2) and Amanda Crespin (0-1-1) fought a four-round draw; Michael Brooks (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO’d Christian Bruffy-Holmes (0-1) at 1:45 of round two. Stay tuned for full report tomorrow.
Welterweight Euri “Millon” Gonzalez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) won a close twelve round majority decision over Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-14-2, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Gonzalez survived a last round assault by Rivera to win 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114.
By Emily Harney
Ed Paredes (22-3-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Oscar Leon (28-10, 18 KOs) in the 4th round of a scheduled 10. Time was 51 seconds. Paredes was the main event on the “Back Yard Brawl” presented by GD Big Promotions/DeCubs held at La Covacha in Miami Florida. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior middleweight veteran Carson Jones (24-7-1, 15 KOs) promised to expose KO King Tyrone Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs) and that’s just what he did on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jones dropped Brunson in round three with a big right hand then got the stoppage with a sustained follow up barrage. Time was 2:39. Brunson started his career with a record 19 consecutive first round KOs, albeit against suspect opposition.
Former WBO junior lightweight world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) won an eight round split decision over previously undefeated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (13-1, 6 KOs) in an all action fight. Scores were 77-75, 77-75 Anchondo, 79-73 Herrera.
Bantamweight Chris Avalos (15-0, 11 KO’s) stopped overmatched Jose Pacheco (2-10-6) in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. The game Pacheco was no match for the faster, stronger, and more polished Avalos. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the bout at 1:34.
Lightweight Marvin Quintero stopped Tyler Ziolowski in the second round of a scheduled eight round bout. Quintero (18-2, 13 KO’s) overwhelmed Ziolowski (12-10, 6 KO’s) with power and speed, eventually trapping him in a corner and prompting a stoppage by referee Dr. James Jen-Kin at 1:15 of the second round.
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek (37-1, 27 KO), following his destruction of Andrew Golota, will continue his quest to further his heavyweight career. On February 6th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Adamek will take on Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) in a 12 round IBF heavyweight international championship fight. The fight is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc.
Former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (21-2, 15 KOs) suffered his second straight defeat in his much anticipated comeback fight on Friday night at the Freizeit Arena in the Austrian winter sports mecca of Sölden. Unbeaten WBO super middleweight intercontinental titleholder Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs) retained his belt by taking a twelve round split decision. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 for Gutknecht and 116-113 for Balzsay.
In an important WBO bantamweight intercontinental clash, WBO #3 Zsolt Bedak scored a seventh round KO over WBO #4 Ramie Laput.
Also WBC flyweight world champion Simona Galassi (12-1, 3 KOs) outpointed Aziza Oubaita (9-2-1, 4 KOs) to successfully defend her belt. Galassi is targeting WBA/WIBF/WBO champion Susi Kentikian.
Paul Williams 157 vs Sergio Martinez 159
Chris Arreola 263 vs Brian Minto 218
Chazz Witherspoon 234 vs Tony Thompson 250
Carlos Quintana 153.5 vs Jesse Feliciano 152.5
Jorge Diaz 123.5 vs Luiz Paneto 121.5
Jeremiah Wiggans 151.5 vs Manuel Guzman 150
Venue: Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Goosen Tutor
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WBA bantamweight Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (27-1-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title against challenger Frederic Patrac (26-8-1, 13 KOs) of France by eleventh round TKO. The bout took place in Patrac’s homeland of Agde, France. Moreno took control from the opening bell sticking his right jab in the Frenchman’s face from his southpaw stance followed with the straight left. Though the fight wasn’t fought toe to toe it was fought at reasonably close quarters as Moreno simply turned the oncharging Patrac at will, slipping most shots thrown at him. The few punches the Frenchman was able to land cleanly the fans screamed enthusiastically. Things turned for the worst for Patrac in round eight when Moreno hurt him with a serious of headshots and it appeared that the referee Mark Nelson might stop the bout but the bell saved the Frenchman. Though he wasn’t anywhere near the same trouble as in round eight, rounds nine and ten were more punishing rounds for Patrac as Moreno was now hurting him to the body as well. The eleventh and final round was a painful one for Patrac as Moreno raked his body with a regularly mixing it with uppercuts and straight lefts. The referee stopped the bout while Moreno was working Patrac over in the corner.
On January 9th Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda will return to Germany for the first time since his controversial loss to Arthur Abraham back in 2006. It seems only fitting that he will have the opportunity to become a world champion in the same country that he left over three years ago feeling robbed. “I may have not taken the belt with me the last time I left Germany, but this time it will be wrapped around my waist when I return back home” says Miranda who has been training with world renowned trainer Joe Goossen since his loss to Andre Ward earlier this year. “Joe has been fantastic to work with. I feel like a new fighter already. I am very excited to put on a great performance in front of the world.” Miranda 33-4 (29KOs) has faced some of the best fighters in the sport. His losses have come to three fighters who have a combined record of 87-1 with the sole loss coming from the hands of all time great Bernard Hopkins. “I have been to battle with some great champions and have fought them in their backyards. This is not new to me and if Robert Stieglitz wants me to fight him in his home town, then I will happily destroy him in front of his fans.” This WBO Super Middleweight Championship battle will be broadcast live from Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on ZDF. For more information on Edison Miranda visit www.panteraboxing.com or become a fan on facebook.
WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (10-3, 3 KOs) weighed in at 129 pounds while her opponent Lyndsey Scragg (10-1, 3 KOs) stood on the scales at 128 pounds. Kina (pictured on the right), who has become a sports hero in her native Peru, defends her crown this Saturday (December 5th) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Her fight will be carried live in Peru and also on the internet at www.BattleInTheBallroom.com. Also featured on the six bout card will be lightweight contender Armando Santa Cruz (27-4, 16 KOs), along with promising welterweight Ricky Duenas (4-1, 2 KOs) and bantamweight Oscar Venegas (1-0, 1 KO) plus from Peru super featherweight Carlos Zambrano (8-0, 3 KOs) and Juan Zegarra (3-0, 3 KOs). Promoter Roy Englebrecht states that a few tickets are still available at the box office.
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