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David Haye is the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after clinching a points victory over Nikolai Valuev. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,000 fans in Nuremberg, Haye was ahead 116-112 on two cards, with the third judge ruling the contest a 114-114 draw. The clash drew a sensational peak market share of 40,5 percent (8,4 million viewers) on German free-to-air giant ARD. “It’s a dream come true,” Haye enthused afterwards. “I’ve fought the biggest heavyweight champion of all time and caught him with big shots. My speed was key tonight. He has a granite chin and took my punches. I’m a guy who says what he thinks and sometimes that upsets people but I’m full of respect for Valuev, he showed he can take some big shots.” (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Junior Lightweight Andrey Isaev improved to 22-1 with a ten round majority decision over Derrick Campos (20-10) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Campos appeared to be the stronger of the two men and brought the action with a straightforward slugging style. Isaev is a lanky fighter, but he gives up his height and reach advantages by hunching over and rarely using his jab. Isaev had the faster hands, straighter punches, and solid inside fighting technique, which he used to win most exchanges. Campos survived cuts over both eyes to stage a late rounds rally, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Judges had it 96-94 twice, and 95-95. Fightnews had it 99-91 for Isaev. (more…)
According to Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, Rita Figueroa is doing very well. She was very talkative late this afternoon when he visited the hospital and is expected to make a complete recovery and leave the hospital in the coming days. She thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers. Rita has long been a fan favorite in Chicago, known for her take no prisoners style of boxing. Her fight on Friday night against Kita Watkins was fought in the exactly the same manner.
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
This time there was no question. IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) defended his IBO belt and won the vacant WBC interim belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Glen Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) on Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Johnson tried to pressure Dawson, but Chad was too fast, too mobile and too skilled to let “The Road Warrior” turn it into a brawl as he did in their first fight. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
NABA welterweight beltholder Mike Jones (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over tough guy Raul Pinzon (16-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Jones put Pinzon on the deck with a body shot in round five. Time was 1:40.
Junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (13-4, 8 KOs) stopped Latif Mundy (8-2-1, 3 KOs) at 1:53 of round seven.
Comebacking welterweight Mike “No Joke” Stewart (44-7-2, 23 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown and a cut to post a close six round unanimous decision over Louie Leija (21-13-1, 15 KOs). Scores were 57-56 on all three cards.
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Manny Pacquiao stopped the flow of traffic late Saturday afternoon on Vine Street in Hollywood as he was about to honor a commitment with Nike. Pacquiao had just wound up his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club as he is revving up for next week’s big clash with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in Las Vegas when the crowd started to swell. Members of the LAPD had to be called in to make sure Pacquiao gets out of the Wild Card premises in time for his appointment.
By Johnny B’
Last night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, veteran female fighter Rita Figueroa dropped a six round decision to Kita Watkins ( 57-56 on all three cards) . After the light welterweight bout, Figueroa was taken to a nearby hospital where she has undergone brain surgery. Figueroa is in Intensive Care Unit at this time. All her family, friends and fans wish her a full recovery.
By Alexey Potapov
In a walk-out bout in Nuremberg, former WBO heavyweight champion Sergey Lyakhovich (24-3, 15 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Jeremy Bates (22-17-1, 18 KOs). The bout was waved off after Lyakhovich connected with a big left hand.
Feature story by Mariano A. Agmi
One of the world’s best pound for pound talents returns home tonight when “Bad” Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) takes on the “Road Warrior,” Glen Johnson (49-12, 33 KOs), at the XL Center in Hartford, CT . . . click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev and Alexey Potapov
Britain’s best David “The Hayemaker” Haye (23-1, 21 KOs) made a history by becoming only the second ever cruiserweight champion to capture a world title in the most prestigious weight class on Saturday night at the Versischerung Arena in Nuremberg, Germany. Haye outpointed WBA heavyweight titleholder Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) in a close and, in some corners, controversial fashion with the scores 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112. WBA #4 Haye followed the path of the legendary Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, who was, ironically, defeated by Nikolay in his last bout. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Super middleweight Sebastien Demers (30-2 11KO) came storming back from a first round knockdown to post a 116-110, 116-110, 115-112 victory over a game Nicholson Poulard (13-3 6KO), capturing the vacant NABF title on Saturday afternoon at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Poulard came out strong, capturing five of the first six rounds on one scorecard while taking down the former world title challenger with a right hand at the end of the first and hurting him in the second. Demers though was able to weather the storm, getting a knockdown of his own to end the 7th, a perfect left that Poulard never saw coming. The victory sets up a fight for December 11th on the undercard of Pascal-Diaconu against another local rival, world ranked Renan St-Juste.
It looked as if it was going to be long day for knockout sensation David Lemieux. It wasn’t. The exciting middleweight scored his 19th knockout in as many fights getting things done before the end of the second round. Alfredo Contreras (10-7-1 4KO) took a blitzkrieg of blows in the second round and remained vertical until a body blow crippled the Mexican fighter, taking him down for a count of ten and beyond at the 2:57 mark. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior welterweight Patrick Ortiz may have the nickname of “El Elegante” (the elegant one), but his fighting style is anything but that. Just ask his opponent, Sergio Rivera. Ortiz dominated Rivera throughout eight rounds, easily winning a unanimous decision victory before over 1,300 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “Path to Glory” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #9 Ryan Waters (18-2-1, 11 KOs) retained the WBO Oriental 154 pound title on Friday when he stopped Fijian Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) in four rounds at the Cronulla Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Waters controlled the action as he boxed aggressively in all rounds contested. At :47 of round four referee Will Soulos crowned Waters to save Tagi from further punishment. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight knockout artist Keith “One Time” Thurman was taken the distance for the first time, winning an 8 round unanimous decision over Edvan Barros on One Punch Productions final “Ballroom Brawl” of 2009 Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida. Thurman dropped Barros with a body shot in the 7th, however Barros showed his experience in tying Thurman up and making it to the final bell. Scores were 80-71, and 79-72 twice. With the win Thurman goes to 11-0, 10 KOs.
Also on the card cruiserweight Nick Iannuzzi (13-1, 8 KOs) returned to previous form with a suprising knockout of “The Contender” alumni Michael Alexander (12-4). Iannuzzi, coming off a knockout loss to Harvey Jolly, floored Alexander in the second round. Alexander managed to get to his feet by the count of 10, but was in no shape to continue and the bout was waved off. (more…)
It might’ve been billed as “The Road to Redemption,” but the marquee names and their chosen road kill had three main bouts taking disappointing turns for the worse, off-road, off-beat and just plain off. One was ugly enough to make a freight train take a dirt road; the second ended up a road to nowhere; and the third, well, the third was a case of let’s-get-this-show-on-the-road because it never really happened . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe upset the odds to win the SA junior lightweight title when he outpointed Jasper Seroka over 12 rounds at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre in Lenasia on Friday night. Judges Amos Lusenga and Sazi Xamlashe scored the fight 116-112 and judge Tony Nyangiwe had it 116-113. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Veteran Dorin Spivey of Portsmith, VA captured the NABA lightweight title with a fourth round stoppage against Meacher Major of the Bahamas. Spivey (36-6, 29 KOs) dropped Major (16-4-1), twice in round two, the second one just before the bell sounded. Both boxers fought a spirited third round, trading bombs on each other and taking turns shaking the other one up. In the fourth, Spivey unloaded a booming right hand that hurt Major and after a flurry of unanswered punches referee Charlie Fitch rightfully called off the action at :52. For more details and photos click here…
Mark Vaz at Ringside; photos by Emily Harney
It was the age-old story of the young, up-and-coming contender facing a fading former champ on Halloween night as light-heavyweight contender Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-2, 18 KOs) fought to a majority draw against former title holder Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) over ten spirited rounds in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports “Fright Night at the Sun” this past Saturday. Click here for the full report and action packed photos!
By Graham Houston
In a fight where more than the usual number of possible outcomes dance in one’s imagination, Russia’s huge Nikolai Valuev defends his WBA heavyweight title against Britain’s colourful David Haye in Nuremberg on Saturday. One can see Haye coming out with big punches and destroying the much bigger but much slower champion in a few rounds, a bit like Jack Dempsey wrecking Jess Willard, or perhaps chopping him down slowly and cruelly, as Max Baer did to Primo Carnera, in boxing’s most famous heavyweight-versus-giant fights. (more…)
Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) is chomping at the bit to get to current IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) tonight in Hartford, CT. Johnson and Dawson fought in March of 2008 where Dawson won a hard fought unanimous decision, however Johnson closed the bout extremely strong, which left the door open for a rematch. To this date, Johnson insists he won the first fight. “The fight was a very competitive fight,” the man known as the ‘Road Warrior’ told Fightnews. “However, I feel I forced the action and especially in the second half of the fight. I also had him very hurt late in the fight. To beat the champion you’re supposed to take it to them in order to win the title. I felt I did that.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior welterweight prospect Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (17-2, 11 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Sergio “Pollero” Rivera (14-4-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Lopez was simply too strong and too quick as he compiled a shutout 80-72 win on all three cards.
Welterweights Pavel Miranda (18-4-1, 10 KOs) and Vardan Gasparyan (11-2-5, 5 KOs) fought to a well-fought six round majority decision draw. Both fighters had their moments in the spirited contest. Scores were 58-56 for Gasparyan, while the other judges had it 57-57.
Lightweight Hector Serrano remained unbeaten with a six round unanimous decision over trialhorse Jaime Orrantia (11-25-5, 3 KOs). Serrano (10-0, 3 KOs) won by scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
Super Welterweight Alberto Herrera (6-0, 5 KOs) stopped Jesus Vallejo (3-2, 3 KOs) in the second of a scheduled six round bout. Referee Dr. Lou Moret stopped the bout at 1:06 against the protests of Vallejo.
By Bob Caico at ringside
Veteran Dorin Spivey of Portsmith, VA captured the NABA lightweight title with a four round stoppage of Meacher Major of the Bahamas. Spivey (36-6, 29 KOs) dropped Major (15-5-1), twice in round two, the second one just before the bell sounded. After a spirited third round Spivey unloaded a right hand that hurt Major and after a sworm of unanswered punches the referee rightfully called off the action at :52.
Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo captured the NYS super featherweight belt with an 8-round unanimous decision over Jose Guzman of the Bronz.
Junior welterweight Nick Casal of Niagara Falls scored an 8-round unanimous decision over Christopher Fernandez of Utah.
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Unbeaten super middleweight Donovan “DA BOMB” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jason Naugler (18-11-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In a good action fight, George staggered Naugler in round four with a big right hand and followed up with a barrage of hard punches that prompted referee Gino Rodriguez to wave it off. Naugler complained about the stoppage to no avail.
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
Former junior welter and welterweight world champion Zab Judah (38-6, 26 KOs) make quick work of journeyman Ubaldo Hernandez (22-20-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Judah dropped Hernandez with a body shot in round one and finished him with a barrage of punches in round two. Referee Joe Cortez waved it off after Judah put Hernandez on the deck again at the :35 mark.
After a sluggish start, 38-year-old former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor (37-4-1, 22 KOs), who came in at a career high of 146lbs, schooled Jason Davis (11-5-1, 3 KOs) over the last three rounds to take an eight round unanimous decision. Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 79-73.
A light heavyweight bout between Ron Johnson (11-1, 3 KOs) and Dumont Welliver (18-19-1, 6 KOs) ended in a no-contest after Welliver suffered a deep gash above and below his left eye following an accidental headbutt in round two.
Featherweight Salvador Sanchez (17-3-2, 8 KOs) outpointed Jose Pacheco (2-9-6, 0 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54, 60-54 59-55. Sanchez is the nephew of the late, great world champion Salvador Sanchez, regarded as one of the best featherweights of all time.
In off-TV bouts: Dayel “Toddy Jr.” Sitiwatjana (1-0) stole the show with a four-round bangfest with Brice Yeniki (0-3), winning a shutout 40-36 decision on all cards; and in the walkout bout, Joseph Judah (5-0, 1 KO) scored two knockdowns over Joel Gonzales (2-5, 1 KO) to win with scores of 39-34 twice and 39-35.
Mike Jones 146 vs Raul Pinzon 151.6
(NABA Welterweight Title)
Latif Mundy 155.8 vs Gabriel Rosado 154
Louie Leija 145.2 vs Mike Stewart 146.6
Ronald Cruz 146.2 vs Ashantie Hendrickson 147
Julio Sanchez 166.4 vs Philip Jackson Benson 166.4
Josh Mercado 147.6 vs Epi Cosme Rodriguez 147
Khalil Farah 173 vs Keith Kozlin 152
Note: Pinzon could not make the 147-pound limit. If Pinzon wins, the NABA title will be vacant. If Jones wins, he retains the NABA title.
Venue: Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing
Tickets remain at $75, all $50 tickets sold out. First fight 7.30 p.m.
By Felipe Leon
In what is sure to make his fans happy, a change of plans for Humberto “Zorrita” Soto’s end of the year bout has been announced. Antonio “Cañitas” Lozada, manager of the two time world champion, announced that Soto, of Los Mochix, MX, will face the also two time world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez on December 19th in either Soto’s home state of Sinaloa or in the state of Mexico. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
There is a saying that a boxer who can bounce back from defeat comes back a stronger fighter. In the manner that he dismantled Gabriel Rosado in his last bout, it seems that junior middleweight Alfredo Angulo can move mountains. However, he will have to clear another obstacle that can easily derail his path towards a world title. Angulo will face Harry Joe Yorgey at the XL Center in Hartford, CT on Saturday night. The bout, which will precede the Chad Dawson-Glen Johnson world title rematch bout, will be for the WBO world interim title. Both fights headline a Gary Shaw Productions card and will be televised on HBO. (more…)
By Butch Gottlieb/boxinginlasvegas.com
In an exclusive interview yesterday with BILV/Fightnews, former WBO super featherweight champion Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) said that he is really looking forward to his upcoming fight on November 28th for the vacant IBF lightweight title against Ali Funeka (3-2, 25 KOs) on the undercard of the Lucian Bute vs Librado Andrade rematch that will be televised on HBO. Guzman stated that, “I have not fought in almost a year and I am so ready for this fight. We have had a great training camp in Las Vegas.” Click here for more photos…
Sebastien Demers 167.2 vs Nicholson Poulard 167.11
David Lemieux 162.14 vs Alfredo Contreras 162.10
Manolis Plaitis 150.13 vs Noel Cortez 151.10
Eleider Alvarez 181.4 vs Alvaro Enriquez 177.13
Oscar Rivas 225.12 vs Ramon Hayes 262.5
Dierry Jean 139.10 vs Hugo Armenta 139.7
Venue: Montreal Casino, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Yvon Michel
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Two-time world bantamweight champion Veerapol Sahaprom (66-4-2, 47 KOs) won a unanimous decision over ABCO #13 Alex BS on Thursday at Meanburi Market in Bangkok, Thailand. The experienced Thai fighter mostly controlled the show, attacking and weakening the Indonesian with his tough bodyshots, before he easily scored a unanimous decision in a six round non-title bout. Veerapol, 41 years old, is now aiming to challenge for the world title again, particularly against WBC 122lb title holder Toshiaki Nishioka of Japan. But he should carefully consider if any 40+ bantamweight should fight at the world championship level. (more…)
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