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By Matt Richardson
Welterweight contender Dmitriy Salita remembers the words clearly. “You know how to take care of yourself now,” Salita’s longtime corner man and trainer Jimmy O’Pharrow told him before his two most recent fights. O’Pharrow, long a staple in the career of Salita, did not attend the former title challenger’s last two bouts.
“Jimmy O, the great man and visionary that he was, did not work my corner for the last two fights and prepared me to be functional when such a day would come,” Salita recalls. “He called me before my last two fights and told me that he will be at home a few miles away praying for me.” (more…)
Last Friday at Club Cicilista Juninense, Junín, Buenos Aires, Marcelino “Nino” Lopez (21-0, 9 KOs) retained his WBC Latino lightweight title after beating Alberto “Puma” Santillán (17-7, 5 KOs) by split decision in a rematch, which is a hot candidate for “national fight of the year”, according to the experts. Lopez won the first fight by majority decision.
In addition, former WBA light heavyweight world champion Hugo “Pigu” Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) returned after 8 months of inactivity, to beat by decision Martin “Whip” Islas (11-24, 3 KOs) in a six rounder clash at cruiserweight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Despite initial fears of a broken orbital bone, middleweight David Lemieux was given a clean bill of health over the weekend. The 22 year-old slugging sensation who suffered a stunning 7th round TKO defeat to Marco Antonio Rubio after winning and dominating the first five rounds had a severely swollen jaw following the fight and his team had feared the worst. “I’m glad to report that after careful and thorough examination, the only damage may be to his ego,” joked Lemieux’s trainer Russ Anber to FightNews. (more…)
By Graham Houston
There probably weren’t many who believed he could do it, but Erik Morales almost turned back the years with his courageous performance against Marcos Maidana on HBO PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night. The 34-year-old veteran from Tijuana was right in the fight for 10 rounds and the younger, stronger Maidana needed a big finish in the last two rounds to make sure of victory.
Although one judge had the fight a draw the two scores of 116-112 in Maidana’s favour seemed to be the correct ones. For me, it was Maidana early and late, with Morales fighting so well in the middle rounds that an upset looked possible in the junior welterweight title fight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
While it won’t go down in history as a game plan rivaling the Greek army conquering the city of Troy, Marco Antonio Rubio was nonetheless successful Friday night in weathering a brutal storm from hard-hitting 22 year-old David Lemieux before quickly turning things around and ending things in the 7th round. All three scorecards read 59-55 in favour of Lemieux who was credited with winning the first five rounds of the bout.
“I think my experience is what helped me win the fight,” said Rubio following the contest. “I have the experience, early in my career I was a knockout puncher, knocking guys out in the early rounds, but over time, my experience has shown me to be over anxious and over zealous to try and win every fight in the first and second round. I knew he was going to come out, he’s a young fighter, he doesn’t have the experience yet to understand, he came out thinking he was going to knock me out in the first and second round, he’s a hard puncher, but I knew my strategy coming in was to take it to the later rounds and it would be my fight. For more details and photos click here…
McKenzie to face Palaszewski at UFC 130: The master of the McKenzietine, TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie, will get a tough test on May 28 in Las Vegas when he squares off against WEC vet Bart Palaszewski in a UFC 130 lightweight bout that was verbally agreed to today.
The Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Showtime broadcaster Al Bernstein will host the BWAA’s 86th annual awards banquet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 6, 2011. “We are ecstatic to have Al Bernstein as our master of ceremonies,” said BWAA President Jack Hirsch. “His presence will add greatly to the prestige of the affair.” (more…)
After five weeks of hard work in which he sparred more than 140 rounds, undefeated WBO-NABO Super Flyweight Champion Cesar “Junito” Seda, Jr. (20-0, 15 KO’s) has completed training camp at the Olympic Village in Salinas, Puerto Rico and left for Argentina. He will challenge WBO World Champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KO’s) on April 15 at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires.
“This was the best camp of my life,” said Seda as he prepared to leave. “In previous fights, I would stay here for about two weeks in advance of fights, but this time we decided to stay almost six weeks in the village. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and for that reason I stayed longer.” (more…)
The day after losing an unanimous decision to Tomasz Adamek, Kevin McBride and his wife Danielle are talking about what’s next for tough Irish “Clones Colossus.”
“Looks like this is it for me. Adamek ended my career, just the way I did end Mike Tyson career,” said McBride talking about the fight with Adamek, what happened in the ring and Adamek chances against Vitali Klitschko.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian junior welterweight Diana Prazak (5-1, 4 KOs) captured the vacant national crown (female) when she stopped Malin Morgan (1-3) in six rounds of a scheduled eight round contest on Sunday at the Grand Star Reception Center in Altona, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In other action welterweight Todd Kidd (5-0, 2 KOs) was extended over six rounds against Alex Ahtong (5-10-3, 4 KOs) but won a majority decision. Also welterweight Jason Kanofki (14-6-3, 2 KOs) was awarded a six round majority decision against Brad Hemming (13-10-1, 5 KOs). Classy super bantamweight Mark Quon (10-3-1, 2 KOs) dominated Kong Kiatprasak Gym of Thailand over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. Former Australian light middleweight champion Frank LaPorto stopped Indonesian Aswin Cabuy in five rounds. Promoter: Adam Wilcox of Fightcard Promotions. Click here for more photos…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) proved all his qualities in beating Kevin McBride (35-9, 29 KOs) after twelve action-packed rounds on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This is what he had to say just after his unanimous decision win and sixth straight victory as a heavyweight, setting up a September date with Vitali Klitschko.
Kathy Duva, your promoter from Main Events and your trainer Roger Bloodworth both agreed that as a heavyweight you’re moving better than when you were as a light heavyweight champion…
I have to do it this way. What other chances I have against a 6’10, more than 285 pound giant? Exchange punches, wait for clinches? It would make no sense. Roger (Bloodworth) was very clear about my duties: moving left and right, two jabs, right hand, changing position, do it again. It is my style, the only style versus fighters with McBride’s size. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
Photos: Terri Degenaars/A-ListPhotography.com
George “Monk” Foreman III (12-0, 11 KOs) took another successful step in his career Friday evening in the featured bout of “The Legend Continues” event presented by Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. The unbeaten heavyweight from Humble, Texas, with his legendary father “Big” George Foreman in his corner, defeated Eric Lindsey (3-11, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Louisiana by knockout at 2:54 of the first round. (more…)
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
It was expected to be a slaughter in front of 7,154 rabid Mexican fans at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas as heavy-hitting Marcos Maidana took on living legend Erik Morales.
It was anything but . . . Click here for more
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Postfight press coverage and photos by Chris Cozzone
In much the same way most of press row will be dining on crow all week, having earmarked the return of Erik Morales something closer to a funeral than the epic battle it turned out to be, the campy billing of “Action Heroes” had most of us rolling our eyes.
“Waiter! I’ll have another heaping plate of crow, pronto!” . . . Click here for more
“I knew he was a great warrior and would put up a great fight,” were the first words out of Marcos Maidana after he made his entrance into the media room, an Argentinean flag draped over his shoulders.
“I never thought it was gonna be an easy fight. I expected a war and that’s what happened” . . . Click here for more
Erik Morales: “I want to acknowledge everyone who came to see this fight. I’m a good fighter. I fight for the people of Tijuana. I think he [Maidana] may have won a close fight, but not a clean win. I think that I won the fight because I landed the better punches. [I thought I could beat him] because I have a lot of speed. I have also have dignity and heart. I want a rematch. I thought I won. I’m better than him. I finished the fight with my heart. Viva Mexico!”
Marcos Maidana: “I am very happy to have won the [WBA interim super lightweight] title. We knew that Erik Morales was a great warrior and he was going to give a great fight. I never thought it was going to be an easy fight. I was expecting a war and that is exactly what happened. I was staying positive and trying to catch him with the counter. I was never tired. I would like the rematch, but there are other fighters in the division I would want to fight as well. It surprised me that he was able to take those punches. He was very difficult to knock out. In order to knock him out, you need a stick or a hammer or something. I like when fighters stand in front of me and are brave. Morales is a good fighter and a strong fighter. He can continue his career because he’ll do well. I really did find this [fight] close, but I came out as the winner at the end.”
Nobuhiro Ishida: “As you know, Japan had a very big earthquake. It makes me happy and proud to come to the United States and win for my country. He [Kirkland] didn’t expect this from me. He didn’t respect what we had. Kirkland kept coming forward at me and so I kept going with my right, my right, my right and it worked. I had my country on my side and now I’m ready for a world title shot.”
James Kirkland: “I don’t know why they stopped the fight. There is not a three knockdown rule in Vegas. I’m really upset right now. That was a messed up call. I was telling him I wanted to keep fighting. He [Ishida] wasn’t anything. He had no power. This was messed up.” (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
In a fight for the ages, jr welterweight Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) took a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over legendary three-division world champion Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) to regain the vacant interim WBA title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Maidana punished Morales in round one, causing “El Terrible’s” right eye to swell shut. Morales landed some shots in round two, but Maidana still dominated the round. Morales slowly started working his way back into the fight, however, and clearly won round five. Morales rocked Maidana with a left hook in round eight. The fight seemed close entering the championship rounds. Maidana was much busier in rounds eleven and twelve and pulled it out by scores of 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.
After the fight Morales said he wants a rematch and Maidana said he’d give him one.
Photos: Hitz Boxing
Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, Los Angeles, via Ghana lightweight Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu moved his record to 20-2-1, 16 KOs and picked up the NABA-US Lightweight Championship by taking a unanimous (78-74, 78-74 and 77-75) decision over Golden Meadow, Louisiana’s John Revish (10-3-2, 8 KOs). Amidu broke up a fairly even fight by applying constant pressure that eventually wilted the game Revish. Yakubu and his brother are managed by actor Vince Vaughn who was in attendance. (more…)
Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano got back on the winning track tonight in the main event on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Grano improved his record to 18-2-1 (14 KOs) with a sixth round technical knockout of crafty veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (20-11-1, 10 KOs). Grano dropped Alexander three times in the final round. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
In his final tuneup before facing challenging WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in September, heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision 6’6, 285lb “Clones Colossus” Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek’s speed and movement gave the much slower McBride problems all night. The plodding McBride was often caught with clean punches, but was never close to being knocked down. Scores were 120-107, 119-108, 119-108. McBride was deducted a point by referee Randy Neumann for holding in round seven. For more details and photos click here…
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