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Report by Chris Cozzone, photos by Natasha Chornesky
With a second, convincing win over boxing’s “Magic Man,” Antonio Tarver, “Bad” Chad Dawson is hoping to hook bigger fish and a bigger payday for his next fight, in October or November.
Like Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler at 175-or Kelly Pavlik at 168.
Last night at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, before a crowd of 2,156, Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) won his second straight unanimous decision over former champ Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) . . . Click here for full report
By Ron Jackson
Former boxer, trainer and now promoter and publisher Jeff Ellis has just launched a new magazine African Ring with the first issue being available from this month on a subscription basis only. After an absence of nearly five years fans will once again have a voice for boxing. (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
In a battle of former world champions fought at junior middleweight poundage, Yori Boy Campas (92-14-1, 74 KOs) and Hector “Macho Man” Camacho (79-5-3, 38 KOs) fought to an eight round draw on Saturday night at the Universal Center in Orlando, Florida. With lack of fire works from both fighters the 46 year old veteran from Puerto Rico couldn’t stop holding throughout the scheduled eight rounds. The heavy-handed Campas stalked the hitting and grabbing Camacho throughout the fight but neither ever gained the upper hand. Scores were 77-75 Campas, 78-74 Camacho and 76-76. “I am pleased with the decision we have no losers. This is one fight out of three,” stated Camacho after the fight. “We have big plans by the end of the year. At 46 I am still the man, it’s Macho time!” Campas stated, “We felt we won. It was more like a wrestling fight. I think because we’re in his town they gave us a draw. Camacho is a smart guy when he’s in trouble, he knows how to hold on. I have fought for 15 years and no one has hugged me as much as him not even my wife. He needs to understand he’s not the same Camacho he was before but oh well.” The pay-per-view bout was shifted to Florida earlier this week after New Jersey boxing authorities refused to allow Camacho to fight.
By Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky at ringside
In a contractually obligated rematch, unbeaten IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) again won a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Although more competitive than their first fight, Dawson again outworked the determined 40-year-old Tarver to win by scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.
Ringside by Natasha Chornesky
From The Joint in the Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas:
Lightweight Jose Guzman (7-0, 5KOs), of New York City, beat Jose Lugo (10-8-1,5 KOs), of Mexico, by unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 59-55, 57-57, 58-56.
In the women’s featherweight division, and an all-action fight, Melissa Hernandez (10-1-2, 3KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jeri Sitzes (14-9-1, 6 KOs), with scores of 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
In an eight-round heavyweight bout, Bowie Tupou (17-0, 12 KOs), of Tonga, remained undefeated with a third round TKO over Chris Koval (24-6, 18 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, stopping him at :15 of round three.
Other results: light heavyweight Ismayle Sillakh (8-0,6KOs) remained undefeated with a sixth round TKO over David Whittom (10-9-1, 6KOs), stopping him at 2:25; female jr. lightweight Anna Donnatella Hultin (1-0, 1 KO) was impressive in her pro debut, stopping Jasica Rojo (0-2) at 1:08 in the fourth; jr. middleweight Said El Harrack (5-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated with a first round TKO over Hugo Correa (8-3, 4 KOs), stopping him at 1:55 of round one; and, in the opener, jr. featherweight Jose Pacheco (1-5-6) and Omar Valencia (0-3-1) fought a majority draw, with scores of 39-37, 37-39 and 38-38.
By Alexey Sukachev
European cruiserweight champion Marko Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) retained his title for the third time stopping Ukrainian challenger Vitaly Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) in five rounds on Saturday night at the JAKO Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Huck started the fight patiently and allowed his smaller but busier opponent to seek for his chance in first-round attacks. however, Rusal was too light-hitting to give Huck any problems. In round two, the German fighter started to find a spot for his long right hand, which he used to rock Rusal in the midst of the stanza. At the end of round two he dazed his foe with a big left hook to the head. In rounds three and four, Rusal was once again a busier fighter but his little power didn’t help him much and his soft defence proved ineffective against Huck’s occasional attacking bursts. He, however, had his chances in round four, scoring several times through German’s block. In round five, Huck waited a bit and at the end of the round exploded with a brutal combination pinning Rusal to the ropes, knocking out his mouthpiece and forcing referee Guido Cavalleri to start the eight-count. A bit later, Huck established another assault and the referee stopped the contest moments before the bell in round five with Vitaly Rusal being totally defenceless. Huck is ranked #4 by the WBC/IBF and #6 by the WBA/WBO.
Cuban cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (19-1, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over unwilling and lazy American Aaron Williams (19-2-1, 13 KOs) with the scores: 79-76, 80-72 and 78-74. Both fighters do little throughout the whole contest but the Cuban fighter played an aggressor and pressed the defensive-minded American who fired rarely in return. However, Yoan Hernandez was unable nor to rock his foe, not to force him to stop his constant lateral movement. Williams, on the other hand, was to inactive to give the home fighter any problems. Fightnews scored it 78-75 for WBC #9, WBA #12, WBO #13 and IBF #14 Hernandez.
Arthur Abraham’s younger brother Alexander (25-0-1, 17 KOs) scored an easy fourth-round TKO over overmatched Czech-based Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (14-3, 7 KOs). Abraham dominated from the outset. In the second round, Abdurakhmanov was floored after a thunderous uppercut by Abraham. After another round of beating, the bout was stopped at 2:30 of the fourth round after a big right to the body which left Magomed in pain and unable to defend himself. Abraham retained his EBU-EE light middleweight title in the process.
In a fight between two unbeaten cruiserweights, German prospect Alexander Frenkel (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Hungarian veteran Balint Turgonyi (9-1, 3 KOs) in the seventh round of scheduled eight. Frenkel mostly looked rather ordinary not pressing the action against his overmatched opponent. However, in the seventh round he dazed Turgonyi with a big left to the liver and followed it with the non-stopping assault prompting referee to stop the contest.
Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius moved to 7-0 with 3 KOs after the second-round knockout of Turkish Ozcan Cetinkaya (15-5-1, 9 KOs). Helenius will be back to the ring in three weeks during the big Valuev-Chagaev undercard in Helsinki.
Super middleweight Sebastian Sonntag (7-0, 2 KOs) unanimously outpointed Hungarian no-hoper Titusz Szabo (3-33, 3 KOs) over four.
20-year old heavyweight Edmund Gerber is now 6-0, 3 KOs, following his impressive knockout of trialhorse Enrico Garmendia (11-4-1, 6 KOs), who lost all of his fights inside the distance.
Local middleweight Dominik Britsch (14-0, 5 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Congolese journeyman Evariste Kabongo (2-5-2).
By Leonid Yuryev (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Sky is the limit for the Kazakh light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs). Moments ago at Khadjimukan Stadium, in Chimkent, Kazakhstan, Shumenov scored maybe his most impressive victory so far by stopping former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) in four bloody rounds. Both pugilists gave their all in three starting stanzas of the fight with no one achieving a notable advantage. However, in round four it was Beibut who started to dominate his foe with the sheer aggression and overall power. Mitchell was dropped after a powerful combo by relentless Shumenov, stood up but failed to sustain the subsequent attack of the sky-rocketing prospect, which forced his team to throw in the towel and to end the contest in the fourth round. After just eight professional fights, Shumenov, previously ranked #8 by the WBA and #9 by the WBO, had two former champions (Mitchell and Montell Griffin) to his resume and an assortment of various minor titles, including the IBA, WBO Asia Pacific, WBC ABCO belts and the interim version of the PABA light heavyweight regalia.
Former IBF light middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (39-3-1, 25 KOs) decked Brazilian journeyman Luiz Augusto Dos Santos (24-16, 20 KOs) after the powerful multi-punch combination in the fourth round. Dos Santos’ cornermen immediately threw in a towel to prevent their man from the further punishment. Karmazin, who is ranked #5 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC, scored his third straight victory as a middleweight.
Newly-signed Uzbek light heavyweight Gayrat “Gerry” Akhmedov (11-0-1, 7 KOs) made a sensational debut under KZ Event Productions banner, scoring a devastating first-minute kayo victory over Brazilian Luzimar Gonzaga (27-5, 21 KOs). The guest fighter was knocked out cold after a huge right hand to the chin by 30-year old Akhmedov.
Former WBO light welterweight titlist DeMarcus Corley (34-11-1, 20 KOs) came back into the winning column after his eighth-round TKO over Brazilian import Sidney Siqueira (12-4-1, 7 KOs). Corley floored his foe with a huge right to the head with ten seconds remaining in the fight. Siqueira barely beat the count but the bout was stopped moments later after another huge assault by the ex-champion. Time was 2:58.
Ringside Report by David Robinett
Photography by Armando Roldan
A new format debuted for 2009 this past Thursday night at the long-running American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank from HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Well-known California promoter Roy Englebrecht introduced “The Next Chapter”, a team competition (Red Team and Blue Team) consisting of 7 four-round bouts with prizes for the winning team as well as individual fighters, including the inaugural AMI Cup awarded to the favorite fighter of the night as voted by the fans in attendance. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Victor Villereal 163.3 vs Isaac Atencio 165.8
Shawn Nichol 118 vs Adam Ochoa 116
Raul Carrillo 147 vs Chris Asher 149
Ryan Grimaldo 150 vs Trinidad Marry 151.8
Mike Montoya 188 vs Chris Cruz 191
Joey Montoya 218 vs Jose Beltran 232
Ernie Marquez 112 vs Adrian Aleman 114
Venue: National Western Complex Arena
Promoter: Delgado Promotions Inbox X
Headlining an evening of returns, former “Contender” star Ishe Smith ended a ninth-month layoff last night, with a less-than-stellar performance over late sub Chris Gray.
The six-round main event topped off a return to boxing for Guilty Boxing, in association with Rattlesnake Events, at downtown Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel & Casino.
WINCHESTER , VA (May 8, 2009) Sensational lightweight prospect Bayan “THE MONGOLIAN MONGOOSE” Jargal returns to the ring this Saturday night in the co-main event at the seven bout “TRIPLE THREAT: TOMORROW CHAMPIONS II” professional boxing event, against veteran Brian Carden in a scheduled six round bout at the Winchester Sportsplex.
The bout against Carden will be Jargal’s third in 2009 and promoter Terry Lane of “Let’s Get It On” Promotions feels Jargal, 11-0-1 (8KO’s) is ready to take on any other lightweight prospect in boxing. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hungarian light heavyweight boxer Andras Nagy (3-0) has passed away in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia after he a head clash during a gymnasium sparring session on May 1st. Andras suffered a brain hemorrhage. He was taken to hospital and operated on twice but could not be saved. The Hungarian was a silver medalist in the world youth championships in 2002 and had won all his three professional bouts. Nagy went to Australia in January for financial reasons and also learn English. He planned to stay six months. The 23 year old was scheduled to box in Melbourne on May 22nd.
Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES) president Jimmy Burchfield and his staff are busy all over the world making fights, promoting shows and signing prospects. “We have ‘Awesome’ Aaron Williams in the biggest fight of his life on Saturday in Germany,” Burchfield explained. “Our world-rated light heavyweight Joey ‘KO Kid’ Spina headlines a show May 22nd at Twin River, featuring the CES debut of James McGirt, Jr., along with some of the best young fighters in New England. And we just signed to co-promote another good middleweight prospect, Marcus Upshaw, who fought on Friday night for the Florida State title in Tampa.” (more…)
Unbeaten super middleweight Craig McEwan (15-0, 9 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over “The Contender’s” Brian Vera (16-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night outdoors at Sunset Square in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. McEwan was in command most of the way as he compiled a 97-93, 97-93, 97-93 win.
In a battle of unbeaten lightweights, unbeaten former amateur star Adrien Broner (9-0, 6 KOs) won a workmanlike majority decision over Fernando Quintero (7-1-1). Scores were 76-76, 77-75 and 78-74.
Welterweight prospect Charles Hatley (3-0, 3 KOs) needed just 55 seconds to annihilate Carlos Garcia (3-4-1, 3 KOs). The overmatched Garcia was down twice.
Hector “Macho Man” Camacho (79-5-2, 38 KOs) weighed in at 154 lbs for his clash against Yori Boy Campas (92-14, 74 KOs), who scaled in at 154.5 lbs. The bout will take place on Saturday at the Universal Center in Orlando, Florida and be available on pay-per-view at 9PM ET/6PM PT.
From The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, for tomorrow night’s HBO-televised card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions:
Chad Dawson 175 vs. Antonio Tarver 172
Bowie Tupou 257 vs. Chris Koval 256
Jose Guzman 134 vs. Jose Lugo 133
Said El Harrack 149 vs. Hugo Correa 153
Anna Donatella Hultin 130 vs. Jasica Rojo 131
Melissa Hernandez 125 vs. Jeri Sitzes 123
David Whittom 179 vs. Ismayl Sillakh 180
Jose Pacheco 119 vs. Omar Valencia 120
New York State welterweight champion Daniel Sostre (8-3, 3 KOs) returns to the ring tonight to defend his crown against Tommy Rainone (12-2, 4 KOs) at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. “I am proud to have a New York State title showcased in the main event of my show,” commented promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions. “Some of the best young fighters in the New York City area are trading leather tonight.” Also in action are Dominican heavyweight Nagy Aguilera (11-1, 7 KOs), popular Irish jr. middleweight James Moore (16-2, 10 KOs), undefeated Brooklyn heavyweight Will Rosinsky (6-0 6 KOs), undefeated New York welterweight Chris Algieri (5-0, 3 KOs), plus heavyweight Kasim Howard (7-0, 4 KOs) risks his undefeated record.
Below are the official weights of tonight’s participants:
Daniel Sostre 146 vs. Tom Rainone 147
(For the New York State welterweight title)
Nagy Aguilera 230 vs. Jermell Barnes 227
James Moore 156.6 vs. Joseph DeLasantos 155.6
Kasim Howard 216.25 vs. Masur Ali 203.25
Will Rosinsky 176 vs. Andre Hemphill 174
Chris Algieri 143.5 vs. Eric Rodriquez 142
Marcus Bianconi 160.5 vs. Emanuel Brugan 158.25
John Philip Jackson 163.25 vs. Luis Hodge 164
Doors open at 6:30 pm and first bout is at 7:30 pm. For ticket info, call the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant at 516-354-3131. The Plattduetsche Park Restaurant is conveniently located at 1132 Hempstead Turnpike, just 1/2 mile east of Belmont Racetrack.
Marco Huck 199.5 vs Vitaliy Rusal 191.5
(European Cruiserweight Title)
Alexander Abraham 154 vs Magomed Abdurakhmanov 154
(EE-EU Light Middleweight Title)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 199.5 vs Aaron Williams 197
Venue: JAKO Arena in Bamberg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
By Damien St. Pierre
Ron Weaver 171.7 vs Alphonso Lopez 177.3
Rickey Kinney 143.3 vs Bobby Hill 135.9
Anthony Doughty ?? vs James Jones 180.1
Mason Menard 133 ?? vs Mario Lacey 132.9
Jarred LeBlanc 153 vs Anthony Bowman ??
Marcus McDaniel 164 vs Tommy Manning 164
Venue: Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana
Promoter: The Fight Guys, LLC
Bell Time: 7:30 (Main Event 9:15)
Notes: Doughty and Bowman will weigh later. Tickets are still on sale at Ticketmaster.com
By Leonid Yuryev (at the scales) and Alexey Sukachev
Beibut Shumenov 174 vs Byron Mitchell ???
(IBA/WBO Asia Pacific/WBC ABC/interim PABA light heavy titles)
Roman Karmazin 161 vs Luis Augusto Dos Santos 160.5
Gerry Akhmedov 175 vs Luzimar Gonzaga 175
DeMarcus Corley 139 vs Sidney Siqueira 140
Promoter: KZ Event Productions Inc.
Venue: Khadjimukan Stadium, Chimkent, Kazakhstan
TV: KTK (Kazakhstan)
Note: Byron Mitchell is still on his way to Chimkent. He will weigh-in tomorrow.
Craig McEwan 162.5 vs. Brian Vera 163
Adrien Broner 131.5 vs. Fernando Quintero 132
Charles Hatley 148.25 vs. Carlos Garcia 148.25
Pedro Dominguez 136 vs. Gerardo Dominguez 132.75
Carlos Velasquez 128 vs. Andres Ledesma 130.5 Lbs.
Hector Vasquez 142.25 vs. Richard Best 141
Venue: Sundance Square in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: ESPN2 Friday Night Fights
Carlos Rivera 126 vs Alex Baba 125.5
Ahsandi Gibbs 158 vs Marcus Upshaw 159
(Florida State Middleweight Title Bout)
Jenna Shiver 125.5 vs Lucia Larcines 125.5
Lamar Davis 232 vs Robert Burgess 224
Nick Iannuzzi 200 vs Holario Guzman 193.5
Wilmer Vasquez 284.5 vs Otis Tisdale 249
Promoter: Starfight Productions
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavilion 4050 Dana Shores Drive Tampa, FL
By Bob Caico
Photos: Andy Newman
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Buffalo, NY jr. lightweight hopeful Guillermo Sanchez scored a resounding third round TKO over Miguel Rodriguez Thursday night in Rochester, NY. Sanchez dominated each of the rounds, scoring a knockdown in round two and three more knockdowns in the third. Referee Sammy Viruet stopped the fight without a count after the last knockdown at 1:26 of the third of the scheduled six. Sanchez improves to 8-0 with 3 KO’s while Rodriguez drops to 7-2. (more…)
Referee Kenny Bayless has been assigned the job of refereeing the May 23rd title fight in Monterrey, Mexico between WBC Superbantamweight Champion Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs) and Jhonny Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs). The Nevada state official was the referee last Saturday night at the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas.
The full line-up for the Promociones del Pueblo card is now secure. In the co-main, former champ Rafael Marquez (37-5, 33 KOs) will stage his return in a 10-round superbantam bout against Colombian Francisco Mendoza (21-2-2, 17 KOs). In a ten-rounder at welter, Michael Medina (19-1, 12 KOs), of Monterrey, is up against Juarez’s Bladimir Hernandez (14-1, 10 KOs). In a ten-rounder at super lightweight, Javier “Zorro” Castro (19-2, 16 KOs) takes on Guadalupe Rosales (20-2, 14 KOs), of Monterrey. Chihauhua super flyweight Victor Zaleta (8-1, 5 KOs) will go ten with Mexico’s Rafael Chavez (14-21-2, 9 KOs) and Marco “Dorado” Reyes (11-0, 10 Kos), also of Chihuahua, is up against Cristian Solano (22-16-4, 16 KOs), of Torreon, in the final two ten-rounders. In an eight-rounder at super feather, Angel Reyna (9-1-1, 4 KOs), of Juarez, takes on Juan Carlos Salgado (19-1, 13 KOs), of Mexico; and Alejandro Barrera (9-0, 7 KOs), of Monterrey, fights Arnold Gamboa (4-6, 3 KOs), of Honduras. — Chris Cozzone
Chris Gray – who lost a decision to Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara this past Saturday on the undercard of Manny Pacquaio vs. Ricky Hatton megafight – is replacing Brian Mihtar as the opponent for Ishe Smith in the main event of Friday’s Guilty Boxing’s “Punchout at the Plaza” event at the Plaza Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas. Mihtar withdrew from the card earlier this week complaining of dehydration.
Guilty Boxing’s matchmaker “Big” Jeff Grmoja stated: “I am glad to find an opponent for Smith at the last minute. Gray was outclassed by Lara but Lara has around 300 amateur fights. Lara would beat most of the top ten jr middleweights today and Chris Gray went the distance with him. Gray is in good shape having fought last week and he showed good defensive skills against Lara. He will give Ishe a good fight!” Several more bouts featuring top talent from the gyms of Vegas will be featured. The doors open at 6pm and the first bout is at 7 pm. Tickets are still available at the box office.
By Rick Scharmberg
The Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr. – Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas bout, originally scheduled for this Saturday night at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey will now take place in Orlando, Florida on the originally scheduled date. The New Jersey Boxing Commision declined to grant the 46-year-old Camacho a license to box in the state, so the promoters, TV Vision Network and Tampa-based RFC Real Fighting Championships, decided to bring the bout to Florida. The card, “Nations Collide 2”, will take place at the DoubleTree Hotel at 5780 Major Blvd., just outside Universal Studios Orlando. The bout will be shown live on pay-per-view. (more…)
Last time Antonio Tarver and Chad Dawson prepared to toe the scratch in the squared circle, fight fans were treated (or subjected) to weeks of pre-fight verbal banter.
There was so much smack talk, the war in the ring couldn’t possibly (and didn’t) live up to the preceding war of words.
This time around, however, Tarver and Dawson have put a lid on the trash talk.
Super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley hasn’t heard back from former world champion Jermain Taylor since he updated his “hit list” last week and the Northern Nevada native has grown restless . . Click here for more
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By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee
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WBA#5 fly Ratanapol Sor Vorapin (59-7-1,48 KOs) successfully grabbed the vacant PABA flyweight title as he stopped PABA#8 Wido Paez of Indonesia on Thursday at Tana-ard Boxing Stadium in Kuankanun, Pattalung, Thailand. This was an impressive performance of the two-time IBF king and Thailander who lost his PABA crown last year against Filipino Richard Garcia in a majority decision but he took an opportunity again after coming back with a surprising 1st round victory over former WBC title challenger Noriyuki Komatsu on February 8 in Japan. Both fighters entertained the crowd by violently exchanging punches since the opening round and Ratanapol did better with his more tough and accurate punches which rapidly weakened his foe. Finally, the show was finished as the Thai fighter dropped the Indonesian twice with his vicious bodyshots and impressively scored a full ten-count KO at the middle of round three. In other action, WBA#3 lightfly Wisanu Pornobnom (30-7-2,11 KOs) easily destroyed Indonesian PABA#15 Agus Situmorang with his vicious body attack in round two, retaining his PABA 108 lb crown for the fourth time. Two-time WBO title challenger, WBO#5 superfeather Terdsak Jandaeng (34-3-1,22 KOs) stopped Indonesian Bogi Gonzales in round two. Dechapol Bangkluaygym outpointed Songsaernglek Phosuwangym in a six round non-title bout. And Yani Kokietgym outpointed Buangern Kiatsombat in a six round non-title bout. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.
WBA #6 heavyweight Denis Boytsov (24-0, 19 KOs) will defend his WBA Intercontinental belt against WBA #2 ranked stablemate Taras Bidenko (26-2, 12 KOs) on the June 6 “Universum Champions Night” event at the König-Pilsener Arena in Oberhausen, Germany. The bout will be the co-feature for the European light heavyweight championship clash between champion Jürgen Brähmer (32-2, 26 KOs) and mandatory challenger Antonio Brancalion (32-6-2, 8 KOs). Also seeing action is unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr (11-0, 5 KOs), who recently ended the unbeaten run of Gbenga Olunkun. His opponent will be named. More fights will be announced.
Seven bouts have been lined up for Saturday night’s Chad Dawson (27-0, 17 KOs) vs. Antonio Tarver (27-5, 19 KOs) light-heavyweight title fight, televised on HBO from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Lee Bates
As reported by Fightnews, Benjamin Flores tragically passed away five days after his fight with Al Seeger on April 30th. Fightnews spoke with Seeger who is understandably emotional and feeling the effects of the passing of Flores. “Besides just being a good man, Benjamin Flores was a true boxing warrior who pursued his dream of becoming a world champion and climbing the economic ladder for his family,” said Seeger. “Benjamin Flores passed away five days after his bout on Thursday, in which he fell into a coma. He leaves behind a son, fiance, mother, father, and brother, among others. We ask that if you can, to please reach into your heart and consider sending a donation to this fund (see below) which has been created for his family by the Texas Real Estate Council. I just pray that the family has the peace they need to deal with this.”
Benjamin Flores Memorial Fund
Attn: Sabrina Jaramillo
2nd Floor – TMSS
8333 Douglas Ave.
Dallas, TX 75225
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #1 heavyweight Kali Meehan spoke to Fightnews about John Ruiz’ recent statements and says he will be happy to fight Ruiz for the mandatory position and the right to challenge Nicolay Valuev for the WBA championship. Meehan also claims he got the better of Ruiz in many sparring sessions. “I hear that John Ruiz is not happy at the moment and he has the mandatory challenge,” said Meehan. “If anyone should be angry it is me! I am rated #1 in the WBA, which in their rules means I am the mandatory challenger. I thought I would have got the challenge against Valuev, and somehow Holyfield got it, and then John Ruiz got it again.” (more…)
Top Rank today signed hard-punching Mark Melligen, a super lightweight from Bacolod City, Philippines. Melligen, a southpaw, has a record of 14-1 with 10 knockouts. Bob Arum made the announcement today. Melligen out-slugged rugged Ramon Montano at the Hard Rock Resort & Casino in Las Vegas last Friday night, winning an eight-round decision by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74. “We were really pleased with Mark’s performance last weekend. He’s young, just 23, and he is improving every fight,” said Arum. Melligen had over 200 amateur bouts. He was a two-time medalist at the Asian Games.
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