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Team Ruiz has filed an official petition with the World Boxing Association asking that heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev be stripped of his “Champion In Recess” status and demanding an immediate purse bid for Valuev-Ruiz III to be held by August 30 for the World Boxing Association heavyweight title. Two-time WBA heavyweight champion John “The Quietman” Ruiz (43-8-1, 29 KOs) is the WBA mandated Official Challenger for WBA heavyweight champion Valuev. Team Ruiz’ petition stated, “As you are aware Ruslan Chagaev has been medically disqualified from participation in the fight against Valuev. According to the express ruling of the WBA on this issue he must accordingly be stripped of any title and Valuev must be ordered to fight John Ruiz, the Official Challenger before August 30, 2009. (more…)
A reenergized former IBF junior featherweight world champion, “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (28-1, 11 KOs) will face fellow leading contender Heriberto Ruiz (41-7-2, 23 KOs) in the main event of a stacked Rumble at Rama VIII card, June 26th at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. This will be Molitor’s first fight since losing his world title last November to Celestine Caballero. “Ruiz is a tough guy, who has proven himself in the past, and is coming to win,” Molitor said at a press conference Monday in Toronto. “But this is my chance to show my fans and the rest of the boxing world that I’m ready to return to where I was before the Caballero fight.” Molitor’s fight with Ruiz, which is an eliminator for the IBF’s #2 ranking, also marks the first time the former world champion will step between the ropes with his new trainer, Billy Martin. In the co-feature, Canadian heavyweight champion Greg “The Steel Pole” Kielsa (9-0, 4 KOs) steps into the ring in a non-title match-up against American Byron Lee Polley (23-9-1, 11 KOs). Also featured will be highly touted junior middleweight prospect Austin Trout (17-0, 13 KOs) going up against Shawn Garnett (11-5-2, 3 KOs).
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After the WBA heavyweight world championship was surprisingly called off over the weekend in Helsinki, WBA champion Ruslan Chagaev’s promoter Universum Box-Promotion held a press conference at the InterContinental Hotel in Hamburg. Universum chief Klaus-Peter Kohl, Chagaev, German Federation (BDB) President Bodo Eckmann, Dr. Michael Ehnert (Chagaev’s doctor) and Dr. Heiner Wedemeyer of the German Liver Foundation spoke to reporters.
“Ruslan Chagaev is completely healthy according to the documents. I don’t follow the interpretation of my colleague from the Finnish lab,” said Dr Wedemeyer, who is one of the experts of the Hepatitis B in Europe and who contacted Universum independently. “It was probably done more for legal protection rather than scientific facts. There is no infectivity and Ruslan Chagaev would have without a doubt boxed for the third time [since his recovery] without danger. Mr. Chagaev has a completely normal liver function and is not considered to be ill, he is merely a bearer of the hepatitis B antigen. The German Liver Foundation will soon be issuing a separate press announcement in regard to this state of affairs. To us this is a very important subject. “ (more…)
Former world title challenger Ross “The Boss” Thompson (27-13-2, 17 KOs) is listed in fair condition at a Buffalo hospital after being attacked by a gang about 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. According to the Buffalo News, a large group of men stabbed him in the upper back and one of his arms. WIBV is reporting that the 35-year-old Thompson was also shot. He may have surgery today. Obviously his scheduled NABA light heavyweight bout against Chris Henry on Thursday in Houston will not take place. Police are seeking help from anyone with information.
After the cancellation of Saturday’s heavyweight title fight between WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Wilfried Sauerland, Valuev’s manager, has rejected claims made by Universum Box-Promotion. “It is a fact that for several weeks prior to this fight inaccurate statements about Ruslan Chagaev’s health were given by Team Chagaev,” Sauerland said after leaving Helsinki. “In several of their documents Chagaev had been attested correct (blood level) values. In a conversation between Universum, the Finnish Boxing Federation and Sauerland Event on Thursday it was agreed that the fight would go ahead if the examinations in Finland confirmed the values of the German test. However, that was not the case. Furthermore, the submission of the tests ordered by the Finnish Boxing Federation were delayed until Friday after the weigh-in.”
Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer also rejected claims that Helsinki had deliberately been chosen as the venue so that the fight could not be staged. “These claims are ridiculous,” he said. “A couple of months ago we had received a very good offer from our partners in Finland to stage this WBA heavyweight title fight. Without their guaranteed amount we could not have won the purse bid with that high amount.”
In a blood test in Helsinki’s University Hospital Chagaev tested positive for hepatitis. The report said the danger of infection was “low, but could not be totally excluded.”
Professor Walter Wagner, the medical superintendent of the Bund Deutscher Berufsboxer (BDB/German Boxing Federation), believes that the Finnish Federation did the right thing. After being quoted in several media publications as saying that the fight could have taken place in Germany, the highly-respected ring doctor added: “It is correct that the fight could have taken place in Germany. But there are no consistent regulations around the world. Given Chagaev’s blood levels the fight could most likely not have taken place in any other country outside Germany – definitely not in the US, England or Italy. The risk of an infection is close to zero but it is not zero. According to the regulations of the Institute of Medical Diagnostics Berlin (Instituts für medizinische Diagnostik Berlin) the Finnish results are equivalent to the German category ‘detectable in the lowest category.’ That means the risk is very low, but it exists. The Finns acted correctly according to their medical standards given this test result,” Wagner said.
Report by Jason Kotar
Fresh off his dominating win Juan Urango, WBC Welterweight Campion Andre Berto took the opportunity to briefly address the media at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
“The main thing for me was to show I’m an all around fighter,” he said. “I can move, box or stand there and bang” . . . Click here for full postfight report
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
Having cleared out nearly every name between 140 pounds and 154, Holly Holm says there’s only two things left for her to do:
Solidify her legacy as the top pound-for-pound fighter in female boxing, and to continue taking on all challengers.
The latest challenger comes from South America . . . Click here for more
New York State Heavyweight Champion Darrel Madison (13-1, 3 KOs) will defend his title against Nagy Aguilera (13-1, 8 KOs) in one of the feature fights of Pugnacious Promotions’ annual “Night of Future Champions” summer boxing event at the Saratoga Springs City Center on Friday, July 31st. The fight will be featured on the annual card showcasing exciting, young boxing prospects during the first weekend of world-class thoroughbred racing at Saratoga Springs’ historic track. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion Chris John arrived in California on a flight from Jakarta last Wednesday to continue to prepare for his rematch with Rocky Juarez on June 27 in Los Angeles. “I miss Indonesian food and I heard there are many Indonesian restaurants here in California, but I haven’t found it, yet,” said John to this writer. The fight was initially scheduled for Houston again, but the Indonesian Government through Ministry of Youth and Sports was able to gather sponsors to purchase 5,000 tickets in order to move the fight in California. “There are around 40,000 Indonesian people living in California state, and we have facilitated the Indonesian companies to make the fight happen in California,” said Adhyaksa Dault, the Minister of Youth and Sports in Jakarta on Tuesday (5/26) prior to John’s departure to the US. “We will make Los Angeles as our second home base after Jakarta (Indonesia),” said John. “We have learned from our first match on video, therefore with the support from Indonesian people and better preparation, this time I have to win,” said John who as usual refused to predict a knockout round. On the other hand, Craig Christian, John’s trainer/manager was optimistic that this time John will win by KO in round ten.
By Jose Reyes at ringside
Peacemaker Promotions in association with Unopposed Promotions presented a nine bout boxing card billed as “Knockin’ in the Rock” this Saturday night at The Village in Little Rock, Arkansas. In the main event, lightweight Rashad Ganaway (10-1-1, 7 KOs) put on a boxing clinic over the well experienced journeyman fighter Marty Robbins (22-44, 15 KOs). Ganaway’s boxing skills earned him a shutout unanimous decision, scored 80-72 by all judges. (more…)
By Chris Morris / RockyMountainBoxing.com
Before a packed field of fans at Denver’s Softball Country, Poor Boys Professional Boxing put on a great night of boxing showcasing wills and skills as Geoffrey Spruiell upset previously undefeated Brad Jackson, while Manny Perez and Alejandro Castillo skills few from Colorado can match. The threat of rain didn’t keep the fight fans from showing up to support their local boxers and the bad weather missed the show entirely. (more…)
WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) won a unanimous decision over a tough but outmanned Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla. The HBO-televised title fight, promoted by Dibella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing, played out like most figured, with Berto showcasing his speed, power and elusiveness to thoroughly outbox Urango over 12 fast-paced rounds . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Heavyweight Willie Perryman and his trainer had missed two flights, thus eliminating the main bout with former Scranton police officer Jason Gavern, but like a trooper, Andre Kut and KEA Boxing still put on an entertaining night of boxing last Saturday night (5/23) at The Woodlands Inn and Resort in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The main event was a downer for the locals, as Old Forge, PA’s Anthony Cusumano (3-3-1, 2 KOs) was upset by 6’3” southpaw junior welterweight Nathan Francis (3-5, 2 KOs) due a deep cut on the Anthony’s right eyelid caused by a punch, just a minute and a half into the fight. In the co-feature of the evening super middleweight prospect, Isaac Rodriquez (14-0, 12 KOs) showed why he is a possible future world champion, by dropping veteran slugger Jose “Macho” Medina (14-15, 10 KOs) twice, en-route to a convincing second round TKO. (more…)
It was a night of solid boxing action Friday at the UIC Pavilion near Chicago’s downtown, where Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions presented “Windy City Fight Night 2”.
The main event featured local favorite Jaime Sandoval (15-4-1, 12 KOs) who looked to avenge his most recent loss against Juan Carlos Martinez (16-10-1, 7 KOs). The rematch was for the vacant WBF All-Americas lightweight title, but Martinez, once again, scored the upset over Sandoval, despite having big brother, former two-division champion Jesus “El Matador” Chavez in his corner . . . Click here for more
Lightweight contender Rolando “El Pochito” Reyes made his first Houston visit a memorable one as he spent part of Thursday night assuring former world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz that he is “more than ready” to return for a summer showdown . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Undefeated WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina (29-0-2, 18 KOs) will look to extend his title defense streak to 16 as he defends his title against former world title challenger Omar Soto (17-4-1, 11 KOs) of Mexico. The bout will take place June 26 at the Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
By Jason Kotar and Ryan Macalua at ringside
Photos: Javiel Centeno
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Undefeated WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his title with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango (21-2-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, FL. Berto’s speed and agility allowed him to negate Urango’s pressure as he compiled a 117-111, 118-110, 118-110 win. The “Iron Twin” Urango, will now move back to the 140lb division where he remains as the IBF titleholder.
In a WBC 154lb eliminator, former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (31-2-1, 27 KOs) upset previously unbeaten junior middleweight contender Alfredo Angulo (15-1, 12 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision. Cintron outworked Angulo for much of the fight, never allowing Angulo to get untracked. Scores were 116-112 on all cards.
Light heavyweight Yusaf Mack (27-2-2, 16 KOs) made quick work out of former NABO champion DeAndrey Abron (15-4, 10 KOs). Mack used his quickness to beat Abron to the punch evading Abron’s wide hooks while landing combinations to the body. In round four, Abron finally landed a sharp overhand left that only urged the agressive Mack to unleash furious combinations, finally putting Abron on the canvas with a overhand right. Abron made the count but Mack refused to let him off the hook by following up with a crushing left hook. The fight was then stopped.
Light Welterweight Jonathan Gonzalez (3-0, 3 KO’s) scored an impressive TKO over Laquel Fleming (1-3-2). The 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Gonzalez hurt Fleming with a nice left hook then followed up with power shots till the referee stopped the fight at 1:45 of round one.
Heavyweight Wilmer Vazquez (9-0-1, 5 KO’s) won a rather unimpressive majority decision over tough veteran Andrew Greeley (14-27-2, 8 KO’s). The 2004 Venezuelan Olympian Vazquez fought at a very deliberate pace, landing good body shots when he let his hands go against the counterpunching Greeley. The scorecards read 60-54, 58-56 and 57-57.
Heavyweight Tor Hamer (6-0, 5 KOs) outworked Samuel Brown (4-6-2) in the first round, sent Brown down with left uppercut at the end of the round. Brown beat the count. In round two, Hamer sent Brown down with an right uppercut. Brown beat the count again. Hamer then used a double jab to put Brown down once more. Referee Tellis Assimenios stopped the bout at 1:10 in the second round.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
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Another enthusiastic crowd at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in St. Thomas, USVI enjoyed a hot night of both amateur and professional boxing during Boxing In Paradise III. The show was promoted as usual by 340 Promotions in association with Warriors Boxing. Headlining the show was returning unbeaten WBA #9 super lightweight contender Victor Cayo of the Domincan Republic, who was victorious when he split open the lower lip of Mexico’s Arturo Morua in the opening minute. It goes without saying the majority of the attendees interest laid in the progress of hometown boys John and Julius Jackson, the progeny of local legend and two-division champ Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. Both were winners. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda
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Unbeaten super bantamweight Michael ‘Lil’ Warrior Franco of Riverside (15-0, 10 KOs) claimed his first pro title with a crowd pleasing fourth round TKO over Juan Jose Beltran (19-13-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Sports University in San Bernandino, California. Beltran could not figure out Franco’s strategy as Franco alternated between punching to the body and head in all rounds. Referee Tony Crebs waved it off at :38 of the fourth, crowning Franco as WBC youth super bantamweight titleholder. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Travis “G.W. Hope” Kauffman (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over divisional gatekeeper Livin Castillo (14-7, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA. It was a right to the bodythat floored Castillo, who after getting up was unable to continue. Time was 1:26. In the co-feature, welterweight Ronald Cruz (5-0, 3 KOs) got a stoppage in round one as he pounded Norman Allen (6-2, 3 KOs) on the ropes. Time was 3:00.
By Alexey Sukachev
Russian junior middleweight Zaurbek Baysangurov (now 21-1 with 16 KOs) scored his second consecutive first-round blowout moments ago at Kiev’s Palace of Sports. In the main event of the show, promoted by the K2 East promotional group, Baysangurov, 24, decked his Italian opponent Christian De Martinis (22-3, 10 KOs) once with a body-punch and once with a hard left hook to the head before knocking him down again after a thunderous right hand, which forced referee to stop the contest without a count. Baysangurov seized the vacant WBA Intercontinental title in the process. Next for Chechen native is August showdown against Contender II victor Grady Brewer.
Also, K2 East-promoted Croatian heavyweight Mario Preskar moved to 16-0-2, 10 KOs, after an eight-round workmalike unanimous decision over Russian journeyman entertainer Daniil “Shrek” Peretyatko (16-22, 6 KOs).
By Pasi Taavitsainen
European Union light welterweight champion Giuseppe Lauri (48-6, 6 KOs) retained his belt with by tenth round DQ against Juho Tolppola (22-6-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. The bout became the main event after the WBA heavyweight championship clash between Nicolay Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev was canceled. The bout was stopped after Tolppola punched Lauri on the side of the head after a break command. It was a very hard fight with a lot of punches from both sides. Tolppola had previously been deducted two points by the referee for a head butt at the end of round one.
WBA, WBC female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus outpointed Amy Yuratovac over ten rounds to retain her belts. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 98-92.
Heavyweight southpaw Jarno Rosberg annihilated Viktor Szalai in just 26 seconds. A hard left hand to the head and the fight was over.
Light welter Denis Shafikov scored a first round TKO over John Cotterill Jr. Shavikov landed some hard bodyshots and a left uppercut to the head that put Cotterill down for the full ten count
Heavyweight Robert Helenius scored a sixth round KO over Scott Gammer. Gammer was down in rounds one and six. A right to the body and a right to the head and it’s game over. Helenius has a fast left jab and a hard body punch.
Super middle Niko Jokinen topped Istvan Petroczki over four (40-36)
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
An attractive clash between former world champion Paul Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) and unbeaten Mike Alvarado (26-0, 18 KOs) has been scratched from Top Rank’s big June 27 “Latin Fury 9” PPV card in Atlantic City. Word is Alvarado was injured in sparring. Malignaggi will likely stay on the card against another opponent. The name of Juan Diaz has been mentioned as a possible foe. The show is headlined by two world title bouts, the WBO super bantamweight championship between Juan Manuel Lopez and Olivier Lontchi, and the WBO bantamweight championship clash between Fernando Montiel and Eric Morel.
WBO #1 rated super featherweight Kevin Mitchell’s promoter Frank Warren has so far been unable to entice WBO world champion Roman Martinez to come back to the UK for an immediate title defense. Martinez (22-0-1) won the 130lb belt on March 14th when he TKO’d then-champion Nicky Cook in the fourth round at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. According to Warren, Martinez’ handlers have rejected an offer close to $200,000 to fight mandatory challenger Kevin Mitchell right away, rather than wait until the mandatory defense is due. “Sooner or later Martinez is going to have to face me,” said Mitchell. “It’s a great offer to him from my promoter and he should take it now because he’s going to get well paid for the beating I’m going to dish out to him.” According to WBO rules, Martinez’ mandatory defense would be due nine months from the date he won the belt unless an exception is granted by the WBO Championship Committee.
After today’s hearing by the WBA, Universum Box-Promotion has issued the following statement about the events in Helsinki:
Universum Box-Promotion has presented the WBA with medical proof that Ruslan Chagaev does not have the infectious disease hepatitis, but only a hepatitis antigen (a substance that prompts the generation of antibodies and can cause an immune response). Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values have been examined for many years regularly — by measuring methods which are substantially more sensitive than that of the Finnish lab which carried out the blood test that the organizers used to support the refusal to fight.
Universum also provided the WBA with evidence that Ruslan Chagaev’s blood values are unchanged for many years and are safe. They are invariably below the international standard from which the hepatitis disease is considered infectious. Ruslan Chagaev’s current blood values also correspond to those which he had in the first fight against Nikolai Valuev in April 2007. The fight at that time was promoted by Sauerland Event under the supervision of the Austrian Federation in Stuttgart and if there was any doubt about these blood values, it would have been mentioned then. Therefore, today, like the first time, there is no reason to call off the fight. (more…)
Welterweight champion Andre Berto and IBF junior welterweight champion Juan Urango both made weight yesterday at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL and are now ready to collide for the WBC World Title in tonight’s explosive double header on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Andre Berto 145.25 vs. Juan Urango 146.50
Kermit Cintron 153 vs. Alfredo Angulo 153.5
Yusaf Mack 176 vs DeAndrey Abron 174.5
Tor Hamer 222 vs Samuel Brown 246
Wilmer Vazquez 275 vs Andrew Greeley 236
Jonathan Gonzalez 146 vs Laquel Fleming 147
Berto vs Urango is presented by DiBella Entertainment and Seminole Warriors Boxing and will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 pm ET/PT. In the televised co-feature, junior middleweight knockout artists Alfredo Angulo and Kermit Cintron will slug it out, but after they do, the stage will be set for a bout many are calling a Fight of The Year candidate. Tickets, priced at $202, $152, $102, and $52, go on sale on April 15, and may be purchased at Hard Rock Live Box Office or may also be obtained online at www.TicketMaster.com. For more information regarding this and other events, log on to: www.warriorsboxing.com
By Leonid Yuryev (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Yesterday, Kazakh contender-turned-promoter Marat Mazimbaev stage his second local show this year in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In the main event of the evening Kanat Kartenbaev (9-3-2, 3 KOs) acquired the vacant interim PABA light welterweight title with a bloody sixth-round TKO over Indonesian Tia Koswara (16-9-2, 9 KOs). The loacal hero controlled the fight from the outset, finally dropping his opponent at the end of the fifth round. Koswara was able to survive the round but was decked again in the sixth; this time for the count. (more…)
Welterweight Frankie Santos (17-6-3, 9 KOs) was sure the bout against Hicklet Lau (20-19-2, 3 KOs) would be a real war.“The cut on my left eye bothered me a little bit, and I had some damaging punches in that area, but I was sure that this was my fight, so I focused and did what I was meaning to do,” said Santos, who won by unanimous decision and summed a new victory for his record.“Last time I won by decision, but now was his turn,” said Lau, who insisted that he wanted a third encounter with Santos. In another bout, lightweight Abner Cotto showed once again his power, and knocked out Nelson Agosto, at 35 seconds of the first round. Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment will be back with Boxeo Boricua en Caguas on June 26th. Luis “El Artesano” Cruz, will headline what promises to be a great event.
By Alexey Sukachev
Zaurbek Baysangurov 154 vs Christian De Martinis 153
(Vacant WBA I/C light middleweight title)
Max Bursak 163.5 vs Alexander Sipos* ??
Mario Preskar 216 vs Daniil Peretyatko 252
Dmitry Nikulin 152.3 vs Vitaly Olkhovik 148
Salambek Baysangurov 170 vs Andrey Monakhov 169
Alexander Spirko 150.8 vs Roman Kharkov 153.5
Mamed Yadgarov 123.6 vs Vladimir Sagalakov 118.7
Kostya Rovensky 155 vs Mikhail Vinnichenko 156
Petr Ocheretyanny 198 vs Sergey Pronin* ??
Ruslan Goncharov 188.7 vs Alexey Koziy 188
Ruslan Dzambulatov 163.4 vs. Alexey Shtempluk 162
Nikolay Israelyan 218.5 Vyacheslav Sherbakov* ??
* – to weigh-in later
Venue: Kiev Palace of Sports
Promoter: K2 East
TV: Inter (Ukraine)
Light heavyweight contender and former world champion Glen Johnson is optimistic about landing a rematch with IBO heavyweight champion Chad Dawson. “The Road Warrior” is particularly encouraged by the Dawson team’s decision to give up the IBF belt, rather thanto take a less lucrative mandatory defense.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
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Baltimore’s Cory “Black Ice” Cummings overcame mounting adversity to score a ninth-round TKO and capture the Maryland State Super Middleweight title over Demetrius Davis of Clinton at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Cummings did not get a minute out of the first round before the two veteran warriors clashed heads, causing a gash over Cummings’s right eye. In the eighth round the two clashed heads again, causing a cut on his left eye. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Yohnny Perez of Colombia came from behind to score a dramatic twelfth round stoppage win over South African Silence Mabuza in their IBF bantamweight title eliminator at the Springs Indoor Arena on Friday night. Mabuza (53.06kg) was less than two minutes away from victory when Perez (53.40kg) caught him with a stunning right to the jaw followed up by a stiff jab that dropped the South African to the canvas. He managed to beat the count but was on wobbly legs as a another barrage of punches sent him staggering across the ring as American referee Kenny Chevallier stepped in to wave the fight off at 1 minute 6 seconds into the twelfth round. (more…)
The WBA will make a decision about the cancelled title fight between heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev and “champion in recess” Ruslan Chagaev in seven days. The fight was called off on late Friday evening because Chagaev could not fulfill the local medical requirements. “We are now waiting for the WBA´s decision,” Sauerland Event General Manager Chris Meyer said. “Of course Nikolai Valuev is the WBA heavyweight champion. Once again it showed that health-wise Ruslan Chagaev is not able to fight for the world title.” Universum, on the other hand, doubted the legitimacy of the Finnish Federation´s decision. “I am healthy and ready to fight,” said Ruslan Chagaev. “I don´t understand the decision.” It was not before Friday afternoon (after the weigh-in) that Universum turned in up-to-date blood tests which had been requested by the Finnish Federation. Since the documents could not rule out a danger of infection for Nikolai Valuev, the Finns did not grant Chagaev a license for the title fight in Helsinki.
By Alexey Sukachev
Though the Chagaev-Valuev main event is definitely off, Helsinki boxing show will nevertheless go on in the reduced form. This was confirmed by Pekka Maki, the head of P3 Boxing, who is operating as the local promoter of the event. “We are extremely disappointed that this wonderful evening was badly spoilt by the heavyweight disorder. This is a big blow to world boxing and a major letdown for all pugilistic fans on the Earth but for the Finnish fans specifically. So much effort has been put in to compile this tournament in Helsinki. We are apologizing to our fans for this miserable situation. However, the P3 Boxing has done everything to save the card and now we can guarantee that six fights will be held this night at Hartwall Arena.
“The new main event is the Guiseppe Lauri vs. Juho Tolppola collision for the EBU-EE light welterweight title. Ladies will fight in the semi-main bout of the evening when Cecilia Braekhus will put her WBA/WBC belts at stake against Amy Yuratovac. Denis Shafikov fight is also a go. Finally, fans will be able to watch after local prospects Robert Helenius, Jarno Rosberg and Niko Jokinen in the undercard. The show will be shown broadcast live in Finland, Italy and Norway. Unfortunately, heavyweight fights of Lamon Brestwer and Kali Meehan and welterweight title bout between Frank Shabani and Leonard Bundu were cancelled. We did our best to let them go but our abilities are limited,” commented extremely disgusted Finnish promoter. “Our fight is definitely on and Denis is ready to deliver his A-game despite these shameful circumstances surrounding the infamous Valuev-Chagaev showdown,” confirmed Shafikov’s manager and co-promoter Oleg Bogdanov.
Ringside by Byron Spurlock
Photos by Emily Harney
Featherweight prospect Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen continued his winning ways with a decision over a game Carlos Hernandez at Thursday’s TKO Boxing “Beat Down in H-Town” event at the Arena Theatre in Houston . . . Click here for more
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