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Former three-time European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich (32-5, 22 KOs) began his comeback with a third round KO over late sub Gyula Gaspar (12-9-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sporthalle Wandsbek in Hamburg, Germany. The popular 1996 Olympic Bronze Medalist had been out of action for 19 months regrouping following two devastating KO losses.
By Karl Freitag
Michael Sprott won “Prizefighter Heavyweights IV” and the £32,000 ($51,000) winner’s check in the latest edition of promoter Barry Hearn’s one night elimination tournament on Saturday night at York Hall in Bethnal Green, London, England. Sprott (35-15, 17 KOs) took a sloppy split decision over Matt Skelton (24-7, 20 KOs) in the final. He did more the first two rounds, but Skelton came on late. Scores were 29-28, 29-28 for Sprott and 29-28 for Skelton. It was sweet revenge for Sprott, who had previously lost twice against Skelton.
Michael Sprott (34-15, 17 KOs) cruised past far less experienced upstart Shane McPhilbin (3-2, 2 KOs), perhaps saving his energy for Matt Skelton in the final. Scores were 30-27 on all cards.
Skelton (25-6, 20 KOs) won a controversial unanimous decision over Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs). The Clones Colossus scored a clear knockdown in round two (that was botched by the referee) and seemed to do more, but Skelton prevailed 29-28 on all cards.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Kevin McBride (35-7-1, 29 KOs) won a three round split-decision over Franklin Egobi (15-4, 10 KOs) in a slow, sloppy fight. Scores were 29-28, 29-28 for McBride, and 29-28 Egobi.
43-year-old former WBA heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (24-5, 20 KOs) walked right through Ali Adams (9-3-1, 3 KOs) winning an easy three round unanimous decision. Scores were 30-37, 30-37, 29-28.
Shane McPhilbin (3-1, 2 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Declan Timlin (7-1, 4 KOs) in round two. Timlin was down in round two and the bout was waved off moments later. Time :51.
Former British and Commonwealth titleholder Michael Sprott (33-15, 17 KOs) outclassed former Prizefighter finalist Danny Hughes (7-2-2, 2 KOs) over three by scores of 30-27 on all cards.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBA/WBO#15 lightfly Paipharob Kokietgym (10-0,8 KOs) easily kept his PABA 108lb title when he scored a first round TKO over Chinese Jiang Tao (2-7-1) on Friday at Klong Luang Huawang in Chumporn, Thailand. This was not a good fight as the Chinese fighter rapidly gave up at 2:18 of the opening round after he was one-sided attacked by a hot Thai prospect who is also the WBO Asia-Pacific 108lb title holder.
In the co-feature, former WBA title challenger Nethra Sasiprapa (22-1,10 KOs) stopped PABA#13 lightly Ricky Manufoe (reportedly 16-8-4) to capture the PABA interim 108lb title. Nethra mostly controlled the show and impressively proved his good performance to challenge the world title again. After attacking the Indonesian with his vicious combinations in the first three rounds, he successfully destroyed his foe with a right bodyshot and impressively scored a KO at the middle of round four.
Also, PABA#10 fly Fonluang Sor Tanapinyo (12-1-1,4 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Chinese Wan Jun Hui. And Kritkanok Islandmuaythai outpointed Petchnammoon Kwanjaisrikord of Lao in a six round close-affair bout. This event was promoted by Kokiet Group Promotion.
By Graham Houston
On Saturday we have the fourth installment of Prizefighter: The Heavyweights, with Sky Sports televising from east London’s atmospheric York Hall. Veterans Matt Skelton and Michael Sprott are the joint favourites but anything can happen in this event, with its three-round format. Here’s a look at the quarterfinals. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening, a scheduled six round welterweight contest, once beaten Chris “The Last Chapter” Chatman was convincing in victory over previously undefeated hometown favorite Albert “Baby Dynamite” Herrera. Chatman’s speed and southpaw stance had Herrera flustered from the onset and halfway through the opening round, a lead left cross deposited Herrera on the seat of his pants in the middle of the ring. Not seriously hurt, but further flustered, Herrera arose only to be floored even harder and seriously hurt this time around. Herrera got up at the count of three only to think better of it and then assumed a knee while referee Ray Corona resumed a dreadfully slow count. Herrera would rise to beat the count and survive the round but this would set the stage for the remainder of the bout. There was good action in the second and third rounds but Chatman remained in control of the bout. Round four saw Chatman land some hard counters as Herrera rushed in desperately, sensing he needed a knockout. It came as little surprise when Chatman stopped Herrera in his tracks with a solid left cross lead that the referee called an end to the bout without a count despite no crackdown occurring. By way of TKO at 2:47 of round number four, Chatman earns his biggest victory to date in improving to 8-1 (4 KO) while handing Herrera his first defeat and dropping him to 7-1 (5 KO). more + photos
Unbeaten welterweight Danny “Swift” Garcia (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round KO against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-7-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena in South Philadelphia. Garcia dropped Arnaoutis at the end of round three and spectacularly finished him at 1:05 of round four. Garcia won the biggest fight of his career to date while the once promising Arnaoutis dropped his fourth straight.
In the co-feature, a first round knockdown gave lightweight Victor Vasquez (12-4-1, 6 KOs) the margin he needed to take a six round split deciusion over Bryne Green (5-4, 3 KOs). Scores were 57-56, 57-56 for Vasquez and 57-56 for Green.
Also super middleweight Bastie Samir moved to 5-0 with 5 KOs after a second round stoppage of Joseph Dunn (0-2).
WBO #15 ranked light heavyweight Nadjib Mohammedi (23-1, 12 KOs) of France beat Djamel Selini (29-10-1, 14 KOs)of Belgium by way of third round TKO to retain his EBU-EU (European Union) light heavyweight title. The referee stopped the bout when Selini complained about an elbow pain.
On the undercard welterweight Frank Haroche Horta (24-8-4, 8 KOs) of France stopped countryman Loic Foure (15-5-2, 4 KOs) by way of 7th round TKO. Super middleweight Hassene Azouz Neffati(5-0, 4 KOs) of France stayed unbeaten with a 4th round TKO of countryman Youssouf Doumbia. The show took place at the Gymnase J.Roure, Les Pennes-Mirabeau, in Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Robert Safrani promoted the event with Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
By Jesse Kelley
Caleb Truax 162 vs Jonathan Reid 162
Jon Schmidt 157.5 vs Ryan Soft 158
Jeremy McLaurin 133.5 vs Joel Flores136
Antwan Robertson 117.5 vs Philip Adyaka 114.5
Ismail Muwendo 131 vs Mike Malley 134
Shane Dezee 224 vs Zack Jensen 281
Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Sumio Yamada
Japanese WBA interim super welterweight champion Nobuhiro Ishida, and Mexican WBA #9 world ranked Rigoberto Alvarez, easily made weight for their scheduled 12 round title fight on Saturday night at Meson de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Ishida came in ripped and ready at the division limit of 154 pounds, and Alvarez, also in good shape, was 154 pounds. The fight will be at Meson de los Deportes, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico at this Saturday, October 9. The winner will fight with the mandatory challenger Austin Trout.
For the third year in a row, TKO Boxing Promotions has teamed up with The Jonathan Ogden Foundation to present “An Evening Ringside” charity boxing event on Thursday, October 21st at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, Maryland. Said Chris Middendorf, CEO of TKO Boxing, “This is always a tremendous event. Our host, future Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden brings out a star studded crowd and the atmosphere is terrific. We have fans coming from Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas to support and enjoy the event.”
“The best part is that it is all for a good cause as Jonathan’s foundation uses the money raised to work with high school athletes in the Baltimore area in improving their academics, while at the same time those student/athletes are also spending hours each week doing community service. It is a very positive and uplifting cycle that has been created.”
Featured at the action packed evening of professional boxing will be several world class prospects and local fan favorites.
Headlining “An Evening Ringside” will be a welterweight clash between sensational undefeated welterweight prospect Emmanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland and Puerto Rico’s Javier Perez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hugo Cazares 114.7 vs. Alberto Rossel 114.4
Marco Lopez 128.7 vs. Abraham Gomez 128.7
Roberto Ortiz 14.8 vs. Salvador Carreon 14.8
Cesar Gandara 114.4 vs. Ramon Gonzalez 114.4
Octavio Montero 187 vs. Ruben Olivares 174.9
Gerardo Marin 117.7 vs. Fernando Arana 12.34
Fernando Villafranca 123.2 vs. Salvador Gonzalez 128.7
Gerardo Rojas 155.1 vs. Jose Ramirez 155.1
Venue: Centro de Convenciones, Tlalnepantla de Galeana, Estado de México, Mexico
Promoter: KO Entertainment
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Francisco Panchito Arce 122 vs. Isidrio Chino Garcia 122
Jorge Lacierva 130 vs. Edgar Riovalle 130
Sergio Torres 135 Ernesto Morales 135.5
Luis Rodriguez 154 vs. Armando PATIÑO 154
Venue: Tecate Box Tour, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports Live
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Gary Shaw announced today the signing of undefeated junior middleweight prospect and former U.S. amateur standout Julian Williams (2-0, 2 KOs). “He is the goods. He is 100% the goods,” said Shaw. Added veteran matchmaker John Beninati, “Julian reminds me of a better version of Andre Berto. He has a more powerful punch. He’s got all the tools.” Williams, 20, is scheduled to fight two more times this year, November 9 in Oklahoma City and December 3 at Chumash Casino Resort. Williams’ corner includes mentor/head trainer Kenny Mason and advisor/assistant trainer Stephen “Breadman” Edwards. He trains at the James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym in Philadelphia.
WBO jr. featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (WV2) will make an appearance at “VIVA OSCEOLA” Osceola County’s largest annual Latin Festival at 2PM on Saturday at the Valencia Community College Campus. Parking and admission are free.
On the following Saturday (October 16), All Star Boxing, Inc and Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. will return to the city that has hosted many of the company’s boxing shows during the past 10 years that have filled the Kissimmee Civic Center on many occasions. This time it will be a world title fight and one of the biggest shows in Central Florida history at the 10,500 seat Silver Spurs Arena of the Osceola Heritage Park in an event billed “The Rising Son Returns.”
Tickets for Vazquez Jr. vs. Hernandez are priced at $202, $102, $52 and $27, are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Silver Spurs Arena box office and on-line at Ticketmaster.com.
Bob Arum said today “…these are tough, hard economic times. But people still want entertainment and that is why the majority of our tickets at the Honda Center in Anaheim are $50 and $30 on December 4.”
Tickets are on sale today. Prices are $200, $100, $50 and $30 for the Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Alfonso Gomez title fight on Top Rank’s ‘In Harm’s Way’ Pay Per View at the Honda Center in Anaheim. Arum said “we purposely put thousands of tickets on sale in the $50 and $30 categories so fans can bring their families and enjoy an evening of boxing. I believe this is an event which will pack the Honda Center.”
Chavez Jr will defend his WBC Silver Middleweight Championship title against Gomez. The ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire takes on Wladimir Sidorenko of Ukraine; WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto defends against Urbano Antillon and world ranked lightweight Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios takes on Noe Bolanos. Arum said he will soon announce additional fights for the December 4 card.
Tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster Charge By Phone at 800-745-3000. Seats will go on sale at the Honda Center Box Office on Saturday, October 9.
WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward (22-0, 13 KOs) issued the following statement upon hearing the news of 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Andre Dirrell pulling out of SHOWTIME’s Super Six World Boxing Classic tournament because of neurological issues.
“It’s very unfortunate to hear about Andre Dirrell’s situation. It’s never a good thing for a fight not to be able to work, especially for a neurological reason. I pray for his health and that he is able to return to the ring as soon as possible,” Ward said.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC flyweight king Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (77-3-1, 40 KOs) successfully kept his WBC crown as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBC#17 Suriyan Por Chokchai (14-5-1, 4 KOs) on Friday at Municipality of Nonghai in Srisaket, Thailand. Suriyan, the WBC Asian 112lb title holder, exceeded expectations of the crowds and others when he displayed his efficient counter-attack tactic to frustrate the champion’s aggression in a very close affair during the first seven rounds. An accidental headclash in round eight brought to a turning point as the uncut contender was deducted a point following WBC rules and the scores announcement after round eight were 76-75, 77-74 and 77-77 for Wonjongkam who suffered a 1.5-cm cut at his left eyebrow . The challenger tried to turn the tide, stalking and exchanging toe-to-toe with the experienced champion but it was Wonjongkam who did better with his more accurate counterpunches and almost dropped his foe in round ten. The action was a close affair again from round 11 as Suriyan tirelessly hunted the WBC king who had still displayed good counterpunches until the final round. Scored : Takeaki Kanaya (Japan) 115-114, Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) 115-112, Belton Douglas (New Zealand) 114-113.
In others action, WBC#37/ABCO superfly title holder Yodchanchai Nakornluang (reportedly 6-1,5 KOs) stopped Sirichai Sithsaithong in round three. ABCO#2 superfly Sugar Rey Nakornluang (8-0,5K Os) mostly controlled the show before he scored a TKO over Kengkaj Or Ekachai who refused to continue at the beginning of round four. ABCO#8 fly Srisaket Sor Rungvisai stopped Indonesian Johan Wahyudi in round four. This event was promoted by Nakornluang Boxing Promotion.
Danny Garcia 143 vs Mike Arnaoutis 142.5
Bastie Samir 161.5 vs Joe Dunn 159
Kareem Cooley 134.5 vs Eilud Torres 134.5
Victor Vasquez 132.5 vs Bryne Green 131.5
Anthony Flores 131.5 vs Arash Usmanee 132
Wanzell Ellison 134 vs Aaron Anderson 135
Venue: The Arena
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions / Joe Hand Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division former world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales is expected to return December 18 at Estadio Caliente in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico to fight for the WBC Silver super lightweight title against an opponent to be determined. The fight would be added to the blockbuster SHOWTIME pay-per-view telecast that’s also featuring Bernard Hopkins against WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. A win for Morales would pave the way for him to face his countryman Juan Manuel Marquez, the current WBA/WBO lightweight world champion, in a 2011 mega-fight. For the December 18 date, Morales will again prepare at the Otomi Ceremonial Center, located in Temoya, Estado de Mexico.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov, unbeaten in 27 fights and rated in the top five of all boxing sanctioning organizations, has recovered to a hand surgery and resumed full training a few weeks back at the Universum Gym in Hamburg under ex-world champion Artur Grigorian. Despite his long injury lay-off, some in the media are clamoring for the unbeaten Universum star to be the next Klitschko opponent. “I’m honored,” said Boytsov. “Of course I want to box against the Klitschkos. But, first things first. This year I want to have one fight and that’s what my promoter is working on. If all goes well with my hand, I’ll be ready for the first Klitschko in 2011.”
Yesterday Boytsov was in Berlin for some publicity engagements. “I’ve been living a long time in Germany, but was never in the capital,” he said, “so I used this opportunity to do a little sightseeing. This is a great, vibrant city with a lot of culture. Unfortunately, in such a short time I only got to see some of the attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and Checkpoint Charlie. But this has left a hunger to see more. Maybe I’ll box someday in Berlin. I would like that.”
After allegedly having signed for a world title shot against WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns, WBO #3 lightweight Matt Zegan (42-5-2, 21 KOs) will not be challenging for the 130lb belt at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena on December 4. Burns will instead make the first defense of his title against WBO #6 featherweight Andreas Evensen (13-1, 5 KOs). Zegan’s stock plummeted after a draw with Boris Berg (3-0-1, 2 KOs) in a tune-up fight and he was rejected by SKY Sports, opening the door for the little known Evensen who will move up a weight class.
Junior middleweight contender Deandre Latimore (21-3, 17 KOs) is back with his training team that saw him at his most successful, along with a new manager. “Previously I was working with a company called Sweat/Pound 4 Pound here in St. Louis. I was working with their in-house trainer Jose Ponce, but things just weren’t clicking so I’ve decided to make some changes” said the 25 year old. ‘There are no hard feelings; it just wasn’t working so we’ve completely parted ways. I’m heading back to Las Vegas tomorrow and will be training with Ray Franklin and Jacob Chavez going forward. They were with me at my best when I knocked out Sechew Powell in our first fight and I’m thrilled to be working with them again.” Still promoted by Rumble Time Promotions of St. Louis and DiBella Entertainment, Latimore will now be managed by Nevada businessman Chris Watkins. (more…)
Feeling like he has much more to give the world of boxing, four-time light heavyweight world champion Antonio Tarver will jump two weight classes to the heavyweight division in his comeback to the ring on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 15, LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) of Tampa, Fla., will get his first heavyweight test in a 10-round tilt at Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., when he squares off against 24-year-old Nagy “Dominican Dynamite” Aguilera (16-4, 11 KOs) of Newburgh, N.Y. by way of the Dominican Republic.
In an exciting 10-round welterweight co-feature, former Manny Pacquiao sparring partner and promising, unbeaten Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) of Cleveland, Ohio, takes on a game Hector “El Huracan” Munoz (18-3-1, 11 KOs) of Albuquerque, N.M. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Undefeated Nicaraguan WBA minimumweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 22 KOs) has decided to give up his crown after making three defenses. He will now fight October 24 in Japan against Mexican Francisco Rosas (21-7-2, 12 KOs) for the WBA interim light flyweight world crown. He was originally sated to face WBA regular light flyweight Juan Carlos Reveco on that date, but Reveco pulled out citing kidney stones.
Preview by Brian Grammer
This Saturday at Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri, WBC USNBC cruiserweight champion Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (15-0, 5 KOs), ranked #15 by the WBC, will make the first defense of his title against tough competitor Shane Steele (7-2, 5 KOs).
It was 96 years ago that a boxing match was contested at Forest Park in St. Louis. The Year was 1904……..The ice cream cone was making its debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis, the War to end all Wars had not yet been fought and women’s boxing was making its amateur exhibition debut. The Year 1904 introduced the Gateway City of St. Louis to the world as both the host of the World’s Exposition and the Games of the 3rd Olympiad. (more…)
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