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TKO Boxing Promotions will bring its nationally acclaimed “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” boxing series to the beautiful Gulf Coast city of Tampa, Florida on Friday, February 19th at the Ala Carte Event Pavilion.
Featured at “Fight Night at the Pavilion” will be numerous local fan favorites including world ranked lightweight Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, fast rising Jamaican heavyweight Lenroy “TNT” Thomas and sensational newcomer, junior welterweight Joseph Elegele . . . Click here for more
Cageside by Andreas Hale
Benson Henderson’s resiliency has made him an enigma in the world of WEC. His threshold for pain and clever escapes from danger helped him earn the interim lightweight title when he defeated Donald Cerrone last October. His ability to withstand opposition again came into play as he suddenly submitted Jamie Varner in the third round of their unification bout at the Arco Arena in Sacramento to become the WEC’s only 155-pound king . . . Click here for more
With rumors swirling about what will be happening with the WBC 154 lb. title, champion Sergio Martinez has come out to set the record straight. In short, Martinez has no plans on relinquishing the belt anytime soon even though he fought his last fight at middleweight. “Everyone who knows me knows that I cherish the green belt more than any other accomplishment I’ve ever had in boxing,” said Martinez. “If people are looking for an excuse to become champion without fighting me, I have bad news for them. I plan on being WBC champion for a long time.”
Early morning in the cold mountains of the “Valley of Mexico” and Jorge Travieso is doing his running. A little after six in the morning and the veteran fighter is running through the “Bosque of Tlalpan” in the South side of Mexico City. That’s how the longtime Mexican star Arce begins 2010 in what he figures will be the last year of his professional boxing career as he looks forward to his title fight against Angky Angkota on Saturday, January 30 in Toluca, a fight that will be televised by Fox Sports Español as part of the new boxing series “Top Rank Live”. Arce (52-6-1, 40 KOs) of Los Mochis, Mexico will take on Angkota (23-4, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship. For more details and photos click here…
Super bantamweight contender (WBA No. 1/IBF No. 5/WBO No. 2) Antonio Escalante (22-2, 14 KOs) will headline a Golden Boy-promoted, ESPN2-televised card Feb. 26 in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. Right now, it’s looking like the opponent will be border rival Miguel “Mickey” Roman (28-6, 20 KOs), of Juarez. The two were born and raised in the same neighborhood in Juarez and a showdown between the two is expected to draw on both sides of the border. The bout will also mark a return to the border for Roman who, prior to 2008, was a consistent headliner at the Poliforo in Juarez.
Lightweight Javier “El Zorro” Castro (22-2, 18 KOs), also of El Paso/Juarez, will be taking on Ameth Diaz (26-9, 19 KOs), of Panama City, for the WBA Fedebol lightweight title on Jan. 21. A legal dispute between longtime promoter, Promociones del Pueblo, of Juarez, and Promociones Istmo, of Panama, for contractual rights over Castro has also commenced.
Report by Andreas Hale
And then there was one…
Benson Henderson proved himself to be the only champion in the World Extreme Cagefighting’s lightweight division as he unified the titles with a dramatic submission victory over Jamie Varner in the main event of WEC 46 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten top ten featherweight Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (18-0, 15 KOs) graduated from the Ventura County Police Academy last Friday, but he’ll be working his other job on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas in the co-main event in a battle with Mexican buzz saw Joksan Hernandez (17-1, 10 KOs). The highly regarded Garcia is trained by his older brother and one-time IBF junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia. His manager is Cameron Dunkin, longtime manager of numerous boxing world champions.
Thompson Boxing Promotions kicks off 2010 on January 22 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA.The six-bout card will be headlined by junior welterweight Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (17-2, 11 KOs) against faded 41-year-old two-time world title challenger John “The Eastern Beast” Brown (24-16-2, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder. A six round lightweight co-feature will see Daniel “Travieso” Hernandez (8-0, 4 KOs) take on veteran Baudel Cardenas (18-19-2, 6 KOs). Also scheduled for six rounds is a junior welterweight war between Hector “Teco” Serrano (10-0, 3 KOs) and Cristian Favela (17-23-6, 10 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten hard-puncher Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBA super-feather belt when he took the initiative with his good left leads from the start, piled up points and finally caught defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), a previously unbeaten Mexican, en route to a fine stoppage at 2:48 of the twelfth and final round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (40-1, 28 KOs), 122, Thailand, continually showed his persistent attack in the close range, displayed his abundant stamina and pounded out a majority but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (16-1, 12 KOs), 122, over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
New Jersey heavyweight Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris, winner of Cedric Kushner’s 2002 ‘Thunderbox Heavyweight Tournament,” fighting January 29 for the first time in more than two years, against veteran Billy “The Kid” Zumbrun in Albuquerque. The 33-year-old Harris (20-14-2, 10 KOs) has previously beaten some of the best, lost to inferior opponents on several occasions, and overall has failed to live-up to his physical potential. He plans to get back into the heavyweight title picture with his new promoter Boxing 360. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions and DiBella Entertainment have announced a series of intriguing undercard match-ups supporting the big January 30 welterweight championship showdown between Sugar Shane Mosley and Andre Berto at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Two of the junior welterweight division’s most devastating punchers – undefeated Lucas Matthysse (25-0, 23 KOs) and former world champion Vivian Harris (29-3-1, 19 KOs) – collide in a bout not likely to last the scheduled 10 rounds. An IBF light heavyweight world title shot will be on the line when Yusaf Mack (28-2-2, 17 KOs) clashes with former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) in a 12-round elimination bout. Plus, adding to the number of former title holders on the card will be former 154-pound world champion Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (21-1-1, 5 KOs), who makes his Golden Boy Promotions debut in a 10-round bout against the always tough Jason Naugler (18-11-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion has responded to WBA middleweight Felix Sturm, who had declared himself free of any obligations to the German boxing powerhouse. Universum contends Sturm has breached his contract:
Statement: Contrary to stories in the press put about by Sturm’s side in the last few weeks, Felix Sturm remains under exclusive contract to Universum. Universum will take any legal steps necessary to ensure that Felix Sturm remains obliged to fulfill his exclusive contract with Universum until 2012, when the contract ends. We will not tolerate his participation in any boxing matches which violate our exclusive contractual rights.
Following Mr. Sturm’s rejection of an offer by Universum of a voluntary title defense bout to be fought in November or December 2009, the WBA (World Boxing Association) ruled that Mr. Sturm must defend his world champion title in a mandatory title bout by April 2010 at the latest. The official challenger was named by the WBA as Gennady Golovkin, who is currently ranked no. 2 in the world and who is also under contract to Universum. Universum has asked for Mr. Sturm’s cooperation in arranging this fight to ensure that it can be carried out in accordance with contractual provisions and with the WBA rules. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine (38-3, 23 KOs) scored a decision win over Robert Medley (27-3, 17 KOs) in a twelve round bout Friday at the Entertainment Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Mundine was the aggressor in most of the rounds but it was Medley who hurt the three time world champion in rounds five, ten and twelve with power right hands.Medley showed he is world class at 160 pounds as he continually boxed Mundine on even terms.He was not hurt at any point during the fight and continually smiled at his opponent. At the conclusion scores were Trevor Christian 117-112, Gary Dean 117-115 and Bernie McMahon 117-113. Mundine said, “Medley was ready–he had great preparation. I have had no KO’s for a while but I tried too hard for the knockout. I find it hard to get up for these fights. I have not got the eye of the tiger, but I am still the best.” (more…)
This Friday night, the first big boxing of the new decade in Philadelphia will take place as USBA junior middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh” Ennis will take on Edwin Vazquez in an eight round non-title bout that will highlight an eight bout card at The Arena in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The card is promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions in association with River Edge Beverage Company. Ennis of Philadelphia will be looking to improve upon his record that currently stands at (19-2-1, 12 KOs) and will be looking to carry the momentum of a seven fight win streak. In that streak, Ennis has scored three knockouts and is coming off a career best win when he scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over Eromosele Albert on October 16th at The Legendary Blue Horizon to capture the USBA junior middleweight title. (more…)
The ShoBox-scheduled showdown between Carlos Abregu (28-0, 23 KOs) and Richard Gutierrez (24-3-1, 14 KOs), originally set for Jan. 29 in Albuquerque, N.M., has been moved to the Edwin Valero-Antonio DeMarco card in Monterrey, Mexico, Feb. 6. Both bouts will air live on Showtime. Replacing Abregu-Gutierrez on Jan. 29’s ShoBox card will be bantamweight Chris Avalos (14-0, 11 KOs) vs. Jose Nieves (17-1-3, 8 KOs).
Gray Maynard remembers one of the first conversations with his boxing coach, Gil Martinez, almost like it happened yesterday. Unbeaten in three UFC fights following his stint on the fifth season of The Ultimate Fighter, “The Bully” was just that in the Octagon – a hard-charging wrestler who swung for the cheap seats with every punch . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
Jr middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) of Great Falls, VA will continue his climb towards a world title shot as he defends his WBC USNBC title against Chase “The White Tiger” Shields (29-3-1, 14 KOs) of Houston, TX at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia on Saturday, March 6th.
“Shields is an extremely-talented boxer with good punching power,” commented Lange. “This could very well be the toughest fight thus far in my career,” said Lange. “However, I am completely confident that my trainers, Don Turner and Jimmy Glenn, will create the best strategy for me to defeat him. I can’t wait to go ‘tiger’ hunting.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten hard-puncher Takashi Uchiyama (14-0, 11 KOs), 130, impressively captured the WBA super-feather belt when he took the initiative with his good left leads from the start, piled up points and finally caught defending champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs), a previously unbeaten Mexican, en route to a fine stoppage at 2:48 of the twelfth and final round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama’s explosive right dropped the fading champ midway in the last session. Referee Raul Caiz Sr. (US) allowed him to go on, but the Japanese challenger’s follow-up assault was so furious that he called a halt to save Salgado from further punishment. It was a very remarkable coronation of the best Japanese prospect in the beginning of the new year. Before the stoppage, all the judges had favored the aggressive challenger, as follows: Tom Miller and Rafael Ramos (both US) both 107-102, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 106-103, for Uchiyama. (More to come)
By Craig Watt
In The Australian Contender Final at the Sydney Entertainment Centre big underdog Garth Wood (7-1, 3 KO’s) outpointed Kenyan Kariz Kariuki, (21-8-1, 18 KO’s) in an absorbing contest and won the first prize of $25,000 but perhaps more importantly secured a future match up with former two time WBA super-middleweight champion Anthony Mundine – with it a guaranteed purse of $250,000. He won by split decision over seven rounds on the scorecards by 68-66 and 68-65 with the third judge amazingly scoring the fight 66-68 to Kariuki at the 168 pound super-middleweight limit for the tournament. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (40-1, 28 KOs), 122, Thailand, continually showed his persistent attack in the close range, displayed his abundant stamina and pounded out a majority but well-received decision over previously unbeaten Satoshi Hosono (16-1, 12 KOs), 122, over twelve see-saw rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Tom Miller (US) 115-113, Michael Lee (Korea) 117-113, both for the champ, and Raul Caiz Sr. (US) 114-114. The referee was Rafael Ramos (US). It looked like a couple of tiny bulls kept swapping punches from the outset to the end. But it was the more aggressive and energetic champ that dominated a bit more rounds by slight margins in a close affair. Poonsawat, three years his senior at 29, showed his experience and ring-craft in connecting with short left hooks and right uppercuts to the face with better precision than Hosono. (More to come)
Results by Brady Crytzer
After two competitive rounds, interim WEC lightweight champion Ben “Smooth” Henderson utilized a flying guillotine to surprise and submit titlist Jamie Varner in the third period making him the unified lightweight champion of the world. Varner controlled the first round by pressing Henderson into the cage and controlling the pace of the fight. Round two witnessed Henderson create space and slam hard kicks to the head and body of Varner. The third round saw Varner continue to implement his wrestling strategy until, after a throwing a hard knee, Henderson leapt onto the neck of Varner. With a tight guillotine in place Varner tapped suddenly giving Henderson the submission victory at 2:41. (more…)
From the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia for Monday night’s “Ultimate Fight Night,” airing on SPIKE TV beginning at 9pm ET / PT and 8pm CT.
Nate Diaz 155 vs Gray Maynard 155
Evan Dunham 155 vs. Efrain Escudero 155
Aaron Simpson 185 vs Tom Lawlor 185
Brad Blackburn 170 vs Amir Sadollah 170
Jay Silva 185 vs Chris Leben 185
Jesse Lennox 170 vs Rick Story 170
Nik Lentz 155 vs Thiago Tavares 155
Rory MacDonald 170 vs Mike Guymon 170
Rafael Dos Anjos 155 vs Kyle Bradley 155
John Salter 185 vs Gerald Harris 185
Jesse Forbes 185 vs Nick Catone 185
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese veteran judge Ken Morita will become a Japanese version of Harold Lederman in HBO programs for the world title twinbill to be shown by TV Tokyo tonight (Monday). Morita lately served as judge for the Vitali Klitschko-Chris Arreola WBC heavyweight title bout in Los Angeles last September. It is the first attempt to have a scoring judge in a TV boxing program here, since commentators (ex-world champs and/or expert journalists) previously made it a rule to express their opinions on the score after each round. However, there happened some notorious controversies on the differences between the official verdicts and commentators’ private tallies, so almost all our televisions have become reluctant to have commentators clarify their scores to TV viewers. Morita, we hope, will do a good jab as he is as vastly experienced as today’s officials.
The stars will fight, big and bright, deep in the heart of Texas! Jerry Jones and Bob Arum, owner of the Dallas Cowboys and chairman of Top Rank, respectively, announced today that Cowboys Stadium would be the site of the Manny Pacquiao vs Joshua Clottey world welterweight championship fight taking place on Saturday, March 13 and broadcast live on pay-per-view. Formal news conferences at Cowboys Stadium and in New York next week will provide details on tickets and the pay-per-view broadcast. Pacquiao vs Clottey will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with the Dallas Cowboys and MP Promotions. Pacquiao and Clottey boast a combine record of (85-6-2, 59 KOs) — a winning percentage of 91% and a victory by knockout ratio of nearly 70%. “I have wanted to bring a major boxing event to North Texas for many years, so why not bring in the biggest and the best?” asked Jones. “Manny Pacquiao is boxing’s No. 1 pound for pound attraction and the world champion. Manny defending his title against Joshua Clottey is not just a great fight, it’s a great event, and one we can showcase to the fullest in Cowboys Stadium. We’re going to promote this like it was the Super Bowl.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Anthony Mundine 158.9 vs Robert Medley 158.7
Kariz Kariuki 166.8 vs Garth Wood 167.3
Nader Hamdan 167.7 vs Junior Talipeau 167.9
Venue: Entertainment Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Promoter: Tony Mundine Senior
Lots of video highlights from Saturday night’s big “Universum Champions Night” event in Magdeburg. See WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz’ dominating TKO over challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta, plus a KO win by super welterweight prospect Jack Culcay over Dmitrijus Sidorovicius, unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov’s two round destruction of Kevin Montiy, unbeaten heavyweight Manuel Charr’s tenth round TKO of former world title challenger Owen Beck and journeyman heavyweight Zack Page’s shocking win over previously unbeaten and highly regarded Sebastian Köber.
By Joe Koizumi
Foreign people may think Japan is still rich enough to stage many world title bouts, but it is not true. Japan, under recession, isn’t Saudi Arabia, with no petroleum but some boxing prospects. The brightest young men out of Japan will have ambitious shots at world championships tomorrow (Monday; our national holiday of Coming-of-Age Day) at the Tokyo Big Site. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Raymundo Beltran, 23-4, dominated David Torres, 22-2, en route to a seventh round TKO at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The fight was at a catchweight of 138 pounds. In the co-main event, lightweight Francisco Reyes moved to 4-0 with a six round unanimous decision over Darren Darby, now 5-8-2. Also, heavyweight George “Monk” Foreman III easily moved to 5-0 with a first round stoppage of Yul Witherspoon, now 1-3. Click here for full details…
In a battle of unbeatens Puerto Rico’s Wilfredo Vázquez Jr. (17-0-1, 14 KOs) will meet former WBO super flyweight champion Marvin Sonsona (14-0-1, 12 KOs) of the Philippines February 27th for the WBO interim junior featherweight title. The bout will take place at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “This will be Vazquez’ Jr. first world title fight and he gets to fight in his hometown of Bayamon. Its a great opportunity for him,” said Iván Rivera, president of PR Best Boxing Promotions. The bout is being presented by PR Best Boxing (Ivan & Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC. Tickets go on sale Monday January 11th and can be purchased by calling (787) 792-5000 or online at www.tcpr.com . Tickets are priced from $20 to $300. The initial press conference will take place this Wednesday in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
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