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By Joe Koizumi
Slick-punching southpaw Toshikai Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), 121.5, kept his WBC super-bantam throne as he floored Mexican warrior Genaro Garcia (38-7, 22 KOs), 122, twice and finally chalked up a TKO victory at 0:57 of the twelfth and final round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)
Unbeaten Namibian Paulus Moses (24-0, 17 KOs), 133.5, impressively captured the WBA lightweight belt as he kept jabbing and throwing busy combinations to game and gutsy defending champ Yusuke Kobori (23-3-1, 12 KOs), 132.5, Japan, and withstood the champ’s retaliation in middle rounds en route to a unanimous decision (115-113 twice and 119-109) over hard-fought twelve rounds on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)
By Alexey Potapov
Former world title challenger and European champion Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) is set to challenge WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) at the Bordelandhalle, in Magdeburg, Germany. A few days before the fight, the Ukrainian boxer has given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
HALL of Fame promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank has penciled a press tour of key US and UK cities in relation to the blockbuster May 2 clash between Filipino Manny Pacquiao and British Ricky Hatton. “(We are) all on the same page,” Arum told Manila Bulletin and Fightnews on Friday from Las Vegas, noting that only the venue for the scheduled 12-round super-lightweight tiff will be decided this coming week.
Arum said the MGM Grand Garden Arena, which can accommodate 15,000-plus, and the bigger Thomas and Mack Center (19,000 seats) inside the sprawling UNLV campus, are vying for the right to host the megamatch. Arum is meeting with officials of the MGM/Mirage and Wynn Group that also includes Planet Hollywood on Tuesday (Wednesday in the Philippines). A representative from Hatton’s promotional outfit, Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions, will likely be present as well. “Everything seems a go…negotiations with Golden Boy is finished,” reported the Bulletin. (more…)
Ex-European light heavyweight champion Thomas Ulrich has been added to the January 10th “Universum Champions Night” card in the boxing hotbed of Magdeburg, Germany. Ulrich (31-4, 21 KOs) will take on unbeaten Armin Dollinger (19-0, 8 KOs) in an eight round cruiserweight bout. It will Ulrich’s first bout since losing his European belt to Yuri Barashian in February 2008. He is trained by Ralf Rocchigiani. Dollinger is coming off a career-best second round TKO of Kai Kurzawa last March. Hightlighting the card are two world title fights. WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) defends against the above-mentioned Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) and WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) faces #1 rated Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs) in a highly attractive “stall duel” between undefeated fighters.
By Joe Koizumi
Latest Hall of Famer, Akihiko Honda, influential impresario of Teiken Promotions, presents a world title doubleheader tomorrow (Saturday) at the Pacifico Yokohama, Yokohama City, Japan. WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (32-4-3, 19 KOs), a hard-hitting and slick-punching southpaw veteran, will make his initial defense against Mexican warrior Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (38-6, 22 KOs) in the main event. Today Nishioka, a handsome champ, tipped the beam at 121.5 pound, while Garcia, with a “macho” appearance, scaled in at the 122-pound class limit though still wearing tee-shirts. Both looked fine and well-prepared. The WBC officials are as follows: Referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Maximo de Luca (US), Gene del Bianco (US) and Thanawuth Pluemsamran (Thailand); supervior Edward Thangarajah (Thailand).
In the other world title bout, fearless warrior Yusuke Kobori (23-2-1, 12 KOs), will risk his newly acquired WBA lightweight belt against perennial top contender Paulus Moses (23-0, 17 KOs), from Namibia, in a highly-expected twelve rounder. Both were rather lighter than the 135-pound limit, as Kobori weighed in at 134.5 to 133.5 for Moses. Both looked highly motivated to win this game. The WBA officials are as follows: Referee Rafael Ramos (US); judges Derek Milham (Australia), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) and Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand); and supervisor Jose Oliver Gomez (Panama).
Yes, four of the five officials are same as those who participated in the previous WBA flyweight title bout between Sakata and Denkaosen on the last day of the last year. They moved from Hiroshima to Tokyo on the New Year Day. No one likes to work here in Japan on January 1 through 3 (our traditional holidays) even in this country of workaholics, but the Hall of Famer Akihiko Honda thus presents an interesting dual title show to entertain our aficionados. (More)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization has confirmed the stacked 10-bout fight card for UFC 93: FRANKLIN vs. HENDERSON. The UFC®’s first ever event in the Republic of Ireland emanates from the brand new O2 in Dublin. Click here for more
UFC 93 is live on PPV from the O2 Arena in Dublin, Ireland, January 17 at 8 PM GMT. In the light heavyweight main event, former two-division world champion Dan Henderson will collide with former UFC middleweight king Rich Franklin in three-round war which will set the tone for the 205lbs division in 2009. Then, 2005 PRIDE® Grand Prix Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns to the Octagon™ to throw down with UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman in a rematch MMA fans thought they would never see. The pair last met in Japan in 2006, with the legendary Coleman pulling off a stunning upset by breaking Rua’s arm in the first round. For more info, visit 93.ufc.com
Light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer’s January 17th clash with Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams in Dusseldorf has fallen through after Brähmer suffered a cut to his head in a New Year’s Eve accident. While attending a midnight fireworks show and his girlfriend Tatjana in Schwerin, Brähmer was struck by some shattered glass. He spent the first few minutes of the new year in the hospital where he received six stitches on the hairline. “I’m happy that nothing happened to my girfriend,” he said. “Tatjana stood right next to me. I must now must miss a week’s training before they remove the stitches. This is very annoying. I couldn’t celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve because I trained right through, but I think that I can return to the ring in the near future.”
Yuriorkis Gamboa and Odlanier Solis are ready to shine at the season premiere of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” next Friday (January 9th) at Terrible’s Primm Valley Casino Resorts. The 2004 Olympic gold medallists had no spare time over Christmas or New Year’s but have been working hard at their training camp in Primm, Nevada. “They both did a great job and will be perfectly prepared for their fights,” states coach Ismael Salas. “Odlanier is fired up to show the US public what he is made of. And Yuri knows that this is his last step before going for his first world title. He knows that he has to be focused and concentrated to fulfil his great dream to become champion of the world.”
Fast rising featherweight star Gamboa (12-0, 10 KOs) will face Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-2, 18 KOs). If “El Ciclon” wins this fight he will be lined up next to fight for the WBC interim championship against Elio Rojas. Heavyweight sensation Odlanier Solis (12-0, 8 KOs) makes his US debut against “Big Man” Kevin Burnett (13-1-1, 8 KOs). Originally, “La Sombra” was scheduled to face Owen Beck but the former WBA world title challenger pulled out of the fight due to medical reasons. Doors open at 5.00pm. Tickets are still available for US$ 35.00 and US$ 10.00 (plus fees); call 1-800-FUN-STOP or visit www.primmvalleyresorts.com.
By Brady Crytzer
Featherweights Monty Meza-Clay (28-1, 19 KOs) and Jorge Solis (36-1, 26 KOs) will collide January 31st in Guadalajara, Mexico to determine the IBF #1 contender spot. This was confirmed by Meza-Clay’s management on Thursday evening. Meza-Clay, who is ranked #2 by the WBO, #5 by the IBF and #11 by the WBA, was last seen in May stopping Omar Lizarraga in the first round.
By Joe Koizumi
The Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) has disclosed that 276 promotions happened here in Japan in 2008. If you divide this figure by 365 (a year), you see it 75%, which showed there were three boxing shows in every four days in average. The number of bouts was 2,245 in total.
Officially licensed are 2,669 Japanese boxers and 151 foreign fighters. Including unlicensed and amateur boxers, it is said there are boxers (including training boys) approximately ten times of the JBC-licensed boxers, that is, some 25,000 boxers here in Japan.
Out of 276 promotions, we saw 160 shows in Tokyo area, 126 of which took place at the Korakuen Hall to prove it is really the mecca of boxing here. 1,067 bouts, including preliminary games, were held at the Hall last year.
By Joe Koizumi
Perennial top contender Denkaosen Kaowichit (45-1-1, 19 KOs), 111.75, Thailand, very impressively captured the WBA flyweight belt as he showed a fine opening attack in the first, caught defending champ Takefumi Sakata (33-5-2, 15 KOs), 112, making his fifth defense, with a vicious right under the ear and finished him for the count at 2:55 of the second round on Wednesday in Hiroshima, Japan. It was their grudge fight as they battled to a split draw in the first encounter in November of the previous year.
We knew Denkaosen was a dangerous challenger, having seen him drop Sakata with a solid right in the first round in their initial battle that ended with 115-112 for the Thailander, 112-114 for the Japanese and 113-113. Furthermore, it was the draw despite Denkaosen having suffered a right thumb fracture in the fourth and necessarily fighting with one hand thereafter. However, we never expected such a devastating and dramatic, plus so quick, one-punch knockout by the Thai veteran, since Sakata had been known for his tremendous durability and determination in every defense. (more…)
On January 11, 2008, Edison Miranda blasted David Banks out of the ring in the third round, a knockout recently named 2008 Knockout of the Year by ESPN. On January 14th, 2009, “Pantera” hopes to make spectacular January knockouts an annual tradition when he takes on Manuel Esparza on the latest edition of “Hard Knocks at the Hard Rock” at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. “I’m happy to accept the award for Knockout of the Year from ESPN, and I promise that I will be in the running for the 2009 award every time I step into the ring in the New Year,” said Miranda. “They may have to name the award after me after they see all the spectacular knockout wins I have in 2009.” Tickets for this event, which is headlined by the return of junior middleweight contender Sechew Powell and the debut of 2008 Puerto Rican Olympian Jonathan Gonzalez, are priced at $152, $102, $52, and $22, and are available now at the Hard Rock Live Box Office or TicketMaster.com. Also in action on January 14th will be highly touted Cuban defector Stalinn Lopez in his pro debut and Star Boxing standout Yathomas Riley. Former undisputed cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell, who was scheduled to make his heavyweight debut, has pulled out of the fight for personal reasons.
By Chris Morris / Rock Mountain Boxing
With the economy on the slide and boxing feeling the punches, one wouldn’t expect this would lead to better fight cards in Colorado but that is exactly what’s happening as four of Colorado’s best promoters unite for one afternoon of pro boxing. Poor Boys Pro Boxing headed by Jim ‘Smitty’ Smith, Moonlight Productions headed by C.C. Edwards, Inside Boxing headed by Aurelio Martinez and last but never the least Airtight Boxing headed by Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas are pooling their talents together for a show fittingly entitled ‘Come Together.’ The show is set for Saturday January 31st at the Softball Country Arena with a start time of 2pm and will be headlined by welterweight Donald Camarena (19-5, 9 KOs). (more…)
Former two-time WBO featherweight champion Scott Harrison (25-2-2, 14 KOs) has received an early release from Barlinnie Prison in Glasgow, Scotland. Harrison, who has had a long history of run-ins with the law, served four months. He did not comment upon leaving the facility this morning. Although still just 31, Harrison’s legal woes have kept him out of the ring since November 2005.
By Joe Koizumi
Perennial top contender Denakaosen Kaowichit (45-1-1, 19 KOs), 111.75, Thailand, very impressively captured the WBA flyweight belt as he showed a fine opening attack in the first, and caught defending champ Takafumi Sakata (33-5-2, 15 KOs), 112, making his fifth defense, with a vicious right under the ear and finished him for the count at 2:55 of the second round on Wednesday in Hiroshima, Japan. It was their grudge fight as they battled to a draw in the first encounter last November.
Undercard: Unbeaten Japan-based Russian Sasha Bakhtin, 117.5, was awarded a lopsided technical decision (100-90 twice and 100-89) over OPBF top ranked Korean national titlist Sungkook Kim, 118, at 1:07 of the tenth session in a scheduled twelve. Promoter: Kyoei Promotions.
While most the world is enjoying the year end holidays, it’s business as usual in Hamburg’s famous Universum Gym. In preparation for the first “Universum Champions Night” of 2009, WBO light heavyweight champion Zsolt Erdei (29-0, 17 KOs) with his trainer Fritz Sdunek, and WBO super middleweight champion Denis Inkin (34-0, 24 KOs) with his trainer Magomed Shaburov are in the midst of the last and most intense phase of sparring. “While the others celebrate, dancing and drinking, we still need to work hard – this was not Christmas,” said Erdei. The two world champions will continue to train in Hamburg until Friday, before heading to Magdeburg for the January 10th world title twinbill at the Bördelandhalle. Longtime titleholder Erdei defends against former European champion Yuri Barashian (25-4, 17 KOs) while Inkin makes his first title defense facing stablemate Karoly Balzsay (19-0, 14 KOs). This bout has added intrigue as Universum trainers Sdunek and Shaburov will be in opposite corners.
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto and trainer Evangelista Cotto work the mitts during media day Tuesday in Puerto Rico. Cotto has been training for three weeks and is getting ready to take on Michael Jennings for the vacant WBO welterweight title on February 21 in a Top Rank Pay per view card. “I had missed the gym and I was ready to come back and start training,” said Cotto of his return. “I’m looking forward to a great training camp and to a big fight. I feel very confident that I will return to Puerto Rico in February as a world champion,” added the two time world champion from his hometown gym in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
By Lee Bates
After hearing of the possibility of Oscar De La Hoya facing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Floyd Mayweather Sr. shared his thoughts on Oscar’s chances of victory against ‘The Son of the Legend.’ “I can tell you with me in his corner Oscar would beat Chavez Jr. without a doubt.” he proclaimed. Mayweather Sr. also talked about his battle with sarcoidosis, and how Ricky Hatton would do in a super showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
By Robert Coster
Panama, the perennial hotbed of fistic talent and tradition, went through another year of exceptional boxing activity with an average of two shows per month while counting presently four world champions, five dynamic promotional companies and new young stars coming forward. Boxing is alive and well in the land of Roberto Duran and the stats prove it. (more…)
Former WBO cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli and Johnathon Banks will meet in February for the vacant WBO cruiserweight title with site and date to be named. The fight was originally scheduled to take place earlier this month in London, but the Banks withdrew only a few days before, leaving Maccarinelli to face heavyweight Mathew Ellis instead – whom he blasted out in two rounds. The Frank Warren-promoted card will also feature lightweight star Amir Khan.
By: Gabriel F. Cordero
The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission has indefinitely suspended Hector Camacho Jr. The suspension has to do with the cancellation of a bout between Camacho and Yory Boy Campas in November in Tijuana, Mexico. Camacho had denied signing for that bout. Reportedly, there could be a fine and the possibility that Camacho would not be able to fight in Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico.
By Lee Bates
2004 Olympic gold medalist heavyweight Odlanier Solis (12-0, 8 KOs) originally scheduled to face former world title challenger Owen Beck will now defend his WBC International heavyweight title against Franklin Lawrence (11-1-2, 6 KOs) of Indianapolis, Indiana. Lawrence’s best performance to date was a draw against veteran Friday Ahunanya and in his only loss he suffered an arm injury in the first round against then unbeaten Bermane Stiverne where he was unable to continue after the injury. The bout will be televised on ESPN2 Friday January 9th from the Buffalo Bill’s Star Arena in Primm, Nevada.
By Lee Bates / Photo: Jose Perez
PR Best Boxing promotions (Ivan & Peter Rivera) entered the sport of boxing unexpectedly, but once they were in they took full advantage of their opportunity. The Rivera brothers, who have been lifelong boxing fans started their own casual and surfwear business called ‘Xplotion’ in the early 1990s in Puerto Rico. They realized during that time there weren’t a lot of sponsorships for the professional boxers in Puerto Rico and they came up with the idea to sponsor fighters. Several world champion Puerto Rican fighters have worn their apparel such as world champions Felix Trinidad, Miguel Cotto, Wilfredo Vazquez Sr., and Daniel Santos just to name a few. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
It’s not a common turn of events, when a fighter starts to create a considerable buzz over his accomplishments around the Internet before he actually got on regional or national TV. The most known example of this kind is a record-breaking KO terror Edwin Valero, who snatched eighteen consecutive first-round kayos, which were seen around the world mostly via the web. It was later when he started fighting in televised events worldwide. It seems we have a new Internet boxing phenomenon on the way up and his name is Beibut Shumenov. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Big win for the “OC Bomber” Joshua Snyder (8-3-1, 3 KOs) Saturday night in Cincinnati, Ohio. Snyder won an eight-round split decision over previously undefeated Aaron Pryor Jr (11-1, 8 KOs) at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University. Snyder won by scores of 77-75 (twice). One judge scored the bout 79-72 for Pryor, son of the hall of fame welterweight champion. The Snyder camp says that their boxer was able to get inside the taller Pryor and eventually won the crowd over. Snyder is now unbeaten in his last four bouts and has topped four of the five undefeated boxers he has faced in his career (Earl Cole, Jimmy Lubash, John Mackey and Pryor). The only loss came in a tough eight-round majority decision to Jessie Nicklow in January of this year.
Two high calibre fights have been added to the January 17th “Universum Champions Night” in Düsseldorf at the Burg-Wächter Castello. Unbeaten cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (16-0, 15 KOs) will take on Victor Emilio Ramirez (13-1, 11 KOs) for the WBO interim cruiserweight title. Alekseev is rated WBO #2, while Ramirez is WBO #9. Also, light heavyweight Jürgen Brähmer (31-2, 25 KOs) will return from a loss in November against WBA world champion Hugo Hernan Garay. The “100 Year Talent” will take on Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-5-1, 16 KOs). “I had a piece missing in my dream of winning a world championship — the fight against Garay made that clear,” said Brähmer. “Even if it’s only one small piece, the defeat has shown me that I still have work to do with my trainer Michael Timm. So I must work even more and even harder to still fulfill my dream. The fight against Williams coming so quickly after my last appearance is an important touchstone. In addition, it will help me to better establish myself in my new weight class at light heavyweight.”
As previously announced, the card will also include an attractive female world title bout between WIBF/WBC featherweight champion Ina Menzer (22-0, 9 KOs) and ex-world champion Esther Schouten (22-4-1, 11 KOs).
According to several press reports Mexico and Puerto Rico, a bout between Oscar De La Hoya and unbeaten “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (38-0-1, 29 KOs) is a possibility for May at the 100,000-deat Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. Oscar twice defeated Julio’s father, Julio Cesar Chavez in 1996 and 1998, making a compelling story line if the bout were to happen.
FightNews has learned that the WBA Championship Committee has ordered a panel of judges to review the contest between WBA heavyweight champion Nicolay Valuev and Evander Holyfield, for the WBA Heavyweight title, held December 20th in Switzerland. The source stated that the WBA is taking this action “Due to the respect for the opinion of the fans and the media.” Valuev (50-1, 34 KOs) retained his title with a majority decision over legendary ex-champion Holyfield (42-10-2, 27 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 115-114, and 116-112. After the decision was announced, Holyfield received applause from Swiss crowd, while Valuev was notably booed. The WBA Championship Committee will issue a decision in the following weeks.
Octagonside by Victor Perea & Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The Ultimate Fighter season one winner vs. The Ultimate Fighter season two winner. It’s safe to say that with a healthy dose of skepticism following the advent of the reality show among hard core MMA fans, nobody believed that two reality show stars would ever fight for a title—let alone fight each other for the most prestigious title in the UFC. Griffin shocked the world to capture the belt in July against a heavily favored “Rampage” Jackson. And last night, he was also the underdog going into the battle of Ultimate Fighter winners with Forrest Griffin . . . . Click here for more
Post-fight report by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
To say that Rashad Evans was never given a chance is an understatement. He was an underdog on season two of The Ultimate Fighter. He won that season’s heavyweight competition.
He was heavily picked to be soundly defeated by former light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. He KO’d “The Iceman” with a highlight worthy overhand right.
And last night, he was also the underdog going into the battle of Ultimate Fighter winners with Forrest Griffin . . . . Click here for more
Gary Shaw Productions and Top Rank announced today that tickets will go on sale Tuesday for the February 7th championship doubleheader featuring the rumble between unified super flyweight champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and WBA interim super flyweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce, and the NABO lightweight championship battle between top contenders Antonio Demarco and Almazbek “Kid Diamond” Raiymkulov at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Priced at $250, $125, $90, $60, $45 and $35, tickets go on sale December 30 at 10AM PT, and can be purchased through Ticketmaster (all Ticketmaster outlets), by phone, 714-740-2000, or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Tickets will also be available at the Honda Center box office.
Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) and Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) will settle their bitter hostilities toward each other, once and for all, in a fight to the finish. Their battle will be televised live nationally on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast.) The broadcast will open with DeMarco (19-1-1, 13 KOs) risking his three-year, 13-bout unbeaten streak and Top-10 rating in a career-defining fight against the battle-tested Raiymkulov (27-1-1, 15 KOs), who is enjoying his own two-year winning streak.
By Alexey Potapov
IBF/IBO/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs) may face unbeaten IBF #2 rated Chris Arreola (26-0, 23 KOs) in his next bout in April or May. Fightnews.com has learned that talks are underway and the fight would most likely take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. If victorious, the Ukrainian champion is then obliged to fight against IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) by September 13th.
By Brady Crytzer, photo by Chris Cozzone
Rashad Evans stopped Forrest Griffin in the third round to become world light heavyweight champion in the main event of UFC 92: The Ultimate 2008. Round one was controlled by the rangy strikes of the champion Griffin as he pelted the challenger with hard jabs and snapping body kicks. The second round saw Griffin maintain his pace but begin to tire while Evans remained fresh. In round three Evans caught a lazy kick and cracked Griffin with a crisp right hand. With Griffin on his back, Evans began to tee off prompting the stoppage at 2:46.
In the co-main, Frank Mir made history by becoming the interim UFC heavyweight champion as well as the first man to ever stop Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira. Mir showed fantastic boxing throughout the first round by dropping his opponent twice with hard southpaw lefts. In the second round, Mir landed a powerful left hook that flattened Nogueira. Mir followed up with hard shots on the ground and finished the fight at 1:54.
In the third feature fight, revenge was sweet for Quinton “Rampage” Jackson as he avenged two prior losses by knocking out nemesis Wanderlai Silva with a single left hook. The official time was 3:21 of round number one.
In other results: The Ultimate Fighter 7 middleweight runner up CB Dolloway defeated fellow upstart Mike Massenzio via TKO at 3:01 of the opening round via strikes from the back position.
Cheick Kongo finished UFC newcomer Mustapha al-Turk in the opening round with brutal ground n’ pound. The official time was 4:37.
On the undercard: Heavyweight kickboxing veteran Patrick Berry made his UFC debut a successful one stopping fellow striker Dan “The Viking” Evensen in the first round with a series of brutal lowkicks. The official time was 2:36. IFL standout “Bad” Brad Blackburn scored a unanimous decision over Ryo “Piranha” Chonan in a welterweight bout. Scores all read 29-28. Wrestling powerhouse Matt “The Hammer” Hamill scored a 2nd round TKO over Reese Andy in a light heavyweight contest. The official time was 2:19. Heavyweight striker Antoni Hardonk stopped Mike Wessell in the second round with heavy punches from the top position. The stoppage came at 2:09. Middleweight contender Yushin “Thunder” Okami scored a unanimous decision over former world submission grappling champion Dean Lister. All three judges scored the bout 30-27 in favor of Okami.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Below are some results of fights held today in La Manga, Barranquilla, Colombia featuring world rated boxers Marcos Avendaño, Miguel Acosta and Francisco Cordero. WBA #8 super welterweight Marco A. Avendaño (Venezuela) scored a second round KO over Ruben Dario Prada (Colombia); WBA #9 lightweight Miguel Acosta (Venezuela) scored a fourth round TKO over Onalvi Sierra (Colombia) and WBA #15 featherweight Francisco Cordero (Colombia) took a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Araguayan (Venezuela) by scores of 98-95, 98-94, 98-93. Also welterweight Carlos Donquiz (Venezuela) kayoed Jhon Jairo Licona (Colombia) in two.
It may be combat sports’ not so hidden secret, but championships can change fighters. We’ve seen it time and time again – someone fights hard, makes a name for himself, wins a title, and then it’s all downhill from there. Whether it’s the added money or fame or a diminished hunger, some fighters are never the same after reaching the pinnacle of their sport . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
It’s the ultimate event of the year with the original Ultimate Fighter®, Forrest Griffin defending his title against “Sugar” Rashad Evans. Then the Ultimate Fighter® coaches face off as Interim World Heavyweight Champion, Antonio “Minotauro” Nogueira takes on former heavyweight champion, Frank Mir. Plus, two of the hardest hitting light heavyweights go toe-to-toe when Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva battles former light heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. For more info on UFC 92, visit 92.ufc.com
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