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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Montreal promoter Yvon Michel was quick to respond to light-heavyweight Silvio Branco’s claims of improprieties Friday night fight with WBC champion Jean Pascal. “At the end of the day, Jean was younger, faster, and stronger and he won the fight. They’re just looking for an excuse.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Two time world title challenger Shannan Taylor (49-7-3, 36 KOs) is currently appearing on the hit Australian television series “Underbelly” which has been filmed in Sydney’s King Cross area. “I am excited to be starring in the Underbelly series,” said Taylor. “It’s about the underworld scene in Sydney during the 1980’s.” Taylor also revealed his upcoming plans in the ring. “I have a very important fight scheduled for November 27 against WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington who I promise will be a KO victim,” he stated. In 2006 Taylor dropped a twelve round points decision to Arthur Abraham in an IBF 160 pound title attempt. In 2001 Shane Mosley stopped Taylor in eight rounds of WBC 147 pound title bout.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic Bull” McCall and long time contender Lance “Mount” Whitaker will collide on October 23 for McCall’s IBA heavyweight belt in the Mardi Gras Ballroom at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Also in action will be former world champion King Arthur Williams against Victor Barragan in a cruiserweight bout, as well as heavyweight Elijah McCall (unbeaten son of Oliver) against Andrea Carthron.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Marcos “Chino” Maidana may defend his WBA interim super lightweight world title on November 27 at the Club Libertad in Sunchales, Margarita, Argentina. Panamanian Alberto Mosquera (10-0, 7 KOs), the current WBA Fedelatin titleholder appears to be the main candidate to be the opponent. By WBA resolution, Maidana would have 90 days after this optional defense to meet WBA champ Amir Kahn. Maidana currently preparing for the bout with trainer Miguel Diaz.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuela’s El Universal and Meridiano newspapers and the international EFE press agency report that WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero has been arrested on domestic violence charges in a confusing situation that took place in Valero’s hometown of El Vigía, Merida, Venezuela. El Universal and Meridiano report that the boxer allegedly struck his mother and a sister during a family dispute. Police aren’t commenting on the case. Press around the world are waiting for Valero’s representatives to make an announcement on the champion’s status.
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Undefeated Italian-Canadian welterweight contender Phil Lo Greco (18-0, 10 KOs) ranked #15 by the WBO will have his second fight for his new Italian promoters OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) on Saturday October 10 in Rostock, Germany against durable Estonian Albert Starikov (13-10-1, 4 KOs). Starikov is coming from a draw against Stephen Haughian last Saturday in Dublin, Ireland. Dahlia TV will broadcast the fight live in Italy.
On September 30th Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will present its second installment of VIP Boxing at the beautiful Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Headlining the show will be Star Boxing’s heavyweight prospect, the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Captain, “Devastatin” Devin Vargas (17-1, 7KO) taking on Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson (8-8, 5KO) in an eight round heavyweight attraction. (more…)
Eduardo and Robert Garcia of the famed La Colonia Boxing Club in Oxnard were inducted into the California Boxing Hall of Fame this Saturday September 26th at a sold out luncheon held in the City of Commerce. Eduardo was inducted for his success in developing two world champions, Robert Garcia and Fernando Vargas as well as two Olympians, Fernando Vargas and Carlos Martinez. Eduardo is also the reason for the worldwide fame that has come to La Colonia Boxing Club. Robert was inducted for his success in winning the IBF jr. lightweight championship in 1998. He retired in 2001 with a record of 34-3, 25 KO’s. (more…)
Report by Francisco Salazar & Edgar Gonzales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
Vitaly Klitschko predicted the bout was not going to go the distance. He was correct, but what he did not count on, was the heart of his challenger, Chris Arreola. Although Klitschko got the stoppage victory after the 10th round at Staples Center in Los Angeles, before 14,556 on Saturday night, it was Arreola who walked out of the ring with more respect than before he entered . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian lightweight Dan Cody (6-9, 3 KOs) successfully defended the Queensland state 135 pound title when he stopped Damon Eales (0-4) in round five at the Sporting Club, Moranbah, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Cody was on the canvas in round one and two, but he then dropped Eales in round three and twice in round four. In round five, referee Steve Marshall crowned Cody, who had captured the title in 2009 by defeating Leigh Lindgren. In a light heavyweight bout, 19-year-old Mark “Bam Bam” Flanagan (3-0) stopped 37-year-old veteran New Zealander Jason Costa (4-12) in round six.
Report by Edgar Gonzales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
It front of 16,000 live boxing fans and millions on HBO, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his world title against previously undefeated No. 1 ranked contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs), Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Jacob Chavez
Photos by John Booz
Chicago fight fans were treated to an explosive boxing action Saturday night, when two former world champions with Chicago roots clashed in unbelievable fashion. Both lightweights, “Dangerous” David Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs) and Jesus “El Matador” Chavez (44-6-0, 30 KOs) were known for being good friends, but that was forgotten when they went toe-to-toe for ten intense rounds . . . Click here for more
Bernard Dunne’s pride was the only thing hurting this morning following the loss of his WBA World Super Bantamweight title to Thai whirlwind Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym at the Hunky Dorys World Title Fight Night at The O2 in Dublin. As a precautionary measure Dunne was taken to Beaumont Hospital following the third round defeat but was released with a clean bill of health less than an hour later. (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko was ahead of challenger Chris Arreola by scores 99-91, 99-91 and 100-89 when their bout was stopped after round ten on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Judges Ken Morita (Japan) and Anek Hontongkam (Thailand) had Klitschko up nine rounds to one, with both giving round eight to Arreola. Judge Guido Cavalieri (Italy) awarded Klitschko every round, scoring the tenth 10-8. Click here to see the actual California State Athletic Commission master scoresheet.
By Nick Giongco
Unbeaten super-welterweight Shawn Porter of Ohio and lightweight hotshot Urbano Antillon of California arrived in the Philippines early Sunday morning after a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles. Porter and Antillon were selected by Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach to work with Manny Pacquiao, who is revving up for a Nov. 14 bout with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Roach, who is camping out with Pacquiao in Baguio, said sparring could start as early as Tuesday afternoon. “We’re ready to go (sparring),” said Antillon, who is of Mexican lineage. Porter and Antillon are scheduled to travel to Baguio by land on Monday morning. They’ll be joined in the five-to-six hour journey by Shawn’s dad Ken. Porter, the 2007 US National Golden Gloves middleweight champion, is said to be a clone of Cotto. The Porters and Antillon were fetched at the airport by movie bad guy Cris Aguilar, who, in reality is a nice fellow. Aguilar used to be one of Pacquiao’s bodyguards. “Just give my regards to Manny,” said the hefty Aguilar. Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. is staging the Pacquiao-Cotto slugfest dubbed “Firepower.”
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Once again, a raucous crowd at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in beautiful St. Thomas USVI enjoyed a scintillating evening of boxing as 340 Promotions presented Boxing In Paradise IV. Keeping true to form, the card was filled with both local talent, namely the Jackson brothers John and Julius, progeny of local legend Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, and Jackson nephew Samuel Rogers. Adding spice to the mix was some international flavor from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and mainland A. In the main event, Omri Lowther (13-1, 9 KOs) stopped Juan Carlos Batista (18-2, 12 KOs) to seize Batista’s WBA Fedecaribe lightweight title. For more details and photos click here…
With a powerful uppercut, José Miguel Cotto (30-1-1, 22 KOs) TKO’ed Mexican Martín Ramírez (7-12-1, 4 KOs) at 2:52 minutes of the third round on Saturday night in the main event of ‘Boxeo Boricua en Caguas’ at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I felt great in the ring”, said Cotto, even tough he admitted that his opponent was “very strong and uncomfortable.” José Miguel assured he felt “less tired and in better condition” than last month, when he fought for the first time after a two-and-a-half year layoff. Meanwhile his trainer Freddy Trinidad explained, “He’s improving very fast. This is his second fight in a row and we are hoping that for the third he’ll be in his original 135lb division.” Trinidad emphasized that his charge has shown a lot of sacrifice and commitment with this new phase of his career. “José wants to be a world champion and I think we’ll make it,” he added.
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In a clash of former Contender: Season One alums, WBC/USNBC super welterweight titleholder Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) won by ninth round TKO over Jonathan Reid (34-12, 19 KOs) when Reid did not come out of his corner after completion of the 9th round on Saturday night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
In the co-feature, lightweight DeMarcus Corley (36-11-1, 20 KOs) won a unanimous eight round decision over Harrison Cuello (18-12, 14 KOs). Scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. Click here for full report plus more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his world title against previously undefeated #1 ranked contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) via tenth round TKO on Saturday night at the STAPLES Arena in Los Angeles. Klitschko was able to score effectively at a distance against the aggressive Arreola, who made Vitali work very hard. The 38-year-old champion, however, was in tremendous condition and moved around the ring incredibly well for a 6’7, 250+ pound fighter at any age. Arreola could never find a tactic that worked, taking a beating in every round. The fight got more one-sided as the rounds progressed and referee Jon Schorle finally stopped the punishment at the end of round ten upon the request of Arreola’s corner.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (22-1, 15 KO’s) won an eight round majority decision over Javier Mora. Banks controlled the action, although Mora did have his moments. Banks hurt Mora (22-5-1, 18 KO’s) in the fifth round, but could not finish him off. One judge scored the bout even 76-76, while the other two judges had the bout scored 79-73 and 78-74. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
In an all-Chicago showdown between former lightweight world champions, David Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs) won a majority decision over Jesus Chavez (44-6, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion. It was a very good action fight from start to finish with the fighters often trading shots in the center of the ring. Diaz seemed a little sharper and won 97-93, 96-94 on two cards. The third card was 95-95. It was Diaz’ first fight since losing his WBC belt to Manny Pacquiao 15 months ago. Chavez was returning after a seventh round TKO loss to Michael Katsidis in April.
Jr lightweight Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (18-11-1, 7 KOs) won an upset ten round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez (22-6, 14 KOS) by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92.
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca (12-0-1, 8 KOs) scored an impressive six round beatdown of Mike Gonzalez (10-7-1, 9 KOs). Gonzalez fell to the deck just as referee Geno Rodriguez waved it off. Time was 1:34.
Lightweight Jaime “Superfly” Sandoval (16-4-1, 12 KOs), brother of Jesus Chavez, survived a first round knockdown to edge Oscar De La Cruz (5-8, 2 KOs) by scores of 57-56 on all cards.
WBA interim champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (39-1, 27 KOs) scored an impressive third round annihilation of reigning WBA 122lb titleholder Bernard Dunne (28-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Dunne got off to a good start, boxing very well in the first two rounds. But Poonsawat caught him in the third, flooring the local hero three times before the bout as waved off by referee Jean-Louis Legland. Time was 2:57. Dunne was taken to the hospital afterward for observation. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
Rising prospect Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs), now competing at 175 lbs, looked like a crushing machine yesterday night at Atmosphere night club in St. Petersburg, Russia, and did a brilliant work to extend his series of stoppages with the eighth round TKO over Spaniard Juan Nelongo and to acquire the vacant WBO European light heavyweight title. This is the fifth recognizable belt, captured by 28-year-old Barnaul native, following the national, TWBA, WBL and WBC CISBB titles, all in super middleweight division. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon
Even after his loss to Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez in the main event of Fists of Fury Adrenaline Friday night at the Dodge Arena, Mission native Guadalupe De Leon is not ready to throw in the towel just yet. De Leon, who falls to (7-9, 1 KO) and has lost his seventh straight fight, said that he feels he still has a little juice left in the tank to continue his career. “Even though I lost the fight, I feel that it was a moral victory because I gave Gutierrez all I had in the ring,” said De Leon. “I am not ready to call it quits just yet, even though I have lost seven straight fights.” (more…)
Hank Lundy 138 vs Justo Sanchez 137.5
Patrick Johnson 208 vs Dan Grafton 211
Demetrius Davis 164 vs Dhafir Smith ??
Eric Hunter 125 vs Wilshaun Boxley 125
Lakeysha Williams 125.5 vs Belinda Laracuente 130
Pedro Martinez 199 vs Kevin Hood ??
Rachel Clark 143.5 vs Natalie Brown 144.5
Venue: Yesha Center (2308 Snyder Ave.)
Promoter: Bionic Bull Promotions
Tickets: $75, $50, $30, 1st bell 7:30
By Lee Bates
In an intriguing matchup Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (9-1-2, 3 KOs) will square off against unbeaten Maurico Herrera (12-0, 6 KOs) on October 9th. The bout which is scheduled for eight rounds will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California at a contracted weight of 142 pounds. Thompson Boxing will promote. The bout is unusual in that prospects building their careers don’t often face each other. Pendarvis feels he’s up for the challenge. “I definitely respect Herrera and know I will be in a tough fight with a very strong fighter,” he said. “Having sparred with Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero and Shane Mosley, I’ve been in with strong fighters and held my own. People underestimate my power and that’s OK. I don’t believe Herrera can outbox me . We will settle who the better fighter is come Oct 9th.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Shane Cameron has had excellent sparring sessions from former world IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis and Chauncey Welliver both of the USA as he enters the final training days prior to his showdown against David Tua on October 3 at Hamilton, New Zealand. Tua is the favorite with the bookmakers in New Zealand, despite being out of the ring since 2007. Ken Reinsfield who manages Cameron is confident his charge will be the victor next week. Reinsfield proclaimed, “Shane has been active against very good American heavyweights scoring impressive wins where Tua has been inactive since 2007.” Tua’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, who is in New Zealand for the big fight, is equally confident the Tuaman will have his hand raised on fight night. “Who has Cameron beat?” Kushner asked. Click here for more photos…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
During the weekend, Italian boxing fans witnessed the unlucky plight of everlasting national star light heavyweight Silvio Branco, who was stopped in ten rounds by WBC champion Jean Pascal in Montreal, Canada. Still, that was not the only action featuring an Italian fighter, as two always-active promoters staged different cards on Italian soil. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Jimmy Lange 151 ¾ vs. Jonathan Reid 154
DeMarcus Corley 141 ¼ vs. Harrison Cuello 143 ½
Jennifer Salinas 123 vs. Caitlin Dance 123 ¾
Tony Jeter 163 vs. Keith Gross 161 ¼
Alexander Johnson 175 vs. Francois Ambang 181 3/4
Bayan Jargal 140 vs. Richard Hall 142 1/2
Kendrick Walker 151 vs. Dwayne Shelton 151
Tracy Brewer 157 vs. Barry Trotter 155
Venue: George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA
Promoter: ICE Promotions
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker has captured the vacant USBO (United States Boxing Organization) Light Heavyweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over a tough Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas in front of a raucous crowd of 2,900 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. (more…)
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