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WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) easily made the sixth defense of his current title reign against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs). The bout was stopped due to an injury to Solis at 3:00 of the first round disappointing a sell-out crowd of 19,000+ at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. After Solis had made a competitive showing for the better part of the round, Klitschko connected with a short right hand to the temple that wobbled the 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist, causing him to twist a knee and go down. He was given a count by referee Guadalupe Garcia and regained his feet with the help of the ropes but was unable to continue.
After the fight, Klitschko insisted he hit Solis with a clean punch, whereas Solis attributed the stoppage completely to the injury.
Heavyweight David Tua (53-3-2, 43 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Demetrice King (15-20, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at TelstraClear Pacific in Manukau City, New Zealand. The 38-year-old Tua was in command the whole way, but showed few signs of being the fearsome puncher who has scored 43 KOs in his 52 wins. King offered little resistance in dropping the fifth fight in his last six.
In other notable action, 44-year-old former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (30-6, 28 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Kashif Mumtaz (7-23-1, 5 KOs).
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Bryne Green (6-3, 4 KOs) won a controversial split decision over “Rockin” Ryan Belasco (14-5-3, 3 KOs) in the eight round lightweight main event Friday night at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA. In the co-feature Georgi Kevlishvilli (12-1, 3 KOs) took a six round split decision over Anthony Flores (9-3-1, 6 KOs) in a junior lightweight contest. The nine-bout card was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos by Bob Ryder
The Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI: Weighing a career-low 158.5, Motown’s Darryl Cunningham easily prevailed over toughie Marcos Primera, now 20-24-2. It was practically a forgone conclusion that Cunningham, now 23-2, would beat Primera, the loser of nine straight and 14 of 15, but Primera hadn’t been stopped in those 15 bouts and so practically the only thing that Cunningham and his team could shoot for was to do damage, perhaps even stop the 45-fight vet. Why not? Coming off two good efforts in which he’d done damage over normally tough, veteran fighters, Cunningham’s arrow was pointed up. For more details and photos click here…
By Tom Seiler
Super middleweight Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales continued his comeback with a twelve round unanimous decision victory over Jeff Lacy conqueror Dhafir Smith at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Gonzales dominated each round and could not miss with straight left hand. With the victory, the southpaw captured the vacant IBF North American Super Middleweight title and improved his record to (26-1, 14 KOs) while Smith’s record falls to (24-20-7, 7 KOs). Scores were (119-108 and 118-109 twice). (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
WBA #1-ranked welterweight contender Brad “King” Solomon (17-0, 7 KOs) built his undefeated record on an uncanny ability to change his style according to the opponent across from him. Last night at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL, Solomon defended his WBA International title against fellow counter punching opponent Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (30-2-1, 11 KOs).
During the promotion leading up to the bout, Hopkins called Solomon a “wanna-be Roy Jones”. Just prior to the fight, Solomon addressed it from his dressing room: “He wanna be his uncle (Bernard Hopkins) and you know back in the day, when they both was in they prime, Roy and Bernard, you know who won. So if I wanna be a whatever he wanna say. He trying to be his uncle, but he aint his uncle so I’m gonna show him better than I can tell him in the ring.” For more details and photos click here…
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (center) is flanked by former heavyweight world title challengers Fres Oquendo and Jameel McCline during Friday night’s Heavyweight Factory card in Hollywood, Florida.
By Joe Koizimi
Newly crowned WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs) publicly announced on Friday that he would defend his belt against newly #14 ranked Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz (reportedly 18-2, 13 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on May 7. Kameda, making his initial defense, acquired the vacant WBA regular belt renounced by Anselmo Moreno, winning a unanimous decision over Venezuelan Alexander Munoz in Saitama last December.
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Yesterday unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.6 pounds and his opponent, former European titleholder Brian Magee, tipped the scales at 167.7 for their SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING clash tonight from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. This morning the fighters were re-weighed. Bute had rehydrated to 177.4 and Magee was 175.8.
The hometown favorite Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will be making the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown against Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs), who hails from Belfast, Ireland. The event is promoted by InterBox.
Steve Albert will call the action from ringside with Al Bernstein providing color commentary and Jim Gray serving as ringside reporter. David Dinkins Jr. is the executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports with Ray Smaltz producing and Bob Dunphy directing.
The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® fight between WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga.
WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux weighed in at 121 lbs and challenger Willie Casey weighed 121.25 lbs. for their showdown on Saturday at the City West Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Sportsbook.com lists two time Olympic Gold medalist and amateur legend Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) as a -600 favorite to retain his belt, while backers of local hero Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) can get +400.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Brock Ellis
Australian light middleweight contender Heath Ellis (14-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Yodmongkol Singmansak (11-10-1, 7 KOs) of Thailand at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ellis captured the WBC Continental Asia light middleweight title. Heath Ellis is the nephew of former world IBF 130 pound champion Lester Ellis. Also former world rated 122 pounder Daniel Iannazzo outscored Siririchai Ekchumpol over six rounds. Middleweight Dwight Ritchie captured Victorian title by out-pounting Ben Costello over eight rounds. Promoter Brock and Jake Ellis. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (32-2, 16 KOs) stopped Julio Delabasez (18-18-5, 10 KOs) in eight rounds in Bangkok ,Thailand on Friday to retain the IBF Pan Pacific title. Sakkreerin controlled the action in all the rounds as he continually connected with effective left hand leads, right crosses and left hooks. The powerfully built Indonesian did not have power to get the respect of the skillful Thai and boxed all the rounds on the back-move. The referee saved the game import in round eight after he was out on his feet in the neutral corner and being punished by solid combinations. For more details and photos click here…
Super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (16-1, 14 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Humberto Martinez (20-6-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City. The bout was waved off after two knockdowns. Jardon claims the vacant WBC and WNO Latino belts.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten middleweight James Kirkland (27-0, 24 KOs) continued his reign of terror scoring a second round KO over Jhon Berrio (15-9, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Kirkland found himself, surprisingly, in a real fight in the first round and was even stunned a couple times by his Colombian opponent. However, after Kirkland landed a hard body shot a minute into the second round, the fight went out of Berrio and he took a knee from a mystery punch and was counted out by the referee. Time was 1:05. Matchmaker Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions was upset with the effort, or lack thereof, by Berrio and instructed the California State Athletic Commission that he wished for them to withhold his purse pending further review. Kirkland will return to action for the third time in as many months on April 09th as he works his way back into title contention following his two year layoff.
In the main event, unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) was fortunate to get a majority eight round decision over hard luck loser Jose Hernandez (10-5-1, 4 KOs). The taller Hernandez was able to control action for most of the fight with his jab and straight right crosses from the outside and was able to also score on the inside with hard uppercuts and hooks to the body of Ramos. For most of the fight, Ramos was trying to figure out a way to get on the inside but was unable to get past the accurate and hard punches of Hernandez. Hernandez stunned Ramos on many occasions during the fight and seemed the clear cut winner. While Ramos had his moments in the fight, he seemed accepting of his impending first defeat at the final bell. Fortunately for Ramos, however, the ringside judges had other ideas. Scores were 79-73, 77-75, 76-76. FightNews scored the bout 77-75 in favor of Hernandez. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty at ringside
WBA #1, WBC #6 and WBO #7 rated welterweight Brad Solomon (17-0, 7 KOs) outworked Demetrius Hopkins (30-2-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 99-91, all for Solomon.
Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (34-1, 26 KOs) scored a unanimous decision victory over former WBC world heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall (55-11, 37 KOs). Boswell scored often with lead left hooks and one-two combinations to pile up an insurmountable lead over McCall. Judges scorecards were 99-91, 99-92 and 98-92 for The “Bos”, who now owns the NABA, IBF Intercontinental and WBC Latino heavyweight belts.
2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Yan Barthelemy (12-2, 4 KOs) outpointed late sub Francis Ruiz (9-3, 4 KOs) over ten rounds by scores of 98-91, 97-92, 100-89 in a super bantamweight bout. Ruiz was down in round three. Barthelemy was originally scheduled to face Chris Avalos (18-1, 15 KOs) but Avalos was forced to pull out citing a hand injury suffered recently in sparring.
Jesse Lubash 148 vs Germaine Sanders 148
Tyrone Chatman 139.5 vs Dedrick Bell 138.5
Grover Young 170 vs Nathan Bedwell 170
Jonathan Perry 210 vs Jaden Booth 215.5
Julian Williams 154 vs Marteze Logan 149
Venue: The Fitz in Tunica, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight
Photo: Effie Montero
Milan Melindo 112 vs. Rosendo Vega 114
AJ Banal 118 vs. Francis Mieyusho 117.7
Rocky Fuentes 115 vs. Jemmy Bobel 115
Steve Clagget 138 vs.Romeo Jakosalem 137
Kenichi Yamaguchi 120 vs. Marjohn Yap 119.7
Venue: Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
Lucian Bute and Brian Magee hit the scales one day before their super middleweight showdown Saturday at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME (following a special broadcast of Cotto vs. Mayorga) Click below to watch today’s video report from Montreal…
From the AmeriHealth Pavilion at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., for tomorrow night’s UFC 128 card:
Live on PPV
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 205 vs. Jon Jones 205
Urijah Faber 135.5 vs. Eddie Wineland 135.5
Nate Marquardt 186 vs. Dan Miller 185
Mirko Filipovic 229 vs. Brendan Schaub 245
Jim Miller 155.5 vs. Kamal Shalorus 155
Live on Spike TV
Luiz Cane 205.5 vs. Eliot Marshall 205
Edson Barboza 155.5 vs. Anthony Njokuani 155
Live on Facebook
Ricardo Almeida 170 vs. Mike Pyle 171
Kurt Pellegrino 156 vs. Gleison Tibau 155
Joseph Benavidez 136 vs. Ian Loveland 135
Nick Catone 194 vs. Costantinos Philippou 195
Raphael Assuncao 145 vs. Erik Koch 145
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