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Photography by Rocco Morales
Welterweight Aaron Martinez at times has had a tendency to brawl in previous fights. However, he found an easier formula in his bout against Santiago Perez this past Thursday: Box more! . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
UFC 101, aptly titled “Declaration” and the organization’s first foray into Philadelphia, marks the return of one its most charismatic and outspoken champions, “The Prodigy,” B.J. Penn.
Hoping to rebound from a one-sided beating at hands of Georges St. Pierre at UFC 94, Penn (13-5-1) looks to continue to cement his legacy as one of the sports best pound-for-pound fighters
“I’ve had no amateur bouts. Zero.”
If you took one thing home with you from last night’s fight card in Las Cruces, N.M., it was that George “Monk” Foreman III speaks no lie . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
It has been three months since Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) lost inside two rounds to Manny Pacquiao at the MGM in Las Vegas. Until now, the 30-year-old former IBF, WBA and IBO light welterweight and WBA welterweight champion has been tight lipped about his boxing future and discussion about the devastating loss to Pacquiao in May. He has shunned all media requests for interview and discussion about his boxing future but today in the UK gave his fans some insight into his thoughts about the Pacquiao fight and his future with a full length interview on Sky Sports News. He stated, “There has been so much written about me in recent weeks that has been untrue that I thought it was about time I started doing some interviews and clearing up the issues I am reading about on a daily basis.” (more…)
Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor returns to action Saturday night, August 1st at “The Battle of York 4”, an action packed evening of world class boxing presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
It’s a staple on the list of most longtime UFC fans’ favorite images – Vitor Belfort, just 20 years old, blasting through his opponents with blistering hand speed and power. These displays rightfully earned him the nickname of ‘The Phenom’, and even as he matured into a man who eventually held the UFC light heavyweight title in 2004, the fans never left his side. On September 19th, at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, Belfort returns to the Octagon for the first time in over four years to take on former middleweight champion Rich Franklin in the light heavyweight main event of UFC 103. (more…)
Carney Bowman, 128 vs. Delvin Placencia, 127.5
Eric Nemo, 127 vs. Jairo Delgado, 124.5
Andres Taylor, 201 vs. Roy Ashworth, 187.5
Stevie Weimer, 139.5 vs. Melchor Guillen Jr., 140
Rafael Lora, 126 vs. Carlos Diaz, 124
Naziyr Bell, 176.5 vs. Ariel Espinosa, 181
Johnny DeJesus, 163 vs. Troy Nelson, 161.5
Venue: Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, York, PA
Promoter: TKO BOXING Promotions
Doors Open 4pm, First Bell 5pm
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Sacramento’s Red Lion Hotel, in extensive renovation under new management, will feature a title fight for its first outdoors boxing card Saturday night, Sept. 12. Hotel co-owner Jeff Berger, along with promoter Nasser Niavaroni, said the patio area setting will more than double crowd capacity of indoor shows in its ballroom, currently limited to 500 seats. The scheduled main event Sept. 12 will be a title defense by North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Matt Godfrey (19-1) of Providence, R.I.., ranked #3 by the WBC. Challenging Godfrey will be the winner of Friday night’s ballroom main event (Aug. 7) between Michael Simms (20-11-1) of Sacramento and former IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis (24-10-2) of Reno. Berger, a former boxing manager, and Niavaroni, who operates a stable of boxing and MMA competitors in nearby Roseville, see the remodeled Red Lion, formerly known as the Sacramento Inn, as a relatively new ring venue in California’s capital city to help keep area fighters busy. Arco Arena, with Don Chargin as promoter, has been the site of most major fights in Sacramento, home base of former world champions Tony Lopez, Bobby Chacon, Loreto Garza and Willie Jorrin.
By Joe Koizumi
Unheralded Japanese #8 novice Akihiro Kondo (12-1, 6 KOs), 134.5, astoundingly captured the national lightweight belt by an unexpectedly quick stoppage of WBA#9 defending champ Ryuji Migaki (13-2, 9 KOs), 134.5, at only 0:45 into the opening session of a scheduled ten rounder on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The Japanese 135-pound belt busily changed hands from then world-rated Ichitaro Ishii to Migaki, and to Kondo who had made a pro debut just in 2006. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Prince Badi Ajamu (27-3-1, 15 KOs) successfully returned to the ring after a two year layoff by pounding out a twelve round unanimous decision over DeAndrey Abron (15-6, 10 KOs) last night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ajamu won by scores of 120-108, 118-110, and 115-113, and reclaimed the NBA light heavyweight title.
In the co-feature Timor Ibragimov (25-2-1, 14 KOs) stopped Willie Palms (10-8-1, 5 KOs) at 2:00 of the fifth round of a scheduled six round heavyweight bout. Ibragimov had Palms down twice in the third round, and once in the fifth, when referee Ricky Vera waved it off. (more…)
IBF #13, WBC #19 middleweight contender Billy Lyell (20-7 4 KOs) made short work of late sub Chris Overbey (9-12) Friday night at the Appalacian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia. From the onset, Lyell pressed the action later dropping Overbey with a left hook at the end of the first stanza. Following another knockdown midway through the second, referee Steve Allred called a halt to the bout at 1:59 of round two. It marked Lyell’s fourth win in his last five fights including a recent upset of previously unbeaten contender John Duddy (26-1). In other action, local welterweight prospect Joey Myers (13-1-1) won a six round unanimous decision over durable vet Dezi Ford (24-26). Scores were 60-54 on two cards and 60-53. Also, local heavy Jason Pettaway (3-0) won a 6 round majority decision over Julius Jackson (3-4). Scores were 60-54 and 58-56 for Pettaway and 57-57. The pro-am card was promoted by Simons’ Promotions.
By Ron Jackson
In a rather untidy affair, Mzonke Fana stopped Jasper Seroka in the sixth round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night to become the mandatory challenger for the IBF junior lightweight title on a Branco Sports Productions tournament. The former IBF champion made a slow start as Seroka (128.9) possibly shaded the first and third rounds before Fana (128.9) systematically broke down the SA champion’s defence until American referee Wayne Kelly stepped in at 1 minute 39 seconds of the sixth round. In the fourth round both fighters where swinging and missing badly with Seroka guilty of holding and pushing as the fight deteriorated into a mauling and wrestling affair. Referee Wayne Kelly failed to take control of the fight and never really warned either fighter of the numerous infringements. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo
Tonight at the New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M.: Picking up his second win, George “Monk” Foreman III (2-0, 2 KOs), son of the heavyweight legend of the same name, TKO’d unwon George Burrage (0-6) at 1:10 of round two. The four-round heavyweight bout headlined a six bout card promoted by Powerhouse Promotions. In the co-main, unbeaten Las Cruces jr. welter Austin Trout (19-0, 13 KOs) pitched a shutout decision over unretired journeyman Marcos Primera (20-18-2, 13 KOs). Other results: standout amateur champion Jennifer Han (0-1) was unsuccessful in her pro debut, losing a majority decision to upset-minded Melissa St. Vil (1-1-1), with scores of 38-38 and 40-36 twice; El Paso jr. middleweight Abie Han (7-0, 6 KOs) beat up Juarez’s Sergio Santana (0-2-1), winning by TKO when Santana’s corner threw up the sponge between the second and third rounds; jr. featherweight Salvador Sanchez (15-3-2, 7 KOs), nephew to the legendary featherweight of the same name, KO’d San Diego’s Benito Abraham (10-16-4, 6 KOs) at 1:14 of round four; and, in a six-round heavyweight bout, Charles Davis (18-17-1, 4 KOs) scored the upset over Arron Lyons (9-6, 7 KOs), with scores of 59-55 twice and 60-54. Stay tuned tomorrow for photos and a full ringside report.
By “Boxing” Bob Newman at ringside
New York State heavyweight champ Darrell Madison (14-1, 3 KOs) retained his title with a lackluster split decision win over Nagy Aguilera (13-2, 8 KOs) in the main event of the “Night of Future Champions” show at the Saratoga City Center in Saratoga Springs, NY. The southpaw Madison was able to outbox the more aggressive Aguilera. One judge scored it 77-75 for Aguilar but was overruled by the other two judges who saw it as 79-73 and 77-75 for Madison.
In the co-feature, a heavyweight bout scheduled for six rounds between Shannon Miller (16-4, 1 ND, 9 KOs) and Terrell Nelson (8-8, 1 ND, 5 KOs) ended in a No Decision ruling when Miller suffered a cut on his forehead due to an accidental clash of heads during the second round. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In an upset, lightweight Tyrone Harris (24-5, 16 KOs) scored his biggest win with a sudden eighth round TKO over highly regarded Marvin Quintero (16-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Referee Raul Caiz Jr. quickly waved it off after Harris rocked Quintero with two hooks. Time was 1:05. Quintero, who hurt his right hand in the bout, never got into his normal attack mode as Harris resurrected his career after a KO loss in May to Urbano Antillon. Note: Quintero had weighed in at the contracted weight of 131 during Thursday’s weigh in, but Harris measured 132.25 and was fined by the California State Athletic Commission. He reportedly gained 11 pounds after re-hydrating. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten junior welterweight Victor Cayo (23-0, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former two-time lightweight world champion Julio Diaz (36-6, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Seminole Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, FL. The unothodox style of the quicker, younger Cayo, fighting with his hands held low, gave Diaz problems all night. Cayo rocked Diaz several times, and went on to win by scores of 97-93, 96-94, 98-92. Cayo dedicated the fight to his former trainer Rudy Pena who passed away earlier this week.
Heavyweight Derric Rossy (22-2, 12 KOs) easily boxed his way to a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Carl Davis Drumond (26-2, 20 KOs). Rossy was in command all the way against Drumond, who was never able to mount much offense. Scores were 99-91 on all cards. Rossy took the bout on late notice. Disappointing performance for Drumond, who had challenged Ruslan Chagaev for the WBA world title in his previous fight.
In an off-TV fight, Cuban Olympian Luis Franco looked sharp as he won his pro debut by first round TKO against Leroy Padilla. Franco is trained by Orlando Cuellar.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former amateur champion Greg Eadie (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped Brendan Batty (15-19, 11 KOs) in front of a full house in round three to capture the vacant Australian 130 pound title on Friday at the Hilton Hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Eadie was cut early but took control of the action in round one and in round three dropped his opponent. Shortly after the referee saved the veteran from further punishment when the towel came into the ring from Batty’s corner.Eadie is the son of former welterweight star of the 1970’s, Ross Eadie, who battled Aussie great Hector Thompson in three savage encounters. Thompson went eight rounds in the world lightweight title bout against the great Roberto Duran and also against world 140 pound champion Antonio Cervantes with both fights being in Panama City. On the undercard: world heavyweight contender Alex Lepai (16-3-3, 12 KOs) was awarded a majority draw against 6′1, 240 pound, Japanese Masataka Takehara (6-3-2, 2 KOs) in a six round contest. Scores were 59-57 Leapai and 57-57 and 57-57. The Japanese is coming off a loss via decision to Brian Fitzgerald last Friday. 6′0 and 245 pound WBO #14 Lepai is trained by Noel Thornberry and was born in Samoa and is based in Australia. The promoter and matchmaker is Steve Dellar.
Billy Lyell 158 vs. Chris Overbey 157.6
Joey Myers 148.2 vs. Dezi Ford 149
Julius Jackson 196 vs. Jason Pettaway 206
Venue: Appalchian Power Park, Charleston, WV
Promoter: Simons Promotions
Delvin Rodriguez 147 vs. Isaac Hlatshwayo 146.25
(Vacant IBF welterweight championship)
Demetrius Andrade 153.75 vs. Chad Greenleaf 153.75
Tarvis Simms 167.25 vs. Marcus Upshaw 162.25
Raymond Serrano 149 vs. Jessie Davis – 150
Yathomas Riley 175.5 vs. Tiwon Taylor 180
Maureen Shea 126.25 Vs. Lindsay Garbatt 128
Dominic DeSanto 136 Vs. Eliud Torres 136
Venue: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
Promoter: Star Boxing
The next fight card at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles is set for August 27th with bantamweight Abner Mares (18-0, 11 KOs), currently ranked in the top five by the WBO and IBF, headlining against an opponent to be named. He will be joined by fellow Los Angeles-area fighter David Rodela (13-1-3, 6 KOs) will do battle in the co-feature against TBA. Tickets are $28-$65. Call 1-800-745-3000.
Through 17 professional fights, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs has passed all of his tests with flying colors, winning each bout impressively against increasingly tougher opposition. On August 22nd, at Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Jacobs will face his stiffest challenge to date when he battles veteran Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith in a ten rounder for the NABO middleweight title. In the main event, former unified lightweight champion and Houston hero Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz takes on former 140-pound world titleholder Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi while the co-featured bout sees heavy-handed Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero challenge for a world title in a second weight class when he takes on IBF junior lightweight champion Malcolm Klassen. All three bouts will air on HBO Boxing After Dark.
On Friday afternoon boxing fans and local media met with Central Pennsylvania fighters Carney Bowman, Eric Nemo and Stevie Weimer just one day ahead of “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”. The press conference took place at the site of the event, the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution. “THE BATTLE OF YORK 4”, presented by Chet Koerner’s TKO BOXING Promotions, is set for Saturday night, August 1st. Doors open at 4pm with the first bell at 5pm. Seven professional bouts will be preceded by five amateur fights. For more details and photos click here…
Timothy Bradley 139 vs Nate Campbell 138.5
(WBO junior welterweight championship)
Junior Witter 139 vs Devon Alexander 138.5
(WBC junior welterweight championship)
Venue: Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Promoter: Gary Shaw
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By Ron Jackson
Former South African and WBC International flyweight champion Nkqubela Gwazela will have his second crack at winning the SA bantamweight title when he meets Klaas Mboyane for the vacant crown at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The title became vacant when Simphiwe Vetyeka won the vacant IBO bantamweight belt at Emperors Palace earlier this month. The southpaw Mboyane (10-6-2, 6 KOs) has a rather patchy record but has shown better form and fitness since joining trainer Gert Strydom earlier this year. On July 3 this year he won the Gauteng bantamweight title when he knocked out the previously unbeaten prospect Cleutus Mbhele in the fourth round. Mboyane was very active in 2008 scoring wins over Siyabulela Ziqula, Bongani Siwisa, Tshepo Mofokeng and Mbhele. He lost to Simon Ngodhi, Abmerk Shindjuu and Tendai Munyai and fought to a draw with Unathi Gqokoma. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
In a stunning announcement, Tito Ortiz has resigned with the UFC, according to UFC president Dana White. The news marks the end of a bitter back and forth feud between the two men that culminated in Ortiz losing to current UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida at UFC 84. During the outset of the press conference Dana White spoke on the situation with Fedor Emelianenko, saying the company did “everything we could” to get the Russian inside the cage. “We tried everything we could possibly do to get Fedor in the UFC. We went above and beyond.”
The addition of the charismatic Ortiz quickly overshadowed the news that one of the world’s best heavyweights would not be entering the Octagon. “Tito Ortiz is still the guy fans want to see fight. He’s ready to compete in the 205 pound division and he’s ready to take a shot at the title.” Asked about the highly publicized bad blood between himself and the fan favorite fighter, White responded: “Tito and I have put our differences aside and we are ready to move forward.”
Ortiz is likely to return before the end of the year. White says Ortiz’ first opponent could be Mark “The Hammer” Coleman, though the “Godfather of Ground and Pound” has not officially been approached about the fight. “Mark Coleman doesn’t turn down too many fights,” White said of the former UFC heavyweight champion.
Ortiz remains confident about his prospects in MMA and put the rest of the 205-pound division on notice. “The last three champions I beat or almost submitted. Me at 100%, I’m going to get my world title again.”
Check back with Fightnews.com for a full report
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World rated junior middleweight Ryan Waters (16-2-1, 10 KOs) stopped Shannon McMahon (16-4-1, 6 KOs) at the end of round eight at the Cronulla Leagues Club in Cronulla, NSW, Australia on Friday. The aggressive WBO #11 Waters was in control of most of the round and slowly chopped down his opponent. The ringside doctor ruled the Melbourne boxer unfit to continue at the conclusion of round eight. Waters was defending the WBO Oriental title. World class Grange Gym 154 pounder, Robert Medley (24-2), is chasing a bout with Waters. Medley’s manager Bill Treacy said. “We are confident that Medley will defeat Ryan Waters and are hopeful he will accept the challenge. World rated WBA #3 and IBF #13 Daniel Dawson is also on our radar.” Promoter: Left Hook Promotions. Matchmaker: Pat Kennedy.
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (16-1-1, 14 KOs) impressively knocked out New Zealand’s Kevin “King Kong” Karusa (1-2-0, 1 KO) in Round 5 on Friday night in the Main Event of the Australia vs New Zealand professional boxing card at The WA Italian Club in Perth Western Australia. de Mori came out strong and immediately started landing shots while continually moving around the ring. Karusa was tiring and it all ended 1:13 into Round Five after de Mori landed several hard punches that dropped Karusa for the full ten count. Mark de Mori is signed by Don King. Mark will be straight back in the gym to prepare for his next fight in September for Don King against an opponent to be named.
Undefeated super middleweight Andre “S.O.G.” Ward will share the stage with his first Super Six World Boxing Classic™ opponent Mikkel “Viking Warrior” Kessler on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, on SHOWTIME. Ward (19-0, 12 KOs) will tangle with Shelby Pudwill (22-3-1, 9 KOs) of McGlauglin, S.D., in a 10-round super middleweight scrap live from Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The Ward fight will air immediately following Kessler’s WBA super middleweight mandatory title defense against No. 1 ranked Gusmyl Perdomo (16-2, 10 KOs) of Turmero, Venezuela, which will air on same day tape delay from MCH Messecenter Herning – Herning, Denmark. (more…)
Veteran Lenin Arroyo has stepped in to replace Ben Tackie against unbeaten Mike Jones on Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Bally’s Atlantic City. At stake in the scheduled 10-round contest will be Jones’ world ranking and his North American Boxing Association (NABA) title. Medical issues KOd the 36-year-old Tackie , himself a late replacement for Jones’ original foe, Larry Mosley, who backed out last weekend after poison from a growth on his face got into the fighter’s bloodstream, necessitating surgery. “It’s been a frustrating year for Mike,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter J Russell Peltz. “Mosley canceled out on him in March with a back injury and Mike had to cancel out on Mosley in June with his own medical issues. In this case, the third time was not the charm. (more…)
Dessa, an award-winning entertainer from the Philippines, will sing the Philippines National Anthem at Top Rank’s ‘Pinoy Power 2’ which features ‘Filipino Flash’ Nonito Donaire against Rafael Concepcion. Lupang Hiniran is the national anthem of the Philippines. Its music was composed in 1898 by Julian Felipe, with lyrics in Spanish adapted from the poem Filipinas, written by Jose Palma in 1899.
Nonito Donaire will wind up his training in early August at the Top Rank gym in Las Vegas. Concepcion has been training in Panama. Concepcion and his team will arrive into Las Vegas on Sunday, August 9. Both will be at Top Rank’s final press conference on Wednesday, August 12 at the Hard Rock.
Featherweight challenger Bernabe Concepcion of the Philippines has been training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, Ca. to get set for his title bout against Steven Luevano of LaPuente, Ca. Bernabe is trained by Freddie Roach, Luevano by Robert Garcia. “Freddie Roach is the #1 trainer in boxing today,” said Garcia. “This is my first time in a fight against him. I’m working very hard with Steven and I think this result will also reflect how I am doing as a trainer. This is why this is such a very important fight.” Luevano vs. Concepcion will be in the ring just before the Donaire vs Concepcion fight on Top Rank’s Pinoy Power 2 on August 15.
“With all due respect to the Brazilian authorities, we knew Arturo Gatti and we do not believe that he took his own life. Members of Arturo’s family, along with his boxing manager Pat Lynch, are conducting their own investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death. We believe that once the results of that investigation are revealed, the truth will come to light and justice will be done.” –Main Events
Roy “Big Roy” Jones Sr. is spending his second consecutive camp with Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. in California, PA. Alton “Coach” Merkerson, Jones Jr’s long time trainer is still in camp, but Bog Roy is there to remind “Little Roy” of the skills he learned as a kid that made him the pound-for-pound best for a decade. Roy “Captain Hook” Jones Jr. faces Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy in “Hook City” on August 15 in Biloxi, MS. The event, presented by Square Ring Promotions in association with Left Hook Promotions and Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, will be broadcast live on pay-per-view . . . Click here for more
By Nick Giongco
Is Drian Francisco over-rated? The Filipino super-flyweight is unbeaten in 18 fights with 13 knockouts and one draw and is slated to face his first big-name opponent on Oct. 3 in the Philippines. Francisco has been penciled to battle former world light-flyweight king Roberto Vasquez of Panama in a 12-rounder for the World Boxing Association International 115-lb throne at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, which is on the outskirts of the capital Manila. (more…)
TKO Boxing Promotions has announced details of an outstanding undercard to “The Battle of York 4” set for this Saturday night, August 1st at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium, home of the York Revolution . . . Click here for more
On Saturday, August 8, 2009, BJ Penn returns to the Octagon to defend his lightweight championship against former title challenger and universally regarded top contender Kenny Florian. Anytime the sport pits one of its champions against the undisputed No. 1 contender it is a must-see event. When that champion is attempting to tie the record set by a bitter rival, things become that much more interesting. . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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