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British ring icons Ricky Hatton and Joe Calzaghe both presented fight cards on Friday in the U.K. On Hatton’s card at the Velodrome in Manchester, England, three-time world title challenger Michael Brodie (36-3-1, 24 KOs) returned to the ring after a four year layoff to get a fourth round stoppage over Mark Alexander (8-4) in a super featherweight bout. It was all but easy, however. The 35-year-old Brodie was down in rounds one and three, but managed to drop Alexander in the fourth and get the stoppage moments later. On the same card, former Commonwealth welterweight champion Craig Watson (14-3, 4 KOs) not unexpectedly got back in the win column beating professional loser Matt Scriven (13-54, 1 KO).
Calzaghe’s card took place at the Newport Leisure Centre in Newport, Wales as former WBA super lightweight world champion Gavin Rees (28-1, 14 KOs) returned for the first time since losing his world title to Andreas Kotelnik in March 2008. Rees wasn’t taking any chances in his comeback fight, going against Johnny Greaves (2-37, 1 KO), whom he stopped in four. In the headliner from Wales, former Commonwealth light middleweight titlist Bradley Pryce (28-7, 17 KOs) outpointed Michael Monaghan (18-26, 2 KOs) over ten. By the way, Calzaghe will soon be showing his footwork as a contestant on the new BBC TV series of “Strictly Come Dancing.”
Reno’s “Let’ Get It On” Promotions will host an “open to the public” media workout Monday afternoon from 4 to 6pm at the Fourth Street Gym in Reno, Nevada, for the participants on their event set for August 29th at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Included in the workout for the fans and media are “Contender: Season One” cast member and super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert and Reno based prospects Theron Delorme and Johnny Mancilla.
By Lee Bates
Former two-division world champion Israel “Magnifico” Vazquez (43-4, 31 KOs) may be returning to the ring on October 10th. Vazquez has not fought since the third fight of his trilogy in March 2008 with former two division champion Rafael Marquez. He suffered a detached retina in that bout but won by decision. Vazquez has since been medically cleared by the California State Athletic Commission to return to the ring. No opponent has officially been announced yet but current NABF super bantamweight champion Al Seeger (28-4, 22 KOs) is being considered.
Dr. Elias Cordoba Jr., two times president of WBA, passed away this Sunday morning at age 92 in the Hospital Nacional in his native Panama City, Panama. Dr. Cordova had been named years ago honorary President of WBA for a lifetime. His grandson Franklin Cordoba has been a member of the Panamanian Boxing Commission for 10 months.
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will not be defending his title in December as had been expected. According to BILD, Wladimir suffered a tendon rupture in his left shoulder in his July win against Ruslan Chagaev that required an operation, although that operation is said to have no impact on the delay of Wlad’s next defense. Apparently there are no longer any choice December dates available for U.S. TV, so Wlad will likely return early next year.
TKO Boxing Promotions had a resounding southern California debut with their “Brawl For it All” at the Pala Casino and Resort located 30 miles north of downtown San Diego, Calif. Over 1,000 energetic fight fans witnessed a six-fight card topped off with “The Contender, Season Two” Champion Grady Brewer devastatingly stopping previous undefeated Albert Onolunose for the IBC jr. middleweight title. . . . Click here for more
The credentials of Ceara, Brazil native Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio speak for themselves, and they are not common; they are special. Champion of the Japanese MMA tournament, ZST, in 2004 and former PRIDE lightweight contender in 2006 are just two of them . . . Click more by Martins Denis, UFC
Former junior middleweight title challenger Deandre Latimore (20-2, 16 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Sammy Sparkman (21-20-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri. Latimore, currently rated at #7 by the IBF, got back into the win column after a split decision loss to local rival Cory Spinks in a battle for the IBF world title in April.
In the co-feature, junior middleweight Willie Lee (17-5, 11 KOs) survived a ninth round knockdown to take a split decision over Alex Bunema (31-7-2. 17 KOs) in a ten round bout for the vacant NABF title. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese lefty Etsuko Tada (6-0, 2 KOs), 104, successfully kept her WBA female minimumweight belt as she connected with more effective southpaw lefts and right hooks to score a close but well-received unanimous decision (97-93 and 96-94 twice) over previously unbeaten Thai challenger Yani Kokietgym (6-1, no KO), 103, ten hard-fought two-minute rounds on Sunday afternoon in Osaka, Japan. It was a tougher defense for Tada than people had expected, as Yani kept throwing more but less effective combination’s from the outset. Tada, a little too eager to score a KO win, looked tense and stiff at first, trying to land big shots in earlier rounds. But the much taller champ regained her usual rhythm from the third on, and effectively worked the body with solid left uppercuts. Yani, eight years her junior at 20, showed her resilience and roughness in responding to the champ’s good combos to win the fifth. Tada, however, displayed sharp left-right shots to the onrushing challenger and had the Thailander staggering in the sixth. Tada was in command in the eighth and ninth, though the tenth and final session was close enough to be given to either. The referee was Ferdinand Estrella (Philippines). Promoter: Futur Promotions.
Germany’s Jürgen Brähmer captured the WBO interim title at 175 pounds Saturday night in front of 4500 boxing fans at the SYMA Sport & Leisure Centre in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer defeated previously unbeaten stablemate Aleksy Kuziemski by eleventh round TKO, scoring four brutal knockdowns along the way. Click here or click the image for video.
How did you see the Diaz-Malignaggi decision?
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In a clash for the vacant WBC interim super featherweight title, WBC #3 Humberto “Betillo” Gutiérrez (26-1-1, 19 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round majority decision over #1 rated Sergey Gulyakevitch (26-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Municipal Auditorium in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico. It was a good back-and-forth scrap with the heavier handed Gutiérrez winning by scores of 113-113, 115-111, 116-110 for Gutiérrez. Gulyakevitch was deducted a point round four for twice spitting out his mouthpiece. Gutiérrez is now in line to face WBC 130lb champion Humberto Soto, although Soto may move up to challenge WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero on the November 14 Pacquiao-Cotto card.
Unbeaten IBF minimumweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García (27-0-1, 16 KOs) successfully defended his title with a twelve round majority decision against Sammy Gutiérrez (21-5-2, 12 KOs). Ring announcer Jimmy Lennon originally announced a draw, but later amended that to 116-112, 115-113 in favor of Garcia and 114-114. Gutierrez had his best moments in the first six rounds while Garcia came on strong late. It was the third time they have fought with the results being a majority decision and split decision for “Rayito” and a draw.
Two-time former lightweight champion Jose Luis Castillo (59-9-1, 51 KOs) won by third round TKO over Cristian Solano (22-17-2, 16 KOs).
Junior middleweight Saúl “La Fiera” Román (31-5, KOs) scored a spectacular 91-second first round TKO over Martín Avila (9-7, 3 KOs). Avila was down twice. Click here for more photos…
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Former season two “The Contender” champion Grady Brewer (26-11, 15 KOs) made an early night of it when he destroyed the previously undefeated Albert Onolunose (18-1, 7 KOs) with a second round KO to capture the vacant IBC jr. middleweight title.
San Diegan KJ Noons (11-2, 6KO) had trouble looking good for the hometown crowd against Randy Pogue (8-9-2, 2KO). Noons tried to make a fight out if it but Pogue was not having it as he was content in throwing a couple of punches and then holding until separated. Scores were 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Vietnam by way of Vero Beach’s Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen won a close six round featherweight division over the skilled Noe Lopez with scores of 58-53 times.
San Gabriel, CA bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (9-0-1, 2 KOs) survived a fourth round knockdown to win a questionable unanimous decision over the game Robert DaLuz (12-20-3, 9 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 58-55.
After being dropped in the first and cut over both eyes, Dmitry Chudinov (2-0, 1KO) older brother to Fedor, earned a four round middleweight unanimous decision over Eddie Hunter (1-1) with a workman like body attack. Official scores were 38-37 three times.
Fedor Chudinov (2-0, 2 KO) stopped an overmatched Mikhail Lyubarsky (3-11-1, 1KO) at 1:11 of the first round with a straight right followed with a left hook in a super middleweight bout.
By Byron Spurlock at ringside
In a junior welterweight fight (138.5 contract weight) former unified lightweight champ Juan Diaz (35-2, 17 KOs) won a controversial twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF 140lb champ Paulie Malignaggi (26-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. Malignaggi got off to a good start, but Diaz cut Malignaggi over the left eye with a punch near the end of round one. Diaz volume punching began to work in round two, however he was cut over the left eye in round two from what was ruled a punch. Diaz suffered a second cut over the same eye from an accidental headbutt in round five. Maglignaggi boxed well from long range over the last six rounds, however it was hometown hero Diaz coming away with a 116-112, 115-113, 118-110 win.
Former two-time featherweight champion Robert Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KOs) won the IBF junior lightweight championship by unanimously outpointing Malcolm Klassen (24-5-2, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds. Guerrero built an early lead and despite a cut over his left eye gave as good as he got when Klassen started coming on midway through the fight. Scores were 117-111, 116-113, 116-112. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Super middleweight contender Robert Stieglitz (36-2, 22 KOs) surprisingly stopped previously unbeaten WBO champion and heavily favored hometown favorite Karoly Balzsay (21-1, 15 KOs) in ten rounds to claim the WBO 168lb belt on Saturday in Budapest, Hungary. It was a good action fight that became a war of attrition. As the rounds progressed, Stieglitz’ pressure began to wear down the champion who had gotten off to an early lead. The bout turned for good in round nine when Stieglitz rocked Balzsay and followed up with a brutal all out assault. Balzsay went down at the end of the round but it was ruled a slip by referee Joe Cortez. In round ten, Stieglitz continued to punish Balzsay, who looked spent. Balzsay’s trainer Fritz Sdunek stopped a wobbly Balzsay from coming out for round eleven. Balzsay was taken from the ring on a stretcher wearing a neck brace, but appeared to be alert and not too seriously injured. For more results and photos click here…
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Jürgen Brähmer (34-2, 28 KOs) claimed the WBO interim light heavyweight championship with an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Aleksy Kuziemski (17-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before 4500+ fans at the Syma Sport & Leisure Center in Budapest, Hungary. Brähmer dropped Kuziemski (17-1, 4 KOs) four times in the bout in claiming a world title just nine months after his defeat against then WBA champ Hugo Hernan Garay. He is now headed for a showdown with longtime WBO champion Zsolt Erdei. For more details and photos click here…
Spike TV will air a portion of the UFC pay-per-view undercard live to its audience for the first time ever, as the network presents bouts from UFC 103 in Dallas, TX commercial-free live Saturday, September 19 at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT. This telecast will mark the first time the network will air a fight-card without commercial interruption . . . Click here for more
By John Booz
Ex-world champion David Diaz and fellow Chicagoan and ex-champ Jesus Chavez officially announced their upcoming September 26 showdown on Friday night in Chicago. The two champs faced off for the press and Chavez stated “I loved David as my friend since we came up together in the amateurs in Chicago. But when we enter the ring it is strictly business.” The all-Chicago bout is one of most intriguing matchups in Windy City history.
By Mariusz Serafin/Tomasz S. Galazka
The names of Bernard Hopkins, Steve Cunningham and Andrew Golota have recently been mentioned as potential opponents for IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek. Adamek has now said in an interview with the bokser.org website that he has a date lined up to face Andrew Golota in Lodz, Poland on October 24. “I’m glad I finally learned the date for this fight,” Adamek said. “I want to show some quality boxing. The spectators in Lodz will see that I am a true warrior when in the ring.” Facing the much heavier and much more experienced Andrew Golota will be a real challenge for Adamek. “I’m currently discussing the tactics for the fight against Andrew with my coach, Andrzej Gmitruk,” added the Gilowice-born, US-based Adamek. “I will do the training in the States, I’ll come to Poland with 12 to 14 days left to the fight.” A press conference concerning the Adamek-Golota fight is scheduled for this Tuesday in Warsaw.
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (5-0, 2 KOs), a Japanese lefty sharpshooter with a 47-3 amateur mark, will put her belt on the line against unbeaten Thai challenger Yani Kokietgym (6-0, no KO) tomorrow (Sunday) in Osaka, Japan. At the press conference prior to the weigh-in ceremony, the newly crowned champ Tada, 28, looked a little nervous, while Yani, 20, modest and quiet. Tada, known by her flamboyance and loud voice, seemed to be surprisingly humble, though she had been often called “manly” girl because of her big heart and mouth. Tada said, “I won’t exclusively look for a KO victory, but hope to win by a knockout. If I can do as usual, I’ll show a fine win before the crowd.” Yani, whose blood pulse was amazingly 47, may show her good stamina in her first world title shot. (more…)
Interview by Byron Spurlock
“I’m not going to let him use his little tricks with tying me and trying to slip punches and throw some weird counter-punches; I’m going to bring the action to him, so this should make for a good fight.”—Juan Diaz
Former lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) spoke to FightNews earlier this week as he finished his preparations for his showdown against Brooklyn native and former junior welterweight champ Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) this Saturday. (more…)
Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), has responded to comments made in last Saturday night’s post-fight conference in Biloxi (MS) by cruiserweight B. J. Flores and his promoter, 8-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (Square Ring Promotions), about CES cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey.
Like Sigourney Weaver in Alien, veteran UFC middleweight Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt voyages into the unknown on August 29 as he looks to locate the missing piece to an elusive and potentially dangerous puzzle. The enemy’s unbeaten record provides the Colorado-native with no blueprint to follow. Quick-fire submission wins allow only sparse footage to be viewed. A lofty reputation almost precedes it . . . Click more by Elliott Worsell, UFC
From a young age, undefeated junior middleweight contender Albert Onolunose knew what it meant to be a soldier preparing for war. Starting at the tender age of 14, Onolunose was placed in active duty in his native Nigeria as part of that country’s standard plan of building its army. Now 28 years old, Onolunose has been an active member of his adopted homeland Canada’s military reserve for the last four years . . . Click here for more
By Byron Spurlock
A packed showing of local and national media attended the Diaz–Malignaggi press conference this week in advance of Saturday night’s HBO card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. In the main event, former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) takes on former IBF junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) in a twelve round junior welterweight bout. The co-main event features a world title showdown from IBF junior Lightweight World Champion Malcolm Klassen (24-4-2, 14 KOs) putting his title on the line against former two-time IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (24-1-1, 17 KOs) in a 12 round bout. The opening TV bout will showcase exciting middleweight prospect Danny “The Golden Child” Jacobs (17-0, 15KOs) facing off against tough ring veteran Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (21-3, 9KOs) in a 10 round bout for the NABO middleweight title. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda at ringside
Heavyweight contender Lance “Mount” Whitaker (34-5-1, 28 KOs) needed just 99 seconds to thoroughly demolish Matthew Ellis (20-9-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, California. Ellis provided absolutely no opposition as he was sent to the deck four times before referee Jack Reiss waved it off. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego scored a unanimous ten round points decision over Tanzanian Karama Nyilawila at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Friday night. Judges Wally Snowball and Alfred Buqwana scored it 99-91 and judge Joseph Chaane had it 99-92.The 30-year-old SA junior middleweight champion boxing from behind his educated left jab made a slow start but picked up the pace from round three to outbox the shorter Nyilawila 70.18 kg. (more…)
Albert Onolunose, 154 vs Grady Brewer, 154
KJ Noons, 158.5 vs Randy Pogue, 159
Day Nguyen, 128 vs Noe Lopez, 128
Leo Santa Cruz, 116 vs Robert DaLuz, 118
Dmitry Chudinov, 162 vs Eddie Hunter, 161
Fedor Chudinov, 161 vs Mikhail Lyubarsky, 161
David Garcia, 150 vs Juan Carlos Diaz TBA
Venue: Pala Resort Casino and Spa, Pala, California
Promoter: TKO BOXING Promotions
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WBC#32 light heavy contender, Tommy Karpency (18-1-1 11kos) successfully defended his WBA Fedecentro Title Friday night in Morgantown, West Virginia via a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Chuck Mussachio (13-1-2 5kos). Karpency, 22 years old, controlled the pace early by landing more punches and kept his opponent off balance with several harder shots. No knockdowns were recorded as Karpency prevailed comfortably on the cards, 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94.
In the co-feature, former WBC#1 lightweight contender, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (39-5-1 18kos) looked impressive as he posted a six round shutout over durable vet Dezi Ford (24-27 9kos). Clark’s handspeed and overall superior skills enabled him to land effective combinations at will throughout the bout. All three judges scored the fight 60-54. (more…)
By John Booz at ringside
It took former welterweight world title challenger David Estrada a few rounds to wear off his ring rust, but when he did he came on like a freight train and KO’d Chris Gray in the sixth round on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago. It was the first time Estrada had fought in his hometown in nine years as he improved to 23-6 with 14 KOs. Gray, who hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dropped to 12-9 with 1 KO.
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