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Friday night at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, Layla McCarter (32-13-5, 7 KOs) retained her WBA and GBU lightweight titles with a unanimous decision win over former world champion Fujin Raika (18-6-1, 6 KOs) in the main event of “The Rematch” card (click here for photos). In other notable bouts, jr middleweight Carlos Nascimento (24-1, 20 KOs) won a ten-rounder against Juan Pablo Montes de Oca (9-17-2, 6 KOs) and heavy-handed jr middleweight Antonio Mesquita (35-1, 27 KOs) blitzed Hugo Correa (9-4, 5 KOs) in one. (more…)
If someone would have told Universum-hope Alexander “Sasha” Dimitrenko that Eddie Chambers lives up to his nickname “Fast”, he probably would have taken another fight. However, he did choose to face the 28-year-old American in a WBO heavyweight title eliminator for the right to face unified champion Wladimir Klitschko. Going into the fight, the protégé of world-class coach Fritz Sdunek was very confident. At the end, he was punished by “Fast” Eddie Chambers. Over twelve rounds, Dimitrenko was never able to get into his rhythm and was unable to get past the outstanding defence and upper-body movement by Chambers while getting hit by clean shots all the time. When the fighters walked to the ring, Chambers was booed but when the final bell rung, the crowd cheered for the 28-year-old Philly fighter. However, when the verdict was announced, there was a short moment of disbelief as one judge scored the one-sided affair 113-113, a draw. However, his two colleagues saved the honor of their guild, having it 116-111 and 117-109 for the deserving American.
Being referred to as a veteran of the fight game at the age of 24 may make him “feel old”, but there’s no question that Jake O’Brien has seen plenty in his two and half year career in the Octagon. From dizzying highs to crippling lows and everything in between, O’Brien enters his UFC 100 bout with Jon Jones as a fighter who has been the hot prospect, been the young gun with the “0” at the end of his record, and found out that there is no such thing as invincible – at least not in this game. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Karl Freitag and Alexey Sukachev
Photos: Marianne Müller
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“Fast” Eddie Chambers will be the next WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko. In the most impressive performance of his career, Chambers (35-1, 18 KOs) schooled previously unbeaten WBO #1 ranked Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night in a WBO eliminator at the Color Line Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The six-inches shorter Chambers was willing to meet Dimitrenko in the center of the ring and got the better of the early exchanges. Chambers was faster and sharper as he beat Dimitrenko to the punch while avoiding the Ukrainian’s power shots. Dimitrenko seemed lost as he searched in vain for an effective tactic against the well-schooled Philadelphia fighter. Dimitrenko took a standing count from referee Geno Rodriguez after a body shot from Chambers in round seven. Chambers dropped Dimitrenko and sent his mouthpiece flying with a left hook in the tenth round, but Dimitrenko survived some heavy shots to finish the round. Chambers rocked Dimitrenko again in the last round to punctuate his brilliant performance. Scores were a bizarre 113-113 (Paul Thomas), and a more realistic 116-111, 117-109.
WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (25-0, 16 KOs) dominated challenger Carolina Gaite (15-2, 11 KOs) over ten rounds to retain her world titles. The “Killer Queen” won by shutout scores of 100-90 on all cards. Gaite’s WIBF 115lb world title was not on the line.
Russian cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev (18-1, 16 KOs) came back to his punching best with a third-round stoppage of American Kendrick Releford (20-13-2, 10 KOs). WBO #5 and WBA/WBC #8 Alekseev didn’t look extra spectacular but did his portion of work, connecting to his opponent’s hand and body at will and rocking him numerous times in first three rounds. Releford retired on his stool after the third stanza on what didn’t seem to be a dangerous cut. Alekseev is only the second boxer to stop Releford inside the distance; the first one being DaVarryl Williamson in 2004.
Unified WIBF/GBU female super flyweight champion Alesia Graf (24-1, 9 KOs) barely retained her regalia with a ten-round split decision over American Terri Lynn Cruz (17-6-2, 8 KOs): 96-93, 94-95, 95-94. Graf was down after an overhand right by Cruz in round six and was wobbling around till the end of the next round, digging deep to survive through the American’s fiery attacks.
Venezuelan welterweight power hitter Pablo “El Talentoso” Vasquez (17-0, 16 KOs) was successful in his European debut, but failed to impress as he barely outpointed Romanian journeyman Vasile Surcica (13-28-2, 5 KOs) over six rounds.
Polish 130/135 lb prospect Krzysztof Cieslak (12-0, 4 KOs) scored a third-round technical knockout of out-of-shape German journeyman Suleyman Dag (4-11, 2 KOs). Dag was down after a huge right cross by Cieslak, beat the count but was unable to continue after the doctor’s examination.
If there were any early fireworks to be seen, last night at the Plaza Hotel, downtown Las Vegas, it was the sizzle of Lonnie Smith’s inherited lightning strike rather than the fizzle between two defanged Cobra-named cruiserweights . . . Click here for full report and photos
By Alexey Sukachev (ringside)
Photos: Evgeny Solodov
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On Thursday night, two time Russian promoter of the year German Titov staged his biggest tournament in 2009 so far, bringing world class professional boxing to Moscow for the first time in ten months. A world financial meltdown surely took its toll on the Russian boxing community, but Titov was able to arrange a well packed card with a number of title bouts, several nice looking young prospects, competitive opposition for them, and huge attention of the Russian media, both paper and electronic. Though there were empty sits at “Dynamo” sports arena in Krylatskoye district, the vast majority of those, who had come to see the action, were quite thrilled and touched by the fights. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday afternoon, thousands of Nicaraguans walked and drove in cars on the main streets of the capital, as they carried out the huge show of affection and pain offered to Alexis Arguello as they said their last good byes to this great figure and former triple world champion of boxing. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former USA based Kronk gym super middleweight Pierre Karam (18-3-1, 6 KOs) will have his second comeback bout on July 24 at Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne , Victoria Australia when he will clash with Thai cruiserweight Anont Donpradith (7-8, 3 KOs) over ten rounds. (more…)
The first time Shannon Gugerty heard Spencer Fisher talking to him, he almost couldn’t believe it. There was no bad blood between the two lightweights before their UFC 90 bout in Illinois last October, so there wouldn’t have been any reason for the two not to talk, but it was 30 seconds into their fight that Fisher decided to start up a conversation after Gugerty took him to the mat . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch South Africa’s Patrick Malinga scored a second round knockout over Maliki Kinyogoli of Tanzania in a scheduled ten round lightweight bout at the Nirvana School Hall in Lenasia, south of Johannesburg on Friday night. The 29-year old Malinga 25-6-2; 22 came out at the bell and backed up the southpaw Kinyogoli, 34, who had no answer to the power of the South African lightweight champion. Malinga (61.08kg) continued to apply pressure in round two, throwing left and right combinations before he caught Kinyogoli (61.06kg) with a counter left hook that that put him down on the canvas. The lanky Tanzanian rose on wobbly legs but was counted out by referee Thabo Spampool at 1:11 into the round. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
In a battle of Cobra-monikered headliners, tonight at the Guilty Boxing & Rattlesnake Events-promoted Plaza card, Las Vegas cruiserweight Dewey “Black Kobra” Cooper (18-3-3, 10 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Cory “Kid Cobra” Phelps (13-6-1, 7 KOs), of Catlettsburg, Ky. The action failed to match the three undercard bouts, with Cooper pitter-patting from the outside while Phelps plodded forward. Scores were 79-73 x 3. In a battle of undefeated welters, Las Vegas’ Abdan Lozano (6-0, 1 KO) handed Canadian Andre “Gorgeous” Gorges (8-1, 6 KOs) his first loss, winning unanimously with scores of 59-55 across the board. In the best bout of the night, Las Vegas lightweight Lonnie Smith (8-2-2, 6 KOs) stretched game James Lester (8-3, 4 KOs), of Detroit, on the canvas at 2:10 of the third. In the opener, Said El Harrak (6-0, 2 KOs), of Henderson, remained undefeated with a shutout four-round decision over Cincinatti’s James Helmes (6-4, 1 KO). Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow morning.
Wolfslair disciple Paul ‘Tellys’ Kelly was never going to back Dan Henderson to beat teammate Michael Bisping. That much is a given. However, it still comes as a surprise when you hear just how unwavering Kelly is in his belief that Bisping will dominate the former PRIDE champion at UFC 100. . . . Click here for more by Elliott Worsell
Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. on the double end bag at The Summit Boxing Camp in Big Bear, California.
Sensational young prospects Derek and Tyler Hinkey will return to action in their hometown of Reno, Nevada on Friday, July 10th on the terrific undercard of “Summer Showdown” at the Reno Events Center. (more…)
Already in Las Vegas, Michael “The Count” Bisping is counting down the days to his UFC® fight with former PRIDE® Champion Dan Henderson, making his prediction known to his fans and the world. (more…)
Weights by Gabriel F. Cordero
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This afternoon in France, both WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno and his challenger Mahyar Monshipou made weight with Moonshipur weighing 118 against Moreno’s 117.75. The bout will take place on Saturday in Parc des expositions, Poitiers, Vienne, France. Monshipour made the 118lb limit on the first try while “Chemito” was 20 grams over. Earlier on the hotel scale he weighed 118, had a light breakfast and rested all the day. After a bathroom run, he came back .25lb under the limit.
Unbeaten former multi-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather reportedly owes millions to the IRS. According to public records obtained by AP, the IRS filed a $6.17 million tax lien against Floyd for unpaid taxes in 2007. Manager Leonard Ellerbe disputed the claim telling the wire service that Floyd doesn’t have a problem with the IRS.
If you were to tune in to a UFC broadcast for the first time, one of the first things to likely grab your attention would be the manic ringmaster in the impeccably tailored suit whose feverish gesticulations and frenzied articulations of the pending event’s participants’ names and vital statistics has the crowd hanging on his every syllable. . . . Click here for more by Mike Russell
By Alexey Sukachev
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Czech light middleweight Lukas Konecny (40-3, 20 KOs) continued his route to a second world title opportunity with a spectacular stoppage of French journeyman Christophe Karagoz (17-15-4, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Soccio Center in Hannover, Germany. The WBO #2, IBF #5 and WBA #15 ranked fighter dropped his opponent in the first round and continued the bout in a well-measured pace, effectively blocking his opponent’s attack and scoring numerously in spurts. In round eight, Konecny finally took the fight over and dropped the Frenchman three times with the body shots until the stoppage, which came at 2:39 of the eighth stanza.
Multi-title super middleweight champion Natascha Ragosina (21-0, 12 KOs) retained her WBC and WBA belts with a conviencing ten-round unanimous decision over American challenger Laura Ramsey (9-4, 4 KOs). Boxing in an exotic mix of the Frisian national female costume and schoolgirl uniform, tall and busy Ragosina kept her opponent at distance, scoring with jabs and adding powerful combinations while taking little in return. Ramsey went down in round two after a right hook by Ragosina, but the referee didn’t rule it as a knockdown. Despite taking a major punishment the brave American pressed forward anyway, throwing wild swings but missing almost all of her blows. Both boxers faded in late rounds but the Russian champion just didn’t left her opponent any chance of upset. At the end all three judges had it unanimously in favor of the most titled Russian boxer (both male and female) in modern history: 100-90, 99-91 and 98-93.
Junior featherweight Esther Schouten (24-5-1, 12 KOs) is once again the junior featherweight champion of the WIBF, claiming the vacant belt with a tenth round TKO over Bettina Völker (6-4-3, 2 KOs). Referee Holger Wiemann waved off the one-sided duel at 1:39 of the last round. The 31-year-old Schouten previously held this title from 2002-2004.
In an upset, Nigerian welterweight Anthony Ukeh (4-3-2. 2 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over the highly regarded Oliver Güttel (16-2-1, 9 KOs). The bout was stopped due to a bad cut over the left eye of Güttel. The fight was supposed to be redemption for Güttel after their first fight ended in a draw.
Unbeaten welterweight Tommy Altmann moved to 10-0, 3 KOs after a six round unanimous decision over Andreas Malion (1-3-1).
Final Forum teams up with Club Destiny tonight in Orlando, Florida for the first of a monthly series of boxing events. In the main event Derric Rossy (20-2, 11 KOs) takes on Moses Droz (13-7, 10 KOs) for the WBC Fecarbox heavyweight title. Also featured on the card are Denzel Washington’s heavyweight prospect Damian Wills (23-2-1, 17 KOs), and recent Contender series star Alfredo Escalera Jr. (17-2-1, 12 KOs) in separate bouts. Final Forum will make a special presentation to former world champion Pinklon Thomas (43-7-1, 34 KOs) who is helping youth in the community through his organization Project Pink.
On July 11th ARENA will bring boxing back to Turkey. Two of the world’s best welterweights will meet at the Besiktas Cola Turka Arena in Istanbul when Turkey’s “Mini-Tyson” Selcuk Aydin defends his WBC international championship against former European champion “Sugar” Jackson Osei Bonsu from Belgium. The winner of this highly anticipated bout between WBC #2 (Aydin) and #3 (Bonsu) will not only become the new EBU welterweight champion, but will also be very close to a title shot against unbeaten WBC king Andre Berto. (more…)
Promoter Don King announced today that he will pay tribute to Michael Jackson at a world championship boxing event King has slated for July 11 at BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. King plans to give Jackson boxing’s traditional ringside 10 bell count honoring those who have passed and to play Jackson’s music and videos at King’s previously announced fight card highlighted by an International Boxing Federation bantamweight championship between titleholder Joseph King Kong Agbeko and world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, who is moving up in weight to face Agbeko. This match will be televised live on SHOWTIME beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
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Alexander Dimitrenko 253.5 vs Eddie Chambers 208.3
(WBO heavyweight eliminator)
Susi Kentikian 111.7 vs Carolina Marcela Gutierrez Gaite 111.5
(WBA/WIBF flyweight world championship)
Alesia Graf 114.8 vs Terri Lynn Cruz 114.8
(WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight world championship)
Alexander Alekseev 199.9 vs Kendrick Releford 203.2
Marcel Meyerdiercks 126.7 vs Juan Garcia Martin 124.7
Krzysztof Cieslak 138.4 vs Suleyman Dag 136.2
Pablo Vasquez 149.9 vs Vasile Surcica TBA
Venue: Color Line Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
Amir Khan says top US prospect Victor Ortiz’s shock defeat last weekend has underlined how hard his fight with Andreas Kotelnik will be. Ortiz was bombed out in six rounds in an interim WBA World Light-Welterweight title fight by heavy-handed Argentine Marcos Maidana in LA. Earlier this year, Kotelnik defeated Maidana on a split decision in Germany. “Maidana’s win at the weekend shows you just how good Kotelnik is,” said 22-year-old Khan, who takes on Kotelnik on July 18 at the M.E.N Arena, Manchester, in a challenge for his WBA light-welterweight title. (more…)
Marco “Captain” Huck will challenge WBO Cruiserweight Champion Victor Emilio Ramirez at Halle´s Gerry Weber Stadium on August 29. Exactly 20 months after falling to Steve Cunningham, the European Champion looks to erase the darkest hour of his career. “I cannot wait to fight for the world title again,” Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) said. “I am thrilled that the fight will take place in Halle, which is just 10 miles from my hometown Bielefeld. The Gerry Weber Stadium is a fantastic venue and I will certainly please the fans on August 29.” (more…)
American Boxing Promotions hosts their inaugural card “The Rematch” this Friday at the South Point Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The main event features WBA and GBU lightweight champion Layla McCarter (31-13-5, 7 KOs) of Las Vegas against Fujin Raika (18-5-1, 6 KOs) of Tokyo, Japan in a rematch that’s been seven years in the making. In April of 2002, McCarter traveled to Tokyo Japan and won a majority 8-round decision over then undefeated Raika. McCarter would go on to win four world titles while Raika vowed to exact revenge. Also in action are former world title challenger jr middleweight Carlos Nascimento (23-1, 20 KOs) and once-beaten welterweight Antonio Mesquita (34-1, 28 KOs). Tickets for “The Rematch” start at $20 and are available at the South Point Hotel Casino box office (702-797-8055).
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The “Night of the Middleweights“ card on July 11th at the new Ring°Arena located at the famous Nürburgring Speedway will now feature a third attractive middleweight collision when WBO #4 Gennady “Mr. Merciless“ Golovkin (16-0, 13 KOs), the shooting-star of the Spotlight Boxing team, will be facing WBO #15 John Anderson Carvalho (18-3-1, 11 KOs) in a fight fot the WBO Intercontinental belt. The huge “Universum Champions Night” event will take place in during the weekend of the 2009 German Formula 1 Grand Prix and feature two middleweight world championships. Headlining will be WBA world champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) against reigning European champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs), who is currently rated WBA # 2. Also WBC #2 Sebastian Zbik (26-0, 10 KOs) and #1 Domenico Spada (29-1, 14 KOs) face off for the vacant WBC interim middleweight crown.
Eight-Time World Champion Roy Jones, Jr. (53-5, 39 KOs) battles former super middleweight champion Jeff Lacy (25-2, 17 KOs) in “Hook City,” on Saturday, August 15, 2009 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. Tickets, priced at $150, $125, $100, $75, $50 and $25, will go on sale today at 10 AM CT, and will be available at MS Coast Coliseum Box Office, and all Ticketmaster outlets.
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO#1 ranked lightweight Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) has this week extended his contract with trainer and manager Brendon Smith for a further three years. The 28 year old former WBO interim champion from Toowoomba, Queensland has been with Smith since he was a local amateur fighter when he was just 11 years old. They have been together through out his 81 amateur fights, where he won 75 bouts and reached the quarter finals of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Since turning professional in 2001, “Katsidis The Great” has won 21 of his 27 fights by KO and has been recognized as one of Australia’s most exciting fighters in recent years. The only losses on his exciting resume are to former world champions Joel Casamayor and Juan Diaz that occurred in 2008. (more…)
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