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One of Puerto Rico’s upcoming stars, Emmanuel “Manny” Rodriguez (7-0, 5 KOs) from Vega Baja, will face former world title contender David Quijano (15-3-1, 9 KOs) from Caguas in the duel scheduled for eight rounds in the super flyweight division on December 21 at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez trains in Guaynabo, under the tutelage of former world champion Iván Calderón and Félix Pagán Pintor. Quijano last fought in December 2012 against WBO world champion Omar Narváez, who dominated the Puerto Rican for 12 rounds in a fight held in Argentina .
Manny Rodriguez: “I recognize the experience and dedication of Quijano, but I know I have the talent to dominate him and prove my caliber on fight night.”
David Quijano: “I have in my favor the experience and desire to win. The people of ‘Manny’ will realize the mistake they made by facing me. I’m nobody’s steppingstone, I’m the one who’s gonna defeat in a wide margin Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Rodríguez.” (more…)
By James Slater
U.K fight fans who were looking forward to meeting heavyweight legend Mike Tyson this week in London will be disappointed by the news that Tyson has been banned from entering the UK due to a change in UK immigration law. According to a news story in today’s Independent newspaper, Tyson has had to scrap his planned book signing at Waterstones book store and will instead appear in Paris, France to fulfil his UK media obligations.
Tyson was to have appeared in London this week to meet with the press and then with the public for the book signing. But now plans to promote his book “Undisputed Truth” have had to be changed. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian WBA bantamweight “super” world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will reappear in February or March of 2014 and likely fight at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. According to Rouss Laguna, Moreno’s wife and manager, they will meet this week in Panama City with promoter Sampson Lewkowicz to discuss next Moreno’s fight. Word is Moreno is targeting WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15 KOs) and hopes to entice Golden Boy Promotions to do a Moreno-Santa Cruz showdown in Panama. Moreno is without an opponent after WBA “regular”bantamweight champion Koki Kameda gave up his title and moved down a division rather than face Moreno in a WBA-mandated fight.
2013 Ring 8 Award Winners
- Fighter of the Year: Danny Garcia
- Uncrowned Champion: Gasper Ortega
- Official of the Year: Deputy Commissioner Robert Orlando
- Amateur Official of the Year: Dan Gant
- Member of the Year: Carmine Rastelli
- Professional Judge of the Year: John McKaie
- Prospect of the Year: Seanie Monahan
- Professional Trainer of the Year: Bob Jackson
- Amateur Trainer of the Year: Joe Higgins
- Emile Griffith Good Guy Award: Sal Corrente
- Long & Meritorious Service: Dr. William “Bill” Lathan
- Special Presentation: Bobby Bartels & Lenny Mangiapane
- (honoring the 50th anniversary of their classic main event fight at Madison Square Garden) (more…)
Prone on the canvas in the center of the Octagon, Mac Danzig started crying. Moments earlier, a blistering short left hand from Melvin Guillard rocked the former Ultimate Fighter winner. His survival instincts kicked in, but Guillard was unrelenting. More punches followed as Danzig shelled up on all fours. As he tried to roll onto his back, a series of powerful hammerfists brought the fight to a close, with Danzig laid out on the mat, his face spotted with blood . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By David Finger
Photo provided by Noel Thornberry
Boxing has no shortages of underdogs, and no shortages of inspirational stories about the underdog bucking the odds. whether it be James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo or Hasim Rahman in South Africa, it seems like there is always some guy who refuses to accept the conventional wisdom that he is outmatched. Sure, most of these guys fall short. But ever once in awhile there is that fighter who has that perfect balance of grit, determination, and everyman likeability and who finds lightning in the bottle against the heavily favored champion. Needless to say, boxing is long overdue for a Cinderella story in the heavyweight division, but for boxing fans down under, the next James Douglas is already here. Samoan-Australian puncher Alex Leapai (30-4-3, 24 KO’s) has just been named the mandatory challenger to WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, and has all the tools in place to give boxing one more “Rocky” moment.
“For me it’s all new,” Leapai said in an interview with Fightnews, “with the media…its just gone crazy over here. It’s been a while since an Australian heavyweight has had the chance to fight for a world title. It means a lot to Australia and Samoa.” (more…)
WBO #6 featherweight Gamalier Rodríguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) returns to action Saturday at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Rodríguez will take on Aldimar Dos Santos (19-5, 10 KOs) in a ten-rounder to be televised on UniMas.
“He’s a fighter who knows what he’s doing,” says Gamalier on his opponent. “I mean, he’s not a madman in there throwing punches. I do not know if he’ll be the toughest fight of my career based on what he did in the fight with Juanma, because sometimes fighters are preparing different for another fight, but it’s a good fight for me to measure myself.”
Just spoke with Mago's Neurosurgeon he's out of the coma and will be moved to a regular room tomorrow. He's awake but not fully aware yet
— Nathan Lewkowicz (@Nlewkow1) December 9, 2013
UFC’s Dana White is telling the media that he’ll consider a bout between Anderson Silva and Roy Jones Jr. should Silva defeat Chris Weidman in their rematch at UFC 168. Stay tuned.
The latest controversy from the Philippines involving Manny Pacquiao is the question whether the former pound-for-pound great has a green card from the U.S., and if not, should he have been allowed to run for political office. More
Joe Frazier’s former manager recalls Nelson Mandela’s gift. More
Recently KO’d Glen Tapia vows a comeback. More
Sugar Shane Mosley has reportedly decided to retire again after his loss to Anthony Mundine.
Manny Pacquiao has been installed as the #1 contender for Floyd Mayweather in the new WBC welterweight ratings.
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Boxing champ Andre Ward is once again picking a fight with his own promoter — claiming he was illegally trapped into staying with Goossen Tutor Promotiona for the rest of his career … and Andre wants out. TMZ Sports has obtained legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court … in which the reigning WBA super middleweight champ claims Goossen Tutor Promotions broke the law by signing him to a series of contracts that lock him up until 2016. Ward says he signed the initial deal back in 2004, and because CA labor laws prevent companies from signing people for more than 7 years at a time, he should be able to leave Goossen for greener pastures. He wants a judge to void the contract ASAP. In fact, Ward is turning to Oscar De La Hoya for support (at least, in his legal docs) claiming ODLH filed a similar lawsuit against Top Rank Boxing back in 2001 … AND WON … so he should get the same result.
Earlier this year, Ward filed for an arbitration hearing to void the same contract and the California Commission ruled in favor of Goossen Tutor.
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Pictures by Cynthia Valdez and Lorenza Garcia
On a blistering cold Colorado night, Airtight Boxing teamed up with American Dream promotions to produce an action packed event. Inside a ballroom at the Sheraton Hotel, fans braved the cold weather and showed up to support Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing. Fans were treated to a few stunning knockouts and a wild, give and take, main event.
Armando Rodriguez wins an exhilarating spilt decision over a game Raymond Nichol. In a give and take first round, the more accurate Rodriguez took the round. Nichol applied pressure but Rodriguez was pin point with his shots. Rodriguez was the busier fighter in round two as Nichol seemed a little winded. Nichol came on strong late but Rodriguez easily won the round with his body attack in the first two minutes. Nichol had a good round three but he is unable to out hustle the accurate Rodriguez. Nichol is fighting in spurts while Rodriguez is fighting complete rounds. (more…)
A cruiserweight world title clash has been added to the February 1 “Monte Carlo Night of Champions” event headlined by Gennady “GGG” Golovkin defending his WBA/IBO middleweight world titles against Osumanu Adama. South African-based knockout artist Ilunga “Junior” Makubu (15-1, 14 KOs) and undefeated Polish contender Pawel “Hamas” Kolodziej (33-0, 18 KOs) will battle for a vacant interim cruiserweight belt it was announced today by Rodney Berman, President of African promotional giant, Golden Gloves of South Africa. Another title fight on the undercard will see former IBF minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi (24-2, 17 KOs) contest the vacant IBO light-flyweight title against Rey Loreto (17-13, 9 KOs) of the Philippines.
Detailed ticket information for “Monte Carlo Night of Champions” at the beautiful Salle des Etoiles venue will be announced shortly. As far as television, HBO which normally televises Golovkin’s fights is apparently not picking up Golovkin-Adama. TV rights distributor Octapixx LIVE is currently shopping the event around to various networks worldwide.
Fight fans are invited to attend two public events on this week’s Broner-Maidana Fight Week schedule, both taking place at Market Square in downtown in San Antonio, Texas.
On Wednesday there will be media workouts starting at 4:30PM:
4:30PM – Hardy Paredes, J C Candelo, Jose Silveira & Lance Williams
4:45PM – Rod Salka, Jamell Herring, Robert Easter Jr. & Rau’shee Warren
5:00PM – Tamas Kovacs & Jermain Taylor
5:15PM – Ricardo Alvarez
5:30PM – Beibut Shumenov
5:45PM – Jesus Soto Karass & Cesar Seda
6:00PM – Marcos Maidana
6:15PM – Keith Thurman
6:30PM – Leo Santa Cruz
6:45PM – Adrien Broner
On Friday, the official weigh-ins will take place at 3PM in the same location.
Note: St. PJ’s Children’s home toy drive; Bring a toy to donate and receive a ticket to the fight at either event.
A new opponent has been announced for IBF #1 rated heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) on Saturday in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The IBF’s mandatory challenger Wladimir Klitschko was to face Sherman “Tank” Williams, however Williams pulled out with a hand injury. Pulev will now face Joey Abell (29-6, 28 KOs). “I don’t care who I have to fight,” said Pulev. “For me there is only one goal. To go against Wladimir Klitschko and take his world title.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Only once beaten Japanese welterweight, IBF #11 Yoshihiro Kamegai (23-1-1, 20 KOs), 146.75, impressively acquired the vacant OPBF 147-pound belt as he carefully probed the aggressive style of OPBF#1 and PABA champ Tim Hunt (16-4, 6 KOs), 146.5, from Australia, in the first three sessions, accelerated his body bombardments and finally flattened him with a flurry of punches en route to a fine TKO win at 0:53 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a competitive game since the outstanding welterweights of the two countries hotly squared off by displaying what each had—Hunt’s quick combinations and Kamegai’s effective body attacks. (more…)
A virus picked up in training camp has forced David Price (15-2, 13 KOs) to postpone his December 14 scheduled bout with Evengy Orlov (14-12-1, 10 KOs). “It is unfortunate but these things happen and one has to act responsibly,” said promoter Kalle Sauerland. “This is a minor set back and has no effect on our plans for Pricey. He will be back in the ring at the beginning of the New Year.”
“Obviously I am disappointed,” said Price. ”I was looking forward to my first fight back but I wouldn’t be doing myself or my fans justice by taking the fight when I am anything less than 100%.”
Despite the news, boxing fans still have a stacked bill to look forward to on December 14 in Neubrandenberg. Headlined by Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs), who faces Marcus Oliveira (25-0-1, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBA World Light Heavyweight title, the show also features IBF mandatory Heavyweight challenger Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) and WBA Intercontinental Champion Jack Culcay (15-1, 10 KOs).
The date and location of Price’s rescheduled bout will be announced shortly.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Former middleweight champion Daniel Geale earlier today in a Fightnews.com interview called out WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm. “I’d love to fight Sturm for the IBF title but would also like to fight Gennady Golovkin for the WBA title. Curtis Stevens gave Golovkin problems. He done it easy against Mathew Macklin, but again my style would be a problem for him,” said Gaele.
We decided to contact the WBA/IBO champion’s promoter Tom Loeffler for a response. It was a quicker than GGG left hook and also painful. “Gaele can fight GGG anytime for the WBA belt he gave up,” said Loeffler. “We actually made an offer to his promoter for the fight on February 1 in Monaco, but it was turned down. Right now Genady is focused for his fight against Osumanu Adama but if everything goes well, he can certainly get the next shot if Gaele is really ready to step up to the plate!”
Sam “Hands of Stone” Stout is looking forward to welcoming Cody McKenzie back to the lightweight division.
The London, Ontario lightweight faces the TUF alum in FS1 prelim action on the UFC on FOX 9 card on December 14th. The bout marks McKenzie’s return to the division after going 1-1 during his two year run at featherweight.. . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com
Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) used precise power and effective energy to defeat Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-4-1, 3 KOs), and claim the IBA junior bantamweight championship with a majority decision. Judges scored the high-action fight 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93 for the native of Cebu, the Philippines, who fights out of San Carlos, Calif.
The fight Saturday night at the Sports House in Redwood City, Calif., about 20 miles south of San Francisco and a few miles from San Carlos, featured a considerable measure of action; Ruiz Jr., came forward consistently with free-swinging aggression and Escalante mixed things up in response. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #1 Sam Soliman will clash with WBO #8 Les Sherrington on Thursday but talked with Fightnews.com to say he was not impressed by Felix Sturm’s win over Darren Barker on Saturday and that he cannot wait to get the German back in the ring again so he can punish more than he did in their first fight. “I am the happiest man alive to see that Felix Sturm beat a boxer of Darren Barker’s calibre who had defeated Daniel Geale for the IBF middleweight championship and also gave Sergio Martinez problems.” said Soliman.
“I absolutely flogged Sturm when we boxed. He had me down which was a flash knockdown but I got up to punish him until the last bell. For Sturm to stop Barker in two rounds makes my victory over the German so much sweeter. Sturm was a walk in the park for me. After the fight Sturm’s face was a mess and I did not have mark on me. I have been waiting over 18 months rated IBF #1 contender and soon Sturm will have to fight me again and cop a second beating. I know he will do his best to avoid fighting me but under IBF Rules he will have no other options. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Guillermo Rigondeaux (13-0, 9KOs) retained his WBA and WBO super bantamweight titles with a lopsided but tedious twelve round unanimous decision victory over former two time world champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (29-5, 22 KOs), Saturday night at Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Boardwalk Hall In Atlantic City, New Jersey. What the main event lacked in action, the co-feature of made up for as super welterweight James Kirkland (32-1, 28 KOs) came from the brink of defeat to outslug and stop formerly undefeated Glenn “Jersey Boy Tapia in the sixth round in what looked to be a fight of the year candidate. The eight bout card was promoted by Top Rank in association with Caesars Atlantic City, Caribe Promotions, SMS Entertainment, and Dibella Entertainment and Tecate.
The much anticipated co-feature of the evening pitted top ten ranked super welterweight sensation Glenn “Jersey Boy” Tapia against hard hitting James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland in a ten round contest that that went well beyond expectations. (more…)
Light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs) continues on his personal path of retribution this Saturday night as he takes on Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) at Resorts International Hotel & Casino, Superstar Theatre, in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “I’m ready to destroy this kid,” 28-year-old Thompson said. “I’m excited and looking forward to Saturday night. I can’t wait to fight. I’ve learned how to be a professional boxer. I’m sky-high and in top-top shape. I take every opponent seriously. I respect Ryan Coyne but he has been built-up and protected. I’ve heard a lot of people are picking Coyne or that it’s a 50-50 fight at best. A lot of people don’t know how good a fighter I am but they will Saturday night. I’m going to give fans the type performance they really want to see. I’m stepping up to prove myself.
Thompson vs. Coyne is the 10-round co-feature on a Main Events-presented event, “Road To Redemption,” airing live on NBCSN and headlined by a heavyweight clash between Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Kelvin “Price Is Right” Price.
Heavyweight Anthony Joshua (3-0, 3 KOs) has been forced to postpone of his clash with Dorian Darch on December 14 at the ExCeL London with a shoulder injury. The Olympic Gold medal hero was set to return to the ExCeL in London to face the Welshman, returning to the scene of his London 2012 triumph for his fourth pro contest, hunting another KO win. Sadly for the 23 year old, a shoulder issue has flared up and after consultation with medical staff it has been decided he will now meet Darch in Cardiff on February 1. British Super Middleweight champion Paul Smith has been added to the bill.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Luke Buras/Team Fonfara
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof Włodarczyk and IBF #1/WBO #2 rated Andrzej Fonfara made a cold evening in Chicago’s UIC Pavilion a hot Polish affair, winning their fights in impressive fashion. This is what the fighters and their promoters had to say to Fightnews.com:
Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (49-2, 35 KOs) defended his WBC cruiserweight title for the sixth time and for the third time in front of him was the always ready to brawl Italian Giacobbe Fragomeni (31-4, 12 KOs). Diablo was in total control from the first second of the first round, being faster, more precise and hitting Fragomeni with basically every punch in the book. Paradoxically, it was a problem. “I was just average tonight, because I took Giacobbe too lightly. I just knew that I can’t lose to him. I love his heart, he wants to fight and never quits but deep down I was thinking that I don’t have to give my best to beat him. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
In a battle between two of Brooklyn’s best known fighters, former two-division title-holder Paulie Malignaggi defeated former two-division champion Zab Judah on Saturday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“I’m happy,” Malignaggi (33-5, 7 KO’s) stated at the post-fight press conference early Sunday morning. “It was good to get the win but it was bittersweet because Zab Judah was someone I looked up to coming up. It felt good to win and win the bragging rights.”
“Some days you have an off night,” a humbled Judah (42-9, 29 KO’s) said. “He stayed outside with his jab and he kept his distance good. I couldn’t really pick his timing up. It’s always hurtful and disappointing to lose at home. He did a good job of keeping away. I just couldn’t close the distance. His timing was good tonight.” Golden Boy Promoter Bernard Hopkins put it more succinctly by stating that Judah simply “couldn’t get out of the gate.” (more…)
Johnny Moreno, Jr., son of local San Antonio legend of the same name, from the ’60s and ’70s, experienced defeat this weekend. More
Darren Barker looks to call it a day, after a gutting defeat to Felix Sturm. More
Kassim Ouma returns to action on Dec. 11 after a faltering two years of fights. More
South Africa pays tribute to boxing champ ‘Baby Jake’ Matlala. More
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale talked to Fightnews.com about Felix Sturm’s victory over Darren Barker. He said the German has got his hunger back but he would love to fight Sturm again and give him the opportunity to avenge Geale’s win over him. Geale also said that WBA champion Gennady Golovkin is beatable and he is the middleweight to do it
“Felix Sturm did what he had to do against Barker,” said Geale. “He hurt Barker early. Barker did not look at his best and got hit a couple of times and looked like he wanted to turn it up. I did hear he hurt his hip which is a major injury. He did complain about something. I’m not sure if Sturm is a better fighter then when I beat him. He might have his hunger back that maybe he lost. He had a lot of defenses before we boxed. My style will always be a problem for him with my movement and fast and accurate punching. (more…)
By Bill Green
Representatives for WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and mandatory challenger Terence Crawford have struck a deal for a February 2014 WBO 135 pound title fight. The scheduled purse bid on Monday in San Juan, Puerto Rico, has been canceled, now that a deal is in place. The details of the deal, including TV coverage, are being worked out. However, Team Crawford along with manager Cameron Dunkin revealed that the fight will take place in Burns’ backyard (Scotland). Crawford will begin training camp immediately. A full fight interview with Terence Crawford and co-manager Brian Bomac McIntyre will be available soon.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Irish-born and Australian-based middleweight Dennis “Hurricane” Hogan (16-0, 6 KOs) clearly outscored formerly WBA-rated Robbie Bryant (18-3-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds to defend the national title on Saturday at the Kingsway Indoor Stadium in Madeley, Western Australia. Hogan controlled most of the rounds. Ben Keilty scored it 100-90, Carl Zappia 98-92 and Bill Seth 98-92. Hogan was born in Kildare, Ireland in 1985 and turned professional in Australia in 2011. He is managed by Adam Wilcock and Paul Keegan. Hogan is scheduled to box on March 16, 2014 at the Irish Club in Brisbane, Queensland. (more…)
After soundly defeating Austin Trout, super welterweight Erislandy Lara (19-1-2, 12 KOs) has called out Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “I did what Canelo couldn’t do.” proclaimed Lara. “I dominated Trout and I dropped him. Now we have to make a fight that everyone wants to see which is me against Canelo!”
For Trout’s part, he stated, “I’m coming right back. Who can say that they fought such high caliber fighters as Cotto, Canelo and Lara back-to-back-to-back? His style was tricky, but I don’t sign up for easy fights. He was the better man tonight.”
Photo: SES Boxing
Today in Budapest, a WBO Purse Bid was held for super middleweight world championship frematch between WBO champion Robert Stieglitz and mandatory challenger Arthur Abraham. SES Boxing won the right to promote the fight with a bid of $3,135,000, more than doubling rival Sauerland Event’s offer of $1,541,414. The date for the fight is March 1. The venue will be Stieglitz’ home base of Magdeburg.
SES promoter Ulf Steinforth: “Naturally, I’m happy that we won the purse bid. But I’m especially glad for Robert, my SES team and our TV partner SAT.1, because there’s more planning certainty for us. We now hold the reins in his hands.”
Robert Stieglitz: “That’s a great job by my promoter Ulf Steinforth. Now I can concentrate on my preparations and on the fight against Arthur. I am also happy for my fans in Germany and especially in Magdeburg. Arthur must once again dress warmly in March.”
Photo: Ulf Steinforth, Hagen Doering (Sauerland) und WBO-Europe-Praesident Istvan ‘Koko’ Kovacz.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBC flyweight champ Akira Yaegashi (19-3, 9 KOs), 111.75, a Japanese footworker, very impressively retained his belt as he kept circling so fast like a whirligig beetle that he whipped ex-WBC light-fly ruler and official challenger Edgar Sosa (49-8, 29 KOs), 112, Mexico, convincingly and scored a unanimous decision over twelve sizzling rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Steve Morrow (US) 116-112, Joel Scobie (Canada) and Oren Schellenberger (US) both 117-111, all in favor of the 5’3” fancy dan in the Tom-and-Jerry game. The good-moving referee was Mark Green (GB).
Simply was Yaegashi too fast for Sosa to catch. The fleet-footed champ, four years his junior at 30, once held the WBC 105-pound belt, while Sosa the WBC 108-pound throne, having defended it ten times to his credit. The veteran Mexican recently defeated ex-titlists Ulises Solis (KO2) and Giovani Segura (W12) to his credit. Sosa seemed to be at a loss since he was frustrated by Yaegashi’s smooth and swift footwork that completely prevented him from mixing it up in the close range. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Bruno Escalante (11-1-1, 5 KOs) used precise power and effective energy to defeat Michael Ruiz Jr. (9-4-1, 3 KOs), and claim the IBA junior bantamweight championship with a majority decision. Judges scored the high-action fight 95-95, 98-92 and 97-93 for the native of Cebu, the Philippines, who fights out of San Carlos, Calif. (more…)
On Saturday at the 40,000-seat Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes (Chateau Carreras Olympic Stadium) in Cordoba, Argentina, the two sons and nephew of the legendary champion Julian Jackson, known as the “Hawk’s Flock” won two out of three against Argentinian opponents.
In the 10-round middleweight main event, Julius “The Chef” Jackson (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously undefeated Nicolas Dario Lopez (10-1, 4 KOs), while in the co-feature promising super welterweight John “Dah Rock” Jackson (18-1, 15 KOs) stopped Jorge Daniel Miranda (51-16, 20 KOs) in round eight. However, super welterweight Samuel “The Hunter” Rogers (14-1, 8 KOs) suffered his first loss at the hands of Carlos Adan “El Malevo” Jerez (38-16-3, 18 KOs) via ten round unanimous decision.
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