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By Mark Vaz at ringside
Former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KOs) scored an eith round TKO over Ivan Fiorletta (24-6-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Now fighting at welterweight, the slick Spadafora was connecting at will when the bout was waved off by referee Frank Gentile at the :40 mark.
In other action, comebacking heavyweight Willie Herring (12-6-3, 3 KOs) stopped recent Elijah McCall-conqueror Dieuly Aristilde (7-2, 1 KO) in round two.
In another heavyweight bout, Jason Barnett (12-10, 6 KOs) shocked previously unbeaten Erik “The Viking” Leander (8-1, 6 KOs).
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Rising Irish boxing star super bantamweight Paul Hyland (17-1, 5 KOs) added the European Union belt at 122 lbs to his national crown on Friday night in Quarto, Italy, with a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Italian co-challenger David Chianella (16-6-2, 5 KOs). Hyland’s youth and superior boxing skills were evident, the Irish fighter dominated every single minute of the match as Chianella looked too much tender for this level of competition. The Three judges scored the bout 118-110, 117-111 and an incredible 116-112 for the new EBU-EU champ (Fightnews had it 118-110 for Hyland.) Elio Cotena promoted with Rai Sport Più televising.
Photo: Top Rank in association with DiBella Entertainment officially announced the April 17 fight between World Middleweight Champ Kelly Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) and WBC Super Welter Champ Sergio Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) today at the Gaylord Texas in Grapevine, Texas. The fight will take place Saturday, April 17, in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall and will be broadcast live on HBO World Championship Boxing, beginning at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m.
The work to find unity and reciprocity among the boxing sanctioning organizations has moved forward in Dallas as the WBC, IBF and WBO met to continue the flow of ideas on how to make boxing better. Presidents Jose Sulaiman, Marian Muhammad and Paco Valcarcel, along with key members of their organizations including Larry Hazzard, Luis Perez, Mauricio Sulaiman, John Duggan and Robert Lenhardt met and agreed on some very interesting topics that are taking form and could be of great value for the future of boxing. WBA president Gilberto Mendoza was scheduled to be present but sent a letter explaining his absence and confirmed the WBA’s position of unity and acceptance towards the meetings and agreements.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is WBA/WBO lightweight super champion Juan Manuel Márquez could face Juan Diaz in a rematch on July 10 in Mexico City. It would be Marquez’ first fight in Mexico since November 1994 when he KO’d Jose Luis Montes at the Plaza Mexico. According to other sources, a July 10 fight in the United States is also a possibility with Chris John and Paul Malignaggi being opponents of interest.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Ray Kasprowicz
Crown Boxing showcased some of boxing’s young talent on Friday night at The Orleans Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, on a card filled with young upstarts and hungry talent. In the main event, Alen Martinez scored a fifth round TKO over Brian Battease in their six round featherweight bout . . . Click here for more
The night before perhaps the biggest fight ever in North Texas at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas, another Filipino other than Manny Pacquiao was the star.
Headlining the Top Rank-promoted card televised on Fox Sports, Richie Mepranum (16-2-1, 3 KOs) scored a huge upset by beating previously undefeated Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (25-1, 18 KO’s) of Mexico . . . click here for more
All the shots from yesterday’s weigh-in at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas: Manny Pacquiao, Joshua Clottey weigh in. Plus: Humberto Soto vs. David Diaz; Alfonso Gomez vs. Jose Luis Castillo; John Duddy vs. Michael Medina . . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
Superstar Manny Pacquiao tops the bill in the year’s biggest fight so far, meeting the durable Joshua Clottey in a welterweight title fight on Saturday that will be watched by a 40,000 crowd at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas and a worldwide TV viewing audience (HBO PPV in the U.S., Sky Box Office in Britain). Even though Pacquiao is a massive favourite, people want to see the fighter who is now regarded as a potential all-time great. The way Pacquiao has stormed through the weight divisions from flyweight right up to welterweight, and the thrilling, dominant displays of speed and power against big-name fighters Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto have established the Filipino as a phenomenon, the type of fighter who comes along once in a lifetime. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After tough, gruelling 12-rounders in his last two fights, Marco Huck gets what on paper should be a somewhat less arduous assignment when he defends his WBO cruiser title against Adam Richards, a Houston-based 29-year-old from Tennessee, in the main event in Berlin on Saturday. Huck had to dig deep in his fights with Victor Ramirez and Ola Afolabi. He was under pressure in these contests, and the bout with Afolabi was surprisingly close on the cards. Ramirez is a very strong, durable aggressor while Afolabi has underrated skills and power and is also a tricky, crafty sort of fighter — these always had the potential to be fights that would test Huck to the limit. Richards seems to me to be a straightforward type of fighter, not as physically powerful as Ramirez or as dangerous and artful as Afolabi. Huck has been able to get good results against this type of opponent. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Welterweight Anthony Hirsch (11-3-1, 5 KO’s) won a workmanlike six round unanimous decision over Mario Evangelista on Friday night at the American Legion Hall in Reseda, CA. Hirsch controlled the action, beating the hard-hitting Evangelista (3-6-1, 3 KO’s) to the punch. All three judges scored the bout 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54 in favor of Hirsch.
In the co-feature bout, Junior Welterweight Juan Alfonso Figueroa (6-7-1, 3 KO’s) won a six sloppy, foul-filled six round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Manuel Del Cid. Although Del Cid (3-1) scored a knockdown in the third round, he was deducted a point in the second and sixth rounds. All three judges scored the 57-53, 57-53, and 57-55 in favor of Figueroa. Click here for full report…
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
In his USA debut, previously unbeaten WBC #5/WBA #6/WBO #9/IBF #12 flyweight Hernan ‘Tyson’ Marquez (25-1, 18 KOs) suffered his first defeat against WBA #10/WBO #11 Richie Mepranum (16-2-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine, Texas. Marquez was the aggressor as always, but it was the slicker Mepranum who landed the cleaner shots during the exchanges to win a clear ten round unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 96-94, 98-92.
In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-3, 27 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Nagy Aguliera (15-3, 10 KOs). After Peter dropped Aguliera with a big right hand, The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ got the stoppage win with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:24.
Unbeaten WBC #1/WBA #2/WBO #5 lightweight Anthony Peterson (30-0, 20 KOs) scored a third round KO over Juan Ramon Ramon Cruz (16-7-1, 12 KOs). Peter dropped Cruz in round two and twice in round three before the bout was terminated at the 1:11 mark.
Unbeaten middleweight Omar Henry (8-0, 7 KOs) needed just 33 seconds to demolish previously unbeaten Francisco Reza (6-1, 5 KOs).
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Tony “TNT” Grano (17-1-1, 13 KOs) avenged the only blemish of his professional career, his knockout loss to Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-3, 7 KOs) back in September, 2008, on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT by scoring a ten round unanimous decision over Brown. Scores of the bout were 97-92 twice and 98-91. Grano was on the offensive throughout a majority of the fight. Brown conserved his energy for the later rounds of the bout, which hurt him on the scorecards. He connected with a right hook in the final round of the bout that put Grano on the canvas. Grano showed his durability by being able to come off of the canvas to finish off the fight and take home the unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Former middleweight title challenger Giovanni “Chico Malo” Lorenzo (28-2, 20 KOs) returned on Friday night for the first time since dropping a split decision to Sebastian Sylvester in an IBF title clash last September. Lorenzo knocked out Wilmer Gonzalez (17-9-1, 11 KOs) in round two of a bout held at the Sosua Bay Grand Casino in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Also victorious were 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs), who outpointed Orlando Membreno (11-13-1) over six, and super middleweight Julius Jackson (5-0, 5 KOs), who won when opponent Frank Mola (3-1, 1 KO) didn’t come out for round four. Jackson is the son of former world champion and ring great Julian Jackson.
Former world champion Erik Morales sparred twelve rounds on Thursday as he prepares for his March 27 PPV collision with Jose Alfaro in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Under the watchful eye of his father and trainer José “Olivaritos” Morales, Erik has has completed two hard months of training at the Centro Ceremonial Otomí high in the Mexican mountains about 50 miles west of Mexico City. Morales will break camp on March 21 and travel to Monterrey for fight week. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone at the scale
Manny Pacquiao 145.75 vs Joshua Clottey 147
(WBO welterweight championship)
David Diaz 134 vs Humberto Soto 134.2
(WBC lightweight championship)
Michael Medina 155.5 vs John Duddy 160
Alfonso Gomez 145 vs Jose Luis Castillo 144
Isaac Hidalgo 125 vs Arthur Trevino 125
Calvin Pitts 149 vs Rodrigo Garcia 149.7
Samuel Sanchez 122 vs Roberto Marroquin 122
Jamie Villa 127 vs Salvador Sanchez 127.7
Joe Moraels 126 vs Michael Farenas 127.2
Mauricio Pastrana 119.5 vs Eden Sonsona 119.7
Venue: Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Alexey Sukachev
Former world cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (31-4, 24 KOs) continued his comeback with the first-round stoppage of Hungarian import Zoltan Czekus (8-3-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England.
British brightest welterweight prospect and national champion Kell Brook (21-0, 14 KOs) successfully moved from a casual contender to a world scene operator after a dominating stoppage of WBO #4 veteran Pole Krzysztof Benias (39-4, 16 KOs). Brook was sensational, throwing punches and bunches and giving the guest fighter no time and no space for a return fire. WBO #6 Brook forced Benias to stay inside his defensive shell through the five rounds to finally crack it with two punishing uppercuts for the stoppage at 2:46 of the sixth round. Brook is a new WBO I/C welterweight titlist. (more…)
Top Rank Boxing and Cowboys Stadium announced Friday the release of Party Pass tickets to this Saturday’s welterweight championship fight between Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey. These general admission tickets offer an excellent view and will be priced at $35 each. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster by visiting online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling toll free, 800-755-3000. Party pass tickets also give fans a chance to enjoy pre-fight festivities in the plazas outside Cowboys Stadium and access to six party decks located in the end zones of the stadium. Standing room viewing along the party deck rails is on a first come, first served basis. Large video screens with live broadcasts of the fight are on the plazas just outside the party decks. Party pass tickets do not provide fans with a seat but do allow fans to move about the party decks and open spaces in the main concourses.
Mark Vaz at the scale
Paul Spadafora 143 vs. Ivan Fiorletta 144 1/2
*Fiorletta initially weighed 146 3/4. Contract weight was 144 so the
Spadafora camp conceded the 1/2 pound overage.
Erik Leander 247 vs. Jason Barnett 218
Dieuly Aristilde 220 1/2 vs. Willie Herring 207 3/4
Sullivan Barrera 182 vs. Reggie Pena 184
Yoelvis Gamboa 137 vs. Milton Ramos 136
Abdulah Dobey 181 vs. Gevonte Davis 178
Rances Barthelemy 130 vs. Robert Guillen 128
Promoter: Michael Acri Boxing, DeCubas Presents, GD Big
Tickets: At the box office (954.828.5380)
Location: Fort Lauderdale War Memorial (800 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale,
By Alexey Sukachev
WBO #4 and IBF #12 light middleweight contender Lukas Konecny (43-3, 21 KOs) retained his national middleweight title with a fourth round TKO over former Romanian lightweight champion Ionut Trandafir Ilie (13-3-1, 1 KO) on Friday night in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech 154-pounder took a methodical approach, using his trademark pressure to frustrate and upset smaller Ilie. In round four, Konecny went after the Romanian and dropped him with a right hand to the body for the count. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
According to local sources, WBO #11 ranked Sherzod Husanov (14-0-1, 7 KOs) may be next-in-line to collide with Ukrainian WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs). The proposed fight would take place on May 14 at Chumash Resort & Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Undefeated Dzinziruk, 33, who has recently signed a co-promotional deal with Gary Shaw Productions and Banner Promotions, last fought in November 2008, outpointing Columbian Joel Jair Julio. It was his fifth defense of the title he had won against formidable Daniel Santos in December 2005. Former Uzbek Olympian Husanov, 29, debuted in 2007. He is best known for a win and a draw against Russian Timur Nergadze last year.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan said today at a London press conference that the style of challenger Paul Malignaggi is one he can beat. “I respect Paulie,” said Khan, who faces Malignaggi on May 15 in New York City. “He has had some great fights in the past and has a great record, beaten only by great fighters like Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto – but now there is another fighter coming out who is going to beat him.” As for an eventual all-British showdown with Ricky Hatton, Khan stated “I think he should retire,” said Khan. “…he has the respect of the British fans and boxers and I think he should hang his gloves up and relax now.”
Marco Huck 198.4 vs Adam Richards 199.2
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Alexander Povetkin 223.5 vs Javier Mora 257.4
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 198.1 vs Cesar David Crenz 199.9
Alexander Frenkel 194 vs Michael Simms 199.9
Kubrat Pulev 243.1 vs Danny Batchelder 221.5
Venue: Max Schmeling Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events
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Fightnews reported last week that unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (31-0, 6 KOs) of Puerto Rico and WBO interim light flyweight Johnriel Casimero (14-0, 8 KOs) of Cebu City, Philippines were soon to be headed for a showdown. Calderón’s promoter PR Best Boxing (Iván & Peter Rivera) and Casimero’s promoter Sampson Boxing LLC reached an agreement last week with the bout likely to take place at the end of May in Puerto Rico. Calderón wasted no time in getting himself back in the gym and spoke to Fightnews from his training camp in Puerto Rico. (more…)
By Craig Gibson
In his final week before heading to Las Vegas, Joan Guzman held an open workout in Manchester, England yesterday. Fans from all over the country traveled to get a glimpse of one of the fight games most talented stars and were not left disappointed. Guzman spent the first 30 minutes taking some local amateurs through their paces before working the pads with trainer Lee Beard and finishing off on the heavy bag. Speaking to Guzman after the session he stated, “I’m so pleased to be here in England, the fans have been very good to me and I hope one day I can fight over here.” When asked about his new training team of Lee Beard and Kerry Kayes, Guzman’s face lit up like an excited kid, “I really enjoy working with Lee and Kerry, they work me hard but that is good, I feel in great shape and can’t wait to show everyone the real Guzman on fight night.” Click here for more photos…
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