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By Ron Jackson
Howard Goldberg from Cape Town, South Africa, has been appointed president of the restructured World Boxing Federation. His election followed a meeting in Dessau, Germany, on the eve of Francois Botha’s defence of his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title against Cuban Pedro Carrion. Prominent and influential boxing administrators met with Goldberg, a former world title referee and judge, to discuss changes in the Federation. (more…)
Top Rank is planning to show some of the undercard fights free prior to Saturday’s Pacquiao-Cotto PPV telecast starts, including a bout featuring the highly touted Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (7-0, 6 KOs). “We are going to do something very unique on the night of the 14th,” revealed Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “We are going to feed the part of the undercard that is not on pay-per-view which features so many aspiring young fighters who are looking to make their mark on boxing and we are going to put it on various channels on inDemand, cable systems, on DirecTV and on Dish Network and that will run from 7-8:30 PM ET and it will feature fighters like Matt Korobov, the young Russian sensation; Rodrigo Garcia from Los Angeles, a real future prospect. Then at 8:30PM ET, a half hour prior to the pay-per-view, we’re doing a special 30-minute show which is very exciting and that leads into the pay-per-view telecast which begins at 9PM ET.”
On Tuesday pound-for-pound king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and three-time world champion Miguel Cotto will make their MGM grand arrivals, officially kicking off fight Week for FirePower — their sold out welterweight championship mega fight. Pacquiao and Cotto will arrive at the MGM Grand’s Front Lobby Porte Cochere at 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. PT, respectively. The event is open to the public and the media.
By Matt Richardson
After light heavyweight title-holder Chad Dawson beat Glen Johnson in April of 2008, there was a lot to say. Some voiced their opinion that Dawson won, some thought Johnson won and other’s thought it was a draw. It was, in short, a compelling, competitive fight with a debatable outcome. But that wasn’t the case on Saturday night. In arguably the finest performance of his still young career, Dawson (29-0, 17 KO’s) dominated Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KO’s) to win a 12-round unanimous decision at the XL Center in Hartford, Connecticut. Dawson won. Johnson lost. And now both men will move on with their careers in different fashions. (more…)
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou has arrived in England and is ready to defend his title against Matthew Hatton, the younger brother of Ricky “Hitman” Hatton. The Ndou-Hatton fight will be held at the Fenton Manor Sports Complex in Stoke, Staffordshire, UK on Friday night 13th November 2009. Ndou has promised to destroy 28 year-old Hatton (37 wins, 4 losses, 14 knockouts) and in doing so, hopes to entice Ricky Hatton, the former undisputed super lightweight world champion, into a fight. (more…)
WBO interim cruiserweight champion Ola Afolabi (14-1-3, 6 KOs) stands between co-manager Victor Martinez (left) and trainer Juan Carlos “El Panda” Martinez (right) prior to a recent workout at the famed Freddie Roach Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. Afolabi is in training for his upcoming showdown with WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (26-1, 20 KOs) on December 5 in Ludwigsburg, Germany. (more…)
Ringside by Jacob Chavez
Photos by John Booz
Chicago fight fans were treated to an exciting night of boxing action Friday at the UIC pavilion when local favorite up and coming super middleweight prospect, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) made a return to Windy City after more than two years, to face veteran Jason Robert Naugler (19-10-1, 11 Kos) in the scheduled for the main event . . . click here for more
David Haye is the new WBA Heavyweight Champion after clinching a points victory over Nikolai Valuev. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 8,000 fans in Nuremberg, Haye was ahead 116-112 on two cards, with the third judge ruling the contest a 114-114 draw. The clash drew a sensational peak market share of 40,5 percent (8,4 million viewers) on German free-to-air giant ARD. “It’s a dream come true,” Haye enthused afterwards. “I’ve fought the biggest heavyweight champion of all time and caught him with big shots. My speed was key tonight. He has a granite chin and took my punches. I’m a guy who says what he thinks and sometimes that upsets people but I’m full of respect for Valuev, he showed he can take some big shots.” (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Junior Lightweight Andrey Isaev improved to 22-1 with a ten round majority decision over Derrick Campos (20-10) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Campos appeared to be the stronger of the two men and brought the action with a straightforward slugging style. Isaev is a lanky fighter, but he gives up his height and reach advantages by hunching over and rarely using his jab. Isaev had the faster hands, straighter punches, and solid inside fighting technique, which he used to win most exchanges. Campos survived cuts over both eyes to stage a late rounds rally, but it wasn’t enough to get the win. Judges had it 96-94 twice, and 95-95. Fightnews had it 99-91 for Isaev. (more…)
According to Dominic Pesoli, President of 8 Count Productions, Rita Figueroa is doing very well. She was very talkative late this afternoon when he visited the hospital and is expected to make a complete recovery and leave the hospital in the coming days. She thanks everyone for their well wishes and prayers. Rita has long been a fan favorite in Chicago, known for her take no prisoners style of boxing. Her fight on Friday night against Kita Watkins was fought in the exactly the same manner.
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
This time there was no question. IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (29-0, 17 KOs) defended his IBO belt and won the vacant WBC interim belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Glen Johnson (49-13-2, 33 KOs) on Saturday night at the XL Center in Hartford, CT. Johnson tried to pressure Dawson, but Chad was too fast, too mobile and too skilled to let “The Road Warrior” turn it into a brawl as he did in their first fight. Scores were 115-113, 115-113, 117-111. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
NABA welterweight beltholder Mike Jones (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over tough guy Raul Pinzon (16-4-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Jones put Pinzon on the deck with a body shot in round five. Time was 1:40.
Junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (13-4, 8 KOs) stopped Latif Mundy (8-2-1, 3 KOs) at 1:53 of round seven.
Comebacking welterweight Mike “No Joke” Stewart (44-7-2, 23 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown and a cut to post a close six round unanimous decision over Louie Leija (21-13-1, 15 KOs). Scores were 57-56 on all three cards.
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Manny Pacquiao stopped the flow of traffic late Saturday afternoon on Vine Street in Hollywood as he was about to honor a commitment with Nike. Pacquiao had just wound up his training at the Wild Card Boxing Club as he is revving up for next week’s big clash with Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in Las Vegas when the crowd started to swell. Members of the LAPD had to be called in to make sure Pacquiao gets out of the Wild Card premises in time for his appointment.
By Johnny B’
Last night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois, veteran female fighter Rita Figueroa dropped a six round decision to Kita Watkins ( 57-56 on all three cards) . After the light welterweight bout, Figueroa was taken to a nearby hospital where she has undergone brain surgery. Figueroa is in Intensive Care Unit at this time. All her family, friends and fans wish her a full recovery.
By Alexey Potapov
In a walk-out bout in Nuremberg, former WBO heavyweight champion Sergey Lyakhovich (24-3, 15 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Jeremy Bates (22-17-1, 18 KOs). The bout was waved off after Lyakhovich connected with a big left hand.
Feature story by Mariano A. Agmi
One of the world’s best pound for pound talents returns home tonight when “Bad” Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) takes on the “Road Warrior,” Glen Johnson (49-12, 33 KOs), at the XL Center in Hartford, CT . . . click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev and Alexey Potapov
Britain’s best David “The Hayemaker” Haye (23-1, 21 KOs) made a history by becoming only the second ever cruiserweight champion to capture a world title in the most prestigious weight class on Saturday night at the Versischerung Arena in Nuremberg, Germany. Haye outpointed WBA heavyweight titleholder Nikolay Valuev (50-2, 34 KOs) in a close and, in some corners, controversial fashion with the scores 114-114, 116-112 and 116-112. WBA #4 Haye followed the path of the legendary Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield, who was, ironically, defeated by Nikolay in his last bout. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Super middleweight Sebastien Demers (30-2 11KO) came storming back from a first round knockdown to post a 116-110, 116-110, 115-112 victory over a game Nicholson Poulard (13-3 6KO), capturing the vacant NABF title on Saturday afternoon at the Montreal Casino in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Poulard came out strong, capturing five of the first six rounds on one scorecard while taking down the former world title challenger with a right hand at the end of the first and hurting him in the second. Demers though was able to weather the storm, getting a knockdown of his own to end the 7th, a perfect left that Poulard never saw coming. The victory sets up a fight for December 11th on the undercard of Pascal-Diaconu against another local rival, world ranked Renan St-Juste.
It looked as if it was going to be long day for knockout sensation David Lemieux. It wasn’t. The exciting middleweight scored his 19th knockout in as many fights getting things done before the end of the second round. Alfredo Contreras (10-7-1 4KO) took a blitzkrieg of blows in the second round and remained vertical until a body blow crippled the Mexican fighter, taking him down for a count of ten and beyond at the 2:57 mark. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior welterweight Patrick Ortiz may have the nickname of “El Elegante” (the elegant one), but his fighting style is anything but that. Just ask his opponent, Sergio Rivera. Ortiz dominated Rivera throughout eight rounds, easily winning a unanimous decision victory before over 1,300 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “Path to Glory” card, presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #9 Ryan Waters (18-2-1, 11 KOs) retained the WBO Oriental 154 pound title on Friday when he stopped Fijian Opeti Tagi (13-5, 6 KOs) in four rounds at the Cronulla Leagues Club, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Waters controlled the action as he boxed aggressively in all rounds contested. At :47 of round four referee Will Soulos crowned Waters to save Tagi from further punishment. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight knockout artist Keith “One Time” Thurman was taken the distance for the first time, winning an 8 round unanimous decision over Edvan Barros on One Punch Productions final “Ballroom Brawl” of 2009 Friday night at the Hyatt Regency in Tampa, Florida. Thurman dropped Barros with a body shot in the 7th, however Barros showed his experience in tying Thurman up and making it to the final bell. Scores were 80-71, and 79-72 twice. With the win Thurman goes to 11-0, 10 KOs.
Also on the card cruiserweight Nick Iannuzzi (13-1, 8 KOs) returned to previous form with a suprising knockout of “The Contender” alumni Michael Alexander (12-4). Iannuzzi, coming off a knockout loss to Harvey Jolly, floored Alexander in the second round. Alexander managed to get to his feet by the count of 10, but was in no shape to continue and the bout was waved off. (more…)
It might’ve been billed as “The Road to Redemption,” but the marquee names and their chosen road kill had three main bouts taking disappointing turns for the worse, off-road, off-beat and just plain off. One was ugly enough to make a freight train take a dirt road; the second ended up a road to nowhere; and the third, well, the third was a case of let’s-get-this-show-on-the-road because it never really happened . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Sipho Taliwe upset the odds to win the SA junior lightweight title when he outpointed Jasper Seroka over 12 rounds at the Finetown Multipurpose Centre in Lenasia on Friday night. Judges Amos Lusenga and Sazi Xamlashe scored the fight 116-112 and judge Tony Nyangiwe had it 116-113. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Veteran Dorin Spivey of Portsmith, VA captured the NABA lightweight title with a fourth round stoppage against Meacher Major of the Bahamas. Spivey (36-6, 29 KOs) dropped Major (16-4-1), twice in round two, the second one just before the bell sounded. Both boxers fought a spirited third round, trading bombs on each other and taking turns shaking the other one up. In the fourth, Spivey unloaded a booming right hand that hurt Major and after a flurry of unanswered punches referee Charlie Fitch rightfully called off the action at :52. For more details and photos click here…
Mark Vaz at Ringside; photos by Emily Harney
It was the age-old story of the young, up-and-coming contender facing a fading former champ on Halloween night as light-heavyweight contender Joey “KO Kid” Spina (25-1-2, 18 KOs) fought to a majority draw against former title holder Lou “Honey Boy” Del Valle (36-6-2, 22 KOs) over ten spirited rounds in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports “Fright Night at the Sun” this past Saturday. Click here for the full report and action packed photos!
By Graham Houston
In a fight where more than the usual number of possible outcomes dance in one’s imagination, Russia’s huge Nikolai Valuev defends his WBA heavyweight title against Britain’s colourful David Haye in Nuremberg on Saturday. One can see Haye coming out with big punches and destroying the much bigger but much slower champion in a few rounds, a bit like Jack Dempsey wrecking Jess Willard, or perhaps chopping him down slowly and cruelly, as Max Baer did to Primo Carnera, in boxing’s most famous heavyweight-versus-giant fights. (more…)
Former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (49-12-2, 33 KOs) is chomping at the bit to get to current IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) tonight in Hartford, CT. Johnson and Dawson fought in March of 2008 where Dawson won a hard fought unanimous decision, however Johnson closed the bout extremely strong, which left the door open for a rematch. To this date, Johnson insists he won the first fight. “The fight was a very competitive fight,” the man known as the ‘Road Warrior’ told Fightnews. “However, I feel I forced the action and especially in the second half of the fight. I also had him very hurt late in the fight. To beat the champion you’re supposed to take it to them in order to win the title. I felt I did that.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior welterweight prospect Patrick “El Elegante” Lopez (17-2, 11 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Sergio “Pollero” Rivera (14-4-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Lopez was simply too strong and too quick as he compiled a shutout 80-72 win on all three cards.
Welterweights Pavel Miranda (18-4-1, 10 KOs) and Vardan Gasparyan (11-2-5, 5 KOs) fought to a well-fought six round majority decision draw. Both fighters had their moments in the spirited contest. Scores were 58-56 for Gasparyan, while the other judges had it 57-57.
Lightweight Hector Serrano remained unbeaten with a six round unanimous decision over trialhorse Jaime Orrantia (11-25-5, 3 KOs). Serrano (10-0, 3 KOs) won by scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55.
Super Welterweight Alberto Herrera (6-0, 5 KOs) stopped Jesus Vallejo (3-2, 3 KOs) in the second of a scheduled six round bout. Referee Dr. Lou Moret stopped the bout at 1:06 against the protests of Vallejo.
By Bob Caico at ringside
Veteran Dorin Spivey of Portsmith, VA captured the NABA lightweight title with a four round stoppage of Meacher Major of the Bahamas. Spivey (36-6, 29 KOs) dropped Major (15-5-1), twice in round two, the second one just before the bell sounded. After a spirited third round Spivey unloaded a right hand that hurt Major and after a sworm of unanswered punches the referee rightfully called off the action at :52.
Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo captured the NYS super featherweight belt with an 8-round unanimous decision over Jose Guzman of the Bronz.
Junior welterweight Nick Casal of Niagara Falls scored an 8-round unanimous decision over Christopher Fernandez of Utah.
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Unbeaten super middleweight Donovan “DA BOMB” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jason Naugler (18-11-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. In a good action fight, George staggered Naugler in round four with a big right hand and followed up with a barrage of hard punches that prompted referee Gino Rodriguez to wave it off. Naugler complained about the stoppage to no avail.
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