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By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Fightnews.com caught up with WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm last week after a hard training session in Cologne, Germany. The champ is currently preparing for his July 11 title defense against European champion and stablemate Khoren Gevor. The 30-year-old Sturm spoke about his preparation, boxing critics, why his upcoming fight can’t be compared to Gevor’s knockout loss against Sturm rival Arthur Abraham, and the possibility of big fights against universally recognized middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik or Australian boxing-star Anthony Mundine. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
For a guy who can’t seem to pin down a high profile opponent, cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek’s name has been thrown around a lot lately. It seems like every significant opponent from Bernard Hopkins to Glen Johnson to Wladimir Klitschko has been mentioned as a potential foe. Why, then, is the always exciting Adamek fighting journeyman Bobby Gunn on Comcast on July 11? “Showtime and HBO, they didn’t want to take the fights,” Adamek (37-1, 25 KO’s) explained to Fightnews last weekend. So this one we’re doing on Comcast. We want to keep busy because a fighter needs to keep practicing to be good. We couldn’t put it together because the TV networks didn’t want it. The TV had to make up their mind…I’m ready to fight anybody.” (More)
By Alex Dombroff
Minutes after overcoming a vicious cut and an equally vicious Joshua Clottey, welterweight champion Miguel Cotto was asked what lies ahead for him. His response – one word – was as confident as any punch he threw all night. “Vacation!” And who could blame him? (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Andreas Hale
He still has it. Any questions regarding what Miguel Cotto had left after the beating he absorbed from Antonio Margarito last summer were put to rest last night at Madison Square Garden in New York City when the WBO title-holder proved he still had a lot of fight in him, beating Joshua Clottey by split decision in front of a deafening crowd of 17,734. Judge Don Trella submitted a score of 116-111 for Cotto. Judge John McKaie also thought Cotto won, handing in a score of 115-112. Judge Tom Miller, meanwhile, had Clottey ahead by a point, 114-113. In a close fight that could have gone either way, Fightnews came up with a score of 114-113 for Cotto. It was an excellent fight with swings in momentum, an early knockdown and lots and lots of blood. In the end, however, it was Clottey who slowed down just enough for Cotto to edge by in what is bound to be one of the better fights of this year. (More)
The highly anticipated July 18 fight between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez has been postponed due to a rib injury sustained by Mayweather while training. The mega-fight was scheduled to take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View. “I am extremely disappointed that this fight has to be postponed. I was training very hard and looking forward to getting back in the ring on July 18th,” said Mayweather. Marquez, commenting from his training camp in Mexico, stated “I was very disappointed to hear the news about the fight being postponed. I will remain focused, in shape and ready to fight whenever the fight is rescheduled for.” Information about a new fight date will be made available as soon as possible.
In the main event of UFC 99: The Comeback, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin defeated former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlai “The Axe Murderer” Silva via unanimous decision after a three round firefight.
In its first appearance in Continental Europe, the Ultimate Fighting Championship presented a catchweight special attraction featuring two of the sport’s most revered former champions . . . Click here for more
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
The rematch between former Australian heavyweight champion Bob Mirovic (29-20-2, 20 KOs) and John Hopoate (11-3, 11 KOs) will be contested at the AIS stadium in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on July 23. Leading Australian promoter Fidel Tukel of the BHS gymnasium got the signatures on the contract Sunday and this clash will be televised on the Channel Ten free to air television network. “I am looking forward to this rematch – I will be 100% fighting fit on July 23 when I jump through the ropes,” said Mirovic. “I had a few problems when we boxed last time but there will be no excuses this time.” (Hopoate was declared the winner in round nine in September 2008 when Mirovic’s trainer former three time world champion Jeff Fenech signaled to the referee Bob was in no condition to continue.) Hopoate is coming off a recent second round knockout loss to former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall in Las Vegas in May. Mirovic has boxed several world class heavyweights including WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev, Shane Cameron, Kali Meehan, Danny Williams, Timo Hoffman, Matt Skelton, Rob Calloway and Sinan Samil Sam. “I lost on points – in good fights to Valuev, Hoffman, and Calloway. I will have to much experience at the top level for Hoppa.” ” I will be the winner on July 23,” he concluded.
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF welter champ Taisei Marumoto (24-9-1, 12 KOs), 154, chalked up a fine TKO victory over Thailander Denyan Sithsaithong (8-5, 3 KOs), 153, at 2:41 of the eighth round on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Marumoto once captured the OPBF 147-pound belt by an upset stoppage of Hiroshi Yamaguchi in 2006, but yielded it to former ruler Rev Santillan via sixth round TKO the next year. The ex-champ, 33, is campaigning in the super welter category.
In a supporting ten, formerly two-time world challenger Hidenobu Honda (31-6, 14 KOs), 116.75, was awarded a unanimous technical decision (88-85 twice and 87-86) over Thai national super-fly champ Norasingh Kiatprasanchai (17-12-1, 14 KOs), 117, at 2:27 of the ninth round. The southpaw veteran, 33, is scheduled to have an ambitious shot at world-rated Japanese champ Daigo Nakahiro in Hiroshima on August 29. A head-collision opened a nasty laceration on the forehead of Honda, who was declared unfit to go on at the second medical exam in the fatal ninth. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#13 Kengo Nagashima (37-3-2, 17 KOs), 135, barely kept his OPBF lightweight belt as he looked sluggish from the outset, came off the canvas in the ninth and managed to eke out a split decision (114-113, 115-112 and 115-116) over OPBF top ranked Korean champ Heejae Jo (14-3, 8 KOs), 134.75, over twelve close rounds on Saturday in Koga, Japan. The 33-year-old Japanese southpaw looked like another person than who outboxed and outlegged hard-punching Filipino Randy Suico to acquire the vacant OPBF throne this March. After the eighth, the open scoring system showed a split interim verdict: 78-74 for the champ, 78-77 for the challenger and 76-76. Then, in the next ninth, Nagashima absorbed a good one-two of Jo, twelve years his junior at 21, and downed on the seat of pants to make his local adherents gloomy, sensing the champ would lose his belt. Nagashima, however, displayed his heart and good combinations to dominate the last three to barely keep his regional throne. Promoter: 18 Koga Promotions.
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Four time world title challenger Luis Alberto Lazarte of Argentina (43-9-1, 18 KOs) made short work of Pedro Cardenas (11-6, 6 KOs) of Chile stopping him in round two. The bout took place at the Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was promoted by Mario Margossian. From the opening bell, Lazarte punished Cardenas with a barrage of body punches resulting in a knockown in round one. Cardenas got up at the count of eight and survived the round. In round two Lazarte picked up where he left off, trapping Cardenas against the ropes mixing body and head shots. At that moment the referee stepped in an gave Cardenas a standing eight count. Moments later Lazarte sent Cardenas to the canvas again with more crunching body punches and this time the referee waved the bout off without a count. Lazarte at the age of 38 retained his South American light flyweight title and is seeking a 5th opportunity at a world title. Among the most notable of Lazarte’s unsuccessful title challenges was against WBC champion Edgar Sosa in 2007.
The attractive Zanfer boxing show featuring three time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs) against Fernando Lunmacad (19-1, 7 KOs) that was scheduled for June 20 in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, will now take place in the border town of Tijuana, Baja California. The event now billed as “Desafio en Tijuana” will take place in the Auditorio Munucipal de Tijuana and will be televised by TV Azteca and Azteca America. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC interim minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (26-2, 21 KOs) retained his belt with a tenth round TKO over local favorite Eric Ramirez (25-7-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. Palacios dominated the fight and referee Hector Afu finally waved off the beating in the tenth. Palacios and WBC champion Oledydong Sithsamerchai may now possibly meet in a showdown for the absolute WBC 105lb title this October in China.
Ana María Torres won a ten round unanimous decision over Ussanakorn Kokietgym in a clash for the WBC female super flyweight crown. Scores were 95-94, 98-92 and 96-94.
Former world champion Hugo Fidel Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs) needed just 66 seconds to demolish journeyman Margarito Lopez (10-23-1) in a super bantam clash.
Super bantamweight Melinda Cooper outpointed Miriam Avila over four by scores of 40-36, 40-36, 39-37.
By Alex Dombroff
Miguel Cotto: “I’m little tired and I have a huge cut on my left eye. I didn’t see the right hand coming. The last five rounds I handled it pretty well. I knew if I moved like I did the last four or five rounds, I was going to win the fight.” (Regarding his future plans) “Vacation…the people have to wait until I rest a little bit.”
Joshua Clottey: “I think I won the fight but I didn’t get the decision. The thing that would make me happy is a rematch. I’m very upset, but I have to move on. What would make me happy is for Mr. Bob Arum to give me a rematch.”
Bob Arum: “We’re going to have to talk to the Cotto people. He has a lot of options. I would like for him to fight Manny Pacquiao. That would be a tremendous fight and I hope we can get it done for November. This was a great fight, and under ordinary circumstances Clottey deserves a rematch. But we have economics. It’s just not going to happen next.” (Regarding where Floyd Mayweather fits in the mix) “Floyd has a fight coming up with Marquez. Then he’ll probably want to fight Calderon. Floyd just doesn’t fight big guys. Let’s be honest, he doesn’t fight big guys.”
A day of controversy from the Robin Park Centre in Wigan England Saturday as John Murray won the fight but had lost his British lightweight belt Former British lightweight champion John Murray as he weighed in .08 kilogram (approximately 2 ounces) heavy at the previous day’s weigh-in of the Hennessy Sports promoted card. Despite the setback on the scales, Murray (27-0 15 KO) was relentless in his pursuit of opponent Scott Lawton, dropping him at the end of the first round and finally stopping him at 1:50 of the sixth round. Although a dominating performance where he was able to pin Lawton on the ropes for much of the night, the victory rang a bit hollow for Murray. “I was gutted,” said the undefeated fighter of what was to be the second defense of his British Championship. “It was unprofessional of me to come in heavy,” the fighter told ITV announcers after the fight expressing his desire to continue fighting at lightweight. “You learn from your mistakes, I just took my eye off the ball for a second, it was just a lapse.” (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Heavyweight Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (25-4, 24 KO’s) stopped Larry “Super King” White (3-7, 3 KO’s) in round two earlier tonight in Mounds View, MN. Abell cleverly landed big left hands to the head in round one while bobbing and weaving away from White’s counter punching attempts. White did a lot of talking and mocking of Abell in round one, inviting the big southpaw to engage him. Abell smiled as he rocked White on several occasions. A big right uppercut from Abell rocked White agsin early in round two. White switched his passive strategy after taking the shot and came forward with heavy punches. A slugfest momentarily broke out as both men looked to land a knockout punch. Abell put an end to White’s KO hopes with a crushing right hand to the head that sent him slumping to the canvas where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off midway through the round. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a disappointing fight Malawi’s Isaac Chilembe won the vacant WBO Africa light-heavyweight title when he beat David Kitooke of Uganda on points over 12 rounds at the Graceland Casino in Secunda on Saturday night. Judges Ismail Khoali and Sazi Xamlashe scored it 118-110 and 116-111 whilst judge Thabo Spampool had 120-110. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 99: The Comeback, former UFC middleweight champion Rich “Ace” Franklin defeated former PrideFC middleweight champion Wanderlai “The Axe Murderer” Silva via unanimous decision after a three round firefight. Franklin and Silva exchanged punches throughout round one. Though the southpaw Franklin controlled the rounds with superior boxing, Silva rocked the Cincinnatti native many times throughout the fight with wild haymakers. The bout ended with the fighters tied up against the cage and exchanging blows. No judge’s scores were announced, but all three favored Franklin.
By Matt Richardson and Andreas Hale at ringside
WBO welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Joshua Clottey (35-2, 21 KOs) to keep his world title on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto dropped Clottey with a jab at the end of the first round, but suffered a bad cut over the left eye from an accidental head butt in round three. Cotto’s face was a bloody mask in the fourth, but he still outworked Clottey in the fourth round. Clottey landed some good rights in the fifth, but suffered an injury to his left knee when pushed off by Cotto. Cotto had a big round six punishing Clottey in the corner. Clottey turned the tables in rounds seven and eight as Cotto had difficulty seeing the right hand. The rest of the fight was close as Cotto boxed from the outside. Scores were 115-112, 116-111 for Cotto, 114-113 for Clottey.
WBO mini flyweight champion Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) and challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3-1, 19 KOs) fought to a six round technical draw. The fight was stopped due to a cut from an accidental headbutt in the sixth round. Judges scored the fight 58-56 Calderon, 58-56 Mayol, 57-57. Earlier, an accidental clash of heads in round four opened up a cut on Calderon’s forehead. Two more headbutts in the fifth worsened the cut. In the sixth round the cut reopened from either a punch or another butt (unclear) and doctors advised to stop the fight at 1:50 in the sixth round. Under WBO rules the fight goes to the scorecards (including the sixth round). (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins (Sacramento Bee)
In a battle between undefeated middleweight prospects , Sacramento’s Brandon Gonzales will have hometown backing when he faces James Parison of San Diego in the main event of a July 24 boxing card at the Red Lion Hotel in Sacramento, California. Gonzales (8-0) posted his seventh knockout victory last month, a first-round stoppage.. Parison (11-0, 3 KOs) hasn’t fought since a decision win last June. Both are former high-ranking amateur fighters who are stepping up to 10-round status for the first time. Their fight could be scheduled for 12 rounds if promoters Nasser Niavaroni and Jeff Berger gain sanction for a vacant U.S. title fight.
By Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
It’s been over 62 years since the people from Glendale CA last had a taste of the fistic arts but thanks to Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing Promotions they were able to enjoy the sweet science once again at the Glendale Civic Auditorium for six bouts of professional boxing dubbed as “Glendale Glory” on Friday night. Heavyweight Andrey Fedosov from Saint Petersburg, Russia (20-1, 16KO’s) was featured in the main event against Galen Brown (32-12- 7KO’s). Fedosov was in command from the opening bell forcing Brown to use his defense but Brown was hopeless and was immediately sent to the canvas with a right body shot. Brown from Missouri beat the count but it was futile as Fedosov unleashed some heavy artillery forcing Jack Reiss to bring the bout to an end at 1:36 of round number two. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Former WBC super lightweight champion Junior Witter (37-2-2, 22 KOs) stated today that he will take on WBC # 1 contender Devon Alexander (18-0, 11 KOs) August 1st. Witter didn’t specify a location but stated that the fight would take place in the U.S. and that Don King who is Alexander’s promoter would promote the fight.
By David Robinett
Moments after an unintentional clash of heads in the seventh round in his bout again Efren “Huracan” Hinojosa, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero felt a familiar sensation over his left eye. “You can tell when you’re cut because it feels warm [there],” explained Guerrero. “I felt it right away, and inside I smiled a little.” In a fight aimed at gaining redemption for a controversial no-contest months earlier, where Guerrero advised the referee he could not see after suffering a cut over his right eye against Daud Yordan, the tension was palpable as the hometown crowd waited to see how their fighter would react to a somewhat poetic déjà vu. To their relief, Guerrero remained unfazed. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
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After an ominous opening Thursday afternoon under a steamy downpour, the 2009 edition of the International Boxing Hall of Fame induction weekend festivities got underway. Despite clashing with the BWAA awards dinner in New York City on Friday, and the Cotto-Clottey mega-fight Saturday, also in the Big Apple, a steadily growing throng of hard core boxing fans flocked to title town in Canastota, NY for the annual June event. Friday’s first highlight was the traditional fist casting of inductees as well as first time visiting boxers. Pioneered using the same principle that a dentist uses to make a cast of a patients teeth, the fighters and inductees grease their right hand, plunges it into a bucket with a rubber mix, which after several minutes, hardens into a firm rubber, leaving the impression of the subject’s fist. The mold will then be filled with a plaster cast and “bronzed” later, forever enshrining their fist in the hallowed hall. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
The Spirit Mountain Casino Resort in Grand Ronde was the site last evening of one of the better fight cards in recent memory in Oregon as highly regarded middleweight Daniel Edouard improved to 22-2-2, 13 KOs with a one-sided eight round stoppage of the very game but undersized Dewey Welliver (18-19-1, 7 KOs). Also victorious were light heavyweight Roger Cantrell and lightweight Verquan Kimbrough. (more…)
By Robert Coster
WBC light-Flyweight Champion Edgar Sosa has now his own reality show on Mexican network Televisa. The program is called “Puños de Gloria” (Fists of Glory) and will show the very popular Sosa in all aspects of his daily life: living at home, bringing his kids to school, training, dealing with fans and fame. Edgar’s fans will be able to click on the show at televisadeportes.com. Says Sosa’s manager Jacques Deschamps:” We are delighted by this good news for Edgar which is proof of how he has connected with the public who sees him as the common man´s champ”. Sosa , however, has to concentrate on the urgent matter of making his ninth title defense against tricky speedster Carlos Melo of Panama on June 20 in Mexico City.
The June 27th super lightweight title defense of WBA world champion Andreas Kotelnik against British hope Amir Khan appears in jeopardy. Kotelnik may have to postpone the fight due to a tooth infection. A spokesman for promoter Frank Warren told the BBC, “We’re waiting to find out whether the fight will be delayed….We’re looking at a couple of things but if we can still go ahead on the 27th with another opponent we will. Frank is working on it and we should know something on Monday or Tuesday.”
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi had to survive a determined attack from challenger Luyanda Mruwali in the middle rounds before retaining his SA junior featherweight title on a tenth round technical knockout at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. The champion, who had to go beyond the fifth round for the first time in his career of 12 wins and one defeat with all 12 wins inside the distance, had to face a determined attack from Mruwali (55.10kg) who came back from a second round knockdown to possibly win rounds three to six. This was Sinyabi’s second defence of the title. (more…)
Ringside by Butch Gottlieb, BoxinginLasVegas.com
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Former WBA super bantamweight champion Clarence “Bones” Adams (44-6-4, 20 KOs) turned the clock back last night at the Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, looking as good as he did when he defeated Nestor Garza for the WBA title nine years ago. Staging a comeback, the 35-year-old former champion, who’s fought but four times in the last three years, scored an eighth round TKO of former world title challenger Alex “Ali” Baba (26-16-1, 19 KOs). (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
It’s a shocking statistic. Out of his last five professional bouts, four have been devastating losses. While the sporting world pleads the case to former world champion Chuck Liddell to seek retirement as soon as possible, they quietly turn a blind eye as Wanderlai Silva prepares for a main event clash at UFC 99: The Comeback in Cologne, Germany . . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings the world’s premier combat sport to Germany for the first time, and in the main event of UFC® 99, two of the game’s most revered superstars will battle it out, as former UFC® middleweight champion Rich ‘Ace’ Franklin squares off against former PRIDE® champion Wanderlei “The Axe Murderer” Silva in a true fight fan’s dream match. Click here for more info
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Showtime’s ShoBox announcer Steve Farhood (L) received The James J. Walker award for long and meritorious service at the 2009 Boxing Writers Association of America dinner, Friday night at Capitale in NY City. Farhood was presented the award by his best friend and co-anchor, Nick Charles. Many members of the Showtime/ShoBox family were on hand to support Steve Farhood as well as all the other award winners at the dinner. Isreal Vazquez (pictured) vs Rafael Marquez III won The Harry Markson Award for fight of the year which aired on SHOWTIME 3/1/08. It was reported by Marquez’s promoter, that “Rafael was in a minor car accident on his way to the airport in Mexico. Marquez is OK, just some minor scratches, but he missed his flight to the dinner.” Award-winning photographers Marty Rosengarten of Ringside Photo (L) and Chris Farina (R) of Top Rank won first place awards in the feature and action photo categories, respectively. And, yes, Manny Pacquiao did arrive on time to receive his 2008 Fighter of the Year award.
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