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“I am very happy,” said WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler after once again proving his class with a fourth-round TKO victory over Gusmyr Perdomo. “It was very special to fight in front of such a great crowd.” Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.200 boisterous Danish fans at MCH Herning, the Viking Warrior (42-1, 32 KOs) dropped the mandatory challenger at the end of the third with a big right before launching another furious assault in the fourth. “Perdomo was very active in the first two rounds, so I had to change my game plan,” he added. “I adjusted well in the third. Now I really look forward to the Super Six World Boxing Classic.” (more…)
By Lee Bates
Now that WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) has defeated #1 rated Rodel Mayol in their rematch, he is looking to the future. “It’s no secret that the biggest fight for me is with Brian Viloria,” said Calderon. “He and I have a history going back to our amateurs when we fought multiple times and are both currently world champions. I want to make it clear that I have no problem traveling outside of Puerto Rico to make the fight happen!”
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a battle of unbeaten fighters, super lightweight Eloy Perez (14-0-2, 3 KOs) won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over Dannie Williams (12-1, 9 KOs) at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, CA. Both fighters were dropped once in the second round and Perez went down again in the third. However, Perez landed the more telling punches during the rest of the bout. All three judges scored the bout 98-91, 97-92, and 95-94. Also on the card was former Olympian middleweight Donald Orr, who survived a fifth round knockdown and a feverish rally by Danny Stanislavjevic to win a six round unanimous decision. All three judges had Orr (15-0, 6 KO’s) winning by scores of 57-56, 57-56, and 58-55. Stanislavjevic (8-17-3, 4 KO’s) worked hard but could not get the victory. (more to come.)
By Ron Jackson
Ji Hoon Kim of South Korea won the IBO junior lightweight belt when he came from behind to stop South Africa’s Zolani Marali in the tenth round at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park Saturday night. In a poor fight, the South African boxing from behind his jab was well ahead on points against the shorter Kim 58.97 kg who spent most of the night rushing in and missing with wild punches. A short right to the jaw, followed by an equally damaging left hook, dumped Marali on the canvas against the ropes in the tenth round. He beat the count but referee Phil Edwards of England, to the surprise of most spectators, almost immediately stopped the fight at 28 seconds into the round. (more…)
SHOWTIME SPORTS has announced a strong schedule of boxing programming in the upcoming months. Here’s a rundown:
ShoBox returns to its regular day and time this Friday night (Sept. 18, live at 11p ET/PT) as Travis Kauffman (18-0, 15 KOs) meets Tony Grano (15-1-1, 12 KOs) in a 10-round heavyweight fight from the Chumash Resort and Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif. The co-feature pits Chris Avalos (11-0, 9 KOs) against Giovanni Caro (12-8-3, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bantamweight fight.
On Friday, Oct. 2 (live at 11p ET/PT), Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on Victor Oganov (28-2, 28 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight fight with Antwone Smith (16-1, 8 KOs) meeting Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in a 10-round welterweight bout on ShoBox from the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Okla.
The much-anticipated Super Six World Boxing Classic premieres on SHOWTIME Oct. 17 as Carl Froch (25-0, 20 KOs) faces Andre Dirrell (18-0, 13 KOs) live from the Trent FM Arena in Nottingham, England and Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) meets Jermain Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) on tape-delay from O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
On Saturday, Oct. 31, Joseph Agbeko (27-1, 22 KOs) will face Yonnhy Perez (19-0, 14 KOs) for the IBF Bantamweight Championship on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
On Saturday, Nov. 21, the Super Six World Boxing Classic continues with the Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) vs. Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) WBA Super Middleweight World Championship.
In another exciting SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING bout set for Dec. 12, Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) will face Lamont Peterson (27-0, 13 KOs) for the WBO Junior Welterweight Championship. In the co-feature, Vic Darchinyan (32-2-1, 26 KOs) will battle Tomas Rojas (31-11-1, 22 KOs) for the WBC and WBA 115-pound Championship and Joan Guzman (29-0, 17 KOs) meets Ali Funeka (30-2-2, 25 KOs) in a lightweight bout.
They did it 5,600 miles apart, but Andre Ward and Mikkel Kessler both took care of business in similar fashion in front of their fans and television viewers on a special split-site doubleheader ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME Saturday night. Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) remained undefeated, stopping Shelby Pudwill (22-4-1, 9 KOs) at 2:!6 of the third round from the Pechanga Resort and Casino. Earlier in the day, in Herning, Denmark, Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) retained his WBA super middleweight title with a fourth-round TKO over Venezuela’s Gusmyr Perdomo (16-3, 10KOs) at the MCH Messecenter. Ward will now meet Kessler in Group Stage 1 of the celebrated Super Six World Boxing Classic, Nov. 21 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., for Kessler’s WBA world title. (more…)
Juan Manuel Marquez poses with a mariachi band on Saturday upon his arrival at Los Angeles International Airport in advance of his September 19 PPV fight against comebacking Floyd “Money” Mayweather at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. More Photos…
WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño (18-0, 10 KOs) defeated former unified super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (36-6-2, 15 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision to retain his WBA belt on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 and 116-112. Cermeño previously won a split decision over Mijares in March. Mijares, who just ten months ago was unified WBA/WBC champion in this division, has since done a spectacular crash and burn, amazingly losing three straight.
On the same card, El Paso heavyweight contender David “Nino” Rodriguez (32-0, 30 KOs) scored a third-round knockout of veteran Robert Davis (32-11, 20 KOs).
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Hometowner Michael Simms toyed with an upset by pulling off a first-round knockdown, but lost a majority decision Saturday night to IBF No. 3 cruiserweight contender Matt Godfrey in their 10-round main event, highlighting the Red Lion Hotel’s first outdoor boxing card in Sacramento. “The (only) knockdown should have been the difference,” said Simms (20-12-2), disappointed in the judges’ scores of 96-93, 95-93 and 94-94. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Andre Ward (20-0, 13 KOs) scored an impressive third round KO over Shelby Pudwill (22-4-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California. Ward, who thoroughly outboxed Pudwill in the first two rounds, dropped him with a left hook in the third round, which opened a nasty cut under Pudwill’s left eye. Smelling blood, Ward went for the kill and had his opponent in serious trouble. Knowing he could do serious damage, Ward signaled referee Pat Russell several times to put a halt to the shellacking and he mercifully did at 2:16 of the third round. (more…)
Jr middleweight “Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) destroyed Jason LeHoullier (22-2-1, 8 KOs) in less than a round on Saturday night at the El Palenque Del Recinto Ferial, Tepic, Mexico. Chavez dropped LeHoullier with a left hook and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:43. A fight with John Duddy was mentioned for Chavez next.
UPDATE: A bout between WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel (39-2-2, 29 KOs) and Alex Valdez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) has now been declared a technical draw. In a wild fight, Montiel dropped Valdez in round one, but Valdez came back furiously to floor Montiel in round two. Montiel was cut over the left eye seemingly by a punch in round one and that cut apparently later caused the bout to be stopped before the beginning of the fourth round. The fight was originally declared a technical draw, but then it was announced by a member of the local commission that the result was changed to a TKO for Valdez. Now WBO commissioner Luis Perez has officially decreed the bout a technical draw as the cut on Montiel’s left eyelid came before the fourth round. Montiel’s title was not on the line.
In a clash for the undisputed WBO mini flyweight championship, WBO champion Donnie Nietes, (24-1-3, 14 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over interim champion Manuel Vargas (26-3-1, 11 KOs). Nietes did well early, but Vargas pushed Nietes hard the entire fight and was ahead 116-112 on one card, however Nietes prevailed 118-110, 116-110 on the other two cards. For more details and photos click here…
By Lee Bates at ringside
Unbeaten WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon (33-0-1, 6 KOs) again retained his title against #1 Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (25-4-1, 19 KOs) by split technical decision on Saturday night at the Coliseo Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. As it was in their first meeting, it was a closely contested affair. The bout was halted after round seven when once again a clash of heads prematurely ended the bout. Two judges had it for Calderon 68-65 and while the other had it for Mayol 68-65. Mayol was true to his word and really effectively pressured Calderon. Calderon for his part countered effectively in route to the victory. “I want people to understand that Mayol is a much different fighter that Hugo Cazares. He is very intelligent with his game plan. He made me work extremely hard to earn this victory. I have a lot of respect for him,” said Calderon.
In the semi-main event, WBO super featherweight champion Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (22-0-1, 13 KOs) spectactuarly stopped Feider Viloria (22-4-1, 15 KOs) of Colombia by ninth round KO. Martinez showed a new look with his newly tightnened defense but still managed to punish Viloria with body shots throughout the bout. The end came in round nine when Martinez stopped Viloria with a barrage of punches that sent him crashing to the canvas. Only one second was left in the round but Viloria could not beat the count. “I practiced hard on my defense for this fight and I believe it showed. He didn’t want to engage me too much but in the end I was able to break him down,” stated Martinez. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In August, Nick Charles, the respected television journalist and play-by-play announcer for ShoBox: The New Generation, took a leave of absence to battle cancer. Although Charles is being cared for at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his friends at tonight’s ShoBox event at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California want their friend to know that they are thinking of him so they stood together in the center of the ring for this photo. “The entire ShoBox crew wishes Nick a full and speedy recovery. We cannot wait for you to get back to the broadcast table,” said Steve Farhood, the on-air analyst for ShoBox and the broadcast partner with Charles. Everyone in the picture is wearing a “Nick” button to show their support and love for Nick Charles.
In July 2001, SHOWTIME tabbed Charles as its blow-by-blow announcer for the debut of their boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation. Charles and Farhood have called the action for nearly every ShoBox telecast since its inception – nearly 135 shows and 275 fights. Tonight will be the first time in years that Charles has not been at ringside for a ShoBox telecast. Former light heavyweight champion Antonio Tarver will join Farhood and Al Bernstein as a guest commentator for tonight’s ShoBox event.
By Lee Bates
Though WBO light flyweight Ivan Calderon (32-0-1, 6 KOs) enters his rematch tonight with his challenger Rodel Mayol 25-3-1, 19 KOs) as a decisive favorite some respectable names feel Mayol is a live underdog.
Bob Arum: The first fight was close before the stoppage. If he can duplicate the same performance he is going to have a chance to win the fight.
Michael Koncz( Mayol’s manager): Mayol is going to have to be more agressive in this fight. It must be effective agressiveness with him throwing a large volume of punches. If he does this he can win this fight.
Freddie Roach: He had a good training camp at Wildcard gym. He is definitely going to be in the fight. It’s a tough fight going up against Calderon but he has a chance to pull off the upset.
Manny Pacquiao (Mayol’s promoter): Mayol is very good fighter. I have a lot of confidence in him that he can win this fight.
“Undefeated Champions” is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports for live viewing at 9 PM/ET – 6 PM/PT on cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand and DirecTV for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. For more information about the “Undefeated Champions” PPV show, go on line to www.integratedsportsnet.com.
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (42-1, 32 KOs) successfully defended his title for second time and, what is probably more important, made a final step towards the Super Six super tournament with the fourth-round TKO over mandatory challenger WBA #1 Gusmyr Perdomo (16-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the MCH Messecenter Herning in Herning, Denmark. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum told Fightnews.com today that things are looking good for a unification showdown between unbeaten WBO super bantamweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (26-0, 24 KOs) and WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (33-2, 23 KOs). HBO has already committed to a January 23 date, said Arum, however Junama first has to win his October 10th title defense against Rogers Mtagwa. Nothing has been signed as of yet, but the bout would take place in Puerto Rico.
Manny Pacquiao is Miguel Cotto’s hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico today. Thousands of figt fans are on hand. In interviews before start of the press conference, Pacman stated “”There is going to be a lot of action in the ring. Cotto is big and strong. This will be my hardest fight. Cotto has size, is smart and he’s big – I will train hard.” Trainer Freddy Roach added, “We are about to fight King Kong. That’s how big he is. But we have a game plan. It is a hard fight however.” Click here for more photos…
By Bob Ryder
The Royal Oak Music Theatre in suburban Detroit is the site for promoters Carlos Llinas (CLIP) and Ron Remus Productions next presentation on Friday, September 18. Darryl Cunningham will be seeking his 9th straight win in the main event against Mustapha Johnson. Cruiserweight hopeful Isiah Thomas puts his unblemished record on the line against Julius Jackson in another feature attraction. Alexis Hloros on a 12 bout unbeaten run will be facing off against Cameron Allen. Undefeated heavyweight Rich “Super” Power had been sidelined with a hand injury but makes his welcome return on the show. Detroit favorites Pete Cantu, Willie Fortune, Sidney Gurley and Chris Hancock are also all part of the scheduled 10 bout card. Tickets are available at the Royal Oak Music Theatre Box Office at 248-399-2980 or at www.royaloakmusictheatre.com. Doors open 7 PM, First bell is 8 PM.
By Graham Houston
As a prelude to Showtime’s “Super Six” tournament in the super middleweight division, Mikkel Kessler defends his WBA title against mandatory challenger Gusmyr Perdomo in Denmark on Saturday while Andre Ward has a virtual exhibition against the outclassed Shelby Pudwill the same evening. Kessler’s fight will be shown on tape delay while viewers will have live coverage of Ward beating up Pudwill in an absolute mismatch . . . Click here for more
Giovanni Lorenzo (27-1, 19 KOs) and Sebastian Sylvester (31-3, 15 KOs) will clash for the vacant IBF middleweight title on September 19. Today Lorenzo arrived with his team in Germany. After leaving New York and a stopover in Frankfurt he reached the airport Berlin-Tegel at 7:55 am. The next two days the #1 ranked IBF contender, who was born in the Dominican Republic, will stay in Berlin. Then he will move to Neubrandenburg, where the fight against Sylvester will take place. ”Now it’s my turn and I’m going to come home with the title,“ said the 28-year old Lorenzo. But #2 ranked Sylvester, who yesterday afternoon made his last sparring session for the fight, is also confident to win the title. “I am sure my home fans in Neubrandenburg will help me to leave the ring victorious!”
“I just have this feeling that Marquez is going to pull this one off,” says promoter Oscar De La Hoya. “I went down to Mexico and saw him train with my own eyes. I saw how much he bulked up. I saw how much strength he has gained. I saw how seriously he’s taking this fight, and I’m convinced he will win this fight. He’s looking sharp, he’s looking fast, he’s looking strong. Floyd Mayweather is the best fighter on the planet, and Juan knows that. He knows he’s up for a big challenge, but he’s ready and he knows that he has to put his life on the line and he’s willing to do that. So it’s going to be one tremendous fighter against another tremendous fighter. And so I think – I just have this feeling after watching Marquez, he’s going to pull it off.” Mayweather and Marquez meet next Saturday in a pay-per-view showdown in Las Vegas.
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga (26-6-2, 23 KOs) retained his SA lightweight title when he stopped Vusumzi Tyatyeka (10-1, 8 KOs) at 2:21 into the first round at the Finetown Multi-Purpose Centre in Lenasia, near Johannesburg, on Friday night. Tyatyeka 60.44 kg attacked from the opening bell and stopped Malinga 61.02 kg in his tracks with a straight left and a solid left hook in the first minute of the bout. However, the stronger champion picked up the pace and began to back up the challenger and dropped him to the canvas with a right hook to the jaw. Tyatyeka was badly hurt and just managed to beat the count. Malinga gave him no time to recover and another solid right dropped Tyatyeka flat on his face. Referee Tony Nyangiwe did not even bother to count as he waved the fight off. (more…)
Promoter Frank Maloney has accused referee Terry O’Connor of scoring against his fighter John McDermott as revenge because McDermott’s father Stan McDermott had knocked out O’Connor in a bout 32 years ago. O’Connor controversially scored a 98-92 points winner over McDermott at Brentwood Arena in Brentwood, Essex, UK on Friday. Sky TV commentators, 2000 fans packed into the sold out venue and millions of TV viewers were stunned as McDermott appeared a clear winner. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Lightweight Josesito Lopez (26-3, 15 KOs) brutally battered lanky Anthony Mora (15-4, 10 KOs) for three rounds and Mora did not come out for round four on Friday night in the main event at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. In another notable bout, heavy-handed veteran lightweight Ilido Julio (39-15-1, 35 KOs) spectacularly knocked out local favorite Dominic Salcido (17-2, 9 KOs) in round five.
Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto faced off Thursday at Yankee Stadium in New York City on the first stop of their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting “FIREPOWER” – their November 14 world welterweight championship super fight. (More)
It’s not often that 6’7 WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko meets someone taller than himself. But that was the case recently when 6’10 Lamar Odom of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers visited Vitali before a training session at the Pound4Pound Gym in Los Angeles. Klitschko is gearing up to defend his WBC belt against unbeaten, No. 1-ranked Cristobal Arreola at STAPLES Center.
WBC #7 flyweight Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab (25-5-1, 16 KOs) pounded out a good action twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #6 Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez (22-6-1, 11 KOs) Vs. on Friday night at the Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus Hall in Ciudad Neza, Mexico. Uicab applied pressure throughout the bout and prevailed by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 116-113. The bout was for the NABF and Mexican national flyweight titles.
Lightweight Mauricio Pintor (2-0), son of former world champion Lupe Pintor, took a four round nod over Édgar Bolaños 1-2.
“Machine Gun” Mike Oliver won a hard-fought decision to capture the vacant New England and Eastern Boxing Association junior featherweight titles tonight on the “A Night To Remember” pro boxing cared, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc., at historic Plymouth Memorial Hall. Oliver (22-2, 7 KOs) and Gonzalez (9-9, 3 KOs) had previously fought twice with Mike stopping Castulo in the ninth round of their 2006 fight and this past June, in Boston, their fight was halted in the second round and ruled a no contest when Castulo suffered a cut over his eye from an unintentional head-butt. (more…)
Main eventers weighed-in in Los Angeles Friday for the private show on Saturday on the famed Playboy Mansion. Dannie Williams (left) weighed in at 130 lbs. Eloy Peres weighed in at 129. Pictured with the fighters is Steve Smith from Rumble Time Promotions.
Jorge “Travieso” Arce (52 -5-1, 40 KOs) and Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (48-7-2, 31 KOs) met the press Friday in advance of Tuesday night’s big fight card at the Plaza de Toros in Cancún, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Arce meets Simphiwe Nongqawi in an IBF super flyweight title clash and Soto defends his WBC super featherweight crown against Aristides Perez (15-0-1, 8 KOs). Here’s what they had to say… (more…)
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