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Square Ring will present WBA #9 middleweight, WBC #14 super welterweight Daniel “Haitian Sensation” Edouard (21-2-2, 12 KOs) in a main event bout against Dumont Welliver (18-18-1, 6 KOs) on June 12th at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon. “I feel that winning produces results and I have positioned myself on the edge of contention and hope that continued success will result in a title challenge,” said Edouard.
It is being reported in Germany that WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (32-2-1, 14 KOs) and European middleweight champion Khoren Gevor (30-3, 16 KOs) will collide on July 11th in Nürburg, Germany. No contract has been signed, but both fighters have agreed to the showdown. Both Sturm and Gevor fight out of the Universum stable.
By Lee Bates
Puerto Rico has a long tradition of producing world champions in boxing. That tradition is continuing with PR Best Boxing Promotions( Ivan & Peter Rivera) based in Puerto Rico. They currently have four WBO world champions which include Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (108lbs), Jose ‘Carita’ Lopez (115lbs), Juan Manuel’ Juanma’ Lopez (122lbs), and Ramon ‘Rocky’ Martinez (130lbs). The Rivera brothers are now looking to add a fifth world champion to their roster next month in former world champion Eric Morel whom they promote. Morel will challenge WBO batamweight champion Fernando Montiel in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 27th. Should Morel be successful they would crown their third world champion in three months. Note: Juan Manuel Lopez is co-promoted with Top Rank.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
The fans of the Legendary Blue Horizon on Friday night were once again treated to a Rogers “The Tiger” Mtagwa war as he battled tooth and nail over ten rounds with 38 year old featherweight Ricardo “El Rayo” Medina which entertained everyone throughout. Mtagwa fresh off a come from behind 10th round knockout of Tomas Villa, eventually overpowered the Mexican warrior to capture the ten round unanimous decision victory. In the co-feature of the evening, welterweight Kaseem Wilson shocked Louie Leija, dropping him once before scoring a technical knockout just sixty six seconds into the fight. The eight bout card was promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions Inc. in association with Joe Hand Promotions. (more…)
WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) has denied that he will fight contender Breidis Prescott on July 25th. “No one from Top Rank has discussed me fighting (Breidis) Prescott or me fighting on July 25th,” stated Valero. “The first time that I learned of the Prescott fight was when someone in my camp informed me that the fight was listed on the internet.” Valero had hoped for a unification megafight with WBO and WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez but Marquez was recently announced as the foe for Floyd Mayweather Jr. in his July 18th comeback. “I only want to fight big names for big money,” outlined Valero. “A fight with (J.M.) Marquez for all of the titles would have been a big fight for big money but the fight is no longer possible. Prescott is not a big name and a fight with Prescott is not a big money fight.” Valero’s manager Jose Castillo outlined several possible challengers to his fighter, including Joel Casamayor, Zorrita Soto, Urbano Antillon or Juan Diaz. “I will fight anybody but the money has to be right,” stated Valero.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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Welterweight Luis Carlos Abregu seems as though he likes to play with fire based on his last two outings in the ring. Luckily on Friday night, he had his knockout power to save the day. Having been dropped twice at the hands of Irving Garcia, Abregu survived and eventually stopped Garcia in the fourth round before a boisterous crowd of 1,350 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. The bout headlined a seven-bout “ShoBox: The New Generation” card, presented by Gary Shaw Productions.
Prior to the Garcia bout, Abregu drew criticisms for his less-than-stellar performance in December against David Estrada in December. Abregu tired late in the 10 round fight before escaping with a split-decision victory. (more…)
New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis has pulled the plug on Saturday’s scheduled fight between Hector Camacho Sr. and Yory Boy Campas at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort in Atlantic City. The bout was to have been presented on pay-per-view. “Hector was a legendary fighter who will also go down as one of the most flamboyant fighters in the sport. It is with the utmost respect for him that I have declined to approve the fight,” New Jersey Athletic Control Board commissioner Aaron Davis told the Press of Atlantic City.
Superstar Manny Pacquiao is heading home for a hero’s welcome in the Philippines. He, wife Jinky, and Team Pacquiao will depart from Los Angeles on Wednesday. Pacquiao will return to the USA in June, first at the Boxing Writer Association of America awards dinner in New York City on Friday, June 12. Pacquiao will receive the 2008 ‘Fighter of the Year’ award and chief trainer Freddie Roach will be honored as the ‘Trainer of the Year.’ The next night Pacquiao will be at ringside to watch the Miguel Cotto vs. Joshua Clottey world welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden.
Hard-punching middleweight Matt Korobov, 5-0 with five KOs, of Orokutan, Russia will be on the Cotto vs. Clottey fight card at Madison Square Garden on June 13. Korobov stopped Anthony Bartinelli on the Pacquiao vs Hatton card on Saturday night. Korobov is managed by Cameron Dunkin.
Former featherweight world champion Orlando Salido of Mexico will be in the main event on Top Rank’s fight card at the Star of the Desert Arena inside of Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nevada on Saturday, May 16. Salido will box 10 rounds. USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan, reunited with trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, will be in a 10-round super welterweight bout. Tickets are $75, $50, $35, $20 and are available at the Star of the Desert Arena box office. The first bell will be 6 pm and the live telecast on Azteca America begins at 7:00 pm.
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
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From the Patriot Center on the campus of George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia, ICE Promotions brought on an incredible night of boxing with eight showdowns of fast-swinging, bone-jarring action. The main event of the night saw Jimmy Lange (152 lbs) from Great Falls, VA duke it out with Frank Houghtaling (150 lbs) of Albany, NY for the WBC USNBC Super Welterweight championship. Lange unleashed a tidal wave of devastating hooks that floored Houghtaling in the first round and nearly put him down in the second round. Lange remained the aggressor all the way into round four. At one point, Houghtaling accidentally put Lange into a headlock but was shocked when Lange popped him square in the eye. Lange remained a stalker to Houghtaling, landing multiple shots to the head, leading to a surprise knockout at the end of round six. Jimmy Lange is now the WBC USNBC Super Welterweight Champion and has a record of 30-3-2, 21 KO’s. Houghtaling, who announced his retirement shortly after the bout, has a record of 19-16-5, four KO’s. (more…)
6’8, 270lb heavyweight Tye “Big Sky” Fields (41-2, 37 KOs) faces Nicolai Firtha (16-5-1, 7 KOs) on June 20, 2009 at River Cree Resort and Casino in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The bout will be a twelve rounder for the vacant WBA Native American heavyweight championship. This is the first boxing card at the River Cree Resort and Casino presented by Big Sky Promotion, an Edmonton-based boxing promotional company. “I’m excited about this fight for a lot of reasons,” said the 34-year-old Fields, who was born in Missoula, Montana, and had been living in Las Vegas, Nev., the past seven years. “This is my first fight since my family and I moved to Edmonton,” continued Fields. “This is my first fight under my own promotional company and this is my first fight towards my goal of a world championship bout.” (more…)
WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (33-1, 27 KOs), is training hard for the title unification match that’ll take place on Madison Square Garden on June 13, when he’ll meet IBF champ Joshua Cottley (35-2, 20 KOs). “I have enough of a professional mind to get over past problems and focus on winning the bout over Cottley,” said Cotto, who decided to train in Tampa to get away from the distractions that might crop up with his training in Puerto Rico. He also assured he’s feeling very comfortable with his new trainer, Joe Santiago, and confident in winning. Santiago has been in his corner for over eight years. This will be the fourth time in five years that the champ will fight on the eve of the Puerto Rican day Parade.
Cuban Olympic Gold Medalist Yan Barthelemy returns on May 15th at the Mahi Shrine Coliseum in Miami, Florida. Barthelemy (7-1) will take on veteran Angel Priolo (30-7, 20 KOs) for the WBC Latino bantamweight title. In the co-feature, undefeated Tony Roman (10-0) will face undefeated Kendall Mena (13-0) for the WBO Latino welterweight title. Also on the card will be heavyweight Henry Fuentes (8-0), 3-time Golden Glove champ Xavier Burgoss (1-0) and popular veteran Hicklet Lau. Tickets are $25 and $75. Doors open at 7PM.
By Robert Coster
WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will make his fourth title defense against former WBA 122lb champion Mahyar Monshipour of France. The fight will be held in Monshipour’s hometown of Poitiers on July 4th. An agreement was reached by both parties soon after Moreno’s successful title defense against ex-champ Wladimir Sidorenko in Germany. “It should a very interesting clash of styles,” declared boxing manager Jacques Deschamps who brokered the deal, “Moreno is a southpaw stylist while Mahyar is a brawler who puts on relentless pressure.” Champion Moreno (25-1-1, 8 KOs) says he looks forward to facing the French-Iranian idol and doesn’t mind fighting in his opponent’s hometown. “I fought Sidorenko twice in his homebase in Germany. I don’t let partisan fans get under my skin,” stated Moreno. For his part, Monshipour (31-3-2, 21 KOs) will attempt, at age 34, to become the first Frenchman to be a two-division champion. “I am elated by the prospect of making history for my adopted homeland. I was happy to meet Moreno personally and the meeting was very friendly. Of course, come July 4th, we will be both looking to win and there can only be one winner,” said Monshipour.
By Damien St. Pierre
Les Bonano and The Fight Guys, LLC are back with this Friday night at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner, Louisiana with “Brawlin In Nawlins”. Eight bouts are scheduled for this event including five professional boxing matches. An interesting ten round main event will feature former IBA Continental champion and local New Orleans, Louisiana native Ron “The Cobra” Weaver (29-17-2, 22 KOs) fighting for the first time since November 2005 and the first time at home since 2002. Weaver will face a tough test in undefeated Cut and Shoot, Texas native Alphonso Lopez (13-0, 11 KOs). This will be the 26-year-old Lopez’s first scheduled ten rounder. (more…)
Press Conference Report by Victor Perea
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
Saturday morning, before most fight fans in town rolled out of bed in preparation for the super showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, members of the media sat down for a roundtable discussion with the undefeated NABO super middleweight champion Andre “S.O.G” Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) along with his promoter Dan Goosen inside the Central Park room at the New York New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Ward spoke about his preparation and anticipation for his May 16th date with Columbian contender Edison “Pantera” Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The fight card, which is being promoted by Dan Goosen of Goosen Tutor Promotions, will also feature unbeaten lightweight John Molina (16-0, 12 KOs) against a fighter yet to be announced. (more…)
Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell’s Voodoo Gloves management company has announced the signings of its first fighters. Managerial contracts were executed this past week with Ft. Myers, Florida brothers Marcus and Quinton Willis. Marcus Willis (2-0) campaigns at middleweight, while older brother Quinton Willis (2-0) campaigns at jr. middleweight. “I’ve known these boys and their pops for a long time, and I’m proud to have them sign with me,” said an elated Campbell. “They have the most important ingredient in making the kind of fighter I want to represent. They are hungry, and they can flat-out fight.” In addition to the Willis brothers, Campbell has three more signings pending at the moment. “I will be making more announcements next week about additional fighters that I am signing, and what my plans are for them. Most importantly, anyone that signs with me knows that they are going to have to fight for real. I don’t believe in having a kid fight 15 or 20 dummies just to build their record. You never develop as a fighter that way. I’d much rather have a kid take a loss or 2 early on, but develop his craft along the way, instead of building him to 25-0 against nobodies and he still can’t even spell fight.”
Ringside by Victor Perea & Andreas Hale
Photography by Chris Cozzone
The tickets were sold, the celebrities seated, the popcorn was made and the beer was a plenty. When the pride of Manchester England Ricky “Hitman” Hatton entered the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas Saturday night to defend his title against Filipino fan favorite Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, the match was set for one of the most legitimately anticipated, super showdowns in boxing.
Unfortunately, for the defending IBO light welterweight champion, the time spent listening to three beautiful national anthems was longer than the time spent defending his title, although the first 30 seconds did not seem that way.
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Hometown favorite Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (8-0-1, 4 KOs) successfully defended his WBF All Americas cruiserweight title with a convincing seventh round knockout of gritty Philadelphian Simon “One Punch” Carr (5-4-1, 3 KOs) before over 1,200 of his fans at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Saturday night . . . Click here for more
On the same day that Floyd Mayweather, Jr. came out of retirement to reclaim his retired crown of pound-for-pound king, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao slipped it safely out of reach by doing in two rounds, what had taken Mayweather ten.
Last night, before a sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Pacquiao (48-3-2, 37 KOs) secured his right to call himself the boxing’s pound-for-pound champion by knocking out Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) at 2:59 of round two.
“He’s still a good fighter,” a humble Pacquiao said of Hatton at the post-fight press conference . . . Click here for full story
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“We had prepared very intensely and wanted to prevent a close result and win. We have done this,” said WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moreno after his split decision win over former champion Wladimir Sidorenko on Saturday night. “I am very satisfied. Wladimir fought hard – if it is wished, I’m open to a third fight!” Trainer Michael Timm represented the deeply disappointed Sidorenko at the press conference: “Moreno had to show something and for me he didn’t win the fight. Wladimir made the fight and won clearly. He hunted Moreno around the ring and Moreno was only in reverse gear. I can’t add any more – we are very disappointed!” (more…)
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
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Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange won the second regional title of his career, stopping Frank Houghtaling of Albany, NY at the end of the fifth round to win the WBC USNBC Junior Middleweight title at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange, who previously held the WBC Continental Americas title, came out more aggressively firing punches in the first round and dropping Houghtaling with strong body shots. Lange maintained his domination with a crisp jab, eventually causing a cut around Houghtaling ‘s eye that bothered him to the point that he couldn’t come out for the sixth round. Lange’s record rises to 30-3-2, 21 KO’s while Houghtaling, who announced his retirement after the bout, falls to 19-16-5, four KO’s.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
There’s no question who is #1 pound for pound. Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) destroyed IBO light welterweight Ricky Hatton (45-2, 32 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Hatton came out aggressively but was dropped by twice by Pacquiao in round one. In round two, Pacquiao dropped Hatton for the count with a left to the chin. Time was 2:59. Hatton was down for several minutes.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
WBC super featherweight champion Humberto Soto (48-7-2, 31 KOs) defended his title with a ninth round knockout over Benoit Gaudet (20-2, 7 KOs). Soto dropped Gaudet in round one, and then floored Gaudet twice in the ninth round. Referee Jay Nady called a halt at 2:25 after the third knockdown.
Rising middleweight star and one of boxing’s hottest prospects, Daniel “The Golden Child” Jacobs (16-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Mike Walker (19-1-2, 12 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
Former two-time world amateur champion and Russian Olympian Matt Korobov (5-0, 5 KOs) demolished Anthony Bartinelli (20-13-2, 13 KOs), scoring a second round TKO in a middleweight. Korobov dropped Bartinelli in the second and got the stoppage with his follow up attack. Time was 2:15.
Jr middleweight Erislandy Lara (5-0, 3 KOs) easily outpointed Chris Gray (11-8) 40-36 on all cards. Lara is a former world amateur champion.
Off TV Results:
Matthew Hatton W8 Ernesto Zepeda (welterweight)
Mike Alvarado W8 Juaquin Gallardo (welterweight)
Abner Mares TKO6 Jonathan Perez (super bantamweight)
Bernabe Concepcion W6 Yogli Herrera (featherweight)
Omar Chavez TKO2 Tyler Ziolowski (welterweight)
Joe Murray W4 Missael Nunez (featherweight)
By Kurt Wolfheimer ar ringside
Unbeaten cruiserweight Andres Taylor (8-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout over Simon Carr (5-4-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Taylor dropped Carr once in the fourth round and twice in the seventh before the bout was halted at 1:56. Taylor defended his WBF All-Anmerican belt.
Jr middleweight contender Anthony Thompson (24-3, 18 KOs) needed just 1:53 to annihilate Luis Lopez (14-15-1). Lopez was down three times. The card was promoted by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions.
Former WBC#1 lightweight contender Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (38-5-1) was impressive in stopping Chris Overbey (9-12-1) Friday night at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia. From the onset, Clark used lightning fast combinations to overwhelm his opponent. After dropping Overbey in the second, Clark continued to display superior skills before referee Pete McGinley called a halt to the action at 2:49 of the fourth round.
In the co-feature, WBC#34 and WBA Fedecentro light heavy champ, Tommy Karpency (17-1-1) won a unanimous decision over veteran Eric Howard (11-16). Karpency had Howard down in the first, fifth and sixth rounds of the one-sided yet spirited fight. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Europe’s super bantamweight champion Rendall Munroe (19-1, 8 KOs) added the vacant Commonwealth belt to his list of trophies with a hard-fought unanimous decision over rugged Ghanaian banger Isaac Nettey (with a reported record of 18-6-1, 11 KOs, and with the confirmed record of 3-2-1, 1 KO). Scores were 120-109 and 119-110 (twice), what doesn’t really reflect the competitiveness of the fight. Munroe is ranked #4 by the WBC, #5 by the WBA and the IBF, and #11 by the WBO.
Coming back after the devastating loss to Albert Sosnowski last November, Danny Williams (41-7, 31 KOs) barely retained his British heavyweight crown after the twelve-round split decision over fellow countryman John McDermott (25-5, 16 KOs) with the scores 116-111, 116-111 and 113-115. After an ugly foul-fest in the first half of the fight, dominated by Williams, McDermott came back strong in rounds seven and eight to rock his off-balanced foe during the wild brawl. He managed to keep his tempo till the end of the contest, dealing his share of punishment to the reigning champion and trying his best to avoid Williams’ return fire. However, Danny’s experience and his left jab were key factors for his final success in the fight. Both pugilists were deducted one point each for the excessive use of their elbows in the third round, and Williams also lost a point on constant holding three rounds after that.
Power-punching European junior middleweight champion Jamie Moore (32-3, 23 KOs) made a highlight reel of his optional defense against hugely overmatched Ukrainian Roman Dzuman (23-7-1, 10 KOs) tonight at Crowtree Leisure Centre in Sunderland, England. Moore started to dominate light-hitting Dzuman from the very beginning of the contest. In the second round, Moore, who is ranked #6 by the WBC, put his Ukrainian opponent down with the thunderous left hook to the liver and finished him seconds later with the same body punch. Time of the stoppage was 1:11. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov and Alexey Sukachev
In a rematch, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (25-1-1, 8 KOs) again narrowly defeated former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs). This time it was a split decision on Saturday Halle 7, Bremen, Germany. In first half of fight, the challenger was more active, constantly pressing Moreno. After the sixth round Moreno began to connect more. In the ninth round, a mouse appeared under the right eye of Sidorenko. The late rounds were close with a small advantage Moreno. Scores were 115-112, 115-114 for Moreno, 115-113 for Sidorenko.
Cruiserweight contender Alexander Alekseev won workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over The Contender’s Max Alexander. Scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93. The light-hitting Alexander (14-4-2, 2 KOs) marched forward and was eating the lazy jab of Alekseev the whole fight. KO Artist Alekseev (17-1, 15 KOs) seemed content to win on points in his return following an upset loss to Victor Emilio Ramirez inj a world title fight.
Glamour girl and WIBF/WBC featherweight world champion Ina Menzer moved to 24-0 with a ten round unanimous decision over Franchesca Alcanter (18-10-1).
By Andreas Hale
On July 18, Floyd “Mainstream Money” Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez meet on a PPV card billed as “Number One/Numero Uno” at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The bout was officially announced today. “Credentials don’t lie and the record speaks for itself,” said Mayweather. “When it comes to July 18, I don’t need to tell you what I’m going to do. A small man will never retire me. I’m here to stay. I’m here to fight and reclaim what’s mine. I’m the king and nobody has taken my throne. Tonight, any man can win. Its a gamble. But when you are betting on Floyd, that’s for sure money. Keep your money under your mattress until July 18.” Marquez countered, “If I want to be the best fighter in the world and I need to beat the best. The best fighter is Floyd Mayweather. This fight is for who is the #1 fighter in the world.” Promoter Oscar de la Hoya commented “Can we believe that now the bigger man is always going to win? When I fought Floyd it was competitive. When I fought Manny he stopped me. When Juan fought Manny – I don’t care what they say – Juan beat him. So I believe Juan can beat Mayweather. Marquez can never be counted out.” Mayweather manager Leonard Ellerbe proclaimed “The king is back! Floyd has truly transcended the sport. Wherever he goes – the malls, the grocery stores, even the strip clubs – they all ask ‘when is Floyd coming back?.’”
Michael Clark 151 vs Chris Overbey 151.6
Tommy Karpency 177.6 vs Eric Howard 177.2
Venue: Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV
Promoter: Simons Promotions
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Detroit fighters Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner and Domonique Dolton shared the spotlight in the co-main events for promoter John Carlisle’s Four Corner Productions latest presentation on Friday night at the DeCarlo’s Convention Center in Warren, Michigan. Both came away with nice wins. (more…)
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Jimmy Lange 152 vs. Frank Houghtaling 150
Purcell Miller 159 vs. Thomas Wilt 156 1/2
Juan Rodriguez 149 vs. Dwartney Wortham 151
Jennifer Salinas 122 1/4 vs. Christina Leadbeater 124
Otgonbayer Daivii 178 1/2 vs. Francois Ambang 179 1/4
Tom Mitchell 124 vs. Yieta Johnson 122
Kendrick Walker 149 vs. Taurean Edwards 152
Andrew Jackson 291 vs. Delonte Marshall 265
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA #15 bantamweight Álvaro “La Maquina” Pérez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) won a unanimous nine round unanimous decision over WBA #8 rated countryman Daniel “El General” Díaz (16-2, 12 KOs) in the main event Friday night at the Events Center at the Pharaohs Casino in Managua, Nicaragua.
Other results from the PRODESA fight card were:
Evert Briceño D10 Reynaldo Cajina (flyweight)
Nerys Espinoza D8 Miguel Tellez (jr flyweight)
Cristian Ruiz KO3 Pedro Mejía (jr welterweight)
Carlos Buitrago KO1 José Carvajal (minimumweight)
Miguel Aguilar KO3 Joel Suárez (featherweight)
Walter Castillo TKO2 Carlos Betanco (minimumweight)
By Robert Coster
After his very difficult fight on Friday against surprising challenger Jeffrey Mathebula, IBF/WBA jr featherweight champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero has hinted that he may step up to the featherweight division. For some time now, the 5’11” Panamanian champion has mentioned he is finding it increasingly difficult to stay in the 122lb weight class, which may explain why after handily winning the first five rounds, “Pelenchin” became increasingly tired and listless in his fight against his South African challenger. Caballero had to dig deep to win the last two rounds of the bout (on the scorecards of two judges) and salvage his crown. “My arms felt so heavy and I just had no energy,” he said. It is probable that, if indeed Caballero does step up in weight, he would challenge current WBA interim featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Urbano Antillon stretched his unbeaten streak to 26 as he dominated Tyrone Harris en route to an impressive fifth round TKO victory in their lightweight showdown, last night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, on a Top Rank-promoted card televised on Azteca America.
Antillon (26-0, 19 KOs) applied a game plan which featured a sustained body attack that effectively broke Harris (23-5, 15 KOs) down as Antillon collected his ninth straight stoppage and effectively puts him in position for a title shot . . . Click here for full report and photo gallery
By Joe Koizumi
It was a deluxe night featuring five title bouts at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday. WBC#6/WBA#9 Takashi Uchiyama (12-0, 9 KOs), 129.75, kept his OPBF 130-pound belt as he lopsidedly battered #5 Thong Por Chokchai (21-7-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, and finally halted the Thailander at 1:05 of the fifth round. WBA#5/WBC#12 Kohei Kono (23-4, 8 KOs), 115, acquired the vacant OPBF super-fly belt as he scored a unanimous decision (116-112 twice and 115-113) over OPBF#1 Filipino champ Daniel Ferreras (8-3-1, 3 KOs), 114.5, over twelve. WBC#20 Masafumi Ohkubo (15-2-1, 4 KOs), 112, retained his OPBF flyweight belt by a TKO win over Thai national champ Yuchi Carryboy (20-11, 14 KOs), 112, at 2:36 of the seventh session. WBC female light-fly champ Naomi Togashi (6-0, 4 KOs), 107.75, barely kept her throne by earning a tough but unanimous decision (96-94, 96-93 and 97-92) over OA Kokietgym (7-3, 2 KOs), 107.75, over ten. WBC female 102-pound ruler Momo Koseki (8-2, 2 KOs), 101.5, won a nearly shutout decision (100-90, 100-92 and 99-91) over WBC perennial top contender, 39-year-old compatriot Nao Ikeyama (11-2-1, 4 KOs), 101.5, over ten. Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
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