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“Chambers is an extraordinary boxer,” said IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko following his twelfth round KO win over mandatory challenger Eddie Chambers. “He is very, very quick and preemptive. In the last rounds I gave everything and I am very happy about the result. To me Chambers gave up mentally after round six. It’s hard to hit somebody who is very passive and tries not to be knocked out.”
Eddie Chambers stated, “I knew about his quick right hand but I couldn’t do anything against it. When I lifted him up I wanted to take him out of his fight plan. I can’t remember the knockout.” After the press conference, Chambers had to go to hospital. The fight took place at the sold-out ESPRIT arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. The attendance was 51,000.
The clash for the vacant IBF cruiserweight title between Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey, originally slated for a March 26 Don King card in Las Vegas, then announced as rescheduled by ESPN (switched to a Dominic Pesoli card in Chicago on the same date), still appears to be a no go according to the Godfrey camp. Apparently Team Godfrey terminated training upon news that the fight was off last week. “Our IBF cruiserweight title fight is off,” says Godfrey’s trainer “Iceman” John Scully. “If they had told us, ‘Look the Vegas fight is off but keep focused, keep training, and let us go to work and we will see if we can find a new venue,’ then, no problem, we would have sucked it up and stayed on course. But this was not the case…we were told the fight is OFF. Period. There is a huge difference there.” A knowledgeable source that prefers to remain unnamed insists Cunningham-Godfrey is still on. Stay tuned…
By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over “Fast Eddie” Chambers (35-2, 18 KOs) on Saturday night before 51,000 at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko was dominant from the beginning. After Chambers body slammed Klitschko in round two, Klitschko rocked Chambers with a right hand. Punches were far and few between from Chambers who often went into “Clottey mode” as the champion broke him down.
Klitschko finally found the KO formula with just seconds left in the bout. An inspired Wladimir went after Chambers with everything he had in round twelve after trainer Emanuel Steward admonished him for not being more aggressive saying “You do not need to have another bullshit decision.” Wladimir ended it with a brutal left hook that sent Chambers falling back into the ropes then pitching sideways onto his face. Referee Geno Rodriquez didn’t bother to count as Chambers lay motionless draped over the bottom rope. Official time was 2:55.
Jamie McDonnell (14-2-1,6 KOs) of the UK stopped Frenchman Jerome Arnould (22-4-1,14 KOs) in round ten to win the EBU (European) bantamweight title. The bout took place at the La Palestre, Le Cannet, in Alpes-Maritimes, France.
By Alexey Sukachev
Former cruiserweight title challenger Johnathon Banks (now 24-1, with 17 KOs) continued his rise in heavyweight ranks with a sixth-round kayo of fellow American Travis Walker (34-4-1, 28 KOs). Walker chose to be an aggressor from the start, slowly chasing elusive Banks and trying to pepper him with his left jab. IBF #15 Banks, on the other hand, did little in return. In round two, however, the ex-cruiser gave Walker a taste of his powerful right hand but “The Freight Train” took it just fine to continue his measured assault. Rounds three and four were pretty cautious with neither man taking an advantage, while the local crowd started booing both fighters. Round five was a bit more active in favor of Banks but Walker showed no signs of fatigue. The abrupt end of action came in the midst of the sixth, when Banks fired a wicked hook that landed flush on Walker’s chin. Funny though Banks slipped while throwing this bomb and went down first; then in a couple of seconds Walker went down face-first as well. Referee Daniel Van de Viele correctly ruled the initial fall as a slip and Walker’s hard landing as a legit knockdown. Travis was up at the count of seven but was too wobbly to continue and the referee waved the battle off at 1:51 of the stanza. Travis Walker once again showed signs of a glass chin while Johnathon Banks is now wearing previously vacant NABF heavyweight belt.
WBA #6 Russian Alexander Ustinov (now 20-0, 16 KOs) looked sluggish and inconsistent against American veteran Ed Mahone (24-10-2, 23 KOs) yet pounded out another stoppage victory, when Mahone’s corner threw in a towel at the beginning of the fourth round. Giant Ustinov slowly stalked the badly faded ex-WBO title challenger across the ring but despite a considerable amount of damage, dealt to his opponent, the Minsk citizen was unable to either deck him nor even to rock him badly through the first three rounds. However, Mahone was too fatigued to maintain his guard, which prompted his corner to stop this action for good. Mahone is now 3-9 since losing via TKO 3 to Vitali Klitschko in 1999. Notably, witnesses booed badly after the white towel was noticed flying over the ropes.
Former European heavyweight titlist Michael Sprott (32-14, 17 KOs) needed just 58 seconds to stop Werner Kreiskott (7-14-1, 5 KOs). The bout was waved off by the referee after Sprott landed a big right hand.
Young Motown fighter Domonique Dolton (6-0, 3 KOs) scored a TKO3 over experienced German Omar Siala (11-11-2, 3 KOs). The 20-year old Dolton stopped Siala foe on his feet after issuing a brutal body assault.
Heavyweight Nenad Borovcanin (25-0, 18 KOs) dropped late sub Johnathan Pasi (3-15-2, 0 KOs) twice in round two before the bout was waved off.
World class professional boxing hits the Rio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, April 2nd as Guilty Boxing in association with TKO Boxing Promotions presents Hometown Heroes featuring some of the finest prospects in the sport . . . Click here for more
Finally, these two former Ultimate Fighting Championship® light heavyweight champions get a chance to let their fists do the talking. After multiple back-and-forth verbal exchanges on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter®, former UFC® light heavyweight champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and “Suga” Rashad Evans are set to headline UFC 114: JACKSON vs EVANS, presented by THQ’s “UFC Undisputed 2010” and live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, May 29. (more…)
Marcos Maidana (27-1-0, 26 KOs) from Argentina is defending his WBA interim world light welterweight title on March 27 against #2 ranked contender Victor Cayo in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. In Part I of this interview, the Universum fighter speaks about his opponent, about a fight against Amir Khan and about preparation for his second big bout in the US. In the upcoming Part II, you can read what he thinks about a fight against Manny Pacquiao, his little son and his time in Germany. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (44-2-2, 24 KOs) registered 168 lbs in his 30-day safety weigh-in, held yesterday. The weight was within the mandated 10% over the 160 lb limit. Martinez will be challenging WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-1, 32 KOs) on Saturday, April 17th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ which will be shown live on HBO World Championship Boxing.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Hometown hero and Italian boxing star Leonard Bundu (21-0-1, 6 KOs) won the vacant WBA Intercontinental welterweight title via a five round technical decision on Friday night at the Nelson Mandela Forum in Florence, Italy. The bout was stopped in five rounds due to a cut suffered by the 31-year-old co-challenger Carlos Adan Jerez (30-12-3, 16 KOs) in round two from an unintentional head butt. After the ringside doctor checked the dangerous cut, referee Giuseppe Quartarone stopped the action. Bundu was up (50-46 and 49-46 twice) on all cards against the tough Argentinian warrior at the time of the stoppage. (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight Odlanier Solis of Cuba visits the southernmost point in the continental USA in Key West, Florida, 90 miles from Cuba on Friday. Solis, who defected from Cuba just three years ago, will take on Carl Drummond for the WBC International heavyweight championship tonight on the Top Rank Live! Fox Sports Espanol televised show from Key West.
By Graham Houston
Being a boxing fan can be a frustrating experience. On Saturday in Germany, Wladimir Klitschko defends his heavyweight title against Eddie Chambers, a fight where an American challenger for once has a serious chance of beating the towering champion from the Ukraine, yet there will be no TV coverage in the U.S. HBO subscribers in the States have been able to watch Klitschko outclass the likes of Ray Austin, Tony Thompson and sadly faded ex-champs Lamon Brewster and Hasim Rahman. His fight with another boxer from the former Soviet Union, Sultan Ibragimov, was also shown on HBO. Another all-Eastern European fight, with Ruslan Chagaev, found a home on ESPN Classic. Yet on Saturday, a match with a talented, young and motivated American opponent isn’t being shown on American TV, although there will be PPV internet coverage.
If I understand it correctly, HBO sports president Ross Greenburg is saying that because Vitali Klitschko made a comeback, American boxing fans cannot differentiate between the two brothers and therefore have no real interest in Saturday’s fight. That’s one of the strangest things I’ve heard in a long time. Boxing brothers have long been a part of ring history. Of course, it is not a TV network’s duty to show boxing matches, and sometimes it is not feasible for certain fights due to be televised due to things such as schedules and funding allocations, but it just seems odd that the best fight in a long time involving Wladimir Klitschko won’t be seen on American television (in Britain it will be available on Prime Time PPV). (more…)
IBF #1 ranked Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KO’s) spoke to the media after a public workout at the famed Cabbagetown Boxing Club in preparation for his battle against “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor (31-1, 12 KO’s, IBF #2 Junior Featherweight) for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight world title, in the main event of Rumble at Rama XI on March 27th at Casino Rama, in Rama, Ontario. (more…)
WBC #9 flyweight Oscar “Cebiche” Ibarra (21-4, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Darwin “Finito” Zamora (17-3-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa, in Mexico City. The referee waved off the one-sided bout with Ibarra pummeling Zamora at the 2:59 mark. Ibarra claimed the vacant WBC Latin belt with the win.
In a welterweight clash, Johnny Navarrete (14-3-1, 7 KOs) won a questionable majority decision over previously unbeaten Alfredo Chavez (7-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 78-74, 76-76.
By Alberto Salazar
Jhonny González 126.1 vs Antonio Davis 125.4
Marco Rubio 165.3 vs Jaison Palomeque 169.7
Carlos Cuadras 118.6 vs Alberto Chuc 122.3
Sergio Thompson 130.7 vs Hugo Pacheco 130.9
Rodolfo López 141 vs Juan Sánchez 138.8
Gilberto Keb 112.4 vs Christian Gómez 114.8
Tony Fitch 147 vs Jonathan Ramos 148.1
Dennis Martínez 131.1 vs Ángel Bautista 130
Venue: The City Discotheque, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
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Story by Andreas Hale
If you take a moment to listen to Jon “Bones” Jones (9-1, 4-1 UFC) talk, you might think he’s been fighting professionally for years. The 22-year-old is one of the newest additions to heralded MMA coach Greg Jackson’s camp and his stock in the UFC’s light heavyweight division is quickly rising . . . Click here for more
In an IBF jr middleweight eliminator, Sechew Powell (26-2, 15 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Deandre Latimore (25-3, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Choctow Casino in Durant, Oklahoma. Powell outboxed the harder punching Latimore, busting up Latimore’s right eye in the process. Scores were 117-111, 116-112 Powell, 114-114. With the win, Powell avenges a 2008 TKO loss to Latimore that cost Powell his #1 rating at the time.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez (14-0, 10 KOs) needed just 47 seconds to annihilate George Armenta (13-6, 11 KOs). A left to the body put Armenta down for the count.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Prenice Brewer (14-0-1, 6 KOs) won a harder than expected six round unanimous decision over game Chris Fernandez (18-9, 11 KOs). Scores were 58-56, 59-55, 59-55.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
James Stevenson 153.5 vs George Rivera 154
Jessie Nicklow 161 vs Scott Sigmon 163
Emmanuel Taylor 145.5 vs Doel Carrasquillo 146.5
Todd Wilson 146.5 vs Dontre King 149
Nick Kisner 200.5 vs Kevin Johnson 220
Nicklow and Sigmon reportedly got into an altercation during the weigh-in.
Venue: Du Burns Arena, Baltimore, Maryland
Promoter: Baltimore Boxing
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney
Irish eyes were smiling on Friday night, the day after St. Patrick’s Day at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI as Framingham, MA junior welterweight unbeaten prospect Danny O’Connor (11-0, 3 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Brooklyn, NY’s Franklin Gonzalez (13-4, 9 KOs). All three judges scored the bout a shutout for O’Connor 80-72 on all cards. O’Connor stayed true to his game plan as he worked his jab to perfection, setting up his combinations, while at the same time, keeping Gonzalez off balance and unable to attack. Gonzalez was able to work and counter with his opponent, however O’Connor got the better of almost all the exchanges and consistently out-landed Gonzalez throughout. The seven bout fight card titled “Shamrock’d” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Former four time women’s champion Jamie “The Hurricane” Clampitt (21-4-1, 7 KOs) pounded out a hard fought six round majority decision over New York City’s Jill Emery (9-3, 3 KOs). Scores of the bout were 59-56 and 59-55 for Clampitt while the third judge scored the fight even at 57-57. Clampitt throughout tried to negate the reach advantage of Emery while trying to work on the inside. Emery used her reach throughout keeping an arm’s length away from Clampitt at all times. In the end, Clampitt out worked and out landed Emery during the six round encounter.
Middleweight Joe McCreedy (12-4-1, 6 KOs) and ring veteran Dhafir Smith (22-20-6, 4 KOs) battled to a six round draw. Scores of the bout were 59-56 for McCreedy, 59-55 for Smith, and 57-57. McCreedy fought on the inside almost the entire fight and landed punishing hooks on Smith. Smith used his speed and movement to keep away from the charging McCreedy and to land combinations of his own. (more…)
Scott Foster at the scale
Henry Mitchell 140 vs John Trigg 139.4
Shawn Schomer 161.2 vs Donald Clark 158.4
Richmond Dalphone 167.6 vs Dominique Azeez 165.6
Asa Dalphone 145.4 vs Cedric Felps 146
Timothy Renyolds 140.6 vs Steven Benjamine 140.2
Venue: Emerald Coast Conference Center, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Promoters: John D. Piper Productions & Chase Massingill Productions
Undefeated heavyweight Odlanier Solis of Cuba and Carl Drummond weigh in (Solis 268.5, Drummond 228.5) for their upcoming WBC International heavyweight championship on Saturday, March 20 on the Top Rank Live Fox Sports Espanol televised show from Key West, Florida.
After having been involved within the “sweet science” for over five decades and having seen hundreds of prize fighters battle their way to the top of the boxing world, Lorraine Chargin’s career within the sport is coming to an end due to a terminal battle with cancer. It’s been an ongoing struggle that has undoubtedly taken it’s physical toll on the woman known as “boxing mom” by some and “dragon lady” by others. While the physical pain endured in fighting cancer has been excruciating to say the least, Lorraine’s spirit has remained assuredly strong throughout the process.
Lorraine states, “Yes there’s been a lot of pain involved in this process but that’s life. Life can be cruel at times but we just have to learn to deal with it. I very much appreciate all the support we’ve received through this tough time from people I didn’t even know might show it. While the flowers and cards are extremely lovely and very much appreciated, I’m requesting that any would-be senders instead make a donation of any amount to the Connecticut Junior Republic.” (more…)
Former world champion Erik “El Terrible” Morales has finished two months of training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center and surfaced Friday at a press conference in Mexico City before heading to Monterrey on Sunday for his PPV showdown with Jose Alfaro on March 27. “I have a lot of pressure to be at my best in this fight,” said Morales, who vowed to retire if he loses. “I have a lot of experience and I know what to do in the ring. I want to fight and that’s why I lost weight for a good show….I’d love to win by knockout, but later in my career I’ll be in at a different weight than where I won the bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight world titles and, of course, I’d like to get a fourth crown world.” Morales is now campaigning as a welterweight. More photos…
Former two-time light welterweight world champion Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs), now ranked IBF #6, made a devastating comeback to the welterweight division with a sensational first-round knockout of established Belgian contender Jackson Osei Bonsu (31-4, 24 KOs) in an IBF 147lb eliminator on Friday night at the Lotto Arena in Antwerp, Belgium. IBF #7 and WBC #9 Bonsu was down twice before referee Tony Weeks halted the action, the last time after a huge left hand to the head, which ended Sugar Bonsu’s sweet dreams of getting his shot at the world title. Bailey earned the IBF’s #2 rating and a possible shot at champion Jan Zaveck.
By Alexey Sukachev
In a Celtic encounter, Belfast resident Martin Lindsay (now 16-0, 7 KOs) retained his British featherweight title for the first time with a dominant decision over determined Welshman Jamie Arthur (16-3, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Indoor Sports Centre in Leigh, England. Lindsay dropped the Cwmbran native twice with short but powerful right hooks in the second. It wasn’t enough to stop Arthur at all but it was just enough to stop the challenger in his tracks. IBF #6 Lindsay continued to box smoothly till the end giving Arthur little chance for retaliation. The champion was a bit faster, a bit tighter with his guard, a bit more consistent – and at the end by far a better boxer in the ring than the Welshman. Judges gave it to Lindsay unanimously 118-108, 119-108 and 117-110. Fightnews scored the battle 117-109 for the defending champion.
In a battle of two former British titlists, bantamweight ex-champion Gary Davies (10-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a devastating first-round stoppage of super flyweight ex-master Andy Bell (11-6, 3 KOs). Bell was decked twice by huge right hands of Davies before the stoppage.
Towering (6’8”) British heavyweight prospect David Price (5-0, 4 KOs) moved on and up in the ranks with the first-round knockout of Martyn Grainger (3-3, 1 KO). Grainger was put to the canvas twice – after a slapping left hook and after a body punch by former British Olympian. Time of stoppage was 0:33.
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