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Former WEC® featherweight champion Urijah Faber throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Stockton Ports-Rancho Cucamonga Quakes game on Friday, May 8. Faber, who will challenge champion Mike Brown on June 7 in Sacramento, watched as the Ports hit a walk-off homerun to down the Quakes 8-7. Having already tuned up his fastball, “The California Kid” now turns his attention to throwing out the first pitch at the Oakland A’s game on May 26. Photo courtesy of WEC/Stockton Ports.
To commemorate the second year anniversary of Diego Corrales’ passing, the Diego Corrales Foundation was officially launched on Friday. To celebrate, homeless women and children were served food at The Shade Tree Shelter in Las Vegas. The “Knock Out Hunger” campaign was assisted by Chad Dawson, Kevin Kelly, Zab Judah, Gary Shaw and others. For more info on the foundation, visit www.DiegoCorralesFoundation.org. Pictured: (left and lower right) Michelle Corrales and children; (top right) Chad Dawson serving food at the shelter.
By Rick Scharmberg
This Friday marks the return of Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (23-4, 22 KOs) to the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia, PA. Abell, of Coon Rapid, MN, will take on Billy “The Kid” Willis (12-13-1, 9 KOs), of Houston, TX in the eight round heavyweight main event. Abell is coming off three consecutive first round knockout victories. In the co-feature, Kevin Carmody (10-11-2, 1 KO), of Philadelphia will face Fernando Basora (8-4-1, 7 KOs), of Isabela, Puerto Rico in an eight round welterweight bout. The promoter is Vernoca Michael’s Blue Horizon Boxing. (more…)
No. 2-Ranked 2004 Olympic Games Gold Medalist and Oakland native Andre Ward and hard-hitting Top ten contender Edison Miranda will participate in a free public open workout on Tuesday in Oakland, California, as they wind down final preparations for their eagerly awaited showdown next Saturday, May 16, at the Oracle Arena. The 12-round fight for Ward’s NABF and NABO super middleweight titles will be the featured bout on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, Live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Plaza is located between the Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda Coliseum. Miranda will work out at 4:30PM PT and Ward will work out at 5:30PM.
Behind a vocally injected hometown crowd, featherweight Carlos “El Rayo” Rivera earned a unanimous decision over Ali Baba Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Rivera was effective from both the outside and inside, making it difficult for his smaller counterpart. Rivera controlled most of the contest however, he was unable to hurt the granite chinned Baba, 26-15-1 (19 KO’s). Rivera raised his ledger to 16-3-2 (5 KO’s) and is unbeaten in his last eight trips to the squared circle. (more…)
In a lightweight bout, Hungarian prospect Gabor Veto (5-0, 4 KOs) won a six round decision over German Hubert Romankiewicz on Saturday night at the Dragon’s Club in Baden-Baden, Germany. The 20-year-old Veto, a former member of Hungarian amateur national team, controlled Romankiewicz with long straight punches. Romankiewicz, a former Thai Boxer, lacked the speed to danger the Hungarian talent. In Veto’s corner was Italian Francesco Passanante, a former amateur-opponent of Vassily Jirov and WBO light heavy champ Zsolt Erdei. Veto now looks towards a match with a not yet announced opponent in the Ice Sport Hall in Tramelan, Switzerland next Saturday.
By Ron Jackson
Marcel Japtha stopped Willie Mabasa in the fourth round of a scheduled ten to win the vacant Gauteng featherweight title at the Westbury Recreation Centre near Johannesburg on Saturday night. The bill was presented by Peoples Promotions and Westside Boxing Academy. Mabasa 14-7 came out fast at the first bell throwing left and right combinations to the head as he surprised Japhta 10-1; 7. Mabasa continued at the same pace through rounds two and three as Japhta began to score with counter punches to the body. In the fourth round the rugged Japtha with blood leaking from his nose came back at Mabasa and hurt him with a stiff right to the jaw. After another flurry of punches and with Mabasa not fighting back referee Alfred Buqwana stepped in to call the fight off at 2 minutes 31 seconds into the round.
In a junior middleweight encounter Nkululeko Mhlongo was just too strong for Johannes Pietersen and stopped him at 2 minutes 50 seconds into the first round of a scheduled six and in another scheduled six, light flyweight Fusani Monte beat Ada Sixanti on a fourth round technical knockout.
Amir Khan has embarked on the toughest training camp of his career – but says it will lead to a KO victory on June 27. Khan takes on Andreas Kotelnik at the O2 Arena in a challenge for the WBA light-welterweight title, and will be based in the Wild Card Gym, LA, for the next six weeks. He’ll be trained there by Freddie Roach – and is preparing to go through hell. “It’s always tough with Freddie in charge, but I’ve been going through the ringer for the last week or so,” said Khan. “And Freddie has told me that things are going to get much worse before they are going to get better.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Thailand Olympic representative Tantong Kiattaweesuk (10-0, 6 KOs) will be in action on Friday in Bangkok, Thailand when he clashes with Irfan Ogah (9-7, 4 KOs) of Indonesia over twelve rounds with the IBF Pan Pacific bantamweight title up for grabs. (Kiattawesuk was also national Muay Thai champion of Thailand.) Also classy Thai 130-pounder Wacharakritt Senaharn (13-1, 7 KOs) will punch it out with Hero Arema (18-2, 8 KOs) over twelve for vacant IBF Pan Pacific title. Arema lost a decision to former WBC jr lightweight challenger Napapol Kiatisakchokchai in his most recent bout. Senaharn only loss was a disputed stoppage to world rated Anthony Marcial in 2009. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Kiattaweesuk and Senaharn have outstanding skills and are ready to meet the best boxers in there division in Asia. Thailand boxing fans will see them Friday on national television on channel seven.”
Promoter Dan Goossen is hoping to have last year’s California State Athletic Commission’s arbitration ruling involving former featherweight champion Robert Guerrero vacated. The CSAC ruled that Guerrero was free from his promotional contract with Goossen Tutor and Guerrero later signed with Golden Boy Promotions. Goossen wants the case re-arbitrated, citing a number of irregularities in the proceedings especially the fact that the arbitrator, former CSAC executive director Armando Garcia, never signed off on the ruling. Goossen also alleges inappropriate conduct by Deputy Attorney General Earl Plowman in advising Garcia as well as a conflict of interest involving commissioner Peter Lopez.
Ringside Report by Alexander Dombroff
Photography by Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
New York State welterweight champion Daniel Sostre (9-3, 3 KOs) used a late rally to win a unanimous decision over Tom Rainone (11-3, 3 KOs) this past Friday in front of a sellout crowd at the historic Plattdeutsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, New York. The Sostre-Rainone contest was the main event of a seven-bout card presented by promoter Bob Duffy of Ring Promotions. Also in action, Irishman James Moore (17-2, 10 KOs) got as good as he gave from Joseph De Los Santos (4-4-3, 2 KOs ) but he did just enough to escape with a six round unanimous decision. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.
By Alexey Sukachev
Right after his impressive performance against Brazilian Luiz Augusto Dos Santos in Chimkent, former world champion Roman Karmazin (now 39-3-1 with 25 KOs) spoke about the fight and about his future plans. Being ranked #5 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC and with the heat streak of notable wins Karmazin is looking for more opportunities in a talent-filled middleweight class. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Gert Strydom who trained Malcolm Klassen for his title winning fight against Cassius Baloyi is in serious condition in the Flora Clinic near Roodepoort after a stabbing incident at his home over the weekend. It has been reported that Strydom was confronted by robbers and has 13 stab wounds. (more…)
By Paolo Consiglio at ringside
Saturday evening in Rome, at the Palazzetto dello Sport, Italian welterweight Daniele Petrucci (24-0-1, 9 KOs) remained undefeated by scoring a dominant twelve-round unanimous decision over rugged Mexican Jose Luis Cruz (37-6-2, 30 KOs). In front of a near capacity crowd, Petrucci put together a near-perfect performance stamping his authority on the proceedings from the start, always beating Cruz to the punch, expecially with the left hook, and never letting him get into the fight. Petrucci is not considered a particularly hard hitter but his smart aggression along with his crisp and accurate punches constantly forced his bigger opponent to back up. Cruz had his moments in the second half of the bout landing some decent bodyshots but was too slow to catch the hometown favourite with fight-altering punches. Petrucci won widely on two scorecards (119-109 and 117-111) while the third judge someway had it much closer (116-113). (more…)
By Paolo Consiglio
This Friday night in Avezzano, Italy, Massimo Morra (20-4-3, 6 KOs) pulled off a big upset, stopping previously undefeated countryman Gianpiero Contestabile (12-1, 7 KOs) in the eighth round to capture the domestic featherweight belt. (more…)
Marco “Captain” Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) made a successful third defence of his European cruiserweight title, stopping Vitaliy Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) in the fifth round of their meeting in Bamberg. Much to the delight of the sell-out crowd of 4,000 fans, the 24-year-old used his trademark explosiveness and punching power to leave the challenger without a chance. Huck had little trouble to hold the Ukrainian at bay, rocking him with several hard combinations in almost every round. “I have never seen Marco landing so many big right hands,” coach Ulli Wegner praised. “He stuck to the game plan and fought very well.” (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Some rematches don’t live up to the reputation of the first fight.
Sometimes, that can be a good thing – like it was last night, in the high-action return bout between “Bad” Chad Dawson and Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver.
The only thing that resembled last year’s less-than-spectacular showdown between Dawson and Tarver was the end result, that being a second, convincing, unanimous decision for Dawson.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated jr middleweight Ryan Waters (15-2-1, 9 KOs) was extended by former Australian welterweight champion Eddie Delic (15-9-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Cronulla Leagues Club, Cronulla, NSW on May 8th. Referee Charlie Lucas was made to work overtime as most of the bout was fought on the inside with both boxers working effectively with short punches to the head and body. At the conclusion the scores were Will Soulos 117-114 and Darren Jones 120-108. Kevin Hogan 115-115. (more…)
WBC Youth Bantamweight Puengloung Sor Singyu lost by points to Stephane Jamoye, Belgium over 10 rounds. Both boxers fought aggressively. There were many times that Puengloung punched Jamoye stopping his foe in his tracks still, but after the 10 rounds of gathering the scores, the two Belgian judges gave Jamoye a 96-95 win, while the German judge had Puengloung winning by 96-94. After the fight, many people came to greet Puengloung as the winner. Puengloung fought very well in his first bout over seas. Songchai 1 promotions will push for a rematch.
By Alexey Sukachev
Bullit Knockout Promotion, the leading Polish promotional company, staged a huge tournament yesterday in the northern, Baltic seaport of Gdynia. Not surprisingly, a number of local and neighboring prospects got a wonderful chance to showcase their skills and mastership in front of the home crowd. In the main event, unbeaten light middleweight prospect Damian Jonak (21-0, 16 KOs) captured the vacant IBC crown by stopping Luxembourg-based Domingos Nascimento Monteiro (19-12-4, 11 KOs) at 0:40 of the sixth round. (more…)
Report by Chris Cozzone, photos by Natasha Chornesky
With a second, convincing win over boxing’s “Magic Man,” Antonio Tarver, “Bad” Chad Dawson is hoping to hook bigger fish and a bigger payday for his next fight, in October or November.
Like Bernard Hopkins, Mikkel Kessler at 175-or Kelly Pavlik at 168.
Last night at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, before a crowd of 2,156, Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) won his second straight unanimous decision over former champ Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) . . . Click here for full report
By Ron Jackson
Former boxer, trainer and now promoter and publisher Jeff Ellis has just launched a new magazine African Ring with the first issue being available from this month on a subscription basis only. After an absence of nearly five years fans will once again have a voice for boxing. (more…)
By Edgar Gonzalez
In a battle of former world champions fought at junior middleweight poundage, Yori Boy Campas (92-14-1, 74 KOs) and Hector “Macho Man” Camacho (79-5-3, 38 KOs) fought to an eight round draw on Saturday night at the Universal Center in Orlando, Florida. With lack of fire works from both fighters the 46 year old veteran from Puerto Rico couldn’t stop holding throughout the scheduled eight rounds. The heavy-handed Campas stalked the hitting and grabbing Camacho throughout the fight but neither ever gained the upper hand. Scores were 77-75 Campas, 78-74 Camacho and 76-76. “I am pleased with the decision we have no losers. This is one fight out of three,” stated Camacho after the fight. “We have big plans by the end of the year. At 46 I am still the man, it’s Macho time!” Campas stated, “We felt we won. It was more like a wrestling fight. I think because we’re in his town they gave us a draw. Camacho is a smart guy when he’s in trouble, he knows how to hold on. I have fought for 15 years and no one has hugged me as much as him not even my wife. He needs to understand he’s not the same Camacho he was before but oh well.” The pay-per-view bout was shifted to Florida earlier this week after New Jersey boxing authorities refused to allow Camacho to fight.
By Chris Cozzone & Natasha Chornesky at ringside
In a contractually obligated rematch, unbeaten IBF/IBO light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson (28-0, 17 KOs) again won a twelve round unanimous decision over former champion Antonio Tarver (27-6, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Although more competitive than their first fight, Dawson again outworked the determined 40-year-old Tarver to win by scores of 116-112, 117-111, 117-111.
Ringside by Natasha Chornesky
From The Joint in the Hardrock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas:
Lightweight Jose Guzman (7-0, 5KOs), of New York City, beat Jose Lugo (10-8-1,5 KOs), of Mexico, by unanimous decision. Judges scored the bout 59-55, 57-57, 58-56.
In the women’s featherweight division, and an all-action fight, Melissa Hernandez (10-1-2, 3KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jeri Sitzes (14-9-1, 6 KOs), with scores of 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
In an eight-round heavyweight bout, Bowie Tupou (17-0, 12 KOs), of Tonga, remained undefeated with a third round TKO over Chris Koval (24-6, 18 KOs), of Youngstown, Ohio, stopping him at :15 of round three.
Other results: light heavyweight Ismayle Sillakh (8-0,6KOs) remained undefeated with a sixth round TKO over David Whittom (10-9-1, 6KOs), stopping him at 2:25; female jr. lightweight Anna Donnatella Hultin (1-0, 1 KO) was impressive in her pro debut, stopping Jasica Rojo (0-2) at 1:08 in the fourth; jr. middleweight Said El Harrack (5-0, 2 KOs) remained undefeated with a first round TKO over Hugo Correa (8-3, 4 KOs), stopping him at 1:55 of round one; and, in the opener, jr. featherweight Jose Pacheco (1-5-6) and Omar Valencia (0-3-1) fought a majority draw, with scores of 39-37, 37-39 and 38-38.
By Alexey Sukachev
European cruiserweight champion Marko Huck (25-1, 20 KOs) retained his title for the third time stopping Ukrainian challenger Vitaly Rusal (23-1, 16 KOs) in five rounds on Saturday night at the JAKO Arena in Bamberg, Germany. Huck started the fight patiently and allowed his smaller but busier opponent to seek for his chance in first-round attacks. however, Rusal was too light-hitting to give Huck any problems. In round two, the German fighter started to find a spot for his long right hand, which he used to rock Rusal in the midst of the stanza. At the end of round two he dazed his foe with a big left hook to the head. In rounds three and four, Rusal was once again a busier fighter but his little power didn’t help him much and his soft defence proved ineffective against Huck’s occasional attacking bursts. He, however, had his chances in round four, scoring several times through German’s block. In round five, Huck waited a bit and at the end of the round exploded with a brutal combination pinning Rusal to the ropes, knocking out his mouthpiece and forcing referee Guido Cavalleri to start the eight-count. A bit later, Huck established another assault and the referee stopped the contest moments before the bell in round five with Vitaly Rusal being totally defenceless. Huck is ranked #4 by the WBC/IBF and #6 by the WBA/WBO.
Cuban cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (19-1, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike eight-round unanimous decision over unwilling and lazy American Aaron Williams (19-2-1, 13 KOs) with the scores: 79-76, 80-72 and 78-74. Both fighters do little throughout the whole contest but the Cuban fighter played an aggressor and pressed the defensive-minded American who fired rarely in return. However, Yoan Hernandez was unable nor to rock his foe, not to force him to stop his constant lateral movement. Williams, on the other hand, was to inactive to give the home fighter any problems. Fightnews scored it 78-75 for WBC #9, WBA #12, WBO #13 and IBF #14 Hernandez.
Arthur Abraham’s younger brother Alexander (25-0-1, 17 KOs) scored an easy fourth-round TKO over overmatched Czech-based Russian Magomed Abdurakhmanov (14-3, 7 KOs). Abraham dominated from the outset. In the second round, Abdurakhmanov was floored after a thunderous uppercut by Abraham. After another round of beating, the bout was stopped at 2:30 of the fourth round after a big right to the body which left Magomed in pain and unable to defend himself. Abraham retained his EBU-EE light middleweight title in the process.
In a fight between two unbeaten cruiserweights, German prospect Alexander Frenkel (17-0, 13 KOs) stopped Hungarian veteran Balint Turgonyi (9-1, 3 KOs) in the seventh round of scheduled eight. Frenkel mostly looked rather ordinary not pressing the action against his overmatched opponent. However, in the seventh round he dazed Turgonyi with a big left to the liver and followed it with the non-stopping assault prompting referee to stop the contest.
Finnish heavyweight Robert Helenius moved to 7-0 with 3 KOs after the second-round knockout of Turkish Ozcan Cetinkaya (15-5-1, 9 KOs). Helenius will be back to the ring in three weeks during the big Valuev-Chagaev undercard in Helsinki.
Super middleweight Sebastian Sonntag (7-0, 2 KOs) unanimously outpointed Hungarian no-hoper Titusz Szabo (3-33, 3 KOs) over four.
20-year old heavyweight Edmund Gerber is now 6-0, 3 KOs, following his impressive knockout of trialhorse Enrico Garmendia (11-4-1, 6 KOs), who lost all of his fights inside the distance.
Local middleweight Dominik Britsch (14-0, 5 KOs) scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Congolese journeyman Evariste Kabongo (2-5-2).
By Leonid Yuryev (ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
Sky is the limit for the Kazakh light heavyweight sensation Beibut Shumenov (8-0, 6 KOs). Moments ago at Khadjimukan Stadium, in Chimkent, Kazakhstan, Shumenov scored maybe his most impressive victory so far by stopping former two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (27-5-1, 20 KOs) in four bloody rounds. Both pugilists gave their all in three starting stanzas of the fight with no one achieving a notable advantage. However, in round four it was Beibut who started to dominate his foe with the sheer aggression and overall power. Mitchell was dropped after a powerful combo by relentless Shumenov, stood up but failed to sustain the subsequent attack of the sky-rocketing prospect, which forced his team to throw in the towel and to end the contest in the fourth round. After just eight professional fights, Shumenov, previously ranked #8 by the WBA and #9 by the WBO, had two former champions (Mitchell and Montell Griffin) to his resume and an assortment of various minor titles, including the IBA, WBO Asia Pacific, WBC ABCO belts and the interim version of the PABA light heavyweight regalia.
Former IBF light middleweight champion Roman Karmazin (39-3-1, 25 KOs) decked Brazilian journeyman Luiz Augusto Dos Santos (24-16, 20 KOs) after the powerful multi-punch combination in the fourth round. Dos Santos’ cornermen immediately threw in a towel to prevent their man from the further punishment. Karmazin, who is ranked #5 by the IBF and #7 by the WBC, scored his third straight victory as a middleweight.
Newly-signed Uzbek light heavyweight Gayrat “Gerry” Akhmedov (11-0-1, 7 KOs) made a sensational debut under KZ Event Productions banner, scoring a devastating first-minute kayo victory over Brazilian Luzimar Gonzaga (27-5, 21 KOs). The guest fighter was knocked out cold after a huge right hand to the chin by 30-year old Akhmedov.
Former WBO light welterweight titlist DeMarcus Corley (34-11-1, 20 KOs) came back into the winning column after his eighth-round TKO over Brazilian import Sidney Siqueira (12-4-1, 7 KOs). Corley floored his foe with a huge right to the head with ten seconds remaining in the fight. Siqueira barely beat the count but the bout was stopped moments later after another huge assault by the ex-champion. Time was 2:58.
Ringside Report by David Robinett
Photography by Armando Roldan
A new format debuted for 2009 this past Thursday night at the long-running American Metal & Iron Fight Night at the Tank from HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Well-known California promoter Roy Englebrecht introduced “The Next Chapter”, a team competition (Red Team and Blue Team) consisting of 7 four-round bouts with prizes for the winning team as well as individual fighters, including the inaugural AMI Cup awarded to the favorite fighter of the night as voted by the fans in attendance. Click here for the entire ringside report and photo gallery.
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Victor Villereal 163.3 vs Isaac Atencio 165.8
Shawn Nichol 118 vs Adam Ochoa 116
Raul Carrillo 147 vs Chris Asher 149
Ryan Grimaldo 150 vs Trinidad Marry 151.8
Mike Montoya 188 vs Chris Cruz 191
Joey Montoya 218 vs Jose Beltran 232
Ernie Marquez 112 vs Adrian Aleman 114
Venue: National Western Complex Arena
Promoter: Delgado Promotions Inbox X
Headlining an evening of returns, former “Contender” star Ishe Smith ended a ninth-month layoff last night, with a less-than-stellar performance over late sub Chris Gray.
The six-round main event topped off a return to boxing for Guilty Boxing, in association with Rattlesnake Events, at downtown Las Vegas’ Plaza Hotel & Casino.
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