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By Peter Lim at ringside
Even at age 46, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oliver McCall, 56-11 37 (KOs), retains the attribute that was his best asset when he in his heyday – his cast iron chin. McCall utilized that very quality to outpoint Damian Willis, 30-3-1 (23 KOs), over 10 rounds at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday night. The Atomic Bull simply absorbing his younger opponent’s blows and bullied him with on the inside. McCall spent the first three rounds testing Willis’ punch and then proceeded to walk him down and bludgeon him with short punches thrown from both fists. Willis, 31, came in flabby around the midsection and by the fourth round, was huffing and puffing with every punch he threw. As the fight wore on, Willis’ punches began to lose steam and bounced harmlessly off McCall’s head, while McCall rocked Willis each time he scored a direct hit. But Willis denied McCall the openings for more than one clean shot at a time by smothering his attack by leaning and clinching, which resulted in sloppy action for much of the bout. Scores were 97-93 and 96-94 (twice) all for McCall. The bout was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-3, 36 KOs) scored a third round KO over Álvaro Pérez (21-4-1, 12 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout on Saturday night at the La Cetto Vineyards in the Guadalupe Valley, Baja California. “I promised (promoter) Fernando Beltran that my next fight would be for the super bantamweight world title. I’m back and ready to win my fourth title in different divisions and in 2012 will seek a rematch against Nonito Donaire,” stated Montiel. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBF super featherweight title remained vacant on Saturday night after Rafael “Chocho” Guzman and Rafael Hernández battled to a twelve round draw at the Black Pyramid Casino in the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico presented by HG Boxing. The judges returned scores of 114-114, 117-112 (Guzman) and 114-114.
WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West successfully defended her title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 over ten.
In the third defense of her IBF female flyweight crown, Arely Muciño won by ten round unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92 and 96-94) against Susana Vasquez in an exciting fight.
WBC #2 jr middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) made quick work of Joseph Gomez (17-5-1, 8 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Nido Sport Center in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Time was 1:24. It was Angulo’s first bout in over a year after having resolved some promotional issues.
Ringside by Daniel Mercurio and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Ranked in all four major boxing organizations, IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13, Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Referee Bob Benoit stopped the fight after round two when Traietti, who was hit with some powerful body shots from Rodriguez, could not come out of the corner for round three. This was a historic night as this marked the 400th professional boxing card ever held at Mechanics Hall.
Female heavyweights Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard put on a very entertaining fight for the crowd in attendance. Lamonakis out-landed Woodard throughout in a slug fest to score the six round majority decision. Scores of the bout were-59-55 and 58-56 for Lamonakis, while the third judge called it 57-57 even. With the victory, Lamonakis (6-0, 1 KO) kept her undefeated record intact, while Woodard (4-5-1, 3 KOs) falls to below .500 with the loss.
Quincy, MA native Ryan Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision in the junior lightweight division after he landed combination after combination on his opponent, Detroit, MI’s James Lester (9-6, 4 KOs). Scores for Kielczewski were 79-70 twice and 80-69. Kielczewski, who is not known for his punching power, dropped Lester three times in the fight. Lester showing his durability, continued the fight but was barely able to survive to the end of the fight.
Former WBA light middleweight champion, Quebec’s Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs), coming off of a 13 month layoff following his 2010 loss to Alfredo Angulo, battled Quincy, MA’s native Jose Medina (14-9-3, 6 KOs) to a eight round draw. Scores of the bout were 78-75 for Alcine, 78-74 for Medina and 76-76 even. For Medina this has to be the biggest draw of his professional career, while Alcine cited ring rust as the reason for the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Backgate? Not according to Victor Ortiz and his camp. Ortiz, a world title belt holder who will take on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, wanted to clarify certain media reports and rumors of a supposed back injury he suffered recently in training camp. “With all due respect, I think it’s ignorant people,” Ortiz told Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA. “I think it’s funny that people were saying that the fight was going to be cancelled.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A number of local prospects performed victoriously in front of their home crowd at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The United Boxers card featured a number of undefeated prospects who kept their unbeaten streaks intact.
In the main event, Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin’” Stevenson won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Roman, now fighting out of Valdosta, GA. Stevenson put some nice combinations together, dropping Roman in the third. When Roman got up, he made a face towards one of the nearby photographers. All three judges (John Gradowski, Don Risher and Paul Wallace) scored the bout 60-53 for Stevenson, who remains undefeated at 15-0, 10 KO’s. Roman falls to 11-33-5, five KO’s. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rick Scharmberg
Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) proved he’s for real after hammering out a ten-round unanimous decision over one-time contender Dominick “Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KOs) at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday night. Guinn absorbed some hellacious shots throughout the bout, and Mansour showed the boisterous Rollins Center crowd that he can box as well as slug. Mansour came close to shutting Guinn out with scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91 to take the interim NABO title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) scored a come-from-behind knockout over upset-minded Omri Lowther (14-4), stopping him at 1:43 of the fifth round to win the NABA light welterweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6/WBA#9 OPBF flyweight champ Rocky Fuentes (28-6-2, 17 KOs), 112, a busy-punching Filipino prospect, impressively kept his regional belt as he persistently kept battering taller but less experienced ex-amateur Japanese, WBC#10/WBA#14 Hirofumi Mukai (5-1, no KO), 112, by a very unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Scoring referee Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) tallied it 118-111, and judges Arnel Passion (Philippines) and Masahiro Noda (Japan), had it 117-111 and 118-110 respectively all in favor of the defending titlist. (more…)
Photos: Universal Promotions
Bantamweight Cesar Seda, Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) dominated Jose Silveira (12-5, 4 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Scores were 100-90 on all cards. “I feel good,” said Seda afterward. “This was a good fight for me because I stayed active and worked for ten rounds with a strong opponent. Now the next step is to follow a path that leads me to become a world champion at 115 lbs. I’m ready for big challenges.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten José “Sniper” Pedraza (4-0, 3 KOs) demonstrated his quality by completely dominating Pedro Salcedo (4-4, 2 KOs) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54 on all cards. Click here for more photos…
Rayne, Louisiana’s Mason Menard won the biggest victory of his career Friday night (8.19) at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA, as he scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over battle tested Ghanaian Joseph Laryea to win the vacant UBO lightweight title. On a show promoted by Boxncar Promotions in cooperation with Big Punch Promotions, Menard improved his professional record to 17-1 with 13 KOs, while former WBO Inter-Continental titleholder Laryea dropped to 14-6, 11 KOs. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez’ September 15 defense against Rogers Mtagwa was officially announced this week. The bout will take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, and will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo and Grupo Modelo. Also on the card will be local favorites Antonio Escalante and Miguel “Mickey” Roman. “I want to thank Promociones del Pueblo for giving me the opportunity to make my defense here in El Paso, Texas, where I saw Erik Morales crowned. I remember it was a great full house, and hopefully September 15th there will be a big crowd to see my fight.”
Photos: John Booz
After getting knocked down early in the fourth, “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defended his NABF lightweight title by knocking out former champion David Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs) in the sixth round of a war on Friday night at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. “There’s something about those straight punches,” Lundy said. “When you land those straight punches, you don’t even have to look. You know once you connect, it’s done.” (more…)
Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) has wrapped up the sparring ahead of next Saturday´s WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title fight against Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany. After dusting Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to clinch the next prominent scalp. “The sparring has gone very well,” Helenius said. “I am in great shape and I am ready for Liakhovich. He is a very accomplished fighter who boasts a great deal of experience, but I have also been in the ring with former champions. The fights against Peter and Brewster have given me a lot of confidence. I am eager to notch another important victory on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Efrain Esquivias (14-0, 9KO) had all he could handle in veteran Juan Ruiz (23-7, 7KO) who was in the face of Esquivias all night long. Esquivias, had to use his speed, power and quick footwork to overcome the aggressive Ruiz en route to winning a unanimous decision victory by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 99-91. Ruiz proved as determined in the tenth and final round as he was in the opening round and never let Esquivias take a breather. Despite losing four of his last five bouts, Ruiz was determined to make the most of his opportunity and showed why he had never been stopped in his previous losses. Neither fighter was seriously hurt in the bout yet it was a very good action fight that proved crowdpleasing to the capacity audience in attendance. Meanwhile, Esquivias, despite suffering a cut over his eye midway through the fight, never lost focus and was impressive in banking round after round to win the NABF title and to win his biggest fight to date. For more details and photos click here…
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