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Nietes retains WBO 108lb title

WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs) punished Carlos “Chapito” Velarde (26-4-1, 14 KOs) for seven rounds to retain his title on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. Velarde’s corner saved their man from a further beating by keeping him on the stool after seven. The two-division world champion Nietes, who has reigned since September 2007 and will surpass Filipino legend Flash Elorde’s seven year/three month championship run in January, is now considering a move to the flyweight division.

In other action, jr flyweight Milan Melindo (32-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Saul Juarez (20-4, 11 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF elimination bout. Scores were 116-112, 115-113, 118-111.

WBO strawweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2-1, 11 KOs) and Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KOs) battled to a draw in a non-title flyweight ten rounder. Scores were 98-92 Rodriguez, 96-94 Fajardo, 95-95.

Unbeaten jr featherweight Albert Pagara (22-0, 15 KOs) dropped Raul Hirales (22-4-1, 11 KOs) in round three and cruised to a twelve round 120-107, 120-107, 119-108 win.

In an upset, former WBO strawweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-2-1, 12 KOs) was stopped in round four by journeyman Faris Nenggo (9-6-3, 3 KOs).

Featherweight AJ Banal (32-2-1, 22 KOs) outpointed Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (15-6, 4 KOs) over ten.

November 15th, 2014

Boxing News

A Discussion with “HARDY” Producer and Director Natasha Verma

By Jerry Glick

The documentary “HARDY” follows the life and times of undefeated 122-pound fighter Heather “The Heat” Hardy and her evolution as a divorced single mother to champion boxer. “HARDY” will premiere Sunday, November 16th (@ 11:45 AM) at the DOC NYC Film Festival at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (260 West 23rd, New York City). Hardy is promoted by DiBella Entertainment whose head man, Lou DiBella, is also the executive producer of “HARDY.” Producer/Director Natasha Verma, a noted TV reporter, graciously spoke to FightNews about the “HARDY” documentary. (more…)

November 15th, 2014

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Crolla faces Abril for WBA lightweight crown in January

Anthony Crolla will face Richar Abril for the WBA world lightweight title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on January 23. Crolla, who claimed a six-round shut-out over Gyorgy Mizei Jnr. tonight in Dublin, is thrilled to have landed the well-earned shot at the big one after a fantastic run of results with wins over Gavin Rees, Stephen Foster Jnr and John Murray – and believes bringing the fight to his hometown make it an even more special night. “To have the world title shot in Manchester is a huge factor,” said Crolla. “Without wanting to sound cheesy, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. I am a Manchester lad so to be fighting in Manchester for a World title, I couldn’t ask for anything more and the only way it could get better than that is to go out there and win it. (more…)

November 15th, 2014

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Weights From Fairfax, VA

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Here’s the scale watch for the Saturday, November 15 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:

Tony Jeter 159 vs. Jimmy Lange 159
(Vacant NABA USA middleweight title)

Tori Nelson 146 vs. Victoria Cisneros 144
(WIBA Welterweight title — Nelson is defending champion)

Devar Ferhadi 171 vs. Jess Noriega 168
Seth Billups 142 vs. Sean Lockhart (will weigh in tomorrow)
Mike Balogun 237 vs. Percy Womack 259
Jonathan Reid 166 vs. Thomas Brown 163
Ray Terry 166 vs. Kevin Bartlett 162

November 15th, 2014

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Pelenchin Caballero announces his retirement

By Gabriel F Cordero

On Friday at a press conference in Panama City, 38-year-old former two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (37-6-1, 24 KOs) announced his retirement from professional boxing for health reasons. According to Caballero, during preparations for his last fight he took a hit in the left eye which he said affected him in a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision loss against Adrian Etrella on October 4 in Sinaloa, Mexico. Upon his return to Panama, he discovered a retina injury. “I am fine physically and mentally,” said Caballero. “For me this was a message from God and my priority is my family and health.” He plans to continue in boxing as a promoter.

November 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Hershey Centre, Mississauga ON

By Dave Spencer

Youri Kalenga 202.6 vs. Denton Daley 204.4
(WBA interim cruiserweight championship)

**Weights are for Ontario Athletic Commission same day weigh-in. Both weighed in Friday with WBA Kalenga at 200 lbs. and Daley at 195 lbs. The referee will be Charlie Fitch (US), judges are Sergio Caíz (US), Carlos Sucre (VEN) and John Poturaj (US).

Steve Franjic 174 vs. Alvaro Gaona 174.4
Kevin Higson 151 vs. Erick Mireles 150.8
Tim Cronin 171.6 vs. Jason Alexander 172.2
Shavar Henry 199.6 vs. John Mercante 197.2

Venue: Hershey Centre
Promoter: United Promotions
First Bell 8pm
Televison:: Rogers (local)

November 15th, 2014

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Dawejko pounds Johnson out in Chester

Story by John DiSanto –
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.

Philly heavyweight Joey Dawejko, 13-3-2, 6 KOs, made short work of Rayford Johnson of Longview, TX, 10-16, 6 KOs, in the scheduled 8-round main event at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA Friday night. Dawejko stormed out of his corner in the opening round, dropped Johnson twice and registered his third consecutive first-round knockout victory. Dawejko used an overhand right-left hook combination to score both knockdowns. Johnson rose from his first trip to the canvas. However, the second time Dawejko landed that combo, Johnson toppled sideways along the ropes and crashed to the floor. Referee Benji Esteves Jr. halted the fight immediately. The time was 2:28 of round one.

Dawejko, not known as a puncher prior to this current streak, has reinvented himself as a more aggressive fighter in 2014. The style adjustment helped to make this the most eventful year of his career thus far, going 5-0 with more people watching than ever before. (more…)

November 15th, 2014

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Douglas wins WIBA bantamweight title in Baltimore

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas of Washington, DC captured the vacant WIBA Bantamweight title tonight at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD Thursday night winning a 10-round unanimous decision over a very game Christina “Bullet” Ruiz of San Antonio, TX. Douglas controlled the early portion of the bout with solid right jabs and straight left hands. Douglas showed a lot of patience as she did not rush in to go for the knockout. At times, Ruiz landed some shots but Douglas did not seem to be in any real danger.

“She was bigger than me and I came up two weight classes to fight her,” Douglas told Fightnews after the contest. “There was no point in throwing unnecessary punches because one punch can change a fight. However, I was stronger than her in the fight.” (more…)

November 15th, 2014


The Redemption of Fabricio Werdum

In a sport where adversity is a built-in requirement, fighters are equipped to travel a path filled with obstacles and challenges. With every step taken up the ladder toward the end goal of becoming a champion, the resistance will increase with every rung as those trials by fire will ultimately shape and prepare the fighter for the next road ahead . . . Click here for more at
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November 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Queens, NY

By Matt Richardson

Featherweights Angel Luna and Victor Serrano engaged in a back and forth battle on Friday night at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, New York. Both men never stopped punching and landing over the six scheduled rounds and as such neither should have been deemed a loser.

Ultimately, they weren’t, as the six-round main event was ruled a draw on scores of 59-55 (for Luna) and 57-57 (twice). Luna (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) tried with everything he had to get rid of his opponent inside the distance. He continuously smashed him with shots to the body and rocked him with an uppercut in the final seconds of the first. He even hurt Serrano again in the second but Serrano (3-8, 1 KO) had a rock-hard chin and will and never crumpled. He often gave as well as he got and the fight often devolved into wild exchanges of hooks and body punches. Either both men have world-class chins or their punching power is seriously overstated. Regardless of which it is (or isn’t) it made for a fun fight in a night in which only one bout on the card ended early. (more…)

November 15th, 2014

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