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A sold-out crowd turned out this past Sunday night to honor 20 members of the Class of 2014 inducted into the third-year New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (NYSBHOF), sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“This was our largest crowd we’ve ever had with more than 500 people,” Ring 8 & NYSBHOF president Bob Duffy said. “Everyone was so receptive, commenting about how much they enjoyed the ceremony, and there was a lot of emotion displayed. The whole point of starting the New York State Boxing Hall of Fame was to recognize New Yorkers in boxing and to honor them for their contributions. New York has been the centerpiece of boxing for the past 50 years. Some of our inductees may not have been international stars, but they helped make boxing what it is in New York. We wanted to do the right things and recognize the New York guys who made boxing was it is today.”
Living boxers inducted into the NYSBHOF were Tracy Harris (63-8-2, 43 KOs), the former WBC/IBF Super Featherweight Champion from New Paltz; former WBC/WBA Welterweight Champion Billy Backus (49-20-5, 23 KOs), of Canastota; former WBC Featherweight Champion Kevin Kelley, of Flushing, Queens; former WBC Featherweight Champion Juan LaPorte (40-17, 22 KOs), of Brooklyn; Huntington’s World Heavyweight title challenger Gerry Cooney (28-3, 24 KOs), Brooklyn’s two-time World Middleweight title challenger Mustafa Hamsho (44-5-2, 28 KOs) and Glen Cove’s Howard Davis, Jr. (36-6-1, 14 KOs), a 1976 Olympic gold medalist as well as Outstanding Boxer, and a three-time World Lightweight title challenger. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: La Voix du Nord
“Boxing is in our genes. There’s nothing we can do about it,” says former WBC super-bantamweight champion Thierry Jacob. The unusual story of the fighting Jacob family, spanning 3 generations, started in the late 50s in Calais, a northern city of France, with bantamweight Jacques Jacob, the (now deceased) patriarch. “He inoculated us with the boxing virus,” claims Thierry. Today, the standard-bearer of the battling French clan is junior lightweight and IBF 15th ranked Romain Jacob (21-0, 7 KOs), who happens to be Thierry’s son.
The 25-year-old Romain recently added to the family museum of boxing belts by winning the European title. (more…)
Two interesting fights have been added to the big April 25 fight card at the Dynamo Palace of Sports in Krylatskoye, Moscow headlined by the anticipated rematch between reigning WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev (25-2, 19 KOs) and former champion Guillermo Jones (39-3-2, 31 KOs).
Former IBF super middleweight world champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio (34-6, 30 KOs) of Colombia takes on Russian Alexey Stakanchikov (3-1, 2 KOs) in a light heavyweight bout scheduled for 8 rounds.
Also, world ranked and undefeated Alex Theran (16-0, 9 KOs) of Colombia will take on Russian Arif Magomedov (10-0, 7 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at the middleweight limit.
Joebert “Litttle Pacman” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) takes on former world title challenger Julien “Chicano” Rivera of Mexico City, Mexico (13-8-1, 2 KOs) in “Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event this Friday. The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the vacant WBC Continental Americas flyweight title. Site of the fightcard will be the Foro Polanco in Mexico City, Mexico. Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones are presenting the event.
There is much said these days about the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry, but the Philippines vs. Mexico boxing rivalry is very much holding its own. Last week’s “Boxeo Telemundo’s” main event saw world ranked Filipino bantamweight Marvin Mabait upset by two-time world title challenger Alejandro “Payasito” Hernandez of Mexico. The unbeaten Alvarez, who is from the same hometown as Manny Pacquiao, will be fighting for the first time out of his native Philippines and he will be looking to avoid the same fate of his countryman Mabait last week at the same venue. Fightnews spoke with Alvarez with the fight just days away. Special thanks to Alvarez’ trainer Nonito Donaire Sr. who stood in as translator for this interview and chimed in as well. (more…)
IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm will face #1 contender Sam Soliman in a grudge rematch on May 31. The bout will take place at the KoenigPalast in Krefeld, Germany. More information will be announced today.
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy “El Matador” Caballero (20-0, 12 KOs) of Coachella, California will travel to Kobe, Japan to fight Kohei Oba (35-2-1, 14 KOs) at Sambo Hall in a 12-round IBF Bantamweight title elimination bout on Friday, April 4. “This is the fight I’ve been waiting for, and after beating Oba, I’ll get my title shot,” said Caballero. “I’m not concerned about the travel time it took for me to get to Japan or any scoring issues; I’m trained to dominate, and I won’t leave any doubts this Friday, April 4.”
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Newly acquired Top Rank prospect Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (R) of Mexico makes a special guest appearance on “ESPN Deportes – A Los Golpes” show at the ESPN studios in downtown Los Angeles Monday. Ramirez talked about his upcoming 10-round middleweight feature fight on “Friday Night Fights” on ESPN, Friday, April 11 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Orlando Cruz to challenge for title; unbeaten Olympian Felix Verdejo in action on big card in Orlando on April 19
Orlando Cruz of Puerto Rico returns to the ring to challenge NABO featherweight champion Gamilier Rodriguez on a fight card which will include the undefeated, electrifying Puerto Rico Olympian Felix Verdejo at the Bahia Shriners Event Center on Saturday, April 19. Top Rank and All-Star Boxing made the official announcement today.
Cruz, stopped by world champion Orlando Salido in October, said he is anxious to get back into the ring.
“I want to thank Top Rank and All-Star Boxing for this opportunity to redeem myself by getting me this title fight with Rodriguez. By winning this fight, I will be right back on the verge of another world title opportunity and conquer my dream of being a world champion,” Cruz said. (more…)
Former UFC® heavyweight champion and pro-wrestling superstar Brock Lesnar is back in the public consciousness this week, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization’s digital subscription service UFC FIGHT PASS is premiering a retrospective on the 280-pound beast’s unique legacy as a mixed martial arts fighter. (more…)
All Star Boxing, Inc and “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will close their Spring season this Friday, April 4th at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City.
In the main event, #9 WBO, #10 WBA, undefeated prospect Jobert “Little Pac-Man” Alvarez of General Santos City, Philippines (13-0-1, 6 KOs) will face former world title challenger and National Champion Julian “Chicano” Rivera (13-8-1, 2 KOs) of Barrio Tepito in Mexico City in a fight scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant WBC Continental Americas Flyweight Title at stake. This will mark Alvarez’ debut on Telemundo and his first outside his native country. Rivera returns for the 4th time on the series.
First bell at 7:00 PM, 6 more fights round off the card. The main event will be televised live by Telemundo Network at 11:35 PM in HD. Tickets are already on sale at Foro Polanco (Moliere #328, Col. Polanco, Delegacion Miguel Hidalgo and also at ticketmaster.com.mx. The show is being presented by Tuto Zabala’s Jr. All Star Boxing, Inc. in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Jr., Producciones Deportivas, RB Producciones.
Curtis “Showtime” Stevens took a relaxing vacation after his first round knockout of Patrick “The Machine” Majewski on January 24 at Resorts in Atlantic City, NJ and now he is faster, stronger, rested and ready to take on Tureano Johnson Friday, April 4 at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA. Stevens, who vowed to stay busy this year, spent two weeks in Mexico and Jamaica following his fight at Resorts. However, even while he was having fun in the sun, he stayed in constant contact with Main Events’ Matchmaker Jolene Mizzone, “While I was away Jolene kept in contact with me. She asked me if I wanted to fight and I told her I was off for two years so now I want to get right back into it. I wasn’t playing around.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Elijah McCall (12-3, 11 KOs), son of former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “Atomic” Bull McCall (57-13, 37 KOs), strongly denies Sauerland Event’s information about an April 5 fight between him and #1 IBF contender Kubrat Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs). “Nobody will pressure me to take a fight with not true information four days before the fight,” said Elijah, who works out with his father Oliver and Fres Oquendo in Chicago’s Southside Gym.
Unbeaten Jayson Velez, Prichard Colon and John Karl Sosa were added to the show that will headlined by the Puerto Ricans Michael “The Artist” Perez and McJoe Arroyo in separate fights on April 28, to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a Golden Boy Promotions presentation, in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP), to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Deportes. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Makazole Tete of Mdantsane won the vacant WBA Pan African flyweight title when he outpointed former South African flyweight champion Doctor Ntsele from Thabong, Free Staete over 12 rounds at the Orient Thetare in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete did well in the first three rounds but let Ntsele come back into the fight in the middle rounds. However, Tete finished strongly to take the decision as the judges scored it 117-112, 117-111 and 116-111. Tete improved his reported record to 9-0-1, 6 KOs and Ntsele’s record dropped to 17-6-1, 11 KOs.
On the undercard former South African junior featherweight champion Macbute Sinyabi (22-3, 18 KOs) outscored Tello Litebe whose record was unavailable, over eight rounds.
The newly crowned WBC Mediterranean cruiserweight champion Bilal Laggoune, now 14-0-1(7), will be back in action on May 31 in Ninove, Belgium on a show promoted by his brother Ezzedine Laggoune. Ezzedine, momentarily hospitalized has vowed to promote the first defense for his brother on his next show. Ryad Merhy, Geoffrey Battelo, Ismael Abdoul and Elfi Philips will also be on the card.
For the first time, 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez (8-0, 6 KO’s) will fight in the main event of a nationally televised fight in a major SMG Arena production in Fresno, Calif. “It’s an honor to fight in the Central Valley,” Ramirez. “It’s always been a dream of mine to fight in this arena. I went to Fresno State here. This fight will be big, but no fight is bigger then the one for water for our valley. This fight is about bringing attention to the struggle and daily fight our people have for water that creates jobs and is the lifeline of our area.”
“Jose Ramirez deeply cares about his community and its battle for ‘Fight for Water,’ said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. “He is a wonderful young man and is on his way to stardom in the sport of boxing.” (more…)
According to Barry McGuigan, the biggest superbantamweight fight out there is between Carl Frampton and Leo Santa Cruz. More
Nonito Donaire is back in the gym, opening up official training camp for his May 31 fight against Simpiwe Vetyeka. More
Manny Pacquiao says he “took it easy” on Tim Bradley, the first time around. More
Who’s next in line for a shot at Ireland’s Stuart Hall? More
Belgian Herve “Double hache” Hubeaux, now 16-1(7), is scheduled to defend his WBC Youth heavyweight title on May 31 in Brussels on a promotion of Elite Enghien and Van Ghyseghem. In the co-main event Sanae Jah will fight for the vacant EBU flyweight title against Corina Carlescu.
By Scott Foster
Photos: Scott Foster
Nate Campbell (37-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-13, 8 KOs) via unanimous 8-round decision. With the win, the ex-lightweight champion Campbell earned the NBA 154lb title. Campbell controlled the pace of the bout throughout, with steady, thumping bodywork and a long, stiff jab. Venegas attempted a mid-round rally, forcing Campbell to increase his tempo, landing heavy, looping right hands over the top. Both fighters enjoyed a solid final frame, with Venegas landing a flush left hook early that seemed to incense Campbell, who finished the final 2 minutes in complete command.
“I felt a little rusty after the long layoff,” Campbell admitted, “and going up to 154 was a hard thing for me. I felt like I was proficient on my basics, but I’m going back down to 140lbs where I’m supposed to be.” (more…)
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By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Top rated heavyweight contender Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-3, 31 KOs) of Riverside, California is ready to get a crack once again at top contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (23-1-1, 20 KOs), of Miami by way of Haiti. Arreola will get his shot at redemption in a rematch Saturday May 10 at the Galen Center on the campus of the USC in Los Angeles live on ESPN. We caught up with the “Nightmare” at the Bashor Lounge at Heritage Hall on the campus of USC at the kickoff press conference officially announcing the fight.
“We are fighting at USC as a kid I always wanted to play football here but now I will box at USC in front of an LA crowd,” Chris Arreola told Fightnews.com
“The Nightmare” will head off to training camp as he will be training in San Diego with his longtime trainer Henry Ramirez. Staying home to train has been Arreola’s biggest weakness. He trained in Phoenix for his last fight coming in to the fight in top shape and making a statement. (more…)
By Graham Houston
The unsatisfactory ending to the Stuart Hall vs Martin Ward IBF bantamweight title fight on the weekend had sporting types feeling somewhat aggrieved. Under U.K. betting rules, the technical draw result meant that all wagers on either man were considered losing plays. (Under Nevada rules a draw is a “push” or “no bet” as there was no winner in the contest; under U.K. rules a player loses his money if a bout ends in a draw unless he or she has bet on the draw as a separate wager.)
The head clash that occurred in the opening round that resulted in a severe cut over Ward’s eye might have robbed Hall backers of a winning result.
Hall looked much the bigger, stronger man and, as I saw it, he was getting to Ward much earlier than I had expected, although no one can say for sure what would have happened with 10 rounds to go.
The second-round technical draw result was a big disappointment. (Players who bet on “fight won’t go distance” or any of the “under” propositions, or who had money on the draw, came out of this OK. It’s an ill wind etc.)
Why, you might ask, was this a technical draw and not a “no contest” when the IBF title was at stake? (more…)
By Matheson Sports Media
Heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams has served up a volley of abuse as the countdown to his clash with unbeaten New Zealander Joseph Parker on the world’s biggest stage in Germany draws near. And Williams doesn’t just have the young Kiwi boxing phenomenon in his sights. He’s singled out Parker’s trainer Kevin Barry and promoters Duco Events for having the audacity to pair him with the 22 year old on the April 27 undercard of the world heavyweight title fight between Wladimir Klitschko and Alex Leapai in Germany.
“They should have done some research before agreeing to put him in the ring with me,” said Williams, who can claim to be one of the heavyweight division’s most durable boxers having only been stopped once in 52 fights. “At the end of this fight Joseph and all the people who like talking for him – people like Kevin Barry – are going to have to start their planning all over. They are going to have to figure out how to market a guy coming off a loss following his first fight against a decent fighter. I question their management because they are pushing him into the fire. (more…)
After last night’s history-making show in Newcastle, where Stuart Hall retained his IBF world bantamweight title after a clash of heads cut short his contest against North East rival Martin Ward, both fighters spoke at the post-fight press conference.
Stuart Hall: “I’m just gutted at the way it has turned out. The crowd has been robbed of a great fight. It’s one of those things in boxing though and I don’t really know what to say. It was a bad cut. I’m still champion and that’s the main thing in my eyes. I felt stronger and I started strong. Martin was warming up too but I felt like I had the strength in there.”
Martin Ward: “The fight fans have been robbed. It was only a round a and half. That would have been a terrific fight. Everybody knew Stu was the stronger lad. I was sticking to my game plan and it was starting to gel nicely. Stu feels deprived of saying he was world class tonight, and I feel deprived that I have not had the chance to prove that I’m at the same level that I believe I’m at. The North-East still has a world champion and good luck to him. He is a very good fighter. He is the best bantamweight in the world. Paul Butler is far too small in my opinion, Stu will keep his belt for longer.”
Promoter Dennis Hobson: “We’ve been robbed of a bit of drama. There is always drama in a fight of this magnitude. The first time two North-East kids have been together for a world title. There was a sense of expectation. But it was dangerous, a terrible cut. There is nobody stronger than Stu, you can tell he has grown in stature and looks a mountain at bantamweight. Stuart will take some beating for a long time to come. People saying what about a rematch, that’s a bad cut, he might need plastic surgery on that. IBF rules are that Stu should defend by June 21 and there are two kids fighting an eliminator for the number one spot. We’ll see where we get to and will consult with the IBF.”
Photos: Alex Roman/Cotto Promotions
& Peter Amador/Top Rank
Unbeaten prospect Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez won the WBC FECARBOX featherweight title by defeating veteran Leivi Brea by technical knockout at 2:33 of the first round on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. ” I’m very happy with this victory. I trained very hard. So excited to become The FECARBOX champion,” said Lopez. The Cotto Promotions rising star will be back on Saturday, June 7 at Madison Square Garden as part of the mega Cotto vs. Martinez event.
In the co-main event, jr flyweight Charlie Clemente improved his undefeated record to 6-0, 3 KOs, by beating Omar Soto by unanimous decision. The three judges scored the bout: 58-55 (x2) and 57-55, all in favor of Clemente. More results & photos…
Former world champion Joshua Clottey and his team arrived in Australia yesterday for his upcoming April 9th elimination bout against former two time WBA world champion Anthony “the man” Mundine (46-5, 27 KOs). Mundine has been talking a lot of smack about IBF World champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs) and their twelve round title defense of Mundine’s WBA International title. It looks like no love is lost either side.
Clottey’s promoter Joe DeGuardia: “It looks like Mundine and BOXA Promotions are looking past Joshua onto bigger things but I can tell everybody here. Joshua has not stopped training for 6 months since this fight was first mentioned” and is very confident of victory.”
BOXA promotions agent Brendan Bourke: “We never overlook any opponent but it’s true we think Anthony is on another level.”
Joshua Clottey: “Mundine is in for a rude shock when I retire him April 9 in Australia, he has no idea who he’s fighting.”
Anthony Mundine: “I want Cotto, Alvarez, then Mayweather. Joshua is a good fighter but he’s not on my level. I can’t lose.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Happy Birthday to WBA President Gilberto Mendoza, who turns 71 today. Mendoza was born on March 30, 1943 in Barquisimeto in the state of Lara, Venezuela. He has been the WBA’s president since 1982, and has consistently worked for the welfare and growth of boxing in all areas. One of his greatest achievements has been the creation of the “KO to Drugs” program, which now became a global campaign.
Sergey Kovalev: “It was a difficult fight tonight because I got the two cuts. One from his hand and one from his elbow. He has good defense. I found the key – the left to the body. This is very good for me. I was ready for 12 rounds – just to try. He is not a fighter, he is just a boxer. I tried to box with him. I found the key to the body. I found this open place in his defense and my last punch was more harder.”
[When asked about Adonis Stevenson] “Adonis Stevenson is a piece of sh*t. I will fight any champion in my division. I want to get another title. I am ready for anyone. I will be great boxer.”
Cedric Agnew: “I will be back.”
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva: “Agnew was far tougher than anyone gave him credit for. Sergey is just incredible. We look forward to a nice long run with the best light heavyweight in the world.”
Kovalev’s comment threw social media into a frenzy. Stevenson responded via Twitter: “You just a real slow BUM with no defence. Easy work! …You cant fight for sh*t! Tell mama Duva to call Al Haymon and Yvon Michel so I can have an Easy pay day”
By Scott Foster
Photo: Scott Foster
Former world champion Nate Campbell (36-11, 26 KOs) made a successful return to the ring Saturday night, dispatching an over-matched Gilbert Venegas (12-14, 8 KOs) via unanimous eight round decision at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Destin, Florida.
With the win, the ex-unified lightweight champ earns the NBA (National Boxing Association) 154lb title. More to come…
Photos: Mary Ann Owen/Top Rank
In an huge upset, Juan Carlos Martinez (19-14-1, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round split decksion over WBA #14 super featherweight Alejandro Perez (19-4-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Hotel in Las Vegas. Scores were 96-93, 96-93 Martinez, 96-93 for Perez. It was an entertaining two-way slugfest with both fighters having their moments. Perez was deducted a point for a low blow in round ten.
The loss was a costly one for Perez, who had been expected to land a May title shot against WBA world featherweight champion Nicholas Walters in Macao, China.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympian jr welterweight Jose Ramirez (9-0, 7 KOs) scored an impressive second round TKO over Boyd Henley (10-4-1, 9 KOs). Ramirez showed explosive offense prompting referee Robert Byrd to step in even though the game Henley was still fighting back. Time was 2:32. “Henley was strong and had a lot of heart,” said Ramirez after the fight. “Even though I hurt him he kept moving forward was good for me. he was the best fighter I fought. I wanted to go more than one round and this went two. he was a tough guy but I got the win.”
Ramirez fights again in Fresno on May 17
Two-division former world champion Brian Viloria (33-4, 19 KOs) returned to the ring one year after losing his WBO/WBA belts to Juan Francisco Estrada in Macao. The 33-year-old “Hawaiian Punch” hammered out a clear but unspectacular ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Juan Herrera (9-8, 4 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 97-93. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (24-0-1, 22 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten Cedric “L.O.W.” Agnew (26-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night in the Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Agnew went for long periods in this bout covering up and not punching. Kovalev dropped Agnew at the end of round two and rocked him in round three. Kovalev suffered a cut over the right eye from an unintentional headbutt in round four. Kovalev battered Agnew to the deck again in the sixth round. Kovalev dropped Agnew again in the seventh with the body shot to end it. Time was :58.
After the fight, Kovalev was asked about WBC champion Adonis Stevenson, who rejected a showdown with Kovalev later this year and jumped to rival network Showtime. “I don’t want to speak about Adonis Stevenson,” he stated. “He is a piece of s**t.”
In a grudge match between jr welterweight contenders, Thomas Dulorme (21-1, 14 KOs) got a measure of revenge for an incident during Friday’s weigh-in by licking previously unbeaten Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (18-1-1, 11 KOs) over ten rounds. The taller Dulorme was able to use his reach to good advantage in compiling a 98-92, 97-94, 96-93 win.
“Tonight I wanted to show the world that I’m a force in the jr. welterweight division,” said Dulorme, who claimed the NABF title. “Mayfield was an undefeated fighter who punches with a lot of power but he never hurt me. Robert Garcia and Alex Ariza are taking me to another level and I believe I’m the best jr. welterweight in the world.”
Main Events has announced the undercard for the Friday night April 4 card at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, PA headlined by Philly’s own Steve “USS” Cunningham (26-6, 12 KOs) against Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) with a co-feature between middleweights Curtis “Showtime” Stevens (26-4, 19 KOs) and Tureano Johnson (14-0, 10 KOs). The undercard features two Main Events’ debuts and a Subway commercial star before the NBCSN Fight Night broadcast begins at 10:00 PM ET.
Main Events’ CEO Kathy Duva said, “We are so excited to welcome Acevedo and Barrera to the Main Events’ family on this tremendous show at the Liacouras Center. Philadelphia has been the home of so many great boxing events and we are proud to bring this stacked undercard to the city. It should be a great night so make sure to get there early so you don’t miss a minute of the action.” (more…)
By James Slater at ringside
Photos: Scott Raven
Stuey Hall retained his IBF bantamweight title with an anti climatic second round technical draw after challenger Martin Ward suffered a nasty cut above his right eye after an accidental clash of heads on Saturday night at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle, UK. The all-North East battle looked like developing into a good action fight after a lively start but the cut was indeed a bad one. Rematch? Hall is now 16-2-2, 7 KOs. Ward is now 18-2-1, 4 KOs. The end came after just 35 seconds of the second round.
Philly slickster “Fast” Eddie Chambers had his UK debut and looked good in stopping a game but vastly outclassed Tomas Mrazek of the Czech Republic. Sporting a muscular physique, Chambers at times enjoyed himself , at other times put real venom into his shots. Way too fast for the 61-bout veteran, Chambers – now trained by Peter Fury – cracked his man to head and body with fast bursts. Mrazek’s left eye was badly swollen but it looked like he might see it to the final bell. Instead, at 2:35 of the sixth and final round, the ref dived in and called a halt. A good workout for the 15-stone 7-pounds Chambers who is now 37-4, 18 KOs. Mrazek is now 9-46-6 with 5 KOs.
Frankie Gavin retained his Commonwealth welterweight title for the fourth time with a wide yet forgettable 12-round UD over Namibia’s Sacky Shikukutu. A battle of southpaws, the action never caught fire. The challenger was wild and he was credited with a knockdown in the 2nd but it seemed Gavin lost his balance – still a count was given. Gavin was soon back to work, making his man miss mostly. Shikukutu was always coming forward but his punches were too clumsy and missed their mark. Gavin won by scores of 119-109, 118-109 and 117-111 and he is now 19-0, 12 KOs, but he needs more impressive showings to win over the fans. Shikukutu is now 18-3-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
By Loren Goodman
Photos: Zovi Boxing Promotion
In the twelve-round co-main event in Daying, China, up-and-coming prospect Xiao Jun Qiu (12-2, 4 KOs) displayed an impressive repertoire of boxing skills to defend his WBC Asia Continental super bantamweight title for the third time against tenacious Japan-based Filipino southpaw Jonathan Baat (25-5-3, 12 KOs).
Both fighters knew each other quite well, having engaged in non-title bouts twice before. Baat won the first by a close decision in September 2012. In the May 2013 rematch, Baat—who was down and cut badly—managed to scrape by on a ninth round technical decision. Both of these bouts took place on Baat’s adopted home turf of Kanazawa, Japan. (more…)
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