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By Boxing Bob Newman
M150 One Songchai Promotions staged an outdoor show at Nonthaburi Pier, Nonthaburi, Thailand on Friday afternoon. Headliner “Dangerous River” Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo kept his WBO Asia Pacific featherweight title via TKO5 over Indonesian Nouldy Manakane. One Songchai head Pariyakorn Ratanasuban hopes to match Chonlatarn in an eliminator with WBO #4 Australian Joel Brunker, with the winner to face the winner of the vacant WBO title match between Gary Russell, Jr. and Vasyl Lomachenko.
Delphine Persoon will challenge next week, April 20, in Zwevezele, Belgium, current WBC lightweight champion Erica Annabella Farias.
Persoon, who is almost on fight weight, made today 61,600 for her WBC mandatory 7-day safety weigh-in, feels very confident that she can defeat the unbeaten Argentinian girl.
It will be the first ever full WBC titlefight in Belgium. Persoon is currently in top condition and sparring with French Myriam Delhalle. Delhalle recently defeated Anita Torti to win the WBC International title in the same division. Farias is expected to arrive in Belgium next Wednesday and will give a press conference on Thursday. (more…)
Report by Chris Cozzone
Photos by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com
You can’t go to a Manny Pacquiao post-fight press conference and not ask what it’s going to take the Powers That Be to put together the only fight that matters in this day and age – Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather, for those who may have forgotten.
Saturday night’s presser, following Pacquiao’s retribution victory over Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, proved no different.
“It’s hard to talk about that,” said the soft-spoken Pacquiao, who, in a most Mayweatherlike way, kept the media waiting two-and-a-half-hours before making his (brief) appearance. (more…)
By Chris Cozzone and Butch Gottlieb at ringside
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a rematch of their controversial June 2012 fight, Manny Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) clearly won a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After a close round one, Pacquiao landed several hard punches in round two. The bout opened up in an exciting round three with Pacquiao again having the edge. Bradley staggered Pacquiao momentarily in round four. The pace slowed in rounds five and six, but Pacquiao had some moments of sustained punches in round seven. Pacquiao outworked Bradley and landed the better punches for the rest of the fight. Pacman was cut over the left eye by a headbutt in the last 30 seconds. Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 118-110.
In a clash for the vacant NABO lightweight title, Ray Beltran (29-6-1, 17 KOs) won a tough, gritty twelve round unanimous decision over Arash Usmanee (20-2-1, 10 KOs). Usmanee, who came in as a late replacement for Rocky Martinez, got off to a good start, but Beltran began to wear him down as the bout progressed. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 117-111.
Unbeaten super welterweight Jessie Vargas (24-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought and close twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBA interim champion Khabib Allakhverdiev (19-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111. Allakhverdiev suffered a bad cut over the left eye midway, but the fight could have gone either way.
WBA interim super featherweight champion Bryan Vasquez (34-1, 17 KOs) retained his title against previously unbeaten Jose Felix Jr (26-1-1, 21 KOs). Felix Jr., a big pre-fight favorite, never got untracked as Vasquez outworked him. Felix was deducted a point for using his knee in round nine. Vasquez continued to pull away down the stretch and won by scores of 117-110, 114-113, 114-113. The point deduction made the difference. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Unbeaten WBC silver super lightweight beltholder Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (31-0-1, 24 KOs) defended his title with a fifth round TKO against Ramiro “Xixime” Alcaraz (14-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ortiz dropped Alcaraz in round four. In the following round, a punch from Ortiz opened up a bad cut over the left eye of Alcaraz and the bout was halted. (more…)
WBC #6 heavyweight Manuual Charr wasn’t able to deliver on his promise to be the first to stop Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, but he did get the win, scoring a ten round unanimous decision over defensive specialist Johnson on Saturday at the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. Charr moved to 26-1, 15 KOs, while Johnson, 29-6-1, 14 KOs, has now dropped four of his last five, all by decision.
Former world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Guido Pitto (18-3, 7 KOs) to reclaim the vacant IBO jr middleweight title on Saturday night at the Terminal Ice Palace in Brovari, Ukraine. Baysangurov showed no sign of the injuries that kept him out of the ring for the last 18 months as he punished Pitto throughout, finally dropping Pitto to get the stop in the final stanza.
Super middleweight Sergey Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) scored an upset sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Frank Buglioni (12-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box in London. Khomitsky methodically broke down Buglioni and hurt Buglioni badly in round six. After a standing eight-count, Buglioni’s corner stopped the fight. Time was 1:04. Khomitsky claimed the WBO European super middleweight title.
Heavyweight Eddie Chambers (38-4, 19 KOs) lived up to his nickname “Fast” and smashed Moses Matovu (5-40-4, 0 KOs) inside one round, finishing off the Belfast based Ugandan with a big right hand at 1:10.
In another upset, cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie (22-12, 11 KOs) demolished reigning Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest (13-2, 5 KOs). McKenzie floored the heavily favored Conquest in round three and put him down for the count in round five.
In a third upset, former amateur star Georgie Kean (3-1, 1 KO) suffered his first pro loss against William Warburton (12-60-3, 2 KOs) in a welterweight clash. (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende
Heavyweight David Price (17-2, 15 KOs) came off the deck to score a third round KO over Onrej Pala (33-5, 23 KOs) on Saturday night in Esbjerg, Denmark. Pala dropped the 6’8 Price in round one with a looping left hook behind the ear. The British heavyweight was straight back on his feet and able to compose himself in the second before unleashing some devastating right hands in the third to twice send Pala crashing to the canvas and unable to continue. Time was :33.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) was lucky to escape with a razor-thin eight round majority decision over unheralded Frank Haroche Horta (34-13-5, 13 KOs). Scores were 77-76, 77-76, 76-76.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Erik Skogland (20-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Danilo D’Agata (12-2-1, 3 KOs).
By Butch Gottlieb
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
The Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame’s first event of 2014, a fund-raising “Party With Boxing’s Legends” held last night, Friday, April 11, in the beautiful Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas was a jammed packed affair with many of boxing’s elite present including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones Jr., Sugar Shane Mosley, Evander Holyfield, Kevin Kelley, Paulie Ayala, Bones Adams, Ava Knight, Ana Julaton and many more.
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Last night at the “Ringside at Del Mar” show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, super lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (27-1, 15 KOs) defeated Mexico’s Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (37-18-2, 26 KOs) by way of an 8-round TKO. The event, which sold over 1200 tickets, was promoted by Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment. Gesta looked fast as he marched his way back into the win column. The bout was stopped at the 2:13 mark of round 8. With the victory, Gesta will look to get back into title contention. (more…)
By Damian St. Pierre at ringside
“Friday Night Brawl” at the Cut Off Youth Center in Cut Off, Louisiana, saw super middleweight Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch (12-0-1, 5 KOs) bounce back from a draw in his last outing by pounding on Skylar Thompson (12-12, 10 KOs) for four rounds. The one sided main event saw Fitch do pretty much whatever he set his mind to. Fitch stood tall behind his jab and worked the body of the 179lb Thompson. Fitch, originally from Louisiana now living in Pittsburgh, picked up the pace and stung Thompson with a well-placed right hand near the end of the 3rd round. Round four was much of the same, Fitch hit Thompson with a combo that sent him down to the mat, to his credit Thompson would beat the count but referee Kenny Saintes waived the bout off just seconds later. Official time was 2:47. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Hardwork Promotions card Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD:
Venroy July 199 vs. Quantis Graves 198
Dwayne McRae 233 vs. Jonte Willis 225
Jeremy Trussell 160 1/2 vs. Taneal Goyco 161
Larry Recio 154 vs. Jose Felix 154
Demond Nicholson 160 vs. David Rohn 160
DeAndre Davis 141 vs. Christopher Johnson 140
Edwin Reyes 138 1/2 vs. Christopher Haney 135
Alexandru Marin 127 vs. Alex Hipolito 127
Travis Reeves 195 vs. Santos Martinez 195
Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao weighed-in Friday in front of thousands of enthusiastic fight fans (the majority supporting Manny) at the MGM Grand. After their face-off, both fighters were quickly corralled by Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher for some final comments. Here’s what they had to say.
Timothy Bradley: Boos are like cheers for me. I’ve been the underdog my whole life. I was raised up in the ghetto, so I know what being the underdog is like. I know when you don’t have any food in the refrigerator, I know what that’s like. I’m happy to be here. Tomorrow we’re gettin’ it on, me and Manny.
Manny Pacquiao: It’s nice to be back in Las Vegas. I’m really thankful for the fans who came here today, and tomorrow I have to pay them back with a good fight and, of course, a victorious fight.
Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) scored a first round KO over Maurenzo Smith (12-9-3, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. A body shot finished Smith, as Briggs scored his 31st career first round KO. This was Shannon’s first fight since facing Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. Briggs is the last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
In his biggest test to date, WBC #4 super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) scored a very impressive fifth round TKO over two-time former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-7, 25 KOs) on Friday night at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Southpaw Ramirez pressured Lorenzo in round one, landing a number of good punches. More hard Ramirez punches connected in round two as he pursued Lorenzo. Ramirez battered Lorenzo to the deck in round three and Lorenzo did well to finish the round. Ramirez continued to punish Lorenzo in round four. Referee Jay Nady called two knockdowns in round five when Lorenzo’s glove touched the canvas. Giovanni’s corner then threw in the towel. Time was 2:47. With the win, Ramirez won the vacant NABF super middleweight title. After the fight Lorenzo was taken to a local hospital with a possible broken rib.
Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Samuel Clarkson (10-3, 6 KOs). Hart, the son of 1970s middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, dropped Clarkson twice in round four, but had to go the distance for the second straight fight. Scores were 80-70 on all cards. (more…)
WBC #6 rated heavyweight contender Manuel Charr takes on Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on Saturday night at Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. At today’s weigh-in Charr brought 242.5 lbs. to the scale while Johnson weighed in slightly heavier at 244.5 lbs.
In the co-feature WBO # 15 rated middleweight contender Hamid Rahimi will take on Bronislav Kubin. Rahimi who made worldwide news in October 2012 when he promoted the first ever professional boxing fight in Afghanistan labeled as “Fight For Peace” weighed in at 161 lbs. His opponent was still on his way to Bonn when the weigh-in ceremony was held. The show promoted by Manuel Charr’s Diamondoy Promotions.
Jason Sosa 130.6 vs. Michael Brooks 133
Ahsandi Gibbs 156.8 vs. Thomas LaManna 157
Anthony Burgin 131.5 vs. Frank Trader 130.2
Kyrone Davis 159.5 vs. Rafael Machado 157.5
Dominic Goode 140.5 vs. David Gonzales 141
Dan Pasciolla 235 vs. David Williams 230
Sherman Artis 168.2 vs. Antowyan Aikens 167
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
First Bout: 7:30 pm Saturday, April 12
Tickets: $50 & $75 at the door or through TicketMaster.com
Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This will be Briggs’ first fight since his facing Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs is facing Maurenzo Smith (12-8-3, 9 KOs) of Houston.
“I can’t wait to show my talents to the world again,” explained Shannon Briggs, who weighed in at 256 lbs. “I’m in the best shape of my life right now. I have the most first round knockouts in heavyweight boxing history (30 first round KOs) and I’m looking to add to my record and bring the belt back to the USA.” (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Manny Pacquiao 145 vs. Timothy Bradley 145.5
(WBO welterweight world championship)
Ray Beltran 134.5 vs. Arash Usmanee 135
(Vacant NABO lightweight title)
Khabib Allakhverdiev 139.5 vs. Jessie Vargas 140
(WBA interim super lightweight title)
Bryan Vasquez 130 vs. Jose Felix Jr 130
(WBA interim super featherweight title)
Sean Monaghan 175 vs. Joe McCreedy 173
(WBC Cont. Americas light heavyweight title)
Oscar Valdez 129 vs. Adrian Perez 130
(NABF super featherweight “junior” title)
Esquiva Falcao 161 vs. Pubilo Pena 162
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.5 vs. Mike Montoya 173
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
WBO #6 heavyweight Christian Hammer (16-3, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over slugger Konstantin “The Sandman” Airich (19-8-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany. Most rounds were close with lots of infighting and Airich gave at least as good as he got. Judges didn’t see it that way. House fighter Hammer was declared the winner with no scores given. Four straight losses for Airich.
IBF #15 light heavyweight rated Igor Mikhalkin (15-1, 8 KOs) won an eight round technical decision over Mohamed Belkacem (21-7-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU title. The one-sided fight was stopped in round eight due to a cut under the left eye of Belkacem.
WBO #14 cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (35-6, 20 KOs) won a questionable eight round decision over former world title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (21-4, 14 KOs). Perdomo did more but Seferi was surprisingly announced as the winner with no scores being given.
Photo: Photo Wende
David Price weighed in today ahead of his fight with Ondrej Pala in Esbjerg, Denmark on Saturday night. “I’m ready to go,” said Price. “I am in great shape and I can’t wait to get in there and put in a performance on Saturday night.”
All the fighters made weight ahead of Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night show.
David Price 244.7 vs. Ondrej Pala 231.4
Erik Skoglund 174.1 vs. Danilo D’Agata 173.7
Anthony Yigit 139.5 vs. Kasper Bruun 139.3
Mateusz Masternak 200 vs. Stjepan Vugdelija 202.8
The Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg will be shown live via Viasat channels across Scandinavia and on Box Nation in the UK.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Cotto Promotions has signed former world champion Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1, 19 KOs), who will be fighting against Marvin Sonsona in a rematch on the June 7th PPV telecast headlined by Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Cotto Promotions also signed Olympian Jantony Ortiz, who fought in the London Olympics for Puerto Rico and had over 250 amateur fights. He will be making his pro debut on the June 7th card.
An opponent has been named for popular Chicago super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George for his return to the ring on Friday, April 18 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. World ranked contender George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) will face off against veteran Troy Lowry (28-13, 17 KOs) in an eight rounder. Long a fan favorite over his nine-year career, George has never lost in his native Chicago.
In the co-feature hot light heavyweight prospect “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) will look to stay undefeated against Brandon “EL Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-12-4, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six round tilt.
“These are the two most popular fighters in Chicago and with our anticipated huge crowd, local fight fans should expect an excellent night of action,” said Bobby Hitz, now in his 25th year of promoting in Chicago. “With tickets starting at just $25, this is an excellent value for the sports fans dollar.” (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Kazuto Harada
The Asian Boxing Council (ABCO), a regional organization affiliated with WBC, held a “WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai Press Conference 2014″ on Wednesday, April 9, at Asia Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand. The highlight of the event was the annual awards’ presentation to the boxers and promoters who have an outstanding achievement during the year 2013. “The WBC Asia Boxer of the Year” is the WBC Superflyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand. Srisaket is now scheduled to defend his title against the mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras on May 31 in Mexico. Also, his promoter-manager Surachart Pisitwutthinan was awarded as “the WBC Asia Promoter of the year” becuase of his achievement in promoting 2 WBC world title fights and 6 WBC Asia championship fights. (more…)
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