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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Former WBC champ and ex-Olympian, currently WBC#7/WBA#6 super-fly Toshiyuki Igarashi (20-2-1, 11 KOs), 116, was awarded a unanimous technical decision (96-95, 98-94 twice) over Mexican national titlist Efrain Perez (17-6, 12 KOs), 115.5, because of Igarashi’s bad bleeding at 0:20 into the tenth and final session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Igarashi, a fleet-footed southpaw nicknamed “Supersonic” due to his excellent speed on hand and foot, had a tough time coping with the game and gallant Mexican who kept tearing into the footworker with persistent body bombardments. Igarashi responded to his attack by effectively bouncing a southpaw left off his opponent’s head though punching at a time while moving around. The 31-year-old ex-champ sustained a gash over the right eyebrow midway in round six and it became worsened with a head collision in the ninth with the referee Someya declaring a halt to take a technical decision in the final stanza—scoring and including the incomplete tenth. Torres, 25, fought well and showed his heart though he was apparently a slow starter. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten lightweight favorite Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over iron-jawed Robbie Cannon (14-11-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Najera was the aggressor. He dropped Cannon with a left hook in round five, but Cannon survived the round, then absorbed punishment to the final bell. Scores were 80-71, 80-71, 78-73
Unbeaten welterweight slugger Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (17-0, 12 KOs) was impressive again with a third round TKO over Eduardo Flores (17-17-3, 12 KOs). Saucedo rocked Flores at the end of round two, then knocked down Flores in round three prompting a referee’s stoppage.
Unbeaten welterweight Ricardo Lamas (6-0, 6 KOs) needed just seconds to annihilate Eduardo Alvarado (1-7, 1 KO).
Unbeaten super lightweight prospect Ryan Martin (11-0, 6 Ks) hammered out a six round unanimous nod over Carlos Valenzuela (6-2, 3 KOs). Scores were 59-54, 58-55, 58-55. (more…)
By Robert Coster
In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, two-time cruiserweight world title challenger Francisco “The Wizzard” Palacios (23-2, 14 KOs) made short work of local boy Sandy Soto, laying out his outclassed foe in just 1:58 of the first round. A wicked body shot did the job for Palacios who told Fightnews that he had hoped for a longer fight. “I will be going against unbeaten Dmitry Kubdryashov in Russia on March 28th for the WBA Intercontinental title. I would have liked to go a few more rounds.”
On the undercard, junior middleweight prospect Anthony Castellon (8-0, 7 KOs) of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, engaged in a wild brawl with rugged Dominican David Martinez. The give-and-take slugfest ended in the fourth round when Martinez was disqualified for insulting the referee (!). The six bout card was promoted by Domini Boxing Promotions (Jose Rafael Lantigua).
The WBC Board of Governors has issued rulings on the super middleweight and super lightweight divisions.
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia, who made his last mandatory defense in September 14, will be allowed to fight IBF champion Lamont Peterson in a non-title bout (after negotiating a step-aside agreement with mandatory challenger Victor Postal) under the following conditions:
1) The Garcia/Postol step-aside agreement will be modified and updated to include the new date of the fight and the conditions for the mandatory fight between Garcia and Postol.
2) Lucas Matthysse has been named mandatory contender to fight against the then WBC world champion immediately following the Garcia vs. Postol fight.
3) The sanction fees the Garcia vs. Peterson Special Event generates shall be deposited directly in the “WBC Jose Sulaiman Boxers Fund.”
It was also noted that “The WBC is very happy to participate in the sanctioning of those very important fights, which involve some of the best fighters in the super lightweight division.”
WBC super middleweight champion Anthony Dirrell, who won the title in August 2014, will be permitted to make the proposed voluntary defense in the month of April with the winner committed to fight mandatory challenger George Groves without any intervening bouts. The Groves Camp had been pushing for an immediate challenge.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Promoter Antonio Gates, a NFL All Pro nine times in his thirteen years, put on his second boxing show last night in Detroit’s historic Masonic Temple. Everything was peachy until the main go, when local welterweight Ronnie Austion, 8-0, smeared a hapless Charlie Dubray onto the floor for the better part of two ugly rounds, until the Michigan 3-knockout rule interceded and Austion was awarded a TKO win.
The fighter, the trainer, the promoter, the matchmaker echoed the theme: Austion has to step up. Austion is no world-beater, an okay amateur of no great distinction with decent boxing skills, and no great shakes in the power department, but he blew out his man Dubray with such ridiculous ease, getting his man going with a first-round knockdown via a jab.
When he was interviewed after the fight, Austion told the crowd with extreme diplomacy that he appreciated that his opponent had “come to fight,” that “anyone who gets into the ring” deserves respect, and then after thanking everyone in the arena except the house cat for showing up, he launched into the main theme resulting from the fight: “I need to have better opposition.” (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Ghanaian lightweight star Richard Commey (20-0, 18 KOs) improves to 20-0 with a fourth-round technical knockout victory over Mikheil Avakyan (27-19-4, 12 KOs) tonight at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn, Denmark. Commey looked slick, dominating the early rounds and scoring well with heavy shots. Avakyan was deducted a point in the fourth round for excessive holding. Moments later referee Freddy Rafn called a halt to the action, sparing the Georgian any further punishment.
“I’m happy with my performance,” said the current Commonwealth Champion. “He was an awkward opponent. He just wanted to hold and grapple. But as soon as I found my rhythm I was able to start catching him with big shots. It’s great to get another knockout win on my record. Now, I’m looking forward to my next fight on March 21 in South Africa!”
Micki Nielsen W10 Julio Cesar Dos Santos (cruiserweight)s
Anthony Yigit TKO6 Kim Poulsen (welterweight)
Dennis Ceylan TKO7 Cristian Montilla (featherweight)
By James Slater
A fight between unbeaten heavyweight giants Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is a match-up every boxing fan wants to see; and WBC heavyweight king Wilder is just as anxious for it to come off. In fact, (33-0, 32 KOs) star Wilder has told the Alabama News he wants Fury next; in what would be his first title defence.
“I’ve been calling him out years and years,” Wilder said of the (23-0, 17) Fury. “I think he’s one of the exciting guys over in the UK and I’m doing my thing here is the USA. I think UK Vs. USA would be a great clash. Fury is who I want next, but boxing is a business many don’t understand and so it makes them frustrated. Some fights won’t happen at the time that people want them and some fights will never happen, I’m trying to get every fight I want to happen at the right minimal time of it happening as well.” (more…)
Lurking undefeated heavyweight prospect Ed Latimore (6-0, 5 KOs) returns tonight at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WV facing granite chinned Brandon “Big Bear” Spencer (2-7-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled 6 round affair. Latimore, out of Pittsburgh, PA and trained by Tom Yankello, is coming off a 1st round KO win over Excell Holmes at Mohegan Sun in October. The southpaw Spencer, out of Augusta, Georgia, has only come up short inside of the distance once in 10 professional bouts (vs. Gerald Washington/15-0, 11 KOs).
The card is presented by Made Men Promotions also features former contender Pasqual “El Tigre” Rouse vs. Antoine “The President” Knight in a featherweight contest, cruiserweights Josh “The Handsome Hitman” Himes vs. Brian “Wildman” Donahue, cruiserweights Sean “Tonka Truck” Conway vs. Nicholas Lavin, lightweights Antonio Gonzales vs. Victor Vasquez, and several amateur bouts to kick off the evening. First bell 7:30 PM. Tickets call 724-513-1416.
“This year off hasn’t been a year off – it has been the biggest year of growth I’ve ever had,” UFC welterweight Court McGee, who hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since losing to Ryan LaFlare in December 2013 and won’t do so again until the second half of 2015, says . . . click here for more
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC #4, WBA #4, IBF #10 Anthony “The Man” Mundine (47-6, 27 KOs) is negotiating to fight WBC #6, WBA #6, IBF #8 Austin Trout (28-2, 15 KOs) for a May showdown in Australia. “It would be a good fight, there is some bad blood between us from a couple of years ago, boxing fans want to see that fight, and I believe I would stop him,” Mundine said. In 2012 when Trout was the WBA light middleweight world champion, Trout called Mundine “a joke” for failing to attend a purse bid for a proposed Mundine vs. Trout WBA title fight.
Mundine is confident he can defeat Trout and set up a bout with boxing’s pound for pound best Floyd “Money” Mayweather. “Once Mayweather makes a decision on a fight, it will free up a lot of other fighters on who and when they can fight,” Mundine said. “It doesn’t matter where, I would love to get that fight, I only want big fights and big names. I have told my team, I will only be fighting big names or for world titles, nothing less.” (more…)
Trainer Joey Gamache believes Julio Cesar Dos Santos (27-3, 24 KOs) will bring out the beast in Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) when the boxers meet for the WBC International title tonight at the Arena Nord in Frederikshavn. Gamache, a former two-time world champion, has guided Nielsen to eight successive victories since taking control of his corner in August 2013. As the Danish cruiserweight prepares for his toughest test to date, the renowned American coach has backed the 21 year-old to rise to the occasion.
“This will be another step up for Micki,” said Gamache. “Dos Santos is experienced at world level. He’s won twenty-seven of his thirty fights, and his three losses have all come against top guys. He’s a dangerous opponent but so is Micki. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
Former WBC jr middleweight titleholder Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (28-3-2, 9 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Abie “The Sun City Warrior” Han (23-2, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant USBA middleweight title on Friday night at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mora seemed more comfortable in there early on and found a home for his right hand that connected all night long. “The Latin Snake” pressed the action much of the fight and had success sharpshooting while Han fought in spurts. Han came on late, dropping Mora in round ten and cutting him over the right eye. Han closed the fight stronger, but it was too little too late. Scores were 114-113, 115-112 Mora, 115-112 Han.
Undefeated jr middleweight Erickson “Hammer” Lubin (9-0, 6 KOs) hammered out an eight round unanimous decision over late sub Michael Finney (12-2-1, 10 KOs) at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Finney gave a decent account of himself considering the circumstances, but Lubin dominated the fight and won by scores of 80-72 on all cards. Finney took the bout on one day’s notice after Lubin’s original opponent dropped out due to a failed medical test.
In a clash of unbeaten light heavyweights, Ahmed Elbiale (9-0, 9 KOs) impressively destroyed Dustin Echard (10-1, 7 KOs). Elbiale knocked Echard completely outside the ropes, then battered him until the bout was stopped. Time was :44. photos
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Middleweights Justin DeLoach (9-1, 5 KOs) and Cesar Vila (8-2, 4 KOs) wrapped up the evening of fights with a shocker of an ending. DeLoach took control from the outset, widening his lead in the second when landed a left hook and stumbled Vila coming in. De Loach continued his attack in the third and had Vila in trouble, stumbling across the ring, when Vila lashed out with a flush left hook right on the button that DeLoach never saw coming. DeLoach tried to get up during the 10-count, but instead pitched across the ring, ending the fight at 0:51 of round 3.
Though most of the crowd dispersed after the main event, fans who stuck around were treated to a competitive and action-packed super welterweight four rounder between young undefeateds Ryan Karl (6-0, 5 KOs) and Brett Simmons (2-1-2, 1 KO). Karl brought the pressure and volume punching from the opening bell as the taller Simmons struggled to establish his boxing game from the outside. Soon, however, Karl was consistently trapping Simmons against the ropes and barely took a breather, throwing constant streams of punches as Simmons found only occasional counterpunching success with the left hook. Karl’s nonstop flurries awarded him the win on all judges’ scorecards, with scores of 40-36 (Ingle) and 40-35 (Valentine and Taranto).
Super welterweight Domonique Dolton (16-0, 8 KOs) handled the game but overmatched Juan Carlos Rojas (7-9-1, 5 KOs) in an occasionally ugly six-rounder that at times offered as much head-first combat and clinching as clean punching. Though Dolton enjoyed a clear advantage while boxing in the first three rounds, a cut on Dolton’s left eye seemed to spur Rojas on in the fourth and later rounds, after which he became the aggressor, smothering Dolton against the ropes and trying to make the fight even uglier. Judges nevertheless appreciated the cleaner, crisper shots from Dolton, handing in final scores of 59-55 (Valentine) and 60-54 (Taranto and Ingle). (more…)
The ringside broadcast team of “Colonel” Bob Sheridan and Benny Ricardo will be reunited on the February 14 boxing telecast airing LIVE on CBS Sports Network. Sheridan and Ricardo will be joined by “Subway Boxer” Mike Lee at ringside for the main event following Lee’s co-feature fight. The card takes place at the Resorts World Casino New York City located in Jamaica, NY.
Heavyweight Derric Rossy (29-9, 14 KOs) will take on undefeated Akhror Muralimov (16-0, 13 KOs) in a 10-rounder for the IBF North American heavyweight title in the headliner. Lee (13-0, 7 KOs) will fight Gary Tapusoa (6-3-1, 5 KOs) in a 6-rounder for the UBF All Americas title. An additional television bout will be announced at a later date.
Also slated to appear on the off-TV portion card are super middleweight Devaun Lee (3-1, 1 KO) of Jamaica, Queens, NY; cruiserweight Armin Mrkanovic (6-2, 3 KOs) of Queens, NY; cruiserweight Dave Valykeo (4-3) of Neptune, NJ; middleweight Henry Beckford (0-1) of New York and pro debuting Phillip LeGrand.
Pablo Cesar “Demoledor” Cano 148.3 vs. Jorge “Pantera” Silva 150.7
Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan 123.4 vs. Juan “Peñita” Jiménez 122.3
Luis “Titán” Sánchez 132.2 vs. Alfonso “Dinamita” Torres 128.5
Antonio “Tony” Gutiérrez 159.8 vs. Gilberto “Gil” Flores 156.7
Alberto “Flecha” Cupido 129.6 vs. Arturo “Embajador” Hernández 130.5
Pedro “Torito” Tut 121.9 vs. Abisai Palomo 116.1
Erik “Pitbull” Gamboa 118.1 vs. Hiram Gallardo 117.2
Venue: Domo del Palacio Municipal, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Deportes
The IBF Middleweight title, which was held by Jermain Taylor since October 8, 2014, has been vacated. It has been widely reported that on January 22, 2015, Mr. Taylor surrendered to authorities in Pulaski County, AK, was placed in custody and is due in court on February 10, 2015. Reports have also indicated that Mr. Taylor would be moved to a state hospital to await an evaluation which will take place by April 27. Rule 5.C. of the IBF/USBA Rules Governing Championship Contests states in part: “Any boxer who is ill, injured, under a legal impediment which would prevent the bout from taking place, or on suspension at the time the Championships Chairman and President order a bout under this rule shall be considered unavailable.”
It is the opinion of the IBF/USBA that Jermain Taylor’s confinement has effectively rendered him unavailable to prepare to defend his title at the time the Championships Chairman and the President are due to order his mandatory bout. Furthermore, his confinement prevents him from actively negotiating with the leading available contender under Rule 5.D.1. For these reasons, the Championships Committee and the Board of Directors have decided to withdraw recognition of Mr. Taylor’s title in accordance to Rule 5.D.1.(b) so as not to tie up the division and penalize the other boxers in the IBF Middleweight rankings.
“The IBF wishes Jermain the best of luck and hopes that he is able to resolve these matters quickly,” stated IBF President Daryl Peoples. Jermain Taylor’s promoter, Lou Di Bella, was advised to notify the organization when Mr. Taylor resumes his boxing career. Hassan N’Dam and Felix Sturm, ranked numbers 1 and 3 respectively, are the two highest ranked contenders in the division and have been ordered to fight for the title. They are to notify the IBF of their availability by February 9, 2015 by 5PM.
Golden Boy Promotions has announced a new Los Angeles fight series adapted from the original Fight Night Club series set to launch exactly one month from today. The new series will take place monthly beginning Friday, March 6, 2015 from the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will feature the up-and-coming boxing prospects from Southern California. It will be featured as part of the highly rated show Golden Boy Live! on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. Golden Boy President Oscar De La Hoya will officially host a press conference next week in downtown Los Angeles to unveil details for the new Fight Night Club series. Also in attendance will be Los Angeles’ undefeated super bantamweight prospect and 2012 U.S. Olympian Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz Jr. who is set to headline the March 6 event. A full lineup of young undefeated prospects on the card will also be announced during the press conference. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Daniel Sandoval 154 vs Grady Brewer 154
Carlos Díaz 131 vs Rafael Reyes 130
Enrique Bernache 119 vs José Cayetano 119
Abraham Cordero 136 vs Jesús Velazco 136
Venue: Coliseo Olímpico de la U de G
TV: beIN Sports en Espanol (US) TV Azteca (Mexico)
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Ivan Najera 140 vs. Robbie Cannon 135.5
Alex Saucedo 145 vs. Eduardo Flores 146.5
Ryan ‘Blue Chip’ Martin 138 vs. Carlos Valenezuela 138
Alberto Navarro, 133 vs. Julian Gilden 132
Eduardo Garza 124 vs. Hector Gutierrez 121
Ricardo Lamas 144 vs. Eduardo Alvarado 151
Issac Torres 138 vs. Jessie Anguiano 139
Venue: State Farm Arena in Hidalgo Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
beIN SPORTS en Español will air this Saturday night’s boxing event from the Olympic Coliseum in Guadalajara, Mexico, featuring Daniel “Galeno” Sandoval (36-3, 33 KOs) against Grady “B.B.” Brewer (32-19, 16 KOs) in a super welterweight battle scheduled for ten rounds. Featured in the co-main event is featherweight Daulis Prescott (27-2, 19 KOs) against undefeated Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (16-0, 8 KOs).
The special guest on the telecast is Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón.
Photos: Héctor Santos/ Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC
José López 122.8 vs. Jósean Figueroa 121
Charlie Clemente 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 107
Kevin Nieves 134 vs. Reynaldo Blanco 133
Alex De Jesús 144 vs. Javier García 146
Freddy Ortiz 124 vs. Rafael Padilla 123.8
Carlos Cotto 215 vs. Jimmy Suarez 231
Richy Rodríguez 120 vs. Edwin Rosado 119
Kelvin Nuñez 194 vs. Jonathan González 188
Derrick Cuevas 144 vs. Luis Ortíz 142
Venue: Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina, Puerto Rico
TV: UNIVISION PUERTO RICO
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions, LLC/ H2 Entertainment, Inc
Price: $15.00 Side/ $12.00 Entrada General
Photo: Photo Wende
Micki Nielsen 199.5 vs Julio Cesar Dos Santos 196.4
WBC International Cruiserweight Championship
Anthony Yigit 145 vs Kim Poulsen 145.3
WBC Baltic Welterweight Championship
Dennis Ceylan 125.7 vs Cristian Montilla 123.9
Tim-Robin Lihaug 168.2 vs Farouk Daku 164
Kai Robin Havnaa 197.5 vs Merdjidin Yusinov 198.6
Abdul Khattab 159.8 vs Alexey Ribchev 160.1
Rashid Kassem 134.3 vs Gyula Tallosi 131.4
Simen Smaadal 166.7 vs Janos Olah 166.2
Alexander Hagen 174.4 vs Ivan Stupalo 170.6
Richard Commey 137.3 vs Mikheil Avakyan 137.3
Promoter: Sauerland Promotions
The season opener for the spring series of the successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will now kick off March 6 from the the traditional Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL, which has been home of the series for 14 years, the series debut in the building was on October 19, 2001 when former world champion Oscar “Chololo” Larios defeated then contender Angel “Avispa” Chacon.
The main event will pit another Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry when former world title challenger Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo (24-4, 16 KOs) of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico faces national champion Gabino “Flash” Cota (17-3-1, 15 KOs) of Navojoa, Sonara, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 10 Rounds with the WBO Latino Featherweight title on the line. (more…)
Tonight’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will feature former junior middleweight titleholder Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (27-3-2, 9 KOs) against Abie “The Sun City Warrior” Han (23-1, 14 KOs) in the 12-round middleweight clash for the USBA title at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. Mora was originally slated to challenge Jermain Taylor for his IBF middleweight world title on this card before Taylor suffered an injury and then got into legal trouble.
Sergio Mora: “My trainer took a look at Han. He reminds us a lot of an opponent we fought before named Archak TerMeliksetian. He’s tall, but he doesn’t fight tall. He fights compact and throws very strong, compact punches. He’s got a great record, so we can’t take him for granted.”
Abie Han: “It’s an honor to fight someone of Mora’s caliber. He is a former world champion. He’s very smart and he’s a veteran of the game of boxing. I’m looking forward to the challenge. I feel like if I am on my A-game, I can pull off the upset.”
Promoter and five-time world champion in four divisions Miguel Cotto and his promotional banner Miguel Cotto Promotions has made an alliance with the Univision Puerto Rico television network to present a modern concept of televised professional boxing events named “Boxeo Al Maximo” that will feature the Puerto Rico’s top prospects. “Boxeo Al Maximo is a new event concept that we design for the enjoyment of fans and bring the most exciting bouts and developing our prospects. We are pleased to announce our partnership with Univision Puerto Rico who will broadcast our events and reach every household in Puerto Rico,” Cotto said. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Thousands of fans, national and international celebrities, politicians, entertainers and sports people converged on Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico on Thursday to honor former Mexican world champion Julio Cesar Chavez with the unveiling of a statue in his honor. Among those on hand to celebrate Chavez’ legendary 25-year pro boxing career were promoters Oscar de la Hoya and Don King, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, WBA President Gilberto Mendoza and boxing stars like Jose Luis Ramirez, Jesse James Leija, Ricardo Lopez, Humberto Gonzalez, Fernando Montiel, Marco Antonio Barrera, Mario Martinez, Ruben Castillo and many more including Mexican national team head coach Miguel “Piojo” Herrera. (more…)
Undefeated lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin (10-0, 6 KOs) will face Carlos Valenzuela (6-2, 3 KOs) on Saturday night in a six round clash at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. “We are hoping Ryan gets rounds out of this match with Valenzuela. He has been making quick work of his opponents and we need to see more of the great tools he has before going into 8-round bouts,” said longtime Matchmaker Sean Gibbons. “This fight will give us a bigger picture on how fast we can move him throughout 2015.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian heavyweight prospect Willis Meehan (3-0, 2 KOs) has the potential and pedigree to reach the very top according to his father Kali “Checkmate” Meehan, who lost a razor close split decision to Lamon Brewster, one of three heavyweights to stop current champion Wladimir Klitschko. Kali who recently scored a very impressive win over formerly rated Shane Cameron said, “He has it all, I mean, he can fight southpaw. He can fight orthodox. He can brawl. He can punch hard, He can read fights. He can take a punch. I have sparred all around the world and I can honestly tell you the hardest I have had to work is against Willis.” (more…)
With Raphael Assuncao forced out of his March 21 headliner against Urijah Faber due to injury, there will be a new main event at the Ginasio do Maracanazinho in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as number seven-ranked welterweight Demian Maia faces unbeaten New Yorker Ryan LaFlare . . . click here for more
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As previously reported, Billy Joe Saunders, the WBO World Middleweight mandatory title challenger and number one ranked contender, has stepped aside to allow world champion Andy Lee to make a voluntary title defense against Peter Quillin (subject to approval from the WBO) expected to be in New York, and may make his glittering American debut on the undercard. Saunders will fight the winner – that he and promoter Frank Warren both hope will be Irish rival Lee.
Warren believes that a Lee-Saunders world title clash is a massive attraction and deserves to be staged at a premier location like a football stadium, but with the unpredictability of the weather at this time of the year, coupled with the availability of grounds, it is more beneficial to wait until the summer. (more…)
By Rocky Morales at ringside
WBC #4 ranked heavyweight Mike Perez (21-1, 13 KOs) obliterated Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (25-19, 21 KOs) on Thursday night in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Perez sent Wilson to the canvas with the very first punch of the fight, a crushing right hook. Wilson rose on unsteady legs only to be sent to the canvas twice more in the first round. Somehow, Wilson survived the onslaught but a perfectly landed left cross by Perez sent Wilson down for good and ended the bout at 0:59 of the second round. Perez looked as fit as he ever has been at 231 pounds and he’s now being trained by Robert Garcia.
Perez got back in the winning column after a disappointing 2014 that first saw him fight to a majority draw with the very tough, Carlos Takam, and then lose a razor thin split decision to Bryant Jennings. Whether it was the result of the switch to trainer Robert Garcia or the softer opposition, Perez looked more aggressive than ever against Wilson.
“This year is my year!” proclaimed Perez afterward. Wilson stated he believes Perez will be a future world champion. Next up for Perez is likely a WBC eliminator with Alexander Povetkin. (more…)
“If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere,” Wladimir Klitschko quotes Frank Sinatra.
Production begins for “The Bleeder,” a movie about legend Chuck Wepner.
Ricky Hatton gets robbed while away for the weekend.
Anthony Mundine talks Austin Trout.
WBO mandatory middleweight challenger Billy Joe Saunders has agreed to step aside and allow WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee to defend against former titleholder Peter Quillin. According to Saunders he received a six-figure number to step aside and a promise to face the winner. Quillin previously vacated that same belt last year. Lee-Quillin is expected to land on the April 11 Garcia-Peterson card on NBC.
Weights & photos: Phil DiMaria
Ronnie Austion 146.6 vs. Charlie Dubray 143.4
Mike Portillo 147.8 vs. Gustavo Rodriguez 153.2
Ernesto Garza 133.2 vs. Thomas Deleon 135.4
Craig Lewis 222.8 vs. Gary Kelley 359.2
Ed Williams 149.8 vs. Antoine Elerson 148.6
James Lester Jr 134.6 vs. Dwayne Wisdom 130.4
Eric Moon 180.4 vs. PJ Cajigas 178.4
Mohammad Adam 130.4 vs. Mateo Soto 128.8
Ahmed Mahmood 126.4 vs. Carlos Alcala 124.2
Venue: Masonic Temple
Promoter: Antonio Gates (AG Promotions)
Matchmaker: Carlos Llinas
Tickets: ticketmaster.com or by phone 800-745-3000
Doors 7 PM, First Bout at 8
Sergio Mora 160 vs. Abie Han 160
(USBA middleweight championship)
Erickson Lubin 153 vs. Michael Finney ??
Ahmed Elbiali 176.2 vs. Dustin Echard 178.8
Domonique Dalton 155.4 vs. Juan Carlos Rojas 155.4
Stephen Lovett 178 vs. James Johnson 178.8
Isiah Thomas 198.8 vs. Brad Austin 179.2
Dennis Galarza 128.4 vs. Manuel De Los Reyes Herrera 130.2
Leo Hall 175.4 vs. Dakota Dawson 173.8
Ryan Karl 146 vs. Brett Simmons 143.2
Justin Deloach 153 vs. Cesar Vila 153.8
Darwin Price 138.2 vs. Christian Steele 139.6
Steven Ortiz 135.2 vs. Evan Woolsey 136
Venue: Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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