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By Dave Spencer at ringside
Last minute replacement Martin Berthiaume (14-4-2 8KO) gave it all he could for five rounds, but couldn’t answer the bell for the 6th round versus Sebastien Demers who moved to 27-2 and scoring his 10th stoppage with the victory as the main event at the Casino de Montreal Saturday afternoon. Demers was originally scheduled to have fought Jose Luis Zertuche but that match-up fell through when it was discovered that the Mexican fighter was still suspended by the California Commission dating back two years to his fight with Kelly Pavlik. Zertuche has fought twice since then in his native Mexico. (more…)
48-year-old former welterweight fringe contender Paul Nave (16-8-2, 7 KOs) returned to the ring on Friday night with a four round unanimous decision over Mikhail Lyubarsky (3-10) in a middleweight bout at the Marin Veterans’ Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California. Nave dropped Lyubarsky imn round four and won 40-35 on all cards. Nave is best known for a trilogy of bouts with former world champion Greg Haugen (he went 1-1-1). His previous fight was in December 1999. Nave is planning to return to the ring in a few months.
WIth all the British and Filipino fans in Las Vegas on May 2 for the superfight between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton, Platinum Promotions in association with Big Fish Boxing is planning a notable card the night before at the 7,500-seat arena at the South Point Hotel Casino. Headlining is former two-division world champion Zab Judah against an opponent to be named. Organizers are seeking an opponent from the U.K. and are currently talking to a well known Manchester fighter. The co-main event is a WBC International 122lb title fight featuring Filipino sensation Balweg Pangoyan. Right now Big Fish is in negotiation with tough Mexican fighter Alejandro Perez. The card will also feature a heavyweight fight with Javier Mora vs TBA. There will be three other bouts on the card. Tickets will go on sell late next week.
Weights from York, Pa.:
Carney Bowman 128 vs. Jesus Perez 129.5
Eric Nemo 126.5 vs. Ricky Alexander 123.3
Andres Taylor 198 vs. Larry Carter 196.5
Terrance Crawford 138 vs. Travis Hartman 143
Leo Santa Cruz 119 vs. Jose Garcia-Bernal 117
Spencer Harsley 152.5 vs. Norman Allen 147.5
* Harsley has 2 hours to lose 2 pounds.
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao will be honored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the southern California Filipino community TODAY at 10AM in Historic Filipino Town (3200 Temple Street, Los Angeles, Calif. 90026 – at Temple and Robinson Streets). Mayor Villaraigosa is scheduled to honor Pacman as “The People’s Champion” for his historic achievements inside the ring and for his philanthropic contributions outside the ring. Pacquiao and Mayor Villaraigosa will also be planting a tree as part of “Day of Service” where hundreds of volunteers will be on hand working to beautify and improve Historic Filipinotown. Fight fans are invited to attend.
By Dennis Principe
The world title defense of Filipino champion Nonito Donaire is a go and will happen on April 19 at the Araneta Coliseum. This was confirmed by Solar Sports vice-president for sales and marketing Jude Turcuato who belied a recent report stating that the fight “is finally off.” Turcuato told this writer, “The sponsors are being true to their word that they will put in money if we hold it in April.” He said the original plan was to stage the card on March 22 but their sponsors asked for a postponement as their next advertising budget is already set for the second quarter of the year. “I don’t see any problem at this point. We had dinner with Jun (Donaire) last night and he gave us his word that he’ll fight. Bob (Arum of Top Rank) also understands the situation,” said Turcuato. (more…)
By Alexey Potapov
WBO #1 ranked heavyweight Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) could fight against official challenger IBF heavyweight world title Alexander Povetkin (16-0, 12 KOs) for the vacant EBU (European) heavyweight title. On April 4th, Povetkin is set to meet with Jason Estrada (15-1, 3 KOs) at the Burg-Waechter Castello, on Duesseldorf, Germany. The camps have until April 21st to discuss details of the fight. (more…)
Story by David L. Hudson Jr.
He presents one of the most compelling stories in mixed martial arts, overcoming a disability to become an elite fighter in the sport that he lives and breathes. He earned fans on The Ultimate Fighter and he has clearly lost only one fight – to a former UFC champion – in his professional career. His physical strength, wrestling background in Greco-Roman and freestyle and desire to win make him a formidable opponent for any light heavyweight. Next year a movie on his life story – entitled with his last name- will be released. He is none other than Matt “the Hammer” Hamill . . . Click here for more
Former UFC® Light Heavyweight Champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. On Saturday, March 7, Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. Click here to visit the official UFC 96 website!
By Eugene Carnachan at ringside
New Zealand heavyweight Shane Cameron (22-1, 19 KOs) of New Zealand stopped journeyman heavyweight Robert Davis (32-9, 20 KOs) in the 11th round on Friday night at the Rugby Park, Gisborne, New Zealand. The win set up an all-New Zealand heavyweight superfight between Cameron and former world title challenger David Tua in June. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Jasper Seroka retained his SA junior lightweight title for the first time when he stopped Wandile Mseleku at 1 minute 5 seconds into the sixth round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Mseleku’s left eye began to puff up as early as the third round and was swollen shut when the referee Amos Lusenga stepped in to stop the one-sided contest in the sixth round. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Former IBF super featherweight champion and Contender finalist Steve Forbes (34-7, 10 KOs) got back into the win column with a second round KO over Jason Davis (11-3-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Spirit Mountain Casino in Grand Ronde, Oregon in a scheduled ten-round welterweight clash. Forbes, rebounding from consecutive decision losses to Oscar De La Hoya and Andre Berto in 2008, trapped Davis in a corner and leveled him with a barrage of punches at the 2:45 mark.
By Craig Watt
Former WBO lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (24-2, 20 KO’s) has used Thailand as his training base to start his preparation for his April 4th bout with Jesus Chavez (44-4, 30 KO’s) and has expressed an interest in fighting Juan Manuel Marquez should he be victorious over Chavez next month. He told the Toowoomba Chronicle, “I think there are things there with him I could exploit. He’s not that good at coming forward and he’s a counter fighter. I can play the waiting game and I feel I’d actually be suited to someone like Maquez.” Katsidis heads to the US on March 14th to complete his final preparations for the April 4th bout with the former WBC super-featherweight and IBF featherweight champion. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
IBF #11-ranked Mike “MJ” Jones, 144, of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his NABA welterweight belt with an impressive second round destruction of late sub Dario Esalas, 145.5, of Miami, FL last night at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. In the co-feature, Teon “The Mechanic” Kennedy, 121, of Philadelphia, showed what he was made of, coming off the floor and overcoming a nasty cut to take a split decision over tough southpaw Andre Wilson, 118.5, of St. Joseph, MO in an eight round super bantamweight bout. Peltz Boxing Promotions, in association with Joe Hand Promotions presented the sold-out, 7-bout show. (More to come)
By Mark Vaz
In the main event of the first in a series of 4 shows scheduled for 2009 at Memorial Hall in Plymouth, MA, welterweight Jason “Schoolboy” Pires, an alternate on the 1996 US Olympic Team, continued his comeback after a five-year absence from the ring. Taking a round to find a rhythm, the fast-handed Pires (22-3, 9 KOs) outboxed a game and determined Louie Leija (21-10-1, 15 KOs), taking a unanimous, highly entertaining eight round decision. Outstanding combination punching and movement showed that Pires still has considerable talent and ability. Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 80-71. (more…)
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By Alex Dombroff and Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Delvin Rodriguez used a late round surge to escape with a razor thin unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Rodriguez (24-2-2, 14 KOs) struggled early by trying to adapt to Alvarez’s lefty attack, but seemed to wear Alvarez down starting with a flurry to end round eight. Rodriguez connected in round eleven landing a strong left hand, which sent Alvarez to the canvas. Alvarez (20-2, 11 KOs) was able to survive the eleventh and finished strong in the final round. It was not enough however as Rodriguez took the decision by scores of 114-113 twice and 115-112 to retain his USBA welterweight title.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect Raymond Serrano (9-0, 5 KOs) displayed his talents to a packed crowd at the Mohegan Sun Arena as he won an almost shutout unanimous decision victory over Catskill, NY’s Jay Krupp (12-2, 5 KOs). Scores of the bout were 60-53 twice and 58-55. Krupp was knocked to the canvas in round one by a straight right from Serrano. Serrano controlled the contest landing the harder and stronger punches throughout as he kept his opponent on the defensive throughout.
United States Olympian Demetrius Andrade made quick work of Ohio native Tim Joseph in the televised opener. Andrade’s speed advantage was evident immediately, and an uppercut just seconds into the fight sent Joseph into a permanent back pedal. Andrade (3-0, 3 KOs) spent the better part of the next minute chasing Joseph around the ring. With Joseph (4-2-1, 1 KO) cornered, Andrade unleashed a barrage of punches, and didn’t let up until referee Dick Flahrety jumped in to save Joseph at 1:53 of the opening round. (more…)
Photos: Armando Roldan
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Robert Guerrero 130 vs Daud Yordan 129.5
Victor Ortiz 140 vs Mike Arnaoutis 140
James Kirkland 153.5 vs Joel Julio 154
Ashanti Jordan 220 vs William Perryman 222
Seth Mitchell 251 vs Joseph Rabotte 254
Charles Huerta 125 vs Andres Ledesma-127.5
Karim Mayfield 147.5 vs Mario Alberto Lozano 147
Michael Perez 130 vs Andres Reyes 133.5?
Gabe Carcia 130.5 vs Eloy Perez 130.5
Luis Ramos 136 vs Anthony Martinez 137
Karl Dargan 138.5 vs Sergio Orantes 138.5
Venue: HP Pavilion in San Jose, California
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Brady Crytzer at the scales
Photos: Joseph Cordova
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson was at his devastating best last December as he settled his score with Wanderlei Silva via a chilling first round knockout. This Saturday Jackson will look to move one step closer to regaining his title when he takes on the man who beat both Chuck Liddell and Forrest Griffin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine. For the third year in a row, the Ultimate Fighting Championship is heading back to Columbus, Ohio for UFC 96: JACKSON vs. JARDINE, live from the Nationwide Arena on Saturday, March 7, 2009. UFC 96 will air live this Saturday on pay-per-view from the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.
The official weigh-in results for Saturday night’s UFC 96 card are:
Quinton Jackson 205 vs. Keith Jardine 204
Matt Hamill 205 vs. Mark Munoz 204.5
Pete Sell 170 vs. Matt Brown 170.5
Gabriel Gonzaga 257.5 vs. Shane Carwin 259.5
Gray Maynard 155 vs. Jim Miller 154.5
Tamdan McCrory 170 vs. Ryan Madigan 169
Kendall Grove 185 vs. Jason Day 184.5
Tim Boetsch 205 vs. Jason Brilz 204
Brandon Vera 205 vs. Michael Patt 204.5
Aaron Riley 155 vs. Shane Nelson 155
“Of course. There’s no question about it!” stated Floyd Mayweather Sr. this week when asked about the possibility of Floyd Jr. fighting again. “He’s trying to find a fight right now, believe it or not. He’s trying to get a fight right now, as we speak. He’s going to fight again!” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Jamie Moore (31-3, 22 KOs) has knocked out ex-world champion Michelle Piccirillo (50-5-1, 29 KOs) in round three to capture the vacant EBU light middleweight title. It was left to the liver that ended it. Michelle took a knee but failed to get up in time. Piccirillo was also down twice in the second round. The fight was held in Wigan, UK and promoted by Frank Maloney.
By Alexey Sukachev
Bulgarian bantamweight Galina Ivanova (10-6-3) proved she is arguably the best bantamweight in the world by outpointing local favorite Oksana “Gyurza” Vasilyeva (8-4, 2 KOs) over ten hard-fought rounds today in Yakutsk, Russia. This encounter was unification between the WBC female champion (Ivanova) and WIBF titlist (Vasilyeva) and resulted in a narrow 96-95 points win for the guest boxer. Ivanova’s best triumph was a road victory over then 24-0 Dane Anita Christensen last summer; the fight in which he also captured WBA and GBU belts. She later vacated those titles. It was reported by local media that Vasilyeva had a flu for almost a week before the fight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Sebastien Demers 168.4 vs. Martin Berthiaume 168.7
Walid Smichet 163.1 vs. Joshua Snyder 163.4.
David Lemieux 160 vs. Luis Roberto Reyes 159.1
Julien Marie Sainte 159.2 vs. Tyan Booth 160.3
Tony Luis 139.15 vs. Carlos Martinez 139.15
Logan McGuinness 134 vs. Jean Charlemagne 133.5
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Television: SRC Radio Canada
First Bell: 12pm (noon)
Robert Alcazar, who years ago trained Oscar de la Hoya, is the new chief trainer of hard-punching undefeated lightweight Edwin Valero. Jose Castillo, the manager of Valero, made the announcement today. Alcazar replaces former USA Olympic boxing coach Kenny Adams. Valero is in heavy training getting set to take on Antonio Pitalua for the vacant WBC Lightweight Championship on April 4 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. “I’ve known Robert for a long time,” said Castillo. “We just don’t want Edwin to get involved in those wild, crazy exchanges anymore. Robert has a new game plan. He is going to work on Edwin’s footwork, control his distance and instruct him to use his jab more.” (more…)
Amir Khan showed all the benefits of a lengthy training camp in California today as he wowed the press during a media workout in Bolton. . . . Click here for more
Integrated Sports will distribute a world-class pay-per-view card, headlined by Amir Khan versus “The Baby Faced Assassin” Marco Antonio Barrera, Saturday, March 14 live from The M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, United Kingdom . . . Click here for more
By Alexey Sukachev
WBC #5 welterweight Selcuk Aydin (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a devastating first-round knockout of Newark-based Equadorian Luis Hernandez (22-4, 15 KOs). Hernandez started the fight aggressively throwing numerous body punches against calm Turkish fighter. Aydin waited a bit with his return fire but once he unleashed it, the fight was over. Aydin (also WBA #12 and IBF #14) landed a short but powerful right hook to send Hernandez to the canvas starting the third minute of the opening round. The Equadorian rose up on shaky legs and was immediately dropped for the second time after a huge Aydin’s combo. Brave Hernandez barely beat the count but was too dazed to continue and it was waved off by referee Guido Cavalleri. Time was 2:32. Aydin retained his WBC International belt during the process.
In a ten-round main event of the show, young Czech heavyweight Ondrej Pala (23-2, 18 KOs), 24, used his superior physical stature and punching power to outpoint German Konstantin Airich (11-2-1, 9 KOs) over ten heated rounds with the scores 96-94 and 99-92 and a draw 95-95 on the third scorecard. Airich started the bout in his favor but towering Pala, who scored a points win over Henry Akinwande last year in Turkey, used his sharp jab and hard left hook to take middle rounds of the match. Airich, 30, tried to catch his second wind in later rounds but it was Pala, who was close to stopping his fatigued opponent in the last stanza.
Former two-time WBO heavyweight champion of the world Herbie Hide (47-4, 42 KOs) easily outboxed his Georgian opponent Sandro Siproshvili (15-5-1, 5 KOs) in a non-title eight-rounder. Using a safety-first approach, Hide (WBC #2, WBO #3 and IBF #14) controlled his foe with the sharp left jab and added a right uppercut and right cross on rare occasions. Rugged Siproshvili marched forward without any success, eating punches in bunches and throwing almost nothing in return. All three judges score the bout in favor of the “Dancing Destroyer” from England: 80-72, 80-72 and 79-73. next for Hide is a WBC eliminator against Matt Godfrey in May.
Before six of boxing’s rising stars take to the ring at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on Saturday night, fight fans in attendance will see heavyweight prospects Ashanti Jordan (7-0, 6 KOs and Seth Mitchell (9-0-1, 6 KOs) plus featherweight Charles Huerta (8-0, 5 KOs) look to take the next step in their careers. (more…)
Hard-punching contender Mike Alvarado of Denver is expecting a lot of heat and pressure from Emannuel Clottey of Ghana on Saturday night. Alvarado vs. Clottey is the featured bout on a Top Rank/Azteca America boxing card at the Mile High Event Center in Commerce City, Colorado. “Clottey is a pressure fighter,” Alvarado told fight writer Nick Groke of the Denver Post. “Hands up, steps to you. We’ll see how he handles my pressure.” Seven of Alvarado’s last eight bouts have been stoppages. Azteca America’s telecast will be broadcast 10 pm eastern, 9 pm central and 8 pm pacific.
Irish Ropes Promotions announced today that its scheduled March 16th “Erin Go Brawl II” pro boxing show at WaMu Theater in Madison Square Garden had been cancelled due to poor advance ticket sales. 2004 Irish Olympian Andy Lee (16-1, 13 KOs) was slated to fight 3-time world title challenger Antwun “Kid Dynamite” Echols (31-9-4, 27 KOs) in the main event, while 1992 Olympic silver medalist and former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne “Pocket Rocket” McCullough (27-7, 18 KOs) had been matched against Alex “El Diablo” Becerra (19-7, 9 KOs) in the 10 round co-feature. “This was a very difficult decision to make but ticket sales were way off compared to two years ago when the economy was much better here and back in Ireland,” Irish Ropes Promotions president Eddie McLoughlin explained. “We apologize for any inconveniences, especially to all of the boxers who worked so hard to prepare for their fights.” Tickets will be reimbursed in full at points of purchase.
Mike Jones 144 vs Dairo Esalas 145.5
Teon Kennedy 121 vs Andre Wilson 118.5
Kaseem Wilson 146.5 vs Martnus Clay 146.5
Jamaal Davis 153.5 vs Clarence Taylor 153
Derrick Bivins 125 vs Luis Esquilin 128.5
Garrett Wilson 169 vs Dennis Hasson 170.5
Rod Salka 136.5 vs Victor Vasquez 135
Venue: Blue Horizon, Philadelphia
Promoter: Peltz Boxing/Joe Hand
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the referee for the March 14th WBA interim bantamweight clash between Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño and Mexican Cristian Mijares. The judges will be Glenn Feldman (Connecticut), Nelson Vázquez (Puerto Rico) and Raúl Caiz (California). The WBA supervisor will be the Argentine José Graglia. The event is the 20th WBA KO to Drugs Festival and will take palce in the Centennial Theater of Torreon, Mexico. The designation of the Panamanian referee Pineda was objected to by the promoter of the event and manager of Cristian Mijares, Nacho Huízar, since Cermeño resides and trains in Panama, where he has been based for all his professional career. Pineda has been the referee in four of Cermeño’s fights.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian based Nigerian King Davidson (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a knockout in round one over Thailand’s Faipaniang Kiatworawit (7-4, 3 KOs) at the Croation club, Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia Friday. Davidson also holds a win over former Australian welterweight champion Frank La Porto. Davidson is managed by former Australian flyweight champion Peter Mitevski and trained by Aussie Hall of Famer Johnny Lewis. Mitrevski said, “I am confident Davidson will be international star… Johnny Lewis feels he has the ability to go all the way also.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated heavyweight Shane Cameron (22-1, (19 KOs) will be back in action on Saturday when he defends the IBF Pan Pacific crown over twelve rounds against American Robert Davis (32-9, 20 KOs) at the Rugby Park, Gisborne, New Zealand. Cameron looked impressive in stopping American heavyweights Kevin Monity in five rounds and Jonathan Haggler in seven rounds in 2008. Cameron outscored Terry Smith of the USA in one of the best heavyweight bouts ever contested in New Zealand in 2008. Cameron will clash with David Tua on June 6 at the Waikoto Stadium, Hamilton New Zealand. Cameron manager Ken Reinsfield said, “Shane has had the perfect lead up to the David Tua bout. He has been in with good American heavyweights during 2008. I am confident Shane will defeat David Tua on June 6th.”
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Jürgen Brähmer 174.8 vs Rachid Kanfouah 173.7
(European light heavyweight championship)
Thomas Ulrich 174.8 vs Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky 173.7
(WBO InterContinental light heavyweight title)
Alesia Graf 114.1 vs Magdalena Dahlen 114.8
(WIBF/GBU super flyweight world title)
Aleksy Kuziemski 174.8 vs Armin Dollinger 173.9
(EBA Europa light heavyweight title)
Zsolt Bedak 120.5 vs Franklin Teran TBA
(WBO Europa super bantamweight title)
Igor Michalkin 174.8 vs DeAndrey Abron 175.9
Pal Bedak 111.9 vs Kemal Plavci 110.6
Venue: Freiberger Arena, Dresden, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #15 light heavyweight Tim Bell (14-5-1, 12 KOs) defended the PABA 175 pound title successfully against Sonni Michael Angelo (15-6-2, 5 KOs) of the Congo when he was awarded a twelve round points decision at the Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Friday. Bell scored a major upset in 2008 when he stopped Daniel Porky Lovett that launched him into the world ratings. Promoter former world IBF 130 pound champion Barry Michael and Brian Amatruda.
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