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WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto has commented on the news that Antonio Margarito was found to have elements of plaster of Paris in his handwraps before his bout with Shane Mosley. “I understand that Margarito not only played with my health but he played with health of many boxers,” said Cotto. “Only God knows. I have received punishment in my career but I never had my face swell like in that fight. In the heat of the fight I didn’t feel the punches, but my face didn’t say that. I understand that one year of suspension is not much for the kind of unsportsmanlike act that Margarito presented against Mosley. He deserves the same suspension as trainer Panama Lewis. He should never step into a boxing ring again.”
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior Welterweight Cleotis Pendarvis scored a major upset in stopping former contender Steve Quinones in the first round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. Quinones (31-14-1, 10 KOs) dropped his hands after being spun around and was dropped when the southpaw Pendarvis (10-1-2, 3 KOs) landed a counter right hook to the head. Quinones got up on shaky legs, but Pendarvis swarmed all over him, hurting him again until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:07. With the victory, Pendarvis claimed the California State Junior Welterweight title. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Jeff Wilson Promotions and People’s Champ Boxing, in association with Maple City Boxing Club have teamed up to bring professional boxing to La Porte Civic Auditorium in La Porte, Indiana tonight. The event has nine bouts scheduled, with the featured bout of the evening pitting former National Golden Glove Champion Cedric Johnson (9-3, 7KO) against Hammond, Indiana’s Devin Lopez (7-5, 6KO) in a middleweight showdown. The card also features local favorites, Oswaldo Lopez Escobedo (2-1, 2KO), welterweight Marcus Thompkins (3-0, 1NC), Jeff Poole (1-0, 1KO) and Tabitha Hayes (1-0, 1KO). There will be three local fighters making their professional debuts as well; middleweight Ricardo Garcia, super middleweight Tony Winuski and cruiserweight Chae Uhelmann. Tickets are priced $20 for general admission, $30 for floor seats and $50 for ringside. Tickets are available in advance by calling (219) 369-3143 and at the door. Doors open at 6:00, bouts start at 7:00.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight champion Les “Diamond” Piper (9-2-3, 2 KOs) defended the title successfully when his bout with Israel “Cobra” Kani (9-2-2, 4 KOs) was declared a draw after ten action packed rounds at the Caloundra RSL, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Piper, 25 years, boxed aggressively against taller, 36 years of age Kani in all contested rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
The OPBF 108-pound title bout between defending champ Yukio Wadamine and lefty challenger Katsuhiko Iezumi, both of Japan, on Sunday has been abruptly postponed as the newly crowned champ sustained an auto accident and a whiplash neck injury. Upon Wadamine’s recovery it will be rescheduled most probably in June or July.
By Lee Bates
Starfight productions returned to the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa on Friday night with a solid 6 bout boxing show. Longtime and well known boxing matchmaker Johnny Bos put together the very fan pleasing and well matched fight card. In featured bouts, cruiserweight Nick Iannuzzi, light welterweight Derrick Samuels and highly regarded heavyweight Magomed Abdusalamov all secured knockout victories. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#2/WBA#3 minimum Yasutaka Kuroki (20-3-1), 105, a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his OPBF 105-pound belt as he was held to a technical draw with OPBF#10 compatriot Junichiro Kaneda (19-3-1, 12 KOs), 104.75, because of the latter’s nasty laceration at 2:00 of the third round in a scheduled twelve on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Kaneda, in round two, connected with a roundhouse right that had Kuroki so rubbery-legged that another shot would have dropped the apparently groggy champ. Kaneda, however, became too nervous to score a knockdown with an accurate follow-up only to make the champ have a narrow escape. Aware that the champ was still hurt in the beginning of the third, Kaneda furiously attacked the unstable champ and then an accidental headbutt occurred to have the aggressor suffer a wide and deep gash under the right eyebrow. Blood badly streaming down the optic and cheek, referee Uratani finally declared a halt to stop the gory challenger from going on though they once resumed fighting. Kaneda deserves a rematch. Promoter: Yamaguchi Tsuchiura Promotions.
Nick Catone won’t reveal whether he wore cloves of garlic around his neck while avoiding black cats and refusing to walk under ladders in the lead-up to his February bout with Derek Downey. So let’s just say that when the bell rang that night in Tampa, he was happy that someone was standing across from him in the Octagon . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee, April 1, live on Spike TV at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET/PT! In the main event, Carlos Condit, in his UFC debut, takes on Martin Kampmann. Click here for more info
By Ron Jackson
In an entertaining bout Chris van Heerden retained his SA welterweight title when he beat Welcome Ntshingila on a unanimous points decision at the Matlosana Banquet Hall in Klerksdorp on Friday night. Judges Thabo Spampool and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen scored it 117-111 whilst judge Tony Nyangiwe had it 118-110. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
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Another packed house filled the UVI Fitness Center in beautiful St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands to witness Boxing In Paradise II, the second promotion by 340 Promotions, headed up by Lesley Comissiong and boxing impresario Sampson Lewkowicz, in asociation with Warriors Boxing and Arano Box of Argentina. In the main event for the WBA Fedelatin welterweight title, scheduled for eleven rounds, Argentine Hector Saldivia (28-1, 2 KOs) and Indonesian Daudy Bahari.(38-2, 14 KOs) looked on paper to be an evenly matched bout. With a combined 66 wins against 3 losses and 36 knockouts between them, who would have forecast a blowout? Not this writer. With the recent success of Indonesian fighters on U.S. Shores, it seemed Bahari would show his wares as did his countrymen Chris John and Daud Yordan. But it was not to be. Saldivia stalked while Bahari was on his bicycle, jabbing and moving. All looked good until BOOM! Bahari took a right high on the forehead, his legs crumbling underneath him. He beat the count, but might have thought better of it. Two more flurries and two more knockdowns, all in the same fashion- as if he was shot. The time was 57 seconds of the first round via three knockdown rule. Referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. waved off the slaughter, Saldivia retaining his belt. (more…)
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Unbeaten featherweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (7-0, 7 KOs) needed just 1:03 to demolish Javier Ramos in the main bout of “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas” on Friday night. It was the second edition of the event organized by Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment. “Even though my opponent had great reach, when I saw a chance, immediately I went for the KO,” said Velez, who was grateful for all the support from the fans. The twenty-year-old fighter will be again in the ring on March 24th in the next ‘Boxeo Boricua en Caguas’ card. In the co-feature, welterweight Wilfredo “Papín” Negrón won a unanimous decision by scores of 77-74 over Carlos Peña.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
IBF #3 heavyweight Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over former heavyweight champion Sam Peter (30-3, 23 KOs) on Friday nigbt at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The quicker Chambers did a little more than the sluggish Peter, who came in at a career high of 265 pounds, but was reluctant to engage in sustained attacks against the big-punching ex-champ. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 99-91. It was Peter’s first fight since losing his world title against Vitali Klitschko.
In his pro debut, Olympian welterweight Javier Molina outclassed 36-year-old Jaime Cabrera, who was also making his pro debut. Molina dropped Cabrera twice with body shots before the bout was waved off at 1:50.
Hot unbeaten lightweight John Molina (16-0, 12KOs) over came a strong start by journeyman Carlos Vinan (8-7-3, 1KOs) to score an impressive second round TKO. Referee David Mendoza waved it off at the 2:40 with Vinan taking heavy punishment.
Olympic super middleweight Shawn Estrada (3-0, 3 KOs) needed just 1:41 to blow out Ray Craig (5-5, 2KOs). Craig was down three times.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh moved to 7-0, 6 KOs with a third round stoppage of Carlos Reyes (4-1, 2KOs).
Undefeated super middleweight Andre “The Matrix” Dirrell faces Derrick “Superman” Findley and Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns meets “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey in a battle of unbeaten junior middleweights in the 10-round co-features tomorrow/Saturday, March 28, on a special edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). Dirrell (17-0, 12 KOs), of Flint, Mich., is 17-0 with 12 KOs; Findley, of Gary, Ind., is 13-2 with 8 KOs. The son of legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, Ronald Hearns is 21-0 with 17 KOs while Yorgey, of Bridgeport, Pa., is 21-0-1 with 9 KOs.
The ShoBox doubleheader at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Okla., is promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, and DiBella Entertainment. The first live fight Saturday starts at 8 p.m. CT. The world-ranked Dirrell and Hearns are familiar faces to SHOWTIME Sports viewers. This will be Dirrell’s fifth appearance on the network and fourth in a row. He’s twice fought on ShoBox and SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. Hearns has fought three times on ShoBox, including two of his last three fights.
ANDRE DIRRELL — “I want to thank everybody, my promoter, grandfather and SHOWTIME – again – for putting me in my first main event and for giving me another opportunity to fight and for helping me get to this point. This is a great card and I hope you watch it if you can’t be here.
“I’m ready to make something happen. Findley is a strong guy and I am not taking him lightly. I have trained for this like it is a world title fight.
“There is no pressure for me to put on a spectacular performance, but I really feel I learned something after the Curtis Stevens fight, which is why I feel I’ve looked a lot better in my last few fights. So, yes, I am looking forward to a spectacular fight.
“I believe I am peaking at just the right time. My time is now and I feel I’m ready for anybody at 168.”
DERRICK FINDLEY — “I am a man of few words. I’m not into all the BS talk. I know that everybody is counting me out, but Dirrell is making a big mistake if he’s looking past me. I’m a good fighter, but everybody seems to look down on fighters from the Midwest.
“I am very excited about this fight and this opportunity. I have always lived and dreamed about getting this kind of fight. It is like fighting for a world title. I’m well prepared and ready to fight.
“Dirrell is a good fighter, but I’m not impressed. I’m not impressed by any fighters.”
RONALD HEARNS — “There’s no question that I feel blessed every time I fight on SHOWTIME. It gives me a chance to showcase my abilities. You always want to look good on television because so many people will be watching. I respect Yorgey, but I’m ready for anything he brings.
“Experience-wise, I feel I’ve grown into a true professional and I’ve felt really comfortable in my last 3-4 fights It’s true I’m still fighting in the shadows of my father, but the more opportunities I get like this, the more people will get to know and appreciate me as a fighter, and not just as the son of Thomas Hearns.
“I’ve dealt with pressure my whole life, going back to the days when I had to fight in the streets. Guys knew who I was and were like, ‘well, let’s see what he’s got.’ It didn’t take long for them to find out.
“My dad has been very supportive and I always remember three things he told me: (1) To make it in this sport, you have to be an entertainer; (2) everything you do in the ring starts with the jab and (3) you have to train harder than anybody else, that physical ability and talent don’t always guarantee success.”
HARRY JOE YORGEY — “I want to thank SHOWTIME for putting me on this card. It is going to be a great one – if you don’t have SHOWTIME, go out and get it.
“There is a lot at stake for both of us. I know I’m ready, and he’s ready. This is a great opportunity to fight on the big stage. This is going to be a great fight, maybe the fight of the night.”
THOMAS “HITMAN” HEARNS — “I’m so proud of my son for what he’s accomplished and the way he’s handled himself in and out of the ring. I have never seen anyone work harder. He’s a natural athlete who got a late start in boxing, but it hasn’t slowed him down. He continues to improve.
“It has never been easy for him, and I respect him so much for that. It’s extremely tough on any fighter to make it in this game, but trying to make and do what your dad did makes it even harder.
“But he has what it takes: the attitude, the enthusiasm. He’s always in shape. He knows he can’t cut corners and expect to get away with it.
“I know he wants to do this for me and to prove so many people wrong about him, but I keep telling him that it’s OK to pattern yourself after somebody but ‘it’s all about you.’ For me, now, it is a great pleasure watching him fight and it has always been almost like an honor to have him as a son. I really love him.’’
By Lee Bates
IBF jr welterweight Juan Urango (21-1-1, 16 KOs) will move up a division to challenge for the title of WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs). The bout will take place on HBO May 30 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. In the TV opener, unbeaten jr middleweight terror Alfredo Angulo (15-0, 12 KOs) will face former world champion Kermit Cintron (30-2-1, 27 KOs).
Photo gallery by Chris Cozzone
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Esplanada at City Hall, Tijuana, Mexico: Chavez, Jr. vs. Cuello, Soto vs. Davis, Montiel vs. Silva, special guests & more! Click here for photo gallery
If it’s a fight night at Desert Diamond Casino in Tucson, Arizona, you can almost guarantee that middleweight David “The Destroyer” Lopez (37-12, 25 KOs) will be on hand to thrill his legion of loyal fans. On April 10th, Lopez will fight at his home away from home for the 12th time when he takes on veteran Ossie Duran (23-6-2, 9 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”. Also in action in a televised bout will be highly touted undefeated junior welterweight prospect Hector Sanchez (17-0, 8 KOs) in the stiffest test of his young career when he squares off against former World Champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (33-10-1, 19 KOs) in an eight-round bout. Making a special appearance will be “the Golden Boy” Oscar de la Hoya. ESPN2 will televise.
Lukas Konecny 153.8 vs Jimmy Colas 152.7
(EU super welterweight championship)
Natascha Ragosina 166.2 vs Iva Weston 166.2
(WIBF/GBU/WBC female super middleweight titles)
Ramona Kühne 128.3 vs Judy Waguthii 128
(WIBF female super featherweight title)
Tommy Altmann 148.5 vs Hawal Garib 148.5
Rico Müller 145.2 vs Marks Senf 157.6
Varol Vekiloglu 194.8 vs Marco Heinichen 196.4
Kirstin Schoenig 108.2 vs Evgenia Zablotskaja 105.3
Venue: Sportarena Großziehten, Schönefeld/Berlin, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: DSF (Germany)
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By Anthony Springer Jr.
When the WEC rolls into Chicago April 5, bantamweight champion Miguel Torres can expect a hero’s welcome. The 35-1 champion made a name for himself fighting opponents in Chicago and the surrounding mid western cities. He’ll face a stiff test in Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2), but feels that fighting on his home turf will be one more advantage when the cage door closes.
Pramuansak Phosuwan 114.3 vs José López 114.9
(WBO super flyweight world title)
Eric Morel 119.1 vs Roberto Bonilla 120.2
Manuel Siaca 159.8 vs George Klinesmith 159.5
Carlos Negrón 183 vs Miguel Ángel Jiménez 183.3
Henry Bruseles 146.6 vs Mario José Ramos 146.3
Jaime Palma 134.3 vs Marcos Jiménez 131
Eric Cruz 136 vs José González 136.7
Max Rivera 139 vs TBA
Luis Cosme 109.4 vs Erickson Martell 108.5
Miguel Robles 114.3 vs Luis Quiñones 111
Héctor J. Hernández 125.8 vs Nelson Casanova 125.6
Venue: Rubén Rodríguez Coliseum, Bayamón, PR
Promoter: PR Best
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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Andre Dirrell 166.5 vs Derrick Findley 166
Ronald Hearns 151.5 vs Harry Joe Yorgey 155/153
Chazz Witherspoon 229.5 vs Travis Fulton ??
Bowie Tupou 262 vs Marcus Rhode 252
Carson Jones 164 vs Dan Wallace 158.5
Anthony Dirrell 165 vs Dominique Azeez 163.5
Jose Guzman 135 vs Juan Noriega 130
Isiah Thomas 179 vs Sam Norwood 176
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment/Gary Shaw Productions
TV: SHOWTIME 11PM ET/PT
Julio Chavez Jr 154 vs Luciano Cuello 154
Humberto Soto 130 vs Antonio Davis 130
(WBC super featherweight championship)
Fernando Montiel 118 vs Diego Silva 117
(WBO bantamweight championship)
Antonio Diaz 144.5 vs Javier Castro 144.5
Venue: Plaza de Toros Monumental, Tijuana, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Pay-per-view, 9PM ET / 6PM PT
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
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Professional boxing returned to “America’s Finest City” once again with the “Champions of Tomorrow” fight card presented by Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Promotions at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in the Kearny Mesa suburb of San Diego, CA. The bout card fell short of the regulated twenty six rounds required by the State of California with only twenty spread out in four bouts. Despite the shortage of action, the boxing hungry crowd of about 400 enjoyed the show filled with pro debutants and up and coming local fighters ready to make a statement in their home town. In the scheduled eight round super featherweight main event, two time Mexican national amateur champion Emilio Bojorquez (12-1, 10 KOs) of Tijuana, MX by way of Navajoa made his return to the ring after more than half a year lay off to score a fifth round stoppage of the much experienced Trinidad Mendoza (24-20, 19 KOs) of Guaymas, MX. (more…)
Hardened gauze pads confiscated from Antonio Margarito’s hand wraps contained calcium and sulfur, two of the primary elements of plaster of Paris, according to tests by a California State Department of Justice laboratory it has been reported by the LA Times. State supervising deputy attorney general Karen Chappelle told the paper that the State Athletic Commission’s decision to suspend Margarito and his trainer Javier Capetillo appear to be supported by the findings.
Both Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez and Wilfredo “Papín” Negrón, headliners for the second edition of Boxeo Boricua en Caguas, made their respective divisions during the weigh-in for the event organized by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Mexican Juan Jaramillo, who was supposed to fight Vélez couldn’t make it due to problems with his travel visa. Now “ La Maravilla” will face Javier Ramos. To Vélez the change of fighter will not affect his performance. “ I’m well trained and I’ll do my work as always” assured the 20 year old boxer, who has been in the sport for almost a decade.
By Lee Bates at the scale
Derrick Samuels 138.5 vs Roberto Valenzuela 139.8*
Magomed Abdusalamov 261 vs Larry White 255
Nicholas Iannuzzi 199 vs Dave Saunders 195
Adam Hubinger 172 vs Jose Medina 174
Venue: The West Shore Hotel Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Starfight Productions
* Note: Valenzuela intially weighed in over the 140 pound weight limit at 141.8 but weighed in at 139.8 less than an hour later.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBC announced the following officials for the fight between Edwin Valero and Antonio Pitalua on April 4th at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The referee is Laurence Cole (Texas). Judges are Ken Morita (Japan), Juergen Langos (Germany) and Gale Van Hoy (Texas). On Thursday, Valero looked very sharp at a public training session at the Urbina Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles. Valero will travel the next Monday to Austin with his trainer Robert Alcazar and the rest of the team. Valero-Pitalua is the main event on Golden Boy Promotions’ “Light Lightning” pay-per-view card.
By Ron Jackson
After an absence of eight months former WBF flyweight champion Zolani Tete returns to action when he faces Filipino Rexon Flores in a scheduled ten rounder at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Tete suffered a mysterious illness in September last year and was forced to relinquish his WBF belt. However, he has subsequently been declared fit to fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Norman Motsoaledi who fought as a welterweight in the professional ranks from 1958 to 1970 passed away after a long illness in Meadowlands, Soweto last Sunday. He was 73. Motsoaledi who was born in Alexandra Township near Sandton on October 10, 1935 joined the professional ranks on July 4, 1958 with a four round points win over Peter Sekoalo. (more…)
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