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By Joe Koizumi
WBA#8 ex-OPBF feather champ Hiroyuki Enoki (28-1-2, 20 KOs), 128, engaged in a comebacking bout after his unsuccessful attempt to win the WBA throne from Chris John last October, and displayed a clearcut KO victory over Indonesian national ruler Ardi Diego (8-2-1, 5 KOs), 128, with a single vicious body shot at 3:06 of the third round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Enoki, a Larry Holmes stylist (though not so tall) utilizing his trademark stinging lefts, showed solid jabs to the good-looking and taller Indonesian, dominating the first two sessions with ease. The 29-year-old Japanese accelerated his attack in the third, when he landed strong jabs to have his opponent’s attention upstairs, and then dug a wicked shot to the belly. Diego, 22, sank in agnoy to be counted out there. Though Enoki couldn’t avenge his sole defeat by Chris John by finishing his compatriot Indonesian Diego, he showed a good form to be gunning for a shot at the winner of the forthcoming WBC feather title bout between Oscar Larios and Takahiro Aoh (with whom he previously fought to a unanimous draw with his OPBF belt at stake eleven months ago) next Thursday. Promoter: Kadoebi Promotions.
By Jose Reyes
Up and coming lightweight prospect “The One” Rashad Ganaway (9-0 ,7 KOs) stayed on course when he extended his unbeaten streak with a TKO win over Michael Williams (5-8, 3 KOs) at 2:48 of the first round tonight at the West Junior High School Gymnasium in West Memphis, Arkansas. Williams visited the canvas three times in the first round and the referee stopped the carnage due to the three-knockdown rule, which was in effect. With the victory Ganaway is on schedule to fight Jaime “Super-Fly” Sandoval (15-3, 12 KOs) for the NABC lightweight title on March 28th in the Rio Grande Valley, south Texas’ hot bed of boxing which is promoted by Peacemaker Promotions.
In the main event of UFC 96 Quinton “Rampage” Jackson outpointed “The Dean of Mean” Keith Jardine over three exciting rounds to become the #1 contender for world light heavyweight title held by Rashad Evans. All three rounds were competitive but Jackson landed the more telling blows as he knocked down Jardine in both round two and three with hard punches. Jackson spent much of the fight pressuring Jardine who used crafty footwork to confuse the former champion. The scorecards read 29-28, 29-28 and 30-27 in favor of Jackson. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Unbeaten junior welterweight Mike Alvarado (25-0, 18 KOs) has just finished tough Emmanuel Clottey (24-9, 14 KOs) with a picture-perfect left hook – right cross combination with 5 seconds remaining in round ten. Clottey was down for several minutes and is in bad shape right now.
Earlier lightweight Robert Frankel (27-9-1, 4 KOs) scored a majority ten-round decision over Ricardo Dominguez (26-5-2, 15 KOs).
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight Carney Bowman (13-0, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Jesus Perez (25-24-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Valencia Ballroom in York, PA. Bowman dropped Perez in rounds two and four en route to a 80-71, 79-73, 78-74 triumph.
Bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (8-0-1, 2 KOs) wore down 42-fight veteran Jose Garcia-Bernal (27-15-1), winning a six round 60-54, 59-55, 59-55 unanimous decision.
By David Robinett at ringside
In a highly anticipated clash of junior middleweight KO Artists, unbeaten James Kirkland (25-0, 22 KOs) stopped Joel Julio (34-3, 31 KOs) after six brutal rounds at ther HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA. Kirkland pressed the action in round one cutting Julio over the right eye. Julio began to connect more in round two, but it was still Kirkland applying pressure. Huge sustained exchange in round three in which both fighters survived. Kirkland’s pressure seemed to be paying dividends as a busted up Julio wore down over the next few rounds. Kirkland walked through Julio’s big punches as he continued to break Julio down. The bout was stopped at the end of round six.
Junior welterweight Victor Ortiz (24-1-1, 19 KOs) scored a second round TKO over “Mighty” Mike Arnauotis (21-3-1, 10 KOs). Ortiz rocked Arnauotis with a straight left and got the stoppage with his follow-up attack. Time was 1:27.
The junior lightweight clash between Robert Guerrero (23-1-1, 16 KOs) and Daud Yordan (17-0, 12 KOs) ended in a no decision after former IBF featherweight world champion and local hero Guerrero was cut over the right eye by an unintentional headbutt in round two. Time was 1:47 of ther second when it was stopped. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Light heavyweight contender Jürgen Brähmer (32-2, 26 KOs) impressively rebounded from his world title loss in November with an fifth round TKO against Rachid Kanfouah (29-7, 23 KOs) on Saturday night to claim the vacant European title at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. A determined Brähmer was aggressive from the opening bell, dropping Kanfouah in round two and punishing him throughout the bout. Referee Richard Davies finally waved it off at 2:30 due to Kanfouah’s left eye being swollen shut. Brähmer is aiming a rematch with WBA champion Hugo Garay by the end of the year. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao was honored by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the Southern California Filipino community today in historic Filipino Town in Los Angeles. Pacquiao was honored as “The People’s Champion” for his historic achievements inside the ring and for his philanthropic contributions outside the ring. Pacquiao and Mayor Villaraigosa also dedicated a tree as part of “Day of Service” where volunteers worked to beautify and improve Historic Filipinotown. Pacquiao is in town training for his upcoming world jr. welterweight championship fight against Ricky “The Hitman” Hatton on May 2 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas,Nevada. Pacquiao vs Hatton is presented by Top Rank and Golden Boy and will be available on HBO Pay Per View.
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…)
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