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By Rick Scharmberg
Former four-time world title challenger John “The Eastern Beast” Brown (24-17-2, 11 KOs), of Atlantic City, NJ will face Harrison Cuello (18-12-3, 14 KOs), of The Bronx, New York at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York on Friday, February 26. Headlining the big seven-bout show will be hard-hitting Brazilian Isaac Rodriguez (16-0, 13 KOs) taking on former Contender Brian Vera (16-3, 10 KOs) in a ten round middleweight bout. The promoter is Stars-R-Out Promotions. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Featherweight world rated Daud Yordan (25-0, 19 KOs) has decided to join Nonito Donairre Sr’s Kennel Boxing Gym in San Leandro, California within this month. “We think he needs to boost his boxing ability and physical condition in the US,” Pino Bahari, Yordan’s manager said. Yordan has fought twice in the US, outpointing Antonio Meza in September 2008, and a no contest with Robert Guerrero in March last year. After the Guerrero fight, Yordan has fought twice in Indonesia.
Last Friday in Fuscaldo, Italy OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) staged a show with five fights. In the main event former WBA light heavyweight champion Silvio Branco (60-10-2, 37 KOs) won the vacant WBC International cruiserweight title against Laszlo Hubert (24-6, 15 KOs) by TKO in round 4. It was the debut for Silvio Branco in the cruiserweight division.
Also, WBC #2 middleweight Domenico Spada (30-2, 15 KOs) won by TKO in round one against Norbert Nagy (7-3, 5 KOs). Next for Spada is a rematch for the WBC interim middleweight title against Sebastian Zbik. (more…)
“I’ve never had a fight that I was 100 percent at in Las Vegas . . . .”
That, says Nonito Donaire, will change on February 13.
In what will be his fourth appearance in Las Vegas, Donaire, 22-1, 14 KOs, will defend the interim version of the WBA’s super flyweight championship against Mexico City contender Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero, 34-8, 26 KOs, in the main event of a Top Rank Pay-Per-View card from the Las Vegas Hilton . . . Click here for more
If there’s one fight Mexican contender Gerson “El Nene” Guerrero has studied, in preparation for his Saturday showdown with Nonito Donaire, it’s the “Filipino Flash’s” 2007 upset over then-reigning champ Vic Darchinyan . . . Click here for more
In front of nearly 8,000 mainly hostile fight fans, lightweight king Edwin “Inca” Valero (27-0, 27 KOs) of Merida, Venezuela, kept his WBC lightweight crown, as well as his KO streak, intact as he stopped former interim WBC champ Antonio “Tony” DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Mexico in a much-anticipated 12-round championship fight . . . Click here for more
By Craig Watt
Australian WBO interim lightweight champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis (26-2, 21 KO’s) today contacted Fightnews and issued a challenge to popular American Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KO’s). The two exciting fighters met in September 2008 in Houston, Texas when the American, known as “Baby Bull” won a split decision over twelve rounds. The 29 year old Katsidis is growing increasingly frustrated at the failure of full WBO 135 pound champion Juan Manuel Marquez to ink a fight mandated by the WBO and now is chasing a match with Diaz who is ranked WBO #7, WBA #2 and IBF #4 at jr welterweight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Chicago referee Pete Podgorski who has worked in fifty world title bouts around the world and has a solid background in boxing, along with brothers and sons, having held several amateur titles and also boxing as a professional. Pete talks to Fightnews and tells of his family’s proud boxing history and also how he feels that boxing officiating is continually improving because of boxing commissions and seminars that improve the skills of officials. (more…)
Don King Productions stablemates Carlos Molina (17-4-1, 5 KOs) and Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (17-0, 13 KOs) will face off March 6th for the IBF Latino junior middleweight title. The bout will be on the undercard of the Devon Alexander-Juan Urango 140 pound unification main event. Site of the card will be the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight contender Freddy Hernandez admitted he has had difficulties facing southpaw fighters throughout his career. Friday night was no different for Hernandez, who had difficulties in the openings rounds against former world champion DeMarcus Corley. That did not stop an undeterred Hernandez from moving in and eventually landing the equalizing punch that ended the fight. Hernandez scored the biggest victory of his career, knocking out Corley in the fifth round of a scheduled 10 round fight before a sold-out crowd of 1,400 at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
World-class professional boxing made it’s highly anticipated comeback to the Russian capital on Saturday, Feb. 6, during a huge show, which was promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab at Aquarium Hotel sports arena on the second floor of the giant Crocus Expo exhibition center on the outskirts of Moscow. Kirill Pchelnikov (Pushka Promotions) and German Titov (German Titov Promotions) aided in compiling the exact schedule of the tournament, which unfortunately was marred with several disappointing organizational blunders. For more details and photos click here…
By Alexey Sukachev
Six men are sitting around a long, gray table with a handful of microphones, dictaphones and notepads in the midst of cameramen, reporters and entrepreneurs. Four of them are wearing tracksuits, and only two are robed in high-priced classic jackets. The presser to announce an upcoming boxing show in Izhevsk, Russia, is right under way, and one can hardly believe that a shy, soft-spoken, tiny man sporting such a jacket is a boxer. Indeed, he is. Maybe one of the best this country has to offer. Highly regarded bantamweight contender Alexander Bakhtin (24-0, 11 KOs) chose an unusual path for a young Russian fighter to follow. (more…)
By Marcus Lammi (at ringside) and Alexey Sukachev
On Saturday night at Rewell Center Amarillo in Vaasa, Finland, Petro Koskimies with his quickly developing and rising Finnish professional boxing stable Caramelito Promotions presented a very entertaining and dramatic show, which was co-promoted with St. Petersburg’s Jab Promotions, led by Vitaly Supichenko and Alexander Yagupov. In a scheduled twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO European and interim PABA welterweight titles Russia-based Tajik Sherali “The Lion” Mamadaliev (10-0, 6 KOs) stopped Frenchman Frederic Serre (10-5, 2 KOs) in round six of a bout that really set the audience on fire. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Photos by Josh Hedges, UFC
In a battle of two living legends, Randy “The Natural” Couture defeated Mark “The Hammer” Coleman by rear naked choke at 1:09 in the second round. The bout was 12 years in the making, as the pair were originally slated to meet at UFC 17 before Couture was forced off the card with an injury. Back then, Coleman would’ve certainly been the favorite . . . Click here for more
Postfight reports by Anthony Springer, Jr.
50 bout veteran Guillard now “1-0″: With more than fifty fights to his name, Melvin Guillard announced to the world that none of his previous accomplishments matter anymore . . . Click here for more
Sonnen makes his mark on Marquardt: If you asked the average MMA fan about Chael Sonnen six months ago, the response would’ve likely been “Who?” . . . Click here for more
Unbeaten junior middleweight Alexander Abraham (25-0-1, 17 KOs), the younger brother of boxing superstar Arthur Abraham, has retired from the ring. According to trainer Ulli Wegner, an unexplained dizziness prompted the 28-year-old prospect to hand up his gloves. Meanwhile Arthur Abraham is headed to the United States to face Andre Dirrell in SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six tournament on March 6 in Palm Springs, CA.
By Joe Koizumi
21-year-old Japanese Daiki Kameda (16-2, 11 KOs), 112, captured the WBA flyweight belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision over defending titlist Denkaosen Kaowichit (48-2-1, 20 KOs), Thailand, over twelve lousy rounds in Kobe, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Glenn Feldman (US) both 116-110 and Pascuale Procopio (Canada) 114-112, all for the Japanese challenger. The referee was Lahcen Oumghar (Holland). It was a farce rather than a fight. Kameda slipped down on five occasions, while Denkaosen was penalized twice because of his repeated clinches in the sixth and eleventh. It was one of the very least technical bouts with world championships at stake held here in Japan. We, however, will have to evaluate and celebrate Kameda brothers having conquered the WBA and the WBC belts in the same 112-pound category in 69 days since his elder brother Koki, 23, dethroned WBC ruler Daisuke Naito in Saitama on November 30. Daiki and Koki finally followed the footsteps of Klitschko brothers having dominated the same heavyweight thrones at the same era. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Busy-punching and fast-moving Tsunami Tenkai (14-3, 4 KOs), 114, very impressively kept her WBA female super-flyweight belt as she swept all rounds with a beautiful display of speed, skills and power in scoring a nearly shutout decision (100-90 twice and 99-91) over game and durable British challenger Shanee Martin (9-5-1, 5 KOs), also 114, over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. The referee was Firlin Marsh of New Zealand. Tenkai, a cute 25-year-old Japanese champ, simply stunned the audience who hadn’t seen so many female boxing bouts by showing her excellent form, reflexes, quickness, skills and stamina. Even this reporter previously thought that Tenkai was only a non-stop warrior, but she completely changed her image tonight so that our people realized that we might be proud of Tenkai being the most outstanding female boxer. (more…)
In a sterling performance, Edwin Valero of Venezuela improved to 27-0 with 27 knockouts and retained the World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title with a dominant ninth-round TKO over WBC interim titleholder Antonio DeMarco (23-2-1, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mex., Saturday in the main event on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING on SHOWTIME®. The event at Arena Monterrey, promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC, was the first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast to emanate from Mexico in nearly 12 years and the first in Monterrey in more than 15.
Valero showed he was anything but one-dimensional as he outfought and, somewhat shockingly, outboxed the tentative and outclassed DeMarco while controlling all the rounds in a one-sided battle of southpaws. (more…)
Super featherweight Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (38-2-2, 28 KOs) claimed the WBA interim world title with a seventh round KO over reigning champion Likar Ramos (21-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night in Mérida, Yucatán. Solis recovered from a third round knockdown to floor Ramos in the sixth and finish him with a body shot just as the bell rang to end the seventh. Time was 2:59. With the win, “Coloradito” Solis joins Ulises “Archi” Solis in the exclusive club of world champion Mexican brothers. Click here for more photos
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