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World rated light heavyweight Joey “KO Kid” Spina, former USNBC and IBF Intercontinental champion, has rededicated himself for his loyal fans as he prepares for his next fight February 6 at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. Spina (23-1-1, 16 KOs), rated No. 14 by the WBO and No. 15 by the WBC, takes on Kansas veteran Matt Gockel (12-9, 7 KOs) in the 8-round main event. The veteran Gockel replaces Steve Walker. Spina, who holds victories against former world champion Carl Daniels and super middleweight contender Jesse Brinkley, has had a somewhat sputtering pro career that he’s vowed to turn around starting Feb. 6.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Teon Kennedy will face his most experienced opponent as a pro when he boxes crowd-pleasing southpaw Paulino Villalobos, of Veracruz, Mexico, in an eight-round contest Friday evening, March 6, at the Legendary Blue Horizon. Topping the seven-fight card will be Mike Jones’ first defense of his NABA welterweight title in a 10-round match with Larry Mosley. (more…)
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Veteran Demetrius Jenkins was unable to slow the progress of fellow Detroit native Darryl Cunningham and was stopped via a third round TKO. Time of the ending was 1:33. Cunningham (172) and Jenkins (167 1/2) fought the first two rounds on fairly even terms before Cunningham unloaded on Jenkins along the ropes, sending him crashing to the canvas. Jenkins was in no condition to continue upon rising and saw his record slide to 21-17-1. In winning the main event before a SRO crowd at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Cunningham improves to 13-2, 6 KO’s. (more…)
Following his dominating world title unification victory over Christian Mijares, Vic Darchinyan asked reporters at the post-fight press conference “Did I keep my promise (to knock him out)? What about my pound-for-pound ranking? Mijares was No. 6.” Even after a career changing win, the 115-pound IBF, WBC and WBA champ’s fight against Jorge Arce, Feb. 7 on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING, is still about respect. “Against Mijares, I promised to deliver a skillful, smart fight. I promised to destroy him and knock him out. And I did that,” Darchinyan said. “But I still don’t know if I get any respect.” (more…)
WBA heavyweight champion in recess Ruslan Chagaev, his challenger Carl Davis Drumond, WBA super light champion Andreas Kotelnik, his challenger Marcos Maidana, #11 rated heavyweight Denis Boystov and his opponent Israel “King Kong” Garcia were all on hand at today’s prefight press conference for Saturday’s “The Champion Returns” PPV card in Rostock, Germany. Click on the image below for more photos…
Photos: Eroll Popova
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight Chris John and his trainer, Craig Christian, stopped by the gym at the Sultan’s Hotel in Jakarta today for some exercise. John and Christian are currently in Jakarta for a week from John’s training camp in Perth, Australia, before their departure tomorrow to Houston, Texas. John will defend against Rocky Juarez on February 28. It will be the first bout in the United States for the long time featherweight champion who has made ten successful title defenses since winning the title in 2003, including a victory over Juan Manuel Marquez.
Featherweight prospect Matt “The Sharp Shooter” Remillard, formerly promoted by CES, has signed an exclusive promotional agreement with Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions. The 22-year-old Remillard is 16-0 with 8 KOs. Most recently he won a unanimous decision over former world champion Mauricio Pastrana in November 13, 2008. Details of Remillard’s first bout under the TKO BOXING Promotions banner will be announced shortly.
Unbeaten WBA heavyweight champion (in recess) Ruslan Chagaev (24-0-1, 17 KOs) and unbeaten challenger Carl Davis Drumond (26-0, 20 KOs) met for the first time today at a press conference held at a VW dealer in Rostock Germany. They will collide in a PPV showdown on Saturday at the StadtHalle in this beautiful Baltic city. This is Chagaev’s first fight since recovering from an achilles tenden operation. With this fight against the WBA #9 rated Drumond, Chagaev plans to test his form and ‘ring feel’ in advance of his rematch with current titleholder, seven-foot ‘Russian Giant’ Nikolai Valuev. (more…)
A decision will be made today on whether ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera will still be able to face Amir Khan on March 14 at the M.E.N. Arenea in Manchester, England. The bout wqs put in question after Barrera was cut during a tune-up bout on Saturday in Mexico. “I spoke to Don King and he told me that hopefully it will be OK,” promoter Frank Warren told The Times. “At the moment, we just don’t know. I am told it was a vertical gash, but we will find out more on Monday….I did not want this fight in Mexico to happen, but I think there was pressure on him to go ahead with it. If the worst comes to the worst, we will have to push it back a couple of weeks, but we don’t want to do that.” More than 15,000 tickets have already been sold for the card.
“I believe the junior welterweight division is the best in boxing, and I have no shortage of great fights here,” said IBF jr welterweight world champion Huan Urango. “I’d love to unify the title with the other champions, but my real goal is a rematch with Ricky Hatton so I can avenge my only loss. The result of our first fight is something I can’t accept, and after he fights Manny Pacquiao in May, win or lose, I want the opportunity to get even. In the meantime, line up the best in the division, and I’ll fight them.” (more…)
Star Boxing’s top welterweight contender Delvin Rodriguez (23-2-2,14KO) ranked #5 in the IBF will face off against Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (20-1,11KO) ranked #15 in the IBF in a must see match-up of two of boxing’s top welterweights on March 6th at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. The bout, for Rodriguez’s USBA Welterweight Championship, will be shown live as the main event on that evening’s ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” telecast . . . click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican superstar Jorge ¨Travieso¨ Arce has finished his training in the Municipal Gym in Temoaya, Mexico located 3,800 meters above sea level. In a special workout for the press Arce looked to be in good condition and with fast movements and precise and strong blows designed specifically to try to win by knockout against champion Vic Darchinyan to snatch the WBC, WBA and IBF super flyweight belts. Arce’s work team is now headed toward Anaheim, California, to take part in fight week promotional activities. Arce was very animated, saying ¨I feel with a lot of responsibility and confidence at the same time to be able to defeat Darchinyan,¨ said Arce, who added that this fight is for the pride and the dignity of all Mexicans. The eagerly anticipated world title fight between IBF/WBC/WBA 115-pound champion Vic Darchinyan (31-1-1, 25 KOs) and former two-time world champion Jorge Arce (51-4-1, 39 KOs) will highlight a SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast that begins at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast) from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
By Craig Watt
Former WBO interim Lightweight Champion Michael “The Great” Katsidis has targeted a re-match with Cuban veteran Joel Casamayor after his convincing points victory over Argentinean Angel Hugo Ramirez at the weekend. Although it has been rumoured that the 28 year old Aussie was due to face IBF#4 ranked Julio Diaz in April in California, it now seems a “homecoming bout” in Brisbane or Queensland is the preferred option. Katsidis, who moved his record to 24-2 with the unanimous decision over Ramirez told the Sun Herald in Australia, “It would be great for me to come back to Australia against a big-name opponent and Casamayor would be ideal.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Rick Scharmberg
Approximately nine hundred Philly boxing fans battled through sub-freezing temperatures to witness the return of Brian “The Bionic Bull” Cohen to his hometown at South Philadelphia High School on Saturday night in the ten round main event of the evening. However, it was his home town fans that would leave disappointed as late replacement Bill Bailey spoiled their evening, dropping Cohen three times, en-route to a commanding second round knockout. The card promoted by Bionic Bull Promotions had six undercard fights featured some nice local prospects. (more…)
Cruiserweight Juan Carlos Robles improved to (11-2, 5KO’s) with an impressive six round unanimous decision victory over Ed “The Iron Man” Gutierrez (15-7, 6 KOs) in front of a capacity crowd on Saturday night at the Staunton Armory in Staunton, VA. All three judges scored the bout 60-54. Robles dominated the fight from bell to bell with an impressive arsenal that showed his hand speed, athleticism, power, and boxing ability. “I think this is the smartest fight Juan has ever fought” says his Manager and Trainer Bruce Frank. “This was a real guy in there with Juan and he’s been in there with some of the best in the world in David Tua and Matt Godfrey and Juan dominated him. That really says something!” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
World rated jr middleweight Daniel Dawson (34-1, 23 KOs) stopped Ariel Gerado Aparicio (26-9, 10 KOs) in round three at the Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia on Sunday. Dawson attacked his opponent from the opening bell scoring with effective head and body shots that had the South American visibly hurt. A power body shot dropped Aparicio in round two and shortly after a punch below the belt dropped him for a second time. Referee Brad Vocale gave the visitor time to recover and at the bell both boxers were connecting with hard head and body shots. Dawson dropped Aparicio again in round three from accurate combination to the head and the referee crowned the Australian at 37 seconds of the round. Dawson captured the IBF Pan Pacific jr middleweight title. He was also defending the PABA title. (more…)
Edwin Valero, the 24-0, 24 KO super featherweight contender from Venezuela, has signed with Top Rank. Bob Arum made the announcement today. “Edwin Valero is one of the most exciting fighters in the world today,” Arum said. “We are very pleased he has signed with Top Rank. We are planning in the months ahead to showcase him so the public can see how talented he is.” Arum said Valero’s first bout with Top Rank will soon be announced. Valero will campaign at 130 pounds, the super featherweight division.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr., photos by Chris Cozzone
A sold-out show packed the house last night for one of the most anticipated rematches in MMA history, between UFC Welterweight Champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre and UFC Lightweight Champion BJ “The Prodigy” Penn.
Everyone in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, was on their feet as the lightweight and welterweight champions made their respective walks to the Octagon. Both fighters had solid crowd support, with as many from, both, Canada and Hawaii making the journey to the City of Sin to witness history.
The rematch, however, wasn’t even close . . . . Click here for more
Report by Anthony Springer Jr., photos by Chris Cozzone
UFC 94 may not go down in history for being the most exciting MMA card in recent memory (an honor this writer believes goes to UFC 91 or 92), but it was the day that fans got to see two rising stars put on big performances . . . click here for more
Report by Anthony Springer Jr., photos by Chris Cozzone
In the run up to the epic rematch between Georges “Rush” St-Pierre and “The Prodigy” BJ Penn, UFC president Dana White said that the winner of the contest would walk out of the Octagon a superstar and be on his way to legendary status . . . click here for more
By Robert Coster
It is finally WBC#10 Kompayak Propamook (31-3, 22 Kos), Asian Boxing Council light-flyweight champion, who will meet WBC Champion Edgar Sosa on March 28th in Cuidad Victoria. The hard-punching, 26-year-old Thai boxer is said to present a dangerous challenge for the Mexican champion, having won 19 out of his last 20 bouts. The only blemish in Kompayak’s record over the past five years was a fourth round technical loss to flyweight contender Hussein Hussein in Australia in 2007, a bout in which he did floor Hussein in the first round.
Former Junior-Welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (32-10-1, 18 KOs) will face Wilson Enrique Galli (31-8, 13 KOs) in the ten-round main event of the February 3 Darwish Brothers Knockout Promotions show entitled “Knockout Night” at the Meadowlands Sheraton Hotel in East Rutherford, NJ. “Hopefully he’s coming to fight because I’m coming to fight,” Corley says. “Come Tuesday night, there will be a knockout. Everybody is going to see a different Demarcus Corley. I badly want to be world champion again and Galli is standing in my way.” Tickets, priced $100 and $50 are on sale now and almost sold out. Call 973-339-9611.
The deafening cheers of the sold-out Montreal crowd still echo through the Bell Centre from UFC® 83. Now the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is heading back to Montreal with two more world-class matchups already inked.
Unstoppable UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will meet his toughest test to date when he faces submission specialist Thales Leites at UFC 97: Silva vs. Leites, live from the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada on Saturday, April 18. Also on the card, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell will trade punches with another dangerous striker when he takes on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. . . . click here for more
2000 Olympic silver medalist Ricardo Williams Jr. (14-2, 7 KOs) won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decusion over journeyman Doel Carrasquillo (12-10-1, 1 KO) in a welterweight clash on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Scores were 79-73, 78-74 and 80-72. In the co-feature, super middleweight Aaron Pryor Jr. (12-1, 9 KOs) scored a second-round stopage of Will Prieto (5-4-2, 2 KOs). Pryor is the son of former world champion Aaron “The Hawk” Pryor. Attendance was 5000+ for the non-televised event.
Former world title challenger Ricardo “Piolo” Castillo (36-7, 25 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Marvin Rodríguez (14-6-2, 7 KOs) to claim the vacant NABF featherweight title on Saturday night at the Palenque del FEX in Mexicali, BC, Mexico. In the co-feature, super featherweight David Rodela (12-1-2, 6 KOs), coming a career-best win over Kevin Kelly, claimed a ten round split decision over Marlon “Rata” Aguilar (19-6-1, 14 KOs).
By William Green
Former WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison scored a first round KO over Corey Williams in a front of small but loud audience on Saturday night in Laramie, Wyoming. Morrison connected with a huge left right combination to put Williams out for the count. Who’s Your Daddy Productions struggled with the promotion due to the huge controversy surrounding Morrisons’s HIV status. However, after the fight the Who’s Your Daddy Productions staff answered several questions regarding the controversay. Mr. Williams showed documentation of medical records proving Morrison’s clean status in regard to HIV and Hepititus C. Mr. Williams added that he personally witnessed a medical test done in Joplin, Missouri, which again Morrison passed.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr., photo by Chris Cozzone
In one of the great performances of modern times, UFC world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre beat and battered lightweight champion BJ Penn for four rounds until the fight was stopped before the start of round five. In round one, the larger St. Pierre held Penn against the cage and landed short punches. Round two saw St. Pierre takeover the fight completely however as he landed heavy strikes from the top position. The beating from the much larger and much stronger St. Pierre continued until the corner of Penn decided they had seen enough. The fight was waved off before the start of round five giving Georges St. Pierre the TKO victory.
In the co-main, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida staked his claim as the number one contender for the UFC light heavyweight title by knocking out fellow unbeaten Thiago Silva with less than a second left in round one. At 4:59, Machida threw Silva to the ground and landed a heavy right hand just before the buzzer. Silva lay stiffened, clearly unable to continue.
In other results: Jon “Bones” Jones battered light heavyweight veteran Stephan Bonnar over three rounds to win a unanimous decision. Scores read 29-28 twice and 30-27. Karo “The Heat” Parysian scored a three round, split decision over the Korean superstar Dong Hyun Kim in a welterweight contest. Scores all read 29-28. Lightweight Clay Guida ended TUF 5 winner Nate Diaz’s UFC win streak by earning a hard three round split decision. Scores all read 29-28. Former welterweight title challenger Jon Fitch out worked Akihiro Gono en route to earning a dominant unanimous decision victory Scores read 30-27 twice and 30-26. Lightweight Thiago Tavares earned a unanimous decision over Manny Gamburyan. All three judges scored the bout 29-28. John Howard scored an early upset as he earned a split decision over Chris Wilson. Scores all read 29-28. Jake O’Brien earned a split decision victory over Christian Wellisch in both men’s first bout at light heavyweight. Scores all read 29-28.Welterweight Dan Cramer was awarded a split decision victory over Matt Arroyo. Scores all read 29-28. Stay tuned for a full report and photo gallery tomorrow!
By Lee Bates
Ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs) won by third round disqualification over emergency replacement Freudis Rojas (1-8-1) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Telmex de la UG in Zapopan, Jalisco, Mexico. Rojas was DQ’d for a headbutt which left Barrera with a bad gash over his left eye. The cut could jeopardize Barrera’s scheduled March 14 clash against Amir Khan in Manchester, England. Barrera was originally slated to face John Nolasco on Saturday night, but Nolasco didn’t show up at the weigh-in, so Marco Antonio was pressed into facing Rojas, whom he knew absolutely nothing about.
In the co-feature, featherweight Jorge Solis (37-1-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Monty Meza Clay (28-2, 19 KOs) in an IBF eliminator.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, the premier brand in mixed martial arts, today announced a strategic partnership with Skeletal Metal LLC (SKM), creator of surgical steel jewelry, to launch the first ever UFC branded jewelry. Available through UFCstore.com, the UFC line launches today with Men’s bracelets styled after the famed UFC® Octagon™ . . . . Click here for more
UFC 94 is live on PPV from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas Jan. 31. Georges St-Pierre and BJ Penn are about to do it again. But this time, there’s much more at stake. UFC® lightweight champion BJ Penn looks to be the first fighter in history to hold two UFC® championships at the same time when he faces Georges St-Pierre for the UFC® welterweight championship at UFC® 94: ST-PIERRE VS. PENN 2. For more info, visit 94.ufc.com
Last night in front of a sold out crowd at the Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown, West Virginia, local prospect Tommy Karpency (16-1-1, 11KOs) from Adah, Pennsylvania stopped Cory Phelps (13-5-1, 7 KOs) from Catlettsburg, Kentucky in the second round to capture the vacant WBA Fedecentro light heavyweight title. Karpency dropped Phelps early in the second with a left to the body, Phelps got to his feet only to be dropped again by Karpency. Phelps again got to his feet and was then forced to the corner by Karpency, who landed one big shot after another forcing referee Mike Napple to step in and stop the action. After the fight, an estatic Karpency said “I feel great, I worked hard for this. You’ve just got to gun out there. That’s all.”
In the co-main event, Pittsburgh PA’s Jimmy Lubash improved to 13-1, 6 KOs) in his first eight-rounder, taking a unanimous decison victory over Weston, WV’s James North (9-21-2, 4 KOs) in a super-middleweight bout. Lubash had North in deep trouble in the seventh round, but a very tough North made it to the bell. Judges at ringside scored 80-72 twice and 79-73 all for Lubash. The event was presented by Steve Simons Promotions.
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