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By Alexey Sukachev
The magic story of the heavyweight “People’s champion” Martin Rogan (12-1, 6 KOs) came to an abrupt end moments ago at Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, when the local cab driver was stopped on shut eye in the eighth round by Brit Sam Sexton (12-1, 5 KOs). Rogan started the fight aggressively imposing his will on the defensive opponent. Sexton came back strong in the second round, rocking the Belfast native several times with his sudden and powerful back-fire combos. Both pugilists were on even terms in the third round but the fourth stanza saw onrushing Rogan, 38, being just slightly better. In round five Sam Sexton, 14 years his younger, mounted another local comeback but in the huge sixth stanza Rogan looked much better almost dropping his tired foe after several monstrous rights. Unbelievably, the guest fighter was able to come back one another time in the seventh getting an advantage of the rapidly closing left eye of Rogan. Sexton was close to stop Rogan at the ending moments of the round. In another colossal turn-around, Martin Rogan with the completely shut left eye gave his all at the start of the eighth round to wobble Sam Sexton with a monstrous left hook and another right in the following. Sexton was saved by referee Dave Parris, who issued a warning to Rogan for hitting at the back of the head. He was wobbled again after another onslaught by Rogan and also lost his mouthpiece in the process. Fantastically, the local fighter showed an enormous sportsmanship not to follow with his punches and warned referee about the lost mouthpiece of his opponent. Immediately after the fight went on, referee Dave Parris halted the contest and let the doctor to examine Rogan’s left eye. After Rogan was unable to count the fingers right, the fight was stopped at 2:37 of the eighth round; one of the best fights in heavyweight division this year coming to an early end. Rogan, ranked #11 by the WBO, lost his Commonwealth heavyweight title after this loss. (more…)
By Paolo Consiglio
Giacobbe Fragomeni 197 vs Krzysztof Wlodarczyk 198.4
(WBC cruiserweight championship)
Vittorio Oi 143.3 vs Sento Martinez 142.2
Emanuele Della Rosa 156 vs Sebastien Spengler 153
Emanuele Blandamura 159.8 vs Ferenc Olah 154.3
Adrian Hernandez 108 vs Abel Ochoa 110.2
Mirko Larghetti 194 vs Sandor Balogh 203.9
Andrea Moretti 190 vs Mihaly Kratki 197.3
Venue: Gran Teatro
TV: RAI2 (Italy)
Web television Streamit.it-Rewwwolution Tv will broadcast pay-per-view worldwide (but Italy, Poland and Mexico).
By David Robinett
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Andre “S.O.G.” Ward 167.5 vs Edison “Pantera” Miranda 167.5
(NABO & NABF Super Middleweight Championship Bout)
John Molina, Jr. 132 vs Frankie Archuleta 128
(Contract Weight Limit of 132 lbs.)
Shawn Estrada 164.5 vs Cory Jones 159
Rico Ramos 124.5 vs Trinidad Mendoza 124
Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield 150 vs Roberto Valenzuela 149
Mel Crossty 130 vs Jaime Rodriguez 131
Notes: Weigh-in held at Frank Ogama Plaza in downtown Oakland; Golden State Warriors star Monta Ellis in attendance and posed with the fighters; Dan Goossen: “Andre Ward was the last boxing gold medalist for the United States. We believe he [Ward] is going to get another gold in arguably his biggest fight Saturday night!….tickets are selling great, I expect between 7,000 and 9,000 [in attendance] tomorrow night”; during the face off after both fighters weighed in, Miranda leaned in pressing his head against Ward’s; Ward smiled and talked to Miranda for the entire 15-20 seconds during photos while Miranda just scowled.
Undefeated World Boxing Association’s No.1 official challenger for the world super lightweight championship, Damitry “Star of David” Salita, will move his camp to Primm Valley Casino Resorts on Sunday, May 17, to complete training for his 10-round main event against Raul “El Toro” Munoz on Sunday, May 24, 2009 at the Star of the Desert Arena in Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino. (more…)
Weights from Philadelphia:
Joey Abell 244 vs Billy Willis 231
Gee Cullmer 161 vs Clarence Taylor 159
Joselito Collado 130 vs Darrell Martin 131.5
Julias Edmonds 141 vs Jose Tiburcio 138.5
Achmad Tuba 153.75 vs Vincent Batteast 152
Taneal Goyco 190.5 vs Davit Davishvilli 190.5
Makidi Ku-Ntima 228 vs James Pratt 239
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
Weights from New York City:
Roberto Acevedo 139.5 vs Vincent Arroyo 141
Carlos “Mina” Zambrano 126 vs Angel Lopez 123.5
Anthony Irons 146 vs Noel Garcia 145
Juan Carlos Prada 150 vs Ashanti Henderson 149
Nadia Feliciano 127 vs Jackie Trivelino 126
Juan “JZ” Zegarra 140 vs Jose Guerrido 142.5
Shgiprim “White Tiger” Muriqui 163 vs Charles Wade 168
Venue: Yonkers Armory
Doors open at 7:30 PM first fight at 8:00 PM
Shawn Estrada is seeking a sixth knockout in as many fights when he takes on Cory Jones in a super middleweight bout on the undercard of the Andre Ward-Edison Miranda main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME in Oakland, Calif. Highlights of Estrada’s fight will be shown between the televised John Molina, Jr.-Frankie Archuleta and Ward-Miranda bouts. Also, SHOWTIME boxing historian and commentator Steve Farhood will interview the undefeated Estrada about his fight and his upcoming future plans. (more…)
According to pay-per-view industry sources, the May 2 Manny Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton super-fight generated 800,000+ PPV buys. No official numbers have been announced. Pacman may return to action in October.
World champion Brian ‘The Hawaiian Punch’ Viloria of Waipahu, Hawaii is returning home for a Victory Parade there Saturday. The parade begins at 3 pm at Waipahu District Park and afterwards Brian will meet with fans in autograph session.
WBC super featherweight world champion Humberto Soto travelled to Mexico City on Wednesday and was presented by WBC President Jose Sulaiman with his official green and gold WBC world championship belt. Soto won the title in December and has made two successful title defenses. Soto was present at the ceremony with his manager Antonio Lozada and promoter Fernando Beltran.
After the recent swine flu scare, boxing in Mexico is back to normal and there will be heavy activity in May and June.
Kelly Pavlik was tentatively scheduled to collide against Sergio Mora on June 27th at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ, however an ongoing staph infection on Pavlik’s hand failed to clear up and the fight has scratched (Edgar Gonzalez)
Further to the WBA heavyweight title fight between Nikolai Valuev and Ruslan Chagaev, Scandinavian fight fans will get a first-hand look at the impressive boxing skills of “Relentless” Lamon Brewster (35-4, 30 KOs). The former WBO heavyweight champion, who even knocked out Wladimir Klitschko, has been added to May 30´s star-studded undercard at Hartwall Arena. “I look forward to fighting in Helsinki,” Brewster said. “I want to give the Scandinavian fans a taste of my class.” (more…)
By Andrey Bazdrev, Ramin Hasanov and Alexey Sukachev
Bang-bang! – Two big men, both in sport jerseys with headgears protecting them from undesirable cuts and lacerations, are exchanging punches in the centre of the ring. Lights are on, but people in the gym are rare, a few being scarcely scattered around the squared circle. The TV men, however, are removing covers from their mobile workstation. It’s an unusual opportunity for them to see a future title challenger honing his skills against the former champion. Who knows, maybe in several months, both of them – WBO cruiserweight mandatory challenger Ali Ismailov and ex-WBA interim master Valery Brudov – will be on the top of the world together. Both are just a single fight removed from climbing the highest hills in their respective careers. Ismailov, the grizzled 35 year-old veteran, will get his chance first. (more…)
Before taking the mound for the first pitch at the Phillies vs. Dodgers game (May 13), UFC number one lightweight contender Kenny Florian joins Phillies star Shane Victorino by the dugout. Victorino, a UFC aficionado, talked to Florian about his upcoming fight against BJ Penn in the Pennsylvania debut of UFC in a Pay-Per-View event at the Wachovia Center on August 8. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
If talking was fighting, unbeaten heavyweight Kevin Johnson would be the undisputed champion. Johnson (21-0-1, 8 KO’s) is a brash and outspoken American heavyweight. Fightnews had a chance to catch up with the loquacious fighter before his fight tonight on ESPN 2 against 2004 Olympic Team Captain (and unbeaten heavyweight) Devon Vargas. Vargas was a last minute replacement for an injured Monte Barrett. To hear what Johnson had to say about Vargas, Barrett, the current status of the heavyweight division and much more, just read on. (more…)
Kevin Johnson 246 vs. Devin Vargas 225.75
Jorge Teron 136 vs. Aldo Valtierra 135
Bruce Seldon 226 vs. Gabe Brown 359
Chuch Mussachio 177.5 vs. Carl Daniels 177.5
John Lennox 197 vs. Robert Brown 191
Tyyab Beale TBA vs. Kimani Cunningham 224
The card is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, in association with Harrah’s Resort. Tickets are $90 and $60 and can be purchased by at the Harrah’s Resort box office. ESPN2 will televise.
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2004 Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward (18-0, 12 KOs) and Colombian knockout artist Edison Miranda (32-3, 28 KOs), who collide this Saturday, May 16, in the main event on a special primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., participated in their final media press conference in Oakland on Thursday. The 12-rounder between the unbeaten and No. 2-ranked Ward and the hard-hitting Miranda highlight the biggest fight card in the Bay Area in years. (more…)
World Boxing Council president Jose Sulaiman has travelled to Korea to oversee the preparations and facilities for the 47th annual WBC world convention that will be held later this year in Jeju, South Korea. He will also bring to a close a national boxing competition there featuring boxers in four and six-round fights. The WBC has been involved in tournaments like this around the world to find boxing’s new idols, as many of boxing’s great idols are gone or are about to be. (more…)
After hearing that WBC Superbantam Champ Toshiaki Nishioka (33-4-3, 20 KOs), of Japan, holds no fear in coming into Mexico May 23 to face Jhonny Gonzalez (40-6, 34 KOs), the challenger had a thing or two to say in retaliation. “He can say what he wants,” Gonzalez said today. “It is going to be me who is conqueror on May 23. I will be a hurricane during the fight. I just hope he wants to give the fans a good fight, and will exchange with me. I hope that he does not think this is a marathon.”
In July of 2001, just days before his bout against Chatt Lavender in Davenport, Iowa, 27-year old Matt Hughes revealed that he was looking at the end of his road as a professional mixed martial artist . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
With a combined record of 32-0-1, light heavyweight stars “Sugar” Rashad Evans and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have left a trail of destruction behind them that includes some of the greatest fighters in UFC® history. Now in the main event of UFC® 98, the two will meet in an epic showdown pitting champion Evans against challenger Machida to not only determine the best 205-pound fighter on the planet, but to see who leaves with a loss on their record for the first time. Also, former UFC® welterweight champions Matt Hughes and Matt Serra finally meet to settle their long-standing grudge. UFC® 98: Evans vs. Machida – Saturday, May 23, live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here for more info
By Piotr Momot/bokser.org and Tomasz S. Galazka
On May 16, in Rome, former IBF light heavyweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (41-2, 31 KO’s) will face the current WBC champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (26-1, 10 KO’s). In this interview for bokser.org, “Diablo” assures us of his fine form and of his victorious return from Italy. (more…)
John Molina, Jr., (16-0, 12 KOs) is fast becoming a familiar face to boxing fans who like to watch weekend televised fights. The young pro from Covina, Calif., will fight for the third consecutive time on TV when he climbs into the ring against Frankie Archuleta (25-6-1, 14 KOs) on a special Saturday primetime edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, live on SHOWTIME (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). The Molina-Archuleta fight is an eight-round junior lightweight affair. In the featured telecast, Andre Ward returns to Oakland for a 12-round fight against Edison Miranda at the Oracle Arena for Ward’s NABO and NABF super middleweight titles. SHOWTIME caught up with Molina on Wednesday for his thoughts on Saturday’s bout. (more…)
A “press tour” to official announce the mega-fight between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez which will take place July 18th at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and live on HBO Pay-Per-View, kicks off this Sunday, May 17 and will span two continents in six days with stops in Los Angeles, New York and London. The tour will begin in downtown Los Angeles with a rousing fan rally for Marquez at “Placita Olvera” (Olvera Street) on Sunday at noon. The next day the fighters will host an outdoor, open to the public, press conference in front of the Los Angeles Public Library Central Library downtown (2PM) before the tour caravan jets across the country to New York for the tour’s next stop on Tuesday at the Empire State Building (media only). Following New York, the fighters will fly across the Atlantic to London with a press conference (media only) on Thursday and a Mayweather open workout on Friday at the East London Boxing Gym.
USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan, reunited with chief trainer Freddie Roach, says he’s throwing “every punch faster and with a lot more force.” “Freddie and Michael Moorer have spent a lot of time with me at the Wild Card Gym,” said Martirosyan. “I feel strong and confident. I’m going to throw a lot of punches and with a lot of power. Freddie is teaching me to be more explosive, like Manny Pacquiao.”
Martirosyan, 23-0, of Glendale, Ca. will take on super welterweight Harrison Cuello, 16-9-2, of New York on Top Rank’s fight card on Saturday, May 16, at the Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cuban boxing legend Guillermo Rigondeaux will make his highly anticipated professional debut on the May 22 card at the Fontainbleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida. Dominican Augusto Jiménez (5-4) will be offered as the sacrificial lamb. The 28-year-old super bantamweight Rigondeaux won gold medals at the Olympic Games of Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 as well as the amateur world championships of 2001 and 2005. He was removed from the Cuban boxing team after trying unsuccessfully to defect in 2007, however he successfully defected in February of this year and signed with Arena Box-Promotion.
Timo Hoffmann 254.4 vs Francois Botha 252.4
(WBF heavyweight title)
Robert Stieglitz 167.9 vs Jindrich Velecky 167.9
Jan Zaveck 152.3 vs Arek Malek TBA
Oliver Güttel 146.6 vs Anthony Ukeh 146.6
Rico Müller TBA vs Demir Nanev TBA
Esther Schouten 121.4 vs Marina Kohlgruber 118.3
Cristoph Woditschka TBA vs Richard Zwarg TBA
Tommy Altmann 146.8 vs Pietro d’Alessio 146.3
Venue: Bördelandhalle, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
TV: DSF (Germany)
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Super middleweight champion Carl Froch expects to defend his WBC belt against IBF title holder Lucian Bute some time this September. It is understood that Froch’s promoter Mick Hennessy has already made contact with the Canadian champion’s camp. Froch has made no secret of his desire to unify the super-middleweight division. The Nottingham-born star has set his sights on the IBF and WBA title. Froch told the Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on Setanta Sports News that negotiations were underway. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
German Titov, 2008 Russian promoter of the year, added a sound name to his team. It has been confirmed today that Team Titov welcomes 2008 Beijing super heavyweight bronze medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov on board. The Ukrainian boxer, 24, was a huge favorite to clash against future Olympic champion Roberto Cammarelle in the finals but pulled out of the semifinal bout with Chinese Zhang Zhilei due to an elbow injury. Interestingly, Cammarelle and Glazkov met earlier in Chicago 2007 world championship’s final, and the Italian fighter proved his superiority by outpointing his opponent with the score 24-14. (more…)
On May 15th Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing brings boxing back to Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City, NJ with a compelling six bout card. In the main event bout of the evening, the WBA #5, WBC #10, IBF #13 rated heavyweight in the world Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (21-0-1, 8KO) is set to square off against 2004 Olympic Team Captain Devin Vargas (17-0, 7KO) in a ten round heavyweight contest. The winner stakes their claim as the top American heavyweight and takes one step closer to challenging for a world title.
The co-feature bout of the evening sees the Star Boxing debut of Jorge “The Truth’ Teron (22-1-1, 15KO) as he looks to avenge the only loss of his career as a pro when he takes on the always dangerous Aldo Valtierra (25-10, 13KO). Teron vs. Valtierra is scheduled for ten rounds in the lightweight division. Both the co-feature and main event of the evening will be broadcast live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”. (more…)
By Lee Bates
WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon of Puerto Rico (32-0, 6 KOs) will make his Madison Square Garden debut on June 13th against two time world title challenger Rodel Mayol (25-3, 19 KOs) of the Phillipines. Along with this being Calderon’s first fight in the Garden the bout also is on the eve of the annual Puerto Rico holiday parade. Fightnews spoke with Calderon regarding his nearly 10 month layoff, his knowledge of Mayol, and fighting in MSG for the first time. (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion, Chris John, who is now training at Harry’s Gym in Perth, Australia, is scheduled to leave for his base-camp in California, Los Angeles, three weeks prior to his rematch with Rocky Juarez, June 28, at the Stapples Center, California. John vs Juarez I ended in a draw decision last February in Houston, Texas.
Indonesian rising star Daud “Cino” Yordan (23-0, 17 KOs) is scheduled to fight Phillipines’ Robert Allanic (17-5-2, 9 KOs) in a 12-round featherweight interim WBO Oriental title in Pontianak, Indonesia, May 23. Pino Bahari said that this will be a tune up bout for Yordan who’s now aiming a world title shot in any sanction body in his next fight.
Former IBF strawweight champion, Muhammad Rachman, is also aiming for his last chance to become a world champion by challenging the WBC champion of the divison, Oleydong Sithsamarchai, in Thailand, May 29. This fight was already postponed several times. By collecting several of Oleydong’s fight DVD’s from his big fan from Japan, Rachman expressed his optimism to seize the title from the slick and fast champion. Rachman was decisioned by Milan Melindo in Cebu, PI, 3/14.
By Joe Koizimi
WBA#11/WBC#14 Daiki Kameda (14-1, 10 KOs), 114.75, had a tough time coping with a late substitute named WBC#13 Filipino minimumweight Gabriel Pumar (11-4-1, 6 KOs), a durable southpaw, 113.75, and eked out a unanimous but hard-fought decision (98-94 twice and 99-94) over ten on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Kameda, a legitimate 115-pounder, again selected a 105-pound opponent, and tried to overpower the lighter rival with his physical power. But Pumar, fighting under the new nom-de-guerre Boon Boon Toei, utilized his excellent defense and occasionally lifted southpaw right uppercuts to have Kameda continually bleeding from the nostrils. Kameda’s disappointingly lackluster performance revealed his lack of finesse. Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A possibility exists that WBC interim super welterweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martínez will be officially proclaimed full WBC super welterweight champion. Sources close to Martinez indicate that he has conversed with WBC President José Sulaimán and they expect Martínez to be proclaimed as absolute champion soon. Other sources assure that the executive board of the WBC is meeting to make a decision on the situation of reigning champion Vernon Forest, who has been ordered by the WBC order to face Martínez without an interim fight. Meanwhile a proposed clash between Martínez and Nobuhiro Ishida in Japan fell through, but another possibility is the winner in the May 30 clash between Kermit Cintron and Alfredo Angulo.
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