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By Chris Cozzone at ringside
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist and WBA #3-ranked contender Yuriorkis Gamboa (15-0, 13 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over second-ranked Jose “Cheo’’ Rojas (25-7-1, 17 KOs) to win the vacant interim WBA featherweight title on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino at Primm, Nevada. Gamboa dominated every minute of every round until referee Russell Mora waved it off at 1:31 of the tenth. Gamboa was credited with a knockdown in round five and constantly pressured the 37-year-old Rojas, who again failed to win a world title in his fifth attempt.
Undefeated WBC Intl welterweight titleholder Selcuk Aydin (18-0, 14 KOs) of Turkey was successful in his United States debut with a twelve round split decision over Said Ouali (25-2, 17 KOs). Aydin pressed the action for much of the fight then survived a brutal last minute assault by Ouali to win on two cards 115-112, 116-111. Ouali was up 114-113 on the third card. Aydin was deducted a point in round six for a low blow.
Middleweight Christian Pawlak (11-4, 5 KOs) won a six round split decision over Ivan Stovall (10-4, 7 KOs). Scores were 59-55 and 58-56 Pawlak and 59-55 Stoval.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Jesse Vargas (5-0, 2 KOs) defeated Anthony Lenk (5-1, 3 KOs) in a six rounder by scores of 59-53, 57-55, 58-54. Lenk was down in rounds one and six.
Jose Pacheco (1-5-5) topped Mario Gonzalez (0-3-1) over four 40-36 twice and 39-37.
Photos: Ed Mulholland
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Below are the official weigh-in results for Saturday’s UFC 97: REDEMPTION event in Montreal, Canada.
Anderson Silva 182 vs Thales Leites 185
(For the UFC middleweight title held by Silva)
Chuck Liddell 206 vs Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 206
Cheick Kongo 232 vs Antoni Hardonk 249
Steve Cantwell 205 vs Luiz Cane 206
Krzysztof Soszynski 204 vs Brian Stann 206
Vinicius Magalhaes 204 vs Eliot Marshall 205
Denis Kang 185 vs Xavier Foupa-Pokam 185
Jason MacDonald 186 vs Nate Quarry 186
David Loiseau 185 vs Ed Herman 186
Mark Bocek 154 vs David Bielkheden 157
Ryo Chonan 171 vs TJ Grant 169
Sam Stout 155 vs Matt Wiman 155
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IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will fight in front of up to 60,000 spectators when he takes on David Haye at the Veltins-Arena in Schalke, homefield of German Bundesliga team Schalke 04 on June 20. “I always wanted to fight in a soccer stadium in front of such a big crowd. Now, this dream comes true. Once I attended a Schalke match myself and since then I have not forgotten these fantastic fans that supported their team constantly for 90 minutes. I am sure June 20 will be an unforgettable night for all of us,” stated Wlad. Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group, added “We are glad the fight takes place in Schalke. It is one of the greatest arenas in Europe. We had the choice between different offers, both Germany and Europe, and we chose Schalke because of the whole package. We will have a down-to-earth event with a reasonable pricing. With the arena management we have a very competent partner with whom we will work very professionally and constructively during the next weeks.” Tickets for Klitschko vs. Haye went on sale today and are available for 24 Euro (standing room), 39 Euro (upper stands) as well as 49 Euro (lower stands). Call 0049-01805 –12 13 14 or 0049-01805 – 15 08 10. Television deal are in place for Germany, the UK and the USA.
By Lee Bates
With about a week to go before their showdown WBO Junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel ‘Juanma’ Lopez (24-0, 22 KOs) and WBO bantamweight champion Gerry Penalosa (54-6-2, 36 KOs) easily made the 7 day pre weigh-in limit. Lopez scaled in at 126.2 pounds while Penalosa scaled in at 126 even. “Champion vs. Champion’ will take place at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico Saturday April 25th. Top Rank and PR Best Boxing(Ivan & Peter Rivera) will promote the event while HBO will televise. Tickets can still be purchased by calling the Ticket Center at (787) 792-5000 or in person Monday April 20th at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez from 10AM-5PM.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world champion Mike Anchondo returned from a two-year hiatus to win a six round unanimous decision over Hector Alatorre before a large crowd of 1,840 at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino in Highland, CA. Anchondo won a world title at 130 pounds almost five years ago only to lose it in his first title defense to Jorge Barrios four years ago. Anchondo won two straight bouts before being knocked out in the third round by Darling Jimenez almost two years ago. Now, Anchondo hopes to position himself back to where he feels he belongs: in the mix for a big money fight or a regional title shot. “I felt a little rusty in there,” said Anchondo, on assessing himself after the fight. “Not bad for a couple of years out of the ring.” Anchondo’s goal is to fight four or five times more this year. Anchondo, who is not signed to a promotional contract, will weigh his options after each fight. (more…)
At Tony Rila’s IBA Gym in Las Vegas, Hatton provided a gym crammed with photographers and reporters—all vying to get the same quote and the same photo—a taste of fitness, physique and strategy for May 2 . . . Click here for more by Chris Cozzone
A world championship battle between north and south will highlight the May 2 pay-per-view undercard for Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton: “The Battle of East and West.” World Boxing Council (WBC) Super Featherweight Champion Humberto Soto of Mexico will defend his title against Canadian contender Benoit Gaudet. The pay-per-view broadcast will also feature undefeated top-rated junior middleweight contender James Kirkland, risking his rating and record when he takes on Mike Walker, former two-time world amateur champion and Russian Olympian Matt Korobov facing Rodrigo Aguiar and former world amateur champion, Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara against Chris Gray. Combined, these eight gladiators have a combined record of 135-20-4 (84 KOs), an 85% winning percentage. (more…)
No stranger to traveling to his opponent’s backyards, Edison Miranda had no problem with taking a fight with Andre Ward on May 16th that will be held at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. In fact, “Pantera” welcomed the opportunity. “Knocking Ward out in front of his hometown fans will leave no questions from anyone,” said Miranda. “He can’t blame the water, can’t blame the judges, can’t blame the fans, because everything will be in his favor on May 16th. But the only thing he can’t control are my fists, and if he thinks fighting at home is a dream come true, I’m going to turn that dream into a nightmare soon after the bell rings.” (more…)
The San Francisco Giants will hold their annual Filipino American Heritage celebration to highlight the Filipino culture and community on Tuesday, April 21, when the Giants face the San Diego Padres at 7:15 p.m. Five-division boxing world champion and boxing pound for pound fighter, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans who purchase a special Filipino Heritage game ticket will receive a limited edition Manny Pacquiao bobblehead and a seat in the Filipino Heritage section at AT&T Park. A portion of the special ticket proceeds will benefit Filipino non-profit organizations including the Filipino American Arts Exposition, Manilatown Heritage Foundation and ABS-CBN Foundation’s Bantay Bata program. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Former two-time WBC light-welterweight( 1975-78) champion Saensak Muangsurin has passed away in Thailand at the age of 58. WBC President Jose Sulaiman has declared the organization in mourning in honor of the a boxer who was a national hero in his native land. Muangsurin was certainly one of the most unsual of champions, winning the WBC title (on July 15, 1975) in only his third pro fight- a record- with an eighth round kayo of Spaniard Perico Fernandez, only 6 months after turning pro. He then lost his title by DQ to Miguel Velasquez of Spain but regained it in a rematch with Velasquez by kayo in 2 rounds. Saensak then defended his title 7 times before a surprising loss to Sang Huyn Kim of Korea. In all, Muangsurin only had 20 fights in his career, losing 5 of his last 6 bouts for a total record of 14-6 (11 KOs), probably one of the strangest of records for a two-time world champion. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Ali Chebah 139.14 lbs. vs. Joel Juarez 139.1 lbs.
(WBC Youth and NABF Super Lightweight Title
Walid Smichet 166.9 lbs. vs. Peter Manfredo Jr. 166.11 lbs.
David Lemieux 159.15 lbs. vs. Thomas Davis 155.1 lbs.
Benyamine Besmi 147.2* lbs. vs. Frank Abbiw 146.1 lbs
Kevin Bizier 146.4 lbs. vs. Ulisses Duarte 147.5*
*over contract weight of 147 pounds and will forfeit 20% of purse.
Ali Mansour 243.4 lbs. vs. Ken Murphy 228.1 lbs.
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
Location: Casino de Montreal
First Bell: 12:00 noon
Marco “Captain” Huck (24-1, 19 KOs) will make a third defense of his European Cruiserweight Title in Bamberg on May 9 when he takes on Vitaliy Rusal. The 28-year-old Ukrainian, ranked 12th by the WBA, is unbeaten in 23 fights (16 KOs). “Rusal has never left the ring as the loser,” coach Ulli Wegner warned. “He is a strong boxer who knows how to fight. Marco needs to be on full alert. He must not underestimate him. I will make sure he will be well prepared.” (more…)
UFC 97: Redemption may be one for the MMA history books. Two careers hang in the balance and a champion finds himself in a quest to tie one UFC record—most consecutive title attempts, and break another—nine consecutive Octagon victories.
In the night’s main event, Anderson “The Spider” Silva will ride an eight-fight UFC winning streak into his middleweight title showdown with Thales Leites. The man that many label the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world will likely be out to send a message . . . Click here for more by Anthony Springer Jr.
Don’t Miss UFC® 97 Live Tomorrow Night Anderson Silva defends the Middleweight Title against Thales Leites, and Chuck Liddell and Shogun Rua face off in a battle of light heavyweights. Fight Card>
The 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist, 2009 Prospect of the Year and WBA #3-ranked contender, Yuriorkis Gamboa (14-0, 12 KOs), of Miami by way of Cuba, will face second-ranked Jose “Cheo” Rojas (25-6-1, 17 KOs, 1 No Decision) of Caracas, Venezuela, for the interim WBA featherweight title tonight on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast). In the co-feature at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino at Primm, Nev., undefeated Selcuk Aydin (17-0, 14 KOs) of Turkey makes his ShoBox and United States debuts against hard-punching southpaw Said Ouali (25-2, 17 KOs), a Las Vegas-based Moroccan, in a 12-round battle of top 10 welterweights. (more…)
On April 25 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, unbeaten jr welterweight Willie “Small Leonard” Blain (20-0, 3 KOs) will seek to gain a professional world championship to match the world amateur championship he won in 2003. The Spotlight Boxing fighter, who celebrates his 31st birthday the day before the fight, will take on fellow unbeaten Lamont Peterson (26-0, 12 KOs) for the WBO interim title. “I firmly believe that Willy can win the interim world title in Puerto Rico,” said Spotlight Boxing promoter Dietmar Poszwa. “He has steadily improved, has a highly trained technique and can consistently go for twelve rounds. After our first world champion Firat Arslan, we want to bring the second men’s world title for Spotlight Boxing to Hamburg.”
Jose Lopez 139.5 vs. Patrick Lopez 140
Mauricio Herrera 143.5 vs. William Correa 143.5
Abraham Lopez 126.5 vs. Daniel Lorenzana 127.5
Danny Hernandez 133.5 vs. Kadaphi Proctor 134
Erick Garcia 146.5 vs. Ricky Duenas 146
Venue: Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Note: Timothy Bradley will officially receive his WBO championship belt at the event.
By Lee Bates
Fightnews previously reported that former two-division world champion Zab Judah was scheduled to fight Jesus ‘Chuey’ Rodriguez on May 1st at the South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, a hand injury suffered by Judah has stopped that bout from happening. As reported earlier on Fightnews, Rodriguez will now face WBC #1 contender Devon Alexander April 24th on Showtime’s acclaimed Shobox series. Fortunately Alexander like Judah is a southpaw so Rodriguez’ preparation won’t be altered much. The main event will now feature Alejandro Perez (13-1-1, 8 KOs) against veteran Adolfo Landeros (20-11-1, 9 KOs) for the WBC International super bantamweight title in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds. The bout will be a rematch from nearly a year ago where Landeros upset then-unbeaten Perez by split decision. English heavyweight Michael Sprott (31-13, 16 KOs) and unbeaten prospect Dean Byrne (10-0, 4KOs) will be featured in separate bouts on the undercard with opponents to be announced. More bouts will be announced shortly. The card is being promoted by Thell Torrence’s Platinum Entertainment. For ticket information call 702-233-8087.
Photo caption: Floyd Mayweather Sr., trainer of Ricky Hatton, received an unexpected gift today at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas, where Hatton is preparing for his May 2 showdown against Manny Pacquiao. Top Rank press agent Lee Samuels hand-delivered a fancy box from rival trainer Freddie Roach. The box, topped with a bow and a “Second Place” ribbon, contained a bottle of vitamins (“The Undisputed Weight Loss Formula!” by BioJestic, endorsed by Roach) and a T-shirt with a web link by the “Undisputed Weight Loss Champion” that was meant to aid Mayweather’s fighter in reaching the 140-pound goal for the May 2 showdown. Mayweather, however, simply borrowed a Sharpie from a nearby photographer and scrawled, “Too Late” on the T-shirt (actually, it was “To Late,” but was soon corrected), pointing to Hatton’s six-pack of abs.
Yuriokis Gamboa 125.5 vs Jose “Cheo” Rojas 125
(WBA interim featherweight title)
Selcuk Aydin 146 vs Said Ouali 146
Venue: Buffalo Bills Casino in Primm, Nevada
Promoter: Arena Box-Promotion
TV: SHOWTIME, 11PM ET/PT
World champion Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire, working with a new chief trainer, said today he is fully prepared to take on undefeated challenger Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez of San Antonio on Top Rank’s ‘Global Supremacy’ PPV in Metro Manila on Saturday night. This will be Donaire’s first fight without his father, Nonito Sr., in his corner. Dodie Boy Penalosa is the new chief trainer. Nonito Jr and Penalosa have been training four months in the Philippines. Nonito, born in Bohol, Phillippines, has invited his father to the fight card. “Just because he’s not working my corner doesn’t mean he’s still not my father,” Nonito told fight writer Abac Cordero. Nonito said he has front-row tickets for his father. (more…)
Ricky Hatton hosted an open media workout today at the IBA Gym in Las Vegas, where he is preparing for his May 2 showdown with Manny Pacquiao. Pictured above: Hatton hits the mitts with trainer Floyd Mayweather, Sr. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
By Alexey Sukachev
There is a new date for a long-awaited showdown between the reigning WBO cruiserweight champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (14-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina and the WBO #11 contender Ali Ismailov (15-1-1, 10 KOs) from Azerbaijan. “We have finally agreed on all the points and the upcoming battle for the full WBO championship will be held on May 16 at world-famous Luna Park arena in Buenos Aires,” commented Alexander Yagupov, the vice-president of Jab Promotions, which represents Ismailov. The fight was earlier scheduled for April 11 but this date had to be scratched after Ramirez had suffered an injury during his training camp. Ola Afolabi is the WBO interim champion at this time.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Russel Mora will be the third man on the ring when the Cuban Yuriorkis Gamboa and Venezuelan Jose ¨Cheo¨ Rojas fight for the interim WBA featherweight title on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast) this Friday in Primm, Nevada. The three judges are Dick Houck, Duane Ford and Patricia Jarman all from US. The Fight supervisor is George Martinez from Canada.
Russian middleweight Roman “Made In Hell” Karmazin will fight at home in Asia for the first time in seven years, May 9 on a show presented by KZ Event Productions, Inc., outdoors at Khadjimukan Stadium in Chimkent, Kazakhstan. World-rated light heavyweight contender Beibut Shumenov headlines the star-studded show in his hometown against former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro “Naco” Berrio in the 12-round main event for the vacant IBA World light heavyweight championship, as well as Shumenov’s WBO Asia Pacific, WBC Asian Boxing Council and PABA Interim titles. (more…)
By Christian Schmidt
Eight years ago, Raul Martinez sat ringside and watched fellow San Antonian Gabriel Elizondo battle Glen Donaire in a thrilling six round war that had San Antonio fight fans talking for years. At the time, Martinez had no clue that somewhere down the road that there would be another San Antonian vs. Donaire match up. This time involving himself versus Glen’s little brother Nonito, in another country, and for what every fighter dreams of one day having. Raul Martinez (24-0, 14 KOs) will take on Nonito Donaire (20-1, 13 KOs) for the IBF flyweight belt in a 12 rounder at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines this Saturday night on pay-per-view. Martinez tells Fightnews he is not going to let fighting in the champion’s backyard get in the way of his dream of becoming a world champion. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
Indonesian senior promoter and manager Eddy Pirih, 72, passed away today (4/16) in Surabaya because of pancreatic cancer that he has suffered since last year. Pirih was a well-known boxing promoter from Indonesia with good international relationships due to his internationally wide reputation as a shipping company businessman. His son, Eric Pirih, is now succeeding his father in boxing promotions and matchmaking. Farewell Mr. Pirih.
By Alexey Potapov
WBO/IBF/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko together with former WBC/WBA/WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye met today at a press conference in Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Haye came to the presser wearing a T-shirt which depicted himself holding the severed heads of both Klitschko brothers and said “I have declared war on the Klitschko family. First it will be Wladimir, then Vitali. On 20 June the war will begin. I am in my prime, my resume speaks for itself and I am not coming here to pick up a paycheck like the rest of his opponents. I will be here to show The Hayemaker is the best in the world.” An annoyed Wladimir promised to punish Haye. “My opponent is extremely brash. He’s a young man who can’t yet control his emotions. I will give him a lesson on how to rein in his emotions in the ring on June 20….I actually planned to knock him out in the first round, but now I will do it in the twelfth round so I can enjoy the process!”
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF flyweight champ and ex-world challenger Noriyuki Komatsu (24-6-6, 10 KOs), 29, was drowned in a cascade on Monday in Otsu, Japan. Scheduled to meet once-beaten Daiki Kameda in Tokyo on May 13, Komatsu went there for a training camp along with his trainer and stablemates. He wished to strengthen his fighting spirit by practicing Zen in a temple in Kyoto (an ancient capital of Japan). As he heard there’s a cascade named Sannotaki, he climbed up a mountain in order to stand under a waterfall. He then probably slipped down a steep cliff and was drowned in the basin of the cascade. (more…)
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At UFC 88, Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell (21-5) was one win away from what would’ve been a classic student vs. teacher title shot against Forrest Griffin at UFC 92 (Liddell was Griffin’s coach on The Ultimate Fighter’s inaugural season). All he had to do was get past “Sugar” Rashad Evans—something the former UFC light heavyweight champion was heavily favored to do . . . Click here for more by Anthony Springer Jr.
UFC middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva returns to the Octagon on Saturday, April 18th to defend his crown against No. 1 contender Thales Leites in the main event of UFC 97. Also featured in the UFC’s return to Canada is the light heavyweight showdown fans have waited for years to see, as UFC legend Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell squares off against Brazilian superstar Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. UFC 97: REDEMPTION is live on Pay-Per-View Saturday, April 18 from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Check out 97.ufc.com for more info.
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