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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Two Maryland light heavyweights who may one day step into the ring against one another scored victories on a Madness Boxing card Saturday night at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC.
In the main event, Oxon Hill, MD’s Alexander “The Great” Johnson won a six-round unanimous decision over veteran DeLeon Tinsley of Orlando, FL. Johnson got off to a great start in the first round as he landed solid shots to Tinsley’s head. However, Johnson let Tinsley stay in the contest but never gave him an opportunity to take control of the bout. Johnson almost ended the bout in the sixth round with a counter right that dropped Tinsley. However, Tinsley managed to survive until the bell. Johnson won by shutout scores of 60-52 (twice) and 60-53 to raise his record to 15-1, six KOs. Tinsley falls to 9-11-1, five KOs.
In the co-feature, Capitol Heights, MD’s Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan returned to the ring for the first time since his loss to Shawn Hawk on March of 2012 and scored a third-round TKO over William Gil of Toms River, NJ. (more…)
Attendance on Saturday night at the Alamodome was 11,312.
Plans are for Marcos Maidana to arrive back in Buenos Aires on Monday morning at 8:50AM on American Airlines Flight 997 from Dallas.
Still nothing official on whether Adrien Broner actually suffered a broken jaw as speculated, but he was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer stated Broner had no rematch clause in the contract.
No tweets yet from the @AdrienBroner Twitter account, which is normally very active on the social network.
Broner is still WBC lightweight champion. Whether he can get back to 135lbs. remains to be seen. His last defense of that belt was February 16, 2013. He weighed 144.4 lbs. for the Maidana fight.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Game Japanese girl, ex-WBA female champ Mari Ando (11-6, 5 KOs), 104.25, acquired the vacant WBC female strawweight (105-pound) belt as she earned a split decision (96-94, 95-94 and 92-96) over Mexican Jasseth Noriega (16-3-1, 4 KOs), 104.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The referee from Korea was Kyoungha Shin, a university lecturer, who controlled the fast-moving contest very well.
Ando was in command in the first two rounds, but Noriega floored her with a well-timed right in the beginning of the third and also took the fourth with her aggressiveness.
After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated that Noriega was leading on points: 38-37 twice and 40-35, all for Noriega, a mother with a three-year-old son. (more…)
Former world champion Cristian “Diamante” Mijares (49-7-2, 24 KOs) scored a third round KO over Jiovanny “Bambino” Soto (38-15 -1, 32 KOs) in the Domo del Sindicato de Trabajadores del Seguro Social in Maxico City on Saturday night. Mijares dropped Soto three times before the bout was halted at 1:03.
WBC #5 super featherweight Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (28-3, 25 KOs) scored a first round KO over Cesar “El Dolar” Chavez (21-5, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Quequi in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Welterweight Frankie “Pitbull” Gomez (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Prince Doku Jr. (18-4, 12 KOs).
Fans of the FOX main card saw two emphatic finishes, as flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defended his belt with the most emphatic win of his career, knocking out hometown favorite Joseph Benavidez. Plus, Sacramento icon Urijah Faber pulled out one of his best wins yet in the co-main event.
After getting a split decision win in their first title fight, Johnson left no doubt in the rematching, scoring a clean knockout of the ultra-tough Benavidez in just over two minutes . . . Click here for more at UFC.com.
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By Warren Worthington
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a fight of the year candidate, Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (34-4, 31 KOs) dropped welterweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (27-1, 22 KOs) twice and took away his WBA belt with a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana immediately cracked Broner with a right hand in the first round and had Broner holding on. Maidana continued the aggression in round two and dropped Broner. Maidana continued to pummel Broner for the rest of the round. Round three was close, but Maidana outworked Broner again in round four. Broner landed the cleaner shots in rounds five and six. Maidana upped the pressure in the seventh but also appeared to be slowing down.
The turning point came in round eight when Maidana dropped Broner again. Broner held on as Maidana launched his violent follow-up attack. Maidana gave Broner a light headbutt under the chin as the fighters wrestled, and Broner flopped on the canvas looking for a DQ. Referee Laurence Cole took a point from Maidana and the bout continued. A reenergized Maidana had a big round nine punishing Broner with hard shots. Maidana was busier again in the tenth. Broner’s corner advised him that he needed a KO entering the eleventh. Both fighters landed big punches in the eleventh, with Broner connecting right at the bell. A desperate Broner fought hard in the twelfth looking for a KO that didn’t come. Scores were 115-110, 116-109, 117-109.
“The plan was to fight any which way we can do it and we won,” said Maidana afterward. When asked if he’d be open for a rematch, the new champ stated “Yes I have no problem in having another fight with Broner.”
Broner immediately left the ring without comment. It is suspected that he might have sustained a broken jaw, although that isn’t confirmed. (more…)
Photos: Alex Roman / Miguel Cotto Promotions, Peter Amador / Top Rank
WBO #6 featherweight Gamalier Rodriguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) scored a bloody eighth round TKO over Aldimar Dos Santos (19-6, 10 KOs) in a good action fight on Saturday night at the Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Rodriguez was cut over the left eye by an accidental head clash in round six and won when the bout was halted in round eight due to blood coming from a cut over Santos’ left ear. Time was 1:29. Rodriguez retained his NABO title.
Earlier, unbeaten super lightweight Anton Novikov (28-0, 10 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Denver’s Manuel “Manny” Perez (20-9-1, 4 KOs) in the opening bout. Scores were 96-94, 98-92 and 99-91. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events
Unbeaten 41-year-old heavyweight Amir Mansour (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over 6’7 Kelvin Price (14-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Resorts International Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City. Early on Price was largely successful in keeping the much shorter Mansour on the outside with his jab, while the 41-year-old Mansour tried to work in close. Mansour broke through in round four and battered Price. Mansour dropped Price in round five with a left hand, but Price survived the round. Both fighters traded big shots in the seventh and Mansour dropped Price again. Price staggered back to his corner and stayed on his stool after the round.
Heavyweight slugger Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (25-17-4, 21 KOs) pulled the upset, handing previously undefeated David “El Nino” Rodriguez (36-1, 34 KOs) his first loss as a professional, a last second knockout. Wilson threw the heavy hooks throughout, but Rodriguez was the busier fighter. In the sixth and final round, Wilson cut Rodriguez with a right hand, then became like a shark smelling blood in the water banging away with vicious hooks. It looked like Rodriguez would survive until the final bell until Wilson swung a big left and it found its mark, sending Rodriguez flat on his back. It was clear he would not reach his feet and Referee Lindsey Page immediately waved the fight off without a count at 2:59 of the sixth and final round. (more…)
“We are waiting,” said Lee Espinoza, the advisor to Angel Osuna. “He is young and strong. They are putting him in a coma to rest.” Osuna was knocked out in the tenth round of his fight against jr middleweight prospect Hugo Centeno Jr. on Friday at Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Osuna’s condition deteriorated after the stoppage. Osuna was taken out of the arena by stretcher and rushed to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs. A CT scan discovered a blood clot.
“The doctors woke him (from an induced coma),” said Espinoza. “They asked him to blink his eyes and he blinked his eyes. They asked him to move his mouth and he moved his mouth.”
Osuna had knocked down Centeno during round seven and was winning the contest on the scorecards after nine rounds, but Espinoza said the fighter was exhausted at this point. Centeno came out aggressively for the final round and dropped Osuna with a three-punch combination. Osuna struggled to his feet but was in no shape to continue, prompting a stoppage.
“It sounds promising,” said Espinoza. “The doctors will be talking to us. We are here waiting.”
By Karl Freitag
Juergen Braehmer is once again a world champion. In a clash for the vacant WBA belt, former WBO champ Juergen Braehmer (42-2, 31 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Marcus Oliveira (25-1-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The first half of the fight was tactical with Braehmer doing more. Braehmer began punishing Oliveira in the seventh round but Oliveira started to turn the tables a bit in the ninth. Braehmer scored a knockdown in round ten and had a big round eleven, Oliveira’s best round was the twelfth when he had Braehmer holding on. Scores were 115-112, 117-110, 117-110.
IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat “The Kobra” Pulev (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (29-7, 28 KOs). Oulev was in command until Abell suddenly dropped him in round four. Abell was then immediately knocked down himself with a body shot. Pulev then dropped Abell twice more in the same round with body shots. Abell was unable to come out for round five. (more…)
European welterweight champion Leonard Bundu (30-0-2, 11 KOs) stopped Lee Purdy (20-5-1, 13 KOs) with eight seconds left in the fight to retain his title on Saturday night at ExCeL London. Purdy, who in his last fight blew his world title challenge against Devon Alexander when he didn’t make weight, gave a game effort this time. Bundu, however, simply did more and punctuated his win with a twelfth round knockdown and got the stoppage with a barrage of punches.
IBF #9 lightweight Kevin Mitchell (36-2, 26 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Karim El Ouazghari (15-4-2, 4 KOs) in a clash for the IBF intercontinental title. The bout ended when El Ouazghari turned to the referee to complain of a bicep injury and was cracked by a Mitchell uppercut that put him on the deck. Time was 2:07. El Ouazghari was a late replacement for Brunet Zamora after Zamora was denied exit from Italy.
WBA interim middleweight beltholder Martin Murray (26-1-1, 11 KOs) had to work harder than expected to get a 77-75 nod over Sergey Khomitsky (28-10-2, 11 KOs) in a non-title super middleweight eight-rounder. (more…)
Almost a year after losing his WBO middleweight title WBO to Peter Quillin in New York City, Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (28-1, 17 KOs) successfully made his return to the ring on Saturday at the Olympic Sports Palace Vall d ‘Hebron, near Barcelona, Spain. Hassan N’Dam scored a ten round unanimous decision over Anthony Fitzgerald (14-6, 4 KOs).
Due to the inclement weather and concern for public safety, tonight’s show at Pacplex in Brooklyn has been postponed. The show will be made up at a date to be announced shortly. Tickets will be honored on the rescheduled date or can be refunded at point of purchase.
Olympian gold medalist cruiserweight Oleksandr Usyk (2-0, 2 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Epifanio Mendoza (34-16-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the Terminal Ice Palace in Brovari, Ukraine. Southpaw Usyk dropped Mendoza in rounds two and three, and the one-sided bout was waved off by the referee after Usyk dealt Mendoza more punishment in round four.
Jr welterweight Felix Lora (17-10-5, 9 KOs) surprised WBO #2 and European champion Serhiy Fedchenko (33-3, 14 KOs), winning a twelve round split decision.
Unbeaten heavyweight Vladimir Tereshkin (18-0-1, 8 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Oleksiy Mazikin (14-10-2, 4 KOs). Tereshkin dropped Mazikin with a body shot in round four.
EBU middleweight titleholder Max Bursak (29-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Gari Abajiani (20-16-1, 6 KOs) in a non-title affair. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
Heavyweight Timo Hoffmann (40-9-2, 23 KOs) pulled out of today’s scheduled rematch with Steffen Kretschmann (16-2, 15 KOs) at the Olimpic Center in Gabala, Azerbaijan. Hoffmann cited a kidney infection for the pullout. Hoffmann-Kretschmann I ended in a no contest last September after the outdoor fight was stopped in round six due to rain and slippery conditions.
Fight fans on hand were able to see Roman Golovashchenko (13-1, 10 KOs) surprise Yakup Saglam (31-4, 28 KOs) taking a twelve round majority decision. Scores were announced as 115-115, 112-111, 119-107 ???
NABA-US Heavyweight champ Jason Bergman (22-10, 15 kos) destroyed former IBF title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-22) by 1st round KO Friday night at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, West Virginia. A 6’3 250 pound southpaw, Bergman used his superior size and power to overwhelm the normally durable Williams. A right uppercut followed by an overhand left sent Williams to the canvas, and referee Tim Wheeler counted Williams out at 1:44 of round one of the scheduled eight-rounder.
In the co feature, undefeated heavyweight prospect Jeremiah Karpency (9-0) stopped former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (20-18) by a sixth round TKO. Dominating from the outset, the southpaw Karpency used an effective body attack dropping Craig in the 3rd round and later finishing his opponent with a straight left to the body followed by a right hook to the head. Referee Chris Riskus halted the action 53 seconds into the 6th and final round. Interestingly, Craig was to face Karpency’s brother, former WBO light heavy title challenger Tommy Karpency (21-4); however, Craig weighed in 35 pounds over the contract weight prompting the change in opponent. The show was promoted by Angelo Magnone’s MadeMen Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After considering of a claim by promoter Don King, the WBA Championships Committee on Thursday made the decision to once again install former world champion Guillermo “Felino” Jones as a world champion in recess and ratified Dennis Lebedev as WBA cruiserweight world champion. In addition, the WBA reiterated that both sides should close the negotiations for the Lebedev vs. Jones fight and provide a signed contract no later than December 16.
By Joe Koizumi
Game Japanese girl, ex-WBA female champ Mari Ando (11-6, 5 KOs), 104.25, acquired the vacant WBC female strawweight (105-pound) belt as she earned a split decision (96-94, 95-94 and 92-96) over Mexican Jasseth Noriega (16-3-1, 4 KOs), 104.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
(More to come)
WBA welterweight champion Adrien Broner and challenger Marcos Maidana made some final prefight comments to Showtime’s Steve Farhood after they weighed in:
Marcos Maidana: I don’t really understand English, but they’ve been translating to me what he says. He can talk all he wants. I’m going to teach him to respect me…I want to fight him so much. I want to see him on the ground. If I don’t knock him out, it’s not going to be a win for me.
Adrien Broner: I am the WBA champion at welterweight. Marcos Maidana is in my way, so we’ve got to knock down a steppingstone…any fight that Adrien Broner is in is a big fight, so I’m putting him inside my history. I don’t play psychological games. I don’t play games at all. I threw away my X-Box because I don’t play games…he comes in there on some dumb sh-t, I’m flat-lining him. Easy money!
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
American heavyweight Brian “The Beast” Minto (39-7, 25 KOs) upset Kiwi hero Shane “Mountain Warrior” Cameron (29-4, 22 KOs) winning by seventh round TKO on Saturday night at the Trust Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand. As expected, both fighters went right at each other from the opening bell with Minto having the upper hand. Cameron’s best round was the third when he had Minto holding on. Minto regained the upper hand in the fourth when he cut Cameron over the left eye with a punch. Minto, an aggressive in-fighter, was deducted a point in round four for an elbow and another in round five for a headbutt, but he punished Cameron in rounds six and seven. Cameron remained on his stool after round seven. Minto, who hails from Butler, Pennsylvania, claimed the vacant WBO Oriental heavyweight title.
After the fight Minto said he was promised two more fights in New Zealand and stated he’ll be back in March and then in June or July, possibly against highly regarded Joseph Parker (7-0, 6 KOs). Regarding Cameron’s 13-month layoff before the fight, Minto commented, “When you’re out of the ring it’s a different atmosphere. I could see the look on his face when he came in the ring, there was a lot of anxiety. I was just in the ring about four weeks ago, so it makes a difference when you’re more active. You can’t just come back in the sport and fight a guy like me as a tune up fight. It just doesn’t work.”
EA announces Alexander Gustafsson as fan-selected fighter to join Jon Jones on the cover of EA Sports UFC
Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC®) announced today that Sweden’s Alexander ‘The Mauler’ Gustafsson, the no.1 UFC light heavyweight contender, is the winner of the EA SPORTS™ UFC Cover Vote presented by MetroPCS. Gustafsson will share the first ever EA SPORTS UFC cover with current light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, who EA announced last month as the first cover athlete. The two also met in the Octagon® earlier this year. Fans cast over 11 million votes throughout the cover vote program. Gustafsson edged out legendary welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre in the final round, emerging victorious from a field of 16 fighters that also included champions Anthony Pettis, Ronda Rousey, Jose Aldo, Chris Weidman and Demetrious Johnson. EA SPORTS UFC will be available for the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, in the spring of 2014. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a mismatch Anton Nel retained his South African heavyweight title with a sixth stoppage win over novice Sibusiso Sibiya at the Italian Club in Nigel on Friday night. The 45-year-old Nel who won the title in October this year when he stopped Hein van Bosch in clash for the vacant title, sent Sibusiso down in the sixth round from a flurry of blows. The referee felt that the challenger was in no condition to continue and waved the fight off. Nel has won the South African heavyweight title on three occasions since making his professional debut on April 12, 1992. Nel improves his record to 18-12-3; 14 and Sibiya’ whose record according to Boxrec before the fight was 5-0; 4, drops to 5-1; 4. However, it is interesting to note that Sibiya’s his first four wins were against boxers making their debuts and his fifth victory was against a fighter who had a record of 1-3.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian lightweight champion Valentine Borg (6-0, 4 KOs) stopped well credentialed Filipino Dennis Tuberon (16-3-1, 7 KOs) in round six of scheduled ten round bout at the Olympic Park Spirts Centre, Homebush, NSW a Australia on Friday The 5’10 Borg controlled most of the rounds and the referee crowned the Aussie at 2:44. Borg is one of the best prospects in Australian boxing and is headed for international recognition.
Heavyweight Hunter Sam (8-2-2, 4 KOs) captured the Australian title when he outscored David Levi (3-4, 3 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores 98-92, 98-92, 96-93. The referee deducted a point from Levi for low blow in round nine. Sam is the son of former world rated super middleweight Doug Sam. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Lusanda Komanisi won the SA featherweight title when he stopped defending champion Aphiwe Mboyiya in the sixth round in an untidy affair at the Mdantsane Sports Centre near East London on Friday night. The 21-year-old Mboyiya (56.75kg), making his second defence, was never in the fight as he spent most of the time holding and pushing. Komanisi (56.45kg) battled against the awkward southpaw champion who was more intent on survival from the opening bell rather than getting into the fight. Both fighters fell down to the canvas on a number of occasions through their legs becoming entangled and also because of the negative tactics of the champion. Mboyiya went down from a glancing blow to the chest in the fifth round which was ruled as a low blow by referee Allen Matakane. However, in the sixth round Mboyiya was battered down in the neutral corner and as he was kneeling on the canvas the referee called the fight off at 2:15 into the round. Komamisi improved his reported record to 15-3; 14 and Mboyiya’s dropped to 8-2; 4. (more…)
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Looking for his first win in eighteen months since his surprising upset over then-highly regarded Victor Ortiz, welterweight Josesito Lopez, (31-6, 18 KOs), struggled to an eight round technical decision over Mike Arnaoutis, (24-10-1, 11 KOs), on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, in a scheduled ten-round bout. Since his victory over Ortiz last summer, Lopez was fed to the wolves, so to speak, taking considerable punishment in stoppage losses to Canelo Alvarez and Marcos Maidana. Friday’s bout against the shopworn Arnaoutis was designed to get Lopez back into the win column, and perhaps regain his confidence before another big fight opportunity.
“There are big things coming in 2014,” said Lopez before the fight. “But first things first and that’s December 13. I’m expecting a tough fight and that’s what I’m focused on. I don’t take anyone lightly and train like I’m the underdog.” (more…)
Story and photos by Chito Yu Katangkatang
The Filipinos emerged victorious against their Mexican foes in the MAG Pacman Boxing Promotions inaugural boxing event “First Blood” held at the grand ballroom of the posh Solaire Resort Hotel and Casino in Pasay City, Manila. Battle-tested veteran Michael “Hammer Fist” Farenas made a short work on Mexican warrior Jesus Rios winning via a second round knockout. A wild left hook caught Rios’ chin making him kneel on the canvass for the first time in the second round. Rios beat the eight count and pushed for more brawl but another huge left caught him sending the Mexican all fours on the canvass for good. Farenas’ record improves to W37 L4 D4 KO29.
In the co-featured bout, Dodie Boy Peñalosa Jr. remained undefeated after surviving a technical decision victory over Alem Robles of Los Mochis Mexico. Peñalosa suffered a huge cut on his eyebrow thus prompting the ringside physicians to stop the fight in the eighth round and resorting to the scorecards. All judges had it unanimously for the Filipino who improved his resume to W12 L0 D0 KO11. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Antonio “KÑS” Lozada 139.70 vs Ramiro Alcaraz 139.70
Patricio “Picudo” Moreno 133.50 vs David González 134
Venue: Auditorio Ernersto Ruf Appel
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
UFC on FOX 9, which is headlined by the UFC flyweight championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez and the bantamweight bout between Urijah Faber and Michael McDonald, airs live on FOX from Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, CA at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FOX Sports 1 for six televised prelims at 5pm ET / 2pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the opening prelim bout at 4:30pm ET / 1:30 pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC FLYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Joseph Benavidez (125) VS Demetrious Johnson (125)
FOX MAIN CARD
Michael McDonald (135.25) VS Urijah Faber (135)
Nik Lentz (145) VS Chad Mendes (145)
Mac Danzig (155) VS Joe Lauzon (155)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Ryan LaFlare (170) VS Court McGee (169.5)
Edson Barboza (155) VS Danny Castillo (155)
Pat Healy (155) VS Bobby Green (155)
Zach Makovsky (125) VS Scott Jorgensen (124.5)
Cody McKenzie (155) VS Sam Stout (154)
Roger Bowling (155) VS Abel Trujillo (155)
Darren Uyenoyama (125) VS Alptekin Ozkilic (125)
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Coming up next: UFC on FOX 9 is live on FOX Saturday, December 14 from Sacramento, Calif., at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT Click here for more
By Bob Caico
Photo: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Light heavyweight Lionell “Lonnie B” Thompson (14-2, 9 KOs) has his own personal redemption Saturday night, live on NBCSN. Main Events will present “Road To Redemption” featuring Amir Mansour and Kelvin Price in the headline attraction. Thompson takes on Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (21-1, 9 KOs) in the 10-round co-feature. Thompson’s last national television exposure was a third-round stoppage at the hands of current champion Sergey Kovalev, a fight he took on two weeks notice.
“I’m a fighter, I took a chance and he beat me fair and square. My last TV appearance didn’t go as planned but trust and believe this fight will,” said the confident fighter from Buffalo, NY. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
By the end of this year we will see still no less than five world title bouts scheduled here in Japan. Japanese female speedster Mari Ando (10-6, 5 KOs) will face Mexican Jasseth Noriega (16-2-1, 5 KOs) in a quest for the vacant WBC 105-pound championship today (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. The #3 ranked Ando previously held the WBA light-minimumweight (102-pound) belt but lost it to compatriot Ayaka Miyao last year, and failed to win it back from Miyao by a hairline decision in a rematch this year. The #4 rated Noriega, two years her junior at 23, arrived here this Monday and has had a good condition to get acclimated with the weather and atmosphere in Osaka.
At the weigh-in ceremony of today Ando tipped the beam at 104.25 to 104.75 for Noriega. It will be refereed by Ms. Kyoungha Shin, a Korean university lecturer, with the WBC supervisor Major Lee. (more…)
Derric Rossy 235 vs. Jonte Willis 226
Natu Visinia 276 vs. Jon Bolden 218
Rafael Hernandez 134 vs. Dedrick Bell 134
Allan Phelan 128 vs. Tomi Archambault 129
Ytalo Perera 232 vs. Tyrone Gibson 222
Phillip Moreno 129 vs. Nathan Seelye 124.5
Promoter: Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum Boxing
1st bell: 7pm est
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBC #11 heavyweight Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (19-0, 17 KOs) stayed busy, scoring a second round KO over Clarence Tillman (11-15-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Melbourne Pavilion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia. Time was 2:23. Matt Clark, the manager of Browne, was happy with the win over Clarence Tillman and said “Lucas tore him apart with vicious left rips to the body and the straight right to the head. Tillman is only one of two to previously last the distance with him. Tillman said after that Lucas was the hardest puncher he’s ever faced, in a fight or sparring. Some wrap! I was delighted with how he performed tonight. Patient and set his shots up perfectly.
“Next up, Lucas will attempt to be the first Aussie Commonwealth heavyweight champ since Peter Jackson in 1892.” The opponent is TBA as the title was recently vacated by David Price. Tillman suffered his seventh straight loss. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has informed tFightnews.com that WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez may be out of the ring until June of next year and only return to training in February. This means mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio, who was expecting his title shot in March or April would have to wait for the WBC make a decision in this new Martinez situation. The source indicates that the June date likely increases the possibility that Martinez will face three-time world champion Miguel Cotto. It was agreed at the last WBC Convention that Martinez has until December 15th to inform the WBC where the rehabilitation on his hand and knee injuries stands. If Martinez will still be out for an extended time, the Rubio camp wants to fight for an interim title.
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