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- Huck retains WBO title for 13th time
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- Joe Soto: From the Prelims to the Main
- Nelson arrives in Germany to watch Huck try to tie his record
- UFC 177 Prelim Fantasy Preview
- Bob Arum and Oscar de la Hoya to meet next week to talk co-promotions
- Freddie Roach calls Mayweather a "shot fighter" ...weight no issue
- Boxers Manny Pacquiao and Chris Algieri take their swings in a batting cage
- Win at Harley and Ultimate Party at UFC 177
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Two-time Olympic Gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko has announced on his website (www.lomachenko.com) that his title fight with WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido will now take place in March. “I just got a call from Top Rank and they stated that the fight will be on March 1 on the undercard of Chavez-Vera, either in Texas or in Los Angeles.” (Big thanks to Andrij)
By James Slater
A disappointed Dyah Davis has revealed how he suffered a broken jaw in last night’s points loss to Britain’s James DeGale. Writing, and posting a photo of his hospital x-ray, on his Facebook page, Davis wrote how he suffered the debilitating injury in the 2nd-round.
“Thanks everyone for your diehard support, I fought with all my heart,” Davis wrote. “I suffered a broken jaw in the 2nd-round which had a major effect on the rest of my performance. I knew straight away it was broken but I did what any other warrior would so – Fight! I’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out what else I’d like to do with my career.”
Davis, the son of 1976 Olympic gold medal winner Howard Davis, lost by three scores of 118-110 and is now 22-4-1(10). DeGale, who is closing in on a world title shot, improved to 17-1(11). It’s likely DeGale was unaware of the injury he had inflicted on Davis.
California referee Jack Reiss took the unusual step of deducting two points each from both Andre Ward and Edwin Rodriguez in round four for failing to break at his instructions and upon his attempts to pull the pair apart.
“We had two highly trained athletes full of adrenalin and emotion,” the veteran referee observed. “I deducted two points from each of them and warned them that the deduction of another point would result in a disqualification. That was done with the intent to produce an exciting, competitive fight all the way to its conclusion. And it did.” (more…)
Light heavyweight Daniel MacKinnon, who was stopped in the tenth round of an all out war by Robert Berridge in the co-feature for Saturday’s David Tua vs. Alexander Ustinov in Hamilton New Zealand, later collapsed in his dressing room and was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition where he underwent brain surgery. We are happy to report that MacKinnon is now conscious and talking. He is expected to be moved out of intensive care shortly.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: James Dayap
Brandon Rios took a run at a track in Macau on Sunday. Rios has had Macau all to himself for the last week as he gets himself accustomed to the time difference. Manny Pacquiao will wrap up his training camp in the Philippines and travel to Macau on Monday.
Fight Week in Macau will be much the same as it is in Las Vegas. Grand arrivals are scheduled for Tuesday at the Venetian Main Porte Cochere. Fight activities during the week include the usual media workouts, roundtables, pre-fight press conference and weigh-in, although the time schedule will be altered to accommodate normal pay-per-view hours in the United States. The HBO PPV telecast will be begin at 10AM Sunday morning Macau time to air at 9PM/6PM Saturday night in the U.S.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
London Olympian Damien Hooper (5-0, 5 KOs) had to climb off the deck in the opening round before blasting out Thailand’s Yodkhunsuk Mor Poowana (2-1) to capture the WBC Youth Silver 175 pound title at Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Referee Phil Austin crowned Hooper in round two after the Thai was dropped and in no condition to continue.
On the undercard, schoolteacher Jeff Horn (5-0-1, 5 KOs) another London Olympian, hit too hard for Indonesia’s Aswin Cabuy (14-44-3, 7 KOs) winning in the second round when his opponent could not recover from a big body shot. Horn, the Australian welterweight champion, has now scored five quick wins and has not yet gone beyond three rounds as a pro.
London Olympian Cameron Hammond (5-0, 3 KOs) was too fast and slick for rugged Filipino light-middleweight Joel Dela Cruz (17-19-2, 7 KOs) in also winning an eight-round decision. Hammond is promoted by British great Ricky Hatton. (more…)
Johny Hendricks – a Div. I wrestling champion with one-punch finishing power – was billed as the most dangerous challenger to Georges St-Pierre’s title to date. He lived up to that billing, taking St-Pierre five grueling rounds, but in the end dropped a razor-close split decision. In retaining his belt, St-Pierre broke the UFC records for most wins and most championship wins, and solidified his spot at the top of several other UFC best lists. . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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“Friends let’s pray for my opponent, seems he is doing very badly. I hope God blesses him. This is a sport and hopefully he’ll have a speedy recovery from a very hard fight.”
Amigos oremos por mi rival parece ke esta muy mal ojalá ke Dios lo bendiga es un deporte y se recupere pronto una pelea muy dura
— jorge arce (@traviesooficial) November 17, 2013
The lightweight division’s go-tos for fun fights did not disappoint in the featured prelim bout on FOX Sports 1, with Donald Cerrone and Evan Dunham warring their way through most of two rounds inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Coming out of retirement to campaign at featherweight, Jorge “Travieso” Arce (61-7-2, 46 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over late sub Jose Carmona (22-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday night in the Domo de San Luis Potosí in San Luis Potosí, Mexico.
Arce ended an entertaining fight with a barrage of punches that laid out Carmona in a corner. Carmona was taken from the ring on a stretcher.
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) returned after a 14 month layoff to take an impressive and exciting, albeit one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Edwin Rodriguez (24-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California.
The bout became a non-title after Rodriguez failed to make the 168lb division limit. Both fighters went fight at it in round one, but Ward soon established that he was quicker and sharper landing the cleaner shots. Referee Jack Reiss deducted two points from both fighters after some roughhousing in round four. Ward then proceeded to put on a clinic, picking apart Rodriguez for the rest of the fight. Scores were 118-106, 117-107, 116-108 (more…)
IBF #4, WBO #15 jr lightweight Jose Felix Jr (26-0-1, 21 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Santos Benavides (23-5-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the AVI Resort & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. Felix dropped Benevides in round three and got the stoppage from referee Russell Mora with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:50.
In the non-televised main event, WBO #1/WBA #7/IBF #10 super bantamweight Chris Avalos (23-2, 17 KOs) scored a third round knockout against Rolly Lunas (34-9-1, 20 KOs).
In a war, unbeaten featherweight Gabino Saenz (11-0-2, 8 KOs) and Edwin Solis (5-2-3, 3 KOs) fought to a six round draw. Saenz was rocked and looked ready to go in round three, but Solis failed to press his advantage, which may have proved costly. In the end, scores were 58-56 Solis, 58-56 Saenz, 57-57.
Unbeaten welterweight Jose Benavidez (18-0, 14 KOs) dropped Abraham Alvarez (16-5-1, 7 KOs) twice en route to a second round TKO. (more…)
Former two-division world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (45-5, 35 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Joksan “El Torito” Hernandez (23-6-1, 15 KOs) in a featherweight bout at the Oasis Arena, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ponce De Leon was credited with a knockedown in round four when Hernandez’ glove touched the canvas and went on to win 100-89 on all cards.
Lightweight Roberto “Tito” Manzanarez (25-1, 21 KOs) avenged his only defeat with a third round TKO over Alejandro “Zorrito” Barrera (22-16, 15 KOs). The much taller Manzanarez dropped Barrera in rounds one, two and three. The bout was mercifully waved off in the third. Time was 2:19.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Kathryn Warburton
Jr middleweight Ronald Cruz (20-2, 15 KOs) continued his impressive resurgence in the ten round main event of the evening, by dropping veteran Hector Munoz (22-12-1, 14 KOs) three times en-route to a third round stoppage. Cruz took over the fight early in the third with body shots just above the belt line and then followed up with a straight right on the chin that sent Munoz to the canvas. Moments later, Cruz trapped Munoz in the corner and froze him with a left hook underneath. Munoz wobbled before going to the canvas for the second time from a right hook up top. Munoz looked on unsteady legs as retreated to the ropes. Cruz would not let him get away battering away with a series of shots until he went to the canvas for the third and final time. Referee Steve Smoger waived the fight off at 1:43 of the third round. (more…)
2008 Olympic gold medalist James “Chunky” DeGale (17-1, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Dyah Davis (22-4-1, 10 KOs), son of 1976 Olympic gold medalist and former professional fighter Howard Davis, Jr., in a super middleweight bout on Saturday night at Glow, Bluewater in England. DeGale was pretty much in command from the opening bell of a fight that largely resembled a sparring session. Scores were 118-110 on all cards. DeGale is now slated to fight Mexico’s Miguel Antonio Peribán for the right to fight Julio César Chávez, Jr. in a title eliminator.
Also, unbeaten middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of Frankie Borg (8-2, 3 KOs). Eubank is the son of former world champion Chris Eubank.
Jr lightweight Lenny Daws (26-3-2, 10 KOs) outscored Tony Pace (4-6-1, 0 KOs) over six.
Undefeated European light middleweight champion and WBC #1 rated Sergey Rabchenko (25-0, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over game late sub Bradley Pryce (34-15, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport in Vraza, Bulgaria. In round three, the referee intervened with Rabchenko punishing Pryce on the ropes to give Pryce a standing eight-count. Rabchenko, however, couldn’t get Pryce out of there and had to go the full twelve. Rabchenko also defended his WBC silver title.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman
Garrett Wilson saved the day and the fight as a last second replacement for the ill Tomasz Adamek by taking on undefeated IBF #10 heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov on NBC Fight Night from Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, promoted by Main Events. Wilson couldn’t turn the trick though as the skill of Glazkov prevailed over the fire plug slugger via unanimous ten round decision. In the opening bout on the telecast, undefeated Karl Dargan made the “O” go from Mike Brooks’ record in an exciting ten round lightweight battle. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator ‘de Mori (25-1-2, 15 KOs) defeated Ivica Perkovic (20-22, 15 KOs) from Croatia via unanimous points decision over 12 rounds to claim the vacant WBF heavyweight title and also retain his WBU heavyweight title at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia Saturday night. de Mori was the busier fighter right from the outset constantly using his fast jab against the tough Perkovic. Perkovic frustrated de Mori at times with his clinching which prevented the Australian from landing big shots in close. But it was de Mori who outboxed Perkovic and landed the cleaner punches throughout the fight. After 12 rounds all three judges scored the fight for de Mori. Scores were 118-110, 118 -110 and a surprising 115-113. (more…)
WBA/WBO Intercontinental middleweight beltholder Patrick Nielsen (21-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO against Jose Pinzon (24-5, 15 KOs) from Mexico on Saturday night in Albertslund, Denmark. Also unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan improved to 9-0, 5 KOs when he outpointed journeyman Edgar Torres (5-7-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. All judges had it 80-71.
Sampson Lewkowicz, wishes to thank the boxing world for their prayers and donations to badly injured Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov and has some cautiously optimistic news to convey. “Mago still in an induced coma but is beginning to respond positively. I expect him to live. On behalf of the family and myself, I now ask you switch your prayers to his recovery. He has a very long road ahead.”
Today marks 14 days Abdusalamov has been in an induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The 32-year-old married father of three young daughters, had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. In hospital, Abdusalamov came down with a 104-degree fever, which led to him suffering a stroke.
Doctors say they will try to wake Abdusalamov in a few days and test his reactions. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) weighed 179.8 pounds Saturday morning, meeting the hastily arranged requirement that he not weigh more than 180 pounds several hours before fighting Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs). Rodriguez weighed 170 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, which led to an agreement between the camps that he’s weigh 180 or less at 9 a.m., on Saturday, hours before an HBO-televised super middleweight fight at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
“I feel good,” the 28-year-old Worcester, Mass., resident said just after he stripped to his underwear and stepped on the scale. “After the weigh-in I was able to do everything I needed to do with hydrating and eating. I feel hydrated and I feel ready to go.”
Rodriguez said he was able to stay calm and focused after the weigh-in. “I was asleep at 8,” he said. “I slept a lot.”
It had been a long battle to try to make 168 pounds, the native of the Dominican Republic admitted. “I had a really hard time making 68 and I wasn’t able to,” he said after stepping off the scale in a hotel conference room.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Amid fallouts, rejected blood tests, and a sub-par performance by featured heavyweight Juan Goode, Darkside Boxing, a new fight group on the Motor City fight block, broke through with a lively, 6-bout card that had an appreciative crowd at Detroit’s Masonic Temple roaring their appreciation.
It was refreshing.
“Look,” one pundit pointed out: “The winners are coming out of different corners.”
The bouts were held in the mid-sized venue at the historic Masonic Temple, where earlier in the year a Showtime card and an ESPN match had been televised from auditoriums ranging from 3000+ to about 500. Last night’s card checked in the middle-sized venue of slightly less than 1500.
The show was sponsored in part by Ron Cameron’s Sports Talk (Cameron, a broadcasting institution in SE Michigan, pulled featured junior-middleweight Lane Staal from the show due to a draw two weeks before in which he had sustained a bad knockdown in a bout in Grand Rapids, but promises he will be on the next show on January 10); Mid-Michigan Boxing; and Tarick Salmaci Productions. (more…)
By Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson
I wanted to let Fightnews.com and the rest of the world know that the I have just been advised that Odlanier Solis has pulled out of our fight scheduled for November 26, 2013, in Sunrise, FL. Apparently, his promoter and manager signed him up for a guaranteed ass whooping that he wasn’t willing to receive and he’s looking for an easier name like Lucas Browne or [Artur] Szpilka. I’m sorry for all those that were looking forward to seeing me end Solis’ career but what can I do? This is the worst part of boxing, specifically the heavyweight division. Guys like Odlanier Solis are either too afraid or too fat to fight on a consistent basis. I’ve asked my team to continue to find the toughest and best fights out there regardless of who, where and when, and I will continue to chase opportunities across the globe.
Photo: Kathryn Warburton
Ronald Cruz 150 vs. Hector Munoz 150.4
Jason Sosa 133.3 vs. Bryne Green 136.3
Darnell Jiles 139.8 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 139.1
Todd Unthank-May 182.8 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 184.9
Terrell James 145.4 vs. Carlo Moore 148
Pablo Sanchez 147.1 vs. Arturo Trujillo 148.3
Nathaniel Rivas 143.6 vs. Johnathan Williams 141.8
Jean Carlos Hernandez 142 vs. Ismael Serrano 141.8
Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, first Bout: 7pm
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., & BAM Boxing
Tickets: $50 and $75 available at the door
David Tua: I’m sad to say my heart’s not in it any more…I think It’s time for me to try something else
Longtime former heavyweight contender David Tua announced his retirement in the ring Saturday night following his decision loss to Alexander Ustinov at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand.
“I did the best I could. I don’t know what it is… I actually got myself into great shape, because I believed I could do this and I believed that the fire still burns. But after tonight I’m sad to say my heart’s not in it anymore…I think it’s time for me to try something else. There will be two people at home right now who will be happy with this decision – my mum and dad.
“That’s it for David Tua. I thank the public of New Zealand for their support and the people of the Pacific – your support has been absolutely ‘O for Awesome’ from day one and I couldn’t have done it without your support.
“David Tua left the building tonight. Thank you very much. God bless. I love you New Zealand!”
By Graham Houston
Friday’s weigh-in for tonight’s Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez fight on HBO (BoxNation in the UK) casts a shadow over the contest, with Rodriguez coming in two pounds over the super middleweight division limit and choosing to pay a forfeit of 20 per cent of his purse rather than trying to lose the excess. Rodriguez agreed to a second weigh-in on the morning of the fight, at which he agreed not to weigh more than 180 pounds. I’m starting to wonder if there is any point in having weight divisions. Why not just agree to fight at the championship weight “or anything from two to five pounds over?”
That would make sense in today’s boxing landscape of fighters failing to make weight, sometimes cynically. It’s as if some fighters take the view: “I’ll give a portion of my purse to the other guy just so I can be at maximum strength on the night.”
That’s what happened when Floyd Mayweather Jr. failed to make weight for his catchweight fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009. Mayweather came in at 146 pounds for a match made at 144 and reportedly paid Marquez $600,000. (more…)
When you ask Georges St-Pierre for his scouting report on the man he’s fighting in the main event of UFC 167 this Saturday, Johny Hendricks, it’s frightening, especially when you’re the one fighting him.
“He has a very dangerous left hand, he’s a great wrestler, he’s very explosive, very strong physically, and he’s a very smart guy too,” said the UFC welterweight champion of his challenger. And that’s intimidating enough, but GSP isn’t finished talking about Hendricks. “He fights smart, he has a great team behind him, and he’s gonna get in great shape and be very well-prepared.” . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
The fight was billed as “David vs. Goliath,” but this time Goliath won. 6’7, 292lb Alexander Ustimov (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former heavyweight contender David Tua (52-5-2, 43 KOs) on Saturday night at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. Ustinov, who towered over Tua, controlled the action in round one and was also more effective in round two. Tua started to connect in the third, both fighters landed good shots in the fifth. Ustinov was simply busier as Tua wasn’t getting off his punches. A desperate Tua upped the pressure in rounds nine and ten, but Ustinov won the eleventh and twelfth to put it away. The bout ended with the best exchange of the fight. Scores were 119-109, 119-110, 119-108. After the fight, Tua announced his retirement saying his heart was no longer in it.
Light heavyweight Robert Berridge (22-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Daniel MacKinnon (21-8-1, 9 KOs). Wild end to this one as Berridge dropped MacKinnon in round eight, but MacKinnon returned the favor in the following round only to be put down again himself. Berridge dropped MacKinnon again late in the tenth and bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:51. Berridge claims the vacant PABA and WBO Oriental light heavyweight belts.
Lauryn Eagle W6 Daniella Smith (female lightweight)
Nikolas Charalampous W6 Rico Chong Nee (light heavyweight)
Sam Rapira KO1 Isaia Maku Jr (light heavyweight)
Last night in Les Mureaux, France, the local club put up a fantastic job to promote 2 WBC Mediterranean titles for French boxers.
Local star Ali Hallab won the vacant WBC Mediterranean superbantamweight title dominating Spaniard Angel Lorente from start till final bell to win his first international title. Hallab won the fast paced encounter by scores of 120-108, 119-111 and a generous 118-110 to the brave but outboxed challenger. Lorente was almost stopped in rounds 6 and 7 but survived and Hallab took a break when tired in rounds 10 and 11.
Hallab improves to 16-0-1(9) while Lorente suffers his 3rd defeat in a row (all title fights) for an overall record of 5-5-1(3)
On the same card Redouane Asloum, brother of Brahim, won the vacant WBC Mediterranean flyweight title stopping Italian challenger Gianpietro Marceddu inside 5 rounds. Asloum, now 11-1-1(4) started well winning easily the first 2 rounds but the visitor closely won the 3rd round. Marceddu started also well the 4th but Asloum took soon over again to win the 4th. Soon after the start of the 5th Marceddu seemed to make signs to his corner and complained about troubles with the sight in his left eye. His corner wisely threw in the towel. Marceddu is now 7-2-0(2).
WBC Mediterranean Chariman and WBC Vice President Houicine Houichi supervised both titlefights.
“Let’s go 10 more rounds, Erick,” Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios said when he rocketed the last big punch at left-hander Erick DeLeon in his workout Saturday at the Venetian Macau. Hall of Fame trainer Robert Garcia got into the ring, separated the two fighters and said “that’s it, Brandon. No more sparring. All of your sparring is over. We’re ready to fight Manny Pacquiao.”
After five months of training, over 150 rounds of sparring against assorted fighters, Rios wound up his eight rounds of sparring before a gathering of reporters and HBO’s 24/7 cameras. “That phase of our training – sparring – is now over,” Garcia said.
DeLeon, who did quick, wicked side to side movement, said Rios “snapped off power punches. Yes, they were hard punches and they hurt. It’s part of the game. “Rios blocks a lot of punches and counters well,” DeLeon added. “If he catches Manny in his rhythm there’s going to be big trouble for MP.” (more…)
Jose Felix Jr 132 vs. Santos Benavides 131
Chris Avalos 122 vs. Rolly Lunas 120.5
Gabino Saenz 127 vs. Edwin Solis 127
Jose Benavidez 146 vs. Abraham Alvarez 148
Andrew Hernandez 168 vs. Jose Alvarez 166
Saul Rodriguez 129 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 129
Luis Bello 137 vs. Hector Marengo 138
Khurshid Abdullaev 155 vs. Yosmani Abreu 154
Venue: AVI Resort, Laughlin, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame hosted their 44th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey on Thursday evening. Among the honorees were “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Ray Mercer, Bernard Fernandez, Joe Gatti, Gabe LaConte, Julie Lederman, Sal Lopez, Carl Moretti, Barbara Perez, Frank Savannah and Otha Tyson. “Boxer of the Year” of the year was NABO jr middleweight champion Glen Tapia. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos: Kim Johnson
John Ford (6-2, 5 KOs) claimed the vacant Western Australian State Jnr. Welterweight Title with an impressive TKO over rising Australian prospect “Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (5-1, 2 KOs) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV tonight at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie came out in the first round very aggressive and dropped Ford with a nice left to the head only 30 seconds into the fight. Ogilvie seemed in control as the nose of Ford was bloodied, but the fight turned in round 3 when Ford came back strong during an exchange and hurt Ogilvie. Ogilvie was on unsteady legs for most of the round and tried to hang on for dear life. Ford scored 2 knockdowns in the third round as Ogilvie made it to his feet both times on unsteady legs. Then at 2:58 of the round, ringside Doctor Patrick Golden made the decision to stop the fight. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Ex-WBC female 105-pound champ, unbeaten Japanese Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs), 114.25, jumped up three classes and impressively captured the WBA 115-pound belt by pounding out an upset unanimous decision over defending titlist Naoko Yamaguchi (22-4-3, 18 KOs), 115, over ten hot rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, 38, was an amateur champ and turned professional late at the age of thirty-four in 2009. Since then, she beat up everybody so convincingly that it became hard to find a suitable challenger with her WBC strawweight belt at stake. Fujioka made up her mind to renounce it and have an ambitious crack at the WBA 115-pound belt against the champ and compatriot Yamaguchi.
The official tallies were as follows: Sugiyama and Yoshida both 97-92 and Martin 98-91, all in favor of Fujioka, three years senior to the defending titlist Yamaguchi, who had been a prohibitive favorite. The referee was Kazunobu Asao of Japan. It was Fujioka that floored the champ with a flurry of punches in round three and kept her initiative nearly all the way. (more…)
Boxing luminaries Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, George Foreman, Marco Antonio Barrera, Timothy Bradley and Bob Arum discuss next Saturday’s pay-per-view extravaganza between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios from Macau, China.
BOB ARUM: Welcome to the new global age, where fights take place around the world and promotions kick in as if we were still in Las Vegas. On Thursday and Friday we will have Radio Row broadcasting live from the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium inside The Palazzo Las Vegas resort. Thirteen national and regional radio shows are participating and we’ll have a whole host of great fighters from the past – guys who made this sport what it is today and as popular as it is today. George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Ray Mancini, Marco Antonio Barrera; and the stars of today — Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado — in-person being interviewed on their views on Pacquiao vs. Rios and talking about their experiences fighting outside their own countries. The world is becoming a very, very small place. This event in Macao is making a huge impact in Asia and around the world. I thank all of the participants on today’s call, A lot of them have fought abroad throughout their career and you can ask them about their experience fighting in multiple time zones from where they trained. (more…)
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