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WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew will make his first defense of his title against B.J Flores at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on October 15. Flores is gunning for the title in his second World bout having taken Beibut Shumenov the distance for the interim WBA strap last July, and ‘El Peligroso’ will look to go one better against the ‘Bomber’ in what promises to be a spicy build-up between the two outspoken big hitters.
“I am going to smash BJ Flores to bits and be the first man stop him,” said Bellew. “All he keeps saying is that I am a Light-Heavyweight, I am this, I am that, so we will soon find out. He’s been mouthing off and following me around for a couple of years and I’m just a little bit fed up with him now. That’s the best way to look at it. (more…)
Welterweights Thomas LaManna and Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will square off in a scheduled 10-round bout for the vacant USBA Welterweight title on Thursday, Sept. 15, in a highly anticipated showdown at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The card is promoted by Final Forum Boxing, Peltz Boxing Promotions & GH3 Promotions and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
“This is the kind of fight boxing needs at this juncture,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter and matchmaker J Russell Peltz. “We have two young prospects at the same level meeting in a logical location–New Jersey against Washington, D.C. in Philadelphia. Boxing needs more fights like this in this kind of setting. This is the best fight for each of these fighters at this point of their careers.”
The wick for this explosive fight was lit several years ago when LaManna and Hernandez-Harrison engaged in heated sparring sessions which forged the rivalry for the inevitable bout. (more…)
The WBA held purse bids for two WBA world championship fights today at their Panama City headquarters.
Sauerland Event ($425,000) outbid Banner Promotions ($201,000) to win the right to promote the WBA super welterweight title fight between champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and #1 ranked Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). The bout will take place in Germany on a date to be announced in October or November.
World of Boxing, represented by Vlad Hrunov ($600,000) was the sole bidder for the WBA interim heavyweight title fight between champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and mandatory WBA #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs). If it takes place, the bout will take place in the U.S. or Russia. Golden Boy had hoped to put Ortiz-Ustinov on the September 17 Canelo-Smith PPV, but Ortiz wouldn’t come to terms.
Uzbek welterweight Shakhram Giyasov defeated Moroccan Mohammed Rabii to head to the gold medal match. Rabii wins the bronze.
Cuban middleweight Arlen Lopez defeated France’s Christian Mbilli 3-0. Lopez is now assured of at least a bronze.
Azerbaijan middleweight Kamran Shakhsuvarly edged Kazakh Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 2-1. Shakhsuvarly is now assured of at least a bronze.
Uzbek flyweight Shakhobidin Zoirov defeated American Antonio Vargas 3-0.
UK flyweight Muhammad Ali wasn’t “The Greatest” as he was defeated 3-0 by Venezuelan Yoel Segundo Finol.
Azerbaijan flyweight Elvin Mamishzada defeated Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev 3-0.
Algierian flyweight Mohamed Flissi defeated Bulgarian Daniel Asenov 3-0.
Female lightweight Mira Potkonen of Finland edged Ireland’s Katie Taylor 2-1.
Female lightweight Yin Junhua of China defeated Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan 3-0.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 48th NABF convention saw the final working session in the form of the judging seminar conducted Sunday morning by veteran judge Steve Weisfeld and in the afternoon, delegates who were die hard enough to brave the sweltering heat took in the Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves baseball game.
Weisfeld initially focused on what are perceived to be “bad decisions.” “A lot of bad decisions aren’t bad but people might think they’re bad because of the dominance of the media.” Weisfeld did admit that there are a few bad decisions and in order to improve, it must be ascertained why a decision is bad and what can be improved. “Do we have to improve knowledge of the rules? Do we have to improve concentration? If that’s the case, then we have to improve ourselves.” Weisfeld feels that because of seminars and communication, judging is better now than it has ever been. (more…)
By Robert Hughes
At Derek James’ Cooper Aerobics Center boxing studio in Dallas, Texas, undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence, Jr. hits the mitts with trainer Derrick James. Spence, Jr. is looking to run over Leonard Bundu at Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater on Sunday before a probable trip across the pond to challenge IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
The North American Boxing Federation (NABF)
As I fly back to Mexico after attending the 48th NABF Annual Convention in Washington DC, I can only reflect on what this great organization has done through its rich history. The NABF was founded by boxing commissioners from Canada, USA, and Mexico and became the Continental Boxing Federation affiliated to the WBC. My father’s introduction to international boxing was through the NABF and he was President for one term before being elected President of the World Boxing Council. My first official position in boxing was public relations in the WBC and in 1994 I was appointed by NABF president Sam Macias to serve as vice-president which gives me great pride to still hold such position in this great organization.
Some of the greatest world champions came from the NABF platform which provides that stepping stone to get to the “Major Leagues.” Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and so many heroes were proud NABF champions during their careers. (more…)
Hard Hitting Promotions will make history Friday night, August 26 with the first night of professional boxing at the beautiful Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia. Undefeated Philly super lightweight Milton “El Santo” Santiago (14-0, 3 KOs) takes on tough Dominican Kenny Alvarez (7-4-2, 3 KOs) in the eight round main event. The co-feature of the evening will be a six round attraction, featuring unbeaten featherweight Luis “Popeye” Lebron (5-0, 2 KOs) against former New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (8-6-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
In advance of Monday’s purse bids at the World Boxing Association offices in Panama, representatives of WBA Super World bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, and WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs), from Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, have informed the WBA Championships Committee that they have reached an agreement.
The fighters intend to send their respective contracts to the WBA in the coming days.
With news that Warren and McDonnell have agreed to terms, only two of three purse bids will be held as scheduled. The first fight is between WBA World interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz and WBA #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov. The second fight is between WBA World super welterweight champion Jack Culcay and WBA #1 ranked Demetrius Andrade.
The Bidding will take place on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION OFFICE located at: Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia c/c Calle 47, PH Ocean Plaza, Office 14-05, Marbella, Panama, Panama.
WBA Treasurer Aurelio Fiengo will direct the bidding. If you have questions please contact the WBA Office.
By David Finger
For Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs), the former Olympic gold medalist, two time world champion and current IBF #5 ranked junior lightweight, the long road back to the top may lead all the way to the junior middleweight division. Reports from the Gamboa camp indicate that they are “close” to an HBO fight with one of the biggest names in boxing: four time world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs). Although Cotto’s last fight was in November of 2015 at middleweight, Gamboa and his advisor Zeferino Ramirez were excited about the opportunity to fight the legendary Puerto Rican.
“I want this fight!” Gamboa said of the proposed matchup. “I heard recently (Cotto’s) negotiations with Marquez have fallen through. I respect Cotto for all his accomplishments and for the courage he possesses but he’s never faced a fighter like me.” (more…)
A packed Riocentro Pavilion 6 on Sunday witnessed the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament, as Uzbekistan’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov delivered a superb performance against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez to win the Olympic title. The day also saw the first contests in the Women’s Middleweight (75kg) competition, the Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) preliminaries and two Lightweight Semi-Finals. (more…)
By David Finger
For the better part of the first decade of the 21st century the State of Indiana was an unexpected hotbed of boxing. Promoters like Fred Burns ensured that the Indiana fight faithful would always have a steady diet of club shows that featured such memorable journeymen like Jeff Yeoman, Reggie Strickland, Darnell Wilson, and Terry Thomas. But even as a handful of Indiana fighters found themselves in the world rankings it seemed like the era of bi-weekly club shows in Indiana had come to an end by 2010. Indiana would host of twenty-seven professional fight cards in 2005, but by 2014 that number had dwindled down to nine. (more…)
NY State junior welterweight Anthony ” Showtime” Karperis (13-2, 4 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Ariel Duran (9-9-1, 5 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the sold out Paramount in Huntington, NY. Karperis dropped Duran in round nine en route to a 97-92, 97-92, 98-91 verdict. The two had met once before early in their careers with Karperis coming away with a hard fought four round win. (more…)
UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi advanced to the medal round with a 3-0 win over Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla.
Kazakh light heavyweight Adilbek Niyazymbetov defeated Azerbaijan’s Teymur Mammadov 3-0. Niyazymbetov will get at least a bronze medal.
French lightweight Sofiane Oumiha advanced to the gold medal round with a 3-0 win over Mongolian Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu. Dorjnyambuu collected a bronze.
Cuban light welter Yasnier Toledo edged the UK’s Pat McCormack 2-1.
German light welter Artem Harutyunyan topped Canadian Arthur Biyarslanov 2-0-1.
Turkish light welter Batuhan Gozgec defeated Brazilian Joedison Teixeira 3-0.
Azerbaijan light welter Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo edged France’s Hassan Amzile 2-1.
Cuban bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez edged Moroccan Mohamed Hamout 2-1.
Chinese bantamweight Zhang Jiawei defeated Korean Ham Sangmyeong 3-0.
Argentina bantamweight Alberto Ezequiel Melian defeated Tunisian Bilel Mhamdi 3-0.
Uzbek bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev defeated Kazakh Kairat Yeraliyev 3-0.
Brazilian female middleweight Andreia Bandeira edged Panama’s Atheyna Bylon 2-1.
UK female middleweight Savannah Marshall defeated Anna Laurell Nash 3-0.
47-year-old future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. told the Pensacola News Journal that he suffered an injury to his right bicep in round five on Saturday night against journeyman Rodney Moore. “We’ll just have to see how long this takes (to heal),” Jones told the paper after the fight. “It was the best condition I’ve been in a long time. I felt strong the whole time.”
As for his future in the ring, Jones stated the fight “may have been the last one. And I’m not mad if it is, because I had a great time. Everybody in Pensacola got to see Roy fight one more time.”
Two wins for Team USA on Sunday.
American bantamweight Shakur Stevenson defeated Brazilian Robenilson De Jesus 3-0.
American light welter Gary A. Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, defeated Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand 2-1.
In the light flyweight final, Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov won the gold against Colombian Yurberjen Herney Martinez 3-0.
In a lightweight semi-final, Brazilian Robson Conceicao defeated Cuban Larzaro Jorge Alvarez 3-0. Conceicao will fight for the gold, Alvarez wins a bronze.
Irish bantamweight Michael John Conlan defeated Armenia’s Aram Avagyan 3-0.
In a war, French light heavyweight Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique stopped Equador Carlos Andres Mina in round three. Bauderlique earned at least a bronze medal.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated Brazilian Michel Borges 3-0. La Cruz earned at least a bronze medal.
Russian bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin edged Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee 2-1.
Mongolian bantamweight Tsendbaatar Erdenebat edged Bulgarian Dzmitry Asanau 2-1.
Russian light welter Vitaly Dunaytsev defeated Mongolian Chinzorig Baatarsukh 3-0.
Chinese light welter Hu Qianxun defeated Hovhannes Bachkov 2-1.
Uzbek light welter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Manoj Kumar 3-0.
Canadian female middleweight Ariane Fortin was edged by Kazakh Dariga Shakimova 2-1.
Russian female middleweight Iaroslava Iakushina defeated Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin.
Before a euphoric crowd who attended the coliseum Samuel ‘Sammy’ Rodriguez of Aguas Buenas, local favorite, Yomar ‘The Magic’ Alamo (11-0, 8 KO) scored a impressive second round TKO over Edgardo ‘Indio’ Rivera (7-4-2, 5 KO) to capture the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title. This match marks the first WBC fight held in Aguas Buenas.
“Making history in my town is a big deal,” said Yomar Alamo, “I was prepared to leave everything in the ring, and the results were spectacular. Now, I will take a short break and return to the gym as soon as possible because major challenges are coming up and I have to be ready.” (more…)
Mexican boxing favorites Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pose together at Saturday night’s fight between Canelo’s brother Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez and former world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
“I want big fights, Cotto, Canelo, and not a rematch with Ramon,” declared former world champion Antonio Margarito after his ten round split decision win over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez on Saturday night in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. “I am ready for big fights. Now I want to beat his brother Saul!”
Ramon Alvarez, however, didn’t agree with the decision. “I thought that the decision was for me. I want a rematch. Margarito didn’t win. The knockdown was more of a slip than anything,” stated the older brother of Canelo.
By Morrison Brandon at ringside
Photo: Scott Foster
Returning home for the first time since March of 2015, former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-12-2, 7 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout on Saturday night at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. It was mostly a slow-paced affair as the 47-year-old future Hall of Famer Jones, with his hands held low, stalked Moore — who gave very little resistance. As a result, it very easy for Jones to pot shot his way to victory. Scores were 100-90 on all three cards.
Also, making his debut as a professional, junior welterweight Devin Cushing looked very impressive. One of Pensacola’s rising stars, Cushing seems to have a bright future ahead of him after a stoppage of Justin Howard at 59 seconds of round two.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (48-14-1, 32 KOs) won by sixth round disqualification against Jose “General” Sanmartin (20-4-1, 12 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night in Veracruz, Mexico. Sanmartin was tossed for an intentional headbutt. Time was 2:58.
In the co-feature, WBC #2, WBA #5 flyweight and WBO #3 super flyweight Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (33-2, 24 KOs) was victorious when Dixon Flores (13-5-2, 4 KOs) didn’t come out for round four. Hernandez has now won 15 straight since his unsuccessful title challenge against Kazuto Ioka five years ago.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (40-8, 27 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (23-5-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBO Continental super welterweight title on Saturday night at the Baja California Center in Playas de Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
After a slow start, Margarito’s pressure started paying dividends. Alvarez’ punches had little effect as Margarito walked him down. Alvarez was down round eight, but rallied bravely in the final round. Scores were 97-92, 97-92 Margarito, 95-94 for Alvarez.
Alvarez’ brother “Canelo” Alvarez was at ringside. Will this fight set up a Klitschko-style “revenge of the brother” showdown?
In the co-feature, unbeaten super lightweight Pedro “La Roca” Campa (22-0, 18 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over David “Orly” Bency (17-6-1, 10 KOs). The bout was waved off to save Bency from further punishment. Time was :55.
It was a memorable day of Olympic Boxing on Saturday as the Men’s Olympic Flyweight (52kg) competition got up and running with eight preliminary bouts followed by the Welterweight (69kg) Quarter-Finals, two Heavyweight semis and the return of the Super Heavyweights (+91kg), including a first appearance from current World Champion Tony Yoka. With the legendary Floyd Mayweather and members of the US Basketball team watching from the stands in a packed Riocentro Pavilion 6, the halfway stage of the competition was reached in grand style, as a series of TKOs raised the roof. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day two of the 48th NABF convention in Washington, D.C. Was quick and to the point this morning.
There were two simultaneous functions: the referee seminar headed up by long time Nevada ref Jay Nady, while the general session in the adjoining meeting room heard several committee reports.
Nady reviewed several scenarios with his referees and ring officials, going over existing rules and discussing a new rule governing four round fights. Normally, four rounds has been the minimum amount of rounds required to be completed in order to have a decision in instances where fights have to be stopped for unintentional fouls. Any less rounds in such fights yielded a “No Decision.” But for fights only scheduled to go four rounds, if such an ending occurs after three completed rounds, a decision can be rendered by going to the score cards. The ABC referee exam was then administered to the assembled refs. (more…)
American flyweight Antonio Vargas won a majority decision over local favorite Juliao Neto.
Kazakh flyweight Olzhas Sattibayev edged Puerto Rican Jayvier Cintron 2-1.
Uzbek flyweight Shakhobidin Zoirov defeated Ireland’s Brendan Emmet Irvine 3-0.
Venezualan flyweight Yoel Segundo Finol topped Dominican Leonel De Los Santos Nunez 3-0.
Bulgarian flyweight Daniel Asenov edged Argentina’s Daniel Martinez 2-1.
Moroccan welterweight Mohammed Rabii edged Ireland’s Steven Donnelly 2-1 to earn at least a bronze.
Uzbek welterweight Shakhram Giyasov defeated Cuban Roniel Iglasias 3-0 to earn at least a bronze.
In a heavyweight medal match, Russian Evgeny Tischenko defeated Rustam Tulaganov 3-0. Tischenko will go on to fight for the gold, Tulaganov gets a bronze.
French super heavyweight Tony Victor Yoka beat Virgin Island’s Laurent Clayton 3-0.
Jordanian super heavyweight Hussein Iashaish edged Romania’s Mihai Nistor 2-1.
Cuban super heavyweight Lenier Eunice Pero defeated Italian Guido Vianello 3-0.
Croatian super heavyweight Filip Hrgovic beat Turkey’s Ali Eren Demirezen 3-0.
Mexican flyweight Elias Eliseo Emigdio Abarca defeated Mongolian Enkh-Amar Kharkhuu 3-0.
French flyweight Elie Konki defeated German Hamza Touba 3-0.
Kazakh heavyweight Vassiliy Levit defeated Cuban Erislandy Savon 3-0. Levit advances to the gold medal match, Savon gets a bronze.
UK super heavyweight Joe Joyce knocked out Davilson Dos Santos Morais with his first punch in round one.
Uzbek super heavyweight Bakhodir Jalolov TKO’d Venezualan Edgar Ramon Munoz in round two.
Nigerian super heavyweight Efe Ajagba knocked out Trinidad & Tobago’s Nigel Paul in round one.
Kazakh super heavyweight Ivan Dychko outpointed Azerbaijan’s Mahammadrasul Majidov 3-0.
Kazakh welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov beat Venezualan Gabriel Maestre 3-0 to earn at least a bronze medal.
French welterweight Souleymane Diop Cissokho defeated Thailand’s Saylom Ardee 3-0, to earn at least a bronze.
Chinese flyweight Hu Jianguan edged Turkey’s Selcuk Eker 2-1.
Armenian flyweight Narek Abgaryan edged Ugandan Ronald Serugo 2-1.
Moroccan flyweight Achraf Kharroubi beat Lesotho’s Moroke Jeremia Mokhotho 3-0.
By Johnny B’
Thursday August 11th boxing lost an icon with the passing of Sean Curtin, formerly from Grayslake Illinois. Curtin, a former amateur and professional boxer, as well as boxing official, was in past years, the head of the C.Y.O. (Catholic Youth Organization) amateur boxing program. Sean later became head of the Illinois Athletic Commissiion. He also was the co-author of several published boxing books.
After Curtin retired from the Illinois boxing commission, he moved to the state of Michigan where he worked as a professional boxing referee and judge. Funeral details to be announced.
Former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (63-9, 46 KOs) returns to the ring tonight at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. The 47-year-old Jones will take on 40-year-old “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-11-2, 7 KOs). Jones said this won’t be his last fight unless he loses.
“If it doesn’t come out the way I want it to be, of course it will be my last,” Jones told his hometown Pensacola News Journal. “I can’t see that happening. I can’t see myself not handling my business. Don’t get me wrong, the guy does have a good left hook. And when you are older it’s not as easy to take those licks as when you were younger. At the same you have to be smart enough to avoid the licks and maybe get the licks in first. I don’t think this guy should beat me.”
By Ron Jackson
Namibia’s Paulus “Hitman” Moses who recently won the WBO Africa lightweight title has sent out a challenge to WBO world lightweight champion Terry Flanagan of England. Moses is not ranked in the top 15 of the latest WBO rankings but after winning the vacant WBO Africa lightweight title on August 6 when he outpointed Thompson Mokwana at the Windhoek Country Club he could now move into the rankings.
The 38-year-old Moses who has an outstanding record of 37-3, 22 KOs, won the WBA lightweight belt in January 2009 when he beat Yasuke Kobori and then made a successful defence against Takehiro Shimada before losing the belt to Miguel Acosta in May 2010. (more…)
Unbeaten world title contender, Puerto Rico’s Felix ‘El Diamante’ Verdejo, was released from the hospital after suffering a motorcycle accident. The former Puerto Rican Olympian suffered the accident last Sunday, August 7, when he was riding on road PR-3 from Rio Grande to Carolina and lost control of his motorcycle after trying to avoid a bump on the road.
“I have definitely learned a big lesson. I’m not perfect. I’ll keep growing as a person and today I’m more committed than ever with my people and my career,” affirmed Verdejo. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Long-time Fightnews.com Feature Writer Boxing Bob Newman was a keynote speaker during Friday’s general session of the NABF Convention in Washington, DC. Newman, who has been a familiar media presence at boxing cards and boxing conventions for many years, talked to convention goers about the love-hate relationship between boxing and the media.
“The media’s responsibility is to be accurate,” Newman said as he related a story where he interviewed future heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Newman wrote an article in which Klitschko said he would move to the United States and dominate the heavyweight division. When Klitschko and his camp denied those comments, Newman was able to prove otherwise with the tape of Klitschko saying those very words. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day one of the NABF convention involving guests and delegates took place today at the Washington Court Hotel in downtown Washington, D.C. If nothing else, nobody can say that the NABF isn’t a fun group! While the board of directors and a special officials committee had meetings starting from the beginning of the week, freshly arrived delegates, ring officials and guests were treated to several informative and entertaining talks and presentations sandwiched around a filling lunch buffet and capped off with the annual awards banquet this evening.
The proceedings kicked off with NABF executive secretary Joanna Aguilar served as emcee, welcoming attendees and introducing the speakers of the day.
Washington, D.C. Combat sports commissioner Adam Weers took the podium first, welcoming guests to the city. Weers commented on increased activity in both the pro and amateur ranks of boxing in the nation’s capital.
ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions) president Mike Mazzulli chimed in on the outstanding training seminars conducted by the ABC throughout the year and the recent convention held just a couple weeks ago. Also the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulations Director, Mazzulli is breathing new life into the Association and has been a welcomed addition by all accounts. (more…)
Photos: Brett Carlsen/Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated featherweight Miguel Flores (21-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Ryan Kielczweski (25-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. After ten entertaining back and forth rounds, Flores’ workrate swayed the judges. Scores were 97-93, 96-94, 96-94.
2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (16-3, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten welterweight contender Jamal James (20-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 96-94. James stepped in on short notice to replace Bryant Perrella, who was forced to withdraw by the local commission due to an injury.
The card wrapped up PBC’s deal with ESPN.
Report and Photos by Ricardo Ibarra
Spokane, Washington’s Patrick Ferguson (4-0, 4 KOs) added his fourth and most noteworthy win as a pro on Thursday night at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, scoring a first round knockout over former world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-29-1, 16 KOs), of Detroit. An unexpected rain storm had threatened to cause the cancellation of the outdoor event, but after a delay allowed for the storm to pass and crews to clean up the ring, the event went on. The main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am card between Ferguson and Williams was moved to the first pro slot on the schedule in order to ensure the fight went ahead before more rain moved in.
Ferguson quickly went to work behind his jab as the fight began and dropped Williams with the first hard right hand he threw, landing it flush on the temple. Moments later he dropped Williams once again, catching him with a crisp one-two counter as his opponent pressed forward. After the action was allowed to resume, Ferguson started working the body, landing thudding hooks to the mid-section that were visibly hurting Williams. A vicious left hook to the side dropped Williams to a knee where he would stay as referee Russ Hansen reached the count of ten at 1:41 of the round. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomás Rojas 126 vs. José De San Martín 126
Juan Hernández 115 vs. Dixon Flores 114.50
Lourdes Juarez 109 vs. Guadalupe Batista 108
Venue: Auditorio Benito Juárez
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
Anthony “Showtime” Karperis 139.2 vs. Ariel Duran 140
Johnny “Hitman” Hernandez 135.2 vs. Seifulla Wise 136
Juan Mancilla 154.6 vs. Phillip Legrand 156.6
Dan Cion 167.6 vs. Vincenzo D’Angelo 166.2
Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, New York
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
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