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- Narvaez stops Carmona in seven to retain WBO 115lb title for ninth time
- 2-time Olympian Oscar Valdez moves to 8-0, 8 KOs
- Hall defeats Malinga for IBF bantamweight title; Gavin wins snoozer; McCloskey upset
- Di Rocco still Euro light welterweight champ
- Martinez KOs Mathebula in nine to retain IBF super bantamweight title
- Roy Jones Jr. wins fringe cruiserweight belt in Moscow; Chudinov wins WBA interim middleweight title
- Shindo, Rodriguez to square off tomorrow
- Vazquez victorious in Fort Worth
- Ty Coleman's Biggest Fight
- Tupou defeats Lakopo in Aussie return
Jimmy Burchfield, president of Classic Entertainment and Sports, Inc. (CES), has responded to comments made in last Saturday night’s post-fight conference in Biloxi (MS) by cruiserweight B. J. Flores and his promoter, 8-time world champion Roy Jones, Jr. (Square Ring Promotions), about CES cruiserweight contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey.
Like Sigourney Weaver in Alien, veteran UFC middleweight Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt voyages into the unknown on August 29 as he looks to locate the missing piece to an elusive and potentially dangerous puzzle. The enemy’s unbeaten record provides the Colorado-native with no blueprint to follow. Quick-fire submission wins allow only sparse footage to be viewed. A lofty reputation almost precedes it . . . Click more by Elliott Worsell, UFC
From a young age, undefeated junior middleweight contender Albert Onolunose knew what it meant to be a soldier preparing for war. Starting at the tender age of 14, Onolunose was placed in active duty in his native Nigeria as part of that country’s standard plan of building its army. Now 28 years old, Onolunose has been an active member of his adopted homeland Canada’s military reserve for the last four years . . . Click here for more
By Byron Spurlock
A packed showing of local and national media attended the Diaz–Malignaggi press conference this week in advance of Saturday night’s HBO card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. In the main event, former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs) takes on former IBF junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (26-2, 5 KOs) in a twelve round junior welterweight bout. The co-main event features a world title showdown from IBF junior Lightweight World Champion Malcolm Klassen (24-4-2, 14 KOs) putting his title on the line against former two-time IBF featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (24-1-1, 17 KOs) in a 12 round bout. The opening TV bout will showcase exciting middleweight prospect Danny “The Golden Child” Jacobs (17-0, 15KOs) facing off against tough ring veteran Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (21-3, 9KOs) in a 10 round bout for the NABO middleweight title. (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda at ringside
Heavyweight contender Lance “Mount” Whitaker (34-5-1, 28 KOs) needed just 99 seconds to thoroughly demolish Matthew Ellis (20-9-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Performing Arts Center in Redondo Beach, California. Ellis provided absolutely no opposition as he was sent to the deck four times before referee Jack Reiss waved it off. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Tshepo Mashego scored a unanimous ten round points decision over Tanzanian Karama Nyilawila at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Friday night. Judges Wally Snowball and Alfred Buqwana scored it 99-91 and judge Joseph Chaane had it 99-92.The 30-year-old SA junior middleweight champion boxing from behind his educated left jab made a slow start but picked up the pace from round three to outbox the shorter Nyilawila 70.18 kg. (more…)
Albert Onolunose, 154 vs Grady Brewer, 154
KJ Noons, 158.5 vs Randy Pogue, 159
Day Nguyen, 128 vs Noe Lopez, 128
Leo Santa Cruz, 116 vs Robert DaLuz, 118
Dmitry Chudinov, 162 vs Eddie Hunter, 161
Fedor Chudinov, 161 vs Mikhail Lyubarsky, 161
David Garcia, 150 vs Juan Carlos Diaz TBA
Venue: Pala Resort Casino and Spa, Pala, California
Promoter: TKO BOXING Promotions
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WBC#32 light heavy contender, Tommy Karpency (18-1-1 11kos) successfully defended his WBA Fedecentro Title Friday night in Morgantown, West Virginia via a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Chuck Mussachio (13-1-2 5kos). Karpency, 22 years old, controlled the pace early by landing more punches and kept his opponent off balance with several harder shots. No knockdowns were recorded as Karpency prevailed comfortably on the cards, 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94.
In the co-feature, former WBC#1 lightweight contender, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (39-5-1 18kos) looked impressive as he posted a six round shutout over durable vet Dezi Ford (24-27 9kos). Clark’s handspeed and overall superior skills enabled him to land effective combinations at will throughout the bout. All three judges scored the fight 60-54. (more…)
By John Booz at ringside
It took former welterweight world title challenger David Estrada a few rounds to wear off his ring rust, but when he did he came on like a freight train and KO’d Chris Gray in the sixth round on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago. It was the first time Estrada had fought in his hometown in nine years as he improved to 23-6 with 14 KOs. Gray, who hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, dropped to 12-9 with 1 KO.
Former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver McCall (53-9, 37 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence (12-2-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Orleans Hotel & Casino, in Las Vegas. The bout was fought at a deliberate pace with Lawrence the busier of the two. The 44-year-old McCall was never able to get untracked but he picked up the pace in the last two rounds to come away with a 97-93, 96-94, 96-94 win. Many at ringside felt Lawrence did enough to win the fight, and McCall said afterward that he’s open to a rematch.
Super featherweight Daniel Jiménez (19-3-1, 11KOs) scored a KO at 2:55 of the 12th round against Marcos Jiménez (16-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Pedrín Zorrilla Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. With the win, Jiménez claimed the vacant WBA Fedecentro title.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Carlos Negron (4-0, 4 KOs) won by TKO at 2:55 of the second round against Geovante Davis (3-4-1, 2 KOs) when referee Ramon Navedo stopped the fight. Negron was knocked down in the first round. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (19-1, 14 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over Anthony Schuler (21-7-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lee dropped Shuler in rounds three and four, then floored him three times in round eight before the referee waved it off at 2:05.
In a battle of former world title challengers, Angel “Toro” Hernandez (29-7, 16 KOs) punished Antwun Echols (31-11-4, 27 KOs), dropping Echols in round four and battering Echols until Echols’ corner called it quits after round six.
Heavyweight Owen “What The Heck” Beck (29-3, 20 KOs) won a slow-paced eight round unanimous decision over Jermell Barnes (18-22-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 77-75, 80-72.
The WBC Board of Governors has approved by a unanimous vote that the November 14 welterweight clash between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto (contract weight 145lbs) will be the first ever for the WBC Diamond Belt. “The Diamond Belt has received a tremendous positive response from promoters and media around the world, and we at the WBC are very excited and proud that this important and historic fight will be the first for the Diamond Belt,” said WBC President Jose Sulaiman. “The WBC will not charge a sanction fee on this extraordinary occasion.”
Courtesy, Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
The Red Lion Hotel of Sacramento will go outdoors for the first time with its next show, Saturday, Sept. 12, pairing world-ranked cruiserweight Matt Godfrey (19-1, 10 KOs) of Providence, R.I., with local Michael Simms (20-11-2, 13 KOs). Godfrey was to defend his NABF title against the winner of a Red Lion main event Aug. 7, but Simms fought to a controversial six-round draw with former IBF cruiser champ Kelvin Davis, so there will be no Godfrey crown at stake. Matched in an eight-round semi-main is another hometowner, Otis Griffin (19-6-2, 7 KOs), opposing Rubin Williams (29-8-1, 16 KOs) of Detroit. Promoter Nasser Niavaroni and hotel owner Jeff Berger plan a five-bout card, coinciding with the Red Lion’s grand opening.
Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian welterweight champion Oywale Omotoso (14-0, 12 KOs) was impressive as he stopped former world rated Emanuel Augustus (38-31-6, 20 KOs) in nine rounds at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday. Omotoso, 24 years, controlled the action as he delivered accurate combinations consistently in most of the rounds on the highly regarded American. Augustus was dropped in round six and twice in round nine at which point the referee saved the game importation from further punishment. Leading Victorian promoter Murray Thompson said: “That was a very good performance by Omotoso. Augustus has been in the ring with some of the best boxers in the world in the past ten years including Floyd Mayweather. Augustus said this was the first time he had actually been knocked out which says a lot for Omotoso’s punching ability. I will bring out good imports for Omotoso – I have a good South American opponent next for him.” Augustus dropped a split decision to Francisco Figuero (19-2) in his last start in the USA in 2008. He defeated world class Courtney Burton in ten rounds in 2006 and also Ray Oliveira in eight rounds in 2005. He was stopped by Floyd Mayweather in nine rounds in 2000 who was unbeaten in twenty-three fights at the time. Omotoso is originally from Nigeria but has been based in Australia for all his professional fights.
Humberto Gutiérrez 129.5 vs Sergey Gulyakevich 129.5
(WBC Interim super featherweight championship)
Raúl García 105 vs Sammy Guty Gutierrez 105
(IBF minimumweight championship)
José Luis Castillo 147 vs Cristian Solano 150
Saul Roman 154 vs Martin Avila 154
Alex López 126 vs Eden Márquez 125.5
Juan Carlos Virgen 160 vs Roy Sánchez 160
Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Los Cabos, Mexico
Promoter: ZANFER and Gobierno del Estado de Bajacalifornia Sur
TV: TV Azteca/Azteca America
Juan Diaz 137.7 vs Paulie Malignaggi 138.2
(Vacant NABO junior welterweight title)
Malcolm Klassen 129.5 vs Robert Guerrero 130
(IBF junior lightweight title)
Daniel Jacobs 159.7 vs Ishe Smith 159
(Vacant NABO middleweight title)
Danny Garcia 141 vs Oscar Leon 139.7
Hylon Williams 134.7 vs Baudel Cardenas 134.2
Jermell Charlo 146.5 vs Vardan Gasparyan 147.5
Omar Figueroa 138 vs Jeremy Marts 137.7
Adrien Broner 131 vs Edgar Portillo 129.5
Rashad Ganaway 133.5 vs Mickey Bey 134
Marcus Johnson 170 vs Matt Gockel 169.5
Adam Richards 200 vs Harvey Jolly 198.5
Darlington Agha 252 vs Joseph Rabotte 264.5
Mike Perez 132.7 vs Jamie Rodriguez 133
Venue: Toyota Center, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
Story by David L. Hudson
In a sport glutted with glitz, glamour and greed, he is a hardworking, humble and God-fearing family man. In a sport full of spoiled and pampered prospects, he came up the hard way in his 10-year professional boxing career. In a sport where preparation determines success, he often took fights on short notice. In a sport where fighters are judged by their glossy records, he lost several fights giving him a journeyman-like ledger. Though he had a fine amateur career and some natural ability, he lost bouts to future world champions Jermain Taylor and Kelly Pavlik and an assortment of other future prospects . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian Referee Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan challenger Marco A. Avendaño (27-6-1, 19 KOs) and Japans Challenger Nobuhiro Ishida (20-5-2, 7 KOs) fight for the WBA interim super wwlterweight title at the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan on August 30. The three judges are: Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand), Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico), and Rubén Garcia (USA). The fight supervisor is CYang Sup Shim (Korea).
By Matt Richardson
On Saturday, one of the most loquacious fighters in the sport, former junior welterweight title-holder Paul Malignaggi returns to the ring for just the second time since losing his belt last Fall against Ricky Hatton. Malignaggi will fight former lightweight champion Juan Diaz – at a catchweight of 138 1/2 – in Houston, Texas, the hometown of his opponent. As usual, Malignaggi had a lot to say. So, to let him tell it to the fans unfiltered, here’s what he had to say. (More)
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