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The lightweight division has become increasingly competitive with future hall-of-famer Juan Manuel Marquez perched on top. Falling beneath him are fighters such as Robert Guerrero, Humberto Soto, Ali Funeka and Michael Katsidis.
Then there are Brandon Rios and Miguel Acosta. The two will slug it out this Saturday for Acosta’s WBA lightweight title at The Pearl inside of The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner takes a step towards lightweight supremacy while the loser falls several steps back. . . Click here for more
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Current WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) has now broken off from Universum Box-Promotion and is now searching for a new promoter. Banner Promotions is said to be interested in signing the unbeaten champ.
By Robert Coster
Premium Boxing Promotions is known in Panama to be a boxing company that specializes in putting up small cards just to showcase young, emerging talent. Last night was no different at the Fantastic Casino La Dona in Panama City where a group of young hopefuls battled each other in a competitive night of fisticuffs. Two of five fights on the card ended by knockout and it was somewhat historic since it involved the only pro boxer fighting out from the tiny Central American nation of Honduras. Junior lightweight Miguel Gonzalez (3-0) scored a second knockout over local boy Jalfi Jimenez. (more…)
Former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Damon Reed (45-15, 32 KOs) in a heavyweight clash on Thursday night at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In his first bout in nearly 18 months, the 42-year-old, Toney (who scaled in at 257 lbs) won a lackluster affair by scores of 100-90 across the board.
The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana will be the venue for a clash of the undefeateds. Former WBC CABOFE super lightweight champion Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine (13-0) of Barbados comes up against top rated Guyanese super lightweight contender Mark Austin (5-0-1). The ten round contest is the main event on the five bout card to be staged February 26th. Both fighters weighed in at exactly 140lbs tonight at the Water Crest Hotel.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In main event action on Thursday night at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Irvine, California, once defeated junior welterweight Aris Ambriz put on a beautiful boxing display to wear down the slightly favored Hector “Teco” Serrano. By unanimous decision victory (79-73, 79-73, 77-75), Ambriz improves to 15-1-1 (8KO) while Serrano drops to 13-2 (5KO). Although there were no knockdowns, Serrano was a bloody mess for the majority of the fight and Ambriz was moments away from stopping him when the fight ended. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten welterweight Jesse Vargas (14-0, 7 KOs) won an unpopular eight round unanimous decision over late sub Cristian Favela (19-31-7, 10 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Favela was the aggressor in the fight, but came out on the short end 79-73, 78-74, 77-75.
Hard-hitting Bastie Samir (10-0, 10 KOs) lived up to his reputation as he stopped Eddie Hunter of the third round of a scheduled six round bout. Hunter held his own early on against Samir, but was staggered by a hard left hook to the chin. Hunter tried to fight back, but was out on his feet as Samir landed another left hook, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 51 seconds. more + photos
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) and Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) held their kick-off press conference on Thursday at the Brick City Bar & Grill in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek is risking an already signed title shot against one of the Klitschko Borthers in September when he meets the 6’6 “Clones Colossus” on April 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Thailander, former WBC Muaythai champ Jomthong Chuwattana (3-0, 3 KOs), 129.25, stunned the audience as he displayed devastating southpaw lefts in dismantling Japanese #7 super-feather Yuya Sugizaki (14-6-1, 5 KOs), 130, twice en route to an impressive TKO win at 2:47 of the third round in a scheduled eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 21-year-old OPBF#15 130-pounder looked too strong and sharp for the game Japanese, dropping him with a smashing left with precision and power midway in the second. The tall, stylish and muscular Thailander repeated a same vicious shot to the button and had Sugizaki sprawling to the deck to prompt the referee Fukuchi’s intervention. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Danny Garcia 141 vs John Figueroa 141.5
Marco Antonio Periban 169 vs Dion Savage 168
Adrian Vargas 139.5 vs Frankie Martinez 138.5
AJ Matthews 174 vs Gene Olverson 174
**Participants of two more bouts will weigh in tomorrow.
Venue: Four Points Sheraton
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions w/Jorge Marron Productions
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan has been out of the ring for months. In those months, he has been verbally chomping at the bit to face top fighters in his weight class or even fight for a world title belt.
He will now get that chance, should he get by formidable opposition in the coming months.
Martirosyan will face hard-hitting Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 19th. The bout will take place on the undercard of the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee fight, confirmed longtime Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler to Fightnews.com. (more…)
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Jose Reynoso 142 vs. Santos Pakau 140.5
Efrain Esquivias Jr. 124.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 121
Francisco Rios Gill 144 vs. Artemio Reyes 142.5
Francis Ruiz 118 vs. Jonathan Arellano 119
Felipe Almanza 125 vs. Abraham Lopez 127
Jhon Ortega 142 vs. Rudy Gamez 140
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Photo by All Star Boxing, Inc
Jesus Pabon 139.5 vs. Americo Santos Jr. 140
Franklin Gonzalez 154.7 vs. Francisco Ginorio 155 .2
Enrique Rios 124.7 vs. Joshua Arocho 124.7
Autrell Reid 133.7 vs. Joseph Fernandez 137.7
Hairon Socarras TBA vs. Carlos Bruno TBA
Camilo Perez 124.7 vs. Jaime Gonzalez 124.7
Jorge Maysonet 135.7 vs. Farkhad Sharipov 135.5
Venue: Palm Bay Community Center, Palm Bay, Fla
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Brandon Rios: “I believe I can become world champion and show everyone that I’m ready for the best lightweights in the world and Miguel is the first step. On Saturday, everyone is going to see a new world champ. The belt is coming home baby!”
Miguel Acosta: “This is, without a doubt, the toughest challenge have I had and I will pass with flying colors. This is my first big test and there will be more to come. I know I will be coming back to make my second defense in Las Vegas.”
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