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Former WBA Jr. Lightweight Champion Edwin Valero didn’t waste any time Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, keeping his record perfect by dismantling Antonio Pitalua in the second round for the vacant WBC lightweight belt.
The scheduled 12-round championship fight topped off a heavy night of lightweight action televised on PPV and promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Valero not only made a statement with his destruction of Pitalua-who’d not lost a fight in nearly eight years-but staked his claim as the champ to beat at 135 pounds . . . . Click here for more
“I delivered” and “I’m ready for anyone” were the two statements issued, both, verbally and fistically, last night by newly-crowned WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
“This is a new beginning for me,” said Valero, who had little problem giving top contender Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) his first loss in eight years, after flooring him three times in round two.. . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Strong possibilities exist that popular WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto of Mexico will be added to the May 2 super card featuring Manny Pacquiao against Ricky Hatton at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Word is he will defend against Canadian Benoit Gaudet. Gaudet have a record of 20-1 with 7 KOs. Soto, who recently defended his title in an impressive way against Antonio Davis on March 28 in the Plaza de Toros in Tijuana, Mexico, would be coming back after just five weeks.
Unbeaten heavyweight Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) celebrated a successful return from injury on Saturday night as he defeated Jason Estrada in a battle of Olympians. IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko now has to face IBF mandatory challenger Povetkin after his voluntary title defence against David Haye on June 20. “I finally want to accomplish my dream and fight [Klitschko],” Povetkin stated. “Obviously, it will be a completely different fight from today because Klitschko is much bigger and not as fast as Estrada. I still have to improve a few areas of my game but I am ready for him. I cannot wait for the fight to happen.” Kalle Sauerland added, “We are ready for Klitschko. This was a good tune-up fight. Alexander has been working very hard to finally get the world title shot and he cannot wait to fight Wladimir.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
In what might prossibly be his last fight, 41 year-old Javier Castillejo (62-8-1, 43 KOs) fought a bittersweet draw against countryman Pablo Nevascues (23-1-1, 16 KOs) in Leganes, Madrid on Saturday night. The old “Lynx of Parla” salvaged a draw in the last round, hurting Nevascues and almost stopping him. Castillejo’s legion of fans in Spain -where he is a legend- are hoping that Javier realizes that it is time for him to hang up the gloves. If such is the case, Javier Castillejo would retire with numerous laurels to his credit: he was WBA jr middleweight champion 1999-2001, WBC interim jr middleweight champion 2001-03 and WBA middleweight champion 2006-07, apart from being European Champion on various occasions.
By Joe Koizumi
It was a disastrous night of upsets for defending champs in a Japanese title twinbill on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Unheralded Yosukezan Onodera (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 134.75, dethroned WBA#15 formidable national super-light champ Norio Kimura (35-7-2, 19 KOs), 134.75, making his fourteenth defense, by an unexpectedly lopsided verdict (99-91, 98-92 and 97-93) over ten. Also, huge underdog Ryuji Migaki (13-1, 9 KOs), 134.75, decked WBA#10/WBC#12 Japanese lightweight champ Ichitaro Ishii (21-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, in the eighth and halted him at 0:30 in the ninth to capture the national belt to his credit. It was a deluxe show in commemoration of ex-WBA 105-pound champ Yutaka Niida’s farewell to the ring, but his stablemates, Kimura and Ishii, both forfeited their belts in great upsets. (more…)
Story by Jose E. Santiago
A flamboyant figure of Mexican pride, Manny Tapia often enters the cage sporting flashy trunks, and dyed hair displaying the colors of the Mexican flag. After suffering his only MMA loss at the hands of bantamweight king, Miguel Torres in December, Tapia is looking to get his career back on track on April 5th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with a victory over relatively unknown but dangerous Akitoshi Tamura . . . . Click here for more
IBF strawweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García’s title defense against Colombian Ronald Barrera, originally slated for a Azteca America telecast on Saturday night, was postponed until next Saturday (4/11) at the Arthur C. Nahl Stadium in La Paz. The date was apparently pushed back a week due to television commitments. García (25-0-1, 15 KOs) has previously outpointed Barrera (26-5-1, 16 KOs) in a February 2008 IBF title eliminator. He won the world title in his next fight.
Unified WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. has been ordered by the WBC to face the WBC mandatory contender immediately without any intervening fight. That was part of the arrangement in which Bradley was given special permission to fight Holt instead of making his mandatory defense. Bradley has 15 days to inform the WBC of his decision. The WBC’s top rated 140-pounder is currently Devon Alexander.
Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) defends his WEC bantamweight title against striker Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) LIVE TONIGHT on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez. Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City.
Visit http://www.versus.com/findversus for information on how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area.
With four straight WEC wins, Torres has rapidly become one of the most feared fighters in the sport. The blend of speed, striking, and submissions skills of Torres will be on display when he takes on the renowned Japanese star Mizugaki. Unbeaten since 2007, Mizugaki is heralded for his Muay Thai striking and willingness to trade. The 5’7″, 135-pound challenger makes his U.S. debut in Chicago on April 5 and has vowed to knock out the hometown champion. (more…)
WBC mini flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) retained his title with a fourth round KO over Pornsawan Porpramook (21-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman. The bout was halted after a non-stop barrage of unanswered punches by Sosa, who made his eighth successful title defense.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
In a 140lb unification clash, undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) took the belt of WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Holt dropped Bradley in round one with a big left hook, but Bradley recovered and went on to outwork Holt in most of the following rounds, although Holt landed the harder punches. Holt made things interesting by knocking down Bradley again with seconds left in the fight, but it wasn’t enough as Bradley won 114-112, 115-111, 115-111.
In an IBF super middleweight title elimination bout, Librado Andrade (28-2, 21 KOs) was too strong for #2 Vitali Tsypko (22-3, 12 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Andrade dropped Tsypko with a right hand in round two, put him down again with an uppercut in the seventh, and mostly punished Tsypko who, although outgunned, showed great heart. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 120-106. With the win, Andrade earned a rematch with IBF champion Lucien Bute.
Adrian Diaconu (26-0 15KO) returned home to Montreal in front of 7,513 fans at The Bell Centre for the first time since winning WBC light-heavyweight world champion in his native Romania. Diaconu who became available when his scheduled fight for next week in Rome Italy fell through and was involved in a non-title affair versus local product David Whittom (10-8-1 6KO) who gave the champion eight tough rounds. Diaconu who exhibited heavy hands throughout was able to easily walk away with a 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 victory on the scorecards. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Byron Spurlock at ringside
Unbeaten KO artist Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC lightweight title with a spectacular second round annihilation of Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center, in Austin, Texas. After a quiet first round, Valero dropped Pitalua three times in round two before referee Laurence Cole ended it at the :49 mark. Valero, who previously held the WBA super featherweight title, looks to have brought his power to the 135lb division.
Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) stopped former super featherweight titleist Jesus Chavez (44-5, 30 KOs) after seven hard fought rounds. Hometown favorite Chavez came out aggressively as usual, but the rugged Katsidis simply beat him up until Chavez finally quit in his corner before round eight.
Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (20-1 12 KOs) dropped former world champion Carlos Hernandez (43-8-1 24 KOs) in rounds one and two, but was forced to go the route in an action-packed fight. Hernandez was credited with a knockdown in round six, but it wasn’t enough as Escobedo prevailed 96-91, 94-93, 95-91.
In a stunning upset, lightweight Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) knocked out former two-time IBF champion Julio Diaz (36-5, 26 KOs) in round five. Reyes suddenly ended a very technical fight to that point by dropping Diaz twice in the fifth before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:17. (more…)
By Jose Santiago at the scale; Photos: Joe Cordova
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World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (35-1) defends his title against Japanese superstar Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) this Sunday LIVE on VERSUS from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran (31-10-1) looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez (9-0). Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City. Below are the official weigh-in results:
Miguel Angel Torres 135 vs. Takeya Mizugaki 135
(WEC Bantamweight title held by Torres)
Jeff Curran 134 vs. Joseph Benavidez 134
Shane Roller 156 vs. Ben Henderson 156
Raphael Assuncao 145 1/2 vs. Jameel Massouh 146
Bart Palaszewski 155 vs. Anthony Njokuani 156
Dominic Cruz 135 vs. Ivan Lopez 134 1/2
Wagnney Fabiano 146 vs. Fredson Paixao 144
Eddie Wineland 135 vs. Rani Yahya 136
Manny Tapia 135 1/2 vs. Akitoshi Tamura 135 1/2
Rafael Dias 145 vs. Mike Budnik 149
WEC: Torres vs. Mizugaki will be televised LIVE on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT. All live WEC events are presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local
viewing area, visit http//www.versus.com/findversus.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Super middleweight Jean Pascal (22-1 15KO) dominated Pablo Nievas (22-6-1 15KO), knocking out the Argentine fighter in a match-up of the two former world title contenders at :42 seconds of the 5th round. With Pascal on the ropes and Nievas doing his best to mount a body attack, Pascal launched a massive left hook to the chin of his opponent and would follow up with another left before Nievas went crashing down to the canvas where he would stay the full ten and have to be helped to a stool afterwards. The fight was the first back for Pascal since his loss, a world title fight where he lost a decision to Carl Froch. The fight sets up the intriguing possibility of Pascal meeting up with WBC light heavyweight champion and fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Coming back after a dangerous leg injury, 2004 Athens super heavyweight gold medalist and current IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over American Olympian Jason Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) by scores 99-94, 98-92 and 97-93 on Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Estrada took the first round with his speedy jab and several well-placed combinations on the inside. Since round two, Povetkin started to find a path for his strong left hook over Estrada’s block and did it well. Round three was huge for Povetkin who scored several times with the lead left and did well on the inside pressing the American. Rounds four through six were pretty even with Estrada being less precise but more successful on the defensive while the Russian fighter scored occasionally but wasn’t been able to keep Estrada at bay. However, it was Povetkin who was more active and scored more blows than his opponent. In round seven, Povetkin finally began to dominate Estrada delivering numerous punches in his usual speedy style while Estrada looked fatigued and preferred to tie up Povetkin on the inside. Round eight was another huge round for Povetkin. Estrada did his best to avoid more punishment in the ninth stanza but in round ten Povetkin rocked Estrada with his trademark combinations several times and was very close to putting him down. The American fighter was able to survive till the final bell only to see himself losing a wide decision on all three judge’s scorecards. Fightnews had it 99-93 for Povetkin. (more…)
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will join world boxing champions Sugar Shane Mosley, Mark Breland and Bobby Czyz in attendance this Tuesday at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark to receive boxing awards. Other boxing celebrities such as Emmanuel Steward, Harold Lederman, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Bernard Hopkins, Ivan Robinson, Al Cole, and Tomaz Adamek are also scheduled to appear at the 7th Annual Awards Dinner and Celebrity Reception hosted by C.O.M.B.A.T.T., Inc. Former New Jersey Athletic Commissioner, Larry Hazzard is founder of the non-profit youth organization hosting the awards dinner and expressed his joy in honoring the champions and others on April 7th. “Being a former school principal I have always emphasized to students that they can excel in the classroom while participating in sports,” Hazzard said. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Edgar Sosa 108 vs Porsawan Porpramook 107.8
(WBC light-Flyweight title)
Reyes Sanchez 134.6 vs Rosbel Montoya 134
Guty Espadas Jr 125.5 vs Carlos Martinez 125.5
Alberto Garza 125 vs Genaro Camargo 125
Mia St John 131.5 vs Brooke Dierdoff 131.4
Ramon Ayala 135.3 vs Jose Luis Amado 132.4
Carlos Cuadras 117.8 vs Arturo Camargo 117.8
Julio Cesar Cabrera 115 vs Antonio Arcos 115
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia
Live transmission by Televisa (Mexico)
Comments by Porsawan Porpramook: ” I believe my punching power will prevail. I’m going to knock him out.”
Comments by Edgar Sosa: “I will do my talking in the ring. I have trained hard and I’m confident.”
Promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia: “We have called this card Historia in Victoria and this is indeed an historic event in this city. We hope for an action-packed card.”
Bernard Hopkins will appear in a new episode of the MTV series “MADE” airing today at 2pm EST. Hopkins, spends a day with the Denver high school student Matthew Rodgers, and inspires him to reach his goal of becoming a boxer. Later that night, Hopkins will appear as color commentator for the Golden Boy Promotions’ Lightweight Lightning pay-per-view boxing event, featuring Edwin Valero vs Antonio Pitalua, from the University of Texas’ Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Interview by Jose E. Santiago
Looking to make a splash at the WEC event on April 5th in Chicago in the talented featherweight division will be Atlanta resident, Brazilian-born Rapheal Assuncao, who will take on veteran Jameel Massouh of Kenosha, Wis. Raphael took a moment out of training camp to talk to Fightnews.com about his inevitable debut in the WEC . . . . . . . Click here for more
The referee for tonight’s WBC/WBO 140lb title unification clash in Montreal between Kendall Holt and Tim Bradley will be Michael Griffin (Montreal). Judges are Jack Woodburn (Montreal), Raul Nievas Rivera (Puerto Rico) and Richard DeCarufel (Montreal). WBO supervisor is Robert Garns, WBC supervisor John Duggan.
For the Librado Andrade vs. Vitali Tyspko IBF super middleweight eliminator the referee will be Jean Guy Brosseau (Montreal). judges are Sylvain LeBlanc (Montreal), George Hill (Philadelphia) and Klaus Griesel (Germany).
By Dave Spencer, Fightnews Canada
What was good enough for the unification bout between WBO and WBC champions wasn’t good enough for the IBF as a third weigh-in was necessitated Friday in Montreal. The IBF super-middleweight Elimination Fight between Librado Andrade and Vitali Tsypko didn’t take place with the rest of the scheduled Bell Centre card that weighed in Friday at 11am. Instead, the two boxers were sent away so they could come back and weigh-in at 6pm, closer to the scheduled time their scheduled fight. “It was never scheduled with the IBF for this morning,” said IBF spokesperson Mahasi Scott told Fightnews from outside the hotel bar where both fighters eventually made weight. “Had it not been for a flyer that was emailed to my office the day before I arrived here I saw it was for 11am which totally outside the rules. Before I left I thought it was squared away and that it would be for six pm, because they knew the rules.” (more…)
Sylvester Lopez 114 vs Jong-Nam Park 115
This is for the vacant WBC International super flyweight title in Manila, Philippines on April 5 (April 4 in the US). Both fighters predicted a win by KO, but couldn’t give a specific round because they don’t have each others fight videos. Park is taller by almost two inches, 5-foot-8 but lopez has longer reach (1 1/2). WBC president Jose Sulaiman assigned Filipino judges, Bagong Tiktik sports editor Rey Danseco and Epi Almeda, along with Korean Nam-chul Park. Referee is Bruce McTavish of New Zealand.
Report by Jose E. Santiago
Today at the ESPN Zone in Chicago, the WEC held its final press conference for the WEC bantamweight championship fight between champion Miguel Angel Torres and Takeya Mizugaki scheduled for Sunday at the UIC Pavilion . . . . Click here for more
Former WBA super lightweight world champion Diobelys Hurtado (41-3-1, 25 KOs) won a narrow split decision over two-time world title challenger Arturo Morua (25-11-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. Morua got off to a good start, flooring an off balance Hurtado in round one. But Hurtado clawed his way back into the fight, and despite a heavily bleeding cut over his right eye, posted a 114-113 win on two judges’ cards. The third judge had Morua up 114-113. Hurtado wins the vacant WBO Latino welterweight title.
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