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Hot prospect Felix “Diamante” Verdejo will fight again in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico, on May 18 when he faces Corben Page in a six round fight at the Ruben Zayas Coliseum in a new edition of the UniMas Solo Boxeo Tecate show, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions presentation in association with Top Rank. The 2012 Olympian, Diamante Verdejo (5-0, 4 KOs), who comes off a spectacular first round win by KO on April 13 in New York over Steve Gutierrez, will fight for the first time at six rounds against Page (4-5-1) headlining the card in the junior lightweight division. (more…)
Promoter Lou DiBella has devoted his professional life to boxing. He loves the sport, and it may be the reason why he is desperate to get out of boxing.
Middleweight Daniel “Miracle Man” Jacobs (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is heading in to his third fight back from cancer on Saturday at the Barclays Center, and he will be able to do so with his mind solely focused on boxing. The 26-year-old is wrapping up a successful training camp in the New York area, and great news at a recent doctors visit ensured that he will enter the April 27th bout with his mind clear.
Jacobs’ doctor, Dr. Hartl, one of the outstanding physicians that helped save his life during his harrowing battle with Osteosarcoma, a form of bone cancer, gave him the fantastic news that his current tests are cancer free. The positive results came at the end of a grueling training camp to prepare him for a middleweight showdown with Keenan Collins on the undercard of the Danny Garcia-Zab Judah contest. (more…)
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Photos: Ed Mulholland
In an entertaining heavyweight contest, Englishman Tyson Fury made his U.S. debut a shaky but successful one with a seventh round knockout of former cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham. Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) was dropped by a flush right onto the seat of his trunks in the second but he slowly worked his way back into the fight. He hurt Cunningham (25-6, 12 KOs) along the ropes with body punches in the seventh and after backing his opponent into a corner, finished him off with a right that dropped Cunningham along the ropes for a full ten-count. Time of the stoppage was 2:55. More
Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (22-0, 16 KOs) lost his WBA interim featherweight belt on the scale last Thursday when he was unable to make the 126-lb featherweight limit before his first-round KO over Miguel Zamudio. Fortuna’s promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, however, says Fortuna will continue to campaign at featherweight and he will be looking to help him regain his championship as quickly as possible in a high-profile fight. “Javier was only .6 overweight,” said Lewkowicz, “and it’s possible he could have lost the weight, but even though it cost me money I would not let him risk his health. My fighters are like my children. He will make the weight next time.”
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBA super middleweight champion Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) today conducted a media work-out in his gym in Copenhagen, Denmark. On May 25, the Viking Warrior will collide with IBF champion Carl Froch (30-2, 22 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena in London. “I defeated him in the first fight and I will defeat him again,” Kessler said. “I don´t mind fighting him in his backyard, true champions fight all over the world. I have fought in Wales, Australia, Germany and the USA, no crowd can intimidate me. I know what I have to do to leave the ring victorious.”
Kessler has been working hard with coach Jimmy Montoya, who has been in Denmark since March. “Mikkel´s in great shape,” Montoya said. “This will be a good, a very hard fight. Carl Froch is a hell of a fighter, but so is Mikkel. You can´t predict knock-outs, they just happen, but let me tell you one thing, Mikkel will win by knock-out!”
By James Slater
George Groves, the highly ranked super-middleweight who has already captured the British and Commonwealth titles, will move one step closer to a shot at a major world title on May 25th. 25-year-old Groves, 18-0(14) will face Uruguay’s Noe Gonzalez Alcoba on May 25th at The O2 in London. Groves’ fight will be chief support to Mikkel Kessler’s epic rematch with Carl Froch.
Groves’ trainer, Adam Booth, told West London Sport that a win over Alcona will get Groves in a position to be able to get some kind of mandatory title shot.
“If Carl [Froch] beats Kessler, I think he will have his eyes set on people like Andre Ward,” Booth said. “But winning will make George 19-0. He is already really highly ranked and it’s about consolidating those rankings and getting a mandatory shot – whoever that’s against.” (more…)
By Graham Houston
Photos: Sumio Yamada
One thing that I don’t think very many people expected was Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to outbox Austin Trout in Saturday’s junior middleweight title fight on Showtime. Once Canelo came out and started slipping Trout’s jab in the opening round it set the tone for the fight.
Trout was supposed to be the smarter, slicker boxer here, but Canelo was the fighter showing the superior head and upper-body movement. In the fifth round he had had Trout missing with four consecutive punches and seemed to give a little smile of satisfaction.
While the unanimous scoring in Canelo’s favour seemed a bit on the wide side, there was no question about who won the fight. Canelo’s knockdown of Trout in the seventh round was the punctuation mark on a very impressive display of boxing and fighting by the redheaded Mexican superstar. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Photos: Rick Scharmberg and Juan Marshall/JM Photography
Wilmington, Delaware’s “Rockin” Ryan Belasco has paid his dues, quietly working at his craft while compiling an 18-5-3, 3 KOs record fighting mostly in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Philly is where the action is, and that’s where Ryan made his pro debut on June 16, 2006. This Friday, Belasco returns to Philadelphia, where he will fight in the main event against unbeaten former amateur standout Angel Luis Ocasio (7-0-2, 2 KOs) at the National Guard Armory in North Philly. They will fight eight rounds for the USBC lightweight belt. The bout, which has generated much regional interest, is promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions.
This crossroads-type fight contains considerable risks, which both men should be commended for taking, especially Ocasio, who is putting his unbeaten record on the line against a fighter who has worked so hard to improve his game. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Robert Tapales for Action Fighter Media
On Saturday afternoon in Kennesaw GA, Delgado Boxing Promotions presented “The Future Series 5″. Aside from promoting professional boxing in the southeast, Delgado Boxing also features amateur boxing in different venues throughout the greater Atlanta area. On the card was Evan Holyfield son of Evander as he looks to follow in his father’s footsteps. Naturally, Evander was expected to be in attendance, but the surprise came when he walked into the venue with former nemesis, now friend Mike Tyson. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Japanese contingent for the “Mexico vs Japan Cup” made their arrival in Mexico City on Sunday. All will face Mexican opponents on Saturday in the legendary Arena Mexico in an event presented by Promociones del Pueblo and broadcast in Mexico by Televisa. Featherweight Akihiko Katagiri, super bantamweight Seizo Kono, super featherweight Akinori Kanai and female super flyweight Riyo Togo all said they came to Mexico to win.
Katagiri (12-6-1, 4 KOs) takes on former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (53-8, 45 KOs), Kono (13-4-1, 8 KOs) meets unbeaten Rey Vargas (13-0, 12 KOs), Kanai (25-7, 22 KOs) faces Dante “Crazy” Jardon (22-3, 18 KOs) and Togo (9-4-1, 8 KOs) collides with former world champion Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (36-6-2, 16 KOs) in a WBC eliminator.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Ray Wheatley
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale is ready to to challenge WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez after defeating WBA champion Felix Sturm in 2012 and IBF champion Sebastian Sylvester in 2011. Martinez has established himself as the leading 160 pounder in the world with wins over Julio Chavez Jr, Mathew Macklin and Darren Barker but Geale is confident he has the skills to defeat the 37-year-old southpaw. Promoter Gary Shaw has had talks with Martinez’s management and believes the Argentinian, who defends his title on Saturday against Englishman Martin Murray, is keen to fight Geale in a bid to unify the division.
“That’s what we have been chasing for a while and it’s great to hear that,” Geale said. “His camp has a lot of interest so we’re hoping that it’s going to happen.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF super-light champ Minwook Kim (10-1, 7 KOs), 139.5, retained his regional belt as he fully displayed his durability and outhustled top contender and ex-Japanese titlist Shinya Iwabuchi (21-4, 17 KOs), 140, a hard-punching southpaw, winning a close but unanimous decision (116-114, 117-115, 116-113) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It might be rare that a boxing show starts at 11 AM on Sunday when some people go to church to pray God for presence of mind. But anything is possible in this country of Rising Sun, where Kim impressed the crowd with his good counters and aggressiveness against the prefight favorite. Aware of being behind on points (75-78, 75-79, 74-79) after the eighth due to the open scoring system, Iwabuchi accelerated his retaliation but his effort wasn’t enough to overcome his early deficits. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA#13 light-fly prospect Atsushi Kakutani (13-3-1, 6 KOs), 109.5, showed a fine form in polishing off Thailander Kaokarat Kaolarnlekgym (11-6, 3 KOs), 109.25, with a flurry of punches at 3:08 of the opening session in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.
The lanky upright speedster Kakutani, who had entered the WBA’s top fifteen thanks to his upset victory over world-rated Filipino Rey Loreto last November, positively started fireworks and caught the Thai youngster with vicious combinations to the face. He pinned Kaokarat to the ropes and lopsidedly battered him with solid shots with precision, dropping him flat for the count. The JBC staff carried a stretcher to carry him out of the ring, but the loser managed to pull himself up and walked out by himself. Kakutani, handled by ex-Orient 154-poun champ Hideo Kanazawa, is gunning for a shot at either the national or the OPBF 108-pound belt.
Promoter: Kazama Promotions.
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Photos by JoeyHill.com for HITZ Boxing
After making headlines for the last several months by calling out of the Illinois boxing commission, the refereeing of the Donatas Bondorovas vs. Brian Vera bout and opponents for his top-rated heavyweight, Fres Oquendo, Chicago’s Bobby Hitz returned to the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, to make headlines for what he does best: Promote boxing events.
“It was a terrific event. The fighters did a great job and the fan support was amazing,” Hitz added, “It was a big night of boxing around the world and we were up against the Bulls in the playoffs, but the fans still came out to see their favorite fighters.” (more…)
After one year of inactivity, Puerto Rican super featherweight puncher, Miguel “Mikito” Soto (11-0, 11 KOs) returned and not surprisingly defeated John Wampash (1-8-2, 1 KO) by TKO in fourth round on a boxing card last Saturday, April 20, at the Manuel “Petaca” Iguina Coliseum in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Jose Acevedo, president of Free Agent Boxing Management said: “We are very pleased with what we saw in ‘Mikito”. All the fans saw a different fighter who demonstrated that he not only depends on power punches, but on great boxing skills too.”
With two of three scorecards arguably controversial, it’s no surprise that Austin “No Doubt” Trout is hoping for a rematch with Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Unfortunately, there was no rematch clause for Trout, though there was in place for Alvarez Saturday night.
It’s also no surprise who Canelo wants next: Floyd Mayweather, Jr., of course. More in the L.A. Times.
Speaking of callouts, Nathan Cleverly is talking about unifying the light-heavyweight titles and wants a shot at Bernard Hopkins. More.
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world champion James” Lights Out” Toney (74-7-3, 45 KOs) will arrive in Melbourne, Australia at 9:45am ahead of next Sunday’s clash with Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (15-0, 14 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Convention & Exhibition Centre , Melbourne, Victoria Australia. Toney is confident of victory, saying “I’m looking forward to coming to Australia where I’ll be fighting Lucas ‘The Clown’ Browne where I’m gonna knock his lights out!” Toney is coming off a five round stoppage of Bobby Gunn in April 2012. Browne coming off a win over Masataka Takehara in March 2013.
On the undercard former heavyweight challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (28-3-1, 13 KOs) will clash with former football star Solomon Haumona (20-1-2, 18 KOs). Johnson lost to Tyson Fury in 2012 but stopped Australia’s Alex Leapai also in 2012. Haumona is coming off a five round stoppage of Kyotaro Fujimoto in 2012. Promoters are Mick Gatto, Barry Michael and Brian Amateuda.
Joshua Tufte (12-0) captured the vacant NABA-US and USBO Heavyweights titles by a 10 round split decision over Daniel “The Mountain” Martz (7-1) at the Serbian American Cultural Center in Weirton, WV Saturday night. The 6’7 264 pound Martz landed the heavier shots, but Tufte’s effective counter punching earned him the close nod. No knockdowns were recorded. In the co-feature, local featherweight Ronnel Green (6-0) remained undefeated with a six round unanimous decision over a game Micah Branch. Also, former college football and amateur boxing standout, Angelo Magnone (1-0), made a successful debut by stopping heavyweight Brandon Winner (3-8) on cuts at the conclusion of round 3. The card was promoted by Made Men Promotions.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Undefeated junior middleweight prospect “Swift” Jarrett Hurd had two adjustments to make going into his contest Saturday night at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD. After only six contests, the Accokeek, MD native was venturing into his first six-round contest and, because another bout fell through, he would be competing in the main event.
Adding to the situation, Hurd would face one of the more awkward boxers around in Philadelphia, PA’s Greg Hackett. Hurd adjusted well in this situation and won a six-round unanimous decision. (more…)
By James Slater
Former WBO cruiserweight champ Enzo Maccarinelli, boxing as a light-heavyweight, won a stay-busy affair on last night’s Wembley card. Stopping Carl Wild with a hard body shot in the 6th and final round, Maccarinelli improved to 36-6(28). The 32-year-old then called for a big all-Welsh showdown with reigning WBO 175-pound ruler Nathan Cleverly, who won a wide 12-round decision over Robin Krasniqi in last night’s main event.
Maccarinelli, who was to have fought Ovill McKenzie (who pulled out injured) in a return of the controversial 2nd-round TKO stoppage loss he suffered last November, told Wales Online that he still wants to avenge what he and many others feel was a very premature stoppage – before taking on the unbeaten Cleverly. (more…)
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In a clash for the vacant WBC super bantamweight title formerly held by Abner Mares, Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (36-2-1, 21 KOs) won a split decision over former WBC super flyweight champion Cristian Mijares (47-6-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the new Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Scores were 114-113, 115-112 for Terrazas, 114-113 for Mijares.
In the co-feature, former two-division world champion Juanma Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Gerardo Espinoza (29-14-1, 27 KOs) in a bout fought at a 128lb limit. Time was :59. (more…)
Featherweight Robinson “Robin” Castellanos (18-9, 11 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-5, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. A first round knockdown scored by Castellanos made the difference as he won 115-112, 114-113 on two cards. Caballero was up 114-113 on the third card. Castellanos retained his WBC silver featherweight.
Former world champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (28-3, 21 KOs) scored a wild sixth round KO against Anuar Salas (13-2, 10 KOs) to win the vacant WBC silver flyweight title. Concepcion dropped Salas in round one, Salas stormed back to floor Nico in round three. Concepcion put Salas down three times in round six to end it. Time was 2:36.
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In a super welterweight unification super fight, undefeated WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBA champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 39,427 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Seemingly a close fight until Canelo dropped Trout with a right hand in round seven. After round eight, the WBC’s open scoring (80-71, 78-73 and 76-75) revealed that Trout probably needed a knockout to win. With the fight already in the bag, Canelo took his foot off the gas late but still won handily by scores of 115-112, 116-111, 118-109.
After the fight, Alvarez stated, “My brother was a big motivation for this fight. I did it for him….I obviously want Floyd MAyweather next!”
Trout said, “I take my loss like a man. The better man won tonight. That was my first time getting knocked down in my career….I’m sorry I lost. I’ll be better next time.” Click here for more photos
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Former two-division world champion Juanma Lopez (33-2, 30 KOs) scored a second round KO over late sub Gerardo Espinoza (29-14-1, 27 KOs) in a bout fought at a 128lb limit. Time was :59.
WBO #8, IBF #14 super flyweight McJoe Arroyo (13-0, 7 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to win an eight round unanimous decision over Jairo “Roca” Hernandez (12-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 76-75, 78-73 and 77-74.
WBO #14 flyweight Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez (13-0, 11 KOs) was forced to go the full eight rounds against Francisco “Marro” Perez (10-3, 5 KOs), en route to a 78-74, 78-74, 77-75 win.
Top Rank middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (25-0, 20 KOs) scored a third round KO over late sub Juan Monterrosa (9-3, 9 KOs). A body shot finished Monterrosa at the 2:06 mark.
By Sam Geraci at ringside
Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana:
Heavyweight Andrey Fedosov (24-2-0, 18 KOs) chopped down Darnell Wilson (24-17-3, 20 KOs) with body shots before closing the show in the fifth with a three-punch combination upstairs. Referee Bill Paige reached the count of ten at 53 seconds of the fifth.
Junior welterweight Ajose Olusegon (31-1, 14 KOs) outclassed a gutsy Rynell Griffin (6-15-2, 2 KOs) over eight rounds. All judges scored the bout 80-72.
In a clash of unbeaten lightweights, Omar Figueroa (21-0-1, 17 KOs) demolished Abner Cotto (16-1, 7 KOs) in the first round. Figueroa was a non-stop punching machine who dropped Cotto twice with body shots, the second time for the count. Time was 2:57.
Unbeaten super welterweight Jermall Charlo (13-0, 9 KOs) used Orlando Lora (29-4-2, 19 KOs) as a heavy bag for four rounds. Lora’s corner stopped it after round four.
2012 Olympian super middleweight Terrell Gausha (4-0, 2 KOs) recovered from a first round knockdown to get past William Walters (2-4, 2 KOs) by scores of 38-37 on all cards.
Unbeaten middleweight Julian Williams (12-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Dashon Johnson (14-11-3, 5 KOs). Referee Rafael Ramos waved it off after Johnson took some shots on the ropes. Time 1:43.
Unbeaten super flyweight Ivan Morales (21-0, 13 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Raul Hidalgo (17-8, 13 KOs). Morales is the younger brother of Mexican ring great Erik Morales.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Andres Gutierrez (26-0-1, 22 KOs) TKO’d Salvador Sanchez II (30-6-3, 18 KOs) in round five in a bout for the vacant WBC silver belt. Sanchez II is the nephew of the late, great Salvador Sanchez.
In a huge upset, local super bantamweight Omar Gonzalez (6-8, 1 KO) won a four round split decision over two-time world title challenger Raul Martinez (29-3, 17 KOs).
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton made his debut as a promoter in Australia when Hatton Promotions co-promoted a show with Right Cross Entertainment at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane, Queensland on Saturday that featured two of Australia’s London Olympic representatives Damien Hooper and Cameron Hammond.
Light heavyweight Damien Hooper showed his class as he took veteran Garth Murray to school connecting with jarring left jabs and heavy right hands that forced the referee to stop the one sided fight in round five. Ricky Hatton was impressed. “His potential is limitless,” said Hatton. “He could be as great as other Aussie heroes such as Jeff Fenech and Kostya Tszyu.”
Hooper’s London Olympic teammate Cameron Hammond raced away to his second professional victory, easily outpointing Kiwi light middleweight Daniel Roy Maxwell by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. “It was a tough six rounds,” the 154 pound Hammond said. “He was a brave bloke. I hit him with some great shots but he took them well.” (more…)
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