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Jose “Josesito” Felix is putting the final touches to his preparation for his next bout that is schedule for Saturday, September 19 at the Sportsman’s Lounge in Studio City, California and will televised in the United States by Unimas in their popular series “Solo Boxeo Tecate.” Felix will take on Marcos Jimenez of the Dominican Republic in the main event of a card promoted by Top Rank, Bash Boxing and The Art of Boxing.
“I am looking forward to this fight because it will be in Southern California. This will be the fourth time a fight here in the Los Angeles area and the fans have really been behind me”, said Felix, who has fought twice in Glendale and once in Hollywood in his last four fights.
“I am also looking forward to staying in the winning path and hope to get another world championship bout in the near future”, said Felix, who after suffering his only professional loss in a world championship bout on April of 2014, has won four fights, three of them before the distance. (more…)
The third edition of ESPN’s Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN presented by Corona Extra (PBC on ESPN) series—headlined by Leo Santa Cruz’s majority decision win over Abner Mares—on Saturday, Aug. 29, delivered the largest boxing audience on ESPN since February 1998 (02/22/98 Mark Johnson vs. Arthur Johnson).
The telecast was seen by an average of 1,217,000 viewers (P2+)—up 30 percent from the average of the previous two PBC telecasts on ESPN. The telecast peaked from 12:00-12:15am with 1,641,000 viewers (P2+) according to Nielsen.
ESPN’s Spanish-language telecast of the event on ESPN Deportes averaged a 1.3 Hispanic HH US Rtg and 355,000 Hispanic viewers—making it the highest-rated and most-watched boxing telecast to ever air on ESPN Deportes. The telecast peaked from 11:15-11:30 p.m. with 453,000 viewers.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has told Fightnews.com that Nicaraguan three-time world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez could travel to San Jose, Costa Rica to continue his preparations for the defense of his WBC flyweight world crown against former world champion Brian Viloria on October 17 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There was talk of Gonzalez traveling to train in Big Bear, California, but now Costa Rica and Mexico are under consideration as possible alternatives.
The fighttown of Philadelphia is set to unveil a new 12-foot bronze statue commemorating Joe Frazier, one of the most iconic Philly fighters in history, during a free, open-to-the-public ceremony at XFINITY Live! on Saturday, September 12 at 1 p.m. XFINITY Live! and Joe Hand Promotions were the lead contributors for this memorial.
Statue artist Stephen Layne recreated Frazier in mid-punch, depicting the moment after Frazier landed the punch that knocked down Muhammad Ali in the 15th round, on March 8, 1971. Frazier was the first fighter to defeat Ali. “I found my inspiration in a photo of Frazier flooring Ali with his powerful left hook,” Layne said. “The moment captured in the sculpture reflects the work ethic of Frazier and the city he called home.” (more…)
The same day Floyd Mayweather faces Andre Berto, unbeaten former middleweight champion Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KOs) faces Australian Michael Zerafa (17-1, 9 KOs) at Foxwoods Resorts Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Quillin was unable to make the middleweight limit in an April world title challenge against WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee.
His September 12 bout with Zerafa will be fought at a 163lb contract weight. “I’m going to try my hardest and try to make that weight but I won’t kill myself,” said Quillin. I’ve been the same weight since I was 18 years old. I’m 32 now and I’m getting older so the weight is not coming off the same like it did as a young man that I was once before. We still got a lot of time because the fight that I’m really worried about right now is Michael.” (more…)
The UFC is set to #GOBIG over the final four months of the 2015 fight calendar, with a massive kickoff event featuring numerous champions and several of the top names on the roster scheduled to take place prior to the UFC 191 weigh-ins on Friday, September 4 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more
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Billy Joe Saunders’ WBO World Middleweight title challenge against champion Andy Lee on Saturday 10th October has had to be postponed after Saunders received a cut eye in sparring. The show will still go ahead with all-action Manchester hero Terry Flanagan making the first defence against Diego Magdaleno and Liverpool’s Liam Smith’s Vacant WBO World Junior Middleweight title challenge against John Thompson.
Saunders is devastated that his fight against Irish rival Lee has taken a further delay following last month’s switch of venue and date from Thomond Park in Limerick, but is remaining positive and is awaiting news from his specialist. “First of all I’m sorry to Andy and all the fans that this fight has had to be postponed again,” said Saunders. “It’s completely unfortunate that I got a cut during a sparring session, but there’s nothing I can do now until the specialist advises me on when I can resume training and fight again. I’m committed to this world title fight, I’m the WBO mandatory challenger and the WBO have confirmed that I’ll remain the mandatory challenger. It’s just a very frustrating situation at the moment as myself and Andy just want to get in the ring and fight after all the delays.”
Promoter Frank Warren is currently working on some further options to replace the fight on the show that he aims to secure and announce shortly and will also announce a new date for the Lee vs. Saunders world title fight. (more…)
WBA, WBO, IBF & IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko commented on this weekend’s heavyweight event at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. “I think it’s an amazing event that happens once in a lifetime. I’m not sure if an event like this has ever taken place in the history of boxing when all of the heavyweights, former heavyweight champions, coming together. It’s something amazing.
“I’ve seen a picture of Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton together and it was an amazing shot – it was a great shot for history. I think this Friday and Saturday is going to be really exciting. It is going to be a time where everybody is going to get a piece of memory, and that is the reality. It is a tough event to put together, I am happy that it is taking place, where all of the heavyweights can come together, have conversations and ask questions – and get some answers.
“It shows that we are all one community – one family, actually. There are some times in history where we didn’t like each other because we were fighting in the ring, but in a way we respect and love each other. It is definitely something that is going to be a historic moment.”
“And that’s at the top. (laughs) Maybe we’ll get there to watch him fight. Maybe not. It depends on my training schedule – but I definitely will enjoy the night when all of the heavyweights get together. I definitely have a couple of questions to ask some of them.”
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Scott Hirano / Showtime
Former two-time welterweight world champion Andre Berto (30-3, 23 KOs) of Winter Haven, Florida is two weeks away from his fight against pound-for-pound king and WBC/WBA welterweight champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0, 26 KOs). Berto will square off against Mayweather Saturday, September 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas live on Showtime pay per view. We caught up with Berto as he talked about his upcoming showdown with Floyd.
“This fight was supposed to happen two or three times. Situations with me not taking care of myself and not taking opponents seriously caused it to happen. But styles make fights and we’ll see what the boxing fans say Sept. 12,” Berto told Fightnews.com “I have already prepared myself mentally. From an energy aspect, I feel great. It’s my first time in a while coming into a fight with no injuries. This is the healthiest I’ve been since I can remember.”
Berto is preparing for Floyd with his trainer Virgil Hunter in Oakland, California.
“I have been working a lot this camp we worked on a lot of different things at camp. I have the speed to keep up with him. I have more power,” Berto stated. “At the end of the day, I am putting in the work and focused. The whole team is confident. I am in the best shape ever!” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez
A busy boxing month closed off this Saturday night, August 29th, with Gonzalez Boxing Promotions presenting the seventh and final fight card in the border city in less than thirty days. The event took place at the Perro Salado billiard hall. Quaint but comfortable, the building was jam packed with Tijuana fight fans as well as action in the ten fights featuring talent from both sides of the border.
In the main event, former WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (31-6-2, 22KO) stepped back into the ring to completely annihilate late-sub Daniel “Spaghetti” Yocupicio (3-30-2, 0KO) in the second round of a scheduled light heavyweight ten.
Gutierrez is coming off two straight losses at welterweight and has not seen action since January while the fight marked the fifth time Yocupucio traveled from his native Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico, to Tijuana to face off a local fighter. (more…)
Conor McGregor has an itch when it comes to getting fresh ink, and on Sunday night the interim UFC featherweight title gave his itch a little scratch . . . Click here for more
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Adrien Broner returns to Cincinnati for title shot
Riddick Bowe still looking for inner peace
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Think Shannon Briggs is ready for his fight on Saturday night?
With more than 20 former world heavyweight champions ringside, former Lineal and World Boxing Organization (WBO) world heavyweight champion Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs will battle Mike Marrone in a 12-round heavyweight bout, headlining “World Heavyweight Champions – Saturday Fight Night” at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, CA.
By Jesse Kelley
Marcus Oliveira (26-1-1, 21 KO’s) of Pottawatomie, KS stopped Florida’s Dionisio Miranda (22-13, 19 KO’s) in the third of a scheduled 8 round Light Heavyweight bout at Aldrich Arena in Saint Paul, MN. Oliveira seemed fine with giving away the first round or two as he let Miranda come forward and throw punches. Not much landed because of the tight defense of Oliveira, but Miranda was busier in terms of punch output. Oliveira was all business as he came out for round three however. Oliveira went right after Miranda with jabs before throwing a hard straight right to the head that dropped Miranda in a corner. Miranda stayed on the canvas holding his head as referee Mark Nelson counted him out. The official time of the stoppage was :33 into the third round. The victory puts Oliveira back in the win colum following his lone defeat to Juergen Braehmer in December of 2013. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Packed with characters, stories and statistics and with over 130 color and black-and-white photographs, “Boxing in Australia” reveals the savage beauty of boxing in all its glory. “Boxing in Australia” is Grantlee Kieza’s eleventh book and it takes a comprehensive look at the fight game from the colonial times to the present- the triumphs and the tragedies. Here are the true stories of scrappers rising above humble beginnings and underdogs defying the odds: from young indigenous boxer Lionel Rose who, in a few short years, went from living in a remote community to being a world champion, to pigtailed pugilist Kostya Tszyu, who escaped childhood in Communist Russia to become a legend of the sport. Find out how the battle between a black and a white boxer attracted one of the biggest ever crowds in Australian history, how travelling tent-boxing shows launched careers, and how bare-knuckle brawl impressed bushranger (and heavyweight champion) Ned Kelly. Follow the fortunes of bruisers and battlers including Jeff Fenech, Anthony and Tony Mundine, Danny Green, Vic Parrick, Johnny Famechon, Les Darcy, Dave Sands, Jimmy Carruthers and many others. (more…)
Currently sitting at number three on the pound-for-pound list, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson isn’t just one of the most dominant champions competing in the Octagon at the moment; he may be one of the most dominant ever. That’s high praise for the Washington state standout, but he’s not resting on his laurels as he approaches his September 5 main event against the one man to give him his toughest bout as champion, John Dodson. Here are Mighty Mouse’s Fab Five . . . Click here for more
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By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Phil “The Drill” Williams (15-7-2, 14 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN became the Minnesota State Cruiserweight champion on Friday night after stopping former champ Al Sands (15-2, 13 KOs) at 2:36 of the first round at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Sands, of Duluth, MN threw some nice hard jabs to get the fight rolling. Williams didn’t flinch though and inched his way in towards Sands to close the gap. Fighting out of the southpaw stance, Williams landed a hard left hook that caught Sands on the chin. Sands stumbled but fired back. Williams continued to chase Sands though, landing two more flush lefts to the head followed by a right to the head and finally the body that sent Sands down to the canvas. Sands bravely got to his feet and stumbled back to a corner where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off.
“I was measuring his jab and speed and trying to close the distance” said Williams. ” I was surprised that he was hurt that bad when I caught him with the first punch so I jumped on him. It was a good stoppage because I was waiting to run out of the corner and catch him with more if the fight continued.”
Robert “Bravo” Brant moved to (17-0, 11 KOs) of Oakdale, MN with a third round stoppage of Lekan Byfield (6-11-2, 1 KO) of Atlanta, Georgia in the co-featured Middleweight bout. Byfield proved to be tricky at times but was not able to stand up to the powerful and accurate shots from Brant. After the bout, Brant announced that his next fight will be televised November 6th on Showtime, most likely from Las Vegas. (more…)
After a razor-thin decision in their first fight, top bantamweights Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) and Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) will square-off again on the Sunday, September 6 edition of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS live from the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. The 12-round bantamweight showdown will kick-off the telecast beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT and will be headlined by a super middleweight battle between Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-1-1, 22 KOs) and Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio (59-7-1, 51 KOs).
In the first fight between the United Kingdom’s McDonnell and Japan’s Kameda, which originally aired on the May 9 installment of PBC on CBS, McDonnell narrowly took the decision 114-113 on all three judges’ scorecards.
“I have a great engine and I always come on strong in the back end of the fight,” said McDonnell. “I think from round six on it was my fight. I started too slowly in the first fight but I worked hard and got the win.”
“I definitely think I won the first fight,” said Kameda. “I landed the much harder punches and built up enough of an early lead, but the judges saw what they saw. It was a close fight and I know I can change the outcome this time.” (more…)
The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame is proud has announced its inductees for 2015, all of whom will be honored at a banquet October 2 at Mystic Lake Casino. 2015 Inductees are Danny Davis, Duane Horsman, Mel Brown, Art Lasky, Charley Retzlaff, Sammy Gallop, Mike Collins and Jim Wells along with special recognition to Jamal James.
The banquet is the sixth annual and includes several individuals closely identified with Minnesota boxing over the years. (more…)
Nick DiSalvo and Vincent Traietti are bringing boxing to the Dorchester National Guard Armory on October 17. The main event pits Chris Traietti (18-3 14KOs) of Quincy, MA against Gary Culp (10-10 9KOs) of Hannibal, MO for the vacant NABA-US and IBA Americas Cruiserweight Championships. Also scheduled to appear are local favorites such as super middleweight Brandon Montella (1-0), heavyweight Nick Cyr (2-1), undefeated heavyweight Jean-Pierre Augustin (5-0-1), Cruiserweight Vinnie Carita (10-1-1) and Jr Middleweight Anthony Everett (1-3) against opponents to be announced soon. Tickets start at $30 and can be found on TicketRiver.com
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (20-2-1, 7 KOs) and WBA light-minimumweight titlist Ayaka Miyao (20-5-1, 4 KOs), both hailing from Japan, will collide in a world female 102-pound unification bout in Tokyo, Japan, on October 22. The fast-punching southpaw Koseki, making her sixteenth defense, had proposed an encounter with another organization’s champ Miyao, with five successful defenses, who finally accepted this encounter with both belts on the line. Koseki, 33, said, “I wish to defeat Miyao rather than acquire a couple of belts.” Miyao, a year her junior, quickly replied, “I want two belts by beating her.” Miyao’s promoter/manager Hideyuki Ohashi said, “This is a very significant event for the sake of the female boxing’s future. We hope this bout will attract people’s attention and elevate the status of the women’s boxing.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat
Unbeaten OPBF lightweight champ, WBC#13 Masayoshi Nakatani (11-0, 6 KOs), 134.75, successfully retained his regional belt when he retired game compatriot challenger Kazuya Murata (11-5, 5 KOs), 134.75, on the stool after the fifth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. The elongated six-footer, making his fourth defense, had dethroned Yoshitaka Kato on points in Tokyo in January of the previous year, and experienced some tough defenses so far but showed his superior strength to the local prospect in Kobe. After the fourth, the official tallies were announced: 39-37 twice and 40-36 in favor of Nakatani. The champ, a stablemate of WBA flyweight champ Kazuto Ioka, accelerated his attack and hurt Murata with solid combinations, which deteriorated the game challenger’s vision so that the third man called a halt due to the ring physician’s advice. It proved afterward that the loser suffered an eye socket fracture, and he was rushed to hospital.
Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.
Before he heads to Las Vegas for his showdown with Aaron Pryor Jr. on the fall season debut of The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart will host a media day workout on Wednesday, September 2, from 11AM to 1PM at the Joe Hand Boxing Gym (545 North 3rd Street) in Philadelphia.
The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV, kicks off the Mexican Independence Day weekend on Friday, September 11, at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. The telecast will open with Hart defending his North American Boxing Organization (NABO) and United States Boxing Association (USBA) super middleweight championship titles against contender Pryor, followed by the featherweight battle between Valdez and Avalos. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds. The live boxing series is presented by truTV and Top Rank®, and produced in association with HBO Sports®.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets, priced at $100, $85, $65, $45 and $20, are available for purchase at www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 and www.ticketmaster.com. Room and ticket packages are also available.
By Robert Coster
On July 18th, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr., fighting for only the second time in the USA, lost a hard-fought decision against touted IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton. Gonzalez (25-2-2, 15 KOs) gave a great account of himself, knocking Frampton down twice in the first round. For many onlookers, Alejandro, the son of former featherweight champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez, became something of a revelation even in a losing effort. Fightnews caught up with the 22-year-old to talk boxing, about the Frampton fight and what lays ahead.
Alejandro, your fight with Frampton was only your second bout in the USA. Congratulations on a great and gallant effort. What’s your take on that fight?
It’s hard to win a decision against an unbeaten champion and star like Frampton. There’s always an element of “protecting the champion” in such a fight. This said, I accept the outcome and it’s in my past. I have to look to the future. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Undefeated two-division world champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz and former three-division world champion Abner Mares met with the media following their intense showdown Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in what was the Battle of L.A. Santa Cruz scored a majority decision victory.
“I am very happy and thank you all for your support,” said Santa Cruz at the post-fight press conference. It was a hard fight, but we trained very hard in the gym. It was a war and we came out with the victory. He was trying to knock me out. We were patient and my dad said he wasn’t going to last like that and that he was going to get tired. My dad said I can box him. Many people thought that I couldn’t box him but I could box and I had to be smart this fight and do what I do.” (more…)
Former heavyweight champion of the world Vitali Klitschko has been confirmed to attend the historic gathering of former heavyweight champions this weekend. Since retiring from boxing, Vitali has been very busy working full time in politics in his native Ukraine. We’re told Klitschko wanted to be a part of this event and will take time out from his job as Mayor of Kiev to attend.
“World Heavyweight Champs – Saturday Fight Night” will be headlined by former two-time heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs), who will face Mike Morrone (21-4, 15 KOs) at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The card will be a celebration of heavyweight boxing with more than 20 former world heavyweight champions confirmed to attend, including Vitali’s younger brother and reigning WBA, IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko, Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Roy Jones Jr., Larry Holmes, Michael Moorer, Riddick Bowe, Ray Mercer, Hasim Rahman, Tony Tucker, Tony Tubbs, James “Bonecrusher” Smith, Michael Bentt, Lamon Brewster, Chris Byrd, John Ruiz, Mike Weaver, Tim Witherspoon, Pinklon Thomas, Leon Spinks, Michael Spinks and Bruce Seldon.
It may be one of the youngest collectives under the UFC banner, but the flyweight division is starting to shape into a highly competitive outfit with perennial title threats lurking in its ranks, all of which are aiming at dethrone long-reigning king and pound-for-pound-ranked Demetrious Johnson, who has stood for the past three years as the first and only champion of the 125-pound fold . . . Click here for more
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Mike McNamara, the Director of the Illinois Boxing Hall of Fame, announced the Hall’s 2015 class of inductees today. This year’s inductees include a wide range of participants and contributors to boxing in Illinois. They include David Diaz, Montel Griffin, Bobby Hitz, Nate Jones, Lee Roy Murphy and Tony Zale among others. (more…)
Manny Pacquiao makes Forbes‘ list for philanthropists
Downtown Las Vegas events center steps into boxing ring
“It was a close fight, but I thought I won the fight. I thought I pulled it off,” stated former world champion Abner Mares after dropping an all-action majority decision to Leo Santa Cruz in a clash for the WBA “super” featherweight title on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“My plan was to box him, but I started out really fast. I felt good but my corner told me to box more, so I did that. It was a good fight. Leo is good. He’s a great fighter. I knew it was going to be a tough fight. I’m more than willing to have a rematch. It was a close fight. I knew he had never faced a fighter like me and he proved today he’s a great fighter.
“The fans were the winners tonight. It was a great fight for the fans. I think I deserve a rematch and I think the fans deserve another show. It was my mistake. I started really good, but along the way I changed my plan for some weird reason and I don’t know why I did it.”
“If he wants the rematch, I’ll give him the rematch. I want to fight the best. I want the big fights,” said newly crowned WBA “super” featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz after defeating archrival Abner Mares by majority decision on Saturday night in Los Angeles.
“I was surprised Abner came out so strong. He came right at me but we figured him out and we got the win. I stayed outside with the jab. We were able to take control. My dad told me that we could beat him by boxing. We want to be aggressive but tonight we had to box him too and that’s how we got it done.”
Welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Paez (39-6-2, 23 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over previously unbeaten Daniel “Tokado” Echeverria (18-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at El Domo in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Scores were 94-94, 95-94 and 95-93 for the son of former world champion Jorge “Maromero” Paez.
In other action, WBC female bantamweight champion Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (34-8, 10 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Kandy “La Rubia” Sandoval (9-7, 2 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Suzanne Teresa / Premier Boxing Champions
Leo Santa Cruz (31-0-1) turned in a career best performance in winning the vacant WBA “super” featherweight championship and WBC “diamond” featherweight championship over Abner Mares (29-2-1, 15KO) by majority decision victory on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Santa Cruz was able to box very effectively from the outside while Mares was not as effective while trying to maul Santa Cruz on the inside. Mares bled from over his right eye from a possible headbutt and both fighters were swollen badly by the championship rounds.
Mares never stopped coming forward and throwing punches in bunches but it was Santa Cruz who displayed the better ring generalship and who landed the more effective punches. In an epic twelfth round that brought the 13,000+ fans in attendance to a frenzy. Santa Cruz and Mares traded heavy shots until the final bell with neither willing to take a backwards step. By scores of 117-111, 114-114 (?!) and 117-111, Santa Cruz is the majority decision winner.
By David Robinett at ringside
It might have been the rematch that nobody was asking for, but nearly seven years after stopping Ricardo “El Matador” Mayorga with one second left in the twelfth round of their first fight, “Sugar” Shane Mosley capped an entertaining scrap by stopping Mayorga again, this time with one second left in round six via a controversial body shot that put Mayorga down for a full ten count on Saturday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Prior to that, the 43-year old Mosley, (48-9-1, 40 KOs), and the 41-year old Mayorga, (31-9-1, 25 KOs), gave the fans in attendance their money’s worth, trading bombs, exchanging taunts (mostly Mayorga), and looking fairly spry in the ring, if a few steps slower than their respective primes.
Mosley was the one landing the hardest punches, repeatedly snapping Mayorga’s head with both hands, albeit one punch at a time rather than the sizzling combinations Mosley used to put together in his heyday. Mayorga did what Mayorga does, swinging wildly with clubbing punches and spending portions of several rounds daring Mosley to punch him as hard as he could, at one point even drawing a warning from the referee for letting Mosley continually hit him uncontested. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Denton Daley reaffirmed his monicker of ‘Dangerous’ Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga as he made short work of Italian based Giulian Ilie (20-10-2 6KO), stopping the Romanian fighter at 1:25 of the second round, the referee making a full count of ten.
The 8th ranked cruiserweight (WBA) wasted precious little time as a double jab set up a right to the chin that deposited Ilie who if nothing else came in with a label of durable in his previous fights.”I can honestly tell you I wasn’t expecting anything,” Daley told Fightnews after the fight talking about the advertised durability of his opponent who had gone into the 10th versus top-ranked cruiserweight and Olympic Gold Medalist Rakhim Chakhkiev amongst others. “My coach, however, knew it was going to go that way from the way we were training and that is the only result he would have accepted from that fight. I hit him with a shot, and I just didn’t know the devastation of it until I saw it afterwards on replay. It all just felt natural.” (more…)
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