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By Robert Coster
On Sunday evening at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo, Dominican Flyweight prospect Gregorio Lebron (13-2, 11 Kos) assured himself a spot in the WBA rankings by winning the WBA Fedelatin title with a four round knockout of fellow countryman Angelo Munoz (10-2, 4 KOs). Lebron initially had problems with Munoz who moved and jabbed effectively. By the third round however Gregorio was cutting off the ring better and catching his taller foe with looping right hands. And it was such a punch that sealed the victory for Lebron in the fourth round, catching Munoz flush on the chin and sending him to the canvas for the full count.
In a feature co-main event, popular bantamweight and WBA #7 Norberto Jimenez (20-8-3, 10 KOs) won the DQ in the first round over Aneudy Matos (14-12, 6 KOs). Jimenez was the victim on three occasions of repeated low blows by Matos. The colorful Norberto’s story is strange and compelling: he was 1-7 at the beginning of his career before turning things around and his win last night was his 17th consecutive victory.
In an exciting bout for the Dominican middleweight title, Melvin Betancourt (29-1, 23 KOs) stopped veteran Jose Vidal Soto (25-16-2) in 4 rounds
In another fight, visiting American heavyweight Trevor Bryan (11-0, 9 KOs) halted hapless Sandy Soto in the first round.
The 10 bout card card co-promoted by Domini Boxing and Shuan Boxing Promotions.
Thirty days out from their highly anticipated “Mexican Style” showdown, WBA/IBO middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “El Veneno” Rubio were both within the prescribed limits set forth by the World Boxing Council rules. For the WBC official 30-day weigh-in, Golovkin tipped the scale at 165 lbs., while Rubio weighed in at 174.5 lbs. Golovkin is currently training with Abel Sanchez at The Summit High Altitude Training Facility in Big Bear Lake, CA while Rubio is in Oxnard, California with Robert Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.
The co-feature bout on October 18th is a featherweight showdown between Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire, 33-2 (21 KOs) and undefeated Nicholas “The Axe Man” Walters, 24-0 (20 KOs) who will battle it out to determine the undisputed World Boxing Association (WBA) featherweight world champion. Donaire vs. Walters is presented by Top Rank.
Photos: Iron Mike Productions
Undefeated and heralded Mexican featherweight prospect Moises “Chuky” Flores will make his highly anticipated United States debut at “Big Texas Throwdown” this Friday, September 26th at the Mesquite Arena in Mesquite, Texas, just outside of Dallas.
Flores, (20-0, 15KOs), will fight in a six round special feature attraction against Pablo Batres (7-10-1, 2 KOs) of Nogales, MX in a bout presented by Boxing Legend Mike Tyson and Iron Mike Productions in association with Mario Davila Media and Big Card Promotions.
Known in his native Mexico for his show stopping knockouts, the heavy handed Flores will be making the first start of his 2014 campaign following a trail of destruction south of the border. (more…)
By Leann Perez/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas
On an already warm Friday night, Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing, turned the heat up inside Salon Madrid for some very entertaining boxing in the Mile High City. Nine bouts completed the “Art of War” card, all fights were fairly matched, and exciting to the end. Many fighters making their pro debut on Friday night, eager to start their careers, and picked an excellent night to do so.
‘Crossroads’ is a term we continue to use when mentioning this light welterweight fight. Robert Rodriguez (7-4, 3KOs), with the will to continue on his career, and Rob Frankel (33-15, 6KOs) eager to show that his career is not over. Both men met in the middle to give fight fans one exhilarating fight.
Frankel established a good strong jab early in the fight, keeping the brawler Rodriguez at the end of his punches. Frankel’s footwork and defensive movement allowed him to use all corners of the ring, and setting the tempo for the first few rounds of the fight. Rodriguez finally stepping on the gas, was able to catch Frankel in moments and throw hard shots to the body, trying to slow down his moving opponent. When Rodriguez was able to put both his hands together, he was effective and delivered quite the power. Frankel showed a great display of boxing, throwing a good 1-2 and quickly stepping to the side, frustrating his opponent who was eager to exchange. Rodriguez capitalized on the moments he could walk Frankel backwards to the ropes, keep him there with combination after combination, until Frankel stepped around to put the fight back into the center of the ring. After eight hard hitting rounds, the fight went to the scorecards. Judges scoring the bout 79-73, 75-74, 78-74 for the unanimous decision victory for Rob “Red Hot” Frankel. (more…)
Today’s special edition of the UFC Minute breaks big news regarding Invicta FC’s next two live events on UFCFightPass.com. Host Lisa Foiles has details of the next Invicta FC event, including the Championship main event and, then, also breaks big news regarding Cris “Cyborg” Justino. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes (32-1, 24 KOs) will be on the undercard of the October 18 “Mexican Style” event topped by stablemate and WBC interim middleweight champion Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio against WBA middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Reyes will face Lithuanian Virgilijus Stapulionis (23-3-1, 16 KOs) in a ten-rounder. For several weeks, Reyes has been with the team of Rubio in Oxnard, California, training with Robert Garcia. “I love to focus on California and train with Robert Garcia,” said Reyes. “I’m ready for this big fight and I just want opportunities to be a strong challenger in this division with the support of my youth and physical condition that can become world champion.” Reyes has victories over the likes of Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas, Amilcar Funes, Jose Luis Zertruche, Julio Cesar Garcia and Rogelio “Porky” Medina. He is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo.
In protest of a £15,000 fine levied by the British Boxing Board of Control for a profanity-laden tirade at a press conference in June, Tyson Fury wore tape over his mouth and didn’t utter a word during Monday’s press conference in London promoting his November 29 clash with Dereck Chisora. “The Board wanted us to tone it down so here’s Tyson – the Board dummy,” said Tyson’s trainer Peter Fury.
Chisora stated, “What he’s doing is right. If I was being charged what he’s being charged, I’d do the same…I think we should put a wager on. Will he keep the tape on for the whole 8 weeks? I will knock him out, plain and simple. I’m not saying what round, all I’m saying is he’s going to be knocked out. Bring on November 29th, I’ll show everyone what I would have done to him in July. I’ll be in fantastic shape come fight night and he’s looking in good shape himself so the better man will win and that will be me.”
Fury was asked to express with his hands how many rounds the fight will last, and he put up his middle finger. Chisora and Fury clash with the European, vacant British and eliminator for the WBO world championship all on the line.
By Jerry Glick at ringside
With the cancelation of the Star of David show two days before, a couple of the fights that were scheduled for the undercard were switched to Saturday’s New Legend Boxing card at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York. In the main event, popular Brooklyn junior middleweight Frank “Notorious” Galarza (15-0-2, KOs) looked impressive out classing and frustrating Jhonathan Batista (14-3, 7 KOs). The first two rounds were competitive however Galarza dropped Batista in the third round of with a heavy left hook to the ribs. After the knockdown, Batista got desperate, losing a point in the fourth for rabbit punching then getting DQ’d for intentionally hitting behind the head in the same round by referee Harvey Dock. Time of the end came at 45 seconds of round four. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by: Emily Harney Fightography.com
South African cruiserweight Thabiso Mchunu won a ten-round unanimous decision over Philadelphian Garrett Wilson to retain his NABF 200-pound title Saturday afternoon at the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, CT. The fight was the main event of a nationally televised doubleheader by NBC. Click here for more…
In front of a full house in Szentes, Hungary, Attila Kovacs (34-4, 19 KOs) won the vacant WBO European light middleweight title with a hard fought ten round majority decision over the always tough Dieudonne Belinga (12-5-1, 0 KOs).
Former Olympian Imre Szello (2-0) won the Hungarian cruiserweight title in only his second fight, knocking down the now former champion Gyula Bozai (12-7-2, 9 KOs) in the tenth and final round. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 100-87.
WBO #4 rated super bantamweight Zsolt Bedak (22-1, 8 KOs) defeated Georgi Gachechiladze (15-13-1, 8 KOs) over six rounds in a rematch. After the fight, Gachechiladze was hospitalized during the night but now he’s OK.
Promoted by Ferobox Event.
By Matt Thompson
The main event has been announced for the October 11th boxing event taking place at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston, Maine – the same building where Muhammad Ali famously scored a first round TKO over Sonny Liston. Undefeated West Forks, ME native Brandon Berry (7-0, 5 KOs) will vie for the vacant Northeast Junior Welterweight Championship vs. Pittsburgh’s Eric Palmer (4-3-3). Tickets are available at NewEnglandFights.com or by calling 207-783-2009 Ext. 525.
Getting the call to fight in the UFC is not only the culmination of a dream for every fighter, but it also serves as an opportunity for many of the newcomers to commit themselves to their craft full-time . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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LVRJ of Floyd Mayweather on being a cheap tipper. More
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By Ron Jackson
South African junior welterweight champion Ali Funeka from East London retained his title for the second time when he stopped the gutsy Boitshepo Mandawe of Meadowlands, Soweto in the eighth round on Sunday afternoon at the Mdantsane Indoor Sports Centre near East London. The 31-year-old Mandawe (63.50kg) made a fast start as he took the fight to the taller champion through the first three rounds. However, he sustained a cut above the right eye in the second round that appeared to have come from a punch and his corner battled to stop the bleeding. Funeka (63.40kg) using his longer reach and educated jab took control from the fourth round as he outboxed the challenger and scored with left and right combinations to wear down Mandawe. In round seven Boitshepo began to ship punishment as he was backed up against the ropes and it came as no surprise when referee Allen Matekane stepped in at 1 minute 10 seconds into the eighth round to wave the fight off. Funeka, 36, improves his record to 35-4-3, 29 KOs and Mandawe’s reported record drops to 14-5, 10 KOs. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara
It was a wild-wild west affair last night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium as a total of twenty knockdowns, seven in the main event, were witnessed by a nearly sold out enthusiastic crowd. Two world titles were contested in an event presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live by the Azteca channel in Mexico and BEIN Sports in the U.S. In the main event, former featherweight champ Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-12-2, 29KO) captured the interim WBO 130lb title with an eleventh round KO win over the tough as nails Terdsak Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33KO) in rough and tumble fight of the year candidate. Both men went down multiple times as they left it all in the ring in a fight that ignited the crowd and made Kokietgym a local hero for his display of grit and heart, two virtues Mexican fight fans love.
Salido lost his featherweight title in his last fight by coming in overweight in his fight against Vasyl Lomachenko last March. Salido gave Lomachenko a rude welcoming to the pro ranks as he beat him via a split decision. Salido quickly after announced his graduation to the 130-pound division with a direct shot at the interim title. The championship bout marked only the fourth time he traveled outside of Asia. The three times before he faced top-level opposition and came up short against Joan Guzman, Juan Manuel Marquez and Steven Luevano. His last loss was two years ago when he challenged Japanese Takahiro Ao for the WBC title. (more…)
Cruiserweight star Francisco “Wizard” Palacios looked masterful in dominating hard-hitting contender Epifanio Mendoza of Colombia over eight rounds yesterday evening at the Mela Room in Orlando, FL. Inactive for two years due to promotional difficulties, Palacios surprisingly showed no ring rust. Throughout the contest, the Orlando based Puerto Rican used his technical skills and ring generalship to control Mendoza. Scores were 80-71 three times. With the victory, Palacios, who co-promoted the card under the Worldwide Elite Entertainment banner, ups his professional ledger to 22-2 with 13 KO’s. Mendoza is now 39-19-1 (34 KO’s).
“I’m happy with my performance and want to thank my new trainer John Scully for helping me stay sharp,” said Palacios. “This was an excellent opponent for me to comeback against because Mendoza is no joke and I’m setting my sights at getting another world title shot in the near future.” (more…)
By James Slater
George Groves returned to winning ways last night, in picking up the WBC mandatory position with a wide points win over Christopher Rebrasse at Wembley – the scene of his painful KO defeat at the hands of bitter rival Carl Froch. Now in line to challenge WBC super-middleweight ruler Anthony Dirrell, Groves, 20-2(15) is also keen on getting a third crack at Froch.
“You stopped me twice, Carl, but I still think I can beat you and everyone will laugh but so be it, maybe we can do it again,” Groves told Sky Sports. “I tip my hat to you, Carl, immense respect, [a] punch from the Gods. I’d love to have another crack. If you’re up for it, maybe next year, who knows? They might have to build a news stadium for us.”
The first two Froch-Groves battles were huge events, the rematch especially, but with Froch winning the return so decisively, would the public show as much interest in a third clash? Froch doesn’t seem to be too interested in fighting Groves again, stating how he would prefer a rubber-match with Mikkel Kessler. (more…)
Saturday night in Salt Lake City, veteran lightweight Cesar Olmedo was upset by journeyman Johnny Frazier, of Atlanta, losing a unanimous six-round decision. Frazier, 3-23-4, simply outboxed Olmedo, 10-8.
In a heavyweight bout, Gary Cobia, 2-3, KO’d debuting Travis Gill in round 2. Impressive former amateur lightweight Ignacio Chairez, making his pro debut, put Lee Tibbitts, 0-2, away for the 10 count with a body shot in round one. Super lightweight Stanley Robinson, of Ogden, Utah, 3-9-1, earned a win after four years off, defeating journeyman Johannas Musa, 1-21, of Las Vegas over four rounds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA#15 super bantamweight T.J. Doheny (8-0, 6KOs) stopped Roman Canto (8-5-2, 3KOs) in round eight of scheduled twelve at Ottimo House, Denham Court, NSW, Australia on Friday. Former Irish amateur champion Doheny outclassed the Filipino importation in all of the rounds and the referee called it off in round eight. Reportedly Doheny holds an amateur win over IBF champion Carl Frampton.
In main supporting contest, IBF#5, WBO#6 Light welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (32-2, 22KOs) stopped Thong Por Chokchai (23-10-1, 15KOs) in round two of scheduled eight. Zappavigna has won seven consecutive fights since being stopped by Ammeth Diaz in 2011 IBF Elimination bout. He was outscored by Miguel Vasquez in IBF 135 pound title attempt also in 2011 Zappa is scheduled to clash with Misael Castillo (26-3, 24KOs) on November 12 in Melbourne.
Melbourne based super middleweight Jake Gathercole (3-4, 1KO) stopped Gino Zapongna (5-6-1) in round eight. Gathercole holds the Victorian state title.
Sydney based super middleweight Steven Ma (6-4-1, 2KOs) and Joe area (10-14-2) boxed a six round draw of crowd pleasing contest.
Guyra based 140 pounder James McDonald (1-0) outpointed Jayke Penaroyo (1-3) over four action rounds.
Promoter Tom Mercuri
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Prior to the main event bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC Saturday night, there was a lot of speculation on who would win the local “grudge” bout between veteran Maryland light heavyweights Alexander ‘The Great” Johnson and Henry ‘Sugar Poo” Buchanan. The bout was anticipated for months and the two men did a great deal of talking.
It took just one left hand to end all the speculation.
Johnson sent a left hand crashing into the right jaw of Buchanan and dropped him with a minute to go in the opening round. Buchanan got up but was very wobbly and in no condition to continue. The bout was stopped at 2:10 of the round.
Johnson is now (16-2, 7 KOs) while Buchanan falls to (21-4, 14 KOs).
The bout was the main event of a card that was shortened as three of the six scheduled bouts were scratched at the very last minute. The scheduled main event between former IBF Super Middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy and Rayco “War” Saunders was cancelled for unknown reasons. The promoter, GFS Entertainment, would not comment on why the bout was cancelled.
An injury kept Hector “Machito” Camacho, Jr. from facing Ryan Davis and undefeated local prospect “Swift” Jarrett Hurd’s bout was taken off the card for unknown reasons. (more…)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC super flyweight champion Carlos “Pricipe” Cuadras (30-0-1, 24 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round technical draw against Mexican compatriot José “Sugar” Salgado (34-2-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio de Beisbol in Guamuchil, Sinaloa, Mexico. A head clash cut Salgado on the left eyelid causing the premature end.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten welterweight Konstantin Ponomarev (25-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought but clear cut ten round unanimous decision over Cosme “Chino” Rivera (37-19-3) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Ponomarev out moved and outboxed the 38-year-old veteran over ten fast paced rounds to win by scores of 98-92, 100-90, 100-90.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (16-0, 13 KOs) scored a first round KO over Martin Verdin (20-19, 11 KOs).
Two-time Lithuanian Olympian welterweight Egidijus Kavaliauskas (8-0, 7 KOs) impressed again, blowing away Eduardo Flores (17-15-3, 12 KOs) in round one. Three knockdowns scored by Kavaliauskas.
Light heavyweight Oleksander Gvozdyk (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Lamont Williams (5-6-1, 2 KOs).
Middleweight Marchristopher Adkins (3-1, 1 KO) scored a four round split decision over previously unbeaten Shane Mosley Jr. (2-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Scores were 39-37, 39-37 Adkins, 39-37 Mosley.
Unbeaten lightweight Victor Castro (12-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round KO over Pablo Becerra (7-6, 6 KOs). Castro dropped Becerra right at the bell to end round three. Time 2:59. photos
Salido wins WBO interim 130lb belt in knockdown-filled epic; Mendoza defeats Garcia for IBF jr flyweight title
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Due to the inactivity of WBO 130lb champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO ordered former featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-12-2, 29 KOs) to fight three-time title challenger Terdsak “Pit Bull” Kokietgym (53-5-1, 33 KOs) for the vacant interim jr lightweight belt on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.
And what a fight it was! Both Salido and Kokietgym were more than willing to trade blows and both were knocked down in round one. Salido was knocked down again at the end of round two. Kokietgym was sent down again in round four. Kokietgym floored Salido in round five. Salido dropped Kokietgym in round seven and after that pretty much took over the bout. Salido came out in the eleventh determined to end it and and did, laying out the brave Thai fighter.
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Local jr flyweight Javier “Cobrita” Mendoza (22-2-1, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Ramon “Principe” Garcia (20-5-1, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF jr flyweight title (vacated when John Riel Casimero lost the belt on the scale in May). Mendoza dropped Garcia with a body shot in round five. Hirales was docked a point for a low blow in round eight. Mendoza battered Garcia to the deck again in round ten. Scores were 116-109, 115-110, 115-110. photos
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBO World Featherweight boxing champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko is in Phoenix to support stablemate Olympian Egidijus Kavaliauskas as he takes on Eduardo Flores on Top Rank’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” show televised on UniMas, Sat., Sept 20 at Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. Both fighters are managed by Egis Klimas. Lomachenko fights on the undercard of the Pacquiao vs. Algieri world welterweight championship event will take place Saturday, November 22, at the Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China.
It will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View.
In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, WBC #14 rated Kid Galahad (aka Abdul Barry Awad) (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #14 Adeilson Dos Santos (14-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, England. Galahad dropped Dos Santos in round one and put him down again in round ten. Scores were 119-107, 117-109, 120-105.
Unbeaten middleweight Adam Etches (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Samir Santos Barbosa (35-11-3, 25 KOs). Time was 2:14.
Young Fury (1-1, 1 KO), brother of heavyweight contender Tyson Fury, was defeated by late sub Henry Smith (4-3, 0 KOs). The score was 39-37.
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