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In his first UFC fight since September of 2008, Roan “Jucao” Carneiro made short work of Mark Munoz, submitting the perennial middleweight contender in the first round of UFC 184 prelim action at STAPLES Center Saturday, immediately adding his name to the list of Octagon standouts once again . . . click here for more
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European super lightweight champion Michele Di Rocco (39-1-1, 17 KOs) retained his title moments ago by TKO in round nine against brave Dane Kasper Bruun (19-2-1, 4 KOs) at the sold out Teatro Principe in Milan, Italy.
In the co-main event, Alessandro Caccia (13-1, 6 KOs) won the vacant WBC Latino welterweight championship stopping Renato De Donato (14-3, 1 KO) in six rounds.
Principe Boxing Events (Alessandro Cherchi) and OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show. Italia 1 televised it in Italy and Fightklub in Poland.
Jean Pierre Bauwens Junior had to dig deep to retain his EBU-EU lightweight title at the Ghelamco football stadium of AA Gent against French Yoann Portailler in one of the best fights seen in recent years on a Belgian ring.
The visitor started strong as he was too quick for Bauwens. Bauwens started to take over from the middle rounds when Portailler started to fade. The result looked much closer then the official scorecards show with twice 117-111 and a 119-109.
On the undercard reigning WBC female lightweight champion Delfine Persoon had a non title bout stopping in the last half minute of the contest Florence Muthoni from Kenya. Muthoni was too brave and under constant pressure from the opening bell. In the last last she was staggering backwards from another blitzering attack from Persoon and the referee decided he had seen enough and wisely called it off.
Joel Tambwe Djeko proved too mmuch to handle even for the vastly experienced Ismael Abdoul. Abdoul was cut over the right eye from an accidental headbutt but cornerman Ronny Vaneesvelde did a marvelous job to keep the cut under control till the end of the bout. It was scored 78-74, 79-75 and 77-75 all for Tambwe.
Kevin Ongenae won over 8 rounds against Aleksejs Palcuns.
IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (20-0, 14 KOs) successfully made the first defense of his title with a fifth round TKO over mandatory challenger Chris Avalos (25-3, 19 KOs), who hails from Lancaster, California, on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It was a good action fight with both fighters willing to exchange. Frampton had the advantage from the get-go. Referee Howard Foster jumped in to stop the action with Avalos reeling after being punished in round five. Time was 1:33.
WBO #1 heavyweight Tyson Fury (24-0, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round TKO over Christian Hammer (17-4, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Fury, risking his mandatory title challenge against world champion Wladimir Klitschko, toyed with Hammer until dropping him in round five with a right hand. Hammer’s corner finally pulled the plug after round eight.
Welterweight Viktor Plotnykov (32-2, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Denton Vassell (21-3, 11 KOs). Vassall was down in rounds ten and twelve. Scores were 118-108, 118-108, 115-111.
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, Dillian Whyte (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Beka Lobjanidze (10-1, 8 KOs).
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (19-1, 14 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBA interim champion Dmitry Chudinov (14-1-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. Eubanks Jr. took control in round two, cutting Chudinov over the left eye. Eubanks increasingly outclassed Chudinov as the bout progressed. The champ was game, but by round nine he was cut over both eyes and being punished. Eubanks went all out for the KO in round twelve and got the stoppage after a savage barrage of punches. Time was 2:11.
The World Boxing Association Championships Committee has notified the camps of WBA “super” super middleweight champion Andre Ward and “regular” super middleweight champion Carl Froch that they have 30 days to reach an agreement to fight in a period no longer than 120 days. In the event an agreement is not reached, the WBA will open the fight to purse bid.
IBF super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton (19-0, 13 KOs) will make the first defense of the title when he takes on mandatory challenger Chris Avalos (25-2, 19 KOs) in a bout that can be seen live and exclusively in the United States on AWE TV. The card will originate from the Odyssey Arena in Frampton’s hometown of Belfast, Northern Ireland and is promoted by Cyclone Promotions. Frampton is a 10:1 favorite, but Avalos, who hails from Lancaster, California, has vowed to bring the belt back to the USA.
Big-punching unbeaten super lightweight prospect Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs) will be showcased on tonight’s Solo Boxeo telecast on UniMas from The Corral at the USF Sundome in Tampa, Florida. After a strong amateur career, the 20-year-old Rodriguez has wreaked havoc in the pro ranks with his eight fights averaging 2.1 rounds. He will face Raul Tovar (14-8-1, 4 KOs) in the eight round main event.
WBO mandatory heavyweight mandatory title challenger Tyson Fury says he’s spurred on by the fear of losing. He will have a lot to lose if he comes up short against 15:1 underdog Christian Hammer tonight in London on BoxNation. Earlier this week Fury stated, “Once you get done over there is no point in carrying on, is there? Boxers bounce back after a defeat, but are they the same? Are they really that good? When you think you’re unbeatable like I do now and get splattered all over the ring, you are not the man you were. You’re a beaten shell of yourself. (more…)
WBF female super welterweight champion Anne Sophie Mathis (27-3-1, 23 KOs) retained her title by the skin of her teeth on Friday night at the Espace Venise in Sarcelles, France, when her defense against former WBO world champion Oxandia Castillo was declared a split draw. Mathis had problems with the skilled and determined 20-year-old Dominican challenger from the start, and looked hurt by hard shots from Castillo several times in the first three rounds. The 37-year-old Mathis seemed to find her rhythm better from round four on. After a ten rounds, judges’ scores were 95-95, 96-94 for Mathis, and 96-94 for Castillo. A rematch seems likely. Promoter was Abdelila Rahilou and Etoile Verte Production.
That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another LA (not quite so) Confidential edition of the Downes Side! Some people call it “The City of Angels” others “La La Land.” Personally, I just call it the place 120 miles north of me that I’m glad I never have to visit . . . click here for more
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Heavyweight “Bangin'” Ben Edwards (5-0-1, 4 KOs) clearly outscored Hunter Sam (11-3-2, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian title at the Hellenic Club in Woden, Australian Capital Territory, Australia on Friday. Sam is a former holder of the national title with his best performance in 2014 when he held former world title challenger Kali Meehan to a split decision (Meehan lost split decision to Lamont Brewster in WBO title bout in 2004). Edwards was held to a draw in 2011 by Michael Kirby in an Australian title bout. In 2007 Edwards made his debut with a knockout in round one over John Hopoate. Both Hopoate and Kirby had at one time held the national title.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Former WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (29-4-1, 21 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over Juan Carlos “Merengue” Abreu (18-2-1, 17 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Cano’s boxing pedigree showed in a exciting fight as he won most the numerous exchanges with the willing Abreu. Scores were 95-95, 96-94, 97-93. Cano previously fought just 20 days ago in a quick first round demolition of Jorge “Pantera” Silva.
In an entertaining eight round brawl, unbeaten super bantamweight Diego “The Golden Kid” de la Hoya moved to 9-0, 6 KOs against former world title challenger Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-4-3, 6 KOs). The bout featured lots of two-way action action with Oscar’s cousin usually getting the best of it. Scores were 80-72 across the board.
Seven-foot Chinese heavyweight sensation Taishan (3-0, 2 KOs) went the distance for the first time in a four round unanimous decision over Roy McCary (3-3, 3 KOs). Taishan dropped McCary in rounds two and three en route to a 39-35, 40-34, 40-34 verdict. (more…)
Unbeaten jr Welterweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (16-0, 13 KOs) scored an impressive and exciting fifth round TKO over Johnny Garcia (19-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY. Local hero Seldin battered Garcia in round four and got the stoppage in round five after a brutal assault. The game Garcia took some huge shots but never went down. Time was 2:29.
Welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (21-2, 9 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (17-5, 7 KOs). Bryan dropped Serrano at the end of round three. Serrano knocked down Bryan at the end of round five. Scores were 94-94, 97-91, 96-92.
In a clash between undefeated junior welterweights, Daniel Gonzalez (8-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Ken Alvarez (6-1-2, 3 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Alvarez in rounds four and six. Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Martez Potter 159 vs. Ahmed Tuba 159.6
Aleem Whitfield 194.6 vs. Eric George 195
Chad Hayden 167.4 vs. Francisco Cruz 163
Mikey Rycraft 166.8 vs. Vincent Brown 167
Jimmy Garcia 154.4 vs. Jonathan Jeter 154
Tony Brinson 160.4 vs. Godson Noel 164.8
Usiel Hernandez 130.4 vs. Michael Gargouri 131.6
Venue: Holiday Inn Convention Center
Promoter: Jay Johnson (JKJ Championship Promotions)
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
In tragic news, popular former welterweight contender Oscar “El Torito” Diaz passed away on Thursday at the age of 32 in San Antonio, Texas. Diaz, an exciting, all-action fighter with a career mark of 26-3 with 12 KOs, last fought in July 2008 against Delvin Rodriguez in an ESPN2-televised TKO loss. Diaz underwent brain surgery and spent months in a coma after that bout and never really recovered. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the cause of death was complications arising from pneumonia.
Promoter Ahmet Oner, for years the most loyal and supportive backer in the disappointing career of former amateur standout Odlanier Solis, finally lashed out after the Cuban boxer’s dismal performance in his TKO9 loss in a rematch opportunity against Tony “The Tiger” Thompson. “I have wasted a lot of time, nerves and money on Solis,” said Oner. “He has all the talent in the world but he just blew it. I cannot believe how bad he looked today. He is a shame for Cuban boxing. The guy is done. And I’m done with him. He’s still under contract with me but today he made the step from contender to journeyman. I will throw him to the wolves and feed every young and hungry prospect with him who is ready to pay some money.”
“Tony looked good and got the job done”, added Oner. “I have options on him and I am sure that I will be able to land some more big fights for him. He will jump up in the ratings. There are some guys up there constantly looking for trouble. I think Tony still is a serious threat to numerous contenders. I don’t know what Manuel Charr has lined up but he keeps on calling out everybody. That might be an interesting option. We’ll see what’s next.” (more…)
UFC 184, which is headlined by the UFC women’s bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Cat Zingano and the women’s bantamweight bout between Holly Holm and Raquel Pennington, airs live on Pay-Per-View from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. And the event’s first two prelims will air exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC Women’s Bantamweight Title
Cat Zingano (134.5) VS Ronda Rousey (135)
PPV MAIN CARD
Holly Holm (135.5) VS Raquel Pennington (135.5)
Josh Koscheck (170.5) VS Jake Ellenberger (171)
Richard Walsh (171) VS Alan Jouban (170.5)
Gleison Tibau (155) VS Tony Ferguson (156)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Roan Carneiro (184.5) VS Mark Munoz (187.25*)
Kid Yamamoto (136) VS Roman Salazar (135)
Tim Means (170) VS Dhiego Lima (170)
Ruan Potts (253) VS Derrick Lewis (263)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Valmir Lazaro (155.5) VS James Krause (155)
Alex Torres (145.5) VS Masio Fullen (145)
*Munoz has two hours to lose 1.25 pounds
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Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122
Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112
Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117
José Uzcátegui 171 vs. Daniel Yocupicio 171
Venue: Centro de Convenciones Baja Center de Rosarito, Baja California
TV: beIN Sports Espanol/TV Azteca
Julian Rodriguez 141.4 vs. Raul Tovar 144.6
Clarence Booth 142.4 vs. Osenohan Vazquez 142.2
Esquiva Falcao 157.8 vs. Mike Tufariello 156.6
Christopher Diaz 126.6 vs. Luis Ruiz Jr 126.6
Neslan Machado 125.8 vs. Ernesto Garza 126
Venue: Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida
Promoter: Top Rank
By Karl Freitag
In a rematch, heavyweight Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (40-5, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (20-3, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Gloria Sports Hotel in Antalya, Turkey. Thompson outworked Solis throughout the fight and got the win when Solis quit at the start of round nine. The 272lb Solis actually got off to a good start, but quickly ran out of gas. Thompson won the vacant WBC Continental Americas heavyweight title.
Thompson entered the fight rated WBC #14, while Solis was rated WBC #15. Eleven months ago, Thompson defeated Solis by split decision. Now at age 43, Thompson looks headed toward another meaningful fight, while the boxing future of the 34-year-old Solis is in serious doubt.
Ronda Rousey rocked the house at the UFC Gym in Torrance on Wednesday afternoon in front of a rowdy collection of fans who watched the UFC women’s bantamweight champion hit mitts and toss her training partners around like mannequins . . . click here for more
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Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (6-0, 6 KOs) faces his toughest opponent to date when he battles Richard Dawson (5-2-2, 3 KOs) on March 7 in the six round main event of “Four State Franchise” at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Lippe-Morrison is the son of the late WBO heavyweight champion Tommy Morrison. So far, Trey has shown impressive punching power having stopped each of his last five foes in less than two minutes. Dawson has never been stopped and scored a huge upset by besting Ty Cobb (16-3) in June 2013. Interestingly enough, Dawson’s father Anthony Cooks was scheduled to fight Tommy Morrison November 3, 1996 in Japan but was replaced due to out of the ring issues.
Also on the card is heavyweight hopeful Kenzie Witt-Morrison (3-0, 3 KOs) vs. TBA. Witt-Morrison, also a son of Morrison, is Lippe-Morrison’s half brother. (more…)
Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (35-4, 31 KOs) returns to the ring on Friday, March 13 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. The card features a pair of exciting main events as Andre Berto goes up against Josesito Lopez and Shawn Porter battles Roberto Garcia on the debut of PBC on Spike TV. “I’m itching to get back in the ring and show that I’m still going after my dream of being heavyweight champion of the world,” said Arreola. “This is a wonderful platform for me to fight with Premier Boxing Champions and I couldn’t be more excited to fight in front of my fans here in California.”
This will be the 33-year-old’s fifth time fighting at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena and his tenth time fighting in Ontario, Calif. The fight card is promoted by Goossen Promotions, which has promoted all of Arreola’s professional fights.
WBC light heavyweight world champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) returns to the ring Saturday, April 4 at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City to defend his title against former super middleweight world champion Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs). The April 4 event marks the debut of Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on CBS (3 p.m. ET/12 p.m. PT). Tickets go on sale Saturday. Ticket prices range from $25 to $250 on the floor.
Adonis Stevenson: “I am excited to be the headliner for first PBC event on CBS. I know Bika will stop at nothing, so the fight will be spectacular and extremely offensive-minded. I predict that Bika will lose by knockout for the first time in his career.”
Sakio Bika: “After all these years fighting at 168 pounds, it was becoming increasingly difficult to make weight and that was a major factor in my defeats. I see no problem making the jump to light heavyweight to face Stevenson and I do not feel I’ll be at a disadvantage because the champion made this transition successfully himself less than two years ago against Chad Dawson. I promise you that I will be the new champion on April 4.”
Golden Boy Promotions returns to its Coachella Valley home at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on March 20 with another Golden Boy Live! event. Headlining the night, former world title contender Alfonso Gomez (24-6-2, 12 KOs) of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico takes on Japanese breakout star Yoshihiro Kamegai (25-2-1, 22 KOs) in a 10-round super welterweight bout set to air live on FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes. In the evening’s co-main event Santa Ana, Calif. slugger Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) is scheduled for a 10-round featherweight bout against Mexicali’s Jesus “Kalaka” Navarro (23-9-1, 16 KOs) and former Irish national championship fighter Jamie “The Nuisance” Kavanagh (17-1-1, 8 KOs) will compete in an eight-round televised lightweight match against an opponent yet to be named. In the non-televised undercard, the undefeated Abraham Lopez (17-0, 12 KOs) of La Puente, Calif. will risk his perfect record in an eight-round featherweight contest against Mexico’s Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (20-15-1, 7 KOs) and Albert “Baby Dynamite” Herrera (9-10-1, 5 KOs) of Riverside, Calif. will fight in a six-round welterweight brawl against a yet to be announced opponent.
USA Olympian, NABF Champion and undefeated boxer Jose Ramirez (13-0, 10 KOs) has proudly entered into an endorsement deal with Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino.
The Santa Rosa Rancheria and Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino have announced an endorsement agreement with Jose Ramirez. Tachi Palace general manager Willie Barrios said “The opportunity to work with Jose in an on-going strategic relationship was too good to pass up. Because he is from Avenal, we have had the opportunity to watch Jose grow not only as a fighter, but a very visible advocate for things impacting the Central Valley.”
Santa Rosa Rancheria and Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino are known for being generous community members, whether it is through outreach programs or monthly community breakfasts benefiting local groups and causes. (more…)
Tyson Fury 260 vs. Christian Hammer 248
Dmitry Chudinov 159 vs. Chris Eubank Jr 159
Liam Walsh 129 vs. Joe Murray 129
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Anzor Gamgebeli 141
Boy Jones Jnr. 132 vs. Joe Beedon
Lewis Pettitt 128 vs. David Kvaratskhelia
Dempsey Fury vs Ernest Depkas
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
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