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Three time welterweight champion and now burgeoning boxing promoter Antonio Margarito presents his second fight card of his career this Friday night at the legendary Municipal Auditorium of his hometown of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Margarito first captured the WBO welterweight title in 2002 by stopping Antonio Diaz in ten. He went on to defend that title seven times. He then captured the IBF version by stopping Kermit Cintron in the sixth round and the WBA strap with the biggest win of his career, an eleven round demolition of then undefeated Miguel Cotto. Now Margarito looks to bring that excitement and winning ways outside the ring with his company Tornado Promotions. On Friday night, Margarito will feature a classic match-up of brawler vs. boxer in a welterweight ten round clash which will be broadcast live by the local Tijuana affiliate of the Mexican national network Canal Azteca. Mexicali tough guy Armando “Chato” Robles (23-3-2, 12KOs) will take on local favorite Alvaro Aguilar (23-2-1, 17KOs) in a crossroads bout. (more…)
Multi-division world champion James ‘Lights Out’ Toney talks to Kugan Cassius ahead of Thursday night’s Prizefighter Heavyweights (UK vs. USA) one-night tournament in London.
South African light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba heads the non-televised undercard for Saturday afternoon’s nationally televised boxing doubleheader at the Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, NY. Chilemba (20-2-2, 9 KOs) clashes with “The Amazing” Michael Gbenga (13-9, 13 KOs) of Ghana in an 8-round bout.
In the main event, heavyweights Tomasz Adamek (48-2, 29 KOs) and Czar Glazkov (15-0-1, 11 KOs) square off in a 12-round heavyweight eliminator that will determine the #2 IBF contender. The co-feature is an eight-rounder between unbeaten lightweight prospects Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (13-0, 7 KOs) and Mike “Lefty” Brooks (11-0-1, 2 KOs). Both can be seen on NBC network TV, beginning at 2:30PM ET. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Teams have 30 days to negotiate for a WBA cruiserweight world championship fight between Russian champion Denis Lebedev and Panamanian former two-time world champion Guillermo Jones. If no deal is reached a purse bid will be held on December 9 in Panama City and be overseen by WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza.
Jones-Lebedev I also went to a purse bid which was won by Jones’ representative Don King Productions for $712.000 but Hrunov Promotions, which bid $357,000, ended up staging the fight in Moscow in May. The fight was a classic with Jones winning by upset eleventh round KO. Jones, however, was stripped of his world crown after a positive drug test and the title was returned to Lebedev.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Filipino Donnie Nietes (31-1-4, 17 KOs) will defend his WBO light flyweight title against Mexican former interim WBA champ Sammy Gutierrez (33-9-2, 23 KOs) in the main event of an event called “Filipinos vs. Latinos” November 30 at the Araneta Coliseum in Manila. The event is presented by ALA Promotions. In other action, local WBO minimumweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-0, 12 KOs) will defend his belt against Nicaraguan WBO minimumweight interim champion Carlos Buitrago (27-0, 16 KOs). Also Mexican former WBA interim light flyweight champion Jose Alfredo Rodriguez (29-2, 18 KOs) will be facing Filipino Milan Melindo (29-1, 12 KOs).
The theme continues on the undercard, as bantamweight AJ Banal (29-2-1, 21 KOs) will face Puerto Rican Lucian Gonzalez (14-7-2, 3 KOs), and jr welterweight Jason Pagara (31-2, 19 KOs) meets Dominican Vladimir Baez (19-1-2, 17 KOs).
By Karl Freitag
The weekly run of great fights this Fall continues with two big boxing telecasts this weekend. Boxing returns to the NBC TV network Saturday with special two-hour afternoon presentation of “NBC Fight Night” featuring a twelve-round heavyweight battle between Tomasz Adamek and Vyacheslav Glazkov in the main event. The same night, HBO brings us an attractive world title clash between WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and unbeaten challenger Edwin Rodriguez. The Saturday menu also includes a nice junior lightweight fight between Daniel Ponce De Leon and Joksan Hernandez on Fox Deportes and an UniMas presentation of Jose Felix against Santos Benavidez in the same weight division.
But no need to wait until Saturday. Golden Boy Live! returns to Fox Sports 1 TONIGHT with a junior welterweight encounter between Luis Ramos Jr and Fidel Maldonado Jr.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #8 middleweight Les Sherrington (33-6, 19 KOs) will collide with IBF #1 Sam Soliman (42-11, 17 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on December 11. Sherrington is confident he can upset the hot favorite Soliman. “This fight is the biggest opportunity of my career,” Sherrington said. “It was offered to WBA #3 Jarred Fletcher but he declined. I thank Sam Soliman for giving me the chance. I’m in the best form of my career. I’ll be in even better shape in four weeks time. I’m stronger, faster and better than Sam and on December 11 I’ll prove it. This is a real 50-50 fight.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
An 18-year-old youngster, formerly four-time national high school champ Kosei Tanaka, 106.75, very impressively made a successful pro debut when he dropped WBO #6 Asia Pacific minimumweight champ Oscar Reknafa (12-4, 5 KOs), 106.75, in the first round and won a nearly shutout decision (60-53, 60-54, 59-53) over six lopsided rounds on Sunday in Nagoya, Japan. The opening session witnessed Tanaka connect with a sharp left-right combination to the face of Reknafa, who hit the deck with a surprised look. The rookie was an enfant terrible that kept jabbing and moving swiftly to completely control the contest. The loser Oscar’s handler Aryo Umbaran said, “Tanaka is a very much talented young boy and will be a future world champ.” His manager/promoter, ex-WBC super-bantam champ Kiyoshi Hatanaka hopes to cultivate this 105-pound prospect to follow his footstep to the international stardom. (more…)
Fallen warrior Megomed Abdusalamov remains in a medically induced coma on life support at St. Luke’s for the eighth day. ring10ny.com is accepting donations that will go directly to Mago and his family.
Former WBO Heavyweight champion Siarhei Liakhovich (25-6, 16KO) has pulled out of his comeback fight on the Iron Boy Promotions card this Saturday at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre.
WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin returns February 1 in Monte Carlo. Apparently the undercard will include middleweight Martin Murray and cruiserweight Junior Makabu in separate fights.
It turns out Roman Kolaczek is alive and well. He told us that his email accounts and website were hacked and apparently controlled by a disgruntled former associate. He is planning open a new gym in Germany in two weeks and we’re told this was a rumor spread by a rival gym.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs), 118, impressively retained his belt as he sent Mexican footworker Alberto Guevara (18-2, 6 KOs), 117.5, sprawling to the deck twice in the eighth and finally dropped him again with a vicious left for the count at 0:25 into the ninth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka, making his fifth defense, thus registered latest four defenses within the distance to his credit. His initial defense was scored by a unanimous decision over Vic Darchinyan in April of the previous year.
It was a nearly lopsided affair before the trick happened as tallied 79-71 by all the judges: Burt Clements, Dave Moretti and David Sutherland (all from US). The referee was Hector Afu (Panama) who controlled the fast-moving bantams very well. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Gabriel Bracero dropped Dmitriy Salita in round eight before going on to win a lopsided 10-round decision in Brooklyn in a clash of local 140-pounders at the Aviator Arena on Saturday night. Judges scored the fight 100-89, 99-90 and 97-92, all for Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs). Fightnews also tabbed Bracero a victor, 96-93. Both men were cut and bloodied in a good, competitive fight that had a sold out crowd of 1,703 cheering throughout. Salita (35-2-1, 18 KOs) was cut on the hairline, had a mouse under his left eye and seemed to be bleeding from behind his ear as well. Bracero, meanwhile, was cut over his right eye but didn’t let the injury affect what arguably could be his career-best win. (more…)
It’s been approximately 20 years since Gerard Gordeau landed a vicious right foot to the face of sumo wrestler Teila Tuli for the first TKO in UFC history. Since them, the organization has seen hundreds of spectacular knockouts. Here, we will count down the top 20 — click each subtitle to watch the full fight free through 12/31 . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The dangerous and pugilistic nature of professional boxing comes with the risk that a fighter may suffer injury, trauma, or even death. Professional boxers accept these risks while striving to achieve their dreams of becoming a World Champion. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
A late-year Fight of the Year candidate awaits us on Saturday if Andre “S.O.G.” Ward and Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez trade punches like they’ve traded comments about pre-fight drug testing. Ward (26-0, 14KOs) faces Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) – who called for random pre-fight testing after the contracts were signed – in an HBO-televised fight at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
“After the contracts were signed, there was an offer to sponsor the drug testing and I thought, ‘Why not?,'” said Rodriguez, who emphasized during a recent conference call that he believes Ward is clean.
Why not? Because challengers don’t dictate terms, said Ward, who called the move a publicity stunt.
Victor Conte, a nutritionist who says he’s working to rid sports of performance-enhancing drugs in the wake of having supplied them to elite athletes, made the offer to “sponsor” the drug testing, Rodriguez said. (more…)
Team Sauerland is hopeful to set a new world record for fan noise on November 16 when middleweight Patrick Nielsen (20-0, 9 KOs) fights in front of his boisterous home fans in Albertslund for the first time of his career. The 22-year-old Dane takes on Jose Pinzon (24-5, 15 KOs) at MusikTeatret Albertslund, with his younger brother Micki Nielsen (10-0, 8 KO) also in action. “The Nielsen brothers, their wild fans and a packed music venue with great acoustics – I´d say we´ll have a brilliant chance of breaking the record,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “Just in case, we´ll be handing out free ear plugs at the entrance should things get too noisy.” (more…)
Luis Ramos Jr 139.6 vs. Fidel Maldonado Jr 140
￼Fernando Guerrero 162.5 vs. Raymond Gatica 160
Terrell Gausha 158 vs. Andres Calixto 159.8
Jairo Castaneda 141.5 vs. James Burns 143.2
Benjamin Whitaker 146.5 vs. Felipe Reyes 146.5
Enrique Niera Jr 162 vs. Kevin Conrad 160.6
Armando Cardenas 141.5 vs. Warren Stewart
Mario Barrios 122.2 vs. Rigoberto Moreno 122
Travell Mazion 136.5 vs. Roy Garcia 137.8
Venue: Cowboys Dance Hall, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FOX Sports 1
At the WBC Convention held in Bangkok, Thailand from Nov 3-9, among several other decisions, it was decided that actual WBC lightweight champion Erica Anabella Farias fom Argentina must face her official challenger Delfine Persoon from Belgium.
Undefeated Farias, 18-0-0(9), made a successful defense against Marc McGee on Oct 4. Persoon, 26-1-0(11) is waiting for her chance since March when she knocked out Kremena Petkova in 2 rounds in a WBC mandated final eliminator. Persoon will keep active this Monday Nov 11 against Eva Halasi and then she will be again in the ring against Lucia Morelli on Dec 13.
Ed Pearson, Chaiman of the WBC Female Committee, have set Dec 6, Mexico City noon time for private negotiations or purse offers will be opened.
Farias is handled by Osvaldo Ribero and Persoon by Filiep Tampere.
The New York State Athletic Commission defends their handling of now-comatose boxer Magomed Abdulsalamov. More
The WBO has ordered lightweight champion Ricky Burns to make a mandatory defense against Terrence Crawford, ruling out the hoped-for, immediate rematch between Burns and Raymundo Beltran.
Two men were arrested in connection to the death of former amateur star boxer Alexis Urbina, who was beaten in his Arizona home in September. More
Australian hopeful Will Tomlinson has signed a five-fight deal with Golden Boy. More
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Robert Tapales Action Fighter Media
On Saturday night in Norcross GA, just north of Atlanta, Sugar Bert Boxing Promotions along with Achievas Entertainment, presented an entertaining night of boxing containing eleven bouts.
The card was highlighted by light-heavy weight Mike “CannonHandz” Seals (17-0 13KO) as he obliterated outclassed Mike “The Spoiler” Walker (26-31 18KO) in less than two minutes of round 1. After the fight, Seals claimed this is his last fight on the local scene for a long time as he looks for better competition in bigger shows now that he has signed with Banner Promotions. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Whatever one may think of strawweight Ali Raymi’s skills or the questionable quality of the opposition he has faced, the 39-year-old Yemeni boxer has entered the boxing history books. On Sunday at the Sports Stadium in Sanaa, Yemen, Raymi scored a first round stoppage of one Akram Jawfi (with a reported record of 5-0) Ali’s 16th opponent this year. It is therefore official: Ali Raymi has now scored 20 straight first round KO victories, topping the mark of Philadelphia club fighter Tyrone Brunson. However one question comes to mind. How on Earth are there so many unbeaten professional strawweights in Yemen? None of Raymi’s previous 20 opponents have ever suffered a loss before facing him.
Raymi is currently #15 in the new WBC ratings and #12 in the WBO ratings.
After his KO win over Vic Darchinyan, former world champion Nonito Donaire issued the following message on his Facebook page:
It wasnt MY win tonight, it was the PHILIPPINES win. We are strong and we have faith. Thank you Lord for keeping me safe, giving me a sound mind, helping me see what needed to be done. Thank you to the Archangels and especially all the fans and Filipinos who watched despite the typhoon. I have alot of work still to do but first I need to get the cheek xrayed for fracture and rest. God Bless!
During his post fight interview, Donaire stated “When he hit me in my cheek, it felt like he broke my cheek, so part of my mind was ‘Is this it for me? Should I keep going?’ but I put my mind and heart into it and said ‘You know what? I will never, ever quit.'”
As far as future fights, Donaire stated he’s looking for a rematch with Guillermo Rigondeaux.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (20-0-2, 15 KOs), 118, impressively retained his belt as he sent Mexican footworker Alberto Guevara (18-2, 6 KOs), 117.5, sprawling twice in the eighth and finally dropped him with a vicious left for the count at 0:25 into the ninth round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Yamanaka, making his fifth defense, thus registered latest four defenses within the distance to his credit. His initial defense was scored by a unanimous decision over Vic Darchinyan in April of the previous year. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA super champ in the light-fly category, Roman Gonzalez (37-0, 31 KOs), 113, exploded his power punches in lopsidedly battering world-rated Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-7-1, 23 KOs), 113, en route to a well-received stoppage at 0:27 into the second session in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. This non-title go was witnessed by the well-packed crowd at Ryogoku Sumo Arena, where people appreciated Chocolatito’s superior power and precision beneath the WBC bantamweight title bout between Shinsuke Yamanaka and Alberto Guevara.
Formerly two-division champ, Japan-based Venezuelan Jorge Linares (35-3, 23 KOs), 136, displayed a beautiful one-punch demolition of Francisco Contreras (21-4, 16 KOs), 135.75, Dominican Republic, at 3:08 of the opening session in a scheduled ten. Linares looked patient against the aggressive opponent, covering up well and looking for openings to score an effective counter. It landed at the button of the taller rival, who fell prone for the full count.
The first ten-rounder witnessed former two-time world champ Takahiro Ao (25-3-1, 12 KOs), 137, score a fine knockout over Mexican Edgar Lomeli (14-4-2, 8 KOs), 136.5, by badly dropping him twice with a southpaw left at first and with a vicious right hook at 3:03 of the first round.
(More to come)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican former female world champions Arely Mucino and Jessica Chavez battled to a ten round draw iin front of nearly 5,500 fans at the Convention Center Surman Villa de las Flores in Coacalco in the Mexico State in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo. Chavez retained her WBC female silver belt.
In the semifinal, Miguel “Mickey” Roman scored an eleventh round TKO over former WBA and IBF world champion Juan Carlos Salgado to keep his WBC International silver lightweight title.
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler stopped Hugo Verchelli in the fourth round to retain his IBO strawweight belt and also claim the WBA interim minimumweight belt at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night Saturday night on a Golden Gloves Promotion.
In the co-feature, Tommy Oosthuizen failed to impress as he retained the IBO super-middleweight belt for the seventh time with a hard-earned 12 round majority points decision over Ezequiel Maderna. Judges Stan Christodoulou (South Africa) and Benoit Roussel (Canada) scored it 116-112 and 117-111 and judge Dave Parris (United Kingdom) had it 114-114. (more…)
USA Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (7-0, 5 KOs) needed just 47 seconds to annihilate Erick Hernandez (4-5-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night in front of a sold out crowd at the Golden Eagle Arena in Lemoore, California. Ramirez dropped Hernandez twice before the bout was waved off.
Super featherweight Alejandro Perez (19-3-1, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over Miguel Zamudio (25-3-1, 13 KOs) in a scheduled ten rounder. A body shot finished Zamudio.
Featherweight Yoshii Fuji (3-3-2, 2 KOs) and Christian Silva (2-3-1, 1 KO) battled to a four round draw.
Garcia comes off canvas to KO Martinez in eight; Donaire dodges defeat with ninth round TKO over Darchinyan; Andrade, Walters also win
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Unbeaten former WBO featherweight champion Mikey Garcia (33-0, 28 KOs) got off the canvas to dethrone WBO jr lightweight champion Rocky Martinez (27-2-2, 16 KOs) by eighth round KO on Saturday night at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas. Martinez dropped Garcia with a short right hand in round two, but Mikey recovered and proceeded to methodically break down Rocky as the fight progressed. A left hook to the body finished the job at :56 of round eight. Martinez, entered the ring as Puerto Rico’s only world champion, and was attempting to avenge Garcia’s KO win over his stablemate Juanma Lopez.
In a grudge rematch, Nonito Donaire (32-2, 21 KOs) scored an exciting ninth round TKO over arch rival Vic Darchinyan (39-6-1, 28 KOs). After a cautious round one, both fighters rocked each other with big shots in round two. Tremendous toe-to-toe action in rounds four and five with Darchinyan getting the better of it. The end came in round nine when Donaire dropped Darchinyan with a left hook to the jaw and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Referee Laurence Cole waved it off at 2:06. At the time of the stoppage, Darchinyan was ahead by 78-74 on two cards with the other card at 76-76.
In a clash for the vacant WBO jr middleweight title between two unbeaten U.S. Olympians, Demetrius Andrade (20-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Vanes Martirosyan (33-1-1, 21 KOs). Martirosyan dropped Andrade with a left hook to the jaw in round one, but Andrade outworked him in every round. Andrade had a big round six, and went on to win 114-113, 117-110 on two cards. Martirosyan somehow was ahead 115-112 on the third card.
Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (23-0, 19 KOs) scored an explosive fourth round knockout over Alberto Garza (25-6-1, 20 KOs). Walters was aggressive from the beginning and finally laid out Garza with a flush right hand to win his U.S. debut and first title defense. Time was 1:57. (more…)
If there was any doubt that 2013 has been the year of Vitor Belfort, those doubts were removed at the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil, on Saturday night as the former light heavyweight champ scored his third knockout win of the year – all with head kicks – defeating Dan Henderson in the UFC Fight Night main event. The win evened the score between the light heavyweights, as the two fought in a 2006 PRIDE bout won by Henderson via decision, and it also marked the first time Henderson has been knocked out in his 40 fight MMA career . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Matt Richardson at ringside
Jr welterweight Gabriel Bracero (23-1, 4 KOs) dropped Dmitriy Salita (35-2-1, 18 KOs) in round eight before going on to win a lopsided 10-round decision at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn in a clash of local favorites. Judges scored the fight 100-89, 99-90 and 97-92, all for Bracero. Both men were cut and bloodied in a good, competitive fight that had the sold out crowd cheering throughout.
Heather Hardy (7-0, 2 KOs)dominated Laura Gomez (4-4, 0 KOs) in a female junior featherweight fight. The fight was stopped at the 1:44 mark of the second on the advice of the ringside physician as Gomez bled heavily from her nose.
Junior middleweight Charlie Ota (24-1-1, 16 KOs) pounded Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9 KOs) for eight rounds but had to settle for only a majority decision. Scores for the bout were 78-74 and 77-75 for Ota while one judge had the fight a draw, despite Ota seeming to dominate the encounter. (more…)
Story and photos by Brian Perez
Super flyweight prospect Jose “Chiquiro” Martinez remain undefeated and improved his record to 10-0 with 7 knockouts when he stopped Domingo Berroa in the second round with a brutal body shot. “I felt great today. We had a great camp and we got our fifth victory this year. Can wait for next year to dominate my division” Chiquiro said. Puerto Rican heavyweight Carlos “Chicano” Cotto won a 4 round unanimous decision over Sandy Antonio Soto improving his record to 6-0, 4Ko’s. “We got the victory, I am very happy to go to the distance and push myself, we will be back soon” Chicano said. photos
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