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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

By Matt Richardson at ringside Photos: Emily Harney WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) scored a third round demolition of former world ...

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Photos: All Star Boxing The Telemundo super flyweight single elimination tournament continued on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City ...

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

Report / Photos by Boxing Bob Newman There was high drama in the main event of the Shobox 200 card at Turning Stone ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

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Golovkin demolishes Geale

Golovkin demolishes Geale

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Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo Tourney

Carmona beats Rodriguez in Telemundo

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ShoBox 200 Full Report

ShoBox 200 Full Report

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Boxing News

New opponent for Santana at T.I. on Friday

Undefeated lightweight Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (14-0, 11 KOs), from Miami, Fla., will now face Bahodir Mamadjonov (12-1, 8 KOs), from Uzbekistan now fighting out of Houston, on Friday’s ShoBox card at Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Las Vegas after his originally scheduled opponent, Carlos Cardenas, bowed out late last week owing to a shoulder injury.

Undefeated super lightweight prospect Amir “Young Master” Imam (8-0, 7 KOs), from Albany, N.Y., will meet Jeremy “Hollywood” Bryan (16-2, 7 KOs), from Paterson, N.J., in the co-feature. The card is promoted by Don King Productions. Tickets to the event—all priced at $100 each, plus tax and fees—can be purchased at the Treasure Island box office or by calling (866) 712-9308 or (702) 894-7723. Doors open at 3 p.m. PT, and a full undercard will be presented prior to the televised matches.

Santana vs. Cardenas was to have been a 12-round contest for the World Boxing Association interim lightweight championship. Santana vs. Mamadjonov is scheduled for 10 rounds. (more…)



April 8th, 2013



Boxing News

Teon Kennedy returns June 1

Former super bantamweight world-title challenger Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, now fighting as a junior lightweight, makes his first start in one year when he takes on Carlos Vinan (10-9-5, 2 KOs) in a scheduled 10-round bout on Saturday evening, June 1, in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) last boxed June 9 at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas when he was stopped in five rounds by Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux for the latter’s WBA super bantamweight world title. “I’ve been struggling with my weight for some time,” Kennedy said. “Getting down to 122 for the title fight was not easy. I’m going to feel much more comfortable at 130.”



April 8th, 2013

Announcement

R.I.P Carl Williams, “The Truth” Passes Away At Age 53

By James Slater

In sad news, it has been reported that former top class heavyweight contender and former two-time world title challenger Carl “The Truth” Williams has passed away. Williams, just 53, lost a long battle with oesophageal cancer, passing away on April 7th.

Best known for his losing challenge of a peak Mike Tyson – when Williams was somewhat controversially stopped via TKO, when up and on his feet, in the opening round – Williams fought a number of other notable bouts. (more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Oscar de la Hoya Speaks Out

By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

Former world champion-turned-boxing promoter Oscar de la Hoya was on hand at the Wild Card West Gym in Santa Monica last week to watch his fighter, Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez workout. Caleno is preparing for his April 20 fight against Austin “No Doubt” Trout at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Fightnews.com spoke with the Golden Boy as he talked about Canelo, Canelo-Trout in San Antonio, Mayweather-Guerrero, the super lightweight tournament, Showtime, rival promoter Bob Arum, and Golden Boy Promotions.

“Well I was going to spar with Canelo for this camp to help him prepare for Trout, however I saw him train and decided not to… he is too strong,” De la Hoya told us. “His fight with Trout reminds me of my fight with Quartey, not so much because of his style but before I fought Quartey I had my criticism. He is in that same position. This is his test.” (more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Bellew-Chilemba II is set May 25

A rematch and WBC world title eliminator between light heavyweights Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba has been added to the May 25 undercard for Carl Froch vs. Mikkel Kessler II at the O2 Arena in London on Saturday May 25. Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed today. Bellew-Chilemba I ended in a draw.



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt by final round stoppage

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten WBC bantam champ, hard-hitting Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (18-0, 13 KOs), 118, beautifully kept his title as he finally caught ex-WBC flyweight ruler Malcolm Tunacao (32-3-3, 20 KOs), 117.5, a Japan-based Filipino lefty, and dropped him to have the referee halt the affair at 1:57 of the twelfth and final round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s the main event of the WBC tripleheader that fully entertained the crowd. (More to come)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Yaegashi wins WBC 112lb belt from Igarashi

By Joe Koizumi

It’s a night of upsets. We have just witnessed another newly crowned world champ. Ex-WBA minimum champ Akira Yaegashi (17-3, 9 KOs), 112, surprisingly upset WBC flyweight defending titlist Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-2-1, 10 KOs), 112, by winning a unanimous decision over twelve gory rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. The decision was quite unanimous: Steve Morrow (US) 115-110, Duane Ford (US) 116-109, and Hubert Minn (US) 117-108, all in favor of Yaegashi.

Yaegashi, more than two inches shorter than the southpaw champ, made a good start and swept the first four rounds since Igarashi inexplicably failed to utilize his trademark footwork only to mix it up and absorbed the challenger’s opening attacks. The fifth saw Yaegashi penalized a point because of an accidental butt, though winning the round. In round six, each was deducted a point by the same reason because of the WBC eye-cut rule. Yaegashi’s continual assault made the champ’s cuts wider and deeper, so Igarashi had to continue fighting with the badly bloodied face. In the second half, the champ looked like wearing a red mask. After the eighth, the WBC open scoring system indicated Yaegashi leading on points—77-72, 76-73 and 75-74. The challenger apparently swept the last four rounds, as he battered the gory champ with big effective shots to almost topple him down the stretch.

We just wonder why the much taller champ with such an advantageous reach, Igarashi didn’t keep his proper distance only to so recklessly swap punches toe-to-toe in a rough-and-tumble fiasco and lost his throne. (More to come)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing Result

Miura dethrones WBC 130lb champ Diaz

By Joe Koizumi

Unheralded but hard-punching southpaw Takashi Miura (25-2-2, 19 KOs), 130, Japan, impressively captured the WBC super-feather belt as he battered and bloodied Mexican defending champ Gamaliel Diaz (37-10-2, 17 KOs), 130, decked him four times and finally stopped him at 1:21 of the ninth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was Diaz’s initial defense since he dethroned Takahiro Aoh by an upset unanimous verdict last October, but the Mexican looked quite different from what he convincingly defeated Aoh. Diaz couldn’t avert Miura’s southpaw lefts, hitting the deck in the third, sixth, seventh and fatal ninth rounds.

Diaz sustained a gash over the right eyebrow caused by an accidental butt midway in the opening session with Miura penalized a point due to the WBC eye-cut rule. Miura, in the closing seconds of the third session, sent him on the seats of trunks with a devastating left. The Japanese southpaw often caught the fading Mexican with solid lefts to the face to make him a bloody mess and Diaz’s face became grotesquely swollen as the contest progressed.

As Miura floored the champ for the fourth time midway in round nine, the referee Laurence Cole didn’t hesitate to declare a halt. This was the first of the WBC world title tripleheader. (More to come)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

WBC world title tripleheader in Japan today

Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Naoki Fukuda

A WBC world title tripleheader will be today’s attraction to have our Japanese aficionados pay great attentions to. The headliner of this show, presented by Teiken Promotions, is WBC bantam ruler, unbeaten southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (17-0-2, 12 KOs) who will risk his belt against ex-WBC flyweight ruler Malcolm Tunacao (32-2-3, 20 KOs), a Japan-based Filipino lefthander, over twelve frames. WBC flyweight champ, ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (17-1-1, 10 KOs) will take on former WBA minimum titlist Akira Yaegashi (16-3, 9 KOs) with his belt on the line. The first world title go will be competed by newly crowned WBC super-feather ruler Gamaliel Diaz (37-9-2, 17 KOs), a Mexican veteran, and Japanese challenger Takashi Miura (24-2-2, 18 KOs). The deluxe event will take place at Ryogoku Sumo Arena, the capacity of which is 11,098.

The officials are as follows:

Yamanaka-Tunacao bout
Referee Michael Griffin (Canada); judges Gale Van Hoy, Duane Ford (both US), Jaebong Kim (Korea).

Igarashi-Yaegashi bout
Referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Duan Ford, Hubert Minn, Steve Morrow (all US)

Diaz-Miura bout
Referee Laurence Cole (US); judges Hubert Minn, Steve Morrow (both US), Bruce McTavish (Philippines).

The WBC supervisors are: Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico) and Mike George (US).

The results of the weigh-in ceremony are as follows:
Yamanaka and Tunacao both 118 (class limit);
Igarashi 112, Yaegashi 111.75
Diaz and Miura both 130 (class limit).
(more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Zab Judah interview

Boxinginlasvegas.com’s Butch Gottlieb and Mary Ann Owen caught up with former world champion Zab “Super” Judah at the UFC Gym in Las Vegas.



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

John not looking past Hosono

By Brett Bonetti

WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-2, 22 KOs) is in Jakarta and his ready for his next challenge in Japan’s big punching Satoshi “Bazooka” Hosono (23-2, 17 KOs) in the Main event of the Dragon Fire Promotions card at the Senayan Indoor Tennis Stadium this Sunday. The Dragon is one of the greatest boxers to ever emerge from Indonesia and says he is excited to be back competing in the city where his boxing career began back in 1998. “I can’t wait, I love fighting in Indonesia in front of my family and friends” John said

John remains one of the biggest draws in Asia and attracted big crowds for two title defenses at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore in 2012. Last November, The WBA Fighter of the Decade successfully defended his title against previously unbeaten Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (44-1, 27 KOs). It was the future Hall of Famer’s 17th successful title defense. (more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Rodriguez, Perez top April 13 Schuetzen Park card

Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions in association with Global Boxing Promotions have an attractive card lined up for April 13th at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, New Jersey. The show features the return of undefeated welterweight sensation Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (10-0, 4KOs) as he faces hard hitting Emmanuel Medina (3-3-1, 3KOs) in a spirited six round contest. The co-main highlights the return of “The Brick City Bullet” Alex Perez (16-1, 9KOs) of Newark New Jersey, who looks to bounce back from the first loss of his career when he swaps punches over six rounds with the always dangerous Kenny Abril (14-5-1, 7KOs). (more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

De la Torre headlines April 19 in Hurst, Texas

On the cusp of boxing fame and fortune Rogelio De la Torre of Houston tries to boost his world ranking April 19 as the featured fighter on Standing 8 Promotions latest event at the Hurst Conference Center. De la Torre (10-2-0, 6 KOs) is building on a thrilling sixth-round knockout of Quinton Whitaker in February and will take on the always tough welterweight Milton Ramos of Waco (8-3-2, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout that headlines a fight card loaded with strong welterweights who will battle each other during the second of six Standing 8 events scheduled this year in Hurst.

That group of 147-pounders also features undefeated UK sensation “Cracking’ Craig Callaghan, the highly-anticipated return of Dallas’ Albert Rodriguez, and Texas Gold Gloves legend Jose Orozco taking on Larry “SloMo” Smith. (more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing Result

Sityatha retains SA flyweight title

By Ron Jackson

In an outstanding performance Lwandile Sithyatha from Mdantsane retained his South African flyweight title for the first time when he completely outclassed Jackson Chauke of Tembisa over 12 rounds at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday afternoon.

The 24-year-old Sityatha (50.30kg) came out fast at the first bell and dominated throughout the fight as he backed up the 27-year-old Chauke (50.55kg). Judges Simphiwo Mbini and Andile Matika scored it 118-110 and 119-110, whilst judge Lulama Mytya had it 120-110. (more…)



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Rigondeaux hits New York City

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Undefeated WBA World Super Bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux arrives in New York City Sunday night to prepare for his upcoming world championship battle against 2012 Fighter of the Year and WBO World Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire, Saturday, April 13 at the historic Radio City Music Hall in New York City and televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Caribe Promotions, Tecate and Madison Square Garden, tickets priced at $300, $150, $75 and $35, are available for purchase at the Radio City Music Hall Box Office, Madison Square Garden Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at www.ticketmaster.com, www.radiocity.com and www.thegarden.com. more photos



April 8th, 2013

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

After Saturday’s card in Macau, China, international media is rampant with articles of Bob Arum touting China as the “future of boxing,” and Manny Pacquiao wanting his next fight to land in Macau.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. took a break from training to attend the NCAA Final Four tournament. More in Atlanta Daily World.

Former Baltimore boxer and referee Raymond Klingmeyer passed away on Friday at the age of 88. Klingmeyer fought in the Marines as an amateur in the 1940s, then moved on to the pros in the ’50s until an injury saw him retired with a record of 39-8-3. He went on to referee and judge several significant fights, including the 1977 bout between Muhammad Ali and Alfredo Evangelista.



April 7th, 2013

UFC

UFC on Fuel TV post-fight

Six fighters joined UFC® President Dana White at the UFC® on FUEL TV 9 post-fight press conference – Gegard Mousasi, Ilir Latifi, Conor McGregor, Brad Pickett, Tor Troeng, and Reza Madadi.

Madadi took home Submission of the Night for his third-round tapout of TUF alum Michael Johnson. After surviving a vicious Johnson head kick at the end of the first round, “Mad Dog” began to assert himself late in the second frame. In the third round, Madadi secured a takedown before locking in the fight-ending d’arce choke . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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April 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Kameda barely keeps WBA bantam belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (30-1, 17 KOs), 118, barely kept his title as he eked out a split decision over Thailander Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym (36-2, 19 KOs), 117, over twelve sizzling rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan.

The official tallies were as follows: Ruben Garcia (US) 115-113, Michael Lee (Korea) 115-114, both for Kameda, and Derek Milham (Australia) 116-113 for the Thai challenger. The referee was Raul Caiz Sr. (US). (more…)



April 7th, 2013

Boxing News

Hot Spring Has Come In Japan

Great many title bouts to follow in April/May

By Joe Koizumi

Spring has come in Japan. We enjoy watching beautiful cherry blossoms under which people love drinking and chatting on holidays. From the fistic point of view, however, this April must be the hottest month in history with great many title bouts to be scheduled with world, OPBF and national titles on the line.

Today (April 7), WBA bantam titlist Koki Kameda will defend his belt against Panomroonglek Kaiyanghadaogym of Thailand in Osaka. Tomorrow (April 8), we will witness a WBC world title tripleheader in which bantam Shinsuke Yamanaka, in the main event, will put his belt on the line against ex-WBC fly and ex-OPBF bantam ruler Malcolm Tunacao; ex-Olympian and southpaw champ Toshiyuki Igarashi will defend his throne against ex-WBA 105-pound champ, compatriot Akira Igarashi; newly crowned 130-pounder ruler Gamaliel Diaz of Mexico will face hard-punching southpaw Takashi Miura in Tokyo. (more…)



April 7th, 2013

Boxing Result

Dulorme defeats Ankrah

WBC #8 super lightweight Thomas Dulorme (18-1, 13 KOs) won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Ben Ankrah (17-12, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Guillermo Angulo in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.

In the co-feature, former WBA super middleweight champion Manny Siaca (25-7, 20 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over Milton Nunez (25-7-1, 23 KOs).



April 7th, 2013

Boxing Result

Augustama defeats McNemar in Miami

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Glenn Borras

Cruiserweight Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (14-1, 9 KOs) made the most of his ring return tonight in his scheduled ten round main event , scoring a technical knockout against David Lee “King David” McNemar (13-3, 10 KOs) when McNemar failed to answer the bell to begin the third round. Augustama looked sharp despite his yearlong layoff prior to tonight’s bout behind snapping jabs and left hooks to set up solid right hands, frequently scoring to McNemar’s face and midsection. The two fighters collided to start the second round and McNemar fell awkwardly forward, stopping his fall with outstretched arms and wincing in pain as he rose. Referee Sam Burgos asked him if he could continue, which McNemar nodded in the affirmative. However, he continued to wince as Augustama poured on the pressure throughout the second round. McNemar could do no more than stand flat-footed along the ring ropes and absorb Azea’s attack. Complaining of an injury to his left shoulder, McNemar and his corner advised the referee and ringside physician he could not continue, earning Augustama a technical knockout victory at 2:59 of the second round. (more…)



April 7th, 2013

UFC

UFC on Fuel TV 9: Mousasi punishes game Latifi

After Alexander Gustafsson was forced out of Saturday’s UFC on FUEL TV 9 main event against Gegard Mousasi due to a cut, the stage was set for late replacement Ilir “The Sledgehammer” Latifi of Malmo, Sweden to pull off a monumental upset at the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm. But Mousasi, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion, was never in trouble as he dealt calmly with all the pre-fight madness and coasted to a three round unanimous decision win over the game, but outmatched, Latifi . . . Click here for more on UFC.com

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April 7th, 2013

Boxing Result

Charlie Ota, Kaneko keep belts

By Joe Koizumi

OPBF 154-pound champ, WBA#12 Charlie Ota (22-1-1, 15 KOs), 152.5, successfully kept his regional belt as he battered durable Korean Kyeongseok Kwak (10-8, 7 KOs), 154, all the way to win a nearly shutout decision (120-107, 120-109, 118-109) over twelve hot frames on Saturday afternoon at US Army Camp Zama, Zama city, Japan. Charlie (AKA Charles Bellamy), a US citizen living long in Tokyo, sent Kwak sprawling to the deck with a vicious body shots in round seven, and had him at bay down the stretch. The unique event at the US military camp, presented by Katsumata Promotions, were open to general people that entered the camp to enjoy a cherry blossom festival. It was a good show.

On the same Saturday, at the Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japanese 130-pound ruler Daiki Kaneko (18-2-3, 11 KOs), 129.75, kept his national belt when he dropped WBC#8 Kyohei Tamakoshi (31-8-6, 12 KOs), 129.5, with a wicked left hook at the closing seconds of the fifth and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 1:39 of the ninth session. Surprisingly, ex-WBA 122-pound champ Akifumi Shimoda (27-3-2, 12 KOs), 124, was held to a majority draw (95-95, 96-96, 97-94 for him) by ex-OPBF ruler Roli Gasca (19-4-1, 5 KOs), 123.25, a free-swinging Filipino puncher, over ten. Shimoda looked fast as usual in the first three rounds, but roughly mixed it up with Gasca, who scored well with looking left hooks in the last three sessions.



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Sanchez beats Perez again to retain WBA female bantamweight crown

WBA female bantamweight champion Irma “Torbellino” Garcia (7-0-1, 1 KO) retained her title by split decision in a rematch with former champ Janeth Perez (17-2-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the El Chamizal Sport Center in Zamora, Michoacan, Mexico. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 for Sanchez, 96-94 for Perez.

Super lightweight Ricardo “Dinamita” Alvarez (20-2-3, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over over Carlos Valdez (12-6, 9 KOs) to defend his WBC Latino belt. Alvarez floored Valdez twice in round two, the second time for the count. Alvarez is the older brother of WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez.

WBA interim minimumweight champion Jesus Silvestre (27-3, 19 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO Luis Carlos Leon (15-7-1, 11 KOs) in a non-title jr flyweight bout. The bout was waved off with Silvestre pounding Leon.

Unbeaten middleweight Bruno Sandoval (13-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Isaac Mendez (16-10, 15 KOs).



April 6th, 2013

Boxing Result

Spadafora outpoints Frankel to win NABF belt

Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (48-0-1, 19 KOs) won a clear ten round unanimous decision over “Red Hot” Robert Frankel (32-13-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant NABF jr welterweight title on Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. Spadafora, currently rated IBF #8, WBA #9, WBO #10 and WBC #14, showed he still has his boxing skills at age 37 with a 97-93, 98-92, 99-91 verdict that extended boxing’s longest-running current unbeaten streak. (more…)



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Fletcher stops Suico

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

WBA#5 Jarrod” Left Jab” Fletcher (15-1, 9KOs) stopped Randy Suico (31-9-1, 26KOs) at the conclusion of round five of a scheduled twelve round bout to retain the PABA middleweight crown at the Grand Star Receptions, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Fletcher controlled all the rounds with superior boxing skills and at the end of round five the corner of Suico retired there boxer. Fletcher has targeted former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony Mundine. The Australian’s only loss is to Englishman Billy Joe Saunders.

In the main supporting bout welterweight Tim Hunt (16-3, 5KOs) outscored Robert Whaley (7-8-2, 4KOs) over twelve rounds to retain the PABA title. (more…)



April 6th, 2013

Boxing Result

Fists of Gold: Estrada dethrones Viloria, Martinez edges Magdaleno; Ishimoto shocks WV2; Shiming wins pro debut

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Juan Francisco Estrada (23-2, 17 KOs) seized the WBA and WBO flyweight titles by taking a twelve round split decision against reigning champion Brian Viloria (32-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in the Cotai Arena at the luxurious Venetian Macao Resort in Macao, China. It was a very exciting fight with both fighters throwing bombs from from the get-go. In a war of attrition Estrada kept coming as Viloria faded. Viloria took heavy punishment late. Scores were 116-111, 117-111 for Estrada and 115-113 for Viloria.

WBO jr lightweight champion Roman Martinez (27-1-2, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision to retain his title against previously unbeaten #1 rated mandatory challenger Diego Magdaleno (23-1, 9 KOs). Martinez scored a knockdown with a right hand in round four and stalked Magdaleno the entire fight. Magdaleno had his moments, but Martinez did enough to win by scores of 115-112, 114-113 on two cards. Magdaleno was up 116-111 on the third card.

In the main event, pro debuting two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and three-time world amateur champion Zou Shiming won a four round unanimous decision over Eleazar Valenzuela (2-2-1, 1 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Showing great quickness, Shiming outclassed a very tough opponent, winning 40-36 on all cards.

In a war, 12:1 underdog Yasutaka Ishimoto (22-6, 5 KOs) scored a majority decision over former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez Jr (22-3-1, 19 KOs). It was a grueling and close back-and-forth fight. Ishimoto scored a knockdown in round eight when WV2 touched a glove to the canvas and then closed the fight strong to pull it out by scores of 95-95, 96-93, 95-94. (more…)



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Amir Khan now ranked #2 by the WBC …at Welterweight!

By James Slater

In surprising news, Britain’s Amir Khan has been elevated to the number-two position in the welterweight ratings of the WBC; this despite the fact that the former WBA/IBF 140-pound king has never fought at 147-pounds.

This move by the WBC has led to widespread speculation that Khan may face unbeaten superstar and reigning WBC welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Junior. For a long time now, “King Khan” has been speaking about his hopes of one day facing, and defeating, “Money,” while Mayweather himself has often spoken of his desire to take a fight in the U.K. This scenario may seem highly unlikely, but who knows? (more…)



April 6th, 2013

UFC

UFC 161 Tickets on Sale: Barao vs. Wineland

UFC® interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao will look for his second straight title defense against No.4 ranked contender Eddie Wineland on Saturday, June 15 when the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brings its first-ever event to Winnipeg, Manitoba with UFC® 161: BARAO vs. WINELAND at the MTS Centre. (more…)



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Norgrove dies after ring injury

Sad to report that unbeaten British jr middleweight Michael “The Zambezi Hitman” Norgrove (5-0, 0 KOs) has passed away in London after a head injury suffered in a fight on March 28. Norgrove suddenly collapsed during a match with Tom Bowen at the Ring Boxing Club and was rushed to the hospital where he underwent brain surgery. He was just 31.



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Weights From Chester, WV

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Paul Spadafora 139.5 vs. Rob Frankel 139.5
(NABF Super Lightweight Championship)
Wilkins Santiago 155 vs. Mustafah Johnson 155.5
Bill Hutchinson 143.5 vs. Damon Antoine 143.5
Travis Clark 203 vs. Martez Williamson 196.5
Joe Holt 156.5 vs. Austin Marcum 155.5
Ed Latimore 228 vs. Donnie Crawford 216

Venue: Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. & TNT Promotions



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Magdaleno a 3:1 favorite to dethrone Martinez

While WBA/WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria is a -600 favorite to retain his belts against Juan Francisco Estrada (+400) tonight in Macao, China, fellow world champion Rocky Martinez isn’t getting a similar show of support from oddsmakers. Challenger Diego Magdaleno is a strong -300 favorite to seize the WBO super featherweight belt from Martinez (+225) when they collide on the card’s other world title clash.

Odds from bet365.com



April 6th, 2013

Boxing News

Nugaev, Tolmajyan knock off unbeaten fighters

Maicelo, Maysonet Jr. defeated in Santa Ynez, California

In an upset, lightweight Rustam “The Mongoose” Nugaev (23-6, 13 KOs) returning from a 21 month layoff scored an eighth round KO over previously undefeated lightweight Jonathan “Inca Peruano” Maicelo (16-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Resort Casino in Santa Ynez, California. In a good action fight, Nugaev pressured Maicelo throughout, finally knocking him out in the eighth with a crushing straight right. Time was 2:03. With the win, Nugaev claims the vacant USBA title.

In another upset, lightweight Gabriel “The Ghost” Tolmajyan (13-2-1, 3 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Jorge “Machito” Maysonet Jr. (11-1, 10 KOs). Tolmajyan outworked Maysonet to win by scores of 77-75, 80-71, 80-71. Maysonet is the son of former welterweight contender Jorge Maysonet.

Lightweight Alejandro Luna (13-0, 9 KOs) swept past Mario Hermosillo (11-10-3, 2 KOs) by scores of 40-36 over four.



April 5th, 2013

UFC

UFC on Fuel TV at the scales

Weigh-in results for UFC on FUEL TV 9, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Gegard Mousasi and Ilir Latifi and the lightweight bout between Ross Pearson and Ryan Couture, airing live on FUEL TV from Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden at 2pm ET / 11am PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 10:50am ET / 7:50am PT.

MAIN EVENT
Gegard Mousasi (204) VS Ilir Latifi (206)

FUEL TV MAIN CARD
Ryan Couture (154) VS Ross Pearson (155)
Phil De Fries (248) VS Matt Mitrione (259)
Mike Easton (135) VS Brad Pickett (135)
Pablo Garza (146) VS Diego Brandao (145)
Robbie Peralta (146) VS Akira Corassani (145)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Michael Johnson (155) VS Reza Madadi (155)
Adam Cella (184) VS Tor Troeng (185)
Adlan Amagov (170) VS Chris Spang (170)
Conor McGregor (145) VS Marcus Brimage (145)
Ryan LaFlare (171) VS Benny Alloway (170)
Tom Lawlor (185) VS Michael Kuiper (186)
Besam Yousef (168) VS Papy Abedi (170)

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April 5th, 2013

Boxing News

Officials for Macao fights

By Boxing Bob Newman

Brian Viloria vs Juan Francisco Estrada
WBO/WBA flyweight world titles
Referee: Genaro Rodriguez, Chicago IL, USA
Judges: Levi Martinez, Las Cruces NM, USA; Michael Pernick, Miami FL, USA; Francisco Martinez, Auckland, New Zealand

Roman Martinez vs Diego Magdaleno
WBO super featherweight world title
Referee: Raul Caiz JR, California, USA
Judges: Levi Martinez, Las Cruces NM, USA; Michael Pernick, Miami FL, USA; Robert Hoyle, Las Vegas NV, USA

Wilfredo Vasquez vs Yasutaka Ishimoto
WBO International super bantamweight title
Referee: Genaro Rodriguez, Chicago IL, USA
Judges: Levi Martinez, Las Cruces NM, USA; Robert Hoyle, Las Vegas NV, USA; Salven Lagumbay, Mandaue City, Cebu, Phillipines

Zaou Shiming vs Eleazar Valenzuela
4 round pro debut / main event
Referee: Genaro Rodriguez, Chicago IL, USA
Judges: Levi Martinez, Las Cruces NM, USA; Michael Pernick, Miami FL, USA; Robert Hoyle, Las Vegas NV, USA



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