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In its continued desire to reduce the number of champions, the WBA Championships Committee has ordered WBA Super World super bantamweight Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs), the cagey southpaw from Miami by way of Santiago de Cuba, and WBA World interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs), from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, to begin negotiations to unify the titles. WBA rules entitle the WBA President and the Championships Committee to define, at their discretion, a mandatory period. Rigondeaux’s Super Championship status was conditioned to an 18-month mandatory defense period. Since this period is past due his next opponent must be the certified official contender Moises Flores.
Pursuant to WBA rule C.13 — Bout Limitations — the champion may not fight a boxer who is not the official challenger within sixty (60) days of the expiration of the mandatory defense period. Based on the above mentioned facts, on behalf of the championship committee, we hereby order a mandatory negotiation period at thirty (30) days beginning on July 18th, 2016 and will close at the end of the business day (- 5GMT) on August 17th, 2016.
If an agreement cannot be reached, or if any of the parties expresses unwillingness to negotiate, the Championships Committee may call a purse bid.
Former WBC world light heavyweight champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (34-4, 19 KOs) has pulled out from his July 29 fight against WBC #1 rated Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) due to a shoulder injury. Promoter Yvon Michel is looking for a replacement. The main event on the card at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City is still intact featuring current WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) against challenger Thomas “Top Dog” Williams (20-1, 14 KOs). The show will be televised on Spike TV.
By Bill Dwyre
To borrow from a sports cliché, life is a game of inches.
In the case of Terence Crawford, who currently stands on the horizon of boxing fame, his existence is a result of winning a game of millimeters. Think of it as survival by the margin of the tip of your fingernail.
It was a September night in 2008 in Omaha, Neb., where Crawford lives. He was about to turn 21. Life was good. He had just won his fourth fight as a pro a month earlier. It was at the Johnson County Fairgrounds in Iowa City. Not exactly Madison Square Garden or the MGM in Las Vegas, but you have to start somewhere when you have your eyes on world titles and big stages in the 140-pound division. In a couple of weeks, he would fight on ESPN. Hundreds already knew who he was; now thousands, maybe millions would.
He should have been training that night. He admits that now. But when you are 21 and come from the hard streets of Omaha, or any other sizable city, you hang out with your boys.
So there he was, shooting dice under a street light. And winning.
The game went on, but Crawford saw a good exit moment. Take the money and run. It was the smart thing. The thing that turned out not to be smart was counting it first. (more…)
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Describe your relationship with Freddie Roach. How much has Freddie Roach helped you?
Viktor Postol: “When I first met Freddie Roach in his gym in Hollywood I saw a man who was fully committed to his job. I saw that this was the job of his entire life. He lived in and lived for boxing. No matter how many people are in the gym training, Freddie always finds time for everyone to give advice and correct something for somebody. The same was in my case as he always put his heart and soul into my training as a boxer and anyone can see the result of our working together. Freddie has always believed in me and given me his full and undivided attention, even in our first training camp in the Philippines where Manny was training for his fight against Chris Algieri. He allowed me to spar with Manny and when it was my time to train after Manny had left the gym, he gave me 110% of his attention. It has always been that way. He gives me confidence and teaches me many things. He is a wonderful teacher and I am lucky to be his student. He has had me work a lot on the small things because details are important. That has turned me into a stronger professional fighter. We are a great team.” (more…)
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence “Bud” Crawford and his trainer Brian McIntyre for the HBO-PPV unification clash between Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Discuss the pressure on being seen as one of the NEW faces in boxing.
Terence Crawford: “There is no pressure on me being looked at as boxing’s next superstar, but there is a lot of hard work in becoming one. I’m really excited to be on the big stage and I’m on that big stage because I paid my dues in the gym and in the ring. That’s the reason I have accomplished so much as a fighter — pride of performance — and that’s why I am going to win on July 23. If I’m going to solidify my position as the new face of boxing it starts by unifying the 140 pound division. I’ve been fighting people taller than me and larger than me all my life. I’ve been short for 28 years and I haven’t been stopped yet. Postol is nothing to me. He’s just another guy that I’m fighting. I’m not training for Postol, I’m training for myself — to be the best I can possibly be. I do that, then no one can beat me. I’m confident in my abilities and I am confident that I am going to destroy Postol.” (more…)
Report/Photos: Socrates Bustamonte
Belfast met a slice of Irish America in New York City Monday. International Boxing Hall of Famer and former featherweight champ Barry McGuigan and his protégé, Ireland’s unbeaten sensation Carl “The Jackal” Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs), were at Annie Moore’s NYC in midtown Manhattan with all the settings of a classic pub across the pond. The duo continued the hoopla for Frampton’s challenge of featherweight champ Leo Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night, July 30, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Since arriving on America shores on the Fourth of July, it has been a whirlwind – fireworks so to speak – for the manager McGuigan, his son Shane who trains Frampton, and the former IBF/WBA junior featherweight, who gave up the belts to impose his will on featherweight title-holder Santa Cruz for the same belt that his manager held 30 years ago.
A Gleason’s Gym welcome by Brooklyn’s own Paulie Malignaggi began the foray on July 7, and a proclamation presented by Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino continued the hype on July 12 at Frampton’s training headquarters, Champs Boxing Gym in New Rochelle. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
Oscar De La Hoya and his golden boy Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33KO) made their first stop today at the home of the Dallas Cowboys, A&T Stadium, for the first of their 2 city press tour that then takes them to London to announce Canelo’s fight with current WBO Jr Middleweight Champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13KO). De La Hoya, along with Dallas Cowboy’s Owner Jerry Jones and the camps of Canelo and Smith were on hand today to address the DFW media. The fight is scheduled for Saturday, September 17th at AT&T Stadium and on HBO PPV.
Today was somewhat subdued, however, because of the recent shooting of Dallas police officers which De La Hoya recognized in his opening remarks with a moment of silence. Because of the recent tragedy, today’s presser was a far cry from when De La Hoya was still on top of the boxing world as a fighter when he strolled through Dallas to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather back in 2007 and was greeted with thousands of fans outside of American Airlines in Dallas only there to catch a glimpse of the Golden Boy.
Almost 10 years later, he now promotes the biggest draw in boxing Canelo Alvarez and there’s no doubt the two of them alone would have packed city streets for hours with adoring fans, but instead in this new world we live, Canelo celebrated his 26th birthday today in front of mostly DFW media, although he was greeted with mariachis, a cake and a Dallas Cowboys jersey. (more…)
Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, 20-1, 8 KOs, returns to the ring Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City. The South Jersey welterweight takes on Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, 10-7, in a 6-round over-the-weight bout on the fourth boxing show promoted by LaManna’s company, Rising Star Promotions.
“When we did our first show in December, my mission statement was to bring boxing back to Atlantic City.” LaManna said. “I like to consider Atlantic City one of the top big fight cities in the country – Vegas, Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Atlantic City. That was my mission, and here we are going on our fourth show at the Claridge.”
Originally, LaManna was set to headline the card himself. However, a sudden opportunity presented itself and LaManna pulled himself off the Claridge show.
“A big opportunity came up for September,” LaManna said. “I talked to my Dad and he said, ‘Why risk it? Why risk getting hurt, getting cut, anything, even losing. Let’s just hold off. Let’s pull out.’” (more…)
Undefeated super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (15-0, 14 KOs) is set to face Denis Douglin (20-4, 13 KOs) in the 10-round main event of Premier Boxing Champions on ESPN and ESPN Deportes Friday, August 5 live from the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. Televised coverage begins at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with unbeaten lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (20-0, 15 KOs) taking on Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) in a 10-round attraction.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO Jr Welterweight Champion Terence “Bud” Crawford makes a quick pit stop in Los Angeles at Fortune’s Gym in Hollywood California for a media day workout then swung by ESPN Studios for the taping of “A Los Gulpes” as a special guest with Julio Cesar Chavez before heading to Las Vegas for his Unification bout against Viktor Postol which will air on HBO PPV July 23, 2106 at MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
WBO jr middleweight champion Liam Smith and former champion Canelo Alvarez faced off today at the kickoff press conference for their September 17 PPV clash at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas.
Liam Smith: “I’m not coming here in awe of him. I’m coming here to win. I’m not coming to make numbers up, I’m coming here to defend my title. No disrespect, but I’m not a small. over the hill Miguel Cotto, I’m not a blown up 147 like Amir Khan, I’m a big 154 so he’s not gonna have to worry about cutting the ring off with me.”
Canelo Alvarez: “I’m very happy to be back in Texas again at this beautiful stadium. I’m going to take this fight seriously and I’m going to prepare well like always. I like to give fight fans a great fight. On September 17th you’ll see a good fight!”
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol began Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles with an outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street. Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana showed their skills in the ring and mingled with boxing fans afterward. Also attending were WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and Viktor Postol. Fight Week shifts to Las Vegas tomorrow to gear up for Saturday’s HBO-PPV clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE ART OF MATCHMAKING
The key element in boxing has been and will always be matchmaking. As simple as it may sound, it is extremely complex and requires deep knowledge, dedication, passion and most importantly empowerment and ability to make decisions. Who fights who? That’s the key to success for a promotional company. A good match is what every single fan wants to see, whether it’s a four-rounder or a world championship fight.
All promotional companies should have a matchmaker in their staff, a dedicated strategist to bring ideas and plans to the decision makers. Unfortunately, today’s reality is that there is a crisis in matchmaking all around the world.
Most boxing fight cards are put together to protect the company’s fighters, to build records and to position them to jump at the first world title opportunity. One can look at the bout sheet and know which fighter will win on 90% of the fights. It’s just a matter of how it will happen? This is bad for boxing as fans don’t get to experience the greatness of the sport, but most importantly, it’s dangerous for the fighters. A mismatch increases the risk of injury. (more…)
By Bryce Wilson
The pads get hit in a rhythmic fashion and the focus looks to be on point while the air is punctuated with laughter in between the dull thud of leather hitting leather. In short it’s a happy camp, but then it always is when Joseph Parker is training. With Izu Ugonoh returning to the team and Parker’s assignment with Carlos Takam now complete, securing his mandatory IBF challenger spot in the process, the energy in the room seems that little bit lighter. Not that Parker is taking his next assignment lightly. Solomon Haumono may be a heavy, heavy underdog but the one thing he can do is punch especially with a pulverizing overhand right, a shot that his team will have noted, other fighters have found a home for against Parker in the past. The sport is after all, littered with fights where heavier underdogs than Haumono have prevailed.
The recurring theme that comes back during the pad session is just how much fresher Parker feels with what has turned out to be a radically shorter camp than the one used to prepare for Takam, five weeks as opposed to twelve. So good has it been that trainer Kevin Barry rates it as just about the best five weeks he has ever had since Parker has been under his tutelage. It’s something that Joseph readily agrees with.
“Yeah it’s been a great camp. Short, but I feel super sharp and ready. I feel like this camp was a lot better than the previous one, I feel like my body adapts better to the shorter timeframes.” (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev
Former AIBA vice-president Rudel Obreja was the first high official in amateur boxing to speak openly about corruption. He held a surprise press conference during Beijing Olympics in 2008, where he told the journalists about the alleged manipulation of the judges’ draws for the Olympic tournament bouts by AIBA executive director Ho Kim. The Romanian was the technical delegate of the event and saw everything first-hand.
A former Olympian himself, Obreja was immediately suspended for his actions in Beijing, lost his vice-president status and few years later was forced to resign as the president of Romanian Boxing Federation. Eight years after the events in the Olympics, Obreja told us more about what exactly happened behind the curtain during the most prestigious sport forum on the planet.
Mr. Obreja, going back to Beijing Olympics you were appointed as a technical delegate of the tournament. How the judges were fixed by Ho Kim who was the right hand of AIBA president Wu during those times?
During Beijing 2008, a new (at that time) electronic system was operating. Referees and Judges (R/J) should have been designated randomly with precise criteria according to AIBA Rules. Ho Kim has lead a group who were changing one, two or three of them according to their interest/needs. In simple and obvious manner, official sheets were issued electronically and they were cutting with a pencil the name(s), writing down new one(s). This could be checked. Documents/sheets should be at the AIBA. This was happening from the table where computers were drawing the names for each bout, to the Technical Delegates (TD) table. I was number one TD, Terry Smith, Wales, the second. Both of us were supposed to approve with our signature. (more…)
Tickets for the Septeber 17 Canelo vs. Smith clash at AT&T Stadium in Dallas will go on sale Thursday (July 21) at 1PM ET/10AM PT and are priced at $750, $500, $300, $200, $100, $85, $50 and $40 with a total ticket limit of 8 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also will be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. Additionally, walk up purchases are available at the AT&T Stadium Box Office.
Given the recent tragedy that struck the Dallas Police and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Officers, Golden Boy Promotions and the Dallas Cowboys have pledged to donate a percentage of proceeds to a charity of the Dallas Police Department and DART’s choosing.
AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, will give a big Texas welcome to former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) and WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) as it hosts their world championship showdown on Saturday, September 17. It will be the third boxing card ever held at AT&T Stadium. Manny Pacquiao twice headlined in the 80,000-seat venue against Joshua Clottey and Antonio Margarito back in 2010.
Canelo and Smith will launch a two-city press tour today with a press conference at AT&T Stadium. They will then head to London, England for a press conference on July 20.
“Texas loves Canelo, and Canelo loves Texas so it was a no-brainer to have this fight at AT&T Stadium,” said Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy Promotions. “Texas is like Canelo’s second home, and he has stated that he wants to fight in Texas once a year for his fans. My friend Jerry Jones extended the invitation to Canelo to fight at AT&T Stadium so it was an easy decision for us.”
By Raymond Wheatley – World of Boxing
WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2,21KO’s) will clash with IBF #1 Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) on Thursday at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand over twelve rounds with the WBO Oriental and OPBF titles up for grabs. Haumono has been training with Justin Fortune in Los Angeles for the past six weeks and is in the best shape of his career. Haumono talked to Fightnews.com to say he’s confident he’ll upset Joseph Parker on Thursday.
By Robert Coster
Dominican jr bantamweight, WBA #4 rated Norberto “Meneito” Jimenez (24-8-4, 12 KOs) gave a display of his boxing skills in Santo Domingo on Saturday night, cruising to a near shutout ten round decision over Renson Robles (7-2, 3 KOs) of Venezuela. The colorful and popular”Meneito” (the one who wiggles) again called on WBA world champion Kohei Kono to face him in a rematch. In December of 2014, Jimenez and Kono fought a controversial draw in the champion’s homeland of Japan.
In other fights, unheralded Venezuelan featherweight Luis Nino (7-4,6 KOs) stunned the local crowd with a dramatic first round knockout of favored Daniel Ramirez (30-2, 26 KOs). Ramirez, whose record seems padded, scored a knockdown and then recklessly rushed in for the kill. That is when Nino caught him with a beautifully timed southpaw right cross. Ramirez crashed on his back to the mat for the full count. (more…)
By Dwjuan Frazier at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
Andy Ruiz can punch. WBO #5, IBF #5, WBC #7-rated and current NABF heavyweight champion Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico, remained undefeated with a three round destruction of Josh Gormley, Miami, Florida, in the main event of Dmitry Salita/Salita Promotions’ show “Detroit Brawl” on Saturday night at the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit. Dennis Turner served as matchmaker for the card. On paper, one would think that they would be in for a competitive fight, with Gormley coming in with a record of 22-4, 21 KOs. It was just the opposite. Ruiz dominated the 41-year-old Gormley from the start with a combination of adept footwork, speed and thunderous strikes to the body and head. While Ruiz was making a punching bag out of Gormley, reportedly the grandson of ring legend Jack Dempsey, Gormley didn’t throw one power punch. Ruiz scored several knockdowns before the referee decided to stop the match at 1:42 of the third round.
In attendance was Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller, 17-0-1, 15 KOs, Brooklyn, New York, who made it clear that he wanted to be Ruiz’s next opponent. The two engaged in a face off following Ruiz’s victory. Miller did most of the talking, saying that he was unimpressed with the fight Ruiz had just had and that he would knock him out. Hopefully their camps can work with each other to make it happen. Miller’s next fight will be August 19th on ShoBox against Fred Kassi. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder got the win over Chris Arreola, but didn’t come away unscathed. It’s believed that “The Bronze Bomber” suffered a broken right hand and a possible torn bicep, which could keep him out of action for an extended period.
“Wilder will be taken to a local hospital tonight, and will be seeing a specialist this week to assess the damage to his right hand and right bicep muscle,” said promoter Lou DiBella.
The champion wasn’t exactly sure when the injuries occurred. “It was early – the third or the fourth round,” said Wilder. “It was from an (awkward) punch. I hurt the hand first, and then the bicep…look at my hand, this thing hurts!”
On fighting for four rounds with primarily one arm, Wilder stated, “If I have one hand or two hands, you can’t deny that I’m the best in the world. I’m going to still give it to you whether I have one hand or two hands. I won’t stop. As a champion it’s my duty to keep going no matter what I’m going through. Pain ain’t nothing to me. I got a high tolerance on pain. When you’re dealing with fights, it’s not over until it’s over. Whoever fights me they have to be ready. They just can’t come in and think they’re going to bully me or think they’re going to out-tough me or think they’re going to out-punch me, because there ain’t no out-bullying, there ain’t no out-toughing, there ain’t no out-punching, because I’m the heavyweight champion of the world. That means a lot to me…it was very satisfying to punish a guy like Chris Arreola. I straight punished him. I didn’t get my knockout like I want, but it was a knockout. I’ll take that on my record. I still advanced to 37-0 with 36 KOs.”
After a busy boxing weekend, knockout of the week honors go to late sub Sergio Frias (18-6-2, 9 KOs), who spectacularly knocked out former world champion Vic Darchinyan (42-9-1, 31 KOs) in the second round (2:45) of their junior featherweight bout on Saturday night in Birmingham, Alabama. A right hand out of nowhere by Frias LAID OUT the 40-year-old “Raging Bull.”
Vic Darchinyan: “It was the first time that I’ve been knocked out in my 25 years of boxing. He just caught me. I think it was a counter right hand. I know I threw a punch and he just caught me. I can’t believe that happened.”
Sergio Frias: “He’s not a technically sound boxer, so I knew if I just stuck with technique and boxed him that I would catch him. I wanted to land the right hand, but I wanted to be careful because he has a lot of power. I wasn’t really looking to land that particular punch, but I did, and I ended it.”
Fight Week for the junior welterweight world title unification fight between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “The Iceman” Viktor Postol — will begin in Los Angeles TODAY with a free outdoor public workout for fans at El Pueblo Historical Monument Kiosko located on Los Angeles’ famous Olvera Street from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. PT, before resuming in Las Vegas on Tuesday, July 19. Adding to the festivities will be nationally-syndicated radio star Piolín, who will host the entire event.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender and two-time Mexican Olympian Óscar Valdez, undefeated former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr, and his opponent Francisco “Chia” Santana will show their skills in the ring begining at 2:00 p.m. PT and will meet and greet fans afterward. Also attending will be WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, Viktor Postol and his Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, who will all be signing autographs and taking photos with the fans. (more…)
Unbeaten flyweight Muhammad Waseem (4-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan completely dominated former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-6-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines on Sunday at the Millennium Seoul Hilton, Grand Ballroom Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. It was huge step up in class for Waseem ,where he nearly shut out Oliva over 12 rounds to claim the WBC “silver” title. The official judges scores were 120-112 twice and 119-113. It was recently announced that WBC flyweight champion Ramon Gonzalez is moving up to challenge WBC super flyweight champion Carlos Cuadras September 10th. This news is of major interest to Waseem’s promoter Andy Kim of AK Promotions. “Huge win today for Waseem. I am very proud and happy for him. We are a step closer to our goal of him becoming a world champion. We definitely want to be in that world title mix should Gonzalez vacate,” said Kim.
Photos courtesy Nikki Adler/SES Boxing
Former world title challenger and WBO #5 rated super middleweight Robin Krasniqi (46-4, 17 KOs) pounded out a twelve round majority decision over WBA #12/WBO #14 rated Jürgen “Doberman” Doberstein (20-3-1, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Saarlandhalle in Saarbruecken, Germany. It was a close, fast-paced fight. In the most defining moment, Krasnigi badly staggered Doberstein in round eleven but the local favorite didn’t go down and battled hard until the end. Scores were 116-113, 116-111, 114-114. Krasniqi claimed Doerstein’s WBA super middleweight Intercontinental title and the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt with the win.
Robin Krasniqi: “It was mega-hard, great respect to my opponent Jürgen Doberstein. But, now I’m back!”
Jürgen Doberstein: “Congratulations to Robin Krasniqi. I’m disappointed! But, for this great fight I don’t want to say anything about my performance until we analyze the video.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC female super middleweight champion Nikki Adler (15-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended her title against #4 rated Elene Sikmashvili (8-2, 4 KOs) with a ninth round KO. Adler’s right to Elene’s chin ended the fight. (more…)
By Doug Gibson
At the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah, Saturday night, Jose Haro, 13-1-1, West Jordan, Utah, won the American Boxing Association featherweight title with a fourth-round KO over Tijuana’s Sergio Najera. A body shot felled Najera for the count.
In the co-main event, local cruiserweight Jesse West, 8-1, scored his biggest win with a decisive 6 round decision over Anthony Johnson, 8-1, of San Jose, Calif.
In four-round bouts, welterweight Larry Gomez, 5-0, stopped LJ Shulz in round one; middleweights Tim Carroll and Enrique O’Jada, drew; welterweight Justin Morales stopped Gabe Pelayo in round two; and middleweights Michael Gomez and Robby Wyatt drew.
A trio of Allentown, Pa. boxers had successful scheduled four-round pro debuts with Juan Sanchez, 122 pounds, stopping Richard Morales in two, Martino Jules, 126 pounds, outpointing Javier Cepeda, and 130 pounder Hector Bayanilla stopping Jair Nava in round three.
Several hundred packed a ballroom at the Davis Conference Center. Imperial Promotions was the promoter.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC female light flyweight champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (26-5, 11 KOs) stopped Keisher “Fire” McLeod (8-3, 1 KO) from Brooklyn, NY, in round seven to retain her title on Saturday night at the Palenque del Recinto Ferial in Metepec, Mexico.
In other action, lightweight Edgar “Chananon” Puerta (24-8-1, 19 KOs) ended a four-fight losing streak with an upset ten round majority decision over former WBA interim super featherweight champion Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (20-6-1, 9 KOs).
Also, super featherweight Salvador Sanchez II (30-7-3, 18 KOs), nephew of Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sanchez, was KO’d in the first round by Gerardo Serrano (3-2, 1 KO). It was Sanchez first fight in over three years. photos
By Bob Ryder at ringside
Andy Ruiz Jr had too much in the way of speed and power for Josh Gormley in the main event of Salita Promotions’ Detroit Brawl on Saturday night scoring three knockdowns en route to a TKO 3 victory. Gormley (22-5, 21 KOs) was game and exchanged freely with the world ranked Ruiz (28-0, 19 KOs) but took lots of punishment causing referee Frank Garza to finally call a halt at 1:42 of the round.
Full report with photos to follow.
Photo: Bob Ryder
WBO interim super featherweight champion Miguel “Alacrán” Berchelt (29-1, 26 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round KO over WBO #2 rated challenger Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (61-3, 41 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Soraya Jimenez in Los Reyes La Paz, Mexico. In round four, Berchelt dropped Piriyapinyo with a left hand. Piriyapinyo beat the count, but Berchelt battered him to the deck again for the count. Time was 2:59.
In the co-feature, WBA female champion Anabel “La Avispa” Ortiz (22-3, 4 KOs) outpointed Kareli López (9-7-3, 2 KOs) over eight in a non-title bout. Scores were 77-75, 78-74, 78-74.
Former world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) will take on David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) in a welterweight clash on Saturday, August 27 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The fight will headline a Spike TV telecast. The tripleheader also features all-action slugger Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (24-5, 20 KOs) taking on Freddy “El Riel” Hernandez (33-8, 22 KOs) and 2012 U.S. Olympian Terrell Gausha (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line against Steve Martinez (16-2, 13 KOs).
Photos: Michael Der / Top Rank
Lightweight Casey “The Wizard” Ramos (22-0, 6 KOs) of Austin, Texas, remained unbeaten with a fifth round TKO over Hardy Paredes (18-13, 11 KOs) of Chile on Saturday night at the Pioneer Event Center in Lancaster, California. Paredes was credited with a knockdown in round two when he cuffed Ramos around the neck and threw him down. In round three, Paredes turned away after a headbutt and was promptly knocked down by Ramos. Ramos pummeled Paredes after that, and Paredes finally turned away in round five prompting a referee’s stoppage. Time was :58.
Unbeaten super middleweight Ulises Sierra (10-0-2, 6 KOs), of San Diego, needed just 28 seconds to demolish local favorite Jose Hernandez (12-2-1, 4 KOs) in a clash for the California State 168lb title. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Ryan Hafey/Jordan Hardy/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten WBC heavyweight champion Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (37-0, 36 KOs) retained his title with an eighth round TKO over Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-5-1, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder dropped Arreola in round four, then staggered him badly at the bell. Wilder apparently injured his right hand and used it sparingly after that. Wilder continued to punish Arreola with the left hand and had “The Nightmare” staggering back to his stool after round seven. Arreola’s corner finally stopped the beating at the conclusion of round eight. After the fight, Wilder said he broke his right hand and also suffered a torn right bicep. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBA super middleweight champion Giovanni De Carolis (24-6-1, 12 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round majority draw against Tyron Zeuge (18-0-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Max Schmeling Halle in Berlin, Germany. De Carolis bloodied Zeuge’s nose in round one, but it was an even fight midway, then the superbly conditioned De Carolis seemingly pulled away slightly. Zeuge injured his left shoulder at the end of round ten. De Carolis knew it and poured on the pressure in round eleven. Both gave it their all in round twelve. Scores were 114-114, 115-114 Zeuge, 115-115.
Former middleweight and super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (45-5, 30 KOs) got back in the win column after losing his WBO title to Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez last April. “King Arthur” scored an eighth round TKO over little known Norwegian Tim-Robin Lihaug (15-2, 8 KOs). After rocking Lihaug in rounds five and seven, Abraham dropped Lihaug in round eight and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:09. Abraham claimed the vacant WBO International title.
WBO female super featherweight champion Ramona Kuehne (25-1, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of Ikram Kerwat (6-1, 5 KOs).
Middleweight Anthony Ogogo (11-0, 7 KOs) stopped journeyman Bronislav Kubin (19-21-12 KOs) in round two.
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBA super bantamweight “super” champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (17-0, 11 KOs) retained his title with a second round TKO over Jazza Dickens (22-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff, Wales. After an uneventful round one, Rigondeaux connected with a big left hand that shattered Dickens’ jaw in round two. The fighters then went about two minutes without throwing a punch. The fight was stopped in Dickens’ corner after the round.
“I ripped his jaw out,” proclaimed Rigondeaux after the fight. “All those guys that want their jaws ripped out, I’m here! Not 100 of those guys add up to one of me. I want hard fights. People make it boring [against me] once they feel my power.”
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