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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
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Hatanaka Promotions
A sensational event will take place today (Sunday) in Nagoya, Japan, as an 18-year-old four-time national high school champ Kosei Tanaka will make a professional debut against WBO #6 Oscar Reknafa (12-3, 5 KOs), Indonesia, for six rounds at the International Conference Hall. It was Pete Rademacher that had an ambitious and reckless shot at the world heavyweight throne against Floyd Patterson only to succumb in six lopsided rounds in 1957. Lately two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko, in his first professional bout, took on a world contender Jose Ramirez and disposed of him with a single body shot this October.
The local promoter, ex-WBC super-bantam champ Kiyoshi Hatanaka on such an international trend predicts, “This kid is special. Should he beat the world-rated WBO Asia Pacific 105-pound champ Reknafa, I’ll prepare a bigger target for him.” Tanaka, whose amateur mark was 46-5, 18 KOs, will be tested this afternoon. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Tom Loeffler, Managing Director at K2 Promotions, told Fightnews.com Saturday night that there is no truth to a Daily Mail report that WBA/IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s February 1 title defense in Monte Carlo will be against two-time world title challenger Martin Murray. “There is no truth to that story,” Loeffler said. “We have offered a fight to Murray in the past and they have not been interested.”
Golovkin is scheduled to fight February 1 in Monte Carlo, but the opponent is not finalized.
Former light heavyweight title challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov (30-3, 19 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Jaidon “Chin Checker” Codrington (21-4, 17 KOs) to win the vacant IBO International belt on Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. After a good fight with decent two-way action, in round six Uzelkov staggered Codrington with a left hook and then battered him to the deck. Codrington beat the count and appeared OK to continue, but the bout was waved off by the referee over the objections of Codrington.
In his pro debut, Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk scored a one-sided fifth round KO over Felipe Romero (16-8-1, 11 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout. Usyk dropped Romero in rounds three and five and was in command all the way.
By Bill Green
On Friday, WBO championship Committee Chairman Luis Bastista-Salas informed Matchroom Sport and Top Rank that they have 30 days to reach an agreement for a clash between WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns and mandatory challenger Terrance Crawford. If no deal is reached, a purse bid will be ordered. Minumum bid price is $150,000. Either party can call for a purse bid at any time during the negotiation process.
IBO minimumweight champion Hekkie Budler (24-1, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Hugo Verchelli (11-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, South Africa. Budler also added the vacant WBA interim title.
Unbeaten IBO super middleweight champion Thomas Oosthuizen (22-0-2, 13 KOs) retained his title by majority decision over Ezequiel Maderna (20-2, 13 KOs). Scores were 116-112, 114-114, 117-111
Full details to come from Ron Jackson.
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas/Rocky Mountain Boxing
On a chilly Colorado night, 700 fans packed the Colorado Springs Event Center for Friday Nights Fights presented by Sundown Entertainment. The crowd was treated to a boxing clinic by the young Donovan “Slick” Estrella. Hometown fighters Ruben Jacoby, Marcus Dawkins and Maurice Louishomme also picked up victories.
In the main event, Mike Montoya Jr. drilled and knocked out Isaiah Barela at 2:32 of the first round with referee Rob Mullings calling a stop. It was as non-competitive as a fight can be. Montoya improves to 5-2-1, 2KOs while Barela drops to 4-4, 3KOs. (more…)
By Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: Jimmy Range
Steve Smith of Rumble Time Promotion returned this past Friday to the Ameristar Casino in St. Louis, Missouri with a 8-bout card titled “Chaos” that showcased several up and coming local talents. The main event of the evening featured hometown heavyweight Ed Fountain who pummeled Alex Rozman from the opening bell to score a fourth round stoppage. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Shinsuke Yamanaka 118 vs. Alberto Guevara 117.5
(WBC bantamweight championship)
Roman Gonzalez 113 vs. Oscar Blanquet 113
Jorge Linares 136 vs. Francisco Contreras 135.75
Takahiro Ao 137 vs. Edgar Lomeli 136.5
Sergey Rabchenko will now defend his European and WBC silver light-middleweight titles against tough Welshman Bradley Pryce in Bulgaria next Saturday (November 16). Rabchenko was due to take on mandatory challenger Cedric Vitu, but the Frenchman southpaw has withdrawn after reportedly injuring his wrist in training. Pryce, a former Commonwealth champion, lost to Rabchenko on points in a WBA Intercontinental tilt in 2011 and will be looking for revenge. (more…)
Jeff Page Jr 173 vs. Donny McCrary 170
(UBF US-Midwest light heavyweight title)
Charles Ellis 235 vs. Brian Imes 225
Jon Bullock 151 vs. Joel Vargas 154
Cooper Sanders 235 vs. Mike Wilson 204
Mikey Glenn 203 vs. Thomas Jones 247
Venue: Beech Activity Center, Wichita, Kansas
Promoter: Strike Combat King
Shawn Miller 175.8 vs Lester Gonzalaz 171.5
Eric Fields 205.6 vs Jonte Willis 228.2
Sarah Kuhn 146.4 vs Kerri Hill 148.6
Tony Luis 137.4 vs Rafael Luna 139
Natalie Davila 135.8 vs Jennifer Woodward 135.6
Aleem Whitfield 170.6 vs Borngod Washington 172.2
Michael Pryor 143.6 vs Neyeine Muang 145.8
Will Madera 133 vs Edwin Cotto 134.4
Venue: Whitehall Athletic Club
Promoter: Greg Gross
MatchMaker: Diana Rodriguez
Show starts @ 7:00pm
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
For six years, featherweight Vic Darchinyan (39-5-1, 28 KOs) has been chasing Nonito Donaire (21-2, 20 KOs), the man who took his undefeated status by crushing fifth round KO. Tonight, at age 37, “The Raging Bull” will finally have his chance for revenge.
The date was July 7, 2007 inside the Harbour Yard Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. In the fifth round Donaire dropped Darchinyan with a clean left hook on the jaw. A dazed Darchinyan rolled over, struggled to his feet at the count of six, then careened across the ring into the ropes as his corner entered the ring, forcing referee Eddie Claudio to stop the fight.
“It was the only knockdown in my life – amateur or professional,” says Darchinyan. “Never been knocked down. I jumped up right away. If I take a couple of seconds on the floor to recover, maybe it would be a different outcome, you know? I had no experience with a knockdown. Now it is good – I have experience with it. I want to say to everyone I have been waiting six years. It was my mistake and I have good skills and I have power and I will not make the mistake again.” (more…)
There is a fire burning inside Vitor Belfort. While an athlete being passionate about the craft they’ve dedicated their life to is nothing new and far from noteworthy, the 37-year-old former light heavyweight champion is a shining exception. After nearly two decades competing at the highest level of mixed martial arts, “The Phenom” is still holding his ground at the forefront of the sport. . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The World Boxing Organization and their WBO Kids Drug Free Program led by its President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel donated $5,000.00 academic scholarships to the top 5 students of the Kissimmee High School in Kissimmee, Florida. The event held at the Osceola County School Board and marks the 5th This year students with better academic achievements were Andres Vidal, Jessica Santana, Jennifer Santana, Rickenjee Bellvue and Shantell Mitchell. Also present to hand out the checks was WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez and Ruben De Jesus Director of Operations of All Star Boxing, Inc. The City of Kissimmee has become a boxing capital in Florida with the popular series of Boxeo Telemundo running successfully at the Civic Center since 2001 including numerous WBO Titles luring promoters like Don King and Bob Arum who have brought shows to the area with Showtime and HBO Networks respectively. consecutive year the organization makes the donations.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
WBA #2 108 pounder Randy Petacorlin (19-1-1, 14 KOs) stopped Samranasak Singmanasak (35-20-1, 27 KOs) in round three of a scheduled twelve to retain the PABA title at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Petacorlin dominated the Thai from the first bell and in round three a body shot dropped Singmanasak and the referee Tony Marretta crowned the hard punching Filipino. Petacorlin is chasing a shot at WBA champion Roman Gonzalez. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Mike Seals 175 vs. Steve Walker 177
Gift Cole Chiori 160 vs. Tom Reiche 153
D’Andre Smith 152 vs. Michael Wicker 150
Elliot Rivera 168 vs. Marcus Powell 165
Ray Younger 154 vs. Steven Andreade 153
Cameron Springer 124 vs. Mason Wickett 125
David Orosco Cano 131 vs. Patrick Riley 123
Chris Jordan 183 vs. Eddie Morris 195
John McDermott 238 vs. Jamell Williams 231
Rolonda Andrews 127 vs. Angela Gladney 126
Archie Weah 140 vs. Bryan Goldsby 143
Venue: Grand Ball Room – 6100 Live Oak Pky, Norcross GA 30093
Promoter: Sugar Bert Promotions & Achievas Entertainment
Gabriel Bracero 145 vs. Dmitry Salita 147
Heather Hardy 122 vs. Laura Gomez 124
Charlie Ota 154 vs. Mike Ruiz 154
Joe Smith 175 vs. Lamont Williams 174.5
Shemuel Pagan 137 vs. Jesus Javier Cintron 139
Patrick Day 154 vs. Urmat Ryskeldiev 152.5
Chris Galeano 154 vs. Jamil Gadsden 154
Junior Younan 166 vs. Kenneth Schmitz 167
Louis Cruz 137 vs. Bryan Acaba 133
Venue: Aviator Sports & Events Center, Brooklyn, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Jose Ramirez 142.6 vs. Erick Hernandez 143.6
Alejandro Perez 128 vs. Miguel Zamudio 129
Danny Valdivia 154 vs. Matt Dumas 153
Yoshi Fuji 123.8 vs. Christian Silva 126.4
Gary Salazar 131 vs. Christian Gonzalez 132.4
Luis Ambrosio 122.8 vs. Oscar Venegas 121.8
Joey Lopez 162.8 vs. Miguel Flores 162.4
Venue: Golden Eagle Arena in Lemoore, Calif
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas (midnight ET/11PM PT)
By David Finger
With Wladimir Klitschko’s recent victory over undefeated WBA regular champion Russian Alexander Povetkin, all eyes in boxing are now turning to the fighter who many insiders consider to be one of the few viable opponents for the reigning world champion. However, despite being raked #1 in the WBO and possessing an undefeated record of his own, Russian prospect Denis Boytsov (33-0, 26 KOs) still needs to get through one more opponent, WBO #8 rated Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24 KOs), before he can proclaim himself the “mandatory” challenger. It is, in many ways, the most important fight in Boytsov’s career. Not only because he is so close to the coveted title fight, but also because his opponent has the proverbial “puncher’s chance.”
You just have to take a look at his record and know that it’s going to be a dangerous affair for Denis,” said Boytsov trainer Karsten Roewer, “Leapai might not be the best boxer skillwise. Still, he is explosive and packs a punch. We have to be wary of those facts until the last bell to beat him.” (more…)
Weigh-in results for UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Vitor Belfort and Dan Henderson, and the middleweight bout between Cezar Ferreira and Daniel Sarafian, airing live on FOX Sports 1 from the Goiania Arena in Goiania, Brazil at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see five prelim bouts at 6:00pm ET / 3:00pm PT.
Dan Henderson (204) VS Vitor Belfort (204)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Daniel Sarafian (186) VS Cezar “Mutante” Ferreira (185)
Igor Pokrajac (204) VS Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante (205)
Brandon Thatch (170) VS Paulo Thiago (170)
Ryan LaFlare (170) VS Santiago Ponzinibbio (171)
Jeremy Stephens (146) VS Rony Jason (146)
Sam Sicilia (146) VS Godofredo Pepey (146)
Omari Akhmedov (182) VS Thiago “Bodão” Perpétuo (185)
Justin Salas (155) VS Thiago Tavares (156)
Daron Cruickshank (155) VS Adriano Martins (155)
Dustin Ortiz (125) VS Jose Maria (126)
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Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Current Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich has signed a new law into effect designed to prevent reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko from running against him in the 2015 presidential election. The law amends the tax code to read “if a person has the right to permanent residence in a foreign country, such a person is considered to be one who does not live in Ukraine.” Klitschko, who heads the opposition UDAR Party in Ukraine and is considered a serious threat to defeat Yanukovich, mostly trains and boxes in Germany.
Update: Father/trainer Peter Fury says Hughie received three stitches and is now out for 28 days. He will fight next on December 14th in Belgium for a WBC belt.
Unbeaten and much hyped heavyweight prospect Hughie Fury (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over journeyman David Gegeshidze (10-5-1, 2 KOs) on Friday night at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, England. Fury was cut over the left eye in round three but got a referee’s stoppage after punishing the overmatched Gegeshidze in the fourth round. Time was 2:14. The 19-year-old, 6’6 cousin of Tyson Fury is on the fast track, already having twelve bouts this year, with bouts scheduled for the next two weeks also (cut permitting).
In the main event, British bantamweight champion Lee Haskins (28-3, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over Jason Booth (37-12, 15 KOs) to retain his belt. Scores were 118-111, 117-112, 118-111.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
No problems making weight for any of the featured fighters on Saturday’s world championship tripleheader. Martirosyan and Andrade got into each other’s face during their face-off and had to be separated. No smiles, no handshakes between Donaire and Darchinyan after an intense face-off. Afterward, Vic proclaimed “Rigo schooled him, I’m going to finish him and send him into retirement.”
Mikey Garcia 128.75 vs. Rocky Martinez 129.75
(WBO jr lightweight title)
Nonito Donaire 125.25 vs. Vic Darchinyan 125.75
Vanes Martirosyan 153.75 vs. Demetrius Andrade 153.75
(Vacant WBO jr middleweight title)
Nicholas Walters 125 vs. Alberto Garza 125.5
(WBA featherweight title)
Oscar Valdez 127.75 vs. Jesus Lule 127.75
Alex Saucedo 145.25 vs. Steve Hall 146
Erick De Leon 129.75 vs. Jesus Aguinaga 130.25
Oscar Cantu 117.5 vs. Roberto Ceron 118.25
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against Mexican Alberto Guevara (18-1-1, 6 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on this coming Sunday. Today’s press conference and yesterday’s medical examination as well show they will be in such a good shape that we may expect a competitive contest.
The WBC officials were announced as follows: referee Hector Afu (Panama); judges Burt Clements, David Sutherland, Dave Moretti (all US); supervisor Frank Quill (Australia); special MC Jimmy Lennon Jr.
Asked about a nomination of WBC’s Fighter of the Year along with Mayweather, Garcia and “Superman” Stevenson, Yamanaka replied, “It’s a great honor even to be nominated therein with such internationally well-known boxers. I’ve so greatly motivated to show a good performance with the nomination.” (more…)
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