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Photo: Lee Samuels
Unbeaten WBO junior welterweight world champion Chris Algieri with belt by his side (in a small suit case) has arrived in Las Vegas to continue his training for November 22 showdown with WBO welterweight champion and boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao. Algieri will train in Vegas till ten days out, then head to Macao, China where he will face Pacman in an HBO Pay-Per-View clash at the famed Cotai Arena in The Venetian Macao Resort.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight contender Joe Bugner who clashed with Muhammad Ali twice and gave Joe Frazier one of his toughest fights, is recovering from a heart attack. on Queensland’s Gold Coast and is determined to regain his health and be more careful on what he eats. “I’m not about to hang my gloves up,” Aussie Joe said from his hospital bed at Griffith University on Saturday. “I’m 64 but there’s still a few years left in me yet.” Bugner was diagnosed with type-2 diabetes last year, a condition that led to the heart disease. “I’ve just got to be careful with what I eat and drink,” he said. “Any heart attack is serious but I’m not about to give up on my life.” Bugner was inducted into the Australian Boxing Hall of Fame in 2012.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC interim middleweight champion: Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio conducted his WBC-mandated one week pre weigh-in and scaled in at 167.5 pounds in advance of next Saturday’s clash with WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“I’m ready for this great night called ‘Mexican Style.’ I’m a brave warrior and world champion. Golovkin is a prestigious champion but I have many reasons and styles to beat him on Saturday night,” said Rubio.
By Hector Villarreal
WBA featherweight champion, Jamaican Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 Ko’s) completed his preparation in Panama and will hit Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to face super champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 Ko’s) on Saturday October 18 at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA.
“The Axeman” travels with his main trainer Celso Chavez and his father Job Walters who is very confident about his son’s chances to confirm his quality and become the true WBA feather king. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
At Red Lion Woodlake Hotel, Brandon Adams won 4-round unanimous decision over Will Walters, welterweights; Eric Altamirano won 2nd-round TKO over Dara Ny, lightweights; Rudy Macedo won 2nd-round KO over Mario Aguirre, welterweights; Casey Morton won 4-round unanimous decision over Blanca Raymundo, flyweights; Moises Benitez won 4th-round TKO over Daro Donaldson, junior welterweights; Aaron Coley won 5th-round KO over Loren Myers, super middleweights (main event).
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
“The Baby-Faced Assassin” Yurii Polischuk of Alexandria, VA won a six-round unanimous decision over Benjamin “Wildcat” Olinga of Washington, DC in front of a packed house at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The junior welterweight bout was the main event of the joint promotional card put on by Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions. Polischuk simply landed the harder and crisper punches against the game Olinga. Polischuk won the bout by scores of 59-55 (twice) and 60-54. Polischuk is now 6-1-1, two KO’s. Olinga is now 1-9. This was the second time Polischuk has defeated Olinga after winning a four-round unanimous decision on April 26 in the same building. (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
A clash between welterweights Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. (44-5-2, 22 KOs) and Aaron “La Joya” Herrera (32-3-1, 19 KOs) ended in a sixth round technical draw on Saturday night at the new Coliseo Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. An exciting fight was cut short when Herrera was unable to continue after taking a punch to the back of the head.
In the co-feature, world rated super featherweight Miguel “Alacran” Berchelt (25-1, 21 KOs) scored a third round demolition over Antonio “Tony” Escalante (25-7, 20 KOs). Escalante was down twice.
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos by Damon Gonzalez
Headlining the exciting night of boxing at the Orlando Live Event Center in Orlando, Florida, Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart destroyed Marlon Lewis within two minutes of the opening bell. The shortened main event highlighted another great night of boxing for Central Florida presented by One Punch Boxing Promotions. In the co-main event bout, Moises Carrasquillo won via technical knockout against Arnold Hill.
Cowart (10-0-1, 8 KOs), 133.8 lbs., of Leesburg, Florida, obliterated Marlon Lewis (6-5-2, 3 KOs), 134 lbs., in the first round of their eight round contest. Cowart took little time in showing his superior boxing skills, landed solid shots on the Memphis, Tennessee native. Cowart got inside on Lewis in the middle of the round and landed a solid right uppercut and dropped Lewis for the ten count. With the impressive one-punch knockout, Amos Cowart earned his third straight knockout win. (more…)
In an upset, 41-year-old former champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (34-5, 19 KOs) outworked and dethroned IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-6-2, 6 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Bundrage went right at Molina, dropping him with a right hand in round one. In most rounds, Bundrage was busier than the lackluster champion. In round eight, Bundrage staggered Molina with a right hand, but had a point deducted for holding behind the head. Bundrage then hurt Molina again at the end of the round. Molina upped the pace in round nine and Bundrage looked gassed after the round. Bundrage, however, landed some big shots in round ten and dropped Molina for the second time. Scores were 116-109, 117-106, 115-110.
Super featherweight Rene “Gemelo” Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs) rebounded from his loss to Rocky Juarez in May to defeat WBC International silver beltholder Juan Pablo “Largarto” Sanchez (29-12, 13 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 116-112, 115-114, 115-113.
NABF Junior heavyweight champ “The Mountain” Daniel Martz (12-1, 9 KOs) dominated former IBF world title challenger Rubin “Mr. Hollywood” Williams (29-25, 16 KOs) in the scheduled 8 round main event Saturday night at the Falcon Center of Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia. 6’8, 256 pounds, Martz used his superior size, power and skill to systematically dismantle Williams from the outset dropping Williams twice in the first round and again in the second before referee Mike Napple halted the contest at 1:15 of round 2.
In the co-feature, undefeated heavyweight Jeremiah “Bo” Karpency (11-0) used effective combinations and counter punching to cruise over journeyman Justin Novaria (4-17) in the scheduled 6 rounder by scores of 60-54 on all cards. Karpency is the younger brother of former world title challenger Tommy Karpency (24-4) who defeated Chad Dawson last Saturday on Showtime. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight Zac Dunn (15-0, 13 KOs) stopped Istvan Zeller (9-4, 4 KOs) in round three of a scheduled twelve round WBC and WBO regional title bout at the Celebrity Room, Racing Club, Moonee Valley, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. The 23-year-old dominated the Hungarian and dropped him in round three when referee Jim Boland called it off at 2.10. Promoter Barry Michael, former IBF super featherweight world champion, said “Zac Dunn has a big future with the skills and power to go all the way to the top in boxing. He reminds me of Mikkel Kessler.”
In the main supporting bout scheduled for six rounds, super middleweight Mitchell Middleton Clark (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Aswin Cabuy (14-48-4) at the conclusion of round two when the Indonesian retired with a injury. He had been dropped in round two. (more…)
Photo: Russell Pritchard
In an IBF featherweight elimination bout, IBF #6 rated Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten IBF #3 rated “Aussie” Joel Brunker (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Selby, a 6:1 betting favorite, systematically outboxed Brunker from the opening bell, then finally opened up in round nine and battered Brunker to the canvas. Time was 2:49. Selby is now the IBF mandatory challenger for champion Evgeny Gradovich.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist heavyweight Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) blew away veteran Denis Bakhtov (38-9, 25 KOs) in two rounds to win the vacant WBC International heavyweight title. Joshua, already scheduled to face former Prizefighter winner Michael Sprott next month, bludgeoned Bakhtov until referee Ian John-Lewis waved it off at 1:00 of the second round. No Joshua opponent to date has lasted through three rounds.
Middleweight John Ryder (19-1, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over late sub junior middleweight fighter Theophilus Tetteh (16-7-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA I/C title. The bout was waved off at 2:56. Ryder was originally slated to face Sergey Khomitsky.
In a good action fight, Tyler Goodjohn (11-3, 4 KOs) outpunched previously unbeaten Ricky Boylan (12-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the vacant BBBofC English jr welterweight title by majority decision. Scores were 96-96, 96-94, 96-94.
By Robert Coster
European super featherweight champion Romain Jacob retained his title Friday night winning a unanimous decision against tough Italian challenger Devis Boschiero in his hometown of Calais, France. Jacob (22-0, 7 KOs) had wrested the European crown from Boschiero (34-3-1, 16 KOs) in February by split decision in a very tough fight. The rematch was just as action-packed and hard-fought with the young Frenchman sealing his victory (116-113, 116-113, 118-111) in the later portion of the fight. Romain, son of former world champion Thierry Jacob and heir to an illustrious French boxing family, is ranked in all four major boxing bodies (WBA #3, IBF #4, WBC #7 and WBO #13).
The WBC has announced the cancellation of a purse bid for the fight between WBC/WBA super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia of the United States and WBC mandatory challenger Viktor Postol of Ukraine. Both parties have reached an agreement, the specific details of which will be announced in the near future. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, “I am extremely satisfied with the good faith agreement reached by the parties involved which will generate very good opportunities for the fighters, which is the top priority for all of us involved in this great sport.”
Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler has an opponent for his October 25th date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on. Butler, who relinquished the IBF 118lb belt to campaign in the 115lb division, will face Mexican flyweight Ismael Garnica (13-4-1, 5 KOs). The 25-year-old Butler was originally schduled to challenge IBF world super flyweight champion Zolani Tete on the show, but the South African was forced out of the fight when he fractured his hand, and now Butler will face Garnica over ten rounds at super flyweight.
Despite the change of opponent, Butler is still focused and determined to put on a devastating performance and knows that a win is crucial as he keeps busy before his contracted fight against Tete is rescheduled. “Just because it’s not Tete for the world title doesn’t mean that I’m taking my foot off the gas,” said Butler. “I will prepare even harder for Garnica as he’s a potential banana-skin for my fight against Tete. I can’t overlook him, or my world title fight is gone. He likes to come forward and put pressure on and he’ll be rock-hard like all Mexican fighters are, but I’ll be I’ll be one-hundred focused on Garnica and plan on showing my class by doing a top job on him.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:
Yurii Polischuk 140 vs. Benjamin Olinga 140
Stan Williamson 249 vs. Juwan Love 202
Mario Flores 181 vs. Christian Pittman 175
Edwin Reyes 135 vs. Tyrone Stewart 131
Mike Sawyer 174 vs. Nathan Chambers 168
Gerome Quigley 151 vs. Cedric Coney 154
Jonathan Cepeda 164 vs. Lester Gonzalez 165
Tevin Farmer 130 vs. Dominic Coca 130
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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In what was an upset from the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Special Events Center in Indio, California, Mexican veteran Robinson Castellanos of Guanajuato, Mexico scored a fifth round stoppage over previously undefeated super featherweight Ronnie Rios of Santa Ana, California on the Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 main event. The two fighters did not take a step back as they came out banging in the opening round. Trading away in round two Rios appeared to be stunned as moments later a short right hand dropped Rios as he got up staggered fighting on and making it through the round. Castellanos appeared to be cut above the left eye in round three but that did not stop him from coming forward landing the right hand on Rios numerous times. Castellanos continued to apply pressure in round four outworking Rios as once again he was saved by the bell. However the following round Castellanos came out walking up to Rios connecting with a solid right hand followed by a barrage of punches as referee Ray Corona stops the fight at 11 seconds of round five. Castellanos pulls the upset as he improves his record to 20-10, 13 KOs handing Rios his first defeat as he goes to 23-1, 10 KOs. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins / Sacramento Bee
Brandon Adams 148 vs. Will Walters 149
Devonte Donaldson 137.5 vs. Moises Benitez 139
Loren Myers 164 vs. Aaron Coley 163 (main event)
Blanca Raymundo 111 vs. Casey Morton 112
Dara Ny 134 vs. Eric Altamirano 135
Mario Aguirre 145.5 vs. Rudy Macedo 145
Venue: Red Lion Woodlake Hotel
Promoter: Square Vision Entertainment
Photos: All Star Boxing
Former super flyweight title challenger David “El Duro” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. Carmona dropped Casillas in round one, but was forced to go the full ten. Scores were 99-90, 98-91, 97-92.
Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. plans to next match Carmona against WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano.
Jeff Page Jr 174 vs Maxell Taylor 183
Emmanuel Thompson 163 vs Keith Collins 166
Jeremiah Page 159 vs Jose Brewr 163
Robbie Seyam 147 vs Marvell Fight 148
Michael Glenn 211 vs Wayne Heath 265
Travis Hartman 149 vs Ahmad Chiehko 154
Venue: Beech Activity Center, Wichita, Kansas
Note: The UBF Inter-Continental belt on the line for Page only. This is the second fight in a row Taylor came in overweight.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Former WBC #1 contender Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Castellanos pressed the action but was cut over the left eye in round one by an accidental headbutt. Castellanos dropped Rios in round two and battered him from pillar to post. Castellanos continued to punish Rios until the bout was waved off by referee Ray Corona. Time was :11.
Undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) was extended the full eight rounds by former world champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-14, 11 KOs). It was a valuable learning experience for Orozco against a savvy veteran. Scores were 80-72 on all three cards. Forbes has now lost six straight.
Unbeaten featherweight Diego De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs), cousin of Oscar de la Hoya, scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Luis Ruiz (5-3-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
No weigh-in problems for either IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) and challenger and former champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs), who meet Saturday night at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Molina weighed 152.7, while Bundrage scaled in at 154. This will be Molina’s first defense since dethroning Ishe Smith 12 months ago in Las Vegas. Molina tried to defend the belt against Jermall Charlo in March, however that bout was scuttled due to legal difficulties which ultimately led to Molina’s deportation to Mexico. The bout will be televised in the USA on ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN3.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Jorge Páez Jr. 144 lbs, Aarón Herrera 144 lbs
Miguel Berchelt 131 lbs, Antonio Escalante 130.7 lbs
Ivan Montero 154 lbs, Julio Ávalos 154 lbs
Eduardo Torres 134 lbs, Marcos Cárdenas 133 lbs
Venue: Coliseo Yucatán
Promoter: Zanfer, Max Boxing
TV: TV Azteca
By James Slater
Moments ago on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on BoxNation, unbeaten European middleweight ruler Billy Joe Saunders was a studio guest and he was talking, of course, about his upcoming November 29th Grudge-Match with fellow unbeaten Chris Eubank Junior. As fans know, there is no love lost between these two, and Saunders said he has taken, and is taking, absolutely no shortcuts in training ahead of this fight, one he says he will definitely win.
Billy Joe says he doesn’t in any way need to fight the still largely unproven Eubank Jr, but that he wants the fight because the public wants to see it. But why has Eubank Junior taken it, Saunders was asked?
“They’ve taken this fight for the money,” Saunders said of Team-Eubank. “I think his dad needs the money more than him to be honest. He’s going to get his boy hurt and I can’t wait to do it. I’m not underestimating anyone, I’m training very hard in the gym every day. I’m going to Marbella (the MGM Gym) tomorrow. I’m serious about this fight, I’ve done everything right; eating, drinking, sleeping, training. And once I beat him I want him to say that Billy Joe Saunders is the better man. I don’t want any excuses, like it was too early.” (more…)
Anthony Joshua MBE and Lee Selby are ready for their crucial clashes at The O2 in London tomorrow night. Joshua meets Denis Bakhtov in his first title fight as a professional and if he can land the vacant WBC International title, the 24 year old will cap a fine first year in the paid ranks at the venue he made his debut in on October 5 2013. Bakhtov is just shy of 50 pro fights and 247 rounds of action in his 15 year career, the Russian is expected to provide a stern test of Joshua’s ambitions and the Olympic gold medal hero knows he will have to be at his best to make it nine KO wins in a row.
“I’ve spoken to people about Bakhtov and the hardcore boxing fans know he’s a test,” said Joshua. “It’s quite interesting and all it says is that I am fighting people who have operated at a good level. Tyson really started to arrive after 16 or 17 fights; that shows there’s no rush. I need to get more fights and more rounds under my belt and I am happy to do that. I like sparring with the champs, I hope to be able to do more with Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
Mentally Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) had to fight his share of demons entering the ring this past Wednesday. The struggles were well-publicized: Bleeding on the brain after his 2009 loss to Arthur Abraham. A two-year layoff. Legal battles outside of the ring. And many saying he didn’t deserve a world title shot considering his recent in-ring opposition. But halfway through his fight with IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, it was the champion fighting the uphill battle. More + tons of never before published photos
Lee Selby 125.6 vs. vs. Joel Brunker 125.4
(IBF featherweight eliminator)
Anthony Joshua 236.5 vs. Denis Bakhtov 226
(WBC International heavyweight title)
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
By Jerry Glick
I have seen many documentaries and films about Muhammad Ali so when I was invited to watch a preview of the latest about The Greatest, titled “I Am Ali”, I confess I was skeptical. I said to myself, “Oh boy, here comes yet another version of the same scenes that I’ve seen so many times before.”
While there were segments that we are all familiar with – Muhammad Ali the fighter, beating and taunting different opponents including Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and others – the documentary also showed a very loving Ali the father as he gently taught his young children to read and to understand who their father was, and how that will affect their lives. Most impressive and ingenious was when he recorded many of those moments, telling little Hana, and Maryam, to play them years in the future when they are adults. (more…)
Tickets to Top Rank’s big November 15 Ramirez-Zuniga / Valdez-Garza HBO Latino show at the Alamodome in San Antonio will go on sale TODAY at 10AM CT. Tickets are priced at $100, $50, $35 and $20, plus applicable convenience and facility fees. VIP Tables are also available. They can be purchased at the Alamodome Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. They are also available by phone at: (toll free) 1-800-884-3663 or (local) 210-207-3663.
Undefeated #2 rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist “scar Valdez will headline. Ramirez, of Mazatlan, Mexico, will be defending his NABF and WBO International super middleweight titles in a 10-round battle against four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga of Barranquilla, Colombia. Valdez, of Nogales, Mexico, will battle one-time world title challenger Alberto Garza of Mexico City in an eight-round featherweight rumble. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT
The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated Texans Ivan Najera of San Antonio and Casey Ramos of Austin, in separate eight-round lightweight bouts, and 2012 Russian Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev of Asbest, Russia, in an eight-round light heavyweight fight.
The event is promoted by Top Rank, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.
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