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Kovalev, Caparello make weight

Kovalev, Caparello make weight

Photos: Larry Levanti / Main Events Sergey Kovalev 174 vs. Blake Caparello 174 (WBO light heavyweight championship) Isaac Chilemba 175.5 vs. Cory Cummings 174 Dmitry ...

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Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

Apparently food is where you cross the line with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Shannon Briggs stormed into the famous Italian restaurant ...

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Rios-Chaves, Vargas-Novikov weights

Rios-Chaves, Vargas-Novikov weights

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Brandon Rios 147 vs. Diego Chaves 148 Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Anton Novikov 139.4 (WBA super lightweight title) Jose ...

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Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos/Quotes: Kovalev-Caparello Press Conference

Photos: Larry Levanti/Main Events The final press conference was held today for the August 2 title fight between Sergey "Krusher" Kovalev, 24-0-1, 22 ...

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Telemundo weights from Tampa

Telemundo weights from Tampa

Photos: All Star Boxing Daniel Lozano 114 vs. Antonio Tostado 114 Andrey Klimov 130 vs. Guillermo Avila 130 Noemi Bosques 112 vs. Yolaine Lin De ...

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Video: Wildest Briggs-Klitschko confrontation yet

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Telemundo weights from Tampa

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Boxing News

Boxing Buzz: Froch-Groves aftermath and more

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Former heavyweight champ turned politician Vitali Klitschko goes to work in Kiev. More

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David Haye planning September or October ring return. More



June 1st, 2014



Boxing News

Russell beats Rios in early Tijuana fight of the year candidate

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nunez

Using a venue rarely seen for Tijuana boxing, sporadic promoter Round 13 Promotions gathered a solid audience at the Parque Morelos Palenque to enjoy live music, amateur fights and then a solid seven-bout fight card that maybe be the best of the year so far for the border city. The eight round main event between local super bantamweights Reynaldo “Rey” Russell (13-2-1, 6KO) and Rosalio “Aspid” Rios (7-3, 6KO) is without a doubt the best local fight of year. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Late Result: Capaceta gets razor thin decision

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Jim Wyatt

In many ways boxing is a game of chance. Doesn’t matter how much you prepare, some times events don’t go as planned. That never showed true for southern California promoter Bobby D. Presents this past Friday when two of their six fights planned fell out the week of the event. First, the opponent for local junior flyweight Amaris Quintana, Susana Uribe, went by the wayside when her trainer suffered a stroke on travel day. The second was when a fighter who was to face off against the popular Adrian Vargas did not pass one of his medical exams and was ruled unable to participate. Despite the streak of bad luck on one show, the worst suffered in thirty years by California boxing hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis, the show still must go on. It did with four all-action bouts that kept the respectable crowd inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego’s Mission Valley on the edge of their seats for most of the night. In the six-round main event, Tijuana’s Victor Capaceta (4-6-3, 2KO) took a razor thin split decision over the valiant “Smoking” Joe Perez (4-1-1, 3KO) of Chula Vista, CA, who suffered his first defeat. The bout was fought in the featherweight division. The all-out brawl was a rematch of their first war in November of last year in which they walked away with a draw. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Sao Paolo Post-fight

Seven fighters joined UFC Brazil managing director Grace Tourinho at the UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo post-fight press conference: Antonio Cara de Sapato, Warlley Alves, Kevin Souza, Ricardo Abreu, Demian Maia, Marcos Rogerio de Lima, and headliner Stipe Miocic . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Anthony Joshua to face Matt Skelton in July

By James Slater

Having improved to 6-0(6) with a quick, 1st-round stoppage of Matt Legg on last night’s massive show at Wembley, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua is all set for his next pro outing. According to The Mail and other reports, Joshua will face former British, Commonwealth and European heavyweight champion Matt Skelton on July 12th in Liverpool. Skelton, 28-8(23) was as durable as they come back in his best days, when he was beating Danny Williams and Michael Sprott, yet he is now aged 47 and has not won a fight since 2012. Loser of his last two, when he was stopped in a couple of rounds by David Price and then out-pointed by John McDermott, Skelton has not boxed since March of last year. The Skelton of 2008 or 2009 would likely have given Joshua a stern test, but these days, some think it’s doubtful “The Bedford Bear” can extend Joshua past the 2nd-round, something no-one has yet done at pro level.



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Pianeta victorious in Dresden

Recent world title challenger Francesco Pianeta (30-1-1, 17 KOs) scored a first round KO over Mickael Vieira (14-4-1, 7 KOs) in a bout for the WBO European belt, headlining SES Boxing’s innovative all heavyweight card before a crowd of 3,500 on Friday at the Energie Verbund-Arena in Dresden, Germany. The bout ended suddenly after an exchange when Viera went down in pain holding his left arm. It was later diagnosed as a broken elbow.

In the co-feature, Steffen Kretschmann (18-2, 16 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Özcan Cetincaya (21-9-2, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant International German belt. Kretschmann battered Cetincaya from the opening bell until it was waved off.

The four-man Prizefighter-style heavyweight tournament was won by 19-year-old Tom Schwartz (7-0, 5 KOs) with two first round TKOs. Schwartz needed just 90 seconds to smash Luke Filka (6-4, 5 KOs) in one semi, while Ante Verunica (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Andre Bunga (1-2, 1 KO) in the other. Schwartz then thumped Verunica in the final in just 2:04. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Hubeaux retains WBC Youth title; Jah wins EBU title

Belgian Herve “HH” Hubeaux retained last night in Brussels his WBC Youth heavyweight title with a wide unanimous decision over Hungarian Tibor Balogh. It was a workmanlike performance by the local Hubeaux with his new trainer Saber Gasmi in the corner. Hubeaux’s technique and boxing skills seemed to have improved under Gasmi but he still lacks a lot of stamina as he faded from round 6 on and had to give away the final round. It was scored 100-90, 99-91 and 98-92.

In the co-main even Sanae Jah won the EBU female light-flyweight title with an unanimous decision against Romanian Corina Carlescu. The visitor was the better boxer but was overwhelmed by the untidy local Jah who deserved the win.



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Lundy destroys Cuevas

IBF #6 jr welterweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy improved to 25-3-1, 12 KOs with a second round TKO over Pipino Cuevas Jr. (17-12, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. Cuevas was deemed unable to continue after being knocked down. Time was 2:23. This makes three straight wins for Lundy, while Cuevas has now dropped four of his last five.

“I am ready for anyone,” said Lundy. “135 is where I want to be but if I have to go up to 140 or even 147, I don’t care, I want a world title belt around my waist.” (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Rivera knocks out Barnett, gets attacked by fan

By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill

Not since a fictional Chino killed Tony at the end of West Side Story has someone with that moniker shocked so many people.

Veteran and former world title contender Cosme “Chino” Rivera of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico shocked hundreds of partisan fans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC Saturday night by scoring a devastating ninth-round knockout over hometown hero and card promoter Ty Barnett. The bout was the main event on Barnett’s Top Flight Promotions card. The win was particularly upsetting to one attendee who attacked Rivera in the ring after the bout was over. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Main: Stipe Soars, KOs Maldonado in 35 Seconds

Originally scheduled to face former UFC champion Junior Dos Santos in the UFC Fight Night main event at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo Saturday night, heavyweight contender Stipe Miocic had a lot to lose against 205-pound strongman Fabio Maldonado. But instead of faltering against the Brazilian hero, he came up big, knocking out his steel-chinned foe in less than a minute . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Fortuna, Rosa, Mora win in Las Vegas

Photos: Mary Ann Owen

WBA #2, WBC #7 featherweight Javier “El Abejon” Fortuna (25-0-1, 18 KOs) won a entertaining ten round unanimous decision over WBC #15 Juan Antonio Rodriguez (26-5, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas. The former WBA interim featherweight champion dropped Rodriguez in round three, but Fortuna was also cut over his right eye. The round ended with Fortuna being knocked down with a jab that was missed by referee Robert Byrd. Fortuna continued to box well, but he was also increasingly getting busted up in the process. He smartly shifted his tactics to boxing from the outside in round seven and had some success. Rodriguez rocked Fortuna in the tenth and had him holding on but couldn’t finish the job. Fortuna won 98-91 on all three cards.

Undefeated super bantamweight prospect Luis Rosa (17-0, 7 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over WBC #5 rated Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (18-2, 13 KOs). Rosa overcame a fifth round knockdown and a seventh round point deduction to win by scores of 97-92, 97-91, 98-91.

Former WBC junior middleweight world champion and “The Contender” champion, WBA #10-rated Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO against once-beaten Samuel Rogers (14-2, 8 KOs) in a middleweight bout. Mora dropped Rogers twice and got the stoppage with a barrage of unanswered punches. photos



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Usyk KOs Crenz in Odessa, Ukraine

Photo: K2 Promotions Ukraine

2012 Olympic Heavyweight Gold Medalist Oleksandr Usyk (4-0, 4 KOs) scored a dominant fourth round stoppage of Argentinian veteran Cesar David “El Ruso” Crenz (21-9, 13 KOs) in front of a packed house on Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Odessa, Ukraine. Southpaw Usyk controlled the action from the opening bell, dropping Crenz in the third with a massive left hook to the chin, then drilling him back to the canvas in the fourth with a heavy-handed left to the body ending the scheduled eight rounder at the 2:12 mark of the stanza. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

WBC #8 Kaneko stops Ishikawa; Frenchman Cojean finishes Ebisu

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Having failed to win the WBA 130-pound belt from Takashi Uchiyama despite dropping the champ last December, WBC#8/WBO#8 Daiki Kaneko (20-3-3, 13 KOs), 130, displayed a fine form in whipping ex-OPBF challenger Shogo Ishikawa (10-7, 3 KOs), 130, and finally halting him at 2:40 of the fourth session on Saturday in Toyohashi, Japan. Kaneko, a 25-year-old stylish boxer-puncher regarded as a future world champ, proved too fast and strong for his victim, taking the initiative from the outset and hurting him in every round. His accelerated attack in the fatal fourth prompted the referee Biney Martin’s intervention, just after which Ishikawa fell down with Kaneko’s effective combinations. We look forward to watching a rematch between Uchiyama and Kaneko in the near future since Kaneko showed the best performance as the challenger against the champ through his eight defenses. (more…)



June 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Cuadras dethrones Rungvisai

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Unbeaten Carlos Cuadras (30-0, 24 KOs) won the WBC super flyweight championship by eight round technical decision over defending champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai (27-3-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night in Mexico City. The bout was stopped in round eight due to a cut suffered by Cuadras and went to the scorecards over the protestations of Rungvisai. Scores were 78-73, 77-74, 77-75, all in favor of Cuadras. photos



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Chudinov and Nielsen make weight

Photo: Team Sauerland

Photo: Team Sauerland


WBA interim middleweight champion Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) and Patrick Nielsen (22-0, 11 KOs) both made weight ahead of their woeld title clash at the Mytishchi Arena in Moscow, Russia on Sunday night. On the same card, Nielsen’s younger brother Micki Nielsen is also in action. Micki (13-0, 10 KOs) faces Igor Pylypenko (4-16-2, 1 KO) in an eight round cruiserweight contest. Today’s weigh-in took place at the Sexton Centre home of Russian motorcycle club “The Night Wolves.”

Dmitry Chudiniv 158.75 vs. Patrick Nielsen 159.5
(WBA interim middleweight title)

Micki Nielsen 207.6 vs. Igor Pylypenko 201



May 31st, 2014

UFC

UFC Fight Night Prelims: 10 Straight – Rashid Rolls in Sao Paulo

Dagestan’s Rashid Magomedov made it ten consecutive wins in his UFC Fight Night prelim bout against Rodrigo Damm, putting together a shutout three round decision win Saturday at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Felix Verdejo a hit in the Bronx

Photos: Top Rank

Undefeated and 2012 Olympian Felix Verdejo (12-0, 9 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico who will be featured on the undercard of next Saturday’s Middleweight World Championship bout headlined by Three-Division world champion and the Pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto and WBC middleweight champion and Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez of Argentina Saturday, June 7, at the “Mecca of Boxing,” Madison Square Garden is already in town to promote the big card. Today Felix Verdejo had public workout and Meet & Greet at the Puerto Rican Festival / Bronx Cultural Arts Festival on 152nd Street Between Jackson & Union Ave in the Bronx, New York where he shared the stage with one his biggest fans, multi-Grammy award winner Puerto Rican rapper Calle 13 who had this to say about Verdejo: “Future champ, great boxer and a humble guy” and also sent a video on his Instagram account. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Full Report

Torres wins in Albuquerque

Ringside by Gerardo Martinez

In the main event of the Team Tapia Promotions card outside the Hotel Cascada in  Albuquerque, N.M., local pug Josh Torres left the ring with a ‘W’ against his opponent, Francisco Lira of Sonora, in front of a hometown crowd of about eight hundred. Torres took about half of the first round to study his opponent. Then he started the assault on the body of the taller Lira. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Berlin Post-fight

UFC managing director Garry Cook was joined at the UFC Fight Night Berlin post-fight press conference by Gegard Mousasi, Mark Munoz, CB Dollaway, Francis Carmont, Sean Strickland, Luke Barnatt, Nick Hein, Tom Niinimaki and Niklas Backstrom . . . Click here for more

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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Soliman dethrones Sturm

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In a grudge rematch, cagey 40-year-old Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-4-2, 18 KOs) by unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the König Palast in Krefeld, Germany. Close rounds early. Soliman was warned three times by referee Eddie Cotton in round three for various infractions. Soliman had a strong round five and his non-stop workrate began to pay dividends as the bout progressed. Sturm had his best round in round nine when he upped the pressure and began connecting with big shots. Good two-way action in round eleven. In the end, Sturm wasn’t able to solve Soliman’s awkward and busy style. Scores were 118-110, 117-111, 118-110.

WBA female flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (32-2, 16 KOs) stopped Dan-Bi Kim (9-2-1, 2 KOs) with a barrage of punches in round nine. It was Kentikian’s first KO since 2008.

Light heavyweights Konni Konrad (20-1-1, 10 KOs) and Mehdi Amar (27-4-2, 15 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 115-113 Konrad, 116-113 Amar, 114-114. Konrad retained his WBA International belt.

Jr middleweight Maurice Weber (20-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of journeyman Renat Samedovi (9-11-1, 2 KOs).

Super middleweight Goekalb Oezekler (16-1-1, 6 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Attila Kiss (11-70-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 58-56.



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Froch KOs Groves in eighth round

Photo: Lawrence Lustig

In a highly anticipated rematch, IBF/WBA super middleweight champion Carl Froch (33-2, 24 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over arch-rival George Groves (19-2, 15 KOs) before 80,000 fans on Saturday night at Wembley Stadium in London. Tactical early rounds with Groves doing more. Froch started coming on in rounds five and six. Groves rocked Froch in the seventh. Froch knocked Groves on his back in the eighth round with a huge right hand and American referee Charlie Fitch waved it off without finishing a count. Time was 2:34.

In an IBF super middleweight eliminator, James “Chunky” DeGale (19-1, 13 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten “Flawless” Brandon Gonzales (18-1-1, 10 KOs). DeGale dropped Gonzales in round four, then got a seemingly quick stoppage with his followup barrage. Time was 2:38.

In an IBF lightweight eliminator, Kevin Mitchell (38-2, 28 KOs) scored a come from behind TKO over previously unbeaten Ghislain Maduma (16-1, 10 KOs). Mitchell scored two knockdowns in the eleventh round to finish a gassed Maduma. The stoppage seemed premature in favor of the British fighter. Time was 2:56. Mitchell made the 135lb division limit at yesterday’s weigh-in, but his overnight weight gain exceeded the IBF limit so he will not get a title shot against IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vasquez.

Former IBF bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (24-2-1, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round KO over Tabtimdaeng Na Rachawat (52-3, 34 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA bantamweight belt. McDonnell broke down Rachawat and finished him with a left hook to the head. Time was 2:00.

Unbeaten Olympian gold medalist Anthony Joshua (6-0, 6 KOs) annihilated Matt Legg (7-3, 3 KOs) in 83 seconds of a heavyweight contest.



May 31st, 2014

UFC

UFN Berlin Final: At Last, the Real Mousasi Arrives, Subs Munoz

This was the Gegard Mousasi UFC fans were waiting for. A little over a year after his Octagon debut, the international star showed Saturday at the O2 World Arena in Berlin why he has long been one of the best fighters in the game, showing off a complete mixed martial arts attack before submitting Mark Munoz in the first round . . . Click here for more

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IT’S FIGHT DAY! UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MIOCIC VS. MALDONADO is live on FOX SPORTS 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from San Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more
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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

verdejo_streetfair300Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix Verdejo was mobbed by adoring fans today at a Bronx street festival in advance of his fight next Saturday, June 7, at Madison Square Garden which will be telecast by WAPA 2 in Puerto Rico and WAPA America in the USA.

Renowned boxing legends and International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes will participate in an exclusive, live discussion at the Turning Stone Resort Casino Showroom on Wednesday, June 4, at 6:00 p.m. “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes,” will feature an open dialogue between the two ex-champions as they reflect on their remarkable boxing careers, and take questions from the audience. Longtime sports columnist for the Syracuse Post-Standard and Syracuse.com, Bud Poliquin, will serve as moderator. The event is free and open to the public.



May 31st, 2014

UFC

UFN Berlin Prelims: Sergeant Hein Delivers the Goods

German fans got a treat in UFC Fight Night prelim action at the O2 World Arena in Berlin Saturday, as one of their own, Cologne newcomer “Sergeant” Nick Hein, lived up to expectations with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over fellow lightweight prospect Drew Dober . . . Click here for more

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IT’S FIGHT DAY! Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass TODAY at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MIOCIC VS. MALDONADO is live on FOX SPORTS 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from San Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more
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Coming up next:  UFC FIGHT NIGHT: HENDERSON VS. KHABILOV is live on FOX SPORTS 1 on Saturday, June 7 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from Albuquerque, N.M. . . . Click here for more 



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Featherweight Fury Results: Donaire defeats Vetyeka, Walters KOs Darchinyan in 5, Gradovich retains IBF title

By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Top Rank’s “Featherweight Fury” card on Saturday at the Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China, featured three world featherweight title fights. In the main event, multi-division former world champion Nonito “Filipino Flash” Donaire (33-2, 21 KOs) won a fourth round technical decision to dethrone WBA featherweight “super” champion Simpiwe “V12″ Vetyeka (26-3, 15 KOs). Donaire was cut over the left eye by an accidental headbutt at the end of round one. Another headbutt bothered Donaire in round two. Donaire staggered Vetyeka in round three but the champion recovered. Vetyeka came out aggressively in round four, but Donaire floored Vetyaka with a left hook. The fight was then stopped after round four. All three judges had it 49-46 for Donaire. After the fight, the newly crowned world champion Donaire promised Vetyeka a rematch.

Unbeaten WBA featherweight “regular” champ Nicholas “Axeman” Walters (24-0, 20 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round KO over 38-year-old multi-division former world champion “Raging Bull” Vic Darchinyan (39-7-1, 28 KOs). Walters dropped Darchinyan with an uppercut in round two. Darchinyan had difficulty getting past Walters’ defense. Walters again dropped Darchinyan in round five and then laid him out moments later. Time was 2:22.

IBF featherweight champ Egveny “The Mexican Russian” Gradovich (18-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Miskirtchian (24-2-1, 9 KOs). Miskirtchian dropped Gradovich with a jab in round six, but Gradovich did more to win by scores of 117-110, 117-110, 118-110. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Slugfest At The Salon Madrid

By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas

On a typical spring night as weather changes quickly from sunny to rainy and back again, like the ebb and flow of a fight, Airtight Boxing and Steve Mestas brought boxing to The Salon Madrid Event Center in Commerce City, just north of Denver.

Armando Rodriguez and Fransisco Lopez battle in Colorado’s fight of the year thus far. Kirstie Simmons shines in her victory. Manny Perez and Giovanni Merceron throw friendship out the window, entertain the crowd. Donald Cobb debuts in fashion. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Boxing Result

Harrison Rolls, Executes McKart in 92 Seconds

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

One right uppercut from middleweight Tony Harrison and it was all over. Bronco McKart said he got hit behind the ear and never recovered. McKart may have thought his ear was on the underside of his chin for all that his head was buzzing; he shook his head after that first knockdown and made his way to the ring’s far corner before engaging. Within seconds, he was on the floor again, this time from a left and a right. Another exchange and a perfectly-thrown straight right from Harrison pitched McKart forward to the canvas and referee Sam Williams waved the fight off with Michigan’s three-knockdown rule.

Steadily dancing while waiting nervously for the opening bell, Harrison responded to a taunt from a ringside heckler: “Put your money where your mouth is. How much you want to bet?” But those pent-up nerves seemed to abate with the ringing of the bell, as McKart rushed forward; Harrison allowed himself to be pinioned into a corner before re-setting and getting to work. That right uppercut between the McKart earmuffs and the fight was, in effect, over. The knockout was Harrison’s 15th in his 18-0 start; the 43-year-old McKart fell to 56-11-1 and probable retirement. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Webster remains undefeated

Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Six-foot-four-inch, super middleweight southpaw Derrick Webster remained undefeated Friday night with a 6-round unanimous decision over Michael Gbenga in the last-minute main event at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in South Philadelphia. Webster’s bout was elevated to the feature slot when the scheduled main event between middleweights Derek Ennis and Lester Gonzalez was scratched on fight night due to a dispute over Ennis’ purse.

With the main bout suddenly off, all eyes fell on Webster to close the show. The lanky Glassboro, NJ fighter won clearly and improved his spotless record to 17-0, 8 KOs, but the fight itself was a bit dreary.

Webster used his size well against the pressure-fighting Gbenga. Derrick took his time to warm up, and carefully boxed while Gbenga pressed the action. However, the fighter from Ghana, whose 19 career wins all came via knockout, could not get close enough to try for the upset. He tried over and over again to bring the fight to the inside, but this was classic bull versus matador, with the matador holding all the cards. (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Top Rank announces new weekly boxing TV program for mainland China

Top Rank, SECA and Sands China Ltd., who have been building the growth of boxing in the People’s Republic of China by producing and promoting five world championship events in Macao over the past 13 months, announced their latest joint venture at a press conference Saturday at The Venetian Macao. The project, a weekly one-hour television programme titled “Fist Power – Fight to Win,” is scheduled to debut in July. “Fist Power” will be broadcast throughout China via regional channels in major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.

“Top Rank is delighted that together with our partners – SECA and Sands China – we are able to take this step to further popularise boxing in the great country of China,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “None of this would have been possible without the role of Ed Tracy, CEO of Sands China Ltd., who sparked this venture, and the encouragement and direction of the Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the legendary Sheldon Adelson.” (more…)



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Tickets On Sale Now for July 19 Macao card

Early Bird Discount – Three Days Only

Two-time Chinese Olympic gold medallist and national icon Zou Shiming and undefeated unified junior featherweight world champion and Cuban sensation Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux will headline Champions of Gold – world championship boxing’s return to The The Venetian Macao’s Cotai Arena. Promoted by Top Rank and Sands China Ltd., in association with Tecate, PS4, Caribe Promotions and Foreman Boys Promotions, Champions of Gold will take place Saturday, July 19. Rigondeaux will be defending his titles against top-five contender and two-time world title challenger Sod Looknongyantoy of Thailand. The undercard will feature former three-time world champion Brian Viloria, undefeated NABF/NABO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, 2012 Russian Olympic gold medallist Egor Mekhontsev, plus local favorites Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso, Ik Yang and “The Macao Kid” Ng Kuok Kun, each in separate bouts.

Tickets for “Champions of Gold” are on sale now and can be purchased via Cotai Ticketing, prices start at HKD/MOP 80, with ferry and hotel packages also available. Featherweight Fury ticketholders will want to act fast to take advantage of a 30% early bird discount, available for three days only, until June 2 (HKD/MOP 80 tickets excluded).



May 31st, 2014

UFC

Hunt vs. Nelson set for Japan in September

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® organization is making its highly anticipated return to Japan, a land revered for its rich martial arts heritage, on September 21, 2014. The UFC® and the Saitama Super Arena will again play host to an exciting evening of mixed martial arts action with UFC® FIGHT NIGHT TOKYO: HUNT vs. NELSON, headlined by international mixed martial arts heavy hitters Mark Hunt and Roy Nelson . . . Click here for more

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IT’S FIGHT DAY!

Coming up next: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MUNOZ VS. MOUSASI is live on UFC Fight Pass TODAY at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT from Berlin, Germany . . . Click here for more info

UFC FIGHT NIGHT: MIOCIC VS. MALDONADO is live on FOX SPORTS 1 TONIGHT at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT from San Paulo, Brazil . . . Click here for more



May 31st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Las Vegas

By Butch Gottlieb
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

From the newly renovated Tropicana Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for Saturday’s HBO2 and HBO Latino televised bouts presented by Sampson Boxing and Di Bella Entertainment.

Javier Fortuna 130.5 vs. Juan Antonio Rodriguez 129.5
Luis Rosa 121.5 vs. Luis Orlando Del Valle 121.5
Sergio Mora 159 vs Samuel Rogers 158
Jesus Gutierrez 136.5 vs. Pablo Becerra 136
Rocco Santomauro 120.5 vs. Daniel Quevedo 121
Donte Strayhorn 136 vs. Joaquin Chavez 136.5

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May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Mohegan Sun

Listed below are weights for all of the participants in tomorrow night’s CES boxing card at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

Hank Lundy 138 vs. Pipino Cuevas Jr. 138.5
Lakeysha Williams 122.5 vs. Shelito Vincent 122.75
Jimmy Williams 152.25 vs. Christian Lao 152
Althea Saunders 140.5 vs. Aleksandra Magdziak-Lopes 144.25
Kevin Cobbs 183 vs. Willis Lockett 189
Ethan Pena 153 vs. Joe Wilson 151.5



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Cuadras, Rungvisai make weight

By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez

Carlos Cuadras 114.60 vs Srisaket Sor Rungvisai 114.60
(WBC super flyweight world title)

Irma García 117.70 vs Honey Mae Bermoy 116.20
(WBC female bantamweight title eliminator)

Pedro Guevara 107.70 vs Armando Torres 107.70

Venue: Sala de Armas, Ciudad Deportiva Magdalena Mixhiuca, Mexico City
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa photos



May 30th, 2014

Boxing News

Dolton injured, Ibarra steps in against Centeno

Undefeated Domonique Dolton suffered a hand injury in training and has been forced to withdraw from his fight with Hugo “The Boss” Centeno Jr. next Friday, June 6, on Showtime from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Undefeated Houston, Texas’ Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra will take Dolton’s place. Ibarra (14-0, 8 KOs), a 5-foot-9, 23-year-old boxer-puncher, is taking a huge leap in class for this, his first major opportunity as a professional. He is coming off a shutout, eight-round decision victory over William Johnson last Feb. 15.



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