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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

WBC closes 52nd annual convention

Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman A busy final day of topics took place in Las Vegas today at the Mirage Hotel ...

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Stevenson, Sukhotskiy make weight

Stevenson, Sukhotskiy make weight

Photos: Amanda Kwok/SHOWTIME Adonis Stevenson 174.5 vs. Dmitry Sukhotskiy 173.5 (WBC light heavyweight world championship) Jo Jo Dan 146.75 vs. Kevin Bizier 146.75 (IBF welterweight title ...

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WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

WBC Convention Day 3: Mandatory Defenses

Report and photos: Boxing Bob Newman Day 3 of the 52nd annual WBC convention in Las Vegas commenced with a jam-packed mandatory defenses ...

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Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Ruiz-Liakhovich ready to close 2014 with a bang

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Undefeated heavyweight Andy "The Destroyer" Ruiz takes on former WBO heavyweight champion, Siarhei Liakhovich in the ...

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Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Triple crown in Puerto Rico this Saturday

Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best World boxing is back to Puerto Rico this Saturday, December 20, with Triple Crown presented by DIRECTV ...

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WBC closes 52nd annual convention

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Review of three interesting scorecards

By Miguel Maravilla

An interesting night of scoring in all three HBO-televised bouts on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Opening the show, Jose Benavidez Jr. won the WBA interim jr welterweight title from Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera in a bout many felt Herrera did enough to win. All three judges had Benavidez winning handily. Max DeLuca and Eric Cheek had it 8-4 in rounds for Benavidez, while Dave Moretti had it 9-3 for the challenger.

In the second bout, Andy Lee was behind on all three scorecards before stopping Matt Korobov to claim the vacant WBO middleweight title formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title (and a $1.4 million payday) as a favor to his advisor Al Haymon. Judges Don Trella and Tim Cheatham had Korobov ahead 5-0 in rounds, while Dick Houck had Korobov ahead 3-2 before Lee ended the bout suddenly and dramatically.

In the main event, the prevailing view at ringside was that Timothy Bradley won clearly despite a game effort by Diego Chaves. Not so, according to judge Julie Lederman who had Chaves ahead 8-4 in rounds. Judge Craig Metcalfe scored it 6-6 in rounds, awarding Chaves the last four rounds to pull even at the end. Judge Burt Clements saw the bout 7-5 in rounds for Bradley.

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December 14th, 2014



Boxing News

Caparello wins in comeback fight; WBO #15 Dunn halts Ramallo

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world light heavyweight challenger Blake Caparello (20-1-1, 6 KOs) scored a ten round decision over Argentina’s Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (15-4, 6 KOs) at the Melbourne Pavilion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Caparello was coming off a second round loss to WBO light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev after having the champion on the canvas in round one in August. Caparello defeated former world rated American’s Elvir Muriqi in 2014 and Allan Green in 2013.

On the same night, WBO #15 super middleweight Zac Dunn (16-0, 14 KOs) stopped Argentina’s Ricardo Marcelo Ramallo (16-6-1, 11 KOs) in seven rounds of scheduled twelve round WBO Oriental title bout at the Royal Exibition Building at Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Ramallo was coming off win over Juan Damian Alvarez in October and had lost to IBF #1 Hassan N’Dam N’Jkam in February. Promoter Barry Michael, the former IBF 130 pound champion, said “Zac Dunn has the skills and power to reach the top in boxing. He reminds me of former world super middleweight champion Michel Kessler.”



December 14th, 2014


UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Post-Fight

In one of the best fights in recent history in the heavyweight division, Junior Dos Santos won a unianimous decision over Stipe Miocic in a five-round war . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Kell Brook says he wants to hurt Amir Khan

By James Slater

Amir Khan certainly lived up to his “King” nickname last night in Las Vegas, all but shutting out Devon Alexander over 12 hugely impressive rounds. And, as Khan has stated before many times, he wants that massive fight with the pound-for-pound number-one, Floyd Mayweather Junior. Khan, now 2-0 as a welterweight and fully showing the benefits of the hard work he has put in with ace trainer Virgil Hunter, says he hopes for a huge 2015 after having closed out 2014 “with a bang.”

Of course, Mayweather has come out and called out the fellow superstar all boxing fans have wanted him to fight for the longest time, in Manny Pacquiao, and this could leave Khan out in the cold as far as the mega-fight is concerned. But there are plenty of other big options for Khan – including a domestic super-fight with current IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook.

Unbeaten Brook was a studio guest in the Sky Sports studios to call Khan-Alexander, and though he was impressed with Khan’s performance, he doesn’t think his would-be rival deserves a shot at “Money.” (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan-Alexander post fight presser quotes

By Boxing Bob Newman

Several of the fighters from the televised portion of Golden Boy’s “Royal Battle” show appeared and spoke at the post fight presser. Abner Mares, Leonard Bundu, Keith Thurman and Amir Khan all gave their thoughts on their fights as well as answered questions from the assembled media.

Oscar: I know that Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight the fans want, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t then Amir is the fight Floyd HAS to make.

Amir Khan: I fought my game plan tonight. Devon is a good fighter. He beat Maidana easily and Maidana gave Floyd a tough fight. I just beat Devon easily. Virgil Hunter has made me a more complete fighter. I don’t stand there to get hit any more. I believe I’m the best fighter in the world. I know the fans want Mayweather-Pacquiao, But I have the style and speed to beat Floyd. If the fight can’t be made for May, I’m sure Oscar will make the right plans for me.

Oscar de la Hoya: You saw a great fighter tonight in Amir Khan. The welterweight division is the best division in boxing right now. The top three guys are Pacquiao, Mayweather and Khan. I know that Mayweather-Pacquiao is the fight the fans want, but I honestly don’t think it’s going to happen. If it doesn’t then Amir is the fight Floyd HAS to make. Where else is he gonna go? Amir’s only getting better. Thank you for coming and Merry Christmas!

Keith Thurman: Everybody thinks of me since my amateur days as a knockout artist. But I want to be a complete fighter, a smart fighter. You can’t knock everybody out. I fought my game plan and won every round. It’s called “Boxing” first! (Giving his thoughts on the Khan-Alexander fight)- Khan fought a smart fight. He stuck to his game plan. I would love to fight him in 2015. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Stiverne-Wilder officially announced

The most significant heavyweight matchup in the United States in years between WBC heavyweight champion Bermane Stiverne (24-1-1, 21 KOs) and mandatory challenger Deontay Wilder (32-0, 32 KOs) was formally announced on Saturday night. The bout takes place on Saturday, January 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised by Showtime. The event is co-promoted by Don King Productions and Golden Boy Promotions and will feature undefeated WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo Santa Cruz (28-0-1, 16 KOs) defending his belt against a challenger to be announced. Ticket information for the event will be announced shortly. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley-Chaves ends in draw

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In an entertaining fight, former world champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (30-1-1, 12 KOs) and former interim world champion Diego “La Joya” Chaves (23-2-1, 19 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Chaves came out throwing bombs, but hit mostly air. Two unintentional headbutts in round two left both fighters cut. More meaningful punches were landed by Bradley although Chaves had his moments also. Judge Julie Letterman scored the fight 116-112 for Chaves, Burt Clements scored it 115-113 for Bradley, and Craig Metcalfe scored it even 114-114.

“I thought I won eight rounds,” said Bradley. “We clashed heads right away I feel I may have a fracture in my left cheekbone.”

Chaves commented, “I thought it was a close fight. I thought I won the fight. I am not surprised what happened in the score.”

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December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Khan schools Alexander, wants Mayweather

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

In a welterweight clash between former world champions, Amir Khan (30-3, 19 KOs) pitched a twelve round near shutout over Devon Alexander “The Great” (26-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Khan was quicker and more accurate, never deviating from his game plan. He methodically outjabbed and outboxed Alexander, who was never really in the fight. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 120-108.

“I believe I have earned my shot against Floyd Mayweather,” said Khan afterward. “It would be huge and I would walk out with the belt…I think it was one of my best performances. I’m the best boxer with the quickest hands in the world. I’m getting better.” (more…)



December 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Oquendo Files Lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan over July WBA title fight against Chagaev

Fres Oquendo has filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Manhattan against Hamburg-based promoter Terek Box Event seeking damages of $5 million and an injunction to prevent the promoter from promoting Ruslan Chagaev in any bouts until it first gives Oquendo the rematch he was promised. On July 6, 2014 in Grozny Chechnya, Oquendo fought Chagaev for the vacant WBA regular World Heavyweight Title that became vacant after Wladimir Klitschko defeated Alexander Povetkin in October 2013. Chagaev, the home town favorite and adopted son of President Kadyrov, was awarded a majority decision with one judge ruling the fight a draw and the other two judges finding for Chagaev by only one round. (more…)



December 14th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Main: Dos Santos Survives Miocic, Wins Five-Round War

Junior Dos Santos may not hold a heavyweight title belt anymore, but he fought with the heart of a champion Saturday night at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, surviving a spirited effort from Stipe Miocic to fight his way out of an early hole and win a punishing five-round unanimous decision . . . click here for more

Also see: RDA rolls, shuts out Diaz

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Lee wins WBO middleweight belt, Benavidez dethrones Herrera at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Middleweight Andy Lee (34-2, 23 KOs) scored a sudden sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Olympian Matt Korobov (24-1, 13 KOs) to claim the WBO middleweight belt formerly held by Peter Quillin, who relinquished the title rather than to face Korobov. The close fight ended abruptly after Lee rocked Korobov with a right hook and then got the stoppage from Kenny Bayless with a barrage of punches. Lee was behind on all three scorecards before the TKO win.

WBA interim jr welterweight champion Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (21-5, 7 KOs) was surprisingly dethroned by Jose Benavidez Jr. (22-0, 15 KOs). Herrera outboxed Benavidez early, but the challenger adjusted his tactics and turned the tables. In the end, it was Benevidez prevailing by scores of 116-112, 116-112, 117-111, raising some eyebrows at ringside. A scoring controversy for the second time this week in a WBA interim title fight. (more…)



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Casimero destroys Santos in IBF flyweight eliminator

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former IBF jr flyweight champion and #3 rated John Riel “Cuadro Alas” Casimero (21-2, 13 KOs) destroyed IBF #4 Armando “Cobra” Santos (14-4-1, 8 KOs) in two rounds to win an IBF flyweight world title eliminator on Saturday night at the Salon Las Palmas in Monterrey, Mexico. Casimero dropped local favorite Santos in round one and finished the job in round two. The Filipino star is now in line to face IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand.

Also, 2008 Mexican Olympian jr lightweight Francisco “Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 15 KOs) knocked out veteran Genaro “Duro” Camargo (44-18, 34 KOs) in round two.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Thurman outpoints Bundu, Mares crushes Ramirez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas

Charlo Bros, Spence, Ortiz, Shumenov, Kamegai also victorious

By Boxing Bob Newman and Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

WBA interim welterweight world champion Keith “One Time” Thurman (24-0, 21 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Leonard Bundu (31-1-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Thurman dropped the 40-year-old Bundu in the first 30 seconds of round one with a left hook, then settled into a long technical fight with the unorthodox Bundu. Scores were 120-107 on all cards in a very unThurman-like fight. “Bundu was smart, he came to not get KO’d. It was hard to time him, but I was patient. It was a great learning experience,” said Thurman afterward.

Former three division world champion Abner Mares (28-1-1, 14 KOs) laid a beating featherweight contender Jose Ramirez (25-5, 15 KOs). Mares dropped Ramirez in rounds one, three and five, and Ramirez’ corner halted the bout after the fifth round.

Undefeated junior middleweight Jermall Charlo (20-0, scored a third round KO over Lenny Bottai (2293, 9 KOs). A left hook sent Bottai to the deck at :38. Full details



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo, Hart demolish opponents in Philadelphia

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Villa / Top Rank

The star of unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo continued to shine brightly on Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Verdejo dominated then stopped Karim El Ouazghari (16-6, 4 KOs) in every round before overwhelming his outgunned opponent in round four to move his record to 16-0 with 12 KOs.

Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hardwork” Hart (16-0, 13 KOs) won by TKO over Samuel Miller (28-10, 25 KOs) at 2:07 of round two in a short but exciting fight.

Unbeaten welterweight Julian “Hammer Hands” Rodriguez (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular second round demolition of Randy Fuentes (4-4-1, 0 KOs). Fuentes down four times in all.

Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (14-0, 9 KOs) pummeled Camilo Perez (9-3, 4 KOs) for eight rounds en route to an 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 unanimous decision.

Unbeaten middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” Lamanna (16-0, 7 KOs) outpointed Gilbert Sanchez (4-7, 2 KOs) over six rounds.

Full report and photos



December 13th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Phoenix Prelims: Jedrzejczyk Stuns Gadelha

In a grueling and exciting clash of unbeaten strawweights, Poland’s Joanna Jedrzejczyk made her case for a shot at newly-crowned champion Carla Esparza, taking a closely-contested three-round split decision over highly-touted Claudia Gadelha in UFC Fight Night prelim action at US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: FIGHT NIGHT BARUERI airs on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, December 20 at 10 PM ET/7 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Vetyeka wins WBA featherweight international title

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Simpiwe Vetyeka outpointed Mexico’s Arturo Santos Reyes over 12 rounds to win the vacant WBA international featherweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Vetyeka was in control throughout the twelve rounds against the gutsy Reyes in a one-sided fight. The scores were 120.5-108.50, 119.50-112.50 and 119-109 in terms of the new half point system being tried out by the WBA.

On the same card South Africa’s Luzuko Siyo lost his IBO Intercontinental junior flyweight title when he was oupointed by Raymond Tabugon from the Philippines. Siyo was sent down in the last round and just managed to survive to the bell. The scores of 116-110, 115-112 and 115-111 were not a true reflection of the fight as the Filipino dominated throughout the 12 rounds.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Shumenov comments on move up to cruiserweight

By Boxing Bob Newman

A victorious Beibut Shumenov took a few moments to speak directly to Fightnews.com about his new weight class, new trainer and his future:

“I walk around at 230 lbs. For seven years I was struggling and making my body suffer. For the Enrique Ornelas fight, I had to lose 55 lbs. I was in the hospital for a week afterward having trouble with my vision from the dehydration. I had to lose 10 lbs. the day of the weigh ins for Hopkins. I am more comfortable at 200 lbs. My new trainer Ismael Salas is from the Cuban system. I came from the old Soviet Union system. Those are very similar so this is a good match for me as far as training. My goal is to be a two-division champion. I’ll never be a heavyweight, I’m not big enough. Early next year I want any of the cruiserweight champions.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Skoglund gets dubious decision against Johnson

Unbeaten light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (22-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Glen Johnson (54-20-2, 37 KOs) on Saturday night at the MusikTeatret in Albertslund, Denmark. The scores of 97-93, 98-92, 97-93 were not representative of the fight as the 45-year-old “Road Warrior” gave the 23-year-old house fighter more than he could handle but once again came up on the short end of judges’ scores.

Also, unbeaten cruiserweight Micki Nielsen (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a unanimous points victory over Gusmyr Perdomo (21-5, 14 KOs) 99-91, 100-90 and 100-90. His middleweight brother Patrick Nielsen (23-1, 11 KOs) outscored Lukasz Wawrzyczek (20-3-2, 3 KOs) over ten 100-90, 98-93, 99-91.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Olympic gold medalist Usyk still unbeaten

Unbeaten Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Usyk (6-0, 6 KOs) continued his reign of terror in the cruiserweight division with a ninth round TKO over tough South African Danie Venter (19-7, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport Palace in Kiev, Ukraine. The bout was waved off when Usyk battered Venter to the deck.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara targets Mayweather after beating Smith

Erislandy ‘The American Dream’ Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) retained his WBA super welterweight world championship with a convincing 12-round unanimous decision victory over Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) on Friday night from The Illusions Theater at The Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. “I’m an experienced fighter and I know how to read my opponent,” said Lara after the fight. “I read Ishe in the first round and I set up my game plan. His body work didn’t affect me. I trained hard with Jack [Edward Jackson] and Ronnie [Shields]. He tried to break my concentration with his cheap tactics and dances, but I know how to control myself. I can control my impulses and I don’t let anything get in the way.”

And for his future plans? “I want Floyd for my next fight,” stated Lara. “He’s the best pound-for-pound, and I want to find the best. I already beat Canelo and everybody else in the division.”

For his part, Smith, who is a Mayweather Promotions fighter, commented “I did what I had to do, we had a great camp and I went out there and let it hang. You win some you lose some. That’s life. Floyd told me to keep my head up and that he’s proud of me.”

The fight was televised on Showtime.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Thailand

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos by Johnny Chaichotchuang

IBF #15 jnr flyweight Fahlan Sakkreerin (26-3-1) was impressive in scoring a one sided twelve round decision over Filipino, Armando Dela Cruz (25-14-3) at the Thonburi University Banglok, Thailand on Friday to capture the vacant IBF Asia title. Scores 117-110,117-110,117-110.Sakkreerin is the son of former IBF 105 pound champion Fahlan Sakkreerin Snr.

Japanese IBF#9 light middleweight Takayuki Hosokawa (26-10-3) bombed out Indonesian, Moses Seran (24-19) in round one of scheduled twelve to capture the IBF Asia title. (more…)



December 13th, 2014

UFC

The Ultimate Fighter Post-Fight

Seven fighters joined UFC president Dana White at the Ultimate Fighter: A Champion Will Be Crowned Finale post-fight press conference: Joanne Calderwood, Jessica Penne, Yancy Medeiros, Felice Herrig, Charles Oliveira, Rose Namajunas, and new 115-lb. champion Carla Esparza . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: TONIGHT, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Komanisi to make first defense of IBO belt

By Ron Jackson

Lusanda Komanisi makes the first defense of his IBO featherweight belt when he goes in against Filipino Roli Gasca at the Orient Theatre on Monday night. The 25-year-old Kominisi 17-3; 16 who was born in Mthatha won the vacant IBO belt on July 18 this year when he stopped the big punching Macbute Sinyabi in the fifth round. (more…)



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Lovemore Ndou interview

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou calls out WBC #4, IBF #11 Anthony Mundine and discounts his best victories over Shane Mosley and Sergey Rabchenko but says Joshua Clottey exposed the controversial Australian 154-pounder. Ndou also laughs at Roy Jones Jr’s comments about Mundine having the skills to give Floyd Mayweather Jr a difficult fight and asks Mundine’s promoter Brian Amatruda to give him a call regarding a possible Mundine vs. Ndou fight. “You know my number Brian.” The Australia-based South African lawyer Ndou also encourages young boxers to plan for the future and strive for a good education.



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Vargas headlines in Montreal tonight

Colombian-born, Toronto welterweight Samuel Vargas (19-1-1, 9KOs) takes on Flavio Turelli (10-7-2, 1 KO) of Switzerland tonight at an elegant Black Tie affair to be hosted by the Club de boxe de l’est, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The bout is a scheduled for 10 rounds main event at a contracted weight of 152lbs. Vargas is the current light middleweight NABA Canadian champion but ultimately is looking to contend in the welterweight division. (more…)



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Warren-Gallo ends in no contest

By Craig Wick at ringside

‘Warriors Boxing’ presented Chicago area fight fans with an early Christmas gift Friday in the form of a marathon, twelve-bout card which took place at the UIC Pavilion, located a stone’s throw away from gorgeous, downtown Chicago. The “Holiday Boxing Bash,” headlined by former 3-time Olympian, Rau’shee Warren, also included prospects Jordan Shimmell, Thomas Williams, and Robert Easter, undefeated Polish prospect Patryk Szymanski, as well as talented local fighters Jose Quezada and Eddie Ramirez. Throw in a comebacking Ronald Hearns, the son of Detroit’s legendary Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, and you literally something under the tree for every fan turning out.

Unfortunately, those turning out to see the boxing prowess and technical skills of the main event headliner were no doubt disappointed by the bouts abbreviated conclusion. In what was a scheduled ten round bantamweight feature pitting 2007 world amateur flyweight champion and three-time U.S. Olympian, Rau’shee Warren (12-0-1 NC, 3 KO’s) Cincinnati, OH against veteran Javier Gallo (21-10-1-1 NC, 12 KO’s) Buena Park, CA, a clash of heads less than two minutes into the fight sent both fighters, and fans in attendance, home early. Almost as soon as the bout began, Warren and Gallo both banged heads in ring center, resulting in Gallo dropping to the canvas and writhing in agony. After several minutes, Gallo, who suffered a gash under his left eye as a result of the butt, was helped to his stool and examined by ringside physicians. Several moments later it was announced that due to Gallo’s accidental injury he was unfit to continue and the bout was subsequently declared a ‘No Contest.’ (more…)



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Lara outpoints Smith to retain WBA 154lb belt

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

WBA super welterweight champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (20-2-2, 12 KOs) scored a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over former IBF jr middleweight beltholder Ishe “Sugar Shay” Smith (26-7, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. All night long Lara’s speed, movement and accurate punching frustrated Smith who unable to initiate exchanges. In the end, scores were 119-109, 119-109, 117-111.

Super middleweight contender Badou Jack “The Ripper” (18-1, 11 KOs) scored a dominating sixth round TKO over Francisco “Panchito” Sierra (26-8-1, 23 KOs). Jack hurtSierra with a body shot in round four, but Sierra toughed it out without going down. The end came in round six when the overwhelmed Sierra spit out his mouthpiece, prompting referee Rafael Ramos to wave off the one-sided affair at the 1:58 mark. (more…)



December 13th, 2014

UFC

TUF Finale 20 Main: Esparza Wins Strawweight Crown

The number one seed on season 20 of The Ultimate Fighter, Carla Esparza, remained the best 115-pounder on the planet Friday night at the Palms in Las Vegas, Nevada, and now she has the hardware to prove it, as she submitted Rose Namajunas in the third round to become the UFC’s first strawweight champion . . . click here for more

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COMING UP NEXT: On Saturday, Dec. 13, on FOX, UFC FIGHT NIGHT PHOENIX airs at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather: Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years!!!

Photos: Stephanie Trapp / SHOWTIME

WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight unified champion Floyd Mayweather Jr spoke to Showtime’s Steve Farhood about the possibility of finally facing WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

“I’d love to fight Manny Pacquiao,” stated Floyd. “We tried to make the fight happen years ago. We had problems with random blood and urine testing. Like I said, I just want to be on an even playing field. Now he’s in a very, very tight situation, he’s lost to Marquez, he’s lost to Bradley, pay-per-view numbers are down extremely low, so he’s desperate. I’ve been wanting that fight a long time ago and I’m just waiting on them. Of course, we have to make the fight on Showtime Pay-Per-View because Showtime Championship Boxing is number one and will remain number one and I’m here to stay.

“Floyd Mayweather is not ducking or dodging any opponent. Bob Arum is stopping the fight. We have been trying to make this fight happen behind the scenes for years now, but the fans and the people have been fooled because they have been listening to people on just one side. Now it’s time for us to talk. We want to fight. We’re ready. Let’s make it happen May 2nd, Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it!

“I know that he’s not on my level. The fans would love to see the fight and, of course, I want to go out with a bang, so let’s make this fight happen. Manny Pacquiao, Bob Arum, you guys have been ducking us for years. We’re tired of you guys fooling the public, fooling the critics. Before we tried to make the fight happen, you guys didn’t want to take random blood and urine testing so that’s why the fight didn’t happen. I offered you $40 million, then you didn’t want to make the fight happen. You lost twice, now you’re coming back begging for the same money. That’s not going to happen. Let’s make this fight happen for the people and for the fans, Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, May 2nd, ‘Cinco de Mayweather!'”



December 13th, 2014

Boxing News

WBA #9 Bennett stops Yongyuthgym

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBA #9, WBO #10 light welterweight Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (33-4-3, 25 KOs) stopped Padjai Yongyuthgym (18-2-2, 12 KOs) in round four of a scheduled twelve round bout at West’s New Lambton Club, Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Friday. Bennett was in control of the bout from round one and in round four dropped the Thai with a barrage of head punches. Referee John Gauchi crowned Bennett to save Yongyuthgym from further punishment.

The Aussie 140 pounder has boxed successfully in the USA stopping Ben Ankrah in three rounds in Las Vegas in 2013 and in 2009 outscored Gary Bergeron over eight rounds in Ontario, California. Bennett is scheduled to challenge for IBO light welterweight title in Newcastle in February 2015.



December 12th, 2014

UFC

TUF Finale 20 Prelims: Herrig Wins Ground War Over Ellis

The Ultimate Fighter 20’s Felice Herrig lived up her nickname “Lil’ Bulldog” in her UFC debut at The Palms in Las Vegas, using a tenacious ground attack to submit her castmate from the reality show, Lisa Ellis, in the second round . . . click here for more

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December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Mexico

Armando Santos 111.5 vs. John Riel Casimero 112
(IBF flyweight eliminator)

Francisco Vargas 132.3 vs. Genaro Camargo 131.2
Robert Manzanarez 136.6 vs. Hector Velazquez 136.6
Zulina Munoz 116.6 vs. Olga Julio 115.7
Magali Rodriguez 121.9 vs. Maria Elena Villalobos 121.
Adan Mares 131.1 vs. Miguel Angel Gonzalez 131.1
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr 123 vs. Gonzalo Garcia 122.6
Oscar Riojas 168.4 vs. Josue Castaneda 164.6
Angel Monrreal 129 vs. Rogelio Lopez 130
Antonio Gutierrez 159.8 vs. Erick Mireles 159.5

Venue: Salon Las Palmas, Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FOX Deportes



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Thurman: I’m looking forward to destroying Mr. Floyd “Money” Mayweather

By Karl Freitag

After his weigh-in on Friday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, WBA interim welterweight champion Keith “One Time” Thurman lashed out at WBA/WBC unified welterweight champ Floyd Mayweather. “Floyd is supposed to be TBE (the best ever) and I want to fight the best,” proclaimed Thurman. “I want to fight the man. It ain’t like Floyd’s gonna knock me out. When has Floyd knocked ANYBODY out in the past several years? So if anybody should be scared it should be him. If anything I’m gonna do, I’m going to get a great learning experience in my career. And to be honest, I’m looking forward to destroying Mr. Floyd “Money” Mayweather. I have a motto: “Burn Money.” In 2015 we’re getting ready to burn Money!”

Before getting to Floyd, however, Thurman must first defend his belt against unbeaten Leonard Bundu tomorrow night.



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Philadelphia

Felix Verdejo 134.4 vs. Karim El Ouazghari 134.5
Jesse Hart 168.7 vs. Samuel Miller 167.3
Toka Khan Clary 127 vs. Camilo Perez 127.6
Julian Rodriguez 141.3 vs. Randy Fuentes 146.6
Thomas LaManna 158 vs. Gilbert Sanchez 156.5
Chris Diaz 126 vs. Jazzma Hogue 126
George Arias 221.5 vs. Randy Easton 229.5
Nathaniel Rivas 147 vs. Juan Rodriguez 144.5
Fred Jenkins Jr. 155.75 vs. James Robinson 151

Venue: 2300 Arena, Philadelphia
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: UniMas



December 12th, 2014

Boxing News

Bradley, Chaves, Korobov, Lee, Herrera, Benevidez all make weight

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Timothy Bradley 145.8 vs. Diego Chaves 146.5
Matt Korobov 159.4 vs. Andy Lee 159.8
(vacant WBO middleweight title)
Mauricio Herrera 139.5 vs. Jose Benavidez Jr 138.5
(WBA interim super lightweight title)

Jose Ramirez 140.5 vs. Antonio Arellano 140.5
Mikael Zewski 146.8 vs. Jeremy Bryan 143
Seanie Monaghan 175 vs. Daniel Regi 173.5
Egidijus Kavaliauskas 145.8 vs. Jaime Herrera 147.4
Denis Shafikov 136.4 vs. Miguel Angel Mendoza 136.4
Jantony Ortiz 113.2 vs. Sergio Lopez 116.2

Venue: Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO

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