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Friday night in Fiumicino (Roma), Italy Emanuele Della Rosa (now 35-2, 10 KOs) won the vacant Italian super welterweight title by split decision against Francesco Di Fiore (now 17-11-3, 5 KOs). The scores were 97-93 and 96-94 for Della Rosa and 97-93 for Di Fiore.
On the undercard former European super featherweight champion and WBA N.12 Devis Boschiero (now 36-3-1, 18 KOs) won by TKO (cut) in round two against Oszkar Fiko.
Undefeated super middleweight Alessandro Sinacore (now 10-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round decision against tough Olegs Fedotovs.
Super welterweight Diego Di Luisa (now 2-0, 1 KO) won by first round KO against Hungarian Gabor Feher.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Rai Sport 2 televisived live in Italy.
Dana White loves tension-filled face offs between fighters, but even the UFC President has to concede the continued close proximity of featherweight champion Jose Aldo and top challenger Conor McGregor has reached a boiling point . . . click here for more
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Photo: Laurence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing
Kell Brook says he’s ready to prove he’s an elite level fighter when he defends his IBF world welterweight title against number one mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan tomorrow night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, live on Showtime. Brook is back in action following a rollercoaster ride in the last eight months, ripping the title from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August before a life-threatening attack on holiday in Spain just weeks later. ‘The Special One’ recovered from the attack and was told he would not only walk again but would be able to resume his career, and the Sheffield star has been on fire in the gym knowing that he’s back in the groove and at the top table of the lucrative Welterweight division.
“Every day has been a challenge but we have done it,” said Brook, who scaled 10st 5lbs 9oz at today’s weigh-in. “It’s amazing for me to defend the World title in Sheffield, with Michael Buffer announcing me into the ring, I will be stood there knowing that I was meant to do this and I belong at the elite level. (more…)
Israel Asesanya (3-1, 1 KO), who entered the competition with an 0-1 pro boxing record, won a split decision over Brian “The Beast” Minto (41-9, 26 KOs) in the final of the Super 8 cruiserweight tournament on Saturday night at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. Minto pressed the action, but after three rounds one judge had Minto ahead, one judge had Asesanya ahead and the third judge had it even. The fighters had to go to an extra fourth round to determine the victor and Asesanya got the nod. (more…)
Former world heavyweight champion and WBA #6 rated Shannon Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hungarian Zoltan Petranyi (51-22-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Hotel Sortis in Panama City, Panama. Briggs immediately deducted a point for throwing Petranyi to the canvas. A Briggs body shot then dropped Petrayni. Petrayni then went down from another body shot and the bout was over. Time was 1:52.
After the fight, former cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones entered the ring and challenged Briggs. Briggs said he would give Jones a shot after he fights heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
In a clash between world rated super flyweights, WBO #11 David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over WBO #9 rated super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, Florida. Mexico City’s Carmona dropped local favorite Lozano in round nine en route to a 97-92, 96-93, 95-94 win. Carmona now has a good chance for a world title shot later this year.
Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie (24-12, 12 KOs) retained his British and Commonwealth belts in a grueling battle with younger rival Matty Askin (17-3, 10 KOs) by majority decision on Friday night at the famed York Hall on London, England. Both men had points deducted, Ovill in round five for hitting behind the head, and Askin in round seven and eight for holding. Despite a lot of holding in the fight, both men unloaded big shots on each other, but in a dramatic tenth round it looked like Ovill was about to stop Askin after hurting him with a big right hand, but couldn’t land the finishing blow. Askin fought back and lasted the final two rounds to hear the bell. Scores were 116-109, 115-111, McKenzie, 11-113 Askin.
McKenzie said, “It was a very tough fight and Askin really pushed me to the end. I want the world title fight next to complete my career, WBO Champion Marco Huck is the man that I want.”
Mike Gavronski 162.5 vs. Maurice Louishomme 159
Jeremy McCleary 126.5 vs. Marcello Gallardo 127
Marcelino Pineda 147 vs. Paul Mpendo 145.5
Jason Davis 151 vs. Daryl Gardner 152.5
*Andres Reyes 136 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 134
Sean Gee 143 vs. *Omar Avelar 150
Notes: Andres Reyes and Omar Avelar weighed heavy. Camps came to an undisclosed financial agreement.
Venue: Emerald Queen, Tacoma, WA
Promoter: Halquist Promotions
By Tracy Morin at the scale
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Jhonny Gonzalez 125 vs. Gary Russell Jr. 125.75
(WBC featherweight title)
Jermell Charlo 154.8 vs. Vanes Martirosyan 153
Jermall Charlo 157 vs. Michael Finney 155
J’Leon Love 168* vs. Scott Sigmon 164
Ronald Gavril 167.5 vs. Elvin Ayala 166
Cesar Seda 123.5 vs. Cesar Juarez 122.75
Thomas Hill 153.5 vs. VJeremiah Page 155.25
Levan Ghvamichava 140.25 vs. Sergio Villanueva 139
*Contracted weight was 165.
Venue: Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
Promoter: Goossen Boxing/DiBella Entertainment
According to Golden Boy Promotions, boxer Jhonny Gonzalez and his Mexican promoter Promociones del Pueblo conspired with manager/promoter Al Haymon to violate Golden Boy’s exclusive rights to promote Gonzalez, a bombshell complaint filed today against the fighter and the promotional company contends.
Golden Boy alleges that despite repeated attempts, Gonzalez, Promociones del Pueblo and Haymon repeatedly refused to put on tomorrow night’s fight between Gonzalez and Gary Russell, Jr., until they cut Golden Boy out of the process, clearly violating the agreement between the boxer and promoter.
“Golden Boy’s contract with Jhonny Gonzalez couldn’t be clearer – the company has exclusive promotional rights for two years or four fights, and neither of those milestones has been reached to date,” said Golden Boy Spokesman Stefan Friedman. “Furthermore, the motive behind the defendants adamant and longtime refusal to match Gonzalez with Gary Russell, Jr is now plain for the world to see. We will vigorously fight to ensure our contract is enforced.” (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Juan Francisco Estrada 112 Vs. Rommel Asenjo 111.7
(WBO/WBA flyweight titles)
Miguel Berchelt 130 vs. René González 130
Aarón Herrera 135 vs. Raúl Hinojosa 135.6
Darío Garibay 140 vs. Pedro Campa 140.2
Miguel Herrera 112 vs. Genaro Ríos 112
Moisés Fuentes 115 vs Antonio Hernández 116
Óscar Arjona 135 vs. Cristian Cruz 135
Aarón Rueda 147 vs. Eduardo Pérez 147
Silvia Torres 108 vs Yamile López 108
Abel Rueda 154 vs. Tony Elías Cervantes 154
Venue: Polifórum Zamná, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Promoter: Max Boxing and Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
With a world ranking of #3 by the WBA, #9 by the WBO, and #12 by the WBC, top Russian middleweight sensation Arif Magomedov will make his USA debut this coming Thursday, April 2nd on Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Undefeated at 13-0 with eight knockouts, Magomedov will face a very solid opponent in Gary, Indiana’s Derrick Findley who will bring a strong 21-14 record with 13 knockouts. The Magomedov vs Findley eight round fight is part of a big seven bout boxing card set for Thursday. Only 150 tickets all priced at $55 remain for the show and are available at www.fightcluboc.com.
The WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight unification fight between Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev took another important step when the WBC has ordered a purse bid to take place April 17 in order to determine the promoter of this major event. Initially requested by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) to insure the required time to prepare for a major event like this super fight, the WBC agreed to host the purse bid on Apr. 17 in Mexico.
The winner of this purse bid will have an advantage over the other promoter in terms of determining the date, place and television network for the light heavyweight showdown. Each group will split the bid equally on a 50-50 basis.
Before the Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) vs. Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) rumble can happen, though, both fighters must win their next bout. Stevenson, the Haitian-born Quebecer, has to successfully defend his WBC and The Ring crowns April 4 in Quebec City against Cameroon native Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs), while Kovalev has 90 days to execute a mandatory defense of his IBF belt against Frenchman Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) at a place to be determined. (more…)
WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (31-2, 22 KOs) and Rommel Asenjo (26-3, 20 KOs) faced off at their final press conference in advance of Saturday’s fight at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Turns out Asenjo is quite the Estrada fan.
Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada: “Asenjo is dangerous. A strong boxer who hits hard and is left handed, so we’ll be very careful from the beginning of the fight, but it’s a style that we know and we’ve trained well for.”
Rommel Asenjo: “I am very happy to come to Mexico to fight with someone as iconic in the division as Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada. And in spite of the fact that I received the offer to fight just two weeks ago, I’ve been training since December for a fight that was originally scheduled in South Africa on March 21. All of us who are in boxing and in the flyweight division who “Gallo” Estrada is. He’s a great champion, but in spite of that we have been well prepared. “Gallo” Estrada is my idol. I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to fight him and this is a good opportunity to test how good I am fighting against the best in the world.”
On Thursday evening, March 26, 2015, New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame President Henry Hascup announced their class of inductees for 2015. Among the group is IBF/USBA President Daryl J. Peoples. Peoples joined the world sanctioning organization in 1995 quickly learning all aspects of the business. In 1999 he was appointed the position of Ratings Chairman, and since May of 2010, Peoples has been at the helm of the organization continuing its expansion throughout the world. Under his leadership the IBF has begun to realize their goal of expanding the organizations presence and relationships with new member nations and providing opportunities to as many people in the global boxing community as possible. During the past two years the IBF has fostered relationships with several countries in the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and the European continent. (more…)
Kell Brook 145.6 vs. Jo Jo Dan 146.25
(IBF welterweight championship)
Gavin McDonnell 121 vs. Oleksandr Yegorov 121.5
(Vacant European super bantamweight title)
Adam Etches 159.4 vs. Sergei Khomitsky 159
(IBF International middleweight title)
Frankie Gavin 149.25 vs. Bogdan Mitic 147.1
Kal Yafai 114 vs. Cristofer Rosales 113
Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
Nonito Donaire 122 vs. William Prado 122
(Vacant NABF super bantamweight title)
Donnie Nietes 108 vs. Gilberto Parra 108
(WBO jr flyweight title)
Venue: Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Promotions
Anthony Joshua MBE will face Jason Gavern at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on April 4. Joshua is returning to the ring following a back injury and takes on the colorful American over eight rounds as Matchroom Boxing land in the north east with a bang. The Olympic gold medal hero has blasted out all ten of his professional foes inside three rounds and the 25 year old is itching to get back into the ring after a four month absence.
“I can’t wait to get into the ring in Newcastle,” said Joshua. “It’s been frustrating being out of action but the injury has totally healed up and I will be firing on all cylinders next Saturday. Fans in the north east are mad about sport and I am sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere – I plan to put on a show for them.” (more…)
Yes there is boxing on U.S. Television tonight. The clash between WBO #9 rated super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) and WBO #11 David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) heated up at the weigh in yesterday. The two intensely stared each other down with neither fighter willing to look away until instructed to. Lozano promised that he would knock out Carmona in front his hometown fans while Carmona vowed the opposite. Looks like the best was saved for last in what promises to be a thrilling Telemundo season finale tonight.
Six more fights are schedule. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US and Claro Sports will televise in Latin America. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Shannon Briggs 240 vs. Zoltan Petranyi 230
Juan Huertas 129.75 vs. Freddy Fonseca 129.75
(WBA Fedelatin super featherweight title)
Jelena Mrdjenovich 126 vs. Francia Elena Bravo 125
(WBC female featherweight world title)
Israel Hidrogo 114.25 vs. Gilberto Pedroza 115
(Panama domestic and WBA Fedecaribe super flyweight title)
Kelly Figueroa 138.75 vs. Isaias Valencia 139.75
(WBA Fedecaribe super lightweight title)
Tony Gomez 129.50 vs. Rolando Giono 129.25
John Renteria 139.75 vs. Moises Castro 138
Oldier Landin 121.50 vs. Jilmer Baules 121.50
Ivan Matute 145.75 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 145.50
Darwin Mendoza 114.50 vs. Alexander Armuelles 114.5
Venue: Hotel Sortis, Panama City, Panama
Promoter: Master Promotions
Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing Promotion returns tonight to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The main event will feature former Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-2, 7 KOs) taking on Rafael Valenzuela (8-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico in six round cruiserweight bout. Elam is coming off of a thrilling but short bout with former world champion Victor Ramirez in Argentina this past October. Elam had the ex-champ badly hurt and down twice in round one. Ramirez managed to survive the round and just when it appeared the upset would happen, Elam was caught with a shot by Ramirez and stopped early in round two. (more…)
Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today thanked the New York State Senate for passing the bill to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, the last state in the nation where professional MMA remains illegal, for the sixth consecutive year. Fertitta also applauded UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for spending two days lobbying for the bill in Albany and then discussing it with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s “Tonight Show.” . . . click here for more
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By Tracy Morin
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Today at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the four fighters in Saturday’s main and co-main events shared some final thoughts with the media regarding their upcoming bouts at the Palms’ Pearl Theater on Saturday, March 28.
Jhonny Gonzalez: We are ready for this fight. I prepared myself very well in Mexico City to get ready for this fight. Saturday you will see it in the ring.
Gary Russell, Jr.: We’re ready. We’re in shape. In the ring, I’m omnipresent. (more…)
Audley Harrison quits boxing . . . again.
Nonito Donaire says Prado fight will determine his career.
Freddie Roach says he’ll limit Pacquiao sparring to 100 rounds.
Evander Holyfield picks Pacquiao to beat Mayweather, and talks conspiracy.
Steve Geffrard 185 vs. Reggie Pena 183
Frankie Agnew 126.9 vs. Stephon McIntyre 126.7
Carlos Adame, Jr. 127.5 vs. Joe Estrada 131.5
Raul Cespedes 133.5 vs. Brian Raglin 136.1
Marco Vazquez jr. 152 vs. DeMarcus Oatman 151.1
Fernando Garcia 127.7 vs. Marco Alcaraz 128.3
Radmir Akhmediyev ?? vs. Jason Howard ??
Alberto Fundora 168.1 vs. Philip Lars 162.5
Venue: Diamond Jacks Casino, Bossier City, Louisiana
Promoter: Undercard Promotions
By Dave Spencer
Francis Lafreniere 158.8 vs. Muhamed Akrong 156.6
Tyson Cave 134 vs. Abraham Gomez 140/138.5
Dillon Carmen 233 vs. Benito Quiroz 227
Erik Bazinyan 168.2 vs. Morgan Le Gal 167
Eric Martel 259 vs. Samer Barakat 206
Golden Garcia 129.8 vs. Jessie McMillan 128.6
Dwayne Durel 134 vs. Kyle Marsh 133
Venue: Olympia Theatre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Grant Brothers Boxing and Global Legacy
“Fans are going to find out where I am at on Saturday night,” Nonito ‘Filipino Flash’ Donaire said at a press conference this week in Cebu. He is taking on William Prado of Brazil for the vacant NABF Super Bantamweight Championship at the historic Araneta Coliseum on Saturday night. The event is called Pinoy Pride 30 – D Day.
Donaire, a five-division world champion, has trained for weeks in the Philippines. After his last bout – a loss to hard-punching featherweight Nicholas Walters, Donaire made a decision to return to the 122 pound weight division. He was in that division when he won the 2012 Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA) Fighter of the Year Award.
Donaire’s record is 33-3, 21 KOs. Prado is 22-4-1, 15 KOs.
“I know exactly what is at stake in this fight. It’s very important when I get into the ring on Saturday night,” Donaire told reporters here. Donaire was inducted into the prestigious ‘Flash’ Elorde Hall of Fame earlier this week at the historic Manila Hotel.
A questionable knockdown propelled undefeated welterweight Fredrick “General Okunka” Lawson (24-0, 20 KOs) to a ten round split decision over Breidis Prescott (27-7, 20 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami, Florida. Lawson was credited with a knockdown in round three when Prescott appeared to slip, but otherwise he had all he could handle with Prescott, who had previously handed Amir Khan his first defeat in 2008. After ten tough, gritty rounds, scores were 95-94, 95-94 Lawson, 96-93 Prescott. Without the knockdown it would have been a draw.
Undefeated former junior lightweight titlist Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO against Angino Perez (18-6, 16 KOs). The bout took place at the Hialeah Park Race Track in Miami, Florida. Barthelemy came out strong against Perez in round one, knocking him down twice. Barthelemy knocked down Perez again in round two causing the fight to be waved off by the referee. The time was 15 seconds of round number two.
Light heavyweight KO artist Ahmed Elbiali (11-1, 9 KOs) went the distance against Mike Stafford (13-3, 3 KOs). Stafford got a point off for holding in round six. Scores were 55-54, 60-53, 60-53 all for Elbiali.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
IBF Super Lightweight champion Lamont Peterson continued his preparation for his nationally-televised bout with WBC/WBA champion Danny ‘Swift’ Garcia in front of the media on Thursday. Despite telling reporters that he is doing “regular training,” Peterson said he has been pleased with training camp thus far.
“Everything is going well,” Peterson said. “I’m not doing anything special. I’m not looking to change anything.”
When asked what will give him the edge of Garcia on Saturday, April 11 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, Peterson simply said, “I’m a better fighter. Overall, skill-wise, I’m a better fighter and you will see that on April 11.” (more…)
Photos: All Star Boxing
Daniel Lozano 115 vs. David Carmona 115
Toribio Ramirez 127 vs. Alcides Santiago 127
Ruben Ozuna 137 vs. Gabriel Diaz 137
Santiago Arroyo 120 vs. Jose Garcia 120
Justin Pauldo 134 vs. Calvin Smith 131
Ramon Luis Nicolas 176 vs. Marvin Jones 177
Edwin Alvarez 254 vs. Shamar Davis 219
Venue: Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, FL
Promoter: “Tuto” Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing
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