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Four division world champion Miguel Cotto has called Canelo Alvarez’ decision to relinquish the WBC belt to Gennady Golovkin “a smart move.” Cotto is still upset about having to pay Golovkin an $800,000 step aside fee, plus a $300,000 sanctioning to the WBC for his bout against Canelo last year. “Greed has destroyed the sport,” Cotto told El Vocero.
As far as his next bout is concerned, Cotto stated that there’s no hurry. He plans to return to the 154lb division with Canelo and Juan Manuel Marquez on his short list for possible opponents for him later this year.
By Karl Freitag
WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko is set to move up in weight to challenge WBO super featherweight champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez on June 11 at The Theater of New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden.
“I didn’t have a big problem to do 126 pounds,” said the two-time Olympic gold medalist from Ukraine. “Of course, it wasn’t easy, but it was never a critical condition where I had to make my weight. As far as moving to 130 pounds, this is a more natural weight for me, and another reason I moved is I was very tired of waiting for any champions or any #1s to fight in that division. Moving to 130 pounds will give me more ability to fight the best fighters in the division and most likely the champions in the division.”
As far as fighting Rocky Martinez in front of a hostile crowd one day before NYC’s famed Puerto Rican Day Parade, Lomachenko said, “I’m going to be very disappointed to let the Puerto Rican people down.” (more…)
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
WBC Super Featherweight World Champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) and former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) hosted today, a Los Angeles media workout ahead of their upcoming in a 12-round battle that will take place June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. and televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark.
Francisco Vargas: “I’m ready to give another incredible fight to the fans. I have always said I want to fight the best, and Salido is one of the best. The only thing on my mind is to win this fight on Saturday. It’s up to the fans to decide if I’m number one. I’m a technical fighter but it will come down to my intelligence. This will be a very difficult fight on Saturday.”
Orlando Salido: “I’m a warrior and Vargas is a warrior. The ones who will win will be the fans. When you get in to boxing, you are mentally prepared to get knocked down. Every time I’ve been knocked down, I just get back up again and fight. I like to prove everyone wrong and that’s what I plan to do when I go in and fight this young undefeated fighter.” (more…)
Photos: Rey Sanchez
IBF lightweight champion Rances Barthelemy (24-0, 13 KOs), challenger and former champion Mickey Bey (22-1-1, 10 KOs) about their Spike TV showdown on Friday from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The fighters spoke to media and posed for cameras at the Paradise Live Theater before moving into the Hard Rock Live Arena for media workouts.
Here is what they had to say:
Rances Barthelemy: “If we don’t get the knockout, then we are ready to go the distance. My team is prepared to go the distance if we have to, but also to give an entertaining fight. You’re going to see a new Rances Barthelemy in 2016. Don’t miss this fight. Get there early, because it might not go five. Get ready for a great night of boxing.”
Mickey Bey: “You’ll see a throwback fighter in there. I’m like the fighters from back in the day. I’m here looking for the victory. I don’t care how I get it and I can’t predict. But we want to have our hand raised. I’m coming to get what is rightfully mine. Don’t miss it.” (more…)
By Michael Mazzulli / ABC President
As President of the Association of Boxing Commissions, the Board of Directors and I are disappointed in AIBA’s decision to allow amateur boxers to compete with professionals in the Olympics. Even worse than just a majority vote, the vote of 84 to 0 in favor, is a statement in and of itself.
The ABC is committed to fighter safety, so hopefully, the AIBA/IOC Committee will consider the potential risk and future ramifications of allowing amateur boxers to compete with professional boxers. Surely, their decision should be determined by athlete safety. The ABC has spoken about out against this proposal previously, from the use/non-use of headgear, boxing style and experience, method of scoring awards, and a level playing ﬁeld, this proposal is fraught with danger. As we know in boxing, one bad match-up can mean the difference, literally, in life and death.
I hope both the IOC and AIBA will reconsider their stance.
BBBofC Statement: Following the announcement that AIBA are to permit professional boxers to compete in future Olympic Games, the British Boxing Board of Control confirm their objection to such a proposal.
It is the belief of the British Boxing Board of Control that such a move is against the spirit of the Olympics, disrespectful to the many GB Amateur boxers who, throughout the Olympic cycle compete around the world in qualifying tournaments and ultimately dangerous.
It is the hope of the British Boxing Board of Control and many within the professional Sport in Great Britain and throughout the world that AIBA reconsider such a move that is not beneficial to the Sport as a whole.
The AIBA, amateur boxing’s ruling body, on Wednesday approved a short notice proposal to allow professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Olympic games, which begin in about two months. The move, which passed by a vote of 84-0 with four abstaining at a special meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, has been roundly condemned by most in the pro boxing community.
At this point in time, most countries have already finalized or are close to finalizing their Olympic boxing teams with amateur fighters. Nevertheless, pros will be allowed to compete in an Olympic Qualification Tournament in Venezuela on July 3-8 with 26 quota places available at Rio 2016. Alexander Lebzyak, head coach of the Russian Olympic boxing team, has reportedly dropped the names of reigning world champions Sergei Kovalev and Denis Lebedev as possibilities for his squad.
Unbeaten WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan (30-0 12 KOs) will make the third defense of his title against 42-year-old former world champion Mzonke Fana (38-9, 16 KOs) as chief-support for the July 9 rematch between heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Wladimir Klitschko at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England.
Flanagan is predicting a devastating performance on his big hometown return. “Fana is a two-time world champion at super featherweight,” he said. “He’s highly experienced, tough and has a very good jab. He’ll be coming over here looking to take my title but it’s not going to happen. There’s going to be 20,000 Mancunians cheering on two of their own in world title fights. I’m going to pick up where I left off and continue to show everyone that I’m the number one lightweight in the world!”
The boxing series “Boxeo Al Maximo” presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment in association with Roc Nation Sports is ready to headline on Saturday at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Cataño that will feature a very attractive Mexico vs Puerto Rico fight in the main event when Kevin Nieves (9-1-1, 5 KOs) of Cataño takes on Alexis del Bosque (11-2, 8 KOs), a Mexican boxer who resides in Dallas in an eight round lightweight bout. (more…)
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WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto Ramirez run into his good friend, two-time champion Orlando “Siri” Salido last night at Hill St. Gym in Long Beach. Ramirez has started his camp for his first title defense on July 23 in Las Vegas and Salido will take on Francisco “Bandido” Vargas this Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, California on HBO.
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke & U. Koch
Boxing returns on Saturday to the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany with not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights. Headlining will be WBO Youth heavyweight champion Tom Schwarz (16-0, 11 KOs) in his second defense against Dennis Lewandowski (9-0, 4 KOs). In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (14-0, 11 KOs) meets Christian Lewandowski (9-0, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Here’s what the fighters had to say at the fight week press conference in the Plaza Hotel Magdeburg:
Tom Schwarz: “The Lewandowskis compare themselves with the Klitschkos, they need to know that there’s still a long way up to the Klitschkos…maybe I’ll get a KO, maybe he will! Anything can happen – I want to keep it exciting. But I’m better!”
Dennis Lewandowski: “Tom’s a good man so I’m focused on ten rounds. But, there can also be a KO – and I have heavy hands!” (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Philadelphia’s summer boxing season kicks off Friday night in South Philly at the 2300 Arena with an interesting main event between Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez and Californian Dashon Johnson. The 10-round above-the-limit middleweight contest pairs two boxers familiar to local fight fans.
One has been under our noses for years, while the other jumped onto our radar after a glorious losing effort against Jesse Hart in March. Friday the fighters will collide with both their careers on the line.
Dashon Johnson, 20-19-3, 6 KOs, is a tough road warrior from Escondido, CA. He has fought primarily on the West Coast, but has visited our side of the country a handful of times. In March, Johnson made one of those trips east and did his best to put an end to the undefeated streak of favorite Philly son Jesse “Hard Work” Hart.
Hart won a comfortable decision that night, but not before pulling himself off the canvas twice (only one was called a knockdown), and being tested like never before. Johnson was the culprit who nearly derailed the star prospect, and ever since that night, many observers even question Hart’s true potential. (more…)
WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez talk about their fights on the July 23 HBO-PPV card headlined by the junior welterweight world title unification battle between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “the Iceman” Viktor Postol at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (Video courtesy Top Rank)
By Miguel Maravilla
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has cleared up the situation surrounding the twelve round fight between two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez and #2 rated Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda, who clash on the July 23 Crawford-Postol PPV telacast at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“Oscar Valdez is the #1 contender in the 126 featherweight division of the WBO, Matias Rueda is #2,” said Arum. “Both of the fighters are undefeated. The champion at 126 is Vasyl Lomachenko. Vasyl is fighting June 11 in Madison Square Garden for the WBO super featherweight championship, 130 pounds, against Rocky Martinez. If Lomachenko wins the 130 pound title and decides to keep that title and give up the 126 pound title, this fight between Valdez and Rueda will be for the world championship. If Lomachenko loses to Martinez, or defeats Martinez and decides to stay at 126, this fight will be an official final elimination for the title.
“We won’t know what label to put on this fight until about a week after the June 11 fight because Vasyl told me that he will, if he beats Martinez, take very little time to make a decision whether to stay at 126 or to keep the 130 pound title.”
Undefeated IBF jr middleweight mandatory contender Julian “J Rock” Williams is making plans to challenge IBF champion Jermall Charlo. “I can’t get into details but I believe the fight will be in September as the co-main to a BIG card,” said Williams. “I’m super excited to finally get this opportunity.”
Williams was at ringside on May 21 when Charlo defended his IBF belt with a unanimous decision over former champion Austin Trout. “I honestly didn’t think Trout would last with Jermall. I was surprised at how competitive that fight was. Jermall has every advantage over Trout on paper but fights aren’t won on paper. Trout proved something. I was actually going to congratulate him but I heard him say to Jermall “smack J Rock for me.” I don’t know what’s up with these guys. He had a chance to fight me for a whole year and he asked another man to smack me. But that’s old news Trout is out of the picture.” (more…)
WBO jr middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (22-0-1, 12 KOs) is taking aim at big names once he takes care of business against little known Predrag Radosevic (30-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday in his hometown of Liverpool, England.
“Kell Brook is the fight I’m pushing for,” said Smith, the first of the four fighting Smith Brothers to win a world title. “We’re mates, there’s a lot of mutual respect but when Eddie Hearn starts talking about Kell cleaning up at 154, I’m thinking: ‘Not while I’m there, you’re not.’ They mentioned it, not me. I just responded, Frank put out an opening offer and now they’ve gone quiet.
“If Kell fights (WBO welter king) Jesse Vargas instead of me, fair play to him. If his team picks a light-welter like Lamont Peterson when he’s talking of cleaning out at 154, it’s embarrassing, mate. (more…)
Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank
WBO super middleweight world champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Oscar Valdez will headline the HBO-PPV undercard topped by the junior welterweight world title unification battle between undefeated world champions Terence “Bud” Crawford and “the Iceman” Viktor Postol on July 23 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Ramirez will be making the first defense of his championship crown against Dominik Britsch. Valdez will face undefeated #2 world-rated contender Matías “La Cobrita” Rueda, possibly for the vacant WBO featherweight world title. The pay-per-view telecast will open with former interim world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr. risking his undefeated record and Top-10 world-rating in a 10-round welterweight battle against Francisco “Chia” Santana.
Lightweights Demond “Body Shot” Brock (11-3-1, 4 KOs) and Chuy “Hurrican” Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) will headline the third installment of the “Knockout Night at the D” series on June 10 live on CBS Sports Network from the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). The bout is being billed as an “old-time grudge match” to determine who the USNBC title truly belongs to since Brock holds the regional belt now and Gutierrez formerly held the title and never lost it in the ring. Adding fuel to the fire is the fact both fighters train in Las Vegas.
“Brock versus Chuy has been a fight in the making for years and now the dream is a reality,” said Keith Veltre, CEO of Roy Jones Jr. Boxing Promotions. “As Brock defends his title, Chuy will fight to the end to regain the title that he let lapse. This fight promises to be an all-out war and the winner will move into a national spotlight.”
The new doping test of Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin, taken May 17, showed no traces of Meldonium. This was reported today by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) with reference to the results of analysis conducted by the laboratory in Los Angeles. The sample taken a week earlier also lacked traces of Meldonium. Thus, only one of Povetkin’s six samples revealed extremely low concentrations of the prohibited drug.
The Povetkin camp maintains the new result proves that the positive sample in April was a residual effect of Mildronat taken last year and if the drug was taken in the period between April 11 and 27, traces would also have been found in the later tests.
Andrey Ryabinsky, Povetkin’s promoter, stated “I want to emphasize that Alexander Povetkin has never taken any prohibited drugs. We will have to sue our American counterparts and some of the US tabloids that have expressed extremely unjustified views.” (more…)
Undefeated former WBO jr middleweight champion Demetrious “Boo Boo” Andrade (22-0, 15 KOs), currently in preparations for his June 11 Showtime showdown versus Willie Nelson at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY, has moved past a frustrating three-year stretch. After he won a 12-round decision over Vanes Masrtirosyan for the vacant WBO 154-pound world title in 2013, he found him fighting only twice since. Due to promotional issues, Andrade was later stripped by the WBO for inactivity. Now, he has a new three-year promotional contract that gives his company, A Team Promotions, 50% of his promotional rights to go along with 25% each for Banner Promotions and Star Boxing, his longtime co-promoters.
“I’ve always been in a good place, mentally, because I have confidence in myself,” said Andrade on what he went through during his long stretch outside of the ring. “I continued training hard. The politics of boxing, well, I’m not 100% there yet. Not until I’m actually in the ring and fighting will I actually know if that’s worked out for me. (more…)
By Hesiquio Balderas
Photo: Golden Boy Promotions
Unbeaten lightweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (13-0, 12 KOs) is a new face in boxing. He has a million dollar style that can attract boxing fans to see his fights. He also has a boxing pedigree and is well aware of what that represents. “Chimpa” (as he likes to be called) is willing to put on a lot of work to one day become world champion. He will fight Recky Dulay (8-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday in Carson, California.
Chimpa how did you first get started in boxing?
“Well it’s a simple story. I never thought about boxing when I was little, but I was aware that my brother Alejandro ‘Cobrita’ Gonzalez was a world champion, and one day after playing different sports I started training in boxing and I liked it so here we are.” (more…)
Championships scheduled for June:
June 25, Ninove (Belgium)
Bilal Laggoune (Belgium) vs Hakim Chioui (France)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
A new book titled “He Did It His Way” on the life of the late WBC President Jose Sulaiman was presented to the public at the Academia Nacional de Historia y Geografía in Mexico City. The event was attended by Hall of Fame promoter Don King and other celebrities from the boxing and sports world, who remembered the life and contributions of the longtime boxing leader on what would have been his 85th birthday.
The biographical work, written by Rodrigo Fernandez Chedraui, features recollections of Don Jose by boxers, promoters, journalists, friends and family. “This book has been able to bring together so many distinguished people, to move so many feelings,” said Jose Sulaiman’s son and current WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman, who expressed his gratitude to all in attendance. photos
Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido
Three-time world champion in two division Orlando “Siri” Salido and WBC Super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas who will battle for the championship next Saturday, June 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, California made an appearance today in Los Angeles in the show “A Los Golpes” to promote their fight. The show was hosted by Bernardo Osuna and ring legend Julio Cesar Chavez, who refused to pick a winner between his countrymen, but did wish both of them good luck.
“Both Vargas and Salido have proven that they are warriors and I am looking forward to their fight. I am sure is going to be great and that the fans are going to enjoy a fight of the year type war and may the best man win,” said Chavez, with a smile. (more…)
Six weeks after the most important victory of his professional career, Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) is back in training camp in Carson, California getting ready for his next fight. Valdez, one of the best and more popular Mexican boxers today, is coming off an impressive knockout over former world champion Evgeny Gradovich last April 9 in Las Vegas. “I took off a couple of weeks, before starting to run and going to the gym and two weeks ago. I was back in California ready to start training camp,” said Vargas after a hard workout at the Rock Gym in Carson California.
The fight against Gradovich was to be Valdez’ toughest test in his professional career and he passed it with flying colors. Valdez dominated the former world champion from the start of the fight. He was faster, stronger and very accurate with combinations and in the fourth round landed a perfect left hook to the chin that ended the fight.
“I felt he was going to get up but he was badly hurt and couldn’t continue. It was all about execution, we work very in camp to get ready for Gradovich and had a great plan and it was about putting it together on fight night and I did,” said Valdez. (more…)
After claiming the vacant cruiserweight world title with a spectacular KO win, newly crowned WBC champion Tony Bellew called out unified WBA/IBF world champion Denis Lebedev and former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion David Haye.
“I don’t care what they all say. I’m the best cruiserweight in the world,” proclaimed Bellew. “Denis Lebedev, I ain’t coming to Russia. Come and get this baby, ’cause I’ve got the main belt now. I’m the man to beat in this division. Come and get this! Or that bitch from Bermondsey (Haye), I’ll fight him too! Come back down to your natural weight and fight a real cruiserweight, because you’ve gone long enough fighting them clowns!”
Haye responded via social media: “…maybe that punch you took in the first round that dropped you, your brain got scrambled, ’cause it looks like you really want to get knocked out by calling me a ‘Bermondsey bitch,’ talking about knocking me out. You must have lost your goddamned mind! After I’ve knocked out Shannon Briggs, who’s given me a lot of that himself, if you want to be on the list too, I’m knocking out all people talking too much. So get on the list mate, you’re going to get smashed to bits. I used to be a cruiserweight, so we’re both the same height, both similar, same size, let’s do it if you want it!”
The world famous Los Angeles Badminton Club in El Monte, California will be transformed into “LA Battle Club” on June 11. Headlining will be unbeaten lightweight Joel Diaz Jr. (21-0, 17 KOs) and two-time lightweight title challenger and IBF #8 ranked Denis Shafikov (36-2-1, 19 KOs) in separate fights. Also featured will be former WBA super bantamweight champion Rico “Sauvecito” Ramos (24-5, 12 KOs). In another intertesting fight, former light heavyweight contender Rocky Gannon (30-11, 23 KOs) returns to the ring for the first time in nearly 15 years. Opponents will be named. One fighter that does have an opponent is super welterweight Virgilijus Stapulionis (26-3-1, 19 KOs), who will take on undefeated Journeyman Management boxer Nathaniel Gallimore (13-0-1, 10 KOs). Tickets start at $40. Call 626-388-8888 or go to www.labattleclub.com. The event will be presented by PR Sports in association with Bash Boxing.
This past Friday night at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, Rising Promotions staged it’s third consecutive fight card in front of a large crowd that saw Isiah Seldon defeat Eddie Edmond in the six-round main event. The middleweight bout highlighted a six bout card. Seldon rocked Edmond several times with right hands that had the Newark, New Jersey resident holding on. The grabbing got much more severe and Edmond was deducted a point in round four. In round six, Seldon sealed the fight when he landed a right hand that forced Edmond’s glove to touch the canvas for a knockdown. Seldon, 156 lbs won by scores of 59-54, 59-53 and 58-54 to raise his record to 9-1. Edmond, 158 lbs is 4-5-2. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
SO MANY THINGS TO DO…
Today, May 30, my dear father, Jose Sulaiman, would have been celebrating his 85th birthday. Don King and Bob Arum were also born in 1931 and it was those three who shared a great era in boxing.
Those years in which Don King and Bob Arum practically dominated the sport and promoted countless boxing cards will remain in the minds of boxing fans forever. Ali, Foreman, Frazier, Holmes, Tyson, Holyfield and Lewis in the heavyweights. Leonard, Hagler, Hearns, Duran, Cuevas, Benitez in the middleweights. Sanchez, Gomez, Chavez, Mancini, Arguello, Nelson, Fenech, De La Hoya in the lightweights and Chiquita, Carbajal, Lopez and Alvarez in the smaller weights. Multiple title fights on the same card and the best fighting the best for supremacy, for legacy…
Boxing was changed dramatically through the implementation of rules, mostly to make the sport safer, but it was not easy. After thorough medical research at UCLA, the WBC decided to reduce championship fights from 15 to 12 rounds. It was when pay-per-view didn’t exist, all fights were aired on free television and TV networks and promoters would lose three valuable rounds of commercials. It was a decision which my father took and had to accept difficult moments of uncertainty, criticism, attacks and humiliation. Today we can proudly say that lives have been saved and boxers can live a different life after they retire. (more…)
With Tony Bellew and Ricky Burns winning world titles over the weekend, the United Kingdom now has 13 reigning world boxing champions. By comparison, the United States currently has nine home-grown world champions.
1. Tyson Fury (WBA/WBO heavyweight champion)
2. Anthony Joshua (IBF heavyweight champion)
3. Tony Bellew (WBC cruiserweight champion)
4. James DeGale (IBF super middleweight champion)
5. Billy Joe Saunders (WBO middleweight champion)
6. Liam Smith (WBO jr middleweight champion)
7. Kell Brook (IBF welterweight champion)
8. Ricky Burns (WBA super lightweight champion)
9. Anthony Crolla (WBA lightweight champion)
10. Terry Flanagan (WBO lightweight champion)
11. Lee Selby (IBF featherweight champion)
12. Jamie McDonnell (WBA bantamweight champion)
13. Lee Haskins (IBF bantamweight champion)
Three-time world champion in two division Orlando “Siri” Salido arrived in Los Angeles on Sunday for his battle against WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “Bandido” Vargas this Saturday (June 4) at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico City will be making the first defense of the title against Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs, 1 NC) in the main event of a card promoted by Golden Boy Promotions that will telecast on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”
Salido arrived with his team consisting of Santos Moreno, Victor Barron, Dr. Eduardo Covarrubias, Jose Manuel Miranda, Armando Castro and Joel Luna and was greeted by his manager Sean Gibbons and Hector Zapari, trainer of WBO champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez.
Local favorite Tony Bellew (28-2-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over WBC #1 rated Ilunga Makabu (19-2, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC cruiserweight title on Sunday in front of a large crowd at the outdoor Goodison Park stadium in Liverpool, England. In round one, Bellew punished Makabu on the ropes, but then he got clocked by a Makabu straight left and went down. After a cautious round two, Bellew opened up in round three, rocked Makabu, then got him out of there with a ruthless barrage of punches. The broken Makabu collapsed to the canvas just as referee Victor Loughlin stepped in to wave it off. Time was 1:20. Bellew won the belt vacated by Grigory Drozd, who twice pulled out of mandatory fights with Makabu due to injuries.
Super featherweight Stephen “Swifty” Smith (24-2, 14 KOs) scored a seventh round stoppage of Daniel Brizuela (28-6-2, 8 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC silver title. Smith, coming back just six weeks after a loss to IBF champion Jose “Sniper” Pedraza in April, steadily broke down Brizuela and knocked him down twice in round seven to end it. Time was 2:59.
WBC #1, IBF #5, WBA #6, WBO #7 super middleweight Callum “Mundo” Smith (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a harder than expected sixth round stoppage over very game Argentinian Cesar Hernan Reynoso (14-8-3, 7 KOs) in a stay-busy bout. Smith floored the much smaller Reynoso with a left hook in round one and dropped him with body shots in rounds four and five before getting a referee’s stop in round six, even though Reynosa wasn’t particularly hurt at the moment. Although outgunned, Reynosa exposed some of Smith’s defensive flaws, connecting often.
6’8 heavyweight David Price (20-3, 17 KOs) scored a second round KO over Vaclav Pejsar (9-3, 8 KOs). 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Price dropped Pejsar in round one and put him down for good in round two. Time was 1:30. Price back in the win column. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBO 105-pound champ, currently WBO #2/WBC #12 light-flyweight Kosei Tanaka (7-0, 4 KOs), 110.25, proved too fast and ferocious for IBF #10 Rene Patilano (15-2-2, 7 KOs), 108.5, from the Philippines, demolishing him with a furious combination at 2:23 of the sixth session on Saturday in Nagoya, Japan. But it wasn’t as easy a fight as Tanaka, still 20, had boldly predicted as Patilano displayed a good heart in retaliating with solid combos to the fast-moving and swift-punching ex-champ who had recently renounced his WBO minimum belt by outgrowing the category. Tanaka’s demonstration of sharper jabs had Patilano frustrated and his aggressive rallies had him retreating mostly in the contest. Patilano, however, put on a go-for-broke attack in the beginning of the fifth, but Tanaka gamely responded to his incessant attack with faster combos upstairs and downstairs. The fatal sixth saw Tanaka swarm over the fading foe with a fusillade of punches that finally sank him on the seat of trunks for the count.
Tanaka said, “Patilano showed his experience and proved he’s a world contender.” The dejected loser praised the winner, saying, “Tanaka was just faster than me. That’s all.” We admit Tanaka is a talented youngster, but he needs something more to learn. Hatanaka Promotions.
Former world lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (36-5, 13 KOs) spoke about his unanimous decision over Erick Bone on Saturday night at the Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio. “I wanted to throw the heavier punches because I thought I could win by knockout, but that didn’t happen,” said Vazquez, who is not known as a KO artist. “There was an overhand right in the eighth round that I thought hurt him badly. He was an elusive fighter and survived, so there are still things that I have to work on.
“There was some difficulty adjusting to the late opponent switch, but overall, no problem. I had been sparring southpaws as well as right-handers. If I could have followed up on some of the hooks and overhand rights, I could have gotten him out of there.”
As for his future plans, ‘Titere’ stated, “I’ve always wanted to fight Adrien Broner. I want to make that.”
Ronnie du Preez from Port Elizabeth who fought as a welterweight from 1971 to 1981 passed away recently. Du Preez made his debut at the Ellis Park Tennis Stadium in Johannesburg on May 29 1971 against Joe Horn, losing on points over four rounds. After retiring from boxing Horn became one of the better judges in South Africa in recent years.
Du Preez won his next three fight before going in with South African welterweight champion Gert Steyn on May 13 1972 in a non-title fight and was knocked out in the first round. Steyn would subsequently win the South African junior middleweight title. (more…)
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