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As Donnie Nietes takes his career a level higher on ALA Promotions’ next US event on September 24 at the Stubhub Center in Carson, California, the longest-reigning Filipino world champion ever and current WBO junior flyweight champion says he’s “very excited” to be fighting at 112 lbs.
Before his most recent title defense against former world champion Raul “Rayito” Garcia in his hometown in Bacolod City last May, Nietes had already decided to move up in weight. “I was ready to leave the light flyweight division before (fighting) Garcia. I was thinking he would be my last opponent at 108lbs. The next thing I did was to ask my manager and promoter and I am very glad they granted my request.”
Nietes is 38-1-4, with 22 wins via KO. He’s successfully defended his WBO world junior flyweight title nine times since winning it in 2011 and before that he held the WBO minimumweight title, winning it in 2007, and defending that title four times. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
On Thursday evening at the Fort Belknap Casino in Harlem, Montana, Pacific Northwest amateur stand-out Patrick Ferguson (3-0, 3 KOs) will headline a boxing card as a professional for the first time in his young career, taking on former world title challenger Rubin Williams (29-28-1, 16 KOs) in the six round main event of Silver Wolf Fight Promotions’ eight bout pro-am show. (more…)
It is with a very heavy heart that we share some sad news about our dear friends Lee and Mary Samuels. Lee is the PR Chief of Top Rank. Their beloved son Eddie, 30, passed away suddenly on Saturday. The details for Eddie’s funeral are as follows:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 11 – 4 to 7 P.M. PT
Palm Northwest Mortuary
6701 North Jones Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89131
FRIDAY, AUGUST 12 – 10 A.M. PT
Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church
3050 Alta Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89107
Flowers may be sent to Palm Northwest Mortuary. (more…)
Rio 2016 Light Flyweight and Heavyweight Quarter-Finals confirmed on a dazzling third day of Olympic Boxing
Four weight classes were in action on Day Three of the Rio 2016 Boxing Competition, with eight crucial bouts deciding the quarter-finalists at Light Flyweight (49kg) and Heavyweight (91kg) as well four bouts at Welterweight (69kg) and Middleweight (75kg) across the two sessions. If the morning belonged to Spain’s Samuel Heredia following his victory over Irish second-seed Patrick Barnes, then the evening was Kazakhstan’s time to shine, as the team secured three superb wins. (more…)
Photos Courtesy/K2 Promotions Ukraine
Undefeated #1 Ranked Cruiserweight Contender Oleksandr Usyk, (9-0-0, 9KO’s), is deep in training in the beautiful city of Bukovel, Ukraine for his world title showdown with WBO Cruiserweight World Champion Krzystof Glowacki, (26-0-0, 16KO’s) set for Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland.
Gold Medalist for Ukraine in the 2012 Olympics in London, England, the 29-year-old Usyk, promoted by K2 Promotions Ukraine, is looking to become the fastest world champion in cruiserweight division history in his 10th professional fight. The record is currently held by boxing legend Evander Holyfield who captured the world title in his 12th fight against Dwight Muhammed Qawi in 1986. (more…)
In today’s morning session, UK light flyweight Galal Yafai was defeated 2-1 by Cuban Joahnys Argilagos. It was the first loss in the tournament by Team GB. Galal is the younger brother of world rated pro super flyweight Kal Yafai.
Irish light flyweight Patrick Barnes lost 2-1 to Spain’s Samuel Carmona Heredia.
Competing in his fourth Olympics, two-time silver medal winner Clemente Russo of Italy defeated Tunisian Hassen Chaktami 3-0 in heavyweight action.
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In the evening session, American light flyweight Nico Miguel Hernandez defeated Russian Vasili Egorov 3-0.
Team GB welterweight Josh Kelly defeated Egyptian Walid Mohamed 3-0, while Team GB middleweight Antony Fowler was defeated by Zhanibek Alimkhanuly of Kazakhstan.
Mexican welterweight Juan Pablo Romero was defeated by Italian Vincenzo Mangiacapre by a 2-1 score, and Mexican Joselito Velaquez lost 3-0 to Hasanboy Dusmatov.
Due to the increased activity around the world brought about the ongoing Summer Olympic Games, the World Boxing Council (WBC) has extended the deadline for eligible boxers to enroll in the Clean Boxing Program (CBP). The new enrollment deadline is September 9, 2016. Any eligible boxer who is not registered in the CBP will be removed from the WBC rankings and suspended from any activity in the WBC.
One of the most salient aspects of the CBP is that it includes out-of-competition, random anti-doping testing. All WBC champions and the boxers included in the top 15 in the WBC ratings must agree to out-of-competition, random anti-doping testing. Enrollment in the CBP is mandatory for all eligible boxers.
To enroll, simply follow this process:
1. All boxers are required to watch the Clean Boxing Program Webinar, which provides information about anti-doping and illegal procedures in boxing.
2. Fill-in and sign the forms and email them directly to the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA).
By Robert Coster
Former world bantamweight champion Jose Becerra has passed at the age of 80. The Mexican-born Becerra turned pro at age 17. He was an excellent boxer-puncher, getting his title chance on July 9, 1959, against Alphonse Halimi of France and winning the title via an eighth round knockout. Becerra successfully defended his title against Halimi (by KO) and Kenji Yonekura (by split decision). What shortened Becerra’s career was a knockout victory over Walter Ingram in a non-title bout (10-24-1959) which led to Ingram’s death a few days after the fight. Becerra was never quite the same after this tragedy and was kayoed by journeyman Eloy Sanchez (8-30-1960). Becerra retired after that fight at age 24.
In 1962, Becerra returned to the ring to fight a six round bout to raise money for the family of a boxer who had died in the ring. Becerra’s excellent final tally was 68-4-3 with 42 KOs. RIP Champ!
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
VIVA LAS VEGAS!
I have just returned to Mexico after spending one week in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I was present for the 4th Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and also for the annual Convention of the ABC (Association of Boxing Commissions of the USA). I also had the opportunity to spend three days with my wife and three kids and it was awesome to relive the experience of Las Vegas. I took my family to “Mystere” and “Michael Jackson” shows, walked the strip entering every single hotel which is like touring the world, went up the Stratosphere and rode the game (and survived!) and, of course, dining and shopping.
I am very grateful to the NBHOF as I was awarded the “Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award,” which I accepted with honor but only on behalf of the so many persons in boxing and the WBC family which make the difference in this world with their passion and compassion and willingness to serve others. “One action will not change the world, but the continuous actions of many does make our world better.” (more…)
Lightweight contender Felix Verdejo (22-0, 15 KOs) is “stable and alert” after a one-person motorcycle accident in Puerto Rico. According to El Nuevo Dia, “El Diamante” lost control of his bike and fell to the pavement. He suffered multiple lacerations, but doesn’t appear have any broken bones. He was wearing a helmet, but reportedly did suffer an unspecified trauma to the head. CT results are pending. The accident could throw a wrench into Top Rank’s plans to match Verdejo against WBO lightweight champion Terry Flanagan on Manny Pacquiao’s November 5 PPV card.
The Men’s Lightweight (60kg), Welterweight (69kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) boxers took to the ring on Sunday morning to begin a second busy day with 20 bouts of Olympic boxing. Eighteen nationalities were represented across the morning’s ten contests, and it was Kenya’s Rayton Okwiri and the Ecuadorian Carlos Mina who got the crowd fired up in the opening session. (more…)
Light Heavyweight Yunieski Gonzalez (17-2, 13 KOs) returned to the winning column Saturday night at the Doubletree Miamimart Hotel in Miami, Florida. After consecutive defeats to former world champ Jean Pascal and undefeated contender Vyacheslav Shabransky, Gonzalez scored an explosive first round KO over Brazilian Jackson Junior (21-7, 19 KOs). Under new trainer Pedro Diaz, Gonzalez came out fast and furious and dropped Junior three times causing a rapid halt to the bout.
Former IBF flyweight world champion Amnat Ruenroeng, 17-1, 5 KOs as a pro and rated #6 by the WBO at flyweight, outscored Argentinian amateur Ignacio Perrin 3-0 in a lightweight preliminary matchup at the Rio Olympic Games.
Also during the Sunday afternoon session, Irish lightweight David Oliver Joyce defeated Andrique Allisop of Seychelles 3-0.
Super bantamweight Tyson Cave (29-3, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over journeyman Javier Franco (25-19-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Lebrun Arena in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. Cave put Franco on his knees for the count with a cracking right to the jaw. Time was 1:20.
In the co-feature, Canadian heavyweight champion Dillon Carman (10-2, 9 KOs) demolished Julien Collette (8-5, 6 KOs) in the first round.
Another spectacular knockout for rising super featherweight Alberto ‘Explosivo’ Machado (15-0, 13 KOs), this time in the second round against Yardley Suarez (15-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo in Catano, Puerto Rico. Honoring is nickname ‘Explosivo’; Machado began landing bombs in the very first round hurting Suarez with powerful combinations that drop him down after a vicious left straight hand. Suarez survived the first round but the end came at 2:43 of the second round when Machado went after him and showed why once again he belongs to top elite Boricua prospects. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon, 35-3, 27 KOs, crushed Michael Marrone, 21-6, 15 KOs, in round two of a scheduled 6-rounder Saturday night in Bristol, PA. The bout was the main event of an eight bout card promoted by D and D Promotions and Silver Spoon Promotions, at the Grundy Arena, a local hockey venue in the historic little Bucks County town. This was the second-ever boxing event at the site.
Witherspoon, fighting for the first time in a year, wasted no time is securing his 35th professional victory. He moved out toward Marrone at the sound of the bell and began testing the former cruiserweight title challenger immediately.
About half-way through the round, Witherspoon flicked a right hand at Marrone, which landed around the temple and put him on the deck, near a neutral corner. Marrone hauled himself to his feet, and referee Hurley McCall sent him back into the fight. (more…)
No American Olympic boxers in action today in Rio.
In Sunday morning’s session, UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi stopped Ugandan Kennedy Katende in round three for the first KO of Rio 2016.
Irish welterweight Steven Gerard Donnelly outpointed Algerian Zohir Kedache 3-0.
In today’s late session, former IBF flyweight champion Amnat Ruenroeng of Thailand takes on Argentina’s Ignacio Perrin in a lightweight clash.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBC #2 lightweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (30-5, 23 KOs) scored an exciting tenth round stoppage of Nery “Pantera” Saguilan (37-7-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. In the tenth round, both fighters hit the canvas, Jardon went down first, but recovered and sent Saguilan to the canvas twice. The bout was halted at 2:58 of round ten. The bout was for the WBC Lightweight International silver title.
In the co-feature, super lightweight Luis Vidales (10-4, 5 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Shoki Sakai (21-6, 13 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 76-76 and 78-74.
On Saturday, November 19, Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs), the WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion, and Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) the former super middleweight world champion and “Super Six” winner, officially announced their long-awaited showdown following Ward’s victory over Alexander Brand at the conclusion of the live HBO telecast Saturday night at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Kovalev vs. Ward will take place November 19 on HBO Pay-Per-View. Additional details for the event, including ticket information, will be released shortly.
Live on HBO tonight, when asked about whether or not Ward is ready to face him Kovalev said, “I think he is ready. I am ready too. The fight against Chilemba was similar to how it is going to be against Andre Ward. He is a really great champion and he proved this today. I just want to say, let’s do it November 19 on HBO.”
Ward responded, “I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world. I got past this step. He got past his step. We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”
Former unified lightweight world champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (42-4, 20 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Cesar Vazquez (28-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Diaz was very active as always. Vazquez tried his best to keep up with him. As the bout progressed, Diaz’ non-stop punches had Vazquez’ head bouncing around like a bobblehead doll. The referee called a halt to the fight in round eight at 2:09.
Photos: Tom Hogan- Hoganphotos/Roc Nation Sports
Former super middleweight champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Alexander Brand (25-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Ward was in command from the get-go. The much bigger Ward pressed the action and outclassed the game 39-year-old Brand. In round seven Brand suffered a cut on his right eyelid. After twelve uneventful rounds, the scores were 120-108 across the board.
With the win, Ward setup a PPV showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who was at ringside scouting Ward.
By John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History
Photo: Darryl Cobb
In the scheduled six-round main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, Chazz Witherspoon (35-3, 27 KOs) easily stopped Michael Marrone (21-6, 15 KOs) in their heavyweight contest. Witherspoon dropped Marrone twice in the first round, but ran out of time to finish the job.
However, Chazz managed to finish off Marrone midway through the next round. A left-right combination sent Marrone to the canvas for a third time. He did get up and referee Hurley McCall allowed him to continue. However after a few more seconds, Marrone’s corner asked the ringside doctor to stop the fight. He stepped up on the ring apron and waved the white towel. Referee McCall immediately called an end of the bout at 1:31 of round two.
In the co-feature, jr welterweight Emanuel “Tranzformer” Taylor (20-4, 13 KOs) scored a second round KO over Carlos Aguilera (10-18, 4 KOs) in a scheduled eight-rounder.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) had all he can handle in an eight round majority decision draw against Alexander Johnson (16-4-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Casino del Sol Resort in Tucson, Arizona. Scores were 78-74 Mekhontsev, 76-76, 76-76. Unexpectedly hard and competitive fight for Mekhontsev, as Johnson entered having dropped three of his last four.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Trevor McCumby (23-0, 18 KOs) battered journeyman Dion Savage (12-10, 16 KOs) for four rounds and the bout was stopped after four by Savage’s corner.
Unbeaten super welterweight Alexander Besputin (4-0, 4 KOs) made quick work of Kevin Womack (7-11-3, 2 KOs) in a one round blowout. The bout was stopped at 2:08.
Super lightweight Alfonso Olvera (8-2, 3 KOs) outpointed Jose Marufo (8-5-2, 0 KOs) over six.
Unbeaten WBO #9, IBF #12 jr welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (21-0-2, 16 KOs) scored a wicked first round KO over Ty Barnett (23-6-1, 15 KOs). Hooker dropped Barnett with a left hook, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:17. Hooker retained his NABO title.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Junior “The Young God” Younan (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over late sub Jinner Guerrero (8-7, 6 KOs). A crushing left hand laid out Guerrero.
Unbeaten heavyweight “Rock Solid” Darmani Rock (4-0, 3 KOs) went the distance for the first time, outpointing Mike Kyle (1-3-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. Rock dropped Kyle in round four. Scores were 40-35, 39-36, 39-36.
Unbeaten junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (14-0-3, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Marcelo Gallardo (7-4-2, 3 KOs). Franco dropped Gallardo in the opening moments of the first round with a right hand, and floored him again in the fifth round. The bout was halted at the 2:16 mark of the stanza.
By Karl Freitag
In a shocking light heavyweight opening round upset, former WBA and WBO interim middleweight champion Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam (33-2, 19 KOs as a pro), who is currently rated WBO #6 at middleweight, was eliminated from Olympic competition by 25-year-old Brazilian amateur Michel Borges via three round unanimous decision. N’Dam not happy afterward with the scoring favoring hometown fighter Borges.
N’Dam N’Jikam stopped Tomasz Gargula in seven rounds just seven days ago in a pro bout at Le Cannet, France. The 32-year-old will now go back to his pro career, where he was removed from the WBC and IBF ratings for violating those organizations ban on professionals competing in the Olympic games.
By Karl Freitag
Both USA boxers seeing action were victorious on the first day of Olympic boxing competition. USA lightweight Juan Zenon Balderas Jr. defeated Berik Abdrakhmanov of Kazakhstan and USA light flyweight Miguel Nico Hernandez topped Italian Manuel Cappai. Scores were 3-0 in both matches.
In other notable matches, UK boxers went 3-0 on the day. UK light flyweight Galal Yafai beat Cameroon’s Simplice Fotsala 3-0, UK lightweight Joseph Cordina edged Filipino Charly Coronel Suarez 2-1; and UK heavyweight Lawrence Okolie defeated Igor Pawel Jakubowski of Poland 3-0.
Also, unbeaten WBA #11 featherweight Carmine Tommasone (15-0, 4 KOs as a pro) of Italy, a former EBU-EU champion, defeated Mexico’s Lindolfo Delgado 3-0 in a lightweight match; Brazilian heavyweight Juan Nogueira defeated Australian Jason Eric Whateley 3-0; and power-punching Colombian light heavyweight Juan Carlos Carrillo defeated Srkin Adylbek Uulu of Kyrgyzstan 3-0.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
The two main bouts, Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philly, were both high-end, nationally televised, beat downs that brought plenty of action and drama to the overheated live crowd as well as the TV audience watching at home.
Undefeated super middleweight, David Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) overwhelmed a game Denis Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) in the tenth and final round of their ESPN-broadcast main event. Prior to that, Alejandro Luna, 21-0, 15 KOs, won a 10-round unanimous decision over Naim Nelson, 13-2, 1 KO, in a brutal, over the limit junior welterweight fight that was pulled together on one day’s notice after each of the two combatant’s opponents had fallen out at the last minute.
The main event was a grueling, fast-paced battle with southpaw Denis Douglin, Marlboro, NJ, jumping out to a quick start, before Benavidez, Phoenix, turned the tide beginning in round three with his heavier punches. Benavidez hurt Douglin twice in the third, but Douglin kept coming. He stayed busy throughout the fight, rarely retreated, but slowly wore down as the rounds went by. (more…)
Former two-time world champion Andre S.O.G. Ward (29-0, 15 KOs) has remained a whopping 85:1 favorite all week at 5dimes to defeat Alexander Brand (25-1, 19 KOs) tonight on HBO from Oracle Arena in Ward’s hometown of Oakland, California. Euro sportsbooks have Ward and even wider favorite at -10000, that is bet $10,000 to win $100.
The more interesting play for this fight is the over/under of 9.5 rounds. “Over” is -120, while “under” is +100. Ward has gone the distance in seven of his last nine, but he looked much bigger than the 39-year-old Brand at the weigh-in, so a Ward KO could well be in in the cards.
With a win, Ward would setup a showdown with WBA/IBF/WBO light heavyweight world champion Sergey Kovalev, who will be at ringside scouting Ward. Ward, on the other hand, said he didn’t even watch Kovalev’s recent fight against Issac Chilemba on TV.
By Ron Jackson
South Africa’s Malcolm Klassen gave a classic exhibition of boxing to win the IBO junior lightweight belt when he beat Jack Assis on a unanimous 12 round points decision at the Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng on Friday night. The 35-year-old Klassen dominated through the first eight rounds as he used all his boxing skills and educated left jab to keep the Australian based Filipino on the outside. However, the South African began to tire in the last four rounds as he let the 33-year-old Assis back into the fight. Klassen could have been pulling weight as he arrived late for the weigh-in, siting car trouble, but who knows? Klassen improved his record to 33-6-2, 17 KOs, and Assis saw his record drop to 35-19-6, 18 KOs. Assis was making the first defense of his belt. (more…)
Unbeaten WBA #4, WBO #7 rated middleweight Rob “Bravo” Brant (21-0, 14 KOs) of Saint Paul, Minnesota, outclassed Cleveland’s Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick (15-5, 6 KOs) in a three-round blowout on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. Brant dropped Fitzpatrick in round two and decked him again in round three. The bout was waved off by referee Edward Hernandez after the second knockdown. Time was 1:18. After the fight Brant called out WBA “regular middleweight world champion Daniel Jacobs. Brant’s promoter Greg Cohen added that Brant would go after WBA “interim” middleweight world champion Alfonso Blanco if necessary to force a mandatory clash against Jacobs.
Super welterweight slugger Skender Halili (11-1, 11 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas, blasted out Silver Springs, Maryland-based Ghanian journeyman Ben Odamattey (16-16-3, 9 KOs) in the first round. Halili dropped Odamattey, then got a referee’s intervention with his follow up barrage. The bout lasted 77 seconds.
Undefeated middleweight and former amateur world champion Cem Killic (6-0, 3 KOs) of Sherman Oaks, California, via Frankfurt, Germany, scored a second round TKO over debuting Jerhed Fenderson of Las Vegas. A left hand from the much more experienced Killic dropped Fenderson in round two and the referee waved it off. Time was 1:50.
Welterweight prospect Malik Hawkins (9-0, 7 KOs) of Baltimore, Maryland, topped Portland, Oregon’s Sean Gee (3-5) over four rounds by scores of 40-36 across the board.
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
Junior featherweight Carlos “The Solution” Morales (14-1-3, 6 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Cuban Luis “La Estrella” Franco (14-1-1, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles. Scores were 98-92, 97-93, 96-94. “The Solution,” who got off to a shaky start in his career with a loss and three draws in his first four fights, won his 14th straight bout and claimed the vacant NABA title.
Unbeaten featherweight Joet Gonzalez (14-0, 6 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Sergio Lopez (19-12-1, 12 KOs). The fight was a slugfest with both fighters connecting hard and often. Scores of 100-90, 99-91, 98-92 didn’t reflect the competitiveness of the fight.
Debuting jr middleweight Angel Bojado defeated Euris Silverio (0-4) by four round unanimous decision. Bojado is the brother of former jr welterweight contender Francisco “Panchito” Bojado.
Photos: Ryan Hafey / Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten super middleweight David “El Bandera Roja” Benavidez (16-0, 15 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Denis “Momma’s Boy” Douglin (20-5, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Benavidez dropped Douglin in round nine and got a referee’s stoppage in round ten. Time was :35.
Unbeaten IBF #10 lightweight Alejandro “El Charro” Luna (21-0, 15 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over late sub Naim Nelson (13-2, 1 KO). Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 97-93. Nelson replaced former European lightweight champion Stephen “The Rock” Ormond (21-2, 11 KOs) of Ireland, who weighed in a whopping 4.5 pounds heavy.
Chazz Witherspoon 235 vs. Mike Marrone 243.2
Emanuel Taylor 140.8 vs. Carlos Aguilera 137.6
Samuel Teah 139 vs. Samuel Amoako 138.6
Mike Hilton 196 vs. Cortez Reed 197
Elijah Vines 152.2 vs. Julian Valerio 155.2
LeShawn Rodriguez 160.6 vs. Jason Wahr 153.8
Jaron Ennis 144.8 vs. Matt Murphy 143.4
Alberto Martinez 134.6 vs. Luis Perozo 132
Promoters: D and D Promotions & Silver Spoon Promotions
Venue: Grundy Arena, Bristol, PA
1st Bell: 6 PM
By Marco Bratusch
This afternoon at 3PM local time, the purse bid for the next EBU light-heavyweight title was held at the European Boxing Union’s offices in Rome, Italy. German promoter Ulf Steinforth, owner of “SES Boxing”, earned the right to stage the contest between French titleholder Mehdi Amar (33-4-2, 16 KOs) and mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz (49-5-1, 29 KOs), by presenting an offer of 85,620 Euro. French entrepreneur and former boxer Malamine Koné of “MK Events,” who promotes Amar, offered 45,000 Euro. SES Boxing’s team is already working on a suitable date and will very likely set the fight in Germany the next Autumn, possibly in Magdeburg where the company usually sets several boxing events.
Former long-time WBO super middleweight champion Stieglitz will fight for the third time after the KO loss suffered against Arthur Abraham last year, a fight that concluded their four-fight rivalry. Stieglitz has since then come back winning two fights inside the distance. 34-year-old champion Amar, from Marseille, won the vacant EBU 175 lb. title outboxing Sergey Demchenko last May in Paris.
Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz 134.6 vs. Cesar Vazquez 135.4
Trevor McCumby 177.2 vs. Dion Savage 179
Egor Mekhontsev 174.4 vs. Alexander Johnson 174.6
Alfonso Olvera 140 vs. Jose Maruffo 142
Alexander Besputin 151 vs. Kevin Womack 148.6
Gerardo Avila 129.8 vs. Jensen Ramirez 130.8
Albert Alvarez 163.4 vs. Yomi Heredia 164.6
Jesus Arevalo 130.2 vs. Manual Lopez 132.4
Mike Martinez 114.4 vs. Jesse Ruiz 114.2
Venue: Casino Del Sol, Tucson, AZ
Promoter: Top Rank
Tickets: This Event Is Sold Out