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Mayweather-Maidana II Wrap-up

By David Robinett
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Following Floyd Mayweather’s unanimous decision victory over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, a few of the fighters from the “Mayhem” card spoke with reporters before the pound-for-pound king held court at the post-fight press conference.

Newly crowned IBF lightweight champion and Mayweather protégé Mickey Bey thanked the various people supporting him before good-naturedly revealing his incentive for beating the crafty veteran Miguel Vazquez. “I want to thank all of the people who went against me,” said Bey. “95% of the writers said he [Vazquez] was going to box my ears off and beat me easy. So that motivated me.”

Bey also countered critics who suggested his title reign may be a short one. “There’s more to come,” announced Bey. “I’m happy I won the title, but this is just the beginning.”

Although he fell short of a victory, Marcos Maidana struck a similarly defiant tone with reporters.

“I want to first say that I am happy to have fought twice against Floyd Mayweather,” began Maidana. “I think I did a terrific job. Many fighters have fought against him and I don’t think they’ve done what I’ve been able to do, which is land so many punches against Mayweather.”

Maidana continued, “I felt that I did enough to win but what can I say? If the judges like a fighters that runs as much as Floyd then there’s nothing I can do about it. I think he’s beatable, I think you just have to attack him.” (more…)



September 16th, 2014



Boxing Result

Boxing Buzz

Las Vegas media take on a possible Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. More

Floyd Mayweather after-fight action in Vegas. More

Other beltholders line up for Carl Frampton. More

On Cecelia Braekhus’ historic unification win. More



September 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Chris Algieri Update

Undefeated WBO jr. welterweight world champion Chris Algieri will be on TV TWICE on Tuesday to talk about his Nov. 22 pay-per-view challenge of WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.

“Good Day New York” – FOX 5 News New York (between 7 – 8 a.m. ET)
“Varney & Co” – FOX Business (between 11 a.m. – Noon ET)



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Persoon to face Prazak on Nov 11

Belgian female star Delfine Persoon will defend her WBC lightweight title on November 11 in her adopted home town of Zwevezele, Belgium against dangerous Diane Prazak. Prazak is according to boxrec 2nd as pound for pound female boxer. Persoon will have a non-title warm up fight on September 27 against Judy Waguthii. Waguthii gave a hard time to Holland female star Esther Schouten.
Prazak is the current WBC superfeatherweight champion which she won in a dramatic fight against Frida Wallberg. Prazak successfully defended her title once against Shannon O’Connell.
Prazak will step up in weight to face Delfine Persoon.



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Rosado says he’s fighting Kirkland on Nov 8

Middleweight Gabriel Rosado, last seen stopping Bryan Vera in a BKB match last month, has announced via social media that he will return on November 8 in Atlantic City against James Kirkland in what is sure to be an all action affair. Headlining that card will be the light heavyweight unification clash between WBA/IBF champion Bernard Hopkins and WBO champ Sergei Kovalev.



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Rivera-Ponomarev headlines Saturday on UniMas

Tijuana’s Cosme “Chino” Rivera (37-18-3) will face Konstantin Ponomarev (24-0, 12KO) in Saturday’s main event bout at Phoenix’s Celebrity Theatre. Heavyweight contender Andy Ruiz, who was originally slated to be in the main event spot, was forced to withdraw from the contest due to family reasons. The bout will be televised on Unimas’ Solo Boxeo Tecate.

Rivera, who hails from Tijuana, Mexico, promises to be Ponomarev’s toughest opponent to date. In his last outing in May, Rivera knocked out Ty Barnett in the 9th round of a 10-round contest. Barnett was the hometown favorite in the Washington DC bout, and Rivera was subsequently attacked by a local fan.

Russia’s Ponomarev is trained by Jesse Reid Sr., who has described him as a “Young Canizales,” and has said Ponomarev yields tremendous speed, dedication and heart. The ten round contest will take place at 140 lbs. (more…)



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Saunders-Eubank grudge-match added to Fury-Chisora II

By James Slater

Promoter Frank Warren today announced a support bout to the rescheduled Tyson Fury-Dereck Chisora heavyweight rematch set for The ExCel Arena in London on November 29th: bitter middleweight rivals Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Junior will clash for the European title currently held by Saunders.

For a long time, these two have traded insults, each convinced he has the beating of the other. Now, in a fight that has reminded some of the fabulous British middleweight fights of the 19080 and ’90s – such as Nigel Benn-Michael Watson and Benn against Chris Eubank Senior – the two unbeaten fighters will settle their differences.

25-year-old southpaw Saunders, in compiling a (20-0, 11 KOs) pro record, has also won the British and Commonwealth titles. Whereas the 24-year-old Eubank Junior, at (17-0, 12) will be going for his first pro title. Some fans may well see this fight as a big leap for Eubank, seeing as he has yet to fight in more than one scheduled ten-rounder and go beyond the 8th-round. (more…)



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Yusaf Mack Headlines in NJ

Former light heavyweight contender Yusaf “Mack Attack” Mack (31-7) fighting out of Philadelphia will headline the KEA Boxing Promotion’s “Fight Night at the Park III” event that will take place on Saturday, October 25th at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen, NJ. Mack is coming off a short layoff in hopes to return back in the rankings where he recently fought for the IBF Title against Carl Froch just a short time ago.

Andre Kut, President of KEA Boxing Promotions has promised to deliver yet again another action packed card with 8 + professional bouts to New Jersey boxing fans. Kut says fans will get the opportunity to see world class boxers, rising prospects, and the local favorites, up close and in a safe environment. With no bad seat in the house he is providing an evening “Featuring the Next Generation of Champions” as his company motto says. This will be Kut’s 10th year of promoting shows in the tri state area.

The card will also feature rising welterweight prospect Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (11-1) of Union City,NJ who also is looking to make his mark yet again after coming off a recent loss on Shobox to Sammy Vasquez on the Iron Mike Productions show last April. Along with Rodriguez, Kut has slated 8 other professional bouts for the evening with more details to follow! For information and tickets visit www.keaboxing.com or call (973) 903-2907.



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Opinion: Mayweather void of killer instinct

By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Sumio Yamada

The highly anticipated rematch of Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana was shown live here in Japan, and we hear many opinions and impressions—pro and con—on Money’s performance. Our boxing fans traditionally love aggressive fighters such as Fighting Harada or “Fierce Eagle” Yoko Gushiken (who kept his belt on thirteen occasions thanks to his furious aggression). We prefer hard-punchers or KO artists to artful dodgers. Problem is for what our fight fans come and see boxing by paying for tickets or by paying to cable televisions. People wish to buy “thrill” in return for money.

Mayweather’s showing of yesterday greatly disappointed our thrill-thirsty TV watchers—all around Japan. We had highly expected Floyd’s knockout victory this time since Marcos had a notorious weakness in the midsection shown in the first round against Amir Khan and also revealed in the process of yesterday’s rematch. This reporter, one of commentators, really wondered why Mayweather wouldn’t go out and bring home the bacon early like Joe Gans now that Maidana was apparently through in the middle of the lopsided contest. Floyd said, “Maidana bit my fingers, and my fingers were numb after the eighth round.” Should his fingers have been complete, could he or would he have tried to knock him out after the eighth? Probably he wouldn’t and couldn’t—because of his usual safety-first strategy. (more…)



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Cleverly-Bellew II deal close as duo prepare for epic domestic grudge match

Promoter Eddie Hearn says that the hotly anticipated rematch between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew is close to being finalized. Cleverly earned a narrow win over Bellew in October 2011 when he defended his WBO World Light Heavyweight title on enemy territory in Liverpool. The bad blood between the pair has continued for years since that first clash and with both men now operating at Cruiserweight, a second fight is close to reality. The pair could’ve faced each other on December 6 in Sheffield as part of a bumper show with Kell Brook defending his IBF World Welterweight title, but with Brook out of action until 2015, Hearn has moved quickly to find a new date and venue for the must-see clash.

“We are almost there,” said Hearn. “Having been originally set for December 6, we are now finalizing a new date and venue and I hope to have the deal tied up this week. (more…)



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

KO Artist Feigenbutz signs with Team Sauerland

Team Sauerland has announced a long-term cooperation with Vincent Feigenbutz (14-1, 13 KOs), one of German boxing’s most exciting young talents. Having turned professional at the tender age of sixteen, the Karlsruhe-based super middleweight has built a reputation as a fearsome puncher. Said promoter Kalle Sauerland, “The power this young man boasts is scary. With his power and aggressive fighting style, he has the makings of a real fan favorite.”

The nineteen year-old’s explosive knockout power will be on display again on September 27 at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany. An opponent for Feigenbutz, who is going to defend his WBO Intercontinental title, will be announced shortly. In the main event, WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will try to fend off another challenger in Paul Smith.



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing returns to network TV Saturday

Boxing makes a rare network TV appearance this Saturday. NBC will televise a ten round NABF cruiserweight title fight between Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu (16-1, 11 KOs) and Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-7-1, 7 KOs), taking place at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. The Mchunu-Wilson telecast will be broadcast live beginning 3PM ET, noon PT. The co-feature is a ten-round battle pitting Karl “Dynamite” Dargan, (16-0, 8 KO’s) against Angino “The Nightmare” Perez (16-5, 14 KOs) for the junior NABF lightweight title.



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

“It shames the sport”: Amir Khan on Marcos Maidana’s alleged “bite.” More

Khan on Floyd Mayweather: He’s showing signs of aging. More

Yet another fight erupts, between fans, after a Mayweather card at the MGM in Las Vegas. More

Carl Frampton interested in showdown with Leo Santa Cruz. More



September 15th, 2014

Boxing News

Oscar honored by State of Nevada

Photos: Gene Blevins – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, six division world champion, 2014 International Boxing Hall of Fame Inductee and President/Founder of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar De la Hoya received the “Key to the Las Vegas Strip” on Saturday in front of the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The “Golden Boy” was being honored at the proclamation of “Oscar De La Hoya Day” by Nevada State Senator Ruben Kihuen (Center) and Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly on behalf of Clark County and The Las Vegas Strip to kick-off the State of Nevada’s Cultural Weekend Celebration of Mexican Independence Day.

Photos



September 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Breaking down the Mayweather-Maidana 2 official scorecard

By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla

A look at the Nevada State Athletic Commission official scorecard gives us a look at the round-by-round scoring in Saturday night’s rematch between WBC/WBA welterweight and super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana. Judges scores it closer than most at ringside with judges Dave Moretti (116-111) and John McKaie (116-111) both awarding Maidana four rounds, and Guido Cavalleri (115-112) seeing five rounds going Maidana’s way.

All three gave Mayweather rounds one, two, three, five, seven and eight, and Maidana rounds ten and twelve. Moretti went against McKaie and Cavalleri, in giving Mayweather round four (seemingly Maidana’s best round). Moretti also disagreed with his colleagues in giving round nine to Mayweather and round eleven to Maidana. McKaie went against the other two judges in giving Mayweather round six. Cavalleri’s scores were always in the majority.

mayweather-maidana2-scorecard



September 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Undisputed champion Braekhus: I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time

Photo Wende

Photo Wende


Boxing history was made in Copenhagen, Denmark Saturday night. Norwegian star Cecilia Brækhus (26-0, 7 KOs) became the first female boxer to unify a division by holding all four major titles simultaneously. The WBC, WBA & WBO Champion scored a unanimous decision victory over IBF Champion Ivana Habazin (13-2, 5 KOs) to become the undisputed welterweight queen. Cheered on by her loyal army of travelling Norwegian fans, Brækhus once again proved why she is the pound-for-pound female number one with a classy performance against the tenacious Habazin. All three judges scored the fight 100-90 in favour of ‘The First Lady.’

“I’ve been dreaming of this moment for a long time,” said Braekhus. “To become the first female boxer to unify a division is a huge achievement and something that I am extremely proud of. I would like to thank all the fans that travelled to Copenhagen to support me and Ivana for the part she played in this historic fight.”

Promoter Nisse Sauerland added “Cecilia is a phenomenal athlete. Not only will she go down in history as the first female unified champion but it is our belief that she will be remembered as the greatest female boxer of all time.”



September 14th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Brasilia Post-Fight Bonus Recap

UFC Brazil Managing Director Grace Tourinho was joined at the Fight Night Brasilia post fight press conference by Andrei Arlovski, Bigfoot Silva, Gleison Tibau, Francisco Trinaldo, Leonardo Santos, Jessica Andrade, and Godofredo Pepey . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT: Hunt vs. Nelson is LIVE on UFC FIGHT PASS on Saturday, Sept. 20 at 3 AM ET/12 AM PT . . . Click here for more



September 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Amir Khan calls out Mayweather, asks if Floyd is “afraid of the speed, explosiveness and power!”

By James Slater

Amir Khan, after having sorted out some visa issues, was allowed to travel to Las Vegas to witness superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr’s return fight with Marcos Maidana. And, in speaking with British media after Mayweather’s 12-round unanimous decision victory, Khan said he is convinced he has the beating of the now 47-0 great. “After seeing him win I believe I will beat him,” Khan said of Mayweather. “Floyd, as we all know, isn’t the biggest puncher. His footwork has slowed down, he only throws single punches and gets hit a lot more. We all know Maidana isn’t the quickest, and he still got through with shots. Now it makes sense why the fight isn’t happening between me and Mayweather. Is he afraid of the speed, explosiveness and power? Floyd – let’s get it on!”

Outside of Manny Pacquiao or a highly unlikely jump to middleweight for Floyd, Khan is arguably the best and most intriguing next opponent for Mayweather. Khan is scheduled to fight a TBA on December 6th (with rumours strongly suggesting the tough Josesito Lopez will get the fight), and assuming he wins what will be his second fight at welterweight, it could be Mayweather-Khan next May.

And whether Khan scores the upset win or not, one thing is sure: Khan will not resort to dirty tactics such as biting Mayweather; something Maidana clearly did last night.



September 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather claims bite, Maidana denies it

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Both Floyd Mayweather and Marcos Maidana spoke with SHOWTIME’s Jim Gray after the bout. Here are the highlights:

Floyd Mayweather: “He bit my hand, he bit my fingers. My fingers were numb. My hand was numb. I really couldn’t use my left hand, but I won the best way I know how. We were tangled up in the center of the ring and he bit me. He bit my left hand.

“I felt sharper in the first fight. This time I felt dry and dead and my fingers were numb after the eighth round.

“I’d give myself a C-. I could have been better…I got hit with some shots tonight I should’t have got hit with, but that comes with the sport.

“I’m going to go back to talk to my team to see what we can assess, to see what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather. And once again, I’m not ducking or dodging no opponent. If the Manny Pacquiao fight presents itself, let’s make it happen.”

Marcos Maidana: “I thought I won the fight, but if judges like to give the fight to fighters that run I guess they gave it to him. I felt I was the aggressor and kept the pressure.

“He kept holding and pushing, but the ref wouldn’t do anything about it. Instead he took points away from me.

“Maybe he thinks I’m a dog, but no I didn’t bite him. He was rubbing my eyes with his glove. Maybe he had his glove in my mouth. That doesn’t mean I bit him.

“For me I think I won.”



September 14th, 2014

Boxing News

Mayweather defeats Maidana in one-sided bout

By David Robinett
Photos: Joel A. Colon/PRBB

Floyd Mayweather, (47-0, 26 KOs), retained his WBC and WBA welterweight titles, along with his WBC super welterweight title, with an unimpressively dominant decision over Marcos Maidana, (35-5, 31 KOs), that had the 16,144 fans in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas booing through most of the final round. Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 116-111.

Like in his only other rematch, against Jose Luis Castillo, Mayweather adjusted from the first fight by minimizing the sustained action with constant movement around the ring and grabbing his opponent when the ring was cut off.

As a consequence, Maidana did not have the early success against Mayweather that he had in their first fight, which effectively sapped the fight of any drama or competitive potential. Maidana did occasionally catch Mayweather with his right hand, but unlike their first fight where Mayweather took risks in engaging Maidana against the ropes and standing in the pocket, resulting in a memorable bout, Mayweather’s primary goal this night was to avoid danger. Ironically the most discomfort Mayweather suffered in the fight was a bizarre incident in round eight where Maidana appeared to bite Mayweather’s glove that was pressing onto Maidana’s face. Referee Kenny Bayless also deducted a point from Maidana in round ten for pushing Mayweather down with a forearm to the neck.

Mayweather was his usual gracious self in his postfight comments, thanking the fans and saying he could perform better. Photos



September 13th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Brasilia Main: The Pit Bull Bites Back, KOs Silva

Written off by many after a lackluster effort in his June victory over Brendan Schaub, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski announced his re-emergence into the title race Saturday night at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil with a first round knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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September 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Santa Cruz demolishes Roman

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

WBC super bantamweight world champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (27-0-1, 15 KOs) of Lincoln Heights by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, scored a second round knock out over his former sparring partner Manuel “Suavecito” Roman (17-2-3, 6 KOs) of Paramount, California, on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Santa Cruz began working the body early in the opening round as Roman boxed and circled. However an overhand right dropped Roman in round two and he struggled to get up, forcing referee Robert Byrd to stop the fight at 55 seconds. Santa Cruz remains undefeated as he improves to 28-0-1, 16 KOs. Roman drops to 17-3-3, 6 KOs.

“I trained really hard and I did what I had to do to give the fans a great fight,” Santa Cruz said. “If I had to finish fast that’s what I had to do. I just came to do my job. We train hard in the gym to make it easy in the ring…I want Guillermo Rigondeaux. I’m not scared of him. I want my manager to make the fight so I can prove I’m the best.”



September 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Bey tops Vazquez in snoozer

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


By David Robinett at ringside

In a spectacle that boxing historians may one day conclude was the worst boxing match ever, Mickey Bey dethroned IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez by twelve-round split decision, 115-113, 113-115, 119-109 on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Bey deserved the decision, insomuch as there had to be a winner, but the fight was devoid of any sustained action, drama, or eventually interest among the fans in attendance.

The fight started off as a jabbing contest and unfortunately did not improve from there. To his credit, Bey attempted to initiate most of the action, following Vazquez around the ring and landing occasional lead left hands in between sporadic jabs. Vazquez on the other hand went to great lengths to avoid any sustained combat, either by grabbing immediately after throwing a punch or often simply refusing to stand close enough to Bey for either fighter to engage. Ultimately the judges appeared to favor Bey’s cleaner punching, on those occasions punches were thrown, and his willingness to try and make the fight despite Vazquez’s tactics, with two of the judges awarding Bey all of the final five rounds.

“I’m #1 in the lightweight division,” Bey said. “He was #1 and now it’s me. I’m not surprised that I won, I’m just really happy. He was head-butting and holding the entire time. I won every round and I beat him with one hand (hurt his right). I told my team I wasn’t going to slip and now I’m #1 in the division.”



September 13th, 2014

Boxing News

De La Rosa knocks down, upsets Angulo

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


By Miguel Maravilla at ringside

Middleweight James De La Rosa pulled the upset over Mexican slugger Alfredo “Perro” Angulo of Mexicali, winning a ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night opening the Mayweather-Maidana pay-per-view card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Angulo stalked De la Rosa from the opening bell, however in the closing seconds of round two, a left hand dropped Angulo. Halfway through the fight Angulo began to bleed from his right eye as De La Rosa continued to land. Referee Russell Mora deducted a point from Angulo in round seven for a low blow.

Sensing the urgency Angulo rallied late, landing power shots and staggering De La Rosa in the final round. In the end, it was too little, too late. Judges scored the bout 98-90, 96-92, and 99-89 for De La Rosa, who improves his record to 23-3, 13 KOs. Angulo suffers his third straight loss and drops to 23-5, 18 KOs.



September 13th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Brasilia Prelims: Pepey Subs Johnson in One

Fortaleza featherweight Godofredo Pepey made it two furious finishes in a row Saturday at the Ginásio Nilson Nelson in Brasilia, Brazil, as he followed up his knockout of Noad Lahat in March with a first-round submission of Dashon Johnson in UFC Fight Night prelim action . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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September 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Soto outworks Molina

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME


By David Robinett at ringside

In a chippy affair featuring three point deductions, several warnings, and a sprinkling of bad acting, former three division champion Humberto Soto continued to stay relevant after grinding out a unanimous decision over John Molina, Jr., by scores of 95-92, 95-92, and 96-91 in a ten-round junior welterweight contest on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Soto, (65-8, 32 KOs), was able to neutralize the power of the hard-punching Molina, (27-5, 22 KOs), by consistently getting off first and peppering Molina with quick, accurate combinations before Molina could set his feet and fire. Although Molina still managed to land several hard right hands, Soto’s chin proved up to the task. Soto proved equally durable below the belt, suffering multiple low blows by Molina that resulted in two point deductions and multiple warnings by referee Jay Nady. Soto returned the favor in the final round, tagging Molina low and prompting his own point deduction from Nady, although Molina tried to generate additional points by cringing visibly in the last two rounds whenever Soto landed within several inches of his beltline. Theatrics aside, a solid win by Soto which sets him up as a future player in the division.



September 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Off TV Results from Las Vegas

Unbeaten Las Vegas-based cruiserweight Andrew Tabiti stopped Caleb Grummet in the last round in a scheduled six rounder. Tabiti boxed working patiently early as Grummet pressed. In round three Tahiti appeared to be breaking down Grummet working the body effectively. Grummet continued to bring it but Tabiti teed off with combinations as referee Vic Drackulich stopped the fight at 2:01 of round six. Tabiti continues his knockout streak as he improves to 8-0, 8 KOs. Grummet falls to 4-4-1, 3 KOs. – Miguel Maravilla

Junior welterweight Armando Lopes, (5-3, 1 KO), pulled off the upset unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Argentine prospect Damian Sosa, (8-1, 6 KOs), by scores of 57-56, 58-55, and 59-54 in a six-round contest. Fighting for just the second time outside of Argentina, Sosa had substantial difficulty with the height and reach of the taller Lopes, resorting to lunging in and throwing wild, looping hooks to avoid the southpaw Lopes’ defensive right jab and follow-up left hands. Lopes caught Sosa flat-footed in round two with a left hook, dropping the Argentine to the canvas. Sosa was not seriously hurt but spent the majority of the fight eating more left hands before rallying too little too late in the last round over a tiring Lopes, who made it to the bell with only marginal difficulty. – David Robinett

Welterweight Fabian Andres Maidana, the younger brother of Marcos “Chino” Maidana was victorious as he made quick work of Jared Teer (2-3) in a scheduled four rounder. The Argentinian dropped Teer in the opening round, Teer got up as Maidana followed up with a barrage of punches sending Teer to the canvas once again as referee Jay Nady waived the bout at 2:07. Maidana gets his third win as he now stands at 3-0, 2 KOs. – Miguel Maravilla

It was an inauspicious beginning for Mayweather Promotions in the opening bout of “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2″ at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, as Kevin Newman, fighting out of the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas, was held to a draw in his pro debut by winless Azamat Umarzoda, (0-5-2), in a four-round super middleweight bout. Although Newman clearly appeared the better fighter, he spent most of the fight moving and countering very selectively while Umarzoda earned the draw by virtue of his volume and agression, even if most of his punches landed on arms and shoulders or missed altogether. Each fighter received a 39-37 score with the third judge scoring the bout a 38-38 draw. – David Robinett



September 13th, 2014

Boxing News

Braekhus unifies WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO titles

Photo: Photo Wende

In a history making female world title unification fight, WBC/WBA/WBO welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (26-0, 7 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over IBF champion Ivana Habazin (13-2, 5 KOs) to claim the undisputed title on Saturday night at TAP1 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Scores were 100-90 on all cards.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Erik Skogland (21-0, 11 KOs) outpointed Stefano Abatangelo (18-4-1, 6 KOs) over twelve in a bout for the European and IBF Intercontinental belts. Scores were 118-109, 118-108 and 120-106.

Klara Svensson (14-0, 5 KOs) is new the interim WBC female super lightweight champion after wining a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Marie Riederer (15-2-1, 10 KOs) by scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91.

Cruiserweight Miki Nielsen (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round KO over Tamas Bajzeth (10-12-1, 5 KOs).

In a battle of unbeaten jr middleweights, Arman Torosyan (13-0-1, 10 KOs) scored a first round KO over Torben Keller (10-1-1, 3 KOs).



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Boxing News

Quigg destroys Jamoye to retain WBA belt

Photos: Scott J. Raven

WBA super bantamweight champion Scott Quigg (29-0-2, 22 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Stephane Jamoye (26-6, 16 KOs) at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester, England. Quigg, a 20:1 favorite, ended matters with a body shot. Jamoye beat the count, but the bout was waved off at 1:13 by referee Terry O’Connor. Quigg made his fourth defense of the WBA belt, while Jamoye has now lost three of his last four. Quigg has a mandatory due against Chris Avalos, but is looking to take on IBF champion Carl Frampton instead.

Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (8-0, 8 KOs) continued to impress with a third round TKO over veteran Konstantin Airich (21-10-2, 17 KOs). Joshua dropped Airich in round three and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:16.

A fight between lightweights Anthony Crolla (28-4-1, 11 KOs) and former world champion Gamaliel Diaz (38-11-3, 17 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after an accidental headbutt left Diaz with a cut over the right eye. It looked to be shaping to be a good scrap before the bout was waved off at the end of round three.

Welterweight Sam Eggington (12-2, 5 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Denton Vassell (20-2, 10 KOs) in a good action fight. Eggington got a referee’s stoppage after a barrage of shots. Time was 2:36. The bout was a British title eliminator.

Lightweight Scott Cardle (16-0, 4 KOs) needed just 46 seconds to demolish Kirk Goodings (11-2, 3 KOs). Cardle claimed the English title and earned a shot at the British belt. photos



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