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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Fahlan Sakkreerin Junior IBF#9 (27-3-1, 15KOs) will challenge the IBF Mini flyweight champion Katsunari Takayama (28-7-1, 11KOs) on April 22, 2015 at Body Maker Coliseum, Osaka, Japan. Sakkreerin Junior scored the upset of the year in Osaka, Japan in 2013 by knocking out former WBA champion Ryo Miyazaki (22-1-3) in round three on December 31, 2013. Sakkreerin Junior said. ” My father Fahlan Sakkreerin (54-4-3, 23KOs) was former IBF Champion at 105 lbs in 1990-1992. This is my dream to bring my father’s belt back to Thailand and it will belong to me. ”
Jimmy Chaichotchuang the manager of Sakkreerin Junior said. “I am proud to have been the promoter of Fahlan’s father and also Sakkreerin junior. I am excited to see Sakkreerin Junior will make his dream come true. This is a history making in the world of boxing when Father and Son become champion in same division in same belt. Takayama is a great champion who was former WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO in 105 lbs and IBF title holder three times. This is showdown at the little giant weight class.”
Junior welterweight stars Lucas “La Maquina” Matthysse (36-3, 34 KOs) and “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) participated in an international media conference call on Monday to talk about their April 18 showdown at The Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Their twelve-round fight will be televised live as part of a split site doubleheader on HBO.
Lucas Matthysse: “I’m glad to be facing fighters of the caliber of Ruslan Provodnikov…I’m ready to fight a tough fight.”
“Come April 18 the world will know that the best 140-pounders will be fighting that night.”
Ruslan Provodnikov: “I’m not saying I’m better than Matthysse or anyone else. I just know I can beat anybody…I’m going to do my talking in the ring.”
[On Freddie Roach not being in his corner on fight night] “Everything is fine. It’s not the first time Roach will not be in my corner for a fight.”
truTV and Top Rank will partner to exclusively televise a live Friday night primetime boxing series beginning Friday, May 1, at 10 p.m. ET. The new boxing series, in association with Turner Sports and HBO Sports, will launch on the eve of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao pay-per-view fight with a card featuring two title bouts inside The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.
Maximizing visibility, the inaugural series on truTV will feature three consecutive weeks of boxing coverage in May – all airing on the evening prior to a Saturday night HBO fight event – along with a slate of five additional fights to be scheduled over the remainder of the year. The schedule will regularly feature some of the most exciting, established young talent in boxing. Turner Sports and HBO Sports, with its long and rich history with the sport of boxing, will contribute resources as well as marketing and digital platforms in support of the new series.
The main event on Friday, May 1, will showcase Takahiro Ao (27-3-1, 16 KOs) from Chiba, Japan, vs. Ray Beltran (29-7-1, 17 KOs) from Los Mochis, Mexico, in a 12-round bout for the vacant WBO Lightweight World Championship. The undercard will include two undefeated fighters in action – Mikael Zewski (26-0, 23 KOs) from Quebec, Canada, vs. Konstantin Ponomarev (27-0, 13 KOs) from Miass, Russia – in a 10-round bout for the NABF Welterweight Championship. (more…)
Puerto Rican contender McWilliams Arroyo will fight against a new Mexican opponent in “The War” when he faces Ismael “Sapito” Garnica on Saturday, April 11, at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico on the show presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) in association with Zanfer Promotions, which will air on “Pay Per View” in Puerto Rico, United States and Canada for all cable TV and satellite systems.
Arroyo (15-2, 13 KOs) was to face former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in the card, headlined by WBO jr lightweight champion, Orlando “Siri” Salido, and two-time former champion 130-pound WBO Roman “Rocky” Martinez, but Garcia Hirales group decided to take a fight in Mexico this Saturday and not travel to Puerto Rico for the April 11 bout. (more…)
The previously announced April 17th ESPN Friday Night Fights card has shaken up a bit. The card at the beautiful Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, was originally slated to be headlined by Sergey Derevyanchenko (4-0, 3 KOs) taking on Elvin Ayala (27-6-1, 12 KOs). With Ayala facing a legal situation, promoter Lou DiBella has elected to replace the feature bout, moving Derevyanchenko over to his April 10th ShoBox card, and sliding in red-hot undefeated junior middleweight Tony Harrison (20-0, 17 KOs) into the main event slot. Harrison is set to square off against Mexico’s Pablo Munguia (20-6, 11 KOs) in the 10-round feature bout. (more…)
By Jerry Glick at ringside
A packed house at Resorts Casino in Queens, NY, watched nine competitive fights, promoted by New Legend, with an assist from DiBella Entertainment and Star of David promotions on Saturday night during the latest installment of “International Fight Night” series.
In a main event, undefeated junior featherweight prospect Antonio Nieves (11-0, 5 KOs) of Cleveland, OH was the busier man in his toe-to-toe brawl with journeyman Saul Tejada (5-4-2, 1 KO) of Leon, Spain. Nieves was able to land fast whipping hard lefts to the body and more punches overall throughout the eight round encounter. (more…)
Light heavyweight Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr. (17-1, 14 KOs) will battle Cory “Black Ice” Cummings (18-8-1, 13 KOs) in a ten-rounder headlining the 18th installment of the “Rockin Fights” series on April 18th from The Paramount in Huntington, NY. This will be the first main event for Smith at The Paramount. Hailing from nearby Mastic, Smith will have a large throng of supporters on hand as he steps up in class against Cummings.
By Karl Freitag
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) and challenger Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs) had a conference call last week to discuss Saturday afternoon’s CBS-televised world title clash at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. However questions addressed to Stevenson repeatedly had to do with rival IBF/WBO/WBA champion Sergey Kovalev rather than his fight with Bika. “I’m very focused on Bika right now,” said Stevenson over and over. “Bika is in my face now. I don’t see Kovalev or anybody in my face now, just Bika.”
Bika’s trainer Kevin Cunningham finally commented “I want to thank the media on this conference call for getting my fighter fired up. I don’t have to do it because you guys have done it for me. He feels disrespected. He doesn’t even see the reason he needed to be on this conference call because the conference call was basically about Stevenson and Kovalev. So you guys have helped me out in terms of motivating my fighter and I appreciate it.” (more…)
By Craig Wick
Photos: Tom Barnes/Hitz Boxing
High drama and higher stakes were on the line at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN Saturday night as veteran Chicago fight promoter, Bobby Hitz, presented a ten-bout card that had major implications for local favorite and headliner, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez. A win by Jimenez, taking on the dangerous Kevin Engel, garnered him a coveted slot on the undercard of the May 2nd Mayweather vs Pacquiao blockbuster. An upset loss however would not only dash a career best payday, not to mention future big fight opportunities, but would relegate Jimenez back to Midwest, main- event status, taking on the kinds of opponents who aren’t household names even in their own households. High stakes indeed. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA treasurer Alberto Sarmiento passed away last Saturday in his native Venezuela at the age of 73. Sarmiento was always recognized as a friendly and respected representative of the WBA, which he joined the early 70s after working in boxing in Caracas, Venezuela. He was WBA supervisor for 30 world title fights. Fightnews.com joins in the condolences for the loss of a great man of boxing.
Some of the best, most important and most memorable fights in UFC history have taken place in the month of April. With four events rapidly approaching next month, here’s a look through the history books at 10 classics that truly stand out . . . click here for more
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Report and photos by Joe Koizumi
Japanese challenger Ryosuke Maruki (9-3-1, 7 KOs), 153.75, impressively captured the WBC Youth super-welterweight belt when he scored a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of defending champ Petchsuriya Singwangcha (22-12, 9 KOs), 153.75, from Thailand, at 1:20 of their rematch on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. It was a grudge fight since Petchsuriya defeated him by a hard-fought majority decision last July. Ryosuke, who celebrated his birthday on this fight day, is a son of his manager/trainer Takao Maruki, former world title challenger who unfortunately failed to win the WBA junior feather belt from Samuel Serrano via unanimous decision in Nagoya in 1978. Takao now handles Ryosuke as well as his elder brother Kazuya (18-3, 12 KOs), now JBC’s #11 super-light contender. (more…)
Light heavyweight Yuniesky Gonzalez (16-0, 12 KOs) remained undefeated as he demolished Brad Austin (10-17, 7 KOs) with a 3rd round stoppage at The Belle of Baton Rouge Casino, Baton Rouge, LA on Saturday night. Gonzalez dropped Austin three times, once in each round, before the referee finally called an end to the bout in the 3rd round. Gonzalez, a former Cuban amateur star, is promoted by Star Boxing, trained by Orlando Cuellar and managed by Michael Luzbeth. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australia-based Tongan heavyweight Bowie Tupou (25-3, 17 KOs) scored a ten round split decision over former Australian champion Hunter Sam (11-5-2, 4 KOs) on Friday to capture the WBO African title at Club Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Scores Max Murphy 96-94, Gary Dean 97-95, Kevin Hogan 93-99.
Tupou was based in the USA from 2007 to 2012 scoring victories over Chris Koval, Alexis Meijas, Manuel Quezada and Donnell Holmes but suffered losses to Demetrice King, Malik Scott and Bryant Jennings.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Father Dave Smith who manages world class welterweight Solomon Egberime talks to Fightnews about Egberime’s recent victory over Gerardo Cuevas and his future boxing in the USA under Joseph Horn and trainer Luis Tapia.. Father Dave is Anglican Priest whose church in in Sydney and he talks further about his own boxing career and his trips to Syria with Egberime when they trained children on how to box which can be seen on YouTube.
Kell Brook gives Amir Khan 48 hours to decide on a showdown for the “Battle of Britain.”
Manny Pacquiao’s recurring calf cramps causing concern.
Former champ Carl Froch expecting third child.
Nonito Donaire eyes championship fight at 122.
By James Slater
Aside from a super-bantamweight unification meeting between rival champions Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg, an Amir Khan-Kell Brook showdown is arguably the most talked about all-British super-fight that could be made this year. IBF welterweight champion Brook – who looked sensational in becoming the first man to halt Jo Jo Dan in last night’s Sheffield homecoming – again called out former 140-pound king Khan, suggesting the fight would “sell out Wembley” if it happened this June.
Brook, however, says he is sure he would KO Khan were the fight to happen and that the only way Khan will take the fight is if the Bolton man buckles under public demand for the fight.
“I don’t know why he hasn’t taken the fight. It baffles me,” Brook told Sky Sports News on the subject of a clash with Khan. “He knows he’s delicate around the whiskers, as I keep saying. It’s just a matter of time before he’s forced into that fight because of the public demand, and we’ll see him on the canvas once again.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
The promotional combination of Jeter Promotions and RBA Promotions brought a standing-room only crowd to the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA Saturday night to witness 11 exciting bouts.
The main event saw undefeated Montgomery Village, MD welterweight Gerome “Showstopper” Quigley score a fifth-round knockout over Richard “Tiger” Lee Hall of Rocky Mount, NC to win the Virginia State welterweight title. Quigley was very precise with his jab and that set up his power shots including a vicious counter left hook that dropped Hall for the knockout at 2:30 of the fifth round. Quigley is now 7-0, six KO’s while Hall’s record drops to 10-23-3, six KO’s. Despite neither man hailing from Virginia, both men have competed in the Commonwealth in their careers, making them eligible for the state title. (more…)
On Saturday night, New Legend Boxing hosted the 16th installment of its popular International Fight Night series, held at the Resorts World Casino New York City. The event was headlined by Cleveland, Ohio’s super bantamweight prospect Antonio “Carita” Nieves (11-0, 5 KOs) making his New York debut. Nieves won an eight-round unanimous decision over the very game Saul Tejada (5-4-2, 1 KO). Nieves dropped his opponent with a left hook to the chin in the sixth and went on to win 79-72 on all three cards.
In a showdown between former female world champions, Cindy “Checkmate” Serrano (22-5-3, 10 KOs) and Fatuma Zarika (24-9-2, 14 KOs) battled to a six round draw in a lightweight contest. Scores were 58-56 Serrano, 58-56 Zarika and 57-57. (more…)
The measure of a fighter’s heart is something that always comes into question when adversity comes to call. When the proverbial hammer becomes the nail and the waters get choppy, how a fighter reacts is a tell tale sign of what beats inside of their chest and pulses through their veins . . . click here for more
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After more than 18 years of showcasing the best up and coming boxing talent in the Northwest, promoter Brian Halquist’s 100th “Battle at the Boat” show took place Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
In the main event, middleweight Mike “Imagine Me” Gavronski (17-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Maurice Louishomme (8-2-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Top Rank-managed Aussie 130-pounder Paul “2 Gunz” Fleming (20-0, 13 KOs) outscored Chaiyong Sithsaithong (36-12-4, 26 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the interim WBO Asia Pacific title at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Fleming boxed from the southpaw stance and controlled the action in most of the rounds to be awarded a unanimous decision. (more…)
By Craig Wick at ringside
At the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana Saturday night, Chicago prospect, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (17-0, 11 KOs) overcame a huge knockdown in the opening round only to roar back and stop the dangerous Kevin Engel (20-12, 16 KOs) St. Louis, Missouri in round two of a scheduled ten round super middleweight contest. Jimenez, scheduled to face the undefeated Jesse Hart of Philadelphia on the undercard of the May 2nd Mayweather vs Pacquiao blockbuster, nearly saw that opportunity derailed courtesy of a huge, straight right hand by Engel midway through round one. Jimenez amazingly survived the round and midway through round two launched a left hook to the head of Elder that dropped him in a neutral corner, unable to beat the count. Time of the stoppage was 1:46.
Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside
Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Jones successfully defended a fringe cruiserweight world title with a first round TKO over Paul Vasquez (10-7-1, 3 KOs) at the Pensacola Bay Center. Vasquez could not come out for round two. The 46-year-old Jones got his seventh straight win, while Vasquez suffered his third straight KO1 loss.
By Robert Coster
In Lima, Peru, local favorite Carlos “Mina” Zambrano (25-0, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBA Interim featherweight title tonight with a 12 round unanimous decision over Daniel “Mad Dog” Ramirez (24-12, 20 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Zambrano used his speed and skills to befuddle the hard-punching but unpolished Dominican visitor. Zambrano becomes the second Peruvian boxer to conquer a WBA Interim title after Jr Flyweight Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel who lost his title last year.
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) retained his titles with a third round TKO over Rommel Asenjo (26-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Estrada battered Asenjo in round two then won when Asenjo’s corner suddenly threw in the towel in round three.
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime
In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) entered the ring to defend his WBC featherweight belt against Gary Russell (26-1, 15 KOs), who was eager to redeem himself by claiming a win in his second shot at a title. Russell flashed his considerable hand speed from the get-go, landing mostly jabs in the first round, but after a slow start Gonzalez was more apt to throw in the second and started to find his tactical-minded target. As they both traded power shots in the third, the action looked to be heating up, until a straight left hand-right hook combo put Gonzalez down just before the bell. Russell followed up furiously in the fourth with a barrage of combinations punctuated by a left hook that turned Gonzelez’ legs to rubber and put him down again–and this time, he was very unsteady on his feet when he stood up. Russell returned to work, throwing more lightning-quick combos and putting Gonzalez down for a third time with a left hook and right uppercut that pitched his opponent forward. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in and called the bout off at 0:57 of round 4. (more…)
In his first bout since 2001, 51-year-old former heavyweight contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (39-5-1, 30 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Raymond Olubowale (10-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Olubowale was in command for the first four rounds and dropped Ruddock at the very end of round four. In round five, Ruddock connected with an uppercut that floored Olubwale! Olubwale beat the count, but wobbled when he regained his feet and the bout was very quickly waved off.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
In his first defense, unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) demolished #1 rated Jo Jo Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook dropped Dan twice in round two and twice more in round four. The bout was stopped after round four. Dominating win for Brook, who said afterward he’ll be back in the ring in June. Both Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn called out Amir Khan.
“It was truly amazing to walk out in front of all my fans,” said Brook. “I didn’t think I would ever box again but here I am filling arenas. I can’t put into words what it means to be back defending my World title. “It was hard today holding it together. I felt this is where I belong. I am sorry I have kept you waiting but I hope you have had a good night. I am back baby. (more…)
Zanfer Promotions has announced a new deal for TV Azteca to televise the next three fights of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in Mexico. The deal begins with Canelo’s May 9 fight with James Kirkland. Canelo’s fights had recently been seen on Televisa.
In a sudden and violent finish, 40-year-old veteran middleweight Sergey Khomitsky (30-11-3, 12 KOs) spectacularly laid out previously unbeaten and much hyped local hero Adam Etches (18-1, 15 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. A single straight right to the head put Etches down and out at 1:35. Last year Khomitsky came to the UK and did the same to then-unbeaten Frank Buglioni.
In a clash of unbeaten junior featherweights, Gavin McDonnell (13-0-2, 4 KOs) outworked Oleksander Yegorov (13-1-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the vacant European title. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 118-109. (more…)
Photo: Hitz Boxing
Mike Jimenez 170.4 vs Kevin Engel 171.2
Fidel Navarrete 128.4 vs Dewayne Wisdom 129.2
Mike Reid 173.8 vs William Chouloute 172.4
Nick Ramirez 150 vs Antoine Elerson 150.6
Fred Bowen 137.6 vs Zach Knox 139.6
Will Coix 146.0 vs Benito Tovar 147.6
Sam Horowitz 173.4 vs Simon Buettner 175.8
Joey Hefferle 138 vs Carl Currie 132.2
Jose Arambula 137.6 vs Mike Fowler 132.6
Romiro Carrillo 139 vs Antoine Knight 137
Venue: The Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Former world champion Nonito Donaire Jr (34-3, 22 KOs) returned to the 122lb division on Saturday night at the famous Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. “The Filipino Flash” punished former world title challenger William Prado (22-5-1, 15 KOs) from the get-go and the one-sided clash was waved off in round two. It was Donaire’s first fight since his loss at featherweight to world champion Nicholas Walters last October and his first bout in the Philippines since 2009.
WBO jr flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (35-1-4, 21 KOs) retained his title for the sixth time with a tenth round TKO over Gilberto Parra (19-3, 17 KOs). Nietes dropped Parra in round eight and got the win when Parra didn’t come out for round ten.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Albert Pagara (23-0, 16 KOs) was victorious when Rodolfo Hernandez (26-6-1, 24 KOs) was unable to continue after round four in a bout for the IBF I/C belt.
Bantamweight Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Prosper Ankrah (24-5, 15 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBO International belt.
Featherweight AJ Banal (33-2-1, 22 KOs) scores a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Junior Bajawa (14-6, 7 KOs).
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.
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