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By Robert Coster
Six days ago, KO artist Jonathan Guzman emerged on the world scene becoming the IBF Junior Featherweight Champion with an impressive stoppage of Japanese Shingo Wake in 11 rounds in Japan. The new Champion flew back to his native Dominican Republic but his arrival there was not happy and triumphant as it should have been. Upon leaving Tokyo, Guzman was paid $70,000 in cash and then he proceeded to tuck away the money in his luggage. Arriving in Santo Domingo, the Champion discovered to his astonishment that the money had been stolen. Guzman has appealed to the airport and police authorities to investigate the theft. The news has, quite logically, made headlines in the sportspages of the local press.
By Brad Snyder
Photo by Bob Ryder
An update on Tommy Bagnasco’s condition. After tests at Toledo Hospital, it is now known that Tommy Bagnasco went into cardiac arrest on Friday night. A genetic condition called Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy seems to have been the cause. On social media Mash Gym (where Tommy trains), extended a special thank you to Toledo Fire Fighters from Station 23 and 25 for saving Tommy’s life. Surgery is scheduled for today to correct the medical condition. Bagnasco has been awake and breathing on his own the last few days and interacting with family and visitors.
On Friday, July 22nd Tommy Bagnasco (0-2) Walled Lake, Mi became unresponsive after losing a fight to Roy Barringer (2-0) at the 1:56 mark of the 1st Round. The knockout proved scary as Tommy had to have CPR performed to save his life.
The undercard lineup is set for the HBO-televised Andre Ward vs Alexander Brand clash on August 6 at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.
In non-televised bouts, unbeaten super lightweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (20-0-2, 15 KOs) takes on Tyrone Barnett (23-4-1, 15 KOs), undefeated junior lightweight Daniel “Twitch” Franco (13-0-3, 8 KOs) faces Marcelo Gallardo (7-3-2, 3 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight Rudy “The Revelation” Puga Jr. (8-0, 7 KOs) meets TBA, unbeaten light heavyweight Junior Younan (9-0, 7 KOs) battles Jaime “Zarco” Solorio (5-2-2, 4 KOs), highly regarded heavyweight prospect Darmani Rock (3-0, 3 KOs) looks to build up his record against Mike Kyle (1-2-1, 1 KO) and local junior welterweight Bilal “Rebellious” Mahasin (8-3-1, 1 KO) goes against journeyman Luis Alfredo Lugo (14-25-1, 5 KOs).
Photos: Golden Boy Promotions
The heat was turned up a notch at Golden Boy Headquarters as undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (24-0, 16 KOs) and undefeated NABF Featherweight Champion Joseph “Jojo” Diaz, Jr. (20-0, 11 KOs) announced their upcoming televised fights on HBO Latino on July 30. Rising SoCal fan-favorite fighter, Nick “La Calavera” Arce (8-0-0, 6 KOs) fighting on the non-televised undercard portion of the night was also in attendance.
Below is what the fighters, their managers and promoter had to say at today’s press conference:
Antonio Orozco; “I want to thank God for providing these opportunities. It’s a blessing to have the team I have around me. These are the moments that as a professional you look forward to. We’ve paid our dues and put in the hard work. This wouldn’t be possible without a team–even though as a fighter, you are alone in the ring, you don’t get ready without a team.
“My opponent is a tremendous fighter from what I’ve seen, who can pull off an upset and has won against undefeated fighters before. We are putting together our relentless style of boxing and July 30 will be no exception. No one will be bored watching this fight.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME
Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by way of Huetamo, Michoacan, Mexico, is set for to take on undefeated former world champion Carl Frampton (22-0, 14 KOs) of Belfast, Northern Ireland, this Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York live on Showtime Championship Boxing. We spoke to Santa Cruz prior to his departure to New York where he talked about his camp and upcoming fight with Frampton.
“I have never been to New York, not everyone knows me. I want to a great fight to more fans,” Santa Cruz told Fightnews.com®. “Frampton is an Irish star. This is the toughest fight of my career. That is what I wanted. He’s well prepared and is an undefeated fighter like me, he doesn’t want to lose and I don’t want to lose.” (more…)
20-year-old former WBA interim super middleweight titleholder Vincent Feigenbutz (22-2, 20 KOs) returns to the ring on Saturday in Leeds, UK, against Wilmer Gonzalez (19-10-1, 12 KOs) in a tune-up fight. He is also scheduled to fight in September. The boxing card at the First Direct Arena also features heavyweight prospect Dillian Whyte (17-1, 14 KOs) against unbeaten David Allen (9-0-1, 6 KOs) for the vacant WBC International title and 2012 Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell (13-1, 11 KOs) against former world champion Argenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC silver lightweight belt. Featherweights Josh Warrington (23-0, 4 KOs) and Patrick Hyland (31-2, 15 KOs) meet in the main event for the WBC International title.
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
photos by Emily Harney
In the main event of the ShoBox event at Foxwoods Resort and Casino this past Friday Adam Lopez (15-0-1, 7 KOs) battled Roman Ruben Reynoso (18-1-2, 8 KOs) to a draw in a ten round super bantamweight bout. In a back-and-forth affair, Lopez tried to box from the outside while Reynoso lunged to get inside. After a few rounds, the contest got ugly with both fighters using any tactic to score. Click here for full report and photos…
Photos: Chris Farina – K2 Promotions
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 KOs) faced off for the first time before their title clash on Saturday, September 10 at the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, California. Gonzalez will be moving up in weight to challenge for another world title in his fourth weight division.
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez; “I have confidence in God and with the support of the Nicaraguans, Mexicans and Americans, I’m honored to headline my first show at the Forum and look forward to all the fans support. It’s a blessing to named the #1 Pound-for-Pound Fighter and its motivation to keep training hard. I’m very happy to train in Big Bear with Gennady Golovkin, the conditions up there will provide the best preparation for the fight. It means a great deal to me to win a fourth world title and I dedicate this fight to the memory of my mentor and hero Alexis Arguello.”
Carlos “Principe” Cuadras; “Thanks to “Chocolatito” for coming up to my division and taking this challenge. This fight will provide fireworks, it will be a war and this title is coming back to Mexico. I’m good, I’m fast and I’m very handsome and I’m going to win by knockout.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on October 1st when he will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, 24 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau, New Zealand. “Dimitrenko is a guy who former world champion Shannon Briggs went out of his way to avoid earlier this year because of the risk,” said Duco Events promoter Dean Lonergan. “Even casual boxing fans know that all Eastern Europeans in the heavyweight division know how to fight.”
The 6’7 Dimitrenko is three inches taller than Parker, and is on a six-fight winning streak with his last loss against Kubrat Pulev four years ago. Parker will be heavily favored to defeat Dimitrenko in 67 days time, then move on to challenge IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee
On Saturday Night of July 23 the Asian boxing highlight was held at the Pavillion, Far East Square in Singapore, promoted by Willip Ho and Alexander Shah of Cartel Promotions. This was the first time ever for Singapore and WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) in promoting 4 WBC Asia championships on the same event. Also, there were many famous world champions participating in this event such as former WBC flyweight King Pongsaklek Wonjonkam, 2-time WBC champion Sirimongkol Singwancha and former WBA superfeatherweight champion Yodsanan Sor Nanthachai and MMA ONE FC champion Dechdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichok.
The main card was the vacant WBC Asia middleweight championship, which ABCO#10 Azizbek Abdugofurov (3-0, 3 KOs) impressively captured the title when he scored a one-punch KO over ABCO#6 Chalermpol Singwancha (17-1, 13 KOs) at 1:44 of the first round. Although Chalermpol made a good start with his bodyshots but the show unexpectedly finished when Universaide 2013 Silver Medalist Abdugofurov landed a vicious right hook which brutally destroyed former unbeaten Thailander to be unconscious for several minutes. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
BACK TO BASICS
The activity of our sport will be taking a break during the Olympic Games. Few cards are scheduled during the event which captures the attention of the world as the athletes of the world compete trying to fulfill their dreams of winning a medal for their country. Boxing will feature a challenge in this Olympic games in Rio as AIBA has taken the decision to change the rules of enrollment as well as the rules of competition. As multiple articles in the news taint AIBA’s reputation with allegations of all sorts, fighters will go into the ring to do what their work and we all wish them great success and hopefully the sport of boxing will come out in a positive note. No headgear will certainly be a topic of discussion, I do anticipate cuts that will force potential medal winners out of the Olympics and the scoring of the fights will be under heavy scrutiny, but I am personally hopeful that everything will leave the sport in a high note at the end of the games.
Professional boxing needs to go back to basics. I may have written this before, but I will continue to openly state the urgent need of everybody to work together, to sit down and reach agreements and simply go back to basics. Trainers need to learn how to train fighters, matchmakers need to understand the responsibility of even matches, promoters need to start promoting, selling tickets, creating figures with interest in the public, and so on. (more…)
Story & photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Fight fans in Philadelphia have been watching Tevin Farmer closely for the past few years. We’ve seen him grow from what appeared to be an average local fighter into a rising prospect on the verge of a major breakthrough. Farmer has left a few clues for the rest of the fight fans that he is the real thing. However, only those who have seen him from the start and truly appreciate the change this southpaw junior lightweight has made.
His current pro record of 21-4-1, 5 KOs, looks pretty good, but this wasn’t always the case. He started 4-3-1, and looked like any other so-so young fighter. He won a few more fights before losing by TKO to a then 10-0 (and now world champion) Jose Pedraza in 2012. The loss left Farmer 7-4-1, 1 KO, but it was the end of the so-so chapter of Farmer’s career. From that moment, everything changed.
“In 2013 I moved out of Philly, I came to Jersey, got a whole different training staff, and I dedicated myself to boxing,” Farmer said about his transformation. “Straight boxing, morning, noon and night. Running, eating right, everything. That’s what transferred me over.” (more…)
The camps of undefeated WBA interim super bantamweight champion Moises “Chucky” Flores (25-0, 17 KOs) and WBA super champion Guillermo Rigondeaux are currently in negotiations with the possibility of the fight happening in the next few months. “I’m now the mandatory to challenge Guillermo Rigondeaux, a fight I’m looking forward to,” said Flores. “He’s very skilled but I feel I have all the tools to defeat him. My management team is working hard to get this fight finalized. It’s time to see who the best super bantamweight is. I going to bring that world title home to Mexico.”
Flores recently received his IBO world title belt from co-manager Henry Rivalta, which he earned in June with a win over Paulus Ambunda (24-2, 10 KOs) in Ambunda’s hometown of Windhoek, Namibia (Africa).
Unbeaten light heavyweight Vyacheslav Shabranskyy (16-0, 13 KOs) makes his return to the ring to take on Oscar “El Monstruo” Riojas (10-5-1, 3 KOs) as the new main event for LA FIGHT CLUB on August 19 at the historic Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles, airing live nationally on Estrella TV. As previously announced, the August 19 card will feature undefeated super featherweight prospect Ivan “Striker” Delgado (9-0-1, 2 KOs) taking on Alejandro Ochoa (7-11-2, 1 KO). Both fights are eight-rounders.
Ukrainian heavyweight Andriy Rudenko (29-2, 19 KOs) stopped Brazilian journeyman Marcelo Nascimento (22-14, 19 KOs) in three rounds on Sunday night in Odessa, Ukraine. The stoppage win is kind of a testament for Rudenko’s power, as Nascimento went the distance with current WBC Silver champ Johann Duhaupas and with former British champ Dereck Chisora in the past few months.
WBC #1/WBA #5 lightweight Emiliano Marsili was back between the ropes on Saturday night in Valenza Po, Italy, after a bout of flu forced him to pass on his mandatory shot at 135 lbs. titlist Dejan Zlaticanin. Marsili (33-0-1, 14 KOs) easily decisioned Bulgarian trialhorse Yordan Vasilev (18-44-2) over eight rounds. The fight was arranged on a one-week notice after Marsili signed a new promotional deal in Italy.
Former IBF world champ Kiko Martinez (35-7-1, 26 KOs) had a difficult comeback fight on Saturday in Benidorm, Spain. Martinez, coming off a stoppage loss to the hands of Leo Santa Cruz for the WBA featherweight title, was held to a surprising draw over eight rounds by unheralded Eusebio Osejo (28-17-3, 8 KOs) of Nicaragua. Also on the Spanish show, welterweight contender Ceferino Rodriguez (23-1, 12 KOs) could only win a split decision vs Koba Karkashadze (20-12-2) of Georgia.
By Ron Jackson
Former IBO welterweight champion Ali Funeka (39-5-3, 31 KOs) retained his WBO Africa welterweight title when he stopped Justice Addy (14-3-1, 13 KOs) of Ghana in the third round in Queenstown (Komani) on Sunday. The 38-year-old Funeka dominated from the opening bell as he scored with stinging lefts and rights to the head of the overmatched Addy. With Addy not fighting back the referee waved the fight off in the third round.
Lee Dyer from KwaZulu Natal won the South African super middleweight title when he upset defending champion Balemo Weliya with an eleventh round stoppage. Against the odds the super fit Dyer battered Weliya (originally from the DRC) throughout the fight before the referee stepped in to stop the one-sided action in the eleventh round. Dyer’s reported record improved to 6-3-1, 5 KOs, and Weliya’s record dropped to 12-4, 5 KOs. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
There was plenty of action on a cold Highveld Sunday afternoon at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park when Shaun Ness retained his South African welterweight title with a 12-round unanimous points decision over Ayanda Mthembu. The scores were 117-113 (Wally Snowball), 115-114 (Joe Chaane) and 117-111 (Simon Mokadi). Ness (66.4kg) made a slow start but picked up the pace to win the next seven rounds with Mthembu (65.85kg) taking a pounding. Referee Thabo Spampool could have stopped the fight in the eighth round when Ness backed up Mthembu against the ropes and landed a series of left and rights but did not have the power to stop the challenger. However, the gutsy Mthembu ranked at #5 made a come come-back in rounds ten and eleven against the tiring champion and stunned him on a number of occasions, but could not finish him off. Ness improved his record to 10-1-2, 5 KOs, and Mthembu’s record dropped 5-4-1, 4 KOs. (more…)
Was Terence Crawford’s dominant performance over Viktor Postol enough to make him boxing’s pound for pound king?
Note: Fighters listed in alphabetical order.
Photos: Emily Harney
Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing put on a five-bout card on Saturday night at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. In the main event, former two-time world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (29-8-4 16 KOs) had all he could handle in a ten round unanimous decision win over Iraqi War veteran Shawn Cameron (10-2 5 KOs) in a jr. middleweight clash.
There was plenty of ebb and flow in this battle of attrition as the action was heated in every round. As the bell sounded for the 10th and final round ringside observers thought the fight was up for grabs and the two combatants fought as if they felt the same way. The final thirty seconds had the crowd of 2,600 plus in a frenzy as Rodriguez and Cameron stood toe to toe trading shots. As the final bell sounded, both fighters were given a well deserved standing ovation by the fans as Rodriguez came away with the close unanimous win 96-94 on two cards and 97-93 on the third. (more…)
By Bill Dwyre
Speed kills. Saturday night, in a big-time boxing arena, in a big-time battle for future fame and riches, a Porsche took on a Ford Fairlane. The result at the finish line was never in doubt.
“The Iceman” Viktor Postol, a nice 140-pounder from Kiev, Ukraine, with a title belt that said WBC, summarized: “He was too fast. I had no answer for him.”
Freddie Roach, a Hall-of-Fame trainer who had prepared Postol, seconded that summary: “He surprised me how fast he was.”
The “he” in all this was Terence “Bud” Crawford, the pride of Omaha, Neb., and now lineal king of the sport’s 140-pounders, with ownership of both Postol’s World Boxing Council (WBC) belt and his own World Boxing Organization (WBO). In boxing, they call that title unification. Also in boxing, they call what Crawford did to Postol, in front of 7,027 in the MGM Grand Garden Arena here, a rout.
The three judges, Guido Cavalleri, Don Trella and Dave Moretti, made the rout official. Cavalleri and Trella scored it 118-107, or 10 rounds to two with a 10-7 fifth round, when Crawford knocked Postol down twice. Those were both kind of rinky-dink knockdowns, Postol losing his balance and touching his knee down after a routine punch, and then later touching the canvas with his glove after another. The most interesting part of the scoring was Moretti’s 117-108 that included a 10-9 round for Postol, even though he had been penalized a point during the 11th round by referee Tony Weeks for hitting Crawford behind the head. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC female flyweight champion Kika Chavez (27-4-3, 4 KOs) retained her green belt in an bloody ten round majority decision against former world champion Esmeralda “Joya” Moreno (33-9-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the International Arena in the Grand Oasis Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Chavez managed to take the majority decision by scores of 96-95, 97-93 and 95-95, successfully defending her title for the third time.
In the co-feature welterweight “Demoledor” Diego Cruz (16-3-1, 13 KOs) stopped Jose “Piston” Lopez (26-5-2, 15 KOs) at the 2:58 of the eighth round.
Former WBC super bantamweight champion Victor “Vikingo” Terrazas (38-3-1, 21 KOs) took a majority decision over Cristian Arrazola (21-12-2, 16 KOs) in his first fight in three years.
Former world minimumweight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodríguez 19-4-1, 12 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jhonny Garcia (4-5, 0 KOs)
By Miguel Maravilla
The two best super lightweights in the world met Saturday night in a unification clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas with undefeated WBO champion Terence Crawford of Omaha, Nebraska, picking up the WBC title held by Ukraine’s Viktor Postol.
“I hope everyone enjoyed the fight. What can I say? I feel great,” said Crawford at the post fight press conference. “I wanted him to throw the right, that’s why I fought him in the southpaw stance so I can counter him….Floyd is one of the guys I looked up to as a fighter. I just boxed today and I just wanted to have fun. I could have pressed the gas but why? I had him frustrated.”
Crawford’s trainer Brian “Bo” McIntyre added, “They said we were in over our heads….right!”
As for his plans, Crawford stated, “Who is on my radar? I don’t have a radar…I don’t go after them, they come after me…I am just going to enjoy my win and relax.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
In a much anticipated world title unification clash, undefeated WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (29-0, 20 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs) in a twelve round world title unification clash on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After three tactical rounds, Crawford fighting from the southpaw stance, started to connect in round four. Crawford dropped Postol twice in round five. Postol had major trouble with Crawford’s movement as Crawford racked up round after round. Crawford rocked Postol again in round nine. Postol was deducted a point in round eleven for hitting behind the head. Postol went all out in round twelve, but Crawford went toe to toe with him and had Postol backing up. Scores were 118-107, 118-107, 117-108.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #1 rated featherweight contender and two-time Olympian Oscar Valdez (21-0, 18 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-1, 23 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO featherweight world title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Valdez unleashed a brutal attack that staggered Rueda in round one. Valdez continued to punish Rueda in round two and dropped him twice with body shots. Time was 2:18. Sensational performance by Valdez.
Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions
Unbeaten welterweight Fabian “TNT” Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs), brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana who was watching ringside, scored a sixth round TKO over Jorge “Machito” Maysonet (13-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas. Maidana was bleeding heavily from the nose after round one, but proceeded to punish and break down Maysonet after that. Maysonet’s corner stopped it after round six.
In the co-feature, unbeaten middleweight Alan Castano (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed brawler Aaron Garcia (15-6-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 78-74 across the board.
Unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Brandon Figueroa (9-0, 6 KOs), 19-year-old brother of former world champion Omar Figueroa, scored a third round KO over Adalberto Zorrilla (6-2, 6 KOs). Zorrilla was deducted a point for a low blow in round two. Figueroa then dropped Zorrilla twice in round three to end it. Time was 2:44.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBA #2 rated welterweight and former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) defeated Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision. Benavidez caught Santana with some hard shots in rounds one and two, but Santana made it a tough, gritty fight after that. Benavidez prevailed by scores of 100-90, 96-94, 98-92.
WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated light heavyweight and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (11-0, 9 KOs) had a scare, but stopped two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-6-1, 15 KOs) in round six of a clash for the NABF championship. Karpency dropped Gvozdyk and had him hurt in round one, but Gvozdyk recovered and turned the tables, methodically busting up Karpency. The end came in round six when Gvozdyk sent Karpency to a knee for the count. Time was 2:21. (more…)
By Bradley Snyder/The Undercard at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
As a boxing community, we often forget the risks that a boxer puts on the line for our entertainment. Victor Green’s Pulse Boxing had their first event, Friday Night Fights at St. Clement Hall in Toledo, Ohio where we were all reminded of the risks.
The second to last fight of the evening was Roy Barringer (Toledo, OH) vs. Tommy Bagnasco (Walled Lake, MI). Roy was quickly able to use speed and body work to set up Bagnasco on the ropes. Barringer then threw two punches to the body, freezing Tommy against the ropes. Roy connected with a right to the head of Bagnasco. Immediately, Bagnasco crumbled to the ground as Referee Gary Wolfe and his corner attended to him. Bagnasco became unresponsive as he was lying flat on the canvas. Tommy Bagnasco was in serious trouble as they found him unresponsive and not breathing. Thankfully, in the following moments, CPR was beginning to be performed. The Main Event of the evening featured DeAndre Ware who is a First Response firefighter. Supportng Ware for his fight were his friends from the fire department. The first responders in the audience began steps to save Bagnasco’s life. “Their ability to be there saved Bagnasco’s life,” Coach Todd Allee said. Tommy Bagnasco at the time of writing, remains in ICU at Toledo Hospital. Allee said, “He is still on a ventilator and is in the best care.” Roy Barringer improved to 2-0 with the 1:56 KO of Tommy Bagnasco (0-2). (more…)
Fast rising Turkish star Avni Yildirim scored his twelfth win in as many pro fights Saturday night in Berlin, Germany, when the 24-year-old supermiddleweight contender stopped previously unbeaten WBC Youth World Champion Timur Nikharkoev in the fifth round.
Nikharkoev started strong and was very active in the first minutes but got caught by a well timed left hook close to the end of the first round which sent him to the canvas. The young Belgian beat the count, recovered from the flash knockdown, fought back and landed some solid combinations throughout the fight but ultimately couldn’t handle Yildirim’s power and pressure. Yildirim kept on stalking his opponent through the ring landing body shots and hooks to the head in an entertaining fight with back-and-forth action. In round five the Turk connected with a hard unanswered combination which ultimately resulted in referee Juergen Langos stopping the fight.
“This was another good test for Avni and another important step for him on his way to a world title shot”, said promoter Ahmet Oner. “Timur is a strong kid and gave his all but it just wasn’t enough.”
On the undercard, former German amateur standout Nina Meinke beat Szofia Bedo from Hungary and Milena Koleva had no problems with Georgia’s Lela Terashvili.
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WBO jr welterweight champion Terence Crawford (28-0, 20 KOs) vs. WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol (28-0, 12 KOs) in a twelve round world title unification clash.
WBO #1 rated featherweight contender Oscar Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs) vs. #2 Matias “La Cobrita” Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs) in a twelve-rounder for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
WBA #2 rated, former WBA interim 140lb world champion Jose Benavidez, Jr (24-0, 16 KOs) vs. Francisco “Chia” Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), welterweight, ten rounds.
WBC #6, IBF #10, WBO #14 rated 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Oleksandr “The Nail” Gvozdyk (10-0, 8 KOs) vs. two-time world title challenger Tommy Karpency (26-5-1, 15 KOs), light heavyweight, ten rounds.
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IBF #3, WBO #3, WBC #4, WBA #9 rated 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs) vs. George Tahdooahnippah (34-2-3, 24 KOs), middleweight, ten rounds.
IBF #7, WBO #15 jr welterweight Lenny Zappavigna (34-2, 24 KOs) vs. IBF #10 IK Yang (18-1, 13 KOs), bout changed to welterweight at Yang’s request, ten rounds
Edward Williams (11-1-1, 3 KOs) vs. Christon Edwards (6-1, 3 KOs), welterweight, six rounds.
Stanyilav Skorokhod (10-1, 8 KOs) vs. Hakim Bryant (6-0, 4 KOs), middleweight, six rounds.
Steve Nelson (2-0, 2 KOs) vs. Tim Meek (5-2-1, 3 KOs), light heavyweight, four rounds.
Undefeated #1 light heavyweight contender Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (19-0, 10 KOs) will now face New Zealand southpaw slugger Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (27-4-1, 21 KOs) in Friday’s Spike TV co-feature. Berridge steps in to replace Chad Dawson, who pulled out with an injury. WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (27-1, 22 KOs) defends against Thomas Williams Jr. (20-1, 14 KOs) in the main event at the Videotron Centre in Quebec City. The Alvarez-Berridge clash is scheduled for 10 rounds at a 180-pound catch-weight.
Names of the officials for the Stevenson vs. Williams main event fight have also been disclosed. The referee will be Michael Griffin (Quebec), the three ringside judges Richard DeCarufel (Quebec), Massimo Barrovecchio (Italy) and Juergen Langos (Germany), plus supervisor Bob Logist (Belgium).
Perez and Petrov have until Monday to inform the WBA of their willingness to comply.
The WBA has ordered the respective representatives of lightweights Michael Perez and Petr Petrov to begin negotiations for a 12-rounder to determine the division’s mandatory challenger. The parties have until Monday, August 1, to inform the sanctioning body of their willingness to comply. The WBA ranks Perez and Petrov, respectively, third and fourth. Anthony Crolla is the WBA World lightweight champ, scheduled to defend against Jorge Linares on September 24.
Twenty-six-year-old Perez, who fights out of Newark, is an eight-year pro (24-1-2, 11 KOs) who won the vacant WBA Fedelatin super lightweight title by beating Miguel Zuniga via unanimous decision in September 2013, a title he successfully defended twice. “The Artist” won the vacant WBO NABO lightweight title last July by knocking out Luis Sanchez in the sixth. He most recently fought this March, gaining a win over Martin Honorio by sixth-round technical decision. His sole loss came in January 2012, retired in the sixth by Omar Figueroa Jr. in his quest for the vacant WBO youth Intercontinental lightweight title. He drew against Andres Reyes in March 2009 and Lonnie Smith in March 2013.
Petrov, 33, a 16-year ring vet who fights out of Spain by way of Russia (37-4-2, 18 KOs), won the vacant WBA-NABA and interim WBO NABO lightweight titles by stopping Fernando Carcamo via eighth-round TKO in May 2014. “Zar” won the vacant NABF lightweight title in his most recent fight, this May, by retiring Marvin Quintero in the sixth. He hasn’t lost since April 2013, when he failed to wrest the WBC International lightweight title from undefeated Dejan Zlaticanin, who won by unanimous decision.
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
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Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna, (21-1, 9 KOs), made short work of Mexican Engelberto Valenzuela, (10-8, 3 KOs), in a scheduled 6-round junior middleweight bout at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City Friday night. At the opening bell, LaManna jumped right on his opponent, clearly looking to end matters as quickly as possible. With a proposed September bout against Dusty Hernandez Harrison dependent upon a victory on this night, LaManna left nothing to chance against Valenzuela.
LaManna began by jabbing but before long, started to toss optimistic power shots at his opponent. Ninety seconds into the bout, LaManna scored a volley that sent Valenzuela into his own corner. The Mexican covered up, but LaManna peppered him with his entire arsenal.
LaManna relentlessly fired to the head, scoring several hard blows. However it was when Cornflake landed a single shot to Engelberto’s body that the Mexican suddenly folded in the middle and sunk to the canvas, his back resting heavily against the blue corner pad. Referee Harvey Dock swooped right in and halted the fight after just 2:17. (more…)
In other action, Miami Beach-based super middleweight Daniele Scardina made his Italian debut demolishing in three assaults Christian Bozzoni. Born and raised in Rozzano (close to Milan), Scardina wanted badly to fight in Italy, after four fights in Dominican Republic and the fifth in Philadelphia. “I train at the world famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach,” Scardina said, “and they got me the fights in the Dominican Republic. Then I got a chance in the U.S. and I grabbed it, but I also wanted to please my fans in Italy. They saw me fight as an amateur, becoming Lombardia region champion, wearing the national team jersey. I knew they would support me as a professional too. I want to follow Canelo Alvarez’s steps: he fights in the U.S. but keeps the flame alive with his Mexican fans.” Scardina’s record is now 6-0 with 6 knockouts. (more…)
Spanish super lightweight Ruben Nieto retained his European title at 140 lbs. in Leganes, Madrid, Spain, stopping previously unbeaten Nicolas Gonzalez after seven exciting rounds of boxing. Nieto (18-1, 9 KOs) was defending the belt he won in England vs British champ Lenny Daws, and he did so in convincing fashion versus an unbeaten challenger. Gonzalez (now 18-1, 13 KOs), like Nieto, hails from Madrid and their clash fulfilled all the promises of a firework festival, with the Spanish fans standing on their feet for most of the action. Nieto started cautiously, probably aware of Gonzalez’s power, but he was eventually able to floor his challenger in round three. Gonzalez did not give up, though, and retaliated flooring the defending champ three rounds later. In round seven, however, Nieto raised his game and forced a stoppage when British ref Michael Alexander saved a defenseless Gonzalez from further punishment.
Topping a nine-fight undercard, WBA #5 welterweight Kerman Lejarraga (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Francisco Cordero (33-7, 24 KOs) of Colombia in three rounds. Lejarraga, hailing from the Basque Country, impressed most of the ringsiders with his sheer power and his will to win. Also on the show, former light heavy contender Adasat Rodriguez (13-5-2, 9 KOs) made his debut at middleweight, stopping Sergio Arenas (5-0, 1 KO) in the opening round with a perfectly timed body shot. Finally, super middle Mariano Hilario (15-5, 6 KOs) cruised to an easy decision win over journeyman Romeo Paun (4-17-2) of Romania. Rimer Box promoted the gala, with 6,000 fans attending the non-televised event.
By Ognian Georgiev
The noise around the officiating in the last Olympic qualification in Vargas, Venezuela, poses a lot of questions. The best person to answer is AIBA president Ching-Kwo Wu. A former basketball player, who had worked as an architect, Wu was elected as a president of International Boxing Association (AIBA) on 6 November 2006. He replaced long time boss of the organization Anwar Chowdhry, who was regarded as one of the most controversial Olympic sports officials of all time. (more…)
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