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Undefeated welterweight contender Sammy “The Sergeant” Vasquez Jr. (21-0, 15 KOs) is set to battle former world champion Luis Collazo (36-7, 19 KOs) in the 10-round co-main event of Premier Boxing Champions on FOX & FOX Deportes in primetime on Saturday, July 16 from Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
Televised coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT with two more hours of boxing on FS1 and FOX Deportes to follow immediately at 10 p.m. ET. Further details will be announced shortly.
Super bantamweight top contender “Prince” Albert Pagara plus several other Team ALA fighters arrived Monday in San Francisco in advance of the July 9th “Fist of the Future” event at the San Mateo Event Center. With more than a month’s training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles, Team ALA head trainer Edmund Villamor disclosed the reason that his fighters arrived three weeks in advance of their fight was to acclimatize to the Bay Area, especially to the unpredictable chills even in the summer.
Pagara (26-0, 18 KOs) will battle Mexican warrior Cesar Juarez (17-5, 13 KOs) in the headliner for the “Fists of the Future” event. Pagara has never been defeated as an amateur or a pro and is the #2 WBO, #4 IBF and #10 WBC ranked super bantamweight. Juarez is a hardcore veteran who nearly defeated Filipino superstar Nonito Donaire Jr. this past December 17th for the vacant WBO super bantamweight championship. (more…)
If the Keith Thurman vs. Shawn Porter Fight Week seems slow getting underway, it’s because it is. Due to scheduling conflicts, a previously announced media workout set for Wednesday at Cadman Plaza Park has been canceled. Thurman-Porter Fight Week now will begin with a media-only final press conference on Thursday in Manhattan. The official weigh-in is scheduled for Friday at noon at the Barclays Center’s Resorts World Casino NYC Plaza. Fight fans are welcome to attend. The fight takes place Saturday night at Barclays Center and will be televised by CBS.
Here’s an update from WBC super lightweight champion Viktor Postol and his trainer Freddie Roach for the HBO PPV unification clash between Postol and WBO champion Terence Crawford on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Viktor Postol: “I do not consider myself an underdog in this fight. Terence Crawford’s fans might consider me as the underdog but that does not bother me. I’m 100% confident in myself and in my victory on July 23rd and the reasons are simple. I work harder in training camp than my opponents because I have to. Because I want to. I have the best trainer working with me and his name his Freddie Roach. He has been named Trainer of the Year a record seven times and he is in the Hall of Fame. Crawford has no one like that on his team. Since I have been training with Freddie I have knocked out two of the three opponents I have faced — Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin. Both were #2 world-rated contenders and both times I was considered the underdog. I have passed every test that I have taken as a professional fighter and with the best teacher in boxing working with me I intend to pass this one on July 23rd with flying colors. This victory will prove to everyone that I am the best fighter at 140 pounds and the king of the division.”
Freddie Roach: “I do not feel that Viktor is an underdog going into this fight. Why should I? In his two toughest tests — Lucas Matthysse and Selcuk Aydin — he didn’t just knock them out, he took their will to fight away. He broke them down brick by brick. (more…)
Undefeated IBF Heavyweight World Champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) is a massive 40:1 favorite to successfully defend his title against challenger Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) this Saturday at The O2 Arena in London. Showtime will televise the bout in the USA. “I’m not putting too much pressure on myself,” said Joshua on Monday. “I’m going to attack the fight the same way I have my last sixteen (fights) and put on an explosive show. That’s what the Americans love. They like knockouts and I won’t let them down!”
Not only is Joshua supposed to win, he’s expected to get Breazeale out of there quickly. You have to lay -400 to bet the fight will go “under” three-and-a-half rounds. If Breazeale can make it halfway through round four, “over” bettors would more than triple their money. (more…)
The popular boxing rivalry of Mexico vs Puerto Rico will continue on this Friday. Former world title challenger and WBO Latin super flyweight interim champion David “Gabo” Quijano (16-5-1, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico challenges the full champion Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (13-3, 4 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The 10 round main event bout will be the “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” Summer Season opening show at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida.
Quijano opened some viewers’ eyes on the network when he upset local favorite Daniel Lozano by decision in his last fight at the very same venue. Quijano is currently ranked #14 by the WBO and Rodriguez is #15. Quijano plans to literally take matters into his own hands as he feels that he will win inside the distance. (more…)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb, Jr / dcobbjr.com
Heading into his December bout with the well-regarded Nicholas Walters, Camden, NJ’s Jason Sosa was given no chance of winning and just a slightly better chance of being around to hear the final bell. However, Sosa surprised everyone that night when he left the ring with a 10-round majority draw against one of boxing’s top fighters.
The decision was disputed by many, but Sosa’s performance appeared to send the message that the little-known battler belonged in the conversation when it came to the best 130-pounders. However, backlash from that questionable decision (everyone had Walters ahead except the judges) has once again given Sosa the burden of proof to show that his sudden rise in the world rankings is not a fluke.
On Friday, Sosa, 18-1-4, 14 KOs, gets a chance to validate his new reputation when he takes on WBA champion Javier Fortuna, 29-0-1, 21 KOs, in a fight for the “regular” WBA championship at the Capital Gym in Beijing, China. (more…)
Undefeated welterweight Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (23-0) will be ringside at Crawford vs. Postal on July 23rd in Las Vegas. Orozco is the number one rated junior welterweight by the WBC and is looking for a title shot. “I’d love to fight the winner,” said Orozco from his home in San Diego. “I’m more than ready. It’s my time.”
Orozco is managed by Frank Espinoza who also believes his fighter is up to the task. “Antonio has been looking tremendous. I think he beats both of these guys. Whoever wins, we’ll be ready for him.”
By David Finger
Accra Ghana’s undefeated Isaac Dogboe scored what may very well go down as the most important win of his career as he destroyed Ugandan Edward Kakembo by way of sixth round TKO in a battle of undefeated featherweights last Saturday night at the Accra Sports Stadium in Accra, Ghana. The WBO African featherweight championship fight was one of the most talked about boxing matched in Ghana since the days of Azumah Nelson, with even former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawlings coming out to the Accra Sports Stadium to support their local boy on Saturday night. And Dogboe didn’t disappoint, stalking Kakembo early before punishing the Ugandan with a blistering body attack that sent him to the canvas in the sixth round. Kakembo was ultimately unable to handle the pressure of Dogboe, and the fight was mercifully stopped by the referee in the sixth. (more…)
The World Boxing Association Directorate will meet in Beijing, China, from June 21-25 to discuss issues of vital importance to the continued development of pugilism and to strengthen its ties with the Asian giant. WBA president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who visited China in the first quarter of 2016 to lay the groundwork for this week’s meeting, will be at the helm. With over a 1.3 billion people living in the country (the United States, by contrast, has a population of 322 million) China is an enormous untapped source of boxing talent. The fact that martial arts have thrived in Asia for thousands of years makes the development of boxing in China all the more evolutionary.
In addition to laying the groundwork for the expansion of boxing on the Chinese mainland, the sweet science’s growth will inevitably improve the level of Chinese fighters. As the fighters improve, opportunities to fight for world titles in their homeland and abroad will inevitably arise. This is the ultimate goal of boxing promoters of China. It is also a goal which the WBA shares and wholeheartedly supports.
Here’s an update from WBO junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford and his trainer Brian McIntyre for the HBO-PPV unification clash between Crawford and WBC champion Viktor Postol on July 23 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Terence Crawford: “It is an honor to fight in Las Vegas, especially at the MGM Grand where so many historic fights have taken place and so many great fighters have made their mark. It’s the same way I felt when I headlined my first card at Madison Square Garden earlier this year. Many fighters dream of fighting on such a big stage but it’s something you have to earn. I have worked very hard to get to this point in my career — to earn the right to headline my first pay-per-view event. I can’t think of a better place to do it than in the Fight Capital of the World. It’s very exciting, but I need to keep my eye on the ball. There will be a lot of hard work to do in training camp to make my pay-per-view debut successful. This isn’t just opening night for a new phase of my career. I want this to be the beginning of a long run as boxing’s next pound for pound star and a worthy successor to Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.”
Trainer Brian McIntyre: “Fighting in Las Vegas in the main event and headlining a pay-per-view is a tremendous honor. Years ago I never imagined we would get to this point. We are representing Omaha on the biggest stage boxing has to offer and Terence is not about to let his hometown down. He is proud to represent Omaha and he will be carrying that pride in his heart and soul when he enters the ring on July 23rd and beats Viktor Postol. We know we are in this position because of hard work and more hard work. And with hard work came success, success that produced an undefeated record against the best fighters and two world titles in two different divisions. No one has ever been able to outthink or outfight Terence and that’s a lesson Postol is going to learn the hard way — in front of a very big audience.”
Dominic Breazeale says that Anthony Joshua has had it easy in his career so far but he’ll take him into deep waters when they clash for Joshua’s IBF world heavyweight title at The O2 in London on Saturday June 25, live on Showtime in the U.S. and Sky Sports Box Office in the U.K. “I plan on putting on some extreme pressure and taking Joshua to places he’s never been,” said Breazeale. “We’ll find out on Saturday night if he can handle it. I want him to feel uncomfortable at all given times of the fight, every second of every round. Yes, he’s got rid of a lot of his guys in the earlier rounds, he hasn’t been taken into deep waters. Do I want to see him go into uncharted territory? Of course, without a doubt.
“I’ve been there, I know what it feels like and I’ve done it several times now. At the same time, I’m not going to let an opportunity pass me. If I see something I can take in the first, second round I’m definitely going to get him out of there. (more…)
Last week the IBF’s Executive Officers and Board of Directors conferred to discuss the organization’s stance on AIBA’s and the IOC’s decision to allow professional boxers to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Preliminary discussions were held during the IBF’s annual convention this past May in Beijing, China where IBF Medical Committee member and ringside physician, Dr. Paul Wallace presented the organization with a letter sent to AIBA’s President, Dr. Ching-Kuo Wu, by Dr. Raymond Monsell, Chairman of the Association of Ringside Physicians and Dr. Larry Lovelace, President of the Association of Ringside Physicians. In the letter, the doctors address the dangers faced by an amateur boxer competing against a professional boxer. In particular, they reference skill level, the difference in scoring amateur bouts vs. professional bouts and the use of head gear.
Upon reviewing the medical opinions put forth in this letter, and conferring with other individuals and organizations involved in the sport, the IBF believes that there is an inherent risk with professionals competing against amateurs. (more…)
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
THE WBC WOMEN’S FLYWEIGHT WORLD CUP
Women´s boxing is a reality. Those pioneers who had to overcome so many obstacles, abuse and discrimination in all forms and manners can proudly see that women have made it to the big leagues in the boxing world. Women deserve the opportunity to fight on major cards in the USA, just as they do in many other countries. In Mexico, at least once a month the main event on both Televisa and Azteca is a women’s fight. In Germany, there have been champions that make 500,000 Euros per fight! UFC had their main star also a women.
There are specific rules which protect the integrity and health of women. There has been thorough medical research to confirm data and facts and UCLA’s Dr. Choe made a sensational presentation that must be followed. Rounds last two minutes instead of three and fights are scheduled for a maximum of ten rounds. These two rules have a simple explanation. Dehydration + fatigue make the risk factor go up and women have 80% more probabilities of a concussion than men. These are pure facts and that is why the WBC will never allow a round to take place for more than two minutes, nor a fight for more than ten rounds. (more…)
The EBU – European Boxing Union – held its annual General Assembly in the Brussels Hilton hotel last weekend (June 11). More than 100 delegates from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Holland, Malta, Italy, Monaco, Switzerland, Serbia, , Ukraine, Bulgaria, Russia, Croatia, Estonia, Greece, Norway, Belorussia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Bosnia-Herzegovina Latvia, Poland, Moldova and Slovakia were in attendance.
Before opening the meeting the President Bob Logist asked to observe a minute of silence for all our friends who passed away and especially Muhammad Ali and Hedi Taouab.
The award for the Championship of the Year 2015 was for Bellew vs. Masternak. The award for the Boxer of the Year was for Cedric Vitu and Gerard Teyseron received a special award for his 30 years of loyalty. Salvatore Cherchi and OPI 2000 team received the award for Promoter of The Year. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Most of the top heavyweights in boxing will see action over the next few weeks. It all starts on Saturday when IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua (16-0, 16 KOs) defends against Dominic Breazeale (17-0, 15 KOs) at the O2 Arena in London. Joshua is currently a 40:1 favorite at 5dimes.
On July 9th comes the grudge rematch between WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury (25-0, 18 KOs) against former longtime champ Wladimir Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Wlad is a slight favorite in that one.
On July 16th is the return of WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs), who takes on Chris Arreola (36-4-1, 31 KOs) in a voluntary defense at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Wilder is currently a 35:1 favorite.
Then on July 23, unbeaten #1 rated IBF and WBO heavyweight Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) returns against WBA #11 Solomon Haumono (24-2-2, 21 KOs) at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. Parker is a whopping 125:1 to win that one. (more…)
Muhammad Waseem (3-0, 3 KOs) of Pakistan was accompanied by world class trainer Jeff Mayweather as he scaled in at 121 pounds during his WBC 30-day mandatory weigh-in at the famed Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. Waseem will take on former world title challenger Jether Oliva (23-5-2, 11 KOs) of the Philippines, who also weighed in at 121 pounds. Both fighters were at three pounds less than the maximum weight allowed by the WBC, 123.2 (10% over 112 pounds) at the 30 day mark.
The fight itself has had some major changes. The date will remain the same date of July 17, however, the site has been moved from Singapore to the luxurious 5 star Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel in Seoul, South Korea. It was originally announced that the two combatants would be fighting for the WBC Asia flyweight title over ten rounds. They will now be fighting in a twelve rounder for the vacant WBC Silver flyweight title. (more…)
Unbeaten welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (20-0, 17 KOs) announced on Saturday night’s NBC boxing broadcast that he’ll be back in the ring in prime time on NBC on Sunday, August 21. No opponent was named for the IBF #2, WBO #3, WBC #5 and WBA #5 147-pound contender, but on June 8 we reported that Spence and IBF #7 Leonard Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) have agreed to fight in an eliminator bout to become the new IBF mandatory welterweight challenger.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Boxing returned to the Model City Saturday night as WBA featherweight champion Leo “El Terremoto” Santa Cruz’s Last Round Promotions hosted its second boxing card featuring former world champion and 2004 Mexican Olympian Giovanni Segura of Bell by way of Guerrero, Mexico, who scored a third round knockout over Mexico City’s Ernesto Guerrero in the main event at the Commerce Hotel & Casino in Commerce, California.
A crunching left hook by Segura sent Guerrero to the canvas for good as the referee reached a ten count at 1:23 of the third round. Segura improves to 38-4, 29 KOs and Guerrero falls to 22-18, 15 KOs. (more…)
Four WBA female world championships and three regional belts were on the line Saturday night at the Domo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Vargas, Venezuela. Guinness World Records was on hand to witness a historic night of female boxing in which all boxers, referees, judges and even the ring announcer were women.
In the main event, WBA world female bantamweight champion Mayerlin “La Monita” Rivas (14-3-1, 9 KOs) retained her title by ten round split decision against previously unbeaten Maria “Chony” Sorroche (11-1-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 97-92, 96-93 for Rivas, and 95-94 for Sorroche. Rivas dropped Sorroche in round nine.
In the co-main, WBA female light flyweight champion Yesica “La Tuti” Bopp (29-1, 12 KOs) successfully defended her title with a ten round unanimous decision against former IBF World female minimumweight champion Nancy “Chatita” Franco (14-8-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 98-92.
WBO female super welterweight champion Hanna “La Amazona” Gabriel (16-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Katia “La Leona” Alvariño (8-3-1, 3 KOs) to retain her WBO title and claim the vacant WBA belt.
WBA world female super flyweight champion Laura Linda Lecca (12-2-2, 3 KOs) and Carolina “La Fiera” Alvarez (12-6-4, 9 KOs) battled to a ten round draw. In wildly divergent scoring, one card was 95-95, one judge had Lecca ahead 98-92, and the third judge had Alvarez ahead 100-90! Lecca retained her title.
Also, former WBA female featherweight champion Ogleydis “La Nina” Suarez (21-3-1, 9 KOs) scored a third round KO over Yolis Marrugo Franco (18-10-3, 9 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBA Fedelatin female super welterweight title.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Joe Smith Jr. trainer Jerry Capobianco and Andrzej Fonfara trainer Sam Colonna discuss Smith’s spectacular first round upset KO over the world rated Fonfara Saturday night in Chicago.
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez & Alma Montiel WBC
Former featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (61-10, 51 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Christopher “The San Diego Kid” Martin (29-8-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo Agustín Ramos Millan in Toluca, Mexico. It was pretty much one-way traffic in the fight with Gonzalez dominating the action. Gonzalez dropped Martin in round five but the crafty Martin survived the round. Gonzalez floored Martin again in round ten and the game Martin again survived. Martin’s corner then halted the fight, rather than having their man continue getting battered for two more rounds.
Former IBF jr middleweight champion “King” Carlos Molina (26-6-2, 8 KOs) took a close eight round split decision over Javier Prieto (27-9-2, 20 KOs). Scores were 77-75 for Prieto, 78-74, 77-75 for Molina.
Unbeaten bantamweight Antonio “Carita” Nieves (16-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Oscar Mojica (9-2, 1 KO) over ten rounds to claim the WBO NABO title in the on Saturday night at The Meadows Racetrack & Casino outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
In the co-feature, undefeated middleweight “Big Chief” Morgan Fitch (17-0-1, 8 KOs) stopped Victor Kpadenou (10-11, 5 KOs) in round four. Time was :44.
Josh Fisher W4 Rick Morais (super middleweight)
Amonte Eberhardt W4 Roque Zapata (super welterweight)
Shianne Gist W4 Gabby Holloway (welterweight)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
IBF #1 super middleweight José “Bolivita” Uzcategui (25-1, 21 KOs) was victorious when Derrick “Superman” Findley (23-10, 15 KOs) stayed on his stool at the end of round three at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
In other action, unbeaten super welterweight Carlos “Chema” Ocampo (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Ramses “Faraon” Agaton (17-4-3, 9 KOs).
WBA female mini-flyweight champion Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz (21-3, 4 KOs) stopped Jolene Blackshear (12-8, 4 KOs) in round eight.
By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
Photos: Leonard Wilson Jr. & Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
In a Windy City shocker, little-known light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. came into the lion’s den and flattened WBC #2, WBA #3, WBO #4 rated Andrzej “The Polish Prince” Fonfara at 2:32 of the first round on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Fonfara, who drops to 28-4, 16 KOs, just landed his best combination of the fight when “The Irish Bomber” suddenly dropped him hard in ring center courtesy of a monstrous overhand right. Fonfara gamely rose, but crashed into the ropes on unsteady legs. The fight was allowed to continue, but several pinpoint combinations to the head left Fonfara in a heap in his respective corner, unable to rise. With the spectacular win, Smith Jr., out of Brookhaven, NY, improves to 22-1, 17 KOs.
Joe Smith Jr: “There’s no feeling like this. I’m happy to take this victory back home to New York to all my fans. I’ll talk to my promoter but I’m hoping for another big fight to get myself to a world title. Now everybody knows who I am. This is the best thing that could have happened. Once I started hitting him and pushing him back he fell away and left himself open for the right hand. I thought this would be more of a fight, but I took him out early and it feels great. He was punching and I knew he leaves himself open. I was just looking for the punch and it landed.”
Andrzej Fonfara: “He is a heavy puncher. He hit me with a great punch. It happens. I threw some good punches, but I got too comfortable. I didn’t see the punch coming. That made it a great punch. I’m disappointed because I thought I would win the fight but it is boxing. I will rest and get back in the ring. I’ll get back to work.” photos
By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
Photos: Leonard Wilson Jr. & Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
Cincinnati’s Rau’shee Warren (22-1, 4 KOs) turned the tables in a rematch on previously unbeaten nemesis Juan Carlos Payano (17-1, 8 KOs), taking the WBA super bantamweight world title by majority decision after twelve exciting rounds on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. As good as reigning world champion Payano was, Warren was better this time around, using his speed advantage to outwork Payano in the majority of exchanges. Outside of a big right hook which hurt Payano in round eleven, neither fighter was in severe trouble. Two judges carded 115-113 Warren, with the third seeing it a draw, 114-114. Payano had won a split decision against Warren in their first bout.
Rau’shee Warren: “This feels great. It’s unbelievable. Payano came to put on a great fight but I came out victorious. It was a good fight. If he wants the rematch, we can do it again. I was comfortable that I had won the decision. He came to fight and he stayed active. My corner just told me I had to answer back. We wanted to make him miss and make him pay. I definitely made him miss a lot. He was just staying busy. I bobbed and weaved. I pressed him enough to where I could take over. Barry Hunter told me I had to take the last round and I got him cut. My corner just kept telling me to work. I knew I was in control but I just had to step on the pedal at the right time. I want to take it to another level. A third fight could be really big. I want Warren-Payano 3 in Cincinnati. If not I’ll go after all the other champions.”
Juan Carlos Payano: “I wasn’t able to completely follow my game plan. At moments I was able to do what we trained for, but not enough. I hurt my rib early in the first two rounds and it made it difficult to grab and breathe. I take nothing away from him. I was courteous enough to offer the rematch right away and I hope that I get reciprocated the same way. Rau’shee was pretty much the same as last time. I fought his pace and I didn’t follow my plan. I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do and he was able to prevail. I think I gave the fight away and Rau’shee won the fight.” photos
Photo: Team Dulorme
Former world title challenger Thomas Dulorme (23-2, 15 KOs) returned with a win on Saturday night at the Pabellón de la Feria in Albacete, Spain. Dulorme scored a three round TKO over Jesus “Pantera” Gurrola (22-9-3, 10 KOs) in a scheduled eight round welterweight division bout. It was Dulorme’s first fight since a stoppage loss to Terence Crawford in a world title fight 14 months ago.
“Fighting for the first time in Spain was something big in my career because I felt at home with the love and respect they gave me,” said Dulorme, who worked with trainer Alberto González at the Club de Boxeo Daya Nueva in Alicante in preparation for the fight.
On his future, Dulorme said, “I’m a free agent and want to meet with several promoters. I know good fights will soon come, I’ll be more than ready to take them and come away with the win!”
By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
Photos: Leonard Wilson Jr. & Nabeel Ahmad/Premier Boxing Champions
In the night’s finale at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, an unsightly, mauling affair took place involving Chicago’s Alex Martin (13-0, 5 KOs) and Juan Carlos Abreu (19-3-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. The bouts only highlight was a straight right by Abreu that briefly deposited Martin on the canvas in the eighth and final round. When all was said and done, the welterweight “attraction” ended up in the laps of the three ringside judges who should all be commended for not abandoning their posts. Judges scores were split, 76-75 for Abreu, and two favoring Martin, 78-74, and 77-74. No rematch please.
In a ten round middleweight attraction, Maciej Sulecki (23-0, 7 KOs) Warsaw, Poland drubbed listless Hugo Centeno Jr. (24-1, 12 KOs) Oxnard, CA for nine one-sided rounds before ending matters with a huge straight right hand at 1:06 of the tenth and final round. Centeno Jr. somehow beat the count but kudos to referee Mark Nelson for not sending him back into battle.
Undefeated rising super welterweight Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (15-0, 11 KOs) brutally stopped Daniel Sandoval (38-4, 34 KOs) in the third round. The out was waved off with Sandoval absorbing heavy punishment. Time was 2:36. (more…)
The WBA will make history tonight at Polideportivo José María Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela, when it is stages “Batalla de Campeones,” a fight card that features seven women’s title fights on one night and in one ring. All the boxers are female, as are the referees and judges.
The late WBA President Emeritus Gilberto Mendoza always supported women’s boxing. His son Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, who was elected WBA President in December, has embraced that tradition, but has taken that support to a whole new level.
“It’s the first time we see so many female champions together in one boxing event,” said Ralph Hannah, Senior Manager of Guinness World Records, “and therefore the Guinness World Records family is very happy to be here endorsing what is happening. We are grateful to the World Boxing Association, which has supported us in various records attempts over the years. Obviously we celebrate excellence and achievement and WBA is an organization that does the same by looking for the best in the world.” (more…)
By Craig Wick and Jesse Wright at ringside
Bobby Hitz continued his torrid 2016 promotional pace with a six-bout offering Friday night at “The Belvedere” event center in Elk Grove Village, IL. A late arriving crowd saw to it that things got started a tad later than previously announced however once the bell rang, there was enough action to satiate the appetite of most fans who filled the ‘Belvedere.’
In the headliner, former NFL and Notre Dame football player, Tommy Zbikowski (7-0, 5 KOs) won by 2nd round disqualification over late replacement, Raymond Gray (1-1, 1 KO) in a scheduled four round cruiserweight contest. Zbikowski dropped Gray midway through round two with a left hook to the head, however upon rising, Gray protested the knockdown, claiming the punch was illegal in that it landed to the back of his head. When Gray would not answer referee David Smith’s questions, and refused to step forward as instructed, Smith announced a disqualification and the bout was waved off at the 1:44 mark. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Undefeated WBC #4 ranked super lightweight Cletus “The Hebrew Hammer” Seldin (19-0, 16 KOs) destroyed Jesus “Chino” Selig (19-4-1, 12 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Seldin smashed Silig to the deck with a big right hand. Silig beat the count, but got leveled again with another crushing right hand. Time was 2:49.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Danny “El Gallo” Gonzalez (12-0-1, 5 KOs) hammererd out an eight round unanimous decision over Curtis “The Trap” Morton (4-6-4, 0 KOs). Gonzalez’ non-stop work rate produced an 80-72, 79-73, 79-73 verdict on the scorecards.
Welterweight Tyrone James (3-0, 2 KOs) didn’t break a sweat in a first round KO over Kasif Muhammad (0-2). A body shot ended it at 2:57. (more…)
New England Fights (NEF) will hold its next event, “NEF 24: Promised Land” on Saturday night at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée in Lewiston, Maine. The event will feature both mixed-martial-arts (MMA) and professional boxing bouts with an MMA cage and a boxing ring set up side-by-side. Earlier today, the promotion held the event weigh-in at the Colisée.
Professional boxing weights:
Brandon Berry 143.4 vs. James Lester 138.8
Russell Lamour 157.7 vs. Roberto Valenzuela 159.8
Vinnie Carita 210.6 vs. Francisco Mireles 299
Casey Kramlich 153 vs. Zenon Herrera 153.5
Steve Collins, Jr. 189.7 vs. Jose Humberto Corral 190.2
Official weights for WFC 53, featuring a WBO NABO bantamweight championship fight between Antonio Nieves (15-0-1) and Oscar Mojica (9-1) are below. The card takes place Saturday night at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino outside Pittsburgh and is presented by World Fighting Championships.
Antonio Nieves 116.7 vs. Oscar Mojica 117.7
Morgan Fitch 164.5 vs. Victor Kpadenou 167.7
Shianne Gist 143.2 vs. Gabby Holloway TBA
Amonte Eberhardt 153 vs. Roque Zapata TBA
Josh Fisher 169.4 vs. Rick Morias 169.6
Tickets are priced at $100, $50, and $25. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. on fight night. First bell is at 7:00 p.m.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Carlos Ocampo 148 vs. Ramsés Agaton 148.5
Anabel Ortiz 105 vs. Jolene Blackshear 105
José Uzcategui 169 vs. Derrick Findley 170.5
Jaime Munguía 147 vs. Seth Carrillo 147
Jorge García 140.5 vs. Jorge Luis Babuca 141
Sandra Robles 112 vs. Ana Victoria Polo 112
Rafael Guzmán 140 vs. Pedro López 140.5
Omar García 168 vs. Raymundo Verdugo 168
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
DiBella Entertainment Statement: Regrettably, due to a medical issue that renders former three-division world champion Abner Mares presently unable to fight in New York State, the Cuellar vs. Mares fight has been cancelled and will be replaced on the Showtime Championship Boxing on CBS telecast next Saturday, June 25. Abner’s condition is in no way life-threatening, nor was it revealed in a blood or urine test; there was no use of any drugs, including PEDs or other banned substances.
In honoring Abner’s right to medical confidentiality, no further information will be released on this situation unless he chooses. An announcement will be forthcoming with respect to the replacement bout that will open the broadcast.
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