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By Karl Freitag
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Not one, but two clashes between unbeaten heavyweights took center stage at the open air floating stage at Elbauenpark in Magdeburg, Germany.
In the main event WBO #15 heavyweight Tom Schwarz (17-0, 11 KOs) took a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dennis Lewandowski (9-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 99-92. With the win, Schwarz retained his WBO Youth title and added the vacant WBC Youth title to his collection.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Agit Kabayel (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Christian Lewandowski (9-1, 9 KOs), brother of main eventer Dennis Lewandowski.
Lightweight Kevin Nieves (10-1-1, 5 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Alex “Perro” Del Bosque (11-3, 8 KOs) in the main event of a card presented by Miguel Cotto Promotions on Saturday night at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum in Catano, Puerto Rico. Nieves was the winner on all three scorecards by scores of 78-74.
In the co-feature, 18-year old jr welterweight John “E Terrible” Bauza (2-0, 2 KOs) of Catano stopped Mike Erosa (0-8) at the :50 mark of the second round. Bauza had Erosa down in both the first and second round before the referee stopped the fight.
Cruiserweight Kelvin Nunez (14-0, 12 KOs) of Carolina stopped Jonuel Tapia (8-7-1, 5 KOs) in the third round, after stopping him in the fourth round of a bout they had back in February.
Super middleweight Magdiel Cotto (4-0, 4 KOs) stopped Antonio Alicea by first round TKO. Cotto was 167 pounds for this fight but he will now fight at 160 pounds.
Funeral services for legendary three-time world heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali will take place on Friday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting at 9AM, a procession will bring the champ all over town so people can say their goodbyes. The motorcade will pass by the Muhammad Ali Center and through Ali’s old neighborhood before heading to Cave Hill National Cemetery where Ali will be buried in a private ceremony.
At 2PM, there will be a memorial service at the KFC YUM! Center that will be open to the public and will be streamed live at www.alicenter.org. Later a private reception for friends and guests will be held at the Ali Center. The family is requesting that donations be made to the Ali Center in lieu of gifts and flowers.
Photos: Promociones del Pueblo
Former two-time super flyweight world champion Cristian “El Diamante” Mijares (54-8-2, 26 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over Andres “Jaguarito” Gutierrez (34-0-1, 24 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC silver featherweight title on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Cancun Hotel Complex in Cancun, Mexico. It was a close fight with Mijares emerging victorious by scores of 114-114, 116-112 and 114-113. Only Mijares was eligible to win the belt as Gutierrez came in four pounds heavy.
By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Team Salido
Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas and Orlando “Siri” Salido promised a war and they delivered a war on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. After twelve rounds of toe-to-two carnage, the judges couldn’t decide a winner. WBC super featherweight world champion Vargas (23-0-2, 17 KOs) retained his belt with a split draw against Salido (43-13-4, 30 KOs). Scores were 114-114, 114-114 and 115-113 Vargas. Salido outworked Vargas down the stretch, seemed to land the more damaging blows and seemed to finish in better shape than Vargas but it wasn’t enough to dethrone the champion, who did fight well earlier in the bout.
“I feel really good about this decision,” said Vargas. “I knew coming in that I was going to be facing a very tough opponent; however I didn’t expect for him to head butt me and give me so many cuts to the face. Overall, I’m happy I was able to face this skilled warrior. I used powerful jabs and countered with ruthlessness. Takashi Miura was a much more powerful puncher, but my respects to Salido. He is a very tough fighter and has a very strong chin.”
Salido commented, “It was a complicated fight like I expected, a very difficult fight from beginning to end with a lot of action. It was a great spectacle for all the fans. They got what they wanted. They wanted to see blood and they saw blood. I would welcome another fight with him. I believe that I won by a slight margin, but I would welcome a rematch. I would also accept the fight from Takashi Miura or from Lomamcheko. I’ll fight anyone.”
Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions
IBF #2, WBO #4, WBA #4 and WBC #6 light heavyweight contender Artur Beterbiev (10-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Ezequiel “El Olympico” Maderna (23-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Bell Center in Montreal, Canada. Beterbiev dropped Maderna twice in round three and two more times in round four before Maderna’s corner threw in the towel. Time was :56
In a clash of undefeated middleweight prospects, Bryant “Goodfella” Perrella (14-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over David “Day Day” Grayton (14-1, 10 KOs). Parrella rocked Grayton in round two and the bout was waved off as Grayton went to the canvas. Time was 2:19.
Unbeaten super welterweight Jamontay “Quiet Assassin” Clark (10-0, 6 KOs) survived a first round knockdown, then outboxed Edgar “Nene” Ortega (16-6, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 58-55, 58-54, 58-54.
Unbeaten heavyweight Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (19-0, 14 KOs) scored a first round KO over journeyman Jeremy Bates (26-18-1, 22 KOs). Time was 1:47. (more…)
Hall of Fame two-time former heavyweight world champion George Foreman has commented on the passing of his greatest rival Muhammad Ali.
“They said that Ali, Frazier, Foreman, Norton and Holmes were all time greats and called our era ‘The Golden Age of Heavyweights.’ But there is no doubt that Ali was the greatest of us all.”
– George Foreman
By Rocky Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In a clash of unbeaten featherweights, Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (21-0-1, 15KO) won a hard fought unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated Julian “El Camaron” Ramirez (16-1, 8KO) to win the vacant NABA title. There was a lot of back and forth action and it appeared to be a slightly closer contested match than judged by the referees who scored the bout 97-93, 98-92 and 97-93, all in favor of Lopez who signed a promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions last year after sitting out all 2013 and 2014 due to contractual issues. Ramirez suffered a bad cut over the right eye from a head butt in round six.
In an entertaining ten round middleweight slugfest, Gabriel Rosado edged out a wildly unpopular unanimous decision victory over Antonio Gutierrez (21-2-1, 9 KOs). Gutierrez dropped Rosado hard in the fourth round with a solid one-two combo and was the more aggressive fighter, often chasing a back-peddling or sidestepping Rosado. It was a slugfest, throughout, and a very evenly matched fight. Gutierrez is the hard luck loser while Rosado builds off his recent victory over Joshua Clottey. Judges scored the bout 95-94, 96-93 and 95-94, all in favor of Rosado.
Undefeated lightweight Christian “Chimpa” Gonzalez (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a clear eight round unanimous decision over Jhon Gemino (12-7-1, 5 KOs). The taller Gonzalez pressed the action and landed the harder punches in every round. Judges scored the bout 80-72, 80-72, and 79-71. (more…)
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Undefeated WBO junior middleweight champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) retained his title with a second round KO over #11 rated Predrag Radosevic (30-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. In a one-sided fight, Smith dropped Radosevic with a left hook to the body in round two and Radosevic stayed down and watched the referee count him out. Time was 1:34.
After the fight, promoter Frank Warren vowed to get Smith a fight with the biggest name in the division. “We want Canelo and we think Liam Smith is capable of beating him,” said Warren. “He’s capable of beating Cotto and Canelo, that’s the next level fight we want.”
Trainer Joe Gallagher added, “I would want Cotto for him. He’s number one mandatory for Liam. Liam Smith is in the top three or four world champs in this country.” (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Famed boxing referee and judge Richard Steele discusses the passing of ring great Muhammad Ali. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Muhammad Ali – he was The Greatest of All Time,” said Steele. “He was also a great friend, someone I have known since 1961, someone that made me who I am. It was Ali who gave me my first big assignment when I was thinking about becoming a referee. He told the commission that he wanted me to ref these four sparring matches on a football field in East LA. It was packed – no one could get a crowd together like him.
“The first and only time I ever cried at a fight is when he fought Larry Holmes and I was a judge. He was really feeling the punches – it was tough to see. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Former world champions Richar Abril and Yuri Foreman were victorious in separate bouts on Friday night as Broadway Boxing returned to the Resorts World Casino in Queens, NY.
Abril (20-3-1, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jerry Belmontes (21-9, 6 KOs) in a junior welterweight showdown. Abril was credited with a knockdown in round one and went on to win a competitive fight by scores of 96-93, 96-93, 95-94. It was Abril’s first fight since he was stricken with dengue fever while training in Cuba to defend his WBA lightweight title against Derry Matthews in early 2015 and was forced to vacate his title
Foreman (34-2, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jason Davis (13-12-2, 4 KOs) in a junior middleweight matchup. Foreman dropped Davis three times in round two and the bout was finally waved off by referee Ricky Gonzalez after Foreman resumed his assault. Time was 1:55.
In other action, “Subway Boxer” Mike Lee (17-0, 10 KOs) defeated Mike Snider (10-4-3, 5 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds in a light heavyweight bout. Lee floored Snider in round four en route to a 80-71, 80-71, 79-72 verdict.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Bob Newman
We all knew it was coming. It’s inevitable, right? No one here gets out alive. Not even “The Greatest.” I was asked, to my great honor, to write a piece about Muhammad Ali, in light of his passing last night. There are certainly others who are more equipped to list the facts, a timeline on Ali.
There will be a seemingly ceaseless flood of stories on him in the coming days, especially with the International Boxing Hall of Fame annual induction festivities commencing in less than a week. I’ll be more than content, to share some personal reflections, near misses and thoughts here, on one of the most famous people, certainly in my lifetime. (more…)
Boxing greats react to the death of boxing icon Muhammad Ali:
Manny Pacquiao: “We lost a giant today. Boxing benefitted from Muhammad Ali’s talents but not nearly as much as mankind benefitted from his humanity. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Ali family. May God bless them.”
Amir Khan: “It is extremely sad to witness the passing of boxing’s greatest fighter and icon Muhammad Ali. I would like to send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his family at this time. No fighter or sportsman will ever reach the level of Muhammad Ali, whose name will continue to echo through the ages. Inspiring, charismatic, a true legend – Ali will never be forgotten. Having the chance to meet the great man will be a memory and privilege I will always hold dear to me – an incredible human being, fighter and role model. Thank you Muhammad for inspiring us all.”
Oscar de la Hoya: “It is with great sadness today that we mourn the loss of the Greatest of All Time – Muhammad Ali. I send my deepest condolences to his family, and pray for strength and peace for them during this difficult time. Muhammad Ali is a legend and one of the world’s most celebrated athletes, the fighter who ushered in the golden era of boxing and put the sport on the map. He paved the way for professional fighters including myself, elevating boxing to become a sport watched in millions of households around the world. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Don King, who promoted many of former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali’s greatest fights, has commented on the passing of the legendary boxer:
“I loved the man. He was my friend for life. But, Ali will never die. I think we want to celebrate Ali’s life for being the man that he was: A fighter for the people and a champion of the people. He demonstrated the type of character, the intestinal fortitude, the inspiration, the motivation to stand up for what he believed in and say what he means and mean what he says and was willing to take the consequences of his actions. This is really what separates the wheat from the chaff.” – Don King
By Boxing Bob Newman
Undefeated Syracuse, New York super middleweight boxer Martez “The Punisher” Potter lost his life on Wednesday, June 1. The 26-year-old Potter had compiled an 8-0, 1 KO record as a middle and super middleweight. Potter had just come back from a one year layoff to repeat his win over Ahmed Tuba this past February 27 in Syracuse. Potter kept busy between bouts working as a security guard, a personal fitness and boxing trainer and had even taken up acting in the upcoming movie, “The People’s Champ.” Potter entered the paid ranks on September 22, 2012 after winning two New York State amateur titles. He leaves behind his mother Robin, three children, Jada 3, Martez Jr 2, and Anais 4 months. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum has confirmed that ring legend Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74 in a Phoenix hospital.
“A true great has left us. Muhammad Ali transformed this country and impacted the world with his spirit. His legacy will be part of our history for all time.” – Bob Arum
Arum promoted more Ali fights than anyone. On March 29, he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his first promotion — Muhammad Ali vs. George Chuvalo. It was also the first fight Arum, ever attended. Ali’s funeral will be in Louisville, Kentucky.
Photos: Leo Wilson / Premier Boxing Champions
Undefeated IBF lightweight world champion Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (25-0, 13 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round split decision over former world champion Mickey “The Spirit” Bey (22-2-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night in the Hard Rock Live Arena at the Seminole Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Bey was fortunate to be credited with a knockdown by referee Sam Burgos in round two when Barthelemy went to the canvas after a head clash. Otherwise Barthelemy was in command. Scores were 117-110, 116-111 for Barthelemy, and somehow 117-110 for Bey.
Undefeated bantamweight Emmanuel Rodriguez (15-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Alberto “Metro” Guevara (24-3, 9 KOs). It was a workmanlike performance for Rodriguez, who won by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Caleb “Sweet Hands” Plant (13-0, 10 KOs) impressively took out Carlos Galvan (12-5-1, 11 KOs) with a left hand to the stomach in round four. Time was 1:24.
Undefeated lightweight Gervonta “The One” Davis (16-0, 15 KOs) delivered a quick first round annihilation Mario “Huracan” Macias Rorozco (28-19, 14 KOs).
Comebacking featherweight Dat Nguyen (19-3, 6 KOs) outpointed Jesus Lule (8-18-2, 1 KO) over six rounds. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Golden Boy Promotions kicked off an exciting weekend of boxing Friday night at the Belasco Theater in downtown Los Angeles as Ronny Rios (26-1, 11 KOs) of Santa Ana scored a second round stoppage over Efrain Esquivias (17-5-1, 10 KOs) of Carson in the LA Fight Club main event. Rios dropped Esquivias in round one and a barrage of punches in round two forced referee Raul Caiz Jr. to stop the fight at 37 seconds.
Undefeated super lightweight prospect Zachary “Zungry” Ochoa (15-0, 7 KOs) of Brooklyn scored an eighth round knockout over Luis Joel Gonzalez (11-4-1, 6 KOs) . Gonzalez staggered Ochoa in round three buckling his knees as Ochoa almost went down. Keeping his composure Ochoa boxed patiently in round four keeping his distance from the aggressive southpaw Gonzalez. A huge right hand by Ochoa in the eighth and final round knocked out Gonzalez cold with the referee immediately waving it off at 41 seconds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Warren Suen
Former IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib (40-4, 23 KOs) outpointed Pharanpetch Tor Buamas (17-1, 13 KOs) over twelve rounds to capture the vacant IBF Australasian 130 pound title at the Emporium Function Centre Bankstown, NSW, Australia on Friday. Dib took control of the contest with rapier left jabs that connected frequently on the aggressive Thai in round one and two. Round three had the unbeaten Thai stepping up a gear and out working Dib who was using good mobility. Dib regained control of the bout in round four but had to work hard for every point as he connected with accurate combinations and showing clever footwork on the durable and aggressive opponent. Round ten had Buamas outworking Dib who took a breather in this round. The referee Anthony Shipley had the ringside doctor inspect a cut over Dib’s left eye in round eleven which was ruled okay to continue. At the conclusion of twelve rounds scores were Ray Wheatley 118-110, Kevin Hogan 118-111 and Charlie Lucas 118-111 all for the IBF #10 Dib. (more…)
Legendary former world heavyweight world champion Muhammad Ali is reportedly fighting for his life in a Phoenix hospital. It was initially reported that the 74-year-old Ali would be hospitalized for a few days to treat a respiratory issue. However, according to NBC News, Ali is in “grave condition” and the Ali Family is gathering at his bedside.
During the sixties and seventies, Ali wasn’t only the biggest star in boxing, he was very likely the most famous person in the world. He gradually faded from public view after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Our thoughts and prayers are with “The Greatest,” who brought hope and inspiration to so many people. Get better champ!
By John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr. / dcobbjr.com
Super middleweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson came back to Philadelphia Friday night and left another good impression on local fight fans with an active and entertaining 8-round unanimous decision over DeCarlo Perez at the 2300 Arena in South Philly. It was a close and competitive battle. However, Johnson’s bookend knockdowns, one in the first and one in the eighth, gave him the edge he needed to secure the win.
After giving Jesse Hart a hard time in March, Escondido, CA’s Johnson returned east to turn his attention to Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez. Things got started at prematurely at Thursday’s weigh-in when a photo op between the two fighters boiled over into a near brawl. The eruption was quickly capped and then reopened in the ring for fight fans on fight night.
Johnson jumped out in round one and dropped Perez with a hard flurry of punches that nearly ended the fight in a hurry. Despite the quick start by Johnson and close call for Perez, the fight was a closely pitched battle for the rest of the night. (more…)
By Jesse Kelly
Undefeated middleweight prospect Luis “Cuba” Arias (14-0, 6 KOs) is set to headline in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday at the Wisconsin Center. Arias will face 24 year-old Jorge “Pantera” Silva (21-10-2, 17 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico in the night’s main event which is scheduled for 10 rounds. Arias, who signed with Roc Nation Sports in 2015, was a highly decorated amateur boxer who has continued to make a name for himself as a pro while working alongside esteemed trainer John David Jackson. While many prospects begin there boxing careers fighting at home, Arias has boxed on big shows all over the country without the opportunity to fight in his home city.
“Coming back to fight at home is every fighter’s dream,” said the 25 year-old Arias. “I’m excited and blessed to have the opportunity to fight at home. I started my pro career in Vegas, and I never knew when I would come to fight in Milwaukee. My city has always supported me, and I can’t wait to put on a great show for in front of my biggest fans and supporters.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Cristian Mijares 125.65 vs. Andres Gutierrez 130
(WBC Silver featherweight title)
Jovylito Aligarben 118 vs. Edgar Jimenez 118
Jose Lopez 140.80 vs. Ivan Álvarez 139.70
Irma Garcia 117.50 vs. Miriam Ávila 117.50
(WBC female bantamweight eliminator)
Venue: Arena Grand Oasis in Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo & Pepe Gomez Cancun Boxing
TV: CBSSN (USA), Televisa (Mexico)
Light heavyweight contender Sullivan Barrera (17-1) has been back in the gym for several weeks as he eagerly awaits the phone call that will give him his next assignment. Barrera is looking to bounce back from his first career loss which took place in March against Andre Ward. “I took a couple weeks off after the Ward fight but now I am back at it and ready for the next challenge. I made some mistakes in the Ward fight and we are working on correcting them,” said Barrera.
The 34-year-old Cuban recently parted ways with trainer Abel Sanchez and is now working with Derik Santos. One of the reasons for the move is the close proximity of Santos’ training facility in Boca Raton, Fla. to Barrera’s residence in Miami. Barrera admits to being shocked that he hasn’t received any offers. “I am ready for any of the top fighters anytime. I am very confident my team will secure a top five opponent but I’m surprised that with my high ranking that no one has reached out to us to make a fight,” Barrera stated.
By Bob Ryder
Boxing returns to the Sound Board theatre inside the Motor City Casino-Hotel on Friday, June 10 as promoter Greg Ahrens and matchmaker Carlos Llinas present “Night of Knockouts VII”. Ten bouts are scheduled. In 6 round contests, Darryl Cunningham (32-8, 13 KO’s) takes on William Johnson (11-47-2, 4 KO’s). Chico Crout (11-10-1, 6 KO’s) mixes with Eric Hall (7-9-1, 3 KO’s), Hall last fought here in an entertaining draw with Pete Cantu that many felt he won. Local favorite Anthony Barnes (8-0, 6 KO’s) makes a long overdue hometown return appearance against an opponent TBD and also returning after an absence from the local scene of over 5 1/2 years, Alexis Hloros (16-5-2, 12 KO’s) does battle with Jeremy Marts (12-22, 9 KO’s) in what should be a free swinging contest for as long as it lasts. (more…)
Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke
Tom Schwarz 233.6 vs. Dennis Lewandowski 248
(WBO and WBC Youth heavyweight titles)
Agit Kabayel 232.5 vs. Christian Lewandowski 248.5
Adam Deines 173.25 vs. Karel Horejsek 173.75
Phillip Nsingi 151 vs. Renat Samedovi 153.8
Jurgen Uldedaj 190.25 vs. Ben Nsafoah TBA
Venue: Seebühne im Elbauenpark, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Photos: Chris Farina / Team Salido
Francisco Vargas 129.6 vs. Orlando Salido 130
(WBC super featherweight title)
Julian Ramirez 125.4 vs. Abraham Lopez 125.6
Gabriel Rosado 159.8 vs. Antonio Gutierrez 159
Venue: StubHub Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Photos: Dave Nadkarni / Premier Boxing Champions
Artur Beterbiev 174.2 vs. Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna 177.2
Bryant Perrella 146.4 vs. David Grayton 145.6
Javier Franco 121.8 vs. Vislan Dalkaev 121.4
Balasz Horvath 169.8 vs. Dario Bredicean 167.6
Parnell Fisher 123 vs. Larami Carmona 122.6
Jeremy Bates 246.2 vs. Oscar Rivas 240.8
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Photo: Frank Warren Boxing
Liam Smith 154 vs. Predrag Radosevic 153
(WBO super welterweight title)
Zolani Tete 117 vs. Victor Ruiz 116
(IBF International bantamweight title)
Ryan Farrag 118 vs. Karim Guerfi 118
(European bantamweight title)
Paul Butler vs. Petchbarngborn Kokietgym
(No longer a WBO super flyweight eliminator as Butler failed to make weight)
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: BoxNation (UK)
Most in pro boxing have voiced opposition to the AIBA’s late minute approval to allow professional boxers to compete against amateurs in the upcoming Olympics in Brazil beginning in August. However, one notable name has come out in support of the idea, and he’s one of the greatest amateur boxers of them all: current WBO featherweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
“If you are talking about this Olympics, 2016, I don’t think it would be a wise idea for any professional who just heard the news to run to the Olympic games right now,” said the 28-year-old two-time Olympic gold medalist who won a professional world championship in his third pro fight. “I think there needs to be more time to prepare for it. The idea of having professional boxers in the Olympics – I am all for it, I like the idea. If you take any other sport – basketball, tennis – any other sport – they support professional athletes and they participate in the Olympic games and it makes it that much stronger.
“I think in the 2020 Olympics there will be a lot more fighters because they will have a lot of time to prepare. BUT, I do not think the big stars in boxing, like Pacquiao and Mayweather, will take the risks in the Olympic games. When they go to the games, there is a chance the amateur can win and they won’t want to take the risk.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBC super featherweight champion Francisco “El Bandido” Vargas (23-0-1, 17 KOs) of Mexico City will have a tough task as he takes on former three-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (43-13-3, 30 KOs) of Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico this Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, California live on HBO. “This will be my first defense of my title and I am ready for the big challenge that Salido represents,” Vargas told Fightnews.com®.
Having begun his preparation in Mexico City, Vargas has been working with his longtime trainer Guillermo “Sargento” Beccerril and resumed his camp in Southern California as he gears up for the former world champion Salido.
“We had a great, intense, strong preparation just like all the camps and I am ready for this fight,” Vargas said. “Sparring has been great. The guys I sparred really helped me out and prepared me for this fight with Salido.” (more…)
By Bill Green
Undefeated light heavyweight and former Subway commercial star “Irish” Mike Lee (16-0, 10 KOs) returns tonight on Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing Series at the Resorts World Casino, located in New York City, NY. The main event will feature former lightweight world champion Richar Abril 19-3- 1 (8) vs Jerry Belmontes 21-8 (6) in a 10 round junior welterweight matchup.
Fightnews.com® talked to the undefeated and popular light heavyweight contender literally moments before he tipped the scales. (more…)
Story and photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster, 19-1, 10 KOs, Glassboro, NJ, returns to the ring Saturday night in a scheduled six rounder against Maryland journeyman Lenwood Dozier, 9-10-2, 4 KOs. The fight is the main event at the Grundy Arena in Bristol, PA, and will be Webster’s first appearance since suffering his first pro loss nearly one year ago.
“You know, I thought that a loss would make people want to fight me, but it didn’t do me any justice,” Webster said. “I still had people pulling out on me. So, I wish it (his return) would have been in a little bit earlier.”
Last July, Webster dropped a ten round decision to Arif Magomedov in a Showtime-televised fight for the vacant NABO middleweight title. It was a tough night for the then-undefeated fighter, but he seems to have put the incident in perspective and moved on from it. (more…)
Ronny Rios 126 vs. Efrain Esquivias 126
Zachary Ochoa 139.2 vs. Luis Joel Gonzalez 139.8
Seniesa Estrada 111 vs. Christina Fuentes 113.4
Rafael Gramajo 122 vs. Harold Reyes 123
Pablo Rubio 121.6 vs. Jorge Perez 122
Tenochtitlan Nava 127 vs. Davis Montes 128
Venue: Belasco Theater, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Estrella TV
Richar Abril 139 vs. Jerry Belmontes 138.75
Yuri Foreman 158.25 vs. Jason Davis 161.75
Mike Lee 178.75 vs. Mike Snider 178
Alicia Napoleon 153.5 vs. Latasha Burton 162.25
Julian Sosa 142.5 vs. Isaac Johnson 142.25
Steve Rolls 162.5 vs. Emmanuel Sanchez 163.75
Joe Williams 184 vs. Lamar Harris 183.5.
Marquis Moore 167.5 vs. Turner Williams 165.5
James Wilkins 136.25 vs. Jack Grady 140
Venue: Resorts World Casino New York City, Queens, NY
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets available at the door, priced at $125, $75 and $55.
Doors open at 6:00pm with the first bout scheduled for 7:00pm.
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