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Rodriguez defeats Lozano in Tampa

Rodriguez defeats Lozano in Tampa

Photos: Scott Foster WBC #12 bantamweight Ricardo “Meserito” Rodriguez (11-2, 3 KOs) moved down a division to hammer out a ten round majority ...

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Jacobs and Mora make weight

Jacobs and Mora make weight

Photos: Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions Daniel Jacobs 159.8 vs. Sergio Mora 159.2 (WBA "regular" middleweight title) Danny Garcia 146.6 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 146.8 (non-title 12-rounder) Omar Douglas ...

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Weights from Morelia, Mexico

Weights from Morelia, Mexico

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Alma Montiel Johnny Gonzalez 129.8 vs. Kazuki Hashimoto 129.3 Yessica Nery Plata 106.5 vs. Esmeralda132 Moreno 107.8 Juan Jose Martinez 134.6 ...

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beIN Sports Weights from Guadalajara

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Ramses Agaton 154 vs. Ivan Montero 154.5 Carlos Diaz 132.5 vs. Willmank Cano 131.5 Dennis Contreras 119 vs. Sergio Frias 117.8 Rafael Guzman ...

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UniMas weights from Frisco, Texas

By Jeff Zimmerman at the scale Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Chris Avalos 126.25 vs. Rey Perez 125.25 Casey Ramos 132 vs. Daniel Evangelista ...

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UFC

Camozzi in for injured Romero against Jacare

With Yoel Romero forced out of his UFC on FOX bout against fellow contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza on April 18 in Newark, New Jersey due to injury, Colorado veteran Chris Camozzi will return to the Octagon on one week’s notice to face the Brazilian submission machine in a rematch of their 2013 bout . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC Fight Night Newark is live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 13th, 2015


Boxing News

Unbeaten Wilson annihilates Williams in Oregon

Report/Photos by Ricardo Ibarra

After nearly a two year long hiatus from the sport, top Pacific Northwest cruiserweight prospect Mike Wilson made his return to the ring last Saturday night at the Compton Arena in his hometown of Central Point, Oregon. Fighting under the promotional banner of his wife Jennifer Wilson’s newly formed Whited Delight Promotions, Wilson kept his unbeaten record intact with an emphatic second round knockout of previously unbeaten Kansas City prospect Derek Williams. The fight was the main event of a seven bout card that drew one of the largest boxing crowds seen in the region in recent years, showing the vast popularity of the local favorite Wilson. (more…)



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

He might take a knee,” Floyd Mayweather Sr. says about Manny Pacquiao fighting Mayweather Jr.

EastWest Bank banks on Manny Pacquiao.

Scientist throwing haymakers for cancer research.

A draw was fair, says Andy Lee about his fight with Peter Quilin.



April 13th, 2015

Boxing News

Conigliaro wins in Barnsville, PA

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

Saturday night on the card titled “Thunder in the Mountains,” at the Lakeside Ballroom in Barnesville, PA bantamweight Antonio Conigliaro impressed his local fan base with a solid four round unanimous decision victory over Ricky Lacefield (0-8) in his professional debut. The pro-am card promoted by A&D Promotions featured three professional bouts. (more…)



April 12th, 2015

Boxing Result

Torres defeats Ganoy in Albuquerque

Albuquerque’s Josh “Pitt Bull” Torres (14-3-2, 6 KOs) defeated Ranee Ganoy (36-12-2, 32 KOs), also of the Duke City, by majority decision, last night at the Convention Center. By outboxing the heavy-handed Filipino fighter, Torres won the vacant WBC USNBC super lightweight belt with scores of 95-95 and 96-94 twice. In other results: Albuquerque featherweight Jose Osorio (3-2-1, 2 KOs) and Texan Alex Hipolito (3-3-1, 2 KOs) fought to a six-round draw with scores of 57-57 x 3; Mexican light heavyweight Ambrocio Bautista won his pro debut with a four-round majority decision over Albuquerque’s Ricky Villafuerte (0-4); in a four-round lightweight bout, Alex Holguin (4-1, 3 KOs) TKO’d debuting Mike Turrieta with a second round TKO.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

NBC’s primetime boxing looking like a hit; Saturday’s card wins ratings war again

NBC has announced that last night’s Premier Boxing Champions show led the network to broadcast primetime victory in the all important Adults 18-49 demographic for the second consecutive time. The overnight ratings for PBC on NBC increased every half hour, peaking at 2.38 from 10:30-11pm ET for final rounds of Peterson-Garcia. The full show did 1.94.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia-Peterson/Lee-Quillin Scorecards

By Matt Richardson

Lamont Peterson dug himself a big hole, then made his move too late. After seven rounds, Peterson was down 6-1 in rounds on all three cards. He won the last five rounds 5-0 and 4-1 twice, but in the end Danny Garcia won by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 114-114.

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How close was Andy Lee vs. Peter Quillin? If judge Glenn Feldman scored round three 10-8 like the other two judges, Quillin would have won a split decision. If Andy Lee had won round twelve, he would have won a unanimous decision.

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Khytrov comments on going the distance

Undefeated middleweight prospect and former amateur standout Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (10-0, 9 KOs) spoke about going the distance for the first time in his career, outpointing slick southpaw Aaron Coley via unanimous decision on Friday at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. “It was a good fight, but I saw some flaws that I need to work on,” Khytrov said. “But it was a short span between my last fight and I think it showed in the ring. I knew I had to make an adjustment because he wouldn’t come forward and fight with me. Everything happens for a reason. This was a good experience for me. I got some rounds and I got the win.”

Meanwhile Coley was unimpressed with Khytrov’s much-hyped power. “He wasn’t as powerful as I expected. I take boxing seriously and he never had me hurt at all. But he kind of took over the fight. It was kind of hard to time him and I can’t argue with the decision. He was fluid and had decent movement. You can tell he had good amateur experience.”



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Joubert-Jikana clash for vacant SA junior welter title

By Ron Jackson

Warren Joubert and Lungisa Jikani will fight for the SA junior welterweight title on Monday night. The title has been vacant since Ali Funeka relinquished it after winning the IBO welterweight belt on November 15 last year. Now Joubert, from Johannesburg, and Jikani, from Port Elizabeth, clash at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park to see who takes over as national champion.

The tournament is presented by Jell Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions.

On the undercard, Johnny Muller, who has relinquished the SA light-heavyweight title, moves into the junior heavyweight division to fight Donald Kampamba over eight rounds. Popular Flo Simba will also return to action in what is expected to be a highly entertaining tournament. (more…)



April 12th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Krakow Post-Fight

Mirko Cro Cop vs. Gabriel Gonzaga earned fight of the night. Leon Edwards and Maryna Moroz were awarded with the performance bonuses . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC Fight Night Newark is live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Slimani first WBC Francophone champion

The complete team for the inaugural WBC Francophone titleLast night in the local sporthall of Lichtervelde, Belgium, local Hedi Slimani stopped French Samir Kasmi in the final round to be crowned the first ever WBC Francophone champion. Kasmi stepped up in weight to face Slimani for the lightweight title.
It turned out to be a fantastic battle from start till end. It was fast paced in the first 5 rounds with both trading bombs. Slimani edged the first 2 rounds and Kasmi closely won the 3rd. Slimani wanted to regain control of the fight and hurt Kasmi with the first punch of the 4th round. A left to the head wobbled Kasmi who was clearly hurt. Slimani wanted to finish it there but Kasmi survived the round. Slimani seems to have given a lot in that round and had to recover in the 5th giving away the round to the visitor. From the 6th on Slimani completely dominated the fight and was close to stopping the current EBU-EU superfeatherweight champion in the 11th. It was only a question of time. In the next round when after a crushing combination the Frenchman was hurt and completely exhausted turned away from the action and at that moment the referee had seen enough and waved it off at 1:50 of the last round. Kasmi needed several minutes to recover on his stool after having given Slimani a great fight. Both fighters fully deserved the standing ovation they received from the public while WBC Francophone Chairman Houcine Houichi crowned the first champion.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Barclays Center walk-out bouts

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside

Following Saturday night’s NBC-televised card, three additional fights took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Errol Spence Junior made light work of Samuel Vargas in their scheduled 8 round welterweight bout. Spence Jr. knocked down Vargas in round 2 before sealing the stoppage in round 4. After Spence Jr. delivered a devastating body combination that made the crowd wince, the referee deemed Vargas unable to continue and stopped the bout. The official time of the stoppage was 1:45 in round 4. Spence Jr. is now 16-0 with 13 KOs while Vargas drops to 20-2-1 with 10 KOs.

Staten Island native, Marcus Browne, scored a TKO victory over Aaron Pryor Jr. at the end of round 6 in their scheduled 8 round light heavyweight fight. Browne controlled the bout from the opening round with his aggressive style of fighting and faced little resistance from Pryor Jr. The bout continued to be fairly one sided with Browne always in full control. With the victory Browne moves to 14-0 with 11 KOs and Pryor Jr.is now at 19-8-1 with 12 KOs.

In the final fight of a ten bout card spread over eight hours junior welterweight Felix Diaz beat Brooklyn’s Gabriel Bracero on a ten-round unanimous decision. Diaz (17-0, 8 KO’s) fought an aggressive fight as he barreled forward throughout. Referee Arthur Mercante Jr. had his hands full breaking the two 140-pounders apart as Bracero frequently held Diaz on the inside. Bracero (23-2, 4 KO’s) was knocked down in the final seconds of the eighth after taking a left from Diaz. He hit the canvas again in the following round after Diaz connected with a left hook as Bracero tried to back Diaz up. All three judges had Diaz the victor by wide margins: 98-90, 97-91 and 96-92.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-IBF champ Zaveck wins in Slovenia

Slovenian crowd-favorite Jan “Mr. Sypathicus” Zaveck (35-3, 19 KOs) won the fringe WBF super welterweight title from defending titlist Sasha Yengoyan (31-2, 21 KOs) from Belgium on Saturday night, delighting more than 5000 loud and enthusiastic fans at a sold-out Tabor Arena in Maribor. Despite suffering a cut right eye in the first round, Zaveck was very impressive in the first half of the bout, out-boxing Yengoyan who seemed a bit intimidated by the atmosphere of the arena, but the Armenian-born Belgian, who was also cut in round five, came back strong in the second half. Scores were 115-114, 117-112 and 118-112, all in favor of Zaveck. Yengoyan had a point deducted in round eleven for a head-butt. The fight was promoted by Tomaz Barada, and televised live in Slovenia by TVSLO Sport.



April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Guevara destroys Claveras in one

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC light flyweight champion Pedro Guevara (25-1-1, 17 KOs) scored an explosive first round KO over previously unbeaten Richard Claveras (12-1-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. A hook to the body put down Claveras for the count.

Former IBF female light flyweight champion Yessica “Kika” Chavez made ​​a triumphant return to the ring, winning by ten round unanimous decision over Filipina Norj Guro by scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 98-92.

Super bantamweight Alberto “Metro” Molina (brother of Pedro Guevara) won a split decision over Jairo Hernandez.

Former Olympian Oscar Molina won by second round TKO (2:39) over Jorge “Tigre” Pimentel in a super welterweight clash.

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Valdez destroys Ramirez in main event debut

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank

Two-time Mexican Olympian Oscar Valdez (16-0, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Jose Ramirez (25-6-3, 15 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Center in Laredo, Texas. Valdez dropped Ramirez for the full ten with a body shot. Time was 2:05.

Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (9-0, 5 KOs) of Brazil scored a one sided six round unanimous decision over Omar Rojas (3-3, 1 KO). All three judges had it 60-54 for Falcao.

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Martinez dethrones Salido

Photos: Ivan Ojeda/PRBBP

In the latest Mexico vs. Puerto Rico showdown, Ramon Martinez (29-2-2, 17 KOs) won the WBO super featherweight championship for the third time with a twelve round unanimous decision over reigning titleholder Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot in San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was a war from the get-go. Salido was relentless the first two rounds, but got dropped by Martinez in round three and again in round five. The champion battled back hard, but was deducted a point for a low blow in round eleven. Salido closed strong, but it was too little too late. Scores were 114-111, 115-110, 116-109.

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April 12th, 2015

Boxing News

Garcia overcomes defensive-minded Peterson

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

In a non-title bout, WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny “Swift” Garcia (30-0, 17 KOs) won a majority decision over IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (33-3-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113. Peterson’s IBF title is now vacant.

Garcia and Peterson engaged in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse over 12 rounds within their agreed upon catch weight of 143 pounds with Garcia landing 147 power punches compared to Peterson’s 105. (more…)



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Lee and Quillin battle to a draw

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney

Going into their middleweight fight on Saturday, most observers figured the Andy Lee-Peter Quillin encounter to be the best and most competitive fight of the night.

They weren’t disappointed nor were they wrong as the two hard-hitters fought to a 12-round split draw. Scores for the fight were 113-112 for Lee, 113-112 for Quillin and 113-113. Fightnews figured Quillin (31-0-1, 22 KO’s) to be a close winner, largely due to the two knockdowns he scored earlier in the fight. One of those was later negated, however, when Lee (34-2-1, 24 KO’s) dropped Quillin. (more…)



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Salido-Martinez undercard from Puerto Rico

Photos: Ivan Ojeda/PRBBP

Lightweight Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (24-1, 19 KOs) was victorious when Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (26-6, 22 KOs) couldn’t come out for round six due to an ankle injury. Time was :01 of round six.

Flyweight contender McWilliams Arroyo (16-2, 14 KOs) scored a third round KO over Victor Ruiz (13-7-1, 5 KOs). Arroyo dropped Ruiz in round one. He floored him again in round three, getting the stoppage moments later with Ruiz on his way to the canvas again. Time was 1:32.

Undefeated welterweight John Karl Sosa (13-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Joaquin “Chico” Chavez (9-15-3, 2 KOs). Chavez was down in round eight. Scores were 80-71 across the board.

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April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Postol, Collazo triumph in Brooklyn

By Matt Richardson and Arvin Nundloll at ringside

Junior welterweight contender Viktor Postol ended a nearly year-long layoff with a rust-removing victory against Jake Giuriceo on Saturday night at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York. Fighting at 143.8 pounds, Postol, the WBC number-one rated 140-pounder, defeated Giuriceo via eight-round unanimous decision. Postol (27-0, 11 KO’s) earned lopsided scores of 80-72 (twice) and 79-73. Giuriceo had difficulty getting under the guard of the much taller Postol and as a result found himself on the end of Postol’s punches. Giuriceo occasionally attempted to swarm Postol but the taller fighter didn’t allow the fight to devolve into anything exciting. That was great for him; as he maintained an inevitable payday against the champion, but bad for the fans in attendance who booed when the lackluster fight concluded. Giuriceo, just 1-3 in his last four bouts, is now 17-4-1 with 4 KO’s. (more…)



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Warrington defeats Tubieron

Photos: Scott J. Raven

Unbeaten featherweight Josh Warrington (21-0, 4 KOs) claimed the WBC International featherweight title in a world title eliminator against durable Filipino Dennis Tubieron (19-4-2, 8 KOs) with a wide points win in front of a huge hometown crowd on Saturday night at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, England. Warrington pummelled the game visitor for vast swathes of the fight, but he could not put Tubieron away as the 25 year old provided the stiffest resistance possible and also troubled Warrington at times with hard shots of his own. The Leeds star was well on top though in front of his adoring and vocal support, and while both men heard the final bell, Warrington was awarded the win 119-109, 119-110 and 119-109 on the judges’ scorecards.

Unbeaten super featherweight Martin Joseph Ward (11-0-2, 6 KOs) was victorious when Maxi Hughes (13-2-2, 2 KOs) remained on his stool after round five. The bout was for the vacant WBC International 126lb belt.

Welterweight Tyrone Nurse (31-2, 6 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Liam Taylor (11-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds by scores of 97-93, 97-92 and 98-92.

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April 11th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Krakow Main: Cro Cop Stops Gonzaga

It wasn’t as good as scoring a head kick knockout, but Mirko Cro Cop still got a satisfying measure of revenge to kick off his third stint in the UFC Saturday, as he stopped Gabriel Gonzaga in the third round of the UFC Fight Night main event at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Manuwa wins, Maryna dazzles

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC Fight Night Newark is live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Peterson must win tonight to retain title

Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment

Photo: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment


By Karl Freitag

While tonight’s showdown between IBF world jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and WBC/WBA champion Danny Garcia will be a non-title, non-unification fight, Peterson’s IBF title is still on the line – for him. If Peterson loses tonight in an NBC-televised fight in Brooklyn, the IBF has confirmed that the 140lb title will become vacant.

Peterson has every intention of coming out victorious. “Danny’s talk makes no difference to me,” he said this week. “I think I’m even more confident than him and I’ll get the victory Saturday night and that will be that. The stakes are high. This can definitely push me to the next level in this boxing game. I’ve been at the top for a while but there’s a difference between being at the top and being an elite fighter. I think this will solidify me as an elite fighter.”

In other Peterson news, the New York State Athletic Commission has forced him to trim that impressive beard he had growing.



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Asis stops McKenzie; Bennett halts Barboza

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian based Filipino, Jack Asis (33-18-5, 18 KOs) stopped Kye McKenzie (14-1, 12 KOs) in round eight of a scheduled twelve round IBO 130 pound world title bout at Newcastle, NSW, Australia on Saturday. Referee Gary Dean saved McKenzie from further punishment at 1-28 of round eight when the Australian could not defend himself. The fight had been contested on even terms but in round eight Asis gained control and had McKenzie in trouble.

WBO #9 140 pounder Chad “Hollywood” Bennett (36-4-3, 28 KOs) stopped Pablo Martin Barboza (23-5, 9 KOs) in round five of scheduled ten round bout. Bennett was the aggressor from opening bell and at :22 of round five referee John Gauchi crowned the Australian after the Argentinian was counted out after being dropped by a body shot. The 41-year-old Bennett failed to make the 135 pound weight limit so the vacant IBO title was not up for grabs as originally was scheduled.

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April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Weights from Barnsville, PA

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Antonio Conigliaro 119 vs. Ricky Lacefield 117
Jonathan Acosta 139 vs. Jordan Morales 141
Nicholas Hernandez 151 vs. Alfred Hall 146

Venue: Lakeside Inn in Barnsville, PA
Promoter: A&D Promotions



April 11th, 2015

UFC

Fight Night Krakow Prelims: Edwards Wins Big

British banger Leon Edwards wasted little time ending his UFC Fight Night bout against American veteran Seth Baczynski Saturday at Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland, needing just eight seconds to pick up the knockout victory, the second fastest in welterweight history . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC Fight Night Newark is live on FOX on Saturday, April 18 at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Austion Shuts Out Bell, But Disappoints

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

Detroit welterweight Ronnie Austion (9-0) came out for the fifth round against Memphis’ Dedrick Bell, as if he was going to do something: he backed his man, (12-23-1) against the ropes and threw some punches with bad intentions. Nothing much landed, but at least he showed some aggression, until then absent. But then Austion backed off, settling into a predictable pattern that said, “Okay, if you’re not going to fire back on me, I won’t jump into your case.”

The rest of round five and the rest of the fight assumed the pattern of the first four rounds: two defensive boxers posing, feinting, hoping the other wouldn’t venture a punch. At least this was the impression left with this observer and the crowd in general, which was small and cheered less than any in recent memory.

From the opening bell, the two boxers stalked one another, venturing little in a distance between them that bespoke caution. Many fights start this way–for a round, sometimes two, but for the whole contest of eight rounds? I scored the “fight” 8-0 for the homeboy and the judges concurred with the exception that Dan Graschuck gave Bell a round. (more…)



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

O’Connor obliterates Clark

Local welterweight favorite Danny “Bhoy” O’Connor (25-2, 9 KOs) needed just 73 seconds to destroy former #1 rated contender Michael Clark (44-13, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Memorial Hall in Melrose, Massachusetts. A right hand finished the 41-year-old Clark, who dropped his fifth straight, all by KO. O’Connor is expected back in action next month.



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Sturm denies trying to hire a hitman for contract killing of former promoter

Bizarre news out of Germany. Authorities in Cologne are reportedly investigating former world champion Felix Sturm and his manager Roland Bebak for allegedly trying to hire a hitman for 20,000 Euros to kill Sturm’s former promoter Ahmet Oner. Sturm, who is training for a WBA super middleweight title fight next month, denied the charge. “This story is contrived to hurt me,” Sturm told the Cologne Express. “Roland and I are being blackmailed. Nothing else. Everyone knows the criminal record of Mr. Oner. The story is ridiculous!” Bebak told the Express that a third man, allegedly a friend of heavyweight Manuel Charr, tried to entice him to say negative things about Oner while secretly recording the conversation. Police have confirmed that an investigation is ongoing.



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Salido-Martinez: Repeat or Revenge?

Three times Mexican star Orlando “Siri” Salido has fought on the island of Puerto Rico, and three times he has stopped local favorites, most prominent of which are two brutal KOs of the much loved Juanma Lopez in world title fights. Overall, Salido is 5-0 with 4 KOs against Puerto Ricans. He hopes to extend that streak tonight when he returns to the island to defend his WBO super featherweight title against Boriqua hero and former world champion Rocky Martinez.

Oddsmakers have Salido as a slight favorite at -125. Martinez backers can get +105. Martinez, two years younger at 32, is looking to win the WBO super featherweight belt for the third time.

Officials are referee Jose Hiram Rivera (Puerto Rico) and judges Levi Martinez (USA), Jose Roberto Torres (Puerto Rico) and Rocky Young (USA).

“The War” Martinez vs. Salido is 12-round super featherweight bout for the WBO Super Featherweight Championship presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions, Inc and Golden Boy Promotions. The Pay-Per-View event broadcast begins at 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT.

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April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Kalenga: I thought I clearly won the fight

Cruiserweight contender Youri “El Toro” Kalenga has commented on his loss to WBA cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev on Friday night in Moscow, Russia. “I tip my hat to Lebedev, he’s a great fighter and perhaps I’ll get another chance to face him,” said Kalenga. “He’s without question the toughest fighter I’ve faced but I thought I clearly won the fight.”



April 11th, 2015

UFC

Gabriel Gonzaga: Eight Years Later

It was the year everything changed for Gabriel Gonzaga. Whether he wins another 20 fights or loses another 20, he will always know that if not for a singular moment in April of 2007, none of it would have been possible . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC Fight Night Krakow is live on UFC Fight Pass TODAY at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT . . . Click here for more



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Ramirez defeats Afolabi, wins IBF interim cruiserweight title

In a war, Victor “El Tyson Del Abasto” Ramirez (22-2, 17 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi (21-4-4, 10 KOs) to claim the IBF interim cruiserweight title on Friday night at the Villa La Nata Sporting Club in Benavídez, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ramirez launched a ferocious attack over the first four rounds that Afolabi fended off. Afolabi came on in the middle rounds, but Ramirez took back the initiative down the stretch. Afolabi landed a low blow in round eleven and was deducted TWO points by referee Pete Podgorski. Scores were 115-111, 115-111, 116-111.

Afolabi was originally scheduled to face IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Hernandez on December 6, 2014 before the fight was cancelled with Hernandez suffering a training injury one week before the fight. With Hernandez injured, the IBF mandated the Afolabi/Ramirez bout as an ‘interim’ title bout with Hernandez to face the winner upon his recovery.



April 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Galarza, Khytrov, Derevyanchenko victorious

By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Rosie Cohe / Showtime

Local junior middleweight Frank Galarza defeated Belgium’s Sheldon Moore on Friday night at the Aviator Arena in Brooklyn, New York. After an uneven two rounds Galarza broke through in the third with a left hook that badly rocked Moore. Moore quickly backed up and the crowd roared. Sensing an ability to end the fight, Galarza quickly moved in, connected with a combination and dropped Moore onto the seat of his pants and under the ring apron. Referee Benji Esteves began to perform a count but Moore couldn’t rise in time, earning Galarza the win at the 1:41 mark of the frame.

The fight was the main event of a ten-bout card, the last three of which were featured on Showtime’s “SHOBox” series.

Galarza is now 17-0-2 with 11 wins inside the distance. Despite being inactive in the opening rounds, his power is deceiving. It certainly deceived Moore, now 13-3-1 (9 KO’s), who appeared to be gaining confidence right up until the moment he was knocked out.

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168-pounder Levgen Khytrov came forward for eight rounds against Aaron Coley in hopes of securing a stoppage and while he sometimes came close, the undefeated boxer ultimately had to settle for a wide decision win instead. Khytrov won the co-featured fight of the night via scores of 79-73 (twice) and 78-74. (more…)



April 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Boxcino 2015 tournament finals are set

The semifinals of ESPN’s Boxcino 2015 tournament took place at the Sands Hotel and Casino in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Heavyweight Division
Andrey Fedosov (27-3, 22 KOs) scored a third round KO over Lenroy Thomas (19-4, 9 KOs). Fedosov recovered from a first round knockdown to put Thomas down in round three with a body shot and Thomas was counted out. Time was 1:01.

Donovan Dennis (14-2, 11 KOs) chopped down 6’7 Razvan Cojanu (13-2, 7 KOs) with a huge left hand to the jaw in round two. Cojanu went down and out at :59.

Fedosov faces Dennis in the final on May 22.

Junior Middleweight Division
Brandon Adams (17-1, 11 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Vito Gasparyan (15-4-5, 8 KOs). Gasparyan had a badly swollen left ear. Time was :35.

John Thompson (16-1, 5 KOs) won a close split decision over previously unbeaten Stanyslav Skorokhod (9-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 78-74 Thompson, 78-74 Skorokhod.

Adams faces Thompson in the final on May 22.



April 10th, 2015




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