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Braehmer, Konrad make weight

Braehmer, Konrad make weight

Photos: Sebastian Heger Juergen Braehmer 173.9 vs. Konni Konrad 174.2 (WBA "regular" light heavyweight title) Noel Gevor 197.3 vs. Daniel Sanabria 198.9 Mateusz Masternak 198.5 vs. ...

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Dirrell, Rubio, McDonnell, Kameda Workout

Dirrell, Rubio, McDonnell, Kameda Workout

Photos: SKIP Entertainment Premier Boxing Champions on CBS fighters were joined by media and fans Thursday at a workout at the PAL Gym ...

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LA Fight Club Weights

LA Fight Club Weights

Photos: Golden Boy Promotions Diego De La Hoya 122 vs. Jesus Ruiz 121.6 Everton Lopes 136 vs. Omar Tineda 136 "Chimpa" Gonzalez 131 vs. Luis ...

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Jesse Hart looking for a knockout against another famous son

Jesse Hart looking for a knockout against another famous son

Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Photos: Darryl Cobb Jr./Top Rank Super middleweight prospect Jesse “Hard Work” Hart, 17-0, 14 KOs, the son of ...

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WBO #1 light heavy Bösel headlines Sept 19

WBO #1 light heavy Bösel headlines Sept 19

Photos: Team SES / P. Gercke WBO #1 light heavyweight Dominic Bösel (19-0, 6 KOs) faces Maximiliano Jorge Gomez (18-4, 6 KOs) from ...

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Kayode back in action May 29 on CBSSN

Undefeated Lateef “Power” Kayode (20-0, 16 KOs) returns to cruiserweight against once-beaten “Slick” Nick Kisner (14-1-1, 5 KOs) on May 29 at the WC Handy Pavilion on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. The ten rounder will air live on CBS Sports Network. In the co-feature, WBO #10 lightweight Josh King (19-3, 9 KOs) of Australia will make his US television debut in a regional title fight against Rogelio Casarez (9-3, 4 KOs). Also featured in televised action that night will be female super featherweight star Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) in a showcase, as well as super middleweight Derrick “Take It to The Bank” Webster (18-0, 9 KOs) putting his undefeated record on the line. The card is promoted by Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with GH3 Promotions, Prize Fight Promotion and Adam Wilcock’s Fight Card Productions, produced by David Schuster’s Winner Take All Productions.



May 11th, 2015


Boxing News

Guerrero, Arreola, Angulo top June 6 NBC show

Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (32-3-1, 18 KOs) returns to the ring as he squares off against Aron Martinez (19-3-1, 4 KOs) on Saturday afternoon, June 6 as Premier Boxing Champions (PBC) on NBC comes to StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The broadcast begins at 3 p.m. ET/noon PT.

Also featured on the card are perennial stars Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (36-4, 31 KOs) and Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (22-5, 18 KOs) who will compete in separate bouts. Rounding out action is a sure to be action packed featherweight showdown as Jesus Cuellar (26-1, 20 KOs) battles Vic Darchinyan (40-7-1, 29 KOs).

Tickets for the live event, which is promoted by TGB Promotions, are priced at $200, $150, $100, $50 and $25, plus applicable taxes, fees and service charges, are on sale now and are available for purchase online at AXS.com.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Laggoune – Karakaplan for WBC Francophone title

Laggoune versus KarakaplanChairman Houcine Houichi has confirmed the fight for the vacant WBC Francophone cruiserweight title between unbeaten Belgian star Bilal Laggoune, 19-0-1(9), and French champion Engin Karakaplan, 14-5-1(6). It will be the 3th WBC Francophone championship since it was launched on January 1, 2015 and several others are already scheduled for this attractive WBC regional title.
Promoter Ezzedine Laggoune, brother of Bilal, has an exciting seven-bout undercard. Topping the undercard will be local Elfi Philips who is fighting for the vacant Belgian female lightweight title. Ryad Merhy, the other Belgian cruiserweight prospect will also be in action. Sauerland protégé Arman Torosyan, last seen in Ghent, will probably face Mazen Girke. Popular Ismael Abdoul will have Tomislav Rudan in the other corner. Diego Velardo, Arsen Goulamirian and Bert Van Mechelen will complete this promising event.
The show will take place on Sunday May 31 at the Forum in Aalst, Belgium and will start at 5pm, doors 4pm.



May 11th, 2015

UFC

TUF Brazil 4 – Episode Six Preview

It’s been a rough start to the season for the blue team better known as Team Nogueira and after losing the first few fights in the team competition on season four of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil, they are looking for a way to turn things around as they enter the next bout this week . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, Jr. honored

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By Gary “Digital” Williams

A sizable group of fans came to the District Heights Municipal Center in District Heights, MD on Saturday to honor the new WBC Featherweight Champion “Mr.” Gary Russell, Jr. during a festive outdoor ceremony. Fans were able to get autographs and pose for pictures with the new champion who won his title in March with a fourth-round TKO over Jhonny Gonzalez.

Representatives from both the governments of District Heights and nearby Capitol Heights, MD (where Russell grew up) presented proclamations and Russell also received a congratulatory letter from Mauricio Sulaiman, the president of the World Boxing Council. (more…)



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Molina says he’s fighting Wilder on June 13

Heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (23-2, 17 KOs) says he’s fighting WBC champion Deontay Wilder (33-0, 32 KOs) on June 13. “For about two weeks prior to then we kind of had an idea that I was one of three guys Wilder was looking at,” Molina told South Texas newspaper The Monitor. “We got together with him and his people (in Las Vegas), and it became apparent that it would be me.” The bout is expected to take place at the Bartow Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. Showtime, which currently has no upcoming fights announced, is expected to televise.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Abraham-Stieglitz IV confirmed for July 18

WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (42-4, 28 KOs) is set to reignite his feud with rival and mandatory challenger Robert Stieglitz (47-4-1, 27 KOs) on July 18 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Abraham and Stieglitz first met in August 2012, where a points decision earned Abraham the WBO strap. In a March 2013 rematch, Stieglitz got his revenge with a fourth-round technical knockout victory. The belt once again changed hands in March 2014 with Abraham flooring Stieglitz on his way to a split decision win. The stage is now set for a fourth battle between ‘King Arthur’ and Stieglitz.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Unbeaten Rey Vargas returns May 23

By Gabriel F Cordero

undefeated Mexican prospect Rey Vargas (23-0, 20 KOs) will return May 23 at the Palenque de Metepec in Mexico State in defense of his WBC international super bantamweight title against Filipino Edward Mansito (13-1-2, 7 KOs) in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo and televised live on Televisa. In the co-feature, WBC female light flyweight world champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora (22-5, 8 KOs) will face Jelena Blackshear (9-6, 4 KOs).



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

Benavidez Jr. set for first WBA title defense

Phoenix’s favorite son and undefeated World Boxing Association (WBA) interim super lightweight champion Jose Benavidez Jr. will be making his first title defense against Mexican buzzsaw Jorge “Maromerito” Paez, Jr. on Friday at US Airways Center, in Phoenix live on The MetroPCS Friday Night Knockout on truTV. In the televised co-main event, undefeated contender Antonio “Relentless” Orozco takes on power-punching Emmanuel “The Tranzforma” Taylor in a 10-round super lightweight rumble. Remaining tickets for the world championship event, priced at $100, $75, $60, $40 and $20.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

“The Pin” Szpilka getting ready for Chicago

By Przemek Garczarczyk

26-year-old Polish southpaw heavyweight Artur “The Pin” Szpilka (18-1, 13 KOs) can’t wait to be in the ring again. “Fighting in Chicago is almost like fighting in Poland. The best place to be,” said Szpilka, who will be back in action on a June 12 Premier Boxing Champions Spike TV event in the Windy City.

“I’m getting better not every week, but every day working with Ronnie Shields in the “Plex” Houston gym. My promoters are telling me that I have to be patient, but if you ask me I’m ready to fight the best in the world right now. Give me the best, give me WBC champ Deontay Wilder – why not?” stated always very confident Szpilka, whose rival for Chicago will be announced shortly. It won’t be the “Bronze Bomber” Wilder. Not yet.



May 11th, 2015

Boxing News

More Canelo-Kirkland notes from Houston

Next up could be Canelo-Cotto. Promoter Oscar de la Hoya said he’ll be looking very closely at the Miguel Cotto vs. Daniel Geale fight on June 6 in New York City.

Canelo pledged to fight in Texas once a year from now on.

Kirkland was taken to a local hospital as a precaution and didn’t attend the post-fight press conference.

Kirkland promoter 50 Cent: “I’m proud of him, he’s a true warrior and I’m going to get him back with Ann Wolfe.”

Joshua Clottey promoter Joe DeGuardia: “We definitely want to fight Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez…I believe Josh deserves this opportunity.” (Clottey won a decision on the undercard).

Official attendance was 31,588.



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Post-fight comments from Frankfurt

By Tony Mayger

Felix Sturm vs. Fedor Chudinov post fight reactions:

Fedor Chudinov, Dmitry Chudnov, Kalle Sauerland, Tobias Drews and Vlad Hrunov discuss the win for Chudinov over Sturm, making him the new WBA super middleweight world champion.

Jack Culcay vs. Maurice Weber post fight reactions:

Post fight reactions from Jack Culcay, Maurice Weber and promoter Kalle Sauerland after Culcay wins by unanimous decision at the Festhalle, Frankfurt, Germany. Culcay becomes the interim world super welterweight champion.



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

WBA champ Walters plans to settle score with Marriaga

Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions

Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions


By Robert Coster

HBO announced it officially. On June 13th at the Madison Square Theatre WBA featherweight “super” champion Nicholas “the Axeman” Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) will square off against Colombian phenom Miguel “The Scorpion” Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) in an explosive matchup between the two unbeaten KO artists. Walters holds a grudge against Marriaga, who thwarted his Olympic dreams by beating him (via 14-9 decision) at the pre-Olympic trials in 2008. The 27 year-old Colombian, a “big” (5’7 1/2), brawny featherweight like Walters, is considered by many pundits to be a hidden gem in the talent-filled 126lb class. In his only appearance in the United States in October of 2014, Marriaga was extremely impressive, scoring a six round stoppage of wily contender Christopher Martin. Of his 18 KO victories in 20 fights, Marriaga has 13 KOs in three rounds or less.

For his part, “the Axeman” Walters hasn’t fought since his brutal demolition of Nonito Donaire last year. The Jamaican-born champion told Fightnews that he is eagerly looking for a payback against his Colombian challenger. “Yes, he did beat me in 2008 but that was seven years ago and in the amateurs. Come June 13th, I’m settling the score with Miguel.”



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Kuroki keeps WBC female 105lb belt against Akitaya

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Report by Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

WBC female mini-flyweight champ Yuko Kuroki (13-4-1, 6 KOs), 104.75, a Japanese southpaw, kept her belt for the second time when she outscored compatriot Masae Akitaya (9-6-2, 3 KOs), 105, by a unanimous decision (97-92 twice and 98-92) over ten hot rounds on Sunday in Toyonaka, Japan. Akitaya, in her fourth attempt to win the world belt, took the initiative with her aggressiveness in earlier rounds, but Kuroki found her rhythm and range to overcome her early deficits on points and had the leadoff down the stretch. The referee was Stephen Blea (US) who handled busy exchanges of the Japanese girls who temporarily forgot their usual friendship and swapped punches all the way. (more…)



May 10th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Adelaide Post-Fight

Robert Whittaker, James Vick, Daniel Hooker, and Alex Chambers were named as the performance bonus winners of Fight Night Adelaide following the event. Each fighter earned an additional $50k . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo: This was one of the best KOs of my career

In front of more than 31,000 raucous fans Minute Maid Park in Houston, super welterweight star Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) knocked out all action brawler James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) with a thunderous right hand in the middle of the third-round.

Canelo Alvarez: “This was one of the best knockouts of my career. He came out with a little bit of a different style than I was expecting, but I was able to adjust and get the knockout. I knew he was strong fighter but he surprised me with his aggressiveness in the first and second round. I fight for the fans, and I’ll fight anyone, anywhere, anytime.”

James Kirkland: “I didn’t know I was knocked out. I had him trapped and hurt in the corner in the first round but he escaped, I had him hurt in the second also. He’s a great champion, I’m proud that I was able to compete in such a terrific event, and I hope to fight him again someday. I’m a warrior, I’ll be back.”



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Olympian Ramirez still unbeaten; KOs Frankel in five

Photos: Marty Solis / Top Rank

Unbeaten 2012 Olympian super lightweight Jose Ramirez (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over veteran “Red Hot” Rob Frankel (33-16-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 10,000+ at the Selland Arena in Fresno, California. Ramirez launched a non-stop fusillade of punches from the opening bell. Frankel hung tough until a left hook to the body in round five put him on the deck for the count. Time was 2:18.

“I have a lot of Mexican blood in me and like go right to a body attack,” said Ramirez. “I got a big hook onto Frankel in the first round then Freddie (Roach) in my corner told me to get more distance, then attack with body shots. That worked. This was a great win before our hometown fans.”

Frankel said “Ramirez got me with a hard hook in the first round. He got it in deep and it hurt, bothering me for the rest of the fight. He’s a good young fighter.”

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May 10th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Adelaide Main: Miocic Stops Hunt in Five

It took 22 minutes and 47 seconds for Stipe Miocic to do it, but that’s no reflection on the performance of the number four heavyweight contender, who dominated Mark Hunt from start to finish in their UFC Fight Night main event at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday, ultimately halting the gutsy knockout artist in the fifth round . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

Also see: Whittaker halts Tavares

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May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Rain KOs Rodriguez-Torres clash

A clash between former IBF/WBO minimum weight champion Francisco “Chihuas” Rodriguez (17-2-1, 11 KOs) and journeyman Armando Torres (21-14, 15 KOs) was rained out on Saturday night at the Rodeo Los Jacales de Revolucion in Monterrey, Mexico. Both fighters were in the uncovered outdoor ring and ready to go just when the skies opened up. It was decided to reschedule the fight.



May 10th, 2015

Boxing News

Early Results from Fresno

Action is underway in front of 10,000+ at the sold out Selland Arena in Fresno, California. In the co-feature, lightweight Oscar Valenzuela (9-1-1, 4 KOs) scored an eight round majority decision over Irving Garcia (10-2, 6 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 77-75, 77-75 for Valenzuela.

In the opening bout, Fresno local Eric Altamirano (2-1, 1KO) scored a third round TKO over Hilario Medina (2-6, 0 KOs) in a lightweight clash.

Bout two was an all out war between two pro debuting super lightweights with Alex Rojas and Gabriel Solorio battling to a four round draw. Scores were 39-37 (Rojas) and 38-38, 38-38. Standing ovation from the crowd afterward.

In bout three, middleweight Joey Lopez (4-0, 3 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Daniel Henry (2-4-3, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36 twice and 39-37.

In bout four, unbeaten super welterweight Danny Valdivia (7-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Rick Graham (3-6-3, 1 KO) by scores of 60-54 across the board.



May 9th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Adelaide Prelims: Hooker KOs Hioki

Featherweight prospect Daniel “The Hangman” Hooker made the biggest statement of his MMA career at the Adelaide Entertainment Center in Adelaide, Australia on Sunday, knocking out veteran Japanese contender Hatsu Hioki in the second round . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

TOTAL WAR: Canelo KOs Kirkland in 3

Photos: Ed Mulholland / Golden Boy / Getty Images

Former world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) in a jr middleweight slugfest on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. Kirkland came out fast, but Canelo turned the tables and dropped him. Kirkland barely made it out of the round. Kirkland came back strong in round two. Canelo landed some good shots late. Canelo dropped Kirkland twice in round three to end it. He first put him down with an uppercut. Then finished him with a straight right. Time was 2:19. Great fight!

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May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Walters-Marriaga on HBO June 13

HBO just announced WBA featherweight champion Nicholas Walters (25-0, 21 KOs) will defend against Miguel Marriaga (20-0, 18 KOs) on June 13 in the Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. Also on that telecast, unbeaten lightweight star Felix Verdejo (17-0, 13 KOs) faces Ivan Najera (16-0, 8 KOs). All four fighters are unbeaten.

It was also confirmed that former jr welterweight and welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (31-1-1, 12 KOs) will meet unbeaten Jesse Vargas (26-0, 9 KOs) on June 27.



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Figueroa: I felt ridiculously strong at the new weight

Omar Figueroa: “Fighting a fight like that, it takes a lot to go even four rounds, much less 12. With a fighter like that, leaning on you and using his weight on you it’s tough. I’m just glad I was in shape and didn’t let my fans down. I’m a very offensive fighter, so the holding kind of slowed me down. I tried to do what I could and, thankfully, the judges saw that. My hands are a little sore, but I really did hold back on my punches, especially because he has one of those European guards where he holds his hands up high and his elbows are exposed. I had to be careful going to the body because that’s how I hurt my hands most times, from hitting the elbows. I felt ridiculously strong at the new weight, but I didn’t think my hands would hold up, so I was holding back and trying to win the fight on points and if I could hurt him I would try to stop him. He was punching me behind the head, so I felt like I had to do the same. If you want to play like that, I can play that game.”

Ricky Burns: “We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I didn’t agree with the deductions for holding. I thought he was holding as much as me and that’s why I had to tie him up. We moved up in weight for this one but still had some trouble making weight, but I didn’t want to jeopardize my chance to fight in America. I think it was his size that gave me problems more than anything. I don’t know what weight he was in that ring, but it was a lot bigger than me.”



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Kameda: I think I won the fight

“I think I won the fight,” said former world champion Tomoki Kameda after coming up just short against WBA regular “bantam” king Jamie McDonnell. “I did enough to win. He did a lot to win the last rounds, but I did more over the fight. I don’t agree with the judges decision, but I respect it. I knew he would get up after the knockdown because he’s a world champion. He’s a great fighter and I take my hat off to him, but I won the fight. I want a rematch.”

McDonnell stated, “I felt in control all the way through. It was a great performance. I know I should have just boxed but I wanted to fight. I didn’t think I was going to get the decision being abroad, but it’s more than spectacular to come out of here victorious. He’s a great, undefeated champion.

“His speed surprised me on the knockdown. I knew he was going to be fast, but I didn’t expect it like that. I didn’t see the shot and next thing I knew I was on the floor….I think I’m going to move up in weight. I want to catch the big fights before they’re gone.”



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Early Canelo-Kirkland Results from Houston

Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) scored a clear cut ten round unanimous decision over Jorge Silva (20-9-2, 16 KOs) in a jr middleweight clash on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

2012 Olympian featherweight Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Giovanni Delgado (15-3, 9 KOs).

7-foot heavyweight Taishan Dong (4-0, 2 KOs) struggled to a four round majority decision over Jamal Woods (6-19-3, 6 KOs).



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Chudinov, Culcay win WBA titles in Germany

Photos: Tony Mayger

WBA “interim” champion Fedor Chudinov (13-0, 10 KOs) claimed the WBA “regular” super middleweight belt stripped from Carl Froch with a split decision over four-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. It was a close, tactical fight that could have gone either way. Scores were 116-112 Chudinov, 116-112 Sturm and 118-110 for Chudinov.

Super welterweight “Golden Jack” Culcay (20-1, 11 KOs) claimed the interim WBA 154b belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Maurice Weber (21-2-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 118-110. After the fight it was announced that Culcay had signed a 4-year contract extension with Sauerland Event right after the fight. Sauerland plans to have Culcay fight for a world championship by the end of 2015.

“It was my first professional bout here in Frankfurt and winning here was very important to me,” said Culcay. “The crowd gave me the proper support to get it done.” As far as his immediate plans for the future, Culcay made a wish: “If there is the opportunity to fight for a world title, I want it to happen on my birthday, September 26.”

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May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

McDonnell retains WBA belt against Kameda; Figueroa wins war against Burns

Photos: Esther Lin/PBC on CBS

WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) retained his title by the narrowest of margins against previously unbeaten former WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Kameda dropped McDonnell in round three, but came up short 114-113 on all three cards. McDonnell closed stronger to pull it out.

In a war between former world champions, undefeated jr welterweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over Ricky Burns (37-5-1, 11 KOs). The fight featured great two-way action and Burns gave Figueroa all he could handle. Burns deducted points for holding in rounds eight and eleven by referee Laurence Cole. Scores were 116-110 on all cards.

Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Luis Galarza (21-3, 15 KOs) in a super welterweight clash.

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May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Joshua crushes Love; Macklin massacres Micsko

2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12 KOs) showed his power again, demolishing Raphael Zumbano Love (36-11-1, 29 KOs) in round two on Saturday night at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Joshua punished Love in round one, then dropped him in round two. Love struggled to get up and was counted out. Time was 1:21.

Former middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin (32-6, 21 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Sandor Micsko (25-9-2, 19 KOs). A body shot finished Micsko. Time was 1:28. “Mack the Knife” was rebounding from a KO loss to Jorge Sebastian Heiland last November.

Unbeaten light heavyweight Callum Smith (16-0, 12 KOs) blitzed journeyman Olegs Fedotovs (19-22, 13 KOs) in just 1:36 of the first round.

Unbeaten 2012 Olympic lightweight gold medalist Luke Campbell (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a sudden third round TKO over Aboubeker Bechelaghem (9-7-1, 0 KOs). Time was 1:03.

Welterweight Sam Eggington (15-2, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Joseph Lamptey (18-6-1, 12 KOs) in a clash for the vacant Commonwealth belt.



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Rabchenko wins in Bulgaria

WBC #5 super welterweight Sergey Rabchenko (25-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of journeyman Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo (11-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in Vratsa, Bulgaria. Calvo’s corner waved a towel to halt the punishment.



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Ex-champ Hasegawa defeats unbeaten WBC #9 Garcia

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Formerly two-time world champ, Japanese southpaw Hozumi Hasegawa (34-5, 15 KOs), 125.75, proved too fast and ringwise for previously unbeaten WBC #9 super-bantam Horacio Garcia (29-1, 21 KOs), 125.5, from Mexico, winning a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-93 and 100-91) over ten Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Kobe, Japan. Having suffered a seemingly career-ending stoppage by Spaniard Kiko Martinez in a quest of the IBF 122-pound throne in April of the previous year, Hasegawa, ex-WBC bantam and feather titlist, might have hung up gloves for good then and there, but he gallantly returned to ring warfare against people’s expectations for his second life after a retirement. (more…)



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Full Report: Mansour outduels Dawejko

By Kurt Wolfheimer and John Disanto at ringside
Photo: Daryl Cobb Jr.

The sellout crowd at the 2300 Arena was abuzz in Philadelphia PA Friday night awaiting what appeared to be a can’t miss heavyweight slugfest as two heavyweight knockout artists, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Joey “The Tank” Dawejko battled it out over ten rounds for the PA state title on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, as two headbutts forced the fight to become a more of a tactical battle with Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) notching the ten round unanimous decision victory over Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs) by scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 respectively.

“Joey was a tough fighter and I have to give him credit,” said Mansour afterward. “He hit me with a couple of good shots, but his power wasn’t as strong as everybody said it was. He never had me buzzed…the cut that happened in the second, caused me trouble seeing throughout the fight. I knew the referee wouldn’t do anything about it so I had to suck it up and box behind the jabs and combinations.

“It has been frustrating because everybody above me in the rankings is afraid to fight me,” continued Mansour. “They either won’t take the fight or price themselves out of the fight. I hope a promoter gets behind me and finds me the shot I deserve.” (more…)



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Results From Toledo

By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder

Inactive for two years, local favorite Masedonio “Nune” Molina, now twenty pounds heavier, was lucky to emerge with a draw against Thad Berkhousen, 4-1-2, St. Johns, MI. The 6-1-1 cruiserweight, up two weight classes since his thrashing by Lane Staal was appreciative and apologetic after the fight: “While I just got a draw, you fans are great!” Molina exhorted to his vocal fans after the decision was read. Excuses about his sub-par performance followed.

Promoter Fred Vallejo put together a good action card in downtown Toledo’s Grand Plaza Hotel despite two late fallouts and just twelve rounds of boxing. From this observer’s viewpoint, Berkhousen had the fight all the way; I scored it 59-55. The judges had it 60-54 in Berkhousen’s favor , 57-57, and a ridiculous 58-56 in Molina’s favor. The decision cannot be considered so much a hometown decision, though the Ohio Boxing Commission should look into the 58-56 decision by Herman Horn in Molina’s favor, because Michiganian Rose Gross had it even. (more…)



May 9th, 2015

Boxing News

Canelo a big betting favorite to beat Kirkland

Mexican jr middleweight icon Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a -900 favorite to defeat brawler James Kirkland tonight in Houston. Kirkland backers can get +600. Over/Under on the fight is 9.5 rounds with “over” at +145 and “under” at -165. HBO will televise.

Down the road in Hidalgo, bantamweight Tomoki Kameda is a -280 favorite to dethrone WBA “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell +240. Also Omar Jr welter Figueroa is is -1100 to beat Ricky Burns +700. Both bouts are on CBS.

In Frankfurt, Germany, Felix Sturm is a -210 pick to beat Fedor Chudinov +175 for the WBA super middleweight belt freshly stripped from Carl Froch. Also on that card, “Golden Jack” Culcay is -1200 to beat Maurice Weber +600 for the interim WBA super welter title.



May 9th, 2015

UFC

UFC Fight Night Adelaide: Predictions

That’s right boys and girls, it’s time for another Australian edition of the Downes Side! More fun than a box of Tim Tams and a slab of Fosters, this one promises to be a ripper . . . Click here for more at UFC.com

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COMING UP NEXT: UFC FIGHT NIGHT ADELAIDE is live TONIGHT on UFC FIGHT PASS at 11 PM ET/8 PM PT . . . Click here for more



May 9th, 2015




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