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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former two-time world champion Lovemore Ndou talks to Fightnews.com® to discuss the Kell Brook vs. Gennady Golovkin on September 10 in London and predicts Brook can defeat GGG to cause a massive upset in the same manner legendary welterweight Sugar Ray Leonard did when he defeated the great middleweight Marvin Hagler. Ndou also mentions that Saul Alvarez has the skills also to upset GGG and remembers when he boxed both Brook and Alvarez in back to back fights extending them over twelve rounds in their home countries of England and Mexico respectively. Lovemore celebrates his 45th birthday today and thanks Fightnews.com® readers for their support.
No more playing around. The winner of every boxing match from today forward wins at least a bronze.
American bantamweight Shakur Stevenson won at least a bronze by defeating Mongolian Tsendbaatar Erdenebat 3-0. That’s two medals overall for the U.S. team.
In other action, American light welterweight Gary Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell (yes, they’re both named Gary), was edged out of the medal picture by Uzbek Fazliddin Gaibnazarov 2-1.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated France’s Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique 3-0. La Cruz will fight for the gold. Bauderlique takes the bronze.
Russian bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin defeated Ireland’s Michael John Conlon 3-0.
Russian light welter Vitaly Dunaytsev defeated China’s Hu Qianxun 3-0
French super heavyweight Tony Victor Yoka defeated Jordan’s Hussein Iashaish 3-0.
Croatian super heavyweight Filip Hrgovic knocked out Cuba’s Leinier Pero in round two.
Chinese women’s flyweight Ren Cancan defeated Canadian Mandy Bujold 3-0.
UK women’s flyweight Nikola Adams defeated Ukrainian Tetyana Kob 3-0.
By Ognian Georgiev
Vassiliy Levit (Kaz) was announced as the people’s Olympic champ hours after his official loss in the heavyweight final against Evgeny Tischenko (Rus) in Rio de Janeiro. The Kazakh brawler was very strong and stunned his taller opponent several times. At the end, each of the three scoring judges had it 29-28 for the World and European champ Tischenko.
The audience at Pavilion 6 booed the decision. Among the crowd was the IOC president Thomas Bach, who was sitting alongside with AIBA president Ching-Kwo Wu.
“I thought I won,” said Levitin the press conference. “My coaches were satisfied by my performance. They told me that I did everything, but you saw how it ended.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
King’s Promotions will bring a nine-bout card to the Crystal City Hilton in Arlington, VA on Friday, August 19. The main event on the card will be an eight-round super lightweight contest between undefeated Myke “The Professor” Fox of Forestville, MD and Somner “Magic Man” Martin of Martinsville, VA. Fox (10-0, two KO’s) hits the eight-round plateau for the first time in his pro career coming off a sixth-round unanimous decision over Jose Valderrama on June 28th in Bethlehem, PA. Fox is the younger brother of undefeated super middleweight prospect Alantez “SlyAza” Fox. Martin (5-2, three KO’s) has not fought since dropping a six-round unanimous decision to Kareem Martin (no relation) on April 1 in Washington, DC. Martin will also be competing in his first eight-round bout. (more…)
Heavyweight David Price says he’s knocked out IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua before and he wants a chance to do it again. Responding to Joshua’s tweet for “serious opponents,” Price reminded Joshua that he stopped him during a sparring session in 2011.
“If it was a fight, it would have been stopped immediately. Not asleep, but flat on his face and ushered out of the ring by his trainers,” Price told Sky Sports. “…I’m putting it out there that the last time we did share a ring together, only one of us walked out unaided and that was me.”
Former multiple division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (33-4-1, 18 KOs) will bring his exciting style to the ring on Spike against Argentine slugger David Emanuel Peralta (25-2-1, 14 KOs) on August 27 from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. After dropping three of his last five, “The Ghost” is going all out for a win. “It’s very important that I win this fight at all cost,” said Guerrero. “The welterweight division has plenty of good fighters that I want to get in the ring with. So it’s a must that I win this fight.
“I’m not taking Peralta lightly. I’m coming to win and win impressively…he’s going to realize once he’s in the ring with me that I’m not some washed up fighter like some may think. I got plenty of fight left in me and Peralta will find out what I’m all about on August 27th.”
A press conference at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino today, Tuesday, August 16, has been set for longest-reigning Filipino world champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, where he will formally announce that he will vacate his jr. flyweight world title to move up to 112lbs.
Nietes headlines ALA Promotions’ third US event at the Stubhub Center, Carson, CA on September 24. He faces former world champion Edgar Sosa from Mexico for a WBO championship. (more…)
By Lovemore Ndou
Today is my birthday and I have turned 45. I can proudly announce that today I am officially retired from boxing. It has been a long and successful career for me. My legacy in that regard is already solidified.
In the last few months I was contemplating having one more fight in South Africa, however after giving it some serious thought – I have now decided against it.
I think I have achieved more than what I expected as a boxer. I remember the first time I laced boxing gloves my dream was just to win the National Amateur title. I have won two world titles in two weight classes as a professional. This exceeded my modest goals and I can truly reflect upon these titles as my greatest achievements. (more…)
By Jason Marchetti
In less than a week, women’s boxing will get the grudge match fans have been asking for over the past three years. Brooklyn’s Heather Hardy (17-0, 4 KOs) will challenge Shelly Vincent (18-0, 1 KO) from Providence, Rhode Island in a ten round bout for the vacant WBC International featherweight title. The contest will take place Sunday, August 21st at the new Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island and will be televised by NBC as the co-feature to the IBF welterweight title eliminator featuring Errol Spence, Jr. vs Leonard Bundu.
Vincent has been chasing Hardy for years, showing up at her fights and taunting her before, during, and after her bouts. Vincent claims Hardy has been avoiding her, but Hardy says she fights who her promoter and matchmaker suggest. There is genuine dislike between the fighters and their camps. They are both excellent ticket sellers and have tremendous pride in their undefeated records. (more…)
Greg Cohen Promotions has signed light heavyweight Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson to a co-promotional agreement, along with Ronson Frank’s Uprising Promotions LLC. 25-year-old Clarkson is 17-3, 11 KOs. Clarkson has appeared on ShoBox twice, scoring early KOs both times. He has won seven straight fights.
Carlos Caraballo, Puerto Rico’s current amateur national champion at 123 pounds, who under other circumstances was supposed to be competing at the summer Olympic games in Rio 2016, has signed a multi year promotional agreement with Miguel Cotto Promotions. Caraballo will be making his pro debut on Saturday September 10 on Miguel Cotto Promotions and H2 Entertainment card at the The Auditorium in Comerio Puerto Rico.
Super Middleweight Lerrone Richards (4-0, 1 KO) has signed a long-term promotional agreement with Queensberry Promotions. Richards will make his debut under the Queensberry Promotions banner in a six round contest at the Nordoff Robins Charity Dinner Show on October 24th.
Holden Productions has announced the signing of unbeaten junior welterweight Ivan Baranchyk to a promotional agreement. Holden Productions will promote the 23-year-old along with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc. Baranchyk’s official Holden Productions debut takes place Friday, September 23 when he headlines Shobox: The New Generation at the Buffalo Run. Opponent TBA.
“Rockin Fights 26” is scheduled for October 14th at The Paramount in Huntington, NY, and tickets are on sale now through Star Boxing, The Paramount Box Office, and Ticketmaster at tickemaster.com.
Russian boxing promoter Andrey Ryabinsky will cover the courtroom expenses for the Russian paralympic team, which is seeking to reverse a ban of all Russians by the International Paralympic Committee due to the IPC’s suspicion of possible doping.
Monday at Riocentro Pavilion 6 saw the second Olympic Boxing Final of Rio 2016, with Russian World Champion Evgeny Tishchenko and Kazakhstan’s Vassily Levit going for gold. It was Levit who started the brightest, edging the first round with some superb attacking combinations, but Tishchenko’s longer reach always looked a threat. A strong final round from the Kazakh seemingly proved decisive, but it was Tishchenko’s arm controversially raised to the boos of the boxing fans in the arena. FYI: Judges for this fight were Michael Gallagher (Ireland), Armando Carbonell Alvarado (Colombia) and Kheira Sidi Yakoub (Algeria). International Olympics Committee president Thomas Bach was on hand watching the fight.
Earlier in the day, the crowds were treated to four bouts from the Women’s Lightweight (60kg) competition, the Men’s Flyweight (52kg) preliminaries, two Men’s Welterweight (69kg) Semi-Finals, and four Men’s Middleweight (75kg) Quarter-Finals. (more…)
Story and photo by Héctor Villarreal
Ameth Diaz 139.75 vs Alexander Duran 139.25
Azael Villar 109 vs Edwin Diaz 109.75
Daniel Miranda 129.5 vs Fernando Martinez 129
Roger Gutierrez 129 vs Moises Castro 131.5
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
Venue: Vasco Nuñez de Balboa Convention Center, Panama City, Panama
Despite being pummeled, Russian Evgeny Tischenko won a controversial unanimous decision over Kazakh Vassiliy Levit to win the gold medal in the heavyweight division. The fans booed heavily.
Mexican middleweight Misael Uziel Rodriguez defeated Egyptian Hosam Hussein Bakr Abdin 3-0 to earn at least a bronze medal.
Uzbek middleweight Bektemir Melikuziev defeated India’s Krishan Vikas 3-0. Melikuziev Bektemir moves to the gold medal round. Vikas wins a bronze.
Kazakh welterweight Daniyar Yeleussinov defeated France’s Souleymane Diop Cissokho to move to the gold medal round. Cissokho wins a bronze.
Colombian flyweight Ceiber David Avila defeated Mexican Elias Eliseo Emigdio Abarca 3-0.
Cuban flyweight Yoabany Veitia defeated Moroccan Achraf Kharroubi 3-0.
Chinese flyweight Hu Jianguan defeated Armenian Narekage Abgaryan 3-0.
Russian flyweight Misha Aloian defeated France’s Elie Konki 3-0.
Russian female lightweight Anastasia Beliakova defeated American Mikaela Mayer 2-0-1.
French female lightweight Estelle Mossely defeated Italian Irma Testa 3-0.
By Marco Bratusch
IBF #6 welterweight Leonard “The Lion” Bundu (33-1-2, 12 KOs) is eager to prove himself on Sunday afternoon against IBF #2 Errol “The Truth” Spence jr. (20-0, 17 KOs). The fight, set to take place at the new Ford Amphiteater in Coney Island, NY, is an elimination bout to determine the new IBF mandatory challenger in the welterweight division. Bundu-Spence will top a PBC card promoted by DiBella Entertainment. NBC will broadcast the fight live in the USA starting at 5PM ET/ 2PM PT. BoxNation will show the contest in the UK as well as Sportitalia TV in Italy.
For the Italian fighter, born in Sierra Leone, this will be his third fight on USA soil after his loss on points to Keith Thurman in December 2014 and the following comeback fight against Mexican Pablo Munguia in Seattle last year.
“I feel really good,” Bundu told Fightnews.com®, “after my first loss I went through a short period of discouragement for a while, then I’ve found my pleasure in training soon again. I know Spence is a young talent and a very accurate puncher but I think he will have to be cautious against me. (more…)
WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew will make his first defense of his title against B.J Flores at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on October 15. Flores is gunning for the title in his second World bout having taken Beibut Shumenov the distance for the interim WBA strap last July, and ‘El Peligroso’ will look to go one better against the ‘Bomber’ in what promises to be a spicy build-up between the two outspoken big hitters.
“I am going to smash BJ Flores to bits and be the first man stop him,” said Bellew. “All he keeps saying is that I am a Light-Heavyweight, I am this, I am that, so we will soon find out. He’s been mouthing off and following me around for a couple of years and I’m just a little bit fed up with him now. That’s the best way to look at it. (more…)
Welterweights Thomas LaManna and Dusty Hernandez-Harrison will square off in a scheduled 10-round bout for the vacant USBA Welterweight title on Thursday, Sept. 15, in a highly anticipated showdown at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. The card is promoted by Final Forum Boxing, Peltz Boxing Promotions & GH3 Promotions and will be broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.
“This is the kind of fight boxing needs at this juncture,” said Hall-of-Fame promoter and matchmaker J Russell Peltz. “We have two young prospects at the same level meeting in a logical location–New Jersey against Washington, D.C. in Philadelphia. Boxing needs more fights like this in this kind of setting. This is the best fight for each of these fighters at this point of their careers.”
The wick for this explosive fight was lit several years ago when LaManna and Hernandez-Harrison engaged in heated sparring sessions which forged the rivalry for the inevitable bout. (more…)
The WBA held purse bids for two WBA world championship fights today at their Panama City headquarters.
Sauerland Event ($425,000) outbid Banner Promotions ($201,000) to win the right to promote the WBA super welterweight title fight between champion Jack Culcay (22-1, 11 KOs) and #1 ranked Demetrius Andrade (23-0, 16 KOs). The bout will take place in Germany on a date to be announced in October or November.
World of Boxing, represented by Vlad Hrunov ($600,000) was the sole bidder for the WBA interim heavyweight title fight between champion Luis “The Real King Kong” Ortiz (25-0, 22 KOs) and mandatory WBA #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov (33-1, 24 KOs). If it takes place, the bout will take place in the U.S. or Russia. Golden Boy had hoped to put Ortiz-Ustinov on the September 17 Canelo-Smith PPV, but Ortiz wouldn’t come to terms.
Uzbek welterweight Shakhram Giyasov defeated Moroccan Mohammed Rabii to head to the gold medal match. Rabii wins the bronze.
Cuban middleweight Arlen Lopez defeated France’s Christian Mbilli 3-0. Lopez is now assured of at least a bronze.
Azerbaijan middleweight Kamran Shakhsuvarly edged Kazakh Zhanibek Alimkhanuly 2-1. Shakhsuvarly is now assured of at least a bronze.
Uzbek flyweight Shakhobidin Zoirov defeated American Antonio Vargas 3-0.
UK flyweight Muhammad Ali wasn’t “The Greatest” as he was defeated 3-0 by Venezuelan Yoel Segundo Finol.
Azerbaijan flyweight Elvin Mamishzada defeated Kazakhstan’s Olzhas Sattibayev 3-0.
Algierian flyweight Mohamed Flissi defeated Bulgarian Daniel Asenov 3-0.
Female lightweight Mira Potkonen of Finland edged Ireland’s Katie Taylor 2-1.
Female lightweight Yin Junhua of China defeated Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan 3-0.
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 48th NABF convention saw the final working session in the form of the judging seminar conducted Sunday morning by veteran judge Steve Weisfeld and in the afternoon, delegates who were die hard enough to brave the sweltering heat took in the Washington Nationals-Atlanta Braves baseball game.
Weisfeld initially focused on what are perceived to be “bad decisions.” “A lot of bad decisions aren’t bad but people might think they’re bad because of the dominance of the media.” Weisfeld did admit that there are a few bad decisions and in order to improve, it must be ascertained why a decision is bad and what can be improved. “Do we have to improve knowledge of the rules? Do we have to improve concentration? If that’s the case, then we have to improve ourselves.” Weisfeld feels that because of seminars and communication, judging is better now than it has ever been. (more…)
By Robert Hughes
At Derek James’ Cooper Aerobics Center boxing studio in Dallas, Texas, undefeated welterweight contender Errol Spence, Jr. hits the mitts with trainer Derrick James. Spence, Jr. is looking to run over Leonard Bundu at Coney Island’s Ford Amphitheater on Sunday before a probable trip across the pond to challenge IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
The North American Boxing Federation (NABF)
As I fly back to Mexico after attending the 48th NABF Annual Convention in Washington DC, I can only reflect on what this great organization has done through its rich history. The NABF was founded by boxing commissioners from Canada, USA, and Mexico and became the Continental Boxing Federation affiliated to the WBC. My father’s introduction to international boxing was through the NABF and he was President for one term before being elected President of the World Boxing Council. My first official position in boxing was public relations in the WBC and in 1994 I was appointed by NABF president Sam Macias to serve as vice-president which gives me great pride to still hold such position in this great organization.
Some of the greatest world champions came from the NABF platform which provides that stepping stone to get to the “Major Leagues.” Muhammad Ali, Ken Norton, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roy Jones, Erik Morales, Marco Antonio Barrera and so many heroes were proud NABF champions during their careers. (more…)
Hard Hitting Promotions will make history Friday night, August 26 with the first night of professional boxing at the beautiful Sugar House Casino in Philadelphia. Undefeated Philly super lightweight Milton “El Santo” Santiago (14-0, 3 KOs) takes on tough Dominican Kenny Alvarez (7-4-2, 3 KOs) in the eight round main event. The co-feature of the evening will be a six round attraction, featuring unbeaten featherweight Luis “Popeye” Lebron (5-0, 2 KOs) against former New Jersey Golden Gloves champion Tyrone “Hands of Stone” Luckey (8-6-2, 6 KOs). (more…)
In advance of Monday’s purse bids at the World Boxing Association offices in Panama, representatives of WBA Super World bantamweight champion Rau’shee Warren (14-1, 4 KOs), from Cincinnati, Ohio, and WBA World bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (28-2-1, 13 KOs), from Doncaster, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, have informed the WBA Championships Committee that they have reached an agreement.
The fighters intend to send their respective contracts to the WBA in the coming days.
With news that Warren and McDonnell have agreed to terms, only two of three purse bids will be held as scheduled. The first fight is between WBA World interim heavyweight champion Luis Ortiz and WBA #3 ranked Alexander Ustinov. The second fight is between WBA World super welterweight champion Jack Culcay and WBA #1 ranked Demetrius Andrade.
The Bidding will take place on Monday, August 15, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at the WORLD BOXING ASSOCIATION OFFICE located at: Avenida Aquilino de la Guardia c/c Calle 47, PH Ocean Plaza, Office 14-05, Marbella, Panama, Panama.
WBA Treasurer Aurelio Fiengo will direct the bidding. If you have questions please contact the WBA Office.
By David Finger
For Yuriorkis Gamboa (25-1, 17 KOs), the former Olympic gold medalist, two time world champion and current IBF #5 ranked junior lightweight, the long road back to the top may lead all the way to the junior middleweight division. Reports from the Gamboa camp indicate that they are “close” to an HBO fight with one of the biggest names in boxing: four time world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs). Although Cotto’s last fight was in November of 2015 at middleweight, Gamboa and his advisor Zeferino Ramirez were excited about the opportunity to fight the legendary Puerto Rican.
“I want this fight!” Gamboa said of the proposed matchup. “I heard recently (Cotto’s) negotiations with Marquez have fallen through. I respect Cotto for all his accomplishments and for the courage he possesses but he’s never faced a fighter like me.” (more…)
A packed Riocentro Pavilion 6 on Sunday witnessed the first gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Boxing Tournament, as Uzbekistan’s Light Flyweight (49kg) Hasanboy Dusmatov delivered a superb performance against Colombia’s Yurberjen Martinez to win the Olympic title. The day also saw the first contests in the Women’s Middleweight (75kg) competition, the Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) preliminaries and two Lightweight Semi-Finals. (more…)
By David Finger
For the better part of the first decade of the 21st century the State of Indiana was an unexpected hotbed of boxing. Promoters like Fred Burns ensured that the Indiana fight faithful would always have a steady diet of club shows that featured such memorable journeymen like Jeff Yeoman, Reggie Strickland, Darnell Wilson, and Terry Thomas. But even as a handful of Indiana fighters found themselves in the world rankings it seemed like the era of bi-weekly club shows in Indiana had come to an end by 2010. Indiana would host of twenty-seven professional fight cards in 2005, but by 2014 that number had dwindled down to nine. (more…)
NY State junior welterweight Anthony ” Showtime” Karperis (13-2, 4 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Ariel Duran (9-9-1, 5 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the sold out Paramount in Huntington, NY. Karperis dropped Duran in round nine en route to a 97-92, 97-92, 98-91 verdict. The two had met once before early in their careers with Karperis coming away with a hard fought four round win. (more…)
UK light heavyweight Joshua Buatsi advanced to the medal round with a 3-0 win over Algerian Abdelhafid Benchabla.
Kazakh light heavyweight Adilbek Niyazymbetov defeated Azerbaijan’s Teymur Mammadov 3-0. Niyazymbetov will get at least a bronze medal.
French lightweight Sofiane Oumiha advanced to the gold medal round with a 3-0 win over Mongolian Otgondalai Dorjnyambuu. Dorjnyambuu collected a bronze.
Cuban light welter Yasnier Toledo edged the UK’s Pat McCormack 2-1.
German light welter Artem Harutyunyan topped Canadian Arthur Biyarslanov 2-0-1.
Turkish light welter Batuhan Gozgec defeated Brazilian Joedison Teixeira 3-0.
Azerbaijan light welter Lorenzo Sotomayor Collazo edged France’s Hassan Amzile 2-1.
Cuban bantamweight Robeisy Ramirez edged Moroccan Mohamed Hamout 2-1.
Chinese bantamweight Zhang Jiawei defeated Korean Ham Sangmyeong 3-0.
Argentina bantamweight Alberto Ezequiel Melian defeated Tunisian Bilel Mhamdi 3-0.
Uzbek bantamweight Murodjon Akhmadaliev defeated Kazakh Kairat Yeraliyev 3-0.
Brazilian female middleweight Andreia Bandeira edged Panama’s Atheyna Bylon 2-1.
UK female middleweight Savannah Marshall defeated Anna Laurell Nash 3-0.
47-year-old future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. told the Pensacola News Journal that he suffered an injury to his right bicep in round five on Saturday night against journeyman Rodney Moore. “We’ll just have to see how long this takes (to heal),” Jones told the paper after the fight. “It was the best condition I’ve been in a long time. I felt strong the whole time.”
As for his future in the ring, Jones stated the fight “may have been the last one. And I’m not mad if it is, because I had a great time. Everybody in Pensacola got to see Roy fight one more time.”
Two wins for Team USA on Sunday.
American bantamweight Shakur Stevenson defeated Brazilian Robenilson De Jesus 3-0.
American light welter Gary A. Russell, brother of WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell, defeated Wuttichai Masuk of Thailand 2-1.
In the light flyweight final, Uzbek Hasanboy Dusmatov won the gold against Colombian Yurberjen Herney Martinez 3-0.
In a lightweight semi-final, Brazilian Robson Conceicao defeated Cuban Larzaro Jorge Alvarez 3-0. Conceicao will fight for the gold, Alvarez wins a bronze.
Irish bantamweight Michael John Conlan defeated Armenia’s Aram Avagyan 3-0.
In a war, French light heavyweight Mathieu Albert Daniel Bauderlique stopped Equador Carlos Andres Mina in round three. Bauderlique earned at least a bronze medal.
Cuban light heavyweight Julio Cesar La Cruz defeated Brazilian Michel Borges 3-0. La Cruz earned at least a bronze medal.
Russian bantamweight Vladimir Nikitin edged Thailand’s Chatchai Butdee 2-1.
Mongolian bantamweight Tsendbaatar Erdenebat edged Bulgarian Dzmitry Asanau 2-1.
Russian light welter Vitaly Dunaytsev defeated Mongolian Chinzorig Baatarsukh 3-0.
Chinese light welter Hu Qianxun defeated Hovhannes Bachkov 2-1.
Uzbek light welter Fazliddin Gaibnazarov defeated Manoj Kumar 3-0.
Canadian female middleweight Ariane Fortin was edged by Kazakh Dariga Shakimova 2-1.
Russian female middleweight Iaroslava Iakushina defeated Taipei’s Chen Nien-Chin.
Before a euphoric crowd who attended the coliseum Samuel ‘Sammy’ Rodriguez of Aguas Buenas, local favorite, Yomar ‘The Magic’ Alamo (11-0, 8 KO) scored a impressive second round TKO over Edgardo ‘Indio’ Rivera (7-4-2, 5 KO) to capture the WBC FECARBOX super lightweight title. This match marks the first WBC fight held in Aguas Buenas.
“Making history in my town is a big deal,” said Yomar Alamo, “I was prepared to leave everything in the ring, and the results were spectacular. Now, I will take a short break and return to the gym as soon as possible because major challenges are coming up and I have to be ready.” (more…)
Mexican boxing favorites Canelo Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. pose together at Saturday night’s fight between Canelo’s brother Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez and former world champion Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito in Rosarito Beach, Mexico.
“I want big fights, Cotto, Canelo, and not a rematch with Ramon,” declared former world champion Antonio Margarito after his ten round split decision win over Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez on Saturday night in Rosarito Beach, Mexico. “I am ready for big fights. Now I want to beat his brother Saul!”
Ramon Alvarez, however, didn’t agree with the decision. “I thought that the decision was for me. I want a rematch. Margarito didn’t win. The knockdown was more of a slip than anything,” stated the older brother of Canelo.
By Morrison Brandon at ringside
Photo: Scott Foster
Returning home for the first time since March of 2015, former world champion Roy Jones Jr. (64-9, 46 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over “Rocking” Rodney Moore (17-12-2, 7 KOs) in a cruiserweight bout on Saturday night at the Pensacola Bay Center in Pensacola, Florida. It was mostly a slow-paced affair as the 47-year-old future Hall of Famer Jones, with his hands held low, stalked Moore — who gave very little resistance. As a result, it very easy for Jones to pot shot his way to victory. Scores were 100-90 on all three cards.
Also, making his debut as a professional, junior welterweight Devin Cushing looked very impressive. One of Pensacola’s rising stars, Cushing seems to have a bright future ahead of him after a stoppage of Justin Howard at 59 seconds of round two.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (48-14-1, 32 KOs) won by sixth round disqualification against Jose “General” Sanmartin (20-4-1, 12 KOs) in a featherweight bout on Saturday night in Veracruz, Mexico. Sanmartin was tossed for an intentional headbutt. Time was 2:58.
In the co-feature, WBC #2, WBA #5 flyweight and WBO #3 super flyweight Juan “Churritos” Hernandez (33-2, 24 KOs) was victorious when Dixon Flores (13-5-2, 4 KOs) didn’t come out for round four. Hernandez has now won 15 straight since his unsuccessful title challenge against Kazuto Ioka five years ago.
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