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Photos: Zanfer Promotions
In an exciting fight that kept the crowd on its feet, unbeaten super featherweight Carlos “Chuko” Diaz (20-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dallas fighter Roberto Marroquin (26-4-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio UAT in Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico, directly across the border from Hidalgo, Texas. Both fighters visited the canvas in the third round. Two judges scored it close at 96-94 and 96-95, while the third was way off at 98-91.
A bantamweight clash between former female world champion Yazmin “Rusita” Rivas (35-9-1, 10 KOs) and Ana Maria “Manal” Lozano (12-4-1, 9 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after Rivas suffered a nasty cut over the left optic from an accidental head butt.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten lightweight Saul “Neno” Rodriguez (20-0-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round KO over Daulis Prescott (31-4, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Rodriguez ended a good scrap by dropping Prescott twice in round seven. Time was 2:37.
Unbeaten super featherweight Toka Kahn Clary (19-0, 13 KOs) kept his “0” intact with a fourth round KO over Orlando Rizo (18-7, 11 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight Arnold Barboza, Jr. (12-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round KO over John Nater (14-8, 10 KOs). Time was :49.
Unbeaten flyweight Carlos Licona (7-0, 2 KOs) hammered out a six round unanimous decision over Cesar Sustaita (3-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54 across the board.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Former world title challenger Marco Antonio “Quetzalcoatl” Periban (25-3-1, 16 KOs) scored a hard fought eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten German “Hombre Lobo” Rafael (10-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night in a light heavyweight clash at the Arena Coliseo in Mexico City. The bout featured good two-way action with Periban winning 79-73, 78-74 on two cards. The third card read 76-76.
WBC International female super flyweight beltholder Mariana “Barby” Juarez (43-8-4, 17 KOs) swept past Tamao Ozawa (10-3, KOs) over ten rounds by scores of 100-90, 3x.
Fabricio Werdum entered the Octagon smiling for his UFC 198 main event Saturday night at Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil, but it was Stipe Miocic who had the last laugh, as he knocked Werdum out in the first round to win the UFC heavyweight championship . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Craig Wick at ringside
Chicago super middleweight Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (19-1-1, 13 KOs) and Aaron Pryor, Jr. (19-9-2, 12 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw in a bout for the WBC Continental Americas title on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Pryor, the son of Hall of Fame boxer Aaron Pryor, Sr., boxed well throughout and seemed to have the edge, however the late charge of Jimenez kept it close. Scores were 96-94 Pryor Jr. and 95-95 twice.
Unbeaten Chicagoland cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski (6-0, 4 KOs) needed just 35 seconds to demolish Albert Harkins (1-13, 1 KOs). No competition for former Notre Dame and NFL star Tommy Z as Harkins suffered his 12th KO loss.
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz (27-0, 18 KOs) returned to action with an impressive fourth round TKO over former world title challenger Ray “The Rainman” Austin (29-7-4, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, California. Ruiz dropped Austin at the end of round one and punished him for four one-sided rounds. The 45-year-old “Rainman” didn’t come out for round five.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao moved to 15-0 with 11 KOs after a fourth round stoppage of Paul Valenzuela (9-3-1, 6 KOs). The bout was halted due to a cut over Venezuela’s right eye.
Hot junior welterweight prospect Maxim Dadashev (2-0, 2 KOs) stopped Rashad Bogar (4-7-1, 2 KOs) in the fourth round to win in his Top Rank debut after recently signing.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada
2012 Olympic gold medalist, world-rated middleweight Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs), 160, impressively scored a fine TKO victory over Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2, 11 KOs), 159, at 2:50 of the fourth round on Saturday in Hong Kong. The unbeaten Japanese took the initiative from the outset, throwing solid jabs and strong left-right combinations with precision to have him reeling to the ropes. Murata positively maintained the pressure and hurt the Brazilian with straight punches at his proper distance, winning a point in every session. The fourth witnessed Murata, taller and stronger than the bewildered and battered Brazilian, accelerate his furious attack and almost topple him with a vicious overhand right, just when the referee made a well-timed stoppage to save the loser. (more…)
Former world heavyweight title challenger Mariusz Wach (32-2. 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision Brazilian journeyman Marcelo Luiz Nascimento (22-13, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in Kedzierzyn Kozle, Poland. Not a good performance for Wach, who was lucky the fight wasn’t at a neutral venue. Scores were 96-94, 96-95, and an off-the rails 98-92. Wach was coming off a TKO loss to Alexander Povetkin last November. Nascimento is now 0-12 when fighting outside South America.
Moments ago at the sold out famed Teatro Principe in Milan, Italy, Renato De Donato (16-3-1, 2 KOs) and Luciano Randazzo (7-2-3, 0 KOs) battled to a split draw in a bout for the vacant Italian super lightweight title.
The fight took place in front of two great former world middleweight champions, Marvin Hagler and Nino Benvenuti (who worked as commentator for Italian TV Rai).
OPI 2000 and Principe Boxing Events promoted the show with Rai Sport 1 televising live in Italy and Fight Klub on tape delay in Poland.
In a clash of big punching cruiserweights, unbeaten WBC #4 rated Mairis Briedis (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over WBC #2 rated Olanrewaju Durodola (22-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia. It was a war from the beginning. Briedis dropped Durodola at the end of round six and went for the finish in round seven with a huge assault, which Durodola absorbed. Briedis hammered Duradola again in round nine, getting credit for a knockdown when Duradola fell into the ropes, and referee Frank Garza waved it off later in the round.
With the win, Briedis claimed Duradola’s WBC Silver cruiserweight title and will face the winner between Tony Bellew and Ilunga Makabu, who fight for the vacant WBC world cruiserweight championship later this month in Liverpool.
IBF bantamweight world champion Lee Haskins (33-3, 14 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Ivan “El Niño Maravilla” Morales (29-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ice Arena in Cardiff, Wales. For the first five rounds, Morales pressed the action while Haskins boxed and moved. In round six, Morales changed his strategy and looked to start counterpunching from the outside. In round nine, Morales started bringing the pressure again but never really connected with anything major. In the end, scores were 119-108, 118-110, 118-110.
The 32-year-old Haskins, a former interim titlist who claimed the title when then-champ Randy Caballero didn’t make weight for their mandatory fight, successfully made the first defense of his belt. The 24-year-old Ivan is the younger brother of legendary world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and Diego “Pelucho” Morales, who also went on to capture a world title.
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Popular unbeaten Hong Kong super flyweight Rex “The Wonder Kid” Tso (19-0, 12 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Young Gil Bae (27-6, 21 KOs) of South Korea on Saturday night at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center in Hong Kong. Tso won the vacant WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight title and retained his WBC Asian Boxing Council belt.
Japanese 2012 Olympic middleweight star Ryota Murata (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Brazilian Felipe Santos Pedroso (13-2, 11 KOs) in scheduled a 10-rounder.
“The Macau Kid” super welterweight Kuok Kun Ng (9-0, 5 KOs) stopped Weerachit Kitee (7-8-2, 7 KOs) in round four.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
It was just another chapter in the stop-start career of junior-welterweight John “Action” Jackson, the 17-3-2, but his six-round win over a determined Tyrone Harris, Lansing, may well have contributed to the first signs of some life in the Detroit-area boxing scene since Tony Harrison made his push to be a contender to be reckoned with on the national boxing scene.
Start with the venue: the Russell Industrial Center is in the heart of Detroit adjacent to one of its major freeways (I-75) and just north of another (I-95, the Ford Freeway). It is a huge, intact shell of a complex that has the look and smell of Detroit: cold in the Winter, dark, foreboding. It has become a kind of go-to place in recent years for artists of all kinds. (more…)
Lightweight contender “Lightning” Rod Salka (22-4, 4 KOs) stayed busy Friday night with a dominating performance over Czech, Michal Dufek (18-14-1, 13 KOs), over eight rounds at the Fight Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Salka used his superior hand speed with effective combinations and crisp counter-punching to post the shutout with scores of 80-72 on all cards. The win marked Salka’s third straight victory while earning the WBA NABA super featherweight and WBC Fecarbox lightweight titles along the way. The 10 bout Pro-Am card was promoted by SLG Entertainment; a packed house was in attendance.
Fighting in his home town, welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison needed a late surge to salvage a draw against Mike Dallas Jr. on Friday night at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. After six rounds, Dallas had built a solid 58-55 lead on the scorecards of judges Tammye Jenkins and Wayne Smith, and a shut out 60-53 count on the card of judge Paul Wallace. Jenkins scored the last four rounds for Hernandez-Harrison, while Smith and Wallace both gave three of the last four to Hernandez-Harrison, resulting in a split decision draw.
By Dave Spencer
Brandon Cook 154 vs. Davide Doria 153.2
(WBA inter-Continental super welterweight title)
Kevin Higson 153 vs Junior Emon 153
(Canadian super welterweight title)
Venue: Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Promoter: United Promotions
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at the scale
Jonathan Maicelo 135.9l vs. Ramesis Gill 136.4l
Jaron Ennis 144.2 vs. Luis Ramos 145.9
David Murray 174.5 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 174.9
Greg Jackson 148 vs. TBA
Alex Barbosa 126 vs. Marquise Pierce 122
Yordan Frometa 141.2 vs Ken Alvarez 139.8
Gledwin Ortiz 146.6 vs. Anthony Miller 148.3
Daniele Scardina 169 vs. Steven Crowfield 168.7
Raul Lopez 126.4 vs. Edgar Cortez 123.9
Venue: PA Sheet Metal Workers Hall
Promoter: Hard Hitting Promotions
By Gary “Digital” Williams
A Maryland State title bout will be the featured attraction during the Shawstyle Promotions/Shabazz Brothers card on Saturday, May 14 at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium.
In a 10-round contest for the state light heavyweight title, Baltimore’s Travis “Seveer” Reeves will face off against Frederick’s Larry “Hitman” Pryor. Reeves (11-2-2, five KO’s) is working on an eight-bout winning streak which includes a first-round stoppage of Anthony Caputo Smith in his last outing on December 12 in Baltimore. Reeves scored the 2015 Beltway Boxing Knockout of the Year on July 9 when he knocked out Samer Barakat at the Tall Cedars Hall in Parkville.
Pryor (9-13, five KO’s) has lost four in a row, all to undefeated competition that had a combined record of 51-0-2. Pryor lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Travis Peterkin in his last contest on March 30 in New York City. (more…)
At the General Assemby of the African Boxing Union which was held this week in Malawi, Tunisian Houcine Houichi has been unanimously re-elected for a 4 year mandate as ABU President. Mr. Houichi is also one of the WBC Vice-Presidents.
Mr. Nelson Sapi of Zambia has been elected as ABU Secretary General and Mr Rafik Ouennoughi from Tunisia is ABU treasurer.
During the week Mr Houcine Houichi along with ring doctor Peter Ngatane from South Africa have conducted a very successful seminar for the ABU ring officials.
By Jason Marchetti at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Peter Manfredo, Jr. (40-8, 21 KO’s) battled Rhode Island veteran Vladine Biosse (16-7-2, 7 KO’s) to an unpopular draw over eight rounds of boxing at super middleweight in his comeback fight after a 3 year layoff. Manfredo, Jr., the heavy favorite, looked rusty against Biosse who took the fight on only two weeks notice on a card promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports in Lincoln, RI. Many ringside media observers thought Biosse won the fight convincingly. The final scores were 78-74 (Manfredo), 77-75 (Biosse), and 76-76. (more…)
Photos: Idris Erba/Mayweather Promotions
In a clash of undefeated cruiserweights, Andrew “The Beast” Tabiti (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Keith “Machine Gun” Tapia (17-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night from Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. Tabiti was credited with a knockdown in round eight when Tapia’s glove touched the canvas. Scores were 99-90, 97-92, 97-92.
In another clash between undefeated cruiserweights, 2012 U.S. Olympian Michael Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a clear cut Isiah Thomas (15-1, 6 KOs). Hunter pressed the action en route to a 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 verdict. (more…)
Photos: Salita Promotions
Emilio Salas 200.8 vs. Demetrius Banks 197.9
James Smith 118.6 vs. Pablo Cupul 121.8
Alexey Zubov 204.6 vs. Damon McCreary 272.6
James Ballard 173.4 vs. Edgar Perez 179.6
Dorell Van Horn Jr. 158.5 vs. Francisco Reza 154.8
Clarence Dubose 189 vs. Jovan Blakely 197.2
Serdar Hudayberdiyev 147.4 vs. Marco Russell 147.4
Giorgi Gelashvili 144.1 vs. Alfred Hall 147.1
Promoter: Salita Promotions
Venue: Masonic Temple, Detroit
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
Saul Rodriguez 132.4 vs. Daulis Prescott 132.4
Andy Ruiz Jr 248.6 vs. Ray Austin 266.4
Toka Kahn Clary 126.6 vs. Orlando Rizo 125.6
Esquiva Falcao 160.6 vs. Paul Valenzuela 160.8
Venue: Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California
Promoter: Top Rank
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Dusty Hernandez Harrison and Mike Dallas, Jr. battled to a 10-round split decision draw in the main event of the Throne Boxing/Roc Nation card at the DC Armory. Dallas Jr. was the aggressor throughout the contest as he landed crisp combinations to the body of the hometown boxer. Dallas, Jr. knocked down Harrison with a left hand in the fifth round. In the eighth round, Harrison seemed to hit Dallas with a low blow that dropped him to the canvas. However, referee Malik Waleed ruled a knockdown for Harrison. Both men landed solid shots at the end of the bout. Judge Paul Wallace scored the bout for Dallas, 96-92. Judge Tammye Jenkins saw the contest for Harrison, 95-94. Judge Wayne Smith saw the draw, 95-95. Harrison remains undefeated at 29-0-1, 16 KO’s. Dallas is now 21-3-2, 10 KO’s.
Philadelphia, PA heavyweight Darmani “Rock Solid” Rock made his pro debut a successful one dispatching of “The DC Diamond Cutter” Carlos Black of Rockville, MD in less than two minutes. Rock was able to parry Black’s early punches before swarming Black with heavy shots of his own. A three-punch combination by Rock dropped Black to the canvas. Black barely beat referee Michelle Myers’s count but Myers deemed Black unfit to continue. The bout was stopped at 1:54. Black falls to 1-4.
Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle of Bayamon, Puerto Rico won an eight-round unanimous decision over Thomas “The Franchise ” Snow of Washington, DC. Del Valle dropped Snow twice with left hands, once in the second round and once in the third. Snow managed to come back and had a strong seventh round as he landed punches to Del Valle’s mid-section. However, Del Valle finished strong and got the victory by identical scores of 76-74 across the board. Del Valle raises his record to 21-2, 15 KO’s while Snow falls to 18-3, 12 KO’s. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Former world title challenger Dierry Jean (29-2-1 20KO) dodged a bullet Friday night managing a 76-74, 74-76, 75-75 split draw after hitting the canvas twice in the fourth round versus Ricky Sismundo (30-9-3 13KO) of Japan. Each fighter threw and landed similtaneous right hands but Jean felt far more tumbling to canvas and having problems initially rising to his feet. The hometown fighter tumbled into the corner and was dropped later in the round as he struggled. Sismundo was able to match the speed of Jean, usually a clear advantage in most of his previous fights. Jean who spent the last half of fight with a left eye almost shut fought gamely and managed to land, but his shots seemed to have little effect on the visitor who answered back on everything thrown his way.
In a battle of undefeated junior-middleweights, Steven “Bang Bang” Butler (16-0-1 13KO) scored a sensational finish stopping Ferdinand Pilz (16-1 12KO) of Germany. The Montreal fighter dominated much of the action throughout the contest but starting to turn up the volume to end the 7th. By the 9th Pilz was having his head snapped back like Pez dispenser and Butler soon landed the hammer shortly after. Pills managed to climb to his feet from the first right, but the deluge kept coming and the visitor went crashing down face first. His corner seeing enough threw in the towel, literally as referee Marlon Wright was making his count. Butler retains his IBF junior championship.
Super-lightweight Guislain Maduma (18-2 11KO) dominated with a eight round body attack of Cesar Inalef (20-6-2 6KO) winning a 80-71, 80-71 80-70 decision. Maduma scored a knockdown in the third and was the aggressor for the entire fight. “I need rounds,” Maduma told Fightnews after the fight. “I’ve still got things to work on in there, but mainly I need rounds.” (more…)
Super middleweight Luke Blackledge (21-2-2, 7 KOs) successfully defended his Commonwealth title with an explosive fifth round KO over against Ghana’s Ishmael Tetteh (31-13-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at Macron Stadium in Bolton, England. Blackledge dropped the African with a crippling body shot. Time was :57.
Super lightweight Jack Catterall (15-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Joe Hughes (14-2, 6 KOs) to retain his WBO Intercontinental title and earn himself a shot at the British title. Scores were 115-113, 117-112 and 117-113.
In the first title fight of the night, super middleweight Kiryl Relikh (21-0, 19 KOs) defended his WBA Intercontinental title with a fourth round stoppage against Joaquim Carniero Batista (23-7, 21 KOs). Batista’s corner retired their fighter to save him from taking any further damage at 2:50.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodríguez & Alma Montiel WBC
Mariana Juárez 114.85 vs. Tamao Ozawa 114.85
(WBC super flyweight International title)
Marco Periban 174.9 vs. German Rafael 173
Edgar Lozano 121.45 vs. Rodolfo Hernández 122
Venue: Arena Coliseo
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
By Hesiquio Balderas
Ivan Morales is taking his role as a world title challenger very seriously. Traveling to Cardiff, Wales to take on current IBF bantamweight world champion Lee Haskins. Fighting a world champion in hostile territory is a dangerous assignment, but “El Niño Maravilla” from Tijuana, Mexico, the younger brother of legendary world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales and Diego “Pelucho” Morales, who also went on to capture a world title, believes he has what it takes.
Fightnews.com had the chance to talk a few minutes ago with Morales. (more…)
Mike Jimenez 167.6 vs. Aaron Pryor, Jr. 167.2
Nick Mazurek 241.8 vs. Mike Jones
Jose Araumbula 136.6 vs. Johnny Frazier 136.8
Tommy Zbikowski 184.6 vs. Albert Harkins 184
Sam Horowitz 174.2 vs. Dwayne Williams 178.4
Ivan Gonzales 178.2 vs. Ronez McGrady
Fred Bowen 135.6 vs. Tyrome Jones 135.4
Francisco Saldana 124.6 vs. Luis Guerrero 119.8
Kenny Thomas, Jr. 147.6 vs. Kelly Wright 139
Venue: Horseshoe Hammond, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
By Przemek Garczarczyk
The “Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (28-2, 16 KOs) has commented on his showdown against Joe “The Irish Bomber” Smith Jr (21-1, 17 KOs) on June 18 at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.
“When Glen Johnson, the former champ, came to Chicago three years ago, he was supposed to beat some skinny guy from Poland with not much experience in the light heavyweight division, but the rest is history,” said Fonfara. “I’m sure this is how Smith Jr thinks – this is my time. He’ll be on the big stage, NBC primetime, versus the #2 WBC ranked heavyweight in the world, probably thinking that he can beat my ass. Joe comes for glory, not for money. He’s wrong thinking that he can beat me, of course.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek
In a bizarre ending last night in the main event at the Omni Dallas Hotel, junior welterweight Rashad Ganaway (17-5-1, 9KO) claimed the vacant NABF junior welterweight title when Karim Martinez (15-2, 7KO) did not come out for the 10th and final round. Ganaway controlled the fight from the opening bell but never seriously hurt Martinez who was game throughout. Apparently the corner of Martinez had seen enough and informed referee Laurence Cole and threw in the towel. Showtime’s Jimmy Lennon Jr, a staple at The Real Estate Council FightNight event in Dallas every year, made the official announcement ten seconds at round 10 from advice from the corner. (more…)
WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has incurred more wrath for controversial comments made in a recent YouTube video. In a long 57 minute interview, Fury made offensive comments about Wladimir Klitschko’s sexuality, women, homosexuality, Jewish people and more. Fury has already been fined for offensive statements by the British Boxing Board of Control and he was forced to apologize for and retract previous offensive comments at the recent BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. The “Campaign Against Antisemitism” group has condemned Fury and made a complaint to the BBBofC seeking action against him for his latest rant.
By Hesiquio Balderas
There weren’t any issues with the weigh-in from Cardiff, Wales, as IBF bantamweight world champion Lee Haskins weighed in at 117.25 pounds and his challenger Ivan Morales tipped the scale at 117 pounds.
“I am going to show that I am a great champion. That is why I have this belt,” said Haskins after the weigh-in.
“I didn’t come all the way from Mexico to lose. I came to win and to show who I am. I will become the new champion,” proclaimed the Mexican challenger.
Russian promoter Andrew Ryabinsky has commented on the doping sample of Alexander Povetkin, who tested positive for the banned substance Meldonium. “Povetkin tried Meldonium in September of last year when this drug was permitted. Since January, Alexander has never used it and did not violate anti-doping rules, but theoretically it’s something that might have remained in his body from last year, as in some cases it’s displayed for a long time.”
Povetkin is scheduled to challenge WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder on May 21 in Moscow, but at the moment it’s uncertain whether the bout will still go on.
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