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WBC #1 cruiserweight Ilunga Makabu (19-1, 18 KOs) has warned #6 rated Tony Bellew (26-2-1, 16 KOs) that he’ll turn his dream night into a nightmare when they clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight title in Liverpool on Sunday. “People expect me to be scared of the occasion as the stadium will be full of his people cheering him and booing me,” said Makabu. “Tony must not wait for his people to get behind him to start fighting – as once we are in there, no-one can help him, it’s just me and him!
“People can come to support, and I’m happy for this as I like seeing lots of people. I’m ready to fight Tony and handle whatever he brings. I can’t wait to fight him. I am the King of Knockouts and for sure I will knock him out. I’m not going to be surprised and the people shouldn’t be shocked when they see me knock Tony Bellew out. I’m not going to wait for this fight to go the distance – I will knock Tony out much before then. He won’t be able to survive 8 or 10 rounds with me, let alone 12 – no way.”
WBO super middleweight champion Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez, two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated #1 featherweight contender Óscar Valdez, undefeated Top-10 world-rated welterweight contender Jose Benavidez, Jr., his opponent Francisco Santana and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will host a Los Angeles news conference next Tuesday (May 31) in Los Angeles, to announce their title fights on the Terence Crawford-Viktor Postol world championship pay-per-view undercard.
Ramirez (34-0, 24 KOs), from Mazatlan, Mexico and co-promoted by Zapari Boxing Promotions, is Mexico’s first super middleweight world champion. He will be making his initial title defense against Dominik Britsch (32-2-1, 11 KOs), of Germany.
Valdez (20-0, 17 KOs), of Nogales, Mexico, will go against #2 world-rated contender Matias Rueda (26-0, 23 KOs), of Argentina, for the vacant WBO featherweight world title.
Benavidez (24-0, 16 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ., will risk his undefeated record and Top-10 world rating when he collides with Santana (24-4-1, 12 KOs), of Santa Barbara, Calif., in a 10-round welterweight clash.
It’s Fight Week in Phoenix, Arizona. Five days of pre-fight activities kick-off tomorrow for Saturday’s WBA interim welterweight world title fight between ring legend “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-9-1, 41 KOs) and current beltholder David “Ava” Avanesyan (21-1-1, 11 KOs) from Pyatigorsk, Russia. The bout will take place at the 18,000-seat Gila River Arena in Glendale. Mosley was trained for this fight by the legendary Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran. CBS Sports Network will televise in the USA, BoxNation will air the fight in the UK.
“I plan to put on a clinic,” Mosley said. “I’m not just going to win. I’m going to annihilate him. In 2009 they said I was done but they were wrong. I’m glad people know this is a real competitive fight. It will be a challenge, but when I win, the world will know.”
Avni Yilderim, now 11-0-0(7), successfully dropped from lightheavyweight prospect to championship material at supermiddle destroying inside 2 rounds Hungarian Zoltan Sera. Sera was dropped twice in the 1st round before it was stopped after 45 seconds in round 2.
The fight took place today at Petkos gym in Dachau, Germany.
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
MANDATORY CHALLENGER RULE – HOW IT ALL STARTED
This week’s column, I’d like to get into the history of our sport. I’ve relied upon the knowledge of some expert historians and dear friends like Don Majeski, Bob Yalen and Victor Cota to add some interesting facts and rich history of our beloved sport.
The birth of boxing has been proven to be from the caveman era. Archeological findings place the birth of boxing as a sport in Ethiopia, roughly 8000 years BC. It appears in Egyptian hieroglyphics 5000 years BC. Boxing images were depicted in Greek art, as well as in the mosaic at the Bardo Museum in Cartage. It went on to Rome, Iberia and Britannia. It was in England in the early 17th century where boxers fought with bare fists and soon became the sport of nobles. The first world champion was James Figgs in 1719, and the first boxing rules were implemented by Jack Broughton in 1743, followed by the more well-known Marquis of Queensberry rules. From England, boxing jumped to America and the rest of the world to create the great luminaries in boxing history. (more…)
The long-awaited trial for the lawsuit filed by promoter Tuto Zabala Jr./All Star Boxing against Canelo Alvarez and Golden Boy Promotions will start today at 10AM in the Miami Dade County Courthouse before the honorable Judge Migna Sanchez-Llorenz. Zabala is seeking millions in damages saying Golden Boy signed Canelo while he was still under a promotional contract with All Star Boxing.
CBSSN (CBS Sports Network) has been taking over boxing recently with televised live shows last Friday and Saturday, and they’ll be back this week with Friday and Saturday shows.
Congratulations to very active Southern California promoter Ken Thompson, who just celebrated his sixteenth year in the business.
Former world champion Ricky Burns has warned Michele Di Rocco to prepare for a red-hot reception in Glasgow when they meet for the vacant WBA world super lightweight title at the SSE Hydro on Saturday. Burns is aiming to become Scotland’s first ever three-weight world champion and only the second Briton to achieve that feat.
“I’ve been boxing away from home a lot and not really been in Glasgow much so it’s great to be back,” said Burns. “It’s always a great night up here and Di Rocco isn’t going to know what’s hit him when he walks out on Saturday night.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Bob Newman
This morning in Beijing, China, the IBF 33rd annual convention began quietly with a closed board of director’s meeting, discussing legal and other matters. Full reports will come in the general meeting later in the week. Delegates continue to arrive from across the globe at the beautiful NUO Hotel in the Chaoyang District of Beijing. For the majority of delegates and guests, the day is free until 7 p.m. tonight when the opening cocktail party convenes in the grand ballroom at NUO. The IBF merchandise shop is open as well with new products available. Registration for arriving guests will continue throughout the convention.
This evening capped off with the opening cocktail party at NUO Hotel’s grand ballroom. Welcoming statements were made by IBF president Daryl Peoples, followed by IBF China president Ruihang Wang. Peoples thanked Wang for his staff’s tireless efforts in making IBF China and this convention a reality. Wang, for his part, hoped that “China will be the IBF’s second home.” (more…)
By Dwjuan Frazier
Photos: Bob Ryder
In a super lightweight matchup billed as the main event, Roc Nation’s Sonny Fredrickson, Toledo, and his opponent, an experienced Elvin Perez, Pahokee, FL, 28-14-4, gave the crowd exactly what they wanted. The final fight on Fred Vallejo’s (RISE Fighting) promotion produced the best bout of the night at Lucas Recreation Center in Maumee, OH, on Saturday night. Both men weighed in at 141; however, Fredrickson, 6-1, towered over the smaller Perez, and used that length to his advantage for much of the fight. Fredrickson commanded the fight with his effective left jab, which frustrated Perez all night causing him to get docked one point for hitting below the belt in the 4th and head-butting Fredrickson in the 8th. Even with those setbacks, though, Perez wouldn’t go away. Whenever it seemed like Fredrickson would get something going, Perez would get him on the ropes to try land some body punches but to no avail. Although Fredrickson found himself on the ropes quite often, he remained composed and patient. He protected his body and his head very well, keeping Perez from scoring any big punches. In the end, Fredrickson proved to be the superior fighter, with all three judges scoring it 79-71, giving Perez a round. I wonder which one. With the win, he moves to 13-0. Fightnews.com® scored it 80-70. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian cruiserweight champion Brad Pitt (19-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Jorge Rodriguez Olivera (27-12, 13 KOs) by unanimous over ten rounds to capture the vacant WBA Oceania title on Saturday at the Melbourne Pavillion in Victoria, Australia. Olivera had boxed in Australia in 2013 losing over ten rounds to Blake Caparello and was coming off a points win over Fernando Marcos Gonzalez in March. Pitt captured the Australian title in 2011 stopping Daniel Ammann in two rounds. He was coming off a points victory over Vaitele Soi in New Zealand in 2014.
Former IBO 130-pound champion Will Tomlinson (25-2-1, 13 KOs) outscored Hero Tito (21-12-2, 7 KOs) by majority decision over ten rounds on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Victoria, Australia. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 95-95. Tomlinson captured the interim WBA Oceania title. Tomlinson boxed in the USA in 2014 defeating Miguel Zamudio in eight rounds but lost to Jerry Belmontes over ten rounds. Tomlinson also defeated Alberto Cupido over eight rounds in Mexico. In 2015, Adones Aguelo was defeated over ten rounds but Francisco Vargas stopped Tomlinson in eight rounds in the USA. Indonesian Hero Tito had previously boxed in Australia losing to Jack Asis over eight rounds in 2015.
Report and photos by Ricardo Ibarra
Cruiserweight prospect Mike “White Delight” Wilson (14-0, 7 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact on Saturday night, taking a six round unanimous decision win over tough journeyman Mike “Concrete” Bissett (10-9, 7 KOs) in front of a loudly supportive hometown crowd at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point, Oregon. Headlining White Delight Promotions’ “Rogue Valley Rumble 4” card, Wilson overcame an early assault from the experienced fighter from St. Petersburg, Florida to win every round on all three judges’ scorecards.
Bissett, who aside from having eighteen professional bouts under his belt also had extensive amateur career, pressed the action early in the first round, forcing a fast pace with crafty offense in close. Wilson responded to the early assault by stepping up his output and retaliating with hard left hooks and right hands down the middle The action was brisk in the first two minutes of the round with both fighters connecting in the pocket, but by the end of the round Wilson had found a rhythm with one-twos and right hand counters as Bissett stepped in. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fort Valley, VA welterweight Andrew “The Doo Man” Farmer made a successful return to boxing with an eight-round unanimous decision over durable veteran Joseph “Trouble” Figueroa of the Bronx, NY. Farmer was in complete control of the contest throughout the contest as Figueroa was a punching bag with feet. Farmer knocked Figueroa down with a right hand in the fourth round and went on to the shutout victory in his first bout since a fourth-round TKO loss to Danny O’Connor in October of 2014. Farmer is now 19-3, seven KO’s while Figueroa falls to 11-59-5, three KO’s. (more…)
Middleweight Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (12-4-1, 4 KOs) pulled off the biggest boxing upset of the year so far when he surprisingly dominated heavy favorite and WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 rated Arif Magomedov on Saturday night in Las Vegas. “This fight changes everything for me,” Hernandez said after the fight. “He’s very good and deserves all of the accolades he’s received but I now have my head on straight and I’m focused. My jab was very important tonight. He’s very strong but I wanted to fight him inside because I knew he couldn’t take it from me. I was very prepared. I think I may have broken my ankle in the fourth round but I kept going. I wanted to finish him, get the knockout, but he’s a very tough fighter. He has heart and showed why he has all of those accolades.”
Making Hernandez’ feat even more amazing is that four weeks ago he was preparing to fight as A CRUISERWEIGHT! He lost 40 pounds to make weight for this fight.
Born one minute apart, the identical Charlo twins have grown accustomed to being mistaken for each other. On Saturday night after defending his world title against Austin Trout, IBF junior middleweight champion Jermall Charlo was being interviewed by Showtime’s Jim Gray when he turned to someone off camera and said “Who is this guy? Back off me brother!” An arm was seen pushing Charlo backward and a bit of a ruckus ensued.
It turned out to be mandatory challenger Charles Hatley, who entered the ring with his promoter Don King. Only one problem. Hatley is mandatory challenger for Jermall’s twin brother Jermell Charlo, who won the WBC title of the same division in the previous bout.
Former heavyweight champions Shannon Briggs and David Haye spoke to the media about their quick wins on Saturday night in London. They are expected to face off in September.
Briggs said he’s going to look for a flat in London and that he has a “handshake preliminary contract” to face David Haye in September. As for his assessment of Haye’s performance, Briggs stated, “In the ring he sucks, excuse my language. He’s a pie so I’m not impressed. I just want to run over him…”
Haye stated that he was “very satisfied” with his performance against Arnold Gjergjaj. As for his proposed showdown with Briggs, Haye said, “Other than the heavyweight champions, I can’t think of a bigger fight than myself and Shannon Briggs…I’ll be ready to fight in September. I don’t think I need to drag it out.”
Photos: Manny Murillo/RJJ Boxing Promotions
In a huge upset, unheralded Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (12-4-1, 3 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated WBC #2, WBO #3, WBA #5 and IBF #14 rated Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (17-1, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) title on Saturday night at the outdoor Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC) in Las Vegas. A sluggish Magomedov repeatedly ate Hernandez’ jab over a majority of the rounds, and Hernandez floored Magomedov in round ten to put the finishing touches on the shocker. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 98-91.
Unbeaten super welterweight NABA-USA beltholder John “The Phenom” Vera (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Joey “Boxer” Ruelas (10-2-1, 4 KOs). Referee Jay Nady waved if off after a series of unanswered punches. Time was 1:17.
17-year-old lightweight Devin “The Dream” Haney (6-0, 4 KOs) stopped 28-year-old Jairo Fernandez (4-1, 3 KOs) in round four. A barrage of punches droped Fernandez, prompting referee Jay Nady to stop it at 1:34.
Photos: Ruben Cortez/Top Rank
Popular lightweight brawler Ray Beltran (30-7, 18 KOs) kept his world title aspirations alive with a spectacular second round KO over Ivan “Bam Bam” Najera (16-3 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. The first round was a toe-to-toe war. In round two, Beltran rocked Najera, then blasted him to the deck with a brutal series of left hooks. Time was 2:58.
Unbeaten welterweight Alex “El Cholo” Saucedo (22-0, 14 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda (17-15-1, 12 KOs). Saucedo dropped Lacerda with a left hook in round four and teed off on him in round five. Lacerda, however, showed world class whiskers in absorbing Saucedo’s big punches for the full eight. Scores were 79-72, 80-71, 79-72. Photos
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
In a rematch of their November 2012 technical draw, WBA super welterweight world champion Erislandy “The American Dream” Lara (22-2-2, 13 KOs) outboxed former U.S. Olympian Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (36-2-1, 21 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night on Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Lara’s mobility and skills prevailed over Martirosyan’s power and aggression. Vanes was deducted a point in round eleven by referee Vic Drakulich for a low blow. Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 116-111.
Earlier, Jermall Charlo and Jermell Charlo became the first twin brothers to hold world titles at the same time in the same weight class.
Reigning IBF junior middleweight world champion Jermall Charlo (24-0, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Austin Trout (30-3, 17 KOs). Charlo often beat Trout to the punch and he landed the harder shots. The crafty Trout also had his moments, but in the end scores were 115-113, 116-112, 116-112.
In a clash for the vacant WBC super welterweight world title, undefeated Jermell Charlo (28-0, 13 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over John Jackson (20-3, 15 KOs), son of ring great Julian “The Hawk” Jackson. A massive Charlo hook left Jackson draped over the ropes and out of it prompting the stoppage. Time was :51. photos
Photo: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
WBA “regular” cruiserweight champion Beibut Shumenov (17-2, 11 KOs) overcame a fifth round knockdown to score a tenth round TKO over upset-minded Junior Wright (15-2-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Wright dropped Shumenov in round five and had him in trouble in round six. Shumenov came back to floor Wright in round eight and got the win when Wright was unable to continue. Next up for Shumenov is a WBA-mandated clash against Denis Lebedev, who unified the WBA (super) and IBF belts against Victor Emilio Ramirez several hours ago.
Fighting once again as a heavyweight, BJ Flores (32-2-1, 20 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Roberto Santos (12-4, 5 KOs). Scores were 60-54 across the board for Flores, who handed Santos his fourth straight loss.
As expected, former world champions Shannon Briggs and David Haye blew out overmatched opponents on Saturday night in London’s O2 Arena to set up a September grudge showdown.
Briggs (60-6-1, 53 KOs) quickly destroyed late sub Emilio Zarate (20-17-3, 11 KOs) in round one. He bum-rushed Zarate and had him on the deck with a body shot 35 seconds in. Briggs walked right through whatever little resistance Zarate had and finished him with a punishing left hook to the body at 2:22. It was the 36th first round knockout of Briggs’ career.
Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) annihilated previously unbeaten Arnold Gjergjaj (29-1, 21 KOs) in two rounds. Haye dropped Gjergjaj in the first 35 seconds. Gjergjaj offered little in the way of offense for the rest of the round and Haye put him down again with a punch at the bell, which wasn’t counted as a knockdown. Haye then dropped Gjergjaj in round two with a jab and then put him down for a fourth time with a barrage of unanswered punches, prompting referee Terry O’Connor to wave it off. Time was 1:35. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a cruiserweight unification clash, WBA world champion Denis Lebedev (29-1, 22 KOs) scored a spectacular second round TKO over IBF champion Victor Emilio Ramirez (22-3-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Khodynka Ice Palace in Moscow, Russia. Lebedev dropped Ramirez in round two, then teed off on him until referee Steve Smoger stopped it. Time was 1:57.
Cruiserweight KO Arist Dmitry Kudryashov (19-1, 19 KOs) rebounded from his first career loss with a fourth round TKO over Julio Cesar dos Santos (30-6, 27 KOs). Kudryashov dropped dos Santos in rounds two and four. Dos Santos’ corner pulled their man out after the second knockdown. Time was 1:48.
In a clash between unbeaten, big punching light heavyweights, Dmitry Bivol (7-0, 6 KOs) systematically broke down WBA interim world champion Felix Valera (13-1, 12 KOs) en route to a one-sided unanimous decision. Bivol dropped Valera in round six, then hammered him. Bivol battered Valera to the deck again in round eight. Despite a bad cut and heavy punishment, Valera stayed in there to the end. Scores were 119-107, 119-107, 116-111. (more…)
By Ricardo Ibarra
Mike Wilson 191 vs. Mike Bissett 194.5
Marcelo Gallardo 132 vs. Juan Jaramillo 130
Rafael Valencia 161.5 vs. Cameron Sevilla-Rivera 166
Ricardo Maldonado 139 vs. Will Hughes 142
Blake McKerrin 194 vs. Justin Milani 193
Patrick Ferguson 203.5 vs. Dyron “DJ” Dorsey 203
Promoter: White Delight Promotions
Venue: Jackson County Expo, Central Point, Oregon
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, IBF #4 Joseph Parker (19-0, 16 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over IBF #3 Carlos Takam (33-3-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau City, New Zealand. In round one, Parker mostly jabbed, while Takam connected with a few power shots, which Parker took well. The action heated up in round two as both fighters looked to land something big. Parker controlled the next few rounds, but Takam battered Parker in round five. Parker did some good work in round six, but Takam closed the round stronger. Takam not working for three minutes, round seven for Parker. Takam brought the pressure in round eight. Parker launched a barrage of punches looking to get the stop, but Takam took it and fired back. Slow round nine, then Takam came on late to win it. Takam took round ten off and round eleven was slow paced also. Takam tried to rally in round twelve, but Parker was up to the task. Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 115-113. In by far his biggest test, Parker showed he belongs in the heavyweight championship mix.
WBA #14 super bantamweight Danny Roman (19-2-1, 7 KOs) retained his NABA belt with a fifth round KO against Christian Esquivel (28-10, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. “I mentioned in my pre-fight interviews that I was going to teach Esquivel a lesson for not making weight,” said Roman, referring to Esquivel coming in six ounces over the 122-pound limit. “I think he got the message early and often.”
In the co-feature, 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Taras Shelestyuk (14-0, 9 KOs) was victorious when Erick Martinez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) didn’t come out for round four.
Light flyweight Raul “Rayito” Garcia (38-3-1, 23 KOs) is looking to end the reign of terror by “Mexican Destroyer” Donnie Nietes (37-1-4, 21 KOs) on May 28 in Bacolod City, Philippines. In his career, WBO light flyweight world champion Nietes is 14-0-1 against Mexican boxers (with the draw avenged by KO). He counts among his victims Francisco ‘Chihuas’ Rodriguez, Moises ‘Moi’ Fuentes, Sammy Gutierrez, Gilberto Parra, Mario Rodriguez, Manuel Vargas, Carlos Velarde, Jesus Silvestre, Juan Alejo and Ramon Garcia Hirales (Raul’s brother). According to his promoter Zanfer, “Rayito,” a former world champion himself, is sure he’ll surprise Nietes and end the Aztec losing streak.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former IBF/WBA middleweight champion Daniel Geale updates Fightnews.com® on how negotiations for possible catch weight bout with former IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green and a rubber match fight with former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine have transpired. Geale also talks about his amateur and professional career and his June 24 IBO super middleweight challenge against Renold Quinlan.
By Kurt Freitag
In the eight round main event, unbeaten super bantamweight Francisco C. De Vaca (15-0, 5 KOs) scored an eighth round technical knockout over Gustavo Molina (22-12, 9 KOs) in a clash for the NABF “Junior” title on Friday night at the Celebrity Theater in Phoenix, Arizona. In round four De Vaca unleashed flurries of punches on the intrepid Molina who weathered the storm. The two fighters continued to trade punches until round eight. In the last round, De Vaca finally wore down Molina scoring a knockdown. Molina recovered from the knockdown but was greeted by even more combos from De Vaca, causing the referee to stop the fight. The time was 2:49.
In the co-main event, unbeaten super welterweight “El Chapulin” Daniel Valdivia (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a first round technical knockout over Miguel Munguia (31-34-1, 25 KOs). Valdivia dominated the fight against the outclassed Munguia. Valdivia knocked down Munguia twice in the first round with a series of devastating combos, the second time the referee stopped the bout. Time was 2:06. (more…)
Unbeaten super lightweight Emmanuel Robles (15-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Gerardo “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (17-16-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the outdoor Casino Del Sol AVA Amphitheater in Tucson, Arizona. Robles dropped Cuevas in round three and got a stoppage from referee Tony Zaino after a barrage of punches in round four. Time was :25. Cuevas is the son of former WBA welterweight world champion Pipino Cuevas.
Robles-Cuevas was elevated to main event status after the originally scheduled main event between super bantamweights Hanzel Martinez and Prosper Ankrah was cancelled when Martinez was injured in a traffic accident on Wednesday. (more…)
By David Robinett and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In the main event from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez outhustled John Karl Sosa to capture the vacant IBF North American welterweight title by ten round unanimous decision 96-94, 96-94, and a much too wide 98-92. Gomez, (19-1, 11 KOs), a Golden Boy Promotions prospect returning to the ring after a 13-month layoff, started slow as Sosa, (13-2, 6 KOs), relied on a consistent left jab, right hand attack to control the first two rounds. Gomez started to work the body more as the fight progressed, and really shined in rounds four through six, with those body shots starting combinations that worked both Sosa’s body and head. Over the final rounds both fighters were visibly tired as the action slowed, with Gomez’s combinations reduced to showy arm punching but Sosa too tired to accurately land his straight left hand, right hand combinations with any consequence.
Returning from nearly a two-year layoff, Art Hovhannisyan, (17-2-3, 9 KOs), fought well enough to win but had to settle for a split decision draw against Fidel Maldonado, (21-3-1, 18 KOs), in a ten round lightweight bout that served as the evening’s co-main event. The judges scored the bout 96-92 for Hovhannisyan, 95-93 for Maldonado, and 94-94. From the opening bell Hovhannisyan couldn’t miss with his straight right hand, and although Maldonado’s busier workrate kept the fight even early, once Maldonado slowed down Hovhannisyan seemed to clearly pull away, punctuating every round with those straight right hands that Maldonado was unable to defend against. Maldonado was able to drop Hovhannisyan in round eight with a left hand but lost the point advantage with a deduction for a low blow in round nine. Hovhannisyan really seemed in control over the final round but apparently not enough to persuade two of the judges, settling for the unsatisfying draw. (more…)
Middleweights Arif “The Predator” Magomedov (17-0, 10 KOs) and Andrew “Hurricane” Hernandez (11-4-1, 3 KOs) both weighed in at 160 pounds for Saturday’s clash for the vacant WBC United States (USNBC) title at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center (DLVEC). The ten-rounder will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
John Vera 154 vs. Joey Ruelas 153
Devin Haney 133 vs. Jairo Vargas 130.5
Tony Lopez 122 vs. Jerren Cochran 122
Jeremy Nichols 147 vs. Julio Santos 147
The WBA has three cruiserweight world championship fights on tap for this weekend, but there is some method to the madness. This kicks off the first round of a tournament designed to crown one WBA cruiserweight champion. A similar tournament is taking place in the heavyweight division.
Tonight unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) scored a sensational tenth round TKO over Youri Kalenga (23-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBA “interim” world cruiserweight title. On Saturday in Moscow, WBA “super” champion Denis Lebedev faces IBF champ Victor Emilio Ramirez a unification clash, while in Las Vegas it’s Belbut Shumenov against Junior Wright for the WBA “regular” cruiserweight title.
The Lebedev-Ramirez winner must face the Shumenov-Wright winner within 120 days, then move on to a clash with Dorticos for undisputed recognition.
Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime
All eight fighters made weight for their world title clashes on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Erislandy Lara 153.5 vs. Vanes Martirosyan 153.75
(WBA super welterweight title)
Jermall Charlo 153 vs. Austin Trout 154
(IBF jr middleweight title)
Jermell Charlo 153.25 vs. John Jackson 153.5
(WBC super welterweight title)
Beibut Shumenov 199 vs. Junior Wright 199.5
(WBA cruiserweight title)
BJ Flores 224.5 vs. Roberto Santos 217.2
Lanell Bellows 169 vs. Scott Sigmon 169.4
Tra-Kwon Pettis 136 vs. Carlos Rodriguez 137.8
Venue: The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas
Promoter: Mayweather Promotions
By Karl Freitag
In a spectacular fight, unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (21-0, 20 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Youri Kayembre Kalenga (23-2, 15 KOs) to claim the WBA interim world title on Friday night at the Palais des Sports in Paris, France. Dorticos dropped Kalenga hard with a huge uppercut in round two, but Kalenga fought back gamely despite taking more big shots. After that, both fighters traded big punches for several rounds. Kalenga started to come on and seemed to be taking over. Dorticos was deducted a point for hitting after the bell in round eight. The end came abruptly in round ten when Dorticos rocked Kalenga and got a referee’s stoppage after dealing out more punishment. Great heart shown by both fighters. Fights like this are why we love boxing.
In the co-feature, unbeaten cruiserweight Arsen Goulamirian (17-0, 10 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over Andrey Knyazev (13-3, 7 KOs) in a clash for the WBA Continental title.
Photos: Rubén Cortéz / Top Rank
Ray Beltran 137 vs. Ivan Najera 138
Alex Saucedo 142.2 vs. Claudinei Lacerdo 142.6
Even Torres 155 vs. Daniel Baiz 152
Jorge Castaneda 131 vs. Jeremy Longoria 129.6
Arturo Marquez 146.4 vs. Jesus Rodriguez 148.4
Joshua Juarez 178.4 vs. Derrick Beroit 177.4
Venue: Laredo Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
By Bob Caico at ringside
Pretty Girl Promotions presented a six-fight boxing show on Thursday night at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, NY. In the main event, middleweight Arturo “El Toro” Crespin (13-6-1, 4 KOs) of Las Vegas, NM, hammered out an eight round majority decision over Renan “Grim Reaper” Ruiz (7-2-1, 3 KOs) of Brooklyn. Any thoughts of this fight becoming a tactical battle ended right after the opening bell. Fast, furious and mean intention punches were thrown from all angles that led to some exciting exchanges. The pace slowed slightly in the following rounds but the bombs kept on coming. Both boxers had redness around their eyes as left and right hooks were the norm of the contest. Crespin’s punches seemed to have the better effect than his opponent’s hooks and overhand power shots. After eight exciting rounds the judges awarded Crespin’s aggressiveness with a majority decision by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. (more…)
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