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Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Terence Crawford/Ray Beltran media day

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO Lightweight champion Terence Crawford "the Pride of Omaha" and #1 contender and mandatory challenger Ray Beltran ...

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Just a Sek – Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Just a Sek - Krasniqi faces Polish challenge ahead of potential showdown with Brähmer

Report/Photos by Tony Mayger Back in April 2012, Robin Krasniqi (42-3-0) traveled to London to do battle with Nathan Cleverly, the WBO light-heavyweight ...

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Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

Promoter says Oquendo tested positive after WBA heavyweight title fight against Chagaev

According to Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) and the World Boxing Association (WBA), ring veteran Fres Oquendo tested positive for the prohibited substances ...

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GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

GGG-mania takes over Kazakhstan

Photos: Team Golovkin Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin received a hero's welcome in his native Kazakhstan over the weekend. On Friday Golovkin ...

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Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Pacquiao floors Algieri six times, wins unanimous decision

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (57-5-2, 38 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over previously unbeaten ...

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Boxing News

Hernandez must face Afolabi next

Ola “Kryptonite” Afolabi has been named the mandatory challenger by the International Boxing Federation (‘IBF’) to cruiserweight world champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez. According to the IBF, the world title bout must take place by December 31, 2014. Hernandez, 29-1-0 (14KO’s), won a split decision over Firat Arslan this past Saturday, August 16 in Erfurt, Germany in the fourth defense of his title.



August 18th, 2014



Boxing News

Solis vs. Thompson II announced for October

2004 Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis will get a “last chance” to work his way back to the top of the world rankings. The Cuban defector who suffered a bad knee injury in the first round of his WBC heavyweight championship bout against Vitali Klitschko in March 2011 lost to US ring veteran Tony “The Tiger” Thompson in his last bout in March 2014. Many fans and experts thought that former amateur standout Solis was done after the majority decision loss. But now the 34-year-old wants revenge and will try to get back at Thompson in an October rematch.

“The contracts are signed, we’re ready to go”, says promoter Ahmet Oner. “Now Solis has to show what he’s made of. I am sure that he can beat Thompson. But their first bout showed that he needs the right attitude and a lot of stamina to do so. This is the last chance for both men. It’s do or die. After beating Solis, Thompson lost to Carlos Takam. Still both men are rated in the WBC top 15. So the winner can move up the rating and get in line for another world title shot – the loser should probably just retire.” (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Trout returns to the ring Friday

Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (26-2, 14 KOs) sees action in the main televised boxing match of the week. Trout returns against two-time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (40-3-1 (26 KOs) in the main event on ESPN Friday Night Fights from the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. After his career highlight win over Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in December 2012, Trout dropped decisions to Canelo Alvarez and Erislandy Lara in 2013. “Between the rest, dealing with everything from last year, I’m ready to get back to work,” said Trout. “I’m ready to get back to the top.” Trout is trained by Louie Burke and advised by Al Haymon.

The Goossen Promotions fight card will be the final FNF telecast of 2014, other than a special Wednesday night telecast on October 1.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Campillo seeking another fight after near-miss clash with Stevenson

Former world light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (24-6-1, 11 KOs) is now looking for another fight after a proposed September 27 world title challenge against WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson failed to come to fruition. Campillo and Umberto Savigne were the names under discussion until the planned Showtime-telecast was scuttled. The IBF #2, WBC #9 rated Campillo is coming off a career-rejuvenating victory over formerly undefeated Thomas Williams Jr., on August 1.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Surprise: Roc Nation Sports wins WBO purse bid for Quillin-Korobov clash

With a bid of $1.9 million, Roc Nation Sports served notice that they are serious about the fight game, surprisingly winning the right to promote the mandatory defense of WBO middleweight champion Peter Quillin against Matt Korobov. The bid of Roc Nation, represented by Dave Itskowitch, was $1,904,840, outdistancing the bids of Quillin’s promoter Golden Boy ($1,207,000) and Korobov’s promoter Top Rank ($515,000). The fight must take place with 90 days.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Jay Z/Roc Nation Sports to enter boxing

Roc Nation Sports, the sports management company founded by rapper Jay Z that represents a number of athletes in baseball, football and basketball, has hired former DiBella Entertainment and Golden Boy executive David Itskowitch and plans to get into the boxing promotion business. The company reportedly already has a promoter’s license in New York and Washington DC.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Team Walters preparing for future challenges

Photo: Kate De la Cruz

Photo: Kate De la Cruz


By Robert Coster

The Featherweight division is admittedly one of the most talent-filled and exciting in boxing today. One of its newest talents is WBA (regular) champion Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters. Walters (24-0, 20 KOs), born in Jamaica and based in Panama, is a young man who is starting to make a name for himself since his impressive five round destruction of multi-division champion Vic Darchinyan.

“The Axeman” is currently training in Los Angeles under the guidance of trainer Rudy Hernandez, a move which signals Team Walters’ intention of getting their champion in the best of shape for a scheduled title defense in late October. Onlookers at Walter’s sparring sessions have been impressed by the young Jamaican champion’s strength and power. Fightnews approached Team Walters with pointed questions to manager Jacques Deschamps (flanked by co-manager Maryse Abraham), trainer Hernandez and the champion himself. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Danny Garcia wins third straight Briscoe Award as Philly Fighter of the Year

Junior welterweight world champion Danny Garcia has been named the “2013 Philly Fighter of the Year” by PhillyBoxingHistory.com. It is the third consecutive year Garcia has taken the honor. In 2013, Garcia defended his world title twice, including a career-best performance against Lucas Matthysse last September. That upset victory will also earn Garcia a second trophy, the Briscoe Medal, for the “2013 Performance of the Year” at this year’s event.

Garcia and all the other winners will receive their awards on October 19, 2014, at a free event in South Philadelphia. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

British Eurosport to show Klitschko title fight

British Eurosport will show live and exclusive coverage of reigning WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO champion Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title defense against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev on September 6th. The bout will take place at the o2 World Hamburg, Germany. This is the second consecutive Klitschko world title fight to be shown on British Eurosport, the channel having shown the Ukrainian’s previous title defense against Australian Alex Leapai in April. IMG Media, a division of IMG, the global, sports, fashion and media company, negotiated the deal on behalf of the Klitschko Management Group. Still no coverage of the Klitschko-Pulev fight has been announced for the USA.



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Mighty Mo Returns

By Jeff Zimmerman

Light Welterweight “Mighty Mo” Maurice Hooker (14-0-2, 10KO) out of Maple Ave Boxing Gym in Dallas will face Carlos Valenzuela (6-0, 3KO) from Sonora, Mexico in a 6 round affair as the headliner for the Scott G Sherman Boxing at the Ballroom on Friday, August 22nd at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas. This annual event is promoted by Paulie Ayala Productions, led by 2x World Champion Paulie Ayala, and is aptly named after Ayala’s late manager Scott Sherman. The proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

For Mike Jones it’s finally time to fight

Story and file photo by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com

If anyone asked me a year, or even six months ago, if I ever expected to see Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones back in the ring again, I would probably have said ‘no’. It’s been more than two years since his last fight, and that fight had the look of a career-killer. Randall Bailey knocked Jones cold with a right uppercut and obliterated his championship dreams in an instant. It was a devastating loss, and he hasn’t fought since. As the months, and years passed by, it seemed more and more certain that Mike Jones was gone for good.

However this weekend, Jones, 26-1, 19 KOs, will finally reappear at Bally’s Atlantic City, in a 10-round welterweight fight against Jaime Herrera, 11-2, 6 KOs, promoted by Peltz Boxing. I can’t wait to see this comeback. After that loss and the long layoff that followed, questions about Jones abound. Can he come back? What does he have left? Where is his head? And especially, two years after the Bailey fight, who is Mike Jones?

Since we saw him last, he’s done his best to change everything. So it remains to be seen what – and who – he’ll be on Saturday night. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Joan Guzman inks management deal, will now campaign as a welterweight

Former multi divisional world champion Joan Guzman (32-1-1, 20 KOs) has signed a multi year exclusive management deal with Ramon Arellano. Arellano has previously worked with the likes of former world champions Oliver McCall, Tony Tucker, and the late Greg Page. Born and raised in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico he has been in Nashville, Tennessee for over a decade where he is a successful businessman and owns the San Jose Fiesta Mexican Restaurant. Arellano a former pro boxer himself knows first hand how important it is to have a plan for life after boxing. Something he plans to help Guzman achieve. Guzman and Arellano have known each other for years and both are thrilled that they will finally be working together.

“I have all the confidence in the world Joan Guzman,” said Arellano. “I’m not interested in any negative talk about his past. For me the past is the past. Our partnership is starting off fresh. He is committed to boxing right now and ready to become world champion at 147. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Browne: I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out

Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne has further staked his claim for a fight with KO artist Deontay Wilder after watching the Bronze Bomber’s fight against common foe Jason Gavern on Saturday night. “I think the Gavern fight showed that Wilder may not be all people say he is,” stated Browne, 21-0 (18 KOs). “Gavern wasn’t in great shape and it took Wilder four rounds to get rid of him. When I boxed Gavern he was younger and fitter and I still took him out earlier and in better fashion. I know comparing results doesn’t tell the full story, but I honestly believe I hit harder than Wilder and I could knock him out. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

UFC

Dana weighs in on Jones-Cormier-Gus

The moment Alexander Gustafsson heard the news that Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier was off after Jones suffered a leg injury, the former light heavyweight No. 1 contender took immediately to social media to express his interest in fighting Jones . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Peyton Sher passes at 90

One of boxing’s midwest giants Peyton Sher, who guided careers of Tim Austin, Frankie Randall, Ivy Brown, Tony Chiviarini, started heavyweights James Buster Douglass and Tommy Morrison among others, passed away on Saturday in the evening, losing a battle with pneumonia. He was 90+ and was a “legend” in the mid-west. “He guided early careers of many great ones and we brought him in as an outside consultant with Don King Productions back in the 70’s and he remained there until recently,” said Bob Goodman, who worked around him for over 50 years. “He was a great friend and someone we could trust to get the job done. Peyton was one of the best boxing men I ever knew.

“He was a pioneer not only for boxing but football in the Kansas City area. When the Dallas team moved to Kansas City, they had to make a deal with Peyton, who had a semi-pro team called the Kansas City Chiefs. He knew how to make matches and knew how to bring a fighter along, mixing up the styles continually upgrading the competition. A lot of young kids who went on to become world champions, owe that early guidance to Peyton. I’m going to miss a dear friend and boxing will miss one of its “treasures.”



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Nieves Class of Toledo Club Show

By Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos by Michael Dubicki

Clevelander Antonio Nieves, 8-0, showed the look and class of being the area’s first sub-featherweight (he’s a 122-pounder) in a couple of decades; he pounded out a solid, if not sensational, 6-round win over Grandville, Michigan’s Justin Lopez, who sustained his first loss, 5-1.

Nieves trains in a gym overseen by attorney Joe Delguyd. Delguyd, who was in Nieves’ corner, has the reputation of having respect of longtime matchmaker-promoter Tom Vacca, who told me a decade and more ago, when I was looking for a Delguyd-fighter to box in Detroit (that fighter didn’t show), “Joe won’t let his guy fight if he isn’t in shape.” (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Results from Denver

By Chris Morris and Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran at ringside
Photos by Michael V. Ornelas

Rick Lopez, Devin Lopez and Alex Medina are the lead men at New Generation Fight Promotions and they put on a nice club show on Saturday night at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Denver, Colorado. The card showcased some great talent from around the country, albeit against soft opposition. In the main event Ricky Lopez stopped Antoine Knight in the second round while the co-main event saw Damien ‘Sugar’ Vazquez taken the distance against Puerto Rico’s Alexis Diaz. (more…)



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Kell Brook eyes a showdown with Amir Khan after beating Shawn Porter this weekend. (More) Khan says he’s “up to the challenge.” More

Former boxing manager Frank Maloney makes his first boxing appearance – in a “sophisticated blue dress and a blonde wig.” More

Flint, Michigan’s Anthony Dirrell comes home a world champion. More

Former boxer Jeremy Bates becomes a TV monster hunter. More



August 18th, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Buzz

Former world champion Abner Mares tweeted last Friday that he’s happy and excited to announce that he’s officially part of Team Al Haymon.

WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson will no longer be fighting on September 27th in Montreal after Showtime dropped the date. The Stevenson camp was unable to find a big name opponent acceptable to Showtime. “Superman” may be rescheduled in October or November.

Due to the inactivity of WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, the WBO has sanctioned an interim jr lightweight clash between Orlando Salido and Terdsak Kokietgym to be held October 4 in Cuidad Obregon, Mexico.

Oklahoma boxer Carson Jones announced on his Facebook page that he’s officially retiring from boxing. Still just 28, Jones (35-10-3, 25 KOs) had some good wins and nearly upset newly crowned IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook in 2012, losing a controversial majority decision.



August 17th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Bangor Post-fight

Six fighters joined the UFC president Dana White at the UFC Fight Night Bangor post-fight press conference: Sara McMann, Tim Boetsch, Alan Jouban, Ross Pearson, and headliners Ovince Saint Preux and Ryan Bader . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Amir Khan, Kell Brook talk Grudge-Match, potential British Mega-Fight

By James Slater

While the debate about who deserved the decision last night in Carson – new IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook or former champ Shawn Porter – goes on amongst fans, Brook and fellow British star Amir Khan are already looking ahead to facing each other in what would certainly be a huge fight for the U.K. Last night, a studio guest for Sky Sports, Khan had Porter winning “by a point or two,” while Brook’s friend and fellow Sheffield native Ryan Rhodes said he agreed with the 114-114 card tuned in by British judge Dave Parris. Still, none of that matters, and the new IBF king can now look ahead to that huge clash with Khan; a man he has wanted to fight for the longest time.

The two had words for one another whilst live on air.

“Listen, the British public want to see it,” the 33-0(22) Brook said to Sky Sports. “He will probably start saying something else now, that I need to win another world title. But believe me, Queen Khan is getting it. He’s been putting things on Twitter, bless him, and he’s been putting in ‘best of luck,’ but I know he doesn’t like me. The fact is, he’s going to get it. I know he’s in the studio watching: listen, you’re getting it, boy. You’re getting it next!”

Khan, smiling and showing more respect than the understandably jubilant Brook, said he would “take the fight with both hands.” (more…)



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Roach: Pacquiao wont wait on Mayweather

Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach says Manny Pacquiao “won’t wait for Mayweather,” Frankie Gomez “will knock Khan out,” and Gennady Golovkin is “well protected.”



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Kell Brook: I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Photo: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME

Post-fight quotes from Saturday night’s Showtime-televised card from the StubHub Center in Carson, California:

Kell Brook: “I’m ready for a mega, mega fight next. I’ll take on Keith Thurman or Floyd Mayweather. Amir Khan should get in queue now. I’m the world champion now so they’re all going to want to fight me.”

Shawn Porter: “I think I’m still the champion. I’m 24-1 and Team Porter will be back to the drawing board. There are no excuses. I do want the rematch.”

Anthony Dirrell: Bika is rough, he’s a helluva fighter. But I’m glad to finally have him in my rearview mirror. I’m not gonna complain about the close scores. I got a unanimous decision and I couldn’t be happier. The difference between this fight and our first one is that I wasn’t on the ropes this time. I came out and boxed. But I know I got his attention at the start.”

Sakio Bika: “I fought very hard. He was a better fighter tonight. I’m going to go back to the gym and come back stronger. This happens.”

Omar Figueroa: “I’m not 100 percent positive I am going to stay at 135 pounds. I’m sure my body would be more comfortable fighting at 140. But if the money is right, I would defend again at 135.”

Daniel Estrada: “Initially I felt good but he hurt me and I couldn’t recuperate. I had the mentality to win, but I was up against a great champion.”

Deontay Wilder: “I wanted to go some rounds. A lot of people are still asking so many questions to me; I tried to answer some of them today. Of course, I could have landed my right hand more in the first couple rounds. He was leaving me openings, but I didn’t want to show off everything. I wanted to save that for next time. I’m ready for that world title fight. I want the WBC champ Bermane Stiverne next, hopefully in late November.”

Jorge Linares: I definitely want to fight for the world title next. That’s why I was here and took this fight. I’m just waiting for my opportunity. That was a good straight right hand I landed on him. Once I connected I knew it was over.”



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Camacho Jr. crushes Munguia

Former #1 rated contender Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. (58-6, 32 KOs) scored a second round KO over Miguel “Flaco” Munguia (29-32-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Carole Heafner Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. Tomorrow Camacho will head back to Puerto Rico to prepare for a September 20 clash against Ryan Davis in Washington, DC. Saturday’s card was promoted by JKN Boxing.



August 17th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Bangor Main: Bader Turns Back OSP

It wasn’t a fight that will end up on any year-end “Best of” lists, but Ryan Bader’s five-round unanimous decision win over Ovince Saint Preux in the main event of the UFC’s first visit to the state of Maine Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Center might just be the one that pushes Bader over the hump in a career in which he’s previously fallen short in the big fights . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Rosado KOs Vera in BKB clash

In a clash of popular brawlers, Gabriel Rosado scored a sixth round KO over Bryan Vera to claim the BKB middleweight belt on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. Both fighters were down in round three, Rosado dropped Vera face first with a right hand in the sixth. Vera got up and reeled around the pit. Referee Kenny Bayless waved it off at 1:59.

Chicago veteran “King” David Estrada pounded out a seven round unanimous decision against Eddie Caminero in a bout for the BKB super welterweight title. Estrada dropped Caminero in round six and twice in round seven. Scores were 69-61, 69-61, 58-52.

Despite a bad cut, Javier “Pelos” Garcia scored a fifth round TKO over Darnell Jiles to claim the BKB welterweight belt. Jiles down in round five. Garcia is the nephew of former world champion and elite trainer Robert Garcia.

Anthony Johnson won a seven round split decision over Dimar Ortuz for the BKB cruiserweight belt. Johnson dropped Ortuz twice and was deducted a point for hitting Ortuz when he was on the canvas.

Other Results:
Khurshid Abdullaev W5 Ricardo Pinell (super welterweight)
Gabe DuLuc W5 Kendo Castaneda (super lightweight)
Herbert Acevedo KO3 Raul Tovar Jr. (super lightweight)
Lekan Byfield W5 Don Mouten (middleweight)
Julian Pollard TKO3 Boban Simic (heavyweight)

Carson Jones, who weighed in Friday, abruptly announced his retirement and didn’t fight against scheduled opponent Said El Harrak.



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Brook wins IBF welterweight title, takes majority decision over Porter

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions

In a hard fought IBF welterweight championship bout, Kell “The Special One” Brook (33-0-0, 22 KO) dethroned “Showtime” Shawn Porter (24-1-1, 15 KO) by way of majority decision. Porter was the busier fighter but Brooks was the superior technician, seemed to land the cleaner blows and displayed the better ring generalship. Porter started the fight strongly but was cut in the sixth round and faded down the stretch. The Sheffield, England, native, Brook, not only had to overcome the home field advantage of Porter but also had to suffer through three cancellations of world title shots against previous champion Devon Alexander before finally getting the opportunity to fight for the title. A large contingent of British fans out to support Brook and the undercard British fighters on the card added a vigor to the crowd. There were no knockdowns in the bout. Judges saw the fight 114-114 even and 117-111, 116-112 in favor if the new champion, Brook.



August 17th, 2014

Boxing News

Verdejo shuts out Bravo; Lopez wins war

Photos: Hector Santos / Cotto Promotions

Unbeaten Puerto Rican lightweight star Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (14-0, 10 KOs) boxed beautifully in compiling a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Oscar “La Maquina” Bravo (21-6, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hector Sola Bezares Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.

In the co-feature, unbeaten super bantamweight prospect Jose “Wonder Boy” Lopez (14-0, 10 KOs) successfully defended his regional FECARBOX title in a knockdown-filled war against Roberto “Azabache” Castaneda (21-7-1, 15 KOs). The bout opened fast and furious. Lopez dropped Castaneda in round one, but Casteneda roared back to floor “Wonder Boy” four times. Lopez barely survived the round. “Wonder Boy” came back to put Casteneda on the deck in rounds two and three, but he was also deducted a point for hitting behind the head in round three. After that it was a battle of attrition with “Wonder Boy” taking a razor-thin majority decision.

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August 16th, 2014

Boxing News

Dirrell dethrones Bika; Figueroa retains WBC lightweight title

By Rocky Morales at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos / Golden Boy Promotions

Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell (27-0-1, 22KO), by way of unanimous decision, won the WBC super middleweight belt in a rematch against Saiko “The Scorpion” Bika (32-6-3, 21KO) on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. It was an ugly foul filled fight but Dirrell clearly landed the harder punches and exhibited better ring generalship over Bika whose punches were wider and without the same power as Dirrell’s straighter and harder punches. Bika was deducted a point in the eighth round for a low blow by the referee, Jack Reiss. Bika tried to up the pressure in the championship rounds but was unable to land anything significant against Dirrell who seemed to know he had the fight in the bag. The judges scored the bout 117-110, 116-111 and 115-114, unanimously, for Dirrell.

Omar Figueroa (24-0, 18KO) successfully retained his WBC lightweight belt in impressive fashion with a ninth round technical knockout over a very tough Daniel Estrada (32-3-1, 24KO). There was a lot of back in forth action throughout the fight with Figueroa suffering a nasty cut over his left caused by an accidental head butt. Just as Estrada seemed to be gaining momentum, however, Figueroa landed a perfectly timed right cross counter that dropped Estrada hard early in the ninth round. Estrada rose on unsteady legs and Figueroa jumped all over him, unleashing a relentless barrage of punches that forced referee, Raul Caiz Sr., to stop the bout. By way of TKO at 1:00 of the ninth round, Figueroa successfully defends his WBC lightweight championship. photos



August 16th, 2014

UFC

Fight Night Bangor Prelims: Formiga, McMann Pick Up Key Wins

With Ian McCall and John Lineker both scoring big wins in recent bouts, Saturday’s UFC Fight Night prelim bout between top ten flyweight contenders Jussier Formiga and Zach Makovsky was a pivotal one. When it was over, the number six-ranked Formiga pulled out the unanimous decision win at the Cross Insurance Center, putting his name in the title picture at 125 pounds . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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August 16th, 2014




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