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By Felipe Leon
Photos: Leonso Nuñez
The busiest and biggest promoter in Latin America, Fernando Beltran’s Zanfer Promotions, held their last fight card of the year at Tijuana’s Tecate Box Tour tent located in the parking lot of the historic Caliente Casino and Racetrack in the heart of the city. Since erecting the tent earlier this year, Zanfer has used it as the main center of activity with fight cards of all different sizes, from local fights to major events such as the return of former lightweight champion Antonio De Marco. This time, Mexicali, Mexico’s Jose “Chon” Zepeda (17-0, 15KOs) was passed the baton of the main event and he took full advantage as he took care of late sub Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (7-2) in the third round of a scheduled ten.
The twenty-four year old Zepeda is on an impressive run lately, defeating a number of B level opponents impressively. Just in 2013 alone, Zepeda has tallied up wins over the likes of proven workhorses Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez and Luis “Vampiro” Arceo while the feather fisted Lopez, with no knockouts in seven wins, was 3-1 for the year prior to this fight. (more…)
2013 has given thriving British promoter, Dave Coldwell, a lot to smile about. The head of the Coldwell Boxing family heads into the New Year on the back of a successful twelve months that have seen a number of his stable make rapid developments with a chosen few occupying positions in the prestigious title class. A heap of prospects also continued their ring education under Coldwell’s guidance and he’s looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing wrapped up its 2013 boxing season on Saturday night at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California. In the main event, Santa Clarita jr middleweight Said El Harrak (12-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over veteran Bernardo Guereca (17-21-1, 4 KOs) of El Paso, Texas.
El Harrak pressured with the jab early on as Guereca smothered him coming out aggressive in round one. The second round saw El Harrak pick up the pace backing Guereca, later in the round the referee warned El Harrak for a low blow, Guereca responded with a huge left hook to end the round. However Guereca looked tired and did not come out for round three as Said El Harrak got the stoppage. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #12 super bantamweight Mike “Tyson” Tawatchai (32-7-1, 21 KOs) stopped Japan’s Yoichi Oguma (15-6, 3 KOs) in round two of scheduled twelve round main event at the Royal Thai Police Club, Bangkok Thailand on Friday. The 5’5 Tawatchai found the range in round two and dropped the 6-foot southpaw with a body shot and the referee Manfred Kuhler crowned the IBF regional champion from Thailand at 1:20. “Tawatchai has the power to win the IBF world 122 pound title,” said manager Jimmy Chaichotchuang. “We will go to Spain and KO the IBF champion Kiko Martinez. We only want the opportunity for Tawatchai.” (more…)
Former champ Ricky Hatton is spending the holiday season bringing Christmas cheer to the less fortunate in Manchester. More
Why Stuart Hall’s title win this weekend means more than winning a world title: More
Floyd Mayweather Sr. is talking to the press about wanting to train Adrien Broner. More
South Africans Jeffrey Mathebula and Vusi Malinga’s last chance at greatness has passed. More
When Dustin Poirier steps into the Octagon to face a surging Diego Brandao at UFC 168 on December 28th, he’s not looking at a fighter coming into the fight riding a three fight win streak. He’s not even looking at him as a fighter . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Super bantamweight Rey Vargas (17-1, 15 KOs) retained his WBC Youth super bantamweight belt with a ten round unanimous decision over Ernie Sanchez (15-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal de Chihuahua in Chihuahua, Mexico. Scores were 99-91, 100-90, 100-90.
2008 Olympian super bantamweight Arturo “Rey” Santos (16-3, 5 KOs) outpointed Jesus Acosta (14-2-2, 10 KOs) over ten. Scores were 97-90, 97-92 and 97-92.
WBC #15 middleweight Marco “Dorado” Reyes (30-1, 23 KOs) stopped Isaac Mendez (14-13, 12 KOs) in round three.
Welterweight prospect Jose “Piston” Lopez (21-3-1) broke the jaw of previously unbeaten Carlos “Gavilan” Martinez (10-1, 9 KOs) in a bout that need after six rounds.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
It was a peculiar night of boxing at the Marple Sports Arena in Broomall, PA as Tim Witherspoon, Jr. (10-3-1, 2 KOs) captured the fringe vacant XBC world welterweight title without actually winning a fight or throwing a punch. Witherspoon’s opponent, Josue Rivera (2-3, 2KOs) worked a corner during an exhibition which opened the card. Rivera attempted to get out of the ring and slipped off the top step and fell to the floor, landing awkwardly on his foot, twisting his ankle. He was unable to put pressure on the ankle, but eventually hopped back to the dressing room. The ringside physician took a look and said he could fight if Rivera could stand the pain, but he could not put enough pressure on it. Promoter Damon Feldman stepped into the ring along with Witherspoon and announced the main event was cancelled due to the unusual circumstances which caused the injury and that Rivera was unable to continue. Feldman then awarded Tim Witherspoon, Jr. the vacant XBC world welterweight belt by default. The three bout undercard promoted by Marty Feldman’s “Champions’ of tomorrow” featured a pair of upsets in two other XBC world title contests. (more…)
40-year-old former heavyweight world title challenger Danny Williams (45-19, 34 KOs) ended a nine fight losing streak by stopping Mazur Ali (10-9, 5 KOs), who didn’t come out for round six. The bout was the featured attraction on last Thursday night’s first ever live professional boxing event in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Williams is best known for stopping Mike Tyson in a colossal upset back in 2004.
In a heavyweight grudge match for UAE bragging rights, unbeaten MohammadAli Bayat Farid (4-0, 4 KOs) was victorious when Abdul Kabbani (3-2, 1 KO) wouldn’t come out at the bell for the fifth round. (more…)
WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (41-1-2, 22 KOs) retained his 115lb title for the ninth time against Mexican challenger David Carmona (16-2-4, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Villa La Nata Sporting Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Carmona spent much of the fight backpedaling, so Narvaez was mostly the aggressor and controlled the fight. Narvaez finally dropped Carmona with a body shot in round six. Carmona struggled to beat the count, but finished the round. Carmona’s corner threw in the towel in the seventh after Narvaez continued to punish their fighter.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Undefeated two-time Mexican Olympian, Oscar Valdez (8-0, 8 KOs) scored a quick first round TKO over Cristian Barajas (4-5-1, 2 KOs) in a scheduled six round featherweight clash on Saturday night at the Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, BCN, Mexico. Valdez floored his opponent two times and the bout was stopped at 1:27.
WBO #11 lightweight Jose “Chon” Zepeda (17-0, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over Emanuel “Pollo” Lopez (14-2, 3 KOs). Zepeda dropped Lopez twice in round three with body shots. Time was 2:59.
Jr middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (20-0, 16 KOs) belew away the usually durable Francisco “Paco” Villanueva (13-29-2, 9 KOs) in the first round. photos
By James Slater at ringside
In a terrific action fight, Darlington’s Stuey Hall won the vacant IBF bantamweight title with a very hard earned 12-round unanimous decision over an always dangerous Vusi Malinga. The scores were a surprisingly wide 117-110 (twice) and 116-111. The two warriors gave absolutely everything they had and the result was a late Fight of The year candidate. Hall had a great start, coming out fast and surprising the southpaw from South Africa. In the 3rd, Hall decked his man with a right hand that landed smack on the chin. Malinga, showing real heart, came back in the 4th and landed his share of hurtful punches, to the head especially, from there on in. By the 5th-round Hall’s left eye was noticeably marked up; by the 9th the eye was a total mess.
It looked like either man might pull out a fight-ending shot at any time as the two went toe-to-toe, yet the gruelling battle went down to the bitter end. Hall came on strong in the last couple of rounds but at no time was his victory in the bag. Hall, the oldest British fighter to make a first challenge for a world title, made history and a whole new army of fans tonight. Malinga more than played his part in a mini-classic. Hall is now 16-2-1(7). Malinga, who was making his third challenge for a world title, is now 21-5-1(12) (more…)
European light welterweight champion Michele Di Rocco (36-1-1, 15 KOs) survived a tenth round knockdown to retain his title against Finland’s Ville Piispanen (17-4-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the PalaBadminton in Milan, Italy. Great action fight with both fighters having their moments. Scores were 119-110, 118-110, 118-110.
IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (30-4, 22 KOs) retained his title with an impressive ninth round KO against Jeffrey Mathebula (27-5-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pabellon Esperanza Lag in Elche (Alicante), Spain. Making the first defense of the belt he won from Jhonatan Romero in June, Martinez tenaciously pressured Mathebula from the opening bell, winning round after round. Martinez finally battered Mathebula to a knee in the ninth round and the fight was over.
Roy Jones Jr. wins fringe cruiserweight belt in Moscow; Chudinov wins WBA interim middleweight title
By Karl Freitag
Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (57-8, 40 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Benmakhlouf brought the fight to the Jones, but even with his back on the ropes most the time, Roy’s quick hands and overall skills were too much as he picked the tough Frenchman apart. Scores were 120-108, 119-109 and 118-111.
Jones claimed the WBU V cruiserweight belt with the win. This is his first “world title” at cruiserweight. After the “winner take all” fight, Roy said that this is the fifth weight division in which he has won a world title and he wanted to make history in Russia. He also stated that now he wants UFC star Anderson Silva in the USA, Russia or Brazil, wherever the best offer is, or Toney, Lededev or “the guy in Poland.”
In the main event, unbeaten middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (12-0-2, 8 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Juan Camilo Novoa (22-6-1, 20 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim middleweight title. Chudinov put a beating on Novoa, finally getting a referee’s stoppage. He joins Gennady Golovkin and the upcoming Martin Murray-Jarrod Fletcher winner as the recognized world champion of that organization.
Report, Photos by Joe Koizumi
Hard-punching Japanese girl, Go Shindo (12-2, 8 KOs) will defend her WBC flyweight belt against courageous Mexican challenger Judith Rodriguez (6-6, 4 KOs) tomorrow (Sunday) in Wakayama, Japan. It will be Shindo’s initial defense since she dethroned Hungary’s Renata Szebeledi by a shutout decision (all 100-90) here last May. Shindo is the very first world champ born in Wakayama Prefecture, and people pay great attentions to her defense at the Wakayama Big Wave Arena, where some thousands of spectators will gather to see the local heroine Shindo fight to keep her prestigious belt. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
Hector Vazquez (12-1, 2KO) and Anthony Lenk (14-3, 7KO) went blow for blow for the Texas super welterweight title in the main event of the Standing 8 Promotions at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Each fighter had their moments in the fight with the heavy handed southpaw Lenk landing the bigger blows while Vazquez relied on his speed and combinations in spurts. In the end, Vazquez retained his title squeaking out a majority decision 77-75 twice and 76-76. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Fighnews would like to express our best wishes to young Perth boxing promoter Ty Colman from CDL Boxing Promotions as he gets ready to face the toughest challenge of his life as he fights cancer. “I am blessed to have such supportive friends and family,” Coleman said. “I thank you all for your phone calls and messages over the past couple of days it has given me the strength to walk in tall this morning and head-butt this cancer business right in the face!” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
American-based Tongan heavyweight Bowie Tupou (23-3, 16 KOs) outpointed Junior Maletino Lakopo (1-10-2) over six rounds at Jupiters Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Scores were Steve Marshall 59-55, Tony Kettlewell 58-56, Allan Burford 58-56. Tupou has been based in Los Angeles since 2007 and holds wins over Donnelly Holmes and Manuel Quezada in 2011 but lost to Bryant Jennings and Malik Scott in 2012. Tupou who fought his first nine bouts Down Under, is scheduled to fight next on April 14 at the Melbourne Pavillion. (more…)
Tim Witherspoon Jr. 149 vs. Josue Rivera 148
Allen Burris 150 vs. Anthony Abbruzzese 150
Evencii Dixon 149 vs. Sukharb Shadiev 149 1/2
Mike Moore 197 vs. Brian Donahue 186
Lonnie Jackson 135 vs. Christian Steele 136
Promoter: Marty Feldman
Venue: Marple Sports Arena
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
Tickets at the door $25
Unbeaten jr welterweight Amir “Young Master” Imam (12-0, 11 KOs) needed just 52 seconds to destroy Sergio “Sirenito” Perez (28-16, 19 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABA belt on Friday night at Resorts World Casino NYC in Queens, New York. A body shot put Perez down for the count.
In a lightweight bout, unbeaten Joel Diaz, Jr. (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Tony “Sugar Boy” Walker 5-4-1, 3 KOs). Diaz dropped Walker then moments later laid him out. Time was 2:27. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez has published a photo on his twitter feed of him with WBC President Jose Sulaiman at a medical facility in Los Angeles. This is the first photo that has been published after Sulaiman’s heart surgery in October. Fightnews.com joins the many thousands of wellwishers for the recovery of Jose Sulaiman,
— Julio César Chávez (@Jcchavez115) December 16, 2013
Both WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (40-1-2, 21 KOs) and Mexican challenger David Carmona (16-1-4, 8 KOs) weighed in at an identical 114.8 lbs. for their clash on Saturday night at the Villa La Nata Sporting Club in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Narvaez will be making the ninth defense of the WBO 115lb title, after successfully defending the WBO’s 112lb title fifteen times.
Photo: OPI 2000
Saturday night in Milan, Italy, OPI 2000 (Salvatore Cherchi) and OPI GYM (Alessandro Cherchi) will promote a boxing show. In the main event European super lightweight champion Michele Di Rocco (35-1-1, 15 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Finnish Ville Piispanen (17-3-3, 6 KOs). At today’s weigh-in Di Rocco weighed 139.5 lbs. while Piispanen weight 140.
The undercard features six rounders featuring European welterweight official challenger Gianluca Branco (47-3-1, 23 KOs), super lightweight Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (22-1, 20 KOs), Italian welterweight official challenger Antonio “Big” Moscatiello (15-2-1, 10 KOs) and undefeated welterweight Alessandro Caccia (9-0, 5 KOs).
Italia 2 will televise the main event live in Italy.
Manny Rodriguez vs. David Quijano 115.5
Jesus Soler 111.4 vs. Emmanuel Ramirez 111.4
Prichard Colon 153.8 vs. Jonathan Garcia 156.2
Jonathan Kuilan 120.6 vs. Joseph Santos 120.2
Anthony Mercado 139 vs. Luis Ortiz 142
Carlos Lopez 160.6 vs. Jesus Cruz 160.6
Nicholas Colella 133.8 vs. Hector Velez 129.8
Luis Alvarez 139.2 vs. Emmanuel Class 138.6
Julian Valerio 154.2 vs. William Lorenzo 154.8
Venue: Coliseum Cosme Beitia, Cataño, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Fresh Boxing (promoter Juan Orengo)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Rey Vargas 121.70 vs. Ernie Sanchez 121.70
(WBC Youth super bantamweight world title)
Arturo “Rey” Santos 121.60 vs. Jesus Acosta 121.60
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 153.35 vs. Isaac Mendez 153.75
Jose “Piston” Lopez 146.75 vs. Carlos Martinez 149
Venue: Gimnasio Municipal de Chihuahua
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
José Zepeda 144 vs. Emanuel López 142
Oscar Valdez 129 vs. Cristian Barajas 129
José Uzcategui 160.9 vs. Álvaro Enríquez 160.9
Rafael Guzmán 139.6 vs. Diego Ledesma 140.2
Pedro Durán 129 vs. Santos Rosales 129
Alejandro Santiago 112 vs. Héctor Fuentes 112
Venue: Foro Tecate
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
With WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez looking on, both IBF super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (29-4, 21 KOs) and challenger Jeffrey Mathebula (27-4-2, 14 KOs) made weight for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Pabellon Esperanza Lag in Elche (Alicante), Spain.
Kiko Martinez, making his first title defense, weighed 121.6. Mathebula scaled in at 121.4 lbs.
WBO #7 rated heavyweight Christian Hammer (15-3, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (29-4-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Schnelsen Exhibition Hall in Hamburg, Germany. A betting underdog on his own turf, Hammer was simply more aggressive than than the quicker and more talented Johnson, who unfortunately delivered one of the safety-first performances he has been known for over his career. Scores were not announced. Update: Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 98-94.
Cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (34-6, 20 KOs) won a strange seventh round disqualification over former WBA champion Steve Herelius (21-5-1, 12 KOs). Herelius flipped out after suffering a cut over the right eye and was DQ’ed. Four straight losses for the ex-champ.
Cruiserweight Damir Beljo (14-0, 11 KOs) outpointed very tall Imantas Davidaitis (2-4, 2 KOs) over six.
By Robert Coster
The highly anticipated clash between record-setting WBO #7/WBC #9 rated minimumweight Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs, all in the first round) and Samson Dutchboygym (43-0, 36 KOs) in Sanaa, Yemen, did not take place.
“Unfortunately, I was disappointed because Samson Dutch Boy was a no show,” Raymi informed Fightnews.com. “The promoter who said he is bringing him couldn’t get the security approval, mainly because of a suicide attack that hit the Defense Ministry this month that killed 52 people, including Asians and Europeans working there. The security forces fear attacks on foreigners.
“This pretty much ends my career in Yemen. I refused to fight another last minute Kenyan opponent because he had a record similar to Zhong’s title defense which is below my standards.”
As for what’s next, Raymi said he is going back to training. “Zhong made it clear he has no interest in facing me, so I am having tunnel vision of Rigondeaux’s belts wrapped on my waist.”
FOX Sports 1 and FOX Deportes’ Golden Boy Live! series returns to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. on Friday, Jan. 24 to kick-off 2014 with Antonio “Relentless” Orozco (18-0, 14 KOs) as he puts his undefeated record on the line against fellow power-puncher Miguel Angel “El Anestesista” Huerta (27-11-1, 18 KOs) in a 10-round junior welterweight fight. Also featured will be a 10-round IBF super welterweight final elimination bout between former world champion Cornelius “K9″ Bundrage (32-5, 19 KOs) and Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (23-1-1, 13 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Yuriorkis Gamboa has placed on his official Facebook page photos and a video of him training with famed trainer Floyd Mayweather Sr. Some sources have said that there is a possibility that Gamboa could agree to be trained by Mayweather Sr., but there is nothing formal at this time.
Stuart Hall 117.25 vs. Vusi Malinga 117.5
(IBF bantamweight title)
Venue: First Direct Arena in Leeds, England
Promoter: Dennis Hobson
Tickets go on sale TODAY at Noon ET for the January 25 clash between undefeated WBO jr lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and #1 contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos in The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The co-feature is a clash between undefeated heavyweight contenders Bryant Jennings and Artur Szpilka. Tickets are priced at $200, $100, $50 and $25 at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008), and online at www.ticketmaster.com and www.thegarden.com.
Future Hall of Famer Roy Jones Jr. (56-8, 40 KOs) weighed in at 197.5 lbs. for his WBU cruiserweight title clash with Zine Eddine Benmakhlouf (17-3-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dynamo Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Benmakhlouf scaled in at 194.2.
Fighters were also on weight for the WBA interim middleweight title fight between Dmitry Chudinov (11-0-2, 7 KOs) and Juan Camilo Novoa (22-5-1, 20 KOs). Chudinov weighed 159.6 and Novoa weighed 159.3.
The card is promoted by Vladimir Hrunov.
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