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“I knew he [Rees] was going to come to fight. He’s a world-class fighter,” said WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner after his five round demolition of former WBA 140lb titleholder Gavin Rees on Saturday night in Atlantic City. “He kept coming. He threw every shot like it was his best shot. I knew he would hang. When you have two world-class fighters going toe-to-toe, it’s going to be a great fight. Thanks to everyone who came out. It’s [NBA] All-Star Weekend and you came to see an All-Star. He’s [Rees] tougher than a steak that’s been well done. If I fought Ricky Burns, he would get burnt out. I want to fight him, but if he doesn’t want to fight me. Oh well. There are high expectations for me to take boxing over after [Floyd] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao hang up their gloves.
“Tonight was a nice fight. I have to go back and watch it. Overall I felt pretty. I just looked in the mirror and I still look good. I would fight 10 times a year if I could.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Hekkie Budler of South Africa retained his IBO strawweight belt when he beat Filipino Renan Trongco on a unanimous 12 round points decision in an entertaining fight at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Boxing from behind a close defence Budler was in control throughout as judge Tony Nyangiwe (SA) scored it 117-111 and judges Bruce McTavish (Philippines) and Terry O’Connar (England) both scored it 118-111. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
New Mexico lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. (15-2, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular third round knockout of reigning beltholder Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-5, 21 KOs) to claim Romero’s WBC Silver title on Saturday night at the Domo Deportivo del parque “Dos Aguas” in Tulum, Mexico. Maldonado laid out Romero with a straight left to the chin 35 seconds into the third round.
World rated super lightweight contender Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (28-0-1, 22 KOs) moved up a division and won a five round majority technical decision over Fidel Monterrosa (29-7, 23 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title. Monterrosa was deemed unable to continue due to a cut over his left eye caused by an unintentional headbutt and the bout went to the scorecards. Judges had it 56-56, 58-54, 58-54 for Ortiz. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten super featherweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (10-0, 10 KOs) battered game Juan Carlos “Nene” Santillan (9-4, 5 KOs) until Santillan’s corner kept their man on the stool at the start of the seventh round on Saturday night in the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.
Also, ¿Quien Pinta para la Corona? champion Daniel “Tokado” Echeverria (6-0, 6 KOs) blew away Geronimo “Torito” Hernandez (15-24-2, 7 KOs) in the first round. (more…)
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel arrived in Tokyo today for a press conference to be held on Monday where together with the Japanese Boxing Commission they will announce the official entrance of the organization to Japan. The delegation included WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, WBO Asia Vice President Leon Panoncillo and promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala. Upon his arrival, Valcarcel declared “I’m very happy and delighted to have been able to get our organization into such a great country. This is history in the making. I want to thank the JBC, Mr. Akihiko Honda and Felix “Tutico” Zabala who have work very hard for the past three years to make this happen.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Unbeaten Colombian super bantamweight Jonathan Romero (23-0, 12 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over local hero Alejandro Lopez (24-3, 7 KOs) to claim the vacant IBF super bantamweight title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municpal in Tijuana, Mexico. Scores were 116-111, 115-112 for Romero, 115-112 for Lopez.
In a clash of unbeaten bantamweights, Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez Jr. (16-0-2, 11 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Hanzel “Tornadito” Martinez (19-1, 15 KOs). Gonzalez Jr. is the son of former world champion Alejandro “Cobrita” Gonzalez. Martinez is the nephew of Antonio Margarito.
Unbeaten middleweight Jose “Bolivita” Uzcategui (18-0, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Rogelio “Porky” Medina (30-3, 24 KOs). Scores were 96-93, 97-92, 97-92.
Unbeaten 2008 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (19-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Arturo “Caballo” Rodriguez (13-13, 8 KOs) photos
By Sam Geraci and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
WBC lightweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (25-0, 21 KOs) outclassed former WBA 140lb titleholder Gavin Rees (37-1-1, 19 KOs) with an impressive fifth round TKO on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Rees got off to a good start, but 33:1 favorite Broner took over in round three and floored Rees with a huge right uppercut in round four. A body shot in round five put Rees down again before Rees’ corner called it off. Time was 2:59.
In a WBC super middleweight title eliminator, number two rated contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (31-5-2, 21 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten and number one rated Nikola Sjekloca (25-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 119-109, 118-112, 120-108. Bika is now mandatory challenger for WBC champion Andre Ward.
In a bout for the USBA junior middleweight title, Charles Whittaker (39-14-2, 23 KOs) of Miami, FL, retired in his corner after the sixth to Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (33-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA, because he was unable to see out his left eye. Hopkins scored consistently with his overhand right and scored a knockdown with it in the fourth. The official time of the TKO was 3:00 of the sixth.
In his first bout since losing by fifth round TKO to Adrien Broner in July, junior lightweight Vicente Escobedo (26-5, 15 KOs) of Woodland, CA, was stopped by Edner “The Cherry Bomb” Cherry (31-6-2, 17 KOs) of Miami, FL, in the sixth round by TKO at 3:00. Cherry controlled every round and scored a knockdown in the second and two knockdowns in the sixth. (more…)
By Matt Casavant/Dave Spencer at ringside
Number one ranked (WBC) super-lightweight Dierry Jean (24-0 16KO) made short work of Juan Jesus Rivera (25-10 16KO), stopping his Mexican opponent at 2:54 of the second round on Saturday night at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada. Rivera who came in seven pounds heavy for the NABF super-lightweight contest was clearly the bigger man in the ring, but Jean proved he was the much faster man as the Mexican had no answer for the rapid fire shots coming his way. A right hand and counter left hook had Rivera touching down a glove to end the first and Jean landed a howitzer right to put Rivera down for a second time as second was drawing to a close. Rivera managed to pull himself up but referee Michael Griffin called the bout moments later as the fighter continued to eat leather and not respond. (more…)
UFC on FUEL TV 7’s main card at Wembley Arena wrapped with a stunning fourth-round submission victory for UFC interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao against Michael McDonald, setting the Brazilian up for a unification bout against divisional champion Dominick Cruz upon the champion’s return from a series of injuries. In the co-main event, Cub Swanson moved another step closer to featherweight title contention with a close unanimous decision win over Dustin Poirier . . . More
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Beijing Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng (8-0) scored a clear twelve round decision over Filipino journeyman Michael Rodriguez (13-35-1) on Friday to capture the vacant IBF Asia flyweight title at Wat Promthannimit, Ratchaburi, Thailand. Ruenroeng displayed outstanding skills and controlled most of the rounds Scores 118-110, 118-110, 117-111.
In the main supporting contest hot 108 pound prospect Fahlan “Junior” Sakkreerin (17-2,12KO’s) stopped Toncer Manufoe ( 5-2) in round one.
Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Amnat Ruenroeng was impressive today with win over Michael Rodriguez who extended WBA 105 pound champion Pornsawan Porpramook in 2012 losing by decision. I am proud that Amnat Ruenroeng has become the first IBF Asia champion and I am confident he will be a future world champion. Fahlan Sakkreerin Jr has now won 17 fights with 12 KO’s and showed he could follow in his father’s footsteps and be a world champion. His father, Fahlan Sakkreerin Sr., was IBF world champion in 1990.” (more…)
By Chris Morris – Rocky Mountain Boxing
Raul ‘Ro’ Utajara and Ghost Town Promotions have put together a well matched lineup for their ‘Warriors Conquest II’ show tonight in Longmont, Colorado. Jr welterweight Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo faces Cesar Holguin in the main event with welterweight Ryan Grimaldo taking on Juan Santiago in the co main. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source has informed Fightnews that representatives of WBA light flyweight super champion Roman ‘Chocolatito’ Gonzalez, (34-0, 28 KOs) and WBA regular light flyweight world champion Kazuto Ioka, (11-0, 7 KOs) came to an agreement not to do an immediate mandatory fight and instead allow make Ioka optional fights. According to the source Gonzalez will receive compensation for this agreement and it seems that this year we won’t see a Gonzalez-Ioka fight. Japan’s Teiken Boxing Promotions have the promotional contract of both fighters. The Gonzalez camp plans to continue to defend his championship in the United States and Mexico. The agreement must be approved by the WBA.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott
Former world rated middleweight Garth “Woodsy from the Hood” Wood (11-3-1, 7 KOs) stopped Togasilimai Letoa (12-10-1, 7 KOs) in nine rounds to capture PABA light heavyweight title at the All Sports Arena, Alexandria, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Wood outmuscled Letoa throughout the bout and referee Brad Griffiths crowned Wood the winner in round nine. Garth Wood was the 2010 winner of the Australian Super Middleweight “Contender Series” and also in 2010 caused a major upset in stopping former WBA 168 pound champion Anthony “The Man” Mundine in five rounds by KO. In 2012 he dropped a twelve round decision to IBF #1 Sam Soliman.
Report and photo by Joe Koizumi
Japanese southpaw Yoko Gushiken, ex-WBA junior fly champ who registered thirteen defenses to his credit for four years and a half from 1976, recently produced his first world champ as promoter/manager last year. That’s WBA female super-fly ruler Naoko Yamaguchi (20-3-3, 16 KOs), who will defend her belt against Italian challenger Loredana Piazza (9-1, 4 KOs) in Tokyo on April 10. It was announced by Gushiken at his gym, where plenty of press people gathered to listen to his eloquent speech. Yamaguchi, formerly a javelin thrower with strong shoulder, dethroned compatriot Tsunami Tenkai by a close decision last July and made her initial defense against Mexican Judith Rodriguez last November. Piazza tasted her only one setback when she failed to acquire the vacant WBO 115-pound belt, losing to Carolina Duer in 2010. The promoter Gushiken was so funny that he said, “I’ll prepare a big pizza and we’ll eat it with Piazza at the press conference.” Is there a pizza party after the weigh-in?
By James Slater
The latest installment of “Prizefighter” will go ahead a week today at the historic York Hall in London, and Sky Sports have announced the full line-up for the third installment of The International Heavyweights. The eight-man field will comprise of:
Audley Harrison, (28-6, 21 KOs)
Martin Rogan, (15-3, 7 KOs)
Ian Lewison, (6-1-1, 3 KOs)
Travis Walker, (39-8-1, 31 KOs)
Albert Sosnowski, (47-5-2, 28 KOs)
Timo Hoffman, (40-7-2, 23 KOs)
Claus Bertino, (15-4, 18 KOs)
Derric Rossy, (26-5, 14 KOs)
“A-Force” Audley Harrison gave his faltering career a shot in the arm by winning “Prizefighter” back in October of 2009, while Martin Rogan won the £32,000 and the trophy back in 2008. Both veterans are hoping to win the tourney for a second time. American sluggers Travis “Freight Train” Walker and Derric Rossy have to be given a great shot at prevailing, however. While the giant Timo Hoffman could well prove too strong for his opposition.
Tom Stalker, who captained the GB team at London 2012, will make his pro debut on the bill. The card can be seen in the U.S. on the February 28th edition of Wealth TV Fight Night.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Joe Koizumi
Japanese heavyweight boxers are increasing by any reason, and unbeaten prospect Rio Hidaka (9-0, 8 KOs), 216.75, will square off against much taller and heavier Clarence Tilman (11-10-2, 6 KOs), 274, over eight rounds tomorrow (Sunday) in Osaka, Japan. Hidaka, a stocky 5’10”Japanese banger, made a pro debut by demolishing Junior Pati in two quick rounds in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2006. Having won three there, Hidaka had a tough time coping with suitable opponents here only to keep winning sporadically. Hidaka will engage in his third game from last August to stay busy by exchanging gloves with the rival some sixty pounds heavier and seven inches taller. The Japanese power-puncher says, “I’d like to pave the way to the US by myself and like forward to fighting stronger opposition.” Tilman, who suffered a third-round stoppage by ex-MMA battler Kyotaro Fujimoto last June, hopes to deck his first victory here in Japan. (more…)
Photo by Scott Dray
Last night, promoter Bobby Hitz and Hitz Boxing held another of their popular “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” events at The Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, and the action did not disappoint.
In the night’s main-event rematch, Chicago middleweight Donatas Bondorovas (17-3-1, 6 KOs) removed any doubts of his superiority over “King” David Thomas (10-4-2, 8 KOs), and in turn won the UBF Middleweight title, with a TKO 2 (2:09). With a nearly helpless Thomas being battered against the ropes, Referee Curt Spivey decided he’d seen enough and waved it off. (more…)
WBC minimumweight world champion Xiong Zhao Zhong (20-4-1, 11 KOs) of China is scheduled to make his U.S. debut April 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Zhong, promoted by former Chinese Olympian Liu Gang, will be making his first world title defense against WBC world ranked Carlos Ortega (8-2, 4 KOs) of Panama. Ortega is promoted by Rogelio Espino (Promociones del Istmo). Both fighters’ teams and promoters agreed to terms on Friday. Zhong made history this past November becoming China’s first world champion boxer by decisioning Mexico´s Javier Martinez in China to win the vacant WBC minimumweight title. The venue for the Zhong-Ortega bout will be announced soon.
By Graham Houston
Every so often a fighter comes along who is anointed by the media as boxing’s latest big thing. Adrien Broner is the man of the moment in this regard. Broner, who defends his WBC lightweight title against Welshman Gavin Rees in Atlantic City tonight, seems to have it all. He is undefeated, powerful, fast and flashy. Broner is also an entertainer. He has his father go through the motions of brushing his hair after a fight; he got down on one knee to make a mock marriage proposal to his girlfriend on HBO.
There seems little doubt, though, that Broner puts in the work in the gym. He will tell interviewers that it’s because he trains so hard that his fights look easy.
Broner is nothing if not ambitious. He said in one interview that he wants to become boxing’s first billion-dollar fighter. (“He already has five children, so he may need that billion dollars,” HBO sage Larry Merchant quipped during Broner’s ring walk for his fight with Antonio DeMarco.) (more…)
Tonight on WealthTV and WealthTV.com a terrific night of boxing will take place beginning at 7pm est / 4pm pac at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec Canada. In the main event, unbeaten NABF Champion and WBC #1 ranked super lightweight Dierry Jean (23-0, 15 KOs) will take on Juan Jesus Rivera (25-9, 16 KOs) in a ten round bout. In the eight round co-feature, welterweight Ahmad Cheikho (8-4-2, 5 KOs) will face veteran Giuseppe Lauri (53-10, 31 KOs) and also in an eight round light heavyweight bout, undefeated Andrew Gardiner (6-0, 3 KOs) will battle Konstantin Piternov (13-2, 4 KOs).
Below are video interviews with Jean and Gardiner plus Friday’s weigh-in.
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by Anthony Springer Jr
The UFC returns to Fuel Saturday with a deceptively deep card headlined by two of its rising young stars going head to head in a bantamweight title showdown. Interim champion Renan (pronounced Hen-in) Barao squares off with Michael McDonald. Hardcore MMA fans have been aware of Barao for a while, but the casual fan may have caught wind of him after his dismantling of Urijah Faber last year when current division champion Dominick Cruz was sideline with an injury. Barao claimed a lopsided division win and sits atop the division while awaiting Cruz’ return. McDonald raised his profile after knocking out former WEC 135-pound kingpin Miguel Torres. Despite its placement on Fuel TV, UFC on Fuel 7 is nothing short of quality. Let’s take a look at the headlining matchups. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Former jr middleweight and welterweight title challenger Delvin Rodriguez (27-6-3, 15 KOs) dominated previously undefeated jr middleweight George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah (31-1-1, 23 KOs) getting a TKO in round six on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Rodriguez, who has been in with a higher level of competition, nearly had Tahdooahnippah out of there in round two and continued to punish him as the bout progressed. Referee Eddie Cotton had finally seen enough and waved it off as the game Tahdooahnippah took more heavy shots in the sixth. Time was 2:41.
Lightweight Chris “Hurricane” Howard (15-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular one-punch third round KO over “The Mongolian Mongoose” Bayan Jargal (17-4-3, 10 KOs). A clean right flush on the jaw dropped Jargal who was deemed unable to continue. Time was 1:46.
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Unbeaten jr welterweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (19-0-1, 15 KOs) will face Henry Aurad (14-6-1, 11 KOs) in an eight-rounder on March 2 at the Our Lady of the Lake University Wellness & Activities Center in San Antonio, Texas. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports Networks and FOX Deportes. Also undefeated prospect Jermall Charlo (11-0, 7 KOs) and 2012 United States Olympian Errol Spence Jr. (3-0, 3 KOs) will fight in separate televised undercard bouts. The event is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Leija & Battah Promotions.
Tonight, only hours after a Hamburg Court released Denis Boytsov from his contract with Universum, he stepped back in the ring. German-based Boytsov faced Samir Kurtagic over 8 rounds on the small amateur show in Deinze, Belgium. Boytsov started very aggressive and active but most of his punches missed their target. Boytsov lacked precision but clearly wanted an early night. It was quite competitive for 3-4 rounds until the taller Kurtagic went into survival mode. The Russian didn’t like that and seemed quite frustrated in the fifth and tired in rounds six and seven. Kurtagic earned or shared some of those rounds on the judges’ cards. More due to the inactivity of Boytsov, then to the activity of Kurtagic. The fight was briefly stopped in the sixth for a low right from Kurtagic and Boytsov was on the canvas three times from wrestling tactics of Kurtagic. Boytsov went out for the last round still trying to get an inside the distance win but had to settle for a unanimous points decision by scores of 80-73, 79-74 and 78-74. Referee was Daniel Van de Wiele.
By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (32-0, 25 KOs) surprisingly returned to the ring on Friday night in Gent (Belgium) to beat Samir Kurtagic (11-6, 8 KOs) by unanimous decision over eight rounds. Scores were 80-73, 79-74, 78-74. Boytsov was scheduled to make his comeback this Sunday in Schwerin (Germany) against Marcelo Luiz Nascimento from Brazil but decided last minute to change date, place and opponent. The main reason for the change is the ongoing controversy between Boytsov and promoter Waldemar Kluch who still claims to have an exclusive contract with the Russian fighter. Kluch bought Universum Box-Promotion two years ago and threatened to sue Boytsov and everybody involved in his fights for breach of contract. According to Kluch, Boytsov’s exclusive promotional deal is not affected by Universum’s bankruptcy which was filed last November. To avoid legal problems Boytsov and his new advisors obviously announced the fight in Schwerin as diversionary tactic and did the bout in Belgium instead.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Dierry Jean 139.4 vs. Juan Jesus Rivera 147.4
Ahmad Cheikho 149 vs. Giuseppe Lauri 149.6
Andrew Gardiner 174 vs. Konstantin Piternov 175
Francis Lafreniere 159.6 vs. Pawel Seliga 157
Brandon Cook 158 vs. Raul Saiz 156.2
Schiller Hyppolite 166.7 vs. Hassene Azouz Neffati 161
Mian Hussain 150.7 vs. Sylwester Walczak 146
Pascal Villeneuve 174 vs. Nuno Lagarto 174
Hilton Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Eye of the Tiger Mgmt
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In the wake of the meteor that exploded over the hometown light heavyweight contender Sergey Kovalev earlier this morning, many people have called or sent messages asking about the welfare of the boxer’s family. Sergey wanted to express his thanks for their concern and give an update.
“I was shocked to find out what happened last night in my home town Chelyabinsk, the news shook not just Russia, but the whole world,” said Sergey Kovalev (20-0-1, 18 KOs). “I contacted my family and friends as soon I heard about it. Everyone was OK, just scared because they did not know what happened. In the Ural mountain region we never have any kind of Mother Nature disasters, when the meteor shower started exploding in the sky and hit, the earth start shaking. My family said people got very scared and did not know what to do. I am thankful no one was killed. I thank God my family and friends were safe. I am very sorry for the people in my home town who were injured and suffered distress from this natural disaster. I am grateful to all of the people who have contacted me and my promoters to express their concern.”
Jamaal Davis, the hard-luck Philadelphian who never seems to win the big one, gets another chance Saturday evening, Feb. 23, when he boxes world-ranked middleweight Patrick Majewski in the scheduled 10-round main event at Bally’s Atlantic City. Davis, 31, a pro for nine years, has boxed mostly as a junior middleweight, but he steps up to middleweight for this one. The fight with Majewski marks the fifth time Davis has faced a world-rated opponent. He lost the previous four: Peter Quillen, of New York, Ossie Duran, of Paterson, NJ, Joel Julio, of Colombia, and Gabriel Rosado, of Philadelphia. (more…)
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