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- It's official. Wladimir Klitschko must defend his WBO title against Alex Leapai
- Agbeko: I want Rigondeaux to come in as a fighter and let's kill each other
- De La Hoya, Trinidad, Calzaghe to be inducted into IBHOF; Graham Houston also to be enshrined
- Chris John poised for record-tying 19th WBA featherweight defense
- David Price vacates British and Commonwealth heavyweight titles
- Wilder response to Chirora
- Confirmed: Glen Johnson vs, Bobby Gunn on December 18 in Bethlehem, PA
- Nielsen Ratings: 1.3 million tune into Stevenson/Kovalev twinbill on HBO during Thanksgiving Weekend.
- Josesito Lopez Media Day Workout
- Pics & quotes from Malignaggi and undercard fighters media workout at Gleason's Gym
By Przemek Garczarczyk from Moscow
WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) was in a good mood even after he faced what must be a record-breaking number of 300 reporters who arrived at Moscow’s “Mary Jane Bar” for the initial press conference before his October 5 mega fight. “Dr Steelhammer” complimented his next rival, Olympic champion and undefeated Russian Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs), even comparing Povetkin’s style to Mike Tyson (“I’d compare Alexander’s style with Mike Tyson. He advances in the same way”) and agreed to talk to Fightnews.com… (more…)
Just a couple stiches, but Doc says I'll be ready to go back to Sparring in a few weeks! pic.twitter.com/WgGJKpinUr
— Julio Cesar Chavez (@jcchavezjr1) August 13, 2013
Thompson Boxing Promotions has signed junior featherweight prospect Jorge “Tito” Ruiz (3-0, 1 KO). The 21-year-old Ruiz had a brief amateur career with 40 fights and won two national amateur boxing tournaments in the junior featherweight division. Ruiz, who at five-foot-nine, is trained and co-managed by Sergio Melendez, while his father, Jorge Ruiz, Sr. shares managing responsibilities with Melendez.
Golden Boy is planning back-to-back a “dream card” for Nov. 2 or Nov. 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. A possible headliner is Marcos Maidana vs. Adrien Broner.
A documentary on Ricky Hatton and his disappointing comeback last November is set to air in the UK this fall.
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Fast-rising junior middleweight prospect Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (19-0, 10 KOs) of Oxnard, California continues his preparation, at the KO Boxing & Fitness Gym, as he is scheduled to face fellow undefeated fighter Julian “J Rock” Williams (13-0-1, 7 KOs) of Philadelphia on Thursday, September 12th in a 10-round junior middleweight bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of a televised triple-header on FOX Sports which is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions.
In the main event that night, Shawn “Showtime” Porter (21-0-1, 14 KOs) faces former 2-time lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (40-8-1, 29 KOs) in a rematch. Also that night, super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0, 10 KOs) takes on Marco Antonio Periban (20-1, 13 KOs). (more…)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has sustained a cut on his eyelid in training that will apparently result in a postponement of his September 7 fight with Bryan Vera at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The fight will be pushed back at least three weeks. More to come…
By Johnny B’
Promoter BIG TIME FIGHTS LLC brought professional boxing to the Pepsi Pavillion’s McElroy Auditorium, Waterloo Iowa.
After several problems with weights and making matches, the show went on with four professional bouts.
In the main event Enver Halili, Bronx New York raised his record to 4-0 (1 KO) as he won a six round unanimous decision over Davenport Iowa’s Leonard Overstreet who’s record falls to (1-5, 1KO).
Eric Goodell a Iowa lightweight making his professional debut, won a four round majority decision over James Owens from Milwaukee Wisconsin. Owens is now (4-12 2 KOs). (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
ShoBox: The New Generation returned to Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino this past Friday as 2008 U.S. Olympic Bronze medalist Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs) of Tuscaloosa, Alabama took on former WBO heavyweight champion Sirahei “White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) of Belarus in the scheduled ten round heavyweight main event. (more…)
Photos: Joel Colon / PR Best
Former two time world champion Giovani Segura showed his confidence today during an open training at the Felix Pagan Pintor Gym for his upcoming fight versus Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, in the show “Noche de Campeones DIRECTV.” It will be held on this Saturday, August 17, at the International Ballroom of El San Juan Resort and Casino in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank to be broadcast on DIRECTV.
Segura (29-3-1, 25 KOs) also met with his former rival Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon, who is the Gym Administrator. Segura and Calderon talked a lot of time about their careers and about their lives out of boxing.
“I’m very happy in Puerto Rico, where the people has been very good with me and my team and where I won my second title against a great champion, Ivan Calderon,” said Segura. “Also, I’m happy because I’m here at the Calderon’s, who is the most important foe I face in my career. That fight against Calderon was a big thing because I beat him, but I couldn’t do all of the things he did, he is a great champion and a gentleman.” (more…)
By James Slater
We know who Tyson Fury is sparring with ahead of his big fight with David Haye (Steve Cunninhgam, Michael Sprott and Dillian Whyte) and now unbeaten 6’8″ British hope Richard Towers has told Boxing News how he will spar Haye for six weeks.
Haye, obviously feeling he will gain from Towers’ size, has reportedly offered the giant good money and Towers jumped at the work.
Towers has recently seen a big fight with Lucas Browne fall through and has been inactive for well over a year. Still, BN reports how the Ingle-trained hope will return to the ring in October.
WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson (21-1, 18 KOs) will defend his belt against former IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-1, 19 KOs) on September 28 in Montreal. Contracts have been signed and fight was confirmed by promoter Yvon Michel. Former champion Jean Pascal could fight on the undercard. HBO will televise. There was talk of a split-site doubleheader on that date with WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward on the other end, but Ward’s fight is in limbo after HBO rejected former champ Dimitri Sartison as an opponent.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios ‘face off’ with HBO host Max Kellerman during the taping of HBO’s “Face Off with Max Kellerman.”. Pacquiao vs Rios will battle at The Venetian Macao Resort in Macau,China and will be televised live in the US, Saturday, Nov. 23, 9pm ET/6pm PT on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Report/photos by Przemek Garczarczyk from Moscow
Countless TV cameras, many doing live coverage of the event. Almost 300 accredited reporters – it was an unbelievable scene in Moscow’s “Mary Jane” restaurant. With 56 days to the fight, for just an initial press conference between two heavyweight champions and two Olympic champions – Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KO) from Ukraine and Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KO) from Russia – everybody wanted to be part of the scene before what looks like will be a historic fight on October 5 at Olympic Area in Moscow. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
USA Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (33-0-1) of Glendale, Ca. works out with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach (R) at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Ca. Martirosyan is preparing for his upcoming vacant WBO Super Middleweight championship battle against unbeaten Demetrius Andrade (19-0) of Providence, R.I. This HBO televised feature fight will take place Saturday,September 7 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Ca. The main event is Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs Bryan Vera.
Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Banner Promotions and Tecate, tickets to Chávez vs. Vera are now on sale. Tickets, priced at $250, $150, $100, $75 and $50 (plus applicable taxes and fees), can be purchased online at http://www.axs.com, by telephone at (888) 929-7849 or at the STAPLES Center box office, Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Former two-time Welterweight World Champion Andre Berto (Winter Haven, Fla.) will undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon in his right shoulder on Wednesday in Los Angeles. Berto suffered the painful and debilitating injury in the second round of his July 27th bout with Jesus Soto Karass at the At&T Center in San Antonio, and was forced to endure the majority of the fight with one arm. Wednesday’s surgery will repair the main supporting tendon of the rotator cuff in Berto’s right shoulder.
“I threw a punch in the second round and when Soto Karass blocked it, my right upper arm connected with his and it felt like fire shot through my arm,” Berto said. “I had no power at all in that right arm and couldn’t hold it up to defend myself. I kept trying to use it, but midway through the fight, I realized I couldn’t and just tried to work my left hand and throw jabs. I threw it instinctually in the heat of the battle later in the fight and yelled from the pain shooting through my arm. I could see that Soto Karass and the referee heard me, and the referee and doctor kept coming to the corner between rounds to check on the injury but there was no way I was going to quit.” (more…)
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
On August 17th Duran Hill and Sting Like A Bee Promotions return to PT’S Showclub in southwest Denver, to present “Rockin In The Rockies II”. Robert Rodriguez and Ronnie Reams will square off in the main event. Also the return of Chris Green and Maurice Louishome highlight the card.
In the main event, local former amateur standout Robert Rodriguez, 7-2-1, 3KOs, returns home to Colorado after fighting on the road for the last 2 years. Rodriguez, a highly decorated amateur from Greeley, CO, looks to rebound from a loss against Juan Sandoval and a KO loss to Mickey Bey. Bey failed a post-fight drug test where his testosterone levels were elevated to 30:1, the result of the fight was changed to a ‘no contest’. Rodriguez’ opponent will be Colorado Springs own Ronnie Reams. Reams, 2-2, 0KOs, has shown to be a slick southpaw in addition to being durable against tough opponents and should provide a stern test for Rodriguez. (more…)
IBF middleweight champion, Daniel “Real Deal” Geale (29-1, 15 KOs) arrived in New York City over the weekend to make final fight week preparations for his upcoming world title defense against the UK’s Darren “Dazzling” Barker (25-1, 16 KOs). The bout will take place at the Revel Casino-Hotel in Atlantic City on August 17 televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT.
Geale and Barker will host a media workout today in New York City, then fight week activities shift to Atlantic City for the final press conference and official weigh-in.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
More than 250 reporters were on hand for the initial Klitschko-Povetkin press conference at Moscow’s Mary Jane Bar on Monday.
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese lefty Shinsuke Yamanaka (19-0-2, 14 KOs), 118, impressively retained his WBC bantamweight belt as he very quickly finished Puerto Rican challenger Jose Nieves (22-3-2, 11 KOs), 117.5, with a single southpaw left to the button at 2:40 of the opening round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a contest of southpaws. Yamanaka was a prohibitive favorite but we didn’t expect such a short affair since Nieves was said to be durable and skillful. But the champ’s aggression and a single left blasted out Nieves’ ambition to be newly crowned here, as he had predicted at the press conference.
Nieves, two years his senior at 32, kept circling from the outset to probe the champ’s fight plan. The first effective shot in the game was thrown by Nieves, who landed a good southpaw jab to the face of Yamanaka. The champ kept his cool and maintained the pressure to the challenger on the bicycle.
The taller Japanese, making his fourth defense, connected with sharp combinations to the retreating challenger. Yamanaka threw a very long and solid left that accurately caught Nieves and had him staggering to the ropes. Down he went. It was apparent that the Puerto Rican was so badly hurt to stand up and resume fighting. Referee Bruce McTavish, from the Philippines, coolly tolled the fatal ten against the loser who, however, protested against his stoppage. The crowd also claimed that they wished to see it longer, but the champ’s left hand, dubbed “God’s Left”, would have quickly sent Nieves back to the canvas should he have been allowed to go on.
Yamanaka jubilantly said, “I thank for your people’s great support. I am happy to show what I have been training hard.”
The challenger looked crestfallen with such a quick defeat without showing anything.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
(More to come)
Peltz Boxing, Top Rank and Bam Boxing put on a competitive eight-bout card Saturday in front of over 1,100 fans at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA, featuring the NABO featherweight title defense of Gamalier Rodriguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs), who outboxed rugged Mexican Jorge Pazos (14-6-1, 8 KOs) over ten rounds.
The heavy Latin-based crowd erupted as Puerto Rico’s Gamalier Rodriguez made his way to the ring to make the first title defense of his NABO title which he captured by scoring a third round technical knockout of once-beaten Alicio Castaneda on May 18th . . . Click here for more
The wait has been almost unbearable for James Vick. A member of the Ultimate Fighter 15 cast that spent more time locked away from the world (13 weeks) than any other season of the reality show, Vick hoped to join his castmates as an active member of the UFC roster as soon as the show ended. . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Shorter but faster Japanese, Akira Yaegashi (18-3, 9 KOs), 112, kept his WBC flyweight belt with great ease as he floored hard-hitting Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-6-1, 23 KOs), 112, in the eighth session en route to a unanimous decision over twelve rounds on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Don Griffin (US) and Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand) both tallied 116-110, and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) saw it 115-111, all in favor of the defending champ making his initial defense. The referee was Len Koivisto (Canada).
Blanquet, whose power punching was greatly vaunted prior to this game, failed to show his power, nor his heart, as he looked to be too slow to catch the fleet-footed and quick-handed champ. Yaegashi’s hit-and-run tactics prevailed to frustrate the taller Mexican all the way.
(More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (33-4, 15 KOs), 125, made short work of Mexican champ Genaro Camargo (42-16, 34 KOs), 125, blasting him out at 2:32 of the opening session beneath the WBC world title doubleheader on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Having been dethroned by Jhonny Gonzalez via fourth round stoppage in April 2011, Hasegawa scored four victories with three within the distance since. Hasegawa tonight displayed a fine opneing attack and quickly dropped Camargo, still nervous and stiff, with a long southpaw left. The Mexican barely regained his feet, and Hasegawa furiously swarmed over the fading opponent. He scored with a triple left hook, and Camargo fought back with a left hook. Then, Hasegawa’s left exploded with Camargo badly falling face first unconscious. The ref declared a halt then and there.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Renzo Novara
Under his own admission, former lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco’s career has been a series of accomplished dreams and last Saturday night he reached another one when after eight years he stepped into a ring once again in his adoptive hometown of Tijuana to dominate and eventually stop tough Colombian Fidel Monterrosa (31-8-1, 25KOs) in five rounds in his first fight back in nine months. DeMarco (29-3-1, 22KOs) headlined another grand fight card presented by Zanfer Promotions along with DeMarco Promotions at the Tecate Box Tour tent located at the historic Caliente racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. The night was broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel.
DeMarco, originally of Los Mochis, is coming off a disappointing night last November when he lost his WBC 135 pound title to Adrien Broner via a eight round TKO loss while Monterrosa was on a two-fight win streak with knock out wins in his home country. (more…)
WBA #13 ranked heavyweight Travis Kauffman (24-1, 18 KOs) will take Arron Lyons (12-12-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round stay busy bout on August 23 at the Valley Forge Casino Resort in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The show which is promoted by Kings Boxing will be headlined by a ten round Pennsylvania lightweight title bout between undefeated champion Naim Nelson (10-0, 1 KO) defending against Ryan Belasco (18-5-3, 3 KOs).
“I was called to fight Tomasz Adamek but they took Dominick Guinn,” stated Kauffman. “Adamek is a hell of a fighter but I feel I can beat him. I was offered a fight with undefeated WBA #2 ranked Luis Ortiz but it was only four weeks’ notice for very short money. This is a business and the risk outweighed the reward. I am taking this one day at a time, I have had injury problems such as three hand surgeries, and ankle and shoulder problems but now I am completely healthy and ready to look to big things in my future.” (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
The Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame held its first-ever induction ceremony and dinner before a sold-out audience of 400 boxing celebrities, dignitaries and fans on Saturday night at the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino. Nineteen inductees from eight categories were enshrined in this inaugural class. Seven boxers were honored for their achievements in the ring. The Nevada resident champions selected for induction are Mike Tyson, Mike McCallum and Diego Corrales. The non-Nevada resident boxers were Sugar Ray Leonard, Mike Tyson, Julio César Chávez, and Oscar De La Hoya.
The other inductees were named from a variety of categories: Trainers, Officials, Executives, Media, Promoters, and Special Contributors and included legendary promoters Bob Arum and Don King, referees Mills Lane and Joe Cortez, and trainers Eddie Futch and Freddie Roach among others. (more…)
Hometown paper of Deontay Wilder takes a look at the heavyweight contender’s chances in bringing home a championship. More
Reno paper on Mills Lane’s induction into the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame. More
Edwin Rodriguez says no to Andre Ward, yes to Al Haymon. More
Former boxing champ joins the battle against Parkinson’s disease. More
On August 17, former world title challenger Chael Sonnen returns to the Octagon to take on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the UFC on FOX Sports 1 premiere event. Here are the defining moments of the “Gangster from West Linn.” . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (18-0-2, 13 KOs) will put his WBC bantamweight belt on the line against #8 ranked Puerto Rican Jose Nieves (22-2-3, 11 KOs) tomorrow (Monday) in Tokyo, Japan. Also, the newly crowned WBC flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi (17-3, 9 KOs), Japan, will highly risk his throne against #10 ranked but hard-hitting Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-5-1, 23 KOs) in the first world title go.
The press conference was held before great many press people on Saturday.
1. The WBC officials are as follows:
Yamanaka-Nieves title bout
referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Alejandro Rochin (US), Don Griffin (US), Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); supervisor Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico)
2. Yaegashi-Blanquet title bout
referee Len Koivisto (Canada); judges Don Griffin (US), Jun-Bae Lim (Korea), Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); supervisor Major Lee (Korea) (more…)
WBO #9 ranked heavyweight Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24 KOs) retained his WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight belt with a 9th round TKO over Mexican Felipe Romero (16-7-1, 11 KOs) on Friday in Hengyang, Hunan, China. Romero was down once in the first round and twice in the ninth round. There has been talk of an all-Aussie heavyweight showdown between Leapai and unbeaten Lucas Browne (17-0, 15 KOs).
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (29-3, 26 KOs) returned to action with an impressive fifth round TKO over Fidel Monterrosa (31-8, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana. A three-punch combination by DeMarco in round five dropped Monterrosa in round five. The Colombian beat the count, but was ruled unable to continue. It was DeMarco’s first fight since losing his WBC title to Adrian Broner in November 2012.
In the co-feature, unbeaten flyweight Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (16-0-1, 11 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over Roberto “Azabache” Castañeda (20-4, 15 KOs). (more…)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
WBC #4 super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over former world champion Gamaliel “Platano” Diaz (37-11-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Jardon dropped Diaz in round four and twice in round eight before the bout was halted. Time was :52. Jardon retained the WBC Continental belt. Jardon is now in line to face the winner of next week’s WBC title clash between Takashi Miura and Sergio ‘Yeyo’ Thompson in Cancun. photos
Moreno retains WBA bantamweight title for 11th time; Cermeno edges Escandon for WBA interim super bantam belt; Ramos upsets Vazquez
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBA bantamweight ‘super champion’ Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) made the eleventh defense of his 118lb belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over William Urina (24-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama. It was a typical Moreno performance as the Panamanian slickster methodically outpointed his challenger. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 118-110.
Former WBA interim world champion Nehomar Cermeno (22-5-1, 13 KOs) is now a two-division interim champion. Cermeno won a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Oscar Escandon (22-1, 15 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title. Scores were 115-113, 117-111 Cermeno, 116-113 Escandon.
WBA female featherweight champion Ogleidis Suarez (20-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision against Liliana “La Tigresa” Palmera (21-11-3, 15 KOs) in the first defense of her title in a rematch. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 99-91.
In a huge upset, unheralded Columbian bantamweight Walberto Ramos (19-6-2, 12 KOs) won an eight round split decision over former world champion and hometown favorite Roberto “La Arana” Vasquez (32-6-2, 22 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 79-75 Ramos and 78-75 Vazquez.
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Former Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champion Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) received a unanimous decision victory against Pennsylvania veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (23-20-2, 10 KOs) in their ten-round main event from the venerable Casino Miami Jai Alai fronton tonight.
The younger Augustama leveraged repeated sharp jabs to set up power shots throughout as he attempted to maintain an effective distance. Realizing Augustama wasn’t hurting him, an emboldened Saunders started loading up heavier shots of his own in the fifth as he attempted to turn the tide. The most painful moment of the fight came late in the round as the fighter’s heads came together which caused Augustama to walk away wincing. Referee Frank Santore Jr allowed him time to recuperate and action resumed. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Juan Marshall
Photos by Juan Marshall
The Top Flight Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC turned out to be a night of knockouts as six of the seven contests on the card failed to go the distance.
In the main event, DC light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson scored a second-round KO over Simon Ruvalcaba of Lake Tahoe, NV. Johnson stopped his opponent at 38 seconds of the round to raise his record to 14-1, six KO’s. Ruvalcaba is now 4-12-2.
Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon Quarles made short work of Boston, MA’s Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc, stopping the veteran at 42 seconds of the second round. Quarles bounces back nicely from suffering his only pro loss on a nationally-televised encounter with Daquan Arnett in January and is now 10-1-1, three KO’s. LeBlanc falls to 13-25-4, five KO’s, one NC. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Kathryn Warburton
Puerto Rico’s Gamalier Rodriguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) retained his NABO featherweight title with a dominant ten round unanimous decision over tough Mexican Jorge Pazos (19-6-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rodriguez’s hand speed and tight defense made the difference throughout. All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Gamalier Rodriguez by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 respectively.
Highly touted former Puerto Rican Olympian Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (7-0, 5 KOs) dropped a very game lightweight scrapper Guillermo Delgadillo (4-4-1, 0 KOs) twice on his way to an impressive six round unanimous decision victory. All three judges saw every round in favor of Verdejo by scores of 60-52.
Local welterweight star Ronald Cruz (18-2, 13 KOs) of Bethlehem, PA rebounded from two consecutive losses with a devastating second round knockout of Rudolfo Armenta (12-11-1, 9 KOs). Cruz targeted the body early and then crumpled the visitor from Rio Rico, Arizona in the corner in round two with a four-punch combination, ending with a right hand up top. Referee Gary Rosato reached the count of ten at 2:40 of the second round.
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