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For a little while in their UFC 180 main event at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City Saturday night, it appeared that Mark Hunt was going to cap off his improbable ride to the heavyweight title with an even more improbable victory over Brazil’s Fabricio Werdum. But it was Werdum who roared back from two knockdowns to knock Hunt out in the second round and win the UFC interim heavyweight championship . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
Also see: Ready for Prime Time: Gastelum Subs Ellenberger in One
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Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBC #2/WBA #3/IBF #4/WBO #2 rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (30-0, 24 KOs) looked like a future champ as he broke down and stopped rugged veteran Fulgencio Zuniga (27-10, 24 KOs) in round eight on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Ramirez looked sharp in winning every round before getting the stoppage. Time was 2:20.
Two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist Oscar Valdez (14-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Alberto Garza (26-9-1, 21 KOs). Valdez boxed patiently until round six when he rocked Garza. Valdez continued the violent assault in round seven and the about was waved off by referee Lee Rogers. Time was 1:29.
Undefeated local lightweight prospect Ivan Najera (14-0, 8 KOs) hammered out a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over Luis Cervantes (7-9-3, 2 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 77-55 (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Cruiserweight Youri Kalenga (21-1 14KO) travelled to North America for the first time and successfully defended his WBA interim title, scoring a TKO victory at 1:52 of the twelfth and final round over a game but over-powered Denton Daley (12-1 6KO) who suffered his first career defeat on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.. Kalenga, well nicknamed “El Toro” stormed after the hometown fighter, often missing his mark with wide shots but still doing damage along the way.
Kalenga scored a 9th round knockdown of Daley with a left hand to solar plexus following up with right hand that crushed him down to the canvas. Daley, flat on his back, told referee Charlie Fitch that he was going to get back up and did so at the count of nine, but there was little fight left in the 32-year-old who went down twice in the final round.
Daley looked like a sapling in a wind storm in the final sonnet until the Congo born champion finally put him down. Another shove also put him down moments later, it wasn’t counted as knockdown, but the writing was clearly on the wall. Defenceless, legless, it didn’t take long for Kalenga to step in with the final three punch salvo that had referee stepping in just before Daley crashed to the canvas. (more…)
In the UFC’s Mexican debut at the Arena Ciudad de México in Mexico City Saturday night, all five UFC 180 prelim bouts featuring homegrown fighters saw the local heroes emerge victorious, highlighted by Yair Rodriguez and Alejandro Perez becoming the first two Ultimate Fighter Latin America series winners . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
IBF/WBO/IBO/WBA heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko (63-3, 53 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over previously unbeaten Kubrat Pulev (20-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Pulev came out aggressively and was dropped twice by Klitschko in round one. Klitschko dropped Pulev again in round three and knocked him out in round five. Time was 2:11. A brilliant performance by Klitschko against a highly regarded challenger.
It’s the 38-year-old Ukrainian champion’s 17th consecutive defense of the heavyweight crown. He hasn’t lost a fight in over ten years. Wlad will now head back to the United States to be with his girlfriend Hayden Panettiere, who is expecting their first child.
Pulev joked “Wladimir was lucky, next time I’ll win,” before he was taken to the hospital with a suspected broken nose and fractured cheekbone.
Heavyweight Shannon Briggs was at ringside, but was intercepted by security when he tried to get into the ring after the fight. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a grueling toe-to-toe encounter South Africa’s Tommy Oosthuizen won the vacant WBC International light heavyweight title on an eleventh round technical knockout at the Emperors Palace near Kempton Park when Denis Grachev of Russia retired in his corner at the end of the eleventh round. Grachev (79.05kg) made a fast start to score with stinging rights to the head of the southpaw Oosthuizen (78.30kg) who was having his first fight at international level in the light heavyweight division. The 32-year-old Grachev whose record dropped to 13-5-1, 8 KOs began to tire through rounds ten and eleven but it came as a surprise when his corner indicated that he was not coming out for the final round. Oosthuizen, 26, improved his record to 24-0-2, 14 KOs. The referee was Bruce McTavish from the Philippines and the judges were Lilian Olero (Kenya), Thabo Spampool (SA) and Joseph Chaane (SA). (more…)
Middleweight Jorge Sebastian Heiland (25-4-2, 13 KOs) scored an impressive tenth round KO over Matthew Macklin (31-6, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Heiland outboxed and outworked Macklin all night, finally knocking him out with a barrage of punches punctuated by a right hand. Time was :42. The bout was for the WBC International title and also a middleweight eliminator.
Super featherweight Patrick Hyland (29-1, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Oszkar Fiko (10-7, 8 KOs). Scored 80-72.
2012 Irish Olympian super featherweight John Joe Nevin (3-0, 2 KOs) dropped Jack Heath (3-8, 2 KOs) three times in a first round demolition. Time was 1:28. (more…)
WBO junior flyweight champion Donnie Nietes (34-1-4, 20 KOs) punished Carlos “Chapito” Velarde (26-4-1, 14 KOs) for seven rounds to retain his title on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City, Philippines. Velarde’s corner saved their man from a further beating by keeping him on the stool after seven. The two-division world champion Nietes, who has reigned since September 2007 and will surpass Filipino legend Flash Elorde’s seven year/three month championship run in January, is now considering a move to the flyweight division.
In other action, jr flyweight Milan Melindo (32-1, 12 KOs) outpointed Saul Juarez (20-4, 11 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF elimination bout. Scores were 116-112, 115-113, 118-111.
WBO strawweight champion Francisco Rodriguez Jr (16-2-1, 11 KOs) and Jomar Fajardo (14-5-2, 7 KOs) battled to a draw in a non-title flyweight ten rounder. Scores were 98-92 Rodriguez, 96-94 Fajardo, 95-95.
Unbeaten jr featherweight Albert Pagara (22-0, 15 KOs) dropped Raul Hirales (22-4-1, 11 KOs) in round three and cruised to a twelve round 120-107, 120-107, 119-108 win.
In an upset, former WBO strawweight champion Merlito Sabillo (23-2-1, 12 KOs) was stopped in round four by journeyman Faris Nenggo (9-6-3, 3 KOs).
Featherweight AJ Banal (32-2-1, 22 KOs) outpointed Maxsaisai Sithsaithong (15-6, 4 KOs) over ten.
By Jerry Glick
The documentary “HARDY” follows the life and times of undefeated 122-pound fighter Heather “The Heat” Hardy and her evolution as a divorced single mother to champion boxer. “HARDY” will premiere Sunday, November 16th (@ 11:45 AM) at the DOC NYC Film Festival at the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinemas (260 West 23rd, New York City). Hardy is promoted by DiBella Entertainment whose head man, Lou DiBella, is also the executive producer of “HARDY.” Producer/Director Natasha Verma, a noted TV reporter, graciously spoke to FightNews about the “HARDY” documentary. (more…)
Anthony Crolla will face Richar Abril for the WBA world lightweight title at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester on January 23. Crolla, who claimed a six-round shut-out over Gyorgy Mizei Jnr. tonight in Dublin, is thrilled to have landed the well-earned shot at the big one after a fantastic run of results with wins over Gavin Rees, Stephen Foster Jnr and John Murray – and believes bringing the fight to his hometown make it an even more special night. “To have the world title shot in Manchester is a huge factor,” said Crolla. “Without wanting to sound cheesy, it doesn’t get any bigger than that. I am a Manchester lad so to be fighting in Manchester for a World title, I couldn’t ask for anything more and the only way it could get better than that is to go out there and win it. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here’s the scale watch for the Saturday, November 15 card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Tony Jeter 159 vs. Jimmy Lange 159
(Vacant NABA USA middleweight title)
Tori Nelson 146 vs. Victoria Cisneros 144
(WIBA Welterweight title — Nelson is defending champion)
Devar Ferhadi 171 vs. Jess Noriega 168
Seth Billups 142 vs. Sean Lockhart (will weigh in tomorrow)
Mike Balogun 237 vs. Percy Womack 259
Jonathan Reid 166 vs. Thomas Brown 163
Ray Terry 166 vs. Kevin Bartlett 162
By Gabriel F Cordero
On Friday at a press conference in Panama City, 38-year-old former two-division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (37-6-1, 24 KOs) announced his retirement from professional boxing for health reasons. According to Caballero, during preparations for his last fight he took a hit in the left eye which he said affected him in a lopsided twelve-round unanimous decision loss against Adrian Etrella on October 4 in Sinaloa, Mexico. Upon his return to Panama, he discovered a retina injury. “I am fine physically and mentally,” said Caballero. “For me this was a message from God and my priority is my family and health.” He plans to continue in boxing as a promoter.
By Dave Spencer
Youri Kalenga 202.6 vs. Denton Daley 204.4
(WBA interim cruiserweight championship)
**Weights are for Ontario Athletic Commission same day weigh-in. Both weighed in Friday with WBA Kalenga at 200 lbs. and Daley at 195 lbs. The referee will be Charlie Fitch (US), judges are Sergio Caíz (US), Carlos Sucre (VEN) and John Poturaj (US).
Steve Franjic 174 vs. Alvaro Gaona 174.4
Kevin Higson 151 vs. Erick Mireles 150.8
Tim Cronin 171.6 vs. Jason Alexander 172.2
Shavar Henry 199.6 vs. John Mercante 197.2
Venue: Hershey Centre
Promoter: United Promotions
First Bell 8pm
Televison:: Rogers (local)
Story by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photos by Darryl Cobb Jr.
Philly heavyweight Joey Dawejko, 13-3-2, 6 KOs, made short work of Rayford Johnson of Longview, TX, 10-16, 6 KOs, in the scheduled 8-round main event at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA Friday night. Dawejko stormed out of his corner in the opening round, dropped Johnson twice and registered his third consecutive first-round knockout victory. Dawejko used an overhand right-left hook combination to score both knockdowns. Johnson rose from his first trip to the canvas. However, the second time Dawejko landed that combo, Johnson toppled sideways along the ropes and crashed to the floor. Referee Benji Esteves Jr. halted the fight immediately. The time was 2:28 of round one.
Dawejko, not known as a puncher prior to this current streak, has reinvented himself as a more aggressive fighter in 2014. The style adjustment helped to make this the most eventful year of his career thus far, going 5-0 with more people watching than ever before. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Tyrieshia “Lady Tiga” Douglas of Washington, DC captured the vacant WIBA Bantamweight title tonight at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD Thursday night winning a 10-round unanimous decision over a very game Christina “Bullet” Ruiz of San Antonio, TX. Douglas controlled the early portion of the bout with solid right jabs and straight left hands. Douglas showed a lot of patience as she did not rush in to go for the knockout. At times, Ruiz landed some shots but Douglas did not seem to be in any real danger.
“She was bigger than me and I came up two weight classes to fight her,” Douglas told Fightnews after the contest. “There was no point in throwing unnecessary punches because one punch can change a fight. However, I was stronger than her in the fight.” (more…)
In a sport where adversity is a built-in requirement, fighters are equipped to travel a path filled with obstacles and challenges. With every step taken up the ladder toward the end goal of becoming a champion, the resistance will increase with every rung as those trials by fire will ultimately shape and prepare the fighter for the next road ahead . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Matt Richardson
Featherweights Angel Luna and Victor Serrano engaged in a back and forth battle on Friday night at the Five Star Banquet Hall in Long Island City, New York. Both men never stopped punching and landing over the six scheduled rounds and as such neither should have been deemed a loser.
Ultimately, they weren’t, as the six-round main event was ruled a draw on scores of 59-55 (for Luna) and 57-57 (twice). Luna (10-0-1, 7 KO’s) tried with everything he had to get rid of his opponent inside the distance. He continuously smashed him with shots to the body and rocked him with an uppercut in the final seconds of the first. He even hurt Serrano again in the second but Serrano (3-8, 1 KO) had a rock-hard chin and will and never crumpled. He often gave as well as he got and the fight often devolved into wild exchanges of hooks and body punches. Either both men have world-class chins or their punching power is seriously overstated. Regardless of which it is (or isn’t) it made for a fun fight in a night in which only one bout on the card ended early. (more…)
Unbeaten super featherweight Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (19-0, 12 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Michael Farenas (39-5-4, 31 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout on Friday night at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Pedraza was in command the whole way. With the win, Pedraza moves into the mandatory position to fight IBF world champion Rances Barthelemy (21-0, 12 KOs).
Pedraza got into a grove in the early rounds and mounted a sustainable lead as he used his superior boxing skills to pick apart Farenas who was coming forward. As the fight entered the middle rounds, Pedraza continued to box and use lateral movement to win rounds. Farenas had his moments as he landed a few big power shots, but nothing that would prevent Pedraza from executing his game plan. In the championship rounds Farenas came on strong, but it was too late as Pedraza ended strong to keep his lead intact. Scorecards read 117-111, 118-110 and 116-112, all in favor for Pedraza. (more…)
Unbeaten welterweight Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez Jr. (18-0, 13 KOs) scored an explosive first round KO against Alberto “Metralleta” Mosquera (21-3-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA. Body shots finished Mosquera at 2:35. Mosquera was down twice.
In a cross-town lightweight grudge match, local favorite “Lightning” Rod Salka (20-4, 3 KOs) won a bloody and brutal ten round unanimous decision over rival Monte Meza-Clay (36-4, 22 KOs). Both fighters went right at each other in round one. A Salka left hook opened up a bed cut over Meza-Clay’s right eye in round two. Meza-Clay was allowed to continue in round three where he was further busted up by Salka. Salka was cut over the left eye in round four. It went the full ten with Salka winning by scores of 98-92, 97-94, 99-91. Sala retains his WBC FECARBOX lightweight title.
In a junior middleweight bout, undefeated prospect Erickson “The Hammer” Lubin (8-0, 6 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over very tough veteran Norberto “Demonio” Gonzalez (20-6, 13 KOs). Gonzalez dropped Lubin in round one, but Lubin rebounded well and floored Gonzalez in round four. Lubin really abused Gonzalez over the last half of the fight. Scores were 78-73, 78-72, 78-72.
By John DiSanto at ringside
In the scheduled 8-round heavyweight main event at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA, Joey Dawejko, 13-3-2, 6 KOs, stopped Rayford Johnson, 10-16, 6 KOs, at 2:28 of round one. It was Dawejko’s third consecutive first round KO.
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