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By Sam Geraci
Perennial contender Donovan “Da Bomb” George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) has called out middleweight and super middleweight gatekeeper Derrick “Superman” Findley (21-11-1, 14 KOs) after Findley’s September 14 destruction of George’s friend and stablemate, Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez, and Findley has accepted.
“I will be able to fight in the beginning of next year, and I want to avenge my friend’s loss to Derrick. Let’s do it!” said George on Sunday.
When asked about George’s statement, Findley responded with the type of confidence and cool that he exhibited in his win against Jimenez at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN, on September 14.
“If the money is right, I’ll fight. He can be my next victim; I really don’t have any problems with that,” said Findley. (more…)
Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer has defended the 114-114 scoring of Nevada judge C.J. Ross. “Just because a judge’s scorecard ends up even, doesn’t mean the judge necessarily thought the fight as a whole was even,” Kizer told USA Today. “It could be that a judge has six rounds for each fighter, but the six rounds she gave fighter A, she gave them to him easily and the six rounds she gave fighter B, they were really close rounds. That’s pretty much how it was last night…”I know most of the people won’t understand it, and I understand that.” Kizer also told USA Today that Ross is one of the NSAC’s top judges, and he’s not thinking about any disciplinary measure.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Chris Cuellar
The return of Detroit middleweight prospect Tony Harrison was a bit of a disappointment when opponent, Marcos Primera, offering almost no resistance in the way of offense, quit on his stool after two rounds. A disappointed Harrison was thus robbed of a real knockout and expressed his displeasure when the bell sounded for round three with referee Frank Garza waving the fight over.
Primera was in the ring for several minutes before Garza signaled that Harrison had two minutes to get in the ring. Harrison didn’t make the two minutes, but all was forgiven when he entered the ballroom of the venerable Masonic Temple accompanied by a very large train of rap-strutting noisemakers. Primera attempted head movement to avoid punishment; he didn’t come to fight. (more…)
The boxing judge being ripped apart for scoring the Mayweather-Canelo fight as a draw tells TMZ she doesn’t care what the critics say … insisting she called the fight correctly. Judge C.J. Ross tells us “I stand behind my decision” and isn’t phased by all the ferocious criticism she’s received from both experts and amateurs.
After the fight, boxing expert Teddy Atlas went on ESPN and said Ross’ score was a travesty and suggested she was a criminal.
Everyone in the arena was shocked by C.J.’s call … including Floyd Mayweather who mouthed the words, “What the f***” when the announcer revealed he won on a majority decision and not unanimous.
By Ron Jackson
In a battle of veterans WBF junior welterweight champion Zolani Marali was just too fast and slick for Mzolisi Yoyo as he outboxed him over 12 rounds to win by wide margins and retain his belt for the first time at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Judge Rassie Erasmus scored it 117-111 whilst judges Lulama Mtya and Allen Matakane had 119-112 and 119-110. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Nevada boxing judge Cynthia J. Ross is once again at the center of a controversy after her 114-114 scorecard for the one-sided twelve round fight between Floyd Mayweather and Saul Canelo Alvarez provoked disbelief Saturday night in Las Vegas. In view of this latest brouhaha, it’s interesting to look back at Ross’ record as a judge, a record that has raised eyebrows on more than a half dozen occasions in major fights.
June 9, 2012 — Manny Pacquaio vs Timothy Bradley
Ross scores 115-113 in favor of Bradley, a score widely condemned by fans and media.
Nov. 12, 2011 — Juan Carlos Burgos vs Luis Cruz
Ross was the only judge not to score heavily in favor of Burgos. Scored it a 95-95 draw.
Aug. 13,2011 — Abner Mares vs Joseph Agbeko I
She was the only judge not to see Mares as the winner. She scored a draw 113-113.
May 7, 2011 — Rodel Mayol vs Javier Gallo
The other judges saw it heavily in favor of Mayol. Ross scored a draw 95-95.
Feb. 7, 2008 — Kendall Holt vs Ben Tackie
The other two judges scored heavily in favor of Holt. Ross’ score was a draw 95-95.
July 13, 2002 — Kevin Kelly vs Humberto Soto
Ross was the only judge not to score it in favor of Kelly. She saw a draw at 114-114.
By Felipe Leon
Floyd Mayweather won a seemingly wide twelve round decision on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Judge Craig Metcalf scored it 117-111 for Floyd, giving Canelo rounds two, ten and twelve. Judge Dave Moretti scored it 116-11r for Floyd, giving Canelo rounds three, nine, eleven and twelve. C.J. Ross had it 114-114, giving Canelo rounds one, three, eight, nine, eleven and twelve. Ross also had Timothy Bradley beating Manny Pacquiao.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
In a clash for the WBC/WBA super welterweight belts, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (45-0, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round “majority” decision over Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (42-1-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. After making 152 Friday, the 23-year-old Canelo entered the ring at 165. 36-year-old Floyd lost half-a-pound. Floyd simply outboxed Canelo from the opening bell. Alvarez was game and had some moments, but Floyd was dominant for the most part. Scores were 114-114, 116-112, 117-111. The bizarre 114-114 scoring was from C.J. Ross.
For the night’s work, Mayweather collected a guaranteed $41.5 million. “It’s all about skills,” Mayweather said. “I came out tonight and showed my skills. But a true champion like Canelo can take a loss and bounce back. My dad had a brilliant game plan. I executed that game plan. I could have pressed it and got the late stoppage, but tonight experience played a major key. Tonight was just my night.”
Canelo admitted that Mayweather’s skills and style of fighting were too much to overcome. “He’s very elusive, he’s a great fighter and that’s why I couldn’t catch him,” Canelo said. “I didn’t know how to get him. It’s as simple as that. He’s very elusive. He’s a great fighter. The frustration was getting in there. But simply he’s a great fighter. I didn’t want to lose. I didn’t want to leave here with a loss. But it happens and it hurts.”
WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia (27-0, 16 KOs) retained his titles with a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC interim super lightweight champion Lucas Matthysse (34-3, 32 KOs). Both fighters came out carefully, respecting the other’s power. The bout started heating up in the mid-rounds. Matthysse’s right eye was nearly shut by round eight and Garcia, a 2:1 underdog, had target practice after that. A desperate Matthysse tried to pull it out late with big shots, but Garcia put him down in the eleventh. Garcia was deducted a point for a low blow in the twelfth. The fight ended with both fighters furiously throwing leather. Scores were 115-111, 114-112, 114-112. Matthysse had suffered two dubious losses in the USA previously, but this loss was legit. (more…)
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (37-4, 22 KOs), making his debut as a middleweight, scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Dashon Johnson (14-13-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Paramount in Huntington, New York. One sided fight, but Clottey, inactive since November 2011, figured to have a more impressive performance than this. Scores were 100-89, 100-89, 99-90. Johnson was deducted a point for throwing Clottey to the canvas.
In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, Kid Galahad (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Jazza Dickens (16-1, 5 KOs) to claim the vacant British title on Saturday night at the Magna Centre in Rotherham, England. After a hard fight, Galahad, aka Barry Awad, floored a fading Dickens in round ten and the bout was waved off. Galahad was deducted a point in round nine for holding and hitting.
Unbeaten super middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over late sub Alexey Ribchev (15-8-1, 5 KOs). Eubank dropped Ribchev in round three and the bout was stopped during Eubank’s follow-up barrage. Quick stoppage by the referee.
Unbeaten heavyweight Hughie Fury moved to 9-0, 6 KOs when Shane McPhilbin (8-8-1, 5 KOs) quit after round one citing a shoulder injury.
By Graham Houston
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
There’s no question that Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a colossal event, and “The One” will quite likely set a record for pay per view buys. Will the fight live up to the hype, though? Is this fight coming too soon for the hugely popular Canelo? I believe that the ingredients are there for a fight to remember. This clash of unbeaten champions pits a veteran master boxer going up against a strong young rival.
Some might even see it as a “hero vs villain” type of fight, with many no doubt hoping that the brash and boastful Mayweather gets his comeuppance against a quietly confident young man who at the age of 23 is 13 years Mayweather’s junior.
There is the perception, though, that the light-middleweight title fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Saturday night — Showtime PPV in the U.S.; BoxNation in the U.K. — could see Canelo stepping out of his depth.
Yet Mayweather, so astute at selecting the right opponents at the right time, on the face of it doesn’t expect an easy fight. Otherwise, why did his team insist that Canelo fight at a catchweight of 152lbs and not at the light-middleweight limit of 154lbs? (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Gary Purfield
Friday night at Harrah’s Philly Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA, Mike The Machine” Oliver (26-5, 8KOs) captured the vacant NABA featherweight title in odd fashion, by getting floored by Eric “The Outlaw” Hunter (17-3, 9KOs) less than a minute into the opening round and winning by disqualification. In the co-feature of the evening, Philly welterweight prospect Hassan Young (4-1-1, 2KOs) scored a fifth round TKO victory over Chester’s own veteran slugger Julio Dejesus (8-4-3, 4KOs), when he couldn’t come out of the corner due to a cut that caused him vision problems from the third round on. (more…)
By Lou McLaughlin at ringside
GH3 Promotions and Greg Cohen Promotions presented a great night of boxing featuring local talent on Friday night at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey. . The fighters were all backed be legions of their individual enthusiastic supporters. In the main event, jr. middleweight John “Apollo Kidd” Thompson of Newark, New Jersey raised his record to (13-0, 4 KO) against Brandon Quarles (10-2, 1 KO) in an 8 round bout. (more…)
By Sam Geraci
Photos: Tom Barnes/Tomba Images
In the main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe,” Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-1, KOs) of Chicago, IL, came up short in his quest to establish himself as a contender against Derrick “Superman” Findley (21-11-1, 9 KOs) of Gary, IN, one of the sport’s true gatekeepers. Findley also captured the vacant UBF All Americas super middleweight.
Findley dropped and hurt Jimenez in the third with a dynamic overhand right. Although Jimenez rose to his feet and willed himself to the seventh, he was never able to fully recover and Findley was never willing to give him the time to do so. In seventh, with Findley throwing and landing bombs at will, Jimenez’ corner wisely threw in the towel at 51 seconds of the round. After the bout, Findley expressed what this fight means to him and his thoughts on Jimenez. (more…)
Ohh, just signed my bout agreement to fight Edwin Rodriguez Nov 16th. The ball is in his court.
— Andre S.O.G. Ward (@andreward) September 14, 2013
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Loiu Abigail
London Olympian Jeff “Hornet” Horn (4-0-1, 4KOs) captured the Australian welterweight title when he scored a sensational knockout in round one over Samuel Colomban (21-6, 10KOs) at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, on Thursday that was televised throughout Australia. Colomban attacked Horn from the opening bell but the clever Horn evaded his opponents bombs and found the opening for a power right hand shot that landed flush on the jaw that dropped Cameroon born Colomban cold at which point ringside doctor Peter Lewis entered the ring to offer assistance to the unconscious boxer.
Time of stoppage 1.18. Colomban recovered okay after a few minutes. Colomban holds a win over former world champion Philip Holiday but suffered a loss to Denton Vasell in 2011. Horn, 25 years seems destined for international recognition. Horn scored two wins at London Olympics before losing to Denis Berinchik of the Ukraine by 13-21. (more…)
Photos: Star Boxing
Below are the results from today’s weigh-in for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights 10″, tonight at The Paramount in Huntington, New York.
Chris Algieri 142 vs. Wilfredo Acuna 140
Joshua Clottey 156 vs. Dashon Johnson 155
Constantin Bejenaru 216 vs. Excell Holmes 236
Wendy Toussaint 151 vs. Koree Boyd 149
Female welterweight Tori Nelson is a world champion once again. Aleksandra Magdziak Lopes is still searching for her first piece of hardware. Nelson (7-0-3) out-worked Lopes (10-2) Friday night at Twin River Casino to earn a 100-90, 100-90, 98-92 unanimous-decision win and capture the vacant Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) welterweight world title in the main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ “Champion Breed” card. (more…)
By Sam Geraci at ringside
In the main event of Hitz Boxing’s “Fight Night at the Horseshoe,” Mike “Hollywood” Jimenez (11-1, KOs) of Chicago, IL, came up short in his quest to establish himself as a contender against Derrick “Superman” Findley (21-11-1, 9 KOs) of Gary, IN, one of the sport’s true gatekeepers. Findley dropped Jimenez in the third with a dynamic overhand right, and although Jimenez rose to his feet, he was never able to fully recover. The fight was ultimately stopped when Jimenez’ corner wisely threw in the towel at 51 seconds of the seventh.
By Malte Müller-Michaelis
Heavyweight contender Manuel Charr is part of German reality TV show “Celebrity Big Brother” which premiered Friday night on national network Sat.1. The “Diamond Boy” will spend two weeks in the “Big Brother house” in Berlin along with eleven other celebrities including former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff. Charr moved into the house wearing a “WBC World Champion” shirt and four regional WBC titles which he collected over the last years. “It is my goal to unify all regional WBC belts to force Vitali Klitschko into a rematch. Vitali, it ain’t over till it’s over. Come and fight me,” Charr stated at the live show. (more…)
By Felipe Leon at the scale
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Official crowd in the MGM Grand Arena for the weigh-in is 12,200. Many more turned away.
Floyd Mayweather 150.5 vs. Canelo Alvarez 152
(WBC/WBA super welterweight titles)
Danny Garcia 140 vs. Lucas Matthysse 140
(WBC/WBA super lightweight titles)
* Garcia weighed 140.5 on the first try, reweighed at 140.
Ishe Smith 151.5 vs. Carlos Molina 153
(IBF jr middleweight title)
Ashley Theophane 142 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 141.5
————-Off TV Fights————-
Luis Arias 162.5 vs. James Winchester 160
Ronald Gavril 168 vs. Shujaa El Amin 168
Christopher Pearson 156 vs. Josh Williams 155
Lanell Bellows 167 vs. Jordan Moore 167
Andrew Tabiti 193 vs. Edward Smith 195
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy/Mayweather Promotions
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (26-0, 14 KOs) will be doing a meet and greet on Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Shoe Palace at Fashion Show Mall on the strip in Las Vegas. Ward, who hasn’t been in the ring for over a year, is eyeing a November 16 return against an opponent to be named. We are told the fight won’t be in Oakland.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
Former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis (41-2, 32 KOs) will be just one of the special guests during the title defense of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (60-3, 51 KOs) against WBA “regular” champion Alexander Povetkin (26-0, 18 KOs) on October 5 in Moscow. Russian businessman Andrey Ryabinsky, the event organizer, officially announced that Lewis accepted his invitation and will be ringside in Olympic Stadium. Lennox will be the third Olympic boxing gold medalist in the building. Wladimir won the gold in 1996 in Atlanta and Alexander won gold in 2004 in Athens. Lewis got his Olympic gold in 1988 in Seoul, beating Riddick Bowe. For Lennox, it could be a very interesting place and time for 10-year anniversary and reunion with his last professional rival – WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KOs), who, as always, will be cheering for his younger brother in Russia’s capitol. Who will Lewis cheer for?
Kid Galahad 121.3 vs. Jazza Dickens 123.5
Chris Eubank Jr 163 vs. Aleksey Ribchev 163.6
Hughie Fury ?? vs. Shane McPhilbin ??
Venue: Magna Centre, Rotherham, England
Promoter: Hennessy Sports
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Eric Hunter 125.5 vs. Mike Oliver 125.5
Julio De Jesus 141.5 vs. Hasan Young 141.5
Anthony Prescott 149.5 vs. Carlos Moore 146.0
Richard Irizarry 127.75 vs. Joshua Arocha 129.0
Josue Rivera 147.5 vs. Jesus Barbosa 152.0*
*Jesus Barbosa was 4 pounds over the contract weight of 148, and was given 30 minutes to lose as much weight as possible. It appeared that the fight would go on regardless of Barbosa’s final weight, but a financial penalty would be charged for every pound he was over the contract limit (after the 30 minutes).
Note: Hunter and Oliver officially weighed in last night (9/12), and re-weighed in this morning. Both weighed 128 pounds at the second weigh in.
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