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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna ...

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Thurman and Porter make weight

Thurman and Porter make weight

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Keith Thurman 146 vs. Shawn Porter 147 (WBA world welterweight title) Porter stripped naked and was right on the limit. Jarrett ...

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Mike Alvarado: I have a lot left in my tank

Mike Alvarado: I have a lot left in my tank

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Porfirio C Barron Jr. Fightnews.com caught up with former world champion Mike Alvarado at Montoya's Boxing Gym in Dallas during ...

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Wladimir Klitschko press conference and workout

Wladimir Klitschko press conference and workout

By Tony Mayger/Ringtone Boxing As Wladimir Klitschko prepares to reclaim the titles that he lost to Tyson Fury back in November 2015, the ...

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Thurman-Porter Final Press Conference

Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Keith Thurman and Shawn Porter went face-to-face Thursday at the final press conference before their eagerly anticipated welterweight world title ...

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Boxing News

Guillermo Jones becomes a manager

By Hector Villarreal

Current WBA Cruiserweight Champion, Guillermo Jones (38-3-2) will add a new facet to his boxing career, now as a fighters manager on his native Panama. Jones, who currently prepares for his mandatory defense on October 27th in Russia, sent four contracts for their approval by the Panama Boxing Commission at its weekly meeting on Monday night. Middleweight Robinson Elias Aragon, featherweight Lizcanio Doviama, superbantam Robinson De Jesus Chambers and female minimumweight Keyra Graell, all scheduled to debut on August 22 in Panama City, will become the first group of fighters officially managed by “El Felino” Jones. The Panamanian COMIBOX handed the four contracts to their legal advisory departament to verify the terms and may announce a final approval on a special meeting set for next Tuesday. COMIBOX also received from the Amateur Boxing Federation the four written authorizations to become proffessional fighters.



August 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Calderon-Fuentes changed to October 6 in PR

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

The clash between two-time world champion Ivan ‘Iron Boy’ Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs) and current WBO 105lb king Moises Fuentes (15-1, 7 KOs) will not be held August 25 and is now being slated for the October 6 card at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon topped by former WBO super bantamweight champ Wilfredo ‘Papito’ Vazquez against Rafael Marquez, another former world champion. The official announcement of this new date will be Wednesday at a news conference in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.



August 7th, 2012


Column

South Africa Boxing Buzz

By Ron Jackson

Western Cape featherweight dies

Malibongwe Thoba, a featherweight boxer from the Western Cape, has died, allegedly after a shooting incident at Stellenbosch. Thoba was ranked #8 by Boxing SA and had a professional record reported to be 6-2, with 5 knockouts. He was stopped in the fifth round when he challenged Sabelo Jubatha for the SA title in Mdantsane in October 2010.

Gwayana and Kheswa to meet for interim title

Two former SA champions will fight for the South African interim junior flyweight title on Saturday. Mfundo Gwayana and Vuyani Kheswa are scheduled to meet at the Babs Madlakane hall in KwaNobuhle near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Gwayana has a professional record of 12-4-1, including 7 knockouts. Kheswa stands at 15-5-1, 3 KOs. Both are from East London. Kheswa won the SA junior flyweight title in December 2003 when he beat Mbulelo Nyanda. He made a successful defence against Ayanda Ramncwana before losing the belt to Sizwe Sinyabi in October 2004. Gwayana won the vacant title in November 2007 when he outpointed Simphiwe Mabona. He retained it against Samora Msophi, Motswaki Moselesele, Sinyabi and Thabo Sishwane before losing it to Sinyabi in July 2010. The current champion is unbeaten Luzuko Siyo (10-0, 8 KOs) who won the vacant title when he defeated Monwabisi Ngundwana in June last year. The fight between Gwayana and Kheswa is promoted by 70-year-old grandmother Gladys “Noforty” Tsenene.

Mthalane to defend IBF belt

IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane defends his belt against mandatory challenger Ricardo Nunez at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City on September 1. The 29-year-old South African will be making the fourth defense of his belt. His record stands at 28-2, 19 KOs. Nunez, the mandatory challenger, is 24 years old and has a record of 24-2, 20 KOs.



August 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Povetkin-Rahman rescheduled for Sept 29

The Sporthalle Hamburg will host a championship heavyweight doubleheader on September 29. The main event of the evening will be the WBA Heavyweight World Championship between Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) and mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs). The next highlight will see European heavyweight champion Kubrat Pulev (16-0, 8 KOs) take on Alexander Ustinov (27-0, 21 KOs) from Russia. (more…)



August 7th, 2012


Boxing News

WBC calls for immediate change in amateur boxing

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The WBC has called on the AIBA to immediately change their system of simply counting blows to decide amateur fights because “that’s not boxing” and undermines the different styles in the sport.”It is not possible for a boxing match to be won by 7 to 3 when hundreds blows connect and don’t count for anything,” said the WBC in a press statement.

The WBC also protests the decision of Ireland’s John Joe Nevin over Mexican Oscar Valdez in the 2012 London Olympics saying that Valdez dropped Nevin with a hook to the liver and battered him from pillar to post only to lose the round 7-4. They say the Mexican Federation should have made a strong protest as did the U.S. and three other countries who had boxing results later changed on the desktop.



August 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Palicte ready for Rodriguez

Vincent “Popeye” Palicte (14-3-1, 7 KOs) of Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines is all set for his upcoming fight on August 16 at the Mandaluyong City Sports Complex, Metro Manila, Philippines against fellow Filipino Frederix Rodriguez (8-2-1, 6 KOs) from Bukidnon Province located at Mindanao island, southern Philippines. Up for grabs will be the vacant WBO Asia Pacific bantamweight Championship, which was recently relinquished by WBO No. 1 bantamweight AJ “Bazooka” Banal of the famed ALA Boxing Gym of Cebu City, Philippines when he officially announced his scheduled fight against Thai WBO #2 bantamweight Pungluang Sor Singyu on October 20 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Metro Manila for the vacant WBO bantamweight world crown.

The fight card is promoted by Joven Sports Promotions headed by Joven Jimenez. General admission for this event is FREE TO THE PUBLIC.



August 7th, 2012

UFC

The Blueprint: Henderson vs. Edgar II

On February 26, 2012, Benson Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar in a spirited affair that earned him a fat bonus check for Fight of the Night honors and, more importantly, a shiny gold trinket also known as the UFC lightweight championship belt . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II is LIVE on Pay-Per-View August 11 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 150 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



August 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Kessler extends contract with Team Sauerland

Three-time world champion Mikkel Kessler (45-2, 34 KOs) has signed an early contract extension with Team Sauerland until 2014. “I look forward to continuing our successful cooperation,” Kessler said. “It has been great to work with Wilfried, Kalle and Nisse Sauerland. I owe it to my fantastic fans to prove myself against the world´s best boxers and thanks to Team Sauerland, I can do just that. They have big plans for me and that suits me well.” (more…)



August 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Full Steam Ahead for Stieglitz

Photos: Eroll Popova

Over the weekend, WBO champion Robert Stieglitz opened his his training in a boxing gym located on “The Brocken,” the highest peak in Northern Germany. Under SES trainer Dirk Dzemski, Stieglitz will enter the intensive phase of his preparation for his world title defense against Arthur Abraham on August 25at the O2-World Arena in Berlin.

Stielitz didn’t have far to travel as the mountain is located just outside his front door. SES made special arrangements with HSB (Harz Light Railway) to dedicated a steam locomotive to the champion with with the theme of “On to Berlin” placed on the front. The trains runs up to the Broken Plateau, located at an altitude of 3,691 feet where a boxing gym has been established in the Brocken Hotel for some special and historic “altitude training.” (more…)



August 7th, 2012

Boxing News

Gabriel Campillo roadwork

By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde

Former light heavyweight champion Gabriel ‘Chico Guapo’ Campillo (21-4-1, 8 KOs) of Spain, but now residing in Oxnard, California, continues his preparation as he takes on undefeated Sergey Kovalev (18-0-1, 16 KOs) on Friday September 21st in a 10-round bout on the NBC Sports Network Fight Night Boxing Series live from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania which is being presented by Main Events along with Peltz Boxing and Sampson Boxing.

Also in action that night will be welterweight Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12 KOs) taking on Antwone ‘The Truth’ Smith (21-4-1, 12 KOs) for the WBC Continental Americas welterweight title, as well as junior middleweight Gabriel ‘King’ Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) facing Charles ‘Killa’ Whittaker (38-12-2, 23 KOs) to determine the mandatory challenger to face IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K9’ Bundrage (32-4, 19 KOs). (more…)



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

New “Battle at the Boat” headliner

Lightweights Jose “Loco” Hernandez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) and Robert Osiobe (12-5-4, 6 KOs) have replaced the Juan Garcia-John Jackson bout as the main event for “Battle at the Boat 88” on August 18 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The original headliner was scrapped due to undisclosed unforeseen circumstances. “Strange things take place in this sport, but as you know, everything happens for a reason,” stated promoter Brian Halquist, CEO of Halquist Productions. “I love the new main event and this is going to be a slugfest. Both men fought top-notch opposition and are eager to make a statement. For some reason, almost all of the replacement fights on my card turned out to be better than the original one was expected to be.” The Hernandez-Jackson bout is set for ten rounds. (more…)



August 6th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX 4 musings

Lyoto Machida earned another crack at the light heavyweight crown with his amazing second-round knockout win over Ryan Bader. But it is far from certain that his title fight will come against current champion Jon Jones . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II is LIVE on Pay-Per-View August 11 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 150 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Shaw inks Peruvian star Maicelo

Gary Shaw Productions has announced the signing of undefeated lightweight standout, Jonathan “The Predator” Maicelo (17-0, 10 KOs) of Callao, Peru. Having captured the WBC Latino and WBA Fedecentro lightweight titles, Maicelo is the first Peruvian boxer to ever enter the world rankings. “Maicelo is a huge star in his native land of Peru,” said Gary Shaw. “His tantalizing fighting style is what brings large crowds, amassing 15,000 people to come see him fight. He had an outstanding amateur career where he medaled in many international tournaments. He’s a tremendous fighter with a ton of charisma.”

“In his last fight at the Chumash Casino last month, he destroyed the always rugged Daniel Attah in three rounds. We want to showcase his talents here in the United States and he’ll make a quick return to the ring this Friday at the Morongo Casino on the undercard of Darley Perez vs. Bahodir Mamadjonov which will air on ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights.”



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Adamek-Walker on WealthTV

Main Events and Ziggy Promotions announced today that WealthTV has secured the live US television rights for the upcoming heavyweight battle between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (46-2-0) and Travis “Freight Train” Walker (39-7-1) for the IBF North American heavyweight title. The fight will originate in front of Adamek’s rabid fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This will be Adamek’s ninth appearance at the “Pru Center.”



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Sanchez-Leyva collide Aug 25

Fresh off of his nationally-televised knockout win over Artemio Reyes in April, 21-year-old welterweight prospect Alan Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) returns home to Fairfield, Calif. on Saturday, August 25 to headline the “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” card to face veteran Manuel Leyva (21-7, 12 KOs) in a 10 round battle at the Fairfield Sports Center. In the co-feature, Fairfield’s Manuel “Tino” Avila (8-0, 2 KOs) takes on Vicente Alfaro (5-1, 1 KO) in a six round junior featherweight fight. The card is presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Don Chargin Productions in association with Paco Presents.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Rosado-Whittaker IBF eliminator on Sept 21

Junior middleweights Gabriel Rosado and Charles Whittaker will battle for the #1 spot in the IBF rankings on September 21 at the Event Center of the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem in Bethlehem, PA. The Rosado-Whittaker bout has been added to the NBC Sports Network Fight Series card, which already includes: light-heavyweights Gabriel Campillo against Sergey Kovalev in a ten-rounder and welterweights Ronald Cruz against Antwone Smith, scehduled for twelve. Main Events, which is promoting the Sept. 21 card with Peltz Boxing and Sampson Boxing, won a purse bid on July 26 for the right to promote Rosado vs. Whittaker and added the match to the Sept. 21 card. The winner of the Rosado-Whittaker fight will become the mandatory challenger for IBF world champion Cornelius Bundrage.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

IBF orders Brook-Saldivia

The IBF have ordered Kell Brook to face Hector Saldivia on October 20 in a final eliminator for the mandatory position for the welterweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook maintained his unbeaten record with a hard fought win over Carson Jones in July and the Sheffield star is already back in training as he prepares for his biggest night yet against the dangerous Argentine with 32 KOs in his 41 wins. The winner of the clash will become the mandatory challenger for the title, which Randall Bailey defends against Devon Alexander in Texas on September 22.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

USA women lock in two Olympic medals

USA female flyweight Marlen Esparza ans USA female middleweight Claressa Shields won in their debuts at the 2012 Olympic Games on Monday and by virtue of first round byes both are already guaranteed at least a bronze medals. Meanwhile, reinstated USA welterweight Errol Spence (Desoto, Texas) will compete in his quarterfinal contest on Tuesday at 10 p.m. London time (5 p.m. ET), in a bout with Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy. Spence received a second life following a successful U.S. protest of his bout with India’s Krishan Vikas. (more…)



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

O’Connor returns August 12

Jr welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (17-1, 5 KOs) will make history August 12 when he headlines the first professional boxing event at famed Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Gillette Stadium is home to the three-time Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. O’Connor is slated to take on James Ventry (7-15-1, 4 KOs) in the eight-round main event of a three-bout card that will take place following an MLS match between the New England Revolution and Montreal Impact. mmediately after the conclusion of the soccer game, a ring will be set-up in the end zone behind the Revolution’s goal. The Revs average between 12,000-15,000 fans per game.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing Result

Results from Canyonville, Oregon

By Sam DiTusa at ringside

Saturday night Patrick Ortiz and Ringside Ticket Promotions put on eight great bouts which thrilled the 1,500 fans at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon with back and forth action, sensational power displays, and a chance to see two legitimate prospects in competitive fights. In the main event, unbeaten super middleweight Mike Gavronski (10-0-1, 8 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over against Kevin Hand (3-3, 3 KOs) for the Pacific Northwest Association title. (more…)



August 6th, 2012

Announcement

Minnesota BHOF Announces Class of 2012

Induction Banquet is Sept 28th at the Mystic Lake Casino

The Minnesota Boxing Hall of Fame has announced their official class of 2012. The 2012 inductees include featherweight champion Oscar Gardner, light heavyweight Jimmy Delaney, legendary heavyweight, Billy Miske, heavyweight Jim Beattie Lee Savold, middleweight Jerry Slavin, heavyweight Jim Beattie, writer Dick Cullum, plus ring official Denny Nelson. (more…)



August 6th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Wilder vs. Manswell

Ringside report and gallery by Scott Foster

Deontay Wilder: “I’m not looking for a payday. I’m the type of fighter who says, ‘you think you are the best? Well, I think I’m the best. Lets see.’ I fight for the pride and the glory.”

After Deontay Wilder’s [24-0 w/24ko] initial opponent Kelvin Price withdrew due to a rib injury, Trinidad and Tobago’s Kertson “Warrior” Manswell [22-6 w/17ko] not only accepted the challenge on late notice, but issued a theatrical tirade during the pre-fight press conference, threatening to “Kill and Bury” Wilder in his native Caribbean soil. But after less than 3 minutes inside the Mobile Civic Center Arena Expo Hall, the only thing soiled was Kertson Manswell’s reputation as a reliable prognosticator . . . Click here for more



August 6th, 2012

UFC

UFC 150: One Epic Rematch!

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Coming up next: UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II is LIVE on Pay-Per-View August 11 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 150 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Hyland headlines in Rochester

By Bob Caico

Novice promoter and New York’s first licensed Latino female boxing promoter, Mercedes Vazquez-Simmons, has put together a seven-bout card in her native Rochester, NY. Vazquez-Simmons’ Pretty Girl Productions, LLC will stage their first ever card Wednesday at Shalen’s Stadium (home of the professional soccer Rochester Rhinos).

The main event will feature Ireland’s undefeated featherweight, Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland (26-0) against Carlos Fulgencio (19-7-1) of the Dominican Republic. Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi, commonly known as “Snooki” of New York City, manages Hyland. Hyland will be making his sixth start on United States soil and third straight here this year since relocating to Newburgh, NY. (more…)



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Q&A Lovemore Ndou

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former IBF 140 champion Lovemore Ndou talks to Fightnews about Saul Alvarez and his chances of defeating Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather also if Kell Brook will become world champion. Ndou has taken Alvarez and Cotto the distance and worked for several weeks as a sparring partner with Floyd Mayweather. Ndou will clash with former world IBF champion Gairy St Claire on Friday over twelve rounds on the Gold Coast of Queensland , Australia in a nationally televised promotion.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing back in Chester, PA

On Friday night September 14th, a night of professional boxing returns to Harrahs in Chester, PA promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman. In the main event, exciting Lightweight Victor Vasquez (15-6=1, 7 KOs) will see action in a ten round bout against an opponent to be named. In a six round co-feature, Tony Ferrante of Philadelphia (12-4, 7 KOs) will take part in a six round Cruiserweight bout. In a six round Jr. Welterweight bout, Julio Dejesus (5-3-2, 3 KOs) of Chester, PA will take on an opponent to be named. In a six round Welterweight bout, Emanuel Taylor (14-1, 10 KOs) of Edgewood Arsenel, Maryland takes on an opponent to be named.



August 6th, 2012

Boxing Result

Holmes outpoints Winslow

By Julian Burgower at ringside

Washington DC’s latest boxing event at the Renaissance Hotel solidified the current resurgence of the National Capital Regions’ stake of producing a hotbed of local talent. Recent success has included top-flight names such as Heavyweight hopeful Seth Mitchell, former Junior Welterweight Champion Lamont Peterson and brother Anthony, and most impressively 2008 Olympian Gary Russell Jr. The card brought a taste of Vegas to the event, complete with an Elvis impersonator greeting the fans ringside. Elvis’s presence in the building was fitting as nearly half of the participating warriors ended their night “All Shook Up,” with five first-round knockouts posted in a scheduled seven-bout card.

Heavyweight Donnell Holmes, 34-2-2 (29), posted a workman-like six-round decision victory over veteran opponent Maurice Winslow, 3-17-1 (3) in the main event, which unfortunately was anti-climatic after the string of knockouts made each act tougher to follow than the last. (more…)



August 6th, 2012

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: Day Nine

Day nine of competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the ExCeL Arena hosted the action once again with the Men’s Bantamweight (56kg) and Heavyweight (91kg) quarter-finals taking place in the evening session before a capacity crowd. Earlier in the day, Olympic history was re-written as women’s boxing made its long-awaited debut at the Games in a watershed moment for the sport. The world was introduced to the three Women’s weight categories, Flyweight (51kg), Lightweight (60kg) and Middleweight (75kg). (more…)



August 5th, 2012

Boxing News

Spadafora returns August 18

Undefeated former IBF/IBC world champion Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs) faces former IBF world title challenger and WBA Fedecentro champion Wilfredo “El Flaco” Negron (26-15-1, 19 KOs) of San Juan, Puerto Rico will headline at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort in Chester, WV on August 18th presented by Roy Jones Jr. in association with TNT Promotions.

The co-feature is a 12 Round NABA-US heavyweight title bout between Brian “The Beast” Minto (36-5, 23 KOs) and “Lightning” Mike Sheppard (20-13-1, 9 KOs). Also on the card is cruiserweight Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (20-2-2, 7 KOs) vs. Justin “The Lumberjack” Howes (13-3, 11 KOs), middleweight prospect Dante Moore (7-0-2, 4 KOs) vs. Mustafah Johnson (8-13-1, 2 KOs) as well as matchups involving junior welterweight Billy “Hutch” Hutchinson and more to be announced.

Ticket prices are $100, $50, $35 and $25. Tickets can be purchased at Mountaineer Casino’s Players Club in person or by calling the Players Club at 1-800-804-0468 Ext: 8297.



August 5th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Casimero vs. Guevara

Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon

Three important Mexican promoters, led by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino in association with Promociones del Pueblo and HG Boxing, joined forces on Saturday night to present “Furia en Mazatlan (Fury in Mazatlan)” where IBF junior flyweight John Riel Casimero (17-2, 10 KOs) successfully defended his title against hometown hero Pedro Guevara (18-1-1, 13 KOs) by very close spit decision. The main event topped off a successful event held at the modern Mazatlan Convention Center in Mazatlan, Mexico, and televised live in Mexico by Televisa.

Casimero captured the title earlier this year by defeating Luis Lazarte in Argentina via 10th round TKO and now the world traveling Filipino from Cebu found his way to Mazatlan to defend it for the first time versus the IBF #4 ranked Guevara who was coming off an impressive performance versus Jose Guadalupe Martinez last May where he defended his NABF title for the second time. (more…)



August 5th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Magdaleno vs. Davis

Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Mary Ann Owen / BoxinginLasVegas.com

Diego Magdaleno was told by Bob Arum and Top Rank that 2012 would be his year and after his performance on Saturday night, it looks like they were right. Fighting in his backyard at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino, the NABF Super Featherweight champion pleased the hometown crowd with a dominating performance that was punctuated with a 4th round TKO stoppage of Antonio Davis.

With the victory, Magdaleno put himself in position to fight for a world title by the end of 2012 — perhaps on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao’s November fight in Las Vegas. Based on his performance, it’s a title shot well earned. (more…)



August 5th, 2012

UFC

UFC on FOX: Post-fight presser

Watch the post-fight press conference from the Staples Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 150: Henderson vs. Edgar II is LIVE on Pay-Per-View August 11 from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 150 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



August 5th, 2012

Boxing Result

Wilder destroys Manswell; Velez and Salita triumph

Photos: Scott Foster

2008 United States Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder made it 24 knockouts in 24 fights with a first round destruction of Kertson “Warrior” Manswell (22-6, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama. Wilder dropped Manswell three times in round one and the bout was waved off after 2:10.

Junior middleweight Dmitriy Salita (34-1-1, 18 KOs) battered veteran Roberto Valenzuela (65-63-2, 54 KOs) dropping him in round three and getting a TKO stoppage in round four. Salita is chasing an all-Brooklyn showdown with WBA welterweight champion Paulie Malignaggi.

Unbeaten featherweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Velez (19-0, 14 KOs), the latest phenom to emerge from the boxing rich island of Puerto Rico, scored a spectacular sixth round KO over journeyman Leivi Brea (18-10-3, 9 KOs). (more…)



August 4th, 2012

Boxing Result

Casimero retains IBF jr flyweight belt

By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Felipe Leon

After twelve close and hard fought rounds, IBF junior flyweight champion John Riel Casimero (17-2, 10KOs) retained his title versus hometown hero Pedro Guevara (18-1-1, 13KOs) with a split decision on Saturday night at the Mazatlan Convention Center in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. After surviving a first round flash knockdown, Guevara fought himself back into the fight with good boxing skills but Casimero was able to score with a one punch at a time attack. Casimero was the aggressor as he pushed Guevara to the perimeter of the round as he tried to box. Guevara was able to tighten it up at the end but Casimero took the decision with scores of 116-111 and 114-113 while one judge saw it for Guevara 114-113.

In quite possibly the best fight of the night, Mexican Arturo Santos (12-2, 4KOs) took a controversial unanimous decision over Khabir Suleymanov (13-3, 6KOs) for the vacant WBF super bantamweight title. Suleymanov took the early rounds despite a cut over his left eye. Santos warmed up in the middle and both went to war to close out the fight. Suleymanov was deducted two points, one in the sixth and another in the tenth. At the end, all three judges saw it a much to wide 116-110.

Flyweight WBF female champion Irma “Guerita” Sanchez (24-5-1, 7KOs) retained her title over the tough as nails Sharon Gaines (11-14-1, 3KOs) of Las Vega, NV. Sanchez of Guadalajara, Mexico, made it her fight by pushing the action on the inside. Gaines tried to box but Sanchez was to strong and was able to hurt Gaines a couple times in the ten round fight. Scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92. (more…)



August 4th, 2012

Boxing News

Magdaleno stops Davis in four

By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Unbeaten NABF super featherweight champion Diego Magdaleno (23-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over multi-time world title challenger Antonio Davis (29-7, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. Magdaleno, rated #2 in the WBC, #2 by the WBA, #4 by the WBO and #7 by the IBF, launched a non-stop barrage of punches that got the stoppage from referee Joe Cortez just as round four ended. Official time was 2:59.

In a battle of unbeaten welterweights, hot prospect Jose Benevidez, Jr. (16-0, 13 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Javier Loya (7-1, 6 KOs). Referee Tony Weeks jumped in to protect Loya who was being battered on the ropes. Time was 1:41.

Notre Dame’s Mike Lee (10-0, 6 KOs) continued his unbeaten campaign with a stellar 2nd round TKO over unheralded Tyler Seever (13-12, 11 KOs). After a brief feeling out period in the first frame, “The Fighting Pride of the Irish” turned up the heat and dropped Seever with a chopping right hand in the second round. Smelling blood in the water, Lee pursued his still dazed opponent and leveled him with a 1-2 combination that dropped Seever hard to the canvas. Referee Russell Mora immediately called the fight at the 1:36 mark. (more…)



August 4th, 2012




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