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It was a storybook return to the Saitama Super Arena in Japan for former PRIDE champion Wanderlei Silva, who knocked out Brian Stann in the second round of a light heavyweight war that saw the legendary “Axe Murderer” win in his first fight in the Land of the Rising Sun since 2006 . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Koseki retains WBC female 102lb belt; Tada keeps WBA female 105lb belt; Zamora wins WBC female 108lb belt
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, WBC atomweight champ Momo Koseki (12-0-1, 3 KOs), 101.5, kept her belt for the tenth time as she battered durable Mexican Maria Jimenez (9-4, no KO), 100.5, all the way en route to a shutout decision (all 100-90) on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. It was the main event of the female world title tripleheader where Koseki displayed her speed and skills.
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Etsuko Tada (12-0-2, 2 KOs), 105, retained her WBA 105-pound belt as she pounded out a nearly lopsided decision (99-91 and 98-92 twice) over compatriot Yuko Kuroki (9-3, 5 KOs), 104.5, over ten furious rounds. This was the second of the female world title tripleheader here. Tada, making her ninth defense, scored well with left crosses against the southpaw challenger time and again to show her superior strength and skills.
Non-stop punching Mexican girl Ibeth Zamora (17-5, 7 KOs), 106.75, impressively acquired the vacant WBC 108-pound belt as she threw plenty of combinations to OPBF ruler Naoko Shibata (9-3, 3 KOs), 106.75, and won a split but well-received decision (96-94 twice and 94-96) over ten hot frames in the first of a female world title tripleheader on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. The title had been renounced by ex-titlist Esmeralda Moreno because of her pregnancy.
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Undefeated bantamweight Paulus “The Rock” Ambunda (20-0, 10 KOs) dethroned reigning WBO 118lb champion Pungluang Sor Singyu (43-2, 28 KOs) via unanimous decision early Sunday morning in Windhoek, Namibia. Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 for Ambunda, who became Namibia’s third boxer to win a world title, joining former champions Harry Simon and Paulus Moses.
Unbeaten junior welterweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (20-0-1, 16 KOs) quickly demolished Henry Aurad (14-7-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Our Lady of the Lake University Wellness & Activities Center in San Antonio, Texas. A big right hand put Aurad down and the bout was waved off. Time was:47.
2012 United States Olympian welterweight Errol Spence Jr. (4-0, 3 KOs) went the four round distance for the first time against Luis Torres (4-3-3, 1 KO). Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Unbeaten junior middleweight Jermall Charlo (12-0, 8 KOs) scored a second round KO over Gilbert Venegas (12-9-3, 8 KOs). A right hand to the head ended it at 1:24.
By Brett Bonetti
IBF #1 rated middleweight Sam Soliman (43-11, 17 KO’s) has strongly has refuted reports that he failed a drug test which was taken before his unanimous decision victory over Felix Sturm (37-4-2, 16 KO’s) in their IBF Middleweight title eliminator on February 1 in Germany. Soliman used Twitter to make the following statement: “Drug allegations are complete nonsense and an insult. Anyone who knows me knows my views about drug cheats.”
Soliman’s manager, Dave Stanley told the Australian Associated Press, “I’ve contacted the Australian anti-doping commission to get them to get into contact with the German group because there are irregularities all over the place on this against someone who is vehemently opposed to any form of performance-enhancing drug use.”
Photo: Abel Sanchez
Undefeated light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (24-0, 19 KOs) took his last run this morning in Big Bear Lake, Calif., prior to departing for Brooklyn, N.Y., to make his fifth title defense on March 9 at Barclays Center against future Hall of Famer Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs). Cloud, from Tallahassee, Fla., and his new trainer Abel Sanchez faced a number of challenges at their high-altitude training camp perched at the beautiful Bear Mountain Ski Resort in the mountains east of Los Angeles. They braved a bitterly cold January followed by heavy snowfall that Cloud noted “was beautiful.”
February brought on what Cloud said “was not a good time to be a black man in Big Bear,” when an intense California-wide manhunt lead police to Cloud’s scenic mountain oasis in search of former Los Angeles Police Department cop Christoper Dorner–a fugitive with a $1 million bounty on his head after being suspected of going on a killing spree–whose truck was found in the snow-covered woods near Big Bear Lake. Police got into a gunfight with the outlaw on Glass Road in the Big Bear area before subsequently burning a cabin where he had holed up on Feb. 12.
IBO welterweight champion Chris van Heerden (19-1-1, 10 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Matthew Hatton (43-7-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sandton Convention Center in Johannesburg, South Africa. Scores were 118-110, 117-112, 116-112.
Kaizer Mabuza W8 Isaac Hlatshwayo (welterweight)
Matty Clarkson TKO7 Tshepang Mohale (light heavyweight)
Osborne Machimana D6 Elvis Moyo (heavyweight)
Full report from Ron Jackson coming soon…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight prospect Blake Caparello (15-0-1, 6KOs) scored a shutout victory over Avitey Powers (18-19-1, 14KOs) in an eight round main event contest at the Grand Star Reception Center in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Caparello dominated Powers with superior boxing skills to win all the rounds by scores 80-72, 80-72, 80-72.
In main supporting bout light middleweight prospect Dwight Ritchie clearly defeated Singdet Nonitayakom over eight rounds to be awarded the decision by scores 80-73,80-72,80-72.
London 2012 Olympian welterweight Jeff Horn made a successful professional debut by stopping Jody Allen at 2:22 of round two.
Featherweight Jai Alexander scored a four round points decision over Petch Lookchaopraya by scores 40-36, 40-36, 40-36. (more…)
The Bundes Deutscher Berufsboxer (German Boxing Federation) has announced that IBF #1 rated middleweight Sam Soliman has failed his drug test after his decision win over Felix Sturm on February 1. BDB President Thomas Putz told BILD that Soliman’s A sample tested positive for “a hard to detect designer drug that has a stimulating effect…Sam Soliman how has the opportunity for a hearing. I have informed the NADA doping agency and the IBF.” Sturm told BILD: “I was harassed before the fight with several blood tests then he cheats himself. Simply sad!”
Photos: Renzo Novara
Last Wednesday night, February 27th, Mayen Promotions presented another night of exciting local boxing in Tijuana, Mexico, a city where promoter Guillermo Mayen has really dropped anchor in his commitment to transforming the fighting hotbed into the most important city for boxing in the country. Named as “Reyes and Reinas (Kings and Queens)”, the fight card featured a number of local popular fighters including the woman which has been tagged to take over the baton from hometown favorite Jackie “Aztec Princess” Nava in becoming the next female star out of the border city. Nineteen year old flyweight Kenia Enriquez (5-0, 2KOs) remained undefeated as she cruised to an easy unanimous decision over much more experienced Blanca Raymundo (1-8) of the Inland Empire of California. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Five undefeated Washington, DC-area boxers and a much-anticipated pro debut are the highlights of the Keystone Boxing card Saturday at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD.
Undefeated Forestville, MD junior middleweight Alantez “Slyaza” Fox returns to action in a six-round contest versus Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. Fox (9-0-1, four KO’s) is coming off a six-round unanimous decision victory over Julius Kennedy on the last Rosecroft card on January 12. Hackett (2-9) has only been stopped once in his 11-bout career and has gone six rounds in his last three bouts. (more…)
At some point or another, every fighter has found themselves in a difficult position. Whether that comes in the heat of battle with their opponent on the attack, or at a juncture of a career where there is no longer room for a back step; an athlete competing in the competitive world of mixed martial arts has undoubtedly attempted to prepare themselves for anything that may come their way . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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Reigning IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib built up a four round lead on all three scorecards after four rounds, but Gradovich fought his way back into the fight to win by scores of 114-112 on the cards of Don Trella and Glenn Feldman. Judge Don Ackerman disagreed with his two colleagues on rounds six, seven and ten in scoring the fight for Dib 114-112.
Omar Figueroa Jr. 139.5 vs. Henry Aurad 141
Jermall Charlo 154.25 vs. Gilbert Venegas 152.5
Errol Spence Jr. 146.25 vs. Luis Torres 146.25
Emanuel Ledezma 173.5 vs. Felix Piedra 174.5
Jairo Castaneda 140.25 vs. Christian Santibanez 138.5
Felipe Castaneda 116 vs. Gabriel Rangel 116
Kurtiss Colvin 159 vs. Darius Shorter 159
Joseph Rodriguez 126.5 vs. Elio Ruiz 125
Kenton Sippio-Cook 149.5 vs. Carlos Dixon 159
Venue: Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FSN/Fox Deportes
Weigh-in results for UFC on FUEL TV 8, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Wanderlei Silva and Brian Stann and the heavyweight bout between Stefan Struve and Mark Hunt, airing live on FUEL TV from Saitama Super Arena in Japan at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 7pm ET / 4pm PT.
Brian Stann (206) VS Wanderlei Silva (204)
FUEL TV MAIN CARD
Stefan Struve (260) VS Mark Hunt (266)
Diego Sanchez (158*) VS Takanori Gomi (156)
Hector Lombard (186) VS Yushin Okami (185)
Rani Yahya (146) VS Mizuto Hirota (146)
Siyar Bahadurzada (171) VS Dong Hyun Kim (171)
Brad Tavares (185) VS Riki Fukuda (186)
Bryan Caraway (135) VS Takeya Mizugaki (136)
Kazuki Tokudome (155) VS Cristiano Marcello (156)
Kyung Ho Kang (135) VS Alex Caceres (136)
Hyun Gyu Lim (171) VS Marcelo Guimaraes (171)
*Diego Sanchez was unable to make the 156-pound limit, and will forfeit 20% of his purse.
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Photos: All Star Boxing
In a shocker, WBC CABOFE titleholder Ulises “El Ratoncito” Lara (13-12-2, 7 KOs) scored a second round KO against WBO #4/WBA #3 flyweight Omar “El Lobito” Soto (23-10-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. Lara dropped Soto three times in round two to claim the Mexican domestic flyweight title.
Ringside Results by Scott Ploof
Photo: Emily Harney
Unbeaten Evgeny Gradovich (16-0, 8 KOs) dethroned IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib (35-2, 21 KOs) by twelve round split decision on Friday night at the MGM Grand Theater located in the Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut. It was a rugged fight with Dib getting off to a good start, but the relentless pressure of Gradovich began to pay dividends as the fight progressed. Referee Eddie Claudio deducted a point from both fighters in round eight. Gradovich, who took the fight on one-month notice after Cuban Olympian Luis Franco pulled out of the title shot over the size of an ESPN purse, came on strong down the stretch to win by scores of 114-112, 114-112 on two cards. Dib was up 114-112 on the third card.
NABF junior middleweight title holder Willie Nelson (20-1-1, 12 KO’s) retained his title as he knocked his opponent Michael Medina (26-4-2, 19 KO’s) down twice in the first round, which prompted referee Arthur Mercante to stop the bout. The first knockdown Nelson landed a straight right, and the second came a few seconds later after a huge right hook. Time of the stoppage was 2:00 of the first round. (more…)
As previously reported, the WBC heavyweight eliminator scheduled for March 9 at “The Hangar” in Costa Mesa, California, between Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne has been postponed to a later date due to a bronchial infection sustained by Arreola. Goossen Tutor officially announced Friday that the rest of the card remains intact with the IBF junior lightweight championship rematch between Mexican world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (26-1-1, 16 KOs) against #1 contender and mandatory challenger Argenis Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) of the Dominican Republic moving to the main event. The co-semi-main bouts, will feature twin brothers, Javier and Oscar Molina. HBO Latino will telecast the Salgado-Mendez bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday afternoon, WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and his manager Eddy Reynoso arrived at Los Angeles International Airport and reported that they are ready to resume workouts. Canelo also confirmed his fight against WBA super welterweight champ Austin Trout on April 20 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Richar Abril 134.5 vs. Sharif Bogere 134
(WBA lightweight championship)
Gary Russell Jr. 127 vs. Vyacheslav Gusev 126.5
Jorge Melendez 156.5 vs. Ryan Davis 158
Thomas Williams Jr. 175 vs. Kevin Engel 174.5
Jeffrey Fontanez 134.5 vs. Daniel Attah 135
Luis Arias 166.5 vs. Arsenio Terraza 168
Sammy Vasquez 147.5 vs. Leandro Albornoz 146
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
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