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Photos and story by Brett Bonetti
Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore on Saturday 5th May, 2012. The IBO World Featherweight Title will also be on the line when Daud ‘Cino’ Jordan (28-2, 22 KOs) will face undefeated Filipino Lorenzo ‘Thunderbolt’ Villaneuva (24-0, 23 KOs). The promotional trail moved to Jakarta for a press conference in front of many fans and a huge number from members of the media.
Chris John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade” who will make the 16th defense of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore said he has yet to learn much about his Japanese opponent, but he would never take his opponents lightly and would train hard for the upcoming bout against Kimura.
“I am targeting a KO or at least a TKO victory against Kimura, this is the Year of the Dragon. I’ve been practicing a special punch with my trainer Craig Christian that I call the Dragon Fist, which will surely knock him out,” John said. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Referee Roberto Ramirez says the apologies of Juan Manuel López and Peter Rivera, Vice President of PR Best Boxing, through an email aren’t enough to repair the worldwide damage he suffered when Juanma lashed out at him when interviewed by Showtime, calling him and his son Roberto Ramirez Jr. gamblers. Ramirez says the apology has to be more forceful and personal — and take place on Showtime, social networks and YouTube.
“In the first fight his son stopped the fight and now he stopped it,” were the words of Lopez in the early hours of Sunday to Showtime. “And he and his son are two gamblers. They are betting with some people from the town where I live. They are two gamblers and the Commission knows. I told them that he was a gambler and it’s very irresponsible for the commission to put him as a referee knowing he has a gambling problem…I’m well aware of what I’m saying and I could have still continued.”
One day after the incident, Ramírez has analyzed the whole situation and says he currently doesn’t have an intention of suing López but is requiring that Juanma’s apology be global and be at the same scale, i.e. on Showtime, the social networks and appear on YouTube. (more…)
Despite the high school gymnasium atmosphere felt in the hanger-like Wyland Center located at the Del Mar Fairground of De Mar, CA, the majority of the action inside the ring did not disappoint as Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions once again offered a satisfying night of local boxing with a five bout fight card. In the main event, hometown super middleweights James “Choco” Parison (15-1-1, 4KOs) and Lester “Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-6-4, 6KOs) put on an explosive display of skill, tenacity and all out heart as they battled to a draw over eight back and forth rounds of a early candidate for fight of the year in the San Diego/Tijuana region. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A sellout crowd saw a number of Washington, DC-area boxers score impressive victories at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The eight-bout card also saw one local boxer announce his retirement as well as a marriage proposal during the intermission. The main event saw DC lightweight Ty Barnett win an eight-round unanimous decision over veteran Damon Antoine of Akron, OH. Barnett who was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time since May of 2007 and for the first time since his May 2011 knockout loss to Andrey Klimov, showed very little ring rust as he hammered body shots and landed sharp punches against Antoine. However, Antoine, as he has proven many times over, is a survivor with a tough chin and he never went down despite being staggered a few times. Two judges scored the bout 80-71 and one judge called it 80-72 for Barnett who is now 19-2-1, 12 KO’s while Antoine is 9-35-2, four KO’s. (more…)
Former world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez has apologized to referee Roberto Ramirez after in postfight interviews he accused Ramirez of stopping his fight with Orlando Salido early due to gambling interests. In a written statement Juanma said:
“I want apologize to Roberto for the comments I made after the fight with Salido. Roberto is one of the best referees in the world and did a great job. I appreciate him protecting me because I was definitely hurt. Everyone knows how much I trained for this fight and all the sacrifices I made because I wanted to give a big victory to Puerto Rico. Perhaps in this frustration of failing in my country I said things that I don’t even remember now and want to take back, and again I’m grateful to Roberto for his work.”
Sunday’s welterweight clash between former jr welterweight world champion Vivian Harris (29-7-2, 19 KOs) and David Barnes (25-2-2, 11 KOs) ended in a technical decision after a fifth round head clash left Barnes with a bad cut that left him unable to continue. The bout went to the referee’s scorecard which had it 48-48, thus a technical draw. The bout took place at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, England, and headlined a show presented by Coldwell Boxing.
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Pro boxing returned to Shelton, Washington’s Little Creek Casino & Resort Saturday night, and two locals stole the show. The main event was a clash of unbeaten fighters for the Pacific NW super lightweight title belt with defending champion Virgil Green from nearby Vancouver, WA, suffering his first defeat against Oscar Andrade from Los Angeles. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Former world light heavyweight champion Julio Gonzalez passed away at the age of 35 after a motorcycle accident on Saturday in Mexico. Word is he was hit by a hit-and-run drunk driver and it took more than an hour to get help to him. The former world champion was working at his father’s ranch near Guerrero Negro, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Julio (41-8, 25 KOs) shocked the world in October 2003 when he won the WBO light heavyweight world championship dethroning long-reigning ring legend Dariusz Michalczewski in Germany. His 2001 slugfest with Julian Letterlough is considered to be one of the greatest fights of the last decade.
“Julio always had a big smile and was always happy to see you,” remembered Fightnews.com photographer and longtime friend Big Joe Miranda. “He was known for his hard work in the gym. I once asked him why he was so hard on all his sparring partners. He responded ‘it’s my job.’ He didn’t want anyone to think they could beat him.” He leaves behind a wife and two children, as well as countless friends. Rest in peace champ.
After the cancellation of his world title challenge against WBO super welterweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov due to an injury to Baysangurov, European champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) and will now take on Frenchman Salim Larbi (17-1-1, 4 KOs) for an interim WBO world belt. Promoter Ulf Steinforth announced that Konecny-Larbi will take place on April 5 at the Vodova Arena in Konecny’s hometown of Brno, Czech Republic. “After a long and hard preparation I was very disappointed after the cancellation. For the second time it fell through just twelve days before the fight. It’s great that the fight will take place in Brno. Now I can make my dream of becoming world champion come true at home!”
By Bob Logist/EBU President
I’ve received the sad and regrettable news of the death today of the beloved Roger Tilleman at the age of 68 who passed away after 10 days in intensive care in an artificial coma due to a sudden abdominal aortic aneurysm. Roger was a member of the Royal Belgian Boxing Federation and a well-known EBU and WBC ring official.
We send our condolences to his family and friends and recognize the loss of someone who was a great colleague to everybody and a man dedicated to boxing. Goodbye Roger, may you rest in peace.
By Ahmed Santos
Undefeated Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México’s Mahonri “Russito” Montes looked spectacular by applying an electrifying first round KO to local Omar Aarón Domínguez, who due to his experience and craftiness was supposed to give some good work to his opponent, in the main event of a card staged at the Expo Forum of Hermosillo, Sonora, México. “Russito” (25-0-1, 20 KOs) simply showed his quality and level by starting to let his hands go in fast and accurate combinations, and quickly hurt and put down Domínguez (14-9-1, 8 KOs) with a hook to the liver, and right after he repeated the same blow even stronger to leave the beaten fighter on the canvas for about 5 minutes, marking this way the categorical end to the bout that was scheduled for 10 rounds at super lightweight. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a back and forth bout between unbeaten flyweights, Miguel Diaz won a hard-fought eight round unanimous decision over Austreberto Juarez before a sold-out crowd at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange, CA. Both fighters had their moments in the first half of the fight. Juarez was able to land with straight right hands to Diaz’s head. Diaz was able to land combination on the inside. Juarez had not fought in about 20 months, which might have contributed to him slowing down towards the end of the fifth round. Diaz would snap Juarez’s head back at times by landing counter right hands. Sensing he was down on the scorecards, Juarez rallied in the eighth round by landing right hands to the head of Diaz. Whether stunned or tired, Diaz started slowing down in the round, grabbing onto Juarez. As Juarez was looking for that one punch to drop or finish his opponent, Diaz was able to make it to the final bell. All three judges scored the bout 78-74, 78-74, and 77-75 in favor of Diaz. Diaz, from Allentown, PA, goes to 8-0, 3 KOs, while Juarez, from Ventura, CA, falls to 10-1, 2 KOs. For more details and photos click here…
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
It was Emanuel Steward’s first promotion of record and it was an unqualified success. They didn’t pack Novi’s Suburban Collection Showplace, but a large enthusiastic crowd gave a collective shout-out that can all but assure southeast Michigan boxing fans that more is to follow. It might not have been planned that way, and sometimes good fortune is the better part of luck, but who can complain when it works? For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Peter Amador/Top Rank
In one for the ages, WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (38-11-2, 26 KOs) fearlessly came back to Puerto Rico for his world title rematch against the previous beltholder Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-2, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan…and the end result was the same. A TKO, this time in the tenth round. After a feel-out first round, Salido upped the pressure in round two and outworked Juanma. Salido had a big round three as he bullied Lopez around the ring. Juanma seemed to find his rhythm in round four. Salido hurt Lopez in the five round, but Juanma then knocked Salido down as Salido went for the kill. The bell sounded as Salido regained his feet. Salido came back to rock Lopez with power shots in the sixth and seventh. Juanma decided to abandon his his plan to box tactically in the eighth and went toe-to-toe with the champion giving as good as he got. More toe-to-toe in the ninth as Juanma continued with the all-action style that has made him loved by boxing fans worldwide. The end came in round ten when Salido finally got to Juanma, flooring Lopez with an uppercut and the bout was waved off by referee Roberto Ramirez as Juanma reeled around the ring. Time was :32.
After the fight Juanma said he felt he was dominating the bout and alleged that the referee stopped the fight early due to a gambling problem. Salido stated he’s willing to fight Juanma a third time.
At the time of the stoppage, the judges had it 85-85 and 86-84, 86-84 for Lopez. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Ares Promotions put on FIGHT NIGHT 8 at the Empire Plaza Convention Center under “The Egg’ in Albany, New York. In Upstate, New York’s first pro show of 2012, new signee Jose “Stinger” Medina took on Michael Rayner in a middleweight eight rounder. Medina took a hard fought unanimous decision over eight rounds. (more…)
The following bouts were officially announced on Saturday. All will be televised nationally in the United States.
April 21: Former bantamweight world champ Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) will make his super bantamweight debut against former flyweight kingpin Eric Morel (46-2, 23 KOs) and WBA bantamweight titlist Anselmo Moreno (31-2-1, 11 KOs) meets David De La Mora (24-1, 17 KOs).
May 26: IBO light heavyweight champ Antonio Tarver (29-6, 26 KOs) will face top cruiserweight prospect Lateef Kayode (18-0, 14 KOs).
June 23: Former world champion Humberto Soto (54-7-1, 34 KOs) faces Lucas Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout on the undercard of Ortiz-Berto II.
Two-division world champion champion Ricky Burns (34-2, 9 KOs) defended his WBO lightweight belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA champion Paulus Moses (28-2, 19 KOs) before 6,000+ adoring Scottish fans on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Neither fighter in any trouble as Burns methodically outworked Moses the whole way to win a mostly uneventful fight by scores of 119-110, 120-110, 117-111.
Local super featherweight favorite Paul Appleby (18-3, 11 KOs) won a controversial ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten but untested Stephen Ormond (11-1, 5 KOs) in a clash for the BBBC Celtic belt. Ormond seemingly did more but came up short as Appleby won by scores of 96-94, 96-94, 95-94.
Unbeaten WBA #6 middleweight contender Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) says promoter Golden Boy Promotions is currently working on a date for his next fight. “It still could be May 5,” said Quillin. “There will be a May fight for me, maybe against Winky [Wright]….we both agreed but the Nevada Athletic Commission won’t approve his license because of his age and inactivity. It’s a risky fight I’m still willing to take. I weighed the risks and rewards. It’s a risk because I could lose but the reward is beating a big name on my record. It can also get me closer to my world title shot that I’ve worked so hard for.
“Not fighting on the May 5th Mayweather-Cotto card in Las Vegas had nothing to do with me and Winky. We both signed and everything was in place. You can’t stop haters, though. They’re trying to bring me down. They don’t understand the boxing business.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Long time middleweight contender and Texas native Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs) will headline former world champion Paulie Ayala’s next show, “Gloves & Guitars: The Tejano Throwdown” on April 21st at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Vera will take on tough journeyman Taronze Washington (14-16, 7 KOs) for the “World Professional Boxing Federation” middleweight title.
Ayala has once again filled his card with the top prospects in the Dallas Forth Worth area which includes Miguel “The Fighting Marine” Buendia, Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson and Manuel “The Punisher” Rojas all fighting in separate bouts. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/WBO
On Friday, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and its president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, gave diamond rings to Mexican Champions Juan Manuel Marquez and Jorge “Travieso” Arce. Marquez, the WBO lightweight super champion, and Arce, the WBO bantamweight champion, are multiple division titleholders. Joining in the festivities were ring legends Felix “Tito” Trinidad and Julio Cesar Chavez. The event was held in Puerto Rico.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In an effort to expand the community social work it is committed to, the WBA will introduce its “KO Drugs” campaign in Canada tonight in a show promoted by “Steeltown Boxing Gym” in Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. In this first ground breaking event, the WBA is looking forward to working hand-in-hand with Boxing Ontario, which is the regulatory Organization for Amateur Boxing in Ontario.
Sixteen of the best unsigned fighters in the world took their first step towards glory Friday night as they won their first round tournament fights in the fast-paced premiere of The Ultimate Fighter® Live on FX.
The 32 UFC hopefuls arrived at the famed TUF Gym in Las Vegas ready to fight their way into the final 16, but they were met with a stunning announcement: all first round elimination bouts would consist of a single five-minute round. (more…)
By Graham Houston
In theory, a boxer who stops his opponent should be able to win the rematch, perhaps more quickly, but ring history shows this simply isn’t so. Many times, the boxer who lost the first time gets his payback in the encore. Puerto Rico’s Juan Manuel Lopez will be seeking to turn the tables on Mexican veteran Orlando Salido in their eagerly awaited return bout on Saturday night, and the oddsmakers say he will get his revenge.
Lopez will again be on home turf, with a big crowd behind him. In the first fight, last April, Lopez stormed to an early lead on the judges’ scorecards, suffered a knockdown in the fifth round, seemed to be back on track in the seventh and then got caught by big punches in the eighth round and just “went”.
It is fights such as Saturday’s rematch (for the WBO featherweight title) that keep boxing aficionados endlessly intrigued, and Showtime viewers in the U.S. and fans watching on BoxNation in the U.K. might be witness to one of the most vivid fights of the year because there seems certain to be high tension in every round, and quite possibly some torrid exchanges, before one or the other fighter gains ascendancy. (more…)
Someone remembered to test WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and challenger Derek Chisora after their February 18 clash in Munich, Germany. The WBC reports that the German Boxing Federation (BDB) sent them a copy of the antidoping laboratory tests, and both fighters tested negative.
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada made a strong statement Friday night, knocking out veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander in the second round at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, Rhode Island. After undergoing surgery to his elbow and ankle, Estrada (18-4, 5 KOs) showed more power than he had in the past against veteran Alexander (22-14-1, 10 KOs). “I felt good and knew that I was in good shape,” Jason said after the fight. “The big difference was the time between my last fight, December. That’s the big thing, staying active. I was lifting weights a lot with my father and it showed tonight. I hit him with a short right and left as he was going down. He was a tough kid who kept trying.”
Popular cruiserweight Rich Gingras (11-2, 7 KOs), one of the stars of The Contender IV, dropped Adam Harris (10-5, 7 KOs) with a left hook to the body for an exciting second-round knockout in the co-feature. An obviously pained Harris went down on one knee but was unable to beat the count. Gingras was fighting for the first time in 2-1/2 years. (more…)
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