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By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (13-5-1, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over Andres Taylor (20-2-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Event Cente in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wilson dropped Taylor in rounds one, eleven and twelve, the final time for the count at the 2:50 mark. Wilson, who retained his USBA title and added the vacant NABF belt, previously battled to a draw with Taylor in September 2010 and this was the much anticipated rematch. Wilson led 106-101, 106-101 and 105-102 at the time of the KO.
In the co-feature, a third round knockdown propelled lightweight Christopher Finley (5-4, 4 KOs) to an upset six-round unanimous decision over Osnel Charles (9-3, 1 KO). Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios managed to walk away from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with his unbeaten record intact as he scored a highly controversial split decision victory over Richard Abril on Saturday night before a crowd of 3,705. Neither Rios and Abril were impressive but most viewed Abril as having the upper hand throughout the fight as he prevented Rios from mustering up any offense while plucking away at Rios from the outside. Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) — who came in overweight and unable to claim the vacant WBA lightweight title — looked sluggish and lost throughout the 12 round lightweight bout as he did little more but try to bull his way inside and never developed a Plan B. Abril (17-3-1) recognized Rios’ strategy and held him whenever the two were in close quarters. It certainly wasn’t pretty but it was effective. However, due to Rios’ aggression, he was able to get the upper hand on both Glenn Trowbridge and Jerry Roth’s scorecards as they had it 115-113 and 116-112, respectively. Meanwhile, Adalaide Byrd scored it the way many watching saw it with Abril easily earning the decision with a lopsided scorecard of 117-111.
Many predicted that Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera could steal the show, those predictions were spot on as the two put on an excellent back and forth action bout that entertained throughout. But it would be the heavier hands and persistence of Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) that would earn him the unanimous decision victory with scores of 99-91, 97-93, 96-94. The two started exchanging in the first round and didn’t stop until the final bell. Although neither scored a knockdown, Alvarado damaged Herrera’s face with brutal power shots. Unfortunately, Herrera (18-2) didn’t possess the power to back Alvarado off and ate some huge punches late. Despite losing, Herrara left the ring to a huge ovation.
Mercito Gesta was the stronger, faster fighter in his bout with Oscar Cuero and scored a 8th round TKO, however it wasn’t the spectacular performance many anticipated seeing. The scheduled 10 round lightweight bout saw Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) be a little too patient with the overmatched Cuero. He finally decided to step on the gas in the 7th round when he dropped the Columbian with a body shot. With Cuero (15-8) looking like he wanted no part of the fight, Gesta finished the job with a right hook in the 8th round. Robert Byrd saw no reason to allow Cuero to continue and halted the fight at 1:38. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant interim WBO jr welterweight title on Saturday night in front of 22,492 fans at the New Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Marquez scored a clear points victory, but was unable to get the knockout his hometown fans wanted. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 118-110.
Highly regarded welterweight prospect Daniel Sandoval (27-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over veteran Michael Rosales (32-5, 26 KOs).
Mexican middleweight Saul Roman (35-9, 29 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-9-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 98-93. (more…)
By Chris Cook at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr
Joey Hernandez took less than a round to dispatch Shakir Ashanti. Ashanti caught hold of Hernandez’s right hand and held on in the middle of the round. Hernandez unloaded his left hand to the exposed head Ashanti, landing dozens of shots. Ashanti fell to the canvas after the succession of blows. He was able to rise before the ten count, but unable to withstand the flurries upon flurries that soon followed. Referee stepped in to stop the bout at the 2:46 mark. After the fight, Hernandez called out Cory Spinks who was in attendance. Spinks processed to yell to the crowd that he will stop Hernandez. More to follow.
WBC #1 ranked heavyweight contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), 243 lbs, defeated Willie Herring (13-11-3, 4 KOs), 212.75 lbs, in an eight round contest. The Miami native Stiverne won via unanimous decision 77-75 and 79-73 against a game Herring. Stiverne looked unimpressive in the contest, with Herring landing often and aggressing much of the fight. More to follow. (more…)
6’8 heavyweight Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over 40-year-old former Prizefighter winner Martin Rogan (14-3, 7 KOs) to claim the vacant Irish heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury surprisingly fought from a left-handed stance and was largely ineffective. Rogan, a Belfast cab driver who came out of nowhere to win the Prizefighter tournament then defeat Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton before two defeats to Sam Sexton, pressed the action early. Fury floored Rogan in round three with a straight left hand and finished him with a body shot in round five. Time was 3:00.
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Paul Allison (5-1-1, 1 KO). A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage at :43.
Former world champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) has opened training camp in Phoenix, Arizona. The St. Petersburg, Florida native has chosen to prepare for his upcoming fight completely across country from his hometown. Wright is scheduled to take on unbeaten world ranked Peter ‘Kid Chocalate’ Quillin on June 2nd. Wright is temporarily staying at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Wright-Quillin will be the co-feature to Tarver-Kayode from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights returned to Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th with the always-exciting Australia’s Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-5, 23 KOs) taking on Albert Mensah (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of Ghana in a thrilling jr. welterweight main event that went the distance for the IBF International title from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Katsidis came out early, pressuring ad backing Mensah up to the corner while working on the inside. In round two, Katsidis continued to pressure as Mensah began to pop the jab and counter with rights – it did little to stop Katsidis making it a phone booth fight . . . Click here for more
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The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 6 – “Dog With No Bark” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber continue to roll – right into the leaders spot – as they recorded their third consecutive win and took a 3-2 lead over Team Cruz. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
One can say that Mauricio Herrera’s career has had two significant turning points in his career. The first came on a cold December night at the Chumash Casino Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley along the Central Coast of California. Herrera, along with most ringside media, thought he did enough to win an eight round bout over former world title holder Mike Anchondo. To his shock and to the surprise inside the venue, Anchondo won a controversial split decision victory.
Fast forward to over a year later, when Herrera fought hard-hitting Russian Ruslan Provodnikov at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Not only had Provodnikov started strong, but he cut Herrera over his left eye, which later revealed to be a broken orbital bone. However, Herrera fought through the adversity of fighting with only one eye, outboxing Provodnikov during the second half of the fight and winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision.
Tonight, Herrera will step inside the ring against hard-punching boxer-puncher Mike Alvarado. Will Herrera be able to pull off an upset like he did when he fought Provodnikov? (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Eddie decided to fight me after his 16-month break from being in the ring. Risky proposition but obviously he has to play this all or nothing way. I like to fight against desperate opponents,” says Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KO), who on June 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will fight Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) in the main event televised by NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series. “Góral” is finishing the first part of his training camp this week with trainer Roger Bloodworth in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Starting next week, he will move his preparations to familiar New Jersey.
Eddie, who was at ringside when you fought Nagy Aguilera in Brooklyn, was not impressed with your speed.
Everything looks easy when you are a spectator and nobody is hitting your face. I watched Chambers’ last six fights and – if I were him – I would suggest paying more attention to his own obvious flaws and not what I’m doing in the ring. But I won’t make his trainer’s work easier talking about what we want to explore on June 16. I have my own training camp, he’s got his and just leave it at that. I will not start any media controversy. Not my character. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Super featherweight Miguel “Mikito” Soto and super bantamweight Angel “Pito” Fret both scored KOs to maintain their unbeaten records on Friday night at the Francisco “Pancho” Deida Coliseum in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. Soto (10-0, 10 KOs) won by KO at 2:16 of the first round when he sent Leopoldo Gonzalez (12-7-1, 7 KOs) to the canvas three times. Fret (13-0, 10 KOs) won by KO at :44 of the fourth round. Eduardo Melendez (4-11, 1 KO) was down one time in the third and once in the fourth. (more…)
Jr welterweight Albert “Tornado” Mensah (20-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over former two-time interim lightweight world titlist Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-6, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As usual, Katsidis applied non-stop pressure from the opening bell. Mensah threw less punches but did enough to win on two cards 98-92 and 96-94. The third card was 95-95. Katsidis has now lost four of his last five.
Welterweight Alan “El Pugas” Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) avenged a previous loss to Artemio “The King” Reyes (15-2, 12 KOs), scoring a first round KO. A barrage of punches put Reyes on the deck as the bout was waved off. Time was 2:08.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Former world title challenger Antonin Decarie is off next Friday’s televised Friday fight card from the Bell Centre in Montreal. “I’m not fighting,” the welterweight contender told FightNews via email. Decarie (26-1 7KO) was scheduled to have met Lanardo Tyner in ESPN2 Friday Night Fight’s semi-final. Adonis Stevenson is still set to meet Noe Gonzalez in the main event. Trainer Marc Ramsay confirmed to FightNews that the WBC International Champion sustained a rib injury while training and would not be able to go.
WBO #12 jr featherweight and Latin champion Jose “Miau” Nieves (20-2-3, 9 KOs) punished Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-6, 7 KOs) until Delgado’s corner stepped on the apron and abruptly waved off the main event on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida.
In the co-feature, WBO #13 jr middleweight and Latin champion Jorge “The Destroyer” Melendez (22-2-1, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Marcus Willis (11-3-2, 3 KOs). A right uppercut floored Willis and referee Max Parker reached the count of ten. Time was 1:47.
Tyson Fury 245.75 vs. Martin Rogan 228.25
(Irish heavyweight title)
Chris Eubank Jr 163 vs. Paul Allison 162
John O’Donnell 154.5 vs. Martin Walsh 155.25
Joe Hillerby 154 vs. Willie Thompson 150.75
Darren Corbett 150.8 vs. Michael Sweeney 144.25
Dee Walsh 160.5 vs. Tommy Tolan 161
Conall Carmichael 201.6 vs. Moses Matovu 191.4
Ciaran Healy 171.7 vs. Paul Moffett 171.9
Venue: Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Promoter: Hennessy Sports
Weigh-in results for UFC on FUEL TV, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Alexander Gustafsson and Thiago Silva and the middleweight bout between Brian Stann and Alessio Sakara, airing live on FUEL TV from the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden at 3pm ET / 12pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see prelim bouts at 12:30 pm ET / 9:30 am PT.
Alexander Gustafsson (205) VS Thiago Silva (205)
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Alessio Sakara (186) VS Brian Stann (185)
Siyar Bahadurzada (170) VS Paulo Thiago (170)
Diego Nunes (146) VS Dennis Siver (145*)
John Maguire (170) VS DaMarques Johnson (171)
Damacio Page (135) VS Brad Pickett (136)
James Head (170) VS Papy Abedi (171)
Tom DeBlass (205) VS Cyrille Diabate (206)
Magnus Cedenblad (185) VS Francis Carmont (186)
Yoislandy Izquierdo (155) VS Reza Madadi (155)
Besam Yousef (170) VS Simeon Thoresen (170)
Jason Young (145) VS Eric Wisely (145)
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Garrett Wilson 196.5 vs. Andres Taylor 199.5
(USBA/NABF Cruiserweight Titles)
Chris Finley 135 vs. Osnel Charles 133.5
Naim Nelson 138.5 vs. Dontre King 141
Gabriel Pham 169 vs. Michael Mitchell 164.5
Julio DeJesus 139 vs. Korey Sloane 137.5
Ronnie Lawrence 177.5 vs. Todd Unthank-may 176.5
Elvis Rodriguez 123.5 vs. Joshua Reyes 124.5
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
First Fight: 7.30pm
Tickets $50 & $75 on sale at Ticketmaster and www.peltzboxing.com
By Juan Carlos Ortecho
Jose “Torito” Rodriguez 108 vs Alberto Rossel 107 3/4
(WBA interim light flyweight title)
Both fighters made weight on their first try.
David Zegarra 154 vs Juciel Lima 149 3/4
Tony Fernandez 140 vs Peter Giraldo 140
Hector Ordoñez 130 vs Ilder Idrogo 129 1/2
There will be a total of 8 professional bouts. Doors open at 5 PM local time. Fight will be televised by ATV-PERU Free stream at http://play.tuteve.tv/ (Show starts at 7 PM EST)
By Felipe Leon
Kaliesha West 117.9 vs. Claudia Andrea Lopez 117.9
Pedro Guevara 108 vs. Patricio Camacho 108
Alberto Guevara 119 vs. Khabir Suleymanov 119
Emilio Bojorquez 147.7 vs. ?? Rodriguez ***
Jose Estrella 116.8 vs. Arcadio Salazar ***
Adrian Vargas 140 vs. Luis Gonzalez ***
Brian Sanchez 168 vs. Edgar Mendivil 168
***Late Substitutions will weight in later
When: Saturday, April 14th
Where: Ernesto Ruffo Appel Gymnasium, Rosarito, B.C., Mexico
Promoter: Erik Morales’ Box Latino
Brandon Rios, who lost his belt on the scale, stripped naked but still weighed two pounds over the limit.
Brandon Rios 137 vs. Richard Abril 135
(WBA lightweight championship)
Mike Alvarado 140 vs. Mauricio Herrera 140
Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta 137 vs. Oscar Cuero 138
Jesse Anguiano 121.5 vs. Tremaine Williams 123
Gabriel Medina 141 vs. Anthony Flores 140
Brandon Baue 153.5 vs. Mikael Zewski 153
Andre Gorges 141 vs. Terence Crawford 142
Eric Flores 139 vs. Wilbert Mitchell 137
Venue: Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas
Promoter Top Rank
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In an all-German middleweight world title clash, WBA middleweight super champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over former WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-2, 10 KOs) in a grudge showdown on Friday night at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Zbik came out strong in the early rounds, throwing more and landing more. Sturm got untracked in round three and pretty much took control of the fight after that. Sturm started punishing Zbik in round five and did more damage in the sixth. Zbik had no answers and his corner stopped it after round nine. The end was incorrectly announced as an eighth round TKO by ring announcer Michael Buffer.
Heavyweight Denis Boytsov (31-0, 25 KOs) outpointed Dominic Guinn (33-9-1, 22 KOs) over ten lackluster rounds by scores of 100-90, 100-90 and 99-91. Boytsov remains rated in the top five of all sanctioning bodies despite no meaningful fights in years. Three straight losses for Guinn.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Víctor “Vikingo” Terrazas 121.70 vs José Palma 121.70
(WBC Silver super bantamweight title)
Gilberto Ramírez 159.50 vs. Jaime Barboza 159.50
(WBC Youth world middleweight title)
Jesús Ruiz 117.70y Christian Esquivel 117.70
(NABF bantamweight title)
Venue: Arandas Municipal Auditorium, Arandas, Jalisco
Promoter: Canelo Promotions & Grupo Modelo
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sad to report the passing of Norma Nieves at the age of 55 from cancer on Thursday in Puerto Rico. She worked with the WBO in public relations as well as being a professional photographer. She was instrumental in the WBO’s Kids Drug Free program benefiting children in Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua, Colombia and throughout Latin America. She was an organizer at the annual WBO Conventions. Fightnews.com sends our condolences to her family and all WBO staff.
By Christopher Cook at the scale
Joey Hernandez 154.25 vs Shakir Ashanti 158.5
Marcus Oliveira 182.25 vs Adam Collins 178.75
Bermane Stiverne 243 vs Willie Herring 212.75
Azea Augustama 190.25 vs Grover Young 195.5
Trevor Bryan 224.25 vs Brandon Spencer 282
Amir Iman 140.75 vs John Willoughby 137
Date: April 14, 2012, first fight at 8pm
Venue: Casino Miami Jai-Alai
Promoter: Don King Promotions
Tickets: 1-866-468-3399 / ticketweb.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Juan Manuel Marquez 140 vs Serihy Fedchenko 138.60
(WBO interim super lightweight title)
Daniel Sandoval 146.75 vs Michael Rosales 146.30
Saul Roman 156.20 vs Richard Gutierrez 155.10
Juan Estrada 114.40 vs Jonathan Lecona 114.0
Venue: New Mexico City Arena
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions & Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca & HBO
Undefeated former lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios and WBA interim lightweight title holder Richard Abril will be fighting for more than the vacant WBA lightweight title and guaranteed purses Saturday night at Mandalay Bay, they will be fighting for a $50,000 bonus that will be awarded to the winner. “Prizefighting is part of boxing’s heritage. In the early years of modern professional boxing, offering a bonus or ‘prize’ to the winner of a fight was a tradition. It added more excitement for the fighters and the fans,” said Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank, the promoter of Saturday night’s world championship pay-per-view event. “We wanted to bring the prize aspect back into fight game and this seemed to be the perfect platform to do it. After personally witnessing their animosity toward each other throughout fight week, I think Rios and Abril will be looking at the $50,000 bonus more as the spoils of victory than as a performance incentive. They can’t wait to go for it and one-up each other!”
The Rio vs. Abril rumble is the co-main event to three-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, going for his fourth world title in as many different weight divisions against Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs), of Kharkov, Ukraine, for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez vs. Fedchenko and Rios vs. Abril headline a world championship pay-per-view event that originates from two different countries.
By Brett Bonetti
Three Time World Champion Danny “The Green Machine” Green (31-5, 27 KOs) held a press conference in Perth Australia today and says he is keen to take on Anthony “The Man” Mundine (43-4, 25 KO’s) in a blockbuster re-match. Yesterday, Mundine said that he was contemplating taking on Green again and that he was prepared to give away 10kg if that what it takes to prove he is the best. Mundine made the comments after deciding not to challenge WBA Light Middleweight champion Austin Trout for his title.
“I’m not going to fight a guy like Austin Trout who is laughable because he’s really a nobody. If he came with a name and came with some pulling power, I would fight him, but I’m not going to let him use me and take my money,” Mundine said.
Green says Mundine has finally come to his senses and realised he has nowhere else to go if he wants to nail down a big money bout. “My main concern is if Choc is going to back up what he said yesterday,” Green said. “Is he prepared to back up what he says and actually take on the biggest fight that is out there in the world for him, that is right here in Australia against myself?” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias will take on Roberto Castaneda in a 10 round bout on May 25th, Thompson Boxing General Manager and matchmaker Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com. Esquivias-Castaneda will be the opening-televised bout on the ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card. No word yet on the main event bout for that card, which will more than likely take place at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. (more…)
Jose Nieves 121.25 vs. Alejandro Delgado 122
(WBO Latin jr featherweight title)
Jorge Melendez 153.7 vs. Marcus Willis 154
Phillip Penson 160.25 vs. Daniel Rodriquez 159
Roger Rosa 138.5 vs. Fidel Ortiz 135
Robert Burwell 157.25 vs. Tim Parker 157
Luis “Cuatito” Torres 147.75 vs. Juan Aguirre 148.5
Sheldon Moore 154 vs. Frank Gedeon 154
Angel Martinez 160.25 vs. Jonathan Robles 160
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
Tickets: 407-935-1412, Doors Open: 7:30PM
Photos: Miguel Salazar
Five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach predicts the jab of WBA Welterweight Champion Vyacheslav Senchenko will be the difference in his April 29 world title defense against challenger Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi, airing live on pay per viewfrom Donboss Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Undefeated Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) has been training at Roach’s famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California. The 2000 Ukraine Olympian captured the WBA title in 2009, winning a 12-round decision from previously undefeated Yuriy Nuzhnenko, and Vyacheslav has successfully defended his world title belt three times: Motoki Sasaki (DEC12), Charlie Jose Navarro (DEC12) and more recently Marco Antonio Avendano (TKO6) last August in his last fight.
“Senchenko is a very, very good boxer with good technique,” Roach recently said from the Wild Card Gym. “He has good height and a good punch. He had a great amateur background. The Ukraine has the No. 1 program in the world this year. It has a very good program and Senchenko is very well schooled. His jab is his best weapon and I think that will be the difference in this fight. He has a faster jab than Malignaggi and it should control the fight. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Featherweight contender Daniel Ponce De Leon will fight Eduardo “Chucky” Lazcano on May 4th at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Thursday. The 10 round bout will headline a Golden Boy Promotions card and will be televised on Fox Deportes. The card will take place one day before the Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto card at the MGM Grand.
Ponce de Leon (42-4, 35 KOs) knocked out Omar Estrella in his last bout in January. Ponce De Leon recovered from a second round knockdown to eventually knock Estrella out in the sixth round. Espinoza was hoping that Ponce De Leon would have fought on the Mayweather-Cotto card on Saturday night. However, he looking forward to his newly-signed fighter performing well on May 4th. (more…)
A SRO crowd of 1,372 packed The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center Thursday night as another edition of Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC provided five action packed bouts.
The two featured fights of the evening saw undefeated heavyweight Alexandar “The Great” Flores move to 8-0 with a third round TKO win over game Guivanni Sarran. Flores, with his 6th KO of his career was in control the entire way, but had to withstand constant pressure from the smaller Sarran who drops to 3-5. The win earned Flores the Golden State Heavyweight Belt.
In a match that lived up to its hype, 10-1 Ramon Valadez gave tough Kevin Hoskins his first loss of his career, when referee Tom Taylor stopped the bout at two minutes of the third round, after Valadez rocked Hoskins against the ropes and after a barrage of unanswered punches Taylor jumped in and gave Valadez his 11th win. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Both were pretty short on words in advance of this one.
A day before their ESPN Friday Night Fights headlining showdown, Michael Katsidis and Albert Mensah (19-3-1) were men of few words at the final pre-fight press conference.
“I want to say this is going to be a great fight,” said Mensah.
The bout will be a coming out show of sorts to many US fans, as the 29-year-old hasn’t spent much time on American soil.
On the flip side, Katsidis (28-5-2) is a familiar face to most American fans keeping close tabs on the Sweet Science. After thanking a few people responsible for his success, “the Great”, got down to business.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do at 140-pounds,” he said. “This is going to be a big test. It’s going to be a good night, and I’m going to punch him in the face. And then I’m going to punch him in the face again.”
The last line was met with mild laughter.
After a dominating performance over veteran Ricardo “Pelon” Dominguez last November, Filipino lightweight sensation Mercito “No Mercy “Gesta (24-0-1, 12KOs) took a well deserve rest and traveled back to him birth city of Cebu, Philippines from his stateside headquarters of San Diego, CA. When he came back two and a half months later, the 24-year-old did not return alone but with his father Anecito in tow.
For Mercito, it has made a difference, not only for his state of mind, but also for his team which is now compromised of his father,but also co-manager and trainer Vince Parra, co-manager Joel Coombs, cut man Jun and Parra’s father “Bumpy”. (more…)
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