Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

Valdez-Marriaga wrap up

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO featherweight champion Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19 KOs), of Nogales, México, won a hard fought unanimous decision against ...

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Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

Zurdo outpoints Bursak, retains WBO title

By Rocky Morales at ringside Gilberto "Zurdo" Ramirez (35-0, 24KO) won a dominant but sleep inducing unanimous decision victory over Max Bursak (33-5-1, ...

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Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

Magdaleno massacres Dos Santos

By Rocky Morales at ringside Defending WBO super bantamweight champion, Jessie Magdaleno (25-0, 18KO), showed he is the real deal in quickly knocking ...

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Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

Valdez retains WBO belt in war with Marriaga

By Rocky Morales at ringside Oscar Valdez (22-0, 19KO) retained his WBO featherweight title with an exciting, action-packed, unanimous decision victory over very ...

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Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

Thailander Ratchasi dethrones OPBF 154lb champ Oishi

By Joe Koizumi Photo by Boxing Beat Surprisingly unheralded Thailander Ratchasi Sithsaithng (8-3, 6 KOs) dethroned OPBF 154-pound champ Yutaka Oishi (14-6, 7 KOs), ...

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Mayweather-Guerrero on Showtime PPV

Undefeated eight-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, boxing’s pound-for-pound king and the highest paid athlete in the world (Forbes, 2012), has entered into a groundbreaking pay-per-view deal with Showtime Networks Inc. and its parent company, CBS Corporation. Under the new deal, SHOWTIME PPV will collaborate with CBS Corporation to comprehensively promote Mayweather’s events on the CBS Television Network and via the corporation’s expansive media platforms.

The deal-a unique revenue-sharing arrangement between SHOWTIME PPV and Mayweather-will enable him to fight up to six times over a period of 30 months, with the first mega-event taking place on May 4, 2013, when Mayweather will fight Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero. More details of this upcoming event will be announced shortly.

Mayweather’s new deal is by far the biggest in the sport of boxing (specific financial details are contractually confidential). Mayweather is the PPV king and averages over 1 million PPV buys per event, which is the highest PPV buy average of any boxer in history. At this record-setting PPV performance level, if all six fights contemplated by this deal occur, it will be the richest individual athlete deal in all of sports.

Undefeated eight-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather, boxing’s pound-for-pound king and the highest paid athlete in the world (Forbes, 2012), …


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Unbeatens Gonzalez, Verdejo, Tapia showcased March 12

The undefeated Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, Felix “Diamante” Verdejo and Glen Tapia will headline the first 2013 show of Solo Boxeo Tecate in Puerto Rico to be broadcast on UniMas (formerly Telefutura) on March 23 at the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum in Trujillo Alto, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation in association with Top Rank.

“We have a venue for this show. It will be the Ruben Zayas Montañez Coliseum, where we were in September 2012 in a successful show. Trujillo Alto is a city with great boxing fans and we have Felix Verdejo, who trains in this town, as one of the co-main bouts,” PRBBP President Ivan Rivera said. “Besides Bomba Gonzalez, Verdejo and Tapia, we will have in action a good group of Puerto Rican prospects.” (more…)

The undefeated Jonathan “Bomba” Gonzalez, Felix “Diamante” Verdejo and Glen Tapia will headline the first 2013 show of Solo Boxeo …



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World title twinbill in Panama on March 16

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Two world title fights on the same night March 16 in Panama City, featuring former two-division world champion Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez and IBF light flyweight official challenger Luis “Pan Blanco” Rios seek crowned champions in an event held at the luxurious Panama Hard Rock Hotel Megapolis in an event organized by Sampson Boxing LLC and Best Box. It is the first time in Panama boxing history that two local challengers seeking world titles on the same night.

Vasquez (32-5-1, 22 KOs) will face Filipino John Mark “Iceman” Apolinario (17-2-2, 4 KOs) in a rematch for the vacant WBA interim bantamweight title, while Rios (18-1-1, 13 KOs) will challenge IBF light flyweight champ John Riel Casimero (17-2, 10 KOs).

By Gabriel F. Cordero Two world title fights on the same night March 16 in Panama City, featuring former two-division …


UFC

Kenny Robertson: One Step at a Time

The process of fighting your way onto the sport’s biggest stage is a difficult challenge by all measures. A mixed martial artist has to build their skills on the regional circuit, progressing with every step, and building their records until they receive the phone call they have been working diligently towards . . . Click here for more by Duane Finley, UFC.com
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A Canadian super fight between former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute is reportedly in the works to take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal on a date to be determined. InterBox (representing Bute) and GYM (representing Pascal) are hoping to finalize the deal in the coming days. Pascal had been expected to face Chad Dawson next

Iconic Los Angeles sports figure Dr. Jerry Buss died Monday at the age of 80. Buss was best known as the owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Kings, but he was also involved in the sweet science with his long-running Forum Boxing series.

A Canadian super fight between former world champions Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute is reportedly in the works to take …


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Castellanos-Caballero WBC final eliminator

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican Robinson Castellanos (17-9, 11 KOs) will defend his WBC silver world featherweight crown against Panamanian former two division world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs) on April 20 in Panamá. Castellanos was waiting for a fight againts WBC featherweight world champion his compatriot Daniel Ponce De Leon, but sine that fight couldn’t be made he’ll face Caballero in a fight will also be a WBC featherweight final eliminator to become official challenger to Daniel Ponce De Leon

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican Robinson Castellanos (17-9, 11 KOs) will defend his WBC silver world featherweight crown against Panamanian …


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Frank Warren Statement

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last Friday (15 February 2013) dismissed the appeal by Straight-Out Promotions LLC and Chris Webb against the previous dismissal of their claims against Frank Warren and others over the sale of the foreign TV rights to the fight between Mike Tyson and Danny Williams. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York had previously also dismissed a claim by Mike Tyson’s estate in bankruptcy against Mr Warren and others over the sale of such rights. Warren said today that he was ‘delighted’ to receive confirmation (i) that neither Mike Tyson nor Straight-Out Promotions LLC and Chris Webb had any claim against him and (ii) that the US Courts had accepted that he had no liability to any of them. Warren added that he would like to thank his attorney in the appeal Howard Karasik, Esq.

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last Friday (15 February 2013) dismissed the appeal by Straight-Out Promotions …


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Salgado, Gonzalez & Juarez in Spartan Race

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron

Boxing world champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Salgado and Mariana Juarez competed on Saturday and Sunday at the famous sporting event called Spartan Race as part of their preparation for their upcoming fights — Gonzalez Feb. 23 in Ixtapa against the Nicaraguan Eusebio Osejo, Salgado on March 2 in Los Angeles risking the crown against the Dominican Argenis Mendez and Juarez who will fight in March or April.

The tour is 7KM with unexpected obstacles in all types of terrain to test the endurance and skill of the competitors. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Photos: Cesar Ceron Boxing world champions Jhonny Gonzalez, Juan Carlos Salgado and Mariana Juarez competed on …



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Broner-Rees Post-Fight Press Conference Report

Photo: Tom Hogan / Golden Boy Promotions
Photo: Tom Hogan / Golden Boy Promotions

By Sam Geraci

“I don’t know about you all, but I want to have sex.”

Aside from Adrien Broner’s declaration of his plans immediately following the post-fight press conference, much like his bout with Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 18 KOs) in which Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) was more than a 30-1 favorite by some, nothing addressed in the post-fight press conference should have come as much of a surprise to those who have followed Broner’s career.

“The kid was good. I felt like he would beat a couple of fighters,” said Broner. “I’m just at another level. He was tougher than a steak that was cooked too long.”

Although Rees, who did not attend the post-fight press conference, tried to put up a fight for the first two rounds, like each of Broner’s opponent since his controversial unanimous decision over current WBC 126 pound champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (44-4, 35 KOs) in March of 2011, Broner simply overpowered and outclassed Rees.

“You got a young, fresh, fly, flashy, young African American on top,” said Broner. “[There are] high expectations for me to really take over boxing after Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao hang up their gloves.” (more…)

By Sam Geraci “I don’t know about you all, but I want to have sex.” Aside from Adrien Broner’s declaration …


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Rodirguez-Tahdooahnippah Photo Gallery

Photography By Emily Harney

In front of a packed electric crowd, former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez put the deeply talented junior middleweight division on notice Friday night with a dominating performance over game George “Comanche Boy” Tahdooahnippah culminating in a sixth round stoppage. More…

Photography By Emily Harney In front of a packed electric crowd, former world title challenger Delvin Rodriguez put the deeply …


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Zou Shiming starts training camp

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion trains with trainer Freddie Roach during his first day of training at the historic Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood,California. Shiming is scheduled to make his professional Top Rank boxing debut on April 6, at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel in Macau.

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Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Zou Shiming, two-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time World Amateur Champion trains with trainer …


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Grand Forks, N.D. amateur boxer J.J. Moen is in critical condition after collapsing after a bout held Saturday night. Moen suffered a brain injury and is currently in a coma. Read more in the Grand Forks Herald

Top Rank’s latest signed star, Zou Shiming, will be sparring with Brian Viloria at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles this week. The amateur star will make his pro debut on April 6 in Macou.

Speaking of Top Rank, WBC boss Jose Sulaiman and trainer Nacho Beristain are advising Juan Manuel Marquez to skip a fifth fight with Manny Pacquiao.

The LAPD have cracked a robbery case that netted the return of three championship belts to pro boxer Jennifer Grooms . . . more

Former pro boxer Graham Brett has been sentenced to seven years for killing a man in a bar with a single punch. More

From UFC 157 to Chris Martin vs. Jose Angel Beranza, boxing is heating up in Southern California . . . more

Grand Forks, N.D. amateur boxer J.J. Moen is in critical condition after collapsing after a bout held Saturday night. Moen …



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Hendricks is in for injured MacDonald vs. Condit

UFC 158’s welterweight tournament will continue — with a slight reshuffling of the participants — as Rory MacDonald has been injured and forced out of his anticipated rematch with Carlos Condit.

Stepping up to face Condit in Montreal will be heavy-hitting Johny Hendricks, who had originally been pitted against fellow slugger Jake Ellenberger. A new opponent for Ellenberger will be announced shortly . . . Click here for more
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UFC 158’s welterweight tournament will continue — with a slight reshuffling of the participants — as Rory MacDonald has been …


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“Zurdo” Ramirez happy to be with Top Rank

Over the weekend, Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions announced they will partner with Zapari Boxing to promote undefeated middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramírez. Ramirez (24-0, 19 KOs), from Mazatlan, Sinaloa, México, captured the WBC Youth middleweight title in 2010 and has successfully defended it six time throughout his three-year reign. Currently world-rated #4 by the WBC and #6 by the WBA, Ramiíez, 21, is a former Méxican Junior National Champion and a three-time National Méxican National Amateur Champion in the Elite Division.

“This is a huge signing for Top Rank and Zanfer and words cannot express how excited we are to be promoting him,” said Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum. “The sky is the limit for Gilberto. I expect him to have a glorious reign as world champion.” (more…)

Over the weekend, Top Rank and Zanfer Promotions announced they will partner with Zapari Boxing to promote undefeated middleweight contender …


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DeGale opponent set

By James Slater

2008 Olympic gold medallist and reigning WBC Silver super-middleweight champ James DeGale has his next fight set – against 25-year-old Pablo Farias of Argentina, on March 23rd in Kent – and promoter Mick Hennessey has gone on record as saying he hopes his fighter will land a massive fight against the likes of Carl Froch, Mikkel Kessler or Andre Ward in 2013. DeGale-Farias can be seen live on WealthTV and WealthTV.com.

Speaking with The Daily Mail, Hennessey said, “This is the year when James will be chasing the big names like Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler. Froch knows what it’s like to be avoided because he could never get his dream fight with Joe Calzaghe before he retired. We are hoping he won’t do to James what Joe did to him. It’s a big year him. (more…)

By James Slater 2008 Olympic gold medallist and reigning WBC Silver super-middleweight champ James DeGale has his next fight set …


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Telemundo 2013 opener Friday

The popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will make its 2013 debut on Florida’s Space Coast with a show Friday at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, FL. This year the series format will consist of three seasons of four consecutives shows. The first series continues March 1st from Foro Polanco in Mexico City, March 8 at Plaza Condesa in Mexico City and March 15 from the Kissimmee Civic Center. The second season will be in the summer and the third in the fall.

In Friday’s main event, WBO Intercontinental bantamweight champion and #5 contender Jose “Miau” Nieves (21-2-3-10 KO’s) of Carolina, Puerto Rico, will put his ranking and title on the line against former WBC Mundo Hispano Champion Danny “El Venado” Flores (14-2-8 KO’s) of Merida, Yucatan, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds in another classic battle of Puerto Rico Vs. Mexico. (more…)

The popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” will make its 2013 debut on Florida’s Space Coast with a show Friday …



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Cuadras-Zaleta collide March 2

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Oswaldo Kuchle, Promociones del Pueblo company director, has confirmed to Fightnews.com unbeaten super flyweight Carlos “El Principe” Cuadras (27-0, 22 KOs) and two-time world title challenger Victor “Nene” Zaleta (23-1, 10 KOs)) will face off March 2 in Tamaulipas, Mexico. Cuadras’ WBC silver super flyweight title will be on the line. Cuadras-Zaleta promises to be an interesting fight and the most serious and difficult test to date for Cuadras.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Oswaldo Kuchle, Promociones del Pueblo company director, has confirmed to Fightnews.com unbeaten super flyweight Carlos “El …


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Boxing back in San Diego

Always looking to put his best foot forward, newly inducted California state hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his company Bobby D. Presents has put an international flair to his first fight card season of the 2013 season when he returns to the home of San Diego professional boxing, the Four Points Hotel by Sheraton, on Thursday, February 21st. Showcased on the multi-bout night “Champions of Tomorrow” are fighters from different points of Asia, U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean. The event is in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T Gym. (more…)

Always looking to put his best foot forward, newly inducted California state hall of fame promoter Bobby DePhilippis and his …


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Gavin Rees Update

Promoter Eddie Hearn says that Gavin Rees’ fearless performance against Adrian Broner for the WBC World lightweight title in Atlantic City on Saturday will lead to another World title challenge in 2013. Hearn has already begun plotting Rees’ next move and said that the reaction to Rees performance could prompt a return to America, but that a big UK fight is also a possibility as ‘The Rock’ continues his quest to become a two-weight world champion. “Gavin’s performance won him many admirers in America,” said Hearn. “He is a true warrior and we have already been approached about further fights for Gavin in the US in early summer. His stock however has also been raised significantly in the UK and there are still some big domestic opportunities available to him here. All in all the future is very bright for Gavin and the plan is too pick up another World title shot before the end of 2013.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn says that Gavin Rees’ fearless performance against Adrian Broner for the WBC World lightweight title in Atlantic …


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Broner-Rees full report and photogallery

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside; photos by Ed Mulholland

Adrian “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) defended his WBC lightweight title by dropping Gavin Rees (37-2-1, 19 KOs) twice en-route to an impressive fifth round stoppage this Saturday at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. In the co-feature, former “The Contender” star Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (30-6-2, 21 KOs) won a workmanlike but one-sided twelve unanimous decision victory over previously undefeated and #1 contender Nikola Sjeckloca (25-1, 7 KOs) in a WBC super middleweight title eliminator bout. With the victory, Bika became the mandatory challenger for champion Andre Ward. Along with the world title fight and the title eliminator, the card also featured a USBA title contest, plus the showcasing of several Olympians and future prospects. Click here for the full report and the action-packed photogallery…

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside; photos by Ed Mulholland Adrian “The Problem” Broner (26-0, 22 KOs) defended his WBC lightweight …


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Satchell in action Saturday

Kevin Satchell is on course to become Britain’s first world flyweight champion for 20 years. Scot Pat Clinton was the previous world champion briefly holding the WBO in 1992 and 1993, but UK boxing has been starved of success in the 112lb division ever since. Satchell (9-0) makes the first defense of his British championship against Belfast’s Luke Wilton on Frank Maloney’s big bill at Liverpool’s Echo Arena on Saturday, which will be televised by Wealth TV and streamed live on WealthTV.com.

Manager Steve Wood and promoter Maloney believe that by the end of this year Satchell could be challenging for a version of the world title. (more…)

Kevin Satchell is on course to become Britain’s first world flyweight champion for 20 years. Scot Pat Clinton was the …


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Dib ready for Gradovich

Photo: Werner Kalin
Photo: Werner Kalin

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing

IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib spoke to Fightnews about his IBF title defense against Evgeny Gradovich on March 1st at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket, Connecticut. Dib will depart Australia on Wednesday for Los Angeles and will train and spar there before finally leaving for New York for final preparation. “This is an important fight for me,” said Dib. “I will proudly defend my IBF belt and give the American fight fans an exciting fight. I’ve adjusted my style and it’s much more aggressive. I’ve worked hard to get back to America and will make the most of my opportunity.”

Manager and brother Emaid added, “It’s been a tough long road for Billy and he has shown me some special qualities. He has shown real toughness both mentally and physically. He’s a great boxer and can also punch. He’s made some great adjustment with this brilliant coach Billy Hussein, who since coming on board has guided him to 15 straight wins with 12 coming from KO.”

By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing IBF featherweight champion Billy “The Kid” Dib spoke to Fightnews about his IBF …


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Santana-Barroso on ShoBox April 12

Unbeaten lightweights will face off in the main event on ShoBox April 12 when South Florida based by way of Cuba Angelo Santana (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on Ismael Barroso (13-0, 12 KOs) of Valenzuela. The main event bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. The site is TBA.

Unbeaten lightweights will face off in the main event on ShoBox April 12 when South Florida based by way of …


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First televised card of the year in LA

Big time boxing is back in the Los Angeles area Saturday as LA’s first big televised show on the year will be presented by Top Rank and televised on UniMas (formerly Telefutura) on their very popular “SOLO BOXEO” Tecate series at the C. Robert Lee Center in Hawaiian Gardens, CA. With super bantamweight bangers Chris Avalos (20-2, 15 KOs) and Jessie Magdaleno (13-0, 9 KOs) as headliners in separate bouts, fireworks are a certainty. Their respective opponents are Jose Luis Araiza (29-7-1, 22 KOs) and Leivi Brea (19-10-3, 10 KOs). (more…)

Big time boxing is back in the Los Angeles area Saturday as LA’s first big televised show on the year …


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Full Report: Carrillo-Holguin

By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Michael V. Ornelas

In front of a sold out crowd hometown favorite Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo was able to survive a tough test from Cesar ‘The Rattlesnake’ Holguin winning a majority decision over eight action packed rounds. The co main saw John Grimaldo have his way with Juan Santiago putting him down three times en route to a TKO victory. Credit to Raul ‘Ro’ Utajara and Ghost Town Gladiator’s matchmaking as the undercard was evenly matched and produced some great action as well. Fans were on their feet cheering nearly the entire night.

Raul ‘El Chino’ Carrillo (11-1, 6KOs) survived a tougher than expected test from Cesar ‘The Rattlesnake’ Holguin (9-4-1, 3KOs) earning a majority decision in his hometown of Longmont, Colorado. There was no mistaking who the hometown fighter was as the ‘El Chino-El Chino’ chants started early and seldom stopped throughout the eight round battle. (more…)

By Chris Morris / Rocky Mountain Boxing Photos: Michael V. Ornelas In front of a sold out crowd hometown favorite …


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Full Report: Romero-Lopez

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Renzo Novara

World class boxing returned to Tijuana once again courtesy of hometown Zanfer Promotions along with Thompson Boxing and Gary Shaw Productions presented an IBF super bantamweight championship bout where undefeated Jonathan “Momo” Romero (23-0, 12KOs) took the hardware home by defeating Tijuana’s own Alejandro “Alex” Lopez (24-3, 7KOs) in front of over 3,500 fans at the Municipal Auditorium via a close split decision. The fight card was broadcast live in Mexico by Canal Azteca.

The hometown fighter Lopez, who earned the right to fight for the title that Nonito Donaire left vacant by defeating the tough Takalani Ndlovu in a title eliminator late last year, knew that he had to take the fight to the taller “Momo” Romero of Barranquilla, Colombia. Romero earned his shot but defeating Efrain Esquivias around the same time to become the IBF’s #2 ranked 118 pounder. Even though the shorter Lopez needed to push the fight, the slick Romero was the aggressor as he threw his piston-like jab and kept Lopez at the end of it to start off the bout. A hard left hook woke up Lopez in the second and he tried to return the favor but Romero was too elusive to get caught with anything meaningful. (more…)

By Felipe Leon Photos: Renzo Novara World class boxing returned to Tijuana once again courtesy of hometown Zanfer Promotions along …


Boxing Result

Dominguez stops Lorenzo in two

By Robert Coster

New York-based hot Dominican prospect Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (13-0, 9 KOs) returned to his homeland to win the first title of his young career – the WBA Fedecentro super-bantamweigh belt – stopping overclassed Geicy Lorenzo (12-6, 4 KOs) in just two rounds. Dominguez dropped Lorenzo in the first round and was battering him in the second round when the referee decided to halt the one-sided affair.

On the same show, Amanda Serrano (16-1 ) of New York won the WIBA featherweight title with a one round knockout of Wanda Pena (8-5), while super bantamweight Leon Moore (29-2, 23 KOs) of Guyana won by TKO in five rounds over Gregorio Lebron. The 11 fight boxing card was held at the Arena del Cibao in Santiago, the Dominican Republic’s second city.

By Robert Coster New York-based hot Dominican prospect Juan “Baby Tito” Dominguez (13-0, 9 KOs) returned to his homeland to …


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Mbhele retains Gauteng bantamweight title

By Ron Jackson

Cleutus Mbhele retained his Gauteng bantamweight title with a majority ten round draw against Cebo Ngema in a closely fought contest at the Nasrec Expo Centre near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. Judge Alfred Buqwana scored it 97-93 for Mbhele whilst judges Phillip du Randt and Joe Chaane scored it 95-95. The drawn decision was a bit harsh on the 22 year-old Mbhele (52’82kg) who appeared to box his way to a comfortable decision with his better boxing skills throughout. Ngema, 23, made a fast start and possibly shaded the first two rounds before the champion picked up the pace in round three. Boxing from behind his southpaw right jab Mbhele was in control throughout piling up the points with some good counter punching as the aggressive Ngema (53.22kg) pressed forward. Mbhele takes his record 14-4-3; 7 and Ngema goes to 9-3-1; 6. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Cleutus Mbhele retained his Gauteng bantamweight title with a majority ten round draw against Cebo Ngema in …


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Japanese heavyweight Hidaka defeats Tilman

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Report and photo by Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight Rio Hidaka (10-0, 8 KOs), 216.75, defeated New Zealander Clarence Tilman (11-11-2, 6 KOs), 274, by a nearly lopsided decision (79-74 twice and 79-73) over eight hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Sanda, Japan. Hidaka controlled the contest with his constant pressure and solid overhand rights, but the much taller and heavier Tilman occasionally landed a vicious punch to the face at a time. Hidaka, too anxious to finish his foe, looked too tense and stiff to throw punches smoothly, but he was an aggressor all the way. The 6’4” Tilman withstood the shorter Japanese banger’s shots and attempted to land his wicked right cross. Hidaka, who had always asked for more bouts, has been already booked in Osaka this coming May. He stays busy, which may be good for him. Promoter: Green Tsuda Promotions.

Report and photo by Joe Koizumi Unbeaten Japanese heavyweight Rio Hidaka (10-0, 8 KOs), 216.75, defeated New Zealander Clarence Tilman …


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Boxing Buzz

Why is Nonito Donaire making plans for the future, beyond boxing? Check out the Philippine Star

Former champ Scott Harrison has parted ways with manager Alex Morrison. More in the Daily Record

Former greats Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield recently met again . . . more

The Press of Atlantic City’s take on last night’s Broner-Rees fight in Atlantic City: more

Why is Nonito Donaire making plans for the future, beyond boxing? Check out the Philippine Star Former champ Scott Harrison …


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Broner: Rees tougher than a well done steak

“I knew he [Rees] was going to come to fight. He’s a world-class fighter,” said WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner after his five round demolition of former WBA 140lb titleholder Gavin Rees on Saturday night in Atlantic City. “He kept coming. He threw every shot like it was his best shot. I knew he would hang. When you have two world-class fighters going toe-to-toe, it’s going to be a great fight. Thanks to everyone who came out. It’s [NBA] All-Star Weekend and you came to see an All-Star. He’s [Rees] tougher than a steak that’s been well done. If I fought Ricky Burns, he would get burnt out. I want to fight him, but if he doesn’t want to fight me. Oh well. There are high expectations for me to take boxing over after [Floyd] Mayweather and [Manny] Pacquiao hang up their gloves.

“Tonight was a nice fight. I have to go back and watch it. Overall I felt pretty. I just looked in the mirror and I still look good. I would fight 10 times a year if I could.” (more…)

“I knew he [Rees] was going to come to fight. He’s a world-class fighter,” said WBC lightweight champion Adrien Broner …


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Hekkie Budler retains IBO strawweight belt

By Ron Jackson

Hekkie Budler of South Africa retained his IBO strawweight belt when he beat Filipino Renan Trongco on a unanimous 12 round points decision in an entertaining fight at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. Boxing from behind a close defence Budler was in control throughout as judge Tony Nyangiwe (SA) scored it 117-111 and judges Bruce McTavish (Philippines) and Terry O’Connar (England) both scored it 118-111. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Hekkie Budler of South Africa retained his IBO strawweight belt when he beat Filipino Renan Trongco on …


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Maldonado Jr. KOs Romero

By Gabriel F. Cordero

New Mexico lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. (15-2, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular third round knockout of reigning beltholder Jorge “Koky” Romero (24-5, 21 KOs) to claim Romero’s WBC Silver title on Saturday night at the Domo Deportivo del parque “Dos Aguas” in Tulum, Mexico. Maldonado laid out Romero with a straight left to the chin 35 seconds into the third round.

World rated super lightweight contender Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (28-0-1, 22 KOs) moved up a division and won a five round majority technical decision over Fidel Monterrosa (29-7, 23 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBC Silver welterweight title. Monterrosa was deemed unable to continue due to a cut over his left eye caused by an unintentional headbutt and the bout went to the scorecards. Judges had it 56-56, 58-54, 58-54 for Ortiz. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero New Mexico lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr. (15-2, 12 KOs) scored a spectacular third round knockout of …


Boxing Result

Estrella, Echeverria victorious

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Unbeaten super featherweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (10-0, 10 KOs) battered game Juan Carlos “Nene” Santillan (9-4, 5 KOs) until Santillan’s corner kept their man on the stool at the start of the seventh round on Saturday night in the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Mexico.

Also, ¿Quien Pinta para la Corona? champion Daniel “Tokado” Echeverria (6-0, 6 KOs) blew away Geronimo “Torito” Hernandez (15-24-2, 7 KOs) in the first round. (more…)

By Gabriel F. Cordero Unbeaten super featherweight Adrian “Diamante” Estrella (10-0, 10 KOs) battered game Juan Carlos “Nene” Santillan (9-4, …


Boxing News

WBO arrives in Japan

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel arrived in Tokyo today for a press conference to be held on Monday where together with the Japanese Boxing Commission they will announce the official entrance of the organization to Japan. The delegation included WBO Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, WBO Asia Vice President Leon Panoncillo and promoter Felix “Tutico” Zabala. Upon his arrival, Valcarcel declared “I’m very happy and delighted to have been able to get our organization into such a great country. This is history in the making. I want to thank the JBC, Mr. Akihiko Honda and Felix “Tutico” Zabala who have work very hard for the past three years to make this happen.” (more…)

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel arrived in Tokyo today for a press conference to be held on Monday where together …










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