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Boxing News

Q&A: Sakio Bika

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former world super middleweight challenger Sakio Bika challenges former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green.



August 15th, 2012

Boxing Result

St. John defeats Martin, both retire

By Steve Cummings at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

In a clash of female ring legends, Mia St. John (46-11-2, 18 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Coal Miner’s Daughter Christy Martin (49-7-3, 31 KOs) on Tuesday night at the Table Mountain Casino on Friant, California. Mia, 45, was more than willing to brawl with Christy, 44, beating her to the punch and landing most the clean shots. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 97-93. St. John claimed the vacant WBC female super welterweight title with the win. After the fight, both ladies announced their retirement. More photos…



August 15th, 2012


Boxing News

Bryant to face Koval on Adamek-Walker undercard

Bryant Jennings, 14-0, 6 KOs, the hottest young heavyweight in the country, puts his unbeaten record and newly minted status as a ‘fighter to watch’ on the line when he faces hard-hitting Youngstown, OH native Chris Koval, on September 8th, 2012 at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The fight can be seen on WeathTV and WealthTV.com as part of an important Saturday afternoon heavyweight triple-header that figures to help identify the next wave of world title challengers at the top of boxing’s food chain – the heavyweight division.

Although Tomasz Adamek, 46-2, 28 KOs, will have star billing on September 8th when he meets Travis Walker, 39-7-1, 31 KOs, in the 12-round main event, many boxing eyes have been keenly focused on Jennings for the last seven months. Nicknamed “By By,” Jennings has made a real splash in his last three bouts, going from unknown Philadelphia upstart to world-ranked contender and USBA champion, scoring victories over Maurice Byarm, Sergei Liakhovich and Steve Collins during the impressive run. (more…)



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Dawson and Sharp in action Friday

By Brett Bonetti

Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (37-3 -1, 24 KOs) will defend his PABA Light Middleweight Title against Marco Tuhumury (9-9-1, 2 KOs) at the WA Italian Club, North Perth, Australia this Friday 17th August. Dawson has set his sights on another world title shot and has current WBA Light Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout in his sights. Also in action will be young prospect Luke “You Know This” Sharp (4-0) who will face Jeremy “The Anvil” Allan (8-10-2, 3 KOs) for the WA State Middleweight Title.

Dawson and Sharp were on the promotional trail today and dropped into Perth radio station 96FM with Mark “Smiley” Pascoe to play a couple of hits before heading to talkback radio station 882 6PR for an interview to discuss their fights on Friday night and thoughts on the future. Check out this link to listen to the full radio interview.



August 14th, 2012


Boxing News

OPBF 112lb champ Fuentes faces Lee

By Joe Koizumi

Japan-based Korean, OPBF mandatory challenger Myung-Ho Lee (15-1, 5 KOs) will have an ambitious crack at the OPBF flyweight champ Rocky Fuentes (33-6-2, 20 KOs) in Cebu, Philippines on September 22. It was disclosed by ALA Promotions, presided by Antonio L. Aldeguer who has cultivated so many outstanding Filipino boxers such as Ala Villamor, Gerry Penalosa, Malcolm Tunacao, Donnie Nietes, etc. WBA#2 Fuentes was rumored to be eligible to participate in an elimination bout for the vacant throne provided that current titlist Hernan Marquez should renounce his belt, but nothing is certain at this moment. Fuentes, nicknamed Road Warrior, will be making his fifth defense of the regional belt since he dethroned Japan’s Masafumi Okubo via majority decision in 2010. Lee, an upright speedster, has been unbeaten since his sole defeat by Filipino Alfred Nagal on a second round knockout in 2006. It is good that Japanese or Japan-based boxers go and fight abroad to test their fists.



August 14th, 2012

UFC

UFC Gym BJ Penn Celebrates Hawaiian Debut with Official Grand Opening Expo on August 18th

UFC GYM®, the ultimate fitness destination that goes beyond the traditional workout, will celebrate the official grand opening of its much anticipated first signature club, UFC GYM BJ PENN. The gym whose ‘Train Different’ philosophy has already made waves on the mainland with multiple locations in CA, will host a grand opening event on Saturday, August 18th. BJ Penn, a Hawaii-native and two-division UFC® champion, will be on-site to kick things off as the brand looks to shake up the Hawaii fitness scene by combining the best of traditional fitness with the innovation of mixed martial arts. (more…)



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Krasniqi to face Sahin Aug 25

WBO #5 light heavyweight Robin Krasniqi (37-2, 13 KOs) will return August 25 against unbeaten former stablemate Serdar Sahin (20-0, 13 KOs) in a clash for the WBO International belt. In the main event, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz defends his belt against mandatory challenger Arthur Abraham. The bout replaces one featuring former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck, who pulled out of a bout due to an elbow injury and needs surgery.



August 14th, 2012

Full Report

O’Connor Stops Soto in Four

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photogallery by Emily Harney

It was a starry, fair weathered historic night within the concourse of the 68,000 seat Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA, home to the NFL’s New England Patriots this past Sunday as it played host to its first ever professional boxing card, a three bout event held immediately after the New England Revolution were defeated by the Montreal Impact 1-0 in a Major League Soccer matchup. In the main event of the evening, welterweight Danny O’Connor (18-1, 17KOs), fighting out of nearby Framingham, MA knocked Providence, RI veteran Eddie Soto (12-5, 4 KOs) down twice in their bout with the second being his last as Soto could not reach his feet before the count of ten at 1:09 of the fourth round. The three bout fight card was promoted by DiBella Entertainment in association with Warriors Boxing. Click here for the full report and action-packed photogallery.



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Oquendo opponent named

Chicago’s WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Champion and WBA #14 rated “Fast” Fres Oquendo (34-7, 22 KOs) will face Philadelphia veteran Robert “Big Philly” Hawkins (23-19, 7 KOs) in a stay-busy 10-round main event of Hitz Boxing’s latest “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” installment scheduled for this Saturday, August 18 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. “We’re looking to keep Fres active while we wait for another world-rated heavyweight to get in the ring with him,” said his promoter, Bobby Hitz. “We offered this fight to several top guys with good money on the table and none of them would step up.” (more…)



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Adonis Stevenson Update

“Adonis Stevenson injured his left hand in sparring last Friday,” said promoter Yvon Michel, President of Groupe Yvon Michel. “The next day he went to see a doctor who diagnosed a severe bruise and major swelling. Adonis was not able to close his hand and make a fist. Treatments were done in hopes of improvement but there was not enough progress and under the doctor’s advice it was decided to pull Adonis out of his fight [on Friday night against Don “Da Bomb” George].”

According to Michel, Stevenson is now in Montreal receiving treatment. The IBF super middleweight title eliminator will be rescheduled for early this fall. Fightnews.com has learned that an October 27 HBO date is being looked at.



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Christy Martin goes for her 50th tonight

By Steve Cummings
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Christy Martin returns to the ring tonight at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA after a layoff of 14 months in search of her 50th career victory. She will see a familiar face when she climbs through the ropes, one of the few boxers whose credentials are similar to her own: Mia St. John. Martin scored an unanimous decision over St. John on December 6, 2002.

Fast forward ten years: Martin and St. John will fight tonight for the vacant WBC jr welterweight title in the main event of the “Final Victory!” Martin says that she is “99.9% sure” it will be her last fight. With a record of 49 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses with 31 knockouts, Christy has done just about everything a boxer can do, male or female, since turning pro September 9, 1989 with a five-round draw against Angela Buchanan. (more…)



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

New opponent for Donovan George

By Johnny B’

Luck may be changing for Carlos Molina and fellow Chicagoan Don “Da Bomb” George. Donovan George was ready to go against fellow super middleweight Adonis “Superman” Stevenson, but it looks like “Superman” is not invincible, as he had to pull out of the bout with a alleged hand injury. “Da Bomb” (22-2-1, 19 KOs) will now face late sub Dioniso Miranda from Barranquilla, Columbia (21-7-2, 18 KOs) in a bout scheduled for ten.

The new main event will be hard luck Chicago light middleweight Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) matched with Miami Florida’s Damian Frias (19-4-1, 10 KOs) also scheduled for ten rounds. The card takes place in Miami, Oklahoma and is co-promoted by Warriors Boxing, Holden Productions and Gym Promotions.



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Vasquez faces Nelson Sept 14

On Friday night September 14th at Harrahs in Chester, PA, Victor Vasquez will headline a monster night of boxing when he takes on undefeated Naim Nelson in a ten round bout for the Pennsylvania State Lightweight championship. The card is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions & David Feldman. Vasquez of Philadelphia has a record of 15-6-1 with seven knockouts and has built up one of the biggest fan bases in Philadelphia due to his exciting style which always has him in the fight of the night whenever he steps into the ring. Nelson of Philadelphia has a record of 7-0 with one knockout.



August 14th, 2012

UFC

Roger Bowling chasing the Hollywood ending

When asked what it means to him to be fighting on the Showtime-televised main card against an internationally accomplished opponent like Tarec Saffiedine, Strikeforce welterweight Roger Bowling responds, “I’m living a dream.” . .. Click more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, Sept. 1 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 151 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Pacman to train at Wild Card

By Nick Giongco

Manny Pacquiao will set up his training camp at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles as soon as he gets back from the multi-city promotional tour for his Nov. 10 fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “From the press tour, Manny will stay in the US and begin training,” Arum, who left for the US over the weekend, told Fightnews. Arum said the initial leg of the press tour will be on Sept. 4 in Los Angeles. The succeeding stops will depend on the choice of opponent. Three fighters are being eyed to face Pacquiao: American Tim Bradley, Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez and Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto. If Pacquiao ends up picking Marquez, there will be a stop in Mexico City and if it’s Cotto, the tour will travel to the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan. Arum met with Pacquiao last week and the two discussed what’s down the road for the Filipino star, who is aching to bounce back from the controversial 12-round split decision to Bradley last June. There have been reports that Pacquiao is trying to delay his decision because of the possibility that a fight with Floyd Mayweather can be made for early-2013. But if an agreement cannot be reached, Pacquiao will have no other choice but to name his next foe within the next few days. Pacquiao, 33, had used Baguio City, a high-altitude training camp north of Manila, as his headquarters the last few fights.



August 14th, 2012

Boxing News

Romero-Esquivias collide Sept 21

By Francisco Salazar

Super bantamweights Jhonaton Romero and Efrain Esquivias will collide in a 10 round bout on September 21st, Gary Shaw Productions matchmaker John Beninati confirmed to Fightnews.com on Friday. The bout will be the main event of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” card that will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing Promotions will co-promote the card.

Also on the card will be a compelling bout between unbeaten super bantamweights Roman Morales and Jonathan Arellano. Henry Ramirez, who trains Arellano, confirmed the bout with Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Martin, St. John make weight

By Steve Cummings
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Tensions were high today at the weigh-in for tomorrow night’s Final Victory fight card featuring Christy Martin vs. Mia St. John at Table Mountain Casino on Friant, CA. St. John was late to the weigh-in at the Bod-e Shop, which had Martin fuming. The Coal Miner’s Daughter promised to take out her frustrations in the ring and the ceremonial photo op after the weights were recorded featured both fighters talking under their breath to each other.

All of the fighters on the five-bout card made weight.

Christy Martin 150.2 vs. Mia St. John 146.6
Aaron Acevedo 132.2 vs. Angel Torres 133
Yoshi Fujii 132 vs. Jose Garcia 131.8
David Barragan 157 vs. Beau “The Show” Hamilton 156.8
Luis Villagomez 125.4 vs. Manuel Ortega 126.2
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August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Golovkin-Proksa: Something has to give

By Przemek Garczarczyk

“We all know that styles make a fight, and if you look both these guys, Golovkin and Proksa, this fight just cannot be just another title fight without drama and spectacular punches. It’s practically impossible,” Tom Loeffler, managing director of K2 Promotions regarding the upcoming WBA and IBO middleweight title fight between unbeaten reigning titleholder Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) and Polish star and European champion Grzegorz Proksa (28-1, 21 KOs) at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY. Golovkin-Proksa fight will be also televised live by HBO in the main event of their Boxing After Dark series. Click here for the Fightnews interview with Tom Loeffler.



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Tyson finishes hit run on Broadway

Photos: Tom Casino/Tyson’s Corner

Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson wrapped up his 12-show Broadway run on Sunday at Longacre Theater in New York City. The one-man show titled “Undisputed Truth” generally garnered good reviews. The two-hour show, directed by Spike Lee, delighted the sold-out crowds who attended despite a protest from an abuse group and even a Twitter death threat. “Iron Mike” promised the audience that they would “leave here with two ears tonight,” and informed that this engagement was not his first time on Broadway. “I actually got arrested on this same street,” he revealed. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Mia St. John: “Final Victory” will be the final fight

By Steve Cummings
Photos: Mary Ann Owen

Mia St. John is ready for her rematch this Tuesday (August 14th) with Christy Martin. While she surprised many boxing observers in their first fight (December 6, 2002) just by going the distance, she expects to come away with the win this time and the WBC light middleweight title. The card is appropriately title “The Final Victory” because St. John wants to walk away with the belt and retire from sport.

The “Final Victory” takes place at Table Mountain Casino in Friant, CA and is being promoted by Roy Englebrecht.

When St. John (46-11-2, 18 KOs) and Martin (49-6-3, 31 KOs) first fought in December of 2002, Mia was a huge underdog and thought by many to be in for a rough night at the hands of the hard-punching Coal Miner’s Daughter. St. John displayed improved boxing skills that night and went the distance, losing a unanimous decision by scores of 97-93, 97-93 and 99-91. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing back in Greensboro, NC

Live pro boxing returns Saturday to the Southern Crescent Ballroom at the Downtown Marriott in Greensboro, NC. Headlining the eight-fight card is undefeated heavyweight prospect Josh Tufte (6-0, 4 KOs) taking on journeyman Ramon McLamore (6-10, 4 KOs). Tufte is a former kickboxer and toughman fighter who turned pro as a boxer about a year and a half ago. The co-main event features New York jr. middleweight Tommy Rainone 15-4 taking on 70-fight veteran Kevin Carter in a six round tilt. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing Result

Abreu wins IBF Youth title

By Robert Coster

In a fight held at the Carlos (Teo) Cruz Coliseum on Sunday night in Santo Domingo, Dominican prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (11-0, 10 KOs) won the IBF jr welterweight Youth title with a third round knockout victory over John Nater (9-3, 8 KOs) of Puerto Rico. Abreu decked Nater at the end of the first round, dominated the second round and in the third stanza sent his opponent crashing to the mat with a flurry of unanswered punches. Referee Robert Ramirez Jr put an end to the fight as it was apparent that the prone Nater would not get up. It was an impressive display of power and speed by Abreu who might be invading the USA boxing scene very soon. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Bugner, Peden, Wheatley in Aussie Boxing Hall

Photo: Werner Kalin

The Australian Boxing Hall of Fame inducted Hungarian born and former world heavyweight contender Joe Bugner (69-13-1, 41 KOs) at the Crown Casino, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Bugner clashed with Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, Ron Lyle, Jimmy Ellis, Henry Cooper, Ernie Shavers before moving to Australia in 1985 and defeating James Tillis, David Bey and Greg Page. Bugner was adopted by Australia and is affectionally known as “Aussie Joe” by Australians. He currently resides on Queenslands Gold Coast.

Also inducted was former IBF 130 pound champion Robbie “Bomber” Peden (25-4, 14 KOs) who captured the world championship in 2005 by eight round stoppage of Nate Campbell. Peden lost the championship to the great Mexican, Marco Antonio Barrera.. Peden turned professional in the USA where he had most of his fights including wins over Lamont Pearson, Hector Velazquez, Sergio Perez And also battled another great Mexican, Juan Manuel Marquez. Robbie represented Australia at 1992 and 1996 Olympics. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Salvador Sanchez remembered

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel

30 years after his death, former WBC featherweight champion Salvador Sanchez was remembered Sunday as one of the greatest Mexican champions of all time.

Each year, Sanchez is remembered with a mass at the Shrine of Santa Maria del Buen Suceso in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico State, followed by a visit to the grave site, a meal and an amateur boxing event. This year hundreds of people gathered in memory of Sanchez including his former opponent Juan Laporte. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

More on Adamek-Walker clash

WealthTV, the latest destination for live boxing on television and online at WealthTV.com, recently announced that it has secured the live US television rights for the September 8 heavyweight battle between Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (46-2-0) and Travis “Freight Train” Walker (39-7-1) for the IBF North American heavyweight title. The fight will originate in front of Adamek’s rabid fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. This will be Adamek’s ninth appearance at the “Pru Center”

Adamek of Gilowice, Poland is the former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight champion and is widely regarded as arguably the top heavyweight not named Klitschko as he has amassed a record of 8-1 as a Heavyweight with signature wins over former title challengers Andrew Golota, Chris Arreola, Michael Grant and most recently Eddie Chambers. With a win over the battle tested Walker, Adamek will be right back in position at the top of the list to earn another shot at Heavyweight Supremacy. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing Result

Arakawa, Akaho Keep OPBF belts

By Joe Koizumi

WBC#1/WBA#10 OPBF lightweight champ Nihito Arakawa (23-1-1, 15 KOs), 134.5, barely kept his regional belt as he impressively scored a come-from-behind TKO victory over formerly two-time world challenger Takehiro Shimada (27-6-1, 17 KOs), 134.5, at 2:59 of the eighth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Also, WBC#5/WBA#6 Ryo Akaho (19-0-2, 12 KOs), 114.75, impressively retained his OPBF super-fly belt by halting unbeaten ex-amateur prospect Yohei Tobe (4-1, 2 KOs), 115, at 2:58 of the eighth session. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

New & Improved Grabriel Rosado is one fight away

Story and photos by John DiSanto – Philly Boxing History (.com)

This past January, North Philly junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado seemed to turn a corner in his career development. All of a sudden, he was a killer in the ring and looked like sure bet to become a champion. The new plateau came in his head-turning knockout performance against battle-tough Jesus Soto Karass on January 21st. Rosado became the first man to halt the durable Mexican, and he did it before a cheering hometown crowd at ringside and a national television audience watching at home on the NBC Sports Network.

The Gabriel Rosado who bullied and disposed of Soto Karass in just five rounds that night was clearly a new version of the popular Philly fighter. Rosado had shown glimpses of real promise over the prior six years of his professional boxing career, but nothing like this. He was suddenly a bona fide contender. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Fans invited to Martin-St. John weigh-in

The official weigh-in for Tuesday’s WBC super welterweight world championship fight between female boxing legends Christy Martin and Mia St. John will take place at 4:40PM THIS AFTERNOON at the Bod-e² Shop located at 1345 N Willow #120 Clovis, California. This weigh-in is open to the public. Top weight is 150lbs. The fighters collide in a rematch on Tuesday night at the Table Mountain Casino Event Center.



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Former heavyweight champ Michael Dokes passes

Sad to report that former WBA world heavyweight boxing champion Michael “Dynamite” Dokes has passed away from liver cancer on Friday at the age of 54 in Akron, Ohio. Dokes was 53-6-2 with 34 KOs and last fought in 1997. He won the WBA championship by defeating Michael Weaver in 1982. Arrangements are being handled by the Rhoden Memorial Home, 1101 Palmetto Avenue, Akron, Ohio (330-724-1201).



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Wegner: Arthur is a level above Stieglitz

Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) is reaching for a super-middleweight world championship. After two unsuccessful quests – fights against Carl Froch in November 2010 and Andre Ward in May 2011 – he is now aiming to get it right in his third attempt. In order to get the title, the former middleweight champion who climbed up to number one in the WBO rankings, has to take out the current WBO Champ Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs). Coach Ulli Wegner gave his views on the upcoming fight at the o2 World Berlin, Germany. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

UFC

Jones-Henderson: Can the Phenom survive an H-bomb?


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Coming up next: UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, Sept. 1 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 151 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



August 13th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing back in San Diego

Don Chargin Promotions together with Bobby D. Presents and in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T GYM present “New Boys on the Block”, a six bout fight card scheduled for Thursday, August 30th, 2012, at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of “America’s Finest City” San Diego, CA. Soon to be California Hall of Fame Bobby DePhilippis will showcase hard hitting twenty-one year old undefeated light welterweight Jonathan Garcia (8-0, 6KOs) of Watsonville, CA, as he takes on his stiffest test in Tijuana tough guy Pedro “Embajador” Arcos (8-2, 6KOs) in the six round main event. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing Result

Smith Shocks Damnjanovic

By Brian Grammer

Cruiserweight Toris “The Bull” Smith (3-32, 3 KOs) scored the improbable TKO victory over local favorite Mile Damnjanovic (1-1, 1 KO) Saturday night at the Expo 5 Events Center in Louisville, KY. Future Promotions, headed up by former local fighter, Dereco Murray, brought Smith to town in what was meant to be a stepping stone for Damnjanovic, but the fighter from Memphis, TN did not intend to be just another opponent for Damnjanovic to pad his resume against. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing Result

Kikuchi defeats WBA #12 Manakane

By Joe Koizumi

Lanky Japanese jabber, OPBF#4 super-bantam Eita Kikuchi (14-2-4, 6 KOs), 119.5, decked an important victory when he kept outjabbing WBA#12 bantam Noldi Manakane (24-12-1, 15 KOs), Indonesia, 119.5, all the way and earned a unanimous decision (96-94, 96-95 and 99-94) over ten furious rounds on Sunday in Kobe, Japan. Manakane had failed to win the WBA bantam belt from Koki Kameda, losing a debatable decision in Yokohama last April. The free-swinging Indonesian attempted to catch the much taller Japanese with roundhouse lefts and rights, which were missing the elusive target. Kikuchi exclusively aimed at the midsection, winning the third through fifth rounds. Visibly fading with his absorption of Kikuchi’s body shots, Manakane changed his strategy to counterpunching with his back to the ropes in the second half. The Indonesian veteran dominated the seventh, but couldn’t show his superior power with his fatigue in the last three sessions. (more…)



August 13th, 2012

Boxing Result

O’Connor Stops Soto in Foxborough

Photo: Emily Harney

Photo: Emily Harney

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney

Professional boxing returned to Massachusetts in a historic three fight event held Sunday night at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, home to the NFL’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. In the main event, welterweight Danny O’Connor (18-1, 7KOs) out of nearby Framingham, MA knocked out Providence, RI’s Eddie Soto (12-5, 4 KOs) at 1:09 of the fourth round. O’Connor used his jab to setup his offense and he worked the body well breaking down Soto throughout. He knocked Soto down in the first with a series of body shots that had Soto stumble to the canvas. Soto was up at eight as the first round came to a close. O’Connor continued his onslaught through the second and third round. In round four O’Connor’s hard work paid off as a left followed by a flurry knocked Soto down and out for the count of ten.
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Dorchester, MA native Billy Traft (2-0, 1 KO) scored the first knockout of his professional career as he stopped Dan Bonnell (0-2) in the first round of their super middleweight bout. Traft dominated with his combinations during the round. With seconds left in the round, Traft dropped Bonnell with a left right combination. Bonnell was able to get up before the count of ten, however he was not able to get off of the stool for the beginning of round two. This gave Traft his first technical knockout at 3:00 of round one.
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Welterweight Antonio Chavez Fernandes, fighting out of historic Brockton, MA, won a four round unanimous decision over Springfield, MA native Noel Garcia (2-15, 1 KO), Scores of the bout were 40-36 twice and 39-37. Both fighters landed hard shots however Fernandes with his height and reach advantage dictated the pace of the fight, and by doing so gave him the nod on the scorecards.



August 12th, 2012




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