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King Arthur Abraham is convinced that the huge Armenian community in California will lift him to victory in his Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-final bout on May 14. The 31-year-old (32-2, 26 KOs), who takes on undefeated WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) at The Home Depot Center, is currently shaping up on Usedom, a small German island in the Baltic Sea. Last week, SHOWTIME´s Fight Camp 360 crew caught up with the former tournament point leader in his training camp. “I am looking forward to returning to America and clinch a big victory on May 14,” King Arthur said. “Los Angeles has a huge Armenian community and I intend to put on a great fight for my loyal fans. Their passionate support really means a lot to me. It will give me additional motivation. Ward is a strong fighter but with the help of my countrymen I will defeat him.” (more…)
World ranked Las Vegas-based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) contacted fightnews directly from his training camp in England upon reading the news of the cancelled April 29th IBF eliminator bout between Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) and Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC. Cayo-Peterson was scheduled to be the main event on ESPN 2’s Friday Night Fights series.
“I’m not going to take a fight of this magnitdude on two weeks notice,” said Coleman. “The money isnt great but for the opportunity I was willing to do it with ample time. If Peterson can’t get a replacement to fight him in an eliminator on this kind of notice then I guess what comes around goes around.” (more…)
Competing in the UFC 129 main event on April 30th, both Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick compete in the UFC’s newly minted 145-pound division, a weight class crowded with whirling dervish-type fighters that often thrill fans with non-stop, video game-like action. Aldo is the division’s unquestioned king, receiving the belt in exchange for his WEC championship when Zuffa merged it into the UFC. Hominick is the guy hoping to bring about a sudden coup d’état . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
For more info on UFC 129 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Larry Hazzard is the special guest speaker this Tuesday (April 19th) for the RING 8 monthly meeting at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
In addition, each of the 2011 New York Golden Gloves Tournament finalists have been invited along with a guest to attend Tuesday’s meeting, as well as becoming an honorary RING 8 member throughout this year.
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Mariano Agmi
Photography by Emily Harney
Over the years, the Foxwoods Resort and Casino, along with the newer MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT have held numerous memorable fights over the course of their history. James Toney vs. Vassily Jirov, Carl Froch vs. Jermain Taylor, Vinny Paz getting his 50th career win over Tocker Pudwill, the two wars that Scott Pemberton had against Omar Sheika that were both ESPN fights of the year, Diego Corrales vs. Joel Casamayor, Diego Corrales vs. Acelino “Popo” Freitas, most recently, Sergio Martinez vs. Sergiy Dzinziruk, as well as many, many more. Now we can add yet another war into the history books of boxing at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods and the Fox Theatre, “Vicious” Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division former world champion Jorge Linares could have his next fight in Mexico on May 28. Potential opponents for Linares include Willie Lemond English and Sergio Priotti for the a proposed lightweight ten-rounder, but apparently Golden Boy is also looking for other candidates. One source indicated that after the fight in Mexico, Linares could return in the U.S. against Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, Michael Katsidis or maybe even WBA interim lightweight titleholder Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero.
By Mariano A. Agmi
Victor Ortiz (29-2, 22 KOs) had a lot to prove going into the “East-West Showdown” at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Ortiz wanted to erase the memory of his 2009 loss to power punching Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and answer any questions that lingered about his chin or his heart. Ortiz did that and much more, engaging in a 4 knockdown firefight with Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) to claim the WBC welterweight title in an instant fight of the year candidate.
“Should I come down there and smack you with this green belt?” asked Ortiz to the roar of the media at the post fight press conference in response to a question about this fight compared to the Maidana fight. “I’m totally messing with you,” joked the champ. “That was my past, it was a learning experience. I took it for what it was worth. I went to war. People say I gave up. I didn’t give up. The fight was stopped on my behalf. Life goes on and I woke up to another day, and check it out (lifting his new WBC welterweight championship belt).” (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
Photos: Jeff Pamungkas
The “Battle of the Indonesians” for the WBA featherweight title ended with a big win for the long time featherweight champion Chris John, who had kept the belt since 2003 and had defended the 14 times including Sunday night’s fight at the Jakarta International Expo, Jakarta, Indonesia. John, a true scholar in the boxing ring, gave a good lesson to his young challenger Yordan, who has excellent talent but needs more education in order to be an excellent fighter.
Yordan’s predictable movements, attacks and defense were not a big problem for John, who delivered one of the best performances in his career. This served notice that Chris John still has it, following probably his worst career performance last December when he decisioned Fernando Saucedo of Argentina. (more…)
Irish Outlaw Boxing has announced unbeaten WBA #8 rated Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne (16-0, 6 KOs) has signed a contract to challenge WBA cruiserweight world champion Guillermo Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) for the WBA title. In order to properly train for this world title bout, Ryan has withdrawn from his currently scheduled bout on April 29th at the Orpheum Theatre in St. Louis. The bout between Coyne and Jones is tentatively slated for July 27.
Sources close to the situation have stated that Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) has pulled out of his April 29th IBF light welterweight eliminator with Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC. The bout was scheduled to be televised on ESPN 2 Friday Night Fights Series as the main event. No official word on the reason why Cayo will not be fighting. Cayo opponent Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) has been offered the opportunity to step in to fight Peterson. Coleman is currently in England training with Lee Beard who formerly trained former world champion Ricky Hatton amongst others. An answer from Coleman is expected on Monday. Stay tuned.
SHOWTIME Sports presents the official recap from the April 16th Lopez vs. Salido event. Watch Orlando Salido upset Juan Manuel Lopez. Plus, the undercard match of Luis Cruz and Martin Honorio.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum went straight to the point and said that distractions in both his public life and personal life affected the performance of now former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “JuanMa” lost his unbeaten record and WBO belt in an eighth round TKO loss against Mexican Orlando Salido on Saturday at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon.
“The distractions did the job,” said Arum. “Look at Miguel Cotto, who has never been better since he left to train outside of Puerto Rico. And he doesn’t get out of shape between fights. That’s what happened to this guy….he was overweight. He was like 180 or 190 pounds when he was in the Philippines [for Manny Pacquiao’s birthday party in December]. And I know that personal problems affected this boy. Boxing is a serious business and you have to be in great physical condition between fights, you have to have the best life between fights, and when you have training camp for a fight, like Cotto, you should leave the island.”
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
Unbeaten longtime WBA featherweight champion Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over countryman Daud Cino Yordan (27-2, 22 KOs) in a full, action packed bout on Sunday at the Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia. No knockdowns. It was John’s 14th successful defense of the belt he has held since 2003. More to come…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBA female champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, impressively unified the WBA 105-pound championship as she cleverly and constantly kept punching interim ruler Ibeth Zamora (11-3, 4 KOs), Mexico, to win a unanimous decision over ten rounds in Osaka, Japan. Judges Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Dr. Michael Lee (Korea) both had it 98-92 and 98-93, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 96-94, all for the defending champ Tada. Referee was Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) who handled the fast-moving girls very well. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After thirty fights of stunning crowds with his ability to neglect defense and always come back to score the victory, Juan Manuel Lopez’ streak ended. Orlando Salido captured the WBO Featherweight Championship via eighth-round technical knockout (referee stoppage) after connecting with countless right hands including one that landed “JuanMa” on the canvas in the fifth round. In the co-featured bout, Luis Cruz claimed a unanimous decision over Martin Honorio with the scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94 from Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Tijuana, MX’s Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) and Ana Maria Torres (24-3-3, 14 KOs) put forth a great battle that ended in a draw at the World Trade Center of Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, Saturday night in front of 10,000 fans. Official scores were 95-95 three times. Torres took control in the first couple of rounds of the action packed bout but then Nava found her rhythm and kept boxing. Soon, Torres’ nose began to bleed from the fourth round on from the constant jab that Nava kept landing while Nava’s left eye began to swell from the power punches she was receiving from the WBC super flyweight champion. The middle rounds were a toe to toe war with Nava showing better defense but Torres scoring with the harder punches as she looked for the knock out. The crowd in attendance rose to their feet for the last couple of rounds as both women gave their all to pull out the win. For more details and photos click here…
“Absolutely not,” new WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz responded to a question about Saturday’s fight being redemption for his loss to Marcus Maidana. “Maidana was never in my class. I never gave him respect, especially for not giving me a rematch. 147 lbs. is where I’m king. I want to thank Andre Berto for the opportunity. He is a real champion.”
Former champion Berto, who was having his right thumb examined after the fight, stated, “I just didn’t feel it tonight. I just couldn’t get off.”
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
In a huge upset, former IBF 126-pound titleholder Orlando Salido (35-11-2, 23 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. After four competitive rounds, Salido floored JuanMa hard at the end of the fifth round. Salido was on the attack in the sixth round, but a the still-hurt Lopez survived. In round seven, JuanMa came back, but after Salido launched an attack in round eight referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. waved it off even though JuanMa was still fighting back. Time was 1:39. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Mariano Agmi
Photos: Emily Harney
In an exciting knockdown-filled affair, the welterweight debut of Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) was a successful one as he dethroned previously unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) with a clear unanimous decision on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantuckett, Connecticut. Ortiz dropped Berto with a left hook in round one but it ruled as a slip by referee Michael Ortega. Later in the round he floored Berto again and this one counted. Berto knocked down an off balance Ortiz in round two. Ortiz rocked Berto again in round three and continued to dominate as Berto spent considerable time on the ropes absorbing punishment. In round six, Berto stayed in the center of the ring and dropped Ortiz with a big right hand, but during Berto’s follow-up attack Ortiz floored him! Things settled down after that. Referee Ortega deducted a point from Ortiz in round ten for a punch behind the head. Berto seemed gassed at the end. Scores were 115-110, 114-112, 114-111. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Chris Royle – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) won a six round technical decision over previously unbeaten European titleholder Paul McCloskey (22-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Khan was in control for the most part as awkward southpaw McCloskey made it an ugly fight. The bout was stopped in the sixth round after McCloskey suffered a vertical cut over the left eye from an accidental head clash. Scores were 60-54 on all cards. The McCloskey Team was furious about the stoppage and demanded a rematch. Khan said he won every round and McCloskey isn’t on his level, so no reason for a rematch. He is now eyeing a unification clash with WBC/WBO titlist Tim Bradley in July. For more details and photos click here…
By Jeff Pamungkas
Photos: Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) weighed in at 57.0 (125 lbs.) kg while his challenger Daud Cino Yordan (27-1, 21 KOs) weighed 57.1 kg. (126 lbs.) in the official weigh-in in Jakarta, Indonesia. The battle of the Indonesians (the first time in history that two Indonesians will fight for a world title) will be conducted at Jakarta International Expo on Sunday, April 17.
Raul Caiz, Sr. will be the third man in the ring, while the judges are Stanley Christidolou, Frnasiso Martinez and Pinit Prayadsub.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Baltimore cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett won a six-round unanimous decision over Willie “Blackout” Chisolm of St. Petersburg, FL. Shiflett showed tremendous poise and finished strong, winning by shutout (60-54) on all three judges scorecards. Shiflett remains undefeated at 11-0-1, five KO’s. Chisolm is 6-11, three KO’s. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA full female champ Etsuko Tada (7-0-2, 2 KOs), a Japanese southpaw whose amateur mark as national titlist was as good as 47-3, will square off against interim ruler Ibeth Zamora (11-2, 4 KOs), Mexico, over ten two-minute rounds tomorrow (Sunday) in Osaka, Japan. There was a weigh-in ceremony, where Tada scaled in at 104.25 to the 105-pound class limit for Zamora. Each looked confident and comfortable with good condition. The WBA officials are as follows: referee Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand); judges Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Michael Lee (Korea); supervisor Alan Kim (Korea).
It will be a very competitive fight as Tada had battled to a hard-fought draw twice with WBC 108-pound rulter Naomi Togashi here and then WBA interim champ Ria Ramnarine in Trinidad and Tobago to her credit. Tada, making her fifth defense, is eager to unify the belts by defeating the interim champ Zamora. (more…)
Photos: Universal Promotions
WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narváez (34-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against Cesar Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico by way of Unanimous Decision. The official judges scorecards read 117-110 twice and 115-112 all in favor of Narváez. The bout took place at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. more photos
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
“Dangerous” Dannie Williams dismantled Manuel Leyva, dropping him twice with overhand right hands in the first round of their WBC Continental Americas lightweight title tilt Friday night in St. Louis, Mo. Williams, improved his record to 17-1, 14 KOs, dictating the action throughout the short fight, drawing his challenger into exchanges and winning them with whistling counter punches. Leyva, now 18-3, 10 KOs, tried to hold his shorter competitor off with jabs, but left himself wide open in the middle of the first round, and Williams made him pay with a ripping overhand right. Leyva steadied himself in front of Steve Smoger, referee in this title fight, and was allowed him to continue. Williams approached his challenger again, waited for his opponent’s left hand to fall short, then delivered the knockout blow, completely flattening his opponent. Smoger immediately waved off the action, signaling for the doctor. Time was 1:45. Click here for full report
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
The Summer Boxing season got a jump start in upstate New York as Ares Promotions presented “Fight Night IV” at he Hudson Valley Community College’s McDonagh Field House in Troy, New York Friday night. In what amounted to a gym workout, Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero lived up to his nickname as he treated Carlos Rivera like a side of beef in a slaughterhouse, taking an eight round unanimous decision in a “battle” for the New York State Jr. lightweight title. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/stephanietrapp.com
Unbeaten NABO super lightweight titleholder Eloy Perez (21-0-2, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alejandro Rodriguez (12-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Longshoreman’s Hall, located two blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. Scores were 100-90 on all cards.
Unbeaten jr lightweight Gary Russell (15-0, 9 KOs) cruised to a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Adolfo Landeros (20-19-1, 10 KOs). Russell scored a knockdown in round one, but was forced to go the full route. Scores were 60-53 on all cards. Click here for full report and more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously-unbeaten Ivan Pococa (15-1-1, 10 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA. It was all Provodnikov from the beginning as he slowly broke Popoca down throughout the fight. Provodnikov hurt Pococa in the fifth round, but Popoca showed heart and stayed on his feet. In the eighth, Provodnikov dropped Popoca with a counter right hand to the head. Popoca was able to get up, but Provodnikov landed a barrage of punches until referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 2:16. For full details and photos click here…
By Bobby Goodman
I’m very happy to report that I’m now home after being released today. I feel wonderful and yes, I have had a new knee revision and a pacemaker installed in my now very bionic body.
The rehab for the knee is going very well and I should be teeing it up in a few weeks, and hitting them right down the middle as always. I’m a tough guy brought up in the sport I love and a little setback like that, can’t keep me on the deck.
I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and well-wishers. The fact that I had a very strong corner with my family and friends all working hard to keep me in the fight, has resulted in a kayo for me after a rough start. I’m blessed and happy to be able to send you all this update.
Photos: Emily Harney
The official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s “East-West Showdown” card was held today at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Undefeated WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto will defend his title against WBC #5-rated “Vicious” Victor Ortiz from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
Andre Berto 145 vs. Victor Ortiz 146
(WBC welterweight championship)
Thomas Dulorme 144.2 vs. Harrison Cuello 143.8
Deandre Latimore 154.6 vs. Dennis Sharpe 155.8
J’leon Love 166 vs. J.C. Peterson 169.2
Luis Rosa, Jr. 124.6 vs. Joseliz Cepeda 125
Sonya Lamonakis 223.2 vs. Gigi Jackson 285
Joseph Elegele 144.6 vs. Angel Hernandez 147.2
Jair Ramos 142.6 vs. Ernest Butts 142.6
Venue: MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment/Golden Boy
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Mexican boxing legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio Cesar Chavez attended today’s Lopez-Salido weigh-in along with many fans and media.
All four fighters who will compete in an eagerly awaited SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday, April 16, live on on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), made weight on Friday. (more…)
Photo: Juan Carlos Ortecho
Kina Malpartida 129 vs. Rhonda Luna 130
Jonathan Maicelo 134.5 vs. Leonardo Gonzalez 134.5
Carlos Zambrano 125.7 vs. Roberto Santos de Jesus 124.5
Juan Zegarra 140 vs. Raul Enciso 139
Mauricio Reynoso 165.2 vs. Modesto Rodriguez 164.5
Venue: Estadio Monumental , Lima, Peru
It was more than fifteen years ago when then WBC Super Featherweight champion Gabriel Ruelas defended his title against Colombian Jimmy Garcia in a fight that would ultimately cost Garcia his life. The tragedy of that hot, fateful night in a Las Vegas ring, and its aftermath, has never been told – until now.
Mexican-born Araceli Martínez-Rose’s narrative in her new book, “Business of Pain” takes you, in great detail through the humble beginnings of Ruelas’ career as a young fighter, his rise to the world championship, and the devastating effect the Garcia tragedy had not only in his boxing career, but his personal life as well. Renowned Mexican journalist and best-selling Latin author María Antonieta Collins and WBC President Jose Sulaiman have written the prologue. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jackie Nava 120 vs. Ana María Torres 120
WBA female junior featherweight championship
Irma Sánchez 108 vs. Jessica Chávez 108
Hollie Dunaway 105 vs. Katia Gutiérrez 105
Miguel Angel González 122 vs. Cruz Carbajal 122
Jonathan Peña 147 vs. Gabino Arias 147
Hanzel Martínez 115 vs. Fernando Curiel 115
Venue: World Trade Center, Boca del Río, Veracruz
Promotor: HG Boxing, Zanfer
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Middleweight world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo has filed a protest with the WBA in regards to the actions of WBA judge Stefano Corozza during Lorenzo’s interim middleweight title fight against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam held on April 2 in Le Cannet, France. During the course of the fifth round, Lorenzo knocked N’Dam N’Jikam through the ropes and onto the ring apron with a right uppercut. Following N’Dam N’Jikam’s fall onto the apron, two people are clearly seen attempting to help him back into the ring, one an unnamed photographer and the second was Corozza. According to WBA rules, a boxer can be disqualified if he is given help to get back to his feet either by a cornerman or third party and referee Hubert Earle was within his rights at this point to declare Lorenzo the winner.
Team Lorenzo also alleges an attempt by N’Dam N’Jikam’s team to illegally wrap his hands, a point which was only noticed by Lorenzo’s trainer, Ray Farrait, despite WBA judge Philippe Verbeke overseeing the proceedings.
Finally, Team Lorenzo questions why despite dropping N’Dam N’Jikam in the fifth round, both Corozza and judge Juan Manuel Perez scored the round 10-9 for Lorenzo as opposed to the standard 10-8 when a knockdown occurs. Lorenzo is insisting that the WBA Championship Committee grant an immediate title rematch against N’Dam N’JIkam.
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