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By Joe Koizumi
Having been dethroned by Jhonny Gonzalez via TKO route last April, ex-WBC feather and bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs), a Japanese southpaw speedster, will return to the ring warfare when he faces unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix (18-0, 10 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on December 17. It was announced by his manager/promoter/trainer Masato Yamashita. Hasegawa, 30, says, “I wish to enjoy fighting again by showing my own performance.” Also, his stablemate Yoshihito Ishizaki will cope with world-rated super-fly Johnny Garcia of Mexico on the undercard.
By Joe Koizumi
You refrain from working on Sundays in Christian countries, but Japanese boxing persons still keep working regardless of what day of the week it may be. Ohashi Promotions, in association with Watanabe Promotions, has announced a dual world title event on the last day of this year today (Sunday) in Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), Japan, will face WBA interim ruler Jorge Solis (40-3-2-1NC, 29 KOs), Mexico, in a unification bout over twelve rounds at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama city. It will be ex-amateur champ Uchiyama’s fourth defense since he captured the throne via last-round stoppage of Juan Carlos Salgado in January of the previous year. Uchiyama impressively demolished all three challengers within the distance to his credit.
In a companion world title go, hard-punching prospect Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs), former Japanese and OPBF ruler, will make an ambitious crack at the WBA feather belt against newly crowned Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs), a tall and lanky Panamanian switch-hitter, over twelve rounds. We look forward to watching highly competitive fights before the new year comes in hours. More photos…
WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 16 KOs) has laughed off the comments from Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who recently claimed he was ready to “take Povetkin out.” The 32-year-old Russian makes a first defense of his title at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena on December 3 against Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs). Povetkin was amused by Fury´s remarks. “I am ready to defend my belt against every challenger out there,” he stated. “But I must admit I am not overly scared by comments from someone whose biggest hit to date has been a Youtube video where he punches himself in the face. Right now all my focus is on Cedric Boswell.”
Promoter Kalle Sauerland added: “We would love to make that fight and I had offered them the December date but they didn’t seem to fancy it too much so perhaps now we can discuss next spring. First Alexander needs to take care of a very tough challenger in Cedric Boswell.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday, the hands of two division WBO/WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez was immortalized in concrete at the famous Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City, the Mexican equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gonzalez is currently preparing to make the third defense of his WBC featherweight belt in Mexico City on December 3 against Roinet Caballero.
Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham says he’s returning to the middleweight division after dropping three of four fights at 168lbs in SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking Super Six Tournament. “In January I start my comeback,” Abraham told BILD. “Not yet at middleweight, but at 75 kilos (165.3 lbs.). This will be agreed with the opponent, who is still not set, but he should be good, in the top ten of the world rankings list…in a year I’ll be champion again.”
Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best
A rare double knockdown occurred during Saturday’s match between flyweights Israel Vázquez and Jesús Pagán in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Both were felled by simultaneous right hands in the first round of their 50 second contest. Pagán was down four times in the bout won by Vazquez, who is the son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of former WBO super bantamweight king Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut played host to the brave souls who trudged through the season’s first nor’ easter storm to attend the 7th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame awards dinner Saturday evening. Heading up the class of inductees is the CBHOF president Glenn Feldman (judge), former NABF & USBA Light heavyweight champion Eric Harding, former 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing team captain Lawrence, Clay-Bey, former IBF Lightweight and WBA Jr. Middleweight champion Vinny “Pazmanian Devil” Paz, ringside physician Dr. Michael Schwartz, and posthumously Kelvin Anderson (boxer) and Billy Taylor (coach). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Star Promotions / UBM
Lightweight Andrey Klimov was declared the winner when his opponent Eduardo Arcos was unable to continue after the fourth round in their scheduled 10 round bout at Las Trancas Hall in Maywood, CA.. Arcos, who took the fight on two day’s notice when Pipino Cuevas Jr. was unable to fight because of visa problems, started out aggressively in the first round. An accidental head butt opened a cut on Klimov’s hairline in the first round. Klimov (12-0, 7 KO’s) was able to get into a rhythm, countering as Arcos (16-6-1, 13 KO’s) pressed the fight. Right after the bell sounded to end the fourth round, Klimov landed a right cross that wobbled Arcos against the ropes. Arcos stumbled to his corner, blood dripping from a cut above his left ear. Arcos’ corner told referee David Denkin that their fighter was not fit to continue, alleging Klimov fouled Arcos after the bell sounded. Denkin told Arcos’ corner that if Arcos was unable to continue, Klimov would be declared the winner. Arcos remained on his stool, therefore Denkin declared Klimov the winner by technical knockout. With the victory, Klimov wins a regional title belt.
There was a delay of over an hour because of an EMT situation where EMTs apparently misled the commission and promoters to believe that they were paramedics. So the delay was out of promoter’s hands. (more…)
By David Finger at ringside
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Former two-division world champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs) returned to the minimumweight division for the first time since 2007 to take a close split decision over Felipe Rivas (11-9-1, 5 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Not an easy fight for the 36-year-old Calderon against the aggressive Rivas. The “Iron Boy” won by scores of 97-93, 96-94, while the other card was 96-94 for Rivas who ended the fight with a violent rally. Calderon claimed the vacant WBO Latino minimumweight title.
In his first bout since losing his WBO super bantamweight belt to Jorge Arce in May, Wilfredo “WV2” Vázquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a crushing third round knockout over former minimumweight titleholder Roberto Carlos “Mako” Leyva (28-14-1, 21 KOs). It was a right to the jaw that finished Leyva, who has now lost six straight. Time was 2:59. Leyva announced his retirement after the bout.
WBO female junior flyweight champion Yessica Bopp (17-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Suzanne Warner (9-11-1, 2 KOs). The bout was waved off after Warner’s second visit to the canvas. Time was 1:21. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Javier Sandoval/Zanfer
In a rematch, WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) annihilated Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (23-3, 18 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Concepcion was on the deck three times. Time was 1:49. After after both fighters were down in their first war, this time Tyson left no doubt.
In other action, super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez won a convincing unanimous decision over Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas by scores of 79-72, 80-71 and 80-71. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Irwin Thompson/Top Rank
WBC #1 super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (31-0, 19 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (26-8-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Martirosyan was in command all the way en route to a 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 victory.
In a clash of unbeaten super featherweights, Casey Ramos (15-0, 4 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown to defeat Joselito Collado (12-1, 3 KOs) by scores of 78-73, 77-74 and 78-74.
Unbeaten middleweight Abie Han (15-0, 10 KOs) took a six round decision over Eloy Suarez (11-13-1, 5 KOs). Click here for more results and photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super bantamweight champion Takalani Ndlovu (33-6, 18 KOs) retained his title via twelve round split decision against Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (22-10-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Colima, Mexico. Ndlovu recovered from an early knockdown to win 114-113, 114-113 on two cards. Caro, who seemed to deserve a better fate, was up 114-113 on the third card.
Also, female flyweight Ava Knight (7-1-3, 4 KOs) became the new IBF world champion by knocking out previously unbeaten reigning beltholder Arely Muciño (14-1-1, 8 KOs) at 45 seconds into the second round. The bout ended when Knight connected with a straight left followed by a right hook to the chin dropping her hard to the canvas where referee Jesus Salcedo waved it off. Click here for more photos…
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: J.A. Escobar
Lightweight Jose “Loco” Hernandez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) stopped the always game and tough Justo Vallecillo (6-14, 3 KOs) at 2:18 of the 5th round of the scheduled 8 in the main event of the Paulie Ayala show at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Referee Laurence Cole watched as Hernandez knocked Vallecillo from one side of the ring to the other before he stopped the fight with Vallecillo still on his feet giving Hernandez the TKO victory in front of his hometown fans. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images
Nick Diaz and BJ Penn went out and had a battle for the ages at UFC 137. With the winner likely earning the next shot at Georges St-Pierre, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion rose to the occasion.
As questioned swirled about Diaz’ motivation ahead of the Penn fight, the Stockton native came in and did what he does best. After a slow first round, Diaz dominated the final two frames to take a unanimous decision win. (more…)
40-year-old featherweight Choi Tseveenpurev (33-5, 23 KOs) won the Matchroom Sport’s “Prizefighter: Featherweights” tournament on Saturday night at London’s York Hall. Choi stopped Lee Glover (6-1, 0 KOs) by second round KO, then won three round decisions over George Jupp (4-2, 2 KOs) and Rhys Roberts (15-2, 2 KOs) to collect the £32,000 first prize.
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Carlisle Boxing, promoter John Carlisle, presented a seven bout card of professional boxing at DeCarlo’s Convention Center in the suburban Detroit city of Warren on Friday night. It was a show filled with early endings. Five boxers were making their pro debuts and as so often happens in the case of first timers, one is never quite sure of what you will get. In the only contest that went the distance and was far and away the best fight of the night, Detroit’s Larry Ventus won a unanimous six round decision over Toledo’s Gabriel Morris in their welterweight scrap. Scores were 59-56, 58-56, 59-55. Ventus started strong in dominating the first round and for a moment it looked like this one would end early as all the other bouts had. Morris however, began to hit his stride and kept engaging Ventus in spirited exchanges. Ventus bloodied Morris’ nose in the third and Morris would fight with the handicap the rest of the way. Morris had an excellent fifth round and it started to feel that an upset was in the making but Ventus boxed smoothly in the final round stunning Morris right before the bell to secure the victory in upping his record to (5-1, 4 KO’s). Morris came to fight but declines to (4-16-2, 0 KO’s). For more details and photos click here…
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Josh Hedges / Zuffa / Getty
At 37, Mirko Cro Cop is far from the man he used to be.
At the height of his career, he was an enigma. He said little, preferring to let his fist and feet do the talking in the ring. His aura ballooned to epic proportions after sending opponents to dream land with a high kick reminiscent of and as consistent as a pro-wrestlers finishing maneuver. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimerat ringside
Rising heavyweight Franklin “Yah- Yah” Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KOs) moved one step closer to his world title aspirations with a two round drubbing of Raymond Ochieng (23-15-3, 18 KOs) in the schedule eight round main event at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. In the co-feature of the five bout card promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions, smooth middleweight Derek Webster remained perfect at 11-0, 6 KOs with a hard fought, but convincing eight round unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Taneal Goyko (4-3, 2 KOs). (more…)
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By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Unbeaten Gilberto “El Zurdo” Ramirez, who is the current WBC middleweight Youth champion, will seek his fifth knockout of this year on November 26 in Mexico City on the undercard of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Kermit Cintron. Ramirez (19-0, 17 KOs) will face Samuel Miller (24-4, 21 KOs) from Colombia and is represented by Canelo Promotions and Zapari Boxing Promotions. It is likely that the nearly 6’3 Ramirez will soon be contesting for a WBC belt.
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Well attended and among a great atmosphere, yesterday was opening day for the International Boxing Expo at the Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City. WBC president Jose Sulaiman officially opened the event, which was attended by former world champions Pipino Cuevas, Victor Rabanales, Cesar Bazan and reigning WBC light flyweight champion Adrian El “Confessor” Hernandez.
One of the highlights was the unveiling of the “immortalized hands” of Mauricio Sulaiman. His father, Don Jose, was pleasantly surprised when he received a commemorating plaque of his entry into the Guinness Book of Records for his 35 years heading the WBC. (more…)
Photo: Universal Promotions
Lightweight Abner Cotto (12-0, 10 KOs) remained undefeated and became the Puerto Rican national champion by winning a unanimous decision over Fernando Torres (17-3-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Centro de Convenciones in Guayama, Puerto Rico. Cotto dropped Torres in rounds five and ten en route to a 98-90, 98-90 and 97-91 win. “I feel super good about this win,” said Cotto. “Undoubtedly, so far, it’s the greatest achievement of my career for the quality of opponent in Fernando Torres. This victory was the result of many hours and days of work and I thank God we got the win!” The card was promoted by Universal Promotions.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion, New Zealand light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a major upset when he knocked out Trent Broadhurst (7-1, 4 KOs) in five rounds in the main event at the Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Southpaw Berridge was the aggressor from the opening bell but the 6′ Broadhurst boxed skillfully connecting with accurate left jabs and using clever footwork. In round five, the 5’10 Berridge dropped Broadhurst twice with left hands and on the second knockdown he was counted out by the referee at 2:59. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In his biggest fight yet, featherweight Salvador Sanchez II added some substance to the phrase “The Legend Continues” with a surprising knockout at 2:02 of the second round over former Mexican national champion Jovanni “El Bambino” Soto in front of about 3,000 fans who packed the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City.
“It was a great triumph,” said Sanchez II. “I’ve been learning a lot this year in Mexico and I’m managing to improve my technique and movement in the ring. During this time I’ve become a good fighter to get my dream of a world title opportunity. I’ll rest a few days, then return to the gym to look for a fight before closing 2011.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has denied quotes attributed to him by a Ukranian TV network regarding his future as a fighter. “This surprised me completely!,” Klitschko told BILD. “I can say that I’m doing at least two fights in the next year. I’ve never felt as fit and I will still bring highlights to my fans. Take my word for it.”
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales won an eight-round split decision over veteran Ossie Duran by the scores of 77-75 two times for Gonzales and 78-74 for Duran. In the co-feature, Artemio Reyes scored the biggest win of his young career by upsetting 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina by the scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75 in an eight round welterweight bout from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.
In an extremely tight main event, Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif., threw crisper, cleaner punches in the early going. In a solid third round where Gonzales was able to successfully stick-and-move, he suffered a cut beneath his left eyebrow that didn’t seem to faze him throughout the fight. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach make a special Skype internet call to talk with US Army soldiers of Task Force Duke, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, currently stationed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Paquiao is preparing in Hollywood, California for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Jose “Stinger” Medina did it again as he schooled previously undefeated Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick over ten rounds in Albany, New York. In the mold of former champion Freddie Pendleton, who started out with a 14-13-1 record before going on a tear, culminating in becoming IBF Lightweight champion, Medina might consider changing his name to “Spoiler” as he is now on a five fight unbeaten streak. (more…)
WBO #3 super featherweight Eloy “Prince” Perez (23-0-2, 67 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Ira Terry (24-7, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Sherwood Inn in Salinas, California. Referee Dan Stell waved it off at 1:22. No knockdowns, but Perez was in command throughout.
Light heavyweight Paul Mendez (7-2, 2 KOs) scored a clear six round unanimous decision over journeyman Loren Myers (8-14-1, 2 KOs). All three judges had it 60-54 for Mendez.
In another notable bout, former WBA female champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno (22-4, 6 KOs) won a harder than expected six round unanimous decision over scrappy 38-year-old Sharon Gaines (11-13-1, 3 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 59-55, 58-56, 58-56. Moreno previously beat Gaines in February 2009.
Also, unbeaten heavyweight terror Magomed Abdusalamov (9-0, 9 KOs) took out Masatka Takehara (6-6-3, 2 KOs) in the first round, light heavyweight Rudy Puga (2-0, 2 KOs) destroyed Jose Hurtado (3-5, 3 KOs) in the first round and pro debuting jr welterweight Ulises Soriano won a four round majority decision over Jonathan Zamudio 0-1-1.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs) escaped with a split decision win over veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City. Duran seemingly outworked Gonzales, but Gonzales, who was far from flawless, prevailed on two cards by scores of 77-75, 77-75, while Duran was up 78-74 on the third card.
In a good action fight, welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) pounded out an upset eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-1, 4 KOs). Reyes was the aggressor and outworked Molina, taking a deserved 77-75, 78-74, 78-74 victory. Click here for more photos…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it has agreed to terms with broadcaster Jon Anik, who will serve as a commentator and on-air talent for the fastest-growing sports organization in the world. The 33-year-old Boston native, who has served as a top ESPN host for nearly six years, will handle play-by-play duties for upcoming UFC® events to air on FX and FUEL TV. Jon will also fulfill the newly-created host position for the revamped Ultimate Fighter® on FX. In addition, he will host UFC’s new magazine show, Ultimate Insider, which premieres on FUEL TV in January. (more…)
Photos: Emerico Perez
Jose Hernandez 135 vs. Justo Vallecillo 136
Miguel Buendia 130 vs. Abraham Esquivel 130
Manual Rojas 127.5 vs. Raul Carrillo 128
Arthur Trevino vs. 129 vs. Alex Lopez 129
Samuel Clarkson 166 vs. Jared Kemp 168.5
Joel Hernandez 119 vs. Carlos Casasola 120.5
Angel Solorzano 152 vs. Oscar Palacios 152
Venue: Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Date: Saturday, October 29th – 7:30 pm
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We wanted a more challenging fight for undefeated Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) and we found it in the last possible moment – not Luciano Perez like announced previously, but Columbia’s Jose Miguel Torres (22-5, 19 KO) will be fighting with “The Machine” for NABF belt in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on November 5,” announced Majewski promoter Mariusz Kolodziej from Global Boxing Promotions. In the main event of the “November Reign” gala co-promoted by Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield CES Promotions, undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KO) will meet Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KO).
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