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Leo Santa Cruz: I Will Stay on Top of Him

Leo Santa Cruz: I Will Stay on Top of Him

By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Esther Lin/SHOWTIME Undefeated WBA featherweight champion Leo "El Terremoto" Santa Cruz (32-0-1, 18 KOs) of Lincoln Heights, California by ...

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Chocolatito-Cuadras kickoff press conference

Chocolatito-Cuadras kickoff press conference

Photos: Chris Farina - K2 Promotions Roman "Chocolatito" Gonzalez (45-0, 38 KOs) and WBC Super Flyweight World Champion Carlos "Principe" Cuadras, (35-0-1, 27 ...

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Parker returns on Oct 1 against Dimitrenko

Parker returns on Oct 1 against Dimitrenko

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photos: Dave Cameron IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will be back in action on ...

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Delvin Rodriguez returns with win

Delvin Rodriguez returns with win

Photos: Emily Harney Joe DeGuardia's Star Boxing put on a five-bout card on Saturday night at The Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. ...

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Maidana, Castano, Figueroa remain unbeaten

Maidana, Castano, Figueroa remain unbeaten

Photos: Ryan Greene/Premier Boxing Champions Unbeaten welterweight Fabian "TNT" Maidana (10-0, 7 KOs), brother of former world champion Marcos Maidana who was watching ...

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Boxing News

TMT Promotions making big moves

The new promotional company TMT Promotions, headed by rapper 50 Cent and Floyd Mayweather Jr., has already announced the signing of Andre Dirrell and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Now the company has inked IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib to a multi-fight pact. In addition, former welterweight champion Andre Berto announced on his Twitter feed that he had a three hour meeting with 50 Cent with “big plans in the works.” The company has also been linked to former two-division champion Zab Judah and reigning WBA featherweight king Celestino Caballero.



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

Ouali rebuilding in Belgium

Photo: Eva Asdou

Long-time welterweight contender Said Ouali (28-4, 20 KOs) is currently preparing for his next fight in his native Belgium. Ouali was born in Morocco but his family moved to Belgium when he was only a few months old so Belgium is home for Ouali. He has been on the brink of world title fights multiple times but is still trying to get over that final hump. Ouali was promoted quite some time by long-time friend Floyd Mayweather’s Mayweather Promotions. As reported initially on Fightnews, Ouali will return to the ring September 21st versus Sweden-based Karlo Tabaghua (18-3, 13 KOs). Belgium-based BFN GROUP will promote the event. (more…)



July 31st, 2012


UFC

The Blueprint: Shogun vs. Vera

Rewind the clock to November 18, 2006.

I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in Sacramento, California, which was just a short drive from my then home in San Francisco, to help cover UFC 65 for UFC.com. My job, as always, was to write an op-ed piece in reaction to what went down . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

Universum hires new head trainer

Universum Box-Promotion has hired American trainer Anthony Brooks to replace departing Michael Timm as the company’s head trainer. Brooks will work with middleweights to heavyweights. Universum Managing Director Waldemar Kluch plans to bring in another trainer to work with lighter fighters.

In other Universum news, Kluch ripped former Universum chief Klaus-Peter Kohl, claiming he was cheated by Kohl when he purchased the promotional company. Kluch doesn’t want to pay the final installment of the agreed purchase price, whereas Kohl insists on the full amount. “If we don’t come to an agreement it goes to court and then Mr. Kohl has to go to jail,” Kluch told the Hamburg Abendblatt.



July 31st, 2012


Boxing News

Salgado-Barros confirmed for August 18

By Gabriel F. Cordero

It was confirmed that IBF super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (25-1-1, 16 KOs) will defend his world crown against former WBA champion Jonathan Barros (34-2-1, 18 KOs) on August 18 in the Miguel Hidalgo Gym in Puebla, Mexico in an event organized by Promociones del Pueblo. “We are confirming this event and we know it will be a great night for Mexican boxing. We are making great events and good fights to achieve export of our events for the rest of the world,” said PP President Oswaldo Kuchle.

On the undercard, Mexican prospect Ricardo Alvarez (18-1-1, 12 KOs) will face the Nicaraguan Rene Gonzalez (30-5-1, 23 KOs) for the WBC silver lightweight title and Mexican Alejandro Sanabria (32-1-1, 24 KOs) will face Japan’s Seiichi Okada (16-2, 9 KOs).



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

R. Caballero headlines August 24

Unbeaten bantamweight rising star Randy Caballero (15-0, 8 KOs) will make his 10th appearance at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif., on Friday, August 24 when he defends his NABO title against Mexico’s Manuel Roman (15-1-3, 6 KOs).

In the 10-round co-feature, talented lightweight prospects collide when Michael Perez (16-1-1, 10 KOs) squares off against Fidel Maldonado Jr (13-1, 11 KOs). Showtime will televise.



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

Prizefighter Lightweights lineup completed

Anthony ‘Million Dollar’ Crolla has taken the final spot in the Prizefighter Lightweights line-up to complete the list of boxers in action at Liverpool Olympia. Crolla will be gunning for revenge against local favorite Derry Mathews who ripped his British title away from him in April in a shock sixth round stoppage. Crolla also has a score to settle with another former British champ in the line-up in Gary Sykes who defeated him in May 2009. The rest of the lineup includes Stephen Jennings, Terry Needham, Nathan Brough, ‘Vicious’ Kieran Farrell and Liam Patrick Walsh. This is the 26th edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight man, one night tournament with a £32,000 winner’s check.



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

Mandawe, Mulovhetsi meet for vacant SA welter title

By Ron Jackson

Boitshepo Mandawe and Tsiko Mulovhetsi clash for the vacant South African welterweight title on Friday night at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg. Boitshepo (10-2, 7 KOs) from Gauteng will be having his third crack at trying to win the welterweight title. In two closely fought contests with Chris van Heerden he lost the first fight in July 2009 on a unanimous decision and in the return match in January 2011 Van Heerden just managed to retain the title on a split decision. Van Heerden subsequently won the IBO welterweight belt and then relinquished the SA title Since his second setback against Van Heerden, Mandawe has looked good in scoring victories over Bhekimpilo Mlilo (ko 4) and Mthobisi Buthelezi (pts 10) in an elimination bout. Very little is known about Mulovhedzi from the Limpopo province, whose record is listed as 2-4-2, 2 KOs. In his last three fights he fought to draw with Amon Baloyi, stopped Sicelo Mzobe in four and fought to another draw with Mzizi Qwabe in November last year. The tournament is presented by Pat Molefe of Rainbow Promotions with seven bouts on the undercard.



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: Day Three

The third day of boxing at the London 2012 Olympic Games continued at the ExCeL with the first preliminary bouts of the Flyweight (52kg) and Light Heavyweight (81kg) categories. (more…)



July 31st, 2012

Boxing News

Kathy Duva: All the pressure is on Adamek again

By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik

Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, spoke to Fightnews.com after the official announcement of the September 8 fight between heavyweight title contender and former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) versus the hard hitting and very confident Travis “Freight Train” Walker (39-7, 31 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

How hectic weas last month before the official announcement of Tomasz Adamek vs Travis Walker? First it was was James Toney, then Alexander Ustinov in an IBF eliminator…

…and those were just the names reporters knew about. After Toney, we talked to at least three other established fighters who publicly were saying that they want piece of Tomek, but when it came to signing the contracts, they were less enthusiastic. Without mentioning any names – I’m talking about fighters overseas, although you can find some US fighters who also were reluctant to face Tomek. Fighters have big mouths how easy they will beat Adamek, we have now even Polish fighters, like young Artur Szpilka, who are provoking discussions with Adamek just to get their names in the same sentence. Funny thing, their promoters never contact us about possible fights. The same with Polish-born, but U.S.-based Mariusz Wach who said that he want to challenge Adamek, but his promoters never make the final step. We’ll accept anything if it makes sense and if Tomek OKs it, we are in business. In many cases it’s not even about money because some of the fighters will make a killing fighting Adamek – they’re just apparently not ready to face him. We also spoke with Cris Arreola, but at least he was honest – Cris wanted to fight his rematch with Adamek on HBO but a date wasn’t available, and this fight is not happening – now. Others were making absurd requests during negotiations, requests we couldn’t accept. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

WBA rejects Caballero reconsideration request

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Today it was reported that the WBA Championship Committee has rejected the request WBA Panamanian featheweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero to reconsider additional time given to Sampson Promotions to promote a mandatory fight with Mikey Garcia. According to the WBA: Boxers and promoters are required to know and be familiar with the WBA rules, including purse bids, appeals and reviews. According to WBA regulations C.14 and D.12, Caballero’s request was denied.



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Promoter DeGuardia survives fatal car crash

Star Boxing’s President Joe DeGuardia has survived a horrific and tragic fatal car accident while on his way home from “ROCKIN FIGHTS 4,”a sold-out event at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. DeGuardia was on the Long Island Expressway in his new Mercedes Benz, when he was hit head-on by a Honda that was going the wrong way on the Expressway (just East of Exit ramp 41). The driver of the Honda was killed upon impact. There were reports that the driver of the Honda was operating without headlights on and was impaired.

Nassau County Sergeant Steven Fitzpatrick told 1010 WINS Radio that the crash was so brutal that both cars were throw approximately 150 feet from the point of impact. Both cars were totally destroyed. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing Result

Baloyi loses to Moses in Namibia

By Ron Jackson

Former multiple world champion Cassius Baloyi fighting at lightweight was beaten on a ten round split decision by former WBA lightweight champion Namibian Paulus Moses at the Ramatex Factory west of Khomasdal, Namibia on Saturday night. In a closely fought contest one judge scored it 96-94 for Baloyi and the other two judges had it 97-93 and 96-94 for Moses. Moses improved his record to 29-2, 19 KOs and the 37-year-old Baloyi saw his record drop to 37-7-1, 19 KOs.

Former three-time world champion Isaac Hlatshawayo (30-5-1, 10 KOs) fighting at welterweight was well beaten by Namibia’s Bethuel Tyson Uushona in a 12 round contest for the vacant WBO All Africa title. The scores were 119-109 twice and 120-108. Uushona improved his record to 26-1-2. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing Result

Mdletyeni wins SA lightweight title

By Ron Jackson

Viwe Mdletyeni from the Eastern Cape won the South African lightweight title when he beat Limpopo’s Thompson Mokwana on a split decision at the OR Tambo Hall in Mthatha on Saturday night. The number one rated Mdletyeni, 25, who has a reported record of 12-2, 6 KOs was fighting in his home town. He made a fast start as he took the fight to the champion from the first bell. Mokwana (17-8, 10 KOs) was making the third defense of his title. The taller Mdletyeni was able to score with shots to the body and head as he varied his attack in the first half of the fight. However, the champion came back to score in the later rounds in a closely fought contest.



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Women Headline Aug. 31 Dover Card

By Rick Scharmberg

“Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (10-0, 1 KO) will face “Lethal” Lindsay Garbatt (7-5-1, 3 KOs) in the ten round women’s featherweight main event on Friday, August 31 at the Rollins Center inside Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, DE. In the co-feature, heavy hitting crowd favorite Anthony “The Bull” Caputo Smith (13-0, 10 KOs) will take on fellow knockout artist Kevin “Hitman” Engle” (18-6, 15 KOs) in an eight round light heavyweight bout. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Unbeaten middleweights collide Sept 14

Billy Joe Saunders will defend his Commonwealth Middleweight title against Australian rival Jarrod Fletcher at Wembley Arena on Friday 14th September. It will be an explosive battle to see who’s ‘0’ goes with Saunders and Fletcher both holding undefeated records. The dynamite-fisted Saunders, 22, won the title in a lightning 30 seconds at the Royal Albert Hall in April against Tony Hill and made a successful first defence against Bradley Pryce with a points win last month. Hatfield traveler Saunders, who was the youngest representative at the Beijing Olympics, has run up a 14-0 record with 9 stoppages since turning professional in 2009. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

UFC

Phil Davis: Welcome to the machine

The last time light heavyweight prospect Phil Davis (9-1) fought, it was the main event of UFC on FOX 3: Evans vs Davis in January. That fight didn’t go well for “Mr. Wonderful,” as he was defeated in a unanimous decision that has been widely panned by fans and critics as a lackluster affair for the rising MMA star . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



July 30th, 2012

Feature Story

Guerrero, Aydin Post-Fight Presser Comments

By Sam Geraci

Coming off shoulder surgery and nearly a fourteen month layoff, three division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) established himself as a legitimate welterweight threat by moving up two weight classes to defeat previously unbeaten Selcuk “Mini Tyson” Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, over twelve hard-fought rounds to capture the Interim WBC Welterweight Title via unanimous decision with scores of 117-111, 116-112, and 116-112.

Unlike the pre-fight hype and antics at the weigh-in, throughout the press conference, both fighters were gracious and respectful of each other and their performances.

“He was strong. Very strong. I hit him with some great shots and he just kept coming,” said Guerrero when asked what Aydin did best. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Sherrington defeats Campas

by Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Brendon Smith

Australian middleweight Les Sherrington (29-6, 17 KOs) was impressive in winning a twelve round decision over former IBF world champion Luis Ramon “Yory Boy” Campas (100-17-1, 79 KOs) to capture the WBF world and IBF Pan Pacific titles at Broadbeach Convention Center, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Sherrington was cautious in the early rounds and used clever footwork to avoid the heavy handed and aggressive Campas while connecting with long range combinations. The rangy Sherrington exploded a solid right off the Mexican’s jaw in round three that staggered the visitor. Campas stepped up a gear in rounds five and six and delivered accurate head and body shots consistently to outwork the Australian. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Algieri stays unbeaten

Photos: Peter Frutkoff/PeterFrutkoff.com

In front of a packed house on Saturday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, hometown favorite Chris Algieri improved to 15-0-0 (7KO’s), with an excellent performance against tough Texas fighter Raul Tovar in the eight round junior welterweight headliner. Despite being tested by Tovar throughout the bout, Algieri was able to adapt to changes in tactics from the Mission, Texas native and utilize his speed and boxing skills to consistently score points throughout the bout. Tovar came on strong late in the bout but Algieri maintained his composure and continued to control the action. Scores at the end of the eight rounds were 78-74 and 77-75 twice. With the hard fought loss, the game Tovar moves to 10-6-1 (4KO’s). (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Boxing News

Olympic Boxing: Day Two

The fast and furious boxing action at the London 2012 Olympic Games resumed Sunday at the ExCeL with the first preliminary bouts of the Lightweight (60kg) and Welterweight (69kg) categories. (more…)



July 30th, 2012

Full Report

Report/gallery: Guerrero vs. Aydin

Ringside by David Robinett
Photos by Stephanie Trapp

Moving up two weight classes and fighting for the first time in 15 months, former three-division titlist Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, (30-1-1, 18 KOs), gutted out a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over twelve rounds against tough Selcuk “Mini-Tyson” Aydin, (23-1, 17 KOs), in the main event on Showtime Championship Boxing at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, on Saturday night. One judge scored the welterweight bout 117-111 with the other two scoring it a very fair 116-112. In the process Guerrero captured the vacant WBC interim welterweight title, earning a championship belt (two of them interim titles) in his fourth different weight class . . . Click here for more



July 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Beltran-Lundy: Report/Gallery

Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg at Ringside
Photos: Tri Nguyen/GeorgetownProductions.com

Raymundo “Sugar” Beltran (26-6, 17 KOs) scored a razor-thin majority decision over the Web’s number one contender “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (22-2-1, 11 KOs) in a ten round lightweight bout at Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Friday night. (More)



July 29th, 2012

UFC

Brandon Vera speaks “The Truth”

For nearly seven years, Brandon Vera has been one of the most compelling figures in the UFC, and as he approaches his UFC on FOX main event with “Shogun” Rua on August 4th, little has changed in that respect. And if you need a reminder of the ups and downs of his stay in the Octagon, read on for a compilation of some of the most memorable quotes uttered by “The Truth.” . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



July 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Camacho Jr. kayoed in Mexico

By David Finger
Photos: Julio River

Mexican newspapers are reporting that Hector Camacho Jr. was upset by young Mexican brawler Luis Enrique Grajeda via 6th round KO at 1:28 last night in Ciudad Chihuahua, Mexico. Grajeda, who was fighting in his hometown, improves to 13-1-1, 10 KOs. Camacho, who weighed in at 73 kilograms (161 pounds), drops to 54-5-1, 29 KOs.

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July 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Sosa retains WBC silver 112lb belt

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel

Former world champion Edgar Sosa (46-7, 27 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Shigetaka Ikehara (22-3-2, 18 KOs) to retain his WBC silver flyweight belt on Saturday night at the Centro de Espectáculos de la Feria in León, Guanajuato, Mexico. After a one-sided beating for eight rounds, Ikehara’s corner didn’t let him come out for round nine.

In the co-feature, veteran super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman (38-10, 28 KOs) beat world rated Dante “Crazy” Jardon (20-3, 18 KOs) by ten round split decision in an exciting fight.

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July 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Rios, Diaz victorious in Indio

Unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (19-0, 9 KO’s) overcame a strong early effort by David Rodela (16-7-3, 7 KOs) to score a ninth round TKO on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. A barrage of unanswered punches prompted referee Jerry Cantu to wave it off at 1:14.

Two-time lightweight champion Julio “The Kidd” Diaz (39-7, 28 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Henry Aurad (14-5-1, 11 KOs). Diaz dropped Aurad in round three and again in round five. Time was :54. Now fighting as a welterweight, it was Diaz’ first fight in over a year.



July 29th, 2012

Boxing News

Salido KOs Gutierrez in 3

Photos: Zanfer Promotions

WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (39-12-2, 27 KOs) scored a third round knockout against Moises Gutierrez (22-9, 4 KOs) in a non-title bout on Saturday night at the Tecate Boxing Tour Arena in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Salido laid out Gutierrez for the count with a barrage of head shots at 2:49.

In a bantamweight bout, bantamweight Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (37-7, 27 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Jose Carlos “Coy” Vargas (13-6-1, 7 KOs) in a close fight.

Visibly overweight former WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Betillo” Gutierrez (28-4-1, 21 KOs) Guillermo “Cachorro” Arroyo (17-3-1, 14 KOs) battled to an eight round draw in a welterweight bout.

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July 29th, 2012

Boxing Result

Guerrero beats Aydin for WBC interim welter belt

By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/trappfotos@gmail.com

Former three-division world champion Robert ‘The Ghost’ Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) moved up two weight divisions to claim the vacant WBC interim welterweight title by unanimous decision against previously unbeaten Selcuk ‘Mini Tyson’ Aydin (23-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the a HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. Guerrero was much faster and busier than Aydin, but didn’t seem to have the pop he had in the lower weight divisions. Aydin, who was stronger and landed the harder shots, came on in the later rounds but it was too little, too late as the hometown favorite prevailed by scores of 117-111, 116-112, 116-112. (more…)



July 28th, 2012

Boxing News

Boxing begins at London 2012 Olympic Games

It was the Bantamweight (56kg) and Middleweight (75kg) Men who got the show underway in spectacular fashion at the packed ExCeL as the London 2012 Olympic Games finally got underway. A pristine venue welcomed the boxers all eager to wow the capacity crowd and with 23 explosive contests ensuring the boxing got off to an electric start, it was a day to remember. (more…)



July 28th, 2012

Boxing Result

Harrison Victorious at Pechanga

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Melissa Jewel

Boxing returned to the Pechanga Resort and Casino for Emanuel Steward’s Kronk Boxing in association with Roy Englebrecht promotions for “Friday Night Boxing” from Temecula, California as rising undefeated Kronk’s knockout artist Tony Harrison (9-0, 8 KOs) heard the final bell for the first time after a harder than expected eight round unanimous decision over Calvin Odom (15-12, 11 KOs) of Inglewood, California in the jr. middleweight main event. (more…)



July 28th, 2012

Full Report

Torres edges Gomez in Albuquerque

Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo III

“He came to fight, he didn’t back up” stated Josh “Pitbull” Torres (8-2-1, 4 KO’s) after his phonebooth brawl with Aztec, NM’s Joe “Ironman” Gomez (18-7-1, 8 KO’s), Friday night at the YDI Wool Warehouse.

Though the less-than-capacity crowd of 350 fans might’ve disappointed Chavez Promotions’ second installment, there wasn’t a bad fight on the five-bout card.

And that included the main event between Torres and Gomez . . . Click here for more



July 28th, 2012

Boxing Result

Valadez destroys Vazquez

Story and photos by Felipe Leon

Friday night, July 27th, proved the return of PM Promotions, led by Diego “Pelucho” Morales, two-time super flyweight champion and brother of Erik “Terrible” Morales, to Tijuana, Mexico’s boxing scene with an exciting six bout fight card “Guerra En El Centro (War in Downtown)” held at the Mutualista Hall. A modest but enthusiastic crowd witnessed seventeen year old Jesus “Bombardero” Valadez (6-1, 3KOs) completely disconnect Edgar Vazquez (4-3-1, 2KOs) from his senses in the first round of the light welterweight six round main event.

Tijuana’s Vazquez came out fast and furious at the opening bell, hoping to catch Valadez, also of Tijuana, off guard. Valadez remained calm and baited his time as he defended himself against Vazquez’s flurried attack. Once Vazquez slowed down, Valadez began his assault and as Vazquez scored with a left hook, Valadez counter attacked with a jab followed with a straight right that caught Valadez flush on the chin. Vazquez immediately crumpled to the ground but his left arm got caught in the second rope of the ring. Referee Juan Morales Lee hurriedly called off the fight and called in the ringside medical service. After several minutes, Vazquez was able to reach his feet. Official time was 1:13 of the first. (more…)



July 28th, 2012

UFC

Shogun’s Dozen: The Best of Mauricio Rua

One of mixed martial arts’ longest reigning superstars, former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been thrilling fans around the world for years. On August 4th, he will begin his climb up the UFC mountain once again when he takes on Brandon “The Truth” Vera. Here’s a look at some of the Brazilian bomber’s most memorable moments . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

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Coming up next: UFC on FOX: Shogun vs. Vera is live Saturday, Aug. 4 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET. For more info on UFC on FOX or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.



July 28th, 2012

Feature Story

Guerrero set for welterweight debut tonight

By Graham Houston

Boxer versus fighter traditionally makes for an outstanding contest, which is what I think we have in store in tonight’s welterweight title fight between Robert Guerrero and Selcuk Aydin that will be televised on Showtime from Guerrero’s home turf in San Jose, CA. Last seen in the ring as a 135-pounder, Guerrero, to me, looked bulky weighing in at 145.8 pounds, so different from the whipcord look of his body when he was boxing in lighter weight classes. Looking at him on the scales on Friday it was hard to imagine that he turned professional in the featherweight division 11 years ago.

I’m not sure I like Guerrero’s beefed-up look. Guerrero jumped two weight divisions to take this fight. He weighed 134 pounds for his last fight, the unanimous decision win over Michael Katsidis 15 months ago. We won’t know till the first bell rings, but I’m wondering if Guerrero will be quite as fast and quite as sharp as he was when he was winning world titles at 126, 130 and 135 pounds. Guerrero is an excellent fighter, but is the welterweight division a bridge too far for him? (more…)



July 28th, 2012




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