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In a WBA light welterweight elimination match, Irishman Paul McCloskey (23-1, 12 KOs) overcame a big early deficit to win a razor thin twelve round unanimous decision over Colombian slugger Breidis Prescott (24-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Prescott was credited with a knockdown in round one when a forearm put McCloskey on the deck. McCloskey’s nose was streaming blood by round two. Prescott staggered McCloskey in round six. But, from round eight, McCloskey began to outwork a tiring Prescott and was much fresher over the final five rounds. Scores were 114-113, 115-113, 114-113. With the win, McCloskey earned a fight with WBA champ Marcos Maidana.
By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Mateusz Masternak (24-0, 18 KO), another up and coming Polish cruiserweight ranked in top 15 in the major rankings, had no problem to defeat the visibly less powerful Carl Davis (15-3, 11 KO), knocking him out with a right hand in the third round. In the second round, a left and right hook combination reached Davis head, and the taller and slower fighter from Chicago decided to only counter Masternak’s attacks. The only time Davis decided to change his tactics ended badly – a straight right hand on Davis chin put him on the canvas and seconds later, another one ended the fight.
In the first of three main events of the evening , televised worldwide to 140 countries, from Wroclaw, Polish heavyweight prospect 23-year-old Andrzej Wawrzyk (23-0, 11 KO) started slow but was putting together combinations and powerful punches from round five, defeating former US Olympian Devin Vargas (18-2, 7 KO) in round nine by TKO. Wawrzyk, who is considered the new wave of Polish heavyweight boxing, was dominating the fight, picking up the tempo just at the right time – when Vargas was slowing down. In the round eight, after getting continuously hit by Wawrzyk, Vargas spread his hands saying that Polish fighter cannot hurt him. His corner obviously thought otherwise just a round later, throwing in the towel and saving the overmatched Vargas from a more heavy beating.
WBA cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KO) had a surprisingly close fight – especially in the first couple of rounds – against tough Polish boxer Lukasz Rusiewicz (9-11, 2 KO). Afolobi was looking to spectacularly knock out Rusiewicz, but only when he realized that it will not happen tonight, Afolabi decided to box his way to a 80-72, 79-73 and 79-74 win on the judges cards.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (27-1, 18 KO), whose only professional loss was a KO against Tomasz Adamek when the Polish champion defended his IBF cruiserweight title, started with the flurry of punches against Ivica Bacurin (8-2, 2 KO) in the first round. The Croatian fighter hung tough and Banks needed Bacurin’s injury in the sixth round to secure his 27 professional victory after an uninspiring bout fought at very slow pace.
Brooklyn welterweight Sadam Ali (14-0, 8 KO) had no problems to knock out Boris Berg (4-5, 3 KO) in the sixth round of first undercard bout of Wroclaw’s “Battle of the XXI Century.” Ali was dominating from start and the German fighter was in survival mode from the second round and the ref decided to stop the fight when Berg stopped to answer Ali’s punches.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) will be in Moscow on November 5 to face top cruiserweight fighter Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs). “James Toney offended Denis Lebedev and we accept his challenge,” stated Vladimir Hryunov, Lebedev’s manager. “We booked Megasport Arena on November 5. Fifteen thousand spectators will be able to see this show.” On May 21, Lebedev scored a brutal tenth round KO against another American legend, Roy Jones Jr.
Also on the card, undefeated light heavyweight Ukrainian star Ismayl Sillakh (16-0, 13 KOs) will face Chris Henry (25-2, 20 KOs) for the opportunity to go into the ring against the Hopkins-Dawson winner for the WBC light heavyweight championship.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo made the most of his return to the red corner by turning in a gritty unanimous decision performance over Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez by the scores of 98-92 twice and 96-94 on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®. In the evening’s co-feature, Lateef “Power” Kayode scored a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 98-92, 97-92 and 96-93 over Felix Cora, Jr. For more details and photos click here…
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw is getting ready for the 11 PM start (5 PM EST) of the WBC heavyweight championship between Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) and Ukrainian champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs). More than 42,000 boxing fans are expected to see first heavyweight championship organized on Polish soil.
The WBC has received official notification that Vanes Martyrosian has withdrawn from the WBC ordered final elimination bout against Alfredo “Perro” Angulo. The fight was ordered to determine the mandatory contender for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the super welterweight division and the clock was ticking on the free negotiations period when Top Rank informed the WBC that Vanes will not participate in the bout.
By Hesiquio Balderas
The sensetional prospect Jorge Lara defeated Jesús Ceja again in a very good battle this Friday at Arena Jalisco, in Guadalajara. It was a one sided contest in which left handed Lara kept Nakazato at bay and landed all kind of punches from different angles. The fight lasted the 8 round distance and it was held at the super bantamweight limit of 122 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced that tickets to UFC® 137 at Mandalay Bay Events Center on Oct. 29 sold out within a few hours of being made available to the public today. Headlined by a welterweight title fight between champion Georges St-Pierre and the surging Carlos Condit, UFC 137 will also feature an outstanding co-main event between former two-division champion BJ Penn and the fiery, and definitely unpredictable Nick Diaz in 170-pound action. (more…)
By Oliver Duetschler
Swiss Agron Dzila (11-1, 7 KOs), WBA-EBA #17, will get his long awaited IBF Youth World cruiserweight title shot against Pascal “Kidombo” Ndomba (11-3, 9 KOs) from Tanzania on October 15th, 2011 in Burgdorf, Switzerland. The fight was just confirmed moments ago by the headquarter of International Boxing Federation (IBF) in Springfield, NJ, USA.
On the undercard, former WBC Youth champion 22-year-old Gabor Veto (25-0, 19 KOs), WBA-EBA #4, will fight for the GBU World light-welterweight title against former WBC-ABU champion Michael “The Iron Bomber” Kizza (22-6-0, 14 KOs) from Uganda.
Photos: Dmitriy Abramov/KMG
The undercard for today’s fight night Vitali Klitschko vs. Tomasz Adamek weighed-in at:
Mateusz Masternak 198.2 vs. Carl Davis 198.4
Andrzej Wawrzyk 232.6 vs. Devin Vargas 227.1
Ola Afolabi 201.1 vs. Lukasz Rusiewicz 200.6
Johnathon Banks 222.7 vs. Ivica Bacurin 213.8
Sadam Ali 145.9 vs. Boris Berg 145.9
Mariusz Cendrowski 166 vs. Anton Sjomkin 166.5
In Germany, the fight will be shown live and exclusively on RTL. In the U.S., HBO will shown the fight at 5 pm ET/2 pm PT. (more…)
At the official weigh-in for Saturday’s showdown against former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon, ARENA’s Cuban featherweight superstar Yuriorkis Gamboa had to get rid off his underwear in order to make the contractual weight of 127 lbs. The Mexican weighed in exactly in the limit as well. For promoter Ahmet Oner this was another sign that his fighter will not remain at 126 but move up in weight to do his next fights at 130 or 135. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Photos: KMG/Dmitriy Abramov
For some reason, when I think about Vitali Klitschko’s heavyweight title defence against Tomasz Adamek I think back to an all-British fight that took place many years ago involving the light-heavyweight Freddie Mills against heavyweight Bruce Woodcock.
Mills, who won a world title, was similar to Adamek in that he had a big heart and great fighting spirit. Giving away 20 pounds in weight, Mills fought courageously and did damage, but he was worn down by the bigger Woodcock and knocked out in the 14th round. “Weight and reach told against Mills all the time,” The Times reported.
Weight and reach: Those words resonate across the years. Woodcock and Mills fought in 1949 and we no longer have 15-round fights, but I see a similar sort of outcome in Poland on Saturday, with the bigger man finally overcoming the smaller one. (more…)
Johnny Garcia 141.6 vs. Roberto Lopez 143.6
Federico Flores 143.6 vs. Gabe Morris 144.2
Emmanuel Sanchez 160.8 vs. Anthony Gott 161.2
Raeese Aleem 130.8 vs. Dewaun Bell 133.6
Adrian Wilson 151 vs. Jerry Banks 149.2
Bowe Vincent Jr. 151.8 vs. Dan Crabtree 147.8
Karinn Davis 182.8 vs. Delvery Wofford 185.2
Venue: Holland Civic Center
Promoter: Turner Boxing Productions
Report, photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
“After the fourth and eighth rounds, everybody in the world will know what the scoring of this fight is. It gives a unique perspective for fans in the Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, and for boxing supporters in more than 140 countries where Adamek-Klitschko will be televised and gives more tactical options for the fighters,” said Main Events general counsel Patrick English. “What’s also important is the additional pressure on the judges, who (knowing that their scoring will be analyzed live twice during the fight) better be in top form for every minute of every round.
“K2, the Klitschko’s promotional company also decided to not adopt the popular US unified boxing rules in Wroclaw in regards to accidental head butts, deciding instead for WBC rules. The difference between WBC and unified rules is clear: under WBC rules, a fighter who is not be injured during contact will be penalized with a one point deduction,” said English. Just after the weigh-in, both fighters choose their best gloves – Vitali taking the well known gold and black trim and Adamek, for the first time will be wearing black gloves with red and white trin, the Polish national colors.
The much anticipated rematch between WBA flyweight world champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (31-2, 24 KOs) and former champion Luis “Nica” Concepcion (23-2, 18 KOs) will be formerly announced at a Zanfer Promotions press conference on Monday. The fight will take place at the CUM on October 29 in Hermosillo, Sonora, México.
Photos: All Star Boxing
In a clash of hard-nosed former world title challengers Antonio Pitalua (52-5-1, 43 KOs) and Cosme “Chino” Rivera (32-14-3, 23 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw in a jr welterweight clash on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City, Mexico. Both fighters had their moments in a bout that ended with scores of 115-113 Rivera, 115-114 Pitalua, 114-114.
Jr flyweight Ariel Guzman (11-0, 7 KOs) won a four round split decision over Miguel “Chorchas” Dominguez (3-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37 twice for Guzman, 39-38 for Dominguez. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a crossroads matchup between once-beaten jr welterweight prospects, Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (12-1, 7 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten round unanimous decision over Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minnesota. Sanchez won the early rounds and Arroyo came on late. The fighters left it all in the ring in a great final round when both landed bombs. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 96-94. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a nationally televised contest IBF #7 super bantamweight Thantong Kiattaweesuk (23-0, 16 KOs) scored a fifth round knockout over Tanzanian
champion Francis Myeyusho (30-10-2, 18 KOs) in Phitsanulok, Thailand on Friday. Both 122 pounders boxed from the southpaw stance and kept the fans applauding throughout the fast paced scheduled twelve round bout. In round five Kiattaweesuk exploded one-two combination to the jaw of Myeyusho that dropped him cold face forward and the referee counted him out at 1:06. Click here for more photos…
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Christopher Toney Sr.
Jr middleweight Gabriel Rosado (18-5, 10 KOs) pounded out a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Keenan Collins (13-7-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia. All three judges had it 100-90 in the clash for the Pennsylvania State junior middleweight title.
In the co-feature, unbeaten welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (14-0, 11 KOs) unleashed a fearsome body attack againt Chris Fernandez (19-14, 11 KOs). Cruz put Fernandez on the deck in round five and he remained in his corner after round six. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA, WBC and IBF super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares (42-6-2, 18 KOs) will invade the super bantamweight division on Saturday. Mirajes is set to face Colombian Jonathan “El Explosivo” Perez (19-8, 16 KOs) in Zacatecas, Mexico. At today’s weigh-in, Mijares and Perez both made 122. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
The European welterweight champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) now has his hands on the WBO world championships belt. On 30 September 2011 he will challenge the reigning world champion Serhiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) at the “DBI Fight Night” taking place at the Rondo Arena (Hala Rondo) in Brno (Czech Republic). This will be the first professional boxing world championship on Czech soil and a victory would make the Czech-born Konecny the first Professional boxing champion in the history of his homeland. Also the venue has a special significance for Lukas Konecny. He was born in Brno on 19 July 1978. Click here for more photos…
The WBC has approved unbeaten WBC #12 rated Pablo Cesar Cano (22-0-1, 17 KOs) as a possible replacement for Erik Morales.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Juan Carlos Salgado 129.7 vs. Argenis Méndez 127.2
(IBF Vacant super featherweight world title)
Jessica “Kika” Chávez 108 vs. Yesenia Martínez Castrejón 107.5
(IBF Female light flyweight world title)
Katia Gutiérrez 104.9 vs. Olga Julio 105
(IBF Female miniumweight wold title)
Venue: UAG Gym, Guadalajara
Promoter: HG Boxing
Click here for more photos…
Photos: Tom Briglia/Top Rank Boxing
Yuriorkis Gamboa 127 vs Daniel Ponce De Leon 127
Luis Cruz 131.5 vs Antonio Davis 132
Wale Lucky Boy Omotoso 146.5 vs Calvin Odom 150
Jorge Diaz 128 vs Rafael Lora 127
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City NJ
Promoter: Top Rank/Arena Box/Golden Boy
Click here for more photos…
An agreement was reached between the parties and the purse bid in the super bantamweight division between current WBA champion Rico Ramos and WBA interim champion Guillermo Rigondeaux has been called off.
A new opponent for Erik Morales on September 17th in Las Vegas will be announced tomorrow. Morales was originally slated to face Lucas Matthysse for the vacant WBC super lightweight, but Matthysse pulled out with an illness. The WBC is desperately looking for a foe with prestige and quality for Morales, so that he does not lose the opportunity to fight for a fourth world title.
Deepest condolences to Bob Arum and his family on the passing of Bob’s sister, Sari Rosenbaum, 76, of Portland, Conn., who passed away Friday morning after battling cancer. Funeral services are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 11 at Congregation Adath Israel (8 Broad St., at Church St., Middletown, Conn. 06457) beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sari is survived by husband Howard, daughter Julia, sons Michael and Daniel, grandchildren Alec and Cecily, and her sister Gloria Dror.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made in Sari’s memory to the following charities:
MIDDLESEX COUNTY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FUND
(Check should be made out to: MCCF/Fund for Women & Girls)
c/o Middlesex County Community Foundation
211 South Main St.
Middlesex, CT. 06457
Donation card: http://www.middlesexcountycf.org/fund_for_women_girls/pdf/2011_w&g_pledge_card.pdf
To donate online: http://www.middlesexcountycf.org/fund_for_women_girls/fund.htm
MIDDLETOWN CHAPTER OF HADASSAH
c/o Congregation Adath Israel
8 Broad St.
Middletown, CT 06457
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Interesting doubleheader on tonight’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. The main event is a crossroads matchup between one-loss prospects Hector “El Flaco” Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs) and Vincent “Vinsanity” Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs). Which fighter will prove to be a contender at junior welterweight? In the opener, unbeaten #1 rated cruiserweight Lateef “Power” Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs) risks his upcoming world title shot against Felix “Bad News” Cora Jr. (22-5-2, 12 KOs). The telecast begins at 11PM ET/PT LIVE on SHOWTIME from the Grand Casino Hinckley in Hinckley, Minn.
Photo: Michael Lopez
Milan Melindo 112 vs Francisco Rosas 113 1/2
(WBO Intercontinental flyweight title)
*title in play for Melindo only
Jason Pagara 140 vs Rosbel Montoya 141
WBO Youth Asia-Pacific jr. welterweight title
*title in play for Pagara only
Genesis Servania 121 vs Gerson Guerrero 120
Promoter: ALA Boxing
Venue: Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino, Barangay Lahug, Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines
*note – Rosas weighed 117 the first time
When Marcos Maidana beat Erik Morales last April 9 in one of the best fights of the year both fighters said they wanted the rematch. While Morales claimed he had won Maidana said otherwise but agreed to a rematch. Now, exactly five months later, that rematch looms again.
After his fight against Robert Guerrero was suddenly cancelled eight days before the scheduled date (August 27) Maidana and his team had to go back to Argentina empty handed, with no money and no dates in the US on the horizon. Maidana badly wanted to fight so a bout in Argentina had to be organize in three weeks. Therefore, “El Chino” Maidana will fight next September 23 in Buenos Aires, Argentina against Russian Petr Petrov (29-2, 13 KOs). (more…)
The ring officials for Klitschko-Adamek appointed by the WBC with mutual agreement with the boxing authorities of Poland are referee Massimo Barrovechio (Italy), judges Duane Ford (Nevada), Craig Metcalfe (Canada) and Esa Lethossari (Finland). WBC supervisor is NABF President Joe Dwyer (New York).
by Przemek Garczarczyk
You saw the photos, here is the video.
Report and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
WBC titleholder Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) was 110.2 kg (242.9 lbs) and Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO) an even 98 kg (216.1 lbs) at today’s weigh-in of their main event showdown billed as “Battle of the XXI Century.” The fighters gave more than 200 media representatives a healthy face to face staredown for almost two minutes and both agreed that nobody ever lost – or won – anything in this made for photographers event. Vitali and Tomek will decide the WBC world heavyweight championship this Saturday at the sold out 42,000-seat Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw, Poland.
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