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By Anthony Springer
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans made the third time a charm. After missing out on title shots due to injuries, “Suga” is on the verge of facing Jon Jones. All he had to do was defeat prospect Phil Davis in a one sided decision win in the feature UFC on Fox 2 bout.
The pair went back and forth throughout the week. When Evans called Davis’ wrestling technique “trash,” many (this writer included) thought he’d lost his mind. However Evans proved that despite lacking the collegiage credentials of Davis, the vet indeed has better MMA wrestling. (more…)
Report and photo by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
In an NABF heavyweight title eliminator, Tony Grano (19-2-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over former cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto (35-4, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY. In a good action fight, Grano dropped Minto twice in the third round and the bout was stopped. Time was 1:04.
In an eight-round heavyweight contest, Eric “Danger” Fields (20-1, 15 KOs) easily outpointed Derrick Brown (13-7-3, 11 KOs) by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73. Click here for full report
By Clint Rosser at ringside
WBO #3 cruiserweight BJ Flores (27-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over comebacking 40-year-old former welterweight title challenger Hugo Pineda (39-6-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri. Flores dominated the fight, dropping Pineda in round two and getting a stoppage in round six. Referee Mike Englund waved it off at 2:34.
Former two-division world champion Cory Spinks (38-6, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sechew Powell (26-4, 15 KOs) in an important IBF jr. middleweight eliminator. Spinks controlled most the rounds with his jab to win by scores of 115-113, 115-113, 116-112.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Promociones del Pueblo, representing middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio Rubio has sent a letter to the World Boxing Council requested reconsideration of Mexican referee Guadalupe Garcia in Rubio’s fight against WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr on February 4th in San Antonio, Texas. WBC rules call for geographic neutrality and although Garcia is a first rate referee, Chavez Jr. is the son of Mexican boxing legend Julio Cesar Chavez, a man loved by the Mexican boxing fans and the world. Promociones del Pueblo requesting that the WBC, in pursuit of transparency, impartiality and sportsmanship, change from a Mexican referee to an international referee for Chavez Jr-Rubio.
Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Three-time world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire hits the heavy bag as trainer Robert Garcia watches during media day as he prepares for his upcoming world title fight against former world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., Saturday,Feb. 4, televised live on HBO World Championship Boxing from the Alamodome in San Antonio,Texas. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions,All Star Boxing and Tecate, Donaire battles Vazquez Jr. in this double-header blockbuster event and undefeated WBC World Middleweight Champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defends his title against Marco Antonio Rubio in the other main event. Click here for more photos…
WBCBoxing.tv will present a live boxing webcast tonight, free of charge. In the 12-round main event from Salon Vive Cuervo in Mexico City, Robinson Castellanos, 13-9 with 9 knockouts, of Celaya, Guanajuato, will make his third defense of the WBC Silver featherweight title against Orlando Rizo, 14-2 with 9 knockouts, of Managua, Nicaragua. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
After three consecutive late pull-outs that cost him his world title, former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (37-2, 30 KOs) finally made it back into the ring on Saturday night to score a fourth round TKO over José Maria Guerrero (29-3-1, 11 KOs) at the Grand Elysée in Hamburg, Germany. In his first fight in 21 months, Brähmer looked good as he landed his southpaw power shots against Guerrero in round one, and the “100 Year Talent” floored Guerrero with a left uppercut in round two. The bout ended when referee Jürgen Langlos stopped the fight in round four to have the ring doctor look at a cut suffered by Guerrero and the bout was stopped. Time was 2:27. (more…)
Miguel Buendia 135 vs. Angel Rodriguez 136
Kyle Fancher 177 vs. Samuel Clarkson 170
Manual Rojas 127.5 vs. Dewayne Wisdom 125
Derek Jones 132 vs. Arthur Trevino 131
Travonne Hobs 150 vs. Angel Solarzano 149.5
John Vera 147 vs. Cedric Sheppard 149
Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
By Dennis Principe
WBO #1 flyweight Milan “El Metodico” Melindo of the Philippines kept his Intercontinental crown via a 7th round TKO over a game but outclassed Mexican Juan “Panterita” Esquer Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug, Cebu. Melindo, 23, peppered Esquer with stiff jabs, uppercuts and punishing 4 to 5-punch combinations, all in precision manner. In round five Esquer got floored with a low blow that saw the Mexican wince in pain and rolled around the ring. Esquer tried to stand up at least six times but fell each time. After a few minutes Esquer continued fighting and survived the round.
In the 7th canto Esquer trapped Melindo in the neutral corner but threw a clear low blow. Referee Danrex Tapdasan came in for a momentary halt but Esquer surprisingly fell down and claimed he was hit by a low blow. Replays through a wide screen inside the venue however showed Esquer not being hit by any punch. Tapdasan waived off the fight after Esquer refused to stand up. Official time was 2:16. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan Boxing Company Boxtrack is looking to promote a world title fight in Venezuela and is in intensive talks to bring former world champion Jorge Linares to challenge WBA lightweight interim world champion Richard Abril. Possible venues for the event would be Maracay, Puerto La Cruz and Caracas. The last world title fight in Venezuela was in March 2010 between Panamanian Anselmo Moreno and the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeno for the WBA bantamweight world title, also promoted by Boxtrack. The WBA is evaluating what to do with Abril’s interim world champion status and could declare him full champion. Linares is the WBA’s #2 contender.
The Downes Side is riding a lot of momentum after going 4-0 last week. Truth be told, it’s the most impressive I’ve felt since I had a friend’s older brother buy me a CD with a parental advisory sticker. Okay, so it was a KoRn album, but that did help me learn how to take a punch after my parents found it . . . Click here for more by Dan Downes, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Zanfer Promotions
Panamanian WBA female super bantamweight world champion Chanttall “La Fiera” Martinez (15-4, 6 KOs) and Mexican challenger and former WBC world champion Jackie “Princesa Azteca” Nava (25-4-3, 11 KOs) both stepped on the scales at the division limit of 122 pounds for their showdown tonight at the Municipal Auditorium in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico in an event organized by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast on TV Azteca 7.
Hatton Promotions’ new signing Zhanat Zhakiyanov knocked out Thai rival Noppadol Khongchana in the first round to claim the WBC Asian bantamweight title on Friday night. A sell-out 1500 crowd packed into the city sports hall in Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan for the fight despite outside temperatures of -27 degrees centigrade. Khongchana remained unconscious for several minutes and attended by the paramedics in the ring, but was able then to walk back to the dressing room. The event, co-promoted by Hatton Promotions and Kazak promoter Yerik Jailauov, was the first ever professional boxing promotion to take place in the Northern Kazakhstan city. Zhakiyanov said that his next target is to bring back the European bantamweight title to his home city and hopes to challenge EBU champion Jamie McDonnell this year.
Junior welterweight Breidis Presscott (25-4, 20 KOs) of Colombia ended his two fight losing streaking scoring a third round stoppage of countrymen Joel Cassiani Friday night. The main event bout took place at the Coliseo Cubierto in Puerto Colombia, Colombia.
Also hot middleweight prospect Alex Theran (6-0, 4 KOs) of Colombia remained unbeaten with a shutout unanimous six round decision of countryman Juan De Angel. The official scores weree 60-54 by all three judges. The event was promoted by Juan Carlos Devia/Probox Del Caribe.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Trusted sources from Puerto Rico have informed us that former WBO super bantamweight world champion Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. weighed in Friday at 132.6 pounds during the one-week pre weigh-in of the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission and is 4.5 pounds over the maximum weight which is 5% by weight of the 122-pound division limit. Vazquez takes on Nonito Donaire on February 4th in a fight for his former belt (now vacant) on the undercard of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Marco Antonio Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
By Dennis Principe
Undefeated Filipino boxer Milan Melindo and Juan Esquer of Mexico easily made the limit in Friday’s official weigh in held in Cebu City, South of Manila. Melindo (25-0, 9 KO’s) and Esquer (27-9-2, 21 KO’s) both tallied 112 lbs and are raring to give their all in their 12-round title fight Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel.
Melindo will defend his WBO intercontinental flyweight crown against the Mexican Esquer, a well-traveled fighter who has fought six world champions in his seven-year career. (more…)
B J Flores 199.90 vs. Hugo Pineda 197.4
Sechew Powell 151 vs. Cory Spinks 151.50
Ramon Barber 160 vs. James Brian Trout 167
Maurenzo Smith 234 vs. Chuck Dillard 204
Keith Jackson 202 vs. Wes Osburn 252.80
Venue: Shrine Mosque, Springfield, MO
Junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (21-1, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over game local favorite David “El Torito” Torres (21-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights, Washington. Provodnikov dropped Torres with a right hand in round one, dominated the fight, then floored Torres twice in the sixth to end it. Time was 2:53.
Former lightweight world title challenger Ji-Hoon “Volcano” Kim (23-7, 18 KOs) scored an entertaining ten round unanimous decision over Yakubu “The Black Mamba” Amidu (17-3-1, 15 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 98-92, 97-93. No knockdowns. Amidu was cut midway through the fight above the left eye.
6’5 unbeaten cruiserweight Garret Simon (6-0-1, 5 KOs) needed just 55 seconds to finish Marcus Dickerson (4-4-2, 2 KOs).
All participants for Star Boxing’s “Rockin Fights” tomorrow night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, Long Island weighed in today in the New York State Athletic Commission. Here are the official weights.
Chris Algeiri 143 vs. Chris Smith 141
Cletus Seldin 144.5 vs. Tyler Pogline 144
Rich Neves 147.25 vs. Anthony Birmingham 148
Adam Willett 208 vs. Aaron Kinch 260
Raul Nuncio 159 vs. Anthony Jones 158
Issouf Kinda 141 vs. Angel Rios 144
William Shammar Whitt 140 vs. Jayson Sia 138.5
Egypt’s top prospect light heavyweight Hany Atiyo (12-0, 8 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact Friday night. Atiyo ground out a workmanlike twelve round unanimous decision over veteran countryman Mazur Ali. The bout took place at the Cairo University Indoor Hall in Giza Egypt. Judges Saleh Abdulberi and Lophe Debes scored the bout 118-108 while Hany Hassan had it 117-109. Referee for the bout was Heshem Pasha. Richard Nwoba /LouaaBoxing promoted the event.
Report and Photos by Rich Hundley III
Photos: Rich Hundley III
Former title challenger Omar Sheika (31-11, 21 KOs) won a war with the always durable Charles Hayward (7-4, 3 KOs) this past Saturday in the main event of “Saturday Night Fights at the Hamilton Manor” in Hamilton, NJ. The balance of power changed hands several times during the contest, with both fighters slugging it out much to the enjoyment of the crowd. Hayward continuously landed his big right while Shieka powered through and outlasted Hayward, who had trouble keeping up at the end. Sheika won a split decision with the scores of 95-95, 96-94 and 97-93. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday at the Plaza de Armas in Chihuahua, the weigh-in was held for the card billed as “Los Dorados de Villa” presented by Promociones del Pueblo. The event will be held in the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gym and televised in Mexico by Televisa Deportes.
Alejandro Sanabria 134.80 vs Jhul R. Ramunal 131
(WBC silver lightweight title)
Marcos Reyes 159.75 vs Isaac Méndez 157
(WBC Fecombox middleweight belt)
Odilon Zaleta 112 vs ‘Chivero’ Franco 114
Victor Zaleta 116 vs R. Hidalgo 116
Brian Minto 218.5 vs. Tony Grano 222
Eric Fields 202 vs. Derrick Brown 201
Ryan McKenzie 174 vs. Richard Starnino 176.5
Jackie Trivilino 126.5 vs. Ela Nunez 176
Travis Peterkin 174 vs. Steven Tyner 171
Brian Clookey 187 vs. Ariel Espinal 188
Derrick Evans 170 vs. Bakari 175
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
1st Bell: 7:30 pm eastern
Videos and weights by Przemek Garczarcyzk, Fightnews
At the scales for UFC on FOX, which is headlined by the light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Phil Davis and the middleweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Michael Bisping, airing live on FOX from the United Center in Chicago, IL at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FUEL TV for seven prelim bouts at 5pm ET / 2pm PT.
Phil Davis (205) VS Rashad Evans (205)
FOX MAIN CARD
Michael Bisping (185) VS Chael Sonnen (185)
Demian Maia (186) VS Chris Weidman (185)
Nik Lentz (155) VS Evan Dunham (155)
John-Olav Einemo (253) VS Mike Russow (251)
George Roop (145) vs Cub Swanson (145)
Eric Wisely (145) vs Charles Oliveira (144)
Michael Johnson (156) VS Shane Roller (156)
Lavar Johnson (252) VS Joey Beltran (228)
Dustin Jacoby (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)
See videos of weigh-in: (more…)
Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) and José Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) both weighed in at 176.1 for their Universum “Fight Night” showdown on Saturday at the elegantt Grand Elysée Hotel in Hamburg, Germany. Contracted weight was 177.5.
Other weights were as follows:
Rakhim Chakhkiev 199.7 vs. Alexander Kotlobay 197.5
Denis Boytsov 213.8 vs. Darnell Wilson 226
Ruslan Chagaev 242.5 vs. Kertson Manswell 252.6
Firat Arslan 196 vs. Orlando Antonio Farias 189.4
Ina Menzer 126.8 vs. Milena Koleva 128.3
Rafael Bejaran 159.4 vs. Daniel Urbanski 159.8
Vitali Tajbert 132.9 vs. Jose Luis Graterol 132.3
Marcel Meyerdiercks 127.9 vs. Roberto de Jesus Santos 127.9
Vladimir Tereshkin 246.9 vs. Evgeny Orlov 329.4
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