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Unbeaten WBC #5 super lightweight Roberto “Massa” Ortiz (26-0-1, 22 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Florencio “Chombo” Castellano (16-7, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palacio de Dome de municipal del la ciudad de Tulum in Tulum, Mexico. Castellano down twice in round two when his corner stepped on the apron prompting referee Frank Gentile to wave it off. Time was :53. Ortiz retains his WBC silver belt.
Unbeaten WBC #10 middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (23-0, 19 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Richard “La Lamina” Gutierrez (26-10-1, 16 KOs). All cards were 100-90. Fifth straight loss for Gutierrez.
Texas bantamweight Raul Martinez (29-2, 17 KOs) scored a nice third round KO over Juan Jimenez (9-4, 8 KOs). Martinez was returning after losing a clash for the IBF super flyweight title against Rodrigo Guerrero ten months ago.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In his third attempt, former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (35-3, 27 KOs) won a version of the super middleweight title, dethroning WBO champion Robert Stieglitz (42-3, 23 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the O2 World Arena in Berlin, Germany.
Stiegtitz started well, outboxing Abraham and piling up an early lead. The pattern of the bout was established in round four. Stieglitz did most the work, but Abraham landed the harder and more effective shots. Abraham did a lot of mugging, dropping his hands and shrugging as he tried to goad Stieglitz into trading. The outgunned Stieglitz showed a lot of grit, often attacking with sharp flurries of punches. The champion’s face was getting pretty busted up by round ten and referee Joe Cortez stopped the action and called in the ring doctor, who OK’d the bout to continue. Abraham was relatively unmarked. Most rounds were close and the decision was still in doubt as the fight went to the judges. Scores were 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 for Abraham. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Nevada State Athletic Commission has selected the officials for the dueling fight cards in Las Vegas on September 15.
For the clash between WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1, 32 KOs) and former champ Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) at the Thomas & Mack Center, the referee will be Tony Weeks (USA). Judges are Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa), Adalaide Byrd (USA) and Dave Moretti (USA).
For the showdown between WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) and Joselito Lopez (30-4, 18 KOs) at MGM Grand Garden Arena, the referee will be Joe Cortez (USA). Judges are Dick Flaherty (USA), Burt Clements (USA) and Glenn Trowbridge (USA). Also, Kenny Bayless (USA) will be the third man in the ring when WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KOs) defends againts former WBO champion Daniel Ponce de Leon.(43-4, 35 KOs). The three judges are David Sutherland (USA), Dick Houck (USA) and Jerry Roth (USA).
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos by Team Sturm
WBA Middleweight Super World Champion Felix Sturm is just one week away from the biggest challenge of his career. Next Saturday night, on September 1 at the Koenig- Pilsener-Arena in Oberhausen, Germany, the three-time beltholder will try to add another title to his collection when he collides with Australian IBF kingpin Daniel Geale. FightNews caught up with Sturm yesterday in his gym in Cologne to discuss his preparation, his thoughts on the fight and the middleweight picture in an exclusive interview.
FightNews: Hi Felix, thanks for taking the time today. How was training camp?
Sturm: I feel great and I’m in tip-top shape. I felt very good when I fought Sebastian Zbik a couple months back but I believe I’m much better and stronger right now. I feel like I have improved even more. Training camp went perfect and I’m excited to enter the ring on September 1. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Thompson Boxing Promotions returned to the Omega Outdoor Arena in Corona, California on a cool summer Friday night as Colton welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes (17-2, 13 KOs) blasted out Jon David Charles (7-6, 1 KO) of Kingsville, Texas in round two in the main event. The taller Reyes used the jab in the opening round using his distance as the southpaw Charles circled the ring landing straight lefts. Reyes landed a clean left hook to chin in closing the round. In the second round, Reyes began to tee off on Charles as he began landing solid on the inside with hooks and uppercuts, but a thunderous right hand sent Charles to the canvas and referee Raul Caiz Sr. quickly waved off the bout at 2:55. (more…)
By Johnny B’
On September 1 at the Gimnasio Municipal in Guasave, Sinaloa, Mexico, former world champion Erik Morales (Box Latino) and Reginaldo & Oswaldo Kuchle (Promociones del Pueblo) will promote an IBF minimumweight world title clash between undefeated IBF champion Nkosinathi Joyi of South Africa against Mexico’s Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (14-6-4, 10 KOs). IBF champion Joyi previously held the South African and IBO minimumweight titles and is now 22-0 with 15 KOs and one no-contest.
The assigned IBF officials are supervisor Dave McCullough (Texas), referee Pete Podgorski (USA), and judges are Bill Lerch (USA), Neville Hotz (South Africa) and Alfredo Polanco (Mexico). (more…)
He was perhaps the least likely name to emerge from this week’s increasingly bizarre UFC 151 / 152 scenario, but when the call came from the UFC brass asking Vitor Belfort to switch his training focus from Alan Belcher to Jon Jones and step into the UFC 152 main event on September 22nd, the Brazilian eagerly accepted the challenge. And if you read on and see the men he has faced over the years, taking a challenge was no surprise . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Belfort is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
On September 8, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) will defend against Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KOs) at Olimpiyskiy Arena in Moscow, Russia. The referee will be Guido Cavalleri. Judges are Predrag Aleksic, John Keane and Nobuaki Uratani. On the undercard, for the first time in the 50 years since of creation of the WBC, ALL the fights on undercard will be a title. Also in the ring will be 11 Russian world champions including Yuri Arbachakov, Orzubek Nazarov, Nikolay Valuev, Kostya Tszyu, Roman Karmazin, Oleg Maskaev, Anatoly Alexandrov, Dmitry Pirog, Dmitri Kirillov, Sultan Ibragimov, Akhmed Kotiev.
Magomed Abdusalamov 15-0(15 KOs) vs Jameel McCline 41-12-3(24 KOs)
(vacant WBC United States (USNBC) heavyweight title)
Andrey Meryasev 10-0(9 KOs) vs Muhitdin Rajapbaev 8-2(5 KOs)
(vacant WBC Baltic middleweight title )
Ayup Arsaev 12-0 (7 KOs) vs Khavazhy Khatsyhau 8-0(5 KOs)
(WBC Baltic featherweight title)
Maxim Vlasov 23-1(12 KOs) vs Khoren Gevor 32-8(17 KOs)
(WBC Baltic super middleweight title)
Vyacheslav Glazkov 12-0(9 KOs) vs Konstantin Airich 23-6-2(17 KOs)
(vacant WBC Baltic Silver heavyweight title)
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Unbeaten bantamweight Randy Caballero, (16-0, 8 KOs), successfully defended his NABO title Friday night with a unanimous decision over Manuel Roman, (15-2-3, 6 KOs), in the main event on ShoBox: The Next Generation before a partisan crowd at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Scores were 97-92, 96-93, and 96-93 in a mostly tactical affair that served as a solid test for the 21-year old prospect from nearby Coachella, California. Caballero, fighting for the 10th time at Fantasy Springs Casino Resort in his 16 pro fights, acknowledged the step up in competition before the fight, but did not seem overly concerned. “Roman’s a tough fighter, I’m not taking anything away from him,” explained Caballero. “But he’s never been 10 rounds. I’ll probably just break him down and hopefully finish him off in the early rounds.” (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Former light heavyweight contender Otis Griffin (24-10-2) delighted a hometown crowd with a second-round technical knockout over Adam Collins (11-8) of Ironton, Ohio, in Friday night’s main event, highlighting the first professional boxing card at Sacramento’s Double Tree Hotel. Griffin, scoring knockdowns in both rounds before the referee’s stoppage at 1:22, ended a four-bout losing streak. Collins, experiencing another quick exit in the scheduled eight-rounder, had not fought past the first round in four previous fights, winning just once.
In scheduled four-round preliminaries involving primarily other Northern California fighters, Alonso Loeza stopped Juan Martinez in the third round, welterweights; Alberto Torres won a unanimous decision over Christian Silva, featherweights; Jose Alvarez won a split decision over Gregorio Viramontes, super-middleweights; John Abella stopped Misael Martinez in the second round, super-bantamweights; and Michael Ortega fought to a draw with Cleven Ishe, middleweights.
The City of Fallon, NV and Let’s Get It On Promotions present “Rural Rumble: Fallon Fights 2012” this Saturday at the Churchill County Fairgrounds. Headlining is flyweight Oscar Vasquez (2-1) facing Edwin Reyes (0-0-2) in a six-round bout. Oscar’s younger brother, Santos, will make his professional debut against Richard Hernandez (0-2) of San Antonio, TX in a jr flyweight contest scheduled for four rounds. Santos was a top USA amateur and nearly a member of the 2012 USA Olympic team. Jr. middleweight Jose “Chuy” Elizondo (1-0) of Carson City is slated to fight in a four-round bout. Also in action is Reno favorite “King” Bubba Dupree (1-2) going toe-to-toe with Jose “The Puma” Gonzales (1-1-1) from Yuma, AZ. The Churchill County Fairgrounds are located at 325 Sheckler Rd. Fans can ride to and from fights on the Bonanza Party Bus. Tickets are available at the Fallon Convention Center (775.423.4556 or 866.432.5566).
Roberto “Massa” Ortiz 138.5 vs. Florencio Castellanos 135.5
(WBC Silver super lightweight title)
Wilberth “Huracan” Uicab 111.5 vs. Ivan Diaz 112
(WBC Continiental Americas flyweight title)
Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez 160 vs. Richard Gutierrez 158.8
(WBC Youth middleweight title)
Raul Martinez 117.5 vs. Juan Jimenez 116.5
Jose Torres 113.2 vs. Humberto Morales 114.2
Josue Aguilar 147.2 vs. Jose Mex 144.5
Pedro Perez 135 vs. Ismael Mex 135
Venue: Dome of the Municipal Palace, Tulum, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy/Pepe Gomez
TV: FOX Deportes/Televisa
Alan Sanchez 146 vs. Manuel Leyva 147
Manuel Avila 122 vs. Vicente Alfaro 120.5
Paul Mendez 163.5 vs. Loren Myers 170
Jonathan Chicas 139.5 vs. Jose Mendoza 139
Joe Gumina 188.5 vs. Payton Boyea 191.5
Venue: Fairfield Sports Center, Fairfield, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for Saturday’s Keystone Boxing Card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
Dusty Harrison 145 vs. Marqus Jackson 146
Phillip Benson Jackson 172 vs. Anthony Pietrantonio 173
Harold Parker 145 vs. Richie Andrews 144
Joshua Parker 134 vs. Joseph Dixon 130
Josh Rupard 151 vs. Jimmy LeBlanc 157
Farrad Price 155 vs. Issa Coulibaly 159
Renaldo Gaines 131 vs. David Warren Huffman 127
Greg Newby 174 vs. Gavin Hume 172
By Jesse Kelley
Ismail Muwendo 131 vs. Robert Da Luz 132
Aaron Green 260 vs. Rob Haney 247
Corey Rodriguez 154 vs. Romon Barber 152
Robert Brant 156 vs. Brian Geraghty 156
Jonathon Perez 117 vs. Philip Adyaka 116
Jamal James 147 vs. Charon Spain 148
Brad Patraw 128 vs. Reggie Sanders 127
Charles Meier 154.5 vs. Jason Benson 154
Al Sands 218 vs. Mahmoud Aburia 219
Jake Backus 122 vs. Zach Wolff 126
Venue: The Crowne Plaza in Saint Paul, MN
Promoter: SEG/Driller Promotions
By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Sierra Dawn
Paulie Ayala Productions 13th Annual Boxing at the Ballroom at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel:
In the main event super middleweight Samuel Clarkson of Cedar Hill, TX (6-0) easily knocked out Brandon Singleton of Grand Prairie, TX (4-6). The action was light in round one, but Singleton (165-pounds) caught Clarkson (164-pounds) with a left hand that nearly ended the fight in what would have been an huge upset. But in Clarkson took control after the bell rang for the second round, pushing Singleton around the ring and dropping him to end the fight at 2:58 of the second round with a hard right hand.
Atlay Miranda also took home Ayala’s $500 bonus for putting on the Fight of the Night. (more…)
Ring legend Jose “Mantequilla” Napoles and WBA female interim flyweight champion Arely Mucino were on hand for the official weigh-in of the first installment of the 2012 “Quien Pinta Para La Corona?” boxing series kicking off Saturday night in Monterrey, Mexico. The card will take place at the Nave Lewis del Parque Fundidora and be presented by Promociones del Pueblo. Televised throughout Mexico on Cadena 3. Click here for complete weights…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources have reported that TMT Promotions, headed by multiple division world champion Floyd Mayweather and rapper 50 Cent, may make an offer to WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez to face WBA featherweight king Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero later this year at an event to take place in the USA, possibly in Las Vegas or Los Angeles. However, first Gonzalez will defend his title on September 15 against former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Jon Jones will now face former champion Vitor Belfort for the UFC light heavyweight championship on September 22 in Toronto, as Thursday’s bizarre series of events has taken yet another twist.
Jones was originally slated to face Dan Henderson at UFC 151 in Las Vegas; however, Henderson was forced to withdraw this week due to a knee injury. Polarizing former middleweight Chael Sonnen was offered the replacement spot and it briefly appeared that UFC 151 would take place with Jones vs. Sonnen as the headliner. However, Jones ultimately declined the fight, forcing the unprecedented cancellation of an entire UFC event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source confirmed the possibility that WBO super flyweight world champion Omar Narvaez (36-1-2, 19 KOs) could defend his crown against former WBF beltholder Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2 1, 14 KOs) on October 17th at Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. According to the source, the fight is not a done deal, but both camps OR Promotions (Narvaez) and Promociones del Pueblo (Montes) are very interested in putting the bout together. Meanwhile, Montes is already scheduled for a rematch against Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra next month.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
In a thrilling IBF middleweight elimination bout, Sam Soliman clearly outpointed Giovanni Lorenzo over twelve rounds on Friday in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. The bout was evenly contested for the first half but by round six Soliman had stepped up the tempo and was outworking the hard-punching and aggressive Lorenzo. Lorenzo was staggered in the later rounds by accurate combinations of Soliman and in round twelve, the New York-based Lorenzo was dropped and in trouble but survived to hear the final bell. Scores were 117-110, 118-108, 118-109.
Soliman said, “I want to thank my trainer Dave Hedgecock and all my team. Giovanni was a very tough opponent and I thank him and his team for coming to Australia for this fight.” The promoter was Dave Stanley.
WBO Latino champions Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo and Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez were added to defend their titles on October 6 in the card “The War, Puerto Rico vs Mexico”, where former world champions Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez will face off in the super bantamweight division and Moises Fuentes will defend his WBO title against former two-division titlist Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with All Star Boxing, Top Rank and Promociones Zanfer will broadcast on PPV.
“This will be great. We will present four title fights with Vazquez Jr. against Marquez, Fuentes versus Calderon, and we will have Jonathan Oquendo, the #3 ranked in 122 pounds, facing world contender Jose “Miau” Nieves, and also the unbeaten Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez defending his lightweight belt,” promoter Ivan Rivera, PRBBP president said. (more…)
An emergency motion was filed this morning by Guy Spieglman, attorney for WBA junior featherweight beltholder Guillermo Rigondeaux in an attempt to lift an injunction against his fighting of Robert Marroquin on Sept. 15. This motion seeks to allow Rigondeaux to defend his belt against Marroquin. Rigondeaux-Marroquin was scheduled as the undercard of an HBO Pay Per View-televised main event between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sergio Martinez at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, but is in jeopardy, according to Pat English, an attorney for Rigondeaux’s Irish promoter, Gary Hyde.
English claims to have received a written order from Miami-Dade County judge David Miller on Thursday which forbids Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 knockouts) from facing Marroquin (22-1, 15 KOs) because the Hyde did not approve this bout. “The original hearing was on our motion to strike [Hyde’s contract,] so now we have a motion for a rehearing that is pending,” said Spiegelman. “It’s a procedural thing. The court will probably consider it. I don’t know if the court will reverse itself, but this thing is far from over.” (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Both WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and Arthur Abraham weighed in at 167.8 for their world title showdown on Saturday night at the O2 World in Berlin. More than 10,000 spectators are expected.
Robin Krasniqi 172.6 vs. Serdar Sahin 173.1
Jack Culcay 153.7 vs. Ferderic Serre 153.9
Dustin Dirks 173.9 vs. Sandro Siproshvili 175.3
Carlos Caicedo 170.6 vs. Tyron Zeuge 170.6
Felix Lamm 139.8 vs. Eloy Rebollo 138.9
Below are quotes from the official announcement of IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko against Mariusz Wach at o2 World Hamburg, Germany, on November 10.
Mariusz Wach: “My fellow countrymen Adamek and Sosnowski did not have what it takes to beat a Klitschko. I am not a former cruiserweight but a real heavyweight. Klitschko will take a lot of hard punches before I knock him out. I will be the first Polish world heavyweight champion!”
Wladimir Klitschko: “The big challenge for me is Wach’s height. It is the first time that I am facing an opponent who is taller than me and has a better reach. He is unbeaten, a big puncher and has an irrepressible will. To fight in Hamburg once again is very special to me: I started my professional career here and last year Vitali’s and my dream to unify all heavyweight titles in the Klitschko family became true.”
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group (KMG): “For KMG, it is the fourth event in Hamburg where the company is based. The spectators can expect an unforgettable fight night with a champion in his best form and a top-class entertainment program.”
Tom Loeffler, Managing Director of K2 Promotions: “This fight will be the fifth heavyweight championship fight that we have promoted in 2012. It will be a very entertaining fight between two heavyweight giants.”
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin’s last training day in Big Bear, California. He is defending against Gregorsz Proksa on September 1 at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
Heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (46-2, 28 KOs) was all smiles and no worries during his media workout at World Boxing and Fitness Center in Jersey City, New Jersey. “Looking forward to the Travis Walker fight, I really want to be in the ring with somebody who does not have a problem with his fists flying. One more week of some technical stuff my trainer Roger Bloodworth prepared for me and then it’s just a week of relaxation with my family,” said former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion before September 8 IBF North America bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. The bout can be seen on Wealth TV and WealthTV.com online. (more…)
Who in the world of mixed martial arts can have nothing to do with a particular event and then steal the show from the participants like only he can? Only Chael Sonnen . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Coming up next: UFC 152: Jones vs. Machida is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, September 22nd from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 152 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Robert Stieglitz defends his WBO World super-middleweight title for a seventh time on Saturday against home city hard case Arthur Abraham at the O2 World Arena, Berlin. WBO #3 rated British and Commonwealth super-middleweight czar George Groves, who was pitched to face Stieglitz in May but had to bale out due to nose damage, presents an analysis of the fight.
George says: “This is a really interesting fight. Abraham is the bookies favourite and he has an advantage in top grade experience plus he’ll be fighting in his home city. Even though he’s come up from middleweight (and Stieglitz was a former IBF Youth champion at light-heavyweight) I’d expect that Abraham will also have the edge in strength and power. (more…)
By Johnny B’
On September 1 at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, promoter Rogelio Espino brings IBF world flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane of South Africa (28-2, 19 KOs) to defend his IBF title against hometown hero Ricardo Nunez (24-2, 20 KOs). The officials assigned to the title match are supervisor: IBF president Daryl Peoples (New Jersey), referee Kenny Chevalier (Maryland) and judges John Madfis (Massachusetts), John Poturaj (New Jersey) and Gary Merritt (Indiana).
By Robert Hughes
Paulie Ayala Productions ‘Boxing at the Ballroom,’ benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Worth. At the Fort Worth Renaissance Worthington Hotel
Samuel Clarkson 164 vs Brandon Singleton 165
Maurice Hooker 137 vs DeAnthony Bonner 135
Guadelupe Perez 122 vs Atlay Miranda 120
Tyrone Jackson 188 vs Curtis Howell 188
Kita Watkins 140 3/4 vs Jennifer Han 137
Rayford Johnson 199 vs Armin Marcanovic 190
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC referee Brad Vocale talks to Fightnews about his career in boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
South African Moruti “Baby Face” Mthalane, the current IBF flyweight world Champion arrived Thursday in Panama City with his trainer Nick Durant and the rest of the team. Mthalane and challenger Ricardo Nunez will meet for the first time on Saturday. Their bout takes place the following Saturday at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City.
The medical examination and weigh-in will be on Monday at Panama Boxing Comission (COMIBOX). Mthalane will train in Panama alongside his stablemate Michael Donovan. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Otis Griffin 178.5 vs. Adam Collins 173.5
Juan Martinez 142.5 vs. Alonso Loeza 145
Christian Silva 127 vs. Alberto Torres 128
Gregorio Viramontes 168 vs. Jose Alvarez 168
Misael Martinez 121.5 vs. John Abella 123.5
Venue: Double Tree Hotel (8-24-12)
Promoter: O.P.P. Presents (Mark Nanney)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ, unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs) will risk his belt against ex-champ Tomas Rojas (39-13-1-1NC, 26 KOs) in Sendai, Japan, on November 3. Also, newly crowned WBC flyweight ruler Toshiyuki Igarashi (16-1-1, 10 KOs) will make his initial defense against unbeaten Argentine Nestor Narvaes (19-0-2-1NC) on the same bill. Sendai is a city of northern Japan that suffered very disastrous earthquake and tsunami in March of the previous year, and this doubleheader will surely encourage the great many victims there. Yamanaka acquired the vacant WBC 118-pound belt by halting Christian Esquivel in eleven furious rounds last November, and successfully kept his throne by unanimously decisioning formidable hard-puncher Vic Darchinyan this April. Igarashi lately captured the WBC 112-pound throne by eking out a hard-fought split nod over defending champ Sonny Boy Jaro this July. Both Yamanaka and Igarashi promise to show their best performance. The twinbill will be presented by Teiken Promotions and shown nationwide live by WOWOW TV.
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