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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior lightweight Ronny Rios stopped Jeremy McLaurin in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. Although both fighters fought in spurts throughout the fight, Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) landed the more effective punches of the two. In the fourth round, Rios wobbled McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) with a left hook to the head. McLaurin tried to fight back, but Rios pinned him in a corner, throwing and landing punches to the head and body. When McLaurin looked as though he was not able to defend himself, referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the bout at 2:31.
“He had an awkward style,” said Rios afterward. “I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to get caught since he had a long reach. I did not want to take any risks, so there was no need for me to rush. I just had to be patient and I had to get on the inside. I definitely wanted to give the fans excitement, but I didn’t want to get carried away.” For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
In a clash for the WBC silver super welterweight title, unbeaten former Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) took apart 41-year-old Troy Lowry (27-12, 15 KOs). Martirosyan dropped Lowry with a left hook to the body in the first round. Even though Lowry was able to answer the standing eight count, Martirosyan continued the attack throughout the remaining two minutes of round number one. Lowry developed a deep cut over the left brow of his eye in the second round due to continuous shots by Martirosyan. Martirosyan hurt Lowry in the third round as he connected with a straight right hand which sent him to his knees. Once again Lowry got up but was put into the ropes as Martirosyan fired away with combinations. Referee Laurence Cole put a halt to the bout at the 2:53 mark of the third round.
Welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (21-0, 18 KOs) defeated Nestor Rosas (9-3, 6 KOs) when the referee stopped the bout due to unanswered blows 55 seconds into round six. Omotoso caught Rosas with a series of right hands to the body in the fifth round which hurt him. Omotoso continued the onslaught in the sixth round as he punished the head and body area of Rosas with those right hands.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Raul Hirales (16-0-1, 8 KOs) barely got past Shawn Nichol (5-9, 5 KOs). Nichol put together a valiant effort against the undefeated Hirales. However, Nichol wasn’t able to give Hirales his first loss of his career as he lost by split decision. The judges scored the bout 59-55 (Hirales), 59-55 (Nichol) and 58-56 (Hirales). (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Undefeated former two-division world titlist Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) returns to the public eye March 2nd against hardy southpaw Puerto Rican puncher Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs). The 35-year old Dominican-born Guzman headlines the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights 10-round main event as part of Acquinity Sport’s second show this season from The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood FL.
Guzman signed with the South Florida-based Acquinity Sports team last month in a move to kickstart a career once destined for superstardom. “Baby Tyson” blew through the super bantamweight and super lightweight divisions during the mid 2000’s, picking up the WBO world title in both divisions before setting his sights on lightweight. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In an IBF-mandated rematch, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. After winning the first three rounds with his body attack, Hernandez dropped Cunningham twice in round four. Cunningham barely survived the round, but recovered well in round five and used his quickness to outbox Hernandez for much of the rest of the fight, but Hernandez closed strong staggering Cunningham in the last round. Scores were 116-110, 116-110, 115-111.
The rematch was ordered after the stoppage in Hernandez’ favor by ring doctor Walter Wagner in the first fight was deemed inappropriate. This time Hernandez didn’t need the doctor’s help. For lots more notable results, click here.
By Robert Coster
Former WBA super bantamweight champion Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (38-3-2, 24 KOs) of Panama returned to the ring after almost 15 months of inaction, making it a quick evening’s work with a two round stoppage of Miguel Cogollo Valdez (19-8-2, 13 KOs) of Colombia. The fight was held Friday night at the Sheraton Hotel in Colon, Panama. Cordoba’s previous fight was a decision loss in November of 2010 to Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA Interim title. In an another noteworthy result, rising lightweight Evens Pierre (21-1, 16 KOs) of Haiti scored a shutout decision over sturdy Colombian visitor Aristides Perez (20-7-1) in an eight round contest.
Sad to report the death of 34-year-old welterweight Jeff “Hell Raza” Fraza (17-3, 10 KOs), who was reportedly killed by a commuter train early Saturday morning in Haverhill, Massachusetts. According to the Haverhill Eagle Tribune, Fraza appeared to be talking on a cellphone at the time of the accident, which occurred near his home. A local attraction in New England, Jeff was best known for appearing on the TV reality show “The Contender.”
After ten rounds of action, both Edison Miranda and Isaac Chilemba were covered in blood. Fortunately for Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) it was the blood of the Columbian that splattered across the ring as Chilemba earned a hard fought 10-round unanimous decision victory in the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights which took place at the Texas Station in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
During Friday’s Chavez Jr-Rubio weigh-in, Rubio promoter Reginaldo Kuchle spoke with referee Guadalupe Garcia. Rubio’s representatives had filed a protest with the WBC to not use a Mexican referee due to the Chavez family’s iconic status in the country. “I will do my best, as I have done my whole career,” said Garcia. “For me every fight is important, regardless of the country, category or achievements of the boxer. I love this sport and I will always be a referee who tries to do the right thing in the ring.”
Kuchle told Garcia, “We trust you will do your best in a fight between two of the best of Mexico looking to make a good fight…we know their qualities and we know that it will be a big job in the ring . Please understand our position but we expect a great performance from you.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source close to Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and current WBO lightweight super champion stated that there is a strong possibility that Marquez will fight the April 14 or 21 in Mexico. Possible locations are the New Arena in Mexico City, Chiapas or Puebla against an opponent to be confirmed but always mentioned is the name of former world champion David Diaz. The same source indicates that they are still trying to put together a clash between Marquez and Lamont Peterson for July in Dallas for Peterson’s IBF/WBA super lightweight championship.
By Graham Houston
Photos: Scott Foster
There are sceptics to be sure, but Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has shown sufficient improvement to get respect from within the boxing industry. I don’t think anyone will ever call him the best middleweight in the world, but Chavez can fight, and he is the clear favourite over Marco Antonio Rubio in Saturday night’s all-Mexico middleweight championship bout on HBO. On paper, this is Chavez’s stiffest test. Rubio is on a run of six consecutive stoppage wins, the most dramatic of which was his seventh-round victory over David Lemieux when he survived an early onslaught and came back to hammer an exhausted and discouraged opponent.
We now know that Lemieux was not all that he appeared to be, but, nevertheless, Rubio showed a veteran’s craftiness in rolling and ducking on the ropes and letting his over-eager opponent exhaust himself by blasting away at arms and gloves and throwing big misses. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
If you’ve been following this week’s UFC 143 coverage, it almost seems like Carlos Condit has been relegated to the role of “the other guy.” In wrestling terms, he’s been treated like a jobber. In the boxing world, he’d be painted as the stepping stone. (more…)
Weigh-in results for UFC 143, which is headlined by the interim UFC welterweight championship bout between Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit and the heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Fabricio Werdum, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to FX for four televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see two additional prelim bouts at 7:00 pm ET / 4:00 pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – Interim UFC Welterweight Championship
Carlos Condit (169) VS Nick Diaz (169)
Fabricio Werdum (246) VS Roy Nelson (246)
Mike Pierce (170) VS Josh Koscheck (170)
Scott Jorgensen (135) vs Renan Barao (136)
Clifford Starks (185) VS Ed Herman (185)
Max Holloway (144) VS Dustin Poirier (146)
Edwin Figueroa (135) vs Alex Caceres (136)
Chris Cope (171) VS Matt Brown (171)
Henry Martinez (169) VS Matt Riddle (170)
Michael Kuiper (183) VS Rafael Natal (186)
Stephen Thompson (171) VS Dan Stittgen (170)
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Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez
Former Olympian and amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (10-1, 9 KOs) beat Gilberto Mendoza (4-2, 1 KO) by TKO when Mendoza couldn’t respond to the bell in round four with an injured right shoulder on Friday night at the Coliseo Luis Aymat Cardona in San Sebastian, Puerto Rico.
Brother McJoe Arroyo’s fight didn’t take place because his foe, Kadel Martinez, didn’t pass his physical.
Unbeaten flyweight Jonathan González (8-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO of Samuel Gutiérrez (5-10-3, 0 KOs). The referee stopped the fight at 1:01 of the fifth round due to the punishment taken by Gutierrez.
In an upset, jr welterweight Ramesis Gil (7-3-5, 5 KOs) won by six round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Luis Joel González (9-1-1, 5 KOs) when judges scored it 59-55, 58-56 and 58-56. (more…)
WBC #6, WBA #13, and WBO #14-rated light heavyweight Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (19-1-1, 9 KOs) scored a bloody ten round unanimous decision over Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-7, 30 KOs) on Friday night at the Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. Miranda was hampered by a cut on the side of the left eye that bled profusely after an unintentional headbutt in round three. Scores were 97-91, 96-92, 96-92.
In a heavyweight attraction, Magmoed Abdusalamov improved to 13-0 with his 13th knockout coming in the 2nd round against previously undefeated Pedro Rodriguez. Although the rotund bellied Rodriguez (8-1) came out with his guns blazing, Abdusalamov weathered the early storm and pelted his foe with a number of unanswered blows in the second round before referee Russell Mora came to the rescue at the 1:04 mark.
In a clash of unbeaten lightweights, Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (15-0, 11 KOs) outpointed Hylon Williams Jr. (15-1, 3 KOs) over eight by scores of 80-72, 79-73, 79-73. (more…)
Ronny Rios 128 vs. Jeremy McLaurin 127.8
Alejandro Perez 126 vs. Derrick Wilson 125.6
Luis Mora 142.6 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 142.3
Julian Ramirez 122.4 vs. Javier Damian 123.4
Jose Sanchez 129.6 vs. Manuel Sarabia 131
Venue: Phoenix Club, Anaheim, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Chris Perry
Dorin Spivey 132 vs. Victor Vasquez 135
Chazz Witherspoon 234.5 vs. David Saulsberry 295
Ela Nunez 125.5 vs. Nydia Feliciano 121
Dennis Hasson 192.5 vs. William Santiago 194
Frankie Filippone 167 vs. Harley Kilfian 169
Joey Tiberi 138 vs. Steve Cox 135.5
Jon Bolden 220 vs. Dorsett Barnwell 252
Isiah Seldon 161 vs. Kenneth Moody Jr. 158
Chris Finley 135 vs. Keenan Smith 135
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom
Promoter: Dee Lee Promotions, LLC
Matchmaker: Nick Tiberi
Canelo Promotions won a WBC purse bid today for the right to promote a WBC featherweight eliminator between Denver Cuello and Ganigan Lopez. Canelo Promotions bid $61,000 to beat Boxeo de Gala’s bid of $60,100. The fight contract must be signed by February 18, at which time the date and place of the bout must be announced.
By Karl Freitag
Former world champion Amir Khan said today that he still hopes to land a rematch with WBA/IBF super lightweight champion Lamont Peterson, but Peterson has to agree to a rematch in two or three days or he’ll take another fight. “We’ll probably give him another 48 hours to get back with us and then we’ll move on to someone else. I’m going to move up to the next weight category and look at someone else because I’m not going to be wasting my time. I think everyone knows that I want a rematch and I deserve a rematch, so we’re just waiting on Lamont Peterson and his team at the moment.
“I’ve offered them a great deal. 50% of worldwide revenue so it’s going to be the most he’s ever going to get in a fight. If he’s going to take on Marquez, he’s going to get half of what I’m giving him, so it’s up to him. If he really thinks he beat me in the first fight then I’m sure he’ll take the rematch.”
By Rolando Salazar at the scale
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 159.5 vs. Marco Antonio Rubio 159
(WBC middleweight championship)
Nonito Donaire 121.6 vs. Wilfredo Vazquez Jr 122
(WBO super bantamweight championship)
Vanes Martirosyan 153.5 vs. Troy Lowry 153.75
(WBC silver super welterweight title)
Raul Hirales 122.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 122.5
Wale Omotoso 147.25 vs. Nestor Rosas 146.5
Adam Lopez 115.75 vs. Richard Hernandez 114.5
Ivan Najera 136.5 vs. David Castillo 136.5
Alex Saucedo 146.75 vs. Jean Colon 143.5
Jeremy Longoria 126 vs. Richard Valencia 125
Venue: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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Scottish middleweight Craig McEwan is back in training and looking to get his career back on track after successive defeats at the hands of top contenders Andy Lee and Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin. McEwan has started working with strength and conditioning coach Andrew McIntyre at Napier University’s Sports Center in Edinburgh, as well as training at his father’s Clovenstone Boxing Club. McEwan, who has been out of action since his November defeat to Quillin, is now eager to get back in the ring. He said he had asked Oscar De La Hoya to match him with Jermain Taylor as he knows Taylor is on the comeback trail but nothing materialized. He is now in talks with Alex Arthur about appearing on his AAA Promotions Meadowbank Show in Edinburgh on April 14 and revealed he is excited at the thought of appearing in his hometown. (more…)
With the possibility of promoting a major fight show in June, Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht has decided to move the four day Fight Promoter University VIII session from April to June. FPU VIII was originally set for April 10-13 in Southern California.
“As I am working on a major show that should take place in June, I wanted to be able to allow FPU VIII attendees to be part of this experience, so we changed dates,” said Englebrecht. “I would like to think that we will have a major announcement by late February or early March on this show, which will then allow me to also announce the dates for the FPU VIII session.”
Photo: Photo Wende
Here are the weights from Frankfurt, Germany:
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 198.4 vs. Steve Cunningham 197.5
(IBF Cruiserweight Title)
Enad Licina 195.1 vs. Alexander Alekseev 198.6
(European Cruiserweight Title)
Eduard Gutknecht 174.8 vs. Vyacheslav Uzelkov 174.8
(European Light Heavyweight Title)
Mateusz Masternak 196.2 vs. Michael Simms 200
Troy Ross 191.6 vs. Lukas Rusiewicz 199.5
Edison Miranda 174.5 vs. Isaac Chilemba 174
Hylon Williams Jr. 130 vs. Rances Barthelemy 130
Magomed Abdusalamov 227 vs. Pedro Rodriguez 243
Roberto J. Acevedo 163 vs. Velvet Malone 163
Evgeny Gradovich 127 vs. Robert Osiobe 129.5
Cameraon Kreal 136.5 vs. Jesus Gutierrez 136
Lamar Russ 162 vs. Roberto Yong 157.5
Venue: Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel, Las Vegas
Promoter: Warriors Boxing/Sampson Boxing
TV: ESPN2/ESPN Deportes
Carl Frampton will make the second defence of his Commonwealth super bantamweight title as the chief-support bout on the undercard of Kell Brook vs. Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on March 17.
Frampton delivered a punch-perfect performance in his first defense on Saturday with a stunning seventh round knockout of Kris Hughes at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Barry McGuigan’s protégé moved to 12-0, 8 KOs as a pro in front of a sold-out east London crowd and the 24 -year-old will fight in front of the biggest crowd of his career so far on March 17 before Brook and Hatton meet in their welterweight clash.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Omar Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KOs) could defend his WBO super flyweight crown on March 31 in Argentina against an opponent to be named. The fight could land in Trelew, Puerto Madryn or Buenos Aires. For Narvaez it would be his first fight since suffering his first loss in a weak performance in his U.S. debut against Nonito Donaire for the WBO/WBC bantamweight title last October at Madison Square Garden.
The International Boxing Federation is deeply saddened and extends its sincerest condolences to the family of boxing referee Wayne Kelly, 63, who passed away this Wednesday, February 1, from a heart attack. Kelly’s passing has come as a shock to many in the boxing community. He was an active and long-time member of the IBF, regularly attending the organization’s annual conventions and had been a speaker at the referee’s seminar for the convention in 2010. Wayne will be missed very much and by many in the organization. (more…)
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the press conference to Chavez Jr-Rubio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Mexican promoters Reginaldo and Oswaldo Kuchle representing Marco Antonio Rubio have reported that Rubio will enter the ring under protest because the WBC did not accept their request to change referee Guadalupe Garcia. “We must comply with the contract and respect the aspirations of the boxer to fight, but it is under protest. We’ve told Rubio to not stop throwing punches and to be very offensive in this fight. We don’t want the fight to be stopped without reason.” say the Kuchles. Rubio added, “I’m the one in the ring and know what to do. I have waited long for this fight and I’m well prepared and looking for the knockout. I’m grateful to Chavez Jr and to God for this second chance.”
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is about a 4:1 favorite to defeat #1 rated Marco Antonio Rubio on Saturday night in San Antonio. Will the new, improved Freddie Roach-trained Junior get the job done? Or will the man that took down previously unbeaten David Lemieux add the Son of the Legend to his hit list?
In what is sure to be a thrilling brawl, “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey will battle Victor Vasquez in the featured bout of “Super Brawl I” promoted by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC in association with the Tropicana Casino and Resort on Feb. 4 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The vacant NABA Lightweight Championship will be on the line when Spivey (40-6-0, 29 KOs) and Vasquez (14-5-1, 7 KOs) collide in the Tropicana Showroom.
Staying busy, this will be Spivey’s third fight in six months. The former NABA lightweight title holder, 38, won two unanimous decision victories in 2011. Fightnews spoke with Spivey on January 25 at the Bushido Mixed Martial Arts Academy in his hometown Portsmouth, Virginia after a training session. . . Click here for more
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents its seventh UFC Fan Expo® event on Friday, July 6 and Saturday, July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. UFC® President Dana White made the announcement today during a press conference to promote UFC® 143, which takes place this Saturday from the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
“We love giving UFC fans ultimate access to our sport and athletes,” UFC President Dana White said. “This July, we’re putting together our best UFC Fan Expo yet. We’re going to have dozens of our fighters in attendance to sign autographs and meet fans, and we’re going to have some of the world’s top vendors and exhibitors. This is an absolute can’t-miss event for UFC fans around the world!” (more…)
A huge crowd of media and fans crowded into Exhibition Hall at The Times Union Center in Albany, New York on Thursday afternoon as Star Boxing held a final press conference for “KO AT THE TU” an evening of world class professional boxing set for this Saturday night, February 4th. Both main event participants, Joe “The Future” Hanks and monstrous Cuban Rafael Pedro expressed full confidence heading into their ten round heavyweight battle for Hank’s IBA Heavyweight belt.
Also ready for battle at the press conference were world ranked bantamweights Sahib Usarov of Moscow, Russia and Cuban Yan Barthelemy who will be featured in the co-main event for the WBO Inter-Continental World Title. (more…)
World ranked light heavyweight contender, Isaac “Golden Boy” Chilemba (18-1-1, 9 KOs), looks to shine on ESPN Friday Night Fights tomorrow as he battles the hard punching Edison “Pantera” Miranda (35-6, 30 KOs) in a 10-round main event bout.
Chilemba, enthused about his opportunity to fight on national television stated, “I’ve traveled half way around the world to make a statement here in America. Edison Miranda doesn’t have a clue of what he’s up against. I don’t see this fight going the distance. I have something to prove to everyone watching on ESPN. This is my opportunity to show the world what I’m made of and nothing is going to stop me from achieving my goal of becoming a world champion. Beating Miranda gets me one step closer to a world title fight. It’s my time to shine!” (more…)
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