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Universal Promotions will present the boxing event “Night Of Champions”, to be held on August 31 at the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum in Carolina, Puerto Rico. For the main event, welterweight hometown prospect Thomas Dulorme (15-0, 12 KOs) will face Colombian fighter Iván Hernández (29-3, 23 KOs). “We are very happy with the fact that Thomas will be fighting in Carolina for his people, he has not fought in Puerto Rico in more than a year. Boxing fans will witness Dulorme’s incredible talent, more details about this boxing card will be available soon,” said Universal Promotion’s president Javier Bustillo.
The 22-year-old is very exited about the fight: “Without a doubt this is one of the great things to ever happen to me in boxing. Since I was a boy I’ve always wanted to fight in the town that saw me develop. This is a dream come true, I’m very grateful to Bustillo and the honorable mayor of Carolina for this opportunity.” said Dulorme who is represented promotionally by Universal Promotions, Gary Shaw Productions and DiBella Entertainment. (more…)
WBO #4 lightweight Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez, along with junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia, will headline Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo show on July 7 at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) presentation, in association with Top Rank. Gonzalez (19-0, 14 KOs), who is actually the WBO Latino lightweight champion, will fight against a foe to be named in a 135 pound bout scheduled to 10 rounds. Meanwhile, Tapia (13-0, 7 KOs), a young Top Rank prospect from New Jersey, will fight in a junior middleweight bout versus a rival to be determined scheduled for six rounds.
International Boxing Federation (IBF) Flyweight Champion, Ava “The Lady of Boxing” Knight (Chico, California, 8-1-3, 5 KOs) will defend her title on June 30, 2012, against Susana “Toluquita” Vazquez (Toluca, Mexico, 8-6-1, 3 KOs) at the Auditorio Centenario, located in Torreon, Coahuila de Zaragoza, Mexico. Knight’s 10-round, IBF title defense will be featured on the Mexican television network, Televisa, as part of their weekly boxing series, “Sabados de Corona.” The fight card titled, “Noche de Guerreros (Night of Warriors),” is presented by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing, Kochul Montiel Producciones, and Grupo Modelo. Mexican boxing stars Marco Antonio Rubio, undefeated Roberto Ortiz, and Katia Gutierrez will also be featured on the card (in separate bouts). (more…)
Rich Franklin knows that his days in the sport are numbered. The former middleweight champion turns 38 years old in October, which qualifies as long in the tooth by anyone’s athletic standard. As a result, he needs to put together an impressive stretch of wins if he wants to make one final run at UFC gold before it is time to hang up the gloves . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk from Warszawa (Poland)
“I don’t care who they will put in front of me – I’m a professional fighter, this is what I do – I fight to win,” said four-division world champion legendary Roy Jones Jr (55-8, 40 KOs) during the final press conference in Warsaw before fighting…and this is the question – who? Jones Jr. supposed to fight #4 ranked by WBC light heavyweight David Kostecki (39-1, 28 KOs) this Saturday, but Kostecki has been arrested and instead preparing for the fight of his life, he watched Jones’ press conference from a prison cell. His promoters are still hoping that Kostecki (who was supposed to go jail next month – but certainly not before the June 30 day of the fight) will be granted a temporary release by Polish authorities and he will be in the ring on June 30. If not, Roy will fight undefeated #8 WBC ranked light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (17-0, 4 KOs), who vows to do everything he can to win the biggest fight of his carrer. The PPV event in Lodz is getting a lot of press and almost spurs a national debate about the timing of Kostecki’s imprisonment. The card billed as “the most controversial boxing match in Poland,” will also have two more well known US names: four-time heavyweight challenger Jameel McCline (41-11, 24 KOs), who will test the very highly rated new talent on the heavyweight scene, 22-year old southpaw Artur Szpilka (11-0, 9 KOs), and former world champion Nate Campbell (35-9, 26 KOs), who will challenge Poland’s Krzysztof Szot (16-2, 5 KOs).
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (24-3, 16 KOs), 121.5, scored a fine TKO victory over former Mexican superfly titlist Jovanny Soto (34-14-1, 29 KOs), 121.5, at 0:21 of the fourth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. WBA#4/WBC#5 115-pounder Kameda, the second of the three Kameda brothers, failed to win the WBA super-fly belt, losing a unanimous verdict to formidable defending ruler Tepparith Kokietgym of Thailand last December. Daiki, in his second comeback bout since, floored the fragile Mexican with a vicious left hook to the side of the belly at the end of the third, and his follow-up rally in the next session decked Soto again to prompt the referee’s intervention.
WBC #11 flyweight, Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-4-1, 23 KOs), 112.25, stunned the crowd with a quick demolition of WBC#15 Wars Katsumata (AKA Warlito Parrenas; 17-6, 15 KOs), 121.5, a Japan-based Filipino, just thirty-three seconds into the opening session in a supporting ten. A single left hook was a haymaker that really embalmed the ambitious Filipino prone for the count. The Filipino had been unbeaten in five bouts since he was scouted by Katsumata Gym of Tokyo, winning all by knockouts. But Blanquet’s very first punch in the fight ended his dream to climb up the ladder of world ratings.
Promoter: Katsumata Promotions.
The World Boxing Council informs that the purse bid that was going to take place for the eliminator between heavyweights Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne was suspended. The auction will take place when the WBC receives the medical report of Chris Arreola. The winner of the clash between Arreola and Stiverne will become mandatory challenger of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
Discussions are ongoing, but as of now no deal has been finalized for newly-minted IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey to make his first defense against former world champion Devon Alexander. According to a source close to the negotiations, Golden Boy has offered $500,000 but Team Bailey will only agree if the bout takes place outside Alexander’s home state of Missouri. September 8 is the proposed date with the bout being televised on Showtime.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
WBO Jr. Featherweight champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire trains in preparation for his upcoming world title unification fight against IBF champion Jeffery “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula of Johannesburg, South Africa. Donaire will headline a spectacular Top Rank promoted doubleheader event, Saturday, July 7 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, that will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark. In the other main event, Kelly Pavlik, former world champion from Youngstown,Ohio will rumble with contender Will “Power” Rosinsky of New York.
Reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is usually one of the most respectful and sportsmanlike mixed martial artists on the Ultimate Fighting Championship® roster. However, on today’s media conference call to promote what UFC President Dana White said is one of the biggest sporting events of the year – the July 7 UFC 148 main event against bitter rival Chael Sonnen – ‘the Spider’ sounded off like never before. (more…)
Former world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos (29-1, 19 KOs) of Tijuana, Mexico takes on countryman Cesar Vasquez (25-0, 16 KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico on July 20th. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds at the super featherweight limit. In the co-feature Aaron Martinez (17-1-1, 4 KOs) of east Los Angeles will take on Juan Garcia (12-0, 8 KOs) of Michigan in an eight round welterweight clash. ESPN2 will air both bouts. Site will be the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.
By Robert Coster
Former WBC Featherweight Champion Elio Rojas says he has split with his promoter Don King. “Don King did help me get to the title,” admits the Dominican-born Rojas, “but then he abandoned me when I most needed him. During my illness he did nothing to help me stay as champion and he actually seemed to switch sides when I had to fight to reclaim my title.” Rojas (23-2, 14 KOs) won the WBC featherweight title in 2009 and defended it twice before being sidelined for over a year. He tried unsuccessfully to regain his belt in April of this year, losing a decision to Jhonny Gonzales.
By Anthony Springer Jr.
When you’ve known someone for a long time, surprises come few and far between. But Anderson Silva’s fiery demeanor on today’s UFC 148 conference call got the attention of the organization’s president, Dana White, media listening in and the social media world.
“I’ve never heard him talk like this,” White remarked.
Silva was absolutely livid when asked about what–if any–strengths his upcoming opponent, Chael Sonnen has in their highly anticipated rematch.
“It doesn’t matter if I’m on the bottom, side or top,” Silva responded when asked how he’ll avoid a takedown. (more…)
After spending 21 years as a permanent resident in the United States, former heavyweight contender Andrew Golota is facing deportation to his native Poland. According to the Chicago Tribune, Golota problems started when he applied to become a U.S. citizen, triggering a criminal background check which brought to light a 2006 conviction on 12 misdemeanor counts of possessing unregistered firearms, for which he was fined $3,600 and received six months of court supervision. This led to a deportation proceeding citing “moral turpitude” being filed against Golota. A decision could be rendered in September. His wife/attorney is a U.S. citizen.
Victor Ortiz did indeed suffer a broken jaw in his loss to Josesito Lopez on Saturday night at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Golden Boy reports that Ortiz is recovering well from surgery last night. Ortiz says he wants a rematch.
By Francisco Salazar
Golden Boy Promotions Vice President and matchmaker Eric Gomez confirmed to Fightnews.com late last week that welterweight contender Marcos Maidana will take on Keith Thurman on the undercard of the Adrian Broner-Vicente Escobedo world title bout on July 21st. Both bouts will be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark” and will take place at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH. Although it was announced that the Maidana-Thurman fight is a scheduled 10 round bout, Gomez is holding out hope that the bout could possibly be scheduled for 12 rounds. The Argentine-born Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs), who now trains in Oxnard, CA, is coming off a 10 round unanimous decision loss to Devon Alexander on February 25th. This will be a significant step up in class for Thurman (17-0, 16 KOs), who hails from Clearwater, FL. He has won his last six bouts by knockout, but against obscure or mediocre competition.
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten super featherweight Ronny Rios will return to the ring on July 28th in a scheduled 10 round bout, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Sunday afternoon. The bout will headline a “Solo Boxeo” card at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. According to Espinoza, no opponent has been lined up yet for the 22 year old boxer. Rios has looked impressive in recent fights, especially in his most recent bout on April 7th, when he won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Guillermo Sanchez in Anaheim, CA. Rios, who began boxing professionally at 18 years of age, was a two-time United States Amateur champion and a National Golden Gloves champion in 2007. Rios (18-0, 8 KOs) resides in Santa Ana, CA and is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In information obtained by Fightnews.com, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer apparently has three names in mind to replace Victor Ortiz as the challenger for WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez on September 15 in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Among those believed to be in the running are WBA super welterweight world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout and former WBO welterweight champion Carlos “El Indio” Quintana. That bout would be going head-to-head against a card headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez.
By Francisco Salazar
Antonio DeMarco has been in the news lately, as he is scheduled to take on lightweight contender John Molina on September 8th at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, CA. However, the hard-hitting lightweight world title holder had been given the green light to fight Daniel Estrada on July 28th this whole time, according to John Beninati, matchmaker for Gary Shaw Productions. The DeMarco-Estrada bout will take place in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. Beninati sent a letter to Fightnews.com on Sunday, where it stated that the promotional company gave DeMarco permission to make a voluntary defense on a fight card promoted by Antonio Lozada. The letter was written and sent out last Tuesday. According to Beninati, it had been incorrectly reported that Shaw did not sign off on De Marco fighting Estrada on July 28th. De Marco fighting Estrada was already in the works prior to DeMarco-Molina being made a few weeks ago. (more…)
Lopez Meets the Press after Upset Win; Matthysse Speaks; Canelo talks September 15
By Miguel Maravilla
Shortly after his spectacular win Riverside’s Josesito Lopez spoke to the media at the post fight press conference at Staples Center Saturday night as he scored a ninth round technical knockout over “Vicious” Victor Ortiz of Oxnard in this southern California showdown. Ortiz suffered a suspected broken jaw which forced him to quit at the end of round nine.
Lopez, as would be expected, was in high spirits when he came to the podium. “I came in good shape and ready to go to war with Victor Ortiz,” Lopez said.
Regarding the Ortiz rabbit punch that caused a lengthy break in the action, Lopez stated, “He hit me in the back of the head/neck. I felt like a little pulled muscle but I was ready to go. There is no quitting in me….Ortiz hits hard. He’s strong and he got me a few times. There were times where he got my attention, but at no point was I hurt,” Lopez told Fightnews.com. “This is my Rocky moment I am in still in somewhat of a shock but we did it,” Josesito stated. (more…)
Carson Jones has vowed to punish Kell Brook when they meet in an IBF welterweight title eliminator on July 7 after Brook predicted he will KO the American. Brook and Jones clash at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7 and Brook raised the stakes last week when he promised to knock out the Oklahoma fighter to claim a shot at the title. Rated one spot higher in the rankings than Brook at number three, Jones travels to England for the first time in his career and says he’ll make ‘The Special One’ pay for calling him a quitter and grab the title chance for himself.
“This kid is confused about what he is up against,” said Jones. “There is no quit in me, which is why I am in this position I am in right now. I never gave up.” Jones said he wasn’t impressed by Brook’s destructive 12 round win over Matthew Hatton and Brook himself admitted that he needed to be nastier against Jones – and the visitor has his own take on that claim. “I agree we will see the nasty Kell Brook, because after I beat the hell out of him his face will look very nasty,” said Jones. The 25 year old has stopped his last eight opponents on his way to facing Brook, and the USBA champ has got his eye on another British fight should he beat Brook in his backyard. “Amir Khan is a good boxer but I don’t think he has the heart to match,” said Jones of the Bolton boxer linked to a future showdown with Brook. “And I think I would stop him just like I will Kell Brook.”
It is official: Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) will defend his title against Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) at the Sporthalle Hamburg on July 14. Originally the WBA-Champion was scheduled to fight in London but has now opted to do so in Hamburg instead. “It is due to organizational aspects,” said Chris Meyer, managing director of Sauerland Event. “The English time schedule was too tight. We wouldn’t have been able to guarantee that the fight could have been broadcasted live in Germany. Therefore the heavyweight world championship will be staged in Hamburg.”
A good decision, believes Meyer: “There are not a lot of cities in Germany which can host such an event on such short notice. Hamburg is a real boxing city with a great audience and a lot of boxing tradition. Furthermore the city possesses the required infrastructure to host such a big event.” (more…)
From the end of World War II through the early 1950s, the Golden Era of West Coast Boxing was alive and well in Hollywood, California with regular shows at the legendary Hollywood Legion Stadium on Gower and El Centro. In the early 1960s, “The Brown Bomber” himself, Joe Louis, promoted weekly shows at The Moulin Rouge Night Club on Sunset Blvd..
Right up the street on Hollywood Blvd., Florentine Gardens, which originally opened in 1938, served as one of the hottest Supper Clubs in Hollywood. A Who’s Who of Tinseltown’s elite would frequent the Florentine Gardens, including Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Rudolph Valentino, and Errol Flynn. A young starlet named Norma Jean Baker celebrated her first wedding at Florentine Gardens…and would later become Marilyn Monroe.
On Thursday, July 12, 2012, Art of Boxing Promotions, in association with Bash Boxing, will evoke memories from the Golden Era of West Coast Boxing with the launch of a new professional boxing series at the Legendary Florentine Gardens in Hollywood. “Hollywood Fight Night” will include 10 professional boxing bouts featuring fighters from Hollywood and its surrounding areas. (more…)
Alexander Povetkin’s WBA World Heavyweight title defence against Hasim Rahman has been withdrawn from the show at West Ham United on Saturday 14th July. The fight was to feature on the card being topped by David Haye and Dereck Chisora’s eagerly awaited WBO/WBA International heavyweight showdown. Due to licensing conditions at West Ham United, Haye vs Chisora could not start later than 10pm and with German TV network ARD insisting, due to their Saturday night scheduling, that Povetkin vs Rahman must fill that slot and be before Haye vs Chisora, that time frame was impossible to work to. The show is being televised in sixty-plus countries, many with more than a one hour time difference, so to get everyone to agree to ARD’s preferred order would be impossible.
EPIX will broadcast the fight live in the USA and they need to be comfortable with the start time too. If Haye vs Chisora, which is the main attraction on the show, was to go on before Povetkin vs Rahman it would have had to start no later than 8:20pm meaning that Povetkin v Rahman could potentially have taken place in front of an empty stadium with the majority of fans leaving to catch trains and other public transport. (more…)
In the eyes of Josesito Lopez, everything about his scheduled 12 round welterweight bout against Victor Ortiz on Saturday night was stacked against him.
The perception that Lopez would not withstand Ortiz’s power, the media paying more attention to Ortiz’s September showdown against super welterweight world title holder Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, and a pro-Ortiz crowd during the fight were some of the factors Lopez dealt with.
While it would have been admirable to assume Lopez would earn a moral victory for lasting 12 rounds against Ortiz and earn a good payday, Lopez was more optimistic than people gave him credit for. Optimistic enough to shock the boxing world and win the biggest fight of his career . . . Click here for more
Report and photos by Jessy Kelley
In a clash of unbeaten jr middleweights, Cerresso Fort (13-0-1, 10 KOs) won a hard fought majority decision over Dave Peterson (13-1, 8 KOs) Saturday night at the Black Bear Casino in Carlton, MN. The action picked up after a slow first round with both fighters giving their best effort which left them bloody and marked up by the end of the fight. Peterson surprised everybody by coming forward early and controlling the flow inside the tiny ring despite normally being the counter puncher. Peterson was winning the battle on the inside in the early going while Fort timed in counter shots to the head. During a close third round, an accidental clash of heads left Fort with a gash over his left eye. Fort took Peterson’s assumed roll as counter puncher and landed some nice shots to the head and body afterwards. Peterson did his best work in rounds four and five while landing uppercuts and being first to the punch. Fort’s mouth was open and he was looking a bit winded in those rounds. Fort however rallied big in the sixth as he now began to push the action behind a clubbing right while pushing the faster pace which better suited him. More great action in round seven but Fort secured the fight on the judges cards by having his best round of the fight in the eighth and final round. Both fighters gained a ton of respect from local fans for their effort and afterwards each fighter said they want to go at it again later this year in the Twin Cities area. Official scores read 77-75 twice for Fort and 76-76 giving Fort the victory. (more…)
By Christopher Cook
Photos: Christopher Cook
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame family grew by twenty-one, as the Class of 2012 was inducted this afternoon. A mixture of fighters, media, participants, promoters, doctors, and trainers made for a memorable afternoon, one where greats of the past met greats of the present. The class of 2012 included the great Roberto Duran and Aaron Pryor, great trainers Jim McLoughlin and John Russell, one of the most influential women in the sport Dana Jamison of Don King Productions among others.
Held at the beautiful Westshore Wyndham Hotel in Tampa, Florida, not even the torrential rainfall of Tropical Storm Debby could stop the hundreds that attended this event. Those that attended were treated to the lesser known side of boxing, the personal side, the relationships built over years in the sport. Most know only have the action that happens inside the squared-circle, and not of the sacrifices made by families, friends, and boxers to pursue their pugilistic dream. Sitting back and listening to the inductees speak of their history, stories, and experiences displayed the human side of the sport, creating memories for all that attended. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com
Fighting before a raucous, partisan crowd at the Smith Gymnasium on the Fort Myer/Henderson Hall Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA, Fairfax, VA junior welterweight Todd “White Lightning” Wilson remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over John Willoughby of Selma, AL. Wilson won despite possibly breaking his left hand in the second round. A clash of heads also forced Wilson to suffer a cut along his right eye in the third. Willoughby, a late sub who fought eight days prior to this bout, proved to be very tough for Wilson, who is now 14-0, four KOs while John Willoughby is now 3-13, two KOs. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Ralph Notaro
Former world heavyweight title contender Davarryl “Touch of Sleep” Williamson (27-7, 23 KOs) intended to use Saturday’s championship bout against Tony “TNT” Grano (20-2-1, 16 KOs) as a “checkup” of his career. Fighting for the vacant NABF heavyweight crown against a man twelve years his junior, the forty-three year old Williamson wanted to see how his reflexes felt; judging his boxing future on a case-by case basis. Williamson told Fightnews during Wednesday’s press conference he intended to create separation during the twelve-round main event of the Viva Don King II card from Hollywood’s Seminole Hard Rock Live. Unfortunately, Grano was the man completing that task, separating Williamson from his senses with a punishing combination at 2:27 of the fourth round and “touching” Davarryl with a type of sleep particular to pugilism. (more…)
Middleweight Hector Camacho Jr. (54-4-1, 29 KOs) scored a first round KO over late sub John David Charles (7-5, 1 KO) on Saturday night at the La Villita Maverick Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. Camacho finished Charles with a body shot at 2:05. Charles, who has now dropped five of his last six fights, took the fight on 48 hours’ notice.
Joseph Rios W6 Joel Garcia (super flyweight)
Christina Ruiz D4 Nohime Dennisson (super bantamweight)
Rolando Campos W4 Henry Hernandez (lightweight)
Unbeaten heavyweight Deontay Wilder moved to 23-0 with 23 KOs after a stoppage of former world title challenger Owen Beck (29-11, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Killer Buzz Arena in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The 2008 Olympic bronze medalist dropped Beck once in rounds one and two, and twice in round three. Beck, who suffered his eighth straight loss, was unable to come out for the fourth round. Wilder plans to return to the ring at the end of July.
Alexis Santos TKO1 Dustin Nichols (heavyweight)
Gundrick King W4 Billy Cunningham (light heavyweight)
Ray Ray Bryant W4 Anthony Middlebrooks (jr welterweight)
Keandrae Leatherwood TKO3 Mikel Williams (super middleweight)
Anthony Greeley W4 Keith Thompson (heavyweight)
Six fighters joined UFC® executive Marshall Zelasnik at the UFC® 147 post-fight press conference: Rich Franklin, Fabricio Werdum, Marcos Vinicius, Cezar Ferreira, Rony Jason, and Rodrigo Damm.
Fight of the Night went to headliners Franklin and Wanderlei Silva. The two legends picked up right where they left off in their first meeting, exchanging punches and kicks in an exciting back-and-forth brawl. Despite nearly being knocked out late in the second round, Franklin hung on to earn a unanimous decision.
Vinicius earned Knockout of the Night for his come-from-behind stoppage of Wagner Campos. “Vina” survived several submission attempts from Campos before using knees and punches to end the fight in the third frame . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Miguel Maravilla
With both a loss and a suspected broken jaw, Victor Ortiz is out of the running to challenge WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in September. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed Saturday night that Alvarez will definitely be fighting on September 15 and they’ll discuss possibile new opponents this week. Canelo stated that he’s ready to fight anyone. He was originally slated to face Paul Williams, who was severely injured in a motorcycle accident. Then it was Victor Ortiz, who opted to go ahead with a previously scheduled bout against Josesito Lopez. Josesito says he’s willing to take on Canelo if given the opportunity.
Canelo vs. TBA will be going up against a competing pay-per-view card headlined by Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. vs. Sergio Martinez the same night in the same city.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez (22-2, 17 KOs) won by second round TKO against Eliezer Quezada (14-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
That was matched by the second round KO of flyweight Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada (22-1, 17 KOs) against Filipino Ardin Diale (18-7-3, 5 KOs).
But lightweight Luis “Artisan” Cruz (20-1, 16 KOs) one-upped Sanchez and Estrada by blasting out journeyman Tomas Sierra (16-24, 12 KOs) in the first round. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Unbeaten 18-year-old bantamweight phenom Andres “Jaguarcito” Gutierrez (22-0-1, 19 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a ninth round TKO over Colombia’s Onalvi Sierra (24-5-1, 21 KOs) in a 12-rounder for the vacant IBF International title on Saturday at Gimnasio Municipal Miguel Hidalgo in Puebla, Mexico.
In the co-feature, Yazmiin “La Rusita” Rivas (25-7, 9 KOs) successfully defended her IBF female bantamweight title against Nydia Feliciano (5-3-3) via ten round unanimous decision.
Scores were 100-90, 98-91 and 97-93.
In a clash for the WBC female light flyweight world title, Esmeralda Moreno (24-6, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Naomi Togashi (10-1-1, 5 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 99-94 and 97-93. (more…)
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