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Famed Florida referee Brian Garry has harsh comments on the officiating in Saturday’s SHOWTIME-televised Bantamweight Tournament Final between Abner Mares and King Kong Agbeko. In comments directed to the Nevada Boxing Commission, Garry wrote
“Some can. Some can’t. As a professional world class boxing referee for 25 years inside the square circle, I was very displeased to watch Russell Mora’s inept ability to ‘make the call’ on Saturday night.
“He was in the right positions to see the blows, especially the low blow in the 11th, that possibly cost Joseph Agbeka the bout. What compounded his lack of making the right call, was his post fight denial, after viewing the re-play, of his decision? That shows us, that he is either corrupt and refused to be fair in his ‘third man’ assignment. Or, he is incompetent while under pressure to do the right job. I witnessed, in disbelief, an official refusing to call the obvious fouls being committed by Mares over and over again. (more…)
Middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) has arrived in Culiacán to participate in a press conference to officially announce the September 17 card billed as “Dynasties” where he will challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (43-0-1, 30 KOs). The bout between the sons of ring legends Julio Cesar Chavez and Tommy Hearns will take palce at the Palenque de Gallos de la Feria Ganadera in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
“I feel it will be an exciting fight, because we are two sons of boxers who left their mark,” said the Hearns. “This will be a historic battle.” Hearns does not feel fear the name Chavez or fighting in Chavez’ hometown. “To be a champion it doesn’t matter where you fight, but how you fight. And I’m preparing very hard, because I want to change the minds of some people who say I don’t deserve this opportunity.” Ronald added that he has seen Chavez Jr. fight and notes that everyone has weaknesses and Chavez is no exception.
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs) of Carson, California, who trains under the guidance of one of the best trainers in boxing, Freddie Roach at the world-renowned Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, will step back into the ring this Friday August 19th at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. The undefeated Esquivias will take on veteran Juan Ruiz Jr. (23-6, 7 KOs) of Santa Clarita, California in a 10-round bout main event for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title, the fight card dubbed ‘New Blood’ is being presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
From TMZ: Female boxing legend Christy Martin is taking a shot at the California State Athletic Commission, claiming the organization is sexist and she lost what would have been her 50th victory as a result. Christy fought Dakota Stone last June at the Staples Center in L.A. Christie was ahead in points with 51 seconds left in the fight, when the referee stopped the fight and gave the victory to Stone. The ref felt Christy couldn’t continue because her hand was injured, but Christy’s lawyer, Gloria Allred doesn’t see it that way. Gloria claims all Christy did was “momentarily wince,” and she wanted to continue, and the decision to stop the bout is “an unfair and sexist double standard” — i.e., a ref would never have stopped a fight under the same circumstances if the boxers were male.
It’s kind of ironic — last November, Christy’s then husband allegedly tried to murder her by stabbing her, shooting her and pistol whipping her, yet the ref stopped the bout over what Gloria says was a wimpy hand injury.
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has once again come up with a quality tournament for September 24 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, with Kaizer Mabuza and Chris van Heerden heading the bill in a clash for the vacant IBO welterweight belt.
The southpaw Van Heerden (16-1-1, 10 KOs) is the current South African welterweight champion and Mabuza (23-7-3, 14 KOs) a former SA junior welterweight champion.
In his most recent fight in March this year Mabuza was stopped by Zab Judah in a clash for the vacant IBF junior welterweight belt and will be having his first fight in the welterweight division. On June 4 Van Heerden was most impressive in scoring a 12 round points decision over Bongani Mwelase in an IBF welterweight eliminator. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Former World Champion Paulie Ayala and his Paulie Ayala Productions will host the 12th Annual Boxing at the Ballroom benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth with live and exciting professional boxing with some of Dallas Fort Worth’s finest young talent on Friday, August 19th at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas.
Ayala, a product of Fort Worth, takes great pride in giving back to the community especially the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth. “I am proud to have an opportunity to give back to a great organization that provided a place for me to go when I was a kid. The Boys and Girls Club continues to do great things to help kids from the community that I grew up in,” stated Ayala. (more…)
Committee officials announced today that five-time World Champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz heads a distinguished list of seven 2011 inductees into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (“CBHOF”). The seventh annual Gala Induction Dinner will be held Saturday night, October 29 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The other 2011 inductees include 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Captain, Lawrence Clay-Bey; renowned world boxing judge Glenn S. Feldman; world light heavyweight title challenger Eric “Magic 2000″ Harding; amateur boxing standout Kelvin Anderson; boxer, referee and coach Billy Taylor; highly-respected ringside physician, Dr. Michael Schwartz. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/ Adamek Team
“Now after HBO finished their promo of my Vitali Klitschko fight, we can concentrate 100 percent of the finishing phase of this long training camp,” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), after HBO crew left the Polish fighter’s highly private camp in the Poconos Mountains. “My trainer, Roger Bloodworth, after watching me working so hard trying to be an actor, gave me an extra half day off, mentioning something about keeping my day job…” joked very relaxed and confident “Góral.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Pat Russell is recognized as one of the leading referees in the world and a regular visitor to Australia where he has been the third man in the ring on several important bouts including the IBF bout in 2010 featuring current IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. Fightnews talks to Pat who has been involved in boxing for over thirty years and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for services as a referee and judge. (more…)
Hector Camacho, Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs) will headline San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 1 when he takes on Golden Johnson (25-8-3, 18 KOs) at the historical La Villita’s Maverick Plaza. The card, promoted by Zeferino Entertainment, will also feature super flyweight Luis Yanez (4-0-1), bantam Bruno Escalante (3-0, 2 KOs), welter James Cantu (7-0, 4 KOs) and John Ryan Grimaldo (6-1, 5 KOs). Johnson, a former title challenger, will be coming off a four-year layoff while Camacho has been inactive since February.
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle did it his way. With more than 50 fights to his name, “Lights Out” decided to call it a career after his UFC on Versus bout with Dan Hardy. With time ticking away on his career, Lytle caught Dan Hardy with a tight guillotine to force the late round tap. Lytle shined throughout the fight, blasting Hardy in the opener with a series of looping right hands. When he wasn’t going to the face, the fulltime firefighter scored with some big body shots. “The Outlaw” seemed a step or two slower during the bout. There were brief signs of life from the UK fighter in the second. He rocked Lytle with a hard shot but was unable to finish the bout. An unintentional eye poke from Lytle temporarily halted the momentum Hardy was mounting. When the bout resumed, the pendulum swung back in the veteran fighter’s direction. Hardy’s undoing came in trying to steal the third round with a takedown. After lunging at Lytle, the father and husband quickly locked in the guillotine and rolled Hardy over, forcing him to tape at the 4:16 mark. “I just want to tell you guys, I honestly love being a fighter,” an emotional Lytle said with two of his kids by his side. “I love it more than anything in my life except for one thing, that’s my family. It’s time for me to dedicate my time to them an stop putting myself first. It pains me to do it but I’m making the right choice.” Lytles professional mark stands at 31-18-5. He also racked up 10 fight night bonuses. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs) is going full throttle for his first American boxing campaign on September 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The reigning welterweight champion of the Magdeburg-based SES Team wants to take the best preparation for his career. In the states, the Slovenian-born Zaveck will defend his IBF belt against the WBC former world champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs). “Jan is currently in the sparring phase and he has invited the strongest training partners. The preparation is the hardest he has ever had,” said his trainer Dirk Dzemski. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian flyweight challenger Billy Duluth has sadly passed away in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Monday of cancer. Billy challenged Peter Mitrevski for the vacant Australian flyweight title unsuccessfully in 1989 losing in seven rounds and in 1987 lost ten round split decision to Charlie Brown in state New South Wales bantamweight title bout. Australian 1989 super bantamweight champion Allen Whitten was defeated twice by Duluth in 1987 and Lucas Mathew who captured the Australian super flyweight and bantamweight title in 1995 was defeated by Duluth in 1990. Duluth’s former trainer and manager Barry Raff said. “Billy was my best mate. He was nature’s gentleman and has left behind a lovely wife and children. He will be sadly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.”
By Ron Jackson
Well known trainer Shorty Smook who fought as professional in the 1950’s passed away at the Germiston Hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 79. Shorty was born Robert James in Arlington in the Free State on May 20, 1932 but at a young age his parents moved to Germiston where he was first introduced to boxing at the East Rand Engineering Amateur Boxing Club under the guidance of Cyril Carroll. He was given the nickname “Shorty” as a youngster because of his slight stature and even though he grew to a reasonable height the name stuck throughout his life. (more…)
Al Bernstein and SHOWTIME Sports present the official recap of The Bantamweight Tournament Final match between Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares. Watch the highlights from the August 13th event.
By Christopher P. Cook
The latest installment of the highly attended “Ballroom Brawl” series at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel provided action, cheers, jeers, and appropriately blood. This night was also the farewell fight for one of Tampa Bay’s most popular local fighters, “Bloodbath” Brian Chiary. Chiary (10-9-1, 2 KOs) has been a staple for the local shows, fighting six times at this venue and every one of his bouts in the Bay area. Chiary stepped in against Loren Myers (8-12-1, 2 KOs), a seasoned fighter out of Fresno, California, for the NBA Intercontinental Super Middleweight title. (more…)
Saturday night on a card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut in professional boxing, as he knocked opponent James Wade (0-2) completely unconscious with a right hook/uppercut in just 10 seconds. The next scheduled fight for Slice will be on October 15. The site is still being determined.
In undercard action, heavyweight Franklin Lawrence moved his record to 16-2, 11 KOs with a first-round stoppage (2:31) of journeyman Marcus Rhode (34-43-2, 29 KOs).
Also, former Super Six participant Allan Green (30-3, 21 KOs) stopped overmatched Craig Gandy (7-5-1, 6 KOs) in round two.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey Alejandro Perez put a boxing clinic on the previously undefeated fan favorite Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, capturing the NABA super bantamweight belt in the main event of the evening. (more…)
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle put the “Lights Out” on his career on a high note. After slugging it out with Dan Hardy, “The Outlaw” went for a takedown and got sucked into a fight ending guillotine choke. The official time of the stoppage was 4:16
Ben Henderson put on a clinic en route to a unanimous decision win over Jim Miller. The New Jersey fighter was on a seven fight win streak and thought to be in line for a title shot with a victory. Henderson put on a dominant performance from start to finish, battering Miller on the feet and the canvas. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26. (more…)
A referee is supposed to be the invisible third man in the ring. Never should he make a difference in how the fight ends. Russell Mora changed all of that on Saturday nigh at Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament Final between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) and WBC Silver titlist Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) . . . Click here for more
There was only one thing on everyone’s mind after Abner Mares defeated Joseph Agbeko via majority decision in the finals of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament to claim Agbeko’s IBF title to go along with his WBC Silver title – how did referee Russell Mora do such a terrible job officiating? It was mindboggling how a usually reliable ref can ruin an excellent fight. The obvious foul fest tainted Mares’ performance on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV and Joseph Agbeko was none too happy about what took place in the ring . . . Click here for more
UFC Live, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle, and the lightweight showdown between Jim Miller and Ben Henderson, airs live on VERSUS from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the entire slate of UFC Live prelim bouts at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm PT.
Chris Lytle (170.5) VS Dan Hardy (170)
Ben Henderson (156) VS Jim Miller (155.5)
Donald Cerrone (156) VS Charles Oliveira (155)
Duane Ludwig (170.5) VS Amir Sadollah (170)
Jared Hamman (185) VS CB Dollaway (186)
Eddie Wineland (136) vs Joseph Benavidez (135.5)
Kyle Noke (185) VS Ed Herman (186)
Ronny Markes (205) VS Karlos Vemola (205.5)
Alex Caceres (146) vs Jimy Hettes (145.5)
TJ O’Brien (155.5) VS Cole Miller (155.5)
Danny Castillo (156) VS Jacob Volkmann (156)
Jason Reinhardt (135) VS Edwin Figueroa (136)
. . . .
For more info on the UFC, or this weekend’s UFC card on VERSUS, visit UFC.com
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a great action fight Saturday marred by puzzling officiating by the referee that left fans at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, those watching on SHOWTIME® and the telecast team themselves totally perplexed, Abner Mares won The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a majority 12-round decision over defending IBF titlist Joseph King Kong Agbeko. The unbeaten Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., scored two knockdowns – one in the first and one in the 11th that was one hotly disputed – en route to outpointing the New York-based Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) of Ghana by the scores of 115-111 twice and 113-113.
But talk afterward centered less on the terrific performances of the talented, proud prizefighters and more on the referee, Russell Mora, whose failure to deduct a point from the winner despite at least five warnings for low blows and several other shots that seemed south of the border left many in disbelief. For more details and photos click here…
Super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (31-3, 21 KOs) stopped Carlos Rivera (16-10-2, 5 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Rivers Casino Amphitheatre in Pittsburgh, PA. Meza-Clay scored four knockdowns in the bout before it was finally waved off at :46 of the sixth. Rivera has now dropped seven straight.
Former WBA interim minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Armando Torres (16-7, 11 KOs) on Friday night in Acapulco. Palacios forfeit the WBA title on the scale on Friday, so only Torres was eligible to win the belt. The title remains vacant.
In other action, super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman scored an emotional eighth round TKO over Marvin Rodriguez. Roman took command in the fifth, but it was not until the eighth when the referee stopped the action.
Also featherweight Rogers Mtagwa won by TKO over Pedro Navarrete in the eighth round and U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada defeated Alvaro Enriquez by third round TKO.
Featherweight Salvador Sanchez II (25-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Adan Garcia (15-5-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC CABOFE title on Saturday night at the Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla, Mexico State, Mexico. Sanchez dropped Garcia at the end of round two and continued to batter him until the referee waved it off in round three. This is the first pro title for the nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez.
In the long awaited SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final, unbeaten Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) laid his claim to being the world’s best 118-pounder by dethroning IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) via a controversial twelve round majority decision on Saturday night in the highly acclaimed at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Mares was erroneously credited with a knockdown by referee Russell Mora in round after Agbeko slipped. Mares was quicker and landed the cleaner shots, and also repeatedly hit Agbeko low without getting a point deduction. Agbeko came on late but went down in the eleventh from a clear low blow which Mora called another knockdown. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 115-111.
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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Christopher Toney Sr. / Top Rank
In a huge upset, Alejandro Lopez (22-2, 7 KOs) upset previously unbeaten NABA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy (17-1-1, 7 KOs) taking a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. Kennedy was the aggressor while Lopez sought to stick and move. Both fighters had their moments, but Kennedy’s face was a bloddy mess at the end. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 115-113. (more…)
6’6, 250 pound heavyweight fringe contender Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha (20-8) scored his 20th pro win Saturday night via a unanimous decision over Ross Thompson (27-16) at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. Scoring a knockdown in round two, Firtha used superior skills as well as a significant size advantage to dismantle the game but outgunned Thompson. Scores were 59-53 and 59-54 twice. A winner of four of his last five including an NABA title KO versus Tony Grano (18-2), Firtha rebounded from his only loss during the stretch which was at the hands upcoming WBA title challenger, Alexander Povetkin (21-0). With the victory, Firtha hopes to again compete with the elite of the heavyweight division.
Mexican-American heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina improved to 18-1 after stopping a game but overmatched Warren Browning tonight in Las Vegas. Molina, a towering 6 foot 6 inch heavyweight from Lyford, Texas, showed considerable power in his right hand that sent Browning to the mat several times before Robert Byrd stepped in to halt the beating 24 seconds into the third round. “It was great to be in front of this big crowd in Vegas at the Hard Rock, “Molina said after the win. “I never thought about bending over tonight. Mexican blood flows through my veins and I ain’t going down ever again. They now know there is a true Mexican-American heavyweight contender out there, and it’s Eric Molina. I want to be the first one to win a world championship.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources inform that former WBA interim super welterweight champion Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez will fight former WBA super middleweight titleholder Anthony “The Man” Mundine for a vacant WBA interim 154lb title September 7 in Australia. Alvarez (27-3, 20 KOs) became WBA interim super welterweight titlist after beating Nobuhiro Ishida in October 2010 and lost the belt in his first defense in February 2011 against Austin Trout. Mundine (42-4, 25 KOs) was 168lb champion between 2003 and 2007. Rigoberto, the brother of WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, has already been training for a month in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
In the main event of Strikeforce Challengers, which took place at The Pearl inside The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Joe Duarte earned a unanimous decision victory over seasoned veteran Jorge Gurgel.
It was yet another mind boggling performance by Gurgel, who opted to stand and try to trade with Duarte rather than utilize his world class jiujitsu – something he had promised in the pre-fight hype . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Antonio Diaz stated before his fight against Ernesto Zepeda on Friday night that the 10 round bout would be his last one of his career. He sure picked a fight to show his true tenacity of rallying from behind against a durable opponent. Diaz was able to earn the stoppage victory when Zepeda was able to continue after the eighth round before a sold-out crowd of about 2,000 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Dream Team Boxing transformed the Seminole Hard Rock Live from a rock & roll concert venue to a raucous & rollicking boxing mecca last night. The near-capacity crowd swelling the arena proved local boxing fans will come out for a night of boxing entertainment, despite years of previous promotional misfires. Perhaps that is why Dream Team promoters Carlos Rodriguez and Henry Rivalta named their seven-bout card “The Dream Begins.” The overall level of entertainment, production value and competition marked a distinct turning point for South Florida boxing promotions at the pre-eminent site. For more details and photos click here…
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