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By Clint Rosser
Photos: Bob Barton
St Louis is once again in store for another boxing treat come February 25, 2012 when Golden Boy Promotions and HBO bring home town favorite Devon Alexander “The Great” (22-1, 13 KOs) and hard hitting Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) to St. Louis’ Scottrade Center. This card will be live on HBO starting at 10PM EST with the confirmed televised undercard being Adrian “The Problem” Broner (22-0, 18 KOs) vs. Eloy “Prince” Perez (23-0-2, 7 KOs).
It has been said that the only constant in life is change. Devon Alexander is living that axiom. A new promoter, Oscar de la Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions (GBP), a new weight class, welterweight and renewed energy are all steps that Alexander has taken in the last 6 months.
Involved with this change is Marcos Maidana, another Golden Boy fighter. The hard-punching Argentinean and current WBA light welterweight champion, also is making the move to welterweight also after spending his entire career at 140 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Bill “The Kid” Dib (33-1, 20 KOs) will have mandatory title defense against Mexico’s Eduardo “Canilla” Escobedo (32-3, 23 KOs) on March 7 at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Dib captured the vacant title in 2011, with a clear cut decision, over highly regarded Mexican–Jorge Lacierva. Dib followed that with a sensational KO in round one over Italy’s Alberto Servidei; in a title defense. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
The boxing hotbed of San Diego/Tijuana is starting to gear up in the New Year and long running San Diego promoter Bobby DePhilippis is back in the mix as his outfit, Bobby D. Presents, in association with Jorge Marron Productions and A&T GYM offer their first event of 2012 on Friday, January 27th. The promotion is a partnership with the Gonzalez Sports Academy located in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista, CA. The 29,000 square-foot facility is equipped with various facilities to learn, practice and train the fundamentals of baseball among others sports.
In the eight round main event, twenty-one year old welterweight Oscar Godoy (4-1, 2KOs) takes on KO artist Joshua Marks (7-3, 7KOs) of El Centro, CA. Godoy of Watsonville, CA, turned pro in ’09 with a split decision win over Eduardo Herrera. In his second bout, Godoy suffered his only defeat but since then has rattled off three quick wins, all in the latter half of 2011. Now he will look to keep the streak going when he faces hard hitting and much more experienced “Superman” Marks. Originally from Georgia, Marks has found a home in the Imperial Valley but has made a boxing career in Mexico with seven of his ten pro fights held in our neighbor to the south. Despite facing the much tougher opposition than Godoy, Marks has never been stopped while knocking out every opponent in every one of his wins which will make for an all action match up.
Also featured on the card will be fan friendly featherweight Pablo “Bronco” Armenta (6-1-1, 2KOs) of San Diego, CA, who is coming off his first loss to up and coming Guy Robb last September. Armenta, who what he lacks in style makes up for in heart, will be facing Omar Sanchez (0-2-1) of Fairfield, CA. The bout is scheduled for four rounds.
In a special attraction, undefeated light welterweight Adrian Vargas (5-0, 3KOs) looks to keep his undefeated streak in intact and ruin Gabriel Medina’s pro debut in another scheduled four rounder.
The fight card is fleshed out with Tijuana super bantamweight Christian “Huevo” Bojorquez (4-0, 1KO) taking the always dangerous TBA in a four rounder and Merida, Yucatan, Mexico’s Pablo Copul (6-2, 4KOs) also scheduled versus an opponent to be determined.
One more bout is scheduled.
Doors open at 7pm with the first punch thrown at 8pm. The Gonzalez Sports Academy is located at 2390 Boswell Rd., Chula Vista. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased at the venue or by calling 619.420.8866 or 619.743.0698.
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel “The Real Deal” Geale (26-1, 15 KOs) will defend the title against Osumanu Adama (20-2, 15 KOs) at the Dernwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on March 7. Geale is coming off a successful defense of the title against Eromosele Albert in August 2011. He captured the title in July 2011 with a twelve round decision over Sebastian Sylvester in Germany. Adama and Geale have a common opponent in former IBF champion Roman Karmazin who Geale stopped in twelve in IBF Eliminator during 2010. Adama also stopped Karmazin in nine of IBF Eliminator in 2011. Geale’s only loss was a disputed twelve round split decision to Anthony Mundine during 2009. (more…)
World ranked junior welterweight Lucas Matthysse of Argentina makes a quick return to the ring this Friday at the el Nuevo Palacio Aurinegro de Puerto Madryn, Chubut, Argentina. Matthysse will take on Silverio “Chamaco” Ortiz (23-13-0, 11 KO) of Mexico. The bout will be scheduled for 12 rounds and for both the WBA and WBC Latino super lightweight intercontinental titles.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former 2010 Australian Contender super middleweight Garth “Woodsy” Wood (10-2, 6 KOs) will clash with IBF #2 middleweight Sam “King” Soliman (40-11, 17 KOs) over twelve rounds on February 19 at the Olympic Park Sports Centre, Homebush, NSW, Australia. Wood caused one of the biggest upsets of 2010 when he stopped former WBA super middleweight champion and current WBA light middleweight interim champion Anthony Mundine in 2010. He dropped a ten round decision to Mundine in a 2011 rematch. Wood also holds a win over rated WBO light heavyweight Kariz Kariuki in 2010. Soliman defeated Eromosele Albert in IBF Eliminator in 2011 for the IBF #2 position. (more…)
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #8 Kali “Checkmate” Meehan (38-4, 31 KOs) will clash with American heavyweight KO artist, Travis “Freight Train” Walker (38-7-1, 30 KOs) on March 7, over twelve rounds, at the Derwent Entertainment Centre in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Meehan is coming off a sensational knockout in round one over Australian heavyweight champion Michael Kirby last June, 2011. In April 2011 he stopped Valeri Semiskur in round two in Germany. In 2007 Meehan, 6’5, 240 lbs, 41 years, scored an impressive stoppage in round six of DaVarryl Williamson in Madison Square Garden. (more…)
Emanuel Steward in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions kicked off the boxing season at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA entertaining a packed ballroom of 800-plus with a crowd-pleasing “Kronk Boxing” event.
The headliner featured Walter “School Boy” Sarnoi of Monterrey Park, CA taking on Mexicali’s Jose Miguel “El Pocho” Cota in a featherweight bout scheduled for six rounds . . . Click here for more
Photos: Eroll Popova
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) retained his title with a points victory over game challenger Henry Weber (15-1-1, 3 KOs) in Offenburg, Germany, to set up a showdown with Mikkel Kessler on April 14 in Copenhagen. “My goal was to defend the title, I was geared up for 12 rounds and wanted to have a good performance, which I did,” said Stieglitz at the post fight press conference. “It was a hard-earned victory. Henry Weber is young and gave everything, but he still lacks the last class. Nevertheless, my respect and compliments to him. My physical condition is optimal and in the fight against Kessler I can deliver even more boxing potential. I’ll win the fight in Copenhagen!” (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
King Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) celebrated a successful ring return on Saturday night when he knocked out Pablo Farias (19-2, 11 KOs) in the fifth round of their clash in Offenburg, Germany. Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 4,000 fans and more than five million fans on German public TV giant ARD, Abraham punished his opponent with his trademark power punches. He knocked him down three times before the referee waved the bout off after two minutes in round five. “It´s good to be back,” King Arthur said. “This was a good start, nothing more and nothing less. I am pleased with my performance and will keep working hard to get back to the very top. I want to be world champion again in 2012.” (more…)
At the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in her hometown of Guadalajara, WBF female flyweight champion Irma “La Guerita” Sanchez, got rid of Thailand’s Fahpratan Looksaikongdin in the second round. After dominating the first stanza, Sanchez found a perfect right in the second that send the challenger crashing to the canvas, and referee Juan Manuel Rincon wisely stopped the fight at 1:27 of the round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Japan’s sole Olympic gold medalist Takao Sakurai passed away because of cancer of esophagus on Tuesday (January 10). He was seventy. Sakurai, a speedy and skillful southpaw, acquired the gold medal in Tokyo in 1964. The Chuoh University graduate turned professional under Misako Gym against strong dissuasions of our amateur federation the next year. The scientific footworker, after a winning streak of 22-0, was given an opportunity to have a shot at the world bantam throne against Australian Lionel Rose in his first defense after dethroning Fighting Harada by an upset decision. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto / Gil-Zanfer Promotions
As more than three thousand boxing fans witnessed Tijuana super bantamweight Alejandro “Alex” Lopez make good in his predictions of not only winning but looking great doing it as he boxed his way to a unanimous decision over Colombian Jose Palma in the main event bout of Zanfer Promotions’ first fight card of 2012 held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium Saturday night. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
The first show in Japan was held at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo on Wednesday (January 11), when two-time world challenger Takehiro Shimada (27-5-1, 17 KOs), 134.5, emerged victorious over compatriot Kosuke Iwashita (13-12-2, 7 KOs), 134.5, by showing his superior ringcraft and experience en route to a unanimous decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-75) over eight hot rounds. The 40-year-old veteran Shimada had failed to win the belt twice from Edwin Valero in Tokyo and Paulus Moses in Namibia. Shimada is still gunning for a third shot at a world championship.
Keiichiro Kanehira of Kyoei Promotions, upon his return from Thailand, has announced that Yota Sato will have a shot at the WBC 115-pound belt against Suriyan Sor.Rungvisai in Tokyo in the end of March. The Thailander had wrested the WBC super-fly crown from Mexican southpaw Tomas Rojas at his home turf in August and successfully made his initial defense against ex-WBA ruler Nobuo Nashiro on points last November. Sato, Japanese national champ with five defenses to his credit, has lately renounced his belt to concentrate on his ambitious crack at the throne.
WBC super-bantam ruler Toshiaki Nishioka was named Japan’s Boxer of the Year by the Boxing Section of Tokyo Sports Writers Club for the second straight year. His victorious effort against Rafael Marquez in October was also elected Fight of the Year.
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa
Aldo crushes Mendes with buzzer beater KO
After looking human in his first two UFC title defenses, Jose Aldo looked like, well, the Jose Aldo fans were used to. Aldo crushed challenger Chad Mendes with a knee to score a knockout win at 4:59 in the opening round of their five round affair in UFC 142’s main event.
Mendes traded leg kicks with Aldo early and found no success. The wrestler was unsuccessful with his first two takedown attempts, signaling a long—or short—night ahead. When Mendes was able to take the back, Aldo popped back up (albeit with an assist from a hand in the chain link fence). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In his first bout following his disastrous Super Six tournament performance, former world champion Arthur Abraham (33-3, 26 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-2, 11 KOs) in a clash for the WBO European super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Baden Arena in Offenburg, Germany. After a slow four rounds, Abraham opened up in the fifth and dropped Farias three times to end it.
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (41-2, 23 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten #14 Henry Weber (15-1-1, 3 KOs). Stieglitz outclassed Weber as he landed almost at will, but Weber was game and showed a good chin as he took a beating for the full distance. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 119-109. Fightnews.com had it 120-108. Next up for Stieglitz is expected to be former WBC/WBA champion Mikkel Kessler on April 14 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a nine round TKO over Michael Sprott (36-18, 17 KOs), who didn’t come out for round ten in a bout for the IBF International heavyweight title.
WBF/WBO/WIBF female super featherweight champion Ramona Kühne (19-1, 6 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Renata Dömsödi (7-2, 3 KOs). Kühne dropped Dömsödi twice in the eighth and it was waved off at 1:24.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Dustin Dirks (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Sam Couzens (7-7, 2 KOs). Time was 1:26.
Unbeaten middleweight Marcos Nader moved to 14-0 with 2 KOs after outpointing Farouk Daku (13-4, 7 KOs) over eight.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III
Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a raucous crowd of over 1,500 fans were treated to a great night of boxing which had knockouts, controversial decisions and even hard fought draws featuring some of the top fighters on the east coast. The main event of the evening showcased the successful return of former NABF super middleweight champion Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis who put together a near perfect five round dismantling of Grover Young. In the co-feature of the card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Productions, rising lightweight prospects Angel Ocasio and Jason Sosa waged a give and take battle over six rounds, ending in a deserved six round draw. (more…)
Two rising Canadian stars had the opportunity to shine last night as NABA light middleweight champion Adam ‘A-Bomb’ Trupish (10-0, 7 KOs) and WBC Youth Intercontinental light welterweight champion Steve ‘The Dragon’ Claggett (13-1-1, 8 KOs) scored convincing stoppage victories on FanBase Promotions “Time for Truth” card at Desperado’s Night Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Trupish stunned previously undefeated Janks Trotter in the first round while Claggett dissected and stopped rugged Canadian banger Ryan Wagner, dropping him three times in the sixth to score an impressive TKO victory. (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
“Fast” Eddie Chambers expressed disappointment in having to pull out of his scheduled Jan. 21st showdown against former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei Liakhovich due to a rib injury. The Philadelphian heavyweight contender and former world title challenger had trained vigorously for the bout and thought it would catapult back into title consideration. The victor of that bout presumably would rise further in the rankings and have more options.
Now, the 36-2 Chambers has to go back to the drawing board. “I suffered the injury about a week ago but I had hoped that it would heal and I could recuperate in time for the bout,” he told Fightnews. “I don’t know if it had something to do with hard I’ve been working. I really needed this fight.”
Chambers expressed apologies to his fans and supporters. “I really feel like crap about this,” he said candidly. “It’s a big, big blow to me. I’m not the type of fighter that pulls out of fights. I mean that is just not me.” (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Patrick Jones, ringside
Coming into Saturday night, heavyweight Curt “The Hurt” Allan (8-1-1, 3 KOs) had two goals. Avenging the lone loss on his record and paying homage to his longtime trainer, Larry Alvey, who is stricken with cancer. Allan made good on both, defeating the “King of the Four Rounders” Eric “Butterbean” Esch (77-9-4, 58 KOs) at the Elizabeth, IN Horseshoe Casino Southern Indiana in the CTH Boxing’s “The Rematch.” (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Rumors of Anthony Johnson’s weight cut are greatly exaggerated.
Ok, so maybe they aren’t. In order to make the 170 pound limit, “Rumble” was cutting as much as 50 pounds between training camp and weigh in day. Simply put, Johnson, a former welterweight is about as big as light heavyweight champion Jon Jones when he’s not in training camp. (more…)
It was a battle of quality versus quantity at The Joint inside of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and neither was able to get the upper hand.
In the main event of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Teon Kennedy’s higher work rate and Chris Martin’s sharpshooting led the judges to a stalemate as the ten round super bantamweight bout was declared a majority draw. Although judge Al Lefkowitz saw it in Kennedy’s favor 93-97, he was offset by judges Dave Moretti and Robert Hoyle who both saw it 95-95. You couldn’t really complain about either fighter having the upper hand any way you looked at it . . . Click here for more
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos: Team Klitschko
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs) and his trainer Fritz Sdunek have begun preparing for the February 18th fight at the Olympiahalle, Munich, Germany against Derek Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs). The first week of training was held at the “Concha Zaspa” Olympic base in Kiev, Ukraine. During this time there are a number of political events Vitali is involved with. The champion held an open training session for media where he showed footwork, hit the bag and jumped rope. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza talks about a possible fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr and Manny Pacquiao.
“It is impossible not to comment on the fight of the moment, the only match capable of raising a fighter to the best pound-for-pound in the world: the expected megafight between Mayweather vs Pacquiao . There is nothing healthier for the boxing world than the materialization of this fight. Especially if we take into account the number of questions left by the Philippine star in his fight with the legendary Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez. (more…)
If the next man challenging for Jose Aldo’s UFC featherweight title – Chad Mendes – looks like he’s having the time of his life, he is. It wasn’t always that way for the California native though . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Top-10 super bantamweight contenders Chris Martin (23-1-3, 6 KOs) and Teon Kennedy (17-1-2, 7 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night in the main event at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Scores were 97-93 Kennedy and 95-95 twice.
In the first co-featured bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, Yordenis Ugas (11-0) remained unbeaten in a one sided decision win over Esteban Almarez (10-4). Almarez hit the mat midway through the first courtesy of a Urgas right hand. He was out slugged the rest of the way as Ugas threw heavy leather to the body and face to keep Almarez off balance. The judges scored the super lightweight affair 79-72, 70-72 and 80-71.
Rising super bantamweight prospect Jesse Magdaleno (8-0, 5 KOs) put some much needed rounds in the bank by picking apart the game but overmatched Shawn Nichol (5-8) en route to a unanimous decision in six round action. Scores were 60-54 across the board.
Las Vegas’ very own Anthony Lenk scored a resounding first round stoppage over previously undefeated Wendel Henley in a scheduled six round lightweight showdown. Lenk staggered Henley in the final moments with a straight left and pounced on his foe until Joe Cortez halted the fight at the 2:53 mark.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Alejandro Lopez 122 vs. Jose Palma 122
Felipe Orucuta 117 vs. Roberto Castaneda 118
Rodolfo Quintanilla 144.5 vs. Jose Ramos 143.2
Jose Uzcategui 161 vs. Francisco Villanueva 161
Gregorio Ronquillo 117.3 vs. Reynaldo Russell 115.7
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer Promotions
TV: TV Azteca
Heavyweight contender Eddie Chambers suffered displaced fractures of his left anterior ninth and tenth ribs in training and, therefore, has been forced to withdraw from his scheduled 10-round bout with Sergei Liakhovich on the inaugural NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night card from the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA on January 21st.
Promoters Main Events and Peltz Boxing have reached out for a replacement for Chambers and will make an announcement as soon as possible.
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez has denied any involvement in an alleged incident in Puerta Vallarta where a loud New Year’s party led to an altercation with neighbors that left two men injured, including a Canadian diplomat. It has also been alleged that Canelo hasn’t paid a 45,000 peso tab opened in November at a local bar and that he and his companions stole a van.
“I can say that I was in Puerto Vallarta to ring in the New Year, but everything was quiet. I returned this Monday to start training,” Alvarez told La Copa. “I don’t give any importance to such things. I’ll be responsible for the things I do, but not rumors or things people say about me. My mind right now is on the possible fight with Mayweather, which would be a dream come true.”
If you’ve been following mixed martial arts long enough to remember the “old” Vitor Belfort, the 19-year old teenager with the blazing hand and foot speed who captivated everyone back in 1997, you could almost feel like a proud parent watching him during the kickoff press conference for this Saturday’s UFC 142 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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