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Story and photos by Scott Foster at ringside
Multi-division former world champion Roy Jones Jr (61-8, 44 KOs) returned to action Saturday night in his hometown of Pensacola, Florida. Jones successfully defended a fringe cruiserweight world title with a first round TKO over Paul Vasquez (10-7-1, 3 KOs) at the Pensacola Bay Center. Vasquez could not come out for round two. The 46-year-old Jones got his seventh straight win, while Vasquez suffered his third straight KO1 loss.
By Robert Coster
In Lima, Peru, local favorite Carlos “Mina” Zambrano (25-0, 11 KOs) won the vacant WBA Interim featherweight title tonight with a 12 round unanimous decision over Daniel “Mad Dog” Ramirez (24-12, 20 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. Zambrano used his speed and skills to befuddle the hard-punching but unpolished Dominican visitor. Zambrano becomes the second Peruvian boxer to conquer a WBA Interim title after Jr Flyweight Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel who lost his title last year.
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao trains with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach at the Wild Card Boxing Club for his upcoming 12-round welterweight world championship unification mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather.
Promoted by Mayweather Promotions and Top Rank Inc. , this pay-per-view telecast will be co-produced and co-distributed by HBO Pay-Per-View® and SHOWTIME PPV® Saturday, May 2 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (32-2, 23 KOs) retained his titles with a third round TKO over Rommel Asenjo (26-4, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Estrada battered Asenjo in round two then won when Asenjo’s corner suddenly threw in the towel in round three.
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos: Esther Lin/Showtime
In the main event from Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas, Jhonny Gonzalez (57-9, 48 KOs) entered the ring to defend his WBC featherweight belt against Gary Russell (26-1, 15 KOs), who was eager to redeem himself by claiming a win in his second shot at a title. Russell flashed his considerable hand speed from the get-go, landing mostly jabs in the first round, but after a slow start Gonzalez was more apt to throw in the second and started to find his tactical-minded target. As they both traded power shots in the third, the action looked to be heating up, until a straight left hand-right hook combo put Gonzalez down just before the bell. Russell followed up furiously in the fourth with a barrage of combinations punctuated by a left hook that turned Gonzelez’ legs to rubber and put him down again–and this time, he was very unsteady on his feet when he stood up. Russell returned to work, throwing more lightning-quick combos and putting Gonzalez down for a third time with a left hook and right uppercut that pitched his opponent forward. Referee Tony Weeks stepped in and called the bout off at 0:57 of round 4. (more…)
In his first bout since 2001, 51-year-old former heavyweight contender Donovan “Razor” Ruddock (39-5-1, 30 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Raymond Olubowale (10-7-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Olubowale was in command for the first four rounds and dropped Ruddock at the very end of round four. In round five, Ruddock connected with an uppercut that floored Olubwale! Olubwale beat the count, but wobbled when he regained his feet and the bout was very quickly waved off.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
In his first defense, unbeaten IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook (34-0, 23 KOs) demolished #1 rated Jo Jo Dan (34-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook dropped Dan twice in round two and twice more in round four. The bout was stopped after round four. Dominating win for Brook, who said afterward he’ll be back in the ring in June. Both Brook and promoter Eddie Hearn called out Amir Khan.
“It was truly amazing to walk out in front of all my fans,” said Brook. “I didn’t think I would ever box again but here I am filling arenas. I can’t put into words what it means to be back defending my World title. “It was hard today holding it together. I felt this is where I belong. I am sorry I have kept you waiting but I hope you have had a good night. I am back baby. (more…)
Zanfer Promotions has announced a new deal for TV Azteca to televise the next three fights of boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) in Mexico. The deal begins with Canelo’s May 9 fight with James Kirkland. Canelo’s fights had recently been seen on Televisa.
In a sudden and violent finish, 40-year-old veteran middleweight Sergey Khomitsky (30-11-3, 12 KOs) spectacularly laid out previously unbeaten and much hyped local hero Adam Etches (18-1, 15 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. A single straight right to the head put Etches down and out at 1:35. Last year Khomitsky came to the UK and did the same to then-unbeaten Frank Buglioni.
In a clash of unbeaten junior featherweights, Gavin McDonnell (13-0-2, 4 KOs) outworked Oleksander Yegorov (13-1-1, 6 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the vacant European title. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 118-109. (more…)
Photo: Hitz Boxing
Mike Jimenez 170.4 vs Kevin Engel 171.2
Fidel Navarrete 128.4 vs Dewayne Wisdom 129.2
Mike Reid 173.8 vs William Chouloute 172.4
Nick Ramirez 150 vs Antoine Elerson 150.6
Fred Bowen 137.6 vs Zach Knox 139.6
Will Coix 146.0 vs Benito Tovar 147.6
Sam Horowitz 173.4 vs Simon Buettner 175.8
Joey Hefferle 138 vs Carl Currie 132.2
Jose Arambula 137.6 vs Mike Fowler 132.6
Romiro Carrillo 139 vs Antoine Knight 137
Venue: The Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Former world champion Nonito Donaire Jr (34-3, 22 KOs) returned to the 122lb division on Saturday night at the famous Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines. “The Filipino Flash” punished former world title challenger William Prado (22-5-1, 15 KOs) from the get-go and the one-sided clash was waved off in round two. It was Donaire’s first fight since his loss at featherweight to world champion Nicholas Walters last October and his first bout in the Philippines since 2009.
WBO jr flyweight champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes (35-1-4, 21 KOs) retained his title for the sixth time with a tenth round TKO over Gilberto Parra (19-3, 17 KOs). Nietes dropped Parra in round eight and got the win when Parra didn’t come out for round ten.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Albert Pagara (23-0, 16 KOs) was victorious when Rodolfo Hernandez (26-6-1, 24 KOs) was unable to continue after round four in a bout for the IBF I/C belt.
Bantamweight Ryo Akaho (26-1-2, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Prosper Ankrah (24-5, 15 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBO International belt.
Featherweight AJ Banal (33-2-1, 22 KOs) scores a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Junior Bajawa (14-6, 7 KOs).
Friday night in Fiumicino (Roma), Italy Emanuele Della Rosa (now 35-2, 10 KOs) won the vacant Italian super welterweight title by split decision against Francesco Di Fiore (now 17-11-3, 5 KOs). The scores were 97-93 and 96-94 for Della Rosa and 97-93 for Di Fiore.
On the undercard former European super featherweight champion and WBA N.12 Devis Boschiero (now 36-3-1, 18 KOs) won by TKO (cut) in round two against Oszkar Fiko.
Undefeated super middleweight Alessandro Sinacore (now 10-0, 5 KOs) won an eight round decision against tough Olegs Fedotovs.
Super welterweight Diego Di Luisa (now 2-0, 1 KO) won by first round KO against Hungarian Gabor Feher.
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Rai Sport 2 televisived live in Italy.
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Photo: Laurence Lustig/Matchroom Boxing
Kell Brook says he’s ready to prove he’s an elite level fighter when he defends his IBF world welterweight title against number one mandatory challenger Jo Jo Dan tomorrow night at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, live on Showtime. Brook is back in action following a rollercoaster ride in the last eight months, ripping the title from Shawn Porter in Los Angeles in August before a life-threatening attack on holiday in Spain just weeks later. ‘The Special One’ recovered from the attack and was told he would not only walk again but would be able to resume his career, and the Sheffield star has been on fire in the gym knowing that he’s back in the groove and at the top table of the lucrative Welterweight division.
“Every day has been a challenge but we have done it,” said Brook, who scaled 10st 5lbs 9oz at today’s weigh-in. “It’s amazing for me to defend the World title in Sheffield, with Michael Buffer announcing me into the ring, I will be stood there knowing that I was meant to do this and I belong at the elite level. (more…)
Israel Asesanya (3-1, 1 KO), who entered the competition with an 0-1 pro boxing record, won a split decision over Brian “The Beast” Minto (41-9, 26 KOs) in the final of the Super 8 cruiserweight tournament on Saturday night at the Horncastle Arena in Christchurch, New Zealand. Minto pressed the action, but after three rounds one judge had Minto ahead, one judge had Asesanya ahead and the third judge had it even. The fighters had to go to an extra fourth round to determine the victor and Asesanya got the nod. (more…)
Former world heavyweight champion and WBA #6 rated Shannon Briggs (58-6-1, 51 KOs) scored a first round KO over Hungarian Zoltan Petranyi (51-22-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Hotel Sortis in Panama City, Panama. Briggs immediately deducted a point for throwing Petranyi to the canvas. A Briggs body shot then dropped Petrayni. Petrayni then went down from another body shot and the bout was over. Time was 1:52.
After the fight, former cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones entered the ring and challenged Briggs. Briggs said he would give Jones a shot after he fights heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
In a clash between world rated super flyweights, WBO #11 David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over WBO #9 rated super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Turner Agri Civic Center in Arcadia, Florida. Mexico City’s Carmona dropped local favorite Lozano in round nine en route to a 97-92, 96-93, 95-94 win. Carmona now has a good chance for a world title shot later this year.
Cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie (24-12, 12 KOs) retained his British and Commonwealth belts in a grueling battle with younger rival Matty Askin (17-3, 10 KOs) by majority decision on Friday night at the famed York Hall on London, England. Both men had points deducted, Ovill in round five for hitting behind the head, and Askin in round seven and eight for holding. Despite a lot of holding in the fight, both men unloaded big shots on each other, but in a dramatic tenth round it looked like Ovill was about to stop Askin after hurting him with a big right hand, but couldn’t land the finishing blow. Askin fought back and lasted the final two rounds to hear the bell. Scores were 116-109, 115-111, McKenzie, 11-113 Askin.
McKenzie said, “It was a very tough fight and Askin really pushed me to the end. I want the world title fight next to complete my career, WBO Champion Marco Huck is the man that I want.”
Mike Gavronski 162.5 vs. Maurice Louishomme 159
Jeremy McCleary 126.5 vs. Marcello Gallardo 127
Marcelino Pineda 147 vs. Paul Mpendo 145.5
Jason Davis 151 vs. Daryl Gardner 152.5
*Andres Reyes 136 vs. Ricardo Maldonado 134
Sean Gee 143 vs. *Omar Avelar 150
Notes: Andres Reyes and Omar Avelar weighed heavy. Camps came to an undisclosed financial agreement.
Venue: Emerald Queen, Tacoma, WA
Promoter: Halquist Promotions
By Tracy Morin at the scale
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Jhonny Gonzalez 125 vs. Gary Russell Jr. 125.75
(WBC featherweight title)
Jermell Charlo 154.8 vs. Vanes Martirosyan 153
Jermall Charlo 157 vs. Michael Finney 155
J’Leon Love 168* vs. Scott Sigmon 164
Ronald Gavril 167.5 vs. Elvin Ayala 166
Cesar Seda 123.5 vs. Cesar Juarez 122.75
Thomas Hill 153.5 vs. VJeremiah Page 155.25
Levan Ghvamichava 140.25 vs. Sergio Villanueva 139
*Contracted weight was 165.
Venue: Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas
Promoter: Goossen Boxing/DiBella Entertainment
According to Golden Boy Promotions, boxer Jhonny Gonzalez and his Mexican promoter Promociones del Pueblo conspired with manager/promoter Al Haymon to violate Golden Boy’s exclusive rights to promote Gonzalez, a bombshell complaint filed today against the fighter and the promotional company contends.
Golden Boy alleges that despite repeated attempts, Gonzalez, Promociones del Pueblo and Haymon repeatedly refused to put on tomorrow night’s fight between Gonzalez and Gary Russell, Jr., until they cut Golden Boy out of the process, clearly violating the agreement between the boxer and promoter.
“Golden Boy’s contract with Jhonny Gonzalez couldn’t be clearer – the company has exclusive promotional rights for two years or four fights, and neither of those milestones has been reached to date,” said Golden Boy Spokesman Stefan Friedman. “Furthermore, the motive behind the defendants adamant and longtime refusal to match Gonzalez with Gary Russell, Jr is now plain for the world to see. We will vigorously fight to ensure our contract is enforced.” (more…)
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Juan Francisco Estrada 112 Vs. Rommel Asenjo 111.7
(WBO/WBA flyweight titles)
Miguel Berchelt 130 vs. René González 130
Aarón Herrera 135 vs. Raúl Hinojosa 135.6
Darío Garibay 140 vs. Pedro Campa 140.2
Miguel Herrera 112 vs. Genaro Ríos 112
Moisés Fuentes 115 vs Antonio Hernández 116
Óscar Arjona 135 vs. Cristian Cruz 135
Aarón Rueda 147 vs. Eduardo Pérez 147
Silvia Torres 108 vs Yamile López 108
Abel Rueda 154 vs. Tony Elías Cervantes 154
Venue: Polifórum Zamná, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
Promoter: Max Boxing and Zanfer
TV: Azteca 7 (Mexico)
With a world ranking of #3 by the WBA, #9 by the WBO, and #12 by the WBC, top Russian middleweight sensation Arif Magomedov will make his USA debut this coming Thursday, April 2nd on Roy Englebrecht Promotions Fight Club OC show in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Undefeated at 13-0 with eight knockouts, Magomedov will face a very solid opponent in Gary, Indiana’s Derrick Findley who will bring a strong 21-14 record with 13 knockouts. The Magomedov vs Findley eight round fight is part of a big seven bout boxing card set for Thursday. Only 150 tickets all priced at $55 remain for the show and are available at www.fightcluboc.com.
The WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO light heavyweight unification fight between Adonis “Superman” Stevenson and Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev took another important step when the WBC has ordered a purse bid to take place April 17 in order to determine the promoter of this major event. Initially requested by Groupe Yvon Michel (GYM) to insure the required time to prepare for a major event like this super fight, the WBC agreed to host the purse bid on Apr. 17 in Mexico.
The winner of this purse bid will have an advantage over the other promoter in terms of determining the date, place and television network for the light heavyweight showdown. Each group will split the bid equally on a 50-50 basis.
Before the Stevenson (25-1, 21 KOs) vs. Kovalev (27-0-1, 24 KOs) rumble can happen, though, both fighters must win their next bout. Stevenson, the Haitian-born Quebecer, has to successfully defend his WBC and The Ring crowns April 4 in Quebec City against Cameroon native Sakio Bika (32-6-3, 21 KOs), while Kovalev has 90 days to execute a mandatory defense of his IBF belt against Frenchman Nadjib Mohammedi (37-3, 23 KOs) at a place to be determined. (more…)
WBA/WBO flyweight champion Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada (31-2, 22 KOs) and Rommel Asenjo (26-3, 20 KOs) faced off at their final press conference in advance of Saturday’s fight at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Turns out Asenjo is quite the Estrada fan.
Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada: “Asenjo is dangerous. A strong boxer who hits hard and is left handed, so we’ll be very careful from the beginning of the fight, but it’s a style that we know and we’ve trained well for.”
Rommel Asenjo: “I am very happy to come to Mexico to fight with someone as iconic in the division as Juan Francisco “Gallo” Estrada. And in spite of the fact that I received the offer to fight just two weeks ago, I’ve been training since December for a fight that was originally scheduled in South Africa on March 21. All of us who are in boxing and in the flyweight division who “Gallo” Estrada is. He’s a great champion, but in spite of that we have been well prepared. “Gallo” Estrada is my idol. I didn’t think I’d have the opportunity to fight him and this is a good opportunity to test how good I am fighting against the best in the world.”
On Thursday evening, March 26, 2015, New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame President Henry Hascup announced their class of inductees for 2015. Among the group is IBF/USBA President Daryl J. Peoples. Peoples joined the world sanctioning organization in 1995 quickly learning all aspects of the business. In 1999 he was appointed the position of Ratings Chairman, and since May of 2010, Peoples has been at the helm of the organization continuing its expansion throughout the world. Under his leadership the IBF has begun to realize their goal of expanding the organizations presence and relationships with new member nations and providing opportunities to as many people in the global boxing community as possible. During the past two years the IBF has fostered relationships with several countries in the Caribbean, Asia, Africa, and the European continent. (more…)
Kell Brook 145.6 vs. Jo Jo Dan 146.25
(IBF welterweight championship)
Gavin McDonnell 121 vs. Oleksandr Yegorov 121.5
(Vacant European super bantamweight title)
Adam Etches 159.4 vs. Sergei Khomitsky 159
(IBF International middleweight title)
Frankie Gavin 149.25 vs. Bogdan Mitic 147.1
Kal Yafai 114 vs. Cristofer Rosales 113
Venue: Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield, England
Nonito Donaire 122 vs. William Prado 122
(Vacant NABF super bantamweight title)
Donnie Nietes 108 vs. Gilberto Parra 108
(WBO jr flyweight title)
Venue: Araneta Coliseum, Manila, Philippines
Promoter: ALA Promotions
Anthony Joshua MBE will face Jason Gavern at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on April 4. Joshua is returning to the ring following a back injury and takes on the colorful American over eight rounds as Matchroom Boxing land in the north east with a bang. The Olympic gold medal hero has blasted out all ten of his professional foes inside three rounds and the 25 year old is itching to get back into the ring after a four month absence.
“I can’t wait to get into the ring in Newcastle,” said Joshua. “It’s been frustrating being out of action but the injury has totally healed up and I will be firing on all cylinders next Saturday. Fans in the north east are mad about sport and I am sure it’s going to be a great atmosphere – I plan to put on a show for them.” (more…)
Yes there is boxing on U.S. Television tonight. The clash between WBO #9 rated super flyweight Daniel “Alacran” Lozano (13-1, 10 KOs) and WBO #11 David “Severo” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) heated up at the weigh in yesterday. The two intensely stared each other down with neither fighter willing to look away until instructed to. Lozano promised that he would knock out Carmona in front his hometown fans while Carmona vowed the opposite. Looks like the best was saved for last in what promises to be a thrilling Telemundo season finale tonight.
Six more fights are schedule. Doors open 7:30 PM, First bell at 8:30 PM. Telemundo Network will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US and Claro Sports will televise in Latin America. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Shannon Briggs 240 vs. Zoltan Petranyi 230
Juan Huertas 129.75 vs. Freddy Fonseca 129.75
(WBA Fedelatin super featherweight title)
Jelena Mrdjenovich 126 vs. Francia Elena Bravo 125
(WBC female featherweight world title)
Israel Hidrogo 114.25 vs. Gilberto Pedroza 115
(Panama domestic and WBA Fedecaribe super flyweight title)
Kelly Figueroa 138.75 vs. Isaias Valencia 139.75
(WBA Fedecaribe super lightweight title)
Tony Gomez 129.50 vs. Rolando Giono 129.25
John Renteria 139.75 vs. Moises Castro 138
Oldier Landin 121.50 vs. Jilmer Baules 121.50
Ivan Matute 145.75 vs. Ricardo Rodriguez 145.50
Darwin Mendoza 114.50 vs. Alexander Armuelles 114.5
Venue: Hotel Sortis, Panama City, Panama
Promoter: Master Promotions
Ed Holmes’ All Star Boxing Promotion returns tonight to the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, California. The main event will feature former Contender 4 (TV Series) participant Deon Elam (13-2, 7 KOs) taking on Rafael Valenzuela (8-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico in six round cruiserweight bout. Elam is coming off of a thrilling but short bout with former world champion Victor Ramirez in Argentina this past October. Elam had the ex-champ badly hurt and down twice in round one. Ramirez managed to survive the round and just when it appeared the upset would happen, Elam was caught with a shot by Ramirez and stopped early in round two. (more…)
Lorenzo Fertitta, UFC® Chairman & CEO, today thanked the New York State Senate for passing the bill to legalize and regulate mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York, the last state in the nation where professional MMA remains illegal, for the sixth consecutive year. Fertitta also applauded UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey for spending two days lobbying for the bill in Albany and then discussing it with Jimmy Fallon on last night’s “Tonight Show.” . . . click here for more
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By Tracy Morin
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Today at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, the four fighters in Saturday’s main and co-main events shared some final thoughts with the media regarding their upcoming bouts at the Palms’ Pearl Theater on Saturday, March 28.
Jhonny Gonzalez: We are ready for this fight. I prepared myself very well in Mexico City to get ready for this fight. Saturday you will see it in the ring.
Gary Russell, Jr.: We’re ready. We’re in shape. In the ring, I’m omnipresent. (more…)
Audley Harrison quits boxing . . . again.
Nonito Donaire says Prado fight will determine his career.
Freddie Roach says he’ll limit Pacquiao sparring to 100 rounds.
Evander Holyfield picks Pacquiao to beat Mayweather, and talks conspiracy.
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