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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios gets ready to work out with trainer Robert Garcia during media day Wednesday ...

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Story & Photos by John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com Junior welterweight champion Danny "Swift" Garcia, 28-0, 16 KOs, held an open training session ...

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Unified heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and the last U..S. heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs nearly made a fight between them ...

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank Local welterweight hero Benavidez (21-0, 15 KOs), fighting for the first time at home since 2011, made ...

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Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Ex-champ Montiel vaporizes Ruiz

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former three-division world champion Fernando "KOchulito" Montiel (51-4-2, 39 KOs) needed just 96 seconds to annihilate Jesus "Chito" Rios (30-5-1, ...

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Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day at Top Rank Gym

Photos: Brandon Rios Media Day

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Danny Garcia holds open media workout

Danny Garcia holds open media

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Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly square off; Michael Moorer intervenes

Photos: Briggs and Klitschko nearly

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Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates Ruiz, McCumby shuts down Gbenga

Benavidez blitzes Auraad, Valdez dominates

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Boxing News

Antonio Tarver — $200K Gambling Debt … According to Wynn Las Vegas

By TMZ Sports

Former boxing champ Antonio Tarver never paid back $200,000 in gambling markers to the Wynn Las Vegas from a gambling binge in 2012 … so says a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports. Tarver was arrested in Florida over the weekend on a warrant out of Nevada — the arrest documents were vague about the nature of the alleged offense. Now, we know … Tarver is the target of a criminal investigation for allegedly not settling several gambling markers he took at the Wynn during a 4-day gambling binge in July 2012. According to the Wynn, Tarver took out $50k on July 24, 2012 … another $50k on July 26 … and $100k on July 27 … totaling $200k. Besides the criminal investigation, Wynn is also suing Tarver for the cash in civil court in Nevada … the same way he went after Joe Francis when the “Girls Gone Wild” honcho flaked on a $2 MILLION marker.



March 3rd, 2014



Boxing News

Decarie returns to action

By Dave Spencer

Domestic disputes lead the way on the upcoming March 28th Eye of the Tiger card to be held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau Quebec. Canadian boxing fans have witnessed just how unpredictable things can get when two boxers wearing the Maple Leaf clash owing to recent upset wins for the likes of Phil Rose over Adam Trupish and Roody Pierre-Paul versus Ibrahim Kamal.

Headlining the Friday night card will be #9 ranked (WBC) welterweight Antonin Decarie (29-2 9KO) taking on Pablo Munguia (19-4 11KO). Promoter Camille Estephan had looked to Toronto’s Samuel Vargas as a potential opponent, but when that didn’t materialize, looked at the man who handed the Colombian born fighter his only loss. “We were supposed to fight Samuel Vargas,” Estephan told Fightnews, “That was the deal we wanted. If it wasn’t going to be him, let’s look at the guy who beat him. He’s a good fighter, has a good record, is a southpaw. It is exactly where we want to go on the road back, it’s the perfect guy.” (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Shibata unifies OPBF & Japanese 160lb belts

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By Joe Koizumi
Photo by Boxing Beat

In a sensational confrontation of an OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champ and a Japanese titlist in the middleweight category, fast-moving Akio Shibata (22-8-1, 9 KOs), 160, successfully unified both belts by winning a unanimous verdict (116-113, 117-111, 115-113) over game warrior Daisuke Nakagawa (22-4-2, 17 KOs), 160, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s their grudge fight with Shibata having dethroned then national 154-pound titleholder Nakagawa via upset decision in 2012. Shibata, fresh from an annihilation by Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata in his professional debut last August, made best use of his vaunted footwork and nullified Nakagawa’s aggression except in round nine when he almost caught up with the fleet-footed rival and had him on the brink of a knockout. But Shibata, with superior speed, recovered well and controlled the contest to collect another belt. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Gary Russell Jr. in line for WBO title shot

The WBO has announced that Gary Russell Jr. (24-0, 14 KOs) is now the WBO #1 contender in the featherweight division and that as a result of the Salido-Lomachenko bout, Russell will be fighting for the now vacant WBO featherweight championship. At the moment, Russell’s opponent is TBA.



March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Tarver arrested in Florida

According to TMZ, former world champion Antonio Tarver was arrested in Clearwater, Florida, for allegedly passing a bad check last June at the Wynn Casino in Las Vegas. “The Magic Man” was reportedly pulled over by a Highway Patrolman on a tag violation.



March 3rd, 2014

Twitter Watch

Mayweather offers Khan future fight if Khan beats Broner, Amir not buying it

Floyd Mayweather is offering Amir Khan a future fight with him, provided Khan defeats Adrien Broner on the Mayweather-Maidana undercard. Khan, however, isn’t confident Mayweather will hold up his end of the bargain.



March 3rd, 2014

Column

Proposal: Weigh-in system should be amended

By Joe Koizumi

The current weigh-in system should be amended in order to make boxing fair and square. It is to go back to the traditional on-the-day weigh-in by amending the currently adopted on-the-previous-day scaling. Lately there have been so many cases that contestants fail to make the stipulated weight. It statistically seems that such notorious cases more often occur than yesteryear. WBO featherweight champ Orlando Salido couldn’t make the class limit of 126 pounds and shamefully forfeited his belt on the scale on Friday. More problematically he refused to try to lose his weight for two additional hours but paid a penalty without making any more effort. It is a very bad inclination that a boxer can compensate his more weight reduction with a penalty, which means that he buys weight with money.

This reporter served as commentator to the live telecast of Salido’s scheduled title defense against Vasyl Lomachenko here in Japan, and deeply sympathizes with the former two-time Olympic gold medalist’s eventual failure to win a world belt in his second professional bout to make a record of quickest reach to the throne. My sympathy occurred because the game wasn’t fair under the essentially weight-categorized sport. Salido, who looked heavier and more muscular, physically outhustled the Ukrainian to emerge victorious with a split verdict thanks to his apparent weight advantage. (more…)



March 3rd, 2014

Full Report

Photogallery & report for Boxcino 2014 middleweight tournament

Gatica-Flores-Adams-Monroe-KopylenkoABy Sam Geraci; Photos by Tom Barnes / Tomba-Images.com

ESPN′s “Boxcino 2014″ tournament resumed on Friday at Harrah’s Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, with the opening rounds of the middleweight portion of the competition. Winners were Willie Monroe Jr., Vitali Kopylenko, Raymond Gatica and Brandon Adams. The semi-finals will be eight round bouts and take place April 18th at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY.

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March 3rd, 2014

Boxing News

Boxing Results From Atlanta

By Jose E. Santiago at ringside

Female featherweight Melissa “Hurricane Shark” Hernandez (19-5-3, 6 KOs) solidified a 2012 victory over Nicole “Notorious” Woods (11-12-3, 3 KOs) by beating her again on Saturday night at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross, Georgia. This time is was a majority decision over eight hard fought rounds. Scores read 76-76, 79-73, 80-73.

In the main event, heavyweight Jamal Cooper (4-11-2, 4 KOs) scored a devastating first round knockout over Brian Rollins (1-3, 1 KO). (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Two-time Olympian Trupish stopped by late sub

Shocking result out of Edmonton where two-time Olympian Adam Trupish (11-2 8KO) was stopped in the 5th round by last second substitute Phil Rose (5-2-1 4KO) of Toronto. Trupish was returning back to his Edmonton base and was fighting in front of his hometown fans for the first time in three-and-half years; but despite reuniting with his former trainer and taking an unassuming position with a six round bout on the undercard, things didn’t go nearly as planned for the fighter.

Phil Rose who flew cross country the day of the weigh-in stepping in for Mexican journeyman Martin Avila who has made the journey north a handful of times only to lay down each time. Rose who looked to be in great shape took advantage of the opportunity and pressured from the opening bell taking advantage of Trupish who was coming off the first loss of his career, a crushing KO defeat to the hands of American journeyman Dashon Johnson, now 15-15-3. Trupish who turned 35 earlier this month has now gone down to two consecutive losses. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Abraham: I won the fight with the knockdown / Stieglitz: This was a robbery

Photo: Sebastian Heger

The camps of newly crowned WBO super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham and former champion Robert Stieglitz have very differing opinions on the scoring in Abraham’s split decision victory over Stieglitz in their trilogy’s rubber match on Saturday night in Magdeburg, Germany.

Robert Stieglitz: To me I didn’t lose. This was a robbery. I was clearly ahead on points. Arthur was very clever and mobile, tactically he adjusted well.

Stieglitz trainer Dirk Dzemski: I’m disappointed by the decision. For me personally this is sad because I’m a fair sportsman.

Stieglitz promoter Ulf Steinforth: I feel we got cheated here. We didn’t lose here. It was great publicity for the sport of boxing and we look forward to the next fights of Robert Stieglitz.

Arthur Abraham: I’m happy that I’m world champion again. It was a very hard fight. We gave everything. I won the fight with the knockdown.

Abraham trainer Ulli Wegner: I am very satisfied. Arthur clearly landed the more effective punches. All respect for the courage of a lion from Robert Stieglitz.

Abraham promoter Wilfried Sauerland: It was a close but deserved victory for Arthur.

Abraham promoter Kalle Sauerland: Robert has improved a lot over the years. It was a great fight and great advertising for this sport.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Crawford-Burns post fight press conference

Newly crowned WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford, from Omaha, Nebraska, and former two-division world champion Ricky Burns talk to the press after Crawford’s twelve round unanimous decision win on Saturday night in Glasgow, Scotland.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Rogan, Sprott, Meehan onboard for Super 8

Sky Arena’s UK representative Mark Dunlop has engaged the services of British & Irish Heavyweights Martin Rogan and Michael Sprott for the world’s biggest ever “Super 8 Heavyweight Boxing Tournament,” to be held on June 4 in Auckland, New Zealand. Super 8 will consist of heavyweights competing for a prize pool of £250,000 on one evening. The format will be similar to the UK “Prizefigher” except the prize money on offer with over £100,000 to the winner (compared to £32,000 for the Prizefighter winner) and £50,000 to the runner up. In total there is over £250,000 up for grabs on the night to include a guaranteed £7,500 to all contestants for their first fights and also includes KO win bonuses. Rogan and Sprott, both who have won the UK version, join Kiwi hope and former world heavyweight challenger Kali Meehan as the first three names into the draw.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Salido: I think we gave Lomachenko a welcome to professional boxing

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


“I’m used to coming in as the underdog and you can always see what I come to do,” said former featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido after turning back two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko’s bid to win a world champion in his second pro fight on Saturday night in San Antonio, Texas.

“[Being an underdog] motivates me. Makes me train harder than ever when they say I’m not going to win, that I have no chance. And as you saw tonight, preparation was the big difference. Lomachenko is a very intelligent fighter, very quick in there, so you have to work hard, be intelligent, and that’s what I did. My experience paid off. I think we gave him a welcome to professional boxing, because it’s always a lot tougher up here in the pros. I think he found out tonight it’s not the same thing.

“Of course, I’m sorry about losing my title on the scales, but I’m ready to go to 130 and fight the champions at 130 and show that I can once again be a world champion.”

The 33-year-old Salido concluded, “I’m going to be around for a long time.”



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing Result

Moses retains WBO International title

By Ron Jackson

Paulus Moses of Namibia retained his WBO International lightweight title when he scored a hard-earned 12 round points decision over Cristian Coria from Argentina at the Olufuka Centre in Outapi, Namibia on Saturday night. The scores were 120-108, 119-108 and 117-110, but despite the wide margins the 35-year-old Moses who is a former WBA “regular” lightweight champion had to pick up the pace after the rugged Coria, 31, made a good start through the first four rounds. The in your face Argentinean paid the price for boring in with the head when he was deducted two points by referee Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen. Moses improves his record 33-2; 21 and Coria saw his record drop to 21-2-1; 7. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez Jr: I proved to all the people I’m a better fighter than Bryan Vera

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank


Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. got his career back on track with an entertaining twelve round decision win in his rematch against Bryan Vera on Saturday night in front of 7,323 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: This time I prepared to win round by round and not to make weight. A week before I was on weight and I was able to work. Losing the weight wasn’t a problem and it didn’t take my strength away…I made a better fight this time and we won more clearly. I proved to all the people I’m a better fighter than Bryan Vera.

[On fighting Gennady Golovkin] I like that fight because Gennady Golovkin is a great fighter, a strong fighter. He’s undefeated. One of the best in the middleweight division. I’d like to fight Gennady Golovkin next.

Bryan Vera: I found out four days ago that it was a twelve round fight. We trained for a ten-rounder. It’s always something when we come to these f**king fights. But I’m a fighter, I always give people a great fight.

There was some discussion of Chavez facing Golovkin in a July 12 pay-per-views promotion, but K2 Promotions managing director Tom Loeffler made it known Saturday that due to the recent death of Golovkin’s father, the champ will now take some time off from the ring. This will also mean a proposed April 26 fight between Golovkin and Andy Lee in New York City will not go forward.

Promoter Bob Arum said Chavez will likely return on HBO July 12, then go on to a pay-per-view showdown against Golovkin, Jean Pascal or Carl Froch.



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Angulo surprises Cano, Munoz beats Graf

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

In an upset, veteran Fernando “La Fiera” Angulo (27-9, 16 KOs) stopped WBC #15 rated former super lightweight world title challenger Pablo Cesar “El Demoledor” Cano (27-4-1, 20 KOs) in the ninth round on Saturday night at the World Trade Center in Naucalpan, Mexico. The bout was halted due to severe cuts suffered by Cano.

Also WBC female super flyweight champion Zulina “La Loba” Munoz (41-1-2, 27 KOs) avenged her only defeat with a six round technical decision over former champion Alesia “The Tigress” Graf (26-4, 11 KOs). The bout was a war that went to the scorecards early after Graf suffered a bad cut over her left eye from an accidental headbutt. Munoz was ahead on all cards by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 58-56.

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March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

John Murray-Anthony Crolla showdown seems inevitable

By James Slater

Former European lightweight king John Murray scored the second win of his comeback last night on the Crawford-Burns card in Glasgow, and after brutally and efficiently stopping a brave but outgunned John Simpson in the 2nd-round with three hurtful body shot knockdowns, Murray wasted no time in calling out fellow Manchester fighter Anthony Crolla. Murray and Crolla know each other well, having been stable mates both trained by Joe Gallagher, and both warriors have plenty of respect for one another. Still, both guys want the all-Manchester showdown to go ahead, and Murray said post-fight last night that “it’s gotta happen, in April.” (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Budler wins in first round

By Ron Jackson

South Africa’s Hekkie Budler smashed Karius Diaz of Colombia to defeat in 2 minute 59 seconds of the first round to retain his WBA minimumweight and IBO strawweight belts at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park on Saturday night. The supremely confident Budler (47,50kgs) took the fight to the slow moving Diaz (47.25kg) from the opening bell as he landed with stinging lefts and rights to the body. Just before the bell Budler backed the challenger up against the ropes to land with an overhand right that sent Diaz down flat on his back where he was counted out by referee Steve Smoger. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing News

Prazak stops O’Connell to retain WBC belt

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

WBC female super featherweight champion Diana Prazak (13-2, 9 KOs) stopped Shannon O’Connell (8-3, 5 KOs) in round five of scheduled ten round bout at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. O’Connell was dropped twice in round two and at 1:56 of the fifth round, referee Frank Hadley saved the challenger from further punishment. Prazak captured the world title by scoring a eight round knockout over Frida Wallberg in Sweden on June 14,2013. American Holy Holm defeated Prazak in a WBF title bout in New Mexico on December 7, 2012. Prazak is trained by former world champion Lucia Rijker. Sharon O’Connell is trained by former IBF lightweight champion Philip Holiday. (more…)



March 2nd, 2014

Boxing Result

Chavez settles score with Vera; Salido ruins Lomachenko’s attempt to break record

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

Former WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (48-1-1, 32 KOs) left no doubt in his rematch with Bryan Vera (23-8, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. An in-condition Chavez outworked Vera and landed the harder shots in every round. Vera was deducted a point by Rafael Ramos for pushing in round eight. The iron-jawed Vera took a pounding kept coming. Chavez clowned and gave away the last round. In the end, Chavez won a unanimous decision by scores of 114-113, 117-110, 117-110.

Next up for Junior could be a showdown with Gennady Golovkin in the summer.

In just his second pro fight, unbeaten two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko (1-1, 1 KO) was unsuccessful in his attempt to win the vacant WBO featherweight title against former world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (41-12-2, 28 KOs). Salido, who forfeit his title on the scale on Friday, came in at 147 pounds and had an 11 pound weight advantage as he used all his veteran experience and a fierce body attack (and many low blows) to trouble Lomachenko throughout the fight. Lomachenko staged a furious comeback over the last few rounds, but it was too little, too late. Salido won by twelve round split decision by scores of 115-113, 116-112 on two cards. Lomachenko was ahead 115-113 on the third card.

Former unified lightweight champion Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (39-4, 19 KOs) brought the pressure with non-stop aggression against Gerardo Robles (18-13, 9 KOs). Robles showed a good chin as he went all ten rounds. Diaz won a unanimous decision by scores of 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Abraham defeats Stieglitz to regain WBO super middleweight title

By Karl Freitag
Photos: P. Gercke / SES Boxing

Arthur Abraham (39-4, 28 KOs) is a world champion again after winning the third fight in his trilogy with reigning WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (46-4, 26 KOs)by split decision on Saturday night at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. Stieglitz came out aggressively in round one. Abraham began noticeably swelling above the left eye after round two. Lots of wrestling. Stieglitz continued to initiate the action. Good exchanges in round six. Abraham landed some heavy shots in the seventh. Abraham was deducted a point by referee Geno Rodriguez for hitting behind the head in round eight. Stieglitz was deducted a point for holding in round nine. Abraham landed a big shot to close the ninth. Both landed big shots in the eleventh. Abraham dropped Stieglitz in the twelfth. Scores were 113-112 Stieglitz, 115-110 and 114-111 Abraham. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

AWE TV

Crawford dethrones Burns to win WBO lightweight title

Unbeaten lightweight contender Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs) dethroned WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (36-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night, taking a twelve round unanimous decision at the Scottish Exhibition Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Early rounds were close. Crawford took control in the fourth and continued to pressure and land while Burns’ moments were few. In the end, scores were 115-112, 115-112, 117-111.

2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (5-0, 5 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of journeyman Hector Avila (22-16-1, 14 KOs). Time was 2:14. Avila had extended Dereck Chisora nine rounds 11 months ago. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Iwabuchi stops WBO#12 Jaca

By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat

Hard-punching southpaw, former Japanese champ Shinya Iwabuchi (23-4, 19 KOs), 143.75, decked an important triumph when he came off the canvas in the third session, had the tide turn with his last surge and finally halted WBO#12 super-lightweight Jimrex Jaca (37-7-3, 22 KOs), 140.25, a Filipino lefty counterpuncher, at 0:45 of the seventh round in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Iwabuchi previously renounced his national belt and had an ambitious shot at the OPBF 140-pound belt against Min-Wook Kim only to lose a close but unanimous verdict (117-115, 116-1114, 116-113) last April. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

DeGale TKOs Khatchikian in eleven

WBC silver super middleweight beltholder James DeGale (18-1, 12 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over previously unbeaten Gevorg Khatchikian (20-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the City Academy Sports Centre in Bristol, UK. WBC #2 rated DeGale was rocked in round seven, but was otherwise in command. The end came when DeGale battered Khatchikian to the deck twice in round eleven with body shots. Time was 2:58.



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Robles Shocks Ugas, Enriquez Shines in US Debut

By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos

Bobby DePhilippis of Bobby D Presents – in association with Caribe Promotions – returned Friday with another installment of “San Diego Fights” at the Hanalei Convention Center of the Crowne Plaza Hotel in San Diego. In an upset win in front of nearly one thousand loyal fans, homegrown light welterweight Emmanuel “Renegade” Robles (10-0-1, 3KOs) did the unexpected as he applied pressure intelligently and dropped 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Yordenis Ugas (15-2, 7KOs) en route to a spit decision win over ten rounds. With the win Robles ripped the interim WBC Latino title and slapped the belt on his own waist in front of his followers. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Carlson wins WBC Latino bantamweight title

By Rocco Morales at ringside

In main event action, Carlos “Memin” Carlson (13-0, 9KO) took a successful big step up in class to win the vacant WBC Latino bantamweight title in an entertaining slugfest and unanimous decision victory over the always game veteran Javier “El Girito” Gallo (21-9-1, 12KO) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Gallo gave Carlson all he could handle in the early rounds, cutting Carlson above the left eye with his sneaky clubbing right hand that landed over and over during close quarter fighting. The 5’7″ Carlson made the proper adjustment and boxed from the outside to keep the 5’3″ Gallo at bay and to pull ahead on the scorecards. By the seventh round, Carlson nearly had Gallo out on his feet but Gallo was determined to see the final bell and endured another round of punishment to do so. By scores of 78-74, 78-74 and 77-75, Carlson kept his record perfect and made the successful step up in class. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Escalante Erases Trejo

By Robert Hough
Photos: Tri Nguyen

Bantamweight Bruno Escalante (12-1-1, 6 KOs) pulverized Lorenzo Trejo (33-29-1, 20 KOs) with a first-round, no-count knockout with a left to the body and right to the head – the third fight in a row in which the fighter from Sonora, Mexico, has been stopped in the first round.

Escalante, from Cebu, the Philippines and fighting in his adopted hometown at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, Calif., said after the fight that he tried to step up his power. “We were working on a lot of things and for this fight we focused on throwing powerful punches with both hands, especially my right, said the 25-year-old southpaw. “I saw he was going for my feints so I set him up.”

Trejo, 36, offered little resistance or offense as Escalante, who was dramatically faster and more active, pressed the action before finishing it at 3:00 of the opening round. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Chavez, Lomachenko, Stieglitz and Crawford expected to win tonight

By Karl Freitag

Scores will be settled and champions could fall on a day of intriguing fights.

San Antonio, Texas: An in-shape Julio Cesar Chavez Jr is a healthy -450 favorite to take care of business against Bryan Vera (+425). Chavez is looking to make a statement against Vera after struggling mightily in their first encounter last September.

In the co-feature, two-time Olympic gold medalist Vasyl Lomachenko is a -450 favorite to win the vacant WBO featherweight belt against Orlando Salido (+450), who lost the title yesterday on the scale. If Lomachenko wins the title in his second pro fight as oddsmakers expect, he will break the record of Thailand’s Saensak Muangsurin who won the WBC super lightweight belt in his third pro fight.

HBO will televise.

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Magdeburg, Germany: WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz is a -200 favorite to retain his title against former two-division world champion Arthur Abraham (+225) in their rubber match. The series is tied at 1-1, with Stieglitz dealing a beatdown to King Arthur 12 months ago in their most recent fight. Stieglitz also has the hometown advantage in a bout billed as “Welcome to the Lion’s Den!”

ESPN3.com will stream.

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Glasgow, Scotland: Scottish icon Ricky Burns is expected to fall against American challenger Terence Crawford. Despite the hostile surroundings, Nebraskan Crawford is -225 to dethrone Burns (+225), who has been a world champion since defeating Rocky Martinez in 2010. This will be Burns’ tenth consecutive world title clash. He suffered a broken jaw in his last defense in September, a controversial draw against Ray Beltran.

AWE and www.awetv.com will carry the fight.



March 1st, 2014

UFC

UFN Macao: Kim Now the KO King

South Korean welterweight contender Kim Dong Hyun not only made his case for inclusion in the title picture Saturday at Cotai Arena in Macao, China, but he also delivered an early Knockout of the Year candidate with a stunning spinning back elbow finish of John Hathaway that ended their UFC Fight Night main event in the third round . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 1st, 2014

UFC

UFN Macao Prelims: Korean Bulldozer Outlasts Tokudome

South Korea’s Yui Chul Nam made quite an impression in his UFC debut Saturday, winning a thrilling back-and-forth split decision over Kazuki Tokudome in UFC Fight Night prelim action at the Cotai Arena in Macao, China. Scores were 29-27, 29-28, and 27-28 for Nam, now 18-4-1; Tokudome falls to 12-5-1 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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Next up: UFC Fight Night is live on UFC Fight Pass on Saturday, March 8 from London, England at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT Click here for more info



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Full report from Verona, NY

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Andy Newman

Another frigid night in Upstate, New York couldn’t keep fight fans away for the second straight night of boxing. Shobox aired three action packed fights promoted by Mayweather Promotions at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York. Super middleweight J’Leon Love finally stopped a a very game a determined Vladine “Mr. Providence” Biosse in the waning moments of the tenth and final round in the headliner. Unsung super middleweight Derek Edwards shocked previously undefeated Badou Jack in a two knockdown, one round, one minute, one second destruction. Chris Pearson took a very tough eight round decision in coming of the canvas, over rugged Lanardo Tyner in a middleweight scrap. (more…)



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Atlanta

By Jose E. Santiago at the scale

Tonight at the North Atlanta Trade Center, Atlanta Fight Night Promotion will present a card featuring would be hopefuls and road warriors. The main event will feature heavyweights Jamal Woods (3-11 4KO) vs. Brian Rollins (1-2 1KO). The co-main event will feature a featherweight rematch between Melissa “Hurricane Shark” Hernandez (18-5-3 6KO) vs. Nicole “Notorious” Woods (11-12-3 3KO). Hernandez beat Woods via a 10 round unanimous decision in 2012.

Brian Rollins 236 vs. Jamal Woods 236
Mellissa Hernandez 138 vs. Nicole Woods 139

Cameron Springer 129 vs. Robert Sinclair Tabaron High 124
Steve Andrade 150 vs. Antonio Moody 147
Mauricio Ramos 138 vs. Greg Faust 140
Patrick Riley 123 vs. Ernest Butts III 131
Felix Fernandez 141 vs. Malik Cooper 147
Jose Martinez 135 vs. Anthony Ganway 142
Timothy Hall 171 vs. Rashad Jones 178

Venue: North Atlanta Trade Center
1700 Jeurgens Ct, Norcross
GA 30093

Doors Open at 6. Fights at 7:30



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Edmonton

By Dave Spencer

Jelena Mrdjenovich 131 vs. Zarika Fatuma 126.8
Adam Trupish 163 vs. Phil Rose 165.4
Cam O’Connell 138.8 vs. Resse Chapman 134.4
Josh Wagner 153.6 vs. Luke Moore 142.4
Sheena Kaine 134.6 vs. Angel Anderson 136
Lukasz Wierzbicki 150.4 vs. Antonio Dos Santos 155.6
Cody Ries 159.8 vs. Matthew Jelly 158.4
Jama Mohamad 130 vs. Eric Huang 129

Venue: Shaw Conference Centre
Promoter: KO Boxing Promtions



March 1st, 2014

Boxing News

Weights from Australia

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Diane Prazak 127.7 vs. Shannan O’Connel 129
(WBC female super featherweight)

Jake Carr 171.2 vs. Lyndon Edney 183.4
Mathew Lytwynenko 147.7 vs. Darren Askew 149.5
Ibrahim Balla 121.6 vs. Thongtaeng Muangsima 118.6
Joel Camilleri 152.4 vs. Michael Dan 153
Daniel Smith 160.7 vs. Nigel Velouté 161.9

Venue: Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia
Promoter: Barry Michael

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March 1st, 2014




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