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It’s not difficult to root for a guy like world-ranked super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), of Worchester, Mass., who faces fellow unbeaten Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8 KOs) of Ozone Park, N.Y., in the 10-round main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday, Oct. 21, live on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Rodriguez has been virtually unbeatable since lacing on the gloves at 16. He went 84-9 in the amateurs and was a two-time national champion. Since turning pro on Jan. 26, 2008, he has steadily ascended through the ranks and remains a strong possibility to one day become a 168-pound world champion.
What makes Rodriguez’ accomplishments inside the ring so extraordinary and inspiring, however, is that he’s managed to achieve success while dealing with a complex home situation with young children who have special needs. He and wife Stephanie’s fraternal twins, Edwin Jr. and Serena Lynn, were born prematurely, at 23 weeks. Chances of survival were bleak, yet both miraculously turned four years old on Sept. 29. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) will make the second defense of his title against the Australian Frank Loporto (15-4, 7 KOs) at Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas on November 11. Trout, who was born in El Paso and raised in Las Cruces, NM, first defended his belt against David “The Destroyer” Lopez by unanimous decision in San Luis Potosi last June. It will be the first world title shot for LoPorto.
The title of the boxing promotion from Saturday night between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson was “Believe It or Not.”
Seems like a creative idea, as there were fight fans who believed Hopkins would successfully defend his world title belt three months shy of his 47th birthday.
And there were people who believed that Dawson was going to have a career-defining fight against Hopkins, and become a three-time world title holder with a victory over the future Hall of Famer . . Click here for more
By Bill Green
Photos by Rick Marez
In his second pro boxing match, former MMA star Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson (2-0, 2 KOs) made quick work of Tay Bledsoe (2-4, 2 KOs) in a heavyweight match on Saturday night at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska. A big shot laid out Bledsoe for several minutes at 1:52 of round one. Click here for full report
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: “Big” Joe Miranda
New WBC light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson met the press at the Chick Hearn Media room at Staples Center shortly after his victory over Bernard Hopkins on Saturday night. Dawson’s promoter Gary Shaw took the podium first and echoed the comments Dawson had to say right after the fight. “I will tell you all what Chad told Bernard, ‘Hopkins you’re a pussy. Hopkins was saying he was a gangster you are not a gangster Hopkins. You know why? Because a gangster would get up and fight.’
Shaw continued, “Chad is really a great kid and soft spoken. I knew he would never come up and talk that way so I wanted you to know exactly what happened.” With all that said, Shaw introduced Dawson.
“I want to thank Bernard Hopkins for making it an easy night for me,” Dawson told the media. We put in a lot of work for this fight. We trained for eight weeks and this goes to show why Bernard was ducking me all these years.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
On Saturday the kick-off press conference for the rematch, between bantamweights Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-0, 22 KOs) took place at the ESPN ZONE at LA LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. The rematch will take place December 3 live on SHOWTIME at the Honda Center, for Mares WBC and IBF bantamweight belts. Also on the SHOWTIME card will be a bantamweight showdown between Panama’s Anselmo Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) vs. Australia’s Vic Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs), for Moreno’s WBA bantamweight title.
The press conference began as Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions made introductions and welcomed the media. “December 3 is going to be a great card and it’s going be a night you don’t want to miss. Agbeko is getting another chance. One guy wants to set the record straight and the other guy is going to shut everyone up and that’s Abner Mares.” For more details and photos click here…
The contestants of the upcoming getgoods.de-Fight Night have completed the sparring phase this week. “We have never completed so many rounds,” said female world champion Christina Hammer about the tough training period prior to her title defense. On Friday she will defend her WBO and the WBF world title against the American Living Vashon at the Brandenburg-Halle in Frankfurt/Oder. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Newly crowned WBC light-heavyweight champion Chad Dawson made the call for Jean Pascal after his controversial victory versus Bernard Hopkins Saturday night in Los Angeles, and the Montreal fighter is more than ready to take the challenge according to his trainer Marc Ramsay.
“I really hope that’s going to be the next fight,” Ramsay told Fightnews, “Right now we’re going to have to see how the WBC is going to rule on things that went on last night. There’s also the chance of a rematch (between Dawson and Hopkins) but if we can fight him right away, that’s perfect. That’s exactly what Jean wants. If it doesn’t work out to be right away, we’ll take another bout and be ready for the winner if there happens to be a rematch. But we’re ready now.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
IBF #6 middleweight Sam Soliman (39-11, 17 KOs) will clash with IBF #14 Eromosele Albert (24-5-1, 12 KOs) over twelve rounds in an IBF box-off to find the mandatory challenger for IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. The management of Albert and the manager of Soliman have reached an agreement to clash at The Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on November 18. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The scheduled headline bout between welterweight prospect Antonin Decarie (25-1 7KO) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo set for the Bell Centre in Montreal has been cancelled due to a training injury to Decarie. Undefeated super-lightweight Dierry Jean (19-0 13KO) will move up to the main-event as he challenges veteran Francisco Lorenzo (37-10 17KO).
Decarie injured his right shoulder during training although trainer Marc Ramsay could not pinpoint the exact incident where the mishap took place. “It was last week and he was feeling a pain in his chest,” Ramsay told Fightnews. “The day after, it was a lot worse and he saw a doctor and tried to rehab the situation but the last sparring that he did the injury was a lot worse. (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Before 3,500 fans, last night at Cohen Stadium for Zeferino Entertainment’s initial “Battle at the Ballpark” series: In the main event, Jennifer Han (5-1-1, 1 KO) of El paso pummeled DJ Morrison (2-11, 2 KOs) of Billings, Mont., earning her first KO while Morrison suffered her fifth straight loss. Other results: Joe Sullivan (4-3, 4 KOs) stopped debuter Patrick Dixon (0-1) in round three (2:32); debuter Josea Garcia (0-1) decisioned unwon Michael Coca-Gallegos (0-10) with scores of 40-36, 39-39 and 38-38; Jo Jo Galarza (3-1, 1 KO) won a a unanimous decision over Raul Carillo (1-3, 1 KO), scores of 39-36 x 3; Joel Garcia (4-0, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Reymundo Torres of Laredo, Texas, scores of 40-35 x 3; debuting heavyweight Eric Reza (1-0) won by decision over MMA fighter Derrill Schoonover (0-1) with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. Full report and photos to come.
What do you think the correct ruling should have been in Saturday night's Dawson-Hopkins fight?
- No Contest (72%)
- Dawson wins by TKO (18%)
- Hopkins wins by DQ (10%)
By Joe Koizumi
It may be a good way to decide the mandatory challenger against our national champ that willing participants duly rated by our commission (Japan Boxing Commision; JBC) fight in annual tournaments of eliminators in pursuit of the right to have a compulsory crack at the Japanese championship. The results of the finals in the tournaments are as follows:
140 lbs: JBC#3 southpaw hard-puncher Shinya Iwabuchi (17-3, 14 KOs), 140, a muscular youngster, needed just 97 seconds of the opening session to halt #4 Koichi Aso (13-3-1, 8 KOs), 140, with a single solid left in a scheduled eight. Iwabuchi will be entitled to have a mandatory shot next spring against Yuji Wauke who wrested the national super-light belt from Shinya Nagase on the previous night.
130 lbs: Fast-punching JBC#2 Daiki Kaneko (14-2-3, 7 KOs), 130, stunned the crowd with his quick demolition of ex-top contender Hiroyasu Matsuzaki (20-6-1, 10 KOs), 130, at 1:54 of the second round. Kaneko will face national titlist Seiichi Okada next year.
122 lbs: JBC#4 Yasutaka Ishimoto (19-5, 3 KOs), 122, displayed slick-punching from the fourth on and earned an important unanimous verdict (77-75, 78-74 and 79-73) over Yu Enya (22-3-2, 10 KOs), 122, over eight. The upset victor’s target will be world-rated champ Masaaki Serie.
115 lbs: In an encounter of southpaws Teiru Kinoshita (13-0-1, 3 KOs), 115, fought to a technical draw with formerly world-rated Go Onaga (17-1-2, 12 KOs), 115, because of the latter being badly bloodied at the right side of the head at 1:06 of the fourth round in a scheduled eight. Kinoshita was voted by judges to proceed and acquire the right to challenge national ruler Yota Sato next spring, although the result itself should be registered as TD4 by the JBC.
108 lbs: Quick-punching top contender Ryoichi Taguchi (16-1, 7 KOs), 108, was awarded a TKO win over ex-amateur national champ Yu Kimura (9-2-1, 1 KO), 108, due to Kimura’s bad laceration at 0:23 of the sixth session.
Promoter: JPBA (Japan Professional Boxing Association; JPBA).
Story and photo by Gilda Aburto
Undefeated Costa Rican boxer Bryan “Tiquito” (Little Tico) Vasquez (24) fights Nicaraguan “El Toro” (The Bull) Benavides (29) for the WBA interim super featherweight championship in a match held in San Jose, Costa Rica, on November 3rd. In the main event, Bryan Vasquez, (27–0, 14 KO) Fedelatin champion, faces the toughest match of his career, against southpaw Fedecentro champion, Santos Benavides (23-2-2, 17 KO). (more…)
Photos: Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
IBF and WBC Silver Bantamweight Champion Abner Mares and former two-time IBF Bantamweight World Champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko were the principals at a widely attended press conference Saturday to officially announce their highly anticipated rematch set for Saturday, Dec. 3, at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., which will be televised LIVE on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING.
In the co-featured bout, WBA Bantamweight Super Champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno will defend his title against former two-division world champion Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan. The doubleheader is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions and sponsored by Cerveza Tecate, DeWalt Tools and AT&T. The doubleheader will be televised live on SHOWTIME® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Here’s what those involved had to say on Saturday:
Photos: Ed Keenan/Top Rank
Bantamweight world champion Nonito Donaire takes water break (from wife Rachel) in between rounds at Brooklyn’s legendary Gleason’s Gym on Saturday. Nonito worked out prior to next Saturday’s world title clash against unbeaten two-division champ Omar Narvaez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden. (more…)
Bernard Hopkins has been released from the California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles after being x-rayed and examined by Dr. Sam Thurber, MD who diagnosed Hopkins with a separation of the acromioclavicular (A-C) joint which connects the collar bone and shoulder blade.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) lost his title against Chad Dawson (31-1, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. The bout ended in round two when the 29-year-old Dawson hurled the 46-year-old boxing legend Hopkins to the deck and Hopkins injured a shoulder. Referee Pat Russell ruled there was no foul, therefore the California Commission ruled it a TKO win for Dawson. After the fight Dawson said Hopkins was faking the injury and he wants to finish his business with Jean Pascal, no rematch for Hopkins. more photos
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a rematch, WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1-0, 25 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Francisco “Panchito” Arce (31-8-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Ruiz floored Arce hard in the third and after more abuse at the beginning of the fourth, Arce’s corner rushed in the ring to save the reeling Arce from more punishment. Time was :24. Ruiz previously defeated Arce by unanimous decision in a wild fight in May.
In a clash for the vacant WBO super flyweight championship, Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (12-0-1, 9 KOs) and Jose “Matador” Cabrera (20-2-1, 8 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 112-116, 117-111 and 114-114. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mariana “La Barbie” Juarez successfully retained her WBC world flyweight title by technical knockout in four rounds against Uruguayan Gabriela Bouvier in the main event at Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico. The Mexican star defended her belt with powerful right hand uppercuts, which exploded in the face of Bouvier. In the third round, the Uruguayan and South American champion already had a swollen left eye. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
In one of the more-dramatic turn of events in a fight, Antonio DeMarco stopped Jorge Linares in the 11th round to win the vacant WBC lightweight title. Linares dominated the first five rounds of the fight, utilizing his speed and accuracy. DeMarco (26-2-1, 19 KO’s) hung in there, rallying in the sixth round to open a cut on the bridge of the nose of Linares. A cut later opened over the right eye of Linares (31-2, 20 KO’s), which began to affect his vision as he stood toe-to-toe with DeMarco. DeMarco rocked Linares in the 11th round, battering him across the ring until referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:32. Entering the 11th round, all three judges had Linares winning by scores of 98-92, 98-92, and 99-91. Fightnews.com had the bout scored 97-93 entering the 11th round.
In a bout between youth versus experience, junior welterweight Danny Garcia remained unbeaten with a 12 round split decision over Kendall Holt. The former world title holder Holt (27-5, 15 KO’s) started well early, but was hurt in the third by a right hand by Garcia. He was never the same as Garcia used his speed to beat Holt to the punch. Both had their moments in the second half of the fight, but Garcia landed the more telling blows. One judge inexplicably scored the fight 115-113 in favor of Holt, while the other two judges scored it 117-111 for Garcia. Fightnews.com scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Garcia. With the victory, Garcia earns the number one ranking by the WBC and the number two ranking by the IBF in the loaded 140-pound division.
Opening the “Believe It or Not” pay per view telecast, Paulie Malignaggi won a 10 round unanimous decision over Orlando Lora. Malignaggi was wobbled by a right hand to the head in the first round by Lora, but was mostly able to outbox the Mexican fighter the rest of the fight. Lora would land an occasional right hand as he pressed the action, but Malignaggi would two-three punches for every one that Lora landed. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Malignaggi by scores of 100-90, 99-91, and 98-92. Fightnews.com scored the bout 97-93 in favor of Malignaggi.
By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Rick Marez
A large and enthusiastic Nebraska crowd was hoping to see another “YouTube moment” by the famed street fighter and now pro boxer Kimbo Slice. Earlier in the week, Kimbo stated that he wanted to bring excitement back to the heavyweights and produce exciting knockouts. Slice was able to deliver on both as he stormed out of the red corner and electrified the crowd by landing power shots to the body of Tay Bledsoe. The “YouTube” moment came as Slice landed a paralyzing overhand right to the jaw of Bledsoe which ended matters at 1:52 of the first round. The punch left Bledsoe motionless for several minutes. Slice improves to 2-0 with 2 KOs and is seeking a quick return in December. (more…)
WBO #4/WBA #14 cruiserweight and local favorite BJ “El Peligroso” Flores (26-1-1, 16 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Paul Jennette (11-4-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the O’Reilly Family Events Center on the campus of Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. Flores beat the 43-year-old Jennette to the punch all night in winning a 100-90 verdict on all cards.
Unbeaten WBA #5/WBC #13 cruiserweight Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (18-0, 7 KOs) scored a quick first round blowout against former world title challenger James Crawford (40-17-2, 17 KOs). The 42-year-old Crawford lost his seventh straight bout dating back to 2004. (more…)
IBF Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker has confirmed to Fightnews.com that IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez and former Steve Cunningham have been ordered to meet in an immediate rematch of their controversial fight on October 1. The rematch must take place within 120 days with the winner to face mandatory challenger Troy Ross. The rematch was ordered due to an improper stoppage recommendation from ring doctor Walter Wegner.
Cunningham was thrilled with the decision, tweeting “The IBF ordered the immediate rematch. The IBF is and has been a solid organization that follows their rules. All we ask for is a fair shake.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Making his professional debut at 52 years of age, Dewey Bozella won a four round unanimous decision over Larry Hopkins (0-4). It took Bozella a while to get going, throwing more punches as the bout progressed. After Hopkins took the first round, Bozella was able to land punches to the body, finally connecting more to the head in the third. In an odd sequence, Hopkins’ had difficulties keeping his mouthpiece inside his mouth in the fourth, prompting referee Marcos Rosales to deduct a point after the third time. Hopkins’ mouthpiece came out a total of six times during the fourth. All three judges scored the bout 39-36, 38-36, and 38-37 in favor of Bozella. After the fight, Bozella indicated that he was not sure if he would fight again.
Welterweight Nick Casal stopped previously-unbeaten Michael Anderson in the third round of a scheduled eight round bout. Casal (22-4-1, 16 KO’s) landed the more effective punches of the two in the first two rounds. In the third, Casal dropped Anderson (11-1-1, 9 KO’s) with a right uppercut to the head. Anderson got up, but was dropped again by a barrage of punches to the head. Casal went in for the kill after Anderson got up, although he missed with a lot of punches. Referee Marcos Rosales stepped in at 2:51 to stop the fight, even though it looked as though Anderson was not visibly hurt.
In a crossroads junior middleweight bout, Freddy Hernandez won a tough, workmanlike 10 round unanimous decision over Luis Collazo. Hernandez (30-2, 20 KO’s) was busier in the first two rounds, but Collazo was able to get going in the next two rounds, scoring with combinations to the head and body. Some rounds were very close, but Hernandez took control of the fight again in the later rounds. He dropped Collazo (31-5, 16 KO’s) with a left hook to the stomach in the eighth round and looked the fresher fighter of the two as the bout came to a close. All three judges, including Fightnews.com, scored the bout 96-93 in favor of Hernandez. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a grudge match, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over previously unbeaten Tony Bellew (16-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. In a very good action fight with many ebbs and flows, the bout seemed very close entering the championship rounds. Cleverly had more in rounds eleven and twelve to pull it out by scores of 114-114, 116-113, 117-112. After the fight Cleverly stated that he is looking forward to facing the winner of tonight’s Hopkins-Dawson WBC championship clash or WBA champ Beibut Shumenov.
2008 Olympic gold medalist James DeGale (11-1, 8 KOs) rebounded from his loss to George Groves in May by dethroning European super middleweight champion Piotr Wilczewski (29-2, 10 KOs) by twelve round majority decision. Wilczewski rocked DeGale with a right hand in round five that had DeGale holding on, but most rounds were close. Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 115-113.
2008 Olympian middleweight Billy Joe Saunders (10-0, 7 KOs) destroyed Norbert Szekeres (9-8-3, 6 KOs) in the first round.
Unbeaten super middleweight “Rocky from Stocky” Fielding (9-0, 3 KOs) outpointed late sub Tommy Tolan (4-7, 3 KOs) over six ugly rounds. The referee scored it 60-54.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Polish light middleweight Damian Jonak (30-0, 20 KOs) won his third fight this year easily defeating overmatched Alex Bunema (31-8, 17 KOs) by scores of 100-89, 100-89 and 99-90 during the “Wojak Boxing Night” event in Katowice, Poland. Jonak acquired the WBA Intercontinental belt with superior speed and ring generalship. Bunema couldn’t handle Jonak’s jabs and straight punches and was knocked down in the second round. During the rest of the fight, the fighter from the Congo did not want to engage in any punch exchanges, staying behind a double guard and counting only on sporadic counterpunches.
22-year-old heavyweight Artur Szpilka (8-0, 6 KOs) had no problem to win his third consecutive fight by technical knockout when seasoned challenger Owen Beck (29-9, 20 KOs) retired on the stool after the third round. Szpilka, a southpaw, dominated from the opening round, connecting with almost all his punches, especially with his signature left hook. In the third round, after series of punches, Beck was on the verge of being knocked down, and his corner was ready to throw the towel and stop the uneven fight. (more…)
By John Cannon
On his last day of sparring in Philadelphia, Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa injured his right leg which caused him to pull out of his upcoming main event fight on October 21st against the current WBC Youth Lightweight Champion Eric Cruz at the Pharr Events Center.
Omar Figueroa Sr., Omar Jr.’s trainer and manager, spoke about how the injury happened and the events that followed thereafter.
“He was wrapping up his last day of sparring in Philadelphia on Saturday and while going to the corner, his foot went outside of the ring, he stumbled and a nail that was sticking out cut his leg about 5 or 6 inches deep,” said Figueroa Sr. “When he got home, we called Golden Boy and told them what happened. They advised us to wait till Monday to see how he feels. Omar ended up getting 15 stitches and was limping really bad. On Monday, he was still limping and could not put any weight on his leg. Because of that, Golden Boy decided to cancel the fight and told us that we probably would not get anything else for the rest of the year.” (more…)
Photo: Michael Lopez
Former world champion Marvin Sonsona (15-1-1, 12 KOs) rebounded from his first loss with a unanimous decision victory over Carlos Jacobo (16-4-1, 14 KOs) of Mexico on Friday night. The bout took place at the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, Philippines. The official scorecards read 98-91, 98-91 and 97-92 all in favor of Sonsona, who was in the ring for the first time since losing his WBO 122lb title to Wilfredo Vazquez in Puerto Rico 20 months ago. The event was promoted by Sammy Gello-ani.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“I have no idea how Jameel McCline can say that we offered him an Adamek fight. We’ve had zero contact with him or his people,” says Adamek advisor Ziggy Rozalski. Adamek’s promoter Kathy Duva, CEO of Main Events, is also mystified. “I don’t know anything about it either. McCline’s manager called us Friday to find out if it’s true because nobody spoke to him either!”
McCline (39-10, 23 KOs), who fought last in April 2009, losing by fourth round KO to Chris Arreola, said in a recent boxing website interviews that the Adamek Team make him an offer to fight the popular Polish heavyweight contender. It was a surprise statement, to say the least, to the people who are helping manage “Goral’s” career. (more…)
From the Holiday Inn at Airport in El Paso, Texas for tonight’s “Battle at the Ballpark” card at Cohen Stadium, promoted by Zeferino Entertainment:
Jennifer Han 128.5 vs DJ Morrison 129.5
John Ryan Grimaldo 151.75 vs. Ulbaldo Torres 158.25
Eric Reza 239.5 vs. Darrill Schoonover 254.5
Joel Garcia 111.75 vs. Raymundo Torres 110.5
Jo Jo Galarza 135.5 vs. Raul Carrillo 134.5
Joseu Garcia 149.5 vs. Michael Gallegos Coca 148.25
Joe Sullivan 237.25 vs. Patrick Dixon 205.0
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA/WBC interim miniumweight champion Juan Palacios did not attend the official weigh-in at the Nicaraguan Sports Institute on Friday for his scheduled bout tonight against Panamanian Carlos “Shanghai” Melo, forcing promoter Prodesa to cancel the main event for tonight’s show in the Alexis Arguello Gym in Managua. This is the second consecutive time that Palacios has failed to make weight after losing his WBA belt on the scale in August. Although Palacios had moved up to the jr flyweight division, one source indicated he was may have been near 114 lbs. on Friday, far exceeding the 109lb contract weight.
Two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) was interviewed last night on the TyC Sports boxing telecast featuring the WBA-mandated world featherweight championship rematch between Celestino Caballero and Jonathan Victor Barros. Narvaez spoke briefly about his upcoming challenge of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on October 22nd at MSG’s WaMu Theater in New York City. Although Narvaez is boxing’s longest reigning world champion having held titles at 112 or 115 since 2002 and he made 16 defenses of his WBO flyweight title alone, he is given little chance to win by most pundits, but that doesn’t bother Narvaez at all.
“I know that I am the underdog for this fight. These are the kind of fights that I want to be in because this will bring out the best in me. It would have been nice if we could have fought when we both were world champions at 112 pounds but that is not the case. Everyone is going to find out that I too am fast and strong, as well. I’m going to surprise a lot of people October 22nd. I’m coming to bring those titles back to Argentina,” promised Narvaez as the large crowd at Luna Park Stadium erupted in a roar of support.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will defend his title for the eighth time in Ludwigsburg, Germany next Saturday when he is challenged by 6’6 Argentinian southpaw Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs). “I have done sparring with a lot of tall guys,” said Huck. “I don’t care what size Rossi is. He will go down. I enter the ring to win and to please my fans. And they can again expect an explosive performance….I will give everything from the first second onwards and it will be an exciting clash.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Elongated southpaw and top contender Yuji Wauke (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 140, captured the Japanese super-light belt as he badly dropped defending titlist Shinya Nagase (19-4-2, 9 KOs), 139.75, with a southpaw right hook in the opening session, steadily piled up points with accurate combinations and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-93 and 99-92) over ten fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The early knockdown might deprive the champ of his rhythm and reflexes in later rounds, and it became a nearly lopsided affair although Nagase kept swinging more punches—without precision—than the counterpuncher. Wauke completely dominated the second half to confirm his coronation. Having entered Watanabe Gym at the age of seventeen, it took thirteen years for Wauke to acquire the national belt by displaying his career-best performance. (more…)
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