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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight Zac Dunn (15-0, 13 KOs) stopped Istvan Zeller (9-4, 4 KOs) in round three of a scheduled twelve round WBC and WBO regional title bout at the Celebrity Room, Racing Club, Moonee Valley, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. The 23-year-old dominated the Hungarian and dropped him in round three when referee Jim Boland called it off at 2.10. Promoter Barry Michael, former IBF super featherweight world champion, said “Zac Dunn has a big future with the skills and power to go all the way to the top in boxing. He reminds me of Mikkel Kessler.”
In the main supporting bout scheduled for six rounds, super middleweight Mitchell Middleton Clark (3-0, 3 KOs) stopped Aswin Cabuy (14-48-4) at the conclusion of round two when the Indonesian retired with a injury. He had been dropped in round two. (more…)
Photo: Russell Pritchard
In an IBF featherweight elimination bout, IBF #6 rated Lee Selby (20-1, 8 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten IBF #3 rated “Aussie” Joel Brunker (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, England. Selby, a 6:1 betting favorite, systematically outboxed Brunker from the opening bell, then finally opened up in round nine and battered Brunker to the canvas. Time was 2:49. Selby is now the IBF mandatory challenger for champion Evgeny Gradovich.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist heavyweight Anthony Joshua (9-0, 9 KOs) blew away veteran Denis Bakhtov (38-9, 25 KOs) in two rounds to win the vacant WBC International heavyweight title. Joshua, already scheduled to face former Prizefighter winner Michael Sprott next month, bludgeoned Bakhtov until referee Ian John-Lewis waved it off at 1:00 of the second round. No Joshua opponent to date has lasted through three rounds.
Middleweight John Ryder (19-1, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over late sub junior middleweight fighter Theophilus Tetteh (16-7-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA I/C title. The bout was waved off at 2:56. Ryder was originally slated to face Sergey Khomitsky.
In a good action fight, Tyler Goodjohn (11-3, 4 KOs) outpunched previously unbeaten Ricky Boylan (12-1, 4 KOs) over ten rounds to claim the vacant BBBofC English jr welterweight title by majority decision. Scores were 96-96, 96-94, 96-94.
By Robert Coster
European super featherweight champion Romain Jacob retained his title Friday night winning a unanimous decision against tough Italian challenger Devis Boschiero in his hometown of Calais, France. Jacob (22-0, 7 KOs) had wrested the European crown from Boschiero (34-3-1, 16 KOs) in February by split decision in a very tough fight. The rematch was just as action-packed and hard-fought with the young Frenchman sealing his victory (116-113, 116-113, 118-111) in the later portion of the fight. Romain, son of former world champion Thierry Jacob and heir to an illustrious French boxing family, is ranked in all four major boxing bodies (WBA #3, IBF #4, WBC #7 and WBO #13).
The WBC has announced the cancellation of a purse bid for the fight between WBC/WBA super lightweight world champion Danny “Swift” Garcia of the United States and WBC mandatory challenger Viktor Postol of Ukraine. Both parties have reached an agreement, the specific details of which will be announced in the near future. WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said, “I am extremely satisfied with the good faith agreement reached by the parties involved which will generate very good opportunities for the fighters, which is the top priority for all of us involved in this great sport.”
Former IBF bantamweight champion Paul Butler has an opponent for his October 25th date at the Echo Arena in Liverpool on. Butler, who relinquished the IBF 118lb belt to campaign in the 115lb division, will face Mexican flyweight Ismael Garnica (13-4-1, 5 KOs). The 25-year-old Butler was originally schduled to challenge IBF world super flyweight champion Zolani Tete on the show, but the South African was forced out of the fight when he fractured his hand, and now Butler will face Garnica over ten rounds at super flyweight.
Despite the change of opponent, Butler is still focused and determined to put on a devastating performance and knows that a win is crucial as he keeps busy before his contracted fight against Tete is rescheduled. “Just because it’s not Tete for the world title doesn’t mean that I’m taking my foot off the gas,” said Butler. “I will prepare even harder for Garnica as he’s a potential banana-skin for my fight against Tete. I can’t overlook him, or my world title fight is gone. He likes to come forward and put pressure on and he’ll be rock-hard like all Mexican fighters are, but I’ll be I’ll be one-hundred focused on Garnica and plan on showing my class by doing a top job on him.”
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Jeter Promotions/RBA Promotions card on Saturday, October 11 at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA:
Yurii Polischuk 140 vs. Benjamin Olinga 140
Stan Williamson 249 vs. Juwan Love 202
Mario Flores 181 vs. Christian Pittman 175
Edwin Reyes 135 vs. Tyrone Stewart 131
Mike Sawyer 174 vs. Nathan Chambers 168
Gerome Quigley 151 vs. Cedric Coney 154
Jonathan Cepeda 164 vs. Lester Gonzalez 165
Tevin Farmer 130 vs. Dominic Coca 130
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By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
In what was an upset from the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino Special Events Center in Indio, California, Mexican veteran Robinson Castellanos of Guanajuato, Mexico scored a fifth round stoppage over previously undefeated super featherweight Ronnie Rios of Santa Ana, California on the Golden Boy Live on Fox Sports 1 main event. The two fighters did not take a step back as they came out banging in the opening round. Trading away in round two Rios appeared to be stunned as moments later a short right hand dropped Rios as he got up staggered fighting on and making it through the round. Castellanos appeared to be cut above the left eye in round three but that did not stop him from coming forward landing the right hand on Rios numerous times. Castellanos continued to apply pressure in round four outworking Rios as once again he was saved by the bell. However the following round Castellanos came out walking up to Rios connecting with a solid right hand followed by a barrage of punches as referee Ray Corona stops the fight at 11 seconds of round five. Castellanos pulls the upset as he improves his record to 20-10, 13 KOs handing Rios his first defeat as he goes to 23-1, 10 KOs. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins / Sacramento Bee
Brandon Adams 148 vs. Will Walters 149
Devonte Donaldson 137.5 vs. Moises Benitez 139
Loren Myers 164 vs. Aaron Coley 163 (main event)
Blanca Raymundo 111 vs. Casey Morton 112
Dara Ny 134 vs. Eric Altamirano 135
Mario Aguirre 145.5 vs. Rudy Macedo 145
Venue: Red Lion Woodlake Hotel
Promoter: Square Vision Entertainment
Photos: All Star Boxing
Former super flyweight title challenger David “El Duro” Carmona (18-2-4, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. Carmona dropped Casillas in round one, but was forced to go the full ten. Scores were 99-90, 98-91, 97-92.
Promoter Tuto Zabala Jr. plans to next match Carmona against WBO Latin champion Daniel “Alacran” Lozano.
Jeff Page Jr 174 vs Maxell Taylor 183
Emmanuel Thompson 163 vs Keith Collins 166
Jeremiah Page 159 vs Jose Brewr 163
Robbie Seyam 147 vs Marvell Fight 148
Michael Glenn 211 vs Wayne Heath 265
Travis Hartman 149 vs Ahmad Chiehko 154
Venue: Beech Activity Center, Wichita, Kansas
Note: The UBF Inter-Continental belt on the line for Page only. This is the second fight in a row Taylor came in overweight.
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Former WBC #1 contender Robinson “Robin Hood” Castellanos (20-10, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over previously unbeaten jr lightweight Ronny Rios (23-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Castellanos pressed the action but was cut over the left eye in round one by an accidental headbutt. Castellanos dropped Rios in round two and battered him from pillar to post. Castellanos continued to punish Rios until the bout was waved off by referee Ray Corona. Time was :11.
Undefeated welterweight “Relentless” Antonio Orozco (21-0, 15 KOs) was extended the full eight rounds by former world champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-14, 11 KOs). It was a valuable learning experience for Orozco against a savvy veteran. Scores were 80-72 on all three cards. Forbes has now lost six straight.
Unbeaten featherweight Diego De La Hoya (7-0, 5 KOs), cousin of Oscar de la Hoya, scored a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Luis Ruiz (5-3-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 60-54 on all cards.
No weigh-in problems for either IBF jr middleweight champion Carlos Molina (22-5-2, 6 KOs) and challenger and former champion Cornelius “K9” Bundrage (33-5, 19 KOs), who meet Saturday night at the Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Molina weighed 152.7, while Bundrage scaled in at 154. This will be Molina’s first defense since dethroning Ishe Smith 12 months ago in Las Vegas. Molina tried to defend the belt against Jermall Charlo in March, however that bout was scuttled due to legal difficulties which ultimately led to Molina’s deportation to Mexico. The bout will be televised in the USA on ESPN Deportes and streamed on ESPN3.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Jorge Páez Jr. 144 lbs, Aarón Herrera 144 lbs
Miguel Berchelt 131 lbs, Antonio Escalante 130.7 lbs
Ivan Montero 154 lbs, Julio Ávalos 154 lbs
Eduardo Torres 134 lbs, Marcos Cárdenas 133 lbs
Venue: Coliseo Yucatán
Promoter: Zanfer, Max Boxing
TV: TV Azteca
By James Slater
Moments ago on The Steve Bunce Boxing Hour on BoxNation, unbeaten European middleweight ruler Billy Joe Saunders was a studio guest and he was talking, of course, about his upcoming November 29th Grudge-Match with fellow unbeaten Chris Eubank Junior. As fans know, there is no love lost between these two, and Saunders said he has taken, and is taking, absolutely no shortcuts in training ahead of this fight, one he says he will definitely win.
Billy Joe says he doesn’t in any way need to fight the still largely unproven Eubank Jr, but that he wants the fight because the public wants to see it. But why has Eubank Junior taken it, Saunders was asked?
“They’ve taken this fight for the money,” Saunders said of Team-Eubank. “I think his dad needs the money more than him to be honest. He’s going to get his boy hurt and I can’t wait to do it. I’m not underestimating anyone, I’m training very hard in the gym every day. I’m going to Marbella (the MGM Gym) tomorrow. I’m serious about this fight, I’ve done everything right; eating, drinking, sleeping, training. And once I beat him I want him to say that Billy Joe Saunders is the better man. I don’t want any excuses, like it was too early.” (more…)
Anthony Joshua MBE and Lee Selby are ready for their crucial clashes at The O2 in London tomorrow night. Joshua meets Denis Bakhtov in his first title fight as a professional and if he can land the vacant WBC International title, the 24 year old will cap a fine first year in the paid ranks at the venue he made his debut in on October 5 2013. Bakhtov is just shy of 50 pro fights and 247 rounds of action in his 15 year career, the Russian is expected to provide a stern test of Joshua’s ambitions and the Olympic gold medal hero knows he will have to be at his best to make it nine KO wins in a row.
“I’ve spoken to people about Bakhtov and the hardcore boxing fans know he’s a test,” said Joshua. “It’s quite interesting and all it says is that I am fighting people who have operated at a good level. Tyson really started to arrive after 16 or 17 fights; that shows there’s no rush. I need to get more fights and more rounds under my belt and I am happy to do that. I like sparring with the champs, I hope to be able to do more with Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
By Tracy Morin at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
Mentally Jermain Taylor (33-4-1, 20 KOs) had to fight his share of demons entering the ring this past Wednesday. The struggles were well-publicized: Bleeding on the brain after his 2009 loss to Arthur Abraham. A two-year layoff. Legal battles outside of the ring. And many saying he didn’t deserve a world title shot considering his recent in-ring opposition. But halfway through his fight with IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-12, 18 KOs) at the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi, it was the champion fighting the uphill battle. More + tons of never before published photos
Lee Selby 125.6 vs. vs. Joel Brunker 125.4
(IBF featherweight eliminator)
Anthony Joshua 236.5 vs. Denis Bakhtov 226
(WBC International heavyweight title)
Venue: O2 Arena, London, England
By Jerry Glick
I have seen many documentaries and films about Muhammad Ali so when I was invited to watch a preview of the latest about The Greatest, titled “I Am Ali”, I confess I was skeptical. I said to myself, “Oh boy, here comes yet another version of the same scenes that I’ve seen so many times before.”
While there were segments that we are all familiar with – Muhammad Ali the fighter, beating and taunting different opponents including Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and others – the documentary also showed a very loving Ali the father as he gently taught his young children to read and to understand who their father was, and how that will affect their lives. Most impressive and ingenious was when he recorded many of those moments, telling little Hana, and Maryam, to play them years in the future when they are adults. (more…)
Tickets to Top Rank’s big November 15 Ramirez-Zuniga / Valdez-Garza HBO Latino show at the Alamodome in San Antonio will go on sale TODAY at 10AM CT. Tickets are priced at $100, $50, $35 and $20, plus applicable convenience and facility fees. VIP Tables are also available. They can be purchased at the Alamodome Box Office, Ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets. They are also available by phone at: (toll free) 1-800-884-3663 or (local) 210-207-3663.
Undefeated #2 rated super middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez and two-time Mexican Olympian and undefeated featherweight knockout artist “scar Valdez will headline. Ramirez, of Mazatlan, Mexico, will be defending his NABF and WBO International super middleweight titles in a 10-round battle against four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga of Barranquilla, Colombia. Valdez, of Nogales, Mexico, will battle one-time world title challenger Alberto Garza of Mexico City in an eight-round featherweight rumble. Both fights will be televised live on HBO Latino, beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET/PT
The non-televised undercard will feature undefeated Texans Ivan Najera of San Antonio and Casey Ramos of Austin, in separate eight-round lightweight bouts, and 2012 Russian Olympic gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev of Asbest, Russia, in an eight-round light heavyweight fight.
The event is promoted by Top Rank, Miguel Cotto Promotions and Zapari Boxing Promotions, in association with Foreman Boys Promotions and Tecate.
WBA World Champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KOs) aims to see out the year in style with a third defense of his light heavyweight title on December 6 at the EWE Arena in Oldenburg, Germany. Braehmer returns against a yet unnamed opponent following his unanimous decision points victory Roberto Bolonti in June. ”I’ve kept in great shape since my last fight,” said the 36 year-old. ”I’m looking forward to getting back into the ring and defending my title for a third time. It is not just about the victory for me. I want to prove that I am the best fighter in my weight category. I will put on a great show for the fans in Oldenburg and show everyone that I am the man to beat at 175lbs.”
Having recently signed a contract extension with Team Sauerland, the two-time world champion will continue his successful collaboration with the European powerhouse promoter. (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (38-2-1, 26 KOs) has joined the German Boxing Commission (BDB). Huck met up with the President of the BDB this Thursday at their headquarters near Hamburg, Germany. The two discussed some last details whilst Huck filled out the required forms. The decision to become a member of the BDB was an easy one for the 29-year-old who plans to promote his own fights from here on out. “I am a world champion from Germany”, explained Huck. “It only makes sense for me to have German Commission license. I know that I can count on Thomas Puetz and the BDB to have my back and fight for my best interests 100%.”
The president of the German Boxing Commission, who has been part of the domestic and international boxing scene for decades, could only agree with the comments of his newest member. “We will back Marco all the way”, said Puetz. “The BDB and I will stand by his side and we are very excited to be working with him.”
While fighting under the Sauerland Event banner, Huck’s fights were sanctioned by the Austrian Boxing Commission.
The champion wouldn´t give too much away about what is still to come, but boxing fans around the world can expect big things. A deal with the ARD network perhaps?
Martin “Pini” Casillas (14-3-8 KOs) of Cocotitlan, Mexico will make his Telemundo Ford network debut tonight. Casillas will take on countryman David “El Duro” Carmona (17-2-4-8 KOs) of Mexico City, Mexico. The bout is scheduled for 10 rounds with the WBO interim Latin super flyweight title at stake. The venue will be the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. Casillas is very familiar with his opponent Carmona. The two have shared the ring sparring together. Casillas is anxious to show what he can do.
You had your six fight win streak snapped in your last fight (against unbeaten Nikolay Potapov). This was your first fight outside of Mexico. What can you tell us about that experience?
I wasn’t overwhelmed by fighting in Russia. I had sparred outside of Mexico before in other countries. The long travel and time difference didn’t bother me. I honestly felt the fight was much closer than it was scored. I’m not down at all about the loss. I actually think I will be better from the experience. (more…)
Leave it to Conor McGregor to put everything into perspective in his own unique way when asked about “The Fighting Irish” billboard that was unveiled on O’Connell Street in Dublin, Ireland Thursday morning . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Brett Bonetti at the scale
Photos by Tony Tolj
Ben Page 175.0 vs Ryan Heck 175.2
Cruiserweight WA State Title Bout
Sam Hogan 153.2 vs Terry Dehaan 153.6
Pat Eneanya 217.6 vs Thomas Peato 258.8
Paul Wisby 175.5 vs Darren Allison 169.9
(Super Middleweight WA State Title)
BoutLuke Sharp 166.8 vs Sapapetch Sakaorat 166.4
Jacob McBride 129.6 vs Daniel Williams 130.0
Jacob Santoro 151.4 vs Yingyai Sitadara 152.5
Dan Carter 131.2 vs Thongthai Rajanondh 152.5
Jayden Prescod 172.1 vs Kalolo Faatua 175.0
Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome VIII
Friday 10th October, 2014
Venue: Perth Metro City, Perth, Western Australia
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