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Omar Figueroa: “Fighting a fight like that, it takes a lot to go even four rounds, much less 12. With a fighter like that, leaning on you and using his weight on you it’s tough. I’m just glad I was in shape and didn’t let my fans down. I’m a very offensive fighter, so the holding kind of slowed me down. I tried to do what I could and, thankfully, the judges saw that. My hands are a little sore, but I really did hold back on my punches, especially because he has one of those European guards where he holds his hands up high and his elbows are exposed. I had to be careful going to the body because that’s how I hurt my hands most times, from hitting the elbows. I felt ridiculously strong at the new weight, but I didn’t think my hands would hold up, so I was holding back and trying to win the fight on points and if I could hurt him I would try to stop him. He was punching me behind the head, so I felt like I had to do the same. If you want to play like that, I can play that game.”
Ricky Burns: “We knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I didn’t agree with the deductions for holding. I thought he was holding as much as me and that’s why I had to tie him up. We moved up in weight for this one but still had some trouble making weight, but I didn’t want to jeopardize my chance to fight in America. I think it was his size that gave me problems more than anything. I don’t know what weight he was in that ring, but it was a lot bigger than me.”
“I think I won the fight,” said former world champion Tomoki Kameda after coming up just short against WBA regular “bantam” king Jamie McDonnell. “I did enough to win. He did a lot to win the last rounds, but I did more over the fight. I don’t agree with the judges decision, but I respect it. I knew he would get up after the knockdown because he’s a world champion. He’s a great fighter and I take my hat off to him, but I won the fight. I want a rematch.”
McDonnell stated, “I felt in control all the way through. It was a great performance. I know I should have just boxed but I wanted to fight. I didn’t think I was going to get the decision being abroad, but it’s more than spectacular to come out of here victorious. He’s a great, undefeated champion.
“His speed surprised me on the knockdown. I knew he was going to be fast, but I didn’t expect it like that. I didn’t see the shot and next thing I knew I was on the floor….I think I’m going to move up in weight. I want to catch the big fights before they’re gone.”
Former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (39-4, 22 KOs) scored a clear cut ten round unanimous decision over Jorge Silva (20-9-2, 16 KOs) in a jr middleweight clash on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.
2012 Olympian featherweight Joseph “Jojo” Diaz Jr. (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Giovanni Delgado (15-3, 9 KOs).
7-foot heavyweight Taishan Dong (4-0, 2 KOs) struggled to a four round majority decision over Jamal Woods (6-19-3, 6 KOs).
Photos: Tony Mayger
WBA “interim” champion Fedor Chudinov (13-0, 10 KOs) claimed the WBA “regular” super middleweight belt stripped from Carl Froch with a split decision over four-time middleweight champion Felix Sturm (39-5-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Festhalle in Frankfurt, Germany. It was a close, tactical fight that could have gone either way. Scores were 116-112 Chudinov, 116-112 Sturm and 118-110 for Chudinov.
Super welterweight “Golden Jack” Culcay (20-1, 11 KOs) claimed the interim WBA 154b belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over Maurice Weber (21-2-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 118-110. After the fight it was announced that Culcay had signed a 4-year contract extension with Sauerland Event right after the fight. Sauerland plans to have Culcay fight for a world championship by the end of 2015.
“It was my first professional bout here in Frankfurt and winning here was very important to me,” said Culcay. “The crowd gave me the proper support to get it done.” As far as his immediate plans for the future, Culcay made a wish: “If there is the opportunity to fight for a world title, I want it to happen on my birthday, September 26.”
Photos: Esther Lin/PBC on CBS
WBA bantamweight champion Jamie McDonnell (26-2-1, 12 KOs) retained his title by the narrowest of margins against previously unbeaten former WBO bantamweight champion Tomoki Kameda (31-1, 19 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Kameda dropped McDonnell in round three, but came up short 114-113 on all three cards. McDonnell closed stronger to pull it out.
In a war between former world champions, undefeated jr welterweight Omar “Panterita” Figueroa (25-0-1, 18 KOs) scored an exciting twelve round unanimous decision over Ricky Burns (37-5-1, 11 KOs). The fight featured great two-way action and Burns gave Figueroa all he could handle. Burns deducted points for holding in rounds eight and eleven by referee Laurence Cole. Scores were 116-110 on all cards.
Former world champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (29-2, 16 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Luis Galarza (21-3, 15 KOs) in a super welterweight clash.
2012 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Anthony Joshua (12-0, 12 KOs) showed his power again, demolishing Raphael Zumbano Love (36-11-1, 29 KOs) in round two on Saturday night at Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England. Joshua punished Love in round one, then dropped him in round two. Love struggled to get up and was counted out. Time was 1:21.
Former middleweight title challenger Matthew Macklin (32-6, 21 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Sandor Micsko (25-9-2, 19 KOs). A body shot finished Micsko. Time was 1:28. “Mack the Knife” was rebounding from a KO loss to Jorge Sebastian Heiland last November.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Callum Smith (16-0, 12 KOs) blitzed journeyman Olegs Fedotovs (19-22, 13 KOs) in just 1:36 of the first round.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic lightweight gold medalist Luke Campbell (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a sudden third round TKO over Aboubeker Bechelaghem (9-7-1, 0 KOs). Time was 1:03.
Welterweight Sam Eggington (15-2, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Joseph Lamptey (18-6-1, 12 KOs) in a clash for the vacant Commonwealth belt.
WBC #5 super welterweight Sergey Rabchenko (25-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage of journeyman Walter Osvaldo Gaston Calvo (11-6, 7 KOs) on Saturday night in Vratsa, Bulgaria. Calvo’s corner waved a towel to halt the punishment.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Formerly two-time world champ, Japanese southpaw Hozumi Hasegawa (34-5, 15 KOs), 125.75, proved too fast and ringwise for previously unbeaten WBC #9 super-bantam Horacio Garcia (29-1, 21 KOs), 125.5, from Mexico, winning a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-93 and 100-91) over ten Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Kobe, Japan. Having suffered a seemingly career-ending stoppage by Spaniard Kiko Martinez in a quest of the IBF 122-pound throne in April of the previous year, Hasegawa, ex-WBC bantam and feather titlist, might have hung up gloves for good then and there, but he gallantly returned to ring warfare against people’s expectations for his second life after a retirement. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and John Disanto at ringside
Photo: Daryl Cobb Jr.
The sellout crowd at the 2300 Arena was abuzz in Philadelphia PA Friday night awaiting what appeared to be a can’t miss heavyweight slugfest as two heavyweight knockout artists, Amir “Hardcore” Mansour and Joey “The Tank” Dawejko battled it out over ten rounds for the PA state title on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Sometimes things don’t always go as planned, as two headbutts forced the fight to become a more of a tactical battle with Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) notching the ten round unanimous decision victory over Joey Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs) by scores of 96-94, 97-93 and 98-92 respectively.
“Joey was a tough fighter and I have to give him credit,” said Mansour afterward. “He hit me with a couple of good shots, but his power wasn’t as strong as everybody said it was. He never had me buzzed…the cut that happened in the second, caused me trouble seeing throughout the fight. I knew the referee wouldn’t do anything about it so I had to suck it up and box behind the jabs and combinations.
“It has been frustrating because everybody above me in the rankings is afraid to fight me,” continued Mansour. “They either won’t take the fight or price themselves out of the fight. I hope a promoter gets behind me and finds me the shot I deserve.” (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Inactive for two years, local favorite Masedonio “Nune” Molina, now twenty pounds heavier, was lucky to emerge with a draw against Thad Berkhousen, 4-1-2, St. Johns, MI. The 6-1-1 cruiserweight, up two weight classes since his thrashing by Lane Staal was appreciative and apologetic after the fight: “While I just got a draw, you fans are great!” Molina exhorted to his vocal fans after the decision was read. Excuses about his sub-par performance followed.
Promoter Fred Vallejo put together a good action card in downtown Toledo’s Grand Plaza Hotel despite two late fallouts and just twelve rounds of boxing. From this observer’s viewpoint, Berkhousen had the fight all the way; I scored it 59-55. The judges had it 60-54 in Berkhousen’s favor , 57-57, and a ridiculous 58-56 in Molina’s favor. The decision cannot be considered so much a hometown decision, though the Ohio Boxing Commission should look into the 58-56 decision by Herman Horn in Molina’s favor, because Michiganian Rose Gross had it even. (more…)
Mexican jr middleweight icon Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is a -900 favorite to defeat brawler James Kirkland tonight in Houston. Kirkland backers can get +600. Over/Under on the fight is 9.5 rounds with “over” at +145 and “under” at -165. HBO will televise.
Down the road in Hidalgo, bantamweight Tomoki Kameda is a -280 favorite to dethrone WBA “regular” champion Jamie McDonnell +240. Also Omar Jr welter Figueroa is is -1100 to beat Ricky Burns +700. Both bouts are on CBS.
In Frankfurt, Germany, Felix Sturm is a -210 pick to beat Fedor Chudinov +175 for the WBA super middleweight belt freshly stripped from Carl Froch. Also on that card, “Golden Jack” Culcay is -1200 to beat Maurice Weber +600 for the interim WBA super welter title.
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Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
On Friday night, for the second time this year, DiBella Entertainment staged its popular Broadway Boxing series north to the suburbs of Westchester County with an exciting eight-bout card, in front of a raucous sold-out crowd at the beautiful Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Headlining the card, West Point graduate Boyd “Rainmaker” Melson (14-1-1, 3 KOs), 153½, White Plains, NY, scored a one-sided unanimous decision over the always-game Mike Ruiz (17-8, 9 KOs), 153¾, Glenbrook, NY, in a 10-round super welterweight contest. (more…)
By Lou McLaughlin at ringside
Photos: Mikey Williams / Top Rank
WBO #10 jr middleweight Michel Soro (26-1-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over hometown favorite WBO #2, IBF #5 jr middleweight Glen “Jersey Boy” Tapia (23-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. After three good rounds, Soro rocked Tapia with a barrage of punches in round four and referee David Fields waved it off at 2:10. Soro claimed the NABO and USBA junior middleweight titles.
Unbeaten light heavyweight “Irish” Seanie Monaghan (24-0, 15 KOs) hammered out an entertaing ten round unanimous decision over Cleiton Conceicao (20-7-2, 16 KOs). Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 99-91, as Monaghan successfully defended his WBC Continental Americas belt.
Unbeaten 2012 Olympic middleweight silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (9-0, 6 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Paul Harness (5-5-1, 4 KOs). Falcao was in command from the outset. In the third stanza, a left hook sent Harness to a knee. Harness took more punches to the body and head and referee Benji Esteves stopped the fight at the end of the round. (more…)
By John DiSanto at ringside
Heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (22-1, 16 KOs) won a bloody ten round unanimous decision over Joey “The Tank” Dawejko (14-4-2, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia. In an unexpectedly tactical bout, Dawejko boxed well early but tired down the stretch. Mansour dominated the second half of the fight and won a comfortable decision. Scores were 97-93, 96-94 and 98-92 as Mansour won the PA State Heavyweight Championship. A sellout attendance of 1,300 was announced.
In a 6-round junior welterweight contest, David Gonzales, Philadelphia, 5-0-2, 1 KO, and Wilmington, DE’s Ryan Belasco, 18-6-4, 4 KOs, fought to a majority draw. Gonzales started quickly, but Belasco battled back to even the bout. Scores were 58-56 (Gonzales), and 57-57 twice.
In a bruising middleweight bout, Atlantic City’s DeCarlo Perez, 14-3-1, 5 KOs, won an 8-round unanimous decision over Baltimore’s Jessie Nicklow, 24-6-3, 8 KOs. All three judges scored the fight 79-73. The bout was the ESPN2 TV opener. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Melbourne based light -middleweight Anthony Buttgieg (8-0, 1 KO) outscored Benjamin Cappa (11-3-2, 3 KOs) by split decision over eight rounds in the main event at the La Mirage Reception Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores Brett McCormick 78-74, Andrew Campbell 79-73, Daniel Zanetta 74-78. Buttgieg captured the Victorian state title.
In the main supporting bout, female super flyweight Marnelle Verano (6-2-1, 2 KOs) outpointed Sylvia Schiavoni (3-1-1, 1 KO) over ten rounds. Scores 97-93, 98-92, 97-93. Filipina Verano captured the vacant International Boxing Association title. She is trained by former Manny Pacquiao opponent Todd Makelim. (more…)
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the heavyweight bout between Stipe Miocic and Mark Hunt and the middleweight bout between Robert Whittake and Brad Tavares, airs live on UFC FIGHT PASS from Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia beginning at 11pm ET / 8pm PT. Eight prelim bouts will air live on UFC FIGHT PASS at 7:45pm ET / 4:45pm PT.
Mark Hunt (266) VS Stipe Miocic (243)
UFC FIGHT PASS MAIN CARD
Robert Whittaker (185) VS Brad Tavares (184)
Sean O’Connell (205) VS Anthony Perosh (205)
James Vick (156) VS Jake Matthews (155)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIMS
Daniel Hooker (145) VS Hatsu Hioki (146)
Jonavin Webb (170) VS Kyle Noke (170)
Sam Alvey (185) VS Daniel Kelly (186)
Lisa Ellis (115) VS Bec Rawlings (115)
Bradley Scott (185) VS Dylan Andrews (185)
Kailin Curran (116) VS Alex Chambers (115)
Brendan O’Reilly (170) VS Vik Grujic (170)
Ben Nguyen (126) VS Alptekin Ozkilic (126)
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By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Leonso Nunez
Tijuana super bantamweight Jorge “Tremendo” DeAlba (13-3-1, 10KO) might have to rethink his boxing career. After emerging as a top prospect some years ago when he won two gold medals in the Mexican amateur nationals, last night at the Tijuana Tilly’s he was stopped for the second time in a row. The southpaw DeAlba, who is trained by former two-time world champion Raul “Jibaro” Perez, faced unheralded Carlos Avila (2-7, 1KO) of Tijuana by way of Jamay, Jalisco, in the six round featherweight main event of an eleven-bout fight card presented by ADE Promotions in downtown Tijuana. (more…)
It was announced today that WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Ruslan Chagaev (33-2-1, 20 KOs) will defend his title against #13 rated Francesco Pianeta (31-1-1, 17 KOs) on July 11 at the GETEC Arena in Magdeburg, Germany. An official kick-off press conference with both Chagaev and Pianeta in attendance will take place on Tuesday. The card is being promoted by Akhmat Boxing Promotion and SES Boxing and regulated by the BDB.
Photos: Jennifer Arredondo / Top Rank
Jose Ramirez 142 vs. Rob Frankel 141.4
Michael Gaxiola 124.8 vs. Julian Lopez 124.4
Oscar Valenzuela 134.8 vs. Irving Garcia 134.8
Rick Graham 154 vs. Danny Valdivia 153.8
Daniel Henry 162.2 vs. Joe Louie Lopez 162.6
Gabriel Solorio 139.8 vs. Alex Rojas 139.2
Hilario Medina 132.2 vs. Eric Altamirano 133.6
Venue: Selland Arena, Fresno, California
Promoter: Top Rank
Shawn Miller 174.4 vs. Willie Williams 175
Kimdo Bethel Boykin 227.2 vs. Arthur Seribekian 257.8
Mike Pryor 143.4 vs. Sam Moura 141.4
Louis King 186.6 vs. Eric George 190
Matthew Leddick 160 vs. Tommy Marcelino 161
Venue: Whitehall Athletic Center, Whitehall, NY
Promoter: Greg Gross
Matchmaker: Diana Rodriguez
Photos: Esther Lin / PBC on CBS
Jamie McDonnell 117.8 vs. Tomoki Kameda 117.8
(WBA regular featherweight title)
Omar Figueroa Jr 141.5 vs. Ricky Burns 139.2.
Austin Trout 157 vs. Luis Galarza 155.6
Porky Medina 169.8 vs. Samuel Miller 169.6
Steve Lovett 177 vs. Eric Watkins 177.8
Carlos Velasquez 131.6 vs. Juan Ruiz 130.6
Miguel Flores 125.4 vs. German Meraz 124.6
Mario Barrios 130 vs. Jose del Valle 130
Darwin Price 139.2 vs. Juan Ovalle 141.2
Ryan Karl 145.6 vs. Alfred Hall 144.2
Brandon Figueroa 120.2 vs. Hector Gutierrez 124.8
Enrique Alvarez 150.6 vs. Alberto Espinoza 153.2
Venue: State Farm Arena, Hidalgo, Texas
Promoter: Warriors Boxing
Photos: Ed Mulholland / Golden Boy / Getty Images
Canelo Alvarez 154.5 vs. James Kirkland 154.5
Note: Co-feature fighter Humberto Soto weighed in at 142.5, while Frankie Gomez scaled in at 147.5. Gomez said he had been sick for four days and couldn’t make the 140lb limit. It was decided to call the fight off.
Joshua Clottey 153.8 vs. Jorge Silva 154.8
Jo Jo Diaz 125.5 vs. Giovanni Delgado 125.5
Taishan Dong 289 vs. Jamal Woods 248.5
Jesse James Leija Jr 144 vs. TBA
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Promoter: Golden Boy
Light heavyweights Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17 KOs) and Craig Baker (16-0, 12 KOs) enter the ring on Saturday, May 23 in Boston as part of a special Memorial Day weekend edition of Premier Boxing Champions on NBC. The live PBC on NBC event starts at 4:30 p.m. ET/1:30 p.m. PT and goes until 6:00 pm. ET/3:00 p.m. PT when the action switches over to NBCSN from 6:00 p.m. ET/3:00 p.m. PT until 7:00 p.m. ET/4:00 p.m. PT.
Further undercard action pits a pair of junior lightweights as Javier Fortuna (27-0-1, 20 KOs) and Bryan Vazquez (34-1, 18 KOs) do battle at Boston University’s Agganis Arena. These undercard bouts will support the super middleweight contest between Andre Dirrell (24-1, 16 KOs) and James DeGale (20-1, 14 KOs).
By Hesiquio Balderas
He won’t stop working, it doesn’t matter what time it is, if he doesn’t sleep that’s OK with him as long as he get things done. “It’s all about the fans. We have to work for them. As a promoter I have a responsibility to treat each fan with respect and take care of them, so we reach the people, the regular fans and the hardcore boxing fans, on the daily basis. We reach them by email or by phone, we want to make sure our costumers are happy and taken care of,” says Mike Battah, president of Leija*Battah Promotions.
Battah owns a large wholesale distribution service and sells to big corporations all over the world so he knows business, but what does he know about boxing? (more…)
By James Slater
In a big exclusive by Gareth A Davies of The Telegraph, Wladimir Klitschko’s American advisor Shelley Finkel says he is “sure” the heavyweight king will next face WBO mandatory challenger, the unbeaten Tyson Fury. Finkel, in speaking to Davies, says Wladimir is keen to silence Fury, who has been calling out and disrespecting Klitschko for some months now.
“There’s a very good chance [of it taking place] in the UK,” Finkel told The Telegraph. “I’m sure Wlad is going to fight Fury in September of October. There’s a very good chance of Wembley Stadium or Manchester. It’s that big a fight, we believe. Two weeks ago Wladimir fought at Madison Square Garden and nobody knows Bryant Jennings but it was the highest-rated HBO fight in three years. That gives you some idea. And Fury is the big mouth from England. Of course we’d love to shut him up once and for all.”
Fury, already the WBO mandatory challenger, has just been elevated to the WBA mandatory, making the showdown all the more likely, according to Finkel. (more…)
IBF/WBO/WBA light heavyweight champion Sergey Kovalev will defend against IBF mandatory Nadjib Mohammedi on July 18 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The fight will be televised on HBO.
Nadjib Mohammedi: “My Time has come to show the world who I am. I let Kovalev beat some guys but now I will show he ain’t no Krusher. I am smarter, faster, and I’m the next generation of light heavyweight. I will become champion July 18th.”
Anthony Joshua 248 vs. Rafael Zumbano Love 236
Sam Eggington 146.5 vs. Joseph Lamptey 144.75
Matthew Macklin 165 vs. Sandor Micsko 158.5
Callum Smith 172.25 vs. Oleg Fedetovs 170.25
Luke Campbell 138 vs. Aboubeker Bechelaghem 137.25
Kal Yafai 116.25 vs. Isaac Quaye 112.25
Venue: Barclaycard Arena in Birmingham, England
TV: Sky Sports (UK)
Report/photos by Tony Mayger
Ahead of their WBA super middleweight workd title fight in Frankfurt, Germany, Felix Sturm and Fedor Chudinov both weighed in today within the 168lb limit. The regular title became available after Britain’s Carl Froch was stripped of the belt this week
Chief support Jack Culcay and Maurice Weber also came in within the limit for their WBA super welterweight interim title clash. Alex Born, Adnan Redzovic, Konni Konrad and Andreas Reimer are on the undercard and all weighed in successfully in the garden of Roomers Hotel.
Chudinov 166.4lbs (75.5kg)
Sturm 166.8lbs (75.7kg).
Jack Culcay 153 (69.4kg)
Maurice Weber 153.2lbs (69.5kg)
Frank Buglioni 168 vs. Lee Markham 167
(WBO European super middleweight title)
Bradley Skeete 146 vs. Brunet Zamora 146
(WBO European welterweight title)
Mitchell Smith 129.5 vs. Cristian Palma 128.1
(WBO Intercontinental super featherweight title)
Venue: Wembley Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: BoxNation (UK)
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