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WBC #6 heavyweight Manuual Charr wasn’t able to deliver on his promise to be the first to stop Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson, but he did get the win, scoring a ten round unanimous decision over defensive specialist Johnson on Saturday at the Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. Charr moved to 26-1, 15 KOs, while Johnson, 29-6-1, 14 KOs, has now dropped four of his last five, all by decision.
Former world champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Guido Pitto (18-3, 7 KOs) to reclaim the vacant IBO jr middleweight title on Saturday night at the Terminal Ice Palace in Brovari, Ukraine. Baysangurov showed no sign of the injuries that kept him out of the ring for the last 18 months as he punished Pitto throughout, finally dropping Pitto to get the stop in the final stanza.
Super middleweight Sergey Khomitsky (29-10-2, 12 KOs) scored an upset sixth round TKO over previously unbeaten Frank Buglioni (12-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Copper Box in London. Khomitsky methodically broke down Buglioni and hurt Buglioni badly in round six. After a standing eight-count, Buglioni’s corner stopped the fight. Time was 1:04. Khomitsky claimed the WBO European super middleweight title.
Heavyweight Eddie Chambers (38-4, 19 KOs) lived up to his nickname “Fast” and smashed Moses Matovu (5-40-4, 0 KOs) inside one round, finishing off the Belfast based Ugandan with a big right hand at 1:10.
In another upset, cruiserweight Ovill McKenzie (22-12, 11 KOs) demolished reigning Commonwealth champion Tony Conquest (13-2, 5 KOs). McKenzie floored the heavily favored Conquest in round three and put him down for the count in round five.
In a third upset, former amateur star Georgie Kean (3-1, 1 KO) suffered his first pro loss against William Warburton (12-60-3, 2 KOs) in a welterweight clash. (more…)
Photos: Photo Wende
Heavyweight David Price (17-2, 15 KOs) came off the deck to score a third round KO over Onrej Pala (33-5, 23 KOs) on Saturday night in Esbjerg, Denmark. Pala dropped the 6’8 Price in round one with a looping left hook behind the ear. The British heavyweight was straight back on his feet and able to compose himself in the second before unleashing some devastating right hands in the third to twice send Pala crashing to the canvas and unable to continue. Time was :33.
Middleweight contender Andy Lee (32-2, 22 KOs) was lucky to escape with a razor-thin eight round majority decision over unheralded Frank Haroche Horta (34-13-5, 13 KOs). Scores were 77-76, 77-76, 76-76.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Erik Skogland (20-0, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Danilo D’Agata (12-2-1, 3 KOs).
By Butch Gottlieb
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
The Nevada Boxing Hall Of Fame’s first event of 2014, a fund-raising “Party With Boxing’s Legends” held last night, Friday, April 11, in the beautiful Havana Room at The New Tropicana Las Vegas was a jammed packed affair with many of boxing’s elite present including Floyd Mayweather Jr., Roy Jones Jr., Sugar Shane Mosley, Evander Holyfield, Kevin Kelley, Paulie Ayala, Bones Adams, Ava Knight, Ana Julaton and many more.
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Last night at the “Ringside at Del Mar” show at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, super lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (27-1, 15 KOs) defeated Mexico’s Edgar “Basuras” Riovalle (37-18-2, 26 KOs) by way of an 8-round TKO. The event, which sold over 1200 tickets, was promoted by Paco Presents in association with A&T Gym, Don Chargin, and San Diego-based Barron Entertainment. Gesta looked fast as he marched his way back into the win column. The bout was stopped at the 2:13 mark of round 8. With the victory, Gesta will look to get back into title contention. (more…)
By Damian St. Pierre at ringside
“Friday Night Brawl” at the Cut Off Youth Center in Cut Off, Louisiana, saw super middleweight Morgan “Big Chief” Fitch (12-0-1, 5 KOs) bounce back from a draw in his last outing by pounding on Skylar Thompson (12-12, 10 KOs) for four rounds. The one sided main event saw Fitch do pretty much whatever he set his mind to. Fitch stood tall behind his jab and worked the body of the 179lb Thompson. Fitch, originally from Louisiana now living in Pittsburgh, picked up the pace and stung Thompson with a well-placed right hand near the end of the 3rd round. Round four was much of the same, Fitch hit Thompson with a combo that sent him down to the mat, to his credit Thompson would beat the count but referee Kenny Saintes waived the bout off just seconds later. Official time was 2:47. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Hardwork Promotions card Saturday, April 12 at the Patapsco Arena in Baltimore, MD:
Venroy July 199 vs. Quantis Graves 198
Dwayne McRae 233 vs. Jonte Willis 225
Jeremy Trussell 160 1/2 vs. Taneal Goyco 161
Larry Recio 154 vs. Jose Felix 154
Demond Nicholson 160 vs. David Rohn 160
DeAndre Davis 141 vs. Christopher Johnson 140
Edwin Reyes 138 1/2 vs. Christopher Haney 135
Alexandru Marin 127 vs. Alex Hipolito 127
Travis Reeves 195 vs. Santos Martinez 195
Timothy Bradley and Manny Pacquiao weighed-in Friday in front of thousands of enthusiastic fight fans (the majority supporting Manny) at the MGM Grand. After their face-off, both fighters were quickly corralled by Top Rank’s Crystina Poncher for some final comments. Here’s what they had to say.
Timothy Bradley: Boos are like cheers for me. I’ve been the underdog my whole life. I was raised up in the ghetto, so I know what being the underdog is like. I know when you don’t have any food in the refrigerator, I know what that’s like. I’m happy to be here. Tomorrow we’re gettin’ it on, me and Manny.
Manny Pacquiao: It’s nice to be back in Las Vegas. I’m really thankful for the fans who came here today, and tomorrow I have to pay them back with a good fight and, of course, a victorious fight.
Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (52-6-1, 46 KOs) scored a first round KO over Maurenzo Smith (12-9-3, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. A body shot finished Smith, as Briggs scored his 31st career first round KO. This was Shannon’s first fight since facing Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. Briggs is the last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title.
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
In his biggest test to date, WBC #4 super middleweight Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (28-0, 22 KOs) scored a very impressive fifth round TKO over two-time former world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo (33-7, 25 KOs) on Friday night at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Southpaw Ramirez pressured Lorenzo in round one, landing a number of good punches. More hard Ramirez punches connected in round two as he pursued Lorenzo. Ramirez battered Lorenzo to the deck in round three and Lorenzo did well to finish the round. Ramirez continued to punish Lorenzo in round four. Referee Jay Nady called two knockdowns in round five when Lorenzo’s glove touched the canvas. Giovanni’s corner then threw in the towel. Time was 2:47. With the win, Ramirez won the vacant NABF super middleweight title. After the fight Lorenzo was taken to a local hospital with a possible broken rib.
Unbeaten super middleweight Jesse “Hard Work” Hart (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Samuel Clarkson (10-3, 6 KOs). Hart, the son of 1970s middleweight contender Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, dropped Clarkson twice in round four, but had to go the distance for the second straight fight. Scores were 80-70 on all cards. (more…)
WBC #6 rated heavyweight contender Manuel Charr takes on Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson on Saturday night at Telekom Dome in Bonn, Germany. At today’s weigh-in Charr brought 242.5 lbs. to the scale while Johnson weighed in slightly heavier at 244.5 lbs.
In the co-feature WBO # 15 rated middleweight contender Hamid Rahimi will take on Bronislav Kubin. Rahimi who made worldwide news in October 2012 when he promoted the first ever professional boxing fight in Afghanistan labeled as “Fight For Peace” weighed in at 161 lbs. His opponent was still on his way to Bonn when the weigh-in ceremony was held. The show promoted by Manuel Charr’s Diamondoy Promotions.
Jason Sosa 130.6 vs. Michael Brooks 133
Ahsandi Gibbs 156.8 vs. Thomas LaManna 157
Anthony Burgin 131.5 vs. Frank Trader 130.2
Kyrone Davis 159.5 vs. Rafael Machado 157.5
Dominic Goode 140.5 vs. David Gonzales 141
Dan Pasciolla 235 vs. David Williams 230
Sherman Artis 168.2 vs. Antowyan Aikens 167
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions
First Bout: 7:30 pm Saturday, April 12
Tickets: $50 & $75 at the door or through TicketMaster.com
Heavyweight Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) is scheduled to return to the ring tonight at the Doubletree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This will be Briggs’ first fight since his facing Vitali Klitschko in October 2010. The last American to hold a portion of the heavyweight title, Briggs is facing Maurenzo Smith (12-8-3, 9 KOs) of Houston.
“I can’t wait to show my talents to the world again,” explained Shannon Briggs, who weighed in at 256 lbs. “I’m in the best shape of my life right now. I have the most first round knockouts in heavyweight boxing history (30 first round KOs) and I’m looking to add to my record and bring the belt back to the USA.” (more…)
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Manny Pacquiao 145 vs. Timothy Bradley 145.5
(WBO welterweight world championship)
Ray Beltran 134.5 vs. Arash Usmanee 135
(Vacant NABO lightweight title)
Khabib Allakhverdiev 139.5 vs. Jessie Vargas 140
(WBA interim super lightweight title)
Bryan Vasquez 130 vs. Jose Felix Jr 130
(WBA interim super featherweight title)
Sean Monaghan 175 vs. Joe McCreedy 173
(WBC Cont. Americas light heavyweight title)
Oscar Valdez 129 vs. Adrian Perez 130
(NABF super featherweight “junior” title)
Esquiva Falcao 161 vs. Pubilo Pena 162
Oleksandr Gvozdyk 174.5 vs. Mike Montoya 173
Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
WBO #6 heavyweight Christian Hammer (16-3, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over slugger Konstantin “The Sandman” Airich (19-8-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany. Most rounds were close with lots of infighting and Airich gave at least as good as he got. Judges didn’t see it that way. House fighter Hammer was declared the winner with no scores given. Four straight losses for Airich.
IBF #15 light heavyweight rated Igor Mikhalkin (15-1, 8 KOs) won an eight round technical decision over Mohamed Belkacem (21-7-1, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU title. The one-sided fight was stopped in round eight due to a cut under the left eye of Belkacem.
WBO #14 cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (35-6, 20 KOs) won a questionable eight round decision over former world title challenger Gusmyr Perdomo (21-4, 14 KOs). Perdomo did more but Seferi was surprisingly announced as the winner with no scores being given.
Photo: Photo Wende
David Price weighed in today ahead of his fight with Ondrej Pala in Esbjerg, Denmark on Saturday night. “I’m ready to go,” said Price. “I am in great shape and I can’t wait to get in there and put in a performance on Saturday night.”
All the fighters made weight ahead of Team Sauerland’s Nordic Fight Night show.
David Price 244.7 vs. Ondrej Pala 231.4
Erik Skoglund 174.1 vs. Danilo D’Agata 173.7
Anthony Yigit 139.5 vs. Kasper Bruun 139.3
Mateusz Masternak 200 vs. Stjepan Vugdelija 202.8
The Nordic Fight Night in Esbjerg will be shown live via Viasat channels across Scandinavia and on Box Nation in the UK.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Cotto Promotions has signed former world champion Wilfredo “WV2″ Vazquez Jr. (23-3-1, 19 KOs), who will be fighting against Marvin Sonsona in a rematch on the June 7th PPV telecast headlined by Cotto vs. Sergio Martinez at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Cotto Promotions also signed Olympian Jantony Ortiz, who fought in the London Olympics for Puerto Rico and had over 250 amateur fights. He will be making his pro debut on the June 7th card.
An opponent has been named for popular Chicago super middleweight Donovan “Da Bomb” George for his return to the ring on Friday, April 18 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. World ranked contender George (24-4-2, 21 KOs) will face off against veteran Troy Lowry (28-13, 17 KOs) in an eight rounder. Long a fan favorite over his nine-year career, George has never lost in his native Chicago.
In the co-feature hot light heavyweight prospect “Hollywood” Mike Jimenez (13-0, 10 KOs) will look to stay undefeated against Brandon “EL Cubanito” Gonzalez (12-12-4, 6 KOs) in a scheduled six round tilt.
“These are the two most popular fighters in Chicago and with our anticipated huge crowd, local fight fans should expect an excellent night of action,” said Bobby Hitz, now in his 25th year of promoting in Chicago. “With tickets starting at just $25, this is an excellent value for the sports fans dollar.” (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Kazuto Harada
The Asian Boxing Council (ABCO), a regional organization affiliated with WBC, held a “WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai Press Conference 2014″ on Wednesday, April 9, at Asia Hotel in Ratchathewi, Bangkok, Thailand. The highlight of the event was the annual awards’ presentation to the boxers and promoters who have an outstanding achievement during the year 2013. “The WBC Asia Boxer of the Year” is the WBC Superflyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand. Srisaket is now scheduled to defend his title against the mandatory challenger Carlos Cuadras on May 31 in Mexico. Also, his promoter-manager Surachart Pisitwutthinan was awarded as “the WBC Asia Promoter of the year” becuase of his achievement in promoting 2 WBC world title fights and 6 WBC Asia championship fights. (more…)
Oswaldo “Magnifico” Castro 119 lbs vs. David “Zamorita” Reyes 121.5
Jose Manuel “Big Bang” Sanchez 113 vs. Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta 114
Eduardo “Zurdito” Ramirez 131 vs. Miguel “Miguelito” Martinez 129
Abelardo “Bolillo” Sanchez 116 vs. Eduardo Quezada 118
Luis “Flechita” Castillo 105 vs. Daniel Arredondo 106
Venue: Ingenio Azucarero Mochis, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México.
Promoter: Promotora del Pacífico
By Bob Ryder
Jordan Shimmell and Damon McCreary, both residents of the Great Lakes state, will tangle on the undercard of the nationally televised Ronny Rios vs Andrew Cancio fight at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion Monday night. Undefeated Shimmell (13-0, 11 KOs) is a former national amateur standout who has made rapid strides since entering the pro ranks in June of 2012. Currently ranked second in the US at cruiserweight, 25 year old Shimmell ventures into the heavyweight class against 40 year old McCreary. McCreary once a good super middle/lightheavy lost some key years due to legal troubles. Since returning to the ring his weight has ballooned up to the 250+ range so he will clearly have a distinct weight advantage. Detroit’s McCreary’s lone loss (15-1, 11 KOs) came against Deontay Wilder. Shimmell hails from the Grand Rapids area and would seem to be the solid favorite here although McCreary’s punching power could make it interesting for however long the fight goes. (more…)
Owner of perhaps the most potent right hand in the heavyweight division, Roy Nelson’s power was the difference once again in his UFC Fight Night main event against Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira on Friday, as he knocked the Brazilian legend out in the first round at the du Arena in Abu Dhabi . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By James Slater
WBA super-bantamweight champ Scott Quigg, 27-0-2(20) will face a late replacement foe this coming Saturday in Manchester. Original challenger Nehomar Cermeno has been forced to withdraw due to visa issues preventing him from coming to the UK. Quigg will now face Tshifhiwa Munyai in what could be a tricky assignment. Known as “The Atomic Spider,” Munyai will give Quigg a tougher challenge than Cermeno would have done in the opinion of promoter Eddie Hearn: “It’s a great fight for Scott and in my opinion a much tougher fight than Cermeno,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
28-year-old Munyai is 24-2-1(12) overall and he has won his last four. A former Commonwealth champion down at bantamweight, the South African has boxed in the UK before – beating Martin Power (twice) and Lee Haskins in 2006/2007. Never stopped as a pro, Munyai holds height and reach advantages over Quigg.
Here are the official weights from today’s weigh-in held at Queensberry Promotions’ office in Turnford, Hertfordshire, for tomorrow night’s Frank Warren “Power Of London” event at the Copper Box Arena in London:
Frank Buglioni 167.5 vs. Sergey Khomitsky 167
Tony Conquest 196.25 vs. Ovill Mckenzie 193.5
Bradley Skeete 146.25 vs. Giuseppe Loriga 146
Lewis Pettitt 121.5 vs. Emerson Santos Carvalho 120.25
Grappling wizard Thales Leites showed off his stand-up attack in his UFC Fight Night bout with Trevor Smith Friday at du Arena in Abu Dhabi, with the Brazilian using a series of right hands to drop and finish his foe in the first round . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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The vacant European light heavyweight title will be up for grabs tonight at Universal Hall in Berlin, Germany as IBF #15 rated Igor Mikhalkin (14-1, 8 KOs) meets Mohamed Belkacem (21-6-1, 9 KOs). The card also features WBO #14 cruiserweight Nuri Seferi (34-6, 20 KOs) against Gusmyr Perdomo (21-3, 14 KOs) and a clash between WBO #6 heavyweight Christian Hammer (15-3, 10 KOs) and all action slugger Konstantin Airich (19-7-2, 15 KOs).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Costa Rican WBA interim super featherweight world champion Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez (33-1, 17 KOs) is poised for his first title defense on Saturday against Mexican challenger Jose Felix Jr (26-0-1, 21 KOs) on Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley PPV card at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
“I’m really looking forward to Saturday to try to get a victory not only for me but for my country,” stated Vasquez. “I will give it my best. This is a great opportunity and a dream to be here.” Vasquez was trained for about two months in Los Angeles with trainer Joe Hernandez while Felix trained in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico.
It won’t be an easy defense for Vasquez. In fact, sportsbooks have made him a decided underdog. The bout will open the PPV telecast.
By Butch Gottlieb/boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach and Timothy Bradley trainer Joel Diaz spoke to the press Thursday about Saturday’s big rematch.
Freddie Roach: I haven’t seen Manny train this hard in many years. He was very upset by what Bradley said about Manny not having the drive or desire any longer. That woke him up more then anything that I could say.
Manny is bothered by an opponent’s mobility but he will do his job. Bradley claimed that his feet were bleeding but he didn’t seem to slow down at all. Manny has fought with bloody feet before but we ended up with a sock deal so what the hell. We have worked on cutting off the ring and Manny closes the distance better then any fighter in the world.
As far as a knockout goes, if it comes it comes but we are not going looking for it. Bradley is a very dangerous opponent but anyone can get knocked out at any time. I had 150 amateur fights and 27 pro fights before I ever tasted the canvas so I thought I was invincible. Then reality set in.
Joel Diaz: Bradley was very depressed after the first fight because of what people were saying and he actually ballooned up to over 180 pounds. But he is very motivated for this fight because he wants to prove that the first fight was no fluke. He beat a very tough Ruslan Provodnikov after that fight and beat a very experienced Juan Manuel Marquez, who just knocked out Pacquiao. He actually had to move to protect his family because of all the threats.
Like Manny, we had a great training camp and we are in great shape and we are just looking to put on a good show for the fans.
For a 37-year-old with a resume any fighter would envy, this should be the victory lap, a time to make that last go-round before walking into the sunset and picking up a Hall of Fame induction. . . . click here for more at UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Sumio Yamada, JPBA
Just prior to the world title bout last Sunday, the new WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman presented an honorary championship belt to “Japanese Hurricane Carter” Iwao Hakamada, a former boxer who had been confined in jail for 48 years but was lately released from detention on March 27. The 78-year-old Hakamada, ex-Japanese #6 ranked featherweight, couldn’t attend the ceremony as he was recovering in hospital due to his diminished capacity caused by the long imprisonment, and his sister Hideko, 81, jubilantly received the belt in the ring instead and said on the microphone, “We really appreciate long and warm supports by boxing people and fans that finally regained my brother’s freedom.” It was a very emotional moment witnessed by 4,800 spectators at the Ota Ward General Gymnasium, Tokyo.
It was on June 30, 1966 that the Beatles performed their very first show in Tokyo, Japan. On the same day, a dreadful murder happened in Shizuoka (one hour from Tokyo by bullet train) with four persons of a family miserably killed and burnt by arson. The victims were a family of a managing director for a soybean processing factory with some young live-in employers staying in a dormitory close to the sufferers’ accommodation. (more…)
Mercito Gesta 139.5 vs. Edgar Riovalle 136
Jorge Ruiz 126 vs. Oscar Venegas 126
Prince Smalls 126 vs. Michael Haigood 125
Roque Ramos 128.5 vs. Luis Silva 130
Manuel Ceballos 174 vs. Jamel Reynolds 176
Anecito Gesta 130.5 vs. Riccy Hood 132
Venue: Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
Presented by: Paco Presents, A&T GYM, Don Chargin and Barron Entertainment
Matchmaker: Jorge Marron
Announcer: Benny Ricardo
“You can tell me I suck, that I’m the worst fighter in the world, and I’m going to laugh,” says Timothy Bradley, who is laughing off critics days before his return match with Manny Pacquiao. More
Pacquiao, meanwhile, is talking Bradley, but he’s also talking politics. It’s likely, he says, that he’ll be running for senator again. More
Peter Quillin talks about his upcoming match with Lukas Konecny. More
James DeGale will fight Brandon Gonzales in a Wembley final eliminator. More
Ring legend Felix “Tito” Trinidad, who made some $86 million during his career, is reportedly in financial ruin. According to reports out of Puerto Rico, a longtime financial advisor put Tito’s money into some risky investments without his consent, losing $63 million. On Thursday, Tito and Papa Trinidad petitioned the court today for relief from creditors. Trinidad reportedly still has $9 million remaining, but has debts totaling more than three times that amount.
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
DiBella Entertainment returned to the historic BB King Blues Club & Grill in Manhattan on Thursday, featuring eight up-and-coming prospects in separate bouts as part of its popular Broadway Boxing series. In the main event, Ecuador’s Erick Bone (14-1, 8 KOs) made his US debut a successful one, battering former contender Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-7-1, 13 KOs) over 5 rounds in a welterweight contest.
Figueroa landed a few good counter right hooks early on, but the 25-year-old Bone was able to settle down later, breaking Figueroa down to the body and then landing a series of head shots that caused Gato’s corner to throw in the towel in a merciful stoppage at 2:40 of round 5. A once promising prospect, Figueroa has now lost 5 of his last 6 contests. The Bronx native has shared the ring with big punchers Randall Bailey, Breidis Prescott and Thomas Dulorme, but he has lately been relegated to being an opponent for up and coming prospects. (more…)
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