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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Japanese WBA bantamweight world champion Hernan Koki Kameda (30-1, 17 KOs) defends against Filipino challenger Jhon Mark Apolinario (17-2-3, 4 KOs) on August 23th at the Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan. The three judges are Alfredo Polanco (Mexico), Wan Soo Yuh (South Korea) and Pini Pradyasab (Thailand). The fight supervisor is Alberto Yang Sup Shim from South Korea
Following Saturday night’s fight card at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, Golden Boy Promotions will return to the desert venue on August 9 with a ShoBox tripleheader headlined by unbeaten heavyweight knockout artist Deontay Wilder (28-0, 28 KOs). Wilder will risk his perfect record against former WBO heavyweight titleholder Sergei Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) in a ten-rounder. In the two co-featured bouts, unbeaten lightweight Francisco Vargas (16-0-1, 13 KOs) meets Brandon Bennett (15-0, 7 KOs) in a ten-round match-up and undefeated Jermall Charlo (14-0, 10 KOs) takes on Antwone Smith (23-4-1, 12 KOs) in a ten-round junior middleweight bout. Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45. Call 800-827-2946.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins/Sacramento Bee
Stan Martyniouk (13-1, 2 KOs) led a dominant evening for local pro boxing prospects by posting a unanimous eight-round decision over David Rodela (16-9-3, 7 KOs) of Oxnard in their lightweight main event Saturday at the Red Lion Woodlake Hotel in Sacramento, California. There were no knockdowns, but the three judges favored Martyniouk by comfortable scores.
In other bouts, in front of an announced crowd of 1,300, super-bantamweight Roman Morales (16-0, 8 KOs) of Monterey knocked out Lorenzo Trejo (33-27-1, 20 KOs) of Mexico two minutes into the first round and heavyweight Yohan Banks (7-8-3, 3 KOs) of Redwood City won by a TKO at 1:59 of the first round over Bomani Parker (14-8-1, 8 KOs) of Richmond.
Morales’ fight was billed as the eight-round co-feature. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Victor “El Nino” Castro (10-0, 5 KOs) hammered out a six round unanimous decision over Marcos Herrera (6-10-1, 2 KOs) on Saturday night in the main event at the Celebrity Theater in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-54.
In the co-feature, lightweight Jenson Ramirez (3-2-2, 0 KOs) upset previously unbeaten Emilio Garcia (7-1-1, 1 KOs) by six round unanimous decision.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
In a bout for the WBO interim minimumweight title, undefeated Carlos “Chocorroncito” Buitrago (27-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Julian Yedra (21-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro Internacional de Convenciones Yucatan Siglo XXI in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Buitrago won by scores of 118-110, 116-113 and 118-111. photos
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
All the featured fighters on Saturday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, ended their bouts early with devastating body shots. In the main event, unbeaten local super bantamweight Randy Caballero moved to 19-0, 11 KOs with a seventh round KO over Miguel Robles (12-3-2, 5 KOs), 2012 Olympian featherweight Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a first round KO over Luis Cosme (8-3-1, 4 KOs) and 2012 Olympian junior middleweight Errol Spence Jr. (7-0, 6 KOs) demolished Eddie Cordova (4-5-1, 1 KO) in round one. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Peter Frutkoff
Jr welterweight contender Chris Algieri (16-0, 7 KOs) won a harder than anticipated 10-round unanimous decision against “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (24-9-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Algieri was outworked early on and had some difficulty with Arnaoutis’ southpaw style. But as the bout progressed, Algieri became more active, busting up Arnaoutis’ nose before cutting Arnaoutis on the right eyebrow in the eighth round. Scores were 99-91 and 98-92 (twice) for the still unbeaten Algieri.
Photos: Playa del Carmen
Light flyweight Pedro “Jibran” Guevara (20-1-1, 13 KOs) defended his WBC silver belt by unanimous twelve round decision against former world champion Mario “Dragoncito” Rodriguez (15-8-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Domo de la Colosio in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Guevara was in command all the way in a 120-108, 118-110, 119-110 win.
Guevara’s brother, former world title challenger Alberto “Metro” Guevara (18-1, 6 KOs), was dropped in round ten but still came away with a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jonathan “Pitbull” Vidal (17-1, 9 KOs) in a bout for the vacant WBC International bantamweight title. Scores were 97-92, 97-92, 95-94. (more…)
Former heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora (17-4, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over previously unbeaten Malik Scott (35-1-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Chisora pressed the action, but both fighters had their moments in round one. Scott had swelling under his right eye after round one. Lots of clinching. Scott seemed to be figuring Chisora out in round two. Chisora landed some good body shots in round four. Close round in round five. Chisora had success bulling Scott into the ropes in round six and then Chisora suddenly floored Scott with a right hand. Scott didn’t seem majorly hurt but he watched referee Phil Edwards count to nine and it was ruled he got up too late! Time was 2:56. Chisora claimed the vacant WBO International title.
After the fight Scott said, “I’m a professional. Dereck hit me with a good shot, it was like one of those shots right by the ear, the equilibrium shot, I gave myself an eight-count and was up at nine. The count is to ten over in America and including England…everyone knows I beat the count!”
A look at the video replay shows Scott was still on the canvas at the count of nine, however Edwards never counted ten and immediately waved off the fight as Scott hurriedly jumped to his feet. He seemed good to go again had the fight continued. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Power-punching lightweight John Molina (26-3, 21 KOs) knew his career was on the line when he stormed back from the brink of absolute defeat to dramatically stop previously unbeaten Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs) in the 10th and final round of their fight Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
“I knew I was fighting an uphill battle and that I was definitely behind on the scorecards, but I always felt I was in the fight,” he said. “This is how we do it. This is why we do boxing. I seized the moment and got the job done. When my back was up against the wall, I came back stronger. Bey was a strong-armed guy who was difficult to get inside against. But I knew I’d hurt him early with a body shot because he let out a moan. I wanted him to get a little confidence as the fight went on so he would stand more. I think he wanted to try and discourage me at times but it didn’t work. When I connected in the 10th, I saw his eyes roll back. The beauty of boxing is possessing knockout power in both hands.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (57-6-1, 49 KOs) has wrapped up his preparations with trainer Robert Garcia in Oxnard, California, and will head to Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico, for his fight next Saturday at the Palenque de la Feria. Rubio will face Colombian Dionisio “Mr. Knockout” Miranda (22-8-2, 19 KOs) with a world title shot on the line. With a victory, “Veneno” will have the opportunity for a rematch with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the interim WBC middleweight world title. Chavez must also win his September 7 clash against Brian Vera in Los Angeles.
Also training with Rubio in Oxnard was middleweight Marcos “Dorado” Reyes (27-1, 22 KOs), who is looking to avenge his 2010 defeat against Argentinian Amilcar Funes (22-12, 17 KOs) on the same card. (more…)
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Richard Towers has been forced to withdraw from his eagerly anticipated heavyweight clash with Lucas Browne because he is unable to obtain a visa to enter Australia. The pair were set to meet at the Melbourne Pavilion this Thursday (July 25th) in a final elimination contest for the Commonwealth title. After months of training, both Richard and Lucas are devastated that the fight is no longer taking place. This was a contest that everybody was looking forward to and Hatton Promotions had worked hard to secure the coverage it deserved. “We believe that all steps had been taken for Richard to take part in the fight,” said Hatton Promotions head of boxing Richard Poxon. “This was going to be one of the best heavyweight clashes made this year, so it’s extremely disappointing that the fans won’t get a chance to see it. However, our sole focus must now be on securing a worthy opponent for Lucas to face on the 25th.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Professional boxing returned to the city of Harrisburg, PA on Friday night with outdoors show at the Dauphin District Courthouse grounds. A & D Promotions scrambled due to several fallouts, but were able to put together a five bout show which featured local fighters against regional competition . In the four round main event of the evening, Harrisburg, PA’s own Danny Lugo (2-4, 1 KO) needed just two minutes and thirty five seconds to finish off Ohio junior middleweight, Anthony Walls (0-6). (more…)
Vito Mielnicki of GH3 Promotions has signed undefeated heavyweight Dorsett “The Bullet” Barnwell to an exclusive promotional contract. The twenty-five year old native of Norfolk, Virginia has a record of 9-0 with four knockouts. Barnwell had a stellar amateur career capturing national titles in the Under -19, PAL, Junior Olympics and Ringside categories. Barnwell has been a sparring partner in the camps of WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin, former cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev and the Klitschko brothers. Barnwell is trained by Daniel Campbell, the former director of coaching for USA Boxing, who presided over the U.S. boxing team at the 2008 Beijing Games. Barnwell will make his first appearance under the GH3 Banner on August 3rd in Whitehall, New York
Two 2012 United States Olympians will have showcase fights on tonight’s FOX Sports Network/FOX Deportes telecast from Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. 2012 Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (5-0, 3 KOs) will battle Luis Cosme (8-2-1, 3 KOs in a six-round featherweight bout and Diaz’ Olympic teammate Errol Spence Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) will see action in a six-round junior middleweight fight against Eddie Cordova (4-4-1, 1 KO). Their Olympian teammate Terrell Gausha (4-0, 2 KOs) had his bout cancelled when Julio Garcia (6-4, 3 KOs) did not make the contracted weight. Local super bantamweight Randy Caballero against Miguel Robles is the main event.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto J. Mendoza has expressed solidarity with unified WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux and strongly criticized the HBO network.
Mendoza wrote the following: “A few days ago something happened that surprised me for its possible significance: HBO gave a resounding no to present fights of Cuban Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux. I believe, this discriminatory and unreasonable decision limits possibilities to an individual who seeks to live the American dream. It’s not enough to have defeated Nonito Donaire, not enough to have two Olympic gold medals under his belt, it’s simply because promoters and managers of the prestigious network believe technical boxers are boring. This is huge discrimination. Styles make fights. Not all bouts will have the same intensity. The loyal fan always enjoys the puncher or the stylist, but if the interest is to expand the scope of viewers, closing the door to a great athlete is not the solution.” (more…)
World championship headliners: UFC® light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, Alex Gustafsson, UFC® heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, Junior dos Santos, UFC® welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, UFC® women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate, will hit 11 cities in five countries while promoting the final four Championship Pay-Per-View events of a historic year punctuated by some of the biggest fights of all-time. (more…)
Sauerland Event has confirmed that they have agreed to terms for mandatory challenger Karo Murat (25-1-1, 15 KOs) to face ring legend and IBF light heavyweight world champion Bernard Hopkins (53-6-2, 32 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on October 19. Hopkins was originally slated to fight Murat on July 13 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but the card was scrapped when Murat had problems getting a U.S. visa. At 48, Hopkins is the oldest world champion in boxing history. Murat has now resolved his visa troubles.
By Butch Gottlieb/Boxinginlasvegas.com
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, former world title challenger John Molina (26-3, 21 KOs) who was down on all judges scorecards came from behind with less then one minute to go in the tenth round with a TKO over previously unbeaten lightweight prospect Mickey Bey (18-1-1, 9 KOs). Bey was dominating the fight by outboxing Molina. who was throwing wild power shots trying to land one. He finally did in round ten and Bey had no idea how to hang on. Molina kept landing punch after punch until referee Vic Drakulich called a halt at 2:01. Molina was behind 90-81, 89-82, 88-83 entering the tenth round.
Unbeaten, world-rated super middleweight Badou Jack (15-0, 10 KOs) outworked Farah Ennis (21-3, 12 KOs) over ten rounds in an unexpected one sided, very uneventful bout. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 98-92. (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
After two straight losses, super lightweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy (23-3-1, 11 KOs) scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over WBC #3 rated Olusegun “The Gun” Ajose (31-2, 14 KOs) on Friday night at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire. Unexpectedly one-sided fight. Scores were 100-90, 98-92, 98-92.
Jr Lightweight: Ryan Kielczweski (17-0, 3 KOs) KO5 2:59 Miguel Soto (11-1, 11 KOs)
Heavyweight: Charles Martin (9-0-1 8 KOs) KO 2:45 Rd 4 Aaron Kinch (5-2 1 KO)
Middleweight: Russell Lamour (4-0, 2 KOs) KO1 1:46 Aquilano Brandao
Middleweight: Gerald Schione (1-0) W4 Noel Garcia (2-19, 1KO) 40-36×3
Photos: Star Boxing
The Official Weigh-In for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 9″ was held Friday afternoon in New York City.
Chris Algieri 143.5 vs. Mike Arnaoutis 143.5
Alan Gotay 134 vs. Michael Doyle 133
Anthony Karperis 137 vs. Jonathan Cuba 138
Vincenzo D’Angelo 167 vs. Michael Mitchell 164
Wendy Toussaint 159 vs. On’Rey Towns 162.5
Venue: The Paramount in Huntington, New York
Promoter: Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing
Starting at $50, advance tickets for “ROCKIN FIGHTS 9″ are available through Star Boxing (www.StarBoxing.com, 718-823-2000) and Ticketmaster (www.Ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000). Tickets are also available at The Paramount Box Office (www.Paramountny.com, 631-673-7300). photos
Photos: Fantasy Springs Resort
Randy Caballero 118 vs. Miguel Robles 117
Joseph Diaz Jr. 123.5 vs. Luis Cosme 123
Terrell Gausha 160 vs. Julio Garcia 168
Errol Spence Jr. 147.5 vs. Eddie Cordova 147.5
Angel Osuna 158 vs. Christian Nava 158
Eric Ituarte 127.5 vs. Humberto Zatarain 128
Alex Rivera 224 vs. C.J. Leveque 294
Venue: Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: FOX Sports Net/FOX Deportes
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Stan Martnyniouk 137 vs. David Rodela 136.5, main event.
Guy Robb 133 vs. Roberto Ventura 132
Mike Guy 170.5 vs. Jose Alvarez 175.5
Bomani Parker 248.5 vs. Yohan Banks 273
Roman Morales 122.5 vs. Lorenzo Trejo 120
Andre Kim 137 vs. Will Walters 142
Venue: Red Lion Woodlake Hotel.
Date: Saturday, July 20
Promoter: Nasser Navarioni (Uppercut Promotions)
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Tonight in Sheridan, Co, Steve Mestas and Airtight Boxing return to Red N Jerry’s for the final time when they present, “Showdown: Merceron vs. Jackson.” In the main-event, Giovanni Merceron, 2-0 2KO’s, takes a step up in competition when he faces local trial horse, Brad Jackson, 15-8-1. Merceron, being trained by world class trainers Trevor Wittman and Jake Ramos, will climb into the ring against his best competition to date, a stiff test not only that he wants to pass, but ace it with a statement. Jackson, however, has made it personal and his looking to bully the new kid on the block. Fireworks have been promised and a pre-fight faceoff was cancelled last second due to tension. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Don King has joined fellow promoter Gary Shaw, as well as WBC President Jose Sulaiman and the NABF, EBU, BBBofC, ABCO and ABU in condemning plans for the AIBA and IOC to allow AIBA-affiliated professional boxers to compete in the 2016 Olympics.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Julián Yedra 105 vs. Carlos Buitrago 104.5
Rubén Tamayo (130 vs. Jun Dolíguez 128.5
Juan Kantún 114 vs. Faustino Cupul117
Miguel Herrera 112 vs. Irving Requena 115.5
Óscar Arjona 135 vs. Erik Cetina 134.7
Luis Ruiz Lizarraga jr. 130 vs. Luis Maestre 130
Bernardo Noh 128 vs. Miguel Nieves 128.2
Venue: Centro Internacional de Convenciones Yucatán Siglo XXI
Promoter: Zanfer and Maxboxing
Tv: Tv Azteca
Photos by Peter Frutkoff/PeterFrutkoff.com
Yankee Stadium may be the house that Ruth built but The Paramount in Huntington was built by boxer Chris ‘The Pride of Huntington’ Algieri, who will make his triumphant return this Saturday (July 20th) to further his quest for a world title.
“It will be a tremendous night of boxing with ‘The Pride of Huntington’ looking to remain undefeated before his hometown crowd,” said Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing at a prefight press conference at The Fox Hollow in Woodbury. “From the top of the ticket down through the undercard, The Paramount will be rocking with outstanding boxing.” (more…)
Dereck Chisora 242 vs. Malik Scott 232
Gary O’Sullivan 159 vs. Billy Joe Saunders 160
Venue: Wembley Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
By Karl Freitag
At the beginning of the week, Saturday’s ten round showdown between Malik Scott and Dereck Chisora in London was a pick ‘em fight. Since then, Scott has inched ahead as a narrow favorite. Bet365.com now has Malik at -138 while Chisora backers can get +110.
Both fighters were amicable at Thursday’s press conference and there was no reprise of their profanity laced teleconference that spiraled out of control in the lead up to the fight. Both looked to be in tremendous shape.
Ultimate Fighter winner Michael Chiesa is looking forward to his rematch with Seattle.
Late last year, the 25-year-old Spokane, Washington representative was scheduled to make his post-TUF debut in “The Emerald City” as part of the December UFC on FOX event. It was the closest thing he was going to get to a hometown fight; an opportunity for friends and family to come out and watch him compete on the biggest stage in the sport, but it wasn’t meant to be. . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Team Bika
In a Fightnews.com interview, newly crowned WBC super middleweight champion Sakio Bika named Carl Froch, Gennady Golovkin and Andre Ward as fighters he’s like to fight. He also discussed his relationship with advisor Al Haymon, and predicted his friend and IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale will be successful against Darren Barker on August 17 in Atlantic City. (more…)
By Eric ‘Sugar Foot’ Duran
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Undefeated super-middleweight prospect, Badou “The Ripper” Jack, will return to Showtime Boxing tonight against once beaten prospect Farrah Ennis. Jack compiled an amateur record of 128 wins with 22 losses. He competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics as a member of Team Gambia, a small country in Africa. Jack is currently ranked #14 by the WBC and #6 by the WBA. I recently caught up Badou Jack to talk about his upcoming bout, his promotional company TMT and his future. (more…)
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Photos: Chris Morris
Giovanni Merceron 151.8 vs. Brad Jackson 152.8
Alejandro Castillo 122.2 vs. Torrence Daniels 126.4
Rufino Soltero 172 vs. Izaak Cardona 167
Shane Grant 285.6 vs. Tony Hiser 266.0
Armando Rodriguez 136.2 vs. Johnny Torrez 136.4
Alan Velasquez 291.0 vs. Ronnie Archuleta 233.0
Crista Williams 127.2 vs. Raquel Cordova 132.6
Promoter: AirTight Boxing
Matchmaker: Steve ‘Match Makin’ Mestas
Venue: Red & Jerrys
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