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Bettors are backing Kevin ‘Kingpin’ Johnson to win the Prizefighter International Heavyweights show at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Wednesday. Johnson is the current 6-4 favourite for glory in the 25th edition of the eight man, one night tournament. Kingpin is tipped for the top prize ahead of Poland’s Albert Sosnowski, available at 7-2 to land the £32,000 winner’s check. New York brawler Tor Hamer is the 6-1 third favorite for the trophy, with former USBA champion Maurice Harris a 15-1 chance. Brazil’s Marcelo Luis Nascimento and Moroccan-born Noureddine Meddoune can be backed at 17-1, as can. Odds of 24-1 suggest that England’s Tom Dallas has it all to do if he’s to win on the night, while Hatfield’s Tom Little is the least favoured for tournament glory with odds of 29-1.
The first-ever middleweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® will now be decided in a three round bout between Cezar Mutante and Serginho (Sergio) Moraes at UFC® 147: Silva vs. Franklin II, on June 23, at the Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Moraes, a semifinalist of the first international edition of the UFC’s reality TV show, was chosen to replace of Daniel Sarafian, who was forced off the card due to an arm injury. (more…)
WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley was greeted by 400+ hometown fans at the Cathedral City Civic Center in Saturday in celebration of his win over Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas the previous week. Attending the event in a wheelchair with casts on both legs, Bradley was given the key to the city and and a congressional certificate as he happily posed for photos and signed autographs for his fans. According to a report in the local Desert Sun newspaper, Bradley told the crowd that a November rematch with Pacquiao is unlikely and he believes Pacman (who has a contractual option for a rematch) will choose a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez instead. He also predicted Pacquiao will lose that fight.
By Chito Yu Katangkatang
It was a domination of Singwangcha fighters last Saturday night as they swept every bout by decision and knockout victories. In the main event, Jomar Fajardo-Singwangcha gave Ruther del Castillo a boxing clinic but the fight ended earlier due to huge cut on Del Castillo’s right eyebrow. The fight was halted in the ninth round and the score cards awarded the victory to Fajardo via unanimous decision.
In the supporting main event, Rey Megrino-Singwangcha scored an early knockout courtesy of a liver shot which sent opponent Prell Tupas to the canvass for good in the very first round. In another featured bout, lightweight prospect Al Sabaupan came back from his recent loss against Marvin Quintero in Mexico by stopping Freddie Martinez in the first round. Sabaupan was relentless from the opening belland finally caught Martinez with a perfect hook to the body knocking out his opponent seconds from the end of the round. (more…)
Interviewer: Przemek Garczarczyk
Fans were entertained by a solid fight card Friday night at the Coliseo Cubierto Elías Chegwin, Barranquilla, Colombia. Juan Carlos Devia (Pro Box del Caribe) promoted the event. The main event saw recently crowned WBO female lightweight champion Enis Pachecho of Colombia successfully defend her title by 10 round majority decision over Ana Laura Esteche of Argentina.
World ranked and unbeaten super bantamweight Oscar Escandon (19-0, 12 KOs) of Colombia unanimously decisioned countrymen Ever Garcia Hernandez over eight rounds.
Highly touted unbeaten middleweight prospect Alex Theran (9-0, 6 KOs) of Colombia stopped countryman Jaison Palomeque in round one. Former world champion Alejandro Berrio did not fight on the card as had been speculated but is said to be fighting June 29th in Colombia.
By John Cannon at ringside
Saturday night’s lackluster performance in his first shot for a title wasn’t the way Golden Boy prospect Carlos Molina envisioned it would be. However, his performance was good enough to capture the vacant NABO Intercontinental Lightweight title as he scored a unanimous decision victory over Marcus Jimenez in the main event of “Solo Boxeo Tecate: Border Explosion” at the McAllen Convention Center. The judges at ringside scored the fight 99-91, 97-93 and 96-94. (more…)
It took Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (46-0-1-1, 32 KOs) four rounds to solve challenger Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs). After figuring out he could withstand the Irishman’s punches, the undefeated WBC middleweight champion launched an attack that ended with a satisfying win that had 13,467 cheering fans at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso cheering madly.
The Top Rank-promoted fight was televised on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. (more…)
Top Rank has announced that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Sergio Martinez will collide September 15th at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on HBO PPV. The same night Golden Boy had already announced that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez would face Victor Ortiz at the MGM Grand Garden located just 2 miles away. Alvarez vs. Ortiz will be on Showtime PPV.
From Mike Bernier
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
Jason Litzau (29-3, 22 KO’s) destroyed Ira Terry (24-9, 14 KO’s) late Friday night in the main event at the Hyatt Regency in Minneapolis. Litzau scored two knockdowns on his way to stopping Terry at 2:43 of the opening round. Litzau looked like a man possessed as he glared at Terry before the bout. And it was obvious early on that Litzau’s goal was to make it an early night’s work. Litzau began the bout throwing hard combinations to the head but Terry stood his ground and fired back which resulted in good early action. Litzau was willing to take a few to get his punches in but quickly began to overwhelm Terry. Two hard rights to the head dropped Terry to the canvas midway through the round. Terry regrouped and went right back to trading with Litzau. Litzau continued to let his punches go while as he seemed to feed off the energy of the rowdy crowd. Near the end of the round, Litzau was landing at will before a final right to the head put Terry down where referee Mark Nelson waived the fight off. Litzau broke down in tears as he jumped on the ropes to salute his hometown crowd following the win. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
File Saturday’s Keystone Boxing card under the adage “never judge a boxing card by the number of bouts on the card.” Because of some unfortunate circumstances in the weeks leading up to the card, the fans at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD only got to see four bouts. However, those bouts turned out to be the most competitive bouts on one card in recent memory.
In the main event, undefeated Suitland, MD cruiserweight Venroy “Hard Work” July received the toughest test of his young pro career but managed to win an eight-round unanimous decision over a very game Justin “The Lumberjack” Howes of Buckhannon, WVA. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight Carlos Molina (17-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Marcos “El Tigre” Jimenez (18-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, Texas. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, 96-94.
Unheralded junior featherweight Victor Sanchez (3-3-1, 0 KOs) surprised previously undefeated prospect Jerry Guevara (7-1, 5 KOs) taking a six round unanimous decision. Sanchez overcame an early knockdown to drop Guevara in round five with body shots and put him down twice more in the sixth to erase all doubt. Scores 57-53, 56-54, 56-54.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Unbeaten WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (46-0-1, 32 KOs) earned a lot of respect with a seventh round TKO over Andy Lee (28-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas. The taller Lee’s jab was a weapon early as he kept Junior at bay. Chavez upped the pressure in round four and hurt Lee with some big shots. Good two-way action in round five with Chavez doing more damage. That scenario continued to be the theme as Chavez pressured Lee and landed the better punches. Referee Laurence Cole finally waved it off as Chavez punished Lee in the seventh. Time was 2:21. At the time of the stoppage, Lee was ahead on all three cards 58-54.
“I could’ve knocked him out in the first round, but I had leg cramps so I waited,” said Chavez afterward. The win clears the path for Chavez to take on Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez in September.
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Titere” Vazquez (31-3, 13 KOs) scored a lopsided ten round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Daniel “The Prophet” Attah (26-11-1, 9 KOs) in a non-title bout. Vazquez was in command all the way in compiling a shutout 100-90 win on all three cards. Attah suffered his fourth straight loss. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Mike Bernier at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
In an important clash between heavyweight contenders, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz Adamek (46‐2, 29 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. It was a tactical fight with Adamek clearly busier and Chambers quicker and more accurate. In the end, judges scored it 116-112, 116-112, 119-109. Chambers appeared to suffer an injury to his left arm early in the fight.
Unbeaten heavyweight Bryant “By-By” Jennings (14-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Steve “Freight Train” Collins (25-2-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant USBA heavyweight title. Jennings scored a knockdown in round four when the ropes held up Collins and outworked Collins throughout the fight. Scores were 100-89 on all cards.
Middleweight Jamaal Davis (14-8-1, 6 KOs) outpointed journeyman Doel Carrasquillo (16-20-1, 14 KOs) over eight by scores of 79-73, 78-74, 78-74. (more…)
Xiong Chao Zhong (19-4-1, 11 KOs) of China defeated Osvaldo “Chucky” Razon (11-4, 6 KOs) by a closely contested unanimous decision. The official scores were 115-112 twice and 114-113 all in favor of Zhong. The bout took place in Kunming, China with Liu Gang (Zovi Boxing Promotions) promoting the event. Zhong won a vacant WBC Silver light flyweight title with his victory and closes in on another world title opportunity to become China’s first world champion in boxing.
By Ron Jackson
Danie Venter, Thabiso Mchunu and Zack Mkwekasse are in the second round of the South African Super 8 cruiserweight series. The three won their fights in the first round of the competition at Emperors Palace, near Johannesburg, on Saturday night. Two first-round stoppages and an eight-round battle marked the start of the Last Man Standing series presented by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves Promotions. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Chris van Heerden retained his IBO welterweight title when he beat Sebastian Lujan on points at Emperors Palace near Johannesburg on Saturday night. The South African won by 120-109 on two cards and by 119-109 on the third against a tough, cagey opponent from Argentina. (more…)
Photos: Mark Robinson / Hatton Promotions
A clash for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight belt ended in a technical draw when unbeaten Scott Quigg (24-0, 17 KOs) and former world title challenger Rendall Munroe (24-2, 10 KOs) clashed heads in round three. Munroe was cut over the right eye forcing the stoppage at the :43 mark. The bout took place Saturday night at the Velodrome in Manchester, England.
Unbeaten junior middleweight Sergey Rabchenko (21-0, 16 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over former world title challenger Ryan Rhodes (46-6, 31 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU European title. A body shot finished Rhodes at 2:54. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian Cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann (24-5-1, 5 KOs) outpointed Anthony McCracken (14-6-1) over ten rounds to retain the title on Friday at the Panthers club at Newcastle, NSW, Australia. Referee Brad Griffiths crowned Ammann by scores Ted McDonell 98-92, Steve Hughes 98-92, Damien Casey 97-95. This was the second time Ammann outscored McCracken. Back in 2007 Ammann defeated McCracken. Ammann has lost to world rated Shane Cameron and Alexander Alekseev. Big punching Brad Pitt stopped Ammann in 2011.
Light heavyweight Luke Bunder (1-0) outscored Robbie Harris (0-1) over four rounds by scores 39-37, 40-36, 40-36.
Super middleweight Wade Ryan (1-0) outpointed Simon Rendina (0-1) over four rounds by scores 40-35, 40-35, 40-35.
Promoter Peter Hallett
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight champion Omar Shaick (11-2, 6 KOs) outworked Jeremy Allan (8-9-2, 3 KOs) over ten rounds at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in a nationally televised promotion on Friday. Shaik, boxing from the southpaw stance, was in control of the contest in all of the rounds, connecting consistently with solid combinations. Referee Alan Moore visited Allan’s corner at the conclusion of round eight and nine. Allan came to fight and displayed a big heart, but could not match the work rate of the champion, who retained the title by scores of 100-90 100-90, 100-90. Shaik can make Middleweight poundage and could go after the national 160 pound champion Jarrod Fletcher. more + photos
Promoter Henry Rivalta from Acquinity Sports has announced his next event to take place July 21 at The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. The headliner will be an IBF lightweight title eliminator between Argenis Mendez and Martin Honorio. Also scheduled are former world champion Joan “Little Tyson” Guzmán (100% recovered from the injury he suffered in his right hand from his last fight) and Ed “The Lion” Paredes, who was slated to fight March 2 but was scratched due to medical issues. The event will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.”
A press conference will be held next week to announce an August 18 fight card at the Doubletree Hotel in Miami, Florida, featuring an eight-round junior-welterweight main event between Miami, Florida’s (via Colombia) Breidis “The Khanqueror” Prescott (25-4, 18 KOs) and Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-4-1, 13 KOs) of Bronx, New York. In the eight-round super featherweight co-main event will be Miami (via Cuba) power puncher Rances “Kid Blast” Barthelemy (16-0, 11 KOs) facing Guadalajara, Mexico’s Alejandro “Soma” Rodriguez (14-6, 7 KOs).
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Rich Hundley III
“Irish” Seanie Monaghan and Cleveland’s Romaro Johnson dazzled fans at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City Thursday night, engaging in an entertaining toe-to-toe battle until referee Eddie Cotton called a halt to the bout at 2:30 of the 8th round with Monaghan raining heavy blows over a stunned Johnson. The scheduled ten round contest served as the main event of DiBella Entertainment’s popular “Broadway Boxing” series. (More)
Is it possible to measure the amount of “fight” in someone?
If one could quantify the sum total of fight in UFC featherweight Cub Swanson, it would be a gajillion out of a potential gajillion quarks or whatever imaginary unit name we settle on. Put the nearly eight year professional cagefighting career with over 20 bouts aside, Swanson took an unfortunate knee to the face in practice leading up to his first UFC appearance in 2011, which pretty much destroyed the left side of his face. Swanson required reconstructive surgery to fix seven fractures, including wiring his jaw shut and the addition of three metal plates. Only five months later, Swanson fought in the Octagon – that’s a man with fight.. . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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They called it “The Reckoning,” but most expected a wrecking.
What a packed house of 3,000 got, last night at Route 66, west of Albuquerque, was the hometown champ’s repossession of the mythical pound-for-pound crown of women’s boxing.
After a severe beatdown at the heavy hands of France’s Anne Sophie Mathis, Holly Holm bounced back from the worst loss of her career to even the score by an undeniable unanimous decision.
But it wasn’t pretty . . . Click here for more
After the controversial decision rendered last Saturday night as challenger Timothy Bradley was awarded a highly controversial decision over welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Boxing Promoters Association (BPA) moved to establish themselves as a “figurehead” for the sport of boxing. On Tuesday, the President of the BPA, Joe DeGuardia sent a letter to all promoters announcing a call to “oversee” our sport, as other major sports league owners do as a group, by having the BPA take the steps necessary to ensure that fighters and fans have the most competent judges and referees in professional boxing matches. The letter by the BPA was met by immediate and overwhelming support by virtually every promoter in the United States. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Matthew Macklin was, predictably, in over his head against Sergio Martinez, but another Irish-ancestry middleweight, Andy Lee, stands a much better chance of becoming a world champion when he challenges Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for the WBC title in El Paso, TX tonight (HBO). Lee, billed from Limerick but based in Detroit for the last six years, is the underdog but faces a fighter who is considered the most beatable of all the 160lbs champions. Emanuel Steward, who manages and trains Lee, has long maintained that the tall southpaw was a world champion in waiting. Now, Lee gets his big opportunity. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WAB interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (30-1, 27 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his interim belt against Nicaraguan challenger Jean Sampson (12-1, 7 KOs) on July 7 at a site to be named in Mexico. In another fight, female world champion Arely “Ametralladora” Muciño (15-2, 8 KOs) will defend her WBA flyweight world crown against former champ Hollie “Hot Stuff” Dunaway (23-10, 10 KOs). WBC silver lightweight beltholder Abdiel “Mortero” Ramirez (14-0-1, 13 KOs) will face former world challenger Rene “Chirizo” Gonzalez (29-5, 22 KOs). The event is presented by Promocions del Pueblo and Sampson Boxing.
Celebrate the UFC over the Fourth of July in Las Vegas! Fans from across the globe will enjoy free concerts, exclusive pool parties, open workouts, pub crawls, UFC Fan Expo, weigh-ins and amazing access to UFC fighters around the city. This all leads up to the ultimate rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen at UFC 148 live at the MGM Grand Garden Arena! If you love the UFC, there is no better way to experience it than in Vegas. More
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Classy Australian heavyweight Mark de Mori (19-1-2, 17 KOs) stopped American journeyman Troy “Country Boy” Weida (46-24-2, 33 KOs) in round three of a scheduled ten round bout at the St Marys Band Club, St Marys, NSW, Australia. The 6’2 de Mori is managed by Don King and is coming off a four round stoppage of Rob Calloway of the USA in March. Weida, 6’3, lost to Alex Leapai in 2011. Weida, 39 years, has been in action with several world class heavyweights including Ray Mercer and Orlin Norris. (more…)
Tonight at Route 66 west of Albuquerque, N.M.: Reclaiming her mythical crown for women’s boxing pound-for-pound throne, Albuquerque’s Holly Holm outboxed former conqueror Anne Sophie Mathis, of France, with scores of 96-94, 99-91 and 97-93. It may not have been the prettiest fight, but Holm employed a hit-and-hold routine through ten rounds, rarely giving Mathis a chance to land anything significant. The welterweight WBF, IBA and WBAN belts were at stake.
Raymond “Hollywood” Montes (5-2, 4 KO’s) KO’d Los Mochis fighter Jaime Gutierrez (4-6) at 1:37 of the first round. Albuquerque’s Cristian Cabral (3-0, 2 KO’s) took care of Socorro’s Victor Silva (0-1) winning by TKO at 1:27 of the fourth round. Belen’s debuting Gene “The Kid” Perez (1-0) outpointed Albuquerque’s Eric Gonzales (1-2-1) with scores of 40-36 x 3. John “Smiley” Herrera (2-3-1) bloodied up Bryan Garcia (7-19, 2 KO’s) and took a unanimous decision win with scores of 40-35 and 40-36 x 2. In the opener Jose Luis “El Guero” Sanchez (1-0, 1 KO) took out Farmington’s Guy Youell (0-1) at 1:13 of the fourth round.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for the Keystone Boxing Promotions card Saturday night at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD:
Venroy July 200 vs. Justin Howes 194
Kevin Womack, Jr. 144 vs. Nalo Leal 142
Lee Snow 162 vs. Issa Cuolibaly 156
Brady Sensibaugh 120 vs. Giovanni Vasquez 119
The July-Howes bout has been bumped from a six-rounder to an eight-round contest. The Womack-Leal contest has been moved from four to six rounds.
By Jesse Kelley
Jason Litzau 135 vs. Ira Terry 135
Aaron Green 273 vs. TJ Gibson 226
Rob Brant 157 vs. Cheyene Ziegler 159
Brad Patraw 128 vs. Tony Belvidere 131
Donny Tierney 151 vs. Kenneth Glenn 153
Mike Richman 146 vs. Jason Benson 146
Silas Ortley vs. Stephen Watt
(Both made middleweight, don’t have exact weights)
Venue: Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis, MN
Promoter: RDS Boxing and S.E.G Promotions
Jr bantamweight David Quijano (15-2, 10 KOs) scored a tenth round stoppage against veteran Juanito Rubillar (48-19-7, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. The bout was halted due to a cut suffered by Rubillar. With the win Quijano claimed the vacant WBO Latin 115lb title. The 35-year-old Rubillar, who has had eight shots at various world titles, lost his sixth straight bout.
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