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Never at a loss for words, “King” Mo Lawal provided all the unintentional side-splitting entertainment needed at the post-fight press conference of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine after scoring a resounding 2nd round TKO over Lorenz Larkin. His knockout preceded his AKA teammate Luke Rockhold’s knockout over Keith Jardine in a night where the American Kickboxing Academy reigned supreme.
“The fight went exactly the way I knew it was going to go,” Lawal explained of his ground and pound approach to taking out Larkin. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Marianela Sanchez
One expectation regarding the “gentleman’s sport” of boxing presumes the professionalism of both combatants. The thoroughness of their preparation usually decides the contest.
The lack of preparation often disrupts it.
Last night’s Telefutura-televised “Solo Boxeo” season-opener originally intended to treat Hollywood FL fight fans to a main event with hometown WBO Latino welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (29-3-1, 19 KOs) defending his belt. That plan blew up Friday afternoon when his blown-up opponent Michael Lozada (39-10-1, 31 KOs) of Tijuana tipped the scales 12 pounds heavier than the contracted weight. As a result, Paredes had to wait until the non-televised last bout of the card to perform for his local supporters.
Finally entering the ring after midnight, “The Lion” roared at 45 seconds of the third round with a solid shot that caught Lozada upstairs. Lozada staggered to his left all the way to the floor, holding his right hand to the back of the head. The punch was ruled legal and referee Sam Burgos reached a full count of ten before Lozada regained his senses. (more…)
We’ve almost reached the end of the 2011 unofficial awards season, and after counting down the imports, newcomers, upsets, knockouts, and submissions, it’s time to pick the fights that defined the past year and made you say ‘this is why I’m a mixed martial arts fan.’ . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Top Rank chief Bob Arum told fightnews and Manila Bulletin that Manny Pacquiao will return to the ring on June 9 or June 16 against a soon-to-be-named opponent. Together with Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser Mike Koncz, Arum is traveling to Manila Sunday and he will be arriving Tuesday morning.
Four names have emerged as candidates to face Pacquiao but the leading candidates are Tim Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez, while the darkhorse favorites are Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto. Arum said the lucrative showdown with Floyd Mayweather will be perfect for November, and not on May 5.
The MGM Grand can only hold 18,000 people and a fight of such magnitude, stressed Arum, has to be staged in a bigger venue to maximize revenue.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source informs us the possibility that the mandatory fight between WBC Mexican featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez and WBC champion in recess Elio Rojas could be held in March in New York. Mexican company Promociones del Pueblo has expressed a desire for the fight to be in Mexico City, however the source indicates that economic factors could make New York more attractive than Mexico. Promociones del Pueblo, the promoter of Gonzalez, won a purse bid to stage the fight during the WBC Convention in December.
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former world champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Roilo Gomez (13-8, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. Time was 2:30. It was Sosa’s first fight since his loss to WBC champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam in October.
Next up for Sosa could be a WBC flyweight eliminator against Wilbert Uicab on March 31. On Saturday Sosa retained his WBC International belt. More photos…
For Luke Rockhold’s first Strikeforce title defense at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas Saturday night, he drew a wild card in the unpredictable and tenacious Keith Jardine, who made his middleweight debut in pursuit of the belt. Jardine’s brawling style and wild stance were a full 180 degrees removed from Rockhold’s studied, well-rounded technique, which Rockhold predicted would dictate the outcome . . . Click here for more
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Featherweight Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) and Jose Luis Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida. Scores were 77-75 for Araiza and 76-76 twice. The bout was elevated to TV main event status after Michael Lozada weighed in 12 pounds heavy for his bout against Ed Paredes. Paredes-Lozada will take place off-TV late, late at night.
Featherweight Claudio Marero (10-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Francis Ruiz (9-6, 4 KOs). A rapid-fire barrage of punches got the fight stopped at 1:18.
Complete ringside report to come from Phil Doherty.
WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel (13-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a controversial eighth round stoppage of Dakota Stone (10-9-5, 2 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palacio de los Deportes, Heredia, Costa Rica. Local star Gabriel was outboxing the 42-year-old Stone, but the win was marred when referee Geno Rodriguez inexplicably waved the bout off with Stone in no trouble whatsoever. (more…)
By Steve Canton
Great turnout and reception at the SJC Boxing Gym Open House and FBHOF Class of 2012 announcement today. The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class Of 2012 living inductees include: former world champions Roberto Duran, Aaron Pryor, contenders Scott Clark and Chico Vejar, trainer/managers Jim McLoughlin and John Russell, media: Bob Halloran and Ron Ross, referee Bill Connors and in the participant category are Dana Jamison, Dr. Stanley Simpson, and Jim Waldrop. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
WBO European light heavyweight beltholder Robin Krasniqi (37-2, 13 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Hakim Zoulikha (16-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Maritim Hotel in Magdeburg, Germany. The bout looked to be headed to a decision when WBO #6 Krasniqi landed a crushing right hand that rocked Zoulikha and he got the stoppage with a furious follow up barrage. Time was 2:55.
Earlier, IBF #7/WBO #11 light heavyweight Denis Simcic (27-1, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Tomas Adamek (17-6-1, 7 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-93, 97-93. A steady but workmanlike performance by Simcic against the Czech namesake of the two-division Polish champion with the same name. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Promoter Joe Donofrio has a personal favorite and his name is Pete Cantu. Cantu has won just 17 fights in 19 years and he’s retired more times than Muhammad Ali, but when Joe needed a bailout, Pistol Pete came through.
Last night, Cantu battered late sub Joel Flores, 4-2, almost literally from pillar to post, dominating him throughout the eight-rounder at the Palace of Auburn Hills, dropping him three times, and seemed about to score a stoppage win when the youngster from parts west of Michigan, fought back, demonstrating courage that will have him selling pencils by the time he is thirty.
It was a surprise win for Cantu, who dropped down more than two weight divisions for the fight. The weight loss, down to 136, his lowest in years, and was a sure sign of seriousness. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
24-year-old, WBO #9 ranked light heavyweight Andrzej “Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 11 KO), who has won eight straight fights by KO since moving to the 175lb division, will be back on March 17. “I will fight in UIC Pavilion in Chicago,” said Fonfara, who left for a Colorado training camp. “I should know more in couple of days. It’s possible, that this fight will be an NABF title fight, but it all depends of our long-term plans. My team received a couple of interesting offers and we are trying to set up the best possible year for my development. It will be a breakthrough year for me,” said Fonfara, who works with longtime Andrew Golota trainer Sam Colonna. (more…)
Luke Rockhold Defends The Strikeforce Middleweight Title Tonight: Strikeforce middleweight champion Luke Rockhold defends the title against UFC veteran Keith Jardine, plus King Mo Lawal takes on Lorenz Larkin and Robbie Lawler faces Adlan Amagov! Tonight, January 7 at 10pm ET/PT on Showtime, part of the Showtime Free Preview Weekend Jan. 6-8
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Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer has now identified the mystery man with the black hat. “His name is Mustafa Ameen and the IBF have confirmed to us his name, and they have confirmed to us that he’s involved in an official capacity with the IBF,” Schaefer told Sky Sports News. “However, he was not in Washington in an official IBF capacity, but the IBF asked the Washington commission to issue him a credential so that he could attend the fight.”
Schaefer also stated, “We have been informed today by the WBA that they will order an immediate rematch. We received a verbal confirmation today and we will get a written confirmation by next Tuesday.”
By Nick Giongco
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao said on Saturday that he was delighted that Floyd Mayweather has been allowed to postpone his 90-day prison term, telling Fightnews and Manila Bulletin that a matchup with the undefeated American “is a better match.”
Coming a few days before Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum visits Manila to discuss Pacquiao’s next fight, Mayweather was permitted to defer his prison sentence so he can fulfill his obligations to fight on May 5 in Las Vegas. Arum will have four proposals that he will present to Pacquiao next week and among those being eyed for his much-awaited return to the ring are Juan Manuel Marquez, Tim Bradley, Lamont Peterson and Miguel Cotto.
Now that Mayweather seems to be available, Pacquiao will raise the matter with Arum once they meet.
This latest development on Mayweather doesn’t actually guarantee that a proposed super showdown between the two claimants to the mythical title of pound-for-pound king can be easily made. (more…)
Floyd Mayweather is NOT properly licensed to fight in Nevada on May 5 … despite having the judge’s blessing … and TMZ has learned state officials are demanding to speak with Floyd in person before they will allow him to fight. TMZ spoke with Keith Kizer — Executive Director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission — who tells us all fighters must apply for a license annually … but fighters with a conviction are sometimes required to plead their case to the commission in person. (more…)
The inductees for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2012 will be announced by President Walter “Butch” Flansburg at 2PM today during the 2nd Annual SJC Boxing Gym Open House and Fundraiser. Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee, former world heavyweight champion Pinklon Thomas, John Russell (trainer of Buster Douglas) and many other VIP guests will be in attendance to lend their support, sign autographs, take pictures and meet everyone who comes by. The famed gym, which has trained boxers from 63 different countries and produced 10 professional world champions is located at 1929 Winkler Ave in Fort Myers, Florida.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday, middleweight contender Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio began training at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in the Mexico State for his long awaited fight with WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on February 4 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rubio should have about three weeks of high altitude training. “I want to train as hard as possible,” said Rubio. “I feel very motivated. This is a fight I’ve waited a long time for and I want to be at my best. I have faith that I’ll win that night.”
Photos: Eroll Popova
Today in his hometown of Magdeburg, Germany, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz finished the sparring phase of his preparations for his January 14 fight against Henry Weber, the first world title defense of any champion in 2012.
“I’m prepared!” declared Stieglitz. “The fight against Henry Weber is on Saturday next week. For my fifth title defense I had a great number of sparring rounds with, for example, Stjepan Bozic, Christopher Rebrasse and my two stablemates, the light heavyweights Robin Krasniqi and Dennis Simcic. Especially Stjepan Bozic was very useful because he is tough and had a great performance against Henry Weber in their last fight. My trainer Dirk Dzembski found the right motivation program in the last two months after the postponement of the fight against Mikkel Kessler and so eight months without a fight. This year 2012 will be my year. Starting with Weber on January 14th I’m highly motivated to cross my gloves with all the other champs in my division!” More photos
Sportscaster Curt Menefee is leaving the ShoBox team. His main job is hosting the Fox network’s “Fox NFL Sunday.”
SHOWTIME will televise jr middleweights Paul “The Punisher” Williams vs. Nobuhiro Ishida on February 18. The bout is expected to land in Corpus Christi, Texas, with heavyweight Chris Arreola featured in the TV opener.
Boxing 360 has signed heavyweight prospect Joey Dawejko (5-0, 2 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. The 21-year-old Polish-American fighter is scheduled to fight January 13 at home in Philadelphia against an opponent to be determined.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated lightweight prospect Luis Ramos Jr. (21-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Raymundo Beltran (25-6, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Ramos overcame a cut in round three and continued pressure from Beltran to take a 97-93, 97-93, 96-94 win over ten. Beltran, Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner, arguably did enough to win and was furious about the one-sided scoring.
Also, in a war between unbeaten lightweights, Omar Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KOs) broke down Michael Perez (15-1-1, 9 KOs) with a brutal body attack and Perez could not come out for round seven. Figueroa had problems making weight, but never showed any effects in a very impressive performance. (more…)
WBA #9, WBC #10 super middleweight contender Dyah Davis (21-2-1, 9 KOs) pounded out a dull ten round unanimous decision over Alfonso Lopez (22-2, 17 KOs) in a 10-round showdown on a cool January night outdoors at Mallory Square in beautiful Key West, Florida. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 in a clinchfest.
In an eight-round junior middleweight match-up Denis Douglin (14-1, 8 KOs) won a split decision over previously unbeaten Steven Martinez (11-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 77-75 77-75 Douglin, 77-75 Martinez.
Weights from Reynaldo Sanchez
Ed Paredes 155 vs. Michael Lozada 162
Jessy Cruz 120.5 vs. Trevis Hall 121.5
Claudio Marrero 125.5 vs. Francis Ruiz 121.75
Humberto Savigne 172.5 vs. Quintin Rankin 173
Yuniesky Gonzalez 185 vs. Terrance Smith 184.75
Jesus Rojas 120.75 vs. Jose Luis Araiza 121.75
Chris Velez 144.25 vs. Anthony Woods 142
Radivoje Kalajdzic 175 vs. Persus Givens 176.75
Tureano Jonson 161.75 vs. Eddie gates 166.75
Venue: Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa
Promoter: Acquinity Sports
Weights by Anthony Springer Jr.
From the Hard Rock for Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine, airing Saturday, January 7 at 10:00 pm ET/PT as part of Showtime’s free preview weekend. Plus, check out all the evening’s preliminary bouts on Showtime Extreme beginning at 8:00pm ET / PT. This event is headlined by the Strikeforce middleweight title fight between Luke Rockhold and Keith Jardine, and bouts between Robbie Lawler and Adlan Amagov and “King” Mo Lawal and Lorenz Larkin.
Strikeforce middleweight championship
Luke Rockhold (185) vs. Keith Jardine (185)
Robbie Lawler (186) vs. Adlan Amagov (186)
Mo Lawal (205) vs. Lorenz Larkin (206)
Tyron Woodley (171) vs. Jordan Mein (169)
Tyler Stinson (170) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (170)
Nah-Shon Burrell (171) vs. James Terry (171)
Gian Villante (206) vs. Trevor Smith (205)
Ricky Legere (171) vs. Chris Spang (171)
Estevan Payan (160) vs. Alonzo Martinez (160.5)
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Video Courtesy of Hector Islas and Pepe Rodriguez
Edgar Sosa 111.9 vs. Roilo Golez 110
(WBC International flyweight title)
Ramon Ayala 134.9 vs. Carlos Velasquez 134.9
Venue: Foro Polanco in Mexico City
Promoter: Ricardo Maldonado
Fightnews.com photographer Mike Greenhill snapped a photo of the alleged “mystery man with the black hat” in the ring after the fight. Golden Boy CEO Richard Shaefer informed Sky Sports News today that the man is an IBF official who was not assigned to the Khan-Peterson fight. Schaefer would not reveal the name of the “mystery man” saying his lawyers advised him not to do so.
As reported earlier, Amir Khan has posted a series of messages and photos on Twitter questioning the actions of the “mystery man” who according to video footage appears to be carrying on an ongoing discussion with WBA supervisor Michael Walsh, as well as handling the scorecards during the fight.
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa has given Floyd Mayweather until June 1 to serve his jail sentence, thus allowing Floyd to fight on May 5 as scheduled against an opponent to be named. A last minute appeal by Mayweather’s legal team convinced the Las Vegas judge to allow Floyd to fulfill “prior commitments and contracts.”
As far as Floyd’s opponent, Golden Boy has floated the name of WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Another possibility may be former IBF featherweight/super featherweight champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero, who has been campaigning long and hard for a shot at Mayweather.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
2012 is set to be one of the biggest years in the history of Strikeforce. With more muscle behind it courtesy of being purchased by MMA powerhouse Zuffa (owners of the UFC) and a brand new deal with Showtime, the promotion aims to reach more eyes and keep putting on amazing fights. Fight News caught up with Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker ahead of this weekend’s fight at The Joint inside the Hard Rock hotel in Las Vegas to get his thoughts on the upcoming card, the fate of the women’s division and whether Strikeforce will finally get the recognition it deserves. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Robin Krasniqi 174.4 vs. Hakim Zoulikha 173
(WBO Europe light heavyweight title)
Denis Simcic 174.8 vs. Tomas Adamek 174.8
Francesco Pianeta 241 vs. Zack Page 210
Dennis Ronert 194 vs. Armen Azizian TBA
Dominic Bösel 175 vs. Dominik Ameri TBA
Norman Jendrejczyk 242.5 vs. Martin Stensky TBA
Andrei Maurer TBA vs. Vladimir Fecko TBA
Venue: Maritim-Hotel, Magdeburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
Former WBA/IBF jr welterweight champion Amir Khan says an unidentified “mystery man” in a black hat interacted with WBA supervisor Michael Welsh and interfered with the judges’ scorecards during his upset loss to hometown favorite Lamont Peterson in Washington DC. “I want to know who this man is,” Khan told Sky Sports News. “He had no accreditation. At the end of the fight he was straight over Peterson’s people, celebrating with them.” Khan also posted numerous photos of the “mystery man” online and the BBC reportedly contacted Welsh who refused to reveal the mystery man’s identity.
Former WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) is hoping to get a shot at another world title sometime in 2012. But first he has to show that he can actually go through with a fight. Brähmer pulled out of three consecutive title defenses on late notice citing illness or injury and was stripped of his belt by the WBO. 21 months since his last fight, he’s now going to give it a try once again on January 28 against Spaniard José Maria Guerrero (29-2-1, 11 KOs) in Hamburg. Despite causing three straight promotional disasters for Universum Box-Promotion, Brähmer says he has agreed on a contract extension and is now ready to focus on boxing.
The Octagon® returns to Omaha, Neb. on Wednesday, Feb. 15, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship® presents an intense welterweight bout between top contenders Diego Sanchez and Omaha native Jake Ellenberger. Sanchez, the season one winner of The Ultimate Fighter®, and Ellenberger, a winner of five straight, will collide at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. It will be the first UFC main card featured live on FUEL TV, as a part of a three-hour broadcast beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. (more…)
The first Prizefighter of 2012 at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton on February 11 with the Light Welterweights II has completely sold-out. promoter Matchroom Sport claims to have assembled “the best line-up in the tournament’s history” as the 23rd edition of the groundbreaking one-night tournament hits the area for the first time. Fighters include unbeaten Dale Miles and Tyrone Nurse alongside former British champion Barry Morrison, English welterweight king Adil Anwar and major title challengers John Watson, Young Mutley, Dean Harrison and Mark Lloyd.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Muhammad Lawal (8-1) sat at yesterday’s Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Jardine press conference and looked like he didn’t have a care in the world.
With his now trademark headphones slightly above his ears, the former Strikeforce light heavyweight champion looked down through most of the conference and only perked up when correcting CEO Scott Coker about his weight class (Coker mistakenly referred to Lawal as a middleweight). (more…)
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