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The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 5 – “That Miserable Feeling” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber nab another win to even the score at two all, as Spokane native Michael Chiesa defeated Tucson’s Jeremy Larsen by unanimous decision. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Ao (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 130, Japan, retained his belt as he continually outpunched top contender Terdsak Kokietgym (46-4-1, 31 KOs), 129.5, Thailand, to win a unanimous decision over twelve had-fought rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a hot affair by southpaws. Burt Clements and Steve Morrow (both US) both tallied 116-112 and Alvaro Aldrete (Mexico) saw it 118-110, all in favor of the more aggressive Japanese southpaw. The referee was Mike Griffin (Canada).
Ao, formerly six-time amateur high school champ whose mark was 76-3 with 36 stoppages, celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday with his own victory, as he registered his third defense since dethroning Vitali Tajbert by a unanimous nod in 2010. It was a grudge fight for Ao, in a sense, since he showed a very lackluster performance in his last defense due to his poor conditioning only to eke out a split duke over Italian Devis Boschiero last November. The Japanese champ showed his fine form in coping with the game and gallant Thailander who had a very strong left hand. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
See WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hitting the pads hard in Cancun.
James Toney 248 vs. Bobby Gunn 210
(IBA heavyweight title)
Bobby Bryant 154 vs. Justin Flanagan 153
Chris Henery 195 vs. Marvin Hunt 198
Patrick Majewski (weighs later) vs. Antwan Echols 163
Dusty Harrison 153 vs. Anthony Bowman 152
Joey Bryant 137 vs. Staven Cox 136
Dedrick Bell 137 vs. Blake Franklin 140
Brandon Harder 160 vs. Willie Bryant 156
Marlin Lewis 137 vs. David Green 136
Venue: Landers Center, Southaven, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight Promotions/Greg Cohen Promotions
By Jesse Kelley
Andy “Kaos” Kolle 163 vs. Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker 164
RJ Laase 147.4 vs. Donny Tierney 146.4
Aaron Green 275 vs. Travis Fulton 240.6
Tyler Hultin 161 vs. Silas Ortley 160.2
Dustin Mason 130.6 vs. Randy Ronchi 129.4
Winston Anderson 144.2 vs. Andrew Selvig 143
Venue: Wessman Arena in Superior, WI
Promoter: RJ Laase, T-Rex Promotions
Note: Walker missed his flight and arrived Friday night. He weighed 164 this morning. Kolle was on target to box at 154 but Walker, who was found on short notice as a replacement opponent needed a weight of 163 to take the fight.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Former Canadian middleweight champion Walid Smichet 20-7-3 14KO) declared to FightNews Friday that he intends to return to the ring very shortly. “I’m returning in June,” Smichet told FightNews, “I’ll be fighting at 154 pounds.” Junior-middleweight would be the lowest weight for the 30 fight veteran who made his pro debut in 2002 as a middleweight and stayed there for the duration until the last few where he crept up closer to the super-middle limit and was stopped by both Peter Manfredo and David Lemieux for the Canadian 168 pound title, his last fight in April 2010. A svelte looking Smichet told FightNews what many have thought for years, that the come-forward warrior who rarely takes a step backwards is much better suited to 154 pounds.
Ronny Rios 128 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 130
Hugo Centeno Jr 153.4 vs. Gerardo Prieto 153.2
Julian Ramirez 124 vs. Salvador Cifuentes 124
Xavier Montelongo 130.6 vs. Rocco Espinoza 131
Johnny Reyes 131 vs. Jose Ortiz 132
Venue: The Phoenix Club, Anaheim, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated former NABO cruiserweight champ Dan “Hardway” Harvison (15-0) returns to the ring this Saturday versus rugged veteran Ariel Espinal (8-20) at the Court Time Sports Complex in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. Promoted by Team Salka Promotions, the card will also feature an 8 rounder between super lightweight Rod Salka (14-1) and journeyman Angel Rios (9-10). Also, heavyweight Jason Bergman (17-9) battles Alexis Mejias (11-8) in a six rounder, while welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers (23-1) faces trialhorse Manuel Guzman (7-14) in another six. For ticket information contact Salka at (412)298-5161.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Edgar Sosa 111.90 vs Wilbert Uicab 111.90
(WBC flyweight silver title)
Dante Jardon 129.60 vs Berman Sanchez 129
Humberto Soto 151 vs Claudinei Lacerda 151
Venue: Oasis Arena, Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo, Producciones Deportiva Maldonado and Pepe Gomez.
TV: Fox Deportes (USA), Televisa (Mexico)
By David Spencer, photo: Dave Spencer
Ali Nestor Charles 153.2 vs. Martin Avila 153.8
Tony Luis 138.7 vs. Ferenc Szabo 139.8
Roody Pierre Paul 134.2 vs. Carlos Martinez 135
Kevin Lavallee 129.5 vs. Istvan Paszti 127.5
Frank Cotroni 162.2 vs. Emanuel Guzman 167.2
Dimitri Waadenburg 134.2 vs. Jaber Zayani 135.2
Francois Miville n/a vs. Ahmad Selemani 170.5
Venue: Claude Robillard Centre
Promoter: UGC Promotions
By David Finger
In a WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title fight in Jefferson City, Missouri last night, defending champion Chauncy Welliver inched closer to a world title fight with a tough, but lopsided unanimous decision over shopworn former contender “Smokin” Bert Cooper over ten rounds. Although the 46-year-old Cooper was not seen as a serious threat to the #6 ranked WBC heavyweight he was a fighter who had some personal history with the Welliver’s camp. In 1991 Cooper derailed the title hopes of a young heavyweight prospect named Joe Hipp when he stopped him in five rounds on the undercard of the Tommy Morrison-Ray Mercer fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cooper would, in turn, receive a title fight against Evander Holyfield as a result of the win over Hipp, and although Hipp too would eventually fight for a world title, it did leave some unfinished business with the Philadelphia bomber. Hipp, who retired in 2005, is currently training Welliver, adding an interesting twist on the fight last night. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like another prominent fighter will not only be training in Oxnard, CA, but will be trained by Robert Garcia. And it is another reason to visit the Boxing Academy, located in an industrial part in the south side of the city. Hard-hitting and former world title holder Marcos Maidana announced Wednesday on his twitter account that he will be trained by Garcia, who has become one of the more prominent trainers in boxing today. (more…)
One of the top boxing matchmakers of all time, Top Rank’s Bruce Trampler, will deliver the Keynote Address at the opening session of Fight Promoter University VIII, set for June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Trampler,who was elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010, and has been the chief matchmaker at Top Rank since 1981, will speak at FPU VIII on Tuesday evening June 5th.
“To have one of the most respected men in the sport of boxing, who has learned the business from every angle, and who has orchestrated the careers of such champions as Oscar Del La Hoya, Erik Morales, Floyd Mayeather Jr, and Miguel Cotto , is the kind of person future promoters need to hear from,” stated Englebrecht.
Trampler is one of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information available online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com
By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Ao (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 130, Japan, retained his belt as he scored a unanimous decision (116-112 twice and 118-110) over top contender Terdsak Kokietgym (46-4-1, 31 KOs), 129.5, Thailand, over twelve rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, successfully kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he maaged to avert early attacks of ex-titlist Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), 118, and scored with jabs and long lefts in later rounds, winning a unanimous verdict (116-112 twice and 117-111) over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Francisco Salazar
Confirming what has been rumored for a few weeks, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto will square off on June 23rd at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer confirmed to Fightnews.com on Thursday. The fight was originally scheduled to take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on February 11th. However, Berto suffered a bicep injury a few weeks prior to the fight, thus postponing the bout and the entire card. Although the card was originally rescheduled to June 30th, Golden Boy Promotions thought it was best to move the card to Los Angeles and reschedule it a week earlier. With so many fight cards taking place in Las Vegas, the magnitude of Ortiz-Berto may diminish. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Ivan Calderon (35-2-1, 6 KOs), who expected to fight on April 28 for the WBO 105lb crown that was once his for long time, will have to wait until late May to try to regain the title from Mexican champion Moises Fuentes (14-1, 6 KOs). “There was a change of date,” said Calderon. “We are talking the end of next month. It was postponed because the Palacio de los Deportes in Mayagüez was not available for April 28 and as it was very close to the fight of Juanma Lopez (March 10) Peter (Rivera) couldn’t do business. It was too early to set up the event properly so they postponed it for a month.”
However, the venue is no longer the Palacio de los Deportes and the event could land at the Coliseo Mario Morales ‘Quijote’ in Calderon’s hometown of Guaynabo.
“While I’m training I’m keeping 10 or 12 pounds above the weight and no longer lowering,” ‘The Iron Boy’ added. “Before they told me that the fight was delayed, I was leaving the gym at 112, only seven pounds above.”
By Robert Coster
Florida’s up and rising boxing promotional company, Acquinity Sports, has announced the signings of IBF #3 Argenis Mendez (Jr lightweight) and former Olympic champion Felix Diaz (welterweight). Mendez and Diaz are joining a growing team of boxers led by former two-division world champion IBF# 8 Joan Guzman (jr welterweight). Others on the team are WBC #9, WBA #12 Ed Paredes (welterweight) and Dominican Olympians Claudio Marrero (lightweight) Juan Carlos Payano (bantamweight), Lennin Castillo (light-heavyweight). The only non-Dominican fighter in the group is Cuban-born Umberto Savigne (super-middleweight). (more…)
Thompson Boxing’s “PATH TO GLORY” series returns this Friday to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California with a headliner featuring undefeated Colombian slugger Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) battling Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs) as the 8-round lightweight main event.
The co-main event boasts Riverside’s Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) as he steps back in the ring after a short injury time out and fights James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) of South Carolina in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Former WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa (30-4, 13 KOs), 125.5, successfully made a comeback after a twelve-month hiatus when he chalked up a TKO victory over previously unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix (18-1, 10 KOs), 126, at 2:28 of the seventh round in a scheduled 10-round bout on Friday in Tokyo, Japan.
The Japanese southpaw, 31, forfeited his second WBC throne in the feather category to Jhonny Gonzalez with a single right shot in the fourth despite winning on points last April.
Hasegawa took the leadoff from the outset, and steadily piled up points as he battered the nervous Mexican upstairs and downstairs. But Felix withstood the ex-champ’s assault and occasionally responded to his rally with solid rights. Hasegawa sustained a gash caused by a headbutt in the fifth, but finally caught Felix with a flurry of punches, dropping him midway in the seventh. The ex-champ furiously followed it up to prompt the referee’s intervention, but he failed to show his previous sharpness, which will be shown on his future comeback trail.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Boxing returns to Cancun Saturday night with three notable fights. The main event features current WBC flyweight silver champo Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs) defending against former WBC champion Edgar Sosa (44-7, 27 KOs) in a twelve rounder. Three-time world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (57-7-2, 34 KOs) takes on Brazilian Caludinei Lacerda (14-2, 10 KOs) 10-round in a super lightweight bout. Soto is waiting a possible fight with Argentinian Lucas Matthysse. Hot prospect Dante “Crazy” Jardon (19-2, 17 KOs) battles Nicaraguan Berman “Cobra” Sanchez (26-3-3, 18 KOs) for the vacant WBC international super featherweight belt. The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo, Promociones Deportivas Maldonado and local promoter Pepe Gomez. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
People have heard the phrase of “acting mature beyond their years.” That phrase applies to unbeaten super featherweight Ronny Rios, who turned 22 years of age a few months ago. Although he is unbeaten, Rios works hard to “improve and be almost perfect” after every workout session. Mature enough in that his long-term goal for 2012 is to buy a home for his single mother. While many people are still trying to find themselves at the age of 22, even after they graduate from a university or finished serving in the military, Rios wants to show why he wants to be considered one of the top young fighters today.
Rios will take on Guillermo Sanchez in an eight round bout on Saturday night at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. The bout will headline a “Solo Boxeo” card and will be televised on Telefutura. (more…)
Thunderous punching Australian Heavyweight prospect Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne is looking forward to the next chapter in his exciting career. Standing an imposing 6’4” and weighing around 118kg or 260lbs, Browne will make his international debut by fighting in Oldham, England on April 21st on a Hatton Promotions card. His opponent will be Paul Butlin, who has twice lasted the distance with Dereck Chisora and has faced a long line of Heavyweight prospects including Albert Sosnowski, Johnathon Banks, Edmund Gerber and Johann Duhaupas. Browne, who is the Australian Heavyweight champion and owns an impressive 11-0 (10 KO) record, came to the attention of Hatton Promotions after blasting out Colin Wilson in impressive fashion back in February. (more…)
WBA bantamweight champion Koki Kameda says he suffered an injury to his right fist in the second round that kept him from delivering the kind of performance he wanted in his title defense against Indonesian Nouldy Manakane on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan. “I felt very pleased that I was able to defend, only that my fist didn’t let me do what I wanted so I didn’t manage to shine as we wanted, but the most important thing was that we got the win and that makes me feel good,” he said. Now, Kameda plans to take a rest to heal the injury completely then look for the big names of the division. “In August I’m looking to do a very good fight and I want to find an opponent with a recognized name.” He concluded with a message to his fans. “To my fans, I would like to thank you for all your support and interest in my professional and personal life and know that I will not fail you, as well. What comes next in my career will be better and I will prepare myself and concentrate 100%”
The main event boasts the highly rated, WBA #5, IBF #8, WBO #8, WBC #12 Colombian pugilist Darley Perez (24-0, 18 KOs) as he takes on Tijuana’s Alain “Konan” Hernandez (18-9-1, 10 KOs). The preceding bout features, Riverside’s Jose “El Niño” Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KOs) versus James Hope (6-9-1, 4 KOs) in an 8-round junior welterweight clash. Opening for the featured fights is Ontario’s fan favorite Super Bantamweight Jonathan “Lil’ Thund’r” Arellano (11-0-1) take on Jose Angel Cota (8-6, 6 KOs) in an 8-round bout.
Darley Perez 134 vs. Alain Hernandez 134.5
Jose Reynoso 141 vs. James Hope 141
Jonathan Arellano 121 vs. Jose Angel Cota 121
Isaac Zarate 120 vs. Francisco Camacho 120
Joshua Conley 152 vs. Eduardo Herrera 148
Carlos Chavez 123.5 vs. Mauro Brenes 124.5
Alex Chavez 123 vs. Edgar Flores 125
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California.
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
Tickets: $75, $45, and $30 (call 714-935-0900)
Doors open at 6:30 pm, and the first bell rings at 7:30 pm.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A former Playboy model who filed a $5 million lawsuit against ring legend Oscar de la Hoya claiming she was assaulted during a drug-fueled sex party was dealt a KO punch today in a New York City courtroom. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten fined both Angelica Marie Cecora and her lawyer $500 for filing a frivolous lawsuit and ordered her to pay Oscar’s legal bills, which should amount to over $20,000.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
In a clash for the vacant interim WBO jr middleweight title, former European champion and hometown favorite Lukas Konecny (48-3, 23 KOs) took advantage of his long awaited world title fight by scorng a seventh round KO over Salim Larbi (17-2-1, 4 KOs) on Thursday night at the Vodova Arena in Brno, Czech Republic. Konecny pressured Larbi from the opening bell. In round three, both fighters stood toe-to-toe with Konecny getting the better of it, although he came out of it with cuts over the left eye and the bridge of the nose. That was pretty much Larbi’s last hurrah as the cuts spurred Konecny to up his aggression even more in rounds four and five. A right hand to the body in the seventh finally put Larbi on the deck and as referee Andre Van Grootenbruel reached the count of ten.
Long time mandatory challenger Konecny was originally slated to face WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov last month in Kiev, Ukraine, but Baysangurov suffered a back injury in training shortly before the fight. Last year Konecny had a title shot against then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled an injury in training shortly before the fight.
In the co-feature, WBO/WBF female middleweight champion Christina Hammer (12-0, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Julie “Queen” Tchabalala (4-2-1, 1 KO) by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 100-90. more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After performing his morning roadwork in Big Bear, California, WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez conducted the 30-day pre-weighing in advance of his fight with former world champion Shane Mosley on May 5 in Las Vegas. Alvarez scaled in at 165.5 pounds in the presence of WBC supervisor Rudy Tellez. The maximum allowable weight is 169.4 (10% above the limit of their division). “Canelo” and his team of Chepo and Edison Reynoso are training in the mountains of Big Bear, California, which is forecast to have highs in the 60s this weekend.
Three-division world champion and Méxican icon Juan Manuel Márquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs), of México City, and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (29-0-1, 22 KOs), of Oxnard, Calif., along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, hosted an international media conference call to talk about Top Rank’s big April 14 world championship pay-per-view event originating from two different countries.
Márquez will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in México City’s brand new Arena México. Rios will attempt to reclaim his old title when he rumbles with WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril for the vacant WBA lightweight title at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Here’s what they had to say…
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and Multi Screen Media (MSM) – a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Television, announced their partnership to broadcast UFC programming in India and the rest of the sub-continent. MSM’s new sports channel – SIX, will deliver the world’s largest brand of mixed martial arts to Indian fans across the country by airing live UFC events, taped specials, and exciting bouts from the vast UFC library. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
In a WBA super-flyweight unification bout, full champ Tepparith Kokietgym (18-2, 11 KOs), 114.75, a hard-punching Thailander, impressively unified the belts as he overwhelmed and overpowered WBA champ in recess Tomonobu Shimizu (19-4-1, 9 KOs), Japan, en route to a fine TKO victory at 2:15 of the ninth round on Wednesday in Yokohama, Japan.
Also, WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (28-1, 17 KOs), 118, barely kept his throne by eking out a debatable unanimous decision (115-113, 117-110 and 118-110) over WBA#11 overmatched Indonesian Nouldy Manakane (24-11-1, 15 KOs), 116.25, over lousy and monotonous twelve rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Wise men say a good card is made by each contestant’s misevaluation of the other’s real power. It might be rightly applied to the matchmaking of tomorrow’s WBC bantamweight title bout between defending champ Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), Japan, and ferocious challenger Vic Darchinyan (37-4-1, 27 KOs) of Australia here in Tokyo. Yamanaka has scored nine consecutive KO wins and wishes to collect another victim in Darchinyan, while Raging Bull loudly boasts of his superiority in ring experience, punching power and speed. In short, it’s a very interesting encounter of hard-hitting southpaws. There was a weigh-in ceremony today (Thursday), when Yamanaka and Darchinyan each tipped the beam at the 118-pound class limit. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Promoters Yvon Michel and Don King have inched closer together on what has been a long and arduous negotiation process on a possible title match-up between IBF light-heavyweight champion and Tavoris Cloud and former WBC champion Jean Pascal. “I’m optimistic,” Michel told FightNews Thursday about the eventuality that the two will finally hook-up. “We’re finalizing TV and possible dates to stage the fight,” said Michel who is looking toward the end of June or early July to stage the bout, likely in Montreal or Quebec City.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and Harley-Davidson® ride in to the BankAtlantic Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday, June 8 with an outstanding UFC® event headlined by flyweight rivals Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson and Ian McCall. The winner of the fight will go on to fight Joseph Benavidez for the first-ever UFC 125-pound title later in the year. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The former WBA 168-pound champion Manny Siaca III will return on April 28 in Venezuela against Jorge Navarro for the WBA Latino middleweight title. Siaca III (24-7, 20 KOs) said that his next fight should be for the belt of WBA 160-pound world champion Félix Sturm. “That’s what I want,” said Siaca, “the world championship and to defend against Miguel Cotto if he want to move up, as well as Sergio ‘Maravilla’ Martinez.
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