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Andy ‘Irish’ Lee (28-1, 20KO’s) is a fighter on a mission as he prepares to challenge unbeaten middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KO’s) for his WBC championship green belt on June 16 at the outdoor Sun Bowl Stadium, El Paso, Texas. The tall 6’2 Kronk fighter has just completed a 10 week training camp in preparation for his world title bout and is looking in great condition and extremely sharp in sparring. Lee has been trading punches at the Detroit Kronk Gym with aggressive sparring partners such as Mike Jimenez, Adonis Stevenson, Edwin Rodriguez, Don George and Brian Vera.
Lee presently ranked WBO #1, WBA #2 and WBC #3 is in the best shape of his life and is in a positive and confident mood with only two things on his mind going into this fight; winning and winning impressively. He believes he has the boxing skills and power to beat Chavez Jr. and is very focused on the job he has to do. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Here it is. The complete 2012 IBHOF induction ceremony complete with speeches by all six living inductees as well as family members of the posthumous inductees.
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (27-1,15 KOs) and his trainer Graham Shaw talk to Fightnews.com about the September 1st unification showdown against WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (37-2-2, 16 KOs). The Geale camp is confident that Daniel can score his second win in Germany by defeating Sturm after outscoring Sebstian Sylvester in 2011 to capture IBF title.
Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, says at this time there are no plans to discipline or review the Pacquiao-Bradley judges.
Timothy Bradley reportedly suffered a fractured left foot and a twisted right ankle in the fight.
Bradley’s win over Pacquiao brought an abrupt end to any notion of a fourth fight between Pacman and Juan Manuel Marquez. Word is a September 15 fight between Marquez and Erik Morales is now on the front burner.
Another notable person affected by Saturday’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight is Floyd Mayweather Jr., who so far has served 10 days of an 87-day sentence. You can send Floyd a letter at the following address:
Clark County Detention Center
330 S. Casino Center Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
As was the case at last year’s IBHOF induction Sunday, the rains came early. But unlike last year, the heat came late, drying up the rain, and drenching fans and inductees alike in perspiration. Just as in waiting on a decision at the end of a boxing match, one never knows what the weather will be like on induction day in the Central New York town of Canastota. There have been torrential downpours, temperatures dipping low enough to require the purchase of IBHOF sweatshirts and jackets and sweltering heat in the 90s. Today was the latter, with loads of water being downed and souvenir programs used as fans.
After the traditional parade of champions through the village, champions old and new took to the stage and fans to their seats or the grass, to honor the posthumous as well as six living inductees for their contribution to the Sweet Science. (more…)
The odds were against Timothy Bradley. The 14,206 fans in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas were against Timothy Bradley. Most boxing pundits and a vast majority of those who purchased the pay per view were against Timothy Bradley. But you know who wasn’t against “Desert Storm” on June 9th, 2012?
In what will be considered one of the most controversial decisions in a sport that is certainly in no need for anymore controversy, Timothy Bradley inexplicably upended Manny Pacquiao and claimed the Filipino’s WBO welterweight title with a split decision victory that has turned the boxing world upside down and inside out . . . Click here for more
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that there will be a new five-round main event at the upcoming sold out UFC® 149event, set to take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome, in Calgary, Alberta, on July 21. (more…)
By Barry Lindenman
Scoring Summary Analysis
- In only 6 of the 12 rounds, did all 3 judges agree on the winner of the round (rounds 3,4,6,7,10,12)
- There was disagreement on the part of the judges in 50% of the rounds (rounds 1,2,5,8,9 & 11)
- Judge C.J. Ross was the only judge during the fight who was never the “lone wolf” in scoring each round (i.e. score agreed with at least one of the other judges)
- Judge Ford was the “lone wolf” in 4 of the rounds (rounds 1,2,9 &11)
- Judge Roth was the “lone wolf” in 2 of the rounds (rounds 5 & 8)
- All 3 judges had Pacquiao ahead 39-37 after 4 rounds
- 2 of the judges (Ford & Ross) had the fight dead even after 8 rounds (76-76)
- All 3 judges scored 3 of the last 4 rounds for Bradley
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Saturday’s sessions of the 2012 edition of the IBHOF started out a tad dismal as the rains came down, but the skies cleared and the enthusiasm of the fans never waned. The celebrity golf outing, boxing collectors show, ringside lectures, V.I.P. Cocktail hour and gala banquet were all a success.
With several “rounds” going on at the same time, fans could choose which event they wanted to attend, or mill about between all of them. At the Canastota High School gymnasium, the collectors memorabilia show was its usual hit with fans looking for that treasure to add to their boxing collection. They could also stand in line for autographs as boxers came throughout the day to take their turns at the signing table. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rene Perez
Three-time world champion Fernando Montiel (48-4-2, 37 KOs) won a controversial twelve round split decision over former Olympian Arturo Santos (11-2, 4 KOs) before 12,000 boxing fans in the Manuel Bernardo Aguirre Gymnasium UACH in Chihuahua. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 Montiel, 115-113 Santos.
In other action, Carlos Rodriguez (19-11-4, 9 KOs) surprised former world title challenger and WBC silver former world champion Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-7, 18 KOs) with a ninth round stoppage. Time was 2:08.
Middleweight prospect Marco “Dorado” Reyes (24-1, 21 KOs) won by ten round unanimous decision over Octavio Castro (14-9-1, 9 KOs). Reyes punished Castro throughout the fight. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Fans filled the Rusty Rail restaurant for a “Heavyweight Bash” tribute to the sport’s memorable heavyweights of the past. Such notables as Chuck Wepner, Lamon Brewster, Michael Moorer, Gerry Cooney and Leon Spinks took to the podium after hilites of their fights were shown. Clips of Ali-Frazier #1 were shown with color commentary by a young Mike Tyson.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Argentinian welterweight prospect Luis “El Potro” Abregu (32-1, 26 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Venezuelan Pedro Verdú (14-11-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night in Delm in Salta, Argentina. With the win, Abregu claimed the South American welterweight title. Abregu only defeat was in 2010 against WBO world champion Timothy Bradley.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Manny Pacquiao: I respect the decision, but 100% I believe that I won the fight…the fans in their heart know who won the fight…he hit me with a couple of jabs, but I don’t even remember him hitting me a solid punch in my face and — amazing what the result is.
Timothy Bradley: There’s three judges out there and that’s the way they judged it, so I mean, what do you want me to do? You know what I mean? That’s the way they judged it. My corner felt we were winning the fight. I was controlling the action. But like I said, there was three judges out there. Two of them felt I won the fight and that’s all I can say on that.
Promoter Bob Arum: The decision was a ridiculous decision. You guys all know who won this fight. So let’s be honest about the situation. Hopefully we’ll revisit it in November….I hope boxing recovers, because this isn’t arguing about a close decision. This is is something that’s an absurdity, that’s ridiculous, and everybody that’s involved in boxing should feel ashamed.
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Reigning WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-2-2, 38 KOs) lost a highly controversial twelve round split decision against unbeaten WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (29-0, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacman landed some good straight lefts early on. Bradley worked hard but landed at a low percentage. Manny’s superior firepower continued to dominate while Bradley’s punches had little effect. Bradley was willing to trade, often to his detriment. There were no knockdowns in the bout.
To his credit, 4:1 underdog Bradley showed incredible grit and determination especially considering he injured both ankles in the bout. Pacquiao outlanded Bradley 190-108 in power punches and the scores of 115-113, 115-113 Bradley, 115-113 Pacquiao were shocking and greeted with boos from the 14,206 in attendance. There is already talk of a rematch on November 10.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (12-1, 10 KOs) won by TKO at 2:00 of the seventh round when the referee stopped the fight after some hard shots by Arroyo. Rigoberto Casillas (8-7-1, 6 KOs) went down two times in the seventh. The co-feature between McJoe Arroyo (10-0, 5 KOs) and Miguel Del Valle (8-17, 2 KOs) was cancelled because the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission didn’t approve the bout one hour before after a review on Del Valle’s black eye. The card took place at the Palacio de Recreacion y Deportes in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico.
A non-title featherweight bout between four-division world champion and current WBO bantamweight Jorge Arce (60-6-2, 46 KOs) and Jesus Rojas (18-1-1, 13 KOs) ended in a no decision. Arce dropped Rojas almost immediately, but Rojas finished the round strong. Arce couldn’t continue in round two after a low blow followed by a shot to the back and a final punch on the ear left him disoriented. Time :09.
In a clash for the vacant IBF welterweight title formerly held by Andre Berto, former two-division champ #2 rated Randall Bailey (43-7, 37 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round KO over previously unbeaten #1 rated Mike Jones (26-1, 19 KOs). What looked like a great fight on paper failed to materialize for the first nine rounds as Jones was very careful to avoid Bailey’s big right hand and appeared to be headed to a lackluster decision. However, Bailey finally connected in round ten and put Jones on the deck just before the bell. Bailey then absolutely leveled Jones with an uppercut in the eleventh to end it. Time was 2:52.
WBA super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (10-0, 8 KOs) dropped Teon Kennedy (17-2-2, 7 KOs) five times en route to a fifth round TKO. The two-time Olympic gold medalist Rigondeaux dropped Kennedy in once in round one and twice in round two, again in round four and a last time in round five before the bout was waved off by referee Russell Mora. Time was 1:11. (more…)
Three top AIBA ranked boxers, world #1 ranked amateur super heavyweight Magomedrasul Medzhidov from Azerbaijan, #4 amateur welterweight and two-time world champion Serik Sapiyev from Kazakhstan and Jong-Hun Shin from Korea who is the world #1 amateur in the light flyweight category, have signed to compete in professional APB ranking competitions which will begin in Fall 2013 at an APB signing ceremony held at the ExCeL London today.
“This is a historical moment of our sport to sign the 1st three top ranked boxers for newly initiated program, the AIBA Professional Boxing,” Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President said. (more…)
All Star Boxing will return with their successful series “Boxeo TELEMUNDO Ford” to the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, FL, next Friday, June 15. In the main event David Quijano (14-2, 9 KOs) of Caguas, Puerto Rico will now face veteran Juanito Rubillar (48-18-7, 13 KOs) of Manila, Philippines in a bout scheduled for twelve rounds with the vacant WBO Latin Jr. Bantamweight title at stake.
“After we got the news that Raul Hidalgo got injured, we were able to secure Rubillar who was training here in Las Vegas with Manny Paquiao, because of both fighters aggressive style it should be an all-out war,” said Promoter Tuto Zabala, Jr. (more…)
Heavyweight Shannon “The Cannon” Briggs can add one loss to his nearly-impeccable fighting record — because he just suffered a trouncing in court … for nearly half a million bucks. Shannon’s ex-publicist Kali Bowyer sued the boxer, claiming she helped him earn $2.8 million back in 2009 — but was never paid commissions. Bowyer claimed Shannon owed her $420,000 for her services — and according to a South Carolina court, the boxer blew off the lawsuit. The court issued a default judgment against the boxer this week for the full amount … ordering him to pay up stat. Calls to Shannon weren’t returned.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Four-division world champion, Roy Jones Junior (55-8, 40 KO), who on June 30 in Lodz (Poland) will fight 39-1, 25 KO #4 WBC ranked light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki, presents a short preview of Manny Pacquiao – Timothy Bradley.
By John Cannon at ringside
On Friday night, there was a “Bigfoot” sighting at the Pharr Events Center. However, a “Southern Disaster” sent him right across the Texas state line and back to Louisiana. Houston’s Dominic “Southern Disaster” Guinn (34-9-1, 25 KO’s) snapped his three fight losing streak as he defeated Stacy Frazier of Louisiana by second round knockout in the main event of “Pure Pride II” at the Pharr Events Center.
“I am glad I shook off this losing streak,” said Guinn. “My plan was to end it early and I am glad to get the victory.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
On Friday and Saturday, members of the WBC Board of Governors came to Mexico City from all over the world to discuss the last details of the “WBC Boxing World Cup,” which will feature champions of each of the ten member confederations in the flyweight, bantamweight, featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight, middleweight and heavyweight divisions. On hand are the presidents of the ABU, ABCO, BBBofC, CABOFE, FECARBOX, CISBB, EBU, NABF, OPBF and FESUBOX.
Tonight the attendees will enjoy the fight between the WBC former world champions Manny Paquiao vs Timothy Bradley in the Platinum Theater of Cinemex, in the luxury Antara Polanco, compliment from President Jose Sulaiman. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After two disappointing performances in a row by Manny Pacquiao, questions are swirling in the boxing industry. Could it be that Pacquiao has peaked? Has the “typhoon blowing across the Pacific”, as HBO’s Larry Merchant once described the Filipino superstar, blown itself out? Perhaps these questions will be answered when Pacquiao defends his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas tonight (HBO PPV).
This is a tough fight for Pacquiao against a young, strong, undefeated opponent. It is a fight he could lose unless he can fan the flames that were burning low in his fights with Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez. In short, Pacquiao needs to rediscover the relentless quality that made him such a formidable fighter. (more…)
Ringside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Two years ago, Kelly Pavlik watched the world around him come crumbling down after the former middleweight world champion found himself in rehab due to an alcohol addiction. His love for the sport of boxing dried up and everything that he worked so hard for as a fighter dissolved right before his eyes.
But with a new outlook on life, a new weight class (super middleweight) and a new trainer, Robert Garcia, Pavlik began his journey back into boxing relevancy in 2012 with a knockout victory over Aaron Jaco in March. His quest continued as the headliner of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights at The Joint inside of The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Pavlik scored a 7th round TKO over Scott Sigmon when his opponent was unable to answer the bell for the 8th round . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Boxing Bob Newman
2012 IBHOF inductee Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns took time out after having his lethal right fist cast in plaster, to talk with Fightnews.com about his career, his induction and more…
The 2012 International Boxing Hall of Fame class of 2012 was officially welcomed Friday afternoon at the hall’s hallowed grounds with the ceremonial fist casting. Both inductees and non-inductees had the tools of their trade permanently cast, to be on display forever among their peers inside the IBHOF museum. (more…)
Thursday, June 7 was Graduation Day for the sixth graduating class of the Oscar De La Hoya Animo Charter High School in Los Angeles, Calif., and the man whose name adorns the school couldn’t be happier. “This is a big day for me every year, and I’m so proud of all these young men and women who have worked so hard to get here,” said De La Hoya, who spoke at the commencement ceremony along with Los Angeles City Councilmember Jose Huizar and Education Activist Sal Castro. “I also want to thank all the staff and teachers at the school for their efforts, as they’re helping to create the next generation of leaders for this community.” This year’s class included 139 graduates, 75% of whom will go on to four-year universities in the fall.
Demetrious Johnson and Ian McCall needed two fights and six rounds to determine a winner in their heated flyweight tournament showdown, but after the final three frames at the Bank Atlantic Center Friday night, it was Johnson who emerged victorious via unanimous decision in another fast-paced and exciting battle.
Scores were 30-27 and 29-28 twice for Johnson (15-2-1) who will face Joseph Benavidez to determine the UFC’s first 125-pound champion. Johnson and McCall fought to a majority draw in their first bout on March 3rd . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Former middleweight world champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (39-2, 33 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round TKO over Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (22-4, 12 KOs) in a super middleweight clash on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Pavlik promised to punish the talkative Sigmon and that’s what he did as he methodically battered and bloodied Sigmon, who was game and tough but heavily outgunned. The bout was stopped between rounds seven and eight.
Unbeaten featherweight Jesse Magdaleno (10-0, 7 KOs) continued to impress with a first round TKO over 2000 Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (12-5-4, 5 KOs). Magdaleno dropped Varcarcel, then finished him with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:25.
Undefeated light heavyweight and three-time Notre Dame boxing champion Mike Lee (9-0, 5 KOs) outpointed Eliseo Durazo (3-3, 0 KOs) over six rounds. The bout was originally slated for four rounds, but the commission had it listed for six, so six rounds they went. Scores were 59-54 on all cards. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
It was supposed to be the durable opponent to give middleweight prospect David Lemieux (26-2, 25 KOs) and see what he had in later rounds. Jaudiel Zepeda (14-6-1, 11 KOs) though proved no match though for the powerful Lemieux who put the California fighter down for the count with a left hook to the body at 1:47 of the second round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It snapped a two fight losing streak for the 23 year-old and was only the second time Zepeda has been stopped. Lemieux used a crisp sharp jab to set up his punches in the first round and sent his opponent tumbling to the canvas early in the next round with a big right hand to the jaw. Lemieux went right to work on the body of his opponent following the knockdown and had Zepeda down again in what was officially ruled a shove. The point was academic as Lemieux scored his 25th knockdown, 22 coming within the first two rounds, and all coming within the first five.
In the main event, NABO light heavyweight titlist Eleider Alvarez (9-0, 5 KOs) defended his belt, winning a 118-109 119-108, 119-108 unanimous decision over Shawn Hawk (23-2-1, 17 KOs). More…
WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez — won’t be heading to jail after his January DUI arrest … because he just struck a sweet plea deal with prosecutors. As we first reported, Chavez was hit with 3 misdemeanor charges following his arrest in L.A. — two for DUI and one for driving without a valid license. Chavez pled “no contest” to one count of driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. The other DUI count was dropped, as was the license charge. Chavez was sentenced to 3 years probation and ordered to attend 30 AA meetings — which he already did. His next court date’s December 7th.
Weights by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Manny Pacquiao 147 vs Timothy Bradley 146
(WBO welterweight championship)
Mike Jones 146.5 vs. Randall Bailey 146
(Vacant IBF welterweight championship)
Guillermo Rigondeaux 122 vs. Teon Kennedy 122
(WBA super bantamweight championship)
Jorge Arce 123.5 vs. Jesus Rojas 123.5
Jesse Hart 165 vs. Manuel Eastman 161
Mikael Zewski 149 vs. Ryan Grimaldo 149
Andy Ruiz 143 vs. Taylor Larson 143
Wilton Hilario 127 vs. Ernie Sanchez 127
Venue: MGM Grand GArden Arena, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rene Perez
Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel 122 vs Arturo “Rey” Santos 122
(WBC USNBC super bantamweight title)
Sammy Gutierrez 108 vs Armando Torres 108
Oscar Ibarra 116 vs Carlos Rodriguez 116
Marco “Dorado” Reyes 160 vs Octavio Castro 160
Venue: Gimnasio Manuel Bernardo Aguirre de la UACH
Promoters: Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montil Producciones
Manny Pacquiao is not only an eight-division world champion and a congressman, he’s also a die-hard Boston Celtics fan. And with Game 7 of the Celtics-Miami Heat playoff game beginning just hours before Pacquiao enters the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend his WBO welterweight title against undefeated world champion Timothy Bradley, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum isn’t even going to try to beat City Hall. “I’m not waiting for Manny’s request on this one. We will not begin the Pacquiao –Bradley main event fight until the Celtics and the Heat finish their playoff game,” said Arum. “Now Manny, the Heat, the Celtics, and sports fans watching the basketball game won’t have to make a choice between events, they will be able to watch both. However, the action-packed pay-per-view undercard will begin as scheduled at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.”
Good news: Boxing legend Evander Holyfield recently sold his house for $7,500,000!!!
Bad news: It was at a public auction, he actually owes the bank twice that amount … and he also owes over $200,000 in back taxes.
According to docs filed in Georgia, Holyfield’s massive mansion — 54,000 sq. ft on 234 acres — outside Atlanta sold at public auction on March 6 … but part of the money will go directly to Uncle Sam to pay off his back tax bill. As for the rest … according to the documents, Holyfield owed more than $14,000,000 on the house — plus more than $2500 in foreclosure expenses. It’s unclear whether the bank is going after him for the balance. Calls to Holyfield’s rep were not returned.
WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Adrien Broner (23-0, 19 KO’s) of Cincinnati, Ohio and NABO Junior Lightweight Champion Vicente Escobedo (26-3, 15 KO’s) of Woodland, Calif. will host a press conference on Wednesday to announce their world title fight set for Saturday, July 21 at U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio which will air on HBO Boxing After Dark.
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