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After a four year drought, WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (23-0, 11 KOs) receives a well earned homecoming this Saturday when he defends his WBO belt for a third time against Pennsylvania’s Tommy Karpency (21-2-1, 14 KOs) at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. An impressive victory will leave Cleverly primely placed for a huge outdoor blockbuster in the summer that could elevate him into an elite level earner.
Cleverly’s assessment top light heavyweights Bernard Hopkins, Chad Dawson, Jean Pascal, Beibut Shumenov and Tavoris Cloud:
For me, Hopkins is number one in our division. He’s the oldest world champion in the record books, a legend, but, with my youth and enthusiasm, I’d definitely fancy it. (more…)
Before the HBO cameras roll for Saturday’s doubleheader featuring hometown hero Devon Alexander “The Great” against Marcos “El Chino” Maidana and the WBO jr lightweight world championship fight between Adrien “The Problem” Broner and Eloy “Prince” Perez, a number of hot prospects will head up an eight-fight undercard that should keep fans at St. Louis’ Scottrade Center entertained all night long.
Heading up the non-televised portion of the Feb. 25 event is a 10-round junior welterweight battle between Sharif Bogere (21-0, 13 KOs) and Sergio Rivera (25-8-2, 16 KOs). 6’7 2008 Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (20-0, 20 KOs) faces Marlon Hayes (23-10, 12 KOs) in an eight round fight. Unbeaten jr middleweight Eddie Gomez (7-0, 6 KOs) faces Jose Ortiz (4-6-1, 1 KO) in a six round bout. Jr middleweight Keith “One Time” Thurman (15-0, 14 KOs) returns to the ring in an eight round battle against Chris Fernandez (19-14-1, 12 KOs). And former amateur star Christopher “Sweet” Pearson (2-0, 1 KO) faces Jeremy Wood (1-4, 1 KO)in a four round middleweight fight.
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO jr lightweight champion Adrien Broner vs Eloy Perez this Saturday at the Scottrade Center, Saint Louis, Missouri. The referee will be Genaro “Gino” Rodriguez, from Illinois/Puerto Rico. The judges for Broner-Perez are Michael Pernick from Florida, Ted Gimza from Illinois, and Jerry Griffin from Missouri. WBO supervisor for this fight will be John Duggan from Illinois.
Gavin Rees will defend his European lightweight title against Anthony Mezaache in Paris on Friday March 23. The Welshman won the vacant belt in June against Andy Murray in Cardiff and the 31 year-old heads to the northwest of the French capital at the Gymnase Georges Racine in Clichy la Garenne, Hauts-de-Seine to retain the belt in his first pro fight outside the UK. Rees’ first defense ended in a draw after Derry Mathews sustained a broken nose after a clash of heads in the fourth round of their fight in Newport in October. The Newbridge fighter is looking to get back into World title contention after holding the WBA light welterweight title in 2007-08 but will face a stern task in Mezaache’s hometown. The Frenchman is seeking to hold the European belt for the second time having recovered brilliantly from a first round knock down to take it from Jon Thaxton in February 2009 in Norwich and defending it once before relinquishing. The 33 year-old claimed the vacant WBA Inter-Continental and IBF International belts in April in the same venue and followed that with another win there in December, his 21st pro victory from 30 contests.
Frank Espinoza Sr. is one of the most successful west coast boxing managers in the last decade. His astute handling of the careers of former world champions, Israel Vazquez and Martin Castillo, proved to the boxing industry that he’s a force to be reckoned with. The proud East L.A. native hasn’t stopped there. He recently guided Abner Mares to a world title and has a stable-full of undefeated prospects that are making waves on just about every major television network. We caught up with Frank and he answered some questions:
Tell us about your recent signings?
I signed Daniel Ponce De Leon who is a former world champion and one of the hardest punchers in the sport. He’s very exciting. We like exciting fighters and when he became available, we jumped at the chance to sign him. We hope to get him another title shot by the end of the year. The latest fighter I signed is Jose “Loco” Hernandez. He’s a real warrior in the ring. He’s a hard worker and has a style that will give anyone problems.
What’s going on with bantamweight champion Abner Mares?
Abner will be fighting on April 21st in Mexico. We’re hoping to get him some very big fights. Jorge Arce has expressed an interest in fighting him so he may be a possible opponent. We’re also targeting Nonito Donaire at the end of the year or early 2013. We want to do the Donaire fight at the right time. Timing is always important. (more…)
Pressure in the fight game is always relative. When someone is trying to punch you in the face or make you submit, that’s pretty rough in and of itself. So when you add in the ideas of trying to break a string where you were 1-4 in your last five fights, along with fighting in your home country for the first time in nearly two years, are those factors more pressure-laden than avoiding a punch in the face? . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBC and IBF Former world champion Cristian Mijares (44-6-2, 20 KOs) will face Mexican compatriot and former WBO world champion Cruz “Chucho” Carbajal (32-18-2, 26 KOs) on April 14 in Morelia, Michoacan, for the vacant WBC super bantamweight International title. Carbajal replaces Cristian “El Italiano” Esquivel.
Mijares is looking for a world title opportunity in the super bantamweight division against world champion Toshiaki Nishioka or Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, current WBA bantamweight super champion.
As a nice distraction from the everyday training, WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz celebrated “Rose Monday” among the carnival revelers in Köthen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, the hometown of his trainer Dirk Dzemski. The champion was invited to be guest of honor in the largest carnival parade in Central Germany. Just beginning his training camp for his April 14 clash with Mikkel Kessler in Copenhagen, this trip was a pleasant and above all fun change of pace. Tens of thousands were on hand to take part in the festivities as the parade moved through the city Köthen with Stieglitz right in the middle tossing sweets from a float, shouting “KU-KA-KÖ” and of course signing many autographs.
By Felipe Leon
As it was announced last week, newly minted WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1, 19KOs) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mexico, will make his first defense of the title he captured late last year in one of the best comebacks in recent memory when down on all three judge’s cards, DeMarco stopped a badly bruised, beaten and bloodied Jorge Linares on the under card of Dawson-Hopkins at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. Late last week, the opponent was announced in Chihuahua’s Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28KOs). The scheduled twelve round bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa on Saturday, March 17th, as part of their weekly boxing series, “Sabados de Corona” and presented by Baja Boxing in association with Gary Shaw Promotions. (more…)
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (17-4, 4 KOs) returns to the ring March 9 at home, headlining at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence. Estrada will face an opponent to soon be approved and announced in the eight-round main event. He is coming off of a win by eight-round unanimous decision last December after being sidelined for 10 months after undergoing elbow surgery. “We’re very excited to bring this level of entertainment to Providence,” Big Six Entertainments president Artie DePinho commented. “Our goal is to provide local boxers with opportunities to improve and continue their careers, as well as to provide competitive fights for fans to watch. We had a great turnout for our last show and we plan to carry that momentum and success into this show.”
Former USBA/NABO middleweight champion Brian “The Bull” Barbosa (30-6, 22 KOs) continues his comeback against dangerous John Johnson (13-2, 10 KOs) in the six-round co-feature.
Cruiserweight Rich Gingras, one of the stars of The Contender, Season IV reality television show, will provide chief support in a six-round cruiserweight match. Gingras has relocated to Providence from New Hampshire.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and undefeated jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. during the commercial shoot for their upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions, Tecate, AT&T and MGM Grand, Pacquiao vs Bradley will take place, Saturday, June 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, live on Pay Per View.
WBC World Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko suffered a partial tear of a ligament in his left shoulder when he successfully defended his title against Dereck Chisora on Saturday night in Munich, Germany. Klitschko underwent an MRI on Sunday and further medical examinations on Monday. Besides the ligament, a nerve in his shoulder was affected in round three. As a result, he was not able to use his left hand as he wanted to. First fears it could have been the same shoulder ligament that tore apart and made him stop the fight against Chris Byrd in 2000 have not been confirmed. Klitschko will have to pause for 6 to 8 weeks before he can get back into full training. Despite the injury, Klitschko had dominated the fight against Chisora and won by unanimous decision.
It is with regret that I feel I have to issue this statement to clarify certain matters, following an unfortunate incident that occurred on Saturday night (February 18) in Munich, Germany at the Vitali Klitschko vs. Dereck Chisora post-fight press conference. I was in Munich to watch the WBC world heavyweight title bout between Klitschko and Chisora and provide punditry for BoxNation, and accredited as such.
During the post-fight press conference, I was stood at the back of the room. It wasn’t until Bernd Bonte said my name and involved me in the press conference that I commented. I was then happy to banter back and forth with Bonte and Klitschko, keen to ascertain whether he (Vitali) would stay true to his word and reiterate his desire to do what his younger brother couldn’t do – knock me out. I felt as though the public would want to hear more information about this potential bout and that we could both start beating the drum ahead of a showdown later this year.
However, at this point Chisora began firing insults at me from his position on the top table. In fact, he has recently made a habit of saying derogatory things about me in the press.
Moments before declaring he wanted to go face-to-face with me, Chisora assured the gathered media that he would give me ‘two slaps’. Chisora had, of course, already been shrouded in controversy that weekend. (more…)
Following the extensive media coverage that my WBC World Heavyweight title challenge against Vitali Klitschko in Munich at the weekend has attracted, I feel I must wholeheartedly apologise for my part in the regretable scenes both before and after what was to be the biggest night of my career.
Whilst my behaviour was inexcusable, there were many things that went on behind the scenes that ultimately caused my frustrations to boil over, however this is of course no excuse. I cannot go into the specific details at the moment as quite rightly the British Boxing Board of Control will be investigating this matter and also the altercation that took place between David Haye and myself where I was struck by a bottle.
Despite all of this, the bottom line is, I have let my family, my team and worst of all the sport I love down. I acknowledge that my actions were totally unprofessional, with or without provocation. Now, with a cool head and the benefit of hindsight, my actions at the weekend were regretable to say the least and I am deeply embarrassed at the scenes reported in the media.
I acknowledge that I have a duty as a professional boxer to conduct myself properly at all times, especially with boxing being a sport of controlled aggression. I have let lots of people down on Saturday night, including myself, and for that I am truly sorry.
In Munich I fully cooperated with the German authorities and as a result I was released without charge.
I will be making no further comment at this stage and will wait for any formal hearing to take place.
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Nielsen (13-0, 7 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBA Intercontinental title when Nordic Fight Night hits Frederikshavn on March 17. The 20-year-old Dane, who scored a spectacular 11-second KO against Jozsef Matolcsi on Saturday in Copenhagen at Broendby Hall, will face Gaston Alejandro Vega (17-4, 6 KOs) from Argentina at Arena Nord. “This will be the toughest fight of Patrick´s promising career,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said at a press conference in Frederikshavn. “But everybody who has seen him in action knows why we have the utmost of confidence in him. Winning the Intercontinental Title at such an early age would be massive. We have no doubts that Patrick is ready for the big stage.” (more…)
Due to an ATV accident, WBO super bantamweight #1 ranked Jonathan “Polvo” Oquendo, suffered some injuries and will not fight on March 10, in the “López vs Salido 2, The Rematch” show, to be held at the Roberto Clemente coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Oquendo (22-0, 15 KOs) was supposed to face Jose “Miau” Nieves for the 122lbs WBO Latino title, but in the accident he injured the right elbow (with inflammation) and suffered minor injuries on the head. His girlfriend is seriously injured at hospital. “Definitely, Jonathan will not fight next March 10. We are going to watch for his recovery en route for his next opportunities”, Peter Rivera, PRBBP Vice-President said.
Former Olympian and amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo will take Oquendo’s place in the March 10 card. Arroyo (10-1, 9 KOs) will fight in a flyweight and 8 round bout. (more…)
Veteran boxing writer Bobby Cassidy will be the special guest speaker for Ring 8’s monthly meeting this Tuesday evening (Feb. 21 @ 7 PM/ET at the historic Waterfront Crabhouse in Long Island City.
Cassidy is a well-known reporter for Newsday, as well as a playwright for the popular off-Broadway play, Kid Shamrock, he wrote about his father, Bobby Cassidy Sr., who also acts in the play. The boxing-themed play also starred 1984 Olympic gold medalist and two-time world champion Mark Breland, John Duddy, Seamus McDonough, the late Wayne Kelly, Tommy Rainone, and Mark McPherson. Former World Boxing Organization heavyweight champion Michael Bent was the director. (more…)
Mark Hunt has a big opportunity. At UFC 144 on Saturday night, he fights Cheick Kongo. France’s Kongo has won his last two fights and has long been in the verge of the title picture in the heavyweight division. In the UFC’s Octagon, the Frenchman has a better resume. But Hunt doesn’t see it as a step up . . . Click here for more by Phillip Ferraro
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By Graham Houston
There have been many disputed decisions in boxing’s long history. Some verdicts have been truly shocking, many debatable. The split decision in favour of Tavoris Cloud on Saturday was not one of the worst decisions I have ever seen, but there is not the slightest doubt in my mind that the underdog challenger Gabriel Campillo won the fight. I thought this was a close yet clear win for Campillo. I had the sound on Showtime muted to be barely audible, just to get a sense of the crowd’s involvement, because, in a fight such as this one, I find commentaries can be a distraction. I watched the fight with total concentration.
In every either-way round, I gave Cloud the benefit of the doubt. At the end of 12 rounds I had Campillo ahead, 114-112. As soon as I heard MC Jimmy Lennon Jr. say the words “split decision”, however, I knew that Campillo wouldn’t be returning to Madrid with the IBF light-heavyweight championship belt. I could be wrong, but there seemed just the hint of incredulity in Jimmy’s voice. (more…)
Universum has called a press conference to announce an April 21 card at the Sport und Kongresshalle in Schwerin, Germany. The main event is a WBA super middleweight title clash between reigning champion Karoly Balzsay (24-2, 17 KOs) against former champ Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs), plus local favorite and ex-world light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (37-2, 30 KOs) unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (21-0, 5 KOs) and former cruiserweight champ “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez (49-3, 37 KOs).
I am shocked and deeply embarrassed by the actions of Dereck Chisora and his team over this past week. It saddens me how he represented the sport of boxing and disrespected the Champion of the World Vitali Klitschko at the weigh-in and fight night. But even more embarrassing and disgraceful to the sport was the post fight press conference.
With journalists from all over the world in attendance, this same man Dereck Chisora, got into a fight with Adam Booth, the trainer of David Haye, and David Haye himself. Dereck then promised out loudly multiple times right in front of the press to “personally SHOOT AND KILL David Haye!!!”
For all of the great Champions from the past that have been polishing the image of the sport of boxing and giving it the glamour, respect and recognition while setting a good example for the youth of the world to follow, this type of behavior kills all that hard work from the former champs and teaches disrespect for the sport and fellow human beings.
There has to be consequences for these kinds of actions and must never be tolerated by the boxing organizations, the media, fellow boxers and boxing fans. It must be stopped, otherwise the sport of boxing is going to go down the hill fast!
I just wanted to share my feelings and thoughts with you and hope some type of action is taken to show the world that the sport of boxing WILL NOT tolerate this kind of behaviour.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
“I simply cannot imagine that you can slap one Klitschko brother during the press conference and spit in face of another before the fight,” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek Sunday, not mincing words talking about what happened in Munich before and after the fight of his recent rival Vitali Klitschko. “This is not some dark street, this is a job, and those are professionals. I cannot even fathom to think about it, forget doing it. Dereck Chisora is lucky that Wladimir did not react, because he would leave Munich most likely with a black eye and without the money. Same with the tussle between Chisora and Haye during the post-fight press conference. What are those guys thinking?” (more…)
- Vitali Klitschko underwent an MRI Sunday in a Munich clinic to have his left shoulder examined where it was discovered that Vitali suffered a ruptured ligament. The WBC champion will be out of action for about seven months, but no surgery is required.
- Dereck Chisora and his trainer Don Charles were arrested at Munich Airport by police after his brawl with David Haye during the post-fight news conference. Chisora was questioned at police headquarters and released seven hours later, returning to England around 10PM Sunday night. Charges are still pending.
- Munich Police were also looking for Haye, who didn’t return to his hotel room or catch his scheduled flight.
- The British Boxing Board of Control will be making their own investigation of the incident according to Chisora promoter Frank Warren.
By Johnny B’
A cool Friday evening in Cicero, Illinois, had some hot action professional boxing matches. The main event at Cicero Stadium was a female bout which was clearly the fight of the night. Undefeated IBF female world super featherweight champion Amanda Serrano 128 lbs., from Puerto Rico now fighting out of New York, battered a very game, probably too tough for her own good, Ela ‘Bam Bam’ Nunez 125 lbs. for most of the eight round contest. By the end of the bout, Nunez, who pressed Serrano round after round, was bruised badly around both eyes and had leather burns all over her face and body. Serrano who moved in and out and side to side had a few marks of her own. But, for most of the match Serrano scored with heavy left right combinations that rocked Nunez kept her off balance and unable to get her offense on track. The clear unanimous decision victory extends Serrano’s record to 14-0-1 as Nunez falls to 11-13-2. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA female minimumweight champ Etsuko Tada (10-0-2, 2 KOs; amateur mark 47-3), 105, a Japanese southpaw, kept her belt for the seventh time as she displayed faster combinations and good skills to pound out a unanimous decision (97-93 twice and 96-94) over Mexican Maria Salinas (9-3-1, 4 KOs), 102.75, over ten hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) and Kazunobu Asao (Japan) both 97-93, and Carla Caiz (US) 96-94, all for Tada.
Also, WBA light minimumweight ruler Mari Ando (9-3, 4 KOs), 101.5, Japan, retained her title as she showed her technical improvement and earned a nearly lopsided verdict (100-90, 99-91 and 98-92) over ten busy-punching sessions. The scoresheets read: Prayadsab 99-91, Asao 100-90 and Caiz 98-92, all for the defending champ. Romina Arroyo, an Argentine female referee, remarkably handled both bouts to win the crowd’s admiration. (more…)
WBA Super-Middleweight World Champion (Interim) Brian Magee (36-4, 25 KOs) defended his title on Saturday night in Copenhagen when he knocked out Rudy Markussen (37-3, 24 KOs) in the main event of the first Nordic Fight Night. After four open rounds, Magee landed a brutal left hook to the liver that sent his 34-year-old opponent down and out in the fifth. “It was a tough fight, Rudy was very strong but I caught him nice and clean,” Magee said. “I am pleased with my performance and very happy about the victory.” Said Markussen: “Things were going according to plan until he caught me. That´s boxing. I will be back.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley / World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott
IBF#2 Sam “King” Soliman (41-11, 17KOs) clearly outscored Garth “From The Hood” Wood (10-3-1, 6KOs) over twelve rounds at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Soliman took Wood to school in a scrappy fight that left the 2010 Australian Contender champion frustrated. Wood was the aggressor throughout the contest but had problems trying to nail the ring savvy Soliman, who used his big bag of tricks and an accurate left jab that worked overtime to go to a one sided win. Soliman connected with a solid right hand in round twelve that dropped Wood. At the conclusion scores were 119-109, 117-114, 118-110. (more…)
Friday night at the University of Texas at Arlington’s cozy new College Park Center, the stage was set for big things in the first ever boxing event held at the new 6,200 seat campus arena with ESPN in the house, a couple of former 2008 Olympians making comebacks and the gritty Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. ready to show a national audience his continued improvement after the hiring of 2011 Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter . . . Click here for more
Every journey starts with a single step. For one UFC bantamweight, putting that one foot in front of the other began when he was only five years old, and a quarter of a century later he is still making strides in his quest towards martial arts glory. In the more immediate future, this life-long fighter’s goal is to be ranked in the top 10 of his division. To achieve that elite status, he will have to travel well over 5,000 miles to Saitama, Japan and defeat Takeya Mizugaki inside the Octagon at UFC 144. After 25 years of waking up and taking those steps, a few extra thousand miles is all in a day’s work for Chris Cariaso . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark
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By Karl Freitag
After his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, Dereck Chisora got into a wild brawl with compatriot David Haye at the post fight press conference. Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente told Haye from the dias “You had an offer, you didn’t accept it, now you are out. You are out. You cannot talk yourself back into the fight, you have no belts.” Chisora then called out Haye, but Haye dismissed Chisora as “a loser.” Chisora challenged Haye to tell him that to his face and approached Haye sparking a melee. After order was restored, a furious Chisora stated multiple times that he would “shoot” David Haye and claimed Haye “glassed” him. Haye’s manager Adam Booth emerged from the fracas with a facial wound and Chisora suggested to Booth that Haye hit him with a bottle by mistake. Meanwhile the Klitschko Team watched the whole scene unfold with bemused smiles on their faces. Boente stated, “With the bad experience we’ve had with British fighters we will now look for other countries.”
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
In a good action fight, undefeated lightweight prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (13-0, 5 KOs) won a ten round decision over Hevinson Herrera (15-8-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBC’s FECARBOX title and the WBB’s Americas title on Saturday night at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Cotto is the cousin of Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto.
Super flyweight Luis Cosme (8-2-1, 3 KOs) won a six round split decision over Juan Herrera (5-5, 3 KOs). Cosme scored a third round knockdown, but Herrera came back to nearly stop Herrera in the last round. Scores were 57-56, 57-56 for Cosme, 57-56 for Herrera. more photos
“I feel like I won the fight,” stated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud after retaining his title by split decision against Gabriel Campillo on Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I knocked him down a few times and was the aggressor throughout. I wanted to put him away but sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t. I wanted to stay busy and be aggressive. I did that. He was a busy fighter, and that’s what the crowd here in Corpus Christi responded to. The difference is I was landing the power shots, and that’s what the judges responded to.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (60-6-2, 46 KOs) avenged a 2009 draw with former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-4-1, 18 KOs) with a fifth round KO in a non-title grudge match on Saturday night at the Palenque del Fex in Mexicali, BC, Mexico. Arce’s body attack did its job as he dropped Parra once in round three, twice in round four and sent him to a knee in round five where Parra stayed for the full count. Time was 1:02.
Welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (31-4-1, 19 KOs), returning for his first bout since defeating “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez, battered Octavio “Tayo” Castro (14-8-1, 9 KOs) until he got a referee’s stoppage at 2:38 of round three. For more details and photos click here…
Former jr welterweight title challenger Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Francisco Contreras (16-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. In his first bout after his loss against four-time champion Erik Morales, Cano dropped Contreras in round one and twice in round five.
In an upset, Mario “Dragonsito” Rodriguez (13-6-4, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round KO against former WBC jr flyweight weight champion Gilberto Keb Baas (35-22-4, 22 KOs). In his first bout since losing his belt to Adrian Hernandez last April, Keb Baas was finished by a body shot.
Popular Maryland super middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Canadian tough guy Jason Naugler (18-16-1, 11 KOs). The bout was waved off at 2:36 after Naugler had taken some heavy shots.
Unbeaten bantamweight Robert Manzanarez (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO over David Solorio (17-6, 14 KOs).
Unbeaten jr welterweight Fidel Maldonado Jr (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Antonio Chuc (8-1-2, 2 KOs).
Former world champion Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KOs), rebounded from a less then steller performance against Erislandy Lara to defeat Jame Kirkland-conqueror Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs) by one-sided twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ishida never got untracked as Williams’ volume punching was the recipe for 120-108 on all cards.
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his title with a close split decision over former WBA world champ Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1, 8 KOs). Cloud came out aggressively in round one and dropped Campillo twice. Campillo, however, responded well in round two and proceeded to cut Cloud in round three and gave Cloud fits the rest of the way. Scores were 116-110, 114-112 for Cloud. Campillo was up 115-111 on the third card. Fightnews had Campillo ahead 114-112.
WBC #1 heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) scored an explosive first round knockout over Eric Molina (18-2, 14 KOs). Good action heavyweight fight as both fighters came out bombing with Arreola having the final say with a right hand to the temple that put Molina down and out. Time was 2:30. For more details and photos click here…
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