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Boxing will return to the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on April 27 when Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring Promotions presents two 10-round feature bouts to be telecast live on ESPN Friday Night Fights. In the main event, NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (17-0, 14 KOs) will face Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs). Sillakh is rated WBC #2 and is in line to meet the winner of the April 28 Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson WBC world title fight. In the co-feature WBC #8 featherweight Javier Fortuna (18-0, 13 KOs) faces Yuandale Evans (16-0, 12 KOs).
On June 2nd, 2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated Welterweight Sadam “World Kid” Ali will make his promotional debut as he unveils World Kid Promotions at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn. Not only will Ali be promoting, he will be featured in the ten round main event. “I am truly excited to start my own promotion and give some great boxers an opportunity to display their skills on June 2nd”, said Ali (14-0, 8 KOs). “I have a great team behind me and I believe that our company will not only be beneficial to my career but other boxers in the area.” This will be Ali’s first bout in his hometown of Brooklyn. “This is a dream come true to not only fight in Brooklyn but to do it on a card that I am promoting and it’s something I can’t wait for.” Ali’s opponent plus a full undercard will be announced shortly. Tickets are $150. $100, $75 & $50.
Piotr Wilczewksi (30-2, 10 KOs) is the last obstacle between Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs) and another world title shot. “If Arthur wins on Saturday night, he will be the highest-ranked challenger in the WBO ratings and face the winner of Stieglitz-Groves,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at today´s press conference. “It´s all or nothing for Arthur. He needs to win against Wilczewski.” (more…)
The rematch between former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) and current IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9′ Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) was officially confirmed moments ago by Spinks’ manager Scott Hirsch who guided Shannon Briggs to his upset win of Siarhei Liakhovich in 2006 to become heavyweight champion of the world. The bout will take place June 23rd with the site being the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida. The bout is a rematch of their first bout in August 2010 where Bundrage pulled off the upset victory of Spinks. Spinks is coming off of a solid victory over former world title challenger Sechew Powell this past January. The bout was an IBF Light Middleweight Title Eliminator which rightfully earned Spinks the opportunity to reclaim his title. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan former world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares arrived Tuesday in Cancun, Mexico and declared himself ready for his clash on Saturday against Mexican Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson at the Arena Oasis. Linares sees this fight as part of his preparation for a rematch against WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco that could be in June or July, possibly in Los Angeles. “Thompson is a strong fighter and he must have trained hard for this fight,” said Linares. “I’ll use all my resources to win and get this victory.” The corner of Linares will be Freddie Roach (trainer), Ruddy Hernandez (cutman) and Paul Mayorquín (assistant). The card is promoted by Golden Boy Promotions and “Pepe” Gomez.
By Ron Jackson
IBF mini flyweight champion Nkosinath Joyi from South Africa meets Japan’s Katsunari Takayama in a long awaited return match at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. On January 29 last year at Carnival City near Brakpan Joyi, 28, retained his belt when the fight was declared a no contest after Takayama, 28, sustained a cut on top of his head that resulted from an accidental clash of heads. Joyi (21-0-1nc, 15 KOs) has not had a fight since then and the 28-year-old Takayama (24-4-1nc, 10 KOs) who is the mandatory challenger has also been inactive. (more…)
One year ago Cuban heavyweight sensation suffered a bad knee injury when challenging WBC world champion Vitali Klitschko in Cologne, Germany. At the end of the first round which he would have won on the scorecards, Solis’ knee gave in, forcing the referee to stop the fight. „La Sombra“ had to undergo surgery three times and was unable to get back into the ring so far even though his comeback had been announced a couple of times last year. Now the 2004 Olympic gold medalist and multiple world amateur champion ist finally set to return to action on May 19th in Texas on a show promoted by Kathy Duva (Main Events) along with Ahmet Oner (ARENA).
At the moment Solis is in training camp in Florida with champion coach Pedro Luis Diaz Benitez who is also preparing Miguel Cotto for his light middleweight mega fight against Floyd Mayweather jr. on May 5th in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Elongated Japanese Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 114.5, impressively captured the WBC super-flyweight belt as he dropped defending champ Suriyan Sor. Rungvisai (20-5-1, 7 KOs), 114.75, Thailand, twice in the third session and withstood his retaliation to pound out a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be a strong candidate of Japan’s “Fight of the Year.” It was a close but well-received verdict, as Marty Sammon (US) and Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) both tallied 114-112, and Rey Danseco (Philippines) saw it 116-110, all in favor of the lanky speedster Sato. The referee was Jack Reiss (US) who handled such a fast-moving and busy-punching contest very well. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
On Tuesday in Mexico City, Mexican three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez met the press during the official announcement of his April 14 pay-per-view showdown with Ukrainian Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) for the vacant WBO interim super lightweight world title. The bout will take place at the New Arena Mexico and will be his first bout in his hometown of Mexico City in 19 years. Fedchenko was not in attendance.
“It’s a great motivation to be home,” said Marquez. “Very satisfying and also a great responsibility. In Mexico people are knowledgeable about boxing. I’m preparing myself very well. It’s a tough bout, but I want to offer a great fight on April 14 to show everyone how proud I am of being Mexican to fight again at home.” (more…)
Report and Photo by Brody Davis
Aaron Jaco (15-2, 5 KOs) is the proverbial stepping stone when he faces former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) on March 31st at the Illusions Theater inside the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Boxing is a family business for Jaco. His twin brother, Adam, is his trainer. Adam (9-5-1, 4 KOs) – who suffered a rotator cuff injury that brought his ring career to a halt – is joined by their father, Dave, who shouts advice from the corner. Almost everyone believes the story is already written for Jaco’s fight with Pavlik. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
In the truly extraordinary March in the United States for Polish fighters – five of them (Tomasz Adamek, Andrzej Fonfara, Mariusz Wach, Artur Szpilka, Kamil Laszczyk) fought here and won – there are two more fights to go. On March 31, in Chicago’s “The Club” venue, light heavyweight Grzegorz “The Eagle” Soszynski (20-1, 10 KO) will fight seasoned and tough veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (22-14, 9 KO) for vacant IBF North America belt and Przemek Majewski (17-1, 11 KO) will battle Antwon Echols (28-17, 22 KO). At least one of the American fighters – Saunders – vows that this “Polish streak” will end in Chicago.
“I spent three years in the Sauerland Events camp in Germany, so I’m fully aware what Soszynski can bring to the table,” said Saunders in a Fightnews interview. “I also gathered experience in the world’s best training camps with champions like Tomasz Adamek, Artur Abraham or Pablo Hernandez, so I will not be surprised by Soszynski’s stamina, because all of the European fighters are always ready to battle at the full distance.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Chinese jr flyweight contender Xiong Zhao Zhong, ranked by the 4 main boxing bodies, continued on his quest to become his country’s first world champion by knocking out rival Lee Gui Hun of Korea in 4 rounds. Zhong(18-3,11Kos), a standard bearer of professional boxing in China, hopes to land a title shot soon. In his fight with Gun, the barrel-chested young Chinese displayed not only power but great improvement in his defensive skills. The fight was held at the Expo Garden Hotel in Kumming , China and televised by Yunan Television and Zovi Promotions.
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This Saturday night’s boxing event at The Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, New Jersey, just got even bigger with the addition of four-time heavyweight title challenger Jameel McCline (40-11-3, 24 KOs) against Livin Castillo (16-11, 10 KOs) in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. In the main event, rising super middleweight prospect, Derrick “Take It to the Bank” Webster (12-0, 7 KO’s) of Glassboro, NJ will take on his sternest test to date when he takes on veteran John Mackey (13-6-3, 6 KO’s) of Montgomery, Alabama in a bout scheduled for eight rounds. The show is promoted by Nedal Abuhumoud’s Nedal’s Promotions and Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday at the Gimnasio Auditorio in Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, there is a WBA interim bantamweight title clash scheduled between titleholder Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (29-1, 26 KOs) and unbeaten Yonfre Parejo (11-0-1, 4 KOs) of Venezuela. The card, billed as “Fire in Los Cabos” will also have two notable female fights and one for a WBC silver belt. Ana Maria Torres (27-3-3, 15 KOs) defends her WBC female super flyweight title against Maria Miranda (14-7, 9 KOs) and IBF World female miniumweight beltholder faces Susana Cruz Perez (10-3, 5 KOs). In a clash for the WBC silver lightweight title, Alejandro Sanabria (31-1-1, 24 KOs) takes on Balweg Bangoyam (17-5, 7 KOs). The event is organized by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing.
The 25th Annual Convention WBO Silver Jubilee and Election will take place this October in Hollywood, Florida as announced today WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The traditional WBO Convention, started in 1988, in this, its 25th Anniversary, is going to be held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino from October 22 to October 26. The WBO Annual Convention was in Puerto Rico in 2011. As always, in the WBO Annual Convention is expected the presence of some of the WBO Champions, former Champions, contenders, prospects, known trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities. Also at the Convention will be discussed various topics as rules, rankings, among others.
Former European Super-Middleweight Champion Piotr Wilczewski (30-2, 10 KOs) missed today´s public work-out in Kiel. Four days ahead of his showdown with King Arthur Abraham (33-3, 27 KOs), the Polish fighter was stuck at Munich airport. His connecting flight was cancelled due to nationwide airport strikes in Germany. “I will be there for Wednesday´s press conference,” he said. “This doesn´t bother me. The most important thing is that I will be in the ring on time. This little airport strike cannot keep me from beating Abraham on Saturday.”
King Arthur looked in brilliant shape during today´s public session with coach Ulli Wegner. “I don´t have to see Wilczewski today,” he said. “I have seen enough tapes of him together with my coach. He is a strong opponent. I will not underestimate him. But I will be victorious on Saturday night.”
In the co-featured main event, European Light Heavyweight Champion Eduard Gutknecht (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend his title against Tony Averlant (17-5-2, 4 KOs) from France. “I am in good shape,” Gutknecht said. “Averlant wants my title but he will not get it.”
By Joe Koizumi
Elongated Japanese Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), 114.5, impressively captured the WBC super-flyweight belt as he dropped defending champ Suriyan Sor. Rungvisai (20-5-1, 7 KOs), 114.75, twice in the third session and withstood his retaliation to pound out a unanimous decision (116-110 and 114-112 twice) over twelve hard-fought rounds on Tuesday in Tokyo, Japan. It must be a strong candidate of Japan’s “Fight of the Year.” (More to come)
Interview by Scott Ploof
“Hammerin” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) went from having a fight in high school to becoming the NABO lightweight champion eight years later at the age of 26. Today, at the age of 28, Lundy is the WBC #4, IBF #12, and WBO #7 ranked contender plus he is the current NABF lightweight champion. Lundy is one fight away from getting a shot at a world championship and standing in his way is “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (21-1, 17 KOs). Lundy vs. Williams is the headliner for this week’s ESPN2 Friday Nights. FightNews spoke with Lundy earlier this week about his career and his opponent. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez took his turn at bat Monday before attorney Alberto Arroyo, the official examiner appointed by the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission, where he again apologized and also specifically apologized to referee Roberto Ramirez and his son of the same name for calling them “gamblers” and admitted that he hard no evidence to support his claims that were broadcast worldwide on Showtime following his KO loss to Orlando Salido.
“We hope that they consider that this is my way of life, my work,” said Lopez. “I was sincere. I have no evidence. I told the truth and asked for forgiveness and I apologized to Ramirez. I am a representative of the Puerto Rican flag and I apologize to the country. I already medical tests and will do more. We are waiting for my doctor Guillermo Campos to do a small knee operation in about two weeks and I will do other tests including an MRI. I feel great and have to wait for what the doctor and the Commission say. Of course, we will rest a while before returning to think about boxing.” (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Alex “The Lionheart” Leapai (25-3-3, 20 KO’s) will face American Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11KOs) for the IBF Australasian Heavyweight Title this Sunday at the Doomben Racecourse Ascot in Queensland Australia. Johnson has arrived in Australia and the war of words continued at today’s press conference. The fight was originally set for March 18, but was rescheduled after Johnson told promoter Noel Thornberry that he was suffering from the flu and needed two more weeks. Leapai is confident of a knockout victory over Johnson and is unbeaten in his last 17 fights.
“It’s not going the distance, someone is going to get knocked out and it isn’t going to be me. He has not faced a puncher like me,” Leapai said.
Johnson is also confident of victory with the former world title challenger saying “The Lionheart hasn’t met anyone like the Kingpin, I am going to end Leapai’s career, it will not last 8 rounds.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
IBO strawweight champion Hekkie Budler made hard work of outpointing novice Shamile Kortman over eight rounds in a non-title clash at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Monday night. Budler (47,50kg) stormed out at the first bell throwing wild punches at the retreating Kortman (47.05kg) and this was the pattern throughout the fight, In a contest that never rose to any heights neither fighter showed any decent boxing skills as Budler (20-1, 6 KOs) commanded the centre of the ring rushing into his opponent who resorted to holding throughout most of the eight rounds. Referee Tony Nyangiwe erred but not warning Kortman (7-1, 4 KOs) who had reach and height advantages which he failed to exploit. Judge Ben Ncapi and Phillip du Randt scored it 79-74 and 78-74 whilst the third judge Boitumelo Madiba had it a rather surprising 79-78.
In a welterweight contest former South African and three time “world” champion Isaac Hlatshwayo (66.20kg) returning to action after an absence of 20 months was a shadow of his former self when he was knocked out in the second round by Bongo Lipembo (66.50kg) (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Current undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) is looking good as he works out at Harry’s Gym in Perth, Australia. John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade,” will make the 16th defense of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday May 5th.
“The Dragon” is aiming for a KO or at least a TKO victory against Kimura and has been working on a special punch with trainer Craig Christian they are calling the Dragon Fist, “which will surely knock Kimura out,” John said.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
“Looks like my hand is like my chin – from stone. And of course Nagy Aguilera’s head is from steel,” said heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KO) after spending three hours having his swollen hands looked at by Dr. Charles Malone, one of the country’s best sports surgeons who helped late Arturo Gatti with all his hand surgeries. “I wasn’t optimistic when we went to see Dr. Malone,” said Adamek. “The left hand was swollen big time. I had some trouble moving my fingers, but in the end all is OK, no broken bones. Two of my joint capsules ruptured in third round and because of all this hitting I like to do in the ring, all the fluid just spread all over my fist. I need to take a two-week break from hitting the bag, and then everything will be normal. This is a freaky injury for me – I never had any problems with my hands, but after Saturday’s fight with Nagy both of them were giving me the problems.”
“Tomek is fine, he’s a tough guy inside and outside the ring. He will be ready for June 16 fight on NBC Sports Network,” said Ziggy Rozalski, adviser to the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion.
Photos: Battista Sedani
European welterweight champ Leonard Bundu successfully retained his crown during the weekend in Brescia, Italy. The unbeaten Bundu (26-0-2) kept his unblemished record stopping fellow countryman Antonio Moscatiello (13-1) of Italy in round five of a scheduled twelve. It was a masterful performance for the African-born Bundu, whose mother hails from Florence, Italy: the defending Euro champ always looked in control, despite suffering a nasty cut in round three after an accidental clash of heads. Moscatiello tried his best, and he was the aggressor throughout most of the fight. Still, Bundu’s superior skills proved to be too much and the fight was over when Bundu connected with a vicious left uppercut to Moscatiello’s liver in round five.
On the same card, Italian heavyweight champion Matteo Modugno (11-0), fresh off his win over former contender Paolo Vidoz, stopped gatekeeper Adnan Buharalija (24-11-2) of Bosnia in round six of a scheduled eight. Boxe Loreni promoted the show. Click here for more photos…
IBF supermiddleweight champion Lucian Bute was sworn in as a Canadian Citizen earlier today at an official ceremony held at St-Dorothy Elementary School in the district of Saint-Michel in Montreal. Lucian was sworn in by Judge the Honorable Mr. Gilles Duguay and was visibly emotional during the entire procedure. Lucian was accompanied by InterBox President Mr. Jean Bedard, head coach Stephan Larouche and his close friends from Romania and Canada. Lucian was pleasantly surprised to see so many media and journalists make the trip to witness this happy occasion.
“I just experienced one of the most important moments of my life,” stated Bute, who shared this Ceremony with 29 other newly inducted Canadian citizens. “I have been preparing for this day for the last 5 years. I felt like a true Quebecker and Canadian long ago, but today I am very proud to obtain my Canadian Citizenship. My origins are Romanian, but it is important to me to implicate myself fully in my adopted Country of Canada. I am very lucky to have been received so well in this Country since I set foot here for good in 2003. It is my choice to live here and it makes me happy to know I am a real Canadian citizen now.” (more…)
The representatives of junior middleweight Carlos Molina have the following official response to his improper disqualification Saturday night against James Kirkland in a WBC Light Middleweight Semi-Final Elimination fight at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. “Referee Jon Schorle was in error of Texas rules last night when he disqualified Carlos Molina and therefore the fight must be changed to a No Contest ruling,” asserts Leon Margules, promoter of Chicago-based junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina.
Schorle, with assistance from Texas Commission officials and others at ringside, disqualified Molina, saying that his cornerman entered the ring while the round was ongoing because he was still delivering his standing eight count for the knockdown Molina suffered at the end of round 10. If a cornerman enters the ring during a round, a disqualification is possible, however, Margules points to Texas Commission Rule 61.41(K)(6), which states: When a round ends before a contestant who was knocked down rises, the bell shall not ring, and the count shall continue. If the contestant rises before the count of ten, the bell shall ring ending the round. (more…)
Professional boxing returns to Hartford, Saturday night, April 14 at the Connecticut Convention Center as Ring Promotions, in association with Big Six Entertainment, presents “Stepping Up.” The main event features the return of Hartford fan favorite Addy Irizarry (8-5, 2 KOs), who has been sidelined since November 20, 2010, when she fractured her ankle in a first-round loss to former International Female Boxing Association (“IFBA”) World welterweight champion Jill Emery. Irizarry is scheduled to face welterweight Sarah Kuhn (4-1-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round bout. (more…)
Dibella Entertainment will be featuring two of it’s best fighters from “Team Puerto Rico” on April 27 in Oklahoma. Unbeaten super featherweight José “Sniper” Pedraza (7-0, 6 KOs) will be opening the event with a bout set for 8 rounds against an opponent which is yet to be announced. Co-featuring will be Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (15-0, 11 KOs), who will be going against Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6 KOs) in a 10 round fight in the super bantamweight division. Del Valle is rated WBA #4 and WBO #8 at featherweight. The boxing card, which will be held at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, will feature as its main event a fight between current IBO Middleweight Champion Thomas Osthuizen (18-0, 13 KOs ) and Maxim Vlasov (23-1, 12 KOs).
Kell Brook will return to the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7 after the huge success of his victory over Matthew Hatton at the venue last week. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to build on Brook’s big night which saw 10,000 people packed into the Arena, and was also a huge ratings winner on Sky Sports. “It was a fantastic night in Sheffield for Kell and for British boxing, and I had no hesitation in putting him on in the Arena again,” said Hearn. “Kell delivered in a big way against Matthew [Hatton] and proved he is worth the hype. Now we will deliver another big night for him against a top name that we will announce soon.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will return to Brazil for an epic sporting event as legendary fighters collide on the biggest fight card in UFC® history at UFC®147 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 23, 2012. The largest crowd ever is expected for the highly anticipated rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and American contender Chael Sonnen, a grudge match two years in the making. The event also features a live finale of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil™, the showdown between two Brazilians and icons of the sport – coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-flyweight champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), a cute Japanese girl, will defend her belt against WBA interim ruler Carolina Gutierrez (20-2, 13 KOs) in a unification bout staged by influential promoter Osvaldo Rivero in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 27. Tenkai used to be a football player, and she finely kicked soccer balls with precision into the balcony of the Korakuen Hall prior to her final exhibition on Sunday. Tenkai, 27, engaged in four- round sparring sessions with a couple of partners to show her good form. The champ looks forward to going to the country of football, Argentina, where she will meet Gutierrez, 35, in a unification bout. Tenkai said, “I hope to show a good performance before Argentine spectators.”
Three-time super-middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) will be moving up in weight on May 19 when he clashes with fellow Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant & power puncher Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) on May 19. The battle at Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium will be contested at light heavyweight, with the WBC World Championship (Silver) at stake. The winner will be in line to face WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, who takes on Chad Dawson in Atlantic City on April 28. “We want Mikkel to cement his place in boxing history along the all-time greats by wining world titles in two weight classes,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at a press conference in Copenhagen today. “It is not going to be easy to face bigger and stronger opposition at a higher weight but the Viking Warrior has never turned down a challenge. We are thrilled to provide him with a new, a gigantic one. Before even thinking about Hopkins or Dawson, he needs to take out Allan Green, which is a high-risk fight.” (more…)
On Saturday, March 24, Luis “The Latin Legend” Yanez (7-0-1) scored an eight-round split decision over Joseph “Angel” Rios (10-7-2, 4 KOs) to retain his Texas flyweight title. The bout headlined a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment at La Villita’s Maverick Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. Yanez’s superior speed and ring skills gave him the edge over Rios, who now has two losses and one draw with Yanez. Scorecards read 79-73 twice, for Yanez, and a questionable 77-75 in favor of Rios. In other results: In a bout for the Texas jr. middleweight title, Quinton Whitaker (8-9, 5 KOs) won an eight round decision over Salvador Roa (6-1-1, 2 KOs, with scores of 79-71, 77-73 and 80-71; welterweight James Cantu (8-0, 4 KOs) decisioned Cory Yett (3-3, 1 KOs) in a sixer; welter Steve Hall (4-2, 4 KOs) TKO’d Miguel Pizarro (2-7, 1 KO) at 2:28 of round one; super flyweight Javier Rodriguez (1-0-1) decisioned debuter Jesse Anguiano (0-1) over four; and super featherweight Rolando Campos (5-4, 2 KOs) TKO’d Jorge Flores (0-4) at :32 of round three in a scheduled four-rounder. Photo courtesy of Zeferino Entertainment.
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Zab Judah (42-7 29 KOs) looked “Super” again on Saturday in his first professional fight in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, thoroughly outclassing previously unbeaten Vernon “Ice Man” (26-1, 15 KOs) Paris for 8 rounds and knocking out his opponent at 2:27 of round nine at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in an IBF junior welterweight eliminator.
Earlier in the month, Judah stated that he felt that a return to his roots would rejuvenate him in the same manner that Clark Kent retreated to a phone booth to become Superman again. With family, friends, and a packed house in tow, Judah provided his best performance in years. (More)
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