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With Dereck Chisora currently suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control and David Haye’s BBBC boxing license expired with renewal in question, organizers have bypassed the BBBC and instead gotten the fight sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation. As a result, even though the July 14 Haye-Chisora fight will take place in London, in the heart of the BBBC’s jurisdiction, European Union freedom of trade laws permit fight cards to be sanctioned by the commissions of other EU countries.
Haye and Chisora got into hot water with the BBBC after a wild post-fight brawl during the post-fight press conference after Vitali Klitschko’s fight with Chisora in February in Munich, Germany.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to one source, the June 23 fight between multi-division world champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto and Lucas Matthysse will be for the WBC interim super lightweight world title. Champion Danny Garcia, who recently won the WBC belt against Erik Morales, is out with an injury and it’s not yet known when he’ll be ready to return.
However, today WBC President Jose Sulaiman informed Fightnews.com that at this moment it’s not easy to make a fight for WBC interim super lightweight world title between Soto and Matthysse because the #1 ranked fighter is Olusegun Ajose and there are many situations to take into consideration for accepting this fight, but so far Olusegun would have the first choice.
Photos: Klitschko Management Group
WBA/IBF/IBO/WBO Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko and his IBF mandatory challenger Tony Thompson held a media conference in Bern, Switzerland, today. The two will face off at Stade de Suisse on July 7.
Wladimir Klitschko: “So far I’ve been better in every rematch than I was in the first fight. Still I can’t become careless because through many rounds of sparring, Thompson knows me better than every other opponent.”
Tony Thompson: [The first defeat] was a valuable lesson for me. This can be a disadvantage for Wladimir. I will be the first heavyweight boxer to become a world champion at over 40 years of age.” More photos…
Fight Promoter University founder Roy Englebrecht has developed what he feels are the 10 steps to follow to be a fight promoter, or as he states “to be any kind of promoter or entrepreneur, as we all essentially are entrepreneurs.” He will lead a FPU session teaching his 10 Commandments.
By Karl Freitag
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer today spoke to reporters about the May 19 Lamont Peterson vs. Amir Khan world title fight:
Schaefer stated that Dr. Margaret Goodman’s VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Association) informed the Nevada Commission that WBA super lightweight champion Peterson has tested positive for a substance consistent with a steroid. Both A and B samples failed the test.
The Commission will make a ruling on whether the fight is on or off after they hear Team Peterson’s explanation.
Schaefer said Peterson was randomly tested on April 12 and the VADA conducted the A Sample test on April 13. Peterson and the Nevada Commission were informed, however Golden Boy and Team Khan were not. The B Sample wasn’t tested until April 30.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican multi-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is expecting to finalize his next opponent for July 14 at Cowboys Stadium in Texas. Undefeated former world champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios has been prominently mentioned. Mexican rival Erik “Terrible” Morales is not considered to be an option at this moment.
Other names in the mix are Mercito Gesta, Cesar Cuenca and Zab Judah. They all have something in common in that are southpaws and Marquez wants to face a lefty in preparation for a possible fourth fight with Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez was present last weekend for Mayweather-Cotto in Las Vegas.
Upton Park in London is the chosen venue for two important heavyweight encounters on July 14 presented by Frank Warren and Sauerland Event. Former world champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) will face off with fellow Englishman Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs), while current WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) will defend his title against mandatory challenger Hasim Rahman (50-7-2, 41 KOs) the very same night. The official announcement of these two fights was made today at the home ground of the English Football Club West Ham United, the very same place where the bouts will actually take place in front of an estimated 40,000 strong crowd. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel has announced the officials who will work on the world title bout between jr middleweight champion Zauerbek Baysangurov against Michel Soro to be held Saturday at the Ice Palace “Terminal”, Brovari, Ukraine. The referee will be Mickey Vann, from United Kingdom. The judges are Jose Ignacio Martinez, from Spain, Zbigniew Lagosz, from Poland, and Mikael Hook, from Sweden. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Artur Ellensohn, from Germany.
The undercard has been announced for the world title defense of IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute against former champ and Super Six finalist Carl Froch on May 26 at the Capital FM Arena in Nottingham, England. Chief support comes from Belfast’s unbeaten Commonwealth super bantamweight champion Carl Frampton who faces Raul Hirales for the vacant IBF Inter Continental super bantamweight title. Erick Ochieng defends his English light middleweight title against Nottingham’s AA Lowe, Bute’s fellow Canadian and IBF Inter-Continental light welterweight champion Pier Olivier Cote makes his UK debut and exciting unbeaten stars John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Team GB star Scotty Cardle will also see action.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
One British tabloid is reporting that the rematch between IBF/WBA Junior Welterweight champion Lamont Peterson and former champion Amir Khan slated for Saturday, May 19 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas is “on the brink of being called off.” The Sun newspaper is not giving a reason as to why the bout may be cancelled but quotes a source close to the Khan camp as saying “everything is up in the air and Amir is just hoping it can be resolved as he knew he was going to regain his belts in spectacular fashion.”
There is another report that Peterson may have failed a recent drug test and that may be the reason for the pending cancellation. According to ESPN.com, an attorney for Peterson is saying that he tested positive for a “banned substance.” We will keep you posted as the Peterson team tries to confirm the findings.
The following is a statement from Andre Johnson, a spokesperson for the Peterson camp:
“We have tremendous respect for VADA (Voluntary Anti-Doping Agency) and its mission. Lamont, Barry and the entire team emphatically support random drug testing in the most comprehensive manner possible. We are working expeditiously with a team of pathologists and other medical specialists to confirm the origin of the test result and in full compliance with the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
“Lamont has never had a positive drug test either before or after this isolated occurrence and we plan to submit the medical findings by close of business Tuesday reflecting the actual facts in support of Lamont’s good faith intentions and the requirements of the commission.”
By Phil Doherty
Video: Segundo Rivera
Dominican lightweight Argenis Mendez (19-2, 10 KOs) and undefeated featherweight Claudio “Matrix” Marrero (11-0, 9 KOs) putting in hard work at Herman Caicedo’s gym for their ten-round main and co-main events at The Seminole Hard Rock May 18th. Mendez takes on Mexican Hector Velázquez (51-17-3, 35 KOs) while Marrero will battle Jose Angel “Pepe” Beranza (34-23-2, 26 KOs). Ticket prices are $34, $54, $74 and $104. VIP tables are still available for just $2,500. Broadcast to be streamed online for free at www.proboxeodr.com. Subscribers may access the video feed simply by registering online beginning May 1st. Fox Sports will rebroadcast the event within 1 month. Doors open at 6:30, first fight at 7:00PM.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao opens his US training camp at the Wildcard Boxing Club Monday in preparation for his upcoming world welterweight title mega-fight against undefeated Jr. Welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. 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 HBO Pay Per View. (more…)
“There’s no doubt about it I was robbed this weekend,” said IBF #13 heavyweight Maurice Harris (25-16-2, 11 KOs) after his controversial decision loss to undefeated local favorite and hometown hero Edmund Gerber (20-0, 13 KOs) on Saturday in Erfurt, Germany. The scorecards read 78-74 and 79-73 twice, all in favor of Gerber. “Gerber landed maybe five punches the entire fight,” continued Harris. “I was too slick for him and he couldn’t touch me. I landed more punches and everyone who saw the fight knew I should have won. Like everyone says, if you fight overseas, you better get the knockout, because the judges are going to favor the hometown guy. I would love to fight Gerber here in America, but I don’t think it will happen because he knows deep down inside his mind that he lost to me already. I’ll be back soon.”
Promoter Mario Yagobi, “Edmund Gerber was outclassed this weekend by Harris. There’s no way Gerber should have gotten the decision, as he literally only landed a hand full of punches on Maurice throughout the whole fight. I will be talking to the IBF in regards to Maurice’s ranking.”
Hitz Boxing’s fight card scheduled for May 25 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, will feature a battle of unbeaten cruiserweights KO artists in the co-featured bout. Terry Martin (5-0, 5 KOs) will face Donta Woods (8-0, 7 KOs) in a six-rounder underneath the 10-round WBA Fedelatin Heavyweight Championship main event between “Fast” Fres Oquendo (33-7, 21 KOs) and Joey “Minnesota Ice” Abell (28-5, 27 KOs).
“Someone’s 0 will go and probably by a knockout in this fight,” said event promoter, Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing. “When power punchers like these two meet up, it’s always a treat for the fans and we’re happy they have both agreed to fight.” (more…)
Following last week’s blockbuster Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto PPV, this weekend’s biggest TV fight card will feature four of the leading flyweight boxers in the world. Saturday’s “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event is headlined by Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria vs. Omar Nino Romero III, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. In addition to Viloria-Romero III, the co-feature showcases former world champions Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (37-6-1, 29 KOs) and Rodel “Kid Rapido” Mayol (30-5-2, 22 KOs), in a 10-round bout with future world flyweight title fight implications.
“Island Assault 4:The Battle,” presented by Solar Sports, is being distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing at 9:00 PM/ET – 6:00 PM/PT on both cable and satellite pay-per-view via iN Demand, DIRECTV, DISH Network and Avail-TVN for a suggested retail price of $29.95. “Island Assault 4: The Battle” will also be available in Canada to Super Channel subscribers. For on-line PPV viewers go to Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that the WBA flyweight world champion and “2011 WBA Fighter of the Year” Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2-1, 25 KOs) will defend his title against Filipino Ardin Diale (18-6-3, 5 KOs) on June 23 in Hermosillo, Sonora in an event organized by Zanfer Promotions and TV Azteca. Also it’s expected that IBF light flyweight champion Ulises “Archie” Solis will return to defend against an opponent to be named. The same source indicated that Zanfer is looking to put Mexican prospect Felipe Orocuta (23-1, 19 KOs) in against the Venezuelan WBA interim super flyweight beltholder Liborio Solis (14-3-1, 7 KOs) in the near future.
Lucian Bute has been bothered by an infection in his foot since last Saturday. However, the condition is improving and InterBox and Lucian Bute are confident that Lucian will be able to fight according to schedule. A specialist/doctor has prescribed antibiotics to Lucian Bute to treat the infection. He will meet with doctors again later this week to ensure that the foot is healing according to schedule.
Former WBA super welterweight champion has returned to Puerto Rico after his brave performance against Floyd Mayweather on Saturday night. Cotto declined interviews after the fight and also didn’t speak to reporters upon his return to Puerto Rico. He did, however, express his feeling on the fight via Twitter. “I feel great,” he tweeted. “Just resting in my SkyLoft with my family. Nothing to be down about. I respect the judges dec. but I completely disagree.”
Meanwhile, Cotto’s legal advisor Gabriel Peñagarícano confirmed to El Nuevo Dia that Cotto thinks he won the fight and his silence was a kind of protest against the decision rendered by the judges. “He made a great fight. It was a close fight that I think that he won and there is a discomfort and disagreement with the decision of the judges, but it must be respected. The decision did not reflect what happened there. The whole world saw it and the boxing world is talking about and knows what happened there….the way that the judges saw the fight is an insult to the reality of what happened there.”
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten pride of Indonesia, Chris John (47-0-2, 22 KOs), 125.8, impressively kept his WBA featherweight belt for the sixteenth time as he continually battered game and gallant Japanese Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs), 125.4, to pound out a lopsided decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Singapore.
Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) and Wansoo Yuh (Korea) both tallied 118-110, and Frank Martinez (New Zealand) saw it 117-110, all in favor of the defending champ. The referee was fast-moving Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand).
It had been ballyhooed as the fight of Dragon Punch (John) versus Hanagata Special Punch (Kimura with an alleged lethal weapon named after his manager and ex-world flyweight champ Susumu Hanagata). But it resulted in Chris John’s one-man show except in round seven, when Kimura badly rocked the champ with well-timed left hooks twice. Some 4,000 spectators at the Marina Bay Sands realized why John could defend his WBA belt on no less than sixteen occasions. He was fast, solid-punching, physically strong and technically excellent. John was a well-educated pupil of his long-time handler Criag Christian of Australia. (more…)
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Arash Usmanee pounded upon a much smaller Cristian Faccio of Uruguay right from the opening bell on route to scoring a 3rd round stoppage victory moments ago at the Chapiteau CCSE Maisonneuve in Montreal, Quebec. Usmanee walked through the one time world title challenger, digging hooks to the body and landing upstairs when Faccio dropped his hands. Faccio came to fight but couldnt match the intensity or power of Usmanee. With their fighter under constant pressure, Faccio’s corner threw in the towel, signalling surrender at 1:58 of the third round of the scheduled 8 round contest. Usmanee improves to 19-0 (9KOs) while Faccio drops his 2nd in a row, slipping to 21-8. (More)
WBA #8 jr welterweight contender Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) was looking to build on his win over Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott against DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley (39-19-1, 23 KOs), but the resurgent Corley had other ideas, rocking the former undefeated European light welterweight champion and world title challenger with a crunching right hook that forced referee Ian John Lewis to end the contest in the tenth round.
DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley: “I thought the stoppage may have been premature because he likes to play possum, trick you into thinking he’s hurt then bite right back. But I’ll definitely take it and I boxed right to plan. I rocked him a lot and that was tough because he’s hard to it and a really strong guy – he can bounce back but tonight was my night, I was confident I could do it and I’m confident I can fight for a world title again.”
Paul McCloskey: “I will have to sit down and figure out what went wrong. But you have to give DeMarcus a bit of credit. He is a quality operator. His record might tell a different story but he is a quality fighter. This was last chance saloon for this fellow so he came and gave it a good go. He caught me with a great shot. I thought I could have carried on but every fighter thinks he can fight on, so I am gutted. It is a massive, massive setback for me.”
The queen of Tijuana and quite arguably of female boxing, WBA super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (27-4-3, 11KOs) put on an impressive performance as she defended her newly captured title versus San Pelayo, Colombia’s Diana “La Leona” Ayala (12-7-3, 7KOs) with a unanimous decision over ten championship rounds. The contest was the main event of “La Batalla En Tijuana (The Battle in Tijuana)”, a marathon fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium and witnessed by over three thousand loyal Nava fans. The night was presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live by Azteca in Mexico. (more…)
Las Vegas — Floyd Mayweather promised that he would give fans the exciting fights they have always wanted and on Cinco De Mayweather the man known as “Money” certainly disappoint as he endured a rugged twelve round dogfight with Miguel Cotto and earned a unanimous decision victory.
In front of a raucous 16,047 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, Mayweather opted to stand toe to toe with Miguel Cotto and perhaps absorbed the most punishment in his career as he bled from his mouth and his nose. However, Mayweather gave back more than he took and delivered a thrilling performance that not only got him to 43-0 but also earned him the WBA Super Light Middleweight Title. (more…)
When Floyd Mayweather emerged in the press room after his unanimous decision over Miguel Cotto with his left eye slightly puffy, his world title belts set neatly across the conference tables, Roger Mayweather reclined to his right and 50 Cent seated to his left, he wore a smile on his face that said “I gave you guys exactly what you wanted.”
Yes, the man known as “Money” made sure that he earned every penny of his record setting $32 million purse.
Twelve grueling rounds of fighting is something many aren’t accustomed to in a Floyd Mayweather fight. Wars aren’t something that Mayweather allows himself to be a part of. But against Miguel Cotto, Mayweather stood in the pocket and traded punches with the bigger man. Instead of using his skill set to outbox the Puerto Rican, Mayweather opted to engage in heated exchanges where both fighters would give their best and see who was left standing. It was thrilling, it was exciting and it damn sure was dangerous. But at this point in his career, Mayweather isn’t simply about winning titles, he wants fans to enjoy his fights. (more…)
Photo: Photo Wende
Marco “Captain” Huck is the new and old WBO Cruiserweight World Champion. On Saturday night the 27-year-old fought to a draw against mandatory challenger Ola Afolabi in front of 5,500 fans at the Messehalle in Erfurt. After twelve drama-filled rounds, judge Zoltan Enyedi gave the fight to the German with 115:113. Both Ingo Barrabas and Paul Thomas scored the bout 114:114. “It was a good fight,“ said Huck. “I am a real fighter and warrior, which is why I still have my title.”
Huck’d trainer Ulli Wegner commented, “I am so happy that Marco showed his power at the end of the fight. Both sides should be pleased with the result. The fans saw an exciting and entertaining fight.”
Afolabi’s trainer Fritz Sdunek had a similar view: “At times Ola forgot to box. He was on top but let Marco surprise him. The result is alright but I am not happy with Ola’s performance,” he said at the post-fight press conference.
Photos: Naoki Fukuda/WBC
Floyd Mayweather: “Tonight we gave the fans what they wanted to see. We matched the best with the best. Cotto was a very tough competitor and he won some rounds. He pushed me to the limits and this is what it’s all about.
“Miguel Cotto fought his ass off tonight and I want to congratulate him and his team.
“You’ve seen me in flashy cars, but I want you to know that I do give back to the community. This is what it’s all about. It’s not about making a lot of money. It’s about giving back.
“I don’t want be on TV and not give you guys [the fans and media] what you deserve.
“Cotto is a good puncher. He didn’t win more than 30 fights for nothing. I was the first fighter to fight him at a weight that he was comfortable with. I actually came into the fight weighing 147. (more…)
The rise of Nate Diaz continued in the main event of UFC on FOX 3 at IZOD Center Saturday night, as the ever improving Californian systematically broke down fellow lightweight contender Jim Miller before submitting the local hero in the second round to earn his third consecutive victory.
Miller stayed busy as he closed the distance on Diaz, pinning him against the fence as the two traded knees. After breaking, Diaz tried to establish his long-range striking attack, but Miller’s kicks to the legs kept him from getting into a rhythm, prompting another clinch against the fence. As the two jockeyed for position, Diaz was able to get some knees off before separating, and he finally began to find his range in the final minute, dropping Miller with a quick left to the head. As Diaz looked to capitalize, Miller reversed effectively, but it was Diaz on top at the bell . . . click here for more on UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions
In a clash of former world champions, featherweight fan favorite Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Eric Aiken (16-9-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.
In the main event, WBA female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (27-4-3, 11 KOs) retained her belt by shutting out Diana Ayala (12-7-3, 7 KOs) over ten. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao arrived at LAX International tonight aboard Philippine Airlines Flight 102 where he, trainer Freddie Roach and the rest of Team Pacquiao were greeted by throngs of fans and international media. Here’s what they had to say:
Manny Pacquiao: “No matter what Bradley says I still have the hunger to win. I had a great camp in the Philippines. No distractions at all. We are ready to step it up over the next four weeks at Wild Card. This is a big fight for me. I can’t wait for June 9.”
Freddie Roach: “Maybe Bradley should come over to the Wild Card and see how hard Manny works in the ring. No one works harder – no one – and Manny is not ready to give up his throne. Manny is so serious. He gave up playing basketball and that means a lot to him. He is a serious, dedicated athlete going into a very big fight. Now we do our finishing training at the Wild Card. I promise you Manny will shoot the works when he faces Bradley.” (more…)
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr (43-0, 26 KOs) dethroned WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. A good competitive fight. Floyd had the edge in most rounds over the first six rounds, but Cotto had his moments. Cotto was determined to take the fight to Mayweather and bloodied his nose early on. Big round eight for Cotto who went all out for the KO as he launched the most violent attack Floyd has faced in his career to date. It was Cotto’s last hurrah, however, as after that Mayweather took control, staggering Cotto in the final stanza. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 118-110.
WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (40-0-1, 29 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over former multi-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-8-1, 39 KOs). Canelo was cut over the left eye by a head clash in round three, but the fight was never in doubt. Alvarez was generally too strong for Mosley as he battered the game 40-year-old for the full twelve rounds. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 119-109.
Undefeated welterweight rising star Jessie Vargas (19-0, 9 KOs) outscored former world champion Steve Forbes (35-11, 11 KOs) in a ten round snoozer. Scores were 100-90, 97-93, 99-91.
Former world champion Carlos Quintana (29-3, 23 KOs) scored a beautiful sixth round KO over world rated super welterweight contender DeAndre Latimore (23-4, 17 KOs). A left hand laid out Latimore at 2:19. “This was a good night for Puerto Rico,” said Quintana after the fight. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photo: Ed Diller/Star Boxing
Providence, RI native and 2008 Olympian, middleweight Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (17-0, 13 KOs) a scored a first round stoppage at 3:00 minutes after a right hook and straight left knocked the season two contestant of “The Contender” boxing series, Chicago, IL’s Rudy Cisneros (12-4, 11 KOs) flat on his back and out cold. This main event was a special edition of ESPN2 boxing from the Mohegan Sun Arena within the Mohegan Sun Resort and Casino in Uncasville, CT. The six bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing. Andrade kept his perfect record of seventeen consecutive victories alive after such a brutal first round stoppage. Cisneros had to be taken out of the ring on a stretcher and it is not known what or if any injuries had occurred. (more…)
The upset run of former world jr welterweight champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley (39-20-1, 22 KOs) continued Saturday when Corley stopped recent world title challenger Paul McCloskey (23-2, 12 KOs) in round ten on Saturday night at Kings Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Corley staggered McCloskey and had him battered, bloody and dazed when referee Ian John-Lewis waved it off at 2:28. The 37-year-old Corley upset then-unbeaten Gabriel Bracero (18-0) in his last fight to end a six fight losing streak.
Earlier, middleweight Eamonn O’Kane (7-0, 3 KOs) topped JJ McDonagh (8-2, 4 KOs) to win an all-Irish “Prizefighter” tourney.
By Karl Freitag
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-2-1, 25 KOs) again showed why he’s one of the most exciting fighters in boxing in a dramatic twelve round draw against Ola Afolabi (19-2-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany. Returning to cruiserweight after his near miss in a heavyweight title challenge against Alexander Povetkin, Huck seemed lethargic early against Afolabi, who was very motivated after losing a close decision to Huck in 2009. But the champion came on strong as the fight progressed. Huck had a huge round nine nearly stopping Afolabi. Very exciting two-way action down the stretch with both fighters leaving everything in the ring in the last three minutes. Scores were 114-114, 115-113 Huck, 114-114 as Huck retained his belt, barely.
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (42-2, 23 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #15 rated Nader Hamdan (43-10-1, 18 KOs). The scores of 120-108, 117-111, 117-111 say it all. The 38-year-old Hamdan, 1-3-1 over his last 5 fights, stepped in on late notice after #3 George Groves pulled out. Stieglitz was originally slated to face Mikkel Kessler. Next up for Stieglitz is likely an attractive showdown with countryman Arthur Abraham. (more…)
Long-reigning WBA featherweight champion Chris John moved his unbeaten record to 47-0-2, 22 KOs with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday night in Singapore. John won 118-109, 118-109, 117-110 to make his 16th successful defense.
In other action, Daud Jordan (29-2, 23 KOs) scored a second round TKO over previously unbeaten Lorenzo Villanueva (22-1, 21 KOs) to win the vacant IBO featherweight belt.
More to come…
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Former interim WBO world junior middleweight title challenger, “Lightning” Harry Joe Yorgey (24-1-1, 11KO’s) suffered an injury to a tendon in his shoulder area and regretfully must pull out of the May 19th main event with Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-8-1, 6KO’s) at Bally’s Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey on the card promoted by Peltz Boxing.
“I reinjured the same tendon, which had been hurt in a freak accident while sparring over two years ago,” said the deeply disappointed Harry Joe Yorgey. “I tried to let the injury heal on its’ own, but It is apparent that surgery now must be done. We are working diligently to get that accomplished. I am deeply sorry for all of my fans, Russell Peltz, as well as Jamaal Davis, but I can’t fight injured. Right now I can’t put my hand up to defend myself properly and I will not ever go into a fight injured again. This is how I make my money and I would fight King Kong if I had to, but not injured.” (more…)
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