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In the main event of UFC 124, world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre soundly defeated challenger Josh Koscheck via a dominant unanimous decision.
Following months of one-sided trash talking and an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter, the largest crowd in UFC history filled the Bell Centre in Montreal watch its favorite son defend his world welterweight title against his vocal arch nemesis. Koscheck, who has been anything but quiet about his use of verbal jabs to mentally break his opponent, was certainly in enemy territory when he walked to the Octagon Saturday night . . . Click here for more
Report & photos by Chris Cozzone
If Amir Khan had anything he wanted to get off his chest during his abbreviated appearance at last night’s postfight press conference, it was being able to say I-told-you-so to critics who’d lambasted him for a lack of chin.
Though his face told a different story – the plot would have to include a meat grinder and a Mack truck – Khan’s moral victory over a naysaying press just might be a bigger win than his 12-round tussle with Argentinean slugger Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
WBC Youth featherweight champion Juan Antonio Rodriguez (15-2, 13 KOs) made his fifth defense of the title with a fourth round TKO against Genaro Camargo (33-10, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo de los Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, DF, Mexico.
In the co-featured fight, WBC Youth light flyweight female champion Esmeralda Moreno (16-6, 7 KOs) barely retained the title in her fourth defense of the belt, winning a ten round split decision against Linda Sanchez (0-3). (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After an action-packed doubleheader, Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares emerge as the finalists in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on SHOWTIME®. In a rematch of their Halloween 2009 meeting, Agbeko reclaimed the IBF bantamweight world championship he lost from Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez via unanimous decision with an equal parts aggressive and calculated performance. Mares won a gritty split decision over the veteran Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan in a fight that thrilled fans in attendance at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #7 bantamweight Thantong Kiattaweesuk (20-0, 14 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Nick Otieno (21-5, 9 KOs) of Kenya over twelve rounds in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Kiatttaweesuk, 32 years is a former national amateur champion and has represented Thailand in several countries around the world. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said he is expecting a tough fight from the Kenyan boxer, “Otieno has a very good record and has beaten world rated Rexon Flores by knockout in eight rounds but he lost to the world class Russian Alexander Bakhtin on points in 2010.” (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 124, world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre soundly defeated challenger Josh Koscheck via a dominant unanimous decision. In the first round, St. Pierre kept his opponent at bay with a devastatingly effective jab, and right hands from the champion hurt the challenger on numerous occasions. The champion continued his straight-punch onslaught throughout the second and the right eye of Koscheck swelled shut quickly. In round three and four the peppering continued and the fight rarely went to the mat. The final round saw St. Pierre score a takedown and hammer Koscheck repeatedly with left hooks and jabs. All three judges scored the bout the same, 50-45 in favor the champion. (more…)
Moments ago Philly vet Dhafir Smith (25-19-7, 4 KOs) won the biggest fight of his career by defeating former world champion Jeff Lacy (25-4, 17 KOs) by decision at Jannus Landing in St Petersburg, Florida.
Full report and scores to follow.
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round firefight against WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It looked like an early night when Khan dropped Maidana with two hellacious body shots at the end of round one. Khan punished Maidana further in round two, but the rock hard Maidana kept coming. Maidana was the aggressor in round three applying heavy pressure. Maidana was deducted a point by referee Joe Cortez for throwing an elbow in round five. Maidana was relentless and found a home for his uppercut in round seven. Khan rallied in the eighth as his speed and ring movement allowed him to avoid exchanges. Maidana got to Khan in the tenth and battered him all over the ring. It was a battle of attrition in the eleventh with fighters both having their moments. Maidana desperately went for the knockout in round twelve, but Khan weathered the storm. Scores were 114-111, 114-111, and 113-112.
In a clash of super lightweight contenders, WBA #1/WBC #5/IBF #3/WBO #1 Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs) and WBA #4/IBF #6/WBO #9 Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw. The stronger Ortiz was the aggressor while the quicker Peterson boxed beautifully from the outside. Ortiz was credited with two knockdowns in round three, but in the end scores were 94-94, 94-94 and 95-93 Peterson. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former unified WBC/WBA champion Cristian Mijares (41-6-2, 18 KOs) can add the IBF hardware to his collection. Mijares dethroned IBF super flyweight champion Alberto ‘Topo’ Rosas (32-6, 26 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico. It was a close fight, with Mijares more accurate punching making the difference. Scores were 115-113, 116-113 and 117-113.
Lightweights Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (23-10-3, 15 KOs) and Mario “Pocho” Perez (12-1-1, 9 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Scores were 78-74 Arceo and 77-77, 76-76. Fightnews.com also scored it 78-74 for Arceo. Click here for more photos…
By Shamus Young at ringside
SHOWTIME’s eagerly anticipated two-stage, single-elimination “Winner Take All” bantamweight tournament kicked off Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
In the opening stage one semi-final, world-ranked Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) won a split decision over two-time division titlist Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) in an all-action fight for the WBC Silver belt. Mares was cut on the hairline over the left eye by an unintentional headbutt in round one in a good action round. Darchinyan dropped Mares in round two with a straight left. Mares face was a bloody mess after round three. Mares was deducted a point for a low blow in round four. Mares started to get to Darchinyan in the sixth, but Darchinyan responded. Mares knocked down an off-balance Darchinyan in round seven. Mares came on strong late as Darchinyan faded, although the last round was close. Scores were 115-112, 115-111 Mares, 115-111 for Darchinyan.
In the second semi-final, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) regained the IBF belt from the the fighter who dethroned him, the previously unbeaten Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs). The bout was a war with both fighters taking turns landing bombs throughout but Agbeko wasn’t to be denied as his right hand crashed home again and again. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-113. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim light heavyweight championship, unbeaten Nathan Cleverly (21-0, 10 KOs) won a lackluster twelve round unanimous decison over late sub Nadjib Mohammedi (23-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Liverpool Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Cleverly pressed the action early. Mohammadi picked up the pace in rounds six and seven. Cleverly was deducted a point in round seven for holding and got the “You’re blowing it son,” lecture from trainer Dean Powell in his corner after the round. Close rounds after that. Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 115-113. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten welterweight Johan Perez (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Gilberto Quiros (18-14-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Escazu Fight Club in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Luis Valero KO1 Sergio Mayorga (super featherweight)
Franklyn Manzanilla KO1 Carlos Rivas (featherweight)
Ismael Barroso D4 Wilson Silva (super lightweight)
Promoter: Eduardo Sandoval
Fightnews has just received word from Belgium that Saul Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) was released from the hospital in Belgium. Quali crashed hard to the floor last night after being lifted over the top rope in his bout with Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs). The bout ended in a non contest when Ouali was unable to continue after the fall. He was then carried out on a stretcher and taken to the local hospital. Belgian photographer Eva Asdou contacted Fightnews with the following update. “I just called to Said’s brother and he told me Said is now out of the hospital. Said is ok for the most part and is able walk but is on Doctor’s orders to rest. He doesn’t remember anything about the fall. The local media is already talking about a rematch but no word on when Said will be able to return to the ring,” said Asdou.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) is confident on defeating Mexican Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday in the SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament. Also appearing will be IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) against former IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds. (more…)
RING 8 has donated a table of eight to the Wounded Warriors Project at the veteran boxing group’s 24th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony that will be held Sunday, December 19th from 12:30 -5:30p at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Eight of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s (20-2) wins have come via TKO. In a decision win over the tough as nails Jon Fitch, the reigning 170-pound king battered his foe for 25-minutes—primarily with his hands.
Despite his track record, UFC 124’s headliner thought he had a grasp on the “sweet science.” . . . . Click here for more
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Jeff Lacy 168 vs. Dhafir Smith 165.2
Lenroy Thomas 241.8 vs. Arron Lyons 231.8
Jenna Shiver 124.8 vs. Nydia Feliciano 120.4
Manny Woods 153.2 vs Gino McClellan 155.2
Ali Tareh 149.2 vs. Carlos Garcia 149.4
Darel Harris 125.4 vs. Shane Tenney 125.6
Brian Meadows 148.2. vs. Darnell Jones 146
Venue: Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL
Promoter: Left Hook Promotions/Fight Night Productions
In a rare moment, just 24 hours before The Bantamweight Tournament, Columbian native, Yonnhy Perez, was asked how he feels about training far away from his family in order to become a champion and support them. Perez began to answer and then broke down sobbing. Click below for the raw emotional footage captured by the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports’ Fight Camp 360º
Photos by mpsportimages.com
In a classic battle of youth vs. experience, former WBC Youth titlist Ed “The Lion” Paredes (27-3-1, 16 KOs) won a close twelve round split decision over hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua (50-5, 44 KOs) Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. It was a hard fought two-way slugfest for the whole twelve rounds. Pitalua knocked down Paredes in round eleven, but it was too little too late as Paredes prevailed 114-113, 117-110 on two cards. The third card was 115-112 for Pitalua.
Highly regarded Colombian lightweight Darley Perez (18-0, 15 KOs) made his U.S. debut in spectacular fashion with a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Ramesis Gil (6-1-4, 5 KOs). Perez dropped Gil in round one and brutally finished him in round four.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
In a sold out Samuel “Sammy” Rodríguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas Puerto Rico Michaelangelo “The Artist” Pérez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a eight round split decision over José Hernández (10-4, 4 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 77-75, Pererz and 78-74 for Hernandez.
The fight was designated “The Fight Of The Year” by the Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission.
In the co-feature, WBO Latino jr. lightweight champion Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over dangerous Wilfredo Acuña (14-8, 11 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The four outstanding, talented athletes who will compete in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME® made weight on their first attempts Friday at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. The exciting, eagerly anticipated two-stage, single-elimination tournament begins tomorrow/Saturday, Dec. 11, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at Emerald Queen. In the opening 12-round bout on the telecast, two-time division titlist Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and undefeated, world-ranked Abner Mares (29-0-1) will clash for the World Boxing Council Silver Belt. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC bantamweight world champion Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) knocked out Giovani “Bambino” Soto (29-12-1, 24 KOs) at 2:29 of the second round of a non-title bout on Friday night in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Montiel dropped Soto twice in round two after also sending Soto to the canvas in round one. The win set up a showdown between Montiel and Nonito Donaire.
“I felt very strong,” said Montiel afterward. “Soto is brave but I came to win, and I’m ready for Donaire. On February 19 I’ll show that I’m better than he is.” (more…)
Yonnhy Perez 118 vs Joseph Agbeko 117.5
Vic Darchinyan 118 vs Abner Mares 117.5
Eric Morel 119.5 vs Juan Jose Beltran 120
Chris Avalos 121 vs Cecilio Santos 121
Fred Tukes 156 vs Timothy Hall 157
Jorge Espinoza 129 vs Rob Diezel 130
Cesar Seda 116 (must re-weigh) vs Ernie Marquez 114.5
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Don King Productions.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The officials for tomorrow’s Cristian Mijares vs Alberto Rosas IBF Super Flyweight Championship fight at Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico are referee Joseph Cooper (Virginia), judges are Levi Martinez (New Mexico), Barry Linderman (North Carolina) and Al Wilensky (Florida).
Photo: Eva Asdou
The IBF welterweight title eliminator Between Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) and Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) ended in a second round no contest. Bailey had Ouali down in round one and then again in round two. Then during a clinch in round two Bailey lifted Ouali over the ropes where Ouali fell to floor and was unable to continue. Both parties had their opinions on the fall but Ouali was taken out on a stretcher unable to move. From there he was taken to the hospital immediately to evaluate his neck . Randall Bailey’s manager Si Stern stated that Bailey’s promoter Lou DiBella has already filed a protest with the IBF. The request is that Bailey fight for the IBF world title in his next fight with Ouali being allowed to face the fights’ winner.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Yesterday, hundreds of fans showed up to meet WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) at the El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in downtown Oxnard, CA. Martinez, who now resides in Oxnard, CA and trains out of the World Crown Sports Training Center, was on hand to greet, sign autographs and take pictures with his fans. Some of the guests in attendance included Martinez’ trainer Gabriel Sarmiento, heavyweight contender Mark de Mori (16-1-2, 14 KOs) and Roger Vargas (3-0-2, 1 KO), younger brother of former junior middleweight champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Eva Asdou
The IBF welterweight title eliminator Between Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) and Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) ended in a second round no-contest after Ouali fell over the ropes and out of the ring. He was then unable to continue. A more detailed report to follow.
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana weigh-in, Victor Ortiz vs. Lamont Peterson, and more. Photos by Chris Cozzone. Click here for slideshow
From the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for tomorrow night’s UFC 124 card headlining Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Kocheck.
Georges St-Pierre 170 vs Josh Koscheck 169
Stefan Struve 253 vs Sean McCorkle 264
Joe Stevenson 155.5 vs Mac Danzig 156
Thiago Alves 171 vs John Howard 171
Charles Oliveira 153.5 vs Jim Miller 155
Joe Doerksen 185.5 vs Dan Miller 184.5
Mark Bocek 155.5 vs Dustin Hazelett 155
Rafael Natal 185 vs Jesse Bongfeldt 185.5
Sean Pierson 170.5 vs Matt Riddle 170.5
Ricardo Almeida 170.5 vs TJ Grant 170
John Makdessi 155 vs Pat Audinwood (156
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
One of boxing’s hottest young prospects, Jose Benavidez Jr, not only delivers in the ring with big punches and devastating knockouts, he is also delivering outside the ring this holiday season, as he will host his first annual blanket drive to benefit the Andre House in Phoenix, Arizona. The Andre House serves over 600 meals per night and blankets among other things to the poor and homeless. (more…)
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas:
Amir Khan 140 vs. Marcos Maidana 139
Victor Ortiz 141 vs. Lamont Peterson 140
Joan Guzman 144.5 vs. Jason Davis 143*
* Both fighters were overweight; contract weight 142.
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Taurus Sykes 248
Sharif Bogere 137 vs. Chris Fernandez 137
Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Ramon Montano 141
Jamie Kavanagh 136.5 vs. Jacob Thornton 133
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Robert Guillen 122
Alfonso Blanco 159 vs. Gustavo Medina 159
By Francisco Salazar
Newly-crowned Middleweight world title holder Sergio Martinez spent an evening with fight fans at the newly-refurbished El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in downtown Oxnard, CA on Thursday night. A packed house greeted Martinez, who was more than happy to oblige with autographs and photos with fight fans.
Less than three weeks ago, Martinez knocked out the talented Paul Williams in the second round of their middleweight clash in Atlantic City, NJ. Although he told Fightnews.com that he would knock Williams out in the seventh round, Martinez was not surprised about the early stoppage. “We were prepared to knock him out in the first or 10th rounds,” Martinez told Fightnews.com. “We saw some flaws in his style, so that is what we prepared for in the gym. We worked very hard in the gym for that type of preparation.” (more…)
Reporting from Tacoma Washington where the international foursome of Bantamweights have been assembled to kick off SHOWTIME Sports’ Bantamweight Tournment, Al Bernstein talks with all four fighters who promise to make December 11th a night for boxing fans to remember.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Alberto Rosas 115 vs. Cristian Mijares 115
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Gerardo Diaz 140 vs. Manuel Mariano 140
Luis Arceo 135.6 vs. Mario Perez 136
Guadalupe Martinez 113 vs. Juan Estrada 113
Mahonri Montes 135 vs. Ruben Gutierrez 135
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank
Nathan Cleverly 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 175
(WBO interim light heavyweight championship)
Matthew Macklin 160 vs. Ruben Varon 159
(European middleweight championship)
Kell Brook 146.5 vs. Philip Kotey 144.5
(WBO intercontinental welterweight title)
Paul Smith 167.5 vs. James DeGale 166
(British super middleweight title)
Tony Bellew 174 vs. Ovill McKenzie 175
(Commonwealth light heavyweight title)
Venue: Liverpool Echo Arena
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: SKY PPV
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