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By Alex Hermann
Unbeaten, but unheralded light heavyweight Luke Blackledge (10-0, 4 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped former European champ Mads Larsen (51-4, 38 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark. Blackledge is an aggressive fighter – as Mads Larsen likes. In the opening round Larsen controlled Blackledge with his jab, and he landed several good left shots to the body. In round two Larsen was cut over his left eye by a headbutt from Blackledge. The Englishman continued fighting hard, and Larsen didn’t succeed to keep him away with his jab. Larsen was moving well, and after three rounds he was ahead on the cards. In round four Blackledge pressured Larsen to the ropes, and the Dane went down. Larsen looked like he could get up, but decided to stay down. The referee counted him out at 1:20 of the round.
WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus retained her titles with a unanimous decision over Jessica Balogun. Braekhus and Balogun have sparred together many times, but in a real fight Braekhus was a level above. Balogun worked hard, and several rounds were quite close, but without a doubt Braekhus won most of the exchanges. Braekhus was the dominating fighter in a fight without too many highlights, and a KO victory wasn’t even close. The scores were 97-93 twice and 99-92 for Braekhus (20-0, 5 KO). (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
In front of a capacity crowd at the stunning A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, St. Petersburg’s Inka Laleye scored the biggest victory of his young career, defeating Manny Woods to claim the Florida State Light Middleweight title. The night also saw Kenneth Lacy win his second professional contest and prospects Justin Jones and Radivoje Kalajdzic continue their winning ways. Fight Night Productions in association with Ker’s Wing House brought together an exciting night of boxing to the Tampa area. (more…)
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 29th IBF convention was officially brought to a close this morning in Honolulu, HI with a closing session of talks. For the most part, the agenda of the week was conducted efficiently and in a timely manner, leaving little unfinished business. (more…)
James Kirkland was the first choice to replace injured Paul Williams in the September 15 fight against WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but that matchup fell apart within 24 hours after the Kirkland Team allegedly increased their purse demands from $1 million to $2.5 million. So Golden Boy is now seeking a new opponent for Canelo. Among those raising their hands are “King” Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) and Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs).
Rosado: “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man. They keep going over the same old names. Carlos Quintana? Please, give me a break. Carlos Molina? Get real! Those guys can’t hurt my sister….“if TV wants action, I’m their man. If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders. My day will come!”
Molina: “Hell yeah I want that fight! Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen. First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they’re talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with… What can I do? I’m in the gym training. I’m ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody.”
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Martin Kampmann has historically been a fighter that’s been on the verge of greatness, only to take a giant leap back in critical junctures. With a title shot on the line, he dropped a razor thin decision to Jake Shields. A decision loss to Diego Sanchez—a fight many believe Kampmann won—kept hi further down the ladder. When Kampmann submitted Thiago Alves a few months ago, and was then named headliner at last night’s TUF Live finale, many believed Jake Ellenberger had his number as well. (more…)
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF held its awards banquet Friday night during the 29th annual convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom in Honolulu. Following a cocktail hour, delegates dined on Mahi Mahi, sirloin or roasted chicken, danced and witnessed the recognition of excellence for many of the IBF’s boxers, promoters and staff that have excelled during the past year.
The awards were as follows:
“Jersey Joe Walcott” Fighter of the Year: Tavoris Cloud
Most Title Defenses: Lucian Bute (3) (more…)
A much anticipated clash between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez fight is not finalized yet. All Star Boxing’s Tuto Zabala, Jr. went to Puerto Rico and met with PR Best Boxing Vice President Peter Rivera and negotiations are ongoing. “A deal has not been reached yet,” Zabala informed Fightnes.com. “It’s our intention to face [Marquez] and it’s a great fight but we are still working on it. We are working hard to bring the fight August 4 to the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon also we are also still in negotiations with Zanfer Promotions (Marquez Promoter). If everything goes well an official announcement will made once a deal is reached.”
Sadam Ali 147 vs Franklin Gonzalez 146
Jennifer Santiago 119 vs Mikayla Nebal 120
Steven Gamache 151 vs Willie Bryant 152
Armin Mrkanovic 189 vs Daniel Pietch 180
Akil Frederick-Auguste 159 vs Jamil Gadsden 156
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex
Promoter: Worldkid Promotions
1st bell: 7pm
Four-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is staring down some jail time if he doesn’t cough up more than $300k in unpaid child support, TMZ has learned. The GA. Dept. of Human Services has gone to court on behalf of Evander’s 18-year-old daughter Emani Holyfield … claiming the former champ hasn’t paid a dime of court ordered child support since April 2010, and his tab is now $372,097.40. The DHS is fed up with the waiting game … so it’s asking a judge to lock up Holyfield and garnish his wages until he antes up the back support. Evander’s rep tells TMZ she was unaware of the situation but added, “Mr. Holyfield has a wonderful relationship with his daughter.”
Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will headline a spectacular all-action doubleheader, Saturday, July 7, under the stars at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. Donaire, the reigning WBO junior featherweight champion, will rumble with IBF champion Jeffrey “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula in a world title unification fight to determine the division’s top dog. Rios, in search of more worlds to conquer, will battle steel-fisted Top-10 contender MAuricio “El Maestro” Herrera, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout for Southern California bragging rights. The fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for The Home Depot Center’s Donaire / Rios World Championship fight card go on sale Today! Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $100, $50 and $25, tickets can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
It had all the makings of a short night for Martin Kampmann. In the opening moments of his main event bout with Jake Ellenberger, the wrestler from Omaha lived up to his “Juggernaut” nickname, blasting the Danish Thai boxer in the opening moments with a straight right hand. The blow sent the “Hitman” straight to the mat, but Ellenberger was unable to finish and spent most of the round in the top position. (more…)
Late last year eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao began a journey of spiritual renewal. Eschewing many of the vices he claimed were poisoning his life, here, for the first time, Manny gives a thorough first-person account on his new-found spirituality and how it has affected his life as a world champion boxer, an elected public servant and a family man.
Former super featherweight and lightweight word champion Acelino Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) weighed in at a career high of 154.8 lbs. for his showdown on Saturday with Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs). Oliveira weighed in at 152.9 lbs. It will be Freitas’ first fight in five years.
The bout between the two Brazilian stars will take place at the Hotel & Casino Conrad in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo ‘Papito’ Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KOs) says that on August 4 he hopes to face the experienced two-time world title holder Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) in an event to be held in Puerto Rico. Vazquez, whose two losses are to Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce and Nonito Donaire, said his promoter Tutico Zabala, President of All Star Boxing, informed him of the date and told him to prepare for that clash, which could lead to another title shot if he wins. The bout could be staged at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamon.
Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best
Jr flyweight Israel “El Heredero” Vazquez (6-0-2, 5 KOs), son of former three time WBA world champion Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of the former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. went the full six with Miguel “Samurai” del Valle (8-17, 2 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the at the Cancha Mario Jimenez in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Scores were 58-56 on all cards.
Report and Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Day four of the 29th annual IBF convention in Honolulu, HI was largely composed of the ring officials seminars for both judges and referees. The opening session was a comprehensive judges seminar and ABC certification conducted by veteran judge Duane Ford. Long time referees Jack Reiss and Robert Byrd later conducted the referees seminar. (more…)
Joel Diaz 130 vs. Emmanuel Lucero 130
Nate Serrano 146.5 vs. Osvaldo Rojas 147
Cory Vombaur 144 vs. Omar Avelar 143
Marcelino Pindeda 143.5 vs. Jose Leon 148.5
Josh Hewson 181.5 vs. Juan Hernandez 179.5
Jesus Partida 128.5 vs. Gerarldo Reyes 128
Promoter: Halquist Productions
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma
Doors Open: 6 pm
First Bell: 7 pm
Photos: Emily Harney – KZ Event Productions
Beibut Shumenov 174.5 vs. Enrique Ornelas 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Joseph Elegele 143 vs. Lanard Lane 142.5
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 148.5 vs. Euri Gonzalez 149
Daquan Arnett 153 vs. Yosmani Abreu 154.8
Johnny Reyes 130 vs. Uriel Torres 129
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: KZ Event Productions
TV: FSN/Fox Deportes
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Hundley III
In an important bout between world contenders, IBF #5/WBA #9 junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over IBF #9 rated Sechew Powell (26-5, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rosado’s relentless attack finally put Powell on the deck in round nine and after a furious follow up barrage he floored Powell again prompting referee Steve Smoger to call a halt. Time was 2:43. Rosado claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title.
Unbeaten IBF #12 welterweight Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12 KOs) pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Prenice Brewer (16-2-1, 6 KOs). In a good action fight, hometown hero Cruz thrilled the crowd with his aggressive style as he compiled a 118-110 win on all cards. With the win, Cruz claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title. (more…)
Andrew Cancio 128 vs. Rocky Juarez 129.6
Hugo Centeno 158 vs. Rahman Yusubov 157.2
Kenny Williams 139.2 vs. Joaquin Chavez 138.8
Guadalupe Salcido 133.8 vs. Cameron Kreal 139.6
Gerardo Juarez 139.8 vs. Luis Mora 139.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated light heavyweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (14-0, 5 KOs) outpointed journeyman George Armenta (14-9, 11 KOs) over eight rounds on Friday night at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Scores of 78-74, 79-73, 79-73 accurately reflected the action.
Earlier, former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko (7-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Edwin Ranquillo (2-1, 2 KO) in a heavyweight bout. Time was 2:11. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Antonio Tarver 198 vs. Lateef Kayode 199
(IBO cruiserweight championship)
Austin Trout 154.8 vs. Delvin Rodriguez 151
(WBA regular super welterweight championship)
Vusi Malinga 117 vs. Leo Santa Cruz 117
(Vacant IBF bantamweight championship)
Winky Wright 159 vs. Peter Quillin 160.4/160.2
Dyah Davis 167.6 vs. Sakio Bika 166.6
Sharif Bogere 137.2 vs. Maniel Leyva 137.4
Omar Figueroa 138.4 vs. Tyler Ziolkowski 137.6
Juan Reynoso 151.2 vs. Beau Hamilton 154
Venue: Home Depot Center in Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime/Showtime Extreme
By Francisco Salazar
By all means, living in Southern California has its perks. Mostly beautiful weather that occurs year-round. In-n-Out burgers around the corner. Winning professional sports teams. Oh, did I mention boxing? To many of the journalists, including myself, and fights fans in the region, boxing is always in season. In Southern California, there are times when fight cards happen on consecutive days or during a three-day stretch. Or how about this Saturday, when three fight cards take place within a 90 mile stretch of one another?
Yup, it is great to be a boxing scribe or a die-hard boxing fan. Just as it is a fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in first place in the National League West, fight fans will be attending one of these shows. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Moises Fuentes 105 vs. Julio Cesar Felix 105
(WBO minimumweight championship)
Daniel Rosas 121.8 vs. Enrique Bernache 122
Arturo Badillo 122 vs. Jose Cayetano 122
Rogelio Ruvalcaba 173 vs. Francisco Sierra 173.5
Venue: Foro De Tijuana
TV: TV Azteca
WBA super welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. turned himself in Friday to begin serving an 87-day jail sentence for domestic abuse charges. The champ was accompanied to the courtroom by close friend 50 Cent, advisor Leonard Ellerbe and cutman Raphael Garcia. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at the scale
Photos: Rene Perez
Juan Jose ¨Goofy¨Montes 117.70 vs Victor Zaleta 113.30
WBF Super flyweight world title
(Montes lost his WBF world title at Scale)
Irma Sanchez 107.80 vs Ibeth Zamora 110.70
Ricardo Alvarez 135.50 vs Jocksan Hernandez 136.40
Rey Vargas 121 vs Luis Lugo 122
Venue: Guadalajara University Audiitorium & Gym
Promoter: Promociones del Puebo and HG Boxing
Unbeaten Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (13-0, 7 KOs) will have his local fans out in force at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. this Saturday night when he takes on Rahman Yusubov (8-7, 6 KOs) in a six round junior middleweight co-feature on the TeleFutura broadcast headlined by Andrew “Chango” Cancio vs. Rocky Juarez. The TeleFutura broadcast begins at midnight ET/PT.
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: CHISORA v HAYE
On the 9th May 2012 the British Boxing Board of Control issued a statement about a possible promotion within the United Kingdom involving a contest between Derek Chisora and David Haye. The Board understands that the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe has granted Chisora and Haye boxing licences and has sanctioned the contest. For the reasons stated in the statement of the 9th May 2012 the Board condemns the actions of the Fédération Luxembourgeoise de Boxe and strongly disapproves of the contest, which the Board considers will bring the sport of professional boxing into disrepute.
Whilst the Board in its statement of 9th May 2012 indicated that any member who participated (as defined therein) in such promotion, would be deemed to have terminated his/her membership of the British Boxing Board of Control, it has now decided that any such member will be called before the Board under regulation 4.9 of the Rules and Regulations of the British Boxing Board of Control which reads as follows: (more…)
Frank Warren: The British Boxing Board of Control had an embarrassing climb down today – withdrawing its threat to automatically terminate all of its members’ licences if they participate in the Haye v Chisora fight.
I still take the Board’s threat to call me to account for my role in the fight as Dereck Chisora’s manager as unlawful. The Board seems to have pre-judged the issue without hearing the point of view of any of its members and this is just wrong. I intend to issue proceedings next week and will support all other licence holders who feel intimidated into not participating in the Haye v Chisora promotion.
I may not be the only one suing the Board. The Board has also stopped fighters such as Kevin Mitchell, who I also manage, from fighting on the undercard. This is such a shame as Kevin was looking forward to fighting in front of the crowd at West Ham and it would have been great for the fans to see him again. He is asking the Board to re-consider and it may be forced to do so rather than face proceedings from Kevin for the purse he would have earned together with the lost opportunity to fight in front of 40,000 people.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian 140-pounder Chad “Hollywood” Bennett ( 29-4-3, 20 KOs) stopped James Armah (17-2, 7 KOs) in eight rounds at the Panthers Club, Newcastle , NSW, Australia on Friday. Bennett dropped Armah in round one but Armah rebounded to have Bennett down. twice in round three.. The 39 year old Australian recovered and at 0.50 of round eight referee Steve Hughes crowned Bennett. The 36 year old Ghana born Armah had only lost once previously by majority ten round decision to Steve Quinonez in 2009. (more…)
After hearing the terrible news about former world champion Paul Williams being paralyzed in a motorcycle accident this past weekend, WBC super welterweight world champion Canelo Alvarez, who was scheduled to fight Williams in September, commented on the tragic situation.
“I am very upset about what happened to Paul,” said Alvarez. “I know that an accident can happen to anyone and right now the most important thing is for everyone to pray for his recovery.Paul Williams is a warrior who gives everything in the ring, but right now he is fighting the biggest fight of his life outside the ring. I extend my best wishes to him in his recovery and to his family as well. Paul will always be a champion and I am going to dedicate my September 15 fight to him and his family. God willing and health permitting, I want to invite him and his family to be ringside on September 15 in Las Vegas.”
Word is a deal has been reached for Alvarez to face James Kirkland on the September 15 date in Las Vegas.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed this week that there will be a new five-round main event at the upcoming UFC 147 event, set to take place in the Mineirinho Arena, in Belo Horizonte, on June 23.
With The Ultimate Fighter Brazil® coach Vitor Belfort forced off the card with an injury, former middleweight champion Rich Franklin will step in to face TUF Brazil coach and UFC legend Wanderlei Silva in the main event of the evening, giving Wanderlei a long-awaited chance to avenge his loss to Franklin at UFC 99, June 13, 2009. (more…)
Constructive criticism. Most people go through it at some point in their professional career.
Accountants are reminded to balance, nurses are reminded on procedures for drawing blood, and teachers are reminded to check for students’ knowledge. It is meant for managers, supervisors, or owners to give feedback to someone who is applying specific job requirements and to do it to the best possible way.
Lateef Kayode applies his trade in and out of a ring and, to a certain extent, listens to constructive criticism from his trainer, manager, and his promoter. Although he is a “perfect” fighter on record, he is far from being the perfect fighter. He could get there one day, but there is a lot of work for him to do before he would be considered the number one cruiserweight in the world . . . Click here for more
IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) says he’s in outstanding shape with about about a month to go for his rematch showdown with former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs). Spinks-Bundrage is scheduled for June 30th at the Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California with Showtime being said to air the bout. Bundrage beat the odds stopping Spinks in a shocker nearly two years ago to win his current title and wanted it to be known that the fight result will be the same this time around. “My conditioning is superb and I could fight right now if I had to. Big props to Golden Boy Promotions for knowing a real fight when they see one and stepping up and winning the purse bid for this fight. While some promoters are hestitating, Golden Boy is making things happen and this fight will be on Showtime making this fight that much bigger. Like I have said many times God has really blessed me. I just had to be patient. In regards to the fight, it will be a repeat of what happened in our first fight. There will be no Spinks Jinx whatsoever happening in this fight on me,” said Bundrage.
By Boxing Bob Newman
IBF president Daryl Peoples took time on Thursday afternoon to chat with Fightnews.com about the progress being made at the 29th annual convention, and the outlook for the future of the organization.