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Coming up next: UFC on Fuel TV: Munoz vs. Weidman is live from the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. on Wednesday, July 11 at 5 PM PT/8 PM ET . . . More
By Ron Jackson
World Boxing Federation President Howard Goldberg who has done tremendous work in regenerating the organisation since taken over as president has just returned from Malta where he announced at a press conference that former WBC super middleweight champion Robin Reid from England and William Gare of South Africa will meet for the vacant WBF super middleweight belt.
The fight is scheduled to take place on August 17 at an open air arena in Ta’Qali, Malta and will possibly be the first ever “world” title fight in Malta. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Undefeated WBC/IBF/IBO Youth light middleweight champion Oleksandr Spyrko (14-0, 7 KOs) will return July 21 against the Spaniard Javier Garcia Roche (11-1-1, 8 KOs) at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine for vacant WBO European light middleweight title. Spyrko will be fighting on the undercard of a main event featuring former WBA light heavyweight challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov. This fight will be the first twelve-rounder in Spirko’s career.
Report and photo by Przemek Garczarczyk
“I’m still a relatively young 24-year-old in this business but I don’t have time and patience to fight nobodys. This is why I had no problem with accepting Glen’s challenge,“ said “Polish Prince” Andrzej Fonfara (22-2, 12 KOs) who on Friday will have test of his life fighting former world champion Glen Johnson (51-16, 35 KOs) at UIC Pavilion in Chicago. Fonfara, a Chicago favorite can count on his fanatic Polish fans to be supporting him as he fights in the main event during ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC superfly champ Yota Sato (25-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, Japan, successfully kept his belt as he pounded out a unanimous decision (119-109, 118-110 and 116-113) over official challenger Sylvester Lopez (19-4-1, 15 KOs), 115, Philippines, over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan.
Lou Moret (US) and David Bolcerkowski (Canada) saw the affair 119-109 and 118-110, and Chansoo Kim (Korea) had it a bit closer 116-113, all in favor of the defending titlist who technically controlled the contest. The referee was Laurence Cole (US) who handled such a fast-moving contest very well.
It was the elongated 28-year-old Japanese Sato’s initial defense since he twice dropped ex-champ Suriyan Sor. Rungvisai and dethroned him via unanimous nod here last March. His greatly anticipated mandatory defense with the hard-hitting Lopez, 24, resulted in a rather lopsided affair than expected. Sato’s speed and skills simply made him have the upper hand all the way. The champ’s trickiness and showboating also fully frustrated the willing mixer since Sato kept his longer range to avert mixing it up with the dangerous Filipino who was said to have suffered severe reduction of weight. (more…)
Super bantamweight Nonito Donaire admitted during the buildup to his unification fight against Jeffrey Mathebula that he was looking to knock out the lanky South African fighter.
Although Donaire dominated the fight against Mathebula on Saturday night, he may have gotten caught up in the moment to end the fight spectacularly in front of a pro-Donaire crowd at the Home Depot Center.
Looking to end the fight with one punch against a fighter who was looking to survive halfway through the fight may or may not convince those people he could defeat the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Toshiaki Nishioka, or Abner Mares . . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Anderson Silva promised to finish Chael Sonnen in the first round of their rematch.
It took him 6 minutes longer than expected, but “The Spider” got the job done. In another highlight reel performance, Silva defeated Sonnen at 1:55 in the second round to retain the UFC middleweight title.
The opening frame started out much like their original encounter. Sonnen scored a quick takedown and spent the majority of the round laying on the champion. Though Sonnen scored a full mount late in the round, he was unable to land any significant and damaging strikes. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC superfly champ Yota Sato (25-2-1, 12 KOs), 115, Japan, successfully made his initial defense as he pounded out a unanimous decision (119-109, 118-110 and 116-113) over official challenger Sylvester Lopez (19-4-1, 15 KOs), 115, Philippines, over twelve fast rounds on Sunday in Yokohama, Japan. (More to come)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
If you watched UFC 148, live or on Pay Per View, you can lay claim to being part of Zuffa, LLC’s always evolving history.
The event, which featured the highly anticipated rematch between Anderson Silva and Chael Sonnen was the highest grossing event in the United States, earning a gate of $7 million.
The event, held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, also sold out with an attendance of 15,016.
Anderson Silva earned “Knockout of the Night” honors.
Tito Ortiz and Forrest Griffin earned the “Fight of the Night” award.
All three men pocketed an extra $75,000 for their performances.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim bantamweight champion Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (31-1, 28 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round knockout over Jean Sampson (12-2, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio de Beisbol Arturo C. Nahl in La Paz, BCS, Mexico. A left hook to the jaw ended Sampson’s night. It was Ruiz’ fourth defense.
In other action, interim WBA female flyweight titleholder Arely Mucino (16-2-1, 9 KOs) stopped Ana Fernandez (14-6, 10 KOs) in round two, and previously unbeaten lightweight Abdiel Ramirez (14-1-1, 13 KOs) was upset by Rene Gonzalez
(30-5-1, 23 KOs) who scored a second round TKO.
By David Robinett
Following Nonito Donaire’s unanimous decision victory over Jeffery Mathebula in the main event of Saturday night’s HBO-televised doubleheader from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, Top Rank chief Bob Arum briefly spoke with reporters before announcing that the fighters featured on HBO’s telecast would not be appearing for a post-fight press conference.
Arum relayed to the assembled media that Kelly Pavlik was seeking a top-flight opponent for his next assignment. “Kelly is looking for big fights,” explained Arum. When asked if he meant Pavlik wanted a title fight next, Arum responded, “No, titles don’t mean anything anymore. That doesn’t mean there aren’t good fighters with titles out there, but we’re interested in big fights, guys like Froch and Kessler, not just a title fight.” (more…)
The anticipation and animosity was unlike anything seen in recent history, but after six minutes and 55 seconds, Anderson “The Spider” Silva answered the pointed barbs of Chael Sonnen the only way he knows how, with the limbs that have led him to his 15th UFC win without a loss. And in the UFC 148 main event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night, Silva left no questions, retaining his middleweight title for the tenth time with a second round TKO of his most heated rival, one that has chased him down since their epic first battle in 2010.
In that UFC 117 bout, Sonnen came perilously close to dethroning Silva before being submitted in the fifth and final round. This time, after nearly two years of trash talk, Sonnen looked to be on his way to an upset victory in the first round before the champ finished matters in round two, burying the hatchet in the process . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
Unbeaten WBC #1 ranked middleweight Billie “El Nino” Godoy (26-0, 13 KOs) unanimously decisioned Argentine countryman, former world title challenger, and WBC #15 ranked Sebastian Heiland (19-3-2, 9 KOs) after 12 thrilling rounds. The official judges’ scorecards read 115-111 twice and 114-112 all in favor to Godoy. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a super bantamweight unification clash, WBO champion Nonito Donaire (29-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over IBF champion Jeffrey Mathebula (26-4-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Donaire had a definite power edge and he pressed the action against the much taller Mathebula. A Donaire left hook dropped Mathebula hard at the end of round four, but Mathebula didn’t go away and stayed in the fight. Donaire may have broken Mathebula’s jaw in the eleventh round as he close the fight strong. Scores were 117-110, 118-109, 119-108.
Former middleweight world champion Kelly Pavlik (40-2, 34 KOs) continued his comeback with a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Will Rosinsky (16-2, 9 KOs) in a super middleweight bout. Pavlik dropped Rosinsky in round two, but Rosinsky hung tough for the full ten. Scores were 97-92, 98-91, 98-91. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
WBO #4 lightweight Jose “Chelo” Gonzalez (20-0, 15 KOs) won by TKO when former world title challenger Joseph Laryea (14-8, 11 KOs) didn’t answer the bell for the third round because of an injury on his right hand on Saturday night at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barcelo in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico.
Unbeaten New Jersey super welterweight Glen Tapia (14-0, 8 KOs) needed just two minutes to finish Carlos Garcia (6-11-1, 6 KOs). A hard left hook sent Garcia to the canvas for the 10 count.
Super welterweight gatekeeper Jesus Soto Karass (26-7-3, 17 KOs) showed he’s still a force to be reckoned with as he scored a fifth round TKO over Euri Gonzalez (20-3-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in “The Hangar” located at the OC Fair in Costa Mesa, California. Soto Karass dropped Gonzalez in round five with an overhand right and the bout was stopped later in that round when Soto Karass rocked Gonzalez again. Time was 1:50.
Unbeaten Olympian super featherweight Francisco Vargas (12-0, 10 KOs) annihilated Irving Torres (9-3, 7 KOs) in round one.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Hundley III / RichHundleyPhotography.com
Middleweight Patrick Majewski (19-1, 13 KOs) claimed the vacant NABF belt with a fifth round stoppage of Chris Fitzpatrick (15-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The bout was halted after round five due to a cut suffered by Fitzpatrick, who wasn’t happy about the stoppage.
In the co-feature, jr welterweight Naim Nelson (7-0, 1 KO) outpointed Esteban Rodriguez (5-2-1, 1 KO) over six. Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 60-54 for Nelson.
Immediatley after unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury stopped Vinny Maddalone on Saturday night in Clevedon, England, his promoter Mick Hennessy stated that Fury will return back to the ring in November. Though no official date or opponent was named, Hennessy hinted that former multi-divisonal world champion Tomasz Adamek was one he had in mind for the future. “Its a fight that could be big in the UK or stateside and I like the fight for Tyson,” said Hennessy.
Adamek is rumored to be returning September 8 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey against James Toney, although that proposed bout is catching some heat and has not yet been finalized.
After unbeaten IBF #4 welterweight Kell Brook’s majority decision over the #3 rated Carson Jones on Saturday night, the attention turned immediately to what’s next for Brook. It was speculated that Brook would look to challenge newly crowned champion Randall Bailey which is still a possibility but per his promoter Eddie Hearn, it’s more likely he would fight IBF #5 ranked Hector Saldivia of Argentina in a final eliminator to become the mandatory challenger to whoever is the IBF welterweight world champion at the conclusion of the fight.
Wladimir Klitschko: I am happy that I defended my titles. It was a pretty tough job for me which I was expecting. It was hard to find the right timing against Thompson, it was hard to hit him. I want to thank all the fans in the arena and worldwide.
Tony Thompson: I am disappointed that I lost against Wladimir for the second time.
Klitschko is expected to return to the ring in December.
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