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By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday at the Parque Andrés Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) faces Japan’s Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs) in defense of his world title. “I trained hard for this fight and I hope for the victory,” said Soto. “Fights between Mexicans and Japanese are interesting and I hope Sasaki is a great fighter. Sasaki is an aggressive fighter and strong and will surely come well prepared. We analyzed the video of one of his fights and in truth it won’t be easy, but I’m coming to do my thing.” Sasaki has already arrived in Cozumel. photos…
By Joe Koizumi
Highly anticipated is a forthcoming encounter of world-rated Japanese 115-pounders Ryo Akaho (16-0-2, 10 KOs) and Yota Sato (20-2, 12 KOs) with the former’s OPBF super-fly belt on the line in Tokyo, Japan, on August 4. Akaho lately acquired the vacant OPBF throne by halting Australian titlist Fred Mundraby via fifth round stoppage this May. The challenger Sato is a WBC#4/WBC#5 contender, holding his national belt which won’t be at stake this time. Sato, making his third defense, recently kept his Japanese title against world-rated veteran Kohei Kono to his credit. The unbeaten Akaho is fast and can punch, while Sato is more skillful and experienced. It will be a very important and competitive confontation of the near-future world challengers.
There’s a funny story. Masaru Yamada, of Yokohama Hikari Promotions that handles the defending OPBF ruler Akaho, took a plane from Thailand back to Tokyo, Japan, some weeks ago. He enjoyed a chat with a stewardess therein, saying he’s a boxing person. He boasted of his gym’s hot prospect Akaho and mentioned his next bout with the national champ Sato. She then replied, “The opponent Yota is my brother.” Yamada was greatly stunned by the coincidence. Good luck for both.
Photo and report by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Former world champion Daiki Kameda is currently sparring with the Japanese Olympic team which is composed of fighters with very good technique and quick hands. Daiki is sparring for a project that helps train amateur boxers. “I’m happy to help boys who are just beginning to practice the sport of boxing,” said Daiki Kameda. The left-handed boxer is preparing to enter the ring on July 8 at the Kyuden Gym in Fukuoka, Japan, where he will change blows with Chatchai Monthon, from Thailand over ten rounds. (more…)
Last night at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, Calif, Kaliesha West (13-1-3, 4 KOs) retained her WBO female bantamweight title with a draw against Ava Knight (6-1-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 95-95, 96-94 West and 96-94 Knight. (more…)
Report by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
Antonio “Big Foot” Silva and Sergei Kharitonov got company in the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals, as Alistair Overeem and Josh Barnett both moved closer to the tournament title with wins Saturday night at American Airlines Center. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF super-light champ Motoki Sasaki (36-8-1, 23 KOs), a cagey veteran of Japan, left for Mexico yesterday (Saturday) to have an ambitious crack at the WBC lightweight belt against Humberto Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) this coming Saturday. Sasaki, 35, once experienced a shot at the WBA welter ruler Viacheslav Senchenko only to lose on points in Ukraine in September 2009. But the seasoned campaigner captured the OPBF 140-pound belt by dropping defending titlist Randy Suico en route to a split verdict in July of the previous year and kept it twice by halting Geisler AP and Pansoo Kim to his credit. WBC#12 Sasaki, who previously visited the fight place Cozumel as a traveler, seems willing to cause an upset and bring back the WBC green belt to Tokyo.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Harrington Raceway and Casino, Salisbury Maryland’s Alex Guerrero (7-0-1, 4KOs) took another step up the cruiserweight ladder with a one sided second round stoppage of thirty five fight veteran Chris “Cold Steel” Thomas (17-16-2, 14KOs) in the four round main event of the evening.
Guerrero, the older brother of Alex Guerrero seemed relaxed right from the opening moment, snapping sharp jabs which opened up several tight combinations. Thomas of Chicago, Illinois tried to step back and counter but the Salisbury natives’ defense was tight and he began to time his opponents advances. Guerrero timed one of those advances late, in the opening round and sent Thomas reeling to the ropes from an overhand right. Guerrero tried to end it and was battering him in the closing seconds, but the bell to end the round temporarily saved him. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former World Boxing Union featherweight champion Choi Tseveenpurev (31-5, 21 KOs) scored one of the best wins of his career when he defeated former world IBO featherweight champion Jackson “Action Jackson” Asiku (26-5-0) by ten round decision at York Hall, Benthal Green, London, United Kingdom on Saturday. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian cruiserweight Jamie “The Boss” Bogovic (5-1, 4 KOs) captured the WBF Asia Pacific cruiserweight title when he scored a knockout in one round over Fijian Temo Kolitapa (2-6, 1 KO) at the Danenong Netball Centre, Danenong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. Bogavic is trained by Aussie great Jeff Fenech. Bogovic suffered his only defeat to Declan Trainor in 2010 and scored his best win in 2011 when he stopped 38 fight veteran Nick Taaumafi in two rounds. Bogavic is a former amateur champion Click here for more photos…
By Ahmed Santos
In a fight that was turning into a war veteran former champion Luis Ramón “Yori Boy” Campas controversially defeated young power puncher Rogelio “Porky” Medina, in the main event of the card held at the Explanada Tecate of Navojoa, Sonora, México. The result ended in a TKO victory for the local fighter, “Yori Boy” (98-15-1, 77 KOs), who put down “Porky” (25-2, 19 KOs) with a punched that seemed clearly under the beltline, but the referee ruled it as good and started applying the count, and due to that he had to get up, with difficulty, and right after Campas jumped all over him and the third man in the ring acted again –prematurely, to call a halt to the duel, which was scheduled for 10 rounds at middleweight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Pan Asian Boxing Association female super featherweight champion Diana “Dirty Di” Prazak (7-1, 5 KOs) scored a clear ten round decision over Bronwyn Wylie (3-2) of New Zealand at the Grand Star Receptions in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Prazak outworked Wylie in all the rounds and in round ten referee Chris Anderson put a count on Wylie after she was dropped by a solid combo. Scores Aneeka Williams 98-90, Henry Nissen 100-91, Andrew Campbell 98-91. Prazak is now scheduled to clash with Lindsay Garbatt (7-3-1, 3 KOs) on September 23 in Melbourne for the WIBA super featherweight title. (more…)
2008 Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (17-0, 17 KOs) kayoed 39-year-old veteran “Dangerous” Damon Reed (46-16, 32 KOs) in round two of their clash Saturday night at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Time was 1:59.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a one-sided affair, WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over WBC #3 rated Ryan Rhodes (45-5, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Vicente Fernandez in Guadalajara, Mexico. Alvarez punished Rhodes for the most part, dropping him in round four. Rhodes didn’t punch much as the bout progressed, allowing “Canelo” to compile a big lead. To his credit, Rhodes tried for the KO in the last round, but the bout was waved off by referee Hector Afu after Alvarez landed some good shots.
Unbeaten super featherweight Adrien Broner (21-0, 17 KOs) destroyed Jason Litzau (28-3, 21 KOs) in the first round. Broner trapped Litzau in the corner and battered Litzau to the deck. Time was 2:58. With the win, Broner claimed the vacant USNBC title. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
DIAAB Entertainment put on an eight-bout pro-am card dubbed “Fight Night At The Flickinger” in downtown Buffalo, New York Saturday night. Headlining the the show was a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight title between Geneva, NY and Michael Walchuk of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Brinson bounced back from his lone loss in his last fight to pick up his first belt in an absolute war with Walchuk over eight rounds. In a tactical dog fight where each fighter gave no quarter, Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson and Kitchener, Ontario’s Michael Walchuk waged war for eight rounds to contest the New York State Middleweight title. Brinson was coming off a TKO7 loss back in November for the state Super Middle belt and was looking for redemption. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vázquez (29-3, 13 KOs) stopped Marlon “Rata” Aguilar (25-11-1, 18 KOs) with a body shot in round two of a non-title ten-rounder on Saturday night at the Musica Hall in Toluca, Estado de México. Time was 1:46.
WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) barely broke a sweat in annihilating Eddy Zuniga (7-6-1, 1 KO) in a non-title flyweight clash. Zuniga was down twice in the brief one round affair. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
After weathering a solid body attack in the early going Ali Nestor Charles (11-5-2) scored a knockout victory at the very end of round five, capturing the WBC middleweight Latino title over Mexico’s Edgar Ruiz (22-10-1) at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal, Quebec. Charles changed the course of the fight in the fourth round where he landed a left uppercut that put Ruiz down to his knees for a count of eight. Ruiz was clearly tiring in the fifth and Charles looked like he was about to score his second knockdown in the dying seconds when a flurry of punches with Ruiz against the ropes and about to go down Charles accidently pushed him down to the canvas. It looked like the mishap would save the Mexican fighter but with the ten second warning sounding Charles jumped right back in and let loose with a flurry that put Ruiz down to his knees for a full count of ten. (more…)
Youth defeated experience tonight as red-hot welterweight prospect Javier “El Chino” Flores extended his perfect record to 6-0 with six knockouts, stopping 30-fight veteran Shakha Moore in the seventh round of the main event on “The New Generation Boxing Series” card, presented by Bulldog Cartel Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Flores (6-0, 6 KOs), a southpaw from Puerto Rico now fighting out of Hartford, was dominant from the opening round. A game Moore was pounded but he didn’t go down until the seventh round, resulting from a devastating combination of lethal punches Flores, after which his corner threw in the towel. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated Featherweight top-rated contender Mikey Garcia, trainer Robert Garcia and Pedro Rodriguez (father of Gustavo Rodriguez) pose with the many fans that came out for their charity boxing function at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Ca. to benefit the family of amateur boxer Gustavo Rodriguez who was shot and killed last week. Rios is in deep training for his upcoming world title defense against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon, Maywood, Ca. on Saturday July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,Ca. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
In front of an excited, partisan crowd, Undefeated Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett captured the vacant WBF (World Boxing Foundation) All-America’s Cruiserweight title with an eight-round majority decision over Bronx, NY’s Newton “The Butcher” Kidd at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Shiflett came out very aggressively in the first couple of rounds, but the Jamaican-born Kidd used strong counter-punching to work his way back into the bout. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon and Pete Balderas
Photos: Danny Castaneda
Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa won the war in the ring against Puerto Rico native Eric Cruz. However, the battle was one of the toughest ones he has faced so far. Figueroa improved to 12-0-1 by winning the fight via unanimous decision as the judges scored the bout 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74 in the main event of Summer Explosion , presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Cavazos Boxing and shown worldwide on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. For more details and photos click here…
Don King’s promotional boundaries know no end. After a three-day whirlwind of radio and television interviews in the St. Louis area supporting his big June 25 world championship fight card at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., King stumbled upon a wedding party in downtown St. Louis. He rounded up the bride and groom, who were arriving at their reception, and let them all know about his boxing event. He also posed for pictures, which will certainly be part of the lore surrounding this couple’s wedding.
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Happy B-Day today June 18 to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. who turns 27, on behalf of Fightnews, All Star Boxing, Top Rank, and the Zabala and Vazquez Families.
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (16-0, 13 KOs) has issued an open challenge to “all the top light heavyweights” to face him. Sillakh says he has no problems travelling anywhere to fight. “If any of the other top 175 pounders give me a chance, I will show the world what a great champion I can be.”
Promoter Nate Tubbs brought Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas to a “meet and greet” on Friday night in Cincinnati. It was the first time Tyson and Douglas have met since their bout in 1990, Tyson’s first loss and one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Click here to see highlights of Friday night’s win by Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno over Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra. Moreno looked good.
By Graham Houston
Although on paper he faces his toughest test, Mexico’s Saul Alvarez is a massive favourite to defeat Britain’s Ryan Rhodes in their junior middleweight title fight on Saturday (to be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark). The Mexican location is obviously a big factor, as is Alvarez’s impressive, undefeated record. Rhodes has experience and he is a fast, tricky southpaw switch-hitter who can punch, but there is a sense that this fight has been made with perfect timing, similar to the one in Los Angeles earlier this month when Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. gritted out a tough, close win over Sebastian Zbik. (more…)
Deontay Wilder 223 vs. Damon Reed 228
Gundrick King 163 vs. Scoey Fields 164
Scotty Rossum 301 vs. Bobby Obannon 270
Neal Mullins 257 vs. Stan Reed 278
Keandrae Leatherwood 168 vs. Anthony Greeley 168
Leon Dukes 223 vs. Tyrone Jackson 215
Phillip Hammac 156 vs. Antonio Adams 156
Marcus McGee 238 vs. Billy Outley 201
Venue: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa AL
Promoter: Skky Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions
Doors open at 6p and the first bout is at 7p.
Note: Wilder is the U.S. 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist, the only U.S. boxer to win a medal at the Beijing games.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (21-0, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over a game, but outgunned former IBF champion Kassim Ouma (27-8-1, 17 KOs)in the first of two WBA world title bouts on Friday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. Ouma was very active with trademark high punch rate, but Golovkin’s pressure and harder punches took their toll midway through the fight. Doctors took a long look at Ouma after round eight. Golovkin punished Ouma in a one-sided round nine. The beatdown continued in round ten and the bout was finally waved off. Time was 1:25.
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO of former flyweight champ Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-3-1, 18 KOs) after Parra said he couldn’t continue due to a hand injury. It was Moreno’s eighth successful defense. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Oliver Flores (21-0-2, 15 KOs) and Abraham Rodríguez (23-10-4, 12 KOs) battled to an eight round draw on Friday night at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. No scores were announced. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Following the OPBF bantam champ Malcolm Tunacao’s latest relinquishment, the vacant regional belt will be disputed by highest available OPBF contenders #1 Jerope Zuiyama Mercado (23-1-3, 8 KOs) and #3 Rolly Matsushita Lunas (28-8-1, 16 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on July 31. Funny enough, both are Japan-based Filipinos as ex-champ Malcolm. Lunas once fought Anselmo Moreno in a quest for the WBA bantam belt, losing a nearly shutout decision in Panama in 2008. Mercado went abroad and battled Vusi Malinga for the WBC international 118-pound belt to a split draw in South Africa in 2007. It will be a competitive bout with the good and strong campaigners.
By Joe Koizumi
Elongated southpaw Japanese, JBC#3/OPBF#14 super-light Yuji Wauke (14-3-1, 7 KOs), 140, engaged in a tune-up go prior to his national title crack and chalked up a quick TKO triumph over Thailander Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin (11-7, 4 KOs), 138.75, with a vicious body shot to the solar-plexus at 0:51 of the second round in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the national 140-pound belt via unanimous decision loss to then-reigning Yosukezan Onodera two years ago, Wauke is gunning for a shot again at the currently vacant belt. The Japanese lefty threw busy combinations followed by a solid shot to the midsection, which collapsed the Thailander in agony with the referee Kumazaki promptly declaring a halt. (more…)
Unbeaten super featherweight Gary Russell Jr (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Antonio Meza (24-10-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Russell scored one knockdown in the third round and two more in the fourth round. Time was 2:42.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Omar Figueroa (12-0-1, 9 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (12-7-3, 12 KOs) by scores of 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Unbeaten middleweight Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Larry Smith (9-5, 6 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
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Alistair Overeem 256 vs. Fabricio Werdum 246
Brett Rogers 258 vs. Josh Barnett 256
KJ Noons 156 vs. Jorge Masvidal 155
Daniel C0rmier 239.5 vs. Jeff Monson 234
Valentijn Overeem 234.5 vs. Chad Griggs 234
JZ Cavalcante 155 vs. Justin Wilcox 156
Conor Heun 155 vs. Magno Almeida 155
Todd Moore 169.5 vs. Mike Bronzoulis 170
Nah-Shon Burrell 179 vs. Joe Ray 180
Brian Melancon 175 vs. Isaac Vallie-Flag 170
40-year-old Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (29-12, 17 KOs) scored a stunning fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten and world rated Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. Brewer dropped Guerrero with a series of right hands in round four and finished him moments later with an uppercut. Referee Jon Schorle waved it off at 2:16.
Brewer, best known for winning the popular TV reality series “The Contender” in 2006, claimed the NABF title. Guerrero entered the ring rated WBC #6 at super welterweight and WBO #5/WBA #6/IBF #15 at middleweight.
Welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs). After a fairly lackluster fight, a barrage of punches by Mayfield prompted referee Gregorio Alvarez to step in at 1:03 of the final round. It was the first time Forbes has been stopped.
Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel has ended his 7-week intensive preparation in Los Mochis for his expected return to the ring to face the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño on June 25 in the Banorte Stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. With a contagious motivation, he is ready to reclaim his place among the elite of world boxing. Montiel will face former world champion Nehomar Cermeño presented by Zanfer to be broadcast by TV Azteca and Fox Deportes. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Nick Brinson 155.5 vs. Michael Walchuk 154.5
Stephen Franjic 179 vs. Rayshawn Myers 179
Scott Paul 134.5 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Lorenzo Davis 274 vs. Taffo Asongwed TBA
Tony Brinson 157 vs. Julius Bunda 154.5
Venue: Burt Flickinger Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: Diaab Entertainment
Javier Flores 146 vs. Shakha Moore 145.5
Joshua Harris 200 vs. Harvey Jolly 199
Luis Rosa 122 vs. Shawn Nichol 122
Christian Lao 144 vs. Jose Javier Calderon 144
Oscar Bonilla 134 vs. Corey White 133
Josh Crespo 123 vs. Frankie Garriga 121
Charles Foster 166 vs. Ralph Johnson 168
Carlos Hernandez 139.5 vs. Barrington Douse 143
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
Promoter: Bulldog Cartel Promotions
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