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Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) has wrapped up the sparring ahead of next Saturday´s WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title fight against Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany. After dusting Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to clinch the next prominent scalp. “The sparring has gone very well,” Helenius said. “I am in great shape and I am ready for Liakhovich. He is a very accomplished fighter who boasts a great deal of experience, but I have also been in the ring with former champions. The fights against Peter and Brewster have given me a lot of confidence. I am eager to notch another important victory on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Efrain Esquivias (14-0, 9KO) had all he could handle in veteran Juan Ruiz (23-7, 7KO) who was in the face of Esquivias all night long. Esquivias, had to use his speed, power and quick footwork to overcome the aggressive Ruiz en route to winning a unanimous decision victory by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 99-91. Ruiz proved as determined in the tenth and final round as he was in the opening round and never let Esquivias take a breather. Despite losing four of his last five bouts, Ruiz was determined to make the most of his opportunity and showed why he had never been stopped in his previous losses. Neither fighter was seriously hurt in the bout yet it was a very good action fight that proved crowdpleasing to the capacity audience in attendance. Meanwhile, Esquivias, despite suffering a cut over his eye midway through the fight, never lost focus and was impressive in banking round after round to win the NABF title and to win his biggest fight to date. For more details and photos click here…
FightNews extends a Happy Birthday to promoter extraordinaire Don King who is a youthful 80-years old today.
King’s career as a promoter spans three decades and includes more than 500 world-championship fights. His first promotion – a charity event featuring Muhammad Ali – was staged on August 28, 1972. Even his debut in boxing was “King-sized,” as this fundraiser was the second-largest gross in history for a boxing exhibition. King has given the sports and entertainment world some of its most thrilling and memorable moments. His shocking hairstyle, infectious smile, booming laugh and inimitable vocabulary have made King universally recognizable. Inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997, King was the only promoter named to Sports Illustrated’s list of the “40 Most Influential Sports Figures of the Past 40 Years.”
Happy Birthday Don and many more!
When you think of Brazilian fighters in the UFC, what are the moments that immediately pop into your head? In advance of the organization’s return to Brazil for UFC RIO, here are a few to jog your memory before more additions ultimately make the list on August 27th . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photos: John Booz
Undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old veteran Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (28-13, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Andrade prevailed by scores of 98-92, 99-91, 99-91 in a mostly uneventful bout.
NABF lightweight titleholder “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over former WBC lightweight titlist David Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs). Diaz dropped Lundy in round four but suffered a bad cut over his right eye that bled profusely. Lundy ended the fight by dropping Diaz with a straight left at :37 of round six.
Promising Ghanian lightweight Yakubu Amidu (20-2-1, 18 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of Martin Tucker (7-10, 3 KOs). Time was :50. Amidu’s only losses have been to current world champion Ricky Burns and top contender Ali Funeka. His manager is actor Vince Vaughn. more photos
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) won the interim NABO heavyweight title with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KOs). Mansour landed some heavy shots throughout the bout, but Guinn showed his iron chin. There were no knockdowns, but Guinn seemed reluctant to exchange with Mansour after tasting his power early on. The scores were 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.
Edgar Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) won the vacant NABA light welterweight title after he stopped Omri Lowther (14-4, 10 KOs) at 1:43 of the fifth round of the scheduled ten round bout. Lowther was out-boxing Santana, before Santana dropped Lowther with a booming left hook. Lowther got up and nodded that he was OK, but referee Gary Rosato stopped the fight before Santana could follow-up. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Two hot prospects made quick work of their outgunned opponents on Friday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York.
In a main event featuring a lightweight battle between two Puerto Ricans, Michael “The Artist” Perez (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO by landing a crunching left hook to the ribs that dropped Miguel Rodriguez (6-3, 3 KOs) in a delayed manner. Rodriguez made it to his feet before the count of ten, but then dropped to a knee again, indicating that he could not continue.
18-year-old junior middleweight phenom Eddie Gomez improved to 6-0 (5 KOs) with a spectacular first round knockout of Marcus Hall (5-4-1, 2 KOs). Gomez dropped Hall twice with straight right hands to the chin, then finished his opponent with a left hook to the head and one to the body as Hall crumbled to the canvas. Referee Harvey Dodd immediately halted the bout at 2:00 of round one. (more…)
By Robert Hughes
Former World Champion Paulie Ayala and his Paulie Ayala Productions hosted the 12th Annual Boxing at the Ballroom benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth on Friday night at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas. In the main event, lightweight Miguel Buendia (6-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round KO over Rail Carrillo (1-1). (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Edwin Rodriguez 173.5 vs, Chris Traietti 174.5
Ryan Kielczewski 129 vs. James Lester 134
Sonya Lamonakis 223 vs. Tiffany Woodward 205
Joachim Alcine 159.5 vs. Jose Medina 160
Luis Rosa 121.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 121.5
Kelvin Price 234 vs. Joseph Rabotte 236
Gabriel Du Luc 143 vs. Noel Garcia 143
Venue: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
Promoter: Dibella Entertainment
Photo and weights by Chris Perry
Dorin Spivey 135.5 vs. Damon Antoine TBA
Travis Kauffman 242 vs. Seam Williams TBA
Frankie Filippone 169 vs. Randy Campbell 171
Earl Platt 192.5 vs. Joe Mullins TBA
Stan Harvey 180 vs. Anthony Shuff 170
Dorsett Barnwell 235 vs. Deandre McCole TBA
Kenneth Moody Jr. 161.5 vs. Horatio Pitmon 155
James Franks 120 vs. Frank de Alba Espada TBA
Venue: Hybrid Training Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Fernando Montiel 122 vs. Alvaro Pérez 122
Aaron Herrera 135 vs.Carlos Velázquez 135
Jorge Silva 147.5 vs.Alvaro Robles 147
Alonso López 115 vs.Leroy Zavala 114.5
Alvaro Aguilar 159.4 vs.Rafael Ríos 160
Rafael Guzmán 139 vs.Jesús Vázquez 140
José Montiel 130 vs.JUan Velázquez 130.7
Venue: Viñedos La Cetto, Valle Guadalupe, Baja California
TV: Tv Azteca
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #7 jr lightweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KO’s) clearly outscored Rivo Renkung (29-11-5, 10 KO’s) of Indonesia over twelve action rounds in Bangkok , Thailand on Friday. In round one both boxers were cautious but in round two they picked up the tempo but it was Sakkreerin that continually had the better of the exchanges that visibly had the visitor in trouble. . Renkung was aggressive in all the rounds but did not have the speed or accuracy of punch to give Sakkreerion problems and was outworked in all the rounds. Sakkreerin suffered a cut eye in round three but cornerman Rian Munton controlled the cut in between rounds. Sakkreerin was cautioned by referee Sanong Au-Im in round nine for infringements. At the conclusion scores were 120-108, 119-109, 118-110. (more…)
Returning to welterweight after his unsuccessful foray as a 154-pounder, Matthew Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Andre Abramenka (15-1-2, 3 KOs) to claim the IBF international welterweight title on Friday night at the Tower Circus, Blackpool, England. Scores were 118-110, 118-109, 118-109.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Arely Muciño 111.7 vs. Susana Vasquez 111.7
(IBF Flyweight Title)
Rafael Hernandez 130 vs. Rafael Guzman 130
(WBF Super Featherweight World Title)
Kaliesha West 118 vs. Jessica Villafranca 118
(WBO Bantamweight World Title)
Venue: Casino Black Pyramid
Promoter: HG Boxing
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On Wednesday, Mexican boxing legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and top super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse held a media conference call to discuss their upcoming fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight world championship which is part of the Mayweather-Ortiz pay-per-view televised undercard taking place Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here is the complete transcript of that call
By Rick Scharmberg
Amir Mansour 223 vs. Dominick Guinn 227
Edgar Santana 140 vs. Omri Lowther 140
Anthony Caputo Smith 175 vs. Steve Walker 169
Ronica Jeffrey 127.5 vs. Ela Nunez 128
Ryan Belasco 136 vs. Fernando Basora 136
Dan Biddle 189 vs. Daniel Schull 189
Omar Douglas 132 vs. Corey White 133
Lamont Singletary 195 vs. William Clint Green 192
Venue: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Promoter: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Matchmaker: Nick Tiberi
European champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) is ready to obtain the next bombshell. After capturing the EBU crown, the 33-year-old boxer of the Magdeburg SES team and the first Czech professional boxer in the history to claim such a title, now strongly aims for the World Championship. On September 30th 2011 he will fight at the Rondo Arena in Brno (Czech Republic) for the WBO Super Welterweight World Championship. It is a premiere in the history of the Czech Republic as for the first time a Czech professional will fight on home soil for a World Championship crown. And Lukas Konecny gets his “dream opponent” for this for the championship fight as he will face WBO champion Sergey Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) at this special “DBI Fight Night”. The match-up between the two world-class fighters is a long awaited rematch. On 26th April 2008 the two opponents had collided in Dresden with the Ukrainian Dzinziruk winning a controversial points decision of the battle. (more…)
Middleweight Jimmy Holmes (19-3-2) of Indiana will be training in Belfast, NY on August 30th thru September 4th in the same training barns used by John L. Sullivan, recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle era and the first heavyweight champion of the gloved era. Holmes will be recreating the training methods used by William Muldoon when he trained “The Boston Strong Boy” in 1889 for the last bare-knuckle world title bout between Sullivan and Jake Kilrain. The open to the public workouts will be in conjunction with tours of the facilities including the Bare-Knuckle Hall of Fame and a book signing by Gary K. Weiand author of The First Superstar BareKnuckles: John L. Sullivan. (more…)
InterBox has not yet closed out an arena deal for the Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson bout. Both the Montreal Bell Centre and the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City are presently being considered, and an official announcement regarding the site is imminent.
Word is that WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, recently signed by Golden Boy Promotions, underwent surgery for appendicitis on Wednesday morning at the Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama City, Panama. Moreno and his PR official and wife Rouss Laguna are not answering their cellphones and his official webpage has not reported any information about his health. Moreno has not attended the gym since last week when he got news about postposition of his fight against Eric Morel, from October 15 to November 5. This information has not been confirmed by the local media.
Former IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) will return on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Sylvester will take on unbeaten Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant European middleweight championship.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (19-5-1,7 KOs) won a unanimous decision over the now former champion Tomas Rojas (36-13-1,24KOs) to capture the WBC superflyweight title on Friday afternoon at Khunmuangsri stadium in Srisaket Province, Thailand. Scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-114 for the new champion. Suriyan became the 43rd Thai fighter to win a major world title. (more to come)
Just seven days after Andre Ward and Carl Froch battle in The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, undefeated International Boxing Federation (IBF) Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute will headline on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING when he makes the ninth defense of his 168-pound title against ageless former world light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior’’ Johnson on Saturday, Nov. 5, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
Dee Lee Promotions, LLC returns to Hampton Roads August 20 with Beach Brawl II featuring lightweight “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey continuing his world title quest in the main event of a nine-bout card at the Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This will be New Jersey-based promoter Diane Fischer’s second Virginia event in two months. (more…)
Photo by Chris Cozzone: Unbeaten Jessie Vargas beats on the bag at the Mayweather Gym in Las Vegas. In the opening PPV bout on the Mayweather-Ortiz card, Sept. 17, Vargas takes on his toughest opponent yet in Josesito Lopez. Stay tuned for a story on Vargas early next week.
Two exciting featherweight prospects, Dustin Poirier and Pablo Garza, have verbally agreed to fight each other on November 12.
Garza is coming off of two spectacular UFC finishes — one flying-knee KO and a flying triangle submission. Poirier is looking to stay undefeated in the UFC with his aggressive slugging style that earned him wins at UFC 125 (against then-top contender Josh Grispi) and UFC 131 as well as a 53-second KO in the WEC . . . Click here for more
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
A big fight card billed as “Triple Corona” will be presented by HG Boxing on Saturday night at the Casino Black Pyramid in picturesque Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico. The main event will feature popular IBF female flyweight world champion Arely “Ametrallado” Muciño (13-0-1, 8 KOs) defending against Susana Vasquez (5-5-1, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder.
In other featured bouts, featherweight Rafael “Chocho” Guzman (28-3, 20 KOs) will face Rafael Hernandez (13-3, 11 KOs) for the WBF super featherweight belt and WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha West (13-1-3, 4 KOs) will defend against Jessica Villafranca (12-2, 6 KOs) (more…)
After catching a glimpse of David Diaz in person for the first time, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy left Thursday’s weigh-in deathly afraid – not for his own well-being, but for that of his opponent. “He’s small!” Lundy said after weighing in at 134.6 pounds in advance of his NABF lightweight title defense against Diaz Friday, Aug. 19th, 2011 in the 10-round co-feature of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” season finale at the at The Venue At Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Ind., presented by Hitz Entertainment in association with Banner Promotions.
“I’m generally used to fighting bigger guys and this guy is small. I’m scared of what might happen because I’m used to fighting bigger guys. I was thinking before what I’ve got to do. Now, it’s a no-brainer. I’m scared for him!” (more…)
The rumor mill is running hot around Michael Katsidis “the Great” today, following his stoppage over Mexican Michael Lozada in his junior Welterweight debut on Saturday night.
Katsidis has now been linked to numerous world class fights all over the world but manager trainer Brendon Smith says nothing is confirmed “We haven’t come to an agreement with Lovemore (Ndou) yet, as already reported, however the fight does interest us. Michael is having a short break at the moment and once he returns we will go over options. This is an amazing fight for Australia and Lovemore is one tough hard fighter who, like Michael, has fought the best. You won’t need a ring for this fight, a phone box would be sufficient!” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In front of an enthusiastic sold out crowd of 1,435 fight fans at The Hangar at the OC Event Center, southpaw David Tabatadze (8-1-1, 1KO) slugged out a unanimous decision victory over the rugged Lester Gonzales (12-5-2, 6KO), also fighting out of the southpaw stance. Tabatadze, fighting out of Ukraine, weathered the early storm of Gonzales and through dedicated body work was able to chop down the Cuban born Gonzales in a six round super middleweight contest. Although it appeared to be a much closer fight than the judges scorecards, Tabatadze did appear to win the fight and was rewarded with a unanimous decision victory by scores of 58-56, 59-54, 60-54. (more…)
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