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Photos and report by Jesse Kelly
Andy “Kaos” Kolle (25-3, 18 KOs) outworked Michael “The Midnight Stalker” Walker (19-13-3, 12 KOs) over 8 rounds of action Saturday night at the Wessman Arena in Superior, WI. Walker showed up ready to brawl having fought to a draw with a 7-4-1 fighter last week. However, Kolle was able to out-punch Walker throughout the bout, and he did it for the most part with just one good hand. The southpaw Kolle said afterwards that he believes he broke his left hand in the first round and mixed up punches with his right hand for much of the night. Walker’s pressuring style and Kolle’s high volume counter punching resulted in good action during the bout.
Walker went right at Kolle with a high guard to get inside of the taller Kolle’s reach to begin the fight. Kolle was able to keep the chiseled Walker from doing what he wanted early though and kept him out of reach with his own shots. Early on in the opening round, Kolle landed a hard straight left to the forehead of Walker. Walker took the punch well but it appeared to be the blow Kolle described afterwards in which he hurt his hand because he used it with less authority for the rest of the round. The shot also looked to be the punch that opened a cut over Walkers right eye. The cut however was not an issue for the remainder of the fight. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
In a bout that was quickly sucking the air out of behemoth concrete structure that is the Claude Robillard Centre in Montreal, Ali Nestor Charles (13-5-2 5KO) managed to bring fans to their feet with a somewhat surprising knockout victory over Martin Avila (13-9 6KO) at the end of the eighth round of a scheduled ten on Saturday night. (More)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A source near to former world champion Antonio Margarito has indicated the possibility of the Tijuana Tornado returning for two fights in the months of June and September. The source has indicated that Margarito could make his comeback fight in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, and might even be looking for title shot this year. There is also a possibility that Margarito could fight in Tucson on May 26.
By Alex Hermann
Saturday night in Aalborg, Denmark, Euro Event, headed by Allan Martin Back, staged their first show ever. Topping tha card were Kim Poulsen and Kasper Bruun, formerly with Sauerland Event, both getting victories against Georgian opponents. Poulsen (20-1, 6 KOs) stopped Beka Sadjaia in two, while Bruun outpointed Nugzar Margvelashvili over eight to improve to 13-0-1, 3 KOs. Margvelashvili was floored in the fourth, and Bruun was very focused on body shots in the following rounds in an attempt to score a KO. After eight tough rounds Bruun got an unanimous decision with all three judges scoring it 79-72. (more…)
By Tracy Morin, Memphisboxing.com
Photo: Kevin St Marie
On April 7 at the Landers Center in Southaven, Mississippi, seven-time champion and future Hall of Famer James “Lights Out” Toney (73-7-3, 44 KOs) received a five-round workout against Bobby “The Celtic Warrior” Gunn (21-4-1, 18 KOs) during which he was only lightly tested. Toney, at 43 years old, sported a softened midsection (he weighed in at 248 pounds) but displayed still-sharp reflexes and head movement as he stalked the younger Gunn and relied upon his slickness and considerable experience to avoid absorbing shots. Gunn landed a few lefts, mostly hooks, throughout the first five rounds that sent the sweat flying, but Toney’s popping jabs, one-two combos and lethal rights nullified any potential momentum for the less-experienced fighter. After round 5, Gunn failed to answer the bell due to a broken hand sustained in round 4, allowing Toney to become an eight-time world champion and new holder of the IBU Heavyweight Championship title. (More)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Former longtime WBC light flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (45-7, 27 KOs) defeated WBC Silver flyweight belt holder Wilbert Uicab (33-7-1, 18 KOs) in a WBC flyweight eliminator on Saturday night at the Oasis Hotel/Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Local favorite Uicab got off to a good start by dropping Sosa in round one. However referee Jay Nady deducted a point from Uicab for throwing Sosa down in round four and Sosa dropped Uicab in round six on the way to a 114-111 win on all cards.
A career high weight of 151 pounds didn’t deter former three-division champion Humberto Soto (58-7-2, 34 KOs) as he won a ten round unanimous decision over Claudinei Lacerda (14-3, 10 KOs). Scores were 100-90 on all cards.
WBC #10 super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (20-2, 18 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Berman Sanchez (26-4-3, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC FECARBOX title. Jardon dropped Sanchez in round two and punished him nutil his corner kept him on the stool following round six. more photos
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In his most impressive performance so far as a professional, Ronny Rios won a one-sided and easier-than-expected eight round unanimous decision over Guillermo Sanchez at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. After a tactical first round, it was all Rios after that. Rios aggressively pressed the fight, landing solid hooks or crosses to the head. Rios was accurate and poised in the pocket as the southpaw Sanchez attempted to counter with uppercuts and straight left hands. Rios almost dropped Sanchez as his shots to the head took a toll on the Puerto-Rican born fighter. Sanchez was in survival mode in the final two rounds as Rios was content to box rather than go for the knockout. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Rios, by scores of 80-72, 80-72, and 79-73. Fightnews.com scored the bout 79-73. Rios from nearby Santa Ana improves to 18-0, 8 KOs, while Sanchez, from Buffalo, NY, drops to 13-6-1, 5 KOs. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former 2008 Beijing Olympian Paul “2 Gunz” Fleming (14-0, 10KOs) scored a shutout six round decision over Hwi-Jong Kim (4-4, 1KO) of South Korea on Friday at the Orion Function Center, Campsie, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Super featherweight Fleming, boxing from the southpaw stance, controlled the action in all the rounds, winning a unanimous decision by all judges scoring 60-54.
Fleming is managed by Top Rank’s Cameron Dunkin and Michael Altamura. As an amateur Fleming represented Australia at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and was defeated by Khedafi Djelkhir of France (9-13). His record as an amateur is (83-17). He is trained by Billy Hussein who also trains IBF Featherweight champion Billy Dib. (more…)
An update on the sanctioning tonight’s Toney vs Gunn fight:
Nate Yoder, VP Of Operations of Prize Fight Promotions, informed Fightnews.com, “James Toney initially represented himself as the IBA Heavyweight Champion. His manager John Arthur informed us that he would handle contacting the IBA and all we needed to do was fly in the official for fight week. This was at the initial press conference eight weeks ago. I called Dean Chance on Monday and did not receive a return phone call. The purpose of my call was to book the plane ticket from Cleveland. After not being called back, I emailed Dean. Consequently, I received a return email from the IBA ratings chair that Toney had been stripped of the title due to inactivity and his foray into UFC. Since the title was vacant, I asked to fight for the vacant title. I was denied the vacant title. Therefore, we have secured sanctioning from the IBU and James Toney vs Bobby Gunn will be fighting for the IBU Heavyweight Championship.”
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Unbeaten lightweight Darley Perez (25-0, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Alain Hernandez (18-10-2, 10 KO) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. The fight ended when Perez drilled Hernandez with a right hand that sent him through the ropes. Time was 2:59.
In the co-feature jr welterweight Jose Reynoso moved to 16-3-1, 3 KOs when the ring doctor ruled that James Hope (6-10-1, 4 KOs) could no longer continue after round seven.
Also super bantamweight Jonathan Arrellano (11-0-1, 3 KOs) stayed unbeaten when Jose Angel Cota (8-7, 6 KOs) remained on his stool after round seven.
Full report to come…
By Mary Ann Owen/boxinginlasvegas.com
Tonight’s heavyweight clash between James Toney and Bobby Gunn will not be for the IBA world heavyweight title. According to IBA vice president Bob Case, it was confirmed by IBA president Dean Chance last night that this title is NOT at stake in this fight. He went on to say that the IBA was never contacted about sanctioning this fight for the vacant title, which was formerly held by Toney.
Ugandan light heavyweight Joey Vegas (13-6-1, 5 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten hometown fighter Egyptian Hany Atiyo (12-1, 8 KOs) in round eleven to win the African Boxing Union title. Vegas was leading on all cards barely losing a round or two prior to the stoppage. Atiyo was down in rounds three, seven and nine. Richard Nwoba/Louaa Boxing promoted the event which took place at Cairo University in Egypt Friday Night.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (16-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, successfully kept his WBC bantamweight belt as he managed to avert early attacks of formerly two-class titlist Vic Darchinyan (37-5-1, 27 KOs), 118, and scored with jabs and long lefts in later rounds, winning a unanimous verdict over twelve fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s an encounter of hard-hitting southpaws.
Steve Morrow (US) and Juan Carlos Pelayo (Mexico) both saw the hot affair 116-112, and Burt Clements (US) had it 117-111, all for the 29-year-old Japanese defending champ. The referee was Hector Afu (Panama) who handled the quick-moving game as if he was also a bantam.
For Japanese fans it was a sort of fantasy to watch such an internationally well-known fighter as Darchinyan. It was also marvelous that the less experienced Yamanaka thus unanimously defeated the Raging Bull after hard-battled rounds. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 5 – “That Miserable Feeling” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber nab another win to even the score at two all, as Spokane native Michael Chiesa defeated Tucson’s Jeremy Larsen by unanimous decision. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Ao (23-2-1, 10 KOs), 130, Japan, retained his belt as he continually outpunched top contender Terdsak Kokietgym (46-4-1, 31 KOs), 129.5, Thailand, to win a unanimous decision over twelve had-fought rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. It was a hot affair by southpaws. Burt Clements and Steve Morrow (both US) both tallied 116-112 and Alvaro Aldrete (Mexico) saw it 118-110, all in favor of the more aggressive Japanese southpaw. The referee was Mike Griffin (Canada).
Ao, formerly six-time amateur high school champ whose mark was 76-3 with 36 stoppages, celebrated his twenty-eighth birthday with his own victory, as he registered his third defense since dethroning Vitali Tajbert by a unanimous nod in 2010. It was a grudge fight for Ao, in a sense, since he showed a very lackluster performance in his last defense due to his poor conditioning only to eke out a split duke over Italian Devis Boschiero last November. The Japanese champ showed his fine form in coping with the game and gallant Thailander who had a very strong left hand. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
See WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. hitting the pads hard in Cancun.
James Toney 248 vs. Bobby Gunn 210
(IBA heavyweight title)
Bobby Bryant 154 vs. Justin Flanagan 153
Chris Henery 195 vs. Marvin Hunt 198
Patrick Majewski (weighs later) vs. Antwan Echols 163
Dusty Harrison 153 vs. Anthony Bowman 152
Joey Bryant 137 vs. Staven Cox 136
Dedrick Bell 137 vs. Blake Franklin 140
Brandon Harder 160 vs. Willie Bryant 156
Marlin Lewis 137 vs. David Green 136
Venue: Landers Center, Southaven, Mississippi
Promoter: Prize Fight Promotions/Greg Cohen Promotions
By Jesse Kelley
Andy “Kaos” Kolle 163 vs. Michael “Midnight Stalker” Walker 164
RJ Laase 147.4 vs. Donny Tierney 146.4
Aaron Green 275 vs. Travis Fulton 240.6
Tyler Hultin 161 vs. Silas Ortley 160.2
Dustin Mason 130.6 vs. Randy Ronchi 129.4
Winston Anderson 144.2 vs. Andrew Selvig 143
Venue: Wessman Arena in Superior, WI
Promoter: RJ Laase, T-Rex Promotions
Note: Walker missed his flight and arrived Friday night. He weighed 164 this morning. Kolle was on target to box at 154 but Walker, who was found on short notice as a replacement opponent needed a weight of 163 to take the fight.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Former Canadian middleweight champion Walid Smichet 20-7-3 14KO) declared to FightNews Friday that he intends to return to the ring very shortly. “I’m returning in June,” Smichet told FightNews, “I’ll be fighting at 154 pounds.” Junior-middleweight would be the lowest weight for the 30 fight veteran who made his pro debut in 2002 as a middleweight and stayed there for the duration until the last few where he crept up closer to the super-middle limit and was stopped by both Peter Manfredo and David Lemieux for the Canadian 168 pound title, his last fight in April 2010. A svelte looking Smichet told FightNews what many have thought for years, that the come-forward warrior who rarely takes a step backwards is much better suited to 154 pounds.
Ronny Rios 128 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 130
Hugo Centeno Jr 153.4 vs. Gerardo Prieto 153.2
Julian Ramirez 124 vs. Salvador Cifuentes 124
Xavier Montelongo 130.6 vs. Rocco Espinoza 131
Johnny Reyes 131 vs. Jose Ortiz 132
Venue: The Phoenix Club, Anaheim, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Undefeated former NABO cruiserweight champ Dan “Hardway” Harvison (15-0) returns to the ring this Saturday versus rugged veteran Ariel Espinal (8-20) at the Court Time Sports Complex in Elizabeth, Pennsylvania. Promoted by Team Salka Promotions, the card will also feature an 8 rounder between super lightweight Rod Salka (14-1) and journeyman Angel Rios (9-10). Also, heavyweight Jason Bergman (17-9) battles Alexis Mejias (11-8) in a six rounder, while welterweight Steve Upsher Chambers (23-1) faces trialhorse Manuel Guzman (7-14) in another six. For ticket information contact Salka at (412)298-5161.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Edgar Sosa 111.90 vs Wilbert Uicab 111.90
(WBC flyweight silver title)
Dante Jardon 129.60 vs Berman Sanchez 129
Humberto Soto 151 vs Claudinei Lacerda 151
Venue: Oasis Arena, Cancun
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo, Producciones Deportiva Maldonado and Pepe Gomez.
TV: Fox Deportes (USA), Televisa (Mexico)
By David Spencer, photo: Dave Spencer
Ali Nestor Charles 153.2 vs. Martin Avila 153.8
Tony Luis 138.7 vs. Ferenc Szabo 139.8
Roody Pierre Paul 134.2 vs. Carlos Martinez 135
Kevin Lavallee 129.5 vs. Istvan Paszti 127.5
Frank Cotroni 162.2 vs. Emanuel Guzman 167.2
Dimitri Waadenburg 134.2 vs. Jaber Zayani 135.2
Francois Miville n/a vs. Ahmad Selemani 170.5
Venue: Claude Robillard Centre
Promoter: UGC Promotions
By David Finger
In a WBC Continental Americas Heavyweight title fight in Jefferson City, Missouri last night, defending champion Chauncy Welliver inched closer to a world title fight with a tough, but lopsided unanimous decision over shopworn former contender “Smokin” Bert Cooper over ten rounds. Although the 46-year-old Cooper was not seen as a serious threat to the #6 ranked WBC heavyweight he was a fighter who had some personal history with the Welliver’s camp. In 1991 Cooper derailed the title hopes of a young heavyweight prospect named Joe Hipp when he stopped him in five rounds on the undercard of the Tommy Morrison-Ray Mercer fight in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Cooper would, in turn, receive a title fight against Evander Holyfield as a result of the win over Hipp, and although Hipp too would eventually fight for a world title, it did leave some unfinished business with the Philadelphia bomber. Hipp, who retired in 2005, is currently training Welliver, adding an interesting twist on the fight last night. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like another prominent fighter will not only be training in Oxnard, CA, but will be trained by Robert Garcia. And it is another reason to visit the Boxing Academy, located in an industrial part in the south side of the city. Hard-hitting and former world title holder Marcos Maidana announced Wednesday on his twitter account that he will be trained by Garcia, who has become one of the more prominent trainers in boxing today. (more…)
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