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By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Abner Mares (25-0-1, 14KO) successfully defended his WBC super bantamweight title in an action packed unanimous decision victory over former WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo Moreno (33-2-1, 12KO). Mares applied heavy pressure all through the bout and finally caught Moreno with a hard right cross that dropped him at the end of round five. Mares was warned on numerous occasions for fouls, at least twice for low blows and the other for a punch to the back of a turned Moreno. Instead, however, it was Moreno who was penalized a point in the eleventh round for pulling on the head of Mares while clinched, as referee Raul Caiz Jr. did his best Russell Mora impression (Mares vs. Agbeko I). Judges scored the bout 116-110 (twice) and, inexplicably, 120-106, in favor of Mares.
Leo Santa Cruz (22-0-1, 13KO) retained his IBF bantamweight champion in impressive fashion stopping determined challenger Victor Zaleta (20-3-1, 10KO) at 1:42 of the ninth round. Santa Cruz first dropped Zaleta in the fourth round with a left hook and again in the seventh round with a beautiful left hook to the body, left uppercut combo. Zaleta, despite being hit by more than 50% of the power punches from Santa Cruz, never stopped coming forward, not until a right hand caught him flush and dropped him hard prompting the referee to stop the fight.
Alfredo Angulo (21-2, 18KO) abruptly ended a one year layoff that included 7 months in a federal immigration detention center, by knocking out game Raul Casarez (19-3, 9KO) at just 0:56 of the first round in a scheduled 12 round junior middleweight contest. Casarez proved to have more heart than brains when he chose to initiate a slugfest with the powerful Angulo. While trading left hooks, Angulo’s landed first and it was lights out for Casarez.
Nathan Cleverly (25-0, 12KO) successfully defended his WBO light heavyweight title against unranked and outclassed Shawn Hawk (22-3-1, 16KO) by way of a dominant eighth round knockout victory. It was target practice all night for Cleverly and he took his time in picking apart Hawk before dropping him twice in the seventh round and twice more in the eighth round. After the fourth knockdown, referee, Tony Crebs called a halt to the bout making Cleverly the winner by TKO victory at 1:53 of the eighth round. (more…)
In a WBC super welterweight eliminator, top contenders Vanes “The Nightmare” Martirosyan (32-0-1, 20 KOs) and Erislandy “El Oro del Guantanamo” Lara (17-1-2, 11 KOs) battled to a nine round technical decision draw on Saturday night in the Lafite Ballroom at Wynn Las Vegas. Martirosyan was the aggressor and had success early while Lara was starting to turn the tables. A head clash 26 seconds into round nine left Martirosyan with a bad cut over his left eye and the bout was sent to the scorecards. Scores were 86-85 Martirosyan, 87-84 Lara and 86-86. The winner was to be the mandatory challenger for Canelo Alvarez, so a rematch is likely.
Undefeated #1 featherweight contender Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (30-0, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former WBA featherweight champion Jonathan “Yoni” Barros (34-4-1, 17 KOs). A left hook dropped Barros and Barros told referee Robert Byrd he didn’t want to continue. Time was 2:24.
Highly regarded super bantamweight prospect Jesse Magdaleno (12-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive first round KO over Jose Silveira (12-9, 4 KOs). Magdaleno blasted Silveira to the deck with a rapid-fire barrage of punches at 2:59. (more…)
WBA interim world flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco (29-1, 16 KOs) of Argentina retained his title by unanimously decisioning Julian Rivera (13-7, 2 KOs) of Mexico over 12 rounds. Reveco known for his steady body attack held true to form but Rivera fought gamely and held up to the see the final bell. Reveco fought nearly the entire fight with a cut on his right eye but it didn’t slow him down. The judges scorecards read as the following all in favor of Reveco. Reina Urbaez 120-106.5, Carlos Sucre 120-107, Jesus Cova 120-107. The fight took place at the Polideportivo Malal-hue, in Malargue, Argentina with OR Productions in association with All Star Boxing, Inc and Producciones Deportivas promoting.
2004 U.S. Olympian Jason “Big Six” Estrada (20-4, 6 KOs) won his fourth straight fight Saturday night with a fifth-round knockout of veteran heavyweight Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (38-21-1, 23 KOs) at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Estrada-Brown was the main event on the “Big Things” card, presented by Big Six Promotions. Estrada continued displaying improved punching power, dropping Brown in the fifth, and then finishing him off with a series of stiff punches until the referee halted the action. (more…)
Earlier tonight, 24-year-old red-hot undefeated super middleweight contender Thomas “Tommy Gun” Oosthuizen (21-0-1, 13KO’s) retained his IBO super middleweight championship with a dominate twelve round unanimous decision over four-time world title challenger Fulgencio Zuniga (25-6-1, 22KO’s) at the Emperor’s Palace in Gauteng, South Africa. Oosthuizen, who is promoted by Rodney Berman’s Golden Gloves and DiBella Entertainment, dominated the action throughout, seemingly having his way with the much more experienced Zuniga, winning by scores of 120-108, 119-109, 119-109. Oosthuizen is expected to return action stateside sometime in early 2013.
By Karl Freitag
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (59-3, 51 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Mariusz Wach (27-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. “Dr. Steelhammer” was much more aggressive than usual and dominated from the opening bell. Klitschko almost couldn’t miss with his jab or right hand. Wach showed a great chin in absorbing the blows, but little offense until he rocked Klitschko with a right hand at the end of round five. That was Wach’s last hurrah as he didn’t follow-up in round six. Wlad dominated the sixth and staggered Wach late. Wlad just teed off on Wach in the seventh and somehow Wach stayed on his feet. Wlad brutally punished Wach in a one-sided eighth round and referee Eddie Cotton looked on the verge of stopping it. The champion eased up on the gas in rounds nine and ten, but came on strong again in the eleventh. The gutsy Wach, however, was determined not to be knocked out and made it to the final bell. Scores were 120-107, 120-107, 119-109.
The fight was the first time the 6’6 Klitschko has ever fought a taller opponent and the first time in nine years Wlad didn’t have the late Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward in his corner. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
Heavyweight contender Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (18-0, 11 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old veteran Sherman “Tank” Williams (35-12-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Helsinki Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland. Helenius was in command the whole fight, but the most exciting moment came when Williams buzzed him in the sixth with a big right hand. Scores were 99-91, 99-93, 98-93.
“I´m back,” Helenius said afterward. “This was a good comeback win for me. Williams was a dangerous opponent, he came here to fight. But I think I fought a good fight. I´m happy with my performance.”
Said Williams: “I promised to bring sunshine. We got three days of sunshine and Robert got the Conch Punch. I hurt him in the sixth but could not knock him out. In the end, he got the decision, I congratulate him. It was a good fight and he is a very good fighter.” (more…)
Jason Estrada 243 vs. Galen Brown 220
Diego Pereira 142 vs. Brian Abraham 142
Jesse Barboza 239 vs. Kevin Franklin 230
Jair Ramos 141 vs. Gabriel Deluc 140
Paul Gonsalves 174 vs. Ahmad Mickens 176
Josh Beeman 139 vs. Carlos Hernandez 139
Russell Lamour 175 vs. John Downey 182
K.J. Harrison-Lombardi 167 vs. Pubilo Pena 167
Michael McLaughlin 147.5 vs. Robert Hunt 148
Julian Pollard 243.5 vs. Johnnie Davis 242
Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment
Mia St John 144 vs Tiffany Junot 142
(WBC Super Welterweight Female World Championship
Jose Diaz 169 vs JC Llamas 168.5
Josh McCartney 160 vs Darren Smith 159.5
Venue: Fight For Life Show in Bakersfield
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Note: Little Big Town that won CMA Group of the Year award last week will be in concert after the fights.
Jordan Shimmell 213 vs. Clinton Boldridge Tba
Travis Thomas 144 vs. Alroic Carson Tba
Limberth Ponce 166 vs. Nick Christensen 173
Joe Perez 130 Brian Strickland Tba
George Carter 153 vs. Alex Deleon 150
Joe Jordan 174 vs. Jason Medina 174
Leondard Overstreet 149 vs. Gilbert Venegas 153
Venue: Dance Land Ballroom, Davenport, Iowa
Promoter: Calkins Sports Productions (Cint Calkins) Armer Boxing (Phil Armer)
It was as shocking as it was devastating. Cung Le ended the UFC’s first visit to China Saturday in spectacular fashion, knocking out former middleweight champion Rich Franklin with a single right hand in the UFC on FUEL TV main event at the Cotai Arena in Macao.
“That’s the biggest fight of my life,” said Le . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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UFC 154: St. Pierre vs. Condit is live on PPV from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET. Click here for more info
Episode nine – “Betrayal” – of The Ultimate Fighter® Fridays reality series aired Friday night on FX and saw Team Carwin’s Mike Ricci dominate Team Nelson’s number one pick, Dom Waters in the final preliminary fight of the series via unanimous decision. The teams are now even, with four fighters each moving on to the quarterfinal round. (more…)
Thomas LaManna 154 vs. Erick Hernandez Perez 148
Gilbert Alex Sanchez 155 vs. Abdel Malik 152
Jon Bolden 237 vs. Dennis Benson 239
Amir Shabazz 176 vs. Abdellah Smith 175
Antoine Douglas 162 vs. Cesar Lopez 162
Joshua Nieves 133 vs. Moses Molina 131.5
Venue: New Jersey Motorsports Park
Promoter: Vincent M. Ponte of Gulfstream Boxing Promotions
Doors open at 6p and first bout is at 7p.
Photo: Jeff Julian
Grayson Blake 156 vs Robert Sockwell 156
Yordenis Ugas 143 vs Dedrick Bell 138
Jeremy Stauffer 188 vs Elvin Sanchez TBD
Frank DeAlba 131 vs Benjamin Burgos 130.5
Aaron Bratton 256.5 vs Aaron Kinch 262
Davin Huffman 136.5 vs Charles Mack 137
Venue: Riveredge Restaurant & Inn, Reading, PA
Promoter: Kings Promotions
Juan Carlos Reveco 112 vs. Julian Rivera 112
(WBA Flyweight Title)
Yesica Marcos 126 vs. Pabla Morales 128
Venue: Polideportivo Malal-hue, Malargue, Argentina
TV: TYC Sports (Latin America and USA)
Promoter: OR Productions in Association with All Star Boxing, Inc and Producciones Deportivas
Tickets: SOLD OUT
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#1 ranked Japanese lightweight champ Yoshitaka Kato (23-4-1, 7 KOs), 135, looked very fine as he kept his national belt by annihilating top contender Shoji Kawase (29-5-5, 17 KOs), 134.25, by dropping him with a vicious right cross three times to chalk up a well-received stoppage at 2:53 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Kato, making his third defense, sent the challenger to the deck twice in the fourth and once more in the fatal fifth, when the ref didn’t hesitate to call a halt. Kato, whose idol is Kostya Tszyu, had been regarded as a busy but not-so-dangerous puncher, but he looked like a Thunder from Down Under this night. (more…)
Former world title challenger Javier Maciel (24-2, 16 KOs) of Argentina ranked by the WBO at #7 at 154 stopped Anderson Clayton (39-8, 34 KOs) of Brazil in round four. The end came just seconds before the end of round four when Maciel scored a vicious left hook to the body which dropped Clayton. The referee then issued the full 10 count while Clayton stayed down. The bout took place at the Ce.De.M. Nº 2 of Caseros in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian/Argentina Boxing Promotions promoted the event with TyC Sports.
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Unbeaten featherweight contender and 2008 United States Olympian Gary Russell Jr. (21-0, 13 KOs) scored a spectacular third round KO over late sub Roberto Castaneda (20-3-1, 15 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. A right hook to the jaw laid out Castaneda. Time 1:25.
2012 Olympian super middleweight Terrell Gausha (1-0, 1 KO) scored a one-sided second round KO over Dustin Caplinger (2-4, 1 KO). Caplinger down twice in round three. Time 1:55.
2012 Olympian jr middleweight Errol Spence Jr. (1-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Jonathan Garcia (3-4, 1 KO). Garcia started fast, but Spence was soon in control, dropping Garcia in the third and getting the stoppage moments later. Time was 2:41.
2012 Olympian cruiserweight Marcus Browne (1-0, 1 KO) scored a third round TKO over Codale Ford (2-1, 2 KOs). Browne dropped Ford with a body shot in the third and got the stoppage with his followup barrage. Time was 1:04.
2012 Olympian super heavyweight Dominic Breazeale (1-0, 1 KO) scored an explosive 66 second first round KO over Curtis Tate (4-4, 4 KOs). Tate was down twice.
2004, 2008, 2012 Olympian bantamweight Rau’Shee Warren (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Luis Rivera (1-2, 0 KOs). Scores were 40-36, 38-37, 38-37. Rivera was credited with a knockdown of Warren in round four that should have been ruled a slip. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Vanes Martirosyan 153 vs. Erislandy Lara 153.5
(WBC super welterweight eliminator)
Mikey Garcia 128.5 vs. Jonathan Victor Barros 128.5
Jesse Magdaleno 123 vs. Jose Silveira 121
Jesse Hart 167.5 vs. Josh Myers 165
Terence Crawford 136.5 vs. Sidney Siqueira 137.5
Venue: Wynn Resort, Las Vegas
Promoter: Top Rank
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Photos and story by Brett Bonetti
Indonesian World Champions Chris “The Dragon” John and Daud “Cino” Yordan both retained their world titles in great fights at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on Friday night. In a world title fight where “Someones 0 had to go”, it was undefeated WBA world featherweight champion Chris “The Dragon” John (48-0-2, 22 KOs) that successfully defended his title for the 17th time against the previously unbeaten Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo (44-1, 27 KOs). (more…)
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