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Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Daniel Mercurio
Photography by Emily Harney
Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), who is ranked in all four major boxing organizations (IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) stopping him after two rounds in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Robert Coster
WBC featherweight “champion in recess” Elio Enai Rojas (22-1,13 KOs) will be making his return to ring action after over a year and seven months of inactivity, fighting in his native town of San Francisco de Macoris vs an opponent TBA on September 17th.
In another interesting card, on September 5th in the capital city of Santo Domingo, Dominican-based Venezuelan jr middleweight Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing his first serious test when he crosses gloves with experienced Dominican spoiler David Toribio (19-12, 12 KOs) for the WBA Fedebol title held by Prada. (more…)
By Chris Perry
Photos: Dee Lee Promotions
Following almost a year away from the ring, former NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey returned to action Saturday in the 10-round Beach Brawl II main event at the Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia defeating tough challenger Damon “The Mailman” Antoine by unanimous decision. The 18-year veteran thrilled his hometown fans looking impressive and quick against his challenger from Akron, Ohio. All three judges scored the bout 80-71. For more details and photos click here…
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Nakornluang Boxing Promotion and Tom S2K magazine
WBC Asian flyweight title holder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (19-5-1,7 KOs) successfully captured the WBC super flyweight title as he won a unanimous decision over the now former champion Tomas Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KOs) on Friday at Khonmuangsri Stadium in Srisaket, Thailand. Scored: Burt A. Clements (USA) 117-111, Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) 116-112, Takeaki Kanaya Kanaya (Japan) 115-114. The referee was Jack Reiss (USA) and the supervisor was Major Lee (Korea). For full details and photos click here…
At UFC RIO on August 27th, history could be made as Yushin Okami faces longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva in an opportunity to become the first Japanese champion in UFC history. Is “Thunder” ready for his night in the spotlight? The history you’ll read below shows that he is . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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On the non-televised undercard of the Hitz Boxing’s show at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (50-8-1, 30 KOs) of Chicago notched his landmark 50th professional victory with a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger Deandrey Abron (15-10, 10 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio. The two light heavyweights traded bombs throughout, but Griffin had the faster, more accurate hands. The scores were 80-72 x 3. Nine straight losses for Abron. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/Joel Colón
Before his travel to training camp, Mike Oliver, trained in Puerto Rico for his October 1st challenge against former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in the show “Triple Crown III” to be held at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank Inc. presentation which will be shown on “Pay Per View”. Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) worked floor exercises, movements and some gloves with trainer John Scully showing great speed in his training at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in Guaynabo. “We are training to be in the best shape to face Juanma Lopez, a hard puncher,” Oliver said. The fight Oliver-Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) will be for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino featherweight title. For more pictures and details click here….
By Chris Perry at ringside
Lightweight Dorin Spivey (39-6, 30 KOs) hammered out an eight round shutout unanimous decision over Damon Antoine (9-32-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Field House in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spivey knocked down Antoine with an overhand left in round seven and went on to win by scores of 80-71 on all cards.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Even at age 46, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oliver McCall, 56-11 37 (KOs), retains the attribute that was his best asset when he in his heyday – his cast iron chin. McCall utilized that very quality to outpoint Damian Willis, 30-3-1 (23 KOs), over 10 rounds at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday night. The Atomic Bull simply absorbing his younger opponent’s blows and bullied him with on the inside. McCall spent the first three rounds testing Willis’ punch and then proceeded to walk him down and bludgeon him with short punches thrown from both fists. Willis, 31, came in flabby around the midsection and by the fourth round, was huffing and puffing with every punch he threw. As the fight wore on, Willis’ punches began to lose steam and bounced harmlessly off McCall’s head, while McCall rocked Willis each time he scored a direct hit. But Willis denied McCall the openings for more than one clean shot at a time by smothering his attack by leaning and clinching, which resulted in sloppy action for much of the bout. Scores were 97-93 and 96-94 (twice) all for McCall. The bout was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-3, 36 KOs) scored a third round KO over Álvaro Pérez (21-4-1, 12 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout on Saturday night at the La Cetto Vineyards in the Guadalupe Valley, Baja California. “I promised (promoter) Fernando Beltran that my next fight would be for the super bantamweight world title. I’m back and ready to win my fourth title in different divisions and in 2012 will seek a rematch against Nonito Donaire,” stated Montiel. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBF super featherweight title remained vacant on Saturday night after Rafael “Chocho” Guzman and Rafael Hernández battled to a twelve round draw at the Black Pyramid Casino in the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico presented by HG Boxing. The judges returned scores of 114-114, 117-112 (Guzman) and 114-114.
WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West successfully defended her title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 over ten.
In the third defense of her IBF female flyweight crown, Arely Muciño won by ten round unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92 and 96-94) against Susana Vasquez in an exciting fight.
WBC #2 jr middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) made quick work of Joseph Gomez (17-5-1, 8 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Nido Sport Center in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Time was 1:24. It was Angulo’s first bout in over a year after having resolved some promotional issues.
Ringside by Daniel Mercurio and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Ranked in all four major boxing organizations, IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13, Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Referee Bob Benoit stopped the fight after round two when Traietti, who was hit with some powerful body shots from Rodriguez, could not come out of the corner for round three. This was a historic night as this marked the 400th professional boxing card ever held at Mechanics Hall.
Female heavyweights Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard put on a very entertaining fight for the crowd in attendance. Lamonakis out-landed Woodard throughout in a slug fest to score the six round majority decision. Scores of the bout were-59-55 and 58-56 for Lamonakis, while the third judge called it 57-57 even. With the victory, Lamonakis (6-0, 1 KO) kept her undefeated record intact, while Woodard (4-5-1, 3 KOs) falls to below .500 with the loss.
Quincy, MA native Ryan Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision in the junior lightweight division after he landed combination after combination on his opponent, Detroit, MI’s James Lester (9-6, 4 KOs). Scores for Kielczewski were 79-70 twice and 80-69. Kielczewski, who is not known for his punching power, dropped Lester three times in the fight. Lester showing his durability, continued the fight but was barely able to survive to the end of the fight.
Former WBA light middleweight champion, Quebec’s Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs), coming off of a 13 month layoff following his 2010 loss to Alfredo Angulo, battled Quincy, MA’s native Jose Medina (14-9-3, 6 KOs) to a eight round draw. Scores of the bout were 78-75 for Alcine, 78-74 for Medina and 76-76 even. For Medina this has to be the biggest draw of his professional career, while Alcine cited ring rust as the reason for the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Backgate? Not according to Victor Ortiz and his camp. Ortiz, a world title belt holder who will take on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, wanted to clarify certain media reports and rumors of a supposed back injury he suffered recently in training camp. “With all due respect, I think it’s ignorant people,” Ortiz told Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA. “I think it’s funny that people were saying that the fight was going to be cancelled.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A number of local prospects performed victoriously in front of their home crowd at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The United Boxers card featured a number of undefeated prospects who kept their unbeaten streaks intact.
In the main event, Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Roman, now fighting out of Valdosta, GA. Stevenson put some nice combinations together, dropping Roman in the third. When Roman got up, he made a face towards one of the nearby photographers. All three judges (John Gradowski, Don Risher and Paul Wallace) scored the bout 60-53 for Stevenson, who remains undefeated at 15-0, 10 KO’s. Roman falls to 11-33-5, five KO’s. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rick Scharmberg
Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) proved he’s for real after hammering out a ten-round unanimous decision over one-time contender Dominick “Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KOs) at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday night. Guinn absorbed some hellacious shots throughout the bout, and Mansour showed the boisterous Rollins Center crowd that he can box as well as slug. Mansour came close to shutting Guinn out with scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91 to take the interim NABO title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) scored a come-from-behind knockout over upset-minded Omri Lowther (14-4), stopping him at 1:43 of the fifth round to win the NABA light welterweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6/WBA#9 OPBF flyweight champ Rocky Fuentes (28-6-2, 17 KOs), 112, a busy-punching Filipino prospect, impressively kept his regional belt as he persistently kept battering taller but less experienced ex-amateur Japanese, WBC#10/WBA#14 Hirofumi Mukai (5-1, no KO), 112, by a very unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Scoring referee Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) tallied it 118-111, and judges Arnel Passion (Philippines) and Masahiro Noda (Japan), had it 117-111 and 118-110 respectively all in favor of the defending titlist. (more…)
Photos: Universal Promotions
Bantamweight Cesar Seda, Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) dominated Jose Silveira (12-5, 4 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Scores were 100-90 on all cards. “I feel good,” said Seda afterward. “This was a good fight for me because I stayed active and worked for ten rounds with a strong opponent. Now the next step is to follow a path that leads me to become a world champion at 115 lbs. I’m ready for big challenges.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten José “Sniper” Pedraza (4-0, 3 KOs) demonstrated his quality by completely dominating Pedro Salcedo (4-4, 2 KOs) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54 on all cards. Click here for more photos…
Rayne, Louisiana’s Mason Menard won the biggest victory of his career Friday night (8.19) at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA, as he scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over battle tested Ghanaian Joseph Laryea to win the vacant UBO lightweight title. On a show promoted by Boxncar Promotions in cooperation with Big Punch Promotions, Menard improved his professional record to 17-1 with 13 KOs, while former WBO Inter-Continental titleholder Laryea dropped to 14-6, 11 KOs. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez’ September 15 defense against Rogers Mtagwa was officially announced this week. The bout will take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, and will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo and Grupo Modelo. Also on the card will be local favorites Antonio Escalante and Miguel “Mickey” Roman. “I want to thank Promociones del Pueblo for giving me the opportunity to make my defense here in El Paso, Texas, where I saw Erik Morales crowned. I remember it was a great full house, and hopefully September 15th there will be a big crowd to see my fight.”
Photos: John Booz
After getting knocked down early in the fourth, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defended his NABF lightweight title by knocking out former champion David Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs) in the sixth round of a war on Friday night at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. “There’s something about those straight punches,” Lundy said. “When you land those straight punches, you don’t even have to look. You know once you connect, it’s done.” (more…)
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…)
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