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By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos by Marco Chiesa
Giulian Ilie (17-4-2, 4 KOs) of Romania has become the new IBF International Cruiserweight Champion, after scoring a split decision win over the rough stablemate, Cristian Dolzanelli (16-2-1, 10 KOs) last Friday at the Local Sport Hall in Rezzato, Italy. It was a stunning upset, unheralded warrior Ilie outscored favorite Dolzanelli over twelwe entertaining and strong rounds of boxing, with a football-like atmosphere with competing fans screaming loudly to support their hero, the brave Dolzanelli was knocked down in the seventh round and was able to survive only thanks to his great lion heart. The local warrior tried to re-enter in the fight but Ilie was simply too strong and consistent during the others rounds and despite a strong final round from Dolzanelli, Ilie hung on to take the fight 114-113, 116-111, 113-114 on the judges’ scorecards. For the Romanian born Ilie was the first title of his pro career. For more details and photos click here…
With two world title fights headlining World Extreme Cagefighting’s grand finale in Glendale, Ariz. on Dec. 16, the card was already shaping up to be the perfect way to end 2010. Now, with the recent announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® will feature the bantamweight and featherweight divisions, as well as a loaded lightweight division including WEC’s best 155-pound fighters in 2011, the Dec. 16 event at Jobing.com Arena has become one of the most significant cards in recent memory. (more…)
This past Saturday, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING delivered an action-packed doubleheader: Super Six World Boxing Classic Group Stage 3 bout Carl Froch vs. Arthur Abraham for the vacant WBC super middleweight championship and Andre Ward vs. Sakio Bika for the WBA super middleweight championship.
Don’t miss a replay of Saturday night’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast, TOMORROW, Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 7pm ET/PT on SHO2
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth-round technical knockout on Thursday (Nov. 25) in his hometown of Windhoek, Namibia, defeating Argentine challenger Sergio Omar Priotti (22-8-1, 8 KOs). (more…)
On January 29th, heavyweight Jason Gavern (19-7-4, 8 KOs) will take on Mike Mollo (20-3-1, 12 KOs) in a twelve round fight for the WBC Caribbean Heavyweight championship at the Turning Stone Casino & Resort in Verona, NY. In the co-feature, Isaac Rodrigues (17-1, 13 KOs) will look to rebound from his first professional loss as he takes Russell “Spiderman” Jordan (15-8, 10 KOs) in a middleweight bout scheduled for eight rounds. Also scheduled are female super featherweight Amanda Serrano (7-0-1, 4 KOs) against Ela Nunez (9-7-1, 2 KOs) ina rematch of their November 2009 draw, welterweight Kenny Abril (11-3-1, 6 KOs) against Stephen Scott (5-2) and super middleweight Andy Mejias (8-0, 4 KOs) of Utica, NY in a six round bout against an opponent to be named. Tickets are $35, $45 and $60. Call 800-833-SHOW.
On December 17th, WBC #2 rated heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) will face #1-ranked Ray “The Rainman” Austin in a final elimination bout to determine the mandatory challenger for WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Solis has resided in Miami since October 2008 and the eliminator fight against Austin will be his first appearance at the 20,000 seats American Airlines Arena. He has reunited with his former amateur coach Pedro Luiz Diaz Benitez who trained the Cuban National Team for 15 years. After defecting from Cuba Diaz also made himself a name in the pro ranks working with light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and rising middleweight star David Lemieux. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
What does it take to become a champion boxer? Skill, certainly. Perseverance and hard work in the gym, without question. Solid matchmaking and sound management, undoubtedly. Yet so many fighters possess these attributes and never achieve the elite level of the sport. Could it be the difference lies in a little luck? Not much, but perhaps just a smidgen. You could argue we make our luck through hard work but this may oversimplify the point.
Take the case of heavyweight contender “Fast” Fres Oquendo (32-6, 21 KOs). Fres challenged for world titles in 2003 and 2004 against Chris Byrd and John Ruiz respectively. The Byrd decision continues to be cited as a shameful robbery and the Ruiz loss saw Oquendo ahead on all 3 judges’ scorecards until Ruiz stopped him in the 11th round. (more…)
Nonito Donaire knows next year’s shaping up to be a big one for him — and those fighting at, or near, 118 pounds. He’s penciled in to fight Fernando Montiel on HBO Feb. 19 and, on Dec. 11, Showtime kicks off a four-man bantam tourney that might spell out future showdowns for ’11.
Things look good for 2011, but Donaire (24-0-1, 16 KOs), has business to tend to before 2010 ends. On Dec. 4, Donaire will move up to 118 to face former WBA Interim Bantamweight Champion Wladimir Sidorenko (23-0-2, 7 KOs) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. . . . . Click here for full story
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) spoke with Fightnews in an exclusive interview about his fight against Daniel Jacobs, his dream to defend his title in Russia and about possible big fights against middleweight stars Kelly Pavlik and Sergio Martinez. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Johnny Muller and Ronnie Lategan meet for the vacant South African light heavyweight title at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park on Tuesday night on a tournament presented by Jeff Ellis of African Ring in conjunction with Golden Gloves Promotions. The title became vacant when Rupert van Aswegan who won the vacant title in March this year deicide to retire from boxing. (more…)
Unbeaten flyweight Milan Melindo (23-0, 7 KOs) handed former world champion Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (21-6, 15 KOs) his second straight loss on Saturday night at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Scores were 98-92, 98-92 and 97-93.
In his first bout as a welterweight, Randy Suico (30-6-1, 25 KOs) won an eight-round majority decision over Arnel Tinampay (12-12-1, 4 KOs) by scores of 78-74, 77-75 and 76-76. Suico has held OPBF belts at 130, 135 and 140lbs.
Former IBF minimumweight champion Florante Condes (25-5-1, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO Kenichi Horikawa (20-9-1, 4 KOs).
OPBF flyweight titleholder Rocky Fuentes (28-6-2, 18 KOs) knocked out Inthanon Sithchamuang (9-4, 3 KOs) in round two.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Top Rank told Fightnews.com Sunday night that the clash between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Pawel Wolak will go on as scheduled Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The fight seemed to be in trouble when Chavez Jr. himself said he’s pulling out due a severe flu-like illness that has curtailed his training. Chavez, trainer Freddie Roach and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum will explain everything during a conference call on Monday and Wolak will still travel to Los Angeles as planned. Stay tuned.
Report by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura de la Torre
Andre Ward said after his victory over Sakio Bika that he injured his left index finger a couple weeks ago, and getting it fixed could delay his fight with Arthur Abraham.
Showtime and Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter, have talked about Ward fighting Abraham in March, in one of the Super Six semifinals, but Ward said that may not be possible . . . click here for more
While widely acknowledged to be the breakout star, thus far, in Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic, WBA Super Middleweight Champion and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre “S.O.G.” [Son of God] Ward has had anything but a smooth ride through the tournament’s early stages. Due to dropouts, scheduling difficulties, and the general dysfunction that permeates boxing, Ward has only fought once since his signature win last November over Mikkel Kessler . . . click here for more
Trainer Angelo Dundee is recovering after surgery to repair a broken hip. Dundee, who is currently working with heavyweight Fres Oquendo, suffered the injury during a slip in his garage. The legendary 89-year-old recently made headlines by reopening a new version of the famed 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
Last week fight fans were served with “Knockout of the Year” courtesy of Sergio Martinez’ stunning KO of Paul Williams. On Saturday night, they may have been treated with the “Fight of the Year” as Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO victory in a brutal back-and-forth war with Michael Katsidis (27-3) to regain his WBA and WBO lightweight titles.
Many thought that it would be a great action fight between the Mexican and the Aussie, but nobody could have anticipated the reckless abandon that the two fought with.
It appeared that Marquez was going to cruise to a surgically precise deconstruction of Katsidis as he landed with stunning effectiveness in the first two rounds, but Katsidis leveled Marquez with a left hand full of dynamite in the third round that sent Marquez to the canvas . . . Click here for more
By Robert Coster
2008 Olympic Champion Felix Diaz (7-0, 5 KOs) gets back in the ring in his native Dominican Republic in the coastal city of San Pedro de Macoris tomorrow, fighting durable Colombian veteran Edinson Garcia (17-10, 6 KOs). The bout will be fought over eight rounds in the welterweight class. Diaz’s handlers mentioned that Felix will probably be stepping up to ten-rounders after this fight.
Also on the card, promising WBA #13 jr featherweight ,Jenifel Vicente (18-0-2, 12 KOs) will clash with Colombian import Jonathan Perez (17-7, 14 KOs) for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title. The hard-punching Perez, nicknamed “El Explosivo,” looked confident upon his arrival to the Caribbean island, predicting that he will he will derail the local favorite’s unbeaten streak. “I have fought three world champions and my experience fighting tough opposition will be the deciding factor in this bout,” said the Colombian.
Others who will see action tomorrow are Dominican Olympians Juan Carlos Payano, Claudio Marrero and Gilbert Castillo, all ex teamates of Diaz, and considered, along with Diaz and Vicente, to be the future of Dominican boxing.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #9 welterweight Samuel Colomban (19-3, 9 KOs) scored a twelve round split points decision over Steve Heremaia (16-5-1, 7 KOs) of New Zealand at the Melbourne Pavillion, Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Saturday. The aggressive , hard punching Heremaia started the fight in top gear and had the Cameroon-born Australian-based Colomban in trouble in the early rounds. Colomban dug deep in the final rounds and outworked his opponent to salvage a close split points decision on two judges cards with third judge voting in favour of the Kiwi. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
With all eyes on a spectacular night of fighting that saw Andre Berto and Juan Manuel Marquez dominate their respective opponents, speculation on who would be the next of the two men to face Manny Pacquiao dominated post fight conversation.
Coming off a potential Fight Of The Year performance that saw the headliner stop Michael Katsidis in the ninth frame, Juan Manuel Marquez had few words to say about a third fight with Manny Pacquiao . . . Click here for more
Photos by Rich Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Andre “S.O.G.” Ward out-brawled and out-battled a rough and tumble and otherwise worthy opponent in Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika on Saturday night, winning a unanimous 12-round decision to defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Middleweight championship belt in front of his enthusiastic hometown fans at the Oracle Arena and on SHOWTIME.
Earlier in the day, Ward’s Super Six World Boxing Classic opponent was learned as he will next face Arthur Abraham in the Tournament Semifinals. One of the pre-tournament favorites going into the Tournament, Abraham lost a 12-round unanimous decision against Carl Froch in Helsinki, Finland, also on SHOWTIME. Froch will take on Glen Johnson in the other Tournament Semifinal. (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Carl Froch turned in the most dominant performance of his career, recapturing the World Boxing Council (WBC) super middleweight world championship Saturday night with a unanimous decision against an overwhelmed Arthur Abraham in the final Group Stage 3 fight of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME.
The 33-year-old Froch (27-1, 20 KOs), of Nottingham, England, handed the Armenian-born Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) of Berlin, Germany, his second consecutive loss. The judges scores were 120-108 twice and 119- 109 in favor of Froch, who rebounded from his only career loss back in April to Mikkel Kessler.
With a tournament record of 2-1, Froch earned two points for the win for a total of four and will face Glen Johnson in the Semifinals. Johnson and Abraham are tied with three points but Johnson wins the judges’ scorecard tiebreak to grab the third seed. That leaves Abraham in fourth and a Semifinal date with tournament point leader Andre Ward. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani Segura (26-1-1, 22 KOs) moved up to flyweight on Saturday night, scoring an eighth round TKO over former champ Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-7-1, 13 KOs) on a non-title clash on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. It was an all out war early as both traded shots. Vargas was bloody mess by the seventh round as Segura’s shots took their toll. The bout was stopped on the advice of the ring doctor at the beginning of round eight. For more details and photos click here…
By David Robinett and Robert Hough at ringside
Photos by Laura de la Torre
WBA super middleweight championship Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Sakio Bika (28-5-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Although Ward already had a pass into the Super Six semi-finals, he chose to face the rugged Bika to his credit. As always with Bika, it was a tough, physical fight. Ward, however, showed his class in winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 118-110. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
WBO/WBA lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 37 KOs) retained his title with a ninth round TKO over interim champ Michael Katsidis (27-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Katsidis sought to draw Marquez into a brawl and Marquez accommodated him. Katsidis dropped Marquez in round three with a left hook to the chin. Marquez, however, recovered and for the most part was in control of an action packed bout before it was waved off at 2:14 of round nine by referee Kenny Bayless.
WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) annihilated Freddy Hernandez (29-2, 20 KOs) in the first round. After a cracking right hand floored Hernandez, referee Russell Mora waved it off. Time was 2:07
In a junior lightweight bout, highly regarded WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) lost a ten round split decision to Jason Litzau (28-2, 21 KOs) over ten good rounds. A 13-1 underdog, Litzau won 97-93 96-94 on two cards, while Caballero prevailed 96-94 on the third card. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a highly anticipated showdown, Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over “King” Arthur Abraham (31-2, 25 KOs) in the final Group Stage 3 bout in the Super Six World Boxing Classic and for the vacant WBC super middleweight title on Saturday night at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Fightnews had it 118-110 for Froch, who regained the WBC 168lb belt for the second time. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
“People want to see excitement, they like big knockouts,” Promoter Lou DiBella told the press at a luncheon held for his fighter Sergio Martinez, today in Las Vegas’ MGM. “Particularly if you’re capable of knocking out the best in the world. That’s what Sergio Martinez delivers – excitement.” Fresh off his stunning KO win of Paul Williams last week in Atlantic City, Team Martinez says Sergio is ready to fight the best. “I’m hoping someone is going to stand up and realize [fighting Sergio Martinez] is an opportunity,” said DiBella.
“My life changed professionally, but not personally [since the Williams knockout], I continue to be the same guy,” Martinez said. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday on today’s presser.
Report/Photo by Pasi Taavitsainen
Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (14-0, 9 KOs) scored an explosive second round TKO over Attila Levin (34-4, 27 KOs). Attila was very strong at the start, but in the second round Helenius floored him with a hard right hand. A still wobbly Levin then tried to trade punches with Helenius but was quickly cornered and battered, prompting a referee’s stoppage at 1:20. Very exciting fight while it lasted. The EBU-EU and WBO Inter-Continental heavyweight belts were on the line.
In a clash for the EBU-EU light welterweight title, Ville Piispanen (15-1-3, 6 KOs) and Daniel Rasilla 18-3-1, 5 KOs) battled to a twelve round draw. Scores were 113-115, 115-113 and 114-114. Piispanen won the early rounds and was much faster. Rasilla came on late after Piispanen slowed down to take the later rounds. Fightnews scored it for Piispanen 116-112.
Artur Hein TKO3 Sam Couzens (light heavyweight)
Jussi Koivula W8 Nino Cruz (welterweight)
80-72, 80-72 and 80-72
Niko Jokinen vs Jorge Silva (super middleweight)
80-73, 80-72 and 78-75
Edis Tatli TKO6 Asan Yuseinov (lightweight)
Eva Wahlstrom W6 Nacera Bagdad (super feather)
(60-54, 59-55 and 60-54)
By Ron Jackson
Herbert “The Hawk” Hlubi a former Transvaal and South African light heavyweight champion who fought from 1955 to 1971 passed away in Alexander near Johannesburg recently. Hlubi who had a reported record of 29-14-1; 16 made his pro debut in 1955 and won the Transvaal middleweight title when he outpointed Ariel Xaba over ten rounds and captured the vacant South African light heavyweight title in December 1961 when he beat Victor Lekaye in Cape Town. (more…)
Unbeatean OPI 2000 welterweight prospect Antonio “Big” Moscatiello beat Pietro Luigi Zara (12-3, 1 KOs) with a body shot to the liver in the second round last night in Pavia, Italy. Moscatiello, the nephew of former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni, is now 10-0, 9 KOs.
The action is heating up a cold Helsinki! It’s been a busy week for Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham as they prepare to face off. Who will emerge as the winner? Watch it all go down tonight at 9:00pm ET on Showtime.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino Caballero could lose his title in the ring tonight in Las Vegas against Jason Litzau. Although it has been reported that Caballero requested WBA approval to enter the ring as world champion, if Caballero wins the fight he will be placed in the WBA super featherweight rankings.
The Fightnews.com crew sends out congrats to fellow writer Francisco Salazar, who tied the knot last weekend. Francisco and Blanca Salazar were married last Saturday at the Santa Clara Church in Oxnard, Calif. The couple has been together for five and a half years and will live in Camarillo. Francisco has been covering the California boxing scene for FightNews over the past ten years. He also teaches U.S. history and economics at the Channel Islands High School in Oxnard. Blanca is a personal banker with plans to finish her Master’s in sociology.
By Graham Houston
Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen
It’s not often that fights come along as intriguing as the one between Carl Froch and Arthur Abraham on SHOWTIME tonight. The network’s Super Six: World Boxing Classic tournament has had its setbacks, but a fight such as Froch-Abraham makes it all worthwhile. The betting odds have hardly changed. Abraham opened at around -160 and that is where he has remained apart from minor fluctuations. The over/under of 11.5 rounds at essentially even money indicates that the oddsmakers see this as a long, likely full-distance, fight.
What is so appealing about this 168-pound championship fight is that a strong case can be made for either man to win. This is when boxing is at its best, when two elite fighters meet with a strong element of doubt over the outcome. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin
IBF #13 welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (18-0, 16 KOs) stopped Juan Alberto Godoy (25-12-1, 10 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled twelve at the Knox Netball Center in Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Omotoso kept Godoy off balance in all the rounds as he connected with solid left jabs and power right crosses and did not allow Argentinean 147 pounder an opportunity to launch an attack. Omotoso dropped Godoy with a hard right hand to the jaw in round four and referee Tony Maretta crowned Omotoso at 2:51. For more details and photos click here…
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