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Charles Heyward 172.6 vs. Richard Pierson 168.1
Jamond Bourgeois 154.9 vs. John Thompson 156.7
Steven Johnson 118.2 vs. Qa’id Muhammad 116.5
Kevin Howard 270.9 vs. Aaron Kinch 258.8
Leandro Acevedo 164.8 vs. Marcus Clay 164.3
Mike Conception 144.6 vs. Danny Morales 139
Promoter: Gabe Laconte’s First Round Promotions & Greg Cohen Promotions
Venue: Robert Treat Hotel
1st Bell: 7:30 PM
By Tom Huynh at ringside
Undefeated Adam Trupish’s (11-0 8KO) power surge continued in Toronto Tuesday as he scored his fifth consecutive knockout victory at 1:30 of the 5th round over Darryl Cunningham (25-4 10KO). Trupish becomes just the second fighter to stop the Detroit veteran, with former world title challenger Anthony Dirrell being the first to end 2011.
Trupish showed his speed and power right from the very start. With the sound of the opening bell still resonating, the two-time Olympian connected with a right hook and straight left combination that knocks Cunningham down to the canvas twenty seconds in. The referee starts the count and Cunningham gets up after a few seconds. Not yet composed and on weak legs, he gets tagged again and goes down for a second time. The visiting fighter manages to get to his feet while the referee administers an eight count but has nothing left and holds on and is saved by the bell. (More)
\Top Rank brings to the Fairplex in Pomona an evening of championship boxing on Saturday, April 28, featuring the two-division champion Roman ”Chocolatito” Gonzalez defending his WBA Light Flyweight title against the former world champion Ramon Garcia Hirales in the main event, Gonzalez, 31-0 (26 KOs) of Managua, Nicaragua is a former WBA Minimum Weight champion, will be making his fourth defense of his WBA Mini Flyweight title. The hard-punching, 24-year Gonzalez meets Mexico’s Ramon Garcia ”Principe” Hirales 16-3-1 (9 KOs) in what figures to be an explosive match-up, due to the speed and southpaw stance presented by the Mexican fighter against the ferocious punching power presented by the defending champion. (more…)
Interviewer: Karl Freitag
Ring legend-turned-promoter Oscar de la Hoya spoke to Fightnews.com about the two big super welterweight world title fights on the May 5 “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” card in Las Vegas featuring Miguel Cotto defending his WBA belt against Floyd Mayweather and Canelo Alvarez defending against Sugar Shane Mosley. We also asked the Golden Boy about making a possible comeback himself.
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With a giant 50-foot by 25-foot banner emblazoned across the facility, there is no missing Miguel Cotto’s training headquarters in Orlando, Florida. Today Cotto, his trainer Pedro Diaz and promoter Oscar de la Hoya spoke to the press about the upcoming May 5 super fight between Cotto and Floyd Mayweather in Las Vegas.
Miguel Cotto, WBA super welterweight world champion: “We are working hard to achieve our goals. I’ve achieved everything I’ve wanted to so far during this camp. I am thinking about the victory and after that, we will celebrate. You have to keep your eyes on your opponent and always be prepared for anything in the ring.
“[On watching film of Mayweather] My work is just to train. Pedro studies the tapes and I follow him.
“[On being a man of few words] It’s my way of life. I prefer to be quiet and calm.
“My father passed away January 3, 2010. He will always be with me. Anything I am right now is because of him. I owe him everything. My dad is always on my mind. He lives with me and in everything I do. He taught me how to go forward and do my thing.
“I feel that this is my moment. I feel great and I am in my prime. I have great people around me. I have a purpose to train every day. I am motivated to fight anyone in boxing. This is how I am and how I have always been. Every fight is a big challenge. Everyone wants to win. Everyone works to win. This is going to be mine and Mayweather’s next big chapter in our careers.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBA #10 middleweight Robbie Bryant (15-1-1, 7 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Filipino Arnel Tinampay (17-13-1, 5 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Italian Club in Perth, Western Australia. New Zealand born Bryant was an outstanding amateur who boxed current IBF champion Daniel Geale in the simon pure ranks. “Robbie has shown he has the skills to mix it with the best and now he is world rated we would be interested in a world title opportunity,” said promoter Ty Colman. In other action leading Australian 175 pounder David Letizia (9-2-1, 4 KOs) will have a solid test against Gunnar Jackson (12-2-2, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds. “Dave boxed a draw with Gunnar back in 2010 and this promises to be an action packed contest,” said Colman. Also appearing will be middleweight Luke Sharp and light heavyweight Andrew Green. Promoters: Ty Cloman and David Letizia.
Zuffa, LLC, dba the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), today announced that it served a demand for retraction upon the parent entities and executives of the website CagePotato regarding certain false and defamatory statements attributed to UFC® President, Dana White, in an April 14th website posting. (more…)
Photo and report by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Hot Thai 140 pound prospect Patomsuk Patompothong (16-1-1, 10 KOs) will clash with Mike “Tyson” Tumbaga (12-15-2) over twelve rounds in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Friday. Patompothong scored impressive win over Australian Heath Ellis in Melbourne and Billy Sumba in Bangkok in 2011 bouts. “Patomsuk is a crowd pleasing boxer who is very popular in Thailand because of his exciting ring battles in 2011 against Billy Sumba and Welles Reyke on Channel Seven televised boxing,” said promoter Jimmy Chaichothchuang. “I am sure Tumbaga will be a warrior like all Filipino boxers and give Patomsuk a tough fight which will be televised throughout Thailand,” Chaichotchuang continued. “The fight is in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai which is 500 miles north of Bangkok.”
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda (25-3-1, 11 KOs), 124, returned to action after forfeiting his belt to Rico Ramos in Atlantic City and displayed a fine stoppage over durable Mexican Alberto Gonzalez (16-10, 6 KOs), 123.5, at 1:00 of the tenth and final session on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimoda, a fast-moving southpaw, steadily piled up points with ease, but sustained a bad laceration caused by a head-collision midway in round five. The gory Shimoda, however, accelerated his attack in the final round to have him staggering to the ropes with a flurry of punches with the referee’s intervention. The 27-year-old Japanese looked sharp and swift for the battered Mexican who showed his heart and won the praise of the crowd.
WBC#8/WBA#11 Yoshihiro Kamegai (21-0, 18 KOs), 147, had a tough time with the aggressiveness and pugnacity of Mexican hombre Alfredo Chavez (10-4, 8 KOs), 146.5, but finally caught him with a barrage of punches to prompt the third man’s halt at 1:47 of the ninth round. Kamegai cleverly averted Chavez’s roundhouse rallies to be leading widely on points but occasionally absorbed some punches of his busy attacks. The unbeaten Japanese showed his last surge to batter him from all angles and obviously hurt him, when the ref declared a well-timed stoppage.
This show was held in commemoration of the regular Dynamic Glove program’s 500th anniversary. Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
George Groves has withdrawn from his WBO World Super-Middleweight title fight against champion Robert Stieglitz due to an injury sustained in his Cyprus training camp. Groves, the current British and Commonwealth Champion, was scheduled to face Russian Stieglitz on May 5th in Germany in his first challenge for a world title. Promoter Frank Warren said; “I am bitterly disappointment for George as I was convinced he would have beaten Steiglitz and brought the WBO Super-Middleweight title back to it’s spiritual home. Once George is fit a new date will be rescheduled as George is the mandatory challenger.”
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly has been forced to withdraw from his WBO title defense against Robin Krasniqi due to a viral infection. The unbeaten Welsh star was scheduled to face Krasniqi on April 28 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, but has been unable to train for his fourth title defence. Olympian Billy Joe Saunders, who was chief support on the card, will now replace Cleverly and headline the first night of professional championship boxing to be held at the world famous venue in nearly 13 years when he takes on Tony Hill for the vacant English middleweight title.
A devastated Cleverly said, “I’ve been unable to train because I’ve been laid up in bed with a viral infection and there’s not enough time to make up what I’ve missed in training to make sure I’m fully fit. I’ve taken the advice of my doctor and been told to fully rest before attempting to start training again. I’m really disappointed because I was looking forward to being the first fighter to bring boxing back to the Royal Albert Hall in over a decade and the first of the century. It was a big night for me as Hopkins was facing Dawson on the same night and I was looking to do a good job on Krasniqi to get a fight with the winner.”
Dominican southpaw Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KO’s) of Salisbury, Md., suffered a partially torn left biceps in training camp, forcing him to withdraw from his upcoming fight against Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick. The previously announced 10-round super middleweight fight between Guerrero and Fitzpatrick was tabbed to open a three-fight telecast on Showtime, which will now be a doubleheader from Beau Rivage Resort & Casino in Biloxi, Miss. The main event will feature former undisputed 160-pound World Champion Jermain Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KO’s) facing undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KO’s) in a 10-round middleweight bout. In the 10-round junior middleweight co-feature, former Cuban amateur standout Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KO’s) takes on former world title challenger Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KO’s).
After six-to-one underdog Albert Mensah (25-3-1 10KOs) defeated Australian contender Michael Katsidis (28-6, 23 KOs) by majority decision last Friday on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, Fightnews gave Mensah and his camp a call in the wake of their big win.
Junior welterweight Albert Mensah was born and raised in Accra, Ghana, the oldest of five children. (more…)
He is, by most accounts, the chosen one.
Just 24 years old, Jon Jones is the reigning UFC light heavyweight champion. He became the youngest man to ever win UFC gold when he defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua 13 months ago. And he has seemed pretty close to unbeatable in two fights that followed – one-sided submission wins over former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto Machida . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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Paul McCloskey’s May 5 clash with DeMarcus Corley has taken a new twist after he was named as a possible opponent for Juan Manuel Marquez’s July 14 fight in Texas. The WBO interim light welterweight champion takes over Cowboys Stadium that night and the four-weight king has been linked with a fight with Dudey after his promoter suggested his preference for a southpaw opponent. McCloskey faces the former WBO champ ‘Chop Chop’ Corley on May 5 at the King’s Hall in Belfast in a huge night for boxing for the city, with the all-Irish middleweight Betfair Prizefighter, Martin Lindsay and Jamie Conlan all in action, and now McCloskey’s promoter Eddie Hearn says the show has taken on even greater significance with the former unbeaten European champion in the running for a shot at the pound-for-pound Mexican great. “Paul’s name has been mentioned by JMM’s team in the last week and I reached out to Top Rank yesterday to let them know that we’d love the fight,” said Hearn. “I think we are in with a decent chance but a convincing win against Corley in front of a packed King’s Hall crowd would strengthen our case for a July clash with Marquez.”
Lightweight Anthony Crolla has targeted winning a Lonsdale belt outright before becoming world champion. The popular Mancunian makes the second defence of his British crown against Derry Mathews (29-6-1) at Oldham Sports Centre on Saturday night. If Crolla (23-2) beats his Liverpool rival he’ll be just one notch away from claiming a Lonsdale belt for keeps (three successful defenses are required).
Crolla knows the world title scene is wide open. The WBA belt is vacant and Scot Ricky Burns is among the other champions. “I am not distracted by talk of world title fights because the fight I am preparing for is the most important,” he stated. “If the next one goes wrong against Mathews talk of European and world title fights down the line go out of the window.”
In what will be his fourth defense of his WBC super welterweight title, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) is only two weeks away from his showdown against former six-time world champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Before relocating to Las Vegas, Alvarez spent the majority of his camp at Big Bear, California.
“I feel great,” says Alvarez. “We are working very hard, and I am ready.”
Alvarez looked sharp and top shape at a recent media day at Big Bear, as he did four-minute rounds in his sparring session in high altitude.
“My weight is good, my sparring partners are great fast, intelligent,” said Alvarez. “I had to adjust at first. They helped me out a lot.”
“I like it here in Big Bear. I am happy and relaxed here. It helps me stay focused, physically and mentally.”
For Alvarez, he is facing his biggest name up to date in “Sugar” Shane Mosley as Mosley has faced the best names in boxing with the likes of Oscar Dela Hoya, the late Vernon Forrest, Winky Wright, Fernando Vargas, Miguel Cotto, Antonio Margarito, Floyd Mayweather, and, most recently, Manny Pacquiao. Mosley has never been stopped in his career and is undefeated against all Mexican fighters he has faced in his career. (more…)
Pomona’s “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39KOs) looks to, once again, become world champion for the seventh time as he prepares for another world title shot against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) for Alvarez’ WBC super welterweight title at Big Bear, California.
“Canelo has a good style,” says Mosley. “He is very strong but has a lot to learn.” (more…)
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As previously reported, the rematch between former world champions “Vicious” Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto originally scheduled for February 11 in Las Vegas, but postponed when Berto sustained an arm injury on January 30, has been rescheduled for June 23 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, this time for the vacant WBC Silver Welterweight Championship. In the co-main event, scheduled for 12 rounds in the super lightweight division is former three-division world champion Humberto Soto squares off against Argentine knockout artist Lucas Matthysse.
Victor Ortiz: “I will not underestimate Andre Berto because of his injury. I hope and expect a new and improved Andre Berto. I am training for the greatest Andre Berto ever. I want to give the fans the best fight because that’s what they expect from both of us. I am going to be world champ again, there is no doubt about that. There is only one option for me…victory!”
Andre Berto: “The arm is feeling great and I’m ready to get in there and handle some unfinished business on June 23. This is guaranteed to be an explosive fight that you don’t want to miss. Los Angeles has become a second home to me, so I’m excited to perform for all the fans at STAPLES Center this summer.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The bitter cold that continues in the mountains of Big Bear, California has forced the Mexican WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez to move to Las Vegas to continue his training for his May 5 fight with Shane “Sugar” Mosley at the MGM Grand Arena. Alvarez starts training in Vegas today after four weeks in Big Bear at a training camp located one block from Mosley’s camp.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
IBF #7-ranked Garrett “The Ultimate Warrior” Wilson (13-5-1, 7 KOs) successfully defended his USBA cruiserweight title for the second time, and won the vacant NABF belt with a devastating twelfth round KO over Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (20-2-2, 7 KOs) at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Wilson and Taylor previously fought to a disputed draw in a September 2010 bout. In the co-feature, Christopher Finley (5-4, 4 KOs) took a unanimous six round decision over hometown favorite Osnel “The Prince” Charles (9-3, 1 KO) in an exciting lightweight bout. Peltz Boxing Promotions presented the 7-bout card. (more…)
Report and photo by Brett Bonetti
WBA Fighter of Decade Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) visited popular radio station 96FM in Perth Australia today. The undefeated WBA world featherweight champion requested the radio station play one of his favorite songs “Eye of the Tiger”, but also suggested to radio host Mark “Smiley” Pascoe that they should make a song called “Eye of the Dragon.”
John, will make the 16th defense of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday 5th May, 2012.
Rising light heavyweight Eleider “Storm” Alvarez (7-0, 5 KOs), a 2008 Colombian Olympian who now lives in Montreal, takes on battled-tested veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (22-15-2, 9 KOs) in this week’s new ESPN Friday Night Fights co-feature at the famed Bell Centre in Montreal. IBF #2-ranked Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (17-1, 14 KOs) headlines in a 10-rounder against WBC #2 Noe “El Carbonero” Gonzalez (28-1, 20 KOs). Another Colombian Olympian also living in Montreal, unbeaten heavyweight prospect Oscar “Kaboom” Rivas (9-0, 6 KOs), meets veteran Kendrick “The Apostle” Releford (22-16-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout.
Also fighting on the undercard is super featherweight Baha Laham (8-0, 3 KOs) vs. Leonis Francois (8-6, 2 KOs) in an eight-round bout, heavyweight Eric Barrack (6-0, 5 KOs) vs. Sandy Pembroke (2-4, 1 KO) in a six-round match, and Montreal light heavyweight Schiller Hyppolite (2-0, 1 KO) vs. Martin Desjardins. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Two of California’s top athletic commission officials will speak at Fight Promoter University VIII, this coming June 5-8 in Costa Mesa, California it was announced today by FPU founder Roy Englebrecht. Set to speak will be the Executive Officer of the California State Athletic Commission George Dodd, and from the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Organization, its president JT Steele.
“I think it is so important for new fight promoters to know what is expected from a state athletic commission and the rules that govern the sport in the state they will promote in,” said Englebrecht. “To have George Dodd speaking on what a Commission looks for in a new promoter, as well as the importance of a promotion establishing a good working relationship with any commission, is vital to a new promoter, so I am happy that George has agreed to speak at FPU VIII. Then with the rapid growth of amateur MMA it is a bonus to have JT Steele speak on what is required from a new promoter wanting to get into amateur mma promotion.”
Dodd and Steele are two of 18 guest speakers that will be featured over the four day FPU VIII session, with the complete FPU schedule and registration information available online at www.fightpromoteruniversity.com.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The opponent for Pier Olivier Cote (18-0 12KO) has been announced for his fight in Nottingham England on May 20th on the undercard of the Lucian Bute versus Carl Froch bout. The undefeated Cote will face off against Mark Lloyd (15-5 3KO) of Telford England. Cote is fresh off his devastating 2nd round knockout of Jorge Teron last December that was featured on Showtime. The 36-year-old Lloyd has lost his last two including a shot at the European Union championship.
Chief support for the Bute-Froch tilt was announced to be undefeated super-bantamweight Carl Frampton (13-0 9KO) who will be defending his Commonwealth belt. Also on the card will be Erick Ochieng, John Ryder, Ryan Aston and Scotty Cardle.
When Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Miguel Cotto meet on May 5 there will be even more on the line than Cotto’s WBA super welterweight world championship belt. They will also be fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight Diamond belt when they step into the ring at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in less than three weeks. “The WBC belt has always been respected by boxers as one of the most prestigious title they can win, and to have the Diamond belt up for grabs in the ‘Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto’ main event adds even more to this great night,” said Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya. “When this fight is over, there will absolutely be no doubt as to who is the best 154-pounder in the world.”
Boxing stars joined a sold-out crowd of 500 at this past Sunday’s inaugural New York State Boxing Hall of Fame (“NYSBHOF”) induction dinner, sponsored by Ring 8, at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York.
“Boxing in New York will not be forgotten,” NYSBHOF founder Tony Mazzarella said. “Boxers, cornermen, judges, promoters, announcers and others in boxing are being honored.”
This Saturday April 21, 2012, Gary Shaw Productions in conjunction Zanfer Promotions present a lightweight showdown between two hard punching southpaws. Tijuana, Mexico’s, Marvin “Cachorro” Quintero (24-3, 20 KOs) and Philippine native, Al “Captain A” Sabaupan (18-0-1, 13 KOs) square off in a 12-round IBF title elimination bout with the winner positioning himself as the No. 1 contender and mandatory challenger to face the champion, Miguel Vázquez (30-3, 13 KOs). The fight takes place at the Unidad Deportiva Centenario in Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico. (more…)
WBO bantamweight queen Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West (15-1-3, 4KOs) traveled 150 miles south from her home town of Moreno Valley, CA, to successfully defend her crown versus the very tough and awkward Claudia Andrea “Chica 10” Lopez (18-6, 4KOs) in a ten round championship bout held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Municipal Gymnasium in the coastal town of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, last Saturday night. The fight was presented by Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino with Golden Boy Promotions and broadcast live in Mexico by Televisa and in the United States by Fox Sports Net. (more…)
Some of the greatest names in the sport’s pantheon have held and fought for the UFC’s 205lbs title since its inception in 1997, including Hall of Famers Randy Couture and Chuck Liddell and iconic fighters including Vitor Belfort, Tito Ortiz and “Rampage” Jackson.
The light heavyweight title – which was called the middleweight title until May 2001 – has been contested in some of the biggest and most exciting bouts in the history of the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization: (more…)
By Robert Coster
He chased after his dream of becoming a world Champion for over 14 years and through three divisions. On Saturday in Lima, Peru, the dream became a reality for Alberto “Chiquito” Rossel of Peru. The 34-year-old underdog challenger became the WBA interim light flyweight champion with a carefully crafted 12 round unanimous decision over the highly favored unbeaten reigning titlist Jose “Torito” Rodriguez (28-0, 17 KOs). Why was the little (5’2) Peruvian considered a prohibitive underdog? The 22-year-old champion had youth, power, and an unblemished record going for him, while Rossel (27-8, 13 KOs) had lost all his previous career-defining, important fights – against Hugo Cazares, Luis Lazarte, Brian Viloria, Ivan Calderon. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like bantamweights Leo Santa Cruz and Vusi Malinga are scheduled to meet for a vacant world title belt, manager Cameron Dunkin told Fightnews.com last week. “The fight has been made,” said Dunkin, who has managed Santa Cruz from the beginning of his career. “We hope that (South African promoter) Branco (Milenkovic) accepts the fight or it could go to a purse bid. Golden Boy (Promotions) made a lucrative offer to him.
Santa Cruz and Malinga will be fighting for the vacant IBF bantamweight title that was held by previous title holder Abner Mares, who vacated the title in February. Mares moved up in weight to fight Eric Morel for the WBC 122-pound title on Saturday night. Dunkin also told Fightnews.com that Golden Boy Promotions, which promotes Santa Cruz, told him about three dates when the fight could take place: May 26th, June 23rd, or June 29th. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a bloody and gruelling affair Unathi Gqokoma retained his Eastern Cape junior bantamweight title when he stopped Zukile Matyumza at 2 minutes 55 seconds into the tenth and final round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. (more…)
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