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Due to Tommy Karpency pulling out of this Friday night’s Pennsylvania State Light Heavyweight title bout with Tony Ferrante, the heavyweight bout between Gerald Nobles (26-1, 21 KOs) and Joseph Rabotte (13-18-1, 3 KOs) has been elevated to the main event at Harrahs in Chester, PA. Karpency has to take himself out of the bout due to a tooth infection which caused him to miss training. Just added to the card is an eight round heavyweight battle between between WBC #14 rated Franklin “Yah Yah” Lawrence (16-2-2, 11 KOs) and veteran Raymond Ocheing (23-14-3, 18 KOs). The show is promoted by Joey Eye Boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Reliable sources indicate the possibility that a fight between the Mexican Cristian Esquivel (24-2, 18 KOs) and Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka Japanese (14-0, 10 KOs) already announced as a WBC bantamweight title eliminator could be elevated to a bout for the WBC world title. This is if current WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire vacates the belts and moves up to super bantamweight as expressed Saturday after his win over Omar Narvaez. Esquivel and Yamanaka are lined up to meet November 6 at Yoyogi Gymnasium #2 in Tokyo, Japan.
UFC President Dana White doesn’t play. Not when it comes to promoting UFC events. Certainly not when it comes to making sure fans receive tremendous value for their pay-per-view dollar . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Fast-punching Japanese left hooker Akira Yaegashi (15-2, 8 KOs), 105, impressively captured the WBA minimum belt as he gamely exchanged punches, overwhelmed defending champ Pornsawan Porpramook (23-4-1, 16 KOs), 105, Thailand, with crisp counters and finally caught the fading titlist with a fusillade of punches to prompt the referee’s halt at 2:38 of the tenth round on Monday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Mike Bernier
Shortly after Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ won a unanimous lopsided decision over Omar ‘El Hucacan’ Narvaez, Top Rank held a short press conference at ringside. Both Donaire, draped in his WBO and WBC bantamweight belts, and Narvaez surrounded by his team spoke with the media. “He knew exactly how powerful I am,” said Donaire. “One punch would have taken him out.” Narvaez was happy to fight defensively and only averaged about 25 punches per round (bantamweight average is 60). Robert Garcia, Donaire’s trainer, instructed his fighter in the corner between rounds to hit the body and land his left hook, but Narvaez fought a defensive fight. Garcia said, “He [Narvaez] didn’t want to win rounds, he didn’t even try. He’s a two time world champion and we expected more.” (more…)
Unbeaten British Welterweight star Kell Brook will make his debut on American soil on December 17 as part of the undercard of Carl Froch’s Super Six final against Andre Ward at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Brook took his unbeaten record to 25-0 with 17 KOs two weeks ago with a sixth round stoppage of tough Pole Rafal Jackiewicz. “I’ve been dreaming of fighting on a massive show in America and I plan to put on a great performance,” said Brook. “The pressure will be on to dazzle the American fans and that’s exactly what I plan to do.” The opponent for Brook’s US bow will be named soon.
By Ron Jackson
In a complete mismatch Luzuko Siyo smashed Sebelomzi Zimela to defeat in 40 seconds of the first round to retain his South African junior flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. The number ten ranked Zimela (48.70kg) was never in the fight as Siyo (48.70kg) attacked from the bell throwing big shots to the body and within seconds the challenger went down on one knee. He managed to make it to his feet as referee Andile Matakane gave him a standing eight count. Zimela was still on rubbery legs as the champion backed him up before landing a sweeping left hook to the jaw that sent him flat on his back on the canvas. The referee did not pick up the count and waved the fight off immediately. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Ray “Tito” Serrano (17-0, 8KOs) continued his move into the junior welterweight division with a hard fought, but convincing ten round unanimous decision victory over Angel Rios (9-8, 6KOs) of the Bronx, New York. In the co-feature of this exciting five bout card promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing Promotions, veteran super welterweight Doel Carrasquillo (16-18-1, 13KOs) pulled an upset, dropping Shamone “The Truth” Alvarez (21-5, 12KOs) three times en-route to a fifth round TKO. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa
The new and improved Shawn Hawk (22-1-1, 17 KOs) returned to the ring Thursday evening at the Coeur d’Alene Casino in Worley, Idaho sporting a new physique and dedication taking taking a ten round split decision over Otis “Triple OG” Griffin (23-9-2, 9 KOs) in the main event. Hawk who formerly fought at the Cruiserweight limit of 200 lbs tipped the scale at 173 looking fit and trim. The fight with Griffin was filled with big voids in action, however, and Hawk’s split decision victory was greeted with displeasure from the sellout crowd. Hawk displayed his piston like jab throughout, but chose to fight strategically rather then with the brawling, two-fisted style which has made him a Northwest favorite. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super featherweight prospect Eduardo ‘El Chucky’ Lazcano (24-2, 11 KOs) won by majority decision against Heli Quiroz (10-5, 4 KOs) in a ten-round clash on Saturday night at the “Dome of the Sea” in Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico. With the win, Lazcano claimed the WBC Latino super featherweight belt. The card was presented by Promociones del Pueblo, Promociones Calderon and Grupo Modelo.
“I think it went very well defensively, but I did not attack enough to win,” said WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez after suffering his first career loss Saturday night against WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. “Neither of us wanted to make a mistake because in this kind of fight it can be fatal. You cannot neglect an opponent like Nonito at any time…I think I have the doors open to fight again in America, but next time it’ll be in the super flyweight category.”
“It was a tough fight,” said WBO light heavyweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) after breaking down and knocking out Rogelio Rossi with a big right to the head in the sixth round on Saturday night in Ludwigsburg, Germany. “I had twelve rounds to break him down and I needed six. I’m happy with the victory.”
Rossi was down four times in the fight, plus one additional knockdown after a shot coming after the bell in round four, for which Huck was deducted two points. “In the heat of the moment I didn’t hear the bell,” Huck explained. Rossi was down and out for several minutes after the particularly brutal knockout, causing some tense moments. “I couldn’t enjoy the victory until I knew he was fine,” Huck said. “He went down hard and I was relieved when he got back up.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Preoccupation is sometimes dangerous in our expectation. Before the WBA minimum champ Pornsawan Porpramook (23-3-1, 16 KOs), a cagey veteran from Thailand, arrived here in Tokyo a week ago, our experts and aficionados as well had expected a high possibility of Japanese challenger Akira Yaegashi (14-2, 7 KOs) winning the belt at the Korakuen Hall tomorrow (Monday). Pornsawan, however, greatly impressed our press people with his energetic workout and power-punching at the public workout. The muscular champ had battled some 300 Muay-thai bouts, winning more than 280 to his credit prior to his entry into the paid ranks. In his second bout in the international style fighting Pornsawan quickly acquired the PABA (Pan Asian Boxing Association) minimum belt, having kept it sixteen times. (more…)
By David Baggs / Fightnews Canada
Orangeville, Ontario’s Logan McGuinness captured the vacant NABA super featherweight title with an impressive 11th round stoppage of former world title challenger Benoit Gaudet on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. Time of the stoppage was 1:56. Gaudet employeed the same strategy as in the Humberto Soto fight, constant movement, stopping only long enough to fire off a combination or two, before retreating. While not hurting McGuinness, it did pile up the points. McGuinness, cut over the left eye as early as round 2, was forced to chase, trying to cut off the ring against his fleet footed opponent. McGuinness (16-0-1, 8 KOs) found success in the later rounds, coming out on top of most most exchanges and hurting a tiring Gaudet. McGuinness, behind on the scorecards, finally caught up to Gaudet (24-3, 10 KOs) in round 11, dropping him with a left hook. Gaudet was able to make it to his feet but in no condition to continue. Referee Dave Dunbar wisely stopped the contest giving McGuinness the biggest victory of his career so far. (more…)
Simply put, it was a rookie mistake. On June 4th in the season 13 final of The Ultimate Fighter, Ramsey Nijem fouled up his UFC debut with a first round TKO loss to Tony Ferguson. Nijem got too excited, said goodbye to his gameplan and just started exchanging punches with Ferguson. Even the best of fighters forget themselves the first time they’re in the Octagon, especially in the main event. But the key to a fighter’s future is to recognize the slip up and learn from it, and Nijem has done just that . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Lightweight Richard Abril (17-2-1, 8 KOs) took a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBA lightweight champion Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta (29-5-2, 23 KOs) to claim the WBA’s vacant interim lightweight belt on Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. Abril dropped Acosta three times in the bout en route to a 113-112, 117-108, 115-111 win.
In a clash for the vacant WBA interim super lightweight title, Brunet Zamora (21-0-2, 10 KOs) and Alberto Mosquera (16-0-2, 12 KOs) battled to a twelve round majority draw. Scores were 114-114, 114-114, 117-111.
WBA #4 featherweight Nicholas Walters (19-0, 16 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Irving Berry (21-3-2, 9 KOs).
Former WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeno (20-4-1, 12 KOs) fought to an eight round draw against Yoandris Salinas (13-0-1, 8 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight Thomas DuLorme (13-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Charlie Jose Navarro (20-5, 15 KOs) over nine rounds.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Johan Perez (14-0-1, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Kenny Galarza (15-2, 14 KOs).
By Mariano A. Agmi and Mike Bernier at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire (27-1, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO super flyweight king Omar Narvaez (35-1-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night in the Theater at the newly renovated Madison Square Garden in New York City. Donaire was the aggressor and outworked Narvaez in every round. Narvaez stayed very defensive the entire fight and seemed content to take his first loss. Scores were 120-108 on all three cards.
Unbeaten NABF featherweight champion Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (27-0, 23 KOs) impressively annihilated Juan Carlos Martinez (19-13-1, 7 KOs) in round four. Garcia dropped Martinez with a left hook in round three and floored him twice more in round four before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:40. Garcia, rated WBC #3, WBA #3, WBO #3 and IBF #11, is one of the best finishers in boxing. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (29-2, 21 KOs) made quick work of 274lb Ty Cobb (14-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City. Witherspoon dropped Cobb three times in round two, and finished the job in round three putting Cobb on the deck face down at the 1:07 mark.
Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (34-7, 25 KOs) needed just 82 seconds to get rid of Mike Sheppard (20-13-1, 9 KOs). Body shots did the damage.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Ray Serrano (17-0, 8 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Angel Rios (9-8, 6 KOs). Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.
In an upset, welterweight journeyman Doel Carrasquillo (16-18-1, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former contender Shamone Alvarez (21-5, 12 KOs). Alvarez was down in rounds one and two, and again in round five before the bout was stopped at the 1:16 mark.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Jason Escalera (12-0, 11 KOs) made quick work of Mickey Scarborough (6-4, 6 KOs). Escalara dropped Scarborough twice in round one and finished him :31 into round two.
Unbeaten WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 15 KOs) will make a first defence of his title on December 3 when he takes on Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs), rather than former champion Evander Holyfield who was said to be on the short list. The bout will take place at Helsinki’s Hartwall Areena. In the co-featured main event, WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) will face an opponent to be announced. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Winfried Mausolf
WBO cruiserweight Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KOs) scored a six round beatdown of Rogelio Rossi (17-3-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ludwigsburg Arena in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Southpaw Rossi was deducted a point for a low blow in round three. Huck was credited with a knockdown later in the same round. Huck dropped Rossi with a punch after the bell in round four and was deducted two points by referee Paul Thomas. Huck went right after Rossi in the fifth and dropped Rossi again. Rossi was down for the second time in the round from a body shot before the bell. Huck laid him out in the sixth with a huge right hand to end it. No time was given. Rossi was down for an extended time and a stretcher was brought to the ring, but Rossi appeared to be OK.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominik Britsch (26-0, 9 KOs) scored a hard fought twelve round majority decision over scrappy former world title challenger Billy Lyell (24-10, 5 KOs). Lyell was the aggressor and outworked Britsch over much of the fight, but Britsch’s flurries resonated with the judges in a 114-114, 117-111, 116-113 verdict.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (14-0, 6 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over game Travis Walker (38-7-1, 30 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBF International heavyweight title. Pulov built up a lead as Walker slowed down. Walker was unlucky as a punch cut Pulov over the right eye in round seven, but was mistakenly ruled as an unintentional headbutt by referee Allan Huggins. By the eighth Walker seemed completely gassed. Walker had little left in the ninth and was deducted a point for losing his mouthpiece. Walker barely made it back to his corner after round eleven and somehow made it through the twelfth, as well. Scores were 119-109, 118, 109, 117-110.
Former world title challenger Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) outpointed Hari Miles (6-4, 2 KOs) over eight by scores of 78-74, 79-73, 79-76.
Unbeaten middleweight Marcos Nader (13-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Lorenzo Cosseddu (27-7-5, 3 KOs) over eight.
Light heavyweight Robert Woge (6-0, 5 KOs) stopped John Waldron (5-6, 2 KOs) in round two.
World ranked super welterweight David “The Destroyer” Lopez will see action on October 29, on the undercard of the rematch between WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez and former champ Luis “Nica” Conception at the Centro de Usos Múltiples (CUM) in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Lopez (40-12-0, 23 KOs), who lost in a world title shot against WBA champion Austin Trout in June, will face TBA. He is now promoted by Zanfer.
There’s something about Donald Cerrone that suggests he’s filled with attitude. He walks to the cage to Kid Rock’s “Cowboy,” wearing a confident expression that gives off a direct vibe: He doesn’t think, he KNOWS he’s going to win . . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com
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By Graham Houston
Photo: Sumio Yamada
It’s good big man against good small man on HBO on Saturday when Nonito Donaire, the fast and powerful Filipino Flash, defends his bantamweight title against Omar Narvaez, the veteran from Argentina who moves up in weight from the 115-pound division. Donaire is, predictably, a massive betting favourite. He is the younger man, taller, bigger, far more explosive — and probably just as quick as Narvaez. Although Narvaez was slightly the heavier man at Friday’s weigh-in, Donaire will pack on pounds after replenishing his system and will probably have a considerable weight advantage by the time the two boxers get into the ring.
At first glance, this looks like a blowout. Donaire was devastating in his knockout wins over Vic Darchinyan, Wladimir Sidorenko and Fernando Montiel. None had previously been stopped, but all found themselves on the canvas and out of the fight against Donaire in bouts that didn’t make it past the fifth round.
Narvaez is tough, smart and skilled, he has excellent punch-anticipation, and he is a southpaw. There is an impressive calmness about Narvaez in the ring. He is very good at making an opponent miss and countering. Capable fighters have been made to look ordinary as the Argentinean maestro has handed out boxing lessons. It is possible that, for defensive cleverness, Narvaez is on a par with his countryman, the “untouchable” 140-pound champion Nicolino Locche. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) won an exciting ten round slugfest Friday night, sweeping every round on all three judges’ scorecard, against previously unbeaten Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-1, 8 KOs) in the main event on ShoBox: The New Generation LIVE on SHOWTIME® from MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Connecticut. The surprising shutout on all three official cards did not at all reflect the competitiveness of the fight, which all three members of the SHOWTIME announce crew scored 95-95. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Puerto Rican referee Luis Pabon will be the third man in the ring when Alberto Mosquera (16-0-1, 12 KOs) and Brunet Zamora (21-0-1, 10 KOs) dispute the vacant WBA interim super lightweight title tonight at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Reina Urbaez (Venezuela) and Sergio Caiz (USA). The fight supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
In other world title fights, referee Gustavo Padilla (Panama) will work the clash for the vacant WBA interim lightweight belt between Miguel Acosta and Richard Abril. Judges are Ricardo Duncan (Panama), Alexis Marin (Panama) and Ignacio Robles (Panama). Supervisor: Renzo Bagnariol (Nicaragua)
In the bout for the vacant WBA female interim featherweight title between Ogleydis Suarez and Kathy Wilson, the referee will be Manuel Rodriguez (Colombia) and judges are Raul Nieves (Puerto Rico), Carla Caiz (USA) and David Singh (Panama). Supervisor: Jorge Humberto Klee (Colombia).
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