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Al Bernstein and SHOWTIME Sports present the official recap of The Bantamweight Tournament Final match between Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares. Watch the highlights from the August 13th event.
By Christopher P. Cook
The latest installment of the highly attended “Ballroom Brawl” series at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel provided action, cheers, jeers, and appropriately blood. This night was also the farewell fight for one of Tampa Bay’s most popular local fighters, “Bloodbath” Brian Chiary. Chiary (10-9-1, 2 KOs) has been a staple for the local shows, fighting six times at this venue and every one of his bouts in the Bay area. Chiary stepped in against Loren Myers (8-12-1, 2 KOs), a seasoned fighter out of Fresno, California, for the NBA Intercontinental Super Middleweight title. (more…)
Saturday night on a card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut in professional boxing, as he knocked opponent James Wade (0-2) completely unconscious with a right hook/uppercut in just 10 seconds. The next scheduled fight for Slice will be on October 15. The site is still being determined.
In undercard action, heavyweight Franklin Lawrence moved his record to 16-2, 11 KOs with a first-round stoppage (2:31) of journeyman Marcus Rhode (34-43-2, 29 KOs).
Also, former Super Six participant Allan Green (30-3, 21 KOs) stopped overmatched Craig Gandy (7-5-1, 6 KOs) in round two.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey Alejandro Perez put a boxing clinic on the previously undefeated fan favorite Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, capturing the NABA super bantamweight belt in the main event of the evening. (more…)
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle put the “Lights Out” on his career on a high note. After slugging it out with Dan Hardy, “The Outlaw” went for a takedown and got sucked into a fight ending guillotine choke. The official time of the stoppage was 4:16
Ben Henderson put on a clinic en route to a unanimous decision win over Jim Miller. The New Jersey fighter was on a seven fight win streak and thought to be in line for a title shot with a victory. Henderson put on a dominant performance from start to finish, battering Miller on the feet and the canvas. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26. (more…)
A referee is supposed to be the invisible third man in the ring. Never should he make a difference in how the fight ends. Russell Mora changed all of that on Saturday nigh at Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament Final between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) and WBC Silver titlist Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) . . . Click here for more
There was only one thing on everyone’s mind after Abner Mares defeated Joseph Agbeko via majority decision in the finals of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament to claim Agbeko’s IBF title to go along with his WBC Silver title – how did referee Russell Mora do such a terrible job officiating? It was mindboggling how a usually reliable ref can ruin an excellent fight. The obvious foul fest tainted Mares’ performance on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV and Joseph Agbeko was none too happy about what took place in the ring . . . Click here for more
UFC Live, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Dan Hardy and Chris Lytle, and the lightweight showdown between Jim Miller and Ben Henderson, airs live on VERSUS from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the entire slate of UFC Live prelim bouts at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm PT.
Chris Lytle (170.5) VS Dan Hardy (170)
Ben Henderson (156) VS Jim Miller (155.5)
Donald Cerrone (156) VS Charles Oliveira (155)
Duane Ludwig (170.5) VS Amir Sadollah (170)
Jared Hamman (185) VS CB Dollaway (186)
Eddie Wineland (136) vs Joseph Benavidez (135.5)
Kyle Noke (185) VS Ed Herman (186)
Ronny Markes (205) VS Karlos Vemola (205.5)
Alex Caceres (146) vs Jimy Hettes (145.5)
TJ O’Brien (155.5) VS Cole Miller (155.5)
Danny Castillo (156) VS Jacob Volkmann (156)
Jason Reinhardt (135) VS Edwin Figueroa (136)
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For more info on the UFC, or this weekend’s UFC card on VERSUS, visit UFC.com
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a great action fight Saturday marred by puzzling officiating by the referee that left fans at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, those watching on SHOWTIME® and the telecast team themselves totally perplexed, Abner Mares won The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All and the International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title with a majority 12-round decision over defending IBF titlist Joseph King Kong Agbeko. The unbeaten Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs), of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., scored two knockdowns – one in the first and one in the 11th that was one hotly disputed – en route to outpointing the New York-based Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) of Ghana by the scores of 115-111 twice and 113-113.
But talk afterward centered less on the terrific performances of the talented, proud prizefighters and more on the referee, Russell Mora, whose failure to deduct a point from the winner despite at least five warnings for low blows and several other shots that seemed south of the border left many in disbelief. For more details and photos click here…
Super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (31-3, 21 KOs) stopped Carlos Rivera (16-10-2, 5 KOs) in round six on Saturday night at the Rivers Casino Amphitheatre in Pittsburgh, PA. Meza-Clay scored four knockdowns in the bout before it was finally waved off at :46 of the sixth. Rivera has now dropped seven straight.
Former WBA interim minimumweight champion Juan Palacios (29-3, 22 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Armando Torres (16-7, 11 KOs) on Friday night in Acapulco. Palacios forfeit the WBA title on the scale on Friday, so only Torres was eligible to win the belt. The title remains vacant.
In other action, super featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Roman scored an emotional eighth round TKO over Marvin Rodriguez. Roman took command in the fifth, but it was not until the eighth when the referee stopped the action.
Also featherweight Rogers Mtagwa won by TKO over Pedro Navarrete in the eighth round and U.S. Olympian Shawn Estrada defeated Alvaro Enriquez by third round TKO.
Featherweight Salvador Sanchez II (25-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Adan Garcia (15-5-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC CABOFE title on Saturday night at the Deportivo Tlalli, Tlalnepantla, Mexico State, Mexico. Sanchez dropped Garcia at the end of round two and continued to batter him until the referee waved it off in round three. This is the first pro title for the nephew of Mexican ring legend Salvador Sanchez.
In the long awaited SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final, unbeaten Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) laid his claim to being the world’s best 118-pounder by dethroning IBF bantamweight champion Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) via a controversial twelve round majority decision on Saturday night in the highly acclaimed at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
Mares was erroneously credited with a knockdown by referee Russell Mora in round after Agbeko slipped. Mares was quicker and landed the cleaner shots, and also repeatedly hit Agbeko low without getting a point deduction. Agbeko came on late but went down in the eleventh from a clear low blow which Mora called another knockdown. Scores were 113-113, 115-111, 115-111.
For more photos: (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Christopher Toney Sr. / Top Rank
In a huge upset, Alejandro Lopez (22-2, 7 KOs) upset previously unbeaten NABA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy (17-1-1, 7 KOs) taking a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at Bally’s Hotel-Casino in Atlantic City. Kennedy was the aggressor while Lopez sought to stick and move. Both fighters had their moments, but Kennedy’s face was a bloddy mess at the end. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 115-113. (more…)
6’6, 250 pound heavyweight fringe contender Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha (20-8) scored his 20th pro win Saturday night via a unanimous decision over Ross Thompson (27-16) at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. Scoring a knockdown in round two, Firtha used superior skills as well as a significant size advantage to dismantle the game but outgunned Thompson. Scores were 59-53 and 59-54 twice. A winner of four of his last five including an NABA title KO versus Tony Grano (18-2), Firtha rebounded from his only loss during the stretch which was at the hands upcoming WBA title challenger, Alexander Povetkin (21-0). With the victory, Firtha hopes to again compete with the elite of the heavyweight division.
Mexican-American heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina improved to 18-1 after stopping a game but overmatched Warren Browning tonight in Las Vegas. Molina, a towering 6 foot 6 inch heavyweight from Lyford, Texas, showed considerable power in his right hand that sent Browning to the mat several times before Robert Byrd stepped in to halt the beating 24 seconds into the third round. “It was great to be in front of this big crowd in Vegas at the Hard Rock, “Molina said after the win. “I never thought about bending over tonight. Mexican blood flows through my veins and I ain’t going down ever again. They now know there is a true Mexican-American heavyweight contender out there, and it’s Eric Molina. I want to be the first one to win a world championship.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources inform that former WBA interim super welterweight champion Rigoberto “Español” Alvarez will fight former WBA super middleweight titleholder Anthony “The Man” Mundine for a vacant WBA interim 154lb title September 7 in Australia. Alvarez (27-3, 20 KOs) became WBA interim super welterweight titlist after beating Nobuhiro Ishida in October 2010 and lost the belt in his first defense in February 2011 against Austin Trout. Mundine (42-4, 25 KOs) was 168lb champion between 2003 and 2007. Rigoberto, the brother of WBC champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, has already been training for a month in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
In the main event of Strikeforce Challengers, which took place at The Pearl inside The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Joe Duarte earned a unanimous decision victory over seasoned veteran Jorge Gurgel.
It was yet another mind boggling performance by Gurgel, who opted to stand and try to trade with Duarte rather than utilize his world class jiujitsu – something he had promised in the pre-fight hype . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Antonio Diaz stated before his fight against Ernesto Zepeda on Friday night that the 10 round bout would be his last one of his career. He sure picked a fight to show his true tenacity of rallying from behind against a durable opponent. Diaz was able to earn the stoppage victory when Zepeda was able to continue after the eighth round before a sold-out crowd of about 2,000 at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, CA. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Dream Team Boxing transformed the Seminole Hard Rock Live from a rock & roll concert venue to a raucous & rollicking boxing mecca last night. The near-capacity crowd swelling the arena proved local boxing fans will come out for a night of boxing entertainment, despite years of previous promotional misfires. Perhaps that is why Dream Team promoters Carlos Rodriguez and Henry Rivalta named their seven-bout card “The Dream Begins.” The overall level of entertainment, production value and competition marked a distinct turning point for South Florida boxing promotions at the pre-eminent site. For more details and photos click here…
By Graham Houston
Put two excellent boxers in the ring against each other in a fight that either man can win and you have the ingredients for a highly competitive and compelling contest, which is what I am expecting when Abner Mares meets Joseph Agbeko in the final of the Showtime bantamweight tournament from Las Vegas on Saturday. Mares was a slight betting favourite prior to the bout’s original date of April 23. This time, Mares is something like -215 at the sportsbooks although I would make the odds much tighter.
Agbeko’s lively workouts show a full recovery from the sciatica problem that caused the bout to be postponed from the original April date, but Mares is looking very strong and has had the aura of a winner in the week of the fight, carrying himself with a quiet certitude.
Mares is seen as the rising star, a popular, talented Mexican-born boxer from southern California who showed heart and staying power in his last two fights, the gruelling draw with Yonnhy Perez (a bout that Mares seemed clearly to win) and his split decision victory over Vic Darchinyan. Mares, 25, is the younger fighter with the fresher look. (more…)
Former two-time lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (28-4, 23 KOs) scored a third round KO over Michael Lozada (38-9-1, 30 KOs) in a jr welterweight bout on Saturday at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. In his first bout on Australian soil in five years Katsidis finished the show with a barrage of body punches. Time was 2:18. Katsidis now plans to campaign in the 140lb division.
In a huge upset on the undercard, journeyman featherweight Jack Asis (24-18-4, 13 KOs) scored a stunning second round TKO over highly regarded former world title challenger Nestor Rocha (23-3, 8 KOs). Rocha entered the fight rated at IBF #15 in the bantamweight division.
Photos: Dave Cameron
Heavyweight Monte Barrett (35-9-2, 20 KOs) outboxed WBO #3 rated David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) over twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Telstra Clear Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Tua knocked down Barrett in round twelve, but Barrett survived until the final bell and won by scores of 114-113, 115-112, 115-112. Barrett and Tua had previously fought to a surprising draw in July 2010 and this was to be Tua’s revenge rematch, however instead it turned out to be the 40-year-old Barrett’s first win in over three years and the 38-year-old Tua is left to ponder whether or not to continue his career. Click here for more photos…
Preview by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Dan Hardy is looking for a fight.
After three straight defeats—typically a death knell for a fighter—Hardy may have found the battle he’s looking for in Chris Lytle. The two will lock horns in the main event of UFC on Versus Aug. 14.
And like Hardy, Lytle is looking for a fight. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Craig Walker
Former IBF welterweight world champion, Kermit “The Killer” Cintron, got back on the winning side of the ledger for the first time in three fights, defeating Antwone “The Truth” Smith in an entertaining 10 round decision contest. Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment worked with matchmaker Derrick Spicer to put together a evenly contested night of boxing at the beautiful Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa in St. Charles, Mo. Cintron, now fighting as a junior middleweight, used his ring savvy and superior hand speed to beat Smith to the punch, round after round in this ESPN Friday NIght Fights main event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sanchez Narvaez (January 26, 1959 – August 12, 1982) was born in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico. In February 1980, he won the WBC featherweight title with a thirteenth round KO over Danny Lopez and successfully defended the belt nine times. His defense against Wilfredo Gomez was the the most memorable. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After weighing 118.4 pounds on his first try and then, immediately thereafter, 118.2 (fully stripped with Ghanaian flag in front of him), Joseph King Kong Agbeko returned to the digital scale (with shirt on) approximately 45 minutes later and made 118 for his IBF title defense tomorrow/Saturday, Aug. 13, against undefeated Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). For more details and photos click here…
WBCBoxing.tv will present a championship boxing webcast, free of charge, tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from Deportivo Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, Mexico, – Salvador Sanchez “Sal II,” 24-4-3 with 13 knockouts, of Tianguistenco, Mexico, will fight Adan “Palillo” Garcia, 15-4-1 with 11 knockouts, of Guasave, Sinaloa, for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight title. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) is ready to return to the ring tonight on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All grand finale featuring IBF champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko battling WBC Silver champion Abner Mares from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The undefeated junior welterweight has a great style with excellent hand speed and power that makes him a crowd-pleasing fighter. (more…)
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, televised on Showtime: Guam native Joe Duarte counterpunched his way to a unanimous decision win over Jorge Gurgel in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers 18. Gurgel was the busier of the two in round one, and might’ve forced the action through the fight, but it was Duarte’s takedown defense, counterpunching and cleaner shots that earned him the win. Scorecards read 30-37 and 29-28 twice. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman presented “Round 4” tonight at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. In the main event, Philly fan favorite Victor Vasquez eked out a hard fought eight round decision over Angel Rios, of Bronx, NY to pick up the B.A.M. (Boxing Association of Machismo) lightweight title in the process. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Dream Team Boxing Promotions staged arguably the most compelling night of boxing from the Seminole Hard Rock tonight in front of inarguably the largest and loudest local crowd in memory.
Welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (27-3-1, 17 KOs) made good on his promise to stop Juliano Ramos (16-5, 13 KOs) in his 10-round main event-although it took him twice as long as predicted. Scoring a wicked straight right counter after Ramos whiffed with his own, Paredes sent the feisty Brazilian puncher to the canvas at 2:17 of the eighth round. Ramos bravely tried to rise on spaghetti legs but couldn’t keep his balance as referee Telis Assimenios halted the action. The Hollywood-hometown Paredes picks up the vacant WBO Latino belt with the dominating victory, seeking his first world title shot in the talent-rich division. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a good action fight, veteran junior middleweight Antonio “Toño” Diaz (46-6-1, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round stoppage of Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda (39-15-4, 32 KOs) before 2,000+ on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Diaz steadily punished the game Zepeda, who did not come out for round nine. The bout was Diaz’ 17th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and his first since a 2001. He is now 17-0 at the venue.
“This is it for me,” Diaz said after the fight. “I can’t do this anymore. I had a great career that last almost 20 years. I appreciate the fans supporting me.” For more details and photos click here…
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) ended a two-fight losing streak by outpointing Antwone Smith (20-3-1, 12 KOs) over ten rounds in a jr middleweight clash on Friday night at the Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri. In a tactical fight, Cintron’s workrate made the difference in a 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision.
WBC #13 lightweight Dannie Williams (19-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Antonio Cervantes (16-6-5, 11 KOs). Williams dropped Cervantes with a left hook in round one and then leveled him with a right hand in round four to end it. Time was 1:05.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Keandre Gibson (4-0-1, 2 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Lawrence Hughes (4-1, 3 KOs). Gibson knocked down Hughes in rounds two and three, en route to a 59-53, 60-52, 60-51 verdict.
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