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Promoter Don King will host a press conference on Wednesday in St. Louis to announce the return of hometown star Cory Spinks to defend his IBF junior middleweight championship against #1-ranked mandatory challenger Cornelius Bundrage on June 12 at the Chaifetz Arena. King will also announce undefeated St. Louis cruiserweight contender Ryan Coyne will appear on the card. St. Louis-based Rumble Time Promotions will be providing additional local fighters to appear on the card.
Although desperately in need of a better phone, WBA super lightweight world title challenger Paulie Malignaggi was not at a loss for words during teleconference in advance of Saturday’s showdown with reigning world champion Amir Khan in New York City.
Former Notre Dame boxing captain Mike Lee will make his professional debut against St. Louis native Keith Debow on May 29th at the UIC Pavilion as part of the first TOP RANK LIVE event in Chicago. The main event will feature an outstanding ten round welterweight showdown between Mexican veterans Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass and Gabriel “EL Rey” Martinez. The undercard will feature Salvador Sanchez II, in addition to Chicago’s Omar Henry, Ivan Popoca, Antonio Avila and Polish heavyweight prospect Krzystof Zimnoch. Tickets are $101, $51 and $31. Call 312-226-5800.
Tickets On Sale This Week For Lesnar vs Carwin: The biggest heavyweight battle in history goes down on Saturday, July 3 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. UFC Fight Club Presale starts tomorrow at 10am PT, followed by the Newsletter Presale on Wednesday at 10am PT.
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Leading Australian promoter Bill Treacy and future Hall of Famer Ricky Hatton will co-promote world middleweight contenders Daniel Geale (22-1, 13 KOs) and England’s Mathew Macklin (26-2, 18 KOs) in Sydney, NSW, Australia during August in what promises to outstanding matchup between two of the best 160 pounders in the world today. Hatton was in a Sydney, Australia in December last year and had talks with Treacy regarding promotions featuring Australian and English boxers. “Ricky Hatton has been a pleasure to work with.” said Treacy.” We are happy that Daniel Geale will clash with Mathew Macklin. Both Geale and Macklin have shown they deserve to there world ratings and both have there sights set on a shot at the IBF middleweight championship currently held by Sebastian Sylvester (33-3, 16 KOs).” (more…)
Super middleweight Scott “Cujo” Sigmon pounded out a hard fought ten round unanimous decision victory over experienced veteran Carlton “Head Banga” Holland on Saturday in front of a packed house at Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, VA. “He was a wily veteran” said Sigmon. “I was talking to him during the fight and told him that I knew he wanted to quit but he kept coming.” Official scores were 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. With the win Sigmon goes to 9-2, with 3 KOs. Holland’s record falls to 18-13, with 9 KOs. (more…)
Middleweight contender Peter “The Pride of Providence” Manfredo Jr. has heard it all from Chicago’s Angel “Toro” Hernandez in the press leading up to their vacant IBO Middleweight Title showdown on Saturday, May 22nd at the Mohegan Sun Casino in and it doesn’t faze him.
“I’m glad that he’s excited and coming here to win. I expect nothing less. It’s a great fight for the fans and I knew when I agreed to fight Angel that it would be a war. Truthfully, I can’t wait until May 22nd because he’s going to get the best Peter Manfredo Jr. there is” said Manfredo. “There’s a lot at stake for each of us in a title bout like this.” (more…)
With 63% of the votes counted, Manny Pacquiao currently unofficially has a 52,023 votes compared to political rival Roy Chiongbian’s 23,360 votes. Pacman is running for a seat in the the Philippine House of Congress.
Curt Menefee will re-join the ShoBox: The New Generation announce team after perennial host and play-by-play announcer Nick Charles recently stepped down to continue his battle against cancer and spend time with his family. Menefee, who called three fights for SHOWTIME® in 2009, will anchor the remaining ShoBox telecasts in 2010 alongside expert analysts Steve Farhood and Antonio Tarver. “Having done a couple of events with Steve and Antonio last season, this feels almost like a family reunion,” Menefee said. “That’s what the SHOWTIME folks have quickly become to me, family.” (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion won today’s purse bid in Budapest to promote the WBO cruiserweight eliminator between WBO #2 rated Universum boxer Alexander Alekseev against #1 Denis Lebedev to become the mandatory challenger for current champion Marco Huck. “We’ll know the place and time of the fight in the next few days,” said Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa. “We’re delighted that this high quality fight will take place in Germany on a “Universum Champions Night.” Alexander can again box for a title. His desired opponent is and will remain Marco Huck. Now it’s up to him to win this eliminator and for Marco to remain champion and want to face his mandatory challenger.”
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao, who is running for congress in his native Philippines, cast his vote at 8:23AM this morning. “It’s judgment day,” said Pacman who expressed confidence that he would beat political rival Roy Chiongbian, the brother of the outgoing incumbent Erwin Chiongbian. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, in the Philippines in support of Manny, said Pacman would be back in the ring in November “win or lose.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian bantamweight champion Fred “The General” Mundraby (10-0-1, 5 KOs) kept his unbeaten record when referee Steve Marshal crowned him the winner over Matt Meredith (3-8-1, 1 KO) at :59 of round one at the Hilton Hotel, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Mundraby had previously defeated Meredith in 2007 when he scored six round technical decision for the Queensland title. Mundraby scored his best win in 2009 when he stopped highly regarded Filipino bantamweight Robert Lerio in six rounds to win the national championship. (more…)
By Robert Coster
His journey has taken him from the most remote and desolate tip of Northern Siberia to the shores the United States. Junior Welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0, 10 KOs) hails from Berezovo, an island village of 7,000 people, surrounded by icy water, oil rigs and with frigid temperatures falling as low as -58 F. As a teenager, Ruslan decided against a life working on the oil rigs and was bent on making a name for himself. He thus laced up the boxing gloves and his talent did the rest. He racked up an exceptional 170-10 amateur record, winning the European Junior and Senior Championships as well as countless tournaments, feats that turned him into a hero in his hometown and region. As a pro, Provodnikov has fought five times in the United States. Ruslan relishes comparisons made by the media between himself and Kostya Tszyu, also from Siberia: “A great honor which I hope to earn by following his footsteps,” says Ruslan. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Román ‘Rocky’ Martínez (23-0-1, 14 KOs) of Puerto Rico is training hard in Puerto Rico for his upcoming title defense against Gonzalo Munguía (17-6-3, 13 KOs) of Nicaragua. The bout will take place May 29 at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico with PR Best Boxing (Iván and Peter Rivera) in association with All Star Boxing’s Félix ‘Tutico’ Zabala promoting the event. Upon reading Munguía’s recent interview on Fightnews, Martínez responded with the following. (more…)
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Last Friday was a good and interesting evening for Italian boxing, Andrea Sarritzu retained his European flyweight title and he might be ready now for another challenge for the World crown. Still, that was not the only action featuring an Italian fighter, as two always-active promoters staged different cards on Italian soil. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
“The Contender” Season two contestant and former NABA lightweight titlist, Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) dominated former USBA title holder Jason “School Boy” Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) and captured not only the unanimous decision but his 40th professional victory in an oddly contracted nine round main event on Friday night at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI. Scores of the bout were 90-80 twice and 89-81 in favor of Clark. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the ringside report and action packed photogallery.
“The Weight Is Over” was the name given to the Paul Williams vs. Kermit Cintron 154 pound matchup, but at the end of the evening, dissatisfied fans were still waiting to see a fight, as the fight was called off just seconds into the fourth round when both fighters got tangled.
Both fighters tumbled and Cintron, who tumbled out of the ring, onto a table and finally fell all the way to the ground, was neither unable nor unwilling to continue . . . click here for more
By Francisco Salazar
As if boxing has not seen enough unusual occurrences inside or outside of the ring, Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson could be another chapter added to the book of oddities in boxing. Paul Williams won a bizarre and unsatisfying four round technical split decision over Kermit Cintron on Saturday night. Unsatisfying that a bout where fireworks were expected early and often brought about boos from the crowd. Bizarre for the way the fight ended. That would be an understatement. Nobody really liked the way the fight ended. Especially Williams, who was hoping that a victory over Cintron would get him a fight with Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, or another top fighter. Instead the outcome pushed for a rematch between the two hard-hitting fighters. For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Steve “Show Stealer” Wheeler showed blistering power en route to stopping tough Ariel “Iron” Espinal of Brooklyn, NY in the second round of the main event bout at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Wheeler started his assault early in the first round, catching Espinal with a left hand, dropping him. Wheeler did not look for the knockout at that point, but in the second round, Wheeler blasted Espinal with a blistering right hand that ended the bout at 47 seconds of the round. For more details and photos click here…
Former champ Johnny Tapia (57-5-2, 29 KOs) will be rematching former crosstown nemesis Frankie Archuleta (26-7-1, 14 KOs) on June 12, when the two fight a rubber match at the Ohkay Casino in Espanola, N.M. The line-up also includes Joaquin Zamora (18-2-1, 12 KOs), Carlos “El Gallo” Sanchez (5-1, 2 KOs), Arturo Crespin (5-1, 2 KOs), Amanda Crespin (2-2-1) and debuting Jazzma Hogue. Team Tapia will also be staging a grand opening for their new gym in Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Unbeaten Albuquerque hopeful Archie Ray Marquez (10-0, 7 KOs) has pulled out of his ShoBox-televised fight May 14 at the Chumash in Santa Ynez, Calif. Though a press release stated Marquez suffered an injury, he was arrested on May 6 for domestic battery and has since been release on bail. A ShoBox card is in the works for June 25 in Albuquerque.
Brazilian Mauricio “Shogun” Rua captured the UFC light heavyweight title with a first round stoppage over formerly undefeated champion Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 113 at the Bell Centre in Montreal Canada.
In the co-main event, Josh Koscheck cruised his way to a decision over Paul Daley, outclassing his foe by taking him to the ground. Scores were 30-27 x 3.
In other results: Jeremy Stephens decisioned Sam Stout, winning with scores of 30-27 and 29-28; Matt Mitrione wore down Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, stopping him with strikes at 4:24 of round two; and Alan Belcher won by submission over Patrick Cote at 3:25 of round two.
Former longtime WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito (36-3, 23 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Liempetch Sor Veerapol (17-7, 6 KOs) in a super flyweight bout on Sunday afternoon at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan. It was the 35-year-old Naito’s first fight since losing his WBC belt in November 2009. (More to come…)
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The junior middleweight showdown between three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams and former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron ended before either fighter got untracked. Click here to see the bizarre finish.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Top Rank/Zanfer
The “Tijuana Tornado” is back! Click here for ringside photos from Antonio Margarito’s triumphant comeback against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia.
After nearly a year-and-a-half out of the ring, former welterweight champion Antonio ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) won a ten round unnaimous decision over Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 17,000+ at La Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes, Ags., Mexico. Margarito dropped Garcia in round one and was in command from the get-go. Garcia was game and aggressive, but Margarito was more accurate and effective with his combinations. Referee Guadalupe Garcia took points from Garcia for a headbutt in round eight and a low blow in the tenth. Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 99-90.
By Francisco Salazar
Kermit Cintron promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews: “He hit his head. I think that the doctor saw that he hit his head and that he had to send him to the hospital. Kermit wanted to fight. I don’t understand how this is a technical decision when the fight did not go four full rounds. It’s a California law, but it is a dumb law. How can you say who can win a three and a half round fight? If that is the case, in my opinion, my guy won the fight. Paul never hurt him. He (Kermit) hurt Paul.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
The self-proclaimed “most feared fighter in the world,” three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) won an unsatisfying split technical decision over former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The much taller Williams fought from the outside while Cintron didn’t apply much pressure, content to pick his shots. In round four, the fighters got tangled up and Cintron fell through the ropes and out of the ring sustaining an apparent injury to his neck or right shoulder. He was taken from ringside on a stretcher. The judges scored the prematurely terminated bout 39-37, 40-36 Williams, 40-46 Cintron. (more…)
Over 17,000 at La Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes…
WBA interim super featherweight champion Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (39-2-2, 28 KOs) outboxed Mario Santiago (21-3-1, 14 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Scores were 119-108, 118-109, 118-109.
In a good action WBA lightweight eliminator, WBA #3 Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over #2 rated super featherweight Rene Gonzalez (27-1-1, 21 KOs). After a spirited first stanza, Antillon dropped Gonzalez at the end of the round. Excellent two-way action in rounds two-six. Antillon was credited with another knockdown in the seventh (it was more of a slip), and went on to win by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) had his toughest fight to date against rugged Pedro Navarrete (24-8-3, 13 KOs), winning an eight round unanimous decision. Scores were 77-75, 79-75, 78-74. (more…)
Bantamweight Sebastian Daniel Rodriguez (12-1, 5 KOs) of Argentina spectacuarly knocked out Manuel Herrera (16-7-2, 6 KOs) of Colombia in the fourth round of a WBC Latino bantamweight title fight on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Troncos del Talar, El Talar de Pacheco in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It looked like Rodriguez would finish Herrera off in a matter of seconds as he hurt Herrera with the first punch he threw which was a left hook. Rodriguez had Herrera pinned against the ropes and a few moments later unloaded with a series of unanswered punches but Herrera weathered the storm. Rounds two and three were relatively tame in comparison to round one. In round four, Rodriguez came out looking for the knockout and found it when again he trapped Herrera against the ropes and landed a series of 1-2 powershots that sent Herrera crashing to the mat where he was counted out. The card was promoted by Osvaldo Rivero. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Dan Goossen today announced the signing of Light Heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov to a promotional contract, prior to the start of “The Weight is Over” under-card at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. “It is with great pride and a pleasure for Beibut to be part of our organization. He’s a tremendous fighter and he became a world champion in just his 10th bout. I am very proud to put his career in my hands.” Shumenov, who became a world champion with a 12 round split-decision victory over Gabriel Campillo in January, will now have someone focus on his professional career as a boxer. “I’m very excited to work with Goossen Tutor Promotions. We will have a great relationship as I will dedicate myself to training. It is difficult to prepare for a fight and promote at the same time. I won’t have to do that anymore.” Shumenov is himself a promoter, as he heads KZ Event Promotions. Goossen announced to the assembled media that Shumenov will fight unbeaten mandatory Vyacheslav Uzelkov in July, more than likely in the United States.
Ringside report by Felix Chavez & Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne came into Friday night’s main event at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque with Richard Hall with an impressive amateur background and plenty of confidence against the former world title challenger.
But with just five pro fights, Despaigne was facing a challenger with 36 pro fights and 27 knockouts among his 29 wins. But as it turned out, Despaigne had nothing to worry about . . . click here for more
Recent middleweight world title challenger Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) returned to the jr middleweight division on Friday night, winning an eight round unanimous decision over Martinus Clay at the new Morgantown Event Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Scores were 80-72 on all three judges’ cards.
In the co-main event, heavyweight Jason Bergman improved his record to 11-9 with 8 KOs, winning via TKO in the first round over 4-7 Octavius Smith. Also, junior middleweights Matt Berkshire (10-2-2, 5 KOs) and Vance Garvey (8-31-4, 3 KOs) fought to an eight round draw. The card was presented by Simons Promotions.
Italian Andrea Sarritzu (31-4-4, 12 KOs) defended for the first time his European title by unanimous decision (116-111, 118-109, 118-109) against tough French Alain Bonnel on Friday night in Selargius (Cagliari) on the island of Sardinia. On the undercard welterweight Luciano Abis (28-1- 1, 13 KOs) decisioned Juan Martinez Bas, lightweight prospect Luca Giacon bring his record to 10 wins, 10 KOs, 1 NC against French Sezer Erunsal when the referee stop the fight in the fourth round and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (17-1, 10 KOs) beat Raul Asencio for TKO in round 5. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Dahlia TV televised the all card live in Italy.
It’s the worst few minutes in all of prizefighting. You’ve just given 25 minutes of your life, fighting for what nominally may be a belt, but in reality, is so much more. To be called champion, the best in the world, can be an intoxicating feeling. When the history of mixed martial arts is written, you will have your place as one of the select few to have soared to the top of your craft. . . . Click here for more, Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Joe Koizumi
Mexican switch-hitter Hugo Cazares (31-6-2, 22 KOs), 115, captured the WBA super-fly belt as he kept throwing more combinations to the less aggressive defending champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-2-1, 8 KOs), 115, to win a unanimous decision over twelve heats on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Raul Caiz Sr. and Glenn Feldman (both US) both 117-111, and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 115-113, all for the 32-year-old Mexican veteran who thus gained his second world belt to his credit. The referee was Russell Mora (US), who described this fight as the hardest toe-to-toe combat he had ever officiated. In eight days Mexicans, Fernando Montiel and Cazares, impressively dethroned our world titlists to show their strength. (More to come)
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