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By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) of Bolton, England and WBC Super Lightweight World Champion, Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) were on hand at the ESPN Zone at LA Live in Downtown Los Angeles Monday morning to kick off the press conference for their July 14 fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Welcoming the media and getting it started was the Golden Boy Oscar De la Hoya as he talked about the summer matchup.
“I take my hat off, they didn’t have to take this challenge. Danny Garcia could have taken the easy road. Amir Khan didn’t have to take a tough challenge in Danny Garcia,” De la Hoya told media. “This goes to show you the character and confidence both fighters have. This should be an exciting matchup.” (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla Photos: Big Joe Miranda Former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan (26-2, 18 KOs) of …
Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams, wishes to send his sincere thanks and appreciation to his fans worldwide for their prayers, cards and wishes he’s received since his motorcycle accident just over a week ago. “I feel the love and support from everyone and it’s overwhelming, I am very thankful to all of my fans and friends who have rallied around me in a time when I need them the most.” Williams asks that all future letters and cards please be sent to: 3060 Will Rogers Place, Atlanta 30316.
Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams, wishes to send his sincere thanks and appreciation to his fans worldwide for their prayers, cards …
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) heads out to South Lake Tahoe today for training camp in preparation for his July 28 bout with Selcuk “Mini Tyson” Aydin (23-0, 17 KOs). On the line will be the WBC Interim Welterweight World Title, with the winner being the mandatory challenger. The fight will take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. “This is my big opportunity to show the world that I belong with the elite fighters in boxing,” Guerrero said. “Everyone says it can’t be done, but I’m going to show the world skipping super lightweight and going straight to welterweight with no tune up to challenge the #1 contender and beating Selcuk Aydin can be done! I’m here to face the toughest challenges and put myself in a position to get mega-fights. It’s not going to be easy beating a full-fledged welterweight. That’s why my team and I will get the proper training, sparring and diet when I leave to camp. The mountains of Tahoe are set at high elevations which will make for a great training camp. I look forward to making history for the Bay Area and all my fans across the world.” (more…)
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) heads out to South Lake Tahoe today for training camp in preparation for …
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel returns on Saturday at the Manuel Bernardo Gym in Chihuahua against Olimpian Arthur “El Rey” Santos and hopes to achieve a great victory leading to another world title. “I’m happy because I had an excellent preparation to fight. The training I did gives me incredible confidence that I’ll give a good show as always. I will not underestimate Santos. I had a very special preparation for this match, because I don’t want any surprises. I’ll demonstrate that I can still be world champion,” said Montiel.
The event is presented by Promociones del Pueblo and Kochul Montiel Promotions and is loaded with big names including former middleweight title challenger Marco Antonio ¨Veneno¨ Rubio vs. Jorge Cota, former interim minumumweight champion Sammy Gutierrez vs. Armando Torres, super welterweight KO artist Marco “Dorado” Reyes vs. Octavio Castro and super flyweight Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra vs. Carlos Rodriguez. Broadcast in Mexico by Televisa.
By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel returns on Saturday at the Manuel Bernardo Gym in Chihuahua …
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WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel confirmed today the officials who will work this Saturday in the welterweight title bout between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, to be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.The referee will be Robert Byrd, and the judges are Duane Ford, CJ Ross and Jerry Roth. All are experienced Nevada Athletic Commission officials. WBO supervisor for this bout will be Istvan Kovacs of Hungary. Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) will make the fourth defense of his WBO welterweight belt versus the WBO jr welter champion, Bradley (28-0, 12 KOs).
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel confirmed today the officials who will work this Saturday in the welterweight title bout between …
Record-breaking eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and undefeated world jr welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will make their grand arrivals, in custom-designed buses displaying their images, tomorrow (Tuesday) at the MGM Grand porte cochere and inside the main lobby. Bradley will arrive at Noon PT followed by Pacquiao at approximately 12:30 p.m. PT. Just five days to go before their highly anticipated world championship collision.
Record-breaking eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and undefeated world jr welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley will make their …
After his bout with Puerto Rican Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon fell to the wayside because of an injury to the Boricua, WBO minimum weight champion Moises “Moi” Fuentes (15-1, 7KOs) was matched up against Tijuana’s Julio Cesar “Gatito” Felix (17-4, 7KOs) in a twelve round championship fight.
Somebody should have told “Gatito”.
Fuentes of Mexico City needed all but two minutes and sixteen seconds of the first round to retain his title and comfortably wait for Calderon to heal as he easily annihilated Felix in the main event from the El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana. The title fight was presented by Zanfer Promotions and broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel. (more…)
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon After his bout with Puerto Rican Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon fell to the …
The showdown between WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will take place on August 25 at the o2 World in Berlin, Germany. The bout will be officially announced this week.
The showdown between WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz and former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will take place on …
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
Former light heavy and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) is finishing training camp before his June 16 showdown with Eddie Chambers (38-2, 18 KOs) at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. The bout is one of the most highly anticipated heavyweight bouts in America this year and will be televised live on NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series.
Special plans for the last part of the training camp?
Just the usual: last week of sparring sessions, but the toughest ones, ten- and twelve-rounders are behind us now. Altogether, we had almost 100 sparring rounds done – that’s about what we wanted to do before training camp started almost ten weeks ago. Now is a time to get the energy back, getting enough to keep Eddie busy for – if necessary – twelve rounds of high tempo boxing. I will not tell you about how many people were on the canvas during the whole training camp – this is behind the curtains stuff and we have respect for everybody we welcomed to work with me. I’m ready to go now, weighing around 225 and expecting to weight the same in the Prudential Center. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek Former light heavy and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 …
By Mike Bernier
Photos: David Gallardo / Worldkid Promotions
The debut of Worldkid Promotions at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn brought excitement to the local fight scene. 2008 US Olympian, Sadam ‘Worldkid’ Ali (15-0, 9 KO’s) of Brooklyn destroyed Franklin Gonzalez (15-10, 11 KO’s) of Brooklyn in the final 38 seconds of the final round for the WBU Welterweight Championship. The fight between to the two fighters was what this card needed to save the night. Ali promoted this card under his Worldkid Promotions title in order to stay active without having to sign with a major promoter at this point in his young career. Being the promoter Ali had issues with fights being scraped days before the event. (more…)
By Mike Bernier Photos: David Gallardo / Worldkid Promotions The debut of Worldkid Promotions at the Aviator Center in Brooklyn …
By Jeff Pamungkas
Indonesian super bantamweight Carlos Lopez (26-9, 7 KOs) survived Filipino bomber Cirilo Espino (16-10-2, 10 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Aspac title on Sunday night at TVRI Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia. Lopez’ counter strategy worked well in the beginning of the fight by landing some clean punches with a hit and run strategy. Espino upped the aggression in round seven, rocking Lopez several times in this round. Lopez’ countering and stepping back strategy could anticipate Espino’s dangerous attacks in later rounds. In round twelve Lopez was almost knocked down, but he survived with a clinch to his opponent’s waist. The judges scored the fight 115-114, 115-114 and 115-115 for a majority decision for Carlos Lopez, the new WBO Aspac super bantamweight champion.
By Jeff Pamungkas Indonesian super bantamweight Carlos Lopez (26-9, 7 KOs) survived Filipino bomber Cirilo Espino (16-10-2, 10 KOs) to …
It was a safe bet that WBA Light-heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov would retain his strap, last night against super-middleweight “challenger’ Enrique Ornelas. But the shallow crowd in attendance was not expecting to find themselves lulled to a deep sleep after watching the usually gutsy champ fight so cautiously, especially against an opponent afflicted with earmuff-itis.
The title fight headlined a five-bout card at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas, promoted by Golden Boy and KZ Promotions, for FOX Sports . . . Click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone It was a safe bet that WBA Light-heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov would retain …
By Christopher P. Cook
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
After taking three years off from the sport and a knee surgery, St Petersburg’s Winky Wright fought his last match of his storied career last night in Carson, California. Facing a potential future champion in Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin, Wright fought with a lot of heart and may have been able to defeat the far younger boxer if the ring rust was not present. Nonetheless, Quillin won via unanimous decision leaving Wright with a questionable path forward in boxing. Like a champ, Wright chose to make his own path telling his fans this morning via Twitter
@RealWinkyWright: It was fun while it lasted I did what I set out to do and that was to be great. Part of being a good boxer is knowing when to call it quits
@RealWinkyWright: If I can’t be the champion again theres no need to keep boxing. But I thank all of u from the bottom of my heart for always supporting me
We would like to express our best wishes to Winky and his family as he moves into his post-fight career. It has been a pleasure covering your bouts and we are glad that you went out on your own terms, displaying the heart of a champion always. We look forward to seeing you at the Hall of Fame, you’ve earned it champ.
Winky Wright (51-6-1, 25 KOs)
First light middleweight ever to hold the IBF/WBA/WBC titles simultaneously
WBC Light Middleweight champion
WBA Light Middleweight champion
IBF Light Middleweight champion
WBO Light Middleweight champion
By Christopher P. Cook Photo: Big Joe Miranda After taking three years off from the sport and a knee surgery, …
Official Frank Warren Statement: It comes as no surprise that the EBU has taken steps to remove the Luxembourg Federation, as the Chairman/President of the British Boxing Board of Control, Charles Giles, is also the Vice-Chairman of the EBU. In addition he is the Vice-President of the World Boxing Council and it can be expected that the WBC will disassociate itself with the Luxembourg Federation. Giles took the trouble to go to the EBU meeting held in Belgium on a long bank holiday weekend, yet he would not take the time to give evidence at Dereck Chisora’s original hearing at the BBBofC’s head office in Cardiff. He was in the very same building and despite Dereck’s barrister request to give evidence, he left out of the back door.
The EBU vote is not a fair reflection of the actual nations that voted on this matter as the BBBofC has a far larger vote on EBU decisions than any other country, because it represents more boxers than any other country. That said, the vote was cast without any consultation of the British licence holders that they are there to represent. It may well be that the Federation takes steps against the EBU, its lawyers have already written to the BBBofC to raise a complaint and are looking at the options. (more…)
Official Frank Warren Statement: It comes as no surprise that the EBU has taken steps to remove the Luxembourg Federation, …
Super flyweight Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2-1, 14 KOs) lost his WBF belt at the scales when he failed to make weight for his title defense against fellow countryman Victor “El Nene” Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a result, only Zaleta was eligible to win the vacant title. The bout ended in a twelve round draw, and if Zaleta had not been deducted a point by referee Jesus Salcedo for a low blow, he would now have been the new WBF beltholder as the judges handed in scores of 115-112, 114-114 and 112-115, resulting in a draw and the title remaining vacant.
Also on the show, WBF women’s flyweight champion Irma Sanchez won a controversial ten round split decision in a non-title fight over former world champion Ibeth Zamora Silva. See the video.
Super flyweight Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2-1, 14 KOs) lost his WBF belt at the scales when he failed to …
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian middleweight Nathan Carroll (6-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a clear decision over Indonesia’s Aswin Cabuy (13-30-3, 6 KOs) in eight round main event on Sunday at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Cabuy dropped Carroll in round one but the Aussie 160 pounder controlled most of the eight rounds to win by scores 76-71, 76-71, 75-72. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian middleweight Nathan Carroll (6-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a clear decision over Indonesia’s …
By Shamus Young at ringside
At the Battle at the Boat 87 in Tacoma, WA, Junior Lightweight Julio Diaz stopped Emmanuel Lucero in the fifth round in spectacular fashion. In the first two rounds, Diaz showed his amateur pedigree and kept Lucero at the end of snappy punches. Lucero demonstrated heart and craft by turning the tide in the third with a swarm of body punches. Lucero was a second away from winning the round when he was dropped by a sneaky uppercut from Diaz. Diaz rode the momentum to win a tightly contested fourth round. In the fifth, Diaz used his jab to open Lucero’s defense just enough to allow a stiff right cross that dropped Lucero. Lucero beat the count, but was soon dropped again in the same manner. Lucero rose but was unsteady, which caused referee Louis Jackvony to wave it off. Time of stoppage was 1:37 of the fifth. Diaz goes to 9-0 and Lucero to 26-11-1. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside At the Battle at the Boat 87 in Tacoma, WA, Junior Lightweight Julio Diaz stopped …
Former super featherweight and lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) returned as a junior middleweight and schooled previously unbeaten middleweight Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (17-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Conrad Hotel & Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Freitas dropped Oliveira with a series of clean shots at the end of round three. Unfortunately for Popo, the bell rang before he could do any more damage. Big round seven for Freitas as he took over the fight from that point on and Popo dropped Oliveira twice in round nine to end it. Time was 2:09. The Oliveira team lured the 36-year-old Brazilian ring legend Freitas out of a five year retirement and Popo (now a Brazilian congressman) made good on his promise to KO Oliveira for trying to make a name for himself against him.
Former super featherweight and lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) returned as a junior middleweight and schooled …
By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The grudge match between IBO cruiserweight world champion Antonio Tarver and unbeaten Lateef Kayode ended in a 12 round split decision draw at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Kayode was the more active fighter early on in the fight, landing straight right hands to the head. Tarver finally got going in the fourth round, throwing and landing consistently with left hands to the head. Both had their moments in the middle rounds, but Tarver was able to stun Kayode in the ninth round with a right-left combination to the head. During the championship rounds, Tarver stalked Kayode around the ring, but did not throw enough punches as Kayode looked to counter. Each fighter won the fight on a judge’s scorecard 115-113, but the third judge scored the bout 114-114. Fightnews.com scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Kayode. Tarver, from Tampa, FL, goes to 29-6-1, 20 KOs. Kayode, from Hollywood, CA by way of Lagos, Nigeria, goes to 18-0-1, 14 KOs. Despite the draw, Tarver retains his world title belt.
Middleweight Peter Quillin won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over former undisputed world champion Winky Wright. Both had their moments in the first four rounds of the fight. Quillin used effective hand speed, but Wright was able to counter well. Quillin dropped Wright in the fifth round with a right hand to the head. Wright got up and was able to do well in the sixth and seventh rounds. However, Quillin hurt Wright with an uppercut to the head, forcing him to cover up until the end of the round. Wright had his moments in the round, but Quillin finished strong in the 10th. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Quillin, 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-93 in favor of Quillin, (27-0, 20 KOs) who hails from New York City. Wright, who hails from St. Petersburg, FL, falls to 51-6-1, 25 KOs. It was Wright’s first fight in over three years.
Junior middleweight world title holder Austin Trout won a workmanlike 12 round unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez. The bout did not live up to the pre-fight hype as both looked to counter one another during the first half of the fight. Trout began to let his hands go more in the second half of the fight, connecting to the head and body of Rodriguez. Trout looked tired in the last two rounds and was not able to keep up with Trout. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Trout, 117-111, 118-110, and an unbelievable 120-108. Fightnews.com scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Trout, who successfully defended his WBA 154-pound title. Trout, from Las Cruces, NM, goes to 25-0, 14 KOs, while Rodriguez, from Danbury, CT, falls to 26-6-3, 14 KOs.
Unbeaten bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz impressively won a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over IBF #1 contender Vusi Malinga to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title. Santa Cruz threw and connected with a high volume of effective punches over the southpaw Malinga. During the middle rounds, Santa Cruz began to aggressively attack the body. He hurt Malinga with a left hook to the body in the seventh round and a right to the stomach in the eighth. Malinga hung in there, but had no answer for Santa Cruz, who tried to drop Malinga in the final moments of the 12th round. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Santa Cruz, 120-108, 120-108, and 119-109. Santa Cruz, from Rosemead, CA, improves to 20-0-1, 11 KOs. Malinga, from Johannesburg, South Africa, drops to 20-4, 12 KOs. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda The grudge match between IBO cruiserweight world champion …
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO minimumweight champion Moisés “Moi” Fuentes (15-1-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over Julio César “Gatito” Felix (17-4-0, 7 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at El Foro in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Felix was down twice, the second time for the count. Time was 2:16. After the fight Fuentes declared, “We’re ready for Calderon!”
In other action, unbeaten super bantamweight Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (14-0-1, 9 KOs) took a close ten round unanimous decision over Enrique “Duende” Bernache (19-4, 10 KOs). Scores were 95-94 twice and 97-95.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer WBO minimumweight champion Moisés “Moi” Fuentes (15-1-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over Julio …
Jr lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career to date with a ten round unanimous decision over six-time former world title challenger and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Cancio was credited with a questionable knockdown in round one, but Juarez came back to floor Cancio in round two. Cancio dropped Rocky again in the fifth round and was in command for the rest of the fight. Scores were 97-90, 97-90, 98-89. Now six straight losses for Juarez.
Unbeaten jr middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Rahman Yusubov (8-8, 6 KOs). Yusubov’s corner threw in the towel to save their man from further punishment. Time was 2:39.
Jr lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career to date with a …
By Joe Koizumi
Ex-OPBF champ Akio Shibata (18-7-1, 8 KOs), 153.75, captured the Japanese super-welter belt from defending titlist Daisuke Nakagawa (19-3-2, 15 KOs), 153.5, as he made best use of his swift footwork based on his experience as a basketball player, smartly countered the game but slower champ and withstood his retaliation down the stretch, winning a unanimous verdict (96-95, 96-94 and 98-93) over ten sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s an interesting affair of a slow starter and an early starter, both six-footers, as Shibata, a quick speedster, piled up good points in the first six rounds, while Nakagawa, two-time champ in the 147 and 154-pound categories, showed his last surge to overcome his early deficits on points from the seventh round onward. Shibata had yielded his OPBF throne to Charlie Ota Bellamy, an American hard-puncher living here, in 2010 and failed to win it back from him last year—both via a KO route. Some people then castigated his defeats caused by his lack of heart and stamina, but Shibata tonight displayed his determination to wrest the belt again, fighting with his top speed from the outset. Their difference on precision accounted for his re-coronation regardless of the margins on the tallies. The crestfallen ex-champ, four years his senior at 34, said he would hang up gloves for good for the sake of his family. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi Ex-OPBF champ Akio Shibata (18-7-1, 8 KOs), 153.75, captured the Japanese super-welter belt from defending titlist Daisuke …
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former super middleweight world title challenger Enrique Ornelas (33-8, 21 KOs) on Saturday night inside “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Shumenov jumped all over Ornelas in big round one, then outboxed Enrique for the rest of the fight. Scores were 120-108 on all cards.
In a clash of welterweight prospects, Joseph Elegele (13-1, 10 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Lanard Lane (13-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 77-74, 76-75, 76-76.
Undefeated WBA #15 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov improved his record to 16-0, 12 KOs) defeating Euri Gonzalez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in an eight-round junior middleweight bout. All three ringside judges scored in Hudaynazarov’s favor with tallies of 79-73.
In off-TV bouts, California jr. lightweight Johnny Reyes (2-0, 1 KO) outboxed wild-swinging, relentless Uriel Torres (0-1), also of L.A., scoring a knockdown en route to a unanimous decision with scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36; and Florida jr. middleweight Daquan Arnett (4-0, 2 KOs) weathered rough-and-ready Yosmani Abreu (2-3-1) to win a unanimous decision with scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36.
By Chris Cozzone at ringside; photo by Cozzone WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) scored a twelve …
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #6 lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (27-2, 18 KOs) outscored Joel Dela Cruz (17-14-2, 13 KOs) of the Philippines over twelve rounds on Saturday at the Orange Function Centre, Orange, NSW, Australia. This was Zappavigna’s second successful bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Ammeth Diaz in August 2011. Zappa was unsuccessful in a IBF world title attempt against champion Miguel Vasquez in March 2011. Filipino Dela Cruz is trained by former Manny Pacquiao opponent Todd Makelin and was coming off a loss to Todd Kid but holds a 2011 win over 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham. In the main supporting bout, heavy-handed 168 pounder Rocky Jerkic (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Daniel Maxwell ( 0-5) in round one.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #6 lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (27-2, 18 KOs) outscored Joel Dela Cruz (17-14-2, …
By Ron Jackson
Simphiwe Khonco upset the favoured Bongani Mfundisi when he stopped him in the seventh round to win the vacant South African mini flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. In a closely fought contest with both fighters missing badly at times Khonco (47.60kg) appeared the stronger fighter throughout and dropped Mfundisi (47.50kg) with a right to the head in the fourth round. The 25-year-old Mfundisi who is ranked at number one by Boxing SA did well to come back to possibly share the fifth and shade the sixth round. However, Khonco, 26, attacked from the bell in the seventh and backed Mfundisi up against the ropes after landing a flurry of blows that sent him down to the canvas as his corner threw in the towel. (more…)
By Ron Jackson Simphiwe Khonco upset the favoured Bongani Mfundisi when he stopped him in the seventh round to win …
By Alex Hermann
Unbeaten, but unheralded light heavyweight Luke Blackledge (10-0, 4 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped former European champ Mads Larsen (51-4, 38 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark. Blackledge is an aggressive fighter – as Mads Larsen likes. In the opening round Larsen controlled Blackledge with his jab, and he landed several good left shots to the body. In round two Larsen was cut over his left eye by a headbutt from Blackledge. The Englishman continued fighting hard, and Larsen didn’t succeed to keep him away with his jab. Larsen was moving well, and after three rounds he was ahead on the cards. In round four Blackledge pressured Larsen to the ropes, and the Dane went down. Larsen looked like he could get up, but decided to stay down. The referee counted him out at 1:20 of the round.
WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus retained her titles with a unanimous decision over Jessica Balogun. Braekhus and Balogun have sparred together many times, but in a real fight Braekhus was a level above. Balogun worked hard, and several rounds were quite close, but without a doubt Braekhus won most of the exchanges. Braekhus was the dominating fighter in a fight without too many highlights, and a KO victory wasn’t even close. The scores were 97-93 twice and 99-92 for Braekhus (20-0, 5 KO). (more…)
By Alex Hermann Unbeaten, but unheralded light heavyweight Luke Blackledge (10-0, 4 KOs) scored the best win of his career …
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
In front of a capacity crowd at the stunning A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, St. Petersburg’s Inka Laleye scored the biggest victory of his young career, defeating Manny Woods to claim the Florida State Light Middleweight title. The night also saw Kenneth Lacy win his second professional contest and prospects Justin Jones and Radivoje Kalajdzic continue their winning ways. Fight Night Productions in association with Ker’s Wing House brought together an exciting night of boxing to the Tampa area. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside In front of a capacity crowd at the stunning A La Carte Event Pavilion …
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The 29th IBF convention was officially brought to a close this morning in Honolulu, HI with a closing session of talks. For the most part, the agenda of the week was conducted efficiently and in a timely manner, leaving little unfinished business. (more…)
Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The 29th IBF convention was officially brought to a close this morning in …
James Kirkland was the first choice to replace injured Paul Williams in the September 15 fight against WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but that matchup fell apart within 24 hours after the Kirkland Team allegedly increased their purse demands from $1 million to $2.5 million. So Golden Boy is now seeking a new opponent for Canelo. Among those raising their hands are “King” Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) and Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs).
Rosado: “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man. They keep going over the same old names. Carlos Quintana? Please, give me a break. Carlos Molina? Get real! Those guys can’t hurt my sister….“if TV wants action, I’m their man. If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders. My day will come!”
Molina: “Hell yeah I want that fight! Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen. First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they’re talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with… What can I do? I’m in the gym training. I’m ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody.”
James Kirkland was the first choice to replace injured Paul Williams in the September 15 fight against WBC super welterweight …
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
Martin Kampmann has historically been a fighter that’s been on the verge of greatness, only to take a giant leap back in critical junctures. With a title shot on the line, he dropped a razor thin decision to Jake Shields. A decision loss to Diego Sanchez—a fight many believe Kampmann won—kept hi further down the ladder. When Kampmann submitted Thiago Alves a few months ago, and was then named headliner at last night’s TUF Live finale, many believed Jake Ellenberger had his number as well. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. Martin Kampmann has historically been a fighter that’s been on the verge of greatness, only …
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF held its awards banquet Friday night during the 29th annual convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom in Honolulu. Following a cocktail hour, delegates dined on Mahi Mahi, sirloin or roasted chicken, danced and witnessed the recognition of excellence for many of the IBF’s boxers, promoters and staff that have excelled during the past year.
The awards were as follows:
“Jersey Joe Walcott” Fighter of the Year: Tavoris Cloud
Most Title Defenses: Lucian Bute (3) (more…)
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman The IBF held its awards banquet Friday night during the 29th annual convention …
A much anticipated clash between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez fight is not finalized yet. All Star Boxing’s Tuto Zabala, Jr. went to Puerto Rico and met with PR Best Boxing Vice President Peter Rivera and negotiations are ongoing. “A deal has not been reached yet,” Zabala informed Fightnes.com. “It’s our intention to face [Marquez] and it’s a great fight but we are still working on it. We are working hard to bring the fight August 4 to the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon also we are also still in negotiations with Zanfer Promotions (Marquez Promoter). If everything goes well an official announcement will made once a deal is reached.”
A much anticipated clash between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez fight is not finalized yet. All Star Boxing’s Tuto …
Sadam Ali 147 vs Franklin Gonzalez 146
Jennifer Santiago 119 vs Mikayla Nebal 120
Steven Gamache 151 vs Willie Bryant 152
Armin Mrkanovic 189 vs Daniel Pietch 180
Akil Frederick-Auguste 159 vs Jamil Gadsden 156
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex
Promoter: Worldkid Promotions
1st bell: 7pm
Sadam Ali 147 vs Franklin Gonzalez 146 Jennifer Santiago 119 vs Mikayla Nebal 120 Steven Gamache 151 vs Willie Bryant …
Four-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is staring down some jail time if he doesn’t cough up more than $300k in unpaid child support, TMZ has learned. The GA. Dept. of Human Services has gone to court on behalf of Evander’s 18-year-old daughter Emani Holyfield … claiming the former champ hasn’t paid a dime of court ordered child support since April 2010, and his tab is now $372,097.40. The DHS is fed up with the waiting game … so it’s asking a judge to lock up Holyfield and garnish his wages until he antes up the back support. Evander’s rep tells TMZ she was unaware of the situation but added, “Mr. Holyfield has a wonderful relationship with his daughter.”
From TMZ Four-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is staring down some jail time if he doesn’t cough up more …