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On the first Saturday of May, boxing’s top thoroughbred, global superstar and Filipino Congressman, Manny Pacquiao, won a resounding 12-round decision over Shane Mosley to retain his WBO welterweight title in the main event of a four-fight telecast produced and distributed by SHOWTIME PPV. The one-sided victory before 16,412 at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena was the 14th in a row for Pacquiao, of General Santos City, Philippines. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten prospect Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs), 105, impressively captured the WBC female mini-flyweight belt as she had defending champ Anabel Ortiz (13-2, 5 KOs), 105, on the deck twice in the fifth and eighth and finally stopped the Mexican at 3:00 of the eighth round in a scheduled ten two-minute rounds on Sunday afternoon in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, already 35, turned professional late as she had concentrated on her career in the amateur fly and bantam championships. After the seventh, Fujioka was leading on points due to the open scoring system: all 68-64. The female referee was Kyoung-Ha Shin (Korea).
WBC light-fly champ Naomi Togashi (9-0-1, 5 KOs), 108, proved too busy and pugnacious, stopping Filipino Jujeath Nagawoa (9-10-1, 5 KOs), 106.75, at 1:32 of the fifth session. Togashi, a maternity nurse, thus kept her belt on six occasions to her credit. The referee was Katsuhiko Nakamura (Japan).
WBC atomweight ruler Momo Koseki (11-2-1, 3 KOs), 101.75, a game Japanese southpaw making her sixth defense, successfully retained her throne by chalking up a TKO win over Krikanok Islandmuaythai (6-1-1, 4 KOs), 100.75, at 1:15 of the fifth stanza. Koseki overwhelmed the Thailander with busy combinations from the outset. Gerasio Perez, Mexico, served as the third man.
Naoko Shibata acquired the vacant OPBF light-fly belt by a unanimous technical decision (89-83, 87-85 and 88-84) over compatriot Kayoko Ebata at 1:00 of the ninth round.
Promoter: WBCares and Gen International.
WBC supervisor: Ed Pearson (Canada).
Text & photo by Chris Cozzone
Who’s next in line for Manny Pacquiao? Top Rank’s Bob Arum says an offer has been made to Juan Manual Marquez to meet Pacquiao in November in Vegas, but that Golden Boy Promotions has an option to match the offer. If Marquez does not happen, Arum names Timothy Bradley and Zab Judah as alternates.
Pacquiao expressed his disappointment at the post-fight press conference, stating that “I did my best, but Mosley felt my power and he just wanted to finish the 12 rounds. I was trying to fight toe-to-toe and was surprised that he just ran and ran and ran.”
Mosley called Pacquiao, “Very strong and unpredictable,” and complained about a foot injury. “I felt short, I guess,” said Mosley. “I saw some openings but thought they could’ve been traps.”
Stay tuned for a full report on Sunday. Pictured above: Paris Hilton was a guest at the presser.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) punished survival-minded former champ Sugar Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night before a huge crowd of 16,412 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Tactical early rounds by Pacquiao standards, but Pacman decked Mosley in round three with a straight left hand to the head. Pacquiao stalked Mosley who then went defensive much of the time. Manny wasn’t at his sharpest, but he piled up round after round with his aggressiveness. Referee Kenny Bayless mistakenly credited Mosley with a knockdown in round ten after he threw Pacman to the deck, which served to wake up Manny more than anything. The eleventh round was all Pacquiao as he went for the KO and he went on to easily win unanimously. Scores were 119-108, 120-108, 120-107.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Featured undercard bouts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:
In a war, former two-division champion Jorge Arce (57-6-2, 44 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten WBO jr featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (20-1-1, 17 KOs) in round twelve to win his third title. Arce came to turn it into a brawl and Vazquez, the son of Puerto Rican boxing legend Wilfredo Vazquez, was happy to accommodate him as the fight featured furious exchanges throughout. WV2 floored Arce with a big left hook at the end of round four, but Arce came on strong late battering Vazquez in the twelfth round and Vazquez’ corner threw in the towel even though WV2 had seemed to weather the storm. Time was :55.
Former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten Alfonso Lopez (21-1, 16 KOs). Pavlik, now the WBC #1 super middleweight, needed a few rounds to get the rust off, but came on to win 98-92, 99-91, 95-95.
In an important junior welterweight clash unbeaten Mike Alvarado (30-0, 22 KOs) won by TKO when WBC #6 Sugar Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KOs) surprisingly quit on his stool after three fierce rounds. Alvarado wins the vacant WBC Continental Americas belt.
By Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former flyweight world title holder Rodel Mayol won a 10 round majority decision over Javier Gallo. Mayol (28-5-2, 21 KO’s) would beat Gallo (17-4-1, 9 KO’s) to the punch early in the fight, but Gallo countered effectively in the later rounds. One judge scored the fight 95-95, while the other two judges scored the bout 98-92 in favor of Mayol.
Former amateur star Jose Benavidez, Jr. stopped game James Hope in the fifth round of a scheduled six round bout. Hope (6-8-1, 4 KO’s) was able to get a few punches in, but it was all Benavidez (11-0, 10 KO’s) the rest of the way as he landed vicious combinations. In the fifth, Benavidez pinned Hope in a corner, landing hard punches until referee Vic Drakulich stepped in and stopped the bout at 1:43.
Canadian super lightweight Pier Oliver Cote stopped Aris Ambriz in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout. Cote (16-0, 11 KO’s) hurt Ambriz in the second and dropped him in the third with a left-right combination. In the fourth, Cote landed two hard right hands to the head of Ambriz (15-2-1, 8 KO’s), prompting referee Tony Weeks to stop the fight at 46 seconds.
Lightweight Karl Dargan won a six round unanimous decision over Randy Arrellin. Dargan (9-0, 4 KOs) outworked the shorter Arrellin (8-5, 4 KOs), who pressed the fight during a majority of the fight. All three judges scored the bout for Dargan with scores of 59-55, 59-55, and 60-54.
48-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (44-10-2, 29 KOs) defeated 46-year-old Super Brian Nielsen (64-3, 43 KOs) by eleventh round TKO on Saturday night at the Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, Denmark. Holyfield was much sharper than Nielsen, who was returning after an eight year retirement. Holyfield scored a knockdown in round three and proceeded to break down and bust up Nielsen, finally getting the stoppage in round eleven after launching a barrage of punches at Nielsen in the corner. Time was 2:49. The game Nielsen wanted to continue and didn’t seem particularly hurt.
IBF #1 rated Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) dethroned IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) with a close twelve round split decision on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Both fighters had their moments, but most rounds were close with Geale winning 118-110, 118-112 on two cards, and Sylvester winning 118-110 on the third card.
In a clash for the European light heavyweight belt, former world title challenger Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) stopped defending titleholder Danny McIntosh (13-2, 7 KOs) in round eight.
Light heavyweight Karo Murat (24-1, 13 KOs) halted Otis Griffin (23-8-2, 9 KOs) in round eleven to claim the vacant IBF Inter-Continental title.
Cruiserweight Enad Licina (20-3, 11 KOs) scored a first round KO over Michele De Meo (13-5, 4 KOs). The bout lasted 2:04.
Photos: Chris Royle crphotos.co.uk
Mike Perez (15-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Tye Fields (47-4, 42 KOs) to win the Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament on Saturday night at the Alexandra Palace in London. Perez swarmed over Fields, staggered him and the bout was waved off. Seemed to be a quick stoppage. The bout lasted 42 seconds. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Just after the weigh-in for three female world title bouts there happened such a horrible earthquake on March 11 that the event on the next day was inevitably postponed for eight weeks until today (May 8). Takaharu Hayashi, the organizer of the triple-header, said at the press conference today, “I was dejected and crestfallen by the cancellation of the March 12 event, but your warm supports are thus going to realize it tomorrow.” For more details and photos click here…
A press conference to hype the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists, and their upcoming bouts on Saturday, May 14 and Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME, was held today at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs), of Oakland, Calif., will defend his WBA title against European superstar and former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs) to kick off the Semifinals on May 14 (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Three weeks later, Carl Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) will defend his WBC title against former world champion Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) on June 4 (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
The Ward-Abraham winner advances to the tournament Final against the winner of the Froch-Johnson showdown. The tournament winner earns the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup and global recognition as the world’s No. 1 168-pound fighter. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBA bantamweight champ Koki Kameda (25-1, 16 KOs), 118, kept his belt as he took the initiative from the outset, decked a lanky Nicaraguan, #14 Daniel Diaz (18-3, 13 KOs), 117.25, in the eighth and finally halted him at the end of the eleventh round on Friday in Osaka, Japan.
Taller by three inches and longer also by three inches at reach, the lanky Diaz wasn’t such a nuisance for Kameda who had acquired the vacant WBA 118-pound belt by defeating Alexander Munoz on points last December. The Nicaraguan was simply slower than Kameda who easily came close to him at will, landing southpaw combinations whenever he liked. Diaz occasionally responded to the champ’s attack with sickle-like uppercuts that occasionally caught Kameda with insufficient power to hurt him. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Shannon Briggs (51-6-1, 45 KOs) poses with Norton Herrick and a Kentucky Derby Horse participant. Briggs is in town for today’s Derby and with his good friend Herrick. Herrick is a very successful businessman and reportedly in the elite group of billionaires. The now retired Briggs has beaten the odds of the negative stereotype placed on a lot of boxer’s following their careers . Briggs has done well with his money and is multimillionaire with an acting career and a successful marketing business. ” There is life after boxing and now I’m an entrepreneur.”
By Francisco Salazar
Trainer Freddie Roach announced early Saturday morning that he and USA Boxing, along with the U.S. Olympic Committee, have formed a partnership for the 2012 games in London. “It will be a privilege to be a part of the Olympic team,” said Roach.
The top amateur fighters will have access to the services of one of the most sought after trainers in the world. The fighter will also have access to Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, which is a USA Boxing registered club since 1997.
“I wanted to help the United States get some gold medals back to the United States. I feel like I have the experience and knowledge to help.”
Roach first experienced the Olympics games as an amateur champion back in 1976 in Montreal.
Roach made the announcement early Saturday morning, prior to the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Diego Magdaleno was never known as a heavy hitter early in his career. But as of late, the Las Vegan has fought like he has summoned the Hammer of Thor as he shredded another opponent in spectacular fashion with a 3rd round TKO of Gilberto Sanchez Leon at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas in the headliner of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights . . . Click here for more
Take a seat at the table of the pre-fight “fighter talent” meetings for tonight’s Pacquiao vs. Mosley PPV on SHOWTIME. In this bonus video from FIGHT CAMP 360°, the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports capture a confident Manny Pacquiao, while Team Mosley, led by trainer Nazeem Richardson, takes a bold stance against the odds placed in Manny Pacquiao’s favor.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Very pleasant has been the stay for the WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the mountains of Big Bear, California, where he is physically and mentally preparing himself to defend his title against the southpaw Ryan Rhodes from England on June 18 in Guadalajara, Mexico. From his heigh-altitude camp, Edison and Chepo Reynoso report that the WBC super welterweight king is sparring with Craig McEwan three and four rounds a day. Juan Pablo Montes de Oca, a fighter with very similar characteristics to Rhodes’ style, will also be joining the camp. Saul and his team, run every morning at 7AM in the forest, two hours after breakfast and in the afternoon by 4PM get into the gym for an average of 90 minutes. Everything goes according to the plan they have for Alvarez to successfully defend his green and gold WBC belt in the ring to be installed at the Arena VFG of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico on June 18.
Article/Photo by Peter Lim
Undefeated super middleweight Alfonso Lopez, 21-0 (16 KOs), will be plucked from obscurity and thrown into the limelight against former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, 36-2 (32 KOs), tonight on the Pacquiao-Mosley undercard. A self-described “boxer-counterpuncher,” Lopez appears to be one of those guys who’s well-rounded and more than adequate in every facet of the game, but has not, thus far at least, excelled in any one particular department. He is a former two-time Texas Golden Gloves champion and silver medalist at the 2006 USA Boxing nationals, but his level of opposition as a pro has been mediocre at best. Lopez declined to reveal the amount of his purse for the fight only to say it was the biggest payday “by far” of his career to date. (more…)
All the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s jam-packed Pacquiao-Mosley weigh-in at MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Click here
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a crossroads light heavyweight clash, Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-4, 11 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over three-time world title challenger Librado Andrade (29-4, 22 KOs) on Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,100 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Scores were 96-94, 96-94 for Pryor and 95-95.
Even though light heavyweight Enrique Ornelas (31-7, 20 KOs) went down from a surprising uppercut from Hector Hernandez (10-4-2, 4 KOs) in the first round, he went on to win a unanimous decision by scores of 78-73 on all cards.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect and 2008 U.S. Olympic bronze medalist Deontay Wilder (16-0, 16 KOs) destroyed Regino Pena (6-7, 1 KO) in less than a round. more + photos
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
Super flyweight McWilliams Arroyo (8-1, 6 KOs) scored a TKO over Rigoberto Casillas (2-5-1, 1 KO) on Friday night at the Coliseo Pedrín Zorrilla in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Early in round seven, Referee Luis Pabon gave Casillas a standing eight count and at Pabon stopped the fight, round seven at 1:52
The former amateur world champion Arroyo, stepped into the main event slot on late notice after Jonathan Oquendo pulled out with an injury. more + photos
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Super middleweight Denis Grachev (10-0-1, 5 KOs) made a very impressive statement at the Fox Theater inside of the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT as he defeated Providence RI’s Vladine Biosse, handing him the first defeat of his professional career. Grachev landed well to the body and that opened up Biosse as Grachev landed several unanswered hooks to the head of Biosse. Grachev knocked Biosse (11-1, 6 KOs) to the canvas three times during the fight en route to a fourth round stoppage at 2:56 after referee Joey Luppino stopped the bout. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Super middleweight and former world title challenger Elvin Ayala won his third fight in a row as he battered veteran George Armenta over four rounds of action. However for Armenta, the beating was too much for him to handle as he was unable to come off of his stool to start round number five. With the fourth round TKO victory, Ayala continues his ascent in the division as he improves to (23-5-1, 11 KOs), while Armenta who has battled tough competition throughout his career, falls to (13-7, 11 KOs).
“Slick” Rick Dawson, brother of former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, won a four round unanimous decision over Odias Dumezil (3-6, 1 KO). Scores of the bout were 40-36, 40-37, and 39-37 all in favor of Dawson. Dawson, although not the more powerful of the two fighters, won the bout with his speed and finesse. With the victory, Dawson improves his perfect record to (4-0, 1 KO). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Andreas Hale at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Diego Magdaleno (19-0, 6 KOs) won by third round TKO over Gilberto Sanchez Leon (31-9-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night on the eve of Pacquiao-Mosley at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Magdaleno, the NABF champion, delivered a left to the head to Leon knocking him down in the second round. Early in the third round, he knocked him down for the second time and referee Vic Drakulich stopped the fight after the third knockdown at :49 seconds of round three.
Highly regarded super bantamweight Jesse Magdaleno (4-0, 2 KOs), brother of main eventer Diego Magdaleno, won a unanimous decision over Jonathan Alcantara (4-4-2, 0 KOs) All three judges scored it the same 60-54 for Magdaleno.
Featherweight Juan Carlos Martinez pulled off the upset with an eight round split decision over former world title challenger Bernabe Concepcion. It was all Martinez (17-12-1, 5 KO’s) with his awkward style early, but Concepcion (30-4-1, 17 KO’s) rallied late with repeated right hands to the head. One judge had Concepcion ahead 77-75, but the other judges gave Martinez the nod with scores of 78-74 and 77-75. (more…)
Andreas Hale and Francisco Salazar at the scales
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas:
Manny Pacquiao 145 vs. Shane Mosley 147
Jorge Arce 122 vs. Wilfredo Vasquez 122
Kelly Pavlik 170 vs. Alfonso Lopez 169
Mike Alvarado 139 vs Ray Narh 140
Rodel Mayol 112 vs Javier Gallo 114
Jose Benavidez 140 vs. James Hope 141
Arizona Ambriz 140 vs. Pierre Cote 139
Randy Arrellin 135 vs. Karl Dargan 135
Photo: HD Promotions
The Oklahoma Boxing Commission is reviewing Thursday’s fight between Michael Clark and Carson Jones, which was ruled a no contest. Apparently Clark entered the ring wearing a football cup instead of a boxing foul protector. Carson hit him slightly below the belt line and because Clark wasn’t wearing a proper cup he developed a swelling or a whelp on his groin. The rules state that if a fighter is hit with an accidental low blow he has five minutes to recover and if he can not continue, he the victory is awarded to the opponent. The commission at the time ruled it the same as if it was an accidental headbutt and called the fight a no contest. The decision is being reviewed and the Jones camp believes it most likely will be overturned, pointing out that it was a low blow that Clark could not continue from because he came into the ring without a boxing cup on.
Former IBF super middleweight champion Jeff “Left Hook” Lacy officially signed on the dotted line to face Strikeforce champion Nick Diaz, who wants to pursue a professional boxing career in addition to his mixed-martial arts title reign. The boxing match will take place in the Fall of 2011. Promoter Don Chargin states, “This is a very dangerous fight for both men. Not only is this fight dangerous but stylistically it is very intriguing. I expected more resistance from fight fans and media in regards to this match-up but its amazing as to the hundreds of calls and e-mails I’ve received from fans on both sides wanting to see this match-up take place. I’ve received more than a few inquiries from some other very high-profile boxers that want to step up and fight Nick. It’s been a real whirlwind….I’ve been around boxing for quite some time and I’ve seen a lot of great, tough fighters in my six decades within the sport. I believe that if Nick had been one of those kids who had picked up boxing from a youth, he’d undoubtedly be a world-champion today. Sometime within the next 2 weeks I’ll be personally making the trek to Cesar Gracies gym to setup a private, closed door sparring session between Nick and a few nameless top-level contenders I have in mind.”
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Mike Perez 244 vs. Kerston Manswell 252
Evgeny Orlovs. 308 vs. Gregory Tony 227
Michael Sprott 238 vs. Tye Fields 271
Lucian Bot 220 vs. Konstantin Airich 228
Venue: Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill, London, United Kingdom
Photo: Photo Wende
Daniel Geale 158.9 vs. Sebastian Sylvester 159.6
Danny McIntosh 173 vs. Eduard Gutknecht 174.8
Otis Griffin 174.8 vs. Karo Murat 174.8
Venue: Jahnsportforum, Neubrandenburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Former IBF middleweight title challenger Billy Lyell (23-9) annihilated journeyman Brian Paul via a 1st round TKO Thursday at the Hyatt Regency in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Lyell dropped Paul twice with brutal body shots before the bout was halted at 54 seconds into the opening stanza.
In other action, Contender Season II champ Grady Brewer (27-12) won a six round unanimous decision over a Abel Perry, while heavyweight prospect Ty Cobb (13-2) won a six round decision over Jason Nicholson. Also, female welterweight Kelly Trance evened her mark to (1-1) with a second round TKO victory over Kim Dawson.
A scheduled bout between Michael Clark (41-5-1) and Carson Jones (29-8-2) was stopped in the second round after repeated accidental fouls by Jones. Initially thought by many to be a DQ win for Clark, the result was determined and announced as a “no decision”. The five bout charity card was presented by HD Boxing.
Coming back after an eight year layoff, Super Brian Nielsen surprised everyone with his lowest weight in his entire career. Conversely for Holyfield it was the highest weight of his career.
Evander Holyfield 225 vs Brian Nielsen 238
Venue: Koncerthuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: PPV (Denmark)
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