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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
With the ordered rematch between Bernard Hopkins and Chad Dawson, former WBC light-heavyweight Jean Pascal finds himself as the odd man out in a triangle that has seen all three fighters wearing the green belt at one time or another. With Pascal (26-2-1 16KO) forced to take a backseat, the #3 ranked fighter in the division was ordered to face off against #2 ranked Ismayl Sillakh (17-0 14KO) for spot of mandatory challenger within the division by the WBC. Don’t look for the fight to happen anytime soon though as Pascal’s promoter will continue exploring more viable and lucrative options. (more…)
Tijuana featherweight Omar “Dinamita” Estrella (15-3-2, 10KOs) has a big opportunity in his near future when on Saturday, January 21st, he is scheduled to face the former world champion Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-4, 34KOs) in Mexico City at a venue to be determined. The ten round bout will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Erik Morales’ Box Latino. The main event will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Phil McCarty/Hogan Photos
Most boxing experts and fight fans predicted an Andre Berto victory over Victor Ortiz prior to both fighters facing each other back in April. However, few would have predicted what transpired inside the ring for 12 brutal rounds that saw a total of four knockdowns, Berto’s ‘O’ disappearing on his record, and Ortiz finally living up to expectations from his days as an amateur. Not to mention the fight turned out to be one of if not the fight of the year for 2011.
Both fighters will fight once again on February 11th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Rather than most favoring Ortiz to win the rematch, as most are accustomed to doing, there are a majority that are favoring Berto to defeat the 24-year-old. “Once again, I have to prove myself,” said Ortiz, at Monday’s press conference to officially announce the anticipated fight at the JW Marriott in downtown Los Angeles. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Jon Miller President of Programming and NBC Sports and NBC Sports Network, Main Events promoter Kathy Duva and Hall of Fame matchmaker Russell Peltz today discussed the launch of the new NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” series which debuts January 21 in Philadelphia with a matchup between Philly heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers and former WBO heavyweight champion Sergei “White Wolf” Liakhovich.
Jon Miller: We’re excited to get our team back involved with boxing again. It had a long and storied history with NBC Sports. Back in the early nineties, we would do as many as 20 or 30 fights per year on NBC and we think there is an opportunity here with the right matchmaking and the right positioning to possibly reintroduce boxing to free over-the-air and, in this case, cable television.
Kathy Duva: The fighter’s purses for this show are going to exceed the rights fee. It’s not like we’re holding back….our goal here is to make great fights so NBC is going to want to do more of them.
Russell Peltz: I’m especially happy that the series is opening up in Philadelphia, which is still one of the best fight towns in the country and also the fact that we’re not in a casino ballroom, we’re in a live arena and we’ve got a Philadelphia fighter in each of the two main fights in a 50/50 matchup.
The NBC Sports Network (currently named VERSUS) is also planning boxing shows for March 24, June 16 and December 8.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
While Antonin Decarie and Victor Lupo were settling matters inside the ring Saturday night for the WBC International welterweight belt, former belt holder Phil Lo Greco was busy making videos and challenges to the winner promising to “f*** them up” sometime in 2012.
After having a signed contract with the Toronto fighter last September, include Decarie amongst those not interested in going down the same road again. “Before negotiations happened with Lo Greco and Lupo, I was supposed to have fought Lo Greco, the fight was signed and he backed out.” (more…)
Germany’s first major boxing highlight of 2012 takes place on January 14 at the Baden Arena in Offenburg when former middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (32-3, 26 KOs) takes on Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias (19-1, 11 KOs) and WBO super middleweight world champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) defends against WBO #14 Henry Weber (15-0-1, 3 KOs). At a press conference on Monday in Magdeburg, Stieglitz and Weber, who will be training through the holidays, spoke to the press:
Robert Stieglitz: “One should not underestimate Henry Weber. Therefore, I am approaching the matter with the necessary concentration. I’ve been a professional long enough to know I can celebrate after the 14th of January.”
Trainer Dirk Dzemski: “Our goal is clear. We want to clearly defeat Weber, then in April go against Mikkel Kessler.”
Henry Weber: “I know Robert from previous sparring, so I know what to expect….I have become faster, more mobile and explosive since I’ve trained with Otto Ramin. Somehow he manages to get more out of me. In the world championship fight against Stieglitz, I’m still the underdog. But that doesn’t bother me because fights aren’t won by words, but in the ring.
Trainer Otto Ramin: “This will be an exciting fight. We’re not focusing on Robert Stieglitz, but on the strengths of Henry. While anything is possible in boxing, I’m assuming that the fight will go the rounds. We’ll see who will be the winner in the end.”
Nate Diaz and Donald Cerrone are two of the most exciting young fighters in the lightweight division.
Diaz is the younger brother (and virtual carbon copy) of former Strikeforce Welterweight Champion and UFC veteran Nick Diaz and he is looking to build upon the tremendous momentum created with his Submission of the Night win over former PRIDE superstar Takanomi Gomi. This will be Diaz’s second 155-lb bout after spending a little over a year competing at 170. And a win over Cerrone will put Diaz right back into the division’s top 10 . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the 49th annual WBC Convention was decided that middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. would have to next face former champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez, but there were already plans in place for Chavez to defend his belt on February 4 in Texas. A reliable source indicates that Top Rank has already sent the contract to Promociones del Pueblo, promoter of longtime mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio. Promoter Oswaldo Kuchler says it’s his understanding that the winner of the bout between Chavez Jr. and Rubio must face Martinez. However, Martinez camp believes the WBC decision means they can go straight to Chavez without waiting.
Former “Contender” winner Grady Brewer (28-13, 16 KOs), the reigning NABF super middleweight beltholder, is hard at work preparing for his upcoming title fight this Thursday night at the Cox Center in Oklahoma City. Brewer, age 40 (turning 41 on Thursday), from Lawton, Oklahoma, is defending his title against the younger knockout artist Michael Medina (25-3, 19 KOs), from Monterry, Mexico. Brewer won the NABF light middleweight title on June 17, 2011 by TKO in the fourth round over another much younger fighter, undefeated Fernando Guerrero (21-0 at the time). This win by Brewer was a huge upset and knocked the world-wide boxing community for a loop. As far is Brewer is concerned, it was no upset as he is used to winning and knocking off young guys.
Also on the card is popular Oklahoma lightweight titlist Noah Zuhdi (15-2,14 KO’s), welterweight Kyle Sherman (10-2, 6 KO’s), and heavyweight Ron “The Iceman” Aubrey (11-2, 11 KO’s). Opponents will be named. The event is presented by catBOX Entertainment.
By Matt Richardson and Kurt Wolfheimer
Entering the championship rounds, Andre Ward had compiled a substantial lead on the scorecards of judges John Keene (99-91) and Craig Metcafe (97-93). However judge John Stewart saw the bout even at 95-95 through ten. Keane (118-110) split the last two rounds, while Metcafe (115-113) gave both rounds to Carl Froch and Stewart (115-113) gave both rounds to Ward. Click here to see the actual master scorecard.
By Ron Jackson
Doctor Ntsele from the Free State retained his South African flyweight title when he knocked out Mkholisi Bhonxa of Duncan Village in the third round at the Babs Madalakane Community Hall in Uitenhage on Sunday afternoon. Ntsele (49.85kg) who was making the second defence of his title was too strong for the Boxing SA number one ranked Bhonxa and dominated through rounds one and two before scoring the knockout in the third round.
Ntsele won the title in July this year when he outpointed Xola Sifama over twelve rounds and in his first defence he stopped Anele Makhwelo in the ninth round in Bloemfontein. Rather sadly Makwhelo collapsed after the fight and died in a Bloemfontein hospital four days later. Ntsele improves his record to 14-4-1, 9 KOs and Bhonxa’s reported record drops to 9-6-1, 3 KOs.
Photos & Video by Gabriel F. Cordero & Pepe Rodriguez
In a Fightnews.com exclusive, WBC President Jose Sulaiman delivers a special video message to boxing fans, boxers, managers, promoters and media around the world. Recorded at the 49th WBC Convention that ended this week, Sulaiman explains his projects and goals.
Shawn “The Sniper” Cox (15-1, 14 KOs) is calling out any of the world champions at cruiserweight after successfully defending his WBC CABOFE cruiserweight title at the Cliff Anderson sports hall in Georgetown, Guyana on Saturday night. “I told them I was great,” Cox said after knocking down the courageous Kurt Bess (5-5, 3 KOs) four times in the first round of the scheduled 12 round contest. “I was not 100% sure I could beat the best fighters in the world, but after knocking out former top ten Francisco Alvarez in Mexico and then sparring with heavyweight world champion Alexander Povetkin, I am 1000% sure that no one in the world can beat me at cruiserweight.” (more…)
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Despite the ups and downs, replacements and cancellations Showtime’s “Super Six” super middleweight tournament produced two important things: some good, engaging fights and a future American star. The former was lacking on Saturday night at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey but the latter was clearly on display as WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward unified his belt with the WBC’s with a clear unanimous decision win against title-holder Carl Froch. (More)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Former Undisputed Cruiserweight champion O’Neil “Supernova” Bell broke a three-bout losing streak in short fashion, needing just 58 seconds to stop Rico Cason in the main event on December 17 at Henderson Hall’s Smith Gymnasium on the Fort Myer Joint Military Base in Arlington, VA. The card was promoted by RBA Promotions.
Bell, now fighting out of Arlington, dropped the native of Hermitage, TN twice with two crushing right hands, the second knockdown forced referee Billy Johnson to stop the contest. After losing his undisputed title to Jean-Marc Mormeck, Bell (27-4-1, 25 KO’s) lost to former champ Tomasz Adamek and former title challenger Richard Hall before this victory.
With the loss, Cason falls to 17-21, five KO’s. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Millions of dollars in the bank, four wins, two world championships and general recognition as fighter of the year for 2011. That’s what Andre Ward has earned by his performances in Showtime’s “Super Six” super middleweight round robin tournament that commenced in 2009.
Not too shabby for a fighter most experts predicted wouldn’t get past the first round or even first fight in the tournament without losing.
“This is not the end, it’s the beginning,” Ward (25-0, 13 KO’s) stated at the post-fight press conference held back stage at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey late Saturday night. Minutes earlier Ward unified the WBA and WBC super middleweight titles with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision against Carl Froch.
“Believe it or not, you haven’t seen the best of Andre Ward. I take my hat off to Carl Froch. I have nothing bad to say about him,” Ward said. “He didn’t stop trying, he kept coming and he was classy in defeat,” said Ward promoter Dan Goossen. “At worst, Andre lost two rounds.” (more…)
By Bill Hillmann at ringside
Photos: Armando Angulo
There was a down-pour during most of the bouts Saturday night which took place in a baseball field in Cozumel Mexico. The Donovan George, Librado Andrade bout was canceled due to contract-issues with the size of the ring. The other bouts continued.
Enrique Ornelas (38-7-0 21KOs) stops Luis Serrano (11-1 9KO’s) with a left hook to the body. Time of stoppage was 1:03 of the first round.
Alberto Esquivel of Cozumel (2-0 2KOs) stops Carlos Sanchez of Mexico (NA) with an uppercut/left hook at 0:27 sec of the second round.
Super Flyweight WBC Continental Americas champion Carlos Cuadras of Mexico City (23-0 20 KOs) defeated Alberto Chuc (14-18, 11KOs) of Yucatan. It was a competitive bout. Chuc won the second round but then Cuadras took over. He dropped Chuc in the 6th with a right hand. Chuc beat the count but Cuadras floored Chuc with another combination moments later. Chuc valiantly rose to his feet and continued to battle. Chuc’s corner threw in the towel at 1:52 of the sixth round. (more…)
Photos and story by Bob Ryder at ringside
Junior Welter Juan (Johnny) Garcia thrilled his local fans with a decisive stoppage win over Reggie Nash in the main event at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The undefeated Garcia from nearby Holland, MI, showed speed and power in dismantling Nash. After a relatively even first round, Garcia really went to work, setting a pace that Nash could not match. Body shots by Juan lowered Nash’s guard and he quickly began to switch his attack upstairs, bloodying Reggie’s mouth in the third round. In the fourth, Garcia landed a booming right that dropped Nash hard. Reggie got up and attempted to fight back but was quickly in trouble again with referee Patrick Schmidt administering another count as Nash floundered under Garcia’s attack along the ropes. Shortly after the mandatory eight was tolled, Garcia resumed wailing on Nash until Schmidt jumped in to stop it at 2:55 of the round. With the win Garcia goes to (11-0, 9 KO’s) while Nash drops to (10-28-1, 1 KO) in losing for the second time to Garcia. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Despite an abrupt cancellation of ex-WBC bantam and feather champ Hozumi Hasegawa’s comeback appearance because of his rib cage injury, a supporting card inevitably became a headliner on Saturday in Kobe, Japan. WBC#11 super-fly Johnny Garcia (14-3-1, 8 KOs), 114.5, defeated Japan’s #5 ranked 115-pounder Yoshito Ishizaki (6-3-1, 4 KOs), 114.75, Hasegawa’s stablemate, by a unanimous decision (78-75 and 78-74 twice) over eight furious rounds on Saturday in Kobe, Japan. A week after Hasegawa having cancelled his engagement, great many customers reasonably had tickets refunded, so there was only a very sparse crowd due to a void of the hometown favorite in Kobe city. But the spectators were fortunate enough to watch such a grueling battle with each hitting the deck. Garcia, a hard-hitting swinger, floored the lanky speedster Ishizaki in the fourth, but the Japanese came back to take the initiative, piling up points to overcome the deficits. In round seven Ishizaki decked Garcia with a busy combination, but the Mexican displayed his heart and power by dropping him back in the closing seconds of the give-and-take round. Garcia, managed by ex-WBC ruler Jose Luis Bueno, was in command in the eighth and final session, so he could bring home the bacon to Mexico city. It was a very interesting see-saw affair. Promoter: Shinsei Promotions.
On a night where promising talent was pitted against established fighters – in four bouts, the favored fighter had more than twice as many fights as his challenger – the old guard stood firm in its refusal to step aside. Two champions convincingly retained their belts, while former champion Gegard Mousasi halted Ovince St. Preux’ eight-fight winning streak. Below are the full results from Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal, which took place at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego . . . Click here for more by Laura Gilbert, Strikeforce.com
Super Six Final Result: Andre Ward Dominates Carl Froch to Claim Super Six World Boxing Classic Championship
Photos: Tom Casino and Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Andre Ward is the Super Six World Boxing Classic champion and the No. 1 super middleweight in the world. Ward dominated England’s Carl Froch to win a unanimous decision by the scores of 118-110, 115-113 two times in front of 5,626 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. The victory unified the World Boxing Association and World Boxing Council super middleweight titles and also earned Ward The Ring Magazine belt as well as the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic cup.
A frontrunner for Fighter of the Year, Ward’s (25-0, 13 KOs) exploit has anointed him as the man to beat at 168 pounds. After the hard-fought unification bout, Ward had one word for his impressive evening and undefeated run thought the tournament: Supernatural. (more…)
Patrick Nielsen (12-0, 6 KOs) won the first title of his promising career in Herning in Saturday night when he cruised to a clear points victory over Michael Schubov (13-7, 6 K0s). The 20-year-old Dane was in control throughout, doing damage with his right jab. He cleverly kept his opponent at bay and fired in southpaw lefts to body and head. In the ninth, a right sent Schubov down, but he scrambled back to his feet and lasted until the end. The scores were 100-89, 100-89 and 99-90 in favour of Nielsen. “I think Patrick did really well tonight,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “He was in full control and pleased his fans. He has a great future ahead and he proved it again tonight.”
In the co-featured main event, Rudy Markussen (37-2, 24 KOs) added another impressive TKO to his resume, stopping Steven Bendall in the fourth round. The Hardhitter landed his power punches early, knocking the Englishman down with a flurry of rights in the third. When he had him in the ropes again following a series of power punches in the fourth, the referee waved the bout off. “I am ready for a title fight,” Markussen said. “Let´s get it on.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Zanfer Promotions closed out the year with not one, but two major fight cards on Saturday night.
At the Palenque de la Feria in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico:
WBO featherweight Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-1, 24 KOs) recovered from knockdowns in rounds three and four to stop Weng Haya (15-5, 8 KOs) in round eight of a non-title match. Certainly not a good tune-up for Salido’s planned rematch with Juanma Lopez.
Former unified world champion Cristian Mijares (44-6-2, 20 KOs) had a much easier time in knocking out Alejandro Valdez (25-7-2, 19 KOs) in round three of a super bantamweight contest.
At the Arena Jorge Cuesy Serrano in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico:
In a battle between “Sons of Legends,” it was welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr (30-4-1, 18 KOs) handing “Businessman” Omar Chávez (27-1-1, 20 KOs) his first defeat via a ten round majority decision. Scores were 99-93, 99-93 and 95-95.
Former WBO flyweight champion Julio César “Pingo” Miranda outpointed Cecilio “Boga” Santos in the co-feature. more photos
By Matt Richardson and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday night at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) outclassed WBC champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. The Olympic gold medalist Ward was faster, busier, landed cleaner, harder punches and did not allow Froch to get anything going. By round seven Ward was seemingly hitting Froch at will. A desperate Froch came on late, but the result was never in doubt although Ward prevailed by surprisingly close scores of 115-113 on two cards with a more realistic 118-110 on the third card. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Featherweight Roberto Marroquin (21-1, 14 KOs) scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over former Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (12-4-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Dallas fighter was in command all the way, winning 100-90 on all cards.
Unbeaten lightweight Jose Roman (12-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Alejandro Rodriguez (12-5, 6 KOs) over eight hard rounds by scores of 78-74, 79-73, 78-74.
Undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz (13-0, 8 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Theron Johnson (5-7, 1 KO). The 262lb Ruiz dropped Johnson in round one and swept the remainder of the rounds. Scores were 60-53 on all cards.
Lightweight Jesse Roman (8-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Angel Rodriguez (6-6-2, 4 KOs). more photos
By Bill Hillmann at ringside
The IBF super middleweight eliminator between Donovan George vs Librado Andrade at the Campo de Beisbol Froilan Lopez in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, was canceled just hours before the fighters were to step into the ring. A member of Donovan George’s camp measured the ring before the event began. He claimed the ring was 15.5 feet and the contracted ring size was 18.5. No one else has gone on the record about the situation.
Meanwhile the undercard bouts went ahead as scheduled. In notable action:
Super featherweight prospect Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (21-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round KO over outgunned Julio Camano (8-7-1, 3 KOs)
WBC #2 rated super flyweight Carlos Cuadras (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alberto Chuc (14-18, 11 KOs). In a beatdown, Cuadras battered Chuc until the bout was halted in the six. Chuc was down moments before the stoppage. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook bounced Luis Galarza all around the ring for five rounds before the referee finally called a halt to the action at 1:38 into the fifth. Brook (26-0, 18 KO’s) seemed to hurt Galarza (18-3, 14 KO’s) in every round before the fight was finally called off with Galarza still upright.
Light heavyweight and former middleweight title challenger Edison Miranda stopped Kariz Kariuki inside five rounds. Kariuki was dropped on a left hook in the fifth and stopped on his feet seconds later. Time of the stoppage was 2:15. Miranda moves to 35-6, 30 KO’s while Kariuki is now 24-10-2 with 19 KO’s. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Things so far have been fairly easy in 27-year-old Kevin Bizier’s career. A record of 16-0 heading into Saturday’s encounter in front of 2,162 hometown Quebec City at the Pepsi Colisee, the three-year pro had only been eight rounds once and recorded a total of 12 knockouts, six of those in the first round. Saturday he went twelve for the first time and was forced to stand and deliver for the first time as scored a 117-111, 118-110, 119-109 decision over a tough as nails Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2 15KO) of Houston Texas capturing the vacant NABA welterweight championship.
The scores were indicative of the rounds won by the hometown fighter but certainly did show what Tyner brought to the table as he forced Bizier to fight every minute of every round against an opponent who was landing solid shots right until the final bell. The Quebec City fighter used a solid left hook and a relentless body attack to slow the veteran 36 year-old down but never to the point where Tyner didn’t have something to give back. In the 9th round with Bizier in unchartered territory, Tyner was telling the hometown prospect the onslaught wasn’t enough. His corner spent the entire minute between rounds trying to do the same. But Bizier remained undeterred and continued to land the stronger, telling blows until the end of the fight.
Welterweight Antonin Decarie (26-1 7KO) captured a hard fought decision against very awkward Victor Lupo (19-2-2 9KO) capturing the WBC International belt. In a bout that had as many clenches as punches, Decarie was able to prevail with 117-112, 118-1110, 118-110 decision. (more…)
In a pro-am fundraiser for the Gloucester Public School Athletic Program staged by Granite Chin/Danny Kelly Promotions, Derek Silveira, 6-0 (2) of nearby Byfield, MA won the vacant New England Welterweight title against the tough veteran Josh Beeman, 4-11-3 (2) of Providence, RI. Silveira boxed well, keeping the aggressive Beeman off balance with a quick jab and excellent combination punching for the 8 round distance, winning an entertaining unanimous decision. Beeman, a former national amateur champion, was unable to close the gap against the taller Silveira, and had to be content to fight in spurts when Silveira chose to stand still for brief moments throughout the fight. Beeman continually looked for the big counterpunch, of which he landed a few, but was consistently outworked by the popular Silveira, who’s highly vocal fans seemed to fill the arena. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Filipino lightweight Joel De La Cruz (18-12-2, 7 KOs) caused a major upset when he clearly outscored former 2004 Athens Olympian Ryan Langham (15-3, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. De La Cruz dropped Langham twice in round six and once in round seven to win the decision by scores of Adam Height 97-90, Wally Lewis 96-91, Paul Tapley 95-94. De La Cruz had lost to Victor Chermous in November in Sydney on previous trip to Australia. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Irish-born and Australian-based 147 pounder Paddy Murphy (4-0, 2 KOs) captured the Queensland state welterweight title when he stopped Brett John Smith (5-3, 2 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled eight round contest at Gambaro’s Restaurant and Function Centre Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Friday. Murphy controlled the contest in all the rounds. (more…)
Sealing a second chance for a world title, top contender Marco Antonio Rubio tattooed the heavily-inked, always-gutsy Matt Vanda over five rounds for a TKO triumph at the tail-end of the WBC convention, last night at Mandalay Bay’s South Pacific Ballroom in Las Vegas. With a room filled with conventioneers and former kings – from Tony DeMarco to Marvelous Marvin Hagler – Rubio preyed on the “Predator,” busting him up with powerful jabs and right hands until referee Kenny Bayless called off the slaughter . . . Click here for more
Friday’s official weigh-in for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal, airing TONIGHT at 10:30 pm ET/PT on Showtime. The event is headlined by the Strikeforce lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Jorge Masvidal, and the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title bout between Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Hiroko Yamanaka.
Strikeforce lightweight championship
Jorge Masvidal (155) vs. Gilbert Melendez (155)
Strikeforce women’s featherweight championship
Cris “Cyborg” Santos (145) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145)
Ovince St. Preux (206) vs. Gegard Mousasi (206)
Billy Evangelista (156) vs. KJ Noons (156)
Caros Fodor (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (156)
Jerron Peoples (180.5*) vs. Roger Bowling (170)
Gabriel Salinas-Jones (265) vs. Devin Cole (248)
Eddie Mendez (186) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (186)
Herman Terrado (170.5) vs. Chris Brown (170)
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By Graham Houston
The long, hard road comes to an end for 168-pound champions Andre Ward and Carl Froch tonight in Atlantic City, two years after starting their journey in the Showtime network’s innovative Super Six tournament. Ward is the betting favourite but Froch, who looked in fantastic condition at Friday’s weigh-in, exudes confidence and will have his backers. The tournament has given us compelling contests, upsets, debatable decisions and knockouts. It can be considered a success because — with the obvious exception of Lucian Bute — the best have fought the best at 168 pounds. (more…)
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