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By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA’s annual awards dinner will be held on Wednesday, February 29, at the Miramar International Hotel in Panama City. The event will have special guest appearances by world champions, former world champions, promoters, managers, trainers and international celebrities. Those in attendance will include Felix Sturm, Andre Ward, Ricky Hatton, Austin Trout, Amir Khan, Hernan Marquez, Chris John, Gennady Golovkin, Roman Gonzalez, Takashi Uchiyama, Bryan Vasquez, Guillermo Rigondeaux, Marcos Maidana, Koki Kameda, Jackie Nava, Yessica Bopp, Hanna Gabriel, John Ruiz, Kina Malpartida, Kasao Galaxy, Richard Abril, Juan Carlos Reveco, Ricardo Lopez, Johan Perez, Pelenchin Caballero, Guillermo Jones, Eusebio Pedroza, Hilario Zapata, Jorge Lujan, Anselmo Moreno, Beibut Shumenov, and Roberto ¨Mano de Piedra¨ Duran among others. Also confirmed for the event is Mexican Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain. Thousands of fans in that country will be on the lookout for important personalities from the world of boxing.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Two-division former world champion Jorge Linares (31-2, 20 KOs) will face the Mexican prospect Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (21-2, 19 KOs) in a ten round non-title bouton March 31 in Cancun. The event will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and local promoter Pepe Gomez. There were plans for Linares to fight on the same date in his native Venezuela on a big world championship card presented by Venezuelan promoter Boxtrack, but ultimately event fell apart.
Photos: Michael Eaton Sterling/KMG
Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), and Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs), participated today in a press conference at the “Intercontinental Hotel Düsseldorf” and talked about their upcoming clash next Saturday. WBA/WBO super champion, IBO/IBF heavyweight champion Klitschko and his challenger Mormeck will face off at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Devon Alexander promised that he would be a different fighter with added poundage at welterweight and he lived up to his words by pounding out a unanimous 10-round decision over Marcos Maidana on Saturday night. As HBO’s Max Kellerman commented, no one has beaten Maidana this convincingly. Alexander boxed beautifully, looked strong at 147 pounds and simply would not allow Maidana to get into the fight. Alexander’s zest for combat was questioned after he seemingly bailed out of the fight against Timothy Bradley, but on Saturday night he showed mental toughness.
Maidana had been expected to put heavy pressure on Alexander and bully him, but instead Alexander backed up Maidana, hurt him to the body and even looked the puncher in the fight. Indeed, there were a couple of moments when Maidana seemed on the brink of giving up although he pulled himself together and came back slugging. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-time world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-4-2, 36 KOs) will be fighting for the WBC super bantamweight silver title against the Indonesian Angky Angkota (25-6, 14 KOs) on March 3 in the German Evers Gym in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. The semifinal will be a IBF flyweight title eliminator between former WBA world champion Samuel “Sammy ” Gutierrez and former WBC world champion Omar Niño. Prospects Jorge Cota, Alan “Explosivo” Herrera, Alberto “Astro Boy” Sandoval and Rafael Rosas will also see action. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan (38-4,31KO’s) will clash with American Travis Walker (38-7-1, 30 KO’s) in a twelve-rounder on the March 7 undercard of the IBF world title twinbill featuring IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale’s defense against Osamunu Adama and IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib’s defense against Eduardo Escobedo at the Derwent Entertaiment Center in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.
“I’m looking forward to facing Travis Walker on the night,” Meehan told Fightnews.com. “He’s a big strong guy who comes to fight. So I have to be on my ‘A’ game. So far everything in my preparation is going to plan. I know Travis has a point to prove because the last time he fought in Australia many feel the fight shouldn’t have been stopped the way it was in Leapai’s favor.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
William “Big Stuff” Miranda (5-4-1) thrilled his hometown fans at the Rodeway Inn in Allentown, PA with a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous heavyweight scrapper, Riley Brooks (1-4-1) of Baltimore, Maryland. In the co-feature of the very entertaining six bout card Promoted by Marshall Kauffman’s King Promotions, hard hitting York, PA junior middleweight Keenan Collins (14-7-1, 9KO’s) returned to the winning side of the ledger with a six round unanimous decision victory over Colorado Springs, Colorado’s Julio Cesar Lansas (7-18-6, 1KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Louie Abigail
In a nationally televised promotion, 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (11-0, 7 KOs) scored a clear ten round decision over Johannes “Tito” Mwetupunga (11-3, 5 KOs) to capture the Australian middleweight crown on Friday at the Melbourne Pavillion, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Fletcher displayed outstanding ring skills as he used clever footwork and accurate combinations that had the aggressive champion missing continually and being counterpunched by the challenger effectively. Mwetupunga had no answer to the fast punching Fletcher, who looks destined for international recognition. Scores 98-92, 96-94, 97-93.
Fletcher said to Fightnews, “I had great preparation for this fight. You could count on one hand the times Mwetupunga hit me during the fight. My trainer Steve Dellar showed me in training how to defeat “Tito.” (more…)
Welterweight Devon Alexander “The Great” has always been the prototypical boxer. With slick, quick hands, head and feet, he is capable of getting in and out of range in the blink of an eye.
Saturday night, with blood streaming down his face and getting the dirty work done in the clinches, he did not give quarter at any time, becoming the fighter that many hoped he would be in his first effort at 147 . . . Click here for more
By Phil Doherty
During all four seasons, South Florida languidly soaks in the sunshine and salty breezes wafting from the Atlantic and Caribbean Seas. Yet this tropical paradise repeatedly betrays its image as a quiet, balmy backwater whenever the topic of boxing arises. Recalling golden days when recently and dearly departed trainer Angelo Dundee joined older-brother Chris to set up a pugilistic “Oz” at the corner of 5th and Washington Street in Miami Beach, champions continue walking its sunny, yellow-bricked road.
The tradition continues this Friday night, fittingly, from the beach a few miles north at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood. Proving hurricanes have company in the “tropical storm” department, promoter Acquinity Sports delivers undefeated former two-division world champion Joan “ Baby Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) of The Dominican Republic in a 10-round career resurrection bout. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian super middleweight champion Les Piper (14-9-3, 3 KOs) edged Zac Awad (17-2-1, 6 KOs) over twelve action rounds at the Orion Function Center, Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday to capture the IBF Pan Pacific title. Piper came to fight and controlled the contest in most of the rounds. The super-fit Piper punched consistently to stay in front on the scorecards. Piper suffered a cut over the right eye in round three caused by a punch. The ringside doctor inspected the cut at the conclusion of round seven but ruled it okay to continue. Awad was hurt by a perfectly delivered straight left/right combo in round ten that had the champion on unsteady legs, who responded with a solid attack to the head and body of the challenger. Piper was deducted a point in round ten because of use of the elbow. At the conclusion scores were split 117-113, 114-113 (Piper) and 114-113 (Awad). (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (26-4, 17 KOs) may have lost his NABA junior welterweight title to an inspired “Manny “Manos” Perez (17-7-1, 4 KOs) last Friday at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, in Dover, Delaware, but his fighting heart cannot be questioned. Immediately after the fight, the ringside physician examined Santana’s hands at the commission’s table. After the exam, the doctor stated that both hands were indeed broken, and that the bone in his left hand was practically coming through the skin. Santana’s promoter, Dave Escalet of Fisticuff Promotions, stated that Edgar broke his right hand in the third round, and his left during the sixth round. Still, Santana stayed in the fight, and even engaged in a firefight with Perez in the final round, much to the delight to the live and ESPN2-televised audiences. Take nothing away from Manny Perez, though, because he fought the fight of his life. As for Santana, we will look forward to his return after what is hopefully a speedy recovery.
By Johnny B’ at ringside
Former world title challenger Edner Cherry (29-6-2, 16 KOs) quietly returned Friday night on a small untelevised card in Chicago. Cherry survived a first round knockdown to edge Guillermo Sanchez (13-5-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round super featherweight bout. Judges scores were: Mike Fitzgerald (Wisconsin) 77-74, Jerry Jakubco, (Evanston Ill.) 76-75 and Pat Morley (Chicago) 76-75. Referee Pete Podgorski, Chicago, controlled the action. It was Cherry’s first fight since moving his homebase to the Windy City. (more…)
The biggest fight card in the English-speaking Caribbean took place Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana. Five WBC CABOFE champions were crowned on a show which delivered an absolutely exciting night of fistic action. In the main event, a new star was born when hard-punching Shawn “the Sniper” Cox (16-1, 15 KOs) of Barbados knocked out local hero and former world champion Wayne “Big truck” Braithwaite (24-5, 20 KOs) in the first round of the scheduled 12 round championship fight. Up for grabs was the WBC CABOFE heavyweight title. Both boxers were moving up from cruiserweight to challenge for the vacant heavyweight title which offers the winner an opportunity to enter the WBC world cup tournament which is scheduled to start in May. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Ayanda Yaphi retained his Eastern Cape junior lightweight title on a sixth round stoppage when he beat Mandilakhe Sontlaba at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday. In one of the poorest title fights seen in recent years, the champion clutched and wrestled his way to a win over the challenger, who came in as a late substitute. However, the spectators who arrived at the Orient Theatre on a hot afternoon enjoyed a few entertaining preliminaries. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In a very close fight, Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2, 14 KOs) won the WBF and IBF International super flyweight titles with a unanimous decision over Oscar “Ceviche” Ibarra (27-6, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympic Coliseum U of G. Scores were 117-109, 116-111 and 114-113, all in favor of “Goofy” Montes
In the co-feature, former IBF female flyweight world champion Arely “Machine Gun” Muciño (15-1-1, 8 KOs) won the WBA’s interim flyweight belt by split decision over Melissa McMorrow (6-3-3, 0 KOs). Scores were 97-93 for McMorrow and 97-93 and 98-92 for Muciño. (more…)
After his all action win over Marco Huck, WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin will next make his WBA mandatory defense against #1 rated Hasim Rahman. The Rahman Camp agreed to step aside provided that the Povetkin-Huck winner face Rahman within a period not to exceed 120 days. Povetkin promoter Kalle Sauerland stated, “We will sit down with everybody to see what the future holds.”
Rahman’s #1 WBA rating is a topic of some controversy as the 39-year-old former WBC champion hasn’t faced a world rated opponent since losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2008. WBA executive vice president Gilberto J. Mendoza addressed the issue Saturday night on Twitter. “I understand your feelings,” he tweeted, “but how can we deny the rights of a gentlemen who earned his status and earns a living boxing?”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel and Pepe Rodriguez
Due to an injury to her right hand, Russian Anastasia Toktaulova (14-11, 2 KOs) was unable to continue and called a halt to her world title challenge in round four against WBC female flyweight champion Mariana Juárez (33-5-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night before 6,000 boxing fans at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. It was a competitive up to that point as the champion looked fast and powerful but the challenger had her moments connecting with some strong head shots. It was “La Barbie’s” 13th successful defense of the WBC green belt.
In the co-feature, WBC super featherweight Cabofe beltholder Gamaliel “El Platano” Diaz (35-9-2, 17 KOs) ) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jhean Carlo “El Sireno” Aparicio (15-3, 12 KOs) in a lightweight clash. Scores were 96-94, 99-92, 98-92. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
In December of 2011, Columbia, MD middleweight Tony “Mo Better” Jeter suffered a brutal knockout loss to Richmond Hill, GA’s Jose Felix in Alexandria, VA. Jeter said afterwards that he walked into the ring with a 101-degree fever and was not in shape.
Saturday night at Club One Fitness in Millersville, MD and in front of one of the truest home-ring advantages a fighter could ever have – Jeter co-promoted the card along with United Boxers and Jeter’s wife, Christen, co-owns the facility where the card was held – Jeter earned a bit of redemption with an eight-round unanimous decision over Felix. The win also earned Jeter the vacant UBO (Universal Boxing Organization) All-Americas Middleweight title. (more…)
In one of the most exciting fights in UFC history, Ben Henderson defeated Frankie Edgar by unanimous decision to win the UFC lightweight championship in the main event of UFC 144 at the Saitama Super Arena near Tokyo, Japan.
At two separate points, Henderson had Edgar on the brink of defeat, once sending blood flying from the champion’s nose with a brutal upkick in the second round and later locking him in a guillotine choke from the mount mere seconds before the end of the fifth round . . Click here for more by Oliver Coop, UFC.com
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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
It may not have been pretty, but Jose Aguiniga will take a win anyway he can. Fighting for the first time in five years, Jose Aguiniga won a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz at the Oceanview Pavilion in Port Hueneme, CA. Aguiniga was returning to the ring after dealing with personal issues outside of the ring. He returned to train last year at Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA, where his older brother Mario co-trains him with gym owner Joseph Janik. On Friday, Aguiniga weighed in at 139 pounds, 11 pounds higher than the contract weight of 128. Ruiz weighed in at 127.5, dehydrated to 132, and took the fight after Aguiniga was deducted 20% of his purse.
Most of the action was fought in close quarters. Ruiz pressed the fight, but Aguiniga countered well to the head and body. Throughout the fight, Aguiniga landed the more-effective punches as Ruiz would throw too wide of punches.
All three judges scored the bout in favor of Aguiniga with scores of 80-72, 78-74, and 77-75. Aguiniga, of Oxnard, CA, improves to 32-0, 14 KOs. Ruiz, from Santa Clarita, falls to 23-9, 7 KOs. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Unbeaten jr welterweight Aaron “Joya” Herrera (23-0, 15 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Joksan “Torito” Hernandez (22-5, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Convenciones Siglo XXI in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Herrera outboxed the game Hernandez throughout the fight.
In the co-feature, veteran jr welterweight Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (24-11-4, 16 KOs) scored an upset eighth round TKO over Misael Castillo (21-2, 19 KOs). Vampiro dropped Castillo in the third, then schooled him for the rest of the fight. Castillo did not come out for round eight.
Super flyweight Alonso Lopez, son of Ricardo “Finito” Lopez, extended his undefeated mark (12-0-1, 5 KOs) by knocking out Ivan Galicia in the third round. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Toney
Welterweight contender Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, went 10 rounds for the first time in his three-year pro career, earning a unanimous 10-round decision over Allen Conyers, of the Bronx, NY, in front of a packed Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Atlantic City. Cruz, 25, dropped Conyers just as the bell sounded to end the first round, then alternated between orthodox and southpaw the rest of the way to win by scores of 99-90 (twice) and 98-89. Cruz weighed 146.6 pounds and had never gone beyond six rounds before. Conyers was 147.2 pounds. For more details and photos click here…
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
Hometown hero and former world champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (23-1, 13 KOs) scored a surprisingly one-sided ten round unanimous decision over reigning WBO super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (31-3, 28 KOs) in a non-title welterweight clash on Saturday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Alexander landed the right hook at will, catching Maidana coming in throughout the contest. The lead left hand found a home as well with Maidana not finding the right formula to keep up with the faster fighter. Alexander showed a side that has not been seen, staying in the clinches, and using the increased strength from the extra seven pounds to his advantage. After a bad performance in his loss to Tim Bradley, Alexander rebounded with his best performance, dominating Maidana like no fighter ever has. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
Adrien “The Problem” Broner (23-0, 19 KOs) remains unsolved as he toyed with and eventually knocked out Eloy Perez (23-1-2, 7 KOs) midway into round 4 in their WBO junior lightweight championship bout. Broner was much too quick and way too strong for Perez, who never could get into rhythm against the Cincinnati fighter. Broner landed the left hook at will and starting in the second, began to mix up the barrage with straight right hands, uppercuts from both hands and a vicious left hook. The end came late in the fourth from a straight right hand that landed cleanly and then closed the show with a looping right hand that drove Perez to the canvas. Perez attempted to get up at least twice, only to stumble around the ring, forcing referee Gino Hernandez to wave the contest to a halt at 2:24. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In an interesting matchup, WBA regular heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs) retained his title with a hard fought majority decision over WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Both fighters are in the Sauerland Event stable, but not particularly friends. The crowd was very pro-Huck. Povetkin drew first blood in round two. The well-schooled former Olympic gold medalist Povetkin fought a consistent pace while Huck, who had only a handful of amateur fights, relied on wild attacks and had some success. The bout was very close through the first six rounds. The 20lb weight difference didn’t seem to be a problem for Huck, as both fighters were rocked in the seventh. Povetkin seemed to be tiring a bit in the eighth. Huck connected with a few big rights in the ninth. Still anyone’s fight entering the championship rounds. Povetkin’s punches did more damage in the eleventh, but Huck rocked Povetkin with a big right in the twelfth and staggered him again at the bell. Scores were 114-114, 116-113, 116-112.
“I underestimated him,” said Povetkin afterward. “Maybe I didn’t take this fight seriously enough.”
Huck stated, “Povetkin had a good performance, but [at the end] he couldn’t even stand and was still declared the champion. I think many of those who saw the fight saw me as the winner.” Huck’s trainer Ulli Wegener added, “I told Marco ‘you have a chance for a KO win.’ He was gone. Just one more right and he was finished!” (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0, 11 KOs) scored a one-sided, but uninspired twelve round unanimous decision over heavy underdog Tommy Karpency (21-3-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales. Cleverly was in command all the way, but was never able to sufficiently break through the cover of the defensive-minded Karpency to get the stoppage. Scores were 120-108 on all cards. It was Cleverly’s first fight in his native Wales in almost four years.
“Tommy is very tough,” said Cleverly afterward. “Out of every fighter I’ve fought, he’s punched the hardest so far. And I’ve fought some big punchers…It was a nice performance, a good workout. It was exciting and there’s plenty more to come from me.”
Former WBO cruiserweight champion, now fighting as a light heavyweight, Enzo Maccarinelli (34-5, 27 KOs) dropped journeyman Ciaran Healy (13-18-1, 4 KOs) with a body shot in round two and Healy’s corner threw in the towel moments later.
Unbeaten welterweight prospect and 2008 Olympian Frankie Gavin (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a third round KO over Kevin McIntyre (30-9, 9 KOs). A body shot finished it.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night before approximately seven hundred boisterous fans at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA, former Contender series star Omar Sheika (32-11, 21KO’s) and local favorite Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (12-3, 7KO’s) waged a give and take ten round middleweight war that was worthy of national television exposure. Eventually Sheika was able to prevail, getting the ten round unanimous decision victory, though two scorecards which had him ahead by a large margin really didn’t tell the real story of the fight. The co-feature of the evening, saw junior welterweight sensation Naim Nelson continue his winning ways with a six round majority decision victory over hard luck veteran Linwood Hurd (3-3-4, 1KO). (more…)
2009 world amateur champion and unbeaten highly touted junior middleweight prospect ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (10-0, 6 KOs) is fighting his first official fight under the Sauerland Event promotional Banner on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight championship clash between beltholder Alexander Povetkin and challenger Marco Huck. Culcay based out of Germany by way of his native Ambato, Ecuador will fight in a special eight round junior middleweight featured attraction against Italian veteran Salvatore Annunziata (15-5-4, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
Photos: Jesse Kelley
Saint Paul middleweight Cerresso Fort improved to (12-0-1, 10 KOs) in Friday nights main event at a packed Saint Paul National Guard Armory by stopping Cheyenne Ziegler (3-7, 2 KOs) of South Dakota.Fort pressed the fight from the opening bell but Ziegler held on to survive the opening round. Ziegler tasted Fort’s power in the second and opted not to continue at 1:11 in round two.
It only took a few seconds of action to realise Fort was the stronger, faster, and more polished boxer as he ripped hooks to the head and body of Ziegler throughout the first round. Ziegler did not let those disadvantages sway him from winging wild shots of his own in return, most of which was caught by the tight guard of Fort.
Ziegler looked discouraged as round two began and Fort continued his two fisted assault. A short right to the head courtesy of Fort dropped Ziegler to the canvas a minute into the round. Ziegler remained on his knees and looked back at Fort as referee Mark Nelson counted the beaten fighter out. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Main event action, a scheduled 10 round bout for the WBC Latino welterweight championship, Artemio “The King” Reyes (15-1, 12 KO) knocked out the pathetic and hapless Victor Hugo Correa (12-5, 8KO) at 2:51 of the first round. Correa came into the bout completely out of shape, nine pounds over the welterweight limit and very soft around the middle. The first knockdown appeared to be from a harmless body shot early in the first round. The second knockdown was an equally harmless looking uppercut landed at close range. The third knockdown was harmless enough that Correa threw a punch back while already on his knees from the knockdown. Correa did not appear very interested in fighting but given that little actual damage had been done, the referee allowed the action to continue, much to the chagrin of Correa. Reyes, however, gave fans their money worth by landing the first and only true damaging combination of the bout, a hook, uppercut, hook combo that bloodied and possibly broke the nose of Correa and sent him sprawling to the canvas. The referee immediately waived off the bout. Reyes, coming off his career biggest victory in his prior fight, a win over previously undefeated Olympian, Javier Molina, made the most out of the opportunity against the very limited Correa. (more…)
Las Vegas, NV — In the main event of ShoBox The New Generation from The Joint inside of the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Jessie Vargas made his debut at welterweight a successful one as he earned three scores of 99-91 for a unanimous decision victory over the rough and rugged Larando Tyner.
Despite the wide margins, Tyner did all he could to ensure that there would be enough turbulence to disrupt Vargas’ rhythm. Fortunately for the Mayweather Promotions fighter, Tyner’s attempts to turn the boxing match into an ugly brawl were snapped back to reality by Vargas’ jab . . . Click here for more
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
World-ranked Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (29-1, 19 KOs) came off the floor to successfully defend his WBC Silver super featherweight title via ten round unanimous decision over former world featherweight champ Cristobal “Lacandón” Cruz (39-13-3, 23 KOs) at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Burgos got off to a fast start, and dropped Cruz in round six to help him overcome a late surge by Cruz and win by the scores of 98-90 and 96-92 (twice). In the co-feature, Manny “Manos” Perez (17-7-1, 4 KOs) outworked WBA #12-ranked Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana (26-4, 17 KOs) over ten rounds to take his NABA junior welterweight belt. The scores were 96-94 across the board. Both bouts were televised live on ESPN2. (more…)
Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing packed the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana this past Saturday as a raucous crowd witnessed several hot “Windy City” prospects showcase their skills during “Fight Night at the Horseshoe.”
In the main event heavyweight David Latoria (10-0, 5 KOs) Chicago IL defeated Edward Gutierrez (15-11, 6 KOs) of Oak Lawn, IL. Latoria’s energy and hard combinations dominated most of the bout. The crafty Gutierrez played possum behind his peak a boo guard throughout the bout. In the late rounds Gutierrez sprung the trap and landed some powerful left-hooks that sent Latoria reeling to the ropes. Latoria weathered the storm well and won a unanimous decision. (more…)
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
Prior to knocking out Gray Maynard at UFC 136, lightweight champion Frankie Edgar was on his way to Rodney Dangerfield status. The champion quite simply got no respect. As one of the smaller lightweights, the New Jersey native doesn’t exactly pump fear into the hearts of competitors. He cuts virtually no weight and if he joined the dehydration club, he could fight at featherweight. Even after besting BJ Penn at Abu Dhabi, Edgar was the underdog in their rematch (which he won more convincingly than the first). He was slightly an underdog in both bouts to Maynard. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Photos: Petri Paimander
Unbeaten EBU light welterweight Denis Shafikov (27-0-1, 16 KOs) and chalenger Lee McAllister (34-2, 9 KOs) both made weight for their European title clash on Saturday at the Exhibition Centre in Aberdeen, Scotland. Shafikov weighed in at 63 kg or 138.9 lbs, while McAllister scaled in at 63,3 kg or 139.5 lbs. A sellout crould of 2500+ is expect to see if McAllister can become the first Scotsman to with the European title in the 140lb weight division. More photos…
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