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By Joe Koizumi
Saburo Arashida, the chairman of Kyodo Tokyo, passed away of kidney disease at the age of seventy-nine on March 19. Arashida once positively participated in the boxing world and actually materialized many WBC title bouts in 1970’s, but gradually retired from the boxing business. Kyodo Tokyo has been a leading entertainment enterprise in Japan, having booked Beatles, Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc. May his soul rest in peace.
Ex-OPBF middleweight champ and ex-world challenger Naotaka Hozumi, already retired at 37, was shamefully arrested by the Metropolitan police last week for threatening his acquaintance to plunder him of 300,000 Yen (some $3,600). It was the fifth arrest for him since the police first caught him for alleged violence in 1998. He became the second Japanese boxer that had an ambitious crack at the world middleweight championship only to lose to William Joppy via tenth-round TKO in 2002. The talented bad boy was arrested for interference with a policeman in executing his duty in 2008, and then was indefinitely banned by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC). In Japan we have neither wife-beating boxers nor drug addicts in the boxing fraternity, so Hozumi is a very rare case to cause such a social crime.
Formerly two-class world champ Vic Darchinyan, from Australia, loudly said last Friday, “I don’t come here to challenger the WBC bantam champ Shinsuke Yamanaka, but it’s Yamanaka that challenges me. I’m more experienced, more hard-hitting and faster.” At the public workout at the Teiken gym, Darchinyan’s big mouth fully entertained our press people despite showing his shadowboxing just a round. We don’t predict who the winner will be, but Darchinyan obviously won the verbal contest in the first session. They will actually square off on this coming Friday.
In the discussion of the most highly touted UFC prospects, Stephen Thompson is easily at the very top of that list, and rightfully so. Here are the quick facts: Thompson is the owner of a combined 57-0 record in professional and amateur kickboxing, a 6-0 pro MMA record, he scored a first round “Knockout of the Night” in his UFC debut against Dan Stittgen in February, and UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre has said “Wonderboy” is the best striker he’s ever seen. But what separates him from other possible Octagon icons are Thompson’s goals both in and out of the cage, as he wants to be an MMA star and spokesman for the next generation . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photogallery by Emily Harney
NABF lightweight title holder “Hammering” Hank Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs) defeated Danny Williams (21-2, 17 KOs) handing him the second professional loss of his career on Friday night at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights in a near shutout unanimous decision. In the co-feature bout of the evening, Connecticut’s Elvin Ayala (25-5-1, 11 KOs) scored a solid eight round unanimous decision over Eric Mitchell (23-9-1, 11 KOs). Click here for the entire report and action packed photogallery.
IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius ‘K-9′ Bundrage (31-4, 18 KOs) read some recent comments made by former multi-divisional world champion Cory Spinks (39-6, 11 KOs) on Fightnews and responded.
Regarding Spinks’ promised payback for K-9’s comments on promoter Don King: Cory Spinks can run 2000 miles a day and it wouldn’t make a difference. This fight is going to be a repeat of what happened the first time around (Bundrage won by TKO5 in August 2010). It’s plain and simple. I’ve got Cory Spinks’ number and it’s 911. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At the WBC-required pre weigh-in, Wilbert Uicab weighed 114.65 and Edgar Sosa scaled in at 116.60 for their clash on Saturday for the WBC Silver flyweight title that will also serve was a WBC title eliminator. The bout takes place at the Oasis Hotel Complex, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Sosa, a former WBC world champion, had a strong training camp and shows great physical condition and quickness. “I feel great and I trust my training. I have much experience and desire to be world champion again this year,” said Sosa.
Local hero Uicab stated, “Sosa and I have the same conditions and the same pressure. We want to win and with the same desire so we can be sure it will be a difficult bout with the difference for me being fighting in front of my people. I will be champion.”
By Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Boxing returned to the Warner Center in Woodland Hills, California Saturday night as Kahren Harutyunyan Art of Boxing in association with Steve Bash presented a special 70s theme edition of “War at Woodland Hills” billed as “Saturday Boxing Fever” at the Warner Center Marriott for a night of boxing and disco which included eight bouts. In the main event, Haitian middleweight Elie Augustama (6-4, 3 KOs) pulled off an upset, winning a six round split decision over previously unbeaten Donyil Livingston (8-1-1, 4 KOs). (more…)
The rain could not dampen the fistic action last Saturday night, as the fans enjoyed an evening of championship boxing presented by ShowDown Promotions in association with UBM (Union Boxing Management) at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona California. Russian lightweight Andrey Klimov remained undefeated at 13-0 with 7KOs and retained his WBC U.S. Title by digging deep, banging it out in an all action eight round majority decision the very game and previously undefeated Robert Rodriguez 6-1 (2KOs) hailing from Greeley, Colorado. (more…)
Unbeaten jr welterweight Chris Algieri (14-0, 7 KOs) stopped Winston Mathis (7-5-1, 2 KOs) in the second round before a sold out, “loud and proud” hometown crowd at The Paramount on Saturday night. After Algieri blasted a devastating left hook to the body of Mathis in the third round, Mathis was unable to continue and referee Arthur Mercante Jr. waived off the bout at the 0:53 mark of the stanza. Algieri had controlled the action in the first two rounds as he used a piston like jab and sharp defense to score points. (more…)
The “Island Assault 4: The Battle” pay-per-view-event, featuring a trilogy showdown between three-time world champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (30-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Omar Nino Romero (30-42, 12 KOs), has been rescheduled from its original March 31 date to Saturday night, May 12, live from Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Viloria will defend his WBO title belt against Romero in the 12-round main event. Viloria was a 2000 U.S. Olympian who won his first 20 pro fights, until he lost the WBC light flyweight championship to Romero by way of a 12-round unanimous decision in 2006. Three months later, their rematch ended in a draw and was later changed to a “no contest” when Romero failed the post-fight drug test. The completion of the Viloria-Romero trilogy was delayed as Nevada State Athletic Commission prevented the WBO from sanctioning the fight due to unpaid penalties on Romero’s part. From 2006, Romero has amassed a total of $11,500 in penalties which he needs to pay before the fight is sanctioned.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The merry-go-round keeps turning for former light-heavyweight world champion Jean Pascal (26-2-1 16KO) and his next possible fight. Negotiations between Pascal’s GYM promoter and Don King were progressing at a slow and steady pace for a possible July fight with undefeated IBF champion Tavoris Cloud (24-0 19KO), but seems to have stalled. Pascal apologized to his fans on his twitter account about an apparent halt in the negotiation process.
“Once again, won’t happen!” Pascal tweeted earlier this weekend putting the blame on his opponent’s promoter, “It’s not Cloud’s fault, but Don King’s fault. He wants the bread n the butter. Sorry Fans!”
Photo: Photo Wende
Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) secured another world title shot with a clear points victory over Piotr Wilczewski (30-3, 10 KOs). Fighting in front of a sell-out crowd of 6.000 fans in Kiel and over seven million viewers on German ARD TV, the 31-year-old German dominated the fight from the first bell, pressuring his spirited opponent with hard series of punches throughout. In the 11th, he landed the biggest shots of the fight, which got Wilczewski in trouble, but the bell saved him from further punishment. At the end, Abraham was ahead 119-108, 118-109, 118-109. “He was a tough opponent who could really take a lot of shots,” Abraham said. “I tried to go for the KO but couldn´t knock him out. But this was a good fight for me, the kind of fight I need to become world champion again. I am satisfied and will now keep up the hard work to accomplish my goal of winning the world title again.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Bartłomiej Jurecki
Poland’s Grzegorz Soszyński (21-1, 10 KOs) claimed the IBF North America light heavyweight championship by unanimously defeating a game Rayco “War” Saunders (22-15, 9 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision on Saturday night at “The Club”, on Chicago’s south side. Both fighters exchanged punches throughout a fight that was entertaining until the last minute of the last round. Soszyński knocked down Saunders in the ninth round and won by scores of 99-91 on all cards. “I have to give a lot of credit to Rayco,” said Soszyński. “In Europe, after being hit with so many punches most of the fighters would quit, but he was dangerous the whole time, to the last round. Four hard months of work under Sam Colonna’s tutelage made all the difference tonight.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night before over nine hundred strong at the Hamilton Manner in Hamilton, New Jersey, former world title challenger Jameel “Big Time” McCline (41-11-3, 24 KOs) won a less than thrilling split decision victory over Livin Castillo in the eight round main event of the evening. The five bout undercard under-card, promoted by Nedal’s Promotions and Kea Boxing Promotions, was much more exciting and gave the fans more than enough for a great evening of fun and entertainment. In the co-feature, dangerous journeyman Eberto Medina (6-7-1, 1KO) spoiled the US debut of the formerly undefeated Polish knockout artist Pryzemyslaw Opalach (9-1, , 8 KOs) with a well deserved and hard earned six round unanimous decision victory. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Clive Franklin
Former world heavyweight challenger Kevin Johnson stopped Alex Leapai in nine rounds on Sunday in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Leapai started the fight in top gear trapping Johnson on the ropes connecting with power left hooks and right hands. In round three Johnson found the range for accurate left hooks and solid right hands that took their toll on Leapai who was on unsteady legs often. Johnson dropped Leapai in round nine and at 2:22 referee Adrian Cairns crowned the American new IBF Australasian champion. Promoter Noel Thornberry.
By Robert Coster
Top featherweight contender Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters (20-0,16Kos) pitched a shoutout ten round unanimous decision over gritty Mexican Hector Javier Marquez (30-23, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in Colon, Panama. The Jamaican-born, Panama-based Walters almost stopped his opponent in the ninth round but Marquez, a veteran who has fought seven world champions, was able to survive to hear the final bell. The game Mexican battler paid a steep price for his endurance and courage, finishing the fight with puffy eyes and a broken nose. Walters commented after the fight, “I really thought he was ready to go a couple of times but he just held on and wouldn’t go down. A real tough guy. I don’t mind, I needed this distance fight.”
In the co-main event, former world champion Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (39-3-2, 25 KOs) won the WBC Latino featherweight crown with a fifth round KO over Eduardo “Bambino” Garcia (21-8, 9 KOs) of Mexico. A lethal hook to the liver did the job for Cordoba, with Garcia laying prone on the canvas. The card was held at the elegant Melia Hotel and Casino and presented by Premium Boxing Promotions.
Heavyweight Carlos Takam (25-1, 20 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over 43-year-old former heavyweight titleholder Francois “The White Buffalo” Botha (48-7-3, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gymnase Richepin in Noisy-le-Grand (East Paris), France. Takam, who represented Cameroon at the 2004 Olympics, retained his WBO Africa belt and picked up the WBF International belt.
The co-feature was a clash for the vacant WBC Mediterranean supper lightweight belt with Ali “Hurricane” Oubaali (26-3, 19 KOs) taking a twelve round unanimous decision over Bastient Laforge (14-4-1, 3 KOs). Scores were 117-111, 117-112 and 116-112.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three world title belts were on the line Saturday night in the Gimnasio Auditorio in Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur. All remained with the reigning champions at the end of the night.
WBA interim bantamweight titleholder Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz (30-1, 27 KOs) successfully defended his belt for the third time with an eighth round KO over previously unbeaten Yonfrez Parejo (11-1-1, 4 KOs). Time was 1:12.
WBC super flyweight world champion Ana Maria Torres (28-3-3, 16 KOs) won by knockout in the fourth round against Maria Andrea Miranda (14-8, 9 KOs) to retain her title.
IBF female flyweight champion Ava Knight (8-1-3, 5 KOs) won by KO in the tenth round against Hongfah Tor Buamas (15-5, 2 KOs) to preserve her title in her first defense.
Also lightweight contender Alejandro “Flaquita” Sanabria (32-1-1, 24 KOs), the current WBC silver titlist, took a ten round unanimous decision over Balwed Bangoyan (17-6, 7 KOs).
The event was promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing LLC.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Middleweight Rogelio “Porky” Medina (27-2, 21 KOs) scored a KO at 2:50 into the first round against local hero Jose “Barretas” Pinzon (21-3, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatán, Mexico.
In the co-feature, jr welterweight Silverio Ortiz (24-13, 11 KOs) outworked previously unbeaten Mahonry “Rusito” Montes (26-1-1, 20 KOs) over ten rounds to take a unanimous decision.
Also jr lightweight Miguel Berchelet (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Alberto Chuc (14-20, 11 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Photo: Rick Pineda
Former world champion Jose Luis Castillo, arrived today at the Wynn Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada and signed an exclusive boxing promotional contract with Blue Wave Boxing President Luis DeCubas Sr. and Blue Wave Boxing Senior Advisor Eddy Marin based out of Miami, Florida. Blue Wave reps say they are extremely proud to add Castillo to their stable of fighters that also includes Cuban sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux and Erislandy Lara along with Robert “La Amenaza” Garcia. the many other Cuban prospects already signed with Blue Wave Boxing. Castillo will be fighting at the welterweight 147 lb. limit.
Castillo was last in the news last week when he failed to make the weight for a bout with Jose Miguel Cotto in Houston, resulting in the cancellation of the bout. Castillo was also failed to make weight in a number of other high profile bouts.
Photos: El Quequi and Juan Alberto Salazar
In a shocker, unheralded Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (21-2, 19 KOs) scored a second round TKO over former two-division world champion Jorge “Nino de Oro” Linares (31-3, 20 KOs) in a WBC lightweight title eliminator on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico. Thompson dropped Linares with a barrage of punches in round two and the bout was waved off due to a cut over Linares’ left eye. Time was 2:27. Thompson is now in line to face WBC champion Antonio DeMarco.
Unbeaten super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban (16-0, 11 KOs) stopped Gerardo Diaz (12-2-1, 10 KOs) in round two. Peribanrecovered from a first round knockdown to stop Diaz in round two. Time was 2:52.
Unbeaten jr lightweight Francisco Vargas (9-0-1, 6 KOs), a recent Golden Boy signing, scored a third round TKO over Carlos Perez (12-3, 9 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Former middleweight world champion Kelly Paklik (38-2, 33 KOs) scored a second round KO over Aaron “Jedi” Jaco (15-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Pavlik knocked down Jaco with a left hook in round one and finished him in the second.
Kelly Pavlik: “I was calm, relaxed. I thought he was looking for a right. I got him with my left. I feel good and I am back.”
Robert Garcia, Pavlik trainer: “The plan was to stay calm, work off the jab, then get to work. Kelly did everything at a high level.”
Aaron Jaco: “Game plans are great until you are punched. I never felt power like that. He is a great fighter and a great man.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Samoan light heavyweight Togasilimai Letoa (12-9-1, 7 KOs) caused a major upset when he stopped WBA #12 Manny Vlamis (11-3, 8 KOs) at 2:16 of round three at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Also light heavyweight Callan Orchard (7-2, 2 KOs) outscored Lyndon Edney (3-3, 1 KO) over six rounds. In other action light middleweight Joel Camilleri (1-0, 1 KO) scored a knockout in two rounds over Thailand’s Yodmongkol Singmanasak (11-11-1, 7 KOs). Time 2:51. Light welterweight Terry Tzourmanis (6-0-3, 1 KO) boxed a six round draw with Addisu Tebebu (3-2-3). Middleweight Michael Hermann (2-1, 1 KO) outpointed Ben Capps (1-1) over six action rounds. Welterweight Craig Callaghan stopped Braiden Clardey in two rounds. Cruiserweight Pat Lynch (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Dale Berry (0-1) in two rounds. Time 0:51. Promoter: Peter Maniatis. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
Former IBF middleweight champion and Super Six combatant Arthur Abraham (34-3, 27 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Piotr Wilczewski (30-3, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sparkassen Arena in Kiel, Germany. Abraham was more aggressive than in recent fights, but Wilczewski proved to be a very tough opponent, especially over the first half of the fight. Wilczewski was given a questionable point deduction from referee Manuel Maritxalar in round seven. Abraham, the bigger puncher, stepped on gas in the eighth and worked over Wilczewski. The former world champion had his biggest round in the eleventh when he had Wilczewski staggering around the ring. Scores were 118-109, 118-109, 119-108. Fightnews.com scored it 116-111.
According to promoter Kalle Sauerland, the win makes Abraham the highest-ranked challenger in the WBO ratings and he will face the winner of Stieglitz-Groves. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 4 – “All The Pressure” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber get on the board, now trailing Team Cruz 2-1, as their first overall pick – Al Iaquinta – secured a split decision win over Myles Jury. (more…)
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The postfight claim of Juan Manuel Lopez labeling referee Roberto Ramirez as a ‘gambler’ could keep Juanma out of the ring until September 2013. According to reports, the Puerto Rico Boxing Commission’s official examiner Alberto Arroyo is recommending a one year suspension, a $10,000 fine, 100 hours of community service at a location to be designated by the Commission and a course in impulse control. Lopez was automatically suspended for 90 days by the Boxing Commission’s Medical Commission following his knockout loss on March 10 to Orlando Salido and doctors allegedly decided to increase the ‘rest’ for another 90 days to expire on September 10. The one-year suspension would begin on September 10 and last until that date in 2013. Lopez may appeal these sanctions to the Secretary of the Department of Recreation and Sports Henry Neumann, who is enjoying a short holiday taking advantage of the approach of Easter,or if he is opposed to doing an appeal there is the option to go to court. Arroyo confirmed on Friday that his recommendations have been submitted to Commission president Dommys Delgado Berty.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger Kevin Johnson talks to Fightnews about his showdown with Alex Leapai on Sunday in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia which be televised on epicentre.tv on Saturday night in the USA.
By Ron Jackson
IBF minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi of South Africa was off form and struggled to retain his belt over 12 tough rounds against Japan’s Katsunari Takayama at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Referee Larry Doggette from the United States had an easy nights work as the judges Sylvia Mokaila (SA), Shafeeq Rashada (US) and Marco McDonnell (UK) scored it 116-111, 116-111 and 117-10 in favour of the champion. A capacity crowd saw Joyi (22-0-1nc, 15 KOs) a rather subdued champion fighting from the southpaw stance against the ever advancing Takayama (24-5-1nc,10 KOs) and many ringsiders were of the opinion that the decision could have gone in favour of the challenger.
On the undercard South African featherweight champion Sabelo Jubatha won on a unanimous 12 round points decision over Wonga Ntoyakhe to retain his title. Jubatha improves his record to 14-1, 10 KOs and Ntoyakhe saw his reported record drop to 5-6, 1 KO.Jubatha won on a majority decision
Other results: Junior bantamweight: Zolani Tete, w tko 1, Siphiwo Ntsangani; Junior featherweight: Makazole Tete, w ko 1, Unathhi Cecane.
By Johnny B’
The scheduled officials for tonight’s light heavyweight clash between Grzegorz Soszynski and Rayco Saunders for the IBF North American championship at “The Club” in Burbank, Illinois, are as follows:
Referee: Genaro Rodriguez (Puerto Rico/Chicago IL). Judges: John McCarthy (Chicago IL), Matthew Podgorski (Chicago IL/Orlando Fla.) and Ted Gimza (Arlington Heights, Illinois). IBF bout supervisor: Al Meier (Iowa).
Photo: Showdown Promotions
Andrey Klimov 134.5 vs Robert Rodriguez 133
Ricky Duenas 145 vs Rufino Flores
Jessie Roman 147.5 vs Ramon Flores 152.5
Xavier Montelongo ? vs Santiago Alonso ?
Vahe Saruhanyan 132 vs Ronald 134.5
Alexander Podrezov 142.5 vs Imarjoe Miller 140.5
Jessie Villanueva 120 vs Emmanuel 122.5
Carlos Gonzalez 128 vs Jesus Partida 128.5
The FINISH LINE Sports Grill is located at 2201 N. White Ave. Pomona,
Tickets are priced at $40, $60 and $75.
Doors will open at 5:00 PM and the first fight starts at 6:00 PM.
Photo: Halquist Productions
Jose Hernandez 136 vs Peter Oluoch 137.5
*Oluoch 1.5 lbs over contract weight
Nate Serrano 145 vs Nick Balestra 146
Lisette Medal 130 vs Sarah Pucek 126
William Fernandez 140.5 vs Jonathan Zumudio 141
Beau Hamilton 147 vs Ray Lampkin 144.5
Isaac Tabedo 153 vs Jesse Uhde 152.5
Promoter: Halquist Productions
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma
Doors Open: 6 pm
First Bell: 7 pm
Donyil Livingston 162.6 vs. Elie Augustama 163.2
Tyrell Hendrix 168 vs. Reynaldo Rodriguez 167
Zachary Wohlman 146.4 vs. Clifford McPherson 146.4
Herbert Acevedo 134.6 vs. Eddie Ramirez 134.6
Celine Roman 125.2 vs. Claudia Gutierrez 124.6
Oscar Diaz 133.8 vs. Oscar Santana 130.8
Neil Arellano 146.4 vs. Shawn Gary 143.6
Daniel Roman 119.4 vs. Jesus Adame 119.2
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA jr flyweight champion Roberto “La Araña” Vasquez (30-5, 21 KOs) won a unanimous eleven round decision over Mario Briones (21-2-1, 15 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA Fedelatin super bantamweight title on Friday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. It was a close, good action slugfest throughout that could have gone either way. Scores were 105.5-104.5, 106.5-105.5, 107-104.5.
Azael Cosio KO2 Tomas Mendez/WBC Latino welterweight title
Cecilia Comunales TKO1 Maribel Santana/vacant WBA female lightweight title
Ismael Barroso TKO5 Julio Camaño/WBA Fedebol lightweight world title
Alys Sanchez W6 Paulina Cardona
Luis Garcia KO2 Elvis Garcia
Jorge Luis Mungia TKO3 Rubiel Zurdo
Migdalia Asprilla TKO6 Paola Rojas
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photo: Emily Harney
Philadelphia native “Hammerin” Hank Lundy (22-1-1, 11 KOs) is still the NABF lightweight title holder after he defeated St. Louis’ Dannie Williams (21-2, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the MGM Grand Arena at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights. Scores of the bout for Lundy were 97-92 twice and 98-91. Lundy was hit in the first with a left hook from Williams that caused him to put his glove to the canvas. Referee Danny Schiavone gave Lundy the standing eight count and he recovered to end the round. In round three, both fighters had every fan in the arena on their feet as Lundy and Williams would not back down and stunned each other several times that round as neither gave up. Williams continuously had Lundy where he wanted him early on as he had Lundy’s back against the ropes. It allowed Williams to tee off on Lundy several times during the bout. By round seven it was Lundy that had Williams against the ropes as both battled trading hooks and body shots. Lundy began boxing more as he used his jab, changed up his approach, and now had Williams confused in round eight. Lundy boxed Williams well in the final two rounds of the bout as he slipped away from his opponents attack and landed his jab effectively. Lundy almost put Williams away in the final round as his opponent almost hit the canvas as the final bell rang. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Former world title challenger and New Haven, Connecticut’s Elvin Ayala (25-5-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Eric Mitchell (23-9-1, 11 KOs) in the co-feature bout of the evening. Scores of the bout were 79-73 twice and 78 -74. Mitchell, who took the fight on three days notice fought well early but it was apparent that after the second round, he was fatigued. Ayala took advantage and went after the 42 year old Mitchell throughout. To his credit Mitchell fought an excellent fight on short notice and as the fight wore on, he took his time to gather himself to stay in the fight. Both fighters continued to pace themselves while Mitchell took the fight to Ayala as well in the later rounds. Both Ayala and Mitchell stood toe to toe in the final round in what was a better than expected fight. Ayala almost put Mitchell away late but Mitchell barely survived for the final bell. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Grzegorz Soszyński (20-1, 10 KO) and Rayco Saunders (22-14, 9 KO) had no problem making weight for their vacant IBF North America light heavyweight title fight this Saturday at “The Club” in Chicago. They had exactly the same weight – 174 pounds – and both are very confident about their chances.
“I’m not impressed with Soszyński’s record because I fought much tougher opposition,” said Saunders. “I have more experience and more determination and it will be clearly visible in the ring.”
“Nobody cares what Rayco wants to say now. He does not know me, he does not know where I’m coming from. I’m ready for 12 hard fought rounds. My girlfriend surprised me, arriving today from Poland and nobody want to lose in front of their loved ones,” said Soszyński.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto-Zanfer Promotions
José Pinzon 160 vs Rogelio Medina 160
Silverio Ortíz 140 vs Mahonry Montes 139
Miguel Berchelet 130 vs Alberto Chuc 132
Juli Yedras 105.30 vs Mises Taz Calleros 105
Josue Beraza 126 vs José Jiménez 126.8
Miguel Herrera 112 vs Moisés Chuc 112
Venue: Polyforum Zamná
Promoter: Maxboxing and Zanfer Promotions
TV: TV Azteca
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