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By Robert Hughes at ringside
Photos: Kathleen Coates
The great bantamweight fighter Paulie Ayala is starting to look more like a heavyweight as a boxing promoter. The five-fight ‘Battle of DFW’ card staged by Ayala on Saturday night resonated with the more than 1,500 fans in attendance as each bout was a crowd-pleaser, highlighted by a true Dallas-versus-Fort Worth main event won by welterweight Gilbert Vera (11-3-1, 5 KO) of Fort Worth in a split decision against Dallas’ Larry Smith (9-3-0, 6 KO). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Sarah George 108.9 vs. Susie Ramadan 117.2
Diana Prazak 134 vs. Eilleen Forrest 132.2
Venue: Reggio Calabria Club, Brunswick, Melbourne, Australia
Promoter: Sam Brizzi Promotion
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Unbeaten middleweight Darren Barker (23-0, 14 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Domenico Spada (32-4, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at London’s Olympia to regain the vacant European middleweight title. Barker, fighting for the first time in over a year, dominated the first half of the fight and cruised to the final bell to win by scores of 115-113, 116-113, 116-113.
King Arthur Abraham will travel to the US on Sunday morning after the referee row has been resolved. The former Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament point leader is set to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward in the semi-finals at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. “We are pleased that all issues regarding the judges and the referee have been sorted,” Hall of Fame-Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said. “The Californian Commission and Dan Goossen have finally decided to honour the agreement that the referee will be from neither the US nor Europe. We have also agreed upon the three judges scoring the bout at ringside. This was our condition to let Arthur travel to the US, and since all of our demands have been met, he will now fly to the US on Sunday. I´m not sure why the Commission and Goossen did not stick to something everybody had signed off a long time ago but speaking from experience I know that dealing with Dan can be difficult at times.” (more…)
Carlos Molina may be laying the foundation to become a viable contender in the junior middleweight division after his sound thrashing of Allen Conyers in the main event at “Fight Night” which took place at The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Five-time world champion and promoter Miguel Cotto is in the Dominican Republic to meet Felipe “Jay” Payano, the Sports and Recreation Minister, to discuss Miguel Cotto Promotions’ plans to present a boxing series in the country, starting with an international boxing event slated for November 2011. Looking to provide a structure to develop the sport and provide opportunity to Dominican boxers, Cotto and Payano talked about this important initiative in a private meeting at the exclusive Ministry Headquarters. “We feel very happy to visit this great country. Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic have always had close ties together thorough the countries’ sports history. Now we come here to with the idea to elevate boxing, to give an opportunity to athletes in this beloved country,” Cotto said. more + photos
By Ron Jackson
Wiseman Dlomo upset the form book when he stopped the favourite Anton Nel in the fourth round to win the vacant South African heavyweight title at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Friday night. It was third time lucky for Dlomo against the 42-year-old Nel who had held the title on two previous occasions. In their first fight, also in Durban, on December 7, 2002, Nel was in control before the fight was declared a technical draw in the fifth round. Dlomo was cut in a clash of heads and was unable to continue. In the return match, in Giyani on July 26, 2003, Nel dominated before stopping the overweight Dlomo 2 minutes 38 seconds into the sixth round. Nel who has had only two fights since November 2006 was never in the fight as the determined and motivated Dlomo held is own before scoring the stoppage in round four. Dlomo takes his reported record to 8-8-2, 8 KOs and Nel drops to 16-11-3, 12 KOs. The fight between junior bantamweights Evans Mbamba and Mandla Msimanga was cancelled. Promoter Thulani Magudulela of Ludonga Promotions said he was the happiest man in the world as he now has a South African heavyweight champion.
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By Jeff Zimmerman
Photos: Stacey Verbeek/Maple Ave Boxing Gym
Larry Smith 148 vs. Gilbert Vera 149
Fernando Rodriguez 134.75 vs. Miguel Buendia 134
Sammy Sanchez 132 vs. Arthur Trevino 130
Alex Lopez 131 vs. Manuel Rojas 132
Skinder Halili 149.5 vs. Derek Jones 144
Venue: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Tickets: Starting at $11 more photos
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Sroi Mungmee and Pisit Jeojan
Drian Francisco 115 vs. Thepparith Singwancha 115
(WBA interim Superflyweight championship)
Venue: Benjamatheputid School, Petchaburi, Thailand
Promotor: Kokiet Groups Promotion
TV: Thailand Channel 9 (MCOT), 12:00-14:00 (GMT+7)
Middleweight Darren Barker takes on Domenico Spada tonight at London’s Olympia for the vacant European title – and is ready to re-launch his career after a year out of action. Barker returns for the first time since beating Affif Belghecham at Alexandra Palace on April 9 2010 to claim the title he fights for tonight. A hip injury forced the 28 year-old to withdraw from a highly anticipated match with Matthew Macklin in September and vacate the belt. Barker had an operation on the troublesome joint and is fully fit to face the tough Italian, where a win would see him reclaim the European strap, extend his unbeaten run to 23 fights and propel him into world title contention. “I’m really excited to be back – it’s been a long, frustrating year for me,” said Barker. “I’ve been training really hard and I am looking forward to getting back in there.”
At the scales from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fights air tomorrow at a new time of 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see live UFC 129 preliminary bouts, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can view the rest of the undercard bouts beginning at 6:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm PT.
Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre 169.5 vs. Jake Shields 169
Co-Main Event – UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo 145 vs. Mark Hominick 145
Randy Couture 203.5 vs. Lyoto Machida 204.5
Vladimir Matyushenko 205.5 vs. Jason Brilz 204.5
Mark Bocek 155 vs. Ben Henderson 156
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Nate Diaz 171 vs. Rory MacDonald 170.5
Sean Pierson 170 vs. Jake Ellenberger 170
Claude Patrick 169.5 vs. Daniel Roberts 170.5
Ivan Menjivar 136 vs. Charlie Valencia 135.5
Jason MacDonald 185 vs. Ryan Jensen 185
John Makdessi 155.5 vs. Kyle Watson 155
Yves Jabouin 146 vs. Pablo Garza 145
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In an eight round junior welterweight contest, Mauricio Herrera outworked Cristian Favela in a lackluster affair at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Herrera did just enough to win the rounds but never seemed intent on doing any serious damage while Favela played the role of opponent perfectly. In what seemed more like a sparring session than a main event attraction, there were no knockdowns and neither fighter was ever hurt. Judges scored the bout a unanimous decision victory for Herrera by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 80-72. With the victory, Herrera improves to 17-1 (7KO) but fails to impress while Favela drops to 19-32-7 (10KO). For more details and photos click here…
Super bantamweight Jose Nieves (18-2-3, 8 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-5-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBO Latino belt on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Most rounds were close with Nieves won by scores of 116-110, 116-112 on two cards while Vargas was up 115-113 on the third card.
Earlier unbeaten lightweight Darley Perez (20-0, 15 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (23-10, 8 KOs). Reyes hurt Perez in round four, but otherwise Perez was in control winning 79-73 on all cards.
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/StephanieTrapp.com
Unbeaten super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over over former world challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant USBO title on Friday night at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Quillin repeatedly connected with clean right hands to the face of Brinkley, prompting referee Joe Cortez to wave it off. Time was 2:34.
Lightweight Lonnie Smith (13-2-2, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over David Rodela (15-4-4, 6 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Click here for more photos…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In the main event, Carlos Molina followed up his surprising draw with Erislandy Lara back in March with a 7th round stoppage of Allen Conyers at Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Molina (18-4-2, 6KOs) dominated from the opening bell and pummeled Conyers (12-5) throughout their scheduled 10 round Jr. Middleweight affair. Molina went down in the 4th but that was due to more of a slip than a punch and the Mexican dominated the rest of the way. With Conyers wilting, Molina smashed him with a right cross which prompted referee Tony Weeks to rescue Conyers at the 2:09 mark in round seven.
Lightweight Hylon WIlliams Jr. (14-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated as he thoroughly outboxed Marcos Herrera (6-5-1, 2 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 77-75.
Heavyweight Glendy Hernandez (7-0, 3 KOs) won a lfour round unanimous decision over Ken Frank (4-2-1, 2 KOs). The 287lb Frank’s nearly 50lb weight advantage didn’t help as Hernandez won 39-37, 39-37, 40-36.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao runs thru a comedy skit about proper food and fitness with Norm Macdonald host of “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California on Friday. The segment will air next Tuesday on Comedy Central. Pacquiao is at the Wildcard preparing for his upcoming WBO welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions,Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions,Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. Click here for photos of Pacquiao’s workout…
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
With the presence of the WBC president Jose Sulaiman, former world champion and president of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya and others celebrities of the boxing media, newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, officially received his green and gold WBC belt.
After the presentation took place, the official weigh-in for the WBC light flyweight championship fight on tomorrow night’s gala at the Texcoco Coliseum took place with Gilberto Keb weighing in at 108 pounds and Adrian Hernandez scaling in at 106. (more…)
Carlos Takam (23-1, 19 KOs) stopped Gbenga Oloukun (19-7, 12 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title. Takam dropped Oloukun 3 times in round 6 and Oloukun didnt answer the bell for round 7.
Sophie Mathis (23-1, 20 KOs)TKO’d Duda Yankovich (11-2, 5 KOs) in round 3 to win the vacant WBO European welterweight title.
The event took place at the Espace Roger Boisrame, Pontault Combault, Seine-et-Marne, France. Joseph Germain promoted the event with Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
Photo: SES Boxing
“Finally a big fight in my hometown,” said European champion Lukas Kocecny (46-3, 22) KOs) at today in Usti. On May 27th 2011 the reigning champion of the SES boxing stable will step into the ring in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic and defend his Euro title at super welterweight. It will be his first mandatory title defense since winning the title last year. He is challenged by #1 EBU rated Hussein Hayram (34-3, 19 KOs). Against the Frenchman he will not only jeopardize his belt but also show that he is the real champion and remain on the throne of Europe. (more…)
Chris Middendorf’s United Boxers returns on Saturday, May 21st at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, Maryland, for their second event. Headlining the second show are the Brothers Taylor, Maxell and Emanuel, along Jessie Nicklow in separate bouts. The undercard will feature a trio of Maryland’s finest undefeated prospects including welterweight James Stevenson, cruiserweight Nick Kisner and light heavyweight Dale Robeson-El.
“There is an incredible base of talent here, from the 15 year olds in the tremendous amateur programs to the strong young fighters on this card, to the fighters already making names for themselves nationally; Seth Mitchell, Gary Russell Jr., Alexander Johnson and Alantez Fox” said Middendorf. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Raúl García 105 vs. Rommel Asenjo 105
(WBO mini flyweight championship)
Ramón García 108 vs. Jesús Geles 108
(WBO minimum weight championship)
Rodrigo Guerrero 126.5 vs. Leopoldo Rocha 127
Venue: Foro Polanco, Cd. de México
Promotor: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel is in Mexico City to present featherweight champion Olando “Siri” Salido with his WBO belt. Also on hand were WBO execs Rafael López Santos and Luis Pérez, Top Rank’s Sean Gibbons and Zanfer’s Aldo Barba. Salido won the belt with an upset stoppage of Juanma Lopez. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source informed that three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is mulling over a $5 million offer for a possible third bout with Manny Pacquiao. “At this moment we have not received anything from Juan Manuel Marquez,” Golden Boy publicist Ramiro Gonzalez told Televisa Deportes. “We have no comment about something we don’t have or know, so we have no news because there is nothing in reality.” Although Marquez’ promotional contract with Golden Boy has expired, Golden Boy retains the right to match offers up to February 2012. Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, is in Mexico City today with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, who will receive his WBC belt.
The boxing ring. The halls of Congress. The recording studio… And now, the basketball court! See Manny Pacquiao’s hoops skills in a bonus video from this week’s episode of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley. Episode 3 premieres Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on CBS
Pacquiao’s first U.S. single, a remake of Dan Hill 1977 hit Sometimes When We Touch, sung with Dan Hill, was released on Thursday. It sold out within 12 hours on Amazon.com which promptly reordered more to satisfy worldwide demand. It is also available on iTunes (preview at www.mannysings.com.)
All New Start Time Tomorrow Night For UFC 129 – LIVE at 9pm ET / 6pm PT: Featuring Georges St-Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title against Jake Shields, Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick in the UFC’s first-ever featherweight championship bout, and Hall of Famer Randy Couture taking on former 205-lb. champ Lyoto Machida – 9pm ET / 6pm PT LIVE on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV
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Jose Nieves 121.5 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 122
Darley Perez 134 vs. Jose “El Gallo” Reyes 136
Enrique Rios 122 vs. Alfredo Garcia 119
Philip Penson 174 vs. Jose Laguer 176
Hairon Socarras 125 vs. Kenneth Calvente 125
Aaron Chavez 130 vs. Cesar Cisnero 132
Michael Mendez 147 vs. Juan Aguirre 150
Larry Yanez 137 vs. Jose Rivera 136
Sean Bennet 233 vs. Jayce Monroe 243
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
Photo and story by: Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA Super World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm has a tough task ahead of him. On June 25, he will face dangerous power puncher Matthew Macklin from Ireland at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany in his tenth title defense. “Macklin is the European champion and ranked third by the WBA. He is dangerous and a great challenge,” Sturm acknowledged. “But I will be ready for him and won’t leave any doubts in the ring.” more + photos
Due to the death of 47-year-old Wendall Granville, long time friend and partner in his non-profit charity: Fres Oquendo Boxing Academy, Fres Oquendo has decided to remove himself from the May 7 Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament. Oquendo, who was considered by many as a strong favorite to win the competition, just received the news about his friend’s passing. “My first phone call was to WBA heavyweight champion David Haye to inform him of the news, He was extremely supportive and said the decision was up to Fres,” said Oquendo’s manager Tom Tsatas, Oquendo also has the full support and understanding of his promoters John Wirt of Square Ring Promotions and Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing.
“The sudden loss of a friend is devastating and I am in deep shock, Wendell helped get me off the streets when I was a knucklehead and stuck with me through all the malaise of boxing for nearly 20 years all the way to helping me make the FOBA come to fruition. I feel I should to be here with his family and partake in any arrangements the family will make this upcoming week. I’d thank my friend David Haye and my team for their support,” stated Oquendo.
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