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By Graham Houston
As ever when a rematch takes place we have to figure out which fighter will be able to fight better the second time around. The eternal conundrum presents itself again on Saturday in Montreal when Jean Pascal defends his light-heavyweight title against Bernard Hopkins. If you look at their first, drawn fight last December, it is at first glance no-brainer that Hopkins wins this time. Down twice in the first three rounds, Hopkins finished the bout by chasing his much younger opponent all around the ring. Hopkins looked the stronger, better, tougher fighter in most of the rounds. If it hadn’t been for the knockdowns, he would have won a unanimous decision.
My first thoughts were that Hopkins would score a remarkable victory on Saturday to make him, at the age of 46, the oldest man ever to have won a world title. This week, though, I have been slowly veering away from this position. Friday’s weigh-in raised a red flag. For surely the first time in his long career, Hopkins failed to make the contracted weight. It wasn’t by much, and he easily made the weight limit with a couple of ounces to spare at the second attempt. Still, for the ultimate professional such as Hopkins, to weigh in over the limit, however slightly, borders on the unthinkable. (more…)
Bantamweight Jesus “El Zurdo De Oro” Galicia (20-3, 12 KOs) outworked Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (25-4-2, 18 KOs) over eleven rounds before getting an unusual stoppage in the twelfth round to claim Ruiz’ WBC Latino title at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. The bout ended when Galicia hit Ruiz with a low blow. Ruiz tried to shake it off over the five minute recovery period but could not continue, thus giving Galicia a TKO win.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a scheduled ten round main event clash for the vacant NABO junior featherweight bout, Christopher Martin (22-0-2, 6KO) scored an unpopular unanimous decision victory over hard luck Charles Huerta (16-3, 9KO) on Friday night at The Hangar at the O.C. Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Huerta jumped out to an early lead by outboxing Martin in the early rounds and was then able to box evenly and hold off the aggressive charge of Martin for the remainder of the bout to seemingly do enough to secure an upset victory. Huerta boxed well behind his jab and showed excellent ring generalship to seemingly sweep the first half of the fight while Martin relied on trying to land his left hook counters and right cross counters to little effect. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
Returning to welterweight for the first time since 2006, KO artist Joel Julio (37-4, 31 KOs) was forced to go the full ten against defensive-minded Anges Adjaho (17-6, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Scores were 99-91 on all cards in the one-sided affair.
Welterweight Olympian Sadam Ali (13-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over John Revish (9-4-2, 8 KOs) Ali dropped Revish in round two. Revish staggered Ali in round eight, but let him off the hook by throwing surprisingly few punches after Ali was hurt. Scores were 79-72 on all cards. There was a 16 minute delay between rounds four and five due to a power outage. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
IBF #7 Thanthong Kiattaweesuk (22-0) moved closer to a world title shot with impressive three round stoppage of Indonesian champion Richard Samosir (18-3-3) in a super bantamweight bout scheduled for twelve rounds in Rayong, Thailand on Friday. Southpaw Kiattaweesuk attacked Samosir at the start of round one and in round two dropped the import with a solid left cross to the head. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Alfonso Gomez 148.4 vs. Calvin Green 150.2
Rafael Lora 127 vs. Michael Franco 129.6
Jose Mendoza 135 vs. Jose Roman 135.6
James Owens 124 vs. Gabino Saenz 123.6
Daniel Attah 129.8 vs. Michael Farenas 129.2
Roman Morales 121 vs. Santiago Alonso 122
Alfredo Rivera 149.8 vs. Ricky Duenas 144.8
Vahe Saruhan 133.8 vs. Jose Pacheco 135.2
Venue: Morongo Casino, Cabazon, California
Promoter: Top Rank
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By David Burke at ringside
Photos: Carlos Suarez Jr.
In a candidate for the fight of the year, Mike Ruiz and Martin Wright put on a tremendous performance that had fans cheering on their feet for the eight rounds of back and forth action. Constant exchanges in action and momentum took the crowds breath away. After a competitive first round Ruiz dropped Wright with a perfect counter right hand. Middle rounds saw back and forth exchanges that had both man in trouble. The final round saw some rough tactics by Wright that had referee Benji Estevas deduct a point. In a competitive fight, Martin Wright was announced the split decision winner of the New York State Title to much of the crowds disapproval. For more details and photos click here…
After learning that the July 23rd scheduled fight between Amir Khan and Tim Bradley is apparently not going to happen, WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana reacted: “I’ve been just told that Tim Bradley is not fighting Amir Khan. So stop looking for a new opponent! Here I am, waiting to get the rematch that I think I deserve”, Maidana said. “I read that Khan would possibly face Robert Guerrero, Erik Morales or Zab Judah? Why wasting time trying to pick up an opponent other than me after Khan and I made the 2010 fight of the year? I don’t understand boxing. Or maybe Amir is scared about me knocking him out this time?”, the Argentinean said.
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Mariana Juarez 111.9 vs. Gabriela Bouvier 111.1
Ganigan Lopez 105.1 vs. Omar Rosales 105.1
Venue: Centro de Espectáculos, Morelia, Michoacán de Ocampo, Mexico
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Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Tomás Rojas 114.9 vs. Juan José Montes 115
Felipe Orucuta 118 vs. Julio Roque Ler 118
Alberto Rosas 119 vs. John Alberto Molina 118
Venue: Arena Metropolitana, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas
Promoter: Zanfer, Mp Deportiva and Gobierno De Chiapas
TV: TV Azteca
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Denis Lebedev 200 lbs. vs. Roy Jones Jr. 198.5
Venue: Sport Complex Krylatskoe, Moscow, Russia
Promoter: Vladimir Hrunov & Square Ring Promotions
TV: Russia 2 TV
Chad Dawson 173.75 vs. Adrian Diaconu 174.25
Nicholson Poulard 173.5 vs. Frankie Santos 173
Kevin Bizier 149.5 vs. Mauro Lucero 152
Eleider Alvarez 184.5 vs. David Whittom 189.25
Mikael Zewski 148.25 vs. Ruben Galvan 149.5
Oscar Rivas 238.75 vs. Zsolt Zathureczky 232.75
Didier Bence 230 vs. Dwayne Storey 205
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Yvon Michel/Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero in San Martin, Puebla
Minimumweights Sammy Gutierrez 104.72 and Juan Palacios 103.62 are both set to go ahead with tomorows twelve-rounder for the WBA miniumweight interim world title at the San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, Puebla, Mexico. Mexican Gutierrez will try to make his second WBA title defense and Nicaraguan Palacios will attempt to wins his second world title.
In another fight for the WBC Silver title, Oscar Ibarra weighed 114.849 and Juanito Rubillar was 113.740.
The card is promoted by Promociones del Pueblo, Grupo Modelo and Televisa Broadcasting. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
Jean Pascal 174.875 lbs. vs. Bernard Hopkins 174.9
Bernard Hopkins originally weighed in at 175 pounds, 9 ounces. After stripping down he was still 4 ounces heavy. Given two hours to lose the weight, he came back within an hour and easily came in under the prescribed weight limit. Pascal originally came in one ounce heavy and after doffing his head-wear, also made weight. For more details and photos click here…
Nathan Cleverly 174.75 vs Aleksy Kuziemski 174.75
(WBO light heavyweight championship)
James DeGale 167.5 vs George Groves 167.5
(British/C’wealth super middleweight titles)
Frankie Gavin 147 vs Young Mutley 147 (on 2nd attempt)
(vacant WBO I/C welterweight title)
Venue: The O2 Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
Former WBO light heavyweight champion Juegen Braehmer has issued a statement regarding his third straight cancellation of a title defense, which resulted in his title being stripped and awarded to interim champion Nathan Cleverly.
Dear fans and friends in boxing,
I am profoundly unhappy during these days. I trained very hard for this fight and my fight preparations were outstanding. On Tuesday, 5/17 I suffered an old injury again. This occurred at the final sparring. My doctors gave me the feedback that the stitches in the cut on the eyelid couldn’t come out until the following week on Tuesday.
Finally I thank all my fans who wanted to support me in England. I regret very much that you were inconvenienced due to the fight cancellation. These events will not keep me from continuing! I’ve always been a fighter and still haven’t reached where I want to be.
Whether Braehmer actually received the cut while sparring is in dispute. BILD is reporting that the cut was supposedly reopened by a towel after a shower. The former champ has been unreachable since Wednesday.
Bantamweights Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (25-3-2, 18 KOs) and Jesus “El Zurdo De Oro” Galicia (19-3, 12 KOs) both weighed in at 118lbs for tonight’s twelve-rounder for the WBC Latino title at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City. The card is promoted by Tuto Zabala Jr.’s All Star Boxing and can be seen live at 11:35PM ET/PT on Telemundo.
At a press conference held yesterday in El Paso, undefeated heavyweight hopeful David “Nino” Rodriguez (34-0, 32 KOs) has agreed to fight former WBA Fedelatin Champion Owen Beck (29-7-20 KOs) for the WBC Mexican national heavyweight championship belt. An estimated 200 fans and media members piled in to El Paso’s Andale fine Mexican Cuisine for the press conference that kicked off “El Paso SuperFight III” for June 24 at the Don Haskins Center. (more…)
By Ricardo Conde
Newly crowned WBC welterweight champion ‘Vicious’ Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs), coming off an impressive performance against previously undefeated Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) last month, is the first fighter from the City of Ventura to ever win a major world title. The 24-year old Ortiz was presented with a key to the City of Ventura by Mayor Fulton in a private ceremony at the Watermark restaurant in downtown Ventura, California.
One brief remark, whether delivered with positive or malicious intent, can change a man’s life. UFC veteran Kendall Grove is proof of that.
It was the power of suggestion that guided the once-insecure Hawaiian on an unlikely path that will culminate at UFC 130 with Grove’s 13th appearance inside the Octagon. Unbeknownst to many, the catalyst for Grove’s conversion to the sport is a provocative figure known more for his mercurial temper and four-letter words than his mentoring skills . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three weeks out from fighting Mexican challenger David Lopez, WBA super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout is at the most intense stages of his training camp. Trout been working hard, sparring with undefeated Baltimorian Cecil McCalla, Edward Hernandez from Lubbock, TX and Siju Shabazz. He is preparing for a very physical fight against 6’2” southpaw banger David “ The Destroyer” Lopez, who hasn’t lost a fight in six years and has won his last 16 straight. A top middleweight contender, Lopez has dropped weight to vie for a super welterweight title. He has waited patiently for this opportunity for years. Being a 6’2” southpaw certainly didn’t help in securing fights against the world champs. (more…)
With American and Canadian media in attendance, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins hosted a media workout today at a local boxing gym in Montreal, Canada where the 46-year-old Two-Division World Champion and Future Hall of Famer discussed his championship rematch against WBC and Ring Magazine Light Heavyweight World Champion Jean Pascal which takes place this Saturday, May 21 at the Bell Centre in Montreal. In a rare fight week occurrence, Hopkins even stopped to pose and speak with several amateur fighters and fans stating “I promise you this will be the only time you see me on my knee.” (more…)
Weights by Jesse Kelley
Photo: Rich Peterson
Ray Edwards 258.5 vs. TJ Gibson 222
Cerresso Fort 164 vs. Tim Taggart 166
Jamal James 145.5 vs. Hector Orozco 147
Van Goodman 257.5 vs. Larry Butler 216
Tony Lee 141 vs. Ronnie Fuentez 140.5
Jonathan Perez 120.5 vs. Ray Torres 116
(Perez was 1.5 lbs over but weighed 119 on his second attempt)
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Promotor: Midwest Sports Council and RDS Company
Photos and report by Peter Lim
Featherweight Miguel Flores remained undefeated at (9-0, 6 KOs), after stopping Rolando Campos, (2-4, 1 KO), in the fifth round but not without a few heart-stopping moments at the latest Savarese Boxing Promotions fight night at the Houston Club. Flores, 18, immediately went to work with crisp combinations to the head and body from the outset, but just when it seemed he was comfortably in control, he ducked smack into a right uppercut that had him momentarily out on his feet. He instinctively grabbed and leaned on Campos, buying enough time to shake it off, get his legs back and regain control of the fight. He returned to his corner with a cut on his left eyelid. A sharp-shooting boxer-puncher, Flores dictated the action in rounds two and three with pin-point punches he unleashed upstairs and down. Riding a two-fight winning streak, Campos, 27, was in it to win it, though. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Craig Watt
The Australian media tour for the July 20th IBO Cruiserweight fight between Australian champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KOs) and American Antonio Tarver (28-6, 19 KOs) landed in Perth, Western Australia today. The event at the Belmont Racing Circuit saw both boxers exhibit respect for each other yet strong confidence that each would be victorious for their forthcoming fight at the Entertainment Centre, Sydney in eight weeks time. The former four time world champion Tarver was confident of causing an upset and stated, “I think they took this fight because I was 42 and thought I was too old. Let me tell you I am no Roy Jones and I have come to Australia with only one objective in mind and that is to win the IBO Cruiserweight title. I pride myself that I was the first fighter to knock out Roy Jones and I will be the first fighter to knock out Danny Green.” For more details and photos click here…
This week’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights will originate from the Amerihealth Pavilion inside the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ as promoter Kathy Duva of Main Events showcases former junior middleweight world title challenger Joel “El Predator” Julio (36-4, 31 KOs) and undefeated 2008 U.S. Olympian Sadam “The World Kid” Ali (12-0, 7 KOs) in separate co-feature bouts. (more…)
By Scott Ploof at the scales
Jose Antonio Rivera 155 vs. Luis Maysonet 156.5
Alexis Santos 211 vs. Jeremiah Witherspoon 205
Keith Bianchini 250 vs. Aneudy Rodriguez 248
Luis Viramontes 154 vs. Robert Hunt 152
Joe Siciliano 288 vs. Carossee Auponte 249
Jose “Flacko” Velazquez 134.5 vs. Edwin Rosado 134.5
“Irish” Chuck Shearns 175 vs. Scott Domenech 175
Agustine Mauras 138.5 vs. Fred Mandrachia 132.5
“The Return of the Champ” featuring the three time former world champion Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6, 24 KOs) will do battle against veteran Luis Maysonet (32-11, 25 KOs) in the eight round main event tomorrow night at the Worcester Palladium on Main Street in downtown Worcester. Doors open at 6:30 PM and first fight is at 7 PM. There are still about 500 seats still remaining as tickets are limited at this time. They can be purchased at the Worcester Palladium box office or on tickets.com. $50/Ringside, $30/General Admission.
Unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez will take the biggest test of his career on June 24 when he steps up to former title challenger Owen “What the Heck?” Beck at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso on a card promoted by Z Entertainment and Nino Bravo Promotions. Rodriguez, 34-0, 32 KOs, will get a shot at top ten contention and the WBC Fecombox heavyweight title against Beck, 29-7, 20 KOs, of Jamaica, by way of Nashville, Tenn. Beck challenged Nikolay Valuev in 2006 for the WBA heavyweight title, only to lose by third round TKO. After winning four straight bouts, Beck fell into a losing streak, having dropped his last four by KO/TKO. – Chris Cozzone
The June 4 rubber match at Hard Rock of Albuquerque between Johnny Tapia and Frankie Archuleta is on the brink of cancellation. According to a confidential source at Isleta, Archuleta has refused to take an MRI ordered by the Isleta Athletic Commission. Tapia has already passed all of his exams and has been cleared to fight – but Archuleta originally did not want to spend the money for tests in case the fight fell through. After Team Tapia offered to pay for the tests and deduct it from his purse (approximately $2,000 worth of tests), Archuleta agreed and was scheduled for an exam and a referral for an MRI tomorrow. Unfortunately, Archuleta did not show up at the exam, nor did he get the referral, which means tomorrow’s MRI is an impossibility. According to our source, it was further mentioned that Archuleta has yet to return a signed contract for the fight and a replacement has now been found for what will now be billed as Tapia’s final bout. Stay tuned. – Chris Cozzone
Christopher Martin 122 vs. Charles Huerta 122
Ronny Rios 130 vs. Georgi Kevlishvili 128
Donyil Livingston 162.6 vs. Loren Myers 162
Joel Diaz 129.2 vs. Kendall Ward 126.4
Bobby Chavez 155.2 vs. Juan Luna 157.6
Manuel Avila 121.4 vs. Jesse Padilla 124
Venue: The Hangar at OC Fair, Costa Mesa, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Gabriel F. Cordero in San Martin, Puebla
Everything is ready for the WBA interim minimumweight world title fight between Mexican champion Sammy Gutierrez (28-5-2, 19 KOs) and Nicaraguan challenger and WBC former world champion Juan Palacios (27-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night in San Martín Texmelucan de Labastida, Puebla, Mexico. At a press conference both boxers predicted victory and vowed to give a great show.
“I am in my town, in my mind I’m not able to lose this fight. I’m sure to achieve success and continue looking for better opportunities and the unification of the undisputed WBA title,” said Gutierrez
“I have come to show that I am a former WBC world champion, determined, dedicated and in good condition. It will be a great fight and the best will win that night and that’s me,” said Palacios. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
US Olympian, undefeated #1 ranked Vanes”The Nightmare” Martirosyan hits the speed bag during media day at the Glendale Fighting Club on Thursday. Martirosyan is preparing to take on Mexican knockout artist Saul Roman in a world title elimination bout on Saturday, June 4 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on the undercard of Zbik vs Chavez Jr.. Top Rank promotes this HBO Boxing After Dark event in association with Zanfer Promotions, Universum Media Network, Tecate and Staples Center. More photos…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBA#9 Charlie Ota (AKA Charles Bellamy, 17-1-1, 12 KOs), 154, impressively kept his OPBF and Japanese national super-welter belts as he displayed fine retaliation and finally halted formerly three-time champ Tadashi Yuba (38-7-2, 28 KOs), 154, at 0:15 of the ninth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
After intense and lengthy negotiations Zanfer and their partner in the United States, Top Rank, reached an agreement with Juan Manuel Marquez for a third fight against the eight-time world champion Manny Pacquiao on November 12 in Las Vegas. After two days of finalizing details on the contracts at the luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel, Zanfer President Fernando Beltrán, Top Rank President Tod duBoef and Marquez along with his lawyers reached a satisfactory agreement for all parties and Juan Manuel signed the contract. (more…)
Joel Julio 146 vs. Anges Adjaho 145.5
Sadam Ali 146 vs. John Revish 146
Angel Concepcion 174.5 vs. Teneal Goyco 174
Vinny O’Brien 146 vs. Rafael Montalvo 146
Joel Castillo 172 vs. Jesse Orta 173.5
Tyrone Luckey 132 vs. Sidell Blocker 133
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Promoter: Main Events
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