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European welterweight champ Leonard Bundu successfully retained his crown during the weekend in Brescia, Italy. The unbeaten Bundu (26-0-2) kept his unblemished record stopping fellow countryman Antonio Moscatiello (13-1) of Italy in round five of a scheduled twelve. It was a masterful performance for the African-born Bundu, whose mother hails from Florence, Italy: the defending Euro champ always looked in control, despite suffering a nasty cut in round three after an accidental clash of heads. Moscatiello tried his best, and he was the aggressor throughout most of the fight. Still, Bundu’s superior skills proved to be too much and the fight was over when Bundu connected with a vicious left uppercut to Moscatiello’s liver in round five.
On the same card, Italian heavyweight champion Matteo Modugno (11-0), fresh off his win over former contender Paolo Vidoz, stopped gatekeeper Adnan Buharalija (24-11-2) of Bosnia in round six of a scheduled eight. Boxe Loreni promoted the show. Click here for more photos…
IBF supermiddleweight champion Lucian Bute was sworn in as a Canadian Citizen earlier today at an official ceremony held at St-Dorothy Elementary School in the district of Saint-Michel in Montreal. Lucian was sworn in by Judge the Honorable Mr. Gilles Duguay and was visibly emotional during the entire procedure. Lucian was accompanied by InterBox President Mr. Jean Bedard, head coach Stephan Larouche and his close friends from Romania and Canada. Lucian was pleasantly surprised to see so many media and journalists make the trip to witness this happy occasion.
“I just experienced one of the most important moments of my life,” stated Bute, who shared this Ceremony with 29 other newly inducted Canadian citizens. “I have been preparing for this day for the last 5 years. I felt like a true Quebecker and Canadian long ago, but today I am very proud to obtain my Canadian Citizenship. My origins are Romanian, but it is important to me to implicate myself fully in my adopted Country of Canada. I am very lucky to have been received so well in this Country since I set foot here for good in 2003. It is my choice to live here and it makes me happy to know I am a real Canadian citizen now.” (more…)
The representatives of junior middleweight Carlos Molina have the following official response to his improper disqualification Saturday night against James Kirkland in a WBC Light Middleweight Semi-Final Elimination fight at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. “Referee Jon Schorle was in error of Texas rules last night when he disqualified Carlos Molina and therefore the fight must be changed to a No Contest ruling,” asserts Leon Margules, promoter of Chicago-based junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina.
Schorle, with assistance from Texas Commission officials and others at ringside, disqualified Molina, saying that his cornerman entered the ring while the round was ongoing because he was still delivering his standing eight count for the knockdown Molina suffered at the end of round 10. If a cornerman enters the ring during a round, a disqualification is possible, however, Margules points to Texas Commission Rule 61.41(K)(6), which states: When a round ends before a contestant who was knocked down rises, the bell shall not ring, and the count shall continue. If the contestant rises before the count of ten, the bell shall ring ending the round. (more…)
Professional boxing returns to Hartford, Saturday night, April 14 at the Connecticut Convention Center as Ring Promotions, in association with Big Six Entertainment, presents “Stepping Up.” The main event features the return of Hartford fan favorite Addy Irizarry (8-5, 2 KOs), who has been sidelined since November 20, 2010, when she fractured her ankle in a first-round loss to former International Female Boxing Association (“IFBA”) World welterweight champion Jill Emery. Irizarry is scheduled to face welterweight Sarah Kuhn (4-1-1, 1 KO) in an eight-round bout. (more…)
Dibella Entertainment will be featuring two of it’s best fighters from “Team Puerto Rico” on April 27 in Oklahoma. Unbeaten super featherweight José “Sniper” Pedraza (7-0, 6 KOs) will be opening the event with a bout set for 8 rounds against an opponent which is yet to be announced. Co-featuring will be Luis “Orlandito” del Valle (15-0, 11 KOs), who will be going against Christopher Martin (23-1-3, 6 KOs) in a 10 round fight in the super bantamweight division. Del Valle is rated WBA #4 and WBO #8 at featherweight. The boxing card, which will be held at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, will feature as its main event a fight between current IBO Middleweight Champion Thomas Osthuizen (18-0, 13 KOs ) and Maxim Vlasov (23-1, 12 KOs).
Kell Brook will return to the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on July 7 after the huge success of his victory over Matthew Hatton at the venue last week. Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn wants to build on Brook’s big night which saw 10,000 people packed into the Arena, and was also a huge ratings winner on Sky Sports. “It was a fantastic night in Sheffield for Kell and for British boxing, and I had no hesitation in putting him on in the Arena again,” said Hearn. “Kell delivered in a big way against Matthew [Hatton] and proved he is worth the hype. Now we will deliver another big night for him against a top name that we will announce soon.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® will return to Brazil for an epic sporting event as legendary fighters collide on the biggest fight card in UFC® history at UFC®147 at Joao Havelange Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on June 23, 2012. The largest crowd ever is expected for the highly anticipated rematch between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and American contender Chael Sonnen, a grudge match two years in the making. The event also features a live finale of The Ultimate Fighter Brasil™, the showdown between two Brazilians and icons of the sport – coaches Vitor Belfort and Wanderlei Silva. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA female super-flyweight champ Tsunami Tenkai (18-3, 7 KOs), a cute Japanese girl, will defend her belt against WBA interim ruler Carolina Gutierrez (20-2, 13 KOs) in a unification bout staged by influential promoter Osvaldo Rivero in Cordoba, Argentina, on April 27. Tenkai used to be a football player, and she finely kicked soccer balls with precision into the balcony of the Korakuen Hall prior to her final exhibition on Sunday. Tenkai, 27, engaged in four- round sparring sessions with a couple of partners to show her good form. The champ looks forward to going to the country of football, Argentina, where she will meet Gutierrez, 35, in a unification bout. Tenkai said, “I hope to show a good performance before Argentine spectators.”
Three-time super-middleweight world champion Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) will be moving up in weight on May 19 when he clashes with fellow Super Six World Boxing Classic contestant & power puncher Allan Green (31-3, 21 KOs) on May 19. The battle at Copenhagen´s PARKEN Stadium will be contested at light heavyweight, with the WBC World Championship (Silver) at stake. The winner will be in line to face WBC Light Heavyweight Champion Bernard Hopkins, who takes on Chad Dawson in Atlantic City on April 28. “We want Mikkel to cement his place in boxing history along the all-time greats by wining world titles in two weight classes,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said at a press conference in Copenhagen today. “It is not going to be easy to face bigger and stronger opposition at a higher weight but the Viking Warrior has never turned down a challenge. We are thrilled to provide him with a new, a gigantic one. Before even thinking about Hopkins or Dawson, he needs to take out Allan Green, which is a high-risk fight.” (more…)
On Saturday, March 24, Luis “The Latin Legend” Yanez (7-0-1) scored an eight-round split decision over Joseph “Angel” Rios (10-7-2, 4 KOs) to retain his Texas flyweight title. The bout headlined a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment at La Villita’s Maverick Plaza in San Antonio, Texas. Yanez’s superior speed and ring skills gave him the edge over Rios, who now has two losses and one draw with Yanez. Scorecards read 79-73 twice, for Yanez, and a questionable 77-75 in favor of Rios. In other results: In a bout for the Texas jr. middleweight title, Quinton Whitaker (8-9, 5 KOs) won an eight round decision over Salvador Roa (6-1-1, 2 KOs, with scores of 79-71, 77-73 and 80-71; welterweight James Cantu (8-0, 4 KOs) decisioned Cory Yett (3-3, 1 KOs) in a sixer; welter Steve Hall (4-2, 4 KOs) TKO’d Miguel Pizarro (2-7, 1 KO) at 2:28 of round one; super flyweight Javier Rodriguez (1-0-1) decisioned debuter Jesse Anguiano (0-1) over four; and super featherweight Rolando Campos (5-4, 2 KOs) TKO’d Jorge Flores (0-4) at :32 of round three in a scheduled four-rounder. Photo courtesy of Zeferino Entertainment.
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Zab Judah (42-7 29 KOs) looked “Super” again on Saturday in his first professional fight in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY, thoroughly outclassing previously unbeaten Vernon “Ice Man” (26-1, 15 KOs) Paris for 8 rounds and knocking out his opponent at 2:27 of round nine at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in an IBF junior welterweight eliminator.
Earlier in the month, Judah stated that he felt that a return to his roots would rejuvenate him in the same manner that Clark Kent retreated to a phone booth to become Superman again. With family, friends, and a packed house in tow, Judah provided his best performance in years. (More)
If The Ultimate Fighter season 9 finalist DaMarques “Darkness” Johnson is ever in need of a new nickname, he might want to consider “The Anti-Decision”. Over three years and seven fights inside the Octagon, Johnson has yet to hear a judge’s score card read to choose a victor in one of his clashes. Even more incredible, the 18-9 welterweight has only seen a third round once in his action-packed UFC career. In the never ending debate about how to properly score an MMA fight, Johnson has proven time and time again that the winners and losers in his bouts will solely be decided by him and his opponent . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Highly regarded Argentinian welterweights Hector “El Tigre” Saldivia (41-2, 32 KOs) and Calos “El Potro” Abregu (32-1, 25 KOs) could face off against each other according to reliable sources including the Argentina Boxing Federation (FAB). The fight could take place in the next 90 to 120 days. The FAB has given representantvies of Saldivia and Abregu a period of 20 days to negotiate the purses, date and possible venue. Abregu only loss was to super lightweight world champion Timothy Bradley. Saldivia’s losses are to Said Quali and Jorge Daniel Miranda.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“There’s so much different work in the world. If I would be just a fighter, not an exciting one, I would call it quits and do something else,” says Tomasz Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs). “I don’t want boxing fans to be bored during my fights, we have to give them their money’s worth.” Last Saturday in a very entertaining fight, Adamek won a slugfest against Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO). Hopefully, the always exciting former light heavyweight and cruiserweight champion and current heavyweight contender will not pay a heavy price for his all out fighting style.
How bad is your left hand? Better than after the fight?
Unfortunately not. It was swollen just after the fight, and now the day after it’s even worse. In the third round I connected with a powerful left hook with Nagy’s forehead and immediately I felt something was wrong. Of course this is boxing, not some non-contact sport so pain is part of the deal, but I was reluctant to swing it with full force. We are currently seeking the help of the doctor who took care of the late Arturo Gatti’s hands. This is the most important for me – to know what’s going on. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: K2 Ukraine
On April 14, Ukrainian boxer Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) will battle future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) for the interim WBO light welterweight title at the New Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. This news has become a big sensation in Ukraine and Fedchenko has drawn the attention of reporters and millions of boxing fans. Although Marquez is a fearsome opponent, the 30-year-old Fedchenko is also a very experienced boxer, who is technically solid and a very strong puncher.
“For me, it was unexpected news,” said Fedchenko. “To fight against Marquez is a great honor for me. I am happy that Juan give me a chance. The only problem is little time to prepare for battle. But I’ll make sure that on the day of the fight I’ll be in the best shape of my career.” (more…)
By Bill Hillmann
Photo: Felipe Leon
Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs) was disqualified on a strange technicality at the end of the tenth round of his WBC Light Middleweight title eliminator bout with James Kirkland (31-1, 27KOs). Molina was ahead on the scorecards at the time and HBO commentator Max Kellerman’s gut reaction was to say “This is a terrible call.” Kirkland’s lead second, Anne Wolf walked right up to Molina held his face in her hands and told him in a sad tone, “You were winning… You were winning…” All Molina could muster at the time was “This Sucks!”. The debates have been flaring on the social networks of boxing enthusiast around the country for the past day. Fightnews gave “King” Carlos Molina a call to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth. (more…)
By Byron Spurlock
Photos: Felipe Leon
Mexican ring legend Erik Morales spoke to the press after his twelve round unanimous decision defeat to Danny Garcia in a clash for the WBC 140lb title on Saturday night. “I don’t know what I want to do next,” said Morales. “I have to sit down with my family and look at my health and the desire to keep fighting. One of the reasons I fought Garcia was that I was sure that I still have what it takes to beat some of the best competition out there. After tonight I need to take a step back and really look at what I want to do next. I would like to go out on my own terms, perhaps a fight in Tijuana, Mexico.” (more…)
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Kasia and Sylwek Wosko/Global Boxing
WBC #8-ranked Mariusz “The Viking” Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his WBC International heavyweight title with an impressive sixth round KO over Tye “Big Sky” Fields (49-5, 44 KOs), much to the delight of the feisty, predominantly Polish crowd at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. After splitting the first four rounds, Wach hurt Fields at the end of the fifth round with a combination, and finished him with a series of right hands at 1:44 of the sixth round of the scheduled twelve round bout. (More)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Graham Shaw, who trains IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale, talks to Fightnews.com about Daniel’s recent successful defense against Osamunu Adama and also possible fights for Geale against Sergio Martinez, Felix Sturm, Dimitry Pirog and Julio Chavez Jr.
By Tracy Morin at ringside, MemphisBoxing.com
Four back-to-back first-round knockouts were bookended by two four-rounders that went the distance at the latest Fights at the Fitz at Fitzgerald’s Hotel & Casino on March 24 in Tunica, Mississippi. The enthusiastic crowd was treated to plenty of action with fighters from both coasts and regional fan-favorites duking it out–frequently to devastating conclusions. (More)
By Cecil Wright/Fightnews Canada
Tyson ‘Prince of Hali’ Cave defended his WBC Continental Americas super bantamweight title by pitching a complete shutout over Mexican challenger Jovanny ‘Bambino’ Soto in the main event at the Halifax Forum Saturday night. All three judges at ringside scored the bout 100-90 as Cave earned the unanimous decision triumph. Cave’s record improves to 17-2 while Soto drops to 32-13-1. (More)
Photo: Peter Frutkoff
Legendary boxing writer Bert Randolph Sugar has reportedly passed away today at the age of 74 from lung cancer. According to CBS New York, he died surrounded by family at Northern Westchester Medical Center in Mount Kisco, NY. He was much sought after for his views on boxing and was instanttly recognizable with his ever present fedora and cigar. Fightnews sends condolences to the Sugar family.
“He who knows when he can fight and when he cannot will be victorious.” – Sun Tzu, Art of War
If there is a man in the last twenty years who would be more than qualified to write boxing’s version of Sun Tzu’s Art of War, it would be Tijuana’s Erik “Terrible” Morales. The fighter from the tough neighborhood of the Zona Norte, has proven with superb skill, courage and bravado what a true warrior is and in a nineteen year pro career has won the hearts of his beloved Mexico’s fight fans as well thousands around the world.
On Saturday night, the thirty-five year old Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) walked out of the ring in his last hurrah, at least in the United States, on tired legs but his head held high as a little less than six thousand fans witnessed Philadelphia’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) win the WBC light welterweight title via a unanimous decision at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. (more…)
Hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua, 42, looked in excellent condition as he stopped local prospect Alvaro “Tyson” Robles in the 8th round to capture the vacant WBC FECARBOX Title in front of the hostile local crowd at the Mexicali Gymnasium. Pitalua dominated the action dropping Robles twice in round 2, once in the 3rd, twice in the 4th and finally once in the 8th when the referee decided that it was enough. Pitalua raised his record to 53-6-1-47 KOs while the younger Robles dropped to 13-2-11 KOs. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photos: Martin Avila Maria
“Old warriors never die” the saying goes and it was certainly true Saturday night for former world champion Nate Campbell as he pulled out an upset ninth round TKO victory over local favorite IBF #6 jr welterweight Victor “Mermelade” Cayo in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Campbell (35-9-1, 26 KOs), a battle-scarred 40-year-old who had lost four of his last five fights, was considered a fairly safe opponent for Cayo (27-3, 19 KOs) and it certainly appeared to be so in the first four rounds with the young Dominican playing torreador to Campbell’s bull. The old, self-styled “Galaxy Warrior” was constantly being beaten to the punch by Cayo and it even seemed that referee Roberto Ramirez might even stop the fight. Then, in the fifth round, occured the dramatic turnabout. One of Campbell’s wild, desperate looping right hands landed flush on Cayo’s jaw. Victor fell to the mat with such force that it looked like he might not get up but he did. A suddenly fired-up Campbell went for the kill and the local fighter was again knocked down. Cayo miraculously survived the round but the rounds that followed were pure hell, as Nate just poured it on, punishing the Dominican boxer with body shots, uppercuts and his trademark looping rights. A succesion of punches left Cayo completely dazed on his feet in the ninth round and referee Ramirez wisely decided to call off the carnage. A real stunner. For more details and photos click here…
By Ron Jackson
Jeffrey Mathebula beat Takalani Ndlovu on a 12 round split decision to win the IBF junior featherweight belt at the Carnival City Casino near Brakpan on Saturday night. However, the fight was closer than the scorecards handed in by judges Neville Hotz and Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen who had it 117-112 and 116-112 for Mathebula. Judge Alfred Buqwana scored it 115-113 for Ndlovu.
Ndlovo (55.18kg) made a good start, scoring with stinging lefts and rights to the head though rounds one to five and could have been three points ahead at the end of round six. However, from round seven Mathebula (55.32kg) picked up the pace to land with flurries of punches from the outside as he used his longer reach to advantage. As Mathebula picked up his work rate the champion began to tire and he clearly won the last three rounds to grab the belt after the disputed decision in their first fight. Ndlovu, was making the second defence of his belt as he saw his record drop to 33-7, including 18 knockouts. Mathebula, a former Olympian, improved his record to 26-3-2, 14 KOs. (more…)
Photo: Hatton Promotions/Mark Robinson
Super featherweight Gary Buckland sent a warning to Europe’s top 130-pounders in Sheffield, England Saturday night. The Newport traveller made a successful first British title defense with a unanimous points win against brave Paul Truscott at sold-out Ponds Forge Arena. Buckland dropped his Middlesbrough challenger with a body shot in round ten and took his record to 25-2 with the judges’ scoring 120-108, 119-109 and 118-110. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (33-2, 25 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over late, late replacement Richie Mepranum (25-3-1, 5 KOs) in a non-title bout on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico. In what seemed like a real life telenovela, after original opponent Rodel Mayol pulled out on short notice, Marquez was set to face Mepranum, then Juan Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, and finally Mepranum again in a matter of hours. It was an interesting matchup as Mepranum had previously handed Marquez his first pro defeat by unanimous decision 24 months ago, but this time “Tyson” gained his revenge by knocking down Mepranum in rounds two and seven en route to a ten round 95-93, 96-92, 97-91 win.
“I was very disappointed in the out of control attitude of Mayol,” Marquez said afterward, “but it allowed me to avenge my first defeat that I had against Mepranum in 2010. I am very sorry about what Mayol did. Nobody deserves that attitude. The WBA supervisor endorsed my weight and he [Mayol] had a responsibility to be a professional and face me, but fortunately we were able to keep our promise to the fans. I hurt my right hand in the fifth round, but we got the victory.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
Unbeaten Danny Garcia (23-0, 14 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC super lightweight world title with a twelve round unanimous decision over four-division world champion Erik Morales (52-8, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas. Garcia outworked Morales over the second half of the fight knocking down him down with a left hook in the eleventh to win by scores of 117-110, 116-112, 118-109. Morales lost the WBC super lightweight world title on the scale Friday.
Super welterweight James Kirkland (31-1, 27 KOs) won by tenth round disqualification over Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs). Kirkland dropped Molina in the tenth and Molina’s corner entered the ring thus prompting referee Jon Schorle to DQ Molina. At the time of the DQ Molina was up 88-83, 87-84 on two cards. Kirkland was up 86-85 on the third card. (more…)
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promotions
With an impressive performance, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez had the most important victory of his career outscoring Mexican veteran José Angel Beranza by winning a unanimous decision over 10 rounds. Judges scored the bout 98-92, 96-94 and 96-94. “I feel very happy and proud of my performance tonight,” Jayson said. “I trained really hard to beat Beranza and we got the victory. I’m really the best featherweight in Puerto Rico.” With the win, Vélez improves his record to 18-0, 13 KOs.
In the co-main bout of the night, unbeaten bantamweight Jonathan Vidal (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a unanimous decision over Felix Pérez. Judges scored it 59-57, 59-55 and 59-55. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Former two-division world champion Zab Judah (42-7, 29 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Vernon Paris (26-1, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, New York. Time was 2:27. Judah was too fast and too powerful as he dominated the fight, which was an IBF jr welterweight eliminator.
Former WBC light heavyweight and IBF cruiserweight champion Tomasz “Goral” Adamek (45-2, 28 KOs) successfully returned to the ring in his first bout since challenging Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title, winning a ten round unanimous decision over Nagy Aguilera (17-7, 12 KOs). Scores were 100-90 (2x) and 99-91.
Philadelphia’s Bryant Jennings (13-0, 6 KOs) impressively took apart former world champion Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich (25-5, 16 KOs) by technical knockout after 9 completed rounds. In only his 13th pro fight, Jennings, 219 ½, displayed superior hand speed and technique to rattle and bloody Liakhovich, 231, throughout the fight with powerful combinations. Referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout on the recommendation of the ringside doctor after Liakhovich took yet another shellacking in round nine. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super middleweight champion Omar Shaick 10-2, 6 KOs) retained the title with a shutout ten round decision over Australian-based Nigerian Friday Nwaiwu (3-3) at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Shaick, boxing from the southpaw stance, was supremely fit and dominated Nwaiwu in every round round. In round seven, a five-punch combination had the Nigerian on wobbly legs but he survived to hear the bell. Nwaiwu connected with a solid straight left to the head of Shaick in round eight that split the champion’s nose. Scores 100-89, 100-89, 100-88. World class Sakio Bika and Les Sherrington are top contenders for Shaick’s national title. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a clash of 6’8 heavyweights, unbeaten Mariusz Wach (27-0, 15 KOs) showed he’s a force to be reckoned with after scoring a sixth round KO over Tye Fields (49-5, 44 KOs) on Saturday afternoon at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. Wach sent Fields crashing to the canvas at 1:44 with a series of right hands to end it. Good give-and-take action up to that point.
Unbeaten and highly regarded heavyweight prospect Artur Szpilka (10-0, 8 KOs) destroyed Terrance Marbra (6-2, 5 KOs) in the first round. After Szpilka dropped Mabra with a straight left, he got him out of there with his follow up barrage. Time was 2:46.
Former Olympian Jerson Ravelo (21-5, 12 KOs) surprised Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (26-2-2, 18 KOs), taking an eight round split decision in a light heavyweight clash. Scores were 79-73, 77-75 for Ravelo, 77-75 for Spina.
Unbeaten super featherweight Kamil Laszczyk (8-0, 5 KOs) won a scrappy eight round unanimous decision over Tevin Farmer (4-3-1, 1 KO) in a clash for the vacant WBO Youth belt. Scores were 79-73, 77-75, 78-74.
Cruiserweight Stivens Bujaj (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Joshua Harris (8-6-2, 6 KOs). Bujaj dropped Harris in round two and the bout was waved off at 1:49.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (32-2, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-2-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Tabor Arena in Maribor, Slovenia. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 119-110. Zaveck said afterward that the victory is the first step towards re-capturing the world championship he lost to Andre Berto last September.
Light Heavyweight Denis Simcic (28-1, 14 KOs) outpointed Fatjon Murati (13-2-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds to claim the WBO European championship. Scores were 117-110, 117-111, 116-111. Murati deducted a point in round eleven.
Obviously the third time is a charm for Jelena Mrdjenovich. The Edmonton fighter made up for two close decisions in a hurry Friday night as she stopped Lindsay Garbatt (7-5-1 4KO) at 1:45 of the opening round at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton Alberta. Mrdjenovich had lost pair of close decisions to the visiting fighter in the past, dropping a split decision on home turf in 2010 and then reliving the disappointment again last year with a majority decision loss in Barrie Ontario. (more…)
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