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Former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios was on hand on Monday at the Versailles Restaurant on Calle Ocho in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, for the kick-off press conference to announce his April 14 showdown with former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in Las Vegas. Surprisingly Gamboa was a no-show. There is another press conference scheduled for tomorrow in Los Angeles. Top Rank says tomorrow’s LA press conference is 100% confirmed. Will Gamboa show up at that one?
Lightweight knockout specialist “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (20-1, 16 KOs) will break training camp in Youngstown, Ohio, later this month and head east to challenge NABF beltholder “Hammerin’ Hank” Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) in the ESPN Friday Night Fights 10-round main event at MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Williams is the mandatory challenger for Lundy’s title. Lundy is rated WBC #4, WBO #7 and IBF #12.
“I feel fantastic,” WBC #10-rated Williams said from camp, where he’s working with his head trainer, Jack Loew. “I don’t want to take anything away from Lundy. He’s the NABF champ and a good fighter, but I’m coming with it and he better not forget that. He talks a lot. I guess he’s trying to get in my head but it’s not going to work. When we get it on, all the talking will be over. I posted something on my Facebook page promoting our fight to get people interested to watch it at Foxwoods or on ESPN. No trash talking at all. He then went on my page and put up a lot of stuff trying to stir things up. Nobody cares. I’ll see him fight night. He hasn’t talked too much lately because he knows this fight is real. (more…)
Saturday’s world title defense of WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov against mandatory challenger Lukas Konecny in Kiev, Ukraine has been canceled after Baysangurov allegedly suffered a back injury in training. Baysanguro-Konecny will be rescheduled as soon as possible according to Konecny’s promoter Ulf Steinforth. This is another bitter pill for Konecny, who last year had a planned world championship fight and rematch with then-WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk canceled after Dzinziruk suffered an injury in training 13 days before the fight.
Olympic Gold Medalist Audley Harrsion has been forced to postpone his comeback bout with Ali Adams, scheduled for April 14 at the Brentwood Centre, Essex. It will now take place 6 weeks later on 26th May at the same venue. Audley had begun sparring last week Monday and during a heated sparring session, damaged his right elbow. He sought treatment and resumed sparring on Friday, but the injury became worse. (more…)
WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel announced today the referee and judges who will work on the world title bout between WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido vs Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez this Saturday, March 10, at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The referee will be Roberto Ramirez Sr., from Puerto Rico. Judges are Michael Pernick and Denny Nelson, from United States, and Raul Nieves, from Puerto Rico. WBO supervisor for this fight will be Jorge Molina, from Argentina.
WBO #5 heavyweight Ondrej Pala (30-2, 21 KOs) meets IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) on Friday night in the Turkish port city of Tekirdag. The bout will be a rematch of their 2009 clash won by Pala via majority decision. Pala’s WBO European Champion belt will be at stake, as well as Airich’s IBF Intercontinental title. Promoter Ahmet Oner vows that this will be a better fight than last Saturday’s heavyweight title clash between world champion Wladimir Klitschko and Jean-Marc Mormeck. (more…)
With two world titles already on his resume, WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns is now primely placed to reap the material rewards of his labors. But with a lucrative summer showdown against London rival Kevin Mitchell beckoning, and possible unification openings thereafter, this most unassuming of champions stresses to boxing writer Glynn Evans that there can be no room for complacency when he faces off with top grade Namibian Paulus Moses at Braehead Arena next Saturday. (more…)
In a sparsely-attended fight card held at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium, former WBC super flyweight champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (38-13-1, 25KOs) danced his way to a unanimous decision win over former world title contender Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-6-2, 17KOs) in the ten round super bantamweight main event of another marathon event presented by Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions. Originally scheduled to be headlined by the first defense of newly crowned WBO champion Moises Fuentes, that bout got scratched when Fuentes suffered a hand injury earlier this week. (more…)
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/www.ringsidephotos.com
Former World Light Heavyweight and Cruiserweight Champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs) spoke to the media last week about his March 24th showdown with Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KOs) at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn on the undercard to Zab Judah’s Homecoming bout against undefeated Vernon Paris. “I’ve already forgotten about the last fight (against Vitali Klitschko),” said Adamek. “I lost on Saturday and on Monday I came back to my family and my life in America. I was ready to get back to work. I quickly came back to the gym and went back to work. Twice, I went to Roger’s house and worked on my technique more than anything. I needed to prepare to get back in the ring. I’m a mountain boy and I wasn’t about to quit. I knew I had to win tougher fights so I could get another chance. I can’t think about retiring. Not now. I still have to fight.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Bobby D. Presents, San Diego’s premier promoter, achieves another first when along with Jorge Marron Productions he presents “Champions of Tomorrow II” at 31,000 square feet Wyland Center at the Del Mar Fairgrounds on Friday, March 9th. The night will mark the first time a boxing event is held at the Center and the return of professional fisticuffs to the fairgrounds after four years. The event will also be a fundraiser for the Athletes of the Future Foundation with a percentage of the proceeds being donated to the organization which is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, counseling and providing opportunities for young people facing a variety of challenges and helping them reach their potential.
Featured in the eight round main event, super middleweight James “Choco” Parison (15-1, 4KOs) is matched up against the rugged Lester Gonzalez (12-6-3, 6KOs) in a crosstown rival face off. The popular Parison, a San Diego native, is known as a slick boxer who is on a three fight win streak with his last “W” coming back in September with a split decision over Paul Mendez in an exciting back and forth clash. Parison’s biggest name on his resume is Craig McEwan who against “Choco” dropped a unanimous decision for his only loss back in ’09. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale is fully focused on defending the title against Ghana-born and American-based Osamunu Adama at the Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Wednesday but also knows he must be impressive if he hopes to be in one corner in million dollar bouts against Sergio Martinez and Felix Sturm. Geale has had the best preparation possible with sparring sessions against one of the toughest 168 pounders in the world in Sakio Bika. “These other big fighters around the world, they’re only looking at fighting other great fighters where there’s money involved,” Geale said. “If I have a bad performance they probably won’t look at me because there’s not much money to generate through the fight – a big performance will generate these big fights.” Daniel’s career is guided by Bill Treacy and Gary Shaw.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
OPBF top ranked Japanese bantam champ Ryosuke Iwasa (11-1, 8 KOs), 118, registered his initial defense as he annihilated JBC#2 contender Yuki Murai (20-16-4, 6 KOs), 117.5, with a single southpaw left to the button at 3:00 of the opening session on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It reminded us of an unforgettable first-round demolition of Hiroyuki Ebihara over Pone Kingpetch with a similar southpaw left shot producing a dramatic coronation of the world flyweight championship in 1963. Iwasa, 22, had failed to win the national belt from current WBC ruler Shinsuke Yamanaka via tenth-round stoppage despite showing a grueling performance last March. As Yamanaka renounced the belt, Iwasa entered an elimination bout with Jerope Mercado to win the vacant throne. In the first defense Iwasa, a tall lefthander, exploded a picture-perfect left to the pinpoint of the chin, dropping the game challenger to the deck with a thud. Murai, 32 in his fortieth bout, desperately raised himself up and looked almost ready to go on. The ref showed a gesture of “come on”, so did Murai step forward. He then abruptly fell forward face first to the canvas to have the third man toll the fatal ten. Iwasa is gunning for a rematch with Yamanaka next time with the world belt on the line in the future. (more…)
While Amir Khan claims he is still WBA super lightweight “super” champion, WBA Vice President Gilberto J. Mendoza retweeted a tweet he made to ESPN stating that the WBA hasn’t reinstated Khan as super champion and he can get it back in the ring against Peterson.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Nothing official from the WBA yet, but Amir Khan claims he has been reinstated in place of Lamont Peterson as WBA super lightweight “super” champion.
Khan tweeted: “Great news WBA still have me as WBA Super Champion! I will be putting that title on the line on May 19th against Peterson.”
And on his web page he wrote:
“I’ve just been relaxing and doing other work away from the ring since my fight last December with Lamont Peterson. As you all know the rematch has been agreed but something you might not know is that I will be going into the ring as the WBA ‘Super’ Champion. I’m really looking forward to putting my WBA ‘super’ title on the line against Peterson, who will enter the ring as the IBF world champion.” (more…)
Ronda Rousey’s first armbar didn’t finish Miesha Tate Saturday night at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, but you had a feeling the second would, and it did, crowning “Rowdy” Ronda as the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champion via first round submission.
“I came here to put on a fight,” said Tate. “I didn’t like her so I wanted to come out here and come out hard. I got a little overzealous, she caught the arm. I do respect her as an athlete.” . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
By Ron Jackson
Tommy Oosthuizen battered Serge Yannick to defeat in the sixth round to retain his IBO super middleweight belt at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. This was his fourth successful defence. The southpaw Oosthuizen (18-0-1, 13 KOs) produced one of his best performances since joining the professional ranks in February 2008 as he dominated from the first round against the gutsy Yannick (14-2, 7 KOs) who was born in Cameroon but fights out of Australia. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Brothers Frank and Alex Hamel were both winners Saturday night capping a successful evening presented by the St-Hyacinthe Boxing Club. The two cruiserweight fights highlighted a pro-am card an hour east of Montreal that saw eleven amateur bouts along with four professional contests. Alex scored his 2nd knockout in as many tries in the main event with a destruction of Patrick Tessier (4-15-2). It took Hamel just 1:23 to put down Tessier a total of three times to end the fight, coming straight forward and attacking the body and leaving the over-matched nowhere to go but down against the ropes. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (47-4-2, 37 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over Indonesian Angky Angkota (25-7, 14 KOs) in a jr. featherweight clash on Saturday night in Mazatlan. Montiel dropped Angkota for the count with a body shot in the ninth to get the win at 2:32.
In the co-feature, former WBA champion “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez won an uneventful ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Dario Ruiz in a flyweight clash.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champions Tomás “Gusano” Rojas and Raúl “Rayito” García were both victorious on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana. Rojas (38-13-1, 25 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Julio “Sombra” Zarate (28-6-2, 17 KOs) in the main event. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 99-92. Two-time former champion García (32-2-1, 20 KOs) battered Michael Landero (15-6-4, 5 KOs) until the fight was stopped at 1:49 of round three. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee at ringside
Vicente Escobedo (25-3) pulled off a smash homecoming victory Saturday night, blowing away Lonnie Smith (14-3-2) of Las Vegas with three quick-succession knockdowns en route to a first-round TKO in their junior-lightweight main event Saturday night at the Woodland Community & Senior Center.
It was the 15th KO victory for the 2004 Olympian, who barely flinched after an early body assault by Smith before unleasing pinpoint punches, ending the scheduled 10-rounder after only 2:20. Smith first hit the deck in his corner after a savage right to the chin, then went down in the center of the ring seconds later. Finally, he became defenseless against a volley of blows and was sagging in Escobedo’s corner when the referee mercifully ended it. (more…)
Former heavyweight title challenger Fres Oquendo (33-7, 22 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in 15 months with a second round KO over Travis Fulton (15-27, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the Dance Land Ballroom in Davenport, Iowa. It was the 38-year-old Oquendo’s first fight since two consecutive controversial losses to Oliver McCall and Jean-Marc Mormeck in 2010.
The event was the first sanctioned professional boxing card in 13 years to be staged in the Quad-Cities according to promoter Phil Armer.
Last night at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA, Antonio “T-Rex” Davis (29-7, 13 KOs) and Jose Hernandez (11-9-1, 5 KOs) battled in front of a frenzied crowd. With his local Lightweight GBC (Georgia Boxing Championship) title on the line Davis squeaked by with a close six round split decision victory.
Jumping right into the fray at the sound of the opening bell, both fighters came out amped and began to land hard shots. It was however the south-paw Hernandez that looked to have wobbled Davis with a few hard shots. In a bit of desperation and surprise Davis let off a hard right that dropped Hernandez. The flash knockdown did not serious hurt Hernandez. He immediately got to his feet and waited for referee George Chip’s eight count . . . Click here for more
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) proved the pundits right as he demolished the much smaller former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) to get his 50th career knockout on Saturday night at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko dropped Mormeck with a right hand in round two and battered Mormeck the whole round. Round three was all Klitschko. The bout ended in round four when Klitschko dropped Mormeck again. Time was 1:12.
After the fight Wladimir named Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KOs), David Price (12-0, 10 KOs), Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs), Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) as possible future opponents. (more…)
45-year-old former world heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (26-6, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 6’6 British prospect Tom Dallas (15-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Skelton, a former British, Commonwealth and European titleholder, exposed the flaws of Dallas in a one sided beatdown. The fight was waved off at 1:00 of the fifth round as Skelton pounded Dallas on the ropes. Dallas has now lost two straight after starting his career at 15-0, while Skelton showed he is still relevant on the British domestic heavyweight scene.
In the main event, European bantamweight belt holder Jamie McDonnell (19-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a second round knockout over former flyweight world title challenger Ivan Pozo (32-7-1, 20 KOs). After McDonnell connected with a body shot, Pozo went to a knee for the count. Time was 2:11.
IBF #5 featherweight Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (33-2, 25 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Mexican journeyman Genero “Panterita” Garcia (10-12, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City, Philippines. Unfortunately promoter ALA Promotions thought they were bringing in former world title challenger Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (38-8, 22 KOs) to fight for Bautista’s IBF International belt. It was decided to make this a free event after the snafu was discovered.
By Graham Houston
Wladimir Klitschko is in one of those no-win situations when he defends his heavyweight titles against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Germany on Saturday night (TV coverage on EPIX in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.) As his trainer Emanuel Steward points out, if Klitschko wins quickly, people will say he merely did what he should have done; if it turns into a drawn-out and difficult fight, he can stand by for a torrent of criticism. Some fights look such total mismatches that it is difficult to see any other result than a crushing win for the overwhelming betting favourite, though, and this is one of them. I just can’t give Mormeck any sort of a chance. The only interest is whether Klitschko will win by stoppage early or late in the fight. (more…)
Photos: K2 Promotions
Leading up to the title defense of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Jean-Marc Mormeck, cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (18-3-2, 8 KOs) is eager to take the next step in his career. He will face off with Valery Brudov (39-3, 28 KOs) for the WBO interim cruiserbelt. Both title fights will take place tonight in the already sold out ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Afolabi knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli to win the vacant WBO interim title on March 14, 2009. His last fight was a knockout victory against British champion Terry Dunstan in round one on the Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye show last year.
Brudov fought Jim Franklin in June 2011 last and scored a second round TKO. Brudov’s three losses came against Guillermo Jones for the WBA world title (TKO 11) in 2010, Firat Arslan by split decision for the WBA title in 2007, and against Virgil Hill for the WBA world title fight in 2006. (more…)
Photo: Golden Boy
Vicente Escobedo 129 vs. Lonnie Smith 130
Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Paul Mendez 166
Manuel Avila 118 vs. David Reyes 120
Jonathan Chicas 140 vs. Ephraim Martinez 137
Payton Boyea 172 vs. Harry Gopaul 174.5
Venue: Woodland Community Center, Woodland, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) proved he’s still got it despite all the recent questions surrounding his professionalism and dedication to the sport. Although given the second-tier talent level of his most recent competition, it’s hard to tell exactly how much “it” the former two-division world champion truly has. Pairing him against some of the top names in the 140-lb division seems to be what promoter Acquinity Sports has in mind as promoter Henry Rivalta spent the past week calling out such elite names as Devon Alexander (who fights at light welterweight) and Manny Pacquiao (who hasn’t since 2009). (more…)
SYDNEY, March 3 – The main event of the second UFC on FX fight card, held at Allphones Arena, delivered exactly the kind of unpredictable action fans have come to expect after seeing Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves at work over the past several years. Plus, UFC veterans Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez proved that a drop to 125 pounds didn’t hurt their performance, as they dispatched the former #1- and #2-ranked flyweights in the world to set up a clash for the first-ever UFC flyweight title . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Josue Aguilar, trainer of mandatory WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO), informed Fightnews.com that WBC has ordered negotiations to commence for the mandatory championship fight between Palacios and current WBC champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) from Poland. If there’s no agreement, a purse bid for this fight will happen on March 30 in Mexico.
Wlodarczyk and Palacios fought on April 4, 2011, in sold-out 7,000-seat arena in Bydgoszcz (Poland), with the champion winning a split decision that left both fighters and fans unhappy with their performances. “Diablo” did not mince words with his comments and “Wizard” also had some choice words to say. “I’m a cruiserweight champion of the most prestigious organization in the world – the World Boxing Council. Of course, I prefer to have great challenges, like fighting Guillermo Jones, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Antonio Tarver or the most lucrative ones. I thought that we had an agreement with Antonio, but I’m hearing rumors, that he decided to go an easy and inexpensive way. I’m surprised that Showtime accepted such an average fighter like Lateef Kayode. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
In a disappointing turn of events, Friday’s “Tampa Bay Warriors” card was abruptly cancelled by the Florida Boxing Commission. With less than an hour before the first bell was going to ring, one of the fighters scheduled to fight was unable to produce the proper blood work required by Florida regulations and had to be removed from her fight. The removal reduced the amount of bouts to four, below the state’s requirement of five bouts to be a sanctioned event.
It is unfortunate for Reyes Promotions and Estrada Entertainment Productions that the card ended this way. The Tampa, Florida card originally was scheduled to host fights including Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi, Chevelle “Fist of Steel” Hallback, along with local favorites Jose Alonzo and Wilky Campfort. Reyes Promotions has scheduled their next event on April 27th at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.
Photos: José Pérez / PR Best
Heavyweight Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over 43-year-old former world champion Robert Daniels (49-10-1, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Daniels was down one time in the third round. Time was 1:10. Daniels held the WBA cruiser belt from 1989-1991.
6’6 heavyweight Carlos Negrón (14-1, 10 KOs) rebounded from his KO loss to Epifanio Mendoza with a first round KO over Francisco Mireles (13-7, 3 KOs). Mireles was down twice, the second time for the count.
Jr. flyweight Israel Vazquez (5-0-2, 5 KOs), son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, needed just 38 seconds to knock out Christian López (3-3-2, 3 KOs). Two jabs and a straight right ended it. more photos
Former junior featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Guzman dropped Pabon in rounds one, three and four. Pabon was deducted a point for holding in round six. The fight was stopped after Pabon was floored again with a left hand in round eight. Time was 1:23.
Welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) systematically broke down Manuel “Pirry” Leyva (21-5, 12 KOs), getting a seventh round TKO. Paredes dropped Leyva twice in round five and finished the job in the seventh with another knockdown. Time was 1:29.
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