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European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (26-3, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelfth round TKO over official challenger Arsen Martirosyan (18-5, 8 KOs) on Friday at the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon, France. Martinez, who was way ahead on the cards, dropped Martirosyan with a left hook, then finished him with violent follow-up barrage.
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In a clash of world ranked heavyweights, IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career with a spectacular ninth round TKO over WBO #6 Ondrej Pala (30-3, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Atatürk Spor Salonu in Tekirdag, Turkey. The normally aggressive Airich was never able to get untracked early as Pala picked him apart with jabs and power shots. Airich finally came to life in round six when he staggered Pala, but the referee stopped the action when both fighters lost their mouthpieces and Pala was given plenty of time to recover. Pala regained control in the seventh and eighth, but in the ninth Airich caught Pala in the corner again and had him ready to go. Pala spit out his mouthpiece again, but after a short delay (and point deduction) Airich was all over him with a non-stop barrage of punches that forced a referee’s stoppage. In their first bout in 2009, Pala took a majority decision over Airich.
German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (8-0, 6 KOs) won by TKO at the beginning of round five when Ivica Perkovic (15-14, 11 KOs) couldn’t continue due to an arm injury.
Cruiserweight Varol Vekiloglu (19-3, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Christian Schwaeblein (5-6, 3 KOs). Vekiloglu dropped Schwaeblein in round two with a body shot and finished him with a left hook to the body in round four.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (11-0, 5 KOs) outscored American Kevin Engel (18-6, 15 KOs) over ten rounds at the Croation Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores 100-89, 100-90, 100-90. Caparello dominated Engel in all of the rounds.
Also PABA super bantamweight champion Dianever Orcales (7-4-2, 4 KOs) scored a near-shutout decision over James Mokoginta (20-7, 19 KOs) in a twelve round bout. Scores 120-109, 119-109, 120-108.
In a light welterweight contest, Steve Ongen Ferdinandous (11-4, 5 KOs) stopped Robert Whaley (7-3-2, 4 KOs) in two rounds.
Promoter Charlie Liparota more photos
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) weighed in at the division limit of 126 lbs for his world title rematch against the previous beltholder Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Juanma” scaled in at 125.7.
For the ten round NABF/NABO featherweight title co-feature, “Mikey” Garcia initially weighed in a quarter-pound heavy but came back to make 126 on his second try. Opponent Bernabe Concepcion weighed 125.5. (more…)
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KOs) weighed in at 134 lbs for his world title defense against former WBA champion Paulus Moses (28-1, 19 KOs) before an expected 6,000+ crowd on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Paulus scaled in at 133.
By Felipe Leon
James Parison 162 vs. Lester Gonzalez 161
Christian Bojorquez 122 vs. Pablo Cupul 122
Jonathan Quiroz 113 vs. Christian Lorenzo 115
Alfredo Contreras* vs. Loren Myers*
Amaris Quintana* vs. Blanca Raymundo*
*Will weigh-in Friday morning.
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
When: Friday, March 9th
Where: Wyland Center, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Bigger or more is not always better. That was the case on Thursday night as first-time promoter League of Champions put on a fan-friendly three-bout card at the Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles. In the main event, lightweight Kevin Hoskins remained unbeaten with a one-sided four round unanimous decision over tough Juan Suazo. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It looks like experienced Puerto Rican judge Cesar Ramos will replace his compatriot Raul Nieves working the fight between Mexican WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido and former WBO world champion Juan Manuel Lopez on Saturday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, P.R. The switch was made after a protest from the Salido camp.
Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge against Lucian Bute in May could be heading outdoors after a massive response from the public has led promoter Eddie Hearn to secure a bigger venue. Matchroom Sport announced last week that Froch would face the unbeaten Canadian in his first fight in his hometown of Nottingham in over two years on May 26, and the overwhelming response to the fight has prompted Hearn to search for a huge stage worthy of hosting the mouth-watering affair. “Since announcing the fight, the phones, emails and tweets have been relentless,” said Hearn. “Fight fans and sports fans all want to see these two World beaters clash, and I want to make sure as many people as possible get the chance. It is important that Carl gets to fight in Nottingham and I am looking at two outdoor venues there. We are also looking at venues in London and Manchester but we are working with Nottingham City Council to try to keep the fight in Carl’s hometown.” Both boxers will be present at a press conference on Monday March 19 at the fight night venue, and tickets will also go on sale that day at 2pm.
WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido won their first fight, but Juan Manuel Lopez is a -200 favorite to get revenge and take back his title according to the oddsmaker at Bet365.com. Salido backers can get +163. The over/under is -150 that the bout will go over 8.5 rounds, and +110 that the bout will go under. Saturday night’s fight will be the latest continuation in the storied history of rivalry fights between Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters. Juanma will again have home turf advantage against Salido at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We have a great, loaded card on March 24th. The fight will be on NBC Sports Network. We have a great, little venue in the Aviator, I wish we could have had a bigger venue but the availability of arenas dictated that this was our location. It’s going to make for a great night I think everyone is going to be excited and thrilled to be there. We have so many good fights on the card. And we’re blessed to also have in addition to the main event which will feature Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, and a co-feature with Sergei Liakhovich and Bryant Jennings; we are also able to provide this wonderful extra bout which normally would be a main event anywhere else, Tomasz Adamek who is going to be fighting Nagy Aguilera. Tickets are still available, but they are going fast” – said Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva starting the Tomasz Adamek and Roger Bloodworth teleconference to promote the March 24 NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez
On Thursday in front of an estimated crowd of 15,000 people at the Monument de los Niños Héroes in Mexico City a press conference was held to officially announce the fight between WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former multi-division champion Sugar Shane Mosley on May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez: “It will be a great fight and I hope to be the winner that night and seek out the best fights.”
Shane Mosley: It’ll be a tactical and explosive fight.
Oscar de la Hoya: “It will be a heck of a fight and the winner of Mayweather-Cotto could be facing the winner of Mosley-Alvarez in the near future. There are great things in store for Canelo Alvarez and this will be a great test that the boxing world wants to see and it’s time for him to face greater challenges.”
Jose Sulaiman, WBC president: “For this fight Alvarez will be required to mature for millions of Mexicans who expect him to be the new hero to Mexican boxing. More photos…
Ondrej Pala 246 vs. Konstantin Airich 229
Venue: Atatürk Spor Salonu
Promoter: Arena Box Promotions
TV: Eurosport (Europe)
Other fights scheduled:
Erkan Teper vs. Ivica Perkovic (heavyweight)
Varol Vekiloglu vs. Christian Schwaeblein (cruiserweight)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have been informed that the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission has removed judge Raul Nieves from working the fight between Mexican WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido and WBO former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez on Saturday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, P.R. The move was made after a protest from Zanfer Promotions representing Salido. The name of the replacement judge has not been announced.
Jason Estrada 244.5 vs. Dominque Alexander 222
Brian Barbosa TBA vs. John Johnson TBA
Rich Gingras 189 vs. Adam Harris 193
Dustin Reinhold 154 vs. Jose Angel Ortiz TBA
Kali Reis 151.7 vs. Marva Dash 156
Joe Gardner 165 vs. Rameil Shelton 165.5
Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment
Photo: Team Charr
Former world champions Graciano and Ralf Rocchigiani have joined the team of unbeaten WBA #11/IBF #14/WBC #15 heavyweight Manuel Charr (20-0, 11 KOs) to help the “Diamond Boy” prepare for his March 30 clash with Taras Bidenko (28-4, 12 KOs). The bout will headline a dinner show at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany. Charr will be defending his WBC International silver belt.
Video: Pepe Rodriguez
Middleweight prospect Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (18-2, 9 KOs) looks to keep his 10-fight winning streak going against longtime contender J.C. Candelo (32-10-4, 21 KOs) on March 17 in the eight-round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” live from the Pharr Convention Center in Pharr, Texas.
In the co-feature, scheduled for 10 rounds in the junior welterweight division, unbeaten Norwalk, California product Carlos Molina (15-0-1, 7 KOs) faces off against Santo Domingo’s Agino Perez (11-3, 9 KOs).
The decision has been made: After careful consideration and joint discussions with Hall of Fame promoter Wilfried Sauerland, trainer Ulli Wegner, Sauerland Event general manager Chris Meyer and sports director Hagen Doering, Marco Huck (34-2, 25 KOs) has decided to stay for now at cruiserweight and defend his WBO championship belt against mandatory challenger and interim champion Ola Afolabi (19-2-3, 9 KOs). “I would like to immediately invade the heavyweight division, however I’ve been persuaded to first continue in the cruiserweight division,” said Huck. “That’s okay with me. I’ll cut everyone there to bits starting with Afolabi. He’s a strong man, but to me he has no chance.” Sauerland Event has started talks with Tom Loeffler, Afolabi’s representative, and will shortly announce the date and venue.
Meanwhile, WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin must make a mandatory defense of his title against Hasim Rahman. A rematch between Huck and Povetkin, who had a great fight on February 25, could happen in the fall.
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Undefeated welterweight Alex Perez (16-0, 9 KOs) registered the biggest win of his career on Wednesday at the sold out BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in midtown Manhattan, dropping and battering Francisco “Gato” Figueroa (20-4-1, 13 KOs) over ten rounds to win a clear unanimous decision. The fight was part of a nine-bout card promoted by DiBella Entertainment as part of its popular “Broadway Boxing” series. (More)
Former WBA lightweight champion Paulus Moses is highly motivated by the chance to become the first Namibian to win world titles with two different organizations when he takes on WBO lightweight belt holder Ricky Burns Saturday at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. “In boxing, there are no easy fights. Every match is tough, every match is dangerous but fighting up in Scotland will not present a problem,” Moses told boxing writer Glynn Evans. “The crowd was against me many times in South Africa, and also Japan and the Ukraine yet I won every time. Even up in Scotland, a lot of Namibian people from all over Britain have expressed a wish to come and see this fight.
“Training has gone very well and my weight is fine. I haven’t seen Ricky Burns fight yet but, according to his record, he must be a very good boxer. It’s sure to be very tough, every fight is. Still, if you want to be the champion, you need to beat the champion. I’m very confident. I train to win and, if I succeed, I will become a big, big hero back home in Namibia. I’ve beaten better fighters than Ricky Burns before. I’m coming to take his title by knockout!”
By Boxing Bob Newman
Boxing returns to New York state’s capital region this Saturday night, March 10 as Ares Promotions presents “Fight Night 8” at the Empire Plaza Convention Center, under “The Egg.” The venue has become the home of Albany boxing in recent years and was the location of Mike Tyson’s professional debut in Mach of 1985. Headlining the 8 bout card will be Jose “Stinger” Medina taking on journeyman Michael Rayner in a middleweight eight rounder. In a case of “If you can’t beat ‘em, Join ‘em,” Ares Promotions signed the “Stinger” after having been stung by Medina when he was brought in against Ares’ own Markus Williams, then 7-1, and Chris Fitzpatrick, then 14-0, and he beat them both. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“This is will my first visit in Atlantic City, a very important city for boxing, so I can’t wait to step into the ring and fight Wach. It will be a family affair, my Mom and my stepdaughter will be there celebrating my 50th win,” – said Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KO), who on March 24 at the Resorts Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City will fight against WBC International titleholder, #9 WBC ranked undefeated Mariusz Wach (26-0, 15 KO) from Poland.
Mariusz Wach remembers your well from the time, when you both worked as sparring partners for Samuel Peter in a Big Bear training camp…
We were roommates, we know a lot about each other. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican four-division world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales opened his training camp to the media on Wednesday at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Mexico as he prepares for his next bout on March 24 against Danny Garcia in his first defense of his WBC super lightweight crown at the Reliant Arena in Houston, Texas.
“Once again I’m here in this beautiful place which has been my training camp for many years,” said Morales. “This time is a new challenge, this young fighter who wants to beat me and take my world title. I trained hard and I hope to give a good fight that night and prove myself for big fights. My experience, my boxing and my physical condition will help me win this fight…after beating Danny Garcia, I look for opportunities with Amir Kahn, Humberto Soto, Lucas Matthysse or Maidana.” (more…)
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