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According to Ernesto Castellanos of Esto, former world champion Israel Vazquez (44-5, 32 KOs) is not retired and will look to return to the ring in April. Vazquez is currently training though no opponent has been announced. Its being said that Vazquez is hoping at some point that a fifth bout can be made between he and fomer world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 35 KOs). In Vazquez’ last bout in May of 2010 he was stopped in three rounds. The series currently tied with both fighters winning two fights apiece.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley will embark on a coast-to-coast U.S. media tour, beginning Thursday in Los Angeles to announce their mega world championship rumble. Pacquiao and Mosley, who have won world titles in 11 weight divisions between them, will go toe-to-toe for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight championship on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao will be making his first ring appearance in The Fight Capital of the World since 2009. Joining Pacquiao and Mosley on the tour will be Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and trainer Freddie Roach.
February 10: Los Angeles
Closed to the Public. Media Only
February 12: Las Vegas
Open to the Public
MGM Grand Garden Arena
3:00 p.m. PT – News Conference
February 14: New York City
Open to the Public
Chelsea Piers at Pier 60
11:00 a.m. ET – News Conference
Postfight press report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
They questioned his dedication to fighting.After a near defeat to Chael Sonnen, they questioned if he was beginning to fall off.
Who is “they?” The media and many fans. Who is “he?” Middleweight champion Anderson “The Spider” Silva.
In last night’s UFC middleweight title bout against “The Phenom” Vitor Belfort, it took Silva just 3:25 to silence the critics. . . . Click here for more
Photo: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Super bantamweight sensation Jesús Rojas (16-1, 12 KOs) is training and getting ready in Miguel Cotto’s training camp in Hollywood, Florida, for his upcoming fight on March 12 on the Cotto vs. Mayorga undercard. Legendary trainer and Boxing Hall of Famer Emanuel Steward said “Rojas is a great boxer with tremendous skills, very strong and powerful. He will be a future PPV Star, he has what the fans love to see.” For more details and photos click here…
Jon “Bones” Jones is having the best week ever.
After thoroughly dismantling highly touted prospect Ryan “Darth” Bader, the New Yorker received some unexpected but welcome news. As a result of teammate Rashad Evan’s knee injury, Jones will claim the headlining spot against current light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC 128 . . . Click here for more
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas connects against challenger Nobuo Nashiro during their world title clash on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Rojas won a close but unanimous decision.
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#11/WBA#15 ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (13-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, impressively acquired the vacant Japanese national flyweight belt when he made a good start, caught Takayasu Kobayashi (16-4-3, only 2 KOs), 112, with his southpaw left and accelerated his two-fisted attack to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:07 of the third round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. The elimination bout took place on the same night as the WBA super-fly title go between Tomas Rojas and Nobuo Nashiro in Osaka, and the ex-Olympian and ex-interim champ Igarashi displayed a good form to seize the full championship this time. His manager/promoter Akihiko Honda says the he plans to have Igarashi have a crack at a world throne within this year. Igarashi is the seventh current champ out of Teiken Gym that now handles three world, two OPBF and two national champions.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
Octagonside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Anderson Silva proved why he is the best fighter in the world as he used a front kick to stop Vitor Belfort in the first round and retain his UFC middleweight championship. Many thought that this would be Silva’s stiffest test to date, but “The Spider” weathered an early attack from Belfort before thrusting a powerful front kick that landed squarely on Belfort’s face and dropped the former light heavyweight champion. Several follow up strikes later and it was Silva once again hoisting the middleweight title with his 9th title defense. The time of stoppage was 3:25.
Forrest Griffin used his size advantage as he out-hustled Rich “Ace” Franklin en route to a unanimous decision victory. Griffin grounded Franklin early and never allowed the former middleweight champion to put his stellar stand-up into play. All three judges scored it 29-28.
Jon “Bones” Jones made it look easy as he choked out previously unbeaten Ryan Bader in the second round and earned a shot at the UFC light heavyweight title after it was announced that Rashad Evans was injured and would not be facing current champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Jones wasted no time taking Bader out of his game as he nearly secured a north/south choke in the first round and sunk in a guillotine in the second to elicit the tap out at the 4:20 mark. Stay tuned for full report and gallery on Sunday.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan has announced that he has reached an agreement to fight undefeated European champion Paul McCloskey at the Manchester Evening News Arena on April 16th. “I am delighted that this fight has finally been put together following some tough negotiations,” stated Khan on his website. “This is a matchup the British public want to see and will be a fantastic fight between two of the best light-welterweights in the country.” Khan will leave for his US training camp on February 9th following press conferences in Manchester and Belfast.
Photos courtesy PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Unbeaten lightweight Jose González (15-0, 11 KOs) won by TKO at 2:54 of the fifth round against Derrick Campos (20-12, 11 KOs) on Saturday night in the main event at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Campos was down in the third round and the referee stopped the fight two rounds later.
Former amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (7-1, 6 KOs) won by TKO at 2:58 of the first round against Manuel Galaviz (3-5) in a flyweight bout. The fight ended after Arroyo knocked down Galaviz, who didn’t respond and the referee stopped the bout. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Etzel Espinosa–Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Mandatory challenger Austin Trout (22-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBA interim super welterweight titleholder Rigoberto Alvarez (26-3, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to claim the vacant WBA “regular” super welterweight belt. Scores were 119-108 on all cards. Alzarez is the brother of hot welterweight prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Click here for more photos…
In an unusual bout between two fighters holding the same interim title of the same sanctioning body in the same division, WBO interim light flyweight champion Jesus “Cuchilla” Gelez (12-1-1, 5 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over WBO interim light flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia (15-2-1, 8 KOs) in a bout for the undisputed WBO interim light flyweight championship on Saturday night at the Coliseo Bernado Caraballo in Cartagena, Colombia. Garcia was the aggressor and bullied Gelez around the ring for most the fight, but in the end the hometown fighter prevailed 115-113, 115-113 on two cards, with Garcia up 115-113 on the third card.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Jonathan “Momo” Romero (15-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Mario “Huracan” Macias over ten rounds to claim the WBO Latino jr featherweight title. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 98-95.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Super middleweight Dyah Ali Davis (18-2-1, 9 KOs), the son of former U.S. Olympian Howard Davis, held WBO #10 rated Francisco Sierra (23-3-1, 21 KOs) to a controversial draw on Saturday night at the Maywood Activities Center in Maywood, California. The big-punching Sierra, best known for his win over Don “DA BOMB” George, has never able to connect against Davis, who outworked Sierra by a score of 98-92 on one card, with the other two cards at 95-95, 95-95.
Lightweight Oscar Meza (21-4, 17 KOs) won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Leo Martinez (15-15, 7 KOs). Meza decked Martinez with a left hook in round seven and went on to a 80-72, 78-73, 79-72. For more details and photos click here…
Unbeaten local jr welterweight prospect Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo (9-0-1, 2 KOs) faces the stiffest battle of his career against veteran Angel Hernandez (14-8 11 KOs) on February 19 at the Byzantine Center in Youngstown, Ohio. The co-main event will feature Youngstown transplant, by way of St. Louis, Dannie Williams (15-1, 13 KOs) against Harrison Cuello (20-14-3) in a lightweight clash. Also featured on the card is undefeated Willie Munroe Jr. (9-0), Miguel Gonzalez (13-2), Michael Moore (6-0) and Damar Singleton (6-0). The event is presented by Lights Out Management and Warner Promotions and billed as “Winter Storm.” For tickets, call 330-787-4228.
Former world title challenger Jason Booth (36-6, 15 KOs) retained his British super bantamweight title with a twelve round split decision over Jamie Arthur (18-5, 4 KOs) on Saturday at the Leisure Centre in Brentwood, England. Scores were 115-113 and 117-112 for Booth, 115-114 for Arthur. It was Booth’s first fight since unsuccessfully challenging IBF 122lb world champion Steve Molitor in September.
Also Olympic super heavyweight bronze medalist David Price (9-0, 7 KOs) dropped Osborne Machimana (18-7-1, 13 KOs) in round one and finished him in round three.
By: Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Sebastian Andrzejczyk/ringpolska.pl
Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2-1, 32 KOs), who will defend his WBC cruiserweight belt against mandatory challenger from Puerto Rico, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO) on April 2, says he is fully recovered from knee surgery and is now working on his strength. “I will be ready for everything Palacios wants to show in the ring,” said ‘Diablo.’ “My WBC belt will stay in Poland.” The bout will take place in Bydgoszcz, Poland. more photos
By Phil Doherty
Miami junior middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (17-1-1, 10 KOs) has signed to fight IBO #52-ranked Mexican middleweight veteran Angel “El Toro” Hernandez (30-9, 17 KOs) of Chicago for the vacant IBO International junior middleweight belt. The fight will take place in Chicago on March 25th. Joey Hernandez stopped Mexican Saul Duran (37-18-2, 30 KOs) during the second round of his last fight in October at the Seminole Hard Rock casino in Hollywood Florida. Angel Hernandez looks to rebound from two consecutive losses; including a stoppage suffered against Peter Manfredo (37-6, 20 KOs) at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Connecticut last May. The fight is contracted at the light middleweight limit of 154 pounds. No TV is announced at this time.
Courtesy of Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
It appears light heavyweights Otis Griffin (23-6-2, 9 KOs) of Sacramento and Yusaf Mack (28-3-2, 17 KOs) of New York have finally found a home for their twice postponed title-eliminator. The new date and site is March 4 at the Marriott Hotel in Woodland Hills, Calif. The fight between the top-10 contenders is to determine a mandatory challenger for International Boxing Federation champion Tavoris Cloud.
It was originally supposed to happen Jan. 7 in Minneapolis, Minn., but severe weather forced a delay to Feb. 4 in Bloomington, Minn. That plan subsequently went by the wayside when, as explained to Griffin, the Minnesota promoter failed to comply with IBF regulations. Now, the scheduled 12-rounder has resurfaced in Southern California and will be promoted by Steve Bash.
Griffin, concerned about the delays, sounds relieved the fight finally seems set, and in his home state. “I think it works to my benefit,” he said. “I won’t have far to travel and I have more time to focus on my opponent.” Griffin, a correctional officer out of the ring, had a chance to face Cloud for the 175-pound belt late last year, but couldn’t agree on contract terms with promoter Don King.
Jason “Ironman” Bergman (15-9, 11 KOs) from Washington, PA is the New American East Coast heavyweight champion, winning by way of TKO at 1:40 into the second round over Horace Ray Grant (15-3, 9 KOs) from Bowie, MD. The record crowd at the New Morgantown Event Center in Morgantown, West Virginia, witnessed a dominating performance as Bergman dropped Grant just 20 seconds into the bout with a solid right hook. Grant rose quickly though, and fought back hard as Bergman pressed the action the rest of the round. One minute into the second round Bergman dropped Grant again, this time with a straight left hand. Grant rose to his feet at the count of 8, but Bergman was not to be denied as he landed a series of unanswered punches to the head and body of Grant forcing referee Tim Wheeler to step in and stop the contest.
“That makes six straight wins, five by KO for Bergman,” said promoter Steve Simons. “His trainer, Jack Conway, has him doing all the right things. He’s definitely getting better with every performance.”
Also, lightweight prospect from Youngstown, OH. Chris Hazimihalis, won his fifth bout, all five by KO, as he stopped William Bokhart, now 0-3, out of South Bend, IN. via TKO in the second round.
This was it. The longest title reign in middleweight history was about to come to an end. For four-plus rounds, Chael Sonnen had backed up every ounce of his pre-fight smack talk and was putting the finishing touches on a monumental upset win over Anderson Silva. . . . click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
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By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas (35-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, a Mexican southpaw footworker, barely kept his belt as he managed to avert furious attacks of Japanese challenger Nobuo Nashiro (14-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, and earned a hairline decision over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The decision was close but unanimous: Hubert Minn (US) 114-113, Jaebong Kim (Korea) 116-113 and Edward Kugler (US) 116-111, all in favor of the lanky Mexican. The referee was Rocky Burke (US). more + photos
Photo by Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard
Former interim WBA world welterweight title challenger and current WBA #8 welterweight ranked Antonin Decarie (24-1, 7 KOs) is more than ready for his first fight of 2011. Decarie will take on southpaw veteran Shamone Alvarez (21-3, 12 KOs) in the scheduled for 10 round main event on the next edition of ESPN’s Friday Night Fight series February 11th. The event will be promoted by Yvon Michel (GYM Promotions). Decarie has been getting the absolute best of preparation for his upcoming fight as he is shown pictured here sparring with southpaw 2008 Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten Felix Diaz (8-0, 5 KOs). Diaz himself is a beneficiary of the good sparring as he is preparing for his toughest fight to date March 26th with former interim WBA welterweight world champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (32-2-1, 14 KOs) in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Nuzhnenko like Decarie is right handed.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Facing the toughest opponent of his short professional career, undefeated featherweight prospect and Cuban Olympian Luis Franco eked out a close split-decision victory over the extremely tough and powerful Leonilo Miranda in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
In an equally close and hotly-contested co-feature, Freddie Roach-trained Lateef Kayode’s consecutive knockout streak ended at 14 when he scored a unanimous decision over the game and determined Nicholas Iannuzzi. (more…)
Heavyweight prospect Bryant “Bye Bye” Jennings, of Philadelphia, PA, goes for his sixth win in as many pro fights when he takes on veteran Terrell “Baby Bull” Nelson, of Plainfield, NJ, in a scheduled six-round contest Saturday evening, Feb. 26, in the Grand Ballroom of Bally’s Atlantic City. Gabriel Rosado and Jamaal Davis collide in the all-Philadelphia junior middleweight main event, set for 12 rounds. Ronald Cruz, of Bethlehem, PA, and Dillet Frederick of Fort Myers, FL, square off in the scheduled eight-round junior welterweight semifinal. (more…)
Photo by Winfried Mausolf
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (23-1, 12 KOs) will challenge WBA Interim Cruiserweight Champion Steve Herelius (21-1, 12 KOs) on Team Sauerland´s big show in Mulheim, Germany on February 12. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the hard-hitting Cuban ahead of the biggest fight of his career. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC superflyweight champ Tomas Rojas (35-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, a southpaw Mexican footworker, barely kept his belt as he managed to avert furious attacks of Japanese challenger Nobuo Nashiro (14-3-1, 9 KOs), 115, and earned a hairline decision (114-113, 116-113 and 116-111) over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. (More to come)
WBCBoxing.tv will present two championship boxing webcasts – free of charge – today.
In the evening’s first webcast (10PM ET/7PM PT), NABF strawweight champion Juan “El Churritos” Hernandez, 17-1 with 13 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his sixth defense of the title against undefeated Moises Fuentes, 12-0 with 6 knockouts, also of Mexico City. The scheduled 12-rounder will headline at Sala de Armas in Mexico City.
The second webcast at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT will be a same day telecast from the Prefectural Gymnasium in Osaka, Japan featuring WBC super flyweight world champion Tomas “Gusano” Rojas, 34-12-1 with 23 knockouts, of Veracruz, Mexico, making his first defense of the title against Nobuo Nashiro, 14-2-1 with 9 knockouts, of Osaka. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) will face Mexican countryman Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (18-2, 17 KOs) in a ten rounder on the “Prieba de Fuego” card headlined by WBC light flyweight champion Gilberto Keb Bas against former world champion Jose Antonio Aguirre. Thompson is the WBC Mundo Hispano featherweight champion. The event takes place February 26 at the Polifórum ‘Zamná’ in Mérida, Yucatan, presented by Cancun Boxing, HG Boxing and Arjona Promotions.
As they prepare for their own world title battles, multi-division world champions Miguel Cotto, Nonito Donaire, Ricardo Mayorga and Fernando Montiel spoke from their training camps to give their predictions on Sunday’s Super Bowl XLV.
Miguel Cotto: “The Steel Curtain of Pittsburgh will drop and close the show on the Green Bay Packers. I’m going with the Iron City.”
Nonito Donaire: “Aaron Rogers is a great quarterback. He throws very few interceptions. He will lead the Packers to victory.
Ricardo Mayorga: “I’m pulling for Green Bay. They fight hard like me. The Steelers will roll over like Cotto when I dropkick him in our super brawl on March 12.”
Fernando Montiel: “I’m going with Green Bay. They are peaking at the right time.”
At first glance, he looks like he should be throwing no look passes in the NBA instead of spinning back elbows.
His demeanor screams “student.”
Nothing about him says, “I’m a fighter,” let alone “I’m a fighter that will one day be ranked among the best in the world.” At 6’4″ and a nearly 85-inch wing span, he could pass for a basketball player. He opts for the often cruel world of fighting—and the choice paid off handsomely . . . click here for more
Photo: Anna Anderson
Emily “The Enforcer” Klinefelter (9-0, 3 KOs) weighed 122 pounds for her showdown Saturday evening against Christina “The Bullitt” Ruiz (5-3-1, 3 KOs) in the headliner of “February Fisticuffs” at the Johnson County 4-H Fairgrounds in Iowa City, Iowa. Ruiz arrives Saturday morning and will weigh-in at that time. “I don’t know if the fight will go six rounds, four rounds or two rounds but I know it will be an exciting fight,” stated promoter Adam Pollack of Win By KO Promotions regarding the outcome of Klinefelter vs. Ruiz. “This is the type of match-up that builds women’s boxing.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In his toughest fight to date, unbeaten WBO #9 featherweight Luis Franco (9-0, 5 KOs) showed lots of heart in getting past KO artist Leonilo Miranda (32-3, 30 KOs) by ten round split decision on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California. The power-punching Miranda has good success in round one, even dropping Franco although referee Marcos Rosales ruled it a slip. Franco showcased his speed and boxing skills in round two and for the next few rounds, however Miranda had a huge round five battering Franco with power shots. There was wide open action for the rest of the fight with Franco and Miranda literally trading punches for long stretches. Scores were 96-94 Miranda, 97-93, 96-94 Franco.
WBA #4/WBC #6 cruiserweight Lateef Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) struggled against Nicholas Iannuzzi 16-2, 9 KOs) to retain his NABF/NABO belts. Kayode’s 14 fight knockout streak ended as Iannuzzi for the most part gave as good as he got. Iannuzzi was deducted a point by Raul Caiz Jr. for a punch after the final bell. Scores were 98-91, 97-92, 95-94. The crowd booed the decision. (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Starring in just the second main event of his young, professional career, Vladine Biosse of Providence, R.I, kicked off the new year in style with a third-round TKO victory over Santiago Samaniego on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Utilizing his powerful right hook, Biosse sent Samaniego to the canvas early in round three and finished the job at the 2:27 mark to record his 10th professional victory and fifth knockout – his first KO since November of 2009 when he broke his hand in a win over Jeffrey Osborne (an injury that ultimately required surgery). For more details and photos click here…
Rigoberto Alvarez 154 vs. Austin Trout 154
(WBA super welterweight championship)
Jesus Silvestre 106.2 vs. Yader Escobar 106.2
(WBA junior flyweight eliminator)
Horacio Garcia 121.9 vs. Lizandro de Los Santos 121.9
(WBC super bantamweight Youth title)
Jose Salgado 115.7 vs. Diego Martinez 115.7
Willy Velazquez 117.9 vs. Hector Rodriguez 119
Carlso Ignacio Perez 134.9 vs. Edward Sidney 133.3
Cristian De La Cruz 106.2 vs. David Escobedo 106.2
Venue: Arena Coliseo, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy/Canelo Promotions
Photo: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto
In front of his hometown fans in the Félix Méndez Acevedo Coliseum in Lares, Puerto Rico, unbeaten lightweight Michael “El Artista” Pérez (12-0-1, 6 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round TKO over Marcos Herrera (6-4-2, 2 KOs) on Friday night. Perez rocked Herrera midway through the last round and the referee waved it off at 1:36. “I felt great!” Perez said afterward. “It was a dream fighting on front of my people. We trained hard for this fight and I had a great victory.”
In the co-feature, WBO #10 super bantamweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez improved his record to 15-0 with 12 KOs with a fifth round TKO win over Colombian warrior John Alberto Molina. “I’m excited,” he said. This win drives me closer to a title opportunity. I want to fight the top names.” (more…)
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