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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
In front of 4,000 fans at the Centro de Expositores in Puebla, Mexico, local idol and former WBA world champion Samuel “Samy Guty” Gutierrez won by TKO at 2:06 of round five against game Filipino Roilo Golez in a bloody fight. Gutierrez dominated wall the way en route to becoming the new WBC minimumweight Silver champion
In other action, super featherweight Alejandro Sanabria scored a ten round unanimous decision over Pedro Navarrete by scores of 98-93, 98-92 and 100-90.
Also, former world champion Cruz Carbajal took a ten round unanimous decision from Pedro Torres by a 96-95, 97-92 and 97-92 count in a super bantamweight clash. Click here for more photos…
WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) impressively pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champion and fan favorite Rafael Marquez(40-7, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nishioka broke open a competitive fight with a strong finish to win by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 116-112.
Impressive U.S. debut for unbeaten WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (30-0, 25 KOs), who scored a frightening second round KO over Omar Soto (22-9, 15 KOs) to retain his world title. An uppercut from the big-punching Chocolatito put Soto down for ten, and more at the :36 mark.
In a stunning upset, super bantamweight Jose Angel Beranza (34-21-2, 26 KOs) upended the previously unbeaten Christopher Martin (23-1-2, 6 KOs) via split decision. Beranza was the aggressor throughout the ten round affair, continuously pushing forward when the San Diego fighter mounted offense. The judges scored the bout 93-97, 98-92 and 96-94 for Beranza. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBC diamond belt middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over previously undefeated European champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Barker crowded Martinez and fight defensively, but Sergio adjusted to broke Barker down over the long hall and finished him with a right hook. Time was 1:29.
Top-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) avenged the only loss of his professional career with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs). Lee dropped Vera with a straight left at the end of round two and easily outboxed Vera the rest of the way to take a 98-91, 99-90, 99-90 verdict. Vera scored a seventh round TKO over Lee in their first match back in March 2008. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Returning former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) got back on the winning track with a second round TKO over Mike Oliver (25-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “Juanma” dropped Oliver twice in round one and and the bout was waved off after Juanma dropped Oliver again in round two. Time was 2:32. It was Juanma’s first fight since losing the WBO featherweight title against Orlando Salido in April of this year.
Comebacking former world champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (25-1, 16 KOs) scored an explosive sixth round KO over Daniel Attah (26-8-1, 9 KOs). Martinez dropped Attah in round three and twice in the sixth round before the bout was stopped in the sixth. Time was 1:50. It was Martinez’ first fight since losing the WBO super featherweight title against Ricky Burns in September 2010. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Gavin Rees defended his European lightweight title in at the Newport Centre in South Wales on Saturday night as a clash of heads in the fourth round left Derry Mathews with a broken nose and forced the contest to end in a technical draw. It was Rees’ first defense of the title and it was bubbling into a good looking contest, with the challenger starting well in the opening round, using his reach well to claim the opening stanza. Rees responded in bustling fashion in the second and third rounds but just as it was shaping up to be a great contest, disaster struck for Mathews in the fourth. Fighting at close quarters, Rees’ head connected flush with Mathews’ nose and instantly the 27 year-old was in trouble. With blood pouring from his nose, he was taken over to the doctor who suspected a broken nose and with the fight inside four rounds; Rees retains his title through a technical draw. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former MMA star Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (8-0, 7 KOs), 262 lbs, scored fifth round KO over Fai Falamoe (8-4-1), 269 lbs, to capture the WBF Asia Pacific title at the Campbeltown Sports Centre in Minto, NSW, Australia Friday. The New Zealand heavyweight Falamoe had boxed in the USA in 2000 defeating Albert Stewart, Steve Daher and James Jones but losing to Willie Chapman and current world heavyweight contender Ray Austin in 2001. On the undercard heavyweight Scott Lewis (3-5, 1 KO) outscored Alipate Liava’a (4-8) over ten rounds. In a super featherweight contest over six rounds Australian based Filipino Allan Jay Tuniacao (2-4-7) outscored Luke Norton (2-2-1).
Looks like former WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley will take on Joel Casamayor on the undercard of the November 12 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez super fight in Las Vegas. Bradley was inked by Top Rank on Thursday. It has been widely speculated that Bradley could eventually face P4P king Pacquiao. A dispute between Bradley and former promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson remains unresolved.
By Karl Freitag
Photo courtesy Sauerland Event/Photo Wende
IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) lost a controversial six round technical decision to interim champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Hernandez dropped Cunningham with a short left hand in round one and Cunningham barely beat the count and barely survived the round. Cunningham seemed recovered by round two (trainer Nazeem Richardson bought Cunningham some extra time by spilling water in the corner). Hernandez surprisingly didn’t jump on Cunningham in round two, letting the champion further clear his head. Hernandez was cut on the left side of his head in round three and over his right eye in round six by head clashes and Cunningham schooled Hernandez from round three on. Referee Mickey Vann surprisingly waved it off after the sixth round due to the cuts, which didn’t seem particularly bad. Scores were 57-56 Cunningham, 58-55 and 59-54 for Hernandez. Cunningham was very upset by the sudden stoppage.
Unbeaten middleweight Grzegorz Proksa (26-0, 19 KOs) battered and bloodied former IBF champion and hometown favorite Sebastian Sylvester (34-5-1, 16 KOs) to win the vacant European middleweight title over three one-sided rounds. The fight ended when Sylvester didn’t come out for round four. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Former cruiserweight world title challenger Ravea Springs (28-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring tonight after a three year layoff against veteran Willie Herring (12-9-3, 3 KOs) at the Rising Sun Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana. The 40-year old Springs – a former NABO cruiserweight champion and 1990 National Golden Gloves Light middleweight champion from nearby Cincinnati – hopes to “spring” back to contendership an once promising career. Springs will have a tough test against the durable Herring who has been stopped only once inside the distance over his ten-year career. The Springs vs. Herring contest is for the vacant UBO cruiserweight title. The undercard features four bouts showcasing local talent. The promoter is Nate Tubbs – a former fighter himself and the brother of former heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs. The doors open at 6p and the first bout is at 7p. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $100 V.I.P. seating and are still available at the Rising Sun box office. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Former USBA Junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs) makes his long awaited return to the squared circle tonight in an eight round bout at the Greensboro, Coliseum Pavilion in Greensboro, North Carolina against dangerous twenty seven fight veteran Shakir Ashanti (16-11, 4 KOs). Ennis looked to be on his way to a world title contention, when he was shocked by Cuban southpaw Giorbis Bathelemay (25-8-2, 10 KOs) in March, ending his ten fight winning streak. The stunning loss has only reenergized the thirty one year old Philadelphian who has rededicated himself to the gym and he knows his run for a world title can only happen with a victory tonight. However, it won’t be easy as Ashanti has faced some of the best in the business, even going the distance with former IBF and WBC junior middleweight title holder Corey Spinks last March.
The eight bout card promoted by Walter Johnson Promotions will feature a ten round women’s contest for the Universal Boxing Council heavyweight title as Winston Salem, North Carolina’s Carlette Ewell (14-7, 9 KOs) squares off hard hitting Tiffany Woodard (4-5, 3 KOs) of Wilson, North Carolina.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday at Kanasin, Yucatan, Mexico, WBO female super bantamwegiht champion Ana Julaton won a ten round unanimous decision over Mexican challenger Jessica Villafranca. Scores were Victor Solomon Lixa 96-93, Alejandro Lopez 98-91 and Levy Martinez 97-92.
Unbeaten in nine fights at 135 pounds, Dominick Cruz has established himself as the bantamweight gold standard, and after a competitive, but near shutout, unanimous decision victory over Demetrious Johnson in the UFC Live main event at the Verizon Center Saturday night, he is rapidly on his way to cleaning out the division . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photos by:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Olusegun Ajose earned a shot at WBC super lightweight champion and Mexican legend Erik Morales with a unanimous decision victory over Ali Chebah in Friday’s main event of ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME® from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif.
In the ShoBox co-feature, WBA #5/WBO #12 lightweight Darley Perez scored a sixth round knockout over Oscar Meza when Meza’s corner stopped the bout following the sixth round. The win advanced the unbeaten prospect to 23-0 with 18 KOs. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
UPDATED: Unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (20-0, 7 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-5-3, 6 KOs) on Friday night at The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. A Ramos left hand the stomach finished Rodela at 1:57. Ramos was originally scheduled to face Rodela in August, but he was jumped by three thugs during fight week and was forced out of the bout.
Also, unbeaten featherweight Ronny Rios (16-0, 7 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-5, 18 KOs). The fight seemed closer than the official scores of 80-72, 78-74, 78-74. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
UPDATED: In an important WBC super lightweight eliminator, unbeaten #1 contender Olusegun Ajose (30-0, 14 KOs) scored an entertaining twelve round unanimous decision over #6 ranked Ali Chebah (33-2, 26 KOs) at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. With a mandatory shot at world champion Erik Morales going to the winner, the fighters let it all hang out early on, trading big shots for the first four rounds the opening bell. Ajose dropped Chibah twice in round three. Both fighters were staggered in round four. After that, Ajose used his mobility looking to outbox the advancing Chebah and largely succeeding. Scores were 120-106, 119-107, 119-107.
Unbeaten WBA #5 lightweight Darley Perez (23-0, 18 KOs) impressively broke down KO artist Oscar Meza (22-5, 18 KOs) en route to a sixth round TKO. After taking a battering in round six, Meza didn’t come out for round seven. (more…)
Report and photos: Felipe Leon
In a successful night of local boxing, Quiñones Promotions brought a multi-bout fight card to the cavernous Las Pulgas night club located in the heart of the legendary Avenida Revolucion Thursday night. In a night full of wins, losses and controversial decisions, Tijuana was the definite winner as the majority of the contestants where from the border town and each brought their respective crowds to offer support which made the night a raucous one. In the main event, WBC #13 ranked straw weight Julio Cesar “Gatito” Felix (16-3, 6KOs) took the momentum in the second half of a ten round junior flyweight bout to defeat the popular Sergio “Elegante” Nuñez (4-7), both of Tijuana, via a split decision. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Chris Cozzone
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas: Toshiaki Nishioka, Rafael Marquez, Roman Gonzalez, Omar Soto and more . . . Click here to view
From the MGM Grand’s Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s card promoted by Top Rank, Teiken and Zanfer Boxing:
For the WBC World Super Bantamweight title:
Toshiaki Nishioka 122 vs. Rafael Marquez 121
For the WBA World Light Flyweight title:
Roman Gonzalez 108 vs. Omar Soto 112*
* Soto has two hours to lose four pounds.
Yoshihiro Kamegai 146 vs. Hector Munoz 149*
* Munoz, a late sub, has two hours to lose two pounds.
Jesse Magdaleno 122 vs. Isaac Hidalgo 128*
* Hidalgo has two hours to lose four pounds.
Anthony Lenk 146.5* vs. Winston Mathis 143
* Lenk has two hours to lose three and a half pounds.
Carlos Linares 161 vs. Kevin Riding In 161
Christopher Martin 124 vs. Jose Angel Berenza 124
Hiromitsu Miura 170 vs. Hector Hernandez 170
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Sammuel Gutierrez 105 vs. Roil Golez 104.9
(WBC Silver miniumweight silver title)
Alejandro Sanabria 132 vs. Pedro Navarrete 132
(WBC super featherweight Fecombox title)
Cruz Carbajal vs. Pedro Torres 55,300 55,000
10 rounds in Super Bantamweight
José ¨Venado ¨ Perez 120 vs Rosalio Ramos 122
Giovanni Delgado 117 vs. Jesus Romero 118
Venue: Centro de Expositores de Puebla
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
The WBC has announced today that Phil Lo Greco has been stripped of his WBC International welterweight belt due to his refusal to defend against mandatory challenger Victor Lupo (19-1-2, 9KO’s). Lupo is now the preferential challenger for the vacant title. Hennessy Sports Canada, which has already paid the sanction fee for this WBC International title bout, will be given the chance to promote the vacant championship between Lupo and TBA.
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
Sergio Martinez 158 vs. Darren Barker 159.5
WBC World Middleweight Championship
Andy Lee 163 vs. Brian Vera 163
Isaac Chilemba 174.5 vs. Jameson Bostic 175
Magomed Abdusalamov 229 vs. Kevin Burnett 304.5
Seanie Monaghan 177 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 175
Steven Martinez 154 vs. Jay Krupp 154
Boyd Melson 154.5 vs. Russ Niggemyer White 155.5
Kevin Rooney 154.5 vs. Daniel Lugo 151.5
J’leon Love 161 vs. Eddie Hunter 161.5
Israel Duffus 160 vs. Troy Artis 159.5
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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Former light heavyweight champion Chad Dawson, Winky Wright (in camp with Dawson). teainer John Scully and promoter Gary Shaw sopke to the press during a conference call this week about Dawson’s PPV world title challenge against 46-year-old WBC champion Bernard Hopkins on October 15th in Los Angeles. Here is a transcript.
From the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. for tomorrow night’s UFC Live, which is headlined by the UFC bantamweight championship bout between Dominick Cruz and Demetrious Johnson, and the heavyweight showdown between Pat Barry and Stefan Struve. UFC Live airs on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the entire slate of UFC Live prelim bouts at 6:40 pm ET / 3:40 pm PT.
Main Event – UFC Bantamweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (135) VS Dominick Cruz (135)
Stefan Struve (261) VS Pat Barry (243)
Charlie Brenneman (171) VS Anthony Johnson (171)
Mac Danzig (155) VS Matt Wiman (156)
Rafaello Oliveira (155) VS Yves Edwards (155)
Paul Sass (155) VS Michael Johnson (156)
Byron Bloodworth (138*) VS Mike Easton (135)
TJ Grant (155) VS Shane Roller (156)
Keith Wisniewski (170) VS Josh Neer (171)
Joseph Sandoval (134) VS Walel Watson (134.5)
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For more on UFC Live 6 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
DiBella Entertainment returns to Foxwoods Resort Casino with ShoBox: The New Generation doubleheader on Friday, October 21. To be broadcast live on Showtime, the fight will be co-headlined by a sizzling super middleweight showdowns between Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14KO’s) and Will “Power” Rosinsky (14-0, 8KO’s) and rising junior welterweight contender Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (17-0, 3KO’s) takes on Daniel Sostre (11-4-1, 4KO’s) for the vacant NABF title. Both bouts are scheduled for 10 rounds.
Showtime will begin live coverage at 11PM ET. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Juanma Lopez 124 vs. Mike Oliver 125
Rocky Martinez 129 vs. Daniel Attah 129
José Luis Araiza 121 vs. Jonathan Oquendo 121
Edward Valdez 134 vs. Luis Joel González 135
Omar González 122 vs. Camilo Pérez 124
Anthony Sánchez 140 vs. Carlos López 139
Radames Vélez 138 vs. Kenneth Díaz 142
José Del Valle 133 vs. Rafael González 134
Peter Rampolla 132.7 vs. Jeffrey Fontánez 130.9
Venue: Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, PR
Promoter: Top Rank/PR Best
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