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By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Chavez rehydrated to 180 pounds while Zbik went to 165 after yesterday’s weigh-in. Zbik was much busier and more accurate while Chavez landed the more damaging blows and did some good bodywork to thrill the pro-Chavez crowd. Zbik landed many flush shots to Chavez’ head. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 114-114. After the bout Junior said he won the title for Mexico.
Chavez threw a total of 796 punches, connecting with 256 (32%)
Zbik threw a total of 834 punches, connecting with 391 (47%)
Chavez threw a total of 724 power punches, connecting with 242 (33%)
Zbik threw a total of 623 power punches, connecting with 335 (54%)
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By Matt Richardson/Rick Sharmberg/Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round majority decision over 42-year-old former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Johnson brought the fight to Froch with a relentless attack early. Froch adjusted and took control, but Johnson upped his aggressiveness and the bout became a war. The 33-year-old Froch had more in the tank, however, and won by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.
Froch will now face WBA champion Andre Ward in the Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Former WBA interim light heavyweight titleholder Richard Hall (30-8, 28 KOs) scored a shock second round KO over former unified cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell (26-4-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florda. Time was 1:58.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Mikey Garcia (26-0, 22 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over late sub Rafael Guzman (28-3, 20 KOs). Time was 1:55.
In a WBC 154lb world title eliminator unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Saul Roman (34-9, 29 KOs). Roman got off to a blazing start in the first round by landing a hard right cross / left hook combination that dropped Martirosyan and got the Mexican fans in attendance into the fight behind Roman. Martirosyan dropped Roman hard with a solid right cross from long range midway through round seven. Roman would get up but probably wishes he had not. Martirosyan was relentless from there on and while it seemed like Roman might escape the round, despite taking plenty of punishment, instead, Martirosyan laid on the punishment heavy and in the final couple seconds of the round, the referee was left with no choice but to save Roman from further punishment. By TKO victory at 2:58 of round seven, Martirosyan gets his biggest win to date and wins the WBC junior middleweight Silver championship, by way becoming mandatory challenger to WBC junior middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
In an upset, Dakota Stone (10-8, 2KO) was the winner by sixth round TKO victory over the legendary Christy Martin (49-6-3, 32 KO). This, a rematch of their September 2009 fight in which Martin won by unanimous decision, was an all action fight with Martin finding luck with her left hooks to the head and body and Stone holding her own by finding a home for her clubbing right hands to the head of Martin. In furious action in round four, Martin dropped Stone with a hard right hand but Stone would get up unshaken and fight back hard to otherwise win the round and make it a 10-9 round rather than a 10-8 round. Sometime during fourth round action, Martin was visibly hurt after throwing a right hand and between the fourth and fifth rounds, it was apparent that she had suffered a hand injury, prompting a visit to her corner from the ringside physician. She was allowed to fight on but did not throw a single right hand in round five and did her best, instead, to try to keep Stone off of her with her left hand, throwing dozens of jabs and left hooks. However, Stone was able to connect solidly with plenty of right crosses to easily win round five.
Martin came out in round six only needing to survive the round to win the fight but, instead, after taking a couple hard shots from Stone, Martin turned her back to her opponent and ran to a neutral corner, prompting another visit from the ringside physician. At the advice of the doctor, referee David Mendoza called an end to the fight at 1:09 of the sixth round, making Stone the victor. It seemed a just call given that Martin was saved from punishment and allowed a long break due to turning tail and running. Martin, up on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage (48-46, 48-46 and 49-46) pleaded with the referee and the doctor not to stop the fight but her pleas fell on deaf ears. (more…)
By Matt Richardson/Rick Sharmberg/Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Light heavyweights: Edison Miranda (34-5, 29 KO’s) W U 8 Rayco Saunders (20-14-2, 8 KO’s). Former top contender Miranda dominated the fight to earn scores of 80-73 and 79-73 twice.
Light heavyweights: Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KO’s) TKO 6 Byron Mitchell (28-8-1, 21 KO’s). Erdei, the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight titleholder, made easy work of Mitchell, a faded former super middleweight titleholder. Erdei hurt Mitchell at the end of the first and dropped him twice with hard rights in the sixth. After rising a second time, referee Eddie Cotton was unsatisfied after asking Mitchell a series of questions in the corner and elected to call the fight off. Time of the stoppage was 1:58 (more…)
WBC super middeweight champion emeritus Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) scored a sixth round beatdown of WBO #5/IBF #10 rated Mehdi Bouadla (23-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kessler began to open up in round two and dropped Bouadla with a furious assault in round three. Bouadla somehow survived the round. Kessler continued to tee off in round four, but the rugged Bouadla kept coming. Kessler finally battered him to the deck twice in round six and the bout was waved off by referee Manuel Maritxalar. Time was 2:25.
It was Kessler’s first bout in 14 months since his Super Six win over Carl Froch. Kessler later dropped out of the tournament due to double vision, which has now improved. He is expected to face IBF champion Lucian Bute later this year. It was the first time Bouadla has been stopped.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a boxing webcast, free of charge tonight from Mexico City. Super featherweights clash in the headliner with Dante Jardon facing Adailton De Jesus. Also David Lemieux-conqueror Marco Antonio Rubio battles Ricardo Marcelo Ramalla in a middleweight clash. The webcast is available in all countries except Mexico at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at Harrah’s Casino, in Chester PA, lightweight Victor “The Boxing Barber” Vasquez (13-5-1, 7 KOs) once again reinvigorated his career with a dominant fourth round stoppage of savvy veteran Gustavo Dailey (4-12, 1 KO) in the scheduled six round main event of the evening. In the six round co-feature of the seven bout card light heavyweight prospect Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (10-2-1, 5 KOs) rebounded from a two fight losing streak with a impressive fourth round stoppage of Joe Park (8-6, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Emilio Sanchez/Art of Boxing
Cruiserweight Anatoliy Dudchenko was happy getting a victory late Friday night, whether the fight took six or eight rounds. Dudchenko won a methodical six round unanimous decision before a sold-out crowd of about 750 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. The bout headlined an eight-bout “Woodland Hills War IV” card, presented by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing. Midway through the fight, the originally scheduled eight round bout was shortened to six by George Dodd, executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission. Insurance paid by Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing was good up to midnight and since the fight started prior to midnight and was estimated to end after 12:00, Dodd shortened it to six. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Jhonson improved his unblemished record with an easy and uneventful ten round decision over Jose Miguel Torres (21-5-0, 19 KOs). In front of a capacity crowd at the Tampa A La Carte Event Pavilion and millions watching live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist was able to utilize his stamina and reach advantage to keep Torres at bay throughout the ten rounds. In the co-main event, veteran Walter Estrada (39-14-1, 25 KOs) bested one of Georgia’s hottest prospects Tyrese Hendrix (20-3-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round decision. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: David Itskowitch
The long awaited statue of the late IBF lightweight world champion Leavander Johnson, created by renowned sculptor Brian Hanlon, was unveiled today during a ceremony at Center City Park in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Park is located on Atlantic Avenue between North Carolina and South Carolina Avenues. Johnson, an Atlantic City native, compiled a career record of 34-5-2 with 26 KOs. He captured the vacant IBF lightweight title on June 17, 2005 with a 7th round TKO of Stefano Zoff in Milan, Italy. Three months later, on September 17, 2005 in Las Vegas, Johnson defended his title for the first time against Jesus Chavez in a fight that Johnson lost when it was stopped in the 11th round. Johnson later collapsed in the locker room and was rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was performed in an attempt to correct a subdural hematoma. Tragically, his condition did not improve and Johnson passed away September 22, 2005 with his family by his side.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Most fighters say that the next fight is the biggest of their careers.
For Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, that statement rang true for his last fight, a 25-minute war with Benson Henderson for the WEC lightweight title. The bout—and the WEC’s legacy of exciting fights—was punctuated by Pettis’ highlight reel off the cage “Showtime kick” that sent the promotion out in style. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Never has a British fighter had a run of such difficult contests as Carl Froch, who meets ageless Glen Johnson on Saturday in the semifinal of Showtime’s Super Six tournament; Froch will also be defending his WBC 168-pound belt. Froch has faced former, future or current world champions and beaten four of them in his last five bouts, with three of these fights taking place outside the UK.
It’s once more into the firing line as Froch takes on Johnson, the former light-heavyweight champion who looked as strong as he has ever done when knocking out Allan Green in his last fight, a bout that marked Johnson’s entry into the Showtime tournament and was his first bout at a weight below 175 pounds in more than a decade. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC #1 middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. will attempt to win his first world title in the same town his father Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., won his first belt when he defeated Mario “Azabache” Martinez at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, just blocks away from the Staples Center. Middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik, who is coming all the way from Germany for his United States debut on a big stage, plans to steal Chavez’ thunder and make a name for himself worldwide.
First to step to the scale at Friday’s ceremonial weigh at the Staples Center Star Plaza in Los Angeles was the challenger Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Heweighed in at 160 as fans cheered. Shortly after the champion Sebastian Zbik stepped to the scale at 158.8. He didn’t seem to be bothered by the pro-Chavez crowd.
“I feel great, I’m ready to get my first world championship and take the title for Mexico. I know the people will be on my side and I will not disappoint, I’ll step into the ring to give everything and start writing my own history,” Chavez said. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
IBF Jr. Welterweight champion Zab “Super” Judah took time out today to talk to Fightnews.com at the H.I.T. Factory Gym in Las Vegas prior to his training session. Judah is already in deep training for hits July 23rd unification clash with WBA counterpart Amir Khan in Las Vegas. Judah reflected on his resurgeance as a factor as well as champion in the 140 lb. division, and possible matchups with WBC/WBO champion Timothy Bradley and the Manny Pacquiao sweepstakes.
One day before their winner-take-all match, Carl “The Cobra” Froch and Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson hit the scales at Caesars Atlantic City. Check out the official weigh-in for The Super Six World Boxing Class Semifinals, and don’t miss Froch vs. Johnson, Saturday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
WBC middleweight champion Sebsatian Zbik and the “Son of the Legend” #1 challenger Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. weigh in for their showdown tonight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Cruiserweight Anatoliy Dudchenko (12-2, 8 KOs) won a methodical six round unanimous decision over Michael Simms (21-14-2, 13 KOs) at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. At times methodical, Dudchenko landed the more effective punches while Simms attempted to counter with one punch. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Dudchenko, with scores of 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Unbeaten WBO Female Lightweight World Champion Erin McGowan (14-0, 7 KOs) was ready to defend her belt tonight in the Main Event of the Wild West Boxing Series in Perth Australia, but it all went horribly wrong in the space of a few days. Original challenger, Canadian Amy Johnson (7-2-3) suffered a broken hand during final sparring in preparation for the title fight and was forced to withdraw. McGowan who is trained by former Triple World Champion and International Boxing Hall of Famer Jeff Fenech tried desperately to find a replacement opponent and did so by finding Ploysuay Sakrungruang from Thailand. (more…)
Derrick Webster 169 vs. Luis Robinson 175
Charles Hayward 175 vs. Phillip Hannah 175
Bryant Jennings 221 vs. Mike Miller 284
Alando Swain 160 vs. Dwayne Lemon 160
Bryant Tyrone 140 vs. Jose Carderon 143
Yehudy Vargas 145 vs. Miguel Corcino 146
Marcus Smith 135 vs. John Depolito 136
Venue: Hamilton Manor, Hamilton, New Jersey
Promoter: Nedal’s Promotions
By Brett Bonetti
Australia’s Heavyweight Boxing prospect Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (16-1-1, 14 KO’s) is finally stepping back in the ring next Sunday, June 12th at the Cockburn Basketball Centre, Perth Australia. After many ups and lot of downs, trips to America, Visa problems, injuries, bad advice, the Don King promoted fighter de Mori, will face Ibrahim Marshal (10-3, 8 KO’s) a former Olympian from Ghana. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
In the main event of the Wild West Boxing Series at the WA State Basketball Centre in Perth Australia Friday night, undefeated Australian Adam Forsyth (10-0, 8 KO’s) defeated Oscar Siale (13-10, 4 KO’s) from New Zealand in their Cruiserweight fight via unanimous decision. Forsyth who is trained by trained by former Triple World Champion Jeff Fenech was in control early and won the first five rounds. Siale hurt Forsyth towards the end of round 6 as Forsyth seemed to be tiring. Siale came on the stronger in the last 3 rounds. Neither fighter looked like being stopped during the fight. Forsyth did enough early to secure the points victory. Scores read 77-75, 78-77, 78-76. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Boxing Bob Newman
The IBF awards banquet took place Friday night as the end of the organization’s 28th annual convention neared. The Champagne Room at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas played host to the event, which according to many IBF members was the largest in years. After the opening cocktail hour, dinner and dessert, the annual awards were presented, but not limited to:
Eva Rolle- IBF International Promoter of the Year
Jimmy Chotchaichuang- IBF Pan Asian Promoter of the Year
Branco Promotions- IBF Promoter of the Year
Peltz Promotions- Most Active USBA Promoter of the Year
Daniel Geale vs Kariz Kariuki- IBF Pan Pacific Fight of the Year
Danielle Smith vs. Jennifer Retzke- IBF Female Fight of the Year
Araceli Martinez-Rose- Special Recognition for “The Business of Pain”
Fahsai Skreerin- Most title defense IBF Pan Pacific
Lucian Bute- Jerse Joe Walcott “Good Guy” Award
Newly re-crowned IBF Light Flyweight champion Ulises “Archi” Solis was presented with his second belt after winning his former title back in Argentina on April 30 in his rematch with champion Luis Lazarte. Also on hand were current IBF champions Zab Judah (140 lbs.) and Cristian Mijares (115 lbs.). A huge round of applause went to to a man who never won a title, but came within a hair as described by the IBF’s Lindsey Tucker- Earnie Shavers.
IBF Treasurer announced to the crowd that after much work and cost analysis, it looks like the 2012 convention site will be Honolulu, Hawaii.
Two former world champions went down to defeat against unbeaten prospects on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California.
In the main event, unbeaten bantamweight Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) kept his “0” intact with an impressive fifth round KO against former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez (39-10-2, 32 KOs). The bout was waved off by referee Tony Crebs just as a Santa Cruz barrage battered Lopez to the canvas.
Undefeated junior welterweight Luis Ramos Jr. (19-0, 8 KOs) outpointed former WBC Interim titleholder Francisco “El Ahogado” Lorenzo (36-10, 16 KOs) over eight rounds in a close bout. Scores were 77-75, 77-75 and a less realistic 79-73 for Ramos Jr.
Local junior featherweight favorite Randy Caballero (11-0, 7 KOs) stopped Sergio Cristobal (3-2) in round four. Caballero dropped Cristobal in rounds one and four. Time was 2:06.
A rematch and official IBF junior featherweight eliminator between IBF #8 Jeffrey “The Mongoose” Mathebula (24-3-2, 14 KOs) and IBF #12 Oscar “Golden Boy” Chauke (27-5-2, 10 KOs) has been added to the June 11 Branco Milenkovic show at Carnival City’s Big Top Arena in Brakpan, South Africa. The Mathebula-Chauke showdown will be a scrap for the official IBF number two rating. The title is held by fellow South African Takalani “The Panther” Ndlovu. Mathebula previously beat Chauke over six rounds in 2005
By Chris Cook at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
2004 Olympic silver medalist unbeaten WBC #10 jr middleweight contender Yudel Jhonson (11-0, 7 KOs) outclassed Jose Miguel Torres (24-5, 19 KOs) over ten mostly uneventful rounds on Friday night at the A La Carte Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. Jhonson outboxed Torres all night, content to pile up points. Scores were 96-92, 96-92, 97-91. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Unbeaten lightweight José González (16-0, 12 KOs) was victorious when son of the legend José G. “Pipino” Cuevas Jr. (14-7, 12 KOs) failed to come out for round six on Friday night at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. From the third round on, González dealt Cuevas a one-sided beating.
WBO #2 featherweight Jonathan Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) annihilated Adolfo Landeros (21-20-1, 10 KOs) in round one. A barrage of punches finished Landeros. Time was 1:47.
Unbeaten super flyweight prospect Jonathan González (3-0, 3 KOs) scored a second round stoppage of Ivan Moxey (2-4, 1 KO). Time was :20. Click here for more photos…
Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at the scales
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas:
Main Event – TUF 13 Final
Tony Ferguson 169 vs. Ramsey Nijem 170
Anthony Pettis 155 vs. Clay Guida 155
Tim Credeur 185 vs. Ed Herman 186
Fabio Maldonado 203 vs. Kyle Kingsbury 206
Chris Cope 170 vs. Chuck O’Neil 170
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Jeremy Stephens 156 vs. Danny Downes 155
George Roop 146 vs. Josh Grispi 145
Shamar Bailey 171 vs. Ryan McGillivray 169
Justin Edwards 170 vs. Clay Harvison 171
Ken Stone 136 vs. Scott Jorgensen 135
Francisco Rivera 136 vs Reuben Duran 136
more info on this weekend’s TUF Finale or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Day 3 of the 28th annual IBF convention was full of specialty presentations both on and off site of the host Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. The morning session was a referees seminar at the H.I.T. Factory Gym conducted by long-time referees Robert Byrd and Jack Reiss. The afternoon sessions included the medical seminar headed up by IBF Medical Chairman Dr. William Lathan, with talks by Drs. Paul Wallace, Richard Weinstein and Anthony Curreri, as well as the judges seminar. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Cedric Boswell 231.7 vs. Kertson Manswell 255.2
Domonique Dolton 159.7 vs. Donatas Bondorevas 159.2
ONeil Bell TBA vs. Richard Hall 191
Daniel Attah 131.7 vs. John Trigg 134
Dieuly Aristilde 215.2 vs. Darrick Allen 213
Tracy Rollins 162 vs. Eddie Gates 163.5
Erik Leander 255 vs. David Saulsbury 297
Yasmany Consuegra 239.7 vs. Ronny Hale 241.7
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Heavyweight Factory
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