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By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
In a rematch of their war from February 2009, WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez (51-5-1, 37 KOs) again defeated former unified lightweight champion Juan Diaz (35-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. In another spirited give-and-take affair, Marquez had the upper hand almost from the get-go as he methodically battered Diaz, but couldn’t break him as the game Texan went the full twelve. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111 with Marquez taking a unanimous decision.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A highly motivated Alberto ‘Topo’ Rosas (31-5, 25 KOs) dethroned IBF super flyweight champion Simphiwe Nongqayi (16-0-1, 6 KOs) via six round beatdown on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. A punished Nongqayi, who did a lot of trash-talking before the bout, finally could take no more and went to a knee, prompting the bout to be waved off at the :60 mark. Rosas avenged the losses of the Arce brothers Jorge and Francisco, who were both defeated by Nongqayi.
In a bantamweight clash between former world champions, Jorge Travieso” Arce (55-6-1, 42 KOs) destroyed comebacking Martin “Gallito” Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs) with a first round knockout. A shot to the body put Castillo down for the count. Time was 2:56. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In a clash for the WBO middleweight title vacated by Sergio Martinez, Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round knockout over the previously unbeaten “Golden Child” Daniel Jacobs (20-1, 17 KOs). A right to the jaw laid Jacobs down and out. Time was :57.
In a clash of former world champions, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) survived a tenth round knockdown to win a ten round unanimous decision over former mentor Joel Casamayor (37-5-1, 22 KOs) in a junior welterweight clash. Guerrero dropped Casamayor in round two Casamayor was alao deducted a point in that round. Guerrero was pretty much in charge en route to a 98-89, 98-89, 97-90 win.
Former two-division world champion Jorge Linares (29-1, 19 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) in a lightweight matchup. Linares dropped Juarez in round five and went on to win by scores of 99-90, 99-90, 97-92.
In an IBF super middleweight eliminator, Contender Season 3 winner Sakio Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs) was disqualified in the first round of his bout with Jean Paul Mendy (29-0-1, 16 KOs). Bika knocked down Mendy early in the fight, but while Mendy was still on one knee Bika knocked him out cold with an uppercut. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten junior lightweight star Carney “Beeper” Bowman (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a foul-filled third round knockout over Robert Acevedo (9-11-3, 1 KO) on Saturday night in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium. It was a dirty fight with a lot of wrestling. Acevedo was deducted point for holding in round one, but it didn’t matter as Bowman dropped him for the count with two big right hands :47 seconds into round three. Feelings were still running hot after the bout as things got ugly and the fighters had to be separated by their handlers.
Cruiserweight contender Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (16-1-1, 7 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Adam Harris (10-3, 7 KOs). Taylor dropped Harris with a right to the body in round two, and after Harris returned to his corner, he complained that his right shoulder had popped out and the bout was stopped. Time was 3:00.
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
In a no-holds barred, one-on-one conversation, WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko spoke to Fightnews.com about a possible fight with Shannon Briggs (it’s not a done deal), David Haye’s reluctance to fight after calling out the Klitschkos, Nikolai Valuev’s purse demands and HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg’s bizarre anti-Klitschko stance. (more…)
Photo: Five-time world champ “Sugar” Shane Mosley and former champ Sergio Mora pose off at a press conference held today at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. On Sept. 18, the two will headline a Mexican Independence Day card at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mexican welterweight Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and top junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz will fight co-featured bouts. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
By Karl Freitag
Photo by Eroll Popova
WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Jorge Sebsatian Heiland (16-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Zbik put on a boxing clinic against WBC/WBA #12 Heiland, who was game and aggressive but couldn’t match Zbik’s technical skills. After the scores were announced in round eight, Heiland knew he needed at least some knockdowns to win, but Zbik simply never let him into the fight. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 116-111. Zbik will now look to erase his “interim” monniker against Sergio Martinez in the USA.
WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (27-1, 17 KOs) outpointed two-time middleweight title challenger Khoren Gevor (31-5, 16 KOs) over twelve hard fought rounds by scores of 115-112, 117-109 and 117-110. Sartison landed some good right hands against the rugged southpaw Gevor and seemed a deserving winner. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The second installment of the WBC Night Of Champions wrapped up tonight at the Cardiff International Arena with a gala awards banquet. Medallions and plaques were given to every champion on hand. The European Boxing Union headed by Bob Logist of Belgium awarded Frank Maloney as Promoter of the year and his charge Rendall Munroe as fighter of the year. Finally, several WBC awards were given out or being the best of the year in several categories:
Female fighter of the year: Ina Menzer
Knockout of the year: Toshiaki Nishioka TKO3 Jhonny Gonzalez
(honorable mention): Carl Froch TKO12 Jermain taylor
Fight of the Year: Giacobbe Fragomeni D12 Kzrysztof Wlodarczyk I
Fighters of the Year: Vitali Klitschko & Sergio Martinez
For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here are the weights for tonight’s TKO Promotions card at Sovereign Bank Stadium in York, PA. (In Pennsylvania they weigh-in the same day.)
Carney Bowman 133 vs. Roberto Acevedo 136
Andres Taylor 197 vs. Adam Harris 189
Doel Carrasquillo 147 1/2 vs. Maurice Chalmers 147 1/4
Terrence Crawford 140 3/4 vs. Ron Boyd 140 1/2
Stevie Weimer 140 1/2 vs. Dontre King 144
Eric Nemo 130 vs. Rasool Shakoor 129
Alantez Fox 150 1/s vs. Kevin Kibler 150
Mason Menard 133.5 vs. Robbie Cannon 134
(Vacant UBO All American title)
Bobbby Bryant 151.2 vs. Anthony Adams 153
Todd Manuel 164 vs. Dominiuque Azzez 163.1
Gary Bergeron 143.5 vs. Reggie Nash 143.7
Blake Prevost 174 vs. Joey Hixson 170
Bailey Bobbitt 176.5 vs. Daniel Foxworth 175.4
Ashley Avarado 115 vs. Shimone Brooks
(Brooks will weigh in later)
Venue: Rayne Civic Center, Rayne, LA
Promoter: Box-N-Car Promotions
Mayweather Promotions, the promotional company owned by Floyd Mayweather Jr., has been evicted from their Las Vegas office and been sued for five months ($62,000) of unpaid rent. The Mayweather camp told the Grand Rapids Press that that the $10,800/mo office space was in “substandard condition” and they’ve already moved.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the near sold out Arena in South Philadelphia, local boxing fans witnessed a classic Philly war as Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13 KOs) of Philadelphia, PA successfully defended his USBA junior middleweight title in a back and forth war, scoring in an impressive twelve round majority decision victory over cross-town rival “King” Gabriel (14-5, 8 KOs) by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114. Ennis proved that not only is he the best junior middleweight in Philadelphia, but has the guts and determination to take on any of the top contenders in the division. In the co-feature of the eight bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, “Flawless Anthony Flores (9-1-1, 6 KOs) got back on the winning track with a one sided beat down of a game, but out gunned Gustavo Dailey (4-9, 1 KO), stopping him at forty-three seconds of the sixth and final round. (more…)
Carney “Beeper “ Bowman returns to the ring this Saturday night, July 31st, in his hometown of York, Pennsylvania in the main event of ‘The Battle of York V” at the Sovereign Bank Baseball Stadium.
Sporting an undefeated record of 14-0-0 with six knockouts, Bowman will battle Puerto Rico’s Robert Acevedo, 9-10-3 (1KO) in the junior lightweight main event. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko arrived during Day Two of the WBC Night of Champions event in Cardiff, Wales, which was capped off with a twelve bout amateur tournament dubbed “Great Britain vs. The Rest of the World.” Again the Cardiff International Arena hosted a packed house filled with invited champions, VIP guests and family and friends of the U.K. Fighters. Designed as a launching pad for team Great Britain to gain momentum in international competition on the road to the London 2012 Olympic Summer Games, opponents included fighters from Sweden, China, USA, and Ireland. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA is thrilled to have representation from so many WBA champions, both former and current on tonight’s big Las Vegas pay-per-view-card. Juan Manuel Marquez, Juan Diaz, Joel Casamayor and Jorge Linares have worn the WBA belt at some point in their careers. “Las Vegas is considered the top setting for a boxing spectacle and signifies an arrival at the highest level of the sport for any boxer,” said Gilberto Mendoza Jr., executive vice president of the WBA. “Fighting in Las Vegas is seen around the world beyond a sports career. You can become a star and be able to generate a large number of benefits. Saturday night is of great importance for Latin Americans with champions and former champions involved in transcendental battles in their career. Mexico, Cuba and Venezuela, all showing they are powers in boxing. For the WBA it’s the ultimate representation of world champions.”
Referee Roberto Ramirez (Puerto Rico) will be the third man in the ring when WBC interim middleweight world champion Sebastian Zbik (29-0, 10 KOs) faces Jorge Sebsatian Heiland (16-0, 8 KOs) tonight at the o2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany. The three judges are Robin Dolpierre (France), Bela Florian (Hungary) and Luigi Muratore (Italy). WBC supervisor is Mauro Betti (Italy).
For the WBA super middleweight title fight between champion Dimitri Sartison (26-1, 17 KOs) and Khoren Gevor (31-4, 16 KOs), the referee will be Rafael Ramos (USA). Judges are Lahcen Oumghar (Holland), Pascuale Procopio (Canada) and Jean Francois Toupin (France). WBA supervisor is Jesper Jensen (Denmark).
In the European heavyweight championship clash between Alexander Dimitrenko (29-1, 19 KOs) and Yaroslav Zavorotnyi (14-4, 12 KOs), the third man will be Guido Cavalleri (Italy). Judges are Vencislav Nikolov (Bulgaria), Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) and Adrio Zannoni (Italy). EBU supervisor is Pertti Augustin (Finland).
By Robert Coster
Photos: Premium Boxing Promotions
Daniel Edouard 154 vs Alfonso Mosquera 160
Nicholas Walters 126 vs Jose Miguel Payares 126
Evens Pierre 135 vs Rosano Lawrence 133.5
Antonio Fernandez 128 vs Julio Caamano 127.5
Jose Miranda 140 vs Jhoan Perez 138.5
Carlota Santos 107 vs Yacksury Gordon 107
Humberto Pena 118 vs Javier Coronado 118
Gabriel Dorado 130 vs Miguel Martinez 127.5
Joao Powell 139 vs David Wilkins 140
Venue: Arena Al Brown in Colon, Panama
Promotor: Premium Boxing Promotions
Unbeaten welterweight Danny Garcia (18-0, 12 KOs) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania stopped Jorge Romero (17-3, 15 KOs) of Mexico in round nine to win the interim WBC Youth world title on Friday night at the Moon Palace Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Garcia dominated the first four rounds of the fight with his superior boxing skills. Romero came on strong in rounds five-eight with steady pressure and connected with some solid shots leading to some serious swelling undernearth the right eye of Garcia. However, things changed quickly in round nine when Garcia landed a flush left hook that sent Romero crashing to the canvas. Romero arose on unsteady legs. Moments later Garcia rushed him and delivered a serious of unanswered punches and the referee waved off the bout.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo by Andriy Novak
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs) is preparing for a fight on August 28 against an opponent to be named. The bout will take place at the European Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Until then, he will be training at a training camp locally. After his fight against Anselmo Moreno, Sidorenko left Universum Box-Promotion. “In a few days I’ll sign a contract with promoter Vadim Bukhkalov from Elite Boxing Promotions,” Sidorenko told Fightnews.com. “Then, I’ll prepare in Los Angeles with trainer Freddie Roach. However, I’m glad to be back in the Ukraine and boxing here for my fans.” Click here for more photos…
Promoter J Russell Peltz promised a return to the glory days of Philadelphia boxing and Friday night’s all-Philly war at the Arena in South Philadelphia delivered on that promise. USBA junior middleweight champion Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis (22-2-1, 13 KOs) pounded out a hard fought majority decision over ‘King’ Gabriel Rosado (14-5, 8 KOs) in a thriller that had the fans on their feet from the opening bell. Both fighters were hurt in the bout, but in the end Ennis prevailed by scores of 114-114, 117-111 and 116-112.
Photos: Bob Barton
Big-punching super middleweight Francisco Sierra (22-3, 21 KOs) scored an impressive and bloody seven round technical decision over previously undefeated contender, Donovan “Da Bomb” George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma. George was rocked in round one, and staggered again in round two with blood gushing from his nose. George was a bloody mess as he continued to be punished. Sierra scored a knockdown in round seven and then dropped George again hard just after the bell. George was given five minutes to recover but was deemed unable to continue. Sierra was deducted two points for the foul. Scores were 68-63, 69-62, 69-62.
In the main event, welterweight Ashley Theophane (27-4-1, 7 KOs) stunned IBF #3 rated Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-2, 14 KOs), taking a controversial majority decision over ten by scores of 95-95, 96-94, 96-94. Rodriguez seemed to have done more than Theophane in a mostly uneventful encounter, but didn’t dominate enough for the satisfaction of the judges. (more…)
Cruiserweight Troy Ross, winner of Season 4 of The Contender television series, has called out IBO Champion Danny Green describing him as a fraud. “He defended his title against a guy who hadn’t fought in nearly 3 years last week, who was a light heavyweight that had retired on medical grounds,” stated Ross. “In his previous defense he pulled the same act dragging a middleweight who had fought one solitary round in 2 years in Manny Siacca? To add further insult he calls Paul Briggs a dog and humiliates him by hurling insults from inside the ring! I saw it on youtube and couldn’t believe it. In America he would be lucky to leave the ring alive with a low act like that – but in this case the commissions would never allow a farce like that to happen here in the first place.” (more…)
Click here for all the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Photos by Chris Cozzone.
For the first-time ever, millions of action sports thrill-seekers will see the UFC® and its matching event numbers racing around the ESPN X Games this weekend live on ESPN, all as part of a cross-promotional partnership with PMR Motorsports. (more…)
Jon Jones Faces Vladimir Matyushenko This Sunday In San Diego: Plus a middleweight showdown between Mark Munoz and Yushin Okami – Sunday night at 9pm ET / 6pm PT Live on Versus
See The Premiere Episode Of Ultimate Insider Now On UFC.com: Hosted by Arianny Celeste, featuring a hot Octagon Girl photoshoot, plus Joe Rogan interviews Jon Jones and a raw look at Forrest Griffin
UFC FanExpo hits London: Ever since the first UFC® Fan ExpoTM took place last July, UFC President Dana White has been inundated with questions from European fans when they get their own action-packed weekend of UFC events.
The September 11 Wladimir Klitschko/Samuel Peter bout from Frankfurt, Germany, beginning at 5PM ET, will be streamed live in the United States on ESPN3.com. As for TV coverage, ESPN Deportes will air the fight on tape-delay at 8PM ET and ESPN will show a tape of the fight the next day at 4:30PM ET. “We are always looking for opportunities to deliver quality boxing matches on multiple platforms,” said Doug Loughrey, director of programming & acquisitions at ESPN. “We are pleased to present another world title heavyweight bout to for United States-based boxing fans.” The fight will be called by ESPN’s Brian Kenny and Teddy Atlas stateside.
By Karl Freitag
When Floyd Mayweather recently stayed at a luxury hotel in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, and it was hinted that Floyd might hook up with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, fueling speculation that the the pair would meet to discuss a super fight between the two superstars. However, that meeting never took place. “A fight between Miguel and Floyd will be great for the sport and exciting for the fans around the world,” Bryan Pérez, Executive Director of Promociones Miguel Cotto told Fightnews.com. “Mayweather only have to say ‘yes’ to the challenge.”
Juan Manuel Marquez 133.5 vs. Juan Diaz 135
Daniel Jacobs 159 vs. Dmitry Pirog 160
Sakio Bika 166 vs. Jean Paul Mendy 167
Joel Casamayor 138 vs. Robert Guerrero 138.5
Jorge Linares 132.5 vs. Rocky Juarez 132
George Groves 169 vs. Alfredo Contreras 169
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Derek Bryant 201
Frankie Gomez 139 vs. Ronald Peterson*
* Peterson will weigh in later
Mike Peralta 136 vs. Juan Montiel 134
WBA featherweight champ Yuriorkis Gamboa has selected a new training location to prepare for his upcoming Sept. 11 fight against IBF Champ Orlando Salido. Gamboa will arrive Sunday in Tampa, Florida, and will commence training on Monday at the Fight Factory gym, which is run by Pete Fernandez and Michael Asmer. Fight Factory is the site where Miguel Cotto trained for his previous two bouts, and was featured in HBO’s 24-7 series for the Pacquiao-Cotto bout. The gym will be closed to the public during Gamboa’s workout sessions.
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
It’s probably happening too late in their careers, but for the three-time world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Martin “Gallito” Castillo it’s a fight that they both have always wanted and one that will finally happen this Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Nayarit, Tepic, Mexico. “I know that people are saying that we are not the fighters we used to be, but you know, this is a fight we always wanted and one that will be remembered for a long time. Our styles are made for each other and we both bleed like crazy, it should be a fun night for everyone, except us,” said Arce. (more…)
Photo by Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Alberto Herrera 153 vs. Sammy Gonzalez 153.5
Efrain Esquivias 123 vs. Jonathan Alcantara 121.5
Jonathan Arrellano 122 vs. Hugo Ramos 125
Jonte Willis 211 vs. Lamont Williams 197.5
Manuel Del Cid 132.5 vs. Carlos Hernandez 136
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
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On Saturday at a press conference in Las Vegas, five-time world champion Sugar Shane Mosley and former junior middleweight champion Sergio Mora will officially announce their September 18 pay-per-view bout at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Mexican welterweight Phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and top junior welterweight contender Victor Ortiz will also be on hand to announce their respective bouts on the undercard. Fight fans are invited to the event which starts at 11AM in the Mizuya Lounge (Formerly J-Pop Lounge) at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
Photo by PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
WBO junior flyweight champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderon (34-0-1, 6 KOs) weighed in at 116.5 pounds today in the first pre-weigh in for his unification bout against Mexican Giovanni Segura which will take place next August 28 at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The night is being presented by PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and will be televised on pay-per-view. Puerto Rico’s Professional Boxing Commission had the maximum limit of 124.2 pounds for the first pre-weigh in. “We are working hard for this bout, looking for a victory and another good performance. As always the weight is not a problem. I’m in good shape and focused for this fight,” said Calderon. Calderon was training for the press at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in his home town of Guaynabo. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Fast rising featherweight contender Miguel “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) of Oxnard, CA, trained by his brother, former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia, and father, Eduardo, will take on southpaw and Roger Mayweather pupil, Cornelius “Lighting” Lock (19-5-1, 12 KOs) of Detroit, MI on Saturday, August 14 at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, TX in a 12-round IBF featherweight title eliminator and will be televised live on Fox Sports Net. In his last outing, the 22-year old Garcia defeated Pedro “El Vaquero” Navarrete (25-8-3, 14 KOs) of Mexico via unanimous decision on Latin Fury 14, which featured the return of the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito, in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
Photo by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Simphiwe Nongqayi 115 vs. Juan Alberto Rosas 115
Jorge Arce 120 vs. Martin Castillo 120
Alonso Lopez 114 vs. Pedro Rodriguez 113
Jesus Silvestre 108.2 vs. Moises Eb 109
Enrique Bernache 122 vs. Josimar Olivares 122
Jorge Pinzon 156 vs. Oscar Ventura 155
Luis Lugo 126 vs. Jorge Hernandez 127
Venue: Palenque De La Feria, Tepic
Promoter: Zanfer, Top Rank and Gobierno De Nayarit
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