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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
In a nationally televised promotion, New Zealand light heavyweight Robert “The Butcher” Berridge (12-0, 9 KOs) scored a major upset when he knocked out Trent Broadhurst (7-1, 4 KOs) in five rounds in the main event at the Mansfield Tavern, Mansfield, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Southpaw Berridge was the aggressor from the opening bell but the 6′ Broadhurst boxed skillfully connecting with accurate left jabs and using clever footwork. In round five, the 5’10 Berridge dropped Broadhurst twice with left hands and on the second knockdown he was counted out by the referee at 2:59. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In his biggest fight yet, featherweight Salvador Sanchez II added some substance to the phrase “The Legend Continues” with a surprising knockout at 2:02 of the second round over former Mexican national champion Jovanni “El Bambino” Soto in front of about 3,000 fans who packed the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City.
“It was a great triumph,” said Sanchez II. “I’ve been learning a lot this year in Mexico and I’m managing to improve my technique and movement in the ring. During this time I’ve become a good fighter to get my dream of a world title opportunity. I’ll rest a few days, then return to the gym to look for a fight before closing 2011.” (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has denied quotes attributed to him by a Ukranian TV network regarding his future as a fighter. “This surprised me completely!,” Klitschko told BILD. “I can say that I’m doing at least two fights in the next year. I’ve never felt as fit and I will still bring highlights to my fans. Take my word for it.”
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales won an eight-round split decision over veteran Ossie Duran by the scores of 77-75 two times for Gonzales and 78-74 for Duran. In the co-feature, Artemio Reyes scored the biggest win of his young career by upsetting 2008 U.S. Olympian Javier Molina by the scores of 78-74 twice and 77-75 in an eight round welterweight bout from Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City, N.J.
In an extremely tight main event, Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs), of Sacramento, Calif., threw crisper, cleaner punches in the early going. In a solid third round where Gonzales was able to successfully stick-and-move, he suffered a cut beneath his left eyebrow that didn’t seem to faze him throughout the fight. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao and chief trainer Freddie Roach make a special Skype internet call to talk with US Army soldiers of Task Force Duke, 3rd Brigade, 1st Infantry Division from Ft. Knox, Kentucky, currently stationed in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. Paquiao is preparing in Hollywood, California for his upcoming third mega-fight against three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez on November 12.
Report/Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Jose “Stinger” Medina did it again as he schooled previously undefeated Chris “The Irish Ghost” Fitzpatrick over ten rounds in Albany, New York. In the mold of former champion Freddie Pendleton, who started out with a 14-13-1 record before going on a tear, culminating in becoming IBF Lightweight champion, Medina might consider changing his name to “Spoiler” as he is now on a five fight unbeaten streak. (more…)
WBO #3 super featherweight Eloy “Prince” Perez (23-0-2, 67 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Ira Terry (24-7, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Sherwood Inn in Salinas, California. Referee Dan Stell waved it off at 1:22. No knockdowns, but Perez was in command throughout.
Light heavyweight Paul Mendez (7-2, 2 KOs) scored a clear six round unanimous decision over journeyman Loren Myers (8-14-1, 2 KOs). All three judges had it 60-54 for Mendez.
In another notable bout, former WBA female champion Carina “La Reina” Moreno (22-4, 6 KOs) won a harder than expected six round unanimous decision over scrappy 38-year-old Sharon Gaines (11-13-1, 3 KOs) in a flyweight bout. Scores were 59-55, 58-56, 58-56. Moreno previously beat Gaines in February 2009.
Also, unbeaten heavyweight terror Magomed Abdusalamov (9-0, 9 KOs) took out Masatka Takehara (6-6-3, 2 KOs) in the first round, light heavyweight Rudy Puga (2-0, 2 KOs) destroyed Jose Hurtado (3-5, 3 KOs) in the first round and pro debuting jr welterweight Ulises Soriano won a four round majority decision over Jonathan Zamudio 0-1-1.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Unbeaten middleweight Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (15-0-1, 10 KOs) escaped with a split decision win over veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) on Friday night at Bally’s Grand Ballroom in Atlantic City. Duran seemingly outworked Gonzales, but Gonzales, who was far from flawless, prevailed on two cards by scores of 77-75, 77-75, while Duran was up 78-74 on the third card.
In a good action fight, welterweight Artemio “King” Reyes (14-1, 11 KOs) pounded out an upset eight round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-1, 4 KOs). Reyes was the aggressor and outworked Molina, taking a deserved 77-75, 78-74, 78-74 victory. Click here for more photos…
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it has agreed to terms with broadcaster Jon Anik, who will serve as a commentator and on-air talent for the fastest-growing sports organization in the world. The 33-year-old Boston native, who has served as a top ESPN host for nearly six years, will handle play-by-play duties for upcoming UFC® events to air on FX and FUEL TV. Jon will also fulfill the newly-created host position for the revamped Ultimate Fighter® on FX. In addition, he will host UFC’s new magazine show, Ultimate Insider, which premieres on FUEL TV in January. (more…)
Photos: Emerico Perez
Jose Hernandez 135 vs. Justo Vallecillo 136
Miguel Buendia 130 vs. Abraham Esquivel 130
Manual Rojas 127.5 vs. Raul Carrillo 128
Arthur Trevino vs. 129 vs. Alex Lopez 129
Samuel Clarkson 166 vs. Jared Kemp 168.5
Joel Hernandez 119 vs. Carlos Casasola 120.5
Angel Solorzano 152 vs. Oscar Palacios 152
Venue: Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas
Promoter: Paulie Ayala Productions
Date: Saturday, October 29th – 7:30 pm
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We wanted a more challenging fight for undefeated Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) and we found it in the last possible moment – not Luciano Perez like announced previously, but Columbia’s Jose Miguel Torres (22-5, 19 KO) will be fighting with “The Machine” for NABF belt in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on November 5,” announced Majewski promoter Mariusz Kolodziej from Global Boxing Promotions. In the main event of the “November Reign” gala co-promoted by Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield CES Promotions, undefeated heavyweight Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KO) will meet Oliver McCall (56-11, 37 KO).
A former world champion, a world ranked fighter and a solid prospect headline a Tijuana fight card presented by Zanfer Promotions on Saturday, November 5th and broadcast live in Mexico by the Azteca channel. After leaving his WBC super-flyweight title in the hands of Suriyam Sor Rungvisai of Thailand last August, Veracruz, Mexico southpaw Tomas “Gusano” Rojas (36-13-1, 24KOs) returns to the ring in a ten round bantamweight tilt versus the highly experienced Feliciano Dario Azuaga (82-21-2, 67KOs) of Paraguay.
In the semi-main event, world ranked Alejandro “Alex” Lopez (22-2, 7KOs) of Tijuana will face a tough test in a super bantamweight ten round bout when he faces Eusebio “Cascabel” Osejo (20-9-2, 7KOs) of Nicaragua. Osejo is currently the Nicaraguan national super bantamweight champion. (more…)
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa/Getty
Twenty four hours away from the highly anticipated welterweight showdown between former two-division UFC® champion BJ Penn and the unpredictable Nick Diaz, the main event stars came together at today’s weigh-in from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. To no one’s surprise, things quickly got explosive.
The 32-year-old Hawaiian and the 28-year-old from Stockton, Calif. came nose to nose in front of the capacity crowd. See the video highlight by clicking here.
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for UFC 137, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between BJ Penn and Nick Diaz and the heavyweight bout between Matt Mitrione and Cheick Kongo, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in for two televised prelims at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:50 pm ET / 2:50 pm PT.
Nick Diaz (170) VS BJ Penn (169)
Matt Mitrione (255) VS Cheick Kongo (234)
Roy Nelson (252) VS Mirko Cro Cop (235)
George Roop (145) vs Hatsu Hioki (145)
Jeff Curran (134) vs Scott Jorgensen (135)
Donald Cerrone (156) vs Dennis Siver (155)
Bart Palaszewski (146) vs Tyson Griffin (149)
Eliot Marshall (204) VS Brandon Vera (205)
Danny Downes (155) VS Ramsey Nijem (155)
Francis Carmont (185) VS Chris Camozzi (185)
Dustin Jacoby (185) VS Clifford Starks (186)
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By Gabrel F.Cordero
Giovanni Caro 120.80 vs Takalani Ndlovu 122
(IBF super bantamweight world title)
Notes: Puerto Rican Roberto Ramirez Sr. will be the third man on the ring for Ndlovu-Caro. Judges are Mike Fitzgerald (U.S.), Frabricio Cid (México) and Isaac Tshabalala (South Africa). IBF Supervisor is Lou Priluker (U.S.)
Arely Muciño 111.75 vs Ava Knight 111.75
IBF female flyweight world title
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, Colima, Colima
Promoter: HG Boxing and Branco Sport Promotions
Photos: Irwin Thompson/Top Rank
WBC #1-ranked super welterweight Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., weighed in at 158 lb for his main event showdown against Richard Gutierrez (153.5 lb) of Miami on a Top Rank Live! fight card, Saturday, Oct. 29 at the WinStar World Casino. Martirosyan vs. Gutierrez will be televised live on Fox Deportes (10 pm et/7 pm pt). For more details and photos click here…
IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (28-2, 19 KOs) retained his title via seventh round stoppage of Andrea Sarritzu (32-4-5, 12 KOs) at the PalaRockfeller in Cagliari, Italy. (More to come)
By Robert Coster
He is largely unknown to most boxing fans, even in his native Puerto Rico, but jr welterweight Javier Monserrate (24-1-2, 17 KOs) hopes to change all that on Saturday night when he battles WBO #7 Javier “Terrible” Castro (25-4, 20 KOs) of Mexico. It will be the first time that Monserrate faces a ranked opponent and he hopes not only to win but to shine in front of the boxing luminaries attending the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. (more…)
Vanes Martirosyan 158 vs. Richard Gutierrez 153.6
Casey Ramos 130 vs. Joselito Collado 128 1/2
Abie Han 160 vs. Eloy Suarez 163
Venue: WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Deportes
French welterweight Frank Haroche Horta (27-8-5, 10 KOs) knocked Dean Byrne (15-1, 6 KOs) of Ireland from the list of unbeatens moments ago by way of 8th round TKO. The bout took place at the Bowlers Exhibition Centre, in Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom. Horta was originally slated to face unbeaten Olympian Frankie Gavin, but Gavin pulled out the day before the fight citing “personal problems,” infuriating promoter Frank Warren.
Earlier this week, heavyweight contender Amir Mansour (15-0, 11KO’s), in search of an opponent for his upcoming bout on December 2nd in his home state of Delaware, reached out to DiBella Entertainment to see if their undefeated heavyweight, Kelvin Price (12-0, 6KO’s), would be interested in facing the self-proclamined “feared” heavyweight. Price accepted the offer without any hesitation only to be informed the following day that Mansour was no longer interested in the fight. (more…)
Photo: Marcelino Miguel Castillo Gonzalez
Flyweights Luis “El Nica” Concepcion and Hernan “Tyson” Marquez both weighed in at 112lbs for Saturday’s WBA flyweight title showdown at the Centro de Usos Múltiples in Hermosillo, México. Concepcion made weight on the first try, while Marquez arrived 30 minutes late and according to some looked tired.
Sources are saying that newly crowned WBA featherweight champion Celestino Caballero (32-4, 23 KOs) of Panama will make the first defense of his title against Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs) of Japan. The date of the proposed bout would be December 31st in Japan. No venue has been mentioned at the moment.
By David Finger
The 24th Annual WBO Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico came to a conclusion yesterday with what many boxing insiders consider the most entertaining events of the week: the Championship and Ratings committee meetings and the award ceremony.
The proceedings kicked off in the Morning as president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel and the board entertained motions from the floor from numerous promoters and even fighters to move up the WBO workd rankings, and in some instances to enter the world rankings altogether. As always, colorful American promoter Gary Shaw stole the show with his frequent jokes, often at the expense of a fellow promoter , who had the misfortune of attending the event wearing a pink shirt and matching pink shoes.
“First of all, anyone wearing pink and pink sneakers should not be allowed at this microphone,” Shaw said jokingly, “he should only be allowed to argue for women’s fights.” (more…)
By David Finger at the scale
Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez
Ivan Calderon 104 vs. Felipe Rivas 104
Wilfredo Vasquez Jr. 124 vs. Roberto Leyva 125
Yessica Bopp 107 vs. Suzanne Warner 105
Jore Melendez 153.25 vs. Eric Mitchell 153
Javier Castro 140 vs. Javier Monserrate 139
Yoelvis Gamboa 140 vs. Osenohan Vasquez 140
Jesus Pagan 108 vs. Israel Vazquez 110
Venue: Coliseo Mario ‘Quijote’ Morales, Guaynabo, PR
Promoter: PR Best
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Due to Visa issues, the son of Welterweight World champion Pipino Cuevas Jr. has been replaced as the opponent to the undefeated Russian Lightweight champion Andrey Klimov 11-0 (6KOs) for this Saturday night’s main event in Maywood, California. Taking Cuevas’ place will be Eduardo “El Latigo” Arcos. The 23-year-old Arcos has been in with the likes of Robert Marroquin, Christopher Martin and Lonnie Smith. A fearsome puncher with 13 out of his 14 wins via stoppage, against only five losses, Arcos should prove a tough outing for the undefeated Russian with the WBC USNBC Lightweight title on the line. The seven bout fight card is promoted by Star Promotions / ShowDown Promotions along with UBM – Union Boxing Management.
Unbeaten, hard-hitting WBC #1-ranked super welterweight Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan of Glendale, Calif., will take on Richard Gutierrez of Miami on Saturday, October 29 in the main event on Top Rank Live! at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The weigh-in is today at 4 pm local time. Martirosyan, 25, is the WBC Silver Belt Champion and is in line for a world title fight. He has a record of 30-0, 19 KOs and is coming off a knockdown war and a TKO win over Saul Roman in a WBC eliminator fight. Gutierrez has a record of 26-7-1, 16 KOs. He was born in Colombia and now fights out of Miami. Also on the FSN nationally televised card will be Casey Ramos, the tough 14-0 super featherweight from Austin, Texas. Ramos will face Joselito Collado, 12-0, of Queens, N.Y. Ramos is a two-time South Texas “Fighter of the Year.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wizard Team
“I’m ready to go today – you can put me on the scales today, I will make weight even after a full breakfast, big hamburger. I can take it easy the last week before November 5 – this is how ready I am,” says #1 WBC ranked cruiserweight contender Francisco Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) before his November 5 bout against Joell Godfrey (13-4, 6 KOs) at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida. Palacios spoke about his upcoming fight and also had some strong words about problems with his second favorite sport – NBA basketball. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has announced that the end of his career is coming soon. “I am now finishing my sports career,” Klitschko told Ukraine’s TVi television on Thursday. “I will have one more fight, maybe two at most.” The 40-year-old champion, who plans to go full time into politics, added “Wladimir is five years younger and you will continue to enjoy his fights for a long time.”
Franklin Lawrence 231 vs. Raymond Ocheing 246
Derrick Webster 168.5 vs. Teneal Goyco 171.5
Joey Tiberi 137 vs. Mike Maley 135
Alex Barbosa 121 vs. Brian Gonzalez 119
Anthony Young 145 vs. Kywame Hill 145
Venue: Harrahs Chester
Promoter: Joey Eye Boxing Promotions
1st Bell: 7:30 pm
With a seemingly endless entourage, a hungry legion of reporters documenting his every move, and even many he doesn’t actually make, boxing’s pound-for-pound king, Manny Pacquiao, exists in the middle of a hurricane that can veer out of control and become destructive at any second . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Hard hitting Luciano Perez (17-11, 15 KO) will replace Colombia’s Dionisio Miranda as the opponent for Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) during his NABF title fight in Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville on the November 5, “November Reign” event promoted by Global Boxing and Jimmy Burchfield CES Promotions. “We were ready for Dionisio. The contract was signed, I personally sent him plane tickets, his visa status was OK, but US Immigration did not let him in. It was a scramble to find a replacement worthy of the NABF middleweight title but I’m happy everything ended well. The evening will be broadcast by Azteca America in the US, so a hard hitting Mexican fighter versus undefeated ‘The Machine’ Majewski makes perfect sense,” said Global Boxing and Majewski promoter Mariusz Kolodziej.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been reported today that super featherweight prospects Alejandro Sanabria (29-1-1, 22 KO’s) and John Molina (23-1, 19 KO’s) will meet next December 3 in Mexico for WBC silver title. Sanabria-Molina will be on the same card where WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez defends against Caballero Roinet. The Promociones del Pueblo event will be held at a venue to be determined. “We’re waiting for a great night for Mexican boxing and to close a good year as a company for the benefit of our boxers and prospects. Hopefully this will be the beginning of what we want to do in the 2012,” said promoter Oswaldo Kuchle.
Tonight, WBC Latino Welterweight Champion Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) will step into the squared ring and go toe-to-toe for 8 rounds is a super welterweight bout against 2008 Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) as the co-feature to Brandon Gonzales vs. Ossie Duran on SHOWTIME’s “ShoBox: The New Generation”. Reyes took time away from his hectic schedule to answer a Q&A in order to give fight fans an insight into the life of a rising star. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Former Olympian Javier “El Intocable” Molina (9-0, 4 KOs) faces Artemio “King” Reyes (13-1, 11 KOs) during the co-feature of tonight’s “SHOBOX: The New Generation” card. The California-based prospects will meet in an eight round welterweight bout at Bally’s Event Center in Atlantic City, NJ.
Molina was a decorated amateur star and represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. He compiled an impressive 153-13 record as an amateur. Molina turned pro in 2009, and quickly stopped his first three opponents before suffering a hand injury in training that required surgery, and kept him out of the ring for nearly a year. Molina returned better than ever, and remained unbeaten in his next six fights. (more…)
With early pay-per-view numbers counted and confirmed, Floyd Mayweather’s recent fight against Victor Ortiz generated buys from 1.25 million homes with a value of $78,440,000 in pay-per-view revenue. These numbers make the event the second highest grossing non-heavyweight pay-per-view event of all time. Mayweather has now appeared in the three biggest non-heavyweight pay-per-view events in the sport’s history, including Mayweather vs. Oscar de la Hoya ($136,853,700), Mayweather vs. Ortiz ($78,440,000 million) and Mayweather vs. Sugar Shane Mosley ($78,330,000 million).
“My motto is ‘hard work and dedication’ and I have shown this throughout my entire career, which has allowed me to go out and perform each time I step in the ring,” said Mayweather. “I give the fans everything I have with the best competition and exciting fights. I must be doing something right as they keep buying my fights and I appreciate their tremendous support. It feels good to be able to generate such a great interest in the sport.”
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