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By Joe Koizumi
Ex-WBA 105-pound titlist, unbeaten KO artist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (27-0, 23 KOs), 107.75, Nicaragua, impressively acquired the WBA interim 108-pound belt as he dropped grudge rival Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas (21-8-2, 12 KOs), 108, Mexico, three times and scored a very quick demolition at 1:38 of the second round in a scheduled twelve-round elimination bout on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach just entered the terminal at Los Angeles International Airprort, thrilling hundreds of Pacman fans who had waited hours to catch a glimpse of their hero.
“Now it’s time to get focused,” said Roach, “we’re in L.A.
“Today he weighed 146. This fight will not go past eight rounds. It’ll be a clean KO. I have three new sparring partners coming in Monday.”
Pacquiao will continue training at Roach’s famed WIld Card Gym in Hollywood for his upcoming mega fight against Antonio Margarito. Click here for more photos…
Results by Brady Crytzer
Cain Velasquez (9-0) dethroned UFC Heayweight Champion Brock Lesnar (5-2), Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. In front of a sold-out crowd, Velasquez pounded the former champ to the mat in just 4:12 of the opening round, becoming the first Mexican-American to win the UFC heavyweight title.
In other results, Jake Shields (25-4-1) won his UFC debut with a split decision over Martin Kampmann (17-4), with scores of 30-27, 29-28 and 28-29; Diego Sanchez (25-4) dominated Paulo Thiago (13-3) in the second and third rounds to win a unanimous decision, scores of 29-28 twice and 30-26; Matt Hamill (11-2) won the biggest fight of his career with a unanimous decision over former champ Tito Ortiz (16-8-1), scores of 29-28 twice and 30-27; and Brendan Schaub (8-1) won a unanimous decision over Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6), scores of 30-27 x 3. Stay tuned for a full report and gallery tomorrow.
Former IBF minimumweight title challenger Sammy Gutiérrez (28-5-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Luis “Mosquito” Carrillo (10-2-1, 9 KOs) to claim the interim WBA minimumweight title on Saturday night at the Deportivo San Damian in San Martin Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico. Gutiérrez floored Carrillo in round three and got the stoppage with his follow-up barrage. Time was 1:24.
Featherweight Eduardo Escobedo (29-1, 20 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over former world champion Cesar “Cobrita” Soto (63-20-3, 43 KOs).
Unbeaten featherweight Nery Saguilan (21-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Eduardo Lazcano (21-2, 10 KOs) in a good action bout for the WBO Latino belt.
Unbeaten featherweight Andres Gutierrez (15-0, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Andres Romero (15-4, 8 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Lightweight Saul Carreon (14-3-1, 8 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Luis Ernesto Soto (4-6-1, 3 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the World Trade Center, Mexico City.
In other results, welterweight Pablo Munguia (9-2, 9 KOs) stopped hopeless Iran Ramirez (0-6, 0 KOs) in round two; bantamweight Julio Ceja (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Pedro Melo (5-2-1, 1KO); jr flyweight Ulises Lara (8-6-2, 5 KOs) stopped Ramses Escodedo (8-2-1, 1 KO) in round four; bantamweight Omar Lina (7-1-1, 5 KOs) KO’d Naum Ceron (2-3, 0 KOs) in round four.
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
Former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Alexander Petkovic (39-4-4, 20 KOs) and perennial German heavyweight hope Timo Hoffmann (39-7-2, 23 KOs) fought to a controversial majority draw on Saturday night at the Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Germany. Petkovic showed quick hands and nifty boxing skills as he frustrated the towering 6’7 “German Oak,” who had a ten-inch height advantage. Petkovic often taunted Hoffmann, whom he usually beat to the punch. The slower Hoffmann was the aggressor and was never hurt, but he was unable to connect with many meaningful blows while often being hit by clean counterpunches. Scores were 115-113 Petkovic, and 114-114, 114-114. Fightnews had it 116-112 for Petkovic. As a result of the draw, the WBO European heavyweight championship remains vacant. After the fight, Hoffmann called for a rematch.
In the co-feature, exciting and unbeaten female middleweight Christina Hammer (8-0, 6 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Teresa Perozzi (7-4-1) to claim the WBO female world championship. Click here for more photos…
Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov took his time to get warmed up, but once he got started, Friday night in Glendale, Calif., there was nothing his opponent, Javier “El Girito” Gallo, could do to stop his momentum.
By the time the ninth round rolled around, although both fighters were bloodied and battered, Suleymanov still seemed to have plenty left in the tank, while Gallo was clearly running on fumes . . . Click here for more
“Who the f–– wants to see someone get knocked the f–– out tonight?” was the mantra of the mohawked announcer, who must’ve lost his way to a Rancid concert, at last night’s Crown card at the Crown.
What Mr. Anarchy should’ve been screaming for, actually, was a smidgen of illumination. Forget seeing a knockout; it would’ve been nice to see anything, in last night’s barely lit ring, beyond two silhouettes barely bathed in a handful of blue beams . . . Click here for more
Manny Pacquiao arrives in the U.S. tonight to begin his last three weeks of training for his world super welterweight championship clash with “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito. Team Pacquiao is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport at 8:05 p.m. PT on Philippine Airlines Flight 102. Pacman will train at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card Boxing Club, in Hollywood, Calif., through November 8, before breaking camp and heading to Arlington, Texas for fight week.
Photos courtesy PRBBP/José Pérez
Unbeaten lightweight José González (13-0, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Andrés Navarro (4-4-1, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Antonio R. Barceló in Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. González won by TKO at 2:26 in the seventh round when the referee stopped the fight due to the heavy punishment Navarro received. Navarro was down one time in round seven. (more…)
Number one Heavyweight contender Cain Velasquez says he’s goofy when it comes to love. When he proposed to his fiancé after knocking out Minotauro Nogeuira in Sydney, Australia earlier this year, he faked stubbing his toe while strolling on the beach so that he could fall to one knee to ask the mother of his infant daughter to spend the rest of her life with him.. . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
By Phil Doherty
All Star Boxing produced another A-grade performance, although this time it resulted from their plan B. Last night’s Boxeo Telemundo-televised main event originally pitted WBO Latino welterweight champion Jesus Pabon (16-1, 10 KO’s) against hard-hitting Colombian Antonio Pitalua (50-4, 44 KO’s) for Pabon’s belt. Unfortunately for Pitalua, visa issues prevented him from making the trip. Fortunately for the vocal fans packed into the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming facility for the first time in five months, All-Star Boxing had a back-up. (more…)
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos: Marco Chiesa
Italian welterweight titlist Antonio Lauri (34-4-3, 12 KOs) successfully retained his national belt for the second time last Friday in Padova at the Palasport Arcella, Italy, outscoring challenger Rocco Di Palmo (7-2-1, 5 KOs), after ten hard fought rounds of boxing. (more…)
By Matt Richardson
New York-based junior welterweight Jorge Teron rebounded from his second professional loss on Friday night at The Capitale in Manhattan when he beat James Hope by fourth round technical knockout in the main event of a card co-promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and The Empire. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao has opted to skip a visit to the Barona Resort and Casino in San Diego, California, scheduled Sunday night so he could fully concentrate on his buildup for the Nov. 13 faceoff with Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 in Dallas, Texas. Pacquiao’s Canadian consiglieri, Mike Koncz, told fightnews that a Filipino-American friend of Pacquiao had apparently promised Barona officials that the Filipino pound-for-pound king would grace an event set at 9 p.m. and then engage in a meet-and-greet with fans from 10-11 p.m.
“This is a very crucial phase of Manny’s training and I am truly sorry for casino officials that Manny won’t be able to attend,” said Koncz, declining to name the alleged Team Pacquiao member. “Likewise, the men behind this event just did not go through the right channels,” said Koncz. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Bronco McKart makes a hometown appearance in Monroe, MI on October 30 to face Michi Munoz in the main event for promoter Dennis Turner (Turner Boxing Productions). McKart and Munoz will battle over the scheduled 12 round distance for the vacant Universal Boxing Organization’s middleweight title at the Monroe High School. Ex WBO LightMiddle Champ McKart will be engaging in only his second fight of 2010 having beaten Jose Berrio in February. Although McKart (52-9-1, 31 KOs) has the more extensive resume, Munoz has crossed gloves with John Duddy and Vanes Martirosyan on his (22-5 15 KOs) record and will be seeking to put a damper on the local fans’ evening. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores won a six round unanimous decision over Ishwar Amador on Friday night at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. Flores (45-10, 26 KO’s) was in command after a slow start. He dropped Amador (11-8, 7 KO’s) with a left hand to the head. Amador had some moments, but Flores was the more effective boxer as the bout progressed. All three judges scored the bout 58-55, 58-55, and 60-53 in favor of Flores.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov impressively destroyed the very tough Javier “El Girito” Gallo, flooring the onrushing Gallo with a looping right hand counterpunch near the end of the ninth round on Friday night in Glendale, California. The bloodied and battered Gallo managed to reach his feet at the count of nine but referee, Raul Caiz Jr., wisely called an end to the fight. At 2:59 of the ninth round by way of knockout victory, Suleymanov scores his most victory to date and improves to 11-0 (5KO) while the galiant Gallo falls to 16-3-1 (9KO). Click here for more photos.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
On the verge of losing by knockout for several rounds, Canadian Jason “Friday the 13th” Douglas (8-3, 4 KOs) was lucky enough to escape Henry Namauu (8-3, 5 KOs), of Las Vegas, with a split decision loss, Friday night at the Rio in Vegas. Douglas was zapped with a point by Ref Jay Nady in the 3rd and downed with a body shot in the fourth by the aggressive Namauu, who won with scores of 77-73, 78-73 and 75-76. Other results from the Crown Boxing card: featherweight Mandy LaPointe (3-1-2, 1 KO) won a unanimous decision over Hondi Hernandez (5-5, 3 KOs), scores of 40-36 and 39-37 twice; in a mismatch, Chase Corbin (4-0, 4 KOs) took care of Titus Holmes (0-2) at 1:34 of round one; heavyweight Alvaro Morales (5-8-5) won a snoozer shutout decision over Chad Davis (2-7), scores of 60-53 x 3; featherweight Rocco Santamauro (6-0) won a majority decision over Roberto Guillen (5-8-3, 1 KO), scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38; and Alexis Santiago (5-0-1, 1 KO) got by Sergio Herrera (3-2-1) with a majority decision, 38-38, and 39-37 twice. Look for a full report tomorrow.
Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva, received notification today from Lindsey E. Tucker, Jr., Championship Chairman IBF/USBA, that the IBF has granted formal sanction approval for the Zab Judah-Lucas Matthysse fight. The fight will take place on November 6, 2010 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Tucker stated the IBF Jr. Welterweight title is vacant and the winner of this eliminator for #2 will fight #1, Kaizer Mabuza, for the vacant IBF Jr. Welterweight Championship.
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Exciting welterweight Jesus Pabon (16-1, 10 KOs) had all he could handle before stopping late sub Geraro Trazancos (22-12-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Trazancos dropped Pabon with a right to the chin in round two, but Pabon stormed back to floor Trazancos in round five. Pabon hit Trazancos with a barrage of punches in the eighth and the bout was waved off. Time was 2:58. Good job by promoter Tuto Zabala and matchmaker Ruben De Jesus in finding a competitive replacement fighter on short notice for Antonio Pitalua who had to pull out due to visa problems.
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Unbeaten lightweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (20-0-1, 10 KOs) destroyed Ivan Valle (28-10-3, 24 KOs) in two one-sided rounds on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. Gesta dropped Valle twice in round one and Valle staggered to his corner. The bout was waved off by referee Pat Russell just 26 seconds into round two when Gesta rocked Valle again.
Unbeaten featherweight Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (17-0, 11 KOs) won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over rugged journeyman Adolfo Landeros (20-16-1, 9 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 78-74.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Junior Welterweight Jorge Teron (24-2-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over James Hope (6-6-1, 4 KOs) in the main event at the Capitale Ballroom in New York City. Hope was stopped on his feet against the ropes after putting up a good fight. Time was 1:38. Teron was badly cut over the right eye by an accidental headbutt.
Female flyweight Eileen Olszewski (6-2-2) won a six round unanimous decision over Suszannah Warner (9-9-1). Judges scored it 58-56 (twice) and 59-55. It was a close fight that could’ve gone either way.
Cruiserweight Sean Monaghan (4-0, 3 KOs) knocked out Nicholas Whiting (2-13-1, 2 KOs) in round two. Whiting went down on body shot and couldn’t beat the 10-count.
Abdellah Smith (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 Elmer Vera (0-1)
Naseem Deen (3-2) W U 4 Hajro Sujak (5-2, 2 KO’s)
Elton Dharry (6-5-1, 1 KO) W U 6 Jose Rivera (2-2-1)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA world contenders Samuel Gutierrez and Luis Carrillo easily made weight for their scheduled 12 rounder for the vacant interim minimumweight title fight on Saturday night at San Martin Texmeculan, Puebla, Mexico. Gutierrez came in ripped and ready at the division limit of 105 pounds, and Carrillo was also in good shape at the division limit of 105 pounds. Puerto Rican referee Roberto Ramirez will be the third man in the ring. The fight supervisor is Aurelio Fiengo (Panama).
The second season of “Fight Night Club” will come to a close on November 18 and Golden Boy Promotions have saved the best for last with an All-Los Angeles lightweight showdown between unbeaten Carlos Molina (13-0, 7 KOs) and fellow prospect “Dangerous” David Rodela (15-3-3, 6 KOs) at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia. Molina has four wins in 2010 and he will look to follow up his victories over Tyler Ziolkowski (TKO1), Hensley Strachan (W4), Humberto Tapia (W8) and Glenn Gonzales (TKO5) with a fifth 2010 win over Rodela, who has beaten former world champion Kevin Kelley, Jose Luis Soto Karass and Ramon Ayala, is hoping to reverse a recent 1-2-1 streak.
From the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. for tomorrow night’s UFC 121 card headlining the UFC heavyweight championship bout between Brock Lesnar and Cain Velasquez and the welterweight battle between Jake Shields and Martin Kampmann. UFC 121 airs live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to see live UFC 121 preliminary bouts.
Brock Lesnar 264 vs Cain Velasquez 244
Martin Kampmann 170 vs Jake Shields 170.5
Matt Hamill 203.5 vs Tito Ortiz 206
Gabriel Gonzaga 254 vs Brendan Schaub 239
Paulo Thiago 170.5 vs Diego Sanchez 170.5
Ryan Jensen 185 vs Court McGee 184.5
Tom Lawlor 185 vs Patrick Cote 185
Daniel Roberts 170 vs Mike Guymon 170
Paul Taylor 155 vs Sam Stout 155.5
Dongi Yang 186 vs Chris Camozzi 185
Gilbert Yvel 249 vs Jon Madsen 254.5
Prize Fight and The Empire have a seven-bout boxing card on tap for the Pittsburgh area on December 17th. In the main event at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pensylvania, undefeated welterweight Jesse Lubash (13-0, 8 KOs) meets Harrison Cuello (20-13-3, 15 KOs) in an eight-rounder.
Other fights include Pittsburgh light heavyweight favorite Rayco “War” Saunders (20-12-2, 8 KOs) against Berry Butler (24-13-1, 9 KOs); heavyweight contender Travis Kaufman (20-1, 16 KOs) vs TBA; Unbeaten Zambian Olympian welterweight Hastings “Sting” Bwayla (4-0, 3 KOs) against stylist Stephan Scott (5-1) and local heavyweight Lee McGinnis (3-0, 3 KOs) vs James Rankin. Tix start at $25. Call 800-745-3000.
By Ron Jackson
Patrick Malinga makes the third defense of his South African lightweight title when he meets Vusumzi Tyatyeke in a rematch at the Uitenhage Indoor Centre on Sunday afternoon. The tournament will be promoted by Gladys Tsenene a 69- year-old grandmother of seven. The 33-year-old Malinga (26-6-2, 23 KOs) from Katlehong, Ekurhuleni won the title in August 2008 when he stopped Amon Baloyi in the twelfth round and has made successful defences against Mzolisi Yoyo (TKO 2) and Tyatyeke (TKO 1). (more…)
On November 12, Golden Boy Promotions returns to the Rio Grande Valley at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Unbeaten local lightweight hero Omar “Panterita” Figueroa Jr. (10-0, 8 KOs) will fight against Arturo Quintero (15-4, 9 KOs) in the main event. Houston’s undefeated welterweight prospect Jermell Charlo (13-0, 7 KOs) faces top Mexican prospect Luis Enrique Grajeda (10-0-1, 7 KOs) in the eight round co-featured bout.
Also appearing on the event is Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KO’s) who will make his much anticipated return to the Valley following his battle with Antonio Margarito which Garcia lost via a hotly contested unanimous decision.
By Marc Lichtenfeld
Fightnews fans heard the breaking news that super middleweight Dyah Davis will take on Aaron Pryor, Jr. on the November 5th broadcast of ShoBox. There is some family history between the Davises and the Pryors as Dyah’s father Howard Davis, Jr., beat Aaron Pryor, Sr. twice to earn his spot on the 1976 U.S. Olympic team. (more…)
By David Hudson
On November 13, boxing fans will get to watch the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito main event clash that generates most of the headlines. But, an intriguing fight before the main event could be the show-stopper. Undefeated Cuban boxing sensation Guillermo Rigondeaux, a two-time Olympic gold medal winner, battles #1 contender Ricardo Cordoba for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title.
Ridondeaux’s respected trainer, Ronnie Shields, says that Rigondeaux is ready for the challenge even though this will be only his 7th professional bout. “He is not your ordinary fighter,” Shields said of his 6-0 protege. “It is a very tough fight but Guillermo will knock him out.”
For his part, Rigondeaux said that his training camp has been ideal and that he is ready to add a professional title to his list of career accomplishments. “I can fight anybody at 122; I’m ready for any of them.” He looks forward to showing his talents for the fans. “It is a great opportunity for me to win a world title.”
On November 19th, the night before the big middleweight world championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams in the same city, Spartan Fight Promotions presents a card at Harrah’s Resort and Casino in Atlantic City. In the main event, undefeated super middleweight Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (16-0, 10 KOs) will look to capture his first title against Victor Lares (15-4, 4 KOs) for the NABF belt in a twelve-rounder. In the co-feature, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (27-2, 19 KOs) will take on Mike Sheppard (15-11-1, 8 KOs) in a fight scheduled for eight rounds. (more…)
When boxing superstar Sugar Shane Mosley takes his seat at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia for the October 28 edition of “Fight Night Club” it won’t be just as a fan, but also as a father, as his son Shane Mosley Jr. will be competing that night in an amateur bout on the card headlined by undefeated Gary Russell Jr.’s bout against Guadalupe De Leon. The 19-year-old Mosley will compete in a junior middleweight fight. “I’m very proud of Shane Jr. and I know all the hard work he’s been putting into his boxing career,” said Mosley Sr. “This is a tough sport, but he’s got the heart, determination and talent to make it.”
By Jeremy Roseman
Undefeated bantamweight Khabir “The Crazy Russian” Suleymanov (10-0, 4 KOs) continues his quest for a world championship tonight when he takes on Javier “El Girito” Gallo (17-1-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant NABO title. The ten-round main event will headline tonight’s “Glendale Glory 3″ at the Glendale Civic Auditorium. Suleymanov, originally from Chelyabinsk, Russia, now living in Hollywood, CA and training out of Freddie Roach’s Wildcard Boxing Club, won the New York Golden Gloves as an amateur. “The Crazy Russian” shared his thoughts earlier this week about tonight’s showdown with Gallo and the battle for the NABO title. (more…)
Photos by Mike Greenhill
TKO Boxing Promotions and The Jonathan Ogden Foundation teamed up on Thursday night for ” An Evening Ringside” a sensational charity event featuring a terrific evening of professional boxing in front of a huge star- studded crowd including numerous members of the Baltimore Ravens, past and present, at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville, MD.
In the main event of the evening, local fan favorite Emmanuel Taylor stayed undefeated and continued to impress, winning a dominant decision over the very game and aggressive Laureano Larracuente of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico in their six round welterweight bout. (more…)
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