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- Froch-Kessler: It doesn't get any better
- IBF 30th annual convention officially closes in Berlin
- Hughie Fury stays unbeaten
- Rodriguez win changed from technical decision to TKO after commission reviews TV replay
- Weights from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
- 2013 IBF awards banquet
- Sillakh-TBA rescheduled
- King, Hore victorious
- 2nd Annual AC Legends Gala on June 1
- UFC 160 at the scales
A reliable source has informed that the IBF has ordered negotiations to begin for a bout between two-time world title challenger Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) and IBF world ranked Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) for the vacant IBF lightweight title. Funeka is coming off of what many felt was a controversial draw he should have won with former two-divisional world champion Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs). Team Guzman afterward released a statement defending the draw. Guzman is currently on medical suspension due to a fractured nose and stitches suffered from his bout with Funeka. Team Guzman had complained of headbutts on the part of Funeka to Guzman throughout their bout. An letter was sent to all parties from the IBF informing them of Funeka vs. Reyes. Guzman is on a 30 day suspension and this is the reason why the IBF bypassed him at this time to contend for the world title. The parties have 30 days to reach an agreement.
Venezuelan WBA interim bantamweight champion Nehomar Cermeño arrived last night at the International Airport in Ciudad Obregon, Mexico to make his second defense against Alejandro “Alex” Valdez on Saturday, December 19. Cermeno (18-0, 10 KOs) vs Valdez (22-3-3, 15 KOs) will be a stellar clash presented by Zanfer Promotions and Larsa Communications and will be televised throughout Mexico on TV Azteca and in the United States on pay-per-view. (more…)
Universum Box-Promotion’s ‘Golden Jack’ Culcay-Keth will make his anticipated professional debut this Saturday on undercard of Universum’s world title twinbill at the Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany. Culcay-Keth’s name has been all over the German media since winning the 2009 Gold Medal at the World Amateur Boxing Championships in Milano, Italy. This was a feat that hadn’t been done in 14 years by a German fighter. Culcay-Keth was born in Ambato, Ecuador to a German mother and an Ecuadorian father. He has been raised in Germany since the age of 6 and is a German citizen. He speaks both German and Spanish fluently. Culcay-Keth’s very exciting fight style is very different from many European-style fighters and appears to have the tools to become a star. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
While his opponent is no Apollo Creed, the boxing career of Baltimore middleweight Jessie “The Beast” Nicklow will take a Rocky-like turn on Friday, December 18 when he battles outside his home area of Maryland-DC-Virginia for the first time in his pro career. Nicklow (19-1-2, 7 KOs) travels to the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN for a 10-round main event bout against, ironically, another Maryland boxer – highly-touted and undefeated Fernando Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs) of Salisbury. The bout will be carried live on Showtime as the lead bout on the network’s ShoBox telecast. The bout will also be Nicklow’s national television debut. (more…)
When heavyweight fan favorite Vinny Maddalone (32-5, 23KO) takes on former two-time cruiserweight champion Jean Marc Mormeck (33-4, 22KO) this Thursday, one thing is for sure, the fans in attendance will be treated to one very exciting fight. The bout, scheduled for eight rounds, will take place at the Halle Carpentier Arena in Mormeck’s native Paris, France. “I can’t wait to get into the ring and go to war with Mormeck,” stated Maddalone. “Mormeck comes right at you and likes to bang, which is exactly the type of fight I dream about being in. There isn’t going to be any dancing around or pop shotting from the outside, this is going to be one of those old school fashion wars that boxing fans love to see. We are both going to be right in each other’s faces from the start of the fight, saying, ‘here I am, let me see what you got’. I’m really looking forward to putting on a fun and exciting show for all those in attendance come fight night.” (more…)
World Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KOs) and WBC #3-rated contender Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KOs) will kickoff fight week tomorrow in Youngstown, Ohio. Workouts, the press conference and the weigh-in will all be open to the public before Pavlik and Espino meet on Saturday in the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University.
Tuesday, December 15 – Media Workouts
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Jack Loew’s South Side Boxing Club
(1714 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio)
11:30 AM – Miguel Espino & Vanes Martirosyan
1:00 PM – Kelly Pavlik & Jack Loew
Wednesday, December 16 – Final News Conference
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University
Noon – News Conference Begins
Public and Media Enter through Front Lobby
Friday, December 18 – Official Weigh-In
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University
1:00 PM - Pavlik & Espino on Scale First
Public and Media Enter through Front Lobby
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tarvoris Cloud (20-0, 18 KOs) says IBO/WBC interim champ “Bad” Chad Dawson is ducking him. “Chad Dawson won’t be able to run 12 rounds against me,” Cloud said. “My pressure will be unbelievable and I hit hard with both hands. He’ll have to stand and fight and that will be his ultimate demise. We’re totally different. If I went around saying I could beat the No. 1 contender, like Chad did when I was the No. 1, I’d fight him to prove it. I’m baffled, I guess, more than frustrated. All my life watching boxing, I thought the champion had to fight the next available, most deserving challenger, or unify the title. I was the No. 1 contender and he was the champ, but that’s when all the politics of boxing came in – extensions and exceptions – and his promoter lobbied to duck this hungry fighter. I understand the promoter building a fighter and arranging puff fights for more money. At some point, though, a real fighter has to fight the best. You can’t be great just fighting hand-picked, over-the-hill guys.” Cloud hopes to defend his IBF title in the first-quarter of 2010 against WBC champion Jean Pascal in a unification bout, or, there’s always the possibility of fighting one of the over 40 greats such as Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones, Jr., Glen Johnson and Antonio Tarver.
Heavyweights Vinny Maddalone from NYC and Jean Marc Mormeck of France pose at today’s press conference in advance of their showdown on Thursday at the Halle Carpentier in Paris, France. More photos…
By Antonio Castro
WBC/WBO Middleweight Champion Kelly Pavlik (35-1, 31 KO’s) held an open workout for the media and the public earlier this week at the Southside Boxing Club in Youngstown, Ohio as he prepared for his third title defense against WBC #3/WBO # 12 ranked middleweight Miguel Espino (20-2-1, 9 KO’s). The championship bout will take place on Saturday from the Beasley Center, located on the campus of Youngstown State University. Along with working out, Pavlik also was made available to talk about numerous topics, ranging from his upcoming opponent, to the fallout of his previous opponent, Paul Williams. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA 115 pound champion Vic Darchinyan is after rematch bouts with Nonito Donaire and Joseph Agbeko after destroying Mexico’s Tomaz Rojas in two rounds at the Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage, California, USA Saturday. Both Donaire and Agbeko scored upset victories over Darchinyan. ”I want rematches,” announced Darchinyan. ”Every night when I sleep I am thinking about when I’ll fight those guys (Donaire and Agbeko). It’s in my dreams.” Darchinyan’s American promoter, Gary Shaw, confirmed he was working on a fight with the Filipino Donaire.
By Alexey Sukachev
Cheboksary native Konstantin Piternov (8-0, 1 KO) proved once again that his amateur pedigree (over 300 wins at unpaid ranks) compiled with his technical finesse and ring wisdom was more than enough for the bitter rival Rudolf Asaturyan (8-4, 4 KOs). Defending his national super middleweight title for the first time, Piternov effectively kept Russian regalia with him and raised his stock after the ten-round unanimous decision over the same opponent, whom he wrestled his title from in June. The contest was held yesterday at the legendary “Krilya Sovetov” arena in Moscow and headlined a tiny show, staged by debuting promoter Roman Kim. Linking pairs and arranging match-ups was well-known Russian boxing personality, Alexander Kolesnikov. (more…)
Diego Sanchez had a nightmare and its name was B.J. Penn. The gifted fighter known as “The Prodigy” made the third successful defense of his UFC lightweight championship by destroying Sanchez in dominant fashion, finally ending the one-sided contest in the fifth round on cuts.
Penn moved forward early, stalking Sanchez who fired several punches, but landed none. Penn landed a straight right that dropped Sanchez. Penn then pounced, landing several more punches in the process. To his credit, Sanchez took the punishment and survived . . . Click here for more
By Nick Giongco
The Canadian adviser of Manny Pacquiao said on Monday that “Floyd Mayweather simply has to go to church regularly to know where the Filipino’s vaunted strength and power come from.” Reacting to a statement made by Mayweather’s handlers that Pacquiao should undergo an Olympic-Style drug testing in the weeks leading to their March 13, 2010 fight, Mike Koncz said he welcomes Leonard Ellerbe’s demand that such tests be done to ensure that the two fighters are clean when they finally collide. “It’s amusing,” said Koncz from General Santos City, home of Pacquiao. “There’s no problem with that but if he wants to get an answer right away, he better visit the church so he’d know why.” Ellerbe is one of two key Mayweather advisers. The other is Al Haymon. Top Rank and Golden Boy Promotions are in the final stages of finalizing the Pacquiao-Mayweather bout that is expected to break box-office and PPV records.
Lamont Peterson thought he had the right game plan in his bid to dethrone world champion Timothy Bradley on Saturday night. The only problem was that Bradley was ready for that and made adjustments of his own.
With Bradley executing an almost flawless game plan, and then some, he solidified his standing as the top fighter amongst 140-pound fighters . . . Click here for more
The highly anticipated rematch between former three-time lightweight world champion Juan “The Baby Bull” Diaz (35-3-0, 17 KOs) and former junior welterweight world champion Paulie “Magic Man” Malignaggi (27-3-0, 5 KOs) were featured Saturday in Chicago at the UIC Pavilion. The fights were televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark . . . Click here for more
By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia, Shea Bailey Promotions along with KO Kings Productions presented a card which included would be hopefuls, road warriors, and local MMA fighters making their professional boxing debuts. The main event served its purpose as the most exciting boxing match Atlanta has seen in a while, pitting super bantamweights LeShaun “Lil Bossman” Blair (4-20) vs David Orosco (1-5) in a six round battle. Ignoring the records and pro fighting turmoil’s, both fighters came into the fight looking to score a victory at any cost. From the sound of the opening bell Blair and Orosco took turns controlling the action at a blistering pace. Orosco spent the round switching from southpaw to orthodox moving in and out as Blair was content to mix it up whenever his opponent would engage. Rounds one and two were identical; with little regard for punishment both fighter swung for the fences and connected vicious blows. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Despite being knocked down and being mostly out-boxed by Timothy Bradley on Saturday night, much praise was given to Lamont Peterson for his performance in taking the fight to Bradley. Even Timothy Bradley stated that Peterson should hold his head high and that one day he will win a world title. With the performance that Bradley showed in front of a world audience, Peterson’s time, as well as other 140-pound fighters, may have to wait a while longer than expected. The former amateurs’ teammates and roommates were cordial and expressed praise in one another after their 12 round world title bout, where Bradley remained champion before a sold-out crowd at the Agua Caliente Resort Casino & Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA. (more…)
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Report by David Hudson
Photos by Joe Cordova
UFC President Dana White gushed about the performances of his two main stars on the UFC 107 card – BJ Penn and Frank Mir – and with good reason. Both men dismantled their opponents with impressive victories. Penn – the “Prodigy” – dominated Diego Sanchez over four and a half rounds, while Mir showed great striking and submission skills in taking out Cheick Kongo in the first round . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Russell Mora will be the third man in the ring when the Venezuelan WBA Interim bantamweight world champion Nehormar Cermeño (18-0, 10 KOs) and WBA challenger Alex Valdez (21-3-3, 15 KOs) from Mexico meet at Arena Itson, Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico on December 19. The three judges are David Singh (Panamá), Ted Gimza (Estados Unidos) y César Ramos (Puerto Rico). The fight Supervisor are George Martinez (Canada).
By Joe Koizumi
Former champ Koji Sato (15-1, 13 KOs), 160, Japan, regained the OPBF middleweight belt as he earned a close but unanimous decision (116-113 twice and 115-113) over defending titlist Tetsuya Suzuki (23-8, 15 KOs), 159.75, a compatriot southpaw peek-a-boo stylist, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Osaka, Japan. Sato had to automatically forfeit his OPBF belt due to the OPBF rules and regulations before he had an ambitious but unsuccessful crack at the WBA 160-pound belt against Felix Strum in Germany this April. After his relinquishment Suzuki acquired the vacant throne by defeating Korean champ Pilsung Oh. Sato had a tough time coping with the tight-guarded champ, though he was slightly leading on all cards of the judges after the eighth based on the open scoring system. Suzuki dominated the ninth and tenth, but Sato was in command down the stretch in the last two sessions to confirm his triumph. Promoter: Shinko Promotions.
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In a fierce battle of wills between two determined, unbeaten fighters, Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) retained his WBO junior welterweight title with an impressive, one-sided 12-round decision over Lamont Peterson (27-1, 13 KOs) in the main event of a world championship doubleheader Saturday on SHOWTIME®. In the co-feature, WBC)/WBA 115-pound champion Vic Darchinyan (33-2-1, 27 KOs), of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, regained his winning ways with a devastating second-round knockout over challenger Thomas Rojas (31-12-1, 22 KOs) of Mexico. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Japanese 122 pounder Kenichi Yamaguchi (16-1-2, 4 KOs) captured the WBO Asia Pacific title when he was awarded a twelve round points victory over Australian-based Filipino Robert Lerio (14-8-1, 4 KOs) at the Italian Club, North Perth, Western Australia on Saturday. Referee Gary Ingraham deducted two points from Lerio for low punches. Scores at the conclusion Ben Keilty 117-109, Carl Zappia 115-110, Gary Ingraham 114-112. Yamaguchi boxed world rated featherweight Billy Dib in a controversial bout in Sydney in July that resulted in a no contest in round one. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Nicaraguan challenger, ambitious and eloquent Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs) arrived in Japan on Friday, a week before his crack at the WBC bantam throne against Hozumi Hasegawa, making his tenth defense. The 27-year-old aspirant, accompanied by his manager Silvio Conrado, said before press people at the Itami domestic airport. “I know Hasegawa scored his last four defenses all by quick knockouts. If he comes on fighting, I’ll fight toe-to-toe. If he boxes, I’ll also box. Anyway, the winner and new WBC champion will be me. I’ll bring back the world championship belt.” Perez started training from Saturday noon, and he showed he would have no weight problem as he was close to the 118-pound limit after his workout for two hours. The Nicaraguan looked to have a good condition before his title shot at the World Memorial Gymnasium in Kobe city. Good enough, the arena and the gym are just five minutes walk from his hotel respectively.
In an impressive performance UFC lightweight champion B.J. Penn outclassed Diego Sanchez over five rounds en route to opening a large gash over his opponents left eye ending the fight via TKO in the fifth and final round. Round one saw Penn nearly end the fight after landing a crushing right hand to the chin of his opponent followed by a swarm of punches. In the second and third rounds Sanchez tried in vain to take Penn to the canvas but could not find any success. The fourth round saw Penn begin to land hard combinations on the challenger and Sanchez’s face was badly swollen as a result. The final round saw Penn drill a right head kick into the face of Sanchez that opened an enormous gash over his left eye. The fight was stopped at 2:37 of the final round. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
WBO junior welterweight champion and hometown hero Timothy Bradley Jr. (25-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten WBO interim junior welterweight champion Lamont Peterson (27-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Casino • Resort • Spa, in Rancho Mirage, Calif. Bradley dropped Peterson in round three with a right hand and overcame a game effort by Peterson to win by scores of 118-110, 119-108, 120-107.
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (33-2-1, 26 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over WBC interim super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (32-11-1, 22 KOs). A good action fight ended when Darchinyan connected with a straight left that put Rojas down for the count at the 2:54 mark. For more details and photos click here…
By Jacob Chavez and Jason Ford at ringside
Junior welterweight Paulie Malignaggi (27-3, 5 KOs) gained revenge against Juan Diaz (35-3, 17 KOs), taking a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. All three judges scored it 116-111. Malignaggi was erroneously credited with a knockdown in round ten by referee Gino Rodriguez. Diaz had won a controversial decision over Malignaggi in August.
Welterweight Victor Ortiz (25-2-1, 20 KOs) returned from his loss to Marcos Maidana with a seventh round TKO over veteran Antonio Diaz (45-6-1, 27 KOs). Ortiz dropped Diaz in round three and the bout ended between rounds six and seven when Diaz could not continue due to a bad cut over his left eye. (more…)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Kevin Johnson (22-1-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the PostFinance Arena in Bern, Switzerland. Vitali pressed the action and threw most of the power punches, but had trouble catching the crafty Johnson cleanly. Johnson was essentially a one-armed fighter as he relied almost exclusively on his jab. Klitschko became more dominant as the bout progressed, with the late rounds going all Vitali’s way. Scores were 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. Johnson became only the second fighter to go the full twelve with Vitali, the other being Timo Hoffmann. For more results and photos galore, click here…
By Travis Landon
Sacramento super middleweight prospect Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (9-0, 8 KOs) remained undefeated by defeating the usually durable Victor Villereal (8-5-2, 4 KOs) by TKO in the fourth round on Friday night at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Gonzales worked behind a sharp jab and floored Villereal in the first round. Gonzales was cut by an accidental headbutt in the second round, however continued throwing sharp combinations. In the fourth round Gonzales floored Villereal again, then in the final minute of the round hurt Villereal against the ropes and the referee stopped the fight at 2:55.
Local favorite Derek Hinkey (8-2, 7 KOs) dropped a six round split decision to 20-year-old Paul Mendez (3-1, 0 KOs), the scores were 57-56, 58-56 for Mendez and 57-56 for Hinkey in what was the fight of the night.
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