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By Peter Lim at ringside
Even at age 46, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oliver McCall, 56-11 37 (KOs), retains the attribute that was his best asset when he in his heyday – his cast iron chin. McCall utilized that very quality to outpoint Damian Willis, 30-3-1 (23 KOs), over 10 rounds at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday night. The Atomic Bull simply absorbing his younger opponent’s blows and bullied him with on the inside. McCall spent the first three rounds testing Willis’ punch and then proceeded to walk him down and bludgeon him with short punches thrown from both fists. Willis, 31, came in flabby around the midsection and by the fourth round, was huffing and puffing with every punch he threw. As the fight wore on, Willis’ punches began to lose steam and bounced harmlessly off McCall’s head, while McCall rocked Willis each time he scored a direct hit. But Willis denied McCall the openings for more than one clean shot at a time by smothering his attack by leaning and clinching, which resulted in sloppy action for much of the bout. Scores were 97-93 and 96-94 (twice) all for McCall. The bout was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-3, 36 KOs) scored a third round KO over Álvaro Pérez (21-4-1, 12 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout on Saturday night at the La Cetto Vineyards in the Guadalupe Valley, Baja California. “I promised (promoter) Fernando Beltran that my next fight would be for the super bantamweight world title. I’m back and ready to win my fourth title in different divisions and in 2012 will seek a rematch against Nonito Donaire,” stated Montiel. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBF super featherweight title remained vacant on Saturday night after Rafael “Chocho” Guzman and Rafael Hernández battled to a twelve round draw at the Black Pyramid Casino in the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico presented by HG Boxing. The judges returned scores of 114-114, 117-112 (Guzman) and 114-114.
WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West successfully defended her title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 over ten.
In the third defense of her IBF female flyweight crown, Arely Muciño won by ten round unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92 and 96-94) against Susana Vasquez in an exciting fight.
WBC #2 jr middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) made quick work of Joseph Gomez (17-5-1, 8 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Nido Sport Center in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Time was 1:24. It was Angulo’s first bout in over a year after having resolved some promotional issues.
Ringside by Daniel Mercurio and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Ranked in all four major boxing organizations, IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13, Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Referee Bob Benoit stopped the fight after round two when Traietti, who was hit with some powerful body shots from Rodriguez, could not come out of the corner for round three. This was a historic night as this marked the 400th professional boxing card ever held at Mechanics Hall.
Female heavyweights Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard put on a very entertaining fight for the crowd in attendance. Lamonakis out-landed Woodard throughout in a slug fest to score the six round majority decision. Scores of the bout were-59-55 and 58-56 for Lamonakis, while the third judge called it 57-57 even. With the victory, Lamonakis (6-0, 1 KO) kept her undefeated record intact, while Woodard (4-5-1, 3 KOs) falls to below .500 with the loss.
Quincy, MA native Ryan Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision in the junior lightweight division after he landed combination after combination on his opponent, Detroit, MI’s James Lester (9-6, 4 KOs). Scores for Kielczewski were 79-70 twice and 80-69. Kielczewski, who is not known for his punching power, dropped Lester three times in the fight. Lester showing his durability, continued the fight but was barely able to survive to the end of the fight.
Former WBA light middleweight champion, Quebec’s Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs), coming off of a 13 month layoff following his 2010 loss to Alfredo Angulo, battled Quincy, MA’s native Jose Medina (14-9-3, 6 KOs) to a eight round draw. Scores of the bout were 78-75 for Alcine, 78-74 for Medina and 76-76 even. For Medina this has to be the biggest draw of his professional career, while Alcine cited ring rust as the reason for the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Backgate? Not according to Victor Ortiz and his camp. Ortiz, a world title belt holder who will take on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, wanted to clarify certain media reports and rumors of a supposed back injury he suffered recently in training camp. “With all due respect, I think it’s ignorant people,” Ortiz told Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA. “I think it’s funny that people were saying that the fight was going to be cancelled.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A number of local prospects performed victoriously in front of their home crowd at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The United Boxers card featured a number of undefeated prospects who kept their unbeaten streaks intact.
In the main event, Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Roman, now fighting out of Valdosta, GA. Stevenson put some nice combinations together, dropping Roman in the third. When Roman got up, he made a face towards one of the nearby photographers. All three judges (John Gradowski, Don Risher and Paul Wallace) scored the bout 60-53 for Stevenson, who remains undefeated at 15-0, 10 KO’s. Roman falls to 11-33-5, five KO’s. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rick Scharmberg
Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) proved he’s for real after hammering out a ten-round unanimous decision over one-time contender Dominick “Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KOs) at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday night. Guinn absorbed some hellacious shots throughout the bout, and Mansour showed the boisterous Rollins Center crowd that he can box as well as slug. Mansour came close to shutting Guinn out with scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91 to take the interim NABO title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) scored a come-from-behind knockout over upset-minded Omri Lowther (14-4), stopping him at 1:43 of the fifth round to win the NABA light welterweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6/WBA#9 OPBF flyweight champ Rocky Fuentes (28-6-2, 17 KOs), 112, a busy-punching Filipino prospect, impressively kept his regional belt as he persistently kept battering taller but less experienced ex-amateur Japanese, WBC#10/WBA#14 Hirofumi Mukai (5-1, no KO), 112, by a very unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Scoring referee Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) tallied it 118-111, and judges Arnel Passion (Philippines) and Masahiro Noda (Japan), had it 117-111 and 118-110 respectively all in favor of the defending titlist. (more…)
Photos: Universal Promotions
Bantamweight Cesar Seda, Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) dominated Jose Silveira (12-5, 4 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Scores were 100-90 on all cards. “I feel good,” said Seda afterward. “This was a good fight for me because I stayed active and worked for ten rounds with a strong opponent. Now the next step is to follow a path that leads me to become a world champion at 115 lbs. I’m ready for big challenges.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten José “Sniper” Pedraza (4-0, 3 KOs) demonstrated his quality by completely dominating Pedro Salcedo (4-4, 2 KOs) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54 on all cards. Click here for more photos…
Rayne, Louisiana’s Mason Menard won the biggest victory of his career Friday night (8.19) at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA, as he scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over battle tested Ghanaian Joseph Laryea to win the vacant UBO lightweight title. On a show promoted by Boxncar Promotions in cooperation with Big Punch Promotions, Menard improved his professional record to 17-1 with 13 KOs, while former WBO Inter-Continental titleholder Laryea dropped to 14-6, 11 KOs. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez’ September 15 defense against Rogers Mtagwa was officially announced this week. The bout will take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, and will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo and Grupo Modelo. Also on the card will be local favorites Antonio Escalante and Miguel “Mickey” Roman. “I want to thank Promociones del Pueblo for giving me the opportunity to make my defense here in El Paso, Texas, where I saw Erik Morales crowned. I remember it was a great full house, and hopefully September 15th there will be a big crowd to see my fight.”
Photos: John Booz
After getting knocked down early in the fourth, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defended his NABF lightweight title by knocking out former champion David Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs) in the sixth round of a war on Friday night at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. “There’s something about those straight punches,” Lundy said. “When you land those straight punches, you don’t even have to look. You know once you connect, it’s done.” (more…)
Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) has wrapped up the sparring ahead of next Saturday´s WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title fight against Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany. After dusting Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to clinch the next prominent scalp. “The sparring has gone very well,” Helenius said. “I am in great shape and I am ready for Liakhovich. He is a very accomplished fighter who boasts a great deal of experience, but I have also been in the ring with former champions. The fights against Peter and Brewster have given me a lot of confidence. I am eager to notch another important victory on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Efrain Esquivias (14-0, 9KO) had all he could handle in veteran Juan Ruiz (23-7, 7KO) who was in the face of Esquivias all night long. Esquivias, had to use his speed, power and quick footwork to overcome the aggressive Ruiz en route to winning a unanimous decision victory by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 99-91. Ruiz proved as determined in the tenth and final round as he was in the opening round and never let Esquivias take a breather. Despite losing four of his last five bouts, Ruiz was determined to make the most of his opportunity and showed why he had never been stopped in his previous losses. Neither fighter was seriously hurt in the bout yet it was a very good action fight that proved crowdpleasing to the capacity audience in attendance. Meanwhile, Esquivias, despite suffering a cut over his eye midway through the fight, never lost focus and was impressive in banking round after round to win the NABF title and to win his biggest fight to date. For more details and photos click here…
FightNews extends a Happy Birthday to promoter extraordinaire Don King who is a youthful 80-years old today.
King’s career as a promoter spans three decades and includes more than 500 world-championship fights. His first promotion – a charity event featuring Muhammad Ali – was staged on August 28, 1972. Even his debut in boxing was “King-sized,” as this fundraiser was the second-largest gross in history for a boxing exhibition. King has given the sports and entertainment world some of its most thrilling and memorable moments. His shocking hairstyle, infectious smile, booming laugh and inimitable vocabulary have made King universally recognizable. Inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame in 1997, King was the only promoter named to Sports Illustrated’s list of the “40 Most Influential Sports Figures of the Past 40 Years.”
Happy Birthday Don and many more!
When you think of Brazilian fighters in the UFC, what are the moments that immediately pop into your head? In advance of the organization’s return to Brazil for UFC RIO, here are a few to jog your memory before more additions ultimately make the list on August 27th . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Photos: John Booz
Undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius Andrade (14-0, 9 KOs) scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old veteran Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (28-13, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Andrade prevailed by scores of 98-92, 99-91, 99-91 in a mostly uneventful bout.
NABF lightweight titleholder “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over former WBC lightweight titlist David Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs). Diaz dropped Lundy in round four but suffered a bad cut over his right eye that bled profusely. Lundy ended the fight by dropping Diaz with a straight left at :37 of round six.
Promising Ghanian lightweight Yakubu Amidu (20-2-1, 18 KOs) scored a third round stoppage of Martin Tucker (7-10, 3 KOs). Time was :50. Amidu’s only losses have been to current world champion Ricky Burns and top contender Ali Funeka. His manager is actor Vince Vaughn. more photos
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) won the interim NABO heavyweight title with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KOs). Mansour landed some heavy shots throughout the bout, but Guinn showed his iron chin. There were no knockdowns, but Guinn seemed reluctant to exchange with Mansour after tasting his power early on. The scores were 100-90 (twice) and 99-91.
Edgar Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) won the vacant NABA light welterweight title after he stopped Omri Lowther (14-4, 10 KOs) at 1:43 of the fifth round of the scheduled ten round bout. Lowther was out-boxing Santana, before Santana dropped Lowther with a booming left hook. Lowther got up and nodded that he was OK, but referee Gary Rosato stopped the fight before Santana could follow-up. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Two hot prospects made quick work of their outgunned opponents on Friday night at the Paradise Theater in the Bronx, New York.
In a main event featuring a lightweight battle between two Puerto Ricans, Michael “The Artist” Perez (14-0-1, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO by landing a crunching left hook to the ribs that dropped Miguel Rodriguez (6-3, 3 KOs) in a delayed manner. Rodriguez made it to his feet before the count of ten, but then dropped to a knee again, indicating that he could not continue.
18-year-old junior middleweight phenom Eddie Gomez improved to 6-0 (5 KOs) with a spectacular first round knockout of Marcus Hall (5-4-1, 2 KOs). Gomez dropped Hall twice with straight right hands to the chin, then finished his opponent with a left hook to the head and one to the body as Hall crumbled to the canvas. Referee Harvey Dodd immediately halted the bout at 2:00 of round one. (more…)
By Robert Hughes
Former World Champion Paulie Ayala and his Paulie Ayala Productions hosted the 12th Annual Boxing at the Ballroom benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth on Friday night at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas. In the main event, lightweight Miguel Buendia (6-1, 3 KOs) scored a third round KO over Rail Carrillo (1-1). (more…)
Photo: Emily Harney
Edwin Rodriguez 173.5 vs, Chris Traietti 174.5
Ryan Kielczewski 129 vs. James Lester 134
Sonya Lamonakis 223 vs. Tiffany Woodward 205
Joachim Alcine 159.5 vs. Jose Medina 160
Luis Rosa 121.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 121.5
Kelvin Price 234 vs. Joseph Rabotte 236
Gabriel Du Luc 143 vs. Noel Garcia 143
Venue: Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA
Promoter: Dibella Entertainment
Photo and weights by Chris Perry
Dorin Spivey 135.5 vs. Damon Antoine TBA
Travis Kauffman 242 vs. Seam Williams TBA
Frankie Filippone 169 vs. Randy Campbell 171
Earl Platt 192.5 vs. Joe Mullins TBA
Stan Harvey 180 vs. Anthony Shuff 170
Dorsett Barnwell 235 vs. Deandre McCole TBA
Kenneth Moody Jr. 161.5 vs. Horatio Pitmon 155
James Franks 120 vs. Frank de Alba Espada TBA
Venue: Hybrid Training Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Fernando Montiel 122 vs. Alvaro Pérez 122
Aaron Herrera 135 vs.Carlos Velázquez 135
Jorge Silva 147.5 vs.Alvaro Robles 147
Alonso López 115 vs.Leroy Zavala 114.5
Alvaro Aguilar 159.4 vs.Rafael Ríos 160
Rafael Guzmán 139 vs.Jesús Vázquez 140
José Montiel 130 vs.JUan Velázquez 130.7
Venue: Viñedos La Cetto, Valle Guadalupe, Baja California
TV: Tv Azteca
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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #7 jr lightweight Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-2, 20 KO’s) clearly outscored Rivo Renkung (29-11-5, 10 KO’s) of Indonesia over twelve action rounds in Bangkok , Thailand on Friday. In round one both boxers were cautious but in round two they picked up the tempo but it was Sakkreerin that continually had the better of the exchanges that visibly had the visitor in trouble. . Renkung was aggressive in all the rounds but did not have the speed or accuracy of punch to give Sakkreerion problems and was outworked in all the rounds. Sakkreerin suffered a cut eye in round three but cornerman Rian Munton controlled the cut in between rounds. Sakkreerin was cautioned by referee Sanong Au-Im in round nine for infringements. At the conclusion scores were 120-108, 119-109, 118-110. (more…)
Returning to welterweight after his unsuccessful foray as a 154-pounder, Matthew Hatton (42-5-2, 16 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Andre Abramenka (15-1-2, 3 KOs) to claim the IBF international welterweight title on Friday night at the Tower Circus, Blackpool, England. Scores were 118-110, 118-109, 118-109.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Arely Muciño 111.7 vs. Susana Vasquez 111.7
(IBF Flyweight Title)
Rafael Hernandez 130 vs. Rafael Guzman 130
(WBF Super Featherweight World Title)
Kaliesha West 118 vs. Jessica Villafranca 118
(WBO Bantamweight World Title)
Venue: Casino Black Pyramid
Promoter: HG Boxing
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On Wednesday, Mexican boxing legend Erik “Terrible” Morales and top super lightweight contender Lucas Matthysse held a media conference call to discuss their upcoming fight for the vacant WBC super lightweight world championship which is part of the Mayweather-Ortiz pay-per-view televised undercard taking place Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Here is the complete transcript of that call
By Rick Scharmberg
Amir Mansour 223 vs. Dominick Guinn 227
Edgar Santana 140 vs. Omri Lowther 140
Anthony Caputo Smith 175 vs. Steve Walker 169
Ronica Jeffrey 127.5 vs. Ela Nunez 128
Ryan Belasco 136 vs. Fernando Basora 136
Dan Biddle 189 vs. Daniel Schull 189
Omar Douglas 132 vs. Corey White 133
Lamont Singletary 195 vs. William Clint Green 192
Venue: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Promoter: Dover Downs Hotel & Casino
Matchmaker: Nick Tiberi
European champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs) is ready to obtain the next bombshell. After capturing the EBU crown, the 33-year-old boxer of the Magdeburg SES team and the first Czech professional boxer in the history to claim such a title, now strongly aims for the World Championship. On September 30th 2011 he will fight at the Rondo Arena in Brno (Czech Republic) for the WBO Super Welterweight World Championship. It is a premiere in the history of the Czech Republic as for the first time a Czech professional will fight on home soil for a World Championship crown. And Lukas Konecny gets his “dream opponent” for this for the championship fight as he will face WBO champion Sergey Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) at this special “DBI Fight Night”. The match-up between the two world-class fighters is a long awaited rematch. On 26th April 2008 the two opponents had collided in Dresden with the Ukrainian Dzinziruk winning a controversial points decision of the battle. (more…)
Middleweight Jimmy Holmes (19-3-2) of Indiana will be training in Belfast, NY on August 30th thru September 4th in the same training barns used by John L. Sullivan, recognized as the last heavyweight champion of bare-knuckle era and the first heavyweight champion of the gloved era. Holmes will be recreating the training methods used by William Muldoon when he trained “The Boston Strong Boy” in 1889 for the last bare-knuckle world title bout between Sullivan and Jake Kilrain. The open to the public workouts will be in conjunction with tours of the facilities including the Bare-Knuckle Hall of Fame and a book signing by Gary K. Weiand author of The First Superstar BareKnuckles: John L. Sullivan. (more…)
InterBox has not yet closed out an arena deal for the Lucian Bute vs. Glen Johnson bout. Both the Montreal Bell Centre and the Pepsi Colisee in Quebec City are presently being considered, and an official announcement regarding the site is imminent.
Word is that WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno, recently signed by Golden Boy Promotions, underwent surgery for appendicitis on Wednesday morning at the Punta Pacifica Hospital in Panama City, Panama. Moreno and his PR official and wife Rouss Laguna are not answering their cellphones and his official webpage has not reported any information about his health. Moreno has not attended the gym since last week when he got news about postposition of his fight against Eric Morel, from October 15 to November 5. This information has not been confirmed by the local media.
Former IBF middleweight champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-4-1, 16 KOs) will return on October 1 at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Sylvester will take on unbeaten Grzegorz Proksa (25-0, 18 KOs) for the vacant European middleweight championship.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (19-5-1,7 KOs) won a unanimous decision over the now former champion Tomas Rojas (36-13-1,24KOs) to capture the WBC superflyweight title on Friday afternoon at Khunmuangsri stadium in Srisaket Province, Thailand. Scored 116-112, 117-111, 115-114 for the new champion. Suriyan became the 43rd Thai fighter to win a major world title. (more to come)
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