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By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Hometown hero and unbeaten WBO lightweight world champion Terence “Bud” Crawford (24-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular ninth round KO against previously unbeaten three division world champion and Olympic gold medalist Yuriokas “El Ciclon de Guantánamo” Gamboa (23-1, 16 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night before 10,943 partisan fight fans at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The first four rounds were close with maybe a slight edge to Gamboa, but in round five Crawford dropped Gamboa and punished him for the rest of the round. After that, the tide turned for Crawford, who was fighting from a southpaw stance. Crawford dropped Gamboa again in round eight. Gamboa staggered Crawford in round nine, but Crawford came back to floor Gamboa twice to end it! Time was 2:53.
In a clash of unbeaten middleweights, 2008 Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (24-0, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jose Uzcategui (22-1, 18 KOs). Korobov fought a technically superior fight and finally broke the fight open by dropping Uzcategui twice in round seven. Scores were 97-91, 97-91, 96-92. Korobov wins the vacant WBO Inter-Continental belt.
Unbeaten welterweight Mikael Zewski (24-0, 19 KOs) scored a punishing fourth round KO over Prince Doku Jr (18-6, 12 KOs) in a bout for the vacant NABF welterweight title. Zewski stalked Doku from the outset, applying pressure and winging big shots. Zewski finally battered Doku to the deck in round four for the count. Time was 1:05. (more…)
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
WBC minimumweight champion Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa (14-4-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title Saturday night with a ninth round TKO against Alcides “Casco” Martinez (12-3, 6 KOs) at the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. This was Novoa’s first defense since dethroning Xiong Zhao Zhong in China last February.
Brazil’s Carlos Diego Ferreira got the fans in his adopted home state of Texas on their feet in his lightweight bout with TUF 16 winner Colton Smith, slamming, then submitting the Fort Hood product in the first round of their UFC Fight Night prelim bout at AT&T Center . . . More
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It was an exciting night of fights in Auckland, New Zealand with six of the 10 fights ending in a submission or knockout finish. UFC President Dana White tweeted after the event congratulating all the fighters, and said it was difficult to pick performance bonus winners. . . . More
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Olympic heavyweight silver-medalist Zhang Zhilei, readying for his August 8th pro debut on ESPN Friday Night Fights, gave a boxing demonstration and signed autographs at Saturday’s annual Chinatown Weekend Walk. The 6′ 7″ 260 lbs Zhilei won a silver medal in the super heavyweight class at the 2008 Beijing Olympic games. Additionally, he won a bronze medal at the world amateur championships in 2007 and 2009 at super heavyweight. Zhilei is promoted by Dino Duva of Dynasty Boxing.
Report/Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
The WBA opened it’s final day of their annual directorate meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at 9 a.m. this morning. The board of directors presented Gilberto Jesus Mendoza with a recognition for his recent graduation from Law School. A short home video of him receiving his diploma was shown.
A lengthy discussion of various championship recognitions by the WBA was then reviewed. World champion, unified champion, undisputed champion and super champion statuses were discussed. According to the WBA rules, unified champions hold two titles. An undisputed champion holds three titles. A super champion is one of distinction to be determined, be it of length of reign, holding all four belts or otherwise designated by the WBA. (more…)
Most eyes will, of course, be on Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo on July 6th in Grozny when the two ring veterans meet for the vacant WBA world heayvweight championship. But there is another big name in the co-feature who wants to get back to old stardom: “The Black Panther” Juan Carlos Gomez (54-3, 39 KOs) faces unbeaten Goran Delic (24-0, 4 KOs) for the WBA International cruiserweight title.
“I am looking forward to this big fight and especially to fighting in Grozny”, says Gomez. “I heard only good things about the city and the people down there. I know that I have lots of friends and fans in Russia. So this will be a special night for me.”
“The Black Panther” has a lot in common with the two main event fighters Chagaev and Oquendo: They were all excellent amateurs before making their pro debuts back in the 90s. Chagaev and Gomez have even been stablemates for most of their careers at Universum Box-Promotion in Hamburg, Germany, and became world champions in their respective divisions. The Cuban defector won the WBC cruiserweight championship in 1998, while Chagaev crowned himself WBA world heavyweight champion by beating “Russian Giant” Nikolay Valuev in 2007. (more…)
A return to middleweight was just what the doctor ordered for veteran Nate “The Great” Marquardt Saturday at Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, as he snapped a three-fight losing skid at welterweight by going back to 185 pounds and submitting Darfield’s James Te Huna in the first round of their UFC Fight Night main event . . . More on UFC.com
PRELIM RESULTS: Aussies rule in NZ – The UFC’s youngest fighter, 19-year-old Australian Jake Matthews, made an impressive UFC debut Saturday, submitting fellow newcomer Dashon Johnson in the third round of a UFC Fight Night prelim bout at the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand . . . More
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Somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go tonight on HBO as undefeated fighters collide in two excellent matchups. Of particular interest is Yuriokas Gamboa (23-0, 16 KOs), arguably the most exciting fighter in boxing, who is facing his toughest test to date against the taller WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford (23-0, 16 KOs).
Hometown hero Crawford is a -155 pick to retain his title against the three division world champion and Olympic gold medalist Gamboa, who is at +135. It’s worth noting that Crawford was -200 earlier in the week, so Gamboa is getting a late surge. Over 9.5 rounds is -350, under 9.5 rounds is +260.
The TV-opener for Crawford-Gamboa features former Olympian Matt Korobov (23-0 14 KOs) against Jose Uzcategui (22-0, 18 KOs) in what looks to be an excellent middleweight clash. Korobov is -430 to defeat Uzcategui, who is a live dog at +345. Over 8.5 is -190, under 8.5 is +150.
WBC minimumweight champion Oswaldo “El Gallito” Novoa (13-4-1, 8 KOs) will defend his title tonight against Alcides “Casco” Martinez (12-2, 6 KOs) tonight at the Centro de Espectaculos in Epazoyucan, Hidalgo, Mexico. This will be Novoa’s first defense since dethroning Xiong Zhao Zhong in China last February. Fox Deportes will televise.
By Bill Green
Brad Goodman/Top Rank matchmaker: “I have to admit, a year ago I wasn’t sure if Crawford could handle the big stage, brights lights, bigger venues. But, the Prescott fight changed my opinion. I mean Alvarado was just in a war with him, it was a big step up and Crawford was brilliant. I wasn’t worried about Garcia facing Gamboa and I’m even less worried about Crawford facing him. Not to mention, the kid (Crawford) has his head on straight, lives a clean life.”
Top Rank President Todd duBoef: “Ticket sales are strong, the buzz is in the air. We love building prospects and seeing them become champions. Crawford is a hometown star here in Omaha. A win will be huge for this city and his career.
[On upcoming fights] “We had a busy June, which is generally slow. Beginning in August we will be having some major events featuring the likes of Rios, Marquez, Bradley, Pacquiao, Cotto and return of Lomencheko, who we are really high on!”
By Robert Coster
Dominican Republic boxing fans are waiting for two world title fights and 5 WBA regional titles at stake when the WBA KO to DRUGS Festival is boxing card is held tonight at the Sheraton Hotel in Santo Domingo. “This is a first,” says Dominican Boxing Commissioner Franklin Nunez, “a real gift to the Dominican boxing fans from the WBA and all for a worthy cause.” The main event will pit local boy Argenis Lopez (19-0, 8 KOs) against Colombian Darleys Perez (29-1, 21 KOs) for the vacant WBA interim lightweight title. (more…)
Cruiserweight Deon Elam (13-1, 7 KOs), a participant on The Contender 4 boxing reality series, will now face former world champion Victor Ramirez (19-2, 15 KOs) on July 19th in Argentina. The IBF Latino cruiserweight title will be on the line and the bout is scheduled for 10 rounds. The two were originally scheduled to fight June 6th but Ramirez was forced to pull out due to injury. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight contender Ivan “El Terribel” Redkach (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over former title challenger Sergey “The Surgeon” Gulyakevich (41-3, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Missouri. The big punching Redkach pressed the action and landed the harder punches but never really hurt Gulyakevich. Scores were 100-90, 99-91, 98-92.
WBA #11-rated junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (20-0, 4 KOs) stayed unbeaten with a ten round unanimous decision over Ramsey Luna (12-2, 4 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Promising hometown junior featherweight favorite Stephon Young (10-0, 4 KOs) cruised past Vicente Alfaro (6-4, 1 KO). Scores were 59-55, 60-54, 60-56.
By Butch Gottlieb at ringside
Photos: Mary Ann Owen
Undefeated 2012 U.S. Olympian welterweight prospect Errol “The Truth” Spence, Jr. (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Ronald Cruz (20-4, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The handspeed and movement of Spence gave Cruz nightmares as he dominated all ten rounds. Cruz took a lot of punishment in the bout. Scores were 100-90 on all three cards.
Unbeaten middleweight prospect Dominic “Lights Out” Wade (16-0, 11 KOs) outworked Nick “The Machine Gun” Brinson (16-1-2, 6 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, 97-93.
2012 U.S. Olympian cruiserweight Marcus Browne (11-0, 8 KOs) needed just 91 seconds to take out late sub Donta Woods (8-3, 7 KOs). Woods lost his third straight fight.
Unbeaten heavyweight Gerald Washington (13-0, 10 KOs) stepped up his competition and met veteran Travis Walker (39-12-1, 31 KOs). At the opening bell Walker charged Washington throwing bombs. Washington kept his cool and used his jab to ward off Walker. Round two saw Washington trap Walker in the corner and landed one power punch after the other finally sending Walker to the canvas. Walker was unable to continue giving Washington the TKO victory at :31 seconds of the second round.
Cruiserweight contender BJ Flores (30-1-1, 19 KOs) simply outworked and outhustled Anthony Smith (15-3, 10 KOs) on his way to an eight round unanimous decision win. The final scores were 80-72 on all three judges’ cards. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Classy Australian middleweight Michael “Pretty Boy” Zerafa (15-0, 7 KOs) clearly outscored Joe Rea (9-14-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores Tony Marretta 79-73, Andrew Campbell 79-73, Mark Cook 80-72. Zerafa, 22 years, controlled the action in most of the rounds as he skillfully outworked his game opponent. (Zerafa was a regular sparring partner for Sam Soliman in his preparation for IBF middleweight challenge in Germany)
In the main supporting contest, light heavyweight Manny Vlamis (13-3, 9 KOs) outscored John Roll (3-4-1, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Scores 79-73, 78-74, 79-74. Vlamis only losses were to Togassilmo Letoa in 2012 and to Johaness Mwetupunga in 2009 also Kashif Mumtaz in 2008. (more…)
Report/Photos Boxing Bob Newman
The WBA opened it’s first directorate meeting for 2014 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic at the Sheraton Hotel this morning. Along with it’s directorate members present, so too were local dignitaries, former and current champions and promotional entities.
After reading the WBA creed, Gilberto Jesus Mendoza introduced a special guest. Back in 1988, the WBA elections were held and it pitted incumbent president Gilberto Mendoza Sr. and challenger Ramon Pina Acevedo. Mendoza was re-elected and Pina went on to become the first president of the WBO. Now at a spry 92 years of age, Acevedo was recognized as a leader in Dominican boxing and a key role player in the history of the WBA. Acevedo always held his history with the WBA close at heart and quoted from notable Venezuelan poet Andres Eloy Blanco. Comparing the honor given him by the WBA to the Blanco anecdote of when a general walked down some stairs with a beautiful woman whose hair fell upon his own shoulders, “I have never felt such an homage weigh upon my shoulders like that.” (more…)
Unbeaten Dejan Zlaticanin (19-0, 13 KOs) scored a surprising twelve round split decision over former multi-division world champion Ricky Burns (36-4-1, 11 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC International lightweight title on Friday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Southpaw Zlaticanin dropped Burns in the first 15 seconds with a wild left hand and seemingly built up a lead over the first half of the fight, but faded down the stretch. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 Zlaticanin, 115-113 Burns. (more…)
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Cub Swanson and Jeremy Stephens and the welterweight bout between Kelvin Gastelum and Nico Musoke, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also see four prelim bouts on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and UFC FIGHT PASS members can see the opening prelim bout at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT.
Jeremy Stephens (145) VS Cub Swanson (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Nico Musoke (171) VS Kelvin Gastelum (173*)
Andrew Craig (186) VS Cezar ‘Mutante’ Ferreira (186)
Hacran Dias (146) VS Ricardo Lamas (146)
Antonio Braga Neto (185) VS Clint Hester (186)
James Moontasri (156) VS Joe Ellenberger (155.5)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Carlos Diego Ferreira (155) VS Colton Smith (156)
Cody Gibson (135) VS Johnny Bedford (136)
Andy Enz (186) VS Marcelo Guimaraes (186)
Ray Borg (126) VS Shane Howell (125.5)
UFC FIGHT PASS PRELIM
Anthony Hamilton (253) VS Oleksiy Oliynyk (240)
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Report and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
Darleys Pérez 132 vs. Argenis López 134
(WBA Interim Lightweight title)
Dahiana Santana 123 vs. Francia Bravo 124
(WBA Interim female featherweight title)
Jesús Rojas 121.5 vs. Juan Carlos Peña 120.75
(WBA Fedecentro Super Bantam)
Fedor Chudinov 164.5 vs. Andy Pérez 167
(WBA Fedecaribe Supermiddle)
Daniel Ramírez 125 vs. Sergio López 125
(WBA Super Bantam Fedecaribe)
Eudy Bernardo 132.5 vs. Thomas Méndez 131
Norberto Jiménez 114 vs. Julio Escudero 113
(WBA Fedelatin Super Fly)
Israel Valerio 136 vs. Gregory Estévez 139
Ramsen Payano 136.5 vs. Ricardo Solano 137
(WBA Fedecentro Super Lightweight)
Julio De Jesús 139 vs. Rudy Ascacio 144
Juan Carlos Abreu 146 vs. Basilio Silva 149.5
Juan Ubaldo Cabrera 165.5 vs. Eduardo Mercedes 173
Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Promoter: WBA KO to Drugs Festival
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Intense staredown between Crawford and Gamboa. They went face to face, locked eyes and wouldn’t break their gaze until they were separated by handlers.
Terence Crawford 134.8 vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa 134.4
(WBO lightweight championship)
Matt Korobov 160 vs. Jose Uzcategui 160
Uzcategui initially weighed 160.2, then stripped and made 160 on his second try.
Mikael Zewski 146.8 vs. Prince Doku Jr 146.2
Casey Ramos 134.6 vs. Guillermo Sanchez 134.2
Konstantin Ponomarev 150.4 vs. Joseph De los Santos 152.2
Vic Pasillas ?? vs. Jiovany Fuentes 122.8
Bernard Davis 125 vs. Heath Cline 125.2
Cody Crowley 153.5 vs. Ronnie Peterson 156
Johnny Determan 117.4 vs. Ernie Marquez 117
Venue: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Top Rank
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Mary Ann Owen
Multiple sources are reporting that Golden Boy Promotions is seeking $50 million in damages from former CEO Richard Schaefer. The case will not go to court, but instead will be decided by arbitration.
Things turned sour this year between Golden Boy President Oscar de la Hoya and Schaefer, who had been the Golden Boy CEO from its beginning in 2002. Schaefer ran the company while Oscar spent several years battling personal demons, but this year Oscar returned and decided he wanted to take a more active role. Schaefer resigned from Golden Boy on June 2.
While the specifics of the complaint against Schaefer aren’t known, it’s believed that any alleged damages would revolve around Schaefer often promoting major Golden Boy events that benefited the careers of Al Haymon-managed fighters who were not under contract to Golden Boy.
While the whole world watches spellbound as the World Cup tournament unfolds in Brazil, the indomitable Russian Chechen Republic in the North Caucasus is preparing for its own World Cup of sorts, which will be the biggest sporting event its capital city of Grozny has ever seen.
On July 6, 30,000+ spectators will fill the Ahmat Arena to see Ruslan Chagaev and Fres Oquendo box for the WBA heavyweight championship. Chechnian president Ramzan Kadyrov, a big boxing fan and formerly a decent amateur boxer, was personally involved in bringing the fight to Grozny, and Kadyrov has his closest staff and various ministries preparing for a spectacular event that will leave even the Klitschko management green with envy.
“We want to set standards,” says promoter Timur Dugazaev. “The world has never seen a show like this!” Grozny is pulling out all the stops for the fight. The entire city is paved with large format posters, boxing ropes hang between the street lights, houses are decorated as oversized boxing bags, on a facade there is a 180-foot high banner showing both fighters. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
JKJ Championship Promotions staged their second successful show at the Liverpool Holiday Inn, a suburb of Syracuse New York on Thursday evening. Undefeated local super middleweight Martez Potter kept his record intact as he did as he pleased against Maurice Amaro over six one-sided rounds. In the semi-main, in-active, but powerful Aleem “The Hammer” Whitfield lived up to his nickname as he nailed down tough Michael Mitchell in one. (more…)
WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has never failed a drug test and always stays in terrific condition between fights. His camp views challenger Kubrat Pulev’s demands that Wlad undergo extra testing not required by the commission to be a clumsy ploy to get under Wlad’s skin.
“We go strictly with the rules and this whole issue is only brought up from Sauerland to discredit Wladimir’s reputation!” Klitschko’s manager Bernd Bönte told Fightnews.com. “The local commission BDB is in charge for the doping and they cooperate with NADA, the worldwide well reputed anti-doping agency. They caught (Mariusz) Wach, (Sam) Soliman, etc. The BDB is obligated to publicize positive samples, which is not the case with the Austrian Federation (which sanctions all Sauerland-promoted fights). Therefore where is the sense in a random test before the fight on their side?”
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