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By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Photos: Andy Newman
Garrett Wilson saved the day and the fight as a last second replacement for the ill Tomasz Adamek by taking on undefeated IBF #10 heavyweight Vyacheslav Glazkov on NBC Fight Night from Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY, promoted by Main Events. Wilson couldn’t turn the trick though as the skill of Glazkov prevailed over the fire plug slugger via unanimous ten round decision. In the opening bout on the telecast, undefeated Karl Dargan made the “O” go from Mike Brooks’ record in an exciting ten round lightweight battle. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator ‘de Mori (25-1-2, 15 KOs) defeated Ivica Perkovic (20-22, 15 KOs) from Croatia via unanimous points decision over 12 rounds to claim the vacant WBF heavyweight title and also retain his WBU heavyweight title at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre in Queensland, Australia Saturday night. de Mori was the busier fighter right from the outset constantly using his fast jab against the tough Perkovic. Perkovic frustrated de Mori at times with his clinching which prevented the Australian from landing big shots in close. But it was de Mori who outboxed Perkovic and landed the cleaner punches throughout the fight. After 12 rounds all three judges scored the fight for de Mori. Scores were 118-110, 118 -110 and a surprising 115-113. (more…)
WBA/WBO Intercontinental middleweight beltholder Patrick Nielsen (21-0, 10 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO against Jose Pinzon (24-5, 15 KOs) from Mexico on Saturday night in Albertslund, Denmark. Also unbeaten featherweight Dennis Ceylan improved to 9-0, 5 KOs when he outpointed journeyman Edgar Torres (5-7-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. All judges had it 80-71.
Sampson Lewkowicz, wishes to thank the boxing world for their prayers and donations to badly injured Russian heavyweight Magomed “Mago” Abdusalamov and has some cautiously optimistic news to convey. “Mago still in an induced coma but is beginning to respond positively. I expect him to live. On behalf of the family and myself, I now ask you switch your prayers to his recovery. He has a very long road ahead.”
Today marks 14 days Abdusalamov has been in an induced coma at Roosevelt Hospital in New York. The 32-year-old married father of three young daughters, had to undergo emergency surgery to remove a blood clot, and part of his skull had to be removed to reduce swelling, following his brutal 10-round war against Mike Perez at The Theater at Madison Square Garden, on Saturday, November 2. In hospital, Abdusalamov came down with a 104-degree fever, which led to him suffering a stroke.
Doctors say they will try to wake Abdusalamov in a few days and test his reactions. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Edwin Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) weighed 179.8 pounds Saturday morning, meeting the hastily arranged requirement that he not weigh more than 180 pounds several hours before fighting Andre Ward (26-0, 14KOs). Rodriguez weighed 170 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in, which led to an agreement between the camps that he’s weigh 180 or less at 9 a.m., on Saturday, hours before an HBO-televised super middleweight fight at Citizen’s Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif.
“I feel good,” the 28-year-old Worcester, Mass., resident said just after he stripped to his underwear and stepped on the scale. “After the weigh-in I was able to do everything I needed to do with hydrating and eating. I feel hydrated and I feel ready to go.”
Rodriguez said he was able to stay calm and focused after the weigh-in. “I was asleep at 8,” he said. “I slept a lot.”
It had been a long battle to try to make 168 pounds, the native of the Dominican Republic admitted. “I had a really hard time making 68 and I wasn’t able to,” he said after stepping off the scale in a hotel conference room.
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Amid fallouts, rejected blood tests, and a sub-par performance by featured heavyweight Juan Goode, Darkside Boxing, a new fight group on the Motor City fight block, broke through with a lively, 6-bout card that had an appreciative crowd at Detroit’s Masonic Temple roaring their appreciation.
It was refreshing.
“Look,” one pundit pointed out: “The winners are coming out of different corners.”
The bouts were held in the mid-sized venue at the historic Masonic Temple, where earlier in the year a Showtime card and an ESPN match had been televised from auditoriums ranging from 3000+ to about 500. Last night’s card checked in the middle-sized venue of slightly less than 1500.
The show was sponsored in part by Ron Cameron’s Sports Talk (Cameron, a broadcasting institution in SE Michigan, pulled featured junior-middleweight Lane Staal from the show due to a draw two weeks before in which he had sustained a bad knockdown in a bout in Grand Rapids, but promises he will be on the next show on January 10); Mid-Michigan Boxing; and Tarick Salmaci Productions. (more…)
By Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson
I wanted to let Fightnews.com and the rest of the world know that the I have just been advised that Odlanier Solis has pulled out of our fight scheduled for November 26, 2013, in Sunrise, FL. Apparently, his promoter and manager signed him up for a guaranteed ass whooping that he wasn’t willing to receive and he’s looking for an easier name like Lucas Browne or [Artur] Szpilka. I’m sorry for all those that were looking forward to seeing me end Solis’ career but what can I do? This is the worst part of boxing, specifically the heavyweight division. Guys like Odlanier Solis are either too afraid or too fat to fight on a consistent basis. I’ve asked my team to continue to find the toughest and best fights out there regardless of who, where and when, and I will continue to chase opportunities across the globe.
Photo: Kathryn Warburton
Ronald Cruz 150 vs. Hector Munoz 150.4
Jason Sosa 133.3 vs. Bryne Green 136.3
Darnell Jiles 139.8 vs. Jerome Rodriguez 139.1
Todd Unthank-May 182.8 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 184.9
Terrell James 145.4 vs. Carlo Moore 148
Pablo Sanchez 147.1 vs. Arturo Trujillo 148.3
Nathaniel Rivas 143.6 vs. Johnathan Williams 141.8
Jean Carlos Hernandez 142 vs. Ismael Serrano 141.8
Venue: Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, first Bout: 7pm
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., & BAM Boxing
Tickets: $50 and $75 available at the door
David Tua: I’m sad to say my heart’s not in it any more…I think It’s time for me to try something else
Longtime former heavyweight contender David Tua announced his retirement in the ring Saturday night following his decision loss to Alexander Ustinov at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand.
“I did the best I could. I don’t know what it is… I actually got myself into great shape, because I believed I could do this and I believed that the fire still burns. But after tonight I’m sad to say my heart’s not in it anymore…I think it’s time for me to try something else. There will be two people at home right now who will be happy with this decision – my mum and dad.
“That’s it for David Tua. I thank the public of New Zealand for their support and the people of the Pacific – your support has been absolutely ‘O for Awesome’ from day one and I couldn’t have done it without your support.
“David Tua left the building tonight. Thank you very much. God bless. I love you New Zealand!”
By Graham Houston
Friday’s weigh-in for tonight’s Andre Ward-Edwin Rodriguez fight on HBO (BoxNation in the UK) casts a shadow over the contest, with Rodriguez coming in two pounds over the super middleweight division limit and choosing to pay a forfeit of 20 per cent of his purse rather than trying to lose the excess. Rodriguez agreed to a second weigh-in on the morning of the fight, at which he agreed not to weigh more than 180 pounds. I’m starting to wonder if there is any point in having weight divisions. Why not just agree to fight at the championship weight “or anything from two to five pounds over?”
That would make sense in today’s boxing landscape of fighters failing to make weight, sometimes cynically. It’s as if some fighters take the view: “I’ll give a portion of my purse to the other guy just so I can be at maximum strength on the night.”
That’s what happened when Floyd Mayweather Jr. failed to make weight for his catchweight fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2009. Mayweather came in at 146 pounds for a match made at 144 and reportedly paid Marquez $600,000. (more…)
When you ask Georges St-Pierre for his scouting report on the man he’s fighting in the main event of UFC 167 this Saturday, Johny Hendricks, it’s frightening, especially when you’re the one fighting him.
“He has a very dangerous left hand, he’s a great wrestler, he’s very explosive, very strong physically, and he’s a very smart guy too,” said the UFC welterweight champion of his challenger. And that’s intimidating enough, but GSP isn’t finished talking about Hendricks. “He fights smart, he has a great team behind him, and he’s gonna get in great shape and be very well-prepared.” . . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Karl Freitag
The fight was billed as “David vs. Goliath,” but this time Goliath won. 6’7, 292lb Alexander Ustimov (29-1, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former heavyweight contender David Tua (52-5-2, 43 KOs) on Saturday night at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand. Ustinov, who towered over Tua, controlled the action in round one and was also more effective in round two. Tua started to connect in the third, both fighters landed good shots in the fifth. Ustinov was simply busier as Tua wasn’t getting off his punches. A desperate Tua upped the pressure in rounds nine and ten, but Ustinov won the eleventh and twelfth to put it away. The bout ended with the best exchange of the fight. Scores were 119-109, 119-110, 119-108. After the fight, Tua announced his retirement saying his heart was no longer in it.
Light heavyweight Robert Berridge (22-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Daniel MacKinnon (21-8-1, 9 KOs). Wild end to this one as Berridge dropped MacKinnon in round eight, but MacKinnon returned the favor in the following round only to be put down again himself. Berridge dropped MacKinnon again late in the tenth and bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:51. Berridge claims the vacant PABA and WBO Oriental light heavyweight belts.
Lauryn Eagle W6 Daniella Smith (female lightweight)
Nikolas Charalampous W6 Rico Chong Nee (light heavyweight)
Sam Rapira KO1 Isaia Maku Jr (light heavyweight)
Last night in Les Mureaux, France, the local club put up a fantastic job to promote 2 WBC Mediterranean titles for French boxers.
Local star Ali Hallab won the vacant WBC Mediterranean superbantamweight title dominating Spaniard Angel Lorente from start till final bell to win his first international title. Hallab won the fast paced encounter by scores of 120-108, 119-111 and a generous 118-110 to the brave but outboxed challenger. Lorente was almost stopped in rounds 6 and 7 but survived and Hallab took a break when tired in rounds 10 and 11.
Hallab improves to 16-0-1(9) while Lorente suffers his 3rd defeat in a row (all title fights) for an overall record of 5-5-1(3)
On the same card Redouane Asloum, brother of Brahim, won the vacant WBC Mediterranean flyweight title stopping Italian challenger Gianpietro Marceddu inside 5 rounds. Asloum, now 11-1-1(4) started well winning easily the first 2 rounds but the visitor closely won the 3rd round. Marceddu started also well the 4th but Asloum took soon over again to win the 4th. Soon after the start of the 5th Marceddu seemed to make signs to his corner and complained about troubles with the sight in his left eye. His corner wisely threw in the towel. Marceddu is now 7-2-0(2).
WBC Mediterranean Chariman and WBC Vice President Houicine Houichi supervised both titlefights.
“Let’s go 10 more rounds, Erick,” Brandon ‘Bam Bam’ Rios said when he rocketed the last big punch at left-hander Erick DeLeon in his workout Saturday at the Venetian Macau. Hall of Fame trainer Robert Garcia got into the ring, separated the two fighters and said “that’s it, Brandon. No more sparring. All of your sparring is over. We’re ready to fight Manny Pacquiao.”
After five months of training, over 150 rounds of sparring against assorted fighters, Rios wound up his eight rounds of sparring before a gathering of reporters and HBO’s 24/7 cameras. “That phase of our training – sparring – is now over,” Garcia said.
DeLeon, who did quick, wicked side to side movement, said Rios “snapped off power punches. Yes, they were hard punches and they hurt. It’s part of the game. “Rios blocks a lot of punches and counters well,” DeLeon added. “If he catches Manny in his rhythm there’s going to be big trouble for MP.” (more…)
Jose Felix Jr 132 vs. Santos Benavides 131
Chris Avalos 122 vs. Rolly Lunas 120.5
Gabino Saenz 127 vs. Edwin Solis 127
Jose Benavidez 146 vs. Abraham Alvarez 148
Andrew Hernandez 168 vs. Jose Alvarez 166
Saul Rodriguez 129 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 129
Luis Bello 137 vs. Hector Marengo 138
Khurshid Abdullaev 155 vs. Yosmani Abreu 154
Venue: AVI Resort, Laughlin, Nevada
Promoter: Top Rank
The New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame hosted their 44th Annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies at the Venetian in Garfield, New Jersey on Thursday evening. Among the honorees were “Marvelous” Marvin Hagler, Mike Tyson, Ray Mercer, Bernard Fernandez, Joe Gatti, Gabe LaConte, Julie Lederman, Sal Lopez, Carl Moretti, Barbara Perez, Frank Savannah and Otha Tyson. “Boxer of the Year” of the year was NABO jr middleweight champion Glen Tapia. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Photos: Kim Johnson
John Ford (6-2, 5 KOs) claimed the vacant Western Australian State Jnr. Welterweight Title with an impressive TKO over rising Australian prospect “Brilliant” Brandon Ogilvie (5-1, 2 KOs) in the Main Event of Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome IV tonight at Metro City Perth, Australia. Ogilvie came out in the first round very aggressive and dropped Ford with a nice left to the head only 30 seconds into the fight. Ogilvie seemed in control as the nose of Ford was bloodied, but the fight turned in round 3 when Ford came back strong during an exchange and hurt Ogilvie. Ogilvie was on unsteady legs for most of the round and tried to hang on for dear life. Ford scored 2 knockdowns in the third round as Ogilvie made it to his feet both times on unsteady legs. Then at 2:58 of the round, ringside Doctor Patrick Golden made the decision to stop the fight. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Ex-WBC female 105-pound champ, unbeaten Japanese Naoko Fujioka (11-0, 6 KOs), 114.25, jumped up three classes and impressively captured the WBA 115-pound belt by pounding out an upset unanimous decision over defending titlist Naoko Yamaguchi (22-4-3, 18 KOs), 115, over ten hot rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Fujioka, 38, was an amateur champ and turned professional late at the age of thirty-four in 2009. Since then, she beat up everybody so convincingly that it became hard to find a suitable challenger with her WBC strawweight belt at stake. Fujioka made up her mind to renounce it and have an ambitious crack at the WBA 115-pound belt against the champ and compatriot Yamaguchi.
The official tallies were as follows: Sugiyama and Yoshida both 97-92 and Martin 98-91, all in favor of Fujioka, three years senior to the defending titlist Yamaguchi, who had been a prohibitive favorite. The referee was Kazunobu Asao of Japan. It was Fujioka that floored the champ with a flurry of punches in round three and kept her initiative nearly all the way. (more…)
Boxing luminaries Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, George Foreman, Marco Antonio Barrera, Timothy Bradley and Bob Arum discuss next Saturday’s pay-per-view extravaganza between Manny Pacquiao and Brandon Rios from Macau, China.
BOB ARUM: Welcome to the new global age, where fights take place around the world and promotions kick in as if we were still in Las Vegas. On Thursday and Friday we will have Radio Row broadcasting live from the Palazzo Waterfall Atrium inside The Palazzo Las Vegas resort. Thirteen national and regional radio shows are participating and we’ll have a whole host of great fighters from the past – guys who made this sport what it is today and as popular as it is today. George Foreman, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Ray Mancini, Marco Antonio Barrera; and the stars of today — Tim Bradley and Mike Alvarado — in-person being interviewed on their views on Pacquiao vs. Rios and talking about their experiences fighting outside their own countries. The world is becoming a very, very small place. This event in Macao is making a huge impact in Asia and around the world. I thank all of the participants on today’s call, A lot of them have fought abroad throughout their career and you can ask them about their experience fighting in multiple time zones from where they trained. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
WBC superfly title holder Srisaket Sor Rungvisai displayed a one-side attack on Hirofumi Mukai, forcing Japanese’s corner to throw the towel at 1:44 of round nine. Srisaket retains his WBC title for the first time. (More to come)
Daniel Ponce De Leon 130 vs. Joksan Hernandez 130
Robert Manzanarez 134.4 vs. Alejandro Barrera 135.2
Silverio Ortiz 147.6 vs. Jorge Silva 147
Juan Pablo Sanchez 130 vs. Raul Hinojosa 130.2
Ivan Alvarez 140.2 vs. Jorge Romero 141.8
Venue: Oasis Arena, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Fox Deportes
While Friday night boxing telecasts have been few and far between in the waning months of 2013, fight fans can rejoice knowing that ESPN’s weekly “Friday Night Fights” series will resume on January 3 with a world title fight between IBF super featherweight champion Argenis Mendez against #1 contender Rances Barthelemy at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The card will be promoted by Iron Mike Productions.
We understand that for 2014, ESPN has allocated six FNF dates each to Iron Mike Productions, Banner Promotions, DiBella Entertainment and Warriors Boxing.
By Robert Hough
Edwin Rodriguez, who was two pounds over the 168-pound limit and fined $200,000 when he weighed in for his fight Saturday with Andre Ward, will hit the scale again at 9 a.m., on Saturday morning and cannot exceed 180 pounds, said Dan Goossen, Ward’s promoter. Ward (26-0, 14KOs), who weighed 167.8, is set to face Rodriguez (24-0, 16KOs) in an HBO-televised super middleweight fight at Citizen’s Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Calif. Goossen said he’s confident the fight will go on. “I’m very optimistic about the fight happening, that Andre will get to get back in the ring and the fans will get to see an exciting fight,” he said.
Before he left the scale in some haste, Rodriguez, who weighed 167.5 for a fight in March and 171.5 for his last fight, in July, told emcee and actor Rob Schneider, “We’re gonna work on it.”
Lou DiBella, who promotes the 28-year-old from Worcester, Mass., was disgusted by the development. “I don’t have a lot of excuses,” DiBella said moments after the weigh-in. “It’s not professional. I’m embarrassed for them.”
Ward, who flashed a huge smile when he stepped up to the scale, said after the weigh-in that he’d heard that Rodriguez was training in a plastic suit to sweat off pounds. “It felt good to know we prepared right,” the 29-year-old said. (more…)
Weigh-in results for UFC 167, which is headlined by the UFC welterweight championship bout between Georges St-Pierre and Johny Hendricks, and the light heavyweight bout between Chael Sonnen and Rashad Evans, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also see three additional prelim bouts at 6:30pm ET / 3:30pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Johny Hendricks (170) VS Georges St-Pierre (170)
PPV MAIN CARD
Chael Sonnen (206) VS Rashad Evans (205)
Robbie Lawler (170) VS Rory MacDonald (171)
Tyron Woodley (171) VS Josh Koscheck (170)
Ali Bagautinov (126) VS Tim Elliott (125)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Evan Dunham (156) VS Donald Cerrone (155)
Thales Leites (186) VS Ed Herman (186)
Rick Story (170) VS Brian Ebersole (171)
Edwin Figueroa (135) VS Erik Perez (135)
Anthony Lapsley (170) VS Jason High (170)
Sergio Pettis (135) VS Will Campuzano (135)
Gian Villante (205) VS Cody Donovan (205)
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By Robert Hough at the scale
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten super middleweight contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, who weighed in two pounds heavy at 170, was unsuccessful in shedding the excess poundage and he never came back to the scale. He will be fined 20% of his $1 million purse with $100,000 going to Ward, $100,000 to the California Commission.
Rodriguez will also not be eligible to win the WBA title when he fights Andre Ward on Saturday night. According to promoter Dan Goossen, he must reweigh at 9AM and be under 180 lbs.
By Robert Hough at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Andre Ward 167.8 vs. Edwin Rodriguez 170
Rodriguez has two hours to make weight. “It’s significant,” said Ward, who made weight with room to spare.
Trainer Virgil Hunter was disgusted. “That’s absolute neglect. This is what happens when you give a guy more money than he deserves. He’s trying to make a mockery of the fight.”
Rodriguez’ promoter Lou DiBella, who looked quietly furious, stated “I don’t have a lot of excuses. It’s not professional. I’m embarrassed for them.”
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor/DiBella Entertainment
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jorge Arce 126 vs. José Carmona 126
Carlos Díaz 135 vs. Angel Rodríguez 133
Alejandro Barrera 156 vs. Gabriel Martínez 156
Javier Fortuna 132 vs. Manuel Castro 130
Braulio Rodríguez 129.5 vs. Oscar Arenas 133
Emilio Cayetano 177 vs. Rene Ibarra 176
Venue: Domo de San Luis Potosí
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
Janiel Rivera 108 vs. Joel Collazo 107.2
Miguel Soto 131 vs. Christopher Rivera 130
Angel Fret 123.5 vs. Juan G.Cruz 123.5
Charlie Clemente 110 vs. Alexis Diaz 105
Jose Rodriguez 129 vs. Linomar Rios 131
Eric De Jesus 147 vs. Henry Lopez 145
Ashley Elias 128.5 vs. Rafael Vazquez 130.4
Promoter: Miguel Cotto Promotions & H2 Entertainment
TV: WAPA 2 And WAPA America
Venue: Victor Marchand Coliseum in Vega Alta, Puerto Rico
In July, at UFC 162, Chris Weidman scored one of the biggest upsets of all time when he knocked out Anderson Silva to win the UFC middleweight championship. Fans Octagonside at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas were stunned when a Weidman left hook laid out “The Spider” in the second round. But not everyone was surprised by the result. Now, some of the sport’s best athletes are predicting another long championship reign to end when welterweight king Georges St-Pierre collides with No.1 contender Johny Hendricks this Saturday. (more…)
By John DiSanto – PhillyBoxingHistory.com
Photo: Gary Purfield
When Tomasz Adamek pulled out of his nationally televised bout with Czar Glazkov, scheduled for NBC on Saturday afternoon, it opened the door for one of Philly’s hardest working fighters. For ages now, cruiserweight Garrett Wilson has been looking for a chance to fight a high-profile opponent, as well as an opportunity to perform on TV. He’s fought everyone who was willing to face him, but still feels like he’s been spinning his wheels, especially this year. So with Adamek’s sudden case of the sniffles, the Ultimate Warrior finally gets his chance to make an impression. The only catch is that Wilson must become a heavyweight to do it.
“The reality is, I’m 31,” Wilson said. “I’m not getting any younger. And if the cruiserweight division doesn’t want to fight me, then I’ll move to a division that is more apt to fight me.”
Ever since dropping a decision in Romania to Alexander Alekseev, in a February IBF cruiserweight eliminator, Wilson has been like the plague. What fights he did land after that disappointing loss were cancelled due to injury to his opponents. But mostly Wilson waited and waited for offers that never came in. (He did however, decline a chance to fight friend and fellow-Philadelphian Eddie Chambers earlier in the year.) (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman at the scale
Photo: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Vyacheslav Glazkov 222 vs. Garrett Wilson 204
Michael Brooks 134.5 vs. Karl Dargan 134
Isaac Chilemba 174 vs. Michael Gbenga 174
Sevdail Sherifi 200 vs. Quantis Graves 200
Andy Mejias 166 vs. Latif Mundy 168
John Magda 171 vs. Maurice Amaro 173
Venue: Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Promoter: Kathy Duva (Main Events) / Ziggy Rozalsky (Ziggy Promotions)
Matchmakers: Jolene Mizzone / J. Russell Peltz
Doors Open: 11:30 a.m., First bell 12:30 p.m.
James DeGale 168 vs. Dyah Davis 167.25
(WBC silver super middleweight title)
Venue: Glow, Bluewater, Greenhithe, England
Promoter: Hennessey Sports
By Robert Coster
Undefeated strawweight boxer Ali Raymi (20-0, 20 KOs) broke Tyrone Brunson’s record of 19 consecutive first round knockouts at the beginning of a pro career, when he stopped Akram Jafwi (5-1) in the first round last Sunday at the 22 May Sports Stadium in Sana’a, Yemen. Raymi, 39, who speaks excellent English, has a huge personality to match his aggressive take no prisoners body attack that none of his opponents have been able to survive three minutes against. While none of his victims to date have been world class, Raymi is now ranked by the WBC at #15 and the WBO at #12, which would qualify him for a world title shot against WBC champion Xiong Zhao Zhong or WBO champion Merlito Sabillo. Should either of those world champions choose to make a defense against Raymi, it would certainly bring much needed attention to the 105lb division.
Ali, first of all congratulations for entering the boxing history books. You have scored 20 first round knockouts, the new record. Even so, as you can probably guess, there are many skeptics out there that say that there is no boxing tradition in Yemen and that all your opponents have been Yemenis. What do you say to these people?
Thanks Robert, I congratulate you for being my first interview and it only makes me more obligated to achieve boxing immortality, so you can be known as the first writer to interview me. I didn’t enter boxing history yet, the record you are referring to insults me more than anything. I didn’t KO people to challenge Tyrone “Biggums.” I shouldn’t be put in the same sentence with him. That said, I also don’t want to be compared to the great Edwin Valero because we are two different animals. Edwin Valero was more skilled than I am, but many times he chose to lure opponents into war like I always do. (more…)
Jamie McDonnell and Stephen Smith will box on the undercard of Carl Froch’s IBF and WBA World Super Middleweight blockbuster live on AWE and AWEtv.com from the sold-out Phones 4u Arena Manchester. Former IBF World Bantamweight champion McDonnell and former British Featherweight and Super Featherweight champion Smith will both fight in eight round bouts on the stacked undercard in Manchester.
Also Scott Quigg defends his WBA Super Bantamweight title against Diego Silva, Quigg’s gym-mate and resurgent Lightweight star Anthony Crolla will defend his WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight title following the withdrawal of British champion Martin Gethin on a busy night for trainer Joe Gallagher, who also has unbeaten Lightweight talent Scotty Cardle on the bill, but Super Middleweight sensation Callum Smith has been forced to pull out of the show through injury. (more…)
By David Robinett
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Faced with the biggest challenge of his young career, undefeated contender Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, (24-0, 16 KOs), looked to the past for inspiration prior to his upcoming bout with WBA Super Middleweight Champion Andre “S.O.G.” Ward, (26-0, 14 KOs), this Saturday night in Ontario, California.
“Vince Lombardi once said, ‘Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. But sooner or later, the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.’ On November 16th, I know I will win,” proclaimed Rodriguez.
At the final press conference prior to Saturday’s championship bout on HBO World Championship Boxing, Rodriguez and Ward faced off before a small gathering at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario to declare themselves ready for whatever the other fighter brings to the ring. For Rodriguez, it was also a chance to show that he’s not intimidated by Ward and is ready to rise to the challenge. (more…)
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