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Story by Andreas Hale
On August 18, Dominick Cruz will defend his newly acquired WEC bantamweight championship against Joseph Benevidez in Las Vegas at WEC 50. It will be Cruz’ first defense against the man who pushed him to the limit for 3 tireless rounds and earned “Fight of the Night” honors en route to a unanimous decision victory. It’s certainly no walk in the part for Cruz’ first title defense but the newly crowned champion – who won the strap by defeating Brian Bowles at WEC 47 – is up for the challenge. . . Click here for more
Gennady Golovkin who fights for the Interim Middleweight Championship in Panama tonight, former cruiserweight king Vassiliy Jirov, Roberto Duran and manager Ivaylo Gotzev.
Miguel Vazquez 134.25 vs. Ji Hoon Kim 134.25
(Vacant IBF lightweight championship)
Mikey Garcia 125.75 vs. Cornelius Lock 125.25
(IBF featherweight eliminator)
Hekkie Budler 107.75 vs. Evaristo Primero 107.75
Luke Vaughn 203 vs Zakariah King 226.5
Enrique Rodriguez 132.5 vs Raul Almeida 134
Antionio Pena 119 vs Isaac Cantera ??
Gino Hernandez 132 vs Rene Luna 130.25
Venue: Energy Arena, Laredo, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Sports Espanol
Welterweight Jesus Pabon (15-1, 9 KOs) scored an eighth round stoppage over veteran Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda (39-14-4, 34 KOs) on Friday night at the A La Carte Event Pavillion in Tampa, Florida. Pabon was on the deck twice in round two and again in round three from punches ruled to be low. Zepeda was deducted a point for the infraction in round three. Pabon was down from another blow ruled as a low blow in the sixth, but he had also did good work busting up Zededa’s face and flooring him at the end of the seventh. The bout was stopped by the ring doctor after round seven. Official time was :01 of round eight. Pabon claims the vacant WBO Latino welter belt.
Highly regarded unbeaten Cuban Olympian featherweight Luis Franco (6-0, 5 KOs) scored an impressive fifth round TKO over veteran Yogli “Olafo” Herrera (25-12, 15 KOs). Herrera scored a flash knockdown in round three, but Franco dominated the fight, putting Herrera on the deck in both rounds four and five before the bout was stopped. Franco displayed an exciting style and looks like a fighter to watch.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Eloy Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Derrick Campos (20-9, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, California. The bout was waved off by the referee at 2:02 as Perez punished Campos with a barrage of punches.
In the co-feature bout, junior welterweight Carlos Molina (13-0, 7 KOs) won by fifth round TKO when Glenn Gonzales (8-2, 4 KOs) couldn’t come out for round six. Molina was impressive in a bout was all action throughout.
Welterweight prospect Anthony Martinez (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time, taking a four round split decision against experienced journeyman Cristian Favela (19-28-6, 10 KOs). Scores were 39-37, 39-37 Martinez, 39-37 Favela.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Heavyweight Chris Arreola (29-2, 25 KOs) got back into the win column with a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Manuel Quezada (29-6, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Arreola, who came in five-and-a-half pounds heavier than he did in his loss to Tomasz Adamek in April, was too big and too strong for Quezada as he controlled the first eight rounds, then floored Quezada twice in round nine. Quezada rallied a bit in the next few rounds, but was dropped again in the twelfth. Scores were 117-108, 118-107, 118-107. After the fight Arreola said he injured both hands. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hubert Earle from Canada has replaced American Russell Mora as the third man in the ring when Panamanian WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Moreno and Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño meet at Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City on Saturday. Mora instead will be the third man in the ring for the WBA Interim middleweight world championship fight between Gennady Golovkin and Milton Núñez. The judges in that bout will be Julio Cesar Alvardo, Guillermo Perez Pineda and Gustavo Padilla, all from Panama.
Weights by Gerardo Martinez
Weights from the Cheenah Lounge at the Santa Ana Star Casino:
Thaddine Johnson 128 vs. Nancy Bonilla 127.5*
* For the WIBA International, GBU Intercontinental, NABC Intercontinental, WIBC Intercontinental, WPBA Intercontinental and WIBU International featherweight titles.
Victoria Cisneros 133 vs. Melissa Hernandez 132*
* For the WIBA Interim lightweight title
Fidel Maldonado Jr. 135 vs. Gabe Garcia 133
Michael Coca Gallegos 146 vs. Josh Torres 148
Timmy Means 176 vs. Rammel Brown 171
Jazzma Hogue 122 vs. Michael Montalbano**
Marcos Herrera** vs. Robert Trujillo 131
** Will weigh in tomorrow
Promoter: Golden Girl Promotions.
Below is the official artwork for the upcoming November WBC Convention in Cancun. “This design was the winner from hundreds of designs that we received and it captures the beauty of Cancun, the Mayan culture and the boxing side of it, as well,” stated WBC executive secretary Mauricio Sulaiman. The WBC will launch the new art on Monday.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Anselmo Moreno 117.7 vs. Nehomar Cermeño 117.7
( WBA bantamweight world championship)
Gennady Golovkin 159 vs. Milton Núñez 158
(WBA Interim middleweight world championship)
Luis Concepción 114.5 vs. Wilfredo Valdez 114.5
Alberto Mosquera 140 vs. Nelson Lara 140
Ricardo Núñez 112 vs. Andwar Vargas 112
Nilson Tapia 159 vs. Rewar Martí 159
Jean Piero Pérez 112 vs. Freddy Beleño 112
Shantall Martínez 123.2 vs. Paola Herrera 120
Whyber García 132 vs. Eric Castro 133
Ogleidis Suárez 122 vs. Paola Rojas 122
Dirceu Carbarca 112 vs. Javier Tello 112
Mercedes Concepción 108.5 vs. Eric Flores 108
Laura Ledezma 110 vs. Mayerli Altamar 110.5
Carlos Ortega 104.5 vs. Julñio Canastuj 104
Venue: Roberto Duran Arena
Promoter: Promociones y Eventos del Istmo
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By Chris Perry at the scale
Photos by Terri Degenaars/A-List Photography
The following weights were recorded at the official weigh-in for the Aug. 14 International Championship Boxing “The Showdown Downtown” event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia. The weigh-in was held at the Waterside Festival Marketplace in downtown Norfolk.
Hasim Rahman 254 vs. Damon Reed 228
Henry Buchanan 175* vs. Bobby Jordan, Jr. 168
Eric Newell 255 vs. TBA
Joey Cusumano 219 vs. Marcus Patterson TBA
Dorsett Barnwell 237 vs. Wayne Gwynn TBA
Mardoette Oliver TBA vs. Philip Bernette 153
Frankie Filippone 167 vs. Brandon McGowan TBA
Cecil McCulla 149 vs. TBA
Stephan Alexanders 132 vs. TBA
For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos by Herby Whyne
Jean Pascal 174.2 vs. Chad Dawson 174.11
(WBC, IBO light heavyweight championship)
Tony Luis 134.2 vs. Adrian Verdugo 134.9
Dierry Jean 145.7 vs. Antonio Soriano 145.4
Wayne John 218.12 vs. Ruben Rivera 269.5
Kevin Lavallee 129.15 vs. Genaro Garcia 129.2
Arash Usmanee 134.15 vs. Hugo Pacheco 134.10
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)/Gary Shaw
Television: HBO (PPV in Canada)
First Bell: 7:00pm, Main Event: 10:30pm
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It’s almost every kid’s dream to score the game-winning goal for their hometown team. After spending most of their childhoods rooting for the players and teams of their beloved city, youngsters across the globe yearn for the opportunity to become a hometown hero. (more…)
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (45-7, 39 KOs), of Mexico City, will headline a Mexican Independence Day card at the Hilton in Las Vegas, Wednesday, Sept. 15, when he takes on Australian Jackson Asiku (26-3, 14 KOs) for the IBO featherweight title. The Roy Englebrecht & Promociones del Pueblo-promoted card will also feature former champ Juan Carlos Salgado (22-1-1, 16 KOs) for the IBO superfeatherweight title, opponent TBA.
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan said today that he expects to return to the ring in the UK in December. “I’m looking at Juan Manuel Marquez, Marcos Rene Maidana or Victor Ortiz in December,” he told BBC Radio Manchester. “I always promised the fans that I’m going to bring big fights to England and that’s what I’m hoping for.” Khan also stated that Ricky Hatton is on his radar. “I’m not sure if Ricky has retired but if the fight did happen it would be huge,” Khan said.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Looks like legendary trainer Freddie Roach will arrive in the Ukraine for the first time on August 30th for the big boxing show at Lenin Square, Donetsk. The main event features WBA welterweight champion Viacheslav Senchenko (30-0, 20 KOs) defending against Charlie Jose Navarro (18-3, 13 KOs). Roach will work Senchenko’s fight as well as that of EBU (European) featherweight champion Oleh Yefimovych (18-1, 11 KOs) against Sofiane Takoucht (19-1, 9 KOs). It’s also possible that Roach will in the corner of former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs), who fights former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Ring announcer Michael Buffer is also expected to be coing over to work the show in Donetsk.
By Francisco Salazar
Back by popular demand (and counting down the days of summer until the first day of school), another edition of Southern California Fight Scene falls upon us. News of upcoming fights, fighters, and other miscellaneous news regarding Southern California are detailed, including two nationally televised boxing cards taking place tonight within 35 miles of one another. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Joel Casey (11-8-3, 6 KOs) scored upset twelve round split decision over WBA #3 light heavyweight Tim Bell (18-5-1, 14 KOs) at the Reggio Calabria Club, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores Brett McCormick 115-112, Dale Westerman 115-112, Peter Falherty 112-116. The fight see-sawed and Bell dropped Casey in round eleven but Casey survived to hear the final bell and scored the biggest win of his career. For more details and photos click here…
Golden Boy Promotions and TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” return tonight to sunny Southern California at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena. In the main event, unbeaten Eloy Perez (17-0-2, 4 KOs) battles veteran Derrick Campos (20-8, 11 KOs) in an eight round junior lightweight bout plus in the co-main event, Carlos Molina (12-0, 6 KOs) risks his perfect pro record against Glenn Gonzales (7-1, 4 KOs) in a eight round jr welterweight contest. (more…)
Dustin Poirier’s first-ever trip to Las Vegas a few months back filled him with great optimism. And there was good reason for the Louisianan’s high hopes: The wide-eyed 21-year-old had auditioned for The Ultimate Fighter season 12 reality show in late April; his performance earned him a follow-up audition so producers could further size him up . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA bantamweight champion Wladimir Sidorenko (21-2-2, 7 KOs) will fight former IBO super flyweight champion Mbwana Matumla (19-4, 11 KOs) for vacant WBC International super flyweight title on August 28th at Maidan Nezalezhnosti, Kiev, Ukraine. Sidorenko was the featured guest on the Internet-TV “RingSide Show” hosted by Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov and Vyacheslav Ponochovny, commentator for Ukrainian telechannel “Inter.” Sidorenko spoke about returning to the ring, working with Freddie Roach, and also about a possible megafight against WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan in November in Mexico. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Apparently disappointed with himself for his losing performance against Tomasz Adamek in April, Chris Arreola promises a much-improved display when he meets Manuel Quezada in the main event on Friday Night Fights. I wouldn’t say this fight is make or break for Arreola, but it is very important to his career. Arreola is 29. Vitali Klitschko outclassed him, but Arreola seemed to have a very good chance of beating Adamek. It looked a fight that Arreola might have won, too, had he possessed a bit more energy. He seemed to hurt the Polish boxer at times but couldn’t sustain the offensive and Adamek deservedly and clearly outpointed him, even though it was a majority decision (one round on one card from being a draw). (more…)
As the excitement for WEC: Cruz vs. Benavidez continues to grow, WEC stars will be appearing in various locations around the city of Las Vegas leading up to the huge event on Wednesday, August 18.
To catch your favorite stars from the WEC roster, check out the list for information on where and when some of the sport’s biggest names will be appearing! Click here for more
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) told Fightnews.com that he’s planning to defend his belt against former WBA welterweight world champion Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) on October 2nd. Collazo, however, has released the following statement: “I will not be challenging WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) on October 2nd. I have not fought in more than a year. I would not take a fight of that maginitude after such a long layoff. I’m training very hard and I hope to get myself at least on tuneup fight and then a major fight at 154.”
Eloy Perez 129.2 vs. Derrick Campos 133.2
Carlos Molina 136.8 vs. Glenn Gonzales 136.2
Anthony Martinez 144.4 vs. Cristian Favela 144.8
Michael Finney 143.8 vs. Chris Russell 141.6
David Morales 131.6 vs. Juan Sandoval 132.4
Venue: Pico Rivera Sports Arena, Pico Rivera, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
According to promoter Fernando Beltran, WBC #1 rated middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez continues to train in the city of Tijuana for a possible fight on September 11th in Mexico City. Chavez has been embroiled in a dispute with former trainers Rodolfo Chavez and Miguel Molleda (both uncles of his), whom he replaced with Freddie Roach before his last fight with John Duddy. But according to Chavez, Zanfer Promotions has reached a fair deal for all parties and a September 11th fight still isn’t completely off the table although a December 4 showdown with WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto the main priority. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Pawel Wolak’s manager, Ivan Edwards has reported to Fightnews.com that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. has pulled out of the September 11th fight in Mexico with Wolak. He was informed by Top Rank that Chavez Jr. has not been in the gym due to family issues and would not be ready for the September eleventh date. “It is heart wrenching for Pawel.” said Edwards. “Wolak has been in training camp for the last three weeks. I have never seen him this motivated. We worked very hard to make this deal and we were prepared to hand Chavez Jr. his first loss. He was in the top shape of his career and when I informed him of the cancellation, he was devastated.” It appears that Chavez Jr. will now face Miguel Cotto next on December 4th. (more…)
Photo by Butch Flansburg
Jesus Pabon 127 vs Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda 146
Luis Franco 127 vs Yogli “Olafo” Herrera 128
Jenna “Cowgirl” Shiver 122 vs Britney Cruz 121
Daniel Lozano 111 vs Gabriel Cruz 110
Gino McClellan 152 vs Nicolas Smith 155
Ali Tareh 152 vs Michael ‘Bling-Bling’ Mendez 150
Sullivan Barrera 202 vs Kary Bledsoe 202
Patricia Alcivar 113 vs Sheri Denise Jacobs 113
Venue: A La Carte Event Pavillion, Tampa, FL
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr. and Fight Night Productions & Aaron Jacobs
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus (All Star Boxing)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Five years ago, Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KOs) arrived in US as a virtually unknown fighter from Poland. After his sensational fight and Bout of the Year candidate on May 21, 2005 against another newcomer to US boxing scene, Australian Paul Briggs, he became a cult hero in the Polish community. Fast forward to five years later: On August 21 on Prudential Center, “Goral,” ranked as a top heavyweight challenger, will fight Michael Grant in possibly his last test before competing against heavyweight world titlists, Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir Klitschko or David Haye. (more…)
A few minutes ago it was announced that former WBC light flyweight world champion Edgar Sosa, now fighting in the next upper division, will definitely be in on the action during the September 11th card at Plaza de Toros Mexico. The original card had been announced with Sosa, however he reported an injured finger yesterday and it was thought that he could be off the card. Nevertheless, the former world champion underwent thorough tests with several specialists reached the conclusion that the injury did not have the importance that it was given at the beginning. The physicians who carried out the tests came to the conclusion that there is no problem at all and Sosa will be able to fight without any danger. Edgar resumed his training sessions today in the afternoon and his fight is on.
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Chris Arreola 256 vs Manuel Quezada 228
Josesito Lopez 143.75 vs Marvin Cordova Jr 144
Shawn Estrada 166.25 vs Alex Armenta 173
Chad Bennett 145 vs Gary Bergeron142.5
Michael Ruiz Jr 118 vs Matthew Salazar 122.25
Matthew Villanueva 115 vs Alejo Guzman 115
Venue: Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and NCM Fathom have once again joined forces to give fans the front-row treatment with the high-definition broadcast of UFC 118: Edgar vs. Penn 2 in 369 select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, August 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. PT. Broadcast live from the TD Garden in Boston, the much anticipated rematch between Frankie Edgar and BJ Penn will be the first-ever UFC event in Massachusetts. (more…)
The North American Boxing Federation has approved a bout between promising fighter Carlos Cuadras and former world champion Eric Ortiz to be held September 11th on the card that will take place at the Plaza de Toros Mexico (Mexico City’s Bullring) and that will feature former three-time world champion Erik Morales vs. Willie Limond in the main event. Cuadras, who is still undefeated after 18 professional bouts (16 of them by knockout), will be facing former light flyweight world champion Eric Ortiz, and the fight will be for the vacant NABF super flyweight title according to promoter Jose Luis Villuendas, who reached an agreement with the aforementioned fighters, and of course obtained the approval of the NABF.
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