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It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals, which will be open to the public. Márquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives TODAY. Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrive Tuesday. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. They will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images.
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) scored a 116-112, 115-113, 115-114 unanimous decision over Jesus Silvestre (23-3, 17 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 105lb title today at Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. (More to come)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
It was the shot heard round the boxing world Saturday night; super-lightweight Pier-Olivier Cote, a virtual unknown to even the most ardent of fans, hit a homerun on Showtime Championship Boxing, the echoes that are still reverberating days later.
Cote was given a rare chance for a relative newcomer to showcase his talents on the specialty channel’s premiere vehicle and delivered by scoring with a scintilating left hook that obliterated Jorge Luis Teron at the :33 second mark of the second round and upstaging headliner Lucian Bute who was making the 9th defense of his IBF super-middleweight belt. Cote who moved to 18-0 with his 12th knockout actually made his pro debut back when Bute was making the very first defense of his title in 2008 and has seen a steady rise of his stock ever since. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Post-fight interviews with USBO junior middleweight beltholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (19-1-1, 11 KOs) and WBC #1 ranked mandatory challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs).
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, the WBC International heavyweight title holder from Krakow, Poland, kept his undefeated streak alive and well when he stopped Jason Gavern in round six this past Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. (More)
By Ron Jackson
Siviwe Ntsiko caused a major upset when he knocked out Tshepo Lefele in the second round to win the SA minimumweight title at the Raymond Mhlaba Hall in Motherwell near Port Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon. Going into the fight the Ntsiko (47.55kg) from Mdantsane was considered an easy match for the more experienced Lefele (47.50kg) who was making the third defence of his title. The 31-year-old Lefele won the SA title in September 2008 when he stopped Gideon Buthelezi in the sixth round and made successful defences against Sakhumzi Mqadaru, (tko 7) and Mawanda Sineko (ko 6). However, the challenger who holds the Eastern Cape minimumweight title showed no respect for the champion as he took command from the first bell and sent Lefele down and out in the second round. Ntsiko improves his reported record to 6-3; 5 and Lefele from Giyani in the Limpopo Province sees his record drops to 16-6; 10. The tournament was presented by Gladys Tsenene.
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By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Daniel Alonso Jr/WBA
The first of an expected 400 delegates, directory board members, ring officials, promoters and champions began arriving today at the Shakhtar Plaza Hotel in Donetsk, Ukraine for the WBA’s 90th annual convention. Despite frosty temperatures, the feeling was warm as members of the boxing fraternity greeted each other with handshakes and hugs at the airport and hotel lobby. Former champions Roberto Duran, Victor Callejas, Donny LaLonde, and Souleymane M’Baye (who is also the current WBA interim welterweight champ) are already here, with more expected to come. The opening session of board meetings will commence tomorrow morning (Donetsk is some seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), capped off by the opening banquet Monday evening. Stay tuned for daily convention updates, including awards, ring officials seminar, ratings and more.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos: Todd Dearinger
At the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, WA, heavyweight Vincent Thompson scored a unanimous decision in a foul-shortened match over Jonte Willis. Thompson recognized his reach advantage and, for the first six rounds, used an unexpected southpaw jab to control the distance and completely stymie the frustrated but game Willis. In the seventh, Thompson listened to the boo birds in the audience and started to pick spots to mix it up, which let Willis back into the fight. In the eighth round out of a scheduled ten, Thompson and Willis were scrapping when Thompson landed a hard rabbit punch. Willis wobbled around the ring holding his head and doctors were called in to stop the bout. After much confusion, referee Paul Fields stopped the bout, took two points from Thompson for the foul, and sent it to the cards. Thompson had won all rounds, including the partially completed round, on all judges’ cards, for a score of 78-72. Fightnews had it 77-73. With the win, Thompson sits at 10-0. Willis is now 8-2-1. Given that both are local boys with huge cheering sections, the competitive nature of the late rounds, and the odd ending, a rematch is necessary and certain. (more…)
“Devis Boschiero is the champion without belt,” says his manager Christian Cherchi after the split decision loss that Boschiero suffered against Takahiro Aoh for the WBC super featherweight title today in Japan. “Everybody can see the fight and judge for themselves. Boschiero won at least by 3 points. OPI 2000, the promoter of Boschiero, will fill a protest to the WBC for an immediate rematch. Japanese people are proud people and I think Takahiro Aoh and the promoter Mr. Honda will give Boschiero a deserved rematch.”
Story and photos by Bob Ryder
Promoter Greg Ahrens presented a four bout card of professional boxing at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo on Saturday night uniquely sandwiched between fifteen amateur MMA fights. The main event matched two of Michigan’s long time designated opponents as Ahrens provided them the opportunity to break out from the losers column, at least for one night. Chris Grays (10-24, 2 KO’s) from Traverse City and Guy Packer (4-23, 1 KO) of Battle Creek engaged in a spirited middleweight contest over 10 rounds. The pattern was established early in this one as it was pretty much throw one or two punches and clinch. Grays started to pull away mid bout as his punching was more effective. Not always pleasing to the eye but both gave it their best to the final bell. Grays won the unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 x 2 and 96-94. There were no knockdowns. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, in a WBC final eliminator of twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a very furious give-and-take affair, though Yamanaka continually had the upper hand on the game Mexican. The 29-year-old Japanese southpaw utilized his trademark left hand to take the initiative from the start, winning points steadily. In the fourth, Esquivel, 26, turned so aggressive that he connected with solid lefts and rights in the fourth. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
Duane Ford (US) and Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) both saw the close affair 115-113 for the defending titlist Aoh, while Ian John Lewis (UK) saw it 116-113 for Boschiero. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Friends shouldn’t let friends fight friends. After sparring close to 100 rounds in the past, Glen Johnson and IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute gave a loud deafening crowd 12 more in a fight that sometimes simmered, but never boiled over. Bute was able to easily control the action, out-jabbing the “Road Warrior” who often looked more road-weary by scores of 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. (more…)
Photo: Ramón Cairo
WBO #9 ranked Super Middleweight Ezequiel “El Olímpico” Maderna (16-0, 10KOs) of Argentina continued his climb up the world rankings by stopping countryman Dario German Balmaceda (9-5-2, 6KOs) in less than 1 round. Balmaceda was down 3 times in the bout which took place Saturday night at the Club Banco Provincia, City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
By John Cannon at ringside
Photo: Rolando Salazar
Raul “El Tigre” Casarez’s homecoming fight was definitely one for the ages. The Edinburg native was in an all out war with San Antonio’s Justin Williams in the six-round main event at Border Brawl 3 at the Pharr Events Center. But when all was said and done, Casarez got the hard fought win as he prevailed by split decision. The judges’ scorecards were 57-56 for Williams and 58-55 and 57-56 for Casarez. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Paipharob Kokietgym 105 vs. Jesus Silvestre 105
(WBA interim Minimumweight title)
Wisanu Kokietgym 108 vs. Sammy Hagler 107.5
(vacant PABA Light Flyweight title)
Saenmuangloei Kokietgym 112 vs. Louis Loemoli 111.5
(6 rounds non-title bout)
Venue: Bung Nongkhai, Municipality of Wat That, Nongkhai Province, Thailand
Promoter: Kokiet Panichayarom of Kokiet Groups Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 3, November 7, 14:10-16:10
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By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision (115-113 twice and 113-116) over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15^-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. (More to come)
At the end of round one of the UFC 138 main event at the LG Arena Saturday night, Chris Leben had to be stopped by the referee from hammer fisting Mark Munoz’s head. Moments prior he had walked through some massive bombs, taken square on his chin, to deliver a crashing left hand of his own to Munoz. That prompted Munoz to look for a takedown but ended up with him crouched against the fence taking shots . . . Click here for more
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Lucian Bute passed the toughest test of his thriving career with a dominant unanimous decision win over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title for the ninth time. The championship bout was scored 120-108 twice and 119-109. In the co-feature, rising Canadian prospect Pier-Olivier Côté demolished Jorge Teron via knockout only 33 seconds into round two of the junior welterweight bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada on SHOWTIME®.
The Romanian-born Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) proved too much for the oft-dubbed “ageless” Johnson who finally showed his age. Despite Johnson’s tendency to make fight’s exciting by coming forward and applying pressure, the fighters kept their distance for the first several rounds. By the middle of the bout, it was Bute who closed the gap and attempted to engage his former sparring partner. The 31-year-old Bute, of Montreal, began to land power shots with both hands, taking chances by staying in close in an attempt to close the show via knockout – to no avail – for the 15,306 fans in attendance. (more…)
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney
Krakow, Poland’s own WBC International heavyweight title holder, the undefeated Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title and kept his unbeaten record alive and well as he stopped late substitute, Orlando, FL’s Jason Gavern in six rounds on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KOs), who took the bout on three days notice, was knocked down once in the first and twice in the second round. Wach landed several jabs in round six, which allowed him to then connect with an overhand right, that caused referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the fight at 1:03. The “November Reign” fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and Global Boxing. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) scored a second round KO over Darío Azuaga (82-21-2, 67 KOs) in a bantamweight clash on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Time was 2:59.
Super bantamweight Raúl Hirales (17-0, 9 KOs) took a ten round majority decision over Enrique “Duende” Bernache (18-3, 9 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. more photos
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Heavyweight Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) destroyed Raphael Butler (35-12, 28 KOs) in a three round demolition on Saturday night at the Domo De La Feria in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Arreola dropped Butler twice in round one and again in round two. The bout was waved off after Butler was down again in the third.
“It was a pleasure to be fighting here in Mexico,” said Arreola. “I had a great ovation from the fans here. I cant wait to come back in the future. Butler is very crafty. He fought a good fight and was able to tie me up really well. Hopefully I’ll get another go with one of these Klitschkos, I’ll be ready for either one of those brothers. I’ve been working my ass off, I’m ready to go after those titles.”
Super featherweight Miguel Roman (36-8, 28 KOs) won a ten round decision over Pedro Navarrete (26-14-3, 15 KOs). more photos
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Rey Sanchez
WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 29 KOs) of Panama punished former heavyweight Mike Marrone (20-4, 15 KOs) from pillar to post across six rounds before Marrone’s corner mercifully stopped the abuse at 1:56 of the round. Jones came out with crisp, sharp punches from every angle, causing Marrone’s reddening face to snap back beginning with jabs and right crosses in round one. Jones worked in uppercuts to the mix in the second round, thudding Marrone with body and head shots as Marrone laid on the ropes in a defensive shell. Displaying no quit and more grit than wit, Marrone managed to return fire with left hooks himself. However, the punches had little effect as Jones continued to walk him down and score combinations from varying angles.
Jones landed a wicked right hand to close the fourth round and the game Marrone walked wearily to his stool. In the fifth round, blood began to stream down the side of Marrone’s nose after he ate a left uppercut-left hook-right cross combination. Jones smelled the opportunity and launched a left uppercut and chopping right hand that floored Marrone at the end of the round. Beating the count, Marrone once again made it to his stool.
Marrone answered the bell in the sixth but had no answers for Jones’ superior accuracy and stubbornly paid for the skill deficit. Marrone fell to the canvas following a landed straight right of his own that landed, carried forward by the force of the blow. Jones responded with a left jab-right cross that once again left Marrone on the floor as his corner thankfully stepped in to stop the beating. (more…)
Photos: Roberto Fernandez – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
In a clash of junior middleweight KO artists, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cancun Center in Cancun, Mexico. In a wild first round, Angulo dropped Kirkland and launched a fearsome attack that Kirkland weathered and then came back to drop Angulo! Angulo never really recovered and Kirkland pummeled Angulo for the rest of the fight before the referee stepped in.
Middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Craig McEwan (19-2, 10 KOs). Quillin was in command the whole fight and had staggered McEwan in the sixth, but the bout was prematurely waved off even though McEwen seemed to have plenty of fight left in him. more photos
By Dave Spencer at ringside
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) scored a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Johnson was never able to solve the style of the southpaw champion, although he did end Bute’s string of six straight KOs. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Bute will now attend the Super Six Final in December and hopes to face the winner. Meanwhile Johnson stated after the fight that he thought he won the fight.
Rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté (18-0, 12 KOs), of Quebec City, scored a spectacular second round knockout of Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs), of the Bronx, New York. Côté attacked from the opening bell and rocked Teron in round one. He dropped Teron twice in round two to end it at :33 of round two.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. put on a special boxing exhibition at Santa Anita Park where thousands of fans showed up to meet the champions. Marquez is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao next Saturday (Nov. 12) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley will be making his Top Rank debut on the undercard.
Marquez: “We have the speed for this fight and I’m not having any trouble with my weight. This is the best training camp of my 18-year career. I have already left the last two fight behind me. He (Manny Pacquiao) knows and the fans know that I won both those fights. I will leave everything in the ring on November 12th.”
Bradley: “I am fighting on the biggest fight card of my career. Bigger than when I beat Devon Alexander (at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI in January). To be honest, i wanted to fight (Marcos) Maidana for this fight, but he turned it down. Casamayor was there so he took the fight. It will be a great fight.” Giant photo gallery
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Sebastien Demers made a good account for himself but fell to a decision to former world title challenger and Super Six contestant Allan Green (31-3 21KO). Demers (31-5 11KO) hadn’t made it out of the third round in his last two fights but gave Green everything he could handle over the course of ten rounds, losing a 100-90, 98-92, 97-93 decision. Green who had come in 3 pounds heavy had Demers rocked several times in the fight but any continued exchanges usually ended with one or both fighters hanging on. Demers had hoped to get Green to deep waters and take his chances and seemed things were going to plan in the seventh where he was able to connect with a couple of rights but couldn’t follow up and Green quickly maintained the upper hand. Demers had his moments over the course of ten, but Green was control most of the way. (more…)
Photo: Chris Royle / crphotos.co.uk
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight belt, former WBO super featherweight titleholder Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KOs) outpointed former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Katsidis aggressively stalked Burns from the opening bell, while Burns used his mobility and sought to outbox Katsidis. In the end, scores were 117-112, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of Burns, who gave up his 130lb world title to move up to lightweight. Katsidis, on the other hand, has now dropped three of his last four fights.
British and Commonwealth super middleweight king George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round KO over former “Contender” contestant Paul Smith (31-3, 17 KOs). Smith was down twice before it was stopped. Time was 1:18.
Unbeaten middleweight Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed game, but outgunned Gary Boulden (5-3-2, 0 KOs) over ten rounds. The score was 99-92.
By Graham Houston
It’s the turn of Lucian Bute to take on ageless warrior Glen Johnson, and the Montreal-based Romanian is ready for 12 rounds of boxing in Quebec on Saturday night. After all, who can stop the very tough, always superbly conditioned veteran from Miami by way of Jamaica? In the Bute camp the plan is to win every minute of every round, although a stoppage would be a tremendous achievement.
Bute is a massive favourite in the betting, which seems a bit unkind on Johnson. That said, it is difficult to see how the 42-year-old Johnson can overcome a younger, taller, faster, more naturally gifted opponent whose firepower is considered superior. (more…)
Don King’s world championship boxing event tonight has officially sold out just hours before doors open in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
“I want to thank our partners at the Seminole Hard Rock in South Florida, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and their Chairman James Billie, and all of the prizefighters on our card for a job well done,” King said. “I can’t wait to get to Hard Rock Live to witness the event live and in person myself. The Seminole Hard Rock is working right now to put up the live WealthTV telecast around their property for those who can’t get inside the event. I live and promote for this type of thing. It’s very exciting!” (more…)
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