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The Ultimate Fighter® Live coaches and bitter rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber picked their teams this past week from the field of 16 finalists who won their elimination bouts to enter The Ultimate Fighter® Live House. Missouri native Justin Lawrence was the first overall selection by Team Cruz, while his teammate James Vick (5-0), of Fort Worth, Texas and Team Faber’s Daron Cruickshank (10-2), of Wayne, Mich., were slated to face off in the first fight of the night. (more…)
Things turned from bad to worse for WBA / WBC / WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs), who was forced to pull out of the “women´s fight of the year” against French power puncher Anne Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs). The First Lady underwent surgery in Berlin to get her tonsils removed. “I am gutted,” Braekhus said from hospital. “This is the biggest disappointment of my career.” The April 21 Nordic Fight Night at Frederikshavn´s Arena Nord will go ahead as planned, with Andreas Evensen (15-2-1, 6 KOs) flying the flag for Norway as he fights former world title challenger Tomas Villa (23-8-4, 14 KOs) for the WBA International featherweight title. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
24-year-old light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) needed only three rounds during “Fight Night 22” in Chicago, to accomplish two important feats. The “Polish Prince” both won the IBO/USBO light heavyweight belt and prolonged his streak to nine consecutive wins by knockout. This time, on the receiving end of Fonfara’s KO power was former super middleweight champ Byron Mitchell (29-10, 22 KOs), who should understand after this fight that besides bringing a wealth of experience, he can’t compete anymore with stronger and younger fighters like Fonfara. Mitchell was down twice in the first round and one more time in the round three before trainer George Hernandez decided that Byron had received enough punishment for one night. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
In his first show in several months, promoter Carlos Llinas put on a seven-bout card Friday night at the Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan, that was something less than one for the ages, but it did have its entertaining moments.
And Llinas kept things moving. No set intermissions and if the main-go was sleep-inducing with near-contender Darryl Cunningham picking and chipping to an eight-round shutout over opponent Vance Garvey, the bout was followed by a wild swinging affair by two novice crusiserweights that had loser James Guy bounding off the ropes like he was drunk on a trampoline before getting stopped by sheer exhaustion more than the 1-2 Demetrius Banks. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBO #11 flyweight Glenn “Boyet” Donaire (19-4-1, 10 KOs), brother of boxing superstar Nonito Donaire, scored a hard-fought twelve round unanimous decision over two-time world title challenger Omar Salado (24-5-2, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the recently renovated Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. In an exciting two-way slugfest where both fighters had their moments, Donaire built an early lead, then withstood a late rally by Salado to win 116-112, 118-111, 115-113. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Undefeated lightweight prospect Omar Figueroa Jr. (15-0-1, 12 KOs) scored a second round KO over Ramon “Nino De Oro” Ayala (23-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Figueroa ended a good action fight with a barrage of punches at the 2:53 mark. Unfortunately for the winner, on Thursday he weighed in over the division limit forfeiting his WBO Intercontinental Youth title on the scale.
“It surprised me when he didn’t try to box because he is a pretty tall guy,” said Figueroa. “Once he started throwing power shots with me, I knew it wouldn’t last long. He had decent power so I was careful of his wild shots but I never thought the fight would make it past the third or fourth round.” more photos
Former WBO jr welterweight titlist Kendall “Rated R” Holt (28-5, 16 KOs) overpowered Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (19-3-1, 5 KOs) in a two round demolition on Friday night at the Morongo Resort Casino in Cabazon, California. Holt dropped Coleman with a left hook to the body in round one. Coleman was down three more times in round two before Coleman’s corner threw in the towel. Time was 2:23.
Said the victorious Holt, “The fight was good. I was more patient with my jab than usual. There were a couple of things he was doing in there that got me a little hesitant at first, but (boxing superstar and cornerman) Roy (Jones) told me to keep using my jab. The more I was relaxed the more I started to see things. I’m percent 100% satisfied with this victory.” (more…)
Raul Casarez 156 vs. JC Candelo 157
Carlos Molina 134.5 vs. Angino Perez 136
Isaac Torres 121.25 vs. Francisco Flores 121
Enrique Alvarez 144 vs. James Gabriel 141
Arturo Herrera 128.5 vs. Erick Loela 127.5
Venue: Pharr Convention Center, Pharr, Texas
Promoter Golden Boy
Photo: Eugene Sirota
Farah Ennis 170.2 vs. Dion Savage 170.4
Vitaliy Demyaneko 145.8 vs. Ayi Bruce 147.2
Glen Tapia 155 vs. Antonio Infante 154
Patrick Farrell 211.8 vs. Kelven Jenkins 206
Jose Peralta Alejo 142 vs. Sammy Santana 145
Mikeal Zewski 151.6 vs. Joel Vargas 150.6
Andrew Bentley 131.2 vs. Jose Rivera 129.4
Dennis Hasson TBA vs. Eddie Caminero 175.8
Venue: Ballys Atlantic City
Promoter: John Lynch’s Pound 4 Pound Promotions
First Bell: 7:30 pm
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Baja Boxing
Miguel “Mickey” Román 133.10 vs. Antonio De Marco 134.65
(WBC Lightweight title)
Antonio “Cañas” Lozada 139.50 vs Daniel Valenzuela 140
Venue: Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa
Promoters: Promociones del Pueblo, Baja Boxing and Gary Shaw
TV: Televisa (Mexico) more photos
Photos: Ed Diller
Sergio Martinez 157.5 vs. Matthew Macklin 158
(World Middleweight Championship)
Edwin Rodriguez 166 vs. Donovan George 166
Magomed Abdusalmov 221 vs. Jason Pettaway 228.5
Seanie Monaghan 173 vs. Eric Watkins 173
Charlie Ota 151.5 vs. Gundrick King 153.5
Danny McDermott 140.5 vs. Carl McNickles 137.25
Kevin Rooney Jr. 163.5 vs. Anthony Shuff 168
Thomas Hardwick 215 vs. Tyrone Gibson 207.5
Venue: The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
TV: HBO more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero, photo: Alma Montiel
Alicia Ashley 121 vs. María Elena Villalobos 120
(WBC super bantamweight world title)
Carlos Zárate Jr. 135 vs. Charly Valdez 135.
Reyes Sánchez 139.25 vs. Edgar Lomelí 139.25
Fermín de los Santos129.80 vs. Moisés Delgadillo 129.80
Mario Heredia 235.40 vs. Alejandro de la Torre 299
Juan Antonio Rodríguez 129.8 vs. Gilberto Bolaños 130.9
Venue: Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala
TV: Cadena 3
By Gabriel F. Cordero, photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Omar Chavez 151 vs. Emilio Julio 150.5
Roman Gonzalez 109 vs. Manuel Jimenez 109.3
Marisela Quintero 108.5 vs. Yesenia Martinez 108
Orlando Lora 162 vs. Francisco Villanueva 160
Enrique Bernache 122 vs. Saul Hermosillo 122.5
Valentin Leon 113 vs. Jose Luis Rosales 113.5 Bs
Jose Uzcategui 163 vs. Daniel Yocupicio 163.5
Oscar Arce 112 vs. Michelle Anaya 112
Venue: Palenque De Gallos, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Corpox
TV: TV Azteca
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Ukrainian boxer Sergey Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) will be the fighter facing boxing legend and future Hall of Fame Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) for interim WBO light welterweight title on April 14 at the “New” Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. This information was officially given to Fightnews.com from the CEO of K2 Promotion Alexander A. Krassyuk. “I know that Marquez was set to fight against Cesar Rene Cuenca, but they couldn’t agree on finances. We have met the conditions and on April 14 Sergey will give serious opposition to the Mexican in his hometown. This is a great chance for us,” said Krassyuk.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Thursday, Mexican four-division world champion Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) closed his high altitude training camp at the Otomi Ceremonial Center and traveled to Tijuana. Morales should be headed to Houston on Sunday night with his team to meet the fight week activities planned by Golden Boy Promotions for fight against Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) in the first defense of his WBC super lightweight world title. “Terrible” Morales spent five weeks training in the mountains of the Mexico State and will arrive in great physical condition for this fight. “Once more I did this high altitude camp,” said Moreles. “I need to keep the speed now. Garcia is young and I have to respect his youth but my experience will be the difference to get the win.”
Lightweights Jose Hernandez and Peter Oluoch will meet March 31 in the ten round main event of Halquist Productions’ “Battle at the Boat 86”. The card takes place at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
Dubbed as “Loco” for his fearlessness inside the squared circle, Hernandez, 12-5-1 (5 KOs), is consistently fighting top-notch competition. Spending much of his career in his opponents’ backyards, Hernandez lost a number of controversial decisions and the six fights he did not win came against fighters with a combined record of 85-4-1. The Fort Worth, TX native also defeated contender Noe Bolanos and prospect Aaron Garcia, knocking out the latter in 5 rounds to capture the WBC Youth title back in 2009.
Oluoch, who’s traveling more than 9,000 from Nairobi, Kenya for his American debut, fought 17 of his 18 bouts in Africa. At 11-5-2 (6 KOs), Oluoch went the distance with contenders Justin Juuko, Rustam Nugaev and Bethuel Uushona. (more…)
Meadowhall Shopping Centre stood still today as Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton weighed in for tomorrow night’s War of the Roses clash at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield. Both men took to the scales live on Sky Sports News, Hatton making the weight first at 146.75 lbs. before Brook travelled down the escalators to a rapturous reception from his home town following as he tipped the scales at 146.25 lbs.
“I am overwhelmed by the turn out today,” said Brook. “Coming down to a reception like that was just amazing, I have been buzzing for fight night for a while now and that’s given me another boost. I’d like to thank all the fans that turned out today and I promise them that I will make Sheffield proud tomorrow night.”
By Francisco Salazar
Some boxing insiders consider Southern California fight fans to be the luckiest in the sport because of the number of fight cards that take place frequently. Tonight is another example as three fight cards take place with 90 miles of one another.
Welterweight contenders Kendall Holt (27-5, 15 KOs) and Tim Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) will square off in a 10 round bout at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, about 25 miles west of Palm Springs. Both hope to rebound from their respective losses in their last fight. The opening televised bout between two of the more talented Southern California super featherweights should be a barnburner between unbeaten Abraham Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) and Gabriel Tolmajyan (12-1-1, 3 KOs). Both will go at it in a scheduled eight round bout. In a six round clash, two Central Valley fighters will clash as Rufino Serrano (12-3) of Santa Maria takes on Roman Morales (9-0, 6 KOs) of San Ardo. The fight card, promoted by Gary Shaw, will be televised on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.” For tickets, call 800-252-4499.
Forty miles to the east, on the other side of Palm Springs, Golden Boy Promotions promotes a fight card at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio. In the main event, Omar Figueroa (14-0-1, 11 KOs) will take on Ramon Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs) in a 10 round bout, while local super bantamweight Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) faces hard-hitting Jose Luis Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs). For tickets, call 800-827-2946.
For fight fans in the Los Angeles basin that cannot make the drive to the desert, All Star Boxing will present a card at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello. In the six round main event, welterweight Jose Zepeda (8-0, 6 KOs) of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico will take on Escondido, CA’s Sergio De La Torre (11-15-3, 1 KO). Welterweight Azriel Paez (1-0, 1 KO) will face amateur standout Jorge Castro, who will be making his professional debut in a four round bout. Lightweight Irving Garcia (5-1, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, CA will face Hemet, CA’s Jalani Wilson (0-0-1) in a four round bout. First bell is scheduled for 7:30PM and tickets could be purchased for $50. For tickets and information, call All Star Boxing at (323) 816-6200 or (323) 781-4871.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
The Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission has suspended former two-division world champion Juan Manuel Lopez and summoned him to a hearing on March 26. Thus, Lopez has been hit with two suspensions, as he has already been suspended by the WBO, which gave him until today to demonstrate why he shouldn’t continue to be suspended. Lopez is planning a press conference Monday and Tuesday to apologize to referee Roberto Ramirez, which might serve as a mitigating circumstance as the Commission’s investigation is ongoing.
Photo: Fabio Bozzani
On Saturday in Pavia, Italy, OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) will promote a major show with Giacobbe Fragomeni and Silvio Branco fighting for the vacant WBC silver world cruiserwieght title in the headliner. An important battle between Italian boxers has excited Italian fans and tickets are going fast. The chance to fight WBC world champion Krysztof Wlodarczyk has motivated Fragomeni and Branco and both of them said that they prepared better than ever and are confident to bring home the silver belt. Fragomeni twice fought the Polish star, getting one draw and a KO loss, while Branco sparred with him many times in the past.
Giacobbe Fragomeni’s record is made of 33 fights: 29 wins (12 KOs), 3 losses and 1 draw. He was WBC world champion from October 24, 2008 to November 21, 2009. Professional since July 1988, Silvio Branco built a record of 62 wins (37 KOs), 10 losses and 2 draws. He became world champion in three weight divisions: middleweight, super middleweight (both were World Boxing Union titles) and light heavyweight (World Boxing Association, twice). (more…)
On April 20, former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad Intentions” Taylor (29-4-1, 18 KOs) returns to take on undefeated Caleb “Golden” Truax (18-0-1, 10 KOs) in a 10-round middleweight matchup, and former Cuban amateur star Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) takes on Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) in a ten round jr middleweight clash. The nationally-televised fights will take place at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Taylor made his successful return to the ring in December after a nearly two-year layoff, scoring an eighth-round TKO over Jesse Nicklow. The Lara-Hearns matchup was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year on the undercard of the Victor Ortiz vs. Andre Berto rematch but the entire card was postponed after Berto suffered a torn biceps.
A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced shortly. Tickets, priced at $150, $100, and $50 plus tax and service charge, are available online at www.beaurivage.com, by phone at 888.566.7469 or in person at the Beau Rivage Theatre box office.
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that IBF mini flyweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi will meet Japan’s Katsunari Takayama in a return match on March 30 in East London. On January 29 last year, the fight between Joyi from Mdantsane and Takayama from Osaka ended in a no contest when it was stopped in the third round after an accidental clash heads resulted in a gash on the top of Takayama’s head. The South African was dominating the fight at the time. (more…)
Photos: Baja Boxing
The final press conference for the Antonio DeMarco-Miguel “Mickey” Roman WBC lightweight title tilt slated for Saturday, March 17th, was held yesterday around noon, Los Mochis, Mexico, time at the Hotel Plaza Inn in downtown Los Mochis. The twelve round main event will mark the first defense of hometown DeMarco’s green and gold belt that he capture late last year with a come from behind knock out win over former two-time world champion Jorge Linares of Venezuela. The bout will be televised live in Mexico by Televisa’s “Sabados de Corona” boxing series and is presented by Baja Boxing in association with Gary Shaw Promotions and Promociones del Pueblo.
“I am well prepared for this fight. You already know me and on Saturday I am going to give a great show and I am going to win the fight,” the challenger Roman (37-9, 28Kos) of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, stated while at the podium. “I am here in DeMarco’s backyard for his title. All I hope is that he is not scared of me and for him to stand and exchange punches with me. I am not looking for the decision but if it comes down to that, I hope the judges respect my win and they don’t come out with a surprise.”
As far as DeMarco (26-2-1, 19KOs), who has lived in Tijuana for the last twelve years, responded to Roman’s challenge all the while with his young daughter Camila sitting on his lap, “It is true that at the age of fourteen I left Los Mochis with nothing but now I am back as the world champion but on Saturday I have to answer inside the ring because I know very well that I can go back to Tijuana with empty hands. I am ready to fight at the pace my challenger sets. I am very strong, especially mentally and God willing, we are going to win on Saturday. I am motivated by my opponent’s style and the fact that nobody has ever knocked him out, I want to be the first.” (more…)
Throughout the history of boxing, there are fighters who have an attribute that gives them a noticeable advantage inside the ring.
Some fighters have blazing speed. Some have devastating punching power. Some fighters know how to use their reach, allowing them to repeatedly connect over their opponents.
Then there are the few that have the natural ability or were “born” to be a fighter, like Muhammad Ali, Ray Robinson, or Ray Leonard.
Abraham Lopez may be an undefeated fighter, but he has yet to fight in a career-defining fight. However, the fighter from La Puente, CA may have a decided edge with a unique advantage that some fighters have trouble dealing with in fights. (more…)
Light heavyweight Denis Simcic (27-1, 14 KOs) has been added to the March 24 boxing card in Maribor, Slovenia headlined by former world champion Zan Zaveck against Betuel Tyson Ushona. Simcic will face unbeaten Czech Adam Hubinger (14-0, 10 KOs) in a clash for the WBO European belt.
SES Boxing has also announced an exclusive TV deal with Germany’s “Das Vierte” network. “In the current media landscape you must always open up new doors and build new partnerships,” said promoter Ulf Steinforth. “After very good meetings and negotiations with Das Vierte, I am very optimistic that we are now working to build a new power for ‘Live Boxing.’ For our attractive sport, for the boxing fans, for our great boxers, and also for our business partners and sponsors, this added TV platform is an acknowledgment of the good work in recent years and an important new building block for the future. We welcome everyone to the huge ‘Live Boxing’ premiere with Das Vierte on March 24 live from Maribor.”
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Sumio Yamada, WBC
DiBella Entertainment held a final press conference at Madison Square Garden in anticipation of Saturday’s showdown between World Middleweight Champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) and Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin (28-3, 19 KOs). The bout will be shown live on HBO at 10pm EST. The bout will be held at the Garden’s Theater on St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to featuring several Irish and local talent, the card includes an excellent semi-main event with young power-punchers Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) and Donovan “Da Bomb” George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) colliding in a super middleweight bout.
Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment, anticipates a sold out venue and a very vocal crowd. “I’m hoping for a sell-out, but there still are a few tickets available,” stated an excited DiBella. “The room is going to be rocking and rolling and it’s going to be jammed to the rafters. There are going to be a lot of Irishmen in there for Mr. Macklin and there’s going to be a contingent in there for Sergio. You’re going to see, I think, one of the loudest crowds you’ve seen on HBO in a long, long time.” (more…)
Glenn “Boyet” Donaire 113 Vs Omar Salado 114
(WBC Latin super flyweight title)
Miguel Angel Dominguez 111 Vs. Juan Antonio Hernandez 110
Edgar “Toluco” Garcia 118 Vs. Fernando Curiel 118
Octavio La Madrid 146 Vs. Alberto Sandoval 143
Eduardo Hernandez 123 Vs. Dorian Laguna 126
Jesus Garcia 111 Vs. Jair Monroy 112
David Ramirez 108 Vs. Luis Garcia 108
Venue: Auditorio Plaza Condesa, Mexico City
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr., Producciones Deportivas-Ricardo Maldonado Jr. and RB Producciones-Eric Reider
Shawn “Sniper” Cox sends a message to WBA interim cruiserweight champion Denis Lebedev in advance of their April 4 title fight.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Fonfara 174.8 vs. Byron Mitchell 176.7
Viktor Polyakov 159 vs. Derrick Findley 160
Paul Littleton, 161.4 vs. Guy Packer, 161.6
Adan Ortiz, 117 vs. Ricky Lacefield, 117.8
Chad McKinney, 146.4 vs. Clifford McPherson, 151.8
Raeese Aleem, 125.6 vs. DeWayne Wisdom, TBA
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Doors 7pm, First Bell 8pm
Kendall Holt 144 vs. Tim Coleman 143
Abraham Lopez 127 vs. Gabriel Tolmajyan 128.5
(Tolmajyan 1.5 lbs over, will have to weigh-in at 135 tomorrow noon)
Alejandro Luna 133 vs. Jose Mendoza 135
Rufino Serrano 122 vs. Roman Morales 121
Roy Tapia 123 vs. Jose Garcia 122.5
Derrick Murray 126 vs. Cesar Valenzuela 127
Jesus Gutierrez 137 vs. Manuel Del Cid 136
Venue: Morongo Casino, Cabazon, California
Promoter: Thompson Boxing/Gary Shaw
Report and photos by Tri Nguyen
This was not your typical prefight press conference. There were no insults. There was barely a frown in the whole room. Instead, Lamont Peterson and Amir Khan exchanged mutual respect and admiration at the W Hotel in Washington DC. Lots of it.
“These guys are good guys. Amir Khan is a good guy!” exclaimed Barry Hunter, Peterson’s trainer. “Me and Freddie Roach, if you saw us yesterday chatting, you would have thought this whole thing was a fraud! We were having a great time!”
“I want to thank the Peterson team for taking the rematch immediately. They could have turned it down but they didn’t.” said Amir Khan (26-2, 18 KOs).
But after members of both entourages, including their lawyers and promoters, exchanged pleasantries, they began to talk about fighting. Amir Khan wants his title belts back. He lost a hotly disputed split decision on December 10 in a fight marred by referee Joe Cooper’s points deduction. The two points cost Khan the fight. (more…)
Photos: Ed Diller
The final press conference was held today at the famed Madison Square Garden for Saturday night’s “THE REAL Middleweight Championship – Get Your Irish Up” card, presented by DiBella Entertainment.
Sergio Martinez: “It’s a great, great honor fighting at Madison Square Garden, the dream of my life.”
Matthew Macklin: “The only Irishmen I’ll need Saturday night are Seamus (left fist) and Paddy (right first). It’s been a long road to get here. I won everything on the way – Irish Championship, British Championship and European Championship twice. I should have won the WBA Championship but was stiffed by a horrible decision. Everything happens for a reason and I’m here now.”
“Sergio Martinez is the real middleweight champion and one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the world. I’ll be really proud when I win the world championship at Madison Square Garden.”
“I trained 10 weeks in Manhattan and had world-class sparring. This is it for No. 1. I’ll step in the ring 18 years to the day I started boxing. I have nothing bad to say about Sergio Martinez but every dog has his day. I’m going to be the new world middleweight champion.”
Promoter Lou DiBella: “There’s no ‘stinkability’ factor. They’re going to come into the ring and fight. They will entertain.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican referee Laurentino Ramirez will be the third man in the ring when Mexican WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (26-2-1, 19 KOs) defends against his compatriot Miguel ¨Mickey¨Roman (37-9, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. The three judges are Benjamin Rendon, Guillermo Ayon and Miguel Moran all from Mexico. The fight Supervisor is Carlos Gonzalez. Ring Officials: Since both fighters are from Mexico, the WBC appointed all Mexican officials as there will not be any conflict or neutrality.
WBC Presideny Jose Sulaiman has annonced that the WBC has created a ring officials supervision committee headed by Tom Kaczmarek from the United States. Former judges named to the committee include Angelo Polletii from Italy; Larry O’Connell from England; Richard Steele from USA; Ken Morita from Japan and a special guest TBA. This committee will be in charge of checking bout videos and make conclusions with several different opinions so they can be used during training and judge/referee clinics. They will be also in charge of reviewing fights where any of the parties disagree on the result.
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Undefeated lightweight prospect Omar Figueroa Jr. (14-0-1, 11 KOs), of Weslaco, Texas, was over the division-limit 135 pounds – he weighed 136.2 pounds and forfeited his WBO Intercontinental Youth title on the scale. His 10-round main event fight will go on as scheduled against Morelos, Mexico’s Ramon “Nino De Oro” Ayala (23-2-1, 11 KOs), who tipped the scale at 135 pounds.
The bantamweight fighters in Friday’s co-feature, local favorite Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs), of Coachella, Calif., and Tecate, Mexico’s Jose Luis “Tapitas” Araiza (29-5-1, 20 KOs), both weighed in at 117.8 pounds.
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, Calif.
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime more photos
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