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By Blair Diamond / Fightnews Canada at ringside
Undefeated welterweight Samuel Vargas (9-0-1 3KO) scored his most impressive victory to date, dispatching Manolis Plaitis (17-2-1 8KO) at 2:49 of the opening round with referee Dave Dunbar waving off the action before reaching the count of ten. Vargas fighting in front of his hometown fans at The Hershey Center in Mississauga Ontario is not known as a big hitter now has two stoppages in a row after a drought that lasted from his maiden voyage as a pro two years ago. Vargas captures the vacant Canadian welterweight title with the victory over Plaitis who previously held the same belt at 140 pounds. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II won by TKO in the eighth round at 2:20 over Mario Flores in his first fight of 2012, retaining his WBC Cabofe featherweight title for the third time. Sanchez dominated the entire fight and gradually wore down his opponent to win comprehensively. “It was a good fight and I hope to be back as soon as possible. It’s not an easy road but we’re looking for better alternatives and good fights. Every time I learn something new and I must concentrate on technique and movements in the ring to move forward,” said Sanchez. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a surprise, hometown favorite Juan Carlos “Zurdito” Sanchez (14-2-1, 7 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision to dethrone Rodrigo “Gatito” Guerrero (17-4, 10 KOs) and snatch the IBF super flyweight world title at the Union Arena in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Scores were 116-112, 119-109 and 115-113 for the 2011 Campeon Azteca tournament.
“I am very happy,” said Sanchez. “My dream of being a world champion has been fulfilled. I knew that few gave me an opportunity to win, but I always believed in myself and thank God Almighty.”
Guerrero said he thought he did enough to win and wants a rematch.
Also super bantamweight Daniel ¨Rositas” Rosas (13-0-1, 9 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Fernando Vargas (15-7-2, 11 KOs) and lightweight Daniel “Cañerito” Ruiz (27-4-1, 19 KOs) outpointed Mario “Pocho” Pérez (11-4-1, 8 KOs) over ten. (more…)
Adil Anwar is gunning for a British title shot after defeating Tyrone Nurse in the final of the Prizefighter Light Welterweights II at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall. Anwar and Nurse were unbeaten going into the 23rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight man, one night tournament so there was plenty at stake in the all-Yorkshire final, with local bragging rights, both boxers ‘0’s’ and the title and £32,000 winner’s check. Both men had used their slick elusive styles to get to the climax of the evening in the sold-out Civic Hall, and it was ‘The Platinum Kid’ Anwar who used the style to dazzle the judges, firing in his jab to keep Nurse at bay and even wobbling the 22 year-old with a late flurry to secure a unanimous decision that he believes pushes him into title contention, with Brit king Ashley Theophane the chief target. (more…)
Former WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (28-1, 18 KOs) returns Saturday night to score a fifth round KO over Carlos Caicedo Vernaza (4-3-1, 4 KOs) in Hamburg, Germany. A left hook to the body finished Cascedo. It was Sartison’s second fight in his comeback following a serious knee injury that led to him giving up his world title. Sartison will now gear up for an April 21 clash with Universum stablemate and reigning WBA champion Karoly Balzsay.
In other action, cruiserweight cruiserweight Kai Kurzawa (28-4, 20 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Levan Jomardashvili (25-6, 18 KOs) and heavyweight Christian Hammer (10-3, 6 KOs) stopped Serdar Uysal (13-16-2, 6 KOs) in round two. Uysal was down five times.
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Tampa, FL – Unbeaten WBC USNBC titlist Daniel “El Alcaran” Lozano easily handled Manuel Galaviz in front of a capacity crowd at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida Friday night. Fight Night Productions’ “Ker’s WingHouse Fight Night” event was dedicated to the memory of Hall of Fame trainer Angelo Dundee. In a somber day for boxing with the burial of Angelo Dundee in nearby Clearwater, the young fighters put on an exciting spectacle, showcased by numerous knockdowns and knockouts. (more…)
Sources are confirming that a verbal agreement in principle has been made for former world champion Ronald “Winky” Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) to face unbeaten world ranked Peter Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) May 5th on the undercard of the Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto main event. The bout is to be fought near the middleweight weight limit and scheduled for 10 rounds. Wright who has not fought since 2009 is the one who sought out Quillin and is said to be in excellent shape currently weighing around 163 pounds.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KOs), the former IBF cruiserweight and WBC light heavyweight champion and currently considered one of top heavyweights in the world, is ready for “whatever comes next, anything. Just finished my daily training, working on some things we were doing during my three mini-camps with Roger Bloodworth – mostly hand speed and finishing combination with a heavy punch,” said ‘Góral.’ “Can’t wait to test what we were working on in real life.”
“I have to be ready when the phone call comes and be ready to start a training camp immediately, without unnecessary delay. Many of my fans are asking when and where I will fight. Hopefully I will be able to answer this question pretty soon. Anybody who knows me knows that I cannot wait to step into the ring again, but I probably spoiled a lot of people in past years fighting 3-4 times a year, so it’s my fault, you guys are right,” laughed Adamek, who fought last on September 10, losing battle for WBC heavyweight against Vitali Klitschko.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Here’s a better video of the disgraceful postfight riot in Argentina.
John Dodson fight? What John Dodson fight? That’s the attitude TJ Dillashaw took following the first and only loss of his pro mixed martial arts career last December. For him, the key to being able to regroup and rebound is a simple one. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
A group of Argentinian boxing fans attacked the Filipino fighter Joel Casimero in his corner after the end of his IBF light flyweight world championship fight with Argentinian former champ Luis Lazarte on Friday night at Club Once Unidos, Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Casimiro had just become IBF interim champion after beating the local hero by TKO in round ten when the referee Eddie Claudio stopped the bout and immediately a barrage of bottles and chairs flew into the ring and a group of thugs savagely attacked Casimero and his team. The boxer ended up hiding under the ring apron in an ugly and shameful scene.
The postponement of Ortiz-Berto II and Telefutura doing a studio show this week have left U.S. boxing fans with a rare Saturday night with no live boxing on television. Luckily wbcboxing.tv will come to the rescue with a full night of live boxing action. A championship boxing webcast, free of charge, (available worldwide except in Mexico) will kick off at 10PM ET/7PM PT from the Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City.
The action includes the ten round CABOFE featherweight title clash between Salvador Sanchez II (27-4-3, 15 KOs) and Mario Flores (10-7-1, 4 KOs), an eight round lightweight clash between unbeaten Carlos Zarate Jr. (15-0, 10 KOs) and Juan Carlos Pacheco (2-7, 2 KOs) and a ten round super bantamweight clash between Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs) and Edgar Martinez (8-4, 4 KOs). (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib told Fightnews.com that he has had excellent preparation for his world title defense against Eduardo Escobedo of Mexico at the Derwent Entertainment Center on March 7 in Hobart, Tasmania. Dib is making the second defense of the title since defeating the highly regarded Jorge Laciervia in July 2012. There have been meetings in the USA with Dib and Top Rank and if successful on March 7, the classy Aussie could be boxing on the Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley on June 9th.
“This is a great opportunity but first I must hold my title when I defend on March 7 against Escobedo,” said Dib. “He’s a legitimate contender who has worked his way up to the number one rating. This is his opportunity to come out here and win the world title but unfortunately it is not going to happen; it’s going to be a tough night in the office for Eduardo. Lacierva came to Australia with great reputation and I think Escobedo is in the same class. I plan on beating Escobedo in the same fashion I defeated Lacierva; very convincingly. (more…)
Slovenian national hero and former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-2, 18 KOs) will return to the ring on March 24 against WBO #7 Bethuel Tyson Ushona (25-1, 8 KOs) from Namibia in a battle for the WBO Inter-Continental championship on March 24 in Maribor, Slovenia. 14 camera teams and over 50 media representatives were on hand at Friday’s press conference to announce the event.
Jan Zaveck: “I’m really fired up for this fight. It’s a tough test on the way back to the world title. Ushona is WBO African champion and the current #7 in the WBO rankings. He’s significantly younger than me and very, very hungry to get even closer to the top. But I will prove to all boxing fans that I am clearly pursuing my goal to become world champion again. It’s nice to box again in my own country. Maribor is so close to my hometown of Ptuj, and here I’m able to celebrate my first big success as a boxer. I look forward to a ‘hot dance’ in Maribor!” (more…)
Featherweight Orlando”El Fenomeno” Cruz (18-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round KO over Alejandro “Pique” Delgado (15-6, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Cruz, coming off a spectacular knockout win over previously unbeaten Michael Franco last October, dropped Delgado twice in the eleventh to end it. The bout was for the WBO Latin featherweight title.
Also, unbeaten heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (15-0, 12 KOs) won by disqualification over Epifanio “El Diamante” Mendoza (32-14-1, 28 KOs). Click here for more photos…
Fight fans are invited to meet the team of Thompson Boxing Promotions fighters that will be taking the stage in just under three weeks on February 24 at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, Calif. Be there to witness their open workout as well as enjoy the autograph and photograph opportunities. On hand will be promoter Ken Thompson, WBC Latino welterweight champ Artemio “King” Reyes, NABF super bantamweight champ Efrain Esquivias, welterweight Aron “El Asesino” Martinez, welterweight Dashon “Fly Boy” Johnson, super bantamweight Richard “El Terminador” Contreras and minimumweight Sindy “La Alacrana” Amador. Special guest is the original Robin “The Boy Wonder” Burt Ward and the Batmobile. KGGI’s 99.1 FM’s Jeff Pope will do a live broadcast on location. It all starts today at 11AM at Thompson Building Materials, 11027 Cherry Avenue, Fontana, California.
Super lightweight contender Lucas Martin Matthysse (30-2, 28 KOs) was victorious when Angel “Arcangel” Martinez (13-2-1, 9 KOs) didn’t come out for round six on Friday night at the Gimnasio Municipal #1 in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. With the win, Matthysse is now ready for a possible May 19 world title showdown with Humberto “Zorrita” Soto at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
In a clash for the interim IBF jr flyweight title, Johnriel Casimero (16-2, 10 KOs) of the Philippines scored a tenth round TKO over hometown favorite and former world champion Luis Lazarte (49-11-2, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Club Once Unidos in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was a dirty fight with both fighters being deducted points. Casimero dropped Lazarte twice in the ninth and Lazarte was still out of it beginning the tenth. After Lazarte was floored again and was taking more shots, the bout was waved off by referee Eddie Claudio. After the stoppage, unruly spectators showered the ring with debris and chairs and several even attacked Casimero’s handlers. No announcement was made after the fight.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Carlos Zarate Jr. and Salvador Sanchez II will go on Saturday night in separate bouts at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro with the intention of continuing to write their own stories on a card billed as “Heroes of Glory” will be broadcast on Televisa and presented by Boxeo de Gala.
Sal Sánchez II 125 vs Mario “Naricitas” Flores 125.25
(WBC Cabofe featherweght title)
Carlos Zárate 133.75 vs Juan Carlos Pacheco 134
Ringside by Scott Ploof
World rated WBO #9, IBF #12, WBC #14, WBA #15 and undefeated Providence, RI native, Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a tremendous second round TKO over Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-11, 17 KOs) in the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun arena in Uncasville, CT. Andrade knocked Hernandez down early in the second round with a solid right hand. Shortly after a stunned Hernandez, who was outclassed from the beginning, was met by Andrade with an amazing left right combination. That amazing two punch combination from Andrade sent his opponent down to the canvas for good as referee Steve Smoger immediately stopped the fight to protect Hernandez. With the victory, Andrade captured his first professional title, the NABO junior middleweight strap. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
The first featured fight of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights telecast could quite possibly be the fight of the night as a ten round junior welterweight brawl ensued between Philadelphia’s Raymond “Tito” Serrano and New York’s Kenny Abril. An excellent back and forth fight that saw Abril knockdown Serrano in the third round, Serrano come back and landed significant combinations. Both fighters landed some aggressive counter punching from both fighters. The difference maker in the bout was that in the later rounds, Serrano controlled the action in the mid to final rounds with his aggressive ring generalship and superior body punching. In the end, the judges at ringside scored the bout all in favor of Serrano 97-92 twice and 95-94. With the victory, Serrano keeps his unbeaten streak alive (18-0, 8 KOs) while Abril (11-2-4, 6 KOs) suffers only his second professional defeat. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
According to Oscar de la Hoya’s Twitter account it is a done deaL: Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (39-0-1, 29 KOs) will be facing former three-division champion “Sugar” Shane Mosley (49-7-1, 39 KOs) on the undercard of Floyd Mayweather vs. Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Alvarez will be defending his WBC Jr. Middleweight title for the fourth time and is coming off a fifth round TKO over another former welterweight champ, Kermit Cintron last November in Mexico City. Mosley is coming off a one-sided decision loss to Manny Pacquiao back in May.
The WBO has warned former WBO jr middleweight champion Serhiy Dzinziruk that he needs to fight if he wants to retain his lofty #2 WBO rating. Dzinziruk was stripped of his WBO title last October for failure to defend his belt, and interim titlist Zaurbek Baysangurov was elevated to full champion’s status. The Ukrainian, who lost his last fight by KO against Sergio Martinez at middleweight, hasn’t fought in the 154lb division since May 2010. “Now, it is time for Mr. Serhiy Dzinziruk to comply with the guidelines of both the WBO and the ABC if he is to maintain his rating criteria,” wrote WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel to Dzinziruk through his promoter.
Robert Guerrero: “Look at the facts Paulie, why did I turn you down? You’re a tremendous puncher? NO! You make for fan friendly fights? NO! You are a HBO or Showtime approved fighter? NO! Fact is, Eric Gomez at Golden Boy said you wouldn’t be approved to fight on a date that isn’t a Pay Per View. So if our promoter can convince a network that you are worthy enough to be on your own date, then let’s rumble. I got a Shark Tank waiting.”
By Boxing Bob Newman
The officials for the IBF jr. bantamweight world title fight between Rodrigo Guerrero and Juan Carlos Sanchez on Saturday in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico are as follows:
Referee: Ramon Corona (USA)
Judges: Levi Martinez (USA), Ruben Garcia (USA), Larry Hazard Jr (USA)
Supervisor: David McCullough (USA)
WBO #1 lightweight Kevin Mitchell moved to 33-1 with 24 KOs after a ten round decsion win over Felix Lora (14-9-5, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the famous York Hall in Bethnal Green/London. Mitchell dropped Lora in round two en route to an uneventful 98-92 verdict on the card of referee Richard James Davies, the sole arbiter. Mitchell, who is expected to return March 16 in another tune-up, is hoping to land a fight with WBO champion Ricky Burns in the summer.
Although the WBA has already held a purse bid for a fight between former IBF 140lb champion Paul Malignaggi, (30-4, 6 KOs) and reigning WBA welterweight champion Vycheslav Senchenko (32-0, 21 KOs) to take place in April, it looks like Malignaggi will instead take an undercard fight on the Mayweather-Cotto pay-per-view telecast in Las Vegas. Malignaggi says he agreed to a fight against Golden Boy stablemate Robert Guerrero, but claims Guerrero has refused to fight him. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Jimmy Lange 153.6 vs. Ruben Galvan 153.4
(WBU light middleweight title)
Joe Wyatt 147 vs. Michael Stewart 146
(Vacant WBU welterweight title)
Tori Nelson 158 vs. Vashon Living 154.8
(Vacant IBA female middleweight title)
Todd Wilson 139 vs. Fernando Basora 140
Harry Joe Yorgey 162 vs. Lawrence Jones 164
Dennis Benson 242 vs. Duane Mobley 247
Kevin Womack Jr. 144 vs. Richard Andrews 148
Venue: The George Mason University Patriot Center, Fairfax, Virginia
Promoter: Ice Promotions
Rodrigo “Gato” Guerrero 115 vs. Juan Carlos “Zurdito Sánchez 115
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Daniel Rosas122 lbs vs Fernando Vargas 122
Daniel Ruiz 135 lbs vs Mario Pérez 135
Jorge Cota 154 lbs Vs Francisco Ríos 154.5
Venue: Nueva Arena Unión, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
TV: TV Azteca more photos
By Ron Jackson
WBF junior welterweight champion Ali Funeka is scheduled to defend his belt against former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve Forbes on April 24 in the United States at a venue to be announced. The 35-year-old Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs) who won the IBF junior lightweight belt in December 2000 when he stopped John Brown in the eighth round has only won four of his last ten fights since January 2006.
Fighting at welterweight in his most recent contest on June 17, 2011 Forbes was stopped in the tenth round by Karim Mayfield in a poor fight in which he spent most of the time pushing and leaning on his opponent.
Funeka, 34, from Mdantsane near East London who is trained by former IBF junior featherweight champion Vuyani Bungu, won the vacant WBF belt in November last year when he scored a highly disputed 12 round spilt points decision against fellow South African Zolani Marali. (more…)
Here’s a quick quiz for the readers out there: guess which weight class produced the following averaged output per round at UFC 136? 60 strikes thrown and at least two takedowns attempted? Did you guess “heavyweight”? Probably not; maybe more like lightweight . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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For 12 rounds last December, Lamont “Havoc” Peterson and Amir “King” Khan battled it out in one of the most compelling championship bouts of 2011. When it was over, controversy raged over the officiating and the final judges’ verdict, but in the end Peterson won a split decision capturing Khan’s world championship belts. On Saturday, May 19, the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nev. will host the highly anticipated Unified Super Lightweight World Title rematch the boxing world has clamored for as Lamont Peterson will defend his WBA World Super Championship and IBF World Championship against Khan in a fight televised live on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA executive vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza, Jr. explains the WBA’s position on multiple titles, interim titles and super champions…
Boxing and its complexities can be a trite expression, but makes perfect sense when discussing boxing’s peculiarities. One of the most discussed flash points today is undoubtedly the criticism of multiple titles, as they can be confusing to the fans.
The anarchic and dissident nature originates from the roots of the world sanctioning bodies. Commercial interests has always been held in high regard in sports, the creation of the WBC, IBF and WBO was a product of divergence to meet the needs of various boxing promoters. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Tijuana’s Box Latino is offering a triple threat as the main dish of their “Sangre y Patria (Blood and Country” this Saturday night at the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. In the main event, Mexico City’s Oscar “Finito” Gonzalez (27-1, 20KOs) faces the hard hitting late sub Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza (28-12, 26KOs) for the vacant WBC International super bantamweight title while popular local junior flyweight Javier “Cobra” Mendoza (15-2-1, 12KOs) defends his WBC Continental Americas strap against Armando “Chiquita” Gonzalez (20-7, 4KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico. In a special attraction, undefeated super flyweight Ivan “Niño Maravilla” Morales (15-0, 10KOs) will match up against the experienced Ricardo “Rocky” Armenta (15-13-1, 7KOs) in an eight rounder. Ivan is the younger brother of Erik “Terrible” Morales and former WBO 115 lbs. champ Diego “Pelucho” Morales. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior welterweight Antonio Orozco will fight Rodolfo Armenta at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on February 24th, manager Frank Espinoza told Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon. Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez also confirmed on Thursday night that the Orozco-Armenta bout will be part of a “ShoBox: the New Generation” card that will feature unbeaten junior welterweight Jessie Vargas and light middleweight contender Deandre Latimore in separate televised bouts. Orozco, (12-0, 8 KOs) from San Diego, CA, won a one-sided six round unanimous decision over Fernando Gonzalez in his last bout on September 17th. Armenta, (11-5, 9 KOs) who hails from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, stopped Pablo Becerra in the fourth round of his last bout in December. Armenta has faced two notable fighters in the past couple of years. He lost a four round majority decision to Omar Chavez in February 2009 and six months later, was stopped by unbeaten lightweight Sharif Bogere in the second round. According to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino website, tickets to the card are already on sale. Vargas is promoted by Mayweather Promotions.
Adil Anwar (10st 2lb 13oz)
Dean Harrison (10st 2lb 15oz)
Mark Lloyd (10st 2lb 9oz)
Dale Miles (10st 14oz)
Barry Morrison (10st 2lb 10oz)
Young Mutley (10st 1lb 5oz)
Tyrone Nurse (10st 2lb 15oz)
John Watson (10st 2lb 3oz)
Danny Connor (10st 1lb 15oz)
Jerome Wilson (10st 1lb 8oz)
Kell Brook and Matthew Hatton (who fight on March 17) will perform the live draw for Prizefighter Light Welterweights II at the sold-out Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England. This is the 23rd edition of Matchroom Sport’s eight man, one night tournament. The winner collects £32,000.
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