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Former world champion Joshua Clottey (36-4, 21 KOs) will fight in his native Ghana on March 6th. It will mark the first time Clottey has fought there in nearly 10 years. Clottey will face Atlanta, Georgia veteran Xavier “X-Man” Tolliver (23-8, 15 KOs). The bout is scheduled for 12 rounds and the NBA Light Middleweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
There is a possibility that there will be a “WBA KO Drugs Festival” on March 24 at the Coliseo Miguel Grau in Callao, Peru. The event would be presented by the WBA and feature eight female world title fights (some for interim belts). The headliner would be Peruvian world champion Kina Malpartida who would defend her WBA super featherweight world crown against an opponent to be determined. The WBA plans to do three to four “KO Drugs Festival” events this year in Mexico, Peru, Panama or other countries.
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that Takalani Ndlovu will defend his IBF junior featherweight belt against Jeffrey Mathebula in a return match at Carnival City near Brakpan, South Africa, on March 24. On September 10, 2010 at Carnival City, Ndlovu 33-6; 18 and Mathebula 25-3-2; 14 fought to a highly disputed 12 round split points decision in an IBF title eliminator. The scores were 118-109 and 114-113 for Ndlovu and 114-113 for Mathebula.
Ndlovu would go on to win the IBF junior featherweight belt when he upset the highly rated Steve Molitor in March last year to avenge two previous losses against Molitor. He then made a successful defence against Giovanni Caro on October 29, 2011 in Mexico. (more…)
An IBF lightweight elimination bout that was scheduled to take place between John Molina Jr. and Marvin Quintero was recently called off and replaced by a junior welterweight attraction between Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. and Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez, that will take place February 17, and air on ESPN “Friday Night Fights.” The ESPN telecast will represent the first ever boxing event held at University of Texas at Arlington’s brand new College Park Center, which opened its doors this past December. The state of the art 6,200 seat stadium is home to UTA’s Mavericks men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball teams.
In one of the other featured bouts, Shawn Estrada (13-0, 12 KOs) gets back into action after recovering from knee surgery. The 26 year-old 2008 US Olympian super middleweight faces Terrance Woods (9-3, 6 KOs)
On March 30th, 2012 at Foxwoods Resort Casino’s MGM Grand Theater, middleweight Elvin Ayala and lightweight “Hammerin’” Hank Lundy will put their belts – and reputations – on the line at “All In,” presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports and broadcasted live in front of a worldwide audience on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights.”
Ayala (24-5-1, 11 KOs) will defend his USNBC title against Hector Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs), the son of former four-time world champion Hector “Macho” Camacho Sr., in the 10-round co-feature while WBC #4 Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) will defend his NABF title against No. 11-ranked “Dangerous” Dannie Williams (21-1, 17 KOs), the NABF’s No. 1 contender, in the 10-round main event.
“‘All In’ is an appropriate title, because these two ring warriors are putting everything on the line and going all in on March 30th at the beautiful MGM Grand Theater,” Burchfield said. “This is what boxing, and network television, needs – two title-holders with everything to lose willing to face anyone at any given time. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
This Saturday night sees the return of Erik “Terrible” Morales’ Box Latino to his hometown of Tijuana, Mexico. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Box Latino have not presented an event in Tijuana since Morales’ second comeback fight back in December of 2011 when “El Terrible” earned a tough unanimous decision over late sub Francisco Lorenzo. Now Morales and company return with “Sangre y Patria (Blood and Country)”, a multi-bout fight card scheduled for the Tijuana Municipal Auditorium. The fight card will be featured on Mexico’s premier TV network Televisa on their weekly boxing series “Sabados de Corona”. Slick boxer Oscar “Finito” Gonzalez (27-1, 21KOs) will match up skills against the always tough Mario “Maka” Briones (21-1-1, 15KOs) for the vacant WBC International super bantamweight strap. (more…)
Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira will make his Canadian boxing debut this Saturday night (Feb. 11) on a card, presented by United Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports, at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The exciting 21-year-old Oliveira (16-0, 12 KOs), rated #14 by the WBC, will fight Sergei “Baltic King” Melis (18-7, 7 KOs) inan eight-round special middleweight attraction. Oliveira, a Brazilian native who was raised in lives in Miami, was supposed to make his Canadian debut back on December 17 in Quebec City, but he was forced to withdraw from fighting on that show due to a stomach virus, high fever, and dehydration. (more…)
WBO #4 cruiserweight B.J. Flores (27-1-1, 17 KO’s) says he has turned down an offer by K2 Promotions to face #1 ranked Ola Afolabi (18-2-3, 8 KOs) on March 3rd for the WBO interim world title in Germany on the Wladimir Klitschko-Jean Marc Mormeck heavyweight title card.
“I want this fight,” Flores said, “I have been very active lately and ready for this type of challenge. But on twenty-six days notice? And having to go to Germany? This is a very serious fight for a very serious title and I demand my full 45 days of preparation, especially considering I just fought last Saturday. It’s only fair. I have worked very hard for this opportunity and combine that with a very very low $25,000 offer, it doesn’t seem like they really want this fight.” (more…)
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. defended his version of the WBC Middleweight Championship this past Saturday, February 4, and as long as Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez follows suit in his upcoming matchup against Matthew Macklin on March 17, promoter Lou DiBella expects the two to meet to determine who is the full and real WBC Middleweight Champion.
“As long as Sergio takes care business on March 17, Chavez must fight him next. Either fight him or he has to vacate his title. It’s plain and simple,” said DiBella. “We are tired of waiting for Chavez to step up to the plate. He needs to stop hiding behind his people and be a real champion. He says that he wants the fight, so then prove it. The WBC ruled in our favor at their convention in December, and the two were both permitted to have voluntary defenses. We don’t want to look past Sergio’s fight on March 17 because he is going to have his hands full with Macklin. If Sergio wins though, I expect negotiations to begin immediately for Sergio against Julio. Immediately!”
Host team Moscow Dynamo shutout and visiting Los Angeles Matadors last Friday night in Russia, 5-0, to move into a three-way tie with Dolce & Gabbana Milano Thunder and Astana Arlans, all sporting 6-2 records and 19 points, on top of Group A in the innovative World Series of Boxing (“WSB”). The Moscow vs. Los Angeles, distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media, replaced an originally scheduled Mexico City vs. Beijing match that was cancelled due to visa problems for members of the Chinese team.
The next WSB PPV will air Friday night, February 17, pitting host Mexico City Guerreros against unbeaten Group B leader Baku Fires, and also distributed by the undisputed King of combat sports PPV – Integrated Sports Media – for live viewing at 10:00 PM/ET – 7:00 PM/PT on satellite pay-per-view via DirecTV, DISH Network, iN DEMAND and Avail-TVN, for a suggested retail price of only $24.95. Mexico City vs. Baku will again be available via on-line PPV on Ustream.tv at http://www.ustream.tv/integratedsportsppv. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum met with Manny Pacquiao manager Michael Koncz and Bradley manager Cameron Dunkin over the weekend in San Antonio to finalize negotiations for Pacman’s fight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on June 9 against Timothy Bradley, pending Pacquiao’s final approval. “It can be difficult dealing with a guy so many time zones away in the Philippines,” Arum told the Los Angeles Times, “but I feel very good about this and think I’ll be in a position to announce something by [Tuesday]. I just have to get all the ducks in a row. I just need a complete sign-off from Manny.” Bradley, the 140lb champion, will be moving to 147 against Pacquiao.
Former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal announced on Twitter that his losing bet on New England Patriots in the Super Bowl cost him his expensive Mercedes-Benz S550.
In a follow-up statement, Pascal clarified the issue: “First and foremost I would like to apologize to anyone who was offended about my wager with my friend. As an athlete I am extremely passionate about sports and sometimes my emotions get the best of me. I really enjoyed the Super Bowl game; it was very intense! My friend and I made a friendly wager about the game. It did involve my car, but I neglected to mention that my friend would only keep my car for a month. Times are still extremely hard and different for all of us and I would never make a mockery out of these hard economic times by giving away a car. The wager I made was between a close friend of mine and it was simply that; a friendly wager. I do not condone gambling of any kind. This has definitely been a lesson for me. In the future I will be more responsible with what I choose to put on social media. Again, I apologize.”
Angelo, it has been a few days since you left the world, and the past few days been a struggle for me accepting this. I know you’re in a better place and I’m happy for you but I wish I had the chance to give you one last hug, hear you crack a joke, or even have you smack me to wake me up in the fight. I had big plans for us, I wanted to get back in contention and get a big TV fight so I could have you work my corner. I wanted to finish what we started but I guess God had other plans for you. I was just talking to a good friend of mine about you (an undefeated welterweight) I was telling him stories about how it was to work with you…minutes later I got a call saying you were gone. I’m thankful that I had a chance to talk to you a few months ago even though it was on the phone. I have some pictures of us together but even more memories…great memories! Most of all I just want to thank you for believing in me, for everything you taught me, and for giving a kid from Chicago a chance to be a part of a great team. Thanks for everything Angelo, Rest In Peace…David
Photos: Team Zaveck
Former IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck has his eye firmly on recapturing the world title. Currently, the Slovenian national hero in his hometown of Ptuj doing some basic training for his next fight. Last week his trainer Dirk Dzemski traveled to the Extra-Zaveck Gym in Ptuj, in order to start the “hot phase” of the preparations. “I hope that I’ll be standing in the ring in the next six to eight weeks and can start tackling my mission to be world champion again,” said Zaveck.
“Now Berto can’t face Ortiz, Mayweather probably won’t fight Pacquiao – in this wide open situation in my weight class I can and will have a say after my unfortunate injury-caused defeat against Berto. I want another world championship belt!” (more…)
Super Middleweight Contender Scott Sigmon thrilled the sold out crowd in Greensboro at the Guilford Convention Center, by scoring a third round TKO over game but outgunned Jimmy Campbell. WIth the victory Sigmon wins the WBC-US Title and catapults himself into the Super Middleweight picture. The fight was fought in a phone booth from the outset with Sigmon throwing and landing more and heavier shots. Sigmon took control of the fight late in the second when he landed a big left hook and straight right hand that visibly shook Campbell. Sigmon again hurt Campbell as the bell rag to end the second. Sigmon came out and jumped on Campbell in the third dropping him three times before referee Bill Clancy mercifully called a halt to the bout. Sigmon moves to 20-3 (12KO’s) while Campbell drops to 13-6. After the fight Sigmon said that he was proud to represent the WBC and looks forward to bigger challenges.
In the co-main event, former contender Jameel McCline looked to continue his comeback against journeyman Harold Sconiers. Apparently, Sconiers did not get his copy of the script. Sconiers pressed the fight from the beginning and landed more frequently than McCline who looked to be loading up trying to stop Sconiers with one well placed shot. That shot almost came. Late in the fifth McCline who was clearly behind on the cards landed the best shot of the night and looked to have Sconiers in trouble but McCline couldn’t follow up and close the show. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
The boxing world around DC, Maryland and Virginia has finally started to calm down after numerous celebrations of Lamont Peterson’s championship win over Amir Khan. After a action-free January, the Beltway gets back to business with three cards that cover all parts of the area.
On Saturday, February 11, Great Falls, VA junior middleweight Jimmy Lange will headline his 14th card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Lange will defend his WBU (World Boxing Union) Junior Middleweight title against “The Modern-Day Warrior” Ruben Galvan of Hammond, IN. (more…)
Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham will return to the ring on March 31 at the Sparkassen-Arena in Kiel, Germany. “King Arthur” will face an opponent to be named in what is being called a dress rehearsal for a world title fight. “My goal is to become world champion again,” said Abraham, who scored a fifth round KO over Pablo Oscar Natalio Farias on January 14th. “That was a first step in the right direction. Only one or two fights, then I will again get ahold of the world title.”
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Former Universum managing director Peter Hanraths, the man who discovered Dariusz “Tiger“ Michalczewski, Michael Löwe, the Klitschkos, Felix Sturm and Jürgen Brähmer, before retiring for health reasons seven years ago is back with the company. “Yes, it’s true, I can and will help Waldemar Kluch with his boxers to get to the top once again,” said Hanraths, now 66. “But I don’t need an official title. I’m a consultant for the new Universum and can do most my work from home. I need no training and will start immediately with negotiations for television partners. I also have some new and boxers who would like to fight for Universum. There’s a lot to do.”
Sauerland Promotions has officially signed 2009 world amateur champion and unbeaten highly touted junior middleweight prospect ‘Golden’ Jack Culcay (10-0, 6 KOs). Culcay’s first official fight under the Sauerland banner will take place on the undercard of the WBA heavyweight championship clash featuring champion Alexander Povetkin defending against challenger Marco Huck February 25th. Culcay based out of Germany by way of his native Ambato, Ecuador will fight in a special eight round junior middleweight featured attraction against an opponent to be announced shortly.
By Graham Houston
In the U.S. the big fight of the weekend was Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. outpointing Marco Antonio Rubio, in Europe it was the cruiserweight championship war in Germany that saw Yoan Pablo Hernandez win a unanimous decision over Steve Cunningham in their rematch.
Chavez looked huge at a fight-night weight of 181 pounds and Rubio couldn’t budge him. Rumours of less-than-ideal preparation (trouble making weight, a drink-driving charge in Los Angeles that was revealed the day of the fight) raised hopes for Rubio backers but this was like boxers from different weight divisions meeting.
Even though Chavez back-pedalled and coasted occasionally, perhaps to conserve energy, he was mostly bullying Rubio and banging him around. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Chris Perry at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions returned to the New Jersey scene in a big way with an explosive card called appropriately Super Brawl 1 which was stocked with several highly competitive bouts that entertained a raucous crowd of over thousand strong. In the ten round main event, “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (41-6, 30 KOs) captured the NABA lightweight title, outslugging Victor Vasquez (14-6-1, 7 KOs) en-route to hard fought seventh round stoppage. Heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (30-2, 22 KOs) captured the vacant IBS North American Continental title with a brutal second round knockout of David Saulsbury (7-5, 7 KOs) in the eight round co-feature of the evening. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Ed Diller/Star Boxing
Sports fans in Albany, New York turned out in droves on Saturday night as Star Boxing presented “KO AT THE TU” at the Times Union Center. In front of a loud and supportive crowd approaching 4,000 strong, heavyweight contender Joe “The Future “ Hanks (19-0, 13 KOs) defended his IBA Americas Title by second round TKO against 6’7 Cuban Rafael Pedro (21-10-1, 15 KOs).
The 28-year-old Hanks took the fight right at Pedro, pressuring the giant with piston like jabs and crunching body shots, easily winning the opening stanza. The assault continued in the second round when the proceedings ended abruptly. With Pedro attempting to fend off Hanks, he fell to the canvas after attempting a right hook. Suffering from an apparent dislocated right shoulder, Pedro informed the referee he was unable to continue and the bout was stopped at the 0:48 mark of the round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
35-year-old veteran southpaw Tadashi Yuba (40-7-2, 30 KOs), 159.25, acquired his fourth national belt as he won the vacant Japanese middleweight throne by dispatching JBC top ranked Carlos Linares (8-2, 8 KOs), 160, a Japan-based Venezuelan, at 0:39 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a grueling bout as both displayed what they had to such a fullest extent that they became apparently exhausted as the contest progressed. In the first three sessions it was Carlos, the younger brother of formerly two-time world champ Jorge Linares that was in complete command to have the crowd sense that it would be a matter of time. Linares had the elongated southpaw at bay with his fine showing of resistless aggressiveness. The tide amazingly turned in the fourth as Yuba, obviously behind on points, attempted a do-or-die attack and fortunately floored the aggressor with a solid left midway in the round. (more…)
Promociones del Pueblo, representatives of Marco Antonio Rubio, claim WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. violated the WBC regulation that stipulates that in title fights the fighters must leave a urine sample for drug testing with the doctor of the local commission, in this case Texas. According to Team Veneno Rubio “at the end of the fight, in a very suspicious way, Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. practically fled from the dressing room without leaving a sample to be medically evaluated later.”
Team Veneno Rubio further charges that the attitude of Chavez Jr. and his team is very suspicious, as if they are trying to hide something. They question why during the press conference when Chavez was asked why he had not left a urine sample for examination, he chose to ignore that question while answering other comfortable questions. They also allege that the question was asked to WBC President Jose Sulaiman, whom they claim shrugged his shoulders and said “we forgot.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Just two weeks prior to his defense against Marco Antonio Rubio, during what would have the peak of his training camp, WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez was arrested in Los Angeles on charges of drunk driving at the late, late hour of 4:38AM. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department website, the Son of the Legend was held for about six hours and must return to court on March 16 at 8:30AM. At the time of his arrest, Chavez was listed as weighing 175lbs and it is known that he had difficulty making weight for his fight with Rubio, although he successfully made the 160lb limit on the first try. In the 30 hours or so between the weigh-in and fight, Chavez bulked up nearly 22 pounds according to HBO.
Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) defended his IBF cruiserweight title with two knockdowns and a points victory over Steve Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) in Frankfurt on Saturday night. Next up for Hernandez is a mandatory defense against Troy Ross (25-2, 16 KOs), who outpointed journeyman Lukas Rusiewicz (10-12, 3 KOs) on the undercard.
Yoan Pablo Hernandez: “This is a big victory for me. But I take my hat off to Steve, he is a great, great fighter and once again proved his world class. But our strategy worked today and I am very happy about the outcome.”
Steve Cunningham: “I congratulate Hernandez for the win tonight. I fought hard and gave it my all. I know I’ll will be back stronger than ever. There were two warriors in the ring tonight and this warrior still wants the belt back. Many thanks to my fans and God bless.” (more…)
As the adage goes in team sports, “defense wins championships.”
That now holds true for MMA.
Using a defensive strategy and varied striking, Carlos Condit defeated Nick Diaz to snare the UFC interim welterweight championship to set up a meeting with UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. (more…)
By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (45-0-1, 31 KOs) successfully defended his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over mandatory challenger Marco Antonio Rubio (53-6-1, 47 KOs) on Saturday night before 14,120 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Rubio put forth a valiant effort, however the effort wasn’t enough to capture the title as the judges at ringside scored the bout 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113.
Rubio struck first as he connected with a straight right hand at the end of the first round. Chavez Jr. started coming on in the third round as he threw some combinations that landed to the head of Rubio. Both fighters exchanged a nice little flurry of punches between each other late in the third round. Rubio stunned Chavez Jr. late in the fourth round as he caught him with a nice combination. Chavez Jr. started unloading some bombs to the body of Rubio in the fifth round which seemed to hurt him a little. Rubio threw a nice little uppercut to the right side of Chavez Jr.’s head which sent it snapping back a little in the seventh round. Chavez Jr. caught Rubio with a nice uppercut in the eighth round which stunned him and then followed up with some nice combinations late in the round. Rubio became a little more active late in the ninth round as he got in a couple of good shots. Chavez Jr. continued to unload with combinations in the tenth round in which Rubio had absolutely no answer for. Rubio started to become active early in the eleventh round as he was unloading everything he had. But Chavez Jr. answered back and unleashed a series of combinations once again which had Rubio against the ropes. Rubio weathered it and both fighters became involved in an old fashioned slugfest late in the round.
By Chris Perry at ringside
The Super Brawl I main event promised to be a brawl, and it delivered. In the end, Portsmouth, Virginia fighter “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey (40-6-0, 30 KOs) captured the NABA Lightweight Championship defeating Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s Victor Vasquez (14-6-1, 7 KOs) when referee Lindsey Page called a halt to the bout 25-seconds into the seventh round following a barrage of straight right and left hands landed by Spivey. Both fighters went toe-to-toe throughout the contest presented by Diane Fischer’s Dee Lee Promotions, LLC at the Tropicana Casino and Resort Showroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
In the Super Brawl I co-feature, Philadelphia’s Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (29-2-0, 21 KOs) knocked out Greenville, Kentucky’s David Saulsberry (7-5-0, 7 KOs) with a powerful right hand landed 42-seconds into the second round. Witherspoon captured the Independent Boxing Syndicate North American Continental Heavyweight Championship with the victory.
By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In a clash for the vacant WBO super bantamweight belt, pound-for-pound star Nonito Donaire (28-1, 18 KOs) effectively used his left hand and combinations throughout the entire fight and went on to score a hard fought twelve round split decision over former champ Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. (21-2-1, 17 KOs). The bout too place Saturday night as the Chavez Jr.-Rubio co-feature before 14,120 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
After both fighters used the first round to feel each other out, Donaire started working the body of Vasquez in the second round and connected with some solid left hooks. But Vasquez encouraged Donaire to keep throwing at him as round two continued. Donaire connected with a solid left uppercut in the third round which put Vasquez against the ropes. Donaire was going for the kill but Vasquez was able to escape and get out of the ropes and weather the storm. Vasquez had his most productive round of the fight as he caught Donaire with a couple of straight right hands to the head in the fifth. Vasquez started to turn the tide in round six as he was connecting with some solid shots to the head area of Donaire. Donaire answered back in the seventh round as he stunned Vasquez with some solid shots late in the round. Donaire nailed Vasquez with a thunderous body shot halfway through the eighth round. Donaire dropped Vasquez in the ninth as he nailed him with a solid uppercut, left hook combo. Vasquez popped Donaire with a solid shot to the face in the tenth round. However, Donaire answered back by throwing a series of combinations to end the round.
The judges at ringside scored the bout 115-112 (Vasquez), 117-110 (Donaire) and 117-110 (Donaire).
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior lightweight Ronny Rios stopped Jeremy McLaurin in the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout at the Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA. Although both fighters fought in spurts throughout the fight, Rios (17-0, 8 KOs) landed the more effective punches of the two. In the fourth round, Rios wobbled McLaurin (9-3, 5 KOs) with a left hook to the head. McLaurin tried to fight back, but Rios pinned him in a corner, throwing and landing punches to the head and body. When McLaurin looked as though he was not able to defend himself, referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the bout at 2:31.
“He had an awkward style,” said Rios afterward. “I was a little hesitant because I didn’t want to get caught since he had a long reach. I did not want to take any risks, so there was no need for me to rush. I just had to be patient and I had to get on the inside. I definitely wanted to give the fans excitement, but I didn’t want to get carried away.” For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon and Rolando Salazar at ringside
Photo: Naoki Fukuda
In a clash for the WBC silver super welterweight title, unbeaten former Olympian Vanes Martirosyan (32-0, 20 KOs) took apart 41-year-old Troy Lowry (27-12, 15 KOs). Martirosyan dropped Lowry with a left hook to the body in the first round. Even though Lowry was able to answer the standing eight count, Martirosyan continued the attack throughout the remaining two minutes of round number one. Lowry developed a deep cut over the left brow of his eye in the second round due to continuous shots by Martirosyan. Martirosyan hurt Lowry in the third round as he connected with a straight right hand which sent him to his knees. Once again Lowry got up but was put into the ropes as Martirosyan fired away with combinations. Referee Laurence Cole put a halt to the bout at the 2:53 mark of the third round.
Welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso (21-0, 18 KOs) defeated Nestor Rosas (9-3, 6 KOs) when the referee stopped the bout due to unanswered blows 55 seconds into round six. Omotoso caught Rosas with a series of right hands to the body in the fifth round which hurt him. Omotoso continued the onslaught in the sixth round as he punished the head and body area of Rosas with those right hands.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Raul Hirales (16-0-1, 8 KOs) barely got past Shawn Nichol (5-9, 5 KOs). Nichol put together a valiant effort against the undefeated Hirales. However, Nichol wasn’t able to give Hirales his first loss of his career as he lost by split decision. The judges scored the bout 59-55 (Hirales), 59-55 (Nichol) and 58-56 (Hirales). (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Undefeated former two-division world titlist Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (31-0-1, 18 KOs) returns to the public eye March 2nd against hardy southpaw Puerto Rican puncher Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs). The 35-year old Dominican-born Guzman headlines the ESPN2 Friday Night Fights 10-round main event as part of Acquinity Sport’s second show this season from The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood FL.
Guzman signed with the South Florida-based Acquinity Sports team last month in a move to kickstart a career once destined for superstardom. “Baby Tyson” blew through the super bantamweight and super lightweight divisions during the mid 2000’s, picking up the WBO world title in both divisions before setting his sights on lightweight. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In an IBF-mandated rematch, IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (26-1, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Steve “U.S.S.” Cunningham (24-4, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. After winning the first three rounds with his body attack, Hernandez dropped Cunningham twice in round four. Cunningham barely survived the round, but recovered well in round five and used his quickness to outbox Hernandez for much of the rest of the fight, but Hernandez closed strong staggering Cunningham in the last round. Scores were 116-110, 116-110, 115-111.
The rematch was ordered after the stoppage in Hernandez’ favor by ring doctor Walter Wagner in the first fight was deemed inappropriate. This time Hernandez didn’t need the doctor’s help. For lots more notable results, click here.
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