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With this Summer being one of the hottest on record, it is only fitting the last week of July will see one of the hottest boxing events in some time. All eyes of the pugilistic world will be focused on the seaside city of Cardiff, Wales as over 100 past and present world boxing champions will be present at the second ever WBC Night Of Champions, from July 29th to 31st. The quadrennial event was first held in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico during the last weekend of January, 2006. While that event brought nearly 100 champions from around the globe and focused on restoring tourism to the Hurricane Wilma ravaged region, this 2010 edition will show the boxing world the fighting spirit and history of the small, but tenacious United Kingdom country of Wales. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield
Photos: JD Meredith / Memphisboxing.com
The DeSoto Civic Center played host to its first nationally televised boxing event with “Showdown on Showtime,” featuring rising stars and local favorites Fernando Guerrero , Shawn Porter and Lanard Lane taking on their toughest challenges to date against Ishe Smith, the “New” Ray Robinson and Mike Dallas Jr. on the televised card. (More)
By Ray Kilgore
Photos by Jesse Kelley
Heavyweight Joey Abell (27-4, 26 KOs) had several fighters on his hit list these past several months. Aaron Lyons (11-9, 8 KOs) wasn’t one of the targeted men, but once the fight was set, Abell, a popular Minnesota heavyweight, had plenty of motivation to win. In 2006, Lyons, 29, was the first fighter to defeat Abell, when the two met at the Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. At that time, the setback was rough on Abell. “The loss hit me pretty quickly and it was painful,” Abell said before the rematch. “I felt like I disappointed a lot of people that night. It was a major letdown to myself and my loyal fans.” For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
After winning a 12-round unanimous decision over previously-unbeaten Luis Carlo Abregu, in his first legitimate bout as a welterweight, Timothy Bradley wants the biggest welterweight out there.
Like Manny Pacquiao.
Then again, he is also open to going down to 140 pounds and facing some of the top fighters in that weight class. And that includes a match up against Devon Alexander or Amir Khan . . . click here for more
Ringside report and photos by Felipe Leon
Professional fisticuffs returned to the beautiful seaside port of Ensenada, Mexico, about 100 miles south of Tijuana, Friday night, when Antonio Lozada’s Baja Boxing presented a jam-packed fight card filled with mostly a young crop of upstarts . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Rick Scharmberg & Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
In a battle between two former heavyweight world title challengers, Monte “2-Gunz” Barrett dropped David “Tuamanator” Tua in the twelfth and final round to salvage a majority draw in what was announced as Barrett’s final fight. It was the first time the iron-chinned Tua was dropped in his 55-bout career. In the co-feature, rising star Raymond “Tito” Serrano edged Ayi Bruce, winning an eight-round majority decision in a welterweight bout. The eight-bout card took place in front of a solid crowd at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, NJ, and was promoted by Joe Deguardia’s STAR Boxing . . . click here for more
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian 130 pounder, Quinton Donohue (7-8-1, 1 KO), clearly outscored Leigh Lindgren (4-7-2, 2 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday to capture the vacant World Boxing Foundation Asia Pacific super featherweight title at Ingham Showgrounds in Ingham, Queensland, Australia. Scores: Cyril Cairns 96-94, John Hogg 98-94, Steve Marshall 97-93. Donohue had lost to former WBA super featherweight champion Yodsadan Sor Nanthchai several years ago and also lost in five rounds to Lindgren in 2009. Lindgren, 26 years, lost to WBO # 9 Daniel Iannazzo in 2007. On the undercard, light heavyweight Shaun Quagliotto (5-4-2, 3 KOs) scored a shutout against Tainu Crouch (0-4-1) over four rounds. Scores: Adrian Cairns 40-36, John Hogg 40-36, Cyril Cairns 39-37. Promoter: RMK Promotions.
Every single round from Saturday’s Universum Champions Night is now online at Universum’s YouTube Channel!
Photos: Eroll Popova
Below are postfight comments from Saturday’s “Universum Champions Night” event in Schwerin, Germany. In the featured fights, cruiserweight Denis Lebedev stopped Alexander Alekseev in round two of a WBO eliminator and Susi Kentikian kept her WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight titles by technical draw after a third round headbutt against Arely Mucino. WBO light heavyweight champion Jurgen Brähmer’s scheduled defense against Alejandro Lakatos was cancelled due to a Brähmer back injury on Thursday. “We have to apologize to the Schwerin fans,” said Universum Vice President Dietmar Poszwa. “It started with the injury of Brähmer and went through the whole weekend. The surprising defeat of Alexander Alekseev, then the early end of the Kentikian fight. This wasn’t our weekend. Sport is sometimes cruel.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian light heavyweight Nick Lantouris (10-9-4, 1 KO) was the loser on Friday when he was stopped by Dane Campbell (3-1, 2 KOs) in round two of a scheduled eight round main event bout to capture the vacant Victorian State title at Box Hill Town Hall in Victoria, Australia. The referee, Malcolm Bulner, crowned Campbell at 2:57 to save Lantouris from further punishment. On undercard bouts, junior welterweight Dianne Prazak (1-1) stopped debutant Kay Hodson (0-1) in round three of a scheduled four round bout. Referee Ignatius Missalaidis crowned Prazak at 1:59. Prazak lost via a six round points decision to World of Boxing writer Sarah Howett in March. Heavyweight Stephen Duvniak (1-0, 1 KO), 209 lbs, stopped Matt Muir (0-2), 203 lbs, at 0:33 of round one. Promoter: Peter Maniatis.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Filipino 122 pounder Ariel “Machine Gun” Del Gado (19-5-2, 8 KOs) was impressive in scoring a second round knockout on Friday over Chen Manoprungrut in a scheduled ten round bout at the Thonburi University in Bangkok, Thailand. Del Gado, who resides in Silay City in Occidentla, Philippines lost to world featherweight challenger Bernabe Conception by technical decision in five rounds in 2006 but stopped Japanese Zaragoza Uema in two rounds in 2010. Padjai “The Sniper”Yongyuthgym (7-0, 6 KOs) of Thailand captured the PABA featherweight title when he scored a four round stoppage win over Muhammad Des Afrizal (8-5, 5 KOs) of a scheduled twelve round bout. Yongyuthgym recently scored a points decision over Junmar Dulog in Sydney, Australia. Afrizal holds a twelve round points win over tough Filipino Jack Asis in 2008. In a flyweight contest over six rounds classy Indonesian Vicky Tahumil (33-4-2, 12 KOs) was an upset loser in two rounds to Sukkasem Kietyongyuthgym (2-0, 1 KO). Tahumil lost to current WBA flyweight champion Daike Kameda in 2007 but defeated world flyweight challenger Angky Angkota in 2002 over twelve rounds. Feather Jonel Alivio outscored Suor Carryboy over six rounds. Promoter: Thailand based Australian Daniel Potter. Matchmaker: Thailand based American Scott Mailon. Televised throughout Thailand on Channel Seven Television Network.
Juan Carlos Reveco (24-1, 14 KOs) of Argentina retained his WBA World light flyweight interim title against Armando Torres (13-6, 8 KOs) by way of fifth round TKO. Reveco who dominated the bout from the beginning with his superior handspeeed and power dropped Torres with a straight right hand in the third round. Torres was OK and beat the count easily. However, in round five a brutal overhand right sent Torres crashing hard to the canvas. Torres amazingly beat the count and continued on. Reveco jumped on a visibly and still shaken Torres with a barrage of punches that prompted his corner to throw in the towel. The referee acknowledging the towel had been thrown in stopped the bout at 2:28 of round five. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Vicente Polimeni in Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC/WBO bantamweight world champion Fernando Montiel (43-2-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over former interim super flyweight titlist Rafael Concepcion (14-5-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Montiel dropped Concepcion twice in round two, then put him down for the count in round three. Time was 1:07. For more details and photos click here…
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBO #2 heavyweight David Tua (51-3-2, 43 KOs) and Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KOs) boxed to a twelve round draw on Saturday night at the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Atlantic City, NJ. The 37-year-old Tua stalked Barrett but was unable to land many clean shots. As the bout progressed, Tua began to noticably tire. Tua was deducted a point for throwing Barrett to the canvas in the twelfth round by referee Randy Neumann, then Barrett floored Tua for the first time in his career shortly before the final bell. Scores were 115-111 Tua, 113-113, 113-113.
In a stunner, journeyman lightweight Carlos Vinan (10-8-4, 1 KO) scored an eighth round TKO over IBF #4 Anthony Mezaache (18-6-3, 4 KOs). Mezaache seemed on the way to a decision, but Vinan came out with everything in the eighth and knocked down Mezaache. The fight was waved off during Vinan’s follow-up barrage. Time was :37. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
WBO jr welterweight champion Timothy Bradley (25-0, 11 KOs) moved up to welterweight to outbox previously unbeaten Luis Carlos Abregu (29-0, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Agua Caliente Resort Rancho Mirage, California. Bradley was in command the entire fight as he compiled a 118-110, 117-111, 116-112 win.
Jr middleweight Alfredo Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) scored a punishing first round TKO over former WBA jr middleweight Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs). Referee Lou Moret waved it off after 2:59 with Angulo punishing a hurt Alcine on the ropes.
Lightweight contender Antonio DeMarco impressively stopped former world title challenger Daniel Attah in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout. After controlling the first round, DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KO’s) dropped Attah in the second with an overhand left hand to the head. Attah (24-6-1, 8 KO’s) got up, but DeMarco pinned Attah against the ropes, landing at will until referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stopped the bout at 2:30. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos by Eroll Popova
In an important WBO cruiserweight eliminator, #1 rated Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over #2 rated Alexander Alexeev (19-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport- Und Kongresshall in Schwerin, Germany. After taking the fight to Alekseev in round one, the aggressive Lebedev connected with a crushing straight left that finished Alekseev. The former Olympian and amateur world champion was extremely disoriented as he struggled to get back on his feet. Time was 2:43. Lebedev is now mandatory challenger for WBO champion Marco Huck.
The fight between WBO/WBA/WIBF flyweight champion Susi Kentikian (27-0, 16 KOs) and Arely Mucino (11-0-1, 6 KOs) ended in a third round technical draw after the “Killer Queen” suffered a bad cut on her hairline after an unintentional head clash. Kentikian keeps her world titles. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo by Wojtek Kubik
Tomasz Adamek (41-1, 27 KO), one of the top five heavyweights in the world, and Mateusz Masternak (20-0, 15 KO), World Boxing Council number 10 in the light heavyweight division were in attendance at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey to cheer for young 21-year-old Polish heavyweight, Adam Kownacki. Kownacki was the 2009 New York Golden Gloves Tournament winner, and was fighting in his fourth professional against Damon Clement. Kownaki added his fourth KO in the second round. Click here for more photos…
The purpose of this call is to bring you up to date to all that has happened. About two months ago, just after the Mayweather-Mosley fight, I got a call from Ross Greenburg, the president of HBO Sports, who asked me frankly whether myself and Manny Pacquiao wanted to do the fight against Floyd Mayweather and I assured him after talking to Manny that was the case. From there I have had a couple of conversations with Ross and I laid out all the terms that would be acceptable to our side and I also informed him about the concession that Manny had made about drug testing. He got back to me in a couple of weeks and told me he had discussions with Al Haymon, representing Mayweather, and that everything looked good. We were nearing a resolution. The subsequent conversations with Ross detailed to me discussions he had with Al Haymon. Nowhere were the names of Richard Schaefer or Golden Boy mentioned although I read, as you all did, Oscar’s statement that a deal was close, so I assume from that, that Haymon was keeping Golden Boy abreast of the situation. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Italian featherweight Davide Dieli (7-1, 3 KOs) won a convincing ten-round unanimous decision over veteran warrior Massimo Morra (21-5-3, 7 KOs) last Friday at Cieloverde Village in Marina di Grosseto, Italy. With the win Dieli won the Italian title at 126 lbs. It was a heated fight, with a football-like atmosphere, until the interruption both fighters gave more than expected and went toe-to-toe without any stop with competing fans screaming to support their hero. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev has responded to the video message of WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. In an interview on Russian TV, Valuev said, “Vitali, you make a decision on your own. Do you want a fight with me or not? If you want to fight against me, I’m ready. I’m not afraid of you! Just say the time and place.”
Nikolay Valuev has also given an exclusive interview to Fightnews.com writer Alexey “Oscar” Potapov. More to come…
Jon “Bones” Jones will attempt to continue his meteoric rise within the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division when he steps into the Octagon® to face veteran fighter Vladimir “The Janitor” Matyushenko at UFC LIVE on VERSUS, live from the San Diego Sports Arena. “Bones” Jones defeated Brandon Vera in March to improve his record to 10-1, while Matyushenko has been victorious in his last two fights since his return to the UFC. The main event will be supplemented by riveting matchups featuring various stars such as Mark Munoz, Yushin Okami, John Howard, Jake Ellenberger, Takanori Gomi and Tyson Griffin. The fights will air live on VERSUS at 9 p.m. ET, marking the second time a UFC event will be televised on a national sports cable network. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
At midnight PT/3AM ET, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum announced that Floyd Mayweather has missed the deadline for exclusive negotiations for a showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Mayweather. Arum revealed that HBO’s Ross Greenburg had seemingly brokered a deal with Mayweather’s manager Al Haymon, but Mayweather hasn’t signed on. Arum said he will now be talking to the camps of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito next week about fighting Manny in November, although if Mayweather comes out of hibernation before a deal is made with Cotto or Margarito, Pacquiao-Mayweather could still be made. Arum stated he believes that Floyd has a good reason for not committing to the fight, perhaps the uncertainty over the availability trainer Roger Mayweather due to legal problems.
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fernando Guerrero furthered his pursuit of middleweight stardom with a hard fought unanimous decision over veteran Ishe Smith in Friday’s ShoBox main event. Shawn Porter and Mike Dallas Jr. also took home unanimous decision victories at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Miss. to remain unbeaten. Coming in to tonight’s matchup, Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) was quoted as saying, “I’m going to take Guerrero into deep waters and see if he can swim.” Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) proved to be a buoyant battler by withstanding an eighth round flash knockdown and ten rounds of body shots from Smith. Though most of the body work was legitimate, referee Randy Phillips twice warned Smith, of Las Vegas, Nev., for repeated low blows before deducting a point in the sixth round. For more details and photos click here…
OPI 2000 European super featherweight champion Leva Kirakosyan (33-5, 23 KOs) scored a second round ko over Spanish Francisco Nohales (19-11-5, 8 KOs) last night in Toulon, France. A left hook followed by a big right hand in the second round but Nohales down for the count. The event was promoted by Punch Club Toulonnais.
By Christopher Cook
Dillet Frederick (7-3-3, 4 KOs) won a crowd pleasing battle over formerly undefeated Raymond Chalres. Frederick, who started out his career in fine fashion 5-0-2, has hit a hard streak since, but seemingly put that behind him this night. Charles, now 12-1-2, 5 KOs, came in the favorite, looking to use this bout to place himself closer in line for a title shot. A tough test turned into a showcase of Dillet’s talent and skill, as he overcame the brawler, dropping Charles twice in the second and once in the third, winning via stoppage in the third round. Frederick, who came up with the likes of contender and fellow Florida native Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry, looks to set his career straight with a victory like this. On the undercard, Adam Jaco (8-3-1, 3 KOs) knocked out the overmatched Robbie Tovar (15-6-1, 5 KOs), winning by easily TKO. One Punch Productions returns on September 17 with the next installment of Ballroom Brawl at the Doubletree in Tampa, Florida.
Highly-touted Puerto Rican featherweight prospect Carlos Ivan Velasquez returned to fight in his hometown of Cataño for the first time as a pro with a fifth round TKO over Eduardo Arcos on Friday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Salamo. Valesquez moves to 13-0 with 11 KOs, while Arcos falls to 15-2, 12 KOs.
In the co-feature, popular unbeaten bantamweight Jonathan Vidal (11-0, 7 KOs) decisioned Felix Perez (7-2) in a six rounder.
Top middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero (19-0, 15 KOs) pounded out a close ten round unanimous decision over tough veteran Ishe Smith (21-5, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Guerrero scored the biggest win of his career and had to work for it every minute. Smith scored a knockdown in round eight to get back a point deducted in round six for a low blow. Scores were 96-93, 95-93, 97-91.
In a very good fight, unbeaten jr middleweight knockout artist Shawn Porter (16-0, 12 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Ray Robinson (11-2, 4 KOs). Porter broke open a close fight by dropping Robinson in round six and punishing him for the balance of the round. Robinson was on his bicycle in the seventh as Porter stalked him. But, after that Robinson battled gamely until the end. Scores were 99-89, 97-92, 98-91.
In a clash of undefeated welterweight prospects, Mike Dallas, Jr. (15-0-1, 5 KOs) kept his ‘0’ intact with an eight round unanimous decision over Lanard Lane (12-1, 7 KOs). Scores were 78-74 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Emily Harney
Former two-division world champion Zab Judah (39-6, 27 KOs), moving back to the jr welterweight division for the first time since 2003, scored an impressive third round TKO over Jose Armando Santa Cruz (28-5, 17 KOs) on Friday night at the Prudential Center, Newark, NJ. A left uppercut floored Santa Cruz in the third and the fight was waved off during Judah’s vicious follow up barrage. Time was 2:33. For more details and photos click here…
Joey Abell 245 vs Arron Lyons 238
Vincente Alfaro 119.5 vs Brad Patraw 119.5
Frank Quinn 184 vs Marty Lindquist 183
Jose Hilario 128.5 vs Matthew Borgan 130
Travis Perzynski 164 vs Bobby Butters 168
Venue: Saint Paul National Guard Armory
Promoter: Seconds Out Promotions
Robert Byrd (USA) will be the third man when WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel defends against Rafael Concepcion on Saturday night in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Judges will be Nathan Palmer (USA), Ruben Garcia (USA) and William Boodhoo (Canada). WBC supervisor is Bismarck Morales and WBO supervisor is Luis Perez.
Raymond Serrano 145 vs. Ayi Bruce 144
Bayan Jargal 138 vs. James Hope 137.5
Anthony Mezaache 136 vs. Carlos Vinan 136
Khedafi Djelkhir 126 vs. Jorge Cordero 126
Mike Perez 135 vs. Jorge Ruiz 137
Jason Escalera 173 vs. Amador Acevedo 177
Note: David Tua (237.5) and Monte Barrett (225) weighed in yesterday.
Venue: Tropicana Casino and Resort
Promoter: Star Boxing
By Karl Freitag
European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (40-4-2, 15 KOs) scored his biggest win and retained his belt against favored former WBA interim world champion Yuriy Nuzhnenko (30-2-1, 14 KOs) by winning a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Bolton Arena in Bolton, England. Hatton battled back from a first round knockdown to outwork Nuzhnenko over twelve. Scores were 117-110, 116-111, 116-111. Hatton is the younger brother of former world champion Ricky Hatton.
In the co-feature, middleweight Martin Murray (20-0, 7 KOs) took a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Peter Mitrevski Jr (23-7-1, 11 KOs) to claim the vacant Commonwealth belt. Scores were 120-109, 120-108, 120-109.
Super bantamweight Scott Quigg (20-0, 13 KOs) stopped Gavin Reid (6-7-1, 3 KOs) in his first ten-rounder.
WBA Interim Super Lightweight champion Marcos Maidana, who will make his return to the rings next August 28 in Argentina against Demarcus Chop Chop Corley, wished good luck to his fellow countryman Carlos Abregu from Argentina who will face Timothy Bradley tomorrow in California. “I wish Carlos all the best for such an important fight. He is my compatriot and I am 100% behind him. I’ll be supporting him through the TV. He is a great guy who can really punch, so Bradley could be in a big problem. I think Abregú can win by KO,” Maidana said. (more…)
Tim Bradley 147 vs Luis Carlos Abregu 146.5
Alfredo Angulo 153 vs Joachim Alcine 153.5
Eduardo Cruz 128.5 vs Ruffino Serrano 127
Antonio DeMarco 138.5 vs Daniel Attah 135
Art Hovhannesyan 137.5 vs Christian Favela 137
Joel Diaz 127 vs Rene Torrez 126
Abraham Lopez 133.5 vs Willshaun Boxley 127
Venue: Agua Caliente Spa, Resort and Casino
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
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