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Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

Full Report: Sosa upsets Fortuna; Cermeno acquires WBA title

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna (29-1-1, ...

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Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Rodriguez defeats Quijano

Photos: Scott Foster In a clash between world ranked super flyweight contenders, WBO #15 Ricardo “Meserito" Rodriguez (14-3-4, 4 KOs) of Mexico City ...

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UniMas Weights from Dallas

UniMas Weights from Dallas

By Jeff Zimmerman Photos: Top Rank Mike Alvarado 147.75 vs. Josh Torres 147.75 Matt Korobov 162.75 vs. Brian Vera 162.4 Erick De Leon 130.25 vs. Carlos ...

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Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

Sosa upsets Fortuna to win WBA 130lb belt; Cermeno acquires vacant WBA 122lb title in China

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada Unheralded Jason Sosa (19-1-4, 15 KOs), US, surprisingly dethroned previously unbeaten WBA super-featherweight champ Javier Fortuna ...

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Thurman and Porter make weight

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime Keith Thurman 146 vs. Shawn Porter 147 (WBA world welterweight title) Porter stripped naked and was right on the limit. Jarrett ...

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Boxing News

WBA Convention kicks off

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Daniel Alonso Jr/WBA

The first of an expected 400 delegates, directory board members, ring officials, promoters and champions began arriving today at the Shakhtar Plaza Hotel in Donetsk, Ukraine for the WBA’s 90th annual convention. Despite frosty temperatures, the feeling was warm as members of the boxing fraternity greeted each other with handshakes and hugs at the airport and hotel lobby. Former champions Roberto Duran, Victor Callejas, Donny LaLonde, and Souleymane M’Baye (who is also the current WBA interim welterweight champ) are already here, with more expected to come. The opening session of board meetings will commence tomorrow morning (Donetsk is some seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), capped off by the opening banquet Monday evening. Stay tuned for daily convention updates, including awards, ring officials seminar, ratings and more.



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Thompson defeats Willis

By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos: Todd Dearinger

At the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, WA, heavyweight Vincent Thompson scored a unanimous decision in a foul-shortened match over Jonte Willis. Thompson recognized his reach advantage and, for the first six rounds, used an unexpected southpaw jab to control the distance and completely stymie the frustrated but game Willis. In the seventh, Thompson listened to the boo birds in the audience and started to pick spots to mix it up, which let Willis back into the fight. In the eighth round out of a scheduled ten, Thompson and Willis were scrapping when Thompson landed a hard rabbit punch. Willis wobbled around the ring holding his head and doctors were called in to stop the bout. After much confusion, referee Paul Fields stopped the bout, took two points from Thompson for the foul, and sent it to the cards. Thompson had won all rounds, including the partially completed round, on all judges’ cards, for a score of 78-72. Fightnews had it 77-73. With the win, Thompson sits at 10-0. Willis is now 8-2-1. Given that both are local boys with huge cheering sections, the competitive nature of the late rounds, and the odd ending, a rematch is necessary and certain. (more…)



November 6th, 2011


Boxing News

Boschiero camp to protest

“Devis Boschiero is the champion without belt,” says his manager Christian Cherchi after the split decision loss that Boschiero suffered against Takahiro Aoh for the WBC super featherweight title today in Japan. “Everybody can see the fight and judge for themselves. Boschiero won at least by 3 points. OPI 2000, the promoter of Boschiero, will fill a protest to the WBC for an immediate rematch. Japanese people are proud people and I think Takahiro Aoh and the promoter Mr. Honda will give Boschiero a deserved rematch.”



November 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Results From Kalamazoo

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

Promoter Greg Ahrens presented a four bout card of professional boxing at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo on Saturday night uniquely sandwiched between fifteen amateur MMA fights. The main event matched two of Michigan’s long time designated opponents as Ahrens provided them the opportunity to break out from the losers column, at least for one night. Chris Grays (10-24, 2 KO’s) from Traverse City and Guy Packer (4-23, 1 KO) of Battle Creek engaged in a spirited middleweight contest over 10 rounds. The pattern was established early in this one as it was pretty much throw one or two punches and clinch. Grays started to pull away mid bout as his punching was more effective. Not always pleasing to the eye but both gave it their best to the final bell. Grays won the unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 x 2 and 96-94. There were no knockdowns. (more…)



November 6th, 2011


Full Report

Igarashi-Uicab: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, in a WBC final eliminator of twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Full Report

Yamanaka-Esquivel: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was a very furious give-and-take affair, though Yamanaka continually had the upper hand on the game Mexican. The 29-year-old Japanese southpaw utilized his trademark left hand to take the initiative from the start, winning points steadily. In the fourth, Esquivel, 26, turned so aggressive that he connected with solid lefts and rights in the fourth. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Full Report

Aoh-Boschiero: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Duane Ford (US) and Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) both saw the close affair 115-113 for the defending titlist Aoh, while Ian John Lewis (UK) saw it 116-113 for Boschiero. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Feature Story

Bute-Johnson recap

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Friends shouldn’t let friends fight friends. After sparring close to 100 rounds in the past, Glen Johnson and IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute gave a loud deafening crowd 12 more in a fight that sometimes simmered, but never boiled over. Bute was able to easily control the action, out-jabbing the “Road Warrior” who often looked more road-weary by scores of 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Results from Argentina

Photo: Ramón Cairo

WBO #9 ranked Super Middleweight Ezequiel “El Olímpico” Maderna (16-0, 10KOs) of Argentina continued his climb up the world rankings by stopping countryman Dario German Balmaceda (9-5-2, 6KOs) in less than 1 round. Balmaceda was down 3 times in the bout which took place Saturday night at the Club Banco Provincia, City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.

Click here for more photos.



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Casarez edges Williams

By John Cannon at ringside
Photo: Rolando Salazar

Raul “El Tigre” Casarez’s homecoming fight was definitely one for the ages. The Edinburg native was in an all out war with San Antonio’s Justin Williams in the six-round main event at Border Brawl 3 at the Pharr Events Center. But when all was said and done, Casarez got the hard fought win as he prevailed by split decision. The judges’ scorecards were 57-56 for Williams and 58-55 and 57-56 for Casarez. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Thailand

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan

Paipharob Kokietgym 105 vs. Jesus Silvestre 105
(WBA interim Minimumweight title)
Wisanu Kokietgym 108 vs. Sammy Hagler 107.5
(vacant PABA Light Flyweight title)
Saenmuangloei Kokietgym 112 vs. Louis Loemoli 111.5
(6 rounds non-title bout)

Venue: Bung Nongkhai, Municipality of Wat That, Nongkhai Province, Thailand
Promoter: Kokiet Panichayarom of Kokiet Groups Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 3, November 7, 14:10-16:10
More photos…



November 6th, 2011

UFC

UFC on Fox viewing guide

Everything you need to know about watching UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on Saturday, November 12

Watch UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
UFC on Fox main event: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT:

Watch live on Fox and Fox Deportes
See the full fight card

UFC on Fox Prelims streaming live & free at 4:45 pm ET/1:45 pm PT:
Facebook.com/UFC
FoxSports.com

Selected prelims also air live and free at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on Fox Deportes (Spanish broadcast)

Prefight Special LIVE at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
Watch live on FUEL TV
Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian and special guests are live on FUEL TV for a breakdown on the UFC, fighter profiles and expert analysis, as well as celebrities from the red carpet arriving at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Aoh barely keeps WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision (115-113 twice and 113-116) over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Yamanaka wins WBC bantam belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15^-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Igrashi wins WBC eliminator

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. (More to come)



November 6th, 2011

UFC

Munoz stops Leben

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

At the end of round one of the UFC 138 main event at the LG Arena Saturday night, Chris Leben had to be stopped by the referee from hammer fisting Mark Munoz’s head. Moments prior he had walked through some massive bombs, taken square on his chin, to deliver a crashing left hand of his own to Munoz. That prompted Munoz to look for a takedown but ended up with him crouched against the fence taking shots . . . Click here for more
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November 6th, 2011

Feature Story

More on Bute-Johnson

Replay Nov 8 at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Lucian Bute passed the toughest test of his thriving career with a dominant unanimous decision win over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title for the ninth time. The championship bout was scored 120-108 twice and 119-109. In the co-feature, rising Canadian prospect Pier-Olivier Côté demolished Jorge Teron via knockout only 33 seconds into round two of the junior welterweight bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada on SHOWTIME®.

The Romanian-born Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) proved too much for the oft-dubbed “ageless” Johnson who finally showed his age. Despite Johnson’s tendency to make fight’s exciting by coming forward and applying pressure, the fighters kept their distance for the first several rounds. By the middle of the bout, it was Bute who closed the gap and attempted to engage his former sparring partner. The 31-year-old Bute, of Montreal, began to land power shots with both hands, taking chances by staying in close in an attempt to close the show via knockout – to no avail – for the 15,306 fans in attendance. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Wach Stops Gavern

Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo by Emily Harney

Krakow, Poland’s own WBC International heavyweight title holder, the undefeated Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) successfully defended his title and kept his unbeaten record alive and well as he stopped late substitute, Orlando, FL’s Jason Gavern in six rounds on Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Gavern (21-9-4, 10 KOs), who took the bout on three days notice, was knocked down once in the first and twice in the second round. Wach landed several jabs in round six, which allowed him to then connect with an overhand right, that caused referee Arthur Mercante Jr. to stop the fight at 1:03. The “November Reign” fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports in association with Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, and Global Boxing. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Rojas annihilates Azuaga

Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer

Former world champion Tomás “Gusano” Rojas (37-13-1, 25 KOs) scored a second round KO over Darío Azuaga (82-21-2, 67 KOs) in a bantamweight clash on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Time was 2:59.

Super bantamweight Raúl Hirales (17-0, 9 KOs) took a ten round majority decision over Enrique “Duende” Bernache (18-3, 9 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. more photos



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Arreola crushes Butler

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

Heavyweight Chris Arreola (34-2, 29 KOs) destroyed Raphael Butler (35-12, 28 KOs) in a three round demolition on Saturday night at the Domo De La Feria in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico. Arreola dropped Butler twice in round one and again in round two. The bout was waved off after Butler was down again in the third.

“It was a pleasure to be fighting here in Mexico,” said Arreola. “I had a great ovation from the fans here. I cant wait to come back in the future. Butler is very crafty. He fought a good fight and was able to tie me up really well. Hopefully I’ll get another go with one of these Klitschkos, I’ll be ready for either one of those brothers. I’ve been working my ass off, I’m ready to go after those titles.”

Super featherweight Miguel Roman (36-8, 28 KOs) won a ten round decision over Pedro Navarrete (26-14-3, 15 KOs). more photos



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Jones punishes Marrone

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Rey Sanchez

WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones (38-3-2, 29 KOs) of Panama punished former heavyweight Mike Marrone (20-4, 15 KOs) from pillar to post across six rounds before Marrone’s corner mercifully stopped the abuse at 1:56 of the round. Jones came out with crisp, sharp punches from every angle, causing Marrone’s reddening face to snap back beginning with jabs and right crosses in round one. Jones worked in uppercuts to the mix in the second round, thudding Marrone with body and head shots as Marrone laid on the ropes in a defensive shell. Displaying no quit and more grit than wit, Marrone managed to return fire with left hooks himself. However, the punches had little effect as Jones continued to walk him down and score combinations from varying angles.

Jones landed a wicked right hand to close the fourth round and the game Marrone walked wearily to his stool. In the fifth round, blood began to stream down the side of Marrone’s nose after he ate a left uppercut-left hook-right cross combination. Jones smelled the opportunity and launched a left uppercut and chopping right hand that floored Marrone at the end of the round. Beating the count, Marrone once again made it to his stool.

Marrone answered the bell in the sixth but had no answers for Jones’ superior accuracy and stubbornly paid for the skill deficit. Marrone fell to the canvas following a landed straight right of his own that landed, carried forward by the force of the blow. Jones responded with a left jab-right cross that once again left Marrone on the floor as his corner thankfully stepped in to stop the beating. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Kirkland stops Angulo

Photos: Roberto Fernandez – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy

In a clash of junior middleweight KO artists, James “Mandingo Warrior” Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (20-2-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Cancun Center in Cancun, Mexico. In a wild first round, Angulo dropped Kirkland and launched a fearsome attack that Kirkland weathered and then came back to drop Angulo! Angulo never really recovered and Kirkland pummeled Angulo for the rest of the fight before the referee stepped in.

Middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (26-0, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Craig McEwan (19-2, 10 KOs). Quillin was in command the whole fight and had staggered McEwan in the sixth, but the bout was prematurely waved off even though McEwen seemed to have plenty of fight left in him. more photos



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Bute defeats Johnson

By Dave Spencer at ringside

IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) scored a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over 42-year-old Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-16-2, 35 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Johnson was never able to solve the style of the southpaw champion, although he did end Bute’s string of six straight KOs. Scores were 119-109, 120-108, 120-108. Bute will now attend the Super Six Final in December and hopes to face the winner. Meanwhile Johnson stated after the fight that he thought he won the fight.

Rising Canadian junior welterweight star Pier-Olivier Côté (18-0, 12 KOs), of Quebec City, scored a spectacular second round knockout of Jorge Luis Teron (25-2-1, 17 KOs), of the Bronx, New York. Côté attacked from the opening bell and rocked Teron in round one. He dropped Teron twice in round two to end it at :33 of round two.



November 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Marquez, Bradley at Santa Anita

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez and undefeated WBO jr. welterweight champion Timothy “The Desert Storm” Bradley Jr. put on a special boxing exhibition at Santa Anita Park where thousands of fans showed up to meet the champions. Marquez is preparing for his upcoming third mega-fight against superstar Manny Pacquiao next Saturday (Nov. 12) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Bradley will be making his Top Rank debut on the undercard.

Marquez: “We have the speed for this fight and I’m not having any trouble with my weight. This is the best training camp of my 18-year career. I have already left the last two fight behind me. He (Manny Pacquiao) knows and the fans know that I won both those fights. I will leave everything in the ring on November 12th.”

Bradley: “I am fighting on the biggest fight card of my career. Bigger than when I beat Devon Alexander (at the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI in January). To be honest, i wanted to fight (Marcos) Maidana for this fight, but he turned it down. Casamayor was there so he took the fight. It will be a great fight.” Giant photo gallery



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Off TV Results from Quebec City

By Dave Spencer at ringside

Sebastien Demers made a good account for himself but fell to a decision to former world title challenger and Super Six contestant Allan Green (31-3 21KO). Demers (31-5 11KO) hadn’t made it out of the third round in his last two fights but gave Green everything he could handle over the course of ten rounds, losing a 100-90, 98-92, 97-93 decision. Green who had come in 3 pounds heavy had Demers rocked several times in the fight but any continued exchanges usually ended with one or both fighters hanging on. Demers had hoped to get Green to deep waters and take his chances and seemed things were going to plan in the seventh where he was able to connect with a couple of rights but couldn’t follow up and Green quickly maintained the upper hand. Demers had his moments over the course of ten, but Green was control most of the way. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Burns outpoints Katsidis

Photo: Chris Royle / crphotos.co.uk

In a clash for the vacant WBO interim lightweight belt, former WBO super featherweight titleholder Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KOs) outpointed former two-time interim beltholder Michael Katsidis (28-5, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Katsidis aggressively stalked Burns from the opening bell, while Burns used his mobility and sought to outbox Katsidis. In the end, scores were 117-112, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of Burns, who gave up his 130lb world title to move up to lightweight. Katsidis, on the other hand, has now dropped three of his last four fights.

British and Commonwealth super middleweight king George Groves (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a second round KO over former “Contender” contestant Paul Smith (31-3, 17 KOs). Smith was down twice before it was stopped. Time was 1:18.

Unbeaten middleweight Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (11-0, 7 KOs) outpointed game, but outgunned Gary Boulden (5-3-2, 0 KOs) over ten rounds. The score was 99-92.



November 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Bute’s turn against Johnson

By Graham Houston

It’s the turn of Lucian Bute to take on ageless warrior Glen Johnson, and the Montreal-based Romanian is ready for 12 rounds of boxing in Quebec on Saturday night. After all, who can stop the very tough, always superbly conditioned veteran from Miami by way of Jamaica? In the Bute camp the plan is to win every minute of every round, although a stoppage would be a tremendous achievement.

Bute is a massive favourite in the betting, which seems a bit unkind on Johnson. That said, it is difficult to see how the 42-year-old Johnson can overcome a younger, taller, faster, more naturally gifted opponent whose firepower is considered superior. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Boxing News

DKP card is sold out

Don King’s world championship boxing event tonight has officially sold out just hours before doors open in Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

“I want to thank our partners at the Seminole Hard Rock in South Florida, the Seminole Tribe of Florida and their Chairman James Billie, and all of the prizefighters on our card for a job well done,” King said. “I can’t wait to get to Hard Rock Live to witness the event live and in person myself. The Seminole Hard Rock is working right now to put up the live WealthTV telecast around their property for those who can’t get inside the event. I live and promote for this type of thing. It’s very exciting!” (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Joe Frazier extremely ill

The New York Post is reporting that heavyweight great Joe Frazier is suffering from advanced liver cancer. A source was quoted as saying, “They’re only giving him a short time to live. We need to have as many people as possible praying for Joe right now.” Click here for the story



November 5th, 2011

Feature Story

WBC twinbill in Japan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs) tomorrow (Sunday) in Tokyo, Japan. It will be Aoh’s second defense since dethroning Vitali Tajbelt of Germany via unanimous nod last November. Aoh tipped the beam at the 130-pound class limit, while “Boom Boom” Boschiero 129.5, a half pound lighter than the champ.

The WBC bantam championship will be disputed by #1 Christian Esquivel (23-2, 17 KOs) , Mexico, and #2 Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs), Japan, over twelve rounds. Each scaled in at the 118-pound class limit. Since they are hard-punchers, there will be a good possibility that either will be victorious by a knockout or a stoppage without hearing the last gong of the final session. Yamanaka, a southpaw hard-hitter, has scored eight victories by knockout in a row and aims to extend his KO streak. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

UFC

Video: UFC 138 weigh-in

Catch UFC 138 on SPIKE TV TONIGHT!

UFC fans can catch the preliminary action today on the UFC Facebook page at 1:40 p.m. ET.  The main bouts air on SPIKE TV at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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For more on the UFC or UFC 138, visit www.UFC.com 



November 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A: Glen Johnson

Tonight on SHOWTIME at 9PM ET/PT

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

He is about as laid back as you can get without demanding a drug test. Glen Johnson was an oasis of calm Friday, quietly sitting backstage in a Quebec City suburban shopping mall after weighing in at 166.5 pounds and awaiting the glove selection process in advance of his IBF super-middleweight bout with Lucian Bute. While the champion was whisked in and out quickly with a stealth security squad, Johnson remained and obliged fans with pictures and autographs. Fightnews was able to ask the veteran fighter his thoughts going into what will be his 11th championship fight. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Oner: Solis returning Nov 26

Plus, Donald, Jones and Palacios comments

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Fightnews.com spoke to promoter Ahmet Oner, who announced that former heavyweight title challenger Odlanier Solis is fully recovered from a serious knee injury and will return November 26 in Turkey.

We caught up with former heavyweight contender Larry Donald who said he’s currently preparing for his first fight since 2007, and comebacking heavyweight Andrew Golota is on his radar.

Also WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo Jones and WBC #1 cruiserweight contender Francisco Palacios talk to reporters.



November 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Gauthier: not sparring anymore

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

While much has been made of friends and former sparring partners Lucian Bute and Glen Johnson facing off in the main event Saturday in Quebec City Saturday night, they are the only pair who have met up with bigger gloves and headgear in preparing for for a championship fight. Former two-time world champion Steve Molitor(33-2 12KO) returns to the ring for the first time since travelling to South Africa in March and losing his losing his IBF super-bantamweight belt to Takalani Ndlovu who he was facing for the third time. Molitor will meet former sparring partner Sebastien Gauthier(21-2 13KO) who moves up in weight in hopes of making a statement against the man he used to help prepare for championship fights. (more…)



November 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Esquivias edges Beltran

By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In his most significant bout to date, super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias won a hard-fought 10 round split decision over former world title challenger Fernando Beltran on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. A notorious slow starter, Esquivias was able to get on track, switching from conventional to southpaw and countering Beltran to the head. The southpaw Beltran (35-7-1, 19 KO’s) was able to land with left hands to the head and body during the middle rounds. However, Esquivias (15-0, 9 KO’s) was able to swing momentum his way in the eighth when he dropped Beltran with a counter straight tight hand to the head. Esquivias went in for the kill, but was unable to finish Beltran off. Esquivias slowed down in the 10th round, prompting Beltran to press the action and land a few punches flush to the head until the final bell. One judge scored the fight 95-94 in favor of Beltran, but the other two judges scored the bout 97-92 and 96-93 in favor of Esquivias. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-93 in favor of Esquivias. (more…)



November 5th, 2011




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