Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

Canelo dominates Chavez, will face GGG in September

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In a high-profile all-Mexican super middleweight grudge match, Canelo Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 ...

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Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

Lemieux, Matthysse, Diaz victorious

By Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions Former middleweight champion David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KOs) of Montreal, Canada won ...

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Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

Parker decisions Conjanu to retain WBO belt

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photos: Sumio Yamada WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker (23-0, 18 KOs) successfully made the first defense of ...

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Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Ramirez halts Giurieceo in two

Photos: Mikey Williams/Top Rank Unbeaten WBC #5 ranked super lightweight and 2012 USA Olympian Jose Ramirez (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a second round ...

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Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

Shocker! Gamboa quits in corner, Castellanos victorious

By Miguel Maravilla and Felipe Leon at ringside Photos: Tom Hogan - Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions In an upset, tough but unheralded Robinson Castellanos (22-11, ...

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Boxing Result

Montes-Zaleta battle to draw

Super flyweight Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2-1, 14 KOs) lost his WBF belt at the scales when he failed to make weight for his title defense against fellow countryman Victor “El Nene” Zaleta (20-2-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico de la UG in Guadalajara, Mexico. As a result, only Zaleta was eligible to win the vacant title. The bout ended in a twelve round draw, and if Zaleta had not been deducted a point by referee Jesus Salcedo for a low blow, he would now have been the new WBF beltholder as the judges handed in scores of 115-112, 114-114 and 112-115, resulting in a draw and the title remaining vacant.

Also on the show, WBF women’s flyweight champion Irma Sanchez won a controversial ten round split decision in a non-title fight over former world champion Ibeth Zamora Silva. See the video.

Super flyweight Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (22-2-1, 14 KOs) lost his WBF belt at the scales when he failed to …


Boxing Result

Carroll defeats Cabuy

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Australian middleweight Nathan Carroll (6-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a clear decision over Indonesia’s Aswin Cabuy (13-30-3, 6 KOs) in eight round main event on Sunday at the Mansfield Tavern, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Cabuy dropped Carroll in round one but the Aussie 160 pounder controlled most of the eight rounds to win by scores 76-71, 76-71, 75-72. (more…)

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Australian middleweight Nathan Carroll (6-1-1, 2 KOs) scored a clear decision over Indonesia’s …



Boxing Result

Diaz stops Lucero at the Boat

By Shamus Young at ringside

At the Battle at the Boat 87 in Tacoma, WA, Junior Lightweight Julio Diaz stopped Emmanuel Lucero in the fifth round in spectacular fashion. In the first two rounds, Diaz showed his amateur pedigree and kept Lucero at the end of snappy punches. Lucero demonstrated heart and craft by turning the tide in the third with a swarm of body punches. Lucero was a second away from winning the round when he was dropped by a sneaky uppercut from Diaz. Diaz rode the momentum to win a tightly contested fourth round. In the fifth, Diaz used his jab to open Lucero’s defense just enough to allow a stiff right cross that dropped Lucero. Lucero beat the count, but was soon dropped again in the same manner. Lucero rose but was unsteady, which caused referee Louis Jackvony to wave it off. Time of stoppage was 1:37 of the fifth. Diaz goes to 9-0 and Lucero to 26-11-1. (more…)

By Shamus Young at ringside At the Battle at the Boat 87 in Tacoma, WA, Junior Lightweight Julio Diaz stopped …


Boxing Result

Video: Freitas KOs Oliveira in ninth

Former super featherweight and lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) returned as a junior middleweight and schooled previously unbeaten middleweight Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (17-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Conrad Hotel & Casino in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Freitas dropped Oliveira with a series of clean shots at the end of round three. Unfortunately for Popo, the bell rang before he could do any more damage. Big round seven for Freitas as he took over the fight from that point on and Popo dropped Oliveira twice in round nine to end it. Time was 2:09. The Oliveira team lured the 36-year-old Brazilian ring legend Freitas out of a five year retirement and Popo (now a Brazilian congressman) made good on his promise to KO Oliveira for trying to make a name for himself against him.

Former super featherweight and lightweight world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas (39-2, 33 KOs) returned as a junior middleweight and schooled …




Boxing Result

Tarver-Kayode draw; Tarver retains IBO belt

By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

The grudge match between IBO cruiserweight world champion Antonio Tarver and unbeaten Lateef Kayode ended in a 12 round split decision draw at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. Kayode was the more active fighter early on in the fight, landing straight right hands to the head. Tarver finally got going in the fourth round, throwing and landing consistently with left hands to the head. Both had their moments in the middle rounds, but Tarver was able to stun Kayode in the ninth round with a right-left combination to the head. During the championship rounds, Tarver stalked Kayode around the ring, but did not throw enough punches as Kayode looked to counter. Each fighter won the fight on a judge’s scorecard 115-113, but the third judge scored the bout 114-114. Fightnews.com scored the bout 115-113 in favor of Kayode. Tarver, from Tampa, FL, goes to 29-6-1, 20 KOs. Kayode, from Hollywood, CA by way of Lagos, Nigeria, goes to 18-0-1, 14 KOs. Despite the draw, Tarver retains his world title belt.

Middleweight Peter Quillin won a hard-fought 10 round unanimous decision over former undisputed world champion Winky Wright. Both had their moments in the first four rounds of the fight. Quillin used effective hand speed, but Wright was able to counter well. Quillin dropped Wright in the fifth round with a right hand to the head. Wright got up and was able to do well in the sixth and seventh rounds. However, Quillin hurt Wright with an uppercut to the head, forcing him to cover up until the end of the round. Wright had his moments in the round, but Quillin finished strong in the 10th. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Quillin, 98-91, 98-91, and 97-92. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-93 in favor of Quillin, (27-0, 20 KOs) who hails from New York City. Wright, who hails from St. Petersburg, FL, falls to 51-6-1, 25 KOs. It was Wright’s first fight in over three years.

Junior middleweight world title holder Austin Trout won a workmanlike 12 round unanimous decision over Delvin Rodriguez. The bout did not live up to the pre-fight hype as both looked to counter one another during the first half of the fight. Trout began to let his hands go more in the second half of the fight, connecting to the head and body of Rodriguez. Trout looked tired in the last two rounds and was not able to keep up with Trout. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Trout, 117-111, 118-110, and an unbelievable 120-108. Fightnews.com scored the bout 116-112 in favor of Trout, who successfully defended his WBA 154-pound title. Trout, from Las Cruces, NM, goes to 25-0, 14 KOs, while Rodriguez, from Danbury, CT, falls to 26-6-3, 14 KOs.

Unbeaten bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz impressively won a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision over IBF #1 contender Vusi Malinga to win the vacant IBF bantamweight title. Santa Cruz threw and connected with a high volume of effective punches over the southpaw Malinga. During the middle rounds, Santa Cruz began to aggressively attack the body. He hurt Malinga with a left hook to the body in the seventh round and a right to the stomach in the eighth. Malinga hung in there, but had no answer for Santa Cruz, who tried to drop Malinga in the final moments of the 12th round. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Santa Cruz, 120-108, 120-108, and 119-109. Santa Cruz, from Rosemead, CA, improves to 20-0-1, 11 KOs. Malinga, from Johannesburg, South Africa, drops to 20-4, 12 KOs. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside Photos: Big Joe Miranda The grudge match between IBO cruiserweight world champion …


Boxing Result

Fuentes destroys Felix in one

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

WBO minimumweight champion Moisés “Moi” Fuentes (15-1-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over Julio César “Gatito” Felix (17-4-0, 7 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at El Foro in Tijuana, BC, Mexico. Felix was down twice, the second time for the count. Time was 2:16. After the fight Fuentes declared, “We’re ready for Calderon!”

In other action, unbeaten super bantamweight Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (14-0-1, 9 KOs) took a close ten round unanimous decision over Enrique “Duende” Bernache (19-4, 10 KOs). Scores were 95-94 twice and 97-95.

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer WBO minimumweight champion Moisés “Moi” Fuentes (15-1-0, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular first round knockout over Julio …


Boxing Result

Cancio defeats Rocky Juarez

Jr lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career to date with a ten round unanimous decision over six-time former world title challenger and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Rocky Juarez (28-10-1, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Cancio was credited with a questionable knockdown in round one, but Juarez came back to floor Cancio in round two. Cancio dropped Rocky again in the fifth round and was in command for the rest of the fight. Scores were 97-90, 97-90, 98-89. Now six straight losses for Juarez.

Unbeaten jr middleweight Hugo “The Boss” Centeno (14-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Rahman Yusubov (8-8, 6 KOs). Yusubov’s corner threw in the towel to save their man from further punishment. Time was 2:39.

Jr lightweight prospect Andrew “Chango” Cancio (14-1-2, 11 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career to date with a …


Boxing Result

Shibata wrests Japanese 154lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

Ex-OPBF champ Akio Shibata (18-7-1, 8 KOs), 153.75, captured the Japanese super-welter belt from defending titlist Daisuke Nakagawa (19-3-2, 15 KOs), 153.5, as he made best use of his swift footwork based on his experience as a basketball player, smartly countered the game but slower champ and withstood his retaliation down the stretch, winning a unanimous verdict (96-95, 96-94 and 98-93) over ten sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. It’s an interesting affair of a slow starter and an early starter, both six-footers, as Shibata, a quick speedster, piled up good points in the first six rounds, while Nakagawa, two-time champ in the 147 and 154-pound categories, showed his last surge to overcome his early deficits on points from the seventh round onward. Shibata had yielded his OPBF throne to Charlie Ota Bellamy, an American hard-puncher living here, in 2010 and failed to win it back from him last year—both via a KO route. Some people then castigated his defeats caused by his lack of heart and stamina, but Shibata tonight displayed his determination to wrest the belt again, fighting with his top speed from the outset. Their difference on precision accounted for his re-coronation regardless of the margins on the tallies. The crestfallen ex-champ, four years his senior at 34, said he would hang up gloves for good for the sake of his family. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Ex-OPBF champ Akio Shibata (18-7-1, 8 KOs), 153.75, captured the Japanese super-welter belt from defending titlist Daisuke …



Boxing Result

Shumenov retains WBA light heavy belt

By Chris Cozzone at ringside; photo by Cozzone

WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over former super middleweight world title challenger Enrique Ornelas (33-8, 21 KOs) on Saturday night inside “The Joint” at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Shumenov jumped all over Ornelas in big round one, then outboxed Enrique for the rest of the fight. Scores were 120-108 on all cards.

In a clash of welterweight prospects, Joseph Elegele (13-1, 10 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over Lanard Lane (13-2, 8 KOs). Scores were 77-74, 76-75, 76-76.

Undefeated WBA #15 welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov improved his record to 16-0, 12 KOs) defeating Euri Gonzalez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) by unanimous decision in an eight-round junior middleweight bout. All three ringside judges scored in Hudaynazarov’s favor with tallies of 79-73.

In off-TV bouts, California jr. lightweight Johnny Reyes (2-0, 1 KO) outboxed wild-swinging, relentless Uriel Torres (0-1), also of L.A., scoring a knockdown en route to a unanimous decision with scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36; and Florida jr. middleweight Daquan Arnett (4-0, 2 KOs) weathered rough-and-ready Yosmani Abreu (2-3-1) to win a unanimous decision with scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36.

By Chris Cozzone at ringside; photo by Cozzone WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (13-1, 8 KOs) scored a twelve …


Boxing Result

Zappavigna tops Dela Cruz

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

IBF #6 lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (27-2, 18 KOs) outscored Joel Dela Cruz (17-14-2, 13 KOs) of the Philippines over twelve rounds on Saturday at the Orange Function Centre, Orange, NSW, Australia. This was Zappavigna’s second successful bout since suffering a stoppage loss to Ammeth Diaz in August 2011. Zappa was unsuccessful in a IBF world title attempt against champion Miguel Vasquez in March 2011. Filipino Dela Cruz is trained by former Manny Pacquiao opponent Todd Makelin and was coming off a loss to Todd Kid but holds a 2011 win over 2004 Olympian Ryan Langham. In the main supporting bout, heavy-handed 168 pounder Rocky Jerkic (5-0, 3 KOs) stopped Daniel Maxwell ( 0-5) in round one.

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing IBF #6 lightweight Lenny Zappavigna (27-2, 18 KOs) outscored Joel Dela Cruz (17-14-2, …


Boxing Result

Khonco wins vacant SA title

By Ron Jackson

Simphiwe Khonco upset the favoured Bongani Mfundisi when he stopped him in the seventh round to win the vacant South African mini flyweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. In a closely fought contest with both fighters missing badly at times Khonco (47.60kg) appeared the stronger fighter throughout and dropped Mfundisi (47.50kg) with a right to the head in the fourth round. The 25-year-old Mfundisi who is ranked at number one by Boxing SA did well to come back to possibly share the fifth and shade the sixth round. However, Khonco, 26, attacked from the bell in the seventh and backed Mfundisi up against the ropes after landing a flurry of blows that sent him down to the canvas as his corner threw in the towel. (more…)

By Ron Jackson Simphiwe Khonco upset the favoured Bongani Mfundisi when he stopped him in the seventh round to win …


Boxing Result

Blackledge stops Larsen in four

By Alex Hermann

Unbeaten, but unheralded light heavyweight Luke Blackledge (10-0, 4 KOs) scored the best win of his career when he stopped former European champ Mads Larsen (51-4, 38 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark. Blackledge is an aggressive fighter – as Mads Larsen likes. In the opening round Larsen controlled Blackledge with his jab, and he landed several good left shots to the body. In round two Larsen was cut over his left eye by a headbutt from Blackledge. The Englishman continued fighting hard, and Larsen didn’t succeed to keep him away with his jab. Larsen was moving well, and after three rounds he was ahead on the cards. In round four Blackledge pressured Larsen to the ropes, and the Dane went down. Larsen looked like he could get up, but decided to stay down. The referee counted him out at 1:20 of the round.

WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus retained her titles with a unanimous decision over Jessica Balogun. Braekhus and Balogun have sparred together many times, but in a real fight Braekhus was a level above. Balogun worked hard, and several rounds were quite close, but without a doubt Braekhus won most of the exchanges. Braekhus was the dominating fighter in a fight without too many highlights, and a KO victory wasn’t even close. The scores were 97-93 twice and 99-92 for Braekhus (20-0, 5 KO). (more…)

By Alex Hermann Unbeaten, but unheralded light heavyweight Luke Blackledge (10-0, 4 KOs) scored the best win of his career …



Boxing Result

Laleye beats Woods in rematch for FL state belt

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside

In front of a capacity crowd at the stunning A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, St. Petersburg’s Inka Laleye scored the biggest victory of his young career, defeating Manny Woods to claim the Florida State Light Middleweight title. The night also saw Kenneth Lacy win his second professional contest and prospects Justin Jones and Radivoje Kalajdzic continue their winning ways. Fight Night Productions in association with Ker’s Wing House brought together an exciting night of boxing to the Tampa area. (more…)

By Christopher P. Cook at ringside In front of a capacity crowd at the stunning A La Carte Event Pavilion …


Feature Story

2012 IBF Convention Closes

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman

The 29th IBF convention was officially brought to a close this morning in Honolulu, HI with a closing session of talks. For the most part, the agenda of the week was conducted efficiently and in a timely manner, leaving little unfinished business. (more…)

Report and photos by Boxing Bob Newman The 29th IBF convention was officially brought to a close this morning in …


Boxing News

Potential foes line up for Canelo

James Kirkland was the first choice to replace injured Paul Williams in the September 15 fight against WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, but that matchup fell apart within 24 hours after the Kirkland Team allegedly increased their purse demands from $1 million to $2.5 million. So Golden Boy is now seeking a new opponent for Canelo. Among those raising their hands are “King” Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 12 KOs) and Carlos Molina (19-5-2, 6 KOs).

Rosado: “Let Canelo step up to the plate and fight a real man. They keep going over the same old names. Carlos Quintana? Please, give me a break. Carlos Molina? Get real! Those guys can’t hurt my sister….“if TV wants action, I’m their man. If they’re just looking for a pretty face with a pretty record, then they can choose one of those phony contenders. My day will come!”

Molina: “Hell yeah I want that fight! Every time I fight somebody, it seems like they get to fight Canelo after that. Kirkland was the second time it was going to happen. First time was with Kermit Cintron, whom I beat. Now they’re talking about giving the fight to Erislandy Lara that I had a controversial draw with… What can I do? I’m in the gym training. I’m ready for anyone, Canelo, anybody.”

James Kirkland was the first choice to replace injured Paul Williams in the September 15 fight against WBC super welterweight …


UFC

Kampmann on the verge of greatness

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.

Martin Kampmann has historically been a fighter that’s been on the verge of greatness, only to take a giant leap back in critical junctures. With a title shot on the line, he dropped a razor thin decision to Jake Shields. A decision loss to Diego Sanchez—a fight many believe Kampmann won—kept hi further down the ladder. When Kampmann submitted Thiago Alves a few months ago, and was then named headliner at last night’s TUF Live finale, many believed Jake Ellenberger had his number as well. (more…)

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. Martin Kampmann has historically been a fighter that’s been on the verge of greatness, only …



Boxing News

IBF Convention: Awards Banquet

Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman

The IBF held its awards banquet Friday night during the 29th annual convention at the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Coral Ballroom in Honolulu. Following a cocktail hour, delegates dined on Mahi Mahi, sirloin or roasted chicken, danced and witnessed the recognition of excellence for many of the IBF’s boxers, promoters and staff that have excelled during the past year.

The awards were as follows:

“Jersey Joe Walcott” Fighter of the Year: Tavoris Cloud
Most Title Defenses: Lucian Bute (3) (more…)

Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman The IBF held its awards banquet Friday night during the 29th annual convention …


Boxing News

Vazquez-Marquez Update

A much anticipated clash between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez fight is not finalized yet. All Star Boxing’s Tuto Zabala, Jr. went to Puerto Rico and met with PR Best Boxing Vice President Peter Rivera and negotiations are ongoing. “A deal has not been reached yet,” Zabala informed Fightnes.com. “It’s our intention to face [Marquez] and it’s a great fight but we are still working on it. We are working hard to bring the fight August 4 to the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon also we are also still in negotiations with Zanfer Promotions (Marquez Promoter). If everything goes well an official announcement will made once a deal is reached.”

A much anticipated clash between Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. and Rafael Marquez fight is not finalized yet. All Star Boxing’s Tuto …


Scale Watch

Weights from Brooklyn

Sadam Ali 147 vs Franklin Gonzalez 146
Jennifer Santiago 119 vs Mikayla Nebal 120
Steven Gamache 151 vs Willie Bryant 152
Armin Mrkanovic 189 vs Daniel Pietch 180
Akil Frederick-Auguste 159 vs Jamil Gadsden 156
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex
Promoter: Worldkid Promotions
1st bell: 7pm

Sadam Ali 147 vs Franklin Gonzalez 146 Jennifer Santiago 119 vs Mikayla Nebal 120 Steven Gamache 151 vs Willie Bryant …


Boxing News

Holyfield facing jail time?

From TMZ

Four-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is staring down some jail time if he doesn’t cough up more than $300k in unpaid child support, TMZ has learned. The GA. Dept. of Human Services has gone to court on behalf of Evander’s 18-year-old daughter Emani Holyfield … claiming the former champ hasn’t paid a dime of court ordered child support since April 2010, and his tab is now $372,097.40. The DHS is fed up with the waiting game … so it’s asking a judge to lock up Holyfield and garnish his wages until he antes up the back support. Evander’s rep tells TMZ she was unaware of the situation but added, “Mr. Holyfield has a wonderful relationship with his daughter.”

From TMZ Four-time former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield is staring down some jail time if he doesn’t cough up more …


Boxing News

Ticket Alert: Rios, Donaire twinbill

Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will headline a spectacular all-action doubleheader, Saturday, July 7, under the stars at The Home Depot Center, in Carson, Calif. Donaire, the reigning WBO junior featherweight champion, will rumble with IBF champion Jeffrey “Marvelous Mongoose” Mathebula in a world title unification fight to determine the division’s top dog. Rios, in search of more worlds to conquer, will battle steel-fisted Top-10 contender MAuricio “El Maestro” Herrera, in a 10-round junior welterweight bout for Southern California bragging rights. The fights will be televised live on HBO Boxing After Dark®, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Promoted by Top Rank, tickets for The Home Depot Center’s Donaire / Rios World Championship fight card go on sale Today! Saturday, June 2, at 10 a.m. PT. Priced at $100, $50 and $25, tickets can be purchased online at AXS.com or by phone at 888-929-7849 as well as The Home Depot Center Box Office (open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). Suites are available by calling 1-877-604-8777. For information of group discounts, please call 1-877-234-8425.

Top-Five pound-for pound fighter and four-division world champion Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon …


UFC

Kampmann levels Ellenberger

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.

It had all the makings of a short night for Martin Kampmann. In the opening moments of his main event bout with Jake Ellenberger, the wrestler from Omaha lived up to his “Juggernaut” nickname, blasting the Danish Thai boxer in the opening moments with a straight right hand. The blow sent the “Hitman” straight to the mat, but Ellenberger was unable to finish and spent most of the round in the top position. (more…)

Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr. It had all the makings of a short night for Martin Kampmann. In the opening …


Boxing News

Manny Pacquiao’s Spiritual Awakening

Late last year eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao began a journey of spiritual renewal. Eschewing many of the vices he claimed were poisoning his life, here, for the first time, Manny gives a thorough first-person account on his new-found spirituality and how it has affected his life as a world champion boxer, an elected public servant and a family man.

Late last year eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao began a journey of spiritual renewal. Eschewing many of the vices …


Boxing News

Freitas-Oliveira weights

Former super featherweight and lightweight word champion Acelino Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) weighed in at a career high of 154.8 lbs. for his showdown on Saturday with Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira (17-0, 12 KOs). Oliveira weighed in at 152.9 lbs. It will be Freitas’ first fight in five years.

The bout between the two Brazilian stars will take place at the Hotel & Casino Conrad in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Former super featherweight and lightweight word champion Acelino Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) weighed in at a career high of 154.8 …


Boxing News

WV2-Marquez clash in the works

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press

Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo ‘Papito’ Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KOs) says that on August 4 he hopes to face the experienced two-time world title holder Rafael Marquez (41-7, 37 KOs) in an event to be held in Puerto Rico. Vazquez, whose two losses are to Jorge ‘Travieso’ Arce and Nonito Donaire, said his promoter Tutico Zabala, President of All Star Boxing, informed him of the date and told him to prepare for that clash, which could lead to another title shot if he wins. The bout could be staged at the Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamon.

By Rey Colón -The Sport Press Former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo ‘Papito’ Vazquez (21-2-1, 18 KOs) says that on …


Boxing Result

Vazquez victorious in Puerto Rico

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best

Jr flyweight Israel “El Heredero” Vazquez (6-0-2, 5 KOs), son of former three time WBA world champion Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of the former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. went the full six with Miguel “Samurai” del Valle (8-17, 2 KOs) in the main event on Friday night at the at the Cancha Mario Jimenez in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Scores were 58-56 on all cards.

Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best Jr flyweight Israel “El Heredero” Vazquez (6-0-2, 5 KOs), son of former three time WBA world …


Boxing News

IBF Convention: Day 4

Report and Photos by Boxing Bob Newman

Day four of the 29th annual IBF convention in Honolulu, HI was largely composed of the ring officials seminars for both judges and referees. The opening session was a comprehensive judges seminar and ABC certification conducted by veteran judge Duane Ford. Long time referees Jack Reiss and Robert Byrd later conducted the referees seminar. (more…)

Report and Photos by Boxing Bob Newman Day four of the 29th annual IBF convention in Honolulu, HI was largely …


Scale Watch

Weights from Tacoma, WA

Joel Diaz 130 vs. Emmanuel Lucero 130
Nate Serrano 146.5 vs. Osvaldo Rojas 147
Cory Vombaur 144 vs. Omar Avelar 143
Marcelino Pindeda 143.5 vs. Jose Leon 148.5
Josh Hewson 181.5 vs. Juan Hernandez 179.5
Jesus Partida 128.5 vs. Gerarldo Reyes 128
Promoter: Halquist Productions
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma
Tickets: Emeraldqueen.com
Doors Open: 6 pm
First Bell: 7 pm

Joel Diaz 130 vs. Emmanuel Lucero 130 Nate Serrano 146.5 vs. Osvaldo Rojas 147 Cory Vombaur 144 vs. Omar Avelar …


Boxing News

Shumenov, Ornelas make weight

Photos: Emily Harney – KZ Event Productions

Beibut Shumenov 174.5 vs. Enrique Ornelas 174.5
(WBA light heavyweight championship)
Joseph Elegele 143 vs. Lanard Lane 142.5
Ravshan Hudaynazarov 148.5 vs. Euri Gonzalez 149
Daquan Arnett 153 vs. Yosmani Abreu 154.8
Johnny Reyes 130 vs. Uriel Torres 129
Venue: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: KZ Event Productions
TV: FSN/Fox Deportes
(more…)

Photos: Emily Harney – KZ Event Productions Beibut Shumenov 174.5 vs. Enrique Ornelas 174.5 (WBA light heavyweight championship) Joseph Elegele …


Boxing Result

Rosado, Cruz victorious

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rich Hundley III

In an important bout between world contenders, IBF #5/WBA #9 junior middleweight Gabriel Rosado (20-5, 11 KOs) scored a ninth round KO over IBF #9 rated Sechew Powell (26-5, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rosado’s relentless attack finally put Powell on the deck in round nine and after a furious follow up barrage he floored Powell again prompting referee Steve Smoger to call a halt. Time was 2:43. Rosado claimed the vacant WBO Inter-Continental light middleweight title.

Unbeaten IBF #12 welterweight Ronald Cruz (17-0, 12 KOs) pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Prenice Brewer (16-2-1, 6 KOs). In a good action fight, hometown hero Cruz thrilled the crowd with his aggressive style as he compiled a 118-110 win on all cards. With the win, Cruz claimed the vacant WBC Continental Americas welterweight title. (more…)

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside Photos: Rich Hundley III In an important bout between world contenders, IBF #5/WBA #9 junior …


Scale Watch

Weights from Indio, California

Andrew Cancio 128 vs. Rocky Juarez 129.6
Hugo Centeno 158 vs. Rahman Yusubov 157.2
Kenny Williams 139.2 vs. Joaquin Chavez 138.8
Guadalupe Salcido 133.8 vs. Cameron Kreal 139.6
Gerardo Juarez 139.8 vs. Luis Mora 139.2
Venue: Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Telefutura

Andrew Cancio 128 vs. Rocky Juarez 129.6 Hugo Centeno 158 vs. Rahman Yusubov 157.2 Kenny Williams 139.2 vs. Joaquin Chavez …


Boxing Result

Hasson stays unbeaten

Undefeated light heavyweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (14-0, 5 KOs) outpointed journeyman George Armenta (14-9, 11 KOs) over eight rounds on Friday night at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City. Scores of 78-74, 79-73, 79-73 accurately reflected the action.

Earlier, former world amateur champion Joey Dawejko (7-0-1, 3 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Edwin Ranquillo (2-1, 2 KO) in a heavyweight bout. Time was 2:11. (more…)

Undefeated light heavyweight Dennis “The Assassin” Hasson (14-0, 5 KOs) outpointed journeyman George Armenta (14-9, 11 KOs) over eight rounds …


Scale Watch

Tarver, Kayode make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

Antonio Tarver 198 vs. Lateef Kayode 199
(IBO cruiserweight championship)
Austin Trout 154.8 vs. Delvin Rodriguez 151
(WBA regular super welterweight championship)
Vusi Malinga 117 vs. Leo Santa Cruz 117
(Vacant IBF bantamweight championship)
Winky Wright 159 vs. Peter Quillin 160.4/160.2
Dyah Davis 167.6 vs. Sakio Bika 166.6
Sharif Bogere 137.2 vs. Maniel Leyva 137.4
Omar Figueroa 138.4 vs. Tyler Ziolkowski 137.6
Juan Reynoso 151.2 vs. Beau Hamilton 154
Venue: Home Depot Center in Carson, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime/Showtime Extreme
(more…)

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Big Joe Miranda Antonio Tarver 198 vs. Lateef Kayode 199 (IBO cruiserweight championship) …


Column

Southern California Fight Scene

By Francisco Salazar

By all means, living in Southern California has its perks. Mostly beautiful weather that occurs year-round. In-n-Out burgers around the corner. Winning professional sports teams. Oh, did I mention boxing? To many of the journalists, including myself, and fights fans in the region, boxing is always in season. In Southern California, there are times when fight cards happen on consecutive days or during a three-day stretch. Or how about this Saturday, when three fight cards take place within a 90 mile stretch of one another?

Yup, it is great to be a boxing scribe or a die-hard boxing fan. Just as it is a fact that the Los Angeles Dodgers are currently in first place in the National League West, fight fans will be attending one of these shows. (more…)

By Francisco Salazar By all means, living in Southern California has its perks. Mostly beautiful weather that occurs year-round. In-n-Out …


Scale Watch

Weights from Tijuana

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Moises Fuentes 105 vs. Julio Cesar Felix 105
(WBO minimumweight championship)
Daniel Rosas 121.8 vs. Enrique Bernache 122
Arturo Badillo 122 vs. Jose Cayetano 122
Rogelio Ruvalcaba 173 vs. Francisco Sierra 173.5
Venue: Foro De Tijuana
Promoter: Zanfer
TV: TV Azteca
(more…)

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Moises Fuentes 105 vs. Julio Cesar Felix 105 (WBO minimumweight championship) Daniel Rosas 121.8 vs. Enrique Bernache …










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