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The Defining Moments: Chael Sonnen

On August 17, former world title challenger Chael Sonnen returns to the Octagon to take on Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the UFC on FOX Sports 1 premiere event. Here are the defining moments of the “Gangster from West Linn.” . . . Click here for more on

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Coming up next: UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. Sonnen is LIVE on FOX Saturday, August 17 at 6 PM ET / 3 PM PT. Click here for more

August 11th, 2013

Boxing News

World title twinbill in Japan Tomorrow

Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw, Shinsuke Yamanaka (18-0-2, 13 KOs) will put his WBC bantamweight belt on the line against #8 ranked Puerto Rican Jose Nieves (22-2-3, 11 KOs) tomorrow (Monday) in Tokyo, Japan. Also, the newly crowned WBC flyweight ruler Akira Yaegashi (17-3, 9 KOs), Japan, will highly risk his throne against #10 ranked but hard-hitting Mexican Oscar Blanquet (32-5-1, 23 KOs) in the first world title go.

The press conference was held before great many press people on Saturday.

1. The WBC officials are as follows:
Yamanaka-Nieves title bout
referee Bruce McTavish (Philippines); judges Alejandro Rochin (US), Don Griffin (US), Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); supervisor Mauricio Sulaiman (Mexico)

2. Yaegashi-Blanquet title bout
referee Len Koivisto (Canada); judges Don Griffin (US), Jun-Bae Lim (Korea), Noppharat Sricharoen (Thailand); supervisor Major Lee (Korea) (more…)

August 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Alex Leapai wins in China; Lucas Browne next?

WBO #9 ranked heavyweight Alex Leapai (29-4-3, 24 KOs) retained his WBO Asia Pacific heavyweight belt with a 9th round TKO over Mexican Felipe Romero (16-7-1, 11 KOs) on Friday in Hengyang, Hunan, China. Romero was down once in the first round and twice in the ninth round. There has been talk of an all-Aussie heavyweight showdown between Leapai and unbeaten Lucas Browne (17-0, 15 KOs).

August 11th, 2013

Boxing News

Antonio DeMarco returns with fifth round TKO

Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

Former WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (29-3, 26 KOs) returned to action with an impressive fifth round TKO over Fidel Monterrosa (31-8, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Tecate in Tijuana. A three-punch combination by DeMarco in round five dropped Monterrosa in round five. The Colombian beat the count, but was ruled unable to continue. It was DeMarco’s first fight since losing his WBC title to Adrian Broner in November 2012.

In the co-feature, unbeaten flyweight Daniel “Bad Boy” Rosas (16-0-1, 11 KOs) scored an explosive second round KO over Roberto “Azabache” Castañeda (20-4, 15 KOs). (more…)

August 11th, 2013

Boxing Result

Crazy Jardon KOs ex-champ Diaz in eight

Photos: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC #4 super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (24-3, 20 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over former world champion Gamaliel “Platano” Diaz (37-11-1, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Plaza Condesa in Mexico City. Jardon dropped Diaz in round four and twice in round eight before the bout was halted. Time was :52. Jardon retained the WBC Continental belt. Jardon is now in line to face the winner of next week’s WBC title clash between Takashi Miura and Sergio ‘Yeyo’ Thompson in Cancun. photos

August 11th, 2013

Boxing Result

Moreno retains WBA bantamweight title for 11th time; Cermeno edges Escandon for WBA interim super bantam belt; Ramos upsets Vazquez

By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside

WBA bantamweight ‘super champion’ Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (34-2-1, 12 KOs) made the eleventh defense of his 118lb belt with a twelve round unanimous decision over William Urina (24-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Megapolis Convention Center in the Hard Rock Hotel in Panama City, Panama. It was a typical Moreno performance as the Panamanian slickster methodically outpointed his challenger. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 118-110.

Former WBA interim world champion Nehomar Cermeno (22-5-1, 13 KOs) is now a two-division interim champion. Cermeno won a twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten Oscar Escandon (22-1, 15 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title. Scores were 115-113, 117-111 Cermeno, 116-113 Escandon.

WBA female featherweight champion Ogleidis Suarez (20-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision against Liliana “La Tigresa” Palmera (21-11-3, 15 KOs) in the first defense of her title in a rematch. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 99-91.

In a huge upset, unheralded Columbian bantamweight Walberto Ramos (19-6-2, 12 KOs) won an eight round split decision over former world champion and hometown favorite Roberto “La Arana” Vasquez (32-6-2, 22 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 79-75 Ramos and 78-75 Vazquez.

August 11th, 2013

Boxing Result

Augustama defeats Saunders in Miami

By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez

Former Haitian Olympian and Golden Gloves champion Azea “The Haitian Hitman” Augustama (15-1, 9 KOs) received a unanimous decision victory against Pennsylvania veteran Rayco “War” Saunders (23-20-2, 10 KOs) in their ten-round main event from the venerable Casino Miami Jai Alai fronton tonight.

The younger Augustama leveraged repeated sharp jabs to set up power shots throughout as he attempted to maintain an effective distance. Realizing Augustama wasn’t hurting him, an emboldened Saunders started loading up heavier shots of his own in the fifth as he attempted to turn the tide. The most painful moment of the fight came late in the round as the fighter’s heads came together which caused Augustama to walk away wincing. Referee Frank Santore Jr allowed him time to recuperate and action resumed. (more…)

August 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Johnson, Quarles Lead Night of knockouts in DC

By Gary “Digital” Williams and Juan Marshall
Photos by Juan Marshall

The Top Flight Promotions card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC turned out to be a night of knockouts as six of the seven contests on the card failed to go the distance.

In the main event, DC light heavyweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson scored a second-round KO over Simon Ruvalcaba of Lake Tahoe, NV. Johnson stopped his opponent at 38 seconds of the round to raise his record to 14-1, six KO’s. Ruvalcaba is now 4-12-2.

Alexandria, VA middleweight Brandon Quarles made short work of Boston, MA’s Jimmy “The Dream” LeBlanc, stopping the veteran at 42 seconds of the second round. Quarles bounces back nicely from suffering his only pro loss on a nationally-televised encounter with Daquan Arnett in January and is now 10-1-1, three KO’s. LeBlanc falls to 13-25-4, five KO’s, one NC. (more…)

August 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Rodriguez, Verdejo, Cruz victorious

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Kathryn Warburton

Puerto Rico’s Gamalier Rodriguez (22-2-3, 15 KOs) retained his NABO featherweight title with a dominant ten round unanimous decision over tough Mexican Jorge Pazos (19-6-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Rodriguez’s hand speed and tight defense made the difference throughout. All three judges saw the bout easily in favor of Gamalier Rodriguez by scores of 99-91, 99-91 and 98-92 respectively.

Highly touted former Puerto Rican Olympian Felix “El Diamante” Verdejo (7-0, 5 KOs) dropped a very game lightweight scrapper Guillermo Delgadillo (4-4-1, 0 KOs) twice on his way to an impressive six round unanimous decision victory. All three judges saw every round in favor of Verdejo by scores of 60-52.

Local welterweight star Ronald Cruz (18-2, 13 KOs) of Bethlehem, PA rebounded from two consecutive losses with a devastating second round knockout of Rudolfo Armenta (12-11-1, 9 KOs). Cruz targeted the body early and then crumpled the visitor from Rio Rico, Arizona in the corner in round two with a four-punch combination, ending with a right hand up top. Referee Gary Rosato reached the count of ten at 2:40 of the second round.

In two walkout bouts: lightweight prospect Toka “T-Nice” Khan Clary (7-0-1, 5 KOs) remained undefeated with a solid four round unanimous decision victory over Jose Valderrama (3-5, 3 KOs) by scores of 40-36 across the board. Also former National Golden Gloves champion Jesse Hart (9-0, 8 KOs) of Philadelphia closed the show, dropping Akron, Ohio’s Steve Tyner three times en-route to a TKO victory at 1:22 of the opening round.

More results…

August 10th, 2013

Boxing News

Oner calls for Deontay Wilder vs. Odlanier Solis showdown: “U.S. power vs. Latino power”

Ahmet Öner, promoter of heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis, has called for a clash between his fighter and Deontay Wilder after Wilder’s spectacular KO against Sergey Liakhovich on Friday night.

“I don’t want to take anything away from Wilder. 29 wins and 29 KOs certainly speaks for a good build-up and a good job in matchmaking. But I don’t see Wilder as the next big thing – at least not until he fought a real opponent. I suggest for Wilder to step up and face my Olympic gold medalist and former world title challenger Odlanier Solis. Wilder may be the best US heavyweight but he surely isn’t the best in America. Solis is the best Latino heavyweight and one of the best fighters in the world. I don’t think Wilder and his handlers will accept a fight against Solis but I’m sure that Showtime would love it and do the fight. I did business with Golden Boy in the past. I have no problems with them. Richard, let’s get it on. Wilder vs. Solis – U.S. power vs. Latino power – the winner gets Klitschko!”–Ahmet Öner

August 10th, 2013

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