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“I was on the edge of my seat every round,” said George Foreman on 46-year-old Bernard Hopkins breaking his record as oldest fighter to win a world championship. “It was such an exciting fight. Bernard was the better athlete, the smarter fighter and was in the better condition. Now that a 46 [year-old] has done it, next a 47[year-old], a 48[year-old], a 49[year-old] and a 50 [year-old] will do it, and if somebody does it at 60, then I’ll have to get back in there.
“Look, Hopkins did push-ups. What great conditioning, and he did it in Pascal hometown. Isn’t that something? He was just so much better. I’m happy for Hopkins and I’m happy for mature athletes.
“If my record goes down, you want to see it go down that way. If it was the Olympics, Bernard gets the Gold Medal and breaks the record for the world championship. This was the best I’ve seen Bernard take charge of the fight with a young strong champion like Pascal. Long live the king.”
Foreman was 45 when he knocked out Michael Moorer for the heavyweight title on November 5, 1994, 192 days younger than Hopkins when he captured his title.
UPDATE: Prize Fight VP of Operations Nate Yoder stated to FightNews “Majewski is not fighting Bunema. Majewski will still fight on the June 11th card and an opponent for him will soon be announced.”
Undefeated middleweight Patrick “The Machine” Majewski (16-0, 11 KOs) will face his first major test on June 11 when he faces former world title challenger Alex Bunema (31-8-2, 17 KOs) at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, MS for the vacant NABO and IBF International middleweight titles. The event, entitled “TNT at the DCC”, is promoted by Prize Fight Promotions, Greg Cohen Promotions and Global Boxing, and will be headlined by the ten round heavyweight match between former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman against Galen Brown. Majewski is a native of Radom, Poland but now resides in Atlantic City, NJ. He is promoted by Global Boxing Promotions, and is trained by Bill Johnson, father of former lightweight champion Leavander Johnson. Bunema just went ten rounds less than a week ago with Andy Lee, losing 100-90 on all cards.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it will partner with Texas-based the Boot Campaign to launch a fundraising effort benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. UFC® fans are encouraged to “get YOUR boots on” by purchasing The Boot Campaign’s signature “give back” combat boots and apparel at www.BootCampaign.com/UFC , with proceeds benefiting the Lone Survivor Foundation. Fans purchasing “give back” combat boots will be granted free admission to the UFC 130 after-party on May 28 at XS Nightclub at Encore Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. (more…)
Newly crowned WBC light heavyweight champion Bernard Hopkins didn’t pay the sanctioning fee to the IBO, so the IBO belt held by Jean Pascal is now vacant.
Trainer Michael Timm has joined WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik in Los Angeles. Timm had remained in Germany to prepare Jürgen Brähmer for his world title defense which was scrapped and Brähmer subsequently stripped.
Promoter Frank Warren has called on the BBBofC to grant super middleweight James DeGale an immediate rematch against George Groves who beat DeGale by close majority decision Saturday night.
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward has inked an endorsement deal with Everlast. Under the agreement Ward will exclusively train with Everlast equipment and apparel.
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez’s team has rejected an offer to defend against Michael Katsidis in Australia.
Congratulations to Ricardo and Alina Conde, on the birth of their fifth child earlier today in the fighting town of Oxnard, CA. Anthony Conde weighed in at 6lbs 14oz.
Not much pro boxing this weekend, but on Sunday starting at 1PM at the Venice Recreation Center located on the famed Venice Beach in Southern California, there will be a free amateur show and some local pros are expected to show up.
By Brett Bonetti
Danny Green is totally focused on his fight with Antonio Tarver on July 20 in Sydney Australia. However, Green could have Bernard Hopkins in his sights after the “Executioner” became the oldest champion in boxing history with his victory over the 28-year-old Jean Pascal to claim the WBC Light Heavyweight title in Montreal on the weekend. Green must first defend his IBO cruiserweight title against former light-heavyweight champion Tarver but acknowledged yesterday that a fight against Hopkins would be scooped up by American TV giant HBO. “If I can defeat Tarver, HBO in America would love to put that fight on,” Green said yesterday. “Hopkins and I have history.” (more…)
Orlando Cuellar, trainer of Glen “Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) says he’s expecting an easy night when his fighter takes on WBC super middleweight champion Carl “Cobra” Froch. Johnson and Froch will meet in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Saturday, June 4 and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing starting at 9 PM ET/PT (delayed on the west coast).
Johnson and Cuellar have been working together since 2003, when Johnson (then a full-time construction worker) surprisingly beat top contender Eric Harding for the USBA Light Heavyweight title. They have gone on to win the IBF title against Clinton Woods, knock out Roy Jones and beat Antonio Tarver, among others.
Cuellar says he knows his fighter, knows what he can do, and doesn’t see him having any problems against Froch. (more…)
Brooklyn-based super middleweight Lennox Allen (14-0-1, 9 KOs) returns home to Georgetown, Guyana on Saturday night to face Kwesi Jones (7-1, 4 KOs) in a 12-round match for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation title, at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Allen turned pro seven years ago in Georgetown. He moved a year later to Perth, Western Australia in order to advance his pro boxing career, but 18 months later he returned to Guyana. After fighting three more times at home, Lennox took advantage of an opportunity to come to the United States in 2008 as a sparring partner for Bernard Hopkins.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Undefeated Italian super middleweight Andrea Di Luisa (12-0, 11 KOs) won the first international title of his pro career last Friday night at The PalaMalè in Viterbo, Italy. Di Luisa outscored dangerous South American contender and former world challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (24-6-5, 8 KOs) over twelwe caotic and cruel rounds and took the vacant WBC-Int Silver title at 168 lbs with the final scoresheets being 117-111, 115-113 and 118-112. (more…)
Hennessy Sports has announced that Wembley Arena in London will be the host for the eagerly awaited domestic super fight between unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury and current British champion Dereck Chisora on July 23rd. Emotions are running high as the two fighters got into an altercation during Saturday’s card at the O2 Arena. “Chisora’s talked the talk and now he needs to walk the walk,” said Fury. “I’m good to go, that’s my game walking the walk, so let’s see if he is man enough to get in the ring with a dangerous, young, live opponent for the first time in his career.”
Quinton Jackson versus Matt Hamill.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion versus an alumnus of the hit reality show, The Ultimate Fighter.
On a UFC 130 card filled with intriguing bouts, it certainly is the matchup with the most at stake. No question about that. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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By Brett Bonetti
The Danny Green and Antonio Tarver promotional trail hit Perth Australia with a bang as both guys thrilled and entertained the Perth fans over two great days.
At the press conference on Friday morning, Tarver turned up in an AFL Fremantle Dockers Australian Rules Football jersey. Tarver announced to the gallery that he had been told that the Dockers had many players out of their next game due to injury, so the Magic Man was ready to step in to play the position “Centre Half Back” and help the team to victory.
Tarver and Green then had pictures taken with some of the Dockers cross town AFL rivals, the West Coast Eagles. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Maybe he’s from another planet. What Bernard Hopkins did on Saturday night in Montreal was unearthly. For the second time in a row he fought like the younger man in the ring when taking Jean Pascal to school in their light-heavyweight title rematch. When Hopkins missed making weight on Friday — by mere ounces, true, but nevertheless something that once would have been unthinkable by his iron-discipline standards — it seemed to offer a hint that the 46-year-old modern-day marvel might finally be starting to feel his age like any human would. Instead, Hopkins went out and fought an even better fight than he did when boxing a draw with Pascal last December. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Borrowing an expression from celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse, The Heavyweight Factory just “kicked it up a notch,” matching two former world champions on their June 4th card at The Seminole Hard Rock Live. Fellow Jamaican cruiserweights O’Neil “Give ‘Em Hell” Bell (26-3-1, 24 KOs) and Richard “The Destroyer” Hall (29-8, 27 KOs) bring their power-punching assaults to bear in a 10-round undercard bout.
Bell, the 36-year old former WBC/WBA/IBF cruiserweight champ fully expects a knock-down, drag-out war with his countryman and gym-mate. Although Bell recently changed his name to “El Yun El,” his furious fistic attack remains the same crowd-pleasing style that earned him the undisputed cruiserweight crown in 2006. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3 super middleweight Les Sherrington (27-5, 17 KOs) suffered a upset stoppage loss to Kashif Mumtaz (7-24-1, 5 KOs) in round one at the Gold Coast hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Mumtaz dropped Sherrington with a solid right hand to the head and referee Alan Moore crowned Mumtaz at 1:20 when Sherrington couldn’t continue due to a fractured ankle. After the fight, referee Moore said, “Sherrington beat the count but I heard the bone crack as he went down and had no alternative but to stop the fight.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Sovereign Center in Reading, PA, hometown junior middleweight prospect Keenan Collins (13-5, 9KO’s) made his successful return to the sport with a destructive first round knockout of Jorge Delgado 4-10, 2KO’s). The Pro-Am. card promoted by Kings Promotions also had five other entertaining bouts featuring evenly matched local talent.
The card was originally scheduled to feature local heavyweight contender Travis “GW Hope” Kauffman (21-1, 16KO’s) but he had to be scratched due to an injury. A new main event had to be made. Keenan Collins knew this would be a great opportunity and was eager to step back into the limelight after almost two years out of the ring. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian welterweight Chad Bennett (25-4-3, 16 KOs) defeated Diego Jesus Ponce (20-5-3, 4 KOs) of Argentina by six round stoppage to capture the WBF title on Friday at the Newcastle Panthers Club, New South Wales, Australia. Diego Jesus Ponce had suffered losses to world rated Serhiy Fedchenko in 2009 and Lucas Martin Mathysse in 2006. Bennett defeated Gary Bergeron by eight round decision in the USA in 2010.
At just 2-0 at middleweight, Brian “All American” Stann (10-3) is still fairly new to the division, but that’s not stopping the man who commanded elite forces in Iraq as a Marine from following a stringent set of goals for his UFC career at 185 pounds . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC
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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
The night was truly victorious for the fighting Taylor Brothers of Baltimore. With their father, Maxell, Sr. watching from their corner in both bouts, his sons notched two quality wins during the United Boxers event at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, MD.
The older of the two brothers, 26-year-old super middleweight Maxell “The General” Taylor, bounced back nicely from his knockout loss to Donovan George in April by scoring a first-round TKO over Capitol Heights, MD’s Purcell “Hard Rock” Miller. Taylor pressured Miller with quality shots that eventually forced referee Kenny Chevalier to stop the bout at 1:52 of the first. Taylor is now 16-3-1, seven KO’s. Miller’s record falls to 23-6-1, 18 KO’s.
Earlier in the card, 20-year old welterweight Emanuel, remained undefeated with a six-round unanimous decision over Marcus Brashers of Amarillo, TX. Taylor dropped Brashers twice in the third round and went on to win by scores of 60-52 and 59-53 (twice). Taylor is now 12-0, nine KO’s. Brashers is 8-15-1, two KO’s. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC, Alma Montiel/WBC
In front of more then 5,000 fans who gathered in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, WBC female flyweight world champion Mariana Juarez brilliantly made the first defense of her title against Gabriela Bouvier from Uruguay. Mariana took control of the fight from the first round, as cries of “Mexico, Mexico” echoed in the building. Near the end of the seventh round as Bouvier received a real beating, the referee ended the fight, crowning Juarez the winner by TKO. With the victory Mariana moves to 29-5-2, 14 KOs. (more…)
Story and photos by Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Minimumweight Juan Palacios stunned WBA interim world champion Samuel Gutierrez in front of 5,000 on Saturday night in San Martín Texmelucan, Puebla, Mexico, taking a twelve round unanimous decision to snatch the WBA belt. The judges scored it for Palacios 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112, who becomes a world champion for the second time. He previously held the WBC interim belt un the same division. “I knew I could win in Mexico,” said Palacios. “Sammy is a great champion but my hunger to win and my physical condition made the difference. This victory is for my family, God and and all who have supported me.”
In the co-feature, Oscar ‘Ceviche’ Ibarra retained his WBC super flyweight silver crown via TKO in the seventh round over Filipino Juanito Rubillar. With the win, ‘Ceviche’ was named the WBC official challenger for the world title held by Thomas ‘Gusano’ Rojas. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC super flyweight champion Tomas Rojas (36-12-1, 23 KOs) retained his title with a twelfth round TKO over Juan Jose “Goofy” Montes (19-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Arena Metropolitana in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico. Rojas was in command from the opening bell and got the win when Montes remained on his stool at the start of the twelfth round.
In the semifinal, former IBF flyweight champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas (34-6, 27 KOs) knocked out John Alberto Molina (28-18-3, 19 KOs) in round six of a bantamweight bout.
Also, Campeón Azteca finalist Felipe Orucuta (20-1, 16 KOs) scored a third round KO over David Roque Ler Julio (30-9-0, 18 KOs) in a bantamweight clash. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos: Tom Hogan Hogan Photos/Golden Boy
46-year-old Bernard Hopkins (52-5-2, 32 KOs) schooled WBC light heavyweight Jean Pascal (26-2-1, 16 KOs) winning a twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Pascal staggered Hopkins in rounds four and twelve, but Hopkins used all his veteran tricks to keep Pascal off-balance and out of his rhythm for a majority of the fight. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 115-114.
With the win, Hopkins becomes the oldest man to win a world title, breaking the record of George Foreman.
In a clash of former light heavyweight champions, Chad Dawson (30-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Adrian Diaconu (27-3, 15 KOs) by scores of 117-111, 118-110, 116-112. It was a workmanlike twelve rounds for Dawson in his first fight under Emanuel Steward. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Famous for starring on “The Contender” over five years ago, Alfonso Gomez wants to make a name for himself now in the welterweight division. He certainly made a statement on Saturday night at the expense of Calvin Green. Gomez stopped Green in the second round of a scheduled 10 round bout at the Casino Morongo in Cabazon, CA. The bout headlined an eight-round “Top Rank Live” card, presented by Top Rank in association with II Feathers Promotions. (more…)
TMZ is reporting that promoter and ring legend Oscar De La Hoya is voluntarily receiving treatment for a substance abuse problem at a California rehab facility. In a statement to TMZ, the Golden Boy acknowledged that “there are certain issues that I need to work on.” More
Report By Ray Kilgore
Photos By Jesse Kelley
Leading up to Friday’s night fight at Grand Casino Hinckley, Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, 26, and his trainer, Jeff Warner, did a good job of talking up Edwards as the next best heavyweight. “Ray will be the first to come from pro football as a starter and destroy the heavyweight division,” Warner told a local newspaper before the fight. “He’s a modern-day Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson combined.” Well, Edwards, who was rumored to have received $5,000 plus 50 percent of the live gate, was far from either Ali or Tyson, taking a four-round unanimous decision over T.J. Gibson winning by scores of 40-34, 39-35, 40-34 on all three cards. For more details and photos click here…
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly (22-0, 11 KOs) won by fourth round TKO against late sub Aleksy Kuziemski (21-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London. In his first title defense since moving up to the full world championship after Jurgen Braehmer was stripped earlier in the week, Cleverly engaged in an exciting two-way slugfest with Kuziemski. Referee Mark Nelson bizarrely waved it off immediately after Kuziemski was cut. Time was 1:27. The stoppage seemed premature, especially for a world title fight.
In a grudge match between two unbeaten British super middleweights, big underdog George Groves (13-0, 10 KOs) upset Olympic gold medalist James DeGale (10-1, 8 KOs) taking a twelve round majority decision. Scores were 115-115, 115-114, 115-114. Both the British and Commonwealth belts were on the line.
Unbeaten welterweight Frankie Gavin (10-0, 8 KOs) cruised to a lackluster twelve round unanimous decision over Young Mutley (29-6, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Inter-Continental title. Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
WBO #1 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (22-1, 17 KOs) scored a brutal tenth round KO over 42-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. (54-8, 40 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe in Moscow, Russia. Like Erik Morales a few weeks ago, Jones surprised the naysayers as he repeatedly pot-shotted Lebedev. The larger and more powerful Russian applied pressure and had his moments punishing Jones on the ropes. Lebedev finally got to Jones in the final seconds of the fight and Jones seemed out on his feet as referee Steve Smoger waved it off. Jones then collapsed to the canvas face down. Time was 2:59. Despite suffering his third straight loss, Jones stated “I don’t give up easy. I still might come back.” Lebedev’s trainer Kostya Tzsyu stated that it was a great fight and Lebedev is coming for Danny Green next.
Russian super bantamweight Alexander Bakhtin Bakhtin (27-0, 11 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Jose Angel Beranza (33-20-2, 26 KOs). Bakhtin fought much better than his opponent, but the Mexican survived until the end of the fight. Judge gave the victory to Bakhtin by scores of 100-90 (twice) and 100-91.
Unbeaten Ukrainian NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl Sillakh (16-0, 13 KOs) won by TKO in the third round over Ugandan Hamza Wandera (12-3-2, 11 KOs). Sillakh seized the initiative and easily beat Wandera. In the third round Ismayl dropped Wandera. He was able to continue but Sillakh’s follow up attack prompted referee Steve Smoger to stop the fight.
The former undisputed lightweight champion Nate Campbell (34-8-1, 25 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Sherzod Nazarov (12-5, 10 KOs). The experienced 39-year-old Campbell controlled the fight and won by scores of 79-73, 79-74 and 80-74.
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
WBC Youth light heavyweight titleholder Andrzej Fonfara (18-2-0, 9KOs) scored a spectacular sixth round knockout against a game, but outmatched Anthony Russell (16-3-1-5KOs) on Friday night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago. The fight was for the vacant WBO/NABO title. (more…)
Ringside Results by Scott Ploof
Former three-time world champion, in two different weight classes, Worcester, MA’s own Jose Antonio Rivera (40-6, 24 KOs) captured the 40th victory of his professional career after an over two year layoff to win an eight round unanimous decision over the veteran from Hartford, CT, Luis Maysonet (32-12, 25KOs) on Friday night from the Worcester Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. All three judges scored the bout 79-73 in favor of Rivera.
Maysonet came out firing some solid punches early in the fight on Rivera for the first couple of rounds. However as the fight went into the middle and late rounds, Rivera utilized his defense and explosive counter punching power. This led to Maysonet being almost knocked down in the final round after several explosive shots from Rivera. Maysonet however was able to survive to the final bell. The seven bout fight card was promoted by Paxton Promotions.
Undefeated heavyweight prospect Alexis Santos (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round stoppage after knocking down his opponent Jeremiah Witherspoon (2-1, 1 KO) twice before referee Carmello Oquendo called a halt to the bout at 2:11 of the opening round. Santos both times landed several powerful combinations on Oquendo in the blowout. (more…)
Wins and losses are but one measure of a fighter. How he copes with suffering and adversity is another. Some men bleed more, endure more pain and climb from deeper depths of despair and hardship in the relentless pursuit of mission improbable than others. Cole Escovedo, without question, is one of that super-tough breed. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC
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