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By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Hometown fighter Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2) was knocked out at 2:15 of the 7th round as “Eye of the Tiger” Management presented an evening of boxing at the Corona Theatre in Montreal Saturday night. Sergei Melis (18-5) scored impressively with the right hand in what would be the final round of what was scheduled for eight. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) retained his title for the third time with a twelve round unanimous decision over William Urina (17-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Typical Narvaez fight as he piled up points en route to a decision win. Scores were 117-110 on all cards.
WBO/WBA female jr flyweight champion Yesica Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Yesenia Martinez Castrejon (9-7, 8 KOs).
Photos: JD Meredith
Super Welterweight Jose Pinzon (19-3-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Edvan Dos Santos Barros (11-11-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo Inalámbrica in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Pinzon dropped Barros twice in round one. Barros stormed back to floor Pinzon in round three. Pinzon scored another knockdown in the sixth, but the bout went the full ten with Pinzon winning by scores of 97-89, 97-89, 98-88. Pinzon, as you may remember, had that knockdown war against Pavel Wolak last year in Anaheim.
Lightweight Aarón “La Joya” Herrera (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Alirio “Morocho” Rivero (21-9-1, 14 KOs). Rivero was down twice in round two. Herrera finished him in round six. Time was 1:09. more photos
Shutout. Rematch. Mismatch.
Three words are just about all you need to describe last night’s needless repeat between boxing’s pound-for-pound queen Holly Holm and crosstown rival Victoria Cisneros.
If there were any surprise at all, it had to be in the equally loud cheers both fighters were given by the estimated 2,000 fans in attendance at Route 66 Casino in Albuquerque, on a card promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin for Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo.” . . . Click here for more
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
For the second straight night, ShoBox: The New Generation returns at 10:35 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. In the main event, featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (12-0, 10 KOs) takes on Dat Nguyen (17-1, 6 KOs). Olympian junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (12-0, 12 KOs) vs. Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs) for the NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight Championships in the opener. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman
Friday night’s IBHOF 2011 festivities included a Mexican Fiesta Night at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota, New York, attended by over 400 guests and celebrities from the boxing world. The event marked the 40th anniversary of Mexican legend Ruben “El Puas” Olivares being named “Fighter of the Year” in 1971 by Ring Magazine. Of course one of the marquee inductees at the IBHOF this year is “El Gran Campeon Mexicano” Julio Cesar Chavez, making the Mexican Fiesta Night all the more poignant. Fans were treated to video highlights of Mexican ring icons Ruben Olivares, Erik Morales, Pipino Cuevas, Julio Cesar Chavez, Ricardo Lopez, Humberto “Chicquita” Gonzalez and Carlos Zarate. Each fighter spoke to the assembled crowd after their respective video hilights and reflected back upon their careers, their appreciation for the fans, and of course their Mexican pride. 2011 inductee Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, WBC president Jose Sulaiman, Jimmy Lennon Jr. and former WBC Welterweight champion John H. Stracey also offered their thoughts to the crowd. Lopez and Cuevas were unable to attend due to flight delays in Washington, D.C.
Four middleweight contenders will face off in a two-match elimination tournament to determine the mandatory challenger for reigning IBF champion Daniel Geale. Sebastian Sylvester, Sam Soliman, Roman Karmazin and Osumanu Adama are expected to participate with Sylvester facing Soliman and Karmazin taking on Adama in the first round. “This is great news,” says former IBF champ Sebastian Sylvester, who is now ranked third. “In three fights I can be world champion and I have this goal clearly in sight. I’m incredibly motivated to get win it again.” The first round is expected to take place in the fall.
Photo and weights by Brett Bonetti at the scale
Mark De Mori 231.7 vs. Ibrahim Marshall 214.3
Riccardo Monteleone 180.8 vs. Moses Ioelu 175.0
Jeremy Allen 164.9 vs. Plaisakda Singwangcha 161.6
Luke Sharp 165.6 vs. Terdkiat Siththoppitk 171.5
Jason Vanderstroom 203 vs. Grant Horwood 203.5
Venue: Cockburn Basketball Centre, Cockburn, Perth, Australia
Promoter: One More Round Promotions
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
The IBHOF class of 2011 inductees casts their fists yesterday in front of an enthusiastic crowd on the grounds of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York. The biggest opening day crowds assembled on both Thursday and Friday due in large part to catch a glimpse of 2011 class members Kostya Tszyu, , Julio Cesar Chavez and “Iron” Mike Tyson. They were not disappointed as Tyson joined his fellow inductees while immortalizing his lethal right fist in plaster forever. Fell inductees Chavez, Tszyu, Referee Joe “Fair But Firm” Cortez and trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain also cast their fists, later to be showcased in the IBHOF museum. Fellow 2011 inductee Sylvester Stallone will arrive later in the weekend to have his fist cast, as well as partake in the full fifteen rounds of weekend-long events. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA wil no longer recognize unbeaten featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa as the unified 126lb champion. The WBA world championship Committee, decided to vacate the championship because Gamboa did not comply with regulations in defending his IBF belt against Jorge Solis, which resulted in that title being vacated. Gamboa was at number two in the May rankings of the WBA, behind Celestino Caballero.
In other WBA news, Andre Ward was appointed as a boxer of the month after defeating Arthur Abraham, and emerging unscathed from his third defense of super belt 168-pound champion. Interim bantamweight titleholder Hugo Ruiz received an honorable mention after the successful defense of his belt against Francisco Arce.
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) continued his preparation as he worked out Friday for the media in what was a packed Westside Boxing Gym in Los Angeles for his upcoming title defense against WBC mandatory contender Ryan Rhodes (45-4, 31 KOs) of England. Alvarez accompanied by his team trainer Eddie Reynoso, and manager Jose “Chepo” Reynoso arrived as he greeted the many members of the media before he began his workout. Interestingly the manager and trainer duo consist of father and son, as “Chepo” handles the managing and his son Eddie is the trainer. (more…)
Some of the signals we make with our hands or arms speak for themselves without further verbal explanation. You know what a thumbs up or thumbs down means, and a hands up, closed fist normally signifies that you are ready to go in a toe-to-toe challenge. But other moves display much more than we can see or understand . . . . Click here for more by Martins Denis, UFC.com
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Lateef “Power” Kayode and Chris “The Hitman” Avalos each recorded impressive 10-round unanimous decision victories while Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan pulled off an equally impressive knockout upset against previously unbeaten Archie Ray Marquez on an exciting night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®.
The unbeaten cruiserweight Kayode (17-0, 14 KOs) proved too much for a game Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-3, 14 KOs) Friday night at the Chumash Resort Casino. Kayode controlled the entire fight and sent Godfrey to the canvas a total of three times, eventually winning by scores of 98-90, 97-90, 98-89. With Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach in his corner, Kayode has officially “graduated” from ShoBox, according to ShoBox color commentator and boxing expert Steve Farhood. “Kayode is what he is,” Farhood said. “Boxers are always going to give him trouble, but he graduated tonight. And now he can aim for bigger things than ShoBox, which is a compliment.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Juan Carlos Reveco became the new WBA interim flyweight world champion by beating Jean Piero Perez by knockout in the second round on Friday night at the Estadio Vicente Polimeni, de Las Heras, Mendoza, Argentina. Reveco (27-1, 16 KOs) landed a sharp left hook to the liver sending Perez (18-4, 13 KOs) to his knees at 2:47 of the second round and referee Uriel Aguilera stopped the fight after the ten count. Reveco stated that he felt from the first round that his body shots hurt Pérez. “I felt I hurt him at the end of the first round and in the second round I hit him hard in the liver.” Word is there was some legal hurdles involving Reveco and former manager Osvaldo Rivero that still needs to be resolved in court.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone and Gerardo Martinez
Tonight at Route 66 for “Duke City Showdown” promoted by Fresquez Productions, Golden Boy and Don Chargin, televised on Telefutura: In a crosstown rival rematch, pound-for-pound female boxing champ Holly Holm (30-1-3, 9 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Victoria Cisneros (5-12-2, 1 KO). Holm outboxed the aggressive-but-outmatched Cisneros by scores of 100-90 on all cards. In the co-main, middleweight Elco Garcia (25-7, 12 KOs) dropped Joaquin Zamora (18-4-1, 12 KOs) several times en route to an eight round unanimous decision. Garcia dropped Zamora multiple times in round three and again in round five, but the game Zamora made it to the final bell. Scores were 78-71 78-71, 77-73. On the undercard: : Featherweight Willie Villanueva (10-3, 2 KOs) outboxed David Proa (7-3, 7 KOs) through six rounds, winning with scores of 58-56 twice and 55-59;lightweight Fidel Maldonado Jr (11-0, 10 KOs) stopped Eduardo Ramirez (6-8-1, 3 KOs) in round four. Maldonado dropped Ramirez in round one and got the stoppage at 1:37 of round four. In a six-round welterweight bout, lightweight Mark “Ring Shark” Salser (12-0, 9 KOs) won a unanimous decision over gutsy Joel “Pirata” Vargas (3-4-1, 3 KOs), with scores of 60-54 twice and 58-56; In the opening bout, between Albuquerque lightweight debuters, Antonio Garcia (1-0) dropped Martin Gonzales (0-1) in rounds one and two en route to a majority decision, scores of 58-56 twice and a very questionable 56-58. More to come.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten cruiserweight contender Lateef Kayode was taken the distance for the second time in a row, winning a one-sided 10 round unanimous decision over Matt Godfrey. Kayode (17-0, 14 KO’s) dropped Godfrey once in the first, fifth, and ninth rounds. Although Kayode landed the more-telling blows in the fight, the punches at times were not as effective, especially when he would smother himself. Godfrey got a few punches in, but as the bout progressed, he began to slow down and looked to survive. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Kayode, with scores of 98-90, 97-90, and 98-89. With the victory, Kayode now has two regional title belts. (more…)
Welterweight Kenny “Battlestar” Galarza (15-1, 14 KOs) won a tight split decision over unheralded Irving Garcia (17-6-3, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. The big punching Galarza was never able to get untracked as Garcia outboxed him down the stretch. Scores were 96-94, 97-94 Galarza and 96-94 Garcia.
Unbeaten welterweight Thomas Dulorme (12-0, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over 37-year-old former world champion DeMarcus Corley (37-18-1, 22 KOs). Dulorme dropped Corley with a left hook in round three and cruised to a 99-90 verdict on all cards.
Hot lightweight prospect Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (3-0, 3 KOs) put on a body punching clinic against Tomi Archambault (1-2, 1 KO), stopping him in the first round (2:21).
Super featherweight Emanuel Gonzalez (9-0, 9 KOs) outpointed Jason Rorie (6-12-3, 3 KOs) over six by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
Photos: German Villasenor, Showdown Promotions/Top Rank
Jose Benavidez 139.5 vs Corey Alarcon139.8
Oscar Meza 139.5 vs Kelly Wright 139.8
Jovan Munoz 160 vs Justin Williams 162
Juan Gonzalez 152.5 vs Moses Alvizo 150
Alexis Santiago 122 vs Carlos Luque 123
Emilio Colon Garcia123.5 vs Eric Henson 123.5
Venue: Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Chandler, Arizona
Promoter: Showdown Promotions/Top Rank more photos
José Pinzón 156 vs. Edvan Dos Santos 155.6
(WBC Latino lightweight title)
Aáron Herrera 135 vs. Alirio Rivero 135
Ramón Maas 122 vs. Juan Carlos Medellín 122.5
José Segovia 108 vs. Moisés Calleros 108.2
Miguel Berchelt 129 vs. David Rojas 128
Venue: Deportivo Inalámbrica, Merida, Yucatan
Promoter: Zanfer and Maxboxing
TV: TV Azteca and Fox Sports more photos
Photos: JD Meredith
Hasim Rahman 284 vs. Galen Brown 253
Marcus Upshaw 159 vs. Patrick Majewski 159
(NABO middleweight title)
Alphonso Alexander 150 vs. Dusty Harrison 148
Rohan Wilson 140 vs. Dedrick Bell 138
Curtis Tate 260 vs. Che Kinnard 291
Kristin Treadway ?? vs. Kim Wann ??
Venue: DeSoto Civic Center, Southhaven, MS
Promoter: Prize Fight, Greg Cohen, Global Boxing (more…)
At the scales for UFC 131 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada:
Junior dos Santos 239 vs. Shane Carwin 254
Kenny Florian 146 vs. Diego Nunes 145
Mark Munoz 186 vs. Demian Maia 186
John-Olav Einemo 261 vs. Dave Herman 233
Donald Cerrone 155 vs. Vagner Rocha 155
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Yves Edwards 155 vs. Sam Stout 155
Chris Weidman 186 vs. Jesse Bongfeldt 185
Jason Young 145 vs. Dustin Poirier 146
Mike Massenzio 201 vs. Krzysztof Soszynski 205
James Head 186 vs. Nick Ring 185
Aaron Rosa 261 vs. Joey Beltran 247
Darren Elkins 145 vs. Michihiro Omigawa 145
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Rene Perez Gutierrez/Canelo Promotios
After spending 45 days in Big Bear California, the WBC super welterweight world champion, Saul “El Canelo” Alvarez, will return tomorrow to his native Guadalajara. Very happy for his homecoming, Alvarez announced that tomorrow he will go to the Juan Magdaleno Gym, located at 1667 Dionisio Rodriguez Street, to complete the final stages of his preparations. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at the Scale
Austin Trout 153.78 vs. David Lopez 153
(WBA super welterweight world title )
Ana Maria Torres 114.62 vs.Vanessa Guimaraes 114.84
(WBC female super flyweight world title)
Eduardo Escobedo 126 vs. Mauricio Martinez 126
(WBA Fedelatin Featherweight title)
Alexander Espinoza 122 vs. Arturo Santos 122
(WBA Fedecaribe super bantamweight title)
Venue: Auditorio Miguel Barragan, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Promoter: HG Boxing
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Photo: Rich J. Hundley III/SHOWTIME
Luis Del Valle 126 vs. Dat Nguyen 126
(Naba Featherweight Title)
Jonathan Gonzalez 154 vs. Richard Gutierrez 154
(Nabo/Wba Fedelatin Super Welterweight Titles)
Gabriel Bracero 140 vs. Guillermo Valdes 143.5
Amanda Serrano 124 vs. Jennifer Scott 124.5
Raul Lopez 120.25 vs. Victor Valenzuela 119.5
Jorge Maysonet Jr. 137 vs. Adam Alvarez 133
Venue: Roseland Ballroom, NYC
Promoter: Team Peurto Rico
TV: SHOWTIME more photos
Boxing brothers Rock Allen (15-0, 7 KOs) and Tiger Allen (3-0, 2 KOs) have been hospitalized with serious injuries after their vehicle hit a tree on Tuesday night in Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania. Rock has been inactive since April 2009, while Tiger hasn’t fought since June 2007. They are 29-year-old twin sons of top trainer Naazim Richardson.
Two-time Canadian Olympian Troy Ross has issued a challenge to the winner of tonight’s (Friday, June 10) featured fight on ShoBox between undefeated, highly-touted Lateef “Power” Kayode (16-0, 14 KOs) and former world title contender Matt “Too Smooth” Godfrey (20-2, 14 KOs). Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), in addition to being rated #14 by the WBA and #15 by the WBC. “I think Kayode-Godfrey is a 50-50 fight and I want a shot at the winner,” Ross said. “Cunningham seems unwilling to fight me again for whatever reasons, but Kayode and Godfrey are legitimate, throwback-type fighters who both only want to fight the best. I really admire their fighting spirits and I think they’re going to have a great fight. The winner has an open invitation to fight me later this summer. All he needs to do is have his promoter contact mine.”
Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), a native of Guyana who lives in Toronto, was a member of the 1996 and 2000 Canadian Olympic Teams. The powerful southpaw was the winner of The Contender, Season Four reality television series and he portrayed light heavyweight contender John Henry Lewis in the movie, “Cinderella Man.”
It’s being billed as a homecoming fight, but as far as Jose Benavidez, Jr. is concerned, he’s already been home for six months.
After nearly three years on the road, the hottest prospect Arizona has seen since Michael Carbajal will fight for the first time in his hometown and state when he adds a couple dents to journeyman Cory Alarcon tomorrow night at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino on the outskirts of Phoenix, on a card promoted by Showdown Promotions . . . . Click here for more
Diego Magdaleno of Las Vegas will defend his NABF Junior Lightweight title when he takes on Alejandro Perez of Salinas, Calif. on a Top Rank title card at the Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino on North Rancho Drive in Las Vegas on Friday, July 15. This will be the second title defense for Magdaleno, 19-0-1. Diego’s younger brother Jesse, an unbeaten super bantamweight, will be featured on the undercard. Diego and Jesse are trained by Pat Berry and Augie ‘Kid Vegas’ Sanchez. Tickets are $50, $35 plus applicable taxes, fees and are available at all Stations Casinos Rewards Centers, stationcasinos.com or call 702-547-5300. Magdaleno vs. Perez and Casey Ramos vs. Jose Collado will be televised live on ShoBox – The New Generation. First bell will be 6 pm. The ShoBox telecast is live 8:05 pm.
Big punching, unbeaten heavyweight Andy Ruiz of Mexicali is in Las Vegas, training with Miguel Diaz at Pat Berry’s Gym to get set for his bout on the Magdaleno vs. Perez title card on July 15.
World middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and his two younger brothers Omar and Christian are off to Canastota, N.Y. to see their father El Grande Champion Julio Cesar Chavez get inducted into the Boxing Hall of Fame. Bob Arum will be there as well. A huge number of Mexican media will be at the official induction ceremony on Sunday.
Christy Martin had surgery in Los Angeles to repair her fractured right hand. The number three, four fingers and her small finger were broken when she struck Dakota Stone in their bout last Saturday on the Zbik vs. Chavez Jr fight card at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Christy said she wants to continue to box and go for her 50th pro win.
On Top Rank Live! super welterweight Jose Pinzon – who had that knockdown war against Pavel Wolak last year in Anaheim – is in the main event Saturday. Pinzon will take on Edvan Dos Santos Barros of Brazil in Merida, Mexico. Fox Deportes will televise live beginning 10 pm eastern
Unbeaten Jose Benavidez of Phoenix is in action Saturday, taking on Corey Alarcon in a six round bout at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler, Az.
By Francisco Salazar
A proposed bout between Robert Guerrero and Marcos Maidana is “very close to being signed,” Golden Boy Promotions matchmaker Eric Gomez told Fightnews.com late Thursday morning. If and when the bout would be signed, both would meet for Maidana’s interim world title belt at the HP Pavilion in San Jose on August 27th. The bout will be televised on HBO’s “Boxing After Dark.”
“We still need to meet with Maidana’s people, who are coming to Los Angeles for a meeting to finalize the details,” said Gomez. “Both Guerrero and Maidana have verbally said that they want to face each other. It would be a great fight for fans. We just need to finalize the little things.” (more…)
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