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WBO #11, IBF #12 heavyweight Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) is headed to the United States for the biggest fight of his pro career. On Saturday at the Covention Center in Pharr, Texas, Airich meets Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs) in Solis first bout since his world title shot against Vitali Klitschko 14 months ago. Coming off two impressive KO wins, Airich sees no reason he won’t keep his streak going. “Why not?” asks Airich. “I’m well prepared for this fight. Solis also has only two fists. Naturally I know that he is a very good boxer. But I also know what can I do myself. I wouldn’t fly to America to fight against him if I thought I had no chance.”
Konstantin Airich and trainer Hans-Jürgen Witte left from Düsseldorf Airport a few days early to get acclimated to the time change. Witte points out that although Airich can’t match Solis’ amateur pedigree, “as a professional he has been through a lot and got to know the ups and downs well. That he traveled as an underdog to the United States makes him even more relaxed. In his last fight against Ondrej Pala, Konstantin was also the underdog and showed what he can do. And with Solis you don’t know what kind of physical and mental condition he’s after his long break.”
Short documentary of Gennady Golovkin’s TKO win against Makoto Fuchigami in Kiev (Ukraine) on May 12th 2012 including Vitali Klitschko visiting Gennady in the locker room.
By Robert Coster
Dominican super flyweight prospect Eliezer Aquino (9-0, 5 KOs) won the WBA Fedecentro belt from titleholder Juan Carlos Guzman (18-4, 9 KOs) with a spirited unanimous ten round decision this Saturday in La Romana, Dominican Republic. This was Aquino’s first fight after a three year layoff, against Guzman, a man walking into the ring with an 18 fight winning streak, so it came as a surprise to the fans that Eliezer jumped right on his rival from round one. Aquino’s superior speed and relentless pressure were the key to success in an action-packed bout. The judges saw Aquino win by a margin of 6, 5 and 4 points.
Another noteworthy result saw junior welterweight prospect Juan Carlos Abreu (8-0, 7 KOs) being taken the distance for the first time, winning a decision over difficult veteran Franklin Frias in six rounds.
On Friday, WBC #6 cruiserweight Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (14-0, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over veteran Zack Page (21-39-2, 7 KOs) in an off-TV bout in Göppingen, Germany. Chakhkiev, the 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medalist, dropped Page in rounds one, five and six before the bout was waved off. “I always wanted a KO from the beginning I have to confess,” stated Chakhkiev. Page had previously gone the distance with the likes of Seth Mitchell, Mike Perez, Edmund Gerber, Manuel Charr, Michael Sprott, Juan Carlos Gomez and Tyson Fury among others. When asked if he’s ready to fight any of the world champions, Chakhkiev commented “Okay, no problem.” He especially wants to face WBO champion Marco Huck. “I would knock him out!” he proclaimed.
Also in action on the Göppingen card was heavyweight Juan Carlos Gomez (51-3, 37 KOs), who outpointed Maksym Pedyura (14-6-1, 11 KOs) over eight. The 38-year-old Gomez is a former WBC cruiser champion.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has called for a purse bid for a mandatory fight between WBA super middleweight world champion Karoly Balzsay and the interim WBA world champion in that division Brian Magee. The proceeding will be led by WBA executive vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza and Aurelio Fiengo of the Championships Committee on May 21 at WBA Headquarters in Panama.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
There is a youth movement going on in the boxing scene in the Washington, DC area. And we are talking REALLY young. On Saturday night’s Keystone Boxing Promotions card in Washington, DC, there were three boxers on the card who are in their senior year in high school, with two making their pro debuts in front of a packed house estimated at 1,200.
The most notable senior was welterweight “The Beltway Boricua” Dusty Harrison, who turned pro in 2011 at the age of 17. Just eight days away from his 18th birthday, Harrison, a native of DC, turned in a relentless performance stopping Joey “Mundo” Ortega of Lowell, MA at 2:59 of the second round. Harrison walked down his shorter opponent throughout the contest forcing Ortega to hang on to Harrison for dear life, even at the risk of referee Michelle Myers taking a point away, which she did midway through the second. But while Ortega was hanging on to Harrison’s left arm, Harrison was pummeling Ortega with his right. Myers eventually halted the bout. Harrison is now 6-0, three KO’s while Ortega is now 3-22, one KO, having faced an undefeated boxer for the 10th straight time. (more…)
Photos: Amy Wiley Photography
Undefeated Irish super featherweight Patrick “The Punisher” Hyland improved his record to a perfect 26-0, registering his 12th knockout when the action was halted by the referee Benji Estevez in the fourth round as veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-10-1, 14 KOs) was being pounded in tonight’s main event, headlining “Irish Invasion,” at Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, New York.
“Irish Invasion” was presented by Final Round Promotions, in association with Team Snooki Boxing and Bob Duffy’s Ring Promotions, and sponsored in part by Title Boxing. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
WBO #1 super featherweight Vicente “Chente” Escobedo (26-3, 15 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz (23-10, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, California. Game effort by Ruiz who crowded Escobedo and made him fight every second of every round for the first half of the fight. Escobedo rocked Ruiz with some big shots in round six and was increasingly dominant after that. Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 99-91.
Escobedo’s NABO belt was not at stake as the 2004 United States Olympian extended his current winning streak to four and kept his title hopes alive for a summer clash against WBO junior lightweight world champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez
WBC Cabofe featherweight belt holder Salvador Sanchez II (30-4-3, 18 KOs) scored an eighth round KO over Juan “Pinocchio” Beltran (27-20-3, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hotel Presidente Intercontinental in Mexico City. The win sets up a July showdown with WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez, who was watching from ringside.
In other action, WBC female flyweight champion Mariana Juarez (34-5-3, 16 KOs) took a ten round split decision over Arely Muciño (15-2-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 96-91, 98-90 for Juarez, 95-94 for Muciño.
Also, in a bout for the WBC silver lightweight belt, unbeaten KO artist Abdiel Ramirez (14-0, 13 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Saul Carreon (19-5-1, 12 KOs).
WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria (31-3, 18 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over arch nemesis Omar Nino Romero (31-5-2, 13 KOs) on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Arena, Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. It was both revenge and redemption for Viloria, who had stated this bout is personal after going 0-1-1 in two previous bouts with Romero. Viloria rocked Romero in round four and continued the assault in round five. Romero was deducted a point for a low blow in round five. Viloria staggered Romero in round nine and Romero’s corner jumped into the ring just as referee Michael Ortega waved it off. Time was 2:07. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Since tasting defeat in his professional debut three and a half years ago, welterweight Ricky Duenas has run off 10 straight victories in a row. Make that 11 in a row on Saturday night. Welterweight Ricky Duenas stopped Lawrence Hughes in the first round of a scheduled six round bout at the Finish Line Sports Grill in Pomona, CA. The bout headlined a five-bout “Champions of Tomorrow” card, presented by Showdown Promotions. Duenas was coming off a second round knockout over Rufino Flores in his last bout on March 31st. After beginning his career with four straight victories, Hughes had lost his last two bouts in a row. Hughes began the fight well by circling the ring to his left, landing lead right hands to the heads. Later in the round, as Hughes retreated back to a corner, Duenas unleashed a left uppercut to his head. Hughes wobbled, allowing for Duenas to follow up with a right hook to the body. Hughes slumped to the canvas, prompting referee Dr. Lou Moret to step in and stop the bout at 1:52. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
The “New” Ray Robinson (14-2, 6 KOs) captured the vacant PA welterweight title in resounding fashion at the Newtown Athletic Club in New PA on Saturday night scoring a second round knockout of former US Olympian and fellow southpaw Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (36-8, 9 KOs) in the scheduled ten round main event of the evening. The lightweight co-feature of the five bout card promoted by Brittany Rogers’ BAM Boxing Promotions saw Tevin “The American Idol” Farmer (5-3-1, 1 KO) outwork Kareem “Cool Breeze” Cooley (2-2, 1 KO) over six round rounds to capture the well deserved unanimous decision victory. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov at ringside
Photos: K2 Ukraine
WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (23-0, 20 KOs) destroyed Makoto Fuchigami (19-7, 10 KOs) in the third round on Saturday night at the Ice Palace “Terminal” in Brovari, Ukraine. The overmatched Fuchigami was cut by a punch in round one and dropped in round two by a hard Golovkin right hand. Golovkin really unloaded on Fuchigami in round three, putting him down again and it was waved off shortly after. The World Boxing Association has ordered that current “Super Champion” Felix Sturm and Golovkin must fight by September 30, 2012. Golovkin stated after the fight that he wants Sturm next. “If he calls himself a true champion, he must fight me,” said Golovkin.
WBO jr middleweight champion Zaurbek Baysangurov (27-1, 20 KOs) retained his title with a twelve round unanimous decision over Michel Soro (18-1, 11 KOs). Baysangurov started well, but Soro scored a flash knockdown in round two. Zaurbek quickly recovered. During the next several rounds again seized the advantage. The Frenchman gained the advantage in rounds five and six when he shook the champion with some strong combinations. However, in subsequent rounds it was Baysangurov, constantly driven forward by the fans, who seized the advantage and won most exchanges. Soro was a strong contender who created many problems Baysangurov, but in the end the scorecards were 117-111, 116-111, 115-112. Fightnews.com scored it 117-111. It was the first fight, where Baysangurov worked with new trainer Abel Sanchez, who is also the trainer of Gennady Golovkin. (more…)
Surviving a devastating knockdown, a pro-Cuban crowd and judges who’d seen fit to ignore the boxing lesson given by the out-of-towner in the co-main, Cleveland’s Willie Nelson is back on the road again to contention after upsetting formerly undefeated, former Cuban Olympian Yudel Jhonson.
The ten-round junior middleweight fight capped off a solid card televised on ShoBox by Warriors Boxing and Sampson Boxing from the Texas Station in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Vicente Escobedo 129 vs. Juan Ruiz 129
Oscar Gudoy 152 vs. Jaime Del Cid 156
Bret De La Torre 141 vs. Moris Rodriguez 140
Ulises Soriano 134 vs. Gabriel Pineda 136
Denis Madris 125 vs. Luis Villagomez 128
Venue: Woodland Community Center, Woodland, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Ron Jackson
With South African boxing in the doldrums and possibly at it lowest ebb in recent years South Africa’s most successful promoter Rodney Berman has come up with a master plan with the introduction of the Super 8 Last Man Standing cruiserweight competition, with the first round commencing at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on June 16.
This has also resulted in trainer Nic Durandt and promoter Berman once again working together after their bad tempered split some four years ago.
Former South African light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer (23-4-1, 19 KOs) who has rejoined the Durandt stable meets former South African junior heavyweight champion Danie Venter (12-5, 9 KOs) in the first series of fights. (more…)
Top German network ARD has announced that it won’t televise the July 14 fight between David Haye and Dereck Chisora because according to them, the fight doesn’t match the image they are trying to portray. ARD originally wanted the fight, which was to be part of a heavyweight doubleheader also that also would feature WBA beltholder Alexander Povetkin against Hasim Rahman. However, after Wladimir Klitschko labeled Haye-Chisora “a freak show,” the German Boxing Federation (Bund Deutscher Berufssboxer) called on the European Boxing Union to ban the Luxembourg Commission for sanctioning the fight, and the BBBofC threatened to terminate the license of anyone associated with the show, ARD had a change of heart. Promoter Sauerland Event is now reportedly planning to move the Povetkin-Rahman fight to Germany. Haye-Chisora is expected to draw 40,000+ to an outdoor stadium in London if it actually comes off.
Here is a YouTube playlist containing the weigh-in, a media workout and more…
Top British promoter Frank Warren has hit back at the British Boxing Board of Control over their threat to ban anyone participating in the Haye vs. Chisora fight slated for July 14 in London. Warren charges that the BBBofC has 1) no substantive grounds to revoke his license and 2) has not properly complied with any procedural requirements.
Warren further alleges that the BBBofC is trying to stop him from being involved in a legitimate and lawful fight governed by another Federation and interfering with his freedom to work and to earn a living. He wants written confirmation that he will not lose his license by close of business on Wednesday or he’s taking them to court.
Sent: Fri May 11 19:38:57 2012
Dear Mr Smith,
I refer to the press release which you issued earlier this week in which you state that any member of the British Boxing Board of Control who participates in the Haye v. Chisora fight “will be deemed to have terminated” both his membership of your Board and his licence. As you know I am Dereck Chisora’s manager and even if I am not at the fight I will be ‘participating’ in accordance with your definition of this word in the press release.
I write to make two complaints about your press release. The first is that there are no substantive grounds to revoke my licence and the second is that you have not properly complied with any procedural requirements. (more…)
Before a standing room only crowd of 1,736 Friday night at the Pechanga Resort & Casino, top middleweight prospect and Emanuel Steward protege Tony Harrison boosted his record to 7-0 with a second round KO over game, but overmatched Ishwar Amador. Harrison, fighting out of Kronk Boxing and wearing the traditional Kronk’s gold trucks, stalked Amador the entire first round before finding the range with a barrage of punches to caused referee Tony Crebs to stop the fight at 1:56 of the second. (more…)
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