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One of the top heavyweights of this era, two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been quietly battling his way back to the top for a shot at a record-tying third belt, defeating Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson in recent bouts. On December 10th, he will travel to Toronto for a UFC 140 rematch with “Minotauro” Nogueira, and a win will be precisely what he needs to end 2011 on a high note and set the stage for a big 2012 campaign. Here are his seven defining moments… Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Battling, battering and beating one of two elephants in last night’s ring, at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M., heavyweight hopeful David “Nino” Rodriguez added another notch on his career bedpost with a second round stoppage of St. Joseph journeyman Byron Polley . . . Click here for full report and gallery
By Mike Bernier
At the Theatre at MSG Top Rank held a press conference for the media. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was thrilled with the turn out of the show, saying it was ‘just magic.’ The attendance was 21,239. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto stated that he had a great camp preparing for this fight. As for future plans, Cotto stated he would like time to rest before he thinks about what is next for him.
Meanwhile Antonio Margarito, who received 12 stitches, was unhappy about the stoppage. “The doctor asked me three times. I responded correctly. I asked for at least one more round,” said Margarito, who added that if he was giving more time the fight would have ended in the later rounds just like the first time the two met in 2008. (more…)
WBA heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) was satisfied with his eighth round KO of Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. “This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.” At the post-fight press conference, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck stormed to the podium to challenge Povetkin. “I have defended my title eight times, I need a new challenge at heavyweight,” Huck said. Povetkin was quick to accept: “Let´s get it on,” he replied.
In the co-featured main event, Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) clinched the vacant European heavyweight title with a controversial split decision victory over Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs). “This was the toughest fight of my life.” Helenius said. “I hurt my hand in the first round when I hit him and that affected me in the following rounds.” Chisora disagreed with the verdict. “I won this fight, no doubt about it,” was amongst the things he said at the post-fight press conference. “I took the fight to him and I should have won.”
Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said he will negotiate a rematch. “It was a lucky win for Robert,” he stated. “We will offer Chisora a rematch but first Robert has to make his mandatory defense against Dimitrenko.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
WBA #10 unbeaten Ryo Akaho (17-0-2, 11 KOs), 114.75, kept his OPBF super-fly belt as he showed a lackluster performance in earlier rounds but picked up his pace thereafter to batter busy-punching but less powerful compatriot Toyoto Shiraishi (21-6-1, 10 KOs), 115, to halt him at 1:24 of the ninth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
Shiraishi fought well by often pinning the champ to the ropes with a barrage of punches in the second and third sessions, but unfortunately suffered a vertical laceration on the forehead caused by the champ’s attack midway in the third. Why was Akaho so wild and free-swinging tonight? He seldom threw straight rights but only roundhouse rights and looping left hooks. Superior as he was on the volume of punches—if not on the stat of power punches, Shiraishi had the bad gash streaming blood continually with his face in crimson. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated the champ was leading on points: 78-74 twice and 77-75. As Akaho caught him with solid combinations, referee Uratani didn’t hesitate to declare a halt despite the gory Shiraishi’s spiritual retaliation. (more…)
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In the first defense of his International Boxing Federation bantamweight world title, Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) left little doubt this time that he is still the IBF king at 118 pounds with an electrifying unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko(28-4, 22 KOs) in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME®. Mares, of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, also took home theWorld Boxing Council Silver bantamweight belt with scores of 118-110 on all three judges’ scorecards in the 12-round rematch of their controversial August fight which Mares won by majority decision in Las Vegas. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Former WBA super-bantam titlist, southpaw Akifumi Shimoda (24-3-1, 10 KOs), 125, showed his excellent form in controlling rough-and-tumble ex-OPBF feather ruler Jonel Alibio (16-13-1, 7 KOs), 125, with speedy and sharp performance, winning a nearly shutout decision (99-91 twice and 98-93) over ten fast rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimoda had captured the WBA throne by dropping Ryol-li Lee three times en route to a unanimous nod last January, but yielded it to mandatory challenger Rico Ramos via seventh round KO in Atlantic City this July. Having overcome his forfeiture of the prestigious belt, Shimada fully utilized his swift lateral mobility and showed plenty of southpaw one-two combinations that greatly bewildered the game Filipino. The ninth witnessed Shimada have him at bay with a fusillade of punches upstairs and downstairs, but Alibio refused to go down with his pride and resilience. Shimoda looked sharp though he couldn’t finish the ex-OPBF champ within the distance. (more…)
Photo by Chris Cozzone
El Paso heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs) needed a round and 1:28 to stop pudgy journeyman Byron Polley (24-13-1, 11 KOs) of St. Joseph, Mo., tonight at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M., on a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment. Polley plopped to the canvas three times before the stoppage. In the co-main, former contender Antonio Escalante (26-4, 17 KOs) stopped Rynell Griffin (6-7-1, 2 KOs) of New Orleans at 1:57 of round seven. On the undercard: El Paso jr. lightweight Jennifer Han (7-1-1) outboxed Albuquerque’s Nohime Dennison (4-2-1) to win with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice; Filipino super bantamweight Bruno Escalante (5-0-1, 3 KOs) pitched a shutout to game Aaron Fernandez (2-6), with scores of 40-36 x 3; El Paso flyweight Joel Garcia (5-0, 1 KO) and Rafael Rivera (1-4) of Arizona fought a six-round war, with Garcia winning by split decision, scores of 58-56, 56-58 and 59-55; El Paso welterweight Carlos Villa (4-0, 2 KOs) decisioned Omar Quevado (0-3) of New Mexico, with scores of 40-35 x 3. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale
For all the talk between the two headliners, it was about as one sided of a fight that it could be.
Michael Bisping routed Jason Miler en route to a third round TKO.
Despite a very tactical first round, the only “Mayhem” came from “The Count.” After surviving a first round in which he was taken to the mat, it was all Bisping all the time for the rest of the fight. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
In their long awaited grudge rematch, WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto won the first two rounds by moving and punching. In round three he opened up Margarito’s right eye, the eye which Margarito suffered a broken orbital bone in the Pacquiao fight. Margarito upped the pressure as the rounds progressed, but Cotto’s mobility and sharp punching still did more damage. Margarito’s eye was swollen shut by round seven, but he continually applied pressure despite Cotto landing the better punches. Doctors took a long look at Margarito’s eye at the beginning of round nine, but the bout continued. NYSAC doctors stopped the fight at the start of round ten. The time was 0:03. more photos
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
In a toe-to-toe slugfest, former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 21 KOs), who lost his title on the scale Saturday, #11 John Murray (31-2, 18 KOs). By the sixth round, Rios’ attack had badly busted up Murray’s face. Murray’s woes continued when he was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. The bout ended in round eleven when referee Earl Brown waved it off with Murray taking heavy punishment. Had Murray won, he would have claimed the vacant WBA crown. The time was 2:06.
In a rematch of their “Fight of the Year” candidate draw from earlier this year, welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) settled the score with a clear ten round unanimous decision over Pawel Wolak (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Rodriguez battered Wolak in the final round to punctuate a 98-91, 98-91, 100-90 victory.
In an IBF eliminator, unbeaten IBF #3 welterweight Mike Jones (25-0, 18 KOs) hammered out a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision against #4 Sebastian Lujan (38-6-2, 24 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In their highly anticipated rematch, undefeated IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) won a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mares suffered a cut over his right eye from a punch in round two, but still got the better of most exchanges. Clear low blow by Mares in round six doubled over Agbeko with no warning from referee Lou Moret. Mares’ cut started bleeding heavily from round eight on. Mares rocked Agbeko with an uppercut late in round eleven. At the end, scores were 118-110 on all cards.
In his first bout on U.S. soil, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) put on a twelve round boxing clinic against former two-division Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs). Slickster Moreno dictated the action against the aggressive Darchinyan, who was rarely able to connect cleanly. A frustrated Darchinyan was deducted a point for throwing Moreno to the canvas in round four. Moreno punished Darchinyan over the late rounds and won going away by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 120-107. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (51-7, 45 KOs) scored an explosive second round knockout over Roinet Caballero (31-11-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. A classic Mexican liver shot sent Caballero to the canvas for the count as Gonzalez defended his belt for the third time.
Lightweight Alejandro Sanabria (30-1-1, 22 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Vinvin Rufino (30-15-3, 14 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title. Body shots finished Rufino. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Highly regarded heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) won an extremely controversial split decision over Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant European championship on Saturday night in the main event at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Looking nothing like he did in a lackluster loss to Tyson Fury, Chisora was very aggressive in an exciting round one where both fighters landed good shots. More good exchanges in the following rounds as Chisora continued to press the action. Good fourth round for Chisora. Nice toe-to-toe action in the sixth. Chisora definitely with the higher work rate throughout the fight. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 Helenius, 115-113 Chisora. After the fight, Helenius stated he injured his right hand in the first round and would have won more clearly without the injury.
WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 15 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round knockout over Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs). The former Olympic super heavyweight gold medal winner Povetkin was in command the whole fight. Boswell was staggered in round six and Povetkin further worked him over at the end of the seventh and finally floored him for the count with a barrage of punches at the end of round eight. Time was 2:58. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian based Filipino junior welterweight Ranee Ganoy (32-11-2, 28 KOs) dominated Roy Tua Manihuruk (13-7-2, 11 KOs) over eight rounds at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores were 78-74, 79-72, 78-73. Ganoy, who is rated Australia’s best pound for pound puncher and trained by Graham Shaw, staggered the Indonesian several times but was forced to go the distance. Manihuruk recently took IBF rated welterweight Noufel Ben Rabah the distance in April. Ganoy stopped Manihuruk in three rounds in 2009. For more details and photos click here…
There was an ominous feel to the desert mesa all week at Route 66 Casino, west of Albuquerque, during the events leading up to Holly Holm-Anne Sophie Mathis. But it had less to do with the scrapper from France and everything about the weather.
“Holly? She’ll outbox that girl like she always does,” was the general consensus. “As for that winter storm that’s supposed to hit Friday night? Eeee, that’s supposed to be a big one.” . . . Click here for more
By Graham Houston
Revenge and redemption are the themes when Miguel Cotto defends his junior middleweight title against Antonio Margarito at a sold-out Madison Square Garden tonight (HBO PPV).
Cotto has no doubt that Margarito used loaded handwraps to win their first fight in Las Vegas three years ago. Margarito denies this, of course, but a photo produced by Cotto showing a tear in Margarito’s wraps after the fight would appear to be damning evidence. This time, Cotto promises payback. Margarito says that he will hit Cotto so hard that Cotto will feel as if there is hardened plaster inside Margarito’s gloves.
The oddsmakers believe that Cotto will get his revenge. The Puerto Rican boxer is a -200 favourite in the betting. Cotto won his last two fights by stoppage, over Yuri Foreman and Ricardo Mayorga, whereas Margarito has been inactive since Manny Pacquiao beat him up a year ago. Although Margarito gamely lasted the distance against Pacquiao he suffered a fractured right eye socket, and since then he has had a cataract removed from his eye. Although the New York commission has passed Margarito as fit to fight after an examination conducted by a commission-appointed eye specialist, there is a feeling in some quarters that the Mexican fighter might no longer be able to withstand punishment from a top-level boxer such as Cotto. (more…)
Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME
Undefeated Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., and challenger Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y., both weighed in at 117.25 pounds Friday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., just a day before their highly anticipated rematch tomorrow/Saturday, Dec. 3, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Pawel Wolak talks about tonight’s rematch with Delvin Rodriguez.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Being John Dodson (11-5) just got a little bit easier.
The 5’3″ bantamweight punched his ticket to the Ultimate Fighter finale with a second round TKO finish of Johnny Bedford. The post-fight celebration included a lot of yelling and a couple back flips. While the world saw the fight Wednesday night, Dodson had to keep his good fortune under wraps upon returning to New Mexico. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell recorded his ninth consecutive stoppage after Canadian Renan St-Juste could not continue to fight following what appeared to be a separated left shoulder at 2:54 of the fourth round in the ShoBox: The New Generation main event. The evening’s opener featured Jhonatan “Momo” Romero scoring a 10-round split decision over Chris “The Hitman” Avalos in an action-packed super bantamweight bout by the scores of 96-93, 96-94 for Romero and 95-94 for Avalos. The doubleheader originated from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just up the 101 Freeway from where International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko will battle in a highly anticipated rematch tomorrow on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING LIVE at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. (more…)
Establishing herself as the pound-for-pound queen of women’s boxing and the top welterweight in the world, Anne Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs, of France, scored the upset of the year in female fighting by knocking out Albuquerque’s Holly Holm (30-2-3, 9 KOs), tonight at Route 66 Casino, west of Albuquerque, N.M. Holm started the fight by outpointing Mathis on the move but by the fourth, Mathis was applying pressure and had switched the momentum. Holm was rocked in the fifth and floored in the sixth, though referee Rocky Burke did not rule it a knockdown. Barely able to stand up, the dazed Holm weathered Mathis for the remainder and tried to get back into the fight in the seventh but Mathis poured it on. Staggering Holm across the ring, the hometown favorite got tangled up in the ropes where Mathis slammed her with a big right. Ref Burke stopped the action to untangle Holm, who nearly dropped to the canvas, then signaled the fight to continue, at which point Mathis finished off a bruised and bloodied Holm, who was floored seconds later for the knockout. Official time was 1:38 of the seventh. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a bizarre ending to a lackluster title elimination bout, super middleweight Anthony Dirrell was declared the winner in the fourth round when Renan St. Juste was not able to continue due to a self-sustained injury to his left shoulder. Both fighters did very little as they looked for openings to counter. In the fourth round, both fighters attempted to land a punch, but instead collided heads. Dirrell winced in pain, pointing to his head, while St. Juste complained of an injury to his left shoulder. When the action resumed, Dirrell went after St. Juste, throwing hard punches to the head. St. Juste turned away, continuing to complain about the injury, prompting referee Jack Reiss to stop the fight at 2:54, ruling St. Juste refused to fight on. With the victory, Dirrell becomes the mandatory challenger for a world title belt. Dirrell, from Flint, MI, goes to 24-0, 21 KO’s, while St. Juste, from Repentiguy, Quebec, Canada, fall to 23-3-1, 15 KO’s.
In a super bantamweight clash, Jhonatan Romero remained unbeaten with an unpopular 10 round split decision over Chris Avalos. Romero, from Cali, Colombia, was winning the first round before he was dropped by an accumulation of punches by Avalos at the end of the round. At times the fight was sloppy as Avalos pressed the fight, but was too reckless at times, as he would get countered with hooks and uppercuts by Romero (20-0, 12 KO’s). Avalos did control the middle rounds of the fight, even stunning Romero with an accumulation of punches in the eighth. In the final two rounds, Romero outhustled Avalos, countering with lefts and rights to Romero’s head. One judge scored the fight 95-94 in favor of Avalos, while the other two judges scored the fight 96-93 and 96-94 in favor of Romero. Fightnews.com scored the fight 96-93 in favor of Avalos. With the loss, Avalos, from Lancaster, CA, falls to 19-2, 15 KO’s. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
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Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (42-6) won a six round unanimous decision over a game but over-matched “Lightning” Larry Ventis (5-2) at Promo West Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio. Clark used superior speed and skills as well as effective counter-punching to dominate the Detroit native in the junior welterweight main event. Scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-54.
In the co-feature, heavyweight John L. Smith raised his record to 8-0 with a six round unanimous decision over journeyman James Porter (5-17). Smith is co-trained by legendary heavyweight James “Buster” Douglas. The card was promoted by Troy Speakman.
Unbeaten hometown hero Randy Caballero (13-0, 7 KOs) made his record 8-0 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. when he defeated Arturo Santiago (7-4-1, 4 KOs) by eight round unanimous decision to successfully defend his WBC Youth Intercontinental super bantamweight title. Scores were 80-70 on all cards. Santiago was deducted two points for holding during the bout.
Lightweight knockout artist Andrew Cancio (12-1-2, 11 KOs) dropped Fernando Carcamo (9-3, 6 KOs) twice in the last round to take an eight round majority verdict. Scores were 75-75, 77-74, 77-74.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Unbeaten Amir Mansour (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped Epifanio Mendoza (32-13-1, 28 KOs) after Mendoza’s corner threw in the towel at 1:17 of the sixth round of the scheduled ten round heavyweight bout, after Mansour landed a barrage of unanswered power shots with Mendoza trapped on the ropes. Mansour added the vacant WBF Intercontinental heavyweight title to his growing collection with the win, which took place at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware.
Dorin Spivey (40-6, 29 kOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Angel Rios (9-8) in a junior welterweight bout. Scores were 60-54, 59-55, and 58-56. (more…)
By Robert Hough
There was no Thanksgiving dinner with the family for Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs), who’s away from his wife and three children while training for his December 17th fight against Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs), but he was like a kid on Christmas morning earlier this month when he opened a box with the shoes he’ll wear in the ring against the Englishman.
Ward, who has enough footwear to fill a small shoe store, was thrilled when he first saw the Everlast red-white-and-blue footwear he’ll wear in Atlantic City, NJ.
“I came in representing my country strong against Kessler and we’re going to go out there the same way,” he said about three weeks before the Super Six final, which will be shown live on Showtime. “I’m an American and I’m proud of my country. Wearing the red, white and blue is not for show; it’s an honor to do it. I’m sure Carl Froch feels the same way about England and I respect him for that. We’ll be representing our countries with a lot of pride and determination.” (more…)
Undefeated heavyweight and former Michigan State University standout linebacker Seth Mitchell will join fellow MSU fans and alumni this Saturday at the Capitol Lounge (231 Pennsylvania Ave. SE) in Washington, D. C. to watch the Spartans face the Wisconsin Badgers in the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game. Mitchell will be available to sign autographs and meet fans prior to the game from 7p to 8p ET. Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) fights hard-hitting Timur Ibragimov (30-3-1, 16 KOs) on the December 10th “Capital Showdown” card in the co-featured bout to the Amir Khan vs. Lamont Peterson super lightweight championship contest.
By Miguel Maravilla at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
The stage is set for tomorrow night’s showdown between Bantamweights Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) vs. Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-3-1, 22 KOs). Both fighters tipped the scales earlier today at the weigh- in held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. First to step on the scale was the challenger Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko as he weighed in at 117.25 lbs. The champ Abner Mares would follow and he registered 117 lbs.
“I feel great making weight just expect a great fight from me I am going to win,” Mares told Fightnews.com. “The weight is good expect a very impressive fight from me tomorrow” Abeko told Fightnews. (more…)
Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale at the scales
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s TUF Finale card on SPIKE TV:
Michael Bisping 186.25* vs. Jason “Mayhem” Miller 185.5
* Bisping has two hours to make 186.
Dennis Bermudez 146 vs. Diego Brandao 145
John Dodson 134 vs. T.J. Dillashaw 135.5
Yves Edwards 155 vs. Tony Ferguson 155.5
Johnny Bedford 136 vs. Louis Gaudinot 136
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Marcus Brimage 143 vs. Stephan Bass 145
John Albert 136 vs. Dustin Pague 136
Roland Delorme 136 vs. Josh Ferguson 134
Josh Clopton 144 vs. Steven Siler 146
Bryan Caraway 145 vs. Dustin Neace 145.5
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By Rocco Morales
During Friday’s kickoff press conference for the New Year’s Eve double title card featuring Tavoris Cloud vs. Zsolt Erdei and Rico Ramos vs. Guillermo Rigondeaux, promoter Don King dropped a bombshell by revealing that Erdei is apparently off the card. “I understand that the Hungarian (Erdei) has decided that he is not going to fight. Whether that is true or not, we are going to find out. Fighters sometimes come up with a ploy or scheme to extract themselves from a devastating beating.”
“Showtime (television) is not a quitter and we’re looking forward to finding someone to step into the ring in the next 30 days against Tavoris Cloud in the event that Erdei continues in the charade of claiming he is hurt. We’re going to find someone to replace Erdei in the event that he doesn’t make it and we’re going to have a great card from the little men (Ramos vs. Rigondeaux) to the big men (Cloud)” concluded King.
Tavoris Cloud was not on hand for the press conference but Ramos and Rigondeaux were on hand, as were promoters Don King and Dan Goossen. Also absent from the press conference was Rigondeaux promoter, Bob Arum, who is in New York City for Cotto-Margarito.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron and Pepe Rodriguez
WBC featherweight world title:
Jhonny Gonzalez 126 vs. Roinet Caballero 126
WBC Silver Lightweight title:
Alejandro Sanabria 135 vs. Vinvin Rufino 133.5
Marcos Reyes 160 vs. Mauro Lucero 158.75
Juan Hernandez 108 vs. Gonzalo Garcia 107.5
Irma Garcia 126 vs. Nazly Maldonado 126
Jose Lopez 147 vs. Johnny Navarrete 147
Mauricio Pintor 135 vs. Abdiel Ramiez 134
Sergio Torres 126 vs. Christopher Perez 126
Edgar Monarrez 118 vs. Martin Casilla 118
Martin Tecuapetla 112 vs. Jorge Amador 111.5
Venue: Centro Banamex-Mexico City
Promoter: Proociones del Pueblo. Grupo Modelo, Comex and WBC
TV: Televisa and ESPN
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By Karl Freitag
Longtime WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (36-2-2, 15 KOs) retained his belt with a twelve round draw against unbeaten Martin Murray (23-0-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the SAP Arena in Mannheim, Germany. Sturm again demonstrated his boxing skills in defending his title for the eleventh time in his third title reign. Murray had his best round in round eight when he rocked Sturm, but the champion recovered by the end of the round. Sturm closed the fight with a strong final round. Scores were 116-112, 115-113 Murray and 114-114.
On the undercard, middleweight Florian Wildenhof (12-1, 3 KOs) upset KO artist Mike Keta (10-2, 9 KOs), taking a close six round unanimous decision.
Weights by Ricardo Trujillo
From the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces for tomorrow night’s “Championship Thunder” card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment:
David Rodriguez 253 vs. Byron Polley 251.8
Antonio Escalante 131.4 vs. Rynell Griffin 132
Jennifer Han 129.8 vs. Nohime Dennison 127.2
Joel Garcia 113.8 vs. Rafael Rivera 114.8
Carlos Villa 144.6 vs. Omar Quevado n/a
Bruno Escalante 114.6 vs. Aaron Fernandez 114.6
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