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By Ray Wheatley / World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermott
IBF#2 Sam “King” Soliman (41-11, 17KOs) clearly outscored Garth “From The Hood” Wood (10-3-1, 6KOs) over twelve rounds at the Olympic Park Sports Center, Homebush, NSW, Australia on Sunday. Soliman took Wood to school in a scrappy fight that left the 2010 Australian Contender champion frustrated. Wood was the aggressor throughout the contest but had problems trying to nail the ring savvy Soliman, who used his big bag of tricks and an accurate left jab that worked overtime to go to a one sided win. Soliman connected with a solid right hand in round twelve that dropped Wood. At the conclusion scores were 119-109, 117-114, 118-110. (more…)
Friday night at the University of Texas at Arlington’s cozy new College Park Center, the stage was set for big things in the first ever boxing event held at the new 6,200 seat campus arena with ESPN in the house, a couple of former 2008 Olympians making comebacks and the gritty Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. ready to show a national audience his continued improvement after the hiring of 2011 Trainer of the Year, Virgil Hunter . . . Click here for more
Every journey starts with a single step. For one UFC bantamweight, putting that one foot in front of the other began when he was only five years old, and a quarter of a century later he is still making strides in his quest towards martial arts glory. In the more immediate future, this life-long fighter’s goal is to be ranked in the top 10 of his division. To achieve that elite status, he will have to travel well over 5,000 miles to Saitama, Japan and defeat Takeya Mizugaki inside the Octagon at UFC 144. After 25 years of waking up and taking those steps, a few extra thousand miles is all in a day’s work for Chris Cariaso . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark
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By Karl Freitag
After his loss to WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, Dereck Chisora got into a wild brawl with compatriot David Haye at the post fight press conference. Klitschko’s manager Bernd Boente told Haye from the dias “You had an offer, you didn’t accept it, now you are out. You are out. You cannot talk yourself back into the fight, you have no belts.” Chisora then called out Haye, but Haye dismissed Chisora as “a loser.” Chisora challenged Haye to tell him that to his face and approached Haye sparking a melee. After order was restored, a furious Chisora stated multiple times that he would “shoot” David Haye and claimed Haye “glassed” him. Haye’s manager Adam Booth emerged from the fracas with a facial wound and Chisora suggested to Booth that Haye hit him with a bottle by mistake. Meanwhile the Klitschko Team watched the whole scene unfold with bemused smiles on their faces. Boente stated, “With the bad experience we’ve had with British fighters we will now look for other countries.”
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
In a good action fight, undefeated lightweight prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (13-0, 5 KOs) won a ten round decision over Hevinson Herrera (15-8-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBC’s FECARBOX title and the WBB’s Americas title on Saturday night at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Cotto is the cousin of Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto.
Super flyweight Luis Cosme (8-2-1, 3 KOs) won a six round split decision over Juan Herrera (5-5, 3 KOs). Cosme scored a third round knockdown, but Herrera came back to nearly stop Herrera in the last round. Scores were 57-56, 57-56 for Cosme, 57-56 for Herrera. more photos
“I feel like I won the fight,” stated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud after retaining his title by split decision against Gabriel Campillo on Saturday night in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I knocked him down a few times and was the aggressor throughout. I wanted to put him away but sometimes you get it and sometimes you don’t. I wanted to stay busy and be aggressive. I did that. He was a busy fighter, and that’s what the crowd here in Corpus Christi responded to. The difference is I was landing the power shots, and that’s what the judges responded to.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO bantamweight champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (60-6-2, 46 KOs) avenged a 2009 draw with former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-4-1, 18 KOs) with a fifth round KO in a non-title grudge match on Saturday night at the Palenque del Fex in Mexicali, BC, Mexico. Arce’s body attack did its job as he dropped Parra once in round three, twice in round four and sent him to a knee in round five where Parra stayed for the full count. Time was 1:02.
Welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr. (31-4-1, 19 KOs), returning for his first bout since defeating “Son of the Legend” Omar Chavez, battered Octavio “Tayo” Castro (14-8-1, 9 KOs) until he got a referee’s stoppage at 2:38 of round three. For more details and photos click here…
Former jr welterweight title challenger Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Francisco Contreras (16-2, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Resort in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. In his first bout after his loss against four-time champion Erik Morales, Cano dropped Contreras in round one and twice in round five.
In an upset, Mario “Dragonsito” Rodriguez (13-6-4, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round KO against former WBC jr flyweight weight champion Gilberto Keb Baas (35-22-4, 22 KOs). In his first bout since losing his belt to Adrian Hernandez last April, Keb Baas was finished by a body shot.
Popular Maryland super middleweight contender Fernando Guerrero (23-1, 18 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Canadian tough guy Jason Naugler (18-16-1, 11 KOs). The bout was waved off at 2:36 after Naugler had taken some heavy shots.
Unbeaten bantamweight Robert Manzanarez (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a first round KO over David Solorio (17-6, 14 KOs).
Unbeaten jr welterweight Fidel Maldonado Jr (13-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Antonio Chuc (8-1-2, 2 KOs).
Former world champion Paul Williams (41-2, 27 KOs), rebounded from a less then steller performance against Erislandy Lara to defeat Jame Kirkland-conqueror Nobuhiro Ishida (24-7-2, 9 KOs) by one-sided twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the American Bank Center Arena in Corpus Christi, Texas. Ishida never got untracked as Williams’ volume punching was the recipe for 120-108 on all cards.
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris Cloud (25-0, 19 KOs) retained his title with a close split decision over former WBA world champ Gabriel Campillo (21-4-1, 8 KOs). Cloud came out aggressively in round one and dropped Campillo twice. Campillo, however, responded well in round two and proceeded to cut Cloud in round three and gave Cloud fits the rest of the way. Scores were 116-110, 114-112 for Cloud. Campillo was up 115-111 on the third card. Fightnews had Campillo ahead 114-112.
WBC #1 heavyweight Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) scored an explosive first round knockout over Eric Molina (18-2, 14 KOs). Good action heavyweight fight as both fighters came out bombing with Arreola having the final say with a right hand to the temple that put Molina down and out. Time was 2:30. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The trash talk went on all week. The fight lasted barely a minute. Adonis Stevenson (17-1 14KO) destroyed Jesus Gonzales (27-2 14KO) of Phoenix Arizona at of the opening round with a vicious left-right combination that put the visiting fighter flat on his back for well beyond the count of ten with his legs twitching. The powerful southpaw was making his first fight under the tutelage of world renowned trainer Emanuel Steward and didn’t wasting any time making an impression. It was the first combination that the fighter threw after landing a crunching left earlier in the round. It was only the second loss from Gonzales who was stopped in the 8th in 2005 by Jose Luis Zertuche.
The victory was a defense of Stevenson’s IBF Intercontinental belt and moves the fighter into the vacant number two spot in the IBF. Stevenson once again called for IBF Champion Lucian Bute in the ring after the fight. Stevenson also holds the NABA and NABO super-middleweight belts. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Team Klitschko
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KOs) won a harder than expected twelve round unanimous decision over Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany. Things got off to a rocky start when Chisora spit in Wladimir Klitscko’s face during the introductions. After a close first round, Klitachko started to land his right hand in round two and continued to land clean power shots from a distance as the bout progressed. Chisora showed a good chin, and did the majority of his work to the body. Neither fighter ever hurt the other. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 119-111.
After the fight Vitali briefly mentioned a possible left shoulder injury whick kept him from using his jab for much of the fight and stated, “I’m very upset because I wanted very much to knock him out…great performance by Chisora.” Chisora stated he spat in Wladimir’s face because Wlad previously pulled out of two fights with him…both Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren called for a rematch.
WBC #5/IBF #11 heavyweight Johnathon Banks (28-1-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Nicolai Firtha (20-10-1, 8 KOs) to successfully defend his NABF belt. Scores were 120-108, 119-109, 119-109.
WBO #5 jr welterweight Serhiy Fedchenko (30-1, 13 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten Laszlo Fazekas (8-1-1, 6 KOs) over eight largely uneventful rounds.
WBA interim super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-4-1, 25 KOs) just scored a fifth round KO over Rudy Markussen (37-3, 24 KOs) to retain his title at Brondby Hall in Brondby, Denmark. The bout was close through four rounds, but a vicious left hook to the body by Magee sent Markussen to the deck and he was unable to continue.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten Millville, New Jersey junior middleweight sensation Tommy “Cornflake” LaManna (7-0, 5KO’s) continued his winning ways before a near sellout crowd of about eight hundred strong on Friday night with a well deserved third round stoppage of Hilliard, Ohio’s Daniel Crabtree (3-4, 3KO’s) at Nutley High School in Nutley, New Jersey. In the co-feature of the card promoted by Gabe Laconte’s First round Promotions, nearby Paterson, New Jersey middleweight Richard Pierson (10-2, 7KO’s) returned to the ring for the first time after a two year layoff with a first round stoppage twenty-two fight veteran Anibal Acevedo of Moca, Puerto Rico. (more…)
David Latoria 217.2 vs. Edward Gutierrez 220.6
Mike Jimenez 168.8 vs. Bruce Rumbolz 170
Phillip Trantafillo 240.4 vs. Calbert Lewis 226.4
Sergio Montes de Oca 122 vs. Salvador Perez 119.2
Chris Singleton 134.8 vs. Eddie Corrona 137
Brian Houston 212.2 vs. Thomas Boose 209.2
Genaro Mendez 143.6 vs. Mike Maley 141.4
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont
IBF #2 middleweight Sam Soliman weighed 159.1 pounds and Garth Wood weighed 159.3 pounds for Sunday’s twelve round IBF Pan Pacific middleweight bout at Olympic Park Sports Center in Hombush, NSW, Australia. The promoter of the event is Barry Wood.
By Joe Koizumi
There was a weigh-in ceremony for tomorrow’s WBA female doubleheader on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. WBA female minimumweight champ Etsuko Tada (9-0-2, 2 KOs), Japan, tipped the beam at the 105-pound class limit, while Mexican Maria Jimenez (9-2-1, 4 KOs) scaled in at 102.75. Newly crowned WBA light-minmumweight ruler Mari Ando (8-3, 4 KOs), Japan, weighed in at 101.5 to 100.75 for Maria Cuca Jimenez (9-2) from Mexico.
The WBA officials are as follows: referee Romina Arroyo (Argentina); judges Carla Caiz (US), Chalarm Prayadsab (Thailand), Kazunobu Asao (Japan); supervisor Yansup Shim (Korea). Ms. Arroyo will officiate both title bouts in succession as the third woman. Carla is the daughter of prominent Californian referee Raul Caiz. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten welterweight Thomas Dulorme backed up the hype surrounding him with a first round annihilation over late sub Aris Ambriz in a scheduled 10 round bout at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA. Dulorme, who is co-promoted by Gary Shaw and Lou DiBella, was hoping to build upon a dominating 10 round unanimous decision over former world title holder DeMarcus Corley in June and a nine round decision over Charlie Navarro. Ambriz took the fight on a week’s notice, after original opponent Jose Reynoso suffered a hip injury and Terrance Cauthen dropped out of the fight. Dulorme dropped Ambriz to the canvas with a left hook to the head. Ambriz got up, but was met with a barrage of punches. A barrage of punches dropped Ambriz to the canvas. Referee David Mendoza waved the fight over at 2:12. With the victory, Dulorme won a regional title belt. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Jr welterweight Mike “The Silent Assassin” Dallas Jr. (18-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Miguel “Silky Smooth” Gonzalez (20-3, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the College Park Center, at the University of Texas in Arlington, Texas. Dallas Jr. was in control all the way en route to a 100-90, 100-90, 100-89 verdict.
2008 U.S. Olympian and undefeated super middleweight Shawn “Manos de Oro” Estrada (14-0, 12 KOs) came in a massive 20+ pounds heavy at 196 lbs against Terrance “Sugga Sweet” Woods (9-4, 6 KOs), but still came away with a 78-72, 80-72, 80-72 win over eight rounds.
After a long layoff, bantamweight and former 2008 Olympian Luis “The Latin Legend” Yanez (6-0-1) won a unanimous decision over Jamal Parram (5-4) over six rounds. Yanez scored a knockdown in the final round with a solid left hook to the body. The final scores read 59-54 twice, 60-53. (more…)
The WBC has announced that it will fine heavyweight Dereck Chisora an unspecified amount for slapping WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitshcko during a faceoff for photographers Friday in Munich, Germany, where their fight for the WBC heavyweight title is taking place tomorrow. “This is a blast to the expected fair play in sports and it can not be condoned. It is time that strong measures are taken to bring respect, fair play and discipline in the sport of boxing,” stated WBC President José Sulaimán.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Super middleweight contender Adonis Stevenson (16-1 13KO) was brimming with confidence as he stepped of the scales Friday in advance of his IBF elimination bout match-up with Jesus Gonzales (27-1 14KO) at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. “Confident? I’m confident I’m going to beat this guy. He’s going at 168; he’s never knocked nobody,” Stevenson told Fightnews. “I knocked Dhafir Smith, and he went the distance with Dhafir Smith. You’ve seen him, he’s fat! That’s not the way to do it at 168, I’m going to stop him. My trainer knows him very very well and you’ll have to watch tomorrow, I’m going to put him down, clean.” (more…)
Pablo Cesar Cano 136.9 vs. Francisco Contreras 135
Gilberto Keb Baas 111 vs. Mario Rodriguez 108
Fernando Guerrero 163 vs. Jason Naugler 163.4
Fidel Maldonado Jr 137.2 vs. Antonio Chuc 135.4
Roberto Manzanarez 130.8 vs. David Solorio 126.6
Venue: Grand Oasis, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy/Pepe Gomez
TV: FOX Deportes, Televisa
By Bill Hillmann
The next installment of the Hitz Boxing series “Fight Night at the Horseshoe” will be held this Saturday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. FightNews sat down for a talk with former Chicago Golden Gloves champion and former heavyweight professional fighter turned promoter Bobby Hitz to discuss his past, present and future.
Listening to his stories, listening to him argue, watching him work a crowd of boxing fans and celebrities, Bobby Hitz is the heart of Chicago boxing.
Everybody always talks about your bout with George Foreman in the early stages of Foreman’s famous comeback. What happened that night?
Well I can say this. In the fight I had George very concerned throughout the entire time we were in the ring together. He thought he killed me. I took the fight on four day’s notice. I wasn’t afraid to fight anybody. Looking back I wish I had more brains than balls. When you take a big fight on four days notice, what do you expect to happen? (more…)
Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2, 15 KOs) and Ryan Davis (23-9-3, 9 KOs) may be stepping into the Las Vegas backyard of their opponents, Jessie Vargas and Deandre Latimore, at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on the February 24 edition of ShoBox. In the welterweight main event, the unbeaten Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) squares off against Detroit’s Tyner, while in the junior middleweight co-feature, contender Latimore (22-3, 17 KOs) faces East St. Louis, Illinois’ Davis. Both bouts, which are presented by Mayweather Promotions, are scheduled for 10 rounds and will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Doors open on fight night at 6:00 p.m. with the first fight beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets, priced at $100, $60, $30, $25, along with a limited number of VIP suite seats priced at $125, are on sale now and may be purchased at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000.
A full undercard will be announced shortly.
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Abner Cotto 133lbs vs. Hevinson Herrera 134lbs
(WBC- Fecarbox Lightweight / Vacant WBB Americas Lightweight )
Miguel Robles 114lbs vs. Luis Angel Paneto 114lbs
Juan Herrera 114lbs vs. Luis Cosme 114.2lbs
Braulio Santos 127.5lbs vs. Pedro Hernández 122lbs
Edgardo López 129.2lbs vs. Hiram Agosto 128.5lbs
Albert Cruz Jr.139lbs vs Roberto Acevedo 139lbs
Irvin Hernández 125lbs vs.Juan G Cruz125lbs
Janiel Rivera 106.2 lbs vs. Luis Díaz 105lbs
Luis Braña Jr. 124lbs vs. Ricardo Pérez 128lbs
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto and Hector Soto’s H2 Entertainment
TV: Solo Boxeo Tecate, Univision
Venue: Roger Mendoza Coliseum- Caguas, Puerto Rico
Tickets available on Ticketcenter $10,$15, $25 www,tcpr.com
For more Information visit www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com more photos
Photos: Sumio Yamada/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Paul Williams 153.5 vs. Nobuhiro Ishida 155
Tavoris Cloud 175 vs. Gabriel Campillo 173.5
Cristobal Arreola 245 vs. Eric Molina 228
Malik Scott 225.75 vs. Kendrick Releford ??
Alfonso Lopez 165.25 vs. Justin Williams 161
Gregorio Gutierrez 136 vs. Hector Garza 135
Julian Barboza 146 vs. Arturo Lopez 145
Thomas Williams Jr. 174 vs. Kentrell Claiborne 177
Venue: American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Goossen Tutor Promotions
TV: SHOWTIME more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like Baja Boxing and Gary Shaw have reached an agreement to promote the first defense of Antonio Demarco (26-2-1, 19 KOs) in Mexico. Demarco will defend his WBC lightweight world crown against compatriot Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) on March 17 on Mexican Televisa network at a venue to be determined, possibly in Los Mochis, Sinaloa.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former MMA star Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (11-0, 10 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Colin “Kid Coalminer” Wilson (35-29-1, 21 KOs) to capture the vacant Australian heavyweight title at the Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Browne connected with a solid right hand to the jaw of Wilson that staggered the former champion and another right hand power shot had him crashing to the canvas and referee Steve Marshall crowned Browne at 2:56. “I went into the ring with a back injury,” said Browne. “I could not put my shoes on Wednesday.” (more…)
Tonight boxing returns to Nutley, New Jersey at Nutley High School for the first time in nearly three decades as Gabe LaConte of First Round Promotions presents a card that showcases top local talent. In the main event, jr middleweight Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna (6-0, 4 KOs) sees action in his first six round bout as he faces Daniel Crabtree (3-3, 3 KOs). LaManna – who captured the Philadelphia Golden Gloves belt in 2007 during a five-year amateur career – is the son of boxing promoter, manager and advisor Vinny LaManna. “Everybody asks me ‘Are you nuts letting your son box?'” said the proud father who managed former IBF cruiserweight champion Imamu Mayfield and heavyweight contender Bert Cooper, “But this is his dream and I support him 100%!” (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
While Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh seems to be out, former WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal seems to have his next opponent in place. “Either Monday or Tuesday we’ll make an announcement,” said promoter Yvon Michel about the fighter who hasn’t seen action since losing his title to Bernard Hopkins last May. “He’s due to leave for training camp on either Monday or Tuesday, so we’ll have to see when exactly we’ll announce it.” Pascal’s trainer Marc Ramsay confirmed the training camp saying the ex-champion will be joining Miguel Cotto for a couple of weeks before returning back to Montreal for the duration. Ramsay who also acts as matchmaker for promoter GYM says the next fight is “98% certain” and that just a couple of formalaties remain before officially announcing it next week.”
Undefeated IBF light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (23-0, 19 KOs), from Tallahassee, Fla., will make his fourth title defense on Saturday against former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel Campillo (21-3-1, 7 KOs), from Madrid, Spain, at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. “I’m going to make a statement that I am a vicious champion and I refuse to be defeated,” Cloud said. “You can train as long as you want, you can train as hard as you want, but it just ain’t gonna help you.”
Cloud says his power in the ring comes from his unique training regimen. He’s even got a name for it. “We do somethin’ called Kill-a-Bitch Training,” Cloud said. “This ain’t regular training for a regular 12-round fight. I can’t even come to the gym and say the wrong thing. My team says, ‘Get your mind right.’ I’m in a good place because I am world champion.” (more…)
Five-division world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and reigning WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto will officially announce their May 5 mega-fight with a press tour making stops in San Juan, New York City and Los Angeles beginning Monday, February 27. All events will be open to the public.
MAYWEATHER VS. COTTO: TOUR DATES AND CITIES
Monday, February 27 | 2PM
Coliseo De Puerto Rico Jose Miguel Agrelot
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Tuesday, February 28 | 1PM
Famed Apollo Theater (253 West 125th Street)
New York City
Thursday, March 1 | 1PM
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre
Undefeated NABF light heavyweight champion Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh, (17-0, 14 KOs), the WBC’s #2 contender, has just been notified that he now stands by himself among the top three. Former WBC champion Jean Pascal was ordered to fight a “final eliminator” with Sillakh at the WBC convention and his promoter Yvon Michel accepted the order and personally told Sillakh that they would fight. The winner would become the “mandatory challenger” for the winner of the Bernard Hopkins vs. Chad Dawson rematch.
“I thought that the negotiations for the fight were going good. Yvon told me that they were going to do it and Showtime was interested. But I got a call on Wednesday from Yvon that Pascal has decided not to fight Sillakh, basically that Sillakh was just too young and too dangerous,” said Square Ring’s CEO John Wirt. “That’s the second time that Pascal has pulled out of agreed to elimination bouts. (more…)
By Dave Spencer
Adonis Stevenson 165.6 vs. Jesus Gonzales 167.4
(IBF super middleweight eliminator for #2 position)
(IBF Inter-Continental super middleweight title)
After the weigh-in, the fighters got as close as they possibly could before being separated by officials. “You’re being knocked out,” said Stevenson as they were preyed apart. “You’re scared,” shot back Gonzalez. “Tomorrow will be your time, you’ll be sleeping tomorrow night.”
Dierry Jean 140.4 vs. Ryan Barrett 142.2
Oscar Rivas232.8 vs. Ivica Perkovic 261.6
Tyler Asselstine 129.4 vs. Nicola Cipolletta 130
Arash Usmanee 132.4 vs. Innocent Anyanwu 133
Ghislain Maduma 140 vs. Jeremy Abbott 141.2
Baha Laham 132.8 vs. Csaba Toth 129.2
Venue: Bell Centre in Montreal
WBC #10-ranked heavyweight Eric “Drummer Boy” Molina (18-1, 14 KOs), from Lyford, Texas, will face the toughest challenge of his young career on Saturday when he tangles with WBC #1 Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola (33-2, 29 KOs), from Riverside, Calif., at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Molina grew up just a few hours south of the site of Saturday night’s fight, and he would like nothing more than to score an upset in the this all-Mexican-American heavyweight showdown taking place in his home state. Molina has chosen a surprising name to take over the reins as his head trainer for the biggest match of his life: former WBC heavyweight champion Oliver “The Atomic Bull” McCall.
“Oliver and I sparred last year in Miami, and he was quick to share his knowledge with me,” Molina said. “Anyone who has met Oliver knows how outgoing he is. He noted what he thought was working for me and what wasn’t as effective.” (more…)