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Photos: Big Joe Miranda
After witnessing Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan’s dominant performance against former champion Yonnhy Perez Saturday night at the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles, promoter Gary Shaw says the two-time world champion will have several options. “Vic was sensational tonight,” said Shaw. “He’s always magnificent when he’s coming off a loss. He comes back better and that’s what happened again tonight. I respect Yonnhy Perez very much for taking all of Vic’s punches, because Vic maintained he was stronger than ever and he was right. He was an animal tonight.” Shaw says that while he plans to petition the IBF to sanction an interim title fight for Darchinyan, and in the process give him the rematch against Abner Mares he badly craves, if that doesn’t work out tonight’s performance has given the Armenian plenty of options. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In one of the most powerful performances of his career, two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan dominated former IBF bantamweight titlist Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez en route to winning a fifth-round technical decision and the vacant IBO 118-pound title Saturday on SHOWTIME®. The diminutive Darchinyan was in total command from the outset of a scheduled 12-round bout at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, scored a knockdown in the second and was ahead 50-44 on the three scorecards when the one-sided slugfest was halted due to an accidental headbutt at 1:44 of the round.
Southpaw Darchinyan, of Sydney, Australia, by way of Armenia, improved to 36-3-1 with 27 knockouts while Colombia’s Perez, of Santa Fe Springs, Calif., fell to 20-2-1 with 14 KOs after losing his second consecutive start.
By winning a fight elevated to main event status after a bout between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko and undefeated Abner Mares was postponed after Agbeko withdrew after suffering what doctors diagnosed as likely the sudden onset of sciatica earlier in the week, Darchyinan sets himself up for possible rematches with both Agbeko and Mares, both of whom he lost decisions to.
It also likely means another possible appearance on SHOWTIME for the crowd-pleasing Darchinyan, who made his 13th appearance on the network Saturday night. He is #3 on the all-time list for network appearances behind Julio Cesar Chavez (17) and Evander Holyfield. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Dream Team Boxing Promotions served notice to the South Florida boxing scene tonight with their debut card in front of a packed house at the Miami-Dade Fair & Expo Center. The celebratory atmosphere resulted from years of experience and enthusiasm as well as serious hard work from promoter Henry Rivalta. Judging by the electricity in the standing-room only arena and the competitive bouts in the ring, Rivalta and his gregarious business partner, Carlos Rodriguez look to be living the Dream.
Cuban southpaw heavyweight sensation Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (8-0, 6 KOs) destroyed Philadelphia veteran “Smokin” Bert Cooper (38-23, 31 KOs) by TKO at 1:29 in the second round of their scheduled 10-round main event. (more…)
Photos: Top Rank
In a bloody ten round war, featherweight Frankie Leal (16-5-3, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over previously unbeaten Roberto Marroquin (19-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma. A strong effort by Leal surprised Marroquin, who was cut and and had his left eye swollen shut in the bout. Rounds were very competitive with widely divergent scores of 99-92, 96-94 for Leal, 97-93 Marroquin.
Marroquin, who was fighting his his first main event, entered the fight rated at WBO #12, IBF #14 at featherweight. The bout was televied live nationally on both FOX Sports and FOX Sports Espanol.
In the co-feature, unbeaten super featherweight Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) outpointed John “Action” Jackson (15-3-1, 13 KOs) over eight. Ramos knocked down Jackson with a punch after the break in round one and was deducted a point for hitting on the break in round two. Jackson was down at the end of round four and one of the ropes broke was he was going down, causing a long delay. Jackson spit out his mouthpiece after the knockdown and was deducted a point. All three judges scored it 79-70.
NFL all-pro safety and unbeaten cruiserweight Tommy Zbikowski (4-0, 3 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Blake Warner (1-3, 1 KO). Tommy Z floored Warner with an uppercut to end it. Time was 2:20. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Former two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (36-3-1, 27 KOs) won a five round technical decision former IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-2-1, 14 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO bantamweight belt on Saturday night at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. Darchinyan rocked Perez in round one, knocked him down in round two and was in command all the way. The bout ended when Perez was cut by an accidental headbutt at 1:07 of round five. Scores were 50-44 on all cards.
Dr. Paul Wallace told the assembled media immediately after Vic Darchinyan’s fifth round technical decision victory over Yonnhy Perez: “There was arterial bleeding from the cut. The blood was dripping into his (Perez’s) eye, which would hinder his vision. Perez gave no indication that he wanted the fight stopped. The stoppage was strictly medical.” (more…)
Super featherweight Salvador Sanchez II (22-4-3, 11 KOs) won a closer than expected eight round split decision over little known Guadalupe Carmona (2-2) on Saturday night at the Don King Arena in Texcoco, Mexico. Scores were 77-75, 77-76 for Sanchez, 77-75 for Carmona. Sanchez is the nephew of the late Mexican ring great Salvador Sanchez.
WBC silver mini-flyweight beltholder Esmeralda Moreno (18-6, 7 KOs) outpointed Maribel “Pantera” Ramirez (4-3-1, 2 KOs) over ten. Moreno scored a knockdown in round two.
CABOFE lightweight beltholder Fermin de los Santos (15-13-1, 10 KOs) stopped Juan Sanchez (16-9, 8 KOs) in round six.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a rematch, cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (9-5-1, 4 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over four-time world title challenger Omar Sheika (30-11, 21 KOs)to claim the vacant USBA title on Saturday evening in the Palladium Ballroom at Caesars Atlantic City. Wilson dominated the fight with his jab and well timed left hooks, busting up the aggressive Sheika en route to a 118-109, 118-109, 119-108 victory. Sheika was deducted a point in round seven for a low blow. Sheika had KO’d Wilson in four in their first clash.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Heavyweight DaVarryl Williamson stopped Michael Marrone in the seventh round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Williamson (27-6, 22 KO’s) dropped Marrone with a right hand to the head in the third round. Marrone (19-3, 14 KO’s) had his moments, despite his left eye swelling up. Williamson hurt Marrone in the seventh with another right to the head, dropping him with another right, prompting referee Zac Young to stop the fight at 2:30. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
A motivated Ulises “Archie” Solis (32-2-3, 21 KOs) travels to Argentina on Sunday where on April 30 he will meet IBF light flyweight champion Luis “Mosquito” Lazarte (48-9-2, 18 KOs) in a rematch of their highly controversial draw in December that prompted the ITTF to order an immediate rematch. Solis, who trained eight week for the fight in Guadalajara, stated, “this time the eyes of the boxing world will be watching what happens on April 30. I have great confidence that this time the IBF will send trained judges and referee.” Archie and his team, consisting of Lorenzo Lopez, Israel Camarillo, Cesar Solis, Dr. Román Cruz and William Brown will fly from Mexico City to Buenos Aires, then head to Mar de Plata.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Esmeralda Moreno and Salvador Sanchez II are the main fighters on tonight’s “Knock Fair III” event at the Don King Arena in Texcoco, Mexico presented by promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia. “La Joya” Moreno defends her WBC Silver belt for the first time against Maribel Ramirez with the winner to face champion Naomi Togashi.
Also Fermin “Zedaz” De Los Santos defends his CABOFE lightweight title against Juan Pablo “Lagarto” Sanchez. And in the night’s special event, “The Legend Continues” Sal Sanchez II meets Guadalupe Carmona. “I feel great hope to win my fight and continue my journey in boxing. It’s time to learn and find better fights,” says Sanchez Jr.
“I plan to knock out Vic Darchinyan early in the fight,” said the former IBF bantamweight titleholder Yonnhy Perez who is co-promoted by Thompson Boxing Promotions and Gary Shaw Productions. “I want fight fans to get the message…..There’s nothing more I want than to return to my country with a world title belt,” said Perez. “I’m sticking to what I trained to do throughout my camp and that’s to knock out Darchinyan.”
Tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), between former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) will have a lot on the line.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tonight’s Hard Times Promotions card at DC Star in DC:
Maurice Byarm 249 vs. Willie Palms 264
Dwayne McRae 243 vs. James Porter 246
Brandon Quarles 157 vs. David Tomlin 153
Thomas Snow 126 vs. James Franks 121
Zain Shah 159 vs. Tevin Parker 159
Gary Jones 161 vs. Torrence King 165
Nick Kisner 199 vs. Andre Ward 196
Jeremiah Wiggins 154 vs. Alan Moore 157
Regardless of who wins tonight’s SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING broadcast from the Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), between former IBF Bantamweight Champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez and two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan, promoter Gary Shaw says he’ll petition the IBF to sanction an Interim title fight between them and IBF #4-rated Abner Mares. Mares saw his title shot dissolve earlier this week when champion Joseph Agbeko was stricken with sudden-onset sciatica and their fight had to be cancelled.
“If Agbeko cannot fight in a timely fashion and defend his title, I will personally petition the IBF to let the winner of this fight for the title against Mares,” stated Shaw, who has a sole promotional agreement with Darchinyan and shares a co-promotional agreement with Thompson Boxing on Perez, and says it’s not just about advancing his fighters, it’s a matter of keeping one of boxing’s most talent-laden divisions moving. (more…)
Picture: Photo Wende
After a trip of 27 hours, Daniel Geale today arrived in Berlin to continue his preparation for his May 7 clash with IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester. “He is very experienced but I have come here to win the title,” Geale said.
Courtesy Jim Jenkins, Sacramento Bee
Results from Friday night’s late Red Lion Hotel boxing-MMA card in Sacramento, promoter Nasser Niavaroni:
Cheered on by ex-champ and sparring mate James Toney, West Sacramento heavyweight Hector Martinez (6-5) won on all cards in six-round main over Yohan Banks (4-5-3) of Redwood City. Also: lightweight Max Becerra (5-0-1) of Vacaville scored two knockdowns to easily outpoint Chris Gonzalez (2-1) of Mexico in four and Sacramento lightweight Andre Kim (3-3) stopped Matt Mahler (0-3) of Manteca in three. In pro-debut prelims, three Sacramento fighters were swept. Heavyweight Larry Ward was knocked out in the first round by Josh Landers from the Wild Card Gym of Hollywood, middleweight Juan Luna lost by unanimous decision to Lee Reyes, also of Hollywood, and welterweight Will Walters lost by majority decision to Brett De La Torre of Vacaville.
Two world title fights are on tap for the April 30 “Top Rank Live!” card televised on Fox Deportes from the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. WBO mimimumweight champion Raul ‘Rayito’ Garcia (29-1-1, 17 KOs) defends against Rommel Asenjo (20-2, 16 KOs), WBO junior flyweight champion Jesus Geles (12-1-1, 5 KOs) faces Ramon ‘Principe’ Garcia Hirales (15-2-1, 8 KOs) in a direct rematch of their clash in February won by Geles via split decision. Also scheduled is a ten round bantamweight clash between Rodrigo ‘Gato’ Garcia (14-3-1, 9 KOs) and Leopoldo Arrocha (10-15-2, 6 KOs).
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like WBA bantamweight super world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno will defend his title for the ninth time in June against former world champion Lorenzo Parra. The bout could land on June 18 in the Roberto Duran Gym in Panama City on an event organized by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo. The same source reported that Moreno has already agreed and they’re looking to get Parra on board. In the event Parra doesn’t take the fight, they will find another opponent. Moreno and Parra were originally scheduled to fight on February 18 but the match fell through. Moreno’s purse for this fight is said to be $100,000 tax free.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Two-division world champion Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan and former International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight champion Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez both made weight one day before their main-event meeting on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING this Saturday, April 23, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE. (more…)
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos: Boxing Bob Newman
Don Juan Fighting Promotions put on their first boxing show at the Fairgrounds Event Center in Hamburg, NY on Friday night. In the feature bout of the evening for the vacant WBC Youth title, Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo took home an eight-round unanimous decision from Eduardo Ramirez of Laredo, TX. In the second round the southpaw Sanchez found the straight left working and dropped Ramirez for a count of five just before the bell. Sanchez was content to box over the next four rounds. In the seventh a left hand hurt Ramirez but Sanchez could not put him down. The game Ramirez and Sanchez exchanged punches until the final bell. The scores were 80-71 twice and 79-72 for Sanchez who improves to 13-2-1 while Ramirez slides to 6-7-1. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty at the scale
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Luis Ortiz 237 vs. Bert Cooper 237.25
Inocente Fiz 152 vs. Chris Henry 151.75
Yoandris Salinas 121.75 vs. David Green 121.5
Claudio Marrero 127.5 vs. Hipolito Rivera 128
Juan Carlos Payano 117.75 vs. Luis Angel Paneto 117
Humberto Savigne 168 vs. Marvin Jones 165.75
Pedro Rodriguez 194.5 vs. Juan Jose Ruiz 191.5
Kadel Martinez 119 vs. Zach Watkins 116.25
Venue: E Darwin Fuchs Pavilion Miami Dade Fair & Expo Center
Promoter: Dream Team Boxing
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photo: Emily Harney
In the main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, Breidis Prescott (24-2, 19 KOs) won a near shutout unanimous decision over a game Bayan Jargal (15-2-3, 9 KOs). Prescott worked his jab and landed the better power punches throughout the fight. Jargal had no answer to Prescott’s movement and hand speed. All three judges scored the bout for Prescott by scores of 99-91, 99-90, and 100-90. The five bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
Undefeated junior middleweight Demetrius “The Hammer” Andrade landed a solid left to the body of his opponent Omar Bell (8-2, 5 KOs) which sent him to the canvas in the middle of round two. Bell, although up on one knee, was unable to answer the ten count of referee Dick Flaherty. Andrade with the knockout improves to (13-0, 9 KOs), while Bell suffers only the second loss of his professional career.
Junior middleweight Kevin Rooney (1-0), who is known amongst boxing circles as the publicist for Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing, made his professional debut a successful one as he dropped Philadelphia’s David Navarro (0-3) twice in the fight, once in the first round and once in the second round both with left hands. In the end, Rooney scored a four round unanimous decision win over Navarro by scores of 40-34 on all three cards. (more…)
Showdown Promotions and Top Rank have announced that undefeated Phoenix prospect Jose Benavidez Jr. (10-0, 9 KOs) will headline his first Arizona show on June 11 at Wild Horse Pass Casino’s Ovations Live Showroom Theater. “I can’t tell you how excited we are to be working with Top Rank to bring Jose to Arizona,” Showdown Promotions’ Gerry Truax said. “We’re coming back to Wild Horse Pass Casino, and we’re bringing our A-game. Imagine, one of boxing’s most exciting prospects is fighting for the first time at home. We’re so proud to be involved.”
Photos: Top Rank
Roberto Marroquin 123.6 vs Frankie Leal 123.4
Tommy Zbikowski 196.8 vs Blake Warner 194.4
Casey Ramos 133 vs John Jackson 133.2
Matt Korobov 161.2 vs Marcos Primera 161.4
Andy Ruiz Jr. 246.8 vs Angel Herrera 246.2
Venue: WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank Inc.
TV: FOX Sports Network (FSN) & FOX Deportes
Photo: Peltz Boxing
Omar Sheika 185 vs Garrett Wilson 184
Ronald Cruz 146 vs Manuel Guzman 144 1/2
Bryant Jennings 224 vs David Williams 227
Jose Medina 175 1/2 vs Derrick Webster 169
Keane Davis 146 vs Dontre King 146
Antowyan Aikens 163 vs Willie Mack 161
Edgardo Torres 138 vs Korey Sloane 138
Venue: Caesars Atlantic City, Palladium Ballroom
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
Tickets: $75 & $50, first fight 7.30pm
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Fightnews.com found out that Yonnhy Perez and Vic Darchinyan will be wearing black Reyes gloves when they step inside the ring at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. As most in boxing are aware, Reyes is the puncher’s glove of choice.
By Francisco Salazar
Perez quotes to Fightnews:
On his fight with Darchinyan being elevated to the main event:
“It’s the same for me. All that happened during the week was on Agbeko and Mares. Nothing happened to my fight. I have the same desire to win on Saturday night.”
On making weight a week and a half prior to the weigh-in:
“It was easy for me to make 118 pounds because I watch what I eat. I do not starve myself or wait until the last minute.”
By Michael Bender
Photos: Ed Diller
The name Kevin Rooney needs no introduction if you are a fan of boxing. Not so much because of what Kevin Rooney accomplished as a fighter, though he did have a respectable record including a fight with Alexis Arguello, but more notably what he accomplished as a trainer. Kevin Rooney was the trainer of one of the most feared, dominant, and single well known and recognized fighters since Muhammad Ali: Mike Tyson! Iron “Mike” may have Kevin Rooney to thank for much of his prime pugilistic career. Where Cus D’Amato left off, Rooney picked up, leading the former street thug through the legendary training camps in the Catskills Mountains to his claim to the heavyweight throne and title as “Baddest Man on the Planet!” But with all this being said, it is not this Kevin Rooney who needs this introduction. That honor goes to his son, Kevin Rooney Jr. who steps into the ring tonight! In this exclusive interview the young pugilist speaks out on his career and more. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at the scale
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Vic Darchinyan 117.8 vs Yonnhy Perez 117.6
Davarryl Williamson 223.8 vs Michael Marrone 219.4
Vardan Gasparyan 150.8 vs Trenton Titsworth 144
Azat Hovhannesyan 128.7 vs Juan Reyes 130.6
Omar Figueroa 139.4 vs John Figueroa 140.3
Art Hovhannesyan 138 vs Jose Alfredo Lugo 136.8
Miguel Diaz 113 vs Alejandro Solorio 112
Venue: Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Thompson Boxing
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