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Boxing and fitness coach Faisal Mohammed has opened a boutique personal training gym in Notting Hill, London. Faisal switched from kickboxing champion to boxing, turning professional with Frank Warren. After seven straight victories, six of those coming inside the distance, disaster struck Faisal’s promising career as he was diagnosed with high blood pressure during a routine check-up. The British Boxing Board deemed it was too dangerous for him to continue in the sport. “At first I was very disappointed but then I decided to turn this sporting setback into my next challenge,” Faisal said. “I transformed my energy towards providing world-class training on a personal basis. I am combining training methods that led me to world championship glory along with a unique approach to physical exercise.”
It had all the makings of a classic war between two heated rivals: Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon unleashing hooks and crosses of insults to one another, further making the media and fight fans drool over the anticipation of a potential of a fight of the year candidate bout.
Albeit it was brief, the fight did live up to the expectations of fight-hungry boxing fans . . . click here for more
From the opening bell, bitter rivals Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon launched into a multi-round slugfest. SHOWTIME Sports and Al Bernstein present the official recap of the July 9th Rios vs. Antillon title match, plus highlights from the action-packed Cintron vs. Molina undercard.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
The promotional debut of Panther Promotions LLC at Saturday’s “Change is Coming” show certainly lived up to its billing. Filling the void left by the recent and sudden departure of longtime promoter The Heavyweight Factory (partly due to recent Seminole tribal leadership changes), Panther Promotions came out swinging. The sports and entertainment company headed by former welterweight contender Harold Weston, local trainer Benny Collins and former boxer Elliot Alvarado treated fans to seven competitive, well-matched fights during their premiere event. Boxing legend “Smokin’” Joe Frazier sat ringside graciously signing gloves and taking pictures with the boisterous crowd. Frazier, now forty years removed from the “Fight of The Century” first fight of the Muhammad Ali trilogy, seemed to thoroughly enjoy the action and adulation as well. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Randy Carr
USBA Welterweight Champion “Kid” Carson Jones became only the second man ever to stop Germaine “Silky” Sanders last night by bludgeoning his way to a 6th round TKO win at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Sanders (27-10, 17KOs) got off to a good start giving Jones (31-8, 21KOs) some problems early on with his defense and movement. But, with about 30 seconds remaining in round five, Jones caught Sanders with a right hand counter that stunned the slick Chicagoan. Jones pounced on Sanders and tried to finish his foe with a vicious flurry of power punches but the bell ending round five postponed what turned out to be the inevitable. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) retained his world title Saturday night with a devastating offensive onslaught, recording a third-round stoppage over Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) at The Home Depot Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. With the crowd on its feet the entire fight chanting loudly for their favorite fighter, both Rios and Antillon came out swinging in a toe-to-toe battle. Rios knocked Antillon down with a devastating left hook for the first of two knockdowns at the start of the third round. It was a shot Antillon would never recover from. Moments later he added an overhand right hand that that sent him to the floor face first. The end came when referee David Mendoza waved if off after Antillon stumbled toward his corner at 2:49 in the third round.
“We knew going in that whoever could take the best punch would win,” Rios said afterward. “Tonight I was faster and tougher for the couple of rounds we had. I had power in both hands.”
Antillon said he was never able to recover from the first knockdown. “That left hook caught me on the top of the head and it devastated me,” he said. “I was never the same after the first knock down. Rios punches very hard. I just got caught and I was never able to recover.” (more…)
Former WBC cruiserweight champion and current WBC #2 and WBC International champion Giacobbe Fragomeni won a six round decision against tough Remigijus Ziausys on Friday night in Civitanova Marche, Italy.
Former WBA light heavyweight champion and WBC #3 cruiserweight contender Silvio Branco outpointed journeyman Jevgenijs Andrejevs over six rounds.
Fragomeni and Branco will clash later this year in a big fight for Italian market. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II won with a impressive knockout at 1:35 in round two against countryman Rodolfo Garay in a bout held on Saturday at the Forum Polanco in Mexico City. “I feel I’m making progress,” said Sanchez II. After months of learning and dedication in my country, I’m on track to return to U.S. or fight with a foreign fighter in my own country. We’re going after our goals and it will be difficult to stop us.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
The Seminole Hard Rock Live witnessed the promotional debut of Panther Promotions, LLC with tonight’s aptly-titled “Change is Coming” card.
Light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) picked up the WBC Inter-Continental belt via a third-round stoppage victory over Eddie “Thunder” Caminero (7-5, 7 KOs). Picking off his wild-swinging opponent with crisper, stronger shots, Grachev steadily increased his output going into the third round, dazing Caminero along the ropes. Referee Frank Gentile jumped in to stop the action at 1:29 of the round, much to the chagrin of Caminero and the vocal crowd.
In the co-main event, undefeated middleweight Chad Trahan (5-0, 4 KOs) of Lafayette Louisiana outpointed Haitian Elie Augustama (5-3, 3 KOs). Elie, the younger brother of originally-scheduled headliner Azea Augustama, dropped the unanimous decision by virtue of identical 79-73 scorecards for the left-handed Trahan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, WBA super flyweight champion Hugo “Increible” Cazares had no trouble retaining his belt by clearly and forcefully defeating his compatriot Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo. Badillo never had a chance with Cazares, who from the start more experience and skill. In the third round, Cazares dropped Badillo three times end it, successfully making the fourth defense of his WBA super flyweight the scepter.
By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a bout that had ‘classic’ written all over it from the day it was signed, WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) scored an explosive third round TKO over challenger Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Both fighters met in the center of the ring and traded shots in every round as long as it lasted. Antillon was dropped early in round three and fought back valiantly until he was floored again and referee David Mendoza waved it off when Antillon staggered into the ropes on his own moments later. Time was 2:49.
Upset artist Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) has done it again. Molina took the fight to former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-4-1, 28 KOs) and came away with a ten round unanimous decision in a junior middleweight scrap. Molina landed most the clean shots in a breakout performance, while Cintron never got untracked. Scores were 98-92 on all cards.
Fighting for the first time under the Top Rank banner, unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta overwhelmed Jorge Pimentel, dropping him three times in less than three rounds before the fight was stopped. The southpaw Gesta (22-0-1, 11 KO’s) dropped Pimentel once in each round. After a devastating right uppercut dropped Pimentel (22-12 1NC, 15 KO’s) in the third round, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:23. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolheimer and Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Rebounding from his KO loss to Sergio Martinez, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) was looking to make statement against previously unbeaten Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. He didn’t make the statement he wanted as the much shorter Lara seemed to dominate the fight, but Williams came away with a very controversial majority decision. Lara repeatedly landed clean Martinez-style overhand lefts and turned Williams’face into a bloody mess at the end. Scores were 114-114, 115-114, 116-114. more + photos
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda, a Japanese southpaw speedster, will defend his newly acquired belt against unbeaten top contender Rico Ramos in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, and he is the very first Japanese world champ that puts his belt on the line in the US mainland. Previously did Kuniaki Shibata, WBA 130-pound ruler, face ex-champ Ben Villaflor in a rematch in Honolulu only to be dethroned via first round knockout in 1973. Since then there have been no Japanese world champs that attempted to put the belts at stake in the US since Japan itself is a good market for smaller champs. Should Shimoda be victorious, he will make a hero’s return to Japan. Gambatte (Good luck in Japanese).
WBCBoxing.tv will present two championship boxing webcasts, free of charge, on Saturday, July 9. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico.
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Scheduled for 12 rounds from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez, 48-7 with 42 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first title defense against Tomas “El Norteño” Villa, 23-7-4 with 14 knockouts, of Midland, Texas. (more…)
Photos: Sima Viorel
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy (29-1-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania. An crushing overhand left put Mendy down and out face first. Time was 2:48.
Highlight’s of this bout will be shown on tonight’s Rios-Antillon telecast on SHOWTIME. Click here for more photos…
“It won’t be an upset when he wins. It’ll be the better fighter finally getting his due,” says DeCubas Presents President Luis DeCubas about Chicago junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (18-4-2, 6 KOs).
Molina weighed in at 151.8 lbs for his fight tonight with former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and televised live on SHOWTIME network (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Molina vs. Cintron will serve as the main televised supporting bout to the WBA lightweight championship main event between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon.
“He’s in the shape of his life and ready for anything Cintron tries to throw at him,” continued DeCubas. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the cozy New Paladium in North Philadelphia PA, Wilkes Productions put on an entertaining four bout card of professional boxing in front of a couple of hundred fans. In the feature bout of the evening Fred Jenkins Jr (3-0, 1KO) captured a four round unanimous decision victory over winless super middleweight Stephen Franklin (0-6). (more…)
Proving that this generation Vargas is just as feroz as the last one, fast-rising unbeaten Vegas kid Jessie “The Next Generation” Vargas shook and cooked Walter Estrada in a round and change. One left hook was all it took to close the book on the usually durable Colombian.
The junior welterweight main event capped a four-bout card televised by Telefutura and promoted by Golden Boy, Mayweather Promotions and Englebrecht Promotions at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena 50 miles from the Las Vegas Strip in Primm, Nevada . . . Click here for more
Promoters Eliot Alvarado and Benny Collins of Panther Promotions launch their inaugural card “Change is Coming” tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (45-2, 32 KO), reigning cruiserweight WBC champion and former IBF world champion, is not impressed with Australia’s best, IBO champion Danny Green (31-3, 27 KO). “Danny, you’re never fought anybody with the real punching power and I thought that Australians were tough and hard men. You fought 180 pound and 40 years old Roy Jones Junior; Paul Briggs who should never ever step into the ring and BJ Flores who can only talk about boxing on TV,” said Włodarczyk. “You are a businessman, not a fighter.” (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez , Carlos Valcárcel, Abner “Pin” Cotto and Miguel “El Loco” Robles participated today in an impressive media workout at San Patricio Plaza Mall in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, as part of their “Electrifying” promotion of the upcoming Solo Boxeo Series on Telefutura, next July 15th at the Cosme Beitia Coliseum, in Cataño, Puerto Rico. “I feel ready to fight; I want to show everyone that I have the skills to defeat Carlos Valcárcel. We are only one week away, and “La Maravilla” is ready”, Vélez said. Meanwhile, his opponent, ex-Olympian Carlos Valcárcel said “What I only know is that I am ready; the work has been done. Now we only need to maintain the weight wait for Friday to fight. The only message that I can send to Jayson Vélez is that we will have a war above the ring”. Also present during the media workout, the top lightweight prospect Abner “Pin” Cotto (10-0; 5KO) and super flyweight prospect Miguel “El Loco” Robles (8-1; 4KO). “Electrifying”: Vélez vs. Valcárcel is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto, Golden Boy Promotions and H2 Entertainment. Tickets are available in Ticketcenter by calling 787-792-5000 or visiting www.tcpr.com. Prices: $15, $25, and $50. For more “Electrifying” information visit www.promocionesmiguelcotto.com. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Roilo Golez (reportedly 12-6,4KOs) successfully grabbed the WBC Asian 105lb title as he stopped WBC #31 Thongthailek Sor Tanapinyo (reportedly 16-15,6KOs) on Friday at Ban Klongkratumban school in Samutsakorn, Thailand. Golez, a Filipino fighter from Mindanao island, dominated in the first five rounds with his efficient left hooks punctuated by vicious body attack. Although the Thai fighter did well from round six, it seemed that he was little by little exhausted from the Filipino’s bodyshots. Finally, the show was ended in round ten when Golez landed a big left body shot which dropped the now former champion, then the one-sided attack floored the Thailander two more times, forcing referee Tanawat Wongsasan to stop the action at 1:04.
In others action, WBA #7 light fly Nethra Sasiprapa (26-1,12KOs) destroyed Indonesian Louis Loemoli with a vicious right hook, scoring a KO at 2:12 of round two. WBC #23 superfly Petchbanborn Sor Tanapinyo (reportedly 11-5-1,5KOs) mostly controlled the show with his superior skills before he easily won a six round unanimous decision over Indonesian Alex Buckie (reportedly 12-23-6). Rachasak Kokietgym (7-0,4KOs) outpointed Filipino Armando Casa (9-8-3,3KOs) in a six round non-title bout. And Singpayak Kokietgym (3-1,3KOs) stopped Petch Or Wanghin in round two.
This event was promoted by Kokiet Panichyarom of Kokiet Group Promotion. More photos…
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 19KOs) and Urbano Antillon (28-2, 20 KOs) both made weight Friday at the Holiday Inn, in Torrance California. First to step on the scale was Antillon, the pride of Maywood, and he came in at 134.75. The champion Brandon Rios stepped onto the scale registering at the limit of 135.
Shortly after, the two stood face to face and had to be restrained following one last heated verbal exchange.
Antillon: “You look drained.”
Rios: “You look the same way. You look dead too, MF (explicit).”
Antillon: “You are still barking.”
Rios: “MF (explicit), I will bark and bite you in the ring.”
They collide tonight live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Hugo Cazarez 115 vs Arturo Badillo 115
No problem on the scale for WBA super flyweight champion Hugo Cázarez, and his challenger Arturo Badillo. Both are ready to step into the ring Saturday at the Plaza de Toros Eduardo Fontanet in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Cázarez (34-6-2, 24 KOs) will making the fourth defense of his WBA crown while it’s the first title try for Badillo (20-1, 18 KOs). (more…)
Ringside results and photo by Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (16-0, 9 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over veteran Walter Estrada (39-15-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. A left hook put Estrada down and out. Time was :33. In the co-main, in a clash of unbeaten middleweights Alfonso Blanco (6-0, 2 KOs) outpointed Celeven Ishe (3-1, 1 KO) over six one-sided rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
On the undercard: Los Angeles cruiserweight Billy Bailey (11-11, 4 KOs) battered away at Demark Scott (3-4,1, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas, to win a majority decision with scores of 38-38 and 39-37 twice; jr. welterweight Zhankosh Turarov (5-0, 2 KOs), of Las Vegas and Kazakhstan won by DQ at :16 of round three, over foul-bent New Mexican David Castillo (2-3); the four-round cruiser bout between Mitch Williams (3-2-1, 3 KOs) and Chad Davis (3-8-1) was cancelled when it was discovered that an ambulance was not available – the two assigned to the venue had transported Walter Estrada and Demark Scott for precautionary tests. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos: Bobby Qbix
Tomoki “El Mexicanito” Kameda retained his WBC Bantamweight World Youth Championship by unanimous decision over Pumar Singwancha on Friday in the Kyuden Gym of Fukuoka, Japan. After ten rounds the score was as follows: 99-93, 99-93 and 98-93, all in favor of the undefeated Japanese fighter. Tomoki Kameda, who brought his record to 20-0, 12 KOs wins with 12 knockouts, made the first defense of the belt he won last August in Mexico. Meanwhile, former world champion Daiki Kameda (20-2, 12 KOs) ended with Chatchai Monthon in the second round of a bantamweight clash. more photos
The Klitchkos will own the undisputed heavyweight titles of the universe until August 27 when Ruslan Chagaev will face Alexander for the WBA’s “regular” heavyweight title at a site to be named in Germany. It appears that Povetkin will not be trained by Teddy Atlas for that fight, as Povetkin wants to train in Europe and Atlas has commitments to work ESPN2 boxing telecasts during that period. Klitschko will be the WBA heavyweight “super” champion.
Super middleweight Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales (27-1, 14 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over late sub Francisco Sierra (24-4-1, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the US Airway Centre in Phoenix, Arizona. The whole bout was a war. Gonzales dropped Sierra in round four, but Sierra came back to drop Gonzales in round five and both fighters were cut. Gonzales pulled away late. Scores were 117-109, 116-110, 115-111. With the win, Gonzales won the NABF title.
Unbeaten featherweight Yuandale Evans (15-0, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over a game Emmanuel Lucero (26-7-1, 14 KOs). Evans dropped Lucero with a right hand in round one. and with a left hand in round two. After two knockdowns in round six the bout was stopped. Time was 2:06.
Middleweight Janks Trotter (5-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a spectatular second round KO over Arturo Crespin (6-2-1, 2 KOs). After scoring a knockdown in round one, Trotter landed a right hand sent Crespin to the deck face first at :25.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
Denis Grachev 173.5 vs. Eddie Caminero 173.25
Elie Augustama 162.25 vs. Chad Trahan 159.5
Lamar Russ 162.5 vs. Marcus Upshaw 161.25
Yuniesky Gonzalez 191.25 vs. Grover Young 190.75
Cletus Seldin 147.5 vs. Wilson Feliciano 145.75
Jerrod Caldwell 168.5 vs. Randall Vercher 164.5
Frank Gedeon 151.75 vs. Antonio Infante 154.5
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Panther Promotions LLC
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Brandon Rios 135 vs. Urbano Antillon 134.75
Kermit Cintron 149.25 vs. Carlos Molina 151.75
Mercito Gesta 137 vs. Jorge Pimentel 138.25
Matt Korobov 160.5 vs. Lester Gonzalez 161.75
Mike Lee 177.25 vs. Michael Birthmark 178.5
Jose Roman 134 vs. Randy Arrellin 132.75
Paul Fleming 127.5 vs. Juan Jose Beltran 128.25
Quincy Wesby 124.5 vs. Gabino Saenz 123.5
Alonso Loeza 147.25 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 149.5
Venue: Home Depot Center, Carson, California
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: SHOWTIME more photos
Photos: Emily Harney
Paul Williams 153.5 vs. Erislandy Lara 153
Akifumi Shimoda 121.5 vs. Rico Ramos 122
Chris Arreola 236 vs. Friday Ahunanya 244.5
Jhonny Gonzalez 125.5 vs. Tomas Villa 125.5
Thomas Lamanna 150.5 vs. Reggie Jenkins 147.5 .
Cornelius White 175 vs. Dhafir Smith 172.5 .
Brandon Quarles 161 vs. Corey Preston ??
Denis Douglin 155 vs. Phillip Mccants 155
John Lenox 219 vs. Donnie Crawford 218
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sanchez II 125.85 Rodolfo Garay 127.20
Maria E. Villalobos 117.70 vs Rocio Castillo 124.00
(WBC female silver super bantamweight title)
Edgar RioValle 125.85 vs Juan Olvera 125.40
(Mexico national featherweight title)
Juan A. Rodriguez 130.50 vs Diego Ledezma 129.80
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala/Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia
Venue: Foro Polanco
TV: Cadena 3 Channel 28
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The Junior Middleweight bout between Paul “The Punisher” Williams and Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara and WBA Super Bantamweight Championship bout between WBA #1-ranked Rico Ramos and Akifumi Shimoda are just 24 hours away and the officials have been announced.
The assigned officials for Williams-Lara are Al Bennett of New Jersey, Hilton Whitaker of New Jersey and Don Givens of New Jersey and the assigned referee is Sam Viruet of New Jersey.
The assigned officials for the Ramos-Shimoda bout are Barbara Perez of New Jersey, George Hill of Pennsylvania, John Stewart of New Jersey and the referee is Benyji Esteves of New Jersey.
New York City’s longest running and most successful professional boxing series, Broadway Boxing, returns July 30 to the Aviator Sports and Events Center at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. In the main event, the series’ mainstay Gabriel Bracero (16-0, 2 KOs) returns in the main event in the wake of his most impressive victory. Bracero will take on Danie “The White Lion” Van Staden (8-6, 2 KOs) of Key West, FL.
Those scheduled to see action on the undercard include several of the most popular and exciting pugilists that the New York fight scene has to offer, such as flyweight Keisher McLeod-Wells, light heavyweight Seanie Monaghan, junior middleweight Delen Parsley, and light heavyweight Joe Smith Jr. In addition, middleweight Jonathan Cepeda, Brooklyn heavyweight Travis Peterkin, 2-0 (2 KOs), and heavyweight Todd Brown, 32, 3-0 (2 KOs), of St. Louis, MO, will face opponents to be named, as well as cruiserweight Jay Rodriguez, of Queens, NY, making his pro debut.
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