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Hector “El Diamante” Vazquez 10-1 2 KO’s of Irving returned after a hand injury that required surgery to win the Texas State Super Welterweight Title over Larry “Slomoshun” Smith 10-17 7 KO’s of Dallas Saturday night in Arlington. The excitement started with elaborate entrances from both. Smith came to the ring with a local rapper while the lights went off and returned with a mariachi band for Vazquez. The contest started out as a feel-out process between both fighters until straight right hands from Smith found their mark in the second. Vazquez turned it on in the third with dazzling multiple punch combinations that took Smith out of his rhythm. A game Smith hung in there but the rest of the fight looked the same. In the end two of the judges scored the bout 80-72 while the third had it 79-73. (more…)
Report & photos: Rocco Morales
“This is the single greatest moment of my life” said newly crowned WBC featherweight champion, Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47KO) after his shocking first round knockout over the heavily favored three division champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 14KO). With the victory, Gonzalez was able to win back the very belt that he lost by way of technical decision last September to Daniel Ponce De Leon.
After two wins over softer competition earlier this year, Gonzales earned the title shot against Ponce De Leon conqueror, Abner Mares, who was coming off a career best performance against Ponce De Leon just three and a half months ago. With Mares seemingly peaking and Gonzales seemingly at the end of his career, few, if any, gave Gonzalez much chance to make it to the final bell, yet less to win the fight by way of first round knockout.
According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO, Richard Schaeffer, “19 boxing experts were asked about their opinion of Mares vs. Gonzalez and all 19 picked Abner Mares. That’s why we love boxing because you never know what is going to happen.” (more…)
By Darren Barcomb
The past 17 years have been a roller-coaster ride for former heavyweight boxing champion Tommy “The Duke” Morrison (48-3-1, 42 KOs). After allegedly being diagnosed with HIV in 1996 and barred from the sport, Morrison began an improbable comeback in 2007 and has been able to fight sporadically since then. So, where is Tommy Morrison today? Rumors continue to swirl on internet message boards that the Duke has died; all based on hearsay and lies. No, Morrison is still alive, and fighting a health battle, but against Miller Fisher Syndrome/Guillain Barre Syndrome and not HIV/AIDS as most pundits assume. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
MMA star Xavier “X Man” Lucas (6-1-1, 4KO’s) and undefeated Andrew “Widow Maker” Green (10-0-1, 5 KO’s) will clash for the vacant Western Australian State Light Heavyweight Title on Friday night at Dragon Fire Promotions Thunderdome III at Metro City Perth, Australia. Both Fighters are coming off Draws against the same fighter, Jeremy “War Machine” Van Diemen (4-0-2, 3 KO’s). Friendship was put aside last month, as ‘mates’ Green and Van Diemen battled to a split decision draw. Lucas and Van Diemen battled to a controversial draw in March this year. (more…)
Chavez-Haugen attendance record shattered? Promoter says more than 200,000 fans watched boxing match in Volgograd
According to various sources, Mexico City holds the record for most fans watching a boxing match. Reportedly 136,274 boxing aficionados showed up in 1993 to see Mexican legend Julio Cesar Chavez vs. Greg Haugen in the famous Azteca Stadium, but this number was apparently eclipsed last Saturday in the Russian city of Volgograd. According to well-known Russian manager and promoter Vladimir Hrunov, more than 200,000 people turned out to see a WBA International title fight between 26-year-old middleweight Dmitry Chudinov (10-0, 7 KO) and Jorge Navarro (12-2, 10 KO). Chudinov, in a dominant performance, won by second round KO, but the huge crowd and special circumstances of the night in Volgograd were the story. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and John Disanto at ringside
Photos: Kathryn Warburton
Junior lightweight contender Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (19-2-2, 7KOs) was put to the test by Joselito Collado (13-3, 3KOs) and suffered a possible broken jaw before escaping with a grueling ten round unanimous decision victory on Saturday night at Bally’s AC in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the co-feature of the eight-bout card promoted Peltz Boxing Promotions, junior middleweight prospect DeCarlo Perez (11-2-1, 4KOs) survived a few rocky moments in the early on in capturing a hard fought eight round unanimous decision victory over Jamar Freeman (9-2-2, 5KOs). (more…)
Ringside by Miguel Maravilla
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
In his first defense of his WBC featherweight championship, Abner Mares (26-1, 14 KOs), Guadalajara, Mexico, fell to Mexico City’s Jhonny Gonzalez (55-8, 47 KOs) Saturday at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. Gonzalez, a veteran of over 60 fights, scored a shocking first round knockout over the previously unbeaten Mares.
The round opened with the fighters jabbing away. Later in the round, Gonzalez caught Mares with a solid right. Moments later, Gonzalez tagged him with a flush left hook to the chin that sat Mares down to the canvas. Mares staggered as he got up. Gonzalez continued his assault, connecting with a straight right that knocked down Mares again. Referee Jack Reiss began a ten-count but then stopped the action at 2:05 . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten twenty-year-old boy Naoya Inoue (4-0, 3 KOs), 108, captured the Japanese national light-flyweight belt in his fourth pro bout when he made good use of his versatile left hand and quick combinations en route to a unanimous decision (98-93, 98-92 and 97-94) over WBA#3 ranked defending champ Ryoichi Taguchi (18-2-1, 8 KOs), 108, over ten fast rounds on Sunday in Zama, Japan. Inoue failed to extend his knockout streak, but displayed his superior skills and excellent speed in whipping the 26-year-old defending champ.
Inoue was in command by taking the leadoff from the outset, but Taguchi occasionally attempted to score right crosses over Inoue’s busy and accurate jabs. Inoue’s left hand, however, was faster and more effective all the way.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Report by Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
Olympic middleweight gold medalist in London, Japan’s Ryota Murata, 161, impressively decked his professional debut as he dropped OPBF 160-pound champ Akio Shibata (21-8-1, 9 KOs), also 161, in the opening session and quickly halted him with his furious follow-up at 2:24 of the second round in a scheduled six-rounder on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. Murata, physically stronger and more powerful, took the leadoff with his opening attack to have the compatriot circling or retreating from pillar to post. In the closing seconds of the round, Murata’s long right caught Shibata, who badly hit the deck and barely beat the count. He had a very narrow escape.
It was a matter of time how soon Murata would finish the affair as Shibata was apparently overwhelmed and overpowered by the ex-Olympic winner. The second witnessed Murata swarm over the fading foe with a flurry of punches that had him staggering to the ropes, which prompted referee Fukuchi to declare a well-received halt. Murata, five years his junior at 27, simply looked too pugnacious and powerful for the crestfallen loser. (more…)
The beast of the East Sasha Yengoyan needed only 2 rounds to stop Bulgarian champion Stiliyan Kostov. After a quite even first round in which both boxers showed a lot of respect for eachother local Yengoyan increased his workrate and mid the 2nd round dropped the visitor with a left-right combination. Kostov beat the count but was seemingly disturbed. Yengoyan tried to finish it in the follow up attack but instead pushed his opponent in the neck with his right while throwing a left to the body. The ref did not pick up the count. Yengoyan, who showed a lot of technical improvement and patience, went back to work. Moments later Kostov was caught again with a left, followed by a right to the chin and he went down again. When Yengoyan saw that his opponent was not fully recoved he unleashed a vicious left to the body and Kostov was down for the 3rd time in the same round and it was under Belgian rules automatically waved off at that point. (more…)
By Ognian Georgiev, “Bulgaria Today” daily newspaper
Photo: Winfried Mausolf/Sauerland Event
Kubrat “The Cobra” Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) scored biggest win in his career, winning an IBF heavyweight eliminator against Tony “The Tiger” Thompson (38-4, 26 KOs) on Saturday in Schwerin, Germany. The Bulgarian star dominated the fight, receiving great support from his fans, who traveled from all over Europe to support him.
“Now I am waiting for October 5 to see who will win between Klitschko and Povetkin,” said Pulev right after the fight. “I suppose that Klitschko will be the winner. It wasn’t my best form. I believe I can do it better. I wasn’t relaxed enough because I was out of the ring for 10 months. This was the reason, but for the world title fight I’ll prepare better. With God’s help and Bulgarian support behind me I hope to cause a furor.” (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
“This moment right now is the single greatest and most glorious moment of my life,” said an elated Jhonny Gonzalez to Showtime’s Jim Gray after he reclaimed the WBC featherweight title with an explosive first round knockout against previously unbeaten three-division champion Abner Mares. “When I came to the United States for this fight no one gave me any credit. All they talked about was Mares fighting Santa Cruz. I didn’t say anything but I knew I was getting disrespected.”
Describing the fight’s sudden end, Gonzalez commented “I knew I had him badly hurt after the first knockdown. I thought I’d better take care of him now because he could recoup and I didn’t want that to happen.”
In a clash for the WBA interim super middleweight title, Ukrainian Stanyslav Kashtanov (31-1, 17 KOs) retained the belt with a tenth round TKO over Costa Rican Jaime Barboza (18-8, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Barbosa was down from a body shot and the bout was halted in the tenth after a barrage of punches by Kashtanov.
Also on that card, former WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (34-1, 23 KOs) tuned up for his October 26 showdown with Kell Brook with a fourth round TKO over Carlos Adan Jerez (37-16-3, 18 KOs), and former #1 rated light heavyweight Ismayl Sillakh (20-1, 16 KOs) was victorious when Konstantin Piternov (13-4, 4 KOs) couldn’t continue after round six.
By JD Merdith, Memphis Boxing
In another installment of “Fights at the Fitz,” Prize Fight Promotions and the Fitz presented fight fans an entertaining evening of fights. The main event featured two undefeated fighters in super middleweights Tony Mack and Lee Campbell. In the six round contest Mack seamed to give away the first two rounds. Campbell was able to connect and very nearly kayoed Mack. Campbell, however, went on to win their brutal contest by majority decision. The North Carolinian improves to 6-0 with 3 KOs. Judges scored the fight 58-56 (Mullins), 57-57 (Thornton) & 58-56 (Deming). More…
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
WBC#12 flyweight, Filipino puncher Rey Migreno (20-20-3, 17 KOs), 113.75, proved a really late bloomer as he, despite such a mediocre credentials, defeated WBC#15 ranked local favorite Myungho Lee (16-4, 5 KOs), 113.75, an upright speedster, by a unanimous decision (77-73, 76-74 and 78-73) over eight hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Migreno had inflicted a shocking third-round TKO on ex-world champ Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand in November 2011, which put him into the WBC top fifteen to his credit. Though it was regarded just as a fluke, Migreno stunned the Japanese crowd with his quick demolition of former kick-boxing champ and unbeaten prospect Kenji Kubo in three short rounds this January.
Migreno, a wild banger, dropped Lee once in the first and twice more in the second, winning five points in the first six minutes. Lee, a Japan-born Korean, had dropped a hairline majority decision (96-94 twice and 95-95) to ex-champ Edgar Sosa in Mexico last October, and entered the WBC ratings thanks to his fine performance there. Lee, from the third on, made good use of his speed on hand and foot, whipping the strong but slower Filipino despite suffering a bad gash over the left eyebrow. His continual retaliation wasn’t enough to overcome his early deficits on points, though it was such a sizzling give-and-take affair. (more…)
In his U.S. debut, unbeaten middleweight contender Gilberto “Zurdo” Ramirez (26-0, 20 KOs) of Mazatlan, Mexico scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Derrick “Superman” Findley (20-10, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Civic Auditorium in Glendale, California. Ramirez won every minute of every round, but “Superman’s” granite jaw withstood every bomb Zurdo connected with, which is nothing new as Findley also went the route with KO Artist Curtis Stevens in April. Scores were 100-90 on all cards.
Unbeaten Russian welterweight Anton Novikov (27-0, 10 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Colorado’s “Red Hot” Robert Frankel (32-14-1, 6 KOs).
Unbeaten super featherweight Jessie Magdaleno (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a third round KO over three-time world title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (36-11-1, 27 KOs). (more…)
WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (41-1-2, 21 KOs) retained his 115lb title for the eighth time with an easy tenth round TKO against Japan’s Hiroyuki Hisataka (22-11-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Municipal No. 1 in Trelew, Chubut, Argentina. The one-sided affair was waved off in the tenth round to save Hisataka from further punishment. This was strictly a showcase fight for the 38-year-old champion, who was fighting in his native Trelew for the first time since 2007. Hisataka has now come up short in four world title challenges.
By Rocco Morales and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a shocking upset, former two division world champion, Jhonny Gonzales (55-8, 47KO) knocked out previously undefeated champion Abner Mares (26-1-1, 13 KOs) at 2:55 of the very first round on Saturday night at the StubHub Center in Carson, California. Gonzales landed a perfect left hook that Mares seemingly never saw coming that hurt Mares badly and had him down for an eight count before rising on very unsteady legs. When action resumed, Gonzales immediately went in for the kill and landed a barrage of punches culminating with a left hook / right cross combo that sunk Mares to the canvas. Referee Jack Reiss deemed Mares unfit to continue and with that, what looked like a farewell fight for Gonzales, now breathes new life back into his career.
In a war, unbeaten former IBF bantamweight world champion Leo “Terremoto” Santa Cruz (25-0-1, 15KO) captured the WBC super bantamweight belt with a scintillating knockout over now former champ Victor Terrazas (37-3-1, 21KO). Santa Cruz opened the bout strongly and was clearly the stronger of the two fighters, battering Terrazas with accurate shots to the head and body. Terrazas looked clearly in trouble as early as the second round and had no answer to keep the younger and stronger Santa Cruz at bay. Santa Cruz dropped Terrazas hard midway through the third round for a 9 count and then a second time for an eight count. Upon seeing the condition of the battered champion, referee Lou Moret called an end to the bout at 2:09 of the third round to make Santa Cruz the new WBC super bantamweight champion in a bout that he made look easy. Terrazas’ right eye was swollen shut. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and John DiSanto at ringside
Teon “The Technician” Kennedy (19-2-2, 7 KOs) continued his winning ways in the junior lightweight division with a grueling ten round unanimous decision victory over Joselito Collado (13-3, 3 KOs) by scores of 96-94 x 2 and 98-92. Kennedy suffered a possible broken jaw in round two and had to slug it out on the inside during the final three rounds to capture a well deserved unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Former WBA super middleweight champion Dimitri Sartison (31-2, 19 KOs), who recently had HBO shoot down his proposed fight with Andre Ward, scored a second round KO over Baker Barakat (38-15-4, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Warsteiner Hockeypark in Mönchengladbach, Germany.
Former WBC super featherweight champ Vitali Tajbert (24-2, 6 KOs) outpointed Mikheil Avakyan (18-11-3, 7 KOs) in a six-rounder by scores of 60-53, 58-55 and 60-53. Avakyan was wobbled in round five.
Former female world champion Ina Menzer (31-1, 11 KOs) dominated previously unbeaten Goda Dailydaite (8-1, 2 KOs) in a ten-rounder for the WBF interim, WIBA and WIBF female featherweight belts. Menzer plans to retire after the fight.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Photo Wende
In an IBF heavyweight eliminator, IBF #1 heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (18-0, 9 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Tony Thompson (38-4, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sport- und Kongress Hall in Schwerin, Germany. Tactical early rounds, but things started to heat up in round four with Pulev becoming more aggressive and clearly winning rounds. Thompson landed some good head shots at the end of round seven, his best moment in the fight. Pulev was busier in round eight and dominated the tiring 41-year-old Thompson for the rest of the fight. Scores were 116-112, 118-110, 117-111. Pulev is now the mandatory IBF challenger for the winner between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexander Povetkin. He joins Wlad as the only fighter to beat Thompson over the last decade.
Kubrat Pulev: “I still have a lot of work to do as I need to get better for this challenge (against the Klitschko-Povetkin winner), but I’m confident to do so. I don’t care if I have to fight Klitschko or Povetkin next. The most important thing is to win that bout and become world champion!”
After being stopped by Robert Stieglitz in March, former middleweight and super middleweight champion Arthur Abraham (37-4, 28 KOs) had all he could handle against little known Willbeforce Shihepo (20-7, 15 KOs). Judges preferred Abraham’s harder shots to Shihepo’s busier workrate. Scores were 116-113, 116-112, 117-111. With the win Abraham, currently ranked at number four by the WBO, hopes to get another crack at a world championship as soon as possible.
Arthur Abraham: “Certainly, I can’t be completely satisfied with my performance tonight. But this victory came against a top-10 ranked fighter in Shihepo. My tactics were to box him, not to bang with him.”
European light heavyweight champion Juergen Braehmer (41-2, 31 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Stefan Abatangelo (17-3-1, 6 KOs) in a bout that was never in doubt. The much taller former WBO world champion simply outclassed the much smaller Abatangelo. Referee Phil Edwards deducted a point from Abatangelo in round five for hitting on the break. Scores were 119-108, 119-108, 115-111.
Juergen Braehmer: “It was difficult to showcase my skills against Abatangelo as he has an awkward style. Still it was good for me to get some more rounds under my belt which will definitely help me in my next fight.” Braehmer is mandatory challenger for newly crowned WBO champion Sergey Kovalev. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Robert Hughes
Light welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (11-0-1, 9KO) continued his rise up the rankings with another impressive first round knockout of the game John Revish (9-7-2, 8KO) at the 14th annual Boxing at the Ballroom in Forth Worth, Texas last night. The Boxing at the Ballroom is annually promoted by former world champion Paulie Ayala and has raised millions of dollars for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Boxeo Tijuana
A better than average fight card was presented by Tijuana’s own Zanfer Promotions last Friday night at the now new home for the city’s boxing, the Tecate Box Tour tent, located in the parking lot of the historic Caliente racetrack. Despite being a complete free event, a modest crowd was in attendance but they got to witness a ten-bout fight card full of local and north of the border talent.
Local flyweight Felipe Salguero (18-4-1, 13KOs) returned to his hometown after more than a year and a half out to stop Mexicali’s Armando “Chiquita” Vazquez (20-10, 4KOs) in a controversial in the seventh round of a scheduled ten.
Salguero’s last appearance in his city was back in January of 2012 when he stopped journeyman Carlos Melo in five. Since then, Salguero has been giving his passport some use making stops in the Philippines where he dropped a unanimous decision against Donnie Nietes for the WBO light flyweight title and then to Panama where he was stopped by Luis Rios in the eleventh in an IBF title eliminator. (more…)
Albuquerque fight veteran Hector “El Huracan” Munoz (21-11-1) will be taking on Hector Camacho Jr. (57-5, 31 KOs) Sept. 11 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Munoz has been active as a sparring partner for Danny Garcia in Philadelphia.
WBA Featherweight champion Nicholas “Axeman” Walters, of Jamaica, will make his first title defense in the U.S. or Haiti, where he resides, in the next few months. Stay tuned for more details.
British hopeful Jazza Dickens is focused on his British title fight against Kid Galahad. More
Pro boxing returns to northern Nevada, tonight at the sixth annual “Rural Rumble” in Fallon. More
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