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By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne
While it won’t go down in history as a game plan rivaling the Greek army conquering the city of Troy, Marco Antonio Rubio was nonetheless successful Friday night in weathering a brutal storm from hard-hitting 22 year-old David Lemieux before quickly turning things around and ending things in the 7th round. All three scorecards read 59-55 in favour of Lemieux who was credited with winning the first five rounds of the bout.
“I think my experience is what helped me win the fight,” said Rubio following the contest. “I have the experience, early in my career I was a knockout puncher, knocking guys out in the early rounds, but over time, my experience has shown me to be over anxious and over zealous to try and win every fight in the first and second round. I knew he was going to come out, he’s a young fighter, he doesn’t have the experience yet to understand, he came out thinking he was going to knock me out in the first and second round, he’s a hard puncher, but I knew my strategy coming in was to take it to the later rounds and it would be my fight. For more details and photos click here…
McKenzie to face Palaszewski at UFC 130: The master of the McKenzietine, TUF 12 alum Cody McKenzie, will get a tough test on May 28 in Las Vegas when he squares off against WEC vet Bart Palaszewski in a UFC 130 lightweight bout that was verbally agreed to today.
The Boxing Writers Association of America is pleased to announce that Showtime broadcaster Al Bernstein will host the BWAA’s 86th annual awards banquet at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 6, 2011. “We are ecstatic to have Al Bernstein as our master of ceremonies,” said BWAA President Jack Hirsch. “His presence will add greatly to the prestige of the affair.” (more…)
After five weeks of hard work in which he sparred more than 140 rounds, undefeated WBO-NABO Super Flyweight Champion Cesar “Junito” Seda, Jr. (20-0, 15 KO’s) has completed training camp at the Olympic Village in Salinas, Puerto Rico and left for Argentina. He will challenge WBO World Champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KO’s) on April 15 at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca in Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires.
“This was the best camp of my life,” said Seda as he prepared to leave. “In previous fights, I would stay here for about two weeks in advance of fights, but this time we decided to stay almost six weeks in the village. This is the opportunity of a lifetime and for that reason I stayed longer.” (more…)
The day after losing an unanimous decision to Tomasz Adamek, Kevin McBride and his wife Danielle are talking about what’s next for tough Irish “Clones Colossus.”
“Looks like this is it for me. Adamek ended my career, just the way I did end Mike Tyson career,” said McBride talking about the fight with Adamek, what happened in the ring and Adamek chances against Vitali Klitschko.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian junior welterweight Diana Prazak (5-1, 4 KOs) captured the vacant national crown (female) when she stopped Malin Morgan (1-3) in six rounds of a scheduled eight round contest on Sunday at the Grand Star Reception Center in Altona, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. In other action welterweight Todd Kidd (5-0, 2 KOs) was extended over six rounds against Alex Ahtong (5-10-3, 4 KOs) but won a majority decision. Also welterweight Jason Kanofki (14-6-3, 2 KOs) was awarded a six round majority decision against Brad Hemming (13-10-1, 5 KOs). Classy super bantamweight Mark Quon (10-3-1, 2 KOs) dominated Kong Kiatprasak Gym of Thailand over six rounds by scores of 60-54, 60-54, 60-54. Former Australian light middleweight champion Frank LaPorto stopped Indonesian Aswin Cabuy in five rounds. Promoter: Adam Wilcox of Fightcard Promotions. Click here for more photos…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photo: Wojtek Kubik
Heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) proved all his qualities in beating Kevin McBride (35-9, 29 KOs) after twelve action-packed rounds on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. This is what he had to say just after his unanimous decision win and sixth straight victory as a heavyweight, setting up a September date with Vitali Klitschko.
Kathy Duva, your promoter from Main Events and your trainer Roger Bloodworth both agreed that as a heavyweight you’re moving better than when you were as a light heavyweight champion…
I have to do it this way. What other chances I have against a 6’10, more than 285 pound giant? Exchange punches, wait for clinches? It would make no sense. Roger (Bloodworth) was very clear about my duties: moving left and right, two jabs, right hand, changing position, do it again. It is my style, the only style versus fighters with McBride’s size. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
Photos: Terri Degenaars/A-ListPhotography.com
George “Monk” Foreman III (12-0, 11 KOs) took another successful step in his career Friday evening in the featured bout of “The Legend Continues” event presented by Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA. The unbeaten heavyweight from Humble, Texas, with his legendary father “Big” George Foreman in his corner, defeated Eric Lindsey (3-11, 1 KO) of Shreveport, Louisiana by knockout at 2:54 of the first round. (more…)
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
It was expected to be a slaughter in front of 7,154 rabid Mexican fans at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas as heavy-hitting Marcos Maidana took on living legend Erik Morales.
It was anything but . . . Click here for more
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Postfight press coverage and photos by Chris Cozzone
In much the same way most of press row will be dining on crow all week, having earmarked the return of Erik Morales something closer to a funeral than the epic battle it turned out to be, the campy billing of “Action Heroes” had most of us rolling our eyes.
“Waiter! I’ll have another heaping plate of crow, pronto!” . . . Click here for more
“I knew he was a great warrior and would put up a great fight,” were the first words out of Marcos Maidana after he made his entrance into the media room, an Argentinean flag draped over his shoulders.
“I never thought it was gonna be an easy fight. I expected a war and that’s what happened” . . . Click here for more
Erik Morales: “I want to acknowledge everyone who came to see this fight. I’m a good fighter. I fight for the people of Tijuana. I think he [Maidana] may have won a close fight, but not a clean win. I think that I won the fight because I landed the better punches. [I thought I could beat him] because I have a lot of speed. I have also have dignity and heart. I want a rematch. I thought I won. I’m better than him. I finished the fight with my heart. Viva Mexico!”
Marcos Maidana: “I am very happy to have won the [WBA interim super lightweight] title. We knew that Erik Morales was a great warrior and he was going to give a great fight. I never thought it was going to be an easy fight. I was expecting a war and that is exactly what happened. I was staying positive and trying to catch him with the counter. I was never tired. I would like the rematch, but there are other fighters in the division I would want to fight as well. It surprised me that he was able to take those punches. He was very difficult to knock out. In order to knock him out, you need a stick or a hammer or something. I like when fighters stand in front of me and are brave. Morales is a good fighter and a strong fighter. He can continue his career because he’ll do well. I really did find this [fight] close, but I came out as the winner at the end.”
Nobuhiro Ishida: “As you know, Japan had a very big earthquake. It makes me happy and proud to come to the United States and win for my country. He [Kirkland] didn’t expect this from me. He didn’t respect what we had. Kirkland kept coming forward at me and so I kept going with my right, my right, my right and it worked. I had my country on my side and now I’m ready for a world title shot.”
James Kirkland: “I don’t know why they stopped the fight. There is not a three knockdown rule in Vegas. I’m really upset right now. That was a messed up call. I was telling him I wanted to keep fighting. He [Ishida] wasn’t anything. He had no power. This was messed up.” (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
In a fight for the ages, jr welterweight Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) took a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over legendary three-division world champion Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) to regain the vacant interim WBA title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Maidana punished Morales in round one, causing “El Terrible’s” right eye to swell shut. Morales landed some shots in round two, but Maidana still dominated the round. Morales slowly started working his way back into the fight, however, and clearly won round five. Morales rocked Maidana with a left hook in round eight. The fight seemed close entering the championship rounds. Maidana was much busier in rounds eleven and twelve and pulled it out by scores of 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.
After the fight Morales said he wants a rematch and Maidana said he’d give him one.
Photos: Hitz Boxing
Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, Los Angeles, via Ghana lightweight Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu moved his record to 20-2-1, 16 KOs and picked up the NABA-US Lightweight Championship by taking a unanimous (78-74, 78-74 and 77-75) decision over Golden Meadow, Louisiana’s John Revish (10-3-2, 8 KOs). Amidu broke up a fairly even fight by applying constant pressure that eventually wilted the game Revish. Yakubu and his brother are managed by actor Vince Vaughn who was in attendance. (more…)
Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano got back on the winning track tonight in the main event on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Grano improved his record to 18-2-1 (14 KOs) with a sixth round technical knockout of crafty veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (20-11-1, 10 KOs). Grano dropped Alexander three times in the final round. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
In his final tuneup before facing challenging WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in September, heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision 6’6, 285lb “Clones Colossus” Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek’s speed and movement gave the much slower McBride problems all night. The plodding McBride was often caught with clean punches, but was never close to being knocked down. Scores were 120-107, 119-108, 119-108. McBride was deducted a point by referee Randy Neumann for holding in round seven. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Undercard results from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:
In a clash for the vacant WBA and WBO interim lightweight lightweight titles, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) delivered a brilliant performance against Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) in winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Guerrero dominated a brutal fight with his sharp, accurate punching. Katsidis was deducted two points for low blows in round eight. Guerrero was deducted a point for a low blow in round nine. Scores were 117-108, 118-106, 118-107.
In a huge, huge upset, former WBA interim 154lb titleholder Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten middleweight KO artist James Kirkland (27-1, 24 KOs) with a sensational first round KO. Ishida shockingly dropped Kirkland three times in a one-sided annihilation. Time was 1:52. Kirkland is rated WBO #4 at middleweight, Ishida is rated WBA #4 at super welterweight. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) kept his belt with a ten round disqualification win over Khoren Gevor (31-6, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. In a very good action fight, Stieglitz was the sharper puncher, cutting Gevor cut over the left eye in round three and regularly beating the challenger to the punch. As always, Gevor showed great toughness and determination. Things became very rough in tenth round. After Gevor was deducted a point by referee Manfred Küchler, both fighters crashed down hard to the canvas after wrestling and Stieglitz emerged with a cut over his right eye. Gevor was then disqualified. Extremely upset, Gevor later threw some punches at Küchler and was removed by security. For more details and photos click here…
No one wanted to see Vivian Harris get brutally knocked out.
Especially Vivian Harris – which is why the former champ quit last night after a single round of weathering the storm that was Jesse Vargas . .. Click here for more
Photo: Hitz Boxing
Yakubu Amidu 134 vs. John Revish 135
(NABA-US Lightweight Championship)
Mike Kurzeja 166 vs. Chris Overby 166
Russell Fiore 138 vs. Chris Singleton 138
Henry Coyle 154 vs. William Prieto ??
John Lewus 149 vs. Shane Gierke ??
John Smith 300 vs. Robert Mendoza 217.4
Paulie Settepani 128 vs. Aaron Lucky 140
Ninos Abraham 171 vs. Nathan Wilkes 172
Ruben Galvan 146 vs. Gabriel Morris ??
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Matchmaker: Billy Reese
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a night that saw three undefeated prospects lose their perfect records on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, Dyah Davis upset super middleweight prospect Marcus Johnson via unanimous decision by the scores of 98-91 twice and 96-93. In the co-feature bouts, New York’s Gabriel Bracero handed Danny O’Connor his first loss via unanimous decision by the scores of 80-72 two times and 79-73, while Vincent Arroyo knocked down Willie Nelson three times en route to a majority decision with scores 74-74 and 75-73 twice. (more…)
Former heavyweight title contender Jameel McCline (39-10, 23 KO) will work with Tony Paige as a IPPV commentator for today’s clash between Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) and Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO). McCline talks about what makes Adamek a special fighter and even possible intermission in his boxing retirement – if he can fight in a farewell bout against his friend, another Polish heavyweight contender, Andrzej Gołota (41-8, 33 KO).
By Graham Houston
There comes a time when a great fighter takes that one fight too many, and this might be the case in Las Vegas on Saturday night when Erik Morales steps through the ropes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to meet Marcos Maidana in a junior welterweight title bout. Morales, 34, has had many marvellous nights in the ring, but he looked a fading fighter when Manny Pacquiao blasted him out of the fight in three rounds in their rubber match. That was more than four years ago. A two-year break from boxing allowed Morales the chance to rest his body and regroup mentally for one last charge towards championship glory, but can he really have improved with age? I very much doubt it.
Although Morales has won three comeback fights against boxers who were moving up in weight, he hasn’t been convincing. Still, Morales has the big-fight reputation that not only permits him to top the bill on HBO PPV but also lends the illusion that he can perhaps recapture the old magic. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
The planned May 28 show starring Nonito Donaire is dead, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said from Las Vegas. “That date is now officially dead,” Arum told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin. Arum had given Donaire until this week to make contact so they could set in motion plans to have him fight on that said date in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Last month, retired judge Daniel Weinstein arbitrated the tug-of-war involving Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) and ruled that fast-rising Filipino-American puncher rightfully belongs to Arum. “Hopefully they’ll come to their senses and finish the contract with us. I will promote him for the rest of his contract really hard, really well. When his contract is over (with Top Rank), he is free to go anyplace he wants,” said Arum. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Nothing shakes off ring rust better than ring rounds. Welterweights Damian “Devo” Frias (16-4-1, 7 KOs) and Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-3-1, 4 KOs) learned that lesson tonight by virtue of a hard-fought draw in their eight-round main event from the Magic City Casino in Miami. It was the first fight for both men in a year. This was the sixth installment of Badia Spices Friday Night Fights and first full card matched by esteemed matchmaker Ruben DeJesus. DeJesus showed his mettle by providing fight fans extremely evenly-matched fighters. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
World rated welterweight Samuel Colomban (20-3, 10 KOs) stopped Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (22-8, 12 KOs) of Thailand in four rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Colomban was last in action against New Zealand puncher Steve Heremaia in December winning a twelve round decision. Colomban’s last defeat was to IBF #11 Wale Omotoso in 2008 in the best Australian fight for that year. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
In his most impressive performance to date, unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round stoppage of faded former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. After Vargas had a big round one sending a dazed Harris wobbling back to his corner, Harris told referee Joe Cortez that he didn’t wish to continue.
The knockout streak and unblemished ledger of super middleweight terror Bastie Samir (10-0-1, 10 KOs) ended as he went the distance for the first time and was held to a draw by Lester Gonzalez (11-3-2, 6 KOs) over six. Scores were 58-56 Gonzalez, 58-56 Samir and 57-57.
Jr middleweight Eddie Gomez (4-0, 3 KOs) also went the distance for the first time, taking a six round unanimous decision over Roberto Lopez (4-2-2, 1 KO); Female welterweight Tatina Anderson (3-1-1, 3 Kos), of Las Vegas, and Lissette Medel (2-1-1), of Maywood, Calif. drew in a high-action four-rounder, scores being 39-37 Anderson and 38-38 even; In the opening bout, lightweight Paul Green (2-1) won a split decision over Tokyo’s Kai Zama (5-3, 3 KOs), with scores of 39-37 twice for Green and 39-37 Zama; Heavyweight Quadtrine Hill (4-2, 1 KO) suffered his second pro loss by unanimous decision to Alexander Flores (4-0, 2 KOs). Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice.
Super middleweight Dyah Davis (19-2-1, 9 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten Marcus Johnson (20-1, 15 KOs) taking a ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Davis, the son of former U.S. Olympian Howard Davis, dropped Johnson in round nine en route to a 98-91, 98-91, 96-93 victory.
Welterweight Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten welterweight Willie Nelson (16-1-1, 10 KOs). Arroyo knocked down Nelson in rounds three, six and seven, but was deducted a point for holding in round three by referee Rafael Ramos. Scores were 75-73, 75-73 and 74-74.
In a battle of unbeaten jr welterweights accustomed to going the distance, Gabriel Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) outpointed Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs) over eight by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
A shocker at the Bell Centre in Montreal as previously undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux fell to the more experienced Marco Antonio Rubio (50-5-1, 43 KO) at 2:36 of 7th round. Lemieux looked as if he may have suffered a broken jaw at the heavy hands of Rubio who had the 22-year-old youngster down into the corner for an eight count and looked to be on his way to finishing things before Lemieux’s corner stepped up and stopped the fight.
The Montreal fighter was devastating in his attack in the early going, unleashing bombs throughout the early going but was doing so at an incredible pace. So in control was Lemieux, or so he thought, that he mugged for the cameras in the 5th round by sticking out his tongue during one of his full frontal assaults in the early going. Things began to change in the next round though with Rubio rocking the local fighter with a right hand and continuing to following up and landing more before the round ended.
Lemieux seemed content to work behind a powerful jab in the 7th and used good movement before Rubio caught up with him and sent him slumping down in the corner.
Rubio wins the WBC eliminator and is mandated to fight the winner of Zbik-Chavez Jr. (more…)
Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, will promote their next show, Battle of DFW, on Saturday, April 30th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom in Fort Worth Texas and will be broadcast on tape delay by Mega TV, the fast growing channel in the U.S. Hispanic market.
Ayala’s main goal is to develop the best fighters and put on the best fights in Texas. “I want to develop Texas fighters,” Ayala simply stated.
Ayala knows all too well the city pride of both Dallas and Fort Worth as he grew up in Fort Worth when boxing thrived and was known as a fight town. He knows there will be rooting interests from both cities that will hopefully spark a renewed interest in the sport locally. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
World ranked junior welterweight contender Victor ‘Mermelada’ Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, training out of the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA, will step back into the ring on Friday April 29th against Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator in the main event of an ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah (41-6, 28 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Tony Grano 224 vs. Dominique Alexander 216.5
Danny Aquino 120.5 vs. James Owens 121
Frank Trader 130 vs. Tommy Atencio 134.5
Joseph Perez 130 vs. Esteban Nichol 130
Shakha Moore 148 vs. Noel Garcia 148
Ian Cannon vs. Luis Reynoso (3 round wheelchair exhibition)
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford Connecticut
Promoter: Hard Hittin’ Promotions
All the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s “Action Heroes” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland, Paulie Malignaggi and Nobuhiro Ishida . . . Click here
Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) will still fight in a IBF light welterweight eliminator but he will be facing a different opponent. He was originally slated to fight Las Vegas, Nevada based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) April 29th at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He will now face Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC at the same location. The switch happened because Peterson who is ranked #4 in the rankings ahead of Coleman’s #5 excercised his option to take part in the eliminator beating the deadline given by the IBF for him to take the fight.
“With all due respect to Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon – two great champions – I feel that I’m the most popular boxer in Puerto Rico.”
-– Juan Manuel Lopez
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum participated in media conference call on Friday to discuss Lopez’s upcoming title defense against former IBF 126-pound champ Orlando “Siri” Salido, on Saturday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The exciting, hard-hitting Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs), of San Juan, P.R., is a two-division world champion who’ll be making his third WBO title defense. The talented southpaw is coming off an excellent eighth-round TKO over Mexico’s boxing legend and future Hall of Famer, Rafael Marquez, in a tense give-and-take slugfest last Nov. 6 on SHOWTIME. Lopez, 27, has knocked out 90 percent of his opponents. (more…)
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