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Fitch and Penn go toe-to-toe, neither man emerges victorious
For the second time in as many months, a UFC main event ended with no winner and lots of discussion.
Perennial 170-pound title contender Jon Fitch and former two-division champion BJ Penn went at each other for 15-minutes—and both came up on the short end of the stick. Like Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard on New Year’s Day, the bout ended in a majority draw . . . Click here for more
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By Robert Coster
On a card dubbed “the Night of Prospects “, Jean Carlos Prada (18-0-1, 12 KOs) of Venezuela won the WBA Jr middleweight Bolivarian Federation (Fedebol) title with a fourth round technical decision over Dominican Jose Vidal Soto (23-7-1, 12 KOs) in the city of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Prada dominated the first two rounds but Soto, urged on by the partisan crowd, started making a fight of it in the third round. Unfortunately, just as the bout was getting interesting, a clash of heads provoked a deep gash on Prada’s right eye, forcing the stoppage of the fight and resorting to the scorecards to declare a winner. (more…)
Rios-Acosta photos by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
DeMarco-Sanchez photos by: Rich Hundley / SHOWTIME
Note: Saturday night’s lightweight twinbill will replay on Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHO Extreme and be available On Demand beginning March 1 through March 14.
In an all action fight, Brandon Rios captured the WBA lightweight championship from Miguel Acosta via tenth round knockout in the first night of a stacked 2011 lineup for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and SHOWTIME PPV®. In the evening’s co-feature, Antonio DeMarco won a unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez to become WBC mandatory challenger.
“A star was born tonight,” said Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) thrilled the crowd with an action-packed performance and 10th round knockout victory over Acosta at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. (more…)
Promoter Ricky Hatton says he’ll support Stephen Foster Jr in whatever decision he makes on his future, following a shock European super-featherweight title defeat on Saturday night. Foster was floored five times by mandatory contender Ermano Fegatillo before losing on points in front of a sell-out 2000 crowd at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. Hatton said: “Steve can go away on holiday to Jamaica, gets his thoughts together and he will come to the right decision on where he goes from here. Whatever he decides, I and everybody at Hatton Promotions will support Steve. The Foster family have been close to me for a number of years and always will be.”
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Jon Fitch and BJ Penn battled for 15 minutes for a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Both men came up short as the bout was declared a majority draw. Two judges scored the bout 28-28 while the last scored it for Fitch, 29-28.
Don’t make “The Count” angry. After a war of words, Michael Bisping defeated Jorge Rivera via strikes in the second round of their co-main event affair. Rivera taunted Bisping in the run up to the bout and the Ultimate Fighter winner vowed to send the brawler back to the undercards after the match. Bisping finished off Rivera with punches 1:54 into the frame. The win continues Bisping’s march for a meeting with Anderson Silva. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas (35-20-4, 22 KOs) retained his world title by TKO at the beginning of round number nine when compatriot and former WBC strawweight world champion Jose Antonio “El Jaguar” Aguirre (35-10-1, 21 KOs) didn’t come out for round nine on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb Baas dominated the entire fight and put Aguirre in bad shape near the end. Next up for Keb Baas could be a fight with mandatory challenger Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez (20-1-1, 12 KOs). For more results and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Unbeaten #1 ranked Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) won the WBA lightweight title with a scintillating tenth round KO over reigning world titleholder Miguel Acosta (28-4-2, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Facing his toughest opponent to date, Rios applied heavy pressure but Acosta was able to respond. The lightning quick Acosta rocked Rios with a big right hand at the end of round three. Round four was dominated by Acosta. Rios was able to bull inside and land some big shots in the fifth and Rios turned it around in the sixth when he floored Acosta with a left hook followed by a jab. Now in command, Rios knocked down Acosta again in round eight and finished him in round ten with a brutal barrage in the corner. Acosta’s corner jumped in as Acosta sunk to the canvas. Time was 1:14. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar Miranda (35-5-1, 28 KOs) retained his belt with a fourth round TKO over Arden Diale (14-6-3, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the Explanada Estadio Corregidora in Queretaro, Mexico. Diale surprised “Pingo” knocked him down in round one with a right hand, but the champ roared back in round two and floored Diale in both rounds three and four. Time of the stoppage was 1:29. Click here for more photos…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Super welterweight “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9 KOs) scored a twelfth round TKO over Jamaal Davis (12-8, 6 KOs) in a battle for the NABA interim title on Saturday night at Ballys in Atlantic City. The bout ended when Rosado staggered Davis, then jumped all over him to get the a toppage win at 1:01 of the final round.
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By Bill Green at ringside
In a WBC lightweight eliminator, #1 rated Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over #2 rated Reyes Sanchez (20-4-1, 11 KOs) bout in front of a packed house at the Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, Nebraska. Sanchez was cut over the left eye by a DeMarco straight left in round one, but the cut didn’t hinder him much. Sanchez was the aggressor and the busier fighter over the second half of the fight, while DeMarco landed the cleaner, harder shots throughout. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-113. With the win, DeMarco earned a shot at WBC champion Humberto Soto and took Sanchez silver belt.
In a cruiserweight bout, former IBF super middleweight champion Alejandro Berrio (32, 5 29 KOs) scored a third round TKO over former middleweight contender Antwon Echols (32-16-4, 28 KOs). The bout was waved off by the referee at 1:04 of the third round after a sharp counter right uppercut ended matters. (more…)
Unheralded Belgian super featherweight Ermano Fegatilli (23-4, 5 KOs) decisively dethroned European champion Stephen Foster Jr (28-3-1, 18 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision to claim the title on Saturday night at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England. Fegatilli floored Foster five times en route to a 114-110, 114-109, 114-109 win.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
This Friday in Guadalajara, Saul “Canelo” Alvaez has completed the Mexico portion of his training camp and is ready to fight Euro welter champ Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC super welter belt next Saturday in Anaheim, California. Alvarez and his team were scheduled to hit Los Angeles today and make appearances on Sunday at an autograph session in Anaheim, as well as the TV show Republica Deportiva. “I’ve trained hard and I’ll make my fight. It’s an opportunity to begin a new stage in my career. No mistakes are allowed and I give everything to be champion of the world,” said Alvarez. (more…)
Showtime Sports caught up with the undefeated 24-year old contender for the WBA Lightweight belt before his title match tonight against champion Miguel Acosta.
Photos by Antonio Ahel/ATA Stars
WBC international super middleweight champion Nikola Sjekloca defended his title with a unanimous decision win over Spain’s Roberto “El Tigre” Santos in front of 800 fans at the ballroom in “Hotel Park”, Novi Sad (Serbia). 32-year-old Sjekloca started strong dominating his opponent with his accurate jab and excellent ring generalship. However, the local hero seemed to run out of gas a little in the middle rounds giving Santos the chance to fight back and land some nice combinations. From the tenth round on Sjekloca took control again and did enough to successfully defend his title for the first time after winning the vacant belt with a unanimous decision win over Roman Shkarupa in May 2010. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The title fight between WBA bantamweight world super champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno and former world champion Lorenzo Parra is definitely on hold pending a definite date and venue. Some sources indicate that there is a possibility that Top Rank may an offer Moreno a fight with current WBO/WBC bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire. Golden Boy Promotions is also said to be interested in Moreno.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
The NABA junior welterweight title remains vacant after Mike “No Joke” Stewart (46-7-3, 27 KOs) and David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2-2, 13 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. The scores were 95-95 (twice), with Torres taking the third card with a 96-94 tally. In the co-feature, “Mighty” Mike Tiberi (16-1, 7 KOs) turned back a stiff challenge by Eloy “El Prieto” Suarez (11-10-1, 5 KOs), winning a hard-fought unanimous decision in an eight round super middleweight bout. All three judges scored it 77-75 for Tiberi. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino promoted the sold-out show. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
Last night at the beautifully renovated Macy’s building in downtown Atlanta GA, Sports Fan Properties and Shea Bailey Promotions presented “Georgia Boxing Championship,” the first of a series that will help solidify the best boxers in the state of Georgia utilizing a local ranking system. In a lightweight battle for Georgia State supremacy at 135 lbs, three-time world title challenger Tony “T-Rex” Davis (27-6 13KO) defeated cross state rival Jamar “Sandman” Saunders (5-10-1 2KO) in an epic six round battle. For more details and photos click here…
By Enrico ‘Erik’ Crociati
Light heavyweight warrior Sofiane Sebihi (18-2, 12 KOs) of Switzerland shocked the attendance and won the IBF/Int at 175lbs on Friday night in Florence, Italy, when co-challenger and local hero Vigan Mustafa (15-3, 6 KOs) was knocked down in round eleven. Kosovo-born Mustafa got off to a good fight start, floored Sebihi in round one and thanks to his workrate and good boxing skills put the early rounds in the bank, but Sebihi turned the tide and the middle rounds were extremely balanced. The last rounds with both fighters tired, were chaotic and fragmented, the moment of truth and the end of the fight was in the eleventh round, Sebihi with a brutal barrage of punches dropped an exhausted and groggy Mustafa. The match was clearly over but referee Francesco Rega resumed hostilities. Mustafa was out on his feet as Sebihi landed six terrific punches floor him again. After some moments of fear in the ring and in the stands, Mustafa luckily recovered and left the ring standing on his legs. For the winner Sebihi it was his first International title. (more…)
Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” returned to “America’s Finest City”, San Diego, and the Four Points Sheraton for a packed six-bout fight card headlined by Philadelphia, PA’s Danny “Swift” Garcia (20-0, 14KOs) versus overmatched John Figueroa (7-9, 3KOs) of Salinas, Puerto Rico. Over one thousand fans crowded into the Four Points Sheraton’s Events Center to witness Garcia unceremoniously stop Figueroa in the second round in a fight card presented by Golden Boy Promotions with Jorge Marron Productions . . . Click here for more
The UFC record of welterweight contender Jon Fitch speaks volumes. 14 fights, 13 wins, with the only loss coming via five round decision to champion Georges St-Pierre in 2008.
Yet in conversation with Fitch, there is little talk of numbers, wins, streaks, or title shots. What the Fort Wayne, Indiana native focuses on obsessively is getting better, of tweaking everything in his life to become MMA’s version of Nirvana – the perfect fighter . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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WBCBoxing.tv will present a world championship boxing webcast – free of charge – tonight at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. In the main event at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, WBC light flyweight world champion Gilberto Keb Baas (34-20-4, 21 KOs) will make his first defense of the title against countryman and former WBC strawweight world champion Jose Antonio “El Jaguar” Aguirre (35-9-1, 21 KOs). Please note: the webcast is not available in Mexico. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/StephanieTrapp.com
Coming off of a pair of mediocre performances in 2010, WBO super bantamweight titlist Ana Julaton, (8-2-1, 1 KO), turned the page toward a successful 2011, earning a ten-round unanimous decision over WBO number one contender Franchesca Alcanter, (18-10-1, 9 KOs), Friday night at the Craneway Pavilion in the picturesque San Francisco suburb of Point Richmond, California. Scores were 96-94, 97-93, and 98-92, in favor of the popular Filipina-American fighter, on a card that was televised back to her home country of the Philippines. (more…)
Photo: Layne’s Boxing Promotions
History was made Friday night Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown on the Caribbean island of Guyana when Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine (14-0, 9 KOs) of Barbados and Guyanese Mark Austin (5-2, 1 KO) put on a display of boxing skills and strategy for ten rounds. Up for grabs was the first ever Commonwealth Zonal title in the super lightweight division. The fight was almost stopped in first round as the powerfully built Antoine landed some heavy shots to the head and body of the stubborn Guyanese pugilist. Austin was clearly absorbing tremendous punishment but failed to go down. The rest of the rounds saw southpaw Austin on the bicycle but stopped on occasion to produce very exciting exchanges that saw both fighters landing evenly on the inside. It was clear that Antoine was landing the cleaner harder punches and he was therefore awarded the fight and crown as first and new Commonwealth super lightweight Zonal champion.
Photos by Rich Hundley/SHOWTIME
The year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event takes place tonight LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). In Las Vegas, WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) faces unbeaten #1 ranked Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) at the Palms Casino Resort. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles east of there, Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) meet in a WBC lightweight eliminator at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska, where the local promoter Alan Usher said he is expecting a possible sellout with more than 6,500 fans expected to attend.
Both Rios and Acosta have had a lot to say all week, while DeMarco and Sanchez addressed questions posed to them on Friday. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos by Herby Whyne
In the end, all Tommy Morrison could do is sit and watch.
The former WBO heavyweight world champion was originally scheduled to have headlined SP Promotions inaugural event Friday night at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre in Montreal versus Erik Barrak but in the end was forced to pull out due to his refusal to submit to a blood test as part of the Quebec Athletic Commission licensing regulations.
Stepping in for Rocky V star was Morrison’s last sanctioned opponent, Matt Weishaar from their fight in Mexico in 2008.
Barrak has had to endure the ongoing circus for the last several weeks on a card that was originally scheduled to have featured the likes of Morrison, Ray Mercer, Joe Gatti, and Walid Smichet. In the end it was only 33 year-old Barrak who hadn’t fought in nearly three years who made it to fight night and the Montreal fighter took care of business in rapid fashion, knocking down Weishaar twice en route to destroying the Kansas fighter at 1:51 of the opening round. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Although junior welterweight Jose Reynoso’s nickname is “el nino,” or little boy, he has fought more like a man in recent fights. He is also developing into a decent prospect as well. Reynoso dominated from start to finish Santos Pakau throughout eight rounds, winning an eight round unanimous decision before a packed crowd at the Doubletree Hotel Events Center in Ontario, CA. (more…)
WBO #14 jr welterweight Jesus Pabon (17-1, 11 KOs) scored an explosive first round KO over power puncher Americo Santos (26-4-1, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Latino title on Friday night at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Pabon dropped the aggressive Santos twice in round one before the bout was waved off at 2:45.
In the co-feature, local jr middleweight Francisco Ginorio (8-7-2, 2 KOs) dropped Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) in rounds three and four en route to a four round unanimous decision. Scores were 38-36, 38-36, 39-35. Click here for more + photos…
From the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia for tomorrow night’s UFC 127 card LIVE on PPV:
MAIN CARD (PPV)
Jon Fitch 169.8 vs. B.J. Penn 167.2
Michael Bisping 185.2 vs. Jorge Rivera 184.8
Dennis Siver 70.9 vs. George Sotiropoulos 155.8
Chris Lytle 169.8 vs. Brian Ebersole 169.8
Chris Camozzi 185.2 vs. Kyle Noke 183.9
PRELIMINARY CARD (ION Television)
Spencer Fisher 154.4 vs. Ross Pearson 155.3
Alexander Gustafsson 205 vs. James Te Huna 204.6
Riki Fukuda 184.8 vs. Nick Ring 184.8
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Tom Blackledge 205.2 vs. Anthony Perosh 204.6
Jason Reinhardt 145.2 vs. Tiequan Zhang 145.6
Mark Hunt 262.2 vs. Chris Tuchscherer 260.9
Maciej Jewtuszko 154.4 vs. Curt Warburton 155.8
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IBF #15 jr welterweight Danny Garcia (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a second round TKO over journeyman John Figueroa (7-9-3, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. The bout was quickly stopped by referee Jose Cobian after Figueroa was staggered. Time was :52.
Unbeaten super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban (11-0, 8 KOs) needed just 33 seconds to stop previously unbeaten Dion Savage (10-1, 6 KOs). A flush right hand dropped Savage and the bout was waved off.
Featherweight Pablo Armenta (5-0-1, 1 KO) outpointed Alejandro Cruz (3-13-2, 2 KOs) over four by scores of 40-36 on all cards.
WBC #4 featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) destroyed veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-8-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Burgos, who challenged for the WBC belt in his last fight, floored Archuleta three times in round two and the bout was stopped by referee Gerald Ritter. Time was 2:33.
Super middleweight Isaac Chilemba (16-1-1, 8 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to defeat previously unbeaten Maxim Vlasov (19-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision. Vlasov dropped Chelemba twice in round eight, but Chelemba hurt Vlasov at the end of the round. Scores were 95-94, 96-92, 96-92.
Bantamweight Simpiwe Vetyeka (22-1, 13 KOs) finished former IBF strawweight champion Roberto Leyva (27-13-1, KOs) with a body shot in round three.
From Irapuato, Mexico for tomorrow night’s Promociones del Pueblo card televised on Cadena Tres TV:
For the WBC Fecarbox featherweight title:
Cristopher Perez 126 vs. Robinson Castellanos 126
For the WBC Fecombox superfeatherweight title:
Eduardo ¨Chucky¨ Lazcano 130 vs. Alejandro Barrera 130
Ivan Saracho 125.5 vs Roberto Piceno 126
Martin Casilla 118 vs Roberto Quijas 118
Luis Vazquez 115 vs Alejandro Gonzalez 115
Dimas Omaya 134 vs Leonardo Bedoya 135
All the shots & theatrics by WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Acosta and challenger, boxing’s bad boy Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Click here
Expect to see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez all over Southern California next week as the unbeaten Mexican super welterweight phenom has a number of public appearances scheduled. It all starts on Sunday when Alvarez will apear at an autograph session at 1PM at the Anaheim Marketplace – La Placita. On Wednesday night, “Canelo” plans to attend the NHL hockey game between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. The final press conference (which will be open to the public) will take place Thursday at 1PM at La Fonda Supper Club in downtown Los Angeles. Finally, fight fans are invited to attend the official weigh-in for Alvarez’ world title clash against Matthew Hatton at noon at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
In advance of the upcoming UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 live on Pay-Per-View, the official weigh-ins will air LIVE on UFC.com today at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET.
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