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Stevenson KOs Williams in four round war

Stevenson KOs Williams in four round war

Photos: Dave Nadkarni/Premier Boxing Champions WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis “Superman” Stevenson (28-1, 23 KOs) scored a sensational fourth round KO over WBC ...

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Santa Cruz, Frampton make weight

Santa Cruz, Frampton make weight

By Miguel Maravilla at the scale Photos: Amanda Westcott / Showtime Leo Santa Cruz 125.5 vs. Carl Frampton 125.5 (WBA featherweight title) Mikey Garcia 138.5 vs. ...

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Photos: Zanfer Promotions Former IBF welterweight world champion Antonio "The Tijuana Tornado" Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) faced off with Canelo's older brother Ramon ...

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Santa Cruz, Frampton NYC media workout

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UFC

UFC: Back to boxing’s glory days

UFC: Velasquez vs. Cain is LIVE on FOX Nov. 12!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

It’s a throwback to the glory days of boxing. A blockbuster fight on network TV for one of the most recognizable titles in sports: The heavyweight championship.

This Saturday, the UFC makes its network TV debut on Fox as Cain Velasquez looks to make his first title defense against the equally explosive and hard hitting Junior dos Santos.

If you’ve been a long time watcher of the UFC, you know that several bouts have radically altered the direction of the promotion and taken it to new heights. UFC president Dana White credits Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar’s three round war at the inaugural Ultimate Fighter finale for saving the company. The scraps between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz took the promotion to unrivaled heights on the pay-per-view market. (more…)



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Helenius targets Klitschko

Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (16-0, 11 KOs) says his time is now. “I am ready for the Klitschkos,” proclaims the 6’6 star of the Sauerland stable. Helenius returns December 3 against an opponent to be named in Helsinki, Finland. According to his promoter, negotiations are ongoing with “two top people” and ‘Mister X’ will be announced in the coming days. “For me, it’s no problem,” says Helinius. “I just need a couple of weeks to adjust myself for each opponent.” Helinius has KO’d three former heavyweight champions and has stopped ten of his last eleven opponents.



November 7th, 2011


Boxing News

Oliveira gets ShoBox spot

Undefeated middleweight prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira has put next year’s potential blockbuster fight in Brazil on hold against legendary Acelino “Popo” Freitas. The Brazilian-born, Miami-raised Oliveira makes his nationally televised debut Friday night (Nov. 11) on a World Championship edition of Shobox: The Next Generation, LIVE on SHOWTIME® AT 11:05 PM/ET (delayed on the West Coast) from Cohen Stadium in El Paso, Texas.

The power-punching Oliveira (15-0, 12 KOs) faces cagey veteran Xavier “The X-Man” Tolliver (23-7, 15 KOs) in an eight-round bout on a card headlined by World Boxing Association (“WBA”) super welterweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (23-0, 13 KOs) defending his title against Frank LoPorto (15-4-2, 7 KOs).



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

R Caballero headlines Dec 2

Hometown junior featherweight Randy Caballero (12-0, 7 KOs) will defend his WBC Youth Intercontinental belt against Arturo Santiago (7-3-1, 4 KOs) on December 2 at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. The bout will headline TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo” telecast and be Caballero’s first televised main event.



November 7th, 2011


Boxing News

Vlamis-Casey collide Friday

By Ray Wheatley
Photo: Werner Kalin

Australian light heavyweight contender Manny Vlamis (10-2, 7KOs) will have the acid test on Friday night when he will collide with WBA#11 Joel “Two Gunz” Casey (14-8-3, 9KOs) over twelve rounds at the Malvern Town Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Vlamis brings excellent power to the ring having knocked out his last four opponents including a six round stoppage of classy Mark Flanagan in April. Casey caused a major upset in 2010 when he defeated the former WBA rated 175 pounder Tim Bell.

Leading Victorian Promoter Peter Maniatis said “Joel will be rated in the top ten of the WBA light heavyweights if he can defeat Manny Vlamis. Vlamis can punch but I am confident Casey has the skills to win this fight. Casey proved he can mix it with the best light heavyweights in the world the night he defeated Tim Belll and is in great shape for this fight having had excellent sparring with WBA#14 light middleweight Frank Loporto who will challenge WBA champion Austin Trout on Saturday for the world crown in El Paso, Texas.” (more…)



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Wheatley honored in Australia

Fightnews International Editor Ray Wheatley was awarded the prestigious “Snowy Robbins” Trophy for 48 years of service to boxing at the Ashfield Catholic Club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Saturday. “Ray Wheatley has worked with the IBF since 1992 being voted in as IBF Vice President in 2000 and is currently on the IBF Board of Directors,” said Mel Crook. “Ray also has published the World of Boxing newspaper for nineteen years which is regarded as the Bible of Boxing in Australia.” In 2009 Wheatley was awarded the Order of Australia Medal by Queen Elizabeth for services to boxing.”



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Perez in action Wednesday

Prizefighter International Heavyweight king Mike ‘The Rebel’ Perez has been added to the undercard of Lee Purdy’s British Welterweight title defense against Colin Lynes at York Hall, Bethnal Green on Wednesday night. The unbeaten Irish-based Cuban replaces Ashley Sexton as the chief support on the night after the English Flyweight champion withdrew due to weight issues ahead of his defense against Luke Wilton. Perez can underline his credentials as a title challenger when he aims for his 17th pro win and a 13th knockout triumph against an opponent to be named tomorrow.



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Paipharob grabs WBA 105lb title

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan

Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) barely captured the WBA interim minimumweight title as he won a close but unanimous decision over WBA#2 Jesus Silvestre (23-3,17 KOs) on Monday at the Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. This was a significant fight of a Thai prospect who grabbed the PABA Flyweight title in October 2009, then moved down to Lightflyweight which he won both PABA/WBO Asia-Pacific 108lb titles, and finally surprisingly moved down again to Minimumweight which he is now the PABA title holder. (more…)



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Pacman-Marquez referee named

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel, announced today the referees and judges who will work on the two world title bouts, Manny Pacquiao vs Juan Manuel Marquez and Timothy Bradley vs Joel Casamayor this Saturday, November 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Top Rank Inc. presentation. Valcarcel reported that the referee for the WBO Welterweight Championship between the champion Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) and the WBO lighweight titlist Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), the referee will be Tony Weeks and judges will be Dave Moretti, Robert Hoyle and Glenn Trowbridge, all from Nevada. WBO Supervisor for this fight will be Valcarcel himself.

Meanwhile, for the WBO junior welter clash between Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs), who is going to defend his title for the fourth time against former two time champion Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs), the referee will be Vic Drakulich. The judges will be Levi Martinez, from New Mexico, and Adelaide Byrd and Burt Clements, both from Nevada. WBO Supervisor for this bout will be the Chairman of the Ratings Committee, Luis Perez.



November 7th, 2011

Feature Story

Bute wrote Johnson blueprint

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

It is often said, that where there a will, there’s a way. According to super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute’s trainer Stephane Larouche, if you have the will, you better find a way if you want to make a mark against the undefeated fighter who made his 9th title defense Saturday night in Quebec City before over 15,000 passionate fans. “The will to win is not enough against Lucian Bute,” Larouche told Fightnews the morning after the night before. (more…)



November 7th, 2011

UFC

Dos Santos: 5 defining moments

UFC ON FOX is LIVE Nov. 12!

The lasting image of Junior dos Santos’ first week in the UFC (well, in addition to the highlight reel knockout) may have been the clip from UFC President Dana White’s video blog where he showed off the Brazilian newcomer hitting pads before his debut bout against former PRIDE star and then-UFC contender Fabricio Werdum. White couldn’t be more impressed with “Cigano,” and then dos Santos delivered in the Octagon with a blistering right uppercut that put his countryman down on the canvas face first. The fight took only 80 seconds, and a star was born . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Marquez arrival today

Open to the public, fight fans welcome

It began in August with a 25,000-mile international media tour and now, after two solid months of intense training, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Márquez will break camp and head to Las Vegas to kickoff fight week for their mega world championship event with their Las Vegas Grand Arrivals, which will be open to the public. Márquez, with Hall of Fame trainer Ignacio “Nacho” Beristáin and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum arrives TODAY. Pacquiao, five-time Trainer of the Year Freddie Roach and Arum arrive Tuesday. Both arrivals will be at Noon PT at the porte cochere and inside the front lobby of the MGM Grand. They will be transported by luxury buses custom-designed with their images.



November 7th, 2011

Boxing Result

Paipharob grabs WBA 105lb title

By Damrong Simakajornboon

Paipharob Kokietgym (19-0,16 KOs) scored a 116-112, 115-113, 115-114 unanimous decision over Jesus Silvestre (23-3, 17 KOs) to capture the WBA interim 105lb title today at Municipality of Wat That in Nongkhai, Thailand. (More to come)



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Cote delivers homerun

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Photos: Herby Whyne

It was the shot heard round the boxing world Saturday night; super-lightweight Pier-Olivier Cote, a virtual unknown to even the most ardent of fans, hit a homerun on Showtime Championship Boxing, the echoes that are still reverberating days later.

Cote was given a rare chance for a relative newcomer to showcase his talents on the specialty channel’s premiere vehicle and delivered by scoring with a scintilating left hook that obliterated Jorge Luis Teron at the :33 second mark of the second round and upstaging headliner Lucian Bute who was making the 9th defense of his IBF super-middleweight belt. Cote who moved to 18-0 with his 12th knockout actually made his pro debut back when Bute was making the very first defense of his title in 2008 and has seen a steady rise of his stock ever since. (more…)



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Hernandez, Palacios speak

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Post-fight interviews with USBO junior middleweight beltholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (19-1-1, 11 KOs) and WBC #1 ranked mandatory challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs).



November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

Wach-Gavern: Full Report

Ringside Report by Scott Ploof
Photography By Emily Harney

Unbeaten heavyweight contender Mariusz Wach, the WBC International heavyweight title holder from Krakow, Poland, kept his undefeated streak alive and well when he stopped Jason Gavern in round six this past Saturday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. (More)



November 7th, 2011

Boxing Result

Ntsiko wins SA minimum title

By Ron Jackson

Siviwe Ntsiko caused a major upset when he knocked out Tshepo Lefele in the second round to win the SA minimumweight title at the Raymond Mhlaba Hall in Motherwell near Port Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon. Going into the fight the Ntsiko (47.55kg) from Mdantsane was considered an easy match for the more experienced Lefele (47.50kg) who was making the third defence of his title. The 31-year-old Lefele won the SA title in September 2008 when he stopped Gideon Buthelezi in the sixth round and made successful defences against Sakhumzi Mqadaru, (tko 7) and Mawanda Sineko (ko 6). However, the challenger who holds the Eastern Cape minimumweight title showed no respect for the champion as he took command from the first bell and sent Lefele down and out in the second round. Ntsiko improves his reported record to 6-3; 5 and Lefele from Giyani in the Limpopo Province sees his record drops to 16-6; 10. The tournament was presented by Gladys Tsenene.



November 7th, 2011

UFC

Video: UFC on FOX promo

UFC ON FOX is LIVE Nov. 12!


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November 7th, 2011

Boxing News

WBA Convention kicks off

By Boxing Bob Newman
Photo: Daniel Alonso Jr/WBA

The first of an expected 400 delegates, directory board members, ring officials, promoters and champions began arriving today at the Shakhtar Plaza Hotel in Donetsk, Ukraine for the WBA’s 90th annual convention. Despite frosty temperatures, the feeling was warm as members of the boxing fraternity greeted each other with handshakes and hugs at the airport and hotel lobby. Former champions Roberto Duran, Victor Callejas, Donny LaLonde, and Souleymane M’Baye (who is also the current WBA interim welterweight champ) are already here, with more expected to come. The opening session of board meetings will commence tomorrow morning (Donetsk is some seven hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), capped off by the opening banquet Monday evening. Stay tuned for daily convention updates, including awards, ring officials seminar, ratings and more.



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Thompson defeats Willis

By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos: Todd Dearinger

At the Emerald Queen Casino, in Tacoma, WA, heavyweight Vincent Thompson scored a unanimous decision in a foul-shortened match over Jonte Willis. Thompson recognized his reach advantage and, for the first six rounds, used an unexpected southpaw jab to control the distance and completely stymie the frustrated but game Willis. In the seventh, Thompson listened to the boo birds in the audience and started to pick spots to mix it up, which let Willis back into the fight. In the eighth round out of a scheduled ten, Thompson and Willis were scrapping when Thompson landed a hard rabbit punch. Willis wobbled around the ring holding his head and doctors were called in to stop the bout. After much confusion, referee Paul Fields stopped the bout, took two points from Thompson for the foul, and sent it to the cards. Thompson had won all rounds, including the partially completed round, on all judges’ cards, for a score of 78-72. Fightnews had it 77-73. With the win, Thompson sits at 10-0. Willis is now 8-2-1. Given that both are local boys with huge cheering sections, the competitive nature of the late rounds, and the odd ending, a rematch is necessary and certain. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Boschiero camp to protest

“Devis Boschiero is the champion without belt,” says his manager Christian Cherchi after the split decision loss that Boschiero suffered against Takahiro Aoh for the WBC super featherweight title today in Japan. “Everybody can see the fight and judge for themselves. Boschiero won at least by 3 points. OPI 2000, the promoter of Boschiero, will fill a protest to the WBC for an immediate rematch. Japanese people are proud people and I think Takahiro Aoh and the promoter Mr. Honda will give Boschiero a deserved rematch.”



November 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Results From Kalamazoo

Story and photos by Bob Ryder

Promoter Greg Ahrens presented a four bout card of professional boxing at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo on Saturday night uniquely sandwiched between fifteen amateur MMA fights. The main event matched two of Michigan’s long time designated opponents as Ahrens provided them the opportunity to break out from the losers column, at least for one night. Chris Grays (10-24, 2 KO’s) from Traverse City and Guy Packer (4-23, 1 KO) of Battle Creek engaged in a spirited middleweight contest over 10 rounds. The pattern was established early in this one as it was pretty much throw one or two punches and clinch. Grays started to pull away mid bout as his punching was more effective. Not always pleasing to the eye but both gave it their best to the final bell. Grays won the unanimous decision by scores of 98-92 x 2 and 96-94. There were no knockdowns. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Full Report

Igarashi-Uicab: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Naoki Fukuda

Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, in a WBC final eliminator of twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Full Report

Yamanaka-Esquivel: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

It was a very furious give-and-take affair, though Yamanaka continually had the upper hand on the game Mexican. The 29-year-old Japanese southpaw utilized his trademark left hand to take the initiative from the start, winning points steadily. In the fourth, Esquivel, 26, turned so aggressive that he connected with solid lefts and rights in the fourth. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Full Report

Aoh-Boschiero: Full Report

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda

WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

Duane Ford (US) and Anek Hongtongkam (Thailand) both saw the close affair 115-113 for the defending titlist Aoh, while Ian John Lewis (UK) saw it 116-113 for Boschiero. The referee was Laurence Cole (US). (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Feature Story

Bute-Johnson recap

By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada

Friends shouldn’t let friends fight friends. After sparring close to 100 rounds in the past, Glen Johnson and IBF super-middleweight champion Lucian Bute gave a loud deafening crowd 12 more in a fight that sometimes simmered, but never boiled over. Bute was able to easily control the action, out-jabbing the “Road Warrior” who often looked more road-weary by scores of 120-108, 120-108, 119-109. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing News

Results from Argentina

Photo: Ramón Cairo

WBO #9 ranked Super Middleweight Ezequiel “El Olímpico” Maderna (16-0, 10KOs) of Argentina continued his climb up the world rankings by stopping countryman Dario German Balmaceda (9-5-2, 6KOs) in less than 1 round. Balmaceda was down 3 times in the bout which took place Saturday night at the Club Banco Provincia, City Bell, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.

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November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Casarez edges Williams

By John Cannon at ringside
Photo: Rolando Salazar

Raul “El Tigre” Casarez’s homecoming fight was definitely one for the ages. The Edinburg native was in an all out war with San Antonio’s Justin Williams in the six-round main event at Border Brawl 3 at the Pharr Events Center. But when all was said and done, Casarez got the hard fought win as he prevailed by split decision. The judges’ scorecards were 57-56 for Williams and 58-55 and 57-56 for Casarez. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Scale Watch

Weights from Thailand

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan

Paipharob Kokietgym 105 vs. Jesus Silvestre 105
(WBA interim Minimumweight title)
Wisanu Kokietgym 108 vs. Sammy Hagler 107.5
(vacant PABA Light Flyweight title)
Saenmuangloei Kokietgym 112 vs. Louis Loemoli 111.5
(6 rounds non-title bout)

Venue: Bung Nongkhai, Municipality of Wat That, Nongkhai Province, Thailand
Promoter: Kokiet Panichayarom of Kokiet Groups Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 3, November 7, 14:10-16:10
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November 6th, 2011

UFC

UFC on Fox viewing guide

Everything you need to know about watching UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos on Saturday, November 12

Watch UFC Primetime: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos
UFC on Fox main event: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT:

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UFC on Fox Prelims streaming live & free at 4:45 pm ET/1:45 pm PT:
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Selected prelims also air live and free at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT on Fox Deportes (Spanish broadcast)

Prefight Special LIVE at 7 pm ET/4 pm PT
Watch live on FUEL TV
Jay Glazer, Kenny Florian and special guests are live on FUEL TV for a breakdown on the UFC, fighter profiles and expert analysis, as well as celebrities from the red carpet arriving at UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. dos Santos. (more…)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Aoh barely keeps WBC 130lb belt

By Joe Koizumi

WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (22-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, barely kept his belt as he eked out a split decision (115-113 twice and 113-116) over previously unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-1-1, 14 KOs), 129.5, over twelve heats on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Yamanaka wins WBC bantam belt

By Joe Koizumi

Unbeaten Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (15^-0-2, 11 KOs), 118, acquired the WBC bantamweight belt as he finally stopped Mexican Christian Esquivel (24-3, 18 KOs), 118, at 1:28 of the eleventh round on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan. (More to come)



November 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Igrashi wins WBC eliminator

By Joe Koizumi

Japanese ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (15-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, acquired the right to have a mandatory shot at the WBC flyweight throne, as he made best use of his footwork and hand speed in winning a close but unanimous verdict over top contender Wilbert Uicab (33-6-1, 18 KOs), 112, a game Mexican, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Tokyo, Japan.

The official scores were as follows: Rocky Burke and Duane Ford (both US) 116-112 and 114-113 respectively, and Ian John Lewis (UK) 116-111, all for the taller southpaw Igarashi. (More to come)



November 6th, 2011

UFC

Munoz stops Leben

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

At the end of round one of the UFC 138 main event at the LG Arena Saturday night, Chris Leben had to be stopped by the referee from hammer fisting Mark Munoz’s head. Moments prior he had walked through some massive bombs, taken square on his chin, to deliver a crashing left hand of his own to Munoz. That prompted Munoz to look for a takedown but ended up with him crouched against the fence taking shots . . . Click here for more
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November 6th, 2011

Feature Story

More on Bute-Johnson

Replay Nov 8 at 10PM ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Lucian Bute passed the toughest test of his thriving career with a dominant unanimous decision win over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson to defend his International Boxing Federation (IBF) super middleweight title for the ninth time. The championship bout was scored 120-108 twice and 119-109. In the co-feature, rising Canadian prospect Pier-Olivier Côté demolished Jorge Teron via knockout only 33 seconds into round two of the junior welterweight bout on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING from Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City, Canada on SHOWTIME®.

The Romanian-born Bute (30-0, 24 KOs) proved too much for the oft-dubbed “ageless” Johnson who finally showed his age. Despite Johnson’s tendency to make fight’s exciting by coming forward and applying pressure, the fighters kept their distance for the first several rounds. By the middle of the bout, it was Bute who closed the gap and attempted to engage his former sparring partner. The 31-year-old Bute, of Montreal, began to land power shots with both hands, taking chances by staying in close in an attempt to close the show via knockout – to no avail – for the 15,306 fans in attendance. (more…)



November 6th, 2011




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