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By Ron Jackson
Thompson Mokwana retained his South African lightweight title when he scored a seventh round technical knockout win over Taklani Dangale at the Welkom Indoor Centre on Sunday afternoon. Mokwana (16-7, 10 KOs) who won the title in March this year when he stopped Patrick Malinga was making his first defense. The champion (60.50kg) dominated the fight from the first bell against the gutsy number three ranked Dangala (59.6kg) who has a reported record of 5-6, 2 KOs.
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Meanwhile former South African lightweight champion Irvin Buhlalu (63.10kg) who represented South Africa at the 1994 Commonwealth games and 1996 Olympics returned to action last Friday after a long absence to score a fifth round stoppage win over Lungisa Jikani (63.46kg) in Pinetown in a junior welterweight bout.
After reading yesterday’s comments made about WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin, British and Commonwealth Heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has responded. “Before my promoter Mick Hennessy had finalized my fight against Neven Pajkic he received a call from Sauerland Events who asked would we be interested in making the Povetkin fight for December, they were told that we were very interested in the fight but they would need to come back with a sensible offer very quickly as we were close to finalizing my next fight. But to this day my promoter has not received any kind of offer so we had to proceed with my Commonwealth title defense. In my opinion the call was only made in the hope we would turn down the fight so they could go public with it, if they were serious, a proper and sensible offer would have been made. I think they were shocked when Mick said we were up for the fight,” said Tyson.
The 23-year-old from Manchester is defending his Commonwealth title against Canadian champion Neven Pajkic at EventCity, Manchester on November 12. “I stand by my comments, Povetkin isn’t in my league and I believe his team knows that I would take him a part. It would be an easier night’s work than I had against Chisora,” added Tyson.
Ringside Report: Rick Scharmberg
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Brandon “Flawless” Gonzales (15-0, 10 KOs, 1 NC) barely kept his unbeaten record intact with an unpopular split decision over solid veteran Ossie “The Ghanaian Gladiator” Duran (26-9-2, 10 KOs) in the eight round middleweight main event Friday night at Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. (More)
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By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias will now face former world title challenger Fernando Beltran Jr. this Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, Thompson Boxing Promotions’ Alex Camponovo told Fightnews.com on Friday evening. This will be a major step up in class for Esquivias (14-0, 9 KO’s), who was originally scheduled to fight against Leopoldo Gonzalez. Esquivias, who resides in Carson and fights under the Thompson Boxing Promotions banner, was victorious in his last fight in August, a 10 round unanimous decision over Juan Ruiz. Esquivias, who is trained by Freddie Roach, is currently sparring against bantamweight world title belt holder Abner Mares. Beltran (35-6-1, 19 KO’s) suffered his first defeat against Joan Guzman back in April of 2005. He has scored modest victories throughout his career, including a 12 round split decision over Takalani Ndlovu in August of 2008 and a 12 round split decision victory over Miguel Roman seven months later. Beltran has lost his last two bouts in a row, a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision to Jorge Lacierva in April, followed by a disputed eight round split decision to Michael Farenas in July. The Esquivias-Beltran bout is scheduled for 10 rounds.
By David Finger
As the World Boxing Organization closed out its 24th Annual Convention in San Juan, Puerto Rico, there are many boxing insiders who are admittedly surprised at the success of the WBO. Closing in on its 25th year in existence, there are few who don’t regard the WBO as one of the premiere sanctioning organizations in the world. Founded when a group of WBA members left that organization citing anger at how that group was run, the WBO seemed at first to face an insurmountable challenge in its quest to emerge as a major sanctioning body. In those early years the WBO had less credibility than the big three of the WBA, WBC, and IBF, and those three organizations, along with the boxing media and boxing pundits, appeared keen to see the WBO fail. But it became clear almost immediately that the WBO was not going to just fade away or be ignored. They remained steadfast in their adherence to putting on quality fights with legitimate champions. Before long the WBO belt was held in the highest regards, thanks in part to champions like Oscar De La Hoya and Manny Pacquiao. (more…)
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“I have something to prove in this fight,” says WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao about his November 12 PPV showdown with Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “Marquez has the right to make alibis about not winning our two previous fights. It’s because of those alibis that I am so motivated for our upcoming fight. I want to end all the questions he has raised about who won our past fights and who the better fighter is.”
Regarding the three-and-a-half years between this fight and their previous at 130lbs, Pacman stated, “The years between each fight has made it more interesting. Which of us has improved more? I have improved a lot. I am a more complete fighter than when we fought previously. I am now a two-fisted fighter. My right is as potent, as powerful and as dangerous as my left. I have as much confidence in my right as I do in my left…another difference between Marquez and me is that since our second fight, I have challenged bigger opponents with a lot more success than he has.” (more…)
After arriving England with his team, Michael Katsidis “the Great” was straight back into training today determined to make his fight with Ricky Burns three from three on UK soil. Katsidis went through a small workout in his former opponent’s (Graham Earl) gym, ahead of his WBO interim lightweight world title showdown on Saturday at Wembley Arena in London. “It was just a light session today” Trainer/Manager Brendon Smith said “Everything is running smooth for us… There is a great feeling in the camp!” Following the training session Katsidis attended a charity fundraiser for “Keech for kids” a charity that is set up for terminally ill kids across the UK. While there, Katsidis and the team had the opportunity to meet Graham Earl’s family, which goes to show that you can be enemies in the ring and professionals out. Both fighters signed a pair of gloves to be auctioned on the night to help raise funds.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former 2008 Beijing Olympian Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher 10-0, 7 KOs) scored a shutout ten round decision over William Hadlow (7-25-5, 2 KOs) at the Hervey Bay PCYC at Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Scores 100-88, 100-90, 100-90. Fletcher controlled the bout in all the rounds as he connected consistently with accurate combinations on the tough and agressive Hadlow. (more…)
Light welterweight phenom Levan ‘The Wolf’ Ghvamichava (6-0, 5 KOs), tore apart former European and Italian champion Giuseppe “The End” Lauri (52-9, 31 KOs) en route to a second-round victory by technical knockout last Friday night in front of an excited, packed crowd at Wishaw, Scotland. “The Wolf” dropped Lauri three times before the referee jumped between them in the second round to rescue the courageous Italian in the biggest upset loss of his 61-fight pro career. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
If you were listening, there were times you nodded your head. Others, you just mentally said, “Huh?”
Nick Diaz comments were all things baffling, on point and indecipherable. The Stockton fighter’s ability to not be all things to all people, but be something to all people have a lot to do with his rocket like rise in recent weeks.
After complaining about not having as high a profile as he liked due to a lack of visibility in Strikeforce, Diaz got exactly what he wanted yesterday. All eyes on him as the co-headliner of UFC 137. (more…)
See WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez’ devastating first round demolition of Luis “El Nica” Concepcion last night in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico.
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By Joe Koizumi
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), a fast-punching Japanese southpaw, showed his public workout on Saturday prior to his forthcoming defense with unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on November 6.
Aoh, making his second defense since dethroning Vitali Tajbert here last December, displayed sharp southpaw lefts and good footwork before trainers of the Italian challenger who will also show his training for press people on Monday. Aoh said, “I’ll do my fight and defend my belt without going to the final bell.” The 27-year-old champ is still improving technically, and will display finer skills with good condition at the Yoyogi #2 Gymnasium, where the title bout will be presented by Teiken Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
Having been dethroned by Jhonny Gonzalez via TKO route last April, ex-WBC feather and bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs), a Japanese southpaw speedster, will return to the ring warfare when he faces unbeaten Mexican Felipe Carlos Felix (18-0, 10 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on December 17. It was announced by his manager/promoter/trainer Masato Yamashita. Hasegawa, 30, says, “I wish to enjoy fighting again by showing my own performance.” Also, his stablemate Yoshihito Ishizaki will cope with world-rated super-fly Johnny Garcia of Mexico on the undercard.
By Joe Koizumi
You refrain from working on Sundays in Christian countries, but Japanese boxing persons still keep working regardless of what day of the week it may be. Ohashi Promotions, in association with Watanabe Promotions, has announced a dual world title event on the last day of this year today (Sunday) in Tokyo, Japan. Unbeaten WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (17-0, 14 KOs), Japan, will face WBA interim ruler Jorge Solis (40-3-2-1NC, 29 KOs), Mexico, in a unification bout over twelve rounds at Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium, Yokohama city. It will be ex-amateur champ Uchiyama’s fourth defense since he captured the throne via last-round stoppage of Juan Carlos Salgado in January of the previous year. Uchiyama impressively demolished all three challengers within the distance to his credit.
In a companion world title go, hard-punching prospect Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs), former Japanese and OPBF ruler, will make an ambitious crack at the WBA feather belt against newly crowned Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs), a tall and lanky Panamanian switch-hitter, over twelve rounds. We look forward to watching highly competitive fights before the new year comes in hours. More photos…
WBA Heavyweight Champion Alexander Povetkin (22-0, 16 KOs) has laughed off the comments from Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs), who recently claimed he was ready to “take Povetkin out.” The 32-year-old Russian makes a first defense of his title at Helsinki´s Hartwall Areena on December 3 against Cedric Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs). Povetkin was amused by Fury´s remarks. “I am ready to defend my belt against every challenger out there,” he stated. “But I must admit I am not overly scared by comments from someone whose biggest hit to date has been a Youtube video where he punches himself in the face. Right now all my focus is on Cedric Boswell.”
Promoter Kalle Sauerland added: “We would love to make that fight and I had offered them the December date but they didn’t seem to fancy it too much so perhaps now we can discuss next spring. First Alexander needs to take care of a very tough challenger in Cedric Boswell.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Saturday, the hands of two division WBO/WBC champion Jhonny Gonzalez was immortalized in concrete at the famous Plaza de las Estrellas in Mexico City, the Mexican equivalent of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Gonzalez is currently preparing to make the third defense of his WBC featherweight belt in Mexico City on December 3 against Roinet Caballero.
Former IBF middleweight champion Arthur Abraham says he’s returning to the middleweight division after dropping three of four fights at 168lbs in SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking Super Six Tournament. “In January I start my comeback,” Abraham told BILD. “Not yet at middleweight, but at 75 kilos (165.3 lbs.). This will be agreed with the opponent, who is still not set, but he should be good, in the top ten of the world rankings list…in a year I’ll be champion again.”
Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best
A rare double knockdown occurred during Saturday’s match between flyweights Israel Vázquez and Jesús Pagán in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Both were felled by simultaneous right hands in the first round of their 50 second contest. Pagán was down four times in the bout won by Vazquez, who is the son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of former WBO super bantamweight king Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The Uncas Ballroom at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut played host to the brave souls who trudged through the season’s first nor’ easter storm to attend the 7th annual Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame awards dinner Saturday evening. Heading up the class of inductees is the CBHOF president Glenn Feldman (judge), former NABF & USBA Light heavyweight champion Eric Harding, former 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing team captain Lawrence, Clay-Bey, former IBF Lightweight and WBA Jr. Middleweight champion Vinny “Pazmanian Devil” Paz, ringside physician Dr. Michael Schwartz, and posthumously Kelvin Anderson (boxer) and Billy Taylor (coach). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Star Promotions / UBM
Lightweight Andrey Klimov was declared the winner when his opponent Eduardo Arcos was unable to continue after the fourth round in their scheduled 10 round bout at Las Trancas Hall in Maywood, CA.. Arcos, who took the fight on two day’s notice when Pipino Cuevas Jr. was unable to fight because of visa problems, started out aggressively in the first round. An accidental head butt opened a cut on Klimov’s hairline in the first round. Klimov (12-0, 7 KO’s) was able to get into a rhythm, countering as Arcos (16-6-1, 13 KO’s) pressed the fight. Right after the bell sounded to end the fourth round, Klimov landed a right cross that wobbled Arcos against the ropes. Arcos stumbled to his corner, blood dripping from a cut above his left ear. Arcos’ corner told referee David Denkin that their fighter was not fit to continue, alleging Klimov fouled Arcos after the bell sounded. Denkin told Arcos’ corner that if Arcos was unable to continue, Klimov would be declared the winner. Arcos remained on his stool, therefore Denkin declared Klimov the winner by technical knockout. With the victory, Klimov wins a regional title belt.
There was a delay of over an hour because of an EMT situation where EMTs apparently misled the commission and promoters to believe that they were paramedics. So the delay was out of promoter’s hands. (more…)
By David Finger at ringside
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Former two-division world champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón (35-2-1, 6 KOs) returned to the minimumweight division for the first time since 2007 to take a close split decision over Felipe Rivas (11-9-1, 5 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Not an easy fight for the 36-year-old Calderon against the aggressive Rivas. The “Iron Boy” won by scores of 97-93, 96-94, while the other card was 96-94 for Rivas who ended the fight with a violent rally. Calderon claimed the vacant WBO Latino minimumweight title.
In his first bout since losing his WBO super bantamweight belt to Jorge Arce in May, Wilfredo “WV2” Vázquez Jr. (21-1-1, 18 KOs) scored a crushing third round knockout over former minimumweight titleholder Roberto Carlos “Mako” Leyva (28-14-1, 21 KOs). It was a right to the jaw that finished Leyva, who has now lost six straight. Time was 2:59. Leyva announced his retirement after the bout.
WBO female junior flyweight champion Yessica Bopp (17-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Suzanne Warner (9-11-1, 2 KOs). The bout was waved off after Warner’s second visit to the canvas. Time was 1:21. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Javier Sandoval/Zanfer
In a rematch, WBA flyweight champion Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (32-2, 25 KOs) annihilated Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (23-3, 18 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. Concepcion was on the deck three times. Time was 1:49. After after both fighters were down in their first war, this time Tyson left no doubt.
In other action, super flyweight David “Tornado” Sanchez won a convincing unanimous decision over Francisco “Chiquita” Rosas by scores of 79-72, 80-71 and 80-71. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Irwin Thompson/Top Rank
WBC #1 super welterweight contender Vanes Martirosyan (31-0, 19 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Richard Gutierrez (26-8-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. Martirosyan was in command all the way en route to a 100-90, 100-90, 99-91 victory.
In a clash of unbeaten super featherweights, Casey Ramos (15-0, 4 KOs) overcame a third round knockdown to defeat Joselito Collado (12-1, 3 KOs) by scores of 78-73, 77-74 and 78-74.
Unbeaten middleweight Abie Han (15-0, 10 KOs) took a six round decision over Eloy Suarez (11-13-1, 5 KOs). Click here for more results and photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
IBF super bantamweight champion Takalani Ndlovu (33-6, 18 KOs) retained his title via twelve round split decision against Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (22-10-4, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Colima, Mexico. Ndlovu recovered from an early knockdown to win 114-113, 114-113 on two cards. Caro, who seemed to deserve a better fate, was up 114-113 on the third card.
Also, female flyweight Ava Knight (7-1-3, 4 KOs) became the new IBF world champion by knocking out previously unbeaten reigning beltholder Arely Muciño (14-1-1, 8 KOs) at 45 seconds into the second round. The bout ended when Knight connected with a straight left followed by a right hook to the chin dropping her hard to the canvas where referee Jesus Salcedo waved it off. Click here for more photos…
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos: J.A. Escobar
Lightweight Jose “Loco” Hernandez (11-5-1, 5 KOs) stopped the always game and tough Justo Vallecillo (6-14, 3 KOs) at 2:18 of the 5th round of the scheduled 8 in the main event of the Paulie Ayala show at the Cendera Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Referee Laurence Cole watched as Hernandez knocked Vallecillo from one side of the ring to the other before he stopped the fight with Vallecillo still on his feet giving Hernandez the TKO victory in front of his hometown fans. (more…)
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr.
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Nick Diaz and BJ Penn went out and had a battle for the ages at UFC 137. With the winner likely earning the next shot at Georges St-Pierre, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion rose to the occasion.
As questioned swirled about Diaz’ motivation ahead of the Penn fight, the Stockton native came in and did what he does best. After a slow first round, Diaz dominated the final two frames to take a unanimous decision win. (more…)
40-year-old featherweight Choi Tseveenpurev (33-5, 23 KOs) won the Matchroom Sport’s “Prizefighter: Featherweights” tournament on Saturday night at London’s York Hall. Choi stopped Lee Glover (6-1, 0 KOs) by second round KO, then won three round decisions over George Jupp (4-2, 2 KOs) and Rhys Roberts (15-2, 2 KOs) to collect the £32,000 first prize.
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Carlisle Boxing, promoter John Carlisle, presented a seven bout card of professional boxing at DeCarlo’s Convention Center in the suburban Detroit city of Warren on Friday night. It was a show filled with early endings. Five boxers were making their pro debuts and as so often happens in the case of first timers, one is never quite sure of what you will get. In the only contest that went the distance and was far and away the best fight of the night, Detroit’s Larry Ventus won a unanimous six round decision over Toledo’s Gabriel Morris in their welterweight scrap. Scores were 59-56, 58-56, 59-55. Ventus started strong in dominating the first round and for a moment it looked like this one would end early as all the other bouts had. Morris however, began to hit his stride and kept engaging Ventus in spirited exchanges. Ventus bloodied Morris’ nose in the third and Morris would fight with the handicap the rest of the way. Morris had an excellent fifth round and it started to feel that an upset was in the making but Ventus boxed smoothly in the final round stunning Morris right before the bell to secure the victory in upping his record to (5-1, 4 KO’s). Morris came to fight but declines to (4-16-2, 0 KO’s). For more details and photos click here…
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photo by Josh Hedges / Zuffa / Getty
At 37, Mirko Cro Cop is far from the man he used to be.
At the height of his career, he was an enigma. He said little, preferring to let his fist and feet do the talking in the ring. His aura ballooned to epic proportions after sending opponents to dream land with a high kick reminiscent of and as consistent as a pro-wrestlers finishing maneuver. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimerat ringside
Rising heavyweight Franklin “Yah- Yah” Lawrence (17-2-2, 12 KOs) moved one step closer to his world title aspirations with a two round drubbing of Raymond Ochieng (23-15-3, 18 KOs) in the schedule eight round main event at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. In the co-feature of the five bout card promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions, smooth middleweight Derek Webster remained perfect at 11-0, 6 KOs with a hard fought, but convincing eight round unanimous decision victory over the always dangerous Taneal Goyko (4-3, 2 KOs). (more…)
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