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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photo: Jeff Julian
Professional boxing returned to the state capitol of Harrisburg PA on Saturday night for the first time in over eight years with an entertaining six bout card featuring some of the best up and coming prospects Pennsylvania has to offer. The highly competitive show promoted by Payton Promotions featured the cross state arrival of Adah, PA light heavyweight sensation Tommy Karpency (21-2, 14 KOs) who put on a one round beat down on late replacement Andre “Da Heat” Hemphill (10-17-2, 5 KOs). York PA junior welterweight sensation “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (6-0, 2 KOs) stepped up in class and was taken the distance and captured a hard fought six round split decision victory over tough Philly veteran Julius “Marvel” Edmonds (7-10) in the co-feature of the evening. (more…)
Funny how things change.
When the fight between Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley was announced, most media folk groaned. Mosley – who’d drawn with (another groan) Sergio Mora and lost to Floyd Mayweather, last year, was getting a shot at the No. 1 fighter in the world?
The fans didn’t seem to care. Neither did Top Rank. It certainly didn’t effect tickets, which sold out like a UFC event. After the landmark switch from HBO to Showtime and the added bonus of primetime network coverage on CBS was announced, the grumbling in the trenches came to a halt . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
After outboxing Bully Muravha throughout the first nine rounds Danie Venter scored a knockout at 2 minute 58 seconds of the tenth and final round in a South African heavyweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday. A better conditioned Venter (105,45kg) showing the skills of many years as a top amateur boxed from the outside to score with stinging lefts and rights to the head of the sluggish Muravha (115kg) throughout most of the roads. The 23-year-old Muravha who boxes from the southpaw stance possibly won only one round and shaded another.
In round five a slashing right hand from the 31-year-old Venter slashed open a gash under the left eye of Muravha. After consulting with the fight doctors referee Phillip du Randt allowed the fight to continue. However, he erred by allowing Muravha’s second into the ring to wipe the blood away from the wound with a towel. This is against the rules. The handling of the cut by the cornermen was poor as they had no adrenalin solution and just kept wiping the blood away and applying Vaseline at the end of each round. Luckily for them the cut was under the eye and did not appear to bleed much.
Coming into the tenth and final round both fighters were showing signs of wear and tear and it came as quite a surprise when Venter launched a series of lefts and rights to the head with a final crushing right sending Muravha sliding down against the ropes where he was counted out by the referee. (more…)
WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina retained his title over Victor Zaleta (17-2, 9 KOs) of Mexico by way of unanimous decision. Zaleta fought Narvaez even for the first two rounds but after that it was all Narvaez. The 35 year old Narvaez showed he has not lost a step at all. His defense was airtight as usual. Narvaez stood for the most part in front of the 26 year old Zaleta making him miss reguarly by simply bending at the waist slightly backwards or side to side. Offensively Narvaez was scoring at will with sweeping left and rights from his natural southpaw stance which were little by little taking a toll on Zaleta. The referee deducted a point from Zaleta in round six for a low blow. Zaleta had been warned multiple times. Things got worse for Zaleta as Narvaez went on a serious offensive attack from rounds 9-12 on a now worn out and frustrated Zaleta. Narvaez did all he could to get Zaleta out of there for the final rounds of the fight but to Zaleta’s credit he hung tough. The official scores were 119-108, 120-107, and 120-107 all in favor of the clear and obvious winner Narvaez. The card took place at the Polideportivo Municipal, Monte Hermoso, in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Interim WBA minimumweight champion Sammy Gutierrez (27-5-2, 18 KOs) of Mexico retained his title by way of sixth round TKO over Renan Trongco (8-3, 5 KOs) of the Philippines. The southpaw Trongco came out strong dropping Gutierrez in the first round. Gutierrez easily beat the count. Trongco immediatley jumped on Gutierrez in hopes of finishing him off with a series of hard straight lefts to the head. Guiterrez firing back weathered the storm and made it to the final bell of round one. Gutierrez, listening to his corner’s advice, invested in body work over the next few rounds. The effort paid off as Trongco was beginning to tire badly by round four and his punches no longer had any snap on them. Gutierrez was deducted one point in round six by the referee for excessive use of the elbow. Moments later Gutierrez upped the pressure working Trongco over on the ropes with barrage of head and body shots. The referee decided he had seen enough and waved the bout off. The official time of the stoppage was 2:19 of round six.
Photos: Rafael Soto
Mexican ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (67-7, 43 KOs) moved a step closer to becoming the first Mexican fighter to win a world title in four weight divisions on Saturday night at the Coliseo Olimpico at the Universidad de Guadalajara in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. Barrera scored a second round TKO over Jose Arias (15-2, 9 KOs) in a junior welterweight bout to set up a world title challenge in the lightweight division later this year. The aggressive Arias was floored by Barrera in the first 30 seconds, as the “Baby-Faced Assassin” connected with a counter shot. Barrera scored another knockdown early in round two and the clash was stopped later that round. Time was 2:29. more + photos
Instead of a homecoming theme, last night’s fight card at the Don Haskins Center in El Paso, headlining the return of unbeaten, untested heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez, might’ve been better served with a theme of “Promises, promises, promises.” For several reasons.
Delivering on action, and his commitment to bring boxing back to the border town, promoter Zeferino Ramirez, of Z Entertainment, staged his third show in El Paso, with a guarantee of several more to come . . . Click here for more
The press weren’t the only ones allowed to ask questions at today’s Top Rank presser at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena featuring Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley. Landing in their second of four targeted cities, Pacquiao and Mosley fielded – and weathered – a variety of comments and questions from nearly two dozen fans picked from an audience of 2,000. One woman just wanted to audition for Pacquiao to sing the Philippines national anthem on May 7, and Pacquiao accepted a CD demo from her. Another lady just wanted a photo taken with the Filipino superstar – “Pacman” obliged, having security escort her to the dais. Another guy just wanted to see if one of the Tecate girls was single.
One fan asked what motivated the two fighters to knock each other out. “I’m just there to do my job,” Pacquiao said. “If the knockout happens, it happens.” Mosley begged to differ (photo above): “Come on, Manny. You know you want to knock me out. It’s okay, I want to knock you out too.”
Other questions of note:
Q: Do you like Justin Bieber? Because your hair looks like him.
Pacquiao: “That’s a good question. I like it, but Bruce Lee is my idol.”
Q: Would you ever run for Congress?
Mosley: “I’m not sure I have that kind of talent that Manny has.”
The most controversial question came from a man who told Pacquiao, “Would you please, for everyone, just take the test?” After the audience booed him, Pacquiao, to his credit, answered: “You have to believe that my boxing skill is natural. I am strong. I do not take medicine. I’m all-natural.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that tickets for UFC® 129: ST-PIERRE vs. SHIELDS at Rogers Centre in Toronto on April 30 sold out minutes after being made available to the public. Rogers Centre was originally configured for 42,000 seats, but due to overwhelming demand, UFC and Rogers Centre officials reconfigured the venue to accommodate 55,000.
Photo: Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley pose before a big crowd today at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Las Vegas was the second stop on a four-city U.S. Tour that began in Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more photos, quotes and a full report.
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
“I don’t have to prove anything to anybody,” said Mexican ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera (66-7-0, 43 KOs), who returns to the ring tonight against José Arias (15-1-0, 9 KOs)at the Coliseo Olímpico at the University of Guadalajara.
“I want to fight the best,” continued ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin.’ “I love boxing and respect it and before stepping back I want to try to win my fourth world title. This is my motivation and what pushes me to achieve my final goal in boxing. But first I must defeat this Dominican, who is no minor opponent. I’m well prepared to win and Zanfer has already promised me that in a few months I’ll have the opportunity to win the lightweight belt.”
Barrera-Arias can be seen tonight at 10PM ET, 7PM PT on FOX Deportes in the USA and Channel 7-TV Azteca in Mexico. WBCBoxing.tv will present a boxing free webcast of the card to the rest of the world (not available in Mexico and the United States).
By Karl Freitag
Former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 25 KOs) got back into ring with a second round TKO over against WBA #9 super middleweight Stjepan Bozic (24-5, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the RWE Sporthalle in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany. In the 4:01 that the bout lasted, King Arthur was much busier than the fighter who faced Carl Froch in November. However the bout ended prematurely in round two when Bozic suffered an injury to his right hand and went to a knee. The fight was then stopped by referee Daniel Van de Weile. Abraham will next challenge WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward in the Super Six semi-final in May.
Cruiserweight Yoan Pablo Hernandez (24-1, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout over WBA interim champion Steve Herelius (21-2-1, 12 KOs) to claim the interim belt. Herelius suffered an injury to his left leg in round four and there was a lengthy delay between rounds four and five before the bout continued. Hernandez knocked down Herelius twice in the seventh, the second time with a brutal barrage of punches. Referee Steve Smoger immediately waved it off at 1:19.
IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs) won close twelve round unanimous decision over Enad Licina (19-3, 10 KOs) to retain his belt. It was a competitive bout throughout with many close rounds, however Cunningham overcame a determined effort by Lucina to prevail by scores of 118-110, 117-111, 115-113. Fightnews.com also scored it 115-113.
Former WBO super middleweight title challenger Eduard Gutknecht (20-1, 8 KOs), now ranked WBO #11 at light heavyweight, outworked game Oleksandr Cherviak (9-2, 1 KO) over eight rounds. Scores were 78-74, 79-73, 80-72.
WBO #14 light heavyweight (Karo Murat 22-1, 13 KOs) returned from his WBO title eliminator loss in September to Nathan Cleverly to outpoint once promising Christian Cruz (12-12-1, 10 KOs) over eight rounds. Cruz has now lost 10 of his last 11 bouts.
Unbeaten middleweight Dominik Britsch (21-0, 7 KOs) easily outpointed Joe Rea (7-2-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds.
Unbeaten heavyweight Francesco Pianeta 22-0-1, 13 KOs) won a lackluster eight round unanimous decision over Samir Kurtagic (9-2, 7 KOs).
Light heavyweight Erik Skoglund (5-0, 3 KOs) needed just 1:47 to destroy Valerijs Rogozins (1-4, 0 KOs) in the first round.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Goossen Tutor
IBF #4 heavyweight “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18KOs) continued his quest for another world title with a clear cut twelve round unanimous decision victory over #11 Derek “El Leon” Rossy (26-2, 14KOs) in a an IBF heavyweight eliminator on Friday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. “I was disappointed in my performance,” said Chambers afterward. “With all due respect to Derric Rossy, I should have gotten him out of there, but I loaded up on single shots instead of combinations which I am known for. I have a lot of work to do before I can face Klitschko, but I am willing to go back and put in the work.” For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Charlie Serrano retained his Florida State featherweight title in an exciting battle against Robert “No Lose” DaLuz. At the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida, Charlie Serrano (11-2-1, 2 KOs) highlighted another great night of boxing in the Bay area, with a unanimous decision victory. In front of a capacity crowd, the Tampa native bested DaLuz (13-32-3, 9 KOs) over eight rounds. DaLuz had hit a rough streak in his career, losing the last 12 of his last 13 matches, and Serrano took no pity on him by extended this losing streak. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Unbeaten 21-year-old Japanese prospect Kazuto Ioka (7-0, 5 KOs), 105, very impressively captured the WBC strawweight belt as he landed a beautiful left to the belly and flattened previously undefeated defending champ Oleydong Sithsamerchai (39-1-1, 14 KOs), 104.5, to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:07 of the fifth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
Pugilistic Promotions promised “one hell of a card” for last night’s fourth installment of the Badia Spices Friday Night Fight series at the Magic City casino. That is exactly what they delivered. Promoter and current Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz rejoiced with partner and former FBHOF inductee Enrique Encinosa following the conclusion of the main event. The card provided eight highly competitive bouts in front of the largest and loudest crowd to date despite the cooler temperatures. Ortiz and Encinosa gave credit to Richard Dobal’s exceptional matchmaking; which proved yet again boxing is on the rise in South Florida. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley pose together in front of a “green screen” during a video shoot Friday while on the national media tour for their upcoming world welterweight mega fight on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
The Pacquiao-Mosley tour makes its next stop TODAY in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for an open, public-invited press conference beginning at 3PM PT. At the conclusion of the press conference, fans in attendance will be invited to step up to the microphone and pose questions to their favorite fighter, their trainers and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum.
The next stops for the tour will be New York and Washington D.C.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Rico Ramos landed the crisper, cleaner shots en route to a hard fought unanimous decision over fellow super bantamweight Alejandro Valdez, scored 97-93 two times and 98-92. In the fleeting super middleweight co-feature, a rebounding Don “Da Bomb” George pummeled Cornelius “Da Heat” White before referee Randy Newman declared the fight a TKO in the first round on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME. (more…)
At the scales in Montehermoso, Argentina:
Samuel “Sammy Guty” Gutierrez 105 vs. Renan Trognco 105
For the WBA minimum weight title
Omar Narvaez 115 vs. Victor “Nene” Zaleta 115
For the WBO super flyweight title
Odilon Zaleta 112 vs B. J. Dolorosa 111
Néstor Daniel Narváez 118 vs Marcelo Antonio Gómez n/a
Mario Oscar Narváez 121 vs Eduardo Javier Carrasco 122
Soledad Edith Matthysse 122 vs Cecilia Luján Rodríguez 122
Cristian Rubén Gramajo 131 vs Pedro Leonel Prieto 130
Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo
Returning to his hometown for the first time in four years and coming off a one-year layoff, unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (34-0, 32 KOs) took out his opponent, late sub Matt Hicks (13-6, 12 KOs), of Las Vegas, with a left hook at 1:08 of round two of a scheduled eight-rounder that topped a card promoted by Zeferino Promotions at the Don Haskins Center. Hicks, a gusty opponent, went down from a body shot in the first. After the second knockdown, Hicks cited a broken or sprained wrist, and could not continue.
In the co-main event, Hector Camacho Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs) toyed with Juan Astorga (14-6, 9 KOs) through eight foul-filled rounds. The crowd booed sporadically as Camacho pot-shotted the forward-moving Astorga. Both fighters were repeatedly warned for low blows. Scores were 77-73 x 3.
In other results: El Paso featherweight Jennifer Han (2-1-1) outboxed Geni Taylor (2-2, 1 KOs) through four rounds, winning with scores of 40-35 x 3; El Paso welter Oscar Valenzuela (3-0, 1 KO) outscored game debuter Javier Nunez (0-1) through four rounds, winning with scores of 40-35 twice and 39-36; and, in the opener, El paso jr. welter debuter Carlos Villa (1-0, 1 KO) took out David Castillo (2-2) at 1:14 of round two. Stay tuned for a full report tomorrow.
By David Robinett at ringside
TeleFutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series returned to Northern California Friday night as super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillen remained undefeated with a four-round beatdown of Dennis Sharpe, (17-6-3, 5 KOs), at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. Referee Marcos Rosales jumped in to save Sharpe as he was being pummeled by Quillen at 1:54 of round four in a scheduled eight-round bout. Click here for full report…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Undefeated WBA #1 super bantamweight Rico Ramos (19-0, 10 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over two-time former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez (23-5-3, 17 KOs) on Friday night at Ballys Atlantic City. It was a competitive fight throughout, with Ramos doing a little more. Round ten was the best round of the fight. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 98-92.
Super middleweight knockout artist Don “Da Bomb” George (21-1-1, 18 KOs) vaporized previously unbeaten Cornelius “Da Beast” White (16-1, 15 KOs) in round one. White was dropped three times before the bout was waved off by referee Randy Neumann. Time was 2:02.
In an IBF heavyweight elimination bout, #4 IBF ranked heavyweight contender “Fast” Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over #11 Derric Rossy (25-3, 14 KOs). Chambers dropped Rossy with an overhand right in round six and generally picked him apart en route to a 115-112, 117-110, 120-107 victory to move one step closer to a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko.
2000 US Olympian Ricardo Williams (17-2, 10 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of four-time former world title challenger John Brown (24-19-2, 11 KOs). Williams battered Brown throughout the bout before dropping him twice in round six. The one-sided affair was halted at 1:36.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
WBA #8 welterweight Antonin Decarie (25-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Shamone Alvarez (21-4, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. Decarie dropped Alvarez in rounds five and eight.
A clash between WBC #3, WBA #7 welterweight Jo Jo Dan (28-1, 15 KOs) and former super featherweight champion Steve Forbes (35-9, 11 KOs) ended in round six technical deciuion for Dan after an unintentional head butt left Forbes unable to continue. Click here for full details
Photo: Rafael Soto
Marco Antonio Barrera 139.5 vs. Jose Arias 140
Daniel Sandoval 147 vs. Willy Medina 147
David Gaspar 115 vs. Jonathan Lecona 115
Enrique Bernache 122 vs. Hector Fuentes 122
Jorge Silva 144 vs. Cesar Beltran 145
Venue: Coliseo Olimpico de la U de G Guadalajara, Jalisco
Promoter; Zanfer, Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
Former three-time world junior middleweight champion Fernando Vargas, has had his return to the ring sidelined for at least a month it was announced today. Vargas was diagnosed Thursday with a case of pneumonia and bronchitis and was immediately put on antibiotics. Vargas was to battle Henry Buchanan on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at The Joint by Rogue at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, in a ten round super middleweight clash. “The Return of the Aztec Warrior”, a night of world-class professional boxing, was to be presented by Vargas Entertainment Promotions in association with Roy Englebrecht Promotions. A new date and venue for will be announced in two to three weeks.
Photos by Georg Moritz, Photo Wende
Lee Noble 157.6 vs. Ahmad Kaddour 154.7
Alfredo Di Feto 142.1 vs. Kasper Bruun 142.1
Erik Avlastimov 159.8 vs. Patrick Nielsen 158.7
Yaroslav Zavorotnyi 251.3 vs. Kubrat Pulev 246.9
Rudy Encarnacion 135.5 vs. Kim Poulsen 139.7
Paul Butlin 234.7 vs. Edmund Gerber 238
Jozsef Matolcsi 160 vs. Mahir Oral 165.3
Venue: Herning Kongrescenter, Herning, Denmark
Promoter: Sauerland Events
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Photo and report by Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Argentina, but now residing in Oxnard, CA, met the pre-weight requirement today and registered in at 173 lbs, the weight was within the mandated 10% over the 160 lb middleweight limit. Martinez, trained by 2010’s ‘Trainer of the Year’ Gabriel Sarmiento at the World Crown Sports Training Center in Port Hueneme, CA will step back into the ring on Saturday, March 12th against the undefeated Sergei Dzinziruk (37-0, 23 KOs) of Ukraine at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’. (more…)
Tomasz Adamek vs. Kevin McBride, originally scheduled for late April at Newark’s Prudential Center has been moved to Saturday, April 9th, it was announced today by promoters Kathy Duva of Main Events and Ziggy Rozalski of Ziggy Promotions. The cancellation of the planned April 9th PPV bout between Juan Manuel Marquez and Erik Morales, coupled with the proximity of April 23rd to Easter Sunday caused the change.
“Like Tomasz Adamek, many of the Polish fans are deeply religious and the fact that the bout was scheduled for Easter Saturday was troubling to them,” Duva explained. “We heard the fans loud and clear and, when the opportunity to move to April 9th presented itself, we decided to move to a date that is more acceptable to our fans.” (more…)
Austin “No Doubt” Trout has proclaimed a new era for New Mexico: “The Age of ‘Doubt.’”
Last week, Trout was a big fish in a small pond – at the top of the heap of local hopefuls. But after Feb. 5, after defeating Rigoberto “Espanol” Alvarez for the WBA’s version of the regular 154-pound title (not to be confused with their “super” brand), Trout has become one of boxing’s big fish with big names in his sights . . . Click here for more
Arthur Abraham 169.5 vs. Stjepan Bozic 168.6
Steve Cunningham 198.4 vs. Enad Licina 198.1
(IBF cruiserweight championship)
Yoan Pablo Hernandez 197.7 vs. Steve Herelius 197.7
(WBA interim cruiserweight championship)
Eduard Gutknecht 174.8 vs. Oleksandr Cherviak 175
Karo Murat 174.3 vs. Christian Cruz 175
Dominik Britsch 159.6 vs. Joe Rea 157.1
Francesco Pianeta 246.2 vs. Samir Kurtagic 235.8
Erik Skoglund 173.4 vs. Valerijs Rogozins 177.1
Venue: RWE Sporthalle, Muelheim, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
Hitz Boxing will return to the “Venue” in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, on April 9. The card will feature Chicago’s own “King” Carlos Molina (17-4, 5 KOs) taking on undefeated Ghanaian knockout artist Abdulai Amidu (19-0, 17 KOs) in a super welterweight showdown. In his last fight, Molina won the NABO light middleweight title against Danny Perez via twelve-round decision. Amidu was last seen winning a decision over Cristian Favela in August last year. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Junior Welterweight contender and one of Panama’s shinning new stars, WBA #3 Alberto Mosquera (16-0, 12 KOs) demonstrated his class and skills with a one-sided eleven round unanimous decision over Cristian Ruiz (15-1, 11 KOs) of Nicaragua to retain his WBA Fedelatin title in Panama City last night. The fight was much anticipated by local fans as both young boxers stepped into the ring with unblemished records. However there was only one dominant boxer in the ring and it was Mosquera who proceeded,from the very first round to attack and overwhelm his foe in all possible aspects – power, speed and ring generalship. To his credit, Ruiz was game and withstood his punishment bravely until the final bell. All three judges had no hesitation in awarding the Panamenian southpaw a lopsided 110-99 victory. “This is probably my best win. Everything worked perfectly tonight,” declared Mosquera after the bout. The card was held at the Atlapa Convention Center and promoted by Promociones y Eventos del Istmo.
By Christopher P. Cook
Boxing returns to Tampa’s A La Carte Event Pavilion tonight as local featherweight hero Charlie Serrano (10-2-1, 2 KOs) goes against Robert DaLuz (13-31, 9 KOs) of Providence, RI. DaLuz has hit a rough streak, losing the last 12 of his last 13 matches, and Serrano will be looking to exploit this in the first defense of his Florida State belt. (more…)
WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer (36-2, 29 KOs) has commented on his April 2 clash against interim beltholder Nathan Cleverly (21-0, 10 KOs) at the Wembley Arena in London. “I’m very happy about this fight. The venue is music to my ears. I’m a big soccer fan. The curse of the Wembley goal in 1966 has long since been broken by the goal of Didi Hamann in the old Wembley Stadium and the victory of our national soccer team in 2007 in the new arena. This is a good omen for me. As a boxer, I consider Cleverly to be very good. He’s technically very adept and can go at a good pace. But I’m the world champion and will defeat him.”
Jürgen has fought in England previously as an amateur. In 1996 in Blackpool, he stopped none other than British boxing hero Ricky Hatton. “That was nothing big,” recalls Brähmer. “After half a round the thing was over.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Sumio Yamada/WBC
Unbeaten 21-year-old Japanese prospect Kazuto Ioka (7-0, 5 KOs), 105, very impressively captured the WBC strawweight belt as he landed a beautiful left to the belly and flattened previously undefeated defending champ Oleydong Sithsamarchai (39-1-1, 14 KOs), 104.5, to prompt the referee’s intervention at 1:07 of the fifth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan.
Ioka took the leadoff from the outset and floored the southpaw champ with a short left hook midway in round two. Despite the 25-year-old champ’s retreating and countering strategy, Ioka accelerated his attack and seemingly controlled the fight, sometimes showboating in the third. The Japanese challenger maintained his pressure and scored with a double right to the elusive southpaw champ with precision in the fourth.
After the fourth, the WBC open scoring system indicated that Ioka was leading on two judges’ tallies 38-37 and 40-35, while another then favored the counterpunching champ with a 38-37 score.
The fifth witnessed Ioka block the champ’s overhand left with the glove and dig a vicious left uppercut to the midsection, dropping the champ in agony. The referee Bruce McTavish realized he would be able to count more than one hundred, so he promptly declared a stoppage in favor of the jubilant winner. (More to come)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough. Tonight’s card is no exception. From left, former world title challenger Alejandro Valdez (24-4-2, 17 KOs), undefeated WBA #1 super bantamweight Rico Ramos (18-0, 10 KOs), unbeaten super middleweight KO artist Cornelius White (15-0, 14 KOs) and hot prospect Don George (20-1-1, 17 KOs) all look fit and ready for their bouts airing tonight LIVE on SHOWTIME® (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
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