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Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Cermeno, Anurak make weight in China

Report, photos by Joe Koizumi Venezuelan veteran Nehomar Cermeno (24-5-1, 14 KOs) will put his newly acquired WBA super-bantam belt on the line ...

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Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Braehmer-Cleverly final press conference

Photos: Uwe Koch The wait is almost over! Five years after their first scheduled contest Juergen Braehmer (48-2, 35 KOs) and Nathan Cleverly ...

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Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Yordenis Ugas brutalizes previously unbeaten Bryant Perrella

Photos: Jane Phillips/Premier Boxing Champions Welterweight olympian Yordenis Ugas (17-3, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten rising prospect Bryant ...

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Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

Lonergan: Parker is in a perfect position

By Ray Wheatley - World of Boxing Photo: Dave Cameron IBF #1 heavyweight Joseph Parker (20-0, 17 KOs) will clash with Alexander Dimitrenko (38-2, ...

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PBC at the Crossroads

PBC at the Crossroads

By Karl Freitag In October 2015, Premier Boxing Champions presented eight live boxing telecasts. In October 2016, there are currently no events scheduled. ...

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Boxing News

FIGHT CAMP 360° Premieres New Episode this Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME

Days away from December 17th Super Six World Boxing Classic Final the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports follow Carl Froch and Andre Ward.



December 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Faragon headlines Jan 19 in Staten Island

On January 19 at Nicotra’s Ballroom in the Hilton Garden Inn in Staten Island, New York, Greg Cohen Promotions, in association with Sal Musumeci’s Final Forum, will present a card featuring unbeaten lightweight Michael “Baby Faced Beast” Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) in an eight-rounder against an opponent that is TBA. In the night’s eight-round co-featured event will be once-beaten super bantamweight Jorge “King” Diaz (16-1, 10 KOs) against an opponent that is also TBA. Scheduled for battle on the undercard against opponents that are TBA are Staten Island lightweight Nicky “Lil Nicky” DeMarco (3-2, 2 KOs), as well as Staten Island super middleweight Tim O’Neill (9-2-3, 5 KOs). DeMarco is the owner of the popular DeMarco’s Boxing Gym in Staten Island. Tickets are $50 to $250. Call 888.612.4191.



December 5th, 2011


Boxing News

Klitschko-Mormeck to be rescheduled; March 3 being considered

As previously reported, the scheduled fight for Saturday at the ESPRIT arena in Düsseldorf between IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko and his French opponent Jean-Marc Mormeck had to be cancelled due to a kidney colic of Klitschko. Last Saturday Wladimir Klitschko underwent an operation removing a kidney stone. After initial recovery, he had to cancel his participation at a RTL TV show last night due to recurring pain.

Prof. Dr. Peter Albers (head of the urology department of the University Hospital Düsseldorf) stated, “In his current state it would not be reasonable to compete in a world championship. After two surgeries within 24 hours, everyone needs time to recover.”

The plans for rescheduling the fight see March 3 as a possible date. “Purchased tickets remain their validity,” says Bernd Bönte (Managing Director, Klitschko Management Group).



December 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Ward, Froch camps prepare to wrap up; trainers extremely confident as countdown to Dec. 17 Super Six Final continues

Virgil Hunter: “Froch really doesn’t have a clue what he’s getting into.”

Rob McCracken: “…Carl has done more in the division than Ward…”

Less than two weeks from one of the most important fights in the history of the super middleweight division, the trainers for world champions Andre Ward (World Boxing Association) and Carl Froch (World Boxing Council) are brimming with confidence as training camp begins to wind down. The eagerly awaited inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Final is slated for Saturday, Dec. 17, at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J., live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



December 5th, 2011


Boxing News

Matthysse back in action

World ranked junior welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) of Argentina returns to the ring this Friday at the Club Ciclista (Junín) in Argentina. Matthysse will take on fellow countryman Sergio Priotti (25-10-1, 8 KOs) in a bout to keep himself busy before another major fight opportunity comes his way. Matthysee was scheduled to fight world champion Erik Morales this past September before he came down with Bronchitis thus forcing him to withdraw from the fight. The fight card will be promoted by Arano Box.



December 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Estrada; Barbosa top Rhode Island card

2004 United States Olympic heavyweight Jason Estrada returns to the ring for the first time since January on Friday, December 9th at the West Warwick Civic Center in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Estrada, 31, is looking to get back into the win column after two tough defeats at the hands of world rated heavyweight contender Franklin Lawrence and former world light heavyweight and world cruiserweight champion, Tomasz Adamek. This will be his first bout since elbow surgery. (more…)



December 5th, 2011

UFC

The Blueprint: Jones vs. Machida

UFC 140 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 10!

There truly is no rest for the weary when it comes to Jon Jones.

Seventy-seven days after facing Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the first defense of his UFC light heavyweight championship, Jones will return to action to face one of the toughest puzzles in all of mixed martial arts, Lyoto Machida. Eleven weeks is a short turnaround time for any elite fighter facing top competition, not to mention a champion defending his belt . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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December 5th, 2011

Twitter Watch

Kidney stones KO Wladimir Klitschko

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Public Address

According to sources close to the situation, next week’s heavyweight championship fight between WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO-kingpin Wladimir Klitschko and former cruiserweight champ Jean-Marc Mormeck has been called off after Klitschko suffered from nephroliths, kidney stones. The champion was admitted twice to the hospital over the weekend. Klitschko had the kidney stones removed but suffered from complications, making his title defense impossible.

Klitschko manager Bernd Bönte confirmed the cancelation, stating: “It is true, the fight is canceled. Wladimir is really sad and devastated, but he suffered from extreme pain.” The heavyweight champion had kidney stones removed in surgery on Saturday but suffered an inflammation. He went back to the hospital yesterday, canceling an appearance alongside his brother Vitali in a German TV show. The elder Klitschko said: “He felt nauseous and went to the clinic. He isn’t feeling so well.” A press conference with further updates is scheduled for later today in Dusseldorf, Germany.



December 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Anselmo Moreno back in Panama; calls out Arce

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: F. Levy

Panamanian WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo Chemito Moreno returned to Panama on Sunday after his great victory over former world champion Vic Darchinyan on Saturday in Anaheim, California. “I would like to face the best of my division,” said Moreno. “I want to prove that I am among the best and I would like to meet people like Mexican Jorge “Travieso” Arce and the best of my weight.” A reliable source indicated that the possibility exists that Moreno could make his next defense in New York City in April or May 2012 against an opponent to be named.



December 5th, 2011

Boxing News

No Controversy with the Mares-Agbeko Rematch; Moreno easily Decisions Darchinyan

By Miguel Maravilla

Abner Mares and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko had their rematch Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, four months after their first contest. On August 13th, Mares won a controversial victory retaining his WBC silver bantamweight championship and capturing the IBF title from Agbeko while Agbeko felt that he was robbed. During their first meeting, Mares landed numerous low blows but referee Russell Mora only warned him a couple of times and never deducted a point. Also, Agbeko went down after a low blow in the 11th round but the referee ruled it a knockdown. The judges scored their initial encounter 115-111 twice and 113-113 for Mares.

This time around Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) silenced Agbeko (28-4, 22 KOs) and his critics with a undisputed victory as all three judges scored the bout 118-110. “I am happy people saw the real Abner Mares,” said the fighter. “I beat him the first time and I beat him again!” (more…)



December 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Cotto-Margarito: Full Report from Madison Square Garden

By Matt Richardson
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer

If there is such a thing as a perfect night for a boxer, Miguel Cotto certainly experienced it on Saturday. In front of a sold-out and largely loyal crowd of 21,239 fans at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the WBA junior middleweight champion avenged his most infamous and bitter defeat to date by stopping rival Antonio Margarito in ten entertaining but lopsided rounds. The end came at the start of the tenth as referee Steve Smoger elected to call a halt to the bout on the advice of the ringside physician as Margarito’s right eye was entirely swollen shut. (more…)



December 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Felix Sturm: I landed the cleaner shots, I won the fight!

By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside

It wasn’t easy. But after the final bell, WBA super world middleweight champion Felix Sturm, his team, the press and most of the 14.000 fans sitting ringside at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim, Germany, were in agreement. Sturm had won this fight. Close but clear, as they say. They did not, however, anticipate the official judging. In a surprise verdict, the bout was ruled a majority draw. While Jean-Francois Toupin had Sturm ahead 116-112, as did FightNews and numerous other press outlets, Pasquale Procopio saw it a draw at 114- 114 and Ted Gimza even scored it 115-113 for the challenger, Martin Murray. (more…)



December 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Lozada wins war against Chavez

By Felipe Leon

Photo: Baja Boxing

In a clash of power against power, Tijuana KO artist Antonio “Kañitas” Lozada Jr. stopped Cesar “Dolar” Chavez in the second round in the main event of Baja Boxing’s “Homecoming” fight card held at the Ernesto Ruffo Appel Gymnasium in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico. The main event was televised live in Mexico by Televisa. Lozada (25-1, 22KOs) dropped Chavez (17-1, 7KOs) twice in the first round. Near the end of the round, Chavez effectively counter punched and sent “Kañitas” to the canvas also for his own trip.

As explosive as they began the bout, both Lozada and Chavez began the second round and a hard right hand from Lozada scored against the head of Chavez who crashed down to the canvas, first falling to his knees and then on his face. The third man in the ring, Gelasio Perez, didn’t even begin a count and immediately waived off the contest. (more…)



December 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Mansour-Mendoza: Full Report

By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside

WBO #7-ranked Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (16-0, 12 KOs) stopped resilient Colombian Epifanio “Diamante” Mendoza (32-13-1, 28 KOs) with an unanswered barrage of power shots at 1:17 of the sixth round of a scheduled ten round heavyweight bout Friday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. In the co-feature, hard-hitting Anthony Caputo Smith (12-0, 10 KOs) stopped Douglas Okola (23-8, 12 KOs) with a beautiful short left hook at :58 seconds into the sixth and final round of a light heavyweight bout. Dover Downs Hotel & Casino promoted the eight-bout card. (more…)



December 5th, 2011

UFC

Defining Frank Mir

UFC 140 is LIVE on PPV Dec. 10!

One of the top heavyweights of this era, two-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir has been quietly battling his way back to the top for a shot at a record-tying third belt, defeating Mirko Cro Cop and Roy Nelson in recent bouts. On December 10th, he will travel to Toronto for a UFC 140 rematch with “Minotauro” Nogueira, and a win will be precisely what he needs to end 2011 on a high note and set the stage for a big 2012 campaign. Here are his seven defining moments… Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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December 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Report/gallery: Rodriguez vs. Polley

Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Ricardo Trujillo; Photos by Chris Cozzone

Battling, battering and beating one of two elephants in last night’s ring, at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M., heavyweight hopeful David “Nino” Rodriguez added another notch on his career bedpost with a second round stoppage of St. Joseph journeyman Byron Polley . . . Click here for full report and gallery



December 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto, Margarito speak

By Mike Bernier

At the Theatre at MSG Top Rank held a press conference for the media. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum was thrilled with the turn out of the show, saying it was ‘just magic.’ The attendance was 21,239. WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto stated that he had a great camp preparing for this fight. As for future plans, Cotto stated he would like time to rest before he thinks about what is next for him.

Meanwhile Antonio Margarito, who received 12 stitches, was unhappy about the stoppage. “The doctor asked me three times. I responded correctly. I asked for at least one more round,” said Margarito, who added that if he was giving more time the fight would have ended in the later rounds just like the first time the two met in 2008. (more…)



December 4th, 2011

Boxing News

Huck challenges Povetkin; Sauerland promises Helenius-Chisora rematch

Photo by Photo Wende

WBA heavyweight titleholder Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KOs) was satisfied with his eighth round KO of Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs) in front of a sell-out crowd of 12,738 fans at a rocking Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland. “This was a good win for me,” he stated afterwards. “The preparation with Teddy Atlas had gone very well. I did what I was supposed to do in the ring and I am happy about the result.” At the post-fight press conference, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck stormed to the podium to challenge Povetkin. “I have defended my title eight times, I need a new challenge at heavyweight,” Huck said. Povetkin was quick to accept: “Let´s get it on,” he replied.

In the co-featured main event, Robert Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) clinched the vacant European heavyweight title with a controversial split decision victory over Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs). “This was the toughest fight of my life.” Helenius said. “I hurt my hand in the first round when I hit him and that affected me in the following rounds.” Chisora disagreed with the verdict. “I won this fight, no doubt about it,” was amongst the things he said at the post-fight press conference. “I took the fight to him and I should have won.”

Hall of Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland said he will negotiate a rematch. “It was a lucky win for Robert,” he stated. “We will offer Chisora a rematch but first Robert has to make his mandatory defense against Dimitrenko.”



December 4th, 2011

Boxing Result

Akaho keeps OPBF 115lb belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

WBA #10 unbeaten Ryo Akaho (17-0-2, 11 KOs), 114.75, kept his OPBF super-fly belt as he showed a lackluster performance in earlier rounds but picked up his pace thereafter to batter busy-punching but less powerful compatriot Toyoto Shiraishi (21-6-1, 10 KOs), 115, to halt him at 1:24 of the ninth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.

Shiraishi fought well by often pinning the champ to the ropes with a barrage of punches in the second and third sessions, but unfortunately suffered a vertical laceration on the forehead caused by the champ’s attack midway in the third. Why was Akaho so wild and free-swinging tonight? He seldom threw straight rights but only roundhouse rights and looping left hooks. Superior as he was on the volume of punches—if not on the stat of power punches, Shiraishi had the bad gash streaming blood continually with his face in crimson. After the eighth, the open scoring system indicated the champ was leading on points: 78-74 twice and 77-75. As Akaho caught him with solid combinations, referee Uratani didn’t hesitate to declare a halt despite the gory Shiraishi’s spiritual retaliation. (more…)



December 4th, 2011

Feature Story

Mares beats Agbeko in thrilling rematch

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In the first defense of his International Boxing Federation bantamweight world title, Abner Mares (23-0-1, 13 KOs) left little doubt this time that he is still the IBF king at 118 pounds with an electrifying unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko(28-4, 22 KOs) in the main event Saturday night on SHOWTIME®. Mares, of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, also took home theWorld Boxing Council Silver bantamweight belt with scores of 118-110 on all three judges’ scorecards in the 12-round rematch of their controversial August fight which Mares won by majority decision in Las Vegas. For more details and photos click here…



December 4th, 2011

Boxing Result

Ex-WBA champ Shimoda, Kamegai victorious

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Former WBA super-bantam titlist, southpaw Akifumi Shimoda (24-3-1, 10 KOs), 125, showed his excellent form in controlling rough-and-tumble ex-OPBF feather ruler Jonel Alibio (16-13-1, 7 KOs), 125, with speedy and sharp performance, winning a nearly shutout decision (99-91 twice and 98-93) over ten fast rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Shimoda had captured the WBA throne by dropping Ryol-li Lee three times en route to a unanimous nod last January, but yielded it to mandatory challenger Rico Ramos via seventh round KO in Atlantic City this July. Having overcome his forfeiture of the prestigious belt, Shimada fully utilized his swift lateral mobility and showed plenty of southpaw one-two combinations that greatly bewildered the game Filipino. The ninth witnessed Shimada have him at bay with a fusillade of punches upstairs and downstairs, but Alibio refused to go down with his pride and resilience. Shimoda looked sharp though he couldn’t finish the ex-OPBF champ within the distance. (more…)



December 4th, 2011

Boxing Result

Rodriguez, Escalante win in N.M.

Ringside by Chris Cozzone and Ricardo Trujillo

Photo by Chris Cozzone

El Paso heavyweight David “Nino” Rodriguez (36-0, 34 KOs) needed a round and 1:28 to stop pudgy journeyman Byron Polley (24-13-1, 11 KOs) of St. Joseph, Mo., tonight at the Pan Am Center in Las Cruces, N.M., on a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment. Polley plopped to the canvas three times before the stoppage. In the co-main, former contender Antonio Escalante (26-4, 17 KOs) stopped Rynell Griffin (6-7-1, 2 KOs) of New Orleans at 1:57 of round seven. On the undercard: El Paso jr. lightweight Jennifer Han (7-1-1) outboxed Albuquerque’s Nohime Dennison (4-2-1) to win with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 twice; Filipino super bantamweight Bruno Escalante (5-0-1, 3 KOs) pitched a shutout to game Aaron Fernandez (2-6), with scores of 40-36 x 3; El Paso flyweight Joel Garcia (5-0, 1 KO) and Rafael Rivera (1-4) of Arizona fought a six-round war, with Garcia winning by split decision, scores of 58-56, 56-58 and 59-55; El Paso welterweight Carlos Villa (4-0, 2 KOs) decisioned Omar Quevado (0-3) of New Mexico, with scores of 40-35 x 3. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.



December 4th, 2011

UFC

Bisping routes Miller

Cageside by Anthony Springer Jr. & Andreas Hale

For all the talk between the two headliners, it was about as one sided of a fight that it could be.

Michael Bisping routed Jason Miler en route to a third round TKO.

Despite a very tactical first round, the only “Mayhem” came from “The Count.” After surviving a first round in which he was taken to the mat, it was all Bisping all the time for the rest of the fight. (more…)



December 4th, 2011

Boxing Result

Cotto defeats Margarito when ring doctor halts fight

By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

In their long awaited grudge rematch, WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) on Saturday night before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Cotto won the first two rounds by moving and punching. In round three he opened up Margarito’s right eye, the eye which Margarito suffered a broken orbital bone in the Pacquiao fight. Margarito upped the pressure as the rounds progressed, but Cotto’s mobility and sharp punching still did more damage. Margarito’s eye was swollen shut by round seven, but he continually applied pressure despite Cotto landing the better punches. Doctors took a long look at Margarito’s eye at the beginning of round nine, but the bout continued. NYSAC doctors stopped the fight at the start of round ten. The time was 0:03. more photos



December 4th, 2011

Boxing Result

Rios stops Murray; Rodriguez defeats Wolak; Jones outpoints Lujan on Cotto-Margarito undercard

By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank

In a toe-to-toe slugfest, former WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (29-0-1, 21 KOs), who lost his title on the scale Saturday, #11 John Murray (31-2, 18 KOs). By the sixth round, Rios’ attack had badly busted up Murray’s face. Murray’s woes continued when he was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. The bout ended in round eleven when referee Earl Brown waved it off with Murray taking heavy punishment. Had Murray won, he would have claimed the vacant WBA crown. The time was 2:06.

In a rematch of their “Fight of the Year” candidate draw from earlier this year, welterweight Delvin Rodriguez (26-5-3, 14 KOs) settled the score with a clear ten round unanimous decision over Pawel Wolak (29-2-1, 19 KOs). Rodriguez battered Wolak in the final round to punctuate a 98-91, 98-91, 100-90 victory.

In an IBF eliminator, unbeaten IBF #3 welterweight Mike Jones (25-0, 18 KOs) hammered out a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision against #4 Sebastian Lujan (38-6-2, 24 KOs). Scores were 118-110, 119-109, 119-109. (more…)



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing Result

Abner Mares defeats King Kong Agbeko again; Anselmo Moreno schools Vic Darchinyan

By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In their highly anticipated rematch, undefeated IBF bantamweight champion Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) won a convincing twelve round unanimous decision over Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) on Saturday at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Mares suffered a cut over his right eye from a punch in round two, but still got the better of most exchanges. Clear low blow by Mares in round six doubled over Agbeko with no warning from referee Lou Moret. Mares’ cut started bleeding heavily from round eight on. Mares rocked Agbeko with an uppercut late in round eleven. At the end, scores were 118-110 on all cards.

In his first bout on U.S. soil, WBA bantamweight champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 11 KOs) put on a twelve round boxing clinic against former two-division Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan (37-3-1, 27 KOs). Slickster Moreno dictated the action against the aggressive Darchinyan, who was rarely able to connect cleanly. A frustrated Darchinyan was deducted a point for throwing Moreno to the canvas in round four. Moreno punished Darchinyan over the late rounds and won going away by scores of 116-111, 117-110, 120-107. For more details and photos click here…



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing Result

Jhonny Gonzalez destroys Roinet Caballero

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron

WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (51-7, 45 KOs) scored an explosive second round knockout over Roinet Caballero (31-11-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. A classic Mexican liver shot sent Caballero to the canvas for the count as Gonzalez defended his belt for the third time.

Lightweight Alejandro Sanabria (30-1-1, 22 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Vinvin Rufino (30-15-3, 14 KOs) in a clash for the vacant WBC Silver lightweight title. Body shots finished Rufino. (more…)



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing Result

Helenius gets hometown split decision over Chisora; Povetkin KOs Boswell in eighth round

By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside

Highly regarded heavyweight Robert “The Nordic Nightmare” Helenius (17-0, 11 KOs) won an extremely controversial split decision over Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (15-2, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant European championship on Saturday night in the main event at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. Looking nothing like he did in a lackluster loss to Tyson Fury, Chisora was very aggressive in an exciting round one where both fighters landed good shots. More good exchanges in the following rounds as Chisora continued to press the action. Good fourth round for Chisora. Nice toe-to-toe action in the sixth. Chisora definitely with the higher work rate throughout the fight. Scores were 115-113, 115-113 Helenius, 115-113 Chisora. After the fight, Helenius stated he injured his right hand in the first round and would have won more clearly without the injury.

WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 15 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round knockout over Cedric Boswell (35-2, 26 KOs). The former Olympic super heavyweight gold medal winner Povetkin was in command the whole fight. Boswell was staggered in round six and Povetkin further worked him over at the end of the seventh and finally floored him for the count with a barrage of punches at the end of round eight. Time was 2:58. (more…)



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Ganoy, Kimweri, Fleming victorious

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

Australian based Filipino junior welterweight Ranee Ganoy (32-11-2, 28 KOs) dominated Roy Tua Manihuruk (13-7-2, 11 KOs) over eight rounds at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores were 78-74, 79-72, 78-73. Ganoy, who is rated Australia’s best pound for pound puncher and trained by Graham Shaw, staggered the Indonesian several times but was forced to go the distance. Manihuruk recently took IBF rated welterweight Noufel Ben Rabah the distance in April. Ganoy stopped Manihuruk in three rounds in 2009. For more details and photos click here…



December 3rd, 2011

Full Report

Full report/gallery: Anne Sophie Mathis knocks out Holly Holm

Ringside report and photos by Chris Cozzone

There was an ominous feel to the desert mesa all week at Route 66 Casino, west of Albuquerque, during the events leading up to Holly Holm-Anne Sophie Mathis. But it had less to do with the scrapper from France and everything about the weather.

“Holly? She’ll outbox that girl like she always does,” was the general consensus. “As for that winter storm that’s supposed to hit Friday night? Eeee, that’s supposed to be a big one.” . . . Click here for more



December 3rd, 2011

Feature Story

Cotto-Margarito: Revenge or Repeat?

By Graham Houston

Revenge and redemption are the themes when Miguel Cotto defends his junior middleweight title against Antonio Margarito at a sold-out Madison Square Garden tonight (HBO PPV).

Cotto has no doubt that Margarito used loaded handwraps to win their first fight in Las Vegas three years ago. Margarito denies this, of course, but a photo produced by Cotto showing a tear in Margarito’s wraps after the fight would appear to be damning evidence. This time, Cotto promises payback. Margarito says that he will hit Cotto so hard that Cotto will feel as if there is hardened plaster inside Margarito’s gloves.

The oddsmakers believe that Cotto will get his revenge. The Puerto Rican boxer is a -200 favourite in the betting. Cotto won his last two fights by stoppage, over Yuri Foreman and Ricardo Mayorga, whereas Margarito has been inactive since Manny Pacquiao beat him up a year ago. Although Margarito gamely lasted the distance against Pacquiao he suffered a fractured right eye socket, and since then he has had a cataract removed from his eye. Although the New York commission has passed Margarito as fit to fight after an examination conducted by a commission-appointed eye specialist, there is a feeling in some quarters that the Mexican fighter might no longer be able to withstand punishment from a top-level boxer such as Cotto. (more…)



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Mares and Agbeko do it again tonight

Photos: Esther Lin / SHOWTIME

Undefeated Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) of Hawaiian Gardens, Calif., and challenger Joseph King Kong Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) of the Bronx, N.Y., both weighed in at 117.25 pounds Friday at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., just a day before their highly anticipated rematch tomorrow/Saturday, Dec. 3, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHP BOXING live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). (more…)



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Interview: Pawel Wolak

By Przemek Garczarczyk

Pawel Wolak talks about tonight’s rematch with Delvin Rodriguez.



December 3rd, 2011

UFC

Next generation of NM fighters enter TUF

TUF Finale 14 is LIVE on Spike TV Dec. 3!

Story by Anthony Springer Jr. 

Being John Dodson (11-5) just got a little bit easier.

The 5’3″ bantamweight punched his ticket to the Ultimate Fighter finale with a second round TKO finish of Johnny Bedford. The post-fight celebration included a lot of yelling and a couple back flips. While the world saw the fight Wednesday night, Dodson had to keep his good fortune under wraps upon returning to New Mexico. (more…)



December 3rd, 2011

Boxing News

Anthony Dirrell scores ninth straight stoppage in fourth-round injury tko over Renan St-Juste

Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell recorded his ninth consecutive stoppage after Canadian Renan St-Juste could not continue to fight following what appeared to be a separated left shoulder at 2:54 of the fourth round in the ShoBox: The New Generation main event. The evening’s opener featured Jhonatan “Momo” Romero scoring a 10-round split decision over Chris “The Hitman” Avalos in an action-packed super bantamweight bout by the scores of 96-93, 96-94 for Romero and 95-94 for Avalos. The doubleheader originated from Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., just up the 101 Freeway from where International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight titleholder Abner Mares and Joseph King Kong Agbeko will battle in a highly anticipated rematch tomorrow on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING LIVE at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) on SHOWTIME®. (more…)



December 3rd, 2011




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