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WBC Super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez finished hard training this weekend in Las Vegas by dropping sparring partners weighing up to 168 pounds. Motivated for his May 5 showdown with “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Alvarez said he felt like he could go another 15 rounds. For more photos: (more…)
It’s the final stretch of Floyd Mayweather’s career and the 35-year-old is determined to give you the most exciting fights of his career — whether one of those fights ends up being against Manny Pacquiao or not. On May 5th (or Cinco De Mayweather) the five-division world champion will face Miguel Cotto in a junior middleweight tilt that the man known as “Money” says won’t see the final bell. It’s part of Mayweather’s plan to be more active and give fight fans as much “Money” Mayweather as they can handle. With Mayweather coming off of a September knockout victory over Victor Ortiz, he made it a point to return to the ring as soon as possible. Rather than take the year long layoff, Mayweather worked quickly to secure the date with Cotto. Let him tell it, by getting back into training camp faster he’s able to keep his swords sharp. (more…)
Yusaf “Catter” Mack (30-4-2, 17 KOs) captured the vacant USBA light heavyweight belt with a dominant twelve round unanimous decision over rugged Omar Sheika (32-12, 21 KOs) Friday night at the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The eight bout card promoted Nedal Abuhumoud of Nedal Promotions and Andre Kut of KEA Boxing Promotions also had an entertaining co-main event featuring undefeated super middleweight Derrick “Take it to the Bank” Webster (13-0,7 KOs) who got off the canvas not once, but twice to capture an eight round unanimous decision over the tougher-than-expected Sabou Ballogou (8-5, 3 KOs). (more…)
Very few things are certain when it comes to the UFC lightweight division.
Benson Henderson is the champion. Barring injury, he will make the first defense of his crown later this year against the man he snatched it from, Frankie Edgar . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
In the end, there were no miracles left for Bernard Hopkins. No age-defying win. No proving the critics wrong. On Saturday night in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the 47-year old Hopkins finally did what the experts have been predicting for almost his whole career – he lost (legitimately) to a younger opponent. In the main event of a card televised by HBO, Hopkins lost his light heavyweight title to Chad Dawson by majority decision.
But there was no gold watch for the boxer, either. Because even though it now seems like the road for the legendary fighter has finally come to an end, no one is willing to completely count him out either. “It all depends what the motivation is,” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KO’s) said at the post-fight press conference regarding his future in the sport. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Current undefeated WBA World Featherweight Champion Chris “The Dragon” John (46-0-2, 22 KOs) and Mohammad Nor Rizan (5-1, 4 KO’s) from Singapore recently had an open sparring session at the Fightworks Gym in Singapore. It was a very special opportunity for the media as it is rare to get to see a sparring session so close to the fight. John, the “WBA Fighter of Decade” will make the 16th defence of his title at The Marina Bay Sands Resort in Singapore against Japan’s Shoji Kimura (24-4-2, 9 KOs) on Saturday. Making the 16th defense of his title, John says he is staying focussed as is targeting a KO victory against Kimura. (more…)
From Matt Richardson
Professional boxing returns to Lowell, Massachusetts – home of “Irish” Micky Ward and Dicky Eklund – for the first time in seven years, on Wednesday night, May 9 at Lowell Memorial Auditorium. Local fan favorites “Irish” Joe McCreedy and Sean Eklund, whose uncles are Micky and Dicky, will fight in front of their hometown fans for the first time as pros on the “Homecoming” card, and former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris will be making his Bay State debut. (more…)
Former world 140lb champion Paulie Malignaggi (31-4, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBA welterweight champion Vyacheslav Senchenko (32-1, 21 KOs) to claim the WBA 147lb belt on Sunday night at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine. Good start for the shorter Malignaggi who had a big edge in handspeed and usually beat Senchenko to the punch. The champion started to come on in round four and it seemed the tide was turning. However, by round seven, Paulie’s jabs had developed a mouse under Senchenko’s left eye and “The Magic Man” began to target that eye causing it to swell dramatically. Referee Steve Smoger took a long look at the damaged eye in round eight and the eye was completely closed at the start of round nine. After Malignaggi rocked Senchenko with a big right hand he never saw coming, Smoger waved it off to save the Ukrainian from further damage. Time was 1:10. Malignaggi is now expected to defend his new belt on October 20 at the new Barclays Center in his native Brooklyn. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
April 28, Toledo, Ohio: Inactive for a year-and-a-half, former WBO World Junior-Middleweight Champ Bronco McKart showed that age 41 that while he may be several years removed as a serious contender for the upper level world belts, he is still in excellent condition; he was pressed for twelve full rounds by a very determined Jose Medina. This main go was featured, topping a seven-bout card in the beautiful new building in downtown Toledo, the Huntington Center, a structure primarily used for Toledo’s minor league hockey team, the Walleye. The handsome venue, which contains amenity accommodations for high-rollers, is ideal for modern age boxing, affording a more intimate atmosphere appropriate to a sport that can get “lost” in the capaciousness of such an stadium as Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena. For more details and photos click here…
Max Hiler isn’t your typical 12-year-old.
As a student, he’s in the gifted and talented program at school, bringing home straight As on his report card. He loves science, and is fascinated by Stephen Hawking, the renowned British theoretical physicist who suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), more commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. . . . Click here for more by E. Spencer Kyle, UFC.com
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Vyacheslav Senchenko 146.6 vs. Paulie Malignaggi 145.8
(WBA welterweight championship – 12 rounds)
Iago Kiladze 199.5 vs. Julien Perriaux 196.8
(WBA inter-continental cruiserweight title – 12 rounds)
Oleh Yefimovych 125.5 vs. Sergio Santillan 125.2
(WBA inter-continental featherweight title – 12 rounds)
Volodymyr Kravets 139.2 vs. Abdoulaye Soukouna 139.7
(IBC light welterweight title – 12 rounds)
Time: Sunday, April 29, 1:00 PM/ET 10:00 AM/PT
Venue: Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine
Promoter: Union Boxing Promotion
Special Guest: Evander Holyfield
Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer
PPV Announcers: Benny Ricardo (blow-by-blow), Corey Erdman (analyst)
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What was supposed to be a homecoming for formerly undefeated Fidel “The Atrisco Kid” Maldonado (13-1, 11 KOs) turned out to be a nightmare – and a first loss. The Telefutura-televised, Golden Boy and Golden Girl-promoted card from the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M., saw Maldonado lose his WBC lightweight youth belt to unheralded Mexican Fernando Carcamo (10-3, 7 KOs). Maldonado was floored in round one by a right uppercut and, in the second, a short right hand by Carcamo dropped the hometown favorite a second time. When the fight resumed, Carcamo pounded Maldonado with a big left, prompting the ref to stop the fight at 1:10. In the co-main event, Albuquerque welterweight “Hurricane” Hector Munoz (20-7-1, 13 KO’s) forced John Revish (9-6-2, 8 KOs) to quit halfway through the third round. Backed by former 5-time champ Johnny Tapia in his corner, Munoz forced the action, overpowering his opponent until the ref waved it off at 1:30.
In other results: Albuquerque flyweight Brandi Montoya (3-2) avenged an earlier loss from Santa Fe’s Natalie Roy (3-1, 1 KO) with a six-round unanimous decision, scores of 60-54 twice, and 59-55. In a crosstown rival match between Albuquerque super middleweights, Jesus Correa (1-0) got the unanimous nod over Charles “The Beast” Alderete (1-2) with scores of 40-36 x 2 and 39-37. In a four-round lightweight bout, Albuquerque’s Yorden Hernandez (2-0) outboxed Roswell’s John “Smiley” Herrera (1-3-1) with a shutout 40-36 x 3 score. In a female bout at feather, Albuquerque’s Heather Jo Clark (1-0) was successful in her pro debut taking a split decision win over Farmington’s Chavira “Viper” Jack (1-2), scores of 39-37 across the board.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
In a grudge rematch, former world champion “Bad” Chad Dawson (31-1, 17 KOs) was too young, too fast and too strong for 47-year-old WBC light heavyweight world champion Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (52-6-2, 32 KOs) and took a twelve round majority decision in a fight that never reached any heights on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. After their no-decision last October, Hopkins came out wrestling and clinching in classic Hopkins fashion. Dawson was cut on the side of his left eye by a headbutt in round four. Dawson was the aggressor and as the fight progressed he often outworked the future Hall of Famer. Dawson was cut over the right eye by a punch in round eight. Hopkins tried a tackle in round eleven, but Dawson never really let Hopkins back in the fight. Scores were 117-111, 117-111, 114-114.
In his post fight comments, Dawson called out super middleweight champion Andre Ward at light heavyweight or a catchweight. Hopkins refused to give an interview in the ring after the fight.
Highly regarded unbeaten American heavyweight hope Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (25-0-1, 19 KOs) and “The Gentleman “Chazz Witherspoon (30-3, 22 KOs) for the vacant NABO heavyweight title. Witherspoon battered the WBO #6 Mitchell in round one, but Mitchell came back strong in round two and knocked down Witherspoon in round three. Referee Randy Neumann waved it off shortly after. Time was 2:31. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (52-7, 45 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over WBC world champion in recess Elio Rojas (23-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Oasis Cancun Arena in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Defending his title for the fourth time, Gonzalez pressed the action with Rojas trying to box from the outside. Gonzalez put Rojas on the deck in round ten. Scores 116-111, 116-112, 117-111.
IBF jr lightweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (25-1-1, 16 KOs) retained his title by majority decision over Martin Honorio (32-7-1, 16 KOs). Salgado dropped Honorio in round two with a hard jab and put him down again in round three, however the champion was cut over the left eye by a headbutt midway that bled heavily for the rest of the night as Honorio got back into the fight. Scores were 114-112, 114-112, for Salgado and 113-113. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez said after the fight that he felt that he was fighting at home for the first time in a long time. He sure gave those fans in attendance at the Fairplex in Pomona, CA a lot to cheer about. Gonzalez dropped voluntary challenger Ramon Garcia twice in the fourth round, the final one prompting the referee to stop the fight in the fourth round before a pro-Gonzalez crowd on Saturday night.
Gonzalez returned to the ring after having fought just six weeks ago at the Palenque de Gallos in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. In that fight, he knocked out Manuel Jimenez with a body shot in the first round of a scheduled 10 round bout.
Despite entering the fight with Gonzalez having lost in two out of his last three outings, Saturday night marked the seventh time in a row Garcia was fighting in a world title bout. Prior to facing Gonzalez, Garcia lost to Donnie Nietes by unanimous decision, losing the WBO world title belt he had won with a fourth round knockout over Jesus Geles last April. (more…)
Former WBO world title challenger Brian “The Beast” Minto (36-5, 23 KOs) destroyed heavyweight Matt Hicks (13-7, 12 KOs) Saturday night at the Mountaineer Casino and Resort in Chester, West Virginia. After Minto landed a devastating overhand right late in the initial stanza, the bout was halted at 2:48 of round one. The victory marks Minto’s second win in his last three fights.
Sizzling hot power punching prospect Joel Diaz (9-0,8 KOs) delivered a major beat down to veteran Yogli Herrera (22-15, 15 KOs) in the 8 round co-feature. Diaz’ dropped Herrera several times up until stopping him by 5th round TKO stoppage victory.
Jake Giuriceo UD8 Juan Santiago
Brian Minto KO1 Matt Hicks
Joel Diaz Jr. TKO4 Yogli Herrera
Morgan Fitch KO1 Romon Barber
Sam Vasquez UD4 Damon Antoine
Bill Hutchinson UD4 Augustin Cicero
Jaque Lutz UD4 Michael Wilmer
Promoter: Roy Jones Jr. Presents in association with TNT Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim super flyweight beltholder Liborio Solis (14-3-1, 7 KOs) outpointed Santiago Acosta (17-9-2, 7 KOs) over twelve rounds to retain his belt at the Coliseo Roberto Romero Bolivar in Maracay, Venezuela. Scores were 117-111, 119-109 and 120-108.
WBA interim female featherweight beltholder Ogleydis Suarez (17-2-1, 7 KOs) topped Pamela Benavidez (9-8-3, 2 KOs) over ten by scores of 98-92 on all three cards.
Bantamweight Henry Maldonado (15-1, 11 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Jimenez (19-5, 13 KOs)
On Wednesday, April 25, at the Marin Center in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, promoter Sampson Lewkowicz of Sampson Boxing and co-promoter Lesley Commission of 340 Boxing Promotions presented “Boxing in Paradise V” to a sold-out crowd. Fighting in the night’s main event before a hometown crowd, John “The Rock” Jackson (13-0, 12 KOs) son of former world champion Julian Jackson, defended his WBC Youth World Light Middleweight Championship and spoiled the undefeated record of Mexico’s Jesus Selig (14-1-1, 9 KOs) via TKO 3 (1:33).
In the main supporting bout, older brother Julius “The Chef” Jackson (13-0, 9 KOs) successfully defended his USNBC Super Middleweight Title with a TKO 2 (3:00) over Durrell Richardson (13-5, 5 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio. (more…)
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