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By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Canelo knocked down the former “Contender” star with a jab late in round one, but Gomez was more embarrassed than hurt. Gomez held his own until round six when referee Wayne Hedgepeth suddenly stopped the fight after a Alvarez barrage. Gomez still had some fight in him. Time was 2:36. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Mexican ring legend Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) made history by becoming the first Mexican fighter to claim world titles in four weight divisions. Morales scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten late sub Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC super lightweight championship on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales broke open a see-saw battle and badly busted up Cano’s face late in the fight. Cano’s corner stopped the fight after the tenth. The 21-year-old WBC #12 Cano took the bout on short notice after Lucas Matthysse pulled out.
In a clash between promising super lightweight prospects, undefeated Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs). Lopez was the aggressor, Vargas was busier and prevailed 95-94, 96-93 on two cards. Lopez was up 95-94 on the third card. Vargas was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight. (more…)
Photo: Phil Soto/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #2/WBA #9 lightweight Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (23-0-1, 12 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over game Manny Perez (16-7-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona. Gesta stalked Perez but was never able to catch him clean. Perez tried to stay out of range with occasional flurries. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 99-91.
Unbeaten super lightweight KO Arist Jose Benavidez (13-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Dedrick Bell (6-10, 4 KOs) in the first round. Benavidez floored Bell twice in the 89 second affair. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Paul Childs Livepic/Action Images
WBC #13, WBA #15 heavyweight Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha (20-9-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at historic King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 6’9 reigning British and Commonwealth titlist landed big shots from the get-go leaving Firtha’s face bloody after the first round. Fury dominated round two, as well. Firtha, however, rocked Fury in round three with an overhand right that had him hurt and desperately holding on. Fury got back on track in round four, landing good shots and getting a credit for a knockdown at the end of the round. Fury was in command again in round five and the bout suddenly, inexplicably waved off by referee John Keane even though Firtha was still very much in the fight. Time was 2:19. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“You can’t hurt what you cant hit – this summarizes the chances of Ortiz in tonight fight against Floyd Mayweather Junior in MGM Grand,” former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told Fightnews.com. “Speed nullifies power and Ortiz will realize very quickly what I’m talking about. On the other side, you never know when fighters are getting old. This is basically Ortiz’ only chance – to hope that Floyd will get old tonight. If not, Mayweather has a too much a big time experience, he’s to quick to be bothered by Ortiz power. It’s not Ortiz’ time yet.”
By Robert Coster
WBC featherweight “champion in recess” Elio “The Kid” Rojas (23-1, 14 KOs) returned to the ring after an absence of over 17 months, stepping up to the jr lightweight class and putting on a clinic by halting Mexican tough guy Arturo “Guerrero” Gomez (18-18-5, 8 KOs) in eight rounds in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Gomez, a much better boxer than his 50-50 record would indicate, was popular with local fans, having fought three times before on the Caribbean island and given good account of himself. True to his warrior nickname, the Mexican visitor went on the attack as soon as the bell ring but found that Rojas was both elusive and terribly effective in countering his wild on-rushes. The smooth boxing Dominican side-stepped, ducked, jabbed and counter-punched beautifully, gradually wearing down his game opponent. By round seven, Gomez had very little left in the tank and Rojas, sensing blood, resolutely went on the attack in round eight, battering the outclassed Mexican until referee Ramon Valdez mercifully stopped the one-sided action. Said Rojas after the fight, “My long absence from the ring has not affected my skills and I think I proved it tonight. This was a message to the boxing world that Elio Rojas is back, hungry and better than ever.”
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Promoting professional boxing since 1981, Bobby DePhilippis has become a staple in the San Diego sports scene as he has featured everything from world champions before they were like Terry Norris and Manuel Medina to top contenders such as Christopher Martin, Antonio DeMarco and Mercito Gesta to everything in between. Friday, September 16th, was no different as Bobby D. Presents along with Jorge Marron Productions and Barron Entertainment presented “Stars of Tomorrow” at the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of “America’s Finest City”. With the most rounds scheduled being merely six, the five bout fight card featured young and up coming prospects in what turned out a night of unprecedented results and drama full action enjoyed by a healthy sized crowd of local fight fans. For more details and photos click here….
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hard punching Australian lightweight Lindsay Roberts who boxed from 1969 to 1985 has sadly passed away in Kempsey, New South Wales earlier this month. Roberts scored KO wins over Steve Hallcroft, Willie Leslie and Robert Namana but lost to Larry Valesini, Billy Moeler and future world IBF champion Lester Ellis. Roberts scored 15 wins with 13 by KO losing 24 with 1 draw. Lindsay will be sadly missed by family and friends and also the Australian boxing fraternity.
Golden Boy Promotions and The Great Promotions have teamed up to promote former jr. welterweight champ Devon Alexander “The Great.” Alexander will now campaign at 147 pounds, it was also announced at a press conference held this morning at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“One hundred and forty-seven is where I’m taking over,” said Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs). “I hate losing and I love to be on top – and that’s where I’m going to be.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer also announced that he would be approaching both HBO and Showtime with plans to stage a welterweight tournament with four to six elite fighters in the division, Alexander included. Possibilities to pit against Alexander include Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz, Marcos Maidana and Paulie Malignaggi, who was in attendance.
“If I fought Malignaggi, it would be a stepping stone,” said Alexander. “I’m at the top of my game right now.”
“Top of your game?” countered Malignaggi. “Last time I checked, neither one of us have a title – and you lost your last three fights.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Friday night’s 4th Annual “Fight Night” at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, was postponed due to rain. “It’s better for everybody fighters, sponsors – the fighters would be slipping,” said event coordinator Lestor Bedford. “Its for the safety of the fighters….we tried to hold off as long as possible – 2 hours – but the rain was steady. In over 30 years in boxing and over 500 fights with several outside, I have nver had a fight cancelled due to rain. Because of the free general admission vouchers and past experience, we were expecting 6,000-7,000.
The CNS promoted card has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct 14. the same tickets that were purchased for this show can be used for Oct 14. Refunds willl be granted Monday at the QuikTrip Park Box Office.
By Francisco Salazar
After losing a close 10 round majority decision to Edgar Santana in April of 2008, junior welterweight contender Josesito Lopez was disillusioned and frustrated by the outcome of the fight. Lopez though he had done enough to win, especially after dropping Santana twice in the fight. Weeks away from the gym turned into months, with reports of Lopez ballooning up to 180 pounds. Lopez even dabbled in real estate, as boxing seemed to be the last thing on his mind. Lopez almost gave up the fight game, but instead, came back to the sport. He was not about to let a bad decision, in his opinion, get the best of him. Since that crossroads point in his personal life and his professional career, Lopez has won his last seven bouts in a row. A victory tonight against an unbeaten fighter will put Lopez in more lucrative fights in the future. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
As first reported by Fightnews.com, unbeaten Pablo Cesar Cano will face Erik Morales on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be on the televised undercard of the “Star Power” card, which will be headlined by Victor Ortiz defending his welterweight title belt against Floyd Mayweather. Cano, (22-0-1, 17 KO’s) from Tlalnepantla, Mexico, Mexico, took the fight with a week’s notice when Morales’ original opponent, Lucas Matthysse suffered an injury during training camp. Although he does not have the amount of experience in big fights like Morales does, Cano was not about to turn down an opportunity to fight for a world title belt. (more…)
In the main event of Solo Boxeo’s Telefutura card at the Texas Station Hotel in Las Vegas, former Michigan State football player Seth Mitchell remained undefeated by laying waste to the walking heavy bag known as Hector Ferreyro with a third round TKO . . . Click here for more
On Thursday night, a near capacity crowd gathered at the El Paso County Coliseum for “Independence Showdown” a Goossen-Tutor promotion in association with Promociones del Pueblo for a WBC featherweight title fight between champ Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico City and Rogers Mtagwa of Tanzania.
On the eve of the day Mexico got their revenge against Spain, Gonzalez took it out against the African to the delight of the pro-Gonzalez crowd. Celebrating his 30th birthday, the champ gave himself and the Mexican people a present to remember . . . click here for more
It’s never easy to lose a parent. Jake Shields is finding that out first hand right now as he deals with the sudden passing of his father and manager Jack at the age of 67 on August 29th . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will defend on October 22 at the Arena Ludwigsburg against 6’6 Argentine Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs). “This is probably the biggest cruiserweight in the world,” said Huck. “I’ve never boxed against such a large opponent. I’ll have to adjust. It’s not so easy to hit him in the head.”
By Graham Houston
I wanted to wait until after the weigh-in before settling down to preview Saturday’s welterweight title fight between Victor Ortiz and Floyd Mayweather Jr. on PPV from the MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Now, I’ve seen it, and I am starting to buy into Mayweather’s assertion that he really is going to try to win inside the distance. Mayweather has said all along that he won’t be running from Ortiz. “I’ll be coming straight ahead,” he told this week’s press conference in Las Vegas. As Mayweather is normally a counter puncher, one has to ask oneself if he is simply seeking to heighten interest in the fight and thereby increase the PPV orders.
However, Mayweather seemed serious when he pushed his face into Ortiz’s and started what one can only surmise was a stream of invective after the fighters had weighed in this afternoon. If it was an act, it was a good one. Mayweather clearly seemed to be attempting to intimidate Ortiz; a Mayweather hanger-on waved a white handkerchief to remind Ortiz of the way the younger man surrendered against Marcos Maidana. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
50-year old Paul Nave, (19-9-2, 8 KOs), suffered the first loss in his comeback after nearly ten years out of the ring, losing an eight-round majority decision to undefeated Brandon Hoskins, (16-0-1, 8 KOs), at Albert Park Field in San Rafael, California. Scores were 76-76, 78-74, and 78-73 in favor of the faster, younger, and more active Hoskins. Nave spoke to Fightnews.com immediately after the fight and said he would take some time before deciding whether to keep fighting or hang up his gloves for good.
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the welterweight bout between Jake Shields and Jake Ellenberger and the middleweight battle between Court McGee and Dongi Yang, airs on Spike TV from the New Orleans Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana at 9pm ET / PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can also view eight live prelim bouts beginning at 5:30pm ET / 2:30pm PT.
Jake Ellenberger (170) VS Jake Shields (171)
Dongi Yang (186) VS Court McGee (184.5)
Eric Koch (146) VS Jonathan Brookins (145.5)
Jason MacDonald (185) VS Alan Belcher (186)
Vagner Rocha (155.5) VS Cody McKenzie (155.5)
Shamar Bailey (156) VS Evan Dunham (156)
Lance Benoist (170.5) VS Matt Riddle (171)
Donny Walker (135.5) VS Ken Stone (136)
Clay Harvison (170) VS Seth Baczynski (171)
TJ Waldburger (171) VS Mike Stumpf (171)
Mike Lullo (146) VS Robert Peralta (145.5)
Jorge Lopez (171) VS Justin Edwards (171)
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Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell (23-0-1, 17 KOs) remained undefeated in a third round TKO win over Hector Ferreryo (21-11-2, 12 KOs) on Friday night at Texas Station Casino in Las Vegas. The monster from Maryland teed off on Ferreryo from the opening bell, stinging the Texan with body shots. A final flurry on the face of a badly beaten Ferreryo forced the stoppage. An apparently confused Fereryo protested the finish, but with one eye closed, the stoppage was more than justified. Official time was 2:17.
In the night’s co-main event, unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (10-0, 6 KOs) topped Larry Smith (10-6, 7 KOs) in a lopsided decision win. Smith was limited to throwing single jabs for the bulk of the eight round affair, but kept Diaz from unloading by tying up an arm during most of the exchanges. The defensive minded fighter was unable to avoid the rout, as one judge scored it 80-72 and the other two had it 79-73 in favor of Diaz. (more…)
Video by Mary Ann Owen
Welterweights Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz get in each others’ face during Friday’s weigh-in in Las Vegas.
On the eve of the Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game, pro boxing came for the first time to the famous Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana. In the main event, unbeaten light heavyweight and prospect and Notre Dame graduate Mike Lee (7-0, 4 KOs) won a four round knockdownfest against Jacob Stiers (4-2, 2 KOs). Lee stalked Stiers and dropped him in both rounds one and two. Lee, however, didn’t have it all his way as he was dropped himself in round three and seemed hurt for a moment. Lee floored Stiers again with a body shot in the fourth to win by the unusual scores of 38-34.
41-year-old super middleweight veteran Troy Lowry (27-11, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fifth round KO over previously unbeaten Travis Loveless (20-1, 17 KOs). Loveless seemed to be wearing out Lowry and was credited with a knockdown in round four. Lowry however hurt Loveless in the fifth and sent him to the deck face first with a huge right hand. Time was 1:32. Lowry ended a six fight losing streak. (more…)
Photos: Phil Soto/Top Rank Boxing
Mercito Gesta 136 vs. Manny Perez 136
Jose Benavidez 141.5 vs. Dedrick Bell 139.5
Andy Ruiz 253 vs. Ken Frank 293
Gabino Saenz 124.5 vs. Esteban Nichol 125.5
Jose Roman 135.5 vs. Baudel Cardenas 131
Venue: Bluewater Casino, Parker AZ
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: Fox Deportes 10PM ET/7PM PT
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By. Gabriel F. Cordero
Robinson Castellanos 125.9 Vs. Aldimar Santos 125.8
WBC Silver Featherweight Title
María Salinas 104.8 Vs. Anahí Torres 104.5
WBC Miniumweight World Youth Title
Fermín de los Santos 129.8 Vs. Alfonso Pérez 128.5
WBC Super featherweight Cabofe Title
Venue: Palenque de la Feria, de Celaya, Guanajuato
Promoter: Boxeo de Gala
TV: Cadena 3 Channel 28 more photos
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s dramatic weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Victor Ortiz. Click here to view
Preparing for the biggest heavyweight showdown in history on Nov. 12 live on FOX, UFC® champion Cain Velasquez and challenger Junior dos Santos participated in a media brunch at Verandah Restaurant at Four Seasons Hotel today in Las Vegas. Stay tuned for a full report on Monday.
Tickets for UFC® on FOX: VELASQUEZ vs. DOS SANTOS, live from Honda Center in Anaheim on Nov. 12, are priced at $354.00, $229.00, $129.00, $94.00, $69.00 and $44.00, and go on sale Friday, September 16 at 10 a.m. PT. Tickets will be available at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000. Remaining tickets, if available, can be purchased at the Honda Center Box Office beginning Saturday, September 17 at 10 a.m. PT.
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Floyd Mayweather Jr 146.5 vs. Victor Ortiz 147
(WBC welterweight championship)
Erik Morales 140 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 140
(Vacant WBC jr welterweight championship)
Jessie Vargas 142 vs. Josesito Lopez 140.5
Dion Savage 168 vs. Adonis Stevenson 160
Juan Manuel Montiel 134 vs. Anthony Crolla 135
Dhafir Smith 168 vs. Marco Antonio Periban 168
Carson Jones 145 vs. Said Ouali 147
Cassius Clay 133 vs. Kyrone Butler 134
Venue: MGM Grand, Las Vegas
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Giampiero Marras at ringside
In a stunner, underdog Giulian Ilie of Romania stopped previously unbeaten Salvatore Erittu of Italy in round two and clinched the vacant IBF I/C title at 200 lbs. Ilie (now 18-4-2) was coming from another win on Italian soil, having defeated Cristian Dolzanelli in December last year. Erittu (now 21-1) was supposed to restore the Italian pride but clearly Ilie had other plans as he started at full speed and tried to bring the fight to the much taller Erittu. After an even first round, Ilie was able to find his distance and connected with a clean right hook to Erittu’s chin: the Italian contender was up but still wobbled and, after another barrage by Ilie, referee Vincent Dupas of France stopped the fight for good.
On the undercard, 17-years-old Joe Calzaghe Jr., the son of former world champ Joe Calzaghe, had his first ever amateur bout drawing versus Marco Satta in three.
Alberto Mura promoted.
By Francisco Salazar
Saul Alvarez has done something that few fighters have done before: make their professional debut before most teenagers are allowed to have a license to drive. Almost six years later and remaining undefeated after 38 fights, Alvarez has slowly moved from a special attraction to legitimate boxer. Alvarez would agree with the many people involved in the sport of boxing that he has a long way to go before he could even be considered a legitimate champion in his weight class. Although he has a world title belt at 154 pounds, Alvarez is eager to learn in the gym in order to face the top fighters in the division. Something he wants and is eager to do. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Saul “Canelo” Alvarez 153.6 vs. Alfonso Gomez 152.6
(WBC super welterweight championship)
Antonio Orozco 142 vs. Fernando Rodriguez 144
Venue: Staples Center in Los Angeles, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: PPV Full report plus photos
Tyson Fury 253 vs Nicolai Firtha 247.75
Venue: King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Promoter: Hennessey Sports
TV: Cablevision channel 464
After losing their ZDF TV contract, Universum Box Promotion has rebooted and will present their card in six months on September 24 at the DIMA Sports Center in Hamburg, Germany. In the main event, reigning European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (31-1, 21 KOs) faces veteran Michael Sprott (36-16, 17 KOs).
In other action, unbeaten heavyweight contender Denis Boytsov (28-0, 23 KOs) returns to the ring after another hand operation and intensive rehabilitation to face Matthew Greer (14-6, 13 KOs). Olympic gold medalist Rakhim “The Machine” Chakhkiev (10-0, 8 KOs) makes his ten-round debut against Michael Simms (20-9-1, 13 KOs) in a cruiserweight clash. Former cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez (49-2, 37 KOs) takes on Darnell Wilson (23-12-3, 20 KOs) in a heavyweight clash.
Also, former female champion Ina Menzer (26-1, 10 KOs), former WBC super featherweight champion Vitaly Tajbert (20-2, 6 KOs) and unbeaten featherweight Marcel Meyerdiercks (19-0, 5 KOs) will face opponents to be announced shortly.
Photo and story by Ray Wheatley/World of boxing
In a nationally televised title bout, Australian light middleweight champion Tyrone “The Cyclone” Tongia (17-2,9KOs) stopped James “The Goondiwindi Gun” Giltrow (12-3,7KOs) on Friday at the Mansfield Tavern in Brisbane, Queesnland, Australia. Tongia was impressive as he connected consistently with effective head and body punches and controlled the action in all of the rounds. In round eight Tongia dropped Giltrow with two body shots and the referee crowned Tongia the winner at 2:07 of the round. Tongia captured the national 154 pound title in 2010 by outpointing Andrew Godsen in a closely contested bout and stopped Pat Rullo in eight rounds of a title bout in 2011. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
On midnight, September 16th in 1810, a catholic priest by the name of Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla uttered a cry of “Viva Mexico” which marked the beginning of the Mexican War of Independence. To commemorate, Tijuana’s Zanfer Promotions along with Mexican mega channel Canal Azteca traveled a few miles south to the seaside hamlet of Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico, to present a seven bout fight card. Equivalent to the United States’ 4th of July, Mexico’s Independence Day is celebrated with much flag waving and fireworks. It was no different inside the Ernesto Ruffo Apel Municipal Gymnasium as former world champ Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (36-6-1, 29KOs) did short work of Colombian Juan Carlos Leon in two rounds of the super flyweight contest. For more details and photos click here…
Tom Loeffler (Managing Director of K2 Promotions) talking about the recent Klitschko vs. Adamek fight in Poland and looking to the future.
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