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Ringside by Robert Hough
Photos by Laura de la Torre
Lightweight Eloy “The Prince” Perez (20-0-2, 5 KOs) cruised to an easy win over Roger “Speedy” Gonzalez (27-4, 18 KOs), firing off a slew of crisp, accurate jabs and slipping out of range to win every round on all the scorecards in the main event of this past week’s Friday Telefutura event (promoted by Golden Boy Promotions) at the Longshoreman’s Hall in San Francisco . . . click here for more
Moment of total honesty. I’m not going to pull punches. And I’m not going to sugarcoat it.
BJ Penn’s UFC 127 bout with Jon Fitch may very well be the toughest stylistic matchup of his career. If I wanted to create a prototype welterweight to give Penn problems, it would be a very big, athletic wrestler who has endless cardio, good standup, and prefers to take down opponents and grind away a conservative victory. . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto , UFC.com
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Heavyweight Tyson Fury says he wants British heavyweight titlist Dereck Chisora stripped by the BBBC. Chisora is slated to challenge IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klistchko on April 30. “I’ve been mandatory challenger for six or seven months and I just want to fight for the British title because this is holding up my career and he will drag it into next year,” Fury told the Daily Star. “Chisora is fighting Klitschko for the world title but he’s not even the best fighter in this country….I’m not ready for Klitschko at the moment and neither is Chisora, who isn’t ready for it by a mile.”
Unbeaten Frankie Gavin has warned new British light-welterweight champion Ashley Theophane that his reign will be a short one. Gavin stopped late sub Michael Lomax in seven rounds at Bethnal Green’s York Hall on Saturday, while Theopane lifted the British title with a points win over Lenny Daws at Wembley on the same night. And now Gavin is demanding a shot at Theophane – and says he’ll knock him out if he’s given one. “It doesn’t really matter who holds that British title, I feel I am ready for anyone,” said the 2007 Amateur World Champion. “Congratulations to Theophane because he beat a good fighter in Daws to win that Lonsdale belt, but what would I have done to Daws. Theophane’s now got something that I want, and I am going to be coming after him big time to get it. I’ve seen his fights and he’s a class act. But I’ll beat him hands down if he step up to the plate and faces me. Hopefully my promoter Frank Warren can get me a British title fight within the next few months.”
By Graham Houston
Everyone wants to see the best meet the best, but sometimes when elite boxers face each other a much-anticipated fight can end with one punch, almost before it really gets started. That is what happened when Sergio Martinez nailed Paul Williams with a huge left hand in their middleweight title fight last November, and it happened again on Saturday night when Nonito Donaire blew away Fernando Montiel in the second round of their bantamweight title bout.
With two big punchers in the ring, the end can come at any time. Sometimes it can all come down to who makes the first error of judgement, but it seemed to me that Donaire was dominating Saturday’s fight up to the sudden finish.
Montiel looked muscular and strong at the weigh-in, and his fight-night weight — as recorded on HBO’s scales — was 134 pounds, to Montiel’s 126. Yet Donaire, to me, looked a weight division the bigger man as they came out for the first round. (more…)
Between the spread and the who’s who in attendance, nobody cared too much that WBC Lightweight Champion Humberto Soto did not make the somewhat informal Top Rank presser announcing his May 6 rematch with Urbano Antillon, Saturday at Mandalay Bay’s Lupo Trattoria Del Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas.
Antillon was there – as was Jorge Arce and Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr., who share the co-billing on the Manny Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight . . . Click here for more
By Scott Ploof
Fight fans will be treated with not one but two extremely popular fighters making a comeback on Saturday April 9th at the Palladium in downtown Worcester, MA. In the main event, Worcester’s own former three-time world champion “El Gallo” Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6-1, 24 KOs) will take on the durable challenge from 32 year old Colorado native, Abel Perry (13-4, 5 KOs). The always exciting Rivera, will be stepping into the ring for the first time in over two years. Rivera holds victories over Frankie Randall, Michael Trabant, and Alejandro “Terra” Garcia over his illustrious 46 fight career. Former cruiserweight contender, Richie “The Mountain” LaMontagne (29-7-1, 24 KOs) will do battle in the co-feature bout of the evening against the young and rugged Worcester native Adam Harris (10-4, 7 KOs). LaMontagne, who hasn’t fought in six years, has held several regional titles over his 37 fight career and will pose a good test for the up and coming Harris. This fight card will be promoted by Jimbo Isperduli’s Paxton Promotions, and will be a terrific event in part thanks to the hard work of matchmaker, Ted Panagiotis. Tickets, on-sale now are available at the Palladium in Worcester, at an FYE store near you, or at tickets.com and are priced at $50 ringside and $30 general admission.
Photo: All Star Boxing, Inc.
Junior welterweight Jesus Pabon (16-1, 10 KOs) meets Mexican Americo Santos (26-3-1, 22 KOs) this Friday in the Telemundo televised main event. The two will clash for the vacant WBO Latino belt. Tuto Zabala Jr. President of All Star Boxing, Inc. will promote the fight card. The Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida will host for the event.
Pabon is looking to make his long awaited step up from prospect to contender. By winning the WBO Latino junior welterweight title Pabon would likely be placed in the top 15 of the world rankings of the WBO. He is riding a six fight win streak and looks to extend it against Santos. Fightnews caught up with Pabon as he is just days away from his fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF bantamweight champion Susie Ramadan (20-0, 8 KOs) talks to Fightnews about winning the world title by defeating Terri Lynn Cruz (17-7-2, 8 KOs) on Sunday at the Reggio Calabria Club in Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Unbeaten Australian bantamweight Susie Ramadan (20-0, 8 KOs) clearly outscored Terri Lynn Cruz (17-7-2, 8 KOs) of the USA over ten rounds to capture the vacant IBF bantamweight womens world title at the Reggio Calabria Club at Brunswick, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Sunday. Ramadan controlled the bout with effective aggressiveness and connected consistently with accurate combinations. In round five Ramadan delivered a power a left hook to the head of Cruz that had her on unsteady legs and by round six the American was visibly tired. The Australian hurt Cruz with a solid right hand in round eight that had her holding to survive. At the conclusion of ten fast paced rounds, referee Tony Maretta raised the hand of Ramadan who won by scores of Ray Reed 99-91, Bob Gibson 99-91, Somsak Sirianant 99-91. (more…)
By Mike “Bulldog” Cefalde
Photos by Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
A standing room only crowd at the Byzantine Center in Youngstown witnessed undefeated junior welterweight Jake “The Bull” Giuriceo defend his home turf with the best performance of his young career. Giuriceo (10-0-1, 3 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO victory over Angel Hernandez (14-9). In the co-main event, lightweight Dannie Williams improved to 16-1 as he scored three knckdowns in an eight round unanimous decision over the always game Harrison Cuello (20-15-3). For more details and photos click here…
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Moritz Müller
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm retained his belt with a dominating performance against tough challenger Ronald Hearns last night in front of 7000 fans at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. It was a fast-paced battle between Sturm and his American foe which ultimately ended after two right hands to Hearns’ head in round seven. The challenger was pinned in the corner and ready to go when the referee rightfully halted the action, making it a technical knockout win for Sturm. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo by Ray Bailey
Undefeated Polish Heavyweight sensation Mariuz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) successfully captured the vacant WBC Baltic Heavyweight title with a convincing third round knockout of Jonathan Haggler (23-4, 18KOs) at Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey before a crowd of approximately a thousand strong on Saturday night. The card also had an all out pierce six brawl in the co-feature as Osnel “Prince of Darkness” Charles (7-2) outslugged Danny “Little Mac McDermott (8-3-1, 3KOs) over six brutal rounds to captured the unanimous decision victory. The seven bout card was promoted by Prize Fight Promotions in association with Global Boxing Promotions. “The Boxing Diva” Renee Aiken matched the card. For more details and photos click here…
WBA Lightweight champion, Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta landed in Las Vegas today for his big showdown against Brandon Rios next Saturday in Las Vegas. Acosta who will take on Rios at the Palms was accompanied by his father and trainer Rafael Acosta, his brother Enrique Acosta and his wife Karla. The fight will be telecast by Showtime.
Acosta, 28-3-2, (22 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela, has won 19 fights in a row and for seven years, remains undefeated. Acosta has beaten three undefeated fighters in his last eight bouts. (more…)
Move over Manny Pacquiao.
Nonito Donaire reconfirmed his position as one of the best fighters in the Philippines and in boxing overall on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada when he dominated and stopped Fernando Montiel inside two short, violent rounds to win the WBC and WBO bantamweight titles. Montiel was violently knocked down after absorbing a hard left hook in the second round. Montiel attempted to rise but as soon as he got his feet planted, he fell backwards and hit the canvas again . . . Click here for more
The punch that knocked out Vic Darchinyan in 2007, launching Nonito Donaire into stardom might’ve been “pretty sweet,” according to the “Filipino Flash.”
But the shot that leveled Mexican legend Fernando Montiel, last night at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, crowning Donaire king of bantamweights and launching the Filipino on the path to super-stardom? “Now that punch,” says Donaire, “had to be the No. 1 punch of my career.” . . . Click here for more
“Fight real fighters – not busboys!”
Not quite as vicious as Nonito Donaire’s kayo punch of Fernando Montiel, but certainly as relentless as Jesus Soto-Karass was against Mike Jones last night was Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who let loose with a volley of barbs on Golden Boy, Victor Ortiz and Andre Berto . . . click here for more
It’s not often that you hear a UFC fighter say that he was a bad athlete growing up, especially since the Ultimate Fighting Championship is mostly populated by former standout wrestlers, kickboxers, and football players. It’s particularly surprising coming from James Te Huna, one of the light heavyweight division’s most powerful strikers . . . Click here for more by Phillip Ferraro , UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Tomoki “Mexicanito” Kameda won the NABF bantamweight title by twelve round unanimous decision over German Meraz on Saturday night in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but Kameda landed his shots with greater strength and frequency. The younger brother of world champions Koki and Daiki Kameda was ahead after both the fourth and eighth round announcements, and ultimately triumphed by scores of 119-110, 119-109 and 119-109 to raise his record to 18-0 with 12 knockouts. The NABF title is the fifth belt he has acquired in his short career. Meraz falls to 29-18-1 with 12 KOs. More photos…
Text & photo by Chris Cozzone
“The Darchinyan punch was pretty sweet, but this was the hardest punch of my career,” newly-crowned WBO/WBC Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire said at tonight’s post-fight press conference. “I was so surprised he got up – I put everything behind that punch. It was the hardest one I ever threw in my life.”
Willing to fight anyone – from 118 to 126 – Donaire said you can expect to see an even more ferocious fighter than the one who dismantled Fernando Montiel tonight at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“I’m a monster man,” said Donaire. “I’ve never felt so much confidence as I did tonight.”
Montiel was unavailable for comment, having skipped the presser for routine medical tests following his devastating knockout loss. Stay tuned for more photos and a full report tomorrow morning.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
In the latest chapter of the storied México-Philippines rivalry, former two-division world champion Nonito Donaire (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a spectacular second round knockout to take the WBC/WBO bantamweight titkes of reigning champion Fernando Montiel (44-3-2, 34 KOs) on Saturday night in front of 4,805 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. It was a left hook that put Montiel on the deck. Time was 2:25.
In a rematch of their exciting battle which took place in November, unbeaten WBO #2, WBA #3, IBF #3, WBC #4 welterweight Mike Jones (24-0, 18 KOs) won a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBC #9, IBF #14 Jesus Soto-Karass (24-6-3, 16 KOs). This time Jones didn’t punch himself out early and issued Soto-Karass a controlled, methodical beating. By round three, Soto-Karass was cut over both eyes and Jones was in command. Soto-Karass showed a lot of heart, but by the later rounds his face was a bloody mask. Jones won by scores of 115-113, 116-112, 117-111. Soto-Karass has never been stopped. Jones retained his NABO, NABA, and WBC Continental Americas belts. (more…)
World ranked Alejandro “Flaquita” Sanabria (25-1-1, 19 KOs) of Mexico upset former multi-time world title challenger Rocky Juarez (28-7-1, 20 KOs) by way of unanimous decision. Juarez was knocked down in the sixth round and the official judges’ scorecards were 116-111, 117-110, 114-113. The bout took place at the Gimnasio Ernesto Ruffo Appel in Rosarito, Baja California, Mexico.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A clash for the vacant Baltic heavyweight title made its way to Essex County College in Newark, New Jersey, on Saturday night as unbeaten “Polish Giant” Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) demolished Jonathan Haggler (23-4, 18 KOs) in round three. Wach stepped on the gas in round three connecting with five brutal unanswered shots that finished Haggler. Time was 1:22.
By Drew Amendola at ringside
Photos by Scott Foster
2008 Olympian heavyweight Deontay Wilder (15-0, 15 KOs) handed former WBO light heavyweight title challenger DeAndrey Abron (15-7, 10 KOs) his sixth straight loss on Saturday night at Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The bout was waved off at 1:23 of round two with Wilder battering Abron on the ropes. Time was 1:23. This was the first fight card sanctioned by the new Alabama boxing commission. Click here for more photos…
In his first fight since August 2009, former WBC super lightweight champion Junior Witter (37-4-2, 22 KOs) shockingly lost a ten round majority decision against Victor Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs) in a welterweight bout on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Witter frustrated Lupo with his constant clinching, but ran out of gas late in the fight. Scores were 97-92, 96-94, 95-95. Witter was deducted a point for holding in round nine and spent a lot of time on the canvas totally gassed. With the win, Lupo claims the vacant WBC Silver International title.
Lightweight Logan McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Hector Julio Avila (47-6, 42 KOs) to retain his NABA title. McGuinness dropped the 38-year-old Avila in round two and finished him with a hook to the body at 2:46 of the fourth.
Unbeaten welterweight Samuel Vargas (7-0-2, 1 KO) and Tebor Brosch (6-3-5, 2 KOs) fought to a ten round draw in a bout for the vacant NABA Canada title. Scores were 96-94, 95-95, 95-95.
By Karl Freitag
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm (35-2-1, 15 KOs) scored an impressive seventh round TKO over Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart, Germany. Sturm was in command the first two rounds, but Hearns, the son of ring legend Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, picked up the pace in round three. Sturm responded aggressively in dominating round four with his jab. Sturm continued to break down Hearns in workmanlike fashion. The bout ended in round seven when Sturm connected with a huge right hand leaving Hearns unable to continue. Referee was Raul Caiz Jr. Time was 2:30. “He showed he deserves to have the title,” said the The Hitman, who watched the bout from ringside. (more…)
In a clash of unbeaten heavyweights, 6’9 Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) demolished Marcelo Nascimento (13-1, 11 KOs)on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Fury dropped Nascimento with a big right hand in round one and finished him in round five with a right hand that put the Brazilian down and out. Time was 2:48.
Junior welterweight Ashley Theophane (29-4-1, 7 KOs) dethroned British champion Lenny Daws (21-2-2, 9 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision. Theophane dropped Daws twice in round nine and went on to win by 115-111, 115-111, 115-112.
Welterweight Craig Watson (20-3, 11 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over John O’Donnell (24-2, 11 KOs) in a clash for the vacant British title. Scores were 116-113, 117-112, 117-112.
Olympian jr welterweight Frankie Gavin (9-0, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over late sub Michael Lomax (17-4-1, 2 KOs) at the famous York Hall in London. Lomax stepped in after Jason Cook failed to make weight.
Former British heavyweight titleholder John McDermott (26-7, 17 KOs) destroyed Larry Olubamiwo (10-2, 9 KOs) in 75 seconds. McDermott dropped Olubamiwo twice to claim the British Southern Area heavyweight title.
Photo: Jorge Arce (far right) helps groom Giovanni Segura while Ivan Calderon (far left) and co-promoter Peter Rivera look on. The foursome were part of a press conference hosted today by Top Rank at the Mandalay Bay’s Lupo Traittoria Del Wolfgang Puck in Las Vegas. Bob Arum officially announced several upcoming bouts, including Arce’s showdown with WBO jr. featherweight champ Wilfredo Vazquez, Jr. and the rematch between Urbano Antillon and Humberto Soto, both of which will be featured on the May 7 Pacquiao-Mosley card. Arum also announced Calderon’s rematch with Segura, April 2 in Puerto Rico. Stay tuned for a full report and more photos.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Sam Cohen
Undefeated WBA #1-ranked International welterweight champion Brad “King” Solomon (16-0, 7 KOs) stepped up his sparring at the Heavyweight Factory gym yesterday with six tough rounds against Kronk gym light middleweight Domonique Dolton (10-0, 6 KOs).
Solomon’s performance earned praise from both Dolton and Hall of Fame Kronk trainer Emmanuel Steward, who commented: “I’m really impressed with Brad’s speed and moves in there. It was like watching Leonard and Hearns.” Dolton added: “Yeah, he’s pretty fast. It’s good for me to get in with guys like that for the different styles.”
Solomon and head trainer John David Jackson expect to step up the pace leading into the upcoming March 18th bout at the Seminole Hard Rock Live to be broadcast on ESPN Friday Night Fights. Solomon confirmed: “The next 2 to 3 weeks we’re going hard, working my body into condition. I’m feeling it right now.” (more…)
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