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By Nick Giongco
Photo: Nick Giongco
Moments before he left for Los Angeles via Philippine Airlines late Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao told the Filipino media that he remains focused in his career as a fighter and that he is looking forward to a great night of boxing against Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I am still hungry for championships and hungry for more victories,” said Pacquiao during a sendoff party at the penthouse of the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila.
Pacquiao said he feels the pressure of winning big against Mosley because he simply can’t afford to let his countrymen down. “I know that a lot of Filipinos are expecting me to win big so that gives me the motivation to train hard so I can make them happy again,” said the 32-year-old pound-for-pound king. (more…)
The earthquake and tsunami disaster postponed all cards at the Korakuen Hall after March 11 until April or May, and there happened no shows at the Hall in March thereafter. The Hall, however, has seen a resumption of boxing activities in the beginning of April.
We saw national title tripleheader at the Hall today (Saturday).
WBA#3/WBC#9 Akira Yaegashi (14-2, 7 KOs), 104.75, easily kept his national minimumweight belt by scoring a nearly shutout decision (99-91, 99-92 and 100-91) over WBC/WBA#11 Norihito Tanaka (13-4, 7 KOs), 105, over ten. Tanaka was just a disappointment without showing any strategy against the fleet-footed and fast-handed champ.
WBA#13 Satoshi Hosono (20-1, 14 KOs), 126, also easily retained his national feather throne as he caught overmatched #9 Kazuyoshi Yasuda (8-8, 1 KO), 125.5, en route to an abrupt halt at 1:25 of the third session. What Yasuda displayed against the onrushing champ was only his fast footwork, which stopped with the champ’s onslaught in the fatal canto. Hosono, nicknamed Bazooka thanks to his power punching, once moved down to the 122-pound category to have an unsuccessful shot at Poonsawat Kratindaeng-gym and then came back to his previous 126-pound division to regain his national feather belt.
Newly crowned Japanese super-feather champ Seiichi Okada (14-1, 9 KOs), 130, decked his initial defense by dispatching Hero Bando (22-11-7, 9 KOs), 130, at 0:11 of the ninth session. Okada had the veteran loser at bay in the fourth, sixth and eighth to show his superiority in power.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Sometimes the best fights can be made from the not-so-best fighters on not-so-known club shows.
Competing with the dazzle of upper echelon network fights splashed across the Strip’s digital billboards and “cabvertised” on Vegas taxis, club shows have struggled for consistency in Sin City. In fact, Vegas’ sole club level promoter, Crown Boxing, has juggled layoffs and venue swaps before finding its latest home at The Rio’s Convention Center . . . Click here for more
Photo: Georg Moritz/Photo Wende
It’s not just New York or LA where international superstars meet these days. On Friday night, living boxing legend Evander Holyfield and star singer Justin Bieber caught up in Herning, Denmark. The four-time world heavyweight champion was in town to attend Saturday´s TV2 Fight Night and promote his upcoming legends-of-the-ring clash with Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen on May 7, while Bieber gave a concert in front of a sell-out crowd at the brand-new Jyske Bank BOXEN. The 17-year-old has most recently done a sparring session with WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye in London. Bieber was excited to meet “The Real Deal” and had a skateboard and gloves signed. “It was great to meet Justin Bieber,” Holyfield said. “My kids would have loved this, too. I can´t wait to show them the pictures and tell them about it.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk from Bydgoszcz
Puerto Rico’s mandatory undefeated WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO), who in couple of hours will try to take the green champion’s belt from Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO) at the Luczniczka Event Center in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will be fighting for himself and hopefully his newborn son. “Just got the news, that in a couple of hours my first child, Jayden Anthony Palacios, will be born. My girlfriend Leslie is in labor now and most likely she will deliver at the same time I step into the ring to fight Diablo. Hopefully, by then it will be two Palacioses fighting one Wlodarczyk. I didn’t need any extra motivation for tonight to be at my best, but I have one anyway,” said Palacios.
Weights by Jose Leon Castillo
From the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, NM for tomorrow night’s “Rising Stars Battle at the Bosque” card:
Archie Ray Marquez 133 vs. Johnny Frazier 133
Amanda Crespin 130 vs. Carla Torres 130
Vincent Maribal 147 vs. Trenton Titsworth 147
Brandi Montoya 116 vs. Natalie Roy 116
Tim Means 180 vs. Adrian Lopez 180
Mike Herrera 115 vs. Leonardo Sanchez 115
Donald Sanchez 145 vs. Michael Gallegos 145
Antonio Martinez 135 vs. John Herrera 135
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Victor Barragan (12-7, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., put an end to the two-year win streak of Las Vegas’ Henry Namauu (9-4, 5 KOs) tonight at the Rio on a card promoted by Crown Boxing. In what might be the best Vegas club show in years – and the highest action bout of 2011, so far – the two cruiserweights battered one another through 10 rounds – but Namauu found himself on the short end and on the verge of a stoppage in the final round. Scores favored Barragan 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92. In the four-round female co-main, super flyweight Mandy LaPointe (3-1-1, 1 KO) and undefeated Annette Agredano (5-0-1) fought to a majority round, scores of 38-38 twice and, somehow, 40-36, LaPointe, Vegas featherweight Rocco Santamouro (7-0) had to settle for yet another win by decision, though he did knock down human bop bag Gabe Garcia (4-7-1, 1 KO) on his way to win with scores of 40-35 and 39-36 twice. In the opening bout, Vegas featherweight Rocco Espinoza (1-0) had a successful debut in a four-round war with Armando Gonzales (1-1, 1 KO), winning with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Jason Gavern 236.7 vs. Darnell Wilson 227.7
Luis Ortiz 240.7 vs. Larry Butler 289.2
David Loy 247.2 vs. Justin Riegle TBA
Savanna Hill 111.7 vs. Patricia Alcivar 113.2
Kadel Martinez 118.7 vs. Arturo Santiago 120.2
Todd Brown 201 vs. Daniel Gonzalez 274.5
Yoandris Salinas 122.2 vs. Ivan Moxey 118.5
Sean Bennett 234.5 vs. Alex Cruz Medina 286.2
Venue: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida
Promoter: Rebecca Valenza (Botanileeko Promotions LLC)
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Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Edgar Sosa 111.9 vs Kenichi Horikawa 111.9
Alberto Garza 125.6 vs Robinson Castellanos 122.3
Giovani Caro 119.4 vs Genaro Camargo 121.9
Miguel Gonzalez 124.5 vs ??
WBCBoxing.tv will present two boxing webcasts, free of charge, tonight. The webcasts are available in all countries.
WBCBOXING.TV WEBCAST AT 10:30 P.M. (22:30 hrs) CENTRAL TIME:
In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Arena Mexico in Mexico City – WBC International flyweight champion Edgar Sosa, 41-6 with 24 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his second title defense against Kenichi Horikawa, 20-9-1 with 4 knockouts, of Kyoto, Japan. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Boxing continues to conjure varied images in the minds of those who still pay it any. One lingering impression of the sport remains that of avaristic corruption, which plunders the very soul of this purest human competition. The shady dealings of generations of unethical and unsavory characters rightfully lend credence to these criticisms. However the true character of boxing lies in the fighter’s urge to beat the odds fighting for a greater good. Some fighters fight simply to support their families. Some fight to honor a fallen loved one. Some fight to lift up a community. (more…)
Former world champion Eric Morel (44-2, 22 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over late sub and three time title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (37-5-1, 28 KOs) in a super bantamweight clash on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California. Maldonado was down in round one, and referee Raul Caiz Sr. called a halt to the bout at the end of round four.
Unbeaten super bantamweight Randy Caballero (9-0, 5 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Felix Perez (7-3, 3 KOs). Caballero dropped Perez in the first and the referee waved it off at 2:42 of round two.
Lightweight Ramon Valadez (7-1, 4 KOs) scored a highlight reel first round knockout over Rob Diezel (5-4, 1 KO). Time was 1:42.
Earlier tonight undefeated welterweight prospect, Raymond “Tito” Serrano continued his rise up the welterweight ranks with a 5th round TKO over Corey Alarcon in the main event of “Unfinished Business” at the South Philly Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. The bout was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and KEA Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Eva Asdou
World ranked Welterweight “Sugar” Jackson Bonsu (34-5, 25 KOs ) of Belgium was upset at home by visiting Karlo Tabaghua (17-3, 12 KOs) of Sweden by way of Unanimous Decision. The official scores were 75-72, 77-71, and 76-72. The bout took place at the Topsporthal Vlaanderen, in Gent, Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium. Click here for more photos…
Friday night’s boxing card at Digibet Pferdesportpark Berlin-Karlshorst promoted by ARENA Sports-Promotion and Prime Time Events & Entertainment ended in a shock. Former WIBF and WIBA lightweight championesse Rola El-Halabi was shot by her stepfather and former manager in the dressing room while preparing for an IBF championship bout which should have been the last fight on the night.
El-Halabi and two members of the local security staff were hit and injured by bullets before police could end the incident and arrest the shooter. The incident happened after eight of the scheduled ten fights had already been finished.
“Of course, our thoughts and prayers are with Rola at the moment”, said Prime Time promoter Eva Rolle. “I sincerely hope that she will recover from this assassination attempt fast and return to the ring soon. Unfortunately, this dramatic incident overshadows the great performances in the other fights. We’ve seen a great night of boxing until it was ended in such a brutal way.” (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
On Friday, May 6, Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California will be the site of a family reunion, La Habra, California’s favorite fistic brothers and longtime top contenders Librado Andrade and Enrique Ornelas, return home to Southern California to fight on the same card for the first time in over six years (last time was December 16, 2004 at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles) on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” Andrade will see action in a ten round super middleweight main event while younger brother Ornelas (Andrade took their father’s last name while Ornelas took their mother’s) will fight in an eight round middleweight co-feature. Both will face opponents to be announced.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
In the action packed main event of ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights from the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT, Hank Lundy battled ten rounds with Patrick Lopez. This bout was for the NABF lightweight belt and it came down to one thing, fundamentals. Whichever fighter during the contest, whether it was Lundy or Lopez, when either of them landed with their jab, they were able to parlay that into powerful combinations. Lundy went after Lopez early throwing many shots with Lopez backed against the ropes. Lopez fought back well with good body work on Lundy. As the fight progressed over time, Lundy’s offense became less and less while Lopez continued at a good pace and almost had Lundy out towards the end of the fight, however a last round spark from both fighters made the judge’s decision a tough one. In the end with the crowd chanting for Lopez, the final scorecards were tallied. The final scorecards were read and by scores of 99-91, 97-92, and 95-94, “Hammering” Hank Lundy captured the unanimous decision and the vacant NABF title. Although the decision was an unpopular one amongst the crowd, they all can agree that it was a terrific main event for the capacity crowd at the Fox Theatre. Many journalists in press row had the fight much closer than the scores indicated by the judges. The nearly sold out fight card titled “Coming Attractions” was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. With the victory, Lundy improves to (20-1-1, 10 KOs) while Lopez in an amazing battle falls to (20-4, 12 KOs).
Former world title challenger, New Haven, CT’s own Elvin Ayala (22-5-1, 10 KOs) returned to his winning ways by stopping a game challenge from Rhode Island’s Joe Gardner (7-2-1, 1 KO). Ayala threw the stronger punches throughout the entire fight on Gardner. Gardner kept away with his jab and displayed good speed and footwork in doing so. It was a great back and forth fight until Ayala landed powerful hooks on Gardner that knocked him down twice in round four. Gardner was unable to get off of the stool in between rounds, thus giving Elvin Ayala the fourth round TKO victory at 3:00 of the round, adding his name back in the super middleweight division.
Super middleweight “Mr. Providence” Vladine Biosse (11-0, 6 KOs) remained undefeated with a fifth round stoppage of the durable challenge of Tim Connors (10-3, 7 KOs). Biosse dropped Connors early in the second round with a big left hook, however Connors was able to continue the fight as his opponent continued to batter him throughout. Finally in the fifth round, both fighters exchanged bombs, which eventually led to a huge Biosse right hand that sent Connors to the canvas for the final time. Connors was up at the count of eight but referee Eddie Claudio called a halt to the bout at 37 seconds of round five, giving Biosse the TKO victory and the sixth stoppage of his young career. (more…)
By Chris Davis at ringside
In the main event of Windy City Fight Night 16, presented by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions, at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, local super middleweight Donovan “DA BOMB” George outgunned and stopped slick boxer Maxell Taylor the eighth round. George (22-1-1, 19 KOs) pressed forward the whole night, winging shots at his opponent’s head, body, arms, and elbows. Baltimore’s Taylor (15-3-1, 6 KOs) circled, landing jabs and the occasional combination from the outside. George’s pressure paid off in the eigth, when he caught Taylor in the corner, opening up with furious lefts and rights sending Taylor sprawling to the canvas. The game Taylor got to his feet, but soon after George pinned him to the ropes letting loose with an onslaught of unanswered punches, forcing referee Gino Rodriguez to wave it off at 2:05 of Round 8. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
In a clash for the WBO super flyweight Latino title Juan Mercedes (25-3, 17 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over David Quijano (13-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico. After ten action-packed, give-and-take rounds, Mercedes prevailed by scores of 97-93, 97-93, 96-94.
Former amateur world champion McWilliams Arroyo (7-1, 6 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Erickson Martell (4-3-1, 3 KOs) in a flyweight clash. Arroyo dropped Martell in round one and got the TKO in round five when he staggered Martell and the bout was waved off. Time was 1:53.
In the pro debuts of two fighters named Jonathan González, the one from Caguas, PR, beat the one from Vega Alta, PR, by TKO at 1:39 of round one. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Hernán “Tyson” Márquez 112 vs Luis Concepción 112
(WBA flyweight championship)
Venue: Roberto Duran Arene, Panama City, Panama
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
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Photos: German Villasenor/Team Segura & Zanfer Promotions
Giovani Segura 107.8 vs Ivan Calderon 107.7
(WBO mini-flyweight title)
Jorge Lacierva 125.9 vs Fernando Beltran Jr. 125.9
(IBF featherweight eliminator)
Ricardo Castillo vs Joksan Hernandez
(IBF Latino flyweight title)
Alonso Lopez 112.4 vs Jorge Guerrero 112.2
Ramon Maas 122.8 vs Enrique Bernache 122.8
Alvaro Robles 147.3 vs Rodrigo Juarez 145.5
Alejandro Gonzalez Jr 118.4 vs Martin Rodriguez 120
Venue: Auditorio del Estado, Mexicali, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer/PR Best
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (7-0-1, 3 KOs) stopped Kongrit Nankorn (16-16, 6 KOs) in seven rounds on Friday at the Malvern Town Hall in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Caparello controlled the bout in all the rounds until the stoppage in round seven. Caparello scored the best win of his career when he outpointed former IBO world title challenger Michael Bolling over eight rounds in 2011. On undercard fights super middleweight Pradeep Singh (16-3-1, 8 KOs) outscored Peter Tovi’o (2-6-1, 2 KOs) over six rounds. Light heavyweight Callan Orchard (4-0, 1 KO) outpointed Moses Loelu (3-16, 1 KO) over six rounds. Light middleweight Ashley McDermott (1-0-1) defeated Anthony Palermo (0-1) over six rounds. Promoter: Peter Maniatis.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Brock Ellis
Australian light heavyweight Frank Ciampa (10-17, 5 KOs) stopped Jeff Stutt(4-10, 4 KOs) in three rounds at the Bolton Park Basketball Stadium in Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia on Friday. Stutt was dropped in round two and round three by solid head shots and referee Brian McMahon crowned Giampa at 0:23 of round three when Stutt was in trouble and could not defend himself. Ciampa has boxed former WBA light heavyweight champion Danny Green and also former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman. Former WBO cruiserweight challenger Mohamed Azzaoui (25-5-3, 8 KOs) was ruled unfit to continue by the ringside doctor in his contest with Anthony McCracken (13-5-1, 6 KOs) after he was hit to the back of the head and said he could not continue. The fight was declared a technical draw. Time 2:50. Azzaoui challenged Enzo Maccarinelli unsuccessfully in 2007 for the WBO title losing in four rounds. McCracken dropped a twelve round decision in his most recent bout to former world rated heavyweight Shane Cameron in 2010. Promoter: Charlie Liparota.
Former World Heavyweight Champion Sergei Liakhovich has been forced to withdraw from his planned fight with Johnnie White on the undercard of Tomasz Adamek vs. Kevin McBride on Saturday, April 9th at Newark’s Prudential Center Arena, Kathy Duva of Main Events announced today. “Unfortunately, Sergei reported that he suffered a minor rib injury in training, yesterday, and his doctor recommended that he wait until at least mid-April before he engages in any contact,” she explained. “We had been looking forward to presenting Sergei for the first time in Newark and we are so sorry that his first appearance with Main Events will have to wait, but what is most important is that Sergei recover fully from his injury.” Main Events is searching for an alternate date for Liakhovich and plans to make an announcement as soon as it is arranged. He is rumored to be in the frame as a possible tune-up opponent for Vitali Klitschko in June.
Ringside report and photo by Felipe Leon
Despite the packed house at the Four Points Sheraton in “America’s Finest City” San Diego, this past Thursday night, much was left to be desired from the “Champion’s of Tomorrow” fight card presented by Bobby D. Presents with Jorge Marron Productions. The much-anticipated return of the very popular Amaris “Diamond Girl” Quintana had to be postponed in the main event due to a late eye exam of her opponent Katarina De La Cruz. The exam left De La Cruz’s dilated up to fight time causing Quintana to sit this one out which left the rest of the night void of any true fireworks. (more…)
Photos & weights by Mary Ann Owen
From Murphy’s Pub in Herning, Denmark:
Jill Emery 145 vs. Cecilia Braekhus 147
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Top Rank’s Carl Moretti confirmed to Fightnews.com that STAPLES Center in Los Angeles will host the middleweight world title bout between champion Sebastian Zbik (30-0, 10 KO’s) and Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KO’s) on June 4th. Chavez, Jr. has fought at the 20,000+ seat venue before, but never in as significant of a bout as the one he will be in against Zbik. Dodger Stadium, located just north of downtown Los Angeles, was also considered as a venue to host the card. The bout will headline an HBO “Boxing After Dark” telecast.
Former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan (30-5-1, 19 KOs) ended a two fight losing streak with a third round stoppage against game but overmatched journeyman Michal Bilak (19-16, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Digibet Pferdesportpark in Berlin, Germany. The referee stepped in at 2:28.
Heavyweight Ondrej Pala (29-2, 21 KOs) won by TKO when Oleksiy Mazykin (16-6-2, 3 KOs) didn’t come out for round eight. Pala was in command all the way in winning the WBO Euro belt.
In a clash between unbeaten welterweights, WBC #2 rated Selcuk Aydin (21-0, 16 KOs) showed his class by demolishing Dzmitry Lubachkin (18-1, 17 KOs) in the first round. Time was 2:49. Aydin’s WBC silver belt was not at stake in the scheduled eight-rounder.
Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (5-0, 3 KOs) scored two knockdowns en route to a six round unanimous decision over Robert Hawkins (23-17, 7 KOs), who has now lost seven straight.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao is scheduled to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, on Philippine Airlines flight PR 102 on Saturday at 8:05 p.m. PT. Pacquiao and trainer, world-famous Freddie Roach, will begin the intensive final four weeks of training at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, Calif., preparing for Manny’s defense of his WBO welterweight title against three-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley.
The four-part series premiere of Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley will air Tomorrow! Saturday, April 2 on CBS, with full clearance on the entire network, beginning at Noon ET / 9 a.m. PT, before the NCAA Final Four.
The phrase of boxing becoming a dying sport has been thrown around for the last couple of years. Tell that to diehard boxing fans in Southern California and you might get a puzzled look on their faces.
Southern California is where more fight cards take place than anywhere else in the country. That will be evident throughout the month of April, as fight cards and fighters from Southern California will be repeatedly showcased.
Boxing returns Friday night to the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio with a stellar fight card. Headlining the Golden Boy Promotions card is former flyweight world title holder Eric Morel (43-2, 21 KO’s) will take on Luis Maldonado in a 10 round bout. Maldonado is a late replacement for Martin Castillo, who reportedly injured himself by turning an ankle while jogging. (more…)
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