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The lightweight division has become increasingly competitive with future hall-of-famer Juan Manuel Marquez perched on top. Falling beneath him are fighters such as Robert Guerrero, Humberto Soto, Ali Funeka and Michael Katsidis.
Then there are Brandon Rios and Miguel Acosta. The two will slug it out this Saturday for Acosta’s WBA lightweight title at The Pearl inside of The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner takes a step towards lightweight supremacy while the loser falls several steps back. . . Click here for more
Watch the weigh-in for UFC 127 live tonight at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV.
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Current WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) has now broken off from Universum Box-Promotion and is now searching for a new promoter. Banner Promotions is said to be interested in signing the unbeaten champ.
By Robert Coster
Premium Boxing Promotions is known in Panama to be a boxing company that specializes in putting up small cards just to showcase young, emerging talent. Last night was no different at the Fantastic Casino La Dona in Panama City where a group of young hopefuls battled each other in a competitive night of fisticuffs. Two of five fights on the card ended by knockout and it was somewhat historic since it involved the only pro boxer fighting out from the tiny Central American nation of Honduras. Junior lightweight Miguel Gonzalez (3-0) scored a second knockout over local boy Jalfi Jimenez. (more…)
Former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Damon Reed (45-15, 32 KOs) in a heavyweight clash on Thursday night at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In his first bout in nearly 18 months, the 42-year-old, Toney (who scaled in at 257 lbs) won a lackluster affair by scores of 100-90 across the board.
The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana will be the venue for a clash of the undefeateds. Former WBC CABOFE super lightweight champion Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine (13-0) of Barbados comes up against top rated Guyanese super lightweight contender Mark Austin (5-0-1). The ten round contest is the main event on the five bout card to be staged February 26th. Both fighters weighed in at exactly 140lbs tonight at the Water Crest Hotel.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In main event action on Thursday night at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Irvine, California, once defeated junior welterweight Aris Ambriz put on a beautiful boxing display to wear down the slightly favored Hector “Teco” Serrano. By unanimous decision victory (79-73, 79-73, 77-75), Ambriz improves to 15-1-1 (8KO) while Serrano drops to 13-2 (5KO). Although there were no knockdowns, Serrano was a bloody mess for the majority of the fight and Ambriz was moments away from stopping him when the fight ended. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten welterweight Jesse Vargas (14-0, 7 KOs) won an unpopular eight round unanimous decision over late sub Cristian Favela (19-31-7, 10 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Favela was the aggressor in the fight, but came out on the short end 79-73, 78-74, 77-75.
Hard-hitting Bastie Samir (10-0, 10 KOs) lived up to his reputation as he stopped Eddie Hunter of the third round of a scheduled six round bout. Hunter held his own early on against Samir, but was staggered by a hard left hook to the chin. Hunter tried to fight back, but was out on his feet as Samir landed another left hook, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 51 seconds. more + photos
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) and Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) held their kick-off press conference on Thursday at the Brick City Bar & Grill in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek is risking an already signed title shot against one of the Klitschko Borthers in September when he meets the 6’6 “Clones Colossus” on April 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Thailander, former WBC Muaythai champ Jomthong Chuwattana (3-0, 3 KOs), 129.25, stunned the audience as he displayed devastating southpaw lefts in dismantling Japanese #7 super-feather Yuya Sugizaki (14-6-1, 5 KOs), 130, twice en route to an impressive TKO win at 2:47 of the third round in a scheduled eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 21-year-old OPBF#15 130-pounder looked too strong and sharp for the game Japanese, dropping him with a smashing left with precision and power midway in the second. The tall, stylish and muscular Thailander repeated a same vicious shot to the button and had Sugizaki sprawling to the deck to prompt the referee Fukuchi’s intervention. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Danny Garcia 141 vs John Figueroa 141.5
Marco Antonio Periban 169 vs Dion Savage 168
Adrian Vargas 139.5 vs Frankie Martinez 138.5
AJ Matthews 174 vs Gene Olverson 174
**Participants of two more bouts will weigh in tomorrow.
Venue: Four Points Sheraton
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions w/Jorge Marron Productions
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan has been out of the ring for months. In those months, he has been verbally chomping at the bit to face top fighters in his weight class or even fight for a world title belt.
He will now get that chance, should he get by formidable opposition in the coming months.
Martirosyan will face hard-hitting Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 19th. The bout will take place on the undercard of the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee fight, confirmed longtime Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler to Fightnews.com. (more…)
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Jose Reynoso 142 vs. Santos Pakau 140.5
Efrain Esquivias Jr. 124.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 121
Francisco Rios Gill 144 vs. Artemio Reyes 142.5
Francis Ruiz 118 vs. Jonathan Arellano 119
Felipe Almanza 125 vs. Abraham Lopez 127
Jhon Ortega 142 vs. Rudy Gamez 140
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Photo by All Star Boxing, Inc
Jesus Pabon 139.5 vs. Americo Santos Jr. 140
Franklin Gonzalez 154.7 vs. Francisco Ginorio 155 .2
Enrique Rios 124.7 vs. Joshua Arocho 124.7
Autrell Reid 133.7 vs. Joseph Fernandez 137.7
Hairon Socarras TBA vs. Carlos Bruno TBA
Camilo Perez 124.7 vs. Jaime Gonzalez 124.7
Jorge Maysonet 135.7 vs. Farkhad Sharipov 135.5
Venue: Palm Bay Community Center, Palm Bay, Fla
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Brandon Rios: “I believe I can become world champion and show everyone that I’m ready for the best lightweights in the world and Miguel is the first step. On Saturday, everyone is going to see a new world champ. The belt is coming home baby!”
Miguel Acosta: “This is, without a doubt, the toughest challenge have I had and I will pass with flying colors. This is my first big test and there will be more to come. I know I will be coming back to make my second defense in Las Vegas.”
Countdown To UFC 127 Premieres Tonight At 11 on SPIKE: Featuring a look at BJ Penn and Jon Fitch as they prepare for their battle in Sydney, plus Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera continue their war of words!
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins This Saturday, See The Prelims Live On ION Television: Three live bouts come to you free on ION – featuring Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson taking on Spencer Fisher, James Te Huna returning to the Octagon to face Alexander Gustafsson, and Nick Ring and Riki Fukuda make their UFC debuts! Live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT this Saturday night on ION Television
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By Phillip Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
Boxers remain some of the nicest guys you will ever meet in any sport. Most of them are affable, easy to approach blue collar types with a sincerity bordering on bashfulness. This stands to reason in a workplace where every professional misstep can result in career and life threatening finality. It is a vocation demanding humility; which even the elite of the sport possess. (Pacquaio, Mosley, et. al.) (more…)
Adding new meaning to his moniker of “Filipino Flash” and stealing the scene at today’s Top Rank presser was newly-crowned bantam king Nonito Donaire, who joined the camera crew in the trenches to rifle off a few shots with his Canon. Seen here, Donaire, sans flash, trades shots with Top Rank photog Chris Farina.
Sign of a possible fight to come? WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and former multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. faced off this week at the famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
Prize Fight has announced that the March 19 installment of “Fights At The Fitz” at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi will feature an eight round middleweight clash between unbeaten Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) and veteran Germaine Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs). Also, on tap are six-rounder between super middleweights Morgan Fitch (3-0, 1 KO) and Grover Young (4-1, 3 KOs), plus a rematch between jr welterweights Dedrick Bell (6-4, 3 KOs) and power punching Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (6-1, 5 KOs). For tickets call 901-525-1515.
After 26 years of the Battle In The Ballroom at the Irvine Marriott, a new era of Orange County fight action begins tonight as Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center launches!
“Without a doubt Fight Club OC will be the finest fight venue in Southern California for the fight fan,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. “The Staples Center and Honda Center have Luxury Suites and Fight Club OC has Luxury Suites. The Staples Center and Honda Center have Jumbotron’s and Fight Club OC has a 40′ Video Board with HD projection. But the big difference is the that Fight Club OC’s worst seat in only 45′ from the ring while at The Staples Center and Honda Center their worst seats are 200′ away from the ring. Without a doubt Fight Club OC will be the premier club show in the USA, a club show with an arena feel and look.” (more…)
Photo: Facing off for the first time, WBA World Lighweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) and challenger Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (26-0, 19 KOs) tease off during a posedown today at a press conference held at The Palms in Las Vegas. After Acosta mimicked a cutting-of-the-throat, Rios illustrated what the champ was going to look like knocked out after the two go to war on Showtime, Saturday night. Stay tuned for more photos and a press conference report.
Gary Shaw, promoter of WBC #2 super welterweight Alfredo Angulo has commented on the controversy regarding the vacant WBC title. “I’m reading all the challenges going around for the WBC 154 pound title. The fighter that deserves that chance is Alfredo Perro Angulo and no one else. I’m sure that the WBC will do the right thing and order an immediate defense of its 154 pound title, after Hatton gets beat. Angulo should be fighting for the title right now.”
The WBC ruled Angulo to be “unavailable” to fight for the vacant belt as he is currently tied up in legal proceedings trying to regain his U.S. visa.
By Francisco Salazar
After a long absence, the Southern California Fight Scene returns (thanks in part to time away from the classroom and the soccer field). The major headline will be the three fight cards taking place tonight within sixty miles of one another. On top of the action taking place on Thursday night, lots of boxing action will take place this weekend to satisfy the appetites of local fight fans. (more…)
WBC President Jose Sulaiman has commented on Juan Manuel Marquez’s criticism of the WBC’s decision to sanction Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Matthew Hatton to fight for the WBC super welterweight title. “[Marquez comments] seemed natural to me, because in boxing I have come across a kind of professional jealousy among some of the leading boxers throughout the history of the sport. Only professional jealousy could remove the moral obligation to support their fellow fighters, and in particular, one who is going to fight for the title. The fact that he’s the champion might have had some influence from a different organization other than the WBC, which had strongly supported him to gain popularity and money.”
As for WBC champion Ana Maria Torres negative comments on the fight, Sulaiman stated, “For me it was like a stab in the heart seeing that the WBC has been the cornerstone of her whole career. I believed it only because I was there and it happened right in front of my very eyes.”
Undefeated WBO #1 rated junior middleweight prospect Vanes Martirosyan (28-0, 17 KOs) will shake the rust off of his 9 month layoff when he takes on Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16KOs) on March 19 on the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee undercard. The bout takes place in Montreal, Quebec, at the Bell Centre.
Martirosyan will then immediately return to the ring on April 23rd when he takes on the rugged Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) of Mexico for the WBC Silver junior middleweight title. The fight takes place at the WinStar Casino in Oklahoma and will be part of the Top Rank Live series and televised by Fox Sports. The winner of the bout will be the mandatory challenger to the winner of the Saul Alvarez-Mathew Hatton clash for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Last Tuesday on a television program called Tribunal TD, Mexican prospect Saul “Canelo” Alvarez challenged compatriot and three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez to fight him. On the show, Marquez criticized the decision of the WBC to give an opportunity to “Canelo” and Matthew Hatton to fight for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship on March 5. “To be number one without fighting any rated super welter, I think there are boxers with more rights than him,” Marquez said.
“I respect Juan Manuel, who is a good fighter, and if all goes well in my fight against Hatton I’ll make a challenge to Juan Manuel Marquez to see whether I have the ability,” Alvarez responded. (more…)
As blunt as they come, UFC middleweight contender Michael Bisping has never been one to back down or shy away from a trash talking war with prospective opponents. Yet in recent fights, it’s been a quiet ‘Count’ representing the British Isles, as he’s let his fists do the talking in his wins over Dan Miller and Yoshihiro Akiyama. . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi , UFC.com
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WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto shows his form as he prepares for his March 12 title defense against former champion Ricardo Mayorga. The bout will be seen on SHOWTIME PPV.
Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward talks about Cotto-Mayorga, the dilemma of his fighter Andy Lee fighting on another card the same night and Wladimir Klitschko’s preparations for his upcoming fight with Dereck Chisora.
Nando Bailarin 118 vs Edward Cordoba 118
Barnie Argüelles 139 vs Jose Montenegro 140
Miguel Gonzalez 130 vs Jalfi Jimenez 126.5
Aurelio Acosta 128 vs Elias Mena 128
Jesus Muñoz 121 vs Luis Villagra 119
Venue: Fantastic Casino
Promoter: Premium Boxing
TV: TVMax (taped)
All the shots from today’s workouts at the Top Rank Gym in Las Vegas, featuring WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Acosta, challenger Brandon Rios, Mike Lee and Jesse Magdaleno. Click here for photos by Chris Cozzone
Hector Serrano 138 vs Aris Ambriz 139.6
Brent Urban 192.6 vs Joseph Jones 196
Luis Salgado 184.8 vs Ozzie Alvarez 184.2
Quadtrine Hill 223.4 vs Chad Davis 214.6
Carlos Garces 150 vs Isaac Gutierrez 49.2
Oscar Andrade 135.6 vs Manuel Delcid 137
Danny Roman 117.8 vs Jensen Ramirez 117
Venue: The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center
Promoter: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Tickets: $40 and $50 www.fightcluboc.com
Jesse Vargas 143.6 vs. Cristian Favela 147.8
Bastie Samir 162.8 vs. Eddie Hunter 160.8
Jamie Kavanagh 135.4 vs. Ramon Flores 135.6
Salvador Rios 144.6 vs. Ricardo Malfavon 144
Venue: Club Nokia, Los Angeles
Promoter: Golden Boy
Former Manny Pacquiao challenger Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero has signed an exclusive promotional contract with ARES Promotions. Lucero (25-6-1, 14KOs) most recently won over Albany boxing fans in the feature event on ARES January 22nd card, where he dominated in a 10-round unanimous decision against the Bronx’s Oscar Cuero (13-4-1, 10 KOs). Lucero will next fight for the NYS super featherweight title at ARES Fight Night IV on April 15 at the Hudson Valley Community College McDonough Field House in Troy. Lucero joins other local prospects that have signed contracts with ARES Promotions including Jaci Trivilino, Markus Williams, Shawn Miller, and Sarah Kuhn.
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