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Text and photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs), who on Saturday in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will fight for the WBC cruiserweight championship against titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KOs) encounters a formidable foe during his walk through Warsaw Old Town. “I knew I had to fight Diablo in Poland, but nobody told me about The Grimm Ripper,” said Palacios.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world welterweight and middleweight contender Shannan Taylor who will clash with Tim Kanofski Saturday talks to Fightnews about his KO wins over former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble and IBF jnr welterweight champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez and world title challenges against Shane Mosley and Arthur Abraham.
By Felipe Leon
After a successful night last February where up and coming featherweight Alejandro Sanabria defeated multi-time title challenger Rocky Juarez, Erik Morales’ Box Latino returns once again on Saturday, April 2nd, to Rosarito, MX, Municipal Gymnasium. The seven bout fight card which up and coming local talent put to the test in front of the enthusiastic boxing audience of Rosarito, a seaside tourist spot twenty minutes south of the San Diego-Tijuana border. In the main event, Tepic, MX’s Oscar “Finito” Gonzalez (21-1, 17KOs) will take on local veteran journeyman Arturo “Aguilita” Valenzuela (20-15, 17KOs) in a scheduled ten round featherweight bout. The match up will be the hard hitting Gonzalez’s first true test as Valenzuela of Tijuana, MX, has faced the much more fearsome opposition in Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Juan Luis “Perla Negra” Hernandez and the afore mentioned Sanabria. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 10KOs) blasted Antonio Escalante (24-4, 15 KOs), getting the knockout at 2:57 of the opening round in a TeleFutura-televised fight at the Fairfield Sports Center in Fairfield, Calif.
Both junior lightweights were coming off losses and came to fight, immediately establishing a brisk pace and entertaining the announced sell-out crowd of 1,000. Escalante started effectively, landing left hooks to the body as Perez stalked him. The Salinas, Calif., fighter landed little of consequence as he pressed forward, but he ended it with one right. Escalante, coming off a third-round knockout loss to Daniel Ponce de Leon (41-3, 34 KOs) in September, went down instantly and referee Edward Collantes pointed out that the fighter from El Paso, Texas, hit his head on the canvas when he fell. (more…)
Ringside report & photos by Felipe Leon
Since the mega event put on by Box Latino for the Erik Morales-Francisco Lorenzo 12-round bout last December, Zanfer Promotions, the leading boxing promoter in Latin America, came to the rescue last Friday night and put together an eight-bout card for Tijuana, Mexico . . . Click here for more
Results by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Joe Cordova
In the main event of Saturday night’s Ultimate Fight Night from Seattle, WA, rising star Phil “Mr. Wonderful” Davis passed the toughest test of his career by defeating long-time MMA veteran Antonio Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira by unanimous decision . . . Click here for more
Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at Ringside
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) successfully defended his WBA featherweight title with a fourth round destruction of Jorge Solis (40-3-2, 29 KOs) on Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In the co-feature, heavy-handed Miguel Angel Garcia (25-0, 21 KOs) took the NABF and NABO featherweight titles after fellow contender Matt Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs) could not answer the bell for the eleventh round of their scheduled twelve round bout. Both fights were televised live on HBO’s Boxing After Dark . . . Click here for more
Photos: Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
Former two time champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon arrived in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico today, where on April 2 he’ll face WBO junior flyweight king Giovani Segura at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali. Calderón (34-1-1, 6 KOs) traveled yesterday from Puerto Rico to New York, to Los Angeles to San Diego, and then went by car to Mexicali in a 19 hour journey. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Puerto Rican bantamweight prospect Luis Cosme improved his record to 7-1, 3 KOs with a clear unanimous decision win over Edwin Cedano in front of a packed house at the Fabio Banegas Coliseum in Santiago, Dominican Republic. “It was a great win for me,” Cosme said. “Cedano was a tough guy. I’m excited. This is my second fight in less than two months and we will continue to work hard step into the world rankings.”
Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment junior lightweight prospect O’Nell Negrón (6-0, 6 KOs) annihilated Confesor Guzmán with a vicious liver shot in the first round. “I am very happy with this victory, I had a big chance to locate a great body shot that could end the fight,” Negrón said. more photos
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican star Cristian Mijares is expected to defend his IBF super flyweight world crown on May 14 in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, against a challenger to be named. This would be a voluntary defense, although sources say Mijares may want to go straight to official IBF challenger Raul ‘The Cobra’ Martinez (28-1, 16 KOs), who earned the title shot by winning an eliminator against Mexican Rodrigo Guerrero. Frenchman Malik Bouziane (13-1-1, 1 KO) had previously been mentioned for the first defense of Mijares, who won the belt in December against compatriot Juan Alberto Rosas.
By Oliver Dütschler at ringside
Undefeated Hungarian light welterweight prospect Gabor Veto (23-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular second round KO over Leonard Cretu (1-5) on Saturday night at the sold out Sporthalle in Elzach, Baden Württemberg, Germany. A huge left hand dropped Cretu for the count. Time was 1:05.
Cruiserweight Agron Dzila (8-1, 5 KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Hubert Romankiewicz (0-1) by scores of 40-36, 40-36 and 40-36.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Leopoldo Gonzalez Press
California bantamweight Leo Santa Cruz (15-0, 7 KOs) took a giant step in his young career, winning the WBC bantamweight Youth world title with an impressive six round demolition of WBC #10, WBA #7 contender Stephane Jamoye (20-3, 10 KOs) of Belgium in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mx. Both young boxers traded bombs furiously in the center of the ring from the get go with Santa Cruz generally getting the better of the exchanges. The end to the very exciting battle came abruptly when Santa Cruz surprised Jamoye with a short, lethal right hook to the body that left left the visitor prone of his back for the full count. A truly spectacular ending to an exciting shootout that kept the fans on the edge of their seats. (more…)
By Joe Koizimi
Reckless ex-OPBF super-bantam champ, WBC#14 Hiromasa Ohashi (24-9-3, 15 KOs), 121.5, regained the OPBF belt when he barely pounded out a split decision over OPBF#2 Filipino national titlist Jhunriel Ramonal (9-3-1, 6 KOs), 121.75, over twelve hard-fought rounds on Sunday in Kariya, Japan.
Scored: scoring referee Wansoo Yuh (Korea) 117-111 and judge Yuji Fukuchi (Japan) 115-113, both for Ohashi, and Delbert Peligrino (Philippines) 115-114 for Ramonal.
Ohashi, a Vito Antuofermo stylist, found another Antuofermo in Ramonal, and they persistently mixed it up entirely for twelve heats. Ohashi, who had forfeited his regional belt to the current WBA 122-pound champ Akifumi Shimoda a year ago, decked a couple of wins since, and was a prefight favorite against Ramonal due to his superior experience. But the 21-year-old muscular Filipino didn’t care about the difference of their careers and came out fighting toe-to-toe without retreating. After the fourth, the open scoring system indicated 38-38 twice and 40-36 for Ohashi. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of Satuday night’s Ultimate Fight Night from Seattle, unbeaten light heavyweight Phil Davis improved his record to 9-0 after defeating veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision. Though “Minotoro” should strong takedown defense early, Davis was eventually able to wrestle Nogueira to the mat in rounds two and three and control him from the top position. All three judges would score the bout the same after three rounds, 30-27 in favor of Davis. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Ed Mulholland
WBA featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (20-0, 16 KOs) dropped Jorge Solis (40-3-2, 29 KOs) five times in four rounds on Saturday night in front of a 3000+ sold out Ballroom at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Solis was down twice in round two, once in round three and twice in round four before referee David Fields waved it off. Time was 1:31.
Featherweight Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (25-0, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round beat down of previously unbeaten Matt Remillard (23-1, 13 KOs) in a clash for the NABF and NABO titles. Garcia dropped Remillard twice in round nine and again in the tenth. The fight was stopped after round ten.
In a clash of unbeaten super bantamweights, USBA titleholder Teon Kennedy (17-0-1, 7 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over Jorge Diaz (15-1, 9 KOs). Kennedy dropped Diaz in rounds two and three and went onto a 115-111, 118-109, 117-109 victory to retain his belt.
Heavyweight Tommy Zbikowski (3-0, 2 KOs) had his toughest outing to date, winning a four round unanimous decision over Caleb Grummet (0-1-1). Scores were 39-36, 39-36, 38-37. Grummet was deducted a point for a low blow in round three that cost him a draw on one of the cards. For more details and photos click here…
By Bill Green at ringside
In the main event of an Airtight Boxing card in Sheridan, Colorado, for the vacant WBC super lightweight Latino title, Manny Perez (16-6-1, 4 KOs) of Denver squared off with Randy “Savage” Arrellin (8-4, 4 KOs) of Albuquerque. Perez built an early lead by using superior boxing skills while Arrelin looked to end the fight with one punch. Arellin had success in the fourth round as he was able to land sharp body shots on Perez. Perez rebounded in the fourth as he was able to outhustle Arrellin by using a much higher work rate. Perez turned aggressor in the fifth and bloodied the nose of Arrellin by continuing his body-head attack. The sixth round was an action packed round that had the crowd on its feet. Perez hurt Arrellin early but Arrellin rallied late. In a sudden and surprising ending, Arellin’s corner stopped the fight due to a hand injury sustained by their fighter. The pro-Perez crowd erupted as Perez was announced the winner, with the official TKO stoppage at :01 into the eighth round. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Tim Barry
Former world welterweight and middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (50-9-3, 36 KOs) clearly outscored Tim Kanofski (11-5) over twelve rounds on Saturday at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia with the IBF Pan Pacific championship up for grabs. Taylor controlled the action in most of the rounds as he connected with accurate combinations on the back moving Brisbane boxer.Many of Kanofski punches were taken on the arms and gloves of Taylor who displayed a very tight defense. Scores at the conclusion Les Fear 119-109, Ray Reed 117-111, Pat O’Connor 119-111. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Thomas Oosthuixen of South Africa won the vacant IBO super middleweight belt when he stopped Evert Bravo of Colombia at 2:34 into the ninth round at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night.
On the same card in an untidy affair in what was a poor excuse for a world title fight Tshifhiwa Munyai won the vacant IBO super bantamweight belt when he outpointed southpaw Filipino Danilo Pena.
Full report to come
Photos: Eroll Popova
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (31-1, 21 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over Albert Sosnowski (46-4-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Universum Gym in Hamburg, Germany. It was a hard fought fight until Dimitrenko laid out Sosnowski for the count with a huge right uppercut. He was down for several minutes, but appears to be OK and left the ring under his own power. Time was 1:28. Dimitrenko were originally scheduled to fight Sosnowski in December, but he fainted shortly before the fight started and the bout was postponed.
WIBF flyweight champion “Killer Queen” Susi Kentikian (28-0, 16 KOs) won a good action ten round unanimous decision over Ana Arrazola (19-6-3, 16 KOs) by scores of 99-90, 98-92, 97-92. Arrazola was deducted a point in round six for a low blow in round six. Click here for more photos…
Full report from Ron Jackson to come…
Takalani Ndlovu (32-6, 18 KOs) dethroned IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (33-2, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 116-112.
Also IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (27-2, 18 KOs) stopped Johnriel Casimero (14-2, 8 KOs) in the fifth round to retain his belt for the second time.
Michigan heavyweight Demetrice King says he still hasn’t been paid for his fight last weekend against David Tua. King is due $10,000 for his ten round decision loss to Tua in Manukau, New Zealand. According to the New Zealand Herald, the hangup is a dispute between NYC-based promoter Cedric Kushner and and NZ promoter Inga Tuigamala. King signed a Gotham Boxing contract for the bout so Kushner appears to be on the hook, but Cedric told the Herald he had no financial involvement in the fight and signed King on the instructions of Tuigamala, trusting Tuigamala to take care of King’s purse. Tuigamala, who is Tua’s cousin, says it’s a “contractual issue” between King and Kushner. Meanwhile Demetrice King waits.
Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) scored a lackluster twelve round unanimous decision over #10 rated Javier Francisco Maciel (18-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Pirog didn’t look anything like the fighting machine who dominated Daniel Jacobs in winning the belt last summer. A big shot by Pirog in round four brought the partison crowd to life, but those moments were far and few between. Maciel was able to connect with clean shots at times, but no question Pirog did enough to win. Scores were 115-112, 117-110, 115-111.
Unbeaten Olympian lightweight Alisher Rahimov (22-0, 11 KOs) outpointed Rustam Nugaev (21-6-1, 12 KOs) over twelve by scores of 118-112, 118-113, 116-112. Scores seemed a little too lopsided for the hometown fighter in what was a very competitive affair.
Unbeaten Olympic heavyweight silver medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov (9-0, 6 KOs) busted up and outpointed formerly world ranked Denis Bakhtov (33-6, 22 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten welterweight prospect Felix Diaz (9-0, 6 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Andrey Berdyshev (5-1, 1 KO) in round three. Diaz dropped Berdyshev with a left hand and the bout was waved off moments later. Time was 1:39.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect and rising Cuban star, Erislanda Lara, was expected to put on a show inside the Chelsea Ballroom at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV against unheralded Carlos Molina but the rough and rugged Mexican wouldn’t be anybody’s crash test dummy on live television as the two battled to a majority draw on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights . . . Click here for more
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By Bill Green
Photo: Brian Imhof
Manuel Perez at 138 vs. Randy Arrellin at 139.6
Robert Frankel 148.3 vs. Adam Limon 153.4
Madeline Ortega 119 vs. Anna Hub 129
Isiah Barela TBA vs. Joel Gillilard TBA
Venue: Red and Jerrys, Sheridan, Colorado
Promoter: Airtight Promotions
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Holland Michigan’s own Juan “Johnny” Garcia scored a second round TKO in the main event of promoter Greg Ahrens card at the Civic Center on Friday night. With most of the approximately 1,200 folks in attendance cheering him on, former amatuer star Garcia did not disappoint but had to overcome some stiff resistance from opponent Jesse Francisco. After controlling the first half of the opening round, Garcia took several hard overhand rights from Francisco that had him holding on for a moment. Recovering quickly however, Garcia engaged Francisco in a spirited exchange to the bell that had the crowd roaring. It turned into a route though in the second as Garcia cut loose with his entire arsenal flooring Francisco three times to score the stoppage at 2:31. Garcia improves to (6-0, 5 KOs) while game Francisco from Miami drops to (3-13, 2 KOs). Lightweights. For more details and photos click here…
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Guadalajara featherweight Jorge Solis tipped the scale at 133.2 in his second day re-weigh for his challenge at the IBF Featherweight Championship against Yuriorkis Gamboa at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Gamboa did not participate in the mandatory re-weigh and will, in the event he wins tonight’s bout, give up the IBF title which would become vacant.
The WBA doesn’t require a re-weighing, so Gamboa would retain his WBA belt with a win tonight.
Also re-weighing were Jorge Solis Teon Kennedy 129.4 and Jorge Diaz 131 who meet in a twelve-rounder for the USBA super bantamweight (122lb) title.
Pictured: IBF Supervisor Paul Artisst, Jorge Solis, matchmaker Sean Gibbons and trainer Wilivaldo Arroyo.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) just wrapped up the sparring ahead of his sixth title defence on April 2. Next Saturday, the 26-year-old will take on Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Boxing-online.com caught up with him before fight week. (more…)
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