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By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Kenny Bayless, considered one of the best referees in boxing today, is the leading candidate to officiate the May 5 bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas between WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and four-division undefeated world champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Bayless, 62, was the referee in Cotto fights against Antonio Margarito in 2008 and Manny Pacquiao in 2009 and in Mayweather Jr. fights against Oscar de la Hoya in 2007 and Sugar Shane Mosley in 2010. Along with Bayless, it sounds like the name of Jay Nady is also under consideration.
By Dave Spencer
With the talk of the natural rivalry with fellow Montrealer and IBF champion Lucian Bute still continuing, hard-hitting Adonis Stevenson and his team have opened up their options of “going green” on this Earth Day weekend. With the usual rabid media contingent trying to get their questions in, Stevenson’s promoter Yvon Michel was forced to answer from a slightly different source Friday night. “What would happen if Ward vacates the title as he said he might do? What would happen then?” Under normal circumstances, such a question might illicit murmurs or groans seeing as the promoter had just addressed it moments earlier, but seeing as the man with the microphone was Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, Michel was given every courtesy to address the query, just in case the gathered masses missed it the first time.
“It means that Adonis will be fighting Anthony Dirrell for the vacant title,” said the promoter, reiterating what he had just said. Andre Ward who also owns the WBA title at 168 was thought to be penciled in for a June 2nd date in his hometown of Oakland California and has not officially abdicated the WBC belt, but he has all but assured he won’t be facing his mandatory challenger in the younger Dirrell brother. “I don’t have a lot of interest,” Ward recently told Sports Illustrated, “I consider Anthony a good fighter, a brother. But the networks won’t be interested.” It should be noted though that today’s L.A. press conference for the Bay area fight does not include the Super-six winner in what is already a stacked card. (More)
By Felipe Leon
Ivan Morales 114.8 vs. Edgar Martinez 115
Emilio Bojorquez 142 vs. Abner Lopez 142
Osvaldo Castro 115.7 vs. Luis Gonzalez 115.7
Pedro Melo 115.7 vs. Juan Jimenez 117.2
Pablo Armenta 131 vs. Wilbert Ortiz 129
Christian Bojorquez 126.9 vs. Benjamin Garcia 122.5
Adrian Vargas 140.4 vs. Gerardo Chavez 140.4
Javier Mendoza 116 vs. Cristian Aguilar 117.9
Cesar De La Mora 121 vs. Rosalio Alvarez 121.5
When: Monday, April 23rd
Where: Tijuana Municipal Auditorium
Promoter: Box Latino
World ranked junior middleweight contender Delvin “EL Peligro” Rodriguez has signed on to challenge defending WBA World Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout on Saturday, June 2nd at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, it was announced today by Joe DeGuardia, President of Star Boxing. The twelve round Rodriguez/Trout clash will be broadcast on Showtime as part of their scheduled “quadruple header” evening of professional boxing that also features IBO cruiserweight titlist Antonio “Magic Man” Tarver against Lateef Kayode, middleweight Winky Wright against Peter Quillin and bantamweight Vusi Malinga against Leo Santa Cruz.
Jr welterweight Jessie Vargas and jr middleweight DeAndre Latimore – who are both promoted by Mayweather Promotions – recently shared their thoughts with FightNews regarding their respective bouts on the May 5th “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” pay-per-view event.
Are you excited about fighting on May 5?
Every time I step into the ring, I not only look at it as another opportunity to perform and showcase my skills, but to prove myself and gain more experience inside the ring. I know that “Ring Kings: Mayweather vs. Cotto” is the biggest fight of the year and I’m excited to be featured on the pay-per-view undercard. This is the second time I have fought on HBO Pay-Per-View®, which is something that some fighters never get to do in their careers, so I am not taking it for granted. I am ready to show the world what I’m about and what I have to offer. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
FightNews caught up with former WBC light-heavyweight champion Jean Pascal this weekend and the Montreal fighter was charged now that his upcoming fight with Tavoris Cloud is all but a done deal. “I can’t wait for my next fight,” Pascal told FightNews, “We made a deal with Cloud, the deal is done, and we’re just waiting on a TV date from Showtime. I’m supposed to be fighting on either July 7th or August 11th and I can’t wait to get back in the ring.” While the negotiations were a long arduous process with Cloud and his promoter Don King, Pascal said he prepared to give everything to his preparation and another crack at supremacy at 175 pounds. “No doubt, no pain gain, I’m prepared to work hard and become champion for the second time. I think the match-up against Cloud will please the crowd, and you know me, I’m a crowd pleaser. It’s going to be a great fight, it’s going to be a war, I’ve been to hell, and I’m ready to go to hell again.”
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Photos by Stacey Verbeek
Middleweight contender Brian Vera (20-6, 12 KOs) got back to his winning ways with a workmanlike 8 round unanimous decision against the tough and durable Taronze Washington (14-17, 7 KOs) for the WPBF International middleweight title on Saturday night at the Fort Worth Convention Center Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. After only 3 weeks with new trainer Ronnie Shields, Vera got back to basics to score the one-sided victory. The scores read 79-73 twice and 80-72.
Vera was happy to get out of his former hometown with a win although he was not completely satisfied with his performance.
“I feel like I did alright, it’s a work in progress, I got hit too much overall. I am doing things I am supposed to be doing, so it’s a work in progress so far,” Vera stated after the fight. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fightnews.com sends its fondest well-wishes to one of the truly great people in this business — ace photographer Mike Greenhill. Mike recently suffered a heart attack and is recovering at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. According to his family, Mike is recovering very rapidly and has been moving around his hospital room. Talking is still an issue but his memory and, indeed his love of sports, is still intact. Mike has been a fixture at many boxing cards up and down the East Coast and into Canada.
Ringside by Ricardo Trujillo
Photos courtesy of Tom Casino/Showtime
Moving up in weight to fight at a catchweight of 120 lbs for the 122 WBC super bantam title, Abner Mares totally dominated Puerto Rican rival, former champ Eric Morel, in a classic Puerto Rican vs. Mexican matchup. “Battle of the Border,” promoted by Golden Boy and staged at the Don Haskins Center on the University of Texas at El Paso campus, was a treat for the 4,000 fans in attendance and the Showtime international audience. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Thailand 140 pounder Patomsuk Patompothong (17-1-1, 11 KOs) stopped Filipino Mike “Tyson” Tumbaga (12-16-2) in round two of a scheduled twelve round IBF Pan Pacific championship bout at Sarape School in Chiangmai, Thailand that was televised nationally on channel seven network, on Friday. Both boxers went toe-to-toe in round one and in round two Tumbaga was dropped by a power shot to the head and shortly after at 2:18 the referee crowned Patompothong. “Patomsuk showed good power to stop Tumbaga who had boxed world rated Prawett Singwancha and Thai Tor Silachai,” said Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. For more details and photos click here…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (28-4-3, 17 KOs) knocked out compatriot Marino Montiel (33-17-2, 17 KOs) with a two-punch combination at 1:46 of the third round to retain his WBC Featherweight CABOFE title for the fourth time in front of about 4,000 spectators on Saturday night at the Estadio Jose Lerma Perez in Ocoyoacac, Mexico. “It’s a new victory and more to my people but I want to fight as soon as possible and I feel I am very close to a world title opportunity. I’ve been moving and I’m training hard for that night. I’m not so new after seven years and I’m pushing my limits with my effort and desire,” said Sanchez II. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian middleweight champion Jarrod “Left Jab” Fletcher (12-0, 7 KOs) retained the title with a clear ten round decision over Les Piper (14-10-3, 3 KOs) that was televised throughout Australia on Foxtel cable television network on Friday from the Grand Star Receptions in Altona North, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The aggressive Piper made Fletcher work for every point but at the conclusion of ten action rounds the skilled Fletcher won by scores: Dale Westerman 100-92, Samantha Bulner 99-91, Ignatius Missaliadis 99-91. Fletcher is a former 2006 Commonwealth Games Gold Medalist who defeated current world rated IBF #15 Adonis Stevenson in the final and also IBF #14 James DeGale. Fletcher is trained by Steve Dellar and looks destined for international professional recognition. For more details and photos click here…
By Oliver Duetschler
GBU light welterweight champion Gabor Veto (28-0-0, 22 KOs) scored a second round KO over former champion “The Destroyer” Justin Juuko (40-11-1, 30 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at the Hotel Marsoel in Chur, Switzerland. Veto dropped Juuko in the second round, sending him to the canvas with a powerful right hook and referee Jozo Gabric counted Juuko out.
By Joe Koizumi
Newly crowned WBC super-flyweight champ Yota Sato (24-2-1, 12 KOs), an elongated Japanese speedster, will make his initial defense against official challenger Sylvester Lopez (19-3-1, 15 KOs), a Filipino hard-puncher, in Yokohama, Japan, on July 8. Sato lately dethroned formidable Thailander Suriyan Sor Rungvisai by dropping him twice this March, while Lopez acquired the WBC silver belt by halting Oscar Ibarra in eight frames in Mexico last September. It will be a highly anticipated mandatory fight ordered by the WBC, which seems very competitive.
By Joe Koizumi
Formerly world-rated ex-Japanese bantam champ Kohei Ohba (30-2-1, 12 KOs), 120, decked his comeback triumph after his bitter failure to win the OPBF throne from Rolly Matsushita via eleventh-round TKO defeat last December as he outpunched durable and game Filipino Ronnie Rex Dalut (6-4, 2 KOs), 118.5, to win a unanimous nod (77-75, 78-75 and 80-73) over eight hard-fought rounds on Saturday in Kobe, Japan. Ohba, who respects Floyd Mayweather and always attempts to imitate his style, often stayed with his back to the ropes, which should be corrected not to lose more points from the viewpoint of aggressiveness. Ohba displayed good jabs and solid straight rights to the onrushing Filipino. (more…)
In his third UFC light heavyweight title defense, Jon Jones (16-1) defeated bitter rival Rashad Evans (22-2-1) via unanimous decision in the headlining bout of UFC 145.
In spite of vows to finish the other, both men were unusually cautious for the bulk of the title tilt.
Jones closed the distance in opener and was rocked by a head kick late in the round. It was all downhill for the challenger from there. (more…)
Photos: Miguel Cotto Promociones
Super lightweight contender Jose Miguel Cotto (33-3-1, 24 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (13-9-3, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roger Mendoza Coliseum in Caguas, Puerto Rico. Cotto dropped Cruz with a left hook in round one and almost finished him, but had to go the full ten, winning by scores of 99-89, 98-90, 97-87. Click here for more photos…
Former unified super flyweight world champion Cristian Mijares (45-6-2, 21 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Eddy Julio (13-4-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Poliforum Unidad Deportiva Centenario in Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico. A right hand finished Julio at the 2:47 mark. Next up for Mijares could be a fight with Nonito Donaire in July.
Lightweight Marvin Quintero (25-3, 20 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Al Sabaupan (18-1-1, 13 KOs) in round nine of an IBF eliminator. Quintero is now the #1 contender and mandatory challenger to face IBF champion Miguel Vázquez (30-3, 13 KOs).
In his first fight since since suffering his first career loss to Nonito Donaire last October, WBO super flyweight champion Omar Narvaez (36-1-2, 19 KOs) won a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over Jose Cabrera (20-3-2, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Narvaez outboxed Cabrera all the way. Cabrera was deducted points in rounds eight and ten.
Photos: Tom Casino/Showtime
Unbeaten former bantamweight world champion Abner Mares (24-0-1, 13 KOs) hammered out a twelve round unanimous decision over former two-time world champion Eric “Little Hands of Steel” Morel (46-3, 23 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC super bantamweight belt on Saturday night at UTEP’s Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas. Mares was faster and busier as he piled up the rounds en route to a 120-107, 119-109, 119-109.
Mares, who recently vacated the IBF bantamweight title, brought considerable power up to 122 pounds and seemed to sacrifice none of his hand speed. “I felt a lot stronger at this weight,” said Mares. I felt complete. I have to say Eric was very strong. I was surprised he withstood the pressure. He went out like a true champion. That last round was a great round for both of us. I feel I still need to improve. I am still learning. Sometimes I make it brawl when I don’t have to, so there’s definitely more I can do.”
WBA bantamweight “super” champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (33-1-1, 12 KOs) made the tenth successful defense of his 118lb belt with a one-sided ninth round stoppage of David “Morita” de la Mora (24-2, 17 KOs). Moreno dropped de la Mora in rounds two and six and de la Mora indicated he had enough after round nine. (more…)
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