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The year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING event takes place tonight LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). In Las Vegas, WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) faces unbeaten #1 ranked Brandon Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) at the Palms Casino Resort. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles east of there, Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) meet in a WBC lightweight eliminator at the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Nebraska, where the local promoter Alan Usher said he is expecting a possible sellout with more than 6,500 fans expected to attend.
Both Rios and Acosta have had a lot to say all week, while DeMarco and Sanchez addressed questions posed to them on Friday. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Photos by Herby Whyne
In the end, all Tommy Morrison could do is sit and watch.
The former WBO heavyweight world champion was originally scheduled to have headlined SP Promotions inaugural event Friday night at the Pierre Charbonneau Centre in Montreal versus Erik Barrak but in the end was forced to pull out due to his refusal to submit to a blood test as part of the Quebec Athletic Commission licensing regulations.
Stepping in for Rocky V star was Morrison’s last sanctioned opponent, Matt Weishaar from their fight in Mexico in 2008.
Barrak has had to endure the ongoing circus for the last several weeks on a card that was originally scheduled to have featured the likes of Morrison, Ray Mercer, Joe Gatti, and Walid Smichet. In the end it was only 33 year-old Barrak who hadn’t fought in nearly three years who made it to fight night and the Montreal fighter took care of business in rapid fashion, knocking down Weishaar twice en route to destroying the Kansas fighter at 1:51 of the opening round. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Although junior welterweight Jose Reynoso’s nickname is “el nino,” or little boy, he has fought more like a man in recent fights. He is also developing into a decent prospect as well. Reynoso dominated from start to finish Santos Pakau throughout eight rounds, winning an eight round unanimous decision before a packed crowd at the Doubletree Hotel Events Center in Ontario, CA. (more…)
WBO #14 jr welterweight Jesus Pabon (17-1, 11 KOs) scored an explosive first round KO over power puncher Americo Santos (26-4-1, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant WBO Latino title on Friday night at the Palm Bay Community Center in Palm Bay, Florida. Pabon dropped the aggressive Santos twice in round one before the bout was waved off at 2:45.
In the co-feature, local jr middleweight Francisco Ginorio (8-7-2, 2 KOs) dropped Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) in rounds three and four en route to a four round unanimous decision. Scores were 38-36, 38-36, 39-35. Click here for more + photos…
From the Acer Arena in Sydney, Australia for tomorrow night’s UFC 127 card LIVE on PPV:
MAIN CARD (PPV)
Jon Fitch 169.8 vs. B.J. Penn 167.2
Michael Bisping 185.2 vs. Jorge Rivera 184.8
Dennis Siver 70.9 vs. George Sotiropoulos 155.8
Chris Lytle 169.8 vs. Brian Ebersole 169.8
Chris Camozzi 185.2 vs. Kyle Noke 183.9
PRELIMINARY CARD (ION Television)
Spencer Fisher 154.4 vs. Ross Pearson 155.3
Alexander Gustafsson 205 vs. James Te Huna 204.6
Riki Fukuda 184.8 vs. Nick Ring 184.8
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Tom Blackledge 205.2 vs. Anthony Perosh 204.6
Jason Reinhardt 145.2 vs. Tiequan Zhang 145.6
Mark Hunt 262.2 vs. Chris Tuchscherer 260.9
Maciej Jewtuszko 154.4 vs. Curt Warburton 155.8
For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
IBF #15 jr welterweight Danny Garcia (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a second round TKO over journeyman John Figueroa (7-9-3, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton in San Diego, California. The bout was quickly stopped by referee Jose Cobian after Figueroa was staggered. Time was :52.
Unbeaten super middleweight Marco Antonio Periban (11-0, 8 KOs) needed just 33 seconds to stop previously unbeaten Dion Savage (10-1, 6 KOs). A flush right hand dropped Savage and the bout was waved off.
Featherweight Pablo Armenta (5-0-1, 1 KO) outpointed Alejandro Cruz (3-13-2, 2 KOs) over four by scores of 40-36 on all cards.
WBC #4 featherweight Juan Carlos Burgos (26-1, 19 KOs) destroyed veteran Frankie Archuleta (27-8-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Million Dollar Elm Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Burgos, who challenged for the WBC belt in his last fight, floored Archuleta three times in round two and the bout was stopped by referee Gerald Ritter. Time was 2:33.
Super middleweight Isaac Chilemba (16-1-1, 8 KOs) overcame two knockdowns to defeat previously unbeaten Maxim Vlasov (19-1, 10 KOs) by unanimous decision. Vlasov dropped Chelemba twice in round eight, but Chelemba hurt Vlasov at the end of the round. Scores were 95-94, 96-92, 96-92.
Bantamweight Simpiwe Vetyeka (22-1, 13 KOs) finished former IBF strawweight champion Roberto Leyva (27-13-1, KOs) with a body shot in round three.
From Irapuato, Mexico for tomorrow night’s Promociones del Pueblo card televised on Cadena Tres TV:
For the WBC Fecarbox featherweight title:
Cristopher Perez 126 vs. Robinson Castellanos 126
For the WBC Fecombox superfeatherweight title:
Eduardo ¨Chucky¨ Lazcano 130 vs. Alejandro Barrera 130
Ivan Saracho 125.5 vs Roberto Piceno 126
Martin Casilla 118 vs Roberto Quijas 118
Luis Vazquez 115 vs Alejandro Gonzalez 115
Dimas Omaya 134 vs Leonardo Bedoya 135
All the shots & theatrics by WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Acosta and challenger, boxing’s bad boy Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios. Click here
Expect to see Saul “Canelo” Alvarez all over Southern California next week as the unbeaten Mexican super welterweight phenom has a number of public appearances scheduled. It all starts on Sunday when Alvarez will apear at an autograph session at 1PM at the Anaheim Marketplace – La Placita. On Wednesday night, “Canelo” plans to attend the NHL hockey game between the Anaheim Ducks and Detroit Red Wings. The final press conference (which will be open to the public) will take place Thursday at 1PM at La Fonda Supper Club in downtown Los Angeles. Finally, fight fans are invited to attend the official weigh-in for Alvarez’ world title clash against Matthew Hatton at noon at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
In advance of the upcoming UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 live on Pay-Per-View, the official weigh-ins will air LIVE on UFC.com today at 7 PM PT/10 PM ET.
For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photo: Peltz Boxing
Jamaal Davis 154 vs. Gabriel Rosado 154
(NABA interim junior middleweight title)
Dillet Frederick 141.5 vs. Ronald Cruz 144
Theron Johnson 234.5 vs. Bryant Jennings 220.5
Paul Fernandez 124.5 vs. Tommy Garcia 126.5
Tyrone Luckey 130.5 vs. Gustavo Dailey 132
Julio DeJesus 143 vs. Hector Collado 141.5
Dontre King 140.5 vs. DeCarlo Perez 143.5
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc.
First bout 7:30PM, tickets $50 and $75
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
From the Palms in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Top Rank card televised on Showtime: After making weight and a lengthy staredown, WBA Lightweight Champ Miguel Acosta and challenger Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios” traded theatrics before a rowdy crowd. Acosta illustrated a throat cutting while Rios threw several mock punches at the champ before resorting to a lewd gesture, captured above.
Miguel Acosta 134.5 vs. Brandon Rios 134.5
Mike Lee 176 vs. Pablo Gomez 175
Roberto Marroquin 126.5 vs. Gilberto Sanchez-Leon 127
Anthony Lenk 141.5 vs. Terry Baterbaugh 140.5
Jesse Magdaleno 123.5 vs. Jaime Gutierrez 120
Andy Ruiz 259 vs. Alvaro Morales 296
Hiromitsu Miura 173.5 vs. Ramiro Bueno 171
Alejandro Lopez 126.5 vs. Aaron Garcia 127
By Bill Green at the scale
Photo: Bill Green
Antonio DeMarco 134.6 vs. Reyes Sanchez 134.6
(WBC lightweight eliminator + silver belt)
Terence Crawford 140 vs. Anthony Mora 140
Brad Pitt 200 vs. Joshua Harris 199.8
Johnny Determan 115.4 vs. Randy Ronchi 118
Marvin Quintero 135 vs. Lowell Brownfield 135.6
Brandon Quintana 140.8 vs. Eric Bradford (overweight)
Kurtiss Colvin 162.5 vs. Cameron Allen 164.8
Venue: Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
Promoter: Gary Shaw
Notes: cruiserweights Alejandro Berrio and Antwun Echols will weigh in tomorrow. A clash between jr middleweight contender Freddy Hernandez and Roberto Valenzuela was cancelled after Valenzuela came down with the flu. Nevada referee Vic Drukulich will referee DeMarco-Sanchez. Former heavyweight champion Leon Spinks will be in attendance.
In advance of the upcoming UFC® 127: PENN vs. FITCH event scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 26 live on Pay-Per-View, a special Q&A session with Kenny Florian will air LIVE on UFC.com today at 5PM PT/8PM ET.
For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero and Pepe Rodriguez at the scale
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Gilberto Keb Baas and Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre stepped on the scale this afternoon at the weigh-in prior to the “Prueba de Fuego” event to be held tomorrow at Poliforum Zamna where Keb from Yucatan Mexico will defend his WBC light flyweight title for the first time. Keb and Aguirre both weighed 107.8 lbs. After weighing in the contestants posed for the photo, but Aguirre was accompanied by a “jaguar toy”, which bothered Keb and caused a ruckus feud between the boxers.
Other fighters who passed through the scale were Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab and Panamanian Edwin “Pantera” Diaz, who contend for the WBC Silver flyweight title. Both recorded a weight of 111.9 lbs. The weigh-in was done in the Piedra de Agua Hotel in downtown Merida, and was overseen by the president of World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman.
Juan Carlos Salgado 134.64 vs Bronco Rosales 138.68
Rodolfo Lopez 134.64 vs Juan Pablo Sanchez 134.64
Nacif Castillo 121.60 vs Miguel Tique 122.32
Rey Vargas 121.66 vs Mario Garcia 121.66
Sergio Thompson 130.46 vs Uriel Barrera 130.46
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Miranda 112 vs. Arden Diale 111.5
David ¨Tornado¨Sanchez 116 vs. Omar Lina 116
Jose Cayetano 119 vs. Hector Morales 119
Eliud Melendez 148 vs. Ernesto Reyes 148
Israel Jimenez 126 vs. Moises Barajas 126
Ramon Garcia 117 vs. Octavio Corrales 117
Venue: Tecate Box Tour Querétaro
TV: TV Azteca
Click here for more photos…
A new fight series is ready to kick-off on March 25 at the new Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas. The debut card will feature several members of the next generation of undefeated Cuban boxing stars including light middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-0, 10 KOs) in the main event, supported by light middleweight Yudel Jhonson (9-0, 6 KOs), cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (10-0, 10 KOs), super featherweight Rances Barthelemy (10-0, 8 KOs), and light heavyweight Vilier Quinones (2-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Also scheduled to see action that night in separate bouts is undefeated lightweight prospect Hylon Williams Jr. (12-0, 3 KOs). All opponents will be announced shortly. The fights will take place inside the Chelsea Ballroom or at the Boulevard Pool overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The first show will be televised on ESPN2.
Photo: Team Lee
Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee met the Las Vegas media on Thursday afternoon just two days prior to his showdown with Pablo Gomez at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Lee, a top light heavyweight prospect, held court for the local media and was welcomed to Las Vegas and received best wishes from boxing superstar Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. The Lee/Gomez scheduled four rounder is the featured undercard bout to the SHOWTIME broadcast of the world lightweight championship between Miguel Acosta and #1 contender Brandon Rios. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Alfredo Perez
Ana Julaton knows there’s no denying it, no point in trying to ignore it: She’s physically attractive. Her looks may turn some heads, she knows, but they’ll quickly turn away if she’s not a serious fighter. Julaton (7-2-1) defends her WBO super bantamweight title Friday against Franchesca Alcanter (18-9-1 9 KOs) at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif., just east of San Francisco. The event includes live musical performances and MMA fights.
“I know people may notice me because of my looks, but I’m not trying to be a model and boxing fans are serious,” she said at a recent public workout. “If any fighter is trying to get by on their looks or a famous last name, sure, people will probably notice them more at first, but you have to deliver. Boxing fans are passionate and they don’t have any time for someone who they can see isn’t taking it seriously.” (more…)
Ring legend and promoter Oscar de la Hoya will soon embark on a week-long USO tour to the Middle East to visit troops serving in the region. Joining the Golden Boy will be GBP fighters Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell. Due to security reasons, the countries and tour dates were not released.
The image that Mariana “Barbie” Juárez had of the Italian Simona Galassi, disappeared the same day she met her at the press conference held on Monday in Mexico City. “I saw her very big and muscular in videos, but now that I got the opportunity to meet her in person she does not look like the monster she appears to be in the ring. She looks very serious and professional, but certainly not invincible,” said the Mexican. Mariana and the unbeaten Simona will face each other for the WBC Flyweight championship on Friday March 11th in Mexico City.
“I have a seventy percent chance of beating her because I have more combinations in my punching. She only has a repertoire of three shots, that’s all she does in the ring, besides, she’s faster than I, nor half as accurate,” she said. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Born in Texas, reared in Kansas and now “living the life” in Southern California, World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 1 contender Brandon Rios will fight for his first world title belt on the year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast Feb. 26 LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) faces current WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) in the 12-round main event while talented Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) battle in the co-feature. The Rios-Acosta fight will take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and the DeMarco-Sanchez affair will originate from the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Neb. (more…)
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.
For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
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…)
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