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Middleweight Craig McEwan (20-2, 10 KOs) won an eight round 80-72 points decision over (6-13-1, 0 KOs) on Saturday night at Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was the first time McEwan has fought in his native Scotland in his pro career. “I have fought in Las Vegas and have topped the bill on big shows in America but there’s nothing like fighting in front of your own people,” said McEwan, who is promoted by Golden Boy and trains at Freddy Roach’s Wildcard Gym in Hollywood. “The atmosphere tonight was fantastic and I hope, in future, to fight for a title here.”
The event was promoted by former world title holder Alex Arthur (31-3, 21 KOs), who outpointed Michael Frontin (3-13-1, 0 KOs) over eight in a jr welterweight bout on the show.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian-based Filipino bantamweight Robert “Hands of Stone” Lerio (14-14-1, 5 KOs) outscored Jason Cooper (2-1-1, 2 KOs) via split decision in ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian bantamweight title on Saturday at the Norths Rugby Leagues Club at Kallangur, Queensland, Australia. Scores 96-94, 96-95, 94-97. Lerio had previously held the title back in 2008 when he defeated Mark Quon, but lost the belt in 2009 to Fred Mundraby. He is trained by former Manny Pacquiao opponent and former Australian champion,Tod Makelim. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Chris Cozzone
“I tried to give it my best. It was a very close fight. I give all the credit to Richard Abril but he did not come to fight,” former world champion Brandon Rios said following his controversial split decision win Saturday night in Las Vegas. Abril was a no-show at the post-fight presser, so Rios had the media all to himself.
“He did hit me good but like I said he did not come to fight” Rios repeated. “It’s not my job to criticize the referee but Abril was holding a lot throughout the fight there is nothing I can do about that. We had a feeling he was going to hold a lot after watching tape on him.”
“I did get frustrated. He would hold me like if he was trying to break my arm and I even told the referee,” Rios told Fightnews.com later. (more…)
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Canelo Promotions
WBC #4 super bantamweight contender Victor “Viking” Terrazas (34-2-1, 19 KOs) left Colombian Jose Palma (15-6-2, 10 KOs), lying on the canvas courtesy of a big right hand at :57 of the fourth round on Saturday at the Municipal Auditorium in Arandas, Jalisco, Mexico. Terrazas retained his WBC silver championship for the first time with the win. He now awaits the winner of Abner Mares against Eric Morel who will fight for the WBC belt next Saturday in El Paso, Texas.
Also unbeaten Mexican prospect Gilberto Ramirez (21-0, 18 KOs) kept his undefeated record and WBC youth middleweight title via unanimous decision (97-93, 100-90 and 100-91) over Costa Rican Jaime Barboza (17-7, 7 KOs). It was Ramirez’ fourth defense. (more…)
Unbeaten middleweight Billi Godoy (25-0, 13 KOs) won a spirited ten round unanimous decision over 40-year-old former welterweight champion Carlos Baldomir (48-14-6, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Ruca Che in Neuquen, Argentina. Scores were 99-91, 97-93, 98-93.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Peruvian challenger and former Olympian Alberto Rossel (28-8, 13 KOs) dethroned previously unbeaten Mexican WBA interim light flyweight world champion Jose “Torito” Rodriguez (28-1, 17 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Coliseo Dibos Dammert in Lima, Peru. Rossel is the first Peruvian male to win a world boxing title and this was the first time Peru hosted a male boxing world title match. “This is for Peru, all of Peru are champion,” said Rosel. “I waited all my life this night.” Scores were 118-110, 115-113, 116-112. WBA female super featherweight beltholder Kina Mal Partida was the country’s first boxing world champion.
In other action, local undefeated jr middleweight David Zegarra (18-0, 14 KOs) stopped Brazilian Juciel Lima Nascimento (22-13-1, 15 KOs) in round eleven, and undefeated Peruvian featherweight Carlos Zambrano (14-0, 8 KOs) won by third round TKO over Ecuadorian Willy Condori. Zambrano trains in North Bergen, New Jersey.
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (30-6-2, 16 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (19-14-1, 7 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Saturday night at Cicero Stadium, just outside Chicago, Illinois. Scores were 97-93, 99-91, 95-95.
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Lamar Russ (10-0, 6 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Jose Alonzo (13-1, 7 KOs). Time was 1:08.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Cruiserweight Garrett Wilson (13-5-1, 7 KOs) scored a spectacular twelfth round KO over Andres Taylor (20-2-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at Bally’s Event Cente in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Wilson dropped Taylor in rounds one, eleven and twelve, the final time for the count at the 2:50 mark. Wilson, who retained his USBA title and added the vacant NABF belt, previously battled to a draw with Taylor in September 2010 and this was the much anticipated rematch. Wilson led 106-101, 106-101 and 105-102 at the time of the KO.
In the co-feature, a third round knockdown propelled lightweight Christopher Finley (5-4, 4 KOs) to an upset six-round unanimous decision over Osnel Charles (9-3, 1 KO). Scores were 59-53, 58-54, 58-54.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios managed to walk away from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas with his unbeaten record intact as he scored a highly controversial split decision victory over Richard Abril on Saturday night before a crowd of 3,705. Neither Rios and Abril were impressive but most viewed Abril as having the upper hand throughout the fight as he prevented Rios from mustering up any offense while plucking away at Rios from the outside. Rios (30-0-1, 22 KOs) — who came in overweight and unable to claim the vacant WBA lightweight title — looked sluggish and lost throughout the 12 round lightweight bout as he did little more but try to bull his way inside and never developed a Plan B. Abril (17-3-1) recognized Rios’ strategy and held him whenever the two were in close quarters. It certainly wasn’t pretty but it was effective. However, due to Rios’ aggression, he was able to get the upper hand on both Glenn Trowbridge and Jerry Roth’s scorecards as they had it 115-113 and 116-112, respectively. Meanwhile, Adalaide Byrd scored it the way many watching saw it with Abril easily earning the decision with a lopsided scorecard of 117-111.
Many predicted that Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera could steal the show, those predictions were spot on as the two put on an excellent back and forth action bout that entertained throughout. But it would be the heavier hands and persistence of Alvarado (33-0, 23 KOs) that would earn him the unanimous decision victory with scores of 99-91, 97-93, 96-94. The two started exchanging in the first round and didn’t stop until the final bell. Although neither scored a knockdown, Alvarado damaged Herrera’s face with brutal power shots. Unfortunately, Herrera (18-2) didn’t possess the power to back Alvarado off and ate some huge punches late. Despite losing, Herrara left the ring to a huge ovation.
Mercito Gesta was the stronger, faster fighter in his bout with Oscar Cuero and scored a 8th round TKO, however it wasn’t the spectacular performance many anticipated seeing. The scheduled 10 round lightweight bout saw Gesta (25-0-1, 13 KOs) be a little too patient with the overmatched Cuero. He finally decided to step on the gas in the 7th round when he dropped the Columbian with a body shot. With Cuero (15-8) looking like he wanted no part of the fight, Gesta finished the job with a right hook in the 8th round. Robert Byrd saw no reason to allow Cuero to continue and halted the fight at 1:38. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Márquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Sergey Fedchenko (30-2, 13 KOs) to claim the vacant interim WBO jr welterweight title on Saturday night in front of 22,492 fans at the New Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Marquez scored a clear points victory, but was unable to get the knockout his hometown fans wanted. Scores were 119-109, 118-110, 118-110.
Highly regarded welterweight prospect Daniel Sandoval (27-2, 27 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over veteran Michael Rosales (32-5, 26 KOs).
Mexican middleweight Saul Roman (35-9, 29 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Colombian Richard Gutierrez (26-9-1, 16 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-93 and 98-93. (more…)
By Chris Cook at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr
Joey Hernandez took less than a round to dispatch Shakir Ashanti. Ashanti caught hold of Hernandez’s right hand and held on in the middle of the round. Hernandez unloaded his left hand to the exposed head Ashanti, landing dozens of shots. Ashanti fell to the canvas after the succession of blows. He was able to rise before the ten count, but unable to withstand the flurries upon flurries that soon followed. Referee stepped in to stop the bout at the 2:46 mark. After the fight, Hernandez called out Cory Spinks who was in attendance. Spinks processed to yell to the crowd that he will stop Hernandez. More to follow.
WBC #1 ranked heavyweight contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), 243 lbs, defeated Willie Herring (13-11-3, 4 KOs), 212.75 lbs, in an eight round contest. The Miami native Stiverne won via unanimous decision 77-75 and 79-73 against a game Herring. Stiverne looked unimpressive in the contest, with Herring landing often and aggressing much of the fight. More to follow. (more…)
6’8 heavyweight Tyson Fury (18-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over 40-year-old former Prizefighter winner Martin Rogan (14-3, 7 KOs) to claim the vacant Irish heavyweight title on Saturday night at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Fury surprisingly fought from a left-handed stance and was largely ineffective. Rogan, a Belfast cab driver who came out of nowhere to win the Prizefighter tournament then defeat Audley Harrison and Matt Skelton before two defeats to Sam Sexton, pressed the action early. Fury floored Rogan in round three with a straight left hand and finished him with a body shot in round five. Time was 3:00.
Middleweight Chris Eubank Jr (3-0, 2 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Paul Allison (5-1-1, 1 KO). A barrage of punches prompted a referee’s stoppage at :43.
Former world champion Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright (51-5-1, 25 KOs) has opened training camp in Phoenix, Arizona. The St. Petersburg, Florida native has chosen to prepare for his upcoming fight completely across country from his hometown. Wright is scheduled to take on unbeaten world ranked Peter ‘Kid Chocalate’ Quillin on June 2nd. Wright is temporarily staying at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. Wright-Quillin will be the co-feature to Tarver-Kayode from the Home Depot Center in Carson, California.
ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights returned to Las Vegas on a Friday the 13th with the always-exciting Australia’s Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-5, 23 KOs) taking on Albert Mensah (19-3-1, 10 KOs) of Ghana in a thrilling jr. welterweight main event that went the distance for the IBF International title from the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Katsidis came out early, pressuring ad backing Mensah up to the corner while working on the inside. In round two, Katsidis continued to pressure as Mensah began to pop the jab and counter with rights – it did little to stop Katsidis making it a phone booth fight . . . Click here for more
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The Ultimate Fighter® Live episode 6 – “Dog With No Bark” – aired Friday evening and saw Team Faber continue to roll – right into the leaders spot – as they recorded their third consecutive win and took a 3-2 lead over Team Cruz. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
One can say that Mauricio Herrera’s career has had two significant turning points in his career. The first came on a cold December night at the Chumash Casino Resort in the Santa Ynez Valley along the Central Coast of California. Herrera, along with most ringside media, thought he did enough to win an eight round bout over former world title holder Mike Anchondo. To his shock and to the surprise inside the venue, Anchondo won a controversial split decision victory.
Fast forward to over a year later, when Herrera fought hard-hitting Russian Ruslan Provodnikov at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Not only had Provodnikov started strong, but he cut Herrera over his left eye, which later revealed to be a broken orbital bone. However, Herrera fought through the adversity of fighting with only one eye, outboxing Provodnikov during the second half of the fight and winning a hard-fought 12 round unanimous decision.
Tonight, Herrera will step inside the ring against hard-punching boxer-puncher Mike Alvarado. Will Herrera be able to pull off an upset like he did when he fought Provodnikov? (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“Eddie decided to fight me after his 16-month break from being in the ring. Risky proposition but obviously he has to play this all or nothing way. I like to fight against desperate opponents,” says Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KO), who on June 16 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey will fight Eddie Chambers (36-2, 18 KOs) in the main event televised by NBC Sports Network’s Fight Night series. “Góral” is finishing the first part of his training camp this week with trainer Roger Bloodworth in Glen Carbon, Illinois. Starting next week, he will move his preparations to familiar New Jersey.
Eddie, who was at ringside when you fought Nagy Aguilera in Brooklyn, was not impressed with your speed.
Everything looks easy when you are a spectator and nobody is hitting your face. I watched Chambers’ last six fights and – if I were him – I would suggest paying more attention to his own obvious flaws and not what I’m doing in the ring. But I won’t make his trainer’s work easier talking about what we want to explore on June 16. I have my own training camp, he’s got his and just leave it at that. I will not start any media controversy. Not my character. (more…)
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Super featherweight Miguel “Mikito” Soto and super bantamweight Angel “Pito” Fret both scored KOs to maintain their unbeaten records on Friday night at the Francisco “Pancho” Deida Coliseum in Hatillo, Puerto Rico. Soto (10-0, 10 KOs) won by KO at 2:16 of the first round when he sent Leopoldo Gonzalez (12-7-1, 7 KOs) to the canvas three times. Fret (13-0, 10 KOs) won by KO at :44 of the fourth round. Eduardo Melendez (4-11, 1 KO) was down one time in the third and once in the fourth. (more…)
Jr welterweight Albert “Tornado” Mensah (20-3-1, 7 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over former two-time interim lightweight world titlist Michael Katsidis “The Great” (28-6, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As usual, Katsidis applied non-stop pressure from the opening bell. Mensah threw less punches but did enough to win on two cards 98-92 and 96-94. The third card was 95-95. Katsidis has now lost four of his last five.
Welterweight Alan “El Pugas” Sanchez (10-2-1, 4 KOs) avenged a previous loss to Artemio “The King” Reyes (15-2, 12 KOs), scoring a first round KO. A barrage of punches put Reyes on the deck as the bout was waved off. Time was 2:08.
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