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Undefeated featherweight prospect and former Cuban Olympian Luis Franco will look to take another giant step towards challenging for a world title in 2011 when he takes on veteran Leonilo Miranda in a 10-round bout to kick off an impressive run of boxing on SHOWTIME on Friday, Feb. 4 LIVE on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West coast). In a co-feature worthy of main event billing, crowd-pleasing and Freddie Roach-trained Lateef Kayode will be looking for his 15th consecutive knockout as he squares off against Tampa native Nicholas Iannuzzi in a 10-round cruiserweight bout. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Pugilistic Promotions announced the main event for the February 11th card at the Magic City Casino today. Nigerian middleweight Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (23-4-1, 11 KOs) makes his first defense of the IBO Latino middleweight belt against Lester “El Cubanito” Gonzalez (11-2-1, 6 KOs) in a 10 round bout. This will mark the fourth in a series of seven monthly cards sponsored by Badia Spices at the casino. Albert last fought here in November; earning an exciting ninth-round TKO victory over Joaquin Zamora (18-3-1, 12 KOs) to claim the vacant IBO Latino crown. (more…)
Light heavyweight Blake Prevost (16-2-1, 5 KOs) won a ten round split decision against former world title challenger Will “Kid Fire” McIntyre (40-5-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi.
Other results from promoter Leslie Bonano and Brawlin’ in N’awlins’ show:
Bobby O’Bannon TKO3 John Brown (heavyweights)
Jamond Bourgeois W4 Vince Burkhalter (middleweights)
Tiffany Woodard D4 Sydeny LeBlanc (heavyweights)
Marcus McDaniel W4 Blake Singleton (middleweights)
By Ricardo Conde
Photos: Ricardo Conde
Middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) of Argentina continues his preparations for his upcoming bout which will be against WBO junior middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-0, 23KOs) of Ukraine on Saturday March 12th at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT which will be shown live on HBO’s ‘World Championship Boxing’.
“We’re only a couple weeks into camp and Sergio is already in great shape.” said chief trainer Gabriel Sarmiento. “Sergio maintains the same intensity throughout the entire camp, he’s giving it 100% and I have no doubt in my mind we’re going to get similar results in this fight as we did in our last fight.” continued Sarmiento. (more…)
The IBF is on pace to quickly reach its goal to fill all its female titles and give more championship opportunities to women around the world. On Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Estadio Neza in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico two more IBF female champions were crowned. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
The last time Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. fought in his hometown of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico, he was a 19-year kid fighting in his first 10 rounder against former Mexican champion Christian Solano, who at the point was the toughest opponent he had face in his young career. “I remember that night very well. I had a lot of support from the fans and it was a very special night. It was my first main event in a big fight at home and I was very excited,” said Chavez Jr. That fight was back on December 16, 2006 at the Plaza de Toros.
This Saturday, January 29, Chavez Jr. returns as the number one world ranked contender in the WBC Middleweight Division to take on Billy Lyell in the Banorte Soccer stadium in Culiacan. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Terrance “The Heat” Cauthen (36-7, 9 KOs) took a six-round unanimous decision over Philip “Mongoose” McCants (8-2-1, 3 KOs) in the welterweight main event last Saturday night at the Hamilton Manor in Hamilton, NJ. McCants was down briefly in round five. The scores were 58-53, 59-53, and 59-52, all for the former 1996 Olympic bronze medalist. In the co-feature, Charles Hayward (6-2, 2 KOs) stopped Jason Burrell (2-6-3, 2 KOs) after two completed rounds of a scheduled six round light heavyweight bout. Burrell was down twice in round two, and was ruled unable to continue for round three. The promoter of the event was Nedal Promotions. Other results…
Unbeaten WBA #9 rated super bantamweight Scott Quigg (21-0, 14 KOs) has spent £4000 of his own money in order to spend three weeks training at Freddie Roach’s famous Wild Card gym. He is currently enjoying his second trip to the Los Angeles gym that also house the world’s top fighter Manny Pacquiao and Amir Khan. “As far as I am concerned it is money well spent,” he stated. “Sparring sessions over there are like war, harder than any fight I’ve had. I have sparring with champions and it has been hard, but these are sacrifices I need to make….I am getting to the stage where the opposition is getting harder so this camp in Los Angeles is helping prepare me for that.”
Due to an injury to Mike Mollo, there is a brand new main event on Saturday at The Turning Stone Casino and Resort in Verona, New York as former U.S. Olympian Jason Estrada (16-3, 4 KOs) will take on Franklin Lawrence (13-2-2, 8 KOs) in a ten round battle for the WBC Caribbean Heavyweight championship. Mollo was slated to face Manuel Quezada, who is now off the card.
As initially announced on Fightnews.com, former WBO welterweight champion Carlos ‘El Indio’ Quintana (27-3, 21 KOs) will soon make his return the ring. The new date now is February 18th with Quintana’s opponent being Ishmael Tetteh (21-6-2, 10 KOs) of Accra, Ghana. The 10 round junior middleweight main event will take place at the Coliseo Pachin Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
European super featherweight champion Stephen Foster Jr. (28-2-1, 18 KOs) is hoping that his next opponent Ermano Fegatilli (22-4, 5 KOs) isn’t as intelligent in the ring as he is outside of the ropes. The Belgian challenger, who holds a Masters Degree in Economics from Liege University in 2007, is a pure boxing stylist who will aim to outsmart Foster on February 26 in the Premier Suite at Reebok Stadium in Bolton, England. (more…)
According to the Association of Boxing Commissions, 28 boxers have been allowed to fight while on suspension since July 2010. California was the main offending commission, allowing 9 suspended boxers to participate. Other commissions included Kansas, Shediac, Puerto Rico, Mashantucket, Montreal, Manitoba, Colorado, Iowa, Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma and Mississippi. The highest profile boxers were world rated super bantamweight Christopher Martin who fought under suspension on September 10 (Must Renew Federal ID) and three-time world title challenger Cecilio Santos who fought under suspension on December 11 (Needs Physical). The ABC draws its membership from state and tribal combative sports commissions from the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
By Rick Scharmberg
Michael “No Joke” Stewart (46-7-2, 24 KOs) returns to the ring to face David “El Torrito” Torres (21-2-2, 13 KOs) in a ten round junior welterweight bout on Friday, February 25 at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover, Delaware. Stewart and Torres will box for the vacant NABA junior welterweight title. Stewart, of New Castle, DE is a former USBA champion, and has appeared on “The Contender” TV reality show. In the co-feature, heavyweight knockout artist Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (11-0, 8 KOs) will appear against an opponent to be determined. Mansour is on the fast track to a world ranking. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman (20-2, 8 KOs) will be in action over eight rounds when he clashes with Tim Kanofski (11-3, 0 KOs) at the Gold Coast Convention Center at Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia on Saturday. Pittman will start a red hot favorite but the tough Kanofski always comes to fight and has a good work rate but lacks finishing power.
Also in action will be WBO #14 heavyweight Alex Leapai (21-3-3, 16 KOs), who will punch it out with 36-year-old Florida heavyweight Jason Barnett (12-12, 6 KOs) over eight rounds. (more…)
By Scott Ploof
Photo: Emily Harney
Worcester, MA’s own three-time world champion Jose Antonio Rivera (39-6-1, 24 KOs) recently announced his decision to come out of retirement. After an almost two and a half year layoff, Rivera, who recently has been in training, is looking to make one last run at getting another shot at a world title. He will begin his journey in the main event on Saturday April 9th at the Palladium in his hometown of Worcester, MA on a card promoted by Jimbo Isperduli’s Paxton Promotions. At this time Rivera’s opponent has yet to be determined. Matchmaker for this event is Ted Panagiotis.
When asked what prompted his decision to return to the ring, Rivera stated to FightNews, “Well recently I began training in the gym to challenge myself because I got up to 190 pounds. I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could get back into the optimal condition that I once used to be in, back when I fought in a world championship fight. I began then working with the kids in the gym. My body felt good, and my conditioning was there, so I said to myself, why not fight and let’s see how things go.”
Story & photos by Robert Hughes
For the first time in his 30 years Sergio Mora came to Texas.
“I always wanted to fight in Texas,” he said. “I think you guys have some of the best fans, not only in football, but in boxing.”
The former light middleweight world champion said he’s excited to show Texas fight fans what a tough kid from Southern California can do in the ring, and apparently Mora (22-1-2, 6 KO) feels Texans have a streak of blood lust . . . Click here for more
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Team DeMarco
Lightweight Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18KOs) is not over confident despite him being the favorite over Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11KOs) for their WBC Silver championship fight slated for February 26th in Grand Island, Nebraska. The bout will be promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions and broadcast by SHOWTIME.
The southpaw DeMarco from Tijuana, MX, by way of boxing hotbed Los Mochis, described Mexico City’s Sanchez as a deceiving fighter who is much better than many people tend to believe, “People have said that I am the favorite but I am not over confident. He is a dangerous fighter, he applies a lot of pressure and since my loss to Valero, and I learned that I shouldn’t be over confident. I am training as if I would be fighting Manny Pacquiao.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBA has affirmed that light flyweight champion Juan Carlos Reveco will continue to be recognized as champion for the moment. Reveco, who has been involved in a managerial dispute, is long overdue for a title defense and fought a non-title bout against WBA rules. “Everyone should be given the chance they deserve to seek justice,” stated WBA executive vice-president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. He explained that Reveco will be asked to explain his actions, “and then the matter will be put to a vote.” He added that these “were flagrant violations,” and the process will take about a week.
Mendoza also clarified the situation involving former champion and #1 rated featherweight Celestino “Pelenchin” Knight, saying that Caballero is not the mandatory challenger. “The regulation is clear, and until the Committee acts, he isn’t the mandatory.
Ringside by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Tri Nguyen / TriNguyenImages.com
Hosted in one of America’s most iconic resort facilities, The Greenbrier, Saturday night’s contest for the WBF heavyweight title between Evander Holyfield and Sherman Williams ended unceremoniously as, following a headbutt, the fight was declared a no contest citing that Holyfield could not see from blood in his eye after round three. . . . Click here for more
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Melvin Guillard told the world he wanted to remain undefeated as a member of Greg Jackson’s camp. He also said he would defeat Evan Dunham.
He made good on his word.
“The Young Assassin” needed just 2:58 to dispose of the highly touted prospect in the night’s main event . . . Click here for more
Photos: Rafael Soto/Top Rank
Top boxing trainer Freddie Roach has found a new home in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico where he has been for the past two weeks preparing Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. for his next fight. “I have found this to be a very great experience. I did not know what to expect but it was been great. The people are very nice and to my surprise they know who I am. I thought the only other place as was known outside of the US was the Philippines,” said Roach with a smile. Roach is getting Chavez Jr. the January 29 fight against Billy Lyell, that will take place in the Banorte Soccer Stadium in Culiacan. (more…)
Photos: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenImages.com
Saturday night’s title fight between Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams abruptly ended after three rounds due to a cut over Holyfield’s left eye that he suffered in the second round. Holyfield was unable to continue after three and the fight was declared a no contest because the cut was caused by an accidental head butt and the fight didn’t go minimum four rounds . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
The Dallas Event Center at the Texas Station Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas featured a sold-out crowd who came to see if rising featherweight Diego Magdaleno would take home the vacant NABF super featherweight championship. Magdaleno would not disappoint the raucous hometown crowd of 1505 in one of his most impressive performances to date. One of Top Rank’s fast rising stars captured the title and again showcased a more punishing demeanor as he earned a resounding fifth round TKO victory and claimed the title while improving to 18-0 with his 6th knockout . . . Click here for more
Report and photo by Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Osnel Charles (6-2) withstood a late surge by Victor Vasquez (12-5-1, 6 KOs) to win a majority decision in the six round lightweight main event last night at Harrah’s Casino and Racetrack in Chester, Pennsylvania. In the co-feature, Zeferino Albino (4-12-2, 2 KOs) stopped “Big” John Poore (21-5, 18 KOs) after two completed rounds of a scheduled four round cruiserweight bout. The seven-bout card, which drew a standing-room-only crowd, was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing Promotions in association with David Feldman. It was the first-ever boxing event at the venue. (more…)
For Sergio Martinez, 2010 was a year to remember. He started by winning the world middleweight title from Kelly Pavlik, then successfully defended it with a sensational one-punch knockout of Paul Williams. As a result of Martinez’s success, the Boxing Writers Association of America have voted him recipient of the “Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year” award. Martinez becomes the second boxer from Argentina to receive this prestigious honor, the first being Carlos Monzon in 1972. (more…)
Even though the action inside the Octagon™ at tonight’s UFC® Fight For The Troops 2 event has concluded, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® is encouraging its fans to continue to help raise funds for the brave men and women in the United States Armed Forces with traumatic brain injuries. (more…)
Photos: Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenImages.com
Saturday night’s title fight between Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield and Sherman “Tank” Williams abruptly ended after three rounds due to a cut over Holyfield’s left eye that he suffered in the second round. Holyfield was unable to continue after three and the fight was declared a no contest because the cut was caused by an accidental head butt and the fight didn’t go minimum four rounds. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
A Japanese reporter asked this observer why on Sunday there’s a public workout for the newly crowned WBA super-bantam champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-li Lee; 17-1-1, 8 KOs). He then eagerly wished to watch WBC Boxing TV by internet that would show a WBC female 115-pound title bout between Ana Maria Torres and OPBF champ Naoko Yamaguchi to be shown live from Mexico at the same time as Lee’s workout. (more…)
Evander Holyfield: “I’m very disappointed. He fought the way he should have. He understood he would have his head low when he threw the overhand right. If I didn’t move back, we’d clash heads. It was to his advantage to get lower because he’s short. Being that short he had to fight that fight. He didn’t have to, he chose to.”
“Stuff like this happens and I’ll shake it off. Hopefully, I’ll get this stitched up and it won’t be a problem. Life goes on, it’s part of boxing.”
Sherman Williams: “I’ve had my own personal setbacks. To get over what I did was a miracle. I trained hard for this fight. I was fighting a legend and I can’t take anything away from him. I feel like I should have won by TKO. I cut him with an overhand right, but I respect him.”
“I root for him. He’s almost 50 and still training and performing. I admire what he’s done but it’s time to let younger guys fight and older guys do television commentary. He’s not as good looking as I am. You’ve made sacrifices, won 4 world championships and fought in the Olympics. But this is a new time, a new era. Mr. Holyfield shouldn’t be taking punches from younger guys. That’s how I feel. It’s time for him to move on but, if he wants, we can do it again.”
“After the first round he was falling into my trap. When he felt I was in retreat…bang with the overhand right, and that’s when I saw blood.”
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
In the night’s main event, Melvin Guillard took a step closer to the lightweight title in a dominant first round victory over Evan Dunham. “The Young Assassin” needed just 2:58 to put on a striking clinic punctuated by two big knees that found a home on the up and comer’s face. The referee rushed in to halt the bout as Dunham slumped over.
Matt Mitrione made his Octagon record 4-0, thrashing Tim Hague en route to a first round TKO win. A straight left put “The Thrashing Machine” on his back and a series of right hands sealed the deal. (more…)
Evander Holyfield: “I’m cut. He head-butted me. He came down on me with his head. I don’t know about my next fight (March 5 vs. Brian Nielson in Denmark). I’m cut, I’m cut. I’ll give Sherman a rematch.”
Sherman Williams: “I’m back. This fight was a circus, on again, off again. But I stayed focused. I hurt him with an overhand punch. Let’s bring this fight to Atlantis – Holyfield-Williams II. I’ll take his place in Denmark and fight Nielson.”
Photo: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
In a clash for the NABO title on Saturday night at the Bayamón Correctional Complex 1072 in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, super bantamweight Jonathan Oquendo (21-2, 14 KOs) won by KO when he sent Cecilio Santos (25-17-3, 15 KOs) to the canvas with a body punch in the first round and Santos didn’t beat the count. Time was 2:46.
In the co-feature, unbeaten 6’6 heavyweight Carlos Negrón moved to 12-0, 7 KOs after an eight round unanimous decision over Willie Herring (12-9-3, 3 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 79-73, 79-73.
Unbeaten bantamweight prospect McJoe Arroyo (8-0, 5 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Eduardo Meléndez (4-9, 1 KO). Meléndez was down two times in the second round and once in the fourth. Time was 1:38.
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
10,000+ were on hand at the Estadio Olimpico Neza 86 in Mexico City on Saturday night to see HG Boxing’s “4 Coronas” card featuring four world title fights. Most notably, Mexican Hugo “Cuatito” Ruiz won the WBA Interim bantamweight title with a technical majority decision over Nicaraguan Alvaro Perez. The bout was stopped at the end of round nine due to head clashes. Scores were Russell Mora (U.S.) 87-83 to Ruiz, Pasquale Procopio (Canada) 86-84 to Ruiz and Carlos Sucre (Venezuela) 86-86. Referee Mark Nelson dieducted a point from Perez in the ninth round.
Mexican Aracely Muciño won by fourth round TKO over American Chantel Cordoba to win the vacant IBF female flyweight world title.
Mexican Irma Sanchez won a ten round unanimous decision over compatriot Kathia Gutierrez to win the vacant IBF female light flyweight world title.
Mexican Ana Maria Torres won by ten round unanimous decision over Japan’s Naoko Yamaguchi to retain her WBC female super flyweight world title. Judges scored it 100-89, 100-89 and 98-91 all in favor of Torres.
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
Photo: Steven Limentani
Legendary heavyweight world champion Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) and Sherman “Tank” Williams (34-11, 19 KOs) ended in a three round no-contest on Saturday night at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The 48-year-old Holyfield was cut over the left eye in round two by an unintentional headbutt and rocked by a Williams right hand in round three. After the round Evander said he couldn’t see and the bout was declared a no contest. The cut could very well jeopardize Evander’s scheduled March 5 fight against Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen, Denmark.
In the co-feature, former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (24-1-1, 10 KOs), who took the bout on short notice, won an eight round unanimous decision over 300lb, seven-footer Julius Long (15-15, 13 KOs). Johnson dropped Long twice in round eight. Scores were 79-71 on all cards.
Former heavyweight title challenger Monte Barrett (34-9-2, 20 KOs) and journeyman Charles Davis (19-21-3, 4 KOs) fought to an eight round majority draw. Scores were 77-75 Davis, 76-76, 76-76.
In an impressive display of brute power Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (32-1, 25 KOs) continued to roll stopping Dominique “Diamond” Alexander (19-10, 9 KOs) in the second round after knocking down his opponent three times with hard left hooks to the body. (more…)
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