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Undefeated Polish heavyweight prospect Mariusz “Polski Olbrzym” Wach has been added to Friday night’s “Homecoming King” pro boxing card at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, R.I. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Wach (22-0, 10 KOs), fighting out of Poland, was supposed to fight on last Saturday night’s show in New Jersey, but his opponent pulled out. The TWBA heavyweight champion Wach will be fighting veteran Galen “Bad Boy” Brown (33-14-1, 20 KOs) in a 6-round bout.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo by Werner Kalin
Hard punching welterweight champion Steve Maxwell (8-4, 6 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Alex Ahtong (4-8-2, 3 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Tattersalls Function Center in Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. In 2009 Maxwell stopped former Australian champion Mathew Paulley in two rounds and in 2010 he scored impressive fourth round knockout over Heath Ellis. Ahtong scored a second round knockout over Casey Hannan in 2009 and in 2010 extended Tui Leveni losing via a split eight round technical decision. Ahtong is trained by former Australian amateur champion Dave Birchell who also trains world rated super middleweight Sakio Bika and world rated junior middleweight Ryan Waters. Maxwell is guided by Adrian Lovell. Promoter is Adrian Lovell.
Ringside Report: Matt Richardson and Alex Dombroff at Ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Former junior welterweight and welterweight champion Zab Judah made a successful return to the 140-pound weight class on Saturday at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey when he won a ten-round split decision against previously unbeaten Lucas Matthysse in the main event of the HBO “Boxing after Dark” series. (More)
With a berth in the semifinals of the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic already secured, Andre “S.O.G.” Ward will return home to the Oracle Arena where he defends his WBA super middleweight championship for the second time against tough world contender Sakio “The Scorpion” Bika (28-4-2, 19 KOs)on November 27 live on SHOWTIME.
The card will begin at 4PM featuring undefeated jr. middleweight and 2008 US Olympian Javier Molina (4-0, 4 KOs), undefeated lightweight Stan Martyniouk (10-0, 1KO), power-punching Cornelius White (15-0, 14 KOs), plus four other bouts with the main event starting at approximately 7PM.
Ward will appear at an open-to-the-public press conference Tuesday at 11:30AM at Ricky’s Sports Theatre and Grill (15028 Hesperian Blvd., San Leandro, 94578).
Last Saturday, SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING delivered a terrific doubleheader: Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez & Allan Green vs. Glen Johnson. Here are ssome of the highlights, and don’t miss a replay of Saturday night’s telecast, TOMORROW, Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 10PM on SHO2!
Unbeaten former IBF lightweight champion Paul “The Pittsburgh Kid” Spadafora (44-0-1, 18 KOs), now campaigning as a junior welterweight and fighting in New England for the first time, will face Argentina-invader Diego Jesus “El Camicero” Ponce (19-5-3, 3 KOs) in the 10-round main event on November 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. (more…)
Video: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
With four of the best fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) history set to battle at UFC 123: RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, which is presented by Bud Light and live on Pay-Per-View on November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, the card will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the long-awaited return to Detroit, the UFC confirms that, in addition to Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida and Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn, the remaining bouts at UFC 123 include the following: George Sotiropolous vs. Joe Lauzon, Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch, Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao, Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster, Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Muñoz, Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman, Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza, Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien and Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz. (more…)
Ringside by Ben Tighe
Photos by Jesse Kelly
On a card televised on Showtime’s ShoBox, from the Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., Edwin Rodriguez and James McGirt Jr thrilled the crowd with a back-and-forth battle.
Rodriguez dominated most of the first two rounds with speed and power that McGirt couldn’t match, but as the second drew to a close McGirt began to bang with Rodriguez, and the result was electrifying. . . . click here for more
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
They say that the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry is one of the best in boxing. That’s certainly not a lie. They said, for weeks, that the fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez could equate to the dramatic back and forth drubbing that Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo delivered in their fight of the decade showdown back in 2005. Again, that wasn’t a lie either. It started to turn into a similar slugfest but a shoulder injury to Rafael Marquez caused a remarkable fight to be stopped abruptly at the end of the eighth round to award Juan Manuel Lopez the TKO victory as he retained his WBO featherweight title in front of 4813 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
On Friday night Boxeo Telemundo returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City. The telecast will be headlined by Mexican WBC Latin champion Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (23-3-2, 19 KOs) against Julio “Chupete” Ler (30-7, 18 KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled twelve rounder. The event is promoted by Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr/All Star Boxing in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones. Telemundo will televise the main event live at 11:35PM ET.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
California referee Jon Schorle will be the third man in the ring when unbeaten two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) and Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama meet in Dallas Saturday for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title in the Pacquiao-Margarito co-feature. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ruben Garcia (Texas) and Raul Caiz Sr. (California). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Raymond Mares
In a madcap rematch between crosstown cruiserweights, Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M., “Mad” Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KOs), sporting a beard a la Brian Wilson, the San Francisco Giants closing pitcher, outslugged and outhustled “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-5-2, 3 KO’s) en route to a eighth round stoppage.
Heyman-Alderete II capped a six-bout, all-local card promoted by Danny Romero Productions . . . Click here for more
Demetrious Johnson had a bulletproof explanation for why he jumped at the chance to fight Damacio Page on three weeks’ notice.“It’s my job,” the Matt Hume protégé said matter of factly.. . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Manny Pacquiao will arrive in Dallas tonight for Saturday’s showdown with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Both fighters will conduct free public workouts on Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center (1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051.) Margarito’s workout will begin at 1PM CT followed by Pacqiao’s at 2PM CT, in the Gaylord’s Longhorn Exhibit Hall E. located on the lower level of the Gaylord Texan’s Convention Center. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are also expected to attend.
Rico Ramos 123.5 vs Heriberto Ruiz 122.5
Shawn Estrada 163.25 vs Tony Hirsch 160.5
Venue: USMC Air Station New River, NC
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Texas State heavyweight champion Homero “El Oso” Fonseca (9-4-2) defeated current Hector “Huracan” Ferreyro (21-8-2) by way of ten round split decision on Saturday at the Veterans Field in Laredo, Texas. Fonseca took on Ferreyro for a second time in two months, after losing to Ferreyro by majority decision on August 6th. This time around the title was not at stake but Fonseca made the best of it after getting the call to come in as a late replacement for Willie Herring on 10 days’ notice.
WBC #5 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore (27-2, 22 KOs) of Guyana showed his mettle on Saturday night in the main event of the Caribbean Fury 2 Card staged at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Guyana by narrowly defeating Venezuelan Breilor Teran (12-9, 4 KOs) by majority decision. Moore came off the canvas twice to beat Teran. (more…)
By Robert Hughes
Photos: Robert Hughes
Pacquiao/Margarito fight week kicked off Sunday in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area when Antonio Margarito met with about 2,000 boxing fans at a South Fort Worth-area shopping center.
From high above the full-size boxing ring set up in La Gran Plaza, Margarito spoke to a loud crowd chanting ‘si se puede’ — ‘yes we can’ — before making his way into the ring, the place he called ‘mi casa.’
The controversial Margarito continued to speak to the largely Hispanic crowd in Spanish as they snapped photos and yelled questions to the weekend’s underdog from Tijuana. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
The monthly Art in the Park event at Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables typically provides families and young people an outdoor venue for live music, shopping and spirits for an evening. During the first cool, crisp snap of autumn last Friday night; they received so much more. Thanks to an invitation from the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, renowned boxing promoter Don King joined the festivities along with three boxers scheduled to compete at the American Airlines Arena on December 17th. (more…)
A sold out standing room only crowd witnessed a five-bout card presented by Prize Fight Boxing on Saturday night in the Fitz Ballroom at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS as unveiled an action packed 5 bout card from the. The main event featured a six-rounder between undefeated middleweights as Foster Nkodo (6-0, 1 KO) won a split decision over Mario Mina (5-1, 3 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Top Rank Boxing
Thousands of fans turn out to meet three-time world champion Antonio Margarito in Dallas, Texas today at the Tamale Festival. Margarito takes on Superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay Per View.
Saturday night at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, heavyweight Keith Barr improved to 4-0 with 2 KOs) by stopping Chris Brown (1-2-2) via TKO in the second round. Barr was very aggressive to the body from the opening bell and was in control until being rocked by a hard straight right from Brown with 15 seconds left in the round. Barr gathered himself between rounds and again came out aggressive in round two, flooring Brown with a left hook. Brown beat the count, but Barr then landed a series of hard, unanswered punches flooring Brown again, prompting referee Doug West to step in and halt the action. “Keith continues to improve every fight, and he is definitely one of the most talented up and coming fighters in the area,” stated promoter Steve Simons. The fight was part of a seven bout card prresented by Simons Promotions.
By Robert Coster
Photos by HG Boxing
It happens in boxing. Sometimes the boxer with lesser ability wins. And sometimes an underdog boxer just happens to have the champion’s number. Iran Barkeley did twice beat the legendary Thomas Hearns. Brawler Ricardo Mayorga defeated Vernon Forrest on two occasions. Forrest twice beat Shane Mosley. And Mosley, in turn, just knew how to rout Oscar de la Hoya two times around. On Saturday, the same scenario occured when limited, battled-scarred veteran Gilberto Keb Baas (33-20-4) upset the much more touted Omar Nino (30-3-2) and wrested the WBC light flyweight title from his grasp. For more details and photos click here…
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Juan Manuel Lopez showed he could take a punch in addition to dishing out plenty of punishment in stopping Rafael Marquez to defend his WBO world featherweight championship. The fighter known as “JuanMa” consistently landed hard shots to Marquez, but the Mexican warrior had his moments. In the fourth round, he tagged Lopez and appeared to stun him.
In the post-fight press conference, Lopez acknowledged he was stunned in the fourth round. “It was a real tough fight. He hit me good in the fourth round. So what, it showed everyone that I can come back and that I can take a punch.” (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
On Saturday night, Glen Johnson continued to defy Father Time and proved that he is a threat to the rest of the fighters remaining in the Super Six competition. He looked fresh, fit and fast at nearly age 42, in chopping down Allan Green to earn a place in the semifinals of the 168 lb. tournament.
“Green is a good fighter who throws quick combinations,” Johnson said. “I knew I had to be patient and that my time would come.” His time came in the eighth round, as he continued to find a home for hard, straight right hands.
Johnson looks forward to facing the winner of the Carl Froch-Arthur Abraham fight. “It doesn’t matter to me which guy [Froch or Abraham] I fight, because I always fight the best,” said the man known as “the Road Warrior.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA captured the NABA Super Welterweight title with a 10th round knockout of Richmond, VA’s Joe Wyatt last night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Wyatt seemed to be the aggressor throughout the contest, especially in the early rounds. However, in the fifth round, Lange caught Wyatt with a counter right hand that dropped Wyatt to the canvas. Wyatt was able to bounce back and maintain his pressure. For more details and photos click here…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian middleweight Matteo Signani (10-3-2, 4 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Roman warrior Giovanni De Carolis (12-4, 4 KOs) Friday night at The Sport Palace in Cesena, Italy. With the win the local idol Signani defended his National Title at 160lbs for the second time. It was not a great fight, much too tactical with both fighters being careful and many of the rounds following a similar pattern. Signani dropped De Carolis in round six and used his counterpunch attitude for to convince the three judges that scores the bout 95-93, 96-93 and 97-92 for the 31-year-old Signani. (Fightnews had it 95-93 for Signani). (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel of Albuquerque: On a card promoted by Danny Romero Productions, “Mad” Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KO’s) punched out “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-5-2, 3 KO’s). Alderete’s corner did not allow there fighter to come out for the ninth round, giving Heyman the win by TKO. In a junior featherweight contest Randy “Savage” Arrellin (7-3, 4 KO’s) won by unanimous decision against Lorenzo Estrada (3-18-1, 1 KO) of Las Cruces with scores of 60-54 times three. MMA fighter turned boxer Manuel “Mano” Otero (2-1, 1 KO) won by unanimous decision against Jose “Goose” Ramirez (11-11, 6 KO’s) with scores of 38-37, 38-37 and 39-36. In a junior welterweight battle, Albuquerque’s Joshua “El Nino de Oro” Gomez (3-0, 2 KO) won by TKO against Las Cruces’ Colbert “Pitbull” Lozoya (4-10) at 2:35 of the third round. And in the opening bout of the night featherweight Natalie Roy (2-0, 1 KO) of Santa Fe won by unanimous decision against Plainview, TX fighter Celestina Cano (0-2) with 40-36 times three.
Edward Faaloloto recalls being grazed by a bullet back in high school and, on a different occasion, stabbed by a homeless man attempting to rob him. Given that perspective, the unbeaten fighter is not losing any sleep over the likely prospect of a standup war with Anthony Njokuani at WEC 52. . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the much anticipated SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament scheduled to take place on December 11 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico may be moved to the U.S. If moved, Los Angeles is the frontrunner to land the event involving Abner Mares vs Vic Darchinyan and Yhonny Perez vs Joseph Agbeko. Reasons for the move include issues of production and organization of the card, as well as the security situation in Mexico at the moment.
Photos courtesy Top Rank
Antonio Margarito and his wife Michelle depart the Margarito Bus at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX late Saturday night. The bus met the Margarito camp at the Dallas/Forth Worth airport, with multiple 24/7 crews in tow.
On Sunday, Margarito will make two public appearances in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In the most important fight of his career, and what may be considered by many as a candidate for fight of the year, Juan Manuel Lopez retained his WBO featherweight title with a technical knockout over Rafael Marquez live on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. In the evening’s co-feature veteran boxer Glen Johnson earned the final spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals with a knockout win over Allan Green. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
Unheralded Gilberto Keb Baas (34-20-4, 21 KOs) surprisingly defeated WBC light flyweight world champion Omar Nino (30-4-2, 12 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night to claim the WBC 108lb belt at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb Baas floored Nino in rounds one and eight on the way to 116-110 and 115-111 margins on two cards. The third score was a bizarre 113-113. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Isaac Chilemba retained his IBO super-middleweight belt in a rather untidy and mauling affair against Tommy Oosthuizen when they fought to a 12 round draw at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. Judge John Coyle (England) scored it 115-113 for Oosthuizen and Ace Makeluza (SA) had it 115-113 for Chilemba, whilst judge Deon Dwarte (SA) scored it a draw with a card of 114-114. (more…)
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