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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Zanfer Promotions closed out the year with not one, but two major fight cards on Saturday night.
At the Palenque de la Feria in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico:
WBO featherweight Orlando “Siri” Salido (37-11-1, 24 KOs) recovered from knockdowns in rounds three and four to stop Weng Haya (15-5, 8 KOs) in round eight of a non-title match. Certainly not a good tune-up for Salido’s planned rematch with Juanma Lopez.
Former unified world champion Cristian Mijares (44-6-2, 20 KOs) had a much easier time in knocking out Alejandro Valdez (25-7-2, 19 KOs) in round three of a super bantamweight contest.
At the Arena Jorge Cuesy Serrano in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico:
In a battle between “Sons of Legends,” it was welterweight Jorge “Maromerito” Páez Jr (30-4-1, 18 KOs) handing “Businessman” Omar Chávez (27-1-1, 20 KOs) his first defeat via a ten round majority decision. Scores were 99-93, 99-93 and 95-95.
Former WBO flyweight champion Julio César “Pingo” Miranda outpointed Cecilio “Boga” Santos in the co-feature. more photos
By Matt Richardson and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
The SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final came to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday night at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City as unbeaten WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward (25-0, 13 KOs) outclassed WBC champion Carl Froch (28-2, 20 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. The Olympic gold medalist Ward was faster, busier, landed cleaner, harder punches and did not allow Froch to get anything going. By round seven Ward was seemingly hitting Froch at will. A desperate Froch came on late, but the result was never in doubt although Ward prevailed by surprisingly close scores of 115-113 on two cards with a more realistic 118-110 on the third card. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank
Featherweight Roberto Marroquin (21-1, 14 KOs) scored an impressive ten round unanimous decision over former Olympian Carlos Valcarcel (12-4-4, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The Dallas fighter was in command all the way, winning 100-90 on all cards.
Unbeaten lightweight Jose Roman (12-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Alejandro Rodriguez (12-5, 6 KOs) over eight hard rounds by scores of 78-74, 79-73, 78-74.
Undefeated heavyweight Andy Ruiz (13-0, 8 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Theron Johnson (5-7, 1 KO). The 262lb Ruiz dropped Johnson in round one and swept the remainder of the rounds. Scores were 60-53 on all cards.
Lightweight Jesse Roman (8-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Angel Rodriguez (6-6-2, 4 KOs). more photos
By Bill Hillmann at ringside
The IBF super middleweight eliminator between Donovan George vs Librado Andrade at the Campo de Beisbol Froilan Lopez in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico, was canceled just hours before the fighters were to step into the ring. A member of Donovan George’s camp measured the ring before the event began. He claimed the ring was 15.5 feet and the contracted ring size was 18.5. No one else has gone on the record about the situation.
Meanwhile the undercard bouts went ahead as scheduled. In notable action:
Super featherweight prospect Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson (21-2, 19 KOs) scored a third round KO over outgunned Julio Camano (8-7-1, 3 KOs)
WBC #2 rated super flyweight Carlos Cuadras (23-0, 20 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alberto Chuc (14-18, 11 KOs). In a beatdown, Cuadras battered Chuc until the bout was halted in the six. Chuc was down moments before the stoppage. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten welterweight Kell Brook bounced Luis Galarza all around the ring for five rounds before the referee finally called a halt to the action at 1:38 into the fifth. Brook (26-0, 18 KO’s) seemed to hurt Galarza (18-3, 14 KO’s) in every round before the fight was finally called off with Galarza still upright.
Light heavyweight and former middleweight title challenger Edison Miranda stopped Kariz Kariuki inside five rounds. Kariuki was dropped on a left hook in the fifth and stopped on his feet seconds later. Time of the stoppage was 2:15. Miranda moves to 35-6, 30 KO’s while Kariuki is now 24-10-2 with 19 KO’s. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Things so far have been fairly easy in 27-year-old Kevin Bizier’s career. A record of 16-0 heading into Saturday’s encounter in front of 2,162 hometown Quebec City at the Pepsi Colisee, the three-year pro had only been eight rounds once and recorded a total of 12 knockouts, six of those in the first round. Saturday he went twelve for the first time and was forced to stand and deliver for the first time as scored a 117-111, 118-110, 119-109 decision over a tough as nails Lanardo Tyner (25-6-2 15KO) of Houston Texas capturing the vacant NABA welterweight championship.
The scores were indicative of the rounds won by the hometown fighter but certainly did show what Tyner brought to the table as he forced Bizier to fight every minute of every round against an opponent who was landing solid shots right until the final bell. The Quebec City fighter used a solid left hook and a relentless body attack to slow the veteran 36 year-old down but never to the point where Tyner didn’t have something to give back. In the 9th round with Bizier in unchartered territory, Tyner was telling the hometown prospect the onslaught wasn’t enough. His corner spent the entire minute between rounds trying to do the same. But Bizier remained undeterred and continued to land the stronger, telling blows until the end of the fight.
Welterweight Antonin Decarie (26-1 7KO) captured a hard fought decision against very awkward Victor Lupo (19-2-2 9KO) capturing the WBC International belt. In a bout that had as many clenches as punches, Decarie was able to prevail with 117-112, 118-1110, 118-110 decision. (more…)
In a pro-am fundraiser for the Gloucester Public School Athletic Program staged by Granite Chin/Danny Kelly Promotions, Derek Silveira, 6-0 (2) of nearby Byfield, MA won the vacant New England Welterweight title against the tough veteran Josh Beeman, 4-11-3 (2) of Providence, RI. Silveira boxed well, keeping the aggressive Beeman off balance with a quick jab and excellent combination punching for the 8 round distance, winning an entertaining unanimous decision. Beeman, a former national amateur champion, was unable to close the gap against the taller Silveira, and had to be content to fight in spurts when Silveira chose to stand still for brief moments throughout the fight. Beeman continually looked for the big counterpunch, of which he landed a few, but was consistently outworked by the popular Silveira, who’s highly vocal fans seemed to fill the arena. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Filipino lightweight Joel De La Cruz (18-12-2, 7 KOs) caused a major upset when he clearly outscored former 2004 Athens Olympian Ryan Langham (15-3, 6 KOs) over ten rounds at the Southport RSL, Southport, Queensland, Australia on Friday. De La Cruz dropped Langham twice in round six and once in round seven to win the decision by scores of Adam Height 97-90, Wally Lewis 96-91, Paul Tapley 95-94. De La Cruz had lost to Victor Chermous in November in Sydney on previous trip to Australia. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Irish-born and Australian-based 147 pounder Paddy Murphy (4-0, 2 KOs) captured the Queensland state welterweight title when he stopped Brett John Smith (5-3, 2 KOs) in four rounds of a scheduled eight round contest at Gambaro’s Restaurant and Function Centre Brisbane, Queensland, Australia Friday. Murphy controlled the contest in all the rounds. (more…)
Sealing a second chance for a world title, top contender Marco Antonio Rubio tattooed the heavily-inked, always-gutsy Matt Vanda over five rounds for a TKO triumph at the tail-end of the WBC convention, last night at Mandalay Bay’s South Pacific Ballroom in Las Vegas. With a room filled with conventioneers and former kings – from Tony DeMarco to Marvelous Marvin Hagler – Rubio preyed on the “Predator,” busting him up with powerful jabs and right hands until referee Kenny Bayless called off the slaughter . . . Click here for more
Friday’s official weigh-in for Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal, airing TONIGHT at 10:30 pm ET/PT on Showtime. The event is headlined by the Strikeforce lightweight title fight between Gilbert Melendez and Jorge Masvidal, and the Strikeforce women’s featherweight title bout between Cris “Cyborg” Santos and Hiroko Yamanaka.
Strikeforce lightweight championship
Jorge Masvidal (155) vs. Gilbert Melendez (155)
Strikeforce women’s featherweight championship
Cris “Cyborg” Santos (145) vs. Hiroko Yamanaka (145)
Ovince St. Preux (206) vs. Gegard Mousasi (206)
Billy Evangelista (156) vs. KJ Noons (156)
Caros Fodor (156) vs. Justin Wilcox (156)
Jerron Peoples (180.5*) vs. Roger Bowling (170)
Gabriel Salinas-Jones (265) vs. Devin Cole (248)
Eddie Mendez (186) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (186)
Herman Terrado (170.5) vs. Chris Brown (170)
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By Graham Houston
The long, hard road comes to an end for 168-pound champions Andre Ward and Carl Froch tonight in Atlantic City, two years after starting their journey in the Showtime network’s innovative Super Six tournament. Ward is the betting favourite but Froch, who looked in fantastic condition at Friday’s weigh-in, exudes confidence and will have his backers. The tournament has given us compelling contests, upsets, debatable decisions and knockouts. It can be considered a success because — with the obvious exception of Lucian Bute — the best have fought the best at 168 pounds. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten junior welterweight “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer continued his winning ways in impressive fashion on Friday night at the Fairgrounds in York, PA, capturing a well earned six round unanimous decision victory over Justin Johnson. In the co-feature of the highly entertaining six bout card promoted by A & D Promotions, lightweight prospect Danny Aquino (9-1, 4KO’s) used his superior punching power and hand speed to drop the always dangerous Jason Rorie (6-15-2, 3KO’s) once on his way to a convincing four round unanimous decision victory. (more…)
After 2+ years, the Super Six Tournament ends tonight; who will reign supreme in the super middleweight division?
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
A small but vocal contingent of British fans invaded Friday’s official weigh-in at Circus Maximus at Caesars Atlantic City in for the culmination of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, breaking into chants and song in support of the man they travelled over two thousand miles for, Carl Froch. The WBC champ, who weighed in at 167.5 pounds, will square off with WBA champ Andre Ward, 168 pounds, in the Tournament Final, live on SHOWTIME tonight at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. (more…)
In front of a noisy crowd at the Salle Marcel Cerdan in Thourotte, France, World Boxing Federation Intercontinental Light Welterweight Champion Yvan Mendy retained his title on Friday night with a fourth round stoppage over challenger Tarik Madni from Belgium. Out of the blue, after getting hit on his right elbow, Madni dropped to the floor holding his arm with a look of terror on his face, clearly in massive pain. Referee Paul Thomas from England had no choice but to start his count, and it was evident that Madni was not getting up before he reached ten, resulting in a knockout victory for Mendy. (more…)
By Paolo Consiglio
Undefeated Matteo Modugno (10-0-0, 4 KOs) won the Italian heavyweight title yesterday night in Rezzato, Italy, comprehensively outpointing Paolo Vidoz (28-11, 5 KOs) over ten rounds. The gulf in class in favour of the 41-year-old former champion was evident from the get go but proved pointless in the end as Vidoz turned up grossly overweight (130 kg) and looked constantly fatigued throughout the bout. Modugno, with his stand-up, somewhat plodding style, simply threw and landed more punches, putting his height and reach advantages at full use from the outset to dictate the pace of the action. Vidoz looked on the verge of quitting at the end of the fifth round due to an alleged shoulder injury, but proudly gave the best effort he could muster to hang in there until the end. There was a glimpse of hope for him in the seventh stanza when Modugno was cut over his right eyelid courtesy of a short right uppercut but after an extensive examination by the ringside doctor Modugno was allowed to continue and he won the remaining rounds comfortably. In the end the scorecards in favour of the 24-year-old new Italian champ read as follows: 99-91, 98-92 and 97-93. The mercurial career of Vidoz, heightened by an Olympic bronze medal at Sydney 2000 and the European title as a pro, was plagued by a constant lack of dedication and his supposed-to-be farewell bout was no exception. Mario Loreni promoted with Rai Sport 1 televising.
WBC #1 and WBO #3-rated middleweight Marco Antonio Rubio (53-5-1, 46 KOs) stayed busy as he continued his long wait for a world title shot with a fifth round TKO over tough guy Matt “The Predator” Vanda (44-14, 24 KOs) on Friday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The big-punching Rubio’s hard shots had busted up the game Vanda by round four and referee Kenny Bayless stepped in to stop it in the fifth with Vanda under heavy fire. Time was 2:42. (more…)
Welterweight Alan Sanchez (9-2-1, 3 KOs) pounded out an eight round unanimous decision over Alberto Herrera (8-4, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Woodland Community Center in Woodland, California. Scores were 79-73 on all cards.
Unbeaten featherweight Guy Robb (7-0, 3 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Hugo Ramos (3-11-2, 1 KO) in the co-feature. Time was 2:15.
Report and photo: Przemek Garczarczyk
WBO NABO light heavyweight champion Andrew “Polish Prince” Fonfara (20-2, 12 KO) needed just three rounds in his scheduled for ten round bout against Phill Williams (11-5, 10 KO) to boost his impressive record as a light heavyweight to eight fights and eight KOs. Fonfara knocked out Williams after just 1:25 of round number three. “We knew that Phil can hit, so I decided to be aggressor, don’t let him set his punches up,” said Fonfara after his fight in front of around 2,800 mostly Polish fans in UIC Pavillion in Chicago. (more…)
Derek Silveira 147 vs. Josh Beeman 147
(New England Welterweight Championship)
Augustine Mauras 146 ½ vs. Noel Garcia 147
Carlos Candelario, Jr 138 vs. Jesus Cintron 136
Carlos Hernandes 138 vs. Edwin Rosado 143
Venue: Fuller School, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Promoter: Granite Chin/Danny Kelly Promotions
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
Hall of famer Mike Tyson and future hall of fame lock Bernard Hopkins entered the Guinness Book of World records last night at the awards banquet of the 49th annual WBC convention in Las Vegas. Tyson was actually awarded with not one but two certificates of recognition- most flash knockouts by a heavyweight in a career (9 in less than a minute), and youngest heavyweight champion (20 years, 144 days), while Hopkins was recognized as the oldest man to win a major world boxing championship (46 years, 126 days). Fellow Guinness honoree Oscar De La Hoya presented each man their certificates along with WBC president Jose Sulaiman. De La Hoya had been honored earlier for highest career PPV sales by a boxer ($696 million). For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Roberto Marroquin 124 vs. Carlos Valcarcel 124.2
Jose Roman 133.4 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 133.4
Andy Ruiz 262.6 vs. Theron Johnson 231
Hector Vazquez 147 vs. Julio Cesar Rangel 145.4
Jessie Romab 135.8 vs. Angel Rodriguez 137.2
Ivan Najera 135.2 vs. Jerry Fuentes 134.6
Luis Zarazua 124.2 vs. Guadalupe Perez 123.2
Venue: WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: FSN/Fox Deportes 10 pm et/7 pm pt
Click here for more photos…
By Bill Hillmann at the scale
Photos: Armando Angulo
The weigh-in for the Donovan George Librado Andrade Super Middleweight IBF title-eliminator took place this afternoon at Dolphin Discovery just outside of town in Cozumel, Mexico.
12 rounds Super Middleweight
Librado Andrade(30-4-0 23Kos) Guanajuanto MX 167.2 Lbs
Donovan George(22-1-1 19Kos) Chicago IL 167.4 Lbs
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch weighed in at 167.5, while WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward scaled in at 168 for their SHOWTIME Super Six Final showdown on Saturday night in Atlantic City.
Kell Brook 148 vs. Luis Galarza 147.5
Bowie Tupou 242 vs. Donnell Holmes 226
Edison Miranda 175 vs. Kariz Kariuki 174.5
Yordanis Despaigne 174.5 vs. Cornelius White 173
Boyd Melson 155 vs. Danny Lugo 152.5
John Lennox 224.5 vs. Jeramiah Witherspoon TBA
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
After months of negotiation, the “will they?” or “won’t they?” concerning the future of Strikeforce is decided.
Showtime and Zuffa executives announced a new programming agreement that will keep Strikeforce programming on the network for the forseeable future. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
The Montreal Gazette is reporting that the wife of the late, great former boxing champion Arturo Gatti will inherit his $3.4 million fortune. The judge ruled that Amanda Rodrigues did not manipulate Gatti to change his will shortly before his sudden 2009 death in Brazil under uncertain circumstances. The Gatti family had sought to have an older will enforced, charging that Rodrigues manipulated the boxer into changing his will.
Carl Froch is on the precipice of his greatest hour and premier men’s magazine GQ has released a video with The Cobra ahead of fight night. GQ met with the Nottingham star before he left for America and the Super Six final with Andre Ward on Saturday.
German boxing fans are looking forward to a possible all-German middleweight affair after the IBF officially named Benjamin Simon mandatory challenger for IBF intercontinental champion Dominik Britsch. Simon had won the i/c title in May 2010 and successfully defended it in November 2010 before being forced out of the ring to a 10 month lay-off because of a hand injury. “It was too bad that Benny lost the last year because we were already on our way to a world title fight”, says manager and trainer Robert Rolle. “But now he’s back and we are very happy that we will finally get a big fight against a strong contender. We know that Dominik Britsch is a technically skilled boxer. But I’m sure that Benny will overwhelm him with his superior physique and pure power.” (more…)
Undefeated top 10 world rated contender Ryan ‘The Irish Outlaw’ Coyne (19-0, 8 KOs) will do battle with former world title challenger George ‘Honey Boy’ Blades (22-4, 15 KOs) on “Super Brawl Saturday” Jan. 14 at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo. Coyne, from St. Louis, Mo., held the World Boxing Council U.S. National cruiserweight championship in addition to the World Boxing Association’s Fedelatin cruiserweight championship before he made the move to light heavyweight division where he is currently ranked #4 by the WBA and #13 by the WBC.
Popular Romanian boxer Victor Lupo has fully prepared for the toughest fight of his pro career, tomorrow (Saturday) night in the 12-round main event against former world title challenger Antonin Decarie for the vacant WBC International Welterweight Championship, at Pepsi Coliseum in Quebec City. Lupo (19-1-2, 9 KOs), who lives in Toronto, earned his title shot having defeated former world champion Junior Witter (37-3-2) last February by a 10-round decision for the vacant WBC International Silver title. Presently rated #19 by the WBC, Lupo is a former Canadian welterweight and WBC Fedecentro middleweight champion, who is unbeaten the past four years ago. WBC #26-rated Decarie, of Quebec, is a former Canadian light welterweight and NABO welterweight champion, who lost a 12-round unanimous decision in 2010 to Souleymane M’baye for the interim World Boxing Association (“WBA”) welterweight title. (more…)
Promoter Joseph Donofrio of Donofrio Entertainment (in association with Palace Sports and Jackie Kallen), will put on a boxing show entitled “Winter Warfare” at the Palace of Auburn Hills on January 6. In the welterweight main event, hard-punching Palace favorite Lanardo “Pain Server” Tyner (25-5-2, 15 KOs) will go 10 rounds or less against an opponent that is TBA. (more…)
Despite rumors speculating that a unification between WBA Featherweight Super Champion Chris John and IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib being in the works a source has stated that no such fight is being planned at the moment. Talks between the two sides broke down a few weeks back and both fighters are actually moving on. Dib is close to finalizing a deal to face his mandaory challenger Eduardo Escobedo of Mexico in either February or March while John is said to be seeking out an opponent in the top 15 of the WBA rankings to fight in Singapore in March.
Two-time world super bantamweight champion Steve “The Canadian Kid” Molitor has picked out the perfect Christmas present for provincial rival Sebastian Gauthier, wrapped with a bow on top and even delivered it to Quebec City. Unfortunately, at least for now, the gift remains unopened. Last month in Gauthier’s backyard, after Molitor (34-2, 12 KOs) won a 10-round split decision on the Lucian Bute-Glenn Johnson card at Pepsi Center in Quebec City, Team Gauthier loudly complained about an unfair outcome and requested an immediate rematch. Team Molitor has officially offered a rematch February 11 to Gauthier (21-3, 13 KOs) at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, which is where Steve lives and trains. (more…)
SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic Final contestants, WBA world champion Andre Ward (24-0, 13 KOs) and WBC champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) will hit the scales live from Caesars Atlantic City today at 4 p.m. ET. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at the Circus Max Theater and also stream LIVE at sports.sho.com.
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