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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale has the ability to defeat Sergio Martinez according to his manager Bill Treacy. “We have studied several of Sergio Martinez fights and are confident that Daniel has the skills to defeat the Argentine middleweight,” said Treacy. “After watching Darren Barker give Martinez a tough fight, we are now more convinced than before Daniel would win a Martinez-Geale bout. Martinez is rated #4 for the IBF crown but on his ring achievements he deserves to be recognized as the best 160 pounder in the world. I am sure the boxing world will want to see Daniel Geale and Sergio Martinez clash in 2012 to determine who is the best middleweight in the world,” concluded Treacy. (more…)
Brandon Gonzales, the newly signed Goossen Tutor Promotions and Antonio Leonard Productions fighter, will face Ossie Duran (26-8-2, 9 KO’s) in his first bout under his new team. Gonzales (14-0, 10 KOs) will also be making his SHOWTIME “ShoBox” broadcast debut on Friday, October 28 at Bally’s Atlantic City. The Gonzales-Duran bout will be the lead in to the main event on the Goossen Tutor card which is headlined by an IBF Heavyweight Title Elimination bout between the #1 Heavyweight World Contender, “Fast” Eddie Chambers of Philadelphia and the #2 Heavyweight Contender, Washington, DC’s Tony “The Tiger” Thompson with the winner facing World Champion, Wladimir Klitschko. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Usanakorn Kokietgym 117.5 vs. Xiaojuan Dong 117
(WBC Female Bantamweight title)
Saenmuangloei Kokietgym 108 vs. Julius Alcos 106.5
(WBC Asian Light Flyweight title)
Thoy Kaewsamrith 135 vs. Sonny Manakane 135
Phupa Por Nobnom 116 vs. Kanongmek Sithkongnapa 116
Venue: Wat Banrai, Dankhunthod District, Nakhonrachasima, Thailand
Promoter: Kokiet Panichayarom of Kokiet Groups Promotion
Broadcast: Thailand Channel 9, 15:00-17:00
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On Wednesday promoter Don King will announce a November 5 title defense of WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) against Mike Marrone (20-3, 15 KOs) at the Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. Also in action will be USBO junior middleweight titleholder Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (18-1-1, 10 KOs) and undefeated WBA FEDECARIBE super lightweight belt holder Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (11-0, 8 KOs). The event us billed as “Viva Don King.”
Undefeated welterweight contender Mike Jones, of Philadelphia, PA, makes his first appearance at Madison Square Garden on Saturday evening, Dec. 3, when he faces two-time world title challenger Sebastian Lujan, of Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina, in one of the featured fights on the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito card. The winner of the Jones-Lujan 12-round contest will gain the #1 position in the welterweight rankings of the IBF, currently ruled by Andre Berto.
“This is a tougher assignment than the ones Mike had with Jesus Soto-Karass,” said promoter J Russell Peltz, whose company is promoting this match with Top Rank, Inc. Peltz was referring to the two victories Jones (pictured) earned over Mexico’s Soto-Karras, the first one Nov. 13, 2010, in Cowboys Stadium by 10-round majority decision, the second one last Feb. 19 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas by 12-round unanimous decision. (more…)
The Countdown To UFC 136 Begins Tonight: Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard prepare for their rematch for the lightweight title, and Jose Aldo gets ready to defend his featherweight championship against Kenny Florian! Tonight at 11pm on SPIKE (also on Rogers Sportsnet in Canada Wednesday at 1pm)
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Peter McDermont
IBF featherweight champion Billy Dib talks to Fightnews and says that Mexican Jorge Lacierva is one of his toughest opponents and thinks that his November 18 defense against Alberto Servedei will be another hard fight, but the Italian’s southpaw stance will not be a problem. Also WBA champions Chris John and Yukoris Gamboa are on his radar, but he plans to be world champion for a long time. For more details and photos click here…
Undefeated IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) works out Monday in West Palm Beach, Florida in preparation for his November 5th title defense against former light heavyweight champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson. The bout will take place at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Euro middleweight titleholder Darren Barker returned to England on Monday after his 11th round KO loss to world champion Sergio Martinez in Atlantic City. “I’m still devastated by the defeat as I felt great in camp, in the changing room and in the ring and even though I was written off from day one – we all believed we could do it. After eight rounds I felt so in control and felt I had the beating of him. I knew it was tight but knew I would need to win the last few rounds to be in the mix so tried to do so and came unstuck. I could have survived and lost on points but that’s not what I’m about and that’s not what boxing is about. I’m looking forward to the rest and hopefully we can manufacture another shot in the New Year.” (more…)
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® returns to the Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort on Saturday, Dec. 3 just in time for Michael “The Count” Bisping and Jason “Mayhem” Miller to settle a feud that has been spilling over for months. The middleweights, who traded verbal barbs for months as coaches on season 14 of The Ultimate Fighter®, will meet in a long-awaited five-round main event in Las Vegas. Plus, the first-ever bantamweight and featherweight winners of The Ultimate Fighter® will be crowned. (more…)
The popular stereotype about ‘punching jiu-jitsu guys in the face’ and watching them wilt under fistic fire hasn’t held true for Demian Maia, as evidenced by his 14-3 MMA record and multiple triumphs over elite fighters. A decade into his pro career, however, the five-time BJJ world champ readily admits that being popped in the face still isn’t something he looks forward to . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
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Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey WBC World Middleweight Diamond belt champion, Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27KO’s) retained his title with a harder than expected eleventh round knockout of previously undefeated Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-1, 14KO’s) . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F.Cordero
Growing expectations for the October 15 fight between former WBA/WBC two division champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares and Antonio DeMarco for the vacant WBC lightweight world title to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“My mind is focused on my plan to win by knockout over Antonio DeMarco,” said Linares. “I have a strong commitment to my fans and Venezuela. My goals are growing every day, my hunger to be the best in the world is increasing, and training with Pacquiao makes my confidence grow. I’m sure DeMarco hits hard and is quick, but I don’t think it’s more than the best in the world. I have no excuses. On October 15 I will be the youngest three division world champion of Venezuela. Nothing can stop me and I want to be the new face of world boxing.” (more…)
by Johnny B’
Recently I took on the task of taking a look at the health of professional boxing in the United States. My goal, to see which states are surviving the less than optimum market conditions in the last several years. After a review of pro shows held so far this year, and adding in boxing events currently scheduled for the remainder of the year, these are the results… (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/www.ringsidephotos.com
World title belt or no, Sergio Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) once again showed why he is regarded as one of the top three pound for pound fighters on the planet on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, fighting through a possibly broken nose to knock out undefeated challenger Darren Barker (23-1, 14 KOs) to retain his titles in round eleven of a closely contested bout.
Martinez was as gracious as ever during the post-fight press conference, acknowledging the unknown European middleweight champion for giving him an excellent fight. “This was a difficult fight, as are all fights at this level,” admitted Martinez. “There are no easy fights in boxing. He was elusive and had a good defense.” (more…)
Former WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (29-4-2, 23 KOs) got back in the win column Friday night easily defeating 20-year-veteran Luis Cardozo by third round TKO. It was Acosta’s first fight since relinquishing his crown to current champ Brandon Rios this past February.
Also, in just his third professional bout, highly touted middleweight prospect Alex Theran (3-0, 2 KOs) of Barranquila, Colombia easily decisoned fellow countryman Oney Valdez (22-12-1, 16 KOs).
The event was promoted by Juan Carlos Devia/Probox.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), who KO’d Mike Oliver (25-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night in Bayomon, Puerto Rico, said he was very happy with his victory and that he was surprised by the support of the fans when more than 7000 cheered him. “Mike is awkward and waiting [to counter punch], so I had to put pressure. We didn’t want to let him impose his fighting style. I caught a few unnecessary shots but it was necessary to do what we did. Now I want a fight with Orlando Salido, Yuriorkis Gamboa or Jhonny Gonzalez. With whichever the company says. I’ve never ducked opponents and I won’t start now. If you want to be the best, you have to earn it,” he said.
“I want to fight for the title. I didn’t Saturday because the television networks couldn’t agree on a date. I want you to know that I hope it will be resolved and I hope the rematch [against Salido] is in the first quarter of 2012 in Puerto Rico. That was a bad night and and when we fight again, I’m coming to tear off his head. When I saw so many people supporting me despite what happened to me, I said to myself ‘Wow!'”
By Dave Spencer / FightNews Canada
Unbeaten lightweight Tony Luis (13-0, 5 KOs) captured the WBC Continental Americas title with an impressive opening round KO of Alejandro Barrera (21-9, 14 KOs) last night at the Pierre Carbonneau Centre in Montreal, Quebec. A left hook to the body dropped Barrera with about 20 seconds remaining in the round and while the 31-year-old one time prospect was able to regain his feet, a second body shot dropped him to his knees where he took the full count of 10. Time of the knockout was recorded at the 3:00 mark. With the victory Luis captured his first professional title, while Barrera drops his fifth straight bout. (more…)
Trainer Ulli Wegner believes that Yoan Pablo Hernandez’s victory over IBF Cruiserweight Champion Steve Cunningham should have been a first round KO rather than a sixth-round technical decision. The hard-hitting Cuban knocked down his American opponent in the first round with a huge left hook. “The referee saved Cunningham from a flash KO,” Wegner said of the count that he estimates lasted at least 14 seconds. “He gave Cunningham too much time to recover. And then his corner extended the recovery time between the first and the second round by staying in the ring after the bell sounded to start the second round. That helped Cunningham to get back into the fight. But nevertheless I am proud of Hernandez. He fought a great fight and he was clearly leading on points when the fight was stopped later.”
Toshiaki Nishioka may not have been a well known fighter in the United States before October 1st, but when you defeat a future hall of famer with the last name Marquez, surely that will have to change. The Japanese star made his return to the States for the first time since 2006 a successful one as he upended the battle-tested Rafael Marquez with a 12-round unanimous decision and retained the WBC world super bantamweight title at the MGM Grand Marquee Ballroom in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Toshiaki Nishioka’s return to the United States for the first time since 2006 found him being thrown to what appeared to be the lion’s den as he faced Rafael Marquez for Nishioka’s WBC super bantamweight title . . . Click here for more
Bantamweight king Nonito Donaire had more in mind than just shake the rust off his Canon gear when he joined the ringside photographers to shoot the Toshiaki Nishioka vs. Rafael Marquez fight last night at the MGM in Las Vegas. After Donaire defends his two bantam belts against Omar Narvaez, Oct. 22 in New York City, he is more than likely moving up to super bantam to face last night’s winner. During the fight, Donaire barely contained himself to just shooting the fight. “I can’t wait to get in there and fight,” he exclaimed more than a few times during the action-packed 12 rounds.
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Cruiserweight Willie Herring (13-9-3, 4 KOs) got back on the winning track Saturday night, as he KO’d former cruiserweight world title challenger Ravea Springs (28-4, 22 KOs) late in the sixth round at the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana. Herring, who had lost his last three contests while competing in the heavyweight division, picked up the UBO cruiserweight championship with the victory. Coming off of a 3 year layoff, Springs was knocked down in the first round by a Herring right hand and never really got his legs back. Herring pushed the action the entire contest, mixing up heavy body shots with ripping hooks, keeping his opponent off balance. With the win, Herring announced that he is going to continue to compete in the cruiserweight division, vowing, “to beat anyone who gets in his way.”
Unbeaten in nine fights at 135 pounds, Dominick Cruz has established himself as the bantamweight gold standard, and after a competitive, but near shutout, unanimous decision victory over Demetrious Johnson in the UFC Live main event at the Verizon Center Saturday night, he is rapidly on his way to cleaning out the division . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
In front of 4,000 fans at the Centro de Expositores in Puebla, Mexico, local idol and former WBA world champion Samuel “Samy Guty” Gutierrez won by TKO at 2:06 of round five against game Filipino Roilo Golez in a bloody fight. Gutierrez dominated wall the way en route to becoming the new WBC minimumweight Silver champion
In other action, super featherweight Alejandro Sanabria scored a ten round unanimous decision over Pedro Navarrete by scores of 98-93, 98-92 and 100-90.
Also, former world champion Cruz Carbajal took a ten round unanimous decision from Pedro Torres by a 96-95, 97-92 and 97-92 count in a super bantamweight clash. Click here for more photos…
WBC super bantamweight champion Toshiaki Nishioka (39-4-3, 24 KOs) impressively pounded out a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over former two-division champion and fan favorite Rafael Marquez(40-7, 36 KOs) on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Nishioka broke open a competitive fight with a strong finish to win by scores of 117-111, 115-113, 116-112.
Impressive U.S. debut for unbeaten WBA light flyweight champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (30-0, 25 KOs), who scored a frightening second round KO over Omar Soto (22-9, 15 KOs) to retain his world title. An uppercut from the big-punching Chocolatito put Soto down for ten, and more at the :36 mark.
In a stunning upset, super bantamweight Jose Angel Beranza (34-21-2, 26 KOs) upended the previously unbeaten Christopher Martin (23-1-2, 6 KOs) via split decision. Beranza was the aggressor throughout the ten round affair, continuously pushing forward when the San Diego fighter mounted offense. The judges scored the bout 93-97, 98-92 and 96-94 for Beranza. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
WBC diamond belt middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (48-2-2, 27 KOs) scored an eleventh round KO over previously undefeated European champion “Dazzling” Darren Barker (23-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Barker crowded Martinez and fight defensively, but Sergio adjusted to broke Barker down over the long hall and finished him with a right hook. Time was 1:29.
Top-rated middleweight contender Andy Lee (27-1, 19 KOs) avenged the only loss of his professional career with a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Brian Vera (19-6, 12 KOs). Lee dropped Vera with a straight left at the end of round two and easily outboxed Vera the rest of the way to take a 98-91, 99-90, 99-90 verdict. Vera scored a seventh round TKO over Lee in their first match back in March 2008. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Returning former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) got back on the winning track with a second round TKO over Mike Oliver (25-3, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. “Juanma” dropped Oliver twice in round one and and the bout was waved off after Juanma dropped Oliver again in round two. Time was 2:32. It was Juanma’s first fight since losing the WBO featherweight title against Orlando Salido in April of this year.
Comebacking former world champion Román “Rocky” Martínez (25-1, 16 KOs) scored an explosive sixth round KO over Daniel Attah (26-8-1, 9 KOs). Martinez dropped Attah in round three and twice in the sixth round before the bout was stopped in the sixth. Time was 1:50. It was Martinez’ first fight since losing the WBO super featherweight title against Ricky Burns in September 2010. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Gavin Rees defended his European lightweight title in at the Newport Centre in South Wales on Saturday night as a clash of heads in the fourth round left Derry Mathews with a broken nose and forced the contest to end in a technical draw. It was Rees’ first defense of the title and it was bubbling into a good looking contest, with the challenger starting well in the opening round, using his reach well to claim the opening stanza. Rees responded in bustling fashion in the second and third rounds but just as it was shaping up to be a great contest, disaster struck for Mathews in the fourth. Fighting at close quarters, Rees’ head connected flush with Mathews’ nose and instantly the 27 year-old was in trouble. With blood pouring from his nose, he was taken over to the doctor who suspected a broken nose and with the fight inside four rounds; Rees retains his title through a technical draw. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former MMA star Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne (8-0, 7 KOs), 262 lbs, scored fifth round KO over Fai Falamoe (8-4-1), 269 lbs, to capture the WBF Asia Pacific title at the Campbeltown Sports Centre in Minto, NSW, Australia Friday. The New Zealand heavyweight Falamoe had boxed in the USA in 2000 defeating Albert Stewart, Steve Daher and James Jones but losing to Willie Chapman and current world heavyweight contender Ray Austin in 2001. On the undercard heavyweight Scott Lewis (3-5, 1 KO) outscored Alipate Liava’a (4-8) over ten rounds. In a super featherweight contest over six rounds Australian based Filipino Allan Jay Tuniacao (2-4-7) outscored Luke Norton (2-2-1).
Looks like former WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley will take on Joel Casamayor on the undercard of the November 12 Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez super fight in Las Vegas. Bradley was inked by Top Rank on Thursday. It has been widely speculated that Bradley could eventually face P4P king Pacquiao. A dispute between Bradley and former promoters Gary Shaw and Ken Thompson remains unresolved.
By Karl Freitag
Photo courtesy Sauerland Event/Photo Wende
IBF cruiserweight champion Steve Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) lost a controversial six round technical decision to interim champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany. Hernandez dropped Cunningham with a short left hand in round one and Cunningham barely beat the count and barely survived the round. Cunningham seemed recovered by round two (trainer Nazeem Richardson bought Cunningham some extra time by spilling water in the corner). Hernandez surprisingly didn’t jump on Cunningham in round two, letting the champion further clear his head. Hernandez was cut on the left side of his head in round three and over his right eye in round six by head clashes and Cunningham schooled Hernandez from round three on. Referee Mickey Vann surprisingly waved it off after the sixth round due to the cuts, which didn’t seem particularly bad. Scores were 57-56 Cunningham, 58-55 and 59-54 for Hernandez. Cunningham was very upset by the sudden stoppage.
Unbeaten middleweight Grzegorz Proksa (26-0, 19 KOs) battered and bloodied former IBF champion and hometown favorite Sebastian Sylvester (34-5-1, 16 KOs) to win the vacant European middleweight title over three one-sided rounds. The fight ended when Sylvester didn’t come out for round four. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Former cruiserweight world title challenger Ravea Springs (28-3, 22 KOs) returns to the ring tonight after a three year layoff against veteran Willie Herring (12-9-3, 3 KOs) at the Rising Sun Casino in Rising Sun, Indiana. The 40-year old Springs – a former NABO cruiserweight champion and 1990 National Golden Gloves Light middleweight champion from nearby Cincinnati – hopes to “spring” back to contendership an once promising career. Springs will have a tough test against the durable Herring who has been stopped only once inside the distance over his ten-year career. The Springs vs. Herring contest is for the vacant UBO cruiserweight title. The undercard features four bouts showcasing local talent. The promoter is Nate Tubbs – a former fighter himself and the brother of former heavyweight champion Tony Tubbs. The doors open at 6p and the first bout is at 7p. Tickets are $35 for general admission or $100 V.I.P. seating and are still available at the Rising Sun box office. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Former USBA Junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs) makes his long awaited return to the squared circle tonight in an eight round bout at the Greensboro, Coliseum Pavilion in Greensboro, North Carolina against dangerous twenty seven fight veteran Shakir Ashanti (16-11, 4 KOs). Ennis looked to be on his way to a world title contention, when he was shocked by Cuban southpaw Giorbis Bathelemay (25-8-2, 10 KOs) in March, ending his ten fight winning streak. The stunning loss has only reenergized the thirty one year old Philadelphian who has rededicated himself to the gym and he knows his run for a world title can only happen with a victory tonight. However, it won’t be easy as Ashanti has faced some of the best in the business, even going the distance with former IBF and WBC junior middleweight title holder Corey Spinks last March.
The eight bout card promoted by Walter Johnson Promotions will feature a ten round women’s contest for the Universal Boxing Council heavyweight title as Winston Salem, North Carolina’s Carlette Ewell (14-7, 9 KOs) squares off hard hitting Tiffany Woodard (4-5, 3 KOs) of Wilson, North Carolina.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
On Friday at Kanasin, Yucatan, Mexico, WBO female super bantamwegiht champion Ana Julaton won a ten round unanimous decision over Mexican challenger Jessica Villafranca. Scores were Victor Solomon Lixa 96-93, Alejandro Lopez 98-91 and Levy Martinez 97-92.
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