Julio Cesar Chavez Jr and Dominic Britsch face to face in Monterrey

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Boxing Result

Bizier earns NABA belt; Decarie claims WBC International belt

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…)


Boxing Result

Silveira remain unbeaten in Gloucester, Mass

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…)



Boxing Result

De La Cruz shocks Olympian Langham

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…)


Boxing Result

Murphy stops Smith

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…)



Full Report

Report/gallery: Rubio ‘Vanda-lizes’ Mandalay

Ringside report & photos by Chris Cozzone

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


Boxing News

Strikeforce at the scales

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)


Boxing News

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Column

Super Six: The long journey ends tonight

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…)


Boxing Result

Weimer outduels Johnson

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…)


Boxing News

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…)


Boxing Result

Yvan Mendy Still WBF Champion

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…)


Boxing Result

Modugno dethrones Vidoz

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.


Boxing Result

Rubio blasts out Vanda in five

Ringside results & photo by Chris Cozzone

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…)


Boxing Result

Sanchez outpoints Herrera in Woodland, Calif

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.


Boxing Result

Fonfara finishes Williams in three

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…)


Scale Watch

Weights from Gloucester, Massachusetts

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


Boxing News

Final awards dinner of the WBC 49th annual convention

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…


Scale Watch

Top Rank Live weights

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…


Scale Watch

Andrade, George make weight

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

For more details and photos click here…


Scale Watch

Froch, Ward make weight

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.

Other weights:
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


Boxing News

Title fight kicks off Strikeforce’s new deal with Showtime

Story by Anthony Springer Jr.

After months of negotiation, the “will they?” or “won’t they?” concerning the future of Strikeforce is decided.

They will.

Showtime and Zuffa executives announced a new programming agreement that will keep Strikeforce programming on the network for the forseeable future. (more…)


Boxing News

Gatti’s wife wins inheritance court case

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.


Boxing News

Carl Froch feature filmed by GQ magazine

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.

Carl Froch from Luke Monaghan on Vimeo.


Boxing News

Benjamin Simon vs. Dominik Britsch?

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…)


Boxing News

Ryan Coyne headlines January 14th in St. Charles, Mo

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.


Boxing News

Lupo-Decarie showdown Saturday night in Quebec City

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…)


Boxing News

Tyner returns Jan 6 in Detroit

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…)


Boxing News

Dib-Escobedo in the works

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.


Boxing News

Steve Molitor’s Unfinished Business; Put up or shut up time for Sebastian Gauthier

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…)


Boxing News

Ward-Froch Super Six Weigh-in live stream

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.

Click here to see the Tale of the Tape for Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic Final.


Boxing News

Rojas-Gonzalez WBC Purse Bid Results

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican boxing company Promociones del Pueblo won the Purse Bid today for the fight between WBC featherweight world champion in recess Elio Rojas and current WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez. Promociones del Pueblo offered $171,400 while Don King Productions offered $166.000. Site and date for Rojas-Gonzalez is TBA.


Boxing News

Richard Abril WBA regular champ?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

There is information that WBA interim lightweight titleholder Richard Abril could be declared WBA regular lightweight world champion as Brandon Rios lost the title on the scale and its not uncommon for an interim champion to step into a vacant title. The source indicates that Abril may make the first defense of the inherited title against Golden Boy-promoted names such as Robert Guerrero, Sharif Bogere and Vicente Escobedo.


Boxing News

Hernandez-Cunningham rematch February 4

IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (25-1, 13 KOs) meets ex-champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-3, 12 KOs) in a rematch on February 4 at the Fraport Arena in Frankfurt, Germany. Hernandez won a split technical decision over Cunningham after the ring doctor incorrectly called for a stoppage due to a cut suffered by Hernandez and the IBF ordered a rematch after a Cunningham protest.

Also on the card Enad Licina (21-3, 11 KOs) meets former amateur world champion Alexander Alekseev (22-2, 20 KOs) in a clash for the vacate Euro cruiserweight belt

In the third title fight of the evening, Euro light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) makes his mandatory defense against Viacheslav Uzelkov (25-1, 16 KOs).


Boxing Result

McDermott overpowers Abraham

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Local junior welterweight sensation Danny “Little Mac” McDermott (9-3-1,4KO’s) sent his local fans home happy with a scintillating fourth round stoppage of Brian “The Brick” Abraham (5-10-2, 5KO’s) in the six round main event at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen New Jersey on Thursday night. The five bout card promoted by Rich Komissar Promotions and RKO Boxing, provided fans with a little of everything, including upsets, and knockouts and even a split draw. (more…)


Interview

Q&A Matthew Podgorski

By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Pete Podgorski

Former Chicago Golden Gloves champion Matthew Podgorski, who at 31-years of age is one of the youngest boxing officials in the world. Matthew talks to Fightnews about his boxing career and also officiating in amateur and professional boxing.

You are one of the younger world championship officials in boxing at 31-years of age. What age did you begin working as a judge and referee

I got started in boxing very young, the last year that I fought I was a 17-year-old senior in High School, competing as an Open division boxer. I got started out as an official when I helped out as a judge and referee for some Chicago Park District amateur shows. These shows had junior division bouts for boxers ages 8-15. Soon after I turned 18 and had my last amateur bout as a boxer, I immediately worked some USA amateur boxing shows officiating as a timekeeper, judge and, referee.

When I was in college I had the opportunity to work as a timekeeper for a few Indiana professional shows that my father Pete Podgorski was officiating as a referee. I was told I did a good job and was later assigned to a couple of shows as a professional judge at the end of 1998 and early 1999. (more…)










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