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By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Nothing shakes off ring rust better than ring rounds. Welterweights Damian “Devo” Frias (16-4-1, 7 KOs) and Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-3-1, 4 KOs) learned that lesson tonight by virtue of a hard-fought draw in their eight-round main event from the Magic City Casino in Miami. It was the first fight for both men in a year. This was the sixth installment of Badia Spices Friday Night Fights and first full card matched by esteemed matchmaker Ruben DeJesus. DeJesus showed his mettle by providing fight fans extremely evenly-matched fighters. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
World rated welterweight Samuel Colomban (20-3, 10 KOs) stopped Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (22-8, 12 KOs) of Thailand in four rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Colomban was last in action against New Zealand puncher Steve Heremaia in December winning a twelve round decision. Colomban’s last defeat was to IBF #11 Wale Omotoso in 2008 in the best Australian fight for that year. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
In his most impressive performance to date, unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round stoppage of faded former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. After Vargas had a big round one sending a dazed Harris wobbling back to his corner, Harris told referee Joe Cortez that he didn’t wish to continue.
The knockout streak and unblemished ledger of super middleweight terror Bastie Samir (10-0-1, 10 KOs) ended as he went the distance for the first time and was held to a draw by Lester Gonzalez (11-3-2, 6 KOs) over six. Scores were 58-56 Gonzalez, 58-56 Samir and 57-57.
Jr middleweight Eddie Gomez (4-0, 3 KOs) also went the distance for the first time, taking a six round unanimous decision over Roberto Lopez (4-2-2, 1 KO); Female welterweight Tatina Anderson (3-1-1, 3 Kos), of Las Vegas, and Lissette Medel (2-1-1), of Maywood, Calif. drew in a high-action four-rounder, scores being 39-37 Anderson and 38-38 even; In the opening bout, lightweight Paul Green (2-1) won a split decision over Tokyo’s Kai Zama (5-3, 3 KOs), with scores of 39-37 twice for Green and 39-37 Zama; Heavyweight Quadtrine Hill (4-2, 1 KO) suffered his second pro loss by unanimous decision to Alexander Flores (4-0, 2 KOs). Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice.
Super middleweight Dyah Davis (19-2-1, 9 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten Marcus Johnson (20-1, 15 KOs) taking a ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Davis, the son of former U.S. Olympian Howard Davis, dropped Johnson in round nine en route to a 98-91, 98-91, 96-93 victory.
Welterweight Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten welterweight Willie Nelson (16-1-1, 10 KOs). Arroyo knocked down Nelson in rounds three, six and seven, but was deducted a point for holding in round three by referee Rafael Ramos. Scores were 75-73, 75-73 and 74-74.
In a battle of unbeaten jr welterweights accustomed to going the distance, Gabriel Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) outpointed Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs) over eight by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
A shocker at the Bell Centre in Montreal as previously undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux fell to the more experienced Marco Antonio Rubio (50-5-1, 43 KO) at 2:36 of 7th round. Lemieux looked as if he may have suffered a broken jaw at the heavy hands of Rubio who had the 22-year-old youngster down into the corner for an eight count and looked to be on his way to finishing things before Lemieux’s corner stepped up and stopped the fight.
The Montreal fighter was devastating in his attack in the early going, unleashing bombs throughout the early going but was doing so at an incredible pace. So in control was Lemieux, or so he thought, that he mugged for the cameras in the 5th round by sticking out his tongue during one of his full frontal assaults in the early going. Things began to change in the next round though with Rubio rocking the local fighter with a right hand and continuing to following up and landing more before the round ended.
Lemieux seemed content to work behind a powerful jab in the 7th and used good movement before Rubio caught up with him and sent him slumping down in the corner.
Rubio wins the WBC eliminator and is mandated to fight the winner of Zbik-Chavez Jr. (more…)
Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, will promote their next show, Battle of DFW, on Saturday, April 30th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom in Fort Worth Texas and will be broadcast on tape delay by Mega TV, the fast growing channel in the U.S. Hispanic market.
Ayala’s main goal is to develop the best fighters and put on the best fights in Texas. “I want to develop Texas fighters,” Ayala simply stated.
Ayala knows all too well the city pride of both Dallas and Fort Worth as he grew up in Fort Worth when boxing thrived and was known as a fight town. He knows there will be rooting interests from both cities that will hopefully spark a renewed interest in the sport locally. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
World ranked junior welterweight contender Victor ‘Mermelada’ Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, training out of the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA, will step back into the ring on Friday April 29th against Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator in the main event of an ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah (41-6, 28 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Tony Grano 224 vs. Dominique Alexander 216.5
Danny Aquino 120.5 vs. James Owens 121
Frank Trader 130 vs. Tommy Atencio 134.5
Joseph Perez 130 vs. Esteban Nichol 130
Shakha Moore 148 vs. Noel Garcia 148
Ian Cannon vs. Luis Reynoso (3 round wheelchair exhibition)
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford Connecticut
Promoter: Hard Hittin’ Promotions
All the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s “Action Heroes” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland, Paulie Malignaggi and Nobuhiro Ishida . . . Click here
Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) will still fight in a IBF light welterweight eliminator but he will be facing a different opponent. He was originally slated to fight Las Vegas, Nevada based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) April 29th at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He will now face Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC at the same location. The switch happened because Peterson who is ranked #4 in the rankings ahead of Coleman’s #5 excercised his option to take part in the eliminator beating the deadline given by the IBF for him to take the fight.
“With all due respect to Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon – two great champions – I feel that I’m the most popular boxer in Puerto Rico.”
-– Juan Manuel Lopez
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum participated in media conference call on Friday to discuss Lopez’s upcoming title defense against former IBF 126-pound champ Orlando “Siri” Salido, on Saturday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The exciting, hard-hitting Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs), of San Juan, P.R., is a two-division world champion who’ll be making his third WBO title defense. The talented southpaw is coming off an excellent eighth-round TKO over Mexico’s boxing legend and future Hall of Famer, Rafael Marquez, in a tense give-and-take slugfest last Nov. 6 on SHOWTIME. Lopez, 27, has knocked out 90 percent of his opponents. (more…)
Story by Chris Perry
On Saturday, April 9, professional boxing returns to Hampton Roads when Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi present “The Legend Continues” event featuring George “Monk” Foreman III (11-0, 10 KOs) in the main event of an eight-fight card at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. (more…)
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised by HBO PPV:
Erik Morales 140 vs. Marcos Maidana 140
Michael Katsidis 134 vs. Robert Guerrero 134
James Kirkland 158 vs. Nobuhiro Ishida 158
Paulie Malignaggi 147 vs. Jose Miguel Cotto 147
Danny Garcia 139 vs. Nate Campbell 140
Rakim Chakhkiev 203 vs. Harvey Jolly 203
Mikael Zewski 151 vs. Clint Coronel 151
By Chris Perry
George “Monk” Foreman 239 vs. Eric Lindsey 210
Frankie Filippone 169 vs. Adrian Redmond TBA
Don Haley 157 vs. Aaron Anderson 153
Pete Yates 172 vs. Greg Lindsey 169
Joe Cusamano 222 vs. Antonio Robertson TBA
Serhiy Karpenko 227 vs. Jordan Madden 207
Ken Moody Jr. 160 vs. Stephon Burgette 162
Jerry Forrest 240 vs. Kareem Wilson TBA
Venue: The Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA
Promoters: Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi
First Bell: 7:30 p.m.
Former world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) may be nearly a 9:1 betting favorite over Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs), but Morales’ countryman WBC 154lb champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is convinced that Morales will be victorious when he steps into the ring Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“It will be a battle between Morales and Maidana, but I know Morales will win the fight,” said Alvarez. “This is a very difficult fight, but Morales definitely has the skills and experience to give Maidana a fight he has never experienced before. I know the spirit of the Mexican fighter and Morales is the best example of that spirit and style. It will be too much for Maidana in the end. I’ve seen Maidana fight. I saw him struggle against DeMarcus Corley and lose to Andriy Kotelnik neither of who are anywhere near the level of Morales. If Maidana thinks he can fight Morales the way he fought them, he’s going to have a long and difficult night. The entire nation of Mexico is behind Morales and we are going to rally around him on Saturday night. He has given our country and boxing fans around the world some of the best fights we have ever seen. He has always gone to battle in the ring for the Mexican people. I believe Morales will do it again and come away victorious.”
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez had no problems today in the last Pre Weigh-in for his bout against Orlando Salido on April 16th for the WBO Featherweight Championship in the show Ultimate Rivalry to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a Top Rank presentation in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions to be televised on Showtime. more + photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
At today’s weigh-in, both Tomasz Adamek (215 pounds) and Kevin McBride (285 pounds) appear ready to battle during “The Last Big Hurdle” PPV event Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
“I always told everybody that I will stay as a heavyweight using my biggest strength – quickness and ring movement. My weight today proves that I was serious,” said Adamek.
“I worked hard and I’m ready. There was a lot of speculation about me, that I will be over 300 pounds, this and that. Not true. I will win this fight and no matter how I pronounce or mispronounce his name, Adamek or Amadek – he will hit the deck. No more than six rounds for him” – said the flamboyant McBride in a TV interview with Polish television network Polsat.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Andrey Bazdrev
Yesterday in Moscow there was the kick-off press conference for “Battle of Two Empires” between WBO #1 rated Denis Lebedev (21-1б, 16 KOs) and legendary multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (54-7, 40 KOs) on May 21th at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe.
Denis Lebedev: “I am interested to fight a strong champion, a legend, to really understand that I can do in boxing, to check my strength. In life I’ve had many tests, but in sports this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity [to fight a legend]. To beat a name like Jones is very valuable. It will be many years before there’s another Roy Jones Jr. Roy Jones is a legend, and now I will be.”
Roy Jones Jr: “I am very pleased to be here. Thank you for this opportunity to Denis, who challenged me to a fight. Denis is very strong fighter. I’m looking forward to May 21th, when I give all the boxing fans what they wanted and expected – and even more. I am 42 years old, but it’s just a number. Bernard Hopkins is 46 years old and he still fights. I have a simple motivation. The only title that I didn’t have between middleweight and heavyweight is the title of champion in the cruiserweight division. Lebedev is the number one boxer in this division. If Dennis wins it will be very good for his career. If I win it will be a great chance to for me to come back.” Click here for more photos…
An opportunity to compete for the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic Cup will be on the line when Carl “The Cobra” Froch (27-1, 20 KOs) defends his WBC super middleweight title against former world champion Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) of Miami, Fla., in the last Semifinal of the Super Six World Boxing Classic on Saturday, June 4, live on SHOWTIME® (9 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from Adrian Philipps Ballroom of Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall.
The Froch-Johnson winner will advance to the Final against the victor of the May 14 Semifinal between WBA champion Andre Ward (23-0, 13 KOs) of Oakland, Calif., and former world champion Arthur Abraham (32-2, 26 KOs), of Berlin, Germany. Ward-Abraham will be shown live on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) from The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. (more…)
Today’s paper reported that the earthquake and tsunami disaster killed 12,690 persons with 14,736 still missing in Japan. Under such circumstances the triple-header of boxing took place in Kobe, Japan, where more than 6,000 people passed away in the also terrible earthquake—sixteen years ago—in 1995.
It was a very crucial and clever decision to have shifted the fight place from Tokyo to Kobe—only two weeks before the event. At 11:32 PM last night (Thursday), there happened another big quake of magnitude five in Tokyo. Should the triple-header have taken place in Tokyo and should many foreigners participating in this event have been staying in Tokyo, they would have felt like escaping from Japan.
Foreigners—Mexicans, Argentines, Americans, Thailanders, Koreans, et al—haven’t experienced any quake here in Kobe, where the packed-house crowd gathered to watch the triple-header.
In three world title bouts, a couple of Japanese champs (Nishioka and Aoh, both belonging to Teiken Promotions) convincingly seized victories to keep their belts. Another titlist from here, Hasegawa belonging to Shinsei Promotions, sadly said a farewell to his second world throne that he had acquired just four months ago.
“Boxing is real and strict,“ some people said on boxing after they watched the local favorite out of Kobe, Hasegawa, lose his belt. However, fight fans felt their trusts and affections on the Sweet Science, since the better should win. Only the victory proves he’s stronger than the other.
Boxing looks like life, in a sense. It sometimes depends on fate, fortune and timing—plus other factors.
Has tonight’s triple-header encouraged the quake victims? This reporter strongly believes that it did—through television network of Nippon TV. The fight game has power to entertain and encourage the poor, the unfortunate and the sad. It was clearly proven this night.
Photos: Eroll Popova
Robert Stieglitz 167.9 vs. Khoren Gevor 167.9
WBO super middleweight world championship
Ramona Kuehne 128.9 vs. Michelle Larissa Bonassoli 136.6
Jack Culcay 153.8 vs. Mikheil Khutsishvili 153
Haxhi Krasniqi 173.9 vs. Ben Nsafoah 175.2
Tommy Altmann 153.4 vs. Andre Deobald 148.8
Dominic Boesel 175 vs. Marko Angermann 174.3
Mathias Zemski 152.5 vs. Torsten Roos 153.6
Mike Keta TBA vs. Markus Senf TBA
Venue: Bordelandhalle, Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing
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Report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Saturday night’s junior welterweight clash between hard hitting Marcos Maidana and surefire hall of famer Erik Morales sounds like something that would have been epic . . . if it took place when Morales was at his prime. But in 2011, a battle-worn Morales is thought to be nothing more than cannon fodder for a wrecking machine like Maidana.
But “El Terrible” advises you to not count him out. He’s not dead yet . . . Click here for more
Video interview by Przemek Garczarczyk
Roger Bloodworth, Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) trainer talks about his fighter transformation from light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion to now a top heavyweight title contender. Tomasz Adamek versus Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO) will be the main event during “The Last Big Hurdle” PPV gala on Saturday in Newark’s Prudential Center. If Adamek wins, his next fight will be for the WBC heavyweight title against reigning champion Vitali Klitschko (49-2, 39 KO) on September 10 at a 60,000+ stadium in his native Poland.
On Saturday, world title challenger Khoren Gevor will be in the “lion’s den,” Magdeburg, Germany, home to both WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz, as well as Stieglitz’ promoter SES Boxing.
“Everyone knows that in sports there’s always a home advantage,” says Gevor. “Unfortunately, this is especially true in boxing. I am a guest at an SES event in their city. I have no illusions that here in Magdeburg it will be very difficult for me to win on points. I don’t want to insinuate that the judges or referee will consciously evaluate the fight incorrectly. But everyone knows that the home promoter pays the bills – also for the judges – and the audience contributes by cheering wildly for every punch the home boxer throws and not reacting at all to the clear punches landed by the guest boxer. No judges in the world are immune from that. So I know that I must win by KO – but this is okay for me. I am prepared for it and I have the goal to knock out Stieglitz. I don’t want there to be anything to discuss at the end.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
Hard-hitting Mexican Jhonny Gonzalez (48-7, 42 KOs), 124,75, captured the WBC feather belt as he stunned the audience with a one-punch stoppage of defending champ Hozumi Hasegawa (29-4, 12 KOs), 125.75, at 0:58 of the fourth session on Friday in Kobe, Japan.
Hasegawa, a Japanese southpaw who previously kept his WBC bantam throne ten times to his credit, directly moved up to the feather category and acquired the WBC belt by unanimously decisioning Juan Carlos Burgos of Mexico last November.
It was his first and mandatory defense against the official challenger Gonzalez, ex-WBO 118-pound ruler who lately registered seven consecutive stoppages after suffering a bad TKO defeat by Toshiaki Nishioka in three rounds in Mexico in May 2009. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-bantam champ Toshiaki Nishioka (38-4-3, 24 KOs), 121.75, scored his sixth defense when he patiently outjabbed and outpunched Mauricio Munoz (21-3, 9 KOs), 121, finally catching the game challenger with a smashing left en route to a spectacular knockout at 3:07 of the ninth round in the second of the triple-header on Friday in Kobe, Japan. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Naoki Fukuda
WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), 130, a Japanese southpaw, looked impressive in successfully making his initial defense as he outhustled ex-WBC interim ruler Humberto Gutierrez (28-3-1, 20 KOs), 130, Mexico, from the outset, entirely controlled the bout with effective combinations and finally sank him with a single vicious right hook to the belly at 1:06 of the fourth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan.
It was the first of the WBC world title triple-header and an encounter of pugnacious southpaws, which fully entertained the sell-out crowd at the World Memorial Hall. Aoh, who had dethroned German Vitaly Tajbert via unanimous nod here last November, took the inititative with a good attack, pressing the action from the first round. Aoh, formerly six-time national amateur high school champ, steadily piled up points as he gamely mixed it up and had the upper hand over the taller but slower Mexican hombre. For more details and photos click here…
TNT Sports Promotions in association with Roy Jones Jr.’s Square Ring presents “Easter Explosion” on April 23rd at the “New” Stage AE on Pittsburgh’s North Shore. In the main event, super featherweight contender Monty Meza-Clay (29-3, 20 KOs) faces Oscar Cuero (13-5, 10 KOs). In the co-feature, it’s a cruiserweight battle between WBF Americas Champion Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (17-1-2, 7 KOs) versus Frank White (7-7-2, 5 KOs). Undercard action includes Isaac Salter, Beden Laurent, Bill Hutchinson, & more. Tickets are $35 to $100. Call 724-513-1416. All Ages admitted. 1st bell at 8:00 PM.
Photo: Eroll Popova
Mr Stieglitz, a lot of boxers a bad reputation and are known as punchers – in and outside the ring. But you constantly have seen to be thoughtful and reserved. Are you more an academic boxer because you are a certificated sports teacher?
I’m not like the ones who talk trash or cause trouble inside the ring or during free time. Boxing to me is a very fair sport: two people meet inside the ring, fight under certain guidelines and rules and the stronger one will win.
Two of your role models are the Klitschko brothers Vitali and Wladimir, who repeatedly warn their opponents that ‘Talk is cheap!’ Is this also your motto?
These are golden words and absolutely correct. I really appraise the attitude of the Klitschkos, their manners and the way they act. Also inside the ring they are very fair sportsmen and you won’t see any nudges, low blows or rabbit punches. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Montreal promoter Yvon Michel is hopeful of a coming out party for undefeated slugger David Lemieux Friday night. Not only will a victory assure a crack at the WBC middleweight title, but hopefully a shot onto a bigger stage within North America. It will mark the fourth time Lemieux will appear on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, and like most of his appearances, they have been brief in duration.
“I know that the level of discussions I’ve already had with HBO and Showtime that they’ll be watching,” said Michel. “It’s the first time I’ve had a boxer that I don’t have to knock at their door, they know who he is, they’ve seen him on ESPN. Other promoters know him as the best prospect who has yet to fight on HBO or Showtime. He’s getting known and everybody’s watching.”
Michel is expecting a capacity crowd of close to 4,000 people to see Lemieux as he rivals to become the next big star to come out of Montreal following in the footsteps of Jean Pascal and Lucian Bute. (more…)
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