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By Robert Coster
“It’s a great gift to be performing in my homeland” says WBA #6, IBF #9, WBO #11 featherweight Nicholas “Axe Man” Walters as he is getting ready to fight in his native Jamaica for the first time as a pro on Thursday. Walters (17-0, 14 KOs), based in Panama, will be defending his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas(14-8-1, 7 KOs) of Mexico on a card that is marking the return of international boxing to the Caribbean island.
“I want to look impressive, declared the 25 year-old “Axe Man,” not only because I’m fighting in front of my home fans but because the bout will be televised nationally and it is important to have a great show to help boxing return to Jamaica.” (more…)
Trainer Freddie Roach is hopeful that WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez will face his charge Vanes Martirosyan should Alvarez get past Ryan Rhodes on Saturday evening. “We want Vanes to fight Alvarez next and we know that Mr. Sulaiman and the WBC will do the right thing in the interest of boxing and its fans,” said Roach. In addition to winning the WBC silver belt, Martirosyan earned the #1 mandatory position to face Alvarez when he defeated Saul Roman via TKO on June 4th at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles.
By Phil Doherty
Photo: Rey Sanchez
What do you do when you acquire a brand new “Mercedes? ” The obvious answer according to Dream Team Boxing Promotions–You take it on the road and bring it up to highway speed. That’s because the “Mercedes” in question is the 6-ft 4-in undefeated southpaw Cuban heavyweight Luis “El Mercedes” Ortiz (10-0, 8 KOs). The Miami-based promotional company formed by Henry Rivalta and Carlos Rodriquez mapped out big plans for their big man this year. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Ricardo Conde
A grand opening and a meet and greet with today’s prospects highlighted an afternoon on Saturday in Santa Paula, CA. The Extreme Boxing Gym opened in an industrial area on the west side of town. Dozens of children and teenagers milled about the gym, as they envisioned hitting the heavy bag or shadow-boxing in the ring. Manager Frank Espinoza brought about his young stable of fighters, where they signed autographs and took pictures with fight fans, young and old. Espinoza was happy to lend his support to the gym’s opening. For more details and photos click here…
By Boxing Bob Newman
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Canastota, New York, affectionately known as “Title Town, USA,” held the 22nd annual International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions this weekend, witnessed by record crowds throughout the four-day event. Except for early morning showers on induction Sunday, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with mild temperatures, a mix of sun and clouds, making things for the fans and fighters a like, enjoyable as many of the events such as training sessions and the golf tournament are held outdoors. For more details and photos click here…
World cruiserweight contender Troy Ross has been added to the “Friday Night At The Fights” professional boxing card, June 24 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. “Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel. Ross is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated), #14 by the WBA, and #15 by the WBC. The two-time Canadian Olympian will face an opponent to be determined June 24 in a eight-round bout. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra is in Panama to fight for the WBA super bantamweight belt against champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno on Friday at the Roberto Duran Arena. “I’m in good shape for this fight. Moreno is a great champion but I am confident of victory. I have a commitment to Venezuela,” said Parra. A source indicated that Moreno could do his last rounds of sparring today or tomorrow depending on how he feels and then only do roadwork to maintain weight.
Just two weeks away from his next boxing match, junior welterweight Jose Reynoso (14-2-1, 2KOs) has signed with southern California-based Thompson Boxing Promotions.
“We are proud to add Jose Reynoso to our roster of future world champions,” said promoter Ken Thompson. “He is a determined, salacious southpaw, with amazing hand speed.” (more…)
Right after she registered her 30th career victory last night, promoter Lenny Fresquez announced that Holly “The Preachers Daughter” Holm will take on Anne Sophie Mathis — the top two pound-for-pound female boxers in the world — December 2 for “World Dominance,” at the Route 66 Casino Hotel in Albuquerque. (more…)
After suffering his first loss against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in March, WBO jr middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) will now have to return to the 154lb division to defend his world title against mandatory contender and reigning European champion Lukas Konecny (47-3, 22 KOs). The WBO has called for a June 16 purse bid for that bout on June 16 at WBO Headquarters in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with WBO President Francisco Valcarcel presiding. Minimum bid is $200,000. Dzinziruk won a controversial majority decision over Konecny in 2008.
Former world title challenger and current WBO #10 ranked cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (21-2, 19 KOs) made quick work of Damian Norris (16-7, 10 KOs), getting a second TKO on a Saturday night dinner/boxing event in Hamburg Germany. Alexeev claimed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific belt.
Also cruiserweight Kai Kurzawa (26-4, 18 KOs) avenged a 2008 TKO loss to Armin Dollinger (21-2, 8 KOs) with a third round stoppage. Kurzawa claimed the International German title with the win.
The card was presented by EC Boxing.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Middleweight Przemek Majewski (17-0, 11 KO) is called “The Machine” for a reason – the undefeated Polish star won the WBO-NABO title in Southaven, Mississippi against overmatched Marcus Upshaw (13-6, 6 KO) with relentless attacks, knocking down Upshaw twice (in the fifth and sixth rounds) and winning comfortably 100-88, 100-89, 100-89 in DeSoto Civic Center, in Southaven (Mississippi).
“I liked this fight. I was very comfortable and calm. Must be experience,” said Majewski after the fight. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBO #15 heavyweight Alex Leapai has targeted fellow Australian-based IBF #7, WBA #9 Kali Meehan to settle who is the best heavyweight ‘Down Under. Leapai said.” I respect Kali Meehan and what he has done in the ring at world class level in bouts in the USA. Kali challenged Lamont Brewster for the world heavyweight title and many thought he deserved the decision but he lost by split decision. Kali beat Evans Quinn in 2010 but lost to Ruslan Chagaev in a WBA eliminator. My wins over very good Americans Travis Walker, Owen Beck, Darell Wilson and also Peter Okhello from Uganda are more impressive than Kali’s recent victories. My manager Noel Thornberry has a promoter ready to stage the Leapai vs Meehan. I challenge Kali to fight me and settle the argument who is the best Australian heavyweight. It will be the first time two world rated Australian heavyweights have clashed in the ring.” (Leapai was born in Samoa and Meehan was born in Fiji but both are long time Australian citizens.)
By Boxing Bob Newman, photo: Boxing Bob Newman
The 2011 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductions saw the biggest crowds in years witness the greatest class in years this weekend in Canastoa, New York as crowds enjoyed mild temperatures and braved a last second bout of early morning showers on Induction Sunday. Living inductees Ignacio “Nacho” Beristain, Kostya Tszyu, Joe Cortez, Julio Cesar Chavez, Sylvester Stallone and Mike Tyson all received their induction certificates and IBHOF gold rings in front of an estimated crowd of well over 10,000 fans, media and fellow inductees and fighters past and present. The full weekend wrap up in words and pictures to come.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former world rated featherweight Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (31-2, 23 KOs) of the Philippines scored the best win of his career when he won a seventh round technical decision over his former conqueror Heriberto Ruiz (46-11-2, 28 KOs) of Mexico at the world class venue at the Waterfront Casino & Hotel in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines on Saturday. Bautista and Ruiz exchanged bombs from the opening bell that seen both boxers on unsteady legs throughout the action packed contest that was scheduled for twelve rounds with IBF international 126 pounds title up for grabs. (more…)
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By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Australian Heavyweight Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (16-1-1, 14 KO’s) is a very frustrated fighter. He stepped back in the ring tonight, but it was only to announce to his fans that his Heavyweight fight with Ghana’s Ibrahim Marshall (10-3, 8 KO’s) was off.
After yet another setback, de Mori who is in peak condition, apologized to everyone in attendance. From the middle of the ring he explained how the fight was called off.
de Mori’s fight was cancelled after opponent Ibrahim Marshall failed a medical test conducted by the West Australian Professional Combat Sports Commission. Following the weigh in yesterday, Marshall was refusing to take a blood test for more than 3 hours and after finally agreeing to take the test, de Mori was informed this morning that Marshall had failed his medical, and the fight was off. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Bongani Dlamini stopped Samkelo Fani in the third round of scheduled ten in a South African lightweight title eliminator at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The younger Dlamini, 23, was just too strong and fast for the 33-year-old Fani as he dominated from the first bell to win the first the first two rounds with a two handed attack. In the third round it was the same pattern before Dlamini (61.18kg) caught Fani (61.04kg) with a swinging left to the jaw that sent him staggering back to touch the canvas with a glove. Dlamini never let him off the hook and backed Fani into a neutral corner where he battered him with lefts and rights before referee Phillip Durandt stepped in to wave the fight off at 1:34 into round three. Bongani improves his record to 12-2, 9 KOs and Fani drops to 10-5, 8 KOs. (more…)
“Rekindle” might be the wrong word to use when referring to wildfire-raged Arizona, but last night in Phoenix, boxing was able to rise from its ashes when hot prospect Jose Benavidez, Jr. staged his return.
Fighting in front of a home crowd for the first time in several years, Benavidez dropped and stopped overmatched Denver journeyman Corey Alarcon in round four on a card promoted by Showdown Promotions and Top Rank at the Wild Horse Pass Casino in Chandler . . . Click here for more
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Rene Perez Gutierrez/Canelo Promotions
After six weeks in Big Bear, Saul Alvarez arrived yesterday in Guadalajara. “I feel stronger than ever,” he said at the end of his last boxing session, supervised, as always by Chepo and Edison Reynoso. Alvarez changed blows with Fernando Castañeda (welterweight), for four rounds, both sheathed with mask and 16 ounces gloves. The undefeated WBC champion hit mitts, the bag, jumped rope and finished with three sets of abs to show his muscles for a few minutes to everyone in the Julian Magdaleno’s Gym in which everyone tasted the traditional “tortas ahogadas”. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
On a second consecutive night of fights on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, featherweight Luis Orlando “Orlandito” Del Valle’s rising star shined in a 10-round unanimous decision over Dat “Be Dat’’ Nguyen with scores of 99-91 three times. In the co-feature, Jonathan Gonzalez scored a convincing 10-round unanimous decision by the scores of 99-91 and 98-92 twice in a junior middleweight matchup over Richard Gutierrez from Roseland Ballroom in New York City on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Del Valle (13-0,10 KOs), of Bayamon, P.R., impressed the boisterous Boricua-based crowd and SHOWTIME announcers alike with his sharp shots and well-timed counter punches. Known for throwing a high volume of shots, Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs), a resident of Vero Beach, Fla., came out swinging but Del Valle anticipated Nguyen’s wide punches with crisp counters. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Jeffrey Mathebula won a 12 round split points decision over Oscar Chauke in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator at Carnival City, Brakpan on Saturday night. Judges Raymond Reed (Australia) and Massimiliano Bianco (Italy) scored the fight 116-112 and 115-113 in favour Mathebula whilst Alfred Buqwana (SA) appeared to be off the mark with a score of 116-112 for Chauke. (more…)
By Michael Sheffield/Memphisboxing.com at ringside
Photos: JD Meredith/Memphisboxing.com
Weighing in at a career high 284 pounds, former heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman (49-7-1, 40 KOs) lumbered to a lackluster sixth round TKO Galen Brown (35-16-1 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the DeSoto Civic Center in Southaven, Mississippi. Brown took a knee four times in the sixth.
Unbeaten middleweight Patrick Majewski (16-0 11 KOs) won a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Marcus Upshaw (13-5-1 6 KOs) to win the NABO title. Upshaw was down in rounds three and five. Scores were 100-88, 100-89, 100-89.
Pro debuting welterweight Dusty Harrison won an impressive four round unanimous decision over Alphonso Alexander (0-3). Harrison, although in his debut, looked like a well seasoned veteran.
Chris Cozzone at ringside
Fighting for the first time in nearly three years in front of his hometown of Phoenix, Ariz., at the Wild Horse Pass Casino & Hotel, Top Rank prospect and former amateur standout Jose Benavidez Jr. (12-0, 11 KOs) dropped Denver’s Corey Alarcon (14-18-1, 4 KOs) three times en route to a fourth round TKO victory. The overmatched Alarcon made a show of effort but Benavidez proved too much for the journeyman. Official time of stoppage was 1:02.
In the co-main of the card promoted by Showdown and Top Rank, Mexican lightweight Oscar Meza (22-4, 17 KOs) stalked mismatched Kelly Wright (4-8), of St. Louis, through three rounds, flooring him several times before the TKO victory at 2:04. On the undercard: Tijuana middleweight Jovan Munoz (12-2, 5 KOs) was shockingly upset by New Orleans’ Justin Williams (3-3-1, 2 KOs), who took him out by TKO with a big right at 2:22 of the third; In the best fight of the night, by far, Phoenix super bantam Alexis Santiago (8-0-1, 2 KOs) scored the unanimous win over Carlos Luque (2-7), scores of 58-56 twice and 59-55; super welterweight Juan Gonzalez (2-0, 1 KO) won by unanimous decision over Mexico’s Moses Alvizo (0-3), scores of 40-36 twice, 39-37; and super bantamweight Emilio Garcia (2-0-1, 1 KO) floored Albuquerque debuter Eric Henson (0-1) twice in round one, to win by decision with scores of 40-34 twice and 40-35. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
Results by Andreas Hale
In a #1 contender matchup of monster heavyweights, Junior Dos Santos’ boxing pedigree surgically dissected former interim UFC Heavyweight champion Shane Carwin as the Brazilian dominated en route to a unanimous decision victory. Dos Santos worked quickly behind the jab and nearly took Carwin out in the first round with a combination and a salvo of punches that turned Carwin’s face to a bloody mess. Carwin would survive but found himself on the wrong end of JDS’ jab and was picked apart for the rest of the fight. Scores were 30-27 (twice) and 30-26 in favor of Dos Santos who will next face Cain Velasquez for the heavyweight championship.
Kenny Florian’s debut at featherweight was a successful one as his conditioning and ground game upended the dangerous Diego Nunez for a unanimous decision victory. Nunes’ striking appeared to give the former welterweight and lightweight contender fits in the first frame. But Florian settled down and outhustled Nunes on the ground and used his trademark elbows to score on the inside. In the end, Florian earned scores of 30-27 and 29-28 twice. Florian is now eyeballing champion Jose Aldo and looks to be a force at 145 lbs.
For more info on this weekend’s UFC 131 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
WBA super welterweight champion Austin Trout won a twelve round unanimous decision over David “The Destroyer” Lopez to retain his title on Saturday night at the Auditorio Miguel Barragan in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Scores were 119-109, 117-110 and 118-109, all in favor of Trout.
In the co-feature, former Mexican Olympian Arturo Santos outpointed Alexander Espinoza over nine rounds to claim the Fedecaribe featherweight belt. Scores were 90-82, 90-71 and 87-84. more + photos
Unbeaten featherweight Luis “Orlandito” Del Valle (13-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Dat Nguyen (17-2, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. Del Valle punished Nguyen with a steady stream of punches, but the game Nguyen showed a lot of heart to go the full ten. Scores were 99-91 on all cards. Del Valle won the NABA belt.
Olympian junior middleweight Jonathan “Mantequilla Gonzalez (13-0, 12 KOs) went the distance for the first time in his career, winning a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Richard Gutierrez (26-7-1, 16 KOs). Gonzalez outworked Gutierrez in every round winning by scores of 99-91, 98-92, 98-92. Gonzalez claimed the vacant NABA and WBO Latino Youth Middleweight belts. Guiterrez has now lost 5 of 7.
Not normally known as a KO artist, popular jr welterweight Gabriel Bracero (16-0, 2 KOs) needed just 40 seconds to demolish Guillermo Valdes (12-4, 3 KOs).
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
Hometown fighter Ahmad Cheikho (6-3-2) was knocked out at 2:15 of the 7th round as “Eye of the Tiger” Management presented an evening of boxing at the Corona Theatre in Montreal Saturday night. Sergei Melis (18-5) scored impressively with the right hand in what would be the final round of what was scheduled for eight. (more…)
Unbeaten WBO super flyweight champion Omar Andres Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) retained his title for the third time with a twelve round unanimous decision over William Urina (17-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Luna Park Stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Typical Narvaez fight as he piled up points en route to a decision win. Scores were 117-110 on all cards.
WBO/WBA female jr flyweight champion Yesica Bopp (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over Yesenia Martinez Castrejon (9-7, 8 KOs).
Photos: JD Meredith
Super Welterweight Jose Pinzon (19-3-1, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Edvan Dos Santos Barros (11-11-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo Inalámbrica in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Pinzon dropped Barros twice in round one. Barros stormed back to floor Pinzon in round three. Pinzon scored another knockdown in the sixth, but the bout went the full ten with Pinzon winning by scores of 97-89, 97-89, 98-88. Pinzon, as you may remember, had that knockdown war against Pavel Wolak last year in Anaheim.
Lightweight Aarón “La Joya” Herrera (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round KO over Alirio “Morocho” Rivero (21-9-1, 14 KOs). Rivero was down twice in round two. Herrera finished him in round six. Time was 1:09. more photos
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