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Photos and report by Felipe Leon
Mayen Promotions returned once again to the legendary Las Pulgas Night club located along the world-renown Avenida Revolucion in the heart of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Just like his father in the 80s and himself in the early 90s, Guillermo Mayen has once again become the king of the club fights of the border city. Thursday night was not different although Mayen received help from Zanfer Promotions when they lent out their popular up and coming bantamweight Jose “Tigre” Cayetano (13-1, 5KOs) as he struggled against but still took a unanimous decision over the hesitant Sergio “Costeño” Najera (4-7), both of Tijuana, in a scheduled eight round main event. (more…)
Story and photos by Brett Bonetti
Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (38-3 -1, 25 KOs) was back to his best as he defeated Marco Tuhumury (9-10-1, 2 KO’s) by 5th Round TKO in the Main Event of Western Alliance at the WA Italian Club, North Perth, Australia tonight. Dawson was in control right from the start as he stalked Tuhumury around the ring and continually landed and combination of head and vicious body shots. Tuhumury was never able to get into the fight and didn’t land any significant punches. With a minute remaining in Round 5, Dawson sent Tuhumury to the canvas and it seemed that the fight was over, but Tuhumury barely beat the count and then looked on his way to surviving the round, however Dawson rocked Tuhumury again and sent him down for the second time with under ten seconds remaining as referee Charlie Lucas counted Tuhumury out. Time was 2:58 of Round 5.
Dawson thanked his family and friends and declared he was back to his best after tonight’s performance and said he wants to fight current WBA Light Middleweight Champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout. (more…)
With slim pickings for televised boxing fans this weekend, NESportsTV.com takes center stage with an online PPV doubleheader on Saturday night at 7PM. In the main event, undefeated former IBF lightweight champion Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs) takes on Puerto Rican journeyman Wilfredo Negron (26-16-1, 19 KOs). In the co-feature, former world title challenger Brian Minto (36-5, 23 KOs) battles former West Virginia state heavyweight champion Mike Sheppard (20-13-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant WBA NABA heavyweight title. This broadcast will mark Spadafora’s first fight in over a year and a half. Spadafora, the former IBF lightweight champ, sports one of the best records in boxing and lost his crown when he vacated the title to move up in weight. The hardcore veteran Negron has a win over former world champion Saul Duran and fought Zab Judah for a vacant junior welterweight title in 1999. This fight will mark Minto’s fourth fight ever on NESportsTV.com. Minto has defeated previously unbeaten Donnell Wilson and Australian cruiserweight Pierre Karam on NESportsTV.com PPV. He also fought WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck on NESportsTV.com PPV. Sheppard is a well traveled journeyman who has won 5 of his last 6 fights.
Story and photos by Ricardo Conde
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Gabriel ‘Chico Guapo’ Campillo (21-4-1, 8 KOs) of Spain, continues his training camp at Extreme Boxing School in Santa Paula, California, as he prepares to take on undefeated Sergey Kovalev (18-0-1, 16 KOs) on Friday September 21st in a 10-round bout on the next installment of NBC Sports Network ‘Fight Night’ series live from the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania which is being presented by Main Events along with Sampson Boxing and Peltz Boxing. (more…)
Photos: Roy Englebrecht Promotions
Heavyweight prospect Alexander Flores celebrated his 22nd birthday with an impressive eight round knockout of tough Henry Namauu at Roy Englebrecht’s Fight Club OC show, Thursday night in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, CA. Before a sold out crowd of 1,348, including Jonathan Banks, Tito Ortiz, and Shane Del Rosario, the two talented heavyweights put on quite a show. Flores who won every round was in complete control throughout the eight round battle, but his power was more devastating and in the fourth Flores sent Namauu to the canvas with a short, hard left, then knocked him down again in the fourth with a vicious left hook, with a wobbly Namauu able to survive the round.
Namauu who was willing to trade with Flores, just could not phase Flores who took some good shots but didn’t even flinch. In the eighth round Flores hurt Namauu with a solid right, and followed that up with a flurry of blows against the ropes that Namauu couldn’t defend against, which prompted referee Tom Taylor to jump in before anymore punishment could be dealt. With the KO win, Flores, the current WBC Heavyweight Youth Champion, goes to 10-0 while Namauu drops to 10-5. The scorecards had it 70-61 and 69-62 twice. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The team of Panamanian WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno has confirmed that a fight against two-division world champion Abner Mares is on for October 13 in a place to be determined. Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York and Texas are in the running to host the fight, which will be presented by Golden Boy Promotions and televised by Showtime. Sources say organizers would like to make the Mares-Moreno fight in the super bantamweight division and Moreno will seek special permission from the WBA.
One of the most highly anticipated matchups of the year will transpire this Saturday, Aug. 18, live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast) when popular MMA superstar Ronda Rousey makes the first defense of her STRIKEFORCE Bantamweight Championship against hard-hitting former titleholder Sarah Kaufman at Valley View Casino Center. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Springdale, MD heavyweight Abodunrin “Big Bo” Akinyanju died today in a traffic accident on 95 South in Delaware. Akinyanju was 28 years old. Sources tell Fightnews that Akinyanju was returning home from making deliveries in a box truck when a tractor-trailer made an illegal U-turn and hit him head-on at about 3:40 this morning. Akinyanju died instantly. According to news and police reports, the box truck swerved right in an attempt to avoid the tractor trailer. The box truck then hit the right rear of the tractor trailer, then flipped over, causing the cargo section to separate from the truck and spilling the cargo of linen all over the roadway. The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as 35-year-old Abubaker Jamal of Columbus, OH. Jamal was not injured. The crash closed I-95 South for eight hours. (more…)
Carl Froch will announce the opponent for his first IBF World super middleweight title defense on Monday. The three-time World champion will box in November in the first defense of the title he won in stunning fashion with a fifth round KO of Lucian Bute at the Capital FM Arena in front of a fanatical hometown support in Nottingham on May 26. The 35-year-old will defend his belt in his hometown again this November and should he be successful he will travel to Montreal next spring to face Bute in a rematch. “The Bute fight night will go down in history as one of the greatest nights in British boxing history,” said Froch’s promoter Eddie Hearn. “Carl is chomping at the bit to get back into the ring and feel the roar of the Nottingham fans that he loves so much.”
Once again the popular series of “Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns to Tampa, Florida with an interesting show on September 14th at the A La Carte Pavillion. In the main event, WBA #3, WBO #6 flyweight contender Glenn “The Bomber” Donaire (19-4-1, 10 KOs) will put his risk his world ranking against former world title challenger Omar “Lobito” Soto (22-9-2, 15 KOs) in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with the vacant NABO flyweight title at stake. “We very happy to team up once again with two good boxing guys like Aaron Jacobs and Shea Bailey of Fight Night Productions and bring our series once again to a historic boxing city like Tampa and we are looking forward to a sell out at the A La Carte Event Pavillion,” said promoter Zabala Jr.
The undercard will be announced shortly. Doors open at 7:00 PM with the first bell at 8:00 PM. Six mores fights round off the card. Telemundo Network available in HD will televise the main event at 11:35 PM EST live in the US. Tickets are already on sale at www.ticketmaster.com. The event is being presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Fight Night Productions LLC. The A La Carte Event Pavillion is located at 4050 Dana Shores Dr. in Tampa, FL, Tel: (813) 831-5390.
UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture may have retired from professional fighting in 2011, but the five-time champion hasn’t exactly been sitting in a rocking chair to pass the time. He runs one of the world’s largest MMA fight gyms in Las Vegas, is mentoring his son’s own burgeoning fight career, and is starring in the summer blockbuster film The Expendables 2, which opens today, August 17th .. Click more by Elias Cepeda, UFC.com
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Coming up next: UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson is LIVE on Pay-Per-View Saturday, Sept. 1 from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas at 7 pm PT/10 pm ET. For more info on UFC 151 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source indicated the possibility that former two-division world champion Jorge Linares could return to the ring on October 6, possibly in Chicago. Linares has been training since June in Japan with Teiken Boxing trainer Sendai Tanaka after consecutive TKO losses to Antonio DeMarco in October 2011 and Sergio “Yeyo” Thompson in March 2012.
Photo: Eroll Popova
Here is an interview with WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz in his last days of preparations for his title defense against Arthur Abraham on August 25th at the O2 World in Berlin.
Mr. Stieglitz, is the challenger Arthur Abraham a desired opponent for you?
Arthur Abraham has won the right to challenge me. The WBO appointed him to the mandatory challenger. These are the rules of the association and these I face up.
The name is probably appealing for you, right?
Of course, this is an exciting duel. Arthur has made a reputation in Germany. The boxing fans want those fights and I am glad that I can offer this fight. However, I am the champion, not Arthur.
In the case of your victory, you can give your sporting name more weight?
Sure. Up to now Arthur had had a major media attention. Therefore, this defense is also a chance for me to move more in the focus. I will not want to miss this opportunity. (more…)
Don George 170 vs. Dionosio Miranda 168
Carlos Molina 154 vs. Damian Frias 153
Tyler Asselstine 132 vs. Roberto Bonilla 131
Viliar Quinonez 171 vs. Eddie Tigs 172
Venue: Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, OK
Promoter: Tony Holden Productions and Warriors Boxing
TV: Solo Boxeo Tecate
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The official press conference took place Thursday in Puebla, Mexico for Saturday’s IBF super featherweight world title fight between Mexican champion Juan Carlos Salgado and his challenger former WBA champion Jonathan Barros of Argentina. The bout will take place in the Miguel Hidalgo Gym on a billed “Clash of Nations.”
Jonathan Barros: “I respect the world champion Salgado but I’m coming for that title and I’m taking it for my family and Argentina.”
Juan Carlos Salgado: “I respect Jonathan Barros, who is a former world champion, but I’m sure I’ll give you a beating and smash your face.”
By Chito Yu Katangkatang
AKTV TV and GerryPens Promotions headed by boxing icon Gerry Penalosa will treat Filipino boxing fans with another exciting night of boxing as TV Program Pinoy Knockout features undefeated prospect Dave Penalosa and come-back prospect Eden Sonsona fight Thai sluggers Yodpichai Sithsaithong and Patchnamnung Sithsaithong respectively.
Dave Penalosa is the son of former world champion Dodie Boy Penalosa and the younger brother of another undefeated rising star Dodie Boy Jr. Dave is a former national amateur gold medalist and possesses a very strong amateur back ground. According to his uncle and promoter Gerry Penalosa, “Dave, once he develops and matures as a boxer is a complete package. He has power on both fists, he has speed and most of all he is born with a warrior heart. Right now we are still on the process of slowly honing him with the needed arsenals need for elite competition. He needs to develop stamina, and needs to control his emotions inside the ring. He tends to be careless when he gets excited. He wants to finish every opponent right away. That is not the way to fight. Once you get careless, one mistake can cost you the fight and worse send you to the hospital. Boxing is like chess. Fighting with your mind matters than pure fist fights. One thing I can guarantee, Dave has a lot of potential.” (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto
Pedro Campa 135.5 vs. Ulises Perez 135.5
Edgar Llanes 136.5 vs. Lupillo Ramirez 137.5
Carlos Fontes 112.5 vs. Mauro Ibarra 112.5
Gilberto Parra 108 vs. Francisco Lopez 109
Hassam Valenzuela 147 vs. Luis Rey 147
Karol Castro 108 vs. Lilly Barajas 108
Pablo Batres 126.7 vs. Saul Hermosillo 126
Venue: Gimnasio Del Estado, Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico
TV: Azteca America
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Emilio Perea 146.50 vs Jose Lopez 147
(WBF welterweight world title)
Giovanni Caro 122.75 vs Mario Macías 122.75
Denis Martínez 122.75 vs José Roberto González 122.75
Venue: Arena Jalisco
Promoter: Promoiones del Pueblo
TV: Cadena 3
Ivan “Terrible II” Morales 17-0-0, 12 KO of Tijuana Mexico, the brother of future Hall of fame fighter Erik Morales, will make his debut in the United States as he takes on former World Champion Contender Luis Maldonado 38-8-1, 29 KO of Mexicali, Mexico in a 10 round Jr. Bantamweight bout on September 8, 2012 at the Pechanga Resort & Casino Grand Ballroom in Temecula, California. The fight will air on the popular Solo Boxeo series on Telefutura network and is presented by Oscar De Le Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions, Ringside Ticket Inc, Pechanga Resort & Casino and Tecate beer. (more…)
Photos: Wilhelm Springer
Two very different attitudes on display in Hamburg, Germany. While Alexander Povetkin, WBA Heavyweight-World-Champion, was happy to talk to the press and presented himself in a positive manner, his mandatory Hasim Rahman drew attention by being quite moody at their first press conference leading up to their fight on September 29 in Hamburg. Maybe the reason for the behaviour of the former world champion was the long and exhausting journey from the Staates. According to himself, he was just upset about him not being illustrated on the promotional posters for the event. “Obviously, I am not being respected over here. For that, I will punish Povetkin inside the ring and take revenge. This is all I have got to say.” Indeed, Rahman didn’t give many interviews to the media afterwards. (more…)
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