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Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, announced today that it has purchased the assets of Explosion Entertainment, LLC dba Strikeforce®. Under the terms of the deal, all Strikeforce fighter contracts will be honored, as will its broadcast agreement with Showtime® Networks, Inc. Strikeforce will continue to operate as a separate business and current Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker has signed a long-term employment agreement with the company. (more…)
Next Friday’s boxing card at the Seminole Hard Rock Live received some finishing touches this week; identifying opponents for three Heavyweight Factory heavyweights and adding another to the event. Cedric “The Bos” Boswell (33-1, 26 KOs) of Atlanta takes on power-punching veteran “Smokin” Bert Cooper (38-22, 31 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Boswell hopes to generate some world title contention momentum since his big win over veteran Owen Beck here at the Hard Rock last December. (more…)
Sources out of Argentina are saying that WBA featherweight champion Jonathon Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title next against former world champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero (34-3, 23 KOs) of Panama on June 4th. On Saturday night, Barros successfully made the first defense of his title by way of unanimous decision over Miguel Roman of Mexico. Immediately after that bout Barros put on a t-shirt that read “Voy por ti Pelenchín” (I’m coming for you Pelenchin). A site for the Barros-Caballero bout will be announced shortly.
Undefeated super middleweight Lucian Bute joins the powerhouse lineup of Showtime Championship Boxing to defend his title against Irish southpaw Brian Magee on Saturday, March 19th at 10pm ET/PT.
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Paul Gallegos
With less than a week to go, undefeated up-and-coming junior welterweight Antonio Orozco (8-0, 5 KOs) is ready for his comeback to the ring after a short hiatus. Orozco of San Diego, CA, by way of Tecate, MX, will face off against once defeated southpaw Manuel Aguilar (6-1, 4 KOs) of Agua Prieta, MX, in a six rounder on Friday, March 18th, at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa, CA. The bout will be part of Golden Boy Promotions in association with Roy Englebrecht’s “OC Fight Club”. (more…)
By Johnny B’
A big professional boxing card comes to the outskirts of Chicago as Cynthia Tolaymat, CFC, Chicago Fight Club Promotions, presents a show on March 25th at the Hanging Gardens banquet hall in River Grove. Headlining the card will be Ghana native Osumanu Adama (18-2, 13 KOs) taking on Marcus Upshaw 13-4-1 in a 12 rounder for the vacant IBO Intercontinental middleweight title. This bout will also serve as an eliminator with the winner to be in line for an IBO title shot.
Other title action has “King” David Estrada (25-6) in a battle with Lanardo Tyner (24-5-1) for the vacant IBO Intercontinental welterweight belt.
Still another championship belt is on the line as Joey Hernandez 17-1-1 goes to war against Angel Hernandez 30-9 for the IBO USBO light middleweight title. (more…)
Photos: Bernie Crump
In a main event battle of Canadian nationals Junior Moar (9-3, 2 KOs) closely unanimously decisioned Michael Walchuk (9-3, 2 KOs) to win the Canadian light heavyweight title Saturday Night. The official scores of the bout were 97-93, 96-95, and 96-94. The fight card took place at the River Rock Casino, in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and was promoted by Manny Sobral/West Coast Promotions. In attendance as a special guest was fan favorite and former fighter Mickey Ward. Click here for more photos…
WBO #9 ranked middleweight Javier Maciel (18-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina is less than two weeks away from his biggest fight to date. Maciel will challenge WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) of Russia March 26th. Fightnews spoke with Maciel as he nears the end of training camp. (more…)
Former world title challenger Dmitriy Salita (32-1-1, 17 KOs) and former world champion Luis Collazo (30-4, 15 KOs) will headline in seperate bouts on April 13th at the Oceana in Brooklyn, New York, Salita will take on Chicago, Illinois-based Jermain White (17-4, 9 KOs) in a ten-round welterweight bout. Collazo, who just recently became a promotional free agent, will take on Dominican Franklin Gonzalez (13-8, 9 KOs) in an eight round bout fought at the junior middleweight limit. The bout will be Collazo’s first fight in nearly two years. “I’m hoping Louie can land a big fight sometime this year. He will be looking to fight any of the big names at 147-154,” stated Collazo’s trainer/advisor Nirmal Lorick. Lorick has been an advisor to Collazo since Collazo was a young teenager. Salita’s promotional company will present the event.
Cruiserweight Rachid el Hadak (22-8-1, 7 KOs) of France defeated Levan Jomardashvili (21-3, 16 KOs) of the country of Georgia on Friday night to retain his EBA (European Boxing Association) title. The official scores were 120-107 and 120-106 twice.
In the co-feature Salim Larbi (14-1-1, 3 KOs) of France unanimously decisioned David Makaradze (16-5, 7 KOs) of the country of Georgia to win the vacant EBA super welterweight title. The official scores were 118-110 and 118-111 twice.
The fight card took place at the Stadium P. Maisonniale, Saint-Etienne, Loire, France with Herve Jacques promoting.
By Ron Jackson
Themba Lesiba retained his Gauteng junior featherweight title when he stopped Sabelo Nokhele at 2 minutes and 4 seconds of the seventh round at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg before a handful of spectators on a hot Sunday afternoon. (more…)
Opening with a firefight between champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga, the main event of SHOWTIME Boxing’s pay-per-view event gave fans a 12-round thriller. Al Bernstein and Showtime Sports present the recap of Cotto vs. Mayorga.
Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
For weeks, Ricardo Mayorga set the table for a violent clash with Miguel Cotto. He barked and jawed at the Puerto Rican WBA super welterweight champion whenever they were in the same vicinity. As much as Cotto may have wanted respond, he kept his cool and refused to engage. The only thing he promised was to let his fists do all the talking for him when the two met in front of 7,427 fight fans at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
And oh, did those fists do the talking . . . Click here for GIANT gallery and report
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For bantamweight Joseph Benavidez (13-2), making his UFC debut at UFC 128 in Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center against Ian Loveland is no time for opening night jitters . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
For more info on UFC 128 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
If there’s ever been a stare colder than the one given Ricardo Mayorga at the many pre-fight events this last week, it was the one given Antonio Margarito by Miguel Cotto at last night’s post-fight press conference.
After making Mayorga eat his words in a near-distance fight, last night at the MGM Grand, forcing the profanity-spewing Nicaraguan into, both, a 12th round and career retirement, Cotto is likely to go into a July rematch with the man who may or not have beaten him down with wraps of stone in 2008 . . . click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
A national title twinbill was scheduled tomorrow (Monday), as WBA#5/WBC#8 Japanese super-fly champ Yota Sato was supposed to risk his belt against formerly two-time world challenger, WBC#4 Kohei Kono, and Japanese #1 super-bantam Mikihito Seto and #2 Kyohei Tamakoshi were to dispute the vacant national 122-pound belt at the Korakuen Hall. However, the dreadful earthquake last Friday inevitably postponed the doubleheader until April 9, since the Hall needs a total inspection.
Another show featuring WBA#5 flyweight contender Tomonobu Shimizu’s encounter with Thailander Petchek Sithkorpolkanpim slated at the Hall on this coming Tuesday was also put off until April 2.
An elimination bout in a quest for the vacant Japanese super-light belt was to be competed by Shinya Nagase and Kazuya Ito on this coming Thursday, but the Hall rejected the usage for its inspection, so it will be postponed until another date. Our impresarios have been desperate to look for alternative dates at the Hall, otherwise they would have been obliged to pay back to all customers that already purchased tickets from them.
All boxing people here in Japan are fine, including Masahiko Fighting Harada, Akihiko Honda of Teiken Promotions, JBC’s Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, all of our eleven world champs (seven male and four female titlists), etc. We really appreciate your concern from all over the world, although more than 10,000 victims by the earthquake and tsunami are sadly expected at this moment.
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photo: Emily Harney
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez wants no easy fights. He’s said it before, and he reiterated it again Saturday night at the post-fight press conference after an impressive 8th round TKO over previously undefeated Sergiy Dzinzurik.
“Mayweather, Cotto, I want the best” was his reply when asked what he wanted next.
Martinez, the 2010 Fighter of the Year, after winning the middleweight championship from Kelly Pavlik and defending it in November with a sensational knockout over Paul Williams, looked impressive again on Saturday night as he had little trouble with 154 lb title holder Dzinzurik, who moved up to middleweight for the first time in his career to challenge Martinez. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The Cotto-Mayorga fight will be rebroadcast on Saturday, March 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME before Lucian Bute defends his IBF super middleweight belt against Brian Magee.
After months of an incident-filled, antagonistic promotion, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga delivered an equally entertaining fight on SHOWTIME PPV® ending with a TKO victory for Cotto at 0:53 in the twelfth round. Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, summed it up perfectly: “The whole fight was great but the finish was amazing.” In a fight that both camps predicted would end in less than four rounds, Cotto and Mayorga gave the 7,247 in attendance at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas and boxing fans watching at home on pay-per-view more than their money’s worth by pushing the action-packed fight into the twelfth round. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Jimmy Lange won a 10-round unanimous decision over the “Fighting Schoolteacher” Jimmy Holmes tonight at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. All three judges scored the bout 97-92. Lange is now 35-4-2, 24 KO’s while Holmes is now 19-2, 10 KO’s.
The co-feature had former three-time WBA Middleweight champion William Joppy win a 10-round unanimous decision in a rematch over Cory Cummings. Joppy won his 40th pro bout at the age of 40 and announced his retirement in the ring. Joppy is now 40-6-1, 30KO’s. Cummings is now 17-5-1, 13 KO’s. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley – World of Boxing
IBF #4, WBA #12 Billy Dib (31-1, 19 KOs) stopped Ricky Sismundo (18-6, 7 KOs) in eight rounds at the Italian club, Perth, Western Australia on Saturday. Dib controlled all the rounds and forced a stoppge in the eighth and final round. Dib is chasing a shot at WBA champion Chris John and IBF champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. (more…)
Photo: Chris Cozzone
After his loss to Miguel Cotto, 38-year-old former champion Ricardo Mayorga said he would retire from boxing. Cotto stated that he’s open to a rematch with Antonio Margarito.
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) won a hard fought twelfth round KO over former champion Ricardo Mayorga (29-8-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 7,247 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Both landed big shots in an exciting round one. Cotto fought a very controlled fight, ignoring Mayorga’s attempts to goad him into trading shots. Both fighters continued to throw big and land shots with an edge to Cotto. Mayorga had a strong round seven and looked better than he had in years. Cotto stayed very disciplined and boxed well, finally flooring Mayorga in the twelfth. Mayorga cited a hand injury and the fight was waved off.
WBA #7/IBF #10/WBC #12/WBO #12 super welterweight Pawel Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs) impressively dominated and stopped former WBA super welterweight champion Yuri Foreman (28-2, 8 KOs). Wolak was very aggressive and his relentless pressure didn’t allow Foreman to use his normal jab and move tactics. Forman didn’t come out for round seven.
IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (28-3, 12 KOs) outpointed previously unbeaten #1 rated Lenny Zappavigna (25-1, 17 KOs) by scores 117-111, 118-110, 118-110. Vazquez was more accurate in his punching and his excellent defense made Zappavigna miss more times than not.
Not unexpectedly, Baltimore Ravens safety and former Notre Dame standout turned heavyweight boxer Tommy Zbikowski (2-0, 2 KO) scored a first round KO over Richard Bryant (1-3, 1 KO). A body shot finished the job at 1:45.
By Mariano A. Agmi and Bill Luppert at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBC “emeritus” middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO jr middleweight champ Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Martinez both outjabbed and outworked Dzinziruk. He was credited with a knockdown in round four when Dzinziruk’s glove hit the canvas. It was clear knockdown by Martinez in round five. Dzinziruk was floored three times in round eight and the fight was over. Time was 1:43.
WBA #5/WBC #12 middleweight Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) won his “Celtic War” against previously unbeaten WBO #12 Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) scoring a spectacular tenth round KO. McEwen was surprisingly dominant over the first half of the fight. The heavily favored Lee mounted a comeback down the stretch and dropped McEwan in round nine. Lee finished him in round ten. Time was :56. (more…)
WBA Featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina successfully made the first defense of his title unanimously decisioning Miguel “Micky” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) of Mexico. The bout was pretty much the same pattern from beginning to end with Roman stalking Barros and Barros easily outboxing him from rounds one though twelve for the most part. The official judges scorecards read 118-110, 118-109 and 117-111. The bout took place at the Polideportivo La Colonia, Junin, in Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting.
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (31-2, 8 KOs) scored a hard fought seventh round TKO over Joseph Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Laryea had his moments in round four, but Burns had taken command when a tiring Laryea quit on his stool citing a hand injury after round seven.
On the undercard, super middleweight James DeGale (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Alpay Kobal (7-13-2, 5 KOs) and super featherweight Paul Appleby (17-2, 11 KOs) beat Youssef Al Hamidi (8-31-2, 1 KO) on points in a six rounder.
By Joe Koizumi
The most serious earthquake in history that happened in northern Japan on Friday afternoon caused so many troubles in the boxing industry that our promoters have been forced to cancel or postpone fight shows scheduled until this weekend. The WBC female tripleheader slated on Saturday will be held on May 8 according to the organizer WBC Cares in Japan. The Korakuen Hall, our regular venue for boxing, detected some inconveniences on the ceiling with several parts detached, so decided to cancel all boxing cards until March 18 for the sake of its detailed constructional examination of any damage caused by the horrible earthquake. The Hall established in 1962 decided to close the door for the first time in order to make an intensive care of the whole building and facilities as well.
Photos: Marianne Mueller
On Saturday – exactly one week before his WBC world heavyweight championship fight against Vitali Klitschko – Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis and his team arrived in Cologne, Germany. Although the elder Klitschko brother is highly favored to defend his title for the sixth time since returning in October 2008, many fans and experts believe that Solis can be the man to end the boredom in the heavyweight division. (more…)
Photo: Pete Susens
Aussie challenger Lenny Zappavigna squares off with IBF Champion Miguel Angel Vazquez after the two completed the mandatory re-weigh for their championship bout tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Zappa weighed 144.5 and Vazquez 143.75. IBF Supervisor Anibal Miramontes confirmed the weights.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #10 and WBA #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan, 6’5, has issued a challenge to Michael Grant, 6’7, who scored an impressive three round KO over Ty Fields. Australian based Meehan is in the USA training but has requested his manager to make a Grant vs. Meehan fight. “Michael Grant and myself are both veterans with plenty left in the tank,” Meehan continued. “I think it would be an all action bout between two big heavyweights who can punch. I had a good win over Evans Quinn in my most recent bout and I want to keep active. I am rated in both IBF and WBA but Michael is not rated so it should be a good fight for him if he is confident.
DiBella Entertainment announced today that the WBC welterweight title fight between undefeated, defending champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be take place April 16 in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the site of tonight’s middleweight title showdown between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk.
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