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By Graham Houston
Showtime winds up an excellent year of fights on Friday with a three-fight card on ShoBox, headed by unbeaten middleweight Fernando Guerrero in a 10-rounder against an old amateur rival from Maryland, Jessie Nicklow. It seems they met five times in the amateurs, with Nicklow winning twice. Guerrero is one of those fun-to-watch fighters. A southpaw with an aggressive style, he has been meeting a tougher calibre of opposition in the past year, getting off the floor to beat Gabriel Rosado and, in his last fight, scraping through on a majority decision against the durable Ossie Duran (one round on one card from being a draw). (more…)
15 wins. 14 finishes. All submissions. Clearly Rani Yahya doesn’t conform to the played-out stereotype of a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who forgets his grappling techniques whenever he gets punched in the face. Yahya is a special breed on the mat, which is why his next opponent, Joseph Benavidez, doesn’t hesitate to pin the “amazing” label on the super-slick fighter. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), 117.75, impressively scored his tenth defense as he exploded a vicious double left cross to Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-2-1-3 NC, 12 KOs), 117, and dropped him face first prone to prompt the referee’s immediate halt at 2:38 of the fourth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. Hasegawa, a couple of days after his twenty-ninth birthday, celebrated it with his tenth defense by his fifth stoppage in a row. Perez, 27, fought aggressively from the start, throwing big shots to the cautiously counter-punching the champ. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
As usual, Christmas will be celebrated on December 25th. However, for the vast majority of Polish boxing fans, their dreams, inspired by a huge tournament on Oct. 24 in Lodz with the “Polish fight of the century” between Tomasz Adamek and Andrzej Golota, will continue to come into thriving life on this coming weekend. Firstly, on Friday Dec. 18 leading Polish promotional group BullIt KnockOut Promotions, led by Andrzej Wasilewski and Piotr Werner, will arrange quite a big boxing event, billed “Wojak Boxing Night” at the very same city of Lodz (but now at MOSiR Hall) with WBC #10, WBA #14 and IBF #15 Pawel Kolodziej (23-0, 12 KOs) as its headliner. Coming off a comfortable unanimous decision over Czech veteran Roman Kracik this June, 25-year old Kolodziej will put his IBC title at stake against the grizzled American journeyman and fringe contender Rob Calloway (70-10-2, 57 KOs), who has just decided to continue his boxing career despite the chain of recent setbacks. (more…)
By Robert Coster at the scales
Jimmy Colas 153.8 vs Junior Ramos 153.8
Nicholas Walters 124.7 vs Carlos Manuel Reyes 124.7
Ricardo Cordoba 123.8 vs Luis Felipe Murillo 123.6
Michael Oliveira 161.8 vs Eduardo Mercedes 164.2
Ramon Ayala 134.7 vs Francklin Frias 134.9
Evens Pierre 139.9 vs Leonel Segura 143.7
Azea Augustama 174.6 vs Aneudis Marte 175.9
Johny Orisme 124.7 vs Luis Hinojosa 119.7
Wilkey Campfort 153.6 vs Daniel Beato 152.1
Venue: Karibe Convention Center, Petionville, Haiti
Promoter: Jacques Deschamps
TV: Miami Boxeo
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Jürgen Brähmer 174.8 vs Dmitry Sukhotsky 172.6
(WBO world championship light heavyweight)
Sebastian Zbik 159.3 vs Emanuele Della Rosa 158
(WBC interim world championship middleweight)
Jack Culcay 153.8 vs Jindrich Kubin 156
Alexander Alekseev 199.5 vs Daniel Ammann 197
Rachim Tschachkijew 195.3 vs Igor Pilipenko 198.8
Marcel Meyerdiercks 127.8 vs Felix Lora TBA
Igor Michalkin 176.8 vs Doudou Ngumbu 177.9
Pal Bedak 113 vs Lahcence Zemmouri 114.6
Damian Jonak 154.9 vs Nicolas Guisset TBA
Mariano Nicolas Plotinsky 174.6 vs Fernando Fernandes 176.5
Venue: Sport and Congress Center in Schwerin, Germany
Promoter: Universum Box Promotion
TV: ZDF (Germany)
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By Gary “Digital” Williams
The final card of 2009 in the Beltway area (Washington, DC, Maryland and Northern Virginia) will take place Saturday night at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. This is slated to be a pro-am show with the pro portion promoted by Baltimore Pro Boxing. The majority of the pro card will feature some of the area’s best young heavyweight talent. Undefeated Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell of Brandywine, MD will headline the show in a scheduled eight-round bout against veteran Zack Page of Warren, OH. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Living up to their promise to stage no less than ten big boxing cards in 2009, K2 East Promotions, undoubtedly and overwhelmingly the most active Ukrainian boxing company, will load yet another show at Yunost’ Palace of Sports in Zaporizhya on this coming Saturday with the help of Nemiroff and an inter-media group. It will be billed “Champions League,” and a number of K2 East local diamonds will be brought into the spotlight during the evening. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantam champ Hozumi Hasegawa (28-2, 12 KOs), 117.75, impressively scored his tenth defense as he exploded a vicous double left cross to Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-2-1-3NC, 12 KOs), 117, and dropped him face first prone to prompt the referee’s immediate halt at 2:38 of the fourth round on Friday in Kobe, Japan. Hasegawa, a couple of days after his twenty-ninth birthday, celebrated it with his tenth defense by his fifth stoppage in a row. Perez, 27, fought aggressively from the start, throwing big shots to the cautiously counterpunching champ. As the fight progressed, Hasegawa found his range and rhythm with stinging southpaw jabs and caught him with good lefts to the face. Perez, another southpaw, landed a solid left early in the second, but gradually yielded the initiative to the aggressive and more accurate champ. Hasegawa may renounce his 118-pound belt to move up to the 122-pound or 126-pound category afterwards. (More to come)
By Craig Watt
When Danny Green stopped Roy Jones Jr in the first round in Sydney on December 2nd he immediately called out Bernard Hopkins who was pencilled to take on the former eight time world champion, Jones Jr in March 2010 in a major PPV bout in the US. In the lead up to the Jones fight Green was labeled a “tomato can” by Hopkins but now it seems that he is being tempted to follow in the footsteps of Jones Jr and come to fight in Australia in mid 2010. On Friday Hopkins confirmed the fight was, “more than 50% but not quite 100%” after Green, his trainer Angelo Hyder and Garry Shaw met Golden Boy Promotions last week. Green landed back in Sydney on Friday for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race where he is taking part for charity and seems confident the fight will happen. (more…)
There was a time, just two years ago, when Canadian scribes were comparing Chris Horodecki to fellow countrymen Sidney Crosby, the NHL wunderkind, former league MVP, and eventual Stanley Cup champion . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, WEC
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Unbeaten junior featherweight Leo “El Teremoto” Santa Cruz (12-0-1, 4 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Mexican veteran Juan Jose “Pinocho” Beltran (19-16-3, 11 KOs) on Thursday night at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles. The 21-year-old Santa Cruz, from nearby Lincoln Heights, simply had too much strength, speed and power as he broke down the shorter Beltran. Referee Dr. Lou Moret waved it off at 2:17 of round three with Beltran under heavy fire.
Former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (21-6-2, 13 KOs) impressively dismantled Jovann Jones (9-8, 4 KOs) in a lightweight clash. Cherry knocked down Jones in each of the three rounds contested. Referee Ray Corona waved it off at 1:14 of the third round after Cherry dropped Jones for the third time. It was Cherry’s first bout under the TKO Boxing Promotions banner and his first ring appearance since his close, hard fought twelve round decision loss to junior welterweight world champion Timothy Bradley in September 2008. Cherry is confident that he will be one of the strongest boxers in the 135lb division as he works towards another world title shot. (more…)
Undefeated fan-favorite, multiple amateur titlist and rising professional star Fernando Guerrero (16-0, 13 KOs) of Salisbury, Md. – by way of the Dominican Republic – will showcase the skills that have many touting him as the future of the middleweight class when he takes on cross-town rival Jesse Nicklow (19-1-2, 7 KOs) of Baltimore in the 10-round main event on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, Dec. 18 on SHOWTIME, LIVE at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the west coast). (more…)
Thanks in a large part to boxing fans’ votes, Tommy Zbikowski is among the Top 5 vote-getters for the 2010 Pro Bowl. Tommy Z is 1-0, 1 KO as a professional heavyweight. He is currently a Baltimore Raven and has started the last couple games in place of injured Ed Reed. He has been nominated for the Pro Bowl in the “Special Teams” category. This Sunday, the Ravens play Tommy Z’s hometown team, Da Bears, as they continue to battle for a playoff spot. Voting ends on Monday, to vote go to www.NFL.com/probowl/ballot and click on special teams then special teamers. Tommy trains in the boxing gym once a week on the team’s day off. He’s still got the itch!
WEC newcomer Courtney Buck (6-1) has been tabbed to replace the injured Tyler Toner and will face Brandon Visher at The Palms Casino this weekend. Buck, who trains out of Minnesota, is a phenomenal finisher with six consecutive wins coming by way of stoppage. Standing 5’10”, the aggressive 27-year-old looks to made an immediate statement when he takes on his Hawaiian opponent on the undercard of WEC: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff this weekend . . Click here for more
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Cuban Olympic two-time gold medalist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux (4-0, 3 KOs) showed the poise and patience of a seasoned veteran as he pressed and outclassed the cautious Ghanaian Lante Addy (6-5, 4 KOs) over eight one-sided rounds Wednesday at BB Kings Blues Club & Grill in New York City to win an unanimous decision. (More)
Don King Productions won a purse bid to promote the fight for the vacant IBF cruiserweight championship between Steve Cunningham and Matt Godfrey. DKP bid $65,200 to beat out Main Events’ bid of $53,200. The fight must take place within 90 days.
Fernando Guerrero 162 vs Jessie Nicklow 160.5
Lanard Lane 144.5 vs Said El Harrak 144
Shawn Porter 145 vs Jamar Patterson 152
Venue: Grand Casino, Hinckley, Minnesota
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
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The scales have been tipped in Tijuana, MX, for the final bout of Mexico’s version of “The Contender” named “Campeon Azteca (Aztec Champion)” presented by Zanfer Promotions in association with Azteca Mexico. The final telecast will be broadcast tomorrow night from the Municipal Auditorium on Azteca Mexico. Doors open at 6pm with the first punch thrown at 6:30pm.
Miguel Beltran 126 vs Miguel Roman 126
Reyes Sanchez 134 vs Ricardo Dominguez 136
Reyes Velazquez 137 vs Francisco Rios 141
Victor Garcia 140 vs Jose Maria Valdez 136
*Four more bouts are scheduled with one participant of each contest weighing in tomorrow morning.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Spectacular WBC lightweight world champion Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) is set in his homeland for the first time in nearly four years when he takes on Héctor Velázquez (51-13-2, 35 KOs) at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Caracas, Venezuela. It will be Valero’s first defense of the WBC belt. There will also be two twelve-rounders in the super bantamweight division as Alexander Espinoza (9-2, 8 KOs) faces little known Breilor Terán for the Fecarbox belt and Oscar Chacín (13-9, 11 KOs) meets Franklin Valera (17-4, 9 KOs) for a Latino belt.
Golden Boy Promotions has added two former world champions to their roster. Middleweight Sergio Mora (21-1-1, 5 KOs) and 140-pounder Nate “Galaxxy Warrior” Campbell (33-5-1, 25 KOs) both signed promotional contracts today at Golden Boy headquarters in Los Angeles. Opponents, dates and locations for their next bouts will be announced shortly.
The Honorable Governor of Ohio, Ted Strickland, will officiate the weigh-in of world middeweight champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio and challenger Miguel Espino of Los Angeles at Youngstown State University on Friday, Dec. 18. The Governor plans to report to the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State and will be on raised stage when Pavlik and Espino get set to weigh at 1 pm local time. Pavlik will defend his world title against Espino at Youngstown State on Saturday night.
By Alexey Sukachev
The proposed show, billed as the “Ring Stars” and promoted by Yuri Fedorov Sports Lab, was unexpectedly postponed tonight from its original date (Dec. 19) to the new one (Feb. 6), after its biggest name and major attraction Timur Ibragimov (26-2-1, 14 KOs) suffered a bad injury on his left hand during his last sparring session. The Uzbek fighter was earlier scheduled to face Tanzanian Awadh Tamim (11-1, 6 KOs) for a vacant WBA international heavyweight belt. The rest of the boxing card is unchanged, including Magomed Abdusalamov (6-0, 6 KOs) and Sasha Bakhtin (23-0, 10 KOs), but it’ll occur no earlier than the start of February. All possible witnesses, who had already bought tickets for this event in various agencies, are welcome to visit the new tournament without additional commission.
By Alexey Sukachev
Former cruiserweight king Jean-Marc Mormeck (34-4, 22 KOs) followed in the footsteps of his successor David Haye and another notable champion Tomasz Adamek by making a successful debut in boxing’s glamour division. Moments ago in Paris, Mormeck outpointed American journeyman Vinny Maddalone (32-6, 23 KOs) over eight hard-fought rounds in his first contest in two years since losing to Haye. Mormeck was more aggressive of two in the first three rounds, often slugging with bigger and stronger Maddalone. After round four, the ex-WBA and WBC titlist utilized his footwork to avoid the slow attack by the American, though the latter had some success in the middle of the bout. However, Mormeck was just too elusive and too fast in the end for Maddalone to get himself untracked. Scores were 77- 75, 79-75, 79-73. For more results and photos click here…
Former world champion Jesus “Matador” Chavez arrived today in Ciudad Obregon, Sonora, Mexico for his fight against current WBC super featherweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto this Saturday night in the CUM arena where local hero Alex Valdez will challenge Nehomar Cermeno for the WBA interim bantamweight crown. “I have not fought in Mexico in nearly nine years and I’m looking forward to this fight because it’s so close to my home state of Chihuahua and friends and family will have a chance to see me fight live,” said Chavez. For more details and photos click here…
World middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik talks with reporters during interviews Thursday for his upcoming world middleweight championship against WBC No. 3-rated middleweight contender Miguel Espino Saturday, December 19 at Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University. This event is produced and distributed live on pay-per-view by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
Advance tickets are now on sale for 8 Count Productions’s January 29th at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion featuring Donovan “DA BOMB” George (18-0-1, 16 KOs) and Ivan Popoca (12-0-1, 8 KOs) in the headline bouts. “Chicago fight fans have really shown a passion for both guys and were very proud to have them on the same card,” said promoter Dominic Pesoli. Opponents will be named. Advance tickets start at $31 are available through Ticketmaster, the UIC Pavilion Box Office or by calling 312-226-5800.
IBF junior flyweight champion “Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (26-2, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii, trained by former junior lightweight champion Robert Garcia at the famed La Colonia Boxing Gym in Oxnard, CA, will be making his second title defense on January 23rd at the Cuneta Astrodome, Pasay City, Philippines against Carlos “El Olimpico” Tamara (20-4, 14 KOs) of Columbia. The “Hawaiian Punch” was originally scheduled to face Omar Nino Romero in December but after negotiations fell through the IBF mandated he face the next highest available contender. Viloria’s last title defense was against Jesus Iribe (16-6, 10 KOs) back in August, which he won via unanimous decision. In the co-main event, WBO minimumweight champion Donnie Nietes (25-1-3, 14 KOs) defends his title against Ivan Meneses (14-5-1, 8 KOs), which will be shown live on PPV and is being promoted by Top Rank. Click here for more photos…
By Alexey Sukachev
Denis Lebedev (19-0, 14 KOs) scored yet another poster stoppage moments ago at Gladiator fight club in Saint Petersburg, Russia. The highly ranked (WBO #3, IBF #8, WBC #14 and WBA #15) cruiserweight banger overcame a savage resistance of recent world title challenger Ali Ismailov (16-3-1, 12 KOs) from St. Petersburg by way of Azerbaijan and forced him to retire after the sixth round. (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Roy Englebrecht of Roy Englebrecht Promotions will close out the 2009 season of the always popular “Battle In The Ballroom” with two nights of boxing (tonight and Friday night) at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Tonight’s main event features rising female lightweight contender Chika Nakamura (9-0, 3 KOs) battling tough local veteran Gloria Ramirez (10-16-7, 1 KO). Friday night’s 2009 finale features undefeated heavyweight Joe “The Future” Hanks (10-0, 6 KOs) battling Bernard “Bad Ass” Brown (6-5-2, 3 KOs).
Here are the weights for tonight’s show:
Chika Nakamura 134 vs Gloria Ramirez 133.4
Robert Vargas 126.4 vs Carlos Luque 125.4
Aaron Miller 146.6 vs Brian Abram 146.8
Danny Perez 176.6 vs Billy Bailey 174
Ramon Franco 180 vs Carlos Fuentes 179.8
Jessie Roman 131 vs Benjamin Rivera 133.2
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By Joe Koizumi
WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa (27-2, 11 KOs), Japan, will put his belt on the line for the tenth time against Nicaraguan challenger Alvaro Perez (18-1-1-3NC, 12 KOs) tomorrow (Friday) in Kobe, Japan. At the weigh-in ceremony, Hasegawa scaled in at 117.75, while Perez 117. It will be an encounter of southpaws. (more…)
By Robert Coster, reporting from Haiti
With all 18 boxers present and members of the international press on hand, Haitian promoter Jacques Deschamps gave the last press conference before his upcoming boxing card on Friday, one in which two regional titles will be disputed. The one fight that has the local fans buzzing involves French-Haitian jr. middleweight Jimmy “Pitbull” Colas (27-6, 11 KOs) who will clash with Dominican Junior Ramos (10-4, 6 KOs), a winner in eight of his last ten, for the WBC Latino (interim) belt.
The other title bout involves two unbeaten boxers: Nicholas” Axman” Walters (12-0,10 KOs) of Jamaica and Dominican Carlos Reyes(13-0, 7 KOs)for the WBA Fedelatin featherweight crown.
Also on the card, WBA #3 and former jr featherweight champion Ricardo Cordoba pitted against Luis Felipe Murillo of Colombia. (more…)
At the Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif., for Thursday night’s TKO Boxing Promotions card:
Leo Santa Cruz 121 vs. Juan Jose Beltran 122
Edner Cherry 134 vs. Jovann Jones 133.5
Sharif Bogere 136.25 vs. Christian Favela 135
Fidel Maldonado 135.25 vs. Nicholaus Brannie, 137.25
Ivan Redkac, 131 vs. Napoleon Mathews 132
Joseph Elegele 144 vs. Juan Carlos Diaz 148
Fedor Chudinov 159 vs. Cesar Ibarra 160.5
Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Flavio Cardoza 161
Hastings Bwayla 147 vs. Anthony McDavitt 148
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