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By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a crossroads bout, Roberto Garcia won an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. Flores controlled the first two rounds, but Garcia (29-3, 21 KO’s) increased his aggression and punch output from the third round on. Garcia dropped Flores with a right hand to the head in the sixth round. Flores (45-11, 26 KO’s) attempted to mount a rally, but came up short. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Garcia by scores of 78-73, 77-74, and 80-71. Garcia rebounds from last year’s defeat to Antonio Margarito, while Flores’ two-fight winning streak is snapped. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Hough at ringside
Jr lightweight Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Antonio Escalante (23-4, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. A huge right hand dropped Escalante for the count. Time was 2:57.
Jr middleweight Clint Coronel (4-1, 1 KO) won a six round split decision over Carlos Musquez (3-5-3, 3 KOs) by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 56-58.
Local jr featherweight favorite Manuel “Tino” Avila (3-0, 2 KOs) dropped Frank Gutierrez (2-9-2, 1 KO) three times before the bout was stopped at :59 of round two.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
In his biggest win to date, undefeated super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) passes his first true test in his emerging career with a third round TKO over two time former world title challenger Jhon Albert Molina (27-16-3, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. With the win, Esquivias wins the WBA Fedelatin title and potentially earn a WBA world ranking. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Sergio Shibuya
Somebody’s “O” had to go in tonight’s Brazilian-Argentinean showdown between unbeaten prospects, as Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira’s rising popularity in his native country continued to grow with his 10-round unanimous decision victory against a game Abel Nicolas “El Principito” Adriel, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The 20-year-old Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs) captured the Interim WBC Latino super middleweight belt defeating (98-92, 98-92, 97-93) previously undefeated Adriel (10-1-2, 2 KOs) in front of a spirited, partisan crowd. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Jr middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and “King” Carlos Molina (17-5-1, 5 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. In Molina’s first fight since June 2009, he seemingly outworked Lara to win 97-93 on one card, but the other two were 95-95 and 95-95.
Unbeaten 2004 Olympic silver medalist jr middleweight Yudel Jhonson (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO Over Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs). Referee Russell Mora waved it off after a Johnson barrage at the 1:09 mark.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jose Luis Herrera (16-11, 16 KOs). Dorticos dropped Herrera in round two and it was waved off moments later. (more…)
Grupo Publica won the rights to promote the fight between champion Kazuto Ioka, of Japan, and Juan Hernandez, of Mexico, for the World Boxing Council strawweight world championship. Further details will be announced in a few days.
Today a final agreement on the fight for the WBC light flyweight world championship was reached. The bout between current champion Gilberto Keb Baas, of Yucatan, and his challenger Adrian “The Confessor” Hernandez, of the State of Mexico, will be held on April 30th in a venue in the State of Mexico to be announced in a few days. The agreement was reached by the representatives to the aforementioned fighters, Pepe Gomez representing the champion, and Salvador Briman, representing the official challenger and fighter who is ranked number one in the division by the WBC. The details of the signed contract will be announced soon.
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
After traveling 12 hours from the US to Poland, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs), who on April 2 in Bydgoszcz (Poland) will challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KOs) wasted no time preparing. Just a couple of hours after arriving at the Warsaw hotel, Francisco trained for almost two hours with his head trainers Josue Aguilar and Gil Maldonado, with help from another Puerto Rican cruiserweight – Alfredo Escalera (18-3, 12 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Five years ago, Miguel Angel Garcia was making his final preparations to graduate from Pacifica High School in Oxnard, CA. About a month after his graduation, Garcia was successful in his professional debut, winning a four round unanimous decision over Domingo Mendoza. On Saturday night, Garcia has studied and prepped for his hardest test which he hopes to pass with flying colors. A victory over unbeaten Matt Remillard will allow Garcia to “graduate” to the upper echelon of a competitive featherweight division. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Yuriorkis Gamboa 126 vs. Jorge Solis 125.5
(WBA featherweight championship)
Mikey Garcia 125 vs. Matt Remillard 125
Jorge Diaz 122 vs. Teon Kennedy 122
Glen Tapia 152 vs. Eberto Medina 151
Camilo Perez 124 vs. Desi Williams 125
Tommy Zbikowski 195 vs. Caleb Grummet 215.5
Rashad Brown 161.5 vs. Darryl Parker 161.5
Miguel Cartagena 117 vs. Omar Gonzalez 119
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Milo Lekovic
WBO #15 Ryan Waters (21-3-2, 12 KOs) captured the WBA Pan African 154 pound title when he outscored former IBF world champion Gairy St. Clair (42-10-2, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Cronulla Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Waters was on the attack in round one and kept the pressure on St Clair cutting the ring off continually. St. Clair showed a big bag of tricks and connected with solid left and right hand combo’s in round four. In this round Waters was cut over the left eye that was ruled an accidental head clash by referee Charlie Lucas. The doctor inspected but ruled it okay to continue. (more…)
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon is on weight for his upcoming bout against WBO junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura in the card “The Revenge” to be held April 2 at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, México. Calderón (34-1-1, 6KOs) weighed in at 113.4, 5% over the maximum 108lbs showing a great mood and a well defined body. “I’m in camp with one of my trainers (Felix Pagan Pintor), who made my meals and is handling of all of my issues. It’s great, I feel much better for this fight, I’m feeling strong, fast and without that eating anxiety,” the 36-year-old Calderon said. “I’m in the best shape of my life after all of the work we did yesterday I made the 108 weight and again today.” The former 105 and 108lb world champion will travel tomorrow to Mexico on a long journey from Puerto Rico to New York to Los Angeles to San Diego from which he will go by car to Mexicali. Click here for more photos…
International Agent & Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, representing Golden Boy Promotions, is diligently working on signing the WBA Bantamweight Super Champ, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) to the stable of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Lewkowicz is working with the Panamanian Manager, Dr. Roberto Grimaldo and International boxing representative Jacques DesChamps on a promotional contract to secure the southpaw. Lewkowicz has stated: “We MUST have this contract signed by the end of the business day of Monday, March 28, 2011, to get this deal done. Our goal is to have a signature on the contract by the deadline date.”
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales conducted a public training session on Wednesday at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Temoaya, Mexico State. He’s been focusing for more than two months on training for his upcoming bout against Argentinian Marcos “Chino” Maidana on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Morales hopes to become the first Mexican fighter to win four world titles in different divisions from super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight, he now has his sights on the WBA super lightweight interim world title. Erik is in good physical and mental shape which is very obviously important for this big fight. “It’s a great fight and I’m going to give my best because it’s all or nothing. Maida is young and strong, I will use all my experience with intelligence and strategy,” said Morales. Click here for more photos…
By Jose E. Santiago
Last week Cedric “The Boz” Boswell took one step closer in his quest to obtaining a world heavyweight title. In a ten round one sided unanimous decision Boswell picked apart former heavyweight champ Oliver McCall in Hollywood, Fla. Fightnews caught up with Boswell to discuss what the immediate future holds for the current NABA and WBC Latino champion. For more details and photos click here…
Javier Maciel 156.2 vs. Dmitry Pirog 159.2
(WBO Middleweight title)
Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
TV: TyC Sports/ESPN3
Promoter: German Titov Boxing Promotion) / GT & KP Promotion
Tim “Pitbull” Coleman was about to do what he’s not supposed to do.
At a conference to announce his upcoming elimination bout against once-beaten Victor Cayo on April 29 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) made his intentions clear: when handed the mic, he was going to openly look past Cayo and call out current IBF Super Lightweight Champion Zab Judah, the man he would potentially face next.
The mood at the conference was light and the narrative was clearly supposed to be that both young fighters were honored by the right to face such a great champion as Judah. Explaining that while he does respect his accomplishments, he is personally not a fan of Judah’s, Coleman was going to upset the apple cart by taunting a reigning world champion while he was supposed to be talking about his fight with Cayo. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Alexander Dimitrenko 253 vs Albert Sosnowski 224.5
European heavyweight championship
Susi Kentikian 111.5 vs Ana Arrazola 111.7
(WIBF flyweight championship)
Rachim Tschachkijew 200 vs Alex Mogylewski 200.75
Marcel Meyerdiercks 125.6 vs Andre Kostin 125.8
Venue: Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing, Universum
Tonight super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias is battling veteran Jhon Alberto Molina for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions “Path to Glory” event. Last week it had been announced by Thompson Boxing that Esquivias would face two-time Tajikstan Olympian Sherali Dostiev (8-0-1, 2 KOs) but on Monday it was publicized that Dostiev “was pulled from the fight by manager Craig Engler for unknown reasons.”
Longtime boxing promoter/manager/cutman Craig Engler responded to FightNews: “I had a couple of conversations two to three weeks ago with Alex Camponovo (VP of Operations at Thompson Boxing). My kid is signed with Don King so after the first conversation I called Dana Jamison (VP at Don King Productions) to inform her about the offer but Alex called back before she returned my call saying they weren’t interested now in fighting Dostiev. We never had a contract. It would have been a good win for my kid but how can I ‘pull out’ of a fight that was never made in the first place? Dostiev would fight Esquivias anytime, anywhere!”
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
Randy “Savage” Arrellin gets somewhat melancholic when asked about how he’s not only salvaged his career, but will now be fighting for his first title . . . Click here for more
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
It’s that time again. The UFC rolls into Seattle’s Key Arena this Saturday for Ultimate Fight Night 24. With a main and co-main event that both promise fireworks in the light heavyweight and welterweight division respectively, fans are in for a treat. With that said, let’s take a look at the two marquee matchups. (more…)
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Baltimore Ravens safety and former Notre Dame captain Tommy Zbikowski, Chicago wishes undefeated WBA/IBF featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa, Miami, Florida good luck during media day in Atlantic City Thursday. Gamboa gets set to battle challenger Jorge Solis, Guadalajara, Mexico on Saturday, March 26, at the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. Zbikowski will also take on Caleb Grummet in a special attraction heavyweight bout. Highlights from Zbikowski’s fight will be shown during the telecast. Gamboa vs Solis is promoted by Top Rank, in association with Arena Box and Caesars Atlantic City and will be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark.
Osamanu Adama 160 vs Marcus Upshaw 157
(USBA, IBO I/C middleweight title)
Angel Hernandez 154 vs Joey Hernandez 154
(Vacant USBO I/C jr. middleweight title)
Lanardo Tyner 147 vs Adrian Granados 148
Antonio Canas 140 vs Andrew Hartley 145
Eric Estrada 131 vs James Lester 130
Mike Jimenez 167 vs Cameron Allen 165
Brooke Dierdorff 132.5 vs Ashleigh Curry 133
Venue: Hanging Garden Banquets, River Grove, Illinois
Promoter: CFC Promotions LLC
Some of the most exciting boxers today reside in the sport’s lighter weight divisions and Saturday in the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall, four of them will take center stage and battle for titles in “Featherweight Fury!” Yuriorkis Gamboa will defend his WBA and IBF titles against interim WBA super featherweight champion Jorge Solis, plus undefeated NABF/NABO champion Matt ‘Sharp Shooter’ Remillard meets #1-ranked Mikey Garcia in the HBO TV opener. Yesterday Gamboa spoke to the media. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez
Mexican boxing promoter Salvador Briman is in negotiations for the WBC light flyweight championship between Gilberto “Baby” Keb Bass and Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez, and soon he will disclose the date and place for the bout. Briman, representative of Adrian Hernandez, is a passionate promoter of boxing and said; “El Confesor” beat Keb Baas in the past and he should repeat it this time again. We are aware that the champion is motivated, has taken his second wind and he’s dangerous, but Adrian is working in the gym with great determination.”
Salvador added that the battle against Keb Baas is in negotiations with the promoter Pepe Gomez from Cancun and there are only details to be agreed, and at any time they will announce the date and place. It could be in Merida Yucatan or Mexico City.
Unbeaten welterweight Javontae “Tae” Starks (4-0, 4 KOs) has signed with Prize Fight Promotions and will make his Prize Fight debut on May 14 in Little Rock, AR.
According to ESPN, 42-year-old ring legend Roy Jones Jr. will take a very dangerous fight against WBO #1 cruiserweight Denis Lebedev (21-1, 16 KOs) on May 22 in Lebedev’s native Russia. Official announcement to come.
Thomas “Cornflake” LaManna returns April 2 at Bally’s Atlantic City.
Former world champion Luis Collazo will take on Franklin Gonzalez in an eight round bout on April 13 at Oceana Ballroom in Brooklyn, NY. Dmitriy Salita meets Jermaine White in the main event.
Antonio Escalante 130 vs. Alejandro Perez 130
Clint Coronel 150.5 vs. Carlos Musquez 149.5
Manuel Avila 121 vs. Frank Gutierrez 120
Trevor McCumby 183 vs. Nathan Ortiz 182
Guy Robb 131 vs. Manuel Morales 136
Roman Morales 123 vs. Danny Pantoja 125
Venue: Sports Center, Fairfield, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
Weights & photo by Chris Cozzone
From the Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool Deck in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights card promoted by Warrior Boxing:
Erislandy Lara 153 vs. Carlos Molina 152
Yudel Jhnoson 153 vs. Richard Gutiérrez 156
Rances Barthemly 131 vs. James Hope 139
Hylon Williams Jr. 135 vs. Jorge Cordero 136
Yunier Dorticos 199 vs. Jose Luis Herrera 202
Puro Pairol 136 vs. Frankie Rey Martinez 138
Hiromitsu Miura 174 vs. Todd Manuel 173
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Promotions
Flyweight Hernan “Tyson” Marquez of the northern Mexican State of Sonora finished up his six week training camp in the boxing hotbed of Los Mochis, MX, in preparation of his April 2nd challenge of Luis “Nica” Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) for the WBA flyweight title in Panama. The 22-year-old Marquez (29-2, 22 KOs) will spar for twelve rounds today, Thursday, and depart to Panama tomorrow with his trainer Manuel Montiel where he will hope to take advantage of seven days acclimating himself to the weather and time change of Panama. (more…)
The 24th WBO Annual Convention, to be held in Puerto Rico in 2011, is scheduled from October 24th to 29th it was announced today by WBO President, Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel. The traditional WBO Convention, started in 1988, will take place on that date, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel located in Isla Verde, Carolina. 2010 WBO Convention was held at the Hotel Caribe in the city of Cartagena, Colombia. This year, PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) headed by brothers Ivan and Peter Rivera will present a world title show during the convention. As always, the presence of some of the WBO champions, former champions, other boxers, famous trainers, managers, promoters, officials, and other political, social and cultural personalities will be on hand.
The World Boxing Council has granted world champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam of Thailand, the authorization to make a voluntary defense having as a deadline May 30, the same liberty that was granted to Edgar Sosa, of Mexico, to make a voluntary defense of his WBC International title. However, the free negotiation period will start on June 1st and a purse offer would be conducted on July 1st if no agreement is reached. Continental Federations ABCO and NABF have already been advised as well as the representatives to the aforementioned fighters.
Marco “Captain” will defend his WBO cruiserweight title against Ran Nakash on April 2. After Giacobbe Fragomeni pulled out due to a cut injury from sparring, Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) will now make his sixth defense against the unbeaten challenger from Israel (25-0, 18 KOs). “I don’t care about the late change,” Huck said. “It will not exactly be a walk in the park, but as the world champion, I will find a way to deal with it. I will be prepared for Nakash and I will defeat him just like I defeat anybody who wants to take the belt away from me.”
Huck is currently putting the finishing touches on his preparation at Team Sauerland’s training camp base in the solitude of Kienbaum, Germany. “It has been exhausting, but it has been worth it,” Huck said. “I will not disappoint my fans at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle. But I am prepared for a tough night.”
Nakash has yet to taste defeat as a professional boxer. “He is a tough and very skilled guy,” Sauerland sports director Hagen Doering said. “He has been in full training as he was preparing for a fight. It will be an interesting match-up.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Former world welterweight and middleweight challenger Shannan Taylor (50-9-3, 36 KOs) will be in action over twelve rounds on Saturday against Tim Kanofski (11-4) at the Croation Club in Punchbowl, Sydney, NSW, Australia with IBF Pan Pacific championship up for grabs. Taylor holds KO wins over several former world champions including former WBA lightweight champion Livingstone Bramble who he blasted out in round one and former IBF junior welterweight champion Jake “The Snake” Rodriguez who went out in three rounds. Taylor was turned back in a WBC welterweight title bout against Shane Mosley in six rounds in 2001 and dropped a twelve round decision to Arthur Abraham in an IBF middleweight title bout in 2006. Kanofski dropped a decision to former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman in his most recent ring outing. Australian heavyweight contender Michael Kirby (8-3-1, 5 KOs) will slug it out with Royce Sio (1-1, 1 KO) over four rounds. Promoter: Rod Van Akker.
WBO world ranked Javier Maciel (18-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina and his team have arrived in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Maciel will challenge WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) of Russia this Saturday in Ekaterinburg.
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