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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City New Jersey, a near sellout crowd witnessed Maurice “Sugar Moe” Harris (25-15-2, 11KO’s) retain his USBA heavyweight title belt, dropping Derric Rossy (25-5, 14KO’s) twice en-route to a convincing twelfth round knockout in the main event of the evening. The inaugural five bout card produced by Carla Hill Promotions also had several of the top prospects in the New York-New Jersey region spotlighted in competitive bouts. In The co-feature of the evening, Lavarn “Baby Bowe” Harvell (8-0, 3KO’s) captured a hard fought four round split decision victory over Hamid Abdul Mateen (2-2). (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Pawel Wolak and Delvin Rodriguez engaged in a “fight of the year” caliber battle on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights,” thrilling a packed Roseland Ballroom in New York City in a twelve round majority draw. The junior middleweight fight was a ‘can’t miss’ from the moment it was announced, as the underrated Dominican-born Rodriguez, of Danbury, Connecticut, was in a must-win situation against the highly ranked Wolak, a Polish fighter out of Rockaway, New Jersey, who is never in a dull fight. (more…)
Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports, told the New York Times that he is not renewing his contract with the network and claims he is not being fired as reported by some media. He has been under fire for losing Manny Pacquiao’s last fight to rival SHOWTIME. His decision to pass on many of the Klitschkos recent heavyweight championship fights has also been questioned. An official announcement is expected this week.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Promociones y Eventos Del Istmo
Rogelio Espino has been, for the past decade, Panama’s top promoter and manager. His company, Promociones y Eventos del Istmo, has guided the career of six world champions and promoted 40 title bouts. Espino accompanied his boxer Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero to Argentina to challenge WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Victor Barros on July 2nd, in Barros’ hometown of Mendoza. Barros retained his title via a very controversial split decision even though he was knocked down twice (in the first and ninth round) in spectacular fashion. “The verdict against Pelenchin was simply incomprehensible and bad judging is one of the biggest problems of boxing today,” says the measured and always courteous Espino. Fightnews sat down with Rogelio Espino to discuss the Caballero-Barros controversial fight and its aftermath. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
In the main event of the “Los Reyes de Neza” presented by Boxeo de Gala of Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia and broadcast by Cadena 3, Zulina “La Loba” Muñoz won a fierce ten round unanimous decision over Kandy Sandoval. The judges scored it 96-92, 97-91 and 96-92 for the WBC new silver world champion, Zulina Muñoz.
In other action, lightweight Fermin de los Santos retained his WBC Cabofe belt with a tight ten round split decision over Daniel “Coco” Hernandez. Two judges had it 115-113 for De los Santos, while the third saw Hernandez ahead 116-113. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Cuban super bantamweight Yoandris “El Niño” Salinas (10-0, 6 KOs) picked up the vacant WBC Latino belt last night in Greensboro, North Carolina with his 3rd -round knockout victory over Colombian veteran John Alberto Molina (28-18-3, 19 KOs). The 25-year old Salinas, whose nickname translates to “the kid”, seems to be growing up quickly under the promotional guidance of Dream Team Boxing Promotions. Three of Salinas’ last five opponents could not beat the count after the heavy-handed boxer-puncher decked them. (more…)
“This was a great win for me,” said Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) after defending his WBO Cruiserweight Title in dramatic fashion on Saturday night, knocking out Hugo Garay (34-6, 18 KOs) in round ten. “It was the first time my future wife and my mother were ringside, so I really wanted to impress them. Garay was extremely tough, he just kept coming at me. But I wanted to please my family and my great fans. I was too strong for Garay but I have to give him credit – he was a very, very tough opponent. Now I will get married as world champion. What more can you ask for?”
Garay was disappointed he could not take home the belt after a great fight. “I did not see his last punch coming,” he said. “I thought I could beat him but he is a great champion with a lot of power. I will come back from this defeat.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Oxon Hill, MD super middleweight Alexander “The Great” Johnson remained undefeated with a fourth-round TKO over “Neon” Keon Johnson of Indianapolis, IN in front of a rabid crowd of supporters at the DC Star Nightclub in Washington, DC. Showing no signs of a letdown after his big win over previously undefeated Farah Ennis in April, Alexander Johnson dropped his opponent three times before the Keon Johnson corner requested the bout be stopped at 1:47 of the fourth. Alexander Johnson is now 12-0, five KO’s while Keon Johnson falls to 8-6, four KO’s. (more…)
Photo: Sean Gibbons
Former IBF and WBC light flyweight world champion Brian Viloria (29-3, 16 KOs) dethroned reigning WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar Miranda (35-6-1, 28 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Viloria got off to a good start by dropping Miranda in round one with a body shot but Miranda came back over the second half of the fight. Unfortunately more judging problems as the officials apparently lost two rounds of the twelve round bout. Scores were announced as 98-91, 96-93, 97-93.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Ray Bailey
USBA heavyweight titleholder Maurice Harris (25-15-2, 10 KOs) retained his title with a twelfth round TKO of Derric Rossy (25-5, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Resorts Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Harris scored a flash knockdown in the fourth round and dropped Rossy again in the twelfth. Rossy beat the count but took a five punch combination and seemed out on his feet prompting a stoppage by referee Earl Morton at 1:35.
Undefeated prospect Michael “Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira(15-0, 12 KOs) captured the vacant World Boxing Council Latino middleweight title in tonight’s main event on the “Sao Paulo Fight Night” pro-am card, by way of a sudden sixth-round knockout of Jose“Minquito” Soto (24-8-2, 13 KOs), at Credicard Hall in Sao Paulo.
Photos by: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA/WBO lightweight champion Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs) warmed up for his November showdown with Manny Pacquiao by knocking out Likar Ramos (24-4, 18 KOs) in the first round of a non-title jr welterweight matchup on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. An explosive right hand to the chin put Ramos on his back out cold. Time was 1:47.
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WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (32-2, 9 KOs) scored a first round TKO over former champ Nicky Cook (30-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Really a non-fight as Cook was down multiple times and apparently entered the ring with a back injury and was unfit to fight. Cook was taken from the ring on a stretcher. Time was 1:33.
Former world title challenger Kevin Mitchell (32-1, 24 KOs) stopped the unbeaten reign of John Murray (31-1, 18 KOs), flooring Murray in the eighth round. Murray beat the count but Mitchell pounced on him and battered him until the bout was stopped.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Tony Bellew (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round win over Ovill McKenzie (18-11, 7 KOs) in a clash for Bellew’s Commonwealth and the vacant British titles.
By Karl Freitag
Photo: Photo Wende
In a slugfest, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Hugo Garay (34-6, 18 KOs) on Saturday night at the Olympia Eissportzentrum in Munich, Germany. After a highly charged pre-fight build-up, the fighters went right at each other and Huck sent Garay to the deck, however he wasn’t seriously hurt. In round three, Huck was deducted a point for hitting behind the head. The brutal back and forth action continued until round ten when Huck knocked down Garay with a right hand and referee Luis Pabon waved it off. Time was 1:10.
European light heavyweight champion Eduard Gutknecht (22-1, 9 KOs) outpointed Lorenzo Di Giacomo (41-5-1, 18 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds by scores of 119-107, 120-105, 119-107
Unbeaten middleweight Dominik Britsch (24-0, 9 KOs) scored a TKO over Ryan Davis (23-9-3, 9 KOs) at 1:15 of the ninth round. After a Britsch knockdown, Davis beat the count and seemed OK to continue, but the fight was waved off.
Unbeaten heavyweight Kubrat Pulev (13-0, 6 KOs) was victorious after a sluggish decision win over Maksym Pediura (13-2-1, 11 KOs).
In a battle of light-punching middleweights, unbeaten Marcos Nader (11-0, 1 KO) again went the distance, taking an eight round nod over Gaetano Nespro (18-8, 2 KOs).
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
“Docs say eye is fine just swollen. He even said what else you expect from a guy like Gatti. How cool is that?” – noted Pawel Wolak on his Twitter account just after leaving Bellevue hospital following his classic fight against Delvin Rodriguez. For whole ten rounds both fighters gave their best, giving fans at Roseland Ballroom and “Friday Nights Fights” ESPN viewers their money’s worth and more.
The Polish version of “Raging Bull” was fighting blind in the right eye from seventh round on, but even massive swelling around his eye could not make him stop. For more details and photos click here…
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
A fresh influx of new talent was on display Friday night in the cozy confines of Royal Oak Music Hall, a first-time show by Bad Boy Promotions. Bad Boy’s Royal Oak gym on the west side of Detroit’s spine and main thoroughfare, Woodward Avenue, featured a video displayed what must be a record amount of heavy bags, at least two dozen by my count. The Albanian-American promotion group brought in and featured the New York-based Albanian cruiserweight Stivens Bujaj (now 5-0), who was matched with a local pro-debuter Covan Graham. At first, it looked to be a dreadful match, with Graham conducting a track meet as much as the insider perimeter of the ropes would allow. But matchmaker Carlos Llinas knew what he was doing, when Graham, dropped by a huge left hook in the second (ring siders, including this one, were amazed when Graham beat the count), not only got up, but fought back valiantly, and made a real fight of it. For more details and photos click here…
Zab “Super” Judah trains at the Hit Factory in Las Vegas for next week’s showdown with Amir “King” Khan: Click here for slideshow with photos by Chris Cozzone
NABF super featherweight champion Diego Magdaleno had to pull himself off the canvas after a flash knockdown, but the brief glitch was overshadowed by another impressive performance as he scored a unanimous decision over the rugged Alejandro Perez.
In front of a partisan crowd at the Texas Station Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for the 10th anniversary of ShoBox “The New Generation,” Magdaleno (20-0, 7 KOs), kept the raucous hometown crowd on their feet as he ripped combinations to the head and body of Perez . . . Click here for more
Having pushed away his plate and dabbed his mouth with his napkin, Wladimir Klitschko fancies tucking into some more British beef. Despite his bitter aftertaste, David Haye was very much to Klitschko’s liking and having devoured the former WBA heavyweight champ, he is eyeing up another opponent from these shores. Foremost in his thoughts are Dereck Chisora and Tyson Fury . . . Click here for more in the Mirror
The title fight between GSP and Nick Diaz won’t be the only showcase for elite 170-pounders this fall in Las Vegas. A match between two of the best welterweights in the world has been set as “Natural Born Killer” Carlos Condit will take on BJ “The Prodigy” Penn at UFC 137. (more…)
Photo: Team Katsidis
Michael Katsidis “The Great” has stepped up preparations today for his August 13 th fight against Mexican Michael Lozada by sparring six rounds with Golden Boy fighter and former WBC world title challenger Nesta Rocha during an open charity workout at Smithys Gym in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia. Katsidis and Roca really turned it on for the crowd. “Its great to have quality sparring partners from the USA to prepare with, there are really good options in Australia, but sparring with a tough Mexican-American will have me ready for the Mexican fighting style on the night.” Katsidis said “I’m definitely on track, it felt great to have a proper hit out today and being able to raise money for the kids makes it even better.” There was a 500 strong crowd raising over $2,000 in the process for the Toowoomba Children’s Hospital.
By Richard Spilotro at ringside
In the main event for CFC Promotions “Chicago Fight Night #2, welterweight Lanardo “The Pain Server” Tyner improved to (25-4-2, 15 KOs) by defeating former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-7-1 19 KOs) via unanimous decision thus capturing the vacant USBO welterweight title. The official judges scorecards read 97-93, 97-93 and 96-94 all in favor for Tyner.
In the co-feature, current WBA Pan African & ABU light welterweight champion Albert “Tornado” Mensah improved his record to 23-3-1, 10 KOs, by winning a unanimous decision over “Gorgeous” Andre Gorges (11-2, 6 KOs). With the victory Mensah captured the IBF International jr welterweight title. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Diego Magdaleno took one step further toward contender status by scoring a unanimous decision victory by the scores of 99-90, 98-90 and 98-91 over Alejandro Perez on the 10th anniversary edition of ShoBox: The New Generation. In the co-feature, Casey Ramos won a split decision over Georgi Kevlishvili with scores of 77-75 and 78-74 in favor of Ramos and 77-75 for Kevlishvili from Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel in Las Vegas. (more…)
Hennessy Sports has advised British media that after last Thursday’s heated conference call with challenger Tyson Fury and British & Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora, both Chisora and promoter Frank Warren have decided to not attend the “THE BIG BRAWL” official press conference at the Crown Moran hotel scheduled for Monday. Therefore Hennessy Sports have made the decision to CANCEL Monday’s presser and will soon be issuing details of the rescheduled media week. Fury and Chisora will next meet at the official weigh-in on Friday, the day before their pay-per-view showdown in London on Saturday, June 23.
By Jose E. Santiago at ringside
Photos: Ozzie Santiago
At the Georgia Boxing Championship in front of a sellout crowd at the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta GA promoted by Shea Bailey Promotions and Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties, welterweight Luis “ EL Taino” Galarza (16-2 13KO) scored a split decision victory over local favorite Paul “The Truth” Delgado (25-11-1 4KOs). The contest was an all out war of give and take exchanges where both fighters were hurt and cut. Click here for more photos and details…
Photo: Pete Susens
Former IBF and WBC light flyweight champion Brian Viloria (28-3, 16 KOs) and WBO flyweight champion Julio Cesar “Pingo” Miranda (35-5-1, 28 KOs) both weighed in at 111.6 pounds for their world title clash on Saturday night at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Pictured above: Viloria, Tom Moffatt, Miranda, Sean Gibbons.)
Story and photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The Summer boxing season got underway in Albany, New York as ARES Promotions staged “Fight Night V” at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the capital city’s bustling downtown district. In what capped off a tough night for the house fighters, unheralded Jose Medina scored his second consecutive upset win over hometown headliner Markus Williams via majority decision over eight rugged rounds. The co-feature offered a bright spot on the night for partisan fans as Stephen Scott snagged the New York State Jr. Middleweight title via majority decision over Christopher Joseph Crosby. (more…)
Photos: Chris Toney
King Gabriel Rosado broke down late sub Ayi Bruce and won by knockout at 2.56 of the fifth round of their scheduled eight-round main event Friday night at Bally’s Atlantic City. Rosado, 25, of Philadelphia, PA, won his third fight in a row to stay in the world junior middleweight picture and ran his record to 17-5, 10 K0s. Bruce, 25, of Albany, NY, accepted the fight on 48 hours’ notice after Allen Conyers, of the Bronz, NY, withdrew Tuesday night with a bone chip in his right hand. For more details and photos click here…
On Wednesday, July 20th Antonio Tarver and Danny Green will clash for the IBO Cruiserweight Title at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. The Anatomy Of A Fight, known historically as The Tale Of The Tape, shows the physical differences between the fighters. (more…)
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Unbeaten WBC #10 super bantamweight Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over Carlos Valcarcel (12-3-4, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Cosme Beitía Coliseum in Cataño, Puerto Rico. Scores were 95-93, 95-93, 96-94 for Vélez, who finished the bout stronger to win the late rounds.
18-year-old super welterweight Eddie “Eboy” Gómez (5-0, 4 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Jonuel Tapia (8-2, 5 KOs). Tapia was down twice. Time 2:04. Click here for more photos…
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
Unbeaten NABF super featherweight championship Diego Magdaleno (20-0, 7 KOs) defeated Alejandro Perez (15-3-1, 10 KOs) vis ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Casino in Las Vegas. Perez dropped Magdaleno with a right hand in round one, but was deducted a point for a low blow in round two. Magdaleno took control after that and went on to win by scores of 98-90, 99-90, 98-91.
Unbeaten junior lightweight Casey Ramos (13-0, 4 KOs) scored an eight round split decision over late sub Georgi Kevlishvili (8-3, 3 KOs). It was a mostly tactical fight that ended with scores of 77-75, 78-74 for Ramos, and 77-75 for Kevlishvili. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photo: Ed Diller/Star Boxing
In a good action jr. middleweight showdown, WBO #3/WBA #6/IBF #8 Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1-1, 19 KOs) and Delvin Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) battled to a majority draw on Friday night at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City. A grotesque swelling above Wolak’s right eye did not disrupt his relentless pressure, however the counter-punching Rodriguez’ stood his ground and landed the cleaner shots. Scores were 97-93, 95-95, 95-95. It was Devlin’s first fight at 154lbs.
Undefeated welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano (16-0, 8 KOs) outpointed Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-3-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 78-74, 78-74, 77-75.
Jr. middleweight Kevin Rooney Jr. Improved to 2-0 (1 KO) with a spectacular knockout of Elmer Vera at 3:00 of round 1. Vera gave Rooney trouble early, bloodying Rooney’s nose with combination punching. Rooney came on at the end of the round, capping it off with a tremendous right hand to the head at the bell to knock Vera down for the count.
Pictured above is the all-female WBA team which will be officiating Saturday’s WBA bantamweight title fight between Janeth “Cuisilla” Perez and Yolis Marrugo in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.
Pictured from left to right, WBA supervisor Noryoli Gil, referee Romina Arroyo and judges Reina Urbaez, Lynne Carter and Karla Caiz. Is the first time in boxing history that all women officials will work a world title fight.
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