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Fight Night Productions and Ker’s WingHouse Bar & Grill will present the third installment of the “WingHouse Fight Night” series on September 9th at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, Florida. The card features six bouts headlined by an eight-round battle for the USNBC WBC flyweight belt between undefeated prospect Daniel Lozano (9-0-0, 6 KOs) and Ernie “The Gladiator” Marquez (9-8-2, 3 KOs).
The co-main event will feature a six-round, non-title fight between Florida State featherweight champion and all-action fighter, Charlie Serrano (12-2-1, 3 KOs) versus Cuban-born Jessy Cruz (4-3-1, 1 KO). (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA super middleweight champion Andre Ward and WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch kicked off a three-city international press tour today in the United Kingdom to formally announce The Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic LIVE on SHOWTIME®, Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Ward and Froch, along with their respective promoters Dan Goossen and Eddie Hearn, and Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports® and creator of the Super Six World Boxing Classic, spoke to the media at Matchroom Sport headquarters, a sprawling estate in Essex, just outside London.
Less than 10 weeks out from the culmination of the groundbreaking two-year tournament, Sky Sports, BBC, and a host of other sports and mainstream media gathered to see England’s current No. 1 fighter face off against America’s last Olympic Gold Medalist in boxing and discuss their upcoming high stakes clash. (more…)
Team Povetkin has arrived in Germany ahead of Saturday’s WBA heavyweight title clash against former champion Ruslan Chagaev in Erfurt, Germany. (Photo Credit: Team Sauerland)
With the cancellation of Saturday’s HBO card due to an injury to Robert Guerrero, U.S. fight fans will still have a chance to see live world championship boxing as the “Top Rank Live” series presents a world title doubleheader on FOX Deportes.
In the main event IBF 108lb champion Ulises “Archie” Solis (33-2-3, 21 KOs) is set to defend his world title against Filipino Jether Oliva (18-0-1, 11 KOs) at the Benito Juárez Auditorium on Saturday night in his native Guadalajara. “We are going to give a great show for my people of Guadalajara and I am glad fight here again after four years of not doing it,” said Solis. The unbeaten Oliva, from the Manny Pacquiao stable, is expected to arrive in town today. He is rated IBF #12 at mini-flyweight (105lb).
In the other world title clash, WBO strawweight king Raul “Rayito” Garcia (30-1-1, 18 KOs) takes on Moses Fuentes (13-1, 6 KOs).
On Wednesday night September 14th at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, Gulfstream Boxing and Gabe LaConte will present a boxing card that has just been enhanced by the announcement that “Irish” Micky Ward and former heavyweight champion “Merciless” Ray Mercer will be special guests in attendance. In the main event, Michael Torres (13-2, 7 KO’s) of Newark, NJ will take on Mark Alexander in a ten round Jr. Welterweight fight for the New Jersey title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian boxing legend Lionel Rose, who passed away on May 8 at the age of 62 years, has been honored with a special tribute magazine from “The Greatest” Volume 2 that depicts his life from when he was born on June 21, 1948 in Drouin, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia to his final days when a Bronze statue was erected in his honor. Award winning writer Grantlee Kieza describes the fights of Rose in fine detail and the cover is by respected artist and former champion Bryan Membrey. Rose shocked the boxing world in 1968 as a nineteen-year-old when he defeated Japan’s greatest ever gloveman Fighting Harada for the WBC/WBA bantamweight title in Tokyo by fifteen round majority decision to become the first aboriginal to hold a world boxing crown. (more…)
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) will take on Michael Recloux (19-11-2, 8 KOs) at the next TV2 Fight Night in Herning on September 3. It will be the Hardhitter’s first fight since November 2010 when he destroyed Dejan Ribic in the first round. “We are glad that Rudy has overcome his neck problems,” promoter Nisse Sauerland said. “The injury break was very frustrating for him because he was so close to getting a major title shot. His strong performances have been acknowledged by the WBC where he is already ranked in the seventh spot. A victory over Recloux will put him in a perfect position. But he needs to win in style.” (more…)
Fast rising British super featherweight Liam Walsh (11-0, 8 KOs) will defend his Commonwealth Super-Featherweight title against former British champion Paul Appleby when he tops the York Hall, Bethnal Green on September 30th. The show marks the promotional debut of Frank Warren’s sons Francis and George under their new banner Queensberry Promotions.
“It’s fantastic to be promoting Championship boxing in our first independant show, and I’m delighted to be able to put the show on at the York Hall,” said Francis Warren. Liam is a fantastic talent and faces a tough challenge in Paul Appleby, who will be looking to bounce back in style this year. The undercard features some of our new signings who we have high hopes for over the next 12 months.”
Georges St-Pierre is the face of mixed martial arts. We all know that, thanks to his Under Armour and Gatorade endorsements. He is also one of the most gifted fighters in the world. He would be the unquestioned king of the sport, pound for pound, but for one man . . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
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By Joe Koizumi
Teiken Promotions has announced today (Monday) to stage a tripleheader in Tokyo on November 6, as follows: WBC super-feather champ Takahiro Aoh (21-2-1, 10 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, will put his belt on the line against unbeaten Italian Devis Boschiero (29-0-1, 14 KOs) in the main event. Supporting are WBC final eliminators in the bantamweight and flyweight categories. WBC#3 bantam, unbeaten Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs) will square off against WBC#2 Silver champ Christian Esquivel (23-2, 17 KOs) over twelve. Also, WBC#3 fly and ex-Olympian Toshiyuki Igarashi (14-1-1, 10 KOs) will take on Wilbert Uicab (33-5-1-1NC, 18 KOs), Mexico, over twelve. The three Japanese participants are all southpaws. We look forward to watching hot affairs at the Yoyogi No.2 Gymnasium in the center of Tokyo. (Photo: From left: Igarashi, Aoh and Yamanaka)
Undefeated 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Alexander Povetkin (21-0, 15 KOs) faces the biggest challenge of his life on Saturday night when he challenges Ruslan Chagaev (27-1-1, 17 KOs) for the vacant WBA Heavyweight Title in Erfurt, Germany. Boxing-online.com has caught up with the 31-year-old Russian. (more…)
Ringside Report by Scott Ploof and Daniel Mercurio
Photography by Emily Harney
Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs), who is ranked in all four major boxing organizations (IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) stopping him after two rounds in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Click here for the entire ringside report and action packed photogallery.
By Robert Coster
WBC featherweight “champion in recess” Elio Enai Rojas (22-1,13 KOs) will be making his return to ring action after over a year and seven months of inactivity, fighting in his native town of San Francisco de Macoris vs an opponent TBA on September 17th.
In another interesting card, on September 5th in the capital city of Santo Domingo, Dominican-based Venezuelan jr middleweight Jean Carlos Prada (25-0-1, 18 KOs) will be facing his first serious test when he crosses gloves with experienced Dominican spoiler David Toribio (19-12, 12 KOs) for the WBA Fedebol title held by Prada. (more…)
By Chris Perry
Photos: Dee Lee Promotions
Following almost a year away from the ring, former NABA Lightweight Champion “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey returned to action Saturday in the 10-round Beach Brawl II main event at the Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia defeating tough challenger Damon “The Mailman” Antoine by unanimous decision. The 18-year veteran thrilled his hometown fans looking impressive and quick against his challenger from Akron, Ohio. All three judges scored the bout 80-71. For more details and photos click here…
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Nakornluang Boxing Promotion and Tom S2K magazine
WBC Asian flyweight title holder Suriyan Sor Rungvisai (19-5-1,7 KOs) successfully captured the WBC super flyweight title as he won a unanimous decision over the now former champion Tomas Rojas (36-13-1, 24 KOs) on Friday at Khonmuangsri Stadium in Srisaket, Thailand. Scored: Burt A. Clements (USA) 117-111, Daniel Van de Wiele (Belgium) 116-112, Takeaki Kanaya Kanaya (Japan) 115-114. The referee was Jack Reiss (USA) and the supervisor was Major Lee (Korea). For full details and photos click here…
At UFC RIO on August 27th, history could be made as Yushin Okami faces longtime middleweight king Anderson Silva in an opportunity to become the first Japanese champion in UFC history. Is “Thunder” ready for his night in the spotlight? The history you’ll read below shows that he is . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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On the non-televised undercard of the Hitz Boxing’s show at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, former world champion Montell “Ice” Griffin (50-8-1, 30 KOs) of Chicago notched his landmark 50th professional victory with a hard-fought unanimous decision over former world title challenger Deandrey Abron (15-10, 10 KOs) of Youngstown, Ohio. The two light heavyweights traded bombs throughout, but Griffin had the faster, more accurate hands. The scores were 80-72 x 3. Nine straight losses for Abron. (more…)
Photos: PRBBP/Joel Colón
Before his travel to training camp, Mike Oliver, trained in Puerto Rico for his October 1st challenge against former two time world champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez in the show “Triple Crown III” to be held at the coliseo Ruben Rodriguez in Bayamon, in a PR Best Boxing Promotions (PRBBP) and Top Rank Inc. presentation which will be shown on “Pay Per View”. Oliver (25-2, 8 KOs) worked floor exercises, movements and some gloves with trainer John Scully showing great speed in his training at the Wilfredo Gomez Arena Gym in Guaynabo. “We are training to be in the best shape to face Juanma Lopez, a hard puncher,” Oliver said. The fight Oliver-Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) will be for the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Latino featherweight title. For more pictures and details click here….
By Chris Perry at ringside
Lightweight Dorin Spivey (39-6, 30 KOs) hammered out an eight round shutout unanimous decision over Damon Antoine (9-32-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Field House in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Spivey knocked down Antoine with an overhand left in round seven and went on to win by scores of 80-71 on all cards.
By Peter Lim at ringside
Even at age 46, former WBC heavyweight titleholder Oliver McCall, 56-11 37 (KOs), retains the attribute that was his best asset when he in his heyday – his cast iron chin. McCall utilized that very quality to outpoint Damian Willis, 30-3-1 (23 KOs), over 10 rounds at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday night. The Atomic Bull simply absorbing his younger opponent’s blows and bullied him with on the inside. McCall spent the first three rounds testing Willis’ punch and then proceeded to walk him down and bludgeon him with short punches thrown from both fists. Willis, 31, came in flabby around the midsection and by the fourth round, was huffing and puffing with every punch he threw. As the fight wore on, Willis’ punches began to lose steam and bounced harmlessly off McCall’s head, while McCall rocked Willis each time he scored a direct hit. But Willis denied McCall the openings for more than one clean shot at a time by smothering his attack by leaning and clinching, which resulted in sloppy action for much of the bout. Scores were 97-93 and 96-94 (twice) all for McCall. The bout was staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former three-division world champion Fernando “Cochulito” Montiel (46-3, 36 KOs) scored a third round KO over Álvaro Pérez (21-4-1, 12 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout on Saturday night at the La Cetto Vineyards in the Guadalupe Valley, Baja California. “I promised (promoter) Fernando Beltran that my next fight would be for the super bantamweight world title. I’m back and ready to win my fourth title in different divisions and in 2012 will seek a rematch against Nonito Donaire,” stated Montiel. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The WBF super featherweight title remained vacant on Saturday night after Rafael “Chocho” Guzman and Rafael Hernández battled to a twelve round draw at the Black Pyramid Casino in the Port of Manzanillo, Mexico presented by HG Boxing. The judges returned scores of 114-114, 117-112 (Guzman) and 114-114.
WBO female bantamweight champion Kaliesha “Wild Wild” West successfully defended her title against Jessica Villafranca, winning by scores of 97-95, 99-91 and 96-94 over ten.
In the third defense of her IBF female flyweight crown, Arely Muciño won by ten round unanimous decision (97-93, 98-92 and 96-94) against Susana Vasquez in an exciting fight.
WBC #2 jr middleweight contender Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (20-1, 17 KOs) made quick work of Joseph Gomez (17-5-1, 8 KOs), blowing him out in the first round on Saturday night at the Nido Sport Center in Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico. Time was 1:24. It was Angulo’s first bout in over a year after having resolved some promotional issues.
Ringside by Daniel Mercurio and Scott Ploof
Photography by Emily Harney
Ranked in all four major boxing organizations, IBF #8, WBA #9, WBC #12, WBO #13, Worcester, MA’s own undefeated super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (19-0, 14 KOs) outclassed his opponent Quincy, MA native Chris Traietti (10-3, 6 KOs) in the main event of Dibella Entertainment’s Broadway Boxing series on Saturday night at Mechanics Hall in downtown Worcester, MA. Referee Bob Benoit stopped the fight after round two when Traietti, who was hit with some powerful body shots from Rodriguez, could not come out of the corner for round three. This was a historic night as this marked the 400th professional boxing card ever held at Mechanics Hall.
Female heavyweights Sonya Lamonakis and Tiffany Woodard put on a very entertaining fight for the crowd in attendance. Lamonakis out-landed Woodard throughout in a slug fest to score the six round majority decision. Scores of the bout were-59-55 and 58-56 for Lamonakis, while the third judge called it 57-57 even. With the victory, Lamonakis (6-0, 1 KO) kept her undefeated record intact, while Woodard (4-5-1, 3 KOs) falls to below .500 with the loss.
Quincy, MA native Ryan Kielczewski (11-0, 2 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision in the junior lightweight division after he landed combination after combination on his opponent, Detroit, MI’s James Lester (9-6, 4 KOs). Scores for Kielczewski were 79-70 twice and 80-69. Kielczewski, who is not known for his punching power, dropped Lester three times in the fight. Lester showing his durability, continued the fight but was barely able to survive to the end of the fight.
Former WBA light middleweight champion, Quebec’s Joachim Alcine (32-2-1, 19 KOs), coming off of a 13 month layoff following his 2010 loss to Alfredo Angulo, battled Quincy, MA’s native Jose Medina (14-9-3, 6 KOs) to a eight round draw. Scores of the bout were 78-75 for Alcine, 78-74 for Medina and 76-76 even. For Medina this has to be the biggest draw of his professional career, while Alcine cited ring rust as the reason for the decision. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Francisco Salazar
Backgate? Not according to Victor Ortiz and his camp. Ortiz, a world title belt holder who will take on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, wanted to clarify certain media reports and rumors of a supposed back injury he suffered recently in training camp. “With all due respect, I think it’s ignorant people,” Ortiz told Fightnews.com on Saturday afternoon at the Knuckleheadz Gym in Ventura, CA. “I think it’s funny that people were saying that the fight was going to be cancelled.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
A number of local prospects performed victoriously in front of their home crowd at Du Burns Arena in Baltimore, MD. The United Boxers card featured a number of undefeated prospects who kept their unbeaten streaks intact.
In the main event, Baltimore welterweight James “Keep ‘Em Sleepin'” Stevenson won a six-round unanimous decision over Jose Angel Roman, now fighting out of Valdosta, GA. Stevenson put some nice combinations together, dropping Roman in the third. When Roman got up, he made a face towards one of the nearby photographers. All three judges (John Gradowski, Don Risher and Paul Wallace) scored the bout 60-53 for Stevenson, who remains undefeated at 15-0, 10 KO’s. Roman falls to 11-33-5, five KO’s. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Rick Scharmberg
Amir “Hard Core” Mansour (15-0, 11 KOs) proved he’s for real after hammering out a ten-round unanimous decision over one-time contender Dominick “Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-8-1, 22 KOs) at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on Friday night. Guinn absorbed some hellacious shots throughout the bout, and Mansour showed the boisterous Rollins Center crowd that he can box as well as slug. Mansour came close to shutting Guinn out with scores of 100-90 (twice) and 99-91 to take the interim NABO title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (26-3, 17 KOs) scored a come-from-behind knockout over upset-minded Omri Lowther (14-4), stopping him at 1:43 of the fifth round to win the NABA light welterweight title. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6/WBA#9 OPBF flyweight champ Rocky Fuentes (28-6-2, 17 KOs), 112, a busy-punching Filipino prospect, impressively kept his regional belt as he persistently kept battering taller but less experienced ex-amateur Japanese, WBC#10/WBA#14 Hirofumi Mukai (5-1, no KO), 112, by a very unanimous decision over twelve fast rounds on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. Scoring referee Jun-Bae Lim (Korea) tallied it 118-111, and judges Arnel Passion (Philippines) and Masahiro Noda (Japan), had it 117-111 and 118-110 respectively all in favor of the defending titlist. (more…)
Photos: Universal Promotions
Bantamweight Cesar Seda, Jr. (21-1, 15 KOs) dominated Jose Silveira (12-5, 4 KOs) over ten rounds on Friday night at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. Scores were 100-90 on all cards. “I feel good,” said Seda afterward. “This was a good fight for me because I stayed active and worked for ten rounds with a strong opponent. Now the next step is to follow a path that leads me to become a world champion at 115 lbs. I’m ready for big challenges.”
In the co-feature, unbeaten José “Sniper” Pedraza (4-0, 3 KOs) demonstrated his quality by completely dominating Pedro Salcedo (4-4, 2 KOs) for six rounds. Scores were 60-54 on all cards. Click here for more photos…
Rayne, Louisiana’s Mason Menard won the biggest victory of his career Friday night (8.19) at the Cypress Bayou Casino in Charenton, LA, as he scored a fourth round technical knockout victory over battle tested Ghanaian Joseph Laryea to win the vacant UBO lightweight title. On a show promoted by Boxncar Promotions in cooperation with Big Punch Promotions, Menard improved his professional record to 17-1 with 13 KOs, while former WBO Inter-Continental titleholder Laryea dropped to 14-6, 11 KOs. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez’ September 15 defense against Rogers Mtagwa was officially announced this week. The bout will take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, Texas, and will be presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, Promociones del Pueblo and Grupo Modelo. Also on the card will be local favorites Antonio Escalante and Miguel “Mickey” Roman. “I want to thank Promociones del Pueblo for giving me the opportunity to make my defense here in El Paso, Texas, where I saw Erik Morales crowned. I remember it was a great full house, and hopefully September 15th there will be a big crowd to see my fight.”
Photos: John Booz
After getting knocked down early in the fourth, “Hammerin'” Hank Lundy (21-1-1, 11 KOs) defended his NABF lightweight title by knocking out former champion David Diaz (36-4-1, 17 KOs) in the sixth round of a war on Friday night at The Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. “There’s something about those straight punches,” Lundy said. “When you land those straight punches, you don’t even have to look. You know once you connect, it’s done.” (more…)
Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) has wrapped up the sparring ahead of next Saturday´s WBA/WBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title fight against Siarhei Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs) in Erfurt, Germany. After dusting Lamon Brewster and Sam Peter, the Nordic Nightmare is eager to clinch the next prominent scalp. “The sparring has gone very well,” Helenius said. “I am in great shape and I am ready for Liakhovich. He is a very accomplished fighter who boasts a great deal of experience, but I have also been in the ring with former champions. The fights against Peter and Brewster have given me a lot of confidence. I am eager to notch another important victory on Saturday night.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Efrain Esquivias (14-0, 9KO) had all he could handle in veteran Juan Ruiz (23-7, 7KO) who was in the face of Esquivias all night long. Esquivias, had to use his speed, power and quick footwork to overcome the aggressive Ruiz en route to winning a unanimous decision victory by scores of 97-93, 99-91 and 99-91. Ruiz proved as determined in the tenth and final round as he was in the opening round and never let Esquivias take a breather. Despite losing four of his last five bouts, Ruiz was determined to make the most of his opportunity and showed why he had never been stopped in his previous losses. Neither fighter was seriously hurt in the bout yet it was a very good action fight that proved crowdpleasing to the capacity audience in attendance. Meanwhile, Esquivias, despite suffering a cut over his eye midway through the fight, never lost focus and was impressive in banking round after round to win the NABF title and to win his biggest fight to date. For more details and photos click here…
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