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By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
In a fight for the ages, jr welterweight Marcos Maidana (30-2, 27 KOs) took a hard-fought twelve round majority decision over legendary three-division world champion Erik Morales (51-7, 35 KOs) to regain the vacant interim WBA title on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Maidana punished Morales in round one, causing “El Terrible’s” right eye to swell shut. Morales landed some shots in round two, but Maidana still dominated the round. Morales slowly started working his way back into the fight, however, and clearly won round five. Morales rocked Maidana with a left hook in round eight. The fight seemed close entering the championship rounds. Maidana was much busier in rounds eleven and twelve and pulled it out by scores of 114-114, 116-112, 116-112.
After the fight Morales said he wants a rematch and Maidana said he’d give him one.
Photos: Hitz Boxing
Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana, Los Angeles, via Ghana lightweight Yakubu “Black Mamba” Amidu moved his record to 20-2-1, 16 KOs and picked up the NABA-US Lightweight Championship by taking a unanimous (78-74, 78-74 and 77-75) decision over Golden Meadow, Louisiana’s John Revish (10-3-2, 8 KOs). Amidu broke up a fairly even fight by applying constant pressure that eventually wilted the game Revish. Yakubu and his brother are managed by actor Vince Vaughn who was in attendance. (more…)
Heavyweight Tony “TNT” Grano got back on the winning track tonight in the main event on “The Willie Pep Boxing Classic,” presented by Hard Hittin’ Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Grano improved his record to 18-2-1 (14 KOs) with a sixth round technical knockout of crafty veteran “Diamond” Dominique Alexander (20-11-1, 10 KOs). Grano dropped Alexander three times in the final round. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
In his final tuneup before facing challenging WBC champion Vitali Klitschko in September, heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision 6’6, 285lb “Clones Colossus” Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek’s speed and movement gave the much slower McBride problems all night. The plodding McBride was often caught with clean punches, but was never close to being knocked down. Scores were 120-107, 119-108, 119-108. McBride was deducted a point by referee Randy Neumann for holding in round seven. For more details and photos click here…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Undercard results from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas:
In a clash for the vacant WBA and WBO interim lightweight lightweight titles, Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (29-1-1, 18 KOs) delivered a brilliant performance against Michael Katsidis (27-4, 22 KOs) in winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Guerrero dominated a brutal fight with his sharp, accurate punching. Katsidis was deducted two points for low blows in round eight. Guerrero was deducted a point for a low blow in round nine. Scores were 117-108, 118-106, 118-107.
In a huge, huge upset, former WBA interim 154lb titleholder Nobuhiro Ishida (23-6-2, 8 KOs) destroyed previously unbeaten middleweight KO artist James Kirkland (27-1, 24 KOs) with a sensational first round KO. Ishida shockingly dropped Kirkland three times in a one-sided annihilation. Time was 1:52. Kirkland is rated WBO #4 at middleweight, Ishida is rated WBA #4 at super welterweight. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Eroll Popova
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (40-2, 23 KOs) kept his belt with a ten round disqualification win over Khoren Gevor (31-6, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the famed Bördelandhalle in Magdeburg, Germany. In a very good action fight, Stieglitz was the sharper puncher, cutting Gevor cut over the left eye in round three and regularly beating the challenger to the punch. As always, Gevor showed great toughness and determination. Things became very rough in tenth round. After Gevor was deducted a point by referee Manfred Küchler, both fighters crashed down hard to the canvas after wrestling and Stieglitz emerged with a cut over his right eye. Gevor was then disqualified. Extremely upset, Gevor later threw some punches at Küchler and was removed by security. For more details and photos click here…
No one wanted to see Vivian Harris get brutally knocked out.
Especially Vivian Harris – which is why the former champ quit last night after a single round of weathering the storm that was Jesse Vargas . .. Click here for more
Photo: Hitz Boxing
Yakubu Amidu 134 vs. John Revish 135
(NABA-US Lightweight Championship)
Mike Kurzeja 166 vs. Chris Overby 166
Russell Fiore 138 vs. Chris Singleton 138
Henry Coyle 154 vs. William Prieto ??
John Lewus 149 vs. Shane Gierke ??
John Smith 300 vs. Robert Mendoza 217.4
Paulie Settepani 128 vs. Aaron Lucky 140
Ninos Abraham 171 vs. Nathan Wilkes 172
Ruben Galvan 146 vs. Gabriel Morris ??
Venue: Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana
Promoter: Hitz Boxing
Matchmaker: Billy Reese
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a night that saw three undefeated prospects lose their perfect records on ShoBox: The New Generation on SHOWTIME®, Dyah Davis upset super middleweight prospect Marcus Johnson via unanimous decision by the scores of 98-91 twice and 96-93. In the co-feature bouts, New York’s Gabriel Bracero handed Danny O’Connor his first loss via unanimous decision by the scores of 80-72 two times and 79-73, while Vincent Arroyo knocked down Willie Nelson three times en route to a majority decision with scores 74-74 and 75-73 twice. (more…)
Former heavyweight title contender Jameel McCline (39-10, 23 KO) will work with Tony Paige as a IPPV commentator for today’s clash between Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) and Kevin McBride (35-8, 29 KO). McCline talks about what makes Adamek a special fighter and even possible intermission in his boxing retirement – if he can fight in a farewell bout against his friend, another Polish heavyweight contender, Andrzej Gołota (41-8, 33 KO).
By Graham Houston
There comes a time when a great fighter takes that one fight too many, and this might be the case in Las Vegas on Saturday night when Erik Morales steps through the ropes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena to meet Marcos Maidana in a junior welterweight title bout. Morales, 34, has had many marvellous nights in the ring, but he looked a fading fighter when Manny Pacquiao blasted him out of the fight in three rounds in their rubber match. That was more than four years ago. A two-year break from boxing allowed Morales the chance to rest his body and regroup mentally for one last charge towards championship glory, but can he really have improved with age? I very much doubt it.
Although Morales has won three comeback fights against boxers who were moving up in weight, he hasn’t been convincing. Still, Morales has the big-fight reputation that not only permits him to top the bill on HBO PPV but also lends the illusion that he can perhaps recapture the old magic. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
The planned May 28 show starring Nonito Donaire is dead, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said from Las Vegas. “That date is now officially dead,” Arum told Fightnews and Manila Bulletin. Arum had given Donaire until this week to make contact so they could set in motion plans to have him fight on that said date in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Last month, retired judge Daniel Weinstein arbitrated the tug-of-war involving Arum’s Top Rank Inc. and Golden Boy Promotions (GBP) and ruled that fast-rising Filipino-American puncher rightfully belongs to Arum. “Hopefully they’ll come to their senses and finish the contract with us. I will promote him for the rest of his contract really hard, really well. When his contract is over (with Top Rank), he is free to go anyplace he wants,” said Arum. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Nothing shakes off ring rust better than ring rounds. Welterweights Damian “Devo” Frias (16-4-1, 7 KOs) and Daniel “The Hudson Valley Kid” Sostre (11-3-1, 4 KOs) learned that lesson tonight by virtue of a hard-fought draw in their eight-round main event from the Magic City Casino in Miami. It was the first fight for both men in a year. This was the sixth installment of Badia Spices Friday Night Fights and first full card matched by esteemed matchmaker Ruben DeJesus. DeJesus showed his mettle by providing fight fans extremely evenly-matched fighters. For more details and photos click here…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
World rated welterweight Samuel Colomban (20-3, 10 KOs) stopped Sapapetch Sor Sakaorat (22-8, 12 KOs) of Thailand in four rounds at the Melbourne Pavillion in Flemington, Victoria, Australia on Friday with the WBO Oriental title up for grabs. Colomban was last in action against New Zealand puncher Steve Heremaia in December winning a twelve round decision. Colomban’s last defeat was to IBF #11 Wale Omotoso in 2008 in the best Australian fight for that year. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
In his most impressive performance to date, unbeaten welterweight Jessie Vargas (15-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round stoppage of faded former world champion “Vicious” Vivian Harris (29-6-1, 19 KOs) on Friday night at Buffalo Bill’s Star of the Desert Arena in Primm, Nevada. After Vargas had a big round one sending a dazed Harris wobbling back to his corner, Harris told referee Joe Cortez that he didn’t wish to continue.
The knockout streak and unblemished ledger of super middleweight terror Bastie Samir (10-0-1, 10 KOs) ended as he went the distance for the first time and was held to a draw by Lester Gonzalez (11-3-2, 6 KOs) over six. Scores were 58-56 Gonzalez, 58-56 Samir and 57-57.
Jr middleweight Eddie Gomez (4-0, 3 KOs) also went the distance for the first time, taking a six round unanimous decision over Roberto Lopez (4-2-2, 1 KO); Female welterweight Tatina Anderson (3-1-1, 3 Kos), of Las Vegas, and Lissette Medel (2-1-1), of Maywood, Calif. drew in a high-action four-rounder, scores being 39-37 Anderson and 38-38 even; In the opening bout, lightweight Paul Green (2-1) won a split decision over Tokyo’s Kai Zama (5-3, 3 KOs), with scores of 39-37 twice for Green and 39-37 Zama; Heavyweight Quadtrine Hill (4-2, 1 KO) suffered his second pro loss by unanimous decision to Alexander Flores (4-0, 2 KOs). Scores were 40-36 and 39-37 twice.
Super middleweight Dyah Davis (19-2-1, 9 KOs) stunned previously unbeaten Marcus Johnson (20-1, 15 KOs) taking a ten round unanimous decision on Friday night at the Laredo Energy Arena in Laredo, Texas. Davis, the son of former U.S. Olympian Howard Davis, dropped Johnson in round nine en route to a 98-91, 98-91, 96-93 victory.
Welterweight Vincent Arroyo (11-1, 7 KOs) won an eight round majority decision over previously unbeaten welterweight Willie Nelson (16-1-1, 10 KOs). Arroyo knocked down Nelson in rounds three, six and seven, but was deducted a point for holding in round three by referee Rafael Ramos. Scores were 75-73, 75-73 and 74-74.
In a battle of unbeaten jr welterweights accustomed to going the distance, Gabriel Bracero (15-0, 1 KO) outpointed Danny O’Connor (14-1, 3 KOs) over eight by scores of 80-72, 80-72, 79-73.
By Dave Spencer at ringside
A shocker at the Bell Centre in Montreal as previously undefeated knockout artist David Lemieux fell to the more experienced Marco Antonio Rubio (50-5-1, 43 KO) at 2:36 of 7th round. Lemieux looked as if he may have suffered a broken jaw at the heavy hands of Rubio who had the 22-year-old youngster down into the corner for an eight count and looked to be on his way to finishing things before Lemieux’s corner stepped up and stopped the fight.
The Montreal fighter was devastating in his attack in the early going, unleashing bombs throughout the early going but was doing so at an incredible pace. So in control was Lemieux, or so he thought, that he mugged for the cameras in the 5th round by sticking out his tongue during one of his full frontal assaults in the early going. Things began to change in the next round though with Rubio rocking the local fighter with a right hand and continuing to following up and landing more before the round ended.
Lemieux seemed content to work behind a powerful jab in the 7th and used good movement before Rubio caught up with him and sent him slumping down in the corner.
Rubio wins the WBC eliminator and is mandated to fight the winner of Zbik-Chavez Jr. (more…)
Paulie Ayala Productions, led by former world champion and Fort Worth boxing legend Paulie Ayala, will promote their next show, Battle of DFW, on Saturday, April 30th at the Fort Worth Convention Center Ballroom in Fort Worth Texas and will be broadcast on tape delay by Mega TV, the fast growing channel in the U.S. Hispanic market.
Ayala’s main goal is to develop the best fighters and put on the best fights in Texas. “I want to develop Texas fighters,” Ayala simply stated.
Ayala knows all too well the city pride of both Dallas and Fort Worth as he grew up in Fort Worth when boxing thrived and was known as a fight town. He knows there will be rooting interests from both cities that will hopefully spark a renewed interest in the sport locally. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
World ranked junior welterweight contender Victor ‘Mermelada’ Cayo (26-1, 18 KOs) of the Dominican Republic, training out of the renowned World Crown Sports Training Center in Oxnard, CA, will step back into the ring on Friday April 29th against Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC in an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator in the main event of an ESPN2’s ‘Friday Night Fights’ at the Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada, with the winner becoming the mandatory challenger to current IBF junior welterweight champion Zab ‘Super’ Judah (41-6, 28 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Tony Grano 224 vs. Dominique Alexander 216.5
Danny Aquino 120.5 vs. James Owens 121
Frank Trader 130 vs. Tommy Atencio 134.5
Joseph Perez 130 vs. Esteban Nichol 130
Shakha Moore 148 vs. Noel Garcia 148
Ian Cannon vs. Luis Reynoso (3 round wheelchair exhibition)
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford Connecticut
Promoter: Hard Hittin’ Promotions
All the shots by Chris Cozzone from today’s “Action Heroes” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero, Jose Miguel Cotto, Erik Morales, Marcos Maidana, James Kirkland, Paulie Malignaggi and Nobuhiro Ishida . . . Click here
Dominican Victor Cayo (26-1-1, 18 KOs) will still fight in a IBF light welterweight eliminator but he will be facing a different opponent. He was originally slated to fight Las Vegas, Nevada based Tim Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) April 29th at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. He will now face Lamont Peterson (24-1-1, 14 KOs) of Washington DC at the same location. The switch happened because Peterson who is ranked #4 in the rankings ahead of Coleman’s #5 excercised his option to take part in the eliminator beating the deadline given by the IBF for him to take the fight.
“With all due respect to Miguel Cotto and Ivan Calderon – two great champions – I feel that I’m the most popular boxer in Puerto Rico.”
-– Juan Manuel Lopez
Undefeated WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum participated in media conference call on Friday to discuss Lopez’s upcoming title defense against former IBF 126-pound champ Orlando “Siri” Salido, on Saturday, April 16, live on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). The exciting, hard-hitting Lopez (30-0, 27 KOs), of San Juan, P.R., is a two-division world champion who’ll be making his third WBO title defense. The talented southpaw is coming off an excellent eighth-round TKO over Mexico’s boxing legend and future Hall of Famer, Rafael Marquez, in a tense give-and-take slugfest last Nov. 6 on SHOWTIME. Lopez, 27, has knocked out 90 percent of his opponents. (more…)
Story by Chris Perry
On Saturday, April 9, professional boxing returns to Hampton Roads when Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi present “The Legend Continues” event featuring George “Monk” Foreman III (11-0, 10 KOs) in the main event of an eight-fight card at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Virginia. (more…)
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “Action Heroes” card promoted by Golden Boy and televised by HBO PPV:
Erik Morales 140 vs. Marcos Maidana 140
Michael Katsidis 134 vs. Robert Guerrero 134
James Kirkland 158 vs. Nobuhiro Ishida 158
Paulie Malignaggi 147 vs. Jose Miguel Cotto 147
Danny Garcia 139 vs. Nate Campbell 140
Rakim Chakhkiev 203 vs. Harvey Jolly 203
Mikael Zewski 151 vs. Clint Coronel 151
By Chris Perry
George “Monk” Foreman 239 vs. Eric Lindsey 210
Frankie Filippone 169 vs. Adrian Redmond TBA
Don Haley 157 vs. Aaron Anderson 153
Pete Yates 172 vs. Greg Lindsey 169
Joe Cusamano 222 vs. Antonio Robertson TBA
Serhiy Karpenko 227 vs. Jordan Madden 207
Ken Moody Jr. 160 vs. Stephon Burgette 162
Jerry Forrest 240 vs. Kareem Wilson TBA
Venue: The Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, VA
Promoters: Don Elbaum and John P. Gagliardi
First Bell: 7:30 p.m.
Former world champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) may be nearly a 9:1 betting favorite over Mexican ring legend Erik “Terrible” Morales (51-6, 35 KOs), but Morales’ countryman WBC 154lb champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez is convinced that Morales will be victorious when he steps into the ring Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
“It will be a battle between Morales and Maidana, but I know Morales will win the fight,” said Alvarez. “This is a very difficult fight, but Morales definitely has the skills and experience to give Maidana a fight he has never experienced before. I know the spirit of the Mexican fighter and Morales is the best example of that spirit and style. It will be too much for Maidana in the end. I’ve seen Maidana fight. I saw him struggle against DeMarcus Corley and lose to Andriy Kotelnik neither of who are anywhere near the level of Morales. If Maidana thinks he can fight Morales the way he fought them, he’s going to have a long and difficult night. The entire nation of Mexico is behind Morales and we are going to rally around him on Saturday night. He has given our country and boxing fans around the world some of the best fights we have ever seen. He has always gone to battle in the ring for the Mexican people. I believe Morales will do it again and come away victorious.”
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best
Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez had no problems today in the last Pre Weigh-in for his bout against Orlando Salido on April 16th for the WBO Featherweight Championship in the show Ultimate Rivalry to be held at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico in a Top Rank presentation in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions to be televised on Showtime. more + photos
By Przemek Garczarczyk at the scale
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
At today’s weigh-in, both Tomasz Adamek (215 pounds) and Kevin McBride (285 pounds) appear ready to battle during “The Last Big Hurdle” PPV event Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
“I always told everybody that I will stay as a heavyweight using my biggest strength – quickness and ring movement. My weight today proves that I was serious,” said Adamek.
“I worked hard and I’m ready. There was a lot of speculation about me, that I will be over 300 pounds, this and that. Not true. I will win this fight and no matter how I pronounce or mispronounce his name, Adamek or Amadek – he will hit the deck. No more than six rounds for him” – said the flamboyant McBride in a TV interview with Polish television network Polsat.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by Andrey Bazdrev
Yesterday in Moscow there was the kick-off press conference for “Battle of Two Empires” between WBO #1 rated Denis Lebedev (21-1б, 16 KOs) and legendary multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr (54-7, 40 KOs) on May 21th at the Sport Complex Krylatskoe.
Denis Lebedev: “I am interested to fight a strong champion, a legend, to really understand that I can do in boxing, to check my strength. In life I’ve had many tests, but in sports this is the first time I’ve had the opportunity [to fight a legend]. To beat a name like Jones is very valuable. It will be many years before there’s another Roy Jones Jr. Roy Jones is a legend, and now I will be.”
Roy Jones Jr: “I am very pleased to be here. Thank you for this opportunity to Denis, who challenged me to a fight. Denis is very strong fighter. I’m looking forward to May 21th, when I give all the boxing fans what they wanted and expected – and even more. I am 42 years old, but it’s just a number. Bernard Hopkins is 46 years old and he still fights. I have a simple motivation. The only title that I didn’t have between middleweight and heavyweight is the title of champion in the cruiserweight division. Lebedev is the number one boxer in this division. If Dennis wins it will be very good for his career. If I win it will be a great chance to for me to come back.” Click here for more photos…
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