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Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos courtesy of Joel Priest
The last time Mohammad Said (33-9-1, 24 KOs) fought in the U.S. was in 2007 against light middleweight contender James Kirkland, when he lost by second round KO. This time around, he did not do much better, losing one round later, by TKO, to Ignacio’s own Elco “The Animal” Garcia (23-7, 12 KOs). Doubling as a travel agent, Said would be wise not book any flights back to the U.S. any time soon . . . Click here for more
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye walks to a neutral corner after a scoring a knockdown en route to a ninth round technical knockout victory over former heavyweight champion John Ruiz on Saturday night in Manchester, England. This week the Haye Team plans to open negotiations for a possible fight with Wladimir Klitschko in front of 80,000 in London’s Wembley Stadium in the Fall. More photos…
Fiodor Lapin will be the head trainer of Albert Sosnowski in his preparations for the biggest fight of his life against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Lapin is best known as a trainer of former cruiserweight world champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and current IBF #1 welterweight Rafal Jackiewicz. In fact, Wlodarczyk currently is also preparing for another title shot in his career against Giacobe Fragomeni and he is sharing the training camp with Sosnowski. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Bobby D. Presents in association with Jorge Marron Productions offer their second fight night of the year with “Turf War: San Diego vs. Calexico” on Thursday, April 8th , at the Four Points by Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego, CA. In the main event, undefeated Christopher “SD Kid” Martin (16-0, 5KO) will defend his California State Bantamweight title against hard hitting Ruben “Finito” Lopez (15-11-2, 13KO) of Calexico, CA, in an eight round bout. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the Legendary Blue Horizon in North Philadelphia, USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh Ennis (21-2-1, 13 KOs) had to overcome a cut over his right eye and a tremendous effort by late replacement Jose Gonzalez (13-7-1, 11 KOs) to capture a hard fought ten round majority decision victory in the non title main event of the evening. His brother, undefeated super middleweight prospect Farah Ennis (13-0, 7 KOs) had a much easier time of it as he needed just two rounds to stop veteran Frankie Santos (17-9-4, 8 KOs) in the eight-round co-feature. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at ringside
Light heavyweight Ronson Frank maintained his unbeaten record when he won a technical fifth round decision over Alexander Mancera in the main event of a card promoted by O’Shea Brothers Boxing on Friday night at the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, New York. In the main fight of a six-bout card, Frank (15-0, 7 KO’s) scored the decision when the fight was forced to the scorecards after Mancera (7-4, 5 KO’s) was cut from a head butt. (more…)
By Chris Perry at ringside
The last time “Dangerous” Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, VA, he had his hometown crowd on their feet with a thrilling victory. Almost eight years later, he did the same. In the main event of the first International Championship Boxing series at the Scope Arena, Spivey (38-5, 29 KOs), from nearby Portsmouth, was impressive winning a unanimous decision victory over tough Baltimore, MD fighter Tyrell “Da Sho Shocka” Samuel (14-4, 6 KOs) with two judges scoring the ten-round fight 100-90 and the third judge scoring the bout 98-92. Unfortunately Spivey, who was the NABA lightweight champion before the fight, weighed in heavier than the 135 pound limit which meant that he automatically vacated the title and that only Samuel could win championship. Spivey’s extra weight was an issue that threatened the fight up until the time of the main event but both camps ultimately came to an agreement to make the fight happen. For more details and photos click here…
Bernard Hopkins waited 17 years for vengeance over longtime rival Roy Jones, Jr. The two fought a combined 71 bouts before meeting up Saturday night. Hopkins made sure that he wouldn’t lose again.
In a rather unspectacular foul-laden rematch, Bernard “The Executioner” Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) avenged his 1993 loss, defeating longtime rival Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) via unanimous decision in a fight that should have happened a decade ago . . . Click here for more
It took 17 years for Bernard Hopkins to avenge his loss against Roy Jones. Since their initial battle back in 1993, Hopkins and Jones have shared a mutual disdain for one another that prevented them from getting back into the ring. The bad blood was evident in the rematch as the 45-year-old Hopkins finally got his sweet revenge as he defeated the 41-year-old Jones via a grueling unanimous decision victory at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas . . . . click here for more
By Shamus Young at ringside
Kingsley “Sharp Knuckle” Ikeke retained his NABA Super Middleweight title via a 10 round majority decision over Zane Marks at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. After a slow start, Ikeke (now 27-3) controlled the fight with his height and reach. Marks (now 17-5) picked spots and lunged in with short combinations and stunned Ikeke in the 7th. Ikeke was able to ride out Marks’ brief bursts of offense and outwork him from distance. Scores were 95-95 and 97-93 twice. Fightnews scored it 96-94 for Ikeke.
The co-main event was a raucous and entertaining rock-em-sock-em match in which heavyweight Andrae Carthon (4-5-2) out-slugged Freddie Miller (1-2-1) over 6 rounds to take a unanimous decision. The judges all scored it 58-54. Fightnews had it 57-55 for Carthon. In a featured fight, George “Monk” Foreman III went to 7-0 by spoiling Dale Mitchell’s debut. Foreman dropped Mitchell in the second and referee Paul Field stopped the fight between rounds on advice of the corner. Official time was 3:00 of the second round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Japanese welterweight champ Daisuke Nakagawa (15-2-2, 11 KOs), 147, had a really tough time and barely kept his national belt as he fought to a grueling split draw (95-94 for him, 93-95 and 93-93) with hard-punching top contender Yoh Inoue (15-1-2, 10 KOs), 147, over ten hard-fought and sizzling rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
17 years after their first fight, ring legend Bernard Hopkins (51-5-1, 32 KOs) evened the score against 41-year-old fellow legend Roy Jones Jr. (54-7, 40 KOs) winning a foul-filled twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night in a light heavyweight bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The first five rounds were measured, tactical and sometimes dirty, but things really heated up in round six after Hopkins went down from a seemingly light rabbit punch, then furiously went after Jones, continuing to fight even after the bell and the fighters had to be restrained by security. After a Hopkins rabbit punch in round eight, Jones responded with a rabbit punch that sent Hopkins to the canvas again. Hopkins went down for a third time from a borderline low blow in round ten. Action stopped in the eleventh so the ring doctor could look at a cut Jones sustained from a headbutt, ruled unintentional. A slow twelfth round brought boos from the crowd. In the end, Hopkins prevailed 117-110, 117-110, 118-109. (more…)
Unbeaten featherweight Miguel Angel “Mikey” Garcia (21-0, 18 KOs) showed why he’s so highly regarded, needing just 67 seconds to annihilate veteran Tomas “El Norteno” Villa (22-7-4, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. Garcia, the brother of former world champion Robert Garcia, dropped Villa twice before the bout was waved off by referee Laurence Cole. He claimed the vacant USBA featherweight championship.
Unbeaten WBA #6/WBC #8 junior welterweight Mike Alvarado (27-0, 19 KOs) scored an impressive second round KO over Lenin Arroyo (20-12-1, 4 KOs). Alvarado brutally blasted the normally iron-jawed Arroyo to the deck :42 seconds into round two and Arroyp could not regain his feet. For more results and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada at ringside
It was lights out for both Walid Smichet and the Montreal Casino as twenty-one year-old David Lemieux closed the show with a TKO victory at the :57 second mark of the second round Saturday night as boxing returned to the venue for the final time. The 700-seat facility which was home to forty-five shows will go dark for the next four years as extensive renovations take place to the facility. Lemieux ended things with bang though as he took the usually rugged Smichet and battered him from the opening bell to a quick ending, staggering the Tunisian born fighter several times along the way. Lemieux who scores his 21st knockout in his 22nd fight retains his Canadian super-middleweight title with the victory and moves onwards and upwards, and is set to headline on June 11th at 10,000 seat Uniprix Stadium against an opponent to be named on Tuesday by promoter Yvon Michel. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Local fan favorite boxers Henry “Sugar Poo” Buchanan and Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell scored victories in feature bouts at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Buchanan, a super middleweight from Capitol Heights, MD, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Julius Fogle of Cary, NC to regain his WBF All-Americas super middleweight title. The win came despite Buchanan breaking his right hand early in the bout. Because of the injury, Buchanan was forced to use more foot movement and ring generalship to gain the victory. Fogle tried to press the issue and put more offensive pressure but Buchanan was too elusive. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-0, 22 KOs) scored a ninth round TKO over 38-year-old former champ John Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Haye dropped Ruiz twice in round one, the first time with the right hand almost immediately, the second time with a rabbit punch. Haye was deducted a point for the rabbit punch, but Ruiz was still given a count and no time to recover from the foul. A determined Ruiz survived the round. Haye floored Ruiz again at the end of round five and again early in round six. Ruiz’ corner finally threw in the towel to stop the punishment in round nine. Time was 2:01. Click here for full report…
Story and photos by Chris Perry
The last time Dorin Spivey fought at the Norfolk Scope Arena, he thrilled the crowd with an exhilarating performance on the undercard of the Larry Holmes versus Butterbean pay-per-view event (July 2002).
Since that bout, the 36 year-old Portsmouth, Virginia native has been on a roller coaster ride through the most challenging aspects of boxing . . . Click here for more
Golden Boy Promotions, Telefutura, Tecate and the Tropicana announced today the return of the “Solo Boxeo Tecate” series, April 30 at the Tropicana in Las Vegas. Headlining the return will be former world champ Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (25-1-1, 17 KOs), who will make his return at lightweight in a ten-rounder against Roberto Arrieta (34-15-4, 15 KOs). “It’s been a long, bumpy road but I’m back,” Guerrero said today. It will be Guerrero’s first bout since his world championship win over Malcolm Klassen in August of 2009. In early 2010, Guerrero vacated his IBF Junior Lightweight World title in order to care for his wife Casey, who is battling Leukemia. With Casey taking positive steps on the road to recovery, Guerrero will now begin his road back to the top of the boxing mountain. The Guerrero-Arrieta card will take place the night before the Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley showdown.
By Jesse Kelley
Andy “Kaos” Kolle (21-2, 15 KOs) successfully defended his Minnesota state middleweight title with a unanimous decision victory over Matt “The Predator” Vanda (42-11, 22 KOs) Friday night at a sold out Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Like their first meeting back in 2007, the two warriors traded punches throughout the duration of the fight as they answered each others combinations, mostly in the center of the ring. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBC/WBA super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (34-2-1, 27 KOs) looks set to clash with Nonito Donaire (23-1, 15 KOs) on August 21 in Los Angeles. Darchinyan lost his IBF and IBO flyweight titles to Donaire in a stunning fifth-round stoppage in July 2007 and has been chasing Donaire ever since. “The Raging Bull’s” WBA and WBC titles will be on the line against WBA interim champion Donaire. “We are just waiting on acceptance and confirmation from the Donaire camp,” said Darchinyan’s manager Elias Nasser, “everything else has been organized. There’s a very large contingent of Armenian fans and Filipinos who live in California and we are expecting a lot of Mexicans to be supporting Vic, as well.” (more…)
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi at Ringside
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
Journeyman Leo “Aztec Boy” Martinez (15-12, 7 KOs) shocked a packed house at BB King’s Blues Club & Grill in Times Square on Wednesday night, battering undefeated junior welterweight Joelo Torres (11-1, 7 KOs) for seven and a half rounds before knocking out the Puerto Rican prospect at 1:23 of the eighth and final round. (More)
Cuban refugee and former amateur star Erislandy Lara might’ve shown the world he’s got the goods to crack into contention at junior middleweight, with his safe-but-sound, one-sided win over Danny Perez, last night at the Hard Rock’s The Joint in Las Vegas, but, in doing so, he lulled a shallow crowd into a deep sleep.
The anticlimactic main event topped off a dramatic co-main and knockdown-punctuated undercard on a Golden Boy Promotions show televised on ShoBox . . . Click here for more
TKO Boxing brought professional boxing to the Rio Casino in Las Vegas to showcase some of boxing’s new blood courtesy of their “Hometown Heroes” series.
The evening featured a mixed bag of finishes headlined by Sharif “The Lion Warrior” Bogere defeating Martin Tucker by 1st round TKO when Tucker claimed he couldn’t see after a clash of heads left a nasty gash over his right eye and retired on the stool . . . Click here for more
Check out all the shots by Chris Cozzone from yesterday’s weigh-in for “The Rivals: Jones vs. Hopkins II” at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Roy Jones, Jr. and Bernard Hopkins weigh in; plus Rocky Juarez vs. Jason Litzau, Sergio Mora vs. Calvin Green and Ismayl Sillakh vs. Daniel Judah. Click here to see slideshow
Super middleweight Kingsley Ikeke (right) defends his NABA title against Zane Marks (left) tonight at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. Ikeke, who weighed 167 pounds, is currently ranked #10 by the WBA. Marks scaled in at 166.5. Also pictured is promoter Brian Halquist.
By Chris Perry
The official weigh-in for the International Championship Boxing Knockout Series April 3 event at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia was held on Friday at Knuckleheads Roadhouse in Virginia Beach. NABA lightweight champion Dorin Spivey weighed in first at 137 pounds, two pounds over the weight limit. After an hour, he weighed-in at 136 1/2 pounds. It was then determined Spivey may weigh-in again Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. His opponent Tyrell Samuel weighed 130 1/2 on the first try. In the photo above, promoter Jack Fulton, Dorin Spivey, members of Spivey’s team and members of Tyrell Samuel’s team huddle around the scale for Spivey’s second weigh-in attempt.
Ran Nakash 204 vs Richard Stewart 199 1/2
Bobby Jordan Jr. 176 vs Marcus Donald Hall 174
Elad Schmuel 147 vs Edward Anderson 145
Stephan Alexander 130 1/2 vs Javier Dennis NA
Frankie Filipone 167 vs Larry Brothers 166
Mikaela Lauren 150 vs Jasmin Davis NA
Ivan Ziglar 156 vs Jayson Wahr 153
Promoter: International Championship Boxing
Venue: Norfolk Scope Arena
Doors: 7:30 p.m, First bout: 8:30 p.m.
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Undefeated lightweight Sharif Bogere (15-0, 9 KOs) defeated Martin Tucker (7-6, 3 KOs) via TKO when Tucker quit on the stool at the end of the 1st round after a clash of heads on Friday night at the Rio Casino in Las Vegas. The headclash caused a nasty cut over Tucker’s right eye. The doctor said he could continue in between rounds but Tucker claimed he couldn’t see. Therefore, rather than a no contest, the fight is ruled a TKO due to Tucker quitting on the stool.
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
Undefeated Cuban junior middleweight rising star Erislandy Lara (11-0, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over veteran Danny Perez (34-6, 17 KOs) on Friday night at The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Lara dominated the fight from the opening bell, but seemed content to outbox the slower Perez over the full distance rather than up his aggression to try for a memorable KO. Scores were 99-91 on all cards.
Featherweight standout Carlos Velasquez (12-0, 10 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over game late replacement Ira Terry (24-3, 14 KOs). Velasquez rocked Terry in round three and finished him with a huge right on round four. Terry was counted out by referee Jay Nady at the :20 mark.
By Matt Richardson at ringside
From the Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY:
Light Heavyweights: Ronson Frank (15-0, 7 KO’s) W Technical Decision 5 (fight stopped due to headbutt injury) Alexander Mancera (7-4, 5 KO’s); Featherweights (Female): Alicia Ashley (15-9-1, 1 KO) W U 6 Jaclyn Trivilino (3-2-1, 1 KO); Light Heavyweights: Joe Smith (4-0, 4 KO’s) TKO 1 (Time: 0:18) Christopher Dammones (1-1, 1 KO); Heavyweights: Adam Kownacki (2-0, 1 KO) TKO 2 (Time: 0:53) Tyyab Beale (2-3, 1 KO); Middleweights: Thomas Baldwin (1-0) W U 4 Emmanuel Brujan (1-2, 1 KO); Cruiserweights: Owen Radway (1-0, 1 KO) TKO 3 (Time: 1:18) Angel Gonzalez (0-2)….full report to follow.
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Non-televised results from the Hard Rock Hotel’s The Joint in Las Vegas: In a stunning upset, previously unbeaten Puerto Rican welter Hector Sanchez (18-1, 9 KOs) was TKO’d in round five by gutsy Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (11-2-1, 4 KOs), of Los Angeles. Pendarvis weathered two early knockdowns and was way ahead on the cards when, in round five, he landed a right hand that floored Sanchez, who tried to make count. Referee Russ Mora stopped the bout at 2:29 when it was apparent that Sanchez was in no shape to continue.
In other results: In a four-round jr. feather bout, Toddy Junior (2-0) of Las Vegas, edged Luis Martinez (1-3-1) of Los Angeles with a majority decision win, scores of 39-37 twice and 38-38. 2008 Olympic heavyweight Deontay “The Bronze Bomber” Wilder (9-0, 9 KOs), of Tuscaloosa, Ala., made short work of Tyson Cobb (7-2, 6 KOs) of Amarillo, Tex., knocking him out in just 33 seconds. In a six-round lightweight bout, Mike Perez (7-0-1, 3 KOs), of Newark, N.J., battered gutsy Sergi Ganjelashvili (4-5-1) of Key West, Fla., for a unanimous decision with scores of 60-54 twice and 59-55.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photo By Emily Harney
In an action packed ESPN2 Friday Night Fights main event for the USBA welterweight title, Danbury, CT’s Delvin Rodriguez (25-4-2, 14 KOs) retained his belt as he won a twelve round unanimous decision over a game “Mighty” Mike Arnaoutis (22-5-2, 10 KO’s). Scores of the bout in favor of Rodriguez read 117-110, 119-108, and 118-109. Rodriguez worked off his jab the entire night to setup the hook and right hand. Arnaoutis showed his durability and tenacity throughout as he landed some nice counters in the losing effort. The six bout fight card was promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing.
154 pound Providence, RI prospect Demetrius Andrade (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over an outclassed Geoffrey Spruiell (8-9, 2 KOs). All three judges scored the fight a perfect shutout for Andrade 60-54. Andrade used his jab as the key to victory over his opponent as he used that punch to open up other opportunities during the fight. Andrade had Spruiell in trouble at the end of the fifth round as well as other times during the fight but was unable to put him away in the end.
New York’s “Mean” Joe Greene (22-0, 14 KOs) kept his perfect record intact as he scored an eight round unanimous decision victory over Chris Gray (12-12, 1 KO). Scores of the bout were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 all in favor of Greene. (more…)
Andreas Hale at the scales
From the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s PPV-televised “The Rivals: Hopkins vs. Jones II” showdown promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
Bernard Hopkins 175 vs. Roy Jones 175
Rocky Juarez 129 vs. Jason Litzau 130
Sergio Mora 161 vs. Calvin Green 161
Ismayl Sillakh 175 vs. Daniel Judah 175
Buddy McGirt Jr. 169 vs. John Mackey 166
Frankie Gomez 140 vs. Clavonne Howard 134
Yaundale Evans 130 vs. Juan Baltierrez 134
Craig McEwan 159 vs. Kris Andrews 157.5
Ray Narh 139 vs. Angel Hernandez 144.5
Tomas Villa 126 vs. Miguel Angel Garcia 126
(USBA featherweight title)
Lenin Arroyo 144 vs. Mike Alvarado 143.5
John Molina 116 vs. Raul Martinez 116
Orphius Waite 155.25 vs. Omar Henry 155
Gil Garcia 126 vs. Jerry Belmontes 126.25
Gabriel Holguin 173.5 vs. Alfonso Lopez 174
Esteban Almarez 142.25 vs. Juan Jose Fuentes 143.75
Eddie Ramirez 129.5 vs. Arthur Trevino 129.5
Venue: American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas
Promoter: Top Rank
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Before an all time “Battle In The Ballroom” crowd of 1,456 fans, heavyweight Scott Alexander stayed undefeated, but he added a draw to this 5-0 record in a hard fought war with 4-1 Marcus Dickerson on Thursday night at the Irvine Marriott in Irvine, CA. Alexander did little in the fourth and final round and lost the round on all three scorecards which cost him the win. (more…)
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