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STRIKEFORCE® returns to Illinois for the first time since 2009 with one of its top fight cards of the year. Having already announced the heavyweight super fight main event between Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko and Dan “Hendo” Henderson, STRIKEFORCE officials today confirmed the remainder of the loaded main card, which will air live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) from the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates, Ill. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Once-beaten Japanese feather champ Satoshi Hosono (21-1, 15 KOs), 126, impressively kept his national belt as he quickly dropped game challenger Kazunori Takayama (19-8-4, 4 KOs), 126, with a vicious left uppercut to the face and battered him from all angles to prompt the referee’s intervention at 2:56 of the second round in a scheduled ten on Monday in Tokyo, Japan.
Hosono, making his third defense, who once failed to win the WBA 122-pound belt via unanimous decision to Poonsawat Kratindaeng-gym in January of the previous year, displayed his improvement in effectively scoring with short punches in the close quarter. Takayama, who couldn’t win the same 126-pound title by a close verdict to future WBA ruler Ryol-li Lee last year, attempted to land solid shots to the shorter champ from the long range, but absorbed the champ’s wicked combinations upstairs and downstairs. Hosono, handled by ex-WBA/WBC 105-pound champ Hideyuki Ohashi, is gunning for a shot at a world feather belt as he claims he’s a legitimate 126-pounder with his best speed and power. (more…)
The WBC Final Elimination bout between Ajose Olusegun and Ali Chebah has been confirmed. The WBC informs that the final elimination bout for the mandatory position in the super lightweight division, between # 2 Ajose Olusegun, of Nigeria, and # 6 Ali Chebah, of France, has been confirmed to be held on Saturday August 13th, 2011, in California, and will be promoted by DiBella Entertainment.
Hitz Boxing will return to the luxurious venue in the Horseshoe Casino, in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday, August 19 for a night of world-class boxing, featuring Chicago’s former WBC Lightweight Champion David Diaz in the main event. Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) won the world championship in 2006 against Jose Armando Santa Cruz and successfully defended against all-time-great Erik Morales via unanimous decision before falling short in a valiant stand against pound-for-pound superstar Manny Pacquiao in an exciting high-profile showdown in 2008. Diaz also has victories over former world champions Jesus Chavez and Ener Julio. (more…)
No sooner had new WBA Super Bantamweight Champion Rico “Suavecito” Ramos had his arm raised victoriously after his seventh-round knockout of defending champion Akishumni Shimoda last Saturday night in Atlantic City, WBA Interim titlist Guillermo “The Jackal” Rigondeaux issued an instant challenge to the 24-year-old Ramos for a supreme 122-pound showdown.
The Shimoda-Ramos fight was on the verge of being called off when Rigondeaux’ Irish manager, Gary Hyde, through renown boxing lawyer Patrick English, lodged an objection to the WBA. The action resulted in the promoters for both Shimoda and Ramos being instructed to make a deal with Team Rigondeaux or their fight wouldn’t be sanctioned. (more…)
Long-time welterweight contender, and former world title challenger, Delvin Rodriguez, will step up in weight to face jr. middleweight Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19KO’s) in the main event bout of the evening on ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights”. The bout, which will take place at New York City’s famed Roseland Ballroom, is promoted by Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing and is scheduled for ten rounds.
“This is my opportunity to erase everything bad that has happened the past few years, and put myself right back into the spotlight,” stated Rodriguez. “I can’t change what happened in the past, that’s something that I don’t have any control over and honestly I’m tired of talking about it. What I do have control over though is the fight on July 15th. A win against Pawel, who is coming off the biggest win of his career, and is rated in all of the four sanctioning bodies, puts me right back into the mix, and there is no way that I am letting that opportunity pass me by.” (more…)
After the controversial decision handed down in Atlantic City on Saturday night, Erislandy Lara and his team are hoping to get a rematch against former world champion Paul Williams. “It was a good fight, but I don’t know what the judges saw,” said Lara. “I definitely want the rematch with Williams.” Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer added “We hope that Williams and his promoter Dan Goossen will give Lara a much-deserved rematch to settle the controversy that has erupted since Saturday night’s decision. If Williams chooses not to fight Lara again, Erislandy is ready to fight anyone, anywhere and at any time and we will make sure they he gets the opportunities he deserves in the wake of his spectacular performance in Atlantic City.”
Lara, who suffered a small facial fracture in the bout which caused noticeable swelling during the bout, will not be able to train for six to eight weeks.
Photo: Team Sauerland
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) has arrived in Munich where he will put his belt on the line against Hugo Hernan Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) on Saturday. “It will be an exciting week,” Huck promised. “I can promise my fans another spectacular performance and an exciting victory. Let’s get it on.”
By Benny Ricardo
The pipes were clear; the energy through the roof and the main event took place right where he likes it, in his kill zone area. The Colonel, Bob Sheridan, was back on the air calling another championship fight that is rapidly nearing the thousand mark. Top Rank’s Director of TV production, Marty Corwin told the Colonel “You were in mid-season form, it was like you never left.” (more…)
Photo: Mariano A. Agmi
The New Jersey Athletic Control Board has no plans to review or change the result of Saturday’s controversial fight between former two-division world champion Paul Williams and Erislandy Lara, although commissioner Aaron Davis will discuss the scoring with judges Al Bennett (114-114), Don Givens (115-114) and Hilton Whitaker III (116-114). HBO’s Harold Lederman scored it 117-111 for Lara.
Williams was busy as usual, throwing 1047 punches to Lara’s 530. But Lara connected at a 49% clip while Williams landed 21% and Lara repeatedly landed the cleaner shots.
Bennett and Whitaker both had Williams ahead by one entering the final round, while Givens had “The Punisher” leading by two. Whitaker and Givens both scored round twelve 10-10, with Bennett giving the final stanza to Lara. Click here to see the actual master scorecard up close
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC featherweight champion Jhonny Gonzalez is satisfied with his fourth round KO of challenger Tomas Villa in his first 126lb title defense. “I think Gamboa was expected in September, but now he says he’s going with Daniel Ponce De Leon,” said Gonzalez. “I want to face the best in the featherweight division and hopefully I’ll get an opportunity against Juan Manuel Lopez, Orlando Salido, Rafael Marquez, Yuriorkis Gamboa and others. It was a good win but I feel that I’m ready for greater challenges.”
Promoter Oswlado Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo added, “We’re trying to find the best opportunities. Johnny G has shown that he’s back at the top of world boxing and we’re negotiating with those in that top category to face the best.”
By Jeff Pamungkas
The oldest minimumweight world champion in history, Muhammad Rachman (39 years, 64-10-5, 33 KOs) stated that he’s ready to defend his title against the WBA 11th rated contender Pornsawan Porpramook (22-3-1, 16 KOs) of Thailand, scheduled on July 30 at POPKI Sports Hall in Cibubur, Indonesia (about 1 hour driving from the capitol of Jakarta). “I’m still self-trained, and I admit that the preparation for this fight must be better than the previous one, because I know I’m getting older everyday,” said Rachman who trains it the garage of his home in Blitar. “I am the trainer myself, and I’m assisted by a young boxer for sparring and doing the padwork.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Pawel “Raging Bull” Wolak (29-1, 19 KOs), who on July 15 in New York’s famous Roseland Boardwalk will fight another fan favorite Delvin Rodriguez (25-2, 14 KOs), both works hard and talks hard. “Six weeks of hard training, at least 90 minutes a day. It was a very effective training camp – no ounce of energy was wasted. I need all of this energy in the ring,” said Wolak working at Global Boxing Gym in North Bergen, New Jersey. The Wolak-Rodriguez fight will be televised as a main event during ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights” series. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former middleweight champion Jake LaMotta, the famous “Raging Bull,” celebrated his 90th birthday Sunday. LaMotta (83-29-4, 30 KOs) was a conteroversial figure both inside and outside the ring and later became an icon of cinema in the film Raging Bull, starring Robert de Niro. He was the first man to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson.
Michael Katsidis “The Great” has overcome a nasty flu to step back in the ring on the weekend, sparring current Australian lightweight champion Brett Smith over six rounds. Katsidis was bed ridden last week forcing him to cancel a media sparring day he had planned on the Gold Coast.
“It was always a concern but we are happy with the way Michael has recovered after a good rest,” said his Manager-Trainer Brendon Smith. “As much as he (Katsidis) is on a great vitamin and immunity program sometimes it just cannot be avoided…there is so much flu getting around this time of year, it’s better to get it out of the way now, rather than come down with it closer to the fight. “Michael boxed OK with Brett (Smith) on Saturday and I consider that session to be a bonus as I never expected to have Michael box until tonight… he is in pretty good shape and is recovering well, we are on track for August 13.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBC executive director Mexican Mauricio Sulaiman has mentioned the possibility that the former two-division world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares and Antonio DeMarco cound fight for the WBC lightweight title which is now vacant and after the announcement by champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto that he is moving up in weight. Word is that the WBC has opened a free negotiation period and the camps have until August 5 to reach a deal before a purse bid is ordered. This hasn’t been confirmed, however.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian based South African cruiserweight Pieter Cronjie (12-4-1, 8 KOs) will be back in action on the undercard of the Danny Green vs Antonio Tarver IBO world title bout when he will clash with former WBO cruiserweight challenger Mohammed Azzaoui(26-6-3, 8 KOs) of New Zealand on July 20 at the Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, NSW, Australia. (more…)
Boxing and fitness coach Faisal Mohammed has opened a boutique personal training gym in Notting Hill, London. Faisal switched from kickboxing champion to boxing, turning professional with Frank Warren. After seven straight victories, six of those coming inside the distance, disaster struck Faisal’s promising career as he was diagnosed with high blood pressure during a routine check-up. The British Boxing Board deemed it was too dangerous for him to continue in the sport. “At first I was very disappointed but then I decided to turn this sporting setback into my next challenge,” Faisal said. “I transformed my energy towards providing world-class training on a personal basis. I am combining training methods that led me to world championship glory along with a unique approach to physical exercise.”
It had all the makings of a classic war between two heated rivals: Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon unleashing hooks and crosses of insults to one another, further making the media and fight fans drool over the anticipation of a potential of a fight of the year candidate bout.
Albeit it was brief, the fight did live up to the expectations of fight-hungry boxing fans . . . click here for more
From the opening bell, bitter rivals Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon launched into a multi-round slugfest. SHOWTIME Sports and Al Bernstein present the official recap of the July 9th Rios vs. Antillon title match, plus highlights from the action-packed Cintron vs. Molina undercard.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Rey Sanchez
The promotional debut of Panther Promotions LLC at Saturday’s “Change is Coming” show certainly lived up to its billing. Filling the void left by the recent and sudden departure of longtime promoter The Heavyweight Factory (partly due to recent Seminole tribal leadership changes), Panther Promotions came out swinging. The sports and entertainment company headed by former welterweight contender Harold Weston, local trainer Benny Collins and former boxer Elliot Alvarado treated fans to seven competitive, well-matched fights during their premiere event. Boxing legend “Smokin’” Joe Frazier sat ringside graciously signing gloves and taking pictures with the boisterous crowd. Frazier, now forty years removed from the “Fight of The Century” first fight of the Muhammad Ali trilogy, seemed to thoroughly enjoy the action and adulation as well. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Randy Carr
USBA Welterweight Champion “Kid” Carson Jones became only the second man ever to stop Germaine “Silky” Sanders last night by bludgeoning his way to a 6th round TKO win at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. Sanders (27-10, 17KOs) got off to a good start giving Jones (31-8, 21KOs) some problems early on with his defense and movement. But, with about 30 seconds remaining in round five, Jones caught Sanders with a right hand counter that stunned the slick Chicagoan. Jones pounced on Sanders and tried to finish his foe with a vicious flurry of power punches but the bell ending round five postponed what turned out to be the inevitable. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) retained his world title Saturday night with a devastating offensive onslaught, recording a third-round stoppage over Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) at The Home Depot Center on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. With the crowd on its feet the entire fight chanting loudly for their favorite fighter, both Rios and Antillon came out swinging in a toe-to-toe battle. Rios knocked Antillon down with a devastating left hook for the first of two knockdowns at the start of the third round. It was a shot Antillon would never recover from. Moments later he added an overhand right hand that that sent him to the floor face first. The end came when referee David Mendoza waved if off after Antillon stumbled toward his corner at 2:49 in the third round.
“We knew going in that whoever could take the best punch would win,” Rios said afterward. “Tonight I was faster and tougher for the couple of rounds we had. I had power in both hands.”
Antillon said he was never able to recover from the first knockdown. “That left hook caught me on the top of the head and it devastated me,” he said. “I was never the same after the first knock down. Rios punches very hard. I just got caught and I was never able to recover.” (more…)
Former WBC cruiserweight champion and current WBC #2 and WBC International champion Giacobbe Fragomeni won a six round decision against tough Remigijus Ziausys on Friday night in Civitanova Marche, Italy.
Former WBA light heavyweight champion and WBC #3 cruiserweight contender Silvio Branco outpointed journeyman Jevgenijs Andrejevs over six rounds.
Fragomeni and Branco will clash later this year in a big fight for Italian market. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II won with a impressive knockout at 1:35 in round two against countryman Rodolfo Garay in a bout held on Saturday at the Forum Polanco in Mexico City. “I feel I’m making progress,” said Sanchez II. After months of learning and dedication in my country, I’m on track to return to U.S. or fight with a foreign fighter in my own country. We’re going after our goals and it will be difficult to stop us.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty
The Seminole Hard Rock Live witnessed the promotional debut of Panther Promotions, LLC with tonight’s aptly-titled “Change is Coming” card.
Light heavyweight Denis “The Pirate” Grachev (11-0-1, 7 KOs) picked up the WBC Inter-Continental belt via a third-round stoppage victory over Eddie “Thunder” Caminero (7-5, 7 KOs). Picking off his wild-swinging opponent with crisper, stronger shots, Grachev steadily increased his output going into the third round, dazing Caminero along the ropes. Referee Frank Gentile jumped in to stop the action at 1:29 of the round, much to the chagrin of Caminero and the vocal crowd.
In the co-main event, undefeated middleweight Chad Trahan (5-0, 4 KOs) of Lafayette Louisiana outpointed Haitian Elie Augustama (5-3, 3 KOs). Elie, the younger brother of originally-scheduled headliner Azea Augustama, dropped the unanimous decision by virtue of identical 79-73 scorecards for the left-handed Trahan. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
In Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, WBA super flyweight champion Hugo “Increible” Cazares had no trouble retaining his belt by clearly and forcefully defeating his compatriot Arturo “Fuerte” Badillo. Badillo never had a chance with Cazares, who from the start more experience and skill. In the third round, Cazares dropped Badillo three times end it, successfully making the fourth defense of his WBA super flyweight the scepter.
By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a bout that had ‘classic’ written all over it from the day it was signed, WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios (28-0-1, 20 KOs) scored an explosive third round TKO over challenger Urbano Antillon (28-3, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. Both fighters met in the center of the ring and traded shots in every round as long as it lasted. Antillon was dropped early in round three and fought back valiantly until he was floored again and referee David Mendoza waved it off when Antillon staggered into the ropes on his own moments later. Time was 2:49.
Upset artist Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) has done it again. Molina took the fight to former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (32-4-1, 28 KOs) and came away with a ten round unanimous decision in a junior middleweight scrap. Molina landed most the clean shots in a breakout performance, while Cintron never got untracked. Scores were 98-92 on all cards.
Fighting for the first time under the Top Rank banner, unbeaten lightweight Mercito Gesta overwhelmed Jorge Pimentel, dropping him three times in less than three rounds before the fight was stopped. The southpaw Gesta (22-0-1, 11 KO’s) dropped Pimentel once in each round. After a devastating right uppercut dropped Pimentel (22-12 1NC, 15 KO’s) in the third round, referee Raul Caiz, Jr. stepped in and stopped the bout at 2:23. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolheimer and Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Rebounding from his KO loss to Sergio Martinez, Paul “The Punisher” Williams (40-2, 27 KOs) was looking to make statement against previously unbeaten Erislandy Lara (15-1-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. He didn’t make the statement he wanted as the much shorter Lara seemed to dominate the fight, but Williams came away with a very controversial majority decision. Lara repeatedly landed clean Martinez-style overhand lefts and turned Williams’face into a bloody mess at the end. Scores were 114-114, 115-114, 116-114. more + photos
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-bantam champ Akifumi Shimoda, a Japanese southpaw speedster, will defend his newly acquired belt against unbeaten top contender Rico Ramos in Atlantic City, NJ on Saturday, and he is the very first Japanese world champ that puts his belt on the line in the US mainland. Previously did Kuniaki Shibata, WBA 130-pound ruler, face ex-champ Ben Villaflor in a rematch in Honolulu only to be dethroned via first round knockout in 1973. Since then there have been no Japanese world champs that attempted to put the belts at stake in the US since Japan itself is a good market for smaller champs. Should Shimoda be victorious, he will make a hero’s return to Japan. Gambatte (Good luck in Japanese).
WBCBoxing.tv will present two championship boxing webcasts, free of charge, on Saturday, July 9. Please note: the webcasts are not available in Mexico.
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Scheduled for 12 rounds from Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, WBC featherweight world champion Jhonny Gonzalez, 48-7 with 42 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first title defense against Tomas “El Norteño” Villa, 23-7-4 with 14 knockouts, of Midland, Texas. (more…)
Photos: Sima Viorel
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (29-0, 24 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Jean-Paul Mendy (29-1-1, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Romexpo in Bucharest, Romania. An crushing overhand left put Mendy down and out face first. Time was 2:48.
Highlight’s of this bout will be shown on tonight’s Rios-Antillon telecast on SHOWTIME. Click here for more photos…
“It won’t be an upset when he wins. It’ll be the better fighter finally getting his due,” says DeCubas Presents President Luis DeCubas about Chicago junior middleweight “King” Carlos Molina (18-4-2, 6 KOs).
Molina weighed in at 151.8 lbs for his fight tonight with former welterweight champion Kermit Cintron at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California, and televised live on SHOWTIME network (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Molina vs. Cintron will serve as the main televised supporting bout to the WBA lightweight championship main event between Brandon Rios and Urbano Antillon.
“He’s in the shape of his life and ready for anything Cintron tries to throw at him,” continued DeCubas. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at the cozy New Paladium in North Philadelphia PA, Wilkes Productions put on an entertaining four bout card of professional boxing in front of a couple of hundred fans. In the feature bout of the evening Fred Jenkins Jr (3-0, 1KO) captured a four round unanimous decision victory over winless super middleweight Stephen Franklin (0-6). (more…)
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