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By Mariano A. Agmi and Bill Luppert at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
WBC “emeritus” middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez (47-2-2, 26 KOs) scored an impressive eighth round KO over previously unbeaten WBO jr middleweight champ Sergiy Dzinziruk (37-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Martinez both outjabbed and outworked Dzinziruk. He was credited with a knockdown in round four when Dzinziruk’s glove hit the canvas. It was clear knockdown by Martinez in round five. Dzinziruk was floored three times in round eight and the fight was over. Time was 1:43.
WBA #5/WBC #12 middleweight Andy Lee (25-1, 19 KOs) won his “Celtic War” against previously unbeaten WBO #12 Craig McEwan (19-1, 10 KOs) scoring a spectacular tenth round KO. McEwen was surprisingly dominant over the first half of the fight. The heavily favored Lee mounted a comeback down the stretch and dropped McEwan in round nine. Lee finished him in round ten. Time was :56. (more…)
WBA Featherweight champion Jonathan Barros (32-1-1, 18 KOs) of Argentina successfully made the first defense of his title unanimously decisioning Miguel “Micky” Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) of Mexico. The bout was pretty much the same pattern from beginning to end with Roman stalking Barros and Barros easily outboxing him from rounds one though twelve for the most part. The official judges scorecards read 118-110, 118-109 and 117-111. The bout took place at the Polideportivo La Colonia, Junin, in Mendoza, Argentina with Osvaldo Rivero promoting.
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (31-2, 8 KOs) scored a hard fought seventh round TKO over Joseph Laryea (14-5, 11 KOs) to retain his belt on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Laryea had his moments in round four, but Burns had taken command when a tiring Laryea quit on his stool citing a hand injury after round seven.
On the undercard, super middleweight James DeGale (10-0, 8 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Alpay Kobal (7-13-2, 5 KOs) and super featherweight Paul Appleby (17-2, 11 KOs) beat Youssef Al Hamidi (8-31-2, 1 KO) on points in a six rounder.
By Joe Koizumi
The most serious earthquake in history that happened in northern Japan on Friday afternoon caused so many troubles in the boxing industry that our promoters have been forced to cancel or postpone fight shows scheduled until this weekend. The WBC female tripleheader slated on Saturday will be held on May 8 according to the organizer WBC Cares in Japan. The Korakuen Hall, our regular venue for boxing, detected some inconveniences on the ceiling with several parts detached, so decided to cancel all boxing cards until March 18 for the sake of its detailed constructional examination of any damage caused by the horrible earthquake. The Hall established in 1962 decided to close the door for the first time in order to make an intensive care of the whole building and facilities as well.
Photos: Marianne Mueller
On Saturday – exactly one week before his WBC world heavyweight championship fight against Vitali Klitschko – Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis and his team arrived in Cologne, Germany. Although the elder Klitschko brother is highly favored to defend his title for the sixth time since returning in October 2008, many fans and experts believe that Solis can be the man to end the boredom in the heavyweight division. (more…)
Photo: Pete Susens
Aussie challenger Lenny Zappavigna squares off with IBF Champion Miguel Angel Vazquez after the two completed the mandatory re-weigh for their championship bout tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Zappa weighed 144.5 and Vazquez 143.75. IBF Supervisor Anibal Miramontes confirmed the weights.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #10 and WBA #8 heavyweight Kali Meehan, 6’5, has issued a challenge to Michael Grant, 6’7, who scored an impressive three round KO over Ty Fields. Australian based Meehan is in the USA training but has requested his manager to make a Grant vs. Meehan fight. “Michael Grant and myself are both veterans with plenty left in the tank,” Meehan continued. “I think it would be an all action bout between two big heavyweights who can punch. I had a good win over Evans Quinn in my most recent bout and I want to keep active. I am rated in both IBF and WBA but Michael is not rated so it should be a good fight for him if he is confident.
DiBella Entertainment announced today that the WBC welterweight title fight between undefeated, defending champion Andre Berto and challenger “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will be take place April 16 in MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Connecticut, the site of tonight’s middleweight title showdown between Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
Last night’s session of the Badia Spices Friday Night Fight series at the Magic City Casino exhibited some more adaptability from Pugilistic Promotions; the promotional company headed by Florida Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Ramiro Ortiz. When headliner Glendy Hernandez fell ill yet bravely committed to fight on, Ortiz made some moves.
Indeed, the quick-thinking promoter has overcome every challenge since the inaugural event last November that began without a constructed ring.
The six-round main event featuring Glendy Hernandez (6-0, 3 KOs) was swapped with a four-round undercard bout; moving crushing Cuban cruiserweight Yunieski Gonzalez up to the final bout of the evening.
Gonzalez (4-0, 3 KOs) notched his first non-knockout victory with a unanimous decision against rugged Mexican Reggie Pena (6-6, 1 KO). Gonzalez attacked with his customary aggression and big punches, but appeared to have suffered a right hand injury early in the fight which hampered his closing ability. Pena eluded the stoppage but couldn’t evade the superior skills of the Cuban destroyer as judges awarded him just one of the six rounds. (more…)
Turning Tye Field’s “Field of Dreams” into “The Killing Fields,” and having a field day doing so, “Big” Michael Grant plummeted “Big Sky” to earth last night at Planet Hollywood.
The last time Las Vegas felt such a tremor was in 2008, when Monte Barrett chopped down Fields in less than a round. This time around, Field’s free-fall drop and splatter on the canvas happened in two-and-change rounds . . . Click here for more
Middleweight Dan Miller (13-4, 1 NC) is used to punching his friends in the face. He trains daily with his younger brother, lightweight contender Jim Miller, and while most big brothers beat up their siblings just for the fun of it, for Dan, it’s his job . . . Click here for more by Mike Straka, UFC.com
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By Graham Houston
There are fights that look good on paper but fizzle out in the ring. Meetings between technicians delight the purist but can be lacking in drama. The most talented fighters don’t always make the best fights. Then we have Miguel Cotto. The impassive-featured Puerto Rican national superstar can box and fight and he is never boring. Pair Cotto with the wild and wacky Ricardo Mayorga and you have the ingredients for a junior middleweight contest that should be captivating for as long as it lasts.
Mayorga has been taunting Cotto since the fight was first announced. He seemed genuinely affronted when Cotto steadfastly refused to take part in the now-traditional staredowns. Mayorga even tried to present Cotto with a red rose at Friday’s weigh-in, a gesture suggestive of contempt. Cotto did his best to ignore the irritant from Nicaragua, but you sense that he was inwardly seething. On Saturday night, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas — Cotto gets Mayorga where he wants him, in the ring, and the fans in the arena and watching on Showtime PPV are sure to be entertained. (more…)
Twenty-four hours before the year’s first big boxing pay-per-view event Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga clashed for one last time before their title match on SHOWTIME PPV tonight.
By Chris Cozzone at ringside
In a clash of super-sized heavyweights, 6’7 Michael Grant (47-4, 35 KOs) scored an explosive third round one-punch knockout over 6’9 Tye Fields (45-3, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Both fighters were rocked by big shots in round two. Grant leveled Fields with a monster right hand in round three. Time was 1:06.
Former two-division world champion Joel Casamayor (38-5-1, 22 KOs) took a close ten round split decision over late sub Manuel Leyva (20-2, 12 KOs). Casamayor dropped Leyva with a body shot in round five and went on to win by scores of 97-92, 96-93 on two cards. Leyva was up 95-94 on the third card.
Cruiserweight Aaron Williams (21-3-1, 14 KOs) annihilated Shane Steele (7-4, 5 KOs) in one brutal round. Referee Joe Cortez waved it off after two knockdowns. Time was 2:27.
Unheralded 294lb heavyweight Alvaro Morales (6-8-6, 0 KOs) ruined the pro debut of Olympian Razvan Cojanu, who represented Romania at the 2008 Beijing Games. Scores were 39-37, 39-37, 38-38, adding up to a four round majority nod for Morales.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
In a WBC female flyweight title unification bout, WBC interim titleholder Mariana “Barbie” Juarez (28-5-3, 13 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten world champion Simona Galassi (14-1-1, 3 KOs) on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Polanco, Distrito Federal, Mexico. Galassi showed her class early as she boxed beautifully and landed cleanly, but Juarez was relentless and simply out-toughed the Italian star as the bout progressed. Scores were 97-93, 97-93, 96-94. Fightnews.com also scored it 96-94. (more…)
WBO super featherweight champion Ricky Burns (30-2, 7 KOs) weighed in at 129 lbs. ahead of his title defense against Joseph Laryea (14-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Laryea scaled in at 127.75. Laryea once again made throat slitting gestures at Burns in an attempt to intimidate Burns, who stated “All this nonsense, trying to wind me up, is not working.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF#4, WBA#12 Billy Dib (30-1, 18 KOs) returns to action in the ring against tough Filipino, Ricky Sismundo (18-5) in an eight round fight at the Italian club, Perth, Western Australia. Dib is chasing a shot at WBA champion Chris John and IBF champion Yurlorkis Gamboa. Dib is a former IBO 130 world champion but lost a WBO featherweight title opportunity to Steve Luevano in 2008. He has stopped his last six opponents and is confident Sismundo will be number seven. Sismundo took the WBC#1 jnr lightweight Terdsak Kokietgym twelve rounds in 2010. Also former WBO 154 pound challenger Daniel Dawson (35-3, 24 KOs) will clash with Filipino Arnel Tinampay (12-12-1, 4 KOs) over eight rounds. Dawson lost to WBO champion Serhiy Dzinziruk in ten rounds in 2010 but outscored American Jason LeHoullier in eight rounds in December. Classy middleweight Robbie Bryant (13-1-1, 7KOs) will challenge Togasilimai Letoa (11-6, 6KOs) for the vacant PABA title. Featherweight Paul Fleming (8-0, 5 KOs) will meet Joan de Guia (11-13-4, 3 KOs) over six rounds. Promoter Ty Colman
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for tomorrow night’s card at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA:
Jimmy Lange 158 vs. Jimmy Holmes 158
William Joppy 173 vs. Cory Cummings 168
Mark Tucker 175 vs. Larry Pryor 174
Todd Wilson 137 vs. Dean White 136
Tony Jeter 161 vs. Mike McFail 160
Scott Sigmon 172 vs. John Terry 171
Abodurin Akinyanju 280 vs. Ron Gamble 257
George Rivera 158 vs. Shakir Ashanti 157
Slideshow: All the shots from today’s “Relentless” weigh-in at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, featuring Miguel Cotto vs. Ricardo Mayorga, Yuri Foreman vs. Pawel Wolak, Miguel Vazquez vs. Lenny Zappavigna and Tommy Zbikowski vs. Richard Bryant. . . . Click here to view
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Showtime PPV-televised “Relentless” card promoted by Top Rank. There were no posedowns or face-offs . . . but there was a rose. While Cotto weighed in, Mayorga offered him a pretty red rose, duly ignored by Cotto. When the champ refuse to pose with Mayorga, the loco Nicaraguan tried to goad him into posing, to no avail.
Miguel Cotto 154 vs. Ricardo Mayorga 154
Yuri Foreman 155 vs. Pawel Wolak 154
Tommy Zbikowski 193 vs. Richard Bryant 225
Miguel Vazquez 135 vs. Lenny Zappavigna 135
Jose Pinzon 155 vs. Edvan Dos Santos Barros 154
Matt Korobov 161 vs. Michael Walker 160
Jesus Rojas 123 vs. Isaac Hidalgo 122
Joseph Rabotte 255 vs. Eric Molina 227
Juan Gonzalez 135 vs. Jeremy McLauri
Stay tuned for more photos.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros weighed in at 125.62 and Miguel “Mickey” Roman weighed 125.4 for Saturday night’s clash at the Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina. Barros is a 2 to 1 favorite in the bout, which will be televised in Mexico on Televisa.
Photos: Emily Harney
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez and Sergiy Dzinziruk both weighed 158.8 lbs. for their clash Saturday night at Foxwoods.
Sergio Martinez 158.8 vs Sergiy Dzinziruk 158.8
(WBC Diamond middleweight belt)
Andy Lee 162.6 vs Craig Mcewan 161.4
Javier Fortuna 126 vs Derrick Wilson 125
Sonya Lamonakis 226.2 vs Tanzee Daniel 253.2
Thomas Dulorme 145 vs Guillermo Valdes 144
Seanie Monaghan 174.2 vs Billy Cunningham 173.8
Abraham Lopez 149.4 vs Andrew Jones 150
Venue: Foxwoods, Ledyard, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Photo: Marcin Ladka/bokser.org
Unbeaten cruiserweight Mateusz Masternak (22-0, 16 KOs) of Poland defeated Russia-based former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (18-5-1, 13 KOs) by way of 5th round TKO to retain the IBO Intercontinental belt on Friday in Olsztyn, Poland. Ismailov received a deep cut as a result of a Masternak jab early in round five and the ringside doctor called a halt to the bout at the end of round.
Mason Menard 133.8 vs. Anthony Napunyi 133
(UBO All American lightweight title)
Bobby Bryant 150.9 vs. William Armstead 153
Jared Lablanc 151 vs. Star Johnson 151
Bailey Bobbitt 173.5 vs. Omid Bahreini 171.3
Sergey Kovalev 177 vs. William Johnson 174.9
Josh Joseph 148 vs. LD Herbert 148
Venue: Hilton Towers Ballroom, Lafayette, Louisiana
Promoter: Bad Chad’s Box-N-Car Promotions
By Gabriel F. Cordero
American referee Mark Nelson will be the third man in the ring when Mexican challenger Mickey Roman (33-7, 25 KOs) and Argentinian WBA featherweight world champion Jonathan Barros (31-1-1, 18 KOs) meet at Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina on Saturday. The three judges are Cesar Ramos (Puerto Rico), John Poturaj (US) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight Supervisor is Alberto Sarmiento (Venezuela).
Photos: Sumio Yamada/WBC
Update: Due to the 8.9 earthquake that hit Japan today, this fight card has been cancelled and more news on the matter will be released soon. The WBC had direct communication with Tsuyoshi Yasukochi, Executive Secretary of the Japan Boxing Commission and with Akihiko Honda promoter and CEO of Teiken Boxing Promotions.
Naomi Togashi 108 vs Jujeath Nagaowa 106.5
(WBC 108lb female championship)
Momo Koseki 102 vs Krikanok Islandmuyaythai 101.25
(WBC 102lb female championship)
Anabel Ortiz 105 vs Naoko Fujioka 105
(WBC 105lb female championship)
Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Naomi Togashi 108 vs. Jujeath Nagaowa106.5
Momo Koseki 102 vs. Krikanok Islandmuyaythai 101.2
Anabel Ortiz 105 vs. Naoko Fujioka 105
Venue: Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan
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After putting on some of the biggest fights in boxing history together and separately, legendary promoters Don King and Bob Arum are set to do it again this Saturday as Ricardo Mayorga and Miguel Cotto do battle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
But before the two pugilists get it on, the promoters gave their thoughts on the bout in a historic roundtable hosted by Showtime . . . Click here for more
The billboards and the posters and the press releases may be promoting the HBO-televised matches featuring Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Jorge Solis and Matt Remillard vs. Miguel Angel Garcia, but many of the fans who jam the 2,700-seat ballroom at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on Saturday evening, March 26, will be coming to see another fight which will not be part of the telecast.
It’s the scheduled 12-round contest between USBA super bantamweight champion Teon Kennedy, of Philadelphia, PA, and challenger Jorge Diaz, of New Brunswick, NJ. Both men are undefeated and both men bring large contingents of die-hard followers. (more…)
On March 17th, St. Paddy’s Day, Star Boxing, brings live professional boxing back to Long Island at the Plattduetsche Park Restaurant in Franklin Square, NY. In an interesting bout just added, WBC #3/WBO #13 rated jr. featherweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore (27-2, 22 KOs) will also see action when he takes on Jason Rorie (6-11-2, 3 KOs) over six scheduled rounds. Moore originally hails from Guyana but now lives and trains in New York City.
Headlining the show is undefeated jr. welterweight prospect Chris Algieri (10-0, 5KOs) as he takes on Philadelphia’s Julius Edmonds (7-10) in an eight-rounder. Also fighting in his first bout since he was shot and nearly killed last year will be the former four-time national champion, Adam “Showtime” Willett (1-1). Willett, who was the number one ranked heavyweight in the US for three consecutive years and was an alternate to the 2008 US Olympic Team, was shot once in the chest while working as a High School Security Guard and defending two of his female students who were being harassed by two older men. Willett is fighting Sharieff Hayes (0-2).
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like ultra-popular WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez could return to the ring two more times in 2011. Promoter Golden Boy Promotions is eyeing a June 18 date in Guadalajara, the hometown of Canelo, and another on September 17 in Las Vegas, both likely on pay per view. The 20-year-old Mexican phenom drew big numbers in terms of attendance and TV ratings in his fight against Matthew Hatton at the Honda Center in Anaheim.
Photo: Marcin Ladka/BOKSER.ORG
Unbeaten Mateusz Masternak (21-0, 15 KOs) of Poland will face his biggest test today in Russia based former world title challenger Ali Ismailov (18-4-1, 13 KOs) The main event bout will take place at the Urania Hall, al. Pilsudzkiego 44, in Olsztyn, Poland. The International Boxing Organization Inter-Continental cruiserweight title will be at stake. The 23 year old Masternak has been solid thus far in his young career winning not only in Poland but in Germany and the U.S. as well. Ismailov dropped a very competitive split decision to then champion Victor Ramirez of Argentina in Argentina in 2009. Masternak weighed in at 195 pounds while Ismailov weighed in at 199 pounds.
It’s a rarity, finding yourself at a roundtable discussion with opposing trainers who not only agree on most points, essentially, but are not unrealistic about their fighter’s chance of victory.
Veteran trainers Emanuel Steward and Al Bonanni joined the press Thursday morning to discuss their fighters, Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga, who clash Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
For two-time former world champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares, the defeat of his Venezuelan compatriot Miguel “Aguacerito” Acosta to Brandon Rios in a WBA lightweight title fight in Las Vegas last week will produce a double effect on his career because he’s pressing to get a lightweight title shot in the near future and to start fighting regularly again. “Juan Manuel Marquez, Humberto Soto, Brandon Rios, Michael Katsidis, Robert Guerrero and Antonio DeMarco, these are the names I want because they are the best lightweights,” said Linares. “To me this is a great challenge to my ability both as a boxer and a person. I’m training hard but so far no date, venue and opponent. I’m concentrating on the biggest challenges.”
Linares’ career has been guided by the famous Japanese promoter Akihiko Honda and there is a promotional partnership with Golden Boy Promotions for the development of Linares in the United States. Sources report that GBP had a possible fight between Linares vs Jason Litzau at super featherweight on the April 9 Morales-Maidana card, but the weight was the determining factor for not taking the fight.
“I don’t want to play in the CFL. I want to play in the NFL.”
One could describe the above statement as the mantra Eliot “The Fire” Marshall has been living by for the past year. It is a simple metaphor with a simple meaning: Eliot Marshall wants to fight in the UFC and will not accept any substitutes. After an unforeseen cut from the UFC, a full year in exile, a three fight win streak and an injury to another light heavyweight, “The Fire” Marshall is finally back and ready to play in the mixed martial arts version of the NFL . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC.com
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