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By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Tonight’s boxing card at the Casino de Montreal will have a distinct Canadian flavor to it as the action will feature a majority of bouts starring boxers from outside Quebec. Headlining the action will be former WBA light middleweight world champion Joachim Alcine (31-1, 19 KOs) in hopes to working his way back to the top as he battles Christophe Canclaux (40-2, 25 KOs) for the WBO inter-continental junior middleweight championship. Undercard action will feature three Ontario boxers and featherweight Arash Usmanee (3-0, 2 KOs) of Alberta, making his Montreal debut. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley at ringside
After years of anticipation, the state title fight between local heavyweight rivals Raphael Butler (35-8, 28 KO’s) and Joey Abell (25-4, 24 KO’s) ended in a no contest Friday night at the Target Center in Minneapolis. After some confusion over whether the bell had rung to end the first round (it had), a vicious combination to the head by Abell sent Butler crashing to the canvas. The fight was originally ruled a Butler DQ win, but was later changed to a no contest. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Last March in Britain, Ola Afolabi, the Nigerian cruiserweight who lives in Los Angeles, pulled off a big surprise in a fight for the interim title when he knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli in the ninth round. On Saturday in Germany, Afolabi will attempt to achieve his second consecutive upset when he challenges Marco “Käpt’n” Huck for the WBO’s “full” title in the 200-pound division. It would be a stunning achievement should the London-born Afolabi upset the odds twice in a row in Europe although Yonnhy Perez, the Colombian bantamweight, beat two favourites in a row this year with his wins over Silence Mabuza and Joseph Agbeko. (more…)
By Graham Houston
After wins over Marco Antonio Barrera and Andreas Kotelnik in his last two fights, Britain’s Amir Khan has put the one-round shocker against Breidis Prescott firmly behind him. Now Khan hopes to embark on the next phase of his career, which is to become a global superstar. The Khan camp is believed to have spoken with HBO executives in Las Vegas last month — introductions were made when the British fighter was in town for the Pacquiao-Cotto fight. I had a few words with Khan and it was clear to me that he would love to see his name in lights on the famous strip. (more…)
From the Palms in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s T.U.F. finale:
The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale
Brendan Schaub 240 vs. Roy Nelson 263
Jon Jones 206 vs. Matt Hamill 206
Houston Alexander 208 vs. Kimbo Slice 212
Matt Veach 155 vs. Frank Edgar 155
Matt Mitrione 255 vs. Marcus Jones 262
James McSweeney 235 vs. Darrill Schoonover 261
Justin Wren 251 vs. Jon Madsen 247
Rodney Wallace 203 vs. Brian Stann 205
Dennis Hallman 169 vs. John Howard 170
Joe Brammer 155 vs. Mark Bocek 156
Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez is likely to face indefinite suspension, officials said following her actions Saturday night after pulling out last minute against Holly Holm at Isleta Casino & Resort. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Holly Holm (26-1-3, 7 KOs) finished the night with another victory, but it wasn’t over Melissa “Huracan” Hernandez. Tonight at Isleta Casino & Resort, shortly before the main event was scheduled to go, Hernandez bailed out on her pound-for-pound showdown with Holm, fleeing the building with the excuse that that she would not fight, her corner not having seen Holm wrap her hands. Despite not having been available during Holm’s hand-wrapping, and regardless of offers to re-wrap, Hernandez took her gear and fled. Replacing Hernandez on a literal last-minute, Victoria Cisneros (3-8-2) stepped in to fight Holm. Though losing virtually every round, Cisneros gave a game performance, to lose with scores of 100-90 and 99-91 twice. On the undercard: Suzannah Warner (9-8) won a split decision over Jodie Esquibel (5-5-1) to retain her NABF minimumweight title. David Proa (6-1, 6 KOs) retired after two rounds in a six-rounder against Robert Guillen (5-4-3); Jessica Sanchez (1-1-2) and Amanda Crespin (0-1-1) fought a four-round draw; Michael Brooks (2-0, 2 KOs) TKO’d Christian Bruffy-Holmes (0-1) at 1:45 of round two. Stay tuned for full report tomorrow.
Welterweight Euri “Millon” Gonzalez (20-1-1, 14 KOs) won a close twelve round majority decision over Cosme “Chino” Rivera (31-14-2, 23 KOs) on Friday night at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming in Miami, Florida. Gonzalez survived a last round assault by Rivera to win 115-113, 115-113 and 114-114.
By Emily Harney
Ed Paredes (22-3-1, 13 KOs) knocked out Oscar Leon (28-10, 18 KOs) in the 4th round of a scheduled 10. Time was 51 seconds. Paredes was the main event on the “Back Yard Brawl” presented by GD Big Promotions/DeCubs held at La Covacha in Miami Florida. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Junior middleweight veteran Carson Jones (24-7-1, 15 KOs) promised to expose KO King Tyrone Brunson (21-1-1, 20 KOs) and that’s just what he did on Friday night at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif. Jones dropped Brunson in round three with a big right hand then got the stoppage with a sustained follow up barrage. Time was 2:39. Brunson started his career with a record 19 consecutive first round KOs, albeit against suspect opposition.
Former WBO junior lightweight world champion Mike Anchondo (30-2, 19 KOs) won an eight round split decision over previously undefeated Mauricio “El Maestro” Herrera (13-1, 6 KOs) in an all action fight. Scores were 77-75, 77-75 Anchondo, 79-73 Herrera.
Bantamweight Chris Avalos (15-0, 11 KO’s) stopped overmatched Jose Pacheco (2-10-6) in the second round of a scheduled six round bout. The game Pacheco was no match for the faster, stronger, and more polished Avalos. Referee Raul Caiz, Sr. stopped the bout at 1:34.
Lightweight Marvin Quintero stopped Tyler Ziolowski in the second round of a scheduled eight round bout. Quintero (18-2, 13 KO’s) overwhelmed Ziolowski (12-10, 6 KO’s) with power and speed, eventually trapping him in a corner and prompting a stoppage by referee Dr. James Jen-Kin at 1:15 of the second round.
Former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion Tomasz ‘Goral’ Adamek (37-1, 27 KO), following his destruction of Andrew Golota, will continue his quest to further his heavyweight career. On February 6th at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, Adamek will take on Jason “Big Six” Estrada (16-2, 4 KOs) in a 12 round IBF heavyweight international championship fight. The fight is promoted by Main Events and Ziggy Promotions in association with Classic Entertainment and Sports Inc.
Former WBO super middleweight champion Karoly Balzsay (21-2, 15 KOs) suffered his second straight defeat in his much anticipated comeback fight on Friday night at the Freizeit Arena in the Austrian winter sports mecca of Sölden. Unbeaten WBO super middleweight intercontinental titleholder Eduard “Eddy” Gutknecht (18-0, 7 KOs) retained his belt by taking a twelve round split decision. Scores were 115-113, 116-112 for Gutknecht and 116-113 for Balzsay.
In an important WBO bantamweight intercontinental clash, WBO #3 Zsolt Bedak scored a seventh round KO over WBO #4 Ramie Laput.
Also WBC flyweight world champion Simona Galassi (12-1, 3 KOs) outpointed Aziza Oubaita (9-2-1, 4 KOs) to successfully defend her belt. Galassi is targeting WBA/WIBF/WBO champion Susi Kentikian.
Paul Williams 157 vs Sergio Martinez 159
Chris Arreola 263 vs Brian Minto 218
Chazz Witherspoon 234 vs Tony Thompson 250
Carlos Quintana 153.5 vs Jesse Feliciano 152.5
Jorge Diaz 123.5 vs Luiz Paneto 121.5
Jeremiah Wiggans 151.5 vs Manuel Guzman 150
Venue: Boardwalk Hall’s Adrian Phillips Ballroom, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Promoter: Goosen Tutor
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WBA bantamweight Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (27-1-1, 9 KOs) successfully defended his title against challenger Frederic Patrac (26-8-1, 13 KOs) of France by eleventh round TKO. The bout took place in Patrac’s homeland of Agde, France. Moreno took control from the opening bell sticking his right jab in the Frenchman’s face from his southpaw stance followed with the straight left. Though the fight wasn’t fought toe to toe it was fought at reasonably close quarters as Moreno simply turned the oncharging Patrac at will, slipping most shots thrown at him. The few punches the Frenchman was able to land cleanly the fans screamed enthusiastically. Things turned for the worst for Patrac in round eight when Moreno hurt him with a serious of headshots and it appeared that the referee Mark Nelson might stop the bout but the bell saved the Frenchman. Though he wasn’t anywhere near the same trouble as in round eight, rounds nine and ten were more punishing rounds for Patrac as Moreno was now hurting him to the body as well. The eleventh and final round was a painful one for Patrac as Moreno raked his body with a regularly mixing it with uppercuts and straight lefts. The referee stopped the bout while Moreno was working Patrac over in the corner.
On January 9th Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda will return to Germany for the first time since his controversial loss to Arthur Abraham back in 2006. It seems only fitting that he will have the opportunity to become a world champion in the same country that he left over three years ago feeling robbed. “I may have not taken the belt with me the last time I left Germany, but this time it will be wrapped around my waist when I return back home” says Miranda who has been training with world renowned trainer Joe Goossen since his loss to Andre Ward earlier this year. “Joe has been fantastic to work with. I feel like a new fighter already. I am very excited to put on a great performance in front of the world.” Miranda 33-4 (29KOs) has faced some of the best fighters in the sport. His losses have come to three fighters who have a combined record of 87-1 with the sole loss coming from the hands of all time great Bernard Hopkins. “I have been to battle with some great champions and have fought them in their backyards. This is not new to me and if Robert Stieglitz wants me to fight him in his home town, then I will happily destroy him in front of his fans.” This WBO Super Middleweight Championship battle will be broadcast live from Magdeburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany on ZDF. For more information on Edison Miranda visit www.panteraboxing.com or become a fan on facebook.
WBA female super featherweight champion Kina Malpartida (10-3, 3 KOs) weighed in at 129 pounds while her opponent Lyndsey Scragg (10-1, 3 KOs) stood on the scales at 128 pounds. Kina (pictured on the right), who has become a sports hero in her native Peru, defends her crown this Saturday (December 5th) at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Her fight will be carried live in Peru and also on the internet at www.BattleInTheBallroom.com. Also featured on the six bout card will be lightweight contender Armando Santa Cruz (27-4, 16 KOs), along with promising welterweight Ricky Duenas (4-1, 2 KOs) and bantamweight Oscar Venegas (1-0, 1 KO) plus from Peru super featherweight Carlos Zambrano (8-0, 3 KOs) and Juan Zegarra (3-0, 3 KOs). Promoter Roy Englebrecht states that a few tickets are still available at the box office.
By Alexey Sukachev
Gavin Rees (31-1, 14 KOs), the pride of Newbridge, Wales, did what the prohibitive favorite should do by winning the Prizefighter tournament at 140lb moments ago at Olimpia, London, UK. The former WBA world champion got his name back into contention with the string of three quality wins, the last one being a hard-fought decision over Colin Lynes (33-7, 12 KOs). Lynes was arguably better in the first one, tagging the stocky swarmer with his counterpunching. Rees applied more pressure and rocked Lynes several times in the second. The third round was almost even with neither boxer scoring something really strong. At the end, however, scores were 30-27 and 29-28 (twice) – for the Welshman. The last score was exactly that of the Fightnews. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Last weekend on ShoBox we saw a heavy handed puncher lose his unbeaten record when John Molina was outpointed by Martin Honorio. On Friday, another undefeated young banger, the junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson, appears on ShoBox in a 10-rounder against the experienced Carson Jones. Will lightning strike twice? It will be fun finding out. (more…)
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By Johnny B’
Devin Zugic makes his debut as a boxing promoter tonight as Finest Promotions features professional boxing from Cicero Stadium in Cicero Illinois. The main-event features The Contender’s Rudy Cisneros 11-2 taking on journeyman Pat ‘The Cat’ Coleman in a light-middleweight contest. Also featured on the six bout card’s schedule is undefeated Illinois heavyweight David Latoria 3–0 versus Michigan veteran Cleophris Glover 3–11. Derek Zugic makes his professional debut against fellow light-heavy Cesar Martinez 1–0. Bouts start at 7:30pm. Cicero Stadium 1909 S. Laramie, Cicero IL
Houston Alexander knows a little something about making the most of an opportunity. When the 37-year-old Omaha, Nebraska resident debuted in the Ultimate Fighting Championship® in 2007, he needed just one minute and 49 seconds combined to dispatch of both Keith Jardine and Alessio Sakara in devastating, knockout fashion. (more…)
Amir Khan 139.5 vs Dmitriy Salita 140
(WBA super lightweight championship)
Kevin Mitchell 134 vs Breidis Prescott 135
Note: Both Salita and Prescott were forced to shed their clothes to make weight.
Venue: Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: SKY PPV
Be sure to visit the NEW Fight Glove Friday page for your chance to win an authentic pair of autographed Paul ‘The Punisher’ Williams gloves. These are the same gloves The Punisher will wear Saturday night on HBO against Sergio Martinez.
Marco Huck 196 vs Ola Afolabi 196.4
(WBO cruiserweight championship)
Alexander Povetkin 221.6 vs Leo Nolan 230.4
Dominik Britsch 159.6 vs Cleber Argente Alves 159.8
(IBF Youth middleweight title)
Venue: Ludwigsburg Arena, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
TV: ARD (Germany)
Take one step inside the brand-new, 38,000-square-foot UFC® GYM™ in Concord, Calif. and you’ll quickly learn that this is no ordinary fitness facility. As music pumps through the gym, an enthusiastic teenager swings heavy ropes, visions of Randy Couture dancing in his head. In another corner of the sprawling exercise center, a forty-something businessman channels his inner-Machida during karate class. And inside the UFC Gym’s renowned Octagon™, a mother of three fresh off the treadmill eagerly kicks Thai pads held by a dedicated instructor. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
From the moment the promos began to run for the highly anticipated tenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, the rumors began to fly. In addition to a pair of coaches who have next to no love for each other in “Rampage” Jackson and Rashad Evans, all eyes were on one particular fighter.
That man was Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson . . . Click here for more
World ranked flyweight Rayonta Whitfield will don the colors of black and red of his home state Atlanta Falcons this Sunday as he is honored with their 2009 Community Quarterback Award. The award will be presented at halftime of the Falcons NFC showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles . . . . Click here for more
* Tomorrow Night – The Ultimate Fighter® Heavyweights Finale - Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub go head-to-head in the finals of the Heavyweight Tournament, Matt Hamill and Jon Jones meet in a light heavyweight battle, and Kimbo Slice and Houston Alexander collide in the Octagon! LIVE at 9pm ET/PT on SPIKE
* UFC.com – The Ultimate Fighter® Finale Cheat Sheet (more…)
The WBC has named the officials for the Vitali Klitschko vs. Kevin Johnson heavyweight championship fight on December 12 in Berne, Switzerland. The referee will be Kenny Bayless (USA). Judges are Omar Mintun (Mexico), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) and Fabian Kaj Guggenheim (Switzerland)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2-0, 37 KOs ) will defend his title against challenger Kevin Johnson (22-0-1, 9 KOs) at PostFinance-Arena. This will be Klitschko’s third defense of his WBC title this year. In March, he beat #1 rated Juan Carlos Gomez in Stuttgart, Germany, by TKO 9 and then he dominated #1 ranked Cristobal Arreola in September winning by TKO in the 10th round in Los Angeles. The fight will be broadcast in over 100 countries including RTL in Germany and HBO in the US.
By Dennis Principe
Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao has agreed in principle to battle Floyd Mayweather, Jr. on March 13. This was confirmed by Pacquiao’s lawyer Jeng Gacal in an interview with Fightnews moments ago. Friday night, Pacquiao went on air via GMA-7’s “24 Oras” newscast and said he is willing to fight Mayweather on the said date. “He’s been trash talking too much and I want to put a stop to it. I don’t want kids who are watching us to emulate him,” said Pacquiao. (more…)
Eduard Gutknecht 167.8 vs Karoly Balzsay 167.6
(WBO Intercontinental super middleweight championship)
Zsolt Bedak 120.6 vs. Ramie Laput 121.5
(WBO Intercontinental super bantamweight championship)
Arthur Matern 153.9 vs. Jozsef Molnar 155.6
Venue: Freizeit Arena, Sölden/Tirol, Austria
Promoter: Universum Box-Promotion
By Nick Giongco
Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. has forged a partnership with giant Filipino TV station ABS-CBN. The deal was formally announced on Friday afternoon at the ABS-CBN headquarters in Quezon City in the Philippines with the Hall of Fame promoter sealing the partnership with ABS-CBN chairman Gabby Lopez and key officials of the network. Several Filipino fighters showcase their wares under the Top Rank banner and their exploits would be beamed live by ABS-CBN worldwide by way of The Filipino Channel. Expected to be given exposure here and abroad are Nonito Donaire, Brian Viloria, Bernabe Concepcion and several other rising punchers. But Manny Pacquiao fights would still be shown by Solar Sports and GMA 7, a rival of ABS-CBN.
Premium Boxing Promotions put on another competitive and exciting fight night at the Fantastic Casino “La Doña” in Panamá. In the main event, bantamweight Humberto “El Chino” Peña (7-0-2, 1 KO) remained unbeaten with an eight round unanimous decision over Javier Coronado. The scores were 79-73 twice and 80-74. In other action, featherweight Jonathan Arenas defeated José Aguirre by TKO in the third round. The card’s best fight was an exciting six round draw between lightweights Gabriel “El Piolo” Dorado and Leovigildo Siris. Also lightweight Ricauter Torrero stopped Luis González in round two.
By Peter Lim at ringside
In an intriguing matchup between two friends and and sparring partners, former two time junior middleweight world title challenger JC Candelo, 29-10-4 (20 KOs), stopped Chase Shields,29-2-1 (14 KOs), in the seventh round at the Houston Club. Shields floored Candelo with a left-right-left hook in the third round and seemed on his way to victory. But once Candelo round the range for his long, rapier-like straight right, the momentum of the fight shifted and the writing was on the wall. Candelo decked Shields with a series of rights in the seventh round and proceeded to tee off almost at will. Shields survived the round but trainer Bobby Benton would not let Shields off his stool for the eighth. Candelo immediately challenged Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. to a JCC vs. JCC duel. (more…)
Cosme “Chino” Rivera 147 vs. Euri “Millon” Gonzalez 147
Yoelvis “El Cicloncito” Gamboa 135 vs. Karl Garcia 135
William Silva 138 vs. Jorge Ruiz 137
Christopher De La Paz 164 vs. Oriol Martinez 164
Sherali Dostiev 121.75 vs. Alexis Baez 120.5
Roberto Lopez 140.5 vs. Devarise Crayton 142
Luis Rueda 182.5 vs. Joel Lopez 184
Juan Aguirre 145.5 vs. Michael Mendez 146.5
Venue: Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, Miami, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing/Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Doors Open @ 7PM/First Fight 8:30PM
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