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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former WBC world flyweight challenger Xiong-Zhao Zhong (14-3-1, 9 KOs) will be back in action on December 18 against Pongpan Patanakan Gym (10-4-1, 7 KOs) of Thailand over twelve rounds at the Kunming City Stadium in Kunming, China with IBF and WBC regional titles up for grabs. Zhong dropped WBC flyweight champion Daisuke Naito in round six and lost a close twelve round points decision in Japan in 2009 but is now confident of defeating IBF light flyweight champion Luis Lazarte in 2011. (more…)
Photos and report by Gabriel F. Cordero
Today is the beginning of the 89th WBA Annual Convention held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Managua, Nicaragua, from November 22 to the 27. Figures like Roberto Durán, Ricardo Lopez, Miguel Cotto, Hugo Cazares, Román González, Lisa Brown, Rigoberto Alvarez, Jorge Linares, Miguel Acosta, Vyacheslav Senchenko, Victor Callejas, Eddie Mustafa Muhammad and Luis Concepcion are the names of champions and former champions who will be attending the Annual Convention. The leading boxing promoters of the world are expected to participate during those days. For more details and photos click here…
Middleweight “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms (25-1-1, 12 KOs) and Main Events have agreed on an exclusive multi-fight promotional agreement. His next fight is scheduled for December 9 in Newark, NJ.
Congratulations to Robbie and Sue-Anne Peden on the birth of Jedda Jane Peden Monday in Australia. Mom and Dad are doing fine.
Former world champion Anthony Mundine says he’s bringing his career to the USA after his December 8 fight with Aussie Contender Series winner Garth Wood.
King Arthur has arrived in ice-cold Helsinki. Team Abraham flew in from Berlin on late Sunday night to continue the preparation for Saturday’s Super Six World Boxing Classic showdown with Carl Froch. The vacant WBC Super-Middleweight Title will also be on the line. “It is great to be back in Finland,” King Arthur said. “It is very cold up here but I like it. We have prepared for the cold weather. I will defeat Froch and accomplish my goal of winning a world title in a second weight class.”
Earlier on Sunday, EU Heavyweight Champion Robert Helenius had arrived in Helsinki. The Nordic Nightmare will take on Attila Levin in the co-featured main at Hartwall Areena on Saturday night.
Ringside by Rick Scharmberg & Kurt Wolfheimer
Photography by Marty Rosengarten / RingsidePhotos.com
WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) avenged his controversial majority-decision loss to Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) with a spectacular one punch knockout last night at Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall.
Martinez caught Williams with a vicious left hand to the point of the chin that dropped him face-first in what was a clean knockout. The end came at 1:10 of the second round . . . Click here for more
By Ron Jackson
Unathi Gqokoma became the new South African junior bantamweight champion when he stopped Themba Joyi at 1 minute 17 seconds into the tenth round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. (more…)
Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) displayed his famed and feared punching power at the TV2 Fight Night in Herning on Saturday night when he destroyed Dejan Ribic (19-2, 7 KOs) in the first round. The Hardhitter knocked his opponent down with a left and then again two more times with thunderous body shots. “I felt in great shape,” Markussen said. “Ribic said he was not afraid of my power but that did not do him any good. It was great to fight in front of the fans in Herning and I already look forward to the next TV2 Fight Night. This was my real comeback tonight and there is a lot more to come, I can promise.” (more…)
By Dani McIsaac/Heather McIsaac, FightNews Canada
Current NABA Lightweight champion Logan McGuinness got a much tougher test than his last time out as the pride of Orangeville, Ontario scored an 8 round unanimous decision over Mexico’s Adrian Verdugo on Saturday night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. (more…)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Alma Montiel/WBC
Former 108lb world champion Edgar Sosa (41-6, 24 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Japan’s Masafumi Okubo (18-4-1, 6 KOs) to retain his WBC International flyweight belt on Saturday night at the Arena Monterrey in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 119-109.
In a fierce fight, Alberto Garza (23-4-1, 18 KOs) claimed the WBC Silver featherweight title via twelve round split decision over previously unbeaten reigning beltholder Justin Savi (24-1, 16 KOs).
Former world champion Jhonny Gonzalez (47-7, 41 KOs) knocked out journeyman Santos Marimon (13-13-1, 8 KOs) in round two of a featherweight clash. Gonzalez is currently rated #3 at featherweight in the WBC ratings. Click here for more results and photos…
In an important IBF jr. bantamweight eliminator, IBF #3 Raul ‘La Cobrita’ Martinez (28-1, 16 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over IBF #2 Rodrigo Guerrero (14-3-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. It was a hard fought affair from start to end with Martinez overcoming a cut under his right eye to prevail on two cards by identical scores of 115-113. Guerrero was up 117-111 on the third card.
Unbeaten Olympian middleweight Matt Korobov (13-0, 8 KOs) won a clear cut eight round unanimous decision over Derrick Findley (17-4, 11 KOs). All three judges had it 78-74 for Korobov.
Heavyweight Andy Ruiz (6-0, 4 KOs) scored a four round unanmous decision over Raymond Lopez (2-3, 0 KOs). Ruiz dominated all four rounds with two judges scoring it 40-36 and one judge scoring it 40-35.
Octagonside by David Nelmark
In a competitive main event between two former light heavyweight champions, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson defeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida by split decision at UFC 123. Round one of the contest saw the fighters spend the majority of the period jockeying for position in the clinch. The second period saw Jackson score a takedown and Machida do some damage with hard kicks to the legs of his opponent. The final stanza saw Machida successfully take Jackson to the mat and control him for most of the round. Jackson was able to recover in the waning seconds of the bout and pressed forward as the bell sounded. All three scorecards read the same, 29-28, twice in favor of Jackson.
By Rick Scharmberg and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com
In a much anticipated rematch, WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) destroyed former 147lb and 154lb champion Paul Williams (39-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. An explosive left hand to the jaw dropped Williams face first for the count 1:10 into round two. After the two picked up where they left off in their controversial 2009 classic in round one, Martinez’ sudden one-punch finisher put a shocking and definitive end to the rivalry. Maybe. There is already talk of Martinez-Williams III. Click here for more results and photos…
Fighting in his native country for the first time, Miami-based prospect Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira had a memorable homecoming, knocking-out Junior “Dangerous” Ramos in tonight’s main event, headlining “A Gala Night of Boxing” pro-am boxing card at Espaco das Americas in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Oliveira (13-0, 11 KOs), the UNBC Latin Middleweight Champion, kept his undefeated record intact, knocking out the game Dominican Republic fighter Ramos (10-6, 6 KOs) in the third round. (more…)
Ringside by Scott Ploof
Photos by Emily Harney
Unbeaten junior welterweight Paul Spadafora (45-0-1, 19 KOs) stopped Alain Hernandez (18-9-2, 10 KOs) with powerful hooks and combinations over five exciting rounds. Unfortunately the punishment to the body and head of Hernandez was too much for the Tijuana, MX fighter as he was unable to come off his stool in the corner to battle in round six. The seven bout fight card at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT was promoted by Michael Acri Boxing.
NABO and NABF featherweight champion Matt “Sharpshooter” Remillard (23-0, 13 KOs) won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over a game challenge from Oscar Cuero (13-4, 10 KOs). Scores of the bout all in favor of Remillard read 80-72 twice and 79-73. Remillard picked his spots and kept on the move as Cuero charged at him and kept the fight in close throughout. Cuero kept firing punches at Remillard, however he also kept leading with his head, which frustrated Remillard during the bout. Remillard adjusted his attack and in the end was able to outbox Cuero.
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Danny O’Connor (14-0, 3 KO’s) won a very workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Humberto Tapia (15-16-1, 8 KOs). O’Connor landed combinations off of his jab which frustrated Tapia throughout. O’Connor won by scores of 80-72 twice and 80-71. For more details and photos click here…
Former junior featherweight world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon, former super lightweight world champion Paulie Malignaggi, rising featherweight prospect Charles Huerta, ring legend Oscar de la Hoya, WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan, rising lightweight Carlos Molina, lightweight contender Vicente Escobedo, rising middleweight Peter Quillin and former two-time junior featherweight world champion Israel Vazquez pose at the Oscar de la Hoya Animo Charter High School in Los Angeles, California during Saturday’s 14th Annual Oscar de la Hoya Foundation Turkey Giveaway.
WBA/WBC/WBO female welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus (16-0, 4 KOs) scores a third round KO over Eva Halasi (6-3) to successfully defend her titles on Saturday night at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark. The win came just two weeks after Braekhus’ KO of Mikaela Lauren in Rostock, Germany.
In his second comeback fight after nearly a four year break, former world title challenger Rudy Markussen (35-2, 22 KOs) destroyed Dejan Ribic (19-2, 7 KOs) in the first round of a light heavyweight bout.
By Karl Freitag
WBO super middleweight champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) scored a clear twelve round unanimous decision over Enrique Ornelas (30-7, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the Freiberger Arena in Dresden, Germany. Stieglitz brought the fight to Ornelas early, but Ornelas got untracked as the bout progressed. In round seven, Ornelas had his best round as he punished the champion, who was starting to get busted up. However, Stieglitz adjusted in round eight and was completely back in control by round nine. The fighters went toe-to-toe in an exciting twelfth round. Scores were 117-111 on all cards.
The win was a measure of revenge for Stieglitz, who suffered one of his two losses to Ornelas’ brother Librado Andrade. It was also Stieglitz’ first fight under trainer Dirk Dzemski, after longtime trainer Torsten Schmitz signed with the rival Sauerland stall.
WBO/WIBF/WBF world champion Ramona Kühne (17-1, 5 KOs) impressively defended her female super featherweight belts by lopsided ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Irma Balijagic (12-1, 5 KOs) . Scores were 100-90, 100-90, 97-94.
Gary Buckland struck a mighty blow to Derry Mathews’ ribs to win the Prizefighter Super-Featherweights tournament at York Hall, Bethnal Green on a memorable night for British boxing. The Welshman destroyed British champion Gary Sykes with a devastating knock out in the opening round of their semi-final before claiming the trophy and £32,000 winner’s cheque with a clinical second round knockout of Mathews in the final. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez has closed his training camp at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City in preparation for his November 27 fight against Australian Michael Katsidis for the WBA/WBO lightweight championships. He sparred and did an 8K run on the final day. “I’m ready for this fight,” said Marquez. “I have a lot of confidence. I trained to deal with the style of Katsidis and with my boxing intelligence and speed I hope to win.” Nacho Beristain, Raúl de Anda and Dr. Plutarco Gatica will be in Marquez’ corner. On Monday in Los Angeles, Marquez will do a public workout before heading to Las Vegas.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at Harrah’s Casino, rising super middleweight contender Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (17-0, 11 KOs) captured the vacant NABO super middleweight strap by dropping a game but outgunned Victor Lares (15-5, 4 KOs) four times en-route to a convincing 7th round stoppage. In the co-feature of the evening, heavyweight contender Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon (28-2, 20 KOs) continued to rebound from his loss from Tony Thompson by forcing Alexis Mejias to retire in his corner after four rounds of their scheduled ten round affair. The well run seven-bout card was promoted by Spartan Fight Promotions. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At its annual convention, the WBA will analyze a protest made by the managers of Panamanian boxer Ricardo Cordoba, who lost a split decision on November 13 against Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux for the WBA interim super bantamweight world title. Cordoba’s managers hope to get a direct rematch. A group of experts may also review the fight video . “That type of fighting generated many comments,” said WBA vice president Gilberto Jesus Mendoza. “The championships committee will analyze them, but everything is a process.” Judges Nelson Vasquez, Puerto Rico (117-109) and Ruben Garcia U.S (114-112) scored it for Rigondeaux. Raul Caiz U.S (114-112) had Cordoba winning. The WBA will hold its annual convention from November 22 to 27 in Managua, Nicaragua.
By Tom Hebert / FightNews Canada
6’8 heavyweight Tye Fields proved too much for 6’5 Ken Frank, stopping the Lethbridge, Alberta fighter at 14 seconds of the third round last night at the Shaw Conference Center in Edmonton, Alberta. Fields (44-2, 40 KOs) dropped Frank (3-1-1, 2 KOs) with thunderous body shots in round two and again in round three before referee Len Koivisto waved off the fight. (more…)
Elvir Muriqi 183 vs Daniel Judah 189
Will Rosinsky 168 vs Yasin Rashid 168
Joel Castillo 180 vs Rayshawn Myers 179 ½
Boyd Melson 155 vs Andrew Jones 151
Stivins Bujac 199 vs Hamid Abdul Mateen 187
Allan Phelen 127 vs Joshua Arocho 128
Emanuel Gonzalez 128 vs Juan Luis Melendez 130
Chazz McDowell 133 vs George Santiago 133
Promoter: Rob Diaz Havoc Boxing Promotions
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex
Preview by Brady Crytzer
As MMA fans prepare for one of the most fascinating light heavyweight main events of the year, camps are being formed and lines are being drawn. Former champions Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida have pundits chomping at the bit, but this stylistic contrast is not your typical “technique vs. power” match up. Closer looks, and telling examples, reveal that this light heavyweight scrap will be between two of the sport’s most refined and skilled strikers. The hype has been palpable, and UFC 123 offers one of the best fights of the year.. . . . Click here for more
For more info on UFC 123, visit www.ufc.com.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Andrzej Fonfara (15-2, 6 KO), the 23-years old Polish WBC Youth light heavyweight title holder, needed only 23 seconds to knock out Anthony Doughty (9-2, 8 KO) in the main event of Fight Night 13 staged in UIC Pavilion in Chicago. “I don’t care who you put in front of him in the 175 pound division – if Andrzej connect with his right, you are going down hard,” said Fonfara’s trainer Sam Colonna. Colonna, who also trained other notable Polish fighters like WBC light heavyweight champion Tomasz Adamek and heavyweight contender Andrzej Golota must be pleased with his young fighter’s performance, who in his new weight class won three straight fights by KO.
Doughty, who won 8 of 9 his fights by knockout, wanted to engage Fonfara in the slugfest, but fight was over in just 23 seconds when Fonfara connected with the left hood and devastating right. Doughty spend almost five minutes in the ring motionless, before he was able to leave canvas on his own power. “I want to defend my WBC Youth title in January or February of 2011 and steady climb in the rankings. I was surprised that fight ended so quickly, but I did see the opening and just did what we practiced in the gym,” said Fonfara.
Photos: Henry Bedoy
Former five time world title holder Mexican Erik Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) will take on Jorge “Hyena” Barrios of Argentina on December 18 at Caliente Racetrack in Tijuana, Mexico. In the third fight of a comeback which began in March of this year, after a two year hiatus, Morales believes Barrios will serve as an excellent measuring stick. More photos…
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
B.J. Flores gave IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green one of his toughest fights and revealed that the Australian did not hurt him at any stage during the fight at the Challenge Stadium Perth, Western Australia last Wednesday – and he’s confident he can defeat “The Green Machine” in a rematch. Most of the boxing writers at ringside had the fight was much closer than scores of the IBO judges who had it 116-112, 117-111 and 116-112. Flores said “I know Markus Beyer gave him a rematch so, having made so many fans here in Australia, maybe Team Green could do the same with me. You only had to see Danny after the bout to know what sort of fight I gave him. Check out his eye, his cheek, his jaw. I’m keen to get us fighting again and if, as part of our contract, that means me fighting on one of his undercards, I’d love to do it. But it just wasn’t enough to win in his home town.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
The recent return of Pugilistic Promotions to Miami demonstrates a commitment to help rebuild local boxing from the ground up. Tonight that building process went a step further as the boxing ring needed to be assembled while fans waited and watched. Once the ring was completed the fights themselves proved compelling and competitive.
Eromosele Albert (22-4-1, 10 KO’s) won the vacant IBO Latin American middleweight championship against Joaquin Zamora (18-2-1, 12 KOs) at 2:11 seconds of the 9th round. Zamora received numerous incidental head butts which left gushing wounds above his hairline and below his right eye. (more…)
Former welterweight world champion Carlos “Tata” Baldomir (46-13-6, 14 KOs) won a ten round split decision over fellow Argentinean Amilcar Funes (22-10, 17 KOs) in a jr middleweight bout on Friday night at the Estadio Aldo Cantoni in San Juan, Argentina. Baldomir started off strong and finished strong while Funes appeared to do enough to win the middle rounds. The official scores were 99-93 and 98-97 for Baldomir and 98-96.5 for Funes.
In the co-feature, unbeaten Buenos Aires native Marcelino Lopez (20-0, 9 KOs) maintained his perfect record in a WBC Latino lightweight title bout with a third round KO over Jailer Berrio (19-8, 11 KOs). Berrio was down three times.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten super middleweight Farah Ennis (17-0, 10 KOs) won the vacant NABF super middleweight title by seventh round TKO over Victor Lares (15-5, 4 KOs) on Friday night at Harrah’s Resort in Atlantic City. Ennis dropped Lares in round four, twice in round six and got the stoppage after knocking down Lares for the fourth time in round seven.
In the co-feature, heavyweight Chazz Witherspoon (28-2, 20 KOs) punished Alexis Mejias (11-6, 5 KOs) for four rounds before Mejias quit at the end of the fourth.
Photos and report by Peter Lim
A trio of heavyweight prospects will hone their skills at the Galveston Island Convention Center in Galveston, Texas on Saturday, November 20th. Eugene Hill (23-1, 16 KOs), Justin Jones (10-0, 7 KOs), and Fred Allen, (8-0, 6 KOs), will fight in separate bouts. Also on the card will be super bantamweight Eric Manriquez (3-0, 2 KOs), junior middleweight Wilford Scypion, Jr., (8-1, 8 KOs), and female junior middleweight Vashon Living (3-1, 1 KO). The event will be staged by Savarese Boxing Promotions.
Photo: Craig Bennett/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Sergio Gabriel Martinez 157.25 vs Paul Williams 156
(WBC middleweight championship)
Zsolt Erdei 175 vs Samson Onyango 173.5
Tony Thompson 250.5 vs Paul Marinaccio 228
Fernando Guerrero 159 vs Saul Duran 161.5
Steve Upsher Chambers 143.5 vs Bayan Jargal 142.5
Luis Del Valle 127.5 vs Noe Lopez Jr 127
Willie Nelson 149.5 vs Quinton Whitaker 149.5
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Junior welterweight Carlos Molina gave himself a gift on his 25th birthday on Thursday night. It may not have been a victory over the talented David Rodela, but a hard-fought victory over late-sub John Figueroa would do just fine. Molina won an eight round unanimous decision victory over Figueroa before a boisterous crowd of 2,270 at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA. The bout headlined a six-bout “Fight Night Club” card, presented by Golden Boy Promotions. For more details and photos click here…
Raul Martinez 115 vs Rodrigo Guerrero 115
WinStar Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma
FSN – 11 pm eastern/8 pm pacific
Rich Marotta, Nick Charles will call the action
Weights by David Nelmark
Photo by Ed Mulholland
Weigh-ins for UFC 123 took place at the Palace of Auburn Hills before an enthusiastic crowd of more than 1,000 fans. All fighters came in exactly on weight except for B.J. Penn and Matt Hughes who both came in at 169 pounds, one pound under the welterweight limit. Without Tom Lawlor on the card, the weigh-in laughs came from Dennis Hallman. True to his nickname, Hallman broke out the Superman underwear and didn’t bother to put his fighting trunks back on for his stare down with Karo Parisyan. Phil Davis entered the venue throwing t-shirts to the crowd. Once he took off his own shirt, Davis displayed a completely ripped physique.
Lyoto Machida 205 vs. Quinton “Rampage” Jackson 205
Matt Hughes 169 vs. B.J. Penn 169
Tim Boetsch 205 vs. Phil Davis 205
Joe Lauzon 155 vs. George Sotiropoulos 155
Maiquel Falcao 185 vs. Gerald Harris 185
Preliminaries on Spike TV
Matt Brown 170 vs. Brian Foster 170
Mark Munoz 185 vs. Aaron Simpson 185
Dennis Hallman 170 vs. Karo Parisyan 170
Edson Barboza 155 vs. Mike Lullo 155
Paul Kelly 155 vs. T.J. O’Brien 155
Nik Lentz 155 vs. Tyson Griffin 155
For more info on UFC 123, go to www.UFC.com
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