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Photo: Lawrence Lustig
Welterweight Kell Brook says he’s ready to fight countryman Amir Khan after producing a dominant display to beat Matthew Hatton at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield on Saturday night. “No-one can touch me domestically now – I’ve proved I’m ready for a world title push,” said Brook. “I want Khan now. He thought Matthew was the better fighter and I proved him wrong, and I would smash Amir.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn added, “”We are ready for Khan now. Money talks and I am ready to arrange that. If this fight doesn’t happen then it’s them who have bottled it. We’d sell bundles and bundles of tickets for the fight – it would bring back pay-per-view for Sky Sports and both fighters would make a fortune. So the question is – will Amir take it?”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
In high speed demonstration, WBC super bantamweight Alicia Ashley (18-9-1, 1 KO) retained her title by winning unanimous ten round decision over Maria Elena Villalobos (12-6-1, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sindicato de Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. Scores were 99-92, 98-92 and 99-91.
Other results on the Boxeo de Gala promotion:
Jr welterweight Reyes “Rey” Sanchez (23-4-2, 13 KOs) battled ten intense rounds to take a majority decision over Edgar Lomeli (6-1-2, 3 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 96-95 and 95-95.
Super featherweight Fermin de los Santos (20-13-1, 13 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Moises Delgadillo by scores of 97-93, 95-94, 96-93.
Super featherweight Juan Antonio Rodriguez (21-3, 19 KOs) win by disqualification in the sixth round against Gilberto Bolanos (25-20-1, 22 KOs). more photos
Photo: Ed Mulholland
WBC lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (27-2-1, 20 KOs) retained his title with a explosive fifth round knockout over Miguel “Mickey” Roman (37-9, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. A barrage of punches finished Roman.
By Matt Richardson and Mariano A. Agmi at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
Middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (49-2-2, 28 KOs) scored a spectacular eleventh round TKO over Matthew Macklin (28-4, 19 KOs) on Saturday night before a sellout crowd inside The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. In a much closer fight than people expected, Martinez recovered from a seventh round knockdown to outbox Macklin down the stretch before blasting Macklin to the deck twice in round eleven. Macklin’s corner stopped the fight after the round. Macklin was a bloody mess at the end. Martinez was leading by one point on two cards and behind by three points on the third card entering the eleventh round.
Unbeaten super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (20-0, 14 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Don “Da Bomb” George (22-2-1, 19 KOs). Rodriguez outboxed George and never let him in the fight until George launched an all out assault in the last round. Scores were 96-94, 99-91, 97-93. (more…)
Middleweight Raul “El Tigre” Casarez (19-2, 9 KOs) scored a wild eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger J.C. Candelo (32-11-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pharr Convention Center, Pharr, Texas. It became a very heated fight after Casarez twice put Candelo on the canvas with hard low blows, which Candelo didn’t appreciate at all. Lots of heavy exchanges over the last three rounds with the hometown favorite getting the edge on the cards.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Carlos Molina (16-0-1, 7 KOs) topped Angino Perez (11-4, 9 KOs) over ten rounds by unanimous decision. Molina hurt Perez in the first round but had to go the full distance to win by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 97-93.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
In a clash of unbeaten lightweights, Arash Usmanee (18-0, 8 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over local favorite Chris Howard (14-1-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Grand Ballroom in Atlanta, Georgia. Usmanee did more to earn a 98-92, 100-90 and 98-92 verdict. Usmanee claimed the WBC Continental Americas belt with the win.
Usmanee has fought at the 135 pound level before, but he claims this is the first time he has faced a legit lightweight, a much bigger heavier boxer who comes down to make the weight. “He cut down quite a bit,” Usmanee told Fightnews figuring Howard normally walks around close to the 150 pound mark. “He was a tough guy who tried to muscle me, but I used my speed and skill to control things.” (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Super middleweight Farah Ennis (19-1, 12 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Dion Savage (11-3, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey. Ennis dropped Savage in the third round but slowed down in the second half of the fight. The bout was closer than the 98-92, 97-93, 97-92 scores indicated.
Welterweight Vitaliy Demyanenko (20-0, 12 KOs) scored a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Ayi Bruce (21-5, 13 KOs). Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
In an all-Italian clash for the vacant WBC cruiserweight silver title, Giacobbe Fragomeni (29-3-2, 12 KOs) and Silvio Branco (62-10-3, 37 KOs) battled to a twelve round majority draw on Saturday night at the PalaRavizza in Pavia, Italy. The bout awas close throughout as the 42-year-old former WBC cruiserweight champion Fragomeni was aggressive and took the fight to Branco, while the 45-year-old Branco, a two-time WBA light heavyweight champion, often landed quick combinations from the outside. Both fighters followed their battle plan from start to finish and left it for the judges to sort out. The end results was 115-115, 114-114 and 115-113 Branco.
Photos: Lawrence Lustig
Unbeaten WBO #2/IBF #5/WBA #6/WBC #6 welterweight Kell Brook (27-0, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over WBA #9/IBF #10/WBC #11 Matthew Hatton (42-6-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in front on 10,000+ at the Motorpoint Arena in Sheffield, England. Brook was too fast, accurate and powerful for Hatton, whom he knocked down in round nine and outlanded at a 3:1 rate. Scores were 118-109, 119-108, 119-107.
In a major upset, little known Kerry Hope (17-3, 1 KO) won a twelve round majority decision over previously unbeaten European middleweight champion Grzegorz Proksa (26-1, 19 KOs). It was a much closer fight than anyone expected, the big-punching Proksa suffered a cut over his left eye from a second round accidental head clash and seemed to be running out of gas in the middle rounds. Hope was deducted a point for an intentional headbutt at the end of round eight. Hope was fresher down the stretch and won on two cards 115-112, 114-113. The third card was 114-114. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchang
Thai flyweight Rusalee Samor (15-3-2, 6 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round points decision over game Geboi Mansalayao (7-9-4, 2 KOs) of the Philippines, to defend the IBF Pan Pacific title successfully on Friday at the Thonburri University in Bangkok, Thailand. Samor, boxing from the southpaw stance, attacked Mansalayao from the opening bell and maintained pressure in every round, staggering his shorter opponent with a right hand to the jaw in round three. Round eight was the best round for the Filipino when he went toe-to-toe with the champion. Samor, who is based in South Thailand, stepped up a gear in the championship rounds to win by scores of 118-110, 118-110, 118-110. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Welterweight Jose Zepeda made quick work of overweight Sergio De La Torre late Friday night, stopping him in the second round of a scheduled six round bout at the Quiet Cannon in Montebello, CA. Despite being outweighed by seven pounds, Zepeda was in control over the shorter De La Torre throughout the fight. Zepeda, who is trained by Roberto Alcazar, was busier and landing the telling blows as De La Torre attempted to bob and weave and hold when necessary. In the second round, Zepeda dropped De La Torre with a left-right combination to the head. After De La Torre stood up, he was knocked down again from a left hook by Zepeda. Although De La Torre got up, his corner threw in the towel, prompting referee Zac young to stop the bout at 1:34. Zepeda, from nearby La Puente, goes to 9-0, 7 KOs, while De La Torre, from Escondido, CA, drops to 11-16-3, 1 KO. (more…)
Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson wants to take his one-man Las Vegas show to Broadway! Sources close to the boxing legend tell TMZ that even though the show has yet to open in Sin City, Iron Mike wants to take it on tour and then tackle the Great White Way. We’re told Tyson has always wanted to do a show on Broadway, and he feels this could be his chance. According to our sources, Tyson and his people are waiting to see how the Vegas show sells first before planning a tour of any kind (with NYC being the main stop). We’re told the show has sold well so far, but hasn’t sold out yet. “Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth” runs from April 13-18 at the MGM Grand.
By Brett Bonetti
Mark “The Dominator” de Mori (18-1-2, 16 KO’s) destroyed American veteran Rob “All-American Prize-Fighter” Calloway (71-14-2, 57 KO’s) via 4th round TKO to claim the WBC Asian Heavyweight title at the Gladstone Entertainment Centre in Queensland Australia tonight. de Mori was in control from the outset and dropped Calloway with an overhand right in the first Round which had him in big trouble, but Calloway managed to make it out of the round. Calloway was taking huge punishment with De Mori unleashing power shots in round 2 and may have broken Calloway’s nose in round 3. Round 4 was only 24 seconds in when the referee asked the doctor to check Calloway’s nose. The brave Calloway wanted to continue with his face a mess, but the referee decided he had see enough and immediately stopped the fight declaring de Mori the winner. (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
It was an explosive night of knockouts at the Ameristar Casino and Spa in St. Charles, MO, Friday night as Steve Smith’s Rumble Time Promotions put on their “March Mayhem” contests. Leon “III Generation” Spinks (1-0, 1 KO), grandson of former heavyweight champion, Leon Spinks, convincingly won his professional debut, quickly dispatching of Casey Crane (0-4) in just 1:41, knocking him out with a beautiful right hook.
Spinks worked his jab early , landing it as he started to get into a rhythm. Crane tried to mix it up with Spinks, but as “III Generation” later said, “I was trying to spin him, and doing what I had to do to get the W!” Spinks was able to land a 3 punch combination followed by a four punch combo and Crane was immediately overwhelmed by Spinks’ speed. Coming off of a third combo, Spinks landed the right hook, and Crane dropped to the canvas. Crane got to his feet, but as he was doing so, he told referee Mike England that he would not continue, giving the latest family member in the Spinks Jinx tradition his first win. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source reported that WBA featherweight world champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero (36-4, 23 KOs) will next make his mandatory defense against unbeaten rising star Miguel Angel “Mickey” Garcia (28-0, 24 KOs) based on a notification by the WBA. The information indicates that the WBA gives the Panamanian Caballero 30 days to negotiate the fight for the WBA featherweight crown.
Méxican legend and three-division world champion Juan Mánuel Márquez and undefeated former world lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios will headline a world championship pay-per-view event that’s so big its main events are originating from two different countries!
Márquez will go for an historic fourth world title in as many different weight divisions when he takes on WBO European junior welterweight champion Sergey Fedchenko for the vacant WBO interim 140-pound world title. Márquez-Fedchenko will take place in México City’s brand new Arena México. Rios will attempt to reclaim his old title when he rumbles with Cuban gladiator and WBA interim lightweight champion Richard Abril in a battle for the vacant WBA lightweight title, Saturday, April 14, at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The Márquez/Rios world championship event will be produced by Top Rank and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.
The live pay-per-view telecast (SRP $44.95) will also feature a 10-round junior welterweight collision of top-10 contenders — “Mile High” Mike Alvarado and Mauricio Herrera — and open with undefeated Top-10 contender Mercito Gesta of the Philippines, in a 10-round lightweight fight. Boxing fans at Mandalay Bay will also see the Márquez-Fedchenko world title fight live, via closed-circuit, on a jumbo screen. (more…)
The Ultimate Fighter® Live coaches and bitter rivals Dominick Cruz and Urijah Faber picked their teams this past week from the field of 16 finalists who won their elimination bouts to enter The Ultimate Fighter® Live House. Missouri native Justin Lawrence was the first overall selection by Team Cruz, while his teammate James Vick (5-0), of Fort Worth, Texas and Team Faber’s Daron Cruickshank (10-2), of Wayne, Mich., were slated to face off in the first fight of the night. (more…)
Things turned from bad to worse for WBA / WBC / WBO female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (19-0, 5 KOs), who was forced to pull out of the “women´s fight of the year” against French power puncher Anne Sophie Mathis (26-1, 22 KOs). The First Lady underwent surgery in Berlin to get her tonsils removed. “I am gutted,” Braekhus said from hospital. “This is the biggest disappointment of my career.” The April 21 Nordic Fight Night at Frederikshavn´s Arena Nord will go ahead as planned, with Andreas Evensen (15-2-1, 6 KOs) flying the flag for Norway as he fights former world title challenger Tomas Villa (23-8-4, 14 KOs) for the WBA International featherweight title. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
24-year-old light heavyweight contender Andrzej Fonfara (21-2, 12 KOs) needed only three rounds during “Fight Night 22″ in Chicago, to accomplish two important feats. The “Polish Prince” both won the IBO/USBO light heavyweight belt and prolonged his streak to nine consecutive wins by knockout. This time, on the receiving end of Fonfara’s KO power was former super middleweight champ Byron Mitchell (29-10, 22 KOs), who should understand after this fight that besides bringing a wealth of experience, he can’t compete anymore with stronger and younger fighters like Fonfara. Mitchell was down twice in the first round and one more time in the round three before trainer George Hernandez decided that Byron had received enough punishment for one night. (more…)
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