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By Graham Houston
Matthew Macklin’s courage and commitment predictably wasn’t enough to overcome the remarkable skills of Sergio Martinez but the St. Patrick’s Day middleweight fight provided excitement for HBO viewers in the States and Sky Sports’ subscribers in the U.K. It was only in the late rounds that Martinez started to outclass Macklin. By the ninth Macklin’s hopes of victory were fast receding but it looked as if he might at least have the satisfaction of completing the 12 rounds. In the 10th, though, Martinez was really blasting the British challenger (with Irish ancestral roots), and two knockdowns in the 11th ended a gritty challenge.
I’m sure that Macklin wished to continue, but his trainer, Buddy McGirt, did the right thing in retiring his man. Macklin was starting to look bloody and battered — cut over the left eye and on the right side of his scalp, a mouse forming under the right eye. There really was no point in letting the fight continue. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
On Saturday at the Resorts Casino and Hotel in Atlantic City, the main event will still be WBC International heavyweight title between beltholder Mariusz Wach (26-0, 14 KOs) and Tye Fields (49-4, 44 KOs). But the spotlight will also shine on one of the most talented heavyweights of the young generation, Poland’s Artur Szpilka (9-0, 7 KOs). The 22-year old, who has gotten rave reviews from Lennox Lewis and Monte Barrett, will face Terrance “Big Jim” Marbra (6-1, 5 KOs), and if you believe their verbal exchanges, looks like fans of boxing will have nice war in the ring – guaranteed.
“Nobody hits harder than Artur. This guy has a great future in front of him,” said Aleksiej Solowiew (18-0, 12 KOs), one of Szpilka’s recent sparring partners who had to come back home with broken ribs after just a couple of days in Szpilka’s training camp in Warsaw. (more…)
By Dennis Maley
Hollywood couldn’t script a better beginning to the story. A boxer, China “The Dragon” Smith, who begins a comeback in the eponymous year of the Chinese zodiac. 2012 is indeed the Year of the Dragon, and the Bradenton Florida heavyweight is hoping it will mark the renaissance of his once-promising career as a prizefighter. After a five-year hiatus, Smith has announced that he will be returning to the ring later this spring, intent on picking up where he left off and finally landing the career-defining fight on the big stage that has thus far eluded him. The humble and personable fighter fell of the map after putting together a three-fight win streak in late 2006 that upped his record to 33-4 with 26 KOs. (more…)
Ringside Report: Mariano A. Agmi and Matt Richardson
Photos: Ed Mulholland
When the going gets tough and an outcome is in doubt, legendary fighters adjust and turn their activity up a notch to win a bout decisively. “Sugar” Ray Leonard did it in his see-saw battle against Tommy Hearns. Oscar de la Hoya did it in his best wins over Ike Quartey and Fernando Vargas. Floyd Mayweather did it after a fast start by Zab Judah. And Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez did it once again on St. Patrick’s Day, scoring a spectacular eleventh round technical knockout over an inspired Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin, impressively ending a close contest in front of 4,671 fans inside of a sold-out Madison Square Garden Theater in New York City. (More)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute landed in London, England this weekend in advance of Monday’s press conference in Nottingham with Super-six finalist Carl Froch. Tickets for the May 26 title bout also go on sale today. After Monday’s initial meeting, the pair will cross the Atlantic for similar gathering in Montreal later this week.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, former NABF super middleweight title holder Farah “The Quiet Storm” Ennis (19-1, 12 KOs) survived one of the toughest tests of his career, with hard fought ten round unanimous victory over Dion Savage (11-3, 6 KOs) by scores of 98-92, 97-92 and 96-93 to keep his quest for world title aspirations on track. All three judges had Ennis ahead by wide margins, but the scores did not indicate the closeness of the fight. In the co-feature of the seven bout card promoted by Pound for Pound Promotions, unbeaten welterweight prospect Vitaliy Demyanenko (20-0, 12 KOs) made an impressive east coast debut with a one sided unanimous decision victory over a befuddled but dangerous Ayi Bruce (21-6, 13 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten OPBF super-bantam champ Yukinori Oguni (8-0, 2 KOs), 122, kept his regional belt as he dropped ex-titlist Hiromasa Ohashi (24-1-3, 15 KOs), 121.25, with a smashing right in the opening session, piled up points steadily, withstood the challenger’s retaliation and then was awarded a unanimous technical decision (88-83 twice and 88-84) at 0:21 of the ninth round in a scheduled twelve rounder on Sunday in Kariya, Japan. It was a gory affair as Oguni, a tall and stylish boxer, opened a gash over the right eyebrow with solid rights in the fifth, while he suffered a worse laceration caused by a head-collision in the seventh. Ohashi, a Vito Antuofermo bleeder, began to roughly mix it up and the time almost turned in his favor, but the referee had the champ’s bad cut examined by the ringside physician, who recommended a stoppage then and there. Oguni will defend his throne against ex-WBA ruler Akifumi Shimoda in Tokyo next, which may be a tough trial of his fists. Promoter: Heiwa Promotions.
By Joe Koizumi
By any coincidence this reporter happened to begin summarizing data of our Japanese boxing fraternity for last four years from 2008 on the first anniversary of the unforgettably horrible earthquake and tsunami that miserably killed some 20,000 people. Yours truly, on behalf of our boxing world, hereby express our great thanks for your warm support to our sorrowful victims after the disaster.
Viewing a table attached downstairs, we realize that our licensed professional boxers are decreasing year after year since 2008. We had 2,820 boxers licensed by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) in 2008, but the number is reducing to 2,670, 2,633 and 2,538. We, however, still have more than 2,500 boxers licensed so that they actively fight in the paid ranks. Some 150 foreign boxers from Asia (Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, etc.) and other countries (Mexico, Venezuela etc.) have been licensed by our commission for international matchups every year. (more…)
Former welterweight champion Vicious Victor Ortiz, 25, completed the Los Angeles Marathon today running a personal best 3 hours 27 minutes and finishing in the top third of an estimated 30,000 starters. Ortiz is scheduled to fight former welterweight Champion Andre Berto on June 23. “It was such great fun running with all these world class marathoners,” Ortiz exclaimed. “I know that made me run better than ever. In many way it couldn’t be any more different that boxing. I mean nobody is punching you in the nose, the gut, the kidneys and on the chin and up the side of your head,” Ortiz explained.
“But in other ways doing this very much relates to boxing. Conditioning the lungs, the legs and building endurance. That’s why all fighters do road work. But 26-plus miles is something else. I won’t say going 12/3 minute championship rounds is easy Anything but. But Berto must know how prepared I’ll be when he hears I ran this well three months before our fight. I’m very happy.” (more…)
Yesterday in the municipality of Villa González in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic, César “Junito” Seda (22-1, 16 KOs) defeated former world title contender, Domingo Guillen (38-12-1, 34 KO’s) by technical knockout in the first round, in a bout set for 8 rounds at 118 lbs. Seda dominated, successfully connecting enough body shots against his opponent. 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the first round, the referee stopped the fight after “Junito” landed a strong left hook to the face that drops Guillen, who got up in bad shape. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Nestor “Plomo” Espinosa the longtime trainer of ring legend Roberto “Mano de Piedra” Duran, has passed away in Panama at the age of 81. Espinosa started with Duran at eight years of age and was in his corner during each of Duran’s four world title victories in different weight categories. He began his career as a trainer in 1956 and worked with world champions Luis Ibarra, Wilfredo Gomez, Alfonso Lopez and Jorge Lujan among others, but will be remembered most for his 40 year association with Duran. Duran also used other trainers like Ray Arcel, Freddie Brown and others, but always, from his first fight until his last, Espinosa was in his corner.
Photo: Ed Mulholland
World middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez was losing on all three scorecards after a controversial knockdown in round seven before scoring a dramatic come-from-behind knockout of Matthew “Mack the Knife” Macklin Saturday night in the Theater at Madison Square Garden. “It was a complicated fight,” Martinez admitted. “He wasn’t open on defense. I knew it was a 12-round fight. I knew that it was only a matter of time. It’s like chopping a tree – little by little – and I knew he would fall.”
“Buddy stopped the fight,” stated Macklin. “I wanted to continue.” Macklin’s co-promoter Brian Peters said “We called it in the corner. There are more days.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Welterweight Omar Chavez (28-1, 20 KOs) won by TKO when Colombian Emilio Julio (20-8-2, 13 KOs) didn’t come out for round nine on Saturday night at the Palenque de Gallos in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Chavez was returning to the ring for the first time after his first career loss last December against compatriot Jorge “Maromerito” Paez Jr. “I felt very good,” said Chavez. “A little rough in taking care of my opponent, but all went well. We’re back on the road to success and the people of Culiacan were satisfied with my performance and that motivates me and makes me more eager.”
WBA light flyweight world champion Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (26-0, 16 KOs) won by first round KO over Manuel “Menny” Jiménez (11-3-1, 7 KOs) in a non-title fight. Jimenez simply took a knee and was counted out by referee Alvaro Garcia at 2:58. The Culiacan Boxing Commission and Zanfer Promotions retained the purse of Jimenez. more photos
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…)
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