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- UFC 179 at the scales
- Two NABF titles on the line in Pueblo tonight
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- "Fights at the Fitz" returns this Saturday
- Former European champ Pat Barrett to promote first boxing show
- Mthalane to make first defense of IBO flyweight belt
- 143 lbs! Pacquiao already on weight for November 22 clash with Algieri
- Povetkin KOs Takam in 10; Chakhkiev crushes Fragomeni; Charr stops Grant
- Weights from Kissimmee, FL
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- Lucas Martins: The Featherweight You Should Know
Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer
Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali Klitschko now hold all the most recognized heavyweight championships after Wlad dominated David Haye over twelve rounds in Hamburg Germany on Saturday to add the final piece of the puzzle. Wladimir holds the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO belts, while Vitali wears the WBC belt.
So what’s next? (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican prospect Salvador Sanchez II (23-4-3, 12 KOs) reappears Saturday July 9 against countryman Rodolfo “El Chapulin” Garay (29-19-1, 13 KOs) in an eight round featherweight bout at the Forum Polanco in Mexico City on an event organized by Boxeo de Gala headed by Dr. Fausto Daniel Garcia.
“I’m progressing during this time and strive as much as possible to achieve my goals,” said Sanchez. “I’m in a learning phase and every fight for me is important and a new challenge. I can get to the top of world boxing.” Garay has faced Juan Carlos Burgos, Francisco Arce, Carlos Cuadras, Tomoki Kameda, Christian Badillo Arturo Esquivel among others. “This fight will be my sixth in Mexico and I hope after this fight to face a foreign rival and continue my progress, added Sanchez.
Kevin Mitchell’s showdown with John Murray has been moved to Saturday 16th July at the Liverpool Echo Arena after the Londoner came down with a viral infection.
The highly anticipated fight now features on a bill headlined by Ricky Burns’ WBO World Super-Featherweight title defence against Nicky Cook, plus the explosive rematch between Tony Bellew and Ovill McKenzie for both the vacant British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles. Also, with Frankie Gavin defending his WBO Intercontinental title against footballer-turned boxer Curtis Woodhouse there are now four title big fights on the 13 fight card. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Looks like former three-division world champion Mexican Erik “Terrible” Morales will face British champion Anthony Crolla (28-2, 19 KOs) in Las Vegas on September 17 on the card featuring Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Victor Ortiz. Morales has already begun to train and hopes to make his training camp in the Otomi Ceremonial Center, and has been at it for some time. One source reports that the fight could be an opportunity for Morales to add to his legendary career and fight for a world title in a fourth weight division. The scenario would unfold if the WBC super lightweight belt, currently held by Timothy Bradley, is vacated.
Headlining the next United Boxers Event on Saturday, July 16th at the D.C. Star Nightclub will be undefeated super middleweight prospect Alexander “The Great” Johnson (11-0, 4 KOs) of Oxon Hill, Maryland, with rising star Emmanuel “The Tranzformer” Taylor (12-0, 9 KOs) of Edgewood Arsenal, Maryland in the co-featured junior welterweight bout. As part of the evening festivities United Boxers will honor two of the area’s legends in boxing, former world champions Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson and Sharmba Mitchell. Said Chris Middendorf of United Boxers, “When I was managing fighters, the area was ruled by a group of area world champions; Mark Johnson, Sharmba Mitchell, Keith Holmes and William Joppy for starters. This show in DC is our effort to honor the area champions at the same time as we focus on the younger generation.” (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Doctor Ntsele from the Free State became the new South African flyweight champion when he beat Xola Sifama of Mdantsane on a 12 round split decision at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon. Judge Siya Vabaza scored the fight a rather surprising 118-113 for Sifama whilst Allen Matakane and Andile Matika had it 116-113 and 115-113 for Ntsele.
In a gruelling affair that was spoilt by the spoiling tactics of Sifama (50.60kg) throughout, Ntsele (50.55kg) deserved to take the decision. After a quiet opening round Ntsele 12-4-1; 10 showed the champion no respect as he backed him up through rounds two to seven scoring with straight right hands to the head as Sifama 12-3-1; 7 ducked and dived to avoid the punches. Sifama had a point deducted by referee Simphiwe Mbini in the sixth round and was lucky not to have further points deducted for holding in the later rounds. Ntsele’s right eye began to puff up from in from round eight as he began to tire with the champion making a late surge. However, the eye was never a factor in the fight. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos: Bob Ryder
Crowd pleasing. Ugly and yet entertaining. Team Dirrell’s Atwater Stadium show last night in Flint quite possibly drew the largest attendance for a non-televised pro boxing show this century with the possible exception of a Troy Rowland show or two in Grand Rapids. What a surprise! With Flint’s #1 fighter, Andre Dirrell, on the sidelines rooting for his brother, the undefeated Anthony “The Dog” Dirrell, and with the July 4 holday two days away and coupled with blistering heat and humidity, whoda thunk that a large crowd, possibly 3000 or more would show? When both Dirrells headlined a show in Flint about three years ago, nobody showed and the promotion was a bust.
But give those involved with the promotion a big huzzah. The show was well organized and mostly well policed and while the fights weren’t always the best, few walked away cheated. For more details and photos click here…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
WBC#8/WBA#9 Japanese super-bantam champ Masaaki Serie (19-3, 8 KOs), 121.5, unified the national belts by pounding out a unanimous nod (98-93 twice and 97-94) over interim titlist Mikihito Seto (31-9-2, 16 KOs), 121.5, on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. They belonged to a same league of tricky and unorthodox stylists, or a Fritzie Zivik club. They kept on mixing up, clinching and holding each other all the way. The referee looked tired of giving too many warnings on their dirty fight. But it was Serie that connected with a bit more accurate combos, controlling later rounds, while Seto failed to display his usual aggressiveness. Promoter: B-Tight Promotions.
Story and photo by Ray Wheatley/World of Boxing
WBO#15 heavyweight Alex Leapai (22-3-3, 18KOs) talks to Fightnews about his big year in 2010 scoring impressive wins over good American heavyweights Travis Walker(37-6-1, 29KOs), Owen Beck (29-5, 20KOs)and Darnell Wilson (23-10 – 3, 20KOs) and in 2011 scored a KO win over former WBC challenger Peter OkHello (20-6, 18KOs). Leapai also was impressed with Kali Meehan scoring a KO over Michael Kirby last week but is confident he can defeat the IBF#7 Meehan. Alex would also welcome a bout with DKP Austalian heavyweight Mark DeMori. Alex is trained and managed by Noel Thornberry who guided Samoan Masolini Masoe to the WBA middleweight title. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Tito Ortiz was all smiles following after UFC 132.
And “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” had plenty to smile about.
With his back to the wall and his job on the line, riding a winless-since-2006-streak into the Octagon, and facing a competitor that he crowned a top five in a stacked weight class, the former champion delivered . . . Click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
The taste of revenge must be sweet for Bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz. For four years, Cruz waited to get another shot at Urijah Faber. After their initial clash back when the two were featherweights and Faber was champion, Cruz lie a defeated man for the first time. Not knowing whether or not he’d ever get another chance at Faber, he dropped down to the bantamweight division and went on a tear through the division and won eight fights in a row while claiming the then-WEC bantamweight title in the process. After years of jawing at one another, Cruz got his shot at redemption on Saturday night and avenged his loss against Faber in front of 12,497 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena at UFC 132. . . Click here for more
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr & Andreas Hale
Photos by Donald Miralle/Zuffa
The main event at UFC 132 had all the elements of an excellent fight and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Dominick Cruz avenged his only blemish in his MMA career by defending his bantamweight crown and defeating Urijah Faber via unanimous decision at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Now that the Klitschko-Haye showdown is over with, the next big attraction on the heavyweight horizon is the July 23 clash between unbeaten 6’9 heavyweight terror Tyson Fury and unbeaten British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora. The PPV event airs in the U.S. live from London at 3 PM/ET, 12 PM/PT.
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address/Stefan Hoyer
“This was a lesson, unfortunately without a KO, however I believe he has got enough of a beating to understand that there is nothing for him at heavyweight,” said WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of vanquished ex-WBA titleholder David Haye. “He’s not cut from the same cloth. He should go back to cruiserweight.”
As for Haye’s claim that a broken toe contributed to his lackluster performance, Wlad stated, “This is just a cheap excuse. He should simply accept his defeat. That’s better. There were fights where I’ve broken my hand and I didn’t say a word about it. In the end, everybody gets the place in life that they earn, and the result of the fight speaks for itself.”
Haye, however, stated he wants to do it again. “I’d love him to give me a rematch,” Haye told reporters “He said he can knock me out and I’d love him to give it a go. I think it would be interesting. I think I hurt him more than he hurt me but that’s boxing. I’d love to knock him out but it wasn’t happening in there for me, unfortunately. I’m gutted I wasn’t able to do what I needed to do out there.”
Klitschko stated that Haye doesn’t really want a rematch and any rematch talk from Haye is due to pressure from reporters. “If there is a rematch, I will definitely knock him out,” promised Wlad.
By Ron Jackson
Jeff Ellis of African Ring produced a seven bout tournament on Saturday afternoon at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa with six four rounders and ones six rounder that provided plenty of knockout action for the fans with only two bouts going the scheduled distance. (more…)
Report & Photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
WBC mandatory flyweight title challenger Edgar Sosa (43-6, 26 KOs) needed just one round to dispatch Julio Paz (12-2, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza De Toros El Paseo in San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. Sosa was too strong for the Uruguayan who went to the deck after a devastating body attack that ended with a right to the face.
The 112 lb international monarch said his performance was dedicated to the public of San Luis Potosi, who supported him and his grandma, who is ill, and to his representative Jacques Deschamps, who always has supported him. “He could not come but his soul is with us,” said Sosa. Next up the ex-WBC light flyweight champ is a shot at two-term WBC world flyweight champion Pongsaklek Wonjongkam.
In a WBC super bantamweight eliminator, #2 rated South African Simpiwe Vetyeka (23-1, 13 KOs) snatched the WBC international belt of WBC #1 rated Giovanni “El Ruso” Caro (22-9-4, 17 KOs) with a unanimous decision.
In female boxing, Esmeralda Moreno successfully defended her WBC light flyweight belt for the second time against Mary Salinas from McAllen Texas.
Lightweight “Son of the Legend” Carlos Zarate Jr. (13-0, 8 KOs) dropped Adrian Rodriquez (8-4) twice in another one round destruction. Click here for more photos…
By Robert Coster
WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Victor Barros (33-1-1, 18 KOs) definitely benefited from the hometown advantage on Saturday night at the Polideportivo La Colonia in Junin, Mendoza, Argentina, winning a very debatable split decision over Celestino Caballero (34-4, 23 KOs) of Panama. Two knockdowns and constant aggression were not sufficient for the 35-year-old Caballero, in the eyes of the judges, to lift the crown from the local champion who was awarded a 114-112 (Sergio Caiz), 116-110 (Cesar Ramos) vote while judge Denny Nelson gave the nod to Caballero by 115-111. The local Argentinian TV commentators also saw Caballero the winner by the score of 115-112.
Octagonside by Anthony Springer Jr & Andreas Hale
Dominick Cruz fought like he had a chip on his shoulder. In a bout where the champ was treated like the challenger, Cruz avenged the lone loss on his record, defeating crowd favorite Urijah Faber via unanimous decision. The judges scored the bout 50-45, 49-46, and 48-47.
Chris Leben defeated the living legend Wanderlei Silva by knockout in just 27 seconds in the night’s co-main event; Dennis Siver earned a hard fought unanimous decision over Matt Wiman. All three judges saw it the same and scored the bout 29-28 for the German; With his career on the line, Tito Ortiz earned his first victory since 2006, tapping Ryan Bader with a guillotine choke at 1:56 in the opening round; In the night’s first main card bout, Carlos Condit handed Dyong Yun-Kim his first professional loss. “The Natural Born Killer” caught the “Stun Gun” with a vicious knee and followed that up with a series of punches. Time of stoppage was 2:58.
All three female IBF champions retained their titles on Saturday night at the Gimnasio Nuevo Leon in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico.
IBF female flyweight Arely Mucino (13-0-1, 8 KOs) stopped Soledad Macedo (10-7-1, 4 KOs) at :33 of round four.
IBF light flyweight champion Jessica Chavez (12-3-2, 3 KOs) floored challenger Mayerli Altamar (10-2-2, 5 KOs) in round five and got the stoppage with a barrage of punches moments later. Time was :43.
IBF female minimumweight champion Katia Gutierrez (13-3, 4 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Ana Arrazola (27-7-3, 17 KOs).
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBA flyweight Hernan Marquez (31-2, 24 KOs) scored a third round KO over Edrin Dapudong (22-4, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at the Centro de Usos Multiples in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico. The powerful Marquez launched a barrage of shots that put Dapudong on the deck and the bout was waved off by referee Raul Caiz Jr. at 1:49.
Unbeaten super flyweight Daniel Rosas (21-0, 9 KOs) scored a sixth round stoppage of journeyman Federico Catubay (26-19-3, 13 KOs). Time was 1:38. Click here for more photos…
By Karl Freitag
The biggest heavyweight title fight in years wasn’t an instant classic as IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over cautious WBA champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany. In round one, Haye threw lots of power punches but didn’t land clean. Wlad landed some jabs but nothing hard. More connects in round two for both and things heated up further in round three. Haye landed a clean shot at the bell to end round four. Good combination by Klitschko in round five. Haye stayed mostly on the outside, occasionally jumping in with single shots. Klitschko pressed the action and was busier in every round. Klitschko was deducted a point by Geno Rodriguez for pushing down Haye in round eight, but took control down the stretch. Rodriguez gave Haye a count after he went down in the eleventh. Haye landed a hard shot in the twelfth, but Wlad came back. In the end, scores were 117-109, 118-108, 116-110. For more details and photos click here…
Ola Afolabi with trainer Fritz Sdunek in final preparation for his fight as co-feature on Klitschko/Haye megafight. Afoloabi defends his WBO Intercontinental cruiserweight title against UK Champion Terry Dunstan.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr
Playing on the big stage is hardly new to Urijah Faber (25-4).
Though he’s headlining the first sub-155 pound fight in UFC history at UFC 132, “The California Kid” has been one of the sport’s biggest little men for some time now.
Faber will do battle with current bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz. Since the pair’s first meeting four years ago lasted just 1:38 and ended with Cruz being choked out. It’s the only blemish on his record . . . Click here for more
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By Joe Koizumi
WBC#6/WBA#7 lightweight Ryuji Migaki (17-2, 13 KOs), 134.5, Japan, barely kept his OPBF 135-pound belt as he put on a see-saw extravaganza with OPBF#3 compatriot Shoji Kawase (27-4-5, 17 KOs), 134.5, and finally knocked him out with a smashing left-right combination at 2:31 of the tenth round in a scheduled twelve-rounder on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
It was a gory affair as each sustained bad lacerations around the optics caused by the other’s furious attack. The OPBF open scoring system indicated the process on almost even terms: 38-38, 39-38 and 38-39 after the fourth; 77-76, 77-75 both for the defending champ Migaki, and 76-77 for Kawase after the eighth. Kawase threw more punches with less precision, while Migaki scored with a fewer but more accurate combinations to weaken the game challenger. The fatal tenth witnessed Migaki explode a solid one-two combo to the button of the taller Kawase, who fell down not to be able to beat the count of the referee Vinny Martin. (more…)
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