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By Phil Doherty at ringside
Dominican IBF #2-ranked super-featherweight Argenis “La Tormenta” Mendez (20-2, 10 KOs) overcame a foul-filled assault from IBF #7-ranked Mexican contender Martin “El Brochas” Honorio (32-8-1, 16 KOs) to earn the right to face champion Juan Carlos Salgado once more. Countering the charging Mexican with sharp uppercuts, hooks and straight rights, Mendez picked his shots in similar fashion to his 2010 bout with Honorio, which Mendez won by majority decison. Tonight (helped in part by two point-deductions against Honorio for hitting behind the head), the decision was unanimous. (more…)
Welterweight Diego Chaves (21-0, 17 KOs) of Argentina stopped reigning WBA interim welterweight titlist Ismael El Massoudi (36-4, 14 KOs) of France in round two to win the title. Chaves dropped El Massoudi twice in round two. The second knockdown sent El Massoudi crashing hard to the canvas with no count being issued and the referee waving the bout off immediately.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Pablo Cesar Cano (25-1-1, 19 KOs) won the WBA interim super lightweight title on Saturday night by dethroning reigning titleholder Johan Perez (15-1-1, 12 KOs) via seventh round technical decision at the Oasis Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Until the sudden end the fight was very exciting and both fighters were cut and busted up. A headbutt by Perez caused Cano to bleed profusely and prompted referee Luis Pabon to stopped the fight and sent it to the scorecards. Scores were 68-65, 68-65 for Cano and 67-67.
Lightweight Jorge Romero (23-5, 20 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over former world champion Rudy Lopez (25-6-2, 16 KOs). Lopez was down in rounds three and four.
In an upset, Denver jr welterweight Manuel Perez (18-7-1, 4 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Jose Cotto (33-4-1, 24 KOs). Scores were 96-94, 96-94 for Perez, 96-95 for Cotto.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
WBA interim super featherweight Bryan Vasquez (28-0, 14 KOs) defended his belt with an ninth round TKO over veteran Jorge Lacierva (41-8-6, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio Muncipal in Tijuana, Mexico. In round nine, Vasquez landed a shot to the liver that sent Lacierva to the canvas for the count of 8. He beat the count, but more hard Vasquez punches decked him again and female referee Romina Arroyo halted the fight.
In a thrilling rematch of between the sons of Mexican legends, Jorge Paez Jr. (32-4-1, 19 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Omar Chavez (28-2-1, 21 KOs). All the three judges scoed it 96-94 for Paez Jr. Both Jorge Paez and Julio Cesar Chavez were present in the corners of their sons.
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
Former WBO super featherweight champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (24-0, 20 KOs) remains unsolved as he methodically picked apart Vincente Escobedo (26-4, 15 KOs) in a dominating performance, finishing off his opponent in the fifth round via TKO on Saturday night at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Broner remained completely composed as controversy swirled around this bout, with Broner losing his WBO junior lightweight title on the scale Friday by coming in 3.5 pounds overweight. Broner also failed an agreed upon weight Saturday morning, but the bout continued as he paid Escobedo an undisclosed sum. Broner was able to land with both hands, not worrying too much about the punches from the smaller Escobedo and in the final round, he let go from all angles and Escobedo was unable to defend himself. Midway through the round, he landed a right hand that hurt Escobedo and then as he felt the energy pulsing through the crowd, he windmilled the right hand, and then followed Escobedo along the ropes, pounding away to his body. Escobedo’s corner frantically waved a towel for 10 seconds, trying to get the attention of the referee, and mercifully, he turned their way, stopping the contest. Time was 2:42. (more…)
By Brian Grammer and Clint Rosser at ringside
Adrien Broner weighed in at 143.5 at the Saturday morning weigh-in, rather than the agreed to 140, the Vicente Escobedo Team threatening to pull out. However, we understand the fight is a go after a “confidential agreement” was reached.
Update 3: The Fightnews.com coverage team is at ringside. No fans have been let in the arena yet but it looks like we have a fight card.
Update 2: Just talked to 3 WBO offcials outside the Hilton and they said that they have no idea if the fight is going to go on or not — Brian Grammer
Update 1: Rolando Arellano, manager of Escobedo told Fightnews.com, “No comment. There’s great controversy in the air” — Flattop
Broner was 3 pounds over weight,fight still on tonight on HBO. Do I smell upset?
— Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) July 21, 2012
By Rocco Morales
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In the main event of the evening from the Ontario Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, CA, Charles “Pride Of Paramount” Huerta (17-3, 9 KOs) got back on the winning track stopping veteran Eduardo Arcos (18-8-1, 5 KOs). Huerta, making his debut with Thompson Boxing and coming off a 15 month layoff, boxed effectively behind a stiff jab as he patiently walked down the awkward Arcos. Arcos, entered the fight the loser of his last five fights and after starting his career with a 15-0 record, he’s been unable to compete once stepping up in competition. Both fighters exchanged seemingly deliberate low blows in the fourth round and were each warned by referee, Raul Caiz Jr.. This proved good for the audience as Arcos then did his best to make a fight of it. Action really heated in the fifth round as Arcos went on the attack but his wide punches were mostly unable to penetrate the defense of Huerta. Huerta was able to seize control of the round to bloody and stagger Arcos to end the round. Arcos’ corner, after seeing the condition of Arcos between the fifth and sixth round, stopped the fight making Huerta the winner by TKO at 3:00 of fifth round. (more…)
Kelvin “Price Is Right” Price (13-0, 6 KOs) has pulled out of his scheduled August 4th date with Deontay “Bronze Bomber” Wilder (23-0, 23 KOs) citing a rib injury suffered in sparring. The clash between the two undefeated 6’7 prospects had generated great interest along the Gulf Coast, as Wilder is from Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Price hails from Pensacola, Florida. Wilder will keep the nationally televised Fox Sports Net date live from the Expo Hall in Mobile, Alabama and Golden Boy Promotions hopes to announce a replacement opponent within 24 hours.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
In a nationally televised promotion, Thai light welterweight prosect, Patomsuk Pathompothong (19-1-1, 12 KOs) was impressive in stopping previously unbeaten Filipino, Jeffrey Arienza (8-1-1, 4 KOs) at the conclusion of round seven of a scheduled twelve round bout at the Baan Khao Hom School, Pong Nam Ron, Chantaburi, Thailand on Friday. Pathompothong was the aggressor from the opening bell and controlled the action in the early rounds. In round six Arienza stepped up a gear and outworked Pathompothong to win the round. The hard punching Thai dug deep in round seven and punished the Filipino, connecting with hard head and body shots throughout the round, that visibly hurt the import. During the interval the corner of Arienza retired there boxer who was in no condition to continue. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said. “Patomsuk showed he is improving to stop Jeffrey Arienza, who came to Thailand with no losses on his record. Patomsuk is ready to fight the best light welterweight boxers in the world.”
In the co-feature, scheduled eight round bout, classy featherweight Vacharakrit Senahan (24-4-1, 12 KOs) stopped Filipino Randy “Gorilla” Megrino (12-11-2, 7 KOs) in round three when the referee crowned the Thai at 2:05. Megrino had been in action against several world class opponents and holds a 2011 win over Japanese Ryuta Miyagi. Beijing 2008 Olympian Amnat Ruenroeng (3-0, 1 KO) outscored experienced Filipino, Lowie Bantigue (21-20-7, 12 KOs) over six, of a super flyweight bout. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang.
Televised throughout Thailand on Channel Seven television network
He’s shown glimpses from time to time, but reigning WBC USNBC middleweight beltholder Elvin Ayala has yet to unleash the inner beast that earned him the nickname, “The Lycan.”
“I’m looking forward to being an animal,” Ayala (25-5-1, 11 KOs) said. “I know I have it in me.” Ayala hopes to let it all out tonight against late sub John Mackey (13-7-3, 6 KOs) in the 10-round main event of “The Fire Within,” a fitting title for Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports’ latest live professional boxing event at the Mohegan Sun Arena. (more…)
By Anthony Springer Jr.
When life gives you lemons, as the cliché goes, you make lemonade. In the case of the UFC, when training takes down one of your headliners, make a new main event.
And so it is with this weekend’s UFC 149, whose main event showdown for the interim bantamweight title between perennial championship contender Urijah Faber and Renan Barao is the result of not one, but two injuries. (more…)
Johan Perez 139.5 vs. Pablo Cesar Cano 140
(WBA interim super lightweight title)
Jorge Romero 135.4 vs. Rudy Lopez 135.8
Jose Cotto 140 vs. Manuel Perez 135.8
Venue: Grand Oasis Cancun in Cancun, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy/Pepe Gomez
TV: Fox Deportes
Lots of drama behind the scenes in advance of tonight’s WBA interim world super lightweight title clash between Venezuelan champion Johan “Terrible” Perez and Mexican challenger Paul “El Demoledor” Cano, to be held at the Grand Oasis Cancun Hotel. The WBA Championships Committee made a decision not to sanction the world title fight because the WBC Latin title was in the same division was also on the line. According to a source, WBA Vice President and Director of the Championships Committee Gilberto Jesus Mendoza informed the promoters that the WBA had made a firm decision not to sanction Perez-Cano. He asked that for the welfare of world boxing that WBC Latino title be removed as this has nothing to do with a world title and discredits the world championship status of the fight. On Thursday night the situation was resolved and it was confirmed that only the WBA world title will be at stake, as was initially the case when the contracts were signed for this fight. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Facing his toughest opponent to date in his professional career, Art Hovhannisyan faced further adversity when he was knocked down halfway through his scheduled 10 round bout. Hovhannisyan shook off the knockdown, finished strong in the final rounds to win a close 10 round split decision victory over former world title holder Miguel Acosta at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, CA.
At the end of the first round, Hovhannisyan scored a knockdown with a lead, overhand right hand to the head of Acosta. Hovhannisyan was not able to follow up as the bell sounded to end the round. (more…)
WBO #2/WBC#3/WBA#4/IBF #4 jr lightweight contender Juan Carlos “Mini” Burgos (30-1, 20 KOs) scored a nice third round TKO over previously undefeated Cesar “Saba” Vazquez (25-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nevada. A barrage of punches left Vazquez reeling and referee Tony Weeks stepped in to wave it off at the 1:15 mark
Welterweight Aron “The Killer” Martinez (18-1-1, 4 KOs) won an eight round split decision over Prenice “The Greatness” Brewer (16-3-1, 6 KOs). Scores were 77-75, 77-75 Martinez, 77-75 Brewer. Ten straight wins for Martinez, two straight losses for Brewer.
Debuting featherweight Vitor Freitas-Jones, nephew of former world champion Acelino “Popo” Freitas, scored a first round KO over Rocco Espinoza (3-6, 0 KOs). Time was 2:11.
In his pro debut, heavyweight Brett Rather outpointed Jamal Woods (2-4-1) over four by scores of 39-37, 40-36, 40-36
By Jose E. Santiago
Photo: Robert Tapalas
Paul Delgado 149 vs. Mike Ruiz 146.5
(WBF Intercontinental super welterweight title)
Jesus Tavera 150 vs. Jared Robinson 146.5
Mike Seals 189 vs Joseph Harris 229
Jose Felix 157.5 vs. Tim Hall 155.5
Jackie Breitenstein 137.5 vs. Racquel Bailey TBA
Quatavious Cash 167 vs. William Waters 165
Venue: Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, GA
Promoter: Delgado Boxing Promotions
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez/Acquinity Sports
Argenis Mendez 127 vs Martin Honorio 127
Lennin Castillo 171 vs Ricardo Campillo 169½
Felix Diaz 145 vs Wilfredo Acuna
Claudio Marrero¼ 123 vs Fernando Beltran 125
Juan Carlos Payano 115 vs John A. Molina 115¾
Joan Guzman 140 vs Jorge Pimentel 141½
Ed Paredes 143¼ vs Vivian Harris 143
Jessy Cruz 120 vs Jesus Lule 119
Glendy Hernandez 226 vs Tobias Rice 215
Isiah Thomas 197 vs Reggie Peña 190
Venue: Seminole Hard Rock Live
Promoter: Acquinity Sports
Ismael El Massoudi 145 vs. Diego Chaves 146.3
(WBA interim Welterweight title)
Venue: Sociedad Alemana de Gimnasia de Villa Ballester, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Promoter: O.R. Promotions
TV: TyC Sports (Argentina)
Listed below are weights for Saturday night’s professional boxing event at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports.
Elvin Ayala 159 vs. John Mackey 157
Ivana Coleman 124.75 vs. Shelito Vincent 124
Joseph “Chip” Perez 133 vs. Johnny Frazier 133
Gabriel Duluc 139 vs. Christian Lao 140
Tylon Burris 168 vs. Luis Felix 170
Antonio Chaves Fernandez 144.25 vs. Jair Ramos 140.5
Saul Almeida 160 vs. Antonio Marrero 156
Carlos Hernandez 135.5 vs. Alan Beeman 132
By Clint Rosser at the scale
Photos: Pat Lovell / Hoganphotos – Golden Boy
After weighing in at 133.5, we’ve been told that Broner will be unable to make the 130lb limit. The bout U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati will go on with only Escobedo eligible to win the title. The camps are negotiating a max weight for another weigh-in Saturday morning and Broner will have to forfeit a portion of his purse to Escobedo.
Adrien Broner 133.5 vs. Vicente Escobedo 130.0
(WBO Junior Lightweight Title)
Keith Thurman 147.50 vs. Orlando Lora 147.50
Omar Figueroa 134.50 vs. Dominic Salcido 136.50
Chris Pearson 160.0 vs. Angel Hernandez 160.50
Brandon Bennett 136.0 vs. John Nater 135.50
David Long 238.50 vs. Quincey Palmer 272.00
DeVonte Allen 128.0 vs. Ra’eese Aleem 126.50
Doors open at 5:00pm Eastern time / 1st Bell 5:30
TV: Main and Co-Main will be shown on HBO Boxing After Dark
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Omar Chavez 152 vs Jorge Paez 152
Brian Vasquez 130 vs Jorge Lacierva 129.5
(WBA interim super featherweight title)
Aaron Herrera 136 vs Fernando Garcia 135
Jocelyn Arroyo 108 vs Jazmin Mesa 108
Francisco Rodriguez 107 vs Jorge Guerrero 109
Venue: Auditorio Municipal Tijuana
TV: TV Azteca
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