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With four of the best fighters in Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) history set to battle at UFC 123: RAMPAGE vs. MACHIDA, which is presented by Bud Light and live on Pay-Per-View on November 20th at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan, the card will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the long-awaited return to Detroit, the UFC confirms that, in addition to Quinton Jackson vs. Lyoto Machida and Matt Hughes vs. B.J. Penn, the remaining bouts at UFC 123 include the following: George Sotiropolous vs. Joe Lauzon, Phil Davis vs. Tim Boetsch, Gerald Harris vs. Maiquel Falcao, Matt Brown vs. Brian Foster, Aaron Simpson vs. Mark Muñoz, Karo Parisyan vs. Dennis Hallman, Darren Elkins vs. Edson Barboza, Paul Kelly vs. T.J. O’Brien and Tyson Griffin vs. Nik Lentz. (more…)
Ringside by Ben Tighe
Photos by Jesse Kelly
On a card televised on Showtime’s ShoBox, from the Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., Edwin Rodriguez and James McGirt Jr thrilled the crowd with a back-and-forth battle.
Rodriguez dominated most of the first two rounds with speed and power that McGirt couldn’t match, but as the second drew to a close McGirt began to bang with Rodriguez, and the result was electrifying. . . . click here for more
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen
They say that the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry is one of the best in boxing. That’s certainly not a lie. They said, for weeks, that the fight between Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez could equate to the dramatic back and forth drubbing that Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo delivered in their fight of the decade showdown back in 2005. Again, that wasn’t a lie either. It started to turn into a similar slugfest but a shoulder injury to Rafael Marquez caused a remarkable fight to be stopped abruptly at the end of the eighth round to award Juan Manuel Lopez the TKO victory as he retained his WBO featherweight title in front of 4813 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas . . . click here for more
On Friday night Boxeo Telemundo returns to the Salon Jose Cuervo (Salon 21) in Mexico City. The telecast will be headlined by Mexican WBC Latin champion Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz (23-3-2, 19 KOs) against Julio “Chupete” Ler (30-7, 18 KOs) of Argentina in a scheduled twelve rounder. The event is promoted by Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr/All Star Boxing in association with Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones. Telemundo will televise the main event live at 11:35PM ET.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
California referee Jon Schorle will be the third man in the ring when unbeaten two-time Cuban Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) and Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama meet in Dallas Saturday for the vacant WBA interim super bantamweight title in the Pacquiao-Margarito co-feature. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico), Ruben Garcia (Texas) and Raul Caiz Sr. (California). The fight supervisor is George Martinez (Canada).
Ringside report by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Raymond Mares
In a madcap rematch between crosstown cruiserweights, Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Albuquerque, N.M., “Mad” Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KOs), sporting a beard a la Brian Wilson, the San Francisco Giants closing pitcher, outslugged and outhustled “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-5-2, 3 KO’s) en route to a eighth round stoppage.
Heyman-Alderete II capped a six-bout, all-local card promoted by Danny Romero Productions . . . Click here for more
Demetrious Johnson had a bulletproof explanation for why he jumped at the chance to fight Damacio Page on three weeks’ notice.“It’s my job,” the Matt Hume protégé said matter of factly.. . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
Manny Pacquiao will arrive in Dallas tonight for Saturday’s showdown with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Both fighters will conduct free public workouts on Tuesday at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center (1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine, TX 76051.) Margarito’s workout will begin at 1PM CT followed by Pacqiao’s at 2PM CT, in the Gaylord’s Longhorn Exhibit Hall E. located on the lower level of the Gaylord Texan’s Convention Center. Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones are also expected to attend.
Rico Ramos 123.5 vs Heriberto Ruiz 122.5
Shawn Estrada 163.25 vs Tony Hirsch 160.5
Venue: USMC Air Station New River, NC
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
Texas State heavyweight champion Homero “El Oso” Fonseca (9-4-2) defeated current Hector “Huracan” Ferreyro (21-8-2) by way of ten round split decision on Saturday at the Veterans Field in Laredo, Texas. Fonseca took on Ferreyro for a second time in two months, after losing to Ferreyro by majority decision on August 6th. This time around the title was not at stake but Fonseca made the best of it after getting the call to come in as a late replacement for Willie Herring on 10 days’ notice.
WBC #5 rated super bantamweight Leon “Hurry Up” Moore (27-2, 22 KOs) of Guyana showed his mettle on Saturday night in the main event of the Caribbean Fury 2 Card staged at the Princess Hotel and Casino in Guyana by narrowly defeating Venezuelan Breilor Teran (12-9, 4 KOs) by majority decision. Moore came off the canvas twice to beat Teran. (more…)
By Robert Hughes
Photos: Robert Hughes
Pacquiao/Margarito fight week kicked off Sunday in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area when Antonio Margarito met with about 2,000 boxing fans at a South Fort Worth-area shopping center.
From high above the full-size boxing ring set up in La Gran Plaza, Margarito spoke to a loud crowd chanting ‘si se puede’ — ‘yes we can’ — before making his way into the ring, the place he called ‘mi casa.’
The controversial Margarito continued to speak to the largely Hispanic crowd in Spanish as they snapped photos and yelled questions to the weekend’s underdog from Tijuana. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
The monthly Art in the Park event at Ponce Circle Park in Coral Gables typically provides families and young people an outdoor venue for live music, shopping and spirits for an evening. During the first cool, crisp snap of autumn last Friday night; they received so much more. Thanks to an invitation from the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana, renowned boxing promoter Don King joined the festivities along with three boxers scheduled to compete at the American Airlines Arena on December 17th. (more…)
A sold out standing room only crowd witnessed a five-bout card presented by Prize Fight Boxing on Saturday night in the Fitz Ballroom at the Fitz Casino in Tunica, MS as unveiled an action packed 5 bout card from the. The main event featured a six-rounder between undefeated middleweights as Foster Nkodo (6-0, 1 KO) won a split decision over Mario Mina (5-1, 3 KOs). (more…)
Photo: Top Rank Boxing
Thousands of fans turn out to meet three-time world champion Antonio Margarito in Dallas, Texas today at the Tamale Festival. Margarito takes on Superstar Manny Pacquiao on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay Per View.
Saturday night at the Charleston Civic Center in Charleston, West Virginia, heavyweight Keith Barr improved to 4-0 with 2 KOs) by stopping Chris Brown (1-2-2) via TKO in the second round. Barr was very aggressive to the body from the opening bell and was in control until being rocked by a hard straight right from Brown with 15 seconds left in the round. Barr gathered himself between rounds and again came out aggressive in round two, flooring Brown with a left hook. Brown beat the count, but Barr then landed a series of hard, unanswered punches flooring Brown again, prompting referee Doug West to step in and halt the action. “Keith continues to improve every fight, and he is definitely one of the most talented up and coming fighters in the area,” stated promoter Steve Simons. The fight was part of a seven bout card prresented by Simons Promotions.
By Robert Coster
Photos by HG Boxing
It happens in boxing. Sometimes the boxer with lesser ability wins. And sometimes an underdog boxer just happens to have the champion’s number. Iran Barkeley did twice beat the legendary Thomas Hearns. Brawler Ricardo Mayorga defeated Vernon Forrest on two occasions. Forrest twice beat Shane Mosley. And Mosley, in turn, just knew how to rout Oscar de la Hoya two times around. On Saturday, the same scenario occured when limited, battled-scarred veteran Gilberto Keb Baas (33-20-4) upset the much more touted Omar Nino (30-3-2) and wrested the WBC light flyweight title from his grasp. For more details and photos click here…
By David L. Hudson Jr.
Juan Manuel Lopez showed he could take a punch in addition to dishing out plenty of punishment in stopping Rafael Marquez to defend his WBO world featherweight championship. The fighter known as “JuanMa” consistently landed hard shots to Marquez, but the Mexican warrior had his moments. In the fourth round, he tagged Lopez and appeared to stun him.
In the post-fight press conference, Lopez acknowledged he was stunned in the fourth round. “It was a real tough fight. He hit me good in the fourth round. So what, it showed everyone that I can come back and that I can take a punch.” (more…)
By David L. Hudson Jr.
On Saturday night, Glen Johnson continued to defy Father Time and proved that he is a threat to the rest of the fighters remaining in the Super Six competition. He looked fresh, fit and fast at nearly age 42, in chopping down Allan Green to earn a place in the semifinals of the 168 lb. tournament.
“Green is a good fighter who throws quick combinations,” Johnson said. “I knew I had to be patient and that my time would come.” His time came in the eighth round, as he continued to find a home for hard, straight right hands.
Johnson looks forward to facing the winner of the Carl Froch-Arthur Abraham fight. “It doesn’t matter to me which guy [Froch or Abraham] I fight, because I always fight the best,” said the man known as “the Road Warrior.” (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos by Mike Greenhill
Jimmy Lange of Great Falls, VA captured the NABA Super Welterweight title with a 10th round knockout of Richmond, VA’s Joe Wyatt last night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA. Wyatt seemed to be the aggressor throughout the contest, especially in the early rounds. However, in the fifth round, Lange caught Wyatt with a counter right hand that dropped Wyatt to the canvas. Wyatt was able to bounce back and maintain his pressure. For more details and photos click here…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Italian middleweight Matteo Signani (10-3-2, 4 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Roman warrior Giovanni De Carolis (12-4, 4 KOs) Friday night at The Sport Palace in Cesena, Italy. With the win the local idol Signani defended his National Title at 160lbs for the second time. It was not a great fight, much too tactical with both fighters being careful and many of the rounds following a similar pattern. Signani dropped De Carolis in round six and used his counterpunch attitude for to convince the three judges that scores the bout 95-93, 96-93 and 97-92 for the 31-year-old Signani. (Fightnews had it 95-93 for Signani). (more…)
Ringside by Gerardo Martinez
Saturday from the Hard Rock Hotel of Albuquerque: On a card promoted by Danny Romero Productions, “Mad” Max Heyman (24-11-4, 14 KO’s) punched out “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-5-2, 3 KO’s). Alderete’s corner did not allow there fighter to come out for the ninth round, giving Heyman the win by TKO. In a junior featherweight contest Randy “Savage” Arrellin (7-3, 4 KO’s) won by unanimous decision against Lorenzo Estrada (3-18-1, 1 KO) of Las Cruces with scores of 60-54 times three. MMA fighter turned boxer Manuel “Mano” Otero (2-1, 1 KO) won by unanimous decision against Jose “Goose” Ramirez (11-11, 6 KO’s) with scores of 38-37, 38-37 and 39-36. In a junior welterweight battle, Albuquerque’s Joshua “El Nino de Oro” Gomez (3-0, 2 KO) won by TKO against Las Cruces’ Colbert “Pitbull” Lozoya (4-10) at 2:35 of the third round. And in the opening bout of the night featherweight Natalie Roy (2-0, 1 KO) of Santa Fe won by unanimous decision against Plainview, TX fighter Celestina Cano (0-2) with 40-36 times three.
Edward Faaloloto recalls being grazed by a bullet back in high school and, on a different occasion, stabbed by a homeless man attempting to rob him. Given that perspective, the unbeaten fighter is not losing any sleep over the likely prospect of a standup war with Anthony Njokuani at WEC 52. . . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Word is the much anticipated SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament scheduled to take place on December 11 in Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico may be moved to the U.S. If moved, Los Angeles is the frontrunner to land the event involving Abner Mares vs Vic Darchinyan and Yhonny Perez vs Joseph Agbeko. Reasons for the move include issues of production and organization of the card, as well as the security situation in Mexico at the moment.
Photos courtesy Top Rank
Antonio Margarito and his wife Michelle depart the Margarito Bus at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX late Saturday night. The bus met the Margarito camp at the Dallas/Forth Worth airport, with multiple 24/7 crews in tow.
On Sunday, Margarito will make two public appearances in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In the most important fight of his career, and what may be considered by many as a candidate for fight of the year, Juan Manuel Lopez retained his WBO featherweight title with a technical knockout over Rafael Marquez live on SHOWTIME® from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. In the evening’s co-feature veteran boxer Glen Johnson earned the final spot in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinals with a knockout win over Allan Green. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
Unheralded Gilberto Keb Baas (34-20-4, 21 KOs) surprisingly defeated WBC light flyweight world champion Omar Nino (30-4-2, 12 KOs) by majority decision on Saturday night to claim the WBC 108lb belt at the Poliforum Zamna in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Keb Baas floored Nino in rounds one and eight on the way to 116-110 and 115-111 margins on two cards. The third score was a bizarre 113-113. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Isaac Chilemba retained his IBO super-middleweight belt in a rather untidy and mauling affair against Tommy Oosthuizen when they fought to a 12 round draw at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, on Saturday night. Judge John Coyle (England) scored it 115-113 for Oosthuizen and Ace Makeluza (SA) had it 115-113 for Chilemba, whilst judge Deon Dwarte (SA) scored it a draw with a card of 114-114. (more…)
By Matt Richardson and Alex Dombroff at ringside
In an IBF and WBO jr welterweight eliminator, former two-division world champion Zab Judah (40-6, 27 KOs) won a split decision over previously unbeaten KO artist Lucas Matthysse (27-1, 25 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. For the first nine rounds, it was a tactical battle with Judah concentrating on head shots while Matthysse focused on the body. That all changed in round ten when Matthysse dropped Judah with a hard shot to the head, and further punished Judah in rounds eleven and twelve. It wasn’t enough, however, as Judah prevailed 114-113, 114-113 on two cards while the third card was 114-113 for Matthysse.
In a lightweight clash, two-division world champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero (28-1-1, 18 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Olympian Vicente Escobedo (22-3, 14 KOs). Guerrero dropped Escobedo in rounds three and six and went to on win 100-88, 98-90, and 96-92. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a war, WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 35 KOs) on Saturday nigfht at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Juanma sent Marquez staggering across the ring with a left hand in round three, but Marquez rocked Lopez in round four. Lopez was also deducted a point for a rabbit punch in the round by referee Tony Weeks. Lopez had the upper hand from round six on, although Marquez was still dangerous. Juanma really worked over Marquez in round eight and he didn’t come out for round nine citing an injured right shoulder.
Super Six newcomer Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) moved to the semi-final of SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking super middleweight tournament with an eighth round KO of Allan Green (29-3, 20 KOs). Johnson dropped Green for the count after staggering him in rounds three and six, although two officials had Green ahead on two cards entering the KO round. Time was :36. The 41-year-old Johnson gets three points for the KO win. (more…)
In an all-Irish clash for the vacant EBU (European) super bantamweight title, unbeaten Prizefighter Tournament winner Willie Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) halted Paul Hyland (18-2, 5 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. It was a non-stop firefight with Casey’s “big bangs” eventually breaking down Hyland prompting a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:09.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Luis Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over two-time former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-7-1, 21 KOs) after Mitchell couldn’t continue due to an injury to his left eye.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
6’8, 250lb Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (22-0, 10 KOs) will not fight on the undercard of tonight’s Zab Judah-Lucas Matthysse show at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. “Kevin Burnett did not show up at the press conference and Friday’s mandatory weigh-in. As far as we know, there was a conflict between his new and old management and he just never arrived,” said Kathy Duva, Main Events president and co-promoter of the Prudential Center event. “We are very disappointed with this development,” stated Mariusz Kolodziej, Global Boxing president. “Mariusz was training for six weeks at Global Boxing Gym, was ready to showcase his talents in United States.”
Photos: Don de Guzman
Manny Pacquiao, who will go for a world title in an unprecedented eighth weight division next week, is already at the contract weight for his November 13 pay-per-view showdown with Antonio Margarito. Pacman scaled in at 150lbs yesterday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
Although he appears fit and ready, Pacquiao told 60 Minutes’ Bob Simon, his main concern right now is politics – he also won election to the Congress of the Philippines last May – a distraction his trainer believes could be hurting his chances in the upcoming bout (Simon’s profile of Pacquiao will be broadcast on CBS’ “60 Minutes” news series on Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET/PT). When Simon brought up his political career, Pacquiao let him know that serving his fellow Filipinos is where his priorities lie now. “I already achieved my goals in boxing, my dreams in boxing,” says the 31-yr.old fighter. “What I want to achieve more is in public service…I want to be a champion there,” he tells Simon. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#15 Motoki Sasaki (35-8-1, 22 KOs), 139.25, barely kept his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he had a tough time in earlier rounds but landed a vicious left hook to drop Indonesian champ Geisler AP (5-1, 3 KOs), 139.75, for the count at 1:07 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 35-year-old Japanese veteran, making his initial defense since dethroning Filipino banger Randy Suico by a split duke here this July, put on a see-saw performance, though leading slightly on points. The muscular Indonesian, boasting of his unblemished amateur mark of 20-0, occasionally caught the shorter champ with big rights, but inexplicably failed to press follow it up only to be riding on a bicycle. The seventh witnessed Sasaki explode a devastating left hook to the cheek of the fading challenger, 26, who badly went down and paid no effort to raise himself up prior to Filipino referee Delbert Perigrino’s fatal ten. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Despite forfeiting the South African junior heavyweight on the scales former champion Thabiso Mchunu outpointed former SA light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa on Friday night.
At the Friday weigh-in Thabiso from Kwa-Ximba, Pietermaritzburg weighed in at 89kg which was over the junior heavyweight limit of 86.15kg and forfeited his title. However, if Bruwer from Meyerton, Gauteng who was inside the limit had won the fight he could have claimed the title. (more…)
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