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By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Christopher Toney/Top Rank
WBO #1 Welterweight Mike Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Raul Munoz (21-14-1, 16 KOs) with a big right hand in round two on Saturday night at the South Philly Arena (formerly known as the New Alhambra) in South Philadelphia. Time was 2:29. Impressive showing for Jones, who is the WBO’s mandatory challemger for Manny Pacquiao. “I am waiting for the phone call from Bob Arum,” said Jones afterward. “If anything happens to Marquez on July 16, I will take the fight with Pacquiao. He is such a great warrior. Let’s see how he deals with my right hand. I am much more confident now and am ready for big fights.”
Unbeaten super welterweight Yordenis Ugas (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a si round unanimous decision over Kenny Abril (11-4-1, 6 KOs). Ugas dropped Abril in round four en route to a 59-54, 59-55, 60-53 win.
Unbeaten super welterweight Glen Tapia (10-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Taronze Washington (14-16, 7 KOs)
By Brian Grammer, Clint Rosser and Brian Lewis at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
Former WBC/IBF super lightweight champion Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) won a controversial split decision over hard hitting WBO #3 Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Alexander, who survived the first knockdown of his career in the 4th, continued to move and counter, staying away from Matthysse’s power for the remainder of the contest. Judges Carlos Colon and Denny Nelson scored the contest for Alexander 96-93 and 95-94 respectfully, while judge Brett Miller saw Matthysse the winner by the margin of 96-93. Fightnews scored the fight 95-94 for Alexander. For more details and photos click here…
By Steve Farhood
Note: HBO Boxing After Dark and Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net will pay tribute to Nick at the conclusion of their respective broadcasts tonight.
My best friend died today, and I’m surprised at what saddens me more than anything else: that more people didn’t have the opportunity to know Nick Charles.
Diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer two years ago, Nick passed away Friday night at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His wife Cory and five-year-old daughter Giovanna were at his side. He is also survived by his children from previous marriages, son Jason and daughters Melissa and Katie.
Nick was five days shy of his 65th birthday.
I suppose that one man’s life is no more significant than another’s, but to deny that Nick was special would be foolish. Nick often said that you judge a man by how he treats someone who can do nothing for him. He was generous of spirit and overflowing with life, and if you spent five minutes with him, chances are it was an impressionable, if not meaningful, encounter. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm made a successful tenth title defense tonight in front of over 18,000 fans at the sold-out Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, against Irishman Matthew Macklin in a true thriller.
The challenger got off to a great start, pushing Sturm back with an enormous offensive workrate in the first three rounds. The champion, however, picked up the pace in the fourth and slowly gained control of the action with his quick and accurate combinations. Macklin never backed up, though, thus making it a toe-to-toe battle with him being the agressor while Sturm landed the cleaner punches. Both fighters had their fair share moments, hence making it a close fight going into the championship rounds.
The last two rounds added to the drama traded heavy shots and bringing the crowd to their feet. The fight ended with Sturm landing a brutal assault after taking good shots himself. The final bell concluded the great action, leaving the decision in the judges’ hands. They scored the bout 115:113 Macklin, 116:112 and 116:112 for Sturm, who emerged the split decision winner in one of the year’s best fights in Germany. (more…)
WBO #2 welterweight Kell Brook (24-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Lovemore Ndou (48-16-2, 31 KOs) to claim the WBA intercontinental belt on Saturday night at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Brook won by scores of 118-111, 119-110, 119-110, but failed to fulfill his promise to be the first fighter to stop the 39-year-old Ndou.
A change in the weather may be in store for the sorry state of the American heavyweight picture. That, at least, is the forecast from border camp of “El Niño.”
If last night’s demolishing of former title challenger Owen “What the Heck?” Beck is any indication, unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “El Niño” Rodriguez will be the entering the WBC’s top ten rankings not as a subtle change in the weather pattern, but with the force of a supercell tornado . . . Click here for more
We’re sad to report that popular boxing announcer and sportscaster Nick Charles passed away today in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at age 64 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Nick was best known as the blow-by-blow announcer on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox series. He also did some work on Top Rank shows and pay-per-views. He announced his last fight on HBO in March. Fightnews sends our condolences to Nick’s family and friends. He will be missed.
By Paolo Consiglio at ringside
Yesterday evening in Rome, at the Foro Italico, a much-anticipated domestic clash in the welterweight division between Daniele Petrucci (28-0-2, 10 KOs) and Leonard Bundu (24-0-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant European title ended in a technical draw due to an accidental headbutt in the second round which resulted in a grotesque swelling on the right side of Bundu’s forehead. Referee John Foster stopped the bout in the eight round on the advice of the ringside physician with the scorecards reading as follows: 77-77, 77-77 and 77-76 for Bundu. (more…)
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This weekend’s festivities for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Induction continue today at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida. From 8:30-4:00PM the agenda includes a memorabilia show, book signings, autographs, fist castings, celebrity workouts, ringside lectures & more. This evening is the gala dinner and silent auction. Cocktails/Registration 6:30 PM – Dinner 7:30 PM—Cash Bar
Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will hold OPEN TO THE PUBLIC press conferences in New York City and Los Angeles next week. On Tuesday they will be at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street) at noon. On Wednesday night they will be at Club Nokia in downtown LA at 8PM. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for both events.
Having secured the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV, HBO is making a big pitch to get Pacquiao-Marquez. Mayweather-Ortiz will be at the MGM Grand.
Heavyweight Chris Arreola fights for the fourth time this year on July 9 in Atlantic City. The bout will be an off-TV fight on the undercard of Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara. Opponent is Friday Ahunanya (24-7-3, 13 KOs), whio is trying to halt a two-fight losing streak.
42-year-old Heavyweight James Toney is reportedly returning to MMA in September or October. Randy Couture easily beat Toney at UFC 118.
Story and photos by Brian Grammer at the scale
Devon Alexander 139.5 vs. Lucas Martin Matthysse 140
Cornelius Bundrage 152.25 vs. Sechew Powell 152.5
Tavoris Cloud 175.25 vs. Yusaf Mack 29(17)-3(3)-2 174.25
Note: Cloud has 2 hours to lose the .25 lb
Bermane Stiverne 238.5 vs. Ray Austin 238
Ryan Coyne 193.75 vs. David McNemar 198
Cory Spinks 160.5 vs. Shakir Ashanti 160.4
Yuri Ramanau 138 vs. Darien Ford 138.75
Nelson Linares 184.5 vs. Jose Spearman 177
Chaen Chess 217 vs. Michael Lunsford 289.5
Omar Henry 160.25 vs. Chris Tyler 159
Valery Brudov 194.5 vs. Jimmy Franklin 199
Venue: The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri
Promoter: Don King Productions
TV: HBO (more…)
By Peter Lim
The latest Savarese Boxing Promotions show, Battle on Bellfort, will be held at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday June 25. While local club shows typically feature one-sided matchups between upcoming fighters padding their records against journeymen, this one also includes several intriguing and competitive bouts between fighters who are in it to win it. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone and Ricardo Trujillo
Tonight in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center on a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions: Against his toughest opponent to date, unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs) entered the top ten picture with a crushing third round knockout of former title challenger Owen “What the Heck? Beck (29-8, 20 KOs). Rodriguez hurt Beck early with left hooks to the body but in the second, Beck returned fire, boxing the local favorite and landing shots. In the third, however, Rodriguez landed a left hook to the chin that folded Beck to the canvas for over ten minutes. Official time of stoppage 2:03. In the co-main, David “Strictly Business” Medina (23-2-, 12 KOs) of Rocky Ford, Colo., outboxed and punished Juan Astorga (16-7, 10 KOs) through five rounds before flooring his opponent with a left and right in the sixth. Astorga beat the count – barely – and when Medina went in for the kill, the ref stopped the fight at 2:13 of the sixth. On the undercard: jr. welterweight Carlos Villa (2-0) of El Paso scraped by with a majority decision over game veteran Lorenzo Estrada (xxx, 1 KO) winning with scores of 38-39 and 39-36 twice; in the opener, jr. flyweight Joel Garcia (2-0, 1 KO) took out Yarn Harvison (0-3) by TKO at 1:31 of round one. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In the main event, a scheduled 8 round welterweight bout, Jose Reynoso (15-2-1, 2 KO), won in lackluster fashion by way of majority decision over Esteban Almaraz (9-4, 4KO) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel on Ontario, California. Scores were 78 – 74, 77 – 75 and 76 -76. Almaraz struggled with the southpaw stance of Reynoso and was only able to land a punch at a time. Meanwhile, Reynoso boxed safely from a distance behind his long straight left crosses, doing just enough to win the rounds. Neither fighter was hurt in the bout. (more…)
Courtesy Jim Jenkins/Sacramento Bee
Delighting a hometown, sellout crowd of 1,000 at the Fairfield (Calif.) Sports Center, Alan Sanchez, 147, (8-2-1) won on a seventh-round stoppage of Clint Coronel, 149, (4-3-2) of San Jose in their main event scheduled for eight Friday night.
Locals in the prelims also fared without a loss on the Don Chargin-promoted card. It was Manuel Avila, 123, UD-4 over Salvador Cifuentes, 124; Guy Robb, 128, TKO-1 (1:58) over Tyshawn Sherman, 128; Mike Ortega, 154, TKO-4 (1:02) over Mike Alexander, 154; Jonathan Chicas, 142, UD-4 over Michael Islas, 139.
Junior welterweight Javier “El Zorro” Castro (25-4, 20 KO’s) scored an explosive second round TKO over WBO #10 rated Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Miami Dade County Auditorium in Miami, Florida. A barrage of punches sent Pabon to the canvas to end it. Castro wins the WBO Latin belt.
WBO jr. featherweight female champion Ana “The Hurricane” Julaton (9-2, 1 KO) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Angel Gladney (6-4-1, 5 KOs).
Former amateur world champion Sullivan Barrera (8-0, 6 KOs) hammered Frank Paines (11-2, 10 KOs), dropping him in rounds one and two in a light heavyweight bout. The fight was stopped after the second round knockdown.
Unbeaten jr. welterweight Felix Mercedes (12-0, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Miguel Angel Mungia (19-20, 16 KOs). Click here for more photos…
By Jeff Zimmerman at ringside
Returning from his first professional loss, middleweight contender James Kirkland (28-1, 25 KOs) wasted little time in annihilating journeyman Dennis Sharpe (17-8-3, 4 KOs) on Friday night at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco, Texas. Sharpe was down twice before Kirkland was declared a KO winner at 2:18 of round one.
In the main event, super middleweight Brian Vera (19-5, 12 KOs) stopped Eloy Suarez (11-12-1, 5 KOs) with a left hook to the body at :30 of round eight.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Lightweight contender John Molina (23-1, 19 KO’s) won by technical knockout over Robert Frankel after the fifth round of a scheduled 10 round bout at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. Frankel came to fight from the opening round, even stunning Molina with a right hand to the head in the second. However, Molina busted Frankel (28-11-1, 5 KO’s) up, opening a cut above Frankel’s left eye and below his right eye. As Molina began connecting more to the head, Frankel’s right eye began to close. After the fifth round, the ringside physician advised referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the fight.
In a crossroads battle between young junior welterweights, Mauricio Herrera won a 10 round majority decision over Mike Dallas. Herrera (18-1, 7 KO’s) was busier than Dallas in the early part of the fight, as Dallas looked to counter. Sensing he was down on the cards, Dallas (17-2-1, 7 KO’s) came on in the final three rounds, at times beating Herrera to the punch during exchanges between the two. One judge scored the bout 95-95, while the other two judges scores the bout 96-94 and 98-92 in favor of Herrera. Fightnews.com scored the bout 96-94 in favor of Herrera.
In the walkout bout of the evening, 2000 U.S. Olympian Ricardo Williams won a eight round split decision over Arman Ovsepyan. The southpaw Williams (19-2, 10 KOs) controlled the action in first half of the fight, but Ovsepyan (11-2, 9 KOs) came on in the second half of the fight. One judge scored the bout 77-75 in favor of Ovsepyan, but was overruled by the other two judges who scored the bout 77-75 and an unbelievable 79-73 in favor of Williams. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: El Quequi. Quintana Roo. Alberto Salazar
WBC lightweight world champion Humberto Soto (55-7-2, 32 KOs) and #11 rated challenger Motoki Sasaki (36-8, 23 KOs) both weighed 134.5 for their clash Saturday night at the Parque Andres Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Soto will be making the fourth defense of his lightweight title.
The co-feature is a WBC super lightweight silver championship battle between Antonio Lozada (23-0, 20 KOs) and Roberto Ortiz (21-0, 19 KOs). Both weighed 138.9. More photos…
Courtesy Jim Jenkins/Sacramento Bee
Alan Sanchez 147 vs. Clint Coronel 149
(Eight-round main event)
Manuel Avila 123 vs. Salvador Cifuentes 124
Guy Robb 128 vs. Tyshawn Sherman 128
Omar Sanchez 134 vs. Jhonnathan Zamudio 139
Mike Ortega 152 vs. Mike Alexander 154
Michael Iseas 139 vs. Johnathan Chicas 142
IBF #7, WBA #9 heavyweight Kali Meehan (38-4, 31 KOs) 107.8kg scored a stoppage win over Michael Kirby (9-4-2, 5 KOs) 118.10Kg at Southport Sharks club, Southport, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on Friday in a nationally televised scheduled twelve round contest. Kali Meehan started the fight fast and connected with a right hand bombs and left hooks to the head of Kirby that had him out on his feet early in round one and the referee Chris Anderson saved Kirby from further punishment at one minute of round one.
Meehan said afterward, “I want to dedicate the fight to my wife and family also my friend Adam Watt who is a innocent man. I have a two fight deal and will now fight Oliver McCall and also David Tua.” (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photo: Marianne Müller
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm and challenger Matthew Macklin both made weight at today’s official weigh-in for their world title showdown tomorrow night at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. Sturm easily made the 160 pound limit, tipping the scale at 158lbs/72.1kg. Macklin weighed in at 159lbs/72.4kg. Both fighters looked to be in tremendous physical shape and ready to go. The Sturm-Macklin bout can be seen live on EPIX and EpixHD.com tomorrow at 5pm/et. SAT.1 will broadcast the fight in Germany, SkySports in Great Britain.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Fernando Montiel 122.2 vs. Nehomar Cermeño 122.2
Misael Castillo 135 vs. Carlos Wiston 136
Mahonry Montes 133 vs. Héctor Velázquez 132
Miguel Beltrán 132 vs. Fernando García 132
Adrian Young 126 vs. Francisco Soto 126
Venue: Estadio Banorte. Culiacan, Sinaloa
Promoter: Zanfer and Corpox
TV: TV Azteca
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Photos: Christopher Toney/Top Rank
WBO #1 welterweight Mike Jones (24-0, 18 KOs) weighed in at 146 lbs for his clash on Saturday against Raul Munoz (21-13-1, 16 KOs) at the South Philly Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Munoz scaled in at 149. The Top Rank Live! telecast can be seen on Fox Sports Net and Fox Deportes.
Mike Oliver 121.5 vs. Felipe Almanza 121
Taronze Washington 151.5 vs. Glen Tapia 152.5
Yordenis Ugas 144 vs. Kenny Abril 143.5
Angel Cruz 116 vs. Jose Rivera 114
Anthony Flores 131.5 vs. Osnel Charles 131
Jaime Gonzalez 118 vs. Miguel Cartegena 117.5
Kaseem Wilson 148.5 vs. Phillip Mccants 150.5
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Story by Mariano A. Agmi
The junior welterweight division is arguably the best and deepest division in boxing. On Saturday, June 25th, two of the division’s biggest talents face off when Devon “The Great” Alexander takes on Lucas Matthysse in a WBO junior welterweight eliminator.
For Devon Alexander (21-1, 13 KOs), the bout is the second of a two-fight deal he signed with HBO this year, the first a disappointing loss to WBC/WBO unified champion Timothy Bradley . . . Click here for more
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