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“I am very proud that I can bring another belt home to my son”, said the always exciting IBF #15 rated heavyweight Konstantin “Sandman” Airich after his come-from-behind ninth round TKO over WBO #6 rated Ondrej Pala on Friday night in Tekirdag, Turkey. “I thank everybody who kept on believing in me especially in the hard times I went through – foremost, of course, my family and my coach Hans-Jürgen Witte.” With the win, the German heavyweight added the WBO European championship to his IBF Intercontinental title and will surely move up in the world ratings.
“I am very happy for Konstantin,” says promoter Ahmet Oner. “He is a hard worker who really earned himself this win. After a spectacular performance like this he has bigger paydays coming up. It’s sad for Ondrej Pala that he couldn’t bring home the victory when he was leading on the scorecards but he’s only 27 years old. He will learn from this loss and come back stronger than ever.”
Former world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik of Youngstown, Ohio returns to the ring on a Top Rank Live! fight card in the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome on Saturday, March 31. Pavlik, 37-2, 32 KOs, will take on Aaron Jaco, 15-2, 5 KOs, of Sarasota, Fla. in a 10 round bout. “Kelly has been working very hard at his training camp in Oxnard, Calif., and hopefully this will be the beginning of his re-emergence into boxing at the top level,” said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Chief trainer Robert Garcia commented, “Kelly is ready. He is strong and he wants to get back into the ring to compete.”
The Top Rank Live! telecast on the Azteca America network will feature featherweight Alejandro Lopez, 23-3, 7 KOs, of Tijuana against Russian-born Evegeny Gradovich, 12-0, 6 KOs. In the opening televised bout, super featherweight Casey Ramos, 15-0, 4 KOs, of Austin, Texas, will take on Gerardo Robles, 17-10, 9 KOs, of Kansas City. Texas fighters are the card include unbeatens Ivan Najera, Adam Lopez plus the return of big punching Alex Saucedo of Oklahoma City.
Tickets are $100 VIP, $50, $25 plus applicable fees and may be purchased at the Alamodome box office, all Ticketmaster outlet locations, through in the internet at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Top Rank is promoting in association with Jesse James Leija and Mike Battah Promotions.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Here is the scale watch for Saturday night’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:
Dusty Harrison 145 vs. Booker Mullins 144
Ty Barnett 138 vs. Damon Antoine 143 (may have to drop weight)
Ivan Ziglar 155 vs. Allen Perkins 156
Josh Rupard 155 vs. Michael Arnold 157
Kaelan Hollon 200 vs. Kasondra Hardnett 254
Abodurin Akinyanju 289 vs. DeAndre McCole 231
Zakki Scott 195 vs. Andre Ward 195
Renaldo Gaines 132 vs. Warren Huffman 130
By Boxing Bob Newman
Jose Medina 160.5 vs. Michael Rayner 160
Brian Miller 138 vs. Christopher Finley 137
Shawn Miller 175 vs. James Denson 172.5
Markus Williams 157 vs. Stephen Scott 157
Zachary Smith 135 vs. Ramon Santos 133
Gabriel Duluc 142 vs. Calvin Pritchard 146
Treysean Wiggins 144 vs. Duane Hall 145
Chazz McDowell 133.5 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Javier Baez 147 vs. Anthony Birmingham 147
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European super bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez (26-3, 18 KOs) retained his title with a twelfth round TKO over official challenger Arsen Martirosyan (18-5, 8 KOs) on Friday at the Palais des Sports de Gerland in Lyon, France. Martinez, who was way ahead on the cards, dropped Martirosyan with a left hook, then finished him with violent follow-up barrage.
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In a clash of world ranked heavyweights, IBF #15 Konstantin Airich (23-5-2, 17 KOs) scored the biggest win of his career with a spectacular ninth round TKO over WBO #6 Ondrej Pala (30-3, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Atatürk Spor Salonu in Tekirdag, Turkey. The normally aggressive Airich was never able to get untracked early as Pala picked him apart with jabs and power shots. Airich finally came to life in round six when he staggered Pala, but the referee stopped the action when both fighters lost their mouthpieces and Pala was given plenty of time to recover. Pala regained control in the seventh and eighth, but in the ninth Airich caught Pala in the corner again and had him ready to go. Pala spit out his mouthpiece again, but after a short delay (and point deduction) Airich was all over him with a non-stop barrage of punches that forced a referee’s stoppage. In their first bout in 2009, Pala took a majority decision over Airich.
German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (8-0, 6 KOs) won by TKO at the beginning of round five when Ivica Perkovic (15-14, 11 KOs) couldn’t continue due to an arm injury.
Cruiserweight Varol Vekiloglu (19-3, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Christian Schwaeblein (5-6, 3 KOs). Vekiloglu dropped Schwaeblein in round two with a body shot and finished him with a left hook to the body in round four.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian light heavyweight Blake Caparello (11-0, 5 KOs) outscored American Kevin Engel (18-6, 15 KOs) over ten rounds at the Croation Club, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Scores 100-89, 100-90, 100-90. Caparello dominated Engel in all of the rounds.
Also PABA super bantamweight champion Dianever Orcales (7-4-2, 4 KOs) scored a near-shutout decision over James Mokoginta (20-7, 19 KOs) in a twelve round bout. Scores 120-109, 119-109, 120-108.
In a light welterweight contest, Steve Ongen Ferdinandous (11-4, 5 KOs) stopped Robert Whaley (7-3-2, 4 KOs) in two rounds.
Promoter Charlie Liparota more photos
Photos: Jose Perez / PR Best
WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) weighed in at the division limit of 126 lbs for his world title rematch against the previous beltholder Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “Juanma” scaled in at 125.7.
For the ten round NABF/NABO featherweight title co-feature, “Mikey” Garcia initially weighed in a quarter-pound heavy but came back to make 126 on his second try. Opponent Bernabe Concepcion weighed 125.5. (more…)
WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns (33-2, 9 KOs) weighed in at 134 lbs for his world title defense against former WBA champion Paulus Moses (28-1, 19 KOs) before an expected 6,000+ crowd on Saturday night at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow, Scotland. Paulus scaled in at 133.
By Felipe Leon
James Parison 162 vs. Lester Gonzalez 161
Christian Bojorquez 122 vs. Pablo Cupul 122
Jonathan Quiroz 113 vs. Christian Lorenzo 115
Alfredo Contreras* vs. Loren Myers*
Amaris Quintana* vs. Blanca Raymundo*
*Will weigh-in Friday morning.
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents and Jorge Marron Productions
When: Friday, March 9th
Where: Wyland Center, Del Mar Fairgrounds, Del Mar, California
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Bigger or more is not always better. That was the case on Thursday night as first-time promoter League of Champions put on a fan-friendly three-bout card at the Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles. In the main event, lightweight Kevin Hoskins remained unbeaten with a one-sided four round unanimous decision over tough Juan Suazo. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
It looks like experienced Puerto Rican judge Cesar Ramos will replace his compatriot Raul Nieves working the fight between Mexican WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido and former WBO world champion Juan Manuel Lopez on Saturday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, P.R. The switch was made after a protest from the Salido camp.
Carl Froch’s IBF World super middleweight title challenge against Lucian Bute in May could be heading outdoors after a massive response from the public has led promoter Eddie Hearn to secure a bigger venue. Matchroom Sport announced last week that Froch would face the unbeaten Canadian in his first fight in his hometown of Nottingham in over two years on May 26, and the overwhelming response to the fight has prompted Hearn to search for a huge stage worthy of hosting the mouth-watering affair. “Since announcing the fight, the phones, emails and tweets have been relentless,” said Hearn. “Fight fans and sports fans all want to see these two World beaters clash, and I want to make sure as many people as possible get the chance. It is important that Carl gets to fight in Nottingham and I am looking at two outdoor venues there. We are also looking at venues in London and Manchester but we are working with Nottingham City Council to try to keep the fight in Carl’s hometown.” Both boxers will be present at a press conference on Monday March 19 at the fight night venue, and tickets will also go on sale that day at 2pm.
WBO featherweight champion Orlando Salido won their first fight, but Juan Manuel Lopez is a -200 favorite to get revenge and take back his title according to the oddsmaker at Bet365.com. Salido backers can get +163. The over/under is -150 that the bout will go over 8.5 rounds, and +110 that the bout will go under. Saturday night’s fight will be the latest continuation in the storied history of rivalry fights between Mexican and Puerto Rican fighters. Juanma will again have home turf advantage against Salido at the Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“We have a great, loaded card on March 24th. The fight will be on NBC Sports Network. We have a great, little venue in the Aviator, I wish we could have had a bigger venue but the availability of arenas dictated that this was our location. It’s going to make for a great night I think everyone is going to be excited and thrilled to be there. We have so many good fights on the card. And we’re blessed to also have in addition to the main event which will feature Zab Judah vs. Vernon Paris, and a co-feature with Sergei Liakhovich and Bryant Jennings; we are also able to provide this wonderful extra bout which normally would be a main event anywhere else, Tomasz Adamek who is going to be fighting Nagy Aguilera. Tickets are still available, but they are going fast” – said Main Events CEO, Kathy Duva starting the Tomasz Adamek and Roger Bloodworth teleconference to promote the March 24 NBC Sports Network “Fight Night” at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel & Pepe Rodriguez
On Thursday in front of an estimated crowd of 15,000 people at the Monument de los Niños Héroes in Mexico City a press conference was held to officially announce the fight between WBC super welterweight world champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and former multi-division champion Sugar Shane Mosley on May 5 at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
Canelo Alvarez: “It will be a great fight and I hope to be the winner that night and seek out the best fights.”
Shane Mosley: It’ll be a tactical and explosive fight.
Oscar de la Hoya: “It will be a heck of a fight and the winner of Mayweather-Cotto could be facing the winner of Mosley-Alvarez in the near future. There are great things in store for Canelo Alvarez and this will be a great test that the boxing world wants to see and it’s time for him to face greater challenges.”
Jose Sulaiman, WBC president: “For this fight Alvarez will be required to mature for millions of Mexicans who expect him to be the new hero to Mexican boxing. More photos…
Ondrej Pala 246 vs. Konstantin Airich 229
Venue: Atatürk Spor Salonu
Promoter: Arena Box Promotions
TV: Eurosport (Europe)
Other fights scheduled:
Erkan Teper vs. Ivica Perkovic (heavyweight)
Varol Vekiloglu vs. Christian Schwaeblein (cruiserweight)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
We have been informed that the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission has removed judge Raul Nieves from working the fight between Mexican WBO featherweight world champion Orlando Salido and WBO former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez on Saturday at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan, P.R. The move was made after a protest from Zanfer Promotions representing Salido. The name of the replacement judge has not been announced.
Jason Estrada 244.5 vs. Dominque Alexander 222
Brian Barbosa TBA vs. John Johnson TBA
Rich Gingras 189 vs. Adam Harris 193
Dustin Reinhold 154 vs. Jose Angel Ortiz TBA
Kali Reis 151.7 vs. Marva Dash 156
Joe Gardner 165 vs. Rameil Shelton 165.5
Venue: Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI
Promoter: Big Six Entertainment
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