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McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

McMorrow edges Enriquez for WBO female title

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Female flyweight "Mighty" Melissa McMorrow (9-5, 1 KO) dethroned previously unbeaten WBO champion Kenia Enriquez (13-1, 6 KOs) by ten ...

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Nava stops Gomez in six

Nava stops Gomez in six

Photos: Zanfer Promotions WBC/WBA female super bantamweight champion Jackie "Princesa Azteca" Nava (32-4-3, 14 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Mayra "La ...

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Wake keeps OPBF 115lb belt by icing Paypa in one

Wake keeps OPBF 115lb belt by icing Paypa in one

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Boxing Beat WBC#3/WBA#2/IBF#6/WBO#15 Japanese southpaw Shingo Wake (18-4-2, 11 KOs), 122, quickly kept his OPBF super-bantam belt as he ...

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Weights from Mexico

Weights from Mexico

Photos: Zanfer Promotions Jackie Nava 122 vs. Mayra Gómez 122 Kenia Enríquez 109.5 vs. Melissa McMorrow 112 Luis Nery 117 vs. Jether Oliva 117 José Uzcátegui ...

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Adrien Broner on his new son, settling down and John Molina

Adrien Broner on his new son, settling down and John Molina

By Arvin Nundloll Photo: Tom Casino/Showtime While preparing for his upcoming light welterweight bout against John Molina on March 7 at the MGM Grand ...

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Boxing News

Gesta targets Escobedo, Ramos

Team Gesta

After his impressive win over Genaro Trazancos last week in San Francisco, undefeated up and coming lightweight prospect Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (21-0-1, 11KOs) is more than ready to step up the level of competition. Having to face the overmatched Trazancos twice in less than twelve months because of a lack of willing opponents, the southpaw Gesta has a couple of fighters in his sights who he hopes to face off in a ring in the near future.

“I am ready for anybody. I would like to face Vicente Escobedo but I heard he might go down to 130 lbs.,” the twenty-three year old Gesta stated. “I would also like to face Luis Ramos. He is undefeated like me and I think our styles will match up for a great fight.” (more…)



March 1st, 2011



Boxing News

Donaire-Moreno in the works?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

The possibility exists that WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire could fight WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo ‘Chemito’ Moreno in a unification clash next. Sources report that Top Rank is interested in this bout for May 28th and staging it in Donaire’s backyard in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moreno had a pending defense against Lorenzo Parra for April 30 in Panama or Venezuela, but for various reasons has not been able to finalize this fight.



March 1st, 2011

Feature Story

Q&A: Derek Ennis

By Kurt Wolfheimer

Courtesy John DiSanto/ PhillyBoxingHistory.com

Friday night at the Resorts Casino and Hotel, USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13KOs) will look to continue his rise to the top of the junior middleweight division when he squares off against the rugged Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (24-8-2, 9KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening.

Ennis recently defended the USBA title the USBA title with a scintillating twelve round majority decision victory over fellow Philadelphian “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KOs). The win catapulted Ennis to number nine in the IBF ratings and things were looking up for the USBA champ and rising junior middleweight sensation. Ennis was ready to face the top brass of the junior middleweight division. However things are not always as it may seem as fights against top opponents have fallen out during negotiations. (more…)



March 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Discombobulating Jones honored

Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

By Jose Santiago

Last Friday night during the Georgia Boxing Championship card in Atlanta GA, promoters Greg Barckhoff of Sportsfan Properties along with Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions honored ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones with a lifetime achievement award. Jones is often seen across the country at different fight cards announcing. He as been seen on USA Tuesday Night Fights, ESPN and HBO over the past 21 years. He was the first ring announcer at Radio City Music Hall, has announced in Madison Square Garden, Trump Taj Mahal, Constitution Hall, Philly’s Blue Horizon, and other famous venues. He has received Mayoral Proclamations from Washington DC, Maryland, and NY for being the “first prominent African-American Ring Announcer in history. He was recently inducted into the Washington DC Boxing Hall of Fame, the only ring announcer ever to be so honored. (more…)



March 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Aguirre hangs up the gloves

By Robert Coster

Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre has decide to hang up the gloves after his ninth round TKO loss to countryman and WBC light flyweight Champion Gilberto Keb Baas on Saturday. The 35-year-old Aguirre closes the curtain on a 16-year career that saw him fight some of the best boxers in the strawweight and light-flyweight class. Aguirre’s best success was in the strawweight division, where he reigned as WBC 105lb champion for over three years from 2000-2003 and defended his title nine times. During his golden years, Aguirre racked up a 31-1-1 record. He was less successful as a light-flyweight, losing title bids for the WBA, IBF and WBC crowns. Jose Antonio Aguirre retires with a final tally of 35-10-1 with 21 KOs.



March 1st, 2011

Boxing News

Simon ready for eliminator

In the history of professional boxing there has never been a division as much dominated by German fighters as the middleweight division right now. With Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC) there are three reigning world middleweight champions from Germany, and a fourth man is only waiting for his chance to get a shot at a title: IBF intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon will face Australia’s “King” Sam Soliman on April 1st in Berlin in an IBF Elimination fight for the #2 spot and a possible shot against Sylvester. “My goal is very simple: I want to fight for a world title this year and I want to become world champion,” states Simon. (more…)



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Caballero, Escobedo work out

Earlier today, Golden Boy Promotions Boxers Randy Caballero and Vicente Escobedo showed the media they are ready for Friday’s showdown against separate opponents at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Both fighters train with the Diaz brothers at the Indio Boys & Girls Club gym. Speaking to broadcast television affiliates and to newspaper writers, main event contender Vicente Escobedo said, “This feels really good, to be in the main event. I’m ready and I hope my opponent is ready.” He’s fighting Walter Estrada of Columbia in a 10-round lightweight bout.” For more details and photos click here…



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Soto ready for rematch

Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing

WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) left Monday for Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico where he will face Fidel Monterrosa (25-2, 19 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder at the Palenque Tepic. Soto is accompanied by trainers Romulo Quirarte and Romulo Quirarte Jr., Dr. Roman Cruz and manager Antonio Lozada. Soto has promised a great performance and overwhelming win. “I know he will enter the ring better prepared than last time because he wants his revenge, he wants to beat the world champion and I have to keep winning because there are some very important fights coming in my career,” said Soto.

Also on the card is super flyweight Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (32-6, 26 KOs) in his first fight since losing the title to Cristian Mijares last December. Rosas meets experienced former world title challenger Everardo “Zihua” Morales (34-15-2, 23 KOs).

Both fights are rematches with Soto and Rosas both winning the first fights by decision.



February 28th, 2011

UFC

UFC: Full card set for Mar. 3

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for its first-ever event in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 3. The fastest growing sports organization in the world heads to the KFC Yum! Center with a loaded card featuring explosive bouts between top UFC® contenders. (more…)



February 28th, 2011

Feature Story

Title ‘right on time’ for Alvarez

Story by Felipe Leon

With all of his 20 years and with less than a week’s worth until his first title opportunity, many might say life is pretty sweet for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. For many of his detractors, the fact that the undefeated Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight title versus Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday, March 5th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, comes to soon and much easily but for Alvarez, it is right on time . . . Click here for more



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

PCB inks Cornelius Lock

People’s Champ Boxing (PCB) has announced the signing of featherweight Cornelius Lock (19-6-1, 12 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Mike Leanardi, CEO of PCB had this to say when announcing the deal; “I am very excited to welcome Cornelius Lock to People’s Champ Boxing. Corn is truly a world-class fighter who has an electric style and is a great addition to our team.” Lock is currently ranked #11 at featherweight by the IBF. Lock joins Sande Otieno, Jermaine “Hawk” White and Jimmy “The Fightin’ School Teacher” Holmes in the PCB stable. Lock’s next bout will be announced in the near future.



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Gabriel opponent named

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has announced undefeated WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel will defend against Melisenda Perez in a rematch on March 31 at the new Costa Rica National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the co-feature, female super bantamweights Melinda Cooper and Ada Velez meet for the IBF female title. Also, female featherweight Dahiana Santana faces Stacey Reile.

The card will be a major event celebrating the opening of the new Costa Rica National Stadium, which is a gift from the Chinese government to the people of Costa Rica. The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla will be in attendance as well as other government dignitaries. In addition, the festival will host a soccer match featuring Argentina vs. the Costa Rica national team.



February 28th, 2011

UFC

UFC goes 3D!

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and VERSUS announced today that the UFC® event airing this Thursday, March 3, will be broadcast in 3D for the first-time ever. The highly-anticipated card, which is headlined by a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, emanates from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. and will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Amin Asikainen training video

By Pasi Taavitsainen

Super middleweight contender Amin Asikainen prepares for Friday’s European title clash against Piotr Wilczewski. Thebout takes place at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Alvarez in LA

Photos: Carlos Delagado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

Mexican boxing phenom and top rated contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made a personal appearance/autograph session on Sunday at the Anaheim Marketplace in advance of next Saturday’s fight against Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title at Honda Center in Anaheim. More photos…



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Rios vs Barrera?

By Gabriel F. Cordero

New WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios could face ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera in his first defense. Rios’ next opponent will be decided by manager Cameron Dunkin and trainer Robert Garcia, but the match is expected to be against a good name. Before any defense takes place, however, Rios has to recover from a fractured right hand suffered in his thrilling win over reigning titlist Miguel Acosta.



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

De La Mora returns Saturday

By Felipe Leon

Undefeated world ranked and FECARBOX champion David “Morita” De La Mora (22-0, 15KOs) finished off the intense phase of his training camp last Friday for his, Saturday, March 5th bout slated for Rosarito, MX. De La Mora will face a tough test in experienced journeyman Victor “Pantera” Rodriguez (22-19, 11KOs) in a scheduled ten round bantamweight contest. (more…)



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Serrano-Ambriz full report

Photos and report by Rocco Morales

In main event action, an eight round junior welterweight contest, once defeated Aris Ambriz put on a beautiful boxing display to wear down the slightly favored Hector “Teco” Serrano. By unanimous decision victory 79-73, 79-73, 77-75, Ambriz improves to (15-1-1, 8 KOs) while Serrano drops to (13-2, 5 KOs). Although there were no knockdowns, Serrano was a bloody mess for the majority of the fight and Ambriz was moments away from stopping him when the fight ended. For more details and photos click here…



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Results from Minnesota

Photos and report by Jesse Kelley

“Golden” Caleb Truax (17-0-1, 10 KOs) of Osseo, MN remained undefeated Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with a hard fought majority decision win over Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-4-1, 10 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN. Truax and Williams battled to a 10 round draw on April 23rd of last year. Both fighters fought cautiously for the better part of the first meeting and after three rounds Saturday night, it seemed fans were in for another cautious chess match. For more details and photos click here…



February 28th, 2011

Boxing News

Brähmer-Cleverly postponed?

Looks like the clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer and interim champ Nathan Cleverly set for April 2 in London could be postponed for undisclosed reasons according to figosport.de. The new date is said to be May 21. The possibility exists that Cleverly might still fight on April 2 with former cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli, who would move to light heavyweight, being mentioned.



February 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Rios: ‘I could see the fear’

Postfight report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

There stood Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in his locker room, surrounded by friends, family, cameras and journalists after his exciting 10th round TKO victory over Miguel Acosta to claim the WBA lightweight title at The Palms in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more



February 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Cotto in Las Vegas

Photo: Chris Cozzone/Top Rank

WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived Sunday at McCarron Airport in Las Vegas on American Airlines from Fort Lauderdale via Dallas. He spoke to a horde of fans awaiting his arrival, posed for pictures, and signed autographs before heading to the MGM Grand. On Saturday March 12, Cotto will defend his title against Ricardo Mayorga on SHOWTIME Pay Per View at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)



February 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Francisco Palacios training video

By Przemek Garczarczyk and Legacy Boxing

On April 2 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, undefeated #1 rated cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) will challenge WBC titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO). “There is only reason Włodarczyk is fighting me – I’m a mandatory challenger, he just has no other choice” – said Palacios. “I’m getting better every minute of my training and will be unstoppable in the ring. Whatever he will try to do, he cannot be prepared for what I will bring – speed, power, agility, you name it, I have it. My training camp is going great and I’m ready to bring a cruiserweight title to Puerto Rico. I want to be as great as our boxing hero Carlos DeLeon.”



February 27th, 2011

Feature Story

Rosado-Davis: Full Report

By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey

Saturday night before a packed house in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, rising junior middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KO’s) captured the interim NABA junior middleweight title with a hard fought twelfth round stoppage of fellow Philadelphian Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-8, 6KO’s). Also on the seven bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (11-0, 8KO’s) continued to impress with a third round stoppage of Dillet Frederick (7-4-3, 4KO’s). For more details and photos click here…



February 27th, 2011

Announcement

Greg Goossen 10 count

Fightnews.com is sad to report the passing of Greg Goossen, 65, a former major league baseball player and member of the boxing Goossen family. After his baseball days ended, Greg worked in boxing with his brothers Joe and Dan Goossen and was involved with the careers of former world champions Michael Nunn and the Ruelas brothers among others. Greg was scheduled to be inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame on Saturday night. When he did not arrive for a photo session, a family member went to his nearby home and found him. A cause of death has yet to be determined. FightNews offers our condolences to the Goossen family.
Funeral arrangements are pending.



February 27th, 2011

Full Report

Report/gallery: Rios vs. Acosta

Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone

They say styles make fights, and no two styles meshed better on Saturday night than Brandon Rios’ full steam ahead, take no prisoners style Vs. Miguel Acosta’s constant movement, sharpshooting technique. Unfortunately, one of them wouldn’t reign supreme. At The Pearl inside of The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 20 KOs) weathered an early boxing clinic to walk down Miguel Acosta (28-4-2) and score an emphatic 10th round TKO victory to claim the WBA lightweight title and, more importantly, climb the ladder in the 135 lbs division.

But it certainly wasn’t an easy fight . . . Click here for more

 



February 27th, 2011

Boxing News

Next Generation invades AC

Dee Lee Promotions has announced the opponents for the March 4 card in Atlantic City where ‘The Next Generation’ of fighters from the Foreman, Tiberi, and Seldon boxing families will be showcased, along with the ten-round main event featuring USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13 KOs) against Giorbis Barthelemy (24-8-2, 9 KOs).

A featured fight of the evening pits George “Monk” Foreman (10-0, 9 KOs), the son of former heavyweight champion Big George Foreman and a rising young heavyweight against Wayne Hampton (5-5, 3 KOs). Joey Tiberi (2-1, 2 KOs), a promising featherweight and a proud member of the fighting Tiberi clan will battle Shawn Hudson (1-5, 1 KO). Super middleweight son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, Isiah Seldon (3-0, 1 KO) will step in the ring against Kenneth Moody. (more…)



February 27th, 2011

UFC

Report/gallery: UFC 127

Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos courtesy of Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

Fitch and Penn go toe-to-toe, neither man emerges victorious

For the second time in as many months, a UFC main event ended with no winner and lots of discussion.

Perennial 170-pound title contender Jon Fitch and former two-division champion BJ Penn went at each other for 15-minutes—and both came up on the short end of the stick. Like Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard on New Year’s Day, the bout ended in a majority draw . . . Click here for more

For more info on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com



February 27th, 2011

Boxing Result

Prada wins Fedebol belt

By Robert Coster

On a card dubbed “the Night of Prospects “, Jean Carlos Prada (18-0-1, 12 KOs) of Venezuela won the WBA Jr middleweight Bolivarian Federation (Fedebol) title with a fourth round technical decision over Dominican Jose Vidal Soto (23-7-1, 12 KOs) in the city of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Prada dominated the first two rounds but Soto, urged on by the partisan crowd, started making a fight of it in the third round. Unfortunately, just as the bout was getting interesting, a clash of heads provoked a deep gash on Prada’s right eye, forcing the stoppage of the fight and resorting to the scorecards to declare a winner. (more…)



February 27th, 2011

Feature Story

SHOWTIME telecast recap

Rios-Acosta photos by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
DeMarco-Sanchez photos by: Rich Hundley / SHOWTIME

Note: Saturday night’s lightweight twinbill will replay on Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHO Extreme and be available On Demand beginning March 1 through March 14.

In an all action fight, Brandon Rios captured the WBA lightweight championship from Miguel Acosta via tenth round knockout in the first night of a stacked 2011 lineup for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and SHOWTIME PPV®. In the evening’s co-feature, Antonio DeMarco won a unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez to become WBC mandatory challenger.

“A star was born tonight,” said Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) thrilled the crowd with an action-packed performance and 10th round knockout victory over Acosta at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. (more…)



February 27th, 2011




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