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- Fortuna stops Lorenzo in three
- Focused Agnew and not distracted by Kovalev-Stevenson Hype
- Oquendo ready for Telemundo showdown with Avila
- Fighting a Welcome Escape for Krylov
- Bryant-Santiago set to tangle Friday night
- Garcia grand arrival in Puerto Rico today
Hot prospect Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (12-0, 8 KOs) nearly pitched a shutout today, defeating battle-tested Darnell Boone by a unanimous 8-round decision in the main event on the “Saturday Afternoon Special” card at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. (more…)
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada at ringside
Antonin Decarie left things literally to the last second and scored a knockout of Terrence Cauthen (33-6 9KO) at 2:59 of the 10th and final round. The Montreal welterweight who moves 23-0 with his 7th stoppage was the aggressor on the afternoon and went after his New Jersey opponent who was credited by at least one judge of winning the rounds four thru seven. Come round eight though, Cauthen who took the fight on less than a week’s notice seemed to have hit a wall and had noticeably dropped his hands. Decarie took full advantage and landed a right with everything on it that took the southpaw down to the canvas for a count of eight. “The ninth round I tried to finish him but I was just too wide with my shots, said Decarie after the fight. “The 10th round though I just settled down and managed to catch him.” Cauthen ate a right to the body that left him gasping for air and referee Michael Griffin calling it off with the fighter still wincing and quickly making his way to a waiting stool.
Make it 18 for 18 as middleweight knockout sensation David Lemieux destroyed former ‘Contender’ series star Donnie McCrary (24-10-2 13KO) at 2:40 of the opening round. After exchanging combinations in the middle of the ring, McCrary walked straight back with his hands down and was brutalized by a Lemieux right hand, dropping the Missouri hard to the canvas in a crumpled heap. McCrary managed to beat the count, but Lemieux managed a right to the body and followed it immediately with another to the head which had McCrary down and out and the fight being called immediately. (more…)
Veteran Panamanian fighter Miguel Callist visited the Pedro Alcazar Gym in Panama to give some advice to his unbeaten friend Alberto Mosquera, who was mentioned as a possible opponent for WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana. “You took the correct decision on rejecting the offer,” Callist said, “Maidana is stronger than many people imagine. When you hit him with a very good punch and you think he is really hurt, then he becomes stronger.” Callist faced Maidana in Argentina in December 2006, losing by TKO in the third round of a short but exciting battle. “I know you have very good boxing skills as I do, but you need to wait for a better moment. Maidana is in his prime and you still can get more experience and very good physical condition,” Callist added. “I was very well prepared, had a world of experience and he beat me in three rounds. With your technical skills you may beat him…but not now.” Mosquera´s record is ten wins, no losses and a no contest.
“Sweetness” Allan Green handed “Marvelous” Tarvis Simms his first career defeat in a fight that started late Friday and ended early Saturday morning on an exciting tripleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation. “It went exactly how I expected,” said the favored Green, who won the super middleweight 10-round decision unanimously, 98-92, 99-91 and 97-93. Green was fighting on SHOWTIME for the fifth time in his career and who moved his record to 29-1 (20 KOs). “I was just in better shape than he was. I won the fight. I didn’t care how I did it. I knew I was going to win the fight.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBC#2/WBA#4 super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama (13-0, 10 KOs), 130, kept his OPBF belt as he pummeled OPBF#1 Philippine titlist Aaron Melgarejo (17-7-1, 6 KOs), 130, into submission at 1:01 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Uchiyama, formerly four-time national amateur champ, registered his fifth defense of the regional belt when his lopsided assault caused the loser’s cornerman to toss in the towel for surrender. Melgarejo positively threw solid left-right combinations, almost all of which were averted by the champ’s excellent defensive skills. Uchiyama, one of the brightest prospects here, often displayed well-timed counters and wicked body shots that visibly weakened the game challenger.
In a companion OPBF title go, WBA#3/WBC#5 super-fly Kohei Kono (24-4, 8 KOs), 114.75, also retained his belt as he surprisingly hit the deck in the first, but dropped back OPBF#1 Marvin Tampus (21-9-2, 13 KOs), 114.75, in the final session, winning a unanimous nod (116-111 twice and 116-110) over twelve. Kono had previously failed to wrest the WBA 115-pound belt from compatriot and current champ Nobuo Nashiro via split duke in September last year, and regained his OPBF throne by defeating Filipino ruler Daniel Ferreras on points this May. This was Kono’s initial defense since. Promoter: Watanabe Promotions.
All action Vietnamese featherweight Dat “Be Dat” Nguyen will face Columbian banger Andres Ledesma on Saturday, October 10th as Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions presents “High Stakes”, an evening of world class professional boxing at Houston’s Arena Theatre. . . Click here for more
By Dennis Principe
Famed American trainer Freddie Roach is heaving a sigh of relief after prized ward Manny Pacquiao assured him they will leave for the United States earlier than expected. Roach said Pacquiao has agreed to fly to Los Angeles on October 24 which will give them more time to recover from jet lag. “That’s the plan. We will have our final training here the morning of the 24th then will take the flight back to LA later that day,” Roach told Fightnews. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley –World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) stopped WBO #7 , IBF #14 Shane Cameron (23-2, 20 KOs) in two rounds at Hamilton, New Zealand Saturday. Cameron came out in round one scoring with left jabs but Tua connected with a left hook that dropped Cameron for an eight count. In round two Tua was relentless, attacking Cameron with both hands. He immediately had Cameron in trouble again at which point referee Bruce McTavish crowned Tua to save Cameron from further punishment. Tua holds knockout wins over four former world champs including John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Oleg Maskaev and Michael Moorer. WBA #3 Kali Meehan has issued a challenge to fight Tua.
On the undercard, former Australian champion Colin Wilson scored a fourth round knockout over John Hopoate who currently holds the national heavyweight crown.
Australian cruiserweight champion Daniel Ammann outpointed Lawrence Tauasa over six rounds.
Light middleweight Steve Heremai outscored Frank La Porto over six rounds. Promoter Duco Events
By Dennis Principe
Undefeated Filipino prospect Drian Francisco captured the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) international super flyweight crown with a resounding 10th round TKO over Roberto Vasquez of Panama Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City, Philippines. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan WBA super featherweight champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares conducted a training session in Tokyo’s famous Teiken Gym for the media on Friday. Linares will defend his crown on October 10 against Mexican Juan Carlos Salgado. The champ hit the heavy bag, speed bag and shadow boxed. He has sparred more than 100 rounds in preparation for this fight. Click here to see more photos….
By Lee Bates
In a non-televised bout on Friday night at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma, unbeaten middleweight Tyrone Brunson (20-0-1, 19 KOs) for the first time as a professional won a fight by eight round decision, defeating tough Venezuelan veteran Marcos Primera (20-20-2, 13 KOs). Brunson’s previous 19 victories were all by knockout. The scores were 76-72 76-74 and 78-75 all in favor of Brunson.
WBC interim middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik and WBO interim light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer were abducted by Universum’s Dietmar Poszwa and taken to the traditional Munich Oktoberfest. In the festive “Hippodrom” tent, the Universum boxers displayed their world champion’s belts, diligently signed autographs and simply enjoyed mingling with the crowd. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev at the scales
Alexander Yemelyanenko 257 vs. Khizir Pliev 254
Sherzod Husanov 153.5 vs. Timur Nergadze 154
(Vacant WBC International light middleweight title)
Alisher Rakhimov 134 vs. Jahongir Abdullaev 135
(Vacant WBC International lightweight title)
Seifudin Barakhoev 175 vs. Rudolf Asaturyan 173
(Vacant WBC Baltic light heavyweight title)
Hetag Kozaev 166.5 vs. Jurijs Borejko 164
(Vacant WBC Baltic super middleweight title)
Georgy Kevlishvili 125 vs. Ayup Arsaev 125.5
(Vacant WBC Baltic featherweight title)
Promoter: Ural Box Promotions
Venue: RSUPC Sports Arena, Moscow
Opening bell: 5 PM LT (GMT+4)
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WBC #6 super middleweight Allan Green (29-1, 20 KOs) won a hard fought ten round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten late sub Tarvis Simms (25-1-1 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma. The fight was tactical and not easy for the hometown hero Green, who won by scores of 98-92, 99-91, 97-93.
In a good fight, welterweight Antwone Smith (17-1-1, 9 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over previously unbeaten Henry Crawford (22-1-1, 9 KOs). Crawford started well, but Smith eventually broke him down, dropping Crawford in the ninth. Crawford didn’t come out for round ten.
Unbeaten super middleweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (18-0, 14 KOs) took a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over tough Victor Villereal (8-4-2, 4 KOs). Johnson dropped Villereal in round six, and won every round 80-71 on all cards.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Unbeaten cruiserweight Ran Nakash (21-0, 15 KOs) won a tactical eight round unanimous decision over Gary Gomez (18-11-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the famous Blue Horizon in Philadelphia. Scores were 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight KO artist Jeremiah “Rocky” Graziano (7-0, 7 KOs) blitzed Andre Hemphill (8-13-2) in 2:35 of round one.
By Lee Bates
Golden Boy Promotions(GBP) has officially signed unbeaten super bantamweight/featherweight prospect Derrick Wilson (5-0-1, 2 KOs). Wilson delivered a shocking first round knockout of then unbeaten prospect Charles Huerta in his last bout July 30th in Los Angeles. The bout was aired nationwide on the Versus Network. Ironically Wilson and Huerta are now GBP stablemates as Huerta is also promoted by GBP. At just 20 years old, the Florida resident Wilson appears to be on the path to an exciting future.
By Alexey Sukachev
Vyacheslav Senchenko 147 vs. Motoki Sasaki 147
(WBA welterweight championship)
Promoter: Union Boxing Promotion
Venue: Druzhba Palace of Sports, Donetsk
Opening bell: 7 PM LT (GMT+3)
By Alexey Sukachev
2000 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist Audley Harrison won the Prizefighter Heavyweights III tournament, but not against British champion Danny Williams. Harrison KO’d longshot Coleman Barrett in the final on Friday night at the ExCeL Arena in London. Williams was shockingly knocked down three times by unheralded Carl Baker and lost a unanimous decision in his opening match. Click for full details…
By Alexey Sukachev at ringside
Moscow-based Tajik Sahib Usarov (now 13-0, 6 KOs) delivered the best performance of his short pro career to capture a vacant WBO European bantamweight title tonight in the Montreal Night Club at the All-Russian Exposition Centre, Moscow, Russia. Click Here for More Photos
Edwin Rodriguez 165 vs Darnell Boone 160
Demetrius Andrade 154 ½ vs Chris Chatman 155
Vladine Biosse 169 vs Tarafri Lawton 170
David Bauza ?? vs Khristian Geraci ??
Jesus Caro 144 vs Damien Butler 144
Simeon Dunwell 142 vs David Marquez 144 ½
Venue: Twin River Event Center, Lincoln, RI
Promoter: Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports
Tickets: $25SRO, $35, $50, $100 and $150. Call 401.724.2253/2254
Note: Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Saturday Afternoon Special.” Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied at all times by an adult and they must enter through the West entrance.
Today in Caguas Puerto Rico Juan Manuel Lopez had his last media day in route to his October 10 world title defense in New York. “I had a real good training camp for this fight and I’m ready to go,” said Lopez. They also had the last pre weigh-in and Lopez came in at 126 3/4 pounds where as the limit was 128.1 according to the Puerto Rican Boxing Commission. “I had no doubt that my weight was good, it’s getting more difficult to make 122, but I know I can do it for a one or two more fights,” said Lopez. (more…)
An opponent has been named for 2008 Olympic heavyweight gold medal winner Rachim Chakhkiev, who makes his pro debut on October 10th on the big “Universum Champions Night” card in Rostock, Germany. Chakhkiev, who was signed by Universum Box-Promotion in the summer and is trained by Michael Timm, will face Bulgarian Tayar Mehmed in a cruiserweight clash.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Antonin Decarie 153.2 vs. Terrance Cauthen 154
David Lemieux 161.6 vs. Donnie McCrary 161.7
Eleider Alvarez 180.12 vs. Willard Lewis 179.10
Oscar Rivas 234.14 vs. Stephane Tessier 235.6
Logan McGuinness 132.6 vs. Jorge Banos 134.15
Venue: Casino de Montreal
Promoter: GYM (Group Yvon Michel)
First Bell: 12pm
Ran Nakash 209 1/2 vs Gary Gomez 203
Jeremaih Graziano 196 1/2 vs Andre Hemphill 184
Gerardo Robles 133 1/2 vs Mondre Pope 134
Oz Goldenburg 133 1/2 – Willie Davis 127 1/2
Paul Fernandez 126 vs Quincy Johnson 125 1/2
Ryan Carson 133 vs Jonathan Ocassio 130
Joe Alsonso 154 vs Vaugnn Anderson 152
Achmad Tuba 153 vs Darrell Jones 150
Alphonso Alexander ?? vs Ardrick Butler 148
Venue: Legendary Blue Horizon
First bell: 7:30 eastern
Tickets: 1 215 763 0500
With undefeated Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida defending his Ultimate Fighting Championship®(UFC®) light heavyweight belt against the always dangerous Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and a showdown of heavyweight contenders Cain Velasquez and “Big” Ben Rothwell already signed, the UFC is bringing even more star power to Hollywood on Saturday, October 24th. Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau, Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher, Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida, Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Barry, Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen, Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons, Ryan Bader vs. Eric Schafer, Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan and Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley round out a great night of fights forUFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun, presented by TapouT and live from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 24th. (more…)
Promoter Leslie Bonano and the Hollywood Casino in Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi will host the second installment of the “Return of the Rings” series this Saturday. The “Return of the Rings” features top local talent plus brings back some local favorites to the ring. In the main event, Jarred “The Lethal Weapon” LeBlanc from Breaux Bridge, LA, will fight Darien “The Holy Angel” Ford out of New Orleans, LA in a jr middleweight six-rounder. Ford is the most experienced fighter that prospect Leblanc (10-0, 7 KOs) has faced in his two-year career. Ford (11-17, 4 KOs) holds victories over former world champion Charles “The Natural” Murray and former NABF champion Ivan Robinson plus he went the distance with former world champion Freddie Norwood. “Don’t let his record fool you,” said Bonano. ”Ford will push Leblanc to the limit and find out if he is the real deal or not!” In the heavyweight division, Bobby O’Bannon (6-2, 6 KOs) from Mobile, AL faces off with Joseph Rabotte (7-5, 2 KOs) of Myrtle Beach, SC in a six-round contest. Another six-round heavyweight bout features “Big” Fred Kassi (12-1, 6 KOs). In a four-round special attraction, a pair of junior lightweights will make their pro debut as Rheno Nieto from Gulfport, MS steps into the ring against Randolph Cole of Biloxi, MS. Several more bouts are scheduled. Tickets are $20, $50 or $100 and are available at the Hollywood Casino Tokens Gift Shop or 1- 800-229-2683.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Three excellent matchups on tonight’s edition of ShoBox: The New Generation (live on SHOWTIME at 11PM ET/PT). In the main event, WBC #6 super middleweight contender Allan Green (28-1, 20 KOs) takes on unbeaten southpaw Tarvis Simms (25-0-1 11 KOs) at the First Council Casino in Newkirk, Oklahoma.
Green has previously fought lefthanders three times in his career, all victories. “And they were all on short notice too,” he said. Simms, who has long sought a major fight, got the opportunity when Green’s original foe Victor Oganov was injured less then two weeks before the fight. “I know people aren’t picking me to win,” said Simms, “but that’s why I’m going to go out there and shock the world.”
In the second televised fight of the night, welterweight Antwone Smith (16-1-1, 8 KOs) takes on unbeaten Henry Crawford (22-0-1, 9 KOs) in a ten-rounder battle between two of the division’s brightest prospects. The TV opener features unbeaten Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (17-0, 14 KOs) against Victor Villereal (8-3-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight affair.
Mike Tyson-conqueror Danny Williams has promised to end Audley Harrison’s boxing career in tonight’s Prizefighter Heavyweights III event. British Champion Williams, 36, and former Olympic gold medalist Harrison, 37, are both in Barry Hearn’s latest eight-man, one-night tournament at London’s ExCel. The pair have met twice before with one victory each and could meet in a mouth-watering Prizefighter final. “If Audley doesn’t win Prizefighter then it will be the end of his career – he has to retire,” said Williams. “I want to finish his career and rightly so as he has been a professional for eight years and hasn’t achieved anything or won any titles.” (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
The scene is set for an upcoming WBA welterweight championship in Donetsk, Ukraine. The stir is already being felt around Druzhba Palace of Sports and in the city, as both boxing fans and casual citizens are in a clear anticipation of the first home defense for the local hero Vyacheslav Senchenko (29-0, 20 KOs), which takes place this Saturday night. Senchenko, 31, who is virtually unknown worldwide, enjoys a fascinating following in the heart of Donets Basin. The former 2000 Olympian for Ukraine started his pro career in June 2002 and fought just five times outside of his hometown and only once outside the Eastern Europe. That, however, hasn’t prevented him from winning a major belt, while fighting exclusively in Donetsk for the last three years. (more…)
The weigh-in for the biggest boxing match in New Zealand history is in the books as former heavyweight title challenger David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) scaled in at 237.7 and Shane Cameron weighed 228.2 toda. The fight will take place Saturday night at the Mystery Creek Events Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand. It will be the first fight in more than two years for the 37-year-old Tua, who according to some reports shed nearly 60 pounds to get into fighting shape. The WBO #7 Cameron, 31, had been seeking a showdown with Tua for years.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Undefeated Antonin Decarie (22-0 6KO) headlines the action this Saturday at the Casino de Montreal as the #3 (WBO) ranked welterweight prospect meets Terrence Cauthen (33-5 9KO) of Trenton New Jersey. The Montreal prospect will be defending his NABO North American championship and trying to remain perfect against the thirteen year pro Cauthen who should pose the biggest threat yet to Decarie’s perfect mark. (more…)
By Matt Richardson at Ringside; photos by Marty Rosengarten
In front of a sold out crowd of approximately 450, former 2004 United States Olympic team captain Devin Vargas returned to his winning ways with a solid, if unspectacular, eight round unanimous decision over trialhorse Terrell Nelson in the heavyweight main event of Wednesday’s “VIP Boxing” show. The six-bout “VIP Boxing” card was hosted at the restaurant Russo’s On The Bay in Queens, New York and promoted by Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing. (More)
With one of the most talked about main events to hit the city of El Paso in years in Hector Camacho Jr. versus Ramon Campas, coupled with a popular local boy rounding off the undercard in Antonio Escalante, the October 30th “Latin Invasion 2: Revenge of the Son” has just added two more exciting fights that will round off the PPV card . . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (26-1, 25 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title versus WBA #14 William Gonzalez (22-5-1, 7 KOs) of Panama. The bout will take place November 21 at the Club Libertad in Sunchales, Margarita, Argentina.
All action featherweight Monty Meza-Clay (28-3, 19 KOs) is now a free agent. “He’s healthy and determined to utilize his no nonsense Mexican style in either the featherweight or super featherweight divisions,” said advisor Mark Yankello.
Both Goossen Tutor Promotions and Team Guerrero have continued their war of words over Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero’s promotional status. Team Guerrero says they are “prepared to take all legal action necessary to prevent GTP or any other person from interfering with his Commission-approved promotional agreement with Golden Boy.” Goossen Tutor has accused Golden Boy and Guerrero of flaunting the Court’s decision, which they say is binding on all parties, including Guerrero, CSAC, and Golden Boy. “Goossen Tutor will take all appropriate steps to make sure ALL parties comply with the Court’s decision.”
Former junior welterweight prospect Freddie Cadena (15-1, 10 KOs) has been sentenced to 13 years in New Jersey State Prison after pleading guilty to an aggravated manslaughter charge.
Legendary fight judge Tommy Kaczmarek continues to recover from surgery for lung cancer. Tommy recently informed Fightnews that he feels great but it may be a few more months before he can get back to work. “I’m out there preaching to my friends and colleagues to get a chest x-ray and a physical every year. A good defense is a good offense when it comes to cancer,” he said.
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