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By Bill Green at ringside
Photo: Chris Farina / Top Rank
IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0-1, 9 KOs) and Jayson Velez (22-0-1, 16 KOs) battled to a draw over twelve good action rounds on Saturday night at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. After a hard fought, gritty fight judges couldn’t determine a winner with Gradovich up 117-111 on one card, Velez ahead 115-113 on the second card and the third card dealocked at 114-114. Gradovich retained his title.
World rated Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez (21-4-2, 13 KOs) scored a seventh round knockout over former world champion Vivian Harris (32-10-2, 19 KOs) on Saturday night at the Modulo Comude in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. With his brother Canelo Alvarez cheering him on from ringside, Alvarez dropped Harris twice in round seven. Harris just missed beating the count after the second knockdown.
By Bill Green at ringside
In a battle of unbeaten super lightweights, Mike “Yes Indeed” Reed, of Waldorf, MD, cruised to a relatively easy but well fought unanimous decision over Oscar Valenzuela, of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Reed displayed a nice mixture of punches, landing often to the body of Valenzuela. While Valenzuela proved to be plenty game, he was often outhustled throughout the fight. Reed remains undefeated going to 12-0, 6 KOs, while Valenzuela tastes defeat and drops to 8-1-1, 5 KOs.
Undefeated Oklahoma City, OK, welterweight prospect, Alex Saucedo, thrilled and wowed the crowd by landing booming overright hands on veteran Daniel Calzada. Saucedo landed power shot after power shot on the durable Calzada seeking an early stoppage. Calzada would in fact get dropped by a huge right hand to the liver in round two but definitely made good on his prefight quote of “heart of a champion.” Saucedo continued to blister Calzada throughout the fight drawing plenty of cheers from the crowd. The action was halted when Calzada was bleeding profusely on the right eye. Despite the wear and tear, Calzada’s experience and toughness allowed him to finish all six rounds. Saucedo would go on to win a very impressive unanimous decision as remains undefeated at 16-0, 11 KOs. Calzada drops to 10-12-2, 2 KOs. (more…)
WBA #13 rated super lightweight Luca “Black Mamba” Giacon (26-1, 23 KOs) retained his WBA Continental title, moments ago in Mijas, Malaga, Spain, when his opponent Ville Piispanen retired on his stool after the finish of round six. It was a good action fight. OPI 2000 and Balearic Affair promoted the show with Marca.com televising live in Spain.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Tyson Fury (23-0, 17 KOs) easily defeated Dereck Chisora (20-5, 13 KOs) scoring a tenth round TKO in a WBO eliminator to determine the mandatory WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night before 20,000+ at the ExCel Arena in London, England. It was a one-sided affair as the 6’9 Fury, who previously beat Chisora on points in 2011, easily kept Chisora on the end of his long reach. “Dellboy” took a lot of punishment and was never able to get anything going so Fury, who fought mostly out of the southpaw stance, had no reason to engage. Chisora’s corner pulled the plug after round ten. Fury also claimed the British and Commonwealth titles.
In a highly charged grudge match between unbeaten middleweights, 2008 Olympian Billy Joe Saunders (21-0, 11 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Chris Eubank Jr. (18-1, 13 KOs). Saunders swept through the first four rounds. Eubanks came to life in the middle rounds, but Saunders regained the advantage and fought through a desperate late assault by Eubank to win 115-114, 115-113 Saunders, 116-113 Eubank. The bout was a WBO middleweight eliminator with the winner to face the Andy Lee-Matt Korobov winner for the world title. Saunders also retained his European, Commonwealth and British belts. (more…)
Undisputed WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (27-0, 7 KOs) retained all four belts with a ten round unanimous decision over Jennifer Retzke (15-2-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Falconer Centeret in Frederiksberg, Denmark. Boxing’s “First Lady” won by scores of 100-90, 100-90, 98-92.
Earlier female super lightweight Klara Svensson (15-0, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Lucia Morelli (18-5, 8 KOs) in a clash for the WBC female interim belt. Scores were 99-91, 99-91, 100-90. Svensson will face newly crowned WBC world champion Erica Anabella Farias next.
Photo: Pete Susens / Top Rank
IBF Featherweight Champion Evgeny Gradovich and Challenger Jayson Velez, surround IBF Supervisor Al Meier, at the second day IBF mandatory weigh in inside The Hilton Omaha Hotel in Omaha Nebraska.
Gradovich came in at 135 and Velez scaled 134. The two will battle tonight at The CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. HBO
By Karl Freitag
Another big boxing weekend. In the most notable fight, WBO lightweight champion Terence Crawford defend his belt against mandatory challenger Ray Beltran at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Crawford is a big -1200 favorite to retain his belt in front of his hometown fans. Beltran backers can get +775.
In the co-feature, IBF featherweight champion Evgeny Gradovich faces Jayson Velez in a battle of unbeaten fighters. Gradovich is -675 to hold on to his belt, while Velez stands at +450. Both bouts will be televised by HBO, along with the Pacquiao-Algieri replay.
There’s also a huge card in London where heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora collide in a WBO eliminator to determine the mandatory WBO challenger for world champion Wladimir Klitschko. Fury, who holds a previous points win over Chisora, is a -300 favorite. “Delboy” backers can get +250 on their man.
The Fury-Chisora co-feature is a grudge match between 2008 Olympian middleweight Billy Joe Saunders and Chris Eubank Jr. which is expected to be highly entertaining. Saunders is a narrow -120 pick over the son of former world champion Chris Eubank, who’s right at +100. Both fights can be seen on ESPN3.
Finally, former world champion Vivian Harris will look to pull off his third straight upset when he takes on world rated Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez in Mexico. Harris is a +450 dog against Alvarez, an older brother of Canelo Alvarez. Sportsbooks have pegged Alvarez as a -750 favorite. The fight will be televised by FOX Deportes.
Interviews with Ruslan Provodnikov and Hollywood actor Mickey Rourke who both were victorious on Friday in Moscow. Rourke scored a second round stoppage in his ring return after nearly 20 years and Provodnikov stopped Jose Luis Castillo in round five.
UFC® Fight Night Stockholm, which went on sale today, is fast becoming the must-see event of 2015 and the event just got even bigger as the UFC today announced the latest world-class matchup, Davis vs Bader. . . click here for more
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On January 9, 2015, WBA Interim lightweight champion, Darleys Perez (31-1, 20 KOs), who hails from Columbia, will put everything on the line against Peruvian contender Jonathan Maicelo (21-1, 12 KOs). The 12-round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, California and air live on ESPN2’s “Friday Night Fights”.
In his last bout which took place on October 24, 2014, Perez defended his interim title with a 6th round knockout over Jaider Parra (23-2-1, 12 KOs). “Maicelo is a very difficult opponent and I will have to use all my skills to come out victorious.” said Perez. “Knowing I’ve been here before, I feel I have the advantage going into this bout. A win will advance my career to the next level and I know what I have to do to be victorious. It’s going to be an exciting fight because we both have a lot to lose. I need to come out on top and that’s exactly what I’m going to do.” (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina – Top Rank
Terence Crawford 135 vs. Raymundo Beltran 134.8
(WBO lightweight championship)
Evgeny Gradovich 126 vs. Jayson Velez 126
(IBF featherweight championship)
Alex Saucedo 142.4 vs. Daniel Calzada 145.2
Michael Reed 140.8 vs. Oscar Valenzuela 139.4
Johnny Determan 118.8 vs. Manuel Galaviz 114
John Franklin 118.4 vs. Andre Wilson 117.8
Bernard Davis 124.8 vs. Bryan Timmons 126.4
Zsolt Daranyi Jr 150.8 vs. Javier Rodriquez 147.6
Venue: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
Promoter: Top Rank
Former WBO jr welterweight world champion “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (24-3, 17 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-13-1, 57 KOs) on Friday at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow. Provodnikov pressed the action and outworked Castillo, although Castillo gave a game effort. The end came in round five with Castillo going down twice.
Unbeaten 62-year-old actor Mickey Rourke (7-0-2, 5 KOs) returned to the ring for the first time in over 20 years and scored a second round KO over no-hoper Elliot Seymour (1-10, 1 KO) in a 1801b catch weight fight that will go into the books as an exhibition in name only. Rourke dropped the 29-year-old Seymour twice in round two, the second time for the count.
2008 Olympic gold medalist and cruiserweight contender Rakhim Chakhkiev (21-1, 16 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over Jackson Junior (15-2, 13 KOs). Chakhkiev dropped Junior in round four and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.
Unbeaten cruiserweight KO artist Dmitry Kudryashov (16-0, 16 KOs) needed just 22 seconds to demolish former WBC champion Juan Carlos Gomez (55-4, 40 KOs). Kudryashov missed with a left hook then connected with a straight right to finish Gomez and claim the WBA International cruiserweight title.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Eduard Troyanovsky (20-0, 17 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Jose Agustin Feria (16-2-1, 10 KOs). A crushing right hand put Feria down and out face first. Troyanovsky wins the WBA Inter-Continental lightweight title.
2012 Olympic light heavyweight gold medalist Egor Mekhontsev (7-0, 6 KOs) was taken the distance for the first time in winning a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Joey Vegas (17-10-1, 10 KOs). Scores were 80-72 across the board.
Super featherweight Andrey Klimov (19-1, 9 KOs) outworked Gabino Cota (16-3-1, 14 KOs) over ten rounds. Scores were 100-89, 99-92, 100-91.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Sergey Lipinets (5-0, 4 KOs) knocked out Ernie Sanchez (14-6-1, 5 KOs) in round eight.
Photos: Photo Wende/Team Sauerland
All four fighters for tomorrow’s WBC Female doubleheader in Copenhagen had no problems making weight.
WBC interim world super lightweight champion Klara Svensson weighed in at 138 lbs., while her challenger Lucia Morelli brought 135.5 lbs. to the scale. It will be the first title defense for the “Swedish Princess” Svensson who won the interim championship by beating Marie Riederer in September. The winner of this fight will face newly crowned WBC world champion Erica Anabella Farias next.
Unified WBC/WBA/WBO/IBF welterweight champion and boxing’s “First Lady” Cecilia Braekhus weighed in at 144 lbs. Her challenger Jennifer Retzke went over the scale at 145.5 lbs. The unbeaten and undisputed champion Braekhus is looking to defend her title for the 16th time. The 33-year-old Norwegian sports icon won the WBC World championship in March 2009 and has beaten every challenger ever since. Right after the weigh-in female boxing’s pound-for-pound-champion was awarded with two pictures to personalize her green and gold WBC belt and proudly presented the “upgraded” belt to the public and media.
Bad Blood is here! Heavyweights Tyson Fury and Dereck Chisora faced off one last time at Friday’s weigh-in held at the Empire Cinema in Leicester Square, West London, before Saturday night’s boxing match at the ExCel Arena. Lots of jawing during the face-off. Chisora extended his hand but Fury refused to shake it.
There was also a long intense face-off between middleweight boxer Billy Joe Saunders and bitter rival Chris Eubank Jr.
Tyson Fury 264 vs. Dereck Chisora 241.5
Billy Joe Saunders 159.7 vs. Chris Eubank Jr 159.25
Frankie Gavin 146.5 vs. Bradley Skeete 146.25
Venue: ExCel Arena, London
Promoter: Frank Warren
On Saturday night, undefeated featherweight prospect Jayson Vélez (22-0, 16 KOs) will have the opportunity he’s being waiting all his career when he clashes with the unbeaten IBF featherweight world champion Evgeny Gradovich (19-0, 9 KOs) at the Century Link Center in Omaha.
“I am ready for this opportunity,” Velez stated. “I feel ready. I had the best training camp of my life to get in the best condition in my career. We worked really hard for this. We know his style and what he does. I have no doubt that I will become the IBF featherweight world champion!”
Gradovich vs. Velez will be the opening live bout on the HBO Boxing After Dark telecast headlined by Terence Crawford vs. Reymundo Beltran.
On Saturday, December 6, UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks defends his title for the first time against the man he won it against, Robbie Lawler. But before UFC 181 and the rematch of the leading contender for 2014 Fight of the Year, let’s take a look at some of the other pivotal moments in the career of “Bigg Rigg.” . . . click here for more
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With Thanksgiving upon us, junior lightweight contender Edner Cherry believes there are plenty of turkeys in the 130-pound division who seem to run for cover whenever his name is mentioned. The 32-year-old Cherry has not lost a fight in more than more than six years. His last setback, in 2008, came via 12-round decision to Tim Bradley for the latter’s WBC junior welterweight title, 10 pounds over Cherry’s natural fighting weight. Cherry has boxed 10 times since then. He has won nine of them, six by knockout, and he boxed one no contest when his opponent, Eric Aiken, claimed he couldn’t continue after getting hit after the bell ending the first round.
“I want to get into the ring with any champion or any of the top guys at 130,” said Cherry, who blew out Osumanu Akaba, of Ghana, in two rounds in his last fight Oct. 18 in Philadelphia. “All I want to do is fight the best and show the world that I’m the best 130-pound fighter in the world. Look at the guys who beat me, all above my natural weight,” said Cherry, who also dropped a 10-round decision to Paulie Malignaggi in 2007. “They were all current, former or soon-to-be champions. I’ve fought them all. Now I’m fighting at 130, never lost at this weight, knocking guys out and I can’t get an opportunity. I’ve never been knocked out.” (more…)
By Bill Green
Fightnews.com caught up with undefeated Nebraska bantamweight prospect Johnny “White Boi” Determan (8-0, 7 KOs) before his upcoming non-televised fight on the big HBO BAD Terence “Bud” Crawford vs. Ray Beltran on Saturday night at the Century Link Arena located in downtown Omaha. Determan will be boxing Manuel Galaviz (8-14, 4 KOs) in a six-rounder. (more…)
Lucian Bute says he’s not quite ready to retire from boxing. More
WBC’s Mauricio Sulaiman chimes in on a “must happen” 2015 Pacquiao-Mayweather showdown. More
Pacquiao talks about running for a higher office in 2016. More
Mickey Rourke and his return to boxing. More
Former WBO Jr. Welterweight world champion, “The Siberian Rocky” Ruslan Provodnikov (23-3, 16 KOs) and former two-time world champion Jose Luis Castillo (66-12-1, 57 KOs) weighed in for their fight that will take place Friday (November 28) at the Luzhniki GCKZ “Russia” Arena in Moscow.
Ruslan Provodnikov 140 vs. Jose Luis Castillo 139.5
Mickey Rourke 179.25 vs. Elliot Seymour 179.25
Dmitry Kudryashov 199 vs. Juan Carlos Gomez 206
Rakhim Chakhkiev 197 vs. Jackson Junior 183.8
Eduard Troyanovsky 140 vs. Jose Agustin Feria 139.7
Andrey Klimov 129.8 vs. Gabino Cota 129.4
Egor Mekhontsev 174.3 vs. Joey Vegas 177.25
Promoter: World of Boxing/Banner Promotions
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“There’s no doubt that I’m ready, with probably my best conditioning and sparring camp ever,” said Paweł Glazewski (23-2, 5 KOs), who on December 6 will challenge WBA light heavyweight WBA champion Juergen Braehmer (44-2, 32 KO) for the world title in Oldenburg, Germany. “Braehmer is a good fighter, with always good conditioning and powerful left hand, but I’m ready to fight for full 12 rounds on full speed,” stated the Polish fighter. “All my sparring partners, with heavy hitting Samy Anouche, helped me tremendously. I know that this is the most important fight in my life, the fight that I was waiting for. There’s no time to wait anymore, I’m ready to take this opportunity now.”
Glazewski, who is training in his hometown Bialystok “Gladiator” Boxing Club, added “Some fans are saying that I cannot win in Germany, that this is mission impossible, but I don’t look at this fight like that. If I have to win championship belt in Germany, I will. Braehmer supporters will be my enemies, but this only will give me an additional boost to be better in the ring. And of course, I know that I can count on Polish fans in Oldenburg, they’re everywhere. I value what Braehmer brings to the table – power in both hands, mobility, precision – but I see things, that I can exploit. Movement will be the key against Braehmer.”
The heavyweight rematch between Cuban Olympic gold medalist Odlanier Solis and US ring veteran Tony Thompson is scheduled for January 24th in Dusseldorf, Germany. Promoter Ahmet Oner announced the new date today after the fight had to be postponed twice after Solis suffered an ankle injury in training. “It was not easy to keep Tony Thompson and his team calm and convince them to postpone again but we found an agreement and I am happy that the fight can finally take place in January”, said Oner. “Unfortunately, Solis’ injury took longer than expected to heal because he started training too early. But now he’s back on track again and the fight on the new date is a done deal.” (more…)
WBA #7 junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski (21-0, 5 KOs) remained unbeaten with a third round TKO over Ernesto Guerrero (17-14, 11 KOs) on Wednesday night at the at Quincy Armory in Quincey, Massachusetts.
In the co-feature, cruiserweight Chris Traietti (17-3, 13 KOs) scored a second round nd round KO over Rafael Valenzuela (8-4, 1 KO).
Unbeaten heavyweight Steve Vukosa (10-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Solomon Maye (1-4, 1 KO) over six. Scores were 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).
In other action, cLight heavyweight Ralph Johnson (1-3, 1 KO) halted Dennis Ogboo (7-9, 6 KOs) in round one and middleweight Antonio Chaves Fernandes (5-20-2) won a four-rounder against Saul Almeida (0-7).
Photos: Pascual Campomanes
A special Wednesday mid-day press conference was organized by Mayen Promotions as well as her U.S. promoter Bobby D. Presents to thank the local Tijuana press in their help in promoting the newly crowned WBO female flyweight champion Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) at a local restaurant bar in the heart of Tijuana. At the conference Enriquez also spoke of her plans for the up coming year in and outside the ring. (more…)
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