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By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
South of Miami International Airport near the Palmetto Expressway; literally on the other side of the tracks from pristine high-end telecom and data processing corporate offices sits a cluster of older, rougher warehouses baking in the sun. A snapping American flag stands sentry as a warehouse bay door yawns open; inviting a stiff breeze and sharp daylight to erase the lingering memory of sweat and sacrifice within. Unlike the neighboring auto body and car-repair businesses, this bay houses wares particular to the pugilistic profession. It is a boxing gym belonging to respected Miami-based trainer Herman Caicedo. Poised to step from the shadows amongst the group of tough young fighters seeking fistic fame and fortune within stands southpaw light middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (17-1-1, 10 KOs). Hernandez and Caicedo train intensely as they prepare to face another Hernandez: Angel “El Toro” (30-9, 17 KOs) on March 25th in Chicago. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Saturday night at the beautiful Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Delaware, cruiserweight sensation Alex Guerrero (6-0-1,3 KOs) put together a nearly flawless performance, dropping Menominee Wisconsin’s Harley “The Sandman” Kilfan (8-7,7 KOs) three times en-route to a convincing third round technical knockout. The highly entertaining Pro-Am card promoted by A & D promotions, had several spirited bouts on the undercard that left the near sellout crowd extremely satisfied. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (7-0, 2 KOs) of York PA, continued his rise up rise up the welterweight ladder with a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over Toledo, Ohio’s Gabriel Morris (3-9-2) by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 respectively. For more details and photos click here…
Octagonside by Rob Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Questions were answered in Newark, NJ Saturday night at the Prudential Center and history was made when 23-year-old Jon “Bones” Jones stopped Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the third round via TKO to become the youngest title holder in UFC history . . . Click here for more
Former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (27-1, 19 KOs) bolstered his chances of another title shot on Saturday by scoring a first-round knockout over Argentine opponent Miguel Lombardo at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia. Moses landed a picture-perfect body shot near the end of the opening stanza that sent Lombardo to the mat where the referee counted him out at just 2:59 into the contest.
“I love fighting in my hometown of Windhoek in front of the people who know me best and support me most,” Moses said after the victory. “My goal is to fight for another world championship, and the people of Windhoek provide me all the inspiration I need. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Team Klitschko
Boxing fans and experts were divided into two parties before Saturday nights WBC heavyweight title bout between champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 K.o.’s) and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 K.o.’s). Some predicted a Klitschko win, either by clear cut decision or late technical knockout after punishing Solis. Others felt that the Olympic champion from Cuba might be able to outbox and outsmart the elder Klitschko brother. However, virtually no one expected the fight to be over within a single round.
But this is exactly what happened.
In front of over 19.000 fans at the sold-out Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, Vitali Klitschko connected with a right hand to Odlanier Solis’ temple just before the bell of the first round to end matters quick and early. The crowd was obviously disappointed and booed heavily when Michael Buffer announced the official time of 3:00 minutes. The punch that floored the challenger from Cuba was on the mark but did not look devastating – although it is hard to discuss the impact of a punch without actually being hit by it. Solis got back on his feet but his legs buckled and the referee rightfully called a halt to the action. (more…)
Note: Bute-Magee will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and be available On Demand from March 22 through April 4, 2011.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute successfully defended his title for the eighth time with a 10th-round TKO over Brian Magee from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In front of 12,219 adoring fans, Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) put on a punching clinic that featured brutal body blows and unforgiving uppercuts. His opponent Magee, however, had no plans to give up easily after waiting until the age of 35 to score his first title shot. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Lightweight Evgeny Gradovich extended his unbeaten record to 9-0 with an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Francisco Reyes (8-2) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The difference in the fight was the level of activity of each fighter. Local favorite Reyes rarely punched first and when he did it was usually a single shot. Gradovich outworked his man by stringing together combinations, often starting with a lead left hook. Reyes also went back to a habit that he had earlier in his career where he would paw out the jab, which opened up opportunities for Gradovich to counter. Scores were 99-91 twice and 100-90. Fightnews had it 99-91. The fight was more entertaining than the lopsided scores might suggest. Both fighters made adjustments and in the few rounds when Reyes let his hands go, he made rounds close. It was the consistent work rate of Gradovich that still won him most of those rounds in the eyes of the judges.
In the co-main event, Lithuanian Middleweight Donatas Bondoravas (12-2-1) won a six round shutout over Paul Mpendo that was every bit as lopsided as the scores suggest. Mpendo was considerably slower than his opponent, so Bondoravas was landing first, even if his punches were somewhat wide. Bondovaras controlled every minute of the action. Scores were 60-54 on the cards of all judges and Fightnews. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Former world champion and Super Six participant Mikkel Kessler hasn’t proclaimed himself to be one-hundred-percent healthy, still suffering double vision in his left eye, but the Viking Warrior who was ringside Saturday night likes what sees from IBF Champion and possible future opponent Lucian Bute.
“He was very strong, very quick,” Kessler told Fightnews following Bute’s successful title defense against Brian Magee. The former WBC and WBA champion did see things in Bute that he hopes he can exploit should the pair get together inside the ring. “He got hit a lot by the left hand,” said the Danish fighter. Asked whether he expects that to be something he can exploit, Kessler answered, “Yeah, I hope so.”
Before the fight Kessler met the media and talked about his health and his long and short term plans. While not completely healed, Kessler is soon back sparring and is hopeful of a tune-up fight in June. The short list of opponents includes Montreal’s Renan St-Juste who was originally scheduled to have fought Saturday but pulled out due to illness.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) successfully made the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown, breaking down and knocking out Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) in round ten on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In the first few rounds, the two southpaws engaged in a technical battle. Things opened up in round three as both landed good punches and Bute started taking over in round four. Hometown favorite Bute dropped Magee with a body shots in both rounds six and seven. Magee was fortunate referee Pete Podgorski incorrectly ruled another clear knockdown in the seventh was a low blow. It all became academic in round ten, however, when Bute finished Magee with an uppercut to the jaw. Time was 2:04. Bute is eyeing an eventual showdown with the winner of the SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six tournament.
It was Bute’s 5th consecutive knockout and referee Podgorski didn’t hesitate in waving the bout off after Magee who had slowed considerably ate a huge uppercut and went down hard to the canvas. Magee who was stopped for only the second time in his career, the other being against Super Six participant Carl Froch, didn’t protest the decision. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 128 Jon Jones TKO’ed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at 2:37 of the third round to become the youngest champion in UFC history saturday night in Newark, NJ. Jones wasted no time scoring with takedowns in round one and scored at will with punches and kicks. In the second Jones once again dominated Rua from the top position and battered the title holder. Round three saw Jones connect with several hard blows that forced Rua to the mat and, after standing up, finished the champion with a left hook and knee to the body.
Former WEC poster boy Urijah Faber made his Octagon debut a successful one by defeating Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 29-28. (more…)
IBF #8 super middleweight Pablo Farias (18-0, 11 KOs) of Argentina unanimously decisioned countryman Matias Franco (9-7-1, 4 KOs) in their 10 round main event. The bout had very good two-way action. The official scores of the bout were 99-95.5, 99-94, and 99-93.5. The show took place at the La Carlota, in Cordoba, Argentina with Mario Margossian promoting the event.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a fierce firefight, unbeaten WBA jr flyweight champion Román “Chocolatito” González (28-0, 23 KOs) overcame a game effort by Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29-8-1, 14 KOs) to take a unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night at the Plaza San Diego in Puebla, Mexico. González who was making his first defense as 108lb champion after a reign at 105lbs, used ring movement and accurate punching to bust up Vargas and take a 116-112, 116-112, 119-109 nod.
Lightweight Ricardo “Pelón” Domínguez (33-7-2, 20 KOs) knocked down Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (23-11-3, 15 KOs) in round three, but was lucky to get a split decision win as Arceo seemed to win most the rounds. No scores were announced. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
A crunching right hand from undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18KO) had opponent Bladimir Hernandez (18-5 16KO) going down hard like a blind roofer at :57 of round two of a scheduled eight. Martirosyan who already has impressive wins over Andrey Tsurkan, Kassim Ouma and Joe Greene wasted no time in bringing the fight to his over-matched opponent who has now been stopped in four straight fights. The Armenian born fighter landed a pair of solid body shots to start things off and didn’t let up in the four minutes that this one would last. A howitzer right to the chin in the opening round had Hernandez absorbing the punch well, but the Mexican could do little to stop the blitzkrieg coming his way. In the second, a thudding left to the body had Hernandez dropping his hands long enough so that Martirosyan could come over the top, plunging his opponent into the canvas for the count of ten.
Super-lightweight Pier Olivier Cote (15-0 10KO) destroyed Michael Lozada (37-8-1 30KO), knocking down the Mexican fighter a total of three times to quickly end things at 2:50 of the opening round. Cote had the former title challenger on wobbly legs almost from the start and a clean, flush right to the chin of Lozada put him down hard for the third and final time with the three knockdown rule in effect. (more…)
World ranked flyweight Milan “Metodico” Melindo (24-0, 8 KOs) of the Philippines dropped Rosendo Vega (16-7, 11 KOs) of Mexico twice in the first round in route to a first round stoppage on Saturday night at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Vega walked into Melindo’s right uppercut for the first knockdown of the fight. Vega got up and pressured Melindo but a short right from Melindo sent him down again. Referee Bruce McTavish reached the count of ten at the 2:59 mark. In acknowledgement of his victory Melindo was presented a mayor’s cup.
World ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (24-1, 18 KOs) beat Francis Miyeyusho (29-9-2, 17 KOs) of Tanzania into submission, scoring three knockdowns in the second round and final round of the bout to retain his WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title. (more…)
WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (8-0, 6 KOs) annihilated Willie Casey (11-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday at the City West Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Rigondeaux dropped Casey three times in round one and the fight was stopped. Time was 2:38.
Photos: Sumio Yamada/WBC
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs) easily made the sixth defense of his current title reign against previously unbeaten mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 KOs). The bout was stopped due to an injury to Solis at 3:00 of the first round disappointing a sell-out crowd of 19,000+ at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany. After Solis had made a competitive showing for the better part of the round, Klitschko connected with a short right hand to the temple that wobbled the 2004 Cuban Olympic gold medalist, causing him to twist a knee and go down. He was given a count by referee Guadalupe Garcia and regained his feet with the help of the ropes but was unable to continue.
After the fight, Klitschko insisted he hit Solis with a clean punch, whereas Solis attributed the stoppage completely to the injury.
Heavyweight David Tua (53-3-2, 43 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over journeyman Demetrice King (15-20, 13 KOs) on Saturday night at TelstraClear Pacific in Manukau City, New Zealand. The 38-year-old Tua was in command the whole way, but showed few signs of being the fearsome puncher who has scored 43 KOs in his 52 wins. King offered little resistance in dropping the fifth fight in his last six.
In other notable action, 44-year-old former WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe (30-6, 28 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Kashif Mumtaz (7-23-1, 5 KOs).
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Bryne Green (6-3, 4 KOs) won a controversial split decision over “Rockin” Ryan Belasco (14-5-3, 3 KOs) in the eight round lightweight main event Friday night at Harrah’s Chester Casino and Racetrack in Chester, PA. In the co-feature Georgi Kevlishvilli (12-1, 3 KOs) took a six round split decision over Anthony Flores (9-3-1, 6 KOs) in a junior lightweight contest. The nine-bout card was promoted by Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman. (more…)
By Lindy Lindell
Photos by Bob Ryder
The Royal Oak Music Hall, Royal Oak, MI: Weighing a career-low 158.5, Motown’s Darryl Cunningham easily prevailed over toughie Marcos Primera, now 20-24-2. It was practically a forgone conclusion that Cunningham, now 23-2, would beat Primera, the loser of nine straight and 14 of 15, but Primera hadn’t been stopped in those 15 bouts and so practically the only thing that Cunningham and his team could shoot for was to do damage, perhaps even stop the 45-fight vet. Why not? Coming off two good efforts in which he’d done damage over normally tough, veteran fighters, Cunningham’s arrow was pointed up. For more details and photos click here…
By Tom Seiler
Super middleweight Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales continued his comeback with a twelve round unanimous decision victory over Jeff Lacy conqueror Dhafir Smith at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. Gonzales dominated each round and could not miss with straight left hand. With the victory, the southpaw captured the vacant IBF North American Super Middleweight title and improved his record to (26-1, 14 KOs) while Smith’s record falls to (24-20-7, 7 KOs). Scores were (119-108 and 118-109 twice). (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen and Reynaldo Sanchez
WBA #1-ranked welterweight contender Brad “King” Solomon (17-0, 7 KOs) built his undefeated record on an uncanny ability to change his style according to the opponent across from him. Last night at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood FL, Solomon defended his WBA International title against fellow counter punching opponent Demetrius “The Gladiator” Hopkins (30-2-1, 11 KOs).
During the promotion leading up to the bout, Hopkins called Solomon a “wanna-be Roy Jones”. Just prior to the fight, Solomon addressed it from his dressing room: “He wanna be his uncle (Bernard Hopkins) and you know back in the day, when they both was in they prime, Roy and Bernard, you know who won. So if I wanna be a whatever he wanna say. He trying to be his uncle, but he aint his uncle so I’m gonna show him better than I can tell him in the ring.” For more details and photos click here…
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (center) is flanked by former heavyweight world title challengers Fres Oquendo and Jameel McCline during Friday night’s Heavyweight Factory card in Hollywood, Florida.
By Joe Koizimi
Newly crowned WBA bantam champ Koki Kameda (24-1, 15 KOs) publicly announced on Friday that he would defend his belt against newly #14 ranked Nicaraguan Daniel Diaz (reportedly 18-2, 13 KOs) in Osaka, Japan, on May 7. Kameda, making his initial defense, acquired the vacant WBA regular belt renounced by Anselmo Moreno, winning a unanimous decision over Venezuelan Alexander Munoz in Saitama last December.
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Yesterday unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute weighed in at 167.6 pounds and his opponent, former European titleholder Brian Magee, tipped the scales at 167.7 for their SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING clash tonight from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. This morning the fighters were re-weighed. Bute had rehydrated to 177.4 and Magee was 175.8.
The hometown favorite Bute (27-0, 22 KOs) will be making the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown against Magee (34-3-1, 24 KOs), who hails from Belfast, Ireland. The event is promoted by InterBox.
Steve Albert will call the action from ringside with Al Bernstein providing color commentary and Jim Gray serving as ringside reporter. David Dinkins Jr. is the executive producer of SHOWTIME Sports with Ray Smaltz producing and Bob Dunphy directing.
The telecast will begin with the rebroadcast of the March 12 action-packed SHOWTIME PPV® fight between WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Ricardo Mayorga.
WBA interim super bantamweight champion Guillermo Rigondeaux weighed in at 121 lbs and challenger Willie Casey weighed 121.25 lbs. for their showdown on Saturday at the City West Hotel in Dublin, Ireland. Sportsbook.com lists two time Olympic Gold medalist and amateur legend Rigondeaux (7-0, 5 KOs) as a -600 favorite to retain his belt, while backers of local hero Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) can get +400.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Brock Ellis
Australian light middleweight contender Heath Ellis (14-2-1, 7 KOs) scored a third round knockout over Yodmongkol Singmansak (11-10-1, 7 KOs) of Thailand at the Sunshine Roller Skating Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. Ellis captured the WBC Continental Asia light middleweight title. Heath Ellis is the nephew of former world IBF 130 pound champion Lester Ellis. Also former world rated 122 pounder Daniel Iannazzo outscored Siririchai Ekchumpol over six rounds. Middleweight Dwight Ritchie captured Victorian title by out-pounting Ben Costello over eight rounds. Promoter Brock and Jake Ellis. Click here for more photos…
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (32-2, 16 KOs) stopped Julio Delabasez (18-18-5, 10 KOs) in eight rounds in Bangkok ,Thailand on Friday to retain the IBF Pan Pacific title. Sakkreerin controlled the action in all the rounds as he continually connected with effective left hand leads, right crosses and left hooks. The powerfully built Indonesian did not have power to get the respect of the skillful Thai and boxed all the rounds on the back-move. The referee saved the game import in round eight after he was out on his feet in the neutral corner and being punished by solid combinations. For more details and photos click here…
Super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (16-1, 14 KOs) scored a first round annihilation of Humberto Martinez (20-6-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City. The bout was waved off after two knockdowns. Jardon claims the vacant WBC and WNO Latino belts.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten middleweight James Kirkland (27-0, 24 KOs) continued his reign of terror scoring a second round KO over Jhon Berrio (15-9, 11 KOs) on Friday night at the Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. Kirkland found himself, surprisingly, in a real fight in the first round and was even stunned a couple times by his Colombian opponent. However, after Kirkland landed a hard body shot a minute into the second round, the fight went out of Berrio and he took a knee from a mystery punch and was counted out by the referee. Time was 1:05. Matchmaker Eric Gomez of Golden Boy Promotions was upset with the effort, or lack thereof, by Berrio and instructed the California State Athletic Commission that he wished for them to withhold his purse pending further review. Kirkland will return to action for the third time in as many months on April 09th as he works his way back into title contention following his two year layoff.
In the main event, unbeaten lightweight Luis Ramos Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) was fortunate to get a majority eight round decision over hard luck loser Jose Hernandez (10-5-1, 4 KOs). The taller Hernandez was able to control action for most of the fight with his jab and straight right crosses from the outside and was able to also score on the inside with hard uppercuts and hooks to the body of Ramos. For most of the fight, Ramos was trying to figure out a way to get on the inside but was unable to get past the accurate and hard punches of Hernandez. Hernandez stunned Ramos on many occasions during the fight and seemed the clear cut winner. While Ramos had his moments in the fight, he seemed accepting of his impending first defeat at the final bell. Fortunately for Ramos, however, the ringside judges had other ideas. Scores were 79-73, 77-75, 76-76. FightNews scored the bout 77-75 in favor of Hernandez. For more details and photos click here…
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