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By Gabriel F. Cordero and Pepe Rodriguez at the scale
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC
Gilberto Keb Baas and Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre stepped on the scale this afternoon at the weigh-in prior to the “Prueba de Fuego” event to be held tomorrow at Poliforum Zamna where Keb from Yucatan Mexico will defend his WBC light flyweight title for the first time. Keb and Aguirre both weighed 107.8 lbs. After weighing in the contestants posed for the photo, but Aguirre was accompanied by a “jaguar toy”, which bothered Keb and caused a ruckus feud between the boxers.
Other fighters who passed through the scale were Wilbert “Huracan” Uicab and Panamanian Edwin “Pantera” Diaz, who contend for the WBC Silver flyweight title. Both recorded a weight of 111.9 lbs. The weigh-in was done in the Piedra de Agua Hotel in downtown Merida, and was overseen by the president of World Boxing Council, Jose Sulaiman.
Juan Carlos Salgado 134.64 vs Bronco Rosales 138.68
Rodolfo Lopez 134.64 vs Juan Pablo Sanchez 134.64
Nacif Castillo 121.60 vs Miguel Tique 122.32
Rey Vargas 121.66 vs Mario Garcia 121.66
Sergio Thompson 130.46 vs Uriel Barrera 130.46
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Miranda 112 vs. Arden Diale 111.5
David ¨Tornado¨Sanchez 116 vs. Omar Lina 116
Jose Cayetano 119 vs. Hector Morales 119
Eliud Melendez 148 vs. Ernesto Reyes 148
Israel Jimenez 126 vs. Moises Barajas 126
Ramon Garcia 117 vs. Octavio Corrales 117
Venue: Tecate Box Tour Querétaro
TV: TV Azteca
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A new fight series is ready to kick-off on March 25 at the new Cosmopolitan Resort in Las Vegas. The debut card will feature several members of the next generation of undefeated Cuban boxing stars including light middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-0, 10 KOs) in the main event, supported by light middleweight Yudel Jhonson (9-0, 6 KOs), cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (10-0, 10 KOs), super featherweight Rances Barthelemy (10-0, 8 KOs), and light heavyweight Vilier Quinones (2-0, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Also scheduled to see action that night in separate bouts is undefeated lightweight prospect Hylon Williams Jr. (12-0, 3 KOs). All opponents will be announced shortly. The fights will take place inside the Chelsea Ballroom or at the Boulevard Pool overlooking the Las Vegas Strip. The first show will be televised on ESPN2.
Photo: Team Lee
Notre Dame Boxing Champion Mike Lee met the Las Vegas media on Thursday afternoon just two days prior to his showdown with Pablo Gomez at The Palms Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old Lee, a top light heavyweight prospect, held court for the local media and was welcomed to Las Vegas and received best wishes from boxing superstar Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire. The Lee/Gomez scheduled four rounder is the featured undercard bout to the SHOWTIME broadcast of the world lightweight championship between Miguel Acosta and #1 contender Brandon Rios. (more…)
By Robert Hough
Photos: Alfredo Perez
Ana Julaton knows there’s no denying it, no point in trying to ignore it: She’s physically attractive. Her looks may turn some heads, she knows, but they’ll quickly turn away if she’s not a serious fighter. Julaton (7-2-1) defends her WBO super bantamweight title Friday against Franchesca Alcanter (18-9-1 9 KOs) at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, Calif., just east of San Francisco. The event includes live musical performances and MMA fights.
“I know people may notice me because of my looks, but I’m not trying to be a model and boxing fans are serious,” she said at a recent public workout. “If any fighter is trying to get by on their looks or a famous last name, sure, people will probably notice them more at first, but you have to deliver. Boxing fans are passionate and they don’t have any time for someone who they can see isn’t taking it seriously.” (more…)
Ring legend and promoter Oscar de la Hoya will soon embark on a week-long USO tour to the Middle East to visit troops serving in the region. Joining the Golden Boy will be GBP fighters Adrien Broner, Danny Jacobs and Seth Mitchell. Due to security reasons, the countries and tour dates were not released.
The image that Mariana “Barbie” Juárez had of the Italian Simona Galassi, disappeared the same day she met her at the press conference held on Monday in Mexico City. “I saw her very big and muscular in videos, but now that I got the opportunity to meet her in person she does not look like the monster she appears to be in the ring. She looks very serious and professional, but certainly not invincible,” said the Mexican. Mariana and the unbeaten Simona will face each other for the WBC Flyweight championship on Friday March 11th in Mexico City.
“I have a seventy percent chance of beating her because I have more combinations in my punching. She only has a repertoire of three shots, that’s all she does in the ring, besides, she’s faster than I, nor half as accurate,” she said. (more…)
Photo: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Born in Texas, reared in Kansas and now “living the life” in Southern California, World Boxing Association (WBA) No. 1 contender Brandon Rios will fight for his first world title belt on the year’s first SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING telecast Feb. 26 LIVE on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast). Rios (26-0-1, 18 KOs) faces current WBA lightweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) in the 12-round main event while talented Mexican fighters Antonio DeMarco (24-2-1, 18 KOs) and Reyes Sanchez (20-3-1, 11 KOs) battle in the co-feature. The Rios-Acosta fight will take place at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas and the DeMarco-Sanchez affair will originate from the Heartland Events Center in Grand Island, Neb. (more…)
The lightweight division has become increasingly competitive with future hall-of-famer Juan Manuel Marquez perched on top. Falling beneath him are fighters such as Robert Guerrero, Humberto Soto, Ali Funeka and Michael Katsidis.
Then there are Brandon Rios and Miguel Acosta. The two will slug it out this Saturday for Acosta’s WBA lightweight title at The Pearl inside of The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The winner takes a step towards lightweight supremacy while the loser falls several steps back. . . Click here for more
Watch the weigh-in for UFC 127 live tonight at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT on UFC.TV.
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By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Current WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (20-0, 17 KOs) has now broken off from Universum Box-Promotion and is now searching for a new promoter. Banner Promotions is said to be interested in signing the unbeaten champ.
By Robert Coster
Premium Boxing Promotions is known in Panama to be a boxing company that specializes in putting up small cards just to showcase young, emerging talent. Last night was no different at the Fantastic Casino La Dona in Panama City where a group of young hopefuls battled each other in a competitive night of fisticuffs. Two of five fights on the card ended by knockout and it was somewhat historic since it involved the only pro boxer fighting out from the tiny Central American nation of Honduras. Junior lightweight Miguel Gonzalez (3-0) scored a second knockout over local boy Jalfi Jimenez. (more…)
Former multi-division world champion James “Lights Out” Toney (73-6-3, 44 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over veteran Damon Reed (45-15, 32 KOs) in a heavyweight clash on Thursday night at the San Manuel Casino in Highland, California. In his first bout in nearly 18 months, the 42-year-old, Toney (who scaled in at 257 lbs) won a lackluster affair by scores of 100-90 across the board.
The Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana will be the venue for a clash of the undefeateds. Former WBC CABOFE super lightweight champion Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine (13-0) of Barbados comes up against top rated Guyanese super lightweight contender Mark Austin (5-0-1). The ten round contest is the main event on the five bout card to be staged February 26th. Both fighters weighed in at exactly 140lbs tonight at the Water Crest Hotel.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
In main event action on Thursday night at The Hangar at OC Fair & Event Center in Irvine, California, once defeated junior welterweight 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 (8KO) while Serrano drops to 13-2 (5KO). 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. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Unbeaten welterweight Jesse Vargas (14-0, 7 KOs) won an unpopular eight round unanimous decision over late sub Cristian Favela (19-31-7, 10 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. Favela was the aggressor in the fight, but came out on the short end 79-73, 78-74, 77-75.
Hard-hitting Bastie Samir (10-0, 10 KOs) lived up to his reputation as he stopped Eddie Hunter of the third round of a scheduled six round bout. Hunter held his own early on against Samir, but was staggered by a hard left hook to the chin. Hunter tried to fight back, but was out on his feet as Samir landed another left hook, prompting referee Raul Caiz, Jr. to stop the bout at 51 seconds. more + photos
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) and Kevin McBride (35-8-1, 29 KOs) held their kick-off press conference on Thursday at the Brick City Bar & Grill in Newark, New Jersey. Adamek is risking an already signed title shot against one of the Klitschko Borthers in September when he meets the 6’6 “Clones Colossus” on April 9 at the Prudential Center in Newark. Here’s what they had to say. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten Thailander, former WBC Muaythai champ Jomthong Chuwattana (3-0, 3 KOs), 129.25, stunned the audience as he displayed devastating southpaw lefts in dismantling Japanese #7 super-feather Yuya Sugizaki (14-6-1, 5 KOs), 130, twice en route to an impressive TKO win at 2:47 of the third round in a scheduled eight on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 21-year-old OPBF#15 130-pounder looked too strong and sharp for the game Japanese, dropping him with a smashing left with precision and power midway in the second. The tall, stylish and muscular Thailander repeated a same vicious shot to the button and had Sugizaki sprawling to the deck to prompt the referee Fukuchi’s intervention. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Danny Garcia 141 vs John Figueroa 141.5
Marco Antonio Periban 169 vs Dion Savage 168
Adrian Vargas 139.5 vs Frankie Martinez 138.5
AJ Matthews 174 vs Gene Olverson 174
**Participants of two more bouts will weigh in tomorrow.
Venue: Four Points Sheraton
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions w/Jorge Marron Productions
By Francisco Salazar
Unbeaten junior middleweight contender Vanes Martirosyan has been out of the ring for months. In those months, he has been verbally chomping at the bit to face top fighters in his weight class or even fight for a world title belt.
He will now get that chance, should he get by formidable opposition in the coming months.
Martirosyan will face hard-hitting Bladimir Hernandez (18-4, 16 KO’s) in a 10 round bout at the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on March 19th. The bout will take place on the undercard of the Lucian Bute-Brian Magee fight, confirmed longtime Top Rank matchmaker Bruce Trampler to Fightnews.com. (more…)
Photo: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing Promotions
Jose Reynoso 142 vs. Santos Pakau 140.5
Efrain Esquivias Jr. 124.5 vs. Shawn Nichol 121
Francisco Rios Gill 144 vs. Artemio Reyes 142.5
Francis Ruiz 118 vs. Jonathan Arellano 119
Felipe Almanza 125 vs. Abraham Lopez 127
Jhon Ortega 142 vs. Rudy Gamez 140
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing Promotions
Photo by All Star Boxing, Inc
Jesus Pabon 139.5 vs. Americo Santos Jr. 140
Franklin Gonzalez 154.7 vs. Francisco Ginorio 155 .2
Enrique Rios 124.7 vs. Joshua Arocho 124.7
Autrell Reid 133.7 vs. Joseph Fernandez 137.7
Hairon Socarras TBA vs. Carlos Bruno TBA
Camilo Perez 124.7 vs. Jaime Gonzalez 124.7
Jorge Maysonet 135.7 vs. Farkhad Sharipov 135.5
Venue: Palm Bay Community Center, Palm Bay, Fla
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live
By Andreas Hale
Photo by Chris Cozzone
Brandon Rios: “I believe I can become world champion and show everyone that I’m ready for the best lightweights in the world and Miguel is the first step. On Saturday, everyone is going to see a new world champ. The belt is coming home baby!”
Miguel Acosta: “This is, without a doubt, the toughest challenge have I had and I will pass with flying colors. This is my first big test and there will be more to come. I know I will be coming back to make my second defense in Las Vegas.”
Countdown To UFC 127 Premieres Tonight At 11 on SPIKE: Featuring a look at BJ Penn and Jon Fitch as they prepare for their battle in Sydney, plus Michael Bisping and Jorge Rivera continue their war of words!
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins This Saturday, See The Prelims Live On ION Television: Three live bouts come to you free on ION – featuring Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson taking on Spencer Fisher, James Te Huna returning to the Octagon to face Alexander Gustafsson, and Nick Ring and Riki Fukuda make their UFC debuts! Live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT this Saturday night on ION Television
For more info on UFC 127 and on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Phillip Doherty
Photos by Sam Cohen
Boxers remain some of the nicest guys you will ever meet in any sport. Most of them are affable, easy to approach blue collar types with a sincerity bordering on bashfulness. This stands to reason in a workplace where every professional misstep can result in career and life threatening finality. It is a vocation demanding humility; which even the elite of the sport possess. (Pacquaio, Mosley, et. al.) (more…)
Adding new meaning to his moniker of “Filipino Flash” and stealing the scene at today’s Top Rank presser was newly-crowned bantam king Nonito Donaire, who joined the camera crew in the trenches to rifle off a few shots with his Canon. Seen here, Donaire, sans flash, trades shots with Top Rank photog Chris Farina.
Sign of a possible fight to come? WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and former multi-division world champion Roy Jones Jr. faced off this week at the famous 5th Street Gym in Miami Beach.
Prize Fight has announced that the March 19 installment of “Fights At The Fitz” at the Fitz Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi will feature an eight round middleweight clash between unbeaten Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) and veteran Germaine Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs). Also, on tap are six-rounder between super middleweights Morgan Fitch (3-0, 1 KO) and Grover Young (4-1, 3 KOs), plus a rematch between jr welterweights Dedrick Bell (6-4, 3 KOs) and power punching Tyrone “TNT” Chatman (6-1, 5 KOs). For tickets call 901-525-1515.
After 26 years of the Battle In The Ballroom at the Irvine Marriott, a new era of Orange County fight action begins tonight as Fight Club OC in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center launches!
“Without a doubt Fight Club OC will be the finest fight venue in Southern California for the fight fan,” said promoter Roy Englebrecht. “The Staples Center and Honda Center have Luxury Suites and Fight Club OC has Luxury Suites. The Staples Center and Honda Center have Jumbotron’s and Fight Club OC has a 40′ Video Board with HD projection. But the big difference is the that Fight Club OC’s worst seat in only 45′ from the ring while at The Staples Center and Honda Center their worst seats are 200′ away from the ring. Without a doubt Fight Club OC will be the premier club show in the USA, a club show with an arena feel and look.” (more…)
Photo: Facing off for the first time, WBA World Lighweight champion Miguel Acosta (28-3-2, 22 KOs) and challenger Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios (26-0, 19 KOs) tease off during a posedown today at a press conference held at The Palms in Las Vegas. After Acosta mimicked a cutting-of-the-throat, Rios illustrated what the champ was going to look like knocked out after the two go to war on Showtime, Saturday night. Stay tuned for more photos and a press conference report.
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