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Heavyweight Víctor Bisbal (20-1, 14 KOs) scored a third round TKO over 43-year-old former world champion Robert Daniels (49-10-1, 41 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Angel “Cholo” Espada in Salinas, Puerto Rico. Daniels was down one time in the third round. Time was 1:10. Daniels held the WBA cruiser belt from 1989-1991.
6’6 heavyweight Carlos Negrón (14-1, 10 KOs) rebounded from his KO loss to Epifanio Mendoza with a first round KO over Francisco Mireles (13-7, 3 KOs). Mireles was down twice, the second time for the count.
Jr. flyweight Israel Vazquez (5-0-2, 5 KOs), son of Puerto Rican ring legend Wilfredo Vazquez and brother of former WBO super bantamweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez, needed just 38 seconds to knock out Christian López (3-3-2, 3 KOs). Two jabs and a straight right ended it. more photos
Former junior featherweight and junior lightweight titlist Joan “Little Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) scored a spectacular eighth round KO over Jesus Pabon (17-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. Guzman dropped Pabon in rounds one, three and four. Pabon was deducted a point for holding in round six. The fight was stopped after Pabon was floored again with a left hand in round eight. Time was 1:23.
Welterweight Ed “The Lion” Paredes (30-3-1, 20 KOs) systematically broke down Manuel “Pirry” Leyva (21-5, 12 KOs), getting a seventh round TKO. Paredes dropped Leyva twice in round five and finished the job in the seventh with another knockdown. Time was 1:29.
Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey, which is headlined by the Strikeforce women’s bantamweight title bout between Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey and the lightweight bout between KJ Noons and Josh Thomsen, airs live on SHOWTIME from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio at 10pm ET / PT. Fans can also tune in to SHOWTIME EXTREME to see all prelim bouts at 8pm ET / PT.
MAIN EVENT – Strikeforce Women’s Bantamweight Championship
Ronda Rousey (134.5) vs Miesha Tate (134.5)
SHOWTIME MAIN CARD
KJ Noons (156) vs Josh Thomson (155)
Kazuo Misaki (169.5) vs Paul Daley (171)
Lumumba Sayers (185) vs Scott Smith (186)
Bristol Marunde (184) vs Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza (184.5)
SHOWTIME EXTREME PRELIMS
Alexis Davis (135.5) vs Sarah Kaufman (135.5)
Roger Bowling (170) vs. Brandon Saling (170.5)
Pat Healy (155) vs Caros Fodor (155.5)
Conor Heun (155) vs Ryan Couture (154)
. . . .
For more info on Strikeforce, visit www.Strikeforce.com
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Raúl García 106.2 vs. Michael Landero 105.8
Tomas Rojas 120 vs. Julio Zarate 120
Daniel Sandoval 146.2 vs. José María Valdez 146.2
Guadalupe Rosales 127.9 vs. Carlos Guzmán 130
Rogelio Romero 110.2 vs. Sergio Núñez 112
Rafael Guzmán 136.7 vs. Rodolfo Arévalo 136.7
Antonio Ballado 116.8 vs. Saúl Hernández 114.6
Daniel Nava 138.2 vs. Luis Contreras 138.9
Venue: Auditorio Municipal de Tijuana
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Fernando Montiel 122 vs. Angy Angkota 122
Samuel “Guty” Gutiérrez 106.75 vs. Carlos Ruiz 108
(IBF light flyweight title eliminator)
Jorge “Demonio” Cota 160 vs. Francisco Madrigal 160
Cristopher Pérez 128 vs. Jesús Guerrero 129.80
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo. Kochul Montiel and Zapari Boxing
Venue: German Evers Gym
WBC middleweight champ Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. — son of the legendary Julio Cesar Chavez — will have to fight to stay out of jail … ’cause he was just charged with DUI stemming from an arrest earlier this year. TMZ has learned … the L.A. City Attorney has decided to hit Chavez with 3 misdemeanor charges … 2 for drunk driving and 1 for driving without a valid license. If convicted on all counts, JCC could face up to a year in county jail and a $1,000 fine. He’s due back in court to face the judge later this month.
By Francisco Salazar
The images are hard to accept. Or believe for that matter.
Watching Brandon Rios get on a scale the day before he was to face John Murray at Madison Square Garden in New York City was difficult to watch. Rios looked drained and uncharacteristically thin in an attempt to make the 135-pound weight limit. He would fail in three attempts to make the weight, thus losing his WBA world title belt in the process. What is more unbelievable or hard to accept is that Rios did not have any solid foods to eat in four days. A few sips of water were all that Rios drank during that time frame leading up to the weigh-in.
Despite struggling during the middle rounds, Rios would eventually stop Murray in the 11th round the next night. Because of his difficulty in attempting to make 135 pounds and the fact that he keeps growing, many boxing pundits thought that the next chapter of Rios’ career would be to go up to 140 pounds.
However, Rios will fight at least once more at the lightweight limit, when he takes on hard-hitting unbeaten Yuriorkis Gamboa at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on April 14th. Ironically, both will be fighting for the vacant WBA lightweight title belt, which was previously held by Rios. (more…)
Photo: Ray Kasprowicz
Super-featherweight prospect “El Negro Mexicano” Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) will face off against former world title challenger Vicente Escobedo (24-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night in Woodland, CA for the WBO NABO jr. lightweight title. The Smith vs. Escobedo bout is scheduled for ten rounds and will headline Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Series. This is by far the most important fight in Lonnie Smith’s career. Even after a string of bout fall-outs, nothing deterred him from continuing to work hard in the gym. The 24-year-old is excited and prepared for this opportunity. (more…)
Photo: Jose Perez/PR Best
Former two time world champion, Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez weighed today 133.3 pounds before his Ggym training for the rematch versus Orlando Salido, continuing in his plan for the fight to be held March 10 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Lopez (31-1, 28 KOs), who is looking for his revenge after losing his 126 lbs title against Salido (37-11-2, 25 KOs) last year, said “we have a plan to lose the pounds strategically. I’m feeling very good, I’m eating very well and am very focused. I hope to make the 126 next Thursday, a day before the official weigh in.”
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photo: by Team Klitschko
Wladimir Klitschko 246.7 (111.9 kg) vs Jean-Marc Mormeck 217.4 (98.6 kg)
(IBF/WBO/WBA heavyweight championship)
Ola Afolabi 198.2 (89.9 kg) vs Valery Brudov 186.1 (84.4 kg)
(WBO interim cruiserweight title)
Venue: ESPRIT-arena, Düsseldorf,Germany
Promoter: K2 Promotion
TV: RTL (Germany), Box Nation (UK), Epix available on some cable systems (USA)
The NBC Sports Network and Main Events officially announced today that they have added a new date – June 1st – to the schedule of the network’s popular nationally televised “Fight Night” boxing series. The new show will originate from the Events Center of the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, PA. Headlining the card co-promoted by Peltz Boxing will be a 10-round junior middleweight fight between “King” Gabriel Rosado of Philadelphia, 19-5, 11 KOs, and Miami’s Joel Julio, 37-4, 31 KOs. Julio, the hard-hitting veteran known as “The Love Child” has twice fought for a world title, and is coming off a points win over tough Anges Adjaho last May.
Rosado is the rising star in the 154-pound division who stole the show in the very first “Fight Night” broadcast in January. Rosado stopped the rugged Jesus Soto Karass in that bout, his most impressive victory to date. The win elevated Rosado to the #7 spot in the IBF rankings.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
38-year-old three-division world champion Juan Manuel Marquez says that he expects to retire from boxing in late 2012. “I’ve done a lot of sacrifice and effort for 28 years but I feel that now is the time to say goodbye and begin a new phase in my life. My family is asking me and what I want to do is spend time with them.” Marquez is expected to fight either April 14 or 21 in the New Mexico City Arena against undefeated Argentinian Cesar Cuenca in a clash for the WBO super lightweight interim world title. That fight could be finalized this weekend.
“I’ll possibly do a rematch with Pacquiao, but I’ve gained a good position in the boxing world and when it comes time to retire it will be difficult but I accept it. For now, plans are to fight in April and then in July and finally in November but you know how boxing is. Nothing is certain until the night of the fight.”
In a shocker, WBC flyweight champion and future Hall of Famer Pongsaklek Wonjongkam (83-4-2, 44 KOs) of Thailand was knocked out in round six by unheralded Filipino underdog Sonny Boy Jaro (34-10-5, 25 KOs). Pongsaklek was down in rounds one and three. Jaro was ahead 38-36 on all cards after four rounds. Jaro floored the 34-year-old champion again in the sixth, then battered him mercilessly to the deck for the fourth and final time.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship®’s bantamweight champion, and one of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter® Live coaches, Dominick Cruz, is headed to Phoenix to act as Honorary Pace Car Driver for the SUBWAY Fresh Fit 500™ on Sunday, March 4 at Phoenix International Raceway. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/Team Adamek
For Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO), whom will be back after six months of boxing hiatus, his open workout before Nagy Aguilera (17-6, 12 KO) fight on March 24 in Brooklyn’s Aviator Sports Complex felt like coming home. “Ziggy Rozalski, my manager, owns World Boxing and Fitness Center for more than 18 years and this is the first place I went after moving to the U.S. from Poland two years ago. So, no matter how many reporters are here, this is still my home away from home.”
Nobody was terribly surprised that both Adamek and his trainer Roger Bloodworth did not show anything that could help Aquilera, but “Goral” did not waste his opportunity to send a message for his rival. “I read the Aguilera interview,” said former WBC light heavyweight, and IBF cruiserweight champion. “I’m happy to know that he will not run, that he wants to fight me punch for punch. I just hope he will do in the ring what he is saying now to the press,” said Adamek. (more…)
Former WBO world title challenger Michael “Cold Blood” Clark (42-7) dropped an 8 round split decision to Bahodir Mamadjonov (9-0) in a 140 pound WBC USNBC title eliminator at the Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday night. A knockdown of Clark from a straight left by Mamadjonov in the final round proved to be the difference. Scores were 76-75 Clark, 76-75 and 77-75 Mamadjonov who is now the mandatory challenger for WBC USNBC champ Robert Frankel (30-11).
Highlighting the undercard, heavyweight John L Smith (10-0), trained by Buster Douglas, won a six round split decision over Jason Massie (7-2). Scores were 59-55 58-56 Smith, and 58-56 for Massie. The show was promoted by Troy Speakman in conjunction with the Arnold Schwarzenegger Sports Festival which runs through March 4.
By Jose E. Santiago at the scales
Antonio Davis 134.5 vs. Jose Hernandez 135
(Georgia Boxing Championship (GBC) Lightweight Title
Jesus Tavera 152 vs. Darnell Jones (TBD)
Joe Mullens 181 vs. Tracey Johnson (TBD)
Djuan Hughley 229 vs. Tobias Rice 216
D’Quan Morgan 177.5 vs. Lekan Byfield 169
George Hayes 138 vs. Greg Faust 137
Joseph Benjamin 158 vs. Quatavious Cash 160
Venue: Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta, GA
Promoter: Greg Barckhoff’s Sports Fan Properties/Shea Bailey Promotions
Photo: Reynaldo Sanchez
Joan Guzman 140 vs. Jesus Pabon 139.5
Ed Paredes 147 vs. Manuel Leyva 147
Juan C Payano 118 vs. Jose Silveira
Claudio Marrero 125.75 vs. Gerardo Zayas 125.75
Jessy Cruz 121 vs. Yuniel Ramos 123
Taureano Johnson 160 vs. Evann Dos Santos 158.25
Umberto Savigne 170.25 vs. Franck Paines 171
Anthony Castellon 146.5 vs. Tommy Bryant 143.25
Abdulah Dobey 175.75 vs. Jerrod Caldwell 173.25
Venue: Westin Diplomat Hotel, Hollywood, Florida
Promoter: Acquinity Sports
Danny Aquino 122 vs. Coy Evans 122.5
(UNBC Super Bantamweight Title)
Edwin Soto 145.5 vs Bryan Abraham 145.5
Jose Rivera 118 vs Nate Green 118
Charles Foster 170 vs Jeremie Parks 171.5
Oscar Bonilla 135 vs Gabriel Diaz 136.5
Venue: Lions Den Training Center, Middletown, Connecticut
Promoter: Hard Hittin’ Promotions/Jacqui Cartelli
Matchmaker: Danny Sheehan
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