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By Karl Freitag
Photos: Public Address
IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KOs) proved the pundits right as he demolished the much smaller former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck (36-5, 22 KOs) to get his 50th career knockout on Saturday night at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany. Klitschko dropped Mormeck with a right hand in round two and battered Mormeck the whole round. Round three was all Klitschko. The bout ended in round four when Klitschko dropped Mormeck again. Time was 1:12.
After the fight Wladimir named Tyson Fury (17-0, 12 KOs), David Price (12-0, 10 KOs), Alexander Povetkin (24-0, 16 KOs), Seth Mitchell (24-0-1, 18 KOs) and Chris Arreola (35-2, 30 KOs) as possible future opponents. (more…)
45-year-old former world heavyweight title challenger Matt Skelton (26-6, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over 6’6 British prospect Tom Dallas (15-2, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Skelton, a former British, Commonwealth and European titleholder, exposed the flaws of Dallas in a one sided beatdown. The fight was waved off at 1:00 of the fifth round as Skelton pounded Dallas on the ropes. Dallas has now lost two straight after starting his career at 15-0, while Skelton showed he is still relevant on the British domestic heavyweight scene.
In the main event, European bantamweight belt holder Jamie McDonnell (19-2-1, 8 KOs) scored a second round knockout over former flyweight world title challenger Ivan Pozo (32-7-1, 20 KOs). After McDonnell connected with a body shot, Pozo went to a knee for the count. Time was 2:11.
IBF #5 featherweight Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (33-2, 25 KOs) scored a second round annihilation of Mexican journeyman Genero “Panterita” Garcia (10-12, 6 KOs) on Saturday at the at the Carlos P. Garcia Sports Complex in Tagbilaran City, Philippines. Unfortunately promoter ALA Promotions thought they were bringing in former world title challenger Genaro “Poblanito” Garcia (38-8, 22 KOs) to fight for Bautista’s IBF International belt. It was decided to make this a free event after the snafu was discovered.
By Graham Houston
Wladimir Klitschko is in one of those no-win situations when he defends his heavyweight titles against Jean-Marc Mormeck in Germany on Saturday night (TV coverage on EPIX in the U.S. and Sky Sports in the U.K.) As his trainer Emanuel Steward points out, if Klitschko wins quickly, people will say he merely did what he should have done; if it turns into a drawn-out and difficult fight, he can stand by for a torrent of criticism. Some fights look such total mismatches that it is difficult to see any other result than a crushing win for the overwhelming betting favourite, though, and this is one of them. I just can’t give Mormeck any sort of a chance. The only interest is whether Klitschko will win by stoppage early or late in the fight. (more…)
Photos: K2 Promotions
Leading up to the title defense of WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko against Jean-Marc Mormeck, cruiserweight Ola Afolabi (18-3-2, 8 KOs) is eager to take the next step in his career. He will face off with Valery Brudov (39-3, 28 KOs) for the WBO interim cruiserbelt. Both title fights will take place tonight in the already sold out ESPRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Afolabi knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli to win the vacant WBO interim title on March 14, 2009. His last fight was a knockout victory against British champion Terry Dunstan in round one on the Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye show last year.
Brudov fought Jim Franklin in June 2011 last and scored a second round TKO. Brudov’s three losses came against Guillermo Jones for the WBA world title (TKO 11) in 2010, Firat Arslan by split decision for the WBA title in 2007, and against Virgil Hill for the WBA world title fight in 2006. (more…)
Photo: Golden Boy
Vicente Escobedo 129 vs. Lonnie Smith 130
Dmitry Chudinov 159.5 vs. Paul Mendez 166
Manuel Avila 118 vs. David Reyes 120
Jonathan Chicas 140 vs. Ephraim Martinez 137
Payton Boyea 172 vs. Harry Gopaul 174.5
Venue: Woodland Community Center, Woodland, California
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Joan “Baby Tyson” Guzman (32-0-1, 19 KOs) proved he’s still got it despite all the recent questions surrounding his professionalism and dedication to the sport. Although given the second-tier talent level of his most recent competition, it’s hard to tell exactly how much “it” the former two-division world champion truly has. Pairing him against some of the top names in the 140-lb division seems to be what promoter Acquinity Sports has in mind as promoter Henry Rivalta spent the past week calling out such elite names as Devon Alexander (who fights at light welterweight) and Manny Pacquiao (who hasn’t since 2009). (more…)
SYDNEY, March 3 – The main event of the second UFC on FX fight card, held at Allphones Arena, delivered exactly the kind of unpredictable action fans have come to expect after seeing Martin Kampmann and Thiago Alves at work over the past several years. Plus, UFC veterans Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez proved that a drop to 125 pounds didn’t hurt their performance, as they dispatched the former #1- and #2-ranked flyweights in the world to set up a clash for the first-ever UFC flyweight title . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
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By Przemek Garczarczyk
Josue Aguilar, trainer of mandatory WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (21-1, 13 KO), informed Fightnews.com that WBC has ordered negotiations to commence for the mandatory championship fight between Palacios and current WBC champ Krzysztof Wlodarczyk (46-2, 33 KO) from Poland. If there’s no agreement, a purse bid for this fight will happen on March 30 in Mexico.
Wlodarczyk and Palacios fought on April 4, 2011, in sold-out 7,000-seat arena in Bydgoszcz (Poland), with the champion winning a split decision that left both fighters and fans unhappy with their performances. “Diablo” did not mince words with his comments and “Wizard” also had some choice words to say. “I’m a cruiserweight champion of the most prestigious organization in the world – the World Boxing Council. Of course, I prefer to have great challenges, like fighting Guillermo Jones, Yoan Pablo Hernandez, Antonio Tarver or the most lucrative ones. I thought that we had an agreement with Antonio, but I’m hearing rumors, that he decided to go an easy and inexpensive way. I’m surprised that Showtime accepted such an average fighter like Lateef Kayode. (more…)
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
In a disappointing turn of events, Friday’s “Tampa Bay Warriors” card was abruptly cancelled by the Florida Boxing Commission. With less than an hour before the first bell was going to ring, one of the fighters scheduled to fight was unable to produce the proper blood work required by Florida regulations and had to be removed from her fight. The removal reduced the amount of bouts to four, below the state’s requirement of five bouts to be a sanctioned event.
It is unfortunate for Reyes Promotions and Estrada Entertainment Productions that the card ended this way. The Tampa, Florida card originally was scheduled to host fights including Nick “The Showstopper” Iannuzzi, Chevelle “Fist of Steel” Hallback, along with local favorites Jose Alonzo and Wilky Campfort. Reyes Promotions has scheduled their next event on April 27th at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida.
Photos: José Pérez / PR Best
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)
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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.”
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