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In a rare moment, just 24 hours before The Bantamweight Tournament, Columbian native, Yonnhy Perez, was asked how he feels about training far away from his family in order to become a champion and support them. Perez began to answer and then broke down sobbing. Click below for the raw emotional footage captured by the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports’ Fight Camp 360º
Photos by mpsportimages.com
In a classic battle of youth vs. experience, former WBC Youth titlist Ed “The Lion” Paredes (27-3-1, 16 KOs) won a close twelve round split decision over hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua (50-5, 44 KOs) Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. It was a hard fought two-way slugfest for the whole twelve rounds. Pitalua knocked down Paredes in round eleven, but it was too little too late as Paredes prevailed 114-113, 117-110 on two cards. The third card was 115-112 for Pitalua.
Highly regarded Colombian lightweight Darley Perez (18-0, 15 KOs) made his U.S. debut in spectacular fashion with a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Ramesis Gil (6-1-4, 5 KOs). Perez dropped Gil in round one and brutally finished him in round four.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
In a sold out Samuel “Sammy” Rodríguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas Puerto Rico Michaelangelo “The Artist” Pérez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a eight round split decision over José Hernández (10-4, 4 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 77-75, Pererz and 78-74 for Hernandez.
The fight was designated “The Fight Of The Year” by the Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission.
In the co-feature, WBO Latino jr. lightweight champion Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over dangerous Wilfredo Acuña (14-8, 11 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
The four outstanding, talented athletes who will compete in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME® made weight on their first attempts Friday at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. The exciting, eagerly anticipated two-stage, single-elimination tournament begins tomorrow/Saturday, Dec. 11, on SHOWTIME at 9 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) at Emerald Queen. In the opening 12-round bout on the telecast, two-time division titlist Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) and undefeated, world-ranked Abner Mares (29-0-1) will clash for the World Boxing Council Silver Belt. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBC bantamweight world champion Fernando ‘Kochulito’ Montiel (44-2-2, 34 KOs) knocked out Giovani “Bambino” Soto (29-12-1, 24 KOs) at 2:29 of the second round of a non-title bout on Friday night in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. Montiel dropped Soto twice in round two after also sending Soto to the canvas in round one. The win set up a showdown between Montiel and Nonito Donaire.
“I felt very strong,” said Montiel afterward. “Soto is brave but I came to win, and I’m ready for Donaire. On February 19 I’ll show that I’m better than he is.” (more…)
Yonnhy Perez 118 vs Joseph Agbeko 117.5
Vic Darchinyan 118 vs Abner Mares 117.5
Eric Morel 119.5 vs Juan Jose Beltran 120
Chris Avalos 121 vs Cecilio Santos 121
Fred Tukes 156 vs Timothy Hall 157
Jorge Espinoza 129 vs Rob Diezel 130
Cesar Seda 116 (must re-weigh) vs Ernie Marquez 114.5
Venue: Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
Promoter: Gary Shaw Productions, Golden Boy Promotions, Thompson Boxing Promotions, Don King Productions.
By Boxing Bob Newman
The officials for tomorrow’s Cristian Mijares vs Alberto Rosas IBF Super Flyweight Championship fight at Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico are referee Joseph Cooper (Virginia), judges are Levi Martinez (New Mexico), Barry Linderman (North Carolina) and Al Wilensky (Florida).
Photo: Eva Asdou
The IBF welterweight title eliminator Between Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) and Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) ended in a second round no contest. Bailey had Ouali down in round one and then again in round two. Then during a clinch in round two Bailey lifted Ouali over the ropes where Ouali fell to floor and was unable to continue. Both parties had their opinions on the fall but Ouali was taken out on a stretcher unable to move. From there he was taken to the hospital immediately to evaluate his neck . Randall Bailey’s manager Si Stern stated that Bailey’s promoter Lou DiBella has already filed a protest with the IBF. The request is that Bailey fight for the IBF world title in his next fight with Ouali being allowed to face the fights’ winner.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Yesterday, hundreds of fans showed up to meet WBC middleweight champion Sergio “Maravilla” Martinez (46-2-2, 25 KOs) at the El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in downtown Oxnard, CA. Martinez, who now resides in Oxnard, CA and trains out of the World Crown Sports Training Center, was on hand to greet, sign autographs and take pictures with his fans. Some of the guests in attendance included Martinez’ trainer Gabriel Sarmiento, heavyweight contender Mark de Mori (16-1-2, 14 KOs) and Roger Vargas (3-0-2, 1 KO), younger brother of former junior middleweight champion “Ferocious” Fernando Vargas. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Eva Asdou
The IBF welterweight title eliminator Between Said Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) and Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs) ended in a second round no-contest after Ouali fell over the ropes and out of the ring. He was then unable to continue. A more detailed report to follow.
All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas: Amir Khan, Marcos Maidana weigh-in, Victor Ortiz vs. Lamont Peterson, and more. Photos by Chris Cozzone. Click here for slideshow
From the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada for tomorrow night’s UFC 124 card headlining Georges St. Pierre vs. Josh Kocheck.
Georges St-Pierre 170 vs Josh Koscheck 169
Stefan Struve 253 vs Sean McCorkle 264
Joe Stevenson 155.5 vs Mac Danzig 156
Thiago Alves 171 vs John Howard 171
Charles Oliveira 153.5 vs Jim Miller 155
Joe Doerksen 185.5 vs Dan Miller 184.5
Mark Bocek 155.5 vs Dustin Hazelett 155
Rafael Natal 185 vs Jesse Bongfeldt 185.5
Sean Pierson 170.5 vs Matt Riddle 170.5
Ricardo Almeida 170.5 vs TJ Grant 170
John Makdessi 155 vs Pat Audinwood (156
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
One of boxing’s hottest young prospects, Jose Benavidez Jr, not only delivers in the ring with big punches and devastating knockouts, he is also delivering outside the ring this holiday season, as he will host his first annual blanket drive to benefit the Andre House in Phoenix, Arizona. The Andre House serves over 600 meals per night and blankets among other things to the poor and homeless. (more…)
Weights & photos by Chris Cozzone
From the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas:
Amir Khan 140 vs. Marcos Maidana 139
Victor Ortiz 141 vs. Lamont Peterson 140
Joan Guzman 144.5 vs. Jason Davis 143*
* Both fighters were overweight; contract weight 142.
Seth Mitchell 243 vs. Taurus Sykes 248
Sharif Bogere 137 vs. Chris Fernandez 137
Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Ramon Montano 141
Jamie Kavanagh 136.5 vs. Jacob Thornton 133
Randy Caballero 120 vs. Robert Guillen 122
Alfonso Blanco 159 vs. Gustavo Medina 159
By Francisco Salazar
Newly-crowned Middleweight world title holder Sergio Martinez spent an evening with fight fans at the newly-refurbished El Dorado Mexican Restaurant in downtown Oxnard, CA on Thursday night. A packed house greeted Martinez, who was more than happy to oblige with autographs and photos with fight fans.
Less than three weeks ago, Martinez knocked out the talented Paul Williams in the second round of their middleweight clash in Atlantic City, NJ. Although he told Fightnews.com that he would knock Williams out in the seventh round, Martinez was not surprised about the early stoppage. “We were prepared to knock him out in the first or 10th rounds,” Martinez told Fightnews.com. “We saw some flaws in his style, so that is what we prepared for in the gym. We worked very hard in the gym for that type of preparation.” (more…)
Reporting from Tacoma Washington where the international foursome of Bantamweights have been assembled to kick off SHOWTIME Sports’ Bantamweight Tournment, Al Bernstein talks with all four fighters who promise to make December 11th a night for boxing fans to remember.
Photos: Rafael Soto / Zanfer
Alberto Rosas 115 vs. Cristian Mijares 115
(IBF super flyweight championship)
Gerardo Diaz 140 vs. Manuel Mariano 140
Luis Arceo 135.6 vs. Mario Perez 136
Guadalupe Martinez 113 vs. Juan Estrada 113
Mahonri Montes 135 vs. Ruben Gutierrez 135
Venue: Auditorio Municipal, Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico
Promotor: Zanfer, Top Rank
Nathan Cleverly 174.5 vs. Nadjib Mohammedi 175
(WBO interim light heavyweight championship)
Matthew Macklin 160 vs. Ruben Varon 159
(European middleweight championship)
Kell Brook 146.5 vs. Philip Kotey 144.5
(WBO intercontinental welterweight title)
Paul Smith 167.5 vs. James DeGale 166
(British super middleweight title)
Tony Bellew 174 vs. Ovill McKenzie 175
(Commonwealth light heavyweight title)
Venue: Liverpool Echo Arena
Promoter: Frank Warren
TV: SKY PPV
The 140-pound division is quite the crowded one right now. But after this weekend we may have a much clearer picture that separates the contenders from the pretenders.
On Saturday, December 11, Amir Khan (23-1, 17 KOs) will defend his WBA light welterweight title against the heavy hitting Marcos Maidana (29-1, 27 KOs) in a matchup that will feature two distinctly different styles where only one can reign supreme . . . click here for more
Three-time World Champion Israel Vazquez, former Junior Featherweight World Champion Daniel Ponce De Leon and lightweight prospect Carlos Molina will participate in the 29th Annual Miracle on 1st Street Toy Giveaway at the Hollenbeck Youth Center in Los Angeles this Saturday in Los Angeles. The event is presented by The Inner-City Games, the Hollenbeck Youth Center and the Oscar de la Hoya Foundation.
Georges St-Pierre and Manny Pacquiao. To fans of combat sports, their names are royalty. But for a few minutes in September, they were just two fighters talking shop while St-Pierre went on a tour of the Philippines and Pacquiao prepared for his November bout against Antonio Margarito. Even now, over two months removed from their meeting, St-Pierre beams when he discusses boxing pound-for-pound king . . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero will co-host “Knocking Out Cancer” amateur boxing event with Tango Multimedia, 415 Boxing and Frisco Boxing this Sunday December 12th at the Roccapulco Salsa Club and restaurant in San Francisco. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Casey Guerrero Foundation to fight Cancer.
Doors open up at 4:00 P.M. with bouts beginning at 5:00 P.M. Tickets priced $20 can be purchased at the door on online through PayPal. The Roccapulco is 3140 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 648-6611
Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero unites with Douglas Murray of the San Jose Sharks this Friday December 10th for the 17th annual “Navidad En La Comunidad” Toy Drive at Cha Cho’s Tacos in Campbell, CA.
St-Pierre and Koscheck Meet Again Tomorrow Night: The welterweight championship is on the line as Georges St-Pierre defends his title against Josh Koscheck – UFC 124 tomorrow night at 10pm ET / 7pm PT live on Pay-Per-View
UFC 124 Weigh-In Live Today: Fighters hit the scales at approximately 4pm ET / 1pm PT – watch live on UFCLive.com
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See 2 Prelims Live and Free: Dan Miller battles Joe Doerksen, and Dustin Hazelett takes on Mark Bocek – the action begins at 9pm ET / 6pm PT Saturday night on UFCLive.com
Save 20% Off Storewide At UFC Store: Sale ends 12/12 at 11:59pm PT
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
It has been known that the Panamanian Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero has officially relinquished the WBA super bantamweight super champion title. Caballero is expected to be rated at featherweight and to campaign in that division with the intention of seizing the WBA title of Jonathan Victor Barros and keep looking for an opportunity to fight figures such as Yuriorkas Gamboa and Juan Manuel Lopez among others.
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses with welterweight Said Ouali at yesterday’s weigh-in in Antwerp, Belgium. Ouali, who fights under the Mayweather Promotions banner, will meet former world champion Randall Bailey tonight in an IBF title eliminator.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Vinny Maddalone talking about his fight with Tomek Adamek, his hand speed and surprising combinations.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Talking with athletes just after the competition gives a writer rare expressions of their thoughts. Just 15 minutes after he beat Vinny Maddalone (33-7, 24 KOs) by KO, top heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KO) was very open and happy… (more…)
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) will wrap up his preparation in Kienbaum this weekend and return to Berlin, where he faces mandatory challenger Denis Lebedev (21-0, 16 KOs) at the Max-Schmeling-Halle on December 18th. Boxen.com has caught up with the hard-hitting German ahead of what many believe will be the toughest fight of his career. (more…)
Ed Paredes 145 vs. Antonio Pitalua 147
(WBO Latin welterweight title)
Darley Perez 133 vs. Ramesis Gil 134
Richard Abril 140 vs. Miguel Angel Munguia 138
Israel Vazquez 109 vs. Thomas Heaton 108
Federico Vega 143 vs. Dmitrij Sabanyin 146
Christopher De La Paz 155 vs. Marcus Willis 155
Luis Torres 149 vs. Frank Gedeon 152
Krishen Rangi 147 vs. Evans Michell 145
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: All Star Boxing, Inc., “The New Generation” & Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr.
Matchmaker: Ruben De Jesus
TV: Telemundo Main Event Live @ 11:35 PM (ET)
Tickets now on sale: (407) 935-1412 (more…)
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