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Results by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
Spoiler alert: Strikeforce arrived in Illinois Saturday night with one of the most highly-anticipated bouts in organization history, as Dan Henderson met Fedor Emelianenko. Also in action were female stars Miesha Tate and Marloes Coenen as they battled it out for the 135-pound title. (more…)
By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC #10/WBA #11/IBF #15 super lightweight Mike Alvarado (31-0, 22 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over scrappy Gabriel Martinez (27-3-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. Alvardo was credited with a knockdown in round one and went on to win by scores of 99-90, 100-89, 100-90. Alvarado claimed the IBF Latino belt with the win.
Featherweight Roberto Marroquin (20-1, 14 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Beranza (33-21-3, 26 KOs). Marroquin dropped Beranza in rounds three and six en route to a 78-71, 78-71, 79-70 verdict. Marroquin’s right eye was closed at the end. For more details and photos click here…
WBC interim Youth bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz (17-0-1, 9 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over veteran Everth Briceno (33-7, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the International Center in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. After having his way for ten rounds, Santa Cruz finally dropped the game Briceno in round eleven and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.
In a clash for the vacant NABF minimumweight title, Mario Rodriguez (11-6-4, 7 KOs) scored a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over Manuel Jimenez (16-2, 11 KOs). Rodriguez dropped Jiminez in round five and went on to win comfortably.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the second working session of the WBA Executive Committee held in San José, Costa Rica during the XXIII KO Drugs Festival, a direct rematch was approved for former WBA super champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballeo and the current WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros. The decision in favor of Caballero’s protest of Caballero-Barros I in July was made by the championship committee and supported by the executive committee. Starting today, they have 120 days to meet in Caballero-Barros II.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Sometimes fights fall out due to injuries and other mishaps, but when main events and co-features go down in flames during the final days, it is like a small tornado hit the card, leaving the promoter with the decision to cancel the show or go on with what his original card. KEA Boxing’s card on Friday night at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia PA had the very such problem as the main event featuring Derek Ennis fell out when he hurt his shoulder over the weekend, forcing him to pull out. The co-feature with Coy Evans was then moved up to the main event, but that also fell out, leaving romoter Andre Kut in a quandary, He just couldn’t let the hard work of the fighters and his promotional team go to waste and he pushed forward with the card as planned no matter what the financial cost.. The main event turned out to be one to remember as KEA Boxing’s own undefeated welterweight sensation, Juan “The Beast” Rodriquez (6-0, 3KO’s) fought an exciting give and take six round war with hometown Philly welterweight Greg Hackett (2-9) which had the crowd cheering throughout the bout. When the smoke cleared it was Rodriquez falling to his knees, thankful for the close but, hard fought six round unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
In a great fight, Moises Delgadillo defeated Jose Mendoza last Friday, in a historic night with a good entry into the Arena Jalisco. Delgadillo and Mendoza, stuck solidly from first to sixth episodes, but Mendoza, already bleeding from the nose, could not withstand the punishment and decided not to go when the bell rang for the seventh round. There were many bumps, Mendoza received by “Gatti” Delgadillo, who continued success in the lightweight division. more + photos
Today, with a working session, the preparations for the 49th World Boxing Council Annual Convention were begun; the Convention will be held from December 11th to 17th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 1000 attendees are expected. The organization also unveiled the official logo for the event.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim jr middleweight title, Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) needed just 51 seconds to annihilate Mike Miranda (34-4, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine.
The last time WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov fought in Las Vegas – home now for the Khazakh – he won his title with a very questionable split decision over Gabriel Campillo.
The only thing controversial about last night’s title fight and bombardment of the “Bronx Bomber,” Danny Santiago, who earned little more than a Bronx cheer for his efforts, was why a better challenger could not be found . . . Click here for more
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
WBA minimumweight champion Muhammad Rachman (64-11-5, 33 KOs) lost by a controversial twelve round majority decision 114-114, 113-115, 114-115 against Thailand’s Pornsawan Porpramook (23-3-1, 16 KOs)) on Saturday night at the Indosiar Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia.
World-rated WBC super lightweight contender Miguel “Hands of Stone” Antoine was taken the distance by veteran Cassius Matthews last night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Guyana. Hometown boy Matthews absorbed some solid punches in the first round that saw the veteran holding on to reach the end of the round. Antoine, the current Commonwealth Zonal 140lb champion, found it more difficult to land those bombs in the next three rounds as the experienced Matthews used every trick in the book to evade the attack of the young pugilist from Barbados. With the unanimous four round points decision, Antoine moves his undefeated record to 15-0 with 9 KOs while Matthews drops to 4-6. (more…)
By Daniel Mercurio at ringside
Photos: Emily Harney
Undefeated Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (24-0, 12 KOs) brought the crowd to its feet when he knocked out Kevin McBride (35-9-1, 29 KOs) with a devastating right hook at 2:30 into the fourth round at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT on Friday night. McBride still clings to ending Mike Tyson’s career, but his career may have been ended tonight, as Wach’s final right hook sent McBride out on a stretcher and into the hospital. Wach with the victory captured the WBC International heavyweight belt. The ten bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports in association with Global Boxing Promotions. Click here for more photos…
Former Olympian and pro fighter Francisco “Panchito” Bojado was arrested on charges of suspicion of driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, evading arrest, possession of drug paraphernalia and hit and run late Thursday evening in San Diego. According to the San Diego Union Tribune, when police tried to stop Bojado for a traffic violation, Bojado took off for the Mexican border but was apprehended after a 40 minute car chase.
WBA light heavyweight champion Beibut Shumenov (12-1, 8 KOs) stopped Danny Santiago (31-5, 19 KOs) in round nine on Friday night at South Point Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. A barrage of punches prompted referee Tony Weeks to stop the one-sided affair. Time was :46. Former WBC champion Jean Pascal was in attendance and both he and Shumenov said they are interested in a showdown.
In the co-main event, Ravshan Hudaynazarov (15-0, 12 Kos) retained his WBA Fedlatin welterweight belt with a lopsided unanimous decision over game-but-outclassed Hector Munoz (19-6-1, 12 KOs), of Albuquerque, scores of 99-91 twice and 98-92. On the undercard: Super featherweight Lonnie Smith (14-2-2, 10 KOs) won by TKO when Eduardo Arcos (16-5-1, 13 KOs) stayed on his stool after round three; Gayrat Ahmedov (17-0-1, 11 KOs) retained his WBA International light heavy strap with a shutout decision win over late sub Billy Bailey (11-12, 4 KOs), scores of 80-72 x 3; lightweight Juan Suazo (8-4-3, 5 KOs), of Tucson, surprised Las Vegas’ Ramon Montano (17-10-2, 2 KOs) with a decision win, scores of 60-54, 59-55 and 58-56; cruiserweight Medzhid Bektemirov (6-0, 5 KOs), of Houston, had to settle for a split verdict over Chad Davis (3-9), scores of 40-36, 39-37, 37-39); and hot super featherweight prospect Joel Diaz (5-0, 4 KOs) took out Denver’s Esteban Nichol (3-2, 3 KOs) at 2:20 of round one. Stay tuned for photos and a complete report tomorrow.
Photos: Alma Dulce Poly / All Star Boxing
WBC #4 rated super featherweight contender Dante “Crazy” Jardón (18-1, 16 KOs) impressively destroyed Adrian Tellez (15-6-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Jose Cuervo Saloon in Mexico City to easily defend his WBC Youth title. The popular Jardon dropped teller once in round one and twice in round two before the bout was waved off. Time was 1:07.
In a local turf war, Hector “Cachorro” Morales (8-4-2, 3 KOs) surprised 18-year-old prospect Josue “Chino” Veraza (10-2-1, 9 KOs). The bout was stopped in the third round due to a cut.
A sold out crowd attended the event presented by Tuto Zabala, Jr., All Star Boxing, Inc in association with Ricardo Maldonado, Producciones Deportivas and RB Producciones. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
In an IBF junior welterweight title eliminator #4 ranked Lamont Peterson and #3 ranked Victor Cayo engaged in a grueling 12 round tug of war until Peterson poured it on in the 12th round and pulled out an exciting knockout victory in the final seconds on Friday night at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. It was an all action bout that featured both fighters having their fair share of highlights. But it would be Peterson’s (29-1-1, 15 KOs) deposits into Cayo’s body bank account early that would end up paying off in late. With both fighters fatigued down the stretch, Peterson’s inside work would give him the upper hand as he smothered Cayo’s offensive attack. A late rally in the 12th round by Peterson shredded Cayo and a right hook sent him to the canvas on his knees. Referee Kenny Bayless began to count but Cayo was simply too exhausted to get up as the count reached ten at the 2:46 mark. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Peter McDermont
Australian featherweight Bily Dib (32-1, 19 KOs) captured the vacant IBF featherweight crown with a clear twelve rounds points decision over Mexico’s Jorge Lacierva (39-8-6, 26 KOs) at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Homebush, BSydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Dib controlled most of the rounds by connecting with accurate combinations on the aggressive Lacierva who continually switched hit from orthodox to the southpaw stance but had trouble nailing the mobile Aussie with a solid shot who showed good evasion by using the ring with clever footwork. Referee Jack Reiss controlled the contest and warned both boxers for infringements in round three. (more…)
Gabriel Bracero 141 vs. Danie Van Staden 140
Keisher Mcleod-Wells 109 vs. Melissa Mcmorrow 111
Seanie Monaghan 175 vs. Brian Bernard 175
Jonathan Cepeda 158 vs. Rahman Yusubov 156
Joe Smith Jr. 179 vs. Santos Martinez 179
Travis Peterkin 175 vs. Damion Reed 172.25
Venue: Aviator Sports And Events Center
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Brian Magee 167 vs Jaime Barboza 166.5
(WBA interim super middleweight title)
Bryan Vasquez 130 vs Allan Herrera 130
(WBA Fedelatin featherweight title)
Berman Sánchez 130 vs Joel Cerrud 130
(WBA Fedebol super featheweight title)
Mauricio Reynoso 165.5 vs Reward Martin 167
(WBA Fedebol super middleweight title)
Luis Ortiz 230 vs Henry Sáenz 240
(WBA Fedelatin heavyweight title)
Richard Abril 133 vs Julio Camaño 134
(WBA Fedebol lightweight title)
Yoandris Salinas 120 vs Carlos Rivas 120
(WBA Fedebol bantamweight title)
Leo Santa Cruz 116.8 vs. Everth Briceno 116.8
Manuel Jimenez 104.7 vs. Mario Rodriguez 104.9
Adalberto Moreno 135.3 vs. Rodendo Maldonado 136.2
Roberto Manzanarez 123 vs. Carlos Bacasegua 125.6
Jose Estrella 114.6 vs. Juan Himenez 113.9
Alberto Guevara 119.9 vs. Martin Lopez 119.9
Ivan Morales 115.9 vs. Javier Franco 115.9
Jorge Romero 136 vs. Mario Padilla 135.5
Paul Salcido 133.8vs. Fernando Vazquez 133.8
Daniel Modad 119 vs. Jorge Luis Alvarez TBA
Venue: International Center, Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Golden Boy
By Boxing Bob Newman
With today’s announcement of the WBC’s sanctioning of the Spetember 17th fight between Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Jorge Barrios for the vacant WBC Super Lightweight title, WBC president Jose Sulaiman felt the need to clarify the status of former champion Timothy Bradley. In his direct statement to Fightnews, here is Sulaiman had to say:
“Timothy Bradley has always been highly regarded by the WBC. Timothy has been closely associated with the WBC for many years. He won the WBC Youth World Championship in 2005, and has won twice the WBC World Superlightweight Championship.
“Timothy Bradley defeated Devon Alexander on January to conquer the WBC Superlightweight title. Since then, very unfortunately he has been facing several promotional and legal disputes, which has kept him inactive since January. Timothy has no fight scheduled at this time, consequently there is no information as to when he will be able to resume his boxing career.
“Timothy has also stated several times his desire to move up in weight to compete in the welterweight division.
“Given the legal issues surrounding his career, the WBC sent several letters to his management over several months, asking for him to confirm his intentions regarding defending the title. Unfortunately, the WBC received no response from Team Bradley to those inquiries.
“In any event, earlier this week the WBC Board of Governors voted in favor of designating Timothy Bradley as “Champion in Recess”, which is a supportive ruling to allow him to resolve his diverse problems, while continuing to recognize his elite status in the WBC, without freezing the activity in the division.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA world champion Samuel “Sammy” Gutierrez and Rafael Orozco both weighed in at 108 for their showdown on Saturday night at the Plaza de Toros Nuevo Progreso in Guadalajara.
Also Ramon “Inocente” Alvarez weighed 155 while Francisco Reza weighed 153 for their eight round semi-final.
By Bill Green
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated Top-10 rated super lightweight Mike Alvarado and former Mexican champion Gabriel Martinez weighed in at 140 lbs for their main event fight on the “Top Rank Live” show, televised
live on Fox Sports Net, Saturday night from the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado.
Martin Quezada 134 vs Sammy Martinez 134
Jose Beranza 123 vs Roberto Marroquin 123
Justin Williams 157 vs Abie Han 159
DJ Morrison 140 vs Brittany Christian 144
Derrick Campos 139 vs Terrance Crawford 139
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Photo: Josh Hedges/Forza LLC/Forza LLC via Getty Images
Below are the results of Friday’s official weigh-in for Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson, airing Saturday, July 30 at 10 pm ET/PT on Showtime (Primetime in UK; Super Channel in Canada). The event is headlined by legends Fedor Emelianenko and Dan Henderson and also features a five-round title fight between reigning champion Marloes Coenen and Miesha Tate in the women’s bantamweight division.
Fedor Emelianenko (223) vs. Dan Henderson (207)
Marloes Coenen (135) vs. Miesha Tate (135)
Robbie Lawler (185) vs. Tim Kennedy (185)
Paul Daley (171) vs. Tyron Woodley (170)
Scott Smith (171) vs. Tarec Saffiedine (170)
JZ Cavalcante (155) vs. Bobby Green (155)
Eduardo Pamplona (170) vs. Tyler Stinson (171)
Julie Kedzie (136) vs. Alexis Davis (136)
Derek Brunson (186) vs. Lumumba Sayers (184)
Bryan Humes (266) vs. Gabe Salinas (260)
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
After six weeks of intense physical training, Jose “Sugar” Salgado, Andres “Jaguar” Gutierrez and Jesus “Negrito” Silvestre are ready for their next fight on August 6 in Navojoa, Sonora, Mexico. These outstanding young people, represented by Canelo Promotions, are almost ready to face their rivals at The Mayo Forum of Navojoa, under the International Boxing Festival. Salgado (25-1, 22 KOs), from Cozumel is one of Mexico’s most spectacular fighters, who wants to keep adding wins for an early WBC world crown opportunity. (more…)
The WBC has clarified the status of the middleweight division. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. won the WBC World Middleweight Championship as a mandatory challenger by defeating former champion Sebastian Zbik by unanimous decision this past June 4, 2011 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. It is anticipated that Chavez Jr. and WBC Emeritus and Diamond titleholder Sergio Martinez will meet in the first quarter of 2012. Marco Antonio Rubio is the mandatory challenger of the division, and his time for the challenge, as stipulated in the WBC Rules and Regulations, is scheduled to be within one year after the last mandatory fight in the division, which was Zbik vs. Chavez.
Erik “El Terrible” Morales, Jessie Vargas and Josesito Lopez will hold a press conference in Wednesday in Los Angeles to officially announce Morales’ battle with former world champion Jorge Barrios for the vacant WBC super lightweight title and the lightweight clash Vargas vs. Lopez which will be part of the “STAR POWER: Mayweather vs. Ortiz” mega-event taking place on Saturday, Sept. 17 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
Fight fans are invited to attend the event, which takes place at noon at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles.
Photos by Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Jackie Nava 118 vs Ana Torres 118
(WBC Diamond Bantamweight Championship)
Felipe Orucuta 117 vs Jesús Vázquez 117
Nery Saguilán 130 vs Fernando Cruz 130
Hanzel Martínez 114.6 vs Maximino Toala 112.4
Venue: Arena Metropolitana de Tuxtla Gutiérrez
Promoter: Zanfer/HG Boxing
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Gustavo Padilla will be the third man in the ring when Costa Rican Jaime Barboza (17-4, 8 KOs) and Irishman Brian Magee (34-4-1, 22 KOs) meet at Gimnasio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica on Saturday for the vacant WBA interim super middleweight title in the WBA XXIII Festival “KO to Drugs.” The three judges are Levy Martinez (USA), Ted Gimza (USA) and Francisco Martinez (New Zealand). The fight supervisor is Oliver Gomez (Panama). The fight can be seen on www.canaldeboxeo.com.
Undefeated Top-10 junior welterweight contender Mike Alvarado has stripped off the WBC Continental Americas super lightweight title he was scheduled to defend on Saturday night in his north Denver homecoming fight against former Méxican welterweight champion Gabriel Martinez. Alvarado had captured the vacant WBC Continental Americas title in his previous fight, in May, via a third-round stoppage of Ray Narh (25-2, 21 KOs), who had entered that fight rated #6 by the WBC and was riding a seven-year, 15-bout winning streak, with 12 of those victories coming by knockout.
“The WBC rated me #7 in May, #8 in June, and #10 in July. At this rate, if I keep on winning, I could be out of the WBC’s Top-20 by Christmas. What is the value of winning a WBC regional title or beating a higher-rated contender?” explained Alvarado. “Furthermore, I wanted to earn a title shot at the WBC’s super lightweight world champion Timothy Bradley and they just stripped him of the title for no valid reason. So I’m doing the logical thing, I’m stripping their title belt from my waist and their sanction fee from my purse. I’ll continue my quest for a world title through one of the other sanctioning organizations.” (more…)
This Sunday night’s episode of Broadway Boxing will pay tribute to one of the pioneers of sports television and one of boxing’s greatest advocates, the late Nick Charles. The program will feature a roundtable discussion featuring those who knew Charles the best, never before seen footage of Charles talking about the sport of boxing and, of course, three memorable bouts that Charles called from ringside in his capacity as the play-by-play man for Showtime’s ShoBox: The New Generation series and Broadway Boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to a credible source, the Panama Boxing Commission has decided to cancel Saturday’s boxing event at the Palacio Dorado in Panama City. The event was organized by Producciones Cornejo with the main event being an eight round light flyweight clash between WBA world ranked Panamanian Edwin “La Pantera” Diaz against Nicaraguan Francisco Meza. Although no formal announcement by COMIBOX, the source said the reason was mainly because the Nicaraguan boxers scheduled may not have the permission to leave by the Nicaragua Boxing Commission.
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Lou DiBella confirmed to Fightnews.com on Wednesday afternoon that the Ajose Olusegun-Ali Chebah 12 round bout will take place at the Chumash Casino Resort on September 30th. The bout is a title eliminator as Olusegun is ranked number two and Chebah, from France, is ranked number six by the WBC. Chebah’s (35-1, 28 KO’s) only defeat was at the hands of Reyes Sanchez almost three years ago in Mexico City. He bounced back from the loss to knockout Pipino Cuevas Jr. and Joel Juarez within six months. The Nigerian-born Olusegun (29-0, 14 KO’s) has fought most of his fights in England, where he now resides. He has not faced the most formidable opposition throughout his career. His most impressive victories to date have been a knockout victory over Colin Lynes and two decision wins over Nigel Wright. The fight will headline a “ShoBox: The New Generation” telecast.
Featherweight Billy Dib (32-1, 19 KOs) won the vacant IBF title with a twelve round unanimous decision over veteran Jorge Lacierva (39-8-6, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Olympic Park Sports Centre in Homebush, New South Wales, Australia. Scores were 119-109, 118-109 and 115-112. More details to come…
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