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WBA #3 middleweight Martin Murray (23-0, 10 KOs) will challenge WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm at the SAP Arena, Mannheim on December 2. Murray will be bidding to become the first Hatton Promotions fighter to win a world championship crown.
The undefeated 28-year-old said: “I am absolutely buzzing and have so much motivation to go over there and beat Sturm. I first knew about the fight in early September, but we couldn’t say anything until the contract was signed. I have started an 11 week training camp at Oliver Harrison’s gym and come fight night I will be in the shape of my life. I have been ready for this chance for about nine months, but I seemed to slip under the radar because everybody talks about Matthew Macklin and Darren Barker as the main middleweights in Britain.” (more…)
By Graham Houston
Referees came under fire in two big fights this weekend, Joe Cortez for his confused officiating in the bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz, of course, but also, to a lesser extent, Wayne Hedgepeth for his stoppage of the Saul Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez fight in Los Angeles. To a lesser degree, Tony Weeks received a bit of criticism for docking Jessie Vargas a point for a low blow in the fight with Josesito Lopez.
Obviously, Mayweather’s fourth-round knockout win over Ortiz was the big talking point of the weekend, and I can’t fault Mayweather for firing the two fight-ending shots against an opponent who wasn’t expecting to be hit. If Ortiz wanted to give Mayweather a second hug in apology for Ortiz’s blatant butt, instead of obeying the dictum “protect yourself at all times,” well, that was his choice. These are professional boxers, not amateurs boxing in the Olympics. Time was “in”, and Mayweather had an opponent standing in front of him with his guard down. Did anyone really expect Mayweather to follow a gentlemanly code of conduct, especially after, moments earlier, Ortiz had inflicted a cut inside his mouth by butting him? (more…)
Larry Merchant told Floyd Mayweather last night he would kick his butt if he were only 50 years younger, but today at LAX he told our camera guy … that probably wouldn’t have been the case. Merchant described his run-in with Floyd as “kind of exhilarating in its own way” but acknowledged he probably could never have taken Floyd in a fight — no matter his age. He described Floyd’s controversial knockout as a “legal sucker punch” but said Floyd was an “a prima donna, an outstanding fighter, … a modern reality show in progress.”
Four members of Team Pacquiao have given brief comments to the Philippine Star newspaper on Saturday’s Mayweather-Ortiz clash in Las Vegas.
Manny Pacquiao: “Very poor sportsmanship…[but] it was not illegal.”
Trainer Freddie Roach: “Cheap shot…I think [Cortez] lost control.”
Advisor Mike Koncz: “Poor sportsmanship…I agree it was a cheap shot.”
Legal Advisor Franklin Gacal: “Ortiz was too trusting. It was his fault. But Floyd showed he is not a sportsman in its true sense.”
Maybe it was the words that his opponent Alfonso Gomez said about him in leading up to the fight. Or the thousands of fans in attendance that were chanting his now-familiar nickname.
Whatever, it was, Alvarez felt right at home in the center of the ring on Saturday night. Although he had a good fighter in front of him in Alfonso Gomez, Alvarez did not leave his fans disappointed after the fight . . . Click here for more
Ringside by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
What’s the number one rule in boxing? Defend yourself at all times, no matter what. Floyd Mayweather proved that rule still holds true as he crushed Victor Ortiz with a controversial two-punch combination in the midst of an Ortiz apology for an intentional head butt that obliterated him in the fourth round of their hyped-up clash. The victory earned the undefeated fighter the WBC welterweight crown, but that was merely a sidebar to what took place on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more
A tearful Mayweather gave thanks to his family, team and God for another stellar outing that resulted in a knockout victory.
This was a far different Mayweather than the one seen in the ring clobbering Victor Ortiz with a combination that caught Ortiz off guard after he apologized for an intentional headbutt . . . Click here for more
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Just like in the rest of the boxing world, the conversation at the Saul “Canelo” Alvarez-Alfonso Gomez post fight press conference held in the Chick Hearn press room located in the lower bowels of the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA, quickly turned to the controversial ending of the “Star Power” main event between newly crowned Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Victor Ortiz.
“I would have done the same to him if he would have done it to me,” the 21 year old WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez said when asked what he would have done if Mayweather had cold cocked him like he did Ortiz. “Both of them made mistakes, Victor was first and he didn’t pay attention. Boxing should be a clean sport but sometimes you have to respond but boxing should be clean.” For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Former IBF featherweight champion Eric “Mighty Mouse” Aiken (16-8-1, 12 KOs) stepped in late last week to replace Daniel “The Prophet” Attah in the main event against Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry (28-6-2, 16 KOs)for next Friday’s “Future Superstars” card from The Seminole Hard Rock. Panther Promotions located the former world titlist within hours after learning of Attah’s inability to make the fight due to lower back pains suffered during his intensive training camp. The ten-round contest highlights a varied card showcasing male and female boxing talent from all over the country, including New York City, Texas, Colorado, New Jersey and Florida. (more…)
With his back against the wall, Erik Morales rose to the occasion.
Facing a scrappy and relatively unknown fighter in Pablo Cano, the veteran roared back in the tenth frame. Morales blasted Cano with a series of right hands that opened up a cut over Cano’s right eye. Another stiff right unleashed a stream of blood. The fist-to-face trauma shut Cano’s right eye and prompted the initial stoppage that saw Morales emerge victorious . . . Click here for more
By Joe Koizumi
All foreign contestants have arrived in Tokyo, Japan, prior to a female world title triple-header promoted by Futur Promotions on this coming Thursday.
Unbeaten WBA 105-pound champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs), whose amateur mark was 47-3, will put her belt on the line against ex-WBC 108-pound ruler Nongmuay Kokietgym (10-2-3, no KO), from Thailand, over ten rounds. WBC 105-pound titlist Naoko Fujioka (6-0, 4 KOs), a hard-hitting ex-amateur national champ, will risk her belt against top contender Kanittha Kokietgym (13-3, 4 KOs), Thailand, over ten. Japan’s Mari Ano (7-3, 4 KOs) and Ammara Kokietgym (7-1-1, 3 KOs), Thailand, will dispute the newly established light-minimumweight championship (102-pound) in a ten-rounder. Also, OPBF lightweight champ Raika Fujin (22-6-1, 9 KOs) will engage in a rematch with Canadian Jelena Mrdjenovich (24-8-1, 12 KOs) in a WBC final eliminator to decide the official challenger over ten. (more…)
“This was another unbelievable performance. A lot of people want to know what happened. There were a couple head butts. Sh*t happens in the sport of boxing.
“Protect yourself at all times.
“You wanted to see a knockout and that is what I gave you. (more…)
“I fouled Floyd, I apologized in the ring and apologized after the fight as well. I would really like the rematch.
“I thought the ref called a break and I am pretty sure he did and then I was like ‘whoa, whoa,’ and then I woke up after.
“You learn quite a bit from each fight individually, but I am still not convinced that he [Mayweather] is the greatest. I was doing just fine and then there was a little slip up. (more…)
By David Robinett at ringside
Photos by Stephanie Trapp/www.cargocollective.com/trappfotos
The promotional slogan for the welterweight bout between 50-year Paul Nave and his undefeated opponent, 24-year old Brandon Hoskins, was “It Ain’t Over Till Its Over!” Unfortunately for Nave and his supporters, the improbable ride might finally be over as youth was served Friday night at Albert Park Field in San Rafael, California.
In the fifth fight of his comeback – after nearly ten years out of the ring – Nave dropped an eight-round majority decision to the undefeated Hoskins (16-0-1, 8 KOs). Scores were 76-76, 78-74 and 78-73 in favor of the faster, younger, and more active Hoskins. For more details and photos click here…
“We are very happy. Two years ago we contemplated this return. We thought about it and took a break. We wanted to come back strong, to make this dream come true and win the world title. (more…)
“I felt inspired by the crowd. Much appreciation to the fans here tonight. I dropped him in the first round. I knew it was only a matter of time. The opponent was well prepared and taking his time. It is not my job to judge the referee on the stoppage.” (more…)
“He is a good counter puncher. I felt I could continue. He’s a great fighter. He hits pretty hard. I think the fight was even to that point. I think he was a little too premature. He was looking for a reason to stop it. He was asking me questions and I was answering and responding.” (more…)
NEW ORLEANS, September 17 – It was almost a no win situation for Jake Ellenberger, fighting longtime welterweight star Jake Shields in the UFC Fight Night main event Saturday after Shields’ decision to fight on after his father Jack passed away on August 29th. But with Shields’ decision to carry on with business, it meant that Ellenberger had to do the same, and in just 53 seconds, the Omaha power puncher ended an emotional night at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center with a first round TKO of Shields that put him squarely in the title picture . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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Referee Joe Cortez told the Las Vegas Review Journal that Mayweather’s KO punch was a legal shot. “Time was in,” Cortez said. “The fighter needs to keep his guard up. Mayweather did nothing wrong.” Your comments?
WBC welterweight Floyd Mayweather and HBO Commentator Larry Merchant got into it during Saturday night’s post fight interview.
WARNING SALTY LANGUAGE
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake. You know that? So I’m gonna let you talk to Victor Ortiz, alright? I’m through! Put somebody else up here to give me an interview.
Merchant: What are you talking about?
Mayweather: You never give me a fair shake! HBO needs to fire you! You don’t know shit about boxing! You ain’t shit! You’re not shit!
Merchant: I wish I was 50 years younger and I’d kick your ass!
Mayweather: You won’t do shit!
END OF INTERVIEW
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By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
Boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather (42-0, 26 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) to claim the WBC crown in round four on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ortiz had a good round two, but Floyd was back in charge in the third. After an Ortiz attempt at an intentional headbutt in round four, Cortez broke the action and deducted a point from Ortiz. Cordoba called time back in and Ortiz went to Mayweather, embraced him and apologized, Mayweather then clocked Ortiz with two shots as he was stepping back and knocked him out. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Miguel Maravilla at ringside
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (38-0-1, 28 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over Alfonso Gomez (23-5-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Canelo knocked down the former “Contender” star with a jab late in round one, but Gomez was more embarrassed than hurt. Gomez held his own until round six when referee Wayne Hedgepeth suddenly stopped the fight after a Alvarez barrage. Gomez still had some fight in him. Time was 2:36. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Mexican ring legend Erik Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) made history by becoming the first Mexican fighter to claim world titles in four weight divisions. Morales scored a tenth round TKO over previously unbeaten late sub Pablo Cesar Cano (23-1-1, 18 KOs) to claim the vacant WBC super lightweight championship on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Morales broke open a see-saw battle and badly busted up Cano’s face late in the fight. Cano’s corner stopped the fight after the tenth. The 21-year-old WBC #12 Cano took the bout on short notice after Lucas Matthysse pulled out.
In a clash between promising super lightweight prospects, undefeated Jessie Vargas (17-0, 9 KOs) won a ten round split decision over Josesito Lopez (29-4, 17 KOs). Lopez was the aggressor, Vargas was busier and prevailed 95-94, 96-93 on two cards. Lopez was up 95-94 on the third card. Vargas was deducted a point for a low blow in round eight. (more…)
Photo: Phil Soto/Top Rank
Unbeaten WBO #2/WBA #9 lightweight Mercito ‘No Mercy’ Gesta (23-0-1, 12 KOs) pounded out a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over game Manny Perez (16-7-1, 3 KOs) on Saturday night at the BlueWater Resort & Casino in Parker, Arizona. Gesta stalked Perez but was never able to catch him clean. Perez tried to stay out of range with occasional flurries. Scores were 98-92, 98-92, 99-91.
Unbeaten super lightweight KO Arist Jose Benavidez (13-0, 12 KOs) destroyed Dedrick Bell (6-10, 4 KOs) in the first round. Benavidez floored Bell twice in the 89 second affair. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Photos: Paul Childs Livepic/Action Images
WBC #13, WBA #15 heavyweight Tyson Fury (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Nicolai “Stone Man” Firtha (20-9-1, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at historic King’s Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The 6’9 reigning British and Commonwealth titlist landed big shots from the get-go leaving Firtha’s face bloody after the first round. Fury dominated round two, as well. Firtha, however, rocked Fury in round three with an overhand right that had him hurt and desperately holding on. Fury got back on track in round four, landing good shots and getting a credit for a knockdown at the end of the round. Fury was in command again in round five and the bout suddenly, inexplicably waved off by referee John Keane even though Firtha was still very much in the fight. Time was 2:19. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
“You can’t hurt what you cant hit – this summarizes the chances of Ortiz in tonight fight against Floyd Mayweather Junior in MGM Grand,” former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis told Fightnews.com. “Speed nullifies power and Ortiz will realize very quickly what I’m talking about. On the other side, you never know when fighters are getting old. This is basically Ortiz’ only chance – to hope that Floyd will get old tonight. If not, Mayweather has a too much a big time experience, he’s to quick to be bothered by Ortiz power. It’s not Ortiz’ time yet.”
By Robert Coster
WBC featherweight “champion in recess” Elio “The Kid” Rojas (23-1, 14 KOs) returned to the ring after an absence of over 17 months, stepping up to the jr lightweight class and putting on a clinic by halting Mexican tough guy Arturo “Guerrero” Gomez (18-18-5, 8 KOs) in eight rounds in San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Gomez, a much better boxer than his 50-50 record would indicate, was popular with local fans, having fought three times before on the Caribbean island and given good account of himself. True to his warrior nickname, the Mexican visitor went on the attack as soon as the bell ring but found that Rojas was both elusive and terribly effective in countering his wild on-rushes. The smooth boxing Dominican side-stepped, ducked, jabbed and counter-punched beautifully, gradually wearing down his game opponent. By round seven, Gomez had very little left in the tank and Rojas, sensing blood, resolutely went on the attack in round eight, battering the outclassed Mexican until referee Ramon Valdez mercifully stopped the one-sided action. Said Rojas after the fight, “My long absence from the ring has not affected my skills and I think I proved it tonight. This was a message to the boxing world that Elio Rojas is back, hungry and better than ever.”
By Felipe Leon
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Promoting professional boxing since 1981, Bobby DePhilippis has become a staple in the San Diego sports scene as he has featured everything from world champions before they were like Terry Norris and Manuel Medina to top contenders such as Christopher Martin, Antonio DeMarco and Mercito Gesta to everything in between. Friday, September 16th, was no different as Bobby D. Presents along with Jorge Marron Productions and Barron Entertainment presented “Stars of Tomorrow” at the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of “America’s Finest City”. With the most rounds scheduled being merely six, the five bout fight card featured young and up coming prospects in what turned out a night of unprecedented results and drama full action enjoyed by a healthy sized crowd of local fight fans. For more details and photos click here….
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Hard punching Australian lightweight Lindsay Roberts who boxed from 1969 to 1985 has sadly passed away in Kempsey, New South Wales earlier this month. Roberts scored KO wins over Steve Hallcroft, Willie Leslie and Robert Namana but lost to Larry Valesini, Billy Moeler and future world IBF champion Lester Ellis. Roberts scored 15 wins with 13 by KO losing 24 with 1 draw. Lindsay will be sadly missed by family and friends and also the Australian boxing fraternity.
Golden Boy Promotions and The Great Promotions have teamed up to promote former jr. welterweight champ Devon Alexander “The Great.” Alexander will now campaign at 147 pounds, it was also announced at a press conference held this morning at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
“One hundred and forty-seven is where I’m taking over,” said Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs). “I hate losing and I love to be on top – and that’s where I’m going to be.”
Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer also announced that he would be approaching both HBO and Showtime with plans to stage a welterweight tournament with four to six elite fighters in the division, Alexander included. Possibilities to pit against Alexander include Amir Khan, Victor Ortiz, Marcos Maidana and Paulie Malignaggi, who was in attendance.
“If I fought Malignaggi, it would be a stepping stone,” said Alexander. “I’m at the top of my game right now.”
“Top of your game?” countered Malignaggi. “Last time I checked, neither one of us have a title – and you lost your last three fights.”
By Jeff Zimmerman
Friday night’s 4th Annual “Fight Night” at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, was postponed due to rain. “It’s better for everybody fighters, sponsors – the fighters would be slipping,” said event coordinator Lestor Bedford. “Its for the safety of the fighters….we tried to hold off as long as possible – 2 hours – but the rain was steady. In over 30 years in boxing and over 500 fights with several outside, I have nver had a fight cancelled due to rain. Because of the free general admission vouchers and past experience, we were expecting 6,000-7,000.
The CNS promoted card has been rescheduled for Friday, Oct 14. the same tickets that were purchased for this show can be used for Oct 14. Refunds willl be granted Monday at the QuikTrip Park Box Office.
By Francisco Salazar
After losing a close 10 round majority decision to Edgar Santana in April of 2008, junior welterweight contender Josesito Lopez was disillusioned and frustrated by the outcome of the fight. Lopez though he had done enough to win, especially after dropping Santana twice in the fight. Weeks away from the gym turned into months, with reports of Lopez ballooning up to 180 pounds. Lopez even dabbled in real estate, as boxing seemed to be the last thing on his mind. Lopez almost gave up the fight game, but instead, came back to the sport. He was not about to let a bad decision, in his opinion, get the best of him. Since that crossroads point in his personal life and his professional career, Lopez has won his last seven bouts in a row. A victory tonight against an unbeaten fighter will put Lopez in more lucrative fights in the future. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
As first reported by Fightnews.com, unbeaten Pablo Cesar Cano will face Erik Morales on Saturday night at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be on the televised undercard of the “Star Power” card, which will be headlined by Victor Ortiz defending his welterweight title belt against Floyd Mayweather. Cano, (22-0-1, 17 KO’s) from Tlalnepantla, Mexico, Mexico, took the fight with a week’s notice when Morales’ original opponent, Lucas Matthysse suffered an injury during training camp. Although he does not have the amount of experience in big fights like Morales does, Cano was not about to turn down an opportunity to fight for a world title belt. (more…)
In the main event of Solo Boxeo’s Telefutura card at the Texas Station Hotel in Las Vegas, former Michigan State football player Seth Mitchell remained undefeated by laying waste to the walking heavy bag known as Hector Ferreyro with a third round TKO . . . Click here for more
On Thursday night, a near capacity crowd gathered at the El Paso County Coliseum for “Independence Showdown” a Goossen-Tutor promotion in association with Promociones del Pueblo for a WBC featherweight title fight between champ Jhonny Gonzalez of Mexico City and Rogers Mtagwa of Tanzania.
On the eve of the day Mexico got their revenge against Spain, Gonzalez took it out against the African to the delight of the pro-Gonzalez crowd. Celebrating his 30th birthday, the champ gave himself and the Mexican people a present to remember . . . click here for more
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