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By Graham Houston
Put two excellent boxers in the ring against each other in a fight that either man can win and you have the ingredients for a highly competitive and compelling contest, which is what I am expecting when Abner Mares meets Joseph Agbeko in the final of the Showtime bantamweight tournament from Las Vegas on Saturday. Mares was a slight betting favourite prior to the bout’s original date of April 23. This time, Mares is something like -215 at the sportsbooks although I would make the odds much tighter.
Agbeko’s lively workouts show a full recovery from the sciatica problem that caused the bout to be postponed from the original April date, but Mares is looking very strong and has had the aura of a winner in the week of the fight, carrying himself with a quiet certitude.
Mares is seen as the rising star, a popular, talented Mexican-born boxer from southern California who showed heart and staying power in his last two fights, the gruelling draw with Yonnhy Perez (a bout that Mares seemed clearly to win) and his split decision victory over Vic Darchinyan. Mares, 25, is the younger fighter with the fresher look. (more…)
Former two-time lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (28-4, 23 KOs) scored a third round KO over Michael Lozada (38-9-1, 30 KOs) in a jr welterweight bout on Saturday at the Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia. In his first bout on Australian soil in five years Katsidis finished the show with a barrage of body punches. Time was 2:18. Katsidis now plans to campaign in the 140lb division.
In a huge upset on the undercard, journeyman featherweight Jack Asis (24-18-4, 13 KOs) scored a stunning second round TKO over highly regarded former world title challenger Nestor Rocha (23-3, 8 KOs). Rocha entered the fight rated at IBF #15 in the bantamweight division.
Photos: Dave Cameron
Heavyweight Monte Barrett (35-9-2, 20 KOs) outboxed WBO #3 rated David Tua (52-4-2, 43 KOs) over twelve rounds to win a unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Telstra Clear Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Tua knocked down Barrett in round twelve, but Barrett survived until the final bell and won by scores of 114-113, 115-112, 115-112. Barrett and Tua had previously fought to a surprising draw in July 2010 and this was to be Tua’s revenge rematch, however instead it turned out to be the 40-year-old Barrett’s first win in over three years and the 38-year-old Tua is left to ponder whether or not to continue his career. Click here for more photos…
Preview by Anthony Springer, Jr.
Dan Hardy is looking for a fight.
After three straight defeats—typically a death knell for a fighter—Hardy may have found the battle he’s looking for in Chris Lytle. The two will lock horns in the main event of UFC on Versus Aug. 14.
And like Hardy, Lytle is looking for a fight. (more…)
By Brian Grammer
Photos: Craig Walker
Former IBF welterweight world champion, Kermit “The Killer” Cintron, got back on the winning side of the ledger for the first time in three fights, defeating Antwone “The Truth” Smith in an entertaining 10 round decision contest. Rumble Time Promotions and DiBella Entertainment worked with matchmaker Derrick Spicer to put together a evenly contested night of boxing at the beautiful Ameristar Casino Resort and Spa in St. Charles, Mo. Cintron, now fighting as a junior middleweight, used his ring savvy and superior hand speed to beat Smith to the punch, round after round in this ESPN Friday NIght Fights main event. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sanchez Narvaez (January 26, 1959 – August 12, 1982) was born in Santiago Tianguistenco, Mexico. In February 1980, he won the WBC featherweight title with a thirteenth round KO over Danny Lopez and successfully defended the belt nine times. His defense against Wilfredo Gomez was the the most memorable. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After weighing 118.4 pounds on his first try and then, immediately thereafter, 118.2 (fully stripped with Ghanaian flag in front of him), Joseph King Kong Agbeko returned to the digital scale (with shirt on) approximately 45 minutes later and made 118 for his IBF title defense tomorrow/Saturday, Aug. 13, against undefeated Abner Mares in The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All live on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). For more details and photos click here…
WBCBoxing.tv will present a championship boxing webcast, free of charge, tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from Deportivo Tlalli in Tlalnepantla, Mexico, – Salvador Sanchez “Sal II,” 24-4-3 with 13 knockouts, of Tianguistenco, Mexico, will fight Adan “Palillo” Garcia, 15-4-1 with 11 knockouts, of Guasave, Sinaloa, for the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight title. (more…)
By Miguel Maravilla
Photo: Gene Blevins, Hoganphotos/Golden Boy
Carlos Molina (14-0, 7 KOs) is ready to return to the ring tonight on the non-televised undercard of the SHOWTIME Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All grand finale featuring IBF champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko battling WBC Silver champion Abner Mares from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The undefeated junior welterweight has a great style with excellent hand speed and power that makes him a crowd-pleasing fighter. (more…)
From the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, televised on Showtime: Guam native Joe Duarte counterpunched his way to a unanimous decision win over Jorge Gurgel in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers 18. Gurgel was the busier of the two in round one, and might’ve forced the action through the fight, but it was Duarte’s takedown defense, counterpunching and cleaner shots that earned him the win. Scorecards read 30-37 and 29-28 twice. (more…)
By Boxing Bob Newman and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Joey Eye Boxing and David Feldman presented “Round 4” tonight at Harrah’s Casino in Chester, PA. In the main event, Philly fan favorite Victor Vasquez eked out a hard fought eight round decision over Angel Rios, of Bronx, NY to pick up the B.A.M. (Boxing Association of Machismo) lightweight title in the process. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Dream Team Boxing Promotions staged arguably the most compelling night of boxing from the Seminole Hard Rock tonight in front of inarguably the largest and loudest local crowd in memory.
Welterweight contender Ed “The Lion” Paredes (27-3-1, 17 KOs) made good on his promise to stop Juliano Ramos (16-5, 13 KOs) in his 10-round main event-although it took him twice as long as predicted. Scoring a wicked straight right counter after Ramos whiffed with his own, Paredes sent the feisty Brazilian puncher to the canvas at 2:17 of the eighth round. Ramos bravely tried to rise on spaghetti legs but couldn’t keep his balance as referee Telis Assimenios halted the action. The Hollywood-hometown Paredes picks up the vacant WBO Latino belt with the dominating victory, seeking his first world title shot in the talent-rich division. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a good action fight, veteran junior middleweight Antonio “Toño” Diaz (46-6-1, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round stoppage of Ernesto “Baby” Zepeda (39-15-4, 32 KOs) before 2,000+ on Friday night at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Diaz steadily punished the game Zepeda, who did not come out for round nine. The bout was Diaz’ 17th at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino and his first since a 2001. He is now 17-0 at the venue.
“This is it for me,” Diaz said after the fight. “I can’t do this anymore. I had a great career that last almost 20 years. I appreciate the fans supporting me.” For more details and photos click here…
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Former IBF welterweight champion Kermit Cintron (33-4-1, 28 KOs) ended a two-fight losing streak by outpointing Antwone Smith (20-3-1, 12 KOs) over ten rounds in a jr middleweight clash on Friday night at the Ameristar Casino, Saint Charles, Missouri. In a tactical fight, Cintron’s workrate made the difference in a 98-92, 97-93, 96-94 unanimous decision.
WBC #13 lightweight Dannie Williams (19-1, 15 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round KO over Antonio Cervantes (16-6-5, 11 KOs). Williams dropped Cervantes with a left hook in round one and then leveled him with a right hand in round four to end it. Time was 1:05.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Keandre Gibson (4-0-1, 2 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Lawrence Hughes (4-1, 3 KOs). Gibson knocked down Hughes in rounds two and three, en route to a 59-53, 60-52, 60-51 verdict.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
At today’s weigh-in in Acapulco, WBA interim minimumweight champion Juan Palacios was unable to make the 105lb division limit, so if he defeats Armando Torres the WBA title would remain vacant. Meanwhile, Torres, who had no problems on the scale by checking in at 104.7 will be declared the new WBA champion with a victory. (more…)
Former WBA flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (23-2, 18 KOs) needed just 76 seconds to annihilate former WBO interim 105lb titlist Manuel “Chango” Vargas (30-9-1, 15 KOs) early Friday morning at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City. A big right hand finished Vargas. It was Concepcion’s first fight since losing his title Hernan “Tyson” Marquez in April.
Photos by Chris Cozzone: All the shots from today’s weigh-in at the Hard Rock, featuring Abner Mares and Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko . . . Click here for slideshow
Photos: Christopher Toney Sr./Top Rank
Teon Kennedy 121.5 vs. Alejandro Lopez 121.5
(NABA Super Bantamweight Title fight)
Karl Dargan 134.5 vs. Juan Suazo 134
Romaro Johnson 164 vs. Derrick Webster 164.5
James Owens 122.5 vs. Camilo Perez 123.5
Yordenis Ugas 144.5 vs. Fernando Rodriguez 145
Elvin Sanchez 196 vs. Pedro Martinez 200
Venue: Bally’s Atlantic City
Promoter: Peltz Boxing
TV: Top Rank Live/Fox Sports Net at 9PM
First fight 7PM, tickets $50, $75
Click here for more photos…
From the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s “The Bantamweight Tournament Final: Winner Takes All,” televised on Showtime and promoted by Don King & Golden Boy:
Joseph Agbeko 118.2 vs. Abner Mares 117.5*
* Agbeko was .2 over and is expected to make weight on second attempt.
Eric Morel 118 vs. Daniel Quevedo 117.5*
* Morel was .5 over at first.
Eric Molina 229 vs. Warren Browning 222
Angelo Santana 139 vs. Ramzan Adaev 148*
* Adaev is a last-minute sub and is six pounds over.
Carlos Molina 143 vs. Juan Manuel Montiel 137
Stay tuned for photos.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Salvador Sanchez II 126 vs Adam Garcia 126
(WBC Cabofe featherweight title)
Ibeth Zamora 108 vs Yackzury Gordon (Panama) 108
(WBC Youth light flyweight world title)
In an emotional weigh-in at the Plaza Santiago Tianguistengo where a statue of the late Mexican boxing legend Salvador Sanchez is located, fighters for the card billed as “Orgullo Mexiquense” tipped the scale for Saturday’s Boxeo de Gala event. Click for more photos
WBC welterweight world champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will spend day-off from training by holding a special autograph signing for fans in Baldwin Park, California, as he helps kick-off a four-week promotion leading up to his mega-fight against Floyd “Money” Mayweather on September 17. Ortiz will be on hand Sunday from 12:30PM to 2PM at the Baldwin Park Food 4 Less (3000 Baldwin Park Blvd, between the 10 FWY and Francisquito Ave).
Former world champion and current top super middleweight contender Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) has rejected an offer from the promoters of IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute. While not disclosing the exact offer, Team Johnson states it is “significantly more than a million dollars less than the $1.35 million offer made to first potential opponent, Kelly Pavlik.” Johnson believes the Bute camp is not serious about fighting him. “I believe that they’re low-balling me very badly, mainly because they don’t want the fight to happen. So, a way to get out is to try to low-ball where they think we won’t accept it, instead of saying ‘we don’t want to fight Glen Johnson.’ I’ve been around long enough to know when somebody’s serious about an offer and I believe the fighter himself wants to compete but the promoter is afraid of stepping him up a level. They want to keep him safe. They don’t have the confidence in him they should have. He’s a good fighter. He should have a great fight and maybe he wins and maybe he loses, but he’s ready for that fight.”
Part of the problem, says Johnson, is that Bute’s team remembers how it went when the two sparred in training previously. “Bute knows the competition coming his way. I know he can compete well and he knows I can. We know each other and both of us know it’s not an easy fight. I think the promoter has to have a little more courage with their fighter. Don’t try to keep me from accepting by low-balling me.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Both WBA minimuweight interim world champion Juan Palacios and challenger Armando Torres declared themselves ready at the final presser for their clash Saturday at the Convention Center in Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, organized by Promociones del Pueblo. In the co-feature, featherweight Miguel “Mickey” Román meets ‘Marvin’ Rodriguez for the WBC Fecombox. Also Rodgers Mtagwa meets Pedro “Vaquero” Navarrete.
A full house is expected at the Convention Center. (more…)
German heavyweight prospect Erkan Teper (6-0, 4 KOs) is currently in training camp with WBC Silver welterweight champion Selcuk Aydin in Hamburg to get in shape for his next fights. Promoter Ahmet Oner will take his “rough diamond“ to the USA for two more fights in August and September: “Erkan will fight on August 26th in Kissimmee, Florida. If he wins that bout and doesn’t get injured we will do another fight in September.” Oner wants his fighter to stay as busy as possible – and Erkan himself likes the idea of taking the fast track to the top. “I have no problems fighting every three or four weeks”, states Teper. “As an amateur I fought every weekend plus four or five times in one week at the big tournaments. Of course, professional boxing is a completely different thing and you can’t compare the efforts to the amateurs. Still I want to make as many fights as possible to gain experience. Fighting is something you only learn when you’re actually doing it.”
New main event for Roy Englebrecht Promotions’ Fight Club OC show this coming Thursday, August 18th in The Hangar at the OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa, California. “Received a call yesterday morning that undefeated 9-0 heavyweight Lionel Davis has pulled out of the bout with Andre Carthron, deciding he didn’t want to fight Carthron, in what would have been an excellent match up,” promoter Roy Englebracht informed Fightnews. Matchmaker Whit Haydon immediately went to work and Thursday afternoon lined up a six rounder that will feature Ukraine prospect David Tabatadze (7-1, 1 KO) now training in Southern California facing always tough Lester Gonzalez (12-4-2, 6 KOs) out of San Diego. The matchup will be fought at 163 pounds.
Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko has one thing on his mind when he faces undefeated Abner Mares in the finals of Showtime’s bantamweight tournament – to kill Mares dreams.
It might sound worse than what it is but the Ghana born fighter, who carries the torch of great Ghanaian fighters like Azumah Nelson and Ike Quartey, has no interest in seeing Abner Mares’ dreams of being the bantamweight champion come to fruition. Especially if the Mexican’s dreams get in the way of his own. . . . click here for full story
Ben Henderson has been down the road to a title shot before. It feels like yesterday, yet it was 32 months ago, when a lanky 5-foot-9, 25-year-old from Glendale, Ariz., with long, flowing hair that when put in a bun is called “Benson Bunnies” by his MMA Lab teammates, debuted in the WEC with a 42-second guillotine choke submission of Anthony Njokuani .. . . Click here for more by Jon Lane, UFC.com
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Despite the fact that two of the arguably best bantamweights declined to enter, Showtime’s bantamweight tournament has featured some great fights and will conclude on Saturday with an exceptional matchup between undefeated Abner Mares and the tough as nails Joseph Agbeko. If you had any complaints before the tournament started due to a lack of star power, the finale will likely silence all of the haters as a new star in the bantamweight division will be born . . . click here for full story
Former heavyweight contender Scott LeDoux has passed away at the age of 62 after a long battle with ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease. LeDoux fought a who’s who of his era’s top heavyweights including George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Leon Spinks, Ken Norton, Ron Lyle, Mike Weaver and Greg Page among others and was later a popular commentator for ESPN and the head of the Minnesota Boxing Commission. The Fightnews.com staff sends our condolences to the LeDoux family.
WBC #2 super welterweight Alfredo “El Perro” Angulo (19-1, 16 KOs) is finally ready to come off the shelf after over a year of inactivity. After reaching a settlement with his prior promoter Gary Shaw Productions, Angulo has now signed with Golden Boy Promotions. “I believe Golden Boy Promotions is the right company to further my career and achieve my goals in boxing,” said Angulo. “I can’t wait to become Golden Boy’s next world champion.” A date and opponent for Angulo’s Golden Boy debut will be announced shortly, but he will fight a tune-up fight next Saturday in Mexicali, Mexico.
By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Former two-division world champion Ivan Calderon is dropping weight slowly and says that on October 28 he expects to regain the WBO 105lb title against reigning monarch Raul Garcia in a bout that will take place during the WBO Convention in Puerto Rico. “I’m working now to easily reach that weight,” said Calderon. “And I am training to fight Garcia or anyone in that division. We’ll show that I still have.” Calderon, 34-2-1 and only six knockouts, said the rest after his second loss to Giovanni Segura has suited him both physically, as well as for motivation. “I still feel like the world champion in Puerto Rico that took the 105 and 108 titles. Last week I was at 127, now I’m at 122.5 and at the end of the month will be on 118 and in the remaining two months I’ll safely arrive at 105 pounds.”
After spending four years in the USA, Michael Katsidis “The Great” will return to fight in Australia against Mexican Michael Lozada at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday. Katsidis, the two time lightweight world champion, will move up to junior welterweight for this bout in preparation for a potential fight with Mexican superstar and multiple world title winner Erik Morales later in the year.
Michael Katsidis 140 vs. Michael Lozada 140
Nestor Rocha 126 vs. Jack Asis 125.25
Jarrod Fletcher 160 vs. Arnel Tinampay: 156
Israel Kani 170.25 vs. Chris Fox 174.5
Knox Mohenoa 207 vs. Brett Peters 204
Ron Bradford 183.5 vs. James Chan 183.5
Braydon Smith 125.25 vs. David Smith 121.75
Mick Shaw 136.25 vs. Brett Smith 137.5
Venue: Gold Coast Convention Centre, Broadbeach, QLD, Australia
Promoter: Brendon Smith
Al Bernstein of SHOWTIME Sports reports from Las Vegas where Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares are prepared to crucial final match of The Bantamweight Tournament. Live on SHOWTIME Saturday August 13th at 10pm ET/PT.
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like the proposed Jhonny Gonzalez world title defense against Roinet Caballero will not take place at the Convention Center in Ontario, CA as originally planned, promoter Dan Goossen told Fightnews.com on Thursday afternoon. The fight will still occur on September 15th, but will instead take place at the County Coliseum in El Paso, TX. Heavyweight contender Chris Arreola was also scheduled to fight on the card in Ontario, which is near his hometown of Riverside. However, according to Goossen, he is no longer fighting on that date. “We are looking to bring Chris back later this year and attempt to have him fight for a world title in 2012,” said the head of Goossen Tutor Promotions. ESPN Deportes is rumored to televise the fight.
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