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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the Resorts Casino and Hotel, USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13KOs) will look to continue his rise to the top of the junior middleweight division when he squares off against the rugged Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (24-8-2, 9KOs) in the ten round main event of the evening.
Ennis recently defended the USBA title the USBA title with a scintillating twelve round majority decision victory over fellow Philadelphian “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KOs). The win catapulted Ennis to number nine in the IBF ratings and things were looking up for the USBA champ and rising junior middleweight sensation. Ennis was ready to face the top brass of the junior middleweight division. However things are not always as it may seem as fights against top opponents have fallen out during negotiations. (more…)
By Jose Santiago
Last Friday night during the Georgia Boxing Championship card in Atlanta GA, promoters Greg Barckhoff of Sportsfan Properties along with Shea Bailey of Shea Bailey Promotions honored ring announcer Henry “Discombobulating” Jones with a lifetime achievement award. Jones is often seen across the country at different fight cards announcing. He as been seen on USA Tuesday Night Fights, ESPN and HBO over the past 21 years. He was the first ring announcer at Radio City Music Hall, has announced in Madison Square Garden, Trump Taj Mahal, Constitution Hall, Philly’s Blue Horizon, and other famous venues. He has received Mayoral Proclamations from Washington DC, Maryland, and NY for being the “first prominent African-American Ring Announcer in history. He was recently inducted into the Washington DC Boxing Hall of Fame, the only ring announcer ever to be so honored. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Jose Antonio “Jaguar” Aguirre has decide to hang up the gloves after his ninth round TKO loss to countryman and WBC light flyweight Champion Gilberto Keb Baas on Saturday. The 35-year-old Aguirre closes the curtain on a 16-year career that saw him fight some of the best boxers in the strawweight and light-flyweight class. Aguirre’s best success was in the strawweight division, where he reigned as WBC 105lb champion for over three years from 2000-2003 and defended his title nine times. During his golden years, Aguirre racked up a 31-1-1 record. He was less successful as a light-flyweight, losing title bids for the WBA, IBF and WBC crowns. Jose Antonio Aguirre retires with a final tally of 35-10-1 with 21 KOs.
In the history of professional boxing there has never been a division as much dominated by German fighters as the middleweight division right now. With Felix Sturm (WBA), Sebastian Sylvester (IBF) and Sebastian Zbik (WBC) there are three reigning world middleweight champions from Germany, and a fourth man is only waiting for his chance to get a shot at a title: IBF intercontinental champion Benjamin Simon will face Australia’s “King” Sam Soliman on April 1st in Berlin in an IBF Elimination fight for the #2 spot and a possible shot against Sylvester. “My goal is very simple: I want to fight for a world title this year and I want to become world champion,” states Simon. (more…)
Earlier today, Golden Boy Promotions Boxers Randy Caballero and Vicente Escobedo showed the media they are ready for Friday’s showdown against separate opponents at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino. Both fighters train with the Diaz brothers at the Indio Boys & Girls Club gym. Speaking to broadcast television affiliates and to newspaper writers, main event contender Vicente Escobedo said, “This feels really good, to be in the main event. I’m ready and I hope my opponent is ready.” He’s fighting Walter Estrada of Columbia in a 10-round lightweight bout.” For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (54-7-2, 32 KOs) left Monday for Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico where he will face Fidel Monterrosa (25-2, 19 KOs) in a non-title ten-rounder at the Palenque Tepic. Soto is accompanied by trainers Romulo Quirarte and Romulo Quirarte Jr., Dr. Roman Cruz and manager Antonio Lozada. Soto has promised a great performance and overwhelming win. “I know he will enter the ring better prepared than last time because he wants his revenge, he wants to beat the world champion and I have to keep winning because there are some very important fights coming in my career,” said Soto.
Also on the card is super flyweight Juan Alberto “Topo” Rosas (32-6, 26 KOs) in his first fight since losing the title to Cristian Mijares last December. Rosas meets experienced former world title challenger Everardo “Zihua” Morales (34-15-2, 23 KOs).
Both fights are rematches with Soto and Rosas both winning the first fights by decision.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® is proud to confirm the remaining bouts for its first-ever event in Louisville, Ky. on Thursday, March 3. The fastest growing sports organization in the world heads to the KFC Yum! Center with a loaded card featuring explosive bouts between top UFC® contenders. (more…)
Story by Felipe Leon
With all of his 20 years and with less than a week’s worth until his first title opportunity, many might say life is pretty sweet for Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. For many of his detractors, the fact that the undefeated Alvarez (35-0-1, 26 KOs) will be fighting for the vacant WBC super welterweight title versus Matthew Hatton (41-4-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday, March 5th, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA, comes to soon and much easily but for Alvarez, it is right on time . . . Click here for more
People’s Champ Boxing (PCB) has announced the signing of featherweight Cornelius Lock (19-6-1, 12 KOs) to an exclusive promotional contract. Mike Leanardi, CEO of PCB had this to say when announcing the deal; “I am very excited to welcome Cornelius Lock to People’s Champ Boxing. Corn is truly a world-class fighter who has an electric style and is a great addition to our team.” Lock is currently ranked #11 at featherweight by the IBF. Lock joins Sande Otieno, Jermaine “Hawk” White and Jimmy “The Fightin’ School Teacher” Holmes in the PCB stable. Lock’s next bout will be announced in the near future.
Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz has announced undefeated WBO female jr middleweight champion Hanna Gabriel will defend against Melisenda Perez in a rematch on March 31 at the new Costa Rica National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica. In the co-feature, female super bantamweights Melinda Cooper and Ada Velez meet for the IBF female title. Also, female featherweight Dahiana Santana faces Stacey Reile.
The card will be a major event celebrating the opening of the new Costa Rica National Stadium, which is a gift from the Chinese government to the people of Costa Rica. The President of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla will be in attendance as well as other government dignitaries. In addition, the festival will host a soccer match featuring Argentina vs. the Costa Rica national team.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® and VERSUS announced today that the UFC® event airing this Thursday, March 3, will be broadcast in 3D for the first-time ever. The highly-anticipated card, which is headlined by a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, emanates from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. and will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. (more…)
By Pasi Taavitsainen
Super middleweight contender Amin Asikainen prepares for Friday’s European title clash against Piotr Wilczewski. Thebout takes place at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland.
Photos: Carlos Delagado – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Mexican boxing phenom and top rated contender Saul “Canelo” Alvarez made a personal appearance/autograph session on Sunday at the Anaheim Marketplace in advance of next Saturday’s fight against Matthew Hatton for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title at Honda Center in Anaheim. More photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
New WBA lightweight champion Brandon Rios could face ring legend Marco Antonio Barrera in his first defense. Rios’ next opponent will be decided by manager Cameron Dunkin and trainer Robert Garcia, but the match is expected to be against a good name. Before any defense takes place, however, Rios has to recover from a fractured right hand suffered in his thrilling win over reigning titlist Miguel Acosta.
By Felipe Leon
Undefeated world ranked and FECARBOX champion David “Morita” De La Mora (22-0, 15KOs) finished off the intense phase of his training camp last Friday for his, Saturday, March 5th bout slated for Rosarito, MX. De La Mora will face a tough test in experienced journeyman Victor “Pantera” Rodriguez (22-19, 11KOs) in a scheduled ten round bantamweight contest. (more…)
Photos and report by Rocco Morales
In main event action, an eight round junior welterweight contest, once defeated Aris Ambriz put on a beautiful boxing display to wear down the slightly favored Hector “Teco” Serrano. By unanimous decision victory 79-73, 79-73, 77-75, Ambriz improves to (15-1-1, 8 KOs) while Serrano drops to (13-2, 5 KOs). Although there were no knockdowns, Serrano was a bloody mess for the majority of the fight and Ambriz was moments away from stopping him when the fight ended. For more details and photos click here…
Photos and report by Jesse Kelley
“Golden” Caleb Truax (17-0-1, 10 KOs) of Osseo, MN remained undefeated Saturday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN with a hard fought majority decision win over Phil “The Drill” Williams (11-4-1, 10 KOs) of Minneapolis, MN. Truax and Williams battled to a 10 round draw on April 23rd of last year. Both fighters fought cautiously for the better part of the first meeting and after three rounds Saturday night, it seemed fans were in for another cautious chess match. For more details and photos click here…
Looks like the clash between WBO light heavyweight champion Jürgen Brähmer and interim champ Nathan Cleverly set for April 2 in London could be postponed for undisclosed reasons according to figosport.de. The new date is said to be May 21. The possibility exists that Cleverly might still fight on April 2 with former cruiserweight Enzo Maccarinelli, who would move to light heavyweight, being mentioned.
Postfight report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
There stood Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios in his locker room, surrounded by friends, family, cameras and journalists after his exciting 10th round TKO victory over Miguel Acosta to claim the WBA lightweight title at The Palms in Las Vegas . . . Click here for more
Photo: Chris Cozzone/Top Rank
WBA super welterweight champion Miguel Cotto arrived Sunday at McCarron Airport in Las Vegas on American Airlines from Fort Lauderdale via Dallas. He spoke to a horde of fans awaiting his arrival, posed for pictures, and signed autographs before heading to the MGM Grand. On Saturday March 12, Cotto will defend his title against Ricardo Mayorga on SHOWTIME Pay Per View at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk and Legacy Boxing
On April 2 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, undefeated #1 rated cruiserweight Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs) will challenge WBC titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO). “There is only reason Włodarczyk is fighting me – I’m a mandatory challenger, he just has no other choice” – said Palacios. “I’m getting better every minute of my training and will be unstoppable in the ring. Whatever he will try to do, he cannot be prepared for what I will bring – speed, power, agility, you name it, I have it. My training camp is going great and I’m ready to bring a cruiserweight title to Puerto Rico. I want to be as great as our boxing hero Carlos DeLeon.”
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night before a packed house in the Grand Ballroom at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, rising junior middleweight contender “King” Gabriel Rosado (16-5, 9KO’s) captured the interim NABA junior middleweight title with a hard fought twelfth round stoppage of fellow Philadelphian Jamaal “Da Truth” Davis (12-8, 6KO’s). Also on the seven bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ronald Cruz (11-0, 8KO’s) continued to impress with a third round stoppage of Dillet Frederick (7-4-3, 4KO’s). For more details and photos click here…
Fightnews.com is sad to report the passing of Greg Goossen, 65, a former major league baseball player and member of the boxing Goossen family. After his baseball days ended, Greg worked in boxing with his brothers Joe and Dan Goossen and was involved with the careers of former world champions Michael Nunn and the Ruelas brothers among others. Greg was scheduled to be inducted into the Notre Dame High School Hall of Fame on Saturday night. When he did not arrive for a photo session, a family member went to his nearby home and found him. A cause of death has yet to be determined. FightNews offers our condolences to the Goossen family.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
They say styles make fights, and no two styles meshed better on Saturday night than Brandon Rios’ full steam ahead, take no prisoners style Vs. Miguel Acosta’s constant movement, sharpshooting technique. Unfortunately, one of them wouldn’t reign supreme. At The Pearl inside of The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV, Brandon Rios (27-0-1, 20 KOs) weathered an early boxing clinic to walk down Miguel Acosta (28-4-2) and score an emphatic 10th round TKO victory to claim the WBA lightweight title and, more importantly, climb the ladder in the 135 lbs division.
But it certainly wasn’t an easy fight . . . Click here for more
Dee Lee Promotions has announced the opponents for the March 4 card in Atlantic City where ‘The Next Generation’ of fighters from the Foreman, Tiberi, and Seldon boxing families will be showcased, along with the ten-round main event featuring USBA junior middleweight champion Derek “Pooh” Ennis (22-2-1, 13 KOs) against Giorbis Barthelemy (24-8-2, 9 KOs).
A featured fight of the evening pits George “Monk” Foreman (10-0, 9 KOs), the son of former heavyweight champion Big George Foreman and a rising young heavyweight against Wayne Hampton (5-5, 3 KOs). Joey Tiberi (2-1, 2 KOs), a promising featherweight and a proud member of the fighting Tiberi clan will battle Shawn Hudson (1-5, 1 KO). Super middleweight son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, Isiah Seldon (3-0, 1 KO) will step in the ring against Kenneth Moody. (more…)
Fitch and Penn go toe-to-toe, neither man emerges victorious
For the second time in as many months, a UFC main event ended with no winner and lots of discussion.
Perennial 170-pound title contender Jon Fitch and former two-division champion BJ Penn went at each other for 15-minutes—and both came up on the short end of the stick. Like Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard on New Year’s Day, the bout ended in a majority draw . . . Click here for more
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By Robert Coster
On a card dubbed “the Night of Prospects “, Jean Carlos Prada (18-0-1, 12 KOs) of Venezuela won the WBA Jr middleweight Bolivarian Federation (Fedebol) title with a fourth round technical decision over Dominican Jose Vidal Soto (23-7-1, 12 KOs) in the city of San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Prada dominated the first two rounds but Soto, urged on by the partisan crowd, started making a fight of it in the third round. Unfortunately, just as the bout was getting interesting, a clash of heads provoked a deep gash on Prada’s right eye, forcing the stoppage of the fight and resorting to the scorecards to declare a winner. (more…)
Rios-Acosta photos by: Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
DeMarco-Sanchez photos by: Rich Hundley / SHOWTIME
Note: Saturday night’s lightweight twinbill will replay on Tuesday, March 1, at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on SHO Extreme and be available On Demand beginning March 1 through March 14.
In an all action fight, Brandon Rios captured the WBA lightweight championship from Miguel Acosta via tenth round knockout in the first night of a stacked 2011 lineup for SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® and SHOWTIME PPV®. In the evening’s co-feature, Antonio DeMarco won a unanimous decision over Reyes Sanchez to become WBC mandatory challenger.
“A star was born tonight,” said Hall of Fame Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as Rios (27-0-1, 19 KOs) thrilled the crowd with an action-packed performance and 10th round knockout victory over Acosta at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. (more…)
Promoter Ricky Hatton says he’ll support Stephen Foster Jr in whatever decision he makes on his future, following a shock European super-featherweight title defeat on Saturday night. Foster was floored five times by mandatory contender Ermano Fegatillo before losing on points in front of a sell-out 2000 crowd at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium. Hatton said: “Steve can go away on holiday to Jamaica, gets his thoughts together and he will come to the right decision on where he goes from here. Whatever he decides, I and everybody at Hatton Promotions will support Steve. The Foster family have been close to me for a number of years and always will be.”
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Jon Fitch and BJ Penn battled for 15 minutes for a shot at UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre. Both men came up short as the bout was declared a majority draw. Two judges scored the bout 28-28 while the last scored it for Fitch, 29-28.
Don’t make “The Count” angry. After a war of words, Michael Bisping defeated Jorge Rivera via strikes in the second round of their co-main event affair. Rivera taunted Bisping in the run up to the bout and the Ultimate Fighter winner vowed to send the brawler back to the undercards after the match. Bisping finished off Rivera with punches 1:54 into the frame. The win continues Bisping’s march for a meeting with Anderson Silva. (more…)
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