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Two-division world champion Omar Narvaez (35-0-2, 19 KOs) was interviewed last night on the TyC Sports boxing telecast featuring the WBA-mandated world featherweight championship rematch between Celestino Caballero and Jonathan Victor Barros. Narvaez spoke briefly about his upcoming challenge of WBC/WBO bantamweight champion Nonito Donaire on October 22nd at MSG’s WaMu Theater in New York City. Although Narvaez is boxing’s longest reigning world champion having held titles at 112 or 115 since 2002 and he made 16 defenses of his WBO flyweight title alone, he is given little chance to win by most pundits, but that doesn’t bother Narvaez at all.
“I know that I am the underdog for this fight. These are the kind of fights that I want to be in because this will bring out the best in me. It would have been nice if we could have fought when we both were world champions at 112 pounds but that is not the case. Everyone is going to find out that I too am fast and strong, as well. I’m going to surprise a lot of people October 22nd. I’m coming to bring those titles back to Argentina,” promised Narvaez as the large crowd at Luna Park Stadium erupted in a roar of support.
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (33-1, 24 KOs) will defend his title for the eighth time in Ludwigsburg, Germany next Saturday when he is challenged by 6’6 Argentinian southpaw Rogelio Rossi (17-2-1, 11 KOs). “I have done sparring with a lot of tall guys,” said Huck. “I don’t care what size Rossi is. He will go down. I enter the ring to win and to please my fans. And they can again expect an explosive performance….I will give everything from the first second onwards and it will be an exciting clash.”
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat
Elongated southpaw and top contender Yuji Wauke (15-3-1, 7 KOs), 140, captured the Japanese super-light belt as he badly dropped defending titlist Shinya Nagase (19-4-2, 9 KOs), 139.75, with a southpaw right hook in the opening session, steadily piled up points with accurate combinations and pounded out a unanimous decision (97-93, 98-93 and 99-92) over ten fast rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. The early knockdown might deprive the champ of his rhythm and reflexes in later rounds, and it became a nearly lopsided affair although Nagase kept swinging more punches—without precision—than the counterpuncher. Wauke completely dominated the second half to confirm his coronation. Having entered Watanabe Gym at the age of seventeen, it took thirteen years for Wauke to acquire the national belt by displaying his career-best performance. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan
Two-time WBA title challenger Prawet Singwancha (44-3-2, 26 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over JBC #7 Kosuke Iwashita (13-11-2, 7 KOs) to retain his WBC international 140lb title on Friday at Pattavikorn Market in Bangkok, Thailand. Although it seemed not an easy job for WBC #4 ranked Prawet as Japanese Iwashita displayed his fighting spirit during a twelve-round “heat battle,” the experienced Thai fighter still controlled the show and he completely dominated in every round with his more accurate punches, especially with his vicious bodyshots. All scorecards were 120-108 for the local fighter.
In other action, WBO #1 122-pounder and two-time WBO title challenger Sod Looknongyangtoy (53-2-1, 21 KOs) won all six rounds in a 60-54 unanimous decision over Indonesian Hendry Barongsay (reportedly 11-15-3).
WBA #2 minimim Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (44-6-2,19 KOs) stopped Rino Ukru (reportedly 13-11) at 1:00 of round three. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Abraham “Chamaco” Lopez (16-0, 11KO) stayed perfect with a punishing fifth round knockout, in a scheduled eight round featherweight bout, over relic and one time WBO bantamweight title challenger, Gerardo “Locomotora” Espinoza (28-12, 26KO) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. Espinoza, fighting for the first time in five years, started his career with an impressive 20-1 record but towards the end of his first incarnation as a fighter served as a stepping stone for up and coming fighters. Resuming the role as stepping stone for Lopez, Espinoza was respectable enough but the speed of the 24-year-old Lopez proved to be too much for the just 31-year-old, but battle worn, Espinoza to handle. Lopez had Espinoza on the canvas towards the end of the second round, courtesy of a couple hard left hooks but Lopez was able to rise at the count of eight and then survive the round. Lopez finally wore Espinoza down with body shots and it was a perfect left hook to the liver that ended the bout as the referee counted out Espinoza at 0:43 of the fifth round. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Promociones Miguel Cotto
Lightweight prospect Michael “The Artist” Perez (15-0-1, 9 KOs) used a vicious body attack to chop down Tyrone Harris (24-9, 16 KOs) in round two on Friday night at the Coliseo Rafael G. Amalbert in Juncos, Puerto Rico. Perez dropped Harris three times in round two with body shots and the bout was waved off shortly after. Time was 2:28.
Undefeated WBO #9 rated super bantamweight Jayson Velez (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Jonathan Arias (16-6, 9 KOs). Velez dropped Arias in rounds three and five and the bout was waved off after the second knockdown. Time was :23. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Featherweight Orlando “El Fenomeno” Cruz (17-2-1, 8 KOs) impressively annihilated previously unbeaten Michael “Lil Warrior” Franco (19-1, 12 KOs) on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Cruz landed left/right combination to the jaw that left Franco laid out face down at 2:59 of the first round.
Unbeaten jr featherweight Hairon “El Maja” Socarras (4-0-1, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time in a controversial four round draw against Lamar Charlton (1-2-1, 1 KO). Charlton was incorrectly credited with a knockdown of Socarras in round four, which made the scores 38-37 Charlton, 38-37 Socarras and 38-38.
Jr middleweights Jordon Wesenfeld (0-0-2) and Luis Torres (1-1-1) battled to a four round draw. Fightnews has Wesenfeld the winner.
Jr middleweight Danny Pastrana (4-2) took a four round split decision against Ashanti Hendrickson (5-10-1, 3 KOs).
An elated Hany Atiyo (11-0, 8 KOs) of Egypt poses with Houcine Hounichi supervisor with the WBC and ABU African Boxing Union after his biggest win to date Friday night. Atiyo defeated local fighter Boniface Kabore (13-2, 8 KOs) by way of 5th round TKO in Maison du Peuple, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa. It was the first time Atiyo fought outside his native Eypt and he passed his test with flying colors. Atiyo picked up the vacant African Boxing Union light heavyweight title with the victory.
In a WBA-mandated rematch, Celestino Caballero (35-4, 23 KOs) of Panama won the WBA featherweight championship by way of unanimous decision over now former champion Jonathan Victor Barros (33-2-1, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the famous Estadio Luna Park in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Caballero erased all controversy from the first fight that he lost by split decision and completely dominated this fight from beginning to end. Caballero almost was able to get Barros out of there in round 11 but Barros survived the round. The official scores were 116-111, 118-111, 116-112 all in favor of Caballero, who previously was a unified champion at 122.
Light heavyweight Roberto Feliciano Bolonti (27-1, 17 KOs) scored a fouth round stoppage of Jose Hilton Dos Santos (31-15-1, 20 KOs). Bolonti dropped Dos Santos in round one and got the stoppage with a series of unanswered right hands in the fourth round. Bolonti retains his WBC Latino belt.
Former WBA light heavyweight champion Hugo Garay (34-7, 18 KOs) was surprisingly stopped in round five by Cesar Crenz (20-5, 13 Os). In his first bout since his unsuccessful WBO cruiserweight title challenge against Marco Huck in July, Garay was dropped by a right left combination in round five and got the stoppage with his followup barrage.
By Bill Green
Photos: Rick Marez
Kimbo Slice 244 vs. Tay Bledsoe 209
Abel Perry 158 vs. Patrick Thompson 159
Maurice Byarm 247 vs. Clinton Boldridge 212
Brandon Quintana 135 vs. Sook Siyajuk TBA
Reuben Rodriquez 163 vs. Sean Wilson TBA
Venue: Heartland Events Center, Grand Island, Nebraska
Promoter: Gary Shaw
Notes: Siyajuk, a late replacement for Richard Flores, will weigh in later. Wilson will weigh in later.
Photo: Argentina Boxing Promotions
Jesus Cuellar 121.7 vs. Oscar Escandon 122.3
(WBO Latino Featherweight title)
Venue: Centro Recreativo Municipal Néstor Carlos Kirchner, Barrio Santa Paula, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Promoter: Argentina Boxing Promotions, de Mario Margossian
Photos: Tom Hogan – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
Bernard Hopkins 173.4 vs. Chad Dawson 174.2
(WBC light heavyweight championship)
Antonio DeMarco 134.4 vs. Jorge Linares 134.6
(Vacant WBC lightweight championship)
Kendall Holt 139.4 vs. Danny Garcia 139.4
(WBC/IBF jr welterweight title eliminator)
Paul Malignaggi 147.4 vs. Orlando Lora 147.5
Dewey Bozella 190.6 vs. Larry Hopkins 192.5
Michael Anderson 146 vs. Nick Casal 146.6
Luis Collazo 149.8 vs. Freddy Hernandez 151
Kurtis Colvin 159.2 vs. Donyil Livingston 159.6
Venue: STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy
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Weights/photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Mariana Juarez 111.5 vs. Gabriela Bouvier 111.5
Reyes Sanchez 137.7 vs. Edgar Quiros 137.7
Venue: Revolution Gym, Calpulalpan, Tlaxcala, Mexico
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia / BOXEO DE GALA
Weights/Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Hugo Ruiz 118 vs Francisco Arce 118
(WBA interim bantamweight championship)
Daniel Rosas 115 vs Jose Cabrera 115
(Vacant WBO super flyweight championship)
Maricela Quintero 110 vs Mariela Catorce 110
Joselyn Arroyo 108.7 vs Lorena Mendoza 103.5
Oscar Arce 110.5 vs Daniel Arredondo 106.3
Venue: Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: HG Boxing and Sampson Boxing
TV: FOX Deportes (more…)
Photo: Michael Lopez
Marvin Sonsona 123 vs. Carlos Jacobo 123
Venue: The Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu, Cebu, Philippines
Promoter: Sammy Gello-ani
By Bill Hillmann
The IBF Super Middleweight Title Eliminator bout between Donovan George (22-1-1, 19KOs) and Librado Andrade (30-4, 23Kos) is set to take place on December 17th in Mexico. The bout will be televised in Mexico as well as the US. Fight venue TBA.
By Francisco Salazar
Although the media and fight fans are looking forward to watching the “Believe It or Not” fight card at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles or on HBO Pay Per View, the one compelling fight may be one that features a fighter who was given a second chance. Not a second chance of winning a title belt, but a second chance at life. Dewey Bozella will fulfill his dream of fighting professionally tomorrow night, a far cry from where he was only a few years ago. He will take on Larry Hopkins in a four round cruiserweight bout. (more…)
Heavyweights Konstantin Airich and Alexander Petkovic were both victorious Friday night on a boxing card at Mehrzweckhalle in Obertraubling/Regensburg, Germany. Airich (22-5-2, 16 KOs) needed just 57 seconds to stop Varol Vekiloglu (18-3-1, 10 KOs) in a clash for the vacant IBF intercontinental heavyweight title, while Petkovic (41-4-4, 20 KOs) won by sixth round DQ against Cisse Salif (24-18-2, 21 KOs) in a battle for the vacant WBA international heavyweight belt. Salif dropped Petkovic twice in round four and had him in all kinds of trouble, but didn’t get the job done. Another knockdown for Salif in the sixth, then he was disqualified by referee Manfred Kuechler for low blows that seemed questionable at best. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Current IBF super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) will defend his title for the first time against Argentinian Daniel Brizuela (22-2-1, 8 KOs) on December 10 in Mexico at a venue to be determined on a card promoted by HG Boxing. Salgado won the title via unanimous decision over Dominican Argenis Mendez on September 10 in Guadalajara, Mexico. “I’m prepared mentally and physically to be one of the world’s best in my division,” said Salgado. “Now I have more experience and know how to do things right.”
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Artur Szpilk 232.1 vs Owen Beck 241.8
Damian Jonak 153.7 vs Alex Bunema 156.7
(Note: Bunema made weight after a 4 hour delay)
New Polish heavyweight sensation Artur Szpilka (7-0, 5 KO), whose style and talent is getting praises from Lennox Lewis and Monte Barrett, did not show any respect for much more experienced former heavyweight contender Owen Beck (29-8, 20 KO) when the two met during today’s weigh-in Katowice. Szpilka’s literally “in your face” face-off style did not go well with Beck who grabbed Szpilka’s throat and only the intervention of Szpilka promoter Andrzej Wasilewski stopped both fighters from fight before the actual fight. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Jr welterweight contender Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) could return for a November 25th tuneup bout in the city of Puerto Madryn, Argentina. He looks to be fully recovered from the strong flu that knocked him out of a world title fight last month with Erik “Terrible” Morales. Matthysse is also waiting for an opportunity to fight in the U.S. in 2012.
WBO light heavyweight champion Nathan Cleverly and champion Tony Bellew both weighed in today for their world title fight Saturday at the Liverpool Echo Arena. In front of a capacity crowd at the Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, unbeaten Welshman Cleverly weighed just under the limit at 174.25 while undefeated challenger Bellew was spot on at 175. A raging Bellew had to be dragged away by security staff during the head-to-head photo-call, while a calm and smiling Cleverly watched on.
James DeGale weighed-in at 167.5 for his European super middleweight title fight against the champion Piotr Wilczewski came in at 167.75.
Despite the ages old saying, Los Mochis, Mexico’s Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18KOs) will look to make it two times the charm when he takes on two-time divisional champion Jorge “Niño de Oro” Linares (31-1, 20KOs) of Venezuela for the vacant WBC lightweight title in the semi-main event of the “Believe it or Not!” fight card headlined by the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson light heavyweight bout. The Golden Boy Promotions in association with Gary Shaw Promotions event will be held at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, California, and broadcast live by HBO PPV . . . Click here for full story
With the first segment of the “Battle at the Ballpark” series two days away, El Paso’s Jennifer Han faces her most experienced opponent in DJ Morrison. Promoter Zef Ramirez was present to address the media and introduce fighters at Mulligans Bar and Grill in El Paso on Thursday . . . click here for more
Around this time last year, the rumors began flying. A few weeks later, the rumors became fact: the World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) organization was going to be folded into the UFC, with the bantamweight and featherweight divisions making their debuts in the world’s premier MMA promotion. Also migrating over would be the top guns from the WEC’s lightweight division, bolstering one of the sport’s toughest weight classes even more . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
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