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After establishing himself in “America’s Finest City”, San Diego, CA, nearly three years ago from his hometown of Mandaue City, Cebu, PI, unbeaten WBO Youth lightweight champion Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9KOs) has made himself feel right at home in the seaside city. Within the large Filipino population, the 22-year-old Gesta has found a built-in audience for his quick as lighting southpaw style which is ready to support him on October 22nd when he takes on his stiffest test to date, KO artist Ivan “Relampago” Valle (28-9-3, 24KO) at the Four Points Sheraton in Kearny Mesa, a suburb of San Diego. The eight round main event will be televised on Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. Recently, Gesta was honored as one of the special guest at this year’s Fi-Am Festival which celebates Filipino heritage and their contribution to the San Diego community. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBO welterweight champion Lovemore Ndou (48-11-2, 31 KOs) is confident he will defeat Saul Alvarez (33-0-1, 26 KOs) of Mexico when they clash on December 4 at Xcaret, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Ndou recently defended the IBO title with a twelve round decision over Bongani Mwelasi (14-1, 12 KOs) in Gauteng, South Africa on September 18 and says this fight was a good warm up bout for the showdown against the highly regarded Alvarez. “I’ve seen Saul Alvarez fights against Jose Cotto and Carlos Baldomir and I see he does make mistakes in the ring,” said Ndou. “Against Cotto he was in trouble himself early in the fight and was nearly stopped but came back to win in round six.” Ndou added, “When I get him in trouble I will not let him off the hook. I gave Miguel Cotto a good fight and he’s a much tougher boxer than Jose Cotto. Alvarez win over Baldomir was predictable. I sparred Baldomir recently and I know he’s a shot fighter. I know Alvarez is looking for a win over a veteran but I want him to know he has picked on the wrong veteran. I am going to kick his ass. I must thank my boxing agent Mike Marchionte for getting me the fight against Alvarez.” Ndou won the IBF jr welterweight title in 2007 and captured the IBO welterweight title in 2009.
With the baddest man on the planet, Brock Lesnar, set to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) heavyweight title against Cain Velasquez, UFC 121: LESNAR vs. VELASQUEZ, which is presented by Boost Mobile and live on Pay-Per-View on October 23rd at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, will also feature a number of top up-and-comers and experienced veterans. To bolster the return to Anaheim, the UFC confirms that the remaining bouts at UFC 121 include the following: Court McGee vs. Ryan Jensen, Patrick Cote vs. Tom Lawlor, Mike Guymon vs. Daniel Roberts, Sam Stout vs. Paul Taylor, Chris Camozzi vs. Dongi Yang and Jon Madsen vs. Gilbert Yvel. (more…)
Two of The Ultimate Fighter’s® most celebrated alumni, Stephan Bonnar and Kendall Grove, will be featured in separate co-featured fights in the live finale of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team GSP vs. Team Koscheck on Saturday, December 4 at 9:00pm ET/PT. Emanating from The Pearl at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Bonnar (Season 1) takes on Croatian contender Igor Pokrajac while Grove (Season 3) battles one of the top middleweights in the division, Demian Maia. (more…)
Photos by Universal Promotions, Inc.
Today, at the Guaynabo Sports Museum, was held the press conference, announcing the rematch between Fernando Torres and WBA America’s lightweight champion Carlos Claudio. The first bout took place exactly one year ago as Claudio delivered Torres his first pro loss when the fight was stopped on an accidental head-butt in the middle of the 9 round. The co-main bout will feature knockout sensation Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, who will put his undefeated record on the line against hard punching warrior Joseph de los Santos. This 2008 Olympian has a 9-0 record, all wins by knockout. This event will be held at the Guayama Convention Center on October 29, 2010. Guayama mayor, Glorimari Jaime Rodriguez expressed her commitment on making this event possible, the first ever professional boxing event on her city. The official pre-weight ceremony also took place as Torres weighted 154 pounds and Claudio made 155 pounds.
By Ricardo Conde
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Top Rank hosted a press conference Monday at the Biltmore Hotel to kickoff the December 4th “In Harm’s Way” PPV event featuring Julio Cesar Chavez Jr versus Alfonso Gomez.
Bob Arum: “December 4th will be the first time in 2 years that Top Rank will be doing a show in California. Every fight on the card will be a great, exciting fight.”
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr: “I have followed Alfonso’s career and I know he’s a great fighter with a lot of heart. Alfonso was my favorite fighter on the “Contender” show and I was rooting for him to win. The real winners on the night of the fight are going to be the fans.”
Alfonso Gomez: “Everyone knows that when I’m in a fight I go to entertain and most important to win. I will win this fight.”
Nonito Donaire: “The Honda Center is going to be filled with fireworks on Dec. 4th.”
Brandon Rios: “I had a great fight on Sept. 11th and I’m ready to put on another great show Dec. 4th.”
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By Rick Scharmberg
Newly-minted IBF junior middleweight champion Cornelius “K-9” Bundrage (30-4, 18 KOs), of Detroit, Michigan has informed Fightnews.com that he would like nothing more than to challenge none other than the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya. Oscar has been retired since April 15, 2009, and has not fought since his December 6, 2008 loss to Manny Pacquiao. “This would be a great comeback fight for him. It is a chance for him to go out on top, and who is better than to go out against a champion?” stated Bundrage. (more…)
Augmenting its roster of New England boxers, DiBella Entertainment has inked unbeaten lightweight prospect Ryan “The Polish Prince” Kielczewski (8-0, 2 KOs). Kielczewski, 21, of Quincy, MA, joins middleweight contender Peter Manfredo, Jr., of Providence, RI, and super middleweight prospect Edwin Rodriguez, of Worcester, MA. “Ryan is an exciting young fighter with an all-star group behind him,” said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. “His combination of character, looks, and legitimate ability made him a priority to sign.” Kielczewski will likely make his official DiBella Entertainment debut in November.
Roy Englebrecht, CEO of Roy Englebrecht Promotions and Roy Englebrecht Events announced today that Carlos Downey and Mel Valenzuela have joined his staff as assistant matchmakers and that they will immediately report to Whit Haydon Director of Fighter Relations & Matchmaker for Englebrecht’s companies. (more…)
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
NABO super featherweight champion Eloy “The Prince” Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) of Salinas, CA, trained by Max Garcia at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy, continues his preparations in Oxnard, CA for his return to the ring and defense of this title on Friday, October 15th against Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) of Rialto, CA at the Fantasy Springs Resort and Casino in Indio, CA. Perez vs. Salcido is scheduled for a 10-round super featherweight bout and is being presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Thompson Boxing Promotions and will be broadcast live in the main event on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate”. Also in action will be Charles Huerta, Randy Caballero, undefeated heavyweights Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell and 2004 Olympic Bronze Medalist Deontay Wilder and just added junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez, in separate bouts. Tickets are priced at $25, $35 and $45 and will be available at the Fantasy Springs Box Office, by phone at (800) 827-2946 or online at www.FantasySprings.net. In his last outing Perez defeated Derrick Campos (20-9, 11 KOs) this past August at the Sports Arena in Pico Rivera, CA via 5th round TKO. Click here for more photos…
Hot junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (6-0, 6 KOs) has been added to the October 15 Golden Boy event at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The 18-year-old Gomez will take on an opponent to be named in a six round co-feature, which will be televised on TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate.” The main event features unbeaten Eloy Perez against Dominic Salcido in a ten round NABO junior lightweight title contest.
By Francisco Salazar
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Not much live boxing this week, but if you’re in the mood to see some exciting ring action, be sure to catch a replay of SHOWTIME’s knockout-filled ShoBox card from last Friday night, which will be available On Demand beginning Wednesday, Oct. 6 and ending Tuesday, Oct. 19. Click here for a full report of the night’s action.
By Francisco Salazar
Lightweight contender Brandon Rios has an opponent on Saturday, December 4th. However, it is not against a world title holder as was originally planned. Rios’ manager, Cameron Dunkin, told Fightnews.com that veteran Noe Bolanos (21-5-1, 13 KOs) will be the man opposite of Rios in a 10 round bout at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. The bout is part of a pay per view card, presented by Top Rank. In the main event, unbeaten Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. will take on Alfonso Gomez in a 12 round bout.
Rios (25-0-1, 18 KOs) is coming off an impressive seven round disqualification victory over Anthony Peterson last month in Las Vegas. Rios was well ahead on the scorecards as the bout was stopped because of repeated low blows by Peterson. (more…)
Photos and report by Oliver Dütschler
Unbeaten WBC Youth World lightweight champion Gabor Veto (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a first round KO over to take the vacant Central African & Eastern belt against Rajabu Maoja (16-8-3, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at the Toy Market in Kibera’s dangerous slums area of Nairobi, Kenya. Veto put Maoja on the deck in round one an finished him with a right straight at 0:31 of round one.
Former four-time world heavyweight champion and 1984 light heavyweight silver medalist Evander Holyfield meets Chinese 2008 super heavyweight silver medalist Zhang Zhilei at The Capitale in New York City.
After two wins in 15 days in the Chicago area, WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (24-1, 18 KOs) is now gunning for an all Irish showdown with WBC #9 John Duddy in Ireland or New York. While the Duddy camp says Lee is just one of their options and mentioned ex-champ Yuri Foreman as another possibility, Lee’s manager Emanuel Steward says he has has been in contact with Craig Hamilton, Duddy’s manager and both are on the same page. “I am very excited about trying to make the fight,” Steward commented. (more…)
By Mariano A. Agmi
Photos: Marty Rosengarten/RingsidePhotos.com
On Wednesday, October 6th, junior welterweight New Yorican Gabriel “Tito” Bracero (11-0, 1 KO) headlines DiBella Entertainment’s “Broadway Boxing” at the BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square, NYC.
The Sunset Park, Brooklyn native returns from his most impressive performance to date, a four round thrashing of Ray Betancourt for his first career KO to face Terry Buterbagh, who returns to NYC following an upset of New Yorker Tommy Rainone at Yankee Stadium in June. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and his Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum are holding a media day at 1 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Filipino fighter’s high-altitude training camp in Baguio City in the Philippines. “It should be a huge event,” said Arum from Los Angeles on Monday afternoon (Sunday night in the US). Pacquiao is currently in the thick of training in the Philippines’ summer capital that is five-to-six hours from Manila by land for a Nov. 13 showdown with Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Baguio City has an elevation of more than 5,000 feet and is conducive to training owing to its cool climate and rugged terrain.
Arum said he will be joined by Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran, who is bringing in a couple of Mexican mediamen in the trip. “I am very excited to be there and see Manny, the rest of the team and the Filipino boxing fans,” added Arum, who arrives in Manila on Oct. 16. Taskmaster Freddie Roach and ace conditioning coach Alex Ariza would also be available for interviews. Pacquiao will train six days a week at the Shape Up Boxing Gym inside the Cooyeesan Hotel in Baguio City until the third week of October.
Ringside Report by Billy “Loops” Luppert and Scott Ploof
Photos: Ray Bailey
One would think a change of opponents 48 hours prior to fight time could have one scurrying to change game plans, especially given the different styles of the opponents. Not for Joey “KO Kid” Spina. To Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs), it doesn’t matter who you put in front of him, his game plan is always the same. Knock him out. That plan certainly worked Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino, as Spina easily dispatched last minute replacement, and former world title challenger Antwan Echols (32-15-4, 28 KOs) 49 seconds into round three. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports. Click here for the entire ringside report.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA interim super lightweight champion Marcos “El Chino” Maidana will be headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada as he prepares for his showdown on December 11 with the WBA super lightweight world champion Amir Khan at the Mandalay Bay. Maidana will be accompanied from Argentina by trainer Cristian Rodríguez and advisor Sebastián Contursi, and will also work with trainer Miguel Diaz and maybe a physical trainer. Meanwhile Khan will open training camp at the famed Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos by John Booz
Rising star Andy Lee (25-1-0, 19 KOs) of the middleweight division stayed active with an annihilation of Troy Lowry (27-12-0, 11 Kos) Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, IN., just 15 days after scoring a TKO over Michael Walker. This victory secures a proposed meeting against fellow Irishmen, John Duddy at Madison Square Garden in December. In Lee’s corner was Legendary trainer Emanuel Steward and IBF Junior Middleweight champ, Cornelius “K9” Bundrage. The fights were promoted by Bobby Hitz, who also celebrated his birthday before the cheering of the entire crowd. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Tricky and fast-moving southpaw, top contender Makoto Fuchigami (14-6, 5 KOs), 159.25, wrested the Japanese middleweight belt when he battered defending champ and OPBF #1 Tetsuya Suzuki (25-9, 15 KOs), 160, from the outset, decked him with a southpaw left cross in the second and finally halted him with a fusillade of punches at 0:45 of the sixth round on Sunday night in Osaka, Japan. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Promoter Frank Warren says unbeaten British heavyweight and Commonwealth champion Derek Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) has been offered a December 11 title shot against IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. “The money on the table is not amazing,” Warren wrote in his column in The Sun, “but Derek has told me he just wants the opportunity to prove himself. Part of the deal for the fight will be a couple of options on Del Boy if he wins.”
A win over Chisora would add fuel to the fire in the UK for a showdown between Wlad and WBA champ David Haye, as well as eliminate another possible domestic opponent for “The Haymaker,” who takes on countryman Audley Harrison on November 13.
Other names who have been linked to Wlad’s next defense were David Tua and Chauncy Welliver. Despite coming off of a disappointing draw against Monte Barrett, the Tua camp passed on the title shot alleging a lowball offer. Tua will now likely take a tune-up in the US, then focus on a rematch with Barrett in New Zealand. Welliver is considered an alternative if Klitschko-Chisora falls apart.
Just days after a British tabloid posted video of “The Hitman” allegedly using cocaine, followed by the BBBC stripping Ricky of his boxing license, Ricky Hatton has now been accused of having an eleven month affair with a female fighter who says Ricky dumped her to go back his fiancée. All the tawdry details are revealed in today’s issue of the Sunday Mirror. Click here for the story.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican super flyweight Juan José “Goofy” Montes (19-1, 12 KOs) won a five round technical decision over Filipino Silvester Lopez (14-3-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night in an important WBC 112lb eliminator by technical decision at the Olympic Coliseum at the University of Guadalajara. The bout was sent to the judges when Montes was unable to continue due to a cut on his right eyebrow caused by a headbutt from Lopez in the second round. All three scorecards favored the Mexican by identical scores of 48-45.
In the co-feature, unbeaten WBC female light flyweight world champion Naomi Togashi (8-0-1, 4 KOs) from Japan defeated Mexican challenger Irma Sanchez (18-4-1, 5 KOs) by ten round unanimous decision to retain her WBC green belt for the fifth time. Scores were 99-91, 97-93 and 99-93, all favorable to Togashi (who won the title in her fourth fight). (more…)
By Ervin Gallen / www.profiboksz.hu
Unbeaten Hungarian middleweight Istvan “The Spartan” Szili (6-0, 1 KO), returning five months after his previous fight, scored a four round unanimous decision over Janos Petrovics (19-36, 8 KOs) in a good bout on Saturday night at the Dr. Papp Laszlo Sporthall in Szentes, Hungary. This fight, witnessed by 1,500 spectators, was Szili’s debut for the reactivated Hungarian team of Felix Promotion headed by promoter Felix Racz.
By Karl Freitag
WBA interim flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (22-1, 17 KOs) impressively destroyed former champion Denkaosan Kaovichit (50-3-1, 20 KOs) in the first round on Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. Concepcion spectacularly dropped Kaovichit three times in the first round prompting referee Rafael Ramos to wave it off after just 90 seconds of brutality. Concepcion celebrated by doing a backflip off the top rope.
Two years after winning the title, WBA cruiserweight champion Guillermo “El Felino” Jones (37-3-2, 29 KOs) finally defended the belt. Jones stopped mandatory challenger Valery Brudov (38-3, 27 KOs) at the end of round eleven when referee Luis Pabon waved off the fight due to deep cuts above Brudov’s eyes. The 38-year-old Jones, who nearly won the WBA 154lb world title in 1998 before restablishing himself five weight divisions higher, outworked Brudov all night long, much to the delight of promoter Don King who was observing from ringside. (more…)
Photos, results by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jr middleweight José “Barretas” Pinzón (17-1-1, 12 KOs) avenged his only loss with an eighth round KO of Jaime “Indio” Barboza (17-4, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Poliforum Zamna in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. Pinzón dropped Barboza twice in round eight and the bout was waved off at the 1:58 mark.
Barboza stopped Pinzon in seven round in May in a clash for the vacant WBC Youth jr middleweight title, but Pinzon took the belt for himself as well as evening the score. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
WBA #9 middleweight Andy Lee (23-1, 17 KOs), returning just 15 days after his previous fight, scored a four round annihilation of Troy Lowry (27-10, 16 KOs) in a super middleweight bout on Saturday night at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. Lee knocked down the outclassed Lowry five times before the bout was waved off at 2:59 of the fourth.
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
The vacant WBC/USNBC middleweight championship was decided on Saturday in the Event Center at Turning Stone Resort and Casino. Power-puncher Samuel Miller (21- 4, 18 KOs) of La Habra, Calif., out slugged undefeated Brazilian Isaac Rodrigues (17-1, 13 KOs) and scored a seventh round TKO. A right-left combination floored Rodrigues who barely beat the count. The follow up flurry forced the referee to stop the fight at 1:48. Both fighters came out determined to knockout the other as each punch thrown had KO written all over them. Miller originally from Columbia is now the new belt holder. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Billy “Loops” Luppert
WBA rated #6 super middleweight Joey “The KO Kid” Spina (26-1-2, 18 KOs) defeated Antwun Echols (32-15-4, 28 KOs) in the main event on Saturday night at the Fox Theatre inside of the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Mashantucket, CT. Echols, who took the fight on 48 hours notice after the original opponent “Sucra” Ray Oliveira did not clear his medicals, looked sharp early but was knocked down after a left hook from Spina landed just after the bell rang to end the second round. Spina continued to land punches and after several hard shots, the fight was stopped by referee Johnny Callas at 49 seconds of round three. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment and Sports.
Providence, RI super middleweight Vladine Biosse (9-0, 4 KOs) put on a dominant performance over his opponent Ariel Espinal (8-16-3, 4 KOs) in the six round co-feature of the evening. Biosse used his speed to outwork, outmaneuver, and outland the larger Espinal. Scores of the bout were a perfect shutout for Biosse, 60-54 on all cards.
David Bauza had almost every advantage over Jeremy Wood (0-2), and he used all of them to outclass Wood en route to a four round shutout. Bauza (6-0, 4 KOs) kept his perfect record alive as all three judges scored the bout 40-36 in his favor. (more…)
After a 5 month hiatus boxing will return to the Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida on October 22. In the main event, WBO Latin welterweight champion Jesus Pabon of Carolina, Puerto Rico will make the first defense of his title when he meets his toughest opponent so far in hard-punching veteran Antonio Pitalua of Mexico City, Mexico in a bout scheduled for 12 rounds with Pabon’s Title at stake. (more…)
Unbeaten European light welterweight champion Paul McCloskey (22-0, 12 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over to retain his EBU belt against Barry Morrison (18-5, 8 KOs) on Saturday night at the Letterkenny Leisure Complex in Letterkenny, Ireland. McCloskey put Morrison on the deck in round five and finished him with a right left combination at 1:28 of round seven.
Unbeaten lightweight Andy Murray (22-0, 12 KOs) outpointed John Nolasco (18-5-4, 8 KOs) over ten rounds. The bout was scored 100-91.
Super featherweight Stephen Foster (28-2-1, 18 KOs) dethroned European champion Levan Kirakosyan (33-6, 23 KOs) with a third round KO on Saturday night at the De Vere Whites Hotel in Bolton, England. A left hook to the chin finished Kirakosyan at 2:16.
Super featherweight Anthony Crolla (19-2, 7 KOs) stopped Andy Morris (19-4, 7 KOs) in round seven to claim the vacant English title.
By Joe Koizumi
Fight photos by Boxing Beat
Unheralded underdog Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-Li Lee; 17-1-1, 8 KOs), 121.75, astoundingly captured the WBA super-bantam belt as he was awarded a unanimous decision over highly regarded defending champ Poonsawat Kratingdaeng-gym (41-2, 29 KOs), 122, over twelve upset rounds on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The official tallies were as follows: Jean-Francois Toupin (France) 115-114, Pinit Prayadsab (Thailand) 115-113 and Derek Milham (Australia) 118-110, all in favor of Lee. The referee was Kazunobu Asao (Japan). The WBA supervisor was Gualtiero Becchetti (Italy). (more…)
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