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By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Truth. We spend most of our lives either running from it or owning up to it. We find it in the strangest places; usually when and where we least expect it.
This is a lie in itself as the reality is truth (if it deems one worthy) finds us.
The sport of boxing rests upon foundations of fundamental truths, obscured by entire systems of obfuscations. Yet boxing itself remains painfully honest.
It is the primal urge: fight or flight, offense or defense, own up or run from…truth. (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo by Box Latino Promotions
With a handful of Aztec warriors chasing four titles in as many divisions in a quest to be the Mexican born boxer to earn the honor, one that has more than a fighting chance is Erik “Terrible” Morales. After failing to capture the WBC lightweight title against David Diaz back in ’07, Morales took a two-and-a-half year hiatus only to announce his comeback earlier this year. Morales defeated former lightweight champion Jose Alfaro via a twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBC International welterweight title and then proceeded to earn the WBC Silver light welterweight title last August by stopping WIllie Limond of Scotland in six rounds. Now, the thirty-four year old Morales (50-6, 35 KOs) of Tijuana, MX’s famed Zona Norte takes on his toughest test to date on his return when he takes on former WBO super featherweight champion Jorge Rodrigo “Hyena” Barrios (50-4-1, 35 KOs) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Morales will defend his WBC Silver strap in the scheduled twelve round affair held in his hometown of Tijuana at the Caliente Stadium in the heart of the city on Saturday, December 18th. (more…)
Photo by ALA Boxing Promotions
Cebu City, Philippines based Filipino Milan Melindo (23-0, 7 KOs) is coming off a career best win. In his last fight on November 27th, Melindo defeated former world champion Carlos Tamara. Not only did Melindo beat a young and primed former world champion, he did it convincingly. The win was just another feather in the cap of Melindo as he just continues to beat solid competition. He is promoted by the Philippines’s top promoter ALA Boxing promotions who have matched Melindo very tough. The way Milan has performed each fight you can certainly see why. Melindo’s style is not that of flash or big knockouts, but of consistency. Just very fundamentally and technically sound offensively and defensively. Amazingly, he’s been equally effective at 105, 108, and 112. Fightnews spoke with Melindo recently about his last wins and his future. (more…)
By Johnny B’
Promoter Mike Leanardi has his show just about ready for take-off for this Friday evening at the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond Indiana. Former world champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (34-8) fighting out of Las Vegas Nevada will be in the main event versus trial horse Roberto Valenzuela of Mexico. Valenzuela (55-55-2) replaces planned opponent Emmanuel Augustus who ended up not accepting the offer to fight Forbes. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Branco Milenkovic of Branco Sports Productions has announced that the twice postponed IBF mini flyweight title fight between Nkosinathi Joyi and Katsunari Takayama will now take place on Saturday January 29 at the Carnival Casino near Brakpan. Joyi (21-0, 15 KOs) possibly the best boxer pound-for-pound in South Africa makes the first defense of his belt that he won in March this year when he outpointed Raul Garcia. Takayama (24-4, 10 KOs) from Japan is the mandatory challenger and will be give the champion his toughest test to date.
Milenkovic has also produced an outstanding undercard with former six time “world” champion Cassius Baloyi (37-5-1, 19 KOs) getting another chance at glory despite his bad loss to Mzonke Fana in his last fight, when he meets Argenis Mendez (17-1, 9 KOs) from the Dominican Republic who now fights out of New York in an IBF junior lightweight title eliminator. (more…)
Story & photos by Chris Cozzone
When a promoter starts ranting and raving about the next great fighter, most of us in the fight game find it hard not to start rolling our eyes.
“Remember Tye Fields?” we’ll rib one another, reliving the hopeless hype of 2008 when Bob Arum did his best to convince the press that Fields was going to be the next great heavyweight champion . . . Click here for more
By Felipe Leon
In a year hat has seen a boxing renaissance for “America’s Finest City” with a fight card presented almost once a month in San Diego, CA, Jorge Marron Productions with Don Chargin Promotions in association with Golden Boy Promotions presents “Path to Glory” on Friday, December 17th and broadcasts live by Telefutura’s “Solo Boxeo Tecate”. In the eight round main event, Chula Vista, CA’s own Christopher Martin (20-0-2, 6 KOs) closes out the year against late sub Yogli Herrera (22-13, 15 KOs). (more…)
By Robert Coster
Dominican prospect Melvin Betancourt (20-0, 17 KOs), a young man with growing popularity in the island nation, will be tested for the first time when he meets up with seasoned David Toribio (17-12, 10 KOs) for the vacant 154 lbs Dominican title on December 19th in Villa Gonzalez, Dominican Republic. The numbers would seem to favor the 22-year-old Betancourt who has 11 KOs in the first round, however this just might be a case where records are very misleading. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In a poor fight attended by one of the smallest crowds in recent years, William Gare retained his Word Boxing Federation super middleweight belt when he scored a unanimous 12 round points decision over Roland Francis at the Wembley Indoor Arena south of Johannesburg on Saturday night. The 35-year-old Gare (26-14-1, 4 KOs) who was making his fourth defence was just too experienced and ring-wise for the 38-year-old Francis (24-12-5, 14 KOs) who was having his third fight in the last eight years. Gare was in control throughout in a fight that never rose to any heights and referee Eddie Marshall had an easy nights work. The judges scored it 117-111, 116-112 and 118-110 all in favour of the champion. The tournament was presented jointly by promoters Mxolisi Gumede and Reggie Hilman.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME’s eagerly anticipated two-stage, single-elimination “Winner Take All” bantamweight tournament kicked off Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington. When all the dust had settled, Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko had regained the IBF world championship and moved on to the final to face Abner Mares who gallantly fought all twelve rounds covered in blood from a nasty gash. (more…)
By Johnny B’
On Friday, middleweight Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-8, 17 KOs) will get another shot at an IBO title, this time in front of his hometown Windy City crowd. Hernandez, coming off a courageous loss to IBO middleweight champion Peter Manfredo, will challenge the always rugged Ghana born Osumanu Adama (17-2, 13 KOs) in the main event for the IBO International title at the UIC Pavilion in downtown Chicago, Illinois.
Also former world champion Arthur Williams (47-16-1, 30 KOs) and Carl Davis (14-3, 11 KOs) will scrap for USBO honors in a ten-round cruiserweight match.
Perennial welterweight contender David Estrada (24-6, 15 KOs) will see action. Tickets, starting at $31, are now on sale for the 8 Count Productions and CFC Promotions event.
Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and promoter Leslie Bonano of Brawlin’ in N’awlins have teamed up to produce a fight card scheduled for January 22. The main event will feature two-time world title challenger Will “Kid Fire” McIntyre (40-4-1) against Blake “Candyman” Prevost (15-2). Heavyweight Bobby O’Bannon (8-3) will slug it out John Brown (7-3) in a six-rounder in the co-feature. Tickets are $20, $50 and $100. Call 1-800-229-2683.
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
Former two time world title challenger Daniel “The Rock” Dawson (35-3, 24 KOs) got back on the winners list with an impressive points victory over American Jason LeHoullier (21-5-1) on the “Western Alliance III” card at the Italian Club in Perth Western Australia tonight. Dawson speed was too much for LeHoullier and had him badly hurt in round two as he went on his way to a comfortable points decision. Judges scored the eight-round fight 80-72, 79-73 and 80-72.
In the Co-Main Event Robbie “Bad Boy” Bryant (13-1-1) defeated the controversial Contender Australia contestant “The Jungle Boy” Sonny Michael Angelo (16-11-2) via 8 round unanimous decision. Bryant scored a knock down in round 2 as Michael Angelo was on the back foot for the entire fight. Judges scored the bout 80-71, 80-71 and 80-72.
Interestingly in the introductions by the ring announcer, it was announced that Sonny Michael Angelo was ‘self-trained’ even though he had experienced trainer Billy Hussein in his corner. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
A nice crowd at the Pikeville Armory in Pikesville, Maryland witnessed one of the most exciting Maryland main events in recent memory as Scott “Cujo” Sigmon (13-2, 5KO’s) overcame “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-2-1, 3KO’s) in a ten round slugfest to capture the East coast super middleweight title. The undercard of the six bout card promoted by Jake Smith, had several entertaining scuffles, including a six round heavyweight showdown as Maurice “Freight Train” Byarm (10-0, 7KO’s) successfully derailed the upset plans formerly undefeated Winston Thorpe (3-1-1, 2 KO’s), scoring an impressive fifth round TKO. (more…)
Ringside report by Andreas Hale & Anthony Springer Jr.
Photos by Chris Cozzone
They said it had the potential to be fight of the year and it delivered with action, drama and just about everything you need to make a big fight.
In an all-action war, Amir Khan showed that he had heart, a chin and enough in the reserve to pull out a difficult and hard fought unanimous decision victory over the heavy-handed Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
In the main event of UFC 124, world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre soundly defeated challenger Josh Koscheck via a dominant unanimous decision.
Following months of one-sided trash talking and an entire season of The Ultimate Fighter, the largest crowd in UFC history filled the Bell Centre in Montreal watch its favorite son defend his world welterweight title against his vocal arch nemesis. Koscheck, who has been anything but quiet about his use of verbal jabs to mentally break his opponent, was certainly in enemy territory when he walked to the Octagon Saturday night . . . Click here for more
Report & photos by Chris Cozzone
If Amir Khan had anything he wanted to get off his chest during his abbreviated appearance at last night’s postfight press conference, it was being able to say I-told-you-so to critics who’d lambasted him for a lack of chin.
Though his face told a different story – the plot would have to include a meat grinder and a Mack truck – Khan’s moral victory over a naysaying press just might be a bigger win than his 12-round tussle with Argentinean slugger Marcos Maidana . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Alma Montiel/WBC
WBC Youth featherweight champion Juan Antonio Rodriguez (15-2, 13 KOs) made his fifth defense of the title with a fourth round TKO against Genaro Camargo (33-10, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Deportivo de los Trabajadores del Metro in Iztacalco, DF, Mexico.
In the co-featured fight, WBC Youth light flyweight female champion Esmeralda Moreno (16-6, 7 KOs) barely retained the title in her fourth defense of the belt, winning a ten round split decision against Linda Sanchez (0-3). (more…)
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After an action-packed doubleheader, Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares emerge as the finalists in The Bantamweight Tournament: Winner Takes All on SHOWTIME®. In a rematch of their Halloween 2009 meeting, Agbeko reclaimed the IBF bantamweight world championship he lost from Yonnhy “El Colombiano” Perez via unanimous decision with an equal parts aggressive and calculated performance. Mares won a gritty split decision over the veteran Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan in a fight that thrilled fans in attendance at Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBF #7 bantamweight Thantong Kiattaweesuk (20-0, 14 KOs) will return to ring action on Friday when he will clash with Nick Otieno (21-5, 9 KOs) of Kenya over twelve rounds in Ratchaburi, Thailand. Kiatttaweesuk, 32 years is a former national amateur champion and has represented Thailand in several countries around the world. Promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang said he is expecting a tough fight from the Kenyan boxer, “Otieno has a very good record and has beaten world rated Rexon Flores by knockout in eight rounds but he lost to the world class Russian Alexander Bakhtin on points in 2010.” (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 124, world welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St. Pierre soundly defeated challenger Josh Koscheck via a dominant unanimous decision. In the first round, St. Pierre kept his opponent at bay with a devastatingly effective jab, and right hands from the champion hurt the challenger on numerous occasions. The champion continued his straight-punch onslaught throughout the second and the right eye of Koscheck swelled shut quickly. In round three and four the peppering continued and the fight rarely went to the mat. The final round saw St. Pierre score a takedown and hammer Koscheck repeatedly with left hooks and jabs. All three judges scored the bout the same, 50-45 in favor the champion. (more…)
Moments ago Philly vet Dhafir Smith (25-19-7, 4 KOs) won the biggest fight of his career by defeating former world champion Jeff Lacy (25-4, 17 KOs) by decision at Jannus Landing in St Petersburg, Florida.
Full report and scores to follow.
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer Jr. at ringside
Photo: Chris Cozzone
WBA super lightweight champion Amir Khan (24-1, 17 KOs) won a twelve round firefight against WBA interim super lightweight titleholder Marcos Maidana (29-2, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. It looked like an early night when Khan dropped Maidana with two hellacious body shots at the end of round one. Khan punished Maidana further in round two, but the rock hard Maidana kept coming. Maidana was the aggressor in round three applying heavy pressure. Maidana was deducted a point by referee Joe Cortez for throwing an elbow in round five. Maidana was relentless and found a home for his uppercut in round seven. Khan rallied in the eighth as his speed and ring movement allowed him to avoid exchanges. Maidana got to Khan in the tenth and battered him all over the ring. It was a battle of attrition in the eleventh with fighters both having their moments. Maidana desperately went for the knockout in round twelve, but Khan weathered the storm. Scores were 114-111, 114-111, and 113-112.
In a clash of super lightweight contenders, WBA #1/WBC #5/IBF #3/WBO #1 Victor Ortiz (28-2-2, 22 KOs) and WBA #4/IBF #6/WBO #9 Lamont Peterson (28-1-1, 14 KOs) battled to a ten round majority draw. The stronger Ortiz was the aggressor while the quicker Peterson boxed beautifully from the outside. Ortiz was credited with two knockdowns in round three, but in the end scores were 94-94, 94-94 and 95-93 Peterson. (more…)
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former unified WBC/WBA champion Cristian Mijares (41-6-2, 18 KOs) can add the IBF hardware to his collection. Mijares dethroned IBF super flyweight champion Alberto ‘Topo’ Rosas (32-6, 26 KOs) by twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Auditorio Municipal in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico. It was a close fight, with Mijares more accurate punching making the difference. Scores were 115-113, 116-113 and 117-113.
Lightweights Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (23-10-3, 15 KOs) and Mario “Pocho” Perez (12-1-1, 9 KOs) battled to an eight round majority draw. Scores were 78-74 Arceo and 77-77, 76-76. Fightnews.com also scored it 78-74 for Arceo. Click here for more photos…
By Shamus Young at ringside
SHOWTIME’s eagerly anticipated two-stage, single-elimination “Winner Take All” bantamweight tournament kicked off Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington.
In the opening stage one semi-final, world-ranked Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) won a split decision over two-time division titlist Vic Darchinyan (35-3-1, 27 KOs) in an all-action fight for the WBC Silver belt. Mares was cut on the hairline over the left eye by an unintentional headbutt in round one in a good action round. Darchinyan dropped Mares in round two with a straight left. Mares face was a bloody mess after round three. Mares was deducted a point for a low blow in round four. Mares started to get to Darchinyan in the sixth, but Darchinyan responded. Mares knocked down an off-balance Darchinyan in round seven. Mares came on strong late as Darchinyan faded, although the last round was close. Scores were 115-112, 115-111 Mares, 115-111 for Darchinyan.
In the second semi-final, former IBF bantamweight champion Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko (28-2, 22 KOs) regained the IBF belt from the the fighter who dethroned him, the previously unbeaten Yonnhy Perez (20-1-1, 14 KOs). The bout was a war with both fighters taking turns landing bombs throughout but Agbeko wasn’t to be denied as his right hand crashed home again and again. Scores were 116-112, 117-111, 115-113. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim light heavyweight championship, unbeaten Nathan Cleverly (21-0, 10 KOs) won a lackluster twelve round unanimous decison over late sub Nadjib Mohammedi (23-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Liverpool Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Cleverly pressed the action early. Mohammadi picked up the pace in rounds six and seven. Cleverly was deducted a point in round seven for holding and got the “You’re blowing it son,” lecture from trainer Dean Powell in his corner after the round. Close rounds after that. Scores were 115-112, 116-111, 115-113. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten welterweight Johan Perez (11-0, 8 KOs) scored a first round KO over Gilberto Quiros (18-14-1, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Escazu Fight Club in San Jose, Costa Rica.
Luis Valero KO1 Sergio Mayorga (super featherweight)
Franklyn Manzanilla KO1 Carlos Rivas (featherweight)
Ismael Barroso D4 Wilson Silva (super lightweight)
Promoter: Eduardo Sandoval
Fightnews has just received word from Belgium that Saul Ouali (27-3, 19 KOs) was released from the hospital in Belgium. Quali crashed hard to the floor last night after being lifted over the top rope in his bout with Randall Bailey (41-7, 36 KOs). The bout ended in a non contest when Ouali was unable to continue after the fall. He was then carried out on a stretcher and taken to the local hospital. Belgian photographer Eva Asdou contacted Fightnews with the following update. “I just called to Said’s brother and he told me Said is now out of the hospital. Said is ok for the most part and is able walk but is on Doctor’s orders to rest. He doesn’t remember anything about the fall. The local media is already talking about a rematch but no word on when Said will be able to return to the ring,” said Asdou.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
IBO bantamweight champion Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) is confident on defeating Mexican Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs) when they clash over twelve rounds at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Washington on Saturday in the SHOWTIME bantamweight tournament. Also appearing will be IBF bantamweight champion Yonnhy Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) against former IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) over twelve rounds. (more…)
RING 8 has donated a table of eight to the Wounded Warriors Project at the veteran boxing group’s 24th annual RING 8 Holiday Event and Awards Ceremony that will be held Sunday, December 19th from 12:30 -5:30p at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, New York. (more…)
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Eight of UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre’s (20-2) wins have come via TKO. In a decision win over the tough as nails Jon Fitch, the reigning 170-pound king battered his foe for 25-minutes—primarily with his hands.
Despite his track record, UFC 124’s headliner thought he had a grasp on the “sweet science.” . . . . Click here for more
For more info on UFC 124, visit www.UFC.com
Jeff Lacy 168 vs. Dhafir Smith 165.2
Lenroy Thomas 241.8 vs. Arron Lyons 231.8
Jenna Shiver 124.8 vs. Nydia Feliciano 120.4
Manny Woods 153.2 vs Gino McClellan 155.2
Ali Tareh 149.2 vs. Carlos Garcia 149.4
Darel Harris 125.4 vs. Shane Tenney 125.6
Brian Meadows 148.2. vs. Darnell Jones 146
Venue: Jannus Landing, St. Petersburg, FL
Promoter: Left Hook Promotions/Fight Night Productions
In a rare moment, just 24 hours before The Bantamweight Tournament, Columbian native, Yonnhy Perez, was asked how he feels about training far away from his family in order to become a champion and support them. Perez began to answer and then broke down sobbing. Click below for the raw emotional footage captured by the cameras of SHOWTIME Sports’ Fight Camp 360º
Photos by mpsportimages.com
In a classic battle of youth vs. experience, former WBC Youth titlist Ed “The Lion” Paredes (27-3-1, 16 KOs) won a close twelve round split decision over hard punching veteran Antonio Pitalua (50-5, 44 KOs) Friday at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. It was a hard fought two-way slugfest for the whole twelve rounds. Pitalua knocked down Paredes in round eleven, but it was too little too late as Paredes prevailed 114-113, 117-110 on two cards. The third card was 115-112 for Pitalua.
Highly regarded Colombian lightweight Darley Perez (18-0, 15 KOs) made his U.S. debut in spectacular fashion with a fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten Ramesis Gil (6-1-4, 5 KOs). Perez dropped Gil in round one and brutally finished him in round four.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vázquez/Promociones Miguel Cotto, Inc.
In a sold out Samuel “Sammy” Rodríguez Coliseum in Aguas Buenas Puerto Rico Michaelangelo “The Artist” Pérez (11-0-1, 5 KOs) scored a eight round split decision over José Hernández (10-4, 4 KOs). Scores were 78-74, 77-75, Pererz and 78-74 for Hernandez.
The fight was designated “The Fight Of The Year” by the Puerto Rico Professional Boxing Commission.
In the co-feature, WBO Latino jr. lightweight champion Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (17-0, 14 KOs) scored a devastating second round TKO over dangerous Wilfredo Acuña (14-8, 11 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
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