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Before leaving for Japan, undefeated Mexican Juan Carlos Burgos (25-0, 18 KOs) commented on his November 26 clash against highly regarded former world champion and national boxing hero Hozumi Hasegawa (28-3, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBC featherweight title. The bout will take place at the Nihon Gaishi Hall in Nagoya.
“I think every boxer has goals to make it to a world title fight, my trainers, my family, my promoters and my fans have high hopes for me. It’s now up to me to bring back this championship to Mexico, a dream I had since I was a young boy,” said Burgos before his departure. “Hasegawa is a valiant and legendary champion in Japan and it will a be a huge honor for me to trade leather with him.” (more…)
Yesterday Universum heavyweight Ruslan Chagaev (26-1-1, 17 KOs) watched the “Battle of Britain” between WBA champion David Haye and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison on TV. Chagaev, the WBA mandatory challenger, is the next opponent for Haye who won by third round TKO.
“I am totally disappointed by this performance,” commented Chagaev. “This fight was not at world championship level. Harrison didn’t do anything. In three rounds I saw three jabs. That’s it. And this was in a world championship fight. Haye only waited for the first two rounds, if he had started earlier, everyone could have gone to bed. I was as disappointed as the 22,000 spectators in the arena. Now the fight between Haye and I will be between the only boxers who have defeated Valuev. This will be an exciting fight, which I’m very happy about. Haye said he would like to retire on October 13 on his birthday, but he’ll already be able to do this after our fight since he’ll lose against me. I’ll be his first genuine test at heavyweight. I was a world champion and will be again. That belt belongs to me. The only reason I lost it was I was forced to vacate it.”
Report by Brady Crytzer
Photos by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC
In the main event of UFC 122, Japan’s Yushin “Thunder” Okami defeated Nate “The Great” Marquardt by unanimous decision to become the number one contender for Anderson Silva’s world middleweight championship in 2011.
Okami took the initiative, being the larger fighter, and began to walk down his American opponent. Once Marquardt was backed into the fence Okami shot for a takedown which was defended by his opponent. In the exchange both men fell to the ground and, after giving up on a guillotine choke, Marquardt assumed the top position. The grappling contest was a strategic one and as “Thunder” began to reposition, Marquardt snapped on another choke attempt which allowed Okami to control from the half guard. As the men grew increasingly restless, they worked back to their feet and Okami drove Marquardt into the cage. As the round came to a close, Okami was able to work his opponent to the mat . . . Click here for more
By Robert Hughes
Photos By Robert Hughes
Sometimes a post-fight press conference is a lonely, quiet place for reporters to work. But with a chance to ask Manny Pacquiao questions, this one was overflowing. After about 40 minutes of promoter Bob Arum trying to conduct a mostly one-man backstage show with the help of HBO executive Mark Taffet, Arum finally introduced “the greatest boxer that I’ve ever seen.” On queue walks in the smiling winner, Manny Pacquiao, but with a bruised, puffy and lightly cut face greeting the media.
That’s something not always seen after a Pacquiao fight. But this one was different.
“It’s a really hard fight, this is the hardest fight in my boxing career,” Pacquiao said. “Margarito is really tough and strong… I feel it, he’s big, bigger than me.” (more…)
By Robert Hughes
Bob Arum: Manny Pacquiao is the greatest fighter I’ve ever seen.
Freddy Roach: Manny fought a great fight tonight. Margarito showed a lot of heart…Manny carried him the last two rounds.
Manny Pacquiao: This was the hardest fight in my boxing career….I felt pity for him (in the last two rounds).
Official attendance: 41,732
Note: Margarito went directly to the hospital afterward to have his cuts treated.
Note: Manny’s Mom suffered an anxiety attack, but she’s OK.
By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Sure, if you’re a boxing fan with a few bucks to drop on a live seat for Pacquiao-Margarito, then Arlington, Texas and the cozy confines of Cowboys Stadium was the place to be. But if you’re a hard-core fan from Upstate, New York, looking to see some local rivalries get settled in the ring, then Albany, New York’s Washington Ave. Armory was the place to be. ARES Promotions put on a seven bout card with two state titles at stake, including a main event where somebody’s “0” had to go. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Peter Lim at ringside
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Super welterweight Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs) added another chapter to his legendary career on Saturday night before a huge crowd at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Pacquiao won a world title in a record eighth weight class (WBC junior middleweight) with a brutal twelve round beating of Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs). Pacquiao was a little better in round one against the much bigger Margarito who was 17 pounds heavier at fight time. Both fighters landed big shots in round two. Pacman had the edge in round three, landing more clean shots. Pacman began to bust up Margarito in round four landing many clean shots. Another big round for Manny in the sixth. Huge cut under Margarito’s right eye. Margarito had some good moments in the sixth, trapping Pacquiao on the ropes. Margarito was still in the fight in the seventh, but it was Manny’s round. Margarito trapped Manny on the ropes several times in the eighth but Manny fought his way out of it. Still Margarito came on hard. Pacquiao kept the fight in the center of the ring in the ninth much to his advantage. Big rounds for Pacman in the tenth and eleventh. Pacman had mercy on the game, nearly blind Margarito in the twelfth and carried him to the final bell. Scores were 120-108, 118-110, 119-109.
Welterweight contender Mike Jones (23-0, 18 KOs) won a ten round majority decision firefight with Jesus Soto-Karass (24-5-3, 16 KOs). Jones, rated in the top four of all sanctioning bodies, went for the KO in round two with a long, sustained assault, which Soto-Karass weathered. Although busted up, Soto-Karass came back in round three to punish a seemingly punched out Jones and applied pressure the rest of the fight. Jones got his second wind in the later rounds. Scores were 94-94, 95-94, 97-93. With the win, Jones retained his NABA, NABO and WBC Continental Americas belts.
Guillermo Rigondeaux, 7-0 (5 KOs), scored a 12-round split decision over Ricardo Cordoba, 37-3-2 (23 KOs), to capture the WBA interim super bantamweight title. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Rigondeaux was the aggressor for the first six rounds. He stalked Cordoba around the ring and darted in and out of range with combinations but missed more than he landed. Cordoba tried to counter but he too missed more than he landed. Rigondeaux sent Cordoba to a knee with a left to the ribcage in the fourth and Cordoba returned the favor dropping Rigondeaux to a knee in the next round. Rigondeaux decided to change strategies in the second half of the bout as he glided around the ring and made Cordoba chase him. Neither fighter landed anything significant but Rigondeaux missed less. The crowd booed the lack of action as early as the third round and entertained themselves by doing the wave. Scores were 114-112 and 117-109 for Rigondeaux and 114-112 for Cordoba.
WBA #1, WBC #4 lightweight Brandon Rios remained undefeated at 26-0-1 (19 KOs), stopping Omri Lowther, 14-3 (10 KOs), at 2:17 of the fifth round. Rios hurt Lowther with a one-two and followed up with sharp power punches. Referee Raul Caiz intervened as Lowther’s corner was climbing up the ring to throw in the towel. For more details and photos click here…
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 122, Japan’s Yushin “Thunder” Okami defeated Nate “The Great” Marquardt by unanimous decision to become the number one contender for Anderson Silva’s world middleweight championship in 2011. In round one, Okami controlled the fight from the top position and appeared to be the stronger man. Round two saw Marquardt successfully shut-down the takedowns of Okami and score with hard right hands. The third and final round witnessed Okami take over with long jabs and right hands. Judges’ scorecards read 29-28 twice and 30-27 in favor of Okami. (more…)
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Serhiy Fedchenko (27-1, 13 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley (37-15-1, 22 KOs) on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBO European light welterweight title at the Sportpalace Lokomotiv, Kharkov, Ukraine. The scores were 120-110, 117-113, 119-110. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs) scored a third round TKO over 39-year-old former Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison (27-5, 20 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Little action in round one brought booing from the crowd. Haye was a bit more aggressive in round two, while Harrison was again very passive. Haye finally opened up in round three and floored Audley with a barrage of punches. Harrison beat the count, but referee Luis Pabon stopped it moments later after more punishment from Haye. Time was 1:53.
After the fight, Haye stated that he could have knocked out Harrison at any time but waited until round three because his friends had made bets on him winning via third round KO. He also guaranteed that he would fight one of the the Klitschkos in 2011. (more…)
Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Nonito Donaire and Alfonso Gomez pose during a press conference for their upcoming big fights on Top Rank’s “In Harms Way” to be held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on December 4 and broadcast live on pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
By Lindy Lindell
Photos by Bob Ryder
Two Michiganians, light heavyweight Darryl Cunningham, and welterweight Vernon Paris, continued their winning ways last night in two ten-rounders put together by Carlos Llinas under the banner of a co-promoters Ron Remus and Greg Ahrens. Neither had stiff competition as Cunningham advanced to (21-2) and Paris stayed undefeated at (23-0). In winning all ten rounds against Rubin Williams, (29-13), Cunningham also picked up the World Boxing Foundation All Americas light heavyweight title, a belt Williams had challenged for at 168 earlier. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Terry Trekas and One Punch Productions ended the year for Tampa boxing with a nine fight extravaganza. In front of a capacity crowd at the Tampa Westshore DoubleTree Hotel, local light heavyweight favorite Adam Jaco (9-3-1, 4 KOs) won his fifth straight match easily, knocking out Adam Collins (7-4-0, 5 KOs). The night also saw the return of super middleweight “Blood Bath” Brian Chiary (10-6-1, 2 KOs) after an almost three year hiatus. Overall it was an exciting night to end the year for Tampa boxing. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Ossie Duran (25-8-2, 9 KOs) made a signature statement on Friday night at Schuetzen Park in North Bergen New Jersey winning a one sided ten round unanimous decision victory over Matt “The Predator” Vanda (43-12, 25 KOs) with his clear cut unanimous decision victory. He is back at a comfortable weight and is ready to take on the best the middleweight division has to offer. In the co-feature of the evening hot junior welterweight knockout artist Juan “JZ” Zegarra (6-0, 6 KOs) kept his perfect knockout streak intact with a second round stoppage of Bryan “The Brick” Abraham (2-4-2, 2 KOs). The entertaining six bout card promoted Gulf Stream Promotions. (more…)
By Gilberto Jesus Mendoza
WBA Executive Vice-President
While David Devon “The Hayemaker” Haye, Audley Harrison, Ricardo “Maestrito” Cordoba and Guillermo Rigondeaux, will today without any doubt mark part of boxing history, it is impossible not to be hyped by the great Pacquiao v. Margarito bout in Arlington, Texas. Truth is boxing needs big events and this welterweight clash is a classic with no exemption. The WBA might not be involved, but my boxing heart just desires the best man win tonight at Cowboy Stadium.
But let’s now concentrate on the WBA championship bouts. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian welterweight Super Steve Maxwell ( 9-4, 6 KOs) was awarded a twelve round split decision over Alex “The Hammer”Ahtong (4-9-2, 3 KOs) in an action-packed bout that had the fans cheering throughout at the Tattersalls Park Function Center that overlooks the picturesque Derwent River in Glenorchy, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia on Friday. The 5’8 Maxwell was aggressive and throwing power shots from the opening bell, but was met by stiff resistance from the rangy 5’11 Ahtong, who, boxing from the southpaw stance. Ahtong scored with effective right jabs and left crosses and inflicted a cut over Maxwell left eye in round two. In round four a left hook bomb from Maxwell dropped Ahtong for the first time in his career and he looked in trouble until the bell sounded. Referee Tony Marretta warned Ahtong in rounds eight and ten for holding. At the conclusion of twelve rounds the scores were 117-114, 116-113, 114-117. (more…)
Last night at the Circus Arena in Berlin, Germany, 38-year-old New Zealander, Daniella Smith (10-1, 0 KOs) won the first IBF female championship against Jennifer Retzke in a unanimous 10-round decision victory. On her way to becoming the first IBF Female Welterweight Champion, Smith won by scores of 99-90, 96-94, and 96-93 on the judges’ cards while knocking down Retzke in the ninth. This was the first loss for Jennifer Retzke, who drops to 10-1, 7 KOs.
“It was a good fight,” stated IBF/USBA Championships Chairman Lindsey Tucker. “We were pleased to have such formidable female boxers fighting for our title and we are proud to have Daniella Smith as the organization’s first female champion.”
In the main event, highly regarded German middleweight Benjamin Simon moved to 20-1, 19 KOs by stopping 43-year-old Hungarian veteran Zoltan Kalocsai (41-11, 31 KOs) who couldn’t come out for round seven. Simon retained his IBF Intercontinental belt.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Fightnews.com has learned that legendary Baltimore MD trainer Mack Lewis passed away in Baltimore at the age of 92. Lewis gained notoriety when he led Vincent Pettway to the IBF Junior Middleweight championship in 1994 after 50 years in the sport. (more…)
By Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion in recess Chris John (43-0-2, 22 KOs) will defend his title against Fernando David Saucedo (38-4-3, 1 KO) of Argentina on December 4 in Jakarta, Indonesia. This fight has been postponed twice due John’s injuries this year. “I will dedicate my victory for the victims of the Mount Merapi volcano erruption,” said John who lives with his family in Central Java province, the location of the angry volcano.
On the undercard, young Indonesian featherweight prospect Daud Cino Yordan (26-1, 20 KOs) will also fight an opponent from Argentina in Damian David Marchiano (16-6-1, 6 KOs).
Young promoter Raja Sapta Octohari will promote these prestigious bouts.
By AJ Bellegarde/FightNews Canada
At the Commonwealth Center in Calgary, Alberta, Jesus “El Martillo” Gonzales improved his record to 25-1 with 14 KOs stopping the usually durable Jason Naugler at the end of the second round. After a slow openning frame, Gonzales openned up throwing punches with a barrage to start the second and never let up. It seemed as if he couldnt miss his Maritime target, virtually hitting him at will. Naugler (18-14, 11 KOs) valiantly tried to return fire but missed far more than he landed. Near the end of the round, Gonzales landed heavy hooks to the body causing Naugler to return to his corner at the end of the round favoring the right side of this body. Citing a rib injury, Naugler’s corner signalled their surrender giving the Phoenix, Arizona southpaw the victory. (more…)
By Nick Giongco
Representatives from the Texas Boxing Commission (TBC) will be on hand to monitor the wrapping of hands of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito inside their respective dressing rooms Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
Pacquiao adviser Mike Koncz said on Friday that the gloves and handwraps of the two fighters will be taken by the TBC shortly after their scheduled 12-round world super-welterweight title match. Aside from the presence of the TBC officials, representatives from Pacquiao and Margarito will be on hand when the wrapping of the hands starts.
This was decided upon owing to the handwraps controversy Margarito was involved in two years ago going into the fight with Shane Mosley. It was later discovered that Margarito’s wraps were loaded and he eventually was suspended for more than a year by the state of California.
In one of the most pivotal middleweight bouts of 2010, 185lbs contenders Nate ‘The Great’ Marquardt and Yushin Okami collide in Oberhausen, Germany, on November 13 to decide the division’s next number one contender.
The pair of elite middleweights – who have an astonishing combined record of 18-5 in the UFC – headline UFC 122®, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship(R) organization returns to mainland Europe. The victor will face the winner of the upcoming Anderson Silva v Vitor Belfort title clash, which will take place in early 2011 . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
Popular Southern California junior welterweight Jose “Josesito” Lopez stopped Sergio Rivera in round three of a scheduled 8 round welterweight contest on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. It was a tactical fight for the first couple rounds before Lopez opened up in the third round. Once Lopez let his hands fly, Rivera didn’t really seem to want to be there. A sweeping right cross from Lopez dropped Rivera for a count of 9. Rivera got up but took a knee once the assault continued and chose to watch the referee count him out rather than fight onward. By way of a TKO victory at 2:58 of the third round, Lopez improves to 28-3 (16KO) while Rivera falls to 25-6-2 (16KO). (more…)
WBO #15 bantamweight Jesus Ruiz (24-3-2, 18 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Julio Roque Ler (30-8, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Jose Cuervo Salon in Mexico City. Ler was tough, but the quicker Ruiz was in command all the way in retaining his interim WBC Latino bantamweight belt by scores of 120-108 on all three cards.
Weigh-in results from “Boxeo En Las Vegas II” card in Las Vegas, N.M.:
Arturo Crespin 171 vs. Charles Alderete 171
Amanda Crespin 129.5 vs. DJ Morrison 129.5
Shawn Gallegos 133 vs. Marcos Herrera 133
Michael Gallegos 135 vs. Juan Herrera 132.5
Randy Arrellin 137.5 vs. Steve Marquez 140.5
Jazzma Hogue 116.5 vs. Jaime Gutierrez 117
Adrian Lopez 201 vs. Eric McElroy 204
Miguel Armendarez 124 vs. Paul Castillo Jr. 124.5
Michael Herrera 113 vs. Yon Harvison 111.5
Unbeaten lightweight Omar “Estrella” Figueroa (10-0-1, 8 KOs) and Arturo Quintero (15-4-1, 9 KOs) battled to an eight round draw on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Both fighters had their moments in eight rounds of good action. Scores were 77-75 Figueroa, 77-75 Quintero and 76-76.
In a clash of unbeaten welterweights, Jermell Charlo (14-0, 7KOs) kept his “0” a workmanlike eight round unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda (10-1-1, 7 KOs).
By Scott Ploof at ringside
Middleweight Peter Manfredo Jr moved to 36-6 with 20 KOs when Jhon Berrio (15-8, 11 KOs) remained on his stool after round six on Friday night at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln, Rhode Island. “The Pride of Providence” was in command the whole way. It is suspected that Berrio may have suffered broken ribs. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
It is probably a more intriguing match than Pacquiao vs. Margarito, the main event in Arlingtom tomorrow night. It opposes two talented boxers in a real toss-up battle. One battler hails from Panama, a former world champion with over 41 bouts. The other is from Cuba, a two time Olympic champion and amateur legend but with only six pro fights. Both are southpaws. Both are conscious that their clash will very likely determine the rest of their career. A loss here in Arlington is simply devastating. We are referring, of course, to the intriguing matchup between Ricardo Cordoba (37-2-2, 23 KOs) of Panama and Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) of Cuba. (more…)
Unbeaten Mexican welterweight phenom Saul “Canelo” Alvarez’ December 4 fight against Lovemore N’dou at Estadio de Beisbol “Beto” Avila in Veracruz, Mexico will air in the United States on HBO Latino, as well as Televisa in Mexico. Apparently N’dou’s IBO title won’t be on the line.
Promoter Gary Shaw has inked former 140lb champion Kendall Holt. According to information distributed by Shaw’s publicist, Holt has a multi-year deal that begins December 3 at the Chumash Resort in Santa Ynez, Califprnia against an opponent to be named.
Looks like SHOWTIME’s December 11 bantamweight tournament could land in the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. The card was originally scheduled to take place in Mexico.
John DeGuardia, the uncle of promoter Joe DeGuardia, passed away Friday morning at the age of 76. John was a professional fighter who fought during the 50’s under the name Sal DiGuardia. John was 16 years old when he turned pro so he used his brother’s ID to get a license. FightNews offers our condolences to the Joe and the DeGuardia family.
FightNews also expresses our sympathy to photographer Marty Rosengarten who lost his father last week. Allan Rosengarten was 87 years old.
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