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By Andreas Hale at ringside
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
In a war, WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over former two-division world champion Rafael Marquez (39-6, 35 KOs) on Saturday nigfht at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Juanma sent Marquez staggering across the ring with a left hand in round three, but Marquez rocked Lopez in round four. Lopez was also deducted a point for a rabbit punch in the round by referee Tony Weeks. Lopez had the upper hand from round six on, although Marquez was still dangerous. Juanma really worked over Marquez in round eight and he didn’t come out for round nine citing an injured right shoulder.
Super Six newcomer Glen Johnson (51-14-2, 35 KOs) moved to the semi-final of SHOWTIME’s groundbreaking super middleweight tournament with an eighth round KO of Allan Green (29-3, 20 KOs). Johnson dropped Green for the count after staggering him in rounds three and six, although two officials had Green ahead on two cards entering the KO round. Time was :36. The 41-year-old Johnson gets three points for the KO win. (more…)
In an all-Irish clash for the vacant EBU (European) super bantamweight title, unbeaten Prizefighter Tournament winner Willie Casey (11-0, 7 KOs) halted Paul Hyland (18-2, 5 KOs) in round four on Saturday night at the University Arena in Limerick, Ireland. It was a non-stop firefight with Casey’s “big bangs” eventually breaking down Hyland prompting a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:09.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Luis Garcia (11-0, 9 KOs) scored a second round TKO over two-time former world champion Byron Mitchell (28-7-1, 21 KOs) after Mitchell couldn’t continue due to an injury to his left eye.
By Przemek Garczarczyk
6’8, 250lb Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach (22-0, 10 KOs) will not fight on the undercard of tonight’s Zab Judah-Lucas Matthysse show at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. “Kevin Burnett did not show up at the press conference and Friday’s mandatory weigh-in. As far as we know, there was a conflict between his new and old management and he just never arrived,” said Kathy Duva, Main Events president and co-promoter of the Prudential Center event. “We are very disappointed with this development,” stated Mariusz Kolodziej, Global Boxing president. “Mariusz was training for six weeks at Global Boxing Gym, was ready to showcase his talents in United States.”
Photos: Don de Guzman
Manny Pacquiao, who will go for a world title in an unprecedented eighth weight division next week, is already at the contract weight for his November 13 pay-per-view showdown with Antonio Margarito. Pacman scaled in at 150lbs yesterday at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California.
Although he appears fit and ready, Pacquiao told 60 Minutes’ Bob Simon, his main concern right now is politics – he also won election to the Congress of the Philippines last May – a distraction his trainer believes could be hurting his chances in the upcoming bout (Simon’s profile of Pacquiao will be broadcast on CBS’ “60 Minutes” news series on Sunday night at 7 p.m. ET/PT). When Simon brought up his political career, Pacquiao let him know that serving his fellow Filipinos is where his priorities lie now. “I already achieved my goals in boxing, my dreams in boxing,” says the 31-yr.old fighter. “What I want to achieve more is in public service…I want to be a champion there,” he tells Simon. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBC#15 Motoki Sasaki (35-8-1, 22 KOs), 139.25, barely kept his OPBF super-lightweight belt as he had a tough time in earlier rounds but landed a vicious left hook to drop Indonesian champ Geisler AP (5-1, 3 KOs), 139.75, for the count at 1:07 of the seventh round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan.
The 35-year-old Japanese veteran, making his initial defense since dethroning Filipino banger Randy Suico by a split duke here this July, put on a see-saw performance, though leading slightly on points. The muscular Indonesian, boasting of his unblemished amateur mark of 20-0, occasionally caught the shorter champ with big rights, but inexplicably failed to press follow it up only to be riding on a bicycle. The seventh witnessed Sasaki explode a devastating left hook to the cheek of the fading challenger, 26, who badly went down and paid no effort to raise himself up prior to Filipino referee Delbert Perigrino’s fatal ten. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Despite forfeiting the South African junior heavyweight on the scales former champion Thabiso Mchunu outpointed former SA light heavyweight champion Daniel Bruwer at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban, South Africa on Friday night.
At the Friday weigh-in Thabiso from Kwa-Ximba, Pietermaritzburg weighed in at 89kg which was over the junior heavyweight limit of 86.15kg and forfeited his title. However, if Bruwer from Meyerton, Gauteng who was inside the limit had won the fight he could have claimed the title. (more…)
Photos: Rich Hundley III/SHOWTIME
On the eve of the win-or-go-home Group Stage 3 matchup between 168-pounders Allan Green and Glen Johnson in the Super Six World Boxing Classic on SHOWTIME®, offensive-minded Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez TKOed James McGirt Jr. in hopes to send a message and become the division’s top prospect. In the co-feature bouts at Scheels Arena in Fargo, N.D., Aaron Pryor Jr. won a unanimous decision over Dyah Davis and Marcus “Too Much” Johnson dominated Kevin Engel en route to a third-round TKO. (more…)
The full line-up has been set for the Dec. 3 card at Route 66 Casino, west of Albuquerque, N.M., promoted by Fresquez Productions. In the main event, Holly Holm (28-1-3, 8 KOs), of Albuquerque, will defend her IBA jr. welterweight title in a rematch against Ann Marie Saccurato (15-3-2, 6 KOs), of White Plains, N.Y. In the semi-main, an eight-round lightweight bout, Albuquerque’s Victoria Cisneros (5-10-2, 1 KO) takes on Chevelle Hallback (27-6-2, 11 KOs), of Tampa, Fla. The undercard: Albuquerque jr. welterweight Josh “Pittbull” Torres (5-1-1, 3 KOs) rematches Kansas’ Joel Vargas (3-1-1, 2 KOs); Albuquerque light-heavyweight Christian Bruffy-Holmes (0-1) looks for his first win against Emmanuel Thompson, of Wichita, Ks., who makes his debut; and, in his pro debut, amateur standout from Espanola, Antonio “Tone” Martinez takes on Andres Galarza, of San Marcos, Texas, also debuting.
Weights by Jose Leon Castillo
From the Hard Rock of Albuquerque for tonight’s card promoted by Danny Romero Productions:
Mike Alderete 188 vs. Max Heyman 185.2
Randy Arrellin 139.2 vs. Lorenzo Estrada 141.8
Jose Ramirez 178.2 vs. Manuel Otero 188.6
Josh Gomez 141 vs. Colbert Lozoya 138
Natalie Roy 119.8 vs. Celistino Cano *
* Weighed in late
By Nick Giongco
Pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao received a brand-new Toyota Landcruiser on Friday afternoon and $10,000 from Toyota-Glendale during a handover at the parking lot of the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California. On hand to present Pacquiao the $80,000 SUV is Toyota-Glendale big boss Harlan Gittin, whose involvement in the agreement was made possible by Pacquiao’s Canadian consiglieri Mike Koncz. The cash donation would benefit Pacquiao’s foundation that was established in the Philippines aimed at uplifting the level of education and healthcare in the impoverished region of Mindanao.
Video: Joel Colon/PR Best Boxing
Photo: Jesse Kelley
Exciting super middleweight Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez (17-0, 13 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage of James McGirt Jr. (22-3-1, 11 KOs) on Friday night at Scheels Arena in Fargo, North Dakota. Rodriguez was the aggressor the entire fight, forcing McGirt to keep his guard up trying to fend off Rodriguez’ relentless power shots. Referee Mark Nelson finally waved it off at 1:57 of the ninth after imploring McGirt to “show me something” between rounds.
The co-feature was a super middleweight clash between the sons of 80s boxing stars Aaron Pryor and Howard Davis Jr. with Aaron Pryor Jr. (15-2, 11 KOs) winning a clear eight round unanimous decision over Dyah Davis (18-2, 9 KOs). Scores were 79-73, 79-73, 78-74.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus “Too Much” Johnson (20-0, 15 KOs) scored a third round TKO over Kevin “The Hitman” Engel (18-4, 15 KOs). Johnson dropped Engel twice in round three and referee Mark Nelson waved it off at the end of round three.
Photos: Enrique “Quique” Vazquez / Promociones Miguel Cotto
Welterweight Jose Miguel Cotto (32-2, 24 KOs) punished late sub Chris “Shaka” Henry (22-21, 17 KOs) until the bout was stopped in round four on Friday night at the Coliseo Cosme Beitia Catano in Catano, Puerto Rico. The 5’6 younger brother of boxing superstar Miguel Cotto knocked down the six-foot tall journeyman Henry in round two and dominated the fight from start to end. Time of the stoppage was 1:19. Henry replaced Cotto’s original opponent Oscar Leon on short notice after leon was forced to withdraw from the fight because of visa issues.
In the co-feature, featherweight Jesus Rojas (16-1, 12 KOs) scored a second round knockdown against veteran Reynaldo Lopez (30-9, 22 KOs), but was forced to go the full scheduled six to take a split decision. The 36-year-old Lopez was clearly the fresher at the end. Scores were 59-54, 59-54 Rojas, 57-56 Lopez. more + photos
Photos and story by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Former WBC cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni (27-3-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over journeyman Eduardo Ayala (17-34-4, 8 KOs) on Friday night at the Royal Hotel in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico. The one-sided affair was waved off despite the protests of Ayala.
WBC #1 light flyweight Adrian “El Confesor” Hernandez (20-1-1, 12 KOs) scored a third round KO over former world title challenger Erick Ramirez (27-9-1, 20 KOs).
Full Report: Although the WBC’s 48th annual convention in Cancun is officially over, there is still some boxing business to be dealt with on Friday night at the Royal Hotel ballroom. Mexican Promoter Salvador Briman and OPI 2000’s Salvatore and Christian Cherchi copromoted the show co-headlined by former WBC Cruiserweight champion Giacobbe Fragomeni against Mexican Eduardo Ayala, scheduled for ten rounds and NABF Light Fly champ and WBC #1 rated Adrian Hernandez against former two-time title challenger Erik Ramirez, also scheduled for ten. more + photos
By Dennis Principe
WBO #1 flyweight Brian Viloria proved there’s still a lot of energy left in his tank via his latest fight. The same can be said with the former two-time world champion’s left hand which he used in annihilating Thai challenger Liempetch Sor Veerapol Friday night at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Two shows in Washington DC area Saturday. Here are the weights for the cards at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center in Waldorf, Maryland and the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virgina:
The Waldorf card:
John Mackey 160 vs. George Rivera 158
Alexander Johnson 175 vs. Andre Espeut 177
Tori Nelson 150 vs. Rachel Clark 151.5
Abodurin Akinyanju 283.5 vs. Kevin Howard 269.5
Lenwood Dozier 145 vs. Mike Denby 144
Charlemegne Jones 215 vs. Jiuseppe Cusimano 222
Thomas Williams 173.5 vs. Dan Shull 173.5
The Fairfax card:
Jimmy Lange 154 vs. Joe Wyatt 151
William Joppy 169 vs. Cory Cummings 167
Todd Wilson 141 vs. Corey Goodwin 141
Perry Ballard 153 vs. Booker Mullins 151
Jonathan Reid 162 vs. Mike McFail 165
Zain Shah 159 vs. Omar Sims 163
Brandon Quarles 155 vs. Lawrence Jones 155
Tony Weeks will be the third man in the ring when WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez takes on Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Judges will be Raul Caiz, Sr., Duane Ford and Dave Moretti.
The referee for the Super Six clash between Glen Johnson and Allan Green will be Robert Byrd. Scoring the bout will be Jerry Roth, Dick Houck and Burt Clements.
By Robert Coster
Photos: Alberto Salazar / WBC
Omar Nino Romero 107.5 vs Gilberto Keb Baas 107.5
(WBC light-flyweight title)
Ana Maria Torres 114.5 vs Hollie Dunaway 110.5
(WBC female super flyweight title)
Promoter: HG BOXING
Venue: Polyforum, Zemna, Merida, Yucatan
TV: Televisa (Mexico)
Note: This is the 100th title fight between two Mexicans since Ruben Castillo faced Chucho Castillo in 1970
Showtime Networks Inc. announced Friday that undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Lucian Bute, one of the most talented pound-for-pound and popular fighters of this era, has signed a multi-fight agreement with the premium television network. The announcement was made by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®, and Jean Bedard, Bute’s promoter and President of InterBox, at a press conference in Las Vegas. All the principals involved spoke with members of the international boxing media on a conference call on the eve of Saturday night’s WBO featherweight world championship between Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez and the Super Six World Boxing Classic battle between Allan Green and Glen Johnson LIVE on SHOWTIME (10 p.m. ET/PT). Bute’s first fight in the new deal will be scheduled for the first quarter of 2011 against an opponent to be announced. (more…)
Mario Mina 160.5 vs Foster Nkodo 159.5
Nicole Woods 136 vs Kim Connor 136
Keuntray Henson 143 vs Troy White 145
Hastings Bwayla 149 vs Anthony Bowman ??
Dedrick Bell 143 vs Starr Johnson ??
Venue: The Fitz Casino, Tunica, MS
Promoter: Prize Fight
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and former champ Rafael Marquez bith weighed 125.5 for their showdown on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Glen Johnson weighed 167 for the Super Six clash with Allan Green, who scaled in at 168. Both fights can be seen on SHOWTIME at 9PM ET/PT.
Diego Magdaleno 131 vs Derrick Campos 131
Mickey Bey Jr 132 vs Eric Cruz 132.5
Marvin Quintero 133 vs Daniel Attah 133
McWilliams Arroyo 112 vs Cesar Grajeda 112
Dany Escobar 145 vs Anthony Lenk 143
Jesse Magdaleno 124.5 Matthew Salazar 123
Photo by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Hershman, IBF Super Middleweight Champion Lucian Bute and Jean Bedard, President, Groupe Sportscene Inc. and InterBox announced today that the undefeated Bute has signed a multi-fight agreement with SHOWTIME. (more…)
This Sunday, November 7th will be “Margarito Madness” in Dallas/Fort Worth when Mexico’s Antonio Margarito takes the fight to local fight fans. Margarito will start the day with a personal appearance at the DFW Tamale Festival, at Dallas Market Hall, beginning at 1:00 pm. After a brief appearance on stage, he will then sign autographs. Margarito will also be conducting a media/public workout in Fort Worth at La Gran Plaza Mall. He will be training in a boxing ring set-up on center stage in the middle of the mall. He will follow his training with an autograph session.
Photos courtesy Millennium Photo
Zab Judah 139 vs Lucas Matthysse 140
(IBF/WBO jr welterweight eliminator)
Robert Guerrero 133 vs Vicente Escobedo 134
Sadam Ali 145 vs Gary Bergeron 143
Adrien Broner 134.5 vs Ilido Julio 136.5
Angel Concepcion 179 vs Maurice Amaro 173
Mike Brooks 140.5 vs Kywame Hill 139
Tyrone Luckey 130 vs Alex Montes 126
Mike Perez 136 vs Hevinson Herrera 135
Mikael Zewski 151 vs Ardrick Butler 150
Bastie Samir 162 vs Damion Reed 163
Venue: Prudential Center, Newark, NY
Promoter: Main Events/Golden Boy
Legendary promoter Don King has accepted the invitation from the Kiwanis Club of Little Havana to showcase three fighters at their Art in the Park event being held from 7 p.m. to midnight tonight in Ponce Circle Park at 2800 Ponce De Leon Blvd. near Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. A special ring is being set up at the event for the boxers to display their skills. The three fighters King is bringing to Art in the Park tonight will all be appearing at his world championship boxing card being staged at AmericanAirlines Arena on Friday, Dec. 17.
Cuban 2004 Olympic gold medalist and now undefeated World Boxing Council No. 2-ranked professional heavyweight Odlanier “La Sombra” Solis (16-0, 12 KOs) will be in the ring at 9 p.m.
Tallahassee’s own undefeated International Boxing Federation light heavyweight champion Tavoris “Thunder” Cloud (21-0, 18 KOs) will be in the ring at 8 p.m.
Undefeated lightweight contender Angelo “La Cobra” Santana (9-0, 6 KOs), from Cuba now living in Miami, will be working out in the ring at 8:30 p.m.
By Graham Houston
Photo: Rich J. Hundley III
Edwin Rodriguez returns to ShoBox tonight when he tops the bill in a 10-rounder against James McGirt Jr., and I make this the stiffest test yet for the undefeated 168-pounder from Massachusetts. Rodriguez, a former U.S. national champion and national Golden Gloves champion in the amateurs, is an exciting prospect being groomed for big things, a boxer-puncher who goes to the body with telling effect.
I did think that Rodriguez got caught a bit too easily in his ShoBox fight with the game but limited Kevin Engel in April, but I think he wanted to look good and was so eager to land his hard punches that he didn’t always bother too much about defence. Rodriguez produced some classy punching from both hands, though, including left uppercuts, and he ended the bout with a driving right-hand shot to the body. (more…)
The purse split for Vitali Klitschko’s next title defense against the winner of the title eliminator between Ray Austin and Odlanier Soliswill be 70% for the champion and 30% for the challenger. Austin and Solis meet December 17th in Miami and the winner’s title shot against Klitschko must take place within 100 days of December 17th. A corresponding contract was signed by Arena Promotions, K2 Promotions, Don King Productions and the WBC.
The countdown has begun for the SHOWTIME Championship Boxing doubleheader featuring Juan Manuel Lopez vs. Rafael Marquez and Allan Green vs. Glen Johnson. To kick off the event, commentator Al Bernstein presents highlights from the press conference with all four fighters in Las Vegas.
Photos: Tom Casino / Showtime
Showtime Networks Inc. announced today that undefeated IBF Super Middleweight World Champion Lucian Bute, one of the most talented pound-for-pound and popular fighters of this era, has signed a multi-fight agreement with the premium television network. The announcement was made by Ken Hershman, Executive Vice President and General Manager of SHOWTIME Sports®, and Jean Bedard, Bute’s promoter and President of InterBox, at a press conference in Las Vegas.
With the network’s ongoing Super Six World Boxing Classic, which includes the best active fighters in the division, Bute is afforded a number of potential matchups on SHOWTIME. The remaining tournament participants all have high-stakes bouts in the coming weeks: Allan Green-Glen Johnson (tomorrow, Sat., Nov. 6 live at 10p ET/PT), Carl Froch-Arthur Abraham (Sat., Nov. 27 for vacant WBC title) and WBA World Champion Andre Ward against non-tournament contender Sakio Bika, (Sat., Nov. 27). The field boasts multiple super middleweight belts, boxing styles and virtually anything a courageous super middleweight would seek in opposition.
Bute’s first fight in the new deal will be scheduled for the first quarter of 2011 against an opponent to be announced. (more…)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
PABA 105lb king Kwanthai Sithmorseng (31-0-1, 17 KOs) became the new WBA minimumweight champion when he won a split decision over WBA#2 and ABCO title holder Pigmy Muangchaiyaphum (42-6-2, 18 KOs) on Friday at Phranakhon Rajabhat University in Bangkok, Thailand. This was an exciting bout as both fighters viciously exchanged punches most of the twelve round heat-bout. It seemed Kwanthai being a little better in the first three round as he displayed more accurate counterpunches. The situation was changed from round four when Pigmy speeded his aggression, exchanging toe-to-toe and gaining the scores back with his more effective bodyshots. But the PABA king came back again from round nine, landing his good conbinations to deny Pigmy’s assault and dominating until round eleven. Although the ABCO boss exerted his full attempt in hunting his opponent in round twelve but it was too late to turn the tide. Scored : Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 116-112 and Michael Lee (Korea) 115-114 for Kwanthai while Takeo Harada (Japan) saw 115-114 for Pigmy. Fightnews agreed with the Korean judge. (more…)
Story by David Robinett
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In recent years, fighting out of Northern California has meant few competitors for the recognition and support of the boxing fans.
However, for much of this decade, former two-division titlist Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero – from Gilroy – has played second fiddle in the region to 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Andre Ward – who was born in San Francisco but is now fighting out of Oakland – and Vicente Escobedo, also a member of the 2004 U.S.A. Olympic team – who is from Woodlawn, right next to the State’s capitol of Sacramento. . . . Click here for more
Story by Andreas Hale
Photos by Mary Ann Owen, Boxing in Las Vegas
A little over five years ago, two fighters clashed on Showtime in an epic battle that many casual boxing fans let slip under the radar. That fight turned out to be the fight of the decade and arguably the greatest boxing fights of all time. Diego Corrales and Jose Luis Castillo fought in front of a sparse crowd in Las Vegas, NV and blew everyone’s mind with an incredible back and forth brawl that had fans on edge and calling their friends and family to tune in. Something about Saturday’s showdown between Juan Manuel Lopez (29-0, 26 KOs) and Rafael Marquez (39-5, 35 KOs) has many boxing pundits recalling the Corrales and Castillo clash – and for good reason . . . Click here for more
Someday Yves Jabouin hopes to be a 3D animator on blockbuster action films (citing “The Matrix” and “Terminator” as examples of the kind of spectacular projects he covets). In the meantime, with Hollywood on the backburner, the occasional training partner of Georges St-Pierre is gearing up for his Nov. 11 scrap against Hawaiian standout Brandon Visher. . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, UFC.com
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Ukrainian light welterweight Serhiy Fedchenko (26-1, 13 KOs) will fight against former WBO light welterweight champion DeMarcus Corley (37-14-1, 22 KOs) on November 13th at the Sportpalace Lokomotiv in Kharkov, Ukraine. On the undercard will be the comeback of WBA light heavyweight world title challenger Viacheslav Uzelkov (22-1, 14 KOs).
Video: Kurt Freitag
WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez demonstrates what former world champion Rafael Marquez is in for when they collide in another classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing Saturday night.
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