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By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Undefeated DC welterweight Dusty Harrison walked into the ring at the Washington Convention Center with a heavy heart. Earlier in the week, Harrison learned that his uncle passed away, reportedly as the result of a suicide. However, Harrison was extremely focused and scored a first-round TKO over Darrell “Prince” Jones of Jacksonville, FL. Harrison knocked Jones down twice with right hands before the bout was stopped at 2:30 of the round. After the bout, Harrison and his mother, Lynda shared a touching embrace and some tears. Harrison is now 11-0, seven KO’s while Jones is 3-10-1, one KO. (more…)
By Jose E. Santiago
Last night at the sold-out Grand Ball Room just Northeast of Atlanta GA, Sugar Bert Promotion delighted the Georgia boxing fans with a stellar show featuring great matchups leading up to a shocker in the co-main event and a new champion in the main event.
In the main event, cruiserweight Mike “CannonHandz” Seals (14-0 10KO) destroyed former two-time super-middleweight champ Byron Mitchell (29-11-1 22KO). It was evident at the sound of the opening bell that speed would be the obvious difference. As Mitchell prodded forward looking to land, it was Seals who used his brilliant hand speed and power to pick him apart. Half way through the first round, Seals began landing overhand rights at will, wobbling Mitchell numerous times. At the 2:35 mark one last right hand put Mitchell down. Although he was able to beat the count, referee Brian Stutts stopped the fight after seeing that Mitchell was still wobbly and had received an exuberant amount of hard shots. With the victory Seals won the cruiserweight WBC United States (USNBC) belt and continues to move up the world rankings. (more…)
Following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Márquez, Manny Pacquiao made a precautionary visit to University Medical Center. “Manny was given a CT scan and the results were negative,” said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor. “We were in an out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits.” Pacquiao returned to his penthouse suite in THEhotel for a family dinner followed by a viewing of his fourth fight against Marquez. As the DVD played, Pacquiao announced “Spoiler alert. I don’t think you are going to like how this ends!”
Pacquiao then issued the following statement to his fans:
“First and foremost I would like to thank God for keeping Juan Manuel Márquez and me safe during our fight on Saturday night,” said Pacquiao. “I want to congratulate Juan Manuel. I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think boxing fans who watched us were winners too. To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight. On behalf of Jinkee and our family we would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy new year.”
By Andreas Hale
Manny Pacquiao was immediately taken to the hospital for a ct scan after suffering what appeared to be a concussion. Marquez also was rumored to be concussed and suffered a broken nose but still made it to the press conference after his shocking 6th round knockout over Manny Pacquiao.
“I put this fight with one of my best victories,” Marquez said while refusing to look to commit to another fight. “I don’t know what is coming in the future but I’m going to rest and celebrate with my fans in the future.”
By Johnny B’
Former world title challenger Johnny Lira, 61, from Chicago, died Saturday afternoon at 3pm at the Illinois Masonic hospital surrounded by family and friends. Details to come regarding the wake or funeral.
Lira also known as ‘World Class Pug’ was a former IBF/USBA Lightweight champion with his 1978 KO of then undefeated (25-0) Andy Ganigan. Lira’s 6th round KO of Ganigan earned him a world title shot at Ernesto Espana who halted Lira in the 9th round of a world title match held in Chicago in 1979. Lira ended his professional boxing career with a 29-6-1 mark (15 KOs). Lira also worked for a short time as a professional boxing judge and trainer.
Benson Henderson, who has boldly voiced his desire to eclipse Anderson Silva’s record for consecutive title defenses in the Octagon, moved a tiny step closer Saturday night at Key Arena by shutting out No. 1 contender Nate Diaz over five rounds in the UFC on FOX 5 main event to retain his UFC lightweight belt.
The triumph marked Henderson’s second successful title defense, meaning the well-rounded Arizonan must now defend his title at least nine more times to surpass Silva (assuming Silva does not continue to win and raise that total) . . . Click here for more on UFC.com
In an eight round light heavyweight main event, combacking former world title challenger Anthony Hanshaw (23-2-1, 14 KOs) easily defeated journeyman William Gill. Scores were 80-72 across the board for Hanshaw. Hanshaw once challenged for the IBO super middleweight world title but came up short having to settle for a draw. However the biggest name he has shared the ring with to date was Roy Jones Jr years back where he lost by decision.
In a six-round featured attraction, Georgia resident Keandre Leatherwood (12-1-1, 8 KOs) beat 48 fight veteran Marcos Primera by way of unanimous decision. The ever improving Leatherwood, promoted by Boxing360, never let Primera in the fight. There were no knockdowns scored but Leatherwood stunned Primera multiple times mixed with completely outboxing him. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Leatherwood 59-53. The event took place at the Benton Convention Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
By Ron Jackson
Former IBF minimumweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi came back in style when he stopped Argentina’s Walter Rojas in 2 minutes and 13 seconds of the first round to win the WBA interim mini flyweight belt at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. The southpaw Joyi, 29, whose record improves to 23-1, 15 KOs suffered his first defeat when he was knocked out in the seventh round by Mario Rodriguez of Mexico on September 1 this year, to lose his IBF belt. The taller Joyi was in control from the first bell before sending Rojas 20-2-1; 18 down with a left hand to the body. The Argentinean managed to beat the count but the referee waved the fight off when his corner threw in the towel. (more…)
By Andreas Hale and Anthony Springer at ringside
Photos: Chris Cozzone
The fourth battle in the series between future Hall of Famers Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 39 KOs) was the best on Saturday night before 16,000+ at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacman got off to a good start, but Marquez dropped Pacquiao with a booming right hand in round three. Pacquiao came back to drop Marquez in the fifth and had him in trouble at the end of the round. Marquez’ face was a bloody mess as he was punished by Pacman in the sixth but the bout ended suddenly when Marquez caught Manny at the bell with a right hand that laid him out face down motionless! Time was 2:59. At the time of the knockout, Pacquiao was ahead by one point on all three cards.
In his first fight in 15 months, former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over gutsy Michael Farenas (34-4-4, 26 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim super featherweight title. Gamboa put Farenas on the deck in rounds two and seven. But it wasn’t all one-way traffic as Farenas caught a wild-swinging Gamboa with a left hook in round nine and put him on the canvas. Scores were 117-109, 118-108, 117-108. (more…)
By Robert Coster, reporting ringside from Kingston
Photos: Olivier Monserrat-Robert (FFB)
Big time boxing returned to Jamaica as native son Nicholas “The Axeman” Walters (22-0, 18 KOs) put on a flawless performance in winning the vacant WBA featherweight title with a definitive seventh round TKO over Daulis Prescott (26-2, 19 KOs) of Colombia at the National Indoor Centre in Kingston. Working behind a lashing jab, Walters displayed a very complete array of skills, taking apart his opponent with combination punching to the body and the head, uppercuts and short right crosses. The “Axeman” knocked down his Colombian foe in the fourth and fifth rounds. Prescott, however, fought back bravely and tried to turn the fight into a street brawl. He did catch Walters with some good punches in the sixth round but the young Jamaican refused to fall into the trap and stuck to his fight plan. The end came at 39 seconds of the seventh with Walters catching Prescott with a vicious hook to the liver followed by a short right cross. Prescott fell heavily to the canvas but courageously got up to the count of 9. Referee Rafael Ramos, however, prevented the wobbly Colombian from receiving any more punishment, calling an end to the fight. The victory was all the sweeter for Walters as he became the first Jamaican to win a world title on Jamaican soil. (more…)
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