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In a battle of world ranked contenders, WBC Latin flyweight and National Champion Jesus “Destroyer” Jimenez of Guadalajara, Mexico lived up to his nickname and destroyed South America and National Champion Santiago “El Vendaval” Acosta of Buenos Aires, Argentina in a bout held last night at Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez Marbet Plus Hall in Ciudad Neza, Mexico. After three rounds of action, Jimenez currently ranked #3 WBC #5 WBA #6 WBO, came out aggressive in round four and hit Acosta with a perfect shot to the liver sending him to the canvas for the full count. With the win, the hard punching “Destroyer” upped his record to 26-5, 19 KOs and added the WBO Latin flyweight title to his resume. The Argentinean who had never tasted the canvas before in his career and was ranked #7 WBA, #9 WBO drops his record to 16-3-1-7 KO’s. (more…)
Weights by Alexey Sukachev
Victor Plotnikov 145.6 vs Sherzodbek Alimjanov 147
(Vacant EBA welterweight title)
Mario Preskar 212.4 vs Maxim Pedyura 233.6
Andrey Rudenko 246.7 vs Edgars Kalnars 217
Kostya Rovensky 154 vs Tursunbay Adulakimov 154
Alik Murtazaliev 167.5 vs Vladimir Borovsky 158.5
Mamed Yadgarov TBA vs Asror Sotivoldiev
Valentin Golovko 138 vs Denis Tupilenko 141
Artem Ayvazidi 145.5 vs Vitaly Olkhovik TBA
Vitaly Nevesely 196.5 vs Andrey Ivanov 201.5
Venue: “Ukraine” Palace of sports, Lviv
Promoter: K2 East
TV: Megasport (Ukraine)
Long Beach, CA’s David Gaspar and Juan Centeno of Nicaragua had no problem tilting the scales under the super flyweight limit of 115 lbs. Friday afternoon for their Saturday night main event bout being held at the sports complex of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Gaspar (10-1-1, 8KO) who lives in Tijuana, MX, and Centeno (15-13, 8KO) will exchange leather for ten rounds in a fight card promoted by Erik Morales’ Box Latino and Pinolero Boxing. In the semi main event, Darwin Zamora (14-2-1, 12KO) and Marlon Pineda (7-7-1, 4KO) will be battling for the Nicaragua flyweight title. Both warriors weighed in at 112 lbs. Both fights will be broadcast nationally in Mexico by Cadena Tres.
In the main event of ‘Boxeo Boricua in Caguas,’ Luis “El Artesano” Cruz obtained the WBC-affiliated USNBC featherweight title with a KO victory over veteran contender Jesus “El Dificil” Perez at 1:35 of round four. Perez’ corner stopped the fight after a devastating knockdown. “It’s my first title, I feel very happy with the support shown by my hometown fans of Las Piedras that came to see me fight here in Caguas. Jesus is very strong fighter, and had a lot of expirience but we dominated him taking advantage of his mistakes,” Luis Cruz said. Known as “El Artesano,” he improved his record to 11-0, 9 KOs. Promoter Miguel Cotto said “Luis is a very exciting fighter to watch. He has a lot of skills, can box, move around and punch really hard. He will be fighting again in the month of August in front of his hometown fans in Las Piedras. It will definitely be a great show.” In another bout, Abner “Pin” Cotto had a impressive KO win over Jonathan González in the second round. Cotto improved his record to 3-0, 3 KOs.
By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi outclassed Florante Condes from the Philippines in scoring a unanimous 12 round points decision in their IBF mini-flyweight title eliminator at the Orient Theatre in East London on Friday night. Joyi (47,55kg) who was in control from the first round won with scores of 120-107 by judges Wally Snowball and Deon Dwarte and judge Isaac Tshabalala had it 119-108. In an all southpaw clash Condes (47.00k) put up a gutsy performance against the taller Joyi 20-0; 15 who had him down in the twelfth round, but could not finish off the courageous little battler. Joyi never lost a round as Condes 23-5-1; 20 who battled to get past the South African’s stiff right jab was unable to penetrate Joyi’s tight defence. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
IBF #4 Canadian super bantamweight Steve Molitor (now 29-1, 11 KOs) has just barely won a split decision against Mexican Heriberto Ruiz (41-8-2, 23 KOs) over twelve rounds in an eliminator for the #2 ranking at on Friday night at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada. Scores were 116-112 (twice) for Molitor and 112-116 for Ruiz. Molitor is a former IBF junior featherweight champion.
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
Photos: John Booz
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Two time heavyweight world title challenger Fres Oquendo (30-5, 19 KOs) scored a third round TKO over late sub Mark “Oak Tree” Brown (15-2, 7 KOs) in a bout for the WBC Latino title on Friday night at Chicago’s UIC Pavilion. Brown was deducted a point for continual holding in round two by referee Gino Rodriguez. Oquendo rocked Brown at the end of round two and picked up where he left off in the third round. Rodriguez halted the contest at 2:38 of the round with Brown unable to defend himself.
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
WBO flyweight champion Omar Narvaez of Argentina now (30-0-2, 19 KOs) successfully defended his title for the sixteenth time against challenger Omar Soto of Mexico now (17-5-1, 11 KOs) stopping him in round eleven. The bout took place at the Estadio Luna Park, Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina. Narvaez promoted by Osvaldo Rivero, clearly showed why he has been a world champion for seven years and has not lost a fight in nearly nine years as a professional. A very relaxed Narvaez stood in the pocket against Soto for the majority of the fight dodging Soto’s punches with subtle but very effective head and body movement. When Narvaez was on the offensive, he completely dominated and outclassed Soto with a good mix of head and body shots. Soto was deducted a point for headbutting Narvaez in round eight after being warned multiple times by referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. prior to the deduction for similar infractions. There was no doubt Soto came to fight as he was very aggressive, but Narvaez was in complete control of the bout from the beginning. The end came in the eleventh round when a series of power left and right hands to head of Soto had him staggering. A straight left hand to the head put him down. Soto beat the count but arose on unsteady legs and the referee rightfully stopped the bout. Prior to the bout it was announced that the WBO had elevated Narvaez to Super Champion.
Bantamweight Sebastian Rodriguez (9-1, 3 KOs) stopped Santos Marimon (12-11-1) in round nine in a bout for the interim WBC Latino title.
Former unified lightweight champion Nate Campbell foiled a strong arm robbery today in Tampa, Florida. Campbell, along with advisor Terry Trekas were exiting a Publix Supermarket in Tampa when they witnessed two men snatch a purse from a woman loading groceries into her vehicle. Campbell and Trekas chased the suspects to a nearby apartment, where the suspects barricaded themselves inside. Multiple units from the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene in minutes, and captured both suspects inside the apartment. The victim’s purse was found inside the suspect’s vehicle. Sheriff officials on the scene advised Campbell that the men and their vehicle were suspects in at least six additional strong-arm robberies in the area. “Man, look here. That could have been my mom, my sister, or my wife. If someone wants to jack a dope man or something, that’s one thing, because they chose that life. But to do that to this woman, who is just minding her business getting her groceries, man I can’t let that go. Had it been my mom or something, I hope someone else would do the same,” said Campbell.
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Victor Ortiz 139.7 vs Marcos Maidana 140
Craig McEwan 159.7 vs Darnell Boone 156.2
Mike Perez 132.75 vs Thomas Herrera 132.5
Adrian Brohner 132 vs William Kickett 131.5
Sergio De la Torre 148.2 vs Jaime Orrantia 151.5
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
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WBO World junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel Lopez and undefeated challenger Olivier Lontchi weigh in (Lopez 121.5 lb, Lontchi 120 lb) for their upcoming “Latin Fury 9″ world championship fight on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J. Top Rank promotes this Pay-Per-View televised event in association with Caesars Atlantic City.
Juan Manuel Lopez 121.5 vs Oliver Lontchi 120
(WBO junior featherweight championship)
Jorge Arce 115 vs Fernando Lumacad 114.5
(WBC super flyweight eliminator)
Cornelius Bundrage 153.5 vs Yuri Foreman 154
(IBF jr middleweight eliminator)
Vanes Martirosyan 154.5 vs Andrey Tsurkan 154
Matt Korobov 162.5 vs Benjamin Diaz 162.5
Kenneth George 181 vs Carlos Negron 184
Humberto Tapia 140.5 vs Michael Torres 140.5
Angel Rodriguez 133.5 vs Hector Marengo 133.5
Josh Beeman 141 vs Jeremy Bryan 140.5
Gilbert Sanchez-Leon 127 vs Mario Santiago 128.5
By Alexey Sukachev
In a huge upset, previously unbeaten German heavyweight Steffen Kretschmann (13-1, 12 KOs) was unexpectedly knocked out in the opening round on Friday night at the Hermann-Neuberger-Halle in Voelklingen, Germany, by seemingly shop-worn Russian veteran Denis Bakhtov (30-5, 19 KOs), who was however ranked #14 by the WBA. Kretschmann started the fight aggressively, rocking Bakhtov in the corner and putting him in danger. Suddenly Bakrov connected with a huge right, badly wobbling the German fighter. Surprisingly, referee stopped the time without any reason, saving Kretschmann occassionaly. Not for long though, as Bakhtov connected with a thunderous right hook at the end of the round, dropping the German on canvas. Kretschmann barely stood up but showed no desire to continue thus forcing the referee to stop the fight declaring a TKO 1 win for Bakhtov, who retained his PABA title in process.
Middleweight Dmitry Pirog (14-0, 11 KOs), who was previously ranked #3 by the WBO and #14 by the WBC, presented a world-class masterpiece in dismantling former two-time world title challenger Kofi Jantuah (32-4-1, 21 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Pirog showed both tremendous technique and good stamina to continue his powerful assaults throughout the whole card. Dmitry connected numerously with his uppercuts, adding huge left and overhand right hooks on several occasions. He was almost flawless in his defence, neglecting rare Ghanaian left hooks and using body movement to avoid Jantuah’s right hands. Pirog got tired a bit in the mid rounds but he just couldn’t stop delivering bombs. The Ghanaian fighter, however, showed an enormously armed chin to take so many Pirog’s punches. The only moment he got was at the very end of the twelfth round but it was only enough to wobble Pirog slightly and the Russian fighter, delivering the best performance of his pro career, easily survived till the end. At the end, all three judges had it loopsidedly for Pirog, 120-108 (twice) and 119-109. Fightnews scored it 119-110 for the Russian, who is expected to rise high in the rankings. Pirog is the new WBC international middleweight titlist as well.
WBC/WBO #2 British/Nigerian cruiserweight Herbie Hide (48-4, 43 KOs) barely used several percent of his full potential in destroying hugely overmatched Hungarian club fighter Gabor Halasz (26-13, 10 KOs) in three horribly one-sided rounds. Despite being by far stronger and better fighter, Hide didn’t hesitate to use excessive fouling, including punching at the back of the head, much of it being induced by Halasz’s spins around. The Hungarian was down in round one and badly cut in round two. The end came at 2:20 of the third round after a devastating left half-a-hook-half-an-uppercut and right hook combination.
Former world title challenger Elvin Ayala returns to action this Saturday night, June 27th, to face Eddie Caminero at The Roxy in Boston, Massachusetts . . . . Click here for more
By Gabriel F. Cordero
All is ready for the WBA super featherweight title match between the Mexican Josafat Perez and the Venezuelan champion Jorge Linares on Saturday in Plaza de Toros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Both boxers are in good condition and set to enter the ring of the 10,000 seat arena in a bout televised by Cadena Tres, Multimedios & Sky TV.
Jorge Linares 130 vs Josafat Perez 130
(WBA super featherweight championship)
Jose Gudalaupe Martinez 108 vs Oscar Saturnino 108
(Mexican junior flyweight national championship)
Filomeno Jaramillo 121.9 vs Victor Terrazas 121.9
(WBA FEDELATIN super bantamweight championship)
Venue: Plaza deToros, Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas-Mexico
Promoter: KO Entretainment & Rochmar
TV: Cadena Tres, Multimedios, Sky TV
By Chris Morris/Rocky Mountain Boxing
Air tight boxing returns to the Paladium in Denver on Saturday due to an unexpected event: sold out tickets. The venue, which holds under 1,000 fight fans, hasn’t seen boxing since July 10th of ’08, and the tickets are almost gone and with good reason. The main event will pit Colorado’s 130 pound champ Juan Santiago (7-2-1, 5 KOs), against the Fort Morgan Mauler Stevie Marquez, (8-13-1, 6 KOs) in a bout that will see Santiago walk the ‘high wire’ to avoid the heavy handed Marquez. Marquez has upset prospects in the past including Tony Morales and a devastating KO over Jesus Noriega. (more…)
World class professional boxing hits Youngstown, Ohio this Saturday night, June 27th, as TKO Boxing Promotions presents the Steel Valley Rumble, at the Campbell Memorial Field House . . . . . Click here for more
Undefeated world title contender Olivier Lontchi is “devastated” by the news of Michael Jackson’s death. Lontchi (18-0-2, 8 KOs), a native of Cameroon, who fights out of Montréal, Québec, Canada, challenges undefeated WBO junior featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (25-0, 23 KOs), of Caguas, Puerto Rico, in the main event of “Latin Fury 9” on Saturday in Atlantic City. Promoted by Top Rank, the four-bout “Latin Fury 9” will be broadcast Live on Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT. “Lontchi came up to me this morning and specifically asked Top Rank’s technical crew to download as many of Michael Jackson’s songs as possible to play in his locker room tomorrow night for inspiration,” said Lee Samuels of Top Rank. “Michael Jackson is his all-time favorite artist and Olivier is making his ring entrance to Jackson’s “Thriller” music video which will be projected inside the Adrian Phillips Ballroom. I wouldn’t be surprised if he moonwalked into the ring.”
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF #3, WBC #7, WBO #13 Sakio Bika is all set to defend the IBO super middleweight title against former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine. Bika’s trainer David Birchell said the Mundine camp is interested in challenging Bika.”You have to give Mundine credit because he is willing to take the fight against Sakio,” Birchell said. Bika commented, “The Mundine camp is looking for ‘Choc’ to fight the best fighters in Australia and the world, so he is willing to take the bout. The only stumbling block now is the people in America who run The Contender. I am so happy to think it could happen. To beat Mundine would make me a real hero [in Australia]. If I could fight Mundine it would help me build my name here. It could help more people get behind me. It would be huge.” (more…)
The highly anticipated 12-round welterweight showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez has been officially rescheduled for September 19, after Mayweather, who suffered a rib injury while training for the originally scheduled July 18 date, received clearance from his doctor to participate on the new date. Mayweather vs. Marquez: “Number One/Numero Uno,” which will still take place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas and be televised live on pay-per-view.
“I am relieved to be cleared to fight as I was already looking forward to getting back in the ring,” said Mayweather. “Trust me, September 19 is a great weekend for boxing, and all of my fans, of which there are many Mexicans too, can certainly hold on to their hats and sombreros when I get back in to the ring and show them what they have been missing these past 18 months. I will destroy Marquez and reclaim my rightful place as boxing’s pound-for-pound king all in one night. Don’t miss it.”
Marquez, who has also agreed to fight on the new date, is excited about appearing yet again on the time-honored tradition of El Grito de Independence. “I am happy that Mayweather has been cleared to fight and we can get down to business on September 19,” said Marquez. “This weekend is not just an important weekend for boxing, but even more so for all of the Mexican and Mexican-American people I will be fighting for who will have a great reason to celebrate my win over Mayweather, which will be for all of the people and for the entire country of Mexico that night. I am sure of victory and si se puede- yes we can and yes we will!”
Both former IBF Junior Featherweight World Champion, “The Canadian Kid” Steve Molitor and Mexico’s Heriberto Ruiz, made weight Friday morning in advance of their IBF Junior Featherweight elimination bout set for tonight at Casino Rama, in Rama, ON. Molitor (28-1, 11 KO’s), ranked fourth by the IBF, weighed 121.8 lbs. while the IBF #8 Ruiz (41-7-2, 23) came in at 121.6 lbs. The winner of Molitor-Ruiz will secure the IBF’s number two ranking, and a spot in an official title eliminator against an opponent yet to be determined. Molitor-Ruiz can be seen live in Canada on TSN, beginning at 10:30 PM Eastern. Here are the weights from the complete Rumble at Rama VIII card, set to begin at 8:00 PM:
Steve Molitor 121.8 vs. Heriberto Ruiz 121.6
Shawn Garnett 159.4 vs. Austin Trout 155.8
Greg Kielsa 237.6 vs. Byron Polley 269.8
Justin Fountain 147 vs. Ivan Flores 145.4
Pedro De Melo 165.5 vs. Juan Sanchez 166.2
Nathalie Forget 117.8 vs. Amanda Ayotte 118.2
By Alexey Potapov
WBO light middleweight champion Sergiy Dzinziruk (36-0, 22 KOs) has commented to Fightnews.com on a possible September showdown with Paul Williams (37-1, 27 KOs), the two-time welterweight champion who currently holds an interim version of Dzinziruk’s belt. “Yes, I know that my promoters are negotiating for a fight against Paul Williams, but I haven’t received a lot of information from Universum yet. Williams is very good boxer and I want to fight him. His last fights against Verno Phillips and Ronald Wright amazed me. A fight with him is a big opportunity for me. It will be a tremendous fight and I’m ready for it. I think that the fight against him will be official next week. My next fight was supposed to be against James Kirkland and I wanted that fight, but he ended up in prison and the fight didn’t take place. Now for me the overall objective is Williams. The fight is planned to take place in California and be on HBO. For a long time I have dreamed of proving myself in an American ring and I won’t miss this chance. Now I’m training in the Ukraine and as soon as I know the date of the fight against Williams I’ll leave to Germany for preparation.”
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Arthur Abraham 159.6 vs Mahir Oral 158.7
(IBF middleweight championship)
Sebastian Sylvester 159.6 vs Lajuan Simon 159.8
(IBF international middleweight championship)
Enad Licina 197.3 vs Ignacio Esparza 199.9
(IBF intercontinental cruiserweight championship)
Frank Shabani 145.7 vs Leonard Bundu 146.6
(EU welterweight championship)
Alexander Frenkel 198.6 vs Rodolfo De Dominicis 193.3
Venue: Max Schmeling Halle, Berlin, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Event
Former WBA cruiserweight world champion Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) was injured in a bike accident during his training camp for his comeback fight. Arslan was training with his racing bike in the Austrian alps near Kössen when a tractor pulled out onto the main road. He managed to escape a frontal crash but flipped over his bike and fell onto the asphalt, suffering several bruises to his body. Luckily he was wearing a helmet. Arslan was taken to hospital for further examination and released. The injuries will not affect the boxing career of Arslan, but the former cruiserweight champion will take some time to recover and then return to training as soon as possible.
By Joe Koizumi
Shorter but speedy Nanako Kikuchi (10-3-1, 3 KOs), 107.5, acquired the vacant female OPBF 108-pound belt as she took the initiative from the outset, withstood a last surge of taller footworker Kayoko Ebata (2-2, 1 KO), 108, and earned a unanimous decision (97-94 twice and 96-94) over ten two-minute rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. They were far from elegant Japanese ladies, swapping hot rallies all the way. The more experienced Kikuchi, 34, dominated the contest, leading on points: 39-37 twice and 38-38 after the fourth and 68-66 twice and 68-65 after the seventh. Ebata, 33, displayed her desperate retaliation in the final stanza, almost toppling the fading veteran with good shots. It was the first female OPBF title bout under the Japanese OPBF administration. Promoter: Shirai Gushiken Promotions.
The American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians (AAPRP) announced today its 2009 AAPRP Award recipients. They are as follows:
Ringside Physician of the Year
Dr. Anthony Alessi (Mohegan Sun/Foxwoods)
Administrator of the Year
Melvina Lathan (NYSAC)
Outstanding Contribution to Boxing
Peter King (US Congressman)
Distinguished Educator of the Year
Dr. Patricio Reyes
Lifetime Achievement Award
Arthur Mercante, Sr.
Media Award in Ringside Safety
The 2009 AAPRP Medical Seminar on Ringside Safety, (in cooperation with Norwalk Hospital), will take place October 15-17 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. These awards will be presented on October 16 at the AAPRP’s annual awards banquet.
The media turnout was huge on Wednesday afternoon as television stations and sportswriters came from all over Central and Western Pennsylvania to attend the press conference officially announcing the signing of undefeated cruiserweight Andres “TaylorMade” Taylor to an exclusive promotional contract with Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions . . . . Click here for more
Two of the UFC’s finest, light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida and middleweight champion Anderson Silva will compete against boxers Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley for ESPN’s 2009 ESPY award for Best Fighter . . . More
Current UFC middleweight contender and former two-division PRIDE champion Dan Henderson will be the special guest on Friday’s edition of Jim Rome is Burning on ESPN TV. Rome will be discussing the UFC 100 card with Henderson, who faces Michael Bisping in a highly-anticipated clash of Ultimate Fighter coaches. Tune in for the LIVE interview segment at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT on Friday June 26th . . . More
The last two featured bouts on the huge July 4 “Universum Champions Night” in Hamburg’s Color Line Arena have been finalized. WIBF/GBU junior bantamweight champion Alesia Graf (23-1, 9 KOs) will defend against Terri Lynn Cruz (17-5-2, 8 KOs) and cruiserweight Alexander Alekseev (17-1, 15 KOs) continues on the road toward another world title shot against Kendrick Releford (20-12-2, 10 KOs). The card is headlined by the WBO heavyweight eliminator between Alexander Dimitrenko (29-0, 19 KOs) and “Fast“ Eddie Chambers (34-1, 18 KOs) with the winner to become mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko. Also, the “Killer Queen“ Susi Kentikian defends her WBA and WIBF flyweight belts against WBA super flyweight champion Carolina Gaite (15-1, 11 KOs). (more…)
By Big Joe Miranda
Super lightweight contenders Victor Ortiz and Marcos Maidana spoke at a news conference Thursday in Los Angeles in advance of their world championship bout on Saturday night at STAPLES Center.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
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When asked what fans tuning into this weekend’s “Latin Fury” should know about Olivier Lontchi, the undefeated fighter who meets Juan Manual Lopez for the WBO super-bantamweight title simply said, “Watch me. Watch me fight. I don’t know the result, but I know it’s going to be an amazing fight.” (more…)
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