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By Karl Freitag
European heavyweight champion Alexander Dimitrenko (32-1, 21 KOs) scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over Michael Sprott (36-17, 17 KOs) at the Dima Sport Center in Hamburg, Germany. The 6’7 Dimitrenko kept Sprott mostly at bay with his jab as he worked from long range banking round after round. A desperate Sprott tried to get back into the fight by roughing up Dimitrenko late. Dimitrenko need time to recover from a low blow in round ten and Sprott was deducted a point by referee Massimo Barrovecchio for hitting after the bell at the conclusion of that round. Sprott was warned for a headbutt in the eleventh and Sprott was deducted another point for throwing Dimitrenko to the canvas in the twelfth. Scores were 119-108, 117-111, 116-111.
WBC #7 heavyweight and former WBC cruiserweight titlist Juan Carlos Gomez (49-3, 37 KOs) surprisingly lost a ten round majority decision to Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (23-13, 20 KOs). A lackluster performance by Gomez, who was content to work behind his jab, while Wilson threw big shots are connected with regularity late in the fight. Scores were 96-94, 96-94, 95-95. Nice performance for Wilson who had lost six straight entering the bout. (more…)
Ringside Report By: Mark Vaz
Photography By Emily Harney
Jr. middleweight prospect Demetrius “Boo Boo” Andrade (15-0, 10 KOs) of Providence, RI showcased his considerable skills against veteran Saul “Baby” Duran (38-19-2, 31 KOs) of Chihuahua, Mexico during the main event of Wednesday’s 10th annual “Fight to Educate” fundraiser at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH. (More)
Former three-time undefeated world champion Joan Guzman (30-0-1, 17 KOs) will be now step back into the ring on November 18th. The deal was closed out this past weekend by Steve Swank, CEO of Sosua Bay and Casino, and Guzman manager Jose Nunez. The card is being titled, “Return of the Champion”. The main event will feature Guzman taking on Armando Robles (17-1-1, 9 KOs) of Mexico in a 12 round welterweight bout for the vacant IBF Caribbean title. Site of the event will be the Jaragua Hotel and Casino in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The undercard will feature Juan Carlos Payano, Mikaela Lauren, Jennifer Vicente, and possibly 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist unbeaten Dominican Feliz Diaz.
Photos: Ramon Cairo
After his fourth round win last night over Russian Petr Petrov in his native Argentina before 7,000 enthusiastic fans, Marcos Maidana not only retained his WBA super lightweight title but, more importantly, he is now ready for a big challenge in his return to America. “It was great fighting before my own people. They gave me tremendous support as they always do. I was a little nervous in the first two rounds but then I was able to do what I had been training for. Petrov is a skillful fighter but couldn’t take my punches,” Maidana said.
“Erik Morales has been saying many things and calling me out. It’s not personal ’cause I respect him. He did his part against Cano and I did my part against Petrov. So if he wants the rematch with me and unify the titles, I’m ready for him in December like I’ve said,” “El Chino” added. “He said I didn’t wanna give him the rematch and that was a lie. Plain and simple. He puts his WBC title and I put my WBA title on the line and we have a fight in December. If he’s not ready, he should shut up and I’ll face some of the other big guys. This time I’ll waste no time in repeating my call to The Queen Khan ’cause everybody knows that he runs scared of me,” the WBA super lightweight champ said. (more…)
By Ahmed Santos
Hot Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México prospect Mahonri “Russito” Montes is more than ready to face another difficult roadblock in his way to the top, tonight when he clashes against Nicaraguan tough tester Carlos Wiston Velásquez, in the undercard of Mexican superstar Jorge “Travieso” Arce. “Russito” Montes (22-0-1, 17 KOs) wants to look good against Velásquez (18-12-1 ,10 KOs) – who has given serious problems and surprises in his last two fights to undefeated Mexicans, knowing that it would place him at another level and towards better fights and even a title shot, guided by Latin Sports promotions. The fight is scheduled for 10 rounds at lightweight from the Foro Promocasa in the city of Mexicali, Baja California, México.
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By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Unbeaten light welterweight Denis Shafikov (26-0-1, 15 KOs) scored a ninth round stoppage of Giuseppe Lauri (52-7, 31 KOs to claim the vacant EBU (European) title on Friday night in Helsinki, Finland. Lauri took an eight-count in round eight and didn’t come out for round nine.
Also cruiserweight Juho Haapoja (16-2-1, 10 KOs) outpointed Faisal Ibnel Arrami (13-3, 9 KOs) to claim the vacant EBU-EU belt. Scores were 117-110, 114-113 and 116-111.
By Felipe Leon
Undefeated local favorite super bantamweight Christopher Martin (23-0-2, 6KOs) of San Diego, CA, will make his Top Rank Promotions debut on Saturday, October 1st, on the under card of Toshiaki Nishioka-Rafael Marquez WBC super bantamweight title bout at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fox Sports will televise the card.
The world ranked Martin will be facing the battle hardened Jonathan Arias (16-6, 9KOs) of Mexicali, Mexico. The twenty-seven year old Arias is world tested fighter who has faced the likes of Charles Huerta, Joksan Hernandez and Abner Mares. Arias owns wins over Francisco Arce, Jorge Arce’s younger brother, and the very tough Giovanni Caro. In his last bought in August, Arias stopped Mauro Becerra in two. (more…)
WBA super lightweight champion Marcos Maidana (31-2, 28 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over #14 rated Petr Petrov (29-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Sociedad Alemana de Villa Ballester in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Petrov was given a count in round one after his glove touched the canvas. He was sent down again at the beginning of the fourth and Maidana finished the job later in the round with a third knockdown. Maidana took the fight against Petrov after his defense against Robert Guerrero fell through due to a Guerrero injury.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a championship boxing webcast, free of charge, tonight at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds from Plaza de Toros in Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico – WBC Silver super flyweight champion Oscar Ibarra, 27-4 with 18 knockouts, of Mexico City, will defend the title against Sylvester Lopez, 16-3-1 with 12 knockouts, of Parañaque City, Philippines. The bout is also a final eliminator to determine the mandatory challenger for the WBC super flyweight world title. (more…)
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In main event action in the latest installment of “Locked ‘N Loaded” from the Ontario Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California, Jonathon “Lil Thunder” Arellano (10-0-1, 2KO) put on an impressive boxing display to win the vacant WBC Intercontinenantal super bantamweight title over the previously undefeated Michael Ruiz, Jr. (8-1-1, 3KO). In a scheduled eight round affair, Arrelano, fighting in front of his home crowd, highlighted a dominant performance with a fourth round knockdown, courtesy of a hard right cross. To his own credit, Ruiz never stopped coming forward but Arrelano proved to be the better fighter and was recognized as so by the ringside judges who scored the bout 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73, respectively. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
In a very competitive main event bout, super welterweights Said El Harrak and late sub Tony Hirsch fought to a six round split decision draw on Friday night at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA.. Hirsch, who took the fight on a week’s notice when Roberto Garcia allegedly fell off the card, started well in the first round. El Harrak (11-1-1, 5 KO’s) was at his best on the inside in the first two rounds, staying compact and landing the more effective punches. Hirsch (12-4-2, 6 KO’s) used his reach to land counter an lead right hands to the head of El Harrak. Both fighters had their moments in the final round, but El Harrak looked like the busier fighter, landing shots to Hirsch’s body. Hirsch and El Harrak each had a judge score the bout 58-56 in their favor, while the third judge scored the bout 57-57. Fightnews.com scored the bout 57-57 as well. All Star Boxing Promotions promoted the eight-bout boxing and mixed martial arts card. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk at ringside
“Jose Spearman wanted to talk. I wanted to hit,” said 23-year-old Andrzej Fonfara (19-2, 10 KOs) after his easy TKO win at 1:20 of the second round over Jose Spearman (28-18, 11 KOs). Spearman, who in the first couple of minutes wanted to engage Fonfara in some exchanges, didn’t want to have any part of the Polish fighter’s combinations and power in the second round, going to his knees when Fonfara’s right hook connected with his face. “I wanted more, I wanted a real test, but unfortunately Spearman was not up to the task,” said the visibly disappointed Fonfara. (more…)
Rising light heavyweight Lorenz Larkin remained unbeaten Friday by punishing an extremely resilient Nick Rossborough in the main event of Strikeforce Challengers at The Pearl arena inside the Palms casino & hotel. Rossborough, a Salt Lake City fighter who took the fight on relatively short notice, pushed the pace early and his aggression produced a closely contested round one . . . Click here for more by Frank Curreri, Strikeforce.com
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Simeon “Candy Man” Hardy is calling out former world champion Andrew “Six Heads” Lewis after demolishing veteran Winston Pompey 30 seconds of the second round of the scheduled six round contest. The fight was a the main event of the 18th edition of the Friday night fights held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana. The first round was a slugfest which saw both fighters landing bombs from the outside. Hardy used his boxing skills at the start of round two, using an accurate straight right behind a solid left jab. He slipped a wild right from Pompey and countered with a text book left hook that sent the veteran crashing to the canvas. Pompey tried to beat the count but fell again to the canvas. Referee Franklyn Brisport wisely wave off the massacre. (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
For a sport so worried about its future, boxing may find the brightest hope hidden in its storied past. Long ago, boxing promoters promoted fights. Matchmakers made matchups. Managers managed fighters and fighters, well, you get the idea. It was a simpler time when your job title defined your role. And despite the nefarious reach of underworld influence, it actually worked. It produced consistently compelling fights that fans (gasp!) came out to see in droves.
Panther Promotions revisited this business model once again tonight from The Seminole Hard Rock Live with some surprising and surprisingly good results. Their seven-bout show, coincidentally titled “Future Superstars,” provided the large and lively crowd an edge-of-your seat ride with more twists and turns than a squirming worm about to become bait. (more…)
Photos by Joe Cordova
From the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado for UFC 135, which is headlined by the light heavyweight championship bout between Jon Jones and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and the welterweight bout between Matt Hughes and Josh Koscheck, airing live on Pay-Per-View at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see live UFC 135 preliminary bouts, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 6:30 pm ET / 3:30 pm PT.
MAIN EVENT – UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP
Quinton Jackson (204) VS Jon Jones (204.5)
Josh Koscheck (170.5) VS Matt Hughes (170)
Mark Hunt (261) VS Ben Rothwell (263)
Rob Broughton (261) VS Travis Browne (255)
Takanori Gomi (155) VS Nate Diaz (156)
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Tim Boetsch (186) VS Nick Ring (185)
Aaron Riley (155) VS Tony Ferguson (155)
Junior Assuncao (145) VS Eddie Yagin (145)
Cole Escovedo (135) VS Takeya Mizugaki (135)
Ricardo Romero (205) VS James Te Huna (205) (more…)
In a crossroads clash between former Olympians, Vicente Escobedo (24-3-1, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Rocky Juarez (28-9-1, 20 KOs) in a 10-round junior lightweight bout on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, Calif. Escobedo scored a knockdown of Juarez with a jab in round three, but Juarez recovered well and staggered Escobedo with a big left hook in the sixth. Escobedo was hurt, but saved by the bell. Both fighters battled hard for the full ten rounds and the bout seemed closer than the scores of 98-91, 97-92, 96-93.
Junior lightweight Adam “El Torito” Carrera (20-4, 8 KOs) outpointed Adolfo “Terror” Landeros (20-22-2, 10 KOs) over six rounds. Carrera dropped Landeros in rounds two and three on the way to a unanimous decision by scores of 58-53, 58-53, 57-54.
By Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos Alma Montiel / WBC
In an unprecedented setting, the official weigh-in ceremony was conducted at the Soumaya Museum, property of Don Carlos Slim, as part of the celebration of the 3rd anniversary of Ring TELMEX.
Adrian Hernandez 108 – Gideon Buthelezi 106
WBC Lt. Flyweight World Championship
Gilberto Ramirez 159 – Amilcar Funes 158.5
WBC Middleweight Youth World Championship
Carlos Cuadras 115 – Johnny Garcia 115
WBC Superflyweight Continental Americas Championship
Daniel Estrada 135 – Rene Gonzalez 133
WBC Lightweight FECARBOX Championship
Ring TELMEX is a scholarship fund whose program has already generated four WBC world champions (Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Adrian “Confesor” Hernandez, Mariana “Barbie” Juarez, and Anabel “Avispa” Ortiz) and also provides a life-term pension to 22 former champions. more photos
Alexander Dimitrenko 250 vs. Michael Sprott 243.6
(European heavyweight championship)
Juan Carlos Gomez 240 vs. Darnell Wilson 229
Rakhim Chakhkiev 200 vs.Michael Simms 203
Denis Boytsov 215 vs. Matthew Greer 240
Ina Menzer 126.75 vs. Ela Nunez 126.75
Vitali Tajbert 129.5 vs. Andrey Kostin 129
Marcel Meyerdiercks 128.3 vs.Mikheil Avakian 128.3
Venue: Dima Sports Center, Hamburg, Germany
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito glare intensely during a Top Rank commercial shoot in Los Angeles Friday on the world tour for their highly-anticipated World Championship rematch, Saturday, December 3, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Tornado Promotions, AT&T, and Madison Square Garden, Cotto-Margarito II will be produced and distributed Live by HBO Pay-Per-View®. Click here for more photos….
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Jose “Piston” Lopez 144.75 vs Eugenio Lopez 144.75
(Interim WBC FECOMBOX light welterweight title)
Daniel Noriega 116.60 vs Javier Franco 116.60
Jose Perez 122.40 vs Jesus Reyes 124.30
Venue: Auditorio Centenario
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo y Grupo Modelo
TV: Cadena 3 Channel 28
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez
Sylvester Lopez 113.75 vs Oscar Ibarra 113.95
(WBC Silver super flyweight title/WBC eliminator)
Dante Jardon 129.40 vs Ricky Sismundo 130
(WBC Youth World super featherweight title)
Edgar Jimenez 113.75 vs Juanito Rubillar 114.50
Andres Gutierrez 127 vs Carlos Guzman 127
Malena Muñoz 126 vs Nasly Maldonado 126
Venue: Plaza de Toros in Juriquilla, Queretaro, Mexico
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo, Promociones Deportivas, Provincia Juriquilla, Queretaro Government and Grupo Modelo
WBC officials will be: Referee Gerald Ritter (USA) and officials Rey Danseco (Philippnes) , Julie Lederman (USA) and David Candido (Mex). The Supervisor are Bob Yalen (USA)
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin
Australian super featherweight Diana Prazak (8-1, 6 KOs) weighed in on Friday for WIBA title bout against Lindsay Garbatt (7-3-1, 3 KOs) that will be contested Saturday over ten rounds at the Grand Star Receptions, Altona North, Melbourne, Australia.
Diana Prazak 128.7 vs. Lindsay Garbatt 128
Rivan Cessaire 146.3 vs. Tim Hunt 146.1
Melissa Hernandez 132.2 vs. Christine Tai 134
Joel Casey 177.2 vs. Moses Ioelu 177.2
Promoter: Adam Wilcox
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jorge Arce 122 vs Simphiwe Nongqayi 121
Vìctor Terrazas 126 vs Eduardo Becerril 123
Mahonri Montes 135 vs Carlos Winston Velazquez 135
David Sànchez 113 vs Josè Luis Alvarado 112
Jair quintero 118 vs Josè Luis Caravantes 118
Venue: Auditorio Cìvico del Estado
TV: Tv Azteca and Fox Sport
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