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6’6, 250 pound heavyweight Nick “The Stoneman” Firtha (19-8-1)returns to the ring Saturday August 13th at Cene Park in Struthers, Ohio. He will face veteran Ross Thompson(27-15-3) in a featured heavyweight bout. A winner of 3 of his last 4, Firtha’s only defeat over the stretch was a competitive 10 round decision loss to upcoming WBA heavyweight title challenger, Alexander Povetkin (21-0).
Other featured fights will include a junior welterweight scrap between Miguel Gonzalez (18-2) and Tyrone Harris (23-7); plus local lightweight prospect Jake Guiriceo (11-0-1) facing an opponent to be determined. Promoted by James Infante, the undercard will also feature several heavies. Jason Massie (6-0) meets Mujaheed Moore (4-5) in a 6 rounder, while Chris Koval (24-7) battles James Porter (5-15-2) in a four.
East LA’s Shawn Estrada (12-0, 11 KOs) is set to make his Mexican debut when he takes on Alvaro Enriquez (11-8-2, 3 KOs) on August 13 at the Convention Center in Acapulco. Estrada, the 2008 US Olympian, is coming off a first round KO over Joe Gardner, the tenth 1st round stoppage in his eleven knockout victories. The 31-year old Enriquez will look to make the 26-year old Estrada his third straight victim. Estrada is the son of former 1968 Mexican Olympic team boxer Juan Estrada and is the youngest of 16 siblings. “I’m pumped to be fighting in Mexico,” said an elated Estrada. “I want the fans to remember me and the best way to do that is give them some action.”
The world championship night of fights will be headlined by WBA Minimumweight World Champion Juan Palacios (28-3, 21 KOs) of Nicaragua defending his title against Armando Torres (16-8, 11 KOs) of Mexico City. The event will be broadcast on Televisa in Mexico.
Undefeated super lightweight prospect Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (3-0, 3 KOs) will face Pedro Antonio Salcedo (4-3, 2 KOs) in the co-feature of the card billed as “Under Fire” on August 19 at the Auditorio Juan “Pachin” Vicens in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It will be Pedraza’s first six-rounder. He is one of the most decorated amateur boxers in the history of Puerto Rican amateur boxing. Bantamweights Cesar Seda and Yan Barthelemy collide in the main event.
On August 19, Golden Boy Promotions and Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing will team up to present the latest installment of the “Punchin at the Paradise” fight series, which will feature a number of both Golden Boy and Star Boxing prospects and be televised on Telefutura. Headlining the event will be Newark’s fast-rising Puerto Rican prospect Michael “The Artist” Perez (13-0, 7 KOs) squaring off against an opponent to be determined in a ten round lightweight match-up. Also featured will be undefeated Bronx prospect Eddie Gomez (5-0, 4 KOs) who will see action in a six round bout against an opponent to be determined in the co-main event.
“Fight Night Club” is back on August 25 at L.A. LIVE’s Club Nokia, headlined by a six-round bout between promising lightweights Hector Serrano (13-2, 5 KOs) of Huntington Park, Calif. and Juan Garcia (14-3, 5 KOs) of Los Angeles, Calif. In the co-main event, also scheduled for six rounds in the lightweight division, East Los Angeles prospect Ramon Valadez (9-1, 5 KOs) returns to his home away from home to face an opponent to be named in his eighth Club Nokia appearance.
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza awarded a champion’s belt to Costa Rica President Mrs. Laura Chinchilla during the XXIII KO Drugs.
The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing trials commenced on Sunday, with 80 of the nations most talented amateur boxers gathering at the convention center in Mobile, Alabama for a weeklong double elimination tournament. 8 boxers in each of the 10 weight classes will vie for a coveted birth into the 2012 Olympic games, to be contested in London, England next summer . . . Click here for more
Story and photos by Bob Ryder
Fightnews caught up with Detroit’s Darryl Cunningham as he finished a training session in preparation for his August 6 fight with Kelly Pavlik (37-2, 32 KOs) in Youngstown, Ohio.
The fight is being promoted by Top Rank and will air on Showtime’s ShoBox:The New Generation at 10:30 PM ET/PT (Delayed on the West Coast) . . . Click here for more
Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz will dance for the second time this Saturday night.
Forty-nine months ago, Evans and Ortiz squared off in what was a turning point for each of their careers. Evans was taking a major step up in quality of competition. The then-undefeated prospect seemed like he had all the tools to be great, but nobody knew for certain whether he could take his game to the next level. After 15 minutes in the cage with Ortiz, there was no doubt that “Suga” was the real deal . . . click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC.com
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Japan-based Filipino boys battled in a quest for the vacant OPBF bantam belt renounced by also a Philippine import Malcolm Tunacao on Sunday in Kobe, Japan, where Rolly Matsushita (AKA Rolly Lunas; 30-8-1, 17 KOs), 118, dispatched Zerofit Jerope Zuiyama (AKA Jerope Mercado; 24-2-3, 8 KOs), 118, at 0:58 of the eighth round in a scheduled twelve.
Though regarded as a competitive fight, it became a one-sided slaughter from the opening round, when Rolly decked the lanky rival with vicious rights twice and apparently took the leadoff. Jerope, from the second on, fought back hard, but Rolly looked much more effective in swapping punches in the close quarter. The sixth saw Rolly again floor him with a solid right, and it became more and more lopsided as the contest progressed. Rolly, in round eight, dropped the fading foe with a left uppercut for the fourth time in this bout, and a towel was thrown in while the referee Fukuchi was still counting. In this case, it (towel-tossing during the third man’s counting) is registered as knockout in Japan. (more…)
Cageside by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk and Tim Hobscheid
In a stunning turn of events, Dan Henderson (28-8) realized a moment he waited an entire career for. A quick move out the back door and a well-placed uppercut turned the tables on Fedor Emelianenko (31-4), the greatest heavyweight fighter in the history of MMA.
After a Fedor combo put Henderson on the ground, “The Last Emperor” over-committed to the finish, allowing Henderson to escape and take his back. Henderson followed up with a quick uppercut and a series of punches that forced Herb Dean to stop the fight at 4:12 of Round 1 . . . Click here for more
Cageside by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk and Tim Hobscheid
Strikeforce CEO Scott Coker stood at the podium beaming–and with good reason following the exciting finish to Fedor and Dan Henderson’s main event match up.
“Fedor vs. Henderson stands up there with the best Strikeforce fights ever,” Coker said, before running down a list of memorable matches . . . Click here for more
As the countdown begins for The Bantamweight Tournament Final, meet the two boxers who fought their way to the top of the class: Joseph Agbeko and Abner Mares. Saturday August 13th at 10pm ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Formerly two-time WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (15-3-1, 9 KOs), 116.5, made a fine comeback as he outpunched and outlegged previously unbeaten WBO#8 Filipino national titlist Rey Perez (11-1, 2 KOs), 115.75, to pound out a unanimous verdict (99-92 and 97-94 twice) over ten fast frames on Saturday in Osaka, Japan.
Nashiro forfeited his WBA belt to Hugo Cazares in a rematch in May of the previous year and failed to capture the WBC throne, losing a close but unanimous nod (114-113, 116-113 and 116-111) to elongated Mexican Tomas Rojas this February. Nashiro, a 29-year-old shaven-skulled ex-champ, utilized his speed on hand and foot, piling up points steadily. He kept connecting with solid one-two combinations upstairs and downstairs. Perez, 20, threw sharp jabs and left-right combos to the elusive Japanese with less precision. Nashiro was an obvious victor, but WBO youth champ Perez, a good loser, won the praise of the crowd. (more…)
Ringside Report by Daniel Mercurio
Photography By Emily Harney
This past Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT undefeated Polish heavyweight prospect Mariusz Wach (25-0, 13 KOs) kept his undefeated record intact and captured the vacant WBC International Title by knocking out former Mike Tyson conqueror Kevin McBride (35-10-1, 29 KOs) with an amazing right hook at 2:25 of round four. That right hook not only dropped him to the floor, but also sent him out of the arena on a stretcher. (More)
By Boxing Bob Newman
WBC #5 Welterweight Ionut Dan Ion, aka “Jo Jo” Dan shook the rust off on Friday night in Port-of- Spain, Trinidad and dispatched late sub Iwan Azore of Guyana via TKO3, picking up the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) Welterweight title in the process. Dan’s original opponent Floyd Trumpet fell out with less than two weeks to go, and Azore was eager to step in against the top flight Dan. What he possessed in the way of ambition, Azore lacked in skill though, as Dan had his way, finally unleashing a volley of unanswered punches in Azore’s own corner, forcing the referee Hector Afu to stop the bout at 2:45 of the third. Dan also picked up the Universal Boxing Organization for his troubles while moving to 29-1, 14 KOs. Azore slides to 13-4, 3 KOs. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Female minimumweight Mary Salinas (9-1-1, 2 KOs) was declared new WBC Youth champion by defeating compatriot Tania Cosme (2-2-1, 0 KOs), who did not answer the bell beginning the fifth round on Saturday night at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City.
In the co-feature, super featherweight Gamaliel Diaz (33-9-2, 16 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Abraham Gomez (13-18-5, 3 KOs) by scores of 97-93, 99-90 and 98-91. More photos
Report and photos by Jeff Pamungkas
Not only did he not receive a hometown decision, WBA mini-flyweight champion Muhammad Rachman was seemingly robbed in front of his supporters at Indosiar Studio, Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday. Fighting with an excellent counter-punching strategy, Rachman (64-11-5, 33 KOs) landed many more clean power punches, but it wasn’t enough to defeat Pornsawan Porpramook of Thailand (23-3-1, 16 KOs). During the full twelve rounds, Rachman landed many punches to his opponent’s head and body, while Porpramook’s blows were mostly blocked by Rachman’s double cover, shoulders and arms, otherwise just air. Rachman’s counter punching strategy apparently couldn’t be easily understood by the judges, as they seemed to rewarded Porpramook’s aggressiveness and durability during 12 rounds, even though it was totally ineffective aggression. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Godfrey Nzimande retained his SA junior lightweight title when he stopped Ayanda Yaphi in the eighth round in East London on Sunday. Some spectators thought referee Allen Matakane had stopped the bout at the Orient Theatre rather prematurely. It was an untidy affair, nevertheless. (more…)
Results by Przemyslaw Garczarczyk and Tim Hobscheid
Dan Henderson punched his way to another MMA milestone, defeating Fedor Emelianenko by TKP at 4:12 in the opening round. Fedor rocked Henderson late in the opening round and went in for the kill. Henderson was able to escape from the bottom position, blasting “The Last Emperor” with a blistering uppercut. After watching the end of the bout, Fedor stated that the bout may have been stopped quickly. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Former WBA minimumweight world champion Samuel “Sammy” Gutierrez (29-6-2, 20 KOs) won by knockout in the third round after a left hook impressively finished 40-year-old Rafael Orozco (22-40-2, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Plaza de Torros in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
On hand for the event were Mexican legends Pipino Cuevas, Humberto “Chiquita” Gonzalez and Alfonzo Zamora, as well as guest of honor current WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Irishman Brian Magee was crowned new WBA interim super middleweight champion on Saturday night, defeating Costa Rican hero Jaime Barboza by unanimous decision in the main event of the WBA’s XXIII “KO to Drugs” Festival at the National Gymnasium in San Jose, Costa Rica. Scores were 116-112, 118-110 and 117-111.
In the co-feature Costa Rican idol Bryan “Tiquito” Vasquez won a thrilling ten round unanimous decision over Mexican Allan Herrera by scores of 109.5-100.5, 108.5-103.5 and 109-101 to retain the WBA Fedelatin title.
Yoandris Salinas (Cuba) W9 Carlos Rivas (Costa Rica)
(WBA super bantamweight Fedebol)
Richard Abril (Cuba) W11 Julio Camaño (Panama)
(WBA lightweight Fedelatin)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
In a hotly anticipated rematch, with the WBC female diamond belt on the line, Ana Maria ‘Guerrera’ Torres (26-3-3, 15 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Jackie ‘La Princesa Azteca’ Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at the Metropolitan Arena in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico.
In a grueling an bloody all great action fight, the courage, determination and fighting spirit of Torres brought her the world WBC bantamweight diamond championship. It was a battle without quarter, of alternating domain, which began with the mastery of Jackie. However, as the bout progressed the Aztec Princess gradually began losing ground, and it was in the last two rounds that she lost the battle. Scores were 96-94 for Torres on all cards.
Their first bout ended in a draw. (more…)
It wasn’t until junior welterweight Gabriel “Tito” Bracero’s eleventh pro fight that he finally stopped an opponent inside the distance. Now, he looks like he’s making up for lost time. Bracero (17-0, 3 KOs) assaulted Floridian Danie van Staden (8-7, 4 KOs) for much of three rounds until a vicious right cross finished the night for good at 1:08 of round three in front of Bracero’s hometown fans at the Aviator Sports & Events Complex in Brooklyn, New York. (more…)
Results by Thomas Gerbasi, Strikeforce.com
Spoiler alert: Strikeforce arrived in Illinois Saturday night with one of the most highly-anticipated bouts in organization history, as Dan Henderson met Fedor Emelianenko. Also in action were female stars Miesha Tate and Marloes Coenen as they battled it out for the 135-pound title. (more…)
By Bill Green at ringside
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
WBC #10/WBA #11/IBF #15 super lightweight Mike Alvarado (31-0, 22 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over scrappy Gabriel Martinez (27-3-1, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Softball Country Arena in Denver, Colorado. Alvardo was credited with a knockdown in round one and went on to win by scores of 99-90, 100-89, 100-90. Alvarado claimed the IBF Latino belt with the win.
Featherweight Roberto Marroquin (20-1, 14 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over Jose Beranza (33-21-3, 26 KOs). Marroquin dropped Beranza in rounds three and six en route to a 78-71, 78-71, 79-70 verdict. Marroquin’s right eye was closed at the end. For more details and photos click here…
WBC interim Youth bantamweight titlist Leo Santa Cruz (17-0-1, 9 KOs) scored an eleventh round TKO over veteran Everth Briceno (33-7, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the International Center in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico. After having his way for ten rounds, Santa Cruz finally dropped the game Briceno in round eleven and got the stoppage with his follow up barrage.
In a clash for the vacant NABF minimumweight title, Mario Rodriguez (11-6-4, 7 KOs) scored a lopsided twelve round unanimous decision over Manuel Jimenez (16-2, 11 KOs). Rodriguez dropped Jiminez in round five and went on to win comfortably.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
During the second working session of the WBA Executive Committee held in San José, Costa Rica during the XXIII KO Drugs Festival, a direct rematch was approved for former WBA super champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballeo and the current WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros. The decision in favor of Caballero’s protest of Caballero-Barros I in July was made by the championship committee and supported by the executive committee. Starting today, they have 120 days to meet in Caballero-Barros II.
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Sometimes fights fall out due to injuries and other mishaps, but when main events and co-features go down in flames during the final days, it is like a small tornado hit the card, leaving the promoter with the decision to cancel the show or go on with what his original card. KEA Boxing’s card on Friday night at the Asylum Arena in South Philadelphia PA had the very such problem as the main event featuring Derek Ennis fell out when he hurt his shoulder over the weekend, forcing him to pull out. The co-feature with Coy Evans was then moved up to the main event, but that also fell out, leaving romoter Andre Kut in a quandary, He just couldn’t let the hard work of the fighters and his promotional team go to waste and he pushed forward with the card as planned no matter what the financial cost.. The main event turned out to be one to remember as KEA Boxing’s own undefeated welterweight sensation, Juan “The Beast” Rodriquez (6-0, 3KO’s) fought an exciting give and take six round war with hometown Philly welterweight Greg Hackett (2-9) which had the crowd cheering throughout the bout. When the smoke cleared it was Rodriquez falling to his knees, thankful for the close but, hard fought six round unanimous decision victory. (more…)
Report and photos by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
In a great fight, Moises Delgadillo defeated Jose Mendoza last Friday, in a historic night with a good entry into the Arena Jalisco. Delgadillo and Mendoza, stuck solidly from first to sixth episodes, but Mendoza, already bleeding from the nose, could not withstand the punishment and decided not to go when the bell rang for the seventh round. There were many bumps, Mendoza received by “Gatti” Delgadillo, who continued success in the lightweight division. more + photos
Today, with a working session, the preparations for the 49th World Boxing Council Annual Convention were begun; the Convention will be held from December 11th to 17th, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 1000 attendees are expected. The organization also unveiled the official logo for the event.
In a clash for the vacant WBO interim jr middleweight title, Zaurbek Baysangurov (26-1, 20 KOs) needed just 51 seconds to annihilate Mike Miranda (34-4, 31 KOs) on Saturday night at the Sportpalace in Odessa, Ukraine.
The last time WBA Light Heavyweight Champion Beibut Shumenov fought in Las Vegas – home now for the Khazakh – he won his title with a very questionable split decision over Gabriel Campillo.
The only thing controversial about last night’s title fight and bombardment of the “Bronx Bomber,” Danny Santiago, who earned little more than a Bronx cheer for his efforts, was why a better challenger could not be found . . . Click here for more
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
WBA minimumweight champion Muhammad Rachman (64-11-5, 33 KOs) lost by a controversial twelve round majority decision 114-114, 113-115, 114-115 against Thailand’s Pornsawan Porpramook (23-3-1, 16 KOs)) on Saturday night at the Indosiar Studio in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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