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By Przemyslaw Garczarczyk
For almost three weeks, IBF cruiserweight world champion Steve “USS” Cunningham (24-2, 12 KOs), did his best to prepare Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), IBF/WBO/IBO titleholder for upcoming heavyweight unification showdown with WBA champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs). “If I move to heavyweight division it will be not because I’m chasing my former fellow cruiserweight rivals Tomasz Adamek or David Haye – it will be to test what I can do there. It will be good for me, good for the sport. Both of them are fighting for the heavyweight titles, they did a great job, both landed mega fights. They put themselves in the great position for their future, their lives. Every fighter wants to do that,” said Cunningham. (more…)
Photos: Donna Freitag
A huge crowd was on hand to witness the induction of the 2011 Class at the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame on Sunday at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida.
Former world champions on hand were John “The Beast” Mugabi (who came all the way from Australia), Freddie Pendleton, Tyrone Booze and Elisha Obed. Trainers honored were Pete Fernandez, Alton Merkerson and Dwaine Simpson. Others included referee Eddie Eckert, fighter/manager/trainer Tommy Torino, IBO founder John Daddono, historian Ramiro Ortiz, Fightnews.com founder Karl Freitag and attorney Steve Yerrid. (more…)
By Sam DiTusa at ringside
Welterweight Dashon Johnson improved to (13-4-3, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Pala Casino Resort in Pala, California with an 8-round unanimous decision over veteran Bernardo Guereca (16-11). The tone was set in the opening moments of the main event when Johnson threw a very short counter right hand over a lazy jab which put Guereca on the canvas. Johnson attempted to press the advantage throughout the remainder of the round but Guereca relied on his experience to survive the onslaught. (more…)
Results by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
The question leading up to Sunday’s heavyweight showdown between Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry was ‘who was the best pure striker?’ And for a while it looked like Barry, but it was Kongo who had the last word in the UFC Live main event with a crushing first round knockout victory that sent the crowd at the Consol Energy Center into a frenzy . . . Click here for more
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Bob Arum and Miguel Cotto will hold a press conference this Tuesday in Puerto Rico to announced that they will co-promote world ranked and undefeated prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz. “Everyone at Top Rank is excited about Luis Cruz. He is a very skilled, exciting fighter who has punching power – a future superstar.” said Arum.
“Luis Cruz is an excellent boxer and with this union we will be able to give him the exposure he needs to take his career to the next level,” said five time world champion Miguel Cotto.
“I am very excited to be able to be part of this great union. I am very happy where my career has been led by Miguel Cotto Promotions, but I also believe that this move will take to the next level and will bring me the big fights that I want so much,” said Cruz.
By Miguel Maravilla
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Golden Boy Promotions’ “Fight Night Club” returned to Club Nokia at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles on Thursday night. In the main event, lightweight Ramon Valadez of East Los Angeles knocked out Ramon Flores in the third round of a scheduled six round bout. The bout began as Valadez showed patience and boxed the wild-swinging Flores. In round two, the action picked up as both Valadez and Flores exchanged punches at the end of the round. However in the third round, Valadez scored a knockdown, Flores beat the count and continued to fight, but Valadez landed a solid right that knockdown the free-swinging Flores . Referee Jerry Cantu stopped the bout at 2:59. For more details and photos click here…
By Jeff Zimmerman at Ringside
Photos: Robert Hughes
In dramatic fashion, Middleweight Brian Vera (19-5, 12KOs) kept some big money fights alive by knocking out the tough, gritty Eloy Suarez (11-12-1 5Kos) with a powerful left hook to the body at 30 seconds of the 8th and final round. Always a crowd pleaser because of his willingness to exchange blow for blow, Vera found the veteran Suarez to be one tough hombre. Vera was the aggressor throughout the fight and caught Suarez with some solid left hooks to the head, but Suarez countered throughout and even had his moments with solid left hooks of his own. For more details and photos click here…
Story and photo by Ahmed Santos
Undefeated Los Mochis, México prospect Mahonri “Russito” Montes passed his toughest test to date, beating tough and experienced Héctor Velázquez by unanimous decision, in the fight card that took place at the Banorte stadium of Culiacán, Sinaloa, México. “Russito” (22-0-1, 17 KOs) surprised everybody by fighting Velázquez (51-16-2, 35 KOs) toe to toe at short range, not using his advantages in height and reach, and in hard fought affair he landed the better shots, winning most rounds, closing the show with luster boxing at long distance the last couple of chapters of the 10 round fight at lightweight. With scores of 97-93, 96-93 and 97-94, the prospect promoted by Latin Sports made the jump to contender status, becoming worthy of keeping an eye on him from now on.
By Neil Dennis
Photos: Terri Degenaars/A-List Photography
On paper, a rematch between Jimmy Lange and Mike McFail didn’t seem to make sense. Lange already beat McFail, shutting him out on all three scorecards in his own turf of North Carolina. The only logical explanation seemed to be Lange wanting to pad his record following last year’s upset loss to Chase Shields. However, once the fight began, no one in the attendance doubted the logic of this nice bit of matchmaking. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Lightweight John Molina stated that he was not looking past Robert Frankel in their 10 round bout on Friday night. If Molina just happened to be looking past him, Frankel sure got his attention early on in the fight. Frankel came to fight, even outboxing Molina at times, before numerous cuts on Frankel’s face forced a referee’s stoppage after the fifth round at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, CA. The bout headlined a six-bout card, presented by Goossen Tutor Promotions, in association with Thompson Boxing. Molina was coming off a third round knockout victory over Alejandro Rodriguez less than four weeks ago. He took the bout as a tune-up in preparation for the Frankel fight, since he had not fought since his come-from-behind knockout victory over Hank Lundy in July. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: Star Boxing
Last night, former heavyweight title challenger, Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (25-1-1, 11 KOs), added another win to his record, scoring a first round knockout over Harold Sconiers in the main event at the Elder Entertainment Center in Decatur, Georgia. It was the third consecutive win, and second by knockout, since Johnson’s decision loss in his first heavyweight championship opportunity against Vitali Klitschko. Johnson who has vowed to return to championship form, is slowly working his way back into the title contention, as he is now ranked #15 in the WBC.
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By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Rich J. Hundley III
Friday night at the South Philly Arena, welter weigh t contender Mike “The Machine Gun” Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) made a successful return to his hometown of Philadelphia PA with a beautiful second round stoppage of Raul “El Toro” Munoz (21-14-1 16 KOs), in the ten round main event of the eight bout card promoted by Peltz Boxing in association with Top Rank Boxing. The undercard featured several exciting fights, including a brutal first round knockout of super featherweight Anthony Flores by Osnel “Prince of Darkness” Charles. For more details and photos click here…
Welterweight Mark Melligen (21-2, 14 KOs) will now face Sebastian Andres Lujan (37-5-2 23 KOs) on Friday at the Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio, Texas. Melligan was slated to face Freddy Hernandez but Hernandez fell out due to a cut suffered during sparring. The fight can be seen on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights.
The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame’s formal induction ceremony takes place Sunday morning at 11:30AM at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida. From 8:30AM to 10AM there will be a “Breakfast with the Inductees” event. Former world champs John “The Beast” Mugabi, and “Fearless” Freddie Pendleton headline FBHOF Class of 2011. Fightnews.com founder Karl Freitag is also among the 2011 inductees.
See the live webcast at http://www.goldstarstreaming.tv/
By Ron Jackson
Phumzile Matyhila retained his South African bantamweight title when he stopped Cleutus Mbele in the ninth round in East London on Saturday night. Making the second defence of his title, the 35-year-old champion produced a classy performance to beat a combative opponent. The bout ended two seconds before the end of the ninth round after an intriguing battle, Matyhile improving his record to 18-1-2, with 9 knockouts, and Mbele dropping to 10-3-2; 5. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF Middleweight champion Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) will be back in action on August 31 in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia to make the first defense of the IBF championship against Nigerian-born, Miami-based Eromosele “Bad Boy” Albert (24-4-1, 12 KOs). The 6′ Albert is coming off a eight round stoppage of Lester Gonzalez (11-2-1) in February in Miami. In 2009 Albert scored a ten round shutout over Germaine Sanders (27-6) in Miami and in 2008 boxed a twelve round draw with Ossie Duran in New York (23-6-1). In 2007 Albert scored the best win of his career when he stopped world rated 160 pounder Daniel Edouard (18-1-2) in Miami. Geale captured the championship in Germany in May when he defeated Sebastian Sylvester via twelve round points decision in Germany. (more…)
Photos and report by Peter Lim
Lightweight Bahodir Mamajanov, 2-0 (2 KOs), of Uzbekistan, did a pretty decent impersonation of Manny Pacquiao as he brutally stopped Jesus Mendez, 3-2-1 (2 KOs), in the second round at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center. But it was more the raw, free-swinging Pacman of five years ago that Mamajanov resembled rather than more polished and rounded version of today. For more details and photos click here…
Devon Alexander: “Matthysse is a rough and tough fighter. I brought the fight out in me because people had their doubts about my abilities as a boxer. The knockdown [first of his career] was a flash knockdown [in the fourth round]. I had to pull it out. I was having flashbacks from my last fight with Bradley, and I wasn’t going to lose two fights in a row. As a matter of fact, I’m never going to lose again.”
Kevin Cunningham: (trainer and manager of Devon Alexander) “I didn’t enjoy watching a rugged, tough guy like Matthysse in there with my fighter. I knew it was gonna be tough. I didn’t want to see my fighter trading with a puncher like Matthysse, but because of all the criticism he took after the Bradley fight, he felt he had something to prove in his hometown. I think when Devon reviews the tape of the fight, he’ll see that he was at his most effective when he was using his boxing skills to the fullest.”
Lucas Matthysse: “I gave it my all. It was a tough fight but I thought I won. Once again, I was robbed. He’s lucky he won the fight. I thought when I put him down, I’d finish him off but I couldn’t.” (more…)
WBC lightweight world champion Humberto Soto (56-7-2, 32 KOs) won a ten round technical decision over #11 rated challenger Motoki Sasaki (36-9, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Parque Andres Quintana Roo in Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Soto dropped Sasaki in round five and was far ahead of the scorecard when he slipped on a wet ring floor and suffered a leg injury. Scores were 100-88, 99-89, 99-89. Soto made the fourth defense of his lightweight title.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel was victorious when Nehomar Cermeno decided not to go out for the third round after failing to recover from a left hook to the liver that floored him at the end of the previous round on Saturday night at the Estadio de futbol de los Dorados in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. Montiel moves to 45-3-2 with 35 KOs. Cermeno falls to 20-4, 12 KOs. It was “Kochulito’s” first fight since losing his bantamweight title to Nonito Donaire. Click here for more photos…
From the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, PA for tomorrow night’s UFC LIVE card, on Versus at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:55 pm ET / 2:55 pm PT.
Pat Barry 243 vs.Cheick Kongo 234.4
Rick Story 170.4 vs.Charlie Brenneman 170.6
John Howard 170.2 vs.Matt Brown 170
Christian Morecraft 261.4 vs. Matt Mitrione 261.1
Manvel Gamburyan 145.8 vs Tyson Griffin 145.8
Javier Vazquez 145.8 vs.Joe Stevenson 146
Curt Warburton 155.6 vs.Joe Lauzon 156
Rich Attonito 170 vs.Daniel Roberts 170.6
Charles Oliveira 153.8 vs.Nik Lentz 155.6
Matt Grice 145.2 vs.Ricardo Lamas 145.4
Edward Faaloloto 155.4 vs.Michael Johnson 155.2
For more info on UFC LIVE or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Christopher Toney/Top Rank
WBO #1 Welterweight Mike Jones (25-0, 19 KOs) knocked out Raul Munoz (21-14-1, 16 KOs) with a big right hand in round two on Saturday night at the South Philly Arena (formerly known as the New Alhambra) in South Philadelphia. Time was 2:29. Impressive showing for Jones, who is the WBO’s mandatory challemger for Manny Pacquiao. “I am waiting for the phone call from Bob Arum,” said Jones afterward. “If anything happens to Marquez on July 16, I will take the fight with Pacquiao. He is such a great warrior. Let’s see how he deals with my right hand. I am much more confident now and am ready for big fights.”
Unbeaten super welterweight Yordenis Ugas (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a si round unanimous decision over Kenny Abril (11-4-1, 6 KOs). Ugas dropped Abril in round four en route to a 59-54, 59-55, 60-53 win.
Unbeaten super welterweight Glen Tapia (10-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Taronze Washington (14-16, 7 KOs)
By Brian Grammer, Clint Rosser and Brian Lewis at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton
Former WBC/IBF super lightweight champion Devon Alexander (22-1, 13 KOs) won a controversial split decision over hard hitting WBO #3 Lucas Matthysse (28-2, 26 KOs) on Saturday night at the Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri. Alexander, who survived the first knockdown of his career in the 4th, continued to move and counter, staying away from Matthysse’s power for the remainder of the contest. Judges Carlos Colon and Denny Nelson scored the contest for Alexander 96-93 and 95-94 respectfully, while judge Brett Miller saw Matthysse the winner by the margin of 96-93. Fightnews scored the fight 95-94 for Alexander. For more details and photos click here…
By Steve Farhood
Note: HBO Boxing After Dark and Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net will pay tribute to Nick at the conclusion of their respective broadcasts tonight.
My best friend died today, and I’m surprised at what saddens me more than anything else: that more people didn’t have the opportunity to know Nick Charles.
Diagnosed with stage four bladder cancer two years ago, Nick passed away Friday night at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His wife Cory and five-year-old daughter Giovanna were at his side. He is also survived by his children from previous marriages, son Jason and daughters Melissa and Katie.
Nick was five days shy of his 65th birthday.
I suppose that one man’s life is no more significant than another’s, but to deny that Nick was special would be foolish. Nick often said that you judge a man by how he treats someone who can do nothing for him. He was generous of spirit and overflowing with life, and if you spent five minutes with him, chances are it was an impressionable, if not meaningful, encounter. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer at ringside
WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm made a successful tenth title defense tonight in front of over 18,000 fans at the sold-out Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, against Irishman Matthew Macklin in a true thriller.
The challenger got off to a great start, pushing Sturm back with an enormous offensive workrate in the first three rounds. The champion, however, picked up the pace in the fourth and slowly gained control of the action with his quick and accurate combinations. Macklin never backed up, though, thus making it a toe-to-toe battle with him being the agressor while Sturm landed the cleaner punches. Both fighters had their fair share moments, hence making it a close fight going into the championship rounds.
The last two rounds added to the drama traded heavy shots and bringing the crowd to their feet. The fight ended with Sturm landing a brutal assault after taking good shots himself. The final bell concluded the great action, leaving the decision in the judges’ hands. They scored the bout 115:113 Macklin, 116:112 and 116:112 for Sturm, who emerged the split decision winner in one of the year’s best fights in Germany. (more…)
WBO #2 welterweight Kell Brook (24-0, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over Lovemore Ndou (48-16-2, 31 KOs) to claim the WBA intercontinental belt on Saturday night at the Hillsborough Leisure Centre in Sheffield, England. Brook won by scores of 118-111, 119-110, 119-110, but failed to fulfill his promise to be the first fighter to stop the 39-year-old Ndou.
A change in the weather may be in store for the sorry state of the American heavyweight picture. That, at least, is the forecast from border camp of “El Niño.”
If last night’s demolishing of former title challenger Owen “What the Heck?” Beck is any indication, unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “El Niño” Rodriguez will be the entering the WBC’s top ten rankings not as a subtle change in the weather pattern, but with the force of a supercell tornado . . . Click here for more
We’re sad to report that popular boxing announcer and sportscaster Nick Charles passed away today in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at age 64 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Nick was best known as the blow-by-blow announcer on SHOWTIME’s ShoBox series. He also did some work on Top Rank shows and pay-per-views. He announced his last fight on HBO in March. Fightnews sends our condolences to Nick’s family and friends. He will be missed.
By Paolo Consiglio at ringside
Yesterday evening in Rome, at the Foro Italico, a much-anticipated domestic clash in the welterweight division between Daniele Petrucci (28-0-2, 10 KOs) and Leonard Bundu (24-0-2, 7 KOs) for the vacant European title ended in a technical draw due to an accidental headbutt in the second round which resulted in a grotesque swelling on the right side of Bundu’s forehead. Referee John Foster stopped the bout in the eight round on the advice of the ringside physician with the scorecards reading as follows: 77-77, 77-77 and 77-76 for Bundu. (more…)
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This weekend’s festivities for the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Induction continue today at the Sheraton Riverwalk Hotel in Tampa, Florida. From 8:30-4:00PM the agenda includes a memorabilia show, book signings, autographs, fist castings, celebrity workouts, ringside lectures & more. This evening is the gala dinner and silent auction. Cocktails/Registration 6:30 PM – Dinner 7:30 PM—Cash Bar
Floyd Mayweather and Victor Ortiz will hold OPEN TO THE PUBLIC press conferences in New York City and Los Angeles next week. On Tuesday they will be at the Hudson Theatre (145 West 44th Street) at noon. On Wednesday night they will be at Club Nokia in downtown LA at 8PM. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for both events.
Having secured the Mayweather-Ortiz PPV, HBO is making a big pitch to get Pacquiao-Marquez. Mayweather-Ortiz will be at the MGM Grand.
Heavyweight Chris Arreola fights for the fourth time this year on July 9 in Atlantic City. The bout will be an off-TV fight on the undercard of Paul Williams vs. Erislandy Lara. Opponent is Friday Ahunanya (24-7-3, 13 KOs), whio is trying to halt a two-fight losing streak.
42-year-old Heavyweight James Toney is reportedly returning to MMA in September or October. Randy Couture easily beat Toney at UFC 118.
Story and photos by Brian Grammer at the scale
Devon Alexander 139.5 vs. Lucas Martin Matthysse 140
Cornelius Bundrage 152.25 vs. Sechew Powell 152.5
Tavoris Cloud 175.25 vs. Yusaf Mack 29(17)-3(3)-2 174.25
Note: Cloud has 2 hours to lose the .25 lb
Bermane Stiverne 238.5 vs. Ray Austin 238
Ryan Coyne 193.75 vs. David McNemar 198
Cory Spinks 160.5 vs. Shakir Ashanti 160.4
Yuri Ramanau 138 vs. Darien Ford 138.75
Nelson Linares 184.5 vs. Jose Spearman 177
Chaen Chess 217 vs. Michael Lunsford 289.5
Omar Henry 160.25 vs. Chris Tyler 159
Valery Brudov 194.5 vs. Jimmy Franklin 199
Venue: The Family Arena in St. Charles, Missouri
Promoter: Don King Productions
TV: HBO (more…)
By Peter Lim
The latest Savarese Boxing Promotions show, Battle on Bellfort, will be held at the Houston Athletic Fencing Center on Saturday June 25. While local club shows typically feature one-sided matchups between upcoming fighters padding their records against journeymen, this one also includes several intriguing and competitive bouts between fighters who are in it to win it. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone and Ricardo Trujillo
Tonight in El Paso at the Don Haskins Center on a card promoted by Zeferino Entertainment and Nino Bravo Productions: Against his toughest opponent to date, unbeaten El Paso heavyweight David “El Nino” Rodriguez (35-0, 33 KOs) entered the top ten picture with a crushing third round knockout of former title challenger Owen “What the Heck? Beck (29-8, 20 KOs). Rodriguez hurt Beck early with left hooks to the body but in the second, Beck returned fire, boxing the local favorite and landing shots. In the third, however, Rodriguez landed a left hook to the chin that folded Beck to the canvas for over ten minutes. Official time of stoppage 2:03. In the co-main, David “Strictly Business” Medina (23-2-, 12 KOs) of Rocky Ford, Colo., outboxed and punished Juan Astorga (16-7, 10 KOs) through five rounds before flooring his opponent with a left and right in the sixth. Astorga beat the count – barely – and when Medina went in for the kill, the ref stopped the fight at 2:13 of the sixth. On the undercard: jr. welterweight Carlos Villa (2-0) of El Paso scraped by with a majority decision over game veteran Lorenzo Estrada (xxx, 1 KO) winning with scores of 38-39 and 39-36 twice; in the opener, jr. flyweight Joel Garcia (2-0, 1 KO) took out Yarn Harvison (0-3) by TKO at 1:31 of round one. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
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