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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican companies Comex and Corona have joined the World Boxing Council, Promociones del Pueblo and Triple A Luche Libre in search of for heroes in the two sports.
WBC Executive Secretary Mauricio Sulaiman and Reginald Kuchle from Promociones del Pueblo represented boxing when the organizations announced a new project called, “Quien Pinta la Corona?” where the goal is to promote the sport and seeking new idols for boxing and wrestling. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon
It was still anyone’s fight entering round ten of Saturday’s WBC super middleweight championship fight between Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Sebastian Zbik. Judge Steve Morrow had Zbik up by 87-84, Raul Caiz Jr. had Zbik ahead 86-85, and John Keane had Chavez ahead 86-85. The “Son of the Legend” swept the last three rounds on all cards to pull it out by majority decision to claim his own WBC green belt and begin his own championship legend. (more…)
By Graham Houston
No one’s pretending that Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. is the best middleweight in the world, but the son of Mexico’s most celebrated fighter showed guts, determination and stamina in his hard-working and deserved majority decision win over Sebastian Zbik to capture the WBC middleweight title on Saturday night in Los Angeles. It was a fight that saw Zbik having success in the early rounds while Chavez finished strongly. Some of the middle rounds were open to debate, but rounds 10, 11 and 12 were all Chavez.
Chavez showed improvement under trainer Freddie Roach. The Chavez of pre-Roach days might have blown the fight, but Junior dug in and showed the heart and desire of a real fighter. He threw combinations more impressively than I have ever seen him throw them, letting his hands go in a way that impresses the judges. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale (25-1, 15 KOs) was presented with the IBF world championship belt at the Grange Gymnasium in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia on Monday. Geale performed a boxing clinic to outscore Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Jahnsportforum in Neubrandenburg, Germany on May 7 to capture the IBF 160 pound championship. Geale said, “I am very proud to be the IBF middleweight world champion. I want to thank the IBF President Daryl Peoples also the Chairman of the Championship Committee Lindsey Tucker for giving me the opportunity to challenge for the title. Sebastian Sylvester was a very good world champion and he showed great sportsmanship when he congratulated me after the fight.” (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Diario Libre
In 2008, Felix Diaz won the gold medal in the 139 lb class at the Olympic Games in Beijing. He thus became a national hero in his native Dominican Republic. In the pro ranks, however, it hasn’t been smooth sailing for the 27-year-old welterweight who spots (9-0, 6 KOs) record. “I consider that, as a former Olympic champion, I should be way more advanced in my career. I have only fought once in the last six months.” Last week, Diaz announced that he was parting ways with German Titov Promotions and would not renew his contact with the Russian promotional company. Fightnews sat down with Felix to talk about his present situation and plans for the future. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Southpaw ex-Olympian, WBC#4/WBA#4 flyweight Toshiyuki Igarashi (14-1-1, 10 KOs), 112, kept his Japanese national 112-pound belt as he was awarded a majority technical decision (78-77 twice and 76-76) over ex-titlist Kenji Yoshida (17-10-1, 5 KOs), 111.75, at 1:14 into the eighth session of a scheduled ten-rounder on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Yoshida kept boring in from the head, which caused plenty of head-collisions, producing a gash over the right optic of Igarashi in the second and then a very nasty laceration on the forehead of himself. Yoshida collapsed from a pain of the last head-butt, which finally terminated the foul-studded contest for the referee to take a technical decision.
Ranked #12 both by the WBC and the WBA, unbeaten 140-pound prospect Yoshihiro Kamegai (18-0, 16 KOs), 145.75, scored a one-punch knockout of Filipino Joel dela Cruz (15-11-2, 6 KOs), 142.25, at 2:05 of the second session in a supporting ten. The hard-hitting Japanese knocked him out of the ropes with a single left hook, but dela Cruz wasn’t a Jack Dempsey that would come back into the ring to finish a Luis Angel Firpo. He was counted out then and there.
Promoter: Teiken Promotions.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: THF/Katty Peraza
June marks the beginning of hurricane season and graduation ceremonies in South Florida. Last night at The Seminole Hard Rock Live, a healthy crowd of vocal fans witnessed the pugilistic equivalent of both. The Heavyweight Factory promoted an 8-bout card titled: “Hollywood Fight Night” featuring a rising star, two veterans in search of an elusive world title and two former world champs seeking to regain former glory. The exceptionally-matched fights highlighted a herculean effort from under appreciated boxing matchmaker Johnny Bos. Bos, a member of the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame, worked tirelessly through Friday and into Saturday to secure the right fighters for the right fights. Click here for more photos…
“I did enough to win without taking too many risks,” said WBC super middleweight champion/Super Six finalist Carl Froch after his win over Glen Johnson in from of 2,286 at the Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Johnson stated, “I will just go home and put more effort into it and see what I can bring next time.” (more…)
By Felipe Leon
Photo: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
No one could have summed up Saturday night better than Top Rank’s Bob Arum as Vanes Martirosyan, “Mikey” Garcia and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. all remained undefeated and took big steps in their respective careers in front of a respectable crowd at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, CA. Super welterweight Martirosyan (30-0, 19KOs) of nearby Glendale, CA, struggled early but was able to stop the tough Saul Roman (34-9, 29KOs) to position himself as the #1 WBC contender to recently crowned Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and captured the WBC Silver belt while Oxnard, CA’s “Mikey” Garcia (26-0, 22KOs) cruised to a fourth round knock out of late sub Rafael “Chocho” Guzman (28-3, 20KOs) in the featherweight co-main event broadcast live by HBO in his charge towards a world title. In the main event, twenty-five year old Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30KOs) of Culiacan, MX, captured his first title and became the first Mexican-born middleweight champion when he was awarded a majority decision over Germany’s Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10KOs) to strap on the WBC gold and green belt around his waist. Scores were 114-114, 115-113 and 116-112.
“It was a great night for Top Rank,” Arum said to begin the post fight press conference held in the Chick Hearn press room in the bowels of the arena. “Three young stars, Vanes Martirosyan, Mickey Garcia and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., looked spectacular. It is wonderful for me that Julio won the title in LA where his dad won the first title. It just shows the continuity of boxing.” (more…)
Photos by Photo Wende
“It’s great to be back,” said WBC super middleweight world champion emeritus Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs). “Fighting in this great atmosphere with my Danish fans supporting me was fantastic. I have to give credit to Bouadla. He was a tough opponent and refused to give up. I was surprised how many punches he could take. I am pleased with my performance.” (more…)
Former WBA super middleweight champion Anthony Mundine (42-4, 25 KOs) scored a one-sided seventh round stoppage Xavier Toliver (23-7, 15 KOs) on Sunday night at Waitakere’s Trust Stadium in Henderson, New Zealand. The bout ended when Tolliver’s corner threw in the towel even though their man wasn’t particularly hurt. After the fight, Mundine called out WBA champion Austin Trout.
By Shamus Young at ringside
Heavyweight Vincent Thompson shut out Kelsey Arnold over six rounds in a showcase at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA, Saturday night. Thompson had superior hand speed and accuracy, piling up the points while battering the overmatched Arnold for most of the fight. All judges and Fightnews scored the bout 60-54 for Thompson. With the win, Thompson goes to 8-0 with 2 knockouts, and Arnold drops to 4-8-2. (more…)
By Oliver Duetschler
Former WBC Youth World champion 22 years old Hungarian Gabor Veto (24-0-0, 18 Kos) will get his long awaited GBU World light-welterweight title shot at former WBC-ABU champion Michael “Iron Bomber” Kizza (22-6-0, 15 Kos)from Uganda on October 15th, 2011 in Burgdorf, Switzerland. The fight was just confirmed moments ago by the headquarter of Global Boxing Union (GBU) in Karlsruhe, Germany.
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Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Johnny “Mi Vida Loca” Tapia (59-5-2, 30 KO’s) showed that he can still draw a crowd and that he still has some real fight in him. Tapia went eight exciting rounds against former world champion Mauricio Pastrana (35-16-3, 23 KO’s). Each man dropped the other in the middle rounds and both ended the fight swinging. Tapia would take the unamimous decision win with scores of 77-73, 77-73 and 76-74.
In the co-main, “Hurricane” Hector Munoz (19-4-1, 12 KO’s) took care of former Tapia sparring partner Jorge Reyes (21-30-3, 17 KO’s) in 0:24 seconds of the second round by TKO at 147 lbs. In what was expected the be the show stealer of the night Josh “Pitbull” Torres (5-1-1, 3 KO’s, 1 NC) and Canadian Olympian Janks Trotter (4-0, 4 KO’s, 2 NC) fought to a no contest after a clash of heads that opened up a large gash in between the eyes of Torres at 0:29 seconds of the first round in a welterweight bout. In a heavyweight slug fest MMA fighter turned boxer Rocky Ramirez (1-0, 1 KO) took care of the older Eric “The Soldier” Saavedra (0-2) at 2:28 of the second round by TKO. In a female 140 lb curtain raiser, Brenda Gonzales (2-0, 1 KO) won by unanimous decision against pro-debuter Bridgette Ruiz (0-1) after four rounds with scores of 40-36, 40-36, 40-37. The Vincent “Lil Man” Mirabal fight was scratched.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) of Germany will next defend his title against former WBA Light heavyweight champion Hugo Garay (34-5, 18 KOs) of Argentina. The bout will take place July 16th in Germany.
By Ron Jackson
The experience of Francois Botha was just too much for Flo Simba who was stopped at 2 minutes 50 seconds into the sixth round at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park on Saturday night. There was little in it for the first two rounds as both fighters were missing badly and throwing wild punches. However, from round four the 21-year Simba (98.40kg) began to catch the 42-year-old Botha (119.30kg) with some stunning rights to the head and Botha went back to his corner with bruising under the right eye.
Botha 48-5-3; 27 could have shaded the fifth round but appeared to be tiring with Simba 10-1; 9 landing the cleaner punches and possibly ahead going into the sixth round. However, the wily veteran had been setting up Samba for the straight right hand and late in the round after a succession of shots to the head sent Samba stumbling against the ropes and he was on rubbery legs when referee Thabo Spam pool stepped in and waved the fight off. (more…)
Photographer Sean “Green Day” Gibbons got a shot of Christy Martin’s broken hand suffered in Saturday night’s bout against Dakota Stone at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. Ahead on all cards, Martin was forced to stop due to the severe pain from her damaged hand.
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Nottingham, United Kingdom’s WBC Super Middleweight Champion Carl “The Cobra” Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his title and advanced to the Final of the inaugural Super Six World Boxing Classic against Andre Ward with a majority 12-round decision over Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and live on SHOWTIME®
In the co-feature, Mikkel Kessler of Denmark returned to the ring after a 14-month layoff to knock out Frenchman Mehdi Bouadla in a super middleweight bout at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Froch didn’t have an easy night against the 42-year-old Johnson, who was fighting in his 68th professional fight. He was hit with several right hands throughout the contest, but made an adjustment to his fight plan midway through to pull away in the later rounds.
Japanese judge Nobuaki Uratani scored it 114-114, but was over-ruled by judges John Stewart (117-111) and Mark Green (116-112). For more details and photos click here…
By Anthony Springer Jr.
Tony Ferguson knocked out Ramsey Nijem to become season 13’s Ultimate Fighter. The season’s villain caught Nijem with a left hook that sent the good guy to the canvas. The official time of the stoppage was 3:54.
Clay Guida out wrestled former WEC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis en route to a unanimous decision victory. “The Carpenter” turned the lights out on “Showtime,” dominating the fifteen minute affair with take downs and a suffocating ground game.
Ed Herman needed just 48 seconds to knock out Tim Credeur. “Shortfuse” blasted the “Crazy” one with a vicious left hook that set up the blows that initially ended the fight.
Kyle Kingsbury bested UFC newcomer Fabio Maldonado via decision in a three round war. All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Kingsbury, who extends his win streak to four.
In the night’s opening main card bout, Chris Cope outclassed fellow TUF cast mate Chuck O’Neil to earn a unanimous decision victory. All three judges scored the bout 30-27.
By Phil Doherty at ringside
Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (35-1, 26 KOs) successfully defended his NABA and WBC Latino heavyweight belts tonight against Kertson “Warrior” Manswell (20-3, 15 KOs) from The Seminole Hard Rock Live in Hollywood FL. Boswell started strong behind 3 and 4-punch combinations in the first round. In the second, Boswell dropped Manswell with a straight right that appeared to catch the Trinidadian heavyweight behind the head. Referee Frank Santore started the 8-count but deducted a point from Boswell as he realized the location of the punch. Amazingly, Boswell spent the fourth round until the final bell fighting with just his left hand due to an injured right shoulder. The injury appeared to be the same one incurred in “The Boz’s” 2003 decision loss to Jameel Mc Cline, who coincidentally appeared ringside for the bout. All 3 judges scored the bout 98-96 for Boswell.
Detroit native and Kronk gym light middleweight prospect Domonique “3D” Dolton (11-0, 6 KOs) moved up to middleweight to earn a tough majority decision over Donatas Bondorevas (12-3-1, 3 KOs) in the co-main event. Dolton’s superior boxing savvy held off the hard-charging Lithuanian enough to earn him the WBC FECARBOX and NABA USA regional belts. Judges scores were 95-93 (twice) and 94-94.
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBC #2 middleweight Marco Antonio “Veneno” Rubio (51-5-1, 44 KOs) the mandatory challenger for new WBC titleholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., scored a third round KO over Ricardo Marcelo “El Rayo” Ramalla (11-4-1, 7 KOs) on Saturday night at the Foro Polanco in Mexico City. Rubio, coming off a sensational upset seventh-round TKO over previously undefeated David Lemieux in Montreal in April, was credited with a knockdown at the end of round two and again in round three before the bout was waved off.
WBC #6 super featherweight Dante “Crazy” Jardon (17-1, 15 KOs) scored a third round KO over late sub Claudio Rosendo Tapia (20-11-4, 6 KOs). Jardon dropped Tapia in round two and twice in round three to end it. Click here for more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
“Son of the Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) won a twelve round majority decision over WBC middleweight champion Sebastian Zbik (30-1, 10 KOs) on Saturday night at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. Chavez rehydrated to 180 pounds while Zbik went to 165 after yesterday’s weigh-in. Zbik was much busier and more accurate while Chavez landed the more damaging blows and did some good bodywork to thrill the pro-Chavez crowd. Zbik landed many flush shots to Chavez’ head. Scores were 115-113, 116-112, 114-114. After the bout Junior said he won the title for Mexico.
Chavez threw a total of 796 punches, connecting with 256 (32%)
Zbik threw a total of 834 punches, connecting with 391 (47%)
Chavez threw a total of 724 power punches, connecting with 242 (33%)
Zbik threw a total of 623 power punches, connecting with 335 (54%)
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By Matt Richardson/Rick Sharmberg/Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Marty Rosengarten/ringsidephotos.com
WBC super middleweight champion Carl Froch (28-1, 20 KOs) won a hard fought twelve round majority decision over 42-year-old former light heavyweight champion Glen Johnson (51-15-2, 35 KOs) in the Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinal from Adrian Phillips Ballroom at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Johnson brought the fight to Froch with a relentless attack early. Froch adjusted and took control, but Johnson upped his aggressiveness and the bout became a war. The 33-year-old Froch had more in the tank, however, and won by scores of 117-111, 116-112 and 114-114.
Froch will now face WBA champion Andre Ward in the Final of the Super Six World Boxing Classic.
Former WBA interim light heavyweight titleholder Richard Hall (30-8, 28 KOs) scored a shock second round KO over former unified cruiserweight champion O’Neil Bell (26-4-1, 24 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hard Rock LIVE Arena in Hollywood, Florda. Time was 1:58.
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
Unbeaten featherweight Mikey Garcia (26-0, 22 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over late sub Rafael Guzman (28-3, 20 KOs). Time was 1:55.
In a WBC 154lb world title eliminator unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan (30-0, 19 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over Saul Roman (34-9, 29 KOs). Roman got off to a blazing start in the first round by landing a hard right cross / left hook combination that dropped Martirosyan and got the Mexican fans in attendance into the fight behind Roman. Martirosyan dropped Roman hard with a solid right cross from long range midway through round seven. Roman would get up but probably wishes he had not. Martirosyan was relentless from there on and while it seemed like Roman might escape the round, despite taking plenty of punishment, instead, Martirosyan laid on the punishment heavy and in the final couple seconds of the round, the referee was left with no choice but to save Roman from further punishment. By TKO victory at 2:58 of round seven, Martirosyan gets his biggest win to date and wins the WBC junior middleweight Silver championship, by way becoming mandatory challenger to WBC junior middleweight champion, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
In an upset, Dakota Stone (10-8, 2KO) was the winner by sixth round TKO victory over the legendary Christy Martin (49-6-3, 32 KO). This, a rematch of their September 2009 fight in which Martin won by unanimous decision, was an all action fight with Martin finding luck with her left hooks to the head and body and Stone holding her own by finding a home for her clubbing right hands to the head of Martin. In furious action in round four, Martin dropped Stone with a hard right hand but Stone would get up unshaken and fight back hard to otherwise win the round and make it a 10-9 round rather than a 10-8 round. Sometime during fourth round action, Martin was visibly hurt after throwing a right hand and between the fourth and fifth rounds, it was apparent that she had suffered a hand injury, prompting a visit to her corner from the ringside physician. She was allowed to fight on but did not throw a single right hand in round five and did her best, instead, to try to keep Stone off of her with her left hand, throwing dozens of jabs and left hooks. However, Stone was able to connect solidly with plenty of right crosses to easily win round five.
Martin came out in round six only needing to survive the round to win the fight but, instead, after taking a couple hard shots from Stone, Martin turned her back to her opponent and ran to a neutral corner, prompting another visit from the ringside physician. At the advice of the doctor, referee David Mendoza called an end to the fight at 1:09 of the sixth round, making Stone the victor. It seemed a just call given that Martin was saved from punishment and allowed a long break due to turning tail and running. Martin, up on all three scorecards at the time of the stoppage (48-46, 48-46 and 49-46) pleaded with the referee and the doctor not to stop the fight but her pleas fell on deaf ears. (more…)
By Matt Richardson/Rick Sharmberg/Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Light heavyweights: Edison Miranda (34-5, 29 KO’s) W U 8 Rayco Saunders (20-14-2, 8 KO’s). Former top contender Miranda dominated the fight to earn scores of 80-73 and 79-73 twice.
Light heavyweights: Zsolt Erdei (33-0, 18 KO’s) TKO 6 Byron Mitchell (28-8-1, 21 KO’s). Erdei, the former light heavyweight and cruiserweight titleholder, made easy work of Mitchell, a faded former super middleweight titleholder. Erdei hurt Mitchell at the end of the first and dropped him twice with hard rights in the sixth. After rising a second time, referee Eddie Cotton was unsatisfied after asking Mitchell a series of questions in the corner and elected to call the fight off. Time of the stoppage was 1:58 (more…)
WBC super middeweight champion emeritus Mikkel Kessler (44-2, 33 KOs) scored a sixth round beatdown of WBO #5/IBF #10 rated Mehdi Bouadla (23-4, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kessler began to open up in round two and dropped Bouadla with a furious assault in round three. Bouadla somehow survived the round. Kessler continued to tee off in round four, but the rugged Bouadla kept coming. Kessler finally battered him to the deck twice in round six and the bout was waved off by referee Manuel Maritxalar. Time was 2:25.
It was Kessler’s first bout in 14 months since his Super Six win over Carl Froch. Kessler later dropped out of the tournament due to double vision, which has now improved. He is expected to face IBF champion Lucian Bute later this year. It was the first time Bouadla has been stopped.
WBCBoxing.tv will present a boxing webcast, free of charge tonight from Mexico City. Super featherweights clash in the headliner with Dante Jardon facing Adailton De Jesus. Also David Lemieux-conqueror Marco Antonio Rubio battles Ricardo Marcelo Ramalla in a middleweight clash. The webcast is available in all countries except Mexico at 11:30PM ET/8:30PM PT. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Friday night at Harrah’s Casino, in Chester PA, lightweight Victor “The Boxing Barber” Vasquez (13-5-1, 7 KOs) once again reinvigorated his career with a dominant fourth round stoppage of savvy veteran Gustavo Dailey (4-12, 1 KO) in the scheduled six round main event of the evening. In the six round co-feature of the seven bout card light heavyweight prospect Tony “Boom Boom” Ferrante (10-2-1, 5 KOs) rebounded from a two fight losing streak with a impressive fourth round stoppage of Joe Park (8-6, 6 KOs). (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photos: Emilio Sanchez/Art of Boxing
Cruiserweight Anatoliy Dudchenko was happy getting a victory late Friday night, whether the fight took six or eight rounds. Dudchenko won a methodical six round unanimous decision before a sold-out crowd of about 750 at the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills, CA. The bout headlined an eight-bout “Woodland Hills War IV” card, presented by Art of Boxing Promotions and Bash Boxing. Midway through the fight, the originally scheduled eight round bout was shortened to six by George Dodd, executive officer of the California State Athletic Commission. Insurance paid by Art of Boxing and Bash Boxing was good up to midnight and since the fight started prior to midnight and was estimated to end after 12:00, Dodd shortened it to six. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher P. Cook at ringside
Photos: Scott Foster
2004 Olympic Silver Medalist Yudel Jhonson improved his unblemished record with an easy and uneventful ten round decision over Jose Miguel Torres (21-5-0, 19 KOs). In front of a capacity crowd at the Tampa A La Carte Event Pavilion and millions watching live on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights, the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist was able to utilize his stamina and reach advantage to keep Torres at bay throughout the ten rounds. In the co-main event, veteran Walter Estrada (39-14-1, 25 KOs) bested one of Georgia’s hottest prospects Tyrese Hendrix (20-3-1, 9 KOs) in an eight round decision. For more details and photos click here…
Photo: David Itskowitch
The long awaited statue of the late IBF lightweight world champion Leavander Johnson, created by renowned sculptor Brian Hanlon, was unveiled today during a ceremony at Center City Park in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Park is located on Atlantic Avenue between North Carolina and South Carolina Avenues. Johnson, an Atlantic City native, compiled a career record of 34-5-2 with 26 KOs. He captured the vacant IBF lightweight title on June 17, 2005 with a 7th round TKO of Stefano Zoff in Milan, Italy. Three months later, on September 17, 2005 in Las Vegas, Johnson defended his title for the first time against Jesus Chavez in a fight that Johnson lost when it was stopped in the 11th round. Johnson later collapsed in the locker room and was rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was performed in an attempt to correct a subdural hematoma. Tragically, his condition did not improve and Johnson passed away September 22, 2005 with his family by his side.
Story by Anthony Springer Jr.
Most fighters say that the next fight is the biggest of their careers.
For Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, that statement rang true for his last fight, a 25-minute war with Benson Henderson for the WEC lightweight title. The bout—and the WEC’s legacy of exciting fights—was punctuated by Pettis’ highlight reel off the cage “Showtime kick” that sent the promotion out in style. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Never has a British fighter had a run of such difficult contests as Carl Froch, who meets ageless Glen Johnson on Saturday in the semifinal of Showtime’s Super Six tournament; Froch will also be defending his WBC 168-pound belt. Froch has faced former, future or current world champions and beaten four of them in his last five bouts, with three of these fights taking place outside the UK.
It’s once more into the firing line as Froch takes on Johnson, the former light-heavyweight champion who looked as strong as he has ever done when knocking out Allan Green in his last fight, a bout that marked Johnson’s entry into the Showtime tournament and was his first bout at a weight below 175 pounds in more than a decade. (more…)
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