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World bantamweight champion and consensus top-three pound-for-pound fighter Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire and Todd duBoef, President of Top Rank, Inc., announced today that they will move forward together in promoting Donaire’s stellar professional boxing career.
“I am very happy and pleased to announce a recent reconciliation between Top Rank, and myself, and I am also extremely excited to announce that I will be back in the ring this coming October,” said Donaire. “There were some details that required attention, and I feel confident now that my professional goals are being understood and respected by Top Rank. And we have likewise come to a mutual understanding and agreement as far as our common objectives in boxing and how we can work better together as a team. I was able to sit down and figure out the fight map, which both Top Rank and I could agree with. Having a shared goal now, and working together, I’m certain will only make for better fights, and better boxing, now and in the future. (more…)
Edison ‘Pantera’ Miranda is in his final days of training camp and will be on his way to Las Vegas tomorrow in preparation for his July 29th fight on ESPN2. Miranda is coming off his first light heavyweight fight and ready to step up the competition against a tough Cuban fighter by the name of Yordanis Despaigne. Despaigne showed a very promising armature career by defeating top names like Jean Pascal and Tomasz Adamek and fighting to a tough one point loss to Andre Direll. He was one of the top prospects at light heavyweight building a perfect 8-0 record until facing his first professional loss to another great prospect, Ismayl Sillakh. Despaigne has blamed severe cuts during this bout for his loss and wants to prove to the world that he has what it takes to compete with the best at 175lbs. (more…)
Two OPI 2000 fighters scored wins in the weekend.
On Saturday in Forlì, Italy, former WBC female flyweight champion Simona Galassi returned to the ring after a highly controversial decision of last March 11 in Mexico against Mariana Juarez with a six round decision against Bulgarian Svetla Taskova.
On Sunday in Civitavecchia, Italy, Italian lightweight champion Emiliano Marsili (23-0-1, 9 KOs) only need 24 seconds to retain his title and destroy Paolo Gassani (14-1, 6 KOs) in the first round.
IBF Cruiserweight champion Steve “USS” Cunningham and number-one ranked welterweight Mike Jones have signed an endorsement deal with Cov Glove, a leather sleeve that covers the tape around the wrist. The Cov Glove protects the fighter from having his tape come loose as well as protecting his opponent from Tape scraping against his head and eyes and has all been certified by USA Boxing.
WBA/IBF Super Lightweight Champion Amir “King” Khan will guest this evening on “LOPEZ TONIGHT”, the award winning late night talk show hosted by George Lopez. Broadcast on TBS, the show will air tonight at 12 EST, 11pm CST. This will be Khan’s first late night talk show appearance in the United States and takes place just hours before he departs for his hometown of Bolton, England.
Former four-time world champion, Carina “La Reina” Moreno (21-3, 6 KO’s) returns to the ring when she faces Chantel “Georgous Babe” Cordova (8-2-1, 3 KO’s) August 27, 2011. The bout will go off on the Robert Guerrero vs. Marcos Maidana card, set to take place at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source indicates that in the Dominican Republic business people and sports journalists are seeking the support of that country’s President for financial assistance so Elio Rojas can fight in the city of San Francisco de Macoris for the WBC championship against Mexico’s Jhonny Gonzalez. The WBC recently stated that Gonzalez must defend against Rojas. Other sources suggest the possibility that Rojas-Gonzalez could land on the September 17th Mayweather-Ortiz card in Las Vegas. Since July 2007 Rojas has only fought four times.
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos by Rene Perez/Canelo Promotions
The Traditional Jalisco Arena will open its doors next Friday with a Canelo Promotions event called “New Blood, Debut Night” that will star featured prospects from Guadalajara, Mexico. In the star attraction, Moises “Gatti” Delgadillo will face José “Polvora” Mendoza in a 10-round fight in the lightweight division. Delgadillo has eight fights without defeat, while Mendoza will look for a win after two failures in the United States. (more…)
Super bantamweight prospect Carl Frampton will challenge Kiko Martinez for the European title on September 10 at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The fight will be the chief support bout on the Paul McCloskey vs. Breidis Prescott WBA light welterweight world title eliminator, and Frampton is confident he can wrestle the title from the Spaniard in just his 11th pro contest. “I’ve wanted this fight for a long time and I believe 100 per cent that I will beat Kiko,” said Frampton. “He’s a dangerous fighter and a world class one but I believe that I am a world class fighter too and a massive hometown show is the perfect platform for me to prove it.”
Photos: Hennessy Sports
Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury proved on Saturday night that he’s not only the new star of World boxing after winning the British and Commonwealth titles but also a major ratings puller for Channel 5 in the United Kingdom as well as a pay-per-view audience in North America. Channel 5 executives were left thrilled by 6ft 9′ Fury’s sensational performance in the victory over Dereck Chisora at Wembley Arena which attracted a peak audience figure of 3m viewers – demonstrating once again the appeal of boxing to the public. British and Commonwealth champion Fury is now ready to become a global star with not only Channel 5 but American broadcasters eager to screen his future fights. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photo: CDL Promotions
WBA #10 Robbie Bryant (15-1-1, 7 KOs) outscored former Australian champion Les Piper (14-9-3, 3 KOs) to capture the IBF Australasian middleweight title via twelve round split decision at the Italian club, Perth, Western Australia on Saturday. (more…)
A night of boxing promoted by Andre Kut’s KEA Boxing Promotions is set for the South Philly Asylum Arena on Friday. Headlining the card is the comeback of former USBA junior middleweight champion, Derek “Pooh Ennis (22-3-1, 13KO’s) who is ready to make another run towards the elusive world title bout. He first must get by dangerous Mexican knockout artist Saul “Baby” Duran (38-18-2, 31KO’s) in the eight round main event of the evening. (more…)
Goossen Tutor Promotions has named Danny Brener, son of California Boxing Hall of Fame and public relations veteran Steve Brener, as its Vice President of Communications. The younger Brener has grown up surrounded by the sport of boxing and the skills needed to be a top publicist. Almost seven years ago to the day, Brener officially began working in boxing for his father’s famed sports public relations firm, Brener Zwikel & Associates. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
One source reported that the possibility exists that legendary promoter Don King” could travel to Costa Rica this week to attend the WBA’s “KO to Drugs” Festival. King, who turns 80 on August 20, could also hit Nicaragua to attempt to line up an IBF world title fight for former world champion Ricardo Mayorga who could fight the belt in his own country with the support of the Government. The Festival WBA “KO to Drugs” fight card will be held Saturday at the Costa Rica National Gym. In the main event, Costa Rican James “The Indian” Barboza will try to win the vacant WBA interim super middleweight world title against Irishman Brian Magee.
By Robert Coster
Photo: Ed Diller/Star Boxing
Junior middleweights Delvin Rodriguez and Pawel Wolak recently staged a memorable, violent ten round fight that is considered to be a candidate for Fight of the Year. The seesaw battle ended in a controversial majority draw. While Wolak did throw more punches, Rodriguez was credited with being more accurate and landing the cleaner shots, especially in the later portion of the fight. “I really felt I won that fight fair and square,” says Rodriguez (25-5-3, 14 KOs) whose career has been marked, one could even say marred, by close, controversial decisions going against him. Fightnews sat down with Delvin Rodriguez to discuss the Wolak fight and its aftermath. (more…)
By Graham Houston
Fans had a winner and loser in Saturday’s big fights on each side of the pond— a rousing battle for the British heavyweight title that saw underdog Tyson Fury defeat Dereck Chisora and a big-fight flop in Las Vegas as Amir Khan ran right over a confused and intimidated Zab Judah in five rounds. As we now say, I’m taking nothing away from Khan, but Judah was a major disappointment: This was a fighter who declared himself “150% ready”; the “new” Zab Judah, he said, was a “monster.” Why do fighters come up with such ridiculous comments and then fail miserably to perform on the night? (more…)
By Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Paul Gallegos
Last Friday night, Bobby D. Presents, in association with Jorge Marron Productions and Barron Entertainment Co., packed the house at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in sunny and warm San Diego, CA, in the latest installment of their San Diego Boxing Series.
In the main event, local favorite James “Chocolate” Parison (14-4, 4KOs) earned a hard fought decision over a very game Eddie Hunter (4-7-2, 2KOs) of Seattle, WA in a six round super middleweight contest in front of a enthusiastic hometown crowd. The fight was much closer than the 59-54 three times would indicate. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
In the Main Event of Western Alliance 5, Robbie Bryant (15-1-1, 7 KOs) retained his Pan Asian Middleweight title via split decision against game challenger Les Piper (13-9-3) at the WA Italian Club North Perth Australia last night. Judges scored the bout 115-113 for Bryant while the other card read 117-111 for Piper. Bryant suffered a gash to his forehead in round 3 which had to be examined by the ringside doctor on two separate occasions during the bout. For more details and photos click here…
At the Rafael Hernandez Coliseum in David, Panama, featherweight Nelson Guillen (7-3) scored his fourth victory in a row by outpointing Edgar Guillen (1-2) in four rounds on the main event of a local rising stars card. Bantamweight Edward Cordoba (4-4) scored a majority decision over Luis Caballero (2-3-2). Two fights of all debutants completed the show in which welterweight Alberto Delgado won at 2:59 of 3rd round over Nestor Becker by TKO as well as superfeather Johan Mosquera defeated Victor Caballero at 0:41 on the second.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
It is often recommended by adults, especially teachers, to never cram for an important test the day before or on the same day. Anthony Dirrell did not heed that advice in his preparation for Friday night’s fight against Kevin Engel. Rather than fail, Dirrell passed his “exam” against Engel with flying colors. “It was just today (Friday) that I saw videos (from his last fight) and he was just a sucker for a right hand,” said Dirrell after the fight. The right hands would slowly break Engel down, eventually leading to a questionable second round knockout victory at the Morongo Casino Resort and Spa in Cabazon, CA. (more…)
At the Mandalay Bay Event Center in Las Vegas, Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) took another step towards becoming the undisputed junior welterweight champion as he scored a fifth round knockout over Zab Judah (41-7) to claim Judah’s IBF junior welterweight title to go along with his WBA Super junior welterweight title. The victory wasn’t without its fair share of controversy however. What was a borderline low blow sank Judah to his knees as referee Vic Drakulich began to count Judah out. Judah remained on the canvas as the count reached ten and immediately protested that the right hand landed on his cup. Replays show that the punch landed right on Judah’s belt line . . . Click here for more
There are shot lists and there are shot lists.
After last night’s suped-up demolishment of downed Zab “Super” Judah, Amir Khan will get to compile a shot list of who’s next. Beltless Judah, on the other hand, belted on the beltline and Khanquered for five rounds, may find himself on a shot list – a list with a different meaning . . . Click here for more
WBO #12 cruiserweight B.J. Flores moved to 25-1-1, 16 KOs after a fifth round TKO over Nick Iannuzzi (16-3, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the O’Reilly Center in Springfield, Missouri. Flores dropped Iannuzzi in round one and punished him for five rounds. Iannauzzi stayed on his stool after the fifth round. With the win, Flores picked up the vacant NABO interim and NABA USA belts.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Female flyweight Irma “Guerita” Sanchez became the first Mexican female fighter to be awarded world titles in two divisions after winning by TKO in the seventh round against Panamanian Carlota Santos on Saturday night at the Coliseum Olympic UDG Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico.
Featherweight Eduardo Escobedo impressively knocked out Joksan “Torito” Hernandez in the second round to win the IBF Latino championship. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO featherweight champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (36-11-2, 24 KOs) battered outgunned challenger Kenichi “Machine Gun” Yamaguchi (17-2-2, 4 KOs) until referee Roberto Ramírez Jr. stopped the one-sided fight in round eleven on Saturday night at the CUM in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. Salido dropped Yamaguchi in round three and dominated all the way. Time was 2:50. Former champion Juan Manuel Lopez was in attendance cheering for Salido to win. They are expected to meet in a rematch this October. (more…)
Story and photos by Przemek Garczarczyk
After 10 very entertaining rounds, Joe Hanks (17-0, 12 KO) defeated (somewhat surprisingly all the judges gave Hanks all the rounds) Alfredo Escalera jr. (18-4, 12 KO). Fans of heavyweight boxing during the first annual “Knock Out Cancer” Joe DeGuardia open-air event in the Bronx Hunts Point Produce Market, saw more power exchanges in one round of this main event fight that in 12 rounds of many recent heavyweight bouts. “Alfredo was a very tough guy today. He was fearless, caught me with good shots but I have a good chin – now people know this for sure. I was happy with my performance. I sustained my effort through full ten rounds. I didn’t know Escalera’s name before, I know it now,” said new IBA International champion. (more…)
In a jr welterweight unification clash, WBA champion Amir Khan (26-1, 18 KOs) scored a dominating fifth round KO against IBF champion Zab Judah (41-7, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Khan was in command from the outset and finished Judah with a right hand to the belt line. Time was 2:47. Judah claimed the last punch was a low blow, but referee Vic Drakulich didn’t buy it and counted Judah out.
Unbeaten super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillen (25-0, 19 KOs) brutalized late replacement for the injured Tarvis Simms, Jason Lehoullier (21-6-1, 8 KOs) before the towel was mercifully thrown in round 5. Time of stoppage was 1:38
In a heavyweight rematch, Bryant Jennings (9-0) soundly thumped Theron Johnson (5-6) for 6 rounds and earned a unanimous decision victory. Scores were 60-53 (twice) and 59-54.
Undefeated featherweight Gary Russell Jr. continued his rise up the ranks with a one-sided unanimous decision over the game, but overmatched, Eric Estrada. Russell scored numerous combinations and dropped Estrada in the 7th. Scores were 80-71 across the board.
James Kirkland (29-1, 26 KOs) continued the road back to title contention as he starched Alexis Hloros (15-4-2) en route to a second round TKO victory. It was fun while it lasted as Hloros caught Kirkland with several right hands early. But “The Mandingo Warrior” was far too strong for his Mt. Clemens opponent and dropped Hloros twice in the first round and polished him off with a missile right hook in the opening moments of the second. Kirkland is now 2-0 with Ann Wolfe back in his corner and proves to still be an entertaining fighter to watch. Time of stoppage was :25.
Ronny Rios blitzed Noe Lopez, Jr. with a ruthless body attack and scored a 1st round TKO victory in a scheduled 8 round junior lightweight affair. Rios dropped Lopez with a straight right to the body seconds into the bout and sucked the fight out of Lopez. Another brutal body shot later and it was all she wrote. Time of stoppage was 1:12. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Looks like Golden Boy Promotions will get their wish of a split-pay per view televised card on Saturday, September 17th. Unbeaten Saul Alvarez is scheduled to take on Alfonso Gomez at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on the same day that Floyd Mayweather challenges Victor Ortiz for Ortiz’s world title belt in Las Vegas. A press conference is scheduled to take place in Los Angeles on Tuesday to formally announce the Alvarez-Gomez bout. Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KO’s) defended his version of the 154-pound world title belt last month with a 12 round stoppage victory over Ryan Rhodes. Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KO’s) was scheduled to fight Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. in December, but suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow a few weeks prior tom the scheduled bout. He was able to heal up and recently stopped Calvin Green in the second round at the Morongo Casino Resort & Spa in Cabazon, CA in May. Both cards in Las Vegas and Los Angeles will center around Mexican Independence Day celebrations.
By Karl Freitag
In a highly charged grudge match between unbeaten heavyweights, 6’9 Tyson Fury (15-0, 10 KOs) scored a clear twelve round unanimous decision over WBO #13 Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora (14-1, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Wembley Arena in London. Fury pretty much had his way in round one, but Chisora landed some big shots round two that had Fury hurt and holding on. Fury got back on track in round three while Chisora missed wildly with big power shots. Fury’s combination punching won rounds four and five while Chisora only threw one shot at a time. Chisora, who came in a career high of 261 lbs, seemingly ran out of gas as the fight progressed. “Del Boy” made a furious last stand with a big barrage of punches in round ten, but Fury dominated the rest of the fight. Scores were 117-112, 117-112, 118-111. Fury wins the British and Commonwealth championships. WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko had expressed interest in possibly facing the winner.
IBF #14 rated jr welterweight Ashley “Treasure” Theophane (30-4-1, 8 KOs) wore down Jason “The Power” Cook (28-4-1, 14 KOs) and got a tenth round KO. Time was :43. Theophane retained his British light welterweight championship.
Unbeaten middleweight Ryan Toms (9-0, 4 KOs) scored an impressive fourth round KO over “Phat” Pat McAleese (12-2-1, 2 KOs). McAleese was down three times in round three. Time of the stoppage was 2:44. Toms retained his British Southern Area title.
In a war, unbeaten jr middleweight Peter Vaughan (3-0-1, 1 KO) outpointed previously undefeated Phill Fury (9-1, 2 KOs) over eight by a score 78-75.
By Bob Caico
Flamboyant boxing promoter Butch Lewis (best known for promoting the Spinks Brothers) reportedly passed away today after a heart attack. He was just 65. More details when available.
By Joe Koizumi
Fast-rising bantam prospect, JBC#2 Hidenori Otake (16-1-3, 9 KOs), 121.75, displayed a fine performance in pulverizing Yuji Maruyama (11-11-1, only one KO), 123, at 1:30 of the first round in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. As they cautiously probed each other, Otake landed a smashing right to the button of the taller opponent, who badly hit the deck with a thud. It looked so picture-perfect as a Miguel-Garcia-like right shot in Mikey’s demolition of Rafael Guzaman this June. Maruyama very barely regained his feet, but Otake’s follow-up prompted the third man to call a well-received halt. Otake had better test his fists against top-notch opponents. Promoter: Noguchi Promotions.
The Voelker-Bowling trilogy ended 2-1 for Bobby Voelker, as he scored his second win of the series via his second second-round TKO over Roger Bowling in the main event of the Strikeforce Challengers 17 event at the Pearl at The Palms Friday night. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Robbie Bryant (14-1-1, 7 KOs) defends his Pan Asian Boxing Association middleweight title tonight when he takes on Contender Australia cast member Les Piper (13-8-3) in a fight that will also earn the winner the vacant International Boxing Federation Australasian belt.at the WA Italian Club North Perth, Australia. Bryant plans to be victorious over Piper and set up a fight with Contender Australia winner Garth Wood (10-2-1, 6 KOs). Wood’s biggest success came when he shocked Australia with a 5th round KO victory over Anthony “The Man” Mundine last December. Mundine avenged his defeat to Wood by defeating him in the rematch via a 10 round unanimous points decision in April. (more…)
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By Karl Freitag
Photo: Action Images
Unbeaten 6’9 , 260lb heavyweight Tyson Fury (14-0, 10 KOs) has been touted as the heir apparent to the Klitschko Brothers. Today we’ll find out if he really is. Fury faces Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora in a PPV grudge showdown tonight at Wembley Arena in London. While both fighters have similar records, Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs) has the more accomplished resume, winning both the British and Commonwealth heavyweight championships, as well as twice being scheduled to challenge Wladimir Klitschko, before having the fights fall through, through no fault of his own. Klitschko has stated that a defense against the winner could be in the cards.
The 6’1 Chisora is a slight betting favorite at -138 according to bet365.com, with Fury backers getting odds of +110.
The build up to the fight has been nothing less than heated. After Chisora claimed Fury had no heart, Fury lashed out at Chisora, saying “If it means killing you in the ring, that’s what I’ll do. To beat me, you will have to kill me because I’m prepared to die in the ring. I’m putting it all on the line. I’m going to snap your chin off your body. You are an arrogant little prick – I’ll smash your face in when we fight! You are a shithouse, as well.” (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Chris Cozzone
Even when Amir Khan was unbeaten, there was a buzz surrounding the talented English-born fighter. Speed, power, height, and most importantly skills were the assets Khan possessed. With the way Khan was going through his opponents, it was not a question of who he was going to challenge for a world title belt. It was more of when was he going to put a world title belt around his waist. Then, it all came crashing to a momentary stop. It was the night of September 6th, 2008, when he was stopped by also-unbeaten and hard-hitting Breidis Prescott in the first round. Suddenly, there were the criticisms about Khan’s defense or his footwork were going to be his Achilles heel (no pun intended) towards a world title opportunity. So he did what any fighter would have done, especially in the last three to four years. Go across the pond and enlist the services of trainer Freddie Roach. Instead of a hard-hitting 140-pound fighter, Khan will attempt to solidify his standing as the top fighter in the junior welterweight division as he takes on Zab Judah tonight in a unification bout at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV. (more…)
By Brett Bonetti
Robbie Bryant 159.4 vs. Les Piper 159.8
Daniel Dawson 153.4 vs. Virgil Kalakoda 153.9
Dave Letizia 174.8 vs. Taito Raturere 172.2
Jeremy Allan 168.0 vs. Friday Nwaiwu 167.1
Albert Howell 150.6 vs. Mark Dalby 152.6
Luke Sharp 166.9 vs. Brian Olman 168.4
Ibrahim Yaghmour 156.1 vs. Ben Dyer 160.1
Venue: WA Italian Club, Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Promoter: CDL Boxing Promotions
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Werner Kalin
Thai 154 pound prospect Patomsuk Pathompothong (12-1-1, 8 KOs) scored a clear ten round decision over hot favorite Heath Ellis (14-2-1, 7 KOs) at the Sunshine Skating Centre in Sunshine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The powerful Thai had the skillful Aussie on the back move as he boxed aggressively and continually cut off the ring and connected with power shots to the head and body of his fleet footed opponent. At the conclusion the scores were, Aneeka Williams 94-96, Ignatius Missailidis 95-95, and Andrew Campbell 94-96. The manager of Patomsuk–Jimmy Chaichotchuang said, “Patomsuk is only a welterweight boxer but dominated Heath Ellis who is highly regarded. Also Patomsuk has a very good trainer, Rian Munton, in the corner. Patomsuk served several years in Bangkok prison and started his professional career when was given day leave to box on my promotions. Bernard Hopkins served time in prison before becoming a boxing great and he is an inspiration to Patomsuk.” (more…)
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