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Report/photo: Boxing Bob Newman
WBC board member and NABF president Joe Dwyer celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with his lovely wife Linda last night at the Frank Lawrence-Jason Estrada show in Verona, New York. Dwyer was on hand as supervisor of the match for the WBC Caribbean heavyweight title, won by Lawrence via TKO10. Fightnews wishes to extend a heartfelt congratulations to the Dwyers on their monumental achievement.
Say what you will about Anderson Silva’s recent run of lackluster performances. It is tough to argue with the numbers. Twelve UFC bouts. Twelve wins. The streak stands alone in the UFC record books for most consecutive wins, whether to start a career or at any other time . . . Click here for more by Michael DiSanto, UFC
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By Ron Jackson
Nkosinathi Joyi retained his IBF mini-flyweight belt when his bout against Katsunari Takayama ended in a no-contest at Carnival City in Brakpan on Saturday night. The Japanese challenger was cut on top of the head in a clash of heads in the third round and referee Deon Dwarte on advice of the doctor stopped the fight 1 minute 59 seconds into the round. In terms of the IBF rules, as the fight had not gone four rounds, it was declared a no-contest. However, from where I was sitting at ringside the cut did not appear that bad and Takayama (47.60kg) was in no danger of suffering any damage to his eyes. It appeared as if he wanted an excuse to bale out. The referee is one who makes the final decision and does not have to accept the advice of the doctor and in this instance the referee possibly should have let the fight continue. Minutes after Takayama stepped out of the ring the cut was not even bleeding. (more…)
Timothy Bradley: “If that’s the best in the world, that’s weak. He didn’t want to get hit with the big shot. Throughout the fight, we were both coming in, back and forth. Devon is a tough, tough warrior. He will be champion again….Regarding the last headbutt, we were both coming in trying to land the big shot. Give Alexander time, and he will box you to pieces. I didn’t give him that time.”
Devon Alexander: “I couldn’t see after the headbutt. He’s got a big head, he came at me full force. My eye was burning, I couldn’t see….You can’t work on a headbutt [in the gym], only skills. He didn’t stop me from using my skills. No excuses….There’s a rematch clause in the contract, and I want a rematch with Timothy Bradley.”
Kevin Cunningham: (Alexander’s trainer) “I told the referee before the fight that Bradley’s last six opponents have been cut by headbutts. I told him, I told him, I told him.”
Frank Garza: (Referee) “I ruled it an accidental headbutt, completely different from the earlier headbutt. I stopped the fight after consultation with the ringside physician.”
Dr. Peter Samet: (Ringside Physician) “I told Devon that he had to open his right eye or the fight would be over. I asked him to open his eye three times, but he couldn’t do it. I feared temporary nerve damage or temporary paralysis was preventing him from opening his eye, so I recommended to the referee that the contest be stopped.”
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Venezuelan flyweight Jean Piero Perez (18-3-1, 13 KOs) won a unanimous twelve round unanimous decision over Mexican Jesus Silvestre (31-7, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant WBA interim flyweight world title at the Arena Coliseo in Guadalajara, Mexico. Judges: Uriel Aguilera (Colombia) 117-111, Karla Caiz (U.S.) 117-111 and Gustavo Padilla (Panama) 118-110 all in favor of Perez. The card was presented by Canelo Promotions.
By Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr/DKP
Undefeated WBO junior welterweight champion Timothy “Desert Storm” Bradley (27-0, 11 KOs) won a forgettable ten round technical decision over previously undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Devon Alexander “The Great” (21-1, 13 KOs) in a WBC/WBO world championship unification match on Saturday night at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan.
Bradley brought the fight to the southpaw Alexander, but all the rounds were highly technical and close. Alexander was cut over the right eye by an unintentional headbutt in round three. Bradley definitely landed more shots that brought oohs and aahs from the crowd. Two more head clashes in round eight. Early in round ten, another head clash rendered Alexander unable to continue, which sent the bout to the scorecards. Scores were 97-93, 96-95, 98-93.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Unbeaten WBC #1 middleweight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Billy Lyell (22-9, 4 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd on 12,000+ at the Estadio Banorte in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico. Chavez was on a “seek and destroy” mission, looking to use his superior firepower to beat down the outgunned Lyell. The scrappy Lyell battled to the end, but Chavez prevailed 99-92, 96-94, 98-92. Chavez retained his WBC silver belt and is in line to face Sebastian Zbik for the WBC middleweight title.
Super welterweight Saul Roman (34-8, 29 KOs) recovered a second round knockdown with a vengeance, stopping WBC #11 Michael Medina (24-3-2, 19 KOs) with a violent assault in the same round. Time was 1:53.
WBC interim female super bantamweight champion Jackie Nava (23-3-2, 11 KOs) retained her belt with a ten round unanimous decision over Frede Gonzalez (6-7-1, 2 KOs). Scores were 99-91, 99-91 and 100-90. Click here for more photos…
By Bob Caico at ringside
Photos by Boxing Bob Newman
Turning Stone Casino in Verona, NY was host to the interim WBC/Carribean heavyweight championship Saturday night. Franklin “Yah-Yah” Lawrence of Indianapolis stopped Jason “Big Six” Estrada in the tenth and final round for the belt. Lawrence had Estrada hurt and almost out in the third round but Estrada survived the round. Estrada fought himself back in the fight by counter-punching off the ropes. The middle rounds were uneventful until the eighth. Near the end of the round Lawrence hurt Estrada with an uppercut and a left hook opened a cut over Estrada’s right eye. As the tenth started Estrada looked totally spent and was being punched around the ring. Estrada was deducted a point for repeated low blows and when the fight resumed Lawrence landed a left-right combination that forced Estrada against the ropes prompting referee Charlie Fitch to waive it off. Lawrence improves to 14-2-2 and Estrada drops to 16-4. For more details and photos click here…
Bermane Stiverne: (Who burst into tears in his corner immediately after the fight) “It’s been a bad year for me and the emotion came out. I lost two cousins this year and we had the earthquake in Haiti. My win tonight means a lot. I have never won a championship belt before, amateur or professional, and now I have three. I had a new training regimen for this fight. I trained in Las Vegas with my strength and conditioning coach Dwight Yarde. I’ve never worked that hard or felt this good. I owe a big thanks to Hasim Rahman who came in and sparred with me for over three weeks just to help me. And thanks to Don King and my team. This is great.
Kendall Holt: “My purpose was to get back into everybody’s mind in the boxing world and let them know I stumbled but I’m back. If Roy Jones Jr. is Captain Hook, I’m his first lieutenant. I completed the first step of coming back into the world championship picture. I’m taking no time off from the gym. I’ll be back in working on Monday because there are still things I’m working on that I want to correct and show the world when I go longer than one round.”
By Bob Ryder and Lindy Lindell at ringside
Below are the undercard results from the world championship unification mega card at the Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan on Saturday night:
Jr welterweight Vernon Paris (24-0, 14 KOs) won a unanimous eight round decision over Emanuel Augustus (38-34-6, 20 KOs) in a fight with plenty of roughouse tactics. Augustus was penalized a point in the sixth and seventh rounds. Referee Gerard White also deducted a point from Paris in the seventh. Judges awarded the fight to Paris by scores of 76-73 and 77-72 x 2. Boos came from the crowd at the announcement of the scorecards.
Heavyweight Bermaine Stiverne (20-1-1, 19 KOs) won by TKO in the second over previously unbeaten Kerston Manswell (20-1, 15 KOs). Stiverne decked Manswell with a hard right midway through the second. Referee Gerard White allowed Manswell to continue however he was quickly caught in his own corner where Stiverne unloaded power shots. Referee White was just stepping in to call a halt as Stiverne floored Manswell with a huge left hook. Time was 1:52. The bout was for the vacant WBC International, WBC/USNBC, and WBA Fedelatin championships.
Unbeaten light heavyweight Marcus Oliveira (21-0-1, 16 KOs) won a unanimous six round decision over Demetrius Jenkins (21-18-1, 16 KOs) by identical scores of 60-54.
Former jr welterweight world champion Kendall Holt (26-4, 14 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Lenin Arroyo (20-15-1, 4 KOs). Holt knocked Arroyo down with hard left hook and referee Cunningham stopped the contest at 1:50.
Welterweight Allen Conyers (12-4, 9 KOs) pulled off a stunning upset winning a unanimous ten round decision over the previously undefeated “King” James De La Rosa (20-1, 12 KOs). De La Rosa was knocked down in the second, sixth, and eighth rounds to lose by identical scores of 95-92 on all three judges cards.
Jr middleweight Julian Williams (5-0, 4 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Alan Moore (2-10, 2 KOs). Moore was knocked down almost right at opening bell. Williams scored another quick knockdown causing referee Ron Cunningham to immediately wave the fight off at :28 without a count.
Super middleweight Darryl Cunningham (22-2, 10 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Alberto Mercedes (16-15, 10 KOs). Scores were 60-53 on all cards. Mercedes was knocked down in the sixth but fought back hard to make it to the final bell.
In a welterweight scrap, former two-time lightweight world champion Julio Diaz (38-6, 27 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO ver Pavel Miranda (16-7,-1, 8 KOs). Miranda was knocked down twice in 8th. Referee Gerard White waved it off when Diaz had a hurt Miranda in a corner and unable to defend himself. Time was 2:17.
WBA #2 ranked super flyweight Roberto Sosa (20-0, 11 KOs) of Argentina punished Devis Perez (13-3-2, 7 KOs) of Colombia in route to a seventh round TKO victory on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Municipal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After a fairly tame opening two rounds Sosa opened up big time in round three stunning Perez badly with solid left hooks to the chin throughout the round. Perez to his credit stayed on his feet but the referee issued standing 8 counts in round three and again in round four when he was again rocked badly. A huge right hand toward the end of round six had Perez in all kinds of trouble but the referee instead of stopping the bout issued another standing 8 count. The bell sounded seconds later to save Perez if only but momentarily. Sosa jumped on Perez immediatley to begin round seven snapping his head back badly with straight rights. Sosa at one point stopped and motioned to the referee to step in but the referee instructed him to keep fighting on. Sosa did so and moments later as he punished Perez with a barrage of punches the referee rightfully called an end to the punishment. Sosa retained his WBA Fedelatin super flyweight title with the win.
In her biggest win to date Unified WBA/WBO female light flyweight champion Yesica Bopp (13-0, 5 KOs) of Argentina retained her titles by way unanimous decision over former world champion Carino Moreno (21-2, 6 KOs) of Northern California. Bopp’s superior handspeed, footwork, and defense were the keys to her victory. Moreno was agressive the entire fight and had her moments but the shorter Bopp controlled the distance. Bopp was able land overhand rights at will leading to inflammation under the left eye of Moreno. Moreno was unable to mount any serious attack as Bopp’s defense was airtight keeping her hands up high. The official judges scorecards were 99-91, 98-92 and 100-91 all in favor of Bopp.
IBF mini-flyweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi retained his belt against Katsunari Takayama of Japan when the bout ended in a third round no-contest after an accidental clash of heads on Saturday night at Carnival City in Brakpan, South Africa on Saturday night.
Earlier, Argenis Mendez outpointed former world champion Cassius Baloyi over twelve in an IBF junior lightweight eliminator.
Complete report by Ron Jackson to come.
Photo: Michael Lopez
Former world title challenger Rey ‘Boom Boom’ Bautista (30-2, 23 KOs) has his hand raised after stopping Alejandro Barrera (21-4, 14 KOs) of Mexico at 2:56 of round 3 today in Cebu City, Philippines. Though the fight didnt last long it was a thriller while it lasted as both fighters went toe to toe from the opening bell. “The crowd was on their feet for the entire fight” stated Cebu City based Michael Lopez who worked the corner of Barrera. The two slugged it out on even terms the first two rounds. However, in round three Bautista dropped Barrera with a left hook to liver. Barrera got back to his feet and beat the count. . Bautista sensing the end was near jumped on Barrerra pinning him against the ropes and unloaded a barrage of punches which led Barrera to take a knee. This time Barrera was really hurt and not going to get up. The referee meanwhile counted him out at 10 marking the end to the fight. The main event bout took place at Cebu City at the Waterfront Hotel & Casino and was promoted by ALA Boxing Promotions.
By Karl Freitag
Travis Dickinson (10-0, 4 KOs) was the winner of Saturday night’s “Prizefighter Light Heavyweights II” tournament from the Olympia in London. Dickinson faced his second consecutive replacement fighter in the final and scored a second round stoppage over scrappy journeyman Sam Couzens (6-4, 0 KOs) who replaced semi-final #2 winner Tony Dodson. Dickinson dropped Couzens with a left hook and the referee waved it off at 1:54. Dickinson collects £32,000 as well as the “Prizefighter” trophy. Doctors removed Dodson from the tournament due to cuts suffered in his two fights earlier that evening. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer
Friday night at the National Guard Armory in Northeast Philadelphia, undefeated hometown favorite “Pretty Boy” Coy Evans (10-0-1, 2KO’s) continued his march up the featherweight division with a one-sided six round unanimous decision over wily Columbian veteran Felipe Almanza (18-20-4, 9KO’s). The undercard of the five bout card promoted by Greg Robinson’s Power Promotions, had several last minute fallouts. Lightweight prospect Tim Witherspoon Jr. (6-1-1, 2KO’s) stepped up and put on an admirable show in the new co-feature of the evening, scoring a unanimous decision over a very game Kywame Hill (1-7, 1KO). (more…)
WBCBoxing.tv will present a free international boxing webcast tonight at 10PM ET/7PM PT (not available in Mexico). In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Auditorio Teopanzolco in Cuernavaca, Morelos, México – Central American Boxing Federation (FECARBOX) flyweight champion Edgar “Power” Jimenez, 11-4-1 with 8 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his first defense of the title against Omar “Lobito” Soto, 19-7-2 with 13 knockouts, also of Mexico City. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Photo: Premium Boxing Promotions
Beauteous super featherweight Ogleidis Suarez (13-2-1, 6 KOs) is seriously thinking of hanging up the gloves for a career in modeling. With this purpose in mind, the tall, lithe young Venezuelan female pugilist has undergone an operation increasing her breasts size. “I’ve increased my cup size from a 28B size to a 32B size, said an elated Ogleidis, and it has increased my self-esteem.” Suarez has however added that her retirement from the boxing ring is not immediate. In fact, she may try to conceal her boxing ambitions and modeling aspirations for the next two years, news that will no doubt be greeted with glee by her legions of (mostly) male fans.
His jaw was broken and he still won.
That is the Cliff’s notes version of Ricardo Romero’s first bout in the Octagon, which sincerely does the fight little justice. Free and live on the Spike TV prelims for UFC 116, Romero pulled off a miraculous come from behind submission victory over Seth Petruzelli. It was like a scene ripped out of many classic Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fights where the battered and bloodied grappler needed just a momentary window to wrench an arm for a sudden finish. Broken jaw and all, like “Minotauro”, Romero still had his hand raised in the end . . . Click here for more by Jordan Newmark, UFC
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By Chris Davis at ringside
Photos by Tom Barnes/www.tomba-images.com
Former lightweight titleholder David Diaz (36-3-1) won a hard-fought majority decision against aspiring spoiler Robert Allen Frankel (27-10-1) Friday night in the ten-round main event of “Windy City Fight 15”, presented in Chicago by Dominic Pesoli’s 8 Count Productions. The boisterous crowd of over 3,500 witnessed an extraordinary display of back-and-forth, toe-to-toe action. Ultimately it was the effective inside fighting of Diaz that gave him the edge on two judges score cards (97-93 and 96-94), overriding the third judge who saw it a 95-95 draw. For more details and photos click here…
By Christopher P. Cook at Ringside
Tampa’s own Quinton Willis (6-2-1, 3 KOs) had more than he could handle against “Silky” Wilky Campfort (7-1-0, 4 KOs) at the Westshore DoubleTree Hotel in Tampa, Florida. In the first night of boxing in the Bay area for 2011, both fighters put on a crowd pleaser. Tampa’s first night of boxing had its highs and lows, starting with exciting early knockouts, followed by some slow-paced bouts, low blows, and finished off with a sound technical fight. (more…)
Photo: Peter Frutkoff
New York state super middleweight champion Lennon ‘2 Sharpe’ Allen (14-0, 9 KOs) made quick work of Jesse Orta (7-15-2, 4 KOs) in a non-title fight at the Yonkers Armory on Friday night. Allen scored a TKO in :37 of round two on a show presented by O’Shea Boxing.
Undefeated featherweight Raul Hirales Jr (12-0-1, 7KOs) was deducted two points for low blows by referee Pat Russell, but still came away with a split decision win over highly touted featherweight Charles Huerta (16-2, 9 KOs) on Friday night at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel in San Diego, California. Hirales was the busier fighter and prevailed 78-73, 77-74 on two cards, while Huerta was up 77-74 on the third card.
Quick fisted southpaw featherweight Gary Russell Jr (14-0, 9 KOs) won a seven round technical decision over veteran Feider Viloria (23-8-1, 16 KOs). Russell dropped Viloria in round five and the bout was cut short when Viloria suffered a cut over the right eye from an unintentional headbutt in the seventh. Scores were 70-62, 70-62, 69-63.
Unbeaten super middleweight Bastie Samir (9-0, 9 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Loren Myers (7-11-1, 2 KOs).
Anthony Martinez D4 Carlos Musquez (welterweight)
Amaris Quintana W4 Blanca Raymundo (flyweight)
Manuel Robles W4 David Morales (jr welterweight)
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Former heavyweight title challenger Chris Arreola (30-2, 26 KOs) scored a first round TKO over Joey Abell (27-5, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. The bout was almost immediately waved off by referee Tony Crebs after Arrela staggered Abell with a big right hand. Time was 2:18. Arreola kissed Abell on the cheek as Crebs stepped in.
WBC #8, IBF #10 Josesito Lopez (29-3, 17 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over previously unbeaten jr welterweight Mike Dallas Jr (17-1-1, 7 KOs) in a clash for the NABF belt. Lopez overcame vertical cut from an unintentional headbutt and steadily roughed up and broke down Dallas, sending him to the deck as referee Raul Caiz Jr. waved it off. Time was 1:47.
Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (11-0, 10 KOs) destroyed Jon Schmidt (10-2, 6 KOs) in a round one blowout. Estrada dropped Schmidt in the first ten seconds and floored him twice more before the carnage ended. Time was 1:48. For more details and photos click here…
Weights from Tunica, MS
Dominic Wade 167 vs. Brian Norman 167
Morgan Fitch 168 vs. Nathan Bedwell 168
April Ward 150 vs. Lisa Bolin 148
Jonathan Perry 210 vs. Glenn Hayes 209
Orlando Utsey 152 vs. Marquis Jackson 150
Dedrick Bell 149 vs. Josh Williams 151
Venue: Fitz Casino, Tunica, MS
Promoter: Prize Fight
Weights from Verona, NY
Franklin Lawrence 238 vs. Jason Estrada 240
(WBC Caribbean heavyweight title)
Isaac Rodrigues 161 vs. Jose Medina 159
Amanda Serrano 128 vs. Ela Nunez 130
Stephen Scott 151 vs. Martin Wright 151
Latif Mundy 162 vs. Ibahiem King 163
Andy Mejias 168.5 vs. Isaac Atencio 170
Steve Tyne 165 vs. Derrick Evans 167
Venue: Turning Stone Casino, Verona, NY
Top prospects Jonathan Vidal (12-0, 8 KOs) and Luis Cosme (6-1, 3 KOs) from Promociones Miguel Cotto and H2 Entertainment will fight on Monday, January 31 at the Palacios De Los Deportes in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Vidal will fight against Aneuri Matos (3-1, 2 KOs) in an 8 round bout and Luis Cosme will take Gregorio Lebron on in an 6 round bout in the flyweight division. “This is a great opportunity for Jonathan and Luis to go out of Puerto Rico and fight in another country. They are very talented boxers and very hard workers. I have no doubt that they both will have great victories on Monday night,” promoter Héctor Soto from H2 Entertainment said.
The World Boxing Council wants to clarify the title situation of a fight between Erik Morales and Juan Manuel Marquez which is being planned:
“The WBC received a personal request from Golden Boy Promotions regarding the authorization for the bout Morales and Marquez for the WBC lightweight diamond world championship, but we were never told, nor did we announce that such fight was a fact, but it was authorized in the understanding that it is the promotional company’s decision to hold it or not, when and where they decide.
“The WBC simply approves such decision with great pleasure, by virtue of the fact that the bout would be between two Mexican boxers who are considered to be some of the greatest in the history of our country, regardless of Erik Morales having been world champion three times in different divisions and Juan Manuel Marquez also having been world champion in three different weight divisions.
“That the bout is held is not the WBC’s decision or responsibility, but Golden Boy’s as well as a decision to be made by both fighters.”
By Cristian Gutierrez
Why is it that you made an aggressive comment about Amir Khan in the last few days?
Because almost one month after our fight in Las Vegas he is still mentioning me in the news. He said something like I had to come to my senses since I had asked a stupid number to face him at first. What a liar! I just asked what I deserved for a big fight like that. However, some got my comment wrong. I was not trying to push for a rematch with Amir since we all know he will never give it to me. That would be wasting time. And I never said that I had won the fight last December. I’m not a crying dog. I was just fed up with Khan’s kind of comments through which he thinks he rules the industry. I stand for the fighters’ right to earn good purses while Khan only tries to get everything for himself by diminishing his opponents. But let’s move on. (more…)
Photos by Bob Ryder
Devon Alexander 140 vs Tim Bradley 139.5
(WBC/WBO jr welterweight unification)
Bermane Stiverne 238 vs. Kertson Manswell 255
Kendall Holt 143.5 vs. Lenin Arroyo 144
“King” James De La Rosa 150 vs. Allen Conyers 149.5
Vernon Paris 142.5 vs. Emanuel Augustus 140.5
Darryl Cunningham 166.5 vs. Alberto Mercedes 168
Marcus Oliveira 176 vs. Demetrius Jenkins 180.5
Julio Diaz 146 vs. Pavel Miranda 145.5
Julian Williams 156.5 vs. Alan Moore 155
Venue: Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Don King/Thompson Boxing
Due to the fact Devon Alexander and Timothy Bradley are both undefeated and world champions, a coin toss was held immediately prior to the Official Weigh-In at the Silverdome in Pontiac this afternoon to determine the order of the ring walks. Alexander won the toss and opted to walk to the ring last. Bradley chose to be introduced inside the ring last.
Gary Shaw Productions and Don King Productions have announced that all members of the military, police, fireman, EMS or any veteran who come to Saturday night’s world championship unification match at the Silverdome, dressed in uniform, will be admitted to for free. One ticket will be given to those mentioned above who arrive in uniform at the designated box office window at the Silverdome on Saturday between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Tickets priced from $25 to $400 are still available and can be purchased at the Silverdome box office by calling (248) 338-2500.
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Photo: Rafael Soto/Zanfer, Top Rank
Julio Cesar Chavez Jr 160 vs. Billy Lyell 160
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Jackie Nava 120.5 vs. Freede Gonzalez 119.5
Michael Medina 160 vs. Saul Roman 160
Adrian Young124 vs. Cristian Martinez 123
Arturo Santos 122 vs. Jose Tamayo 122
Venue: Estadio Banorte, Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico
Promoter: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca Mexico, Fox Sports
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photo: Marcelino Castillo
Jean Piero Perez 112 vs Jesus Jimenez 112
(WBA Interim flyweight championship)
Victor Terrazas 122 vs Nehomar Cermeño 122
(WBA super bantamweight eliminator)
Venue: Arena Coliseo de Guadalajara
Promoter: Canelo Promotions
World championship boxing returns to the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia on February 5 at the Bernardo Caraballo Coliseum on a card billed “Operacion Rescate”. In the main event WBO interim jr. flyweight champion Jesus “El Cuchilla” Geles will face WBO jr. flyweight champion Ramon “Principe” Garcia in a clash scheduled for 12 rounds that will define the WBO jr. flyweight champion. Geles who is a local idol in Cartagena, brings a record of 11-1-1, 5 KOs and Garcia of La Paz, BC, Mexico has credentials of 15-1-1, 8 KOs.
The best Colombian prospect, former Olympian, WBA #4 WBO #10 unbeaten Darley Perez (18-0, 15 KOs) of San Pedro de Uraba, Colombia will face Johnny “El Demoledor” Antequera (12-6, 10 KOs) of Caracas, Venezuela in a bout scheduled for ten rounds in the lightweight division. Also former Olympian and teammate Jonathan “Momo” Romero (14-0, 10 KOs) of Cali, Colombia ranked WBO #15 will face his toughest test against former NABF champion Mario “Huracan” Macias (22-6, 10 KOs) of Mexico City in a battle for the WBO Latino jr. featherweight title scheduled for 12 rounds. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight prospect Michael “The Artist” Pérez (11-0, 5 KOs) returns on February 4 to square off against Marcos Herrera (6-3-1, 2 KOs) in the eight round main event of TeleFutura’s “Sólo Boxeo” telecast at the Coliseo Félix Méndez Acevedo in his father’s hometown of Lares, Puerto Rico. In the co-featured bout, Jayson “La Maravilla” Vélez (14-0, 11 KOs) will face Juan Josè Beltrán (24-19-3, 15 KOs) in an eight round junior featherweight showdown. Also in action will be jr middleweight Mikael Zewski (6-0, 4 KOs) and unbeaten hot prospect Eddie Gomez (2-0, 2 KOs), who looks for his third consecutive knockout against Ramón Sánchez (2-8-1).
Knock Out Promotions from Poland won the purse bid for the mandatory fight between champion WBC cruiserweight Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, from Poland and Francisco Palacios, from Puerto Rico. It is now official that the fight will take place on April 2nd in Poland and both fighters must send in a signed contract no later than February 7th. The participants in this auction were Knock Out Promotions, Don King Productions and Gary Shaw Productions.
Team Khan is extremely disappointed with the recent press release sent out by Paul McCloskey’s promoter, Barry Hearn, accusing Amir Khan of using the Irish fighter to get a cheap title defense.
According to Team Khan, a substantial offer was put to McCloskey’s team that would have seen the Irishman receive up to three times the amount he has ever been paid for a fight. McCloskey’s promoter asked for a purse over five times the amount he has ever received. Every time Team Khan believed that they were close to agreeing terms with McCloskey, his team would move the goalposts and ultimately their demands were rejected as being unrealistic. (more…)
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