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Minutes ago in Terracina (Latina), Italy, Gianluca Branco (49-3-1, 23 KOs) won the vacant European welterweight title when Rafal Jackiewicz (46-12-2, 21 KOs) didn’t come out for round seven due to a knee injury. Branco, who was down in the third and in the fourth rounds, is now two-division European champion.
Other results: Light heavyweight Alessandro Sinacore (9-0, 5 KOs) won a six round decision against Ivan Stupalo (9-8, 1 KO); Middleweight Andrea Manco (10-0-1, 4 KOs) won a six round decision against Ruslans Pojonisevs (15-35-1, 11 KOs); Super lightweight Andrea Scarpa won a six round decision against Luigi Mantegna and finally Croatian heavyweight Josip Granic won his pro debut with a four decision against Janis Ginters
OPI 2000 (Salvatore, Alessandro and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Italia 1 televising in Italy.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (28-2-2, 21 KOs), 130, impressively kept his WBC super-featherweight belt as he dropped official challenger Edgar Puerta (23-5-1, 19 KOs), 128.75, in the opening session, kept battering the game Mexican and finally halted him with the referee’s intervention at 2:15 of the sixth round on Saturday in Yokohama, Japan.
Also, unbeaten three-time world champ Roman Gonzalez (41-0, 35 KOs), 112, successfully made his initial defense as he lopsidedly whipped Filipino Rocky Fuentes (35-8-2, 21 KOs), 111, into submission at 2:11 of the sixth round just after he sent him to the deck with merciless combinations upstairs and downstairs.
Heavyweight Kali Meehan (42-5, 32 KOs) hammered out a ten round unanimous decision over Shane Cameron (29-5, 22 KOs) on Saturday night at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland, New Zealand. Both fighters had their moments with the 44-year-old Meehan generally getting the better of it. As the fight progressed, the super rugged Cameron got more and more busted up but continued fighting hard to the end. Scores were 99-91, 98-92, 97-94.
Cruiserweight Brad Pitt (18-1, 12 KOs) won the all-Oceania Super Eight tourney with a three round majority nod over previously unbeaten Vaitele Soi (24-1, 16 KOs) in the final.
In an upset, cruiserweight Anthony McCracken (17-7-1, 8 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO over ADavis Aloua (11-2, 8 KOs).
By Graham Houston
Pacquiao against Mayweather would quite likely be the richest fight in boxing history. Although Pacquiao is promoted by HBO and Mayweather by Showtime, Pacquaio’s promoter, Bob Arum, doesn’t see this as an obstacle to the fight being made. It is Arum’s understanding that the two giant U.S. subscription TV networks would work together to make the fight happen. That is to say, each network would broadcast the event on pay-per-view and fans could choose which network coverage they wished to watch.
This happened, of course, when HBO’s Lennox Lewis fought Showtime’s Mike Tyson 12 years ago. (more…)
By Gabriel F Cordero
Welterweight prospect Alejandro “Pajarito” Davila has attracted much attention in the Mexican press. Turning pro after participating in the 2012 Olympics, Davila won the Federal District Golden Gloves, Mexico City Silver Championship Belt and Cancun Golden Gloves among others. He will fight tonight at the Plaza de Los Martires in Toluca, Mexico on the “Odio en el Ring” event featuring the WBC female light flyweight title fight between champion Ibeth “Roca” Zamora and Yessica “Kika” Chavez.
Anyone following the sport of mixed martial arts knows that I’ve interviewed Frankie “The Answer” Edgar more than any other fighter on the UFC’s roster over the past several years. He served as my fight analyst on FOX Fight Game, was a guest on all my TV and radio shows, I devoted a chapter to him in my “Fighting Words” book, and I’ve written at least four magazine columns on my Toms River, NJ neighbor . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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By Ron Jackson
Jasper Seroka makes the first defence of his South junior lightweight title that he regained in March last year when he meets Gauteng junior lightweight champion Koos Sibiya at the Nasrec Indoor Arena near Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon. The 33-year-old Seroka 23-4; 10 originally from Namkgale in the Limpopo Province has been fighting as a pro for 12 years and has also held the African Boxing Union super featherweight and lightweight belts. (more…)
By Dave Spencer at ringside
In a chance to cheer one of their own, over 2,000 fans packed the local hockey arena in Sorel-Tracy Quebec and roared as quickly rising light-welterweight David Theroux (4-0 3KO) took care of business with a third round knockout over Noel Rincon (12-4-1 9KO) of Mexico in Friday’s main event.
It was the first look for local fans at the rapidly rising prospect who turned pro in June and has impressed in the short while he has been pro. Theroux stepped in as the main event for the #15 (IBF) ranked Schiller Hyppolite who had his opponent fall through earlier this week and the vocal crowd didn’t seem to mind a bit. “David is an improved version of Eric Lucas,” said veteran trainer Stephan Larouche comparing the young fighter to the man he helped guide to a world championship. (more…)
By Jerry Glick at ringside
New Legend Boxing returned to Resorts World Casino with an exciting eight fight show in front of a packed house.
Bryant Cruz, from Portchester, NY, scored an easy as can be TKO over Engelberto Valenzuela for the vacant UBF All-Americas lightweight title. Because Valenzuela didn’t make contracted weight of 135lbs he could not win title if victorious, but that became moot when Cruz, (13-0, 7 KOs), battered him all over the ring in the first of eight and landed everything he threw in the second round prompting the officials of the New York State Athletic Commission to jump in the ring to call it off at 44 seconds of round two. Valenzuela fell to (9-4, 3 KOs).
The co-main event between Jonathan Maicelo and Hector Velazquez was cancelled when Velazquez pulled out. (more…)
By: Gabriel F.Cordero
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez & Alma Montiel
Ibeth “Roca” Zamora 108 vs Yessica “Kika” Chávez 108
WBC female light flyweight World title
Julio Ceja 118 vs Mark Durán 117.50
WBC Silver bantamweight title
Hugo Ruiz 122 vs Carlos Medellín 121
Adrián Hernández 112 vs Armando Torres 111.50
Venue: Plaza de los Mártires de Toluca, Mexico State
Promoter: Promociones del Pueblo
By Matt Thompson at ringside
Tijuana, Mexico, has a new world champion as twenty-one year Kenia Enriquez (13-0, 6KO) put on a masterful and dominating performance against the tough as nails Ana “La Bronca” Arrazola (21-11-3, 13KO). Enriquez captured the vacant WBO Female Flyweight Title in the main event of a fight card presented by Bobby D. Presents and Zanfer. The southpaw Arrazola had no answer for the constant but technical pressure from Enriquez who landed her right hand almost at will. In the second half Arrazola was hurt a couple of times as she reeled against the ropes but displayed a chin of granite as she made it to the final bell. Scores were 100-90 twice and 100-89 for Enriquez.
Leon “3rd Generation” Spinks III (9-1-1, 4KO) forced a TKO stoppage over Tijuana’s Ivan “Oso” Zavala (6-8-2, 2KO) in the third round of a scheduled six in the light welterweight division. Both very active in the first two round with Spinks III the more accurate of the two. Zavala scored some good over hand rights but Spinks III was able to walk right through them. Near the end of the third, Spinks III unleashed an onslaught of punches that caused a cut over the left eye of Zavala. Zavala went down but beat the count but the ringside doctor waived off the fight. Official time was 3:00 of the third.
Leon Spinks III is the grandson of former undisputed heavyweight champion Leon Spinks, son of the late Leon Calvin, great nephew of former light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Michael Spinks, plus nephew of former welterweight and jr middleweight champion Cory Spinks.
By John DiSanto at ringside / Philly Boxing History
In the main event at the Chase Center in Wilmington, DE, Ray Robinson, 19-2, 9 KOs, stopped Daniel Sostre, 13-10-1, 5 KOs, after six full rounds. Sostre retired in his corner before round seven began. Robinson claimed the vacant WBO-NABO welterweight title with the win.
In the co-feature bout, Alex Guerrero, 12-0-1, 6 KOs, won a bloody TKO over Tony Ferrante, 13-7, 8 KOs. Ferrante, dropped once in round six, was not allowed to answer the bell for round nine. Guerrero won the vacant NABA cruiserweight title with the 8th round stoppage.
A full report will follow.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
A couple of WBC world title bouts will take place in Japan today (Saturday), and fight fans here pay great attentions to highly anticipated results by knockouts. WBC super-featherweight champ, Japanese southpaw Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs) will risk his belt against official challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19 KOs) from Mexico in the main event at Yokohama Swimming Pool. The first tittle go will be competed by unbeaten defending titlist Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez (40-0, 34 KOs) and Filipino challenger Rocky Fuentes (35-7-2, 20 KOs) over twelve rounds.
The weigh-in was held yesterday, when the processing by Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) was so smooth that the four contestants took just five minutes in total to successfully finish scaling within the limit: Miura 130, Puerta 128.75, Gonzalez 112 and Fuentes 111.
Unbeaten 2008 Olympic gold medalist Felix Diaz (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a good action ten round majority decision over Chicago fan favorite Adrian Granados (13-3-2, 9 KOs) on Thursday night at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Diaz broke open a close fight with knockdowns in rounds nine and ten. Scores were 94-94, 97-91, 98-91. With the win, Diaz claimed the vacant WBC FECARBOX jr welterweight title.
Former world featherweight title challenger Claudio Marrero (17-1, 13 KOs) overcame a sluggish start to stop Ira Terry (26-13, 16 KOs) in round six. Body shots did the damage as Marrero dropped Terry, then got the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was 1:51.
Unbeaten middleweight KO artist Ievgen Khytrov (7-0, 7 KOs) continued his reign of terror with a first round KO of Louis Rose (11-2-1, 3 KOs). A right hand laid out Rose. Time was 2:35.
Unbeaten welterweight Samuel Figueroa (6-0, 4 KOs) crushed Malcolm Terry (6-5, 6 KOs) with three knockdowns in round one. Waved off at 1:38.
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Manny Pacquiao 143.8 vs. Chris Algieri 144.4
(WBO welterweight championship)
Algieri initially weighed 144.4, stripped naked and weighed 144.2. He eventually returned an hour later at 143.6.
Vasyl Lomachenko 126 vs. Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo 126
(WBO featherweight championship)
Jessie Vargas 140 vs. Antonio DeMarco 139.3
(WBA super lightweight championship)
Zou Shiming 112 vs. Kwanpichit OnesongchaiGym 112
(WBO flyweight eliminator)
Rex Tso 114.8 vs. Espinos Sabu 115.6
Kuok Kun Ng 151.3 vs. Stephen Attard 153.9
Venue: Cotai Arena, Venetian Resort, Macao, China
Promoter: Top Rank
TV: HBO PPV
Statement from Bobby Hitz/Hitz Boxing on rumors of Donovan George pulling of his fight with Jean Pascal:
“We highly dispute any reports that Donovan George pulled out of this fight. It’s true that he juts had twins, but as of late this afternoon, on our end, we are still a go. We were still negotiating the final details with Interbox. Since Bute pulled out of his fight, there’s been a lot of confusion as to how to elevate this fight to the main event. A lot of people were muddying the waters on how to make this thing happen, but at the end of the day Pierre Duc, his team and I put this fight back together. We have flight arrangements, and we are scheduled to arrive in Montreal on the 30th of November, and we intend on fulfilling that. These reports have been manufactured to try to add confusion to his training camp, but I can guarantee you this: Pascal better get ready, because Donovan’s coming to knock him out.”
UFC Fight Night, which is headlined by the featherweight bout between Frankie Edgar and Cub Swanson and the lightweight bout between Edson Barboza and Bobby Green, airs live on FOX Sports 1 from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas beginning at 10:00pm ET / 7:00pm PT. Four prelim bouts will air live on FOX Sports 1 at 8pm ET / 5pm PT, and the first two prelims of the night will be available exclusively on UFC FIGHT PASS beginning at 7:00pm ET / 4:00pm PT.
Cub Swanson (145.8) VS Frankie Edgar (145)
FOX SPORTS 1 MAIN CARD
Edson Barboza (155) VS Bobby Green (155.4)
Chico Camus (125.6) VS Brad Pickett (126)
Alexey Oliynyk (235) VS Jared Rosholt (240)
Dustin Ortiz (125.6) VS Joseph Benavidez (125.6)
Isaac Vallie-Flagg (156) VS Matt Wiman (155.4)
FOX SPORTS 1 PRELIMS
Josh Copeland (264) VS Ruslan Magomedov (246)
Roger Narvaez (185.4) VS Luke Barnatt (185.4)
Nick Hein (154.2) VS James Vick (155.8)
Akbarh Arreola (155.6) VS Yves Edwards (154.6)
UFC FIGHT PASS EARLY PRELIMS
Kailin Curran (115.6) VS Paige VanZant (114.6)
DooHo Choi (145.8) VS Juan Puig (145.6)
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Donovan George has reportedly pulled out of his December 6 fight with Jean Pascal at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The popular Chicago fighter will instead stay home with his wife who recently gave premature birth to twins. The same card took a hit earlier in the week when Lucian Bute pulled out of his fight against Roberto Bolonti. Interbox will now looking to match Pascal against Bolonti.
By David Finger
Layla McCarter 133 vs Melissa Hernandez 135
Eric Johson 156 lb vs Kenton Sippo Cook 160
Rocco Espinoza 134 lb vs Ryan Michael Picou 134
Charvis Holifield 147.5 vs David Thomas 145.5
Azamat Umarzoda 164 lb vs Fahde Berkaoui 162
Venue: Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas
Promoter: Platinum Entertainment
By Matt Thompson
Photo: James Wyatt
Ana Arrazola 112 vs Kenia Enriquez 109.5
Vacant WBO Female Flyweight Title
Leon Spinks III 138 vs Ivan Zavala 138
Mulapi Enjani 118 vs Don Jose Jr 121
Alberto Fundora 167.5 vs Fernando Najera 165
Prince Smalls TBA vs Jose Iñiguez TBA
Venue: Crowne Plaza Hotel, San Diego, CA
Promoter: Bobby D. Presents in association with Zanfer
62-year-old actor/former boxer Mickey Rourke resumes his boxing career. More
Nathan Cleverly expects to “hit the repeat button” against Tony Bellew. More
Undefeated Pennsylvanian Terrance Williams looking for the next step. More
Chris Algieri is sharp in dress but will he be sharp in the ring against Manny Pacquiao? More
Nathan Cleverly 199 vs. Tony Bellew 199
(WBO cruiserweight eliminator)
Anthony Joshua 240 vs. Michael Sprott 243
Scott Quigg 121 vs. Hidenori Otake 121
(WBA super bantamweight title)
Jamie McDonnell 117 vs. Javier Chacon 117
(WBA bantamweight title)
James DeGale 167 vs. Marco Antonio Periban 169.6
George Groves 167 vs. Denis Douglin 168.4
Anthony Joshua 240 vs. Michael Sprott 243
Callum Smith 167 vs. Nikola Sjekloca 167
Bradley Saunders 147 vs. Ivans Levickis 143
Venue: Echo Arena, Liverpool, England
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican challenger Edgar Puerta (23-4-1, 19 KOs) has proclaimed that he is ready to face and dethrone WBC super featherweight world champ Takashi Miura (27-2-2, 20 KOs) on Saturday at the Yokohama International Swimming Pool in Yokohama, Japan.
Puerta, who has won his last 12 fights in a row, stated “I’ve been ready a long time ago for this title chance. I’m sure I have the right strategy to beat Miura. This fight will be a war!”
Greg Cohen of Greg Cohen Promotions (GCP) has announced the signing of a co-promotional agreement with Dmitriy Salita’s Star of David Promotions to promote unbeaten heavyweight KO artist Jarrell “Big Baby” Miller (10-0-1, 9 KOs). The 26-year-old Miller, who stands 6’4 and weighs in at 260 lbs., is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He trains at Gleason’s and GYMU Gyms with trainers Harry Keitt and Kelly Richardson. He has worked as chief sparring partner for both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko.
Comebacking former world title challenger and son of a legend, Ronald “The Chosen One” Hearns (26-5, 20 KOs) will appear in a featured six- to eight-round middleweight bout of Warrior’s Boxing’s mammoth 14-fight “Holiday Boxing Bash” event at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago on Friday, December 12.
Also appearing in 10-round showcase bouts that night will be undefeated Hudsonville, Michigan, cruiserweight Jordan Shimmell (17-0, 14 KOs), Fort Washington, Maryland, light heavyweight Thomas “Top Dog” Williams Jr. (17-1, 12 KOs), and unbeaten Toledo, Ohio, lightweight Robert “E Bunny” Easter (11-0, 9 KOs). (more…)
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