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By Graham Houston
Great fight, pity about the refereeing. Russell Mora, normally a sound official, had a bad night last night in his handling of the thrilling bantamweight title bout on Showtime that saw Abner Mares, aided by what appeared to be benevolent refereeing, defeat Joseph Agbeko by majority decision. There was no real argument about who had scored the greater number of points. The computer statistics showed that Mares had thrown and landed more punches and landed more power punches — a “power” punch being anything other than a jab.
The controversy, of course, comes from the number of low blows that Mares landed without penalty and specifically from the blatantly low left hook in the 11th round that had Agbeko sinking to the canvas and which was ruled a legitimate knockdown blow by the referee. The 11th round incident was crucial. Agbeko was coming on strongly, but the knockdown ruling switched a likely 10-9 round for Agbeko to a 10-8 round for Mares. While Mares might have won the bout in any case — and he fought and boxed well in the 12th — what would otherwise have been a tremendous victory over a very tough and worthy champion is now clouded in controversy. (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Dover Downs Hotel & Casino will present another edition of “Friday Night Fights” in their Rollins Center arena this Friday. Three titles will be on the line, as Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (14-0, 11 KOs) takes a major step up in class when he tackles Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs) in the ten round heavyweight main event. They will battle for the WBO NABO Intercontinental heavyweight title. In the co-feature, Edgar “The Kid” Santana (25-3, 16 KOs) takes on Omri Lowther (14-3, 10 KOs) in a ten round bout for the WBA NABA light welterweight title. The third title bout will feature “Queen” Ronica Jeffrey (7-0, 1 KO) facing Ela “Bam Bam” Núñez (9-9-1, 2 KOs) for the vacant NABF super featherweight title. The packed card will feature five additional bouts. (more…)
By Jesse Kelley
Word is MSC/RDS Boxing will be teaming up with Gary Shaw Productions on September 9th at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minnesota, to make what was already an exciting local card into a national event as Showtime’s “Shobox: The New Generation” will be broadcasting live as #1 world ranked cruiserweight Lateef Kayode takes on Felix Cora Jr in the 10 rounder.
Latest info has the Kayodee fight as the co-main in support of a 140 lb fight featuring Mauricio Herrera (18-1, 7 KOs) vs. Hector Sanchez (19-1, 9 KOs).
Leading into the live television broadcast will be a huge Minnesota vs. Minnesota main event as Duluth’s Gary Eyer (8-1-1) battles Minneapolis’ Jeremy “Lights Out” McLaurin (8-2) in an 8 round featherweight bout.
Chicago’s David Diaz (36-3-1, 17 KOs) has his wife to Tonya to thank when he appears in the co-featured bout of the final episode of ESPN’s “Friday Night Fights” 2011 season, this Friday, August 19, at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond, Indiana. The Former WBC lightweight world champion and 1996 U.S. Olympian had all but retired from boxing. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The Purse Bid to determine the promoter of the rematch between the Argentinian world champion Jonathan Victor Barros and former WBA/IBF 122lb champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero of Panama will take place today at WBA Headquarters in Panama with WBA Executive Vice President Gilberto Jesus Mendoza presiding. The rematch was ordered due to the controversial split decision on July 2 in Mendoza, Argentina where Barros retained the featherweight crown in his second defense.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Last Saturday at the Convention Center in Acapulco, featherweight contender Rogers Mtagwa (27-14-2, 19 KOs) returned with an eighth round TKO over Pedro Navarrete (26-13-3, 15 KOs). It was Mtagwa’a first fight in more than a year-and-a-half after two world title attempts. In October 2009, he nearly defeated Juan Manual “Juanma” Lopez for the WBO featherweight title. He returned just three months later and taken out in two by Yuriorkas Gamboa for the WBA featherweight belt. “Since 2000, I’ve been in the USA,” said Mtagwa. “I have always had to face tough opponents. I’ve worked hard all these years. I hope to get a new opportunity for a world title. I’ve earned it with my efforts and when that fight arrives I’ll fight with all my strength.”
The Ultimate Fighting Championship® announced today that it has reached a multi-year sponsorship renewal agreement with Harley-Davidson. The world’s most famous motorcycle maker, which first became a core sponsor of the UFC® in 2008, will continue to be featured across multiple platforms including Pay-Per-View and television broadcasts, online, and in the UFC’s famed Octagon®. (more…)
Team Sauerland and SES Boxing have announced a special media tour featuring WBO Super Middleweight Champion Robert Stieglitz and three-time world champion Mikkel Kessler, who will collide at Copenhagen’s PARKEN Stadium on November 5. There will be press conferences in Berlin and Copenhagen.
By Barry Lindenman
As a professional boxing judge for the past 12 years, I am often asked by my “non-boxing” friends just how exactly do I score a fight. I am quick to remind them that I do not score a fight; I “judge” a fight; I “score” a round.
What exactly is meant by that is that each 3 minute block of time is viewed and scored independently of the others. Only in that way can each round be scored in an unbiased, objective and fair way. How the collective scoring of each round that I judge may be totaled should not be of concern to me as that responsibility of tabulating the individual round scores from each of the three judges falls to the supervisor at ringside. (more…)
The World Boxing Council has confirmed that its 49th Annual World Convention will take place at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 11 to 17 in what is expected to be the highest attendance ever to a boxing convention. The WBC will also open its doors to boxing fans that want to live the experience of a great convention in which representatives of 164 countries of the world will meet for a week, which will be full of workshops, as well as special events with the presence of 50 of the greatest champions in the history of boxing. The Mandalay Bay is thrilled to host this WBC boxing convention and has published a rate of $74 dollars a day during this week.
Photos and report by Ricardo Conde
Junior middleweight contender Alfonso Gomez (23-4-2, 12 KOs) of Anaheim, California by way of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, continues his preparations, under the guidance of his father Alfonso Gomez Sr. and Mario ‘Yuca’ Morales, former trainer of the late 2-division world champion Edwin Valero, at the Azteca Boxing Club in Bell, California, for his upcoming fight against WBC junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez (37-0-1, 27 KOs) that will take place on Saturday September 17th at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California as part of the split-site HBO Pay-Per-View telecast that features the return of arguably the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather (41-0, 25 KOs) as he looks to reclaim what was once his, the WBC welterweight title from current belt holder Victor Ortiz live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fight card titled ‘Star Power’ is being presented by Mayweather Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions. For more details and photos click here….
OscarDeLaHoya: Yes there were low blows but ABNER still won.ohhh and yes the referee was incompetent if u ask me.just being honest my friends.
OscarDeLaHoya: I had ABNER 115-111
OscarDeLaHoya: I watched the fight again and those punches were on the belt line the last one hit agbekos glove.i still have it 115-111.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
Amid great fanfare, WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) announced his first title defense against Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) on September 17 at the Palenque de Culiacán. Accompanied by his father, the legendary member of the Hall of Famer Julio Cesar Chavez, Chavez Jr. welcomed Ronald, son of the legendary Tommy Hearns.
Chavez: “This fight is very important to me, fighting at home and will always be special to defend my World Championship, I have trained hard and will do even more to give my people a nice evening this September 17 against a good opponent like Hearns.”
Hearns: “I feel fortunate that I have been given this opportunity, I am the son of a legend, which has not been easy, but Chavez Jr. showed me that dreams can be fulfilled and that will come on September 17. I’m not worried aboyt the judges, I will come and do my job.” (more…)
By Rick Scharmberg
Television networks and all boxing fans in general are captivated by a knockout puncher. Enter unbeaten heavyweight Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (14-0, 11 KOs), of Wilmington, Delaware by way of Penns Grove, New Jersey. Mansour has explosively knocked out his last eight opponents, four of which took place at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, where he will step up to face Dominick “The Southern Disaster” Guinn (33-7-1, 22 KOs) this Friday night. “Dominic Guinn is a good fighter and a strong veteran who is going to bring his “A” game. I am looking forward to this fight,” said Mansour. Mansour and Guinn will fight for the interim NABO Intercontinental heavyweight title, with the winner garnering a top-15 ranking in the WBO, the NABO’s parent organization. (more…)
Famed Florida referee Brian Garry has harsh comments on the officiating in Saturday’s SHOWTIME-televised Bantamweight Tournament Final between Abner Mares and King Kong Agbeko. In comments directed to the Nevada Boxing Commission, Garry wrote
“Some can. Some can’t. As a professional world class boxing referee for 25 years inside the square circle, I was very displeased to watch Russell Mora’s inept ability to ‘make the call’ on Saturday night.
“He was in the right positions to see the blows, especially the low blow in the 11th, that possibly cost Joseph Agbeka the bout. What compounded his lack of making the right call, was his post fight denial, after viewing the re-play, of his decision? That shows us, that he is either corrupt and refused to be fair in his ‘third man’ assignment. Or, he is incompetent while under pressure to do the right job. I witnessed, in disbelief, an official refusing to call the obvious fouls being committed by Mares over and over again. (more…)
Middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (26-2, 20 KOs) has arrived in Culiacán to participate in a press conference to officially announce the September 17 card billed as “Dynasties” where he will challenge WBC middleweight champion Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (43-0-1, 30 KOs). The bout between the sons of ring legends Julio Cesar Chavez and Tommy Hearns will take palce at the Palenque de Gallos de la Feria Ganadera in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico.
“I feel it will be an exciting fight, because we are two sons of boxers who left their mark,” said the Hearns. “This will be a historic battle.” Hearns does not feel fear the name Chavez or fighting in Chavez’ hometown. “To be a champion it doesn’t matter where you fight, but how you fight. And I’m preparing very hard, because I want to change the minds of some people who say I don’t deserve this opportunity.” Ronald added that he has seen Chavez Jr. fight and notes that everyone has weaknesses and Chavez is no exception.
Photos and story by Ricardo Conde
Super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias (13-0, 9 KOs) of Carson, California, who trains under the guidance of one of the best trainers in boxing, Freddie Roach at the world-renowned Wild Card Boxing Gym in Hollywood, California, will step back into the ring this Friday August 19th at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. The undefeated Esquivias will take on veteran Juan Ruiz Jr. (23-6, 7 KOs) of Santa Clarita, California in a 10-round bout main event for the vacant NABF super bantamweight title, the fight card dubbed ‘New Blood’ is being presented by Thompson Boxing Promotions. (more…)
From TMZ: Female boxing legend Christy Martin is taking a shot at the California State Athletic Commission, claiming the organization is sexist and she lost what would have been her 50th victory as a result. Christy fought Dakota Stone last June at the Staples Center in L.A. Christie was ahead in points with 51 seconds left in the fight, when the referee stopped the fight and gave the victory to Stone. The ref felt Christy couldn’t continue because her hand was injured, but Christy’s lawyer, Gloria Allred doesn’t see it that way. Gloria claims all Christy did was “momentarily wince,” and she wanted to continue, and the decision to stop the bout is “an unfair and sexist double standard” — i.e., a ref would never have stopped a fight under the same circumstances if the boxers were male.
It’s kind of ironic — last November, Christy’s then husband allegedly tried to murder her by stabbing her, shooting her and pistol whipping her, yet the ref stopped the bout over what Gloria says was a wimpy hand injury.
By Ron Jackson
Photo: Jeff Ellis
Rodney Berman of Golden Gloves Promotions has once again come up with a quality tournament for September 24 at Emperors Palace near Kempton Park, with Kaizer Mabuza and Chris van Heerden heading the bill in a clash for the vacant IBO welterweight belt.
The southpaw Van Heerden (16-1-1, 10 KOs) is the current South African welterweight champion and Mabuza (23-7-3, 14 KOs) a former SA junior welterweight champion.
In his most recent fight in March this year Mabuza was stopped by Zab Judah in a clash for the vacant IBF junior welterweight belt and will be having his first fight in the welterweight division. On June 4 Van Heerden was most impressive in scoring a 12 round points decision over Bongani Mwelase in an IBF welterweight eliminator. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman
Former World Champion Paulie Ayala and his Paulie Ayala Productions will host the 12th Annual Boxing at the Ballroom benefiting Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth with live and exciting professional boxing with some of Dallas Fort Worth’s finest young talent on Friday, August 19th at the Renaissance Worthington Hotel in Forth Worth, Texas.
Ayala, a product of Fort Worth, takes great pride in giving back to the community especially the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Fort Worth. “I am proud to have an opportunity to give back to a great organization that provided a place for me to go when I was a kid. The Boys and Girls Club continues to do great things to help kids from the community that I grew up in,” stated Ayala. (more…)
Committee officials announced today that five-time World Champion Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Paz heads a distinguished list of seven 2011 inductees into the Connecticut Boxing Hall of Fame (“CBHOF”). The seventh annual Gala Induction Dinner will be held Saturday night, October 29 in the Uncas Ballroom at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Connecticut. The other 2011 inductees include 1996 U.S. Olympic Boxing Team Captain, Lawrence Clay-Bey; renowned world boxing judge Glenn S. Feldman; world light heavyweight title challenger Eric “Magic 2000” Harding; amateur boxing standout Kelvin Anderson; boxer, referee and coach Billy Taylor; highly-respected ringside physician, Dr. Michael Schwartz. (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Mike Gladysz/ Adamek Team
“Now after HBO finished their promo of my Vitali Klitschko fight, we can concentrate 100 percent of the finishing phase of this long training camp,” said Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs), after HBO crew left the Polish fighter’s highly private camp in the Poconos Mountains. “My trainer, Roger Bloodworth, after watching me working so hard trying to be an actor, gave me an extra half day off, mentioning something about keeping my day job…” joked very relaxed and confident “Góral.” (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Tim Barry
Pat Russell is recognized as one of the leading referees in the world and a regular visitor to Australia where he has been the third man in the ring on several important bouts including the IBF bout in 2010 featuring current IBF middleweight champion Daniel Geale. Fightnews talks to Pat who has been involved in boxing for over thirty years and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame for services as a referee and judge. (more…)
Hector Camacho, Jr. (53-4-1, 28 KOs) will headline San Antonio, Texas on Oct. 1 when he takes on Golden Johnson (25-8-3, 18 KOs) at the historical La Villita’s Maverick Plaza. The card, promoted by Zeferino Entertainment, will also feature super flyweight Luis Yanez (4-0-1), bantam Bruno Escalante (3-0, 2 KOs), welter James Cantu (7-0, 4 KOs) and John Ryan Grimaldo (6-1, 5 KOs). Johnson, a former title challenger, will be coming off a four-year layoff while Camacho has been inactive since February.
Report by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle did it his way. With more than 50 fights to his name, “Lights Out” decided to call it a career after his UFC on Versus bout with Dan Hardy. With time ticking away on his career, Lytle caught Dan Hardy with a tight guillotine to force the late round tap. Lytle shined throughout the fight, blasting Hardy in the opener with a series of looping right hands. When he wasn’t going to the face, the fulltime firefighter scored with some big body shots. “The Outlaw” seemed a step or two slower during the bout. There were brief signs of life from the UK fighter in the second. He rocked Lytle with a hard shot but was unable to finish the bout. An unintentional eye poke from Lytle temporarily halted the momentum Hardy was mounting. When the bout resumed, the pendulum swung back in the veteran fighter’s direction. Hardy’s undoing came in trying to steal the third round with a takedown. After lunging at Lytle, the father and husband quickly locked in the guillotine and rolled Hardy over, forcing him to tape at the 4:16 mark. “I just want to tell you guys, I honestly love being a fighter,” an emotional Lytle said with two of his kids by his side. “I love it more than anything in my life except for one thing, that’s my family. It’s time for me to dedicate my time to them an stop putting myself first. It pains me to do it but I’m making the right choice.” Lytles professional mark stands at 31-18-5. He also racked up 10 fight night bonuses. (more…)
IBF welterweight champion Jan Zaveck (31-1, 18 KOs) is going full throttle for his first American boxing campaign on September 3 in Biloxi, Mississippi. The reigning welterweight champion of the Magdeburg-based SES Team wants to take the best preparation for his career. In the states, the Slovenian-born Zaveck will defend his IBF belt against the WBC former world champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs). “Jan is currently in the sparring phase and he has invited the strongest training partners. The preparation is the hardest he has ever had,” said his trainer Dirk Dzemski. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Former Australian flyweight challenger Billy Duluth has sadly passed away in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Monday of cancer. Billy challenged Peter Mitrevski for the vacant Australian flyweight title unsuccessfully in 1989 losing in seven rounds and in 1987 lost ten round split decision to Charlie Brown in state New South Wales bantamweight title bout. Australian 1989 super bantamweight champion Allen Whitten was defeated twice by Duluth in 1987 and Lucas Mathew who captured the Australian super flyweight and bantamweight title in 1995 was defeated by Duluth in 1990. Duluth’s former trainer and manager Barry Raff said. “Billy was my best mate. He was nature’s gentleman and has left behind a lovely wife and children. He will be sadly missed by his family and everyone who knew him.”
By Ron Jackson
Well known trainer Shorty Smook who fought as professional in the 1950’s passed away at the Germiston Hospital on Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 79. Shorty was born Robert James in Arlington in the Free State on May 20, 1932 but at a young age his parents moved to Germiston where he was first introduced to boxing at the East Rand Engineering Amateur Boxing Club under the guidance of Cyril Carroll. He was given the nickname “Shorty” as a youngster because of his slight stature and even though he grew to a reasonable height the name stuck throughout his life. (more…)
Al Bernstein and SHOWTIME Sports present the official recap of The Bantamweight Tournament Final match between Joseph King Kong Agbeko and Abner Mares. Watch the highlights from the August 13th event.
By Christopher P. Cook
The latest installment of the highly attended “Ballroom Brawl” series at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel provided action, cheers, jeers, and appropriately blood. This night was also the farewell fight for one of Tampa Bay’s most popular local fighters, “Bloodbath” Brian Chiary. Chiary (10-9-1, 2 KOs) has been a staple for the local shows, fighting six times at this venue and every one of his bouts in the Bay area. Chiary stepped in against Loren Myers (8-12-1, 2 KOs), a seasoned fighter out of Fresno, California, for the NBA Intercontinental Super Middleweight title. (more…)
Saturday night on a card promoted by Gary Shaw Productions and Tony Holden Promotions at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, Oklahoma, street fighting legend Kimbo Slice (1-0, 1 KO) made his debut in professional boxing, as he knocked opponent James Wade (0-2) completely unconscious with a right hook/uppercut in just 10 seconds. The next scheduled fight for Slice will be on October 15. The site is still being determined.
In undercard action, heavyweight Franklin Lawrence moved his record to 16-2, 11 KOs with a first-round stoppage (2:31) of journeyman Marcus Rhode (34-43-2, 29 KOs).
Also, former Super Six participant Allan Green (30-3, 21 KOs) stopped overmatched Craig Gandy (7-5-1, 6 KOs) in round two.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ray Bailey
Saturday night at Bally’s Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey Alejandro Perez put a boxing clinic on the previously undefeated fan favorite Teon “The Technician” Kennedy, capturing the NABA super bantamweight belt in the main event of the evening. (more…)
Results by Anthony Springer Jr.
Chris Lytle put the “Lights Out” on his career on a high note. After slugging it out with Dan Hardy, “The Outlaw” went for a takedown and got sucked into a fight ending guillotine choke. The official time of the stoppage was 4:16
Ben Henderson put on a clinic en route to a unanimous decision win over Jim Miller. The New Jersey fighter was on a seven fight win streak and thought to be in line for a title shot with a victory. Henderson put on a dominant performance from start to finish, battering Miller on the feet and the canvas. The judges scored the bout 30-27, 29-28 and 30-26. (more…)
A referee is supposed to be the invisible third man in the ring. Never should he make a difference in how the fight ends. Russell Mora changed all of that on Saturday nigh at Showtime’s Bantamweight Tournament Final between IBF champion Joseph Agbeko (28-3, 22 KOs) and WBC Silver titlist Abner Mares (22-0-1, 13 KOs) . . . Click here for more
There was only one thing on everyone’s mind after Abner Mares defeated Joseph Agbeko via majority decision in the finals of the Showtime Bantamweight Tournament to claim Agbeko’s IBF title to go along with his WBC Silver title – how did referee Russell Mora do such a terrible job officiating? It was mindboggling how a usually reliable ref can ruin an excellent fight. The obvious foul fest tainted Mares’ performance on Saturday night at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, NV and Joseph Agbeko was none too happy about what took place in the ring . . . Click here for more
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