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In the lightweight main event Vincente Escobedo (22-2, 14 KOs) got back in the win column with an impressive third round knockout of journeyman Carlos Urias (43-24, 32 KOs) on Friday night at the Auditorio Plaza La Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. The bout was competitively fought for the first two rounds but in round three Escobedo broke through with a pinpoint combination that put Urias down. Urias beat the count but moments later Escobedo put him down again with a series accurate solid shots to the head. The referee immediately waved off the bout without a count. The bout was the first for Escobedo since his decision loss to world champion Michael Katsidis September 2009.
Dante Jardon (12-1, 12 KOs) stopped David Rodela (14-3-2, 6 KOs) in round three of their WBC Youth super featherweight title bout. Jardon was a like a human punching machine as he threw punches non stop from the opening bell to the end of the fight. Though Jardon entered the bout winning all of his fights by knockout Rodela was a considerable step up for him. Jardon showed his power was for real as he hurt Rodela badly with a left hook in round two and moments later put him down with the same punch. Rodela beat the count but Jardon jumped right on him unleashing power shots to the head and body. Fortunately for Rodela the bell saved him but not for long. Jardon immediately pounced on Rodela at the start of round three unleashing more power punches punctuated by an uppercut that put Rodela down again where he was counted out by the referee.
Ringside by Rocco Morales
Photos by ‘Big’ Joe Miranda
In a final tune-up fight prior to his scheduled May 22nd title challenge for the IBF bantamweight belt of Yohnny Perez, IBF No. 6 bantamweight contender, Abner Mares, took on tough journeyman fighter Felipe Almanza at Club Nokia in Los Angeles.
Almanza proved a lot tougher than his record indicated, coming in undefeated in his last eight fights and offering a very awkward style for Mares, as well as some very rough tactics . . . Click here for more
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Demetrius Hopkins put in a dominating performance over Jesse Feliciano on Thursday night in his first fight in almost a year and a half. However, according to Hopkins, he was not as pleased as he wanted to be with his performance.
“It was just ring rust,” was Hopkins’ answer after the fight . . . click here for more
By Chris Royle at ringside
Welterweight Matthew Hatton (39-4-2, 15 KOs) claimed the vacant European 147lb title with a twelve round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Gianluca Branco (43-3-1, 22 KOs) on Friday night at the Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham, England. Scores were 117-111, 115-113 and 116-112. (more…)
Tomorrow (Saturday, March 27th) Cuban superstar Yuriorkis “El Ciclon” Gamboa will defend his WBA featherweight championship in Germany for the first time against unbeaten Jonathan Victor Barros from Argentina. ARENA and SAT.1 present “Ran Boxen” live from Sporthalle Hamburg. At today’s weigh-in both contenders brought exactly the limit of 126 lbs. For more details and photos click here…
All the action in images from today’s “Title Night” weigh-in at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas: Marcos Maidana vs. Victor Cayo, Ali Funeka vs. Joan Guzman, and more. For a slideshow of today’s scale action by photographer Chris Cozzone, click here
All the shots from the UFC 111 weigh-in today at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., including Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy; Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin. For a slideshow of today’s scale action by photographer Ed Mulholland, click here
Nkosinathi Joyi defeated Raul Garcia via unanimous decision (by scores of 119-109 twice and 118-110) to win the IBF mini-flyweight title in East London, South Africa earlier today. More to come…
By Francisco Salazar
Junior welterweight champion Timothy Bradley wanted to make clear his intentions behind his June 19th bout against unbeaten Luis Carlos Abregu. “No one wants to fight me and I have to stay busy.” Seems like an honest answer from Bradley, who will be fighting for the third time in a row at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, CA, just a stone’s throw away from his hometown of Palm Springs. It will be the first fight for Bradley since signing a network deal with HBO. Bradley successfully defended his title against Anthony Peterson in December, winning a wide, yet competitive 12 round decision. Co-promoter Gary Shaw and Thompson Boxing Promotions had looked at other champions at 140 pounds, even at Paul Malignaggi as possible opponents for Bradley. When nothing panned out, Bradley decided a move up a weight class was necessary. “I’m going to try 147 pounds. Manny (Pacquiao) shows that he can do it at 147 pounds.” (more…)
Robert Kravantka at the scales
From the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. for tomorrow night’s UFC 111, live on pay-per-view beginning at 10pm ET / 7pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 9pm ET / 6pm PT to see live UFC 111 preliminary bouts.
Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre 170 vs Dan Hardy 170
Co-Main Event – Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship
Frank Mir 265 vs Shane Carwin 265
Fabricio Camoes 155 vs Kurt Pellegrino 155
Ben Saunders 169 vs Jon Fitch 171
Mark Bocek 154 vs Jim Miller 155
Prelims on Spike
Rory Markham 177 vs Nate Diaz 171
Matt Brown 170 vs Ricardo Almeida 170
Undercard (may not be broadcast)
Tomasz Drwal 185 vs Rousimar Palhares 186
Jared Hamman 205 vs Rodney Wallace 206
Greg Soto 170 vs Matt Riddle 170
Ulises Solis 108 vs Bert Batawang 107.5
(IBF jr flyweight eliminator)
Giovani Segura 112 vs Ronald Ramos 112
Venue: Plaza Pueblo Antiguo, Ensenada, BC
Promoter. Top Rank/Zanfer
TV: Fox Sports Español and TV Azteca (Mexico)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
WBA bantamweight world champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno of Panama managed to make the 118lb bantamweight limit as did Venezuelan WBA Interim world champion Nehomar Cermeño, at their weigh-in carried out today at the Polideportivo Jose Maria Vargas in La Guaira, Venezuela.
Jorge Linares 130 vs Francisco Lorenzo 129
Johan Pérez 140 vs Azael Cosio 140
Vanessa Medrano 118 vs Ogleidis “La Niña” Suarez 124
Gusmyr Perdomo 177 vs Darmel Castillo 177
Promoters Don King and Ahikiko Honda arrived in Venezuela at the invitation of promoter Boxtrack. The card, billed as “El Desafio” (The Challenge), will take place Saturday night and be televised internationally by Meridano Sports and DirecTV.
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Just in: Tomorrow night’s 12-rounder between Joan Guzman (29-0-1, 17 KOs) and Ali Funeka (30-2-3, 25 KOs) is still on – but it will not be for the IBF lightweight title, at least for one of the fighters. Earlier today, Guzman weighed in nine pounds heavy, at 144, while Funeka made weight at 135. A deal was struck between camps allowing the fight to go on – providing that Guzman does not weigh more than 150 lbs. tomorrow morning at 7 a.m. If Funeka defeats the overweight Guzman, he will also be allowed to bring the IBF lightweight title home to South Africa.
From the Hard Rock’s Wasted Space nightclub in Las Vegas for tomorrow night’s Golden Boy-promoted, HBO-televised “Title Night” card:
Marcos Maidana 140 vs. Victor Cayo 140
* For the WBA Interim Super Lightweight title
Ali Funeka 135 vs. Joan Guzman 144*
* Guzman an astounding nine pounds overweight. Has two hours to lose nine pounds. The vacant IBF Lightweight title will most likely not be at stake – if the fight happens at all.
Daniel Jacobs 166.5 vs. Jose Rodriguez 164.5
Jermell Charlo 149 vs. Gerardo Prieto 148
Omar Figueroa 137 vs. Edgar Portillo 136
Diego Chavez 147 vs. Edvan Dos Santos 150
By Pasi Taavitsainen at ringside
Unbeaten WBA #12 heavyweight Robert Helenius moved to 12-0 with 7 KOs after an eight round unanimous decision over Gbenga “Bang Bang” Oloukun (17-4, 10 KOs) on Friday night at the Töölö Sporthall in Helsinki, Finland. Scores were 79-76, 78-77 and 77-75. Helenius showed a good jab and was a bit more active. Oloukun was strong and hit hard, but Helenius was just a little more effective. No knockdowns in the bout. The decision verdict breaks a string of six consecutive KO victories for Helinius, including an impressive eighth-round stoppage of former WBO heavyweight champion Lamon Brewster. More photos…
In preparation for his April 17th IBF world title fight against Lucian Bute, Edison Pantera Miranda has been training in Van Nuys, CA with his new trainer Joe Goossen. The two have now been working together for nine months, and Miranda claims his training is going perfect. “I connected with Joe the first day we met, and I have seen myself get better and better over the months. I believe Joe has been the missing ingredient for me to get the belt. Now that he’s in my corner, I realize I can achieve whatever I want.” (more…)
The World Boxing Association has rejected a request for a rematch made on behalf of former champion, Gabriel Campillo, who lost his WBA light heavyweight title to Beibut Shumenov by a 12-round majority decision this past January 29. Shumenov will next fight official challenger Vyacheslav Uzelkov.
Erik Morales 147 vs Jose Alfaro 147
Hugo Hernan Garay 175 vs Chris Henry 175
(WBA light heavyweight title eliminator)
David Rodriguez 246.4 vs Daniel Dos Santos 224.8
Venue: La Explanada Del Palacio Municipal, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Promoter: KO Entertainment and Box Latino
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Kingsley Ikeke will make the first defense of his North American Boxing Association super middleweight title against Zane Marks on April 3 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma. Ikeke, currently ranked No. 10 by the World Boxing Association, captured the NABA crown with a 10-round split decision over Mark Woolnough on Aug. 29, 2009 and brings a record of 26-3-0 with 14 KOs into the 10-round championship bout. A native of Nigeria who now calls Los Angeles home, Ikeke has won three consecutive fights since dropping back-to-back bouts to current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal and top-ranked super middleweight Arthur Abraham. Both defeats came in 2005 with the latter being for the vacant IBF middleweight title. The 25-year-old Zane Marks is 17-4-1 with 10 KOs.
Highlighting the five-bout undercard will be undefeated heavyweight George Foreman III (6-0-0). Foreman, the son of former world champion George Foreman, has scored all six of his professional wins by knock out, including five first-round KOs. The 27-year-old Foreman will meet Dale Mitchell in the four-round contest. The first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and any TicketMaster location.
Jayson Vélez 121.2 vs. Pedro Rincón 122
Abner Cotto 135 vs. Roberto Acevedo 137
Albert Cruz Jr. 135 vs. Kevin Arce 136
Emanuel Rivera 118.7 vs. Angel López 119.7
Miguel Robles 120 vs. Eduardo Meléndez 120
Jonuel Tapia 154.2 vs. Carlos García 153.5
Manuel Ramos 114 vs. José Guardiola 115
Venue: Coliseo Roger L. Mendoza, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Promociones Miguel Cotto
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WBC President Jose Sulaiman has expressed concern on the free way that boxing organizations are using the approval of interim championships, when they should be used strictly when a champion leaves a title inactive for medical or legal problems. He plans to present a recommendation to the WBC Governors at the coming 48th annual convention to be held in Cancun, Mexico, from November 7 to the 13, in regards to instituting a WBC silver world championship, in substitution of an interim championship “that does not represent a real title, when it is approved only for a fight without real significance.”
Photo: UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre visited the Empire State Building’s 86th floor Observatory in New York City on Wednesday evening. Courtesy: Bryan Smith/Empire State Building. Tomorrow night at UFC 111, St-Pierre and Dan Hardy meet in the Octagon for the welterweight championship, and Frank Mir battles Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight title. Live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View, Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com
By Bob Ryder at the scale
Andre Dirrell 167.5 vs Arthur Abraham 168
Dominik Britsch 158.5 vs Matt Berkshire 158.5
Ronald Hearns 158.25 vs Marteze Logan 157.75
Vernon Paris 140 vs Oscar Leon 144.75
Lateef Kayode 198.5 vs Chris Thomas 193
Brian Mihtar 157 vs Robert Kamya 156
Darryl Cunningham 166 vs Pat Coleman 165
Rich Power 229 vs Ray Lopez (Lopez to weigh in on Saturday)
Ron Siler 121 vs Vicente Alfaro 121
Purnell Gates 156 vs Chris Grays 160
Venue: Joe Louis Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Sauerland Event
TV: SHOWTIME 10:30PM ET/PT (Free preview weekend. This fight can be seen FREE in 54 million cable households.)
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After long discussions, Team Sauerland, Gary Shaw and the Michigan Boxing Commission have agreed on officials. The referee will be Laurence Cole (Texas). Judges are Anek Hontoncan (Thailand), Guido Cavalleri (Italy) and Frank Garza (Michigan). The Abraham camp had objected to the use of local officials, however, the well respected Garza was deemed acceptable.
Sixty-seven media members have weighed in on who they think will be victorious in Saturday night’s Group Stage 2 Super Six World Boxing Classic matchup on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast). Forty-three experts think German star Arthur Abraham (31-0, 25 KOs) will keep his tournament standings lead by beating the hometown hero while 24 feel that Andre Dirrell (18-1, 13 KOs) will reign victorious during a Free Preview Weekend on SHOWTIME.
By Richard Scharmberg
Ahmed Kaddour 154.5 vs Jerome Ellis 155
Omar Sheika 181.5 vs Garrett Wilson 181
Alando Swain 165.5 vs David Brown 170
William Salsar 176 vs Joe njau 175.5
Isam Khalil 148 vs Terrence Cauthen 148
Ramon Ellis 136.5 vs Jason Sosa 133
Marcus Smith 136 vs Osnel Charles 137
Francisco Ortiz 123 vs Marcos Garcia 127
Venue: The Hamilton Manor, New Jersey
Promoter: Nedal’s Promotions
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world heavyweight challenger David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) said today his training camp had been one of the best ever and he was ready for Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs) for the showdown at the Trusts Stadium in Auckland next Wednesday. Ahunanya was unhappy he was kept waiting for 45 minutes. Ahunanya said, “I was a little bit pissed off about it.” Tua was confident of victory next week when he said, “When you’re happy, you’re focused and determined, you have your mind right. When you have your mind right, you tend to be more devastating.” For more details and photos click here…
Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs) and Albert Sosnowski (45-2-1, 27 KOs) participated yesterday in a press conference at VELTINS Arena in Gelsenkirchen. Klitschko will face the European Champion Sosnowski on May, 29. The VELTINS-Arena is the home field of famous German soccer team Schalke 04.
Vitali Klitschko: “I saw Sosnowski’s fights on DVD and must admit that he is a very experienced, quick and tough opponent. He will do anything to get my belt but I promise that this is not going to happen. I want to verify that I am still the strongest heavyweight in the world. I am full of energy, in a top shape and without injuries. I am looking forward to fighting in Germany again and at Schalke arena. I was in Wladimir’s corner when he beat Ruslan Chagev at the arena last June. I have to say that I was jealous on him and desperately wanted to fight here as well. Now, this dream comes true. This is an incredible arena with great fans. The atmosphere will be electrifying.”
Albert Sosnowski: “Vitali Klitschko’s last opponents were like living punching bags. They had already lost when they were still siting in their locker rooms. The arena is huge and impressive. I don’t care that I am not seen as the favorite for the fight. I will be the first Polish heavyweight champion of the world!” For more details and photos click here…
Former two-time heavyweight champion Hasim “The Rock” Rahman will begin his comeback tonight at the Beaumont Club in Kansas City, Missouri, on Danger Fire Promotions’ “March Mayhem” event. Rahman, who has been inactive since his December 2008 unsuccessful challenge for Wladimir Klitschko’s IBF/WBO/IBO heavyweight titles, will face Missouri veteran Clinton Boldridge in a special-attraction bout. Tickets are $20, $40, $60 and $75 and can still be purchased at the door. Doors will open at 6 pm and the fights begin at 8 pm. Call 816.668.4752 or 785.221.2123.
UFC® 111 Live Tomorrow Night: Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy meet in the Octagon for the welterweight championship, and Frank Mir battles Shane Carwin for the interim heavyweight title. Live at 10pm ET / 7pm PT on Pay-Per-View, Yahoo! Sports and UFC.com
See UFC® 111 Live And In HD On The Big Screen: You can see Georges St-Pierre and Dan Hardy larger than life this Saturday in participating theaters. Hosted by UFC® fighters in select cities.
Before The Pay-Per-View Action Begins, See The Prelims Live On Spike: Ricardo Almeida vs Matt Brown, plus Nate Diaz vs Rory Markham. Beginning at 9pm ET / 6pm PT on SPIKE
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
After four years without a defense, it looks as if Canadian welterweight champion Victor Lupo will finally be defending his belt this coming June. Lupo is due to return to the ring next Saturday as he battles Jose Leonardo Corona at the Casino de Montreal. It will mark the 5th trip to Montreal in a row for the 8-10 (6KO) Mexican who landed an upset win against Stephane Desormiers his first time in but has been unable to duplicate that success since. Corona last visit was last September where he lost all six rounds versus Kevin Bizier, the man Lupo will meet in June. (more…)
Preview by Brady Crytzer
UFC 111 features the sport’s premier athlete facing off with an unheralded challenger hungry for a shot. Since regaining his title in 2008, world welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre has reinvented the wheel of cardiovascular capability and prefight dedication racking up three impressive wins . . Click here for more
With time ticking away prior to Rumble at Rama XI, topped by the rematch between Steve Molitor (30-1, 12 KO’s) and Takalani Ndlovu (30-5, 18 KO’s, IBF #1) for the vacant IBF Junior Featherweight championship, the six main combatants involved went face-to-face Thursday in Toronto for the final press conference. In the main event, Molitor will try to become a two-time world champion, and regain the title he lost to Celestino Caballero in November of 2008 via 4th round TKO. (more…)
Trainer Freddie Roach puts British World Champion Amir Khan through the paces at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood, California on Thursday.
WBO #2/WBA #4/IBF #5 bantamweight Abner Mares (20-0, 13 KOs) scored a fifth round TKO over Felipe Almanza (17-16-4, 8 KOs) on Thursday night at Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. An uppercut finished Almanza at the 2:23 mark. Next up for Mares is a shot at IBF champion Yonnhy Perez on May 22. Click here for more photos
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