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Photos: Pablo Lozano Reyes
In a clash of young prospects, welterweight Edgar “El Nene” Ortega (15-1, 10 KOs) won a ten round majority decision over previously undefeated Daniel Rosario (8-1, 7 KOs) on Friday night at the Salon Jose Cuervo in Mexico City.
Both fighters had their moments in a bout that offered good two-way action. Scores were 95-95 and 98-92, 97-93 for Ortega, who claimed the vacant WBO Latin welterweight title. Rosario is trained by Evangelista Cotto.
In a war between unbeaten welterweights, Sammy “The Who Can Mexican” Vasquez (16-0, 12 KOs) scored an impressive ninth round TKO over James “Keep ‘em Sleepin” Stevenson (21-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Great two-way action in every round. Vasquez dropped Stevenson in round eight and the bout was waved off in round nine. Time was :25.
In a great fight, lightweight Monty Meza Clay (36-3, 22 KOs) scored a spectacular tenth round TKO Over Alan Herrera (32-7, 21 KOs). Meza Clay dropped Herrera in round six, but Herrera came back to rock Meza Clay in round nine. The local fan favorite Meza Clay wasn’t about to disappoint his hometown fans, however, and he came out throwing non-stop punches in round ten to rock Herrera and force a referee’s stoppage. Time was 2:00.
Big-punching 2012 Olympian middleweight Ievgen “The Ukrainian Lion” Khytrov (6-0, 6 KOs) destroyed unfortunate Willie Fortune “500” (17-2, 8 KOs) in the first round. Khytrov jumped right on Fortune and blew him away with a barrage of punches. Time was :30.
WBC #5 super welterweight contender Willie “The Great” Nelson (23-1-1, 13 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Luis Grajeda (17-3-2, 13 KOs) on Friday night outdoors at the Churchill County Fairgrounds in Fallon, Nevada. Nelson won by scores of 98-92 on all cards, but Grajeda staggered him in rounds three and eight.
Super middleweight Jason “Monstruo” Escalera (15-2-1, 12 KOs) scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Norbert Nemesapati (14-1, 13 KOs). Nemesapati rocked Escalera in round one, but Escalera stormd back to batter Nemesapati in round two. Escalera dropped Nemesapati in round three and went on to win by scores of 78-73, 78-72, 79-72.
In his pro debut, 2008 Olympic silver medalist Zhang Zhilei needed just 17 seconds to KO badly outgunned Curtis Lee Tate (6-5, 6 KOs). The 31-year-old Zhilei moves to 1-0, 1 KO after his brief pro debut. The KO punch was a straight left to the shoulder of Tate.
Photos: German Villasenor
Jose Felix Jr. 136.8 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 136.6 Lbs.
Stan Martyniok 134.6 vs. Ivan Najera 135.6
(Najera came back and made the contracted 135 weight)
Esquiva Falcao 157.4 vs. Malcolm Terry 154
Jose Zepeda 142 vs. Adrian Garza 142
Edgar Valero 120.4 vs. Adrian Rodriguez 120
Zachary Wohlman 141.2 vs. Paul Velarde 138.4
Liam Vaughan 159 vs. Saul Benitez 156.4
Luis Diaz 130.6 vs. Luis Sedano 131.2
Alexey Zubov 198.4 vs. Harvey Jolley 191.6
Venue: Glendale Civic Auditorium, Glendale, California
Promoter: Top Rank/Bash Boxing
Photos: Rich Graessle/Main Events
Vyacheslav Glazkov 218.5 vs. Derric Rossy 232.5
Robert Berridge 173.5 vs. Vasily Lepikhin 174
Joseph Parker 228.5 vs. Keith Thompson 220
Frankie Garriga 121.5 vs. Luis Acevedo 121.5
Tyrell Wright 221 vs. Randy Easton 218.5
Ismael Serrano 138.5 vs. Johnathan Williams 141.5
Khalib Whitmore 177.5 vs. Lamont Capers 177
Venue: Sands Bethlehem, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Promoter: Main Events
TV: NBC Sports Network
By Karl Freitag
Oddsmakers view all three of Saturday night’s featured bouts at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as lopsided encounters. WBC/WBA super lightweight champion Danny Garcia is a 34 to 1 favorite (-3400) to defeat Rod Salka (+1700) in the non-title main event, IBF jr welterweight champion Lamont Peterson is a 25 to 1 pick (-2500) to defeat Edgar Santana (+1400), and in the closest matchup, Daniel Jacobs is a 7 to 1 favorite (-700) to win a version of the WBA middleweight title against Jarrod Fletcher (+500).
The over/under propositions, however, are all close and fluctuating. Currently, the over/under for Garcia-Salka is 7.5 rounds with over at -165 and under at +135. The over/under for Peterson-Santana is 10.5 rounds with over at -105 and under at -125. Finally, the over/under for Jacobs-Fletcher is 8.5 rounds with over at +115 and under at -145.
Photos: Zanfer Promotions
Francisco Rodríguez 105 vs. Katsunari Takayama 105
(IBF/WBO mini-flyweight unification fight)
Tomas Rojas 127 vs. Irving Berrey 127
Alejandro Barrera 147.5 vs. Abner López 147.5
Carlos Díaz 131 vs. Adán Morales 130.5
Juan Hernández 114 vs. Jesús Straffon 112.5
José Luis Rodríguez 134.5 vs. Jorge Rodríguez 130.5
Venue: Arena Monterrey, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
TV: TV Azteca (Mexico) BEin Sports Espanol (USA)
By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Phisit Juajan/Kokiet Groups
WBA #4 super fly Norasing Kokietgym (11-0-1, 8 KOs) successfully grabbed the vacant WBC Asia Silver 115lb title when he stopped Geboi Mansalayao (reportedly 9-17-4) on Friday at Sawan Vegas Hotel in Suwannakhet, Laos. Norasing overwhelmed the Filipino, mostly punishing his foe with vicious combinations. The show rapidly ended when Thai fighter landed a big body shot following by two big right hooks which dropped the Filipino for a full ten count at 1:57 of round two.
In the other co-main event, Nampetch Kwanjaisrikot (2-1) became the first Laotian to win an international professional boxing title as she scored a unanimous decision over Thailander Kanda Por Muangpetch, capturing the vacant WBC Asia Female 108lb title. Both female fighters excitingly exchanged punches in a close affair bout and finally, all three judges favored the local fighter who showed her more accurate punches during the last three rounds. All scorecards were read 96-94.
In other action, ABCO #13 minimum Saenganan Kokietgym (7-0, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over Indonesian Domi Nenokeba. And WBC Female #22 Kanittha Kokietgym (21-6, 8 KOs) stopped Sroipetch Sithphosai in round four. This event was promoted by Kokiet Panichyarom of Kokiet Groups promotion. photos
By Ognian Georgiev / Bulgaria Today
Ross “The Boss” Puritty is the first man to beat and knock out Wladimir Klitschko among professionals. The American from Norman, Oklahoma, was a total outsider when he met the future heavyweight champ in 1998. The bout was in Kiev. The Ukrainian was 24-0 with 23 KOs at the time, while Puritty’s record was 25 wins, 13 losses and 1 draw. In the beginning of 11th round, the Klitschko corner stopped the bout.
Now Wladimir is reigning WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO heavyweight champ with 16 successful defenses. Puritty is a 47-year-old retired fighter, who finished his career in 2007 with 31 wins (27 KOs), 20 losses and 3 draws.
What do you remember from your fight with Wladimir Klitschko?
A very tough fight, very tough guy. He punches hard and is very skilled.
How did you manage to knock him out? (more…)
Photos: Amanda Kwok / Showtime
Danny Garcia 141.75 vs. Rod Salka 141
Daniel Jacobs 159.5 vs. Jarrod Fletcher 159.25
(WBA middleweight title)
Lamont Peterson 140 vs. Edgar Santana 139.5
(IBF jr welterweight title)
Sadam Ali 146.6 vs. Jeremy Bryan 145.4
Anthony Peterson 137 vs. Edgar Riovalle 144.4
Marcus Browne 176.4 vs. Paul Vasquez 174.2
Prichard Colon 150 vs. Lenwood Dozier 154.2
D’Mitrius Ballard 169 vs. Barry Trotter 168.4
Zachary Ochoa 140 vs. Luis Cervantes 139.6
Venue: Barclays Center
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV: Showtime, Showtime Extreme
Following up a successful show last year that featured world class talent from the Top Rank stable as well as local prospects from the Los Angeles area, Glendale Fight Night has outdone itself with a full card of compelling bouts at the Glendale Civic Auditorium this Saturday. In the main event, super featherweight Jose Felix Jr. (26-1-1, 21 KOs) takes on Alejandro Rodriguez (21-14, 12 KOs). Felix is coming off the first loss of his career when he challenged Bryan Vasquez for the interim WBA super featherweight belt. Rodriquez took undefeated prospect Haskell Rhodes to the brink of an upset in a split decision loss and earned a draw with local Texas favorite Robert Marroquin. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Fightnews.com has learned that the date for the clash between IBF middleweight champion Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs) and former champion Jermain Taylor (32-4-1, 20 KOs) will take place on October 4. The bout will land at a venue in either Florida or Connecticut. Soliman will be making the first defense of the belt he won from Felix Sturm in May.
Even though August is just getting underway and there are a bunch of quality scraps on the calendar for the month ahead, it’s impossible to not look ahead to UFC 178 and the jam-packed lineup that will hit the Octagon on September 27 inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena . . . Click here for more at UFC.com
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The New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), which regulates the sport of boxing in New York State, launched an initiative to enroll uninsured members of the State’s boxing community in affordable health care plans through New York State of Health: The Official Health Plan Marketplace. The Commission has enlisted the services of not-for-profit NADAP, which has been contracted by the New York State Department of Health (DOH), to enroll individuals and families in the Health Insurance Marketplace.
“We believe it is vital for boxers to have the ability to see a doctor and maintain good health with a yearly physical,” stated NYSAC’s Executive Director, David Berlin. “This initiative gives boxers and others in the boxing community the opportunity to enroll in health insurance plans through the NY State of Health Marketplace. This is a simple, common sense effort to promote their health and well-being.” (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Photos by Boxing Beat
WBA female light-minimumweight champ Ayaka Miyao (14-1, 2 KOs), 102.25, engaged in a non-title ten round bout and impressively halted Thailander Yokfah Mor.Krungthepthonburi (9-7-1, 1 KO), 102.25, at 1:39 of the eighth round on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. Miyao, a short but speedy girl, made good use of her faster hand and foot, battering the slower Thailander in every round. The ref finally called a halt to stop the one-sided affair.
George Groves insists his third title bid will end in glory. More
Corpus Christi fighter Jerry Belmontes has a new-found confidence. More
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Coming off his split decision world title loss to WBC lightweight champion Omar Figueroa in April, “The Corpus Christi Kid” Jerry Belmontes (19-5, 5 KOs) moved back down to super featherweight and lost another split decision, this time to Abner “Pin” Cotto (18-2, 8 KOs). Cotto deducted a point for a low blow in round four, but won a ten round split nod 95-94, 96-93 on two cards. Belmontes was up 95-94 on the third card. The fight took place Thursday night at the American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas.
Unbeaten welterweight Keandre Gibson (11-0-1, 5 KOs) won an entertaining eight round split decision over Jose “Loco” Hernandez (14-8-1, 6 KOs). Both fighters were intent on attacking the body. Hernandez body-slammed Gibson in the last round. Scores were 77-75 Hernandez, 79-73, 78-84 Gibson.
Unbeaten bantamweight Oscar Cantu (8-0, 1 KO) oupointed Joseph Rios (13-10-2, 4 KOs) over six rounds. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
Willie Nelson 154 vs. Luis Grajeda 154.8
Norbert Nemesapati 165 vs. Jason Escalera 168
Zhang Zhilei 259.2 vs. Curtis Lee Tate 227.4
Eduardo Alicea 167.4 vs. Kirk Huff 162.4
Joel Diaz Jr 131.6 vs. Kevin Aguilar 133
Oscar Vasquez 113 vs. Sergio Lopez 113
Venue: Churchill County Fairgrounds, Fallon, NV
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Former world champion Antonio Tarver, now campaigning at heavyweight, returns on September 29 against Johnathon Banks in Hidaldgo, Texas.
Unbeaten heavyweight contender Deontay Wilder will take on Jason Gavern next Saturday at StubHub Center in Carson, California
Photos: Iron Mike Promotions
All fighters made their contractual weight for Friday night’s “The Pride of Pittsburgh” presented by Iron Mike Promotions at the CONSOL Energy Center and telecast LIVE on FOX Sports 1 (9:00 p.m. ET).
Sammy Vasquez Jr. 146.7 vs. James Stevenson 145.8
(IBF/USBA welterweight title bout)
Monty Meza Clay 136.5 vs. Allan Herrera 138
Ievgen Khytrov 160.4 vs. Willie Fortune 160.3
Erickson Lubin 154.2 vs. Francisco Javier Reza 155.8
Claudio Marrero 128 vs. Felix Perez 128.5
Dennis Galarza 129.3 vs. Vincent Jennings 129.3
Ryan Martin 140 vs. Engelberto Valenzuela 140
Amonte Eberhardt 149 vs. Travis McLaren 151
Steve Geffrand 185.5 vs. Darius Harris 181
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