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Takalani Ndlovu (32-6, 18 KOs) dethroned IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor (33-2, 12 KOs) by unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Nasrec Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. Scores were 118-110, 118-110, 116-112.
Also IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane (27-2, 18 KOs) stopped Johnriel Casimero (14-2, 8 KOs) in the fifth round to retain his belt for the second time.
Michigan heavyweight Demetrice King says he still hasn’t been paid for his fight last weekend against David Tua. King is due $10,000 for his ten round decision loss to Tua in Manukau, New Zealand. According to the New Zealand Herald, the hangup is a dispute between NYC-based promoter Cedric Kushner and and NZ promoter Inga Tuigamala. King signed a Gotham Boxing contract for the bout so Kushner appears to be on the hook, but Cedric told the Herald he had no financial involvement in the fight and signed King on the instructions of Tuigamala, trusting Tuigamala to take care of King’s purse. Tuigamala, who is Tua’s cousin, says it’s a “contractual issue” between King and Kushner. Meanwhile Demetrice King waits.
Unbeaten WBO middleweight champion Dmitry Pirog (18-0, 14 KOs) scored a lackluster twelve round unanimous decision over #10 rated Javier Francisco Maciel (18-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the DIVS Sports Palace in Ekaterinburg, Russia. Pirog didn’t look anything like the fighting machine who dominated Daniel Jacobs in winning the belt last summer. A big shot by Pirog in round four brought the partison crowd to life, but those moments were far and few between. Maciel was able to connect with clean shots at times, but no question Pirog did enough to win. Scores were 115-112, 117-110, 115-111.
Unbeaten Olympian lightweight Alisher Rahimov (22-0, 11 KOs) outpointed Rustam Nugaev (21-6-1, 12 KOs) over twelve by scores of 118-112, 118-113, 116-112. Scores seemed a little too lopsided for the hometown fighter in what was a very competitive affair.
Unbeaten Olympic heavyweight silver medalist Vyacheslav Glazkov (9-0, 6 KOs) busted up and outpointed formerly world ranked Denis Bakhtov (33-6, 22 KOs) over eight rounds. Scores were 80-72 on all cards.
Olympic gold medalist and unbeaten welterweight prospect Felix Diaz (9-0, 6 KOs) stopped previously unbeaten Andrey Berdyshev (5-1, 1 KO) in round three. Diaz dropped Berdyshev with a left hand and the bout was waved off moments later. Time was 1:39.
Ringside by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Unbeaten junior middleweight prospect and rising Cuban star, Erislanda Lara, was expected to put on a show inside the Chelsea Ballroom at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV against unheralded Carlos Molina but the rough and rugged Mexican wouldn’t be anybody’s crash test dummy on live television as the two battled to a majority draw on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights . . . Click here for more
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By Bill Green
Photo: Brian Imhof
Manuel Perez at 138 vs. Randy Arrellin at 139.6
Robert Frankel 148.3 vs. Adam Limon 153.4
Madeline Ortega 119 vs. Anna Hub 129
Isiah Barela TBA vs. Joel Gillilard TBA
Venue: Red and Jerrys, Sheridan, Colorado
Promoter: Airtight Promotions
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Holland Michigan’s own Juan “Johnny” Garcia scored a second round TKO in the main event of promoter Greg Ahrens card at the Civic Center on Friday night. With most of the approximately 1,200 folks in attendance cheering him on, former amatuer star Garcia did not disappoint but had to overcome some stiff resistance from opponent Jesse Francisco. After controlling the first half of the opening round, Garcia took several hard overhand rights from Francisco that had him holding on for a moment. Recovering quickly however, Garcia engaged Francisco in a spirited exchange to the bell that had the crowd roaring. It turned into a route though in the second as Garcia cut loose with his entire arsenal flooring Francisco three times to score the stoppage at 2:31. Garcia improves to (6-0, 5 KOs) while game Francisco from Miami drops to (3-13, 2 KOs). Lightweights. For more details and photos click here…
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Guadalajara featherweight Jorge Solis tipped the scale at 133.2 in his second day re-weigh for his challenge at the IBF Featherweight Championship against Yuriorkis Gamboa at The Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ. Gamboa did not participate in the mandatory re-weigh and will, in the event he wins tonight’s bout, give up the IBF title which would become vacant.
The WBA doesn’t require a re-weighing, so Gamboa would retain his WBA belt with a win tonight.
Also re-weighing were Jorge Solis Teon Kennedy 129.4 and Jorge Diaz 131 who meet in a twelve-rounder for the USBA super bantamweight (122lb) title.
Pictured: IBF Supervisor Paul Artisst, Jorge Solis, matchmaker Sean Gibbons and trainer Wilivaldo Arroyo.
WBO Cruiserweight Champion Marco Huck (31-1, 23 KOs) just wrapped up the sparring ahead of his sixth title defence on April 2. Next Saturday, the 26-year-old will take on Ran Nakash (25-0, 18 KOs) at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Boxing-online.com caught up with him before fight week. (more…)
Stephane Jamoye 117 vs. Leo Santa Cruz 117
(WBC Youth bantamweight title)
Jose Salgado 115 vs. Everth Briceno 115
(NABF super flyweight title)
Marco Antonio Periban 167.6 vs. Edgar Ruiz ??
Fidel Maldonado 141 vs. Gerardo Chavez 142.7
Jose Manuel Osorio 129.3 vs. Erick Perez 129.3
Mikail Arreola 121.8 vs. Marco Chable 119.9
Gilberto Gonzalez 135.7 vs. Uriel Marquez 135.7
Venue: Museo Interactivo De Xalapa
Promoter: Golden Boy
TV; Televisa (Mexico)
From Seattle’s KeyArena for tomorrow night’s Ultimate Fight Night:
Main card (Spike TV)
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira 206 vs. Phil Davis 206
Dan Hardy 171 vs. Anthony Johnson 171
DaMarques Johnson 171 vs. Amir Sadollah 170
Leonard Garcia 145 vs. Chan Sung Jung 146
Preliminary card on Facebook
Jon Madsen 261 vs. Mike Russow 256
Alex Caceres 146 vs. Mackens Semerzier 146
John Hathaway 171 vs. Kris McCray 170
Edwin Figueroa 136 vs. Michael McDonald 135
Sean McCorkle 266 vs. Christian Morecraft 265
Preliminary card untelevised
Johny Hendricks 170 vs. T.J. Waldburger 170
Mario Miranda 185 vs. Aaron Simpson 185
Nik Lentz 155 vs. Waylon Lowe 156
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By Jason Ford at ringside
Middleweight Osamanu Adama (19-2, 14 KOs) scored a fourth round stoppage over Marcus Upshaw (13-5-1, 6 KOs) to claim the vacant USBA and IBO I/C belts on Friday night at the Hanging Gardens in River Grove, Illinois. Time was :42.
Jr middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (18-1-1, 10 KOs) won via eighth round disqualification over Angel “Toro” Hernandez (30-10, 17 KOs) in a bout for the vacant USBO I/C belt. Toro was DQ’d for continuing to punch after the bell in round eight.
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In a crossroads bout, Roberto Garcia won an eight round unanimous decision over former world title challenger Jose Shibata Flores at the Commerce Casino in Commerce, CA. Flores controlled the first two rounds, but Garcia (29-3, 21 KO’s) increased his aggression and punch output from the third round on. Garcia dropped Flores with a right hand to the head in the sixth round. Flores (45-11, 26 KO’s) attempted to mount a rally, but came up short. All three judges scored the bout in favor of Garcia by scores of 78-73, 77-74, and 80-71. Garcia rebounds from last year’s defeat to Antonio Margarito, while Flores’ two-fight winning streak is snapped. For more details and photos click here…
By Robert Hough at ringside
Jr lightweight Alejandro Perez (15-2-1, 9 KOs) scored a spectacular first round KO over Antonio Escalante (23-4, 15 KOs) on Friday night at the Sports Center in Fairfield, California. A huge right hand dropped Escalante for the count. Time was 2:57.
Jr middleweight Clint Coronel (4-1, 1 KO) won a six round split decision over Carlos Musquez (3-5-3, 3 KOs) by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 56-58.
Local jr featherweight favorite Manuel “Tino” Avila (3-0, 2 KOs) dropped Frank Gutierrez (2-9-2, 1 KO) three times before the bout was stopped at :59 of round two.
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
In his biggest win to date, undefeated super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias Jr. (13-0, 9 KOs) passes his first true test in his emerging career with a third round TKO over two time former world title challenger Jhon Albert Molina (27-16-3, 18 KOs) on Friday night at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California. With the win, Esquivias wins the WBA Fedelatin title and potentially earn a WBA world ranking. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Sergio Shibuya
Somebody’s “O” had to go in tonight’s Brazilian-Argentinean showdown between unbeaten prospects, as Michael “The Brazilian Rocky” Oliveira’s rising popularity in his native country continued to grow with his 10-round unanimous decision victory against a game Abel Nicolas “El Principito” Adriel, headlining the “International Boxing Challenge” pro-am event at Mauro Pinheiro Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The 20-year-old Oliveira (14-0, 11 KOs) captured the Interim WBC Latino super middleweight belt defeating (98-92, 98-92, 97-93) previously undefeated Adriel (10-1-2, 2 KOs) in front of a spirited, partisan crowd. (more…)
By Andreas Hale at ringside
Jr middleweight Erislandy Lara (15-0-1, 10 KOs) and “King” Carlos Molina (17-5-1, 5 KOs) battled to a ten round draw on Friday night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. In Molina’s first fight since June 2009, he seemingly outworked Lara to win 97-93 on one card, but the other two were 95-95 and 95-95.
Unbeaten 2004 Olympic silver medalist jr middleweight Yudel Jhonson (10-0, 7 KOs) scored a seventh round TKO Over Richard Gutierrez (26-6-1, 16 KOs). Referee Russell Mora waved it off after a Johnson barrage at the 1:09 mark.
Unbeaten cruiserweight Yunier Dorticos (12-0, 12 KOs) scored a second round TKO over Jose Luis Herrera (16-11, 16 KOs). Dorticos dropped Herrera in round two and it was waved off moments later. (more…)
Grupo Publica won the rights to promote the fight between champion Kazuto Ioka, of Japan, and Juan Hernandez, of Mexico, for the World Boxing Council strawweight world championship. Further details will be announced in a few days.
Today a final agreement on the fight for the WBC light flyweight world championship was reached. The bout between current champion Gilberto Keb Baas, of Yucatan, and his challenger Adrian “The Confessor” Hernandez, of the State of Mexico, will be held on April 30th in a venue in the State of Mexico to be announced in a few days. The agreement was reached by the representatives to the aforementioned fighters, Pepe Gomez representing the champion, and Salvador Briman, representing the official challenger and fighter who is ranked number one in the division by the WBC. The details of the signed contract will be announced soon.
Photos and report by Przemek Garczarczyk
After traveling 12 hours from the US to Poland, Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KOs), who on April 2 in Bydgoszcz (Poland) will challenge WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk (44-2, 32 KOs) wasted no time preparing. Just a couple of hours after arriving at the Warsaw hotel, Francisco trained for almost two hours with his head trainers Josue Aguilar and Gil Maldonado, with help from another Puerto Rican cruiserweight – Alfredo Escalera (18-3, 12 KOs). For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photo by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Five years ago, Miguel Angel Garcia was making his final preparations to graduate from Pacifica High School in Oxnard, CA. About a month after his graduation, Garcia was successful in his professional debut, winning a four round unanimous decision over Domingo Mendoza. On Saturday night, Garcia has studied and prepped for his hardest test which he hopes to pass with flying colors. A victory over unbeaten Matt Remillard will allow Garcia to “graduate” to the upper echelon of a competitive featherweight division. (more…)
Photos: Emily Harney
Yuriorkis Gamboa 126 vs. Jorge Solis 125.5
(WBA featherweight championship)
Mikey Garcia 125 vs. Matt Remillard 125
Jorge Diaz 122 vs. Teon Kennedy 122
Glen Tapia 152 vs. Eberto Medina 151
Camilo Perez 124 vs. Desi Williams 125
Tommy Zbikowski 195 vs. Caleb Grummet 215.5
Rashad Brown 161.5 vs. Darryl Parker 161.5
Miguel Cartagena 117 vs. Omar Gonzalez 119
Venue: Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Top Rank
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By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photo: Milo Lekovic
WBO #15 Ryan Waters (21-3-2, 12 KOs) captured the WBA Pan African 154 pound title when he outscored former IBF world champion Gairy St. Clair (42-10-2, 18 KOs) over twelve rounds at the Cronulla Leagues club in Sydney, NSW, Australia on Friday. Waters was on the attack in round one and kept the pressure on St Clair cutting the ring off continually. St. Clair showed a big bag of tricks and connected with solid left and right hand combo’s in round four. In this round Waters was cut over the left eye that was ruled an accidental head clash by referee Charlie Lucas. The doctor inspected but ruled it okay to continue. (more…)
Photos: PR Best Boxing Promotions/José Pérez
Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon is on weight for his upcoming bout against WBO junior flyweight champion Giovani Segura in the card “The Revenge” to be held April 2 at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Baja California, México. Calderón (34-1-1, 6KOs) weighed in at 113.4, 5% over the maximum 108lbs showing a great mood and a well defined body. “I’m in camp with one of my trainers (Felix Pagan Pintor), who made my meals and is handling of all of my issues. It’s great, I feel much better for this fight, I’m feeling strong, fast and without that eating anxiety,” the 36-year-old Calderon said. “I’m in the best shape of my life after all of the work we did yesterday I made the 108 weight and again today.” The former 105 and 108lb world champion will travel tomorrow to Mexico on a long journey from Puerto Rico to New York to Los Angeles to San Diego from which he will go by car to Mexicali. Click here for more photos…
International Agent & Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz, representing Golden Boy Promotions, is diligently working on signing the WBA Bantamweight Super Champ, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (30-1-1, 10 KOs) to the stable of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. Lewkowicz is working with the Panamanian Manager, Dr. Roberto Grimaldo and International boxing representative Jacques DesChamps on a promotional contract to secure the southpaw. Lewkowicz has stated: “We MUST have this contract signed by the end of the business day of Monday, March 28, 2011, to get this deal done. Our goal is to have a signature on the contract by the deadline date.”
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By Gabriel F. Cordero
Mexican three-time world champion Erik “Terrible” Morales conducted a public training session on Wednesday at the Otomi Ceremonial Center in Temoaya, Mexico State. He’s been focusing for more than two months on training for his upcoming bout against Argentinian Marcos “Chino” Maidana on April 9th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Morales hopes to become the first Mexican fighter to win four world titles in different divisions from super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight, he now has his sights on the WBA super lightweight interim world title. Erik is in good physical and mental shape which is very obviously important for this big fight. “It’s a great fight and I’m going to give my best because it’s all or nothing. Maida is young and strong, I will use all my experience with intelligence and strategy,” said Morales. Click here for more photos…
By Jose E. Santiago
Last week Cedric “The Boz” Boswell took one step closer in his quest to obtaining a world heavyweight title. In a ten round one sided unanimous decision Boswell picked apart former heavyweight champ Oliver McCall in Hollywood, Fla. Fightnews caught up with Boswell to discuss what the immediate future holds for the current NABA and WBC Latino champion. For more details and photos click here…
Javier Maciel 156.2 vs. Dmitry Pirog 159.2
(WBO Middleweight title)
Venue: DIVS, Ekaterinburg, Russia
TV: TyC Sports/ESPN3
Promoter: German Titov Boxing Promotion) / GT & KP Promotion
Tim “Pitbull” Coleman was about to do what he’s not supposed to do.
At a conference to announce his upcoming elimination bout against once-beaten Victor Cayo on April 29 at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) made his intentions clear: when handed the mic, he was going to openly look past Cayo and call out current IBF Super Lightweight Champion Zab Judah, the man he would potentially face next.
The mood at the conference was light and the narrative was clearly supposed to be that both young fighters were honored by the right to face such a great champion as Judah. Explaining that while he does respect his accomplishments, he is personally not a fan of Judah’s, Coleman was going to upset the apple cart by taunting a reigning world champion while he was supposed to be talking about his fight with Cayo. (more…)
Photos: Eroll Popova
Alexander Dimitrenko 253 vs Albert Sosnowski 224.5
European heavyweight championship
Susi Kentikian 111.5 vs Ana Arrazola 111.7
(WIBF flyweight championship)
Rachim Tschachkijew 200 vs Alex Mogylewski 200.75
Marcel Meyerdiercks 125.6 vs Andre Kostin 125.8
Venue: Universum Gym, Hamburg, Germany
Promoter: SES Boxing, Universum
Tonight super bantamweight Efrain Esquivias is battling veteran Jhon Alberto Molina for the vacant WBA Fedelatin title in the main event of Thompson Boxing Promotions “Path to Glory” event. Last week it had been announced by Thompson Boxing that Esquivias would face two-time Tajikstan Olympian Sherali Dostiev (8-0-1, 2 KOs) but on Monday it was publicized that Dostiev “was pulled from the fight by manager Craig Engler for unknown reasons.”
Longtime boxing promoter/manager/cutman Craig Engler responded to FightNews: “I had a couple of conversations two to three weeks ago with Alex Camponovo (VP of Operations at Thompson Boxing). My kid is signed with Don King so after the first conversation I called Dana Jamison (VP at Don King Productions) to inform her about the offer but Alex called back before she returned my call saying they weren’t interested now in fighting Dostiev. We never had a contract. It would have been a good win for my kid but how can I ‘pull out’ of a fight that was never made in the first place? Dostiev would fight Esquivias anytime, anywhere!”
Story by Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Jose Leon Castillo
Randy “Savage” Arrellin gets somewhat melancholic when asked about how he’s not only salvaged his career, but will now be fighting for his first title . . . Click here for more
Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.
It’s that time again. The UFC rolls into Seattle’s Key Arena this Saturday for Ultimate Fight Night 24. With a main and co-main event that both promise fireworks in the light heavyweight and welterweight division respectively, fans are in for a treat. With that said, let’s take a look at the two marquee matchups. (more…)
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