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Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman
DIAAB Entertainment put on an eight-bout pro-am card dubbed “Fight Night At The Flickinger” in downtown Buffalo, New York Saturday night. Headlining the the show was a battle for the vacant New York State Middleweight title between Geneva, NY and Michael Walchuk of Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. Brinson bounced back from his lone loss in his last fight to pick up his first belt in an absolute war with Walchuk over eight rounds. In a tactical dog fight where each fighter gave no quarter, Geneva, New York’s Nick Brinson and Kitchener, Ontario’s Michael Walchuk waged war for eight rounds to contest the New York State Middleweight title. Brinson was coming off a TKO7 loss back in November for the state Super Middle belt and was looking for redemption. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
IBF lightweight champion Miguel “Títere” Vázquez (29-3, 13 KOs) stopped Marlon “Rata” Aguilar (25-11-1, 18 KOs) with a body shot in round two of a non-title ten-rounder on Saturday night at the Musica Hall in Toluca, Estado de México. Time was 1:46.
WBA/WBO light flyweight champion Giovani “Guerrero Azteca” Segura (28-1-1, 24 KOs) barely broke a sweat in annihilating Eddy Zuniga (7-6-1, 1 KO) in a non-title flyweight clash. Zuniga was down twice in the brief one round affair. For more details and photos click here…
By Dave Spencer, FightNews Canada
After weathering a solid body attack in the early going Ali Nestor Charles (11-5-2) scored a knockout victory at the very end of round five, capturing the WBC middleweight Latino title over Mexico’s Edgar Ruiz (22-10-1) at the Claude-Robillard Center in Montreal, Quebec. Charles changed the course of the fight in the fourth round where he landed a left uppercut that put Ruiz down to his knees for a count of eight. Ruiz was clearly tiring in the fifth and Charles looked like he was about to score his second knockdown in the dying seconds when a flurry of punches with Ruiz against the ropes and about to go down Charles accidently pushed him down to the canvas. It looked like the mishap would save the Mexican fighter but with the ten second warning sounding Charles jumped right back in and let loose with a flurry that put Ruiz down to his knees for a full count of ten. (more…)
Youth defeated experience tonight as red-hot welterweight prospect Javier “El Chino” Flores extended his perfect record to 6-0 with six knockouts, stopping 30-fight veteran Shakha Moore in the seventh round of the main event on “The New Generation Boxing Series” card, presented by Bulldog Cartel Promotions, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Flores (6-0, 6 KOs), a southpaw from Puerto Rico now fighting out of Hartford, was dominant from the opening round. A game Moore was pounded but he didn’t go down until the seventh round, resulting from a devastating combination of lethal punches Flores, after which his corner threw in the towel. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBA lightweight champion Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios, undefeated Featherweight top-rated contender Mikey Garcia, trainer Robert Garcia and Pedro Rodriguez (father of Gustavo Rodriguez) pose with the many fans that came out for their charity boxing function at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Ca. to benefit the family of amateur boxer Gustavo Rodriguez who was shot and killed last week. Rios is in deep training for his upcoming world title defense against top-rated contender Urbano Antillon, Maywood, Ca. on Saturday July 9 at The Home Depot Center in Carson,Ca. Top Rank promotes this event which will be telecast live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing. For more details and photos click here…
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
In front of an excited, partisan crowd, Undefeated Baltimore, MD cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett captured the vacant WBF (World Boxing Foundation) All-America’s Cruiserweight title with an eight-round majority decision over Bronx, NY’s Newton “The Butcher” Kidd at the Du Burns Arena in Baltimore. Shiflett came out very aggressively in the first couple of rounds, but the Jamaican-born Kidd used strong counter-punching to work his way back into the bout. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon and Pete Balderas
Photos: Danny Castaneda
Weslaco native and Golden Boy prospect Omar Figueroa won the war in the ring against Puerto Rico native Eric Cruz. However, the battle was one of the toughest ones he has faced so far. Figueroa improved to 12-0-1 by winning the fight via unanimous decision as the judges scored the bout 79-73, 78-74, and 78-74 in the main event of Summer Explosion , presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Cavazos Boxing and shown worldwide on Telefutura’s Solo Boxeo Tecate at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo. For more details and photos click here…
Don King’s promotional boundaries know no end. After a three-day whirlwind of radio and television interviews in the St. Louis area supporting his big June 25 world championship fight card at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo., King stumbled upon a wedding party in downtown St. Louis. He rounded up the bride and groom, who were arriving at their reception, and let them all know about his boxing event. He also posed for pictures, which will certainly be part of the lore surrounding this couple’s wedding.
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Happy B-Day today June 18 to Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. who turns 27, on behalf of Fightnews, All Star Boxing, Top Rank, and the Zabala and Vazquez Families.
Undefeated light heavyweight contender Ismayl “The Black Russian” Sillakh (16-0, 13 KOs) has issued an open challenge to “all the top light heavyweights” to face him. Sillakh says he has no problems travelling anywhere to fight. “If any of the other top 175 pounders give me a chance, I will show the world what a great champion I can be.”
Promoter Nate Tubbs brought Mike Tyson and Buster Douglas to a “meet and greet” on Friday night in Cincinnati. It was the first time Tyson and Douglas have met since their bout in 1990, Tyson’s first loss and one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.
Click here to see highlights of Friday night’s win by Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno over Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra. Moreno looked good.
By Graham Houston
Although on paper he faces his toughest test, Mexico’s Saul Alvarez is a massive favourite to defeat Britain’s Ryan Rhodes in their junior middleweight title fight on Saturday (to be televised on HBO’s Boxing After Dark). The Mexican location is obviously a big factor, as is Alvarez’s impressive, undefeated record. Rhodes has experience and he is a fast, tricky southpaw switch-hitter who can punch, but there is a sense that this fight has been made with perfect timing, similar to the one in Los Angeles earlier this month when Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. gritted out a tough, close win over Sebastian Zbik. (more…)
Deontay Wilder 223 vs. Damon Reed 228
Gundrick King 163 vs. Scoey Fields 164
Scotty Rossum 301 vs. Bobby Obannon 270
Neal Mullins 257 vs. Stan Reed 278
Keandrae Leatherwood 168 vs. Anthony Greeley 168
Leon Dukes 223 vs. Tyrone Jackson 215
Phillip Hammac 156 vs. Antonio Adams 156
Marcus McGee 238 vs. Billy Outley 201
Venue: Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, Tuscaloosa AL
Promoter: Skky Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions
Doors open at 6p and the first bout is at 7p.
Note: Wilder is the U.S. 2008 Olympic Bronze medalist, the only U.S. boxer to win a medal at the Beijing games.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Unbeaten WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin (21-0, 18 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over a game, but outgunned former IBF champion Kassim Ouma (27-8-1, 17 KOs)in the first of two WBA world title bouts on Friday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City, Panama. Ouma was very active with trademark high punch rate, but Golovkin’s pressure and harder punches took their toll midway through the fight. Doctors took a long look at Ouma after round eight. Golovkin punished Ouma in a one-sided round nine. The beatdown continued in round ten and the bout was finally waved off. Time was 1:25.
WBA bantamweight super champion Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno (31-1-1, 10 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO of former flyweight champ Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-3-1, 18 KOs) after Parra said he couldn’t continue due to a hand injury. It was Moreno’s eighth successful defense. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero at ringside
Unbeaten super featherweight Oliver Flores (21-0-2, 15 KOs) and Abraham Rodríguez (23-10-4, 12 KOs) battled to an eight round draw on Friday night at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City. No scores were announced. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Following the OPBF bantam champ Malcolm Tunacao’s latest relinquishment, the vacant regional belt will be disputed by highest available OPBF contenders #1 Jerope Zuiyama Mercado (23-1-3, 8 KOs) and #3 Rolly Matsushita Lunas (28-8-1, 16 KOs) in Kobe, Japan, on July 31. Funny enough, both are Japan-based Filipinos as ex-champ Malcolm. Lunas once fought Anselmo Moreno in a quest for the WBA bantam belt, losing a nearly shutout decision in Panama in 2008. Mercado went abroad and battled Vusi Malinga for the WBC international 118-pound belt to a split draw in South Africa in 2007. It will be a competitive bout with the good and strong campaigners.
By Joe Koizumi
Elongated southpaw Japanese, JBC#3/OPBF#14 super-light Yuji Wauke (14-3-1, 7 KOs), 140, engaged in a tune-up go prior to his national title crack and chalked up a quick TKO triumph over Thailander Petchsuriya Looksaikongdin (11-7, 4 KOs), 138.75, with a vicious body shot to the solar-plexus at 0:51 of the second round in a scheduled eight on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Having failed to win the national 140-pound belt via unanimous decision loss to then-reigning Yosukezan Onodera two years ago, Wauke is gunning for a shot again at the currently vacant belt. The Japanese lefty threw busy combinations followed by a solid shot to the midsection, which collapsed the Thailander in agony with the referee Kumazaki promptly declaring a halt. (more…)
Unbeaten super featherweight Gary Russell Jr (16-0, 10 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Antonio Meza (24-10-1, 16 KOs) on Friday night at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas. Russell scored one knockdown in the third round and two more in the fourth round. Time was 2:42.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Omar Figueroa (12-0-1, 9 KOs) took an eight round unanimous decision over Eric Cruz (12-7-3, 12 KOs) by scores of 79-73, 78-74, 78-74.
Unbeaten middleweight Jermell Charlo (15-0, 7 KOs) scored a six round unanimous decision over Larry Smith (9-5, 6 KOs). Scores were 60-54, 60-54, 59-55.
From the American Airlines Center in Dallas for tomorrow night’s Strikeforce card airing on SHOWTIME® (10 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast).
Alistair Overeem 256 vs. Fabricio Werdum 246
Brett Rogers 258 vs. Josh Barnett 256
KJ Noons 156 vs. Jorge Masvidal 155
Daniel C0rmier 239.5 vs. Jeff Monson 234
Valentijn Overeem 234.5 vs. Chad Griggs 234
JZ Cavalcante 155 vs. Justin Wilcox 156
Conor Heun 155 vs. Magno Almeida 155
Todd Moore 169.5 vs. Mike Bronzoulis 170
Nah-Shon Burrell 179 vs. Joe Ray 180
Brian Melancon 175 vs. Isaac Vallie-Flag 170
40-year-old Grady “Bad Boy” Brewer (29-12, 17 KOs) scored a stunning fourth round TKO over previously unbeaten and world rated Fernando Guerrero (21-1, 16 KOs) in a junior middleweight bout on Friday night at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin Texas. Brewer dropped Guerrero with a series of right hands in round four and finished him moments later with an uppercut. Referee Jon Schorle waved it off at 2:16.
Brewer, best known for winning the popular TV reality series “The Contender” in 2006, claimed the NABF title. Guerrero entered the ring rated WBC #6 at super welterweight and WBO #5/WBA #6/IBF #15 at middleweight.
Welterweight Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield (14-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over former IBF junior lightweight champion Steve “2 Pound” Forbes (35-10, 11 KOs). After a fairly lackluster fight, a barrage of punches by Mayfield prompted referee Gregorio Alvarez to step in at 1:03 of the final round. It was the first time Forbes has been stopped.
Unbeaten welterweight and former amateur standout Javontae Starks (5-0, 4 KOs) won a four round split decision over Antonio Gamez (6-4-1, 1 KO). Scores were 39-37 and 40-36 Starks, 39-37 Gamez.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Three-division world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel has ended his 7-week intensive preparation in Los Mochis for his expected return to the ring to face the Venezuelan Nehomar Cermeño on June 25 in the Banorte Stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. With a contagious motivation, he is ready to reclaim his place among the elite of world boxing. Montiel will face former world champion Nehomar Cermeño presented by Zanfer to be broadcast by TV Azteca and Fox Deportes. (more…)
By Bob Caico
Nick Brinson 155.5 vs. Michael Walchuk 154.5
Stephen Franjic 179 vs. Rayshawn Myers 179
Scott Paul 134.5 vs. Jamell Tyson 134
Lorenzo Davis 274 vs. Taffo Asongwed TBA
Tony Brinson 157 vs. Julius Bunda 154.5
Venue: Burt Flickinger Center, Buffalo, New York
Promoter: Diaab Entertainment
Javier Flores 146 vs. Shakha Moore 145.5
Joshua Harris 200 vs. Harvey Jolly 199
Luis Rosa 122 vs. Shawn Nichol 122
Christian Lao 144 vs. Jose Javier Calderon 144
Oscar Bonilla 134 vs. Corey White 133
Josh Crespo 123 vs. Frankie Garriga 121
Charles Foster 166 vs. Ralph Johnson 168
Carlos Hernandez 139.5 vs. Barrington Douse 143
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
Promoter: Bulldog Cartel Promotions
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Miguel Vázquez 135 vs. Marlon Aguilar 135
Giovani Segura 115 vs. Eddy Zuñiga 115
Erick Garduño 147 vs Arturo García 147
Daniel Sandoval 146 vs. Isaac García 148
Felipe Salguero 114 vs. Hector Moreno 113
Martín Honorio 136 vs. Sergio Pérez 134
Alejandro Gonzalez 118 vs. Javier Estrada 120
Venue: Music Hall, Toluca, Estado De México
TV: Fox Deportes/TV Azteca more photos
Photos: Alma Montiel
WBC super welterweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and challenger Ryan Rhodes both made weight on Friday afternoon in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. “Canelo” weighed 153.2 lbs and Rhodes weighed 152.6.
For the co-featured bout, Jason Litzau weighed 129.6 and Adrian Broner weighed 128.3 for their super featherweight clash. (more…)
Day 3 began at 6 AM at NBC in St Louis with Frank Cusumano as Don King continues his intra-city promotional tour for Don King is and will remain until fight night January 25 promoting Alexander vs Matthysse plus 4 world title fights at The Family Arena in St. Charles, MO. At 3 PM he is now at 101 ESPN with Randy and D’Marco on “The Fast Lane.”
Story and photos by Ahmed Santos
Everything is set and ready in Navojoa, Sonora, México for the youth-vs-experience clash between Sonoran power punchers Rogelio “Porky” Medina and Luis Ramón “Yori Boy” Campas, after going successfully through the weigh-in ceremony.
“Porky” stopped the beam at 156.5 lbs, while “Yori Boy” did so at 159 lbs, for the fight scheduled for 10 rounds at middleweight.
“Porky” Medina (25-1, 19 KOs) looks confident about his training and ready to defeat an experienced and yet dangerous Campas (97-15-1, 76 KOs), who is in 5-fight winning streak, and at home he proves to be almost invincible, and has declared that a victory in this duel will get him closer to his goal of achieving 100 wins. (more…)
Story and photos by Chris Cozzone
Hang out long enough in El Paso and you’re going to find two different camps, both with valid arguments, among local boxing fans. One camp will swear that David “El Nino” Rodriguez is the next great American heavyweight. The other? Call ‘em haters, call ‘em critics, but these guys will fill your ear with talk of built-up records, tomato can opponents and being overrated.
“I couldn’t care less what people say and what they think,” says the unbeaten Rodriguez. “People are always gonna talk.” . . . . Click here for more
This morning, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. refused to appear for a court-ordered deposition in the defamation lawsuit filed by Manny Pacquiao in a Las Vegas federal court. Mayweather tried to postpone the deposition last minute, but Federal Magistrate Judge Robert Johnston denied his request and ordered Mayweather to appear for deposition today. Mayweather did not appear. Pacquiao’s attorney, Daniel Petrocelli of O’Melveny & Myers, said, “Mr. Mayweather maliciously leveled false accusations about Mr. Pacquiao. We are anxious to examine him under oath about those statements. He is just dodging his deposition because he is afraid to testify, but he has no right to defy a Court Order.”
By Robert Coster
An enthusiastic crowd packed the Karl Hendrickson Auditorium in Kingston, Jamaica, Thursday night to watch native son and WBA #6 rated featherweight Nicholas Walters defend his WBA Fedelatin title against Argel Salinas of Mexico. Walters (18-0, 15 KOs), who fights out of Panama, was making his debut in his native land and displayed superb form with a two round TKO over Salinas. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
The possibility exists that former two-division world champion Acelino ‘Popo’ Freitas (38-2, 32 KOs) returns to the ring on August 20 for a farewell fight in his native Brazil. The fight would be a six-round super welterweight clash against an opponent to be determined and the event would be in Brasilia. Now 35, Freitas is a federal deputy in his home state of Bahia.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Panamanian referee Guillermo Perez Pineda will be the third man in the ring when WBA Middleweight champion Genaady Golovkin from Kazakhstan (20-0, 17 KOs) defends against former IBF world champion Kassim Ouma from Uganda (27-7-1, 17 KOs) at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama City Today. The three judges are Nelson Vasquez (Puerto Rico) , Raul Caiz Sr. (USA) and Ricardo Duncan (Panama). The fight Supervisor is Miguel Prado (Panama).
Floyd “Money” Mayweather and WBC welterweight champion “Vicious” Victor Ortiz will hit the road to officially announce their Mexican Independence Day welterweight mega-fight taking place September 17. The tour will begin Tuesday, June 28, in New York City and continue the next night in Los Angeles.
Cruiserweight contender Troy Ross is experiencing abdominal pains and has been hospitalized in Toronto, where he is undergoing precautionary tests. He has been forced to withdraw from fighting June 24 on the “Friday Night At The Fights” show at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Ross (24-2, 16 KOs), a two-time Canadian Olympian, is the top-rated IBF contender at #3 (#1 and #2 are not rated). He is expected to return to the ring in late August.
NABA Lightweight Champion Logan Cotton McGuinness (14-0-1, 7 KOs), rated #11 by the WBA, defends his title for the first time June 24 in the 10-round main event against Daniel “Canerito” Ruiz. “Friday Night At The Fights” is being presented by United Boxing Promotions in association with Hennessy Sports and Groupe Yvon Michel.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos: Johnny Chaichotchuang
World rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (34-2) scored a ninth round knockout over Randy Megrino Singwancha (10-8-2) of the Philippines at the Krirk University in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. IBF #11, 130 pounder Sakkreerin started the fight in top gear and in round two hurt the Filipino with a left rip, left hook combo. Simgwancha came to fight but was outworked in all of the rounds by the hard hitting Thai. In round seven, Singwancha was dropped by a low blow and was given necessary time to recover by referee Somsak Sirianant. A perfectly delivered right hand left hook to the head dropped the Filipino who was on unsteady legs as the bell sounded to end round seven. Round eight had Sakkreerin hooking off the jab effectively and in round nine a right hand bomb dropped Singwancha for the full ten count. For more details and photos click here…
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