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In a rematch, WBO light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura (27-1-1, 23 KOs) again defeated former champion Ivan Calderon (34-2-1, 6 KOs) on Saturday night at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. This time Segura knocked out Calderon in round three with a big shot to the body. Time was 1:39. Last August, Segura took Calderon’s unbeaten record and WBO belt with an eighth round KO on Calderon’s home turf.
IBF featherweight eliminator, #7 rated Jorge Lacierva (38-7-6, 26 KOs) pounded out a twelve round unanimous decision over #13 Fernando “Wary” Beltran, Jr. (35-4-1, 19 KOs). Scores were 118-109, 119-109, 119-109.
Flyweight Alonso Lopez (9-0-1, 3 KOs), son of Mexican ring legend Finto Lopez, outpointed Jorge Guerrero (5-5, 2 KOs) over six by scores of 59-55, 60-64, 60-55. Click here for more photos…
In his USA debut, WBC #3 super bantamweight Leon Moore (27-2, 22 KOs) won a six-rounder against Felipe Almanza (18-22-4, 9 KOs) on Saturday night at the Aviator Sports Complex in Brooklyn, NY.
A light heavyweight clash featuring Elvir Muriqi was cancelled when no suitable opponent could be found.
The “Son of a Legend” Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (42-0-1, 30KOs) received the news today his WBC middleweight title match versus Germany’s Sebastian Zbik will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA, on Saturday, June 4th. Chavez Jr., who is ranked #1 by the World Boxing Council the 160 lbs. division, will be looking to conquer his first world title in the city which his father, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr., considered a second home.
“When they told me the fight will be at the Staples Center, I was happy and excited,” Chavez Jr. stated minutes after receiving the news. “This is will be my first opportunity in reaching my dream of being a world champion and to have the fight in such a place will be overwhelming.” (more…)
By Phil Doherty at ringside
WBC CABOFE heavyweight champion Jason “The Sensation” Gavern (20-7-4, 9 KOs) retained his title via seventh-round TKO over Darnell “The Ding-A-Ling Man” Wilson (23-12-3, 20 KOs) at 1:44 of the seventh round on Saturday evening at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Florida. The fight stayed extremely tight on the scorecards as both men traded big shots often and early. During one heated exchange, Gavern stepped deftly to his right, unleashing a wicked right hand and left hook. The punch opened a gaping gash over Wilson’s left eye. Referee Frank Santore immediately brought Wilson to have the ring doctor look at the wound and advised him not to continue.
WBC cruiserweight champion Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (45-2-1, 32 KOs) retained his title with a split decision over #1 rated and previously unbeaten Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios (20-1, 13 KOs) over twelve tactical rounds on Saturday night at the Hala Luczniczka in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Scores were 118-112, 116-113 Wlodarczyk, 115-113 Palacios.
Interim WBA World middleweight title Hassam N’Dam (25-0, 17 KOs) of France retained his title by unanimous decision over Dominican Giovanni Lorenzo (29-3, 21 KOs) in Canet, France moments ago. Lorenzo dropped N’Dam in round five but in the end the official scorecards read 119-110, 116-110 and 119-109 in favor of N’Dam.
By Karl Freitag
Unbeaten heavyweight Robert Helenius (15-0, 10 KOs) scored his biggest win with a spectacular ninth round knockout of former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter (34-5, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. The much taller Helinius mostly worked behind his jab, showing Peter a lot of respect early. Peter, who at 259.9 was at the second highest fight weight of his career, was mostly the aggressor. That pattern changed in round nine when Helinius dropped Peter with a left hook, then laid him out for the count with his follow up attack. Time was 1:15. The fight was for both the WBA/WBO I/C belts.
In the main event, WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (32-1, 23 KOs) took a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Ran Nakash (25-1, 18 KOs). Nakash came right at Huck and applied continuous pressure, while Huck preferred to work at long range. Many rounds were competitive, but Huck did more and came away with a 118-110, 118-110, 116-112 win. Nakash replaced injured Giacobbe Fragomeni on 10 days notice, . (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi retained his South African junior featherweight title when he knocked out Thabo Sonjica at 2 minutes 58 seconds of the first round at the Orient Theatre in East London on Saturday night. Sinyabi improved his record to 16-1, 16 KOs and Sonjica’s record as announced from the ring dropped to 14-1, 5 KOs.
On the same card Miniyakhe Sityatha came from behind to score a dramatic tenth round stoppage win over defending champion Unathi Gqokoma to take the South African junior bantamweight title.
Full report to come.
Unbeaten European lightweight champion John Murray (31-0, 18 KOs) outpointed Karim El Ouazghari (11-2-2, 4 KOs) over twelve rounds on Saturday night at the famous York Hall in London. Murray was credited with a knockdown and both were deducted one point for pushing. Scores were 116-110, 117-111, 115-112.
2008 Olympian middleweight Billy Joe Saunders (8-0, 5 KOs) stopped Turgay Uzun (35-16-2, 22 KOs) in two rounds. Saunders dropped Uzun in the second round and Uzun was unable to continue after the round.
Photos: Ana Karina
On Friday night, Promociones El Jefe presented a card at the Gimnasio Municipal in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico. In a ten round lightweight clash, 39-year-old veteran Ernesto “Zurdo” Morales pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over Alejandro Mendez. Scores were 97-94, 98-92, 98-95.
The main event was a six rounder between hometown favorite Maria Salinas and Tania Cosme, with Salinas prevailing by scores of 58-55, 59-53, 59-55. (more…)
Frank Garza will be the referee for tonight’s match between Edgar Sosa and Kenichi Horikaw tonight at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. During yesterday’s weigh-in ceremony Garza warmed up for the fight by demonstrating his virtue on the guitar by playing the Chuck Berry rock and roll standard Johnny B. Goode.
By Rick Scharmberg at ringside
Raymond “Tito” Serrano (16-0, 8 KOs) stopped tough journeyman Corey Alarcon (14-17, 4 KOs) at 44 seconds of the fifth round of the scheduled six round welterweight main event at the Asylum Arena in Philadelphia, PA. In the co-feature, Andres “Taylor Made” Taylor (17-1-2, 7 KOs) took a unanimous decision over Rayshawn Myers (2-7, 2 KOs) in a four round cruiserweight bout. The entertaining 8-bout card, “Unfinished Business”, featured blood and knockouts, and was presented by KEA Boxing Promotions. (more…)
Photos: El Quequi Alberto Salazar
Wilberth Uicab 111.9 vs. Silvio Olteanu 111.9
Francisco Alvarez 235 vs. Shawn Cox 205
Jose Emilio Perea 143 vs. Manuel García 143
Antonio Mesquita 156.5 vs. Robert Ventura 156.5
Sergio Thompson 130 vs. Christian Arrazola 127.8
Armando Santos 117.9 vs. Michael Chi 121.2
Mauricio Perez 157.8 vs. José Ramirez 157.8
Naciff Castillo 119 vs. Michael Tique 119
Erick Lugo 128.9 vs. Jonathan Heredia 128.9
Venue: Playa Mamita’s, Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Promoter: Pepe Gomez
Heavyweight Demetrice King has been paid in full, by Gotham Boxing president Cedric Kushner, for his March 19th fight in New Zealand against David Tua. This was confirmed over the phone by King from his home in Jackson, Michigan.
“I had no reason to believe there would be any problems with the promotion given Mr. Kushner’s reputation,” King said. “However, it did cross my mind when a promoter who had scheduled the fight four months prior didn’t purchase our airline tickets until the day before our departure and take advantage of a lesser price booked in advance. When Mr. Kushner returned to the U.S., I told him that I hadn’t been paid by the local promoter, Mr. Tuigamala. Mr. Kushner told me not to worry because he’d sort things out, and guaranteed me I would get every dollar I was entitled to. That was good enough for me, even though the delay caused me and my family an inconvenience, but I knew Mr. Kushner would be true to his word and he was. I hope he can get me more fights in the future.” (more…)
Joel Castillo 172 vs Billy Ray Cunningham 167
Mark Davis 129 vs Ramesis Gil 130
Leon Moore 123 vs Felipe Almanza 121.5
Ramadan Yasser 204 vs Jose Mario Flores 202
Frank Galarza 152 vs Noel Garcia 150
Tommy Rainone 149 vs Arthur Medina 148
Jonathan Arias 113 vs Angel Cruz 116
Donyil Livingston 159 vs Greg Hackett 157
Promoter: Rob Diaz Havoc Boxing Promotions
1st Bell: 7:30 pm est
Venue: Aviator Sports Complex
By Nick Giongco
Photo: Nick Giongco
Moments before he left for Los Angeles via Philippine Airlines late Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao told the Filipino media that he remains focused in his career as a fighter and that he is looking forward to a great night of boxing against Shane Mosley on May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “I am still hungry for championships and hungry for more victories,” said Pacquiao during a sendoff party at the penthouse of the Pan Pacific Hotel in Manila.
Pacquiao said he feels the pressure of winning big against Mosley because he simply can’t afford to let his countrymen down. “I know that a lot of Filipinos are expecting me to win big so that gives me the motivation to train hard so I can make them happy again,” said the 32-year-old pound-for-pound king. (more…)
The earthquake and tsunami disaster postponed all cards at the Korakuen Hall after March 11 until April or May, and there happened no shows at the Hall in March thereafter. The Hall, however, has seen a resumption of boxing activities in the beginning of April.
We saw national title tripleheader at the Hall today (Saturday).
WBA#3/WBC#9 Akira Yaegashi (14-2, 7 KOs), 104.75, easily kept his national minimumweight belt by scoring a nearly shutout decision (99-91, 99-92 and 100-91) over WBC/WBA#11 Norihito Tanaka (13-4, 7 KOs), 105, over ten. Tanaka was just a disappointment without showing any strategy against the fleet-footed and fast-handed champ.
WBA#13 Satoshi Hosono (20-1, 14 KOs), 126, also easily retained his national feather throne as he caught overmatched #9 Kazuyoshi Yasuda (8-8, 1 KO), 125.5, en route to an abrupt halt at 1:25 of the third session. What Yasuda displayed against the onrushing champ was only his fast footwork, which stopped with the champ’s onslaught in the fatal canto. Hosono, nicknamed Bazooka thanks to his power punching, once moved down to the 122-pound category to have an unsuccessful shot at Poonsawat Kratindaeng-gym and then came back to his previous 126-pound division to regain his national feather belt.
Newly crowned Japanese super-feather champ Seiichi Okada (14-1, 9 KOs), 130, decked his initial defense by dispatching Hero Bando (22-11-7, 9 KOs), 130, at 0:11 of the ninth session. Okada had the veteran loser at bay in the fourth, sixth and eighth to show his superiority in power.
Promoter: Ohashi Promotions.
Sometimes the best fights can be made from the not-so-best fighters on not-so-known club shows.
Competing with the dazzle of upper echelon network fights splashed across the Strip’s digital billboards and “cabvertised” on Vegas taxis, club shows have struggled for consistency in Sin City. In fact, Vegas’ sole club level promoter, Crown Boxing, has juggled layoffs and venue swaps before finding its latest home at The Rio’s Convention Center . . . Click here for more
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It’s not just New York or LA where international superstars meet these days. On Friday night, living boxing legend Evander Holyfield and star singer Justin Bieber caught up in Herning, Denmark. The four-time world heavyweight champion was in town to attend Saturday´s TV2 Fight Night and promote his upcoming legends-of-the-ring clash with Brian Nielsen in Copenhagen on May 7, while Bieber gave a concert in front of a sell-out crowd at the brand-new Jyske Bank BOXEN. The 17-year-old has most recently done a sparring session with WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye in London. Bieber was excited to meet “The Real Deal” and had a skateboard and gloves signed. “It was great to meet Justin Bieber,” Holyfield said. “My kids would have loved this, too. I can´t wait to show them the pictures and tell them about it.” (more…)
By Przemek Garczarczyk from Bydgoszcz
Puerto Rico’s mandatory undefeated WBC cruiserweight challenger Francisco “Wizard” Palacios (20-0, 13 KO), who in couple of hours will try to take the green champion’s belt from Poland’s Krzysztof “Diablo” Wlodarczyk (44-2, 32 KO) at the Luczniczka Event Center in Bydgoszcz, Poland, will be fighting for himself and hopefully his newborn son. “Just got the news, that in a couple of hours my first child, Jayden Anthony Palacios, will be born. My girlfriend Leslie is in labor now and most likely she will deliver at the same time I step into the ring to fight Diablo. Hopefully, by then it will be two Palacioses fighting one Wlodarczyk. I didn’t need any extra motivation for tonight to be at my best, but I have one anyway,” said Palacios.
Weights by Jose Leon Castillo
From the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, NM for tomorrow night’s “Rising Stars Battle at the Bosque” card:
Archie Ray Marquez 133 vs. Johnny Frazier 133
Amanda Crespin 130 vs. Carla Torres 130
Vincent Maribal 147 vs. Trenton Titsworth 147
Brandi Montoya 116 vs. Natalie Roy 116
Tim Means 180 vs. Adrian Lopez 180
Mike Herrera 115 vs. Leonardo Sanchez 115
Donald Sanchez 145 vs. Michael Gallegos 145
Antonio Martinez 135 vs. John Herrera 135
Ringside by Chris Cozzone
Victor Barragan (12-7, 3 KOs) of Oxnard, Calif., put an end to the two-year win streak of Las Vegas’ Henry Namauu (9-4, 5 KOs) tonight at the Rio on a card promoted by Crown Boxing. In what might be the best Vegas club show in years – and the highest action bout of 2011, so far – the two cruiserweights battered one another through 10 rounds – but Namauu found himself on the short end and on the verge of a stoppage in the final round. Scores favored Barragan 99-91, 97-93 and 98-92. In the four-round female co-main, super flyweight Mandy LaPointe (3-1-1, 1 KO) and undefeated Annette Agredano (5-0-1) fought to a majority round, scores of 38-38 twice and, somehow, 40-36, LaPointe, Vegas featherweight Rocco Santamouro (7-0) had to settle for yet another win by decision, though he did knock down human bop bag Gabe Garcia (4-7-1, 1 KO) on his way to win with scores of 40-35 and 39-36 twice. In the opening bout, Vegas featherweight Rocco Espinoza (1-0) had a successful debut in a four-round war with Armando Gonzales (1-1, 1 KO), winning with scores of 40-36 twice and 39-37. Stay tuned for a full report and photos tomorrow.
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
Jason Gavern 236.7 vs. Darnell Wilson 227.7
Luis Ortiz 240.7 vs. Larry Butler 289.2
David Loy 247.2 vs. Justin Riegle TBA
Savanna Hill 111.7 vs. Patricia Alcivar 113.2
Kadel Martinez 118.7 vs. Arturo Santiago 120.2
Todd Brown 201 vs. Daniel Gonzalez 274.5
Yoandris Salinas 122.2 vs. Ivan Moxey 118.5
Sean Bennett 234.5 vs. Alex Cruz Medina 286.2
Venue: Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter, Florida
Promoter: Rebecca Valenza (Botanileeko Promotions LLC)
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Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Edgar Sosa 111.9 vs Kenichi Horikawa 111.9
Alberto Garza 125.6 vs Robinson Castellanos 122.3
Giovani Caro 119.4 vs Genaro Camargo 121.9
Miguel Gonzalez 124.5 vs ??
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In the main event – scheduled for 12 rounds at Arena Mexico in Mexico City – WBC International flyweight champion Edgar Sosa, 41-6 with 24 knockouts, of Mexico City, will make his second title defense against Kenichi Horikawa, 20-9-1 with 4 knockouts, of Kyoto, Japan. (more…)
By Phil Doherty
Boxing continues to conjure varied images in the minds of those who still pay it any. One lingering impression of the sport remains that of avaristic corruption, which plunders the very soul of this purest human competition. The shady dealings of generations of unethical and unsavory characters rightfully lend credence to these criticisms. However the true character of boxing lies in the fighter’s urge to beat the odds fighting for a greater good. Some fighters fight simply to support their families. Some fight to honor a fallen loved one. Some fight to lift up a community. (more…)
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