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The new opponent for WBO world champion Robert Stieglitz (39-2, 23 KOs) in his upcoming title defense is a very dangerous fighter. After the cancellation of the unification duel against WBA champion Dimitri Sartison due to injury, the SES champion Stieglitz will now face the southpaw contender Khoren Gevor (31-5, 16 KOs). “We were very lucky in finding a new opponent on such short notice,” promotor Ulf Steinforth said. The Armenian born and WBO# 11 rated Gevor was originally scheduled to fight against the current European champion Matthew Macklin on April 16 in Manchester in a WBA eliminator fight. But Macklin had called off the battle at the beginning of last week. “Khoren Gevor is in full training and prepared for the 12 rounds,” Steinforth added. (more…)
“Rising Stars Battle at the Bosque” turned “Falling Star Battered at the Bosque” last night when unbeaten Archie Ray Marquez came close to suffering his first professional loss against a last-minute sub.
The eight-round lightweight main event had originally featured the Albuquerque hopeful promoted by Gary Shaw against a no-hoper who’d dropped nine of his last ten bouts. Despite stepping in at the 11th hour, Nevada’s Johnny Frazier provided something of an upgrade, having lost only five of his last seven with none of those losses coming by way of knockout . . . Click here for more
By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Edgar Sosa from Mexico defeats Kenichi Horikawa from Japan by technical knockout in the eighth round to retain his WBC international flyweight title on Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City.
Japanese southpaw prospect, JBC#7 Masayuki Wakimoto (16-3, 7 KOs), 126, looked so impressive that he floored Sakchai Sor. Tanapinyo (13-5, 4 KOs), 125.5, each twice in the first two sessions and finally chalked up a fine TKO victory at 1:48 of the second round in a scheduled ten on Sunday in Takasago, Japan.
Having been demolished by highly world-rated Chonlatarn Piriyapinyo in five furious rounds in Thailand last December, Wakaimoto, 22, showed a gallant and great return to the ring warfare, displaying his southpaw lefts that overwhelmed the Thailander from the outset. Wakimoto, tall as a 126-pounder and hard-punching with his left hand, looked promising if he steadily keeps fighting on proper opponents.
Promoter: Takasago Promotions.
Former heavyweight title challenger Kali Meehan (37-4, 29 KOs) was back in action Saturday night in a walkout bout on the card in Halle, Germany. The 41-year-old Meehan scored a second round TKO over Valeri Semiskur (17-28-1, 9 KOs).
In another walkout bout, unbeaten flyweight Ashley Sexton (10-0-1, 5 KOs) won a six round unanimous nod over Salim Salimov (2-5, 2 KOs).
Photo/Results from Alberto Salazar/El Quequi
WBC silver flyweight champion Wilberth”Hurricane” Uicab (32-5-1, 18 KOs) won a majority decision over Silvio Oltenau (11-5,5 KOs) to retain his title on Saturday night at Playa Mamita’s in Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Super welterweight Roberto “Sugar” Ventura (7-6, 7 KOs) surprisingly stopped Antonio Mesquita (35-2, 27 KOs) in the sixth round.
Cruiserweight Shawn Cox (14-1, 13 KOs) of Barbados stopped Francisco Alvarez (12-3, 10 KOs) of Puerto Rico in the third round. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Macbute Sinyabi retained his SA junior featherweight title when he knocked out Thabo Sonjica in the first round in East London on Saturday night. The fight ended after only 2 minutes and 58 seconds as the packed Orient Theatre was stunned by the sudden ending. The champion has now won 16 of his 17 professional bouts; all his victories coming by knockout. Sonjica’s record, as announced from the ring dropped to 14-1; 5. (more…)
Ringside by Chris Cozzone & Gerardo Martinez
“Tougher than expected” might be understating late sub Johnny Frazier (2-6-3, 2 KOs), who came close to derailing unbeaten Gary Shaw Promotions’ fighter Archie Ray Marquez (11-0, 8 KOs, 1 NC) tonight at the Santa Ana Star Casino in Bernalillo, N.M. on a card promoted by Crespin Boxing Promotions and Mirabal Boxing. Through six rounds it was a relatively close fight, with Marquez ahead from sheer aggression. But in round seven, Frazier floored Marquez who made the count on shaky legs just as the bell rang. In the eighth and final round, Frazier stunned Marquez again with another knockdown. The bigger shock came when referee Tony Rosales disregarded what appeared to all a clean knockdown, then subtracted a point from Frazier for hitting Marquez behind the head. The fight went to the cards with Marquez winning a unanimous decision, scores of 78-72 twice and 77-74.
The referee’s move was one of several questionable decisions seen tonight. (more…)
By Przemek Garczraczyk in Bydgoszcz
Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska
Challenger Francisco “The Wizard” Palacios says he did enough to win comfortably. WBC cruiserweight titleholder Krzysztof “Diablo” Włodarczyk says Palacios didn’t risk enough to beat a champion.
What is certain is that neither fighter presented their full skills during Saturday’s WBC cruiserweight championship fight in Bydgoszcz, Poland. In the end, judges decided that the current champion did enough to earn a split decision. Although scores 116-113 for Włodarczyk and 115-113 for Palacios both have some merit, the Italian judge who decided that Włodarczyk dominated with an 118-112 advantage clearly was watching a different bout than the 8,000+ fans, 60 member media contingent and millions watching on the TV screen. (more…)
Former WBA flyweight champ Daiki Kameda (20-2, 12 KOs), 119.25, engaged in his first bout after renouncing the 112-pound belt and dispatched Mexican Jesus Martinez (21-7, 12 KOs), 119.25, with a vicious body shot at 0:37 of the fifth round on Saturday in Okinawa, Japan. Kameda moved up to the 115-pound division, but appeared heavier than the bantam limit this night. He overpowered the physically smaller Mexican and had him kneel down for the count. Promoter: Kameda Promotions.
Photos & text: Mary Ann Owen
WBO/WBA/WBC female welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus (17-0, 4 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Jill Emery (10-5, 4 KOs) on Saturday night at the Herning Kongrescenter in Herning, Denmark. Braekhus was very aggressive all ten rounds landing more punches and Emery had problems with Braekhus’s pressure throughout the fight. Emery landed her share of punches, but not enough pull out a win. Braekhus won by scores of 98-92, 98-92, 99-91 in retaining her titles. Both fighters showed good sportsmanship, hugging and talking after the fight. Braekhus. Brakhus would like to fight Holly Holm next but not in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She would fight her in Las Vegas.
Story by Pepe Rodriguez / WBC
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez, Alma Montiel
Former WBC jr flyweight champion and current WBC International flyweight beltholder Edgar Sosa (41-6, 24 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over Kenichi Horikawa (20-10-1, 4 KOs) in a good fight on Saturday night at the Arena Mexico in Mexico City. Sosa will next challenge champion Pongsaklek Wongjongkam.
In other action, WBC #1 featherweight contender Giovanni Caro (22-8-4, 16 KOs) stopped Genaro Camargo (35-10, 29 KOs) in round three.
Also, in a shocker, Robinson Castellanos (11-9, 7 KOs) applied a TKO in the eighth round to Alberto “Kichis” Garza (23-5-1, 18 KOs) to win the WBC silver featherweight belt. more photos
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Freddie Roach, chief trainer of Manny Pacquiao arrives in Los Angeles from the Philippines Saturday night to prepare Pacquiao for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions, Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions, Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay-Per-View. Click here for more photos…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
In a clash of unbeaten super middleweights, Alexander Johnson (11-0, 4 KOs) scored a ten round majority decision over NABF champion Farah Ennis (17-1, 11 KOs) on Saturday night at Ballys in Atlantic City. Scores were 95-95 97-93, 98-93.
In the co-feature, explosive knockout artist Amir “Hardcore” Mansour (13-0, 10 KOs) made quick work of Hector Ferreyro (21-10-2, 12 KOs). A right hand put Ferreyro down and out at 2:18 of the first round. He was taken from the ring on a stretcher. Mansour won his first nine bouts before taking almost nine years off. Since he has returned he has scored four vicious knockouts.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a firefight, Hernan “Tyson” Marquez (30-2, 23 KOs) dethroned WBA flyweight champion Luis “El Nica” Concepcion (22-2, 17 KOs) on Saturday night at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama. In a wild first first round both Marquez and Concepcion were on the deck. Concepcion had Marquez in trouble at the end of round two, but Marquez dropped Concepcion for a second time in round three. The back and forth action continued until round ten when Marquez dropped Concepcion again. The bout was stopped at the beginning of round eleven by the ringside physician. Marquez had entered the bout rated #9. Click here for more photos…
Photos: Joel A. Colón/PR Best Boxing
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
Photo: Georg Moritz/Photo Wende
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.
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