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By Gabriel F. Cordero
It was announced by HBO over the weekend that WBC super lightweight Champion Erik “Terrible” Morales (52-7, 36 KOs) will make the first defense of his world title against unbeaten Danny Garcia (22-0, 14 KOs) on January 28. In the co-feature, KO artist James Kirkland (30-1, 27 KOs) faces improved Carlos Molina (19-4-2, 6 KOs) in an elimination bout for the WBC super welterweight crown of Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. Word is the Golden Boy Promotions show will take place at the Reliant Arena in Houston in the first HBO telecast of 2012.
Report and photo by Boxing Bob Newman
The WBC unofficially began their 49th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada with a cocktail party at the host hotel Mandalay Bay, in their convention center. A record turnout is expected with some 1200 registered guests, over 800 of whom attended the Sunday evening gathering. A who’s who of boxing’s dignitaries showed up as well, rubbing elbows with the WBC brass, delegates and fans alike. Among those gracing the room with their presence were Mike Tyson, Thomas Hearns, Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry Holmes, Floyd Mayweather Sr., Giacobbe Fragomeni, Krzysztof Wlodarczyk, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Donny LaLonde, Jose Napoles, Jeff Fenech, Francois Botha, Milton McCrory, Javier Castillejo, Evander Holyfield, Daniel Zaragoza, Rafael Marquez, and surely others who blended in with the massive crowd. An art show of photographs (many taken by WBC president Jose Sulaiman himself), paintings, sculptures, many in a boxing theme, was presented in the hall where hors douvres and drinks were served. The official opening ceremony will take place Monday morning at 9:30. A full report of the open day’s event will follow.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After his KO loss to WBO flyweight champion Brian Viloria on Saturday night, former WBA champion Giovanni Segura has been hospitalized at the Medical City in Mandaluyong with an orbital fracture. It is not known how long he will remain hospitalized. Segura had grotesque swelling on the right side of his head during much of the bout.
If this is a dream, Jon Jones probably doesn’t want to wake up.
“Bones” added another accolade to his growing list of accomplishments, choking out Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida in the main event of UFC 140.
With the victory, Jones becomes the first light heavyweight title holder to make two successful defenses since Chuck Liddell lorded over the division several years ago.
Machida came out strong in the opener. After a few minutes of cat and mouse, the challenger found his range and landed a big punch that staggered the champion. It was the first significant shot Jones took in his UFC career. Also the first time the champ lost a round and had to overcome adversity. (more…)
Postfight report by Anthony Springer Jr.
If you have trouble getting your children to stay focused and they like MMA, point them in Jon “Bones” Jones direction.
The UFC light heavyweight champion capped a banner year with a second round submission win over Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida at UFC 140. But according to the champion, the victory—his fourth this year—wasn’t the important thing. (more…)
By Billy “Loops” Luppert
Photos: Tri Nguyen
Usually at the every post-fight press conference, there is an obligatory question of “what’s next?” It was assumed before the fight that question would be asked to Amir Khan, and the answer would lay somewhere along the lines of Khan saying it would be his last fight at 140 lbs., that he would be moving up to 147 for bigger fights, and would hopefully get to be Floyd Mayweather’s dance partner for Mayweather’s scheduled May 5th bout. But we all know the old saying of what happens when you assume. Now the answer to that question had a one word answer; rematch. Lamont Peterson did what most outside of his circle felt he couldn’t do as an 11/1 underdog, and that was beat Amir Khan in one of the biggest upsets of the year with a 12 round split decision. Peterson also collected the WBA and IBF belts with his win. (more…)
Report: Lindy Lindell, Photos: Bob Ryder
In front of a near-packed house in Clinton Township (a few miles north and east of Detroit), Albanian boxers veteran Elvir Muriqui and Stivens Bujaj destroyed substitutes Chris Grays and Phillip Jewel in multi-knockdown bouts that had the crowd roaring.
The co-promoters Bad Boy and Clip (Carlos Llinas) put on an eight-bout card in the pleasant venue of The Imperial House, and while the audience, gradually building throughout the evening, sat through a listless undercard, exploded into a party atmosphere when those they had really come to see—Albanians Muriqui and Bujaj—made their appearances. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
Former South African lightweight champion Amon Baloyi weighing in 1.32 kgs over the welterweight limit was stopped in the seventh round by Bongo Lipembo at the Nasrec Indoor Arena, near Johannesburg in a scheduled ten round welterweight contest on Sunday afternoon. In a poor fight, Baloyi (11-7-2, 8 KOs) from the Limpopo Province was only intent on survival from the first bell and threw very few punches with intent during the so called fight. Lipembo (66.64kg) from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a reported record of 12-2 with 9 KOs, fought at a pedestrian pace from round one and even resorted to clowning in a so called boxing match. With very little coming back from the lacklustre Baloyi, referee Wally Snowball had seen enough of the farce and waived the fight off at 2:48 into round seven. (more…)
Six fighters attended the UFC 140 post-fight press conference alongside company president Dana White: reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, his opponent Lyoto Machida, and main card winners Frank Mir, Rogerio Nogueira, Chan Sung Jung and Brian Ebersole.
The event’s Fight of the Night bonuses went to headliners Jones and Machida. Jones stopped Machida in the second, but was rocked by the former champ in the first, seemingly the first time in his young career that Jones has been in danger. White reminded the media that Jones is the first light heavyweight since Chuck Liddell to defend his belt and said he has no doubt that “Jon Jones is the real deal.”
The award for Submission of the Night went to Mir. White dubbed the brutal armbar of Minotauro Nogueira the “Submission of the Century.” KO of the Night went to Jung, aka the Korean Zombie, for tying the official UFC record for fastest knockout. Jung’s fight against Canadian favorite Mark Hominick ended in just seven seconds.
Each bonused fighter received $75,000.
At the press conference, White also announced the introduction of the UFC’s 125-pound flyweight division, beginning with the March 3 event.
Video highlights from the following fighters are linked below:
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For more on UFC 140 or the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Firstly, we would like to congratulate Lamont Peterson on his performance against Amir Khan. Not only has he shown that he is a tremendous fighter inside the ring, but also a great man out of the ring.
Following the decision in the fight, Team Khan and Golden Boy Promotions intends to make inquiries with the District of Columbia Boxing and Wrestling Commission, the IBF and the WBA regarding the performance of referee Joseph Cooper and will also be seeking clarification regarding certain ambiguities with respect to the scores of the fight.
We look forward to an immediate rematch with Lamont as confirmed by Lamont and his manager/trainer Barry Hunter.
From Bill Luppert
By Billy “Loops” Luppert at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
It’s a candidate for fight of the year, one that will certainly be upset of the year. Lamont Peterson scored a majority 12 round decision over Amir Khan in an all out slugfest. Scores of the bout were 113-112 twice, and 111-114. Khan knocked Peterson down in the first round, but was deducted a point in the 7th for pushing, and the 12th for hitting on the break, which ultimately cost him the fight. Both fighters gave as much as they took, with the crowd in the Washington DC Convention Center on their feet for the duration of the fight. Peterson was the aggressor during the bout, and didn’t back down to the speed and power of Khan. With the hometown crowd cheering him on every round, Peterson came into the fight as an 11/1 underdog, and refused to back down, as his hometown fans cheered as loud as they could with every punch landed. Both fighters were hurt in the fight, but both fighters refused to back down, almost as if they were feeding off the crowds energy. Khan and Peterson put their heart and soul into the 12 rounds and left all they had in the ring, and despite the decision, it’s a fight that will be remembered more for the action, than who won the fight. Nobody, outside those in his corner, expected Peterson to give the performance he gave, and it left all those in attendance clamoring for a rematch. With the win, Peterson claims the WBA and IBF 140lb titles, and improves to 30-1-1 (15), while Khan drops to 26-2 (18).
Promoter Oscar De La Hoya called Seth Mitchell the future of the American heavyweights, and Mitchell did his part to back up the talk by scoring the biggest win of his career by being the first man to stop former Olympian Timur Ibragimov. Mitchell was in control the whole fight as Ibragimov had no answer for the right hand of the former Michigan State Linebacker. With the hometown crowd cheering on every big punch landed, Ibragimov simply couldn’t get anything off, while Mitchell launched his attack, battering Ibragimov against the ropes until the referee stepped in and stopped the fight at 2:48 of Round 2. With the win Mitchell of nearby Brandywine, MD improves to 24-0-1 (17), while Ibragimov, whose status as a middle of the road contender may be over, drops to 30-4-1 (16).
Lamont Peterson’s brother Anthony (31-1, 20KO’s) scored a one-sided decision over faded former title challenger Daniel Attah (26-9-1, 9KO’s) over 8 rounds. All 3 judges scored the bout a shutout for Peterson at 80-72. Attah had no answer for the crisp combinations that Peterson unloaded on him over the duration of the fight, but showed a lot of heart as he was able to hang in for 8 rounds, but had no answer for anything Peterson threw at him. For more details and photos click here…
In a war, WBO flyweight champion Brian “Hawaiian Punch” Viloria (30-3, 17 KOs) scored an exciting eighth round TKO over former unified light flyweight champion Giovanni Segura (28-2-1, 24 KOs) on Sunday (Saturday night in the U.S.) at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Philippines. Great two-way action from the get-go, with Viloria getting the better of the former 108lb star. The right side of Segura’s head was grotesquely swollen after three rounds. Viloria seemed to be fading in the middle rounds as Segura came on. Viloria staggered Segura in the eighth and bout was stopped by the referee. Time was :29.
In an important IBF super featherweight elimination bout, IBF #5 Martin Honorio (33-6-1, 16 KOs) scored a twelve round split decision over IBF #4 Fahsai Sakkreerin (36-4, 20 KOs). Sakkreerin was the aggressor in the bout but Honorio came on late. Scores were 116-112, 116-112 for Honorio and 115-113 for Sakkreerin.
Flyweight Ardin Diale (17-6-3, 4 KOs) surprised previously unbeaten Lolito Sonsona (15-1-1, 5 KOs) winning a clear ten round unanimous decision. Diale never let Sonsona in the fight winning 98-92 on all cards.
Unbeaten lightweight Al Sabaupan (18-0-1, 13 KOs) scored a TKO when Jonel Gadapan (7-3, 5 KOs) didn’t come out for round five. Sabaupan’s body shots made the difference.
In a cruiserweight clash, four division world champion Roy Jones Jr. (55-8, 40 KOs) outclassed former “Contender” participant Max Alexander (14-6-2, 2 KOs) over ten rounds on Saturday night at the Civic Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The 42-year-old Jones rebounded from three straight losses, taking a ten round unanimous decision by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 100-90. Alexander’s last win was in 2007. Jones claimed the UBO Intercontinental belt with the win.
WBA #4 light heavyweight Ryan “The Irish Outlaw” Coyne (19-0, 8 KOs) scored a second round TKO over former U.S. Olympian Dante Craig (18-11-1, 13 KOs). Coyne dropped Craig in round two and Craig didn’t come out for round three. (more…)
TORONTO, December 10 – We can’t say UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones looked human yet, but in his second title defense in the main event of UFC 140 at Air Canada Centre Saturday night, “Bones” did actually get punched by challenger Lyoto Machida. But soon enough, the inevitable sunk in, Jones found his range, and he cut, hurt, and then submitted the Brazilian in the second round, capping off a year in which he handed Ryan Bader his first loss, defeated Mauricio “Shogun” Rua for the 205-pound title, and then defended his belt with submissions of former champs “Rampage” Jackson and Machida.. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Canelo Promotions
Venezuelan Liborio Solis (13-3-1, 7 KOs) won a twelve round split decision to defeat Mexican Jose Salgado (27-2, 24 KOs) and claim the vacant WBA super flyweight crown. The judges scored it 117-111, 117-111 for Solis and 117-111 for Salgado. The fight was held at El Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Cesar Ceron
Mexican IBF super featherweight world champion Juan Carlos Salgado (24-1-1, 16 KOs) suffered a cut above his left eyebrow after an unintentional headbutt in round two against compatriot Miguel “Barreterito” Beltran (26-2, 17 KOs) and the ring doctor ruled the cut was so severe that Salgado could no longer continue. As a result, Saldado retains his crown by no contest. The bout took place at the Estadio Centenario in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer at ringside
Joachim Alcine scored a shocking 116-112, 116-112, 114-114 majority decision win over David Lemieux in a battle of local rivals at the Bell Centre in Montreal Saturday night. Lemieux came out strong but the former world champion Alcine, who was fighting above his regular 154 pounds, was able to weather the storm and came back and rocked Lemieux in the fourth round. Alcine did what he could to get inside the 22-year-old’s head by smiling, asking for more, and continually pounding his chest. Lemieux wouldn’t admit that the experienced Alcine got the best of him mentally, but did admit that the tactics did have him loading up on his punches a bit more. Alcine swept the last four rounds on the judges’ scorecards as Lemieux’s production slowed in what ultimately cost him the fight. (more…)
By Tri Nguyen, Photo: Tri Nguyen
Talk to any group of boxing fans about the heavyweight division and you’ll hear the same lines over and over: “There are no compelling fighters.” “It’s the weakest division in boxing.” “America has no good heavyweights!” Enter Seth “Mayhem” Mitchell. The former standout college linebacker fighting out of Brandywine, MD has been groomed for a title shot since entering the sport five years ago. With just 10 amateur fights and an undefeated professional career of 24 fights (1 draw), he may be rounding into peak form at the right time. (more…)
By Dennis Principe
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