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By Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
Once again, a raucous crowd at the UVI Sports & Fitness Center in beautiful St. Thomas USVI enjoyed a scintillating evening of boxing as 340 Promotions presented Boxing In Paradise IV. Keeping true to form, the card was filled with both local talent, namely the Jackson brothers John and Julius, progeny of local legend Julian “The Hawk” Jackson, and Jackson nephew Samuel Rogers. Adding spice to the mix was some international flavor from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and mainland A. In the main event, Omri Lowther (13-1, 9 KOs) stopped Juan Carlos Batista (18-2, 12 KOs) to seize Batista’s WBA Fedecaribe lightweight title. For more details and photos click here…
With a powerful uppercut, José Miguel Cotto (30-1-1, 22 KOs) TKO’ed Mexican Martín Ramírez (7-12-1, 4 KOs) at 2:52 minutes of the third round on Saturday night in the main event of ‘Boxeo Boricua en Caguas’ at the Coliseo Hector Sola Bezares in Caguas, Puerto Rico. “I felt great in the ring”, said Cotto, even tough he admitted that his opponent was “very strong and uncomfortable.” José Miguel assured he felt “less tired and in better condition” than last month, when he fought for the first time after a two-and-a-half year layoff. Meanwhile his trainer Freddy Trinidad explained, “He’s improving very fast. This is his second fight in a row and we are hoping that for the third he’ll be in his original 135lb division.” Trinidad emphasized that his charge has shown a lot of sacrifice and commitment with this new phase of his career. “José wants to be a world champion and I think we’ll make it,” he added.
By Joe Gradowski and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
In a clash of former Contender: Season One alums, WBC/USNBC super welterweight titleholder Jimmy Lange (31-3-2, 21 KOs) won by ninth round TKO over Jonathan Reid (34-12, 19 KOs) when Reid did not come out of his corner after completion of the 9th round on Saturday night at the George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, Virginia.
In the co-feature, lightweight DeMarcus Corley (36-11-1, 20 KOs) won a unanimous eight round decision over Harrison Cuello (18-12, 14 KOs). Scores were 80-71, 79-72 and 78-73. Click here for full report plus more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Edgar Gonzalez at ringside
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (38-2, 37 KOs) successfully defended his world title against previously undefeated #1 ranked contender Cristobal Arreola (27-1, 24 KOs) via tenth round TKO on Saturday night at the STAPLES Arena in Los Angeles. Klitschko was able to score effectively at a distance against the aggressive Arreola, who made Vitali work very hard. The 38-year-old champion, however, was in tremendous condition and moved around the ring incredibly well for a 6’7, 250+ pound fighter at any age. Arreola could never find a tactic that worked, taking a beating in every round. The fight got more one-sided as the rounds progressed and referee Jon Schorle finally stopped the punishment at the end of round ten upon the request of Arreola’s corner.
Heavyweight Johnathon Banks (22-1, 15 KO’s) won an eight round majority decision over Javier Mora. Banks controlled the action, although Mora did have his moments. Banks hurt Mora (22-5-1, 18 KO’s) in the fifth round, but could not finish him off. One judge scored the bout even 76-76, while the other two judges had the bout scored 79-73 and 78-74. (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
In an all-Chicago showdown between former lightweight world champions, David Diaz (35-2-1, 17 KOs) won a majority decision over Jesus Chavez (44-6, 30 KOs) on Saturday night at the UIC Pavilion. It was a very good action fight from start to finish with the fighters often trading shots in the center of the ring. Diaz seemed a little sharper and won 97-93, 96-94 on two cards. The third card was 95-95. It was Diaz’ first fight since losing his WBC belt to Manny Pacquiao 15 months ago. Chavez was returning after a seventh round TKO loss to Michael Katsidis in April.
Jr lightweight Juan Carlos “El Pez” Martinez (18-11-1, 7 KOs) won an upset ten round unanimous decision over Jose Hernandez (22-6, 14 KOS) by scores of 97-93, 98-92, 98-92.
Undefeated junior welterweight prospect Ivan Popoca (12-0-1, 8 KOs) scored an impressive six round beatdown of Mike Gonzalez (10-7-1, 9 KOs). Gonzalez fell to the deck just as referee Geno Rodriguez waved it off. Time was 1:34.
Lightweight Jaime “Superfly” Sandoval (16-4-1, 12 KOs), brother of Jesus Chavez, survived a first round knockdown to edge Oscar De La Cruz (5-8, 2 KOs) by scores of 57-56 on all cards.
WBA interim champion Poonsawat Kratingdaenggym (39-1, 27 KOs) scored an impressive third round annihilation of reigning WBA 122lb titleholder Bernard Dunne (28-2, 15 KOs) on Saturday night at the 02 Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Dunne got off to a good start, boxing very well in the first two rounds. But Poonsawat caught him in the third, flooring the local hero three times before the bout as waved off by referee Jean-Louis Legland. Time was 2:57. Dunne was taken to the hospital afterward for observation. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev and Andrey Bazdrev
Rising prospect Dmitry Sukhotsky (14-0, 9 KOs), now competing at 175 lbs, looked like a crushing machine yesterday night at Atmosphere night club in St. Petersburg, Russia, and did a brilliant work to extend his series of stoppages with the eighth round TKO over Spaniard Juan Nelongo and to acquire the vacant WBO European light heavyweight title. This is the fifth recognizable belt, captured by 28-year-old Barnaul native, following the national, TWBA, WBL and WBC CISBB titles, all in super middleweight division. For more details and photos click here…
By John Cannon
Even after his loss to Mexico’s Saul Gutierrez in the main event of Fists of Fury Adrenaline Friday night at the Dodge Arena, Mission native Guadalupe De Leon is not ready to throw in the towel just yet. De Leon, who falls to (7-9, 1 KO) and has lost his seventh straight fight, said that he feels he still has a little juice left in the tank to continue his career. “Even though I lost the fight, I feel that it was a moral victory because I gave Gutierrez all I had in the ring,” said De Leon. “I am not ready to call it quits just yet, even though I have lost seven straight fights.” (more…)
Hank Lundy 138 vs Justo Sanchez 137.5
Patrick Johnson 208 vs Dan Grafton 211
Demetrius Davis 164 vs Dhafir Smith ??
Eric Hunter 125 vs Wilshaun Boxley 125
Lakeysha Williams 125.5 vs Belinda Laracuente 130
Pedro Martinez 199 vs Kevin Hood ??
Rachel Clark 143.5 vs Natalie Brown 144.5
Venue: Yesha Center (2308 Snyder Ave.)
Promoter: Bionic Bull Promotions
Tickets: $75, $50, $30, 1st bell 7:30
By Lee Bates
In an intriguing matchup Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (9-1-2, 3 KOs) will square off against unbeaten Maurico Herrera (12-0, 6 KOs) on October 9th. The bout which is scheduled for eight rounds will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California at a contracted weight of 142 pounds. Thompson Boxing will promote. The bout is unusual in that prospects building their careers don’t often face each other. Pendarvis feels he’s up for the challenge. “I definitely respect Herrera and know I will be in a tough fight with a very strong fighter,” he said. “Having sparred with Oscar De La Hoya, Edwin Valero and Shane Mosley, I’ve been in with strong fighters and held my own. People underestimate my power and that’s OK. I don’t believe Herrera can outbox me . We will settle who the better fighter is come Oct 9th.”
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
World heavyweight contender Shane Cameron has had excellent sparring sessions from former world IBF cruiserweight champion Kelvin Davis and Chauncey Welliver both of the USA as he enters the final training days prior to his showdown against David Tua on October 3 at Hamilton, New Zealand. Tua is the favorite with the bookmakers in New Zealand, despite being out of the ring since 2007. Ken Reinsfield who manages Cameron is confident his charge will be the victor next week. Reinsfield proclaimed, “Shane has been active against very good American heavyweights scoring impressive wins where Tua has been inactive since 2007.” Tua’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, who is in New Zealand for the big fight, is equally confident the Tuaman will have his hand raised on fight night. “Who has Cameron beat?” Kushner asked. Click here for more photos…
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
During the weekend, Italian boxing fans witnessed the unlucky plight of everlasting national star light heavyweight Silvio Branco, who was stopped in ten rounds by WBC champion Jean Pascal in Montreal, Canada. Still, that was not the only action featuring an Italian fighter, as two always-active promoters staged different cards on Italian soil. (more…)
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Jimmy Lange 151 ¾ vs. Jonathan Reid 154
DeMarcus Corley 141 ¼ vs. Harrison Cuello 143 ½
Jennifer Salinas 123 vs. Caitlin Dance 123 ¾
Tony Jeter 163 vs. Keith Gross 161 ¼
Alexander Johnson 175 vs. Francois Ambang 181 3/4
Bayan Jargal 140 vs. Richard Hall 142 1/2
Kendrick Walker 151 vs. Dwayne Shelton 151
Tracy Brewer 157 vs. Barry Trotter 155
Venue: George Mason University Patriot Center in Fairfax, VA
Promoter: ICE Promotions
By Gary “Digital” Williams and Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Eldersburg, MD light heavyweight Mark “TNT” Tucker has captured the vacant USBO (United States Boxing Organization) Light Heavyweight title with a 10-round unanimous decision over a tough Jim “Steel Chin” Strohl of Las Vegas in front of a raucous crowd of 2,900 at the Shipley Arena in Westminster, MD. (more…)
Former world title challenger Edner Cherry has signed an exclusive promotional contract with TKO Boxing Promotions, it was announced today by Chet Koerner, its President . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
Looks like a proposed December 5th fight between WBC junior middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (41-1-2, 24 KOs) and former IBF welterweight champion Joshua Clottey (35-3, 20 KOs) is not as close as had been rumored. According to Martinez’ representative Sampson Lewkowicz and promoter Lou DiBella, that bout was offered but immediately turned down by the Clottey camp. The fight had been reported on Friday night’s TyC Sports boxing telecast. The main event on the Atlantic City card will feature WBC/WBO middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik 35-1, 31 KOs) defending against two-division world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (37-1, 27 KOs).
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Stopped at 2:19 of the tenth round, Silvio Branco says he plans on appealing to the WBC, complaining that he got had been hit in the back of the head numerous times in his world championship fight with Montreal’s Jean Pascal Friday night. “He hit me four times, here,” said the mandatory challenger after the fight. “We plan on going to the Federation; it all started going downhill once he started hitting me there.” Branco certainly has a good case for the first knockdown where the Italian fighter twisted away from the action and got caught as he moved away. Referee Gerry Bolen immediately waved it off as a knockdown and then bell rang as the former champion was on his knees trying to regain his equilibrium. In a bizarre occurrence, once he righted himself from the canvas, referee Bolen greeted him to an eight count and the bell rang again. Other occurrences were not as clear. (more…)
By Ron Jackson
In an entertaining fight South Africa’s Takanlani Ndlovu had to come back from a first round knockdown to score a unanimous twelve round points decision over Kiko Martinez of Spain in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg on Friday night. Ndlovu has now earned the right to challenge IBF and WBA junior featherweight champion Celestino Caballero of Panama.
Ndlovu who holds the WBF featherweight belt was knocked down with a looping left hook in the opening round to take a count from referee Sparkle Lee. However he kept his cool and boxed his way out of trouble. Judge Manuel Oliver Palomo (Spain) scored it 117-111 and judge Isaac Tshabalala (SA) had it 116-112 whilst judge Deon Duarte (SA) was off the mark with a score of 115-113. (more…)
By Lee Bates
Lightweight contender Antonio DeMarco (22-1-1, 16 KOs) will not be fighting WBC lightweight champion Edwin Valero on December 12. The #1 ranked DeMarco will fighting on Showtime, Oct 31 in Las Vegas,Nevada at the Treasure Island Hotel against the WBC #3 ranked Jose Alfaro. The card is being promoted by Don King in association with Gary Shaw Productions.
Sources are saying that Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) of Venezuela will start training Monday in preparation for his first title defense against against an opponent to be named. Details are still being worked out to finalize the bout but it would take place December 12th at the El Nuevo Circo, in Caracas, Valenzuela.
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
WBA #15 super middleweight Les Sherrington (24-5, 15 KOs) outpointed Joel Burke (14-18-2, 7 KOs) over eight rounds at Jupiters Casino in Townsville, Queensland, Australia on Friday. Sherrington is scheduled to meet IBF #13 Shannan Taylor on November 27. He has lost to former WBA middleweight challenger Jamie Pittman by KO4 in 2006 and dropped a 12 round decision to South African William Gare in 2008. Burke holds a eight round points victory over Ben Crampton in 2009 and in 2004 stopped former world rated Daniel “Porky” Lovett in eight rounds. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian super bantamweight champion Mark Quon (7-2, 1 KO) stopped Thailand’s Mongkoichai Singmanasak (24-14-1, 9 KOs) in five rounds in the main event at Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. On the undercard, in a super middleweight upset Moses Ioelu (3-8) stopped Kerey Palmer (8-3) in round one. Hot Aussie 130 pound prospect Will Tomlinson (8-0,8KO’s) stopped Filippino Roel Mangan (13-13-1, 3 KOs) in round four. Mangan holds a ten round decisions over former world rated Ranee Ganoy in 2003 and J.R Solano in 2005. Former Commonwealth Games heavyweight gold medalist Brad Pitt (1-0) made a succesful debut as a cruiserweight stopping Shaun Salisbury (1-5) in round one. Former Australian light heavyweight challenger Joel Casey (4-6-2) boxed a four round draw with Jason Tramsek (0-0-1).
Dominican Super Lightweight contender Victor “El Marmelade” Cayo was back in his adopted homeland of St. Thomas, USVI this week giving back to the community. Cayo will attend “Boxing In Paradise IV” on Saturday at the University of Virgin Islands Sports Center, home of Cayo’s fights in January and May of this year, and where he enjoys a large following, in part due to the island’s large Dominican population. Friday morning however, Cayo and Costa Rica’s Hanna Gabriel, who will co-headline tomorrow’s card, visited Bertha C. Boschulte Middle School in St. Thomas to speak at an assembly of faculty and students alike. The pep talk was aimed at especially the troubled students, focusing their attention toward staying out of trouble. Both Cayo and Gabriel cautioned students who are inclined to act with their fists, to do so in the ring and not the streets or school halls. Several of the students are already involved in the USVI amateur program.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Jean Pascal (24-1, 16 KOs) retained his WBC light heavyweight world championship with a tenth round technical knockout of 43 year-old mandatory challenger Silvio Branco (59-10-2, 36 KOs) of Italy. The end came at 2:19 with Branco going down for the second time in the round just as his corner were throwing in the towel to end the fight. It was the first defense for Pascal who captured the title earlier this year with his victory over fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu. The rematch of that fight with Diaconu is now set to go on December 11th. Pascal also brought Branco down at the very end of the seventh round with a left hook. (more…)
“It’s been sixteen long years and they are fighting again,” said John Wirt, CEO of Square Ring, referring to the signing of the contract for the rematch of Roy Jones Jr. versus Bernard Hopkins. “Unbelievable! This is a fight that Roy has wanted for a long time and I know that Bernard wants his revenge!” It was May 22nd, 1993 when Jones and Hopkins fought for the vacant IBF middleweight title on the undercard of the Riddick Bowe-Jesse Ferguson heavyweight title fight. Jones won on all scorecards with the tally of 116-112 capturing his first title in a long procession of belts ranging from middleweight to heavyweight! A rematch has been discussed over the years but the holdup was always the demand of Hopkins for the majority of the purse. An unusual agreement was reached that each fighter will receive a 50-50 split but with the stipulation that if a knockout happens, the winner of the contest will receive a 60 percent share with the loser collecting 40 percent. Wirt outlined that Jones-Hopkins II will take place in January or February 2010. The event will be co-promoted with Golden Boy Promotions as pay-per-view event and the site is to be determined. Of course, Jones needs to win his December 2nd showdown against Aussie Danny Green.
Throughout history there have been scores of outstanding Mexican boxers who have held world titles in various weight classes, most notably, between 118 pounds to 135 pounds, while fighting their way to worldwide stardom. But amazingly, the storied history of Mexican warriors and the heavyweight division has never produced any boxer of Mexican descent who has won a world championship in the heaviest of divisions. (more…)
Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions has announced that New England based Artie DePinho has joined their team as part of its nationwide “Hometown Heroes to World Champions” acclaimed professional boxing series . . . Click here for more
A thinner, yet more muscular José Miguel Cotto stepped up on the scale and marked 144¾ pounds in the official weigh ins for the event “Boxeo Boricua in Caguas,” which will take place Saturday at the Héctor Solá Bezares Coliseum in Caguas. Even though José Miguel admitted the only thing he knew about his opponent was his name until they met today, he acted very relaxed and with a huge smile he emphasized that he’s pretty confident in obtaining the victory. “Every boxer has to adapt his style on each bout, but his essence as a fighter is always the same,” explained Cotto (29-1, 21 KOs) who assured he is well trained and is regaining the condition that had distinguished him before his temporary retirement. His opponent will be Mexican Martín Ramírez (7-11-1), who weighed in at 144½ pounds.
All 10 fighters who’ll be competing on the undercard of the Vitali Klitschko-Cristobal Arreola WBC heavyweight championship fight Saturday night at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles made weight easily Friday at the Wilshire Grand:
John Molina 136 vs Efren Hinojosa 135
Javier Mora 243 vs Johnathon Banks 221.2
Rico Ramos 123 vs Kermin Guardia 123.6
Cedric Boswell 223.8 vs Cisse Salif 269.2
Salvador Sanchez II 124.2 vs Trinidad Mendoza 119.8
On Thursday, Klitschko weighed in at 252 and Arreola weighed 251.
David Diaz 136 vs. Jesus Chavez 134.5
Juan Carlos Martinez 127 vs. Jose Hernandez 126
David Latoria 217 vs. Jeremiah Williams 215.5
Jose Guzman 128.5 vs. Diamond Baier 129.5
Ivan Popoca 139 vs. Michael Gonzalez 139
Ricky Thompson 146 vs. Achour Esho 146
Jaime Sandoval 135 vs. Oscar De La Cruz 134
Venue: UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL
Promoter: 8 Count Productions
By Lee Bates
Former world title challenger Rey “Boom Boom” Bautista (26-2, 19 KOs) of the Philippines will still make his 2009 debut on October 16th but there has been a change of opponent. Bautista will now face Indonesian Marangin “Dinamita” Marbun (19-5-1, 7 KOs). The bout will be for the WBC International interim featherweight championship. Bautista, who last fought in November of 2008, has been sidelined with a wrist injury but has since had successful surgery. The well renown Ala Boxing Promotions based out of Cebu City of the Philippines will be the promoter. The venue will be the Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City.
By Lee Bates reporting from South America
Oscar Veliz (27-16-2, 6 KOs) surprised Pablo Nievas (22-7-1,15 KOs) by way of a close unanimous decision in ten exciting rounds. The official scores were 97-96, 97-96, 97.5-96 all for Veliz. The bout took place at the Polideportivo Municipal Colonia 25 de Mayo, in La Pampa, Argentina. The show was promoted by Mario Margossian. There was steady action from beginning to end with each fighter giving as good as they gave. The difference in the fight came in the eighth round when a wicked left hook by Veliz sent Nievas crashing to the canvas. Nievas beat the count but the knockdown was costly as evidenced by the final scores. It’s the second consecutive upset win for Veliz, who stopped former world title challenger Walter Matthysse in five this past June.
By Alexey Sukachev
It was fast and furious, and it’ll be a moment to remember for a new European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin (25-2, 18 KOs), who has just annihilated capable IBF #5 “Idi” Amin Asikainen at Velodrome, in Machester, UK. Both fighters started the first round quickly, peppering each other with fast and hard combinations. However, once WBC #13 Macklin unloaded his left hook, the fight was virtually over, as Asikainen (26-3, 17 KOs) went down very hard. The Finnish boxer barely made it upright but was floored seconds after with a crushing right hand by Birmingham’s native. He once again beat the count but referee Luigi Muratore waved it off at 2:34 of the first anyway, seeing no consciousness in Amin’s eyes. Ricky Hatton, who is promoting the event, promised to deliver title opportunities for the local crowd-pleaser in the nearest future. (more…)
Three-time world title challenger Omar Sheika won an entertaining slugfest tonight against a game Theo Kruger in the main event on the 8th annual “Fight To Educate” card at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire. (More)
Report by David Finger
In what promises to be the biggest fight to hit El Paso in nearly a decade, Hector “Machito” Camacho Jr. and Luis Ramon “Yuri Boy” Campas held their first press conference at the El Camino Real Hotel in downtown El Paso, to hype what is already being billed “Latin Invasion II: Revenge of the Son”, a PPV fight that will take place at the Dan Haskins Center at the campus of the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) on October 30 . . . Click here for more
By Lee Bates
Don King Productions has signed unbeaten prospect and former 2-time Olympian Juan Ubaldo Cabrera (17-0, 13 KOs) of the Dominican Republic. The deal went down yesterday at Don King’s headquarters in Florida. Cabrera had a stellar amateur career which included a win over current WBC light heavyweight champion Jean Pascal. He also represented the Dominican Republic in the 2000 and 2004 Olympic games.
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