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Former WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev is scheduled to undgo surgery on his left shoulder and right wrist in September. Well-known ring physician Walter Wagner told BILD that the seven-foot Valuev would be out for six months. Not the best news for the “Russian Giant” who celebrated his 37th birthday yesterday.
Photos: Jose Perez/PR Best Boxing Promotions
WBA junior flyweight champion Giovanni Segura arrived in Puerto Rico this morning to complete his training for Saturday’s bout against WBO 108lb champion Iván “Iron Boy” Calderón on the card billed as “Unification” at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo in a presentation of PR Best Boxing Promotions which will be televised on Pay Per View. Segura (24-1, 20KOs) arrived join with Richard Mota, Arturo Mota and trainer Javier Capetillo. For more details and photos click here…
By Karl Freitag
Looks like SHOWTIME has a terrific bantamweight doubleheader in the works for November 6. IBF bantamweight champion Yohnny Perez (20-0-1, 14 KOs) will take on Joseph Agbeko (27-2, 22 KOs) in a rematch, and IBO bantamweight king Vic Darchinyan (35-2-1, 27 KOs) faces unbeaten IBF #6/WBO #10 rated Abner Mares (20-0-1, 13 KOs). Darchinyan is also currently the WBC and WBA super flyweight champ. No site yet, but the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles is in play.
By Enrico “Erik” Crociati
Photos by Marco Chiesa
Kossovo-born warrior Vigan Mustafa (15-2, 6 KOs) won the first international title of his career last Friday night at ‘Locatelli Stadium’ in Toscolano Maderno, Italy. The tough-as-nail Mustafa won an exciting battle of unheralded warriors against stablemate Maurizio Lovaglio (7-7, 4 KOs) in order to claim the vacant IBF 175 lb Mediterranean title. The hard-punching Lovaglio proved every bit as tough, but Mustafa, showing a great physical condition, used an effective quick jab to gain the control of the clash and his superior boxing skills were clear for every minute of the fight, scores were 115-112; 116-111 and 118-109, all for the new champ. (more…)
On September 11th Cuban featherweight phenomenon Yuriorkis Gamboa will enter the ring for his first championship unification bout when the WBA titlist faces IBF champ Orlando Salido at The Palms Resort Casino in Las Vegas. The show will be promoted by Top Rank in association with ARENA Sports-Promotion and broadcasted live on HBO Boxing After Dark. (more…)
What makes a champion? In the case of UFC lightweight boss Frankie Edgar, it not only took years of training and dedication, but the willingness to evolve his style, learn from his mistakes, and not dwell too long on his successes. With his August 28th title defense against BJ Penn looming, we look back at five fights that led him in one way, shape, or form to the top of the 155-pound weight class. . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com
Photos: Photo Wende
Marco Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) defended his WBO Cruiserweight Title with a spectacular fifth-round TKO victory over Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs). Fighting in front of a wild crowd of 4,500 fans in Erfurt, Huck dusted his opponent three times before the referee waved the bout off. “I am happy to have crowned the anniversary 100th ARD broadcast of a Sauerland show with a big victory,” Huck said. “I have tremendous punching power in both hands which I showed again today. Now I am ready to unify the titles. I can’t wait for the Super Six tournament to start.” (more…)
Featherweight prospect Jesus Marcelo Andres Cuellar (13-0, 10 KOs) of Argentina unanimously decisioned countryman Miguel Leonardo Caceres in the 10 round main event. The heavy handed 23 year old Cuellar was the aggressor the entire bout with Caceres only looking to counter while moving side to side and tying up in close. Cueller tried hard to get the knockout in the 10th and final round but Caceres was very elusive and crafty. Though only 24, Caceres is a veteran of 47 fights and only has been stopped once. The official judges scorecards were 100-94, 100-91, 99-95.5. The event took place at the Club Atletico Adelante, Reconquista, Santa Fe, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Ed Mulholland
WBO #3/IBF #3/WBC #5/WBA #9 heavyweight Tomasz Adamek (42-1, 27 KOs) showed he can defeat a Klitschko-sized heavyweight, but it wasn’t easy. The former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender won a hard fought twelve round unanimous decision over 6’7 former heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-4, 34 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Grant came out tentative and Adamek took advantage landing some clean shots in round one. Adamek continued to force the action and outbox Grant for the first five rounds. Grant landed some good shots at the end of round six wobbling Adamek and cutting him over the right eye. Grant upped the pressure in round seven, looking to land another big shot. Adamek was cut over the left eye in the eighth as Grant continued to come on. Grant hammered Adamek again at the end of the ninth round. Round ten could have gone either way as Adamek rallied. A rejuvenated Adamek clearly outboxed Grant in round eleven. A desperate Grant hurt Adamek in the twelfth, but Adamek stayed upright until the final bell. Scores were 117-111, 118-110, 118-111. (more…)
2008 Olympic Gold Medelist Felix Diaz (7-0, 5 KOs) of the Dominican Republic easily dismantled 67 bout veteran Alex Perez of Cuba. The official time of the stoppage was 2:15 of round two. Diaz put Perez down early in round two and pounded him badly with a variety of punches until Perez’ cornernman stood on the ring apron and had the referee stop the fight. The bout took place in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer Boxing
WBC #14 super featherweight contender Joksan Hernandez (21-2, 14 KOs) destroyed Ira Terry (24-4, 14 KOs) with a big right hand in the first round on Saturday night at Auditorio Municipal in Tijuana, Mexico. Time was 2:32.
Legendary two-time Olympic gold medalist Guillermo Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) punished veteran Jose Angel Beranza (33-19-2, 26 KOs) for six rounds abd Beranza stayed on his stool after round six. Rated WBA #8 at super bantamweight, Rigondeaux dropped Beranza twice in round four and was in command all the way.
WBC female interim super bantamweight champion Jackie “The Aztec Princess” Nava (22-3-2, 11 KOs) knocked out María ‘Pantera’ Miranda (13-5, 8 KOs) in round four. Miranda was down twice from body shots before it was waved off. Time was 1:31.
Lightweights Fernando Garcia (12-3-1, 8 KOs) and Byron Gonzalez (3-0-1, 3 KOs) battled to a six round draw.
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By Karl Freitag
WBO cruiserweight world champion Marco “Käpt’n” Huck (30-1, 23 KOs) overwhelmed challenger Matt Godfrey (20-2, 10 KOs), stopping him in round five on Saturday night at the Messehalle in Erfurt, Germany. The aggressive and powerful Huck was way too strong for Godfrey, dropping Godfrey for the first time at the end of round two. Godfrey was down again in round three after a low blow from Huck, thrown as he punished Godfrey on the ropes. After a one-sided round four, Huck floored Godfrey twice in round five (knocking him through the ropes the second time) and after further punishment, referee Geno Rodriguez waved off the slaughter. Time was 2:18.
In a battle of unbeaten heavyweights, Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) dismantled Gregory Tony (12-1, 10 KOs) to claim the vacant EU heavyweight championship. The 6’6 “Nordic Nightmare” was impressive as he dropped Tony four times before referee Howard Foster waved it off in round six. Time was :39. (more…)
Next Saturday night, August 28th, lightweight prospect Omri Lowther will battle former world title challenger Edner “Cherry Bomb” Cherry in the ESPN2 televised main event from the Club Metropolis in Montreal, Canada, it was announced today by Groupe Yvon Michel. Based in Toronto, Canada, the 26 year old Lowther has amassed a record of 14-1-0 with ten knockouts since turning professional four years ago. The Atlanta, Georgia native is on a five bout winning streak, most recently stopping Isaac Bejarano in the fifth round on July 30th in Cancun, Mexico. (more…)
Photo by Eddy Poinelli
Junior middleweight contender Jimmy Lange (33-4-2, 23 KOs) won last night in Greensboro with a convincing six-round decision (60-50, 60-50, 59-52) over Mike McFail (12-40-2, 4 KOs) highlighted by a pair of knockdowns (3rd and 6th rounds) both courtesy of an effective right. Lange came out dominating in the first round at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex’s War Memorial Auditorium utilizing his trademark stiff jab causing enough damage where McFail was issued a standing eight count. The former Contender star fighting out of Great Falls, VA pressed the action throughout the contest and finished strongly by battering a game, but wobbly Baltimore-based McFail in the final stanza. (more…)
Photo by All Star Boxing
WBO junior featherweight champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr made a return “home” to the City of Kissimmee, Florida to celebrate with his fans who supported him during his quest to the world title; Vazquez Jr signed autographs, took pictures and shook hands at the Silver Spurs Arena during the annual Telemundo Family Fair. He is expected to defend his title at the same arena on Saturday, October 16 on PPV. For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photo by Big Joe Miranda
During their eight round super lightweight bout on Friday night, Hector Alatorre would gesture to Mauricio Herrera to hit him harder. Not sure there are many fighters who want to encourage their opponent to hit them harder. However, Herrera was happy to oblige. “He kept telling me that during the fight,” said Herrera after the bout. “I guess he must’ve liked getting hit hard.” Herrera landed plenty of hard combinations to the head and body of Alatorre, eventually winning a one-sided, yet competitive eight round unanimous decision before about 1,400 at the Omega Products International in Corona, CA. For more details and photos click here…
By Noah Fowle at ringside
Warner Promotions brought an action packed card to an outdoor venue at Cleveland’s Nautica Pavilion, highlighting local talent and showcasing great matchmaking. In the evening’s main event, Akron Heavyweight Nick Firtha (19-7-1, 8 KOs) proved to be a solid fighter on his way to adding the Ohio State Heavyweight Title to his NABA U.S. strap in a ten-round majority-decision over Mike Sheppard (15-11-1, 8 KOs). (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Formerly world-rated ex-Japanese lightweight champ Akihiro Kondo (14-2, 6 KOs), 135, decked his triumphant return after losing his national belt to Nihito Arakawa via hairline verdict (96-94 twice and 95-95) last April, as he pounded out a nearly shutout decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-74) over durable and game Shinya Yoroizuka (11-6-1, 5 KOs), 134.75, over eight heats in Tokyo, Japan tonight (Saturday). (more…)
By Maidana Team
WBA Interim Super Lightweight Champion Marcos Maidana is taking the final stops to defend his crown next August 28 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he will take on former World Champion Demarcus Corley at the Luna Park Studium. Maidana has been at training camp for the last nine weeks in the province of Córdoba and had four different sparring partners, among them WBO #2 Cesar Cuenca.
“It’s been a great camp, so I am ready for the challenge. I respect Corley as he is a experienced and talented fighter. One of those who you cannot understimate nor make any mistakes. So I’m 100% focused on this fight,” Maidana said.
“Corley said it would be a war between Argentina and United States, so I prepared myself just for that, a war,” he added. (more…)
When it comes to the great rivalries in college athletics, Michigan State vs. Boston College isn’t one of them. That said, however, when the Spartans and the Eagles get together, it’s usually a big deal.
When BC moved from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Eagles’ first basketball game in the annual ACC-Big Ten Challenge was a 65-58 win over the Spartans in 2006. The following spring, BC and MSU met on the ice in the finals of the 2007 NCAA hockey tournament, and after trailing by a goal deep into the third period, the Spartans scored three goals in the last 10:07 to win their first national championship in over 20 years. That fall, BC football enjoyed its best season since its move to the ACC, and after falling short against Virginia Tech in the ACC title game, the Eagles defeated Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl to earn a Top Ten finish in the AP poll. . . . Click here for more by Elliot Olshansky, UFC.com
By Graham Houston
Busy champion Marco “Käpt’n” Huck makes his fourth defence of the cruiserweight title in 12 months on Saturday when he meets American challenger Matt Godfrey in Erfurt, Germany. Each man is saying the same thing about the other, basically: “He’s never faced anyone like me.” (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Tonight’s pay-per-view clash in Newark, NJ is an interesting fight on many levels. Of course, former light heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion-turned heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek has already proved that he can defeat a big hard-punching top-tier heavyweight contender in Chris Arreola, but he hasn’t been in against a Klitschko-sized super heavyweight. Against the 6’7 Michael Grant with his huge 86″ wingspan, Adamek will have that test.
For added intrigue, will Adamek avenge the crushing loss of Polish boxing icon Andrew Golota against Grant some years back? Or can Grant again break the hearts of Polish boxing fans? Adamek is widely expected to win, but how he wins and how how much trouble he has with Grant’s size will greatly illuminate what might happen when he faces a Klitschko…assuming the much larger Grant doesn’t end those dreams tonight with one huge punch.
By Alexey “Oscar” Potapov
Photos by K2 Ukraine
Unbeaten WBO Intercontinental middleweight champion Max Bursak (20-0-1, 8 KOs) will face tough journeyman Bryan Vera (17-4, 11 KOs) on September, 4th at Sportpalace Meteor, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine. Bursak and K2 Ukraine Promotions general director Alexander Krassyuk announced the fight at a press conference. (more…)
Promoter Ramon Arellanos’ Arellano Promotions put on an exciting fight night highlighted by Daniel Sandoval (16-1, 16 KOs) winning the vacant Mexican Pacific Coast welterweight title Friday night and keeping his 100% KO ratio intact. Sandoval stopped Crispin Martinez in the main event by way of second round TKO. The card took place at the 48-year-old historic Arena Jalisco, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
The WBO featherweight title fight between two-division world champions Juan Manuel Lopez and Rafael Marquez, scheduled for September 18, at the MGM Grand and televised live on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing, has been postponed due to a hand injury incurred by Marquez. Top Rank and Gary Shaw Productions are working with the MGM Grand and SHOWTIME in rescheduling the world title fight within four weeks of the original date. (more…)
WBC female super bantamweight champion Marcela Eliana Acuna (34-5, 16 KOS) of Argentina defeated Rosilette Dos Santos (21-4, 13 KOs) of Brazil by 10th round TKO. Acuna gave Dos Santos a beating from beginning to end with simple hard jabs and over hand rights which had Dos Santos with swelling under her left eye for most of the bout. The event took place at the Estadio Polideportivo Cincuentenario, in Formosa, Formosa, Argentina. Osvaldo Rivero promoted the event.
Unbeaten jr welterweight Mercito “No Mercy” Gesta (19-0-1, 9 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Genaro Trazancos (22-12-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Arizona. A straight left hand laid out Trazancos for the count. Time was :53.
In co-main event, jr lightweight Adolfo “El Terror” Landeros (19-15-1, 9 KOs), who was originally slated to face Michael Franco in the main event, was upset by unheralded Noe Lopez (6-5, 4 KOs) Lopez knocked down Landeros in round two and cruised two a one-sided eight round unnaimous decision by scores of 80-71, 79-72, 79-72.
By Noah Fowle at ringside
Nick Firtha added the Ohio State Heavyweight Belt to his NABA U.S. strap after ten hard fought rounds against Mike Sheppard. While Firtha’s offense was diverse and relied equally on both hands, he failed to produce the stopping power needed to put Sheppard down. Scoring behind a heavy workrate, Firtha stayed on the offensive and reduced Sheppard to relying on his overhand right, which proved to be dangerous at times. Judges scored the bout 97-93, 95-95, 97-93 for Firtha. With the majority-decision, Firtha improves to 19-7-1, 8KOs and Sheppard dropped to 15-11-1, 8KOs. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Super Lightweight Mauricio Herrera won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over veteran Hector Alatorre on Friday night at the Omega Products International in Corona, California. Herrera (15-1, 7 KO’s) was in complete command, landing the more effective combinations to the head and body. Alatorre (16-11, 5 KO’s) would land the occassional hook or cross, but spent the most of the fight gesturing to Herrera to hit him harder or would dance in the ring. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Herrera. After the fight, Thompson Boxing Promotions president Ken Thompson called out super lightweight contender Victor Ortiz to fight Herrera. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Australian bantamweight champion Fred Mundraby (11-0-1, 6 KOs) dominated Australian based Filipino Flash Villacura (23-29-3, 12 KOs) over ten rounds to capture the vacant Australian super flyweight title at the Fortitude Gym in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia on Friday. The classy aboriginal controlled the action in all the rounds as he consistently connected with accurate head and body shots. Scores at the conclusion were: Cyril Cairns 100-90, Derek Milham 100-90, Paul Tapley 100-90. On the undercard, lightweight Brent elliott (3-2-2) outscored Kane buckley (1-18-3, 1 KO) over four rounds. Scores: 40-36, 40-36, 40-36. Cruiserweight Sean McKean (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Phil McNeal (0-1) in round three. Time: 1.36. Promoter: Stephen Deller.
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Former world rated Fahsai Sakkreerin (28-2, 18 KOs) was impressive in scoring a fifth round knockout over Indonesian Sony Fony (7-4, 2 KOs) at the Por Kungpao Seafood Restaurant in Bangkok, Thailand on Friday. Fony had a good round one but by round four Sakkreerin found the range for his solid combinations. At 23 second of round five, referee Somsak Sirianant counted Fony out after Sakkreerin had delivered a perfectly timed left rip to the body followed by a left hook to the head. “Sakkreerin will be in the ring later this year with tough Australian featherweight Davey Browne,” said promoter Jimmy Chaichotchuang. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
Photos by Werner Kalin
Australian junior lightweight Will Tomlinson (14-0-1, 11 KOs) scored an eight round knockout over Indonesian Elly Ray (7-5-1, 3 KOs) to capture the WBO Oriental interim title at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on Friday. The Australian power puncher dominated the Indonesian boxer in all the rounds and the KO came in round eight. Tomlinson scored the most impressive win of his career against Roy Jones, Jr., on the Danny Green undercard in 2009 when he stopped well credentialed American Verquan Kimbrough (21-2-3) in three rounds. Kimbrough had several big names on his record but was never in the fight against the aggressive big punching Aussie. For more details and photos click here…
Photo by Promociones Miguel Cotto
Junior lightweight prospect Luis “El Artesano” Cruz (15-0, 12 KOs) weighed in today at 132 lbs for the pre-weigh in requirement from the PR Boxing Commission. “El Artesano” will fight Hevinson Herrera (14-5-1, 12 KOs) for the vacant WBO Latin junior lightweight title. “I’m working really hard for this fight, I’m two pounds away from the official weight and we are a week ahead of the fight. Hevinson will feel the power of “El Artesano,” Luis said. Boxeo Boricua in Las Piedras is presented by Promociones Miguel Cotto & H2 Entertainment will be show at the Juan R. Viera Coliseum. Tickets are available at Ticketcenter, tel: (787)792-5000, or by visiting www.tcpr.com Prices: $20, $12. Click here for more photos…
Tomasz Adamek 217 vs. Michael Grant 261
Joel Julio 152 vs. Jamaal Davis 153
Sadam Ali 145 vs. Lenin Arroyo 146
Jeremy Bryan 139 vs. Daniel Mitchell 137
Shemuel Pagan 135.5 vs. Raul Rivera 135.5
Osnel Charles 137.5 vs. Hector Collado 139.5
Tyrone Luckey 133 vs. Larry Yanez 135
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In Carolina, Puerto Rico today, Judge Hon. Raphael G. Rojas dismissed and declared invalid an injunction procedure submitted by PR Best Boxing against Universal Promotions and former world champion Jose “Carita” Lopez, ordering the bout between Lopez and world ranked prospect Cesar “Junito” Seda. The fight will take place at the new Juana Diaz Coliseum on August 27. “We are working day and night to give the Puerto Rico fight fans the bout they all want to see,” said Universal’s President Javier Bustillo. “Lopez and Seda are two of the best super flyweights in the world, this is a world title caliber fight. We are very happy with the court decision. Justice was made for Lopez, who hasn’t fought in a year, and fight fans worldwide.” The Puerto Rico Boxing Commission immediately ordered a pre-weight ceremony in which both Lopez and Seda weighed 118 pounds. Both fighters were always confident that the fight was going to take place and continued their training and both predicted knockouts next Friday night.
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