WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

WBA Prez Mendoza Japan press conference

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Nguyen stops Flores in spectacular upset

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Peterson dethrones Avanesyan, photos and quotes

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Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

Broner edges Granados, photos and quotes

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Full Report: Quintana, Castillo victorious in Hobbs

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Chiary set for final fight

The latest installment of One Punch Productions long-running professional boxing series takes place this Friday August 12th at the Tampa Westshore Doubletree Hotel. Headlining the Ballroom Brawl will be all action fan favorite “Bloodbath” Brian Chiary in his final professional fight. Chiary (10-8), faces Fresno, CA native Loren Myers for a NBA intercontinental title in the eight round super middleweight bout. Win, lose, or draw, Chiary is hanging up the gloves for good to focus on his career as an EMT / Paramedic. (more…)

The latest installment of One Punch Productions long-running professional boxing series takes place this Friday August 12th at the Tampa …


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Fisticuffs inks Edgar Santana

Fisticuffs Promotions announced the signing of Jr. Welterweight contender Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana to a promotional contract. Santana of Bronx, New York has a record of 25-3 with sixteen knockouts and has won four straight which is over a four year span. Santana will be fighting for NABA Jr. Welterweight title on August 19th at Dover Downs in Dover, Delaware. (more…)

Fisticuffs Promotions announced the signing of Jr. Welterweight contender Edgar “El Chamaco” Santana to a promotional contract. Santana of Bronx, …



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Pedraza sparring with Rocky

In the past two weeks, former amateur superstar Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (3-0, 3 KOs) and former WBO super featherweight world champion Roman “Rocky” Martinez (24-1-1, 15 KOs), have been sparring and training together in the boxing gym of the town of Dorado, Puerto Rico. “The experience has been very good and Papo Román (trainer) has treated us very well,” said Pedraza. “The sparring has been great for me because Rocky is a great fighter and was world champion. Sparring with someone who has so much experience has helped me to improve. With him you can’t rest because you’re taking hits from all sides and that’s not good because he hits hard.” Martinez believes Pedraza has the skills to become a world champion, predicting “He’s going to go far.” Pedraza faces Pedro Salcedo (4-3, 2 KOs) on August 19 at the Juan “Pachin” Vicens Arena in Ponce, PR.

In the past two weeks, former amateur superstar Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (3-0, 3 KOs) and former WBO super featherweight world …


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Shields to train Edwin Rodriguez

Undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, arguably the premier super middleweight prospect in the world, has switched head trainers and now two-time world title challenger Ronnie Shields is his chief second. Rodriguez, a 26-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, returns on August 20 to fight at home in Worcester (MA) for the third time in as many years, headlining a special edition of Broadway Boxing, presented by DiBella Entertainment, at historic Mechanics Hall against intra-state rival and Iraq War veteran Chris Traietti (10-2, 6 KOs). (more…)

Undefeated Edwin “La Bomba” Rodriguez, arguably the premier super middleweight prospect in the world, has switched head trainers and now …




Boxing Result

Gasca wins OPBF 122lb title

By Joe Koizumi

Busy-punching and lion-hearted Filipino, WB A#12 super-bantam Roli Gasca (17-1, 3 KOs), 122, impressively captured the OPBF 122-pound belt as he displayed an opening attack, maintained it until the end despite the defending champ’s retaliation, and earned a majority but well-received decision (116-112 twice and 115-115) over WBC #13 Hiromasa Ohashi (24-10-3, 15 KOs), 121.5, over twelve furious rounds on Sunday in Kariya, Japan.

Ohashi might have underestimated Gasca’s punching power due to his low knockout ratio, but the Filipino could really punch and hurt the champ with desperate rallies in earlier rounds. The open scoring system indicated Gasca was leading on points after the fourth 39-37 twice and 38-39, and also after the eighth 78-74, 77-75 and 76-77. Ohashi sustained bad lacerations over both optics with his face in crimson, but tried to fight back hard. Gasca, nine years his junior at 22, showed his remarkable last surge and carried himself to a valuable victory. Gasca, whose legs were almost sagging in the fourth and sixth, could withstand Ohashi’s persistent body bombardments, and came back fiercely with his reckless retaliation. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Busy-punching and lion-hearted Filipino, WB A#12 super-bantam Roli Gasca (17-1, 3 KOs), 122, impressively captured the OPBF …


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Boxing back in Baltimore

Boxing returns to Baltimore, Maryland on August 19th at the DuBurns Arena. The Uinted Boxers will feature heavy handed, undefeated welterweight James “Keep’em Sleepin” Stevenson (14-0, 10 KOs), The Taylor Brothers, jr middleweight Maxell (18-3-1, 7 KOs) and welterweight Emmanuel (13-0, 9 KOs), along with undefeated cruiserweights Nick Kisner (9-0-1, 5 KOs) and Venroy July (7-0-2, 2 KOs) in separate bouts. Advance tickets for the Chris Middendorf/United Boxers event are priced at $50 and $35 can be purchased at DTLR stores or www.eventbrite.com.

Boxing returns to Baltimore, Maryland on August 19th at the DuBurns Arena. The Uinted Boxers will feature heavy handed, undefeated …


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Solis to return October 14

Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis will return October 14 against Varol Vekiloglu in a clash for the IBF Intercontinental championship. It will be Solis first fight since blowing out his knee in March in the first round of his world title challenge against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. “I can’t wait to get back into the ring,” Solis. “I’m working hard for my comeback. Until the fight against Vitali, I was a pure professional. Boxing was my job and I was very emotionless. In the fight against Klitschko, I realized how easy it is to beat him. Since then I definitely want to be world champion. That’s my goal. If my knee holds, nobody can stop me.”

Promoter Ahmet Öner added, “Solis has an immediate chance to box for the IBF Intercontinental title. Odlanier showed in that one round that he is better than Vitali Klitschko and can beat the older brother. If the injury would not have stopped him, he would already be world champion. Since no one knows how long Vitali wil continue boxing, we are now hunting for Wladimir. This IBF Intercontinental clash is the ideal first step. The Klitschko brothers will try everything to avoid Solis, so we must again make him the mandatory challenger in one of the associations. If Solis is healthy we can do it because there is nobody in the world who can beat him if he is fit.”

Heavyweight contender Odlanier Solis will return October 14 against Varol Vekiloglu in a clash for the IBF Intercontinental championship. It …


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Support the Fighters Night

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

WBC #34 heavyweight contender Alex Leapai and IBF #6 super middleweight Les Sherrington will attend a “Support the Fighters Night” Fundraiser at Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast arranged by the “Glamour Girl” of Australian boxing Taylor Christies who is also a respected boxing trainer. “World heavyweight contender Alex Leapai has given his full support and will attend this great night along with Les Sherrington who is also world rated at super middleweight,” Taylor said. “The big night will happen at 7:30PM on August 20th at “Picture Lounge and Bar” Orchid Ave Surfers Paradise in Queensland, Australia and we will be holding a “Support the Fighters” night that gives the fans the chance to get up and close to all our favorite local fighters meet the talent behind them and show your support for all these champions. There will be some big guest fighters there showing their support on the night, as well as the sponsors and business people that help give boxing that big bang in the world of sports. Come and show your support and bring your favorite memorabilia to have it signed by your favorite fighter. You can also purchase tickets for Jamie Myer Productions’ “Night of Titles” coming up on August 26th.”

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing WBC #34 heavyweight contender Alex Leapai and IBF #6 super middleweight Les Sherrington …



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Mhlongo wins vacant SA title

By Ron Jackson

In an exciting toe-to-toe contest Nkululeko Mhlongo won the vacant South African junior middleweight title when he stopped Page Tshesane in the eighth round of a scheduled twelve at the Mhluzi Extension 7 Hall in Middelburg on Saturday night. Tshsane made a fast start and was possibly ahead after the first four rounds but the stronger Mhlongo using his reach and height advantage slowly worked his way back into the fight before landing a big right hand to the jaw in the eighth round that sent Tshesane down and out. Mhlongo improved his record to 9-2; 7 and Tshesane dropped to 7-4-2; 3.

In the main supporting bout Gauteng junior lightweight champion Nkosinathi Ntshangase beat Sam Sethole on a fourth round technical knockout in a non title bout scheduled for eight rounds.

The tournament was presented by Mxolisi Gumede of Ethembeni Promotions in conjunction with the local Mpumalanga government.

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Meanwhile it has been announced that South Africa’s Gideon Buthelezi 12-2; 4 who holds the IBO junior flyweight belt will challenge Mexico’s Adrian Hernandez 21-1-1; 13 for the WBC light flyweight belt on September 24 in Monterrey, Mexico.

By Ron Jackson In an exciting toe-to-toe contest Nkululeko Mhlongo won the vacant South African junior middleweight title when he …


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Gatti investigation concludes

A press conference will be held on August 30 in North Bergen, NJ to release the voluminous findings of a ten-month investigation into the death of boxing legend Arturo Gatti. Private investigators Paul Ciolino of Chicago and Joseph Moura of Boston have been hired by Gatti’s manager Pat Lynch to investigate Gatti’s death. The three-time world champion Gatti was found dead in his rented vacation apartment in Brazil on July 11, 2009 at the age of 37. Brazilian police arrested Gatti’s wife Amanda Rodrigues, only to release her three weeks later. The Brazilian authorities have ruled Gatti’s death a suicide. A number of medical and scientific expert witnesses from across the country will also make brief presentations which Ciolino and Moura say will conclusively lay to rest the mystery surrounding Gatti’s cause of death.

A press conference will be held on August 30 in North Bergen, NJ to release the voluminous findings of a …


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New boxing series in Las Vegas

Sterling McPherson’s Sterling Promotions has plans to present a ten event professional boxing series at the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The first show is scheduled for October 15 and future shows are slated for December 17, February 11, March 10, April 7, and May 26, with additional event dates in 2012 to be announced. The card will be televised on ESPN International with legendary boxing Hall of Fame broadcaster “Colonel” Bob Sheridan and former heavyweight champion James “Buster” Douglas calling the action from ringside. Fighters for the first scheduled show on October 15 will be announced shortly.

Sterling McPherson’s Sterling Promotions has plans to present a ten event professional boxing series at the Riviera Hotel & Casino …


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Boxing judge Bobby Grasso passes

Joey Eye Boxing Promotions is sad to report that passing of longtime boxing judge and former professional welterweight Bobby Grasso who passed away on Saturday night at the age of sixty-five after a bout with cancer. Grasso was a boxer from 1969-1973 and compiled a record of 3-3 and later became a respected boxing judge for more than two decades. Grasso judged some of the biggest bouts on the East Coast, mainly in Philadelphia and New Jersey. He was a captain in the Philadelphia Sheriff’s Department. There will be a viewing at The Baldi Funeral Home (1327 South Broad Street) on Wednesday between 7pm and 9pm with a mass on Thursday at the St. Monica’s Church at 17th and Ritner “Bobby was a very nice man and a good judge,” said Joey “Eye” Intrieri. “He always had time for everyone and we will surely miss him around ringside and I just want to send condolences out to his family.”

Joey Eye Boxing Promotions is sad to report that passing of longtime boxing judge and former professional welterweight Bobby Grasso …



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Ortiz competes in triathlon

By Francisco Salazar

Before hunkering down to focus entirely on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th in Las Vegas, welterweight world title holder Victor Ortiz completed the Sprint Triathlon at Camp Pendleton near San Diego on Saturday morning. The triathlon consisted of a 500-yard swim, a 30-kilometer (about 18 miles) bike ride, and a five kilometer (3.1 miles) run. Ortiz completed the course with a time of one hour, 36 minutes, and 56 seconds, finishing ninth in the 20-24 age elite category. His manager, Rolando Arellano, told Fightnews.com that he also ran the triathlon, completing the course over two hours and 17 minutes. Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KO’s) will resume his training at Knuckleheadz gym in Ventura.

By Francisco Salazar Before hunkering down to focus entirely on Floyd Mayweather on September 17th in Las Vegas, welterweight world …


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Gunn wins bareknuckle match

In the first sanctioned bareknuckle boxing match since 1889, former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Bobby Gunn defeated boxer Rich Stewart via KO in round three on Friday night at Fort McDowell Casino outside Phoenix, Arizona. With the win, organizers say Gunn claimed the vacant bareknuckle boxing title that was last held by John L. Sullivan. The bout was waved off after Gunn dropped Stewart twice in round three. “Waking up the next day my hands were a bit sore, but that was the extent of the damage,” said Gunn. “Neither of us fighters suffered any real damage, due to the safety precautions that were put into place.”

In the first sanctioned bareknuckle boxing match since 1889, former WBO cruiserweight title challenger Bobby Gunn defeated boxer Rich Stewart …


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Spivey, Cooper top Aug 20 card

Dee Lee Promotions will present a card on August 20 at Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia, headlined by lightweight Dorin Spivey (38-6, 29 KOs) who takes on Damon Antoine (9-31-2, 4 KOs) in an eight-rounder. Spivey hasn’t fought in his hometown in a year so he’s hoping this welcome home bout will remind local fight fans that he’s still chasing a crown.

The just added co-main on this nine-bout card features a blast from the past in “Smokin'” Bert Cooper (38-23, 31 KOs), who takes on Travis Kauffman (21-1, 16 KOs) in an interesting heavyweight clash. (more…)

Dee Lee Promotions will present a card on August 20 at Virginia Beach Fieldhouse in Virginia Beach, Virginia, headlined by …


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Alejandro Sarabia Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Mexican super featherweight prospect Alejandro Sarabia (27-1-1, 21 KOs) has inked a promotional pact with Promociones del Pueblo in search of big fights and a rating with the four major sanctioning bodies and an eventual world title fight. Sarabia, currently rated WBC #16, has big wins over Abraham Rodriguez, Genaro Camargo, Wilfredo Acuna and Rocky Juarez among others. “It’s a good decision,” said Sarabia. “I’ve had to change my career to have more visibility and the best fights.” Promoter Oswlado Kuchle of Promociones del Pueblo added “Sarabia has potential and skills to become world champion. To us it’s important to find ways to make young prospects like this into major challengers to the world title and I think we will accomplish this.” Sarabia trains in Mexico City at the Pancho Rosales Gym with his father.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Mexican super featherweight prospect Alejandro Sarabia (27-1-1, 21 KOs) has inked a promotional pact with Promociones …



Boxing Result

Rojas wins by KO

Tonight from beautiful Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hot prospect from Caguas, Puerto Rico, Jesús Rojas (18-1; 13KO), annihilated very tough Miguel O. Martínez (14-3; 8KO) at the 2:27 mark of the second round. It was a solid performance from Rojas, who is making a lot of sound in the super bantamweight division and is now a world title contender. He is trained by the legendary Emanuel Steward. Other results are: Alvin Torres (8-1; 7KO’s) defeated Julio Concepción by KO in the opening round and his twin brother Irving Torres (8-1; 4KO) defeated game Juan Encarnación by unanimous decision. In the special attraction of the night, Venezuela’s Jeancarlo Prada (25-0; 18KO) defeated José Soto (24-9; 13KO) in a sensational first round KO performance, becoming the new WBC’s FECARBOX’s welterweight champion. All winners are part of Miguel Cotto Promotions, who continues to develop a sensational stable of prospects.

Tonight from beautiful Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, hot prospect from Caguas, Puerto Rico, Jesús Rojas (18-1; 13KO), annihilated very tough …


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Evans stops Ortiz at UFC 133

In July of 2007, it was a stalemate. Four years later, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz met again, in the main event of UFC 133 at Wells Fargo Center Saturday night, and this time the judges weren’t necessary, as Evans looked to be in championship form in his first bout since May of 2010, as he stopped Ortiz in the second round . . . Click here for more by Thomas Gerbasi, UFC.com

 

 

In July of 2007, it was a stalemate. Four years later, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz met again, in the …


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Lee stops Fukuhara

By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Boxing Beat

Former WBA super-bantam champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-li Lee; 18-2-1, 9 KOs), 125.75, decked his comeback go since his forfeiture of his world throne to compatriot Akifumi Shimoda (who was lately dethroned by Rico Ramos in Atlantic City), as he landed a well-timed countering right, dropped ex-national titlist Rikiya Fukuhara (24-6-1, 18 KOs), 126, and chalked up a TKO victory at 2:39 of the fifth round on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. (more…)

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Boxing Beat Former WBA super-bantam champ Retsuri Lee (AKA Ryol-li Lee; 18-2-1, 9 KOs), 125.75, decked …


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Preview: Evans-Ortiz

Preview by Anthony Springer Jr.

Eight weeks ago, if you told someone that Tito Ortiz would be headlining UFC 133, they may have laughed and accused you of living in an MMA time warp. But five weeks isn’t August 6 and Tito Ortiz is headlining UFC 133—and you’re not living in an MMA time warp. (more…)

Preview by Anthony Springer Jr. Eight weeks ago, if you told someone that Tito Ortiz would be headlining UFC 133, …


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DeMarco-Linares is official

Photo: Felipe Leon

Despite many rumors abounding regarding the match up, it has become official that WBC Silver lightweight champion Antonio DeMarco (25-2-1, 18 KOs) of Tijuana by way of Los Mochis, Mex, will go against Venezuelan Jorge Linares (31-1, 20 KOs) for the full fledged WBC strap that was relinquished earlier this year by Humberto “Zorrita” Soto. The news was exclusively confirmed to Fightnews.com by Jorge Marron, advisor to Team DeMarco, “We knew it was going to happen but there was some details that needed to be ironed out and we did that recently so it is good to go. The twelve round championship bout will take place on the under card of the Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson tilt scheduled for October 15th at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. “We are glad that is happening in southern California instead of the east coast,” Bobby Quirarte, assistant trainer of DeMarco stated. “Its the best thing to the fight happening at home in Tijuana.” DeMarco has been training at the CREA gym in Tijuana under the tutelage of Romulo Quirarte for several weeks.

Photo: Felipe Leon Despite many rumors abounding regarding the match up, it has become official that WBC Silver lightweight champion …


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Montiel returns August 20

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (45-3-2, 35 KOs) will return against two-time title challenger Álvaro Pérez (21-3-1, 12 KOs) on August 20 in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. The event will be televised by Zanfer and televised in Mexico on TV Azteca. The bout will take place in the unusual location of The La Cetto Vineyard located on the road between Tecate and Ensenada. The bout will be a ten-rounder at the super bantamweight limit.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former world champion Fernando “Kochulito” Montiel (45-3-2, 35 KOs) will return against two-time title challenger Álvaro …


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WBO belts correction chief

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel gave a title belt to the Puerto Rico’s Correction and Rehabilitation Director, Carlos Molina, due to his successful work with the prisoners in the island, during the show “A Puño Limpio” held at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo. Valcarcel highlighted Molina’s achievements in the agency, as the professional boxing card held at the Correctional 1072 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, last January. “We recongnize tonight the Correction and Rehabilitation Director, Carlos Molina, for his great work with the prisoners in this country. Actually, Molina is a Champion in the rehabilitation”, Valcarcel said, while somre prisoners in the attendance applauded the ceremony. “So, we give this championship belt to Molina and urge to continue his excellent job.” Former WBO Champions Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon put the belt to Molina. Plus Valcarcel, Lopez and Calderon, there were in the ceremony Ivan and Peter Rivera, PR Best Boxing Promotions president and vice-president, respectively, Luis Pérez, Chairman Ratings Committee, and former world champion Victor “Luvi” Calleja.

WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel gave a title belt to the Puerto Rico’s Correction and Rehabilitation Director, Carlos Molina, due …


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Olympic Trials: Finals


Story and photos by Scott Foster

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials concluded on Friday, with 10 American boxers fulfilling their dreams to represent America in the 2012 summer games. The final hurdle to qualify requires a top-10 showing in their respective weight class at one of two international qualifiers, either the U.S. National Championships, held in early September, or the 2011 AIBA Men’s World Championships, to be contested from September 22-October 10 in Baku, Azerbaijan . . . Click here for more

Story and photos by Scott Foster The 2012 U.S. Olympic Boxing Trials concluded on Friday, with 10 American boxers fulfilling …


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JC Salgado Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero

Former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight Dominican Argenis Mendez (18-1, 9 KOs) for the vacant IBF super featherweight world title on September 10 at venue to be announced on a card promoted by HG Boxing. The bout will be presented by Televisa Channel 5 on their “Sabados de Corona” telecast. “It’snot an easy fight,” said Salgado. “Dominicans are fast fighters, with a lot of physical strength. I’m working hard to neutralize that style and impose my punching power and technique in the ring. My goal is to return to being world champion and I know I’m going to achieve it!” Salgado trains daily with Hall of Fame trainer Nacho Beristain at the Romanza Gym in Mexico City.

By Gabriel F. Cordero Former WBA super featherweight champion Juan Carlos Salgado (23-1-1, 16 KOs) will fight Dominican Argenis Mendez …


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Weights from Mexico City

By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC

Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora and Salvador Sanchez II, approved without problems, the seven day before official weigh-in, according to the WBC rules for their next fights, which will be held next Saturday August 13, at the “Deportivo Tlalli” in Tlalnepantla State of Mexico.

Coincidentally, the ceremony took place seven days before the anniversary of the death of the great Salvador Sanchez Narvaez, former champion of the featherweight division WBC.

With Salvador Sanchez II, also approved the pre weigh-in, Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora, who will make the first defense of the WBC flyweight Youth championship.

Ibeth Zamora 113
Sal Sanchez 131
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By Pepe Rodriguez/WBC Photos: Alma Montiel/WBC Ibeth “La Roca” Zamora and Salvador Sanchez II, approved without problems, the seven day …


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Sons of Legends collide

Confirmed: On September 17 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) will defend his WBC middleweight title against Ronald Hearns (26-2-0, 20 KOs) at the Palenque in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico. It will be a big party in Culiacan, as the hometown hero Chavez will make his first defense. Hearns unsuccessfully challenged WBA champion Felix Sturm in his last fight.

Confirmed: On September 17 Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (43-0-1, 30 KOs) will defend his WBC middleweight title against Ronald Hearns …


Boxing Result

Mercedes defeats Maldonado

Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez

WBO #8, IBF #12 super flyweight Juan Mercedes (26-3, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority decision over former world title challenger Luis “Titi” Maldonado (35-7-1, 26 KOs) on Friday night at the Coliseo Mario “Quijote” Morales in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Scores were 96-94, 97-93 and 95-95. Click here for more photos…

Photos: PRBBP/Jose Perez WBO #8, IBF #12 super flyweight Juan Mercedes (26-3, 17 KOs) pounded out a ten round majority …


Boxing Result

Paris KOs Coleman in 7

By Francisco Salazar at ringside

In a grudge match, undefeated junior welterweight Vernon “The Iceman” Paris (25-0, 15 KOs) scored a seventh round KO over Tim “The Pitbull” Coleman (19-2-1, 5 KOs) on Friday night at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, California. Coleman dropped Paris in round two, but Paris came back to put Coleman down twice with body shots in round six. The fight ended in round seven when Paris put Coleman on the deck again with another body shot.

The battle between undefeated junior lightweight Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan (14-0-2, 8 KOs) and former world champion Cristobal “Lacandon” Cruz (39-12-3, 23 KOs) ended in a four round technical draw. The fight was stopped due to a head clash that left Cruz with a vertical cut over the right eye. Scores were 39-37, 37-39 and 38-38.

Featherweight contender Luis Franco (10-0, 6 KO’s) stopped Adolfo Landeros after the fourth round of a scheduled eight round bout. There were no knockdowns in the fight, but it was all Franco as he landed at will against the durable Landeros (21-21-2, 10 KO’s). After the fourth round ended, Landeros’ corner advised referee Raul Caiz, Sr. to stop the fight.

Unbeaten lightweight Michael Faragon (16-0, 7 KOs) scored a nice second round TKO over Ira Terry (24-6, 14 KOs). Referee Raul Caiz waved it off at 2:32.

By Francisco Salazar at ringside In a grudge match, undefeated junior welterweight Vernon “The Iceman” Paris (25-0, 15 KOs) scored …


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Cazares to face Shimizu in Japan

By Joe Koizumi

Two-time world challenger Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9 KOs), ex-Japanese flyweight champ popular among female fans due to his handsome face, will have his third ambitious crack at the WBA super-fly belt against Mexican veteran Hugo Cazares (35-6-2, 25 KOs) in Tokyo, Japan, on August 31. It will be the first of a world title twinbill, supporting a WBA bantam title go between defending titlist Koki Kameda (25-1, 16 KOs) and David De la Mora (26-0, 16 KOs) at the Nihon Budokan (Japan’s Martial Arts Hall) in the center of Tokyo. Shimizu, formerly a university amateur boxer, failed to win the 112-pound belt twice—both within the distance—from Pongsaklek Wongjongkam in Thailand in 2007 and compatriot Daisuke Naito here the next year. Against Naito, Shimizu was obviously leading on points thanks to his successful hit-and-run strategy before a pitiful come-from-behind tenth-round stoppage. Cazares, three years his senior at 33, wrested the WBA throne by frustrating Nobuo Nashiro with his puzzling switch-hitting en route to a unanimous verdict in a rematch in Osaka in May of the previous year. Since then, Cazares kept his belt four times, including a lopsided decision over Hiroyuki Hisataka last December. For Cazares, Japan may be a good market that attracts him to come back.

By Joe Koizumi Two-time world challenger Tomonobu Shimizu (18-3-1, 9 KOs), ex-Japanese flyweight champ popular among female fans due to …


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Diaz stops Zappavigna

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Werner Kalin

World rated lightweight Armeth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) scored a fifth round stoppage of Lenny Zappavigna (25-2, 17 KOs) in an IBF elimination bout at the Melbourne Pavillion in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. on Friday. Diaz showed good power in round one by connecting with solid combinations to the head of the Aussie 135-pounder. Zappa responded by scoring with power shots to the body that hurt the Panamanian. In round two Diaz dropped Zappavigna with a hard right hand to the jaw but he survived to hear the bell. Zappa outworked Diaz in round three and inflicted a cut over the visitor’s eye in round four. Diaz dropped Zappavigna again in round five from a solid combo to the head and the cornerman of the Australian entered the ring to advise referee Robert Byrd they did not want Zappa to continue. Time 2:32. Diaz will now be rated IBF #1 and will challenge Miguel Vasquez the the world title. For more details and photos click here…

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing Photos: Werner Kalin World rated lightweight Armeth Diaz (30-10, 21 KOs) scored a …


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Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank

Hard-punching unbeaten Welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso of Nigeria trains at the Wildcard Boxing Club for his upcoming Top Rank debut on the big Yuriorkis Gamboa vs Daniel Ponce De Leon fight card,Sept. 10 in Atlantic City,NJ. Lucky Boy, an extremely hard puncher who is trained by Freddie Roach will box 8 rounds. Click here for more photos…

Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank Hard-punching unbeaten Welterweight Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso of Nigeria trains at the Wildcard Boxing Club for …


UFC

UFC 133 at the scales


Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC

From Philadelphia for tomorrow nigh’s UFC 133, which is headlined by the light heavyweight rematch between Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz and the middleweight battle between Vitor Belfort and Yoshihiro Akiyama, airing live on Pay-Per-View from the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania at 9pm ET / 6pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see live UFC 133 preliminary bouts, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can see the rest of the prelim bouts at 5:45 pm ET / 2:45 pm PT.

MAIN EVENT
Rashad Evans (204.4) vs. Tito Ortiz (205.8)

PPV
Vitor Belfort (185.4) vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama (184.6)
Dennis Hallman (170.8) vs. Brian Ebersole (170.6)
Jorge Rivera (184.6) VS Costa Philippou (185.2)
Rory MacDonald (170.6) VS Mike Pyle (170.8)

SPIKE TV PRELIMS
Matt Hamill (206) vs. Alex Gustafsson (204.4)
Chad Mendes (145.8) vs. Rani Yahya (145.2)

ONLINE FIGHTS
Ivan Menjivar (138*) vs. Nick Pace (135.8)
Johny Hendricks (170.8) vs. Mike Pierce (171)
Mike Brown (146) vs. Nam Phan (145)
Rafael Natal (185.4) vs. Paul Bradley (185.2)

For more info the UFC or UFC 133, visit www.UFC.com

Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC From Philadelphia for tomorrow nigh’s UFC 133, which is headlined by the light heavyweight rematch …










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