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By Nick Giongco
Manny Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach finally hooked up on Monday afternoon as the Filipino pound-for-pound king worked out at the Elorde Gym in Quezon City in preparation for the Nov. 13 fight with Antonio Margarito in Dallas. Roach was all praises for Pacquiao, who did the punch mitts routine for seven sizzling rounds with the famed trainer. After the workout, Pacquiao put on a classy getup so he could fulfill his duties in Congress. Pacquiao and Roach are going to set up camp in Baguio City either Thursday or later in the week.
By Joe Koizumi
Lanky Mexican southpaw Tomas Rojas (34-12-1-1NC, 23 KOs), 115, acquired the vacant WBC super-flyweight belt as he fully utilized his faster footwork, advantageous height and reach to comfortably pile up points in the first eleven rounds, withstood a bad knockdown in the last session and pounded out a unanimous decision (116-111 twice and 118-109) over onrushing Japanese Kohei Kono (25-5, 9 KOs), 115, over twelve Tom-and-Jerry rounds on Monday in Saitama, Japan.
Kono caught Rojas with a devastating right and had him reeling to the ropes, and battered him onto the deck with referee Frank Garza tolling a mandatory eight count. But Rojas survived the critical moment and seized a fine victory thanks to his good accumulation on points. (More to come)
WBA world heavyweight champion David Haye has commended former cruiserweight rival Enzo Maccarinelli for the heart shown during Saturday’s (September 18) seventh round stoppage loss to German Alexander Frenkel, but admitted the manner of defeat “upset” him. European cruiserweight champion Maccarinelli was ahead on the scorecards when entering the seventh round of his first title defence in Birmingham, but a vicious left-hook from Frenkel ended both the Swansea man’s title reign and his dream of winning back his WBO world title. (more…)
By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Australian ring legend Jeff Fenech has lashed out at his former trainer Johnny Lewis over what he calls a betrayal by Lewis in his authorized biography released last month. “It’s time I told the real story because some of the things he’s said about me in the book are hurtful,” Fenech told the Sunday Telegraph. “It’s made out as if Johnny’s some great guy and I’m an arsehole.”
The Hall of Famer is particularly upset about Lewis’ account of his 1992 loss to Azumah Nelson in front of 44,000 fans in Melbourne, for which he blames Lewis and his doctor for administering an incorrect dose of pain killer for a hand injury. “I’m not making excuses but there were a few reasons why I lost and Johnny knows them. I could hardly walk when I left the dressing room for the fight,” Fenech told the paper. “When I went through the book it really hurt me. I can’t just sit back and let him say stuff about me that’s totally untrue.”
A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday to announce a ten round junior lightweight clash between NABO titleholder Eloy Perez (18-0-2, 5 KOs) and Dominic Salcido (18-2, 9 KOs) on October 15 at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. Also scheduled to appear on the card are rising junior welterweight prospect Frankie Gomez (6-0, 6 KOs) and featherweight prospect Randy Caballero (4-0, 4 KOs). The card will be televised on Telefutura.
By Francisco Salazar
California State Athletic Commission physician Dr. Paul Wallace told Fightnews.com late Saturday night that former world title holder Vivian Harris was taken to a local hospital because of a possible broken jaw. Harris was dropped four times by Victor Ortiz in losing by a third round stoppage. Because of the vicious knockout he suffered at the hands of unbeaten Saul Alvarez, former world title holder Carlos Baldomir was taken to the hospital for observation. “He’s fine,” said Wallace after the Shane Mosley-Sergio Mora bout. “We sent him there just as a precaution.”
By Felipe Leon
As part of the month long celebration to commemorate Mexico’s bicentennial, Zanfer Promotions will present an explosive seven fight night at the legendary El Foro Theatre in downtown Tijuana, Mex, on Saturday, September 25th. The card will be televised in the USA on Fox Sports Espanol’s
Top Rank Live! series as well as nationally in Mexico by TV Azteca. In the main event, Ramon Garcia Hirales (13-1-1, 8KOs) will defend his WBO interim jr flyweight title against the much more experienced Manuel “Chango” Vargas (28-5-1, 13KOs) in a twelve round event. (more…)
By Jeffrey Pamungkas
Three Indonesian boxers, Tommy Seran, Isack “Junior” Leitedena and Heri Amol outpointed their opponents on Saturday in their hometown of Kupang, Indonesia, small city in the eastern part of the country where international boxing events rarely take place. Seran (17-1, 9 KOs) retained his WBO interim light flyweight title by defeating Jayson Rotoni (11-7-1, 6 KOs) of the Phillipines by a unanimous decision. Isack “Junior” Leitedena (15-0-2, 7 KOs) also retained his interim WBO Asia Pacific super flyweight title by defeating Elmar Fransisco (Philippines, 11-11-1, 2 KOs) by a 12 round unanimous decision. In the main event, Heri Amol (28-11-3, 11 KOs) grabbed the vacant WBO Asia Pacific minimumweight title after defeating another Filipino Mating Kilakil (14-6-4, 5 KOs), also by unanimous decision in a 12 round bout. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Sugar Shane Mosley swept the last two rounds on all three judges’ scorecards to salvage a draw against Sergio Mora on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Entering the championship rounds, Mosley was ahead by two points on the card of David Denkin, behind by four points on the card of Kermit Bayless, and behind by two points of the card of Lou Moret. Click here to see the actual California State Athletic Commission Master Scoresheet.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon
Photography by “Big” Joe Miranda
During the course of a game, showing an opponent respect is a part of sportsmanship. In the case of Sergio Mora, showing too much for respect for Shane Mosley may have been his downfall in a bout that started sloppy, but was competitive late.
Last night, Mosley and Mora fought to a 12-round split decision draw before a crowd of 13,591 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles . . . Click here for more
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Deborah Carbone
Rising featherweight Eric Nemo (10-1-1, 4 KOs) returned to the legendary Valencia Ballroom in York Pennsylvania and satisfied his raucous local contingent by dropping tall rangy southpaw Stephan Alexander (4-3, 4 KOs) once en-route to a lopsided six round unanimous decision victory in the main event of the evening. In the co-feature of the card promoted by A & D Promotions, Ayi Bruce out slugged Doel Carrasquillo to capture an eight round majority decision victory. For more details and photos click here…
By Felipe Leon
Photos by Big Joe Miranda
Not like his performance last night in the ring in which many of the over 15,000 present at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles wished he would have done more, Sergio “Latin Snake” Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) was extremely animated as he explained what happened during the twelve rounds he went with “Sugar” Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) in the main event of “200: Celebrate & Dominate” presented by Golden Boy Promotions. The bout was ruled a draw. For more details and photos click here…
Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18 KOs) is the new European Cruiserweight Champion after a spectacular KO victory over Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs). The unbeaten 25-year-old floored the former world champion with a vicious left hook in the seventh round of their clash at the LG Arena in Birmingham. Maccarinelli beat the count but found himself on the floor again when Frenkel followed it up with another heavy series of punches. “I am very happy,” Frenkel said. “It was a tough fight against a very dangerous opponent. Maccarinelli was very strong but in the seventh round I hit him.” (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
According to Rogelio Espiño, the Panamanian boxing promoter and manager of WBA super bantamweight super champion Celestino “Pelenchin” Caballero, “Pelenchin” will be facing Jason Litzau (27-2, 21 KOs) on November 27 in Las Vegas under the Marquez-Katsidis main event.
By Ron Jackson
The experience of Lovemore Ndou was just too much for Bongani Mwelase as he retained his IBO welterweight belt at the Emperors Palace Casino in Kempton Park on Saturday night. The scoring was all over the place with judge Lulama Mtya (SA) off the mark with a score of 117-112 for Ndou and judge Donald Balas (USA) possibly closer to the right decision with a 115-113 card for Ndou, whilst judge Garry Dean (Australia) was off the mark with a 115-113 card for Mwelase. (more…)
By Gabriel F. Cordero
After a meeting of the officials in Culiacan, the Sinaloa Boxing Comsission has changed the result of the match between Mexican hero Jorge “Travieso” Arce and Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra, awarding the fight to Arce by split decision. Apparently an error was made by chief official Gerardo Arzu, who failed to mark Parra’s score correctly in the seventh round. Confusion was evident in the ring after the bout as famed ring announcer Lupe Contreras simply announced the fight as “a draw” with no scores. The bout was billed as a WBO jr Featherweight elimination, so apparently this ruling makes Arce the mandatory challenger to WBO champion Wilfredo Vazquez Jr.
By Nick Giongco
Freddie Roach arrived in Manila early Sunday morning from Los Angeles in preparation for the eight-week training camp of Manny Pacquiao, who meets Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas. Roach was accompanied by junior-middleweights Glen Tapia of New Jersey and Michael Medina of Los Angeles. Tapia is a native of the Dominican Republic, while Medina is from Mexico. Roach plans to set up training camp in the cool mountains of Baguio City–a five-hour drive from Manila–later this week.
Two other sparmates–Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and Vanes Martirosyan–are expected to hit town anytime in the week to help in the training camp. Roach, Tapia and Medina were brought to the New World Hotel in the trendy Makati area of Metro Manila as soon as they finished an interview with the two leading networks in the Philippines. Fightnews and Manila Bulletin were at the airport to greet Roach.
By Robert Coster
The Dominican Republic’s brightest prospect, 5’5 featherweight dynamo Jenifel Vicente (18-0-2, 12 K)s) gave an awsome display of speed and power with a two round destruction of veteran Hector Julio Avila (47-5, 42 KOs) in front of a crowd of 2,000 at the Teo Cruz Coliseum in Santo Domingo. Avila was supposed to be the one with the superior fire-power but Vicente disproved this by exchanging bombs in the very first round and forcing the veteran boxer to back down. At the beginning of the second round, Vicente went for the kill and caught Avila with a lethal right and left hook combination that sent the older fighter crashing to the mat. The brave Avila did get up but only to be met with another brutal barrage of punches that leveled him half-unconscious against the ropes, forcing the referee to mercifully halt the carnage at just 43 seconds of the round. (more…)
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Sugar Shane Mosley: We both fought hard. It was a good fight so it was a good decision. He is not a good puncher so we had to box more. This was a different fight because he had to come down in weight and I had to go up. It would have been different if I was fighting someone my height and weight. Mora moved, ran away, rested and held. There were lots of head butts and that effected me. He was moving too much so it was hard for me to get my shots in. I still want to fight someone more my weight and height like Cotto.”
Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora: I came to win and I wanted to win, but my respect for Shane Mosley got in the way. I got hard headed and should have listened to my corner. They were telling me it was close and I thought I was winning the fight and my respect for Shane got in the way. He threw really good punches. He hit me with some hard shots. Going 12 rounds with Shane Mosley says something in and of itself. Honestly, I thought I won the fight.
Middleweight Javier Francisco Maciel (17-1, 11 KOs) of Argentina won the vacant WBO Latino title by way of third round stoppage over Juan Carlos Alderete (33-7-1, 23 KOs) on Saturday night at the Estadio Ruca Che in Neuquen, Neuquen, Argentina. The bout was fairly even for the first two rounds with a slight edge to Maciel. In round three Maciel turned up the pressure and worked Alderete over pretty good for the first half of the round with several powershots to the head and body. The punishment being dished out by Maciel forced the referee to issue a standing 8-count. When action resumed Maciel picked up where he left off teeing off on Alderette and the referee halted the bout. Mario Margossian promoted the event.
By Francisco Salazar/Felipe Leon/Rocco Morales
Former multi-division world champion Sugar Shane Mosley (46-6-1, 39 KOs) and “Contender: Season One” winner and former WBC champ Sergio Mora (22-1-2, 6 KOs) boxed to an ugly twelve round draw on Saturday night at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles. Not much action in the first half of the in the bout as the reluctant Mora refused to engage in any exchanges as the 39-year-old Mosley stalked him around the ring. The fight was a bit more competitive after Mora slowed down and stood his ground more in the later rounds. Scores were 115-113 Mora, 116-112 Mosley, 114-114.
In a clash for the WBC super welterweight silver title, unbeaten Saul Alvarez (34-0-1, 26 KOs) showed what all the excitment is about with a spectacular knockout of former world champion Carlos Baldomir (45-13-6, 14 KOs). A left hook dropped Baldomir face first for the count. Time was 2:58.
Welterweight Victor Ortiz (28-2-1, 22 KOs) easily defeated Vivian Harris (29-5-1, 19 KOs), scoring a one-sided three round blowout. Ortiz dropped Harris three times in round two and once in round three before the bout was waved off. Time :45.
In a WBO featherweight eliminator, former world champion Daniel Ponce De Leon (40-2, 33 KOs) scored an explosive third round KO over Antonio Escalante (23-3, 15 KOs). After a one-sided beating, a big right to the head finished Escalante. Time was 2:40.
In the main event on Saturday night at the Dorado Soccer Stadium in Culiacán, Sinaloa, Mexico, three-division world champion Jorge “Travieso” Arce (55-6-2, 42 KOs) and former world champion Lorenzo “Lencho” Parra (31-2-1, 18 KOs) fought to a ten round draw. No scores were announced.
WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (53-7-2, 32 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over Fidel Monterrosa (24-1, 18 KOs). The tough and sometimes dirty fight was marred by slippery conditions inside the side that left Soto and Monterrosa slipping and sliding all night long. Scores were 115-112, 115-112, 118-109.
Undefeated welterweight prospect Omar “Businessman” Chavez (24-0-1, 17 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Rodrigo Juarez (15-12-1, 11 KOs). A left-right-left-right combination sent Juarez down for the count at 2:47. They had met a couple of months back with Chavez getting the nod on a very close fight. No question this time.
By Francisco Salazar/Felipe Leon/Rocco Morales
Frankie Gomez, in a scheduled 6 round Welterweight bout, impressively demolished Ricardo Calzada who previously had never been knocked out. Knockout artist, Gomez, was patient in his dismantling of Calzada and it wasn’t until the third round that Gomez went in for the kill. However, once the third round started, Gomez wasted little time and knocked down Calzada with a hook/cross combo. After Calzada beat the count, Gomez unleashed a barrage of punches that badly hurt Calzada. With the state commissioner on the ring apron urging the referee to call an end to the fight, Gomez literally beat the referee to the punch by unceasing a final vicious combination that laid out Calzada for good. By way of a knockout victory at 1:06 of the third round, Gomez improves to a perfect (6-0, 6 KOs), while Calzada drops to (2-3, 1 KO). (more…)
By Karl Freitag
Frank Warren’s “Magnificent 7” card at the LG Arena in Birmingham, England on Saturday night produced seven magnificent KOs as none of the bouts went the distance.
Unbeaten Alexander Frenkel (23-0, 18 KOs) scored the most spectacular win of his career with a brutal knockout of European cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli (32-5, 25 KOs). Early on, Frenkel outboxed the former WBO world champion, who was looking to load up on every punch. Maccarinelli did his share of damage but the bout ended dramatically when a hard left hook by Frenkel floored Maccarinelli in round seven. The badly hurt Maccarinelli bravely beat the count, but Frenkel put him down to stay with his violent follow-up barrage. Time was 2:30. (more…)
Oleg Hermann, manager Gennady Golovkin, has issued the following statement to FIGOsport.de:
“Much has been said about the situation in the WBA middleweight division in the last couple of days. It has been very surprising for us to read articles stating that all of parties involved had accepted that Gennady Golovkin would face Milton Nunez for the interim title and Hassan N’Dam would fight Avantandil Khurtzide for the vacant regular title. I think there is a big misunderstanding on the press side.” (more…)
By Rocco Morales
Golden Boy Promotions officially announced at a press conference today at L.A. LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles that Juan Manuel Marquez will meet interim champion, Michael Katsidis, live on HBO, on Saturday, November 27th, at 9:30pm EST/6:30pm EST. Marquez was present and spoke briefly, posed with Golden Boy Promotions Vice President, Bernard Hopkins, and signed autographs.
It was also announced by Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer that nine prospects have been added to Golden Boy Promotions roster: (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
As there are many world title bouts scheduled here in Japan, this reporter’s head got so much confused that it is necessary to put the schedule in order. On this coming Monday, September 20, there will be a couple of world title goes at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama city (close to Tokyo). WBA super-feather champ Takashi Uchiyama will put his belt on the line against WBA#5 Roy Mukhlis of Indonesia in the main event. Ex-world challenger Kohei Kono, Japan, will dispute the vacant WBC super-fly throne with ex-WBC interim titlist Tomas Rojas of Mexico. We saw a medical examination of the four contestants conducted by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC) at the Korakuen Hall today (Saturday). For more details and photos click here…
By Francisco Salazar
Photo: Big Joe Miranda
Call it the battle of Los Angeles area fighters. Or one Golden Boy fighter versus another Golden Boy fighter. Maybe even one world title challenger versus another. Regardless of how one would dissect the Jose Navarro versus Nestor Rocha crossroads bout, in the end, it was Rocha who made the most of this opportunity. Unfortunately for the talented Navarro, the loss will require him to evaluate whether to pursue his career as a legitimate contender. (more…)
Report and photos by Rocco Morales
An electrifying night of boxing was enjoyed by a packed house at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel as fight fans turned out to support LOCKED N LOADED III, a 6 fight card that featured many very talented local fighters.
In the main event of the evening, a scheduled 10 round championship bout for the vacant WBC CABOFE junior welterweight championship, Jose “El Nino” Reynoso wore down and punished previously undefeated Hector “Teco” Serrano forcing the referee to finally call an end to the bout at 1:50 of the 8th round. (more…)
By Kurt Wolfheimer and Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photo by Mike Greenhill
Friday night at the Clarence “Du” Burns Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, Jesse “The Beast Nicklow (20-2-3, 7KO’S) and “Vicious” Julius Kennedy (7-1-1, 3KO’s) laid it all on the line for the Maryland State and World Boxing Federation middleweight titles in a hard fought ten round war that had the crowd cheering throughout from the non-stop action. After all the dust was settled it was declared a draw by scores of 95-95 x 2, and 98-92 (Nicklow). (more…)
By Jacob Chavez at ringside
It was a terrific night of boxing, Friday Night at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, IL. Fight fans were treated to plenty of fireworks as rising star Andy Lee (23-1-1, 16 KOs) of the Middleweight division punished and stopped local favorite, Michael “The Midnight Stalker” (19-5-2, 12 KOs) for nearly eight rounds. Also displaying their skill, were various up-and-coming Russian prospects who did not disappoint. (more…)
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
In the main event of “Shobox: The New Generation,” from Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm, Nev., Freddy Hernandez scored the 20th knockout of his professional career with a fourth round TKO stoppage over Mike Anchondo in a scheduled 10-round welterweight fight.
On a card promoted by Gary Shaw Promotions, “El Riel” put himself closer to a future world title shot against Andre Berto with an impressive performance that demonstrated his punching power and poise to seek openings against an aggressive Anchondo . . . Click here for more
UFC® fans will have the opportunity to bid on one of the hottest cars ever made on Friday, Sept. 24 at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event in Las Vegas, Nev. The Ultimate Fighting Championship® has teamed up with Findlay Customs and Modern Muscle Las Vegas to build a limited-edition UFC Camaro complete with 650 super-charged horsepower and one-of-a-kind features sure to grab the attention of UFC fans and car aficionados alike. (more…)
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