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The “Tijuana Tornado” is back! Click here for ringside photos from Antonio Margarito’s triumphant comeback against Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia.
After nearly a year-and-a-half out of the ring, former welterweight champion Antonio ‘Tijuana Tornado’ Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) won a ten round unnaimous decision over Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) on Saturday night before a crowd of 17,000+ at La Plaza de Toros Monumental in Aguascalientes, Ags., Mexico. Margarito dropped Garcia in round one and was in command from the get-go. Garcia was game and aggressive, but Margarito was more accurate and effective with his combinations. Referee Guadalupe Garcia took points from Garcia for a headbutt in round eight and a low blow in the tenth. Scores were 99-89, 100-88, 99-90.
By Francisco Salazar
Kermit Cintron promoter Lou DiBella told Fightnews: “He hit his head. I think that the doctor saw that he hit his head and that he had to send him to the hospital. Kermit wanted to fight. I don’t understand how this is a technical decision when the fight did not go four full rounds. It’s a California law, but it is a dumb law. How can you say who can win a three and a half round fight? If that is the case, in my opinion, my guy won the fight. Paul never hurt him. He (Kermit) hurt Paul.”
By Francisco Salazar and Rocco Morales at ringside
The self-proclaimed “most feared fighter in the world,” three-time world champion Paul “The Punisher” Williams (39-1, 27 KOs) won an unsatisfying split technical decision over former welterweight champion Kermit “The Killer” Cintron (32-3-1, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, California. The much taller Williams fought from the outside while Cintron didn’t apply much pressure, content to pick his shots. In round four, the fighters got tangled up and Cintron fell through the ropes and out of the ring sustaining an apparent injury to his neck or right shoulder. He was taken from ringside on a stretcher. The judges scored the prematurely terminated bout 39-37, 40-36 Williams, 40-46 Cintron. (more…)
Over 17,000 at La Plaza de Toros Monumental, Aguascalientes…
WBA interim super featherweight champion Jorge “Coloradito” Solis (39-2-2, 28 KOs) outboxed Mario Santiago (21-3-1, 14 KOs) over twelve one-sided rounds. Scores were 119-108, 118-109, 118-109.
In a good action WBA lightweight eliminator, WBA #3 Urbano Antillon (27-1, 20 KOs) pounded out a ten round unanimous decision over #2 rated super featherweight Rene Gonzalez (27-1-1, 21 KOs). After a spirited first stanza, Antillon dropped Gonzalez at the end of the round. Excellent two-way action in rounds two-six. Antillon was credited with another knockdown in the seventh (it was more of a slip), and went on to win by scores of 100-90, 99-91, 99-91.
Unbeaten featherweight prospect “Mikey” Garcia (22-0, 18 KOs) had his toughest fight to date against rugged Pedro Navarrete (24-8-3, 13 KOs), winning an eight round unanimous decision. Scores were 77-75, 79-75, 78-74. (more…)
Bantamweight Sebastian Daniel Rodriguez (12-1, 5 KOs) of Argentina spectacuarly knocked out Manuel Herrera (16-7-2, 6 KOs) of Colombia in the fourth round of a WBC Latino bantamweight title fight on Saturday night at the Polideportivo Troncos del Talar, El Talar de Pacheco in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It looked like Rodriguez would finish Herrera off in a matter of seconds as he hurt Herrera with the first punch he threw which was a left hook. Rodriguez had Herrera pinned against the ropes and a few moments later unloaded with a series of unanswered punches but Herrera weathered the storm. Rounds two and three were relatively tame in comparison to round one. In round four, Rodriguez came out looking for the knockout and found it when again he trapped Herrera against the ropes and landed a series of 1-2 powershots that sent Herrera crashing to the mat where he was counted out. The card was promoted by Osvaldo Rivero. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
Promoter Dan Goossen today announced the signing of Light Heavyweight titleholder Beibut Shumenov to a promotional contract, prior to the start of “The Weight is Over” under-card at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. “It is with great pride and a pleasure for Beibut to be part of our organization. He’s a tremendous fighter and he became a world champion in just his 10th bout. I am very proud to put his career in my hands.” Shumenov, who became a world champion with a 12 round split-decision victory over Gabriel Campillo in January, will now have someone focus on his professional career as a boxer. “I’m very excited to work with Goossen Tutor Promotions. We will have a great relationship as I will dedicate myself to training. It is difficult to prepare for a fight and promote at the same time. I won’t have to do that anymore.” Shumenov is himself a promoter, as he heads KZ Event Promotions. Goossen announced to the assembled media that Shumenov will fight unbeaten mandatory Vyacheslav Uzelkov in July, more than likely in the United States.
Ringside report by Felix Chavez & Gerardo Martinez
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne came into Friday night’s main event at Isleta Casino in Albuquerque with Richard Hall with an impressive amateur background and plenty of confidence against the former world title challenger.
But with just five pro fights, Despaigne was facing a challenger with 36 pro fights and 27 knockouts among his 29 wins. But as it turned out, Despaigne had nothing to worry about . . . click here for more
Recent middleweight world title challenger Billy Lyell (22-8, 4 KOs) returned to the jr middleweight division on Friday night, winning an eight round unanimous decision over Martinus Clay at the new Morgantown Event Center, in Morgantown, West Virginia. Scores were 80-72 on all three judges’ cards.
In the co-main event, heavyweight Jason Bergman improved his record to 11-9 with 8 KOs, winning via TKO in the first round over 4-7 Octavius Smith. Also, junior middleweights Matt Berkshire (10-2-2, 5 KOs) and Vance Garvey (8-31-4, 3 KOs) fought to an eight round draw. The card was presented by Simons Promotions.
Italian Andrea Sarritzu (31-4-4, 12 KOs) defended for the first time his European title by unanimous decision (116-111, 118-109, 118-109) against tough French Alain Bonnel on Friday night in Selargius (Cagliari) on the island of Sardinia. On the undercard welterweight Luciano Abis (28-1- 1, 13 KOs) decisioned Juan Martinez Bas, lightweight prospect Luca Giacon bring his record to 10 wins, 10 KOs, 1 NC against French Sezer Erunsal when the referee stop the fight in the fourth round and super middleweight Mouhamed Ali Ndiaye (17-1, 10 KOs) beat Raul Asencio for TKO in round 5. OPI 2000 (Salvatore and Christian Cherchi) promoted the show with Dahlia TV televised the all card live in Italy.
It’s the worst few minutes in all of prizefighting. You’ve just given 25 minutes of your life, fighting for what nominally may be a belt, but in reality, is so much more. To be called champion, the best in the world, can be an intoxicating feeling. When the history of mixed martial arts is written, you will have your place as one of the select few to have soared to the top of your craft. . . . Click here for more, Thomas Gerbasi, UFC
By Joe Koizumi
Mexican switch-hitter Hugo Cazares (31-6-2, 22 KOs), 115, captured the WBA super-fly belt as he kept throwing more combinations to the less aggressive defending champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-2-1, 8 KOs), 115, to win a unanimous decision over twelve heats on Saturday in Osaka, Japan. The official tallies were as follows: Raul Caiz Sr. and Glenn Feldman (both US) both 117-111, and Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 115-113, all for the 32-year-old Mexican veteran who thus gained his second world belt to his credit. The referee was Russell Mora (US), who described this fight as the hardest toe-to-toe combat he had ever officiated. In eight days Mexicans, Fernando Montiel and Cazares, impressively dethroned our world titlists to show their strength. (More to come)
By Graham Houston
Former welter champion Antonio Margarito is back in the ring tonight in a new beginning when he tops the bill on the latest Latin Fury PPV show. Coming out of the other corner in the 10-round junior middleweight bout will be Roberto Garcia, a strong Mexican fighter from Texas who trained for the bout at Freddie Roach’s Wild Card gym in California and is looking and sounding very confident that he will pull off the upset. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar
As one fighter hopes for the breakout performance of his career, another hopes to maintain his status as one of the top fighters pound for pound today. Kermit Cintron will take on the self-proclaimed most feared man in boxing, Paul Williams, on Saturday night at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. The bout will be broadcast on HBO’s World Championship Boxing. Williams (38-1, 27 KO’s) has won his last five bouts in a row since his only professional defeat at the hands of Carlos Quintana in February of 2008. His most recent victory was a 12 round slugfest victory over newly-crowned Middleweight titleholder Sergio Martinez in December. (more…)
Unbeaten lightweight John Murray (29-0, 17 KOs) won the vacant European 135lb title while retaining his British belt with a punishing eleventh round TKO over Gary Buckland (18-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes, England. The referee had to intervene in round eleven to spare the battered and bloodied Buckland from further damage.
Undefeated Cuban light heavyweight Yordanis Despaigne (6-0, 4 KOs) won a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over veteran Richard Hall (29-8, 27 KOs) in a ten-rounder on Friday night at the Isleta Casino & Resort in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Despaigne outworked Hall all the way, winning by scores of 100-90 on all cards.
Heavyweight Seth Mitchell (17-0-1, 11 KOs) dropped Johnnie White (22-2, 18 KOs) in round one and finished him in round two. Time was 1:18.
In other action: Headlining the local main event, Albuquerque cruiserweight “Mad” Mike Alderete (7-4-2, 3 KOs) weathered a first round knockdown to edge “Mad” Max Heyman (23-11-4, 13 KOs) by split decision. Heyman abandoned his jab to let Alderete take the fight by sheer aggression. Scorecards read 76-75, 77-74 and 75-76.
Albuquerque jr. featherweight Josh Gomez (2-0, 1 KO) slaughtered overmatched Derrick Lopez (0-4) in just :29; Comebacking jr. middleweight Jose “The Goose” Ramirez (11-10, 6 KOs), of Albuquerque, dropped Lucas “The Ghost” Galle (6-5) in round two en route to a four round decision, scores of 39-36 twice and 38-37; Albuquerque jr. featherweight Randy “Savage” Arrellin (4-3, 3 KOs) stole the undercard show with a savage TKO beating of Willie Villanueva (9-2, 2 KOs), knocking his foe down a handful of times before the stoppage at :31 of round four; In the opener, a female four-rounder at feather, Amanda Crepin (2-1-1) pitched a shutout over Clare De La Torre (1-10-1).
From Montreal’s Bell Centre for tomorrow night’s UFC 113 on PPV:
Lyoto Machida 205 vs. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (205
Paul Daley 170 vs. Josh Koscheck 170
Kimbo Slice 225 vs. Matt Mitrione 253
Alan Belcher 186 vs. Patrick Cote 184
Jeremy Stephens 155 vs. Sam Stout 155
Joe Doerksen 186 vs. Tom Lawlor 185
Marcus Davis 169 vs. Jonathan Goulet 169
T.J. Grant 169 vs. Johny Hendricks 170
Joey Beltran 239 vs. Tim Hague 266
Mike Guymon 171 vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida 170
Jason MacDonald 185 vs. John Salter 185
Welterweight Danny Garcia (17-0, 11 KOs) scored a brutal seventh round stoppage of Christopher “Kid Kayo” Fernandez (18-10-1, 10 KOs) on Friday night at The Arena (formerly The New Alhambra) in Philadelphia. Referee Steve Smoger stopped the punishment after Fernandez’ corner waved the towel at 1:18.
Lightweight Karl “Dynamite” Dargan (8-0, 4 KOs) scored a fifth round KO over Jorge Ruiz (7-12-1). Ruiz was down four times, the fina time for the count. Time was 2:12.
Back in action after a nearly five year layoff, 27-year-old junior middleweight Mike Dargan (1-1-1) and Jason Montgomery (1-0-1) battled to a four round draw.
Ringside by Scott Ploof
In an interesting nine round main event at the Twin River Events Center in Lincoln, RI, Michael Clark (40-5-1, 18 KOs) dominated former USBA title holder Jason Pires (22-4-1, 9 KOs) and captured not only the unanimous decision but also his 40th professional victory. Scores of the bout were 90-80 twice and 89-81 in favor of Clark. Clark controlled the tempo of the fight as he worked his jab and turned it into combinations on Pires. Pires continued to press the action. He however continuously walked into the offense of Clark. Clark was solid with his hook combinations to the body and head of Pires. He was able to land two and three punch combinations on Pires at will. Pires continued to look to fight on the inside however Clark continued to punish him every time he came within range. A left hand at the end of round eight sent Pires to the canvas however he was able to answer referee Joey Luppino’s count at eight. Clark continued his domination in the ninth and final round as Pires did not have an answer for the slick attack of Clark. The eight bout fight card was promoted by Classic Entertainment and Sports. (more…)
“Next Great Champ” winner Otis Griffin (22-6-2, 9 KOs) scored an upset eighth round TKO against two-time world champion Byron Mitchell (28-6-1, 21 KOs) on Friday night at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. The fight was close until Griffin’s fight-ending barrage in the eighth.
Former heavyweight title challenger Michael Grant (46-3, 34 KOs) destroyed Kevin Burnett (13-4-1, 8 KOs) in round one. Burnett was down twice.
By Gary “Digital” Williams
Steve Wheeler 185 vs. Ariel Espinal 183 1/2
Elias Bouloubassis 155 1/2 vs. Kelvin Kibler 154
Shelley Seivert 160 vs. Tori Nelson 157 1/2
Jed Phipps 222 vs. Maurice Winslow 200
Mark Orndorff 222 1/2 vs. Riley Brooks 275 1/2
Mischa Christensen 151 1/2 vs. Dontre King 150
Dalemanik Roberson-El 175 1/2 vs. Ken Rosser 173
Venue: Du Burns Arena in Baltimore
Promoter: Baltimore Pro Boxing
After an administrative delay which caused a temporary relocation of his training camp locale from Los Angeles to Vancouver, Canada, WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Amir Khan has received his P1 visa and will be heading to New York City as originally scheduled on Sunday in order to defend his title against hometown hero Paulie Malignaggi at the Theater in Madison Square Garden on Saturday, May 15. “This is great news and I can’t wait to get to New York to finish up my training, get in the ring next Saturday and teach Paulie Malignaggi a lesson,” said Khan. “He’s been running his mouth for a while now and was probably hoping I wouldn’t get into New York. Well, Paulie, I’m on my way and you’re going to be my next knockout victim on May 15.” Upon hearing the news about Khan’s P1 Visa, Malignaggi said, “Welcome back to America, Amir. Now get ready for some punishment on May 15.”
After four years with HBO’s Boxing After Dark, Lennox Lewis will be leaving his post as commentator to begin fundraising efforts for his international training academy. Lennox is looking forward to developing a state of the art training facility for young boxers to improve their competitiveness in professional competition. Lewis also continues to explore innovative business ventures and film and television projects.
Paul Williams 152.5 vs Kermit Cintron 154
Martin Honorio 130 vs Argenis Mendez 130
Stan Martyniouk 133 vs Brian Ramirez 133
Walter Sarnoi 123 vs Adrian Aleman 123
Michael Ruiz Jr 118 vs Jose Pacheco 122
Jermiah Wiggins 152.5 vs Juan Diaz 153.5
Michael Dallas Jr. 149.5 vs Daniel Gonzalez 151
Venue: Home Depot Center in Carson, CA
Promoter: Goossen Tutor
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Antonio Margarito 154 vs Roberto Garcia 153
Jorge Solis 130 vs Mario Santiago 130
Urbano Antillon 135 vs Rene Gonzales 135
Mikey Garcia 128 vs Pedro Navarette 128
Note: Garcia’s bout moves onto the PPV
TR Livestream bouts:
Michael Farinas 128 vs Marlon Aguilar 128.5
Jose Benavidez 140 vs Arnaldo Pacheco 140
Venue: La Feria de San Marcos, Aguascalientes, Ags, Mexico
Promoter: Top Rank
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“Boxeo TELEMUNDO” returns on May 14 at the famous Auditorio La Condesa in Mexico City, Mexico. In the main event Jesus “Estrella” Ruiz of El Dorado, Sinaloa Mexico will move up in weight and face Cuauhtemoc Vargas of Mexico City, Mexico in a battle scheduled for 12 Rounds with the vacant World Boxing Council Latin Jr. Featherweight Title at stake. Ruiz is the WBC Latin Bantamweight Champion, is currently ranked #9 WBC and brings a record of 21-2-2, 18 KOs. On the other hand Vargas , a one time contender,just returned fresh after a three year lay off with a new management team and brings a record of 16-2-1, 12 KOs. (more…)
He thrilled millions of boxing fans with an aggressive style that earned him a spot on the 1996 US Olympic team and two world junior middleweight championships. And on Saturday, June 19th, boxing superstar Fernando Vargas will begin his quest to bring the next generation of stars to fight fans, as he joins with long time fight promoter Roy Englebrecht and presents his first event as a promoter – “Melee at McDermont” – at the state of the art McDermont Field House in Lindsay, California.
At a Friday, May 7th Noon Press Conference at McDermont Field House, Vargas announced the main event for this historic card, which is the first ever professional boxing event in Lindsay (population 15,000), and will feature former world champion Martin “El Gallo” Castillo looking to extend his two fight winning streak when he battles former IBA world titlist Vernie Torres in a super bantamweight main event. (more…)
European superstar Sergiy Dzinziruk will make his United States. professional debut and the fifth defense of his World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Middleweight title against once-beaten challenger Daniel Dawson on Friday, May 14, on ShoBox: The New Generation at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast) live on SHOWTIME®. The telecast will originate from the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez, Calif., and will be promoted by Gary Shaw Productions, LLC.
The 34-year-old Dzinziruk is arguably the world’s top junior middleweight, but is largely unknown in the U.S. The southpaw, who is currently training in Los Angeles for his first world title defense in more than 17 months, was inactive in ’09 due to a contract dispute with his European former promoter. (more…)
Antonio Margarito: “I am so glad to get back into the ring. I really missed the crowds and all of the fans — but I always kept training. I never left the ring. I feel strong and I am ready. During the last year I have always been in the ring working on my timing and keeping sharp. I expect Garcia to charge right at me on Saturday night. That is something I will deal with in the ring.”
Roberto Garcia: “My preparation was just not hard, but smart. This has been my best-ever training camp. My claws are sharpened. Working with Freddie Roach also means a lot of film study. Freddie knows everything there is about Margarito. I am not the same fighter I was two years ago. I’m a world champion in waiting. And one thing is for sure – Margarito is going to have trouble hitting a moving target.” (more…)
Universum’s unbeaten WBC, WBO and WIBF female featherweight world champion Ina Menzer (26-0, 10 KOs) will defend her titles against Jeannine Garside (9-3-1, 4 KOs) on the July 3 Universum card in Stuttgart, Germany. Menzer bristles over the fact that in one independent ranking Garside is rated above her. “I’ve recently had the toughest opponents that you can imagine, twice Esther Schouten, then Ramona Kuehne – and I was still only the #2. This has annoyed me. Now I’ll change this myself with my fists.” Universum VP Dietmar Poszwa added, “Great that the bout is against Jeannine. This will be the fight of fights in the featherweight division.”
It was also announced that the WBA interim cruiserweight clash between Firat Arslan (29-4-1, 18 KOs) and Steve Herelius (19-1-1, 11 KOs) will be televised on live TV along with the Manzer-Garside. “Great news,” said Arslan, “thank you ZDF. I’ll give 150%.”
Following an outstanding amateur boxing career, flyweight Randy Caballero continues in the professional ranks this Saturday night, May 8th at the Palm Springs Baseball Stadium in Palm Springs, California. The 19 year old Caballero, promoted by TKO Boxing Promotions, made his pro debut on March 25th at the Commerce Casino in Los Angeles, stopping Gonzalo Nicolas in 0:49 seconds of the first round. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
WBA super-fly champ Nobuo Nashiro (13-1, 8 KOs), Japan, will risk his belt against top contender Hugo Cazares (30-6-1, 22 KOs), a Mexican switch-hitter, tomorrow (Saturday) in Osaka, Japan. It will take place just eight days later after such a shocker that our national hero Hozumi Hasegawa was annihilated by Mexican Fernando Montiel in Tokyo. As his father Manuel Montiel is Cazares’ manager, all Montiel’s family moved to Osaka after the shock wave happened in Tokyo. For more details and photos click here…
Edgar Sosa received the “OK” from the doctors and will return to the ring this June 5th. The Mexican boxer underwent a tomography and a magnetic resonance, which determined that the titanium plaque will not be an obstacle for him to continue his boxing career. Edgar is ready for his first of three fights in 2010, the last of them against the winner of Pongsaklek Wonjongkam and Daisuke Naito who will fight for the WBC flyweight world championship. Sosa was operated on after receiving a head butt on his cheekbone from Rodel Mayol last November 21st in the second round as he was making the 11th defense of his WBC light flyweight world title in a bout that was staged in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas.
Steve “USS” Cunningham (22-2, 11 KOs) will make his first fight under the promotional banner of Team Sauerland when he takes on Troy Ross (23-1, 16 KOs) for the vacant IBF Cruiserweight Title in Neubrandenburg on June 5. In the co-featured main event, IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester faces mandatory challenger Roman Karmazin. “We are thrilled to add this fight to our June 5 card,” said Team Sauerland General Manager Chris Meyer. “I have no doubts that Steve Cunningham will make a successful debut and reclaim his IBF title. But Ross is a strong opponent. I want to thank his management – namely Yvon Michel and Jeff Wald – to make this fight happen in a very short period of time. It will be an exciting evening.” (more…)
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