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IBF Middleweight Champion Sebastian Sylvester (34-3-1, 16 KOs) will return to the ring on May 7 when he defends his title against mandatory challenger Daniel Geale (24-1, 15 KOs) in Neubrandenburg, Germany. The two camps struck a deal last weekend before the official purse bid was due. It will be Sylvester´s first fight since a clear points victory over Mahir Oral last October. A virus infection forced him to pull out of his clash with Mehdi Bouadla in January. “It was not a good start to the year but I took a long break and now I am ready to fight again,” Sylvester said. “I really look forward to returning to Neubrandenburg. I have to make up for the late cancellation last time with an entertaining performance and a big win.”
Geale comes off a spectacular TKO victory over former world champion Roman Karmazin in his home country Australia. He boasts a record of 24 victories with just one loss (15 KOs). “I am prepared for a tough challenge,” Sylvester added. As the top-ranked contender, Geale poses a big threat. But I will defend my title.”
WBO cruiserweight champion Marco “Captain” Huck is looking for a new opponent after Giacobbe Fragomeni suffered a cut while sparring. Huck is scheduled to defend on April 2 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle / Westfalen, Germany. “This weekend we received the information that Fragomeni was a cut in sparring and won’t heal fast enough,” said Chris Meyer, Sauerland Event’s Managing Director. “We immediately began searching for other potential opponents who are in training. We’re confident that we’ll soon be able to announce another challenger.”
The event at the Gerry Weber Stadium will definitely go ahead with a major heavyweight bout featuring unbeaten Robert Helenius against former WBC heavyweight champion Samuel Peter, as well as a clash for the vacant European light heavyweight championship between Artur Hein and Tony Averland.
“It’s important that viewers get a good fight to see,” stated Huck. “I doesn’t who I am in the ring against. The main thing is that the fans get their their money’s worth and on April 2 I will do my paert to help in any case.”
Former world heavyweight champion and 1996 Bellarusian Olympian, Sergei “The White Wolf” Liakhovich, has some unfinished business to take care of starting when the consummate boxer-puncher returns to the ring April 9th for the first time in nearly a year.
The 34-year-old Liakhovich (25-3, 16 KOs), rated No. 13 by the WBC, takes on Johnnie White (22-4, 18 KOs) in the ten round co-feature on the Main Events “The Last Big Hurdle” card headlined by Tomas Adamek versus Kevin McBride, at Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.
Report by Rob Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
As the UFC continues its pursuit to get sanctioned in New York, with events and billboards in the most famous city during the week, the culminating events of UFC 128 wrote a storybook finale as Jon “Bones” Jones at the young age of 23 defeats Mauricio “Shogan” Rua for the Light Heavyweight belt in the UFC . . . Click here for more
By Tracy Morin at ringside, Memphisboxing.com
The March edition of Fights at the Fitz offered up five bouts that showcased a range of styles, from hard-hitting heavyweights to slippery southpaws. The welterweight main event saw Jesse Lubash (14-0, 8 KOs) outpoint the more experienced Germaine “Silky” Sanders (27-8, 17 KOs) over eight rounds. (More)
By Joe Koizumi
OPBF#7 super-fly, Filipino Louie Bantigue (19-14-7, 9 KOs), 115, swarmed over less experienced Japanese prospect Ippei Aoki (6-2, 4 KOs), 115, from the outset, caught him with solid overhand rights and badly dropped him twice prior to a well-received stoppage at 2:27 of the second session on Monday in Osaka, Japan.
Bantigue looked better than his mediocre credentials indicated, and repeatedly connected with right crosses to the taller Japanese. The second round witnessed Bantigue explode a devastating right to have Aoki sprawling to the deck. Aoki barely beat the count but still looked shaky and groggy enough to visit the canvas again with the Filipino’s onslaught. Though Aoki gamely resumed fighting, the third man saw him unfit to go on and called a halt. The Filipino victor decked his third victory in as many bouts here, all within the distance.
Promoter: Muto Promotions.
Former WBO light flyweight champion Ivan “Iron Boy” Calderon has vowed to regain the WBO 108lb belt by decision when he faces current 108-pound king Giovani Segura in a rematch on April 2 at the Auditorio del Estado in Mexicali, Mexico. “I believe this fight will be different because I will box more,” says Calderon from his Puerto Rico-based training camp. “I will leave Mexico with my belt. Mexicans don’t like to watch my style of boxing but I don’t care if they yell or boo. I will fight my fight and make the judges love my style, so I get the decision.”
“Everything has been real good and I’m already at 110 pounds. I’m working hard in training to make sure that I do better than I did in the first fight against Segura. My fans will be in Mexico with me in spirit. I know a lot of people will be booing me there, but I know how to control that and remain focused in the ring. (more…)
British lightweight champion Anthony Crolla is now lined up to face former WBA Super Lightweight Champion Gavin Rees on the April 16 ‘King Khan Returns’ card taking place at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester. Amir “King” Khan will lead the bill as he returns home to defend his WBA Super Lightweight World Title against undefeated European Champion Paul McCloskey.
Crolla and Rees join a host of top quality fighters including world title contender and European middleweight champion Matthew Macklin who takes on savvy German Khoren Gevor, British welterweight champion Craig Watson who will defend his belt against Lee “Lights Out” Purdy and rising star Scott Quigg, lined up to face the tough Andrei Isaeu. (more…)
While Saturday’s live broadcast of the Vitali Klitschko vs. Odlanier Solis WBC heavyweight championship fight from Colgne, Germany on EPIX and the simulcast on a Times Square jumbotron went off without a hitch, the live streaming on EpixHD.com experienced some problems. “Due to the incredible volume of viewers logging in at the same time, just as the broadcast was about to begin at 5 p.m. ET, the system that we used to register them for the free two-week trial began to fail which caused many fans to miss the undercard fights,” said Mark Greenberg, President & CEO of EPIX. “We made the decision to put the main event, Klitschko vs. Solis, in the clear online, eliminating the need for registration to the site. We apologize to the boxing fans who had to endure this.
“Over 100,000 people tried to login to the live stream of the fights, with most of that volume coming at the same time. The fan attention behaved more like a pay-per-view event than a TV show. By putting Klitschko vs. Solis in the clear online, we were able to serve the vast majority of those streams. Though the problems with registration are unacceptable, the good news is it proved that the internet is a viable vehicle for broadcasting a good fight live.”
The replay of the EPIX broadcast, featuring the commentary of three-time heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, plus Sam Rosen and Tony Paige, is now available on EpixHD.com at http://www.epixhd.com/klitschko-vs-solis/ (main event) and
http://www.epixhd.com/klitschko-vs-solis-undercard/ (select undercard bouts).
Photos: Baja Boxing
Last Friday night Antonio Lozada’s Baja Boxing took a parade of their up and coming talent to the seaside port of Ensenada, MX, about 75 miles south of San Diego, CA, and presented a night of fisticuffs to the local fight fans at the Municipal Auditorium. In the main event, local favorite Antonio “Bazooka” Cervantes (16-5-5, 11KOs) successfully defended his lightweight WBC FECARBOX title against previously undefeated Reyes “Cholo” Velazquez (9-1-2, 7KOs) of Tijuana, MX, in a twelve round effort. The bout was an intense one with multiple exchanges and the momentum alternating between either fighter. Without much skill, both fighters had the same strategy, to connect the most amount of punches and to look for the knockout at all times. After Cervantes closed strong in the championship rounds, the official scores were read as 117-111, 116-113 and 118-115, all in favor of the defending champion. (more…)
Photos: Public Address
On Saturday night in Cologne (Germany) WBC no. 1 rated heavyweight Odlanier Solis was stopped on his way to dethroning champion Vitali Klitschko by a serious knee injury. “La Sombra” was brought to the hospital directly after the fight where an anterior cruciate ligament rupture, articular cartilage damage and meniscal tear in the right knee were diagnosed. “I haven’t seen a knee torn apart like this in a long time,” senior physician Dr. Joern Michael stated after doing an arthroscopy. For more details and photos click here…
By Phil Doherty
Photos: Sam Cohen
South of Miami International Airport near the Palmetto Expressway; literally on the other side of the tracks from pristine high-end telecom and data processing corporate offices sits a cluster of older, rougher warehouses baking in the sun. A snapping American flag stands sentry as a warehouse bay door yawns open; inviting a stiff breeze and sharp daylight to erase the lingering memory of sweat and sacrifice within. Unlike the neighboring auto body and car-repair businesses, this bay houses wares particular to the pugilistic profession. It is a boxing gym belonging to respected Miami-based trainer Herman Caicedo. Poised to step from the shadows amongst the group of tough young fighters seeking fistic fame and fortune within stands southpaw light middleweight Joey “Twinkle Fingers” Hernandez (17-1-1, 10 KOs). Hernandez and Caicedo train intensely as they prepare to face another Hernandez: Angel “El Toro” (30-9, 17 KOs) on March 25th in Chicago. For more details and photos click here…
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos: Chris Toney
Saturday night at the beautiful Harrington Raceway and Casino in Harrington, Delaware, cruiserweight sensation Alex Guerrero (6-0-1,3 KOs) put together a nearly flawless performance, dropping Menominee Wisconsin’s Harley “The Sandman” Kilfan (8-7,7 KOs) three times en-route to a convincing third round technical knockout. The highly entertaining Pro-Am card promoted by A & D promotions, had several spirited bouts on the undercard that left the near sellout crowd extremely satisfied. In the co-feature of the evening, undefeated “Stone Cold” Stevie Weimer (7-0, 2 KOs) of York PA, continued his rise up rise up the welterweight ladder with a hard fought six round unanimous decision victory over Toledo, Ohio’s Gabriel Morris (3-9-2) by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-54 respectively. For more details and photos click here…
Octagonside by Rob Kravantka
Photos by Ed Mulholland
Questions were answered in Newark, NJ Saturday night at the Prudential Center and history was made when 23-year-old Jon “Bones” Jones stopped Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the third round via TKO to become the youngest title holder in UFC history . . . Click here for more
Former World Boxing Association lightweight champion Paulus “The Hitman” Moses (27-1, 19 KOs) bolstered his chances of another title shot on Saturday by scoring a first-round knockout over Argentine opponent Miguel Lombardo at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia. Moses landed a picture-perfect body shot near the end of the opening stanza that sent Lombardo to the mat where the referee counted him out at just 2:59 into the contest.
“I love fighting in my hometown of Windhoek in front of the people who know me best and support me most,” Moses said after the victory. “My goal is to fight for another world championship, and the people of Windhoek provide me all the inspiration I need. (more…)
By Wolfgang Schiffbauer
Photos: Team Klitschko
Boxing fans and experts were divided into two parties before Saturday nights WBC heavyweight title bout between champion Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 K.o.’s) and mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis (17-1, 12 K.o.’s). Some predicted a Klitschko win, either by clear cut decision or late technical knockout after punishing Solis. Others felt that the Olympic champion from Cuba might be able to outbox and outsmart the elder Klitschko brother. However, virtually no one expected the fight to be over within a single round.
But this is exactly what happened.
In front of over 19.000 fans at the sold-out Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany, Vitali Klitschko connected with a right hand to Odlanier Solis’ temple just before the bell of the first round to end matters quick and early. The crowd was obviously disappointed and booed heavily when Michael Buffer announced the official time of 3:00 minutes. The punch that floored the challenger from Cuba was on the mark but did not look devastating – although it is hard to discuss the impact of a punch without actually being hit by it. Solis got back on his feet but his legs buckled and the referee rightfully called a halt to the action. (more…)
Note: Bute-Magee will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, March 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and be available On Demand from March 22 through April 4, 2011.
IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute successfully defended his title for the eighth time with a 10th-round TKO over Brian Magee from the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In front of 12,219 adoring fans, Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) put on a punching clinic that featured brutal body blows and unforgiving uppercuts. His opponent Magee, however, had no plans to give up easily after waiting until the age of 35 to score his first title shot. (more…)
By Shamus Young at ringside
Lightweight Evgeny Gradovich extended his unbeaten record to 9-0 with an impressive ten round unanimous decision over Francisco Reyes (8-2) at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. The difference in the fight was the level of activity of each fighter. Local favorite Reyes rarely punched first and when he did it was usually a single shot. Gradovich outworked his man by stringing together combinations, often starting with a lead left hook. Reyes also went back to a habit that he had earlier in his career where he would paw out the jab, which opened up opportunities for Gradovich to counter. Scores were 99-91 twice and 100-90. Fightnews had it 99-91. The fight was more entertaining than the lopsided scores might suggest. Both fighters made adjustments and in the few rounds when Reyes let his hands go, he made rounds close. It was the consistent work rate of Gradovich that still won him most of those rounds in the eyes of the judges.
In the co-main event, Lithuanian Middleweight Donatas Bondoravas (12-2-1) won a six round shutout over Paul Mpendo that was every bit as lopsided as the scores suggest. Mpendo was considerably slower than his opponent, so Bondoravas was landing first, even if his punches were somewhat wide. Bondovaras controlled every minute of the action. Scores were 60-54 on the cards of all judges and Fightnews. (more…)
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada
Former world champion and Super Six participant Mikkel Kessler hasn’t proclaimed himself to be one-hundred-percent healthy, still suffering double vision in his left eye, but the Viking Warrior who was ringside Saturday night likes what sees from IBF Champion and possible future opponent Lucian Bute.
“He was very strong, very quick,” Kessler told Fightnews following Bute’s successful title defense against Brian Magee. The former WBC and WBA champion did see things in Bute that he hopes he can exploit should the pair get together inside the ring. “He got hit a lot by the left hand,” said the Danish fighter. Asked whether he expects that to be something he can exploit, Kessler answered, “Yeah, I hope so.”
Before the fight Kessler met the media and talked about his health and his long and short term plans. While not completely healed, Kessler is soon back sparring and is hopeful of a tune-up fight in June. The short list of opponents includes Montreal’s Renan St-Juste who was originally scheduled to have fought Saturday but pulled out due to illness.
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
Photos by Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Unbeaten IBF super middleweight champion Lucian Bute (28-0, 23 KOs) successfully made the seventh defense of his 168-pound crown, breaking down and knocking out Brian Magee (34-4-1, 24 KOs) in round ten on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Canada. In the first few rounds, the two southpaws engaged in a technical battle. Things opened up in round three as both landed good punches and Bute started taking over in round four. Hometown favorite Bute dropped Magee with a body shots in both rounds six and seven. Magee was fortunate referee Pete Podgorski incorrectly ruled another clear knockdown in the seventh was a low blow. It all became academic in round ten, however, when Bute finished Magee with an uppercut to the jaw. Time was 2:04. Bute is eyeing an eventual showdown with the winner of the SHOWTIME’s acclaimed Super Six tournament.
It was Bute’s 5th consecutive knockout and referee Podgorski didn’t hesitate in waving the bout off after Magee who had slowed considerably ate a huge uppercut and went down hard to the canvas. Magee who was stopped for only the second time in his career, the other being against Super Six participant Carl Froch, didn’t protest the decision. (more…)
Results by Brady Crytzer
In the main event of UFC 128 Jon Jones TKO’ed Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at 2:37 of the third round to become the youngest champion in UFC history saturday night in Newark, NJ. Jones wasted no time scoring with takedowns in round one and scored at will with punches and kicks. In the second Jones once again dominated Rua from the top position and battered the title holder. Round three saw Jones connect with several hard blows that forced Rua to the mat and, after standing up, finished the champion with a left hook and knee to the body.
Former WEC poster boy Urijah Faber made his Octagon debut a successful one by defeating Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 29-28. (more…)
IBF #8 super middleweight Pablo Farias (18-0, 11 KOs) of Argentina unanimously decisioned countryman Matias Franco (9-7-1, 4 KOs) in their 10 round main event. The bout had very good two-way action. The official scores of the bout were 99-95.5, 99-94, and 99-93.5. The show took place at the La Carlota, in Cordoba, Argentina with Mario Margossian promoting the event.
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
In a fierce firefight, unbeaten WBA jr flyweight champion Román “Chocolatito” González (28-0, 23 KOs) overcame a game effort by Manuel “Chango” Vargas (29-8-1, 14 KOs) to take a unanimous twelve round decision on Saturday night at the Plaza San Diego in Puebla, Mexico. González who was making his first defense as 108lb champion after a reign at 105lbs, used ring movement and accurate punching to bust up Vargas and take a 116-112, 116-112, 119-109 nod.
Lightweight Ricardo “Pelón” Domínguez (33-7-2, 20 KOs) knocked down Luis “Vampiro” Arceo (23-11-3, 15 KOs) in round three, but was lucky to get a split decision win as Arceo seemed to win most the rounds. No scores were announced. Click here for more photos…
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
A crunching right hand from undefeated Vanes Martirosyan (29-0 18KO) had opponent Bladimir Hernandez (18-5 16KO) going down hard like a blind roofer at :57 of round two of a scheduled eight. Martirosyan who already has impressive wins over Andrey Tsurkan, Kassim Ouma and Joe Greene wasted no time in bringing the fight to his over-matched opponent who has now been stopped in four straight fights. The Armenian born fighter landed a pair of solid body shots to start things off and didn’t let up in the four minutes that this one would last. A howitzer right to the chin in the opening round had Hernandez absorbing the punch well, but the Mexican could do little to stop the blitzkrieg coming his way. In the second, a thudding left to the body had Hernandez dropping his hands long enough so that Martirosyan could come over the top, plunging his opponent into the canvas for the count of ten.
Super-lightweight Pier Olivier Cote (15-0 10KO) destroyed Michael Lozada (37-8-1 30KO), knocking down the Mexican fighter a total of three times to quickly end things at 2:50 of the opening round. Cote had the former title challenger on wobbly legs almost from the start and a clean, flush right to the chin of Lozada put him down hard for the third and final time with the three knockdown rule in effect. (more…)
World ranked flyweight Milan “Metodico” Melindo (24-0, 8 KOs) of the Philippines dropped Rosendo Vega (16-7, 11 KOs) of Mexico twice in the first round in route to a first round stoppage on Saturday night at the Cebu City Waterfront Hotel & Casino in Cebu City, Philippines. Vega walked into Melindo’s right uppercut for the first knockdown of the fight. Vega got up and pressured Melindo but a short right from Melindo sent him down again. Referee Bruce McTavish reached the count of ten at the 2:59 mark. In acknowledgement of his victory Melindo was presented a mayor’s cup.
World ranked AJ “Bazooka” Banal (24-1, 18 KOs) beat Francis Miyeyusho (29-9-2, 17 KOs) of Tanzania into submission, scoring three knockdowns in the second round and final round of the bout to retain his WBO Asia-Pacific bantamweight title. (more…)
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