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By Joe Koizumi
It was a disastrous night of upsets for defending champs in a Japanese title twinbill on Saturday in Tokyo, Japan. Unheralded Yosukezan Onodera (19-1-1, 7 KOs), 134.75, dethroned WBA#15 formidable national super-light champ Norio Kimura (35-7-2, 19 KOs), 134.75, making his fourteenth defense, by an unexpectedly lopsided verdict (99-91, 98-92 and 97-93) over ten. Also, huge underdog Ryuji Migaki (13-1, 9 KOs), 134.75, decked WBA#10/WBC#12 Japanese lightweight champ Ichitaro Ishii (21-3-1, 16 KOs), 135, in the eighth and halted him at 0:30 in the ninth to capture the national belt to his credit. It was a deluxe show in commemoration of ex-WBA 105-pound champ Yutaka Niida’s farewell to the ring, but his stablemates, Kimura and Ishii, both forfeited their belts in great upsets. (more…)
Story by Jose E. Santiago
A flamboyant figure of Mexican pride, Manny Tapia often enters the cage sporting flashy trunks, and dyed hair displaying the colors of the Mexican flag. After suffering his only MMA loss at the hands of bantamweight king, Miguel Torres in December, Tapia is looking to get his career back on track on April 5th at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago with a victory over relatively unknown but dangerous Akitoshi Tamura . . . . Click here for more
IBF strawweight champion Raúl “Rayito” García’s title defense against Colombian Ronald Barrera, originally slated for a Azteca America telecast on Saturday night, was postponed until next Saturday (4/11) at the Arthur C. Nahl Stadium in La Paz. The date was apparently pushed back a week due to television commitments. García (25-0-1, 15 KOs) has previously outpointed Barrera (26-5-1, 16 KOs) in a February 2008 IBF title eliminator. He won the world title in his next fight.
Unified WBC/WBO super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley Jr. has been ordered by the WBC to face the WBC mandatory contender immediately without any intervening fight. That was part of the arrangement in which Bradley was given special permission to fight Holt instead of making his mandatory defense. Bradley has 15 days to inform the WBC of his decision. The WBC’s top rated 140-pounder is currently Devon Alexander.
Miguel Angel Torres (35-1) defends his WEC bantamweight title against striker Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) LIVE TONIGHT on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez. Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City.
Visit http://www.versus.com/findversus for information on how to find VERSUS in your local viewing area.
With four straight WEC wins, Torres has rapidly become one of the most feared fighters in the sport. The blend of speed, striking, and submissions skills of Torres will be on display when he takes on the renowned Japanese star Mizugaki. Unbeaten since 2007, Mizugaki is heralded for his Muay Thai striking and willingness to trade. The 5’7″, 135-pound challenger makes his U.S. debut in Chicago on April 5 and has vowed to knock out the hometown champion. (more…)
WBC mini flyweight champion Edgar Sosa (35-5,19 KOs) retained his title with a fourth round KO over Pornsawan Porpramook (21-3, 16 KOs) on Saturday night in Ciudad Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico, the hometown of WBC President Jose Sulaiman. The bout was halted after a non-stop barrage of unanswered punches by Sosa, who made his eighth successful title defense.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
In a 140lb unification clash, undefeated WBC super lightweight champion Timothy Bradley (24-0, 11 KOs) took the belt of WBO junior welterweight champion Kendall Holt (25-3, 13 KOs) via twelve round unanimous decision on Saturday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Holt dropped Bradley in round one with a big left hook, but Bradley recovered and went on to outwork Holt in most of the following rounds, although Holt landed the harder punches. Holt made things interesting by knocking down Bradley again with seconds left in the fight, but it wasn’t enough as Bradley won 114-112, 115-111, 115-111.
In an IBF super middleweight title elimination bout, Librado Andrade (28-2, 21 KOs) was too strong for #2 Vitali Tsypko (22-3, 12 KOs), winning a twelve round unanimous decision. Andrade dropped Tsypko with a right hand in round two, put him down again with an uppercut in the seventh, and mostly punished Tsypko who, although outgunned, showed great heart. Scores were 117-109, 117-109, 120-106. With the win, Andrade earned a rematch with IBF champion Lucien Bute.
Adrian Diaconu (26-0 15KO) returned home to Montreal in front of 7,513 fans at The Bell Centre for the first time since winning WBC light-heavyweight world champion in his native Romania. Diaconu who became available when his scheduled fight for next week in Rome Italy fell through and was involved in a non-title affair versus local product David Whittom (10-8-1 6KO) who gave the champion eight tough rounds. Diaconu who exhibited heavy hands throughout was able to easily walk away with a 80-72, 80-72, 79-73 victory on the scorecards. (more…)
By Jeff Zimmerman and Byron Spurlock at ringside
Unbeaten KO artist Edwin Valero (25-0, 25 KOs) claimed the vacant WBC lightweight title with a spectacular second round annihilation of Antonio Pitalua (46-4, 40 KOs) on Saturday night at the Frank Erwin Center, in Austin, Texas. After a quiet first round, Valero dropped Pitalua three times in round two before referee Laurence Cole ended it at the :49 mark. Valero, who previously held the WBA super featherweight title, looks to have brought his power to the 135lb division.
Former WBO interim lightweight champion Michael Katsidis (25-2, 21 KOs) stopped former super featherweight titleist Jesus Chavez (44-5, 30 KOs) after seven hard fought rounds. Hometown favorite Chavez came out aggressively as usual, but the rugged Katsidis simply beat him up until Chavez finally quit in his corner before round eight.
Lightweight Vicente Escobedo (20-1 12 KOs) dropped former world champion Carlos Hernandez (43-8-1 24 KOs) in rounds one and two, but was forced to go the route in an action-packed fight. Hernandez was credited with a knockdown in round six, but it wasn’t enough as Escobedo prevailed 96-91, 94-93, 95-91.
In a stunning upset, lightweight Rolando Reyes (31-4-2, 20 KOs) knocked out former two-time IBF champion Julio Diaz (36-5, 26 KOs) in round five. Reyes suddenly ended a very technical fight to that point by dropping Diaz twice in the fifth before the bout was waved off. Time was 2:17. (more…)
By Jose Santiago at the scale; Photos: Joe Cordova
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World Extreme Cagefighting bantamweight champion Miguel Torres (35-1) defends his title against Japanese superstar Takeya Mizugaki (11-2-2) this Sunday LIVE on VERSUS from the UIC Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois. In the co-main event, bantamweight contender Jeff Curran (31-10-1) looks to make his case for a shot at the belt when he battles undefeated phenom Joseph Benavidez (9-0). Eight more exciting bouts fill out WEC’s inaugural trip to the Windy City. Below are the official weigh-in results:
Miguel Angel Torres 135 vs. Takeya Mizugaki 135
(WEC Bantamweight title held by Torres)
Jeff Curran 134 vs. Joseph Benavidez 134
Shane Roller 156 vs. Ben Henderson 156
Raphael Assuncao 145 1/2 vs. Jameel Massouh 146
Bart Palaszewski 155 vs. Anthony Njokuani 156
Dominic Cruz 135 vs. Ivan Lopez 134 1/2
Wagnney Fabiano 146 vs. Fredson Paixao 144
Eddie Wineland 135 vs. Rani Yahya 136
Manny Tapia 135 1/2 vs. Akitoshi Tamura 135 1/2
Rafael Dias 145 vs. Mike Budnik 149
WEC: Torres vs. Mizugaki will be televised LIVE on VERSUS beginning at 9pm ET/6pm PT. All live WEC events are presented in Hi-Definition (HD) where available. For more information and how to find VERSUS in your local
viewing area, visit http//www.versus.com/findversus.
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Super middleweight Jean Pascal (22-1 15KO) dominated Pablo Nievas (22-6-1 15KO), knocking out the Argentine fighter in a match-up of the two former world title contenders at :42 seconds of the 5th round. With Pascal on the ropes and Nievas doing his best to mount a body attack, Pascal launched a massive left hook to the chin of his opponent and would follow up with another left before Nievas went crashing down to the canvas where he would stay the full ten and have to be helped to a stool afterwards. The fight was the first back for Pascal since his loss, a world title fight where he lost a decision to Carl Froch. The fight sets up the intriguing possibility of Pascal meeting up with WBC light heavyweight champion and fellow Montrealer Adrian Diaconu. (more…)
By Alexey Sukachev
Coming back after a dangerous leg injury, 2004 Athens super heavyweight gold medalist and current IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin (17-0, 12 KOs) scored a hard-fought ten-round unanimous decision over American Olympian Jason Estrada (15-2, 3 KOs) by scores 99-94, 98-92 and 97-93 on Saturday night at the Burg-Wächter Castello in Düsseldorf, Germany. Estrada took the first round with his speedy jab and several well-placed combinations on the inside. Since round two, Povetkin started to find a path for his strong left hook over Estrada’s block and did it well. Round three was huge for Povetkin who scored several times with the lead left and did well on the inside pressing the American. Rounds four through six were pretty even with Estrada being less precise but more successful on the defensive while the Russian fighter scored occasionally but wasn’t been able to keep Estrada at bay. However, it was Povetkin who was more active and scored more blows than his opponent. In round seven, Povetkin finally began to dominate Estrada delivering numerous punches in his usual speedy style while Estrada looked fatigued and preferred to tie up Povetkin on the inside. Round eight was another huge round for Povetkin. Estrada did his best to avoid more punishment in the ninth stanza but in round ten Povetkin rocked Estrada with his trademark combinations several times and was very close to putting him down. The American fighter was able to survive till the final bell only to see himself losing a wide decision on all three judge’s scorecards. Fightnews had it 99-93 for Povetkin. (more…)
Heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will join world boxing champions Sugar Shane Mosley, Mark Breland and Bobby Czyz in attendance this Tuesday at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark to receive boxing awards. Other boxing celebrities such as Emmanuel Steward, Harold Lederman, Larry Holmes, Michael Spinks, Bernard Hopkins, Ivan Robinson, Al Cole, and Tomaz Adamek are also scheduled to appear at the 7th Annual Awards Dinner and Celebrity Reception hosted by C.O.M.B.A.T.T., Inc. Former New Jersey Athletic Commissioner, Larry Hazzard is founder of the non-profit youth organization hosting the awards dinner and expressed his joy in honoring the champions and others on April 7th. “Being a former school principal I have always emphasized to students that they can excel in the classroom while participating in sports,” Hazzard said. (more…)
By Robert Coster
Edgar Sosa 108 vs Porsawan Porpramook 107.8
(WBC light-Flyweight title)
Reyes Sanchez 134.6 vs Rosbel Montoya 134
Guty Espadas Jr 125.5 vs Carlos Martinez 125.5
Alberto Garza 125 vs Genaro Camargo 125
Mia St John 131.5 vs Brooke Dierdoff 131.4
Ramon Ayala 135.3 vs Jose Luis Amado 132.4
Carlos Cuadras 117.8 vs Arturo Camargo 117.8
Julio Cesar Cabrera 115 vs Antonio Arcos 115
Promoter: Fausto Daniel Garcia
Live transmission by Televisa (Mexico)
Comments by Porsawan Porpramook: ” I believe my punching power will prevail. I’m going to knock him out.”
Comments by Edgar Sosa: “I will do my talking in the ring. I have trained hard and I’m confident.”
Promoter Fausto Daniel Garcia: “We have called this card Historia in Victoria and this is indeed an historic event in this city. We hope for an action-packed card.”
Bernard Hopkins will appear in a new episode of the MTV series “MADE” airing today at 2pm EST. Hopkins, spends a day with the Denver high school student Matthew Rodgers, and inspires him to reach his goal of becoming a boxer. Later that night, Hopkins will appear as color commentator for the Golden Boy Promotions’ Lightweight Lightning pay-per-view boxing event, featuring Edwin Valero vs Antonio Pitalua, from the University of Texas’ Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.
Interview by Jose E. Santiago
Looking to make a splash at the WEC event on April 5th in Chicago in the talented featherweight division will be Atlanta resident, Brazilian-born Rapheal Assuncao, who will take on veteran Jameel Massouh of Kenosha, Wis. Raphael took a moment out of training camp to talk to Fightnews.com about his inevitable debut in the WEC . . . . . . . Click here for more
The referee for tonight’s WBC/WBO 140lb title unification clash in Montreal between Kendall Holt and Tim Bradley will be Michael Griffin (Montreal). Judges are Jack Woodburn (Montreal), Raul Nievas Rivera (Puerto Rico) and Richard DeCarufel (Montreal). WBO supervisor is Robert Garns, WBC supervisor John Duggan.
For the Librado Andrade vs. Vitali Tyspko IBF super middleweight eliminator the referee will be Jean Guy Brosseau (Montreal). judges are Sylvain LeBlanc (Montreal), George Hill (Philadelphia) and Klaus Griesel (Germany).
By Dave Spencer, Fightnews Canada
What was good enough for the unification bout between WBO and WBC champions wasn’t good enough for the IBF as a third weigh-in was necessitated Friday in Montreal. The IBF super-middleweight Elimination Fight between Librado Andrade and Vitali Tsypko didn’t take place with the rest of the scheduled Bell Centre card that weighed in Friday at 11am. Instead, the two boxers were sent away so they could come back and weigh-in at 6pm, closer to the scheduled time their scheduled fight. “It was never scheduled with the IBF for this morning,” said IBF spokesperson Mahasi Scott told Fightnews from outside the hotel bar where both fighters eventually made weight. “Had it not been for a flyer that was emailed to my office the day before I arrived here I saw it was for 11am which totally outside the rules. Before I left I thought it was squared away and that it would be for six pm, because they knew the rules.” (more…)
Sylvester Lopez 114 vs Jong-Nam Park 115
This is for the vacant WBC International super flyweight title in Manila, Philippines on April 5 (April 4 in the US). Both fighters predicted a win by KO, but couldn’t give a specific round because they don’t have each others fight videos. Park is taller by almost two inches, 5-foot-8 but lopez has longer reach (1 1/2). WBC president Jose Sulaiman assigned Filipino judges, Bagong Tiktik sports editor Rey Danseco and Epi Almeda, along with Korean Nam-chul Park. Referee is Bruce McTavish of New Zealand.
Report by Jose E. Santiago
Today at the ESPN Zone in Chicago, the WEC held its final press conference for the WEC bantamweight championship fight between champion Miguel Angel Torres and Takeya Mizugaki scheduled for Sunday at the UIC Pavilion . . . . Click here for more
Former WBA super lightweight world champion Diobelys Hurtado (41-3-1, 25 KOs) won a narrow split decision over two-time world title challenger Arturo Morua (25-11-1, 14 KOs) on Friday night at Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Miami, Florida. Morua got off to a good start, flooring an off balance Hurtado in round one. But Hurtado clawed his way back into the fight, and despite a heavily bleeding cut over his right eye, posted a 114-113 win on two judges’ cards. The third judge had Morua up 114-113. Hurtado wins the vacant WBO Latino welterweight title.
Just one day before his showdown with former lightweight world champion Julio Diaz, Oxnard’s Rolando Reyes expressed a low key confidence about victory on Saturday night in Austin, Texas. The Reyes/Diaz ten round bout is one of the featured televised bouts on “Lightweight Lightning” an outstanding four bout pay-per-view broadcast from the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.. . . Click here for more
Heavyweight Vinny Maddalone (31-5, 22 KOs) headlines the first installment of Star Boxing’s new series “VIP Boxing” when he returns to the ring April 28th against an opponent to be named at Russo’s On The Bay in Howard Beach, NY. Lightweight Jorge Teron (22-1-1, 15 KOs) appears in the co-feature against TBD. A complete list of undercard bouts will be announced. Tickets are available by calling 718-823-2000.
In an IBF junior welterweight eliminator, two-time former world champion Randell Bailey (39-6, 34 KOs) scored a spectacular fourth round knockout over Frankie Figueroa (20-3, 13 KOs) on a free card presented live by Prize Fight Boxing and DiBella Entertainment outdoors in Handy Park on the famous Beale Street in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. Bailey almost immediately knocked down Figueroa with a right hand in round one, but Figueroa evened things up by knocking down Bailey in round two. It was Bailey, however, who ended it with a monsterous right hand in round four that left Figueroa on the deck for several minutes. Time was 1:46. Bailey is now in line to challenge IBF world champion Juan Urango.
Heavyweight Cedric “The Boz” Boswell (29-1, 23 KOs), newly signed by DiBella Entertainment, stopped Harold Sconiers (15-20, 10 KOs) in the opening round. Boswell recently knocked out undefeated Roman Greenberg and now looks to take his career to the next level with DBE.
Highly touted heavyweight Tor Hamer (5-0, 4 KOs) went the distance for the first time, winning a four round unanimous nod over Kelsey Arnold (1-2-2). Arnold survived a vicious early assault go go the full route. Scores were 40-36 on all cards.
Undefeated Jr., lightweight Mark Davis (12-0, 4 KOs) continued his winning streak with an eight round unanimous nod over Steve Gonzalez (7-2-1, 4 KOs). Scores were 80-72, 80-72, 78-74.
2008 Olympic team alternate Shawn Porter (7-0, 6 KOs) blew out Eloy Suarez (10-5, 5 KOs) in round one of a middleweight bout. Three left hooks ended it at 2:59.
Ringside by Kurt Wolfheimer and Gary “Digital” Williams
Photos by Mike Greenhill
An almost-packed house at Michaels Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, Maryland on Thursday night, witnessed the successful US debut of middleweight Albert “The Punisher Onolunose (17-0-6 KOs) of Calgary, Canada who scored an impressive eight-round unanimous decision victory over Anthony Bartinelli (20-12-2 13 KOs) of Phoenix, Arizona, in the main event of the evening . . . Click here for more
Timothy Bradley 138.6 vs. Kendall Holt 139.9
Librado Andrade 167.1 vs. Vitali Tsypko 167.3
Adrian Diaconu 186.1 vs. David Whittom 186.5
Sebastien Gauthier 132.8 vs. Martin Huppe 129.6
Paul Clavette 162.3 vs. Jacques Lemaire 163.5
Pier-Olivier Côté 131.7 vs. Luis Acevedo 133.5
Venue: Bell Centre, Montreal Canada
Promoter: Gary Shaw/Top Rank
Photos: John Rivera – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
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Full weigh-in results from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas for tomorrow night’s “Lightweight Lightning” card at the Frank Erwin Center:
Edwin Valero 134.5 vs. Antonio Pitalua 135
Jesus Chavez 136 vs. Michael Katsidas 135
Carlos Hernandez 135.75 vs. Vicente Escobedo 134.25
Julio Diaz 136.5 vs. Rolando Reyes 135.5
Adrien Broner 132.25 vs. Angel Hernandez 132
Keith Thurman 147.75 vs. Francisco Garcia 150
Ricky Lopez 123.75 vs.Felipe Ramirez 124.5
Ricardo Castillo 126.75 vs. Andres Ledesma 126.75
Jermell Charlo 148.75 vs. Carlos Garcia 147.5
Malik Bazille 153.5 vs. Juan De Leon 153.75
Televised on PPV
Promoter: Golden Boy Promotions
By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada
Olivier Lontchi 119.13 vs. Cecilio Santos 121.10
Jean Pascal 168.6** vs. Pablo Nievas 166.13
David Lemieux 161.11 vs. Jose Humberto Corral 173.6*
Patrice L’Heureux 259.12 vs. Joe Stofle 270.15
Logan McGuinness 134.14 vs. Cesar Figueroa 134.6
Ahmad Cheikho 145.14 vs. Tebor Brosch 146.2
Promoter: Group Yvon Michel (GYM)
Location: Casino de Montreal
First Bell : 12:00pm
**Jean Pascal came in at 168.6 and was given two hours and came back and made weight.
*Jose Humberto Corral was too heavy and his fight with David Lemieux is off. Promoters were trying to secure Roberto Valenzuela (48-46-2) as an opponent.
Unlike most television series which suffer ratings decline as they get older, the ratings for “The Ultimate Fighter” are like fine wine, getting better with age. The season nine premiere of “The Ultimate Fighter: U.S. vs. U.K.” on Wednesday, April 1 drew its highest rating in Men 18-49 since Season 4 (August, 2006) and its most watched season premiere since Season 5 (April, 2007). The episode also drew more Men 18-34 and 18-49 than anything else on cable in its timeslot (10:15-11:15pm ET/PT), besting all sports competition including the NBA on ESPN . . . . Click here for more
FightNews feature writer Antonio Castro is the host of the “KNR2 BOXING SHOW” which airs each SATURDAY from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. EST on Cleveland’s AM 1540 KNR2 in the Cleveland and Northern Ohio area (plus online at www.ESPNCLEVELAND.com). This Saturday morning Antonio will talk with WBC Jr. Welterweight Champion Timothy Bradley and trainer Jack Loew. Bradley is defending his title in a unification match against WBO titlist Kendall HoltSaturday night. Loew is the trainer for Kelly Pavlik and will discuss Pavlik’s upcoming middleweight defense against Sergio Mora . You can e-mail your questions for Antonio and his guests at firstname.lastname@example.org
Story by Jose E. Santiago
“Rare are the occasions that a fighter returns to his old stomping ground with the acclaims of not only success, but world champion status and as, possibly, one of the pound-for-pound best. Such is the case with WEC Bantamweight Champion Miguel Torres. On April 5th the East Chicago, Ind. native will be fighting in front of his home crowd at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago . . . . Click here for more
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