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By Ognian Georgiev
AIBA starts disciplinary action against 5-star referee/judges, known as The Magnificent Seven, and the suspended executive director of the organization Karim Bouzidi. As Fightnews.com® previously informed, the president of the Olympic boxing Ching-Kwo Wu summoned his vice-presidents, the chairman of AIBA disciplinary commission Tom Virgets and the R/J evaluator for the Olympic competition in Rio Ray Silvas. (more…)
Four notable heavyweights will collide in twelve-round bouts on October 15 at a venue to be named in Hamburg, Germany. In the main event, former Tyson-Fury foe Christian Hammer (19-4, 11 KOs) takes on unbeaten former Euro champ Erkan Teper (16-0, 10 KOs) for the WBO Europe belt. Also, unbeaten Adrian Granat (13-0, 12 KOs) and Franz Rill (13-1, 9 KOs) meet for the IBF International title. The card is promoted by EC Boxpromotion and Z! Promotion.
By Morrison Brandon
This Labor Day Weekend at the on the Gulf Coast, former title holder Donald “Tiger” Stokes will return to the squared circle for the first time in over 19 years. The previously retired veteran will be the headliner as Rite Hook Promotions brings “Sweet Science VI” to the Hard Rock Casino in Biloxi. MS. The 47-year-old Stokes (39-2-1, 33 KOs) will be competing in a cruiserweight bout for the first time against James Johnson (4-10-1, 1 KO) to cap off the holiday weekend card.
I had the opportunity to speak with the previously retired veteran earlier this week, and inquired about his motivation after nearly two decades out of the ring. Stokes indicated that his motivation peaked while training a local fighter on a card about a month prior, and relayed an urge to attempt a swan song before his window of opportunity closed. He also admitted a desire to perform in front his oldest son, born about a month after his last fight in 1997 against WBC champion Keith Mullings. (more…)
Photo: Tom Hogan/Golden Boy Promotions
Former two-division world champion Canelo Alvarez (47-1-1, 33 KOs) hosted a media workout at the House of Boxing in San Diego on Wednesday ahead of his clash with WBO junior middleweight world champion Liam “Beefy” Smith (23-0-1, 13 KOs) on Mexican Independence Day Weekend on September 17 at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, in Arlington, Texas.
Below is what Canelo had to say at today’s media workout in San Diego:
“I love San Diego because it’s really calm here, which is something I require when I am in camp. I feel comfortable and at home which makes me feel great while training, and allows me to train at 100 percent. (more…)
Amos “2 Smooth” Cowart 137 vs. “Nice” Nick DeLomba 137
Dardan Zenunaj 130 vs. Jose “Shorty” Salinas 131
“Marvelous” Mykey Williams 142 vs. David Nelson 140
Irvin Gonzalez 126 vs. Juan Muniz 129
Anthony Laureano 146 vs. Nahir Albright 144
Jonathan “Smooth” Figueroa 144 vs. Demetris Williams 144
Jon “Jonfer” Fernandez 132 vs. Naciff “Chata” Castillo 132
Wesley Ferrer 139 vs. Angel Figueroa 139
Venue: Fox Theater, Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, CT
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment
Tickets: $125, $75 and $45
Undefeated lightweight Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, (15-0, 9 KOs) will face Fermin “El Seda” De Los Santos, (28-15-2, 18 KOs) in an eight round clash on the non-televised undercard of the WBC super flyweight world championship between Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez, (45-0-0, 38 KOs) and defending undefeated world champion Carlos “Principe” Cuadras, (35-0-0, 27 KOs) September 10 at the Forum in Inglewood, California. Martin vs. De Los Santos, contested for the vacant World Boxing Council Continental Americas title, will be telecast live on the international broadcast on the evening of the event.
Co-featured on September 10 and also telecast live on HBO along with Gonzalez vs. Cuadras is a 10-round junior middleweight rematch between Yoshihiro Kamegai, (26-3-2, (23 KOs) and Jesus “Renuente” Soto-Karass, (28-10-4, 18 KOs).
Bizzarro Promotions steps back into the ring Saturday, September 3rd at the Presque Isle Downs & Casino in Erie, PA with a main event featuring Prenice “Greatness” Brewer (17-4-1, 6 KOs) against upset minded Justin “Baby Boy” Johnson (6-12-6) in a six-round welterweight contest. The co-main event is a six-round contest featuring Youngstown, Ohio super featherweight prospect Alejandro “Popo” Salinas (6-1, 6 KOs) against an opponent to be determined. (more…)
The top two ranked heavyweights by the World Boxing Council (WBC), #1 Alexander Povetkin and #2 Bermane Stiverne, have recently been ordered to fight for the interim WBC heavyweight title. The winner will become the interim champion and will defend the title until champion Deontay Wilder, is ready to come back from the injuries sustained in July.
“I would like to thank Don King and the honorable Mauricio Sulaiman of the WBC for giving me this opportunity to fight for the heavyweight title once again,” said Stiverne. “For the betterment of boxing in general, and the heavyweight division in particular, I plan to knock Povetkin out and bring this title to America. Then I will get my revenge against Wilder, when he is ready.”
Promoter Don King has been fielding calls from interested parties from all over the world that want to host this World Heavyweight Championship fight that will take place by the end of 2016.
Don King lists the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Philippines, the two locations of the most famous Muhammad Ali fights, at the top of the list of possible sites. Kuala Lumpur is also among international possibilities and, of course, United States boxing hotbeds New York and Las Vegas are sure to be in the mix as well. (more…)
Golden Boy Promotions will be celebrating its one year partnership with Estrellla TV’s Boxeo Estelar on Friday’s installment of LA Fight Club from the historic Belasco Theater in Downtown Los Angeles featuring a Mexico vs. Puerto Rico fight between middleweight contenders Antonio “La Joya” Gutierrez (20-2-1, 9 KOs) of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and Manati, Puerto Rico’s Jorge Melendez (28-6-1, 26 KOs).
So far, the shining highlight of the Estrella TV series was the ten round war between Jesus Soto “Reunente” Karass and Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai on April 15 that ended in a draw. That fight was so good, the rematch will be on HBO September 10.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Faster footworker Ryoichi Taguchi (25-2-1, 11 KOs), 108, Japan, successfully kept his WBA light-flyweight belt when he kept outfighting the mandatory challenger Ryo Miyazaki (24-2-3, 15 KOs), 108, and pounded out a unanimous verdict on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. Taguchi, making his fourth defense, made good use of circling and jabbing to steadily pile up points throughout the contest. The tallies were as follows: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) 119-109, Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) 117-111, and Luis Pabon (Puerto Rico) 116-112, all for Taguchi, taller by four inches. The referee was Melva Santos (Puerto Rico). Miyazaki made a good start when he showed an opening attack to the compatriot. But Taguchi took back the initiative from the second round on, averting Miyazaki’s attack and throwing good jabs and countering left hooks. As the contest progressed, Taguchi’s dominance became clearer with Miyazaki’s inexplicable retreating. Miyazaki, from Osaka, displayed his last surge in the final session but it wasn’t enough to overcome his deficits on points.
By Joe Koizumi
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Panamanian Luis Concepcion (35-4, 24 KOs), 114.75, captured the WBA super-flyweight belt as he maintained the initiative, withstood the retaliation of defending champ Kohei Kono (32-9-1, 13 KOs), 115, in later rounds and earned a unanimous decision over twelve hard-fought rounds on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The official tallies read: Stanley Christodoulou (South Africa) and Philippe Verbeke (Belgium) both 116-112, and Melva Santos (Puerto Rico) 115-113, all for Concepcion. Kono, making his fourth defense, failed to show his usual zip, and Concepcion, formerly WBA interim flyweight titlist, took the leadoff from the outset, sweeping almost all in the first half. Kono might forget the utility of his left hand and only tried to counter him with a right shot at a time. Occasionally Kono’s right counters were effective, but Concepcion endured the champ’s retaliation and kept on fighting more aggressively than Kono. It’s a gory affair as Kono sustained a cut over the left eyebrow in the seventh and kept streaming blood from then on, while Concepcion suffered a gash over the left option in the eleventh. We saw them put on a give-and-take performance especially in later rounds, but it was the much shorter Concepcion that controlled the affair with his aggressiveness. It was a night for “El Nica.”
Paul and Callum Smith, Gavin McDonnell and Kid Galahad complete the line-up on the undercard of the showdown between middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin and IBF welterweight champ Kell Brook at The O2 in London on September 10. The Smiths, McDonnell and Galahad join a stacked card with Lee Haskins defending his IBF world bantamweight title in a rematch with bitter rival Stuart Hall, and Charlie Edwards challenging for a world title against two-weight IBF flyweight champion Johnriel Casimero. (more…)
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum stopped by Lance Armstrong’s house in Aspen to talk Muhammad Ali, Don King, a possible Mayweather vs. Pacquiao rematch and much more. Really good interview.
After the Olympic Boxing Tournament at Rio 2016, with 13 gold medals awarded at the end of 16 days of competition and 273 bouts, AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA Vice-Presidents and Commission Chairs convened in Lausanne for two days of meetings to reflect on events during the Olympics and the necessary reforms the organisation needs to undertake in order to build on the several groundbreaking changes implemented at Rio 2016.
“Since I became the President of AIBA, we have always been looking at ways in which we might progress the sport, pushing it further for the benefit of the National Federations and the boxers. Throughout boxing’s rich history, we have seen important changes that have defined the sport we love today, and I know that there are still improvements to be made. Now, we are holding strategic discussions between AIBA executives to lay down new milestones to maintain that positive evolution and vision,” said the AIBA President. (more…)
Action Movie Star and big fight fan Jean Claude Van Damme was in Melbourne this week and was interviewed by promoter Peter Maniatis for the C31 KO Boxing show.
The architect and impresario behind the legendary The Rumble In the Jungle and Thrilla in Manila and countless other historic classic boxing events, Hall of Fame promoter, Don King, has plenty of fight left in him. King, still going strong at 85, is planning an upcoming “Salute To Greatness” worldwide boxing series in memory of Muhammad Ali.
The idea, says King, “is to do a global salute to the memory of the greatest, Muhammed Ali” by revisiting some of the cities and countries King helped make famous and to promote major championship events, every few months, in new locations around the world, for Ali and the people’s champions for peace globally.
“I brought international fame and acclaim to cities and countries, brought them worldwide recognition, put them on map,” King said. “We put Manila on the map, same with Zaire and many other places. With this series, we’re open to do things that have never happened before.
“We could go anywhere and everywhere, we’re gonna conquer the world. They’re calling me, Africa is calling me. I don’t even have to call them. (more…)
“Today I’m announcing my retirement from professional boxing,” 33-year-old former IBO super featherweight champion Jack Asis (35-19-5, 18 KOs) said today. “This is a happy occasion and I’m very comfortable with my decision. I’ve been boxing a long time and the sport has given me so much, now it’s time for the next phase of my life. This decision was not an easy one but one in my heart I know is what is best for me and my family. I’ve had a great career and I’m very lucky my dreams did come true. I won an IBO World title and in my last fight defended it in South Africa against a great fighter. I finish my career like I started it – I gave my all, I tried my best – that’s all anyone can do regardless of winning and losing.”
Asis informed his trainer/manager Brendon Smith of his decision last weekend. (more…)
By Karl Freitag
WBA middleweight champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs and challenger Sergio “The Latin Snake” Mora got in some verbal sparring in advance of their Spike-televised rematch on September 9 from Santander Arena in Reading, Pennsylvania. Mora said the first fight should have been a no-decision rather than a TKO for Jacobs and he’s happy for the opportunity. Jacobs said he views the fight as a stay busy fight and a step back because he wasn’t able to get a unification fight with WBO champ Billy Joe Saunders.
Daniel Jacobs: In previous interviews he said he was going to have a more exciting style and he was tired of being the boring fighter he used to be that wasn’t appealing to fans, and he wasn’t going to do much running and all this other stuff that he’s been criticized for before, that he wasn’t going to do that. Now that he says he felt the power of myself he says he’s going to completely switch the gameplan…I just hope it’s not a stinker man. You’re getting a second opportunity at my world title, please let’s not make it a snoozer. We’re both receiving a lot of criticism for this fight, but dude, please let’s just make it exciting.
Sergio Mora: Hey listen, I’m the king of criticism. When you can’t take criticism, you don’t belong to be the champion, you don’t belong at the top like that. That’s part of being a world champion, taking all the bullshit from critics and media and everyone else. And if you’re thin-skinned you’re not going to hang very much as the world champion.
In the co-feature, undefeated lightweight contenders Robert Easter Jr. and Richard Commey meet for the vacant IBF lightweight title.
Robert Easter Jr: I’m bringing a lot of fireworks and a lot of action and another short bout. September 9th I will be the IBF world champion.
Richard Commey: I’m coming to put my life on the line and I’m going to be the IBF lightweight world champion.
It’s another Philly vs. New Jersey showdown when junior middleweight Tyrone Brunson hopes to pin the first loss on Ismael “Tito” Garcia in their scheduled eight-round main event Friday evening, October 14, at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia.
Brunson, 31, of North Philadelphia, set a record when he turned pro in 2005 and knocked out each of his first 19 opponents in one round. The streak ended in 2008 when Brunson was held to a six-round draw by Mexican Antonio Soriano in Canada. In his last fight Aug. 5 at the 2300 Arena, Brunson got off the floor twice in the second round to score a spectacular one-punch knockout in the fifth round over Carlos Garcia, of Puerto Rico. That win brought Brunson’s 10-year pro record to 23-6-1, 22 K0s. More important, it gave him the boost he needed to refocus on his once-promising career. (more…)
Photos: Sumio Yamada
Kohei Kono 115 vs. Luis Concepcion 114.75
(WBA super flyweight title)
Ryoichi Taguchi 108 vs. Ryo Miyazaki 108
(WBA jr flyweight title)
Venue: Ota-City General Gymnasium, Tokyo, Japan
By Mauricio Sulaiman
WBC President – Jose Sulaiman’s son
My father Jose Sulaiman, a son of an immigrant Lebanese father and an immigrant Syrian mother, grew up in Valles City, a small town in San Luis Potosi State in Mexico. He worked with grandpa Elias as his “gofer” since he was 9 and some of his friends were boxers. One memorable day he went to the boxing arena, The Palenque, mostly used for cockfight tournaments, and as he tried to enter the man stopped him asking to present his ticket, since he didn’t have a ticket nor money to buy one, he was offered to participate in the “Hors d’oeuvres” challenge. He accepted without knowing what it meant. Once inside they put him inside the ring, took out his shirt and put boxing gloves on him and he was there having to punch another kid who had done nothing wrong to him…. Don Jose always said that the fight was even, but he definitively won in collecting the pennies thrown at them because he took his gloves off and the other kid didn’t.
That night his passion for boxing was born and would stay with him until the day he passed away at the age of 82. His best friends in his childhood were boxers so he learned first hand what being a boxer meant, the sacrifice, the abuse, the dangers. He eventually retired after a broken jaw and nose and served on the boxing commission doing everything possibly done in boxing, even ring announcer, referee and assistant ring doctor. (more…)
By Brad Snyder at ringside
Photos: Bob Ryder
Featherweight Muheeb Fazeldin, of Yemen, was quick to show the boxing fans at the “Eastern Market Massacre” why his nickname is “Flashy.” Last Saturday night at Eastern Market Shed 5 in Detroit, Michigan, Muheeb dazzled the crowd with dance moves and ring showmanship. He started off quickly with showboating, displaying his hands behind his back in the First Round against opponent Antoney Napunyi of Africa. Round two saw Fazeldin able to fight off the ropes. The third round showed him weathering the best storm Napunyi could produce. It was in round four that Fazeldin had more punches than dance moves as a right hook took center stage. Napunyi was forced to take a knee due to the punches. Rounds five and six had a wild, chanting crowd guiding Fazeldin to an easy UD (60-53, 60-53, 60-53) victory over Napunyi. The win improved Muheed Fazeldin to (8-0-1, 3 KOs) as Napunyi fell to (14-20). (more…)
Tickets to the Pacquiao vs. Vargas world championship event go on sale Thursday, September 8 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. Priced at $1,000, $700, $500, $300, $100 and $50, not including applicable service fees, tickets may be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, online at http://www.unlvtickets.com/, at UNLVtickets Outlet Town Square Las Vegas and La Bonita Supermarkets. To charge by phone call 702-739-FANS (3267) or 866-388-FANS (3267).
By Karl Freitag
Things heated up Monday between middleweights “King” Gabriel Rosado (23-9, 13 KOs) and Willie “The Mongoose” Monroe, Jr. (20-2, 6 KOs), who meet in the twelve round co-feature on the September 17 Canelo vs. Smith PPV. Golden Boy Exec Eric Gomez stated the winner of this clash could be in the running for a Canelo fight. Both had stated that they were avoided by WBO middleweight champ Billy Joe Saunders when all hell broke loose.
Rosado: Honestly, I don’t know who the hell Monroe thinks he is. He thinks he’s like this big puncher or something and people are scared to fight him. Nobody knows who the hell he is! Honestly I told Gomez ‘Whoever it is, just make it happen.’ Willie’s acting like he’s being ducked, like he’s some big puncher, he’s really nothing special. He only fought one world class guy.
Monroe: I didn’t know punching was the only aspect of boxing. I’m pretty much a four-dimensional fighter…
Rosado: You didn’t fight nobody. You didn’t fight no world class fighters. You fought GGG and quit. And I’m gonna make you quit too!
Monroe: That’s all you can say, but every middleweight has had you and ran through you so…
Rosado: You’re nothing special dude. You fought a bunch of ESPN fighters.
Monroe: And I’m about to fight another one.
Rosado: I’ve beat world class fighters dude. I’ve got world class fighters on my resume that I beat. You ain’t beat nobody special. You’re a bum!
What does Canelo have to do for the Mexican fans to embrace him as one of their best? How does he become one of the best in the rich history of Mexican boxing?
Promoter Oscar de la Hoya lays it all out (without mentioning Gennady Golovkin, incidentally).
“Mexican fighters have long been known for their toughness, their ability to walk through fire, their willingness to take three punches to land a solid shot,” said the Golden Boy. “That is Canelo Alvarez. (more…)
GH3 Promotions has announced the signing of undefeated heavyweight Ray Edwards to an exclusive promotional contract. Edwards of Cincinnati, Ohio, has a perfect mark of 11-0-1, 7 KOs.
After a successful seven-year career as a defensive end for the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League, the 6’6, 255lb Edwards has made professional boxing his full-time occupation.
He will next fight on September 15 against an opponent to be named in Philadelphia. The bout will be televised on CBS Sports Network. (more…)
Welterweight contenders Sadam “World Kid” Ali (22-1, 13 KOs) and Eddie “E-Boy” Gomez (19-1, 11 KOs), make their return to the ring on the September 17 Canelo-Smith event in Dallas. Ali and Gomez will be headlining the preliminary undercard in separate bouts which will start off the action before the pay-per-view event that can be seen on HBO Boxing’s YouTube Page.
Ali takes on veteran Saul Corral (21-7, 12 KOs) in a 10-round fight. Gomez will be defending his IBF North American ritle against Dario “Maczio” Ferman (13-1, 10 KOs). (more…)
Story and photo by Nick Giongco
Just hours after arriving in Manila from a 24-hour trip from Puerto Rico, defending champion McJoe Arroyo plunged into training at the Elorde Sports Center, looking forward to a rousing win over Filipino challenger Jerwin Ancajas this Saturday night.
Arroyo will be risking his International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown for the first time against Ancajas, who fights out of Manny Pacquiao’s MP Boxing.
Joined by chief handler Peter Rivera and trainers Anthony Otero and Alex Caraballo, Arroyo says he has everything all figured out.
“I came focused on just one thing: winning,” said Arroyo, who spent two hours sweating it out at the gym owned by the late Flash Elorde. “I know what I have to do (to retain the title),” added Arroyo, who won the vacant crown by beating King Arthur Villanueva last year in El Paso, Texas.
Ancajas has a 24-1-1 record with 16 KOs, while Arroyo has a 17-0 ledger with eight KOs.
The fight will be held at the Philippine Navy Gymnasium in Taguig City and will open to the public as a gift of Sen. Manny Pacquiao to fight fans.
Ancajas trained mostly in Tanay, Rizal, under Joven Jimenez but has now relocated to Imus, Cavite, in preparation for his first shot at the world title.
If Ancajas wins, he will become the fourth reigning Filipino world champion after super-bantam Nonito Donaire, bantam Marlon Tapales and fly Johnriel Casimero.
The November 19 PPV showdown between WBO, WBA and IBF light heavyweight world champion Sergey “Krusher” Kovalev (30-0-1, 26 KOs) and two-time world champ Andre “S.O.G.” Ward (30-0, 15 KOs) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, was finally officially announced last Saturday.
Here’s what the fighters had to say:
Sergey Kovalev: “I am very excited to finally get my chance to face Andre Ward on November 19. I want to face the best competition. I want to be the best Pound-for-Pound fighter in the world. Thank you to all of my fans and I hope everyone will come out and see this great fight on November 19 in Las Vegas.”
Andre Ward: “I am excited, man. I am looking forward to it. I want to be the light heavyweight champion of the world… We will see you in November. I have been doing this for 22 years and if I am not ready to fight the best now then I will never be ready. I have been preparing for these moments since I been a kid. You got to respect Sergey for the way he has gotten to where he has gotten. He didn’t have any soft touches. He wasn’t protected. He wasn’t really pushed by the media. He is a guy who should get a lot more credit than he has. The winner of this fight could possibly be pound-for-pound #1.”
Heavyweight Trey Lippe-Morrison (11-0, 11 KOs) makes his highly anticipated TV debut when he faces fellow unbeaten Ed “Black Magic” Latimore (13-0, 7 KOs) as part of a quadrupleheader on ShoBox: The New Generation Friday, September 23 at the Buffalo Run Casino in Miami, OK. Under the watchful eye of trainer Freddie Roach, Lippe-Morrison is working hard daily towards his goal to become the heavyweight champion of the world like his late father Tommy “The Duke” Morrison. Lippe-Morrison and Latimore meet over six rounds.
In other bouts, jr welterweight Ivan “The Beast” Baranchyk, (11-0, 10 KOs) puts his perfect record on the line against an opponent to be named in a ten round bout. In a ten round light heavyweight affair, “Notorious” Travis Peterkin (16-0-1, 7 KOs) meets once-beaten Radivoje “Hot Rod” Kalajdzic (21-1, 14 KOs). Rounding out the televised portion of the card is welterweight Ivan “The Volk” Golub (12-0, 10 KOs) against TBA over ten rounds. The card is promoted by Holden Productions in association with DiBella Entertainment and Fight Promotions Inc.
Photos: All Star Boxing
As part of the global program WBO Kids Drug Free the organization joined forces with All Star Boxing, Inc and undefeated prospect “Hurricane” Sammy Valentin to pay a visit to the Children Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida yesterday. The group donated money, toys and spend time at the Center with the kids. The World Boxing Organization was represented by its President Franciso “Paco” Valcarcel and Ratings Chairman Luis Perez, for All Star Boxing Ruben De Jesus and Felix Zabala III and also Sammy Valentin and his Father-trainer Sammy Valentin, Sr. “It was a pleasure to spend time with the kids at the center to give them faith and encouragement, as part of our mission in the WBO Kids Drug Free Global Program, Valentin is a local prospect and is a role model for his community” added President Valcarcel. (more…)
By David Finger
In a fight result that surprised nobody, undefeated Curtis “The Incredible” Hill Jr., 174.6, scored a first round TKO over the badly faded former journeyman Kolmarge Harris, 182, on Saturday night at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. Hill and Harris were fighting for what was billed by the promoter as the vacant Indiana State title, despite that fact that Harris was from Lansing Michigan, had never fought in Indiana, had come in seven pounds over the light heavyweight limit, had not won a fight since January of 2012, was 41-years old, and had a record of 2-16 going into the fight. Hill, as was expected seemed to hurt the older man with the first punch he landed. (more…)
By Santino DeFranco at ringside
Photos: Santino DeFranco
Welterweight Abel Ramos (17-1-2, 12 KOs) one of Arizona’s most promising prospects, picked up his third consecutive win at the Legends Event Center, in Phoenix, AZ, on Friday night over Juan Jesus Rivera (28-15, 18 KOs), who fights out of Aguascalientes, Mexico. The 146lb bout was scheduled for eight rounds of fighting, but didn’t see the final bell as Rivera’s corner stopped the fight just after the conclusions of the seventh round.
From the opening bell, Ramos continuously found a home for his right hand on the left eye of Rivera, who was game, but overmatched by the skill of the young fighter out of Casa Grande, Arizona. Within minutes of the opening bell, Rivera’s left eye was beginning to swell from the crisp combinations Ramos fired off. As expected, though, Rivera did fight valiantly, and never backed down from the confrontation—even waving his hands at Ramos to “bring the fight to him,” but he never found his rhythm. (more…)
42-year-old former world champion Demarcus “Chop-Chop” Corley (48-27-1, 28 KOs) scored a twelve round majority decision over 25-year-old Dexter Gonzales (8-2-2, 5 KOs) on Saturday night at Giftland Office Max in Lilliendaal, Guyana. Corley recovered from a third round knockdown to win by scores 113-113, 115-110, 113-112 to claim the vacant WBC FECARBOX lightweight title.
By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Saturday night at the Bayonne, Pavilion in Bayonne New Jersey, featured a New Jersey fight of the year candidate in the main event as welterweight Juan “The Beast” Rodriguez (13-4, 5 KOs) barely survived a late knockdown to capture a back and forth split decision victory over Alex “The Brick City Bullet” Perez (18-3, 10 KOs). Heavyweight Tyrone “Juice” Wright (9-0-1, 6 KOs) captured a workmanlike six round unanimous decision victory over Nicholas Thompson (5-2, 5 KOs) in co-feature of the eight bout card presented Nick Jayme’s LGM Promotions. (more…)
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