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By Manuel “Quique” Roman
Lightweight Fernando Torres made a huge statement last night when he knocked out Juan Ramon Cruz in the first minute of the third round at the Centro de Convenciones in Guayama, Puerto Rico. From the first round, Torres established his jab and speed, making Cruz uncomfortable and desperate to land any punches. It was a perfect uppercut that took Cruz to the canvas. He never recovered and was provided medical assistance. Torres improved his record to 17-1-1, 10 KOs.
In the co-main event, welterweight knockout artist Jonathan “Mantequilla” Gonzalez, delivered, as promised, a first round knockout to Jimmy Le Blanc. Gonzalez now 10-0, 10 KOs, will headline the next Universal Promotions event on December 3rd at his hometown of San Juan, Puerto Rico when he will face Irving Garcia.
In other bouts, super bantamweight Carlos Valcarcel made his comeback to the ring knocking out Pedro “Torito” Rincon in the sixth round with a display of very good physical condition and skills.
Photos and report by Bob Ryder
Chauncy Welliver used a non stop attack to overwhelm Brad Gregory in the main event of promoter John Carlisle’s show in Warren, MI on Friday night. Both Welliver and his trainer, former heavyweight contender Joe Hipp, had expressed to Fightnews before the contest that they have been working on being more aggressive and were seeking knockouts. It paid off this night. Spokane, WA heavyweight Welliver charged out of his corner at the opening bell winging punches at Gregory and never stepped off the gas. Gregory who hails from Wichita, KS was game and tried to fight Chauncy off him but Welliver was not to be denied. For more details and photos click here…
By Przemek Garczarczyk
Photos: Wojtek Kubik
Heavyweight Mariusz Wach (22-0, 10 KOs) is 6’8 and 250 pounds; his nickname “Polish Giant” makes sense. Wach will step into the ring to fight another big fighter, 6’6″ Kevin Burnett (13-4, 8 KOs) on the off-TV undercard of HBO’s November 6 telecast featuring Zab Judah against Lucas Matthysse in the main event. For Wach, this will be another chance to prove that the word “gentle” applies only to his off canvas demeanor.
“Maybe I’m not the flashiest heavyweight out there, but I like people to just quit in the ring, to know that they cannot beat me. It’s a boxing in black and white: good basics will beat flashy nine times out of ten,” says Wachs. (more…)
Robert Helenius (13-0, 8 KOs) has promised to make Attila Levin (34-3, 21 KOs) pay for skipping their official press conference in Helsinki on Friday. The Nordic Nightmare took time out from his busy training schedule to fly to the Finnish capital for a media tour prior to his November 27th showdown with his Swedish rival. However, Levin never showed up, stating he could not afford to miss his daily practice. “That is a lame excuse,” Helenius, the EU Heavyweight Champion, said. “He is probably scared of me. Just taking the one-hour flight from Stockholm to Helsinki should not have been too much of a problem. He better gets all the training he can – he will need it on November 27. I am going to make him pay for not showing up today.” (more…)
By Brady Crytzer
Photo: Gary Sarti
In his first bout since losing his bid for the world cruiserweight championship against Marco Huck, Brian “The Beast” Minto stopped late replacement Pierre Karam via TKO after Karam did not answer the bell for round number three. With this victory, Minto becomes the WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight champion. For more details and photos click here…
The November issue of “Boxeo La Revista” will be available next week in Las Vegas during the big featherweight showdown between Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez and Rafael Marquez at the MGM Grand. This month the boxing magazine features the big fight in Arlington, Texas between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at Cowboy Stadium. The biggest fight of the year is covered with reports from both camps and the stellar undercard. The Lopez vs Marquez, showdown is also part of the magazine as well as articles on the wins by Julio Cesar Miranda and Francisco Arce last month in Monterrey, Mexico as part of the “Tecate Box Tour”. The reality show “Campeon Azteca” is now in its semifinal stage and the fights are getting better and tougher. The return of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on December 4 in Anaheim is also covered. To see the digital version please click this link
Video: Kurt Freitag
Report and photo by Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
The weigh in was conducted for Lenny Zappavigna and Ji-Hoon Kim for the lightweight IBF elimination bout at the State Sports Center in Homebush, Sydney, NSW Australia on Saturday. Zappavigna weighed in at 134.5 and Kim was 134.9lbs. Daniel Geale weighed 159.6 and Roman Karmazin 159.3. IBF Supervisor: Ray Wheatley; referee: Wayne Kelly; Judges: David Denkin, Joe Garcia and Robert Hoyle.
Former heavyweight title challenger Kevin “Kingpin” Johnson (23-1-1, 10 KOs) returned with a vegenance Saturday night, knocking out veteran Charles Davis in the 4th round in the main event bout of the evening at the Blake Hotel in Charlotte, NC. Johnson, who was returning from his first career loss, a twelve round decision against WBC Heavyweight Champion, Vitali Klitscho, brutalized Davis, dropping him in the third before finishing him in devastating fashion in the fourth. (more…)
Photos by Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar boxer and Filipino congressman Manny Pacquiao attends a rally for US Senator Harry Reid at Orr Middle School in Las Vegas Friday. Reid is running for re-election against Republican challenger Sharron Angle. Pacquiao takes on three-time world champion Antonio Margarito on November 13, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington,Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs. Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO pay-per-view. Click here for more photos…
Lanardo Tyner 146 vs. Andre Gorges 145
Pete Cantu 151 vs. Robert Jones 151
Garvin Chico Crout 135 vs. Rasool Shakoor 133
Michael Dallas 143 vs. Devaris Crayton 140
Ramon Valenzuela Jr. 158 vs. TBA
Venue: Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
Promoter: Donofrio Boxing Promotions
Unbeaten middleweight Erislandy Lara (13-0, 8 KOs) has challenged unbeaten Vanes Martirosyan to prove who the best 154-pound prospect in the world is. “I’ve proven myself, especially this year, and now I want to let Vanes and fans around the world know that when you talk and my name comes out of your mouth, you better be ready to back it up,” said Lara. “If Vanes spent as much time in the gym as he did on the internet talking about real fighters, he might have been a world champion by now. I want the world to know that the talking stops here. I’ve told my team to make this fight and now it’s up to Vanes to see if he’s ready to put his money where his mouth is….Vanes calls himself the ‘Nightmare,’ but he can’t scare anyone with his fists.He’s your typical internet tough guy…a keyboard warrior afraid to step up and fight for real. I’m ready to go. Are you Vanes?”
By Brady Crytzer at ringside
In his first bout since losing his bid for the world cruiserweight championship against Marco Huck, Brian “The Beast” Minto stopped late replacement Pierre Karam via TKO after Karam did not answer the bell for round number three. With this victory, Minto becomes the WBC Continental Americas Cruiserweight champion. (More to come)
Jorge Diaz 126 vs Emmanuel Lucero 126
Jeremy Bryan 143 vs Ronald Cruz 144
Glen Tapia 153 vs Quinton Whitaker 153
Jason Escalera 166 vs Cleoney Fuqua 166
Bobby Rooney 175 vs Tyler Seever 175
Christian Martinez 143 vs Jose Peralta Alejo 143
Anthony Caputo Smith 175 vs Brian Bernard 175
Venue: Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ
Promoter: Pound for Pound Promotions
By Dave Spencer/Fightnews Canada at ringside
Rising unbeaten middleweight star David Lemieux 24-0, 23 KOs) demolished Hector Camacho Jr. 52-4-1, 28 KOs) in the first round on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Camacho was wobbled with a right hand, then laid out for the count at the bell. Time was 3:00. Lemieux retains the WBC International belt. (more…)
Video: Kurt Freitag
Manny Pacquiao chats with reporters during “media day” at the Wild Card Gym.
Ringside by Francisco Salazar
Photos by “Big” Joe Miranda
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr. is starting to find out more about himself as a fighter with each passing bout. Based on his most performances, that is great news for him and bad news for the rest of the division.
Russell dominated Guadalupe DeLeon throughout six rounds, winning a one-sided unanimous decision before a near-sellout crowd at Club Nokia at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, CA . . . Click here for more
From the Gimnasio Rodrigo M. Quevedo in Chihuahua, Mexico for tomorrow night’s “El Duelo Continua” promoted by Promociones del Pueblo:
For the WBC Silver superflyweight title:
Oscar Ibarra 115 vs. Sonny Boy Jaro 115
For the WBC International super flyweight title:
Victor Zaleta 115 vs.Loui Bantigue 115
For the WBC International super featherweight title:
Mickey Roman 130 vs. Joan De Guia 130
Marco Reyes 155 vs. Martin Avila 155
For more photos: (more…)
In a clash of former WBO light heavyweight title challengers, WBO #13 rated Dmitri Sukhotsky (16-1, 11 KOs) scored a sixth round TKO over #9 rated Alexksy Kuziemski (19-2, 4 KOs) on Friday in St. Petersburg, Russia. The bout was waved off due to a heavy accumulation of punches. Sukhotsky won the vacant WBO Intercontinental belt.
Thompson Boxing Promotions returns to the Doubletree Hotel in Ontario, California on November 12th with an eight round main event featuring popular junior welterweight contender Josesito Lopez (27-3, 15 KOs) against Sergio “Pollero” Rivera (25-5-2, 16 KOs).Also featured on this action-packed six bout card will be Southern California standouts Efrain Esquivias (10-0, 6 KOs) and Artemio Reyes (7-1, 6 KOs). Tickets start at $30, call 714-935-0900.
Recent cruiserweight title challenger Brian Minto (34-4) and Australian Pierre Karam (18-3-1) are officially set for their ten-round WBC Continental-Americas cruiserweight title fight today at Ghostrider’s Entertainment Complex in Butler, Pennsylvania. Karam replaces Minto’s original opponent Cory Phelps. This will mark Minto’s second fight in the cruiserweight division. (more…)
Rising middleweight star Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (21-0, 15 KO’s) has signed an exclusive promotional contract with Golden Boy Promotions. A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, whose name became synonymous with the New York fight scene after his relocation to the Big Apple, the 27-year-old fighter adopted his “Kid Chocolate” nickname in tribute to the great Sardinias as well as his Cuban father and heritage. Now training in Los Angeles with the renowned Freddie Roach, Quillin’s Golden Boy Promotions debut will be announced shortly.
On November 12th in Wieliczka, Poland, Polish up-and-coming light heavyweight Pawel Glazewski (13-0, 4 KOs) will clash against former Czech amateur star Tomas Adamek (16-3-1, 6 KOs) for the interim WBC Baltic belt in the main attraction of the night. The event advertised as the “Underground Boxing Show” will take place in a salt mine 128 meters (420 feet) underground. It will be the second time in boxing history that a show is put on in such circumstances. The unique boxing show will be hosted by Babilon Promotions. (more…)
By Bob Ryder
Evander Holyfield is set again to take on Sherman Williams at the Joe Louis Arena, Detroit on Thursday, December 9. Having been twice postponed, tickets will now go on sale tomorrow, October 30th at 10 AM for the new date. Holyfield will be making a donation from every ticket sold to Forgotten Harvest an organization that aids local Detroit area folks who have fallen on hard times. (more…)
Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
Former two time junior flyweight champion the “Hawaiian Punch” Brian Viloria (27-3, 15 KOs) of Waipahu, Hawaii is set to step back into the ring and face Liempetch Sor Veerapol (19-7-1, 12 KOs) of Thailand on Friday, November 5th at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Viloria is making his run at a third world title, but this time at flyweight. In his last outing Viloria defeated Omar “Lobito” Soto (19-7-2, 13 KOs) of Mexico via split decision this past July at the Yñares Sports Arena in Pasig City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Click here for more photos…
Photos and report by David Finger
The final day of the WBO’s 23rd annual convention in Cartagena, Colombia concluded yesterday with the closing dinner and awards ceremony. With most of the scheduled events concluding the previous day, delegates were allowed to explore the historic city of Cartagena for much of the day. The highlight of the evening affair was the awards ceremony in which numerous WBO fighters, promoters, and others received special awards from the WBO. Most notably, former WBO light heavyweight champion Dariusz Michalczewski (48-2, 38 KOs) received a super championship belt to commemorate his impressive, and dominant, reign as WBO champion from 1994-2003. For more details and photos click here…
Photos by Photo Wende
Sebastian Sylvester 159.8 vs. Mahir Oral 159.8
(IBF middleweight championship)
Cecilia Braekhus 146.6 vs. Mikaela Lauren 144.8
(WBA, WBC & WBO female welterweight championship)
Kubrat Pulev 246.9 vs. Dominick Guinn 230.8
Venue: Stadthalle, Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Promoter: Sauerland Events
Video: Kurt Freitag
Normally few reporters pay attention while waiting for fighters to have their hands wrapped. However, that wasn’t the case Thursday at the Fortune Gym in Hollywood, California, when “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito got his hands wrapped by trainer Robert Garcia. Every moment was closely scrutinized by the media.
Immediately following his Friday workout, Manny Pacquiao will board a private plane with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum and head to Las Vegas to formally endorse U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev) at a “Get Out the Early Vote” rally at Orr Middle School (1562 East Katie Ave., Las Vegas, Nev.) Doors open at 6 p.m. PT with the rally scheduled to begin between 7:00 and 7:30 p.m. PT. Top Rank will stream the proceedings live at www.Toprank.com/TRLiveStream
With just eight days to go until his first appearance in the SHOWTIME Super Six World Boxing Classic, Glen “The Road Warrior” Johnson (50-14-2, 34 KOs) is ahead of schedule in his preparations, as he gets himself ready for his first super middleweight bout in over a decade. Just this past Wednesday, Johnson tipped the scaled at 171 lbs., a mere three pounds shy of the 168 lbs. super middleweight limit.
On November 6, Johnson takes on Allan “Sweetness” Green (29-2, 20 KOs) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas in the third round of Super Six. Both men enter the contest with 0 points, Green having lost to Andre Ward in the second round, and Johnson stepping into the tournament for an injured Mikkel Kessler. A spot in the semifinals looms for the winner, however. (more…)
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