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By Rey Colón -The Sport Press
Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum went straight to the point and said that distractions in both his public life and personal life affected the performance of now former world champion Juan Manuel Lopez. “JuanMa” lost his unbeaten record and WBO belt in an eighth round TKO loss against Mexican Orlando Salido on Saturday at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon.
“The distractions did the job,” said Arum. “Look at Miguel Cotto, who has never been better since he left to train outside of Puerto Rico. And he doesn’t get out of shape between fights. That’s what happened to this guy….he was overweight. He was like 180 or 190 pounds when he was in the Philippines [for Manny Pacquiao’s birthday party in December]. And I know that personal problems affected this boy. Boxing is a serious business and you have to be in great physical condition between fights, you have to have the best life between fights, and when you have training camp for a fight, like Cotto, you should leave the island.”
By Jeff Pamungkas at ringside
Unbeaten longtime WBA featherweight champion Chris John (45-0-2, 22 KOs) won a twelve round unanimous decision over countryman Daud Cino Yordan (27-2, 22 KOs) in a full, action packed bout on Sunday at the Jakarta International Expo in Jakarta, Indonesia. No knockdowns. It was John’s 14th successful defense of the belt he has held since 2003. More to come…
By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat
Unbeaten WBA female champ Etsuko Tada (8-0-2, 2 KOs), a Japanese southpaw, impressively unified the WBA 105-pound championship as she cleverly and constantly kept punching interim ruler Ibeth Zamora (11-3, 4 KOs), Mexico, to win a unanimous decision over ten rounds in Osaka, Japan. Judges Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Dr. Michael Lee (Korea) both had it 98-92 and 98-93, and Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand) 96-94, all for the defending champ Tada. Referee was Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand) who handled the fast-moving girls very well. (more…)
Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
After thirty fights of stunning crowds with his ability to neglect defense and always come back to score the victory, Juan Manuel Lopez’ streak ended. Orlando Salido captured the WBO Featherweight Championship via eighth-round technical knockout (referee stoppage) after connecting with countless right hands including one that landed “JuanMa” on the canvas in the fifth round. In the co-featured bout, Luis Cruz claimed a unanimous decision over Martin Honorio with the scores of 100-90, 98-92 and 96-94 from Ruben Rodriguez Coliseo in Bayamon, Puerto Rico on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Tijuana, MX’s Jackie Nava (24-3-3, 11 KOs) and Ana Maria Torres (24-3-3, 14 KOs) put forth a great battle that ended in a draw at the World Trade Center of Boca Del Rio, Veracruz, Mexico, Saturday night in front of 10,000 fans. Official scores were 95-95 three times. Torres took control in the first couple of rounds of the action packed bout but then Nava found her rhythm and kept boxing. Soon, Torres’ nose began to bleed from the fourth round on from the constant jab that Nava kept landing while Nava’s left eye began to swell from the power punches she was receiving from the WBC super flyweight champion. The middle rounds were a toe to toe war with Nava showing better defense but Torres scoring with the harder punches as she looked for the knock out. The crowd in attendance rose to their feet for the last couple of rounds as both women gave their all to pull out the win. For more details and photos click here…
“Absolutely not,” new WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz responded to a question about Saturday’s fight being redemption for his loss to Marcus Maidana. “Maidana was never in my class. I never gave him respect, especially for not giving me a rematch. 147 lbs. is where I’m king. I want to thank Andre Berto for the opportunity. He is a real champion.”
Former champion Berto, who was having his right thumb examined after the fight, stated, “I just didn’t feel it tonight. I just couldn’t get off.”
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
In a huge upset, former IBF 126-pound titleholder Orlando Salido (35-11-2, 23 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously unbeaten WBO featherweight champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez (30-1, 27 KOs) on Saturday night at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. After four competitive rounds, Salido floored JuanMa hard at the end of the fifth round. Salido was on the attack in the sixth round, but a the still-hurt Lopez survived. In round seven, JuanMa came back, but after Salido launched an attack in round eight referee Roberto Ramirez Jr. waved it off even though JuanMa was still fighting back. Time was 1:39. For more details and photos click here…
Ringside by Scott Ploof and Mariano Agmi
Photos: Emily Harney
In an exciting knockdown-filled affair, the welterweight debut of Victor Ortiz (29-2-2, 22 KOs) was a successful one as he dethroned previously unbeaten WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (27-1, 21 KOs) with a clear unanimous decision on Saturday night at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantuckett, Connecticut. Ortiz dropped Berto with a left hook in round one but it ruled as a slip by referee Michael Ortega. Later in the round he floored Berto again and this one counted. Berto knocked down an off balance Ortiz in round two. Ortiz rocked Berto again in round three and continued to dominate as Berto spent considerable time on the ropes absorbing punishment. In round six, Berto stayed in the center of the ring and dropped Ortiz with a big right hand, but during Berto’s follow-up attack Ortiz floored him! Things settled down after that. Referee Ortega deducted a point from Ortiz in round ten for a punch behind the head. Berto seemed gassed at the end. Scores were 115-110, 114-112, 114-111. For more details and photos click here…
Photos: Chris Royle – Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions
WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan (25-1, 17 KOs) won a six round technical decision over previously unbeaten European titleholder Paul McCloskey (22-1, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Khan was in control for the most part as awkward southpaw McCloskey made it an ugly fight. The bout was stopped in the sixth round after McCloskey suffered a vertical cut over the left eye from an accidental head clash. Scores were 60-54 on all cards. The McCloskey Team was furious about the stoppage and demanded a rematch. Khan said he won every round and McCloskey isn’t on his level, so no reason for a rematch. He is now eyeing a unification clash with WBC/WBO titlist Tim Bradley in July. For more details and photos click here…
By Jeff Pamungkas
Photos: Jeff Pamungkas
WBA featherweight champion Chris John (44-0-2, 22 KOs) weighed in at 57.0 (125 lbs.) kg while his challenger Daud Cino Yordan (27-1, 21 KOs) weighed 57.1 kg. (126 lbs.) in the official weigh-in in Jakarta, Indonesia. The battle of the Indonesians (the first time in history that two Indonesians will fight for a world title) will be conducted at Jakarta International Expo on Sunday, April 17.
Raul Caiz, Sr. will be the third man in the ring, while the judges are Stanley Christidolou, Frnasiso Martinez and Pinit Prayadsub.
By Gary “Digital” Williams at ringside
Photos: Mike Greenhill
Baltimore cruiserweight Russ “The Hammer” Shiflett won a six-round unanimous decision over Willie “Blackout” Chisolm of St. Petersburg, FL. Shiflett showed tremendous poise and finished strong, winning by shutout (60-54) on all three judges scorecards. Shiflett remains undefeated at 11-0-1, five KO’s. Chisolm is 6-11, three KO’s. (more…)
By Joe Koizumi
Unbeaten WBA full female champ Etsuko Tada (7-0-2, 2 KOs), a Japanese southpaw whose amateur mark as national titlist was as good as 47-3, will square off against interim ruler Ibeth Zamora (11-2, 4 KOs), Mexico, over ten two-minute rounds tomorrow (Sunday) in Osaka, Japan. There was a weigh-in ceremony, where Tada scaled in at 104.25 to the 105-pound class limit for Zamora. Each looked confident and comfortable with good condition. The WBA officials are as follows: referee Ferlin Marsh (New Zealand); judges Chalerm Prayadsab (Thailand), Silvestre Abainza (Philippines) and Michael Lee (Korea); supervisor Alan Kim (Korea).
It will be a very competitive fight as Tada had battled to a hard-fought draw twice with WBC 108-pound rulter Naomi Togashi here and then WBA interim champ Ria Ramnarine in Trinidad and Tobago to her credit. Tada, making her fifth defense, is eager to unify the belts by defeating the interim champ Zamora. (more…)
Photos: Universal Promotions
WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narváez (34-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina retained his title against Cesar Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico by way of Unanimous Decision. The official judges scorecards read 117-110 twice and 115-112 all in favor of Narváez. The bout took place at the Club Estudiantes de Bahia Blanca, Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. more photos
By Brian Grammer at ringside
Photos: Bob Barton/Rumble Time Promotions
“Dangerous” Dannie Williams dismantled Manuel Leyva, dropping him twice with overhand right hands in the first round of their WBC Continental Americas lightweight title tilt Friday night in St. Louis, Mo. Williams, improved his record to 17-1, 14 KOs, dictating the action throughout the short fight, drawing his challenger into exchanges and winning them with whistling counter punches. Leyva, now 18-3, 10 KOs, tried to hold his shorter competitor off with jabs, but left himself wide open in the middle of the first round, and Williams made him pay with a ripping overhand right. Leyva steadied himself in front of Steve Smoger, referee in this title fight, and was allowed him to continue. Williams approached his challenger again, waited for his opponent’s left hand to fall short, then delivered the knockout blow, completely flattening his opponent. Smoger immediately waved off the action, signaling for the doctor. Time was 1:45. Click here for full report
Photos and report by Boxing Bob Newman at ringside
The Summer Boxing season got a jump start in upstate New York as Ares Promotions presented “Fight Night IV” at he Hudson Valley Community College’s McDonagh Field House in Troy, New York Friday night. In what amounted to a gym workout, Emmanuel “The Butcher” Lucero lived up to his nickname as he treated Carlos Rivera like a side of beef in a slaughterhouse, taking an eight round unanimous decision in a “battle” for the New York State Jr. lightweight title. (more…)
By Robert Hough at ringside
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/stephanietrapp.com
Unbeaten NABO super lightweight titleholder Eloy Perez (21-0-2, 5 KOs) scored a ten round unanimous decision over Alejandro Rodriguez (12-2, 6 KOs) on Friday night at the Longshoreman’s Hall, located two blocks from Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, California. Scores were 100-90 on all cards.
Unbeaten jr lightweight Gary Russell (15-0, 9 KOs) cruised to a six round unanimous decision over journeyman Adolfo Landeros (20-19-1, 10 KOs). Russell scored a knockdown in round one, but was forced to go the full route. Scores were 60-53 on all cards. Click here for full report and more photos…
By Francisco Salazar and Felipe Leon at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Junior welterweight Ruslan Provodnikov (19-1, 12 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over previously-unbeaten Ivan Pococa (15-1-1, 10 KOs) at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, CA. It was all Provodnikov from the beginning as he slowly broke Popoca down throughout the fight. Provodnikov hurt Pococa in the fifth round, but Popoca showed heart and stayed on his feet. In the eighth, Provodnikov dropped Popoca with a counter right hand to the head. Popoca was able to get up, but Provodnikov landed a barrage of punches until referee Pat Russell stopped the bout at 2:16. For full details and photos click here…
By Bobby Goodman
I’m very happy to report that I’m now home after being released today. I feel wonderful and yes, I have had a new knee revision and a pacemaker installed in my now very bionic body.
The rehab for the knee is going very well and I should be teeing it up in a few weeks, and hitting them right down the middle as always. I’m a tough guy brought up in the sport I love and a little setback like that, can’t keep me on the deck.
I want to thank everyone for all of the prayers and well-wishers. The fact that I had a very strong corner with my family and friends all working hard to keep me in the fight, has resulted in a kayo for me after a rough start. I’m blessed and happy to be able to send you all this update.
Photos: Emily Harney
The official weigh-in for tomorrow night’s “East-West Showdown” card was held today at Foxwoods Resort Casino. Undefeated WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto will defend his title against WBC #5-rated “Vicious” Victor Ortiz from the MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods.
Andre Berto 145 vs. Victor Ortiz 146
(WBC welterweight championship)
Thomas Dulorme 144.2 vs. Harrison Cuello 143.8
Deandre Latimore 154.6 vs. Dennis Sharpe 155.8
J’leon Love 166 vs. J.C. Peterson 169.2
Luis Rosa, Jr. 124.6 vs. Joseliz Cepeda 125
Sonya Lamonakis 223.2 vs. Gigi Jackson 285
Joseph Elegele 144.6 vs. Angel Hernandez 147.2
Jair Ramos 142.6 vs. Ernest Butts 142.6
Venue: MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
Promoter: DiBella Entertainment/Golden Boy
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Photos: Tom Casino/SHOWTIME
Mexican boxing legends Marco Antonio Barrera and Julio Cesar Chavez attended today’s Lopez-Salido weigh-in along with many fans and media.
All four fighters who will compete in an eagerly awaited SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING doubleheader tomorrow/Saturday, April 16, live on on SHOWTIME® (10:30 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the West Coast), made weight on Friday. (more…)
Photo: Juan Carlos Ortecho
Kina Malpartida 129 vs. Rhonda Luna 130
Jonathan Maicelo 134.5 vs. Leonardo Gonzalez 134.5
Carlos Zambrano 125.7 vs. Roberto Santos de Jesus 124.5
Juan Zegarra 140 vs. Raul Enciso 139
Mauricio Reynoso 165.2 vs. Modesto Rodriguez 164.5
Venue: Estadio Monumental , Lima, Peru
It was more than fifteen years ago when then WBC Super Featherweight champion Gabriel Ruelas defended his title against Colombian Jimmy Garcia in a fight that would ultimately cost Garcia his life. The tragedy of that hot, fateful night in a Las Vegas ring, and its aftermath, has never been told – until now.
Mexican-born Araceli Martínez-Rose’s narrative in her new book, “Business of Pain” takes you, in great detail through the humble beginnings of Ruelas’ career as a young fighter, his rise to the world championship, and the devastating effect the Garcia tragedy had not only in his boxing career, but his personal life as well. Renowned Mexican journalist and best-selling Latin author María Antonieta Collins and WBC President Jose Sulaiman have written the prologue. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Jackie Nava 120 vs. Ana María Torres 120
WBA female junior featherweight championship
Irma Sánchez 108 vs. Jessica Chávez 108
Hollie Dunaway 105 vs. Katia Gutiérrez 105
Miguel Angel González 122 vs. Cruz Carbajal 122
Jonathan Peña 147 vs. Gabino Arias 147
Hanzel Martínez 115 vs. Fernando Curiel 115
Venue: World Trade Center, Boca del Río, Veracruz
Promotor: HG Boxing, Zanfer
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Middleweight world title challenger Giovanni Lorenzo has filed a protest with the WBA in regards to the actions of WBA judge Stefano Corozza during Lorenzo’s interim middleweight title fight against Hassan N’Dam N’Jikam held on April 2 in Le Cannet, France. During the course of the fifth round, Lorenzo knocked N’Dam N’Jikam through the ropes and onto the ring apron with a right uppercut. Following N’Dam N’Jikam’s fall onto the apron, two people are clearly seen attempting to help him back into the ring, one an unnamed photographer and the second was Corozza. According to WBA rules, a boxer can be disqualified if he is given help to get back to his feet either by a cornerman or third party and referee Hubert Earle was within his rights at this point to declare Lorenzo the winner.
Team Lorenzo also alleges an attempt by N’Dam N’Jikam’s team to illegally wrap his hands, a point which was only noticed by Lorenzo’s trainer, Ray Farrait, despite WBA judge Philippe Verbeke overseeing the proceedings.
Finally, Team Lorenzo questions why despite dropping N’Dam N’Jikam in the fifth round, both Corozza and judge Juan Manuel Perez scored the round 10-9 for Lorenzo as opposed to the standard 10-8 when a knockdown occurs. Lorenzo is insisting that the WBA Championship Committee grant an immediate title rematch against N’Dam N’JIkam.
Photos: PRBBP/José Pérez
Orlando Salido 126 vs. Juan Manuel López 125
Martín Honorio 131 vs. Luis Cruz 129.8
Miguel Munguía TBA vs. José González 139
Willie Herring 213 vs. Víctor Bisbal 239
Emerson Bear 227 vs. Carlos Negrón 212
Yordenis Ugas 147 vs. Carlos García 147
Elvin Caldero 113 vs. Jonathan González 113
Epifanio Mendoza 197 vs. Sullivan Barrera 196
Luis Díaz 108 vs. Israel Vázquez 108
Venue: Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Promoter: Top Rank, PR Best Boxing Promotions
TV: SHOWTIME Championship Boxing
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By Randi Goodman Victor
This is Bobby’s daughter, Randi. He has asked me to compose this email to inform all of you of what’s been going on. A little over a month ago, he was admitted into the hospital for an infection in his knee replacement.
The infection lead to abnormal atrial fibulation, kidney failure, low oxygen levels and finally a blood transfusion. He was fine, had rehab for the knee, went home and four days later was having pain in his chest making it difficult to breathe. He was brought to the hospital via ambulance and readmitted. This time he was admitted for congestive heart failure, his diabetic numbers were 480 and all of his organs started to shut down….he doesn’t remember any of this by the way….they performed an emergency temporary pacemaker and since being admitted a week ago, he had a breathing tube and was on heavy sedation almost like a coma. He is getting a permanent pacemaker tomorrow morning sometime. He doesn’t remember everything so we don’t talk about it. He knows something wasn’t good because all four of his daughters came to see him from different states and his brother who he doesn’t see often came and his sister who he hasn’t seen for years came. It was very scary. He is doing very very well now and hopefully all goes well tomorrow. He specifically asked me to contact you. He is requesting that you spread the word throughout your community if you feel it necessary. He is at Atlantic Care Regional Medical Center in Galloway, NJ.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Undefeated WBO Featherweight Champion Juan Manuel “Juanma” Lopez, Caguas, Puerto Rico and former world champion Orlando Salido, Sonora, Mexico pose during the weigh-in (Lopez 125 lb, Salido 126 lb) for their upcoming exciting title match on Saturday, April 16 at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. Lopez vs Salido is promoted by Top Rank in association with PR Best Boxing Promotions and will be telecast on SHOWTIME Championship Boxing.
Photo: Jimmy Hayes
Amir Khan 139 vs. Paul McCloskey 139
WBA light welterweight championship
Craig Watson 146 vs. Lee Purdy 146.5
Gary Buckland 133 vs. Oscar Chacin 133
Martin Murray 157.5 vs. John Carvalho 157
Rendall Munroe 121.7 vs. Andrei Isaeu 121
Dezzie Higginson 135 vs. Andy Murray 136
Jamie Kavanagh 137.5 vs. Sid Razak 137
Richard Towers 234 vs. Raman Sukhaterin 232
Adam Little TBA vs. Cassius Connor TBA
Kid Galahad TBA vs. Dai Davies TBA
Tasif Khan TBA vs. Pavels Senkovs TBA
Venue: M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Promoter: Golden Boy
Fight of the Year: Ismayl Syllagh vs Yordanis Despaigne
Fighter of the Year: Fernando Guerrero
Prospect of the Year: Shawn Porter
Matchmaker of the Year: Nate Yoder
Promoter cof the Year: Prize Fight Promotions
Nick Charles “Good Guy” Award: Holt McCallany
For further Convention info go to nabfnews.com
By Brett Bonetti at ringside
IBO cruiserweight champion Danny Green hosted a successful night of boxing in “The Next Generation Fight Night” at the WA State Basketball Centre in Perth Western Australia tonight.
In the main event, Pieter Cronje (12-4, 8 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF Pan Pacific cruiserweight title when he stopped Shane Tilyard (8-5, 7 KOs) in Round two. The fight was action-packed from the opening bell as both fighters traded and landed bombs. Both fighters were in trouble in round one as the fight seemed it could end anytime and go either way. Cronje seemed in the bigger trouble until he caught Tilyard with a huge left hook when sent Tilyard to the canvas for an 8 count. Both fighters barely made it out of the round. More of the same action in round two, with it being anyone’s fight. While both fighters were trading heavy blows towards the end of the round, it was Cronje who landed consecutive bombs to push Tilyard back to the other side of the ring until he hit the canvas again. This time Tilyard was unable to beat the count and Cronje was declared the winner. Time was 2:53 of round two. (more…)
On April 22, undefeated heavyweight Joe Hanks (15-0, 10 KOs) will take on Terrell Nelson (8-11, 5 KOs) on the undercard of Star Boxing’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” card at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, CT. Hanks-Nelson is scheduled for six rounds and will be one of the featured undercard bouts. Headlining the card is Bayan “The Mongolian Mongoose” Jargal (15-1-3, 10 KOs) taking on Amir Khan-conqueror Breidis Prescott (23-2, 19 KOs) in a ten round jr. welterweight showdown. Also on the card, Olympian Demetrius Andrade (12-0, 8 KOs) squares off against Omar Bell (8-1, 5 KOs) in an eight round jr. middleweight match-up.
By Gabriel F. Cordero
Sources report that negotiations for a clash between former WBA/IBF super bantamweight champion Celestino “Pelenchín” Caballero and current WBA featherweight champion Jonathan Barros have so far not been successful. There is information that Caballero’s manager Rogelio Espino has made a request to the WBA for a purse bid. We’re now awaiting a response from the WBA.
Eloy Perez 129.5 vs. Alejandro Rodriguez 129
Gary Russell Jr 128 vs. Adolfo Landeros 128
John Chicas 140 vs. Maja Khalif 139
Joe Gumina 181 vs. Aaron Godaul 183
Lamont Williams 194 vs. Juan Hernandez 197
Bruno Escalante 120 vs. Shaun Solomon 121.5
Venue: Longshoremen’s Hall, San Francisco
Promoter: Golden Boy
SHOWTIME Sports’ FIGHT CAMP 360° traveled to the Philippines to visit the champion in his native land. Watch a bonus video from the trip before this weekend’s SHOWTIME premiere of episode 1.
WBC Welterweight Champion Andre Berto (27-0, 21 KOs) has seen and experienced a lot in his 27 years. The Haitian-American boxer is a family man, a fighter, a champion and to many in his parents’ native Haiti, a hero.
On Saturday, April 16th, the speedy boxer-puncher faces “Vicious” Victor Ortiz (28-2, 22 KOs), a young Mexican-American eager to redeem himself to the public after suffering a crushing defeat at the hands of Argentine brawler Marcos Maidana in 2009 . . . Click here for more
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