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At the scales from the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Fights air tomorrow at a new time of 9 pm ET / 6 pm PT. Fans can also tune in to Spike TV at 8pm ET / 5pm PT to see live UFC 129 preliminary bouts, and those who “like” the UFC on Facebook can view the rest of the undercard bouts beginning at 6:00 pm ET / 3:00 pm PT.
Main Event – UFC Welterweight Championship
Georges St-Pierre 169.5 vs. Jake Shields 169
Co-Main Event – UFC Featherweight Championship
Jose Aldo 145 vs. Mark Hominick 145
Randy Couture 203.5 vs. Lyoto Machida 204.5
Vladimir Matyushenko 205.5 vs. Jason Brilz 204.5
Mark Bocek 155 vs. Ben Henderson 156
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Nate Diaz 171 vs. Rory MacDonald 170.5
Sean Pierson 170 vs. Jake Ellenberger 170
Claude Patrick 169.5 vs. Daniel Roberts 170.5
Ivan Menjivar 136 vs. Charlie Valencia 135.5
Jason MacDonald 185 vs. Ryan Jensen 185
John Makdessi 155.5 vs. Kyle Watson 155
Yves Jabouin 146 vs. Pablo Garza 145
By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
In an eight round junior welterweight contest, Mauricio Herrera outworked Cristian Favela in a lackluster affair at the Double Tree Hotel in Ontario, California. Herrera did just enough to win the rounds but never seemed intent on doing any serious damage while Favela played the role of opponent perfectly. In what seemed more like a sparring session than a main event attraction, there were no knockdowns and neither fighter was ever hurt. Judges scored the bout a unanimous decision victory for Herrera by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 80-72. With the victory, Herrera improves to 17-1 (7KO) but fails to impress while Favela drops to 19-32-7 (10KO). For more details and photos click here…
Super bantamweight Jose Nieves (18-2-3, 8 KOs) won a twelve round split decision over Cuauhtemoc Vargas (15-5-1, 10 KOs) to claim the WBO Latino belt on Friday night at the Kissimmee Civic Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Most rounds were close with Nieves won by scores of 116-110, 116-112 on two cards while Vargas was up 115-113 on the third card.
Earlier unbeaten lightweight Darley Perez (20-0, 15 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Jose “El Gallo” Reyes (23-10, 8 KOs). Reyes hurt Perez in round four, but otherwise Perez was in control winning 79-73 on all cards.
Photos: Stephanie Trapp/StephanieTrapp.com
Unbeaten super middleweight Peter “Kid Chocolate” Quillin (24-0, 18 KOs) scored an impressive third round TKO over over former world challenger Jesse Brinkley (35-6, 22 KOs) to claim the vacant USBO title on Friday night at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Quillin repeatedly connected with clean right hands to the face of Brinkley, prompting referee Joe Cortez to wave it off. Time was 2:34.
Lightweight Lonnie Smith (13-2-2, 9 KOs) won a six round unanimous decision over David Rodela (15-4-4, 6 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 59-55, 58-56. Click here for more photos…
By Andreas Hale at ringside
In the main event, Carlos Molina followed up his surprising draw with Erislandy Lara back in March with a 7th round stoppage of Allen Conyers at Fight Night at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, NV for ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. Molina (18-4-2, 6KOs) dominated from the opening bell and pummeled Conyers (12-5) throughout their scheduled 10 round Jr. Middleweight affair. Molina went down in the 4th but that was due to more of a slip than a punch and the Mexican dominated the rest of the way. With Conyers wilting, Molina smashed him with a right cross which prompted referee Tony Weeks to rescue Conyers at the 2:09 mark in round seven.
Lightweight Hylon WIlliams Jr. (14-0, 3 KOs) remained undefeated as he thoroughly outboxed Marcos Herrera (6-5-1, 2 KOs) over eight rounds by scores of 79-73, 79-73, 77-75.
Heavyweight Glendy Hernandez (7-0, 3 KOs) won a lfour round unanimous decision over Ken Frank (4-2-1, 2 KOs). The 287lb Frank’s nearly 50lb weight advantage didn’t help as Hernandez won 39-37, 39-37, 40-36.
Photo: Chris Farina/Top Rank
Superstar Manny Pacquiao runs thru a comedy skit about proper food and fitness with Norm Macdonald host of “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald” at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Hollywood, California on Friday. The segment will air next Tuesday on Comedy Central. Pacquiao is at the Wildcard preparing for his upcoming WBO welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions,Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions,Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. Click here for photos of Pacquiao’s workout…
Photos: Pepe Rodriguez/WBC
With the presence of the WBC president Jose Sulaiman, former world champion and president of Golden Boy Promotions Oscar de la Hoya and others celebrities of the boxing media, newly crowned WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, officially received his green and gold WBC belt.
After the presentation took place, the official weigh-in for the WBC light flyweight championship fight on tomorrow night’s gala at the Texcoco Coliseum took place with Gilberto Keb weighing in at 108 pounds and Adrian Hernandez scaling in at 106. (more…)
Carlos Takam (23-1, 19 KOs) stopped Gbenga Oloukun (19-7, 12 KOs) to win the vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title. Takam dropped Oloukun 3 times in round 6 and Oloukun didnt answer the bell for round 7.
Sophie Mathis (23-1, 20 KOs)TKO’d Duda Yankovich (11-2, 5 KOs) in round 3 to win the vacant WBO European welterweight title.
The event took place at the Espace Roger Boisrame, Pontault Combault, Seine-et-Marne, France. Joseph Germain promoted the event with Christel Aujoux matchmaking.
Photo: SES Boxing
“Finally a big fight in my hometown,” said European champion Lukas Kocecny (46-3, 22) KOs) at today in Usti. On May 27th 2011 the reigning champion of the SES boxing stable will step into the ring in Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic and defend his Euro title at super welterweight. It will be his first mandatory title defense since winning the title last year. He is challenged by #1 EBU rated Hussein Hayram (34-3, 19 KOs). Against the Frenchman he will not only jeopardize his belt but also show that he is the real champion and remain on the throne of Europe. (more…)
Chris Middendorf’s United Boxers returns on Saturday, May 21st at the Maryland Sportsplex in Millersville, Maryland, for their second event. Headlining the second show are the Brothers Taylor, Maxell and Emanuel, along Jessie Nicklow in separate bouts. The undercard will feature a trio of Maryland’s finest undefeated prospects including welterweight James Stevenson, cruiserweight Nick Kisner and light heavyweight Dale Robeson-El.
“There is an incredible base of talent here, from the 15 year olds in the tremendous amateur programs to the strong young fighters on this card, to the fighters already making names for themselves nationally; Seth Mitchell, Gary Russell Jr., Alexander Johnson and Alantez Fox” said Middendorf. (more…)
Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
Raúl García 105 vs. Rommel Asenjo 105
(WBO mini flyweight championship)
Ramón García 108 vs. Jesús Geles 108
(WBO minimum weight championship)
Rodrigo Guerrero 126.5 vs. Leopoldo Rocha 127
Venue: Foro Polanco, Cd. de México
Promotor: Zanfer and Top Rank
TV: TV Azteca, Fox Sports
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Photos: Rafael Soto/Zanfer
WBO President Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel is in Mexico City to present featherweight champion Olando “Siri” Salido with his WBO belt. Also on hand were WBO execs Rafael López Santos and Luis Pérez, Top Rank’s Sean Gibbons and Zanfer’s Aldo Barba. Salido won the belt with an upset stoppage of Juanma Lopez. Click here for more photos…
By Gabriel F. Cordero
A reliable source informed that three-time world champion Juan Manuel Marquez is mulling over a $5 million offer for a possible third bout with Manny Pacquiao. “At this moment we have not received anything from Juan Manuel Marquez,” Golden Boy publicist Ramiro Gonzalez told Televisa Deportes. “We have no comment about something we don’t have or know, so we have no news because there is nothing in reality.” Although Marquez’ promotional contract with Golden Boy has expired, Golden Boy retains the right to match offers up to February 2012. Oscar de la Hoya, president of Golden Boy Promotions, is in Mexico City today with WBC welterweight champion Victor Ortiz, who will receive his WBC belt.
The boxing ring. The halls of Congress. The recording studio… And now, the basketball court! See Manny Pacquiao’s hoops skills in a bonus video from this week’s episode of FIGHT CAMP 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley. Episode 3 premieres Saturday night at 8pm ET/PT on CBS
Pacquiao’s first U.S. single, a remake of Dan Hill 1977 hit Sometimes When We Touch, sung with Dan Hill, was released on Thursday. It sold out within 12 hours on Amazon.com which promptly reordered more to satisfy worldwide demand. It is also available on iTunes (preview at www.mannysings.com.)
All New Start Time Tomorrow Night For UFC 129 – LIVE at 9pm ET / 6pm PT: Featuring Georges St-Pierre defending the UFC welterweight title against Jake Shields, Jose Aldo and Mark Hominick in the UFC’s first-ever featherweight championship bout, and Hall of Famer Randy Couture taking on former 205-lb. champ Lyoto Machida – 9pm ET / 6pm PT LIVE on Pay-Per-View and UFC.TV
Diaz vs MacDonald, Pierson vs Ellenberger Live On SPIKE & Sportsnet Tomorrow Night: Live prelim action starts at 8pm ET / 5pm PT
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See The Super 7, Followed By The UFC 129 Weigh-In Live Today: All seven UFC champions together on one stage, plus fighters hit the scales – starting approximately 3pm ET / noon PT
Who You Got? Pick St-Pierre or Shields at the Official UFC 129 Site: Weigh-in on who you think will win in Toronto – plus fight card breakdown, video previews and more!
Jose Nieves 121.5 vs. Cuauhtemoc Vargas 122
Darley Perez 134 vs. Jose “El Gallo” Reyes 136
Enrique Rios 122 vs. Alfredo Garcia 119
Philip Penson 174 vs. Jose Laguer 176
Hairon Socarras 125 vs. Kenneth Calvente 125
Aaron Chavez 130 vs. Cesar Cisnero 132
Michael Mendez 147 vs. Juan Aguirre 150
Larry Yanez 137 vs. Jose Rivera 136
Sean Bennet 233 vs. Jayce Monroe 243
Venue: Kissimmee Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
Promoter: Felix “Tuto” Zabala, Jr./All Star Boxing
TV: Telemundo 11:35PM ET/PT
Photo and story by: Wolfgang Schiffbauer
WBA Super World Middleweight Champion Felix Sturm has a tough task ahead of him. On June 25, he will face dangerous power puncher Matthew Macklin from Ireland at the Lanxess Arena in Cologne, Germany in his tenth title defense. “Macklin is the European champion and ranked third by the WBA. He is dangerous and a great challenge,” Sturm acknowledged. “But I will be ready for him and won’t leave any doubts in the ring.” more + photos
Due to the death of 47-year-old Wendall Granville, long time friend and partner in his non-profit charity: Fres Oquendo Boxing Academy, Fres Oquendo has decided to remove himself from the May 7 Prizefighter: International Heavyweights tournament. Oquendo, who was considered by many as a strong favorite to win the competition, just received the news about his friend’s passing. “My first phone call was to WBA heavyweight champion David Haye to inform him of the news, He was extremely supportive and said the decision was up to Fres,” said Oquendo’s manager Tom Tsatas, Oquendo also has the full support and understanding of his promoters John Wirt of Square Ring Promotions and Bobby Hitz of Hitz Boxing.
“The sudden loss of a friend is devastating and I am in deep shock, Wendell helped get me off the streets when I was a knucklehead and stuck with me through all the malaise of boxing for nearly 20 years all the way to helping me make the FOBA come to fruition. I feel I should to be here with his family and partake in any arrangements the family will make this upcoming week. I’d thank my friend David Haye and my team for their support,” stated Oquendo.
No comebacks are being planned by two-time WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz. “The Quietman” says he’s enjoying retirement by spending time with his family in Las Vegas, but he is also planning to stay involved in boxing with the opening of his boxing gym in the Boston area, as well as starting a consulting agency, “Quietman Sports,” along with his longtime attorney and advisor, Boston Attorney Anthony M. Cardinale. (more…)
IBF #5-rated contender Tim “Pitbull” Coleman (18-1-1, 5 KOs) was in a foul mood at the weigh-in for tomorrow night’s ESPN2 Friday Night Fights broadcast from the deck of the Boulevard Pool at ultra-luxurious The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Coleman will face Sonora, Mexico’s Sergio Rivera (16-6-2, 10 KOs) in an eight-round bout on the undercard of the Carlos Molina vs. Allen Conyers main event. (more…)
Hall-of-Fame Promoter Wilfried Sauerland has postponed King Arthur Abraham’s departure to the USA since Dan Goossen and the Californian Boxing Commission have failed to take action in the row over the officials. In the Super Six World Boxing Classic semi-finals, Arthur Abraham was scheduled to take on WBA Super-Middleweight Champion Andre Ward at the Home Depot Center in Carson on May 14. As stated previously, Sauerland will not let Abraham travel to the USA before the Californian Commission honours the existing agreement over neutral officials. “Contrary to what Dan Goossen said and contrary to what has been agreed upon by all parties, the Californian Commission still insists on appointing a Californian referee and a Californian judge,” Sauerland said. “It is a shame that the completion of a high-profile global sporting event such as the Super Six tournament is being jeopardized by a promoter and his ridiculous attempts to protect his fighter. Goossen is using exactly the same tactics he did before the Kessler-Ward fight. He is playing dumb and he pretends to be in the dark about the Commission’s nominations. We have protested their decision to appoint a Californian referee because the contracts, which have been signed by Goossen and Ward, clearly state that he should be neither from the USA nor Europe. Most certainly the third man in the ring should not be one of Goossen´s neighbours from California!”
Sauerland underlined that unless the Californian Commission honours the existing agreement, Arthur Abraham will not leave Germany. “This issue needs to be sorted, that’s the bottom line. It’s ridiculous. We are not sure why Goossen and his friends are playing these tricks on us. Ward is the favourite and he is fighting at home. But maybe it has occurred to them that Arthur has the power to knock Ward out with one single punch. Maybe Goossen has realised that this time he can only protect Ward by blocking this fight to get a free trip to the final.”
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Highly regarded unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gomez (9-0, 7 KO’s) annihilated Jason Davis at 25 seconds of the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Despite having a nine pound weight advantage, Davis (11-9-1, 3 KO’s) was dropped with a right hand to the head. Davis struggled to get up as referee Raul Caiz, Sr. counted Davis out. For full details and more photos click here…
By Robert Coster
The grand finale of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series in Jamaica played out to a packed audience at the Constant Spring Football Field in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday night with Ricardo Smith (4-0, 1 KO) winning the national Jamaican middleweight title with an eighth round TKO over Devon Moncrieffe (4-1, 3 KOs). The smooth boxing Smith let the supposedly harder punching Moncrieffe wear himself out, deftly avoiding the wild rushes of his opponent. Smith then went on the offense in the later rounds, pounding Moncrieffe all over the ring and finally forcing the stoppage of the bout. The boxing reality show, broadcast by local TV, captured the interest of the Jamaican public for over 15 weeks. The winner Smith took home a prize of one million Jamaican dollars (about $11,500 US) along with his Jamaican title belt.
For more info on UFC 129 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Photos: Laura De la Torre/Goossen Tutor Promotions
Super Six World Boxing Classic Semifinalists and WBA 168-pound champion Andre Ward hosted a media day and workout with his trainer Virgil Hunter and promoter Dan Goossen on Thursday in Ward’s hometown of Oakland as he gets ready for his Semifinals showdown against Arthur Abraham on Saturday, May 14 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., live on SHOWTIME®. (more…)
Photos: Chris Farina/Top Rank
A screen grab off a television in the green room of superstar Manny Pacquiao with Jimmy Kimmel during his appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show from Hollywood, California Thursday night. Pacquiao prepares for his upcoming world welterweight mega fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley on Saturday, May 7 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Pacquiao vs. Mosley is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions,Sugar Shane Mosley Promotions,Tecate and MGM Grand. The Pacquiao vs. Mosley telecast will be available live on SHOWTIME Pay Per View. Click here for more photos…
How will the main event of the largest UFC® card in history play out? That is the question many fans across the world are pondering at this very moment. In anticipation of the historic welterweight title bout between champion Georges St-Pierre and challenger Jake Shields on Saturday, April 30 from Rogers Centre in Toronto, some of the world’s most recognizable figures gathered to offer their opinions on the outcome of the UFC 129 championship clash. (more…)
By Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda
Highly regarded unbeaten jr welterweight Frankie Gomez (9-0, 7 KO’s) annihilated Jason Davis at 25 seconds of the first round of a scheduled six round bout. Despite having a nine pound weight advantage, Davis (11-9-1, 3 KO’s) was dropped with a right hand to the head. Davis struggled to get up as referee Raul Caiz, Sr. counted Davis out.
Junior lightweight Ramon Valadez won a six round unanimous decision over Rafael Lora. Valadez (8-1, 4 KO’s) countered effectively with left hands to the head as Lora came in. Lora (11-5, 5 KO’s) did have his moments, but Valadez was the more effective fighter throughout the fight. All three judges scored the fight in favor of Valadez. Scores were 60-54, 60-54, and 59-55. (more…)
Photos: Carlos Baeza/Thompson Boxing
Mauricio Herrera 142 vs Cristian Favela 142.5
Abraham Lopez 126 vs Aaron Garcia 127
Alberto Herrera 145.5 vs Aron Martinez 146.5
Jonathan Arrellano 118 vs Shawn Nichol 117.5
Jhon Ortega 140.5 vs Hector Garza 141
Venue: Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA
Promoter: Thompson Boxing
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Peter Quillin 165 vs. Jesse Brinkley 166.6
Lonnie Smith 130.8 vs. David Rodela 130.8
Trevor McCumby 180.4 vs. Ritchie Cherry 178.4
Jose Elizondo 155.4 vs. Rodrigo Espinoza 154
Andrew Rempp 126.4 vs. Jose Sandoval 124.6
Venue: Reno Events Center, Reno, Nevada
Promoter: Golden Boy/Lets Get It On
Earnie Shavers, the man regarded as one of the hardest hitters in boxing history was a guest today at the weigh-in held at the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas. Muhammad Ali once said of Shavers, “Earnie hit me so hard, he shook my kinfolk back in Africa!”
Photo: Georges St-Pierre looks on as Yves Jabouin trains in the backround during an open workout prior to UFC 129 on April 28, 2011 at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto, Ontario
For more info on UFC 129 or on the UFC, visit www.UFC.com
Boxing superstars Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley won’t be the only big names on SHOWTIME PPV’s huge May 7 telecast. SHOWTIME Sports® held a media conference call on Thursday to announce the superstar talent behind the mic.
James Brown, the host of the popular weekly series Inside The NFL on SHOWTIME and THE NFL TODAY on CBS, will quarterback the May 7 SHOWTIME PPV four-fight telecast. The last boxing event he worked was between Shane Mosley and Fernando Vargas in 2006. An enthusiastic mainstay on CBS and SHOWTIME, Gus Johnson will call all the action from ringside. Al Bernstein, a well-respected boxing historian who has called more than 2,500 fights during his 30 years behind the ringside microphone, will provide the fight analysis alongside Antonio Tarver, a former undisputed light heavyweight world champion who has taken to his television role as “third man in the booth.” The Emmy® Award-winning Jim Gray will serve as the back-stage, ringside and in-ring reporter for the event. (more…)
Weights and photos by Chris Cozzone
For tomorrow night’s ESPN2 “Friday Night Fights” card at the Cosmopolitan, promoted by Warriors Boxing:
Carlos Molina 152.5 vs. Allen Conyers 150*
* Molina is 1.5 lbs. heavy; has two hours to lose.
Hylon Williams Jr. 134 vs. Marcos Herrera 135
Tim Coleman 142.5 vs. Sergio Rivera 144
Ranches Barthelemy 132.5 vs. Rynell Griffin 135.5
Evgeny Gradovich 125 vs. Aalan Martinez 126
Glendy Hernandez 238.5 vs. Ken Frank 287
Yuieski Gonzalez 188 vs. Carlos Reyes 196*
* Reyes 1 pound heavy; has two hours to lose.
Note: An eight-round light-heavyweight bout was scratched when undefeated Russian Sergey Kovalev did not get one of his required meds in on time.
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