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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

By Joe Koizumi Photos: Naoki Fukuda WBC bantamweight champ, unbeaten southpaw Japanese Shinsuke Yamanaka (22-0-2, 16 KOs), 118, successfully kept his belt as he ...

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WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

WBA tripleheader on year-end show in Japan

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Sumio Yamada On the last day of the year, there will be a WBA world tripleheader at Ota Ward ...

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Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

Yamanaka to defend WBC 118lb belt against #1 Suriyan tomorrow

By Joe Koizumi Photos by Naoki Fukuda Unbeaten WBC bantamweight champ, Japanese southpaw Shinsuke Yamanaka (21-0-2, 16 KOs) will put his belt on the ...

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Interview: Daniel Geale

Interview: Daniel Geale

By Ray Wheatley -- World of Boxing Photo: Werner Kalin Former IBF/WBA Daniel Geale talks to Fightnews.com about his scheduled December 3rd bout against ...

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Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Bradley, Herrera, Benavidez Quick Quotes

Photos: Chris Farina / Top Rank Former two-division world champion Timothy "Desert Storm" Bradley, WBA interim super lightweight champion Mauricio "El Maestro" Herrera ...

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Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

Yamanaka keeps WBC 118lb belt

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Boxing News

NABF position on NYSAC

Dear Honorable Governor Cuomo:

Many boxers come from the most difficult of backgrounds. They have struggled and worked to try and make a better life for themselves. It isn’t a sport that someone can pursue successfully without total dedication. As President of the NABF, a former amateur boxer and a decorated Police Officer, I know this first hand.

To remove the position of NYS Athletic Commissioner, and more-so, to risk removing Melvina Lathan, a woman whose family has a long association with the sport, would be a terrible mistake. This is a job that takes complete focus and an inside appreciation of the sport. Melvina was a judge. Her husband is a respected ringside physician. Melvina has reestablished INTEGRITY to the NYSAC which had been sorely missing for many years. Further more, as the first African American person to serve as NYS Athletic Chair, she is an icon. The boxers who engage in the arena deserve as much.

If you make this a Per Diem job, that’s all it will be, a job. We need more. Don’t deliver the knock-out punch that would hurt all boxers. The consequences could be deadly.

Respectfully,
Joseph Dwyer, NABF President



March 6th, 2011



Boxing News

Narvarez-Seda April 15

It’s official. As previously announced on Fightnews, WBO super flyweight champion Omar “El Huracán” Narváez (33-0-2, 19 KOs) of Argentina will defend his title against César “Junito” Seda (20-0, 15 KOs) of Puerto Rico. The bout will take place April 15th at the Polideportivo Municipal in the city of Monte Hermoso, Buenos Aires, Argentina.



March 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Alvarez wins WBC 154lb title

By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside
Photos by Big Joe Miranda

In a clash for the vacant WBC super welterweight title, #1 rated Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (36-0-1, 26 KOs) scored a one-sided unanimous decision over European welterweight champion Matthew Hatton (41-5-2, 16 KOs) on Saturday night at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The heavy-handed 20-year-old punished the very game but outgunned Hatton the whole fight, but couldn’t stop the scrappy brother of Ricky Hatton. Alvarez was deducted a point for a low blow in round seven. All three judges scored it 119-108. Click here for more photos…



March 6th, 2011

Boxing Result

Maderna beats Acosta

Unbeaten Ezequiel Osvaldo Maderna (13-0, 9 KOs) of Argentina won his biggest fight to date by defeating countryman and former wrold title challenger Ruben Eduardo Acosta (24-6-5, 8 KOs) by 10 round unanimous decision. The official scores were 98-96.5, 98-93, and 99-93.5. The main event bout was competively fought but Maderna clearly won. Maderna is extremely tall for a super middleweight standing at least 6’3 and showed he can fight inside and out. Acosta was a serious test for Maderna having only lost to world title winners. Maderna at 24 appears to definitley have a bright future. The bout took place at the Club Platense, La Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mario Margossian promoted the event.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Judah wins IBF jr welter belt

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photos by Marty Rosengarten/www.RingsidePhotos.com

Former two-division world champion Zab “Super” Judah (41-6, 28 KOs) claimed the vacant IBF junior welterweight championship with an impressive seventh round TKO over over Kaizer Mabuza (23-8-3, 14 KOs) on Saturday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. Now working with former champion Pernell Whitaker, Zudah put on a very “Sweet Pea”esque performance displaying outstanding speed and defensive skills for the first six rounds, then exploded in the seventh to put Mabuza out on his feet and get the stoppage with his follow up barrage. Time was :59. For more details and photos click here…



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Soto beats Monterrosa again

Photos by Rafael Soto/Zanfer

WBC lightweight champion Humberto “Zorrita” Soto (56-7-2, 32 KOs) scored a one-sided ten round unanimous decision over Fidel Monterrosa (25-3, 19 KOs) in a non-title on Saturday night at the Palenque de la Feria in Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico. The fight was a rematch of Soto’s hard fought decision win over Monterrosa in last September. This time Soto dropped Monterrosa in round one and was in mostly in command. Monterrosa was deducted a point in round eight for hitting Soto low. Scores were 98-92, 100-90, 100-88.

In other fights, former IBF super flyweight world champion Alberto “Topo” Rosas (33-6, 26 KOs) defeated Jesus “Taquerito” Vazquez (24-6-1, 17 KOs) via ten round decision in a hotly contested rematch. Click here for more results and photos…



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

KO1s for Kirkland, Jacobs

Undercard Results from Anaheim

By Rocco Morales and Francisco Salazar at ringside

In opening action, a scheduled eight round super middleweight bout, James Kirkland made a victorious return to the ring and wasted no time in unleashing a barrage of punches that sent the overmatched Ashandi Gibbs to the canvas for the 10 count At 0:34 of round one, the referee counted out Gibbs. With the victory, Kirkland improves to 26-0, 23 KOs while Gibbs falls to 10-3, 4 KOs).

In a scheduled 10 round super middleweight bout, once defeated contender Daniel Jacobs swarmed Robert Kliewer, pinning him against the ropes in the opening minute of the round before landing a hard right cross that dropped him hard to the canvas. Kliewer rose but not for long as Jacobs again pinned him on the ropes and landed an even harder right cross that dropped Kliewer for good. Referee, Ray Corona, immediately waved off the bout. Time of the stoppage was 1:44 of round one. Jacobs improves to 22-1, 19KOs while Kliewer drops to 11-13-2, 5 KOs.

In the semi main event, a ten-rounder for the vacant WBO inter-continental junior lightweight title, Adrien Broner scored his biggest win to date with a close unanimous decision victory over Daniel Ponce De Leon. By scores of 96-94, 96-94 and 99-91, Broner emerges victorious and stays undefeated at 20-0 with 16 KOs, joining Juan Manuel Lopez and Celestino Caballero as the only ones to defeat the 44-fight former champion, De Leon. With the hard fought loss, De Leon drops to 41-3, 34 KOs and may have better luck in the featherweight division.
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March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Kolodziej tops Cora

Photos: Piotr Duszczyk/Ringpolska

WBA #4/WBC #6/IBF #6/WBO #11 cruiserweight Pawel Kolodziej (29-0, 16 KOs) prevailed over twelve rounds against Felix Cora Jr 22-5-2, 12 KOs) on Saturday night at the Hala MOSiR in Krynica Zdroj, Poland. Cora was the agressor and Kolodziej was content to stay on the outside and work for a points win. Scores 118-110, 116-112, 118-110, all for Kolodziej.

“Felix Cora fought a very smart fight and was without the doubt one of the best fighters I have to fight,” said Kołodziej, who became a WBA International titleholder. “Every fight is a lesson for me. I know this one will make me better in the future fights,” added the 30-year-old fighter.

IBF #5 welterweight Rafal Jackiewicz (38-9-1, 19 KOs) scored a quick two round destruction of Tarik Sahibeddine (12-8, 2 KOs). Jackiewicz forced Sahibeddine to take a knee from a body punch in round two then dropped him again for the count with a right to the jaw.

WBC #2/WBA #5/IBF #5 light heavyweight Dawid Kostecki (36-1, 24 KOs) outpointed Juan Nelongo (21-12-1, 9 KOs) in a six rounder. For more details and photos click here…



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Pozo defeats Rivas

Former world title challenger Ivan Pozo (32-6-1, 20 KOs) successfully defended his WBC Mundo Hispano bantamweight title winning a clear twelve round decision on points against former world champion Adonis Rivas (22-13-3, 10 KOs) on Friday night in Porriño, Galicia, Spain. Pozo is expecting to be named mandatory challenger for the Euro bantamweight belt in a short time.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Yamanaka keeps Japanese belt

By Joe Koizumi
Photo: Boxing Beat

Unbeaten bantam prospects encountered before a packed-house crowd at the Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday. WBA#3/WBC#9 Shinsuke Yamanaka (14-0-2, 10 KOs), 118, impressively kept his national bantam belt as he registered his eighth consecutive stoppage by halting previously unbeaten Ryosuke Iwasa (8-1, 6 KOs), a sensational ex-national high school champ, at 1:28 of the tenth and final session. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Sykes keeps British belt

British super featherweight Gary Sykes (18-1, 4 KOs) retained his belt via twelve round unanimous decision over Carl Johanneson (30-5, 19 KOs) at the Leisure Centre in Huddersfield, England. Johanneson had his chance in round nine when he dropped Sykes with a right hand, but Sykes survived Johanneson’s attempt to finish him and went onto a 116-112, 115-112, 115-113 win.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Guzman crushes Ibarra

By Gabriel F. Cordero

WBC #9 featherweight Rafael Guzman (28-2, 20 KOs) is ready for a world title shot after scoring a a third round TKO over Mexican compatriot Jorge Ibarra (10-6-1, 4 KOs) in Friday night’s headliner at the Deportivo Trabajadores del Metro in Mexico City. From the beginning of the fight, “Chocho’s” superiority was evident as he floored Ibarra at the end of round two and battered him in the following round prompting a referee’s stoppage. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

#2 Chonlatarn keeps ABCO crown

By Damrong Simakajornboon
Photos: Onesongchai Boxing Promotion

WBC #2 featherweight Chonlatarn Or Piriyapinyo (37-0,21KOs) successfully kept his WBC Asian Boxing Council (ABCO) 126lb title when he defeated PBF champion TI Yamagata Aguelo (14-4-1,8KOs) on Friday at Nongpralae Park in Lablae, Utraradith, Thailand. The source reported that experienced Thai fighter mostly controlled the show with his superior skills, almost dropping his foe many times in round 5,7 and 8, before he easily scored a 119-109,118-110,118-110 unanimous decision. After the bout, Chonlatarn’s promoter announced that her boy is scheduled to risk against WBC#6 Justin Savi for the WBC final elimination bout on June 4 in Bangkok. more + photos



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Shoji upsets Padua

By Joe Koizumi

Unheralded and unranked by the Japan Boxing Commission (JBC), Kyoichiro Shoji (8-2-4, 3 KOs), 147.75, amazingly scored an upset decision (80-73, 79-73 and 79-74) over OPBF top welterweight contender Dennis Padua (8-2-2, 4 KOs), 145.5, an elongated six-footer from the Philippines, over eight hot rounds on Friday in Tokyo, Japan. Shoji, a 33-year-old late bloomer handled by formerly two-time world champ Hideki Todaka, outhustled and outpunched the much taller Filipino in later rounds to cause an upset result. Padua, who had an experience in fighting Muaythai games in Thailand, was introduced as Padua D. Singwangcha named after the Thai sponsor. Promoter: Todaka Promotions.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Klitschko-Chisora off

IBF, IBO, WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has to cancel his title defense against British and Commonwealth titleholder Dereck Chisora. The bout was supposed to take place on April 30 in the SAP Arena Mannheim, Germany. The reason is the not yet fully healed injury Klitschko suffered last December. Originally the fight against Chisora was scheduled for December 11, 2010. A few days before the bout, three-time champion Klitschko suffered a torn abdominal muscle. After cancelling the fight, it was rescheduled for April 30, 2011. Since the recovery process is not yet in a stage that Klitschko can start training again, the fight has to be called off again.

Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt, the doctor in charge, is of the opinion that an intensive training period in preparation for a fight in April cannot be realized. “Considering the current clinical picture, it is difficult to predict a precise time of rehabilitation. The start of a training camp at this time for a fight in April would be too much of a high risk,” explains Müller-Wohlfahrt.

Wladimir Klitschko: “I am very sorry about cancelling the fight – especially for all fans in the already sold-out SAP arena in Mannheim. I have already fought there three times, 2006 I became World Champion in this arena. However, I am optimistic that soon we’ll have an event in Mannheim.”



March 5th, 2011

Feature Story

Full Report: Barthelemy-Ennis

By Kurt Wolfheimer
Photos: Ray Bailey

Friday night at the Resorts Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10KO’s) shocked the near capacity crowd with completely unexpected second round knockout of USBA title holder Derek “Pooh” Ennis (23-3-1, 13KO’s) in the main event of the evening. The entertaining eight bout card promoted by Diane Fischer’s DeeLee Promotions, titled “The Next Generation showcased relatives of legendary fighters including Isiah Seldon (the son of Bruce Seldon) who scored a convincing third round knockout of Juan Zapata.

The main event was originally scheduled to be a USBA title defense for the ninth ranked IBF junior middleweight Derek “Pooh Ennis against Deandre Latimore, but it was scratched due to of the challenger having flue like symptoms. In stepped Cuban southpaw Giorbis Barthelemy in a ten round non title bout. Barthelemy was considered to be a runner who had tested top prospects such as, Kofi Jantuah, Willie Gibbs and Enrique Ornelas. It figured to be a nice test for Ennis. However things don’t always end as expected. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Q&A: Kostya Tszyu

By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Kostya Tszyu talks about the IBF Pension Fund and why it is a very good thing for boxers.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Galassi-Juarez Update

By Gabriel F. Cordero
Photos: Alma Montiel
Video: Pepe Rodriguez

WBC female flyweight world champions, Simona Galassi of Italy and interim champion Mariana Juarez of Mexico both made the mandatory seven-day weight in advance of their showdown next Saturday. Galassi scaled in at 114.84 while Juarez was 115.72, both far below the WBC’s ceiling of 117.75. By Friday’s weigh-in both have to be not more than 112 pounds. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Feature Story

GIANT Wilczewski-Asikainen Gallery

Photos: Pasi Taavitsainen

Captured above is the final punch of Piotr Wilczewski in the eleventh round that finished Amin Asikainen in their European super middleweight title clash on Friday night at the Hartwall Arena in Helsinki, Finland. To see a giant photo gallery (and we do mean giant) of the fight, click here.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Results from Woodhaven, NY

An enthusiastic crowd packed Cordon Bleu Catering Hall in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York and they were treated to a night of entertaining boxing that was promoted by New Legend Boxing Promotions. In the main event, featherweight Juan Dominguez (7-0, 5 KOs) scored a third round stoppage over Gabriel Gomez (4-1) in a battle of undefeated fighters that was scheduled for six rounds. Dominguez dropped Gomez in round one with a hard right hand. Dominguez equaled that in round three by scoring a second knockdown in round three. Later in the round Dominguez dropped Gomez with a right to the top of the head and that’s when the fight was waved off at 2:05 of round three. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Mack wins IBF eliminator

By Rocco Morales at ringside
Photos: Big Joe Miranda

In the main event, a 12 round light heavyweight bout for the USBA lightweight title and an IBF title eliminator, IBF ranked #7 contender, Yusaf Mack, outworked #6 IBF ranked contender, Otis Griffin to earn a split decision victory. It was a tactical fight for most of the way but midway through the 12th round, Mack caught Griffin flush with a left hook to drop him and hurt him badly. Griffin would rise but would go into survival mode, further punctuating Mack’s victory.

By scores of 119-108, 113-114, 116-111, Mack wins the USBA lightweight title, earns the right to face IBF champion, Tavoris Cloud and raises his record to 29-3-2. Meanwhile, the 33 year old Griffin sets a major setback with the loss and drops to 23-7-2 (9KO). The 113-114 score was a travesty and FightNews concurred with the 119-108 score in favor of Mack.

Promoters were for the event were Bash Boxing and Art Of Boxing and the venue was the Warner Center Marriott in Woodland Hills. A capacity crowd was treated to a marathon like fight card that included two exhibition female fights, followed by the eight pro fights, but with superb matchmaking in which each and every fight was a good one. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Usmanee dominates

By Dave Spencer / Fightnews Canada

NABA super-featherweight champion Arash Usmanee (11-0 6KO) scored a pair of 5th round knockdowns causing a game but overmatched Isaac Bejarano’s (9-10-1 7KO) corner to throw in the towel at 1:40 mark at Club Metropolis in Montreal Friday night. The Usmanee fight was one of two boxing matches on an MMA dominated card featuring promoter and sometime boxer Ali Nestor putting on the small gloves in the main event of the evening. (more…)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing News

Morel-Castillo on April 1

Since 2004, the only man to beat former flyweight world champion Eric Morel (43-2, 21 KOs) is another former World Champion, Martin “El Gallito” Castillo (35-4, 18 KOs). On April 1, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California, “Little Hands of Steel” gets his shot at revenge in a Puerto Rico vs. Mexico battle. Also appearing will be undefeated local favorite Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs). Both fights will be televised on Telefutura.



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Escobedo defeats Estrada

Former U.S. Olympian Vicente Escobedo (23-3, 14 KOs) won a ten round unanimous decision over Walter Estrada (38-14-1, 25 KOs) in a lightweight clash on Friday night at the Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in Indio, California. The IBF #6 rated Escobedo dropped Estrada in round seven en roue to a 97-92, 97-92, 96-93 win.

Unbeaten super bantamweight Randy Caballero (8-0, 4 KOs) outpointed Hugo Ramos (3-8-2, 1 KO) over six one-sided rounds.

Other Results:
Sharif Bogere KO1 Shamir Reyes (lightweight)
Mikael Zewski TKO3 Gerardo Prieto (middleweight)
Michael Finney KO5 Joshua Beeman (welterweight)
Diego Madrigal D4 Juan Sandoval (featherweight)



March 5th, 2011

Boxing Result

Upset: Barthelemy stuns Ennis

By Kurt Wolfheimer at ringside
Photo: Ray Bailey

In a shocker, unheralded junior middleweight Giorbis Barthelemy (25-8-2, 10 KOs) scored a second round TKO over reigning USBA titleholder Derek ‘Pooh’ Ennis (22-3-1, 13 KOs) on Friday night in the headliner of the inaugural boxing event the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City. Barthelemy wobbled Ennis in round one and later dropped him in the same round. In round two, Barthelemy staggered Ennis again and battered him on the ropes forcing a stoppage by referee Steve Smoger. Time was 1:50.

In other action on the card billed as “The Next Generation,” featherweight Joey Tiberi (3-1, 3 KOs) son of former world title challenger Dave Tiberi, and super middleweight Isiah
Seldon (4-0, 2 KOs) son of former heavyweight champion Bruce Seldon, both won by KO. A bout featuring George “Monk” Foreman fell through.



March 4th, 2011




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